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Syndicate end date:
01 AUGUST 2022
Buy a Share for £28 (inc. VAT)

Manorbank is a six-year-old bay gelding by Arcadio.

Manorbank won a bumper (Flat race for Jumps horses) for his previous connections in January 2020 before being bought by Owners Group. Manorbank was being prepared for a late winter/early spring campaign by Paul Nicholls, when he suffered a fractured pelvis in early 2021. He has made a good recovery, and the current plan is for him to return to training later this summer, all being well. If all goes to plan and Manorbank suffers no further setbacks, it is hoped that he will be ready to run at some point this winter, on his favoured soft ground.

Manorbank was seen by Paul Nicholls' vet on Monday 2 August and she was very happy with the progress he has made in the last few months. The latest scan of his pelvis revealed no obvious fracture line and she has given him the go-ahead to start horse-walker exercise. She anticipates him being ready to return to training by mid-September, all being well.

Trainer Paul Nicholls has been the champion Jumps trainer on twelve occasions.

This syndicate term lasts until 1 August 2022, with no commitment to continue at the end of the syndicate period. Please click here for full details of the end of term process.

This syndicate is divided into 4,000 shares and each share costs £28 (including VAT). View price transparency. There will be nothing extra to pay, no matter what costs are incurred during the syndicate period. The syndicate is subject to the usual 'Owners Group' terms and conditions. The current maximum number of shares that can be purchased by one person is 10.

  • The share price is £28. The full price breakdown is:
  • The capital value of Manorbank is £10,000 which works out as £2.50 per share.
  • Our management and service provision fee is set at £13.73 per share.
  • The all-inclusive racing/training cost is set at £6.75 per share.
  • The cost for mortality insurance is £0.22 per share.
  • The Racehorse Rehabilitation contribution is £0.13 per share.
  • The VAT is £4.67 per share.
  • There will be nothing extra to pay for the syndicate period, no matter what costs are incurred.

Manorbank Pedigree

Manorbank2015 (4 May)Height: 16.3hh { ARCADIO (GER) { MONSUN (GER) { KONIGSSTUHL (GER)
More information on heights

Racehorse Heights

The height of a racehorse is always a hot topic, with trainers, breeders and sales consignors often quick to make assumptions about scope and even ability based on how high a horse stands. A horse is measured in 'hands' (equivalent to four inches) from the ground to the top of the wither.

In general, Flat horses are smaller than Jumps horses, although as with humans, it's impossible to pigeon-hole horses to that extent. New Seeker, a very successful Flat horse for Elite Racing Club, was rejected by many top agents as a yearling as he was considered too big. Standing at almost 17hh, New Seeker proved most judges wrong and won twice at Royal Ascot as well as six other races. Conversely, Alan King trained the diminutive Katchit to win both the Triumph Hurdle and Champion Hurdle. Standing at 'barely 15.2hh', Katchit, would be considered by many to be too small for the Jumps game, but he was one of the most successful hurdlers of his era and had more guts than many of his bigger rivals. Top Notch, one of Nicky Henderson's most successful current inmates, was a very good hurdler and finished fifth in the 2016 Champion Hurdle. A few eyebrows were raised when Nicky sent Top Notch chasing the following season, but the 'tiny' son of Poliglote took to the bigger fences like a duck to water and landed the Grade 2 Oaksey Chase at Sandown in April.

Paul Nicholls is renowned for training top-class chasers and despite Big Buck's' prowess over hurdles, connections were always keen to send him over fences because of his size and scope. However, after a couple of failed attempts, including a high-profile unseating of Sam Thomas in the 2008 Hennessy Gold Cup, Paul decided to shelve the chasing route and stick to hurdles. To look at Big Buck's, he was the classic chaser, but it's possible that his large size (17.1hh) compromised his ability to be athletic over the larger obstacles.

All horses are different and it's wise not to make too many predictions about a horse's future capabilities based on its size, until a horse proves it themselves. It would not be unusual for a 15.2hh horse to have more scope than a 16.2hh horse once on the move. Natural athleticism might mean that a small horse covers more ground than a bigger horse despite that looking unlikely when simply stood up and 'judged'. It's a fascinating subject and as with many things with racehorses, there are seemingly no rules.

Heights of a few famous racehorses:

  • ZENYATTA (dual Breeders Cup Classic winner) - 17.2hh
  • SECRETARIAT (1973 Triple Crown winner) - 16.2hh
  • HYPERION (Derby and St Leger winner) - 15.1hh
  • RED RUM (three-time Grand National winner) - 16.2hh
  • FRANKEL (ten-time Group 1 winner) - 16.1hh
  • MILL REEF (Derby and Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe winner) - 15.2hh

Manorbank Profile

Written on 19 May 2020

Manorbank was purchased from Tattersalls’ Sale at Cheltenham in February and joined EquiPrep shortly afterwards for a spring break. He had been most impressive when winning his only race to date, a National Hunt Flat race (bumper) at Kelso on 27 January. There remains very little form to help assess the quality of this race, but we can analyse Manorbank’s pedigree in detail, before investigating the horses he defeated at Kelso.

Manorbank was foaled in 2015 out of Irish broodmare Kind Word, who eventually won a bumper at Gowran Park in October 2000. She was also placed a couple of times over hurdles afterwards. Her first foal, Status Update, was bred and trained by her owner, C Wilkinson, who trains in Fethard, near Coolmore Stud in Co Tipperary. Status Update won a point-to-point at Lisronagh in May 2012, but did not win ‘under Rules’.

Kind Word was from a family that has produced plenty of winners. Her siblings include Verchoyles Lad, who won three Jumps races and a point-to-point; also The Cushman, who won three stayers’ handicaps on the Flat and two races over hurdles. Roadmaker won two races over hurdles in Ireland, while The Cushroad won a bumper and two hurdle races. The curiously named Hag’s Way won three chases and four point-to-points, and finally Speak Of The Devil won a bumper.

Kind Word’s second foal was much more successful. Lillington, by Westerner, is trained by Colin Tizzard and is named after a village in the Blackmore Vale, like most of the Tizzard family-owned horses. Lillington was beaten several lengths in two bumpers initially, before finishing second from a mark of 110 in his first handicap hurdle, in January 2017. Lillington finished third in his next three handicap hurdles, running with credit on each occasion.

Lillington’s trainer wasted no time in sending him over fences, as he reappeared the following season in a novices’ handicap chase at Fontwell, where his jumping lacked any fluency. Lillington returned to the smaller obstacles for a couple of confidence-boosting runs, before showing considerable promise over fences, at Taunton in February 2018. Lillington won his first race over fences at Newton Abbot in June 2018, when taking full advantage of a low rating of 103. He immediately followed up by ten lengths at Stratford in October, despite a 9lb rise in the weights.

Lillington was clearly improving at a rate of knots, now that his confidence had improved over fences. He finished a creditable fourth from ‘out of the handicap’ (he was not receiving as much weight from the higher-rated horses as he should have, due to being forced to carry the minimum weight of 10st) in a hot race at Cheltenham, behind JP McManus’s Modus. Lillington continued his excellent run of form by winning at Lingfield the following month, which was a fine effort from his new rating of 122.

Lillington then enjoyed a successful spring in 2019, by winning twice at Newbury. He won two Class 3 chases over two miles at the Berkshire track, where jumping well is a necessity. Lillington defied a career-high rating of 128 when recording his latest victory to date, despite carrying 11st12lb. Lillington has been out of form since these Newbury victories, but has already proven himself to be a decent handicap chaser for the formidable Tizzard team.

Manorbank is by Arcadio, who raced successfully in Germany before retiring to stud in Ireland. Arcadio was initially trained by Peter Schiergen, and began his career as a three-year-old in April 2005. After finishing second on debut, Arcadio won his maiden by five lengths, before sauntering clear to win the Group 3 Bavarian Classic by 15 lengths. After this incredible performance, Arcadio started favourite for the German Derby in June 2005, but could only finish third on this occasion. Arcadio signed off for the season by finishing second in the Grosser Dallmayr-Preis to the older Soldier Hollow, who gave weight to his younger rival.

Arcadio reappeared in April 2006 to win a Listed race at Hannover, before he impressed when winning the Group 2 Grosser Mercedes-Benz-Preis at Baden-Baden. In June 2006, Arcadio defeated old foe Solider Hollow from level weights in the Group 2 Pferdewetten Trophy at Cologne, but this race proved his final win, despite changing trainer in 2007. Although he was owned by Gestut Schlenderhan (a German stud), Arcadio was sold and now stands for a mere E3,000 per cover at Arctic Tack Stud in Ireland.

Arcadio’s best foals include The Game Changer, trained by Gordon Elliott. The Game Changer has won 13 races to date, including a bumper, as well as races over hurdles and fences. In the same Gigginstown ownership is Hardline, also trained by Gordon, who has won a Grade 1 Novices’ Chase at Limerick. The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained pair Flying Angel (Grade 1 Manifesto Novices’ Chase winner) and Go Conquer (winner of six races, including in Grade 3 and Listed company), are also very decent and consistent jumpers by Arcadio.

In Manorbank’s race at Kelso, he jumped off in fourth place under Callum Bewley and travelled very well on the outside of the course. The ground looked very testing at the Scottish track, not helped by the race being the final contest of the day. With a circuit to run, Manorbank moved into second place and continued to travel smoothly, despite this being his first racecourse start. Turning into the home straight for the final time, Manorbank swept into the lead with two furlongs to run, coping well with the course’s undulations. He soon went clear, despite showing his inexperience by drifting over to the far side of the course. Manorbank maintained a four length lead to the winning post, ahead of Lady Villanelle in second place (in receipt of 10lbs), and Sol De Mayo in third (in receipt of 14lbs).

Now let’s assess the credentials of the opposition he faced when winning his only race at Kelso. Manorbank finished four lengths ahead of Lady Villanelle, who finished fourth in her only subsequent race; it is fair to assume her race on soft ground at Kelso (behind Manorbank) would have taken plenty out of this four-year-old filly, which may have contributed to this subsequent below-par effort.

In third place was Sol De Mayo, who started favourite on account of his third-place in his previous bumper, at Aintree the previous November. Sol De Mayo has a fascinating profile; he cost just 18,000gns as a three-year-old, despite being by Dubawi out of a Sadler’s Wells mare. He is a half-brother to Bordoni, who won four races from 18 starts and finished fifth in the Galway Hurdle. Godolphin’s Natural Scenery is another half-brother who also won four races, as well as finishing a close second in the Northumberland Plate, third in the Ebor Handicap and fourth at Group 3 level.

The Godolphin-bred Sol De Mayo is out of Argentina, who finished second in the French Oaks and Prix Saint-Alary, both Group 1 races. She was also placed three times at Grade 1 level in the US for Hall of Fame trainer, Bobby Frankel. Even though Sol De Mayo finished 27 lengths behind Manorbank on this occasion, we imagine connections will have high hopes for him going forward, based on the remarkable family he hails from.

A length and a half behind Sol De Mayo was the Richard Fahey-trained Sir Charles Lytton, who was unraced before Kelso and hasn't been seen in public since. Sir Charles Lytton has no less than eight winning siblings and is clearly quite backward, having not made his debut until the age of five, despite his trainer’s excellent reputation with two-year-olds on the Flat.

Fifteen lengths further back was Nick Alexander’s Fernhill Lad, who has four winning siblings, including Westend Story and Port Of Mars. Just a few inches behind Fernhill Lad in last place was Donald McCain’s Master Malachy. All of his five siblings have won at least two races, with his family showing winning form both on the Flat and over Jumps. Master Malachy started second favourite at Kelso, and we imagine his trainer and his leading owner, Tim Leslie, will be hoping for greater things from this four-year-old next season.

When Manorbank has finished his summer holiday, most likely in mid-July, he should move into training with Paul Nicholls in Somerset. Paul needs little introduction to National Hunt racing fans, as he has been Champion Trainer eleven times, and has trained 125 Grade 1 winners in his near thirty-year career. Paul has won the Grand National with Neptune Collonges, and the Cheltenham Gold Cup four times with three different horses; See More Business, Kauto Star and Denman. He won an incredible five King George Chases with Kauto Star, and 18 consecutive races with the near-unbeatable hurdler, Big Buck’s. There are very few major races Paul has not yet won.

Paul has quickly established a fantastic relationship with Owners Group. He trained Sound Investment, the first winner in the now famous mauve and black colours, before building a formidable team of Owners Group horses. Usually present at Owners Group stable visits, Paul is often generous with his time, as visits culminate with a compelling question and answer session with Owners. As well as training some of the best horses in the country, Paul has an exciting blend of unexposed youngsters for Owners Group, as well as some more established stars, like Getaway Trump and Listed winner, Alcala. Paul is renowned for his patient approach to nurture the best from his horses, which we hope will suit the unbeaten Manorbank.

Until Manorbank joins Paul, he is likely to be turned out day and night at EquiPrep, a purpose-built equestrian facility in Wiltshire, run for Wentrow Media by Darrell Scaife (Fellow of the British Horse Society). Darrell boasts a world of experience, having ridden around the notorious Badminton three-day event in his youth. Darrell leaves no stone unturned in preparing each horse in his care to return to their trainer in the best possible shape. This may involve remedial work from the farrier on the horse’s feet, or visits from the physiotherapist or chiropractor to ease any possible aches or pains. Naturally, Darrell’s vet oversees any issues Darrell may have discovered, to help ensure that by the time a horse arrives with the trainer, they can usually fit seamlessly into the trainer’s routine.

Paul is looking forward to Manorbank joining his powerful team, and we hope he will enjoy a successful and exciting first season on the course.

Buy a Share in Manorbank for £28 (inc. VAT)
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What happens at the end of a syndicate term?

There really is no obligation at all after the initial one-off purchase!

All horses have a set syndicate term, which usually lasts for approximately 12 months, although this can vary.

Towards the end of the term, owners will receive a report from the trainer and the team, specifying the horse's prospects going forward and a recommendation on whether we believe the horse should continue into a further term, giving everyone the chance to renew for a further term.

The renewal price is very likely to be cheaper than the price paid to purchase the share(s) in the first instance, as owners will have already paid for their share of the capital of the horse. Therefore, the renewal price just includes the ongoing racing/training fees, management fees, insurance, VAT and the contribution towards the Horse Retirement Fund.

Owners are not obliged to renew their share(s) if they don't wish to, it's completely their choice. Once the syndicate term ends, any relinquished share(s) will automatically be released for sale and if those share(s) sell elsewhere, owners will receive the relevant share capital value of the horse, credited to their account.

If a low number of owners decide to renew their shares, the syndicate may be re-structured (see Terms and Conditions), or the horse may potentially be sold. If a horse is sold, the net sale price will be divided by the number of shares in the syndicate and all owners will receive their share of the net sale price to their account. If the syndicate does not continue into an extended period, any renewal payment for that new period, will be refunded.

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