Experience the thrill of ownership

Our aim is simple.  Enjoy the sport of horseracing with friendly and like minded people in equal partnership.  Never been to the races?  Enjoy a day at the track with like-minded expats to experience the buzz first hand.  We are also looking to expand our stable so if you are interested in getting involved.. the below should be a great intro into how it all works.

What we do...

  • access to best bloodstock agents and expertise to select only quality thoroughbreds to ensure competitiveness in Singapore.
  • arrange all veterinary checks.
  • transportation from Australia or NZ at competitive prices and all quarantine procedures.
  • arrange insurance at competitive prices.
  • all legal arrangement for the drafting and execution of the partnership agreement.
  • registration of t-he Horse, Stable Name and Racing Silks.
  • arrange stable visits to view your horse, meet your trainer, stable staff and jockey's.
  • regular update communications on the progress of your horse whilst in training.
  • communication of training and racing plans from the trainer.
  • memorabilia, professional photography and video services.
  • arrange social functions to meet your fellow stable owners - great for networking in Singapore.
  • regular website updates of your horse.
  • full accounting of the partnership books and records with monthly Profit and Loss statements.

What you get...

  • full Owners Membership of the Malayan Race Association (includes both Singapore and Malaysia).
  • full Access to the Turf Club Exclusive Owner's Lounge.
  • full Access to Owner's only restricted areas (Mounting Yard, Winners Circle, VIP Grand Stand).
  • up to ten complimentary guests and up to ten paid guests per raceday to Owners' Lounge .
  • complimentary entry to Off-Course Betting Centres (including Lounge Area at selected centres).
  • complimentary Parking at Singapore Racecourse on Racedays (VIP Parking Pass provided).
  • complimentary copy of the Club's in-house magazine, Winning Post .
  • invitations to functions organized by Singapore Turf Club .
  • booking of Private Boxes, subject to availability.
  • lots of thrills and a big buzz!

New to Racing... read on!

the horse...

How do we buy the horse?
In partnership with our trainers we have access to the best bloodstock agents in both Australia and New Zealand to source quality thoroughbreds for partnership. The role of a horse trainer is not only to obviously train the horses, but to advise owners on the type of horse and assist in the selection process.

What type of horses do we buy?
Sprinter? Stayer? Three-legged Donkey? We are guided by our trainer and bloodstock agents, but overall we look for something that is hopefully competitive in Singapore.  To minimize risk we commonly look at "ready-to-run" horses. This means that it will be about 2 years old and has been trained to the level that it has competed in at least one race trial. The ideal horse is one that has won its maiden trial but not raced in any official race day. Our trainers overall objective is to hopefully find one that will give us enjoyment and potentially at least our initial investment back. Again, this is a gamble!  For the risky at heart we also buy yearlings (1 yo olds) from Auction.  A yearling is a horse that has not been broken in and probably not even had a saddle on its back.  Whilst these can be cheaper it is much riskier as there is no racing form to be guided by.

When will the horse be ready to race?
Once a horse is purchased it will be transported to the trainers stable in Kranji. The intensive training program will then begin. Depending on the time of year and where the horse was purchased, it will need to acclimatize to the Singapore weather.  Typically it should be about 3 months before its first race.

When can we see the horse?
A much anticipated exciting moment. Visiting the stable compound is by appointment only to minimise distractions to the horses and the stable operations. Upon arrival of your horse we will arrange a meeting at the stable with the trainer and his staff. When it races, as an owner you have full access to the mounting yard prior to its race. Under Singapore rules, all stables are locked-down 24 hours prior to any race meeting for security reasons.

How often will it race?
This really depends on the horse. As a general rule we would hope that it races at least one a month for young horses for the first year. Older horses may run more than this - possibly every 2 to 3 weeks. Some horses in Singapore having completed 50+ races over 4 years, others may race much less than this as the trainer may be much more selective on what races to enter into. During the lifetime of our ownership, it may also go to "spell" for a few months to give it a rest, or maybe to recover from an injury (fingers crossed not!).

How is the horses name chosen?
Upon purchasing a horse for partnership, all owners will participate in a vote to decide on the name of the horse. This is half the fun of owning a horse...coming up with a creative winning name.!

What is the Stable Name?
All horses in Singapore run under a Stable Name- the name that is listed in the race book. The Stable name will be "Lansdown Stable".

What are the Jockey's Racing Silks?
The Jockey's racing silks are registered to the Stable. These are Green with white stars.

the money stuff...

What does it cost to own a horse?
The cost of a horse depends on many different factors.  The initial share price is generally the purchase price of the horse. Costs of horses vary dramatically depending on the breeding and ability of the horse. Generally, we seek "Ready to Run" horses that have been pre-trained and are at trial level to determine its ability and competitiveness to race in Singapore. The breeding of the horse plays a major factor in its cost. Generally we seek to purchase horses with proven ability, from good bloodstock at a competitive price. Our main aim is to at least return the initial outlay of the horse. In some cases we obtain "spec" horses which are chosen purely on its ability but may not come from top bloodstock. These are generally cheaper but carry more risk.   In Singapore a Partnership may consist of up to a maximum of ten owners. Depending on the horse available for partnership shares can vary from SGD $5,000 to $20,000 for a 10% share. Contact us for full costs projections of shares currently available.

race day...

What happens on race day?
When all is said and done, race day is really what it's all about...a total buzz!   Once the horse is mature enough – both mentally and physically – and is fit enough, it's time to go racing! Your trainer is in charge of your horse's racing program and will aim to place it in races that are in line with its ability and natural progression. Regardless of the class of race (every horse has to start off somewhere!), the race day experience is a total thrill. When you first arrive on course you should head straight to the Owner's entrance. As a registered owner, you are entitled to use the Owners Lounge at the turf club at any time and can bring along 10 guests.

Registered owners are entitled to entry to the mounting yard for the race in which their horse competes and can participate in the pre- and post-race analysis from trainer and jockey. Your trainer will provide an opinion on your horse's chances and discuss possible racing tactics.  You'll also meet the jockey and be able to listen to the riding instructions given by the trainer.  During this time your horse will be groomed to within an inch of its life and walked to loosen up its muscles and keep it nice and relaxed. Then it's up to the Owners' Lounge or winning post to watch the race. Our racing colors should stand out in the field and make it easy for you to follow your horse's progress. Immediately following the race, you can participate in the post-race analysis. The jockey will discuss the race in full detail and generally offer an opinion on your horse's performance in the race. The trainer will also provide an in-depth analysis. The "where to from here" question that is always first and foremost on owners' minds will usually depend on how the horse 'pulls up' after the race (i.e. if it eats the house down, shows signs of stress etc). Most often, this cannot be answered with any certainty until at least a couple of days after the race. If your horse wins, then we head down to the winners circle at the finishing line where we pose for the winners photograph with the horse, jockey and trainer. A photograph of the horse crossing the finishing line, the winners photograph and statistics of the race is available for purchase through the club's photographers. You also receive a copy of the "Winning Moment" DVD. From here, the owners, trainer and jockey head to the Winner's Champgne Bar where champagne is free-flowing whilst you watch a reply of the race on the big screen and celebrate the prize money. Here the trainer and jockey will offer the race analysis and discuss the future strategy. If we are lucky enough to have a winning horse in a "feature" or "Class 1" races then we may receive a Trophy or some other trinket on top of the prize money. Our Partnership Agreement addresses who gets to keep the trophy or trinket. If its a prestigious race, then the other owners can arrange at their own expense for a replica of the trophy to made. Then, its back to the Owners Lounge to celebrate or commiserate as the case may be! If its a successful day then we often head into town and celebrate some more and continue enjoying the adrenaline rush.

Are children allowed at the race track?
NO.. Unfortunately Singapore has very tight laws and no-one is allowed to entered the track unless they are 18 years of age. Please ensure you and any guests bring along ID to the race track.

when its all over...

When does the partnership end?
There are a number of reasons for a partnership to end or to change shape:
- the horse dies or sustains a career-ending injury
- the horse is not performing well enough to warrant the ongoing training expenses
- the horse reaches the end of its useful racing career
- an owner wishes to exit the partnership for personal reasons
- a partner defaults on payments and is removed from the partnership

What happen if the horse has a career-ending Injury?
All our horses are covered under mortality insurance. We will be paid out by the insurance company if their horse dies of natural causes or requires immediate euthanasia to minimise suffering after life-threatening injury or disease. In this case the partnership is over immediately. Mortality insurance does not cover injury or circumstances which may end or threaten to end a horse's racing career but does not pose a threat to its life. In this case the co-owners need to reach majority consensus on the horse's future: retire it immediately; agree to surgery / rest / treatment etc if it is indicated. Whether or not the partnership continues will depend on the agreement reached among the owners by majority vote.

What happens if a horse is non-performing?
A horse's performance is continually assessed by the trainer and veterinarians as required. If a horse is not performing up to expectations, it may be due to immaturity (in which case time and patience is the answer), injury or aspects of its physical condition (e.g. a respiratory problem) or a genuine lack of ability! If it is agreed between trainer and owners that a horse is not likely to achieve sufficient potential for whatever the reason, the usual options are to move the horse to a more suitable location (taking into account transportation) or to sell / retire the horse to avoid incurring further costs.  Horses that don't perform well at the racetrack can often go on to become useful eventers or show horses while others may become pleasure hacks or riding school horses.

When does the horse retire?
All racehorses eventually reach an age when they are no longer truly competitive against a younger crop. Thoroughbred racehorses tend to not race much past the age of 6 or 7 (often younger for female horses) although there are many notable exceptions. Some staying-type horses may find new careers as jumpers and be able to compete until they are well past 10 years of age, although this is more the exception than the rule. The options for horses that have reached the end of their racing careers are the same as state above or simply given away to horse enthusiasts who can offer the horse a good home and devoted care and attention.
Depending on their pedigree and racetrack performance male horses that have not been gelded may embark on a stud career. Again, this is exceedingly rare (even more so in Singapore) as the vast majority of male racehorses are gelded by the age of three. Only the very 'cream of the crop' will have the pedigree and performance to warrant a stallion career. These represent something like 0.1% of the racehorse population of any given year so this should not be expected..

How do I get out the partnership?
When you purchase a share in a thoroughbred racehorse it must be remembered that you are embarking on an approximate 2 to 4-year arrangement or perhaps longer if the horse is successful. You have a responsibility to the horse, trainer and fellow co-owners to keep up payments for the lifespan of the partnership. However, it is understood that owners may occasionally wish to exit a partnership while it is still active because of unforeseen changes in life circumstances. In the case of willingly wishing to exit a partnership, the exiting partner must first offer his / her share(s) to the remaining partners through communication with the Manager. If the other owners decide not to take up the offer, the share may be sold outside the partnership provided that a buyer can be found. The remaining partners are under no obligation to purchase the share(s) offered by an exiting owner and the market value of the share(s) can only be determined at the time of offer. Sometimes in order to exit the partnership, partners may need to give away their share(s) for free. Even then the remaining members are under no obligation to accept the offer and to absorb the additional expenses associated with a larger shareholding. Note: As a registered owner, you are legally responsible for the costs of your share(s) until such time as they are sold or given away.

What happens to Defaulting Partners?
Trainers run tight operations and have many outgoing expenses associated with horses in their care: wages, feed, stable box leases, track fees, veterinary etc. Trainers issue monthly invoices to owners, usually under strict 14-day payment terms. Owners that default on payments can interfere with a horse's preparation as the trainer may decide to put the horse 'on hold' until all outstanding invoices are paid.  It is important to understand that you are entering into a legal agreement with your fellow partner accepting obligations that go with it.

betting...?

Can I get tips to make money on betting?
Being a shareholder means you will get information from your trainer on the progress of your horse and an indication of his potential performance on race day. However, you will not be provided with any information on any other horses - only those horses in which you own a share. You should not base your decision to buy a share of a horse only on the availability of "inside information" or that you will recoup your outlay through betting based on inside information.

risks...

What are the risks of horse ownerships?
It is important that you understand the risks of racehorse ownership. This is not a financial investment that you can quantify the rate of return. This is a sport or hobby where hopefully you will enjoy the excitement of race day and meet a bunch a nice people along the way. The beauty of a partnership is that it makes owning a share in a racehorse possible and affordable for many more people. You can own a part share of a magnificent thoroughbred and momentarily "forget" all the other owners when "your" horse gallops across the finish line in first place! But always bear in mind that there are many more losers than winners in racing and you should only invest a sum that you can afford to lose. On the other hand, if you are financially able to take the risk, you will be embarking on a rewarding life experience. If however, you will need to choose between putting shoes on your horse versus shoes on your child....then you carefully need to consider what you are getting into. It is difficult to know exactly what the costs will be during the career of a horse. It could prove to be a superstar and earn impressive prize money, or it can suffer a career-ending injury in its first race. You need to have the mindset that once you are committed you could be potentially flushing your money down the toilet. There may be highs and there will certainly be lows. Many things can go wrong. The majority of horses are sourced from Australia or New Zealand and as such may find it difficult to acclimatize to the Singapore heat and humidity. You may find that that although a horse demonstrated ability upon purchase that it simply may not perform to the same standard under these weather conditions. Horse are not very well engineered! The majority of horses injuries are generally in their legs. It is not uncommon for a horse to suffer an career-ending injury during his training even before it begins to race. Insurance only covers mortality. Upon entering a partnership you should view it purely as a life experience and potentially several years of fun. A good result is that your horse will return enough money to pay for its own training fees throughout its racing career. A better result is that it earns enough prize money for dividends to be paid out and you receive back your initial investment. The dream scenario is that you exceed your initial investment. Please do your research - this is horse racing!

How can I get the racing channel on tv?
The racing channel (288 and2 89) on Starhub Cable TV is only available to customers with a Telebet Phone Account. Applications forms and information on opening a Telebet account and to receive the cable channel is available on the Singapore Turf Club website.