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12:35 PM 21 Nov 2014 NZDT
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Saratoga - Flagship horse for the Go Harness syndicates
Saratoga - Flagship horse for the Go Harness syndicates
Eilish Aimee

One of the hardest things to get right in the harness racing industry is the management of large syndicates and the issues that go with that.

Most attempts at large scale syndication have faltered but one operator who seems to have got the structure right and is having success is the Go Harness group established by Noel Kennard.

Run by Noel with the help of former HRNZ journalist John Robinson, the Go Harness syndicates were set up to try to make the cost of racing standardbreds more affordable to a wider cross - section of the public and they have succeeded in bringing a lot of new people into the industry.

One of their first syndicates was the "Trotting For Fun" group which was established in late 2012.

Initially the syndicate brought Saratoga off Wayne Feiss from Australia.

Racing from the All Stars barn prior to being purchased, the son of Muscles Yankee was left with the All Stars team and has done a super job for the syndicate.

Since his purchase Saratoga has had 15 starts for 5 wins and 4 placings for $38,378 in stakes.

Saratoga was moved recently to the barn of Ken Barron to take advantage of the swimming pool there on the advice of Mark Purdon.

When the syndicate was formed three other yearling fillies were leased from well known breeder Ivan McNicholl to round out the syndicate.

One was injured as a 2 year old and retired to stud but the other two are on track to make their mark on the racetrack this season.

Both remaining fillies are beautifully bred and have both qualified already.

Harriet Of Mot is by Monarchy from the very talented Sundon mare Harriet Hughes who won five races from just 13 starts.

Harriet Hughes ran second in the Group 2 Trotters Championship to One Over Kenny and third in the Group 1 Trotting derby as a 3 year old.

The other filly Eilish Aimee is by Love You and is a half sister to Harriet Hughes as well as Earl Of Mot ($535,756)  Ella Powell ($118,495) and  is a three quarter sister to Amore Stride ($99,156).

Eilish Aimee lines up for her first start tomorrow at Timaru and while it is a big ask for a 3 year old filly to do everything right first time, John Robinson knows the ability is there.

"The trainers Craig and Aimee Edmonds have always had a high opinion of the filly and think long term she could go a fair way."

"They have had most of this family through their hands and think Eilish Aimee has a big future," John said.

A trial winner at Rangiora last Monday, Eilish Aimee impressed track watchers and driver John Dunn with a very professional display and that has given John Robinson some confidence heading into her debut run.

"John was quite impressed with her on Monday and has taken the drive tomorrow."

"Whatever she does tomorrow she can have a brief letup and come back in the new year after a short break," he said

Harriet Of Mot is also qualified but won't be seen out just yet according to John.

"She can still be a bit headstrong so we are in no hurry with her as she has the family ability," he said.

John Robinson swears one of the keys to running large syndicates is the communication between the trainers and the syndicates management and he can't  praise Craig and Aimee Edmonds enough.

" They are just great to deal with and keep us up to date on everything."

" We don't have to ring them, they ring us which makes our job so much easier," John said 

Large scale syndications are never easy to manage but the Go Harness team have obviously got the formulae just right judging by their results to date.

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