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Hugh Bonneville

Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville will take a step into ownership next year as part of the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing syndicate.

The British actor, who plays Lord Grantham in the popular ITV drama, will have a share in two horses - a Fastnet Rock filly trained by Richard Hannon and a Danehill Dancer colt with Sir Michael Stoute.

"I am thrilled to become an owner with Highclere. I thought it was about time I became properly educated in the Sport of Kings," said Bonneville, who also appeared in Notting Hill and Twenty Twelve.

"It's a terrific opportunity and to be able to attend the races as an owner really is very exciting. I can't wait."

The syndicate is run by Harry Herbert, whose family home is at Highclere Castle, where Downton Abbey is filmed.

He said: "It is great to have Hugh on board as one of our owners at Highclere and we wish him all possible luck with these two lovely yearlings."

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