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ABOUT GILLON BLOODSTOCK @ FLOORS CASTLE

Following the part dispersal of the late Duke of Roxburghe’s Floors Stud, current stud manager, Christopher Gillon, will continue to operate from this historic base under the name, Gillon Bloodstock @ Floors Castle. Floors Stud is situated close to the town of Kelso in the Scottish Borders, adjacent to the River Tweed and on the beautiful Floors Castle estate. The stud has been renowned for caring for top-quality mares, foals and yearlings with the utmost passion and attention to detail; something that Chris and his team vow to continue. Already making waves in the press, you can read the recent Racing Post article about Gillon Bloodstock here.

 

Gillon, 37, has worked at Floors for 8 years, working his way up from stud hand to stud manager. In those 8 years, the stud has raised, produced and sold 5 individual million-pound yearlings; the highlight being in 2020, under Chris' management, the sale of the Dubawi ex Cushion and the Frankel ex Attraction for 2.1 and 1.1 million guineas respectively. The stud farm, in its previous incarnation of Floors Stud, recently won Consignor of the Year under Chris' management, in the Racing Post Awards of 2020, demonstrating how the highest calibre of care, attention to detail and expertise Chris and his team offer, breeds success. You can read more here.

 

The stud itself is steeped in racing and sales history. The land has proved exceptional for rearing and prepping young stock, as seen from the Classic and multiple Group 1 winners that the stud has produced. The facilities at the stud include a horse walker, lunge rings, turnout paddocks and the most amazing estate for hand walking yearlings. Gillon Bloodstock @ Floors Castle will be fully operational from January 1st and will be taking a limited number of boarding mares, weanlings and spellers. Come the Autumn, Gillon Bloodstock plans to have its own draft at all the major yearling sales.

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We bought three very nice yearlings from Floors Stud at the yearling sales, they were beautifully turned out and very well presented. Chris and his team did a very professional job.

Anthony Stroud

Stroud Coleman International Bloodstock Agency

Stroud Coleman Bloodstock serves clients across every aspect of the flat and jumps racing and breeding industries. Anthony has decades of experience in the bloodstock industry having bought many Group-1 winning racehorses as well as several broodmares who have produced Classic winners.

I have worked closely with Chris Gillon for a number of years. He is an outstanding horseman and a real professional. Chris has great attention to detail and is very hard working.

Ed Sackville

Sackville Donald Bloodstock Agents

Described as an agent to have ‘already achieved a huge amount in the bloodstock industry’, Ed has successfully demonstrated an uncanny ability to spot an elite equine athlete. Since jointly setting up SackvilleDonald, Ed has purchased Classic-winner and Champion, Sky Lantern, Group 1 winning sprinter Librisa Breeze, leading two-year-olds Brown Sugar, Burnt Sugar and Kachy, and the dams of Group 1 winner Byrama and Royal Ascot winner Balios.