FAQ's

FAQ's for Albatross Racing Syndicates

If you've got any questions about the Albatross Club, check out our Frequently Asked Questions below. Alternatively, please get in touch with us here.

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 £25,000 a year to train, insure, travel and vet one horse. In addition, the average price of a yearling in the 2015 Tattersalls October Book 1 sale was 83,000 guineas. For the same money that it costs to train one horse for one year, a TAC member could enjoy ownership in multiple horses with all training fees paid through to the end of their three-year-old career trained by some of the best trainers in the country.

Yes but as a investment in fun not a financial one. Each shareowner acknowledges that participation in the syndicates is for the purpose of sharing in the enjoyment of the horses and not for investment and that capital deployed maybe fully lost.

Yes all members enter into a contract with the Albatross Club Limited for a 2 year period and are bound by our standard Terms and Conditions.

We buy unraced 2 year olds flat horses and 3 year old unraced national hunt horses.

We utilise the services of some of the best bloodstock agents in the world, whilst involving the trainers.

The founding members have owned many successful horses together including Stewards Cup winner Hoof It and Dubai Duty Free Stakes Group 1 horse Right Approach. They had Royal Ascot runners with Karl Burke and won at Meydan in Dubai with Rerouted for Mike De Kock. Chandler and Westwood have been a strong supporter of Nicky Henderson and Michael Easterby with winner such as Grand Jete, Tequila Sheila, Hoof along and more recently Golden Hoof, Oscar Hoof and Hunters Hoof. Chandler, Westwood, Marshall and Harding have had recent winners with Poker School with Ian Williams at Kempton Park and have an exciting 2 y o Equiano with Karl Burke called Wayward Hoof that won a Maiden at Haydock for Karl Burke.Marshall and Harding most notable victory’s are with tough listed winning handicapper Credit Swap that won the 2010 Cambridgeshire, durable listed flat and national hunt performer War Singer and 6 times winner in one season Tee it up Tommo named after Derek Thompson. In recent times they have also owned useful sprinter Fairway to Heaven who won the Class 2 Sprint Stakes at Windsor in 2014 and bought Dutch Art progeny Producer for 14k Euros that was subsequently sold to Richard Hannon Snr, who went onto win the Listed Surrey Stakes, Group 3 Supreme Stakes, King Richard III Stakes, Criterion Stakes Group 3 and Group 2 Tophapi International Stakes in Turkey.

A 10% share in one of our flat 2 year old horses syndicates costs £4,000 on average with training fees, vetting , entry and jockey fees on top.

In early November of each year after the yearling sales that take place in September and October in the UK and Ireland.

We have bought horses at Kempton Park, Doncaster Bloodstock sale, Goresbridge as well as the Tattersalls Breeze-up sale in April.

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, jockey fees, transport etc. The contract is a 2 year commitment to the syndicates so you will be billed again minus any prize money at the beginning of November a year on.

Most of our flat 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 but that is voted on by the syndicate. National Hunt horses that start as 3 or 4 year olds will race to 5 and 6 but then reviewed by their ownership.

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, jockey fees, transport etc. The contract is a 2 year commitment to the syndicates so you will be billed again minus any prize money at the beginning of November a year on.

Yes absolutely. VAT is charged on each share but is reclaimed by us and paid back to the shareowners directly.

No and our contract is legally binding unless we decide to pay to supplement the horse for a big race.

Initially we will have Nicky Henderson, Ian Williams and Warren Greatrex as our trainers. 

Yes we organise structured members visits to see the horses throughout the year as well as social functions.

Members are fully informed as to the progress and running plans of their bloodstock. This is done through email, fax and, most importantly, by personal communication on the telephone.

 

TAC organises for two owners’ badges to be collected from the owners’ entrance. Owners have access to the paddock before the race as well as access to the Owners’ and Trainers’ Car Park. TAC owners also have the use of the Box at Ascot racecourse, which is situated with a fantastic view of the track.

 

We take a management fee charged on each share and for the costs of the events we run. The company also takes 5% of the sales price of any horse if it is greater than the purchase price and 10% of the sales price of any horse selling for more than twice its purchase price.