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Frequently asked questions

What does HTR do?

We offer shares in racehorses that we put together to form racing syndicates i.e. small groups of people to share in a number of horses.

How many people are there in each syndicate?

This varies, usually from 10 to a maximum of 20 people.

Who buys the horses?

John Warren buys all of HTR’s horses alongside HTR’s Managing Director, Harry Herbert. John is one of the most respected bloodstock agents in the world and is also bloodstock adviser to Her Majesty The Queen.

How successful have John and Harry been?

Harbinger; 2010 World Champion

Extremely. HTR has raced seven champions and has consistently been the leading syndicate company since 1994. In 2010, Harbinger became the world’s highest rated flat horse after winning the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes in record time. Previously, Motivator, who was bought by John and managed by HTR for the Royal Ascot Racing Club, won the 2005 Vodafone Derby.

How much does a share cost?

This differs from syndicate to syndicate but generally ranges from $7,000 up to $35,000 per share. 

When are the new syndicates launched?

Our syndicates will be launched after the purchase of yearlings at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale in January and then again in April after the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale. Syndicates for our European imports will be launched throughout the year when the opportunities become available.

What does the price of share include?

The price of a share covers all expenses including the purchase and training of the horses up to the end of their two-year-old year. This includes vet bills, entry fees, transport etc. 

How long do the horses race?

Most of HTR’s horses are sold by the end of their three-year-old careers. Some are kept to race at four-years-old, provided it is thought that they can increase their capital values and win good prize money. We also focus on importing older proven horses from Europe to target the staying races in Australia with the extraordinary prize money on offer.

Are shares sold with GST?

Yes, the portion of the share relating to the purchase price of the horse is GST inclusive. 

Can HTR ask for more money other than that stated on the agreement form?

Absolutely not. Any deficit is borne by HTR and not the shareowner.

Who trains the horses?

Chris Waller celebrating with Libran owners at the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes

HTR only employs leading trainers based on which trainers will suit the horse best. Trainers Highclere use include Chris Waller, David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig, Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott and Ciaron Maher. 

Can owners see their horses being trained?

Yes. HTR organises regular stable visits to Royal Randwick and Rosehill in Sydney, and Flemington and Caulfiled in Melbourne, as well as to private training facilities. If owners are unable to attend scheduled visits then we can arrange other days to fit in with their plans.

How do I know when my horse is running?

Owners are kept fully informed as to the progress and running plans of their bloodstock. Horses are nominated five days prior to the race and acceptances are declared 3 days before race day. Owners will be emailed when their horses have been nominated and then called by phone once acceptances have been declared.

What happens on race day?

Owners celebrating Pioneertown's win at Moonee Valley, August 2018

HTR organises for two owners badges (relative to the individual owner's share holding in the horse racing) to be collected on race day, which will give access to the paddock before the race. Both prior to, and after, the race you will hear from the trainer and jockey as to their thoughts on the race. And either win, lose, or draw, a glass of champagne will be enjoyed with fellow share owners after the race.   

Why join a HTR syndicate versus racing my own horse?

The short answer is that it will be more fun, more cost-effective and will give you far greater chance of racing success at the highest level. It currently costs over $60,000 a year to train, insure, travel and vet one horse with a leading stable in Australia. In addition, the average price of a yearling at the Australian Easter Yearling Sale for Session One was $354,935 and $205,142 at Book 1 of the Gold Coast Yearling Sale in 2017.

What makes HTR different to other multiple ownership groups?

The consistent success of our horses at the highest level combined with a highly personal and professional service to our owners.

What is the most money that a HTR horse has sold for?

In 2010, Harbinger was sold to stand at stud in Japan for a multi-million dollar figure. Previously, Petrushka was sold to Sheikh Mohammed in 2001 for a then world record $5,250,000 and other significant sales include Tamarisk (£3,500,000), Lake Coniston (£2,500,000) and Highest (£1,700,000).

Has HTR ever won a Classic race?

Motivator and Johnny Murtagh winning The Derby in 2005

Yes. Motivator, who was bought by John Warren for the Royal Ascot Racing Club and managed by HTR, won The 2005 Vodafone Derby.Previously, Petrushka won The Kildangan Stud Irish Oaks in 2000 and became the first ever syndicate owned Classic winner. Horses managed by Highclere have now won or been placed in all five of the English Classics.

How many winners have HTR had at Royal Ascot?

Ten. To be the most successful multi-ownership company ever at Royal Ascot, all of which have contributed to an amazing win/placed strike rate at the Royal Meeting of 38%.

How did Highclere’s horses perform last season?

Libran winning at Rosehill in 2016

In the calendar year of 2016, Highclere raced eleven times in Australia for five winners at 45% winners to runners, and 73% winners/placings to runners and over $800,000 in prizemoney thanks mainly to our UK import Libran, who won the Group 2 Chairman's Handicap before running a close second in the Group 1 Sydney Cup. In 2017 Highclere Australia has raced only five horses, three of which performing at stakes level, with Libran winning the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes in September being the highlight, before he went on to finish eighth in the 2017 Emirates Melbourne Cup. 

Do Highclere run any syndicates outside of Australia?

Yes. Highclere are Europe's leading syndicator and have had success in America also. Highclere Australia share owners have full access to all the benefits of being a Highclere owner in Europe which includes invitations to the UK's leading festival meetings such as Royal Ascot, July Cup and Goodwood, as well as our box at Newbury which is open each meeting. 

What is HTR’s involvement with the Royal Ascot Racing Club?

Harry and share owners enjoying Highclere's Royal Ascot hospitality

The Royal Ascot Racing Club was launched in 1997. The Club’s horses are managed by HTR and have enjoyed considerable successes with Brancaster (Horris Hill Stakes (Gr. 3)), Bannister (Gimcrack (Gr. 2)), Revenue (Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed)), Supremacy (Windsor Forest Stakes (Listed)), Metaphoric (Fenwolf Stakes (Listed)) and Graphic (Prix Messidor (Gr. 3)). Most significantly, the Club has triumphed with Motivator in The Vodafone Derby (Gr. 1) at Epsom in 2005. Motivator also won both the Racing Post Trophy (Gr. 1) at Doncaster in 2004 and The Totesport Dante Stakes (Gr2) at York in 2005.

Should I regard my involvement with Highclere as an investment?

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

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