Katie’s Legacy Syndicate is the brainchild of Peter Pritchard, a racehorse trainer from South Warwickshire and a close friend of Old Gold Racing.
In June 2023 Peter tragically lost his 37-year-old daughter Katie to cervical cancer after an initial misdiagnosis in December 2022. Katie was an NHS nurse manager and is survived by her husband and two young children.
Despite this devastating turn of events, Peter is determined to honour Katie’s memory and make a positive impact in the process. He approached Old Gold Racing with the idea to donate a racehorse he had bred for syndication and for us to run a syndicate designed to raise awareness and funds for research and support.
Katie Sunny Dancer is valued at £20,000 and all shares include an additional £10 charitable donation. Once all 2,000 shares are sold, the initiative will have raised £40,000 for two fantastic cervical cancer charities: The Lady Garden Foundation and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.
About The Lady Garden Foundation: Since its inception in 2014, The Lady Garden Foundation has donated over £2.8 million to fund groundbreaking research into the treatment of the five gynaecological cancers as well as medical equipment and personnel working in the field every day. They believe that by changing the way we talk about female health, we can save lives.
About Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust: Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is the UK’s leading cervical cancer charity. They provide trustworthy information and support to everyone that needs it, and campaign for the best in cervical cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care. Their vision is of a day where cervical cancer is a thing of the past.
In addition, Old Gold Racing will be donating 25% of its management fees to The Myton Hospices where Katie passed away.
Katie’s Legacy Syndicate aims to raise awareness and funding towards research and support for cervical cancer
To give Peter the last word: “If this initiative helps save just one life like Katie’s, I’ll be happy.”
Introducing Katie Sunny Dancer, a charming 4-year-old filly by Passing Glance and out of the Anshan mare, Earcomesannie.
Katie Sunny Dancer was donated to the syndicate by her breeder Peter Pritchard, who has had a lot of success with the family.
Katie Sunny Dancer is a strong filly with a deep girth, suggesting she’s got the constitution to be a tough and progressive National Hunt horse. She will be going into training with Alex Hales, where we expect her to go through the whole system.
Her sire, Passing Glance, had a great deal of success a mile. He won the Darley Oettingen-Rennan (Group 2) at Baden-Baden and the same year finished 2nd, by a head, in the Celebration Mile (Group 2). The following year he was successful in the Diomed Stakes (Group 3) at Epsom on Derby day.
As a stallion, he is responsible for a Group 1 winner on the Flat with Side Glance. He has also supplied the winner of two National Hunt Grade 1 winners in Dashel Drasher and Millers Bank. Dashel Drasher was the winner of the Ascot Chase (Grade 1) along with further 10 successes at the time of writing. Millers Bank, who was also trained by Alex Hales, won the Manifesto Novices Chase (Grade 1) by 10 lengths. Passing Glance’s overall strike rate over fences is 15%, one of the highest of the stallions standing at his price level, with over 60% of his progeny winning or placing under all codes.
Her dam, Earcomesannie, was a four time winner and placed in the top four on a further 16 occasions. She has produced five foals, all of which have been placed in the first four during their careers so far.
Katie Sunny Dancer’s dam’s sire, Anshan, has produced Grade 1 winners over jumps in Asian Maze and Last Installment. He has also been hugely successful as a broodmare sire, recently with Minella Times in the Grand National in 2022. On the other side, her granddam, Play It By Ear I, has produced winners of ten races between four registered runners. Earcomesannie’s half brother, Earcomesthedream, won 10 times and placed in a further 12 races, earning £31,869 over the course of his career.
Katie Sunny Dancer is currently being broken in by Claire Hart in Gloucestershire. She is proving to have a lovely nature and is always keen to please. She is just now at a turning point, where things are clicking into place and Claire is expecting her to be cantering away in about ten days’ time.
Alex is very much looking forward to Katie Sunny Dancer joining his string. On a recent visit, he was please to see that ‘She’s very Passing Glance’ and that ‘mentally she seems to have a very relaxed nature’ and looks ‘a nice person to be around as such, which is a really good start for her career’.
Provided she continues to progress as well as she has been, the plan is for her to graduate to full training with Alex come Christmas time. It will then be a case of seeing how she develops over the following weeks but we have every reason to believe a first run will be on the cards in the early Spring.
Katie Sunny Dancer has been valued at £20,000 and has been donated to the syndicate by Peter Pritchard. Every share therefore includes £10 of horse value, all of which will be donated to charity.
Shares also include an additional £10 charitable donation, and Old Gold Racing will donate 25% of its management fees to The Myton Hospices, where Katie passed away.
Once the syndicate is filled, together we will have raised £20,000 for The Lady Garden Foundation, £20,000 for Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust and £9,000 for The Myton Hospice; a total of £49,000 in charitable donations.
There are no other partners in this horse, so once 2,000 shares are sold, 100% of the horse will be owned by Katie's Legacy Syndicate members.
Unlike other syndicates, Old Gold Racing does not charge owners VAT. This means that there is no need to reclaim VAT and that a share represents a greater proportion of the racehorse.
At the end of the syndicate term any unspent funds are returned to owners pro-rata. These funds can be withdrawn or used against the cost of renewing or purchasing a share.
THE SHARE PRICE BREAKS DOWN AS FOLLOWS:
Training & Vet Bills
Insurance & Racing Fees