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Stowe 100 Racing Club

Building on the success of the Old Stoic Racing Clubs, which launched in 2017, we are excited to invite you to have a share in three horses all trained by Old Stoic trainers. This comes at a time where many of us will be celebrating Stowe's Centenary in 2023 and, now seems as good a time as any to showcase our support to the many Old Stoics working within the racing industry. 

The Stowe 100 Racing Club will be launched formally at the OS Day on 10 September 2022. In the meantime, we are delighted to share more about our exciting plans here. 

There has been lots of interest so far across the Stowe Community and we hope this will continue to grow as the launch date draws closer. 


The timeline will be to have a national hunt (jumps) horse running for the Club from October 2022 to April 2023 and this horse will be trained by Alex Hales (Chandos 92) just outside Banbury. 

Then there will be two flat horses taking up the mantle from May to October 2023 trained by two OS trainers, Jonathan Portman (Chatham 83) and a new trainer for us in Ed Bethell (Cobham 12) based up in Middleham in Yorkshire.

What will you receive?

Please click on the link to watch a promotional video which explains more about the Club. 

A flavour of what you will receive as a member of the 100 Club:

  • Entry into a ballot for owners badges when your horse races
  • Box hospitality at certain meetings
  • Visits to all three trainer yards to watch the 100 Club horses work on the gallops as well as a private tour from the trainer
  • Regular progress emails, photos and videos of your horses with a private log in to The Racing Manager (TRM).

TRM is the definitive online platform for managing and enjoying racehorse ownership, bringing all members of the racing community together. They streamline communication, administration, and regulation into one digital hub, bringing owners closer to the action than ever before.

  •  Invitation to join our private Old Stoic Racing Club Facebook page
  • An invitation for you and a guest to the annual end of season lunch back at Stowe
  • A percentage share in all prize money generated by both horses
  • Invitations to 100 Club events including preview evenings and other social events across the country


How Much?

For a manageable outlay of less than £100 per month you can own a share in these three horses. 

What will my returns be?
The best way to look at the return on your outlay is what enjoyment, new experiences and friendships you develop. Seeing your horse canter past you on a crisp winter’s morning can be worth far more than worrying about how much prize money you may or may not win.

With so many members, 1% per person returns of prize money will not pay for your next holiday however if you can anything recoup between 10%-20% of your outlay then we all will have done well.

The 100 Racing Club Committee will endeavour to run your horses in races where they have the best chance of performing to their maximum ability.

 Supporting the Stowe's CHANGE 100 Campaign?

Our racing syndicate have donated to this initiative since our inception and to date have raised just over £20,000 to enable more children to experience a Stowe education.

The Stowe 100 RacingClub wants to continue in this vein and will include a £100 donation from each share sold to this campaign.

Members will also have the opportunity to learn how their donations have positively impacted the pupils. 

 Who is it aimed at?

 Essentially anyone connected to the school either currently or in the past. So pupils, parents and staff are all welcome.

We are encouraging as many under 50s to take part as they aren’t currently that represented in racehorse ownership however if you are a little older than that, please don’t think we won’t welcome you. 

The 100 Club have a busy calendar of events lined up with lots of fun guaranteed on and off the course with some Stowe connections in the hospitality industry.

Who is running the 100 Club?

The Club is being spearheaded by Henry Kimbell (Chandos 04) who has been running our other Old Stoic Racing Clubs since their inception.

Henry and the three trainers will be the principal decision makers around which horses the Club leases, their races and the ongoing management of the Club’s activities on the course.

Furthermore, Henry is also supported with the communication to members and the organization of events away from the course by an excellent OS Committee who cover a range of year groups, and all have an interest in the sport, Stowe and the success of this venture.

Our continued thanks to:

Henry Macpherson (Cobham 13)

Edward Ruggles-Brise (Bruce 04)

Thomasina Sandys (née Boddy, Nugent 89)

Anna Semler (Nugent 05)

Mailing List

There will be more news on our first horse very soon however if you would like to be added to our mailing list so you are the first to know when shares are available then again please contact the Old Stoic Office.

oldstoic@stowe.co.uk or 01280 818000.

How to keep updated?

Follow the latest news of our current syndicates and horses via the Old Stoic Racing Club group on Facebook and @StoweRacing on Twitter. 

Our success to date

By the end of our fourth season we had experienced significant success for a small syndicate.  

Bourbon Beauty – winner of the Grade 2 Mares Final at Newbury, March 2021

Mild Illusion – winner of the Listed Bosra Sham Stakes at Newmarket, November 2019

Sweet Reward – Three time winner during the 2021 season

About Your Trainers

Edward Bethell (Cobham 12) FLAT

Ed comes from a family steeped in racing having been assistant to his father, James Bethell. Ed took over at the family's Thorngill Stables in Middleham in 2021 and already has sent out a Group 3 and a Listed winner. This will be his first association with our Racing Club but he will certainly a different geographic and age dynamic. 

To read more about Ed's stables please click here. 

Alex Hales (Chandos 92) NATIONAL HUNT

Alex trains near Banbury just a few miles from Stowe. He was our first trainer and nearly gave the Old Stoic Racing Club a winner with it's first ever runner with Topper Thornton agonisingly going down by a short head at Carlisle in 2017! 

Since then he has overseen the excellent career of Bourbon Beauty who scored in the Stowe colours in the Grade 2 Mares Final at Newbury in 2021. This victory created a Stowe bred, owned, trained and ridden (Harry Bannister - Chatham 12) winner - some feat! 

In 2022, Alex secured his first Grade 1 victory in the opening race of the Grand National meeting thanks to Millers Bank. 

To read more about Alex's stables please click here. 

Jonathan Portman (Chatham 83) FLAT

Jonny trains in Lambourn and has held a licence since 1998. He has trained some top-level winners during his career included the well-known Mrs Danvers for the Turf Club as well as winners at Royal Ascot. 

The Old Stoic Racing Club have benefited from his talents through Mild Illusion. Purchased for just 1000 guineas, she took all before her in 2019 winning three races from eight starts including the Listed Bosra Sham Stakes at Newmarket. 

To read more about Jonny's stables please click here.