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.
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 four and two part-time.
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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 victory by the half-sister Scintillate.