A new syndicate dedicated to Australians!

A new syndicate dedicated to Australians!

24 February 2014

For several years Australians have shown a growing interest in French racing, both in order to run horses in France which were bought in Deauville but also in a bid to unearth a future Melbourne Cup winner. OTI Racing has notably been a pioneer in this area, having successfully campaigned some horses in France with trainers like André Fabre and John Hammond before exporting them down under. Having become aware of both these facts, Laurent Benoit (founder of the bloodstock agency Broadhurst Agency) decided to launch the « Aussies in France » Racing Club, the first syndicate exclusively dedicated to Australians with the support of ARQANA Racing Club in 2014.

The syndicate offers the opportunity to race horses in France while in the care of master trainer Alain de Royer Dupré, and at the same time to shape future ‘Cup prospects’ who will be able to make their mark on Australian soil, having begun their career in France. In addition to its sporting angle, the syndicate will also give these Australian racegoers the opportunity of discovering behind the scenes of the French racing, training and breeding industry: a totally unique package.

The « Aussies in France » Racing Club is a syndicate of 40 shares for a total of six horses which will
be bought at the Breeze Up sale or at one of the yearling sales organised by ARQANA. The price of each share is fixed at €25,900 (AUS$40,000); it will cover the entirety of the syndicate’s running costs (purchase price, boarding fees, etc.) for the syndicate’s lifespan (two and a half years).

A tailor made team to ensure the success of this one of a kind syndicate
The team is made up of renowned professionals who have developed expert knowledge of the French
and Australian markets.
The trainer Alain de Royer Dupré is a real craftsman who shaped the careers of champions Zarkava, Dalakhani, Darshaan, Darjina, Pride and Chicquita. In addition to having trained more than 80 Group1 winners Alain de Royer Dupré also made a name for himself in Australia when saddling Americain, winner of the 150th renewal of the legendary Melbourne Cup, as well as the ex Aga Khan owned Shahwardi who won a stakes race at Caulfield.

French bloodstock agent Laurent Benoît (Broadhurst Agency) has developed a strong knowledge of the Australian market, its players and their needs over the last 10 years. Involved in Americain’s
incredible adventure, Laurent Benoit also bought Puissance de Lune who has since had a very successful career in Australia. He has also bought several yearlings in France on behalf of Australian owners. Laurent Benoit will be responsible for buying the horses on behalf of the syndicate and for monitoring their race careers alongside Alain de Royer Dupré.

ARQANA Racing Club, an ideal partner for making this project a reality
ARQANA Racing Club will bring its know how to French professionals and to Australian syndicate
members in order to make this initiative possible and to offer the highest level of service. More
specifically this assistance will come in the form of:
- The support of its Australian representatives: Damon Gabbedy first of all, who is the official ARQANA representative in the southern hemisphere since 2009. He will have the help of Su-Ann Khaw, social media consultant and racing manager, who has excellent knowledge of both French and Australian racing. They will both act as all important points of contact for Australian clients.
- Sharing its legal knowledge, as ARQANA Racing Club has already successfully launched its first syndicate in 2013.
- Allowing syndicate members the use of the ARQANA website in order to access any online information pertaining to syndicate horses (training reports with photos and videos, entries, runners, race results and watching races live).

With regard to the "Aussies in France" Racing Club, Laurent Benoît explained:
"The recent success of French horses in Australia has only served to strengthen the existing ties between the two countries. Australian investors have naturally turned with some curiosity to our racing system in an attempt to better understand its ins and outs. And even though Australian demand is currently mainly geared towards horses in training, which can be the object of substantial offers in order to continue their career in the Southern Hemisphere, it is no longer unusual to see them invest in much younger stock to race in France. It is this growing new trend which led us to create, in tandem with ARQANA, a new racing club for the benefit of new Australian sportsmen motivated by the discovery of our racing system. The main aim of this syndicate will be to invest in unproven young horses (yearlings & 2 year old breeze up horses) to race initially in France and then later in Australia if their quality and ability entitles them to it. The choice of trainer very naturally and symbolically turned to Alain de Royer Dupré who is the first French trainer to have won the Melbourne Cup, and is based in Chantilly. ARQANA, besides its ability to sell good horses at every price and in every sale each year, will give us strong communication and logistical support both in Australia through its representatives and in France thanks to its previous experience in syndicates."

Representing the ARQANA Racing Club, ARQANA director Olivier Delloye added: « ARQANA Racing Club was created in 2013 with the ambition of recruiting new owners, wherever they may come from. We successfully created our first syndicate in 2013 (Vendôme Racing Club) which numbers 28 shareholders, three quarters of which had never owned a horse until then! Alongside these canvassing efforts, we are also delighted to support other individual initiatives such as this Racing Club dedicated to Australians. We will give our partner the benefit of our expertise, our means and our tools in order to ensure its success. We hope this initiative will not be a one-off as ARQANA Racing Club is it ready to lend support to anyone who has a similar project and need assistance in bringing it to life. »

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