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The Last Stride

TARGETTING WINNERS AUSTRALIA WIDE

***NOTE: The yearling involved is the half brother of Tycoon’s Pride who won again Wednesday in Brisbane to take his talley to 5 wins and two placings from 16 starts.

STEVEN PRICE SADDLES UP OUTBACK SPIRIT

(outback prince the sire from clear mountain fairview is pictured)

Rugby League legend Steven Price has jumped aboard a unique project that was launched today to help with the ongoing recovery of Grantham.

Toowoomba racecaller, Pat O’Shea and his “The Last Stride” business partner David Silver have purchased a race horse in the hope of both raising funds for the Grantham community and bringing some excitement into their shattered lives.

The Last Stride Grantham Syndicate manager, David Silver came up with the concept one sleepless night in the wake of the flood drama.

“Grantham is my neighbouring suburb and my wife and I wanted to get in and help but found it difficult due to the chaotic situation surrounding our own home at the time,” said Mr Silver.

“We felt terrible that we were so lucky compared to so many around us, but could do so little to help.”

So his way to assist involved purchasing a yearling from Clear Mountain Fairview Stud and donating two shares to the Grantham community.

The Last Stride will pay for the costs of those shares along with donating 20% of prizemoney of the three The Last Stride partners’ shares.

On top of that, the sixteen remaining shareholders will have to donate 10% of any prizemoney to the Grantham Families Trust as one of the conditions of being part of the syndicate.

Then, everyone else involved with the horse, from training fees to transport, vet and farriers would have to contribute 10% of their monthly bill to that Trust.

In December each year, for the lifetime of the horse’s racing career, The Last Stride Grantham Syndicate will turn over the proceeds of the Trust to the Grantham community.

Toowoomba’s own rugby league legend, Steven Price was keen to jump aboard.

“The huge attraction for me was to be able to give back in a different manner and an ongoing manner,” said Price.

Price has dabbled in racehorse ownership before with limited success – the biggest race was at Cunnamulla and the horse did no good there.

“Hopefully this horse goes really well for the people we’re trying to help out, we’re being brought together as a group and it would be great to have some celebrations,” said Price.

Clear Mountain Fairview Stud negotiated a good price for one of their most well-bred yearlings, a colt by Outback Prince out of top broodmare Proud, along with donating 10% of their agistment costs.

“This is just a small token of what we can do to assist and hope it can relieve some stress and pressure off the families from the Grantham community,” said Stud Principal, Bob Frappell.

“We also hope it may provide an outlet where the citizens of Grantham can look forward to be entertained by the Sport of Kings and escape their hardship, even if it is momentarily.”

The Last Stride Syndicate trainer, Michael Nolan, who is donating 10% of his monthly account said he has had a good run with all The Last Stride syndicate horses so far.

“We haven’t had too many duds and the last couple has been quite handy, so I’m happy to continue,” said Mr Nolan.

“This is a nice gesture for the people that have lost something and a way of continually raising money for them over the next few years.”

Others to saddle up include Oakey Veterinary Hospital, Warwick Veterinary Clinic and Higgins Transport, all willing to donate 10% of any of their bills to the Last Stride Grantham Trust.

Magic Millions has given a nomination into their race series worth $3000 and the Thoroughbred Trainers Service Centre/RISA has waived their $3000 costs to set up the syndicate, which will be completed by Sharon Lawrence of  Independent Syndications.

“The loss of James Perry, the Steward in Toowoomba, has brought the impact of the floods very close to the team at RISA (which includes the TTSC),” said RISA CEO Myles Foreman.

“Like most organisations we have been looking at ways in which we can support the victims of the floods and have naturally been looking for ways in which our support can be linked to the Thoroughbred Racing Industry.”

Westpac Toowoomba branch Manager Joe Hannant has been kind enough to manage The Last Stride Grantham syndicate account as well as kicking off the funds.

Mr Silver just wants to give these people something else to think about, even if just for a little while.

He envisages the families coming together to watch the horse run, with his ultimate aim to see the horse make it to Toowoomba’s Fitton Insurance Hopeful Plate in September and then onto the Magic Millions Carnival in 2012 – the first anniversary of the flood tragedy.

And Steven Price hopes to attend such events if his schedule allows.

“The better the horse goes the more money we’ll raise and the more fun we’ll have – that’s what it’s all about,” said Price.

“There’s nothing like the thrill of racing, watching your horse thunder to the finish and cheering your heart out for him to get over the line,” said Mr Silver.

“I just want to be able to put a little bit of joy like that into these families lives, so we can all come together and have a good time, have something to look forward to and at the same time hopefully raise a bit of money.”

It’s a long way from what these people really need – their homes and loved ones returned – but hopefully it will give them something positive to cheer for over the next few years.

If you would like to know more about this special syndicate please call

David on 0413 603 588.