Take Your Time
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Take Your Time

Racehorse Syndicate


Syndicate end date:
01 FEBRUARY 2025
Buy a Share for £46 (inc. VAT)

Take Your Time is a nine-year-old bay gelding by Dubai Destination. Dubai Destination is also the sire of the top-class Elegant Escape, winner of the 2018 Welsh Grand National.

Take Your Time proved useful over hurdles and has made an excellent start to his chasing career winning two of his three starts to date. He's a horse who tends to run best fresh and in the early part of the season (October to December) on testing ground. It is hoped he will continue to progress up the chasing ladder.

Take Your Time is in training with Paul Nicholls, who has been crowned champion trainer on a remarkable 14 occasions. He has enjoyed great success for Owners Group over the years, most notably with Grade 1 winner and recent Paddy Power Gold Cup winner, Stage Star.

Take Your Time has a current British Horseracing Authority (BHA) Jumps (Chase) rating of 124 (the average rating is 108).

This syndicate term lasts until 1 February 2025, 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 3,200 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. There are no partners or others sharing this horse and therefore 3,200 shares represents 100% of the ownership of the horse.

  • The share price is £46. The full price breakdown is:
  • The capital value of Take Your Time is £40,000 which works out as £12.50 per share.
  • Our management and service provision fee is set at £13.00 per share.
  • The all-inclusive keep/racing/training/vetting cost is set at £11.35 per share.
  • The cost for mortality insurance (covered for £40,000) is £1.09 per share.
  • The racehorse rehabilitation contribution is £0.39 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.

Take Your Time Pedigree

Take Your Time2015 (14 May)Height: 16.3hh { DUBAI DESTINATION (USA) { KINGMAMBO (USA) { MR PROSPECTOR (USA)
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

Take Your Time Profile

Written on 16 June 2020

Take Your Time was bought from Doncaster Sales in January after winning his only point-to-point, at Alnwick last December. As coronavirus forced racing to be cancelled, he was not prepared to run by his new trainer, Paul Nicholls, before moving to EquiPrep for a summer break. In the absence of Jumps racing and stable visits, we thought we would take this opportunity to discuss the form of his race and his pedigree in some detail.

Take Your Time is out of Don't Be Bleu, who was trained to win by Peter Bowen in Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire. Before she crossed the Irish Sea, Don't Be Bleu won her third start in Irish point-to-points under the record-breaking rider, Derek O'Connor. Don't Be Bleu won at Ballysteen in April 2007, before running unsuccessfully over hurdles for Donal Hassett, who also trained Don't Be Bleu's dam, Cooleenbridge.

Once arriving in Wales, Don't Be Bleu won her second start for Peter Bowen; a 3m1f novices' handicap hurdle at Huntingdon in May 2008, under AP McCoy. After pulling up in her next race, Don't Be Bleu doubled her winning tally when scoring at Stratford over 2m6f. Remarkably, her hat-trick was soon completed, as she defied a 15lb rise in the weights to win a 2m4f novices' handicap hurdle at Uttoxeter. After a couple of disappointing efforts from her revised handicap mark, Don't Be Bleu was given a couple of easy months.

She returned in December to win at the now sadly defunct Folkestone racecourse under Tom O'Brien, over the larger obstacles. Don't Be Bleu jumped well to win a 3m1f mares' chase with ease, as she quickened clear to win by nine lengths. Six weeks later, she fell halfway through a handicap chase at Fakenham, and didn't appear to enjoy jumping fences afterwards. Bowen gave her a couple more unsuccessful runs over fences before returning to hurdling and, although she didn't win, she finished second on two occasions in plating (selling and claiming) company.

Don't Be Bleu was the only foal to have raced under Rules out of broodmare, Cooleenbridge, and was by Pistolet Bleu, winner of two Group 1 races at Saint-Cloud in France. Take Your Time is the first winner she has bred to date.

Take Your Time is by Dubai Destination, who raced for Godolphin, initially with trainer David Loder, before joining Saeed bin Suroor. For Loder, Dubai Destination won a Newmarket maiden, before defeating the mighty Rock Of Gibraltar by a length in the Group 2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster in 2001. Rock Of Gibraltar progressed to win seven Group 1 races, including the Prix Jean-Luc Lagadere and the Dewhurst Stakes as a juvenile, and the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas, the St. James's Palace Stakes, the Sussex Stakes and Prix du Moulin the following season.

As a three-year-old, Dubai Destination ran only once, when beaten in the Listed Predominate Stakes at Goodwood. Dubai Destination returned in 2003 to win a conditions race at Nottingham by six lengths, before winning the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, which was his final victory. He retired after finishing last in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in the autumn, rated a mighty 125.

Dubai Destination's best foals include Elegant Escape, winner of the 2018 Welsh National, trained by Colin Tizzard. He has also won at Grade 2 and Listed level and is a top staying chaser. Dan Skelton's Roksana is Dubai Destination's best daughter. She won the 2019 David Nicholson Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, and Newbury's Grade 2 Novices' Hurdle Finale.

Kildisart is a top handicap chaser by Dubai Destination, trained by Ben Pauling. He won a Grade 3 handicap chase at Aintree's Grand National meeting, and was narrowly beaten at this year's Cheltenham Festival. Finally, Next Destination is a dual Grade 1 winner for Willie Mullins, who has won at the Punchestown Festival.

Take Your Time was trained by Tony Ross to win his only race, at Alnwick in Northumberland, on 15 December 2019. Alnwick has been a renowned point-to-point course since 1949, and hosts four meetings a year, making it one of the best tracks in the north. Take Your Time's trainer, Tony Ross, runs a successful breaking and pre-training yard, and kept this horse to run in point-to-points.

At Alnwick, Take Your Time won a three-mile open maiden on soft ground by over thirty lengths. With four fences still to jump, Take Your Time had ten lengths to make up on the leader. Turning into the home straight with three fences left to jump, Take Your Time moved comfortably into second place under Jack Teal, before taking the lead approaching the second-last fence. The front-running Classic Lady was pulled up between the last two fences, leaving Take Your Time to win impressively ahead of Liar's Dice in second place, and Solstice Twilight back in third.

Classic Lady progressed to win a point-to-point last season, as did Solstice Twilight, who had been placed over hurdles in the past. Matthew Man unseated his rider as Alnwick before winning twice later in the shortened season, while Dream Over won his next race, after being pulled up at Alnwick. Whilst the quality of Take your Time's form is difficult to decipher at this stage, he could not have been more impressive at Alnwick, and was bought as he looks to be an exciting Jumping prospect.

After his purchase, he joined Paul Nicholls in Ditcheat, with the hope of running in a National Hunt Flat race (bumper) in the spring. Sadly, this was not possible as all Jumps racing was cancelled from 17 March, and once this was decided, he moved to EquiPrep for a summer break. During his time in Ditcheat, Paul was happy with the quality of his work and reports he settled in well, but he feels he can improve Take Your Time's jumping.

Take Your Time was not a natural in the outdoor arena in the spring, so Paul will concentrate on improving his technique this autumn. Take Your Time can still run in bumpers this season, which will improve his experience levels, before potentially going hurdling. Luckily, there are few better places to iron out any jumping issues than Ditcheat, and with the bumper option up his sleeve, there is no need for Paul to run Take Your Time over hurdles until he is happy with his jumping.

When Take Your Time returns to Ditcheat in July, all being well, it will benefit him to start the season in Paul's routine. His fitness and strength levels should improve along with the rest of Paul's string, as he hopefully builds towards a race in the autumn. At present, Take Your Time is a blank canvas, and it will be very interesting to see how he shapes up next season.

Thank you for your support of Take Your Time, and please can we offer our best wishes at this difficult time.

Buy a Share in Take Your Time 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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