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A Note From The Chairman

Since first arriving to Australian shores in 2003 to speak at the Carbine Club Luncheon during Melbourne Cup week, I have been captivated by the Australian racing scene. The experience of the Cup alone had me utterly transfixed when our very own Distinction finished sixth in the ‘race that stops a nation’ the following year. Every year since then we have searched high and low to find the next suitable Cup contender for our share owners. In our short time of sending proven horses down to Australia we have had Group 1 winner Opinion, and Group 1 placed Libran fly the flag for Highclere Australia. Libran was crowned NSW Champion Stayer during his 2016 season after success at Group 2 level and his close second in Group 1 Sydney Cup. The allure of Australian racing and the fantastic prizemoney on offer has been showcased through both horses, who have amassed over $2 million in prizemoney between them since arriving Down Under. 

"The Highclere model has year in and year out provided our shareowners with a significantly greater chance of success at racing's highest level. This, matched with our determination to bring the highest level of personalised customer service, has secured our position as the most successful multiple ownership company in Europe"

Harry Herbert

While we will continue to specialise in syndicating quality proven UK horses for Australia, we are also turning our attention to purchasing Australian bred yearlings to race in Australia. A large part of our success in Europe has been attributable to the selection process employed for purchasing yearlings which remains unchanged coming to Australia. Since I founded the company in 1992, John Warren has purchased all of Highclere’s yearlings. John is one of the most talented and highly respected horsemen in the world, and has bought us seven champions in the shape of 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 (World Champion).

 

This model has year in and year out provided our share owners with a significantly greater chance of success at racing’s highest level, with 28% of Highclere syndicates producing Black Type performers. This proven selection model, matched with our determination to bring the highest level of personalised customer service, has secured Highclere’s position as the most successful multiple ownership company in Europe.

 

I am so excited to now be bringing Highclere to Australia, and do hope that you will consider us for your next race horse ownership experience.

Harry Herbert, Chairman

 

Harry receiving the trophy for Libran in the Group 2 Chairman's Handicap, 2016

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