IT was only after someone 'did a job' on football agent Kia Joorabchian that he was inspired to get involved with racing.
Known for his work with footballers Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano, Joorabchian has become a leading racing stakeholder through his ownership outfit Amo Racing.
However, his life in the sport has not always been quite so smooth.
In an interview with the Racing Post, the 50-year-old described how in 2003 being swindled out of £40,000 on the very first horse he bought inspired him to get more involved in the sport.
"The first horse that I bought went very, very wrong," Joorabchian said.
"I was quite young and somebody did a good job on me. I think they saw me coming. They saw a young guy and probably underestimated me, which kind of got under me a little bit.
"I didn't have the financial power or the ability at that time to compete. I think that horse cost £40,000 at the time, which was a lot of money for me and that hurt."
While his life in racing may have gotten off on the wrong foot, Joorabchian has made up for it in the ensuing years.
After having his first winner as an owner in 2004, the Iranian-born Joorabchian slowly increased his stake in the sport.
"In 2018 I decided to pump it up a bit," he told the Racing Post. "I thought if I'm going to do this I may as well try and buy better horses."
And that decision has started to pay dividends.
Amo Racing have thus far had 47 winners on the Flat in 2021 and recently Joorabchian signed a ticket worth 425,000 gns for a Kingman colt at the Tattersalls Book 1 sale.
The likes of Go Bears Go and Hello You won prestigious races in 2021 for Amo, while Mojo Star finished second in the Derby.
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