Cleeve Stables is situated to the west of Stonehenge, in the quiet village of Shrewton on Salisbury Plain, where the historic gallops provide a perfect setting for working racehorses. The grounds offer a one-mile straight turf gallop and a six-furlong all-weather gallop.
Other facilities include an undercover seven-bay horse walker and an indoor school, which provides a safe and enclosed environment ideal for the breaking and education of youngstock. The yard also boasts a state-of–the-art veterinary clinic that is run by Jeremy’s wife, Dr Enid Frantilla and provides the opportunity for rapid diagnoses and treatment of horses.
Cleeve Stables is no stranger to racing success having seen some notable winners throughout its history. Arguably, the best known of these was the great filly “Sceptre”, who graced the yard almost a century ago. In 1902 “Sceptre” was victorious in four of the five English classics, winning the 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas over a two day period, but later only managed to run into fourth place in the Derby after being a given a less-than-ideal ride. It was, however only 48 hours before she was once against winning, when she hacked up in the Oaks. She finally sealed her place in the record books by winning the St. Leger by three lengths.
In the early part of the 20th Century Lady Torrington owned the estate, and may be best remembered for her affair with champion jockey of the day, Steve Donoghue. Later on, Richmond Sturdy trained horses from here with a good deal of success, including Tintagel winning the Ebor and Ashurst Wonder winning the Stewards Cup.