The Racehorse Owners Association (ROA) and Great British Racing (GBR) have teamed up in new initiative aimed at providing impartial advice and practical help to individuals who aspire to become racehorse owners.

The new service will be managed by ownership advisor, Matt Budden, who boasts experience in all matters of racehorse ownership having worked with many different trainers in his role as a syndicates and racing clubs manager. He will act as an intermediary between potential owners and racehorse trainers or syndicate managers.

The free service, which is part of a wider campaign to promote racehorse ownership, is being part-funded by the British Horseracing Grant Scheme, in conjunction with the Department for Culture Media & Sport.

“Racehorse ownership can be the ultimate thrill our sport has to offer but it can seem an intimidating journey for first-timers,” said Richard Wayman, Chief Executive of the ROA. “This new service aims to provide expert assistance and impartial advice about the full range of ownership options, whilst also suggesting suitable solutions to suit different pockets.”

The dedicated enquiry service is being promoted through GBR’s website.

Rod Street, Chief Executive of Great British Racing, added: “Buying a first racehorse is for the majority of owners a ‘considered’ purchase so any help we can provide has to be of value. Plus, our Own1 website already receives over a thousand visitors a month so this new service will be available in an ideal location.”

Aspiring owners or those seeking advice on ownership options can either email or call Matt Budden (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm) on 07884 866607.