Coolmore Syndicate

There are many forms of being ‘in it together’ gambling wise. For some cheering on friends playing the best online casino australia may tick that box. For others they prefer more real world action. Coolmore syndicate was established in Co. Tipperary in the mid-Seventies, when legendary trainer Vincent O’Brien, his son-in-law John Magnier and wealthy owner Robert Sangster, the son of Vernons Pools founder Vernon Sangster, joined forces. They bought expensive yearlings at the Keeneland Sales in Kentucky, which were trained, with no little success, by O’Brien and subsequently syndicated to stud for commanding fees. This approach helped develop Ballydoyle Stables and Coolmore Stud into the world-class training and breeding facilties that they are today.

Following the retirement of Vincent O’Brien in 1994, Magnier acquired both facilities and approached his unrelated namesake Aidan O’Brien to take over as private trainer at Ballydoyle Stables. Robert Sangster died of pancreatic cancer in 2004 but, by that stage, Magnier had been joined in the Coolmore syndicate by bookmaker-turned-business-tycoon Michael Tabor, to whom he was introduced by mutual friend John Patrick ‘J.P.’ McManus, and Derrick Smith. Smith, too, hails from a bookmaking background, having worked for Ladbrokes for two decades or more, but amassed his fortune by investing in the property and leisure sectors. Tabor and Smith have their own racing colours, but most of their horses are owned in partnership with Magnier and/or his wife Susan. Much like hearing of a  big win on the best nz online casino sites, there’s nothing like forming  syndicate and experiencing the highs and lows of that together.