History

The stud was founded in 1939 by Arthur Budgett when he purchased AURICULA as a yearling filly and PICCOLA II (in foal to MR JINKS). During the war the colt offspring by Mr Jinks covered Auricula and the first product of a Kirtlington mating was multiple winner JACK TACK.

The stud was originally based at Park Farm in Kirtlington, Oxfordshire where several top class horses were raised including BLAKENEY, MORSTON, DERRING-DO etc. For a brief period between 1982 and 1984 the mares moved to Whatcombe and then returned to Park Farm under the management of Arthur's youngest son Christopher.

Due to the expanding Kirtlington Park Polo Club run by Chris' brother James, the mares moved to Cheveley Park Stud in 1989 before returning to the new purpose built stud in 1990.

The new stud comprises of 345 acres on some of the best land in the country. It is split into three units:

         Blakeney Youngstock and sales preparation

         Morston Foaling unit and main broodmare barn

         Cley Stallion unit, covering barn and second broodmare barn

The first classic winner bred on the new stud came from the first crop of 7 foals when CENTAINE won the German Oaks. Since then successes include:

  LADY IN WAITING (Gr.2 Sun Chariot, L. Middleton Stks, L. Severals Stks, 2nd Gr.1 Vodafone Nassau Stks, Gr.2 Pretty Polly Stks)
SAPPHIRE RING (Gr.2 Las Palmas Handicap)
EL MAIMOUN (Champion 2yo in Germany)
  ALL GONG (Champion Steeple Chaser in North America)
  SWING WING (Listed winner, 2nd Gr.1 Gran Criterium)
SAVANNAH BAY (Gr.3 Prix de Lutece)
  APPROACH (L. Ballymacoll Stks, 2nd Gr.2 WinStar Galaxy Stakes)
  EISTEDDFOD (Gr.3 Prix de Meautry Lucien Barriere)
  *AUSSIE RULES (USA) (Gr.1 Gainsborough Poule d'Essai des Poulains, Gr.1 Shadwell Turf Mile & Gr.3 Somerville Tattersalls Stakes; sire)
  *OLAYA (USA) (Gr.2 Long Island Handicap, Aquaduct)
  **SIR PERCY (Gr.1 Vodafone Derby Stks, Gr.1 Darley Dewhurst Stks, Gr.2 Vintage Stks, 2nd Gr.1 2000 Guineas Stks)
  **HUNTER STREET (Gr.3 Cornwallis Stks, 2nd Gr.2 Flying Childers Stks) FIN (L. John Rooney Memorials Stks)
  BRECON BEACON (2nd Gr.2 Jim Murray Memorial Hndcp, 3rd Gr.2 Oak Tree Derby)
STRATEGIC MOUNT (Heritage Hndcp)
  INTRIGUED (3rd L. Chalice Stks and L. Pinnacle Stks)
BLUE ECHO (L. Highclere EBF Stks)
* Foaled at Indian Creek, raised at Kirtlington
** Pinhook

In 1997 we consigned the classy filly by Diesis ex Alamosa later named ‘Etizaaz (USA)’ at the Tattersalls Houghton Sale for 500,000gns.

The Kirtlington Pinhook Syndicate was created in 2002 in conjunction with Will Edmeades Bloodstock and in 2004 consigned SIR PERCY unbeaten Gr.1 winner and Leading British 2yo in 2005, winner of the Epsom Derby in 2006, and Gr.3 winner and Gr.2 placed HUNTER STREET.


In 2005 Kirtlington Stud topped the European Yearling Sales with the outstanding grey colt by Kingmambo ex Last Second (photo courtesy of Tattersalls), bred at Kirtlington and consigned at Tattersalls October Part 1 on behalf of Belgrave Bloodstock.