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Syndicate horse wins Group 1 ‘Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp

The RSA, it’s members and syndicate owners up and down the country were jumping for joy to see a co-owned horse triumph on Arc day in a Group 1 race at Longchamp. You could see how much it meant to owners as the sheer joy brought one member literally to his knees. In a world of highs and lows sometimes the highs take centre stage and it was wonderful to see.

Middleham Park Racing said:

“There was a lot of attention ahead of the Arc meeting for many horses and The Platinum Queen was no exception. Trying to be the first 2-year-old, since Sigy in 1978, to win the Abbaye was quite a goal to achieve. Syndicate manager Tom has done a lot of press interviews in the run up and there was the pressure of her being favourite too. Add to that the very soft ground, with heavy showers on race day and hearts were pumping! Most of her syndicate made a weekend of it and some brought partners or friends, with them to enjoy the spectacle of Arc day. Watching Alpinista win the big race for Sir Mark, who we have 3 horses with, was tear jerking and set us up for a totally emotional day.

The paddock was crowded for the 18 runner race and Hollie was just keen to get her out on the track and let her tack down nicely to the sprint track in the centre of the course. She had a good draw in 7 and as they broke, just slotted in behind 2 horses in front of her and was always close up. Just at halfway her speed took her to the front and as three horses had split to the other side of the track it was difficult to see the order. Hollie asked her for more and she was soon 2 lengths clear, but did start to idle and when she could see horses coming to her, she stayed on strongly under pressure and held on gamely, to win by a short neck.”

Syndicate manager Tom said: “At no point were we super worried. Hollie let her get to the front without asking too much of her; it was a great ride and a relief that she handled the pretty soft conditions. I must say, it was a very emotional day. I love this filly and so do her owners and it was a privilege to be there to see her take a Group 1 on the biggest stage. Thank you to the team at Longchamp for the wonderful hospitality for our group of 23 owners and guests. I think Paris knows who Middleham Park Racing are now after the celebrations and we must thank everyone for the very kind messages of congratulations on our 4th Group 1 winner.

Thank you to Richard and his team at Musley Bank for the work they do with her at home and to Oisin Orr, who rides her at home. As this was a ‘win and your in’ Breeders Cup race, she has now been added to the field for the Juvenile Turf Sprint, as it was possible for the automatic qualifying race to be transferred to one she can race in. This is very much on her agenda and we will now start to make plans for Keeneland on November 4th!”