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Harry Herbert

Founder, Chairman and Managing Director

Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Ltd

Newbury, UK


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Harry Herbert’s Biography

Harry Herbert is the Chairman, Managing Director and Founder of Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Ltd, and a highly regarded figure in the racing world.

Harry established Highclere Thoroughbred Racing in 1992. The company very soon became a leader in the field of racehorse syndication and has been providing owners with an economical way to enjoy racing at the highest level for over three decades. When purchasing yearlings for the syndicate Harry works closely with his brother-in-law, John Warren, who is based at Highclere Stud and was Queen Elizabeth II’s Bloodstock and Racing Advisor.

As managers of The Royal Ascot Racing Club, Highclere Thoroughbred Racing was responsible for Motivator, the winner of the Derby in 2005.

Harry made his start in the bloodstock industry in the United States in the early 1980s when he researched pedigrees for Bloodstock Research Information Systems, a firm that revolutionised data in horse breeding and racing. He later worked for The Matchmaker Group, a business that specialised in bloodstock sales, finance and promotion.

Harry returned to the United...
Harry Herbert is the Chairman, Managing Director and Founder of Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Ltd, and a highly regarded figure in the racing world.

Harry established Highclere Thoroughbred Racing in 1992. The company very soon became a leader in the field of racehorse syndication and has been providing owners with an economical way to enjoy racing at the highest level for over three decades. When purchasing yearlings for the syndicate Harry works closely with his brother-in-law, John Warren, who is based at Highclere Stud and was Queen Elizabeth II’s Bloodstock and Racing Advisor.

As managers of The Royal Ascot Racing Club, Highclere Thoroughbred Racing was responsible for Motivator, the winner of the Derby in 2005.

Harry made his start in the bloodstock industry in the United States in the early 1980s when he researched pedigrees for Bloodstock Research Information Systems, a firm that revolutionised data in horse breeding and racing. He later worked for The Matchmaker Group, a business that specialised in bloodstock sales, finance and promotion.

Harry returned to the United Kingdom in 1984 to represent Matchmaker in Europe. He went on to set up HMH Management Ltd, his own thoroughbred management company, offering promotional and advisory services to the bloodstock industry.

In addition to his role at Highclere Racing, Harry is a Director of Newbury Racecourse and a member of The Jockey Club.
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Best equine experts for high-net-worth individuals in 2024

Harry Herbert is featured on the Spear’s Index of the best equine experts for high-net worth individuals in the UK.

Country and Town House
Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Offers Innovative & Successful Racehorse Syndicates

Highclere Thoroughbred Racing is an entry in Country and Town House's 2024 Great British Brands book.

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Harry Herbert’s Background

Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Ltd
Founder, Chairman and Managing Director
Jan 1992 - Present
West Woodhay, UK
Highclere Thoroughbred Racing specialises in racehorse syndicates, bringing together groups of individuals to share in top-quality horses. Highclere is one of the most successful racehorse ownership companies currently operating in Europe.
 

Other Business Interests

The Royal Ascot Racing Club
Racing Manager
Jan 1998 - Present
Ascot, UK
Highclere Thoroughbred Racing looks after the Royal Ascot Racing Club’s horses, including Motivator, the winner of the 2005 Derby.
 
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Saudi Cup
Global Ambassador
2019 - 2020
Riyadh, SA
Harry acted as Global Ambassador of the inaugural Saudi Cup which was held on February 29th 2020. It was the most valuable horse race ever held with prize money of $20 million.
 

Current Board Positions

Newbury Racecourse
Director
Jan 2010 - Present
Newbury, UK
Harry Herbert is one of the Directors of Newbury Racecourse. The venue is over a century old and offers everything a modern events and sporting site can while celebrating its heritage.
 

Previous Advisory Roles

Cartier
Racing Consultant
Jan 1990 - 2021
Ascot, UK
Harry is Racing Consultant to Cartier and host of the Cartier Racing Awards, known as the Oscars of European Racing and usually held at The Dorchester in London.
 
Al Shaqab Racing
Racing Advisor
Nov 2013 - Apr 2018
Newbury, UK
Harry acted as Racing Advisor to HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani's Al Shaqab Racing which involved the management of 200 horses in training in UK, France, Qatar and the USA.
 

Media

Highclere Thoroughbred Racing's Yearling Parade 2023
Video
Oct 2023
Highclere Thoroughbred Racing’s 2023 Yearling Parade which was live-streamed on Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd October. Syndicate enquiries can be directed to Highclere Thoroughbred Racing.
 

Interviews

Affording The Sport Of Kings
Interviewee
Feb 2023
Harry Herbert discusses the thrill of owning a racehorse, and explains how it doesn't have to be a costly venture.
 
Harry Herbert talks about his career in the bloodstock industry
Sep 2022
Harry discusses the people and events that have influenced his life in horseracing.
 

Features

A Day at the Royal Ascot Racing Club
Mar 2023
The Hon Harry Herbert, Royal Ascot Racing Club’s Racing Manager, discusses the history, traditions and facilities of the club.
 

Memberships

The Jockey Club
Member
Jan 1999 - Present
London, UK
Harry has been a member of The Jockey Club since 1999. Drawing on his knowledge and experience he, along with its other members, is committed to helping The Jockey Club achieve its vision.
 

Awards & Recognition

Spear's best equine experts for high-net-worth individuals
Apr 2024
Harry Herbert was included in Spear's index of the 19 best equine experts for HNWIs in the UK.
 

Harry Herbert’s Education

Eton College
1972 - 1976