FAQs

General

What does it cost?
A one-off payment of currently between £59 and £84 covers RacehorseClub membership for the agreed duration in your chosen horse. Membership includes your welcome pack, regular horse reports from the trainer, an opportunity to visit the stables, owners day ballots and video updates.

When the horse runs all members will be entered into a ballot to experience attending the meeting as an owner, this will range from the opportunity to enter the paddock and meet the jockey and trainer to receiving discounted tickets to the meeting.

How many shares are there available in each horse club?
Our target average is 3,000 shares per horse club.

Are there any hidden charges?
No. The price listed per share is a one-off cost for the rest of the horse’s racing career. There is no further commitment and are no recurring costs. Even if your horse races for six years whilst owned by RacehorseClub, once you have paid the one-off fee for your share you can enjoy the journey without the thought of having to pay more money.

Are there any monthly fees?
No. All the costs (including registration fees, training fees, entry fees, gallop fees, transport, jockey, veterinary, farrier, dental and physio fees, mortality insurance etc.) are all covered by the one-off fee. There is absolutely no further payment during the entirety of the horse’s racing career. However, if you wish to watch your horse run in person, and you are not fortunate enough to be allocated an owner’s badge in the ballot, you can choose to go racing under your own steam and will have to purchase admission to the course. We will offer some free and discounted general admission tickets on occasions.

What will I receive for my money?
You will be a member of RacehorseClub and have all the benefits of an owner in your selected horse for the duration of its racing career. You will get that share percentage of prize money. With your club membership, which is included in the share price, you will receive a RacehorseClub members pack which includes a welcome booklet, Club key-ring, Club race day badge, a Club pen, RacehorseClub membership card and an official personalised share certificate. You also get a photograph of your horse with its pedigree on the reverse side.

Do I get a welcome pack with every share I buy?
No. A welcome pack is sent out with the first share purchase only. Existing members that purchase additional shares will not receive additional welcome packs.  They will however receive a new photo and share certificate for each additional share purchased.

Can I buy a share as a gift?
Yes. RacehorseClub gift vouchers make great gifts for friends or family. Purchase a gift voucher from the merchandise page. We will then email the voucher directly to them with a message from you.

Can I add my partner/friend to my account?
No. Each share must be registered in the name of one person only. All shares are non-transferable.

What are RacehorseClub’s objectives?
To make all who purchase a share feel involved in every aspect of the horse from training to race day and to share that enjoyment and experience with other like-minded fans as a first step in racehorse ownership. The price point chosen is designed to make this as accessible as possible whether as a treat to yourself or as the ideal gift.

Can I reclaim the VAT on my share purchase?
No.

Horse updates

How often will I receive an update on my horse?
You will receive regular written updates from the trainer, plus photos and videos of your horse. You will see your entries and declarations as well as receiving race previews and reports, plus much more. All this information about your horse will be in your members area.

When will my horse run?
This will be decided by your trainer.

How much notice do I receive when my horse is going to run?
We will inform members as soon as we receive an entry or declaration update, they will be updated in your private members area. Entries are usually due six days before race day and declarations two days before race day. However, for some of the biggest races of the year, often they close a while before the race is due to be run.

What happens to the prize money won by the RacehorseClub horse in which I have a share?
Prize money is distributed amongst the members in each horse. You will get the prize money share equivalent to the equity percentage that you own in the horse club.

Will I be able to visit the horse at the stables?
Yes. We will arrange stable visits to all our trainers to see the horses. Attendance will be decided by ballot.

Will I be able to attend the racecourse when my horse runs?
We give away owner’s tickets via a ballot done via your private members area account. Even if you are not lucky enough to receive an owner’s ticket, lots of our members will still choose to attend the racecourse to watch their horse run from the stands. We will also be working with racecourses to allow our members to purchase discounted tickets when they have a runner.

If I have multiple shares, do I receive multiple chances in a ballot?
You will receive one chance in any ballot for every share that you own in that horse club. So, if you have five shares you are more likely to win in the ballot as you will have five chances.

What colour silks will the jockey wear?
The official description of RacehorseClub silks is as follows: navy, maroon and yellow geometric shapes, orange collar and cuffs. Depending on which club horse you are in, some horses will wear RacehorseClub silks, and some will wear the silks of our partners.

How do you choose the trainer?
When we purchase a horse in training, we will usually keep it with their current trainer. However, there may be occasions when we decide to send it somewhere else. When purchasing un-raced horses, we will look to send them to the best trainers in the UK and Ireland.


The Club

What is RacehorseClub?
RacehorseClub’s aims is to provide a unique opportunity for regular and causal racing fans to experience the thrill of involvement in some of the calendar's major races with some of the best horses for an affordable outlay. RacehorseClub is a racing club for people who want to pay a fee to experience the benefits of racehorse ownership. Racehorseclub is managed and administered by the club managers and it is Racehorseclub itself as opposed to its members that owns the equity of the horses.

If my horse is sold, do I receive any of the funds?
No.

Will I receive a refund if the horse is injured or not able to race for any reason?
No refund will be provided if a horse does not make it to the racecourse.

Is the horse insured?
All RacehorseClub horses are covered for mortality insurance. We should be able to make a claim in the event of the death of the horse at any point during its racing career. In the event of a claim and RacehorseClub being paid out, all funds received would be distributed amongst the club members, in accordance with the number of shares held.

Is there a set time limit at which a club share ceases to be valid?
RacehorseClub shares last for the duration of the horse’s racing career. At the end of their racing career the share will cease to be valid.

What will happen to the horse when he or she is retired from racing?
Racehorse welfare is a huge priority for RacehorseClub. We will make strenuous efforts to ensure that when a RacehorseClub horse is retired it is found a loving home.

What if my horse does so well on the track that it becomes a stallion or a broodmare? Will my club share allow me any involvement in its breeding career?
No. A club share is active only during a horse’s racing career. RacehorseClub membership will not bring any involvement in subsequent breeding activities.

Questions from members

How can I view my account balance?
Your account balance will be displayed when you log in to your RacehorseClub account.

What can I spend my account balance on?
You can spend your account balance on a new share or on RacehorseClub merchandise. Alternatively, you can withdraw the balance.

How can I change my personal details?
You can change your details via our website, after you have logged in to your members area.

Will I get help organising my day at the races if I have successfully applied for a badge?
A RacehorseClub representative will usually be present whenever a RacehorseClub horse runs. When we allocate your owners badge, we will send you an itinerary and contact details for the day.

What is the dress code at the racecourse?
Different racecourses vary. Details can be found on the racecourse’s websites.

If I win an owners' badge, can I bring a guest with me?
Yes. We will ensure that two tickets are available, so you get the chance to enjoy the experience with a member of your family or a friend.

Which parts of the racecourse does an owner’s badge give me access to?
More or less anywhere, including the paddock, to meet your trainer and jockey when your horse is parading before the race, as well as bars and restaurants restricted to owners and trainers.

How is my RacehorseClub membership fee broken down?
Example (Potters Corner):

Purchase price £10.20
Training fees £1.80
Insurance £2.60
Veterinary, physio, dental £0.10
RacehorseClub membership (including welcome pack) £23.00
Management fees and company running costs £24.80
Total £62.50
VAT £12.50
Total £75.00

 

How do I contact RacehorseClub?
Please contact us via our contact form. We aim to answer all emails within 24 hours. Alternatively please call our helpline on +44 (0)78 8441 8510. Our office hours are Monday – Friday, 9:30 – 17:30.