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November 2017

Having just had our yearling parades at Highclere Stud I thought that this month’s Newsletter should be a ‘special edition’ reflecting three really fabulous days showing our new horses.  There were, of course, serious concerns that Hurricane Brian would cause havoc on our second day but thankfully Brian passed us by and despite a brisk breeze the marquee and grandstand stayed firmly routed to the ground! 

John and Jake have bought us some really fabulous yearlings which you can see below.  We do have a handful of shares available in the Syon House and Ganton Hall…

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John and Jake have bought us some really fabulous yearlings which you can see below.  We do have a handful of shares available in the Syon House and Ganton Hall syndicates and literally just one share in each of the Sudeley Castle, Highclere Castle and Floors Castle syndicates.
 
Do have a look at the videos and photographs of the horses and should something appeal get back in touch as soon as possible.  With Christmas fast approaching surely nothing can beat a share in a racehorse as that perfect present to open on Christmas Day!

Harry Herbert, Chairman

On The Track

On the track we continue to keep up our very healthy strike rate of 22% winners to runners, most impressive of which was Luminate’s stunning victory at Chantilly when following up her successful debut at the same track when accounting for some smart colts in the Group 3 Prix de Conde. 

This very progressive filly showed an electrifying turn of foot when leaving the highly fancied Godolphin runner Stage Magic in her wake. Freddy Head trained for the Criterium de St…

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Another impressive winner on the other side of the English Channel

This very progressive filly showed an electrifying turn of foot when leaving the highly fancied Godolphin runner Stage Magic in her wake. Freddy Head trained for the Criterium de St Cloud (Group 1) where she was due to take on any number of Ballydoyle horses in Paris, but the race never took place due to a strike by owners, trainers and breeders who blockaded the parade ring! They were protesting against the planned reductions in prize monies and travel allowances. Nonetheless this well- bred daughter of Lawman is set for a hugely exciting three year old campaign.  Also successful in France was the very progressive Archetype, who notched up his fourth, arguably his best, victory in the Prix Herbager at Maisons-Laffitte.

 

Meanwhile down under, Libran stormed to victory in the Kingston Town Stakes (Group 3) at Randwick and came very close to gollowing up in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup (Gr 2), in the process taking his career earnings to over one million dollars, re-iterating the huge amounts of prize money in Australia.  Back home Banish shower his aptitude for the surface at Kempton when under an inspired ride from James Doyle, the Smart Strike gelding swooped to take the race late on, recording a third victory for his owners.  Timpani (Sir Steve Redgrave Syndicate) put her first two runs well and truly behind her when winning a Newmarket maiden, showing real guts to get back up inside the final furlong.

If You Say Run winning at Chepstow under Sam Twiston-Davies

 

Cabaret Queen en route to victory at Market Rasen

The National Hunt has begun in earnest with Highclere's string getting off to a very strong start when If You Say Run beat a very competitive field to win her first hurdle race in Highclere colours.  She may not be the most robust of mares, but she jumped really well and showed a really good turn of foot to go clear of her rivals and win easily, despite hanging through the final furlong.  She also has a remarkably laid back attitude which will stand her in good stead as she runs in more competitive races.  Cabaret Queen looked another highly progressive type when recording a smooth victory at Market Rasen.  She too jumped beautifully and travelled strongly through the race and only needed a hands and heels finish to win with plenty in hand. Finally Posh Trish looked mightily impressive when winning her first race in the HTR silks up at Aintree, having been hampered in the final furlong and subsequently awarded the race in the Stewards room.  This was a highly competitive bumper with a number of previous winners, but the vibes from Paul Nicholl's yard prior to the race had been strong and this filly looks to have a very bright future.

2017 Yearling Parades

(Please click on the photos to enlarge)

Five To Follow

We thought this would be a nice opportunity to congratulate again the lucky winner and runner up of this year's Five To Follow competition, with prizes kindly donated by Oxford Private Travel.   It was a closely fought affair this year, which went right down to the wire with the result still in contention on the final day of the competition! Unfortunately this year's winner, Judith Ingleton-Beer was unable to attend the parades and so missed out on the ceremonial award presentation, but still takes home a 5 night stay in the stunning The Anam, in Vietnam, whilst Michelle Morris took the runners-up prize and wins a three night stay at The Vasilicos in Santorini.

The Anam, Vietnam

1st - Judith Ingelton-Beer (285)

2nd - Michelle Morris (265)

3rd - Bernard Panton (260)

4th - Tim & Ali Smartt (245)

5th - Alison Dudgeon (220)

For those of you wondering where your entry came, please contact Katie (katie@highclere.co.uk), who will be more than happy to send you a copy of the overall results.

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