Syndicate shares are now available in a promising colt part-owned by ex-footballer Michael Owen and as Jason Fildes from Highclere points out, it’s a terrific opportunity!
I was at Tom Dascombe’s Manor House Stables recently for their Open Day.
Manor House Stables, near Cholmondeley in Cheshire, was originally a dairy farm before being bought in 2007 by ex-footballer Michael Owen and his wife Louise who turned it into a superb, modern racehorse training centre. Michael is passionate about racing and wanted to have a ‘private’ trainer to look after his 30 plus horses but in July 2009 Betfair co-founder Andrew Black became joint owner of Manor House Stables and the completion of this deal enabled the partnership to secure the services of successful trainer Tom Dascombe. Tom moved up from Lambourn and now has well over 100 horses in training at the picturesque Cheshire yard.
Brilliantly, Michael had seen the growth of partnerships and syndicates as the future owners of racehorses and he built a fabulous hospitality room overlooking the gallops and horse boxes. It is a wonderful facility and Highclere owners have already had a lot of fun there with our two-year-old colt Sermon, who has been placed in six of his seven starts. We have enjoyed monthly stable visits and owners’ lunches as well as seven brilliant days out at racecourses including Chester, York, Nottingham, Catterick and Haydock. We have had a terrific year and look forward to seeing Sermon in action again as a three-year-old.
During the Open Day, Tom mentioned a lovely unnamed yearling colt by Acclamation that was bought for him by Ed Sackville of bloodstock agents SackvilleDonald at the Tattersalls yearling sale in Ireland. Tom and Michael Owen want to retain ownership of a quarter of this horse and have offered us an option to take the other three quarters. Tom trained Julius Geezer – out of this colt’s third dam, to win five times so he’s very keen on the family, hence they wanted to retain an interest.
The plan is to set up a small, 12-share Highclere syndicate that buys 75 per cent of this horse and have him trained by Tom next year. Michael thinks he’ll be the type of horse to be out early in 2020 and he’ll be aiming him at the Chester or York May festivals.
I’m hoping we can sell 12 shares at £7,800 plus VAT each (there has already been plenty of interest) which will include a share in the horse and all other expenses for the next year including training fees. It will be great fun to go racing with your part-owner Michael Owen and a share in this colt could be the ultimate way to start off the New Year. It will certainly be something to look forward to this summer!
Highclere – Jason Fildes