Juddmonte Farms


Juddmonte is sad to announce the loss of Champion European Three-Year-Old Miler Observatory at the age of 22.  

A Juddmonte homebred, Observatory is best remembered on the track for his victory in the Gr.1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot. The son of Distant View also won the Gr.3 Lennox Stakes at Goodwood and the Gr.3 Jersey Stakes as Royal Ascot at three, as well as the Gr.1 Prix d’Ispahan at Longchamp at four.

As a stallion Observatory sired one of Juddmonte's most popular and enduring runners – the quadruple Gr.1 winner Twice Over, who has gone on to find further fame as a stallion in South Africa. Observatory will also be remembered as the broodmare sire of Fair Eva, FRANKEL's first Group winner, who was a daughter of the Group 1-winning sprinter African Rose. 

Observatory has lived at Banstead Manor Stud for the past 18 years. Stud Director UK Simon Mockridge commented: "Observatory possessed the most wonderful nature and character – he was an absolute delight to have around the stallion yard and even in retirement he played an integral role within the team. Our most enduring memory will be his stunning defeat of the ‘Iron Horse’ Giant’s Causeway in the QEII at Ascot, a memorable ride by Kevin Darley bringing him wide in the home straight for victory. He will be sorely missed by all at Juddmonte."                   

Date: 12 December 2019