“Middleham Park Racing is the winning most syndicate in the country and it is an absolute pleasure to be able to train for them. We have been very fortunate over the years to have had some fantastic horses together, including Toormore, Kool Kompany, Raymond Tusk and our Group One winner, Ventura Storm. Overall the whole experience is top notch, both on and off the racecourse, with regular stable visits with us and some fantastic days out racing.”
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"What Middleham Park Racing offer is the chance for people to get into ownership, who may otherwise not be able to and their results speak for themselves."
Horse racing is often referred to as the ‘Sport of Kings’, with wealthy owners dominating the fields worldwide and spending millions on their bloodstock empires. If you are an avid flat racing fan, you’ll be familiar with names such as Al Shaqab, Coolmore, Godolphin, Prince Khalid Abdullah, Qatar Racing to name but a few of the top owning enterprises.
Our colours regularly line up alongside such colossal opposition, taking the spoils on many an occasion, as you can see from the homepage photograph of Viren’s Army winning the Listed Dee Stakes at Chester.
"Being in the paddock wearing your owners badge at top class meetings is so thrilling!"
Tim Palin, our founder and Director of Racing, says: "We have in no way rested on our 1100 or so, winners’ laurels, we’ve continued to source the very best Flat and National Hunt stock available and our horses have continue to thrive on the track. Given all the problems the racing world had to cope with in 2020, you’d have to describe the 75 winners that we have netted, here at MPR, for the year, as being, far and away in excess of our wildest possible dreams, during the 10 weeks’ hiatus in racing, that we experienced in the Spring.
It’s only through the hard work of the racing authorities, trainers, jockeys, stable staff and above all, our fantastic team of owners, that we’ve been able to enjoy one of our best years ever; highlighted by a number of black type winners and performers such as Ventura Tormenta, Ventura Diamond, The Rosstafarian, Raymond Tusk, Marie’s Diamond, Thank You Next, to name but a few.
We enter into 2021, with our largest team of horses ever, and we’ve added an additional 10 trainers (now 44 in total) to our roster, compared to the outset of 2020. Furthermore, we’ve a fabulous team of ultra-hard-working staff, who’ve been with us, consistently, for a number of years now, demonstrating the sort of stability that you’d like to see in any business that we all support. The aim of all the team, is help us all enjoy the MPR experience, as best as is practicable, in these difficult times.
Every winner is celebrated at MPR HQ, as if it’s the most important thing in the World, however, my personal highlight of the year, has to be Group 2 Prix Robert Papin winner Ventura Tormenta (pictured battling with The Lir Jet below.) It’s, a full, 6 years since we last took that prize with Kool Kompany, so it was great to see our name back on the winners’ roster for one of France’s most prestigious 2yo races. A perfectly put together plan, reacting to events, and superb piece of tactical judgment in conjunction with Christophe Soumillon in the saddle. Dreams do, indeed, come true, in light blue and orange.
We’re unique at MPR, having achieved over 1100 winners and having started from nothing in 1995, with zero contacts and zero experience in running a syndicate company, through to becoming the UK’s most successful racing syndicate in the history of thoroughbred racing. For this, a heartfelt debt of gratitude goes out to all our owners, past and present, our horses, trainers and stable staff that have enabled this to come to pass, along with our fabulous and 100% devoted staff, who’s dedication and application in pursuit of excellence, afford our owners, the very best experience possible with MPR.
The Racing Post headlined recently “MIddleham Park Thriving In These Difficult Times” so we are very much looking forward to 2021, bigger and hopefully even better, than ever before. Long may this continue!
After our 1,000th winner success, there was a nice story published by Great British Racing, where Tom Palin, Tim's son and our Bloodstock and National Hunt Manager was interviewed about our history. You can read it here: http://www.inthepaddock.co.uk/1000-up-for-mighty-middleham-park/
Are you an owner with us for 2021?
After weeks of careful and extensive catalogue research, inspections, vetting and consultation with our bloodstock agents & trainers, our team have been to every yearling sale this year - working alongside our agents and we have purchased 21 yearlings from the following sales: The Goffs Premier, Tattersalls Ascot, The Arqana Deauville Select & October, Tattersalls Ireland, Goffs Orby and the prestigious Tattersalls Book 1 and 2 Sales.
We are delighted to welcome four new trainers to MPR, as Roger Charlton, Clive Cox, Charlie Fellowes and Archie Watson join us for the first time, each with one yearling. Of course, we have our reliable team of existing trainers in place once again also: Michael Bell, Marco Botti, Karl Burke, Keith Dalgleish, Richard Fahey, Richard Hannon, David O'Meara, Hugo Palmer and Mark Johnston will all train this year's 2-year-old cohort.
Tim says: "No stone goes unturned to ensure that these juveniles will represent their owners with distinction on the racecourse in 2021 and we stuck to our principles - only buying when we think there's value. That doesn't just mean cheap; Camelot was 525,000gns and Lily's Angel was £8,000, but, crucially, both represented value. We’ve had an exceptional 2yo season, in what proved to be a curtailed time of things, with 14 2yo wins, including a Group 2 Prix Robert Papin winner, Group 1 runners, Group 3 and listed placed performers and Royal Ascot representatives, no less, which is a fabulous achievement in a very curtailed season. We’ve every reason to believe our 2021, 2yo cohort to prove even better still."
We have been lucky to have been able to buy some extremely well-bred individuals – Sires such as Almanzor, Dandy Man, Dark Angel, Intello, Kodiac, Oasis Dream and Showcasing for example. Offering 2 year old syndicates with sires of this calibre, is not usual and we can’t wait to see them race in our colours this year and next!
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