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A Derby winner and
a few Champion sires...

The Holland Martin family, which owns the Overbury Estate, established Overbury Stud shortly before the Second World War. Benefitting from free-draining sandy soil and a mild climate which is so important to this fruit-growing area of the Vale of Evesham, Overbury Stud encountered success quickly: the Coventry Stakes of 1952 was won by the Overbury-bred Whistler, who went on to be a Champion sire of two-year-olds.

Whistler was a son of foundation mare Farthing Damages, whose Overbury-bred descendants also include Cork & Orrery and Prix Maurice de Geest winner College Chapel, who later became Europe's leading first season sire; his dam the speedy King George V Stakes winner Scarcely Blessed; and his grandam, the exceptional Parsimony who won the July Cup and the Cork & Orrery. Globetrotting German-trained multiple G1 winner Caitano and the Nunthorpe and Prix de l'Abbaye winner Tower Walk (who also ran second in the 2,000 Guineas) are other top-class racehorses bred at Overbury Stud, which also became famous for producing big-priced commercial yearlings at the Houghton Sales of the 1970s and '80s.

The stud's greatest ever son, however, was sold for the relatively modest sum of 27,000 gns: Grundy, Horse of the Year in 1975 and winner of the Derby (by three lengths), the Dewhurst (by six lengths), and a legendary King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, in which he defeated Bustino in course record time.

At the turn of the new millennium, the Holland Martin family leased Overbury Stud to Simon Sweeting who launched Overbury Stallions Ltd and, under his management, the Stud has grown a reputation for standing stallions. The three-time Champion stayer Kayf Tara, who retired to Overbury Stud in 2001, was joined by the leading sprinter Bertolini in 2002. Both Darley-owned stallions were keenly priced, drawing great support: Bertolini was Europe's leading first-season sire of 2005, when he numbered the G1 Cheveley Park heroine Donna Blini (now dam of Japanese Champion Gentildonna) among his winners; while Kayf Tara has been the leading British National Hunt stallion no fewer than six times since 2008-09, his first crop led by the G1 winner Planet Of Sound. In 2016, we stood Fast Company – a proven source of winning juveniles with Royal Ascot pretentions – and introduced Mustajeeb, the record-breaking Jersey Stakes winner who is the fastest horse in the Galileo family.

Overbury Stallions is committed to standing exciting, well-bred stallions who represent value for breeders keen to use young stallions who could be the next big thing. As many successful breeders know, this kind of stallion offers the possibility of huge rewards for a modest outlay. Besides its stallion business, Overbury Stud also offers top quality boarding and sales services and is developing a new broodmare band with the aim of repeating this famous nursery's earlier successes. We intend to strengthen our position at the leading foal and yearling sales, where we are already achieving good prices for youngstock.