Clarendon Thoroughbred Racing
Based in Middleham, North Yorkshire and run by trainer James Bethell, Clarendon started out in Manor House Stables in Middleham and began by naming all their horses after Yorkshire villages, a tradition which continues today. One of their greatest supporters was champion jockey Willie Carson who not only encouraged them in their venture, but rode many winners for them.
Since the start of Clarendon Thoroughbred Racing in 1997 there has been many great highlights. From our first winners MEDELAI, FEARBY CROSS, LEIGHTON, and HARTLEY (who was second to a subsequent Group 1 winner at Glorious Goodwood – bought for only 18,000GNS and sold on to Hong Kong for a considerable sum). We have had many other significant horses within our syndicates, like BRADBURY, who ran over jumps and on the flat, finishing fourth in the Grade 1 Matalan Hurdle at the Aintree Grand National meeting. Another big name includes PENHILL who ran in some of the most competitive 3-year-old handicaps in 2014. He then went on to sell at Newmarket HIT Sale for 230,000GNS, having only cost 24,000GNS as a yearling. BRAIDLEY, was a smart performer, again bought for a low 11,000GNS to then sell for 110,000GNS to Australia. More recently, success has come from the likes of HAWORTH, FRUIT SALAD, and RICH AGAIN.
One of Clarendon’s successful owners Richard Vickers said, “James has a meticulous eye and hands on approach combined with a natural empathy for the horses he cares for. It is this gift that I feel helps him get the best out no their ability”. Patrick Weaver the Racing Editor of the Daily Star said, “James has had a steady stream of winners over the years. His horses reflect his input into one of the happiest yards I have had the pleasure to visit.”
The Syndicates have a maximum of 10 shareholders and the cost of each share is an all-inclusive price (this includes the cost of the horse and all training fees for one year). We take great pride in our syndicates, ensuring everything is very easy and a most enjoyable experience for our owners. We will always try and be around for when owners would like to come and see their horses, so please don’t hesitate to get in contact in regards to potential shares within our syndicates.
At Thorngill there is a luxury cottage available for our owners to stay in to visit their horses in training, or when they go to the races. This is a fantastic bonus for those who want to make racing more of a social experience which is just what syndicates are all about.