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Horse racing: Top 20 U.K. stud farms

Cheveley Park Stud in Newmarket, Suffolk brands itself as "one of the most successful stud farms in Europe."
Cheveley Park Stud in Newmarket, Suffolk brands itself as "one of the most successful stud farms in Europe."
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Cheveley Park Stud

Cheveley Park Stud in Newmarket, Suffolk brands itself as “one of the most successful stud farms in Europe”. Since 1994, the farm has produced close to a dozen elite race horses that placed first in Group 1, 2, and 3 races throughout England. Cheveley Park’s stallions have placed first seven times at the Royal Ascot. Interestingly, the estate served as a POW camp for a hundred Germans prisoners during World War II. Several monarchs have owned Cheveley Park, including King Athelstan, King Canute, Edward the Confessor, William the Conqueror, Edward I and Edward II.

Tel: 00 44 (0)1638 730316
Fax: 00 44 (0)1638 730868

The National Stud

The National Stud comprises over 500 acres of pastureland on the edge of Newmarket. Its facilities include accommodation for eight stallions and up to 200 mares in nine separate yards. The stud has its own feedmill and 500 acres of land providing post and rail fence for grazing. It is owned by The Jockey Club.

Newmarket, Suffolk
Telephone: 00 44 (0)1638 663464
Fax: 00 44 (0)1638 665173

Coolmore Stud

Coolmore Stud is considered by many to be the pre-eminent stallion station in the world and Europe’s premier stud farm. Coolmore has bred horses that include Sadler's Wells, Danehill, Southern Halo, Alzao, Royal Academy, Night Shift, Grand Lodge and Woodman. Coolmore has farms in Ireland, America and Australia. In 2004, Sadler’s Wells, the world’s leading sire with 74 Group 1 winners, became Champion Sire for the 14th time.
Fethard Co.

Tipperary, Ireland

Tel: +353 (0) 52 6131298

Fax: +353 (0) 52 6131382

Lanwades, St. Simon & Staffordstown Studs

Lanwades consistently produces thoroughbreds that compete throughout Europe dozens of times in any given year. In the first six months of 2012, its horses have placed first 30 times in races held in the U.K., Ireland, Austria, Hungary, Sweden, France, Italy and Greece. Lanwades is situated in Newmarket, England.

Moulton, Newmarket

Suffolk CB8 8QS

Tel: +44 (0)1638 750222

Fax: +44 (0)1638 751186

JuddMonte Farms

The Juddmonte Farms Group consists of six properties in the UK and Ireland and three properties in the USA. Juddmonte has bred 92 individual Group/Grade 1 winners of 170 races, including 23 Classic winners. Juddmonte Farms race all their homebred progeny in Khalid Abdullah’s colours (green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves). Banstead Manor Stud, the headquarters of JuddMonte’s European breeding operation, is situated on the outskirts of the village of Cheveley. The stud comprises 373 acres of land.

Banstead Manor Stud
Cheveley, Newmarket
Suffolk, CB8 9RD

Tel: +44 (0)1638 731115

Fax: +44 (0)1638 731117

Ballyinch Stud

Ballylinch Stud is set among 1000 acres on the Mount Juliet estate in Kilkenny, Ireland. Originally built as the home of The Tetrarch who retired here to stud in 1914, the stud is the home of Group winning stallions, Soviet Star, Kings Theatre, Bob Back, Traditionally & Bachelor Duke. This thoroughbred was started by Major Dermot McCalmont in 1914. In 2012, Ballylinch Stud houses five Group 1 winning stallions.

Thomastown, Co Kilkenny, Ireland
Tel: +353 (0) 56-7724217 Fax: +353 (0) 56-7724624

Highcleere Stud

Highclere Stud covers 300 acres located on the edge of the Hampshire Downs. The farm was established over a century ago, and has been managed by Carolyn Warren for the last 20 years. Highclere Stud is home to the multiple Group 1 winning stallion Paco Boy. The Highclere mares are by Group 1 broodmare sires such as Danehill, Kingmambo, Sadler’s Wells, Montjeu, Pivotal, Indian Ridge, Halo, Irish River, Machiavellian, Dancing Brave, Rainbow Quest, Seeking The Gold, Linamix, Cadeaux Genereux and Selkirk. The stud has 7 daughters of Group 1 winners as well as one of the very few mares by Dubai Millennium.

Burghclere, Newbury,
Berkshire RG20 9LT
t: +44 (0) 1635 253212


Shadwell’s prestigious Nunnery Stud was built in 1987 to take 6 stallions and their visiting mares. An impressive office was also developed on site to house Sheikh Hamdan’s British-based breeding and racing headquarters, as well as to co-ordinate Shadwell’s worldwide bloodstock operation with its links in Ireland, USA, France, South Africa and Australia.

Nunnery Stud, Thetford

Norfolk IP24 2QE

Tel: +44 (0)1842 755913
Fax: +44 (0)1842 755189

Plantation Stud

Plantation Stud in Newmarket was formed more than a century ago and has produced winning thoroughbreds over the years. It is currently managed by Adrian O’Brien. At Silver Springs, there are currently 28 box stalls in three barns with access to small paddocks and larger fields. The recent purchase of 45 acres adjoining Silver Springs allows additional paddocks to be added for quarantine purposes as well as additional separation of colts from the broodmares and foals.

Snailwell Short Road,
Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 7LJ

Tel: +44 (0)1638 577341

Fax: +44 (0)1638 578474

Lavington Stud

Lavington Stud is one of Britain's longest-established stud farms which is located at the foot of the South Downs in West Sussex. Lavington Stud has achieved consistent results on the racetrack and features facilities for mares, foals, weanlings, yearlings and stallions on 340 acres of railed, grassland paddocks. The horses are fed by natural spring water. Lavington was founded by Lord Woolavington in 1890, and is now owned and run by John Macdonald-Buchanan, Lord Woolavington's grandson and his great-grandson Alastair Macdonald-Buchanan.

Graffham, Petworth
West Sussex, GU28 0NQ

Tel: 01798 867275 / 535

Fax: 01798 867358

Tweenhills Farm and Stud

Tweenhills is one of the better stud farms in the U.K. Based in Gloucestershire, the stud farm offers services such as boarding, sales preparation, and pre-training. Tweenhills is located less than two hours from London, 40 minutes from Birmingham and Bristol, and over two hours from Newmarket. There are 400 acres of grazing land and top facilities for the thoroughbreds.

Hartpury, Gloucestershire,GL19 3BG
Tel: +44 (0) 1452 700177
Fax: +44 (0) 1452 700002

Bearstone Stud

Bearstone Stud features over 300 acres with hedges three metres high to separate all paddocks along with post and rail fencing on either side. At Beartsone, mares with foals at foot graze together in groups while weaned foals, yearlings and older youngstock are separated into age groups, and by sex. Both grass and soil are tested regularly to ensure the best foundation for growing racehorses. The farm has several trainers and veterinary staff on hand. Impressively, the horses have their own supply of natural spring water deemed fit for human consumption.

Market Drayton,
Shropshire, TF9 4HF.

Tel: 01630 647197
Fax: 01630 647110


Darley is HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s breeding operation which stands stallions in six countries around the world. Its headquarters are at Dalham Hall Stud which is located in Newmarket. Currently heading the line-up of eight stallions at Dalham Hall is Dubawi, which is one of the most talented young stallions in the world and a son of one of the most famous stallions to stand at Dalham Hall - Dubai Millennium. Born on the stud and trained in Newmarket, he won the Dubai World Cup and was the winner of the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Duchess Drive, Newmarket
Suffolk CB8 9HE

Tel: +44 (0)1638 730070
Fax: +44 (0)1638 731983

Newsells Park Stud

Newsells’ horses are reared on extensive grassland comprising 1200 acres over rolling hills. A grass analysis and an organic fertilisation programme are in place to ensure the grassland suits all the ages of the farm’s bloodstock. Newsells does not carry more than 200 horses to ensure quality grazing. The de Trafford family established Newsells Park Stud in 1926. Under their ownership until 1972, notable horses such as Parthia (1959 Derby) and Alcide (King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes) were bred on the stud.

Barkway, Royston
Hertfordshire SG8 8DY

Tel: + 44 (0) 1763 846000

Fax: + 44 (0) 1763 846009

Lletty Farms

Llety Stud is set in some 250 acres at the heart of the Vale of Towy, Carmarthenshire. The sheltered paddocks, quiet meadows, and rolling parkland create the environment for young thoroughbreds. Recent winners from Lletty Farms include Buxton, D'Urberville, SkyBut'n'Ben, Fifth Ave, and Keen Bidder.

Carmarthenshire SA32 7NR
Tel: +44(0)1267 290528

Beechwood Grange Stud

Beechwood has produced winning thoroughbreds over the years. Steve and Josie Knowles manage Beechwood Grange Stud which is situated in North Yorkshire. An all-inclusive veterinary scheme by Equine Reproductive Services, Malton, is in place, for the benefit of owners. Additionally, its staff has over 40 years of experience in the industry.

Malton Road
YO32 9TH
Tel: 01904 424573
Fax: 01904 427079

Longdon Stud

Longdon is set on 97 acres with facilities that support services such as boading mares, rest and recuperation, breaking and training, and sales preparation. Longdon Stud was established in 1964 and has supplied a stream of winning homebred yearlings, reared on traditional pasture on the edge of Cannock Chase.

Upper Longdon, Rugeley

Staffs WS15 4LJ

Tel: +44 (0)1543 492656

Fax: +44 (0)1543 493656

Whitsbury Manor Stud

Established in 1948, Whitsbury Manor Stud is currently managed by Charlie Oakshott and has a long tradition of producing successful international horses. A host of known stallions have been housed at Whitsbury including Ballymoss, Distant Relative, Young Generation, Averti and Cadeaux Genereux.

Whitsbury, Nr.

Fordingbridge, Hants. SP6 3QP

Tel: 01725 518254

Country Farm Stud

Located in Lancashire, Country Farm Stud has been awarded by the British Equestrian Federation the Breeders Quality mark Award for Excellence each year since 2005. The farm features over a dozen performance stallions including National Hunt horses. Additionally, Country Farm offers education, livery, and breeding services.

Lancaster Road, Out Rawcliffe,
Near Preston, Lancashire PR3 6BN
Tel: 01995 671476
Fax: 01995 671838

Shade Oak Stud

Shade Oak Stud, established in 1973 by David and Anne Hockenhull, is at Bagley, near Ellesmere in North Shropshire. In June 2012, Earl of Tinsdal claimed a second Group 1 victory for his sire Black Sam Bellamy when triumphing in the Gran Premio di Milano in Italy. This National Hunt racing farm is situated in a fertile, lowland area of the county and surrounded by mixed arable and livestock farmland. The property has over 150 loose boxes and over 70 loose boxes within an American barn system.

Shade Oak Stud
SY12 9BY
Tel: 01939 270235
Fax: 01939 270516

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