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Sir Henry Cecil was long associated with this picturesque stud overlooking the Vale of York.

There was no doubt that Sir Henry Cecil is the undisputed champion of trainers and you can have no better reference than knowing that Sir Henry treasured the stud as a place to raise and rest racehorses.

With species rich grassland on a limestone base there is no better ground on which raise horses.

The stud will continue to follow Sir Henry’s desire to raise youngstock fit to grace the most prestigious races across the world. By sending your horses to Cliff stud you can be assured of top quality care with a rich tradition of success.


Cliff Stud is situated high above the small town of Helmsley, most famous for the castle and Lord Feversham’s Duncombe Park Estate (from whom Cliff Stud is leased).

The stud was originally known as the Helmsley Stud and was founded by William Thorpe, with the help of his trainer Matthew Peacock (of Manor House Stud) just before the second world war. Mr.Thorpe died in 1946 and the following year the property was taken over by Noel Murless, who had started training just up the road at the top of Sutton Bank in 1935 at Hambleton Lodge before moving to Hambleton House (where Bryan Smart and is now based) after the war, at one time sharing premises with the equally legendary Ryan Price.

Although he was to move south the following year, first to Beckhampton (where he was champion trainer in his first season) and then onto Warren Place, Newmarket (where his son-in-law Henry Cecil still trains) he always remained fond of Yorkshire.