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‘These kids get nothing’: Trip to NT puts Golden Eagle hopes in perspective

The past week Moss has been a little edgy with a horse running in the $7.5 million Golden Eagle, just a few years after selling his house to partly finance his Tricolours Racing and Syndications business.

If Fasika can win the inaugural running of Rosehill’s richest race, it will be life changing. Second and third would be handy as well.

We have three kids of our own that get lots of opportunities like most kids in Sydney, but these kids get nothing.

James Moss

Yet for perspective, Moss only has to show his own kids that little speck on the map where his wife has spent the past week.

“Danielle’s doing some amazing things and she’s raised $9500 as well,” Moss says. “A lot of Tricolours owners put in to help [fund raise], as well as friends and family. That’s just her. It’s her personality. She just wants to help.

“We have three kids of our own that get lots of opportunities like most kids in Sydney, but these kids get nothing. They cry when they see a pair of used footy boots they can have. She doesn’t have much phone contact at the moment because it’s really remote, but she’s called through a few times and it’s been really good.”

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Danielle’s plane will land back in Sydney on Saturday afternoon at 4.25pm. It’s exactly 10 minutes after the Golden Eagle is due to jump, where Tricolours’ Fasika will attempt to land a life-changing purse for her husband, a former equity banker who dragged school friend and former football player Ryan Cross into the ownership.

Moss knew he had a comfortable life and a good salary which supported the family. But even though it’s free to dream, it can cost a lot of money to actually live one out.

“I did sell the house,” Moss says. “I was in New Zealand buying a Ready To Run horse the day my house settled. The person who bought it couldn’t make finance and it fell through. I had just bought a horse for more than $100,000. It was nervous times.

“The house did end up settling and we sold it to a developer. The timing was quite good and it sort of helped finance the business, but I didn’t tell the wife that. I worked in finance for 20 years and the only thing I miss is the salary.”

Tricolours’ distinctive branding has been built around all black colours with a logo which is a nod to Moss’ father’s love for the Roosters, the club where Cross carved out his NRL career having attended Waverley College. Tricolours has another horse which is partly owned by Roosters co-captain Boyd Cordner and Sharks star Wade Graham.

Tricolours Racing Syndications boss James Moss' wife Danielle has been volunteering in a remote indigenous community in the week of the Golden Eagle.

Tricolours Racing Syndications boss James Moss’ wife Danielle has been volunteering in a remote indigenous community in the week of the Golden Eagle.

Moss’ flagship horse was ex-Godolphin mare Pecans, which went on to win at stakes level. He’s been deliberate with his yearling purchases, primarily trusting Warwick Farm trainer Joe Pride with his string of horses and now riding the wave with Fasika, a $17 chance in the Golden Eagle.

“At the time I bought Fasika for $120,000 and that was the most I had spent,” Moss says. “I was nervous, very nervous. There’s other syndicators out there who are in partnership, but it’s just me [with Tricolours]. When that hammer comes down the horse is mine.

“Funnily enough I had a mate’s 40th in town the night I bought Fasika. I went straight to the pub and told the boys what I had bought.

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“There was a bit of interest early and I thought I would be OK and a few of them came good.

“I think [the Golden Eagle] can change a few lives. The prize money on Saturday is unbelievable and even the smallest shareholders in Fasika are going to get a serious amount of money. It will change the business and get the brand out there.

“I’m sure she’ll run really well, but if she wins there’s a few lives changing on Saturday that’s for sure.”

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