A King and Queen, a Royal Meeting, a Palace and the man who started it all

The Queen’s Racing Manager John Warren bred Royal Ascot winner Palace Pier and he’s no stranger to the Australian market breeding this year’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner


John Warren has established himself in the thoroughbred racing industry over the past 35 years as an astute judge and breeder.

The Englishman, widely known as the racing manager for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, is also widely regarded as one of the world’s leading bloodstock advisers.

Warren is no stranger to the Australian market, having purchased and bred horses for clients here over many years.

He is most recently the breeder of the 2022 Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner and G1 Golden Slipper placegetter Coolangatta.

Warren’s Highclere Stud, in partnership with the Duke Of Roxburghe’s Floors Farming, also bred five-time G1 winner and Champion Miler Palace Pier - the best son of sire sensation Kingman.

Palace Pier, who won nine races and placed twice in only 11 starts, is from a big family Warren helped nurture.

He paid 50,000 guineas (AU$96,000) for Palace Pier’s grandam Miss d’Ouilly, a relation to G1 Prix Jacques le Marois heroine Miss Satamixa, from Jean-Luc Lagardere, at the 2000 Tattersalls December sale in England.

Stakes winners Karen’s Caper, Miss Coronado, Comicas and Rare Rhythm emerged from the family before Palace Pier sold for 600,000 guineas (AU$1.15 million*) at the 2018 Tattersalls Book 1 yearling sale.

Leading English trainer John Gosden said after the purchase: “He was a very attractive yearling and I bought him because he had all the attributes you want to see in a yearling.”

Gosden trained Kingman to win four G1 races and obviously saw plenty of his former UK Horse of the Year in the well-bred colt before he showed the world on the racetrack.

“He had a great attitude, physique and action, and won well in the Queen Anne before winning the Jacques le Marois for the second year running,” Gosden said.

“It’s been a pleasure to train him, he had a great mind and was very genuine.”

Palace Pier will stand at Kelvinside in NSW for a service fee of $55,000, including GST.