The aim of the Mick Fitzgerald Racing Club is to create syndicates that are large enough to support the purchase of quality horses, but not so large as to lose the thrill of ownership for our members. We acquire, mainly in Ireland, young geldings that Mick and his colleague, Shane Donohoe have identified as showing promise on the gallops and in maiden races at point to points.
Fun and member participation are very high on the agenda. The Club organises stable visits, off-course entertainment and racecourse hospitality as part of the membership package. The annual dinner, AGM, and visit to Philip Hobbs’s yard to see our horses work has proved to be very popular.
We are ambitious for success. A key goal is that the Club should acquire and develop horses good enough to compete at the Cheltenham Festival. We have now achieved that aim three times and, at the 2016 Festival we had our first runner in one of the Championship races, when Westend Story finished fifth and only a neck away from being in the winners enclosure following the Champion Bumper.
In order that members get the most out of being in the Club, a programme of regular communication is vital. Members hear from the management team on a regular basis, including updates on our horses, their progress and potential from Mick Fitzgerald.
Relatively large sums of money are involved and the Club has set in place a system of transparent administration, including annual financial reports for each syndicate.