Juddmonte Farms


Article by Emma Berry, taken from the 2018 Juddmonte stallion brochure: 

2017 celebrated the 30th anniversary of the purchase of Banstead Manor Stud by Prince Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms.

The first stallion to stand there under the Juddmonte banner was Coronation Cup and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner RAINBOW QUEST (pictured). He was moved from the original Juddmonte Farms near Wargrave in Berkshire, where KNOWN FACT, winner of the 2000 Guineas in 1980, had been Juddmonte’s first stallion. Rainbow Quest’s first crop included the homebred Derby winner Quest For Fame, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Saumarez and Irish Oaks heroine Knight’s Baroness. Rainbow Quest went on to become an important broodmare sire, responsible for the Derby winners North Light and Kris Kin among many other top-class performers.

The homebred half-brothers WARNING and DEPLOY, sons of Rainbow Quest’s relative Slightly Dangerous - an important foundation mare for Juddmonte - became the first of a series of siblings to stand at Banstead Manor Stud. With Rainbow Quest having been purchased as a yearling, the subsequent list of stallions has featured only homebreds, save for the Derby winner Generous, owned by the late Prince Fahd Salman.

The brothers ZAFONIC and ZAMINDAR followed. The latter remains at Banstead Manor in retirement at the age of 24, his Classic-winning daughter Zenda having increased his influence as the broodmare sire of KINGMAN.

When retired to Banstead Manor in 2001, DANSILI arrived without a Group 1 win to his name, having come close on a number of occasions - yet his stud career has seen him emerge as the best of three stallion sons of another influential Juddmonte broodmare, Hasili. DANSILI was eventually followed by his Group/Grade 1-winning full-brothers CACIQUE and CHAMPS ELYSEES.

A champion two-year-old who went on to win the July Cup and Nunthorpe Stakes at three, OASIS DREAM, a son of Green Desert and Hope, by one of Prince Khalid’s leading colourbearers Dancing Brave, joined Banstead Manor Stud’s ranks in 2004. He continues to add lustre to his own branch of the Danzig sireline and to the Juddmonte family which includes KINGMAN, a son of OASIS DREAM's half-sister Zenda, and former Banstead Manor resident BEAT HOLLOW.

The stallion yard has also been home over the years to OBSERVATORY, whose racecourse achievements included beating Giant’s Causeway to win the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. His son Twice Over proved to be one of the most consistent and durable performers at the highest level, claiming four Group 1 races among his 12 wins, including a first success for Prince Khalid in the Juddmonte International at York, in which he led home fellow Juddmonte-breds, OASIS DREAM's daughter Midday and Await The Dawn.

RAIL LINK, one of five Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winners for Prince Khalid, started his stud career at Banstead Manor, as did the Coventry Stakes winner THREE VALLEYS. In 2013, DANSILI was joined at stud by his son BATED BREATH, who is steadily compiling a creditable record with his young runners.

BATED BREATH's retirement to Banstead Manor was somewhat overshadowed by the arrival at the same time of FRANKEL. His journey from Sir Henry Cecil’s Warren Place to Banstead Manor Stud was something of a homecoming, as he was one of a select group of foals to be born and raised at the stud each year.

Four-time Gr.1 winner KINGMAN – who has his first two-year-olds in 2018 - was also foaled at Banstead Manor, as was FRANKEL's full-brother Noble Mission and an array of other Group/Grade 1 winners including Price Tag, Byword and Romantica.

These names are of course just some of those etched in Juddmonte’s catalogue, which in itself has come to form a
significant chapter in the history of thoroughbred racing and breeding.

Date: 18 December 2017