Allegiance ran absolutely friendless at 40/1, while Sheer Romance had some supporters at 7/1. Both horses were trained by Narendra Lagad. The double yesterday brought about a crowning glory for the small ownership syndicate that has turned out to be the luckiest group of small owners in western India.
It all started five years ago, when six people, not all of whom knew each another previously, met at a horse racing forum on the internet, bonded and decided to get into a partnership as horse owners.
The six include two ladies, one the wife of a horse trainer (Begum Shaherbanoo Lagad) and the other, the wife of a former horse owner (Panna Khatau) apart from a Mumbai printer (Ajay K Arora), a restaurant owner from Pune (Syed M Ahmed), a car dealer from Pune (Vijay Shah) and a Bangalore architect (S K Sagar).
“They came to me because they wanted to invest small. I focused on moderate bloodstock, so that their yearly expenses (including purchase and maintenance) would not cross Rs 50,000,” trainer Lagad told MiD DAY.
“Their syndicate has been very lucky. All the four horses I purchased for them have won. “They are not gambling owners but plain horse lovers who love to win, lead in their horses and celebrate. And my job is to try and give them that thrill,” added Lagad.