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Northern Syndicates

Highclere Thoroughbred Racing’s newest initiative are the Northern syndicates. Three new syndicates were recently launched and have been named after artists with association to the North of England. The three artists are: Anthony Gormley, whose Angel of the North stands sentinel over Northumberland, David Hockney who painted multiple landscapes of Yorkshire, and George Stubbs an 18th century artist from Liverpool famed for his equine portraits. The three Northern trainers chosen for the Northern syndicates are Tom Dascombe, Richard Fahey and Mark Johnston. We are delighted Jason Fildes, former Managing Director of Haydock racecourse, has joined the Highclere team to act as our representative in the North.

Anybody wishing to have a share in multiple syndicates, it is possible to create your own two horse syndicates from the single horse options – recently this has proven to be quite popular. We very much hope you will join us on our latest launch and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

2019 Syndicates

In this our twenty sixth year I am delighted to present the new syndicates to race in 2019 which this year are named after great adventurers and explorers. The men and women who have so kindly given their names are truly remarkable people as you will see from their short biographies.

At Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, we only use the best trainers who not only know how we like to operate but who also work closely with us on a professional level to ensure that we get the very best out of our horses in their respective care. With this in mind, you will see that it is possible to create your own two horse syndicates from the single horse options – something which has proven to be really popular over the past couple of years. 

I very much hope that you will take a share in one of these new ventures as we look forward with great optimism to the years ahead!

2018 Syndicates

In this our twenty fifth year of operation I am delighted to present our new syndicates to race in 2018 which this year are named after some of the most spectacular stately homes in Great Britain. I am hugely grateful to the owners of these magnificent and historic castles and houses for allowing us to name the syndicates after their Estates. I hope too that there will be opportunities for our share owners to enjoy visiting these stately homes which will all add to the fun.

You will see that we have produced an alluring mix of trainer combinations as well as providing you with the opportunity to create your own two horse syndicates from the single horse options which proved to be so popular last year (see enclosed card). I am pleased to welcome Ed Walker to our trainer roster. Ed has made such a successful start to his career and his yard at Kingsdown Stables in Upper Lambourn is immensely impressive. Both he and his wife Camilla will ensure a very warm welcome.

Whilst our syndicates may change slightly in style each year what doesn’t change is our absolute commitment to you our share owners in ensuring that we do everything we possibly can to make your involvement with us as enjoyable and successful as it can be.

Here’s to the next twenty five years!

2017 Syndicates

I am delighted to present our new syndicates to race in 2017 which, in this Olympic year, are named after some of the greatest Olympians past and present. Sir Steve Redgrave, Edwin Moses, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Denise Lewis, Sir Mark Todd, Dame Kelly Holmes, Victoria Pendleton and David Weir are etched in Olympic history and all of us at Highclere are hugely honoured that these supreme athletes have allowed us to use their names. We are also immensely excited that all have expressed their keen interest in following the horses in their respective syndicates which I am sure will lead to a healthy competitive atmosphere between them! 

I believe that this year we have put together a really mouth-watering group of trainer combinations as well as a mix of share prices that hopefully suit all budgets. Of course the ultimate test for me is trying to decide which one I would want to join and realising that it is impossible to choose between them! 

At Highclere we pride ourselves on giving our owners the best possible chance of competing at the highest level and I am sure that these new syndicates will continue the success that we have enjoyed over the past twenty four years. 

As always, please don’t hesitate to ask me or my team should you have any questions on how it all works. 

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. 

Highclere Australia

Harry has long harboured the ambition to race horses in Australia and it was Distinction who first made the journey to compete in The Melbourne Cup in 2004. He finished sixth that day and the whole experience will never be forgotten for all associated with the horse. It was in 2012 that the first dual hemisphere syndicate was launched and the following year Opinion was transferred from Sir Michael Stoute's Freemason Lodge to Chris Waller's stable. In just one year Opinion's race earnings exceeded AUD $600,000 and he became a Group 1 winner. The next import, Libran, followed in his footsteps earning over $800,000 in his first year, winning The Chairman's Handicap (Gr 2) and finishing second in The Sydney Cup (Gr 1). Since then Highclere Australia has been expanding with yearling purchases at the Magic Millions Sale on the Gold Coast and further imports from the UK, Regal Monarch and Foundation.

If you would like to know more about Highclere Australia please contact Dane Robinson on dane@highclere.co.uk.

Available shares

All shares are sold on a first come first served basis.

Bermuda thoroughbred racing

Long time Highclere owner, Simon Scupham, launched Bermuda Thoroughbred Racing Ltd. (BTR) in 2013. BTR's raison d'être is to facilitate groups of like minded individuals in purchasing high-end blue-blooded equine thoroughbreds and experience the best the world of horse racing can offer on an international stage. BTR's silks comprise of the Bermuda colours of pink and navy blue. The team at Highclere Thoroughbred Racing will act as BTR's racing manager, acquiring the horses and providing it with all the necessary administrative support services. 

The two trainers chosen to train for BTR are Sir Michael Stoute and John Gosden, whose reputations and accomplishments are unquestionably second to none. Simon has had the pleasure of having had interests in some special Highclere horses trained by Sir Michael over the years, including Petrushska, Harbinger, Distinction and his most recent star, Telescope, whose brilliant victory in The Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2014 was something to savour.

National Hunt

Jumpers were first offered by HTR in 2009 and standing alone the National Hunt division boasts an impressive 59% win/place strike rate. With over 65 horses in training HTR's National Hunt roster makes up a small, but growing proportion with 12 National Hunt horses currently in training and one more on the way. The best of these to date would have to be the enigmatic Bury Parade who was the winner of six races in Highclere's famous pale blue silks. He was at his best in 2013/14 when he won both The Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Graduation Chase at Kempton and The Sodexo Handicap Chase at Ascot. The current crop of National Hunt horses look to be extremely promising with Style de Garde having been runner up in the Fred Winter at last year's renewal of the Cheltenham Festival!

The horses are purchased from a variety of backgrounds, including France and the Point-to-Point fields of Ireland, by carefully selected bloodstock agents as well as the racehorse trainers themselves. As with our flat horses, the jumpers are placed with the best trainers in the National Hunt game, including the likes of multiple time Champion trainer Paul Nicholls, the current Champion Trainer Nicky Henderson, Philip Hobbs and Dan Skelton, who is raising the bar amongst the next generation of trainers.

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Syndicates

Highclere launch their new racehorse syndicates annually the week before Royal Ascot in June involving one or two yearlings (one-year-old horse) per syndicate.

Many people buy into these syndicates in June by selecting their favourite trainer combination. However, others prefer to wait until the Yearling Parades in October where they can see the horses in the flesh and therefore decide which syndicate to join.

Racehorse Syndicate Share Prices

The share price for two horses ranges from £6,950 to £47,500 + VAT (HTR claim the VAT back on your behalf within five months of payment). Prices vary due to the number of shares in each syndicate ranging from 20 shares in a cheaper syndicate to 12 in the most expensive syndicate.

Type of Racehorse Syndicates

Our racing syndicates differ in type. Our main syndicates are made up of horses purchased at the leading Bloodstock sales around the world from August to October by John Warren and Harry. The horses are bought as yearlings and go into training the same year with the aim of making a debut on a racecourse as a two-year-old the following year. HTR try to balance the syndicates by buying a sharper type that will be ready-to-race as a two-year-old with a slower maturing type that with luck, will be able to target the top middle distance races as a three-year-old.

In April, HTR also aim to purchase one or two horses at the Breeze-up sales. These are two-year-old horses that are ready-to-race and syndicated in one-horse syndicates.

National Hunt syndicates are formed throughout the year as and when a top National Hunt prospect becomes available. These are purchased through leading National Hunt bloodstock agents or the trainers themselves both at the sales and privately, and are formed as one-horse syndicates.

2019 Syndicates

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