We offer 6th, 10th, 12th and 20th carefully selected racing partnerships in our race horses. Our syndicate horses are trained by five of the best trainers in the UK.
For those who enjoy flat horse racing our syndicates are trained by Tom Dascombe at Michael Owen’s Manor House Stables in Cheshire. Our National Hunt syndicates are trained by Grand National-winning racehorse trainers Gordon Elliott, Jonjo O'Neill, Donald McCain and Dr. Richard Newland. We also have exciting young trainers Olly Murphy, Oliver Greenall and Sam Allwood joining Deva's training ranks. News of our latest syndicates are on the horses page now.
We pride ourselves on our integrity and excellent owner communication and we endeavour to make everyone feel they are the sole owner of their racehorse. Our trainers actively encourage stable visits and we regularly organise social events for our syndicate owners.
For an opportunity to join one of our small, friendly professionally run horse racing partnerships and racehorse syndicates visit the horses page of our website.
At just 24 years of age Deva Racing chief Ryan Tongue has packed quite a lot into his CV. Ambitious, well-connected and forward thinking, he is unquestionably one of the rising stars of the racing punditry world. Born and raised in Worcester, Ryan’s interest in racing was sparked in primary school. He began riding lessons at the age of seven and soon the story of a famous locally-owned horse caught his attention. The horse in question was triple Gold Cup hero Best Mate, and his owner Jim Lewis got wind of Ryan’s burgeoning enthusiasm for his famous charge.
Before long Ryan was visiting Hen Knight and Terry Biddlecombe’s famous Wantage stables and becoming acquainted with the only horse since Arkle to capture steeplechasing’s Blue Riband on three occasions. Such was Ryan’s association with the horse that he even attended the memorial service at Cheltenham racecourse when Best Mate’s ashes were laid by the winning post. Jim Lewis took Ryan under his wing and several more stable visits would follow, including to other trainers such as Paul Nicholls, allowing Ryan to develop an extensive list of contacts that continues to build to this day.
Determined to pursue a career in the industry, after leaving school Ryan successfully graduated from the British Racing School in Newmarket and spent three years working for trainer Oliver Greenall in Malpas, Cheshire. During this period Ryan rode in point-to-points around the country, forging yet more connections and deepening his knowledge of every aspect of the sport. He also spent two years working in the weighing room at his local track, Worcester, where he would look after the jockeys, including greats such as A P McCoy and Ruby Walsh. All the while he was cultivating the skills needed to excel as a racing pundit/host. He spent time behind the scenes with Channel 4 Racing in 2015 and, since the age of 19, has worked alongside jump jockey Dave Crosse, hosting hospitality events at some of the most prestigious venues in the country.
Both Dave and Ryan are passionate champions of charity, and they have worked tirelessly to raise funds for a diverse range of charities such as Middleham Air Ambulance, Primrose Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Research. In 2018 Ryan took on the role of Racing Manager to highly successful NH owners Grech and Parkin, overseeing their string of 45 horses which included high-class performers such as River Wylde, Claimantakinforgan and Mr Whipped. Around this time Ryan was put forward by trainer Donald McCain to take on the management and running of Deva Racing, as former director Mike Foster was retiring.
Since taking the reins at Deva Racing Ryan has been able to put his extensive industry experience to good use, allowing him to expand and broaden the horizons of the syndicate. Under Ryan’s leadership the Deva string has increased from five to 21 horses, exciting new trainers have been added to the roster, and a large influx of new syndicate members has been encouraged to join. Ryan, who continues to ride out regularly, is now expanding Deva Racing into new frontiers, with horses in training in Ireland and France. Furthermore, the recent link ups with the likes of Matt Chapman, Ed Glassonbury, and sponsored jockey Cillin Leonard, demonstrate Ryan’s desire to continue developing the brand. With so much achieved already and so much more to look forward to, there is little doubt that the future looks very bright for Deva Racing and its ambitious young leader.
Deva Racing is thrilled to welcome award-winning racing broadcaster Matt Chapman to the team in an ambassadorial and ownership role! Members can expect to sample Matt’s ‘say it as it is’ style at syndicate events in the near future!
Born in Guildford, Matt studied History and Music at University, graduating with BA Honours, but had already signalled his intentions by spending his final year of study on the racing desk at The Independent.
A skilled print journalist, accomplished commentator and natural communicator, Matt’s earlier excursions within the industry included time spent working for the International Racing Bureau in Newmarket, several years with the Racing Post, and a highly successful stint as agent to leading jockey Darryl Holland. However, it was his increasingly frequent appearances on our television screens during the early noughties for the Racing Channel that really thrust him into racing’s collective consciousness.
A dynamic presence on the racecourse and in the sitting rooms of racing fans, it was not long before Matt became an integral part of the original attheraces. His forthright and opinionated presenting style, push-the-envelope interview technique and now legendary command of the live phone-in concept turned him into a marquee name within the sport. No stranger to controversy and naturally outspoken, Matt has nonetheless worked hard to earn the respect of his peers, racing professionals and the racing public alike. Although sometimes portrayed as racing’s pantomime villain, Matt’s diverse experience within the industry, consummate command of subject matter and palpably evident devotion to the sport, ensure that his reputation and standing endure. This was never better evidenced than when Matt was the 2010 recipient of the prestigious HWPA Broadcaster of the Year Award.
Now, with two decades’ worth of experience at the forefront of horse racing TV, Matt is established as arguably the most recognisable figure in British racing broadcasting. He currently serves as chief betting reporter for the award-winning ITV racing coverage, continues to feature heavily on the rebranded Sky Sports Racing’s output and writes an influential weekly column for The Sun. Add on his duties as a tipster for Paddy Power, racecourse trophy presentation officiator and new Deva Racing ambassador role and it is fair to comment that MC Yeeehaaa is in demand! In short, Matt Chapman is a highly experienced broadcaster and journalist, with a deep knowledge and love for the great game of horse racing. Everyone at Deva Racing is thrilled that he is joining the team.
My path to a career in the saddle seemed very unlikely when growing up in Beaumont, on the Northside of Dublin city. My father was an aircraft mechanic in Dublin Airport and my mother was Principal of a Special School in Beaumont. I always loved horses from an early age being exposed to them on my school holidays on my grandparents farm in County Laois. They always kept ponies and horses. My mother grew up enjoying many competitive wins in the pony show-jumping scene. My uncle continued the equine tradition breeding racehorses and enjoying show-jumping with his children. I loved riding the ponies out with my cousins whenever I could and particularly riding bare-back and making our own cross-country courses.
I was lucky enough to get a place in RACE in Kildare when I was 16 and from here I started with Ken Condon on the Curragh. Ken has a great eye for race horses and an excellent work ethic. This was definitely my grounding. I went from Ken’s to Willie Mullins yard in Carlow where I was privileged to ride alongside the best in the industry, Ruby Walsh, Paul Townsend, Patrick, David and Danny Mullins. I really learnt a lot here purely from watching and listening to the best. Then I took out my licence with Pat A Fahey where I had my first winner on ‘Supreme Steel’, in Thurles March 2017 followed by two more wins on ‘No Pressure Pat’.
Things got a little quite in Ireland for me and my agent at the time put me in contact with Olly Murphy in Stratford Upon Avon, where I got my first win in the UK. I was really made welcome in the yard and made great friends in the industry. Opportunities in a big yard are hard to come by, especially where there are a number of jockeys but again my UK agent saw an opening to join Dr Richard Newland’s yard in Elmbridge, Worster. This, without a doubt, has probably been my best move to-date. Dr. Newland wasn’t shy in giving me rides, I guess he saw something in me and I’m very grateful to him for this. I got off to a great start with just my first ride in Cheltenham and my second ride for Dr. Newland. I won the the opening race in Cheltenham’s October Festival 2019 on ‘Duke Street’, giving me an amazing win. This was followed by three wins in Ascot first on’ Mason Jar’ and then two wins on ‘Coillte Eile’ . I love the yard and get on great with everyone. We are also very lucky with the owners we have attached to the yard and I’m also very grateful to my sponsors Devaracing.
Of course, Covid 19 has stopped us all in our tracks but we’re all safe and back in the game again. Here’s looking forward to lots of rides and wins in the season ahead.
Ed has over 13 years in the horseracing industry, in this time he has held numerous different roles all of which have given him a wealth of experience and knowledge. These roles include being a conditional jockey, an assistant trainer and until recently he has also run his own pre-training and point to point yard.
At 16 years old Ed left home, with the dream of following in his brother’s footsteps and becoming a successful professional jockey. In 2009 he rode his landmark first winner on the Victor Dartnall trained Ballybriggan. He would then go on to ride another 15 winners in the following two seasons, including success at top racecourses Aintree, Ascot and Newbury. However, an ever continuing fight with the scales put an end to his aspirations.
Soon after he got the position of assistant trainer to the up and coming Oliver Greenall, it was when in this position that he won the award as North West area point to point leading jockey. After many successful seasons and lots of knowledge gained, Ed decided to start his own pre-training and point to point yard. It was here after having horses for Mike Grech and Stuart Parkin that Ryan and Ed’s paths collided.