Embattled syndicate the Supreme Horse Racing Club has had its ownership voided by Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) after failing to engage with the governing body over allegations of overselling horses, including Gold Cup favourite Kemboy.
Supreme will not be permitted to own, or co-own, horses in Ireland after continually failing to respond to requests for information relating to the ownership of their horses in training.
HRI stated Steve Massey, the club's trustee, failed to attend a meeting with HRI on November 4 and has not been contactable since.
Jason Morris, HRI director of racing, said: “Horse Racing Ireland has received a significant amount of correspondence from concerned members of the club since we suspended the registration last month, and we will be in contact with any of the club members we have details for, to update them on our decision today.
"We will be sharing our information with our colleagues in the BHA. We have also reported our concerns around the administration of the club to the relevant authorities."
Following allegations of overselling shares in horses, Supreme Horse Racing Club had its account suspended by HRI on October 22 preventing the organisation from making entries and declarations.
Further controversy followed when Supreme sold Listen Dear at Goffs UK October 24 – the same day the Racing Post broke the story of the syndicate’s suspension – with several shareholders in the mare claiming the sale took place without their knowledge or permission. The sale has since been disputed and police in Britain and Ireland have been contacted.
Despite being unable to race, the 14 horses listed as being owned by Supreme continued to be trained by Willie Mullins, who stated his belief last month the syndicate may have grown to be too large for primary manager Steve Massey.
Mullins said: “Supreme Racing got very big, I mean it's a very big operation for one person to manage. It just seems to be one man in charge and trying to operate the whole thing.”
Supreme Horse Racing Club
Supreme Horse Racing Club was founded in 2011 by Steve Massey and Jim Balfry, and is one of Ireland's largest National Hunt syndicates. It has around 500 members who, after paying an upfront cost for a share in one of the club's horses, pay a monthly fee to cover training costs and veterinary costs.