Trainers

  • In partnership with several trainers in Singapore, we have access to the best bloodstock agents in both Australia and New Zealand to source quality thoroughbreds for partnership. Initially all of our horses were trained by John Meagher. Due to his return back to Australia, we are pleased that Michael Freedman is now our primary trainer.
  • Michael Freedman joined the Kranji training ranks in April 2008. Younger brother of Hall of Fame trainer Lee, Michael has also been the Racing Manager at Lee Freedman’s Markdel property in Victoria Australia before coming to Singapore. Freedman has learned a lot from his brother after working alongside him for about 20 years. The Freedman yard did not take long to win silverware at Kranji. Most notable feature wins include the Raffles Cup (2009) with CHEYENNE DANCER, Four-Year-Old Sprint (2009) with NTINI and the Chairman's Trophy (2009) with ANY HUMOUR.

  • John Meagher is a Melbourne Cup winning trainer and a consistent leading training in Singapore. John and his family were instrumental in helping us build our racing stable over the last 4 years. Unfortunately the Meagher’s returned back to Australia in early 2011. A huge thanks to the whole Meagher family for the excitement of racing over the years!

    John Meager having a chat with The Queen. Queens Cup Race Day - Singapore Turf Club

A Few Words About Us

Formed by a group of Expats, our aim is to involve as many people as possible in the thrill and excitement of owning and racing thoroughbreds in Singapore. We are not a syndicate company, management service or bloodstock agents. We are simply a social club comprised mostly of a large group of expats and international owners who are passionate about this sport and race as equal partners.

We all have “skin in the game” both financially and a personal commitment in equal partners. We all have an equal say in what horses we buy and in all decisions in the racing life of every horse. We would rather spread the fun and excitement across a portfolio of horses than the cost of racing just one or two.

We have been racing in Singapore since 2007 starting with our first horse Desbocado who won in his second start paying $311 after a few friends got together to form a partnership. From there our social club grew with more friends coming along to join in on the excitement and our stable has been expanding every since.

Fast forward many years with experience under our belt, lessons learnt and having formed some great relationships and partnerships within the industry, we have seen more recent success with Dictator’s track record breaking win and now racing at Group level. We have access to numerous trainers, advisors, bloodstock agents and brokers in Singapore, Australia, New Zealand the UK being an established syndicate in Singapore.

Whether you are die-hard race-goer or just seeking some fun or new friend/networks in Singapore, we are a large group of equal partners all in it for the same thrill… winning!

Owners celebrating in the Winner's Circle

Racing For Fun..

"How two residents of a small town in Australia started a successful stable in Singapore."

Winning Post Magazine Nov-10 Edition - written by Michael Lee.

When Donna Lansdown left the Victorian suburb of Mordialloc to see the world in 1994, little did she know two people hailing from that sleepy coastal town would play a big part in her in a life in a foreign land more than 6,000 kilometres further up north, some 14 years later.

That country was Singapore, and it was the Australian IT Director’s third posting. It was where she crossed paths with former Mordialloc residents John Meagher and Yvette Lim, who were to become the catalysts to her newfound passion – horse racing. .

While Lansdown had never met Lim before, she knew the now Kranji-based Meagher better than just being that famous Melbourne Cup Winning trainer of What a Nuisance in 1985. The Meaghers and Lansdowns were next-door neighbours and family friends in Mordialloc. .

“We lived on the same street as John and Ann Meagher during the time John was training at Epsom before he moved to Flemington”, said Lansdown, whose father Kevin also dabbles in racehorse ownership. Her uncle Gordon is a former jockey who once rode in the Malayan Racing Association circuit in the 1950’s. .

“They (the Meaghers) were more like family to us. My parents are godparents to one of John’s three sons).” .

It was therefore a no-brainer who Lansdown thought of when a group of her expatriate friends wanted to check out the races at Kranji one day. “I told them I would get John Meagher to organize tickets and they were like; Wow, the John Meagher?”. “They found horse racing so exciting they said they wanted to buy a horse next. A week later, we bought our first horse for $100,000!”. .

Needless to say, it was Meagher who selected the horse, named Desbocado by the original group of ten friends (headed by Lansdown and Lim). “We first called ourselves Lansdown Eleven Stable because there were 10 of us and one horse”, said Lansdown. “I didn’t give my own name to the stable, but it was suggested by one of the partners and was picked by vote. Democracy also prevailed when we decided on the green colours and white stars of our silks. Yvette and myself run the group, which works more like a social club where we can also do some networking. Each member receives weekly horse updates via em-mail newsletters. Essentially, Yvette looks after the finances, while I buy and manage the horses.” .

“We’re not gamblers. We’re in it just for fun but Desbocado won at $311 on his second run, we all had a good bet and used the profit to buy our next horses!” The roster soon grew with the arrival of the likes of Count Zerpour, Equience, Riddler, amonst others. It did not matter if the nine horses they bought won or lost – the bug had clearly bitten deep and hard. “I must say we’ve been pretty luck as first-time owners. All but one of our nine runners have visited the winner’s circle,” said Lansdown. .

Like a domino effect, more Singapore-based friends joined in, mainly Australians, but also New Zealanders, Americans, Brits and Russian’s, bringing the number to 45 members at last count. “Their interest far exceeded my wildest dreams. Friends would bring guests to the races to share the fun and excitement,” said Lansdown. “We had to register different stable names as there were so many members, most of whom are expats from ten different countries, but mostly based here in Singapore. Since, then they have invited their friends offshore who regularly visit to see their horses run.” .

And if one of them wins, the wild eruptions of joy from the raucous group at the winner’s circle never fail to turn heads. Not to mention the happy larks who tag along to poke in for a photo souvenir with the horse, requiring photographers to scramble for their wide-angle camera lenses. The loudest cheers have so far been reserved for Dictator, a diminutive sprinter by Tycoon Ruler out of Bella Fuse, who has already recorded three wins, including a thumping 10 ¼ length win at debut. “He’s our best horse at the moment, but unfortunately a bit on the small side”, said Lansdown. “He has a big engine and is all legs, but we wish he could put more weight on. “John got him on the cheap. I remember he rang me to ask if I was interested in a horse that won a barrier trial at Gatton. Gatton is in rural Queensland – not exactly a place where champions are bred, but John told ‘Trust me, you’d want him’ and was sold there and then. “I gave my dad Kevin a share in Dictator as a Father’s Day present. He lives on the Gold Coast, but he comes here quite often when Dictator runs, and also to catch up with the Meaghers.” Lansdown said her father was the one who taught her about racing, but it is mainly Meagher who selects their stock. “We leave all the buying to John. He normally buys them as trial winners, but lately we’ve decided to go one step further by buying yearlings. “We have entire trust in John’s judgment, but he also takes a lot of effort teaching us the ropes. He explains how things work, whether it is buying horses, training, racing or all the other buzzwords that come along. “We also enjoy the whole process like hearing first-hand the instructions at the parade ring and the post-race feedback from the jockey. It’s a fascinating world and I have to say we’re still learning.” .

She did not have to scour through reams of pedigree pages to pick their next ward, however. “We have just bought a yearling by Tycoon Ruler – the sire of Dictator – from the Magic Millions sales on the Gold Coast,” she revealed. He’s on his way up here and we hope he goes as well as Dictator. Our next goal is to have our first Group winner. We would like to get really serious with racing here. That’s why we aim to have about 20 racehorses one day – and one of them will be named Mordialloc.” .

Time will tell if a horse named Mordialloc will put the tiny town on the map at Kranji, but it couldn’t have been a more fitting tribute by three former denizens to their humble roots.