About James Delahooke - bloodstock consultant

Perhaps always destined to become a bloodstock consultant, James was brought up in a family surrounded by the tradition of owning, breeding, training and riding horses. He ran the Adstock Manor Stud in England for 25 years during which time the farm raised the winners of 29 international Group races.


These include the Epsom Oaks and King George V1 and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes winner Time Charter and triple Group 1 winner Master Willie. Influential broodmare sire High Line stood at Adstock throughout his career. One of the biggest challenges James took up in the early eighties was the setting up of Juddmonte Farms in England, Ireland and the USA for HRH Prince Khalid Abdullah. The construction of Juddmonte Farms has been widely praised as the ultimate in aesthetic appeal allied to practical and efficient design, and won for James an award from the New York Association of Architects.


The success of Juddmonte Farms owes much to James’s expertise in assembling the broodmares which are now yielding a bountiful harvest including two Epsom Derby winners, and at least one winner of all five English classic races. The sire and dam of both Juddmonte’s Derby winners were purchased for the farm by James.


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"James Delahooke : arguably the best judge of yearlings in the world."

— Lord John Oaksey, during commentary from
Sandown Park, 1987

Bloodstock Consultant Track Record

Among the outstanding broodmares purchased by James Delahooke are the dams of two Derby winners: Slightly Dangerous – dam of Commander in Chief Derby winner and leading sire in Japan and Warning champion miler and a leading sire in Japan. Aryenne – dam of Quest for Fame Derby winner and a leading sire in USA and Australia.


James has also achieved the unique distinction of having bought both the sire and dam of two Derby winners: Rainbow Quest and Aryenne – Quest for Fame; and Dancing Brave and Slightly Dangerous – Commander in Chief.


And Razyana, the dam of Danehill, purchased as a yearling in Saratoga for $350,000. Danehill is now recognised as arguably the most influential sire of sires in Europe.

Young Generation – Classic miler – great sire
Ela-Mana-Mou – European champion
Recitation Classic winner – French 2000 Gns.
To-Agori-Mou – Classic winner – 2000 Gns.
Dancing Brave – European champion
Rainbow Quest – European champion
Kalaglow – European champion
Polish Patriot – Champion sprinter
Bakharoff – Champion two year old
Rousillon – Champion miler
Capriciossa – Dual Group I two year old
Lear Fan – Classic miler
Master Willie – Triple Group I winner
Northern Spur – Breeders Cup winner
Alphabatim – Group I Millionaire
Zoffany Group I Millionaire
Cacoethes – Classic-placed Group 1 winner
Dowsing – Group I Sprinter
Hatim Group I USA
Vilzak – Group I USA
Indian King – Group II Sprinter
Broadway Flyer – Classic-placed Group I winner

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