The late Henry Ponsonby was the pioneer of racehorse syndicate ownership over 45 years ago and founder of Shefford Bloodstock Services, known in more recent years as HP Racing.
Ahead of the field in many respects, Henry was a unique irrepressible character, whose enthusiasm for racing and belief that life should be lived to the full, made his syndicate ownership a fun and enjoyable experience, run in a professional and fair way. Henry very sadly died in September 2022 and is a huge loss to racing, but he would be very proud that his legacy lives on…
HP Racing syndicates have tasted success at most of the top festivals such as Cheltenham, Aintree,
York, Goodwood and in recent years an exciting double at Royal Ascot, with Scarlet Dragon and Who
Dares Wins, which helped boost the careers of current top jockeys Hollie Doyle and Tom Marquand.
HP Racing is now in the safe hands of Liz Rutter, who worked alongside Henry for 26 years and Fiona Marner, an expert in the thoroughbred bloodstock world, based near Lambourn.
Former Flat trainer, Harry Dunlop, is very much a key member of the team and a great asset with his formidable racing background and experience. Harry assists with the running of the syndicates and also works closely with leading bloodstock agent Anthony Bromley of Highflyer Bloodstock, in sourcing potential new stars to run under the HP Racing banner.
Eve Johnson Houghton (principal Flat trainer)
“For years there has been wonderment at the high level of success that Henry Ponsonby, a pioneer of owners’ syndicates, has managed to maintain.”
Corneilius Lysaght, The Times
“He is successful because he makes racing fun for people whilst maintaining correct business principles and of course there is more than a whiff of excitement, even danger. He is in short a larger than life character whose ethos ‘work hard, play hard’ is bringing satisfaction to a lot of people.”
Ian Carnaby, The Sports Adviser
“Thank you once again for a fabulous day. We keep thinking it can’t get better but it does. Our horse ran so well and it was so exciting. We had an exceptional day as it was our first visit to Royal Ascot.”