Witches Of Westview looking to continue dream start
The "Witches Of Westview Syndicate," is yet another initative of Westview manager Nigel Armstrong (in picture). It is an initiative that has seen Nigel lease off 10% of his shareholding in the Westview Super Seventeen syndicate to 100 ladies, many of whom are first time owners. All of this in yet another ploy to get new owners into the great game of harness racing and in this case to get some ladies into the game.
Nigel's Westview syndications have been going for many years and he and wife Brenda do an amazing job keeping syndicate members informed and crreating lots of cool opportunities for their owners.
"As an industry, it is always a struggle for owners," said Nigel.
"So this time I thought lets target the lady owners, especially those that are new to the game."
"While on this occasion I have got in 100 ladies, I think that we could easily have got 200 or even 300. Maybe that is a challenge for next time."
"It has been an instant success for this group too," said Nigel.
"The win of Tuapeka Trick at Omakau was the first race that the new group have been involved in, as well of course with the large Super Seventeen syndicate."
"It was great to have them on board on time for the first winner for the Westview Super Seventeen."
Amongst the owners involved in the Westview Witches are Jess Smith, newly employed by HRNZ around the very issue of getting new owners into the game. She would be one of the first to applaud Nigel's efforts. Others in the syndicate include Judy May, Lyn Markham, Lisa Orange and Jenna Dunn. But it is the first time owners that Nigel has a real buzz over.
"We have got them in here with a very small commitment. But who knows, they might get involved in another one now and take a 5% or even a 10% share. It is very easy to get hooked."
The dream introduction into racing for the Westview witches may get further momentum today, the first day of the Nelson two day Summer meeting. They have two runners to support, with Feel The Money debuting in Race One and Tuapeka Trick a great chance to back up in the last.
Feel The Money is a three year old Bettor's Delight filly out of Gentle Aubrey, making her a half sister to five race winner Gentle Western. John has taken his time with this filly which qualified at the end of September. She trialled impressively in a private trial at Addington last week and the confidence levels are high for a good debut run.
"She is a nice filly," said John.
"She has a good draw to work with, but she won't have it all her own way with Blair's one - When I See You - a nice horse and it has already had a couple of starts."
Feel The Money will start as one of a number of short-priced favourites for the stable today.
The other runner for the Witches Of Westview today is Tuapeka Trick in the last. An emphatic winner last time at Omakau, Tuapeka Trick has come up with a good draw in his assignment, Race Nine today.
"He has come through that race really well," said John.
"He is sure to go well, but there seems a fair bit of word about for Run Riot, which is a new one for Hopey."
With a good contingent of owners expected to make the trip north, all the best to the Witches Of Westview and Super Seventeen crews today.
Posted: Fri 12 Jan 2018