THERE is only one thing more exciting than owning a racehorse that wins, and that’s owning a racehorse that sets a record or goes down in the history book!

Irishman Michael Moroney recently had the pleasure of such excitement with one of his runners. The first horse to do a hat trick on the Flat at the 2019 Galway Festival, was One Cool Poet, a gelding trained by Matthew Smith who had only previously won one of his 29 races. But One Cool Poet created a memorable piece of Galway history when winning for the third time in six days at the Festival in Ireland.

Celebrating the hat-trick by One Cool Poet at Hennelly’s Pub in Galway, Ireland, Moroney and a group of friends officially declared their favourite corner of their local pub “The Poets Corner”. Little did they know at the time that the name would soon form a new syndicate and carry the luck of the Irish all the way to South Africa.

Pinch Me, Gimmethegreenlight filly.
Pinch Me, Gimmethegreenlight filly.

Encouraged by the booming exchange rate and boredom of the current worldwide pandemic & local lockdown, Moroney set off to explore opportunities abroad. After an avid online search and some careful consideration, he decided to invest in South Africa with trainer Nathan Kotzen of NK Racing in Summerveld.

The first stroke of luck came when NK Racing agent, Tasmyn Jain, proposed a young colt by Eightfold Path, the only son of Giant’s Causeway at stud in South Africa. After a quick conversation with breeder Seymour Harley, Moroney decided that the yearling was priced just right and made his first investment in South Africa.

Once again there was excitement at the Hennelly’s Pub in Galway, as Michael told the lads about his new venture in South Africa and showed off photos of his new horse. After a few drinks and much discussion, the Irish lads decided they did not want to miss out on this exciting new adventure and so “The Poets Corner Syndicate” was born.

With the will to have a horse in the running as soon as racing re-opens, the syndicate members carefully considered the list of horses currently available at NK Racing. With interest in a special filly, “The Poets Corner Syndicate” grabbed the opportunity of a 50% share in “Pinch Me” under the advisement of Nathan Kotzen. Michael Moroney and “The Poets Corner Syndicate” are interested in investing in more horses in South Africa and are even considering extending Moroney’s breeding projects into the country and are avidly on the search for more horses and the right horse property.