Seven generations of the Thompson family have raised thoroughbreds at Widden Stud in the Hunter Valley, NSW. Since its establishment by John Thompson in 1867, Widden Stud has been home to some of the finest stallions and broodmares this country has seen.

The list of stallions to stand at Widden includes the following who were all at various times Australia's champion sire; Lochiel (four times champion sire), Grafton (four times), Maltster (five times), Bletchingly (three times), Vain (once) and Marscay (twice). Heroic, Ajax and Todman were other famous Widden stallions. Many of Australia's finest racehorses were born at Widden including the mighty Kingston Town.

The Thompson family also played a significant role in racing administration at the Australian Jockey Club (AJC) with Alfred Thompson and his son Frank serving for many years on the AJC Committee.

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