THE Racing. It’s a Rush Syndicate was formed at the National Two-Year-Old Sale roughly a year ago with the specific aim to encourage young people to join and enjoy racing, to get young blood into the game.

The idea came from It’s a Rush and the late Chris Gerber, who presented three Moutonshoek-bred to start the syndicate, and 14 new members were sourced. Each pay R2,000 per month for the three runners, who are trained by young trainers attached to bigger stables.

There was a cocktail party and a draw to determine who the trainers would be. Of the fifteen that were invited, only five attended the function and there were a few official excuses, but in the end a Adam Azzie (Mike Azzie), Mathew de Kock (Mike de Kock) and Gabi Soma (Joe Soma) had their names drawn by Gerber himself.

The Racing Association’s Larry Wainstein commented: “The idea was to create a vibe among young people and also to have them meet and communicate with young trainers, so although the three drawn youngsters are assistant trainers, these runners get their special attention. They are also attended to by Jenna Adams of Racing. It’s A Rush and the Tawny Syndicate on the accounts side.

With all three runners coming to hand at more or less the same time, the syndicate members had a breakfast meeting with their trainers at the Randjesfontein Bull Ring on Sunday.

Their first likely runner will be Double Hearts, a three-year-old filly by Twice Over, trained by Gabi Soma, who said: “If all goes well, the paperwork and son on, we’ll get her into a 1200m race on Saturday. We’re expecting a decent run, she’ll be a sprinter-miler.”

Mathew de Kock trains Lad, a three-year-old colt by Philanthropist. “He’s coming along, he’s three or four weeks away from running,” said Mathew. Adam Azzie has a colt by Marchfield, also roughly three weeks away from his debut. -tt.