DARLEY STUD DAYS
A visit to Darley Stud, Newmarket, highlights the breeding side of the racing industry. The activity shows how a stud operates on a daily basis and just how many people work behind the scenes to run such a business.
At Darley, foals are born and raised before they go to a racing stable, where they're trained for the racecourse. After they've finished their racing career, the male thoroughbreds will head back to Darley to become stallions, while the females – or mares as they're known – will return to the stud to have foals themselves.
This visit explores the selective breeding process. Pupils will also discover that thoroughbred horses, too, hold passports, with a list of all their markings to identify them from each other and details about where they were born. This activity includes a tour of the stud and the opportunity to meet some of racing's future stars, as well as some of the older ones.