Unit Sixtyfour
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Unit Sixtyfour

Racehorse Syndicate


Syndicate end date:
01 MAY 2023
Buy a Share for £34 (inc. VAT)

Unit Sixtyfour is a seven-year-old bay gelding by Sholokhov.

Unit Sixtyfour made an excellent impression on his first start in a handicap hurdle at Southwell in November 2021, when finishing a close second to a horse who went on to win again in the spring. Frustratingly, he was found to have a stress fracture of his right-fore fetlock [ankle] joint in February and he underwent an operation to insert a screw into the joint. This all went well and Unit Sixtyfour has been cantering away since April. Trainer Ben Pauling is hopeful that he will be ready for a run later this summer.

Unit Sixtyfour is in training with Ben Pauling at his picturesque yard in Cheltenham. Ben, a former assistant trainer to Nicky Henderson, has enjoyed an excellent start to his training career, and has already chalked up two Cheltenham Festival winners, courtesy of Willoughby Court (2017) and La Breuil (2019).

This syndicate term lasts until 1 May 2023, 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 2,500 shares and each share costs £34 (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. There are no partners or others sharing this horse and therefore 2,500 shares represents 100% of the ownership of the horse.

  • The share price is £34. The full price breakdown is:
  • The capital value of Unit Sixtyfour is £15,000 which works out as £5.00 per share.
  • Our management and service provision fee is set at £12.77 per share.
  • The all-inclusive keep/racing/training/vetting cost is set at £9.90 per share.
  • The cost for mortality insurance (covered for £15,000) is £0.48 per share.
  • The racehorse rehabilitation contribution is £0.18 per share.
  • The VAT is £5.67 per share.
  • There will be nothing extra to pay for the syndicate period, no matter what costs are incurred.

Unit Sixtyfour Pedigree

Unit Sixtyfour2015 (2 February)Height: 16.3hh { SHOLOKHOV (IRE) { SADLER’S WELLS (USA) { NORTHERN DANCER (CAN)
More information on heights

Racehorse Heights

The height of a racehorse is always a hot topic, with trainers, breeders and sales consignors often quick to make assumptions about scope and even ability based on how high a horse stands. A horse is measured in 'hands' (equivalent to four inches) from the ground to the top of the wither.

In general, Flat horses are smaller than Jumps horses, although as with humans, it's impossible to pigeon-hole horses to that extent. New Seeker, a very successful Flat horse for Elite Racing Club, was rejected by many top agents as a yearling as he was considered too big. Standing at almost 17hh, New Seeker proved most judges wrong and won twice at Royal Ascot as well as six other races. Conversely, Alan King trained the diminutive Katchit to win both the Triumph Hurdle and Champion Hurdle. Standing at 'barely 15.2hh', Katchit, would be considered by many to be too small for the Jumps game, but he was one of the most successful hurdlers of his era and had more guts than many of his bigger rivals. Top Notch, one of Nicky Henderson's most successful current inmates, was a very good hurdler and finished fifth in the 2016 Champion Hurdle. A few eyebrows were raised when Nicky sent Top Notch chasing the following season, but the 'tiny' son of Poliglote took to the bigger fences like a duck to water and landed the Grade 2 Oaksey Chase at Sandown in April.

Paul Nicholls is renowned for training top-class chasers and despite Big Buck's' prowess over hurdles, connections were always keen to send him over fences because of his size and scope. However, after a couple of failed attempts, including a high-profile unseating of Sam Thomas in the 2008 Hennessy Gold Cup, Paul decided to shelve the chasing route and stick to hurdles. To look at Big Buck's, he was the classic chaser, but it's possible that his large size (17.1hh) compromised his ability to be athletic over the larger obstacles.

All horses are different and it's wise not to make too many predictions about a horse's future capabilities based on its size, until a horse proves it themselves. It would not be unusual for a 15.2hh horse to have more scope than a 16.2hh horse once on the move. Natural athleticism might mean that a small horse covers more ground than a bigger horse despite that looking unlikely when simply stood up and 'judged'. It's a fascinating subject and as with many things with racehorses, there are seemingly no rules.

Heights of a few famous racehorses:

  • ZENYATTA (dual Breeders Cup Classic winner) - 17.2hh
  • SECRETARIAT (1973 Triple Crown winner) - 16.2hh
  • HYPERION (Derby and St Leger winner) - 15.1hh
  • RED RUM (three-time Grand National winner) - 16.2hh
  • FRANKEL (ten-time Group 1 winner) - 16.1hh
  • MILL REEF (Derby and Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe winner) - 15.2hh

Unit Sixtyfour Profile

Written on 11 June 2020

Unit Sixtyfour was purchased from Tattersalls Ireland's sale at Cheltenham Racecourse in February. He had recently finished second in his most recent point-to-point, showing plenty of promise. We were impressed by his presence at the sale, and thought he could develop into an exciting Jumping prospect. Let's take a look through his pedigree, the form of his races, and ahead to the coming season.

Unit Sixtyfour is out of Dixie Chick, who was very lightly raced in Ireland for the Motherway family. Dixie Chick won her second point-to-point very easily by twenty lengths, having endured a long break after finishing second on debut. She is a half-sister to pointing winners Taylor Swift, Dusky Lamp and Shore Park. Dixie Chick's half-sister Catriona's Mare was placed in point-to-points before breeding two winners, Financial Outcome (who won over fences, as well as point-to-points) and Carrig Dubh, a winner of five points.

The only other horse Dixie Chick has bred who has raced is dual pointing winner Shanacoole, who is by the now-retired top stallion, Oscar. Dixie Chick has also bred a four-year-old called Notalossla, who is unraced. Shanacoole won a maiden point-to-point in January 2019, before following up in a 'winners of one' race the following month for his owner-breeder, Colin Motherway. Colin Motherway also prepared Unit Sixtyfour for his races last season, and rode many winners himself 'between the flags', prior to retiring to concentrate on training.

Unit Sixtyfour is by Sholokhov, whose best son is the 2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, Don Cossack. Trained by Gordon Elliott, Don Cossack won 16 of his 27 races, recording an impressive six wins at Grade 1 level. Sholokhov also bred perhaps the most exciting hurdler around at present - Shishkin, who won the Grade 1 Supreme Novices' Hurdle at this year's Cheltenham Festival. Other well known winners Sholokhov has sired include David Pipe's Grade 3 winner, Dell' Arca, and the Rooneys' Kruzhlinin, who was also a Grade 3 winner 'under Rules', and has also won 14 of his 17 point-to-points! In France, Guillaume Macaire trained Esmondo to win ten of his 17 races over hurdles, including several at Grade 1 level.

Sholokhov stood as a stallion in Germany from 2004 - 2012, hence there are many less well known progeny of his in that country. From 2013 onwards, Sholokhov has stood at Glenview Stud in Ireland for €4,000. Sholokhov was bred by master Irish trainer, Jim Bolger, and raced for Aidan O'Brien during his career on the track. As a two-year-old, he won a maiden at the Curragh, before chasing home talented stablemate Hawk Wing in the Group 2 Futurity Stakes. Sholokhov also finished third to Hawk Wing in the Group 1 National Stakes, before winning Italy's Group 1 Gran Criterium at San Siro in the autumn of his juvenile season.

As a three-year-old, Sholokhov finished second to High Chaparral in the 2002 Irish Derby over 1m4f, before dropping back to 1m2f to chase home old adversary, Hawk Wing, in the Eclipse Stakes. Sholokhov also finished fourth in the Irish Champion Stakes, then failed to stay the extended 1m6f in the St Leger, before dropping back to a mile to finish fourth in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

Sholokhov ran once more for new trainer, Michael Jarvis, as a four-year-old, before retiring to stud the following season. Being by the sire of stallions, Sadler's Wells, Sholokhov was always likely to have appeal at stud. He made a distinct impression with his runners in Germany and France before he moved to Ireland to stand at stud, and it is fair to say his success has continued in Britain and Ireland.

Returning to Unit Sixtyfour, he made his debut at Borris House in a geldings' maiden for four year olds on 8 December 2019. Unit Sixtyfour was in need of the experience on this occasion, as he came under pressure with four fences to run, having chased the leaders to that point. Jockey Richie Deegan wisely pulled him up before the second-last fence, ensuring Unit Sixtyfour had an enjoyable first experience of the track.

Unit Sixtyfour reappeared on 2 February at Knockmullen House in testing conditions. With half a mile to run, Unit Sixtyfour was over twenty lengths adrift of the front-running trailblazer Fully Authorised, but his ultra experienced rider, Jamie Codd, did not panic.

Codd sat patiently as the leader begin to tire around the final bend, before moving gradually into third place. Codd was keen to keep Unit Sixtyfour well balanced to ensure he jumped home safely, before he focused on winning the race. After the final fence, where Fully Authorised departed, Codd pushed Unit Sixtyfour as much as he could, but could only get within two lengths of the winner, Walking The Walk. The time of this race suggested conditions were very soft; 6 minutes 51 seconds is a long time for young horses to stay galloping. Only three horses finished in this race, and all three looked tired in the testing conditions.

Returning to the sales, the winner of the Knockmullen House point-to-point, Walking The Walk, was sold for just £38,000 at the same Tattersalls sale at Cheltenham, whereas Unit Sixtyfour was knocked down to Owners Group for £55,000 on the same day. The reason behind this is Unit Sixtyfour looked a much more likely long-term Jumping prospect, possessing more size and scope for improvement. The fact that Unit Sixtyfour was more expensive shows this was a pretty universally-held judgement. Trainer Ben Pauling liked Unit Sixtyfour at the sales, and was pleased when we bought him, and when learning that Unit Sixtyfour would be joining his successful yard.

Ben Pauling has been training since 2013, having spent the previous six seasons assisting Nicky Henderson. Nicky has also mentored successful trainers Charlie Longsdon, Jamie Snowden, Charlie Fellowes, Tom Symonds and his newest recruit to the training ranks, Toby Lawes.

Ben has exceptional facilities at his Cotswolds base. Ben's horses use a six-furlong hill gallop made with shredded carpet as their routine facility. The benefit of this surface is that is never freezes, allowing constant use through any harsh British winter. Ben also has a two-furlong deep sand canter for steady work, as well as both indoor and outdoor schools. The all-weather schooling area is crucial in wet weather, allowing horses to jump both hurdles and fences on an all-weather surface, thus allowing jumping all year round. Ben also has an equine spa, which is a unit horses walk into that fills with cold water to help ease any bruises or strains.

Ben uses top jockeys Daryl Jacob, Nico de Boinville and David Bass, while also employing up-and-coming conditional jockeys Jason Dixon and Luca Morgan. Ben is assisted by Tom David, who rode plenty of point-to-point winners in Wales, before retiring from the saddle to assist Ben.

Unit Sixtyfour is able to run in National Hunt Flat races (bumpers) when he begins training later in the summer, or he could run over hurdles. He is likely to move from EquiPrep (where he is currently turned out full time) to Ben's yard in Bourton-on-the-Water in July to begin full training. Should his training go to plan, we imagine he could be ready to run later in the autumn, once the rain has hopefully arrived and eased the ground. Unit Sixtyfour looked adept on the soft surface he encountered in Ireland, so we imagine Ben will be reluctant to run him on fast ground at this stage.

We hope Unit Sixtyfour keeps filling out through the summer, helped by the good grass and excellent care at EquiPrep, and Ben will be very happy with him when he eventually arrives in his yard. Ben will not have set eyes on him since he went through the ring in February, so we hope he is impressed by his condition. Enjoying a quiet summer after arriving from Ireland (via the sales) has given Unit Sixtyfour plenty of time to settle in and acclimatise to life in Britain; this may sound obvious, but it often takes horses a season to settle in and find their form when they come from either France or Ireland. On this basis, we hope Unit Sixtyfour can hit the ground running and enjoy a successful 2020/2021 season.

Can we take this opportunity to thank you for your support at this trying time, and to wish you and your family our best wishes.

Buy a Share in Unit Sixtyfour for £34 (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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