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2020 Syndicates

I am delighted to introduce our new syndicates to race in 2020, which this year are named after some of the greatest living equine artists. We have assembled a wonderfully talented team who are all keen to follow the horses in their syndicate. Let’s hope that some of these will merit being painted or sculpted after their careers with us!

We have chosen the best trainers in the land who know exactly how we like to operate and who therefore work closely with us on a professional level as well as ensuring a very warm welcome at each of their respective yards.

Again, we believe it is important that you are able to create your own two horse syndicate from the single horse options. Any two syndicates purchased together attracts a discount of £2,500.

I very much look forward to welcoming you to one or more of our new syndicates, and as always please don’t hesitate to call me or my team should you have any questions.

With my very best wishes,

 

The Hon. Harry Herbert

Chairman
 

Northern Syndicates

Highclere Thoroughbred Racing’s newest initiative are the Northern syndicates. 

Our Northern-based trainers chosen for the Northern syndicates in-clude Tom Dascombe, Richard Fahey and Mark Johnston on the Flat and Oliver Greenall over jumps. 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 with a gorgeous Invincible Spirit filly with Mark Johnston, also Evander, a highly-promising National Hunt horse with Oliver Greenall.  

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. 

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 Tess Drennan at racing@highclereracing.com.au

Available shares

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

National Hunt

Jumpers were first offered by HTR in 2009 and standing alone the National Hunt division boasts an impressive win/place strike rate.  With over 60 horses in training HTR's National Hunt roster makes up an ever-growing proportion of around one quarter of the horses currently in training.

An early success was 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 looks to be extremely promising with the very useful mares Posh Trish, Danse Idol and If You Say Run, the smart chaser Ballywood and a host of exciting youngsters.

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, Alan King, Nigel Twiston-Davies and Dan Skelton, who is raising the bar amongst the next generation of trainers.

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Syndicates

Highclere launch their new Flat 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.

New National Hunt racehorse syndicates can be launched at any time but most often in the spring or summer.  These syndicates tend to sell our quickly and the horses can be seen at the National Hunt Parades held in the summer at the HTR offices.

Racehorse Syndicate Share Prices

The share price ranges from £4,500 to £16,800 + 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 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 and Jake Warren and Harry Herbert. 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.

2020 Syndicates

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