The Floors Castle

  • Number of horses 1 Filly
  • Number of shares 20
  • Average cost per horse 150,000 Guineas
  • Cost per share £12,950
  • Available shares No

Floors Castle, home to The Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe, is Scotland’s largest inhabited castle. The castle was originally designed by leading Edinburgh architect William Adam for the 1st Duke of Roxburghe in 1721 before being remodeled by William Playfair for the 6th Duke a hundred years later into the dramatic and romantic fairytale castle seen today. Floors Stud, which was started in 1947, continues to be a passion of the present Duke, who runs it as a commercial operation. The most successful horse to be bred at the stud is the five-time Group 1 winner and dual Guineas heroine Attraction.

John Warren will be purchasing a smartly bred filly for this syndicate and no better man to train her than Ralph Beckett, who has a superb record with fillies having twice trained the winner of the Oaks, with Look Here in 2008 and Talent in 2013. Ralph enjoyed his most successful season to date in 2016, recording over 100 winners for the first time in his 18-year career and doing so at a 20% strike rate of winners to runners. His flagship horse in recent years has been Simple Verse who confirmed her class in the Qipco British Champion Fillies & Mares Stakes (Gr 1) following her much debated victory in the St Leger, which was lost in the Steward’s room and subsequently regained on appeal. She added the Park Hill Stakes (Gr 2) the following season and Ralph claimed back-to-back victories in the race thanks to Alyssa’s determined display this year. His base at Kimpton Down Stables in Hampshire, where he has been training since 2010, has a beautiful expanse of private grass gallops in addition to three all-weather surfaces.


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