The name of Floors Stud will continue to exist in the bloodstock world after the operation’s current Stud Manager, Christopher Gillon, announced that he will operate from the historic base under the name of Gillon Bloodstock @ Floors Castle.

Gillon’s announcement comes a week after the part dispersal of the late Duke of Roxburghe’s Floors Stud took place at the Tattersalls December Mares Sale.

Situated close to the town of Kelso in the Scottish Borders, Gillion has worked at Floors for eight years having worked his way up from stud hand to Stud Manager.

Gillon Bloodstock @ Floors Castle will be fully operational from January 1, 2021 and will take a limited number of boarding mares, weanlings and spellers. By autumn of next year, Gillon Bloodstock plans to have its own draft at all the major yearling sales.

Ed Sackville, Bloodstock Advisor to the late Duke who has worked closely with Gillon, said: “The success the stud enjoyed with this year’s October sales are a true testament to Chris’s ability and professionalism.

“I’ve never seen such a well prepped draft of yearlings and the results spoke for themselves. I will certainly endeavour to continue to support Chris in his new venture.”

Simon Marsh of Watership Down and Kiltinan Castle Stud added: “In all my dealings with Chris he has been thoroughly professional. 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.”