MICK BLYTHE ANSWERED THE CROWD RACING QUESTIONS


Mick Blythe, with his wife Pauline, has been a racing fan for many a year and has been involved with Crowd Racing from the start. He owns shares in the majority of horses we have had in training, and is a regular at the stable visits and race meetings. Mick took some time out to answer the Crowd Racing questions, and there are some fascinating answers in there!


Who is my favourite jockey?

It has to be Ruby Walsh, he has great hands and rides with a confidence that he is able to transmit to his horse. He’s a great judge of pace, be it from the front or more often from behind, he always gives his horse time to find his own comfortable traveling pace so that he can be produced where it matters most. He seldom makes a mistake.

Who is my favourite personality across all Racing?

This is a slightly left field answer in as much as I have chosen Alistair Down, whose writing in the Racing Post has always been a joy to read. He is for me one of the best wordsmiths writing about any subject. His writing has such colour that he has been able to cover all topics with feeling, humour, and where necessary a serious and heartfelt line that, as I say, has been a joy to read.
Mick Blythe

Favourite all time horse.

If I was thinking about the Flat it would have to be the incomparable Frankel, but at heart I’m a jumps man so it can only be Desert Orchid. Everyone loves a Grey, and if it’s a front runner so much the better. But Dessie was more than that, he won from 2 miles over hurdles to 3 miles 5furlongs of the Irish Grand National, 4 King George VI chases and a memorable Gold Cup on a course that was the wrong way round for him on ground that was also very much against him. He never gave anything but his very best.
You can the wonderful performance at the 1989 Gold Cup by Desert Orchid by clicking here

First ever experience of racing.

This gives away my age, but it was Mr. What and Arthur Freeman winning the 1958 Grand National by 30 lengths. It sparked a lifelong interest that has taken me to two Melbourne Cups, to Racing in Hong Kong, to Churchill Downs, and a Couple of Arc De Triomphes and 47 different British Racecourses and Three Irish courses.
What a wonderful journey.

Why get involved in Racehorse Ownership.

Quite simply a desire to get everything I could from the hobby that’s become a lifelong passion. I wanted to be more than a punter, and I’ve got so much more since I first was able to get involved in ownership back in 1994.

Which Racecourse or Race that I have yet to attend would I like to Attend.

That would have to be either the Dubai World Cup, or a Breeders Cup.

Which horse currently in training would I most like to own.

That would be Native River, I think he has a great chance in the Gold Cup, but more than that I believe he has the class and ability to win a Grand National.

The race I would most like to own the winner of.

It has to be the Grand National, the race that started it all so many years ago.

Favourite Racecourse.

Difficult, but for sheer quality of racing it has to be Cheltenham.

What irks me most in racing.

Too many self interested groups who cannot work together in the best interest of Racing as a whole.

The most positive change in recent racing.

I’m not sure I have an answer for this, but I will say the biggest opportunity wasted was in allowing the government to sell the tote to a bookmaker. Was it even their’s to sell?

The biggest challenge faced by Racing.

Getting the funding and then getting it properly proportioned to all aspects of racing but in particular raising the prize money to such a level as any horse who wins three races in a year covers all his training and ancillary costs. The gap between the top and the bottom must be closed or Racing will become the domain of the rich and powerful.

Send any mare to any stallion

Probably Treve to Galileo, but it really depends on what you’d like to breed.

Best experience as an owner.

Warwick 3.30 pm 6th October 1996, leading my first winner, Comedy River in. All the other owners ran to the winners enclosure, but I’d always wanted to lead my winner in and so I went to meet Dane O’Neil and Comedy River coming off the course and led them into the winners enclosure. Then to top it all Robert Cooper asked me if I’d do an interview for Attheraces, which I did and later received a video copy of the race and interview. Trainer Norman Berry who I’m still in contact with had taken two other horses to Redcar.

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Crowd Racing is one of the UK’s most innovative Racehorse Ownership and Experience companies.

We offer ownership shares in racehorses and racehorse ownership experiences in the UK and Europe, via our "Crowds". By joining a Crowd, you will become a registered owner of that racehorse for a fixed period of time, for a fixed cost. At the end of the period, you will get to vote on whether we keep the horse(s) but will never be committed to remaining as part of that Crowd irrespective of the vote result.

Crowd Racing offers various ownership packages on a transparent, one-off cost basis with no hidden charges.

Depending on the level of package purchased, share owners received a variety of racehorse owner benefits; All owners are entitled to their pro-rata share of prize-money and re-sale of the horse at the end of the defined period.

We also offer a totally free to join Racing Club, The Crowd Racing Club

Crowd Racing exists to make racehorse ownership accessible, informative, exhilarating, social and above all;

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We have well over 300 owners involved in  Crowd Racing, and many of them are involved in multiple horses. Our customers retention levels are above 90%, so we know we are doing a lot right, but we are constantly looking to improve.

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