World-Leading Breeders

Britain has the highest proportion of world-class thoroughbreds relative to the total number of thoroughbred births, indicating quality bloodlines and breeding operations.


Average no. turf horses rated ≥ 120 (Since 2017)


8 (approx. foal crop 4,500)


13 (foal crop 9,000)


7 (foal crop 13,000)


8 (foal crop 7,000)


2 (foal crop 20,000)


2 (foal crop 6,500)

The success of Britain’s comparatively small foal crop demonstrates quality over quantity.

To say England is brimming with stallion power would be an understatement.

John Gunther, owner-breeder, Glenwood Farms, Kentucky

Britain is the chosen home of international racing and breeding operations including Darley, Juddmonte Farms, Shadwell and Qatar Racing.

The British breeding industry is underpinned by a vibrant stallion market.

Back in 2011, British-based sires accounted for only 17% of the mares visiting 20k-plus stallions. But by 2019 its share had burgeoned to 40% of that market.

John Boyce, The Owner Breeder

Britain is home to world-class stallions including...


  • 2021 World's Leading Sire in terms of Group and Stakes winners.
  • Sire of 2020 World’s Best Racehorse, Ghaiyyath.
  • Sire of over 200 Stakes winners.


  • 2021 Champion Sire in Britain and Ireland.
  • Sire of 2021 joint top-rated turf horse and Derby winner, Adayar.
  • The fastest European sire to 50 Group winners in history.
  • Exceptional 11% Group winners to runners rate.


  • 20 Stakes winners in 2021 including Gr.1 winners on three continents: Domestic Spending, Palace Pier & Schnell Meister.
  • Outstanding winners to runners rate of 62%.

…as well as up and coming stallions…

  • Twilight Son was the leading European 2nd crop sire in 2021 by percentage of winners to runners. (2022 fee £7,000)
  • Ardad was a leading European 1st crop sire in 2021 and the only one with a dual Gr.1 winning progeny. (2022 fee £12,500)
  • Time Test was the leading European 1st crop sire in 2021 in terms of Black-Type winners. (2022 fee £15,000)

…and exceptional broodmare sires.

Oasis Dream was by far the 2021 leading broodmare sire currently standing in Europe in terms of winners, prize money and Black-Type winners.

The stallions whom I would call 'elite' are currently in Europe – Dubawi, Kingman, Galileo and Frankel.

John Camilleri, owner, Fairway Thoroughbreds, Australia

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