Gillon Bloodstock at Floors Castle to Launch in January


Christopher Gillon | Tattersalls

After the partial dispersal of the late Duke of Roxburghe's Floors Stud, current stud manager Christopher Gillon will start Gillon Bloodstock @ Floors Castle which will utilise the property and formally begin on Jan. 1. An eight-year veteran of Floors Stud, the 37-year-old began as a stud hand and progressed to his current role. The Floors Stud facilities include a horse walker, lunge rings, turnout paddocks and the most amazing estate for hand walking yearlings. Gillon Bloodstock @ Floors Castle will be taking a limited number of boarding mares, weanlings and spellers. Next fall, Gillon Bloodstock will offer its own draft at all major yearling sales.

During Gillon's tenure, the stud raised, produced and sold five individual seven-figure yearlings, including in 2020 the 2.1 million guineas Dubawi (Ire)-Cushion (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) yearling colt and the 1.1 million guineas Frankel (GB)-Attraction (GB) (Efisio {GB}) yearling colt.

Ed Sackville who was bloodstock advisor to the late Duke and has worked closely with Gillon commented, “The success the stud enjoyed with this years October sales are a true testament to Chris's ability and professionalism. I will certainly endeavour to continue to support Chris in his new venture.”

Simon Marsh whose Kiltinan Castle Stud sold the mares and foals on behalf of Floors at the December Sales added, “In all my dealings with Chris he has been thoroughly professional and his attention to detail is excellent as has been borne out through the sale of the yearlings this year as well as the mares and foals that were all prepared by him at the stud.”

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