Kingsclere is undoubtedly one of the best equipped and most beautiful private training establishments in the world. The facilities have been constantly updated and improved since the yard was originally built in the late 1860s and, being private, can be used in whatever way and at whatever time best suits the effective training and care of the horses.
Kingsclere sent out over 2,000 winners, including the winners of 123 Group races. Of these, the most famous and influential was probably the great Mill Reef. Owned by the American philanthropist and staunch supporter of Kingsclere Paul Mellon, Mill Reef was an exceptional juvenile, winning the Coventry Stakes, Gimcrack Stakes and the Dewhurst Stakes in 1970 before being crowned Champion 2 year old.
As a 3 year old, Mill Reef split Brigadier Gerard and My Swallow in what was one of the finest renewals of the 2,000 Guineas, before securing his own place in turf history with victories in the Derby, the Eclipse, the King George & Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Today the yard contains 175 boxes. These are split between 7 separate yards ranging in style from the original brick-built yards to new American barns, allowing horses to be housed in appropriate groupings and conditions.
Within the yard area there are two lunge pits (one covered, one open), two covered horse walkers and a two furlong circular indoor ride, ensuring that horses can be exercised whatever the weather. There is also a digital weighbridge for the monitoring of horses’ weight – often an indication of their health and wellbeing.