Deva Racing

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Deva Racing provides the opportunity for you to enjoy racehorse ownership at the highest level.

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.

THE AIMS OF DEVA RACING
Aims

DEVA RACING DIRECTOR

RYAN TONGUE
Ryan Tongue

DEVA RACING DIRECTOR

RYAN TONGUE

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.

DEVA RACING’S AMBASSADOR

MATT CHAPMAN

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.

Matt Chapman

DEVA RACING’S AMBASSADOR

MATT CHAPMAN

SPONSORED JOCKEY

CILLIN LEONARD
Cillin Leonard

SPONSORED JOCKEY

CILLIN LEONARD

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’.

DEVA RACING’S RACE MANAGER

ED GLASSONBURY

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.

Ed Glassonbury

DEVA RACING’S RACE MANAGER

ED GLASSONBURY