Fonthill Estate runs a small Stud of around 80 acres of post & rail paddocks. The family own a few brood mares and have a number of boarding mares and followers. The Stud foals mares and also weans foals. A number of racehorses come for rest and recuperation.
Top class 2yr old Tropbeau was bred by Fonthill Stud as well as 3 classic winners, Juliette Marney, Scintillate and Julio Mariner. Other top class horses bred here include Nicobar, Intrepid Jack and Frenchman’s Creek.
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.
Hughie Morrison Racehorse Trainer