Great Gable
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Great Gable

Racehorse Syndicate


Buy a Share for £47 (inc. VAT)

Great Gable is a good looking five-year-old gelding. He is from an excellent family, being out of a half-sister to Mr Mole, who was a top-class chaser and won the Grade 2 Game Spirit Chase at Newbury as well as seven other races.

Great Gable was very disappointing on his racecourse debut at Doncaster in November, but following this run, he was found to be suffering from a respiratory infection. He is now back working well at Ditcheat and Paul Nicholls is hopeful that he will be able to show his true colours this spring.

Great Gable is in training with Paul Nicholls at his base in Ditcheat, Somerset. Paul has been crowned champion Jumps trainer on eleven occasions, and has achieved great success for Owners Group over the years.

This syndicate term lasts until 1 January 2022, with no commitment to continue at the end of the syndicate period. Please click here for full details of the end of term process.

This syndicate is divided into 4,000 shares and each share costs £47 (including VAT). View price transparency. There will be nothing extra to pay, no matter what costs are incurred during the syndicate period. The syndicate is subject to the usual 'Owners Group' terms and conditions. The current maximum number of shares that can be purchased by one person is 10

  • The share price is £47. The full price breakdown is:
  • The capital value of Great Gable is £70,000, which works out as £17.50 per share.
  • Our management and service provision fee is set at £13.27 per share.
  • The all-inclusive racing/training cost is set at £6.75 per share.
  • The cost for mortality insurance is £1.52 per share.
  • The Racehorse Rehabilitation contribution is £0.13 per share.
  • The VAT is £7.83 per share.
  • There will be nothing extra to pay for the syndicate period, no matter what costs are incurred.

Great Gable Pedigree


Great Gable Profile

Written on 5 May 2020

Great Gable was purchased from the Tattersalls Derby Sale in Ireland in June 2019 for €75,000 as he had a good walk, with plenty of scope for growth and development. He soon joined Will Biddick, who reported he was very easy to break in. The amenable three-year-old gelding was happy to take on board new concepts, such as being long-reined (the trainer walks behind the horse, teaching him steering via long ropes, attached to his bridle), before a rider is introduced.

Will Biddick's breaking and pre-training yard is situated in Paul Nicholls' neighbouring village of Alhampton in Somerset. Will breaks in all of Paul's young horses nowadays, and keeps many of them in pre-training during the main part of the National Hunt season. The horses remain under the supervision of Paul and his head lad, Clifford Baker, who makes a weekly personal check of each horse in Will's care.

The benefit of this system is that the horses have access to all of Paul's facilities, they eat the same food and forage, but they are not under the pressure of being part of a large string. Will sends small groups of horses out together, to do less work than most of Paul's older, fitter horses, who are capable of working harder or possibly working faster. By putting young horses under too much pressure, you risk not only damaging their developing muscles, tendons and ligaments, but also their spirit. It is important to maintain each horse's enthusiasm, as you hope they will develop into a racehorse, where the will to win is essential.

Will's routine tends to involve using Ditcheat's flat round gallop more than the demanding hill gallop, with its extreme gradients. Will often spends time walking at either end of the loop gallop, to help ensure that horses don't race off as soon as they hit the sand surface (as you may have seen in some our of video updates). This helps to give the horses good manners and patience, which is appreciared by Paul's riders when they progress to the main yard. Will also spends time in his outdoor arena teaching the young horses to jump properly; he has both hurdles and fences in his arena, as it is Olympic-sized, with much more room than Paul's outdoor school at his Highbridge stables. You can now start to understand why each horse fits seamlessly into Paul's routine, once they graduate in the spring after they have spent time with Will.

As Great Gable is unraced, let's look through his pedigree, before discussing last season's training. Great Gable is out of Mistress Mole, a mare Paul Nicholls knows well, as she was trained in Ditcheat initially. Mistress Mole is a half-sister to a more famous former occupant of Paul's yard, Mr Mole, who was an enigmatic chaser owned by JP McManus. Mr Mole's finest hour came when winning the 2015 Grade 2 Game Spirit Chase at Newbury under AP McCoy, despite starting very hesitantly. The win was the 200th of the season for McCoy, and also the win after which he chose to announce his retirement from the saddle. Mr Mole won eight races, and was rated 165 at his peak, so was just below absolute top class.

Mistress Mole was a half-sister to two other winners; one of whom, Wendy Du Berlais, was trained by Robert Collet in France and was placed in Listed company. Wendy Du Berlais went on to breed two winners; Athena Du Berlais, who won three races and was also Listed-placed, and Deesse Du Berlais. Mistress Mole is also a half-sister to Walter Du Berlais, who won in France for trainer J Bertran de Balanda.

On the course, Mistress Mole (by Definite Article) was placed in National Hunt Flat races (bumpers) and novices' hurdles for Paul Nicholls, before crossing the Irish Sea to join Gordon Elliott, who must have promptly put her in foal to Fame And Glory. She didn't win for either trainer, as once handicapped she could only finish third and fourth in two hurdle races for Elliott, before retiring in the autumn of 2015. Great Gable (born the following year) is therefore her first foal, and she obviously raced for Gordon whilst carrying him (mares can race up to the point they are 180 days pregnant).

Great Gable is by Fame And Glory, who was trained by Aidan O'Brien to win over £2.3m. Bred in partnership between Ptarmigan Bloodstock and Kirsten Rausing (who owns Lanwades Stud outside Newmarket), Fame And Glory won 14 of his 26 races, including the 2008 Group 1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud on his second start as a two-year-old, in November 2008, despite the race being run on heavy ground over a stamina-sapping 1m 2f. Fame And Glory enhanced his record as a three-year-old by winning the 2009 Irish Derby by five lengths, but it was as an older horse that he really excelled.

Fame And Glory began 2010 by winning the Group 1 Tattersalls Stakes, before adding the Coronation Cup at Epsom to his collection, where he beat the previous season's Oaks winner, Sariska, and dual Arc runner-up, Youmzain. In 2011 Fame And Glory showed extreme stamina to win the 2m 4f Ascot Gold Cup, which naturally then determined that he would stand as a National Hunt sire, as Flat racing breeders tend to prefer stallions who show speed over shorter distances. Fame And Glory ran his last race when pulling up in the 2012 Breeders' Cup Marathon, but luckily returned sound enough to stand as a stallion.

Fame And Glory stood at Grange Stud in Ireland for €7,000, until he sadly passed away in 2017, leaving a decent legacy for a National Hunt sire who only stood for a brief period (impressive, when you consider it took the likes of Midnight Legend and Presenting until they reached their teens to achieve greatness at stud). Fame And Glory is by one of the great modern stallions of stallions, Montjeu. Despite passing on his fiery temperament to his many of his sons, Montjeu has bred four Epsom Derby winners; Authorized, Motivator, Camelot and Pour Moi (himself the sire of Derby winner, Wings Of Eagles). Montjeu has also bred stallions Masked Marvel (St Leger winner and sire of Owners Group filly, Groovy Kind), Scorpion (St Leger winner and sire of the brilliant but quirky Might Bite), Arc winner Hurricane Run, and high-class stayer, Jukebox Jury.

The best progeny of Fame And Glory so far include Commander Of Fleet, trained by Gordon Elliott , who has won three of his six starts under Rules to date. He began his career by winning a point-to-point, before progressing to win the 2018 Goffs Land Rover Bumper at the Punchestown Festival. In 2019 he won a Grade 1 novices' hurdle at Leopardstown, before missing last season through injury. Uhtred, trained by Joseph O'Brien, is another son of Fame And Glory who looks to be potentially top class. He has won two of his three races to date, starting with the valuable Tattersalls Sales Bumper at Fairyhouse on his debut in April 2019, before adding a Listed hurdle at Navan in December 2019.

Fame And Glory has also achieved success in France, with leading owner/breeder Haras de Saint-Voir campaigning Gardons La Sourire to win three of his five races for trainer Gabriel Leeanders. In the past season, the most successful son of Fame And Glory trained in Britain was Tom Lacey's Sebastapol, who won the Scottish County Hurdle, and has to date won three of his six races under Rules, which has earned him an excellent official hurdles rating of 142.

Returning to Great Gable, once he had progressed to a level of cantering beside another horse and jumping around Will's outdoor arena, he was sent for a late summer break at EquiPrep, where he remained until the end of November last year. When he left, Darrell Scaife described him as being 'as solid as a beef bullock', which shows how much condition he gained during his holiday! Great Gable returned to Will's yard and spent an initial period walking and trotting, before cantering away later in December. By mid-January, Paul reported that Great Gable's jumping was improving, as initially he was quite clumsy at his obstacles. Great Gable took a while to develop a decent jumping technique, but plenty of practice and good riding helped him develop into the good jumper he is today.

At the end of January, Great Gable jumped well in Paul's outdoor arena (situated at his Highbridge Stables) for the first time. A few weeks later, Harry Skelton rode him in the arena and was pleased with him. Harry is brilliant to have on any horse who needs some help with their jumping, as he has spent all his life being guided by trainer-brother Dan and father Nick, who is a gold medal-winning Olympic show jumper. You could see how much Great Gable improved under Harry's guidance through the schooling session in the video we released in March. In this video, we also showed the racecourse gallop Great Gable underwent at Charlton Horethorne point-to-point course on 9 March.

At Charlton Horethorne, Great Gable galloped with a large group of young unraced horses, giving him a first taste of racecourse experience. He was ridden by Charlie Sprake, who has ridden plenty of winners in pony racing. It was good to see Great Gable cope so well with the preliminaries, which involved travelling to the course wearing his tack (saddle and bridle) in the horsebox, before congregating with his group of fellow youngsters in unfamiliar surroundings, as if walking around at the start of a race.

The course is around a mile and a quarter in circumference, so the horses started halfway down the back straight, before progressing the pace through the gallop, just as if they were competing in a National Hunt Flat race. Charlie was very happy with how Great Gable moved in the gallop. Great Gable jumped off towards the rear of the group and made good progress on the run-in to finish on the bridle (travelling well, without being pushed by his jockey).

Not long after the gallop, Great Gable joined Paul's main string, by which time horseracing had been cancelled in Britain due to Coronavirus. He fitted into Paul's main string with ease, and continued to canter daily until mid-April. After completing a very satisfactory half-speed piece of work on Paul's flat gallop on 11 April, he returned to EquiPrep for his summer break. Darrell Scaife recently reported that Great Gable looked much more grown up than when he had last seen him, back in November.

Great Gable will now have a holiday until mid-July, when he will hopefully return to Paul's to begin preparations for running in a National Hunt Flat race this autumn. As Great Gable has enjoyed a full season's training, much of his education has been completed, as he has already neared race-fitness for the first time. It should not take so long to get the weight off him in the autumn, and we would love to see him on the course this side of Christmas, all being well. While Great Gable enjoys his summer holidays and is untroubled by the worldwide pandemic, surrounded by the staff at EquiPrep who are mostly self-isolating, please stay safe and let's hope life can soon return to normality.

Buy a Share in Great Gable for £47 (inc. VAT)
No monthly costsThere are NO monthly costs and there will be NO other requests for payment during the syndicate period.
GREAT GIFT IDEA! We can either post the welcome pack to the purchaser, or directly to the recipient.

What happens at the end of a syndicate term?

There really is no obligation at all after the initial one-off purchase!

All horses have a set syndicate term, which usually lasts for approximately 12 months, although this can vary.

Towards the end of the term, owners will receive a report from the trainer and the team, specifying the horse's prospects going forward and a recommendation on whether we believe the horse should continue into a further term, giving everyone the chance to renew for a further term.

The renewal price is very likely to be cheaper than the price paid to purchase the share(s) in the first instance, as owners will have already paid for their share of the capital of the horse. Therefore, the renewal price just includes the ongoing racing/training fees, management fees, insurance, VAT and the contribution towards the Horse Retirement Fund.

Owners are not obliged to renew their share(s) if they don't wish to, it's completely their choice. Once the syndicate term ends, any relinquished share(s) will automatically be released for sale and if those share(s) sell elsewhere, owners will receive the relevant share capital value of the horse, credited to their account.

If a low number of owners decide to renew their shares, the syndicate may be re-structured (see Terms and Conditions), or the horse may potentially be sold. If a horse is sold, the net sale price will be divided by the number of shares in the syndicate and all owners will receive their share of the net sale price to their account. If the syndicate does not continue into an extended period, any renewal payment for that new period, will be refunded.

Racehorse welfare is our top priority. If a horse has a setback in training or is deemed not to be fit enough to race for any reason, then the horse will rest until fit and ready. Our business also runs a not-for-profit organisation called Xracehorse Club, dedicated to the re-homing of retired racehorses. We are extremely passionate about the welfare of all of our horses, and will always endeavour to ensure that any horse retired from is given a loving home, when they retire from racing.

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