A Chance At Affordable Racehorse Ownership

Breeding winners is their specialty

The Normandy Racing Syndicate have enjoyed many happy and successful years on the racecourse and here’s their latest chance to get involved in the fun of racehorse ownersship at a cost to suit most pockets!

His name is Minneapolis.

This two-year-old colt will be in Normandy’s next Racing syndicate

He comes by this name because he is by Twice Over, and Minneapolis is one of the ‘twin cities’, paired with St Louis across the Mississippi River (keeping with the ‘twice’ theme, there are plenty of double letters in Mississippi!).

Watch an introductory video here:

With renewed energy – and prize money to match – it’s a great time to race a horse in the Western Cape!

From 1 September, every runner earns R2000 for its owners. Stakes are increasing by 35%, and for early juveniles there are races worth R3.5 million on offer.

Get involved!


Minneapolis is a really well put together, close-coupled colt. You can see in his head that he’s a Twice Over, but he has the look of a horse that gives the impression he isn’t going to need 2000m to be effective. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if he turned out to be a sprinter-miler.

While he has the slight immaturity one would expect of a 6 November foal, he has started to bloom over the past few weeks.


Minneapolis is out of the Silvano mare, Rose Water. Before we get to her credentials, Silvano was himself a wonderful racehorse, and he’s been an even better stallion. Continuing the record of past Champion Sires, Silvano’s daughters are now producing top runners, too.

Rose Water retired with just one win, but she was in the money 26 times in a career that lasted until she was five years old. Physically, she is not a typical Silvano, and for possible explanations of that, we dip a little deeper into her pedigree.

Her Grade III-winning US-bred dam, Rosey Rapids, was by Virginia Rapids, a hard-knocking colt who carried big weights to victory in New York’s top handicaps. One of these was the seven-furlong (1400m) Grade I Carter Handicap. You can watch one of Virginia Rapids’ other stakes wins here: https://youtu.be/gTQlT_m64cA.

The Carter Handicap was also won by the sire of Minneapolis’ third dam, a magnificent sprinter by the name of Mt Livermore.

Watch the race here:

So, while Minneapolis is out of a Silvano mare, there is some serious 1400m ability in the sires of the next two dams, in the form of the abovementioned two Carter Handicap winners.

Virgina Rapids was by Riverman, and Mt Livermore was by Blushing Groom. Both Riverman and Blushing Groom were stallions that had an out-sized influence on European racing. Amongst many other Grade I winners, they both sired winners of the 2400m Prix de’l Arc de Triomphe.

Despite their sires’ success in Europe, both Virginia Rapids and Mt Livermore plied their trade in New York, in races that are a serious test of speed, stamina and soundness. As the song goes: “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere.”

Given his US female line, the stateside reference in Minneapolis’ name (i.e. to a US city) is most appropriate!

Digging deeper into pedigree

The reason why we sent Rose Water to Twice Over is that Mt Livermore doubles up on the Blushing Groom in Twice Over’s pedigree. This is a pattern that has featured in several of his better horses, including the Grade I winner Sand And Sea (like Minneapolis, he also has duplications of Riverman). There is also a big affinity between Blushing Groom and Nijinsky, who is the great-grandsire of Silvano and Twice Over (in his case, on his dam’s side).

The Deal

You have the opportunity of racing Minneapolis in partnership with us. He’ll be trained by Justin Snaith.

The initial cost includes training fees and routine veterinary costs until the end of his two-year-old season (i.e. 31 July 2023). The costs in seasons thereafter will be covered by any stakes he’s earned, or from sales proceeds. Any surpluses, either from stakes or sales, will be distributed to you.

You can own as little as a 1% share, for just R2999.

You have two ways of accessing this special offer:

  • Sign up for 5% (but pay for just 4% – that’s a cost of R11996 for the 5% instead of R14995)
  • Get a group of five people together, and each of you will pay just R2399

Or just come along for the ride with a 1% share, at R2999.

Contact details:

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