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 (2015-2020)


9 (foal crop 4,500)


13 (foal crop 9,000)


7 (foal crop 13,000)


7 (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...


  • Sire of 2020 World’s Best Racehorse, Ghaiyyath.
  • Sire of over 200 Stakes winners.
  • Highest yearling median of any stallion in Europe.


  • 16 Stakes winners in 2020 including Gr.1 winners Persian King, Palace Pier & Domestic Spending.
  • Outstanding winners to runners rate of 46%.


  • The fastest European sire to 40 Group winners in history.
  • Exceptional 11% Group winners to runners rate.

…as well as proven commercial stallions…

The European stallions whose 2020 yearlings sold the best by fee multiples were all British sires: Kingman (7.3x 2018 fee), Sir Percy (7.2x) and Farhh (6.8x).

  • Sea The Moon yearlings in Tattersalls Books 1 & 2 averaged over 10x his 2018 fee and nearly 7x his 2021 fee (£22,500).
  • Sir Percy yearlings in Tattersalls Book 2 averaged over 16x his 2018 fee (2021 fee remains at £7,000).
  • Rajasinghe foals averaged nearly 6x his 2019 fee and nearly 10x 2021 fee (down to £3,500).

…and exceptional broodmare sires.

Oasis Dream’s tally of 18 Stakes winners in 2020 was unmatched by any northern hemisphere-broodmare sire aged 20 or under. Those winners included 4 Group 1 winners and 20 Group 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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