Sometimes before understanding horse racing betting it is important to understand a little about where race horses come from. In racing bloodline is everything, particularly for top owners nd trainers, and few will purchase horses unless they are are sure that the pedigree is right for their purposes. As a result specialist stud farms were developed where the stud maanagement would use studs and mares who they were convinced would reproduce quality and more often they were right.

Some of these stud farms are small and they usually ares pecialist in breeding a distinct type of racehorse, others are huge and in many ways monopolise the quality, Studs such as Darley and Coolmore are two of the biggest. We take a look at four of them who have enjoyed considerable success over the years.


\"DarleysDarleys Stud Management is located at Dalham Hall in Newmarket and is the centre for all worldwide bloodstock interests. Bought in 1981, by Sheik Mohammed, the majority of its hosrse goes to Godolphin where they enjoy a jet set lifestyle. Dalham Hall was the first of ten stud farms owned by Darley\'s and among ten mares that came with the stud purchase was Oh So Fair, who was carrying Oh So Sharp at the time. Currently there are 14 stallions standing at Dalham Hall. Darley Stud is one of the most famous names in horse racing and one of the most influential.


\"CoolmoreCoolmore Stud is probably the pre-eminent stallion station in the world at the moment, with horses of the calibre of Sadler\'s Wells, Danehill, Southern Halo, Alzao, Royal Academy, Night Shift, Grand Lodge and Woodman being among the most sought after stallions in the bloodstock business. Coolmore Stud is firmly established as Europe\'s premier stallion farm as well as being a world leader through its involvement in America and Australia. Many of its Irish horses are owned by the Ballymore racing operation and trained by the formidable Aiden O’Brien

Cheveley Park Stud

\"CheveleyCheveley Park Stud is famous as one of the most successful thoroughbred stud farms in Europe. It is situated in Newmarket, England where the stud extends to nearly 1,000 acres. Cheveley Park Stud itself is home to nine top class stallions, whilst the nearby Sandwich, Strawberry Hill, Ashley Heath and Warren Hill divisions are used to accommodate the company\'s other bloodstock interests. Many of their horses, that they decide to keep as investments are trained by John Gosden and Sir Michael Stoute.


The Juddmonte Stud Farms Group consists of six studs in the UK and Ireland and three farms in the USA. The farms are under the general management of Philip E H Mitchell. Juddmonte have so far bred 118 individual Group winners, including 13 classic winners. Juddmonte share their horses around with all leading trainers.