UK’s most prestigious racing estate for sale

The UK racing world’s most prestigious racing property, the Manton Estate in Wiltshire has been put on the market for £26 million.

Owned by the renowned Sangster family it is described by joint agents Strutt & Parker and Adkin as one of country's finest sporting estates.

It includes the historic Manton House together with a secondary house, Manton Lodge, 24 cottages, 10 flats and two hostels.

The estate is unparalleled in the UK, with the racehorse training dating back to the 1860's and is arguably the home of England's finest private racehorse training complex, incorporating four unique separate training yards with a total of over 200 boxes as well as state of the art training facilities.

There are grass gallops stretching over 400 acres high on the Marlborough Downs, as well as four all weather surfaces. The remainder of the estate comprises a 1,600 acre commercial arable and grassland farm, an outstanding pheasant and partridge shoot over areas of spectacular amenity and landscaped importance.

Manton has a long and proud place in Britain’s horseracing history. It first came to prominence under the legendary trainer Alec Taylor who started there in the 1870s.

One of the horses he trained at Manton was the famous Bayardo who between 1908 and 1910 started in 25 races and won 22 of them including the St Leger and the Ascot Gold Cup and was only unplaced twice. 

More recently Manton has been home to horses trained by Michael Dickinson, Barry Hills, Peter Chapple-Hyam and John Gosden. Brian Meehan has trained at Manton since 2006.  And George Baker moved there in 2012.

The Estate was purchased by the late Robert Sangster in 1984 for a reported £10 million and he was credited with helping to transform the blood stock industry. It has been run by his family since his death in 2004. He tried to sell the estate and training yards in 1989, but no one would pay the asking price.

‘Whilst it is sad that the family are selling Manton after 30 years of ownership, we are all in agreement that now is the time for another chapter in the illustrious history of this estate,’ said Guy and Ben Sangster, Robert's oldest sons, in a statement.

‘We remain committed to racing and breeding, and the Sangster colours will still be seen on the race track. Since we have owned Manton we are proud that over 50 Group 1 winners, including 10 Classics, have been trained here,’ they explained.

‘The Estate is profitable. Brian Meehan and George Baker the two trainers who currently lease facilities at Manton will continue to have our full support and we will keep them and our loyal staff in touch as matters proceed,’ they added.

The estate is being offered as a whole or in up to seven lots.