Getting Started

Trainers and syndicators regularly buy yearlings at the sales, which they hope to sell on to existing or new clients. So, if it is a partnership or a share in a syndicate that you are seeking, start by jumping online and visiting the websites of a couple of trainers or syndicators you are familiar with. Look at what horses they have on offer and then call, or send an email, and make some enquiries.

You can also add your name to their mailing lists, that way you’ll be notified when new horses become available. It’s also a great way to learn more about ownership and keep up to date with events and open days.

If you’ve decided to go down the route of micro ownership, most companies will allow you to buy into a horse directly their site.

However, if sole ownership is your goal or you are looking at a more complex investment strategy involving breeding stock, we suggest you seek expert advice from a bloodstock agent.

The Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia is an established alliance of accredited members who are available to assist in all bloodstock matters. Agents are often paid by commission on what they buy but they can also be engaged and paid for their time.

See more at the FBA Website
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Some important questions to ask

The better informed you are when becoming an owner, the more likely you are to enjoy the experience.

Here are some handy questions you can ask when making enquires:

  • If you’re approaching a trainer, what is their daily training rate?
  • How often can you expect communication about your horse?
  • Will you get your name published in the race book and be entitled to owners’ tickets on race day?
  • Can you visit the stable?
  • What type of racing does the trainer think the horse is best suited to? For example, does it look like an early two-year old type or will it need time to mature and develop.
  • If you’re approaching a syndicator, ask them about their fees.
  • If you have to sell your share, what will be the process?

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