Dunaden follows up his thrilling Melbourne Cup victory with a devastating turn of foot to win The 2012 Group 1 Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin. Nicobar, his sire, was bred by Fonthill Stud and is a half sister to Maria Theresa, their 3rd dam is the Fonthill Stud owned and bred dual Oaks Winner Juliette Marny. Maria Theresa’s Group 3 winning son Intrepid Jack is soon to join Nicobar at stud in France.
Ascot has rolled on and SAGRAMOR has won the Brittannia Stakes, £62,310 to the winner. Congratulations to The Melksham Craic his owner breeder. Also to Hughie Morrison who has not only trained him but also his sire and dam. Nicky Mackay rode a brilliant race. We would like to think that the Fonthill grass also benefited Pisco Sour as he spent a while here in the care of Paul Leach and his team as a yearling. Pisco Sour is owned by Michael Kerr-Dineen, ridden by Jimmy Fortune and brought up a brilliant DOUBLE for Hughie Morrison.
Fonthill Stud consists of 80 acres of prime grazing in a picturesque setting in Wiltshire. In recent years the stud has bred Group and Listed winners in England and Europe with particular success in Italy. Every season since 1998 Fonthill bred horses have won races almost all on the turf.
Nicobar (Indian Ridge x Duchess of Alba) won listed and 2 group 2 races and now stands at stud in France and having ended his racing career in France. She’s so Lovely (distant relative of x Sequin Lady) won 3 listed races in Italy with £100,000 in prize money.
Fonthill Stud also breaks in horses (mostly yearlings) and takes in horses for rest and recovery after injury or operations. The stud is currently home to ten brood mares belonging to Lord Margadale and a mixture of clients for breeding to race and for sales.
Fonthill stud extends to sixteen well sheltered paddocks varying from greensand to a mixture of clay and chalk and are supplied by three different sources of spring water. There is a permanent staff of three and two part-time.
John Morrison (The First Lord Margadale) made his entry into racehorse ownership at the Newmarket sales in 1952 buying an unraced two year old Fellermelad and a yearling filly Caol Ila. The following year Fellermelad provided a win for Lord Margadale’s newly registered colours on their debut at Newbury in April. With twelve foals in fourteen years Caol Ila did well for Fonthill Stud with her son Whisky Poker achieving the last of seventeen wins as a ten year old.
Emancipation acquired in 1955 produced a superior daughter Spree which won the Nassau Stakes and was second in the 1000 Guineas. However it was her half-sister Set Free which was to earn all the accolades for Fonthill. She earned a unique place in the annals of the turf during the 1970’s as being the first mare to be accredited with two winners of the Oaks and a winner of the St Leger. Set Free was mated with Blakeney resulting in Juliette Marny who won the 1975 Oaks and Irish Guiness Oaks. Three years later her own brother Julio Mariner won the St.Leger.
James Morrison took over his father’s bloodstock interests in 1972 (the year Juliette Marny was foaled) and saw his colours carry a second Oaks vistory by the half-sister Scintillate.