2016 Syndicates

I am delighted to present our new syndicates to race in 2016 which, although similar in style to previous years, have a number of new and exciting trainer combinations. Ever since we launched our first syndicates in 1992 we have used various themes for their names which have included rooms within Highclere Castle, places around the Park, past great racehorses and of course Highclere champions. This year we have chosen names of great poets which I think looks really strong so let’s hope that they are lucky as well!

We are fortunate at Highclere to have the best trainers in the country looking after our horses and this year I am thrilled to welcome two new members to our roster in the shape of Champion jockey Richard Hughes and highly successful young trainer Hugo Palmer. Through our long association with the Hannon family, Richard – or ‘Hughesie’ as he is better known – has become a great friend to Highclere through riding work at Herridge and of course on the racecourse where he has ridden numerous winners for us. The trainer combination of Hughes and Hannon has to be an absolute humdinger of a syndicate with plenty of friendly rivalry between the two brother-in-laws!

Over the past few years we have seen further rises in yearling averages at all the principal sales throughout Europe and so with this in mind, we have made small but important increases in the share prices to ensure that John has the necessary firepower to enable us to continue our record of providing our owners with top class horses. One recent statistic Alison showed me was that at Royal Ascot alone we have a strike rate of 38% winners and placed horses to runners. We are very proud of this statistic, just as we are of another which shows that over the past twenty years 27% of our syndicates have raced Listed or Group class horses.

I do hope that one or more of these new syndicates will appeal and, as always, please don’t hesitate to speak to me or my team should you have any questions on them. 

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