But somehow Tobefair has morphed into a winning machine and is now set to start as the favourite in the Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham.
The hotly contested race features entrants owned by multimillionaires such as Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary.
It was the start of a seven-race winning streak which has propelled the plucky outsider to where he is today.
The success has been riotously celebrated at the Cresselly Arms, a 250-year-old pub just outside Pembroke where Michael Cole originally put together the 17-strong syndicate.
I can't believe it, I've got to get a Classic now (on the Flat)!
” Power, who won the Grand National on the Gordon Elliott-trained Silver Birch in 2007, described the day as “unbelievable, Jessica Harrington is a genius.
He keeps stepping up in class, you think he's bound to come up against better horses this time and he keeps on winning.'The former dairy farmer used to solely own the horse, but sold shares to 16 of his friends to help keep down costs. He'd lost an early race by 64 lengths in Exeter, and then another by 100 lengths in Chepstow.
But his luck began to turn in June 2015, when Tobefair went to Worcester and somehow managed to win.
Spending a little more time with their ‘dates’ as they move around the table to chat.But Tobefair is currently leading the betting odds at 15-2, much to the delight of Michael Cole who partly owns the horse.He told the Observer: 'I can't get my head around it.Money back offers, faller insurance as well as significantly enhanced place terms and prices are just some of those available, so sign up to a few new accounts to really make the most of their promotions. The racing is so competitive and the fields so big, being able to fall back on your horse placing is a must.The handicaps are a minefield in themselves and often end with a big priced runner sneaking into the places or even winning the race.
Just make sure you get the best place terms on offer.