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Racehorse Syndicate


Syndicate end date:
01 JUNE 2022
Buy a Share for £31 (inc. VAT)

Proclaimer is a four-year-old bay gelding by Free Eagle who retired to stud at the end of 2015 after a highly successful career at distances between 1m and 1m 4f.

Proclaimer has enjoyed a trouble-free spring and Julie Camacho is hopeful that he might be ready for his first run of the season shortly. Julie reports him to be moving and working well and she feels that he has every chance of building on his sole win to date, which was achieved on the all-weather at Newcastle as a two-year-old.

Proclaimer is in training with Julie Camacho in Malton, North Yorkshire. Julie is enjoying an excellent season and has already trained a Group 3 winner, in the shape of top-notch sprinter, Judicial.

This syndicate term lasts until 1 June 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 3,000 shares and each share costs £31 (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 £31. The full price breakdown is:
  • The capital value of Proclaimer is £10,000, which works out as £3.33 per share.
  • Our management and service provision fee is set at £13.23 per share.
  • The all-inclusive racing/training cost is set at £9.00 per share.
  • The cost for mortality insurance is £0.10 per share.
  • The Racehorse Rehabilitation contribution is £0.17 per share.
  • The VAT is £5.17 per share.
  • There will be nothing extra to pay for the syndicate period, no matter what costs are incurred.

Proclaimer Pedigree

Proclaimer2017 (1 April)Height: 15.2hh { FREE EAGLE { HIGH CHAPARRAL (IRE) { SADLER'S WELLS (USA)
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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

Proclaimer Profile

Written on 6 April 2020

On 18 December, Proclaimer produced an impressive turn of foot to register his first win, a 6f nursery at Newcastle, a race which also marked his handicap debut. The success wasn't entirely unexpected as he was one of the more fancied runners, at each-way odds (SP 15/2), and Julie's Star Cottage string had been among the winners in the weeks leading up to the race. On the back of this promising success, what can we expect from the now three-year-old son of Free Eagle in 2020?

One of the most encouraging aspects of his win was that the race was only the fourth racecourse appearance of Proclaimer's short career to date, suggesting there could be further improvement to come. Although he hadn't been placed in any of the three races that preceded his Newcastle win, Proclaimer had undoubtedly shown promise, including on his debut, when he finished seventh in a 6f novice stakes at Doncaster.

Perhaps best known as the venue for Britain's oldest Classic, the St Leger, Doncaster's Town Moor racecourse frequently attracts entrants from the country's leading training yards. The race in which Proclaimer made his racing debut, on 20 July, was no exception. Although only nine runners went to post at Doncaster, the pre-race and post-race form is very interesting. The winner, Stone Circle, had finished an encouraging fourth at Windsor on his debut two starts earlier, in a race also marked the first appearance on a racecourse of another Owners Group two-year-old, Hexagon, who went on to win before the season's end. The Windsor race was won by the smart Golden Horde, who by the time of Proclaimer's debut at Doncaster, had finished fifth in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot. Golden Horde would later win the Group 2 Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and be placed twice at Group 1 level before the end of 2019, including a fine second in the Middle Park Stakes.

Although Stone Circle didn't match Golden Horde's curve of improvement, following his Doncaster success, he was fourth in a decent nursery handicap at Glorious Goodwood (two runners went on to be placed in valuable sales races), before he improved to win a £135k sales race at The Curragh, Ireland.

Those finishing immediately behind Stone Circle at Doncaster were also above average. The runner-up, Atheeb, won a Haydock novice next time out, and finished his 2019 campaign on an official rating of 80. Better was to come from the third-placed Embolden, who improved steadily through the summer, but made his mark in the autumn on heavy ground, winning a 7f novice at Redcar's Two-Year-Old Trophy meeting in early October, before stepping up again to finish a good fifth in the Group 3 Horris Hill Stakes at Newmarket, which earned him an official rating of 91. The fifth and sixth-placed horses also finished 2019 as winners, and it would be remiss not to mention the eighth-placed Maurice Dancer, also trained by Julie and owned by Owners Group's sister company, Elite Racing Club. Like Proclaimer, Maurice Dancer looked in need of the experience at Doncaster, but he improved thereafter and got off the mark in a nursery handicap at Wolverhampton in December.

Proclaimer's next race was a 6f novice stakes at Redcar on 31 July. Held up at the rear, he progressed in the closing stages to finish sixth of the 13 runners, which included Dutch Decoy, who finished second and some months later, was purchased at the Tattersalls Horses In Training Sale to join Owners Group. Dutch Decoy is also of interest as he was the only horse other than Proclaimer to have been drawn low and finish in the first six home. In terms of runners' subsequent form, this race wasn't as fruitful as Doncaster, but Dutch Decoy went on to win next time out and was then a good fifth in a competitive nursery handicap at Ayr's Gold Cup meeting, while the seventh-placed Lasting Legacy won a 7f fillies' maiden at Newcastle next time out.

Having looked as though he was possibly outpaced at the close of his races, the switch to the stiff uphill finish of Carlisle for Proclaimer's third race was a logical move, but he couldn't get involved from off the pace and finished eighth. While the form of the race was OK (the standout horse was the third-placed Ainsdale, trained by Karl Burke, who progressed to win three nursery handicaps in a row, and ended 2019 on a very good official rating of 98), jockey Cam Hardie reported that he felt Proclaimer had hated the drying, tacky ground. Cam's view was warranted in the week that followed the run, when assistant trainer Steve Brown (who was initially disappointed with Proclaimer's performance) noted Proclaimer to not be moving as well as he usually did on his off-hind. Steve felt it likely that the tacky ground had probably pulled Proclaimer about and it would be sensible to give him a short break.

After an all-clear from the vet, Proclaimer resumed exercise in mid-September and was ready to run in early December. His return to action had been delayed on more than one occasion in the autumn by bad weather ruling the gallops out of action, but having pleased Julie and Steve in his work at home in November, and with the stable's physio happy with his well-being, all was pointing in the right direction for Proclaimer.

One of the other points noted after Proclaimer's Carlisle run was that he didn't enjoy the undulating nature of the track at the Cumbrian racecourse, so by the time he was ready to run, Julie and Steve were considering races on the all-weather; Newcastle's straight all-weather course was felt to be the most suitable venue. After ruling out a race at Newcastle's Gosforth Park course in early December as being too competitive, they declared Proclaimer for the 6f nursery handicap on 18 December. As Julie noted in her weekly report prior to the race, they went down the handicap route, rather than persisting in maidens or novice stakes races in the hope of finding easier races, contested by 'exposed' horses (i.e. horses who have run several times and look unlikely to improve beyond what they have already shown).

Racing off a handicap rating of 65, Proclaimer was held up at the rear as in his previous races, and initially looked a little outpaced, before finishing very well inside the last furlong to win by a nose. The runner-up, Ballyare, was a rare Flat runner (and stable debutant) for Scottish Jumps trainer Lucinda Russell. Like Proclaimer, he was also a handicap debutant, having shown little in Ireland for his previous trainer. Fitted with a tongue-tie for the first time, Ballyare's second at Newcastle (also off an opening mark of 65) is his best performance to date, while the third-placed Gold Brocade went up 2lb after the Newcastle race and won next time at Lingfield, and was placed twice in his next three starts.

Proclaimer went up 3lb to an official mark of 68, following the Newcastle win, and in assessing his likely prospects for this season, one of the questions is whether he can cope with a 3lb rise when racing resumes in the coming months? The key to unlocking further improvement could be stepping Proclaimer up in trip, which looks entirely feasible, given what he has shown on the racecourse and according to his excellent pedigree.

The sire of Proclaimer, Free Eagle, is a relatively new stallion, having retired to stud at the end of 2015 after a highly successful career at distances between 1m and 1m 4f. However, it was at 1m 2f, at three and four years, that the Dermot Weld-trained son of High Chaparral came into his own. At the end of 2014, he was a close third to Noble Mission (Frankel's full-brother) in the Group 1 Champion Stakes, surpassing that form with victory in the Group 1 Prince Of Wales's Stakes (defeating French Derby winner The Grey Gatsby) at Royal Ascot the following season. Three months later, he was a close third behind the brilliant Golden Horn in the Irish Champion Stakes.

It was only in 2019 that Free Eagle's first crop of two-year-olds hit the racecourse, with the Ger Lyons-trained Justifier (106-rated and Listed winner and Group-placed) leading the way, in terms of profile. While the amount of evidence is limited, given his relatively few runners on the track, it's interesting to note that Free Eagle's greatest concentration of winners seems to be at distances between 7f and 1m 1f, which is as you might expect from a stallion that 'found his feet' during his own racing career at three and four years. His first crop are only three years of age now, many of whom - but for the suspension of racing - would surely have probably been running at 1m 1f or further by now. Free Eagle currently stands at the Irish National Stud for an advertised fee of €12,500, which could conceivably rise sharply if his now-three-year-olds start to come into their own once racing resumes this season.

On the distaff (female) side of his pedigree, Proclaimer is from a very successful family. His dam, Pious, won once (a 6f Leicester handicap at three years) from seven starts for her trainer James Fanshawe, but despite this average Flat form (was rated 72 at her peak), she has been an incredibly reliable producer of Flat winners for major owner-breeders, Cheveley Park Stud. It could be argued that this is contrary to expectation, as Pious is actually from quite a successful Jumps family (one of her elder half-siblings was the prolific (inc. Graded) hurdles winner, Teaatral), but there's no disputing her progeny's achievements over the last 10+ years.

No fewer than 14 of Pious' foals have raced to date. Remarkably, all have won at least one race. Given that her first foal, Blithe, was foaled in 2004, this is an incredibly consistent record of success over many years, with 13 years between Blithe and her latest winner, Proclaimer. However, this consistency hasn't come at the expense of quality; Pious' standout progeny are undoubtedly the Lincoln winner Penitent, who progressed to win multiple Listed and Group races at 7f to 1m, and Supplicant, the winner of the 6f Mill Reef Stakes (Group 2) at two years of age. Others of note include Divine Call (11 wins) and Solemn (10 wins), and also Dalton, a good handicapper who has been successfully trained by Julie and the team at Star Cottage over the past two seasons.

Unlike Free Eagle's own race record, the amazing tally of wins of Proclaimer's siblings has been collectively achieved at distances of (mostly) 6f to 1m. So, while Proclaimer's win at the end of last year suggested he has the speed to win over six furlongs, Julie expects him to start off over a stiff 6f or an easy 7f in 2020, but thinks he could get a mile in time, although this depends on what he shows this season. While his optimum distance can really only be ascertained on the racecourse, Julie is confident that he has progressed from 2019 into 2020, through his work at home and physical appearance, as he has strengthened up over the winter.

Part of the reason for that physical improvement could also be the fact that Proclaimer was gelded after his Newcastle win. The reason for this was that Julie and Steve, as part of their general training method, frequently turn out horses in the paddocks from the spring onwards, which helps the horses' mental and physical well-being, and geldings are a lot easier to turn out in the fields than colts. As well as providing the respiratory benefits of having greater exposure to fresh air, turn-out time also helps horses to switch off and relax, and thereby helps them to retain their physical condition.

Buy a Share in Proclaimer for £31 (inc. VAT)
No monthly costsThere are NO monthly costs and there will be NO other requests for payment during the syndicate period.
GREAT GIFT IDEA! We can either post the welcome pack to the purchaser, or directly to the recipient.

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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