Highclere’s latest acquisition is a beautifully bred colt named Stromboli, which syndicate members will be able to watch in action on northern racecourses and, if they’re lucky, at Ascot or Goodwood, writes Jason Fildes
Highclere have recently bought a stunning two-year-old colt from David O’Meara who trains at Willow Farm, Upper Helmsley, just outside York.
It is the first horse we will have in training with David, who has been keen for us to be part of his yard for some time. He’s been waiting for the right horse and now he thinks he’s found one – a beautifully bred son of Acclamation out of Shanooan, named Stromboli. He’s got the look of a sprinter, being very powerful behind and we would expect him to start his racing life in June over five or six furlongs.
David’s facilities are amazing, having completely redesigned a farm into a purpose built racing stable for 150 horses. Since he moved there in 2015 he has sent out over 100 winners per season, an extraordinary strike-rate, and these include three Group 1 winners too. He is definitely a trainer on an upward trajectory and he’ll be making sure he gets the best out of Stromboli on the basis that if he does well with him it could be the start of many Highclere owned horses at Willow Farm!
It’s also a perfect place to go and visit, especially on the way to York races (only 10 minutes away) so we’ll be planning plenty of stable visits to see Stromboli in action on the gallops.
We have launched a new syndicate, The Monkey Puzzle, of 20 shares @ £4,900 to own him. This also includes the first year’s racing expenses so it’s an all-inclusive amount. We would expect him to run four or five times this year in his two-year-old career before staying in training in 2022 as a three year old. He will be campaigned on northern racecourses so we can watch him in action but, if he’s good enough, David will be looking at a tilt at Ascot or Goodwood where he has had great success in the past. Stromboli certainly looks the part and we’re very hopeful we’ve got a nice horse to give us some success (and fun) over the summer when it looks as if we can all go racing again. It could be quite a party!
Highclere – Jason Fildes