Kingsdown History

Kingsdown House and the adjoining stables were built by Lord Sefton in 1937.

It has accommodated many great trainers over the years including Peter Nelson, who trained Snow Knight to win the 1974 Derby from Kingsdown, and his son Charlie, trainer of champion two-year-old Minstrella. More recently Mick Channon and subsequently Jamie Osborne have also enjoyed considerable success from here.
Mr. Bjorn Nielsen purchased the Kingsdown estate in 2009 and has overseen a complete renovation of the house and the stables.
Please find below a brief timeline of some of Kingsdown’s most memorable moments:

1937 – Kingsdown Stables is built by Lord Sefton

1955 – Peter Nelson starts training from Kingsdown Stables

1974 – Snow Knight, trained by Peter Nelson, wins the Derby

1974 – Bay Express, trained by Peter Nelson, wins the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot

1983 – Creag-An-Sgor, trained by Charlie Nelson, wins the Middle Park Stakes (Gr 1)

1986 – Double Schwartz, trained by Charlie Nelson, crowned Champion Older Sprinter.

1986 – Minstrella, trained by Charlie Nelson, lands three Group 1s in her juvenile career.

1998 – Bint Allayl, trained by Mick Channon, named Champion Two-Year-Old Filly

2003 – Milk It Mick, trained by Jamie Osborne, wins the Dewhurst Stakes (Gr 1)

2009 – Mr. Bjorn Nielsen buys Kingsdown Stables and renovates stables and grounds.

2011 – David Lanigan moves his Newmarket operation to Kingsdown Stables in December.

2012 – Main Sequence, trained by David Lanigan, wins the Lingfield Derby Trial (Gr 3) before finishing second in the Derby.