As self-confessed racing tragic Dan Fletcher sizes up a Cox Plate on Saturday and potential Melbourne Cup tilt on Tuesday week, it’s hard to believe at one time he thought he would never have any luck in the racing game.
Fletcher and his wife Rae are part-owners of Cox Plate favourite Russian Camelot, having put together the “Queensland Cup Colts” syndicate, which has a 10 per cent share in the Danny O’Brien-trained stallion.
The emergence of Russian Camelot has followed hot on the heels of Magic Millions winner Sunlight, a filly he co-bred and also shared in the racing ownership of.
“I used to say if it wasn’t for bad luck we’d have no luck, but we’ve had a hell of a lot of luck in the past few years,” Fletcher said.
“We bred Sunlight in partnership and after selling her as a yearling bought back in to keep a piece of her.
“I never thought we’d have another experience like Sunlight, but then along came Russian Camelot.”
The entire is different to most of the Northern Hemisphere breds we see in Australia, as he wasn’t tried in Europe before making his way here.
“A lot of people are buying European tried horses and they have become very expensive,” Fletcher said.
“The idea was to say it might be cheaper in the long run to spend a little bit less, be a lot more patient and try and buy some yearlings up there and bring them out (to Australia).”
Cox Plate favourite Russian Camelot. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
That opportunity arose when clients of Danny O’Brien purchased two yearlings out of Europe and when the trainer asked for expressions of interest, Fletcher was quick to respond.
The Colts syndicate comprises 10 couples, while Russian Camelot also has another Queensland-based owner, Brett Ainsworth, who Fletcher has spoken to, but never met in person.
Both are expected to be at Doomben on Saturday, where they hope to watch Russian Camelot win the Cox Plate.
A financial planner by profession, Fletcher always wanted to be in racing and success in the business he built in the country town of Emerald paved the way for him to satisfy that craving, purchasing a well-known Beaudesert property five years ago and renaming it Telemon Thoroughbreds.
“Literally it’s what I’ve always wanted to do. My lifelong passion and the one thing I’m deeply interested in is trying to breed racehorses,” he said.
Telemon was originally set up by Peter and Wendy Moran as Noble Park. Subsequently it’s been known as Racetree, Sun Stud, Eliza Park and a host of good horses have come off the farm.
Telemon hit the headlines last year when resident stallion Sidestep, who stands in an arrangement with Darley, sired the Golden Slipper winner Kiamichi.
The farm has since welcomed fellow Darley stallion Jungle Cat and juvenile stakes winner Sun City to the roster.
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Sky Racing News Update: 23rd Oct 2020
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Originally published asSun shines on Queensland owner’s Russian venture
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