"The most successful syndicate there’s been. They’ve had an insane number of winners and successes at all levels - a terrific achievement from Middleham Park. They all do a great job and really have their head in the game." Oli Bell.
Some of our 2023 highlights, so far...
2 year-olds: Listed Marygate Fillies Stakes winner GOT TO LOVE A GREY at York's Dante Festival, a 1-2 in the Lily Agnes 2YO Conditions Stakes at Chester's May Festival with ZIGGY'S PHOENIX and ZIGGY'S DREAM, ZIGGY'S QUEEN won a £20k Class 2 Fillies Conditions Stakes, DENRUTH DIAMOND won a Conditions race in France, THAT'S FOR SURE won a £30k feature Class 2 race on his second start, THE COFFEE POD, won a £30k Class 2 at York, also collecting a £15,000 Tattersalls Craven Breeze up Bonus, RED ZONE HERO demolished the field at the Doncaster St Leger Festival under Ryan Moore (he was then sold for a high 6-figure sum), LEXINGTON BELLE earned black-type in a Listed race at Chantilly and MALC took a super 2nd in the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot. We have 10 2 year olds, with a Timeform rating in excess of 80 - and there are syndicates with more 2yo's than us, with fewer at that level.
Older Horses: BRAVE EMPEROR - Group 2 winner, 3-time Group 3 winner, as well as a Listed winner, Group 2 2nd and Class 2 Conditions Stakes winner - all this year! DEAR MY FRIEND - Listed Burradon Stakes winner. SHOULDVEBEENARING - Listed King Charles Stakes winner at the Guineas Festival, Group 1 Sprint Cup 2nd, Group 1 Prix de la Foret 3rd on Arc Day, Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes 2nd and FTQ Conditions Stakes winner. SILKY WILKIE - Class 2 Scottish Sprint Cup winner 2nd at Listed level twice, as well as a Listed 3rd place. THE GATEKEEPER - Three-time Class 2 winner at the Guineas Festival, at Goodwood and finishing with the £200,000 Balmoral Handicap on Champions Day at Ascot! MONSIEUR KODI - Class 2 Stewards Sprint Handicap winner at the Qatar Goodwood Festival. BATAL DUBAI - Class 2 winner on Northumberland Plate Day. REVICH - Dual Class 2 winner at the Chester May Festival and at the Ayr Gold Cup Festival.
National Hunt: MARIE'S ROCK - Grade 1 Liverpool Hurdle winner at the Aintree Grand National Festival and Grade 2 Relkeel Hurdle winner at Cheltenham. RED RISK, 2nd in the Grade 2 bet365 Hurdle.
21 pieces of winning and placed Black Type to date in 2023.
Group 1 & Grade 1 Winners
THE PLATINUM QUEEN - Cotai Glory filly, trained by Richard Fahey
- Highest OR 111
- Prize Money £345,730
- 2022 Winner of the Group 1 Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp, on Arc day at ParisLongchamp
- 2022 Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes 2nd, at York
- 2022 Group 2 Flying Childers 2nd, at Doncaster
- 5f juvenile track record holder at Goodwood, by winning the Alice Keppel Fillies' Conditions Stakes.
We purchased her at the 2022 Tattersalls Guineas Breeze Up Sale, for 57,000 guineas. Her achievements that year were thrilling, as you can see above! She took her owners on some superb trips, including the Breeders Cup in Kentucky and Arc day at ParisLongchamp. To win a Group 1 race on a day like that really gets you noticed and there were some marvellous celeberations which were streamed around the world that day.
Her syndicate took a vote on the idea of sending her to the 2022 Tattersalls December Mares Sale - and what a good decision that was, as she made 1,200,000 guineas for them. Combine this with her race earnings, that was a very nice early Christmas present.
VENTURA STORM - Zoffany colt, trained by Richard Hannon
- Highest OR 113
- Prize Money £327,648
- 2016 Winner of the Group 1 Gran Premio del Jockey Club, Milan
- 2016 Winner of the Group 3 Prix De Reux, Deauville
- 2016 Winner of the Listed Glasgow Stakes, Hamilton
- 2016 Winner of the Listed Feilden Stakes, Newmarket.
He was purchased at the 2015 Tattersalls Craven Breeze-up Sale for 110,000 Guineas. This was an amount we had not spent on a horse before, but when Peter & Ross Doyle and Richard Hannon all agreed he was not for passing over, Tim’s own ‘fomo’ (the fear of missing out!) kicked in and he was added to our 2015 2-year-old Hannon string.
One of the syndicate members remembers taking a call whilst on holiday in New York…”I think Tim had forgotten the time difference and when my phone rang, it was about 5am, but as I saw it was him, I knew I had to answer, as I had said I would be interested in another 2 year old! I am writing this almost 2 year's to the day and am looking at the race card from the St Leger on my wall and recalling some amazing memories from trips around Europe with him-who’d have thought! I still can’t quite believe I am a Group 1 winning owner, all with just 2.5% AND a healthy cheque to spend on new horses! He really has been an amazing horse to be involved with.”
His owners traveled with him to Ireland, France and Italy and pretty much all of them have gone into another of our 2-year olds with Richard, they loved the ride so much!
G FORCE - Tamayuz colt, trained by David O'Meara
- 2014 European Champion 3-year-old Sprinter
- Highest OR 118
- Prize Money £189,193
- Winner of the 2014 Group 1 Sprint Cup, Haydock.
A different profile of purchase for this Colt, as we bought him from the Richard Hannon Snr stable via the Tattersalls Horses-In-Training sale in 2013 for 25,000 Guineas. He had just had the one run and we placed him with David O’Meara, who has become our’ trainer of choice’ for horses bought out of other yards (visit his trainer page to see our current cohort). Initially being given a rating of 87, he rose up the weights after being placed in two Listed races, all at 5f. Taking in the Group 2 King George Stakes and the Group 1 Nunthorpe, he moved up to a rating of 111. Moving up to 6f, his pay day was at Haydock in the British Champions Series Betfred Sprint Cup, which earned him the ‘European Champion Sprinter’ title.
TOORMORE - Arakan colt, trained by Richard Hannon
- 2013 European Champion 2-year-old Colt
- Highest OR 122
- Prize Money £475,551
- Winner of the 2013 Group 1 Goffs National Stakes, The Curragh
- Winner of the 2013 Group 2 Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes, Glorious Goodwood
- Winner of the 2014 Group 3 Craven Stakes, Newmarket.
Tim and Tom purchased him at the 2012 DBS (now known as Goffs) Premier Yearling sale for £36k, with the assistance of leading Bloodstock agents Peter and Ross Doyle. Under the training regime of Richard Hannon Senior, (in his last season holding the license at Herridge,) Toormore’s 2-year-old campaign could not have been better. After an unbeaten season, winning his maiden on debut, following that with the Vintage Stakes (pictured here) and his Group 1 at The Curragh, he was subsequently crowned ‘European Champion 2-year-old Colt’. He went on to pick up the Craven Stakes next time and with two more Group 1 placings, amassed the phenomenal amount of prize money mentioned above for his syndicate; belying his purchase price.
A high-class miler, he perpetuated Middleham Park’s omnipresence at all the top-class meetings and as a result, his syndicate agreed to sell him to Godolphin, who saw him as a horse with a profile that was very appealing to their operation.
We heard in March 2018 that very sadly Toormore had to be put down after suffering a serious leg injury in training in Dubai. We were all very saddened at this news. He was the horse of a lifetime and we are very grateful to him for some wondeful memories.
*NB. All three of these Group 1 winners were subsequently sold by their syndicates through our privately negotiated deals for undisclosed, large, sums.
MARIE'S ROCK - A mare by Milan, still in training with Nicky Henderson OBE
- 2022 Grade 1 Cheltenham Festival Winner
- 2022 Grade 1 Punchestown Festival Winner
- 2023 Grade 2 Relkeel Hurdle Winner
- Dual Listed winner and Listed 3rd placed
- Grade 2 3rd.
- Current OR 153
- Prize Money (to date) £231,888
Purchased at the Goffs Landrover Sale, for €35,000, Marie's Rock began her racing career the following May, by winning her first three starts. She earnt important black type three times prior to lining up at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival. Ridden by stable jockey Nico de Boinville, she thrilled her owners and indeed everyone who is part of the Middleham Park Racing family, by winning that day! The Grade 1 Close Brothers Mares' Hurdle (registered as The David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle) will be forever marked as our biggest ever achievement in the National Hunt sphere. A day that will never be forgotten, UNTIL, she went to The Punchestown Festival in April, to contest the Grade 1 Coolmore Kew Gardens Irish EBF Mares Champion Hurdle, taking on stablemate Epatante. AND SHE WON! Now a Dual Grade 1 winning mare, can it get any better than that! She will try to regain her crown at the 2023 Cheltenham Festival, after impressively winning the Relkeel in January.