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Lloyd Plans £4m Development Of UK Racing Operation
In the UK, North Wales businessman Rob Lloyd "is planning a £4 million (A$9.6m) investment to bring his racing operation under one roof," reported racingpost.co.uk. Lloyd, 43, has submitted a planning application for "a mile all-weather gallop, 3 barns for stabling up to 100 horses, staff accommodation, offices & a parade ring at a recently acquired 200-acre farm near Peckforton in Cheshire" (a short distance from Michael Owen's Manor House Stables). Lloyd owns 22 horses: 14 are based at Fron Farm in Flintshire (home to Lloyd & his breeding company Claverdale Bloodstock); the remainder are split between trainers Mick Easterby, Peter Grayson, Lisa Williamson & Richard Fahey. Lloyd "has appointed a trainer to take charge at Peckforton, but is keeping tight-lipped over his identity until shortly before he takes charge". Meanwhile Lloyd expects to add 30 foals to his stud in the next 12 months & has engaged Chris O'Donnell as bloodstock manager. Lloyd summed up: "We have quite a big agenda over the next few weeks in terms of buying the stock for next year. We want to make a big impact & we have some quality animals coming through."