Wayward Hoof winning his maiden at Haydock

About the Club

The Albatross Club is an exclusive racing club that specialises in syndicated racehorse ownership by bringing together groups of like minded, fun loving race goers that own a number of well bred national hunt and flat thoroughbred racehorses. The Albatross Club's members enjoy great days at the races together and get invited to unique, private experiences with champions of the sport and other celebrity members and ambassadors.

The Albatross Club founders have bought and owned Group and Listed Handicap winners on both the flat and jumps with some of the top trainers in the country. 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. If you do know a member of our club then we do hope you will join our club to experience the passion, excitement and fun of racehorse ownership.

THE ALBATROSS CLUB 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 senior management team will act as your personal racing manager, keeping you regularly informed as to the progress of your bloodstock and running plans. 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 has a private box at Ascot, where all owners have exclusive use 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.

THE ALBATROSS CLUB STRUCTURE

We launch new syndicates every winter. The number of shares available per syndicate is always 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 including Nicky Henderson, David Pipe, Hugo Palmer and Karl Burke. 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 maybe sold off. The Albatross Club charge a fixed management fee for admin and 15% on the upside on any horse sold over 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.

After often being broken at Laundry Cottage Stud, 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 may even run a social event in London and bring the horses down to 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 the auditors. 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why join a TAC syndicate versus racing my own horse?

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.

Should I regard my involvement with TAC as an investment?

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.

Do new members enter into a contract?

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.

What type of horses do we buy?

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

How many people are there in each Albatross Club horse?

We offer shares in racehorses that we put together to form racing syndicates i.e. small groups of people to share in a number of horses with up to a maximum of 10 members.

Who buys the horses?

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

How successful have the founding members been as owners?

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.

How much does a share cost in our syndicates?

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.

When are the new syndicates launched?

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

Do buy horses at the breeze-up sales?

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

What does the price of share include?

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.

How long do the horses race?

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.

Are shares sold with VAT?

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

Are more funds requested other than that we contracted to?

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

Who trains the horses?

Initially we will have Nicky Henderson, Karl Burke, Hugo Palmer and David Pipe as our trainers.

Can owners see their horses being trained?

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

How do I know if my horse is running?

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.

What happens on race day?

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.

How is TAC remunerated?

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.

‘The Albatross Club is the most fun
you will have in racing.’

Frankie Dettori, Co-Founder and Ambassador

Membership

The Albatross Club is invite only, but open to new members keen to experience the passion, excitement and fun of racehorse ownership.

Membership benefits

Two free passes to all meetings where we have runners

Free Ten UK Lifestyle Concierge Membership

Two hosted stable visits a year with pre-arranged dinner afterwards

Exclusive member's tie

Ability to hire Albatross Ascot box at member rates for non Royal meetings

£200 Free bet from Sportingbet

Free Racing Post online subscription

Exclusive interviews with our trainers and jockeys

plus betting previews for all the major race meetings throughout the year

25% Gaucho restaurant discount

Free 4 ball green fee at Bearwood Lakes Golf Club

Access to members only invitational networking events

The Masters, The Open, Turnberry Annual Trip, Shooting Day etc...

£4000 for a 10% share and £250 a month on average so £7000 a year.

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Credit Swap 2010 Cambridgeshire Winner

Meet the team

Tom Cates

Co-founder + Membership Manager
Tom Cates

Throughout his late teens and early twenties Tom began a love affair with racing which led eventually to working as a producer on At The Races on Sky. Highlights there have been overseeing the coverage of Richard Hughes remarkable seven winners at Windsor. Tom is now looking forward greatly to working with the other members of the team to ensure that all those who become involved in this great new venture at The Albatross Club get the maximum enjoyment from the experience. It really promises to be a tremendous ride.

Ross Marshall

Co-founding Member
Ross Marshall

Ross's interest in racing started from a young age from when he went to school on the Epsom Downs and would rarely miss an afternoon at the races. His Head teacher remarked he should focus on studying anything apart from the horse's form! From as early thirteen years old he dreamt about one day having a runner in the Derby.

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Lee Westwood

Co-founding Member
Lee Westwood

Former world number one golfer and regular Ryder Cup player, Lee is a keen horse racing enthusiast and is delighted to be a founding member of a sport he is passionate about. Born and bred in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, Lee was presented with Honorary degree of Doctor of Science on November 24, 2007 from Nottingham Trent University. He is also a keen fan of local football team Nottingham Forest.

Frankie Dettori MBE

Co-Founding Member + Club Ambassador
Frankie Dettori MBE

Champion Jockey and winner of more than 500 Group Races. His most celebrated achievement was riding all seven winners on British Champions' Day at Ascot in 1996. Most recently Frankie rode Golden Horn to victory at the Epsom Derby.

Andrew Chandler

Co-founding Member
Andrew Chandler

Andrew "Chubby" Chandler a former European Tour golfer founded ISM in 1989, including golf clients and fellow owners, Louis Oosterhuizen, Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke and former World number one Lee Westwood. Chubby and Lee have owned many successful horses together including Stewards Cup winner Hoof It and Dubai Duty Free Stake Group 1 horse Right Approach.

Andrew Harding

Co-founding Member
Andrew Harding

Andrew's interest in horse racing started at Durham University when he was often found in the bookies rather than the library! Having owned horses for over 10 years his finest moment came when Jim Crowley swept late to win The Cambridgeshire Handicap at Newmarket on Credit Swap. Sadly, due to business commitments hosting clients at The Ryder Cup, Andrew was not there and was only able to listen to the race on his mobile phone!!

More team members

Current Albatross Horses
in training

Ailsa on my mind

Wayward Hoof

Glasgow Gailes

Southern Gailes

Founders' Hall of fame horses

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Credit Swap

2010 Cambridgeshire Winner
Hoof It

Hoof It

2011 Stewards Cup Winner
Tee it Up Tommo

Tee it Up Tommo

6 times AW winner in 2014 season
War Singer

War Singer

10 time winning versatile flat and hurdler
Radio Head

Radio Head

Norfolk Stakes, Royal Ascot 2009
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Crowded Horse

Racingpost Trophy Winner in 2008
War Singer

Fairway to Heaven

Supersprint winner in 2014
Radio Head

Producer

multiple pattern Group winner acquired in 2010

Meet the trainers

Karl Burke

Trainer
Karl Burke

Karl gained his first interest in racing through watching it with his dad. Karl now trains his horses at Spigot Lodge which is ideally situated between the famous Middleham High and Low moor gallops and is steeped in racing history. Karl has trained here for over eight years and last season enjoyed the biggest win of his career when Lord Shanakill won the Group 2 Mill Reef stakes at Newbury (G2) before being beaten by only a short head in the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.

Nicky Henderson

Trainer
Nicky Henderson

Nicky was Champion Trainer in the 1985/86 and 1986/87 seasons. Then again more recently in the 2012-2013 season. His record at the Cheltenham Festival is particularly good and no currently active trainer has won more races at the Festival than Henderson having a total of 51 Cheltenham Festival winners to date.

Hugo Palmer

Trainer
Hugo Palmer

Hugo grew up in the Scottish borders and learnt to ride at a very young age. Before becoming a trainer Hugo spent time working for Cheveley Park Stud and John Warren at Highclere Stud. He was assistant to Patrick Chamings, and then spent 3 seasons as Hughie Morrison’s assistant trainer. After 5 years as a UK assistant it was Hugo’s good fortune to secure a job in Australia with Gai Waterhouse during which time the team won 8 Group 1’s.


Meet the ambassadors

Mick Fitzgerald

Racing Manager + Club Ambassador
Mick Fitzgerald

Former National Hunt jockey and current Channel 4 Racing presenter At The Races

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Gina Harding

Club Ambassador
Gina Harding

Gina was always keen to work in racing and, after graduating with a degree in modern languages from Cambridge in 2006, won a place on the Darley Flying Start training course. She went on to learn about all aspects of the industry during the two-year course, completing valuable placements on Stud Farms and in Training Stables in England, Ireland, America, Australia and the UAE. She graduated from the course in the summer of 2008 and soon after started working as a presenter for At The Races before taking up a role on the Channel 4 team in January 2013. Gina has written on a freelance basis for the Racing Post, The Irish Field and Thoroughbred Owner Breeder magazine and while boasting a broad racing knowledge she specializes particularly on the bloodstock side of the industry.

Jim Crowley

Club Ambassador
Jim Crowley

Crowley rode around 300 winners over obstacles, including the 2005 Lanzarote Hurdle on Crossbow Creek, before deciding to concentrate solely on the Flat. Based at Pulborough, he is married to trainer Amanda Perrett's sister Lucinda and rode principally for his sister-in-law before being signed up as stable jockey to Ralph Beckett in 2010. His biggest wins on the level include Lord Shanakill in the 2009 Group 1 Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly in France and Prohibit's victory in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in June 2011 - his first British Group 1 success.


Club Members' Events

The Christmas "Gaucho" Racing Lunch

with ambassadors and special racing guests in December 2015.

Friday of Cheltenham Festival

Breakfast hosted by Mick Fitzgerald and Chubby Chandler, Ticket, Trainer's enclosure badge, dinner included at Hotel du Vin.

Saturday of Royal Ascot

Private members hospitality with guest appearances from Albatross Ambassadors Frankie Dettori and Jim Crowley.

Golf Day with Lee Westwood Golf Day at Bearwood Lakes

All members can bring a guest to the golf day. (Event TBC.)

Visit the horses

Opportunity to visit the horses throughout the year including dinner at the Jockey Club Long Rooms with Hugo Palmer and Summer BBQ / lunch at Nicky Henderson 7 Barrows.