Other Yorkshire Studs - G
Cowthorpe, Wetherby, West Yorkshire
Owner: Philip and Davina Cockcroft (when a stud)
Type: Was public
Previous Stallions: Immortal Knight, Clantime, Blue Cashmere, Southern Music, Uncle Pokey, Good Times, Doc Marten, Castle Keep, Precocious, Lapiere, Local Suitor, Monsanto
Notes: Founded as a stud by the Cockcroft's in 1974, Goosemoor Stud is now occupied as a training stables by Robin Bastiman. A year after purchasing the property Philip Cockcroft suffered a stroke and paralysis, although luckily this was temporary. The Cockcroft's put the property on the market in 1992 for £450,000 (having previously tried to sell it in 1988), although they still occupied it in 1997, standing Whittingham for £1,250 that year. The stud stood good stallions, but generally at the wrong time in their careers: Clantime, Good Times, Precocious and Local Suitor all sired good horses at one time or another, but never quite seemed to be at the height of fashion during their years at Goosemoor, however the Cockcroft's always ensured they got as good a book of mares as possible. Likewise the useful Blue Cashmere had only been at the stud one season when he died in January 1987, he'd spent the previous ten seasons at Meddler Stud.
Ironically one of the last horses bred here by the Cockcrofts was Young Pokey (Uncle Pokey - Young Romance) who was easily the best horse they bred, winning nine races including the 1992 Arkle Trophy and the 1991 BMW Champion Novices Hurdle at Punchestown, and placed numerous times including third in the Martell Aintree Chase. Perhaps the best flat horse bred here (the Cockcroft's three mares cost them a total of £1,020 and only ever visited their own stallions!) was Romantic Uncle (an own brother to Young Pokey) who won the Buggins Farm Nursery Handicap. Philip and Davinia Cockcroft now live at the historic Stockwell Stud where they keep a couple of mares. This was previously owned and managed by Henry Easterby (cousin of trainers Peter and Mick Easterby), Davina's brother - as a public and private stud, although now it is strictly private.
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