Thursday 13th of May 2021

Ditcheat Thoroughbreds syndicate – the way forward

Ditcheat Thoroughbreds made an immediate impact when their first runner Marracudja (FR) romped to victory at Newton Abbot late in September. With three of their next four runners also winning over the following weeks the joys of shared ownership for jumping enthusiasts were there for all to see.

Left, Ian Fogg (Director) and right, Paul Nicholls (Trainer)  © David Hartley

Left, Ian Fogg (Director) and right, Paul Nicholls (Trainer) © David Hartley


Ian Fogg, the driving force behind Ditcheat Thoroughbreds, has been a man on a mission these past few months as he has quickly built up a team of ten highly promising horses with champion trainer Paul Nicholls. He reasons

“There are many benefits to syndication and shared ownership. Most hobbies are expensive so splitting the cost makes sense and the big bonus is that we have them with the best trainer in the country. Syndication has to be the way forward judging from the huge amount of interest we’ve had from people keen to get involved. There has been so much positive feedback.”

With the first three Ditcheat Thoroughbreds runners winning Fogg could scarcely have dreamed of a hat-trick start. He says:

“The best part of running our syndicates is seeing the pleasure so many of our owners get from it.  It is changing their lives, providing lots of fun and a giggle on a day out at the races with likeminded folk, whether you win or not. Marracudja’s owners were beside themselves jumping up and down after he won for the second time at Cheltenham last month. The feel good factor was amazing.”

‘Foggy’ cheerfully admits he knew nothing about racing when he moved to the Somerset village of Ditcheat at the age of 65 in 2010.  Now he embraces the sport with an all consuming passion. He relates:

“Living on the edge of the village I was intrigued by the sight of these beautiful horses walking past my window every morning on the way to the gallops.” 

“After six months I asked Paul Barber what it would cost to buy one of them and from the moment I took a half share in a horse called ‘Join Together’ owned by Paul I was hooked.”

Foggy’s mission is to bring the delights of ownership to those who cannot afford to buy one on their own.

He explains:

“Now that our horses have made such a good start the plan is to build on that for the future for the longer term. What we are trying to do at Ditcheat Thoroughbreds is to provide entertainment and excitement in equal measure. We’ve just bought another classy horse in France called Monsieur Co who is definitely a smart prospect. At the moment we will stick to ten horses but if something really special comes on the market I might not be able to resist it!”

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