Monday 22nd of July 2024

Chelsea Thoroughbreds

Without doubt one of the most animated days out in the British social season is racing, how might one come down from the stands and gain access to the winner’s circle? Is it possible to jump the barrier between racetrack visitor and racehorse owner? 

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chelsea thoroughbred

Yes it is; thanks to The Chelsea Thoroughbreds racing syndicate, offering prospective buyers with a lifestyle that brings the racing experience into a living reality.

Chelsea Thoroughbreds is leading the charge as one of the newest syndicates to appear in the racing community, it began in 2014, long time racehorse owner James Ramsden was introduced to investment banker Richard Morecombe through family members, who together had seen about 300 winners cross their paths, and developed strong affiliations with the leading trainers and stakeholders in the industry. 

The pair acquired the Sydney Arms Pub in the heart of Chelsea, where their passion for flatracing would foster a new breed of racing syndicate. 

James Ramsden explains:

“The Ramsden family has always been passionate about racing, as my parents were trainers, my brother now trains in South Africa and my sister is a Channel Four presenter. I met my business partner, Richard Morecombe, and decided to buy The Sydney Arms initially. Today, Chelsea Thoroughbreds continues to have a unique base, a clubhouse, where our members can meet and talk about their horses and their experiences in the syndicate.”

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With James’s hospitality background and Richard’s City background, the pair realised quite quickly that there was an opportunity to rein in the Chelsea community, as it were, and provide something incredibly accessible in Central London that people could enjoy and explore in a relaxed and social environment.

Since the economic crisis in 2008, the horse racing business has had a tough time. It is no coincidence that the market for racehorses hit a low in 2009 as disposable incomes dried up and belts were tightened across the board. However, the reigns have loosened up a little and people are spending their money on having fun once more. 

As the economy continues to recover, the syndicate and partnerships system is the only method of ownership in racing that has grown in the past 2 years – according to Racehorse Owners Association and British Horse Racing Authority. Now celebrating a second anniversary, Chelsea Thoroughbreds has indeed grown alongside this trend in national syndicate racing.

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