Thoroughbred Daily News have reported that
respected bloodstock agent John Warren has signed for four sons of High Chaparral
during Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, two of which will form
a new Anglo-Australian syndicate for the successful Highclere Thoroughbred
"We already have two or three Australian owners in Highclere and, with more Aussies coming over each year to support their horses at Royal Ascot, we thought a dual-hemisphere syndicate might work," said Warren's brother-in-law and partner in Highclere, Harry Herbert, who added that the intention is to race the horses in England at two and three before shipping them to Australia to continue their careers under the management of Mark Player.
"William Haggas and Sir Michael Stoute will train the horses initially, and Gai Waterhouse and Peter Moody are our trainers in Australia. We may also buy a proven horse or two and hopefully build up a good string."
The progeny of High Chaparral (pictured) are an obvious choice for such a scheme given his overwhelming success in the Southern Hemisphere where he has sired the likes of So You Think, Descarado, Shoot Out, Monaco Consul and It's a Dundeel.
Established in 1992, Highclere Thoroughbred Racing has become Europe's most successful ownership company and has been associated with Group I stars such as Harbinger and Motivator, so their foray into and Anglo- Australian venture will be watched closely.
The four colts by High Chaparral purchased by Warren at this sale are as follows.
Lot 1122 Colt High Chaparral x Summerhill Parkes 125,000 gns
Lot 1168 Colt High Chaparral x Tipsy Me 80,000 gns
Lot 1175 Colt High Chaparral x Trebles 52,000 gns
Lot 1303 Colt High Chaparral x Arctic Freedom 30,000 gns