Our horses


Highclere buys a number of yearlings at the world's principal yearling sales each year. These begin at Deauville in August and are followed by Keeneland in America, Doncaster, Goffs in Ireland and Tattersalls in Newmarket. John and Jake Warren and Harry Herbert attend each sale and look at thousands of horses in order to buy the few that will make up the new syndicates.

Working to pre-assigned budgets, John is looking to purchase horses with the best pedigree possible.  Highclere purchases a variety of different types, including the sharper and more mature individuals for two-year-old racing and those with size and scope which are unlikely to be seen on the racecourse until the second half of their two-year-old season but which will be fully developed as three-year-olds and the best of which will be trained for key festival meetings such as Royal Ascot and Classic races such as the 2000 Guineas and The Derby.

The yearlings are paraded in front of owners at Highclere Stud in October shortly after the principal Tattersalls sale at Newmarket. Following the parades, yearlings are broken in at Stud before being sent to their trainers. Once at the trainers' yards, HTR organises regular visits to see the horses.

Horses which have the potential to win material prize money and the potential to increase their capital values, are kept in training as four-year-olds. HTR will consider key races abroad and in the past has travelled horses to the Breeders Cup in America and The Melbourne Cup in Australia, as well as to races in Ireland, France, Italy and Germany.


HTR has an ever expanding number of National Hunt syndicates with the country’s leading trainers and new syndicates are launched throughout the year if a top National Hunt prospect presents itself. 

Owners have the opportunity to see their bloodstock at the National Hunt Horses Parade, held annually in the grounds of the Highclere Offices and then throughout the year on regular visits organised by HTR.

The duration of each syndicate will be clearly stated in our agreement and the careers of National Hunt horses can be much longer than it is for Flat horses. For our National Hunt syndicates the objective is to fulfil the potential of each individual horse and to race at the highest level possible. 

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