Jason Fildes explains how you can be part of an exciting northern racing syndicate and have part ownership of a racehorse giving you access to training, race meetings and the Winner’s Enclosure!

Following the publication of an article in last month’s edition of Live Ribble Valley, I have been absolutely thrilled by the level of interest in Highclere. Many of those who called, emailed or just stopped me in the street wanted to know more details about how the syndicates worked. The January article didn’t include any numbers so I thought it best to write a follow-up piece.

Highclere specialises in putting together small groups of people to share ownership of top quality racehorses. This enables people to enjoy racing at the highest level without the costs normally associated in owning a racehorse. One of the great things in life is seeing your horse win a race – and being in the Winners’ Enclosure!

Highclere’s horses are bought by John Warren, one of the most talented and respected horsemen in the world. As a new initiative for 2019, John has bought three yearlings to be trained here in the north of England by three leading flat trainers. At the same time we have launched Highclere ‘North’ which will sell shares in these horses.

The first three horses in our northern syndicates are:

THUNDEROUS: A bay colt to be trained at Kingsley House stables, Middleham, by Mark Johnston, who has trained more winners than any other UK trainer.

PRECOCITY: A chestnut filly to be trained by Richard Fahey at Musley Bank stables in Malton, Yorkshire.

SERMON: A grey colt to be trained by Tom Dascombe at Michael Owen’s Manor House stables, Cheshire.

Answers to some frequently asked questions:
• There are 20 shares in each syndicate.
• Each syndicate runs for two seasons.
• The cost per share is £9,500 plus VAT with a second year cost of £4,950 plus VAT (for your horse’s three year career).
• All VAT is recoverable and repaid to the shareholders.
• There are no other costs throughout the two years.
• All prize money won during the two seasons is divided between shareholders.
• At the end of two seasons the horse is sold with all proceeds to the shareholders.
• Shares can be owned by companies or individuals.
• When your horse runs you will have owner’s badges and a complimentary lunch in the owners and trainers restaurant or a hospitality box.
• There will be regular stable visits to see your horse in training. These are usually in the morning followed by breakfast/lunch with the trainer.
• Horses can run on any day of the week, depending on what race the trainer thinks will suit your horse. The most important races are usually held on a Saturday but there are some superb midweek festivals too.
• Highclere has Box 1 at York Racecourse where we can go racing in May for the Dante or August for the Ebor meetings, irrespective of whether your horse is running.
• There is a Highclere Yearling Parade every October at Highclere Castle – it is a fabulous event and, as a shareholder, you will be invited.
• You can bring friends and family to all events (how many occasionally depends on badge availability).
Highclere ‘North’ is a brilliant new initiative – and I intend to make it great fun too! All three of our horses look very promising so I hope that owning a share in any of them will appeal to readers of Live Ribble Valley (having a few people involved who are friends with each other makes it even better!).
I live in Pendleton, near Clitheroe and will be overseeing the northern syndicates. Please give me a call if there is anything you would like to know or have a look at our website. Alternatively I’d be delighted to meet up to explain everything in more detail.

Jason Fildes
01200 444622
07721 311778



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