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The most successful syndicators in harness racing

08:00 AM 20 Feb 2016 NZDT
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Changeover and his owners after the Great Northern Derby win Syndicate members line up for the photo at Alexandra Park after the win of their horse The Faithful on 31-12-2015
Changeover and his owners after the Great Northern Derby win
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Syndicate members line up for the photo at Alexandra Park after the win of their horse The Faithful on 31-12-2015

Syndication, or shared ownership, is fast becoming the most popular means for people to race horses these days.

In the harness racing code, the most successful in this area, has been the Auckland Trotting Club syndicates, in fact it’s syndication of yearling pacers over an 18-year period, has been called “the most successful horse racing syndication programme in the world”.

 The ATC Syndicates have had 37 winners from 43 horses to the races (an amazing 86% winners-to-starters), for a total of 205 wins and 316 placings and $8,934,175 in stakes, bonuses & sales – truly a phenomenal success story.

The Auckland Trotting Club (Inc.) as an authorised syndicator has over the last eighteen years formed sixteen syndicates, each comprising either 40 or 50 shares and each racing two, three or four horses. 

These horses were all purchased by the respective selected prominent trainers at the Yearling Sales and have been, or are currently, raced by the various ATC Syndicates.

To date, all sixteen syndicates have proved, or are proving very successful.

From the very first A.T.C Trot Power Syndicate, to the most recently formed Auckland Trotting Club 2016 Syndicate, they have raced such successful horses as:

Matai Mackenzie (6 wins, $302,676, winner of the Group 1 NZ 2 Year Old Championship, Group 2 NZ Welcome Stakes, Group 1 NZ Sires Stakes 2YO Final, Group 1 Great Northern Derby, and named 1999/2000 NZ 2 Year Old of the Year)

Linford Christie (6 wins, $72,732, including 2nd placing in a heat of the 2005 InterDominion Series)

Awesome Armbro (19 wins, $648,754)

Changeover (29 wins, $2,426,765 – winner of 6 Group 1 races including the $1.2m 2008 NZ Cup, NZ Derby, Northern Derby, Australasian Breeders Crown 3YO C&G Final, 3 & 4YO Harness Jewels, named NZ 3YO & 5YO of the Year and then sold to stand at stud)

Spy (10 wins, $102,431)

Kobe Bryant (7 wins, $123,700)

Tintin In America (16 wins, $934,305, including five Group 1 wins, the NZ Sires Stakes 2YO Final, the 3 & 4YO Harness Jewels, the Australasian Breeders Crown 3YO C&G Final and the NZ Messenger Championship, setting an incredible 5 NZ Records)

Charge Forward (8 wins, $97,413, winner of a NZ Sires Stakes Heat, setting a NZ 2YO Record)

Major Star (8 wins, $117,099 a winner as a 2YO in Australia) 

Ideal Belle (7 wins, $195,266, including the Group 1 NZ Oaks)

4 ATC Syndicates have grossed over $500,000 and 10 of the ATC Syndicate horses have won over $100,000 each, having won a NZ Cup, 3 Derbies, 2 Sires Stakes Finals, 4 Harness Jewels, 2 Australasian Breeders Crown Finals, a NZ Oaks, an Inter Dominion Championship Series Consolation, etc and have set 10 NZ Records.

Changeover was the first horse in history to become a "Dual Jewels Winner" and was retired to stud as the highest stake earning entire in NZ history.  Tintin In America was also a "Dual Jewels Winner".

ATC Syndicates have spent $1,307,500 at the Yearling Sales, with last year’s syndicate formation selling out in the quickest time ever – an amazing 10 days and all 50 shares were sold.

The ATC Syndicates have turned over more than $12,923,089 in the industry and involved more than 616 people directly in Harness Racing ownership and figures show that if you had been a member of all 16 ATC Syndicates to date, you would currently be showing a very healthy 478% return, with three 2-year-olds still to commence their racing careers.

Syndicate members have come from all over New Zealand, as well as the USA, Canada, England, Japan, Australia (Victoria, NSW, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia) and even Iceland.

There are currently three ATC Syndicates in existence, as once the last horse in each syndicate is sold they are disbanded, with all current syndicate horses showing potential and each of these syndicates is looking forward to further promising results in the near future.

Already last year’s Syndicate has two 2-year-old’s that are showing some considerable promise.

This is an amazingly successful entry level way to enjoy the thrill of harness racing as an owner and by being part of a syndicate, you will get to enjoy the thrill of owning and racing harness racehorses and of being very involved in Harness Racing, initially at Alexandra Park and the wider Auckland/Waikato area and quite possibly even venturing further afield in New Zealand and Australia.

Advantages of being part of a larger syndicate include; the comparatively low costs, the opportunity to share in the ownership of well bred horses trained by some of the country’s best trainers, making new friendships with like-minded people, total involvement in the Harness Racing industry and the chance to participate in social events and travel throughout the year.

This year the Auckland Trotting Club is to once again follow its successful formula by purchasing three further richly bred yearlings for syndication. 

At this year’s Australasian Classic Yearling Sale the Auckland Trotting Club 2017 Syndicate’s three yearlings are to be selected by the top trainers Brian Hughes, Steven Reid & Simon McMullan, and John & Josh Dickie.

The share price will be finalised after the yearlings are purchased, but historically for around $2,000 (including Sales Series Payments & the first 12 months insurance of each horse) you get a 1/50 share in the ownership of the three yearlings and then a monthly fee of only $160.00 (less than $37/week) per share covers all costs.

Involvement in this latest Auckland Trotting Club 2017 Syndicate has huge potential to provide many hours of fun, excitement and entertainment, so if you wish to join or obtain further information, you can contact the Manager, Rob Carr on any of the numbers below.

Phone (09) 291-9034 ----- mobile: (021) 227-6444 ----- email:


The Auckland Trotting Club Incorporated is an authorised syndicator under the code of practice regulating Standardbred syndication which is administered by Harness Racing New Zealand

Rob Carr


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