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Studs & Breeding


Dullingham Park Stud

Group-winning Topatoo (out of Topatori) bred at Dullingham with her first foal

  Toptempo, herself a winner

Dullingham Park Stud is an integral part of our business. The yard and the stud farm work together as one. The stud gives owners the opportunity to retire their successful race fillies to a high class establishment and watch them as they develop the second part of their careers.

Owners thoroughly enjoy planning the matings for their mares and visiting the stallion farms to see prospective sires. They are fully involved with the complete breeding cycle which is another fascinating side of the racing industry. We always welcome owners, with their families and friends, to visit their mares and young stock at any time.


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Dullingham Park Stud consists of nearly 100 acres of beautiful and peaceful parkland in the village oDullingham, just three miles outside Newmarket. Deer Park, although part of the stud, offers additional paddocks and boxes on a separate site. Since we have been living on the stud, we have been able to develop it and establish a loyal team of staff headed by stud groom David Woodley. He is vastly experienced and has literally done hundreds of foalings. 

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The main yard at Dullingham Park Stud and below David and some of the team


We are very fortunate to have the marvellous support of  Rossdales veterinary practice. The vets cover both the stud and at the yard which allows great continuity of care.


The stud in winter

 Charlie - our teaser. 

When owners wish to keep their fillies as broodmares, the horses leave training and come to Dullingham to have a new way of life. In contrast to the training yard, the stud runs at a relaxed pace. Mares, foals and young stock are given the time and peace which they need to thrive. From conception through to training, every animal in our care has constant and individual attention. There is no greater excitement for an owner than to have a winner which they have bred themselves and watched develop through every stage.


Maiden mares, in-foal for the first time, relaxing at Deer Park

We have an excellent selection of paddocks. These range from nursery and intermediate for the young foals, to the large fields where four or five mares can be turned out with their offspring. Foals learn to socialise and play together with their contemporaries before they are weaned. We consider that it is vital that the foals are well handled from day one to make them confident and calm. 


Young foals


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Mark with Optimistic - one of the founder member mares


Optimistic has been the most marvellous horse. For a start she was a very good race mare, winning at Yarmouth and York as a two-year-old and only through injury did she fail to win again. As a broodmare she has bred some smashing horses who have won under both codes.  This exemplifies what our goal is for owners.



Optimistic's daughter Astrolibra with her Medicean colt

Astrolibra, out of Optimistic, was bred at Dullingham by Mystic Meg Ltd. She won four races and was placed in the first four 25 times. She was an owner's dream as she was  100% sound and genuine throughout her racing career. She retired to the stud and has had foals by Medicean and Havana Gold.


Anyone wanting to have a filly in training to make into a broodmare need only look at the success of Topatori, seen above with Topamichi. She, herself, was a good racehorse, winning four times and her progeny to-date are as follows: Toparudi (four wins), Topatoo (four wins, including Group 3 Middleton Stakes), Top Shot (two wins), Top Tiger (winner), Top Tinker (winner), Topamichi (two wins) and Topaling (six wins). Topatori's owner, Mr Mike Bowring and his mother the late Mrs P. Bowring, were named 'Small Breeder of The Month', following their one mare having such notable success. I feel this is the perfect example of what we are trying to achieve at the stud - producing winners for our owners. We have some very exciting yearlings and weanlings this year. The yearlings' sires include Lawman, Nathaniel, Excelebration, Makfi, Havana Gold, Mawatheeq, So You Think and Harbour Watch, along with the older stallions, Pastoral Pursuits and Kheleyf. The weanlings give us plenty to look forward too, by sires such as Charm Spirit, Sea The Moon, Farhh, Garswood, Paco Boy, Mount Nelson, Dunaden and Epaulette.


Seasonal Blossom with her stakes winning daughter, now broodmare, Brushing and their foals

I love it when the mares I have trained retire to the stud. We know each other so well, and I think this keeps the mares very relaxed and content. It is exciting for me to train horses that Angie and I have foaled, especially when we see the hard work from all aspects of the business pulling together to get the best from each animal. Angie runs the breeding side of the business - her knowledge and enthusiasm have been at the cornerstone of its success.  

New Born Foals in 2018

     Astrodonna__Foal     Diverting__foal
  Colt by Bated Breath ex Astrodonna                        Filly by Nathaniel ex Diverting

     Azure_Mist_foal     magick_foal
     Colt by Bated Breath ex Azure Mist                  Colt by Charm Spirit ex Astromagick

     smile_foal     Trew_Class_18
         Filly by Casamento ex Trew Class                        Colt by Archipenko ex Cushat Law

New Born Foals in 2017

     Mancer__foal     Brushing_foal
           Filly by Equiano ex Astromnacer                      Colt by Casamento ex Brushing

     61_Blossom     8_Missouri_foal           Filly by  Mount Nelson ex Seasonal Blossom                Filly by Equiano ex Missouri

     10_Cushat__foal     Lady_B_foal
        Colt by Sea The Moon ex Cushat Law              Colt by Casamento ex Lady Bellatrix

     Mega__foal     4_Miracles_foal
                 Colt by Garswood ex Mega                       Filly by Fast Company ex Four Miracles

     Topatoo_foal     Ex_Astrodiva_17
          Filly by Mount Nelson ex Topatoo                        Colt by Sir Percy ex Astrodiva




Some of the recent winners bred at Dullingham Park Stud

and trained by Mark

Topapinion (Ex Topatoo)

Indian Red (Ex Missouri)

Hold Firm a six times winner

Lost the Moon a two time winner

Bracken Brae, now a five time winner (Ex Azure Mist)

Blue Bounty (Ex Laheen)

Prayer Time (ex Nice Time)

Hold Firm (ex Four Miracles)


Topaling (ex Topatori) a six times winner

Topamichi (ex Topatori)


Smile That Smile (ex Tenpence)

Marsh Dragon (ex Qilin)


Toptempo (ex Topatoo)


Chankillo (ex Seasonal Blossom)


My Guardian Angel (ex Angels Guard You)


Zenarinda (ex Tenpence)


Jennifer J (ex Trew Class)


   Topamichi (ex Topatori)    



Astroscarlet (out of Astrolove) who gave Mark his 1,000th winner

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    2-_Like_Clockwork_as_a_foal         Five_Heartsi          Like Clockwork (out of Tenpence)                             Five Hearts (out of Light Hand)                  


Brushing - winner of The Galtres Stakes, Listed

(Out of Seasonal Blossom)

  Photograph by kind permission of

                    Ted Spread - winner of the 2010 Chester Vase (Group 3)

(Out of Highbrook)

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           Rayvin Black (out of Optimistic)                           Astromagick (out of Astrocharm)

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        Battery Power (out of Missouri)                               Cotton Grass (out of Astromancer)

Marvo (out of Mega) winner of five races and placed twenty times


               Astroleo (out of Astrolove)                                   Kathleen Francis (out of Trew Class)

                (Photograph of Kathleen Francis (above) by kind permission of Peter Higby)

                               Brushing (out of Seasonal Blossom)                           Astrodonna (out of Mega)


             Astrolibra (out of Optimistic)                                      Dulcie (out of Dulcinea)

    Ron              Edward_Whymper

               Ron (out of Trew Class)                                            Edward Whymper (out of Sosumi)

For those interested in having a 'filly for the future' in training, to keep as a broodmare, please call the office on 01638 661434 to discuss this further or e-mail

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Mark and Angie Tompkins