Other Yorkshire Studs - F
Foston, Flaxton, York, North Yorkshire
Owner: Charles Booth & John Porteous
Notes: Foston Stud is the name given to the small private stud run by well-known former Yorkshire trainer Charles Booth in partnership with his former owner John Porteous, who owned the best-known graduate of the stud - the game filly Saphire who, trained by Booth, won 2 races and £23,964 and was placed 2nd in the Dragon Trophy L and 3rd.in the Cecil Frail S L. In total the partnership had 7 mares, and following his retirement from training in January 2005 Booth said he would be devoting all his time to the breeding enterprise. As well as Saphire they have also bred Sant Jordi (02 c Cape Cross - Foresta Verde) who was third in the Beresford Stakes G2 in 2004. In addition Booth and Porteous are in Partnership with the Cockerill's at Providence Stud, using the name Proton Partnership, and this alliance hit the headlines in 2005 when Kandidate (Kabool - Valleyrose) was third in the both the 2,000 Guineas G1 and the Craven Stakes G3. He also started 2006 well, winning a valuable handicap in Dubai before landing the Doncaster Mile L at Lingfield, the Rosebery Handicap at Kempton and the Gala Stakes L at Sandown, later in the season he was third in the Winter Hill Stakes G3 before finally landing his first group win when taking the 2006 September Stakes G3 on Kempton's All-Weather track. The following year Kandidate gained his second group win when registering a facile victory in the Haafhd Al Maktoum Challenge RII G3 at Nad Al Sheba, a race in which he was second the following year, also running well to win the Magnolia Stakes L in 2008. Unfortunately the dam had been sold in 2003 for 95,000gns, but this still represents an excellent return on their original investment.
Given that they seem to be selling all their stock in Ireland over the last couple of years I'm beginning to wonder if they may have moved !
Barden Moor, Leyburn
Owner: Mark & Deirdre Johnston
Notes: Friar Ings Farm with 133 acres was bought by Mark Johnston in 2016. In the distant past the farm had been owned by Sir Eric Ohlson, owner and breeder of Dante, who traded under the name 'Friars Ings Stud' , although his breeding stock, including the aforementioned Dante, were actually raised at Manor House Stud. Johnston has previously kept mares at Kingsley Park, most famously Screen Star (dam of Lumiere) and at the time of writing the majority of the breeding stock are still kept in Middleham (see Park Farm). However the eventual aim is to transfer a significant proportion of the breeding stock to Friar Ings, and the Johnston's have already started to use the name 'Friar Ings Stud' when selling stock, including in December 2018, a Showcasing colt out of Duchess Dora for 120,000gns at the December Foal Sales, the colt having been purchased in utero the previous year for 40,000gns. The stated rationale behind the breeding operation is to utilise annual nominations in stallions formerly trained by Johnston ; Duchess Dora for example having been purchased to send to The Last Lion.
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