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Niarchos Haras De Fresnay-Le Buffard Family List

One of the most famous and historic stallions in the world, located in the heart of the famous breeding and racing region of Normandy, has been brought to the market by the Niarchos family.

Haras de Fresnay-le Buffard has been under family management for the past 43 years since it was purchased in 1979 by the late Stavros Niarchos from internationally renowned owner and breeder Marcel Boussac.

The asking price has not been disclosed, but it is anticipated that the sale will attract strong interest from across the international racing community. The family remains fully committed to crossbreeding and racing globally, including Europe, the United States, Australia, South Africa and Japan.

Commenting on the decision to sell, Alan Cooper, the Niarchos family’s longtime racing manager, said: “It was very emotional that the family had to say goodbye to Fresnay, but because of his passion for racing and breeding. We’ve grown over the years, we now have horses in various international locations, which makes this the right move for us at this time.”

The horse’s success spans generations of Fresnay-le-Buffard, with champions and classic winners including Miesque, Kingmambo, Sulamani, Hernando and The Six Paramitas wears the famous dark blue, light blue, and white racing hat cross-belts.

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The farm’s reputation was initially established by the French industrialist Marcel Boussac and was quickly cemented by the Niarchos family as it built on the tradition of breeding classic victors on the famous land. of Fresnay-le Buffard—45 European classics, seven Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) and seven Breeders’ Cup winners feature the rich history of this historic property.

The main farm extends to 205 ha/506 acres of grassland as well as 12 ha/30 acres of parkland. There are also 65 ha/160 acres of grassland, 26 ha/64 acres of forest and 1.8 ha/4.5 acres of gardens at the adjacent Haute Cote. The size and configuration of the site offers the possibility of further development.

Over the past 43 years, the stud farm has expanded to include more land, barns and pre-training tracks. The grazing yards of the entire farm were recently reseeded to the highest quality after consultation with international agronomists and maintained by rotation of sheep and cattle. The grazing grounds are supported with carefully planned barns and stables, providing approximately 200 boxes throughout the main campus. These are complemented by a 14-booth quarantined warehouse in the Haute Cote subdivision.


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