2000 Guineas: Diamond Tycoon Has 250 Owners

Here's a great story in the Racing Post about one of the Guineas runners.

Over the years, many have competed in major races under the banner of ‘The People's Horse' but few can be more accurately worthy of the title than Diamond Tycoon, who races for 250 enthusiasts who invested £320 apiece for their involvement.

A coachload of members of the syndicate, which is organised by the Racegoers Club, visited Manton a few hours before Diamond Tycoon - who is leased for the season from James Hanly - entered 2,000 Guineas calculations with a stunning performance in a Newbury maiden, where he made all and clocked a time quicker than the Spring Cup on the same card.

As Jamie Spencer returned to unsaddle, he mentioned to trainer Brian Meehan, who was walking alongside, that he thought he was back on a Ballydoyle Classic contender.

Meehan said on Friday: ”Jamie also made the point the colt has had experience of the undulations of the Rowley Mile, having finished a good second on his debut last autumn, and he handled the dip without a bother.

“The horse appreciates good, fast ground and hopefully that's what he'll get. “I'm very happy with the two-stall draw, and while some people are reckoning the field may split in two, perhaps even three, I think they'll come up the middle in one bunch.”

After Newbury, Meehan sensibly waited a few days before finally committing Diamond Tycoon to the Classic.

”I just wanted to see how he'd taken the race. He's fine, and worked very well on Monday. He goes there with every chance.”

Around 150 of the syndicate organised by the Racegoers Club will be at Newmarket, and the majority of them will be required to pay to get in.

”We held a ballot to determine who would receive the half-a-dozen free owner passes, and 20 at half-price,” said organiser Paul Smith.

He added: “We're excited because the colt would appear to have such a good chance. The office telephone has been red hot all week.

“The Racegoers Club has been operating for 40 years, but this is our first Classic entry, let alone a runner.”

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