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“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”, – reads an eye-catching phrase from the promotional material for the Gulf Racing Club, established in Dubai in 2021 and recently moved to the Cape under the leadership of syndicator Kurt Felix.

“We’ve had an excellent response so far,” said Kurt about the local interest in Gulf Racing Club, now also registered with Cape Racing for its new syndicate incentives. “We are reaching people from all walks of life, and it’s also good to see that some previous owners are returning to racing.

“For the newcomers, we make getting involved and the ownership experience as easy and pleasurable as possible. Not everyone realises that you can have the same fun and excitement as a small, fractional shareholder as you’ll have as a big owner. That includes great days out at the races watching your horse from the comfort of top facilities, with good food and wine and often also in great weather.”

Gulf Racing Club’s first major runner was Magical Land (IRE), the son of Frankel, who was placed three times for Mike de Kock at the 2022 Dubai Carnival, unlucky not to win. He has moved on to Australia, where he is on the comeback trail after a rest, having placed once from four starts.

Felix said: “We have three syndicates going in Cape Town, two juveniles in training with Vaughan Marshall, and they’re fully subscribed. But we’ll have new offers on young horses for new clients as soon as we buy at the Cape Racing Ready To Run Sale in October.

“We have a decent three-year-old in Spring Palace with Justin Snaith, and our sprinter Barzalona has moved on to KZN after three Cape wins. He’s not done for just yet. Also, we have just purchased African Torrent (Trippi), which Adam Azzie will train in his new Cape yard. Shares are selling quickly; available here.

For other queries, interested parties are welcome to contact Kurt Felix at