Staffordstown Stud Manager Julian Lloyd, who runs the yearling operation for Lanwades Stud's Kirsten Rausing, will retire at the end of 2021. Lloyd's current role will then be split between retired trainer John Oxx as Director and long-term Stud Groom Paddy Moloney, who will be the new Manager of Staffordstown.
“After 30 years at Staffordstown, with my 75th birthday on the horizon, it is time for my work here to come to a close and for me to change gear for the last couple of furlongs of my allotted span,” said Lloyd. “I have been friends with Kirsten since we first met in 1976 as enthusiastic youngsters with Capt Tim and Sonia Rogers at Airlie Stud, where we both swept the same yards. When Kirsten started this farm in 1991, Stud Groom Paddy Moloney and myself were the first two through the gate and we are still here today. Staffordstown has been a happy family home and place of work.
“It will be a wrench to leave this wonderful farm, now 475 acres of Co Meath's best old permanent pasture. Under Kirsten's beady eye I have no doubt that Staffordstown will continue to rear strong and useful horses from her wonderful band of broodmares. I have never met a better horseman than Paddy Moloney. He knows every inch of the farm and is the right man for the job to succeed me on site.
“The added input of John Oxx will indubitably be a great asset. There is no better-respected or liked man in the business. Paddy and John are fortunate in that they will be working with our long-established 'family' of staff, virtually all of whom have been here for between 10 and 25 years.”
“I am immensely grateful to Julian for all his marvellously dedicated work at Staffordstown for three decades,” said Kirsten Rausing. “We have remained friends and colleagues through times good and bad, and seen some good animals through their weanling to yearling process at Staffordstown. In fact the winners of over 1,800 races (160 of them group or listed winners) have been produced during our 30 years of operating the farm.
“At the end of this year, Julian leaves Staffordstown in the best of hands with Paddy Moloney and his team. I take this opportunity to warmly welcome John Oxx, trainer of 35 Group 1 winners including Sea The Stars and a former Chairman of The Irish National Stud, to the Staffordstown team.”