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Tue, Jan 16, 2024

Well, records are made to be broken and so it was when 230 highly enthusiastic Social Syndicate owners and guests descended on Mornington on a perfect New Years Day to witness not one, but two of our Social Syndicate fillies in Mystic Vamp and Socially Sassy make their much anticipated debuts.

This was a record Social Syndicate turnout obliterating the previous record of around 185 at Mornington 2 years ago when La Pluie and Dazzling Lucy won successive races for us and placed a severe strain on the club's sandwich and alcohol supplies.

Many who were there on New Years Day were first time owners and the excitement in the air was palpable from the moment the race club threw open the gates and our owners swarmed on to the track faster than ants at a picnic!

Well we couldn't quite emulate that winning double from 2 years ago, but I think every one of our owners on course and off would have walked away confident that they have got themselves a small piece of a filly that will give them plenty to look forward to, whichever one they are involved in (or both in a number of cases).

Mystic Vamp Parading

Both our girls ran super races but as we feared pre-race the wide gates both drew were less than optimal, and in the case of Mystic Vamp her racing manners probably didn't help a lot either. Nonetheless both our fillies finished off with gusto in spite of their tough runs.

Socially Sassy's outstanding second had the trainer and jockey just as excited as her owners with jockey Jake Noonan,  describing her performance to owners as "Socially Sensational" when he returned to scale. "Gabby" has already gone for a scheduled break with Tony's plan being to come back and head towards metropolitan 3yo races over a bit more ground in her next prep in the late autumn / early winter. 

John Heib and Martha Cove Village Syndicate                         

Mystic Vamp
 ("Dot") will have learnt a great deal from her day out and will continue her preparation. She has good pace and with a better gate and the experience under her belt expect her to be very competitive at her next start.

As always after a big day thanks to many people - to all the team at Mornington for accommodating so helpfully and efficiently our record breaking crowd; again to our fantastic Syndicate managers for coordinating their troops so brilliantly and also to the owners of our budding Social Syndicate champs - John Frankhuisen from Cornerstone Stud in SA with Mystic Vamp, and Kris Gorrie with Socially Sassy for entrusting their horses to Tony and our thrilled crew of Social Syndicates owners.

All our Social Syndicate horses are leased allowing our owners to become involved with no upfront cost and a small monthly charge to each Syndicate member.

I know some of you met Kris Gorrie at the track as she took over the raceday strapping duties for her beloved Grunt filly. Her enthusiasm for "Gabby" has been infectious over recent months and her girl did not let her down first up.  I don't doubt Kris will be close at hand every time she races.

And of course thanks to all our members, many of whom were at the races to see their horses for the first time. Feedback from owners on the day was terrific, but if we didn't catch you on the day I trust you had a fabulous time and where possible will be back again with your fellow Syndicate members to follow your horse wherever it races!

As always to learn more about getting involved with Social Syndicates call or Email John on 0413 271235 or at