Businessman’s hopes for future of Hartlepool stud farm

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Racehorse owner and entrepreneur Geoff Turnbull is hoping to continue the successful streak and grow his new stud farm on the outskirts of Hartlepool.

Mr Turnbull and his trainer David O’Meara are considering entering their horse Mondialiste into the Longines Hong Kong Mile on December 13, at the Turf World Championships, after the racehorse came a close second in the World Breeders’ Cup mile in Kentucky, USA last week.

His place in the World Breeders’ Cup was secured after he won the million-dollar Ricoh Woodbine Mile in Toronto, Canada, in September. This result completed a hat-trick of first place finishes for Mondialiste following on from back-to-back wins in England.

Ridden by jockey Daniel Tudhope, Mondialiste returned an impressive second place in the Breeders’ Cup Mile on October 31, becoming the highest European finisher in what is the biggest race in the world for breeders.

Son of super-stud horse Galileo, Mondialiste is owned by Geoff, who runs successful business GT Group in Peterlee, and his wife Sandra and is part of a stable of racehorses owned by the couple.

Mr Turnbull also recently made a significant investment in a new stud farm in Elwick for the breeding of racehorses. It has facilities for 60 horses and Mr Turnbull has applied for planning permission to extend the stud at its Hartlepool boundaries to increase that number to 100 during 2016.

He said: “Mondialiste is a wonderful flag bearer for our stable of horses and we hope we can build on his success with the racehorses we are breeding at our new Elwick Stud in North East England.”