Mahuta Story - Part I - The Buy In by Dave Jones
One of our most passionate owners who has been with RTD from the start Dave Jones is penning a great story for a new website called racing and pacing it defiantly worth a read, i am sure a lot of RTD owners can relate to the story's .
Here is Part I through Dave's eyes.
To get involved in a good horse you need a lot of luck. To get involved in one who was bought for $35,000 and wins $1.75 Million at only your second venture into ownership is out of this world. The whole journey for our syndicate (WWW Racing) might not have happened except for so many sliding door moments coming together.
I have loved racing since I can remember and always thought I would one day get involved in ownership.
The first piece of the puzzle started in March 2013, when 4 mates and I went to watch Black Caviar take her record to 24 from 24 by winning the William Reid at The Valley. As we sat in the grandstand in anticipation of seeing the champion mare, my mate Goldy looked at me and out of the blue said something prophetic and I will never forget, "you and I will own a good horse one day". Stu who was with us on that magical night when Black Caviar signed off her Melbourne career would also be an integral part of this story.
A few months later, Goldy came to see me at our office with a brochure for a Magnus colt who was for sale with the Roll The Dice syndications. A lady at our work, had mentioned it to him as her husband was involved with RTD. I remember Goldy (who knows his racing) asking is Darren Weir any good! It just shows how far he has come in those 6 years as at the time the 2012/13 season had just finished and Weiry had 44 metro wins, something he now racks up in a dozen weeks.
After having the "difficult conversation" with my wife that night, I was excited to get back to Goldy and have me locked into 2.5%. Leesy from work and a few others made up the remainder and we were soon proud owners in a racehorse.
We couldn't get enough of it and made the early journey up to a frosty Ballarat regularly on a Saturday morning when the youngster was in training at Forest Lodge. Weiry, his racing manager, Jeremy Rogers and the stable staff made us so welcome. It didn't matter that we were small shareholders in one of many horses at the beautiful training complex.
Shin soreness, gelding and a few handy jump outs around Avoca & Burrumbeet had us close to the debut of the unusually named Kungsleden. The "Kung" was now 3 and one of the owners in our syndicate decided to pull out. Enter my mate Stu, who having heard all my hopeful thoughts on Kung, decided he would buy in.
Kungsleden started his career (which I think is still not over, somewhere in Port Augusta) on a September Sunday in 2014 at "Royal" Warracknabeal. I couldn't resist going and talked the family and Stu and his into making a weekend of it. We had the best time watching Kung run 2nd to a Peter Moody runner, with a little known jumps jockey Johnny Allen aboard.
Less than a fortnight later, Stu (his wife Deb) and I took a Friday off to make the slightly shorter trip to Ararat where "Kung" was one of the favourites with Michelle Payne aboard. She rode him a treat and he got up in a photo to give us the huge thrill of being a winning owner. Soon we were celebrating in the winners bar with Weiry and Robbie & Leigh from RTD.
When the yet to be unplaced Kungsleden was sent out favourite on Victorian Derby eve in late October at the Valley and was leading to the corner in the 3yo BM64, I was starting to think about Goldy's words. We found out Kung wasn't a leader and he stopped to finish 6th.
After a spell it was soon clear Kung wasn't going to be any more than a handy horse and not the good horse Goldy had prophesied. I was loving the ownership journey though and when RTD's Open Day came up on a Sunday after our annual Weekend Without Women (WWW) golf trip, I had a thought "what if the guys from the golf trip could have a horse to talk about each year when we get together?"
So after seeing the 3 RTD prospects paraded on the day, I went back to work with armed with 3 brochures and $ amounts to buy in. On pedigree the Flying Spur colt from an unraced Zabeel mare looked interesting, especially as he was a half brother to Weiry's ex-trained Blamey Stakes winner, Anlon. Weiry's words of he is ready to go, were ringing in my ears too.
Some small interest was shown by some of the guys in the golf group and after a couple of weeks we had decided on the Flying Spur and had 7 of our 10% but were running out of time. This was counting on telling the wife I was getting in a second horse, and her not walking out on me! I nervously asked about going 0.5% which quite a few others had taken up, and she said one of the best things she ever said to me "half, you might as have one". So my 1% was in. We still needed 2.5% and fast as there was interest from others and RTD were holding our share.
Enter Stu, who after initially saying he wasn't able to put up the $'s, rang me early one morning at work to ask what % was left in the colt. He had stopped at his regular haunt "The Chelsea Heights" the night before and managed to pick up $22,500 from his $12 boxed first 4 on the last of the Mildura races.
Cappers (one of many first time owners from the golf group in the colt) was soon running the WWW Racing syndicate in the soon to be named Mahuta. Goldy and Leesy followed up from the Kung, but unfortunately a few decided not to.
Little did I know just how good racing ownership could get...
MAHUTA (Part 2) - THE WINNING MACHINE to follow.