Neil Breen’s job is covering sport at Channel 9 but his passion has always been for racing.
Neil grew up around the racetracks in Brisbane and had always dabbled in few horses, putting together teams of friends in ownership. But a few years ago, along with trainer Richard Freedman, Breen decided to start syndicating.
“I realised if I want to advertise, I had to get a licence and that’s how Heart Thoroughbreds started,” Breen said. “I had to do all the paperwork and an interview at Racing NSW but it’s worth it.
“We just want to bring people together and have fun and a couple of winners. I have known Richard for a while and when he got back into training it was perfect timing.”
Heart Thoroughbreds will look for its first winner when Prince George ($6 into $5 on TAB fixed odds) has his second start in the Dolans Bay Probus Club three-year-old Maiden Plate at Kembla Grange on Thursday.
“We have had a couple of runners and they have run well,” Neil Breen [pictured left] said. “Prince George came down the outside and ran into fourth over 1000m on debut at Kembla the other day.
“He had drawn wide and it was a bit of plan by Jay Ford to go back and have one run at them on what was the fast lane at the meeting before. I think he showed enough to say we are going to have fun with him.
“That was probably a bit short for him and he steps up to 1400m, which might suit him a bit better on Thursday.”
Breen has been joined in some of early horses by friends and colleagues Yvonne Sampson and Dan Ginnane from Fox Sports and Nine’s Chris O’Keefe, while the Swans Kieren Jack and Sam Burgess share in the ownership of Prince George.
“We also have some other people in 'George' which was named by a mate of mine because he is by St Kate, and it was great to see them at the track last time,” Breen said. “It is not a big thing for me, just something on the side I love to do and we want to get people into racing at the right price.”
Breen is just finishing putting together a syndicate for a two-year-old Foxwedge colt for Freedman and has teamed with up and coming trainer Luke Hilton at Gosford with Animal Kingdom colt out of Lobster.
“He is a different price point, so we thought we would give him to Luke,” Breen said. “It is great to be involved with these horses from the sales to track.”