Welcome to Charles Gordon-Watson Bloodstock, one of Europe’s leading bloodstock agencies and the source of phenomenal success for over 30 years.
Gordon-Watson has established himself as one of the world’s top yearling buyers, having already bought no less than ten Classic winners along with a further 57 triumphs in Group 1 races around the world. Added to this, Gordon-Watson has enjoyed exceptional success with mare and horses-in-training purchases.
His knowledge of bloodstock and racing is second to none in the business. His client base ranges from royal families to the smallest of syndicates with Gordon-Watson always willing to share his expertise. To view Charlie's CV - Click here. Or the Charlie's Hong Kong CV - Click Here.
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The final yearling sale of the year saw Charlie Gordon-Watson Bloodstock topping the Tattersalls December yearling sale. The purchase was a good looking, free moving son of Frankel who sold 250,000 Guineas. The Highclere consigned colt was bought for Mohammed Jaber and will be trained by Ed Dunlop.
Charlie commented after the sale, “He is a very nice horse, out of a very nice mare, with an Arc winner [Suave Dancer features under the third
dam Suavite] on the page and is out of an Anabaa mare, which Iparticularly like. My client wanted to buy two horses, but I told him to target this one.’
While flat racing is slowing down in Europe it is just getting going in Qatar. Gordon-Watson Bloodstock horses in training purchases have been excelling in Qatar with both Opera Baron and Itorio winning Group 3’s.
Another stand out horse in training purchase for owner Sheail Bin Khalifa and trainer Jassim Al Ghazali is Third Dimension, who is now the top rated dirt horse in Qatar.Read >
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International Bloodstock Agency
“Charlie is a horseman with great knowledge.
We have had some great successes.”
SIR MICHAEL STOUTE - Ten Times Champion Trainer
Cursory Glance – Winner of the Moyglare Stakes (G1) and the Albany Stakes (G3,Royal Ascot) 2014
“His very pleasant, easy-going nature conceals the fact that he really puts in the time and effort for his clients. However, he also delivers the goods as well, and that’s what makes the difference.”
Al Shemali, winner of the Group 1 Dubai Duty Free and nearly £2million in prize money, 2010
“Charlie is extremely well informed and professional. He is totally honest and straightforward and most importantly we have had lots of success over the years.”
Royal Rebel, dual winner of the Ascot Gold Cup (G1), 2001-2
Charlie is renowned for his success at buying yearlings. He has purchased over 301 Group/Listed winners including nine Classic winners and over 30 individual Group 1 winners and is consistently among the leading buyers at auctions in Europe. Charlie, aided by Will, attends all the major European Sales as well as travelling further a-field to North America and South Africa. Charlie buys yearlings for some of Europe’s top trainers including Aidan O’Brien, Sir Michael Stoute, Richard Hannon, Andre Fabre, John Gosden and Luca Cumani.
Pictured left: Gifted Girl - Listed winner and Group 1 placed
If you have any type of bloodstock you would like valued Charlie and Will are happy to assess your stock.
Pictured left: Speed Gifted – Winner of the Metropolitan, Group 1 2009
Over the years Charlie has enjoyed enormous success with mare purchases sourced both privately and at the sales. These include Darara (dam of Dar Re Mi and Rewilding) and Shouk (dam of Alexandrova and Magical Romance). He also has performed a number of stallion deals and whether you are looking to buy or sell a stallion Charlie will be willing to help.
Pictured left: Rewilding – Dual Group 1 winner, 2011
Charlie is always keen to help breeders find the best match for their mare. He has a vast knowledge of pedigrees and huge range of contacts in the industry.
Pictured left: War Command – Dewhurst and Coventry Stakes winner, 2013
Charlie has successfully managed horses for a range of clients over many years. He has a strong relationship with a number of top trainers and also a good knowledge of form and the programme book.
Pictured left: Sri Putra – Mutiple Group winner and Group 1 placed
Horse In Training
Charlie has a tremendous knowledge of form and pedigrees and has had notable success when purchasing horses in training either privately or from the sales. He has a good working relationship with a number of leading trainers and has bought top-class performers to race in Hong Kong, Australia and America.
Pictured left: Simenon – Dual Royal Ascot winner 2012
Charlie Gordon-Watson Bloodstock is a world-renown bloodstock agency which has built up a reputation as a consistent source of top-quality bloodstock. To date, Charlie has bought 10 Classic winners and the winners of over 50 Group 1 races.
Among numerous career highlights for Charlie must be Kris Kin’s victory in British racing’s ‘blue-riband’ the Epsom Derby. Another flagship triumph for him was King’s Best’s win in the 2000 Guineas in 2000 while he has twice bought the winner of the world’s oldest Classic, the St Leger, with Snurge in 1990 and Kingston Hill in 2014.
Another shrewd purchase by Charlie was the remarkable Red Cadeaux, winner of the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase and runner-up in no less than three Melbourne Cups. Bought as a yearling for 55,000gns, he has earned almost £5,000,000 in prizemoney, making him the highest UK trained earning horse in Europe.
In addition to an impressive yearling purchase record, Charlie also has an exceptional mare purchase record, having bought the dams of world-class horses such as Dar Re Mi, Rewilding, Seville, Alexandrova, Magical Romance and War Command. He has also made many shrewd horses-in training buys, which include the winner of the Group 1 Hong Kong Derby (Brave Music) and Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes (Cape of Good Hope).
Charlie formed Charles Gordon-Watson Bloodstock in 1985. Prior to that he had stints working for leading owner Robert Sangster, as well as gaining experience working for a thoroughbred PR company and the thoroughbred publication Pacemaker. Having grown up on a stud farm, horses were always a passion for Charlie and he had the first of many race rides at the age of 14.
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Will has always been a passionate racing fan and has an extensive knowledge of the sport. He joined Gordon-Watson Bloodstock in January 2010 and assists Charlie in all aspects of his work, as well as looking after a number of his own clients. Along with purchasing yearlings, Will has made a number of horses in training acquisitions notably dual Group 1 winner Peniaphobia, dual Royal Ascot scorer Simenon and Itorio, a top performer in Qatar.
Prior to joining Charlie, Will worked for Newmarket-based trainers Luca Cumani and Ed Dunlop and also enjoyed a stint with David Hayes in Australia. In addition, he gained valuable experience when working for New England Stud in Newmarket and for Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand.
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Kris Kin – winner of the Epsom Derby (G1) 2003
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Vert De Grece – Private purchase - Winner of the Criterium International, Saint-Cloud 2014
Cursory Glance – Dam purchase - Winner of the Moyglare Stud Stakes (G1) 2014 and Albany Stakes (G3) at Royal Ascot 2014.
Shalaa - Winner of the Prix Morny (Gr1) and Middle Park Stakes (Gr1), 2015
King's Best - Yearling purchase. Winner of the Gr 1 2000 Guineas
QUEST FOR MORE - Winner of the 2016 Gr.1 Prix Du Cadran & Gr.2 Lonsdale Cup. Earnings of over £620,000.
Kingston Hill – yearling purchase – winner of the St Leger Stakes (G1) and the Racing Post Trophy (G1)
Queen's Logic - Yearling purchase. Champion 2YO filly
Red Cadeaux - Yearling purchase. Winner of Gr 1 Hong Kong Vase and over £4 million in prize money.
Simenon - Private purchase. Twice a Royal Ascot winner in one week.
Royal Rebel - Yearling purchase. Dual Gr 1 Ascot Gold Cup winner
Silver Frost - Yearling purchase. Winner of the Gr 1 French 2000 Guineas
The Fugue - Winner of four Group 1s and nearly £2million in prizemoney. Pictured winning Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot 2014.
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"Charlie has been of invaluable assistance to us in the development of our racing and breeding interests and we very much enjoy dealing with him"
LORD AND LADY LLOYD-WEBBER,
Watership Down Stud
"His very pleasant, easy-going nature conceals the fact that he really puts in the time and effort for his clients. However, he also delivers the goods as well, and that's what makes the difference."
"Charlie Gordon-Watson has emerged as one of the premier bloodstock agents in the industry. He has done it by possessing an exceptional eye for the talented athlete, and by having a reputation for the utmost integrity."
AMBASSADOR W. S. FARISH,
Lane's End, Kentucky
“Charlie is a horseman with great knowledge.
We have had some great successes."
SIR MICHAEL STOUTE,
Ten Times Champion Trainer
“Charlie has enjoyed considerable success over the years and has consistently given his owners something to cheer about in all the top races"
Channel 4 Racing
"What's interesting is the talent, what is it about him that can still detect quality in the unbacked unraced thoroughbred and draw satisfied client eulogies from as mixed a bunch as Andrew Lloyd-Webber,John Magnier and American Ambassador Will Farish?"
BROUGH SCOTT ,
Charles Gordon-Watson Bloodstock
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