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Syndicate end date:
01 APRIL 2022
Buy a Share for £46 (inc. VAT)

Glynn is a seven-year-old bay gelding, in training with Nicky Henderson. Glynn is by Winged Love, who has sired a number of high-class horses, including Twist Magic, Hunt Ball and Boston's Angel.

Glynn, who won impressively on his hurdling debut in January 2020, has not shown the same form since. Despite finishing second on his seasonal debut back at Doncaster in December 2020, he was pulled up on both subsequent starts. Following lengthy veterinary investigations, it was decided to give Glynn another wind operation, as it was felt that he was struggling with his breathing. This appears to have gone well and the current plan is for Glynn to go chasing later this summer, providing Nicky Henderson remains happy with his progress.

Glynn is in training with Nicky Henderson from his historic Seven Barrows yard in Lambourn, Berkshire. Nicky's consistency as one of the top Jumps trainers of the last forty years is remarkable, and he has enjoyed tremendous success with the likes of Sprinter Sacre, Binocular, Altior and more recently, Shishkin. Nicky also trained Owners Group's Pentland Hills to win the Grade 1 Triumph Hurdle at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival.

This syndicate term lasts until 1 April 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 £46 (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 £46. The full price breakdown is:
  • The capital value of Glynn is £65,000, which works out as £16.25 per share.
  • Our management and service provision fee is set at £13.79 per share.
  • The all-inclusive racing/training cost is set at £6.75 per share.
  • The cost for mortality insurance is £1.42 per share.
  • The Racehorse Rehabilitation contribution is £0.13 per share.
  • The VAT is £7.67 per share.
  • There will be nothing extra to pay for the syndicate period, no matter what costs are incurred.

Glynn Pedigree

Glynn2014 (16 June)Height: 16.2hh { WINGED LOVE (IRE) { IN THE WINGS (GB) { SADLER'S WELLS (USA)
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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

Glynn Profile

Written on 22 April 2020

Glynn was purchased from Tattersalls' Aintree Sale at the Grand National meeting in April last year, after winning his sole start in point-to-points in his native Ireland. Glynn cost £85,000, a figure his owner and trainer, Stuart Crawford, was disappointed with, as they could not market him properly at the sale; the video camera was broken on the day he won his only start, hence there was no video to demonstrate how impressive he had been when winning by three lengths at Portrush the previous week. He looked an athletic individual at the sale and boasted room for improvement, as he was a big horse with a frame to fill into, later helped by a good summer out at Jane Allison's stables in Wiltshire.

When you have limited form to work with, potential purchasers often turn to pedigree for reassurance. Researching Glynn's pedigree in detail allows us to draw some important conclusions; some horses who have little or no pedigree can surprise us. Glynn's story is a remarkable one, as he is out of the unraced Barnish River, who foaled Glynn aged 20, having produced only a handful of foals before him; it's fair to say she saved her best until her last. Siblings include Ciannte, a mare now aged 15 by Definite Article who won one of her three point-to-points and a bumper at Perth, in 2010. Ciannte has bred one foal, Ballylig (like Glynn, by Winged Love), who finished third in a bumper on debut for the Crawfords, before he was sold to trainer John McConnell, for whom he was unplaced on two occasions before retirement. Glynn's 12-year-old half-brother Craiganboy (by Zagreb) was placed over hurdles for the Crawfords before being sold to Nick Alexander in Scotland. He won twice in heavy ground at Ayr during his career, and appeared to always need very testing conditions.

Glynn's sire, Winged Love, achieved far more than Barnish River on the course and with his progeny. Winged Love was trained by Andre Fabre in France for Sheikh Mohammed, and was a decent two-year-old, before finishing third in the French Derby, behind Celtic Swing and Poliglote (sire of Politologue), prior to winning the Irish equivalent.

Fascinatingly, Winged Love had some top-class racehorses and subsequent great Jumping sires behind him in both these races. Classic Cliche finished fourth in the French Derby and again finished behind Winged Love in the Irish Derby, before going on to win the St Leger that season and the Ascot Gold Cup the following season, later becoming an important Jumps stallion. Flemensfirth finished fifth in the French Derby, before developing into another top National Hunt stallion. In the Irish Derby, subsequent dual Irish St Leger winner, Oscar Schindler, finished behind Winged Love, as did multiple Group-winning stayer, Double Eclipse.

Winged Love's best progeny includes Twist Magic, who won five Grade 1 races, including two Tingle Creek Chases, the Punchestown Champion Chase and the Clarence House Chase. Winged Love also bred Hunt Ball, who won seven races in a season, including a race at the Cheltenham Festival, and Boston's Angel, whose finest hour came when winning the RSA Chase at the Festival. More recent examples include 2020 National Hunt Chase winner, Ravenhill, and Grand National regular Bless The Wings. Winged Love sadly died in 2015 aged 23, having sired countless winners.

Clearly Winged Love imparted all of his class on Glynn, as his unraced mother does not appear to have donated too much in the way of talent to him, given the form of her other offspring; she was a half-sister to just two moderate winners herself, which goes to prove you have to take each horse on its merits and assess how they look, how they move, and what they have achieved on the course before making a purchase. In this instance, the form of Glynn's race had to be taken on trust, as few were present to see him win (with no video to watch afterwards) and the proximity of the race to the sale meant no horse could frank the form in between.

It is only after time has elapsed that the subsequent form of the horses Glynn beat at Portrush appears encouraging. The runner-up, Brief Ambition, won his next point-to-point before being sold at Tattersalls' Cheltenham Sale in April 2019 to Fergal O'Brien, for whom he won a bumper (National Hunt Flat race) at Southwell, before finishing fourth (to the talented Israel Champ) and second in Listed bumpers at Cheltenham and Newbury respectively.

At Portrush, the third-placed Kiriglote was sold for £22,000 at Goffs' August sale to Donald McCain, for whom he won a bumper at Catterick last season. The fifth-placed Islandray won two starts later, at Fairyhouse point-to-point course, before being sold for £26,000 at Goffs' Spring Sale to Richard Phillips, for whom he has also finished second in two novice hurdles. The sixth-placed Byzantium Lad won a point-to-point in Britain this year, while the seventh-placed Eclair On Line won next time out at Loughbrickland (beating Islandray), before being sold for £34,000 at Cheltenham last April. Finally, Blue Markie pulled up in the race at Portrush, before winning two starts later, at Necarne point-to-point.

After the sales, Glynn joined Jane Allison, as EquiPrep had not yet been set up, and spent three months relaxing in the fields and putting on weight, which was much needed after a season's training and a journey to Aintree on the ferry. Jane was delighted with how much he improved over the summer, and brought him back into work in July, before sending him to Nicky Henderson's Seven Barrows stables the following month. As Glynn had already completed a month's walking and trotting, he soon started cantering at Seven Barrows and often gave his rider a fright in the mornings, as he was fresh! Regular rider Jaydon Lee (who rode Pentland Hills last season) soon got to grips with him, and Glynn received his first declaration at Wincanton on 21 November. Despite the betting forecast suggesting Glynn could start at odds-on in this race, he was unable to run as he had a sore shin on the morning of the race.

Sore shins are a common affliction in young horses, and tend to be a horse's natural way of telling his trainer he is not coping with his current workload. They are usually quickly remedied, by applying cold water to cool any inflammation, or by using the water treadmill that Nicky has at his disposal; this is a tank the horse walks into which is then filled with cold water to help ease any heat or inflammation (not many trainers have the luxury of owning one of these). A fortnight later, Glynn returned to routine exercise to be built back up towards another race.

Just after the Festive period, Glynn started to be a little inconsistent in the quality of his fast work. For instance, one week he would have Nicky scratching his head into why he had worked below-par, but would dazzle his rider up the gallops the following week, with nothing obvious amiss. After ruling out a respiratory infection with a tracheal wash (a culture is taken from any mucus that may be found in his lungs, which is then sent to a laboratory for analysis), Nicky elected to run Glynn at Doncaster on 24 January, as he had worked consistency well for a fortnight. Whilst the stable obviously realised he could possess some ability, we were all surprised at the quality of his performance at the South Yorkshire course.

Glynn started as second favourite, based on the form of his trainer at the time, with the 128-rated Papa Tango Charly at the head of the market. That horse had chased home the talented Igor in his penultimate race, where he finished in front of the Henderson-trainer Fred. Fred later progressed to win his final two races of the season, including the Scottish Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Musselburgh in February. In Papa Tango Charly's previous race, he had finished behind the highly regarded The Big Breakaway, who had cost connections €360,000 after winning his sole point-to-point the previous season. On this basis, it was hard to see Papa Tango Charly being beaten, as he clearly set the standard on form.

In the 2m3f novices' hurdle at Doncaster, Glynn was ridden with supreme confidence by Jerry McGrath, who kept him out of trouble and allowed him to jump beautifully. Glynn travelled powerfully into the straight, with the favourite by now under severe pressure, before jumping the last flight with great zest. Glynn was pushed right out to record a facile 11-length victory over outsider Buzz De Turcoing, who was also a point-to-point winner. Papa Tango Charly finished fourth, while Irish bumper winner, The Brass Man finished fifth in his first race for new trainer, Tom George. The only other runner of note is Dan Skelton's Ashtown Lad, who had also won a point-to-point, before finishing seventh in this race.

After the race, Jerry said Glynn felt like a very good horse, and he was surprised how much speed he showed through the race. Jerry said the race never felt in any doubt and he was delighted with Glynn's performance. The following week, he was entered in two novice hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival, on the proviso that Nicky could find one more race for him before potentially sending him for an incredibly tough assignment at the nation's toughest meeting. Entries for prestigious races like these must be made many weeks in advance, so trainers are obliged to make them for unexposed horses like Glynn, in case he won his next race impressively, suggesting he was good enough to compete at the Festival.

As time marched on through February, Nicky became less convinced that the dream of going to the Festival was the right thing for Glynn at that stage of his career. Nicky sent a team of horses to work at Kempton Park on 25 February, where Glynn worked with two other horses, in order to guide Nicky whether to aim at Cheltenham or not. Although Glynn moved well, Nicky's mind was made up that Glynn needed to run in a minor race next, in order to boost his confidence, rather than go to Cheltenham and possibly struggle to compete with the likes of stablemate Shishkin (Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner) or the unbeaten Irish challenger, Envoi Allen (Ballymore Novices' Hurdle winner).

Sadly, we ran out of time to run Glynn again, as racing was cancelled on 18 March and, as there will be no Jumping action until July at the earliest, Glynn was sent to EquiPrep for his summer holiday last week. We hope Glynn will improve physically for another summer break, before coming back into work at some stage in July (this is the current plan, assuming next autumn's racing calendar will be unaffected by the Coronavirus outbreak). It is the first time he has stayed at EquiPrep, so he will be checked by the vet and physio, like any other resident, before returning to Seven Barrows later in the summer, all being well.

Next season, Nicky will have the option of remaining over hurdles, although Glynn will no longer be a novice and is unable to contest handicaps until he has run again, unless the BHA will change the rules for horses who were unable to gain more experience last season, due to racing being cancelled (this is not unlikely). If no changes to the rules are made, this could push Glynn into Graded races prematurely, in order to run the two more races necessary to obtain a handicap mark. Glynn is rising seven years of age, and could also go novice chasing, although he lacks actual racing experience, having run only twice in his life to date. Whichever route Nicky chooses to go down, Glynn is a very exciting prospect, and we very much look forward to hearing of his progress through the summer from Darrell.

Buy a Share in Glynn for £46 (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.

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