TRAINER Jimmy Mangan was kept busy during the recent racing cessation setting up the Jimmy Mangan Racing Club.
The plan is that Jimmy will train three horses for the new venture, the club differs from a lot of others who lease horses, in this case, the members will own the horses in training with Jimmy. All prizemoney and future sales going directly to the members.
“A while back a few lads I know came to me and suggested that they would like to set up a racing club and asked me if I was interested in training for them. I thought it was an excellent opportunity without the huge costs for people to enjoy the thrill of racehorse ownership, so I agreed.”
The cost of full ownership in three horses is incredible value: €500 initial payment followed by €50 per month; the benefits the members will receive are, all prizemoney and sales of horses; tickets to races with access to owners and trainers area on race days; private WhatsApp group with regular updates; stable tours and schooling visits and involvement of horse purchase at upcoming sales.
“I’m just training the horses for the club. Maurice Caplice is the driving force behind the new club, he has come up with a very attractive package which I feel is tremendous value. There is no better feeling than having a runner on race day.
“The club members will enjoy the very same experience as every other owner for a fraction of the costs.
“Horse Racing Ireland have been very proactive recently looking after owners and getting new blood into the sport, a race-day experience as an owner is a very pleasurable one now compared to years ago. The owners are very well looked after, and praise must go to HRI.”
Jimmy Mangan is one of the most popular handlers in the country. He consistently brings a stream of horses through his hands to win in the point-to-point field on the Cork and Waterford circuit as well as inside the rails. By far his biggest success came with the brilliant Monty’s Pass, ridden by Barry Geraghty who last Sunday announced his retirement from race riding, in the Aintree Grand National in 2003.
At Listowel the previous September, the same horse won the Kerry National and Mangan has also had success with the likes of Stroll Home in the Galway Plate in 1997, Conna Castle in the Grade 1 Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse in 2008, and Whinstone Boy in the Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park in 2010. Before Jimmy took out his trainers’ licence, he had a fruitful career riding as an amateur.
“I loved my time riding in point to points,. My late father was training then and when we came across a good one he would sell it, so it wasn’t very good for me, one little mare he couldn’t sell was Junes Friend who won the Thyestes chase in the early 80s. I was lucky enough to repeat that feat 10 years ago. When my father passed away, I took over the licence and have really enjoyed my time. I have been lucky to have some great horses in the yard.”
Jimmy Mangan will be forever associated with Monty’s Pass, with whom he planned a meticulous campaign to land the 2003 Aintree Grand National, for his ownership syndicate.
“When Monty’s won his maiden in a point to point at Tallow, I could never have imagined what he would go on to achieve. After that race Henrietta Knight came to see him, she was interested in buying him, I knew he wouldn’t pass the vet as he had a problem with his heart, when I told her she said he’s not for me.
"A while later a group of lads from the north asked me for a horse, I told them all about Monty’s and they trusted me when I said I think he’ll be okay, and the rest is history.”
Monty’s Pass is still hail and hearty. In fact he’s the oldest living national winner.
“He was a very lazy horse when he was young, I often said if he was a human, he would never do a day’s work and spend his life drawing the dole.”