The George Stubbs

  • Number of horses 1
  • Number of shares 20
  • Average cost per horse £80,000
  • Cost per share £8,950
  • Available shares No

Born in Liverpool, the son of a leather worker, George Stubbs spent his early career in the north, painting portraits and developing his interest in anatomy. In the later 1740s he lived in York and supplied the illustrations for a treatise on midwifery. He eventually settled in Lincolnshire from where he researched his majot publication, The Anatomy of the Horse. Early clients for his sporting and racing paintings include many of the noblemen who founded the Jockey Club, where today one of his most famous works, 'Gimcrack on Newmarket Heath' (as pictued) takes centre stage on the wall of the morning room in the Jockey Club Rooms. An original of the same subject fetched a record price of £22.4 million at auction at Christies of London in 2011. 

Mark Johnston has now won more races than any other trainer in UK racing and, uniquely, he has sent out over 100 British winners for 25 consecutive seasons, achieving major successes in British and Irish classiscs as well as numerous other Group 1 races all over Europe. Mark has been based at his Kingsley House stables since 1988. He has wonderful facilities on his 270 acre property, based in the beautiful village of Middleham. Always immaculately turned out (both horses and staff), he has runners all over the UK with Mark often arriving at the racecourse in his own aeroplane. The yard's horses are well known for their front-running style and bravery in a finish, both attributes that were advertised by the exploits of Attraction in her 2004 1000 Guineas. 


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