The first ever Crowd Racing runner; ACOM
Back towards the end of 2014, a long 5 years ago, I ended up in a Twitter discussion with the wonderful Eamonn Wilmott. Eamonn was running Horses First Racing, who had Aussie Jeremy Gask as their trainer. Eamonn wanted to work with Crowd Racing to form a crowdfunded syndicate after they had some success with Trending before (Trending was syndicated entirely over Twitter).
They found us a horse, a 20grand yearling which quickly found a Crowd of people who purchased shares and the dream began. A competition decided the name and a play on a company name that some of the owners worked together inspired ACOM. Also as he was related to Compton Place, the name worked well.
Some colours were registered, and thankfully didn’t last! Orange and White Diablo with a Dark Green Cap were not attractive nor were they lucky. Acom made his debut, as the first ever Crowd Racing runner on 26th March 2015 at Wolverhampton with stable apprentice David Parkes taking the ride. Acom was running over 5f and racing against horses that were a lot more expensive and experienced and was beaten 12 lengths, 5th of 7. The Racing Post wrote that the run would give connections some hope for the future but we were slightly disappointed at we had hoped he would have been a lot closer to the principals.
Irrespective of the run, Acom will always have a place in our history as the first horse to run for us and many of the folk who were involved in this young horse are still with Crowd Racing all these years later. Jeremy Gask has gone back to Australia, Horses First Racing is no more, and Eamonn has moved onto some exciting new projects, but Crowd Racing is still going strong. Without Acom, we would never have got this project off the ground.