Telescope in a packed winners enclosure at Royal Ascot after The Hardwicke Stakes (Gr 2)
We are delighted to present our new syndicates to race in 2015 which you will see follow a similar pattern to previous years with some exciting changes to the trainer combinations. Both Charlie Hills and Ralph Beckett already train for HTR but this is the first time that we have put them into our yearling syndicates. Both have proved to be extremely popular with our owners and so teaming them up with William Haggas and Andrew Balding respectively looks really exciting. Also, following the great success of The Ashes Syndicate where we combined Australian and British owners with two horses to race here and in Australia, we are launching The Melbourne Syndicate with trainers Ed Dunlop and William Haggas in the UK and Chris Waller in Australia. Opinion, our flag bearer in Australia earned a staggering AU$ 350,000 in his first season there so we are naturally keen to race a few more “down under”! The trips to Chantilly to see our two horses there have also been hugely popular and so The Rosebery Syndicate which puts Freddy Head alongside Roger Varian is one which will combine success on the racecourse with a touch of romance en Paris!
Over the past few years we have seen a continued rise in yearling averages at all principal sales throughout Europe and this has been something that all of us at Highclere have been concerned about. We have therefore given John more fire power by upping the average buying price of the yearlings for these new syndicates which you will see has meant a small increase in the share prices but we believe this to be essential if we are to maintain our record of providing owners with top class animals.
As the season gets under way we have some really exciting prospects to go to war with and looking at our two year olds we appear to have the most precocious team that we have ever assembled. We do hope that one or more of these new syndicates will appeal and as always please don’t hesitate to speak to the team should you have any questions on them.
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