“I have been a keen National Hunt fan for over 40 years. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would have a share in a racehorse who was trained by Nicky Henderson. MPR have enabled me to live my dream.
It was an incredible experience to see him win at his last outing. I found myself jumping up and down shouting at the top of my voice, cheering him home through a face mask. This is probably not normal behaviour for a 58-year-old man who should know better, but I didn’t care and I still don’t!
All the staff at MPR are very helpful and regularly send updates, not only on the horse but on all matters. The syndicate manager, Tom is extremely knowledgeable and is an excellent communicator between shareholder and trainer. I pondered for months whether to take the “plunge” into ownership, trying to justify it in my own mind. I am so glad I did. Of course, there have been downs as well as ups, as that’s racing; but it is an all-round great experience and I would recommend MPR.”
Mr K, Gloucestershire.
"I've been involved with a few racing clubs on a yearly subscription to one or multiple horses before, and never had a winner. Before MPR, my best race as an owner was a horse who accidentally finished second in a 4-horse race at Goodwood - because there were two others in the race less interested than him!
I bought my first very small share with MPR a couple of years ago, which then lead me on to buy a small share in Sesame Birah, which I still part own. Sesame has won twice (at Chester and Newbury), as well as finishing 2nd in the Listed Denford Stakes.
We visited Richard Hannon's in a small group and watched his horses work at close quarters. We also had the joy of being at Newbury when Sesame got her black type, followed by champagne watching the replay, there's nothing quite like it! It's highly unlikely I'll ever have another as good as her and am grateful for the happiness she's given me. She remains the best horse in the world to my eye; I'm convinced Enable retired as she heard Sesame was planning a stellar 4yo career!
She has been rated in the high 90s, and she is now living in France and planning a European raid on their euros in the near future. Even though I only own about half an ear, MPR make me feel very much part of her syndicate and if I ever visit the south of France, I'll have my owners' badge to go and watch her race!"
Mr H, Portsmouth
"I’ve been a keen fan of horse racing and a regular racegoer for over 40 years. Standing on the outside of the parade ring looking in is a good analogy for how it felt until I joined MPR. I now feel like I’m genuinely part of the game. I have shares in 3 national hunt horses, all of whom are trained by the Champion Trainer - Nicky Henderson - and they’ve all won too!
Regular updates, stable visits and, of course the full ownership experience at the track. I’m now stood in the middle, looking out! Tom Palin is the National Hunt Manager for MPR. He is very informative and inclusive about our horses; we get to voice our opinions on them. He gets hundreds of texts, tweets and emails daily, but is always very responsive.
The MPR experience has far exceeded the expectations I had joining and would recommend it without question to any racing fan considering ownership."
Mr T, Rugby
"Myself and my wife came to the MPR yearlings' viewing with my son and my wife's sister also in attendance. We'd never done anything like this before, but always wanted to and always wanted to own a share in a racehorse; ever since I used to chalk up the racecard in my Dads local bookmakers at 14 years old. What a lovely day we all had - the MPR team were so welcoming. We didn't know what to expect but the prosecco, tea, coffee and food were most welcome. We met lots of nice people and have become friends with a lovely couple from North Wales. The horses looked superb and we were hooked.
We then went to Mr Fahey's for a stable visit and again had a super day thanks to you guys and the bacon sandwiches were delicious! We then decided to purchase a share in 2 horses called Ventura Mutiny and Beechwood Dave. Then a bit later a share in Ventura Ocean. I'm so glad we did, I can't tell you how much I am enjoying it, from the updates about our horses, e-mails, breeze up updates, the lot. Ventura Mutiny winning on June 30th was the icing on the cake!!! I can't stop smiling and can't stop watching the replay of the race too. I must have watched it 20 times! Lol. My wife has never been so loud, shouting it over the line.
So Tom, as our syndicate manager, this is all down to you and the guys and gals at Middleham Park Racing. Thank you again."
Mr and Mrs M, West Yorkshire.
"My mother and were very excited to hear that Ventura Mutiny will be running on Saturday - as the first ever racehorse we have had a share in!
I must admit that I did think "what a time to go into a syndicate" having joined just before lockdown. However it has been great having all your reports and having something to look forward to watching over the summer, especially as my mother is in her eighties and we have been keeping her locked away!
I also wanted to say how much I enjoyed the virtual 'pub quizzes' you have organised... it really made me feel part of your ownership team during lockdown. Living on my own meant my score had no chance of threatening the leader board, however it was great fun, so thank you very much!"
Ms S, North Yorkshire.
"May I take this opportunity to thank the whole MPR team for the work you are putting in to give us owners the updates on our horses in this very challenging time.
Also, for the weekly 'lockdown' quiz, to keep our morale up.
So many people want to criticise or moan about their horses not running etc., but you guys are trying so hard to keep all of us updated."
Mr C, West Midlands.
"Thank you for the delightful video and trainer comments that raised the 'spirits' today.
I have been so impressed with the tremendous lengths MPR has gone to in keeping us all in touch and informed.
Thank you and well done!"
Mr P, Surrey.
"We researched various options and syndicates and all indicators pointed to MPR as the way to go. So, we dipped our toes and purchased a share in a 2-year colt with Richard Fahey, and from there the adventure began! When MPR had an open yard visit about three weeks later, we didn't hesitate in putting our names down to go. The open morning was very well organised, and we met some new owners along the way. We had no intentions at that point in buying any more shares, but on that morning, we saw a lovely 2-year-old filly. The next morning, we purchased a share in the filly, and we attended Thirsk racecourse in July to see her first run.
Not surprisingly Middleham Park Racing had everything organised for the memorable day when the filly ran a cracking 2nd to the favourite, and she was ridden by Paul Hanigan. We now well and truly had the "Buzz" and had "caught the Bug", so the next morning we purchased a further share in her! We had hoped that the filly would build on that run, but she had a slight "setback", so the decision was taken to back off from her and rest. That minor setback has not put us off as it is part of ownership and horseracing, so much so that we have just taken a share in another two year old for the new season.
We would like to thank everyone at MPR for what they have done for us and have no doubt will continue to do so in the future, and we wish MPR huge success in the future and that hopefully we can share in that with them next year. We would also like to thank Mr Fahey and all his staff at Musley Bank for always making us feel welcome.
So, in conclusion, to anyone who is "thinking" or "pondering" as to whether or not to become an owner, we wouldn't hesitate in saying, "Go for it!" Please get in contact with MPR - decide on your budget, and then let them do the rest, as you are joining a very professional and well-run organisation who will support you all the way."
Mr and Mrs M, North Wales
"For years I have gone to the races following the stars of the sport and never dreaming that I would ever be involved as an owner. Then I discovered Middleham Park Racing which has provided me with many wonderful days which recently culminated in not just a runner but a winner at Glorious Goodwood!
I can't speak highly enough about Middleham Park Racing. With affordable share prices to suit every pocket, great communication and the full owners experience each time your horse runs, the question isn't why should you get involved but more why wouldn't you!
I never believed I would be in the winners’ enclosure at Glorious Goodwood cheering in my very own winner! Middleham Park Racing made this possible and it was a day I will never forget.
I have made many friends through ownership of Middleham Park Racing horses. The enthusiasm and camaraderie is infectious and makes the racing days even more special."
Mr L, Surrey
"Thank you for the Spiritofthenorth race review from Friday night at Pontefract. I met Tim (Palin) and the fellow Syndicate members for the first time, all of them were very nice. It was my first time and experience as an owner and what a fantastic experience it was! I’ve texted Tim to say thanks, it’s a great job that the MPR team do and I look forward to hearing more updates."
Mr B. Wrexham
"Well done to achieve 1,000 winners and I am very pleased that it was won through El Kaldoun in which I have a small share! I’m a fairly recent convert to MPR, but I am beginning to see the elements behind your success:
Good, straightforward communication with owners related to buying shares.
Comprehensive and timely updates during training and on race days.
Good horses, good trainers.
Thanks for making this a really enjoyable experience."
Mr H, Middlesex.
"We would like to thank everyone at MPR for making our first outing at Chelmsford last Thursday as owners in an MPR syndicate, such a special day. Together with our friends, we had a marvellous day watching Buckman Tavern making his first racecourse appearance. Dave was brilliant and made us feel at home and important, giving us information about how things work and what was expected of us regarding safety and enjoyment.
The horse looked superb and thrilled us with his performance which was full of promise for the future. Luke Morris was a good communicator as well as a good pilot giving the horse a wonderfully tender educational ride and then meeting so many of the other members of the syndicate was an absolute delight learning of their experiences with MPR. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to ALL involved in making our debut into racehorse ownership such a rich experience, but to Dave in particular who made us all feel so much at ease.
Our friends who accompanied us on the day were very impressed and my wish is for them to join us in this journey at some time very soon!"
Mr and Mrs N, Suffolk.
"I have been an owner with MPR for nearly 20 years now and from those very early days when I chose to take the plunge with a little share in a 2yo horse called Pasada Llamada with Steve Kettlewell, I have been on a journey with the MPR team that has allowed me to participate in the Sport of Kings at the very highest level and to achieve just about everything I ever dared to dream about as a racehorse owner.
From those very humble beginnings on the Middleham Moor 20 years ago, I have had the pleasure and privilege to watch my horses participate in some of the greatest and most prestigious races in the horse racing Calendar: The Grand National, The Scottish Grand National, The Kim Muir, The Becher Chase, Ayr Gold Cups, Epsom Dashes and The Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood to name but a few!
This 2018 season, the bar has been raised even higher in terms of achievement. I have watched my horses winning the Bunbury Cup, the Gigaset International at Ascot, the Group 3 Anglesey stakes at the Curragh and a personal dream of mine to win the historical Archerfield Cup at my local track of Musselburgh, which was a very proud and emotional moment.
Therein lies the beauty and essence of having a horse with MPR. Seeing your horse win at your local track that you attended as a child and filling you with immeasurable but humble pride or daring the audacious dream and experiencing Aidan O'Brien saying hello to you as your horse flies past the post in front of Coolmore and Michael Tabor bluebloods on the plains of County Kildare! They are precious moments in our lives that we cannot put as price on and having a horse with MPR ultimately allows ordinary people to achieve extraordinary things.
None of this occurs by accident. As the first small signs of Autumn appear and the air turns cooler, so the MPR team will turn their attentions once more to the yearling and Horses in Training sales, looking to unnearth another Toormore, Kool Kompany, G Force, Ventura Storm or Marie's Diamond and allow us the owners, the opportunity to dream again and participate once more in the impossible dream...
I would not hesitate to recommend anyone wishing to buy even the smallest of shares with Middleham Park Racing. No matter if your magical wish is to be in the winners enclosure at Hamilton, Hexham, Ascot, Cheltenham or Deauville, then history has already shown the MPR team know how to get there and provide the results, thrills and memories of a lifetime.
You only live once; so GO FOR IT!!"
Mr McG, Glasgow.
"I am a fan of flat racing and after doing some research, MPR ticked all the boxes for me and with low levels of investment needed to get involved with some expensive horses, I thought I can have some fun!
My experience with MPR during the first 12 months has been fantastic, a horse that has run on many occasions and communication that I don't think can be improved on.”
Mr A, Warwickshire
"I have been an owner with MPR for 4 years, predominantly with their National Hunt horses. Ownership was a personal dream and I did research many syndicates before selecting MPR, a decision I am delighted I made.
I’ve had the pleasure to meet many new people within the MPR team and other owners, making some real friends along the way.
MPR offer the benefit of ‘real’ ownership with everyone’s view taken into account on the plans, choice of races and even tactics for each horse, coupled with the fun and friendship of a syndicate.
MPR select quality horses and I’ve enjoyed runners at top venues including Cheltenham, Ascot, Doncaster and Sandown.
I’d happily recommend MPR to any new prospective owner."
Mr L, Monmouthshire
"I have been involved with Middleham Park Racing since 2010 and during this time I have been an owner in fourteen MPR syndicates – I have had 12 winners and 6 seconds (with four two year olds awaiting their debut at the time of writing).
The horses I have owned include a share in a Group 1 winner, a Group 3 winner, the second in the St Leger, three Listed stakes winners and have won over £425k in prize money. In terms of racing highlights, my wife and I have been to Royal Ascot, the French Derby, Milan San Siro, the Arc de Triomphe meeting and the Curragh (Irish 2000 Guineas) as MPR owners.
Middleham Park Racing provide the opportunity for ordinary people to take on the racing elite. The experience allows you to meet and socialise with like-minded people; all passionate about your horse and racing. I get tremendous excitement from all stages of the experience from the stable visits, to regular horse updates, to five day entries, final declarations, reviewing the race competition and of course the owners experience on race day! The syndicates are friendly, informal and relaxed.
Whatever your budget my advice would be don’t treat this as an investment, go for a trainer near your home, have a portfolio of horses and free your diary to watch the horse around the UK and Europe!
I would to thank MPR, the trainers, stable staff and jockeys for making a life less ordinary."
Mr O, London
"Some years ago, I decided to dip my toe into horse racing ownership and I definitely made the right choice with MPR, as I've not looked back. They are a syndicate that does very well selecting horses, placing them with top trainers and entering them in the right races to provide winners.
Also, the stable visits are run really well-it’s always fun seeing your horse up close with their trainer. We are provided with good updates and information on our horses too.
The social side is very good, meeting nice people and making new friends along the way and it’s great to be able to talk to new and old owners about some of our experiences and horses we have been involved in over the years.
If you are interested in going into syndicate ownership, I would highly recommend Middleham Park Racing, they would certainly be willing to help and guide you in the right direction."
Mr B, Essex
"There are many horse racing syndicates to choose from, but in my opinion MPR is in a different league and remains the one that others aspire to be like, (or beat!)
For over twenty years, I have had small shares in horses with MPR and during that time I have lived and gone beyond my racing dreams with such MPR legends as Blackheath, Royal Dignitary, Mirrored, Smoothtalkinrascal and Swift Approval.
Make no mistake, to be an MPR shareholder, however small, is to experience real racehorse ownership and every emotion imaginable.
The success on the track of the “light blue and orange silks” speaks for itself, but in recent years the improvements MPR has made in its communications and provision of social events for its owners is equally impressive. By making fantastic use of instant communications and the social media presence, we, the owners, are kept bang up to date with news about our horses and future plans.
In racing, there are no guarantees, but with MPR you are guaranteed a team that is as hungry as ever for success and one that will do its upmost to ensure your experience is one to remember.
I hope any future owners are as lucky and have as much fun as I have had and continue to have with MPR."
Mrs K, West Yorkshire
"Apparently, some owners have to wait 26 years before they have their first winner, but that wasn't the case when Maggie and I joined MPR in Spring 2015. Within months Maggie's Forgotten Wish had won at Goodwood and we had our first trophy, a beautiful engraved cut glass decanter.
In the last twelve months we have had a runner at Glorious Goodwood, been in the Parade Ring at Royal Ascot with Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie (well when I say with.....) and have seen our horses run in Rome and Deauville and on Finals Day of the All Weather Championships at Lingfield. We have been entertained and wined and dined with the nicest people, who also have shares in our horse.
At the races MPR make sure that we all enjoy the day and get the most out of it. They take us into the pre-parade and parade rings so that we can get a good look at our horse. Then we have access to the Owner/Trainers Bar and Restaurant at whichever Course we go to.
I love researching pedigrees and seeing how they translate into successful racers. The MPR staff are very knowledgeable and are always happy to talk about horses.
The horses in the MPR 'Stable' are chosen from the best Auctions, in the UK and across Europe, and are bought by Tim and Tom Palin and their Bloodstock Agents. The new horses are then distributed around the best renowned Trainers in the Uk, such as Richard Hannon, Nicky Henderson and Sir Mark Prescott amongst others.
MPR take all Owners to the Open Morning at the various Trainers' Yards, where we get to see all of the MPR horses that are in the Yard. We go up on the gallops and then into the 'parade' area so that we can hear about each horse from the Trainer. Afterwards we get close to and, usually, stroke the horses and take photos. We are then normally given free rein to walk around the Yard and see all of the horses in their boxes.
I cannot imagine any other way we would have been able to achieve this level of success and had such fun, with brilliant people and horses, without MPR"
Mr & Mrs L, Worcestershire
"I took my first steps into horse ownership back in 2009, after identifying MPR offered the most appeal horse and budget wise.
Back then there were not the number of syndicates available compared to the present day, but MPR have consistently been able to cater for all types of perspective owners to suit your preferred discipline, budget and location coupled with a wealth of knowledge obtained along the way from their initial beginnings through to Group 1 successes.
Advice and guidance on perspective purchases, comprehensive updates on current horses you own and stable visits are provided by the team with the recently introduced audio updates proving to be a great innovation.
There are plenty of ups and downs but the friendships you make with fellow owners along the way through your various horses forms a major a part of the overall ownership experience and allows on course successes to be shared.
Budget sensibly and no matter what horse you go with, the thrill of a race day as an MPR owner is amazing!"
Mr G, Cheshire
"We have recently got back into syndicated racehorses after a 10-year break and are pleased we chose MPR this time. The friendly, helpful staff have made us welcome as MPR shareholders.
We have had frequent updates on our horses, already been on one of the regular stable visits and are looking forward to forthcoming social/racing events. The opportunity to have a share in a horse with a top trainer and yard is a dream come true and we have an exciting season ahead."
Ms C, East Midlands