1 Feb 2019

Blog update Feb 2019

Time to login for a quick update.

I tend to take a bit of a break November through January, so for a while there's not been much I've really liked or liked enough to put on the blog. And then the unseasonal conditions this winter have added an extra dimension of wariness.

The old adage goes that when the ground is heavy keep your money in your pocket, but in my experience seasonal heavy ground in October is just fine - but ground riding the fast side of good in January most definitely isn’t. And now it’s snowing!

Weather aside, I take a closer punting interest from the first Saturday after Feb 14th. For me, prime punting runs from Valentine’s Day to Halloween (easy to remember too).

It's just as well I have a break though, because life gets extremely busy elsewhere.

It’s astonishing how the ENIGMA syndicates have grown. From just a pair of yearlings with Richard Hannon in 2013, we now have a stake in over 50 horses across GB and IRE.

Late autumn is the time the new yearlings come up for sale. So far, we’ve invested in 22 new youngsters - all now limbering up for their 2yo season. 5 with Richard Hannon, 3 with Mark Johnston, a brace each with Messrs. Fahey and Burke. The rest are spread around top yards all over the country.

Thrills + fun = Success

The reason the syndicates have succeeded is quite simple. They offer enormous fun and great thrills, for a price many of us can afford.

Don't take my word for it, have a look at our reviews on Google 

Because our share price is so low, lots of people have become involved who never dreamt they'd be able to fulfil the dream of ownership. 

And this affordability means it’s also easy to build up a string of horses, which makes a huge difference.

As anyone who has spent thousands on bigger shares in the past will tell you, ENIGMA Racing offers the chance to enjoy almost all the same benefits, but with the benefit of being able to buy shares in multiple horses (with plenty of change left over).

More horses mean your chances of connecting with a really good one rapidly increase.

Which Is Important

Taking on royalty and the super-rich isn’t easy, but with our collective spending power we give ourselves real chances. In just 5 years of having runners we’ve won over 130 races – including 10 Listed or Group races, right up to Group 1.

Plus we’ve finished 2nd in the St Leger. Entering the final furlong leading a British Classic is an off-the-charts experience. Who gets into ownership and does that? Very few. This year we have a horse aimed at both the British and Irish Guineas.

When all's said and done we're in it for the glory, the challenge of trying to win high quality races. But sometimes it can be about the money too.

Last year a horse we held a stake in was sold to Hong Kong for £1,000,000, beating our previous best of £600,000 – although with prize money that horse actually made just over £950,000.

The ENIGMA syndicate are primarily an investment in pleasure but the cheques when they do come are very welcome too.

The shares are sold exclusively to members of the ENIGMA Forum and everything posted on the forum this winter has already sold out. However, I keep a few back so we have something to offer new members. If interested, drop me a line:

You can read about the syndicates here:

So, we are set fair and looking forward to a huge year in 2019, across betting and bloodstock. If you love your racing, there's nowhere quite like the ENIGMA Forum to enjoy both and I hope you come and visit us sometime.

Good luck to us all, and best wishes for the season ahead.


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