A message from our Chairman...
The Albatross Club is an exclusive members club that specialises in syndicating racehorses and running golf society days and events – bringing together groups of like minded, fun loving individuals. Members enjoy great days at the races together, get invited to unique, private experiences with champions of the sport and industry, offer golf memberships, a wine club and unique networking opportunities.
Our founders have bought and owned Group and Listed winners on both the flat and jumps with the top trainers in the country. Champion jockeys Frankie Dettori and Jim Crowley are our ambassadorial jockeys and regularly ride for the Club as well as attending events with our other sporting members.
Lee Westwood Europe’s no.1 golfer in 2020 and former world no.1 is the Captain of our golfing society and we run a full calendar but base ourselves at Stoke Park. We play regular matches and go away annually on tour both domestically and internationally.
There’s a huge amount of passion, excitement, camaraderie and fun amongst our members – if this sounds like you then please get in touch.
Happy new year and all the best for 2021
Ross Marshall (Chairman, Co-Founder and Member)
The ALBATROSS Racing EXPERIENCE
As a member of the Albatross Club one can expect a very high level of service. Each member is treated as if he or she owned their horses outright. Our team will act as your personal racing manager, keeping you regularly informed as to the progress of your bloodstock. Whether you are based in the UK or abroad, we will keep in touch via email and on the telephone, sending photographs, and replays of winning races as well as filmed updates showing your horses on the move and featuring interviews with the trainers. We arrange regular visits to see our horses in training, giving our members the opportunity to talk to the trainers direct and feed the horses polo’s and carrots!
As an example in Newmarket, owners are able to stay overnight at the prestigious Jockey Club Rooms, home of one of the finest art collections in the UK, where at dinner, owners will be joined by their trainers. The following morning owners will see their horses on Newmarket’s historic gallops, before returning to the Rooms for breakfast. On race day, arrangements are made for owners to pick up their owners badges at the Owners & Trainers desk.
A member of the Albatross Club events team will be on hand at the racecourse and escort owners into the paddock before the race to meet the trainer and jockey. The Albatross Club also has a private box at Ascot. All owners have exclusive use of this box during the Flat and National Hunt season based on available. When horses are running at major festival meetings, TAB will make arrangements for hospitality on the day as appropriate. We have similar arrangements at Newbury and Cheltenham.
While our aim is to manage our bloodstock as professionally as possible, in order to maximise the horses’ potential, we also want to ensure that every owner enjoys the involvement in racehorse ownership to the full as with our events this is a social club first and foremost.
ALBATROSS CLUB RACING STRUCTURE
We launch new syndicates every winter. The number of shares available per syndicate is usually a max of 10, although members can always own more than one share. The horses are always trained by what we consider the country’s most social, affable and top quality trainers. Some of our trainers have included Nicky Henderson, Warren Greatrex, David Pipe, Hugo Palmer and Ian Williams. Each shareowner enters into an agreement with the company to share in the prize money and the proceeds from the sale of the horses once the syndicate is wound up including any breeding rights that may be sold off. The Albatross Club charge a fixed management fee for admin and either 10% or 20% on the sale price of the horse depending if it is sold above its purchase price.
We work with the trainers and leading bloodstock agents in the world to purchase the horses at the world’s principal yearling and breeze up sales. In order to comply with Jockey Club rules, the horses remain the property of TAC on behalf of our members.
After often being broken, the horses are sent to their nominated trainers. TAC keeps in close contact with the trainers, regularly visiting the yards in order to carefully monitor the progress of the horses. In combination with the trainers, each horse is managed in order to maximize its potential and future value. Owners have the opportunity to see their bloodstock in regular visits to the horse’s stables. We run regular social events in London and ensure the horses meet new members!
The duration of each syndicate differs but generally lasts for a minimum of two seasons. The horses may be sold at any time throughout the duration of the syndicate and any attractive offer is always carefully considered by TAC racing board. Once all the horses are sold, the syndicate is wound up and the accounts are reviewed by our accountants. Any surplus of income over expenditure is distributed to the shareowners. In the unlikely event of a deficit, the cost will be borne by TAC thereby ensuring that no further calls for funds are ever made.