Cyberhorse - Raceownership for just $1 Per Day
Spoke To Bill Saunders About the New:
Cyberhorse Racing Club
punters will have given thought at some stage to owning the magnificent creatures
that they bet on. However, being acutely aware of their tendency to be unreliable
conveyances, combined with the very real expense of ownership, few punters
actually take the plunge.
Bill Saunders of the popular web site
Cyberhorse has come up with an innovative way for punters to participate in
racing a whole stable of horses for only a few dollars a week. Not only do
members of his Cyberhorse Racing Club get as much information about their
stable as normal owners, but they also get the benefit of Cyberhorse's racing
experts to gain an insight into what is going on with their horse behind the
"The problem with traditional racehorse
ownership is that all the owners hopes and dreams revolve around the success
of just one horse", said Saunders.
"If that horse fails for any reason,
the whole expensive process of selecting the horse, finding owners for it
and putting it into work has been a waste of time."
"While experienced racing people
might be able to cope with the disappointment, for those new to the game,
it is very demoralising and its not surprising that when their first horse
doesn't work out, they are in no hurry to try again", he went on.
The Cyberhorse Racing Club is more like
a football club in concept.
Instead of putting just one player on the ground Cyberhorse have recruited
a whole team of horses to race. That way, if any one horse fails, they can
replace it and the impact on club members is reduced.
The 18 horses in which the Cyberhorse
Racing Club currently has an interest, range in age from yearlings to 5 year
olds and include some who have already won races. Trainers such as David Hayes,
Gai Waterhouse and Peter Moody are currently training for the Club.
With a football club, the club has contracts
with its players and takes responsibility for putting a winning team on the
field. Club members don't actually need to "own" the players in
a legal sense to be team supporters.
Similarly, the Cyberhorse Racing Club
owns the horses and takes responsibility for paying their running costs. Cyberhorse
Racing Club members get the enjoyment benefit of following their horses but
pay only a fixed annual membership fee, rather than the cost of buying the
horse and paying for it to be trained.
"What about prizemoney?",
'Pheonix' who is showing a fair bit of staying promise and is a three
quarter sister to dual Group 2 winner 'Umaline'.
Saunders response was that on
average, racehorses return only 50% of their racing costs in prizemoney. If
the purchase cost of the horses is included, he made the point that most owners
are well out of pocket.
"The Cyberhorse Racing Club budgets
to recover some of our running expenses from prizemoney, but we are under
no illusion that this will pay our way", he said.
Instead, Saunders believes that the
Club will balance its books with a combination of membership subscriptions,
sponsorship and merchandising, as well as prizemoney.
He expects that for their low outlay,
Club members are not looking for a cash dividend, any more than a football
club member expects to see a cheque in the mail after winning the premiership.
"Our main objective is to give
our members a taste of ownership without the heartache and expense of direct
ownership", Saunders observed.
Saunders also sees the social aspect of racing being an important benefit
of being a Cyberhorse Racing Club member.
"We are planning a program which
will see our members be able to go to the races to see our horses race, as
well as being able to participate in other racing related events", he
Cyberhorse offers Gold, Silver and Bronze
Racing Club membership packages at annual rates between $99 and $399.
information on all aspects of the Cyberhorse Racing Club is available at
their web site at: