About Highclere

Welcome to the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing website

Highclere specialises in putting together small groups of people to share in a number of top quality racehorses. This enables people to own a share in a racehorse and to enjoy racing at the highest level without the very high costs normally associated with owning racehorses. Perhaps even more crucially, it gives our shareowners a significantly greater chance of success. Indeed, since its creation in 1992, twenty seven per cent of Highclere’s syndicates have produced Black Type performers (Group 1, 2, 3 and Listed races), making Highclere the most successful multiple ownership company in Europe.

A large part of our success has been due to the selection process employed for purchasing yearlings. Since 1992 John Warren has purchased the majority of Highclere’s yearlings. John is one of the most talented and highly respected horsemen in the world, and has bought us a staggering seven champions in Lake Coniston, Tamarisk, Delilah, Petrushka, Motivator (the Royal Ascot Racing Club’s winner of the 2005 Group 1 Vodafone Derby), Memory (ROA Champion two-year-old Filly) and Harbinger.

Harbinger; winner of the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in 2010

How it works

Highclere Thoroughbred Racing offers shares in a range of Flat and National Hunt syndicates. The number of shares available per syndicate normally varies between ten and twenty. The number of horses, which are trained by the country’s top trainers, will vary in each syndicate.

Each shareowner enters into an agreement with the company to share in the prize money and the proceeds from the sale of the horses once the syndicate is wound up.

HTR keeps in very close contact with the trainers, regularly visiting the yards in order to carefully monitor the progress of the horses. In combination with the trainers, each horse is managed in order to maximize its potential and future value.

Once all the horses in any one syndicate are sold, it is wound up and the accounts are reviewed by the auditors. Any surplus of income over expenditure is distributed to the shareowners. In the unlikely event of a deficit, the cost will be borne by HTR thereby ensuring that no further calls for funds are ever made.

Each shareowner acknowledges that participation in the syndicates is for the purpose of sharing in the enjoyment of the horses and NOT FOR INVESTMENT.

The name Highclere Thoroughbred Racing was registered with Weatherbys on 1st June 1992


John and Jake Warren purchase the majority of the Flat horses at the world’s principal yearling sales. In order to comply with the rules of racing, the horses remain the property of HTR.

After being backed, the horses are sent to their nominated trainers.

Owners have the opportunity to see their bloodstock firstly at the Yearling Parades, held annually at Highclere Stud in the grounds of Highclere Castle, and then throughout the year on regular visits organised by HTR.

The duration of each syndicate differs but generally lasts for a minimum of two seasons. The horses may be sold at any time throughout the duration of the syndicate and any attractive offer is always carefully considered.


We are constantly looking out for potentially top-class jumpers and these can be purchased at the principal sales or privately.  In most cases the trainers are involved in the acquisition of new horses and are often put to us by them or a selection of Europe’s leading bloodstock agents.  In order to comply with the rules of racing, the horses remain the property of HTR.

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. For our National Hunt syndicates the objective is to fulfil the potential of each individual horse and to race at the highest level possible.  The progress of each horse is carefully monitored throughout the duration of the syndicate and we may recommend sale or consider any attractive offer if it is felt that the full potential has been realised.

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