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Turkish breeder buys historic Kingwood Stud

HISTORIC Kingwood Stud in Lambourn has been purchased by prominent Turkish owner-breeder Mehmet Kurt from the property’s long-term owner Fiona Marner.

Kurt, who counts the Turkish Derby among his successes as an owner and stood Coventry Stakes winner Dilum in his native country, has bought the freehold of the 165-acre stud.

It is believed that it will be business as usual at the stud, with staff being retained and services including mare boarding, sales preparation and yearling breaking continuing to be offered.

Kingwood, formerly The Lambourn Stud, was founded in 1924 by Captain Ossie Bell and Sir Hugo Cunliffe Owen. Top racehorses bred or reared there include 1928 Derby winner Felstead and ouststanding filly Rockfel.

Marner took over management of the stud in 1985 and in recent years the operation has produced 37 Group scorers including Majestic Missile and Silca’s Sister.

She said yesterday: "On the one hand my husband Christian and I are sad to sell Kingwood, but on the other I felt that this was the right time to do so.

"One major factor in our decision was Mr Kurt's desire to see Kingwood Stud continue as it currently does, which will be a reassurance both to our staff and our clients."

Kurt is a long-standing buyer of bloodstock for his Turkish breeding operation at British sales and plans to expand his involvement in British racing.

His acquisition of such a well-known British stud is the latest evidence of Turkey’s growing prominence on the international racing stage.

Earlier this year the Turkish Jockey Club secured five well-known sires including Cuvee, Dehere and Powerscourt to add to its stallion ranks, and independent breeder Gulay Cokay bought Caulfield Cup winner All The Good to stand at her Cokay Stud near Istanbul.

Furthermore, Pinar Araci, daughter of Ibrahim Araci, a Turkish industrialist and owner of last month’s impressive Newmarket maiden winner Native Khan, recently told the Racing Post: "We want to see the Turkish industry become integrated as part of the European racing scene. We see that as the future and that is what we are hoping to help achieve.

A spokesman for Kurtsaid: "The particular attractions of Kingwood are its history, its geographical location and the continued presence of Mrs Marner’s successful bloodstock operation.

"Mr Kurt intents to spend more time in the UK andis looking forward to meeting his new neighbours. He already has a number of friends here, but as a racehorse owner for 30 years or more, his primary intention, and excitement, is to become properly involved in the British racing scene for the first time.

"As a first step, he would like to get a good feel for Lambourn before firming up any further plans."

As part of the deal, Marner will continue to run her rehabilitation centre at the stud. She will alsocontinue to own and manage her agency, Kingwood Bloodstock, and the Kingwood Partnership, which owns four broodmares.

 

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