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In pictures: Meon Valley Stud

We go behind the scenes at the famed Hampshire nursery of Meon Valley Stud

    Perhaps the most well-known mare at the stud is Zee Zee Top, a 17-year-old daughter of Zafonic who carried the famous black with white spot silks to victory in the Group 1 Prix de l'Opera in 2003. 
    Since retiring to the paddocks, she has become one of the key mares in the band and her offspring include dual Group 1 heroine Izzi Top and Prix de la Nonette winner Jazzi Top. 
    Zee Zee Top is a granddaughter of Reprocolor and is pictured above with stud manager Mark Weinfeld, who is also part-owner of Meon Valley Stud with his sister Helena Ellingsen and his mother Elizabeth. 
    Zee Zee Top delivered a filly foal by Invincible Spirit earlier this year and her Dubawi colt yearling (below) will be offered at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale later this year. 
    Meon Valley Stud are truly master breeders, thanks to careful nurturing of those foundation families and the tranquil surroundings and lush, rolling paddocks which the young horses are raised. 
    The operation has been producing top-class horses for more than 30 years and looks set to continue doing so for many years more.
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