Cooper puts famed Normandie nursery on the market
Fallen For You, Duncan and Sultanina all raised on the West Sussex property
Philippa Cooper’s famed nursery of Normandie Stud has been put on the market after 20 years in operation, with Windsor Clive International handling the property’s sale.
Cooper’s pale pink and white silks have been carried to success by the likes of Coronation Stakes winner Fallen For You, Irish St Leger winner Duncan and Nassau Stakes scorer Sultanina, all of whom were born and raised at the stud.
“It’s coming up to 20 years, it’s been very hard work - albeit very enjoyable - and I’d just like to spend more time with my family and pursue other interests,” said Cooper. “I’m not selling any of the bloodstock though, so the virtual stud will continue. I’ll definitely continue to breed and race and hopefully enjoy it all the more. I just want to get rid of the daily grind and the worry. I want to try and reignite the passion I used to feel.”
The property is comprised of 180 acres of land with sheltered paddocks in the village of Kirdford on the borders of Surrey and West Sussex - with a further 20 acres nearby, 72 stables, four houses and a state of the art foaling complex. The sale will not include Cooper’s bloodstock, which will be boarded at other farms between England, Ireland and France.
Cooper said the mares currently residing at Normandie will have been moved by the end of July to allow the foals at foot to settle into their new surroundings before the weaning process begins.
“If I haven’t sold the stud by July I’m more than happy to keep it as a retirement home, which wouldn’t be difficult for me to run at all,” she added.
As well as racecourse success Cooper enjoyed a landmark moment at the 2016 renewal of Tattersalls’ October Yearling Sale, when a son of Dubawi out of Fallen For You jointly topped the sale after John Ferguson parted with 2,600,000gns to take home the blue-blooded colt, although she stressed that the process of selling her stock was not an enjoyable one.
Cooper said: “It’s defined me as a person, there’s no doubt about it. But as clear as I was when I bought the place is as clear as I am now that it’s time to sell. I have a great team of people, the stud is the perfect oasis, and it’s just been an incredible ride. But I’m only selling the land and the buildings and I hope somebody comes along and takes it forward.
“When I walk around the fields and see Duncan and Samuel and Dolores and Fallen Star, that’s what Normandie means to me," she reflected. "What they achieved on the racecourses means so much, so I know they’ll be well looked after.
"I love the horses and that will never die. When I see them and think of what they’ve done and what they give us, they’re just incredible animals. The most important thing is that they live out noble retirements, which is what I hope to do myself one day!”