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Chasemore Farm

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DREAM From gambling revolution to gambolling foals, Andrew Black has been in thrall to the racing world from one end of the spectrum to the other and is now making his mark as a breeder with his second Royal Ascot winner Interview: Emma Berry

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bloodstock market than betting markets. “I don’t see myself as a punter but I’ve spent a period of time as a professional gambler, playing cards actually, and that was a part of my life. If I have a bet these days it’s invariably on the basis of pedigree and looking at the picture of what you think the horse should be from his pedigree and what he’s achieved. To me, that sort of punting is not very different to breeding because if you’re betting on what sort of animal it is, or the sort of animal you’re trying to rear, it’s the same sort of mindset, so I think I’m suited to that.” Black admits to spending hours poring over pedigrees and considering matings for his 30-strong broodmare band, often trying to strike a balance between the fickle nature of an increasingly commercial marketplace and his more unorthodox views.

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CHASEMORE FARM, MAIN PHOTO: GEORGE SELWYN

reeders and bookmakers may appear to be polar opposites when considering the various factions within horseracing. Breeding and betting, however, are none too distinguishable, according to the man who knows plenty about both and is doing all he can to ensure the odds are in his favour at his beautifully developed stud in Surrey. In a part of the country more readily associated with the sprawling suburbia of the stockbroker belt, Andrew and Jane Black have settled into a pastoral niche, within view of the M25 and just six miles from Sandown Park, but comfortingly bucolic nonetheless. At 330 acres, Chasemore Farm isn’t exactly a small niche but it is one which has grown from a single railed paddock for children’s ponies to a manicured breeding operation to rival its more established counterparts in Newmarket’s thoroughbred heartland. To use the term ‘state of the art’ would be to do a disservice to the well thought-out rustic charm of a main yard reminiscent of Normandy farms, but in its facilities, not to mention an on-site vet, Patrick Sells, Chasemore can certainly boast of all the accoutrements required to run a thoroughly modern stud farm. “I’m a statistician really. For various reasons I was always drawn into genetic study and actually betting and breeding are kind of similar,” says Black, the Betfair co-founder who is now increasingly more occupied with analysing the vagaries of the

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Incorporating Pacemaker - July 2018 July's issue features a fascinating interview with Chasemore Farm's Andrew Black who is making his mark...

Thoroughbred Owner Breeder  

Incorporating Pacemaker - July 2018 July's issue features a fascinating interview with Chasemore Farm's Andrew Black who is making his mark...

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