Boys Get Paid Commissions Te Akau's David Ellis

Date: 22 Jan 2021

Boys Get Paid Commissions Te Akau's David Ellis


Boys Get Paid, a racing group with over 20,000 guys and gals, has commissioned David Ellis CNZM to buy them a yearling at the upcoming New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sales Series (Jan. 24 - 28) which begins on Sunday at Karaka.


Luke Kemeys, the young man behind Boys Get Paid, boasting the love, drive, skills, personality, and intelligence to help promote the New Zealand Racing industry, has experienced success with Te Akau winners Combat Queen (Pierro) and Awareness (Redoute's Choice), and now entering the next stage.

“We've got a Supporters Membership in Boys Get Paid of about 350 people and David (Ellis) is going to buy a yearling at the sales for that membership group,” Kemeys said. “The members will have first rights to shares in the horse, which will race in the Boys Get Paid colours and be trained by Jamie Richards at Matamata.

“It's our first time buying a yearling from the sales and given our involvement at the Karaka Millions meetings over the past few years we imagine David will be trying to buy us a Karaka Millions prospect.

“The plan is to have David buy a horse to follow for the next year and beyond, as a group, and providing the interest is strong we may look to buy a couple of horses the following year at the sales and maybe introduce a wider group of owners.”

A year earlier, Boys Get Paid was involved in a joint venture of pinhooking a Savabeel (Zabeel) weanling colt that went on to sell for $270,000 as a yearling at Karaka.

“That was our first ever involvement with the sales, as such, in terms of buying and selling, and documenting the process, so that was exciting for the 60 people that were involved in that project,” Kemeys said.

“But, we thought it was now time to come to the party and actually buy a horse to race and support the growth of the industry.

“Everyone is working at keeping racing on the right track and this is our way of showing faith in what people are doing to foster racing. It's certainly a continual work in progress, but it seems to be in a really positive vein at the moment and we want to try and do our bit in the scheme of improving the industry.

“Te Akau has been huge supporters of us in growing our impact at the Karaka Million meetings. We had 1000 people following Awareness and Combat Queen for free, that Te Akau paid for in order to give us the experience. It gave everyone a taste and for many it was their first horse involvement.

“Some of those people are now in the Supporters Membership and will be racing the yearling that David purchases for us over the coming week.

Kemeys said that he and 850 of the Boys Get Paid group will be in attendance on Saturday for the Karaka Million meeting at Ellerslie (starting 4.26 p.m.), and he predicted they will have a betting pool of around $180,000.


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