THE HISTORY OF BLANDFORD BLOODSTOCK

Blandford Bloodstock is a Bloodstock Agency, Racehorse Management & Stud Farm Consultancy based in Newmarket, England, the historic centre of British Horseracing and Breeding. The company deals in every aspect of the Thoroughbred Industry and is regarded all over the world as leader in its field.

 

The company is owned and managed by highly experienced consultants Tom Goff and Richard Brown, both of whom are responsible for purchasing an array of champion racehorses and Group 1 winners around the globe. They, along with Blandford’s other agents Stuart Boman and Tom Biggs, are recognised as expert judges of all types of Bloodstock.

Tom Goff with Richard Brown

Blandford Bloodstock was formed in 2001 by Goff & Brown with the late Joss Collins, who was a British Bloodstock Agency legend for four decades. During his time at the “BBA”, which was formed in 1911, one of Collins’ great projects was the establishment alongside fellow agent Sir Philip Payne-Gallwey of the Niarchos Family’s Racing and breeding empire. Immortal racehorse and stallion NUREYEV was just one acquisition, made famously for $1.3 million at Keeneland Sales in Kentucky in 1982.

 

Collins’s friendship with turf pioneers Robert Sangster and John Magnier resulted in huge success with the likes of champions CAERLEON, WOODMAN and top racemare COMMITTED. Alongside huge enthusiast Lady Beaverbrook, Collins and training great Dick Hern were involved in a treasure trove of stars like Group 1 winners BUSTINO, PETOSKI, MYSTIKO, RELKINO and TERIMON.

Collins was claimed by cancer in 2004. Since then, the Blandford team has done its very best to emulate Collins’s integrity, work ethic and knowledge of the Thoroughbred Industry. It is only because of their attendance at nearly every major auction in Europe and the USA that such a universal knowledge has been acquired and is maintained.

 

Cream of recent Blandford purchases is the brilliant TEPPAL, who was purchased at the Arqana Breeze-Up Sale for €105,000, and achieved Classic success in the Group 1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (French 1,000 Guineas) in Paris. Other recent Classic heroes include the mighty JACK HOBBS, a 60,000gns purchase and the runaway winner of the 150th Group 1 Irish Derby and the £5m Group 1 Sheema Classic in Dubai.

Robert Sangster with Joss Collins

Teppal winning The Poule d’Essai des Pouliches in 2018

Brilliant two-year-olds include superstar sprinter DREAM AHEAD – another Breeze-Up purchase – who won no fewer than five European Group 1 races including the July Cup at Newmarket and the Prix Morny at Deauville. He cost just 36,000gns. Another highly affordable purchase, DUTCH ART, cost just 16,000gns as a yearling and also won the Group 1 Prix Morny, the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket and the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Other Classic stars include ARCTIC COSMOS, who won the Group 1 St Leger while ELUSIVE KATE, a champion filly purchased as a yearling for $70,000 at Keeneland Sales in the USA, won four Group 1 races in Europe including the Prix Marcel Boussac on Arc Day in Paris and the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.

 

Top class race fillies in the USA are a speciality of the firm with the likes of I’M A DREAMER and EURO CHARLINE both winning the Grade 1 Beverley D Stakes in Chicago. ARIEGE galloped to glory in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks and NEREID landed the the last Grade 1 American Oaks to be staged at Hollywood Park.

St. Leger hero Arctic Cosmos by Charles Church

Irish Derby champion Jack Hobbs, painted by Charlotte Preston

Continuing the International theme, champion filly DANCER’S DAUGHTER, who was bought for 52,000gns at Tattersalls Sales in Newmarket, heads a number of star purchases to race in South Africa. The flying grey became one of the Cape Town greats, winning six Group 1 races including the Prestigious Durban July. Three other Cape champions include dual Group 1 winner ALL IS SECRET, triple Group 1 winner OVERARCHING and champion two-year-old CLOTH OF CLOUD.