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Racing Syndicate


The Radleian Society are delighted launch the Radleian Society Racing Syndicate, an initiative designed to bring members of the Radley community together around a shared love of horse racing through the ownership of a race horse.

We have partnered with Jamie Snowden, (Old Radleian, 1992 H, and Cheltenham Festival winning trainer) to develop the Syndicate, and he has guided us through the process of setting it up, ensuring we have all the correct information in place.  We have selected our Radley colours, featured right, and Jamie has found us a cracking horse - that is yet to be named!  (Those who invest in the Syndicate will have the opportunity to take part in the naming of the horse, subject to the point you join the Syndicate.)

Purpose of the Syndicate
The purpose of the Syndicate is to bring together members of the Radleian Society (Old Radleians, current and former parents, Staff) who have interest in National Hunt racing, enabling them to share their experience, knowledge and joy of the sport together.  The Syndicate owners will be able to experience racing from the ‘inside’ through the enjoyment of owning a share in a racehorse; without the full commitment of purchasing and managing a horse themselves.

Ownership benefits

  1. Updates on the Syndicate, its activities and membership and on the overall progress of the horse.
  2. Each owner will be entitled to two tickets each time the horse runs, subject to availability at the racecourse. Extra tickets will be made available to owners if available from the racecourse,  guaranteeing unique access to the Owners and Trainers racecourse facilities.
  3. Hospitality box at certain race meetings.
  4. Yearly invitation to the Radleian Society Syndicate lunch for you to see the horse ‘on the famous Lambourn gallops’ followed by lunch at the local pub.
  5. Regular “morning on the gallops” will be arranged throughout the season to visit Jamie Snowden’s Lambourn yard.
  6. All owners’ prize money will be due to the Syndicate.

Ownership fees

There are 30 shares available in the horse. Shares are offered on a first come, first served basis and subject to confirmation of the final syndicate at the discretion of The Radleian Society.

  1. Each member shall initially contribute £1,500 plus VAT (the purchase) towards the cost of purchasing the partnership horse (vat is reclaimable).
  2. Each member shall contribute £850 which will be applied to the continuing costs associated with the training and racing of the Syndicate horse until 30th April 2019 (the initial period).

    The total upfront joining fee is: £2650

Additional documentation
Please contact the Partnership manager and Trainer Jamie Snowden with any queries regarding the horse and its training, or Caroline Monaghan, Radleian Society Manager with any questions about the Partnership with the Radleian Society at Radley College.

  • The terms and conditions of the Syndicate are here
  • The Application form to join the Syndicate is here

About the Trainer

Jamie approached Radley College with a proposal for a Radleian Society Racing Syndicate and offered to support and guide us through the set-up process.  His enthusiasm and passion for the sport, and diligence in dealing with our many questions has got us to the point where we are now able to launch our Syndicate under his guidance.  

Jamie nurtured a passion for racing from an early age, through Pony Club, hunting, and whilst at Radley College he began point to pointing.  During his gap year he worked as an assistant trainer for a flat yard in New Zealand before going to Newcastle University where he studied agriculture.

During his short career in The Kings Royal Hussars, he was in demand from trainers seeking an advantage in the annual military races each spring at Sandown. He won both the Grand Military Gold Cup and the Royal Artillery Gold Cup four times. A proud moment in the saddle came when he carried the Queen’s colours to victory on First Love in a race at Sandown in 2006 run in memory of her mother. Jamie progressed to achieve around sixty pointing wins and a further forty winners under rules as a much in demand amateur.

After a season as pupil assistant for champion trainer Paul Nicholls, Jamie then worked for three seasons as assistant trainer and amateur jockey for Nicky Henderson before branching out on his own in 2008.

After a couple of seasons training a small number of horses from a rented yard in a remote Wiltshire village, Jamie moved into Folly House in Lambourn in 2011.  His first runner from his new base was Knighton Combe who landed the Summer National and Ixora became his first Cheltenham winner that autumn.   Now, seven years later, Jamie has 50 horses in training, already has a Cheltenham Festival winner to his name, and has recently trained his first winner for Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall.

About the Horse – Unnamed

This 3-year-old gelding could potentially be top class.  He is an unnamed gelding by the cracking sire Norse Dancer (sire of the multiple Grade 1 and 2 winner, Yanworth).  He is out of a winning sister to the three-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, Best Mate, and the Grade 1 winning hurdler Cornish Rebel, as well as the multiple winner Inca Trail (who Jamie happened to win a Grand Military Gold Cup on!)

 With a Gold Cup winner in his blood and being by the sire of a Christmas hurdle winner, you can see his pedigree has a wonderful blend of both stamina and speed.  We’ll start him off in bumpers (national hunt flat races) and he is qualified for the £50,000 DBS Bumper at Newbury in early March 2019, which will be his target this season.    

The horse will be trained on the world class the Lambourn gallops https://vimeo.com/290657597


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