Million in Mind Partnership
A BRIEF HISTORY
The first Million in Mind Partnership began in 1990 with the single racehorse called Million In Mind and it has grown since, with the members enjoying more than 140 successes on 39 different racecourses including 11 victories at jump racing’s headquarters at Cheltenham.
The best horses to have run in their colours are:
MYSILV – Triumph Hurdle winner at the Cheltenham Festival
TRICKY TRICKSTER – Cheltenham Festival winner in 2009
ROYAL ROSA, MISTER BANJO, VOY POR USTEDES, MASSAC, GARDE CHAMPETRE, UXIZANDRE and AFSOUN.
Milion in Mind is an annual racing partnership which aims to give the members a “real feel” of racehorse ownership with usually five horses in training with some of the top jumps trainers in Great Britain. Members, of which there is a ceiling of 180, pay one all-in figure which covers all the expenses of purchasing, training, insuring etc of the horses. All the horses are sold at the Doncaster May Sales at the end of the jumps season and net proceeds are divided up pro-rata among the members.
Top Ville Ben remains unbeaten
Another all-the-way win for Top Ville Ben at Leicester on January 12, saw him keep his unbeaten tag in no uncertain terms. He has now won a 4yo Irish point-to-point, a Ludlow bumper and now a Leicester novices’ hurdle. He will be out again for Nicky Henderson in early February.
December treble for the Partership
Toberdowney’s victory over hurdles at Wincanton on Boxing Day was the Partnership’s third winner io 13 days, following hot on the heels of the two impressive first time out bumper winners Top Ville Ben (Ludlow, 21 December) and Boagrius (Catterick, 13 December). All three will be out again shortly during January.
Boagrius wins on debut
The Partnership’s newest trainer, Warren Greatrex, introduced his Million In Mind horse at Catterick on Tuesday, 13 December and Boagrius made all the running to win his bumper impressively by 12 lengths. This former winning English point-to-pointer will now go straight over hurdles and will be seen again early in the New Year.
Stunning Six for the season ahead
Last weekend the 6 new horses for the Million in Mind Partnership were unveiled to great acclaim at a Marqueed Lunch and Parade of Horses at Phil Rowley's pre-training establishment in Shropshire.
Over the next month the new recruits will head off to their new trainers, namely:
BISE D'ESTRUVAL - Nigel Twiston-Davies
BOAGRIUS - Warren Greatrex
CONTRE TOUS - Paul Nicholls
TIMOTEO - Alan King
TOBERDOWNEY - Oliver Sherwood
TOP VILLE BEN - Nicky Henderson
There are a handful of shares available for this season- please contact the Highflyer Office 01638 663436.
A stellar season on the racetrack (eight winners) was crowned in no uncertain terms with a great end-of-season sale at Goffs UK at Doncaster. All five of the Partnership’s horses have to be sold and they were very well received with the top two, Le Prezien realising £290,000 and The Organist £260,000. Both were purchased by J P McManus who has enjoyed plenty of success with previous buys from Million In Mind in the shape of Uxizandre, Nadiya De La Vega and Garde Champetre.
The new Partnership launches in July 2016 and if you are interested in joining please contact 01638 663436 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Le Prezien ran a barn-storming race to finish 2nd in the Gr 1 Mersey Novices Hurdle at Aintree on Grand National Day, only narrowly beaten behind the Champion, Yorkhill. Le Prezien’s next public outing will be at the Goffs UK May Sales at Doncaster on 18 May in accordance with the Partnership Rules.
Le Prezien was a comfortable winner of the prestigious Grade 2 Premier Novices Hurdle for the Partnership at Kelso on Sunday 13 March. He now heads to Aintree for the Grade 1 Mersey Novices Hurdle on Saturday, 9 April. This is the same race won by the Partnership’s Garde Champetre in 2004 before he sold for 530,000 Guineas at the Doncaster Spring Sales that May. Le Prezien will also head to Doncaster for the sales after his next run.
The Organist was a decisive winner of the £30,000 Listed hurdle at Doncaster on 5th March on her first try over 3 miles for the Partnership. Ridden as usualy by the dual Grand National-winning jockey Leighton Aspell. She always travelled like the winner and stayed on resolutely up the straight. She could go next for another Listed hurdle at Cheltenham in April. In other news, Le Prezien runs in the Grade 2 hurdle at Kelso on March 13 for Paul Nicholls.
The Partnership have had a record-breaking time of it of late, winning 6 races on the bounce with The Organist (2 wins), Pemba (2 wins) and Le Prezien (2 wins). All 3 will have entries at the Cheltenham Festival and their next races will see them all putting their Cheltenham credentials on the line. The Partnership now have a 5th horse in training, namely Ballycash, a 5yo gelding by Kalanisi who is in training with Nigel Twiston-Davies. He will run in a bumper shortly.
The Partnership horses have hit a rich vein of form over the last few weeks and have onw four consecutive races between them. The Organist has won twice including at Fontwell (by 28 lengths on Boxing Day) and remains unbeaten in her career. Pemba won a juvenile hurdle at Doncaster by an astonishing 82 lengths on Dec 29 and Le Prezien was an easy winner at Ludlow on Dec 16. All three have bigger targets on the horizon now.
Oliver Sherwood’s Million In Mind horse, The Organist, was a convincing winner of her first hurdles start at Huntingdon (by 15 lengths) for the Partnership.
Two of the new recruits have now debuted for the partnership and both have covered themselves with glory. Pemba was a very promising 2nd against geldings at Warwick in early November and this run will have put her spot on for her first main target of the season, the Listed 3yo fillies hurdle at Aintree on December 5. Le Prezien put up a tremendous display to finishing a close-up 2nd to odds-on favourite Yanworth on his British debut at Warwick on Nov 18. A very promising effort and he is felt sure to progress a lot from this first run and a victory is surely just around the corner.
Four new horses for this season
The four new horses for the 2015-16 NH Season are all in strong work at their respective trainers who are all thrilled with how they are going at this stage. They are all looking to be running during October or November. They are:
Le Prezien – 4yo gelding trained by Paul Nicholls
Pemba – 3yo filly with Alan King
Pokora Du Lys – 4yo gelding with Nicky Henderson
The Organist – 4yo filly with Oliver Sherwood
Pain Au Chocolat fetches £135,000
Once again for the third consecutive year, a Million in Mind-owned horse realised 6 figures at the annual end of season dispersal sale at DBS. This year Pain Au Chocolat fetched £135,000 and will now be trained by Dan Skelton. Hopes are high that he can emulate the Alan King/Million in Mind horse who was sold for £100,000 through the same DBS ring in May 2013. That was Uxizandre who subsequently won a Grade 1 novices’ chase at Aintree in 2014 and the Grade 1 RyanAir Chase at the 2015 Cheltenham Festival.
Pain Au Chocolat
Pain Au Chocolat weakened after the second last in the Triumph Hurdle but was found to be under the weather subsequently. He has been treated since the race and is now being targeted for the Grade 1 Irish Champion 4yo Hurdle at Punchestown on Saturday, May 2. Got The Nac was a good second in a Uttoxeter novices’ chase and should run again before going to the DBS May Sales along with all this season’s partnership horses.
Pain Au Chocolat
Alan King’s Million In Mind juvenile stormed to victory at Sandown on Saturday (31 January), putting in a very stylish jumping performance under stable jockey Wayne Hutchinson who had also partnered him to his Plumpton success earlier in the month. He has now booked his place in the Grade 1 Triumph Hurdle field on Friday, 13 March at Cheltenham and all roads now lead to Gloucestershire for him.
Two holiday winners
Two impressive winners for Million in Mind over the holiday period with Got The Nac easily making all at Lingfield just before Christmas and Pain Au Chocolat readily accounting for a field of older novices at Plumpton’s big Sussex National meeting in the New Year. Pain Au Chocolat will now run in recognised Triumph Hurdle Trial in February and will hopefully be Cheltenham Festival-bound after that.
Fifth horse purchased
The final horse has now been acquired for this season’s Million in Mind team. She is Triumph Davis – a 5yo mare by Flemensfirth from immediate family of Violin Davis and Klairon Davis. She was a 5l winner of a 16-runner mares bumper at Limerick on her latest start in July and she joins Nigel Twiston-Davies.
Another great outing for the members this weekend as they saw all four of their horses under tack and in ridden exercise at Mel and Phil Rowley’s pre-training yard in South Shropshire. Hot-off-the press news for the members there were the trainer allocations for this season, namly:
CELESTINO (3yo) – Paul Nicholls
GOT THE NAC (5yo) – Oliver Sherwood
HERITAGE WAY (5yo) – Nicky Henderson
PAIN AU CHOCOLAT (3yo) – Alan King
A fifth horse will be purchased within the next six weeks and will go to Nigel Twiston-Davies.
Fabulous launch day at Ludlow
Four new recruits were paraded at the Annual Launch Day of the new Million in Mind Partnership. In glorious sunshine, the exciting new boys were shown to members including their soon-to-be trainers. The horses are currently summering at Mill House Stud in Shropshire and will return to training early next month. We have two ex-French juvenile hurdlers as well as two older geldings sourced from Ireland including the unbeaten Heritage Way.
New partnership up and running
The new partnership is up and four horses have been purchased. Please contact Anthony Bromley direct on 07802 219471 if you are interested in joining in on the fun as there are a small number of shares available.
The Annual Dispersal Sale
The annual dispersal sale of Million in Mind at the DBS Spring Sales was a huge success yet again. Top price of the five-strong string was £105,000 for the hat-trick scorer Aldopicgros, who was purchased by JP McManus, to return to his old trainer Paul Nicholls for next season. JP has bought a number of successful horses from the annual Million in Mind disperals in the past including Garde Champetre, Nadiya De La Vega and 2014 Grade 1 winner Uxizandre.
Second winner of the week
Nicky Henderson's Madame De Guise was the second winner of the week, when taking the Mares Handicap Hurdle at Chepstow by 2 lengths.
Runaway winner at Newbury
Paul Nicholls' Aldopicgros followed up his recent win at Wincanton with a 9-length runaway win over hurdles at Newbury this afternoon.
A second and a winner
Following on from Oliver Sherwood's Spirit Oscar second place at Fakenham yesterday on her chase debut, Paul Nicholls' Aldopicgros was a winner at Wincanton today for the Partnership.
Spirit Oscar - two out of two
Oliver Sherwood's Spirit Oscar wins again for the Partnership with an easy 9 length win at Fontwell Park over 2m4f