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Gloria De Campeao just holds on to win the 15th running of the Dubai World Cup Colt ex May Kiersey, a Sadler’s Wells full-sister to dual Group winner and dual Classic-placed Gagnoa, owned by Pat Tobin.

Colt ex Makarova, a Sadler’s Wells half-sister to Group 1 Fillies’ Mile winner Sunspangled, owned by Southern Bloodstock.

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5-time Gr.1 winner Duke Of Marmalade sprints 4 lengths clear for an emphatic victory in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes - Gr.1 at Royal Ascot

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US bloodstock and racing in decline, Big Brown and Medaglia D’Oro to shuttle and Ted Voute watches Star Witness win the Blue Diamond


Breeze-Up Diary

Stage 4: and so to big school

New faces


Some of this season’s first crop foals

The Dubai World Cup

Gloria de Campeao is the lowest-rated winner ever of the Dubai World Cup


Which one is it going to be?

The stallion of Choice


MRI: the gold standard


Mare of the Month


Dear Nic from Bill O’Gorman

Moving on up

Sally Duckett meets the ambitious young trainer Tom Dascombe

A bright young thing

Paddy Twomey is looking forward to the breeze-up sales, writes Jocelyn de Moubray IntTBred


Masters of their art









John Berry reviews leading Australian stallion Redoute’s Choice, sire of the UAE Derby winner, Musir Dr Meredith Smith explains

Vertigineux, dam of Zenyatta



Elaine Clarke visits the O’Callaghans at Yeomanstown Stud

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The Kentucky Derby waters are far from clear for Frank Mitchell


Amy Bennett interviews Trevor Lobb of Darley Australia and chairman of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia

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The Cheltenham Festival

John Sparkman believes there are just too many juvenile sales in the US

European cast off is champion

Amy Bennett sees bargain-buy Volksraad heading towards another New Zealand sires’ championship



A brilliant four days’ racing at Prestbury Park saw Imperial Commander rule

The man at the helm


Alan Porter reviews the meeting that saw winners come from right around the globe

View from Timeform


The juvenile list is beginning to taking shape for our South American correspondent Michael Burns


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The First Word

Jeremy Green had a good day out at Meydan, but wanted a little more

Cat climbs to the top of the tree

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Blessed is the god of Denman


Kathleen Donovan meets US-based breeze-up consignor Niall Brennan




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the foreword

Blessed is the god of Denman

Gold Cup day became a religious experience for some at Prestbury Park


EING IN THE BACK of the stands on Gold Cup day – having got there a full 25 minutes ahead of the race in order to give ourselves any chance of fighting with elbows to squeeze in a precarious foot hold on the steppings – was rather like involvement in devout religious frenzy. While the same old lines are trotted out every year in the middle of March regarding the actions of the “Cheltenham devotee”, - the Festival rituals of tweed, trilby hats and meetings by the Arkle statue, Alastair Down’s standard eulogies blessing the natural ampitheatre of Prestbury Park as well the honourable drinking of Guinness, this year was different. I think I witnessed what can only be described as a religious experience in the back of those stands on the racecourse side of the Mill House bar. The girl standing next to me, proudly sporting her garish Denman badge with boyfriend wearing an equally nauseating scarf (nothing against these outward shows of team spirit, but the colour combinations taken from Denman’s and Kauto Star’s colours were not really designed to be reprinted on shiny badges or on woolly scarves), was actually physically praying through the race. While I am no expert at judging people, this prayer did not appear to be one of the kind more frequently seen on racecourses, that nailbiting, white-knuckled appeal: “I have punted this so hard that I can not contemplate the continuation of life if this fails to come in.” No, she looked far too nice for that sort of bloodcurdling, adrenline-rushed stomach-twisting experience. And with her clean nails and pale skin she certainly was not someone involved with the horse in the yard so did not have the excuse of being acquainted with the horse on personal terms. And obviously as she was standing alongside me in the cheap seats was not on speaking terms with the horse’s owners or connections. No, she and her boyfriend just wanted the horse to win. Well, actually to run well and come home safe. With her hands pressed together towards the skies through the early part of the race she whispered to her god; when Denman began to hit his stride down the back


With her hands pressed together toward the skies through the early part of the race she whispered to her god

straight she got quite vocal, continuing to call him home up the infamous hill, even though the horse was quite clearly beaten by then. The pair just seemed delighted that he finished – and crossed the line in one piece. I got the feeling that they would have felt exactly the same way even if the horse had come home in tenth. I guess that is what we want, people to become so involved in this sport that they can identify with the equine individuals taking part. Perhaps I am just too hardened now, beyond change and too much in need of the drug of actual involvement with an equine competitor (and I have been lucky to have been involved in a small way with the actual reality of racing horses, an opportunity I know that is not open to everyone) but the whole thing did seem just a little bizarre. But with Gold Cup day enjoying its biggest crowd for five or six years, betting turnover up on the Friday by a staggering 22 per cent on the previous year, while the totequadpot also smashed records, with a record being bet into the pool on the Friday, perhaps this is the way for the future. It seems that a continual creation of this devout fervour is the way forward for racing to profit, and it will be the Racing for Change way for the future. And in one respect all this attention being fostered onto two horses is indeed, to an extent, the sport getting back to basics – it should be all about the horse after all. But there are dangers. What happens when there are not obvious stars such as the likes of Denman and Kauto? What about the Flat racing game that does not generally have such longlasting individuals? After all it has taken the two Nicholls inmates, both ten-year-olds, six years

to reach such heighted awareness in the public domain. We cannot, and should not, create or market second-level gods, it would be a policy that would just lead to disappointment for all followers when those heros are found to be lacking true championship status. A marketing plan for the future of racing has to go deeper than just the provision of scarves and the blessing of champions. There was one god though at the Festival which did come up trumps – that “honourable” god of the bookmaking industry. As Dave Williams of Ladbrokes said on the Friday: “God was smiling on the bookies in the Cotswolds this week. It was the best Festival we’ve had in a generation and we didn’t want to go home.” That’s good then.


OMMENDABLE AS THE STAFF awards are, and indeed a muchneeded way to raise the profile of those who work in yards in both the racing and bloodstock industries, there is one question that has to be asked regarding this year’s awards – well, actually every recent year’s awards. Given the number of foreign nationals working in the industry in Britain now – most yards in recent years have relied heavily (indeed existed) upon imported staff and they have come from a wide variety of countries including South America, India, Pakistan, Poland and the Republic of Czechoslovakia – surely you would think that someone without a British or Irish-sounding name might be a recipient of an award? You would have thought that a lad or a lass who has given up everything at home, travelled to Britain in the hope of increasing their earnings and who now works day in and day out, would be valued enough to be thought worthy of the accolade? Apparently not. Not one. Not a single Dominik, Filip, Henryk or Juliana appeared on the list of winners or as a runner-up. No Mandins, Madhurs, Ritviks or Gandhiks were included and thanked for all their hard work and dedication. You have to ask how many foreign nationals were nominated? Any? Probably very few. So you have to ask whether it is just thought not worth involving these vital employees in such things? Or is something else involved here?

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the first word

Remarkable yes, outstanding no

Jeremy Green is not really quite sure what to make of his day’s racing in Dubai


T IS THE LAST Saturday in March. Just a few miles from downtown Dubai, through the shimmering 40 degree heat, amid a patchwork of road, car parks and desert, the hulking Meydan racecourse protrudes like an alien craft. The Dubai World Cup, trumpetted by Gulf News as“A New Era for racing”, is just hours away. Even from the outside, this looks a race meeting like no other. Dubai is addicted to superlatives. The tallest, the biggest, fastest – every control is set to awe. The now razed Nad Al Sheba racetrack

Meydan: a racetrack or a “lifestyle destination”?

was perfectly fine but considered anomalous to the grand designs springing up around. In this context and given his decades of devotion to racing, it came as no surprise that Sheikh Mohammed, the Dubai ruler, sanctioned in 2008 the construction of Meydan. Some ₤1 billion later, the track’s official opening remained in tune with the zeal for the almost unreal and coincided with the richest race meeting ever staged: US$26.25 million spread across eight races, four of those at the highest level.

So, was it any good? Exiting the venue shortly after midnight once Santana had taken to the stage (sorry Carlos), the prevailing mood of the many consulted was generally one of contentment, a feeling that something unique had been witnessed and the vast majority expressed a desire they would want to return. Unsurprisingly for such a vast venue that rose so quickly and spectacularly, there were also a few teething problems, but no doubt they will be ironed out by next year. But there are also Photo: Dubai Racing Club


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aspects that any amount of money cannot buy. It may seem self-evident, but probably the main problem with a project of this size is its very scale. Then again, Meydan, titled after the Arabic word for “meeting place”, is not solely about horses and racing. Indeed, it is used for racing for just a fraction of the year. The corporate spin describes it as an “integrated business and lifestyle destination”. You don’t get that at, say, Cheltenham. But what you do find at Cheltenham is a genuine fervour from those packing the stands for the sport itself, not the ancillaries. Sheikh Mohammed is obviously besotted with the game and his Godolphin operation in particular, but it seems impossible to imbue that same sense of passion among 60,000 patrons across a milelong grandstand which also comprises a luxury hotel, marina, IMAX theatre and countless high-end, gourmet eateries. Vocal expressions of appreciation did not appear to be encouraged either on the night. When Calming Influence won the Godolphin Mile for new and hotly tipped Godolphin trainer, Mahmoud Al Zarooni, a local gentleman in the cheaper seats whooped and hollered his approval while waving the UAE flag. He was later told to shut up by security officials for causing disapproving glances from the well-heeled, champagne-sipping westerners in the adjoining members’ area. Maybe he was just a patriot doing his best to whip up positive atmosphere where there was not much. Ultimately, however, the racing was excellent and the winners’ provenance, trained in six countries, was only fitting for such an unparallelled global stage. It also has to be said that the brand new tracks, turf and Tapeta, rode fairly as they had throughout the Carnival. For example, the 6f straight on turf had been used only once before and horses from all sides tried to attack the quickest which was Hong Kong’s Joy And Fun, who had never been able to achieve the credit due owing to the potency of triple world champion Sacred Kingdom at home at Sha Tin. Still, he

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Jockey Kevin Shea clearly thought he had prevailed, punching the air in celebration after the line. Never before has a case of “premature jock elation” meant so much – US$4 million to be exact

emerged a worthy winner of the inaugural Al Quoz sprint with Brett Doyle in the saddle. Musir, widely touted as the likeliest winner on the card, was different class in the UAE Derby and, one race later, trainer Carl O’Callaghan provided the best humour of the evening after he won the Dubai Golden Shaheen with Kinsale King scoring on his Group 1 debut from the strongly fancied Singaporean, rocket Man. The California-based native of County Clare, aged 34, who has recorded his own CD of tunes from back in his native land, told the assembled media he wanted to get up on the Meydan roof after racing with his guitar and be a warm-up act for Elton John after the racing was over. “We’ll make a good night of it anyway. But first I think I’ll find a trough of Guinness somewhere and stick my head in it,” he said, seemingly only half in jest. Look out for O’Callaghan when Kinsale King targets the Golden Jubilee Stakes at royal Ascot. He knows how to have a good time; looks like he knows how to train horses too. The US$5 million Dubai Duty Free was a slowly run race and threw up the big surprise of the night with Al Shemali taking advantage of his handy position to score for royston Ffrench. But, later, the meeting’s best ride and training honours went to William Buick and John Gosden when Dar re Mi proved too classy in the Dubai Sheema Classic. Despite his wide gate, Buick went forward on the Lord Lloyd-Webber’s mare and found a sweet position in fifth with cover and bided his time before producing the daughter of Singspiel with a winning run at the top of the straight. And what a way it was for the 21-year-old rider to begin his relationship with his new stable by landing the US$3 million first prize

on just his second ride since his appointment in January. In the lead-up to the meeting, many had spoken of the advantage held by horses that had been stationed in Dubai or nearby for their preparation. Surely those, the logic went, who had flown in from England on the back of the coldest winner since the 1960s would struggle to produce their best on their seasonal bows. Gosden later revealed he was not able to work Dar re Mi for two weeks during the European winter’s icy grip, so to have beaten such a highclass field is testament to his acumen and his mare’s constitution. There will surely be more majors wherever she goes over the months ahead. The richest race in history, the US$10 million 2010 Dubai World Cup will be remembered by most for its gripping three-way finish, the length of time it took for the stewards to call Gloria De Campeao the nose winner from Lizard’s Desire, whose jockey Kevin Shea clearly thought he had prevailed, punching the air in celebration after the line. Never before has a case of “premature jock elation” meant so much – US$4 million to be exact. But it was the moment the PA announced “Number five, Gloria De Campeao” to have lasted home that will remain longest to this observer. Only the winner’s connections exulted among the masses. Despite the magnitude of the outcome, a sense of muted indifference appeared to reign and this can perhaps attributed to the absence of on-course gambling The slogan used by one British bookmaker that, “It matters more when there is money on it” may or may not be true. But people in the stands react to a result more when they have a few quid riding on it. In that regard, and despite its thrilling, but bewilderingly confused finish, the most valuable race ever run seemed a little bit of an anticlimax. racing’s lifeblood lies in the enthusiasm of its spectators. No amount of Olympic-standard opening ceremonies, fireworks – and they were astounding – or post-event Elton John concerts can substitute or compensate for the lack of betting, the natural conduit for the average racegoers’ interest. But these are minor quibbles. When in rome, you get your bets on the web or phone. Meydan has it all. In its awesome structure, design and things that are physical. It is endowed like no facility this or any sport has seen. After the last race, when Elton John was galloping through his back catalogue, one wondered whether Meydan was a racetrack or a “lifestyle destination”. That is the point. It is both.

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the news

US racing and bloodstock declines

US Jockey Club Fact Book 2010 reveals across-the-board domestic declines in 2009 although the US boasted the most mares of any country in 2008 and prize-money levels below only Japan. But what will the ongoing picture be for 2010?


ENTUCKY continues to lead the a second year. The 9.5 per cent decline to crop sold as yearlings fell from 27 per cent in 2004 and 2006 to 21 per cent in 2008, the $12,972,615,606 contributed to a 5.9 per cent US in terms of thoroughbred lowest level since 1992. decrease in gross purses to $1,233,172,714. production and despite the economic crisis has increased With figures just recorded to 2008, exports Prize-money in North America fell by 5.9 its market share of the US of horses from the US around the world per cent in 2009. The states that were able to thoroughbred industry, reports registered a growth through the ten-year offer at least $1 million more in prize-money the 2010 US Jockey Club Fact Book. period from 1998 with 3,800 horses exported. in 2009 than in 2008 were Indiana (+49.2), Pennsylvania (+4.5%), Louisiana (+3.7%) and Conversely, the numbers of imported horses In 1998, over 36,000 foals were bred fell from over 1,000 to less than 800. West Virginia (+2.3%). throughout the whole of the US and Canada. Through most years until 2008 that number Sale results down in 2009 continued to increase reaching a high of Active stallion numbers are also down The total aggregate of US thoroughbred 38,353 in 2005. The number of stallions listed as active in auction purchases in 2009 fell by 32.2 per The following year the the US fell from 3,458 in 2007 to 2,599 in cent to $659,646,413, the number fell marginally, 2009. This fall in numbers was mirrored in lowest annual total since but in 2008 the number of the numbers of mares bred which through the 1996. The total sales of foals bred dropped below same period fell from 56,734 to 44,578, with weanlings declined by All might not be lost now for those numbers dropping in Kentucky by 3,000. 37,000 for the first time in 11.3 per cent in 2009, studs which find themselves with a number of years before although the average a sub-fertile stallion - farmer Dave experiencing a precipitous Worldwide statistics price per weanling sold Joyce believes he has found the herbal fall to 34,000 in 2009. It The Jockey Club also put together country rose by4.4 per cent to equivalent to Viagra. is believed that the 2010 by country figures (see opposite) in order $39,000. Joyce’s bull Boris had not managed foal crop will drop again to compare the racing industries across the The aggregate sales of to get a cow in calf for over a year, and to under 30,000, which world. the only course of action appeared two-year-olds fared even would be the smallest The figures are for 2008, and show that to be the slaughterhouse. In a lastworse falling by 33.9 per registered foal crop since ditch attempt to rescue the beast, unsurprisingly Japan is a clear leader judged cent with the average 1976. Joyce administered his bull a herbal by prize-money totals and betting turnover, price dropping by 24 per Florida has seen its concoction, sourced by his assistant and is only behind the US on races run. The cent, while the yearling share of the foal crop from the internet. The capsules US has easily biggest broodmare band of any aggregate fell by 32.4 per contained a mixture of Horny Goat shrink from 12 per cent country, ahead of Australia and Ireland. cent and average yearling Weed, Cordyceps, Damiana, Avena in 2007 to 10 per cent in prices by 22 per cent. What the figures will show for for 2009 Sativa and Muira Puama. 2008, while Kentucky and ongoing, will be highly enlightening and In association, the Amazingly, just two days before made up 32 per cent of the probably quite different. percentage of the foal he was due for the chop, Boris’s total foal crop with over performance improved. 9,000 foals born. Joyce, 41, said: “He just couldn’t Half of the top 10 perform and we just thought – he’s US foal crop state by state 2008 foal-producing states got to go. He was destined for the increased their number of slaughterhouse. registered foals from 1998 “But he is such a nice bull and we to 2008, led by Louisiana didn’t really want to get rid of him so and New Mexico, where we started looking into alternative foal production more than solutions. “And since we have fed him this doubled. herbal Viagra he been rampant. When the cows come out - he’s the first in Betting falls there. Calves are back on the agenda.” The betting turnover in the US in 2009 fell by more than $1 billion for

A herbal Viagra?


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the news Thoroughbred Racing and Breeding Worldwide 2008 Country

Argentina Australia Austria Bahrain Belgium Brazil Bulgaria Canada Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark France Germany Great Britain Greece Hong Kong Hungary India Ireland Italy Japan Lebanon Lithuania Macau Madagascar Malaysia Mauritius Mexico Morocco Netherlands New Zealand Norway Panama Peru Poland Qatar Russia Saudi Arabia Singapore Slovakia South Africa South Korea Sweden Switzerland Tunisia Turkey United Arab Emirates United States Uruguay Venezuela Total



Wagering statistics include bookmaking in countries where such activities are legal. US $ conversions of the Euro at 1.00 Euro = US $1.3927 * Estimated figures *** Not reported † No wagering ‡ Dollars in millions



Reg. Foals



5,754 17,211 62 165 172 4,564 14 4,950 35 1,057 350 200 6,854 1,573 9,494 1,196 735 331 2,578 2,454 4,305 17,744 348 44 636 90 725 256 1,411 462 87 3,099 280 *** 1,941 521 359 842 493 752 153 3,806 1,859 649 222 360 4,147 308 50,119 1,043 3,032

63.59 295.3 0.68 0.8 3.52 15.25 *** 127.22 0.11 14.55 2.73 2.91 335.63 25.71 157.69 21.81 98.46 1.1 18.92 84.44 79.68 1,220.08 0.74 0.04 23.43 0.08 11.47 3.5 *** 3.16 0.38 36.97 3.89 *** 4 1.81 10.81 *** 8.59 40.9 1.01 31.25 102.21 9.21 *** 2.5 141.99 36.99 1,165.11 5.03 25.73

192.23 8,680.81 *** † *** 127.73 *** 488.57 *** 163.79 2.03 *** 13,181.89 166.82 15,419.53 413.31 8,520.89 4.96 356.57 5,438.29 3,167.96 34,389.73 9.49 *** 396.96 6.11 344.2 147.81 *** 458.16 44.24 277.34 527.06 *** 23.75 3.38 † 1.56 † 1,466.57 0.22 959.59 5,612.94 1,517.33 *** *** 1,367.67 † 13,647.93 20.33 ***

12,271 29,075 64 112 63 3,854 107 3,309 94 824 530 251 8,775 2,092 10,740 236 *** 258 2,971 20,038 2,100 10,234 5 23 0 10 88 0 672 476 20 8,048 62 420 796 789 60 1,450 1,740 *** 190 4,230 2,193 384 54 62 3,549 2 51,853 3,236 2,224

8,154 17,827 31 54 35 2,924 57 2,550 25 280 309 188 5,420 1,245 5,987 155 *** 152 1,696 12,419 1,684 7,343 0 2 0 7 50 0 446 115 23 4,126 40 160 560 441 32 481 877 *** 86 *** 1,368 330 35 38 1,400 2 33,550 2,100 1,222

53,166 173,541 541 1,536 1,555 33,785 *** 39,487 162 10,478 *** 4,032 75,891 14,188 98,014 10,537 9,188 2,780 23,591 34,592 36,598 187,452 1,985 163 7,454 *** 8,588 2,272 12,094 3,932 672 32,374 2,670 *** 15,876 4,148 3,000 5,052 7,385 8,379 1,271 41,790 20,494 6,067 2,231 3,450 41,833 3,599 410,608 9,474 25,794

10,338 29,972 207 308 446 5,293 120 7,464 81 1,492 1,598 668 14,624 2,772 20,366 1,193 1,233 497 3,644 9,041 6,308 24,733 348 29 671 52 1,280 386 1,600 557 185 5,866 565 *** 1,391 809 500 2,148 1,613 1,165 466 6,725 3,067 1,324 458 580 4,714 1,044 67,061 1,826 2,926








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the news

Big Brown to shuttle to Australia after Vinery buys a significant shareholding Vinery Australia has acquired a significant shareholding in 2008 champion three-year-old Big Brown, who will stand the southern hemisphere season at the Hunter Valley farm. It will be the first year that the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness Stakes (G1) winner has undertaken a shuttle trip to the southern hemisphere. IEAH Stables raced Big Brown in partnership with Paul Pompa Jr. and retained a controlling interest in his stallion career.

Out of Mien (Nureyev) Big Brown won seven of eight career starts and earned $3,614,500. His only defeat came with the Triple Crown on the line in the 2008 Belmont Stakes (G1). “It is a great thrill to be standing a horse of the calibre of Big Brown,” said Vinery’s Peter Orton in a press release. “He was the most superior racehorse of his generation, showing a devastating turn of foot. “Even more appealing to us is his pedigree – bred to run on turf

Medaglia D’Oro heads for southern climes too ANOTHER STALLION due to shuttle for the first time is the multiple Grade 1 winner Medaglia D’Oro, sire of champion and 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra. The 2009 leading second-crop sire currently stands at Darley in Lexington for an advertised fee of $100,000. The 11-year-old by El Prado will join the Darley Australia roster along with multiple Group 1-placed stakes winner Von Costa De Hero (Encosta de Lago). “We are delighted that Sheikh Mohammed has decided to bring Medaglia D’Oro to Australia,” said Henry Plumptre, Darley Australia’s managing director. “Both Medaglia D’Oro and Von Costa De Hero are two exceptional thoroughbreds, and we’re looking forward to offering them to our clients this season.” From two crops age three and older, Medaglia D’Oro is the sire of 86 winners from 165 starters that have earned $9,985,869 to March 6. He has sired six per cent stakes winners from his first two crops. “Medaglia d’Oro is, quite simply, one of the best and most exciting stallions in the world, and we are lucky to see his like here in Australia,” said Plumptre. “His progeny excel on all surfaces, and he gets both extreme quality and quality in quantity—those are the rarest of attributes for a stallion.”


yet brilliant enough to beat the best on their terms on dirt. What might this horse have achieved in Europe running in the Classics there also? “After inspecting the stallion last week, I’m delighted to say he exceeded my expectations on conformation and his suitability to the Australasian style of racehorse,” continued Orton. “He stands just on 16.1 hands, possesses a particularly kind temperament and handles himself in the covering barn like a

real professional. “The most pleasing aspect for this stallion is the quality of his first foals that are now arriving in Kentucky. They are strong compact types with good shoulders and powerful hindquarters, typical of the Danzig-line progeny we see here that are so successful in our conditions.” No stud fee has yet been announced for Big Brown, who is currently standing for $55,000 at Three Chimneys Farm. High Award, Holy Roman Emperor’s first winner, going through the ring as a foal at Tattersalls in 2008. He fetched 425,000gns

Two very different freshman sires get off the mark

Unbelievably, the competition for the leading northern hemisphere freshman sire has already got underway for 2010 after Aly Weeping won at Sunland Park becoming the first career winner for the New Mexico-based freshman sire Weeping Willow. His succcess was followed just a couple of weeks later when Holy Roman Emperor got off the mark courtesy of his very first runner, the Tommy Stack-trained Holy Award, who had cost Demi O’Byrne 425,000gns as a foal The two stallions have come from vastly different starts at studs. A nine-year-old by Horse Chestnut, Weeping Willow won one of six starts. He is out of the winning Alydar mare Alyaffirm, and amazingly Aly Weeping is just one of four two-year-olds in his first crop. Coolmore’s Irish-based stallion Holy Roman Emperor retired to stud in the spring of his three-year-old year as a replacement for the sub-fertile George Washington. He is a son of the champion sire Danehill and despite his late arrival at stud covered 150 mares in his first year.

Eagle Mountain retired to stud after injury ends career

Eagle Mountain, who has endured an injury-afflicted career, has been retired from racing after injuring a tendon while training in Dubai. “This is his third career-threatening injury and enough is enough,” said trainer Mike de Kock, who trained the six-year-old son of Rock of Gibraltar for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa. Originally trained in Ireland by Aidan O’Brien, Eagle Mountain finished second in the Derby and the Champion Stakes before transferring in 2008 to de Kock for whom he finished second to Conduit in the Breeders’ Cup Turf in his only US start. He went on to claim his sole Group 1 success in the Hong Kong Cup (G1) where he beat Balius, Linngari and Viva Pataca. Eagle Mountain ran 19 times with 16 outings in Group races. He won or was placed in 11 of those Group race starts and in total earned over $1.7 million. Bred in Britain by London Thoroughbred Services, Eagle Mountain is a half-brother to English and French champion Sulk, is out of the Darshaan mare Masskana and is the best performer by Coolmore sire Rock Of Gibraltar. Stud plans are not yet finalised.

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Liam Cashman: 1938-2010 LEADING STALLION master, stud owner, pinhooker, consignor and breeder Liam Cashman, owner and manager of Rathbarry Stud, County Cork, Ireland, has died after a short illness. He was 72 years old. Cashman took over the running of Rathbarry from his father Paul, who bought the stud in 1935. Through Liam’s subsequent period at the helm of the familyrun farm champion NH stallions have emerged, numerous leading first-season Flat sires have been produced, as well as many top-class racehorses, such as the dual 1,000 Guineas winner and champion Finsceal Beo. The stud has become one of the largest family-owned private farms in Europe, while Cashman can also be credited for helping to introduce Sheikh Mohammed to the stallion business. The farm, which originally stood NH stallions such as Pitpan, the first stallion bought by Cashman, started to move into the Flat market in the 1970s. One of the first Flat stallions stood by Cashman was Kampala, who topped the leading first season sires list in 1984 and was sire of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Tony Bin. By the mid-1980s, Cashman had also invested in the Sheikh Mohammed-owned Taufan, who became the leading first-season sire the following year. But Cashman’s himself believed that it was Alzao who really put the farm on the map. The son of Lyphard was purchased by Cashman from Francois Boutin’s yard in France and despite Cashman feeling that the horse was a touch “small” he felt the horse had a “gorgeous pedigree”. Alzao became leading first-season sire in 1988 and was bought by Coolmore in 1989. Having enjoyed a successful

partnership with Sheikh Mohammed, Rathbarry invested in the Sadler’s Wells Breeders’ Cup winner Barathea in 1994, buying the horse before his trip to the US. It was a journey to the races that Cashman also undertook with his son Paul. Cashman throughly enjoyed the experience - made even better by Barathea’s victory – leading him to say in an interview for Pacemaker magazine in 2007 that “when Barathea won in America, it was the single best moment I have enjoyed in the business.” The stallion became a firstseason sire in 1998. By the early 1990s, Taufan had really started to make his mark as a sire and in 1993 he produced the Group 1 two-year-old winner Tagula, who also subsequently retired to the farm. As was the norm by then for Rathbarry stallions, he too became the leading first-season sire taking the title in 2000. Despite the growth and the success enjoyed by the farm’s Flat stallions, the NH division was not neglected through these years and in 1991 Cashman purchased Glenview as a further base from which to stand his jumps stallions. The farm has since stood such important sires as Strong Gale, Good Thyne, King’s Ride, Phardante and currently the leading NH sire Presenting, who is heading for a fourth sires’ title. Cashman, who was honoured for his lifetime’s achievements in 2006 by the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association, rode as an amateur in his younger days and jump racing, especially point-topoint racing, always remained close to his heart. He leaves a fine legacy for his wife Catherine, daughter Niamh and son Paul, who are all involved with the running and ongoing operations at Rathbary.

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Monmouth cuts race days but ups purses, while New York racing faces crisis SUBJECT TO approval from New Jersey state officials, the number of racing dates to be held this summer at Monmouth Park racecourse is to be reduced from 141 days to just 50. However, the news is far fom bad as the fall means that there will be substantial increases in prize-money – it is expected that every day’s racing will carry at least a $1

million pot. The move will take the track into the higher echelons of horseracing in the uS. “We saw what works; the player wants a better product with full fields,” said Monmouth Park’s manager robert Kulina. “We’re cautiously optimistic that the model will work. “We’re concerned about our local horsemen and our smaller horsemen,” said nJTHA president John Forbes. “But we would die a slow death and there’s no other way to save ourselves from extinction.” Conversely, the new York racing and breeding industry is in crisis after the longawaited deal for an Aqueduct gaming operator

fell through. The news comes soon after new York’s Off Track Betting Corporation (OTB) was declared bankrupt. The proposed racino, which would have included 4,500 poker machines, would have given the new York racing Association funds to boost prize-money. Two of new York’s breeding farms have closed and many owners are taking their horses to Monmouth Park, Pennsylvania and Canada where poker machines have boosted purses and breeder awards. new York’s flagship Saratoga meeting in August is also in jeopardy.

Bloodstock agent William Huntingdon takes a look at the varied world of racing and bloodstock

To Tasmania and back again


OT-WHEELING from the drive across the Nullarbor from Perth, I just had time to take in a day’s racing at Caulfield before catching the Spirit of Tasmania ferry to cross the sea to the small island that the same evening. The Blue Diamond, a Group 1 two-year-race, was won in good style by Starcraft’s son Star Witness and there were also sparkling wins by Typhoon Tracy (Red Ransom) and Denman (Lonhro). The sales scene in Tasmania is great fun as it’s friendly one-day sale of 150 lots is uncomplicated by x-rays as there is no repository. It is though fairly dependent on Victoria-based stallions. Armidale Stud, which stands Savoire Vivre, a successful John Gosden-trained son of Sadler’s Wells and Oh So Sharp, sold the top lot for A$80,000. Savoire Vivre had 15 lots sell – many supplied by Armidale – for an average of A$15,266. The stallion has begun to make his mark in


Victoria, as well as getting good middle-distance performers in Tasmania. I also had a day’s racing at Lauceston and had the luck to end up in the winners’ enclosure not just once but twice! I had mentioned to Jonathan Munz, who has had a couple of horses at Kingsclere, that I was going to have a day at the

races and he said (perhaps slightly flippantly!) that he had a couple of runners and asked if I would stand in for him if things went well. Well things did go rather well and as a result I had to make an acceptance speech for the Tasmanian Oaks trophy, which was won by Coulis, a Zabeel filly out of a Danehill mare, and for the

Spirit of Tasman: William’s mode of travel to Tasmania

Launceston Cup that was won by Larry’s Never Late, a colt by Pentire out of a Zabeel mare. Who knows maybe Jonathan might name his next horse William’s Lucky! Trainer Bill Wilde, who trains at Warrnambool in South Australia in partnership with his son, headed over the Tasman to buy a staying yearling. Bill originally qualified in England as a human dentist and started out in racing as an amateur trainer and rider. He has the distinction of giving Lester Piggott his last winning ride in Australia at Caulfield. His son Symon spent a season with me at West Ilsley followed by a stint with Nicky Henderson. He also has had a spell at Lindsay Park and then with Laura de Seroux when she won the Breeders’ Distaff with Azeri. The Wilde pair have a really well-named website – wilderacing. Warrnambool is a great place to train as it has a good racetrack, excellent swimming facilities in the

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Sangster launches broodmare venture THE “Hollywood” style Paddy Power sign caused almost as much discussion amongst the Cheltenham devotees as the likely winner of the Gold Cup. With a campaign now to leave it in place, the sign has already gained a Facebook fan club of its own called the Paddy Power Cleeve Hill Sign. It has over 2,000 members. How sad...

harbour and further beach work opportunities at nearby Killarney. It is also to the home of Victorian Jumps Racing, which is curently under serious threat from closure. Last-ditch efforts are being made to make the jumps safer and bigger to slow the runners up, and greater emphasis is being made to provide safe jumping ground. It is worth noting that last year 302 people drowed in Australia, so perhaps more effort by the authorities should go into providing better safety measures for swimmers! The Victorian sales regained much of the ground lost in the previous year, despite the restrictions from Equine Influenza and the absence of the Hong Kong Jockey Club from the buying bench. There was a well-advertised family day on the Sunday before the sale, which was well attended with addresses from agents, consignors, syndicators and trainers. The Autumn Racing Carnival is always slightly overshadowed by it’s Sydney counterpart, even though it’s own Spring Carnival is dominant. Potentially, the best three-yearcolt of the year, Denman, suffered a serious reverse in the Crown Guineas at the hands of Classic

Swettenham Stud owner Adam Sangster has announced the launch of a new breeding and trading venture. The company will purchase around five quality broodmares, who will be mated with commercial stallions. The resultant progeny will be sold at major yearling sales. “This is an exciting time for Swettenham and we are looking forward to providing horse breeding enthusiasts with a platform to participate in the higher end of breeding for a modest outlay,” said

Sangster. “We are in a strong position to make this work and all have a lot of enjoyment along the way.” The minimum investment is $25,000, which is a one-off payment for six years. On the racecourse, Swettenham Stud has enjoyed a fruitful period of late with the Swettenham Stud-bred and Adam Sangster-owned Zipping winning the Group 1 Australian Cup, while the Australian Guineas winner Rock Classic is a grand-daughter of Midnight Fever, a Swettenham mare.

Hunting around

Rock, a Fastnet Rock colt who is trained by the ageless genius, Bart Cummings. Amazingly, there is a strong chance that Denman suffered the same type of arrhythmia that affected his English namesake. As he is due to fly north, there is a fair chance that vet Celia Marr will be asked to repeat her evaluation as she is the world expert. The eight-year-old Zipping won the postponed Australian Cup, just beating the Cummings-trained Sirmione by a nose. The victory was slightly controversial as the winning jockey was fined for excessive whip use; the beaten owners demanded further action. All the states have different interpretations of a general rule. New South Wales seem to have got it right as instead of fines it gives out suspensions as punishments. It seems a far more effective solution. What might be an even better idea would be to accompany the suspension with an obligation to assist in the Riding for Disabled schemes and for the fines to be used in the Retraining of Racehorse schemes. The next sales venue was the Adelaide Magic Millions, which is run by Englishman Tim Brown.

Gerry Harvey’s Baramul Stud, which is based in the Widden valley, topped the sale selling an athletic daughter of Stratum out of a Barathea mare. Prize-money has increased greatly in South Australia, the Gawler track has had a massive facelift and Murray Bridge is developing a new racetrack and training facility. Hopefully, this investment will lead to a spillover into the breeding field. The sales and racing circus now moves on to it’s seasonal climax in Sydney at Easter. A plethora of Redoute’s Choices, Encosta de Lagos and progeny by the new star, Fastnet Rock, will be on offer. While it is not certain that Darley and Patinack will be as active as they were last year, despite the fact that the mining and service industries have survived the economic downturn far better here than in many parts of the world, the middle market should be strong. The Golden Slipper looks as though it will be as competitive a race as ever and in the last 11 years six fillies and two geldings have won. Only Sebring, Stratum and Catbird have flown the flag for the colts. The unbeaten Military Rose, who is by General Nediym and out of a

Flying Spur mare, should have an excellent chance of extending the fillies’ record. Visually perhaps the most interesting innovation in South Australia were the two mini screens installed in the urinal of the Port Fairy TAB pub so that (male) punters should not miss a single moment of racing action. Dedication for you! Only in Australia could there be an intense and serious radio discussion regarding the qualities of elastic. Macca’s Sunday Around Australia, the country’s equivalent of Down Your Way and Clare Balding’s Ramblings, gave over much of its programme to a lengthy phone-in discussion on the falling standards of Holeproof underwear, due to insubstantial elastic from China. And only in Australia could I bid you goodnight as I settle into my swag, with a nagging doubt as to whether I have picked the best camp site in Scone flanked by the railway line and the busy New England Highway. In the quieter moments there seems to be a fair amount of cattle noise from the local stock yards. On the plus side, however, my bovine friends may drown my snoring for the other residents.

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The Secret’s out..... Quality first foals for the Champion European Sprinter

Colt ex Molly Moon at 2 weeks dam half-sister to multiple Group winner and Gr.1-pl THE TRADER (2nd Prix de l'Abbaye).

Colt ex Aqaba at 2 weeks dam half-sister to Gr.1 winners LADY OF CHAD (Prix Marcel Boussac) and ALCAZAR (Prix Royal-Oak).

Filly ex Starfleet at 3 weeks dam of winners including Group 2 winner MR NAPPER TANDY.

Fee: £5,500 Oct 1st

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Colt ex Belle Reine at 3 weeks dam of winners and half-sister to Timeform Million winner OASIS DANCER.

Contact: Charlie Oakshott (Stud Manager), Whitsbury Manor Stud, Hants SP6 3QP Tel: 01725 518 254; Mobile: 07778 603 691; Fax: 01725 518503 E:

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Breeze-Up Diary stage 6: and so to big school The day of reckoning sees “Page 3 Girl” (Majestic Missile - Bucaramanga) breeze-up at Goffs Ready to Run Sale After an uneventful journey, we arrived into Kempton at around 7am on the morning of Monday, March 8, 15 hours after leaving Bansha. All the horses travelled well and after watering, rugging, haying, feeding and checking their legs we let them settle down for a well-earned rest. Being the first to arrive into a complex is ideal as it gives the horses a chance to recover from the journey and get a feel for the place before they have to do any serious work. After a couple of hours’ shut-eye ourselves, we give all the horses a walk-out to stretch their legs. Page 3 doesn’t appear to have turned a hair after the journey and is already behaving like a seasoned traveller. Tuesday is another easy day for them and apart from a walk out morning and evening, we spend the day putting the finishing touches to manes and tails and tidying them up. Wednesday morning means action stations as three of our riders arrive and the horses get their first experience of the track at Kempton. The riders have been instructed to trot around the back stretch, hack away from the three pole, and just let them stretch out for the last 50 yards. The priority today is to get them to go straight. As always, Colin Bargary rides the Majestic Missile filly and true to form she doesn’t bat an eyelid at the lake, the swans or any of the other strange sights she comes across. All the horses behave themselves reasonably well and the experience should stand them in good stead on the morning of the breeze. The practise breeze takes place on Thursday morning and that goes without a hitch so it is all systems go for the breeze on Friday. We have been very lucky with the weather and Friday is no exception. The breeze is due to start at 10.30am and some prospective buyers come round to look at horses before they gallop. Micky Cleere and Neil Callan breeze all our horses and have been doing so for

Above, Page 3 girl breezes nicely under Neil Callan and below Con and Theresa give her a last once over

the last couple of years. We have a large number of horses to breeze in a short space of time so the next few hours are a bit hectic. Everything goes smoothly and it is quite a relief to get it all over without incident. Neil Callan rides Page 3 girl and reports that he think she is “a lovely, genuine filly with serious gears!” There is a good buzz around the place during the breeze and the next few hours are spent showing horses non-stop. The sale starts at 2pm and once again we are flat out getting horses up to the parade ring on time. Page 3 girl is bought back for £14,000, but we agrees a price of £15,000 for her afterwards with trainer Noel Wilson. Noel has been lucky with our horses before as he

purchased Lady Lube Rye at this sale last year and she turned out to be the first-ever Breeze-Up Bonus winner. Here’s hoping that this filly is as lucky for him this season! Following the Majestic Missile filly’s progress since she was bought as a yearling has been a great experience for us all and we look forward to reading about her over the next few months. She has been a pleasure to deal with in every way and I’m sure her new connections will find the same. We would like to wish Noel Wilson and the team the best of luck for the future and we will all be shouting for the filly when she makes her debut. Con Marnane

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new foals

New faces

With the weather finally improving in Europe and the long winter giving way to the warmer months of the spring, we took the opportunity to capture on camera the first foals by some of this season’s new sires.

A filly foal fom the first crop of Whitsbury stallion Sakhee’s Secret. She is out of Sabrina Brown, a winning sister to Gordon Richards Stakes (G3) winner Bomb Alaska.

A filly by Papal Bull ex Alsorts (Lemon Drop Kid), whose dam placed seven times. The foal’s grand-dam is Call Me Up, a Group 2 winner who finished fourth in the Frizette Stakes (G1).

Out of Linda Green, a Victory Note mare who ran 96 times winning ten races, this filly is by the St Leger winner Sixties Icon, who stands at Norman Court Stud.

Out of White Rose, a German-bred daughter of Platini who finished second in the Preis der Diana (G1) for Michael Jarvis, this filly is by the Derby winner New Approach.


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This picture, taken at Newsells Park Stud, is of a Mount Nelson filly foal. The foal is with her dam Specifically (Sky Classic) which means the filly is a threequarters sister to 1,000 Guineas winner Speciosa.

This Wertheimer-owned colt is by Falco and out of Flamenba, a daughter of Kingmambo. His grand-dam Sadler’s Flag won the Prix de Royaumont.

This bonny Darley-born colt is by Raven’s Pass and out of the Diktat mare Vista Bella. She was a Listed winner and finished third in the 1,000 Guineas. Her own dam Cox Orange (Trempolino) was a Group 3 winner in France.

Owned by Pat Tobin, this Duke of Marmalade colt is out of May Kiersey, a Sadler’s Wells sister to the dual Group winner and Prix de Diane runner-up Gagnoa.

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the dubai world cup

All glory to the winner The first Dubai World Cup held at Meydan is won by a colt born in Brazil, who is by an Argentine-based stallion. He is trained in France by Pascal Bary and is owned by the Swedish-born Stefan Friborg. Alan Porter reports Photography by Dubai Racing Club 20

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he 2010 renewal of the Dubai World Cup (G1) may not have been a vintage one in terms of depth of quality – the field certainly lacked a horse of the class of winners such as Cigar, Singspiel, Silver Charm, Dubai Millennium, Street Cry, Invasor or Curlin, but there was nothing to cavil at about the excitement the contest generated. The Brazilian-bred seven-year-old Gloria de Campeao had been beaten by 14l into second by Well Armed in last year’s renewal, but that was on dirt, and the 2010 version was contested on the new Tapeta surface at Medyan. The surface, which kept away the top-class US dirt specialists, proved much more to the veteran’s liking. In front virtually from the off, Gloria de Campeao, dug deep to get home by a nose from the much-improved South African-bred Lizard’s Desire, with French-bred Allybar, another whose form has improved on the All-Weather, just a shorthead back in third.

From South America to France

Gloria de Campeao began his racing career in his native Brazil where he won five of seven

starts, including a Grade 2 and a Grade 3, and was twice third in the Grande Premio Presidente da Republica (G1). Sent to Europe in the autumn of 2007, he has spent the last 18 months mainly running in France and Dubai, winning a handicap at Nad Al Sheba, and placing in a pair of graded stakes at the same venue. He finally broke through at the highest level capturing the Singapore Airlines International Cup (G1), after a second in last year’s World Cup (G1). Off the board in the Arlington Million (G1) – behind the World Cup fourth Gio Ponti – Gloria de Campeao prepped for the big day with a win in the Al Maktoum Challenge-Round 1 (G3) and a second to the Japanese filly Red Desire in the Al Maktoum Challenge-Round 3 (G2). Gloria de Campeao is by Impression, an Argentine-bred son of US champion sprinter Rubiano, from the Fappiano branch of the Mr. Prospector line. Impression was a high-class sprinter in his native country and a winner of the 5f Premio Maipu (G1). The new Dubai World Cup winner is the best horse sired by Impression in his first four crops, although he’s also responsible for the graded stakes winner Confederade.

Gloria de Campeao is a half-brother to Alucard, a stakes winner in Chile. There is nothing else outstanding in the pedigree under the first three dams, although his third dam is a half-sister to Argentine Horse of The Year and champion three-year-old Uruguayo. There are a host of top-class South American performers under the fourth dam, including Unna, who was by Cyrus The Great, a half-brother to English champion juvenile and 2,000 Guineas winner Tudor Minstrel. The family, which hit South America in the 1940s with the importation to Argentina of Upleathum, a daughter of Epsom Derby winner Coronach, goes back to the foundation mare Stolen Kiss. She is ancestress of the 1965 Kentucky Derby winner Lucky Debonair, as well as the champions Late Bloomer and Dancing Brave. Gloria de Campeao’s dam Audacity is by the excellent Brazilian sire Clackson, a son of I Say, who was runner-up in Sea-Bird’s Epsom Derby. He is a son of the St. Leger victor Sayajirao and is from a Boussac family. The opportunities for this cross – which at the most distant remove one could realistically consider would be defined as Fappiano/ Sayajirao – have been distintly limited, and Gloria de Campeao’s (seen here before working on the track at Meydan) family reached South America in the1940s. It traces back to the foundation mare Stolen Kiss, an ancestress of Dancing Brave


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Keeping it in the family

Gloria de Campeao does, however, have a very clever cross. The grand-dam of Impression is a mare called Giaconda. She is a threeparts sister to Farnesio, a Grade 1 winner in Argentina – the Gran Premio Jockey Club – and a stakes winner and graded placed in the US. Well, Farnesio just happens to appear in Gloria de Campeao’s own pedigree as sire of his second dam, which means that Gloria de Campeo has the three-parts sister and brother Giaconda and Farnesio 3 x 3. Incidentally, Good Manners, the sire of Giaconda and Farnesio, is a son of Nashua bred on very similar lines to Gold Digger, the dam of Mr. Prospector, who is in the male line of Gloria de Campeao! Gloria de Campeao is not the sole stakes winner bred on the cross which produced him, but he is one of only two stakes winners from more than 70 starters for the sire, so it seems

Gloria de Campeao is not the sole stakes winner bred on the cross which produced him, but he is one of only two stakes winners from more than 70 starters for the sire like the inbreeding to genetic relatives may well have been crucial to him. Oddly enough, Lizard’s Desire also has a clever pedigree involving genetic relatives. He is by Lizard Island, who is out of Prawn Cocktail (half-sister to Royal Academy and to Terlingua, the dam of Storm Cat), and is by Lure, a Danzig son, whose grand-dam is the mare, Chappaquiddick. Lure, who is by a son of Northern Dancer and out of a daughter of Chappaquiddick, has a pedigree that is echoed in the dam of Lizard’s Desire, who is by Northfields (Northern Dancer) and out of daughter

Gloria de Campeao is the first stakes winner from the handful of runners it has produced.

of a mare by Pieces of Eight II (brother to Chappaquiddick).

Medicean strikes with Al Shemali

Another Medyan Grade 1 winner with genetic relatives close up in the pedigree is Al Shemali, who won the Dubai Duty Free (G1) for his first stakes win. He is by Medicean, the leading European stallion son of Machiavellian, and is a halfbrother to Smart Strike’s staying son Tungsten Strike, winner of the Henry II Stakes (G2) and Sagaro Stakes (G3). The pair are out of Bathilde, a stakes-placed

Al Shemali wins the Dubai Duty Free with jockey Royston Ffrench. The horse is a fourth Group 1 winner for Cheveley Park sire Medicean


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A delighted Garrett Gomez returns to the winners’ enclosure aboard Golden Shaheen winner Kinsale King (Yankee Victor)

West Coast runner wins on Tapeta

We mentioned that US dirt performers were largely absent on the Tapeta surface, but the


US dirt performers were largely absent on the Tapeta surface, but the US did get one win via Kinsale King, who has been racing on the West Coast where artificial surfaces have replaced dirt US did get one win via Kinsale King, who has been racing on the West Coast where artificial surfaces have replaced dirt. Kinsale King is by Yankee Victor, a son of the Halo horse Saint Ballado, who is a brother to champion two-year-old Devil’s Bag, and to champion filly Glorious Song, dam of Singspiel and Rahy. Yankee Victor was a high-class dirt miler who won the Metropolitan Handicap (G1), but was a disappointing sire and is now at stud in Korea. Kinsale King’s dam Flaming Mirage is an unraced daughter of Woodman, and Yankee Victor has a 100 per cent strike-rate with

daughter of the English and Irish Derby winner Generous. Bathilde is a half-sister to four black-type winners, including Crimson Quest, a Group 2 winner in France, and Hijaz, whose daughter Deem won the Cape Verdi Stakes (G3) in 2009, and the Balanchine Stakes (G3) this spring. She also finished fourth behind Dar Re Mi in the Sheema Classic. Al Shemali’s grand-dam Bex is by Explodent out of Bay Street, a Group-winning daughter of the English Derby winner Grundy, who was a Group 3 winner in France. Medicean is out of a Mystic Goddess (Storm Bird) while Al Shemali’s broodmare sire Generous is a grandson of Nijinsky, a horse with a very similar pedigree to Storm Bird, and the pair are often seen together in the pedigree of major winners. With that in mind, it’s a surprise to see that Al Shemali is actually the first Medicean stakes winner with Nijinsky in the pedigree.

mares by Woodman as the cross has producd Kinsale King and the stakes winner Timely Reflection from only two starters. His grand-dam Flaming Leaves is a stakes winner and graded placed and is a threeparts sister to the champion two-year-old colt Roving Boy. Both are by Olden Times and are inbred 3 x 3 to the brother and sister War Relic and War Kilt, themselves both closely inbred to Rock Sand and Fairy Gold, two of the grandparents of Man O’War. It’s not surprising to see Yankee Victor working with Woodman, a Mr. Prospector/ Buckpasser cross. Halo did well with both Mr. Prospector and

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the dubai world cup Buckpasser and Saint Ballado’s grand-dam, Miss Swapsco, is by Cohoes (his dam is a sister to the grand-dam of Buckpasser), out of a mare by Swaps, while Woodman’s dam is by Buckpasser out of a mare by Swaps. Yankee Victor’s third dam Whose To Know is by Fleet Nasrullah (a close genetic relative to the dam of Mr. Prospector), and out of Masked Lady, whose own dam Spinosa is a three-parts sister to Sequence, the grand-dam of Mr. Prospector.

Sadler’s Wells over Top Ville continues

Another highly proven cross is that of Sadler’s Wells line sires over mares by Top Ville (and his sire, High Top). In Meydan the cross was represented by Sheema Classic (G1) winner Dar Re Mi, who is by Sadler’s Wells’s grandson Singspiel and out of the Prix Vermeille (G1) winner Darara (Top Ville). A similar mating produced Irish Derby victor Winged Love, who is by Singspiel’s sire In the Wings and out of a Top Ville mare. Darara herself has previously produced Darazari (a Group winner in France and Grade 1 winner in Australia) and Diaghilev, who took the Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1)) in Hong Kong) to Sadler’s Wells. Not surprisingly, Dar Re Mi is rated A+ by TrueNicks. Incidentally Sadler’s Wells and High Top give the genetic relatives Flares/ Black Devil and Forli/Abernant.

A King’s Influence

It was a good day for Darley sire King’s Best. Allybar was narrowly thwarted in the World Cup, but the sire gained compensation when his son Calming Influence captured the Godolphin Mile (G3). Calming Influence has a notably international pedigree even for this day and

She does it again: Dar Re Mi wins her third Group 1 race. Jockey William Buick could not have had a better mount for a first taste of international racing for new boss John Gosden

Calming Influence has a notably international pedigree even for this day and age as his sire is by Kingmambo out of the great German mare Allegretta

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age as his sire is by Kingmambo out of the great German mare Allegretta (foaled in England but by a German sire and dam), while his dam Idilic Calm is by Indian Ridge (bred in Ireland) and out of Miracle Drug. She is a North American-foaled daughter of Seattle Slew and Grenzen, a multiple graded winner in the US. King’s Best has also sired Group winner Vincennes out of a mare by Indian Ridge’s sire, Ahonoora, while his sire, Kingmambo,

has sired the Group 1-winning sprinter Malhub from an Ahonoora mare.

Danehill is not left out

The Danehill line picked up the remaining two graded events on the World Cup undercard with the Australian-bred and South Africantrained Musir landing the UAE Derby (G2) over the Elusive Quality filly Raihana and the Harlan’s Holiday colt Mendip, while Joy And Fun took the Al Quoz Sprint (G3).


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the dubai world cup musir, champion two-year-old in south africa, is by danehill’s stellar son redoute’s Choice and out of a mare by that stallion’s major rival for leading sire honours in australia, encosta de lago. the pair are beginning to look like a potentially good cross for each other. musir has a Classic family as his grand-dam spring reel is by mill reef out of the english Oaks (G1) third the dancer. a half-sister to three stakes winners, including Pilot Bird (grand-dam of Japan derby winner King Kamehameha and santa anita derby (G1)

victor the deputy), spring reel is from the immediate family of Blushing Groom. New Zealand-bred Joy and Fun is by the ill-fated Cullen, a two-time Grade 3 winner by danehill who was out of the excellent ahonoora mare, Princess tracy. Joy and Fun’s own mare Gin Player is by defensive Play, a staying son of Fappiano. he won two Group 3 events in england, and was a Grade 1 winner on both dirt and turf in the us. unfortunately, he was a considerable disappointment as a sire in the us, but has

No doubts... ’


...for leading sales consignor Ted Voute, who voices his opinion on all things bloodstock and sales-related

He FAsTesT ANimAl on earth, the Falcon, was the star of the show at the opening of the magnificent racecourse at meydan on Dubai World Cup day 2010. Two years ago, sheikh mohammed had a vision and this vision has become reality – and in no uncertain terms. in June 2009, part-way through the building of the racecourse, with a design based on a fully stretched flying Falcon, a law was instituted in Dubai establishing the company Falcon and Associates. The company’s activities will focus on Dubai and on key markets around the world for Dubai to achieve inward and outward social, economic and trade-related goals. Two of the key appointments to the company are John Ferguson and Giselle Davies, the former communications director of the international olympic committee. Davies has announced that the UAe government is to conduct a feasibility study into a possible bid to host the 2020 olympics. Anyone who attended the opening day of meydan would have had no doubt that a vision for the olympics ten years in the future would be the most spectacular olympics ever seen. Despite the well documented financial trouble


that Dubai has suffered, along with the rest of the world, and the recent $9.5 billion cash injection into Dubai World, Dubai World Cup day was simply awesome. We arrived in Dubai on race day with the temperatures soaring to 103f. We enjoyed some lunch on the Jumeriah beach with Anthony stroud and John Foulton, who is now based in Argentina and probably more used to the heat than the rest of us. The hotels, some of the most accommodating in the world, organised to take our luggage to the new meydan Hotel the far end of the racecourse stand and to pick us up after the races, fireworks and elton John at around midnight. The hour long traffic jams to get to the racecourse are a thing of the the past and mid-afternoon arrival ensured we had plenty of time to find our routes to and from the paddock and the other hospitality boxes. The grandstand is seven floors high with a sky bubble on the top and it has awesome views. every floor was occupied, and its feel with its internal elevators was a touch like Ascot. our base for the day was on the fourth floor, flitting between our hosts Darley and shadwell boxes and Godolphin’s. They were though more than a

done better as a stallion in New Zealand, and is now a fairly useful broodmare sire. Joy and Fun is a half-sister to Zarita (by Pentire, and inbred to the family of mill reef), winner of the south australia derby (G1) and saJC schweppes Oaks (G1) and Grade two winner run like the Wind (Pins). Whatever one thinks about the racing in the desert, there can be no denying that the runners, placers and winners hail from right around the globe. the racing gives us an unrivalled opportunity to see international bloodlines in competition against each other.

The Falcon flies as Meydan pulls it off quarter of a mile apart. The only downside experienced was to my poor legs, which by midnight had walked three miles going backwards and forwards between the boxes. The futuristic building didn’t have a vast empty feel, which i had feared it would, with a more established and informal atmosphere, though highly luxurious one. The size is deceptive and only when you look at the giant screen, which is almost a furlong in length, do you realise the vastness of the structure as it stretches a mile and a half around the track! As entertainment went, well i could not hav easked for more. in one single day in my life i got up to see elton John at close quarters whilst he was sipping champagne in the hospitality

boxes, witness the most tantalising fireworks display that i have ever seen – not just once before the World Cup but also afterwards to conclude the proceedings – as well watch the first -ever $10 million race, won by international racing connections who acheived something akin to a lotto victory. it simply was quite amazing. sheikh mohammed, who received his runners after the race in the unsaddling enclosure only to head for Pascal Barry and the connections of Gloria De Campeao to congratulate them, awarded them with the most warm and giving smile i have ever seen. everybody felt his pride on such a surreal day. i know that i will be back again and i sincerely hope that a bid for the olympics is successful. Dubai World Cup day was certainly the day of the Falcon!

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It wasn’t a vintage renewal

view from timeform


“t But horses which had been in Dubai for the Carnival fared best of all on World Cup night say the boys from Timeform

he result made it even harder to understand why American racing ─ in contrast to its more internationally-minded European cousin ─ has remained so insular for so long... Let’s hope it will result in leading American horses also being sent to challenge for the major turf races at the likes of Ascot and Longchamp.” The hopes expressed in the opening lines of the essay in Racehorses of 1996 on Cigar, the inaugural winner of the Dubai World Cup (American-trained horses also filled the places), have, alas, not been fulfilled. There have been US challengers over the years for the Arc (though none of the highest class since Tom Rolfe in Sea-Bird’s year), and sprinters like Mighty Beau (fifth in the 2005 King’s Stand) and Cannonball (second in the 2009 Golden Jubilee) have made their mark at Royal Ascot in recent times, but American challengers have been few and far between in Europe’s biggest races. Perhaps the best effort in a European championship event in the same period by an American-trained runner was Hard Buck’s second to Doyen in the 2004 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. He is the only American runner to have contested the King George. Lower prize-money in Europe and the absence of suitable championship races on dirt and, more recently, on artificial surfaces mean that transatlantic challenges are prompted mainly by a spirit of adventure. The inducements to race at the Dubai World Cup meeting, however, were altogether different: prize-money on offer of an order that made the challenge

a genuine attraction and a sand-based surface for the World Cup itself, with similarities to traditional American dirt. Cigar established himself as the nearest thing racing had to a world champion at the time and his win in the Dubai World Cup ─ the 14th in an unbroken sequence of 16 ─ got the world’s richest race off to a memorable start. American-trained horses won eight of the 14 runnings of the Dubai World Cup at Nad Al Sheba, and had a similarly impressive record in the big sprint, the Golden Shaheen, which is also run on the dirt course. However, the switch to the state-ofthe-art racecourse at Meydan, with its synthetic (Tapeta) surface instead of dirt, seemed to have a detrimental effect on the American challenge at the last month’s World Cup meeting, though an Americabred runner still won the Golden Shaheen with its only runner, Kinsale King. The resistance by some major owners and trainers to the introduction of synthetic surfaces in America is well documented, though the switch from dirt at the Californian tracks has significantly lowered the number of fatalities, according to recently published reports. Insular attitudes look like ensuring that America remains the only major nation that still runs its biggest races on dirt, while turf and synthetic surfaces become the norm in nearly all the other major global events in future. The first Dubai World Cup run at Meydan provided a memorable spectacle ─ the race itself resulting in a close three-way photo ─ but the winner was no Cigar, not even close.

NUMBER 1 BY NATION Australia Canada France Germany Great Britain Hong Kong Ireland Italy Japan New Zealand UAE USA

128 a122 133 127 130 130 134 120 127 119p a126 a133

Scenic Blast Careless Jewel Goldikova Getaway Youmzain Sacred Kingdom Rip Van Winkle Turati Oken Bruce Lee Monaco Consul Allybar Quality Road

D Morton J Carroll F Head J Hirschberger M R Channon P F Yiu A P O’Brien G Pucciatti H Otonashi Paul Moroney M Al Zarooni T A Pletcher

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view from timeform French trainer Pascal Bary and Brazilian jockey Tiago Pereira jockey enjoy their moment in the spotlight Photo: Dubai Racing Club

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The consistent Gloria de Campeao confirmed Maktoum Challenge form with Lizard’s Desire and Allybar, scraping home from that pair by a nose and a short head and recording the lowest Timeform rating (125, a pound below Almutawakel) for any Dubai World Cup winner so far

The failure to tempt connections of the unbeaten American filly Zenyatta, who has achieved all her major victories on synthetic surfaces, was something of a blow, though Gio Ponti, the best turf horse in America, and British-trained Twice Over, second and third behind her in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, were among the highclass runners in a World Cup line-up that looked like being a competitive renewal. Neither Gio Ponti nor Twice Over ran their race at Meydan, and neither did the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and Hong Kong Cup winner Vision d’Etat, who was having his first outing on a synthetic surface and reportedly returned very stiff. The key race to the World Cup turned out to be the Al Maktoum Challenge (Round 3), run over the course and distance three weeks earlier. The winner of the Maktoum Challenge, the Japanese-trained filly Red Desire, didn’t repeat that form in the World Cup, but the finish was fought out by the Maktoum Challenge second, fourth and fifth. The consistent Gloria de Campeao, also runner-up in the previous year’s World Cup (beaten 14l then by Well Armed), confirmed Maktoum Challenge form with Lizard’s Desire and Allybar,

scraping home from that pair, after making virtually all, by a nose and a short head and recording the lowest Timeform rating (125, a pound below Almutawakel) for any Dubai World Cup winner so far. Like Hard Buck, Gloria de Campeao is an ex-Brazilian (he won five races in his native country, including Grade 2 and 3 contests) and he is the second South American-bred winner of the World Cup, following Argentinian-bred Invasor in 2007. Swedish-owned, trained in France and ridden by a Brazilian, seven-year-old Gloria de Campeao (who was running in his third World Cup) has the sort of cosmopolitan background that has become increasingly familiar in a more expansive era of international competition. The World Cup runner-up was trained in South Africa, the third – formerly raced in France – in the UAE. Fourteen different countries were represented in the seven major races on the World Cup card. Horses who had had time to acclimatise and had gained experience of the Tapeta surface at Meydan seemed to benefit. The first three in the Godolphin Mile, in which Calming Influence was a first winner for newly promoted Godolphin trainer Mahmoud Al Zarooni, had all contested the


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view from timeform contested the main trial, the Burj Nahaar. Acclimatisation also seemed to play a part in the Dubai Duty Free on turf, in which the first three places went to Al Shemali, Bankable and Imbongi who had all been running at the Carnival – Al

Leading Older Horses in Europe Rip Van Winkle (Ire) Fame And Glory Goldikova (Ire) Cavalryman Youmzain (Ire) Paco Boy (Ire) Getaway (Ger) Presvis Twice Over Vision d’Etat (Fr) Ask Mawatheeq (USA) Tartan Bearer (Ire) Zacinto Gloria de Campeao (BRZ) Spanish Moon Delegator Dar Re Mi Fleeting Spirit (Ire) Gitano Hernando Gladiatorus (USA) Kingsgate Native (Ire) Leahurst Patkai (Ire) Wiener Walzer (Ger)

134 133 133 130 130 129 127 127 127 127 126 126 126 126 125 125 125 124 124 124 124 124 124 124 124

Leading Leading Older Horses in US Quality Road Zenyatta Gio Ponti Rachel Alexandra Kinsale King Summer Bird Mine That Bird California Flag Courageous Cat Presious Passion Bob Black Jack Cloudy’s Knight Fabulous Strike Gayego


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Shemali had finished sixth in Round 3 of the Maktoum Challenge on tapeta). The strongest field on the night was that for the other major turf race, the Dubai Sheema Classic, which attracted the second and third from the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and from the Breeders’ Cup Turf. The mare Dar Re Mi (third in the Breeders’ Cup Turf) provided Britain with a big winner on a night which played its part in advertising the potential for racing to become a truly competitive international sport. The seven races were won by horses trained in six different countries. Michael Dickinson, architect of the Tapeta surface, pointed out: “It was easy for the

Americans to come to Dubai, they are the best in the world on traditional dirt and often they only had themselves to beat in races like the World Cup and the Golden Shaheen... now they realise they are going to have to take on the world, and that is not so attractive.’ Another of the Americans who stayed away from Dubai, the four-year-old Quality Road, recorded the best performance of 2010 so far when romping home in the Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park, a race which is often used in the past as a preparatory race for the Dubai World Cup. Quality Road destroyed the opposition, lowering the course record he set in the Florida Derby nearly 12 months previously.

TIMEFORM GLOBAL RANKINGS THE GLOBAL LIST 1 2= 2= 2= 5 6= 6= 6= 6= 6= 11 12 13= 13= 13= 13= 13= 13= 13= 13= 21= 21= 21= 21= 21= 21= 21= 21= 21= 21= 21= 21= 21- 21=

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Rip Van Winkle Fame And Glory Goldikova Quality Road Zenyatta Cavalryman Gio Ponti Rachel Alexandra Sacred Kingdom Youmzain Paco Boy Scenic Blast All Silent Getaway Heart of Dreams Oken Bruce Lee Presvis Twice Over Vision d’Etat Whobegotyou St Nicholas Abbey Allybar Apache Cat Ask Dream Journey Kinsale King Mawatheeq Mic Mac Predatory Pricer Racing To Win Scenic Shot Summer Bird Tartan Bearer Viewed

A P O’Brien, Ireland A P O’Brien, Ireland F Head, France T A Pletcher, USA J A Shirreffs, USA A Fabre, France C Clement, USA S M Asmussen, USA P F Yiu, Hong Kong M R Channon, GB R Hannon, GB D Morton, Australia G Begg, Australia J Hirschberger, Germany M Price, Australia H Otonashi, Japan L Cumani, GB H R A Cecil, GB E Libaud, France M Kavanagh, Australia A P O’Brien, Ireland M Al Zarooni, UAE G Eurell, Australia Sir Michael Stoute, GB Y Ikee, Japan C O’Callaghan, USA M P Tregoning, GB G Evrell, Australia P Murray, Australia J O’Shea, Australia D Morton, Australia T F Richey, USA Sir Michael Stoute, GB J B Cummings, Australia

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the cheltenham festival

The Festival 2010

Four days of superb sport culiminated in a day of days for trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies with a three-timer headlined by Imperial Commander’s victory in the Gold Cup


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the cheltenham festival Coolmore sire Flemensfirth really came of age at this year’s Cheltenham Festival with Imperial Commander’s dominating victory in the Gold Cup from previous winner Denman. The gelding has subsequently been rated 185 by Phil Smith, the BHA handicapper, with Kauto Star only rated above him now. Imperial Commander’s performance, alongside Time For Rupert’s second to Big Bucks in the World Hurdle, took the sire to just below the £1 million barrier in prize-money earnings for the season and just £90,000 below his 2008-09 earnings, his highest grossing year so far. Although Presenting was represented in second by Denman, who was second in the Gold Cup, and got the winner of the Grade 1 RSA Chase Weapon’s Amnesty, his lead at the top of this season’s sire’s table by prize-money has been dramatically reduced to less than £40,000 by Oscar who enjoyed a highly profitable Festival. The Coolmore-based sire got himself two Grade 1 winners at the meeting – the Champion Chase winner Big Zeb and the exciting Peddlers Cross, with the pair netting him over £200,000 in earnings. The race for the sire’s title might go right down to the wire, although with Oscar holding six entries in the Grand National, including the third favourite Tricky Trickster, and Presenting four, headlined by the current seventh-best fancy Niche Market, the Aintree showpiece with its record prize-money of £925,000, might just decide the final outcome. Although it was a Festival meeting that threw up some surprise results; the established teams, jockeys, owners and trainers all enjoyed plenty of success, though perhaps a little less than they had hoped for. It allowed , though, some of the younger names a chance to enjoy glory on the biggest stage in NH racing. Opposite page, only Imperial Commander comes home alone in the Gold Cup, and trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies and jockey Paddy Brennan enjoy the moment. This page, above Big Bucks (nearside), a son of Cadoudal, shows the opposition how its done in the World Hurdle, while, below, it all comes right at last in the Champion Hurdle for the JP McManus-owned Binocular under AP McCoy. The Enrique gelding put in an accurate and slick round of jumping, which meant he has become the best winner of the Champion Hurdle since Istabraq.

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the cheltenham festival

Left, jockey Barry Geraghty is happy to pose for the camera on the Oscar gelding Big Zeb after showing the odds-on shot Master Minded (who could only finish fourth) just how it is done in the Champion Chase. Big Zeb is now the highest-rated performer by the sire, though the exciting Neptune Investments winner Peddlers Cross may be in a position to challenge for that honour next year. Below, AP wins the Ryanaire Chase on the Accordion gelding Albertas’ Run, who enjoyed the better ground found at Prestbury Park at the beginning of the week. Below, the Arkle winner Sizing Europe was one of two winners through the week for deceased sire Pistolet Bleu, the other being the Jewson Novices’ Chase winner Copper Bleu. The stallion is also the sire of Tullamore Dew, runner-up in the Coral Cup, and has the distinction of being the broodmare sire of Binocular. Sizing Europe is out of the Mandalus mare Jennie Dun and is now unbeaten in five starts over fences, four of which have come at Graded level.


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the cheltenham festival Weapon’s Amnesty gives the last plenty of daylight en route to success in the RSA Chase. The Presenting gelding is a graduate of the 2006 DBS NH Breeze-Up Sale, when it was held at Cheltenham. His younger brother, a gelding by Jimble, has won and finished second in two bumpers after reverting back to a NHF campaign after a start over hurdles. Weapon’s Amnesty has run 14 times, won five races and finished in the first five placings on eight occassions. He fell on his only other start. Still just a seven-year-old, his career earnings total £216,000. Below, the Great Palm horse Great Endeavour wins the Byrne Group Plate with jockey Danny Cook for trainer David Pipe and owner David Johnson. Led out unsold as a store horse at the Land Rover Sale, he was purchased by the current connections after winning a point-to-point by 3l at Dromahane. Left, Richard Johnson drives Copper Bleu clear to win the Jewson Novices’ Chase. He was a £155,000 puchase by Aiden Murphy for trainer Philip Hobbs at the Brightwells Cheltenham January Sale in 2008, probably owing his sixfigure price tag to his year older half-brother Presenting Copper. The Presenting gelding is a seven-time winner and is also trained by Hobbs. Bottom left, Ruby Walsh and the mare Quevega win the Grade 2 mares’ hurdle for the second year in succession. She is a daughter of the Rathbarry stallion Robin des Champs.

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the cheltenham festival Cheltenham Festival 2010: Results


Country Sire Dam Dam Sire Status


Tuesday 1 Menorah IRE King's Theatre Maid For Adventure Strong Gale 2 Get Me Out Of Here IRE Accordion Home At Last Mandalus 3 Dunguib IRE Presenting Edermine Berry Durgam

G1 G1 G1

Mrs E Grant And Miss Anna Brislane C O'Brennan Liam Meade

1 2 3

Sizing Europe Somersby Osana


Pistolet Bleu Second Empire Video Rock

Jennie Dun Back To Roost Voilette

Mandalus Presenting Brezzo

G1 G1 G1

Mrs Angela Bracken Miss Nicola Ann Adams Cte Yves D'Armaille

1 2 3

Chief Dan George The Package Ogee


Lord Americo Kayf Tara Generous

Colleen Donn Ardent Bride Aethra

Le Moss Ardross Trempolino

G3 G3 G3

Matthew Brad Barkfold Manor Stud Hesmonds Stud Ltd

1 2 3

Binocular Khyber Kim Zaynar


Enrique Mujahid Daylami

Bleu Ciel Et Blanc Jungle Rose Zainta

Pistolet Bleu Shirley Heights Kahyasi

G1 G1 G1

E Lellouche H H The Aga Khan's Studs Sc P D And Mrs Player

1 2 3

A New Story L'Ami Lacdoudal


Fourstars Allstar Lute Antique Cadoudal

Diyala Voltige De Nievre Belfaster

Direct Flight Brezzo Royal Charter

Xhcap Xhcap Xhcap

1 2 3

Quevega Carole's Legacy Voler de Vedette


Robin des Champs Sir Harry Lewis King's Theatre

Vega Carole's Crusader Steel Gray Lady

Cap Martin Faustus Roselier

G2 G2 G2

Thomas Brennan Marc Trinquet & Bernard Trinqu Scea Terres Noires M Pierre Rives Paul Murphy Mrs Margaret Brophy

Wednesday 1 Poker de Sivola FR Discover D'Auteuil Legal Union Law Society 2 Becauseicouldsee IRE Beneficial Ath Dara Duky 3 Prudent Honour IRE City Honours Kambality Kambalda

N Ch N Ch N Ch

1 2 3

Peddlers Cross Reve De Sivola Rite of Passage


Oscar Assessor Giant's Causeway

Patscilla Eva de Chalamont Dahlia's Krissy

Squill Iron Duke Kris S

G1 G1 G1

Mrs A Delaney Gilles Trapenard & Thomas Trapenard Newsells Park Stud

1 2 3

Weapon's Amnesty Burton Port Long Run


Presenting Bob Back Cadoudal

Victoria Theatre Despute Libertina

Old Vic Be My Native Balsamo

G1 G1 G1

Aaron Metcalfe Thomas P Meagher Mme B Gabeur

1 2 3

Big Zeb Forpadydeplasterer Kalahari King


Oscar Moscow Society Kahyasi

Our Siveen Run Artiste Queen of Warsaw

Deep Run Deep Run Assert

G1 G1 G1

Lyle Buttimer John Broderick Henri Malard

1 2 3

Spirit Leader Tullamore Dew James de Vassy


Poliglote Pistolet Bleu Lavirco

Love River Heather Point Provenchere

Epervier Bleu Pollerton Son Of Silver

G3 G3 G3

Michel Bourgneuf & Alain Sagot Michael Daly Green Hill Farm

1 2 3

Sanctuaire Notus de la Tour Orsippus


Kendor Kutub Sunday Break

Biblique Ridiyla Mirror Dancing

Saint Cyrien Akarad Caveat

G3 G3 G3

S C A De Lageneste-Har De St Voir Mme Anne De Clermont Tonnerre Stephen H Batchelder & Gainesway Farm

1 2 3

Cue Card Al Ferof Frawley


King's Theatre Dom Alco Catcher In The Rye

Wicked Crack Maralta Chauvire

King's Ride Altayan Elmaamul

G1 G1 G1

R T Crellin J Rauch & G Chenu Dr K A Roche-Nagle

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The ups and downs of horseracing. Below, Katie Walsh enjoys her second Festival success courtesy of Thousand Stars in the County Hurdle. It was also the second time that the gelding’s owners, the Hammer And Trowel syndicate, got to experience the winner’s enclosure at this year’s Festival having already been in the hallowed spot after Quevega won the mares’ hurdle. Right, Restless Harry comes to grief at the last in the Albert Bartlett Hurdle bringing down Fionnegas.

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Consolidation required

Although the US juvenile sales have performed better than last year, it is faintly quite ridiculous, says John Sparkman, to expect buyers to travel the breadth of the US for six sales made up of catalogues of less than 100 horses.


he US calendar for sales of two-year-olds in training is in desperate need of some consolidation. Beginning on February 16, buyers and consignors at juvenile sales slog through a brutal schedule of six sales in eight weeks at sites criss-crossing the 3,500 mile breadth of the country from

Miami in Florida, to Dallas in Texas and to Pomona in California. Believe it or not, there are both buyers and sellers who attend all six of those sales, as well as the later sales on the calendar, which are shown in the accompanying Table 1. Four years ago, when the market for two-year-olds and virtually everything else that could call itself thoroughbred was at its

height, that masochistic schedule might have made some kind of sense. After all, there was plenty of money to be made on both sides of the equation – or so everyone believed. In 2006, 3,111 juveniles in training were sold on the American auction market for a record $217 million. By 2009, those totals had plunged to 2,412 horses sold for $118 million. Both of those numbers will be lower

Busy scenes at the Calder Sale. Two-year-old pinhookers have done okay this year and may be back in force at the yearling sales Photo: Z for Fasig-Tipton


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in 2010, partly because of the deep slump in the thoroughbred market and partly because American breeders and juvenile consignors are producing fewer horses in response to the decline. The market has shown definite signs of stabilisation at the first four juvenile sales this year, but those same four sales illustrate just as clearly why the sales companies involved need to rationalise the marketplace. As shown in Table 2, in 2006 consignors offered 900 horses at the four sales and sold 632 horses for $120 million. At the same four sales this year, they sent 590 horses through the ring and sold 396 for $54 million. Thus the number of horses sold at those four sales has dived 37.9 per cent and total proceeds have plunged 54.9 per cent in only four years. That makes a 28 per cent decline in average price look pretty benign. At the first juvenile sale this year, the OBS February sale, only 66 horses sold. At the first California sale this year, Barretts March, only 68 sold. Is it really a worthwhile exercise for buyers to trek to either Ocala or Pomona for a sale consisting of less than 70 horses? Of course, most of the consignors have their homes and farms in the Ocala area, but is it really worth it for them to pay $4,000 per horse to ship them to California for such a small sale? It would make far more sense for consignors if both OBS and Barretts would consolidate their schedules. The quality of horses in the February and March sales in Ocala is similar, and it would ease the burden on both buyers and sellers if the company combined those two sales into a larger March sale. Four years ago, the March sale was about the same size sale as would result from combining the two sales now. Similarly, Barretts would help both consignors and buyers by combining their March and May sales into one sale. The quality of the May sale is generally lower than in March, but, frankly, the quality has been declining steadily in March of late, and combining the two sales would be a better prospect than the death of the sales company, which appears to be a possibility. Barretts lost its founding executive, Jerry McMahon, last year, and there are strong rumours that its site at the California State Fair Grounds in Pomona, California, may soon be re-purposed. Both buyers and sellers at OBS March talked freely of movement toward combining

Table 1: 2010 American Juvenile Sales Schedule February 16 March 2 March 16, 17 March 22 March 30 April 5 April 19-22 May 10 May 17, 18 June 15, 16

Ocala Breeders’ Sales Fasig-Tipton Calder Ocala Breeders’ Sales March Barretts March Fasig-Tipton Texas Keeneland April Ocala Breeders’ Sales April Barretts May Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Ocala Breeders’ Sales June

Table 2: Comparative aggregate results from first four US juvenile sales of 2010 2006 2010

Offered 900 Sold 632 Total 120,559,000 Average 190,758 Buy back rate 29.8%

590 396 54,400,000 137,374 32.9%

% difference -34.4 -37.3 -54.9 -28 +10.4%

the two sales, but OBS officials denied that such a change was under consideration. Everyone – including journalists! – would thank them if they did. By far the biggest story at any of the first four sales this year was the charming saga behind the sale of the only seven-figure juvenile of the year. My colleague Frank Mitchell has interviewed Stacy Yagoda and Jill Julian, which make up the consigning parnership Two Beaches (see page 68), responsible for selling the Distorted Humor colt. The first horse they bought was a big, rough-looking colt by top sire Distorted Humor out of multiple Grade 1 winner Tomisue's Delight, by A.P. Indy, a full sister to 2003 Horse of the Year Mineshaft. Despite that glittering pedigree, the partners had to pay only $200,000 for the colt, and when his legs began to straighten out a bit and he grew into his frame, it was clear they were likely to make a nice profit. When the horse showed a very impressive action and recorded a fast time at the pre-sale breeze show, that likelihood became a near certainty. Despite the fact that neither Demi O’Byrne nor John Ferguson bid for the colt, five other buyers engaged in a long battle before Jess

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Jackson’s representative John Moynihan signed the ticket at $2.3 million. Among those walking away disappointed were trainer Bob Baffert and his client Kaleem Shah and English trainer Paul Cole and client Jim Hay, an English expatriate who now lives in Dubai. Cole and Hay stopped at $2.15 million on the sale topper, but they bought fillies by Dixie Union and Yes It’s True for $400,000 each. O'Byrne bought three juveniles at the four sales for $1,475,000, Ferguson two for $1,125,000. Hugo Merry and Brian Meehan took home seven horses for $920,000, but few other European-based buyers made an appreciable impact. Interestingly, Japanese money has been strong and at the Barretts March, Katsumi Yoshida spent over $1 million on four horses and at Calder a similar amount on just two animals. Although results at the first four juvenile sales of 2010 are far removed from the top of the market in 2006, they represent a marked improvement over the market in 2009. Total proceeds dropped 12.6 per cent to $62 million, but that was entirely because of the smaller catalogues. Average price actually rose marginally from $135,089 last year to $137,374 at the first four sales this year. Clearance rate improved somewhat from 60.3 per cent in 2009 to 67.1 per cent in 2010. The good news is that the bleeding appears to have stopped at American juvenile sales this year. Pinhookers made a profit for the first time in three years, which means they will support yearling sales more vigorously this summer. Still, with American foal production falling and bound to fall further over the next couple of years, there will be fewer yearlings to buy – and no real need for six two-year-old sales in eight weeks next year.


racing north america Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up Lookin At Lucky won the Group 2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn. It was a first start on dirt for the Smart Strike colt. Photo:


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So which one is it going to be? With no obvious leading candidate emerging for the Kentucky Derby, Frank Mitchell questions the current trend of giving the contenders weeks of rest in the run up to the Run For The Roses


he excitement of the Triple Crown season is trying to break the gate, but it’s a rum sort of endeavour. It is just not getting there. Sure there have been some interesting winners, including Eskendereya (Giant’s Causeway) in the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream, but the form of the Triple Crown principals has just not gelled with less than a month to go before the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs. Not the least folly is the current perception amongst our leading trainers, and perhaps owners, that Classic prospects need weeks and weeks of rest before they venture to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby. It isn’t even as though they actually rest them. They work the hair off them, but then I guess they cannot tarnish a reputation with a loss in a workout, eh? Eskendereya, who had the Florida Derby at his mercy off his form in the Fountain Of Youth, packed his smelling salts before being airlifted to New York, where he will allegedly take a stab at winning the Wood Memorial as his final Derby prep. Last year’s champion juvenile colt, the Smart Strike colt Lookin at Lucky, also will make only one more start before venturing to Kentucky for his tilt at Classic glory.

The racing patterns for these young athletes are much more like those of European Classic candidates, except for the part about having a race in March and then waiting two months for a second. Clearly, European Classic contenders have to wait for the ground and don’t have sunny Florida or California to train in, but they don’t win a major prep and then take weeks or months off. I’m waiting for the layoff fad to reach this height of absurdity when a trainer has a dazzling debut winner at Saratoga, then announces he will give the colt the next eight months off before starting him in the Kentucky Derby. That, thankfully, cannot happen because the perennially overfilled Kentucky Derby field requires its participants to be ranked on graded stakes earnings. Maiden race winnings don’t count. One colt who lifted himself into Derby contention due to his graded stakes earnings is the 2010 Florida Derby winner Ice Box (Pulpit). In the Florida Derby, the husky chestnut came from last to first to win by a nose from Pleasant Prince (Indy King), with race favorite Rule (Roman Ruler) third. Pleasant Prince also came from behind and looked a likely winner until Ice Box ran him down late, coming strongly on the

outside after trailing the entire field into the backstretch. By that point in the race, Rule had broken well and pressed or set the pace as he duelled with Pulsion, and European-raced Radiohead made up ground down the backstretch, after being very wide into the first turn, to earn a call for third place as the leaders were racing around the turn into the stretch. It was no good for all those racing close to Rule, however, as they fell back through the stretch to finish far back in the ruck. Rule, however, hung on to be third, beaten about a length, with Barbaro’s brother Lentenor not disgraced by a fourth-place finish. Handicappers with a taste of fractional times may give Rule even more credit after looking at the following numbers:

7th race 23.68 8th race 23.72 11th race 23.21

3yo fillies G2 Bonnie Miss Stakes 1:10.76 1:49.06 4yo+ fillies G3 Rampart Stakes 47.43 1:11.26 1:49.36 3yo G1 Florida Derby 46.46 1:10.76 1:49.19 47.28

The seventh, eighth, and eleventh races at Gulfstream Park were all run over 1m1f. The Bonnie Miss Stakes and Rampart Stakes were for fillies, and Rule duelled for the


racing north america lead on fractions that were quick, although the Bonnie Miss winner Devil May Care (Malibu Moon) equalled the colt’s 6f time and improved on his final time after slower early fractions. One way of looking at the fractions is to conclude that Rule ran too fast early on. Another way is to conclude that Devil May Care is probably better than the colts. If so, that could be quite a Classic result for America’s leading sire A.P. Indy because his sons Malibu Moon, Pulpit and Indy King sired the winner of the Bonnie Miss, as well as the first two in the Florida Derby. Malibu Moon is also sire of the Tampa Bay Derby winner, Odysseus. The goodlooking, if somewhat one-paced, colt was well-regarded in the betting for the race, was well-placed in third nearing the far turn, then inexplicably dropped back to fifth while racing around the turn, and yet the leaders collapsed so severely that Odysseus got up to win by a half-nostril in the final stride. The form of the race suggests that the winner would have to find quite a lot to have any chance of glory in the Classics. On the other coast, the Candy Ride

colt Sidney’s Candy won the San Felipe Stakes in much more convincing fashion. He led from start to finish and won the race gamely, but I cannot for the life of me see the muscular and powerful colt as a Classic colt over 1m2f. For one thing, he will never be allowed to crawl along with such slow fractions in the Kentucky Derby. They ran the three-quarters about three seconds slower than the Florida Derby, for instance. For another, the colt possesses the sort of eccentric foreleg action that is sure to waste energy and put the colt at a disadvantage in races such as the Classics, where there is no room for any loss of energy or advantage. Overall, both the second and third, Interactif and Caracortado, offer somewhat more hope for racing 1m2f because they finished strongly after the dawdling early pace put a premium on finishing speed. On the bare form, it looks as though none of the colts above can handle Eskendereya, who represents the best hope to date for his sire to have a US Classic winner. But Eskendereya, like all the rest, will have to subdue last year’s champion colt, Lookin

At Lucky, in order to wear the blanket of roses at Churchill Downs. Lookin at Lucky made his muchanticipated return to racing on March 13 in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas. This was the colt’s first start on dirt as all his others had been on synthetic tracks in California. Some commentators thought the bay colt might not perform as well on dirt as he had on synthetic, and the race did not prove to be a very straightforward introduction to the surface for Lookin at Lucky. The colt was making a good move on the backstretch when he appeared to clip heels with a horse in front of him, losing his balance and rhythm. As a result, he was shuffled back and forced to race wide around the far turn. The champion showed class, however, putting himself back together and making a determined rally through the stretch to catch Noble’s Promise (Cuvee) near the wire to win by a snout. Trainer Bob Baffert plans to return Lookin at Lucky to Santa Anita for the Derby on synthetic for the colt’s final Kentucky prep.

“If you don’t have goosebumps right now, you don’t like horseracing” In contrast to the Triple Crown prospects who have left us with as many questions as answers, the fillies and mares were on the racetrack to prove their mettle. The “other” Z mare Zardana (by the Irish-bred Crimson Tide), upset the 2009 US Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra (Medaglia D’Oro) in her much-anticipated return to racing in the New Orleans Ladies Stakes on March 13 after six months of rest and recuperation from a lengthy Classic campaign when she won the Kentucky Oaks, Preakness Stakes, the Haskell Stakes and the Woodward Stakes. Zardana, shipping from the barn of John Shirreffs (who also trains Zenyatta) in California, came with a grand run through the long stretch at the Fair Grounds racetrack in New Orleans to upset the media darling. Racing behind the leader on a slow pace, Rachel Alexandra did not show the sparkle of her best performances last year, even when taking over the lead and appearing home free. She began to look decidedly tired through the latter stages of the race, but


although she was powerless to repel Zardana, she did not quit. Rachel Alexandra should improve considerably for the race, but the loss killed any remaining hope for a match at Oaklawn against Zenyatta. All the same, there is reason to wonder if Zardana might not be a better mare on dirt than on synthetic, a surface on which she cannot handle stablemate Zenyatta. Until the New Orleans Ladies Stakes, Zardana had not raced on dirt since her first three starts in her native Brazil, but she won those races by a total of 39l. Although she did not win by a fancy margin, champion Zenyatta showed once again why she is unbeaten as she dominated her opponents in the Santa Margarita Stakes at Santa Anita. The big, nearly black daughter of Street Cry was almost a model of composure before the race, then broke flat-footed, dropped back to a leisurely last, and decided after coming around the second turn that perhaps she needed to give those horses ahead of her the view they had been longing to see.

The only problem was that jockey Mike Smith had left Zenyatta with quite a lot to do, nearly 10l to make up in the final threeeighths. As she rolled gently into contention coming into the stretch, the mare was travelling faster than her opponents but didn’t have anywhere to go. I swear that she saw a break in the wall of horseflesh ahead of her, switched direction on her own, altered direction and stride as gracefully as a dancer, went to the rail, swept between the rail and Pretty Unusual, changed direction again once clear to move outside of the leader Dance to My Tune, and strode to victory with her ears pricked. It literally took longer to write that than it took Zenyatta to win the race. She changed direction twice late in the race, altered stride and momentum, and simply had too much class and pace for her opponents to contend with. As Zenyatta floated past the winning post, race announcer Trevor Denman said, “If you don’t have goosebumps right now, you don’t like horse racing.”



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Cat climbs to top of the tree Michael Burns sees the South American juvenile lists begin to take shape


illero Cat kept his perfect record intact and installed himself as Argentina’s leading juvenile colt with a decisive victory in the Gran Premio Santiago Luro (G1), the first Group 1 event of the season for two-year-old colts, on March 6 at the Argentine capital’s Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo. By the successful Haras La Quebrada stallion Easing Along, sire of South America’s top performer and Arc hopeful Interaction, as well as Argentina’s top sprinter Lloron Cat, Villero Cat prevailed by a half-neck in a hardfought sprint to the wire over Que Chistoso with Haras San Benito’s homebred Don Petardo finishing another neck back in third in the field of eight juvenile colts. Conditioned by Jorge Dulom and ridden to victory by Peruvian jockey Edwin Talaverano, who was gaining his fourth Group victory of the season, the Haras El Alfalfar homebred Photos: Marcelo Sarachi


It is very satisfying that Villero Cat is now a Group 1 winner. It’s been a long time since we have had an undefeated Grade 1-winning colt in Argentina with his class and racing ability

Top, Villero Cat wins the Group 1 Gran Premio Santiago Luro, and, below, Sembra Fe takes the Gran Premio Saturnino J. Unzué (G1), elevating her to the top of juvenile filly rankings

covered the 1,200 metres in 1:09.43 to register his fourth victory in as many starts. “We are very happy with the colt and think of him as a super-star,” said owner-breeder Alejandro Camogli. “His dam has a very traditional pedigree from the farm, one from which we’ve enjoyed continuous success. “The next target will be the Gran Premio Chevalier (G1) over 1,400 metres on the turf at San Isidro.” The first five home in the Gran Premio Santiago Luro were all sons of stallions standing at Haras La Quebrada being by Easing Along (Storm Cat), Southern Halo (Halo), Mutakddim (Seeking The Gold), who was sire of third and fourth place finishers,

and Russian Blue (Danehill). “It is very satisfying that Villero Cat is now a Group 1 winner after winning a Group 2 race earlier in the year,” said Camogli. “It’s been a long time since we have had an undefeated Grade 1-winning colt in Argentina with his class and racing ability.” Meanwhile, Camogli is weighing up his options with Argentina’s top sprinter Lloron Cat, winner of the Gran Premio Felix de Alzaga Unzue (G1), Argentina’s top race for sprinters. “We have several possibilities with Lloron Cat, there is a big interest from several farms to stand him as a stallion in Argentina, and there is the possibility of racing him in Europe or the US. The bottom line is though that we have decided not to race him anymore in Argentina,” he said. Earlier on the same card, the previous Group 2-placed winner Sembra Fe posted a brave victory in the Gran Premio Saturnino J. Unzué (G1), taking her to the top of juvenile filly rankings. By freshman sire Manipulator, a winning brother to champion Smuggler, Sembra Fe was never headed to score by 21 under Andrea Marinhas. Catch The Mad, a debut-winning daughter of Catcher In The Rye was second, with the Haras Santa Maria de Araras homebred Kiss Me Alone (Hennessy) in third. The Group 2 winner and heavy favourite The Rosy (Hennessy) finished a disappointing sixth in the eight-horse field. Sembra Fe was bred by Haras Arcangel and is out of the El Sembrador mare Siembra Pasion. She is campaigned by Haras El Tala and is trained by Domingo Torrilla. Winning jockey Marinhas made it a memorable day when riding a second Group winner on the card – she guided Cafrune to victory in the 2,000 metres Clasico Otoño (G2). “Everything went perfectly,” said the

racing south america 28-year-old rider. “My interest is that everything goes well during a race, all else comes along alone. Sembra Fe knows where the wire is.”


he devastating effects of the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Chile on February 27 meant that the Club Hipico de Santiago board of directors has had no other choice but to postpone South America’s continental championship, the Gran Premio Latinoamericano, until September 17. The 2010 edition of the race will now coincide with the bicentennial celebrations of Chile’s independence day. The Latinoamericano had originally been scheduled to be staged for the third time at Club Hipico de Santiago in Santiago, Chile on March 7. “We couldn’t run the Latinoamericano so close to a tragedy like the one our country is experiencing,” said Club Hipico de Santiago’s vice-president, Marcel Zarour. “It is a shame, but is the only decision we could make.” Zarour said the shift will mean a new nominee of competitors, “although each representing Jockey Club will have its own autonomy.” “We hope everything goes well,” Zarour added. “At least, this six months will help us be better prepared.” Club Hipico de Santiago and Hipodromo Chile racetracks, both located in downtown Santiago, as well as the Valparaiso Sporting Club, located in the coastal town of Viña del Mar, suffered considerable structural damage. The catastrophe killed at least one horse stabled at Club Hipico de Santiago. Racing resumed in Chile three days after the natural disaster, but multiple aftershocks of up to 7.2 in magnitude continued to rattle the country. The new president Sebastian Piñera has a tough challenge ahead to rebuild a great part of that country as the total value of economic damage caused by the massive earthquake is estimated to be around $30 billion.

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Multiplex to shuttle to Chile THE British-based stallion Multiplex is to shuttle to Chile under a two-year lease agreement, according to Chilean bloodstock agent Juan Pablo Sullivan of United Bloodstock. The seven-year-old by Danehill out of Shirley Valentine (Shirley Heights) retired to Mickley Stud in 2008 and currently stands the northern hemisphere season for £3,000. His dam Shirley Valentine is a halfsister to leading Chilean sire Dushyantor (now based at Rathbarry Stud, Ireland). The pair are out of 1997 Broodmare of the Year, Slightly Dangerous (Roberto), dam of the 1993 European champion threeyear-old Commander In Chief (Dancing Brave), the multiple Group 1 winner and English champion Warning, and the Irish Classic-placed and Grade 1 winner Yashmak (Danzig). His leasing to Chile was made possible by Sullivan and Johnny McKeever of McKeever Bloodstock Ltd. “I had this horse chosen for a long time,” said Sullivan. “He is expected to arrive in Chile on July 15 and at the moment we are studying at which farm he will stand and will definitely select the best place for him.” “I met Juan Pablo last year when I sold him my own horse Diamond Tycoon to stand at Haras Villa Rosa in Chile,” said McKeever. “We have negotiated the lease of Multiplex and we are working on some more plans together.” Ricardo and Nicolas Benedicto’s Haras La Pasion has purchased a half interest in the prominent Argentine-based stallion Easing Along (Storm Cat). Jorge Cardemil’s Haras Futuro and Hernan Ceriani’s Haras La Quebrada will share ownership of the 12-year-old Storm Cat horse who has quickly made his mark in South America with his first few crops. “He is a proven sire, with a recognised name and with excellent results; the possibility of acquiring half of his interests appeared and we didn’t question it,” said Benedicto. Meanwhile, Easing Along, who shuttled to Claiborne in 2008, will continue to stand

the southern hemisphere season at La Quebrada in Argentina. Bred by the Phipps Stable, Easing Along won two of six career starts, including his first two starts as a two-year-old in the US for trainer Shug McGaughey. Out of Grade 1 winner Cadillacing (Alydar), Easing Along is a brother to Maryland sire Lion Hearted and a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Strolling Along. Emmanuel de Seroux of the Southern California-based agency Narvick International has privately purchased Argentine multiple Group 2 winner La Charmante (Indygo Shiner) as a broodmare for Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm. The sophomore filly out of Group 3-placed winner La Magie (Luhuk), won six of 13 starts in Argentina, including five Group events at La Plata, including last year’s Clasico Polla de Potrancas (G2). La Charmante is a half-sister to stakes winner The Alchemist (Salt Lake). Shark, a winning stakes-placed son of Danzig out of champion Surside (Seattle Slew), died last month after an accident on a flight to Venezuela from the US. The eight-year-old Overbrook Farm homebred suffered an apparent severe head trauma in his stall provoked by an attack of claustrophobia and died en route to Caracas where he was expected to join the stallion roster of Haras Gran Derby. Shark’s second dam, champion Flanders, also died recently after a paddock accident at Ashford Stud in Kentucky. Last year’s Gran Premio Estrellas Classic-Copa Escribano Hernan Ceriani Cernadas (G1) winner City Banker (Lode) pulled up lame in training forcing him into an early retirement. “He reaggravated an old injury,” said owner Juan Garat. “We will analyse all options before deciding on a stud farm.” City Banker won five races from 11 career starts in three racing seasons, topped by his win in last year’s Estrellas Classic, Argentina’s equivalent of the Breeders’ Cup Classic. He also won the 2008 Gran Premio Jockey Club (G1), the second leg of Argentina’s Triple Crown during his sophomore season. In his final career start, Argentina’s top older horse won the Gran Premio Miguel A. Martinez de Hoz (G1) at Hipodromo San Isidro by a length.


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European cast off Volksraad reigns in New Zealand again Bargain buy Volksraad heads towards an eighth New Zealand sires’ title after his son Military Move wins the NZ Derby, writes Amy Bennett


HE RACING and breeding industries of the Antipodes are, by their very nature, grounded entirely in imported bloodstock. From early shipments of horses to the colonies through to the current lucrative shuttle stallion movement and the importation of racing candidates, northern hemisphere bloodstock has had a profound lasting impact on Australia and New Zealand. The influx of well-bred shuttle stallions means that it is no longer a case of the “poor relations” being shunted off to the southern hemisphere, but racing in both Australia and New Zealand remains littered with examples of northern hemisphere cast-offs, often bought for peanuts, who have subsequently made a big impression in their adopted countries. Such was the case with a thrice-raced son of Green Desert offered on behalf of Darley at Tattersalls on November 30, 1992, and knocked down to BBA Ireland for the minor sum of 23,000gns. The four-year-old colt had at least shown talent at the races for Henry Cecil. Partnered by Steve Cauthen to an easy maiden win at two as odds-on favourite, he repeated the feat on his second run ten months later in a graduation stakes, and then finished third behind 2,000 Guineas winner Mystiko in the Challenge Stakes (G2) on his final start. But like so many, that colt, named Volksraad, promised much and delivered relatively little. However from the outset of his stud


career in New Zealand, Volksraad has proved himself to be one of the bargains of the century, a fact underlined once again in magnificent style when his son Military Move won the NZ$2.2m New Zealand Derby at Ellerslie in March. Volksraad’s first Group 1 winner Zola came from his inaugural crop produced when he stood at Mapperley Stud, Cambridge, for the now-laughably cheap price of NZ$2,500 in 1993. By the time Mapperley Stud was incorporated into Volksraad’s current home of Windsor Park Stud in 1998, Volksraad had four Group 1 winners on his score card and was advertised at NZ$12,000. That fee rose to a one-season high of NZ$30,000 in 2001, but the bargain buy, who is now set fair to claim his eighth champion sire title in his adopted country, was an affordable NZ$20,000 last season. It is hard to imagine a multiple champion sire in any other country in the world being so readily available to breeders. Military Move, bred by Windsor Park Stud, was also something of a bargain, having been purchased for only NZ$75,000 at the New Zealand Bloodstock Select Yearling Sale of 2008. His earnings now stand at over NZ$1.5m for two wins from eight starts. The gelding, who saw off a host of betterfancied rivals to score by a length in New Zealand’s richest race, is his sire’s 12th individual Group 1 winner. Military Move’s win also added another chapter to trainer Shaune Ritchie’s family connection with the Derby. Ritchie tasted

Derby glory for the first time 25 years ago as strapper to his father’s great champion Bonecrusher, and in 1966 his grandfather’s Merv’s Terrific was beaten a short head in the same contest. The Auckland racing carnival’s other main race, the NZ$1m Auckland Cup, also fell to the product of a bargain purchase from Tattersalls. The Alleged mare Miss Vita, a three-parts sister to the dam of Suave Dancer, was a moderate performer for owner-trainer Robert Williams in Britain, winning once over 1m4f in a Class G maiden at Wolverhampton. Knocked down at Deauville for FF360,000 as a yearling, Miss Vita fetched a final bid of just 8,000gns on her last trip through the sales ring at Tattersalls as a four-year-old, and eventually headed to Fairdale Stud in New Zealand. She produced her first foal, a colt by Zabeel, in 2001. It was her second foal Zavite, also a son of Zabeel, who hit the headlines last month, scoring a runaway victory of over 3l for trainer Anthony Cummings. A NZ$80,000 graduate of the 2003 NZB Premier Yearling Sale, Zavite has shown plenty of ability in staying races, but his victory in the Auckland Cup over 2m was his first win since taking the Adelaide Cup (G2) a year ago. Her Group 1-winning son aside, Miss Vita has not enjoyed much luck at stud. Although she has delivered two more colts, by Stravinsky and Fairdale Stud resident Howbaddoyouwantit, she has not produced a live foal since 2006. In spite of her less

Oratorio has got Group 1 winners from his first crops in both hemispheres courtesy of Bancheee’s victory in the Ellerslie Sires’ Produce Stakes

than stellar racing record, the mare has been highly matched; in addition to her live foals, she has missed to Savabeel and Pins. She is due to Fully Fledged, a new addition to Fairdale’s stallion ranks.

highlights her battling qualities, and marks her as a likely superstar for next season.

Young sires hold their own

From the outset of his stud career in New Zealand, Volksraad has proved himself to be one of the bargains of the century, a fact underlined once again in magnificent style when Military Move won the New Zealand Derby

New Zealand racing’s sweetheart Katie Lee found the Derby a trip too far, but fans found a willing substitute in the filly’s younger halfsister Banchee (Oratorio), who showed all the flair of her older sibling to score in both the Matamata Breeders’ Stakes (G2) and the Ellerslie Sires’ Produce Stakes (G1). The daughter of Oratorio is raced by Sam Kelt, sponsor of New Zealand’s richest weight for age race the Kelt Capital Stakes (G1), and was purchased for NZ$375,000 at the 2009 NZB Premier Yearling Sale. Like her older sister, Banchee specialises in last gasp victories, winning both contests by a head, but, as with Katie Lee, her style of racing

Young sires score at the highest level

Oratorio is now responsible for Group 1 winners in his first crop in both hemispheres. Also off the Group 1 mark Down Under is Starcraft, a multiple Group 1 winner in Australia and victor in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (G1) in Britain. Starcraft stood only one season in the northern hemisphere, leaving behind the stakes winner Don’t Tell Mary, but his first Australian-bred crop has already made a big impression, including the Blue Diamond Stakes (G1) winner Star Witness. Danny O’Brien’s juvenile charge recorded his sire’s first Antipodean success, scoring at Moonee Valley in November, and he turned in a strong performance to land one of Australian racing’s top juvenile contests. Bought for A$150,000 at the Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions Yearling Sale in January 2009, Star Witness has already gone one better than his sire who failed to score at two.

Leading New Zealand stallions 2009-10 Stallion


Volksraad (GB), 1988 (Green Desert) NZ Pins (AUS), 1996 (Snippets) NZ Zabeel (NZ), 1986 (Sir Tristram) NZ Electronic Zone (USA), 1994 (Rahy) NZ Montjeu (IRE), 1996, (Sadler's Wells) Pentire (GB), 1992, (Be My Guest) NZ Ustinov (AUS), 1998 (Seeking The Gold) AUS Keeper (AUS), 1997, by (Danehill) NZ General Nediym (AUS), 1994, (Nediym) dead Stravinsky (USA), 1996, (Nureyev) NZ

Stud Fee (A$) 20,000 45,000 90,000 3,500 27,500 8,800 12,000 na 35,000

Rnrs/Wnrs 108/41 98/45 56/26 28/10 55/20 64/20 47/8 94/36 9/5 52/23

Swnrs/SWins 5/6 2/6 4/6 1/3 3/5 2/2 1/1 3/3 2/2 0/0

Earnings (A$) 1,997,066 1,547,192 1,107,036 881,299 835,643 822,511 636,878 580,411 536,047 509,106

Top Earner, Earnings Military Move (NZ), $1,170,602 Katie Lee (NZ), $772,969 Zavite (NZ), $466,056 Vosne Romanee (NZ), $792,394 Wall Street (NZ), $252,400 Corporal Jones (NZ), $334,212 Vonusti (NZ), $531,668 Keep the Peace (NZ), $100,269 Sister Havana (NZ), $452,771 Time Keeper (NZ), $79,899


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(Q The Blue diamond was also notable as being something of an Arrowfield Stud benefit. John Messara’s stud stood Starcraft at A$22,000 in 2009, and Arrowfield’s perennial champion Redoute’s Choice was also responsible for the second and third, with Shaaheq and Beneteau separated from the winner by two half necks. having covered a reported 273 mares during the last southern hemisphere season, Coolmore’s Fastnet Rock could be forgiven for putting his feet up for a few months, but instead the young son of danehill is on reverse shuttle duty in Ireland, covering a stellar book of mares. results on the racecourse during the last month have only served to underline the sire talent of the champion sprinter of 2004-05. already represented this season by the 1,000 Guineas (G1) heroine Irish lights, Fastnet rock is also sire of the three-year-old Wanted, who triumphed in the newmarket handicap (G1) at Flemington in early March. Second in three consecutive Group 1 contests already this year by a cumulative total of just a length, Wanted was only half a length behind Starspangledbanner in the Oakleigh Plate (G1) in February, and thoroughly deserved his top-flight win. Wanted was purchased for a$800,000 at the William Inglis & Son easter yearling sales in 2008, the source of Fastnet Rock’s other autumn Group 1 winner. rock classic may have been the cheaper buy at a$275,000, but his win was equally convincing as he scored by a length and a quarter in the australian Guineas, also held at Flemington, a week after his paternal halfbrother. another top young sire to be rewarded with his third southern hemisphere Group 1 winner in the last month is high chaparral, whose magnificent run this season was continued by Shoot Out in the randwick Guineas (G1) on March 13. Shoot Out became his sire’s first southern hemisphere stakes winner when landing the Schweppes Sires’ Produce (G2) at Eagle Farm last May, and the gelding added another Group 2 to his sire’s tally in February before stepping up at randwick to score by threequarters of a length. Speculation has been rife since Shoot Out’s first stakes victory as to whether High chaparral would return to his southern hemisphere base at Windsor Park Stud in new Zealand in 2010, and if so, what price he can be expected to command.


Group 1 victories from Monaco counsel and So You Think have only added fuel to the debate. as things stand, the son of Sadler’s Wells is expected in New Zealand this season. While he has produced some exciting results in the northern hemisphere the fact remains that his three Group 1 winners to date have all been in the southern hemisphere – and all have been new Zealand breds. having covered a full book of 175 mares in the 2009 season, it is also reasonable to expect that bookings are already flooding in for high chaparral regardless of what fee he may actually command when he reaches his second home in august.

Starcraft’s Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Star Witness Photo: Bruno Cannatelli

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Moving on up

Trainer Tom Dascombe has moved north to the purpose-built yard owned by footballer Michael Owen with firm plans for his career to continue on its upwardly mobile path, writes Sally Duckett

Nothing is given and we are starting from the beginning all over again – it is not as though we are looking at a yard full of horses rated 60 that we know could win off 80


VeRY FLAT TRAINeR looks forward to the start of a new season. New beginnings with an exciting batch of two-year-olds to race, three-year-olds to progress with, older horses to play around

with. But this year trainer Tom Dascombe, new incumbent at footballer Michael Owen’s Manor House Stables in cheshire, is anticipating the course of events more than most. The ambitious young man, despite having established himself a successful 60-box yard in Lambourn through just four


years of training supported by a decent cast of owners, has traded the lot in for life in the north-west of england on Owen’s farm turned purpose-built training centre. The aim of it all? To upgrade his training game from First Division to Premier League. It is a big punt, and one that Dascombe himself admits on his own website that many contempories advised him against doing. However, Dascombe looked at the big picture, ensured that many of his owners – including his main patron, the Betfair supremo Andrew Black – made the move with him and that the new business

arrangement was established just as he would like it. “Michael approached me and asked me to come – and once I saw the place I was very keen,” explains Dascombe. “But I did not want to be reliant on one person so I said that I would if Bert [Andrew Black] would come and Bert said he would come if I would come.” The mutual admiration of the three led to the formation of Manor House Stables LLP which consists of the triumvirate of Owen, Black and Dascombe. For the trainer, the first positive outcome was an ability to go full

racing tom dascombe Tom Dascombe is looking forward to the future with new gallops and facilities at Manor House Stables


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Training in the north-west

“It is ideal as for those of my owners who are based in the south and who like to go racing, we can run their horses down south, while for those who don’t tend to go racing much we can run their horses in the north. “It is still as competitive up here with the likes of Kevin Ryan and Bryan Smart, at least Richard Hannon does not very often go further north than Leicester! And we can also travel easily to Ireland, where the prize-money is still good, as Hollyhead is so close. “All of my owners just seem to love their racing and involvement. One, who lives in Kent, drove eight hours to come and see the place here. We did put him up overnight before he headed back!”

Developing Manor Farm

“Normally, I am just training horses and in a minute I will be back to just training the horses again, but for the last four months there has been lots going on and it has been a case of, ‘Where do you want this to go, and what do you need?’ All I know about is training horses!”

Training through recession

“The best thing is that we have managed to grow through the downturn, which means we have a better chance of coming out of it ok. “If I had stayed in Lambourn, I would have had 60 horses and if we had had one bad season, we would have been down to 40 and it could have gone on. Think of all those trainers who started out brightly and then their careers have stalled – I did not want that to happen to me!”

Horses: it is all about speed

“We are all about speed here and we train for that – in fact, we have only got about three horses who want a mile and a half. It sometimes can take forever to get a result from a horse wanting middle-distances. “But when you’ve got precocious ones it does mean that you can give the more backward ones all the time in the world. “And you can guarantee that whoever owns a backward two-year-old here will be happy to give their horses that time as the more forward types will be going out running and winning. That helps to maintain the confidence of those owners waiting for runners.”


If you look at our stats all our winners are up to July, but that is when you get orders. The sales start in August so for us there is no point in having winners in October, the yearling sales are over! armed at the yearling sales. “Bert and Michael gave me a budget to spend at the sales and buy as many horses as I needed to realistically fill the place. The idea being that the business – but really their initial investment – was to underwrite the purchase of those horses. In the event that any were not sold to outside owners Manor House Stables would keep them, name them and run them for Manor House with the view that they win a maiden and get sold. Of course, Michael or Andrew can always decide to keep the horse if either prefers. “There is a distinction between the owners Michael Owen, Andrew Black, the Michael Owen and Andrew Black partnership, as well as Manor House Stables. Both Michael and Andrew have their own horses here, ones they have bought for themselves, including some

Tom Dascombe talks about:

homebreds and fillies for their fledging studs. “However, I don’t want people thinking though that Michael and Bert are cherrypicking the horses they perceive to be the nicest ones and leaving the rest for us to sell. In fact, it works quite the opposite – the business, Manor House Stables, will indeed buy the horses for the yard, but will only carry those that are not sold. “Of the 50 two-year-olds that we bought last autumn, 44 have been sold. Although we did buy them all on spec and no one asked me to go out and buy a specific horse at a sale, I had a good idea who might be interested in a horse or a share of one so perhaps the term “on spec” is a little too strong. For instance, we bought six at Fairyhouse and all were sold by the time we came home.” The fresh start that each Flat trainer enjoys

racing tom dascombe in the spring however brings its own set of worries – whether or not you are actually able to start all over again, whether those winners will come and what the season will bring. With such a young team of horses, Dascombe is fully aware that it’s something of a numbers game and it will need to work from day one. “We have basically got 100 horses to run for us this season. Of those, around 70 have never run so you have to assume that they are rubbish and we have 30 older horses whom we know can win a race so from the start we have possibilities for around 30 winners,” he says. “In reality, however, you know that of those unraced horses we will get wins out of them and we expect that 80 per cent will win a race. But I can also guarantee that 10 per cent might be very good and 10 per cent might not be too good. “But as we have 65 two-year-olds compared to the 40 I had last year in Lambourn, you have a 60 per cent greater chance of finding a good one. If you are trainer who can buy only three horses a year, then you are in trouble. “But nothing is given and we are starting from the beginning all over again – it is not as though we are looking at a yard full of horses rated 60 whixh we know could win off 80!” Despite these concerns, Dascombe, in his The office, hostel and owners’ complex

positive manner, is giving himself a target for the year – 75 winners and prize-money earnings of between £500,000 and £750,000 (the 2009 season yielded 58 wins and £425,000 in earnings) and the hope that orders for next autumn’s yearlings, alongside a raft of new owners, will come. “Although we lost only three owners in the move from Lambourn, interestingly we have not picked up any new ones either,” he admits. “Perhaps people are waiting to see if we can train winners from here first!”


ascombe himself says that in the past all his best winners have come early in the season, generally before the end of July, and in an effort to produce success through the autumn himself and agent Ed Sackville bought more of a spread of yearlings, moving away from the strictly precocious type to later developing horses. However, as the trainer appreciates that early success is still vital to encourage next autumn’s yearling orders. “If you look at our stats all our winners are up to July, but that is when you get the orders,” he explains. “The sales start in August so for us there is no point in having winners in October, the yearling sales are over then!” And this realisation has also influenced the ongoing strategic development planning at Manor House. While a new uphill 7f gallop has been installed (work started and completed in two months), ongoing plans include the building of a spa, swimming pool, solarium, veterinary complex, as well as another 44 box barn which will take equine accommodation from 88 to over 100. But the business plan is key to the ongoing projects. “The gallop is in – the plans were already drawn up before I came here but work was not underway. I said that if we were going to do this, then we should do it properly and it was a prequisite before I came here that we should improve the gallop facilities here. Michael said it would be in by the end of February, and fair play we used it for the first time on March 10 – it was ten days late! But after the winter we have had, the team have done really well and they can be excused that!” smiles Dascombe. “Originally, the next stage was to build the new barn and then follow up with the extra facilities, however I could not see the point in that because if, god forbid, we don’t have any success, then we won’t have the demand for extra space.

If we get to June and we have not had a winner, then the barn will not be built, although work starts on the new swimming pool this summer. There would be nothing worse than having an empty barn here, that would look stupid. It needs to be full. “So work will start on the solarium complex in May, and then we will take a view on the barn. The plan is, however, to have a good time through to the early summer, get lots of winners, build the extra barn and have it finished by the autumn so that it will be full of yearlings come October.” The two Manor House jockeys riding work: Richard Kingscote and Richard Smith


racing tom dascombe All the building work and ongoing landscaping activities has been project managed by John Bonsall, Louise Owen’s father, for the past four years since Owen bought the small arable farm with the view of turning the property into an elite training centre. With a background in engineering and computing, he has been held responsible for the timescale, quality control and budget planning. “I have done okay on the first two,” he admits, “but maybe am a little out on the last! We made a plan of what we wanted to do and we’ve got it done through from stage 1, 2 and 3a, and all on our own land. It might have cost a little more than planned, but you can’t start a job and then leave it. For instance, in order to put in the new gallop, we have had to put in a new driveway, but through the terrible winter we had to use more stone than we thought we were going to have to. That alone cost an extra £30,000. But we had to put in the new drive so what choice is there?” En route there was a small problem concerning newts (the ‘N’ word if they are mentioned in Dascombe’s hearing) and their necessary re-homing at Natural England’s insistence, but the farm now boasts 4f, 5f and 7f all-weather gallops as well as grass gallops that have been drained and laid down for use in the longer term. The whole set-up, though still in its infancy, seems to be settling into a routine that benefits the horses. On our visit to the Working on the “old” 4f gallop


Michael Owen

“I now have an assistant, three head lads, an accountant overseeing project development, an office accountant, a secretary, a human resources manager as well as an assistant and three head lads. There is a whole team of people and a structure around me, which I have never had before. “Colin is my assistant. I have known him for ages and we lived together in Lambourn for four years. My head lad Andy came up with me from Lambourn. “Jockeys Richard Kingscote and his understudy Richard Smith moved up here this spring and they ride out every day.”

farm, arriving in time to watch a mixed lot of horses ranging from unraced two-year-olds through to talented performers such as Don’t Tell Mary and Prince Of Dance, all the horses seemed very relaxed, unstressed and healthy with many of the more forward types boasting shiny summer coats, despite the long-drawn out winter. But despite the current well-being of the yard, the demon threat of ill-health, the demon that every trainer fears, is always lurking in the background, and Dascombe realises problems are never far away. “The two-years-old have been so healthy all winter,” he says, “there has not even been a snotty nose or any ringworm. They look amazing and are buzzing, but they have just not seen another horse all winter and it terrifies me that when they start racing in April, one will pick up something and bring it back and it will go around the yard. Something like that could wipe out May, June and July. If we have a bad season…” But as Dascombe and his team have their eyes firmly on the ball any health issues will be tackled before they get chance to take hold. With early season entries including speedy precocious juveniles, improving three-year-olds entered in Group races, and with a stakes winner already chalked up this season courtesy of Classic Colori’s Spring Cup victory, Dascombe’s chances of having to endure a poor season should be remote. And it would certainly not be through a lack of trying or application from the trainer.

Ones to watch

Nemo’s Spirit: due to run in the Chester Cup

Working with Michael Owen

“He loves it and could not really give a damn if he did not own a horse here as he feels that every single one here is his! He only has time to get over to the yard once or twice a week, and even though he has just had surgery for his recent injury, he was only given a week off.”

The team

“I have got a two-year-old of the like we have never had at this stage in the season before. Ballista is by Majestic Missile and he goes like a rocket. By the time this goes to print, he will either have won by 5l or have been beaten. “At the moment he is by far the best juvenile I have, though I guarantee that by the end of the season he will not be the best here. “I also have two-year-olds by Antonius Pius, Julius Geezer who ran at The Curragh, and by Proclamation whom I like, as well as a Bahamian Bounty that I can’t see get beat first time out. “We’re being a bit ambitious with Prince Of Dance and are heading for a Group 2 before going to the Lockinge. It is a big plan but he deserves to have a go as he loves soft ground. He is rated 108 and if he gets placed in the Group 1 he will not be penalised dropping back to a Group 2 or 3. His owners are breeders and have the mare so it will mean more to them to get a place in a Group 1 rather than a handicap win.

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A bright young thing

Although still only 32, Paddy Twomey from County Cork has forged himself a very successful career buying, selling and breeding thoroughbreds By Jocelyn de Moubray with photography by Peter Mooney


ADDY TWOMeY is a very determined young man. Although still only 32, Twomey has already achieved a great deal in his chosen world. He has bred two Group 1 winners and has bought and sold broodmares, foals, yearlings, two-year-olds and horses-in-training with great success. He raised his first Group 1 winner as a teenager on his father’s farm and before he was 30 he was busy renovating his own Athassel House Stud near cashel in county Tipperary. “I like buying and selling,” he says, “and I love horses.” You don’t have to talk to him for long to realise that he is always turning over ideas about racing and breeding and thinking about possible future outcomes, but in mid-March he is focusing on the next major challenge, the two-year-old in training sales at Newmarket and Saint cloud, and the 12 or

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so two-year-olds outside his kitchen door of Athassel House. “I didn’t set out to specialise in two-yearolds,” he says, “but I suppose aside from actually being the trainer on a racecard, I have been involved in nearly every aspect of the business. I enjoy training, it doesn’t feel like work to me. When you are training horses you are always learning and it helps me to understand better exactly what I am looking for when breeding or buying foals and yearlings.” Two-year-old vendors are, of course, really part-time trainers, and, for the most part, through the winter trainers. For the five months or so from when the yearlings have been broken in, they are being prepared daily to look their best on the days of the sale, and to breeze professionally and impressively beforehand. Twomey is the first into the yard in the morning at Athassel House to ensure that everything is as it should be, and as it was when he last looked. The two-year-olds are tacked up, their legs bandaged and they are led to the horsewalker to warm up before being ridden. They work in pairs trotting both ways round an indoor school, which was converted from an old barn since Twomey has been at Athassel. “A figure of eight before we go out,” he calls out to his riders, while striding across to open the door. The pair walk across to the gallop he put in on the edge of the property which runs on along the main Kilkenny to cork road. “My two-year-olds will not be too surprised when they get to Newmarket,” he laughs as the pair trot around the 2½f round track which goes up and down, cambers from one side to the next, and has the noise of out-of-sight four ton trucks roaring up the hill from Golden on the other side of the wall.

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Twomey gives instructions to Ken Wheelan aboard a Lemon Drop kid colt that is heading to the Craven Sale


breeze-up paddy twomey Left, the grey colt is by Dalakhani and out of Star On Stage, ridden by Willie Slattery. He is working with an Elusive Quality colt out of the US Grade 2 winner Country Garden under Wheelan

The pair canter round, first one way and then in the other direction while Twomey watches from a mound next to the entrance gate. “I can’t ride and can’t do much with this leg,” explains Twomey, who has suffered

only be taken to work four times or so during the entire preparation. “They could all end up racing for me,” he explains, “and so I don’t want them to be doing too much. I won’t buy horses unless I can see them racing in my colours, but you hope other people will like the same horses as you do, though I could end up owning any one of them.” Horses are, it seems, a personal challenge for Twomey. “I’m only good with my own horses,” he explains, “otherwise it is just not going to work. If they were not mine, they would be just horses and this would be just a job.” If buying and selling horses is his job and his vocation, it is one in which Twomey displayed an unusual flair from an early age. His father Sean was an auctioneer and estate agent in Cork, who also had a small farm where he raised a few horses as a hobby. “My father had a retired partner who had been a cattle dealer,” he remembers, “and he started taking me to cattle auctions. When I was about ten I was given a small amount of money and told to make something of it. I had two cows when I was ten and about 200

When I was about ten I was given a small amount of money and told to make something of it. I had two cows when I was ten and about 200 when I sold them all eight years later

from arthritis for some time, “so I drive the tractor to harrow the gallop between lots, and I watch.” And when he says he watches, he really watches and is frustrated if a horse changes lead a fraction too late or if a nose band is not quite straight and placed as it should be. Twomey’s two-year-olds are brought along gradually towards the day of the sale and will


when I sold them all eight years later.” Listening to these childhood memories you have to ask whether it is usual to see teenagers playing an active role at cattle auctions in Cork? “No,” he replies, “and I had to learn fast if I was going to keep going back.” Twomey bought his first mare when he was 13. She was called Twin Island and was a three-year-old daughter of Standaan, who his father had bought as a foal and sold as a yearling. “I had looked after her at home,” he continues. “I had been fixated by her and spent my time dreaming about what a top filly she was going to be. She ran once at two unplaced and I then bought her privately as a three-year-old after selling a few cows. I sent her to Taufan on a foal share with the late Liam Cashman of Rathbarry Stud.” The resulting colt was sold as a foal at Goffs from the Rathbarry consignment for £IR 11,OOO and Twomey’s half of the proceeds already represented a good profit on his initial investment in the mare. The colt was sold on to Emma Balding as a yearling at Doncaster and named Tagula. The following year in 1995 the colt was one of the best two-year-olds in England breaking his maiden by 5l at Newmarket, finishing fourth in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, winning the July Stakes before going to

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Ridden by Wheelan (above) is a Galileo filly out of Leto (Diesis), a half-sister to Light Shift and Shiva

The filly does a piece of work upsides a colt by Arch (nearside, Willie Slattery). The colt is out of Magic Of Love, who finished third in the Flying Childers and has bred three winners from three runners to date

Deauville for the Group 1 Prix Morny. “I was in the middle of a four-week work experience programme with Seamus Burns at the time,” remembers Twomey, “and of course I couldn’t watch the race. I watched teletext waiting for the result to come through.” Tagula won and earned his place at stud at Rathbarry as a result. For Twomey this was the beginning of his career as a leading vendor. Twin Island is still alive and the most recent of her progeny to be sold won at Deauville last December. Twomey has sold her progeny in England, Ireland, France and the US for a total of around £1 million. Twomey began to spend more time at his father’s Hawthorn Villa Stud at Innishannon than at school or anywhere else. “I was picking the mares and running the stud,” he says. “I always wanted to be involved with Flat racing and never considered doing anything else, which was unusual growing up in Cork as nobody else was really interested at all. “My school friends still don’t really understand and they keep ringing me up asking for tips for Cheltenham, as if I would know!” The first time he went to Kentucky was to sell a mare he had pinhooked in-foal to Daylami. “I said that I wanted $150,000 for her and everyone thought I was mad, but I

got $180,000 for her.” He returned to Kentucky and stayed in the US travelling around with Richard Galpin for a time “looking at stuff” and then working for a summer at Del Mar with Laura de Seroux while the champion mare Azeri was in her barn. He subsequently helped James Delahooke at the sales for a couple of years. “I was,” he says, “never paid but I was learning by being around people who knew what they were looking at. People told me that I should stay in the US but Ireland is my home and this is where I want to live.” Twomey enjoyed great success at the sales from the beginning selling two foals to Shiekh Mohammed for 220,000gns and 140,000gns in 1998. When his father died he started trading under the name of Hawthorn Villa Stud although by then he was leasing a farm on

The Curragh and with his own success had started looking around for a farm of his own to buy. He bought and sold on one before hearing that Athassel House could be on the market, buying the property at the end of 2006. In 2008 he bred his second Group 1 winner when Serious Attitude won the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket; he had bought her dam Zameyla in foal for 58,000gns at the Newmarket December sale in 2005. Serious Attitude was not one of his best yearling sales as she made only 7,500gns in the ring as a yearling, but he has subsequently sold on her dam. Last year was another good one for Hawthorn Villa. Aside from selling a Green Desert filly yearling to John Ferguson for 260,000gns at Newmarket in October and the promising Invincible Spirit filly Full of

I was never paid but I was learning by being around people who knew what they were looking at. People told me that I should stay in the US but Ireland is my home and this is where I want to live


I do believe that if you make the effort to understand your horses they will give it back to you . But in this business you are only as good as the horses you have on the farm Hope to Coolmore for 220,000gns at the Craven Breeze-Up, Twomey revealed his skill in a new department with San Sicharia, whom he had bought as a three-year-old for 165,000gns out of Jean Claude Rouget’s stable at the 2008 December sales. This time last year San Sicharia was working with his two-year-olds round the gallop at Athassel House before being sent into training with his friend Joanna Morgan. She won a Group 3 in Twomey’s colours at Lingfield before running well in Group and Listed races throughout the year and being

sold on last December for 370,000gns. He had another filly in training with Morgan last year, Fourpenny Lane, a daughter of Efisio he had bought as a foal and failed to sell as a yearling. Fourpenny Lane won five times for Twomey and earned more than £100,000 in prize-money. On both of her last starts in his colours she finished first and second in Listed races at Dundalk. Vale Of York was another success last year, which he shared with his friend Adrian Costello of Clenagh Castle Stud near Shannon. “Adrian and I often work at the sales

A pair warm up before their work. The open Newmarket heath will hold no terrors for them


Athassel House Stud was bought by Twomey in 2006

together,” says Twomey, “and we bought Vale Of York for 39,000gns as a foal. He was supposed to go to the sales as a yearling but in the end Adrian prepared him for the Craven Breeze-Up and sold him to the Darley team minutes after buying him back in the ring”. Vale Of York went on, of course, to beat the current Kentucky Derby favourite Lookin At Lucky to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. This catalogue of success could make some people believe that trading horses is easy or that Twomey has had his fair share of luck, but the man himself has retained a philosophical approach to horses and to success. “I do believe that if you make the effort to understand your horses they will give it back to you,” he says, “but in this business you are only as good as the horses you have on the farm. You have to keep a level head, if you let the handbrake off you will crash. I had a yearling whose value went from 230,000gns to 20,000gns in ten months and another who went from 78,000gns to 7,000gns, which is the downside of the job. “I like to think that I could have done something else, but then this is in my genes, my father came from a farming background and liked horses and my mother’s family have been very successful in business,” he laughs as if that is gives sufficient explanation. For the future he is clearly tempted by training and then he says that he would like to build up a herd of high-class mares to keep on another nearby farm. “I couldn’t only do mares,” he adds, saying that his mind needs something to turn over every day. “Breeding is,” he explains, “like farming – you plant seeds and then you have to wait for them to grow.” It seems he needs not just one challenge but regular daily challenges. In the short term he will keep trading, keep improving his farm and keep watching and learning from those who know what they are looking at.


Different Class

The Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up had more Group/Listed winners in 2009 than all European breeze up sales combined including two Group 1 winners.

Anti clockwise: VALE OF YORK winner of Gr. 1 Breedersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Cup Juvenile, PASSION FOR GOLD winner of Gr. 1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud, SAND VIXEN winner of Gr. 2 Flying Childers Stakes and SILVER GRECIAN winner of Gr. 2 Superlative Stakes



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Masters of their art

Elaine Clarke visits the Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Callaghans at Yeomanstown Stud, leading pinhookers and consignors of the Group 1-winning juvenile Passion For Gold, last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top lot at the Craven Breeze-Up Sale


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magine being a vendor at a foal sale, it could be Goffs, Newmarket or even Keeneland, the venue is irrelevant, the importance of your draft attracting the attention of the party from Yeomanstown Stud who have just entered your barn is everything. The Yeomanstown team don’t waste little time deciding which horses deserve a second look. Anxious vendors will reach for their show leads urging pinhooker Gay O’Callaghan to strongly consider their offerings. It’s a good day at the office for those vendors if one of their draft ends up at Yeomanstown: it shows that you have met the market demands and been offered a fair price for your produce. But, above all, it gives that young juvenile the very best opportunity to be developed into the proper finished article for the many trainers and agents who continue to buy with confidence and with success from the O’Callaghan consignment. In 1981 Gay and Annette O’Callaghan left their native County Cork to purchase Yeomanstown Stud from Mr & Mrs LevinsMoore. Yeomanstown itself was already no stranger to success having produced horses such as the champion two-year-old Tudor

A horse’s first win will come at the sale – and you hope that this will ensure he gets into a good yard which will give him every opportunity

Melody and Irish St Leger winner M-Lolshan. “You need a good-looking horse going to the sales, regardless of pedigree – if they are The O’Callaghans however had ambitious not good-looking or can’t walk, you won’t get plans for the stud and were keen to develop a the price,” states an adamant Gay. “A horse’s pinhooking operation to a ground-breaking first win will come at the sale – and you hope level that had previously been unseen in that this will ensure he gets into a good yard Ireland. Their criteria was, and is still, quite which will give him every opportunity” simple but effective: to provide the market with athletic, good-looking stock that must It is now 23 years since the O’Callaghans “walk very well”. put in a gallop at Yeomanstown in order to give them facilities for breeze-up preparation. “An average walker will not do,” says their A select group of two-year-olds is presented second son David who after a stint at college each year by the team and, as usual, no stone studying commerce is now very much part of the operations at Yeomanstown. The highly commercial pinhoooking Opposite, left to right, Eibhlin Sheridan riding operation has been designed to complement Dansili colt ex Palinisa, Mindaugus Paulavicius on board an Elusive Quality colt ex Argentina, the breeding section of the stud and the and David O’ Callaghan riding Medaglia D’Oro development of both has yielded rewards in colt ex Western Dreamer. both the sale ring and on the track. Below, Gay O’Callaghan watches his string

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is left unturned by the O’Callaghans in their quest to source the correct yearling stock in the autumn at the yearling sales or identify and target a suitable homebred.

In 1999 the farm made headline news when setting a then new record of 99,000gns when an American-bred purchase was sold at Tattersalls breeze-up sale. Millenium

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Serious business: O’Callaghan is on board a Shirocco colt x Basse Besogne, followed by Eibhlin on Kyllachy colt ex Seine Bleue

Moonbeam, a colt by Phone Trick, proved to be above average achieving a Timeform rating of 107. Last year, the farm struck again selling a Medaglia D’Oro colt – which Yeomanstown had bought at Keeneland’s 2008 September Sale for $125,000 – for 260,000gns to John Ferguson topping the Tattersalls Craven Sale. Subsequently named Passion For Gold, the colt became a flagbearer for the Goldolphin stable last autumn when running out the convincing 6l victor in the Group 1 Criterium De Saint-Cloud. “The criteria for the breeze-up sale has changed so much since they were first established,” explains Gay, “they are no longer sales for the ‘left over’ yearlings. “There are very good stallions on both sides of the Atlantic in demand and your stock tends to need to be by one of these. “At the better sales you must tick all the boxes – have a good-looker who is a good-walking individual out of a respectable racemare and by an established stallion.” He adds: “A nice US-bred horse who wins a good maiden where the form stacks up can become very saleable for its connections, especially back to America – they can understand the pedigree and see the form.” But still it is the individual that counts and Gay reveals the pride that he has in being at a sale with a decent type. “Whether you are selling yearlings or two-year-olds, nice horses who walk well and show themselves well are great to have at any sale!” he smiles. The breeze-up bonus scheme was seen as a relevant and useful incentive by the family in that its success was due to it being aimed at candidates who were well on the way to making their racecourse debuts. Although Gay acknowledged that the subsequent yearling bonus scheme has achieved an accumulation of £2.6 million, which is effectively a sizeable addition into the prize-money bank, whether a yearling was nominated or not would not influence him in decision-making over prospective yearling purchases. “I would not even think about it,” he says.

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feature yeomanstown stud “At the end of the day you buy the horse you want to buy. You cannot go outside the necesaary usual parameters of buying a horse – you can’t allow yourself to be influenced by a ten grand tag!” Annette concurs: “I believe a lot of the trainers who buy from us are not that influenced by the yearling bonus. It’s all about the horse!”

O’Callaghans in the US

Gay and Annette’s eldest son Peter is making a name for himself at the helm of Woods Edge stud in Kentucky. Peter himself spent three years at Ballydoyle before going to Ocala-based Nick

de Meric and, as with so many Irish, a baptism with Gerry Dilger at Dromoland Farm sealed his pathway to setting up his own establishment. At Woods Edge since 2002 he certainly seems to be taking after his family as last year with a draft of only 12 quality individuals he was the leading vendor of the day on Book 2 at the Keeneland September yearling sales. While the O’Callaghans view the American market favourably, commending the wonderful variety of pedigrees available from independent breeders, at present the family through Woods Edge has no desire to enter into the US breeze-up market.

David puts Medaglia D’Oro colt through his paces

The nursery wing: the quiet surroundings at the farm ensure that the youngsters grow up in the perfect environment

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feature yeomanstown stud david would certainly not be a fan of allowing “timings” to dictate at a sale as they do in the US. “in america many of the breeze-up horses get to the track a full two weeks before the sale and have worked on the track in order to build up their speed. many are just too young to be pressurised to that degree and it can lead to high attrition rates. movement and how they gallop out is what buyers look for at home and how they go up the hill counts at newmarket,” he says. The family are in favour of coinciding sales with race meetings and see the guineas breeze-Up as a successful example.

“it’s an ideal opportunity for trainers when they have owners in town to get them involved at the sale. it’s very complementary and can be a good way to introduce new owners to the sales. “The conventional eight to ten hours at a sale can be a daunting and disparaging experience for the otherwise uninitiated, but as an add-on after racing it can add to the buzz of a great day out.” many breeze-up vendors will dismiss late-born foals as potential candidates for their drafts but Yeomanstown does not discount against such types. The farm has found that a later born yearling can improve

markedly over the winter allowing it to catch up with its contemporaries and offering it as a breeze-up may produce greater rewards than pushing for a yearling sale where it may look disadvantaged. it is a policy that the farm followed with Puff, a homebred daughter of Camacho who has a mid-May foaling date. The filly, a 95,000gns graduate of the guineas Sale, finished fourth in the Lowther Stakes and the Cheveley Park Stakes, and looks an exciting sort for trainer ralph beckett holding entries in both the english and irish guineas entries. given the level of commitment and never-ending sales season there is little time

“If you can’t support your own stallion, you can’t expect others to” THe current stallion roster at morristown Lattin is made up of dark angel, Camacho, Definite Article and Kris Kin. The o’Callaghans are always quick to support their own stallions, and vindication of this business plan could hardly come in a greater way than the group 1


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winners that this policy has produced. Successful homebreds by their own stallions have included the Prix morny winner bad as i Wanna be, the grade 1 Hollywood Turf winner earl of barking, both by then resident stallion Common grounds, and the game filly Pipalong (Pips Pride) who won the group 1 Sprint Cup. Furthermore, the family put a lot of faith into horses and bloodlines they know and have previously invested in. With such an adept skill at selecting horses, it is not misplaced judgement. Definite Article himself was an original o’Callaghan pin-hook. Sold by

Yeomanstown as a yearling at the Tattersalls october Yearling Sale for 75,000gns, the son of indian ridge went on to win the group 1 National Stakes and finish second in the Irish Derby (G1) to Winged Love. The stallion was secured to stand at morristown Lattin, the stallion’s wing of the o’Callaghan’s farm, on his retirement. He has become a successful dual-purpose sire. in 1998, Yeomanstown bought a goodlooking colt foal from the stallion’s first crop at the goffs Foal Sale before reconsigning him as a yearling back at goffs the following year. The colt turned out to be vinnie roe – unprecedented winner of four irish St. Legers. The purchase of the group 1 middle Park winner dark angel is yet another example of the farm “following a horse”. bred by Yeomanstown and sold to barry Hills at the doncaster St Leger Sale, o’Callaghan was always very fond of the athletic son of acclamation. after topping off a successful two-year-old career when winning the group 1 middle Park Stakes at newmarket, it was felt that there was very little else left for the sprinter to prove. The o’Callaghans moved quickly to secure the horse for the 2008 breeding season and have since supported him with mares from their own Yeomanstown broodmare band. His first crop foals were topped by a 50,000gns colt sold at the Tattersalls december Sale. “it has to be a group 1 winner who is

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feature yeomanstown stud for recreation for the O’Callaghan family, however two days at Royal Ascot is permitted, albeit as more of a busman’s holiday. “You see a lot of nice horses over the two days at one venue. It is also a good time to meet and build bridges with trainers when, for once, you are not trying to sell them a horse!” laughs Gay. But, as the couple agree, those two days at the races are all the better if they have sold a horse that is running and winning. And indeed Royal Ascot has provided them with great days out courtesy of the likes of the homebred Flanders, who won the Windsor Castle Stakes and finished second

in the King’s Stand Stakes, as well as the Wokingham winner Selhurst Park Flyer. With the racing season now getting into full swing, there is great hope in the O’Callaghan household that they will be able to add to their collection of coverted photographs of Group 1 winners consigned by Yeomanstown. The collection hangs in the office, but as was mentioned, there is always room for more! The main gallery is also adorned by several photos of very smart grey working hunter ponies being put through their paces by young O’Callaghans at the Royal Dublin Show – a passion nurtured by Annette in the boys’ formative years. Wallspace is generously

left alongside the striking greys for some of the many stakes winners that have passed through the stud. “I think the Medaglia D’Oro colt Passion For Gold was terribly well named,” sums up Annette. “It is exactly how Gay feels about this business – he is completely passionate about it, and of course we all know how fond the Sheikh is of striking gold”. There can be no doubting, however, the driven, passionate determination that the leading pinhooker Gay O’Callaghan has to continue to succeed and lead the way in this business. He sets the standard for others to follow.

a very good mover,” says Gay when explaining the standard he sets for selecting a stallion. “But a good bank manager helps too!” “You have to have a stallion that people will want to use and a sprinter has to have been very fast,” adds David. “But also having a stallion who raced in England is a big advantage. Our main purchasers are English trainers and agents and they prefer to have seen or recognise the stallion’s race record on home ground – English form will always hold up.” “Yes, English form is paramount,” agrees Gay “And you like to see as much speed as possible in the pedigree of a stallion. The present customer base is looking for a two-year-old winner, something that can perform early and be sold on at the end of the year – expectations are so high and people want results. “But one of the biggest things of all in order to establish a young stallion is to get his progeny into the right stables. And if you can’t support your own stallion, you can’t expect others to do so.” The policy at Morristown Lattin is to keep individual stallions on the farm for as long as breeders back them knowing that “the breeders will let you know when they have lost their appeal.” “First crops are so big and then the numbers decline by the time the third season approaches,” adds Annette. “But if a stallion enjoys a successful first crop of runners, then the mare numbers can return quickly. The ultimate compliment is to support your own horse with your own mares and when possible in the ring.”

Opposite, Dark Angel with Gay O’Callaghan, and top right Camacho and below Definite Article

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The $2 million ladies

Two Beaches: Stacy Yagoda and Jill Julian

Frank Mitchell meets Stacy Yagoda and Jill Julian, who form the Two Beaches partnership, consignor of the Distorted Humor colt which fetched $2.3 million at Calder and is the most expensive two-year-old sold this year Photography by Z and courtesy of Fasig-Tipton


n front of the Two Beaches consignment at the OBS barns at Ocala is a machine-loader bucketful of white beach sand spread out on the ground a foot deep. On the white sand are two deck chairs, one red and one blue, backed by potted palms. The consignors who form Two Beaches, Stacy Yagoda and Jill Julian, have had a hugely successful first year as independent consignors, but they are not just an American success story. They are a success story with an international reach because they are women in a world selling high-end, two-yearold racehorses in training – a world almost entirely dominated by men as consignors Just six weeks ago few outside the regular buyers and consignors at sales of two-yearolds could have picked them out of a crowd,


but one horse has changed that. At the Fasig-Tipton Sale of select two-yearolds in training at Calder racecourse, Miami, Two Beaches sold a good-looking bay colt by Distorted Humor for the not inconsiderable sum of $2.3 million. The pair had purchased the colt at the Keeneland September sale last year for “just” $200,000. After a spirited bidding battle with at least five parties trying to buy the colt after the price went past $1 million, John Moynihan signed the ticket for Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Stable. The colt, the only horse so far this spring season to sell for over $1 million, was such a sensation that bidder Bob Baffert, who was an adviser on the colt to underbidder Kaleem Shah, came up to the girls and said: “I saw this colt in the September sale, and he has

changed and developed beyond belief. You two are geniuses.”

The road to success

Baffert may be exactly right because genius is supposed to 10 per cent inspiration and 90 per cent perspiration. Both Yagoda and Julian have been prepared to put the hours in and are fully vested in their venture, which has brought them great success and notable prominence in a business in which they have been involved for many years. The road that took this pair of friends to the financial winner’s circle at Fasig-Tipton began more than a decade ago, with both working for different pinhooking operations in central Florida. At the time Yagoda was married to and working with pinhooker Ricky Leppala, while Julian was with Carl Bowling,

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breeze-up two beaches who ran a simular operation. “We’ve been friends for 12 years, and it grew out of being around each other working with horses,” explains Julian. “I worked with Carl Bowling, and the Leppalas were right down the road from the training track and barns. We trained in close quarters for several years and did a lot of work in similar circumstances.” The similar circumstances included experiences that were good and bad. Among the good were trips to the Florida Keys for fishing and recreation. “Jill bought a house in the Keys six years ago. We have boys a year apart, who are 12 and 13, really like the water, and I started going there on vacation,” smiles Yagoda. “First we spent one week, then two weeks there together, and Jill taught my kids to

snorkel and spearfish.” “That’s what I’d rather be doing, anyway!” Julian says with a laugh and a big smile. The energetic and deeply tanned Julian left no doubt that she loves to hunt for the big fish,

That’s my boy! Yagoda gives the colt a kiss after he realises over a $2 million profit for the two girls

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We joked a lot about doing something together because we didn’t have the egos to overcome that men do!

Carving out a path

When their previous situations ended in divorce and splits, both women put their lives back together and it was important for them to laugh and enjoy things outside the world of training and selling horses. Cookouts, visits to the Keys, and time with family were restorative activities that have helped both women center themselves and find their best path to good living. Their sharp sense of humour is evident, even in the name of their consignment: Two beaches. Yagoda said, “We named it Two beaches because it’s out there; that’s what some people call us. but you can’t let it get to you, and we’re just not going to worry about it. We’re going to have some fun.” Their sense of humour was a unifying force for the pair, along with personal difficulties which the pair have shared, as well as an understanding of training young horses. “We joked a lot about doing something together because we didn’t have the egos to overcome that men do!”says Yagoda. and last September at the Keeneland yearling sales, they put their money on the line in that endeavor. “When i went to Kentucky for the September sale at Keeneland, we had narrowed the list of yearling prospects down to horses by seven sires, and i couldn’t get a bernardini. it nearly killed me, but we had put a cap on what we’d pay,” says Yagoda A sense of financial reality was important to both women. before going to the September sale, Yagoda had tried to find partners to help build-up her stake. However, Yagoda found that “for whatever reason, nobody wanted to play with me.” But she is not one lacking in confidence or initiative, so she backed her own venture. “I borrowed against CDs [Certificates of deposit] at the bank, and Jill and i bought four yearlings together – the colt we sold in miami, the two we offered at obS march and one for may or the racetrack.” The distorted Humor colt stood out to


communication, as well as full-time support at the sales.” nor was there any lack of amusement between the two. When Yagoda shipped the distorted Humor colt from ocala, partner Julian was on the grounds at Calder to receive him. “So, when he got there,” Julian says, “i called Stacy, and i asked, ‘Where’s the horse?’ She got a little panicked and said: ‘What do you mean?’ “So i asked her, ‘Where’s the horse? You’ve just sent me a mummy!’ Stacy had wrapped him up in fleece, it was all around his head, all along the halter, on his legs. You couldn’t even see him for all the fleece and wraps and velcro!”

the pair right from the start, even though he might not initially have been the obvious prospect for reconsigning. “He was a plump and immature yearling, but we saw some lovely qualities about him, even then, and he just improved every day as we worked with him,” smiles Yagoda.

Developing prospects

When the September sale was over, Yagoda went back to central Florida and began to work with the yearlings they had pinned their hopes on. “Colleen and Sal Simeone at Siena Farm were gracious enough to lease me a few stalls; they have a three-quarter mile track and 96 stalls in Belleview and they are five minutes from my home, one minute from school. So i would drop off the children and go to the barns.” From the beginning the star of the quartet was the lovely bay colt by distorted Humor. “His development came so naturally because he was really easy to train. no leg problems. He had a lot of personality; we kept a ball in his stall and he would throw it into the ghostzapper colt’s stall, then look around with an expression like, ‘Hey, why aren’t you throwing it back?’ “He would rear up and pounce on his ball, grab it by the handle and shake it. He had a lot of fun!” laughs Yagoda. “and he made it all look easy.” The day-to-day operation is run by Yagoda. “Stacy does all our riding, and she is there every day hands-on with the horses,” explains Julian. With a family to look after too it means a full day for Yagoda, but one that she organised to suit her life. “i got a man to help work with me in the barn half a day. i could gallop my horses in sets with art Fisher. Jill was in the Keys, but she’s trained for years so she knew what’s going on and there was great, open

although she and her associate sold the whale at Calder. Laughing at her friend’s enthusiasm, Yagoda says, “Jill is a super fisherman. my younger boy loved it when we went to visit her in the Keys. “and we had a cookout here before the sale because Jill brought down some lobster, stone crab and the grouper!”

On to the next one

but when the the wraps came off, there was a lot to see and a lot to like about the two-yearold colt. Julian beams as she admits that “in miami, we had the colt that everyone wanted to look at. bob baffert came by with donato Lanni and both of them said, ‘He didn’t look like that last September!’. We knew then that they liked him.” Yagoda recalls: “Jill kept asking me, ‘are you sure he vets?’ and of course, he did. it was a special horse and it was a special day.” after that success both Julian and Yagoda want to continue training and selling young horses. They do not, however, want to become consignors of large numbers of prospects and Julian hopes to have “a boutique consignment.” The reasons are pretty simple and again based upon a work-life balance. “i don’t want to try to work with a lot of horses now because i have two teenage children, and a large consignment would take too much time,” says Yagoda. and as with any of life’s endeavors, one has to have priorities. “i couldn’t travel with him to miami,” says Yagoda, “because i had to get my hair colored and my nails done! So i sent the colt ahead, and Jill put him in the stall, where he laid down and went to sleep. everybody loved him, and he sold fantastic. We couldn’t be happier.” “Yeap,” adds Julian, “but that is also because we were happy before the horse sold.”

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Success is not by accident

Two-year-old consignor Niall Brennan could not have chosen a more apt catchline for his business. Kathleen Donovan meets the Irishman at his stables in Florida. Photography by Z and courtesy of Fasig-Tipton


Niall Brennan (left) at the March Fasig-Tipton Calder Sale discussing the upcoming catalogue ormer jockey Niall Brennan landed in America from Ireland in the 1980s, shortly afterward settling in among juvenile trainers in Florida. He started his own two-year-old operation in 1991, hooking up with fellow Irish expat and bloodstock agent Mike Ryan.


Since then Brennan has lived up to his motto “success is no accident” by consistently ranking amongst the top juvenile consignors. He has successfully weathered the volatility of his profession, in particular the last two years of economic uncertainity, by continuing to adhere to good horsemanship, while continuing to evolve his methods of training

and presenting horses at auction. Last year, Grade 1 winners Thorn Song and Hot Dixie Chick were among 15 stakes winning graduates of Niall Brennan Stables. Amazingly, this was actually an “off year” for Brennan, who could boast of 27 stakes winners in 2008, 14 of them graded, including the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1)

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Lot 212 a filly by Bernardini breezes up for Brennan at the Calder Sale. She was the top-priced filly at the sale fetching $520,000 and was bought by Katsumi Yoshida.

The market dictates the stallions we like. We might fall in love with a horse and think he’ll be a racehorse, but if he’s not by a commercial stallion, we have to pass

winner Desert Code. International stakes winners in recent years have included Sander Camillo and Japanese champion Kurofune. Brennan consigned this year’s top filly at the Fasig-Tipton Calder Two-Year-Old Sale, the Bernardini –Tap Your Heels filly who sold to Katsumi Yoshida for $520,000. Unfortunately, in a sign of the times, there was little profit made out of her as he had purchased her for $500,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. He did better with the Malibu Moon – More Than Pretty filly which sold for $350,000 to Grace Stables. He

had purchased her for $210,000 at the FasigTipton July Yearling Sale. After three two-year-old sales held so far this year, Brennan ranks as the third-leading consignor in the country with 65 sold for $6,825,000 at an average of $105,000 and a median of $50,000. To accomplish success at this level, Brennan relies on traditional horsemanship, with use of the latest tools available. With “tremendous respect” for his peers, Brennan knows that he has to work hard to stay ahead of the competition, his motto reflecting his work ethic. “It means that I don’t know how to take short cuts,” he says matter-of-factly. “It’s about integrity, hard work, good staff, good horses, and good clients. We have been blessed due to those factors. We have repeat customers because we have success on the racetrack. “We try to develop the horses as if we were going to race them ourselves. We don’t do anything differently to sell on the day.” When sourcing his stock, Brennan looks for atheltic yearlings with good conformation, but he and Ryan will pass on a good individual by a cold stallion, in order to ensure he is giving the market what it wants. “The market dictates the stallions we like. We might fall in love with a horse and

think he’ll be a racehorse, but if he’s not by a commercial stallion, we have to pass.” He develops the yearlings all winter, individualising their programmes when they start to reveal their different levels of maturity and ability when they do their work. Despite the goal to sell them all, he is ready to race those that don’t sell. “Trainers find when they receive our horses that there is always some improvement in them,” he says. “They have not been bottomed out to make the sale. If they’re not ready, we change the sale – we’re not going to force a horse into a sale.” Brennan’s brother Ian, who worked for Niall for seven years, now heads the training division at Vinery and will produce its own two-year-old consignment. “In the past, Vinery sent some horses to me, but the farm has grown and wants to have its own consignment, so it was a natural progression for Ian to go work for them,” Brennan says, shrugging off the idea of competition. “We’re still selling some for Ian at Maryland, and we’ll always have a couple together. “We’re brothers first, and nothing is more important than that.”

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It would be wonderful to think that speed will not be such a predominate factor in future The Market

The current economic collapse hit the two-year-old consignors with the brunt of the horse industry crash. Savvy pinhookers adjusted their buying strategy and Brennan was no different, being far more conservative in his approach to purchasing yearlings in 2009. While he did not fundamentally change his philosophy, he put a ceiling on what to pay for a yearling but with quality horses still in demand, Brennan aimed to maintain his standards. The decline in market numbers and subsequent falls in aggregate will continue to lead to a constriction in the market as farms cull ineffective stallions and fewer mares are bred. Brennan sees this as good for the long term, especially as he has to play a volume game to profit and would himself prefer more quality in a smaller consignment. “OBS March was encouraging; it was solid in the $50-100,000 range, which is the middle market, so it’s good that there were still many people competing at that level,” he says. “We had 12 at February OBS, 16 in Miami [the Fasig-Tipton Calder Sale], 20 at March OBS, 20 at Keeneland, 30 at April OBS, and we’re not sure yet how many for Maryland [Timonium in May], but we’re hoping to sell around 100 horses this spring.” Brennan is reluctant to judge where the market is going when only halfway through the season, but praised the February OBS sale and felt that because Fasig-Tipton Calder was heavy on pedigree, the upper end did “very well”. He was particularly pleased to see the domestic buyers coming in reasonably strongly, a good sign for returning US economic confidence.

The Director

Brennan considered and then dismissed thoughts of selling in Europe due to the logistics, the expense and the proximity of the Tattersalls Craven Sale to the Keeneland


Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale. Instead, in a sideways method of strengthening his business, he has concentrated on becoming an integral player in bolstering the juvenile market in America as a member of National Association of Two-Year-Old Consignors (NATC). He is also on the board of OBS. “If you aren’t buying two-year-olds, you aren’t playing at the top end of racing,” he declares emphatically. “There were 12 Grade 1 races for two-year-olds last year, and ten of the winners were juvenile sale grads. The NATC has been excellent in advertising the success of two-year-old sales.” As an arbiter of moving the business forward as it constantly changes, he was one of the advisors keen to update the presentation of the sales. Going from two breezes to a single breeze was a change that has enabled everyone the time to have vet work and to study videos, without having to spend three weeks at the sale ground. Most importantly, the horse has benefitted. As an OBS director, he has also been active in monitoring the progress of the Safetrack synthetic surface, now in its third year. “Personally, on synthetics, I think we’re still learning,” he says. “You have to factor in the racing as well as training on it at other tracks, and see all of them, but the positives are very good. “The Safetrack at OBS is excellent to train on. It’s consistent, and that’s the key. The delay for the breeze show [in March] was because people couldn’t get to the track after all the rain, not because of the surface. It was in great shape. It stays the same from morning to afternoon. The horses breezing at the end of the show have the same surface as those at the beginning. “It’s more consistent than dirt, so it’s fair to everybody. The first year it was a great track, then it was harder last year, but we’ve learned how to work better with it. It took 200 breezes a day, so having it the same is a huge factor. Does every horse like it? No, but the majority do. It is the exceptions that don’t seem to do well on it, and their action changes. Whatever is in their biomechanics, they hit the ground harder.” The negatives have been reduced as well, especially as maintenance has improved; there was more body soreness in 2009 than this year. “It’s a misconception to think that there are no injuries afterward with synthetics,” he admits. “There are less, but not a lot less, however they are minor, like strained soft tissue, and some two-year-olds will still get bucked shins.”

A sore horse after a fast breeze has been a common complaint of two-year-old sales. Slower times this year were the result of better maintenance to the surface and Brennan is not unhappy to see slower times, particularly if the horse comes out of it better. “There is a huge difference on how the horse feels after he’s breezed in :9 3/5 or :10 1/5,” he says. “It would be wonderful to think that speed will not be such a predominate factor in future and that it will revert back to horsemanship – it would be great if we were trending that way.” Brennan has a synthetic jogging track at his training center, with a surface taken from the horse show arenas rather than racetracks, and has been very pleased with it. However, installing a synthetic surface on his training track is cost prohibitive for individual operators, so he trains on dirt.

The Final Furlong

Keeping pace with current demands on the industry, Brennan and his wife Stephanie have developed Final Furlong as a thoroughbred retirement option for graduates of Niall Brennan Stables. Many industry retirement facilities are overwhelmed and Stephanie, who has always been active in rehabilitating horses from the track, felt the farm should offer a home to retiring graduates. “Final Furlong has put what Stephanie has been doing for some time on a more consistent and stable footing, and some of our clients are on the board,” explains Brennan. “In the last few months Stephanie has placed 16 horses, mostly in pleasure capacities, jumping and so on. Now there is a waiting list as friends have told friends, and we are getting requests for horses. We are keeping three that are not to be adopted; they are too worn out. We have a 20-acre home farm where they live. It’s very gratifying when people send us pictures of their horses.” Brennan’s considerable love for what he does, and the horses he has developed, is revealed in his pride in Final Furlong. When the horses return, he and Stephanie are already familiar with each horse’s individual temperament and quirks, which helps in the retraining and placing process. “Everybody has to take responsibility for their horses and we get owners calling us now,” he says. “They are in this because they have a passion, and many want to care for their horses after they race, but simply can’t. Our clients know about Final Furlong now, and it’s a big part of our programme.”


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o one cOULD ever accuse Arthur Mitchell of being a shrinking violet. The eldest son of Major James Mitchell now runs with brother Harry the family-owned Yarraman Park Stud in Scone and the pair of handson stud managers have created a powerful alliance in the world of Australian bloodstock. Horse breeding history at Yarraman dates back over a century. The first major success for the farm dates back to the early 1900s when the Thompson family raised many fine horses, including the great champion Eurythmic, who was born in 1916. In total, Eurythmic won a staggering 30 races, beginning his racing career in Western Australia by winning the Karrakatta Plate, WATC Derby and Perth Cup before venturing east where he defeated the best claiming victory in races such as the Caulfield Cup. The farm was then owned by champion jockey and subsequent trainer George Moore, who stood the odd stallion with limited success but mainly used the farm as a cattle operation. James Mitchell visited the farm in 1966 and was so taken by the property that he told Moore to give him first refusal should he ever want to sell. The Mitchells have now been at Yarraman for 40 years. The region is prime livestock rearing country. Found a short drive out of Scone, the property is undulating in nature and can boast the all-important rquirement of available irrigation if water becomes an issue. The paddocks at Yarraman are renowned

Arthur and Harry Mitchell at Yarraman Park

Brothers in arms

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Yearling producers

Yearling buyers can have every confidence in purchasing from the farm as the stud has proved its capability time and time again that its quality yearlings develop into top horses. Names such as the Oakleigh Plate winner

Snippets’ Lass’s second foal was the Group 1-winning sprinter and now promising young sire Snitzel and it looks as though she has carried on her good work with Hinchinbrook

Snitzel, Group 1 winners Delta Form, St Covet and this season’s leading sprinter Here de Angels owe their places in the record books due to spending their formative years at Yarraman. In the 2006 record-breaking Easter Yearling Sale, Yarraman arguably reached its zenith as sales consignors. Always known as a good home of quality yearlings, the farm enjoyed the distinction of selling the three top-lots, including an Australian record price for a colt and a filly – a notable achievement by any standards. It was a notable financial achievement as well. Yarraman grossed over $6 million for the top trio and ended the sale as leading vendors with an average of nearly $900,000, netting $10,575,000 from the sale of 14 yearlings The Australian record price of $3.4 million, which was paid for Virage de Fortune, a Group 1-winning daughter of Anabaa, on the opening day of the 2007 Inglis Broodmare Sale also provided another feather in the cap for Yarraman. Yarraman now has the unique distinction

for producing naturally reared horses that possess great bone and constitution. The summers can be dry and the winters cold, but according to Harry Mitchell, the farm is perfect for producing the equine athlete. Today’s Yarraman is a perfect mix of the old and the new. Some of the timber used for the barn came from Moorefield, a west Sydney racecourse that was closed down in 1951; Moore bought and shipped in the stands and running rail to Yarraman. The Mitchell brothers Arthur, Harry and Bill were all born in England. The family arrived in Australia on December 31, 1968 when parents James, known universally as “Slip”, and wife Edith (Bunty) arrived from England following a distinguished military career by him and spells of farming in Gloucestershire and Norfolk. Arthur was educated at Geelong Grammar, while Harry and Bill went to Cranbrook in Sydney. Arthur did his best to attain “wild colonial boy” status, but is quick now to point out that his hell-raising days “are now well behind”. Bill went on to forge himself a successful career as a Group 1 trainer, but now operates as a bloodstock agent based in Melbourne, while Harry and Arthur have concentrated their efforts on running Yarraman.

of selling the highest-priced broodmare sold in Australia, as well as the highest-priced yearling colt and yearling filly. Although he was not sold, this season’s leading juvenile, the Skyline Stakes (G3) winner and Golden Slipper hopeful Hinchinbrook (Fastnet Rock), a colt out of the Group 1 producer Snippets’ Lass, is the latest successful racehorse to come from the Yarraman production line. “Snippets’ Lass died about an hour after Hinchinbrook was born,’’ recalls Arthur. “She had been very sick with EI and sadly foaling a large colt, as well as dealing with her illness, was too much for her to take, tough as she was. We found a foster mare for the foal. “Snippets’ Lass’s second foal was the Group 1-winning sprinter and now promising young sire Snitzel and it looks as though she has carried on her good work with Hinchinbrook. “She was a great producer and all her foals have been gallopers,’’ says Mitchell. “The third foal was Wiener, the next was a Royal Academy, which sold for around $800,000. Then she had Viennese, who sold for $1.4 million as a yearling and is a stakes winner,

The land at Yarraman, which is found just a short drive from Scone, New South Wales has a deserved reputation for producing well-grown yearlings


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The stallion market is so competitive now that a horse has to be a looker and has to have that ‘wow’ factor when he comes out of the box for clients to view. I Am Invincible has that. and now Hinchinbrook, who races for his breeder Francois Naude, a lovely man.’’

Stallion farm

Yarraman has always stood stallions and Mitchell is realistic about this side of the business. “You get good ones and you get bad ones, that’s the way it goes with stallions.” Despite having suffered the loss of Golden Slipper winner and promising sire Catbird and then the disappointment of the young Danehill stallion Foreplay suffering diminished fertility, Mitchell is not one to dwell on the bad times. “We’re having a great run with Magic Albert; his progeny are selling unbelievably well this season so no complaints whatsoever there,” he says positively. The farm has invested again in sire power and has just completed the acquisition of I Am Invincible, a Group-winning son of Invincible Spirit. “He’s a stunning looker, a real powerhouse,” explains Mitchell. “The stallion market is so competitive now that a horse has to be a looker and has to have that ‘wow’ factor when he comes out of the box for clients to view. This horse has that. “At Yarraman we like to support our own

stallions and will send a good number of our own quality mares to both Magic Albert and I Am Invincible. We will also certainly support Trotamondo as his foals are lovely types.” Unsurprisingly, Mitchell has strong thoughts on stallion management. “If I had a good stallion I’d certainly look at restricting his book as I think 150 mares are enough for any stallion,” he explains. “Covering huge books of mares makes it really hard on the yearling vendors as there are just too many of the stallion’s yearlings in every sale so making it so hard to uphold a decent price. “The yearling market however has had a decent correction and maybe that is a good thing. Service fees were too high and I believe they still are and that makes it hard for the smaller breeders (the life blood of the industry) to make the profits they need to survive.”

Working for the good of the sport

Arthur and his wife Kirsty live on the farm alongside with Harry and wife Georgie and the future appears rosy. Both Arthur and Harry are very much hands on and are a close team forming the heart and soul of Yarraman.

Yarraman Park’s Inglis Easter Sale Yearling Draft Lot 36 43 51 55 147 202 284 288 333 364 376 461 500 537 545 547 574 597


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Sire Hussonet (USA) Danzero Flying Spur Dansili (GB) Flying Spur Flying Spur Flying Spur Fastnet Rock Fastnet Rock Fastnet Rock Starcraft (NZ) Stratum Zabeel (NZ) Magic Albert Nadeem Keep the Faith Fastnet Rock Nadeem

Dam Magical Miss Mer du Sud (IRE) Miss Heath Mizzle (USA) Saywaan Tantra Alharir Andrella Cantinela Crystal Wit Dashing Granada Gypsy Dollar Kisumu Elishir Farasha (NZ) Fete de la Fraise Margarine Sakhalin (USA)

But away from the day-to-day work, Arthur is a big thinker and clearly has industry matters at heart. The advance of the coal-mining industry in the Hunter Valley is a major concern and Mitchell is a strident member of the committee working to protect horse country. “Coolmore and Darley have done a magnificent job on this,” he says. “I’m not anti-mining, we acknowledge it’s a vital industry for Australia, but it would be better if they dug it from somewhere else and left the good farming country alone. “For the common good of the industry all the studs are working together on this and we’re hopeful we can make government realise that it’s an important issue.” Another issue close to Mitchell’s heart is concern regarding racing’s finances. “We’ve lost a lot already to the corporate bookmakers and internet betting and we have to work hard on correcting this,” he says, before adding. “I think the betting issue is hugely important, it has already had an adverse effect on New South Wales and we simply have to get Government to be aware that the funds generated by racing have to come back to racing. After all, the bigger and stronger racing gets, the more money it will generate and so on. It really is a no-brainer.” Bunty Mitchell passed away in 1990 and it was soon after that the Major handed the farm over to the boys. “It was a big act for dad to do that and we are eternally grateful that he gave us a crack at running the farm,” Arthur says simply. Major Mitchell is still going strong at 88 and, as Arthur says with a chuckle, “still retains the vices or at least the thoughts!” The running of Yarraman, as well as involvement in wider industry matters, are Arthur’s lifeblood and his driving forces. He is not content to stop, however modest he is about his achievements. “I believe that if you are a part of a community then you owe it to that community to give something back,” he says simply. Scone and the Hunter Valley racing and breeding industry should be very grateful that the Mitchell family made its way to Australia in the 1960s.

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The man at the helm

Amy Bennett meets Trevor Lobb of Darley Australia and chairman of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia

colours of Sheikh Mohammed include last season’s top level winners Purple and Neroli, as well as Denman, named after the township where the former Woodlands Stud is based. He was impressive in the Group 1 Golden Rose in August and it was recently announced that he is to travel to Europe for a tilt at the Group 1 July Cup. The man best placed to reflect on the past, present and future success of the operation is Trevor Lobb, formerly bloodstock manager of Woodlands Stud and now racing manager for Darley Australia. Lobb began his career in racing in 1970 when he joined the bloodstock company William Inglis & Son in Sydney, following a brief stint at the Royal Agricultural Society. He soon rose through the ranks at Inglis to the position of bloodstock manager, and was one of the co-instigators of the computerised pedigree in Australia. However, a life-altering moment came in 1986 with an approach from Jack Ingham. Jack, along with his brother Bob, earned the nickname “the chicken kings” in Australia

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HEIKH MOHAMMED’S lock, stock and barrel purchase of Woodlands Stud in New South Wales in March 2008 was undoubtedly the biggest bloodstock deal in history. A reported £200m gained the Darley operation around 9,000 acres of prime Hunter Valley property, the Sydney training centre headed by trainer Peter Snowden, and around 1,000 horses, 11 stallions, around 200 horses in training, including numerous outstanding performers and producers. Woodlands Stud, founded in the mid 1980s by brothers Jack and Bob Ingham, has an honour roll that reads like a who’s who of the last 25 years of Australian racing and includes more than 35 Group 1 winners. Although a massive chunk of history passed along with the sale, the bloodlines laid down by the Inghams and their team will continue to reap rich rewards under the new management. Group 1 winners bred under the Woodlands banner and now racing in the

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australia trevor lobb due to the multi-million dollar poultry business they developed from the small farm inherited from their father in the 1950s. Also willed to the brothers by their father was the mare Valiant Rose, who became the foundation of a bloodstock empire that grew to become the largest in Australasia. By the 1980s the Ingham brothers had seen their now-famous cerise colours carried to victory in countless races, including at the highest level, and were ready to get serious with their operation. “Jack and Bob had always had an interest but they waited until they could afford to do things properly,” explains Lobb. “I had done a few things for Jack with his horses in the early 80s, and in 1986 Jack approached me to head up the bloodstock division of Ingham Enterprises. They bought Woodlands Farm in 1985 on my recommendation, and then came back and said ‘well we’ve bought it, now you better come and run it’! “They probably had 30 broodmares at the time, and the spec was originally to stand a couple of stallions and race a few horses, but suddenly, over a three-year period, we had 100 horses!”

Hogan at his Cambridge Stud in New Zealand, due to be consigned at the 1994 William Inglis & Son Easter yearling sale. “As soon as Octagonal came out of the box, it was the quickest inspection we’ve ever had at Sir Patrick’s,” recalls Lobb. “His eye, the way he walked, everything about him appealed. Bart Cummings took us on in the ring at the sale, but very unusually for him he stopped, and so we got him for A$210,000.” In the hands of the Inghams’ trainer John Hawkes, Octagonal vindicated Lobb’s judgement from the outset, earning honours as Australia’s champion two-year-old. He added three-year-old honours and Horse of the Year titles the following


year after the initial purchase of Woodlands, the Inghams added to their acreage, and then purchased the satellite nursery of Cootamundra in 1989. At the height of the operation’s powers, two training yards also came under the Woodlands banner, in Sydney and Brisbane. Stallions have always formed a major part of Woodlands’ success. “Once we got started, my idea was that if we were going to breed to race ourselves we had to have stallions that a) were the right sort of horse for Australia, and b) that were commercial enough to help pay back the investment in them. “Overall, with the likes of Canny Lad, Quest For Fame, Octagonal, and the shuttlers Grand Lodge and Night Shift, we had a successful grounding in bloodlines that we could breed back to ourselves,” says Lobb. One superstar performer for the Inghams who was purchased as a yearling is the champion Octagonal, who was the start of a success story for Woodlands that is continuing now, 15 years later, with the stellar career of the three-year-old Denman. The story began when Lobb first viewed a yearling son of Zabeel bred by Sir Patrick


Lonhro: Lobb loved everything about the horse from the very first time he saw him as a yearling at Sir Patrick Hogan’s Cambridge Stud Photo: courtesy of Darley

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Racing is such an international industry, and Australia and New Zealand now have every opportunity to compete on the world stage. but perfect’, which was the same label given to Roland ‘Tiny’ Rowland, the CEO of the London Rhodesian Mining and Land Company which bears the stock exchange code LONRHO. Octagonal’s son was given the same appellation, albeit deliberately misspelled. Amazingly, Lonhro actually eclipsed the achievements of his sire by triumphing 11 times in Group 1 company, including in the Caulfield Guineas and the Australian Cup, and he became the only Horse of the Year to be sired by such a champion.

season when his big race haul included the Cox Plate (G1) and the triple crown Canterbury and Rosehill Guineas and the AJC Derby (all Group 1s), and having collected another Group 1 victory at four, he retired the winner of 14 of his 28 starts, with 10 Group 1 victories. “I don’t think I’ve seen a group of threeyear-olds with that much class,” Lobb says of Octgonal’s peers. “He just gave his all, and I think it was pressure from racing clubs to see him run that saw him get beaten.” With such a record behind him, Octagonal owed nothing to his owners, but as a stallion he added further riches by siring the great Lonhro in his first crop. In spite of being the last of Octagonal’s first crop foals to arrive, putting in his appearance on December 10, 1998, Lonhro so impressed that he featured on Woodlands’ Christmas card that year. His unusual name derives from the description given on his foaling sheet, ‘tiny

When he retired to join his sire at Woodlands, Lonhro was advertised at A$66,000, at the time the highest debut fee commanded by a stallion in Australia. From his first crop, Lonhro has produced the Group 2 winner O’Lonhro, but it is his second crop son Denman who has reached the upper echelon, helping boost his sire to pole position among Australia’s leading sires at this early stage in the season. The colt is out of the Vain mare Peach. “We bought Peach as a yearling and I said to Jack one day ‘she’ll win first up’,” smiles Lobb. “We

Peach, the dam of Denman. She has since gone back to Lonhro twice


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It is marvellous that Sheikh Mohammed has taken Woodlands over as one unit and it can go forward as one rather than being split up.


got beaten a nose and shortly after she had an accident. We worked on her for 18 months, got her back for her maiden win, and then retired her.” Peach, part of the Darley purchase along with several other members of her extended family, had already produced the Sires’ Produce (G1) heroine Preserve prior to Denman. She now has a brother to Denman on the ground, and is due to Lonhro. Following Jack’s death from leukaemia in 2003, changes were always likely to happen to the ever-expanding Woodlands empire. Lobb takes a philosophical view of Bob’s eventual decision to sell the operation and is now very much looking to the future. “It is marvellous that Sheikh Mohammed has taken Woodlands over as one unit and it can go forward as one rather than being split up,” he says. “It has been bought as a long-term investment, and racing is an industry where that level of investment can only help. Everything could have been lost to the industry in a number of years, but now it will go on for a long time. “Sheikh Mohammed is very hands on with

his racing interests throughout the world. To my knowledge he’s only been to Australia once, overnight, but he watches the racing and reports go to him every day. “Racing is such an international industry, and Australia and New Zealand now have every opportunity to compete on the world stage. In the long run it is just about proving the worth of our breed.” Proving the Australian breed is a matter dear to Lobb’s heart in his other role as chairman of the Thoroughbred Breeders Australia. “It’s only been in the last two years that Australian breeders have got together – it’s taken ten years to get that. The government only listens to numbers and so breeders and owners need to get together,” Lobb says. “Instead of working through the states, we’re trying to go to federal government and show them just how big this industry is. If the equine influenza outbreak did one thing, it was to show the government that it lost them far more money than they’d thought it would. “In recent years we’ve joined the Australian Breeders’ Association and Aushorse [the

advertising and promotional arm] together, so now we’re all thinking and producing in one direction. We’re putting a lot of effort into getting people out to buy horses in Australia and that is good for the whole industry. “Buyers’ money at the moment is still holding and gambling money is, if anything, going up. With the interest in nominations to the stallions last year I can only say that it appears everyone is going forward and looking towards the future. Our foal crop isn’t quite the numbers that it used to be, but it is holding.” With so many highlights to choose from during his lifetime in the sport, it is little wonder that Lobb takes a moment before selecting the horse he is most proud to have been associated with. “There’s been a lot of highs. If you’ve got a love for racing it doesn’t matter if you win a maiden or the Melbourne Cup,” he says. “My greatest day in racing was with Lonhro, in October 2002 at Caulfield when he beat Sunline [by a neck in the Yalumba Stakes (G1) in race record time]. I watched the race under the stands with Stephen McKee [co-trainer of Sunline] and the whole stand just erupted. The sign of a champion is when they beat horses of that calibre. “But at all points, I would have to say Octagonal. He did so much for the success of Woodlands, first of all with his racing and then producing Lonhro. “To be associated with one champion is something that you dream about, but to have two in a lifetime... And who knows, there might be more!” Only a foolish man would bet against it.

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stallion redoute’s choice

The stallion of Choice With a stallion’s pedigree and a Group 1 race record, Redoute’s Choice was never going to be a failure at stud. John Berry takes a look at the world-class stallion, sire of the UAE Derby winner Musir.


iring Australasian feature-race winners is almost an everyday experience for Redoute’s Choice, so February’s Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude victory by his two-year-old son Beneteau, massively promising though that colt is, was hardly a career-defining moment


for the successful Arrowfield sire. Perhaps though Musir’s win in the UAE Derby, after victory in the UAE 2,000 Guineas Trial, has at last propelled the sire onto the world stage and given him the recognition that he deserves. Since his first two-year-olds exploded onto the scene in 2003-04, Redoute’s Choice has

Photography courtesy of Arrowfield been a standing dish at or near the top of Australian stallion tables. Not A Single Doubt became Redoute’s Choice’s first stakes victor by winning the Canonbury Stakes at Randwick in December 2003 and Tahni Girl became the second juvenile stakes winner from his first crop when taking the Australian Cup Carnival Stakes at Flemington three months later. Another filly from the same crop, Lotteria, became her sire’s first Group 1 winner when landing the Flight Stakes at Randwick as a spring three-year-old. Now, with his eldest offspring aged eight and a career total of 25 Group 1 victories to his credit, Redoute’s Choice is recognised as one of the best stallions in the world.

stallion redoute’s choice

Redoute’s Choice was an impressive horse from the outset and, bearing in mind that the son of Danehill was a strong colt with a stallion’s pedigree, he was given the best start to life by entering the Melbourne stable of Rick Hore-Lacy, a trainer who had already master-minded the racing careers of several future star sires, including Canny Lad, winner of the 1990 Golden Slipper and maternal grandsire of Redoute’s Choice. Although a very big horse who in maturity stands at 16.2 hh and is reputed to weigh approximately 680 kilos, Redoute’s Choice came to hand fairly quickly at two. Racing for his breeder Muzaffer Ali Yaseen, he made his debut at his home track over 1100m in February 20, 1999. Seven days later he was given an abrupt rise in class when he tackled Victoria’s premier two-year-old race, Caulfield’s Blue Diamond Stakes. Jumping from barrier 15 in a 15-runner field, he belied his inexperience to win by 2l. The victory was as good a Golden Slipper trial as one would ever see, and his owner was understandably happy to pay the $100,000 late entry fee for Australia’s twoyear-old championship. The Blue Diamond proved to be Redoute’s Choice’s final start as a juvenile. He succumbed to a bout of travel sickness when sent north for the Golden Slipper and was scratched. In the end Redoute’s Choice’s sire Danehill still came up with the winner, courtesy of Catbird. A spell enabled Redoute’s Choice to put his illness behind him and, five months later, he made a tremendous start to his three-year-old campaign achieving the rare distinction of winning at weight-for-age on only his third start, courtesy of an impressive victory in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes over 1200m at Moonee Valley. Back against his own age group next time out, Redoute’s Choice resumed rivalry with his Blue Diamond victim Testa Rossa when both colts lined up for what used to be the start of the road to the Caulfield Guineas: the Ascot Vale Stakes over 1200m at Flemington. Surprisingly, neither won the race,which was taken by Spargo, with Testa Rossa second and Redoute’s Choice only fourth. The pair then met again when they faced their elders under handicap conditions in the Group 1 Vic Health Cup over 1400m at Caulfield. Again Testa Rossa fared better winning the race under 54.5 kilos with Redoute’s Choice third under the same weight.

Three weeks later, however, Redoute’s Choice took their own personal score to two all when winning the race that mattered, the Caulfield Guineas. It is a race which frequently unearths some star sires, but the 1999 version was a true classic because the pair’s victims included Commands, who finished third, and Pins who was fifth. Remarkably, Redoute’s Choice and Testa Rossa faced each other for the fourth successive time when lining up for the weight-for-age championship of Australasia, the Cox Plate, for which Redoute’s Choice

Redoute’s Choice was blessed with a true stallion’s pedigree and few in the business were better placed to appreciate this than Arrowfield’s John Messara

The racing career

started favourite. However, three top-class older horses (Sunline, Tie The Knot and Sky Heights) filled the trifecta, with Testa Rossa fourth and Redoute's Choice fifth. By the time that Redoute’s Choice resumed racing that autumn a half-share had been purchased by Arrowfield Stud for a reputed $5 million. His performances early in the autumn showed that he was still progressing and his three starts included a Group 1 victory in the C. F. Orr Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield and a third behind Testa Rossa in the Futurity Stakes over the same course and distance two weeks later. However, Redoute’s Choice had reached the stage where, financially, his future as a stallion started to take precedence over his future as a racehorse. A very heavy horse whose legs presumably took considerable strain when he galloped, he thrived on the routine of beach swimming which Hore-Lacy

had prescribed for him, but the high-stakes world at the top end of the breeding business meant that caution would inevitably be exercised when his races were selected. The plan had been to run him in the Doncaster Handicap over the Randwick mile at Easter, but the Futurity Stakes, his tenth start, proved to have been his final one and he ended the autumn by heading to Arrowfield with a stud fee of $30,000.

A stallion’s pedigree

Redoute’s Choice was blessed with a true stallion’s pedigree and few in the business were better placed to appreciate this than Arrowfield’s John Messara. Previously instrumental in bringing Danehill to Australia, Messara had stood the champion sire at his original Arrowfield stud but had subsequently moved to Scone, vacating the Jerry’s Plains property to allow for the creation of Coolmore Australia. Messara was understandably keen to stand a top-class son of Danehill, and Redoute’s Choice fitted the bill. Danehill had already sired two Golden Slipper winners (from his first two crops) by the time of Redoute’s Choice’s conception and he had sired a third by the time of the colt’s birth. Danehill had been favoured with good mares from the outset, but once he had proved his merit he was receiving nothing but the best and Redoute’s Choice’s dam Shantha’s Choice was a perfect illustration of this. A great-grand-daughter of the superb American matriarch Best In Show, she was from one of the best families in the northern hemisphere. By the time Redoute’s Choice’s was bought by Arrowfield, Best In Show was already ancestress of the likes of El Gran Senor, Try My Best, Malinowski, Spinning World, Chimes Of Freedom, Xaar, Aviance, Monroe and Gielgud. Furthermore, descendants of Best In Show to have come to the fore since Redoute’s Choice’s retirement include Rags To Riches, Peeping Fawn, Domedriver, Aldebaran, Jazil and Denon. The success of Redoute’s Choice’s family, however, was not merely a northern hemisphere phenomenon as it had already more than proved its worth down under. Shantha’s Choice’s dam Dancing Show (a grand-daughter of Best In Show) had been brought to Australasia in foal to Miswaki by Muranna Stud proprietor Norm Carlyon. The foal she was carrying, Umatilla,


stallion redoute’s choice became a Group 1-winning juvenile before becoming a decent stallion. Dancing show’s matings in Australia then included coverings by the star Kingdom-line stallions star watch and Canny lad – to the former she bred the Blue Diamond winner and subsequent good sire Hurricane Sky, while to the latter she bred Shantha’s Choice. the pedigree is now choc-full with good horses because her winning daughters include the Listed-placed Thunder Gulch filly Makarova and also Show Dancing, the dam of three stakes winners including the Group 1 Australian Guineas winner (and promising sire) Al Maher who, as a son of Danehill, is closely related to Redoute's Choice. Furthermore, shantha’s Choice’s foals subsequent to redoute’s Choice include the Group 1 winners Platinum Scissors and Manhattan rain, the group 3 winner sliding Cube and the stakes place-getters Monsoon Wedding and Superior Sateen.

Statistical summary: Redoute’s Choice from Equineline

9 crops 1107 foals 8 crops of racing age 859 foals of racing age 162 current 2-year-olds 136 yearlings 112 weanling

4 champions 37 graded black-type winners 59 black-type winners 47 black-type placers

Life (%)

Current Year (%)

Current Lifetime 2yos (%) 2yos (%)

Foals of RA 859 Starters (/foals) 538 (63) Winners (/foals) 393 (46) B-T Wnrs (/foals) 59 (7) B-T Placers (/foals) 47 (5)

859 255 (30) 103 (12) 11 (1) 11 (1)

162 859 17 (10) 257 (30) 9 (6) 79 (9) 2 (1) 25 (3) 1 (1) 24 (3)

Starts 6,392 Wins (/starts) 960 (15) Placings (/starts) 1,534 (24) Avg $ /starter 77,314 Avg $ /start 6,507 Median 18,736

981 130 (13) 226 (23) 17,764 4,618

33 651 10 (30) 108 (17) 8 (24) 168 (26) 37,051 41,328 19,087 16,315

Avg Distance Raced Avg Winning Distance Avg Max. Win Distance Avg Min. Win Distance

6.98f 6.85f 7.09f 6.13f

7.10f 7.01f 7.01f 6.77f

Chief Earners ($): Miss Finland 3,549,188 Shaaheq (AUS) 294,175 Shaaheq (AUS) Miss Finland


5.52f 5.28f 5.31f 5.26f

5.78f 5.60f 5.69f 5.47f

294,175 1,587,344

Living up to the hype

while it was easy to predict that redoute’s Choice could make up into a very successful stallion, his results have more than lived up to expectations. While his first crop did well, his second crop did even better headed by the golden slipper winner stratum, the Blue Diamond winner Undoubtedly and the AJC sires’ Produce winner Fashions Afield,who had previously run second in the slipper to give her sire the quinella. A further laurel garnered by this bunch of two-yearolds came when he sired first and third in the Magic Millions Classic, courtesy of Bradbury's Luck and Al Samer. Further Group 1 winners emerged from this crop the following year with God's Own landing the Caulfield Guineas and Snitzel the Oakleigh Plate. Having been leading first-season sire when his first crop were two-year-olds and then leading two-year-old sire when his second crop were that age, redoute’s Choice duly became champion sire when he had three crops of racing age. His three-year-olds fared very well in the 2005-06 season, while his juveniles fared even better: he came up with the quinella in the Blue Diamond (nadeem beating Miss Finland) before he also snared a second successive golden slipper, courtesy of Miss Finland. she duly became a top-class three-year-old showing herself to be the complete racehorse by completing the 1,000 Guineas/Victoria Oaks double in the spring before taking two more Group 1s in the autumn. The same spring saw another redoute’s Choice threeyear-old filly, Cheeky Choice, land the Group 1 Flight Stakes at Randwick. To emphasise that Redoute’s Choice, like all great sires, is an influence for class across the distance spectrum, Miss Finland was merely one of three redoute’s Choice three-

Redoute’s Choice is a world-class stallion

year-olds to win a Classic around 2400m that season, the others being nZ Derby winner redoute’s Dancer (whose dam, incidentally, is a daughter of redoute’s Choice’s relative El Gran Senor) and Queensland Derby winner Empires Choice. Furthermore, Anamato won the Australasian Oaks over 2000m. Redoute’s Choice’s Classic fillies last season were similarly impressive. Samantha Miss, a Group 1 juvenile winner through the previous campaign, followed up a win in the Flight Stakes by landing the Victoria Oaks over 2500m, while Gallica won the 1,000 guineas in Melbourne in the spring and the Australasian Oaks in Adelaide in the autumn. redoute’s Choice’s tally of Australian Group 1 winners this season is currently “only” one being Allez Wonder. He beat Testa Rossa’s son Gold Salute by a neck in the Toorak Handicap at Caulfield, but it would be a major surprise if that tally did not rise over the forthcoming weeks However, despite that having only the one Group 1 victory in Australia this season, Musir’s success in the uAE Derby more than confirms the stallion’s international status. Redoute’s Choice’s fee peaked a couple of years ago at $330,000 and the fact that it has subsequently receded to $198,000 is a reflection on the overall economy as the stallion quite simply has to be regarded as one of the greatest sires at stud anywhere in the world today.



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MRI: the gold standard The continuing development of Magnetic Resonance Imaging for horses is breaking new ground in the clear and early diagnosis of potential problems and lamenesses By Dr. Meredith Smith MA Vet MB PhD Cert ES MRCVS Dip ECVS of the Newmarket Equine Hospital


S wE all know equine lameness is a common problem affecting performance if the problem is low-grade, and necessitating time off if the lameness is more severe. Some conditions better with a simple dose of rest, however many horses will benefit from further investigation in order to reach an accurate diagnosis and prognosis and to formulate an accurate treatment plan. Radiographs and ultrasound examination of specific regions of the limb can be performed at the yard, however a full lameness examination can be timeconsuming and can often be done more satisfactorily for both the client and the veterinarian if the horse is taken to a specialist equine hospital base. The technology and expertise available at equine hospitals is becoming increasingly advanced, and the newest imaging modality now routinely used is magnetic resonance imaging or MRI. A high-field human MRI system has been available for horses in the UK at the Animal Health Trust (AHT), since 2002 (Figure 1). This system produces high resolution images of the equine head or limbs, giving extremely detailed information about the structures within, but does require the horse to have a general anaesthetic, which gives additional cost to the procedure as well requiring a hospital stay and use of drugs with significant withdrawal times. In the early 2000s a team of physicists with a background in human MRI systems developed a low-field MRI system capable of imaging the lower limbs of a standing sedated horse (Figure 2). Whilst this system looks superficially to be quite different, the technology used to generate the images is very similar to that used in high field human MRI systems.

What is MRI?

Now for the physics bit. Magnetic resonance images are produced through interactions between a powerful magnet, a radiofrequency coil, magnetic field gradients and specialised computer software (Figure 3). The radiofrequency coil generates radiofrequency pulses that pass into the tissues in the region being scanned, and receives back a radiofrequency echo from the tissues that is specific to their composition. Using the software, grey scale images of the tissues are produced from these echoes, the denseness of the image that is produced dependant on the structure. For example, tendon tissue consists predominantly of tightly organised collagen fibres and has low water content. These properties give tendon tissue a very uniform dark appearance on MR images. Bone consists of a dense outer cortex, which also appears uniformly dark on MR images, and a middle region (medulla) that contains fatty tissue within a bony scaffold, and so this combination of tissue types gives a mixed grey signal. Images are viewed on the computer screen Figure 1

Figure 2

as multiple 3-5mm thick â&#x20AC;&#x153;slicesâ&#x20AC;? representing the anatomy of the region being scanned. Images are acquired in three tissue planes, front to back (frontal or dorsal), top to bottom (transverse) and side to side (sagittal), helping us to reconstruct in three dimensions. One huge advantage of this imaging technique is that it does not involve ionizing radiation, making it very safe for both the horses and for the operators. Using the standing MRI system it is currently possible to image from the level Figure 3


veterinary notes mri of the knee (carpus) or lower hock (tarsus), down to the foot in horses standing quietly under light sedation. Broadly speaking approximately 90 per cent of lamenesses originate from damage to the structures below the knee (carpus) or hock (tarsus). MRI can help provide valuable information in the majority of these conditions and the method is now considered to be the gold standard of imaging the equine lower limb. The standing MRI system continues to undergo software development and improvement so overcoming many issues such as the low grade but persistent swaying motion often present even in the sedated horse. Now though skilled operators can produce images from a sedated standing horse of a very high diagnostic standard. Furthermore, the practical nature of this system means that horses can be imaged as day patients, with little impact on their schedules.

Figure 4

Figure 5

What do the images tell us?

Figure 6

Figure 7

In the horse abnormalities which may be detectable using MR imaging include ligament and tendon injuries, fractures, bone trauma and necrosis, osseous cystlike lesions, articular cartilage damage and subchondral and trabecular bone modelling. For example, the image in Figure 4 shows a sagittal section through the foot. There is extensive modeling (change in shape) of the distal aspect (bottom) of the navicular bone (arrow) and there is increased mineralization within the medulla (central region) of the navicular bone, giving this region an abnormally dark appearance. MRI is particularly valuable in imaging structures contained within the hoof capsule, such as the soft tissue components of the navicular apparatus, as it is difficult to penetrate the hoof wall and assess these structures clearly using any other imaging technique. Good quality images of the knees (carpi) can also be obtained (Figures 5 and 6).

The role for MRI in managing the racehorse

MRI is increasingly being used to monitor ongoing changes in high performance horses. For example, ongoing structural changes take place within the fetlock joints of racehorses as a result of training. Research has shown that there is a biological map within the fetlock joint, where, during a foalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transition into a skeletally mature adult,


certain regions of cartilage and bone adapt in order to best cope with the stresses and strains placed on them during loading of those joints. Pasture exercise is important during foalhood to maximise this regional development. Yearlings still have immature skeletons and yet they must adapt during a rapid programme of training in order to be fit to race as two-year-olds. Then they must be able to cope with continued high intensity training and racing through their juvenile year if they are to go on and race as three-year-olds. The ability of the bones to adapt can become overwhelmed by the stresses and strains placed on them. The image in Figure 7 shows a sagittal slice through the fetlock joint. There is considerable increase in bone mineralization (increased dark signal) within the lower portion of the canon bone (distal condyle). Research has confirmed that significant changes in bone density may develop at certain predilection sites prior to a fracture. These changes are not visible early enough using radiographs. Using MRI, we are becoming increasingly able to identify early stages of disease and give advice to both trainers and owners accordingly with the aim of helping to minimize the occurrence of severe and potentially catastrophic injuries.

Because the MR software generates images of the tissues 3-5 mm apart, and in three planes, there is a huge quantity of information contained within a series of MR images. In order to put this information into context, a detailed knowledge of the anatomy of the region of interest is required, together with experience of the normal variations that occur in horses doing certain levels of work. Not all abnormalities are associated with pain and lameness, and so the identification of abnormalities on MRI must be interpreted in the light of the clinical findings during a full lameness investigation. We still have much to learn about the way that damaged tissues are represented on MR images. The bottom line though is that without doubt MRI has become a best imaging tool at our disposal. Using MRI, we are able to image parts of the equine limbs in much greater detail than with any other imaging modality, helping to identify damage in exact anatomical structures, which takes us a significant step further in developing our treatment strategies for these conditions. The value of using MRI as a screening tool in the racehorse is becoming more and more apparent and MRI will undoubtedly play a key role in the thoroughbred industry in the future.

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Mare of the month

by Alan Porter



aking her first start since the announcement that she would not be retiring to stud, the undefeated six-year-old mare Zenyatta maintained her unbeaten record in the Santa Margarita Handicap (G1). The race was supposed to be a preparation for a meeting with another wonder filly, Rachel Alexandra, who prevailed over Zenyatta in the vote for the title of 2009 Horse of the Year, but with Rachel being defeated in her reappearance on the same day, the face-off won’t now happen. Zenyatta is from the first crop of Street Cry (Machiavellian), a horse who has swiftly established himself as one of the world elite having also sired the champion two-year-old colt and Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Street Sense (from the same crop as Zenyatta), the Australian Grade 1 scorers Shocking and Whobegotyou, as well as the Group and Grade 1


winners Street Boss, Seventh Street, Street Hero, Majestic Roi and Cry and Catch Me. However, Zenyatta’s dam, the Kris S. mare Vertigineux, has more than played her part too in producing the wonder filly. Vertigineux was voted Broodmare of the Year in 2008 and not only for having produced Zenyatta but also the millionaire earner Balance and the stakes winner Where’s Bailey. Vertigineux was bred by Eric Kronfeld, who retained her after she failed to meet her reserve as a yearling at the Keeneland September Sale. She looked promising when winning maiden and allowance events on turf on her third and fourth starts for trainer Michael Dickinson, but subsequently failed to improve her record. Retired to stud, she originally boarded alongside her dam at Don Robinson’s Winter Quarter Farm near Lexington.

mare of the month vertigineux

Vertigineux After an uninspiring start in her first year when barren, things rapdily began to improve for the mare. Although her first foal, a filly by Aljabr, fetched just $4,000 at the 2003 Keeneland September Sales, racing as Where’s Bailey she proved herself to be one of the best runners for her sire with a win in the Remington Park Oaks. Vertigineux then produced a Thunder Gulch filly which did catch the eyes of the buyers at the September Sales realising $260,000. Despite that hefty price tag, she proved to be a bargain buy. Named Balance she earned over $1,000,000 and won five stakes races, including the Santa Anita Oaks (G1), the Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap (G1), the Las Virgenes Stakes (G1) and the Santa Anita Oaks (G1). Balance had yet to make her first start when her yearling half-sister by Street Cry was offered at the 2005 Keeneland September Sales, which probably explains why it cost only $60,000 to acquire her (compared to a 2005 yearling average of $104,068 for the sire). She was bought by The Mosses, who have subsequently been able to watch her earn 99 times that amount, or $5.6 million.

Pedigree pointers

Although Vertigineux ran in the US, her siblings did their best work on the turf in Europe: her Robellino three-parts sister was a Listed winner in France, and is dam and grand-dam of black-type winners, while her Master Willie half-brothers, Blash and National Service, won blacktype races in the French provinces and in Germany. On The Staff, a sister to Blash and National Service, never won a black-type event, but finished second in the Sun Chariot Stakes (G2) in England. Vertigineux’s grand-dam is the well-bred In The Offing, a daughter of Hoist The Flag and the stakes-winning Tom Fool mare, Mrs. Peterkin. In The Offing was only a minor winner, but she produced the Vineland Handicap (G3) victress Helenska and is also third dam of Canadian champion turf mare Sweetest Thing (whose dam was by a son of Roberto and so bred on very similar lines to Vertigineux). In addition to In The Offing, Mrs. Peterkin produced three blacktype winners, among them Sweet Alliance, heroine of the Kentucky Oaks (G3), and subsequent dam of the Irish Derby winner, Shareef Dancer (G1). Zenyatta is bred on a version of the Mr. Prospector/Roberto cross which brings together the very similarly bred Gold Digger (dam of Mr. Prospector) and Bramalea (dam of Roberto). Both these excellent mares were by Nashua, and Gold Digger’s grand-dam Miss Dogwood was by Bull Dog out of a Blue Larkspur mare, whereas Bramalea’s dam, Rarelea, was by a son of Bull Dog out of a Blue Larkspur mare. As far as Machiavellian and his sons are concerned the cross has had

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(Kris S.-For The Flag (Forli)) an above-opportunity strike rate, with Zenyatta being joined by Italian Group winner St Paul House and Italian Listed winner Golden Titus (by Machiavellian’s son, Titus Livius, out of a Silver Hawk mare).

The family continues under a new banner

Vertigineux has since produced a 2006 Pulpit filly who fetched $550,000 at Keeneland September and a 2007 Giant's Causeway colt that sold for $1,150,000 at the same sale last year. In January, Vertigineux produced a filly foal by Bernardini named Eblouissante and in March produced a filly to Henrythenavigator. She has returned to Henrythenavigator this year. As the last sentence might suggest, Vertigineux has recently undergone a change of ownership – after the Bernardini was born, Kronfeld sold Vertigineux to Coolmore in a private sale. Kronfield told the that he felt he sold her “for what I thought was a very fair price.” He continued: “She’s 14, after all, and this is a business. And I kept her colt by Bernardini (a weanling), and he looks even better than Zenyatta did at the same age.”

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Dear Nic Please excuse this rather public approach; my recent attempt at a more direct one was very effectively steered into the long grass by your security system! I hope that you might still be interested in what I have to say. Common sense dictates that your best efforts should aim to maintain owner numbers and to generate new ownership, because if ownership does fall off badly then the ancillary trades riding on its coat-tails will collapse too – however many frivolous initiatives their lobbyists dream up. Some of the Racing For Change suggestions, which the trade press appear to endorse, seem rather like re-arranging the deckchairs on the Titanic – pointless. Remember too, that the most trivial ideas may have unintended negative consequences, certainly if past form is anything to go by. For example, the odd Friday night concert at Newmarket twenty years ago may have been a “good thing”, but the heavy drinking and corporate entertaining culture which racecourses grew from such relatively innocent beginnings was not. The culture of drunken revelry that tracks have fostered over recent years may have paid off for them, but has little to do with horse racing per se. If the decade of excess is over, tracks may come to regret that their fair-weather friends have, literally, frightened off more racegoers than they have attracted. Racing’s long game must be to relocate the reasonably committed fan base which it once had. We need people who will pay to get in to their local meetings and will be happy to do it several times a year. This group don’t want silly distractions and gimmickry. What they do want is some appreciation in the form of better catering. They don’t want face painting or bouncy castles. They actually come to admire the horses and to see them run. They would probably prefer to see a few horses disqualified for interference rather than see their favourite riders constantly suspended. They knew that T. Quinn was in fact Richard Quinn, and that M.H. Easterby raced as Peter. They may also be getting sick of having the “horse of the century” foisted upon them as an annual event. And they know that 15/8 is bigger than 13/8. Tradition forms an enormous part of racing, and to confuse pointless trivialisation with constructive modernisation has been a huge mistake. Now retro might even be the new metro! Two serious problems that you must face are, first, that the breeding industry may be facing genuine crisis and, second, that the public perception of racing’s integrity is in tatters. Fortunately both these birds might be killed with one stone – if only their underlying causes were able to be objectively reviewed by disinterested parties. In the first case “industry experts” pontificate to the effect that the collapse in the lower end of the yearling market is due to massive over-production of dross, and so, by implication, may be no bad thing. This foolishly ignores the fact that the number of foals has only increased in direct proportion to the number of races. Fewer yearlings going into training means short fields in the future. The lower end of the yearling market badly needs the restoration of a viable two-year-old programme – which it had until


fairly recently – to restore it to health. Remember that they used to say that speed was the only important factor in breeding good racehorses? Bigger breeders may disagree with this analysis, but they couldn’t care less for the smaller retailer trying to produce a decent product for a sustainable price as long as they can maximise their own share of the market. The recent changes to the juvenile programme all benefit expensive backward underachievers over precocious speedsters. Second, the general facility to lay horses was bound to cause problems for integrity. However, we are where we are, and, rather than cry over spilt milk, we – or rather you – need to sort it out. The practical solution is to restructure racing so that any horse not doing his best would be adversely affecting his future career. At the moment the reverse is the case. Class B offences in which horses “having a run”, occur frequently. Apart from being wrong in itself, that makes the very few “class A” offences (in which jockeys act independently of owners and trainers) almost impossible to prosecute successfully – as we have seen. Simple changes to handicap qualification – from negativity to positivity – could make having a quiet run counter productive. Remove the incentive and the abuse would cease. The bottom line is that racing needs to get back to basics. “I know my horse is better than your horse” should be the universal approach, rather than “I think I’m well handicapped”. Until a higher-rated horse becomes in every sense more desirable than a lower-rated one, as used to be the case, this whole sport is compromised. You of all people know that football holds an advantage over racing in the support of its fans for a particular team, and that for smaller clubs that is most so in the F.A. Cup run. Racing should tap into this team spirit and create a year-long “game” in which stables could score points which would allow a small stable to score as many points with ten nominated horses as could a big one. There should be no difficulty in finding a major sponsor and it might both attract new fans and re-energise owners. And once people turn to the racing page every day to see how “their team” is doing they are much more likely to go to the track. Summing up the whole sport could be transformed by tightening up the handicap system and reversing the changes in the twoyear-old programme. Smaller owners would be much keener to buy yearlings if they had more viable opportunities to aim at. The boost to smaller breeders would be dramatic – we’ll miss them if they are lost from our industry. Races must become more competitive at every level to strengthen the betting market becomes stronger. The best horses will be easier to assess – and there’ll be a lot more of them than anyone thinks. Everyone benefits if racing sorts out the basics. Now I think it’s up to you to bang a few heads together and do it here. Best wishes for a difficult task!


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April issue of International Thoroughbred  

Breeze-up issue and start of the Flat season including a review of the Dubai World Cup meetying, and interviews with trainer Tom Dascombe, c...