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Witches of Westview off to a flying start

  • Fri, 12 Jan 2018
  • Matt Markham
Members of the Witches of Westview and Westview Racing Super17 Syndicates meet their filly after her debut win at Nelson today. Photo: Race Images.

Members of the Witches of Westview and Westview Racing Super17 Syndicates meet their filly after her debut win at Nelson today. Photo: Race Images.

When Nigel Armstrong and his wife Brenda first schemed up the idea of the Witches of Westview syndicate, he couldn’t have dreamed of a perfect beginning.

But that’s exactly what the innovative pair have found themselves with.

Although not officially recognised in the racebook, the Witches of Westview began their journey when Tuapeka Trick was victorious at Omakau early in the New Year.

They then took that to another level on the first day of the Nelson summer meeting on Friday when Feel The Money jogged home on debut.

“We’ve set the bar pretty high - there’s not many places one can go from here,” said Nigel.

“But it’s a dream start and we are over the moon.”

The Witches of Westview 2018 syndicate comprises of 99 female owners, many from outside of the racing industry, and one male owner, Armstrong.

“I had to hit the magic mark so I chucked a share in myself,” he laughed.

The group have shares in three racehorses for the next 13 months with Tuapeka Trick and Feel The Money joined by promising trotter, Borntobeastar.

“It’s all about a minimal output for maximum enjoyment and it’s so far, so good.”

The syndicate was filled on word of mouth and the Armstrong pair aren’t resting on their laurels either with the plan to go bigger and better when next year rolls around.

“500 wouldn’t be a bad number, but maybe we better see how we get through this one first.”

The group of owners in the syndicate are joined in ownership of all three horses by The Westview Super17 Syndicate.

“It’s a great group of people and it’s just awesome to see them having some success.”

Friday’s winner, Feel The Money was heavily supported on debut and didn’t let her faithful down with a dominant performance - winning by seven and a quarter lengths.

Trained by Robert Dunn and driven by his son, John - the Bettor’s Delight filly rated 1:58.4, settling off the speed before being launched by Dunn inside the final 600 metres.