“Pinhooking” - the practice of buying a thoroughbred weanling with the intention to re-sell as a yearling, hopefully for a profit!
Kirtlington Stud started pinhooking in 2002 purchasing 5 foals; 3 of these went on to win including REQQA the over-winter favourite for the 2000 Guineas before suffering a fatal accident on the gallops.
In our second year it became even more exciting when we purchased 7 foals and 5 went on to win including 2yo Champion, 3yo Champion and Derby winner SIR PERCY and Stakes horses HUNTER STREET and LOUIE LOUIE (IRE).
The following year we pinhooked 4 foals who went on to win a total of 24 races including the highest ever British based money earner and multiple Group 1 winner PRESVIS.
I work closely with bloodstock agent Will Edmeades and we normally purchase foals at the Goffs November and Tattersalls December Sales. We inspect over 1000 foals and despite its challenges, pinhooking is always enjoyable and often yields great results.
So far we have pinhooked the winners of over 60 races including the Derby Gr.1, Dewhurst Stakes Gr.1, Queen Elizabeth II Cup Gr.1, Dubai Duty Free Stakes Gr.1, Al Rashidiya Stakes Gr.2, Jebel Hatta Gr.2 and Cornwallis Stakes Gr.3. The total prize money that they have won is a staggering £5,774,212
We run a new syndicate every year. Please contact us if you are interested and would like to know more about joining.
We are constantly looking for our next Champion!