Frequently Asked Questions
What does Racehorse-Ownership do?
We offer all inclusive shares in racehorses that are put into syndicates/partnerships.
What does all inclusive mean?
Over the years we have found that owners appreciate knowing exactly how much owning a racehorse will cost them. The price agreed means that's what you pay, there are no hidden extras. The price will generally include the cost of buying the horse, training the horse and the costs involved in racing the horse.
Are there really no other costs?
The only other costs you will have to pay (and these are discussed at the time) are costs involved if your horse races outside of the UK or entry fees if your horse is entered in a Listed or Group race.
How many people will be involved?
Our partnerships/syndicates range from 2 to 15 people.
Do you cater for sole ownership?
Yes and we can offer as much help and support as you want.
Who buys the horses and trains them?
Our Lingfield Park Owners Group flat syndicate is with Trainer John Best who is based near Sittingbourne in Kent - easy access from the M20/M2 motorway network. Our NH syndicates are with Trainer Neil King who is based near Marlborough in Wiltshire.
I'm interested in buying a yearling, can you help?
Yes we can arrange for you to discuss what you're looking for with trainer John Best who is well known for having an "eye" for picking promising yearlings at competitive prices. You can either go with him to the sales which is a fascinating experience, or he can purchase the horse on your behalf.
How successful are your trainers?
John has sent out 100+ winners from Eyehorn Farm since he moved there beginning of 2015. He's also got a great track record prior to this with wins Group 1 wins at Royal Ascot, York and out in the USA. In 2012 Stone of Folca, owned by the Folkestone Racecourse Owners Group, won the Epsom Investec Dash in record breaking time and is still the Guinness Book of World Record holder over 5f. In the last few years high profile wins came courtesy of Glenys The Menace in the Shergar Cup at Ascot and for Eddystone Rock at York's Ebor Festival.
Neil has sent out over 115 winners, accruing over £1.5m in prize-money. His most successful horse to date is the multiple winning (Listed) Lil Rockerfeller. His first choice jockey Bryony Foster, based with Paul Nicholls, has proved a winning partnership at Ridgeway Racing and Neil thinks Bryony is a great asset to the yard.
How much does a share cost?
At the moment we have shares from as little as £350 up to £35,000, however we are happy to have a no-obligation chat and tailor an ownership package to your specific requirements.
How do I find out when my horse is running?
Horses are entered 5 days before the race and declared 48 hours before the race. Owners are kept informed about the horse's progress and plans by Racing Manager Helen Williams.
What happens on racedays?
We will organise for owners' badges to be collected at the Owners and Trainers office of the racecourse where the horse is entered. The badges give you access to exclusive O&T areas and we will arrange to meet you for a pre-race briefing with the jockey in the parade ring.
Can I watch my horse in training?
Yes owners can come and watch their horses on the gallops 6 days a week, the horses generally rest on a Sunday. All you have to do is call to let the yard know what day and time you'd like to visit. You don't have to wait for special open days to see your horse. The teams at Eyehorn Farm and Ridgeway Racing are very welcoming and the facilities are superb for owners.
Do you hold any special events for owners?
Yes we have a number of events for our owners each year including a summer barbecue party, a Gary Witheford yearling morning and a Christmas party.
Why makes you different from other ownership companies?
We offer inclusive packages so you know exactly where you stand. We've got a proven track record of success. We offer a friendly, personalised service to make sure that you get the most out of being a racehorse owner. You are welcomed and encouraged to visit your horse as often as you like at the training yard.
Is this an investment opportunity?
No. Although a number of our owners have benefited from the sale of their horses during a successful racing career, we always stress that racehorse ownership is all about the fun and thrill of watching your horse progress through their career and sharing that joy with family, friends or colleagues. Many owners have also made great new friends in the process!
Are you a member of any professional body?
Yes, we are members of the Racehorse Syndicates Association who promote good practice and we are regulated by the Rules of Racing.