Big plans and new name for Raffin Stud
Yvonne Jacques (right) with her star representative Grandeur
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos) Big plans and new name in place for Raffin Stud
By Martin Stevens 1:48PM 17 DEC 2016
YVONNE JACQUES has purchased Raffin Stud in Berkshire from Lady Whent and will take over the operation in April.
Jacques was one of the members of the syndicate who raced 2010 world champion Harbinger and has owned a number of horses in her own right, most notably dual US Grade 2 scorer Grandeur.
She will be joined in her new venture by Charlie Oakshott, who in recent years has run his own boarding and sales prep business at Hungerford Park Stud with his wife Anne and daughter Alice.
Raffin Stud will be known as Carisbrooke Stud and refurbished with state-of-the-art facilities with the aim of developing it into a boutique operation.
Carisbrooke Stud will consign for the first time next year and plans to offer stock of its own as well as on behalf of clients.
Oakshott said he was "tremendously excited" about the new venture.
Whent enjoyed notable success at Raffin Stud, near Lambourn, with her Distant Relative mare Tart And A Half producing classy sprinters Assertive – by Whent's homebred Prix Maurice de Gheest winner Bold Edge – and Boogie Street.
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