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AT 3 YEARS TIMEFORM RATED 131 1ST Irish 2,000 Guineas-Gr.1, 8f, Curragh 1ST St. James’s Palace Stakes-Gr.1, 8f, Royal Ascot 1ST Sussex Stakes-Gr.1, 8f, Goodwood

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AT 2 YEARS TIMEFORM RATED 122 1ST Coventry Stakes-Gr.2, 6f, Royal Ascot by 6 lengths 1ST Maiden, 6f, Newbury, on debut by 7 lengths

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AT 4 YEARS TIMEFORM RATED 133 1ST Lockinge Stakes-Gr.1, 8f, Newbury 1ST Queen Anne Stakes-Gr.1, 8f, Royal Ascot defeating the brilliant Goldikova

Jocelyn de Moubray: compares stallion performance Broodmare sires and covering stats: they come under the microscope

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Canford Cliffs bests the brilliant Goldikova in the Queen Anne Stakes-Gr.1

An in-depth look at this year's leading stallions, we examine which young stallions will be the ones to make it

Stallion averages: from this autumn's European yearling sales

Trainer Roger Varian talks about his "extraordinary year" Rathbarry Stud: a family business We meet the farms behind two of this year's big race winners: Swordlestown Little and Owenstown Stud

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• ALFRED NOBEL • AUSSIE RULES • CANFORD CLIFFS • DANEHILL DANCER • DUKE OF MARMALADE • DYLAN THOMAS • EXCELLENT ART • FASTNET ROCK • FOOTSTEPSINTHESAND • GALILEO • HIGH CHAPARRAL • • HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR • HURRICANE RUN • MASTERCRAFTSMAN • MONTJEU • PEINTRE CELEBRE • POUR MOI • RIP VAN WINKLE • ROCK OF GIBRALTAR • STARSPANGLEDBANNER • STRATEGIC PRINCE • THEWAYYOUARE • YEATS • ZOFFANY • Contact: Coolmore Stud, Fethard, Co. Tipperary, Ireland. Tel: 353-52-6131298. Fax: 353-52-6131382. Christy Grassick, David O’Loughlin, Eddie Fitzpatrick, Tim Corballis, Maurice Moloney, Gerry Aherne, Mathieu Legars, Jason Walsh or Sebastian Hutch. Tom Gaffney, David Magnier, Joe Hernon or Cathal Murphy: 353-25-31966/31689. Kevin Buckley (UK Rep.) 44-7827-795156. E-mail: sales@coolmore.ie Web site: www.coolmore.com All stallions nominated to EBF.

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The leading sire in GB & Ire by percentage winners to runners in 2011

Successful sire, including quadruple Gr.1 winner Twice Over

(Hyperion Statistics, minimum 50 runners) 13th October 2011

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1997 b h Sadler’s Wells ex Wemyss Bight (Dancing Brave)

1997 ch h Distant View ex Stellaria (Roberto)

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2003 b h Dansili ex Docklands (Theatrical)

2003 b h Danehill ex Hasili (Kahyasi) From the great Danehill sireline out of a blue hen mare First yearlings 2012

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Dansili

1996 b h Danehill ex Hasili (Kahyasi) The leading sire in Europe by stakes winners in 2011

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Three Valleys

2001 ch h Diesis ex Skiable (Niniski)

Stakes season sire• At 2: Won 2 races, including beating VArenAr (Gr.1). overproducing 6f & 7f at 2first years • Group winner and Gr.1 placed

£5,000 special live foal

£75,000 special live foal

• Realised €320,000 as a yearling

Oasis Dream

• DAnehill DAncer full brother to 2 stakes performers

2000 b h Green Desert ex Hope (Dancing Brave) The sire sensation of nine Gr.1 winners

£85,000 special live foal

Zamindar

• At 3: Won Prix du Jockey-Club (10 1/2 f) Gr.1, beating Fuisse (Gr.1) and silVer Frost (Gr.1). • Also broke the course record over 7f at Maisons-Laffitte (lr) and 2nd Gr.1 French 2000 Guineas

1994 b h Gone West ex Zaizafon (The Minstrel)

have bred • His first 4 dams all won and Multiple Gr.1 producing sire including Zarkava and Timepiece 31 winners between them, including classic, • By champion miler and Group 1 sire noverre, out of a half £10,000 special live foal Group and stakes winners sister to champion sprinter Polar Falcon (sire of PiVotAl) • Covered 120 mares his first season in 2011 Fee: €3,000 live foal

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Three Valleys

2001 ch h Diesis ex Skiable (Niniski) Stakes producing first season sire

£5,000 special live foal

Zamindar

1994 b h Gone West ex Zaizafon (The Minstrel) Multiple Gr.1 producing sire including Zarkava and Timepiece

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contents december 8

The foreword

The Breeders’ Cup was not shown on TV in Hong Kong, writes Paul Haigh

11 The first word

James Delahooke answers stallion Q and As

12 News and views

Dutch Art and Dubawi have had price increases, but most stallion fees have remained the same as in 2011

20 Racing Post Ratings

Ron Wood, the international race analyst at the Racing Post, casts his eye over the form from the Breeders’ Cup

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22 He’s not lost his grip yet

Alan Porter sees the Sadler’s Wells line successful at the Breeders’ Cup meeting

32 European invasion

Steve Moran asks if the Euro raids on the Melbourne Cup are a good thing for breeding, punting and competition

36 Lonhro and Cape Blanco to US

Alan Porter takes a look at Darley’s and Coolmore’s stallion plans for the US

42 Team Cashman

With Rathbarry’s Acclamation the star sire of the year, Lissa Oliver travels to County Cork to visit the family-run stud

48 The best start ever

Lissa Oliver visits Owenstown Stud and John Tuthill, the breeder of Excelebration

Desert Classic, the dam of Wrote

139 The database 146 Bloodstock background

Simon Thompson, Thoroughbred Internet

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92 The master list

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99 The biggest gamble of ‘em all Buying a broodmare is a challenge,

• HOLY ROMA • ALFRED NOBEL • AUSSIE RULES N EMPEROR • HURR Contact: Coolm • CANFORD CLIFF ore Stud, Fethar ICANE RUN • MAST ERCRAFTSMA S • DANEHILL DANCE Tom Gaffne d, Co. Tipperary, Ireland R• N • MONTJEU y, David Magni • PEINTRE DUKE OF MARMALADE er, Joe Herno. Tel: 353-52-6131298. CELEBRE • • DYLAN THOM .......... FEE: Fax: n or Cathal Murphy: 353-2 353-52-6131382. Christ POUR MOI • RIP VAN WINKLAS • EXCELLENT €17,500 .......... 5-31966/316 y Grassick, E • ROCK OF ART • FASTNET ROCK David 89. Kevin Buckle GIBRALTAR • STARSPANGL • FOOTSTEPSINTHE y (UK Rep.) O’Loughlin, Eddie Fitzpa SAND 44-7827-79 5156. E-mailtrick, Tim Corballis, Mauri EDBANNER • STRATEGIC • GALILEO • HIGH : sales@coolm ce PRINCE • THEW CHAPARRAL • ore.ie Web Moloney, Gerry Aherne, AYYOUARE site: www.coolmo Mathie • YEATS • ZOFFA re.com All u Legars, Jason Walsh stallions nomin or Sebastian NY • Hutch. ated to EBF.

writes Jocelyn de Moubray, but get it right (or wrong) and it can change your life

105 The dam sires’ list

Hyperion’s list of stakes-winning dam sires through 2011

Rathb y Stud: a familyarr business Trainer Ro ger Va his "extrarian talks about the farms ordinary behind tw yea r" Swordles o of this year's town Little Group 1 wi nners: and Owen stown Stu d

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An in-depth stallions, look at this year's ding stallions wilwe examine whichlea you l be the on es to makeng it compares staJocelyn de Moubray : llion perfor mance Broodmare sire they come s and covering sta under the ts: microscope Stallion ave rages: from this autum European yea n's rling sales

Hyperion’s list of stakes-winning sires TAGULA through 2011 - MRS MA RS

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135 Mare of the month

74 Keep the Faith

Races from

The bloodstock awards 2011

John Sparkman reviews the US sires’ list, which was transformed by the Breeders’ Cup meeting at Churchill Downs

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132 The Golden Gavels

118 The winds of change

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Swordlestown Little punches well above its weight when it comes to producing quality bloodstock

Weatherbys’ covering stats in 2011

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58 Little in name, but not in nature

110 The covering list

It’s just been a fantastic year for Galileo, writes Sue Montgomery, as the stallion is beginning to beat his own sire’s amazing statistics

2011

55 An EXcellent year

66 Annus Mirabilis

DECEMBER

Neil Clark meets trainer Roger Varian, who has had an “extraordinary year”

Stallion Review 2011: British and Irish stallions

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resurgent year for

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James's Pa lace Stakes

and Irish bloodstock industries: Galileo

the cover Acclamation by Peter Mooney

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the foreword

Breeders’ Cup: off air “ T

The meeting was ignored in HK ahead of its own “World Championships”, writes Paul Haigh

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The Cup looks a gem, and will shine even more brightly if Ed Dunlop decides Snow Fairy should defend her crown rather than go for the easier Vase

Cup. The turnover figures prove that. If the HKJC tote turned over just one tenth of what it does for an ordinary meeting at Happy Valley, or anything approaching what it does for the Arc or the Melbourne Cup or Royal Ascot, the Breeders’ Cup would be worth its while. Their customers have decided that it’s not. If you look at the fields this year you can understand why. Hardly any of the world’s top horses went to Churchill Downs. Not my assessment. Study the IFHA ratings. And those that did were Goldikova in precipitous decline and So You Think after a campaign that had everything in common with the retreat from Moscow. Aidan O’Brien says: “We’re still learning about So You Think” straight after the standard remarks about him having “so much natural speed”. Don’t want to rush you Aidan, but how long have you had him? Maybe a phone call to Bart Cummings might have saved a lot of time and trouble. Bart didn’t win the Melbourne Cup this year, an omission which would once have made headlines on its own, so maybe his advice isn’t as useful as it was. With nine of the first ten home trained in Europe or European imports, it must have occurred to Australians to wonder whether their national race would ever be won by an Australian, or by an Australian-bred ever again. Maybe the news that Americain, winner last year of the 150th running and fourth this year after an unlucky run, is going to continue his career in Australia and then stand at stud there will give them hope. Something needs to be done to correct the imbalance caused by the Australian obsession with precocity and speed. If not they will continue to have some of the best sprinters in the world and some of the worst middle-distance horses and stayers. Which makes you wonder how good So You Think, beautiful though he is and majestic though he looked in his Cox Plate prime, actually ever was by international standards.

he whole point about straws in the wind is that they’re not always noticed. Sometimes they blow away too quickly. Sometimes they just float by and nobody notices their significance. It may be of little interest to those involved in the Breeders’ Cup that the Hong Kong Jockey Club now no longer bothers to simulcast for betting the meeting that still likes to think of itself as the World Racing Championships “The where?” you can almost hear the Average Joe in the US stands laughing. “The Hong Kong what? So who the hell gives a – ?” But wait a minute. The Hong Kong Jockey Club is, by any measurement, the world’s most successful racing organisation. It’s the only one in which turnover is increasing. This season it’s averaging over HK$1billion a meeting. (That’s around $130 million). Attendances are growing too. Nearly 100,000 turned out for the Chinese New Year meeting, and if CNY is not perhaps your typical Hong Kong day at the races, that was still the highest for nearly a decade. Hong Kong punters are the heaviest and perhaps the most enthusiastic on earth. And they’re turning their backs on the Breeders’ Cup, just like they did on the Grand National a few years ago after that dismal farce in which only two mud-spattered nags managed to finish, and nobody except connections and sweepstake ticket holders cared very much which was which. There are extenuating circumstances, of course. For one thing Hong Kong simulcasting is rationed by government decree, some of the persons in office being holders of the comical opinion that if you reduce the number of betting opportunities you reduce the Chinese propensity to punt. (In general this attitude just tends to play into the hands of the illegal bookmakers, of whom perhaps more at a later date). For another, the Breeders’ Cup goes off in the Far East at a time when all self-respecting citizens, and even some of the more feverish party-goers, are nicely wrapped up in bed. That may be one reason why no horses from Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia or New Zealand ever turn up for it. But Hong Kongers will stay up late and get up early for an event they consider important, or worth betting on. Football often proves it. And they won’t do that anymore for the Breeders’

So we skip ahead to the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin on December 11. The Hong Kong Mile should be an interesting race with Excelebration and Immortal Verse doing their best to bring the Frankel form to Hong Kong. So should the Vase be, with the first two in the Melbourne Cup, Dunaden and Red Cadeaux, separated at Flemington not so much by the width of a cigarette paper as by a drip of saliva on the winner’s lip, doing battle again, this time over 1m4f (or 2,400m metres as the sillies call it in HK). Although Snow Fairy or Shareta will probably laugh at them as they go past if either or both choose this race instead of the Cup. Hong Kong lost its own Sprint for the first time in a decade in 2010 when JJ The Jetplane just edged out Rocket Man. The latter is back again, but his aura was dented in Japan last time, and if any invader is going to get the better of Entrapment and the rest of the Hong Kongers, it might be the Japanese mare Curren Chan, who had Rocket Man back in fourth and without obvious excuse in the Sprinters’ Stakes at Nakayama in October. Good luck to Bated Breath though. The Cup looks a gem, and will shine even more brightly if Ed Dunlop decides Snow Fairy should defend her crown rather than go for the easier Vase. The reason is the clash between Ambitious Dragon and California Memory. California is a beautiful little grey who regularly completes his final two furlongs in less than 22 seconds; and Ambitious Dragon, a big, hefty son of Pins, who has if anything an even more startling finishing burst. If Snow Fairy, who is clearly as good as ever, gets burned by the Dragon, it will add substance to my guess that this gelding could have won any race he was qualified to run in at the Breeders’ Cup – if only his owner, Mr. Johnson Lam, had thought it was worth sending him to such a meeting.


THE AGA KHAN STUDS Success Breeds Success

Azamour

• Sire of 13 Stakes Performers in 2011, including the Gr.2 winner SHANKARDEH, the Gr.3 winner and Gr.1 Classic placed NATIVE KHAN, Gr.3 winners LINDENTHALER and NO EXPLAINING, and LR winners COLOMBIAN, LAAJOOJ, SIREN’S SONG and ZANUGHAN. • Sire of 24% 3-y-o Stakes performers to runners (to 11.11)

Dalakhani

Fee: €15,000

• Sire of 13 Stakes Performers in 2011, including the Gr.1 Classic winners RELIABLE MAN and DUNCAN; the Gr.2 winner VADAMAR and the Group winning and Gr.1 Classic placed BARAAN. • Sire of 4 Classic winners from his first 4 crops • 2011 yearlings made up to 400,000gns.

Sea The Stars

Fee: €40,000

• European Champion 3yo, winning 6 successive Gr.1 races • TFR 140 “One of the best of all time.” • Half brother to 3 other Gr.1 winners, including World Champion Sire Galileo. • Has covered 97 Black Type winners and the dams of 98 Black Type winners in his first two seasons. • First foals in 2011 from a stellar book of mares

Fee: €85,000

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BROTHER TO INVINCIBLE SPIRIT SIRE OF 5 STAKES WINNING 2-Y-O’S SIRE OF 38 2-Y-O WINNERS - 2 CROPS. DAM RAFHA - GR1 WINNER 1/2

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the first word

Stallion Q and A: James Delahooke Which stallion would you use if you had...? A maiden mare, but don’t wish to spend more than £10,000 and want to sell the offspring? I try to use a proven stallion on a maiden mare. Trainers like Compton Place, and if your mare can not throw a winner by him, do you need her? A maiden mare, but happy to spend up to £30,000 and wish to sell the offspring? Acclamation, but he will need to be a good maiden to be accepted. His stock run and they sell. You have a black-type maiden mare and wish to sell the offspring? Oasis Dream or Invincible Spirit. If, like me, you are not a pedigree buff it is vitally important to access the extraordinary volume of information that is available and which encapsulates other peoples’ past triumphs and failures. For instance, if stallion X has been mated to 68 daughters of stallion Y without success – you need to know it. I access this info through a young Irish genius called Gary Hadden (00 353 8660 38311). I just do the conformation, temperament, and make the coffee! Gary is a protégé of Bill Oppenheim, another genius who developed the APEX rating system of establishing stallion merit, the “go to” analysis which is now accepted world-wide as the benchmark. I also worked with Alexandra Scrope in the early days of Juddmonte Farms, and I place her right up there as a pedigree analyst with the two afore-mentioned boffins. She is better looking than either, and history says the results were quite good! You would like to use a first-season sire as a commercial sales prospect? Dream Ahead or Pour Moi.

You are sending your filly to race and then be covered in the US? Hard Spun. You want to try and put a bit more speed into your family? Send it to Dandy Nicholls! Your mare is a bit incorrect? Look Here’s dam was so offset in both knees that racing her was never an option. She produced consistently correct foals, including a Classic winner. I have just spent 10 days in Kentucky looking at multiple black-type winning fillies and mares. The soundness some of them have exhibited in spite of their conformation is extraordinary. Your mare needs a good-moving stallion? Hat Trick. You want an outcross for a Northern Dancer mare? Monsun – although Northern Dancer seems to inbreed very successfully these days. You are hoping to get a filly to join a broodmare band in the future? Zamindar: providing your mares are as good as the Aga Khan’s... Want to make sure you get an invite to the Darley lunch? Stick close to Sir Paul Arnold or Andy Smith and you should get in alright. You would like to use a smaller, independent farm in Britain or Ireland? I don’t think I would criticise the excellent service and backup provided by Darley and Coolmore, but if they shut me out Lanwades, Whitsbury and Rathbarry are also excellent

A mare for an owner-breeder and wished to spend less than £10,000? Sir Percy or Manduro – both have made an excellent start in spite of all the efforts by the “chattering classes” to condemn them.

Do book sizes affect your decision? What is an optimum? Northern Dancer never covered more than 45 mares in a season, and breeders paid a $1 million no guarantee for his services and that was 30 years ago! I have no doubt that if Galileo was restricted to 45 mares (which I admit is unlikely) breeders would queue up and fight for nominations at €1 million, no guarantee. Advances in veterinary science altered the whole dynamic of the business, and the genie looks unlikely to go back in the bottle.

You are going to take a gamble on a sire who is yet to have runners? Paco Boy.

Are stallion fees generally still too high? No – I get paid commission on them!

A mare for an owner-breeder and happy to spend up to £30,000? Selkirk or Hernando, two wonderful servants who will hopefully manage another season or two. Bold Ruler sired Secretariat and Wajima in his last two crops, so don’t be afraid of old stallions.

You would like to cover your mare with a French-based sire? Muhtathir.

For more insightful viewpoint from bloodstock agents, see pages 57, 69 and 71

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the news Stallion fees 2012 and % change with 2011 for the major farms in Britain and Ireland (fees published when going to press) Stallion

Stud

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Motivator Highclere £8,000 £5,000 Paco Boy £8,500 £8,000 Misu Bond Norton Grove £1,500 £1,500 Monsieur Bond £3,000 £5,000

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£8,000 £7,000

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Avonbridge Whitsbury Manor Compton Place Sakhee's Secret Showcasing

£3,500 £6,000 £5,500 £5,000

£3,000 £6,000 £5,500 £4,500

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Acclamation Rathbarry Stud Lilbourne Lad Moss Vale Tagula

€15,000 - €4,000 €4,000

€35,000 €7,500 €4,000 €4,000

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Alfred Nobel Coolmore Aussie Rules Canford Cliffs Danehill Dancer Duke Of Marmalade Dylan Thomas Excellent Art Fastnet Rock Footstepsinthesand Galileo High Chaparral Holy Roman Emperor Hurricane Run Mastercraftsman Montjeu Peintre Celebre Pour Moi Rip Van Winkle Rock Of Gibraltar Starspangledbanner Strategic Prince Thewayyouare Yeats Zoffany

€5,000 €6,000 - €75,000 €25,000 €17,500 €10,000 €30,000 €10,000 Private €25,000 €10,000 €15,000 €17,500 €75,000 €15,000 - €20,000 €17,500 €15,000 €4,000 €6,000 €9,000 -

€4,000 €5,000 €17,500 €60,000 €20,000 €12,500 €10,000 Private €10,000 Private €25,000 €12,500 €12,500 €15,000 Private €12,500 €20,000 €17,500 €17,500 €10,000 €6,000 €5,000 €9,000 €7,500

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Authorized Dalham Hall Stud Dubawi Exceed and Excel Halling Kheleyf New Approach Poet's Voice Shirocco Royal Applause Royal Studs Manduro Kildangan Raven’s Pass Shamardal Teofilo Vale Of York Iffraaj Echo Of Light Cape Cross

£15,000 £55,000 £12,000 £10,000 £4,000 £22,500 - £10,000 £9,000 €15,000 €22,500 €50,000 €15,000 €5,000 €15,000 €3,000 €35,000

£10,000 £75,000 £22,500 £10,000 £4,000 £22,500 £12,000 £7,000 £9,000 €10,000 €22,500 €50,000 €25,000 €5,000 €10,000 €3,000 €35,000

-33 +36 +87 0 0 0 n/a -30 0 -33 0 0 +67 0 -33 0 0

Arakan Ballyhane Stud €4,000 Captain Rio €5,000 Dandy Man €3,500 Majestic Missile €4,000 Roderic O’Connor

€3,000 €3,500 €3,500 €3,500 €9,000

-25 -30 0 -12 n/a

Alhaarth Derrinstown Stud Arcano Elnadim Haatef Intikhab Tamayuz

0 -25 +15 0 -14 0 -17

€5,000 €6,000 €6,000 €4,000 €5,500 €15,000

€4,000 €6,000 €5,000 €4,000 €5,500 €15,000

-20 0 -17 0 0 0

Archipenko Lanwades Stud Hernando Selkirk Sir Percy

£6,000 private on app £6,000

£5,000 private on app £6,000

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Dream Ahead Ballylinch Stud Intense Focus Lawman Soviet Star

- €6,000 €15,000 €8,000

€17,500 €5,500 €15,000 private

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Bahamian Bounty The National Stud Cockney Rebel Dick Turpin Pastoral Pursuits

£10,000 £4,500 - £7,000

£8,500 £4,000 £7,000 £6,500

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Amadeus Wolf Irish National Stud Art Connossieur Big Bad Bob Invincible Spirit Jeremy Lord Shanakill

€6,000 €4,500 €6,000 €60,000 €6,000 €7,500

€6,000 €4,500 €6,000 €60,000 €6,000 €5,000

0 0 0 0 0 -33

Azamour Aga Khan Studs Dalakhani Sea The Stars Sindaar Siyouni

€15,000 €35,000 €85,000 €9,500 €7,000

€15,000 €40,000 €85,000 €9,500 €7,000

0 +14 0 0 0

€9,000 €5,000 €4,500

€6,000 €5,000 €4,000

-33 0 -11

Dutch Art Cheveley Park Stud Kyllachy Medicean Pivotal Virtual

£5,000 £8,000 £12,000 £55,000 £4,000

£12,000 £10,000 £8,000 £45,000 £4,000

+140 +25 -33 -18 0

Aqlaam Shadwell Haafhd Mawatheeq Nayef Sakhee

£7,000 £5,000 £5,000 £12,500 £5,000

£7,000 £2,500 £5,000 £12,500 £7,000

0 -50 0 0 +40

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Equiano Newsells Park Stud Mount Nelson

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Beat Hollow Juddmonte £5,000 £5,000 Champs Elysees £10,000 £7,500 Dansili £65,000 £75,000 Observatory £5,000 £5,000 Rail Link £7,000 £6,000 Three Valleys £5,000 £5,000 Zamindar £12,000 £10,000 Approve Morristown Lattin €5,000 €5,000 Camacho €4,000 €4,000 Dark Angel €7,000 €12,500

Clodovil Rathasker Fast Company Thousand Words

Stallion

0

Makfi Tweenhills Sleeping Indian

£25,000 £3,000

£25,000 £3,000

0 0

Firebreak Bearstone Indsatchel Major Cadeaux

on app on app on app

£3,500 £3,500 £3,500

n/a n/a n/a


No change for bulk of fees

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he news is, that there is no news. The majority of fees for stallions standing in Britain and Ireland for 2012 have, on the whole, remained unchanged from 2011, stallion masters finding that retaining the status quo is the best way forward. The good yearling sale results stopped wide-scale continued falls in nomination prices, despite calls for such a move from many breeders. Whether this inaction by stud masters becomes an effective increase or decrease in real terms will be decided by the wider economic situation. Those stallions, which have been given a fee rise, have all achieved strong racecourse results through 2011. One given one of the biggest increases is Cheveley Park’s Dutch Art, who has had a 140 per cent upward move from £5,000 (originally retired to stud at £6,000) to £12,000. It is not a price which will put off many breeders from using his services. Acclamation is at his highest fee yet of

€35,000 – though this is not the biggest price rise that he has been given, Rathbarry having moved his fee from €9,000 to €30,000 in 2008. That was subsequently dropped to €20,000 in 2009, was listed as private in 2010, while he stood at €15,000 in 2011. The successful trio of first-season sires this year – Strategic Prince, Teofilo and Dark Angel – have all had increases between 50 and 78.5 per cent, while the ever-surprising Monsieur Bond now stands at a still highly affordable £5,000 from £3,000 – though an increase of 60 per cent. Seven horses on this list have had their fees dropped by 33 per cent – three of which are the Darley sires of Iffraaj, Manduro and Authorized, all three being reduced from €/£15,000 to €/£10,000. Coolmore has given Starspangledbanner, going into his second season at stud, a similar price move. Dylan Thomas, whose first yearlings sold this autumn, has been dropped 28.5 per cent from €17,500 to €12,500, while Motivator’s new fee is £5,000, a 37.5 per cent decrease.

Dutch Art: has a price rise for 2012

Sea The Stars’s fee is unchanged, leaving him as the most expensive stallion at stud in Britain or Ireland (with a published fee); he is followed by Dubawi and Dansili, who are both standing at £75,000 and who were both increased to that for this season. Danehill Dancer has dropped from the £75,000 mark to €60,000, and is standing at the same fee as Invincible Spirit, who along with all bar one of the Irish National Stud stallions, has stuck on his 2011 fee. The other top level stallion given a price decrease is Cheveley Park’s Pivotal, whose fee has fallen by 18 per cent to £45,000. It is a significant fall from a career high of £85,000, which he held in the years 2007-08, and is his lowest fee since 2004.

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Jet Master dies after surgery complications

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HAMPION South African stallion Jet Master has died, reportedly from complications

following surgery on his spine. The leading sire in South Africa for five successive seasons, Jet Master produced many local champions and multiple winners, also a number of runners who made their mark in Group races abroad. His long list of top progeny includes the international performers Pocket Power, JJ The Jet Plane, River Jetez, as well as Ebony Flyer, Mythical Flight, Ravishing and Past Master.

Jet Master, a champion racehorse in his own right, won 17 of 24 starts between 1997 and 2000, including the Group 1 Argus Guineas, the Group 1 Queens’s Plate (twice) and the Group 1 Golden Spur (twice). He retired to Klipdrif Stud in August 2001 and immediately got his second career off to a flying start getting 59 winners from 70 runners with his first crop, with 16 stakes winners among them.

Those winners meant that he became the champion first-season sire in 2004. In 2007, he became champion sire for the first time, a position he has held since. The stallion became infected with West Nile Virus, which is wide-spread in the South African horse population, earlier in the year. Most horses will experience an asymptomatic infection, eliminate the virus and never exhibit any symptoms. However, when it does

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Six weeks of racing, fashion and whips

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winners, Wrote and St Nicholas Abbey. Melbourne Cup Day is, as rightly identified by Harry Herbert, the best day’s racing to take a first-time racegoer. Australia’s Derby Day and Cup day attracted over 200,000 racegoers with some wonderful racing, as well as some great fashion as an agreeable backdrop. Black Caviar strutted her stuff to gain a 16th straight victory and hopefully she will continue to advertise Peter Moody’s exemplary handling of her. With luck, perhaps we will get the chance to see the Queensland trainer in his shorts in Britain next year. After all, Newmarket trainer John Berry needs some competition on the fashion front. Dunaden’s Cup victory topped a marvellous year for Sheikh Fahd al Thani. Perhaps David Redvers will lend the morning suit he wore to the Cup to Moody for Royal Ascot? Lat year’s winner Americain ran a brave race under top weight and got a nice consolation in the Zipping Classic ten days later, while

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But Dunaden’s Cup victory topped a marvellous year for Sheikh Fahd Al Thani. Perhaps David Redvers will lend the morning suit he wore to the Cup to Moody for Royal Ascot?

Tis the time of year for the racing scene to switch from turf Flat racing to high-class international contests and topclass jumping events. The six weeks from the start of November saw the Breeders’ Cup, the Melbourne Spring Carnival, the Japan Cup and Queen Elizabeth Cup and the bumper International Day in Hong Kong. Racing was also highlighted in the annual Cartier Awards in London. The Breeders’ Cup was run at Churchill Downs, which has as much appeal to the Europeans as Epsom or Newmarket must have to Stateside racegoers. But the elements can always play a large part in disrupting training plans, as was evident, while its turf track is rather more specialist than either Breeders’ Cup regular tracks, Belmont or Santa Anita. Only one winning favourite obliged in the 28th Breeder’s Cup and the crowds for the two days attracted just around 106,000. It was left to Ballydoyle to carry the flag for Europe with its two

Snow Fairy gained due reward for some consistent performances at Group 1 level against the colts with her stunning victory in the Queen Elizabeth at Kyoto, so reminiscent of her Hong Kong victory last year. Cheltenham stewards must have breathed a sigh of relief at getting through the three days at the Open meeting with just one whip offence. There should be spread betting on the number of times the regulations are likely to be changed between October and March as it sounds as if Paul Bittar hopes to have his take on the issue when he becomes the chief executive of the BHA in January. Bittar is well grounded in the racing industry and comes from Wagga Wagga, sharing his birthplace with the legendary Scobie Breasley. He is nonconfrontational, yet well aware of the challenges he faces. Let’s hope he has some of the success and popularity that Scobie enjoyed over here. Australian rules are quite different to anything in the UK – you are


the news manifest, the results can be devastating. In horses who become clinically ill, the virus infects the central nervous system and the infected animal can exhibit a range of symptoms from fever, impaired vision, weakness of limbs, through to seizures and coma. Although Jet Master had been ill and had suffered ataxia (loss of control), the horse had appeared to make a complete recovery, and it is believed that the secondary bout of ataxia in his neck was unrelated. “It’s a common area for arthritis in older stallions,” said Barrie Grant the independent

surgical consultant who had flown to the Cape to treat the horse. “His changes were pretty classic. He was an older horse; he’d done work as a racehorse and as a breeding stallion, and he had a great big neck on him. Jet Master underwent implant surgery at the beginning of November to relieve the cervical spinal cord pressure surgery on his spine. The initial prognosis was good, however he suffered a neurologic reaction and a subsequent fall in the stall. Two days later he just “stopped breathing”.

Cartier Awards 2011 Horse of the Year: Frankel

Above: Lord Grimthorpe (left) and Sir Henry Cecil collect the Horse of the Year award for Frankel from Arnaud Bamberger of Cartier; left, Corine Barande-Barbe, trainer of Cirrus Des Aigles, and Christophe Ferland, trainer of Dabirsim

only allowed to use your stick five times before the 100m mark, but thereafter as many times as you like but not consecutively. Jim ”The Pumper” Cassidy fell foul of the Rosehill stewards, seemingly having a “blackout” while riding four winners. On one horse, he used the stick 12 times before the 100m mark, including seven consecutively. He then capped this on a fourthplace getter using his stick 17 times and 11 times consecutively, again previous to the half-furlong marker. He has been banned for a month; what upset him most was the fact his mother was there to see this. He is 48 and this was his 12th offence since March, at least it will give a pulled rib muscle time to heal. I am not sure if any readers listen to “I’ve Never Seen Star Wars”, now in it’s fourth series on Radio 4. Hosted by Marcus Brigstocke it allows his guests to experience events they have never previously tried. Ian Hislop, editor of Private Eye, wore jeans for the first time in his life, the comedian Frank Skinner watched four episodes of Morse back to back, ate jugged hare, changed a punctured tyre and had a spray tan.

On a similar theme, former Kingsclere trainer Ian Balding accompanied his wife Emma on a first visit to Waitrose. Balding, apparently, was bemused as just what to do with the trolley at the checkout, but was impressed that Emma had taken her own plastic bags on the trip! I cannot quite see this shopping trip becoming a habit for Balding and I am sure he will be sticking to the local village shop run by the loquacious Welshman, Wyn. My own “Star Wars” moment came this autumn with a visit to Ffos Las, Dai Walter’s well promoted and new Welsh course. It is further from Newmarket than Carlisle, but has been very well designed and produces a great racing surface. The staff are very welcoming and the cod and chips very sustaining. Three two-year-old races had to be started by flag as the ground at the mile start was too soft for the stalls, but Simon McNeill and William Jordan did an excellent job of getting the runners away on a very level basis. Only two complaints, mobile phone coverage only really works in the car park and for stable staff, staying overnight, the nearest pub is six miles away!

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Cartier Award winners

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No doubts...

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

Middle Eastern support vital ’ ,

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ithout the INFLUENCE of the Middle East, thoroughbred auctions and racing in Britain would be a disaster area. Substantial investment in the Sport of Kings, our racing heritage, as well as our highquality racing, has attracted many royals to participate in our elite sport. We need to embrace involvement from abroad and accept it in the heart of our racing institution; we are an industry that so regularly ostracises many who wish to be involved. Thoroughbreds, like art, are either an accessory or a serious hobby for many. Our industry is full of clubs and mysterious inner circles, which

need to open up and involve new supporters and investors. Although many racecourses accommodate owners and trainers with exclusive areas in a “bar situation”, many of the new investors, whose religion precludes alcohol, have few facilities to use and enjoy. We have to remember that many of these new faces are from the royal families of their region. Maybe when the Queen is not attending a race meeting, perhaps those courses which boast of a Royal Box could open it up for the use of such dignitaries? Each and every day it seems that we are anticipating a worsening financial outlook as more and more counties seem to be getting into an unsustainable debt situation. However, it seems that investors

are still putting money into property in London in order to spend their summers with their families in Britain. Maybe because we have a Royal Family as a strong backbone, which enjoys and participates in our sport, it has helped to pull in the involvment from foreign royal families. But involvement from foreign entities will only last if they have success and enjoy the experience; let’s face it they are not doing it for prize-money! As with everything in life the best is worth having and this has driven all sections of the bloodstock market this year from yearlings to horses-intraining, as well as mares and foals. Prize-money available abroad is drawing many of our good race horses out of the country in order to pot-hunt in Australia, the US, Hong Kong and Japan, not to mention Dubai and Singapore in the spring months. If you are lucky enough to have a very good horse, there is an abundance of prize-money on offer around the world. We look forward to next year with a further drop in foal production and as, so far, numbers of horses in training on the Flat has remained static, it means that anything worth

buying should increase in value next year; if you believe that the supply and demand theory works in racing. With so many new investors trying to set up solid breeding operations, female bloodstock of any age will be the most beneficial recipient of that investment. In the meantime, while we have ten stallions in England and Ireland, who stand at fees of over £50,000, we must remember that most are owned by breeders, who can fill these stallions with their own mares and that we, as the general public, are offered a chance to breed to these stallions. It means that the number of outside nominations generally available is about the same as the old-time stallion books of 50 mares. So, realistically, outside of the owner-breeders, who own their own stallions, there are only 500 nominations available to good mares. If you compare this figure to the select catalogues of Arqana, Goffs and Tattersalls, which totals 1,200, then if you can get that high-class nomination, a live good-looking foal who passes the vet, then you can indeed expect a premium. Easier said than done. Over to you.

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It was not the best renewal of the Breeders’ Cup meeting judged by the Racing Post Ratings,

writes Ron Wood, the international race analyst at the Post

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T was jockeys who dominated the headlines following the 28th Breeders’ Cup in a year far from vintage if looked at from a form perspective. The Classic – the meeting’s richest and most prestigious prize – possibly typified the meeting. One of the weakest three-year-old crops for many a season has failed to fill the void left by the likes of Blame, Zenyatta, and Lookin At Lucky, who ran one-twofour in last year’s race and were subsequently retired. The likes of Havre De Grace, So You Think and Uncle Mo offered hope we might still get a highclass winner, but they all came up short and the end result was Drosselmeyer recording the slowest Beyer speed figure in the race’s history. He didn’t fare much better on RPRs, being awarded 126, the lowest since Cat Thief earned 124 in 1999. Bill Mott’s four-year-old had suffered a setback after winning last year’s Belmont Stakes and had failed to beat a rival when tried on turf in August. But his back-to-form second behind Flat Out (disappointed at Churchill Downs) in October’s Jockey Club Gold Cup was enough to encourage his trainer to target the main event, rather than the Marathon, and the decision paid off in spectacular fashion. Drosselmeyer is now due to head off to Keane Stud in New York – I think it is a good move for the horse as I reckon he would have struggled to top his Classic triumph.

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Another one definitely off to stud is Uncle Mo after unsatisfactory blood tests threatened a reoccurrence of the liver disorder that left his Triple Crown ambitions in tatters. His poor run in the Classic wasn’t a surprise anyway as he simply hadn’t had the conditioning required to win over a distance his pedigree suggested would stretch him. An impressive victory over a mile in the Kelso, his last stop before the Breeders’ Cup, showed he was more than just a brilliant two-year-old, but he never had the chance to fulfil his potential. The filly Havre De Grace had defeated males in the Woodward earlier in the season, and also had subsequent Ladies’ Classic winner Royal Delta well behind when taking the Beldame, but she never threatened. She stays in training, but is another who could find things a bit tougher in 2012. As for So You Think, well the experiment of switching him to dirt for the first time failed to pay off, with a high knee action in the straight showing he wasn’t capable of covering the ground efficiently enough. Aidan O’Brien’s charge has found it tougher going in Europe than Australia, where he won back-toback Cox Plates, but his connections hope a drop back to a mile could be the answer. That may mean he could bump into Frankel, though. If the Classic was an anti-climax,

then the Mile was a major letdown for many. The big hope was Goldikova, but she came up short in what was to be her last race. Her chance was compromised by chasing an overly strong pace, with the inside stall perhaps forcing Olivier Peslier to sit handier than ideal, and she was overhauled by two rivals who raced much further back. Interestingly, an RPR of 118 is her lowest figure since the 2009 Prix de la Forêt, a race in which she had also faded into third after chasing a

World’s Top Racehorses: on best RPR figure achieved in 2011 Pos Horse (country trained) 1 2 3 6 10

Frankel (GB) Black Caviar (Aus) Canford Cliffs (GB) Rewilding (GB) Cirrus Des Aigles (FR) Dream Ahead (GB) Excelebration (GB) So You Think (Ire) The Factor (US) Danedream (Ger) Workforce (GB)

Race QEII Stakes Newmarket Hcap Queen Anne Stakes Prince Of Wales’s Champion Stakes Prix de la Forêt QEII Stakes Eclipse Stakes Pat O’Brien Stakes Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Eclipse Stakes

Rating (surface) 139T 133T 130T 130T 130T 129T 129T 129T 129A 128T 128T


This year’s winner of the Dirt Mile Caleb’s Posse not only recorded the highest RPR over the two days, earning 127, but was also the quickest on Beyer numbers

red-hot pace. While the six-yearold didn’t reach her absolute best in 2011, her first defeat on US soil owes as much to circumstance as it does to her ageing legs. Court Vision was only fourth in the 2009 Mile and fifth last year, but he’s a multiple Grade 1 winner and has been coaxed back to form brilliantly since joining trainer Dale Romans. He earned a career-best RPR of 123. St Nicholas Abbey again showed a liking for sharp lefthanded tracks when adding the

Turf to a cv that already includes Chester’s Ormonde Stakes (G3) and the Coronation Cup (G1) at Epsom. One suspects the use of Lasix for the first time also had a positive impact. But his RPR of 124, while matching his previous best, is nothing special by top-level standards and it’s doubtful he’s suddenly become the pick of the middle-distance turf crop. It does, however, better anything achieved this year by stablemate Cape Blanco, whose

racingpost ratings Top dirt performers: on best RPR figure achieved in 2011 Pos Horse (country trained)

Race

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Uncle Mo (US)

Kelso Hcap

127

Caleb’s Posse (US)

BC Dirt Mile

127

The Factor (US)

Rebel Stakes

127

2

Animal Kingdom (US)

Kentucky Derby

126

Drosselmeyer (US)

BC Classic

126

3

Big Drama (US)

Mr Prospector Stakes

125

Flat Out (US)

Jockey Club Gold Cup

125

Havre De Grace (US)

Beldame Stakes

125

Tizway (US)

Whitney Hcap

125

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Coil (US)

Goodwood Stakes

123

Game On Dude (US)

Goodwood Stakes

123

Royal Delta (US)

BC Ladies’ Classic

123

Trappe Shot (US)

True North Hcap

123

Smart Falcon (Jap)

Teio Sho

123

122 in the Arlington Million was his peak figure awarded for three Grade 1 wins in the US. This year’s winner of the Dirt Mile Caleb’s Posse not only recorded the highest RPR over

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the two days, earning 127, but was also the quickest on Beyer numbers. Regally Ready justified favouritism in the Turf Sprint, following up his win in

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Top turf performers: on best RPR figure achieved in 2011 Pos Horse (country trained)

Race

Rating

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Frankel (GB)

QEII Stakes

139

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Black Caviar (Aus)

Newmarket Hcap

133

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Canford Cliffs (GB)

Queen Anne

130

Rewilding (GB)

Prince Of Wales’s

130

Cirrus Des Aigles (FR)

Champion Stakes

130

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Dream Ahead (GB)

Prix de la Forêt

129

Excelebration (GB)

QEII Stakes

129

So You Think (Ire)

Eclipse Stakes

129

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Workforce (GB)

Eclipse Stakes

128

Danedream (Ger)

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

128

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racingpost ratings Woodbine’s Grade 1 Nearctic Stakes, and his RPR of 122 represented a 2lb improvement. It was a timely form boost for Roger Charlton’s Bated Breath, who was only a neck behind at Woodbine when the ground was unsuitably soft, and he now heads for the Hong Kong Sprint. It would be dangerous to get carried away, though, as British runners have an appalling 0-27 record in December’s Group 1, including only one placed effort. It was impossible not to be impressed with Ladies’ Classic winner Royal Delta, who kick-started a profitable weekend for the Bill Mott barn. She won with ease, posting the sort of performance that suggested she might even be competitive against males if kept in training. Her RPR of 123 was significantly higher than the 116 Havre De Grace managed when third in the same race last season. It’s probably best to put a line through the Filly & Mare Turf, which was won by the previously unheralded Canadian-trained Perfect Shirl. A muddling pace meant several runners were unable to show their

best, notably fast-finishing third Misty For Me and Aruna, who was continually denied a clear run. This year’s Breeders’ Cup saw the inaugural running of the Juvenile Sprint, making it a 15-race fixture for the first time. This race offers the speediest two-year-olds around a year-end target and Bob Baffert’s unbeaten Secret Circle took the honours. Baffert said afterwards he’ll see if his winner can stretch out for longer distances, doubtless encouraged by the colt having proven himself at the home of the Kentucky Derby, but it will be a major surprise if one so fast and precocious can be competitive over middle-distances. The pick of the juveniles was My Miss Aurelia, who earned an RPR of 120 in the Juvenile Fillies. Visually it was a stunning win, one that hinted she might be up to taking on colts if pointed at next year’s Derby. It’s true the time was far from special, but she had earlier impressed clock watchers when taking the Frizette Stakes (G1), going 0.33secs quicker than Union Rags recorded in

the Champagne Stakes (G1). Union Rags had to settle for a close second in the Juvenile, but he looked the best horse on the day having covered much more ground than the winner Hansen. That one is now unbeaten in three, but he lacks the scope of the runner-up and it’s doubtful he’ll confirm form on the Derby trail. All 15 winners used Lasix, but that won’t be the case when the show returns to Santa Anita in 2012 – the drug is set to be prohibited in the two-year-old events. That’s a sensitive issue that will provoke much debate, and with British Champions Day also cranking up the pressure, next year’s meeting could do with an equine star. It might help if Godolphin have the ammunition of days gone by – they were only represented by two Kiaran McLaughlintrained horses this time, the pick being Ladies’ Classic second It’s Tricky. The main hope for the Breeders’ Cup organisers is that, much in the same vein the Champions Day management pinned their hopes upon him this year, Frankel will make it to California.

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He’s not lost his grip yet

Alan Porter reviews the pedigrees of the Breeders’ Cup winners and, aside from Drosselmeyer, finds a proliferation of descendants from the Sadler’s Wells line

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ust a few weeks ago, Drosselmeyer’s immediate future looked likely to consist of a farewell racecourse performance in the Breeders’ Cup Marathon, followed by a trip north to take his place as a stallion in New York’s resurgent breeding program. Those plans, however, were in danger of some serious review following Drosselmeyer’s victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). The switch from the Marathon to the Classic came about following the Octoberrun Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) in which Drosselmeyer returned to the form that saw him win the 2010 Belmont Stakes (G1) with a strong-finishing second to the eventual Classic favourite, Flat Out. Although Drosselmeyer remained a longshot for the Classic, it had been noted that he was working extremely well approaching the big day. His Classic victory means that Drosselmeyer becomes the leading earner for his sire, Distorted Humor. A son of the Mr. Prospector stallion Forty Niner and out of Danzig’s graded stakeswinning daughter Danzig’s Beauty, Distorted Humor was a stakes winner at three, and a graded winner at four. He reached his peak at five when he won a trio of graded stakes over 7f and 7f110yds, setting a track-record in the 7f Churchill Downs Handicap (G2). Distorted Humor retired to stud at a modest fee, but sired 12 stakes winners, including Funny Cide – the champion threeyear-old colt and hero of the Kentucky Dery (G1) and Preakness Stakes (G1) – in his first crop. He has never looked back. He is now responsible for 106 stakes winners and 42 graded winners, and his other stars include the oft-brilliant Commentator, Flower Alley, Hystericalady, Any Given Saturday, Awesome Humor, Fourty Niners Son, Bit of Whimsy and Regal Ransom. This year Distorted Humor has been represented by 17 individual stakes winners,

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Golden Ballet’s sire Moscow Ballet had a true Classic pedigree – he was by English Triple Crown winner Nijinsky and out of a half-sister to Paul Mellon’s great runner, Mill Reef

nine of them graded, and Drosselmeyer’s victory appears to have given him an uncatchable lead in the race for the title of leading sire of 2011. Drosselmeyer’s dam Golden Ballet was a versatile and very talented performer. A California-bred, she won her maiden in the Hollywood Nursery Stakes over 4f100yds on her fourth outing, after beginning her career with a couple of starts in half-mile dashes. On her only other juvenile start she took the 5f100yds Cinderella Stakes by 8l. Golden Ballet continued her progress at three winning a Grade 2 and two Grade 1s. The triumphant progress was halted next time out in the Ashland Stakes (G1) in which she went down by 2l to another excellent filly, Fleet Renee. In her only other start, Golden Ballet bade a victorious fairwell to the racetrack, leading throughout – as she had in each of her wins at three – to take the 7f Railbird Stakes (G2) by four. Golden Ballet has already produced another accomplished runner in the Unbridled’s Song filly Stage Luck, winner of the Affectionately Handicap and third in the Ruffian Handicap (G1). Golden Ballet’s sire Moscow Ballet had a true Classic pedigree – he was by English Triple Crown winner Nijinsky and out of a half-sister to Paul Mellon’s great runner, Mill

Reef, winner of the Epsom Derby the year after Nijinsky. Trained in Ireland, Moscow Ballet only ran four times, winning twice over 6f and gaining a black-type win in the Railway Stakes (G3) at two. Moscow Ballet went on to be a useful regional sire in California, and sired five other graded winners in addition to Golden Ballet. Golden Ballet’s second dam Golden Jewel Box was an unraced daughter of champion older horse, Slew O’Gold. Her grand-dam, Miss Storm Bird was by Storm Bird out of the stakes winner Nasomo (by Nasrullah, from

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breeders’ cup the La Troienne family) mare, Sun Lover. Miss Storm Bird never won, but was a sister to the stakes-placed English two-yearold Sungull, and a half-sister to the speedy Hawkin’s Special (Los Angeles Handicap winner (G2)), and to Chati, a tough middledistance horse who was stakes placed over as far as 1m4f and won the Riggs Handicap (G2) and Lamplighter Handicap (G3), both on turf. Class apart, there are some patterns worth noting. The most obvious is that Distorted Humor’s dam Danzig’s Beauty (herself a graded stakes winner) and Moscow Ballet have a similar background. They are by Northern Dancer sons (Danzig and Nijinsky) whose dams descend from one or other of the brothers Sir Gallahad and Bull Dog, and are inbred to those siblings. Storm Bird, sire of Golden Ballet’s third dam, is also a Northern Dancer son that fits the same description. In addition, Danzig’s Beauty’s dam is a Royal Charger/Eight Thirty cross, and Moscow Ballet’s dam a Nasrullah/Eight Thirty cross (Nasrullah being a three-parts brother to Royal Charger). We can also note that Slew O’ Gold, sire of Drosselmeyer’s grand-dam, is a son of Seattle Slew. Father and son team: Aidan and Joseph O’Brien reap their rewards

Court Vision (9) gets the better of Turallure and Goldikova (white cap on rail) in the Mile

Seattle Slew has been tremendous foil for Distorted Humor and horses produced on the Distorted Humor/ Seattle Slew cross include Funny Cide, whose broodmare sire Slewacide is a product of the same Seattle Slew/Buckpasser cross as Slew O’Gold, as well as Any Given Saturday and the graded winners Z Humor, Brethren and Endorsement. They are all out of mares by A.P. Indy, a Seattle Slew son who has Buckpasser as sire of his second dam. After Drosselmeyer’s retirement has now been confirmed, but he could still be in line for honours as champion older male, and possibly even Horse of the Year.

The Saint’s day

While one Irishtrained Sadler’s Wells line horse So You Think fell short

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– albeit with a gallant effort in the Classic – another, his stable-companion St Nicholas Abbey, triumphed in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1). Winner also of the Racing Post Trophy (G1) and the Coronation Cup (G1) at the highest level, St. Nicholas Abbey is a son of Montjeu. His dam, the Sure Blade mare Leaping Water, produced another US graded stakes winner in the shape of Grammarian, who won the Sunset Handicap (G3) and San Gabriel Handicap (G2). Leaping Water is half-sister to a pair of Sadler’s Wells Group/Grade 1 winners in Ballingarry and Aristotle, and she’s also half-sister to the Prix Jean Prat (G1) and St. James’s Palace Stakes (G1) victor Starborough and to the French Group winner Spanish Falls. The grand-dam Flamenco Wave, a daughter of Damascus, won the Moyglare Stud Stakes (G1). St. Nicholas Abbey is the first Group winner by Montjeu out of a Sharpen Up line mare, but Sharpen Up appears elsewhere in the pedigrees of his Classic winners Hurricane Run and Motivator, as well as the Group 1 winner Wall Street.


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Royal Delta: the good-looking and imposing filly by Empire Maker, who sold at Keeneland for $8.5 million, may stay in training for new her owner

For just a moment in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) it appeared that the magnificent Goldikova might triumph in her quest for a fourth straight victory in the race. However, although game as ever, her ability to sustain her finishing burst is not quite what it was, and, after briefly hitting the front, she was run down by Court Vision and Turallure, who were separated by just a nose at the wire. A six-year-old entire, Court Vision had been purchased prior to the race by Spendthrift Farm, who are to stand him at Park Stud, Ontario, Canada. The son of Gulch, who now boasts earnings of over $3,600,000, Court Vision has a stallion pedigree on the distaff side. His dam Weekend Storm – who has produced three other stakes winners – is a sister to the Preakness Stakes (G1) winner and Classic sire Summer Squall, and a half-sister to A.P. Indy, Horse of the Year and dual leading sire. There are actually 13 Grade 1 sires under the first three dams, and include Lemon Drop Kid and the South African sire star Al Mufti. Court Vision is also a product of the Gulch/ Storm Bird cross that produced Kentucky Derby (G1) and Belmont Stakes (G1) winner and leading sire Thunder Gulch.

From Empire Maker’s first five crops he has sired 24 stakes winners, 12 of them graded, including six other Grade 1 winners

It opened up for Delta

With the year’s dominant older mare Havre De Grace tackling the males in the Classic – in which she finished an honourable fourth – the way was open for Royal Delta to nail down the champion three-year-old filly Eclipse Award, which she did with an impressive 2l victory over another three-yearold, It’s Tricky. Owned and bred by the late Saud bin Khaled’s Palides Investments, Royal Delta appeared in the Keeneland Sale ring just three days after her Breeders’ Cup triumph and was knocked down to Florida-based healthcare magnate, Benjamin Leon, for $8,400,000, the third highest-price in Keeneland history behind Playful Act ($10,500,000) and Ashado ($9,000,000). Currently plans call for Royal Delta to

Goldikova beaten by Court

remain in training in 2012. Royal Delta is from the fourth crop of the Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Empire Maker (Unbridled), who lost the three-year-old championship to Funny Cide, but who may well have been the most talented sophomore of his crop. Sadly for US breeders her sire is now in Japan. Overall, from Empire Maker’s first five crops, he has sired 24 stakes winners, 12 of them graded, including six other Grade 1 winners – Pioneerof the Nile, Country Star, Acoma, Mushka, Icon Project and Grace Hall, who finished second in this year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1). Royal Delta is the second foal of her dam, Delta Princess, an A.P. Indy mare who won three Grade 3 events, and earned over $740,000. Delta Princess is a sister to the

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Caleb’s Posse: the son of Posse has run ten times this season, winning five races. He may be in line for championship honours

Lady Shirl has been an exceptional producer, as well as Perfect Shirl her offspring includes Shakespeare, winner of seven of his eight starts; two of his wins being the Woodbine Mile (G1) and Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes (G1)

Garden City Breeders’ Cup Handicap (G1), and three-parts sister to the Bernardini colt Biondetti, winner last year of the Gran Criterium (G1). The second dam Lyphard’s Delta won the Nassau Stakes (G2) and is a daughter of Lyphard and the champion older mare Proud Delta. The cross of Empire Maker with mares by A.P. Indy has produced nine starters and three stakes winners, Royal Delta being joined by graded winners Charity Belle and Soaring Empire. He’s also sired Grade 1 winner Country Star out of a mare by Metfield, who, like A.P. Indy, is a son of Seattle Slew.

A double for Sadler’s Wells line

In the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1), the longshot Perfect Shirl completed a double for the Sadler’s Wells line in the longer turf events. She is from the fourth crop of the Sadler’s Wells’ champion Canadian turf horse Perfect Soul, and is the only graded winner among that stallion’s quartet of stakes winners. It’s likely that the majority of the credit for Perfect Shirl’s ability should go to her dam Lady Shirl. By the relatively obscure stallion That’s A Nice (a great-grandson of seminal Australia sire Star Kingdom), Lady Shirl

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was a three-time graded winner, her most prestigious victory coming in the Flower Bowl Handicap (G1). Lady Shirl has been a top producer – as well as Perfect Shirl her offspring includes Shakespeare, winner of seven of his eight starts with two wins coming in the Woodbine Mile (G1) and Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes (G1), and the dual graded winner Lady Shakespeare and stakes-winning

The Dirt Mile went to the Posse

and graded-placed Fantastic Shirl. Interestingly enough, Shakespeare and Lady Shakespeare are bred on similar lines to Perfect Shirl as they are by Theatrical, a son of Sadler’s Wells’s three-parts brother Nureyev. In tail-female line Perfect Shirl goes back to the Glamour/Striking branch of the family that stems from the great broodmare La Troienne.

Northern Afleet continues to prove

In the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) the winner Amazombie earned himself a likely award as champion of his division as it was his fifth stakes win of the year, the others including the Ancient Title Stakes (G1), the Potrero Grande Stakes (G2) and Sunshine Millions Sprint. Amazombie is a gelded son of Northern Afleet, who is by the Mr. Prospector line stallion Afleet and out of a mare by Nureyev. Northern Afleet, who started his career inexpensively in Florida before moving to

Another shorter distance standout is three-year-old Caleb’s Posse, who mowed down the opposition late to take the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1). He was capping off a busy season in which he’s demonstrated admirable toughness and versatility, running ten times and winning five races, including the Smarty Jones Stakes, the Ohio Derby (G3) at 8f, the 6f Amsterdam Stakes (G2), the 7f King’s Bishop Stakes (G1), in which he narrowly defeated Uncle Mo, who was probably the division’s most talented performer, and finally against older horses in the Dirt Mile. In a year when no secondseason colt really dominated, Caleb’s Posse’s body of work may well be enough to make him a contender for the title of champion three-year-old colt. Caleb’s Posse is by the good two-year-old and sprinter Posse (by the Deputy Minister horse, Silver Deputy). The leading freshman sire of 2007, Posse, who now stands in New York, has been previously best represented by champion sprinter Kodiak Kowboy. Caleb’s Posse is out of Abbey’s Missy, a daughter of Slewacide (a Seattle Slew son, who is also broodmare sire of champion Funny Cide). Caleb’s Posse is the only stakes winner under the first two dams, but the third dam produced Slewacide’s four-time Grade 3 winner Mr. Ross.


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Kentucky, has never been a particularly commercial stallion – he stood for $12,500 in 2011 – but he can certainly sire racehorses as he’s responsible for 33 stakes winners, including the dual Classic winner Afleet Alex and Grade 1 winners Evening Jewel, Big City Man, Negligee and Teaks North. Amazombie is out of the In Excess mare Wilshe Amaze and this is a family that has produced little of distinction in recent times with Amazombie being the only graded winner under his first four dams.

winners Collect The Cash and Stately Victor, who descend from Musical Romance’s fourth dam, the stakes-winning Dr. Fager mare Cricket Club.

Hansen is as hansen does

The two juvenile dirt contests saw a muddying of the waters in the colts’ division, and a clear-cut champion emerge from the filly contest. Going into the Juvenile Colts, the most highly-regarded two-year-old was the Dixie

Union colt, Dixie Rags. Starting as evens favourite, Dixie Rags looked sure to win when he came to tackle long-time leader Hansen in the stretch, but he began to drift out under pressure, allowing a determined Hansen to regain the advantage. Hansen – who is now three-for-three – is by the remarkable young sire Tapit. A son of Pulpit (A.P. Indy) and out of a three-parts sister to champion sprinter Rubiano, Tapit was trained by Michael Dickinson and won three of six starts, including the Laurel Futurity (G3) and Wood Memorial Stakes (G1). Starting off at a modest stud fee, Tapit has already sired 32 stakes winners from his first four crops, 18 of them graded winners, with six gaining Grade 1 honours, among them champion two-year-old filly Stardom Bound. Hansen is another example of Tapit’s astonishing prepotency as he is the first blacktype horse to appear in first four dams, and you have to go back to the sixth dam to find a stakes winner from the family. Hansen’s dam Stormy Sunday is by the Storm Cat horse Sir Cat and is the fifth stakes

The fillies’ sprint was a Musical Romance

A hot-looking edition of the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) went to Musical Romance, whose most notable previous achievement had been to take the Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes (G2), an event that’s becoming a useful pointer to the Filly and Mare Sprint. Musical Romance is one of two graded winners, and five stakes winners from 14 crops by the Florida stallion Concorde’s Tune. He is a son of Concorde Bound, who in turn was by Super Concorde, a champion French two-year-old by Seattle Slew’s sire, Bold Reasoning. The dam Candlelightdinner (by Slew Gin Fizz, a son of Relaunch), is also dam of Vuelve Ruben M., who has the distinction of being last year’s champion imported two-year-old in Puerto Rico. The grand-dam Romantic Dinner bred a pair of stakes winners, and is grand-dam of three more, including the 2011 Oak Leaf Breeders’ Cup (G1) winner Rigoletta, and the 2011 Delta Downs Jackpot (G3) winner Gourmet Dinner. The sixth dam Grass Shack is closely related to the leading sire Exclusive Native, and is third dam of champion racehorse and leading sire Deputy Minister. This branch has already produced Grade 1

The determined Hansen is by young stallion Tapit, already the sire of six Grade 1 winners

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breeders’ cup Wrote: the son of High Chaparral was ridden by Ryan Moore – the sire and jockey combination was not so successful with So You Think

None of Wrote’s first three dams had previously produced a stakes winner, but his third dam Durrah is by Nijinsky and out of Special, so is a three-parts sister to Sadler’s Wells

The story went the way of Wrote

winner for her sire out of a Storm Cat line mare, the others including Grade 1 winners Careless Jew and Tell A Kelly. In this regard, we can note that Tapit has a double of Nijinsky where Storm Cat is by that horse’s genetic relative, Storm Bird. In the Juvenile Fillies, My Miss Aurelia dispelled any doubts about her ability to stay the distance, blowing away two other hitherto impressive Grade 1 winners – Grace Hall and Weemissfrankie – for a 3l victory. She is by Mr. Prospector’s two-time leading sire son Smart Strike and out of the Sea Of Secrets (Storm Cat) mare, My Miss Storm Cat. My Miss Storm Cat is a half-sister to the West Virginia Derby (G2) winner Soul Warrior (by a grandson of Storm Cat) and her dam, Urmia, is by Meadowlake out of the graded winner Chaldea. In turn, Chaldea is a half-sister to the Hollywood Starlet Stakes (G1) and Las Virgenes Stakes (G1) winner Cheval Volant (grand-dam of the good English runner, Finjaan). The best of the four stakes winners by Smart Strike out of Storm Cat line mares, My Miss Aurelia is inbred 2 x 4 to Mr. Prospector, who appears as sire of Smart Strike and broodmare sire of Sea Of Secrets.

The two-year-olds are very well catered to by the Breeders’ Cup these days as there is also a Juvenile Turf (G1), a Juvenile Fillies’ Turf (G2), and a newly added Juvenile Sprint. The Juvenile Turf was another for the Sadler’s Wells line with High Chaparral’s son Wrote carrying the day by two and a quarter lengths. Wrote is out of the Green Desert mare

Desert Classic and so bred on a version of the Sadler’s Wells/Danzig cross. None of Wrote’s first three dams had previously produced a stakes winner, but his third dam Durrah is by Nijinsky and out of Special, so is a three-parts sister to Sadler’s Wells (the relatives appearing 2 x 3 in the pedigree). Wrote is also inbred 4 x 3 to Kris, sire of the second dam of High Chaparral, and of the dam of Desert Classic.

It was pure Joy for Ramsey

The Juvenile Filly Turf also went the Sadler’s Wells line way, this time to a US branch as Stephanie’s Kitten charged late to catch the front running Stopshoppingmaria. Stephanie’s Kitten is by Kitten’s Joy, a son of El Prado – the Irish champion two-yearold and a leading sire in the US – who was champion turf male of 2004. Kitten’s Joy has been strongly supported with mares owned by Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey, and the couple has been rewarded in superb fashion. Currently the leading third-season sire, Kitten’s Joy has already been represented by

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breeders’ cup 17 stakes winners, seven of them graded. Stephanie’s Kitten’s dam Unfold The Rose is by another Ramsey stallion, the Storm Cat horse, Catienus. The grand-dam Bail Out Becky won three graded stakes, including the Del Mar Oaks Invitational (G1) and is a Red Ransom half-sister to the dam of More Than Ready, who was sire of the runner-up here. Stephanie’s Kitten is inbred 4 x 4 to Roberto, and is one of three Kitten’s Joy stakes winners with that duplication.

Secret Circle remains unbeaten

The inaugural Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint went to Secret Circle, who took his record to three-for-three. Secret Circle is from the second crop of Eddington, and is his first stakes winner. A son of Unbridled, Eddington won the Calder Derby (G3) and was placed in three Grade 1 races at three, including the Preakness Stakes (G1) and Travers Stakes (G1), and the following year added the Gulfsteam Park Handicap (G2) and Pimlico Special Handicap (G1). His dam is the stakes-winning Dixieland Band daughter Ragtime Hope, a half-sister to graded winner Really Polish. Photos: courtesy of the Breeders’ Cup

Marathon winner Afleet Again, a first-crop scorer and a second Grade 1 winner for sire Afleet Alex

Regal reward in the Turf Sprint

Finally, at opposite ends of the spectrum, were the Turf Sprint and the Marathon. Having been narrowly denied in the Juvenile Filly Turf, More Than Ready got amends when Regally Ready took the Turf Sprint (G2). This rather continues the theme from last year when More Than Ready’s offspring took both juvenile turf events. Regally Ready’s dam is the French stakes-placed King Of Kings mare, Kivi. She is out of Vilikaia (by Nureyev, so giving Kivi a 2 x 2 cross of Sadler’s Wells/Nureyev), winner of the Prix de la Porte Maillot (G3) and Prix Imprudence, and runner-up in the Irish 1,000 Guineas (G1) and Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp. Vilikaia is a sister to the Group winner Navratilovna and a half-sister to Prix de la Salamandre (G1) heroine Maximova – the dam of Septieme Ciel, Macoumba, Maxigroom, Balchaia and Manureva, as well as being grand-dam of top sire Malibu Moon. The More Than Ready/Sadler’s

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Wells cross (which gives reverse Hail to Reason/Northern Dancer crosses through More Than Ready’s sire, Southern Halo, and Sadler’s Wells) has also produced Australian champion two-year-old Phelan Ready and last year’s Juvenile Turf Colt’s victor Pluck. The 1m6f Breeders’ Cup Marathon (G2) fell to Afleet Again, who had scored his only previous stakes success in last year’s Withers Stakes (G3) at a mile. He is from the first crop of Afleet Alex, winner of the Preakness Stakes (G1) and Belmont Stakes (G1) and the champion three-year-old of his crop. Afleet Alex has got off to a bright start with his first two crops producing 15 stakes winners, eight graded, including two Grade 1 winners. Afleet Again’s dam Lucky Again is a stakes winning and graded-placed daughter of Wild Again, winner of the Inaugural Breeders’ Cup Classic. With regard to this pedigree, it’s worth noting that Afleet Alex’s second dam is by Hawaii, a horse who has strong pedigree ties to Wild Again.


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European invasion

Steve Moran asks whether the raids on the Melbourne Cup are a “good thing”

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For goodness sake, in Australia, breeders even shun Derby winners. If your horse has performed beyond a mile, then more often than not he is deemed to be slow

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ix millions dollars in prizemoney, Group 1 status and accorded a reverence which only Classics or weight-for-age races draw in the rest of the racing world, and yet this much loved and lauded thoroughbred test is a handicap. It is, of course, the Melbourne Cup. It’s handicap status may have many scratching their heads – some even deriding the 3,200 metres Flemington staying test always held on the first Tuesday in November, but they’re generally those who have tried and failed to win it. The Cup has never been mocked in Australia since it’s inception in 1861. The attendance rose from 4,000 in it’s first year to 100,000 just 19 years later. In 1895 the throng included famed US writer Mark Twain who wrote: “Nowhere in the world have I encountered a festival of people that has such a magnificent appeal to the whole nation. The Cup astonishes me.” A record 122,736 saw Makybe Diva win the first of three consecutive Cups in 2003. Just on 106,000 saw Dunaden claim a second straight win for the French this year. It is branded as the race that stops the nation and that is no exaggeration. No better illustration came than in 2000 when the New Zealand galloper Pravda refused to leave the paddock and delayed the Cup. “This is the horse that stopped the race that stops the nation,” blared a double page spread in Melbourne’s biggest selling daily newspaper. One wonders whether the Cup was instituted as a handicap in some sort of rebellion against the traditions of our colonial English governors. Perhaps so. Nobody seems to know for sure. It is recorded that the Victoria Turf

Club (now Victoria Racing Club) came in for some criticism when it decided its new race in would be a 2m handicap with many arguing it should be at set weights or weight-for-age. However, the decision prevailed and the fact that the Melbourne Cup remains a handicap over 3,200 metres is what makes it unique in world racing. Australians certainly have no issue with it. Perhaps something to with our supposed sense of fair play and love of the underdog. Nor, in my opinion, should racing purists decry it. Success in set weights races might prove any three-year-old the best of his crop, but surely to concede weight to all comers of all ages is a true test of greatness.

The international handicap

And, in effect, the Melbourne Cup has become a quality handicap. There was just seven kilograms from top to bottom in this year’s Cup. Compare this to 1930 when the legendary Phar Lap carried 62.5 to claim the holy grail. That year the spread was 18kgs. There is little doubt that the Cup has

become a better race and truly international since Dermot Weld arrived in 1993 to win it with with Vintage Crop. But even with the better quality of horses competing and the compressed weight scale it remains a handicap and it remains difficult to win for those at the top of the weights as the connections with defending champion Americain, burdened with 58kg, discovered this year. Not many defy history in the Cup. Americain jumped from his 2010 victory with 54.5kg to 58kg. In 150 years only four horses have won back-to-back Cups (five if you count Makybe Diva twice). And one of them was Archer way back in 1860 and 1861 – the first two years of the race. Only four horses in the past 42 years have won the Melbourne Cup with more than 56kg. Aside from Makybe Diva, 21 horses have carried 56kg or more in the Cup since 2000 and only three have finished in the first three. Mind you, Americain was incredibly brave in finishing fourth this year given his handicap burden and a wide run. Likewise, Vinnie Roe with the same weight (58kg) when second to Makybe Diva in 2004. A classy topweight will, I fancy, win the race in coming years but in all likelihood it will not be an Australian-bred or trained horse. That’s the only factor which might have the locals scratching their heads – an inability, it seems, to produce a staying horse who can now compete in the iconic race.

The Cup in figures

It was vive la France again this year. Dunaden, prepared by Mikel Delzangles and ridden by Christophe Lemaire, carried 54.5kg to win in the tightest of photo finishes from the Ed Dunlop-trained Red Cadeaux, who


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The Mikel Delzangles-trained son of Nicobar, Dunaden (yellow), gets up to deny Red Cadeaux on the line in the Melbourne Cup

was ridden by Aussie Michael Rodd. There was certainly a strong sense of deja vu Delzangles, who once worked for Americain’s trainer Alain de Royer Dupre, followed the 2010 path set by his former boss in running Dunaden in the Geelong Cup as his preparatory race. Like Americain, he won the lead-up and then won the Cup with the same weight as Americain. Successive wins by the French may not be enough to declare the Cup is lost to the locals forever more, but critical analysis of the results of recent years does have alarm bells ringing. In 12 of the past 14 years, at least one overseas-trained horse has finished in the first three and, on six occasions, two of the visitors have finished in first three. Four overseas-trained horses have won the race in the past ten years. That’s 40 per cent of the winners from approximtely 25 per cent of the runners. Plus, they’ve had six seconds in that same period and three-time winner Makybe Diva, who carried the local flag in the decade, was bred in the northern hemisphere! This year no fewer than 16 of the 23 runners were either overseas trained or had originally raced overseas. Six of the first seven to finish were trained in either France or England. The only exception was third-placed former European Lucas Cranach, who midyear joined the Lee and Anthony Freedman stable. The irony now is that Australian owners and trainers are falling over themselves to bid against each other to buy staying prospects in the UK and Europe. I wonder whether they should be looking farther afield – perhaps to

North and South America where the oceans have been less fished?

Is it really a problem on the breeding, betting and competitive fronts?

The question is whether the European dominance of the Cup is a real cause for concern from a breeding, betting or competitive viewpoint? Firstly, the competition. The Europeans have improved the quality and raised the profile of the race. No question. And the visitors are not subsidised to come to Melbourne. Prize-money of A$125,000 is paid from sixth to tenth place, but a place finish would barely cover the costs of contesting the race if you’ve travelled from another part of the world. As to breeding, that’s a much bigger question. Australian’s have always been obsessed with speed – even moreso since the inception of the world’s richest two-year-old race, the Golden Slipper (1,200m), in 1957. This is somewhat bizarre given the bulk of the really big prize-money races are still those at a mile and beyond. Australia’s three highest money winners – Makybe Diva, Sunline and Northerly – were all specialiasts at 1m2f and beyond. This preoccupation with speed is borne of impatience – getting the horses to the track as two-year-olds for a quick return for owners – and the hope of securing a stallion prospect by winning at Group 1 level, up to a mile, at two or three. Nobody makes big bucks in this business without a commercially successful stallion. For goodness sake, in Australia, breeders even shun Derby winners! If your horse has

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performed beyond a mile, then more often than not he is deemed to be slow. The success of the Europeans may precipitate a new dawn, but it won’t happen overnight. Interest in the 2009 Melbourne Cup winner Shocking, now at stud, tells a story. In a sense, he was banished to New Zealand with no interest from the major Australian-based operations. And he stands at a relatively modest fee of NZ$9,200. However, the good news is that he has attracted a book of 150 mares. “The publicity about the lack of stayers in this part of the world seems to have worked for us,” said John Thompson of Rich Hill Stud where Shocking is based. There is little doubt that the Australianbred sprinter (say up to 7f) is as good, it not better, than any in the world. You need look no further than Black Caviar, Silent Witness, Sacred Kingdom or Rocket Man not to mention Royal Ascot winners Choisir, Miss Andretti, Takeover Target, Scenic Blast and Starspangledbanner. But even allowing for the recent, strong international performances of middledistance Australian-bred horses like So You Think, Igugu and Sun Classique there is little doubt there is not the same depth beyond the sprinting ranks. An argument perhaps further supported, this season, when two moderately performed UK horses Glass Harmonium and My Kingdom Of Fife emerged as Group 1 performers in Australia. Of course, not everyone agrees the internationalisation of the Cup has necessarily been for the better and it is

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The biggest day in Australia

Europeans or no Europeans, the Melbourne Cup remains arguably the most significant event of any type in Australia with 25,000 international visitors and an estimated economic benefit of around A$700 million per annum. And the turnover on the Cup itself, despite a decline, was more than A$83 million, on the Victorian and New South Wales TAB. And all this in a week where they raced four times at Flemington in the space of seven days which drew 355,000 plus customers and saw the champion sprinter Black Caviar stretch her winning run to 16 from 16 in the Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic. She is headed overseas next year – most probably to Royal Ascot. The Cup was absolutely a triumph for trainer Delzangles, who’d not had a runner before, and for jockey Lemaire, who’d not ridden here. Makybe Diva’s jockey Glen Boss had been originally booked for Dunaden, but he fractured his arm in a trackwork fall in September. In stepped Craig Williams, who was aboard in the Geelong Cup, but was then suspended for careless riding on the eve of the Cup which denied him the chance to

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No one can explain to me satisfactorily how these European horses are rated so highly compared to our horses

possible this year it had a negative impact on betting turnover. John Singleton, one of the nation’s leading owner-breeders, believes it has become too easy for overseas horses to get into the Melbourne Cup. “I’m not being xenophobic or insular and maybe people think I’m a dinosaur, but I don’t get it,” said Singleton. “No one can explain to me satisfactorily how these European horses are rated so highly compared to our horses.” Melbourne Cup TAB betting turnover was down nearly 15 per cent this year and Singleton argues that Australian punters were baffled by the huge international presence. Racing Victoria’s Greg Carpenter, who handicaps the Cup, is adamant that the visitors have no preferential treatment in rating or in terms of securing a place in the field. “The race is not being put on for internationals and they are not being guaranteed starts,” said Carpenter. “It was a little disingenuous to say a Listed win in Germany got a horse into the Melbourne Cup this year. Illo passed the ballot condition because he won a Listed race over 2400m, but it ignored the fact he was a Group 3 winner in Germany.”

become the first jockey to win the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups and the Cox Plate in the same year. The Cup was also a triumph for Ed Dunlop, who was so gracious in defeat. A bob of the head denied him the glory of claiming a first victory for an English

trainer. Thus far, the French, the Irish and the Japanese have won it. Dunlop, enamoured with his first experience of Melbourne, said that Snow Fairy may come to Melbourne for next year’s Cox Plate at Moonee Valley. With an international rating of 122, she is rated the fourth-best mare in the world and the best at 1m2f, and was Europe’s champion three-yearold filly. Snow Fairy has finished alongside So You Think, the 2009 and 2010 Cox Plate winner, in her past three runs in Europe and would be a worthy Cox Plate contender. Goodness knows what will happen, though, if she wins. It might be the beginning of the end for the locals in another great Australian race. Victory drinks

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the pedigree piece

Are Coolmore and Darley planning to make the US thoroughbred more appealing to the international buyer?

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ow for something completely different…” To Britains of a certain age, that phrase will be recalled as the prelude to another round of inspired lunacy from the Monty Python team. To US breeders in 2011, however, it indicates the arrival of a pair of stallions whose sires – and in one case whose sire line – represent something new for the US breeding industry. The arrival of Lonhro and Cape Blanco is a welcome one, coming at a time when it has been suggested that the international appeal of the US thoroughbred is in decline. You would have had a hard time believing that after perusing the results of the recent Keeneland November Sale, but there is no doubt that top-end international buyers have begun to view the North American breed as less desirable, primarily due to concerns over raceday medication, and also due to a perception that the mainstream US racehorse has evolved primarily into a specialist dirt runner. There is no doubt that those views are reinforced by the successes of European-breds in the Breeders’ Cup turf events, and on the “turf days” at Arlington Park and Woodbine. The current season has produced interesting examples of how some internationalism can prove a positive.

Lonhro, who arrives to stand for $30,000 at Darley @ Jonabell in 2012, is from the Turn-to line. He is, however, from a branch that hasn’t had a topclass representative in the US for some considerable time, that of Sir Gaylord. A half-brother to Secretariat, and a topclass performer and sire in his own right, Sir Gaylord is back in the fifth generation of Lonhro’s pedigree, the line coming down from Sir Ivor and the wonderful New Zealand sire Sir Tristram through Sir Tristam’s best stallion son Zabeel to Lonhro’s own sire Octagonal, champion in Australia at two and three. Lonhro himself was a notably tough and versatile performer, winning Group races every year from two to five, and from distances between 5 and 1m2f. In all, he won 26 of 35 starts, with 24 of those victories coming in group stakes, and 11 of them in Grade 1 competition. Although he was undefeated in seven

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Lonhro: will provide a different option from Darley for US breeders

On the domestic front was the victory of Animal Kingdom in the Kentucky Derby (G1). Animal Kingdom – winning on his first start on a true dirt surface – is from the second crop of Leroidesanimaux, a son of the Blushing Groom horse Candy Stripes, who was foaled in Brazil, but who earned a title as champion US turf horse of 2005. Animal Kingdom’s dam, the Acatenango mare Dalicia, was imported from Germany and is from a totally European family. With his early success, Leroidesanimaux has now established himself as the leading representative of the Blushing Groom line in the US. Another sire line that may owe it’s continuation in North America to imports is that of Halo. The two-time leading sire’s most notable current representative in the US is More Than Ready. He is from a northern hemisphere crop sired by Southern Halo, a son of Halo, who was for many years the dominant sire in Argentina. A prolific stakes sire in the US – where he has three 2011 Grade 1 winners, including the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint victor Regally Ready – More Than Ready was the leading sire of two-year-olds for 2010, a honour that has also twice been his in Australia.


the pedigree piece outings at three, Lonhro enjoyed his finest season as a five-year-old when victories in ten of his 12 starts earned him honours not only as Australia’s Horse of the Year, but his official rating meant that he was the world’s leading middle-distance horse of 2004. Although he was quick enough to win the 5f Blue Diamond Prelude, a Group 3 event, at two, and although he was a five-time Group 1 winner over the US Classic distance of 1m2f, Lonhro gave the impression that he got the longer distance on class, and was at his most deadly over 7f and a mile. While his male-line has not been seen in the US for several generations he does have some familiar strains in the distaff side of his pedigree. His dam is a graded winning and Grade 1-placed daughter of the Mr. Prospector stallion Straight Strike, a champion sire in New Zealand. His second dam is by the US-bred First Consul, a son of Forli (another successful stallion import to the US), who is bred on similar lines to Special, the dam of Nureyev and grand-dam of Sadler’s Wells. To date, Lonhro has sired 32 stakes winners, 14 of them graded, including the Group 1 winners Denman, Beaded, and Benfica. In general, his offspring have done best as sprinter/milers, and they’ve tended to improve with age. We can also note that there are already some marked tendencies among his preferences as far as matings are concerned. One is the notable affinity that he’s struck up with Northern Dancer horse Night Shift (a brother to the great mare Fanfreluche), this cross supplying four stakes winners, three at Group class, and including one Group 1, from only ten starters. He’s also had a stakes winner out of a mare descending from The Minstrel – a horse bred similarly to Night Shift – and another out of a mare by Seattle Dancer, who is by The Minstrel’s three-parts brother Nijinsky, and is half-brother to Seattle Slew. The success with Night Shift and The Minstrel would encourage trying mares descending from two other horses with pedigree similarities: Vice Regent (sire of Deputy Minister), and Storm Bird, whose sons Storm Cat and Summer Squall, are out of mares by Sir Gaylord’s half-brother, Secretariat. The cross of Lonhro with mares descending in male-line from Northern Dancer through

Stallion Q and A: Hugo Merry Which stallion would you use if you had...? A maiden mare, but don’t wish to spend more than £10,000 and want to sell the offspring? Dark Angel, Roderick O’Connor. A maiden mare, but happy to spend up to £30,000 and wish to sell the offspring? Teofilo, Exceed And Excel. You have a black-type maiden mare and wish to sell the offspring? Galileo. You would like to use a first-season sire as a commercial sales prospect? Canford Cliffs. A mare for an owner-breeder and happy to spend up to £30,000? Dalakhani. A mare for an owner breeder and wished to spend less than £10,000? Big Bad Bob. You are going to take a gamble on a sire who is yet to have runners ... Sakhee’s Secret. You would like to cover your mare with a French-based sire? Elusive City. You are sending your filly to race and then be covered in the US? Giant’s Causeway. You want to try and put a bit more speed into your family? Invincible Spirit. Your mare is a bit incorrect? Cape Cross. Your mare needs a good-moving stallion? Galileo. You want an outcross for a Northern Dancer mare? Dubawi. You are hoping to get a filly to join a broodmare band in the future? Dalakhani. Want to make sure you get an invite to the Darley lunch? Any Darley sire... Had enough of both Darley and Coolmore and want to go to an independent farm in Britain and Ireland? Go to a Derrinstown Stud stallion. Do book sizes affect your decision? What is an optimum? No as choice would then be too limited. Optimum would be 120 mares. Are stallion fees generally still too high? Yes. One only has to look at sales averages or actual individual listed sales of stallion stock to see that a minority return a profit.

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the pedigree piece Danzig has also been a successful one, with ten stakes winners from 123 starters. With Nureyev (who appears as broodmare sire of Zabeel) and the previously mentioned First Consul in the pedigree, one would expect Nureyev’s son Sadler’s Wells to appeal here, and Lonhro does indeed have two

stakes winners out of mares from that line. Here Sadler’s Wells would be particularly interesting through El Prado, who is virtually a reverse cross to Lonhro. As mentioned, Lonhro is out out of a mare by a son of Mr. Prospector, and we’ve often seen the pattern of breeding a stallion

Cape Blanco: will be the first Galileo sire to stand in the US

Unlike Lonhro, whose race-record requires some exposition, Americans are already familiar with Cape Blanco, who has arrived to take up stud duties in the US this year. A leading contender for the title of champion US turf horse of 2011, Cape Blanco made three trips from Ireland this year and won the 1m2f Arlington Million (G1), the 1m3f Man o’ War Stakes (G1) and the 1m4f Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (G1), the last achieved in a game display in which he overcame a career-ending injury. Cape Blanco had also distinguished himself in his previous seasons on the track. He was three-for-three as a juvenile taking the Tyros Stakes (G3) and Futurity Stakes (G2). At three, he earned a Classic victory in the Irish Derby (G1), and against older horses took the Irish Champion Stakes (G1) by 5l, and finished second in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1). Of course, Cape Blanco is a son of Galileo, who is rapidly succeeding his sire Sadler’s Wells as the owner of the title of “The World’s Leading Sire.” Cape Blanco is the first major son of Galileo to retire to stud in the US, but the Sadler’s Wells line has established a thriving North American branch through the agency of champion Irish two-yearold, El Prado. That horse made his way from the lower echelons to achieve leading sire honours, while he also has a son, Medaglia D’Oro, who is

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to mares from his own broodmare sire line prove to be a profitable one. For Lonhro, this has already produced a stakes winner out of a mare by Fusaichi Pegaus, and strains of Mr. Prospector might generally prove a positive here, with Gone West being one potentially fruitful avenue.

Cape emigrates to the US not only one of the leading young sires in the country, but who is also a very successful sire of dirt performers, most notably the great mare, Rachel Alexandra. El Prado also now appears to have a second string to his bow in Kitten’s Joy, who has this year emerged as the leading third crop sire in the US. There is actually something of a connection between Cape Blanco and El Prado as El Prado was out of a mare by Sir Ivor, by Sir Gaylord, while Cape Blanco is out of a mare by Presidium, a grandson of Sir Gaylord’s half-brother Secretariat (we’ll also note that Sir Gaylord is tucked away in the back of the pedigree). In fact, although it may not have the obvious instant recognition factor of Galileo, there is much to intrigue in the distaff side of Cape Blanco’s pedigree. Cape Blanco’s dam Laurel Delight, who also produced the US graded winner Mr. O’Brien, was a real 5f specialist, and a half-sister to a very fast horse in Paris House. She is by Presidium, a half-brother to Kris and Diesis, and a son of General Assembly, a Travers Stakes (G1) and Vosburgh Stakes (G1) winner by Secretariat from the same family as Exclusive Native and Deputy Minister. Cape Blanco’s grand-dam is by Artaius, a son of Round Table, which means that Cape Blanco’s dam is a product of an extended version of the influential Bold Ruler/Round Table, Nasrullah/ Princequillo cross. As far as potential mates for Cape Blanco are concerned, it’s been well-documented that Galileo has a phenomenal strike-rate with Danehill mares, and more than a few of that line have ended up across the pond. The other European strain that has been particularly strong with Galileo, and that would be promising here, is that of Darshaan (including his son, Mark Of Esteem). Galileo has done very well with the lines of Blushing Groom (including Rahy) and Roberto (where one might particularly look for Lear Fan, Red Ransom, Kris S. and Silver Hawk). Galileo has also done well with Diesis (who stood in the US) and Kris, half-brothers to Cape Blanco’s broodmare sire. Doubling Secretariat appeals here, and Galileo has Classic winner Misty For Me out of a mare by Storm Cat (dam by Secretariat), and a graded winner out of a mare by Dehere (also out of Secretariat mare). We might also be inclined to introduce the strain through Gone West and A.P. Indy (broodmare sire of 2011 US Classic-winning filly Plum Pretty, who is by the Sadler’s Wells grandson, Medaglia D’Oro). We can also note that A.P. Indy’s sire, Seattle Slew (Bold Ruler/ Round Table cross) appears in the dams of more than 60 Sadler’s Wells line stakes winners (two by Galileo).


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Team Cashman Lissa Oliver travels to County Cork to visit Rathbarry Stud

Acclamation: the Rathbarry sire really came of age this season with his high profile two-year-old winners and the emergence of a sire son in Dark Angel. The autumn’s yearling sales results reflected his success and his ever-increasing popularity

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Acclamation’s roll-call of stakes winners Group 1 Winners DARK ANGEL: Middle Park Stakes, Newmarket, G1, Mill Reef Stakes, Newbury, G2; sire. EQUIANO: King's Stand Stakes (twice), Ascot, G1, Palace House Stakes, Newmarket, G3, Abernant Stakes, Newmarket, L., 2nd in July Cup, Newmarket, G1, Temple Stakes, Haydock Park, G2, Prix du Gros-Chene, Chantilly, G2, 3rc in Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte, Maisons-Laffitte, G2, 2nd in Abernant Stakes, Newmarket, L.; sire. Group 2 Winners HARBOUR WATCH: Richmond Stakes, Goodwood, G2. LILBOURNE LAD: Railway Stakes, Curragh, G2, Rochestown Stakes, Naas, L., 2nd in Middle Park Stakes, Newmarket, G1, Gimcrack Stakes, York, G2. Group 3 Winners ALSINDI: Oh So Sharp Stakes, Newmarket, G3. ANGELS WILL FALL: Princess Margaret Stakes, Ascot, G3, 3rd in Cheveley Park Stakes, Newmarket, G1. HITCHENS: Greenlands Stakes, Curragh, G3, Golden Rose Stakes, Lingfield Park, L., 3rd in July Cup, Newmarket, Gr.1, 2nd in Mercury Stakes, Dundalk, L., Wentworth Stakes, Doncaster, L.. PONTY ACCLAIM: Cornwallis Stakes, Ascot, G3. TALWAR: Solario Stakes, Sandown Park, G3, Winkfield Stakes, Ascot, L..

changed little, its reputation for standing leading young sires cemented early on in its 70-year history and unlikely to waver in the years ahead. Some might remember that Sheikh Mohammed stood his first ever stallion at Rathbarry, the stud purchasing 75 per cent of Taufan. Needless to say, stallion, owner and stud have all since gone on to greater heights. Firmly established as one of the largest family-owned studs in Europe, the loss of Liam Cashman in March 2010 came as a shocking blow to the Cashman family and the bloodstock world as a whole. It is a loss that Rathbarry Stud has dealt with, ensuring that his legacy will continue – his children Paul and Niamh, together with Niamh’s husband Frannie Woods, are keeping the future of the stud secure as they continue to move forward and enhance the Rathbarry reputation still further. Part of that future rests on the newest stallion to join the esteemed Rathbarry ranks, Lilbourne Lad, who has some mighty shoes to fill. Joining the Rathbarry roster is frequently like signing up to become leading first-season sire, a title achieved to date by the farm’s stallions Kampala (1984), Taufan (1985), Alzao (1988), Barathea (1998), Tagula (2000), Namid (2004) and Acclamation (2007). Such success reflects the undoubted skill of Liam Cashman in spotting a potential

stallion, Liam famously buying Barathea a few months before his Breeders’ Cup Mile success having also started Alzao off at stud. “Liam was a great believer in pedigree,” says his wife Catherine. “Alzao was a very correct horse with very good bone and he always stamped his stock well. “Racing was not so international then as it is now and we didn’t get to see foreign races. When Liam told Richard Hannon he had a nice Alzao yearling he should look at, Hannon said, ‘what’s Alzao?’” “What he achieved with Alzao was even more impressive, given the added difficulty of marketing a horse who had only won in France and Italy.” Investing in young racehorses in the hope they will be successful stallions is a highrisk business, but it is a necessary evil in the modern marketplace and one that has certainly served the Cashmans well. Acclamation is the current success story and his son, Lilbourne Lad, will be joining him for the 2012 season. Undoubtedly it is the high regard held by breeders of the Cashmans’ eye for a stallion that will see their latest young stallion well-supported; the initial success of Liam’s stallions establishing his reputation and the business snowballing from there. Clients who benefited in the early days have remained fiercely loyal and every Rathbarry stallion has a strong book of mares, usually exceeding the book’s limit.

The family business: (from left) Catherine, Niamh and Paul. Frannie Woods, Niamh’s husband is fully involved in the stud also

Listed Winners CAKE: St Hugh's Stakes, Newbury, L., 3rd in Cornwallis Stakes, Ascot, G3, 2nd in Achilles Stakes, Kempton Park, L., Roses Stakes, York, L.. LO ZOCCOLO DURO: Criterium Varesino Trofeo SGA, Varese, L., 2nd in Premio Toscana, Florence, L.. MONTECCHIO: Hong Kong Macau Trophy, Sha Tin, L.. PENCIL HILL: Isabel Morris EBF Stakes, Curragh, L.. PIETRA SANTA: Prix Ceres, Saint-Cloud, L., 2nd in Prix de Saint-Cyr, Chantilly, L.. SWEEPSTAKE: National Stakes, Sandown Park, L., Bedanken Stakes, Fair Grounds, 2nd in Appalachian Stakes, Keeneland, G3, third in Princess Margaret Stakes, Ascot, G3, 2nd in Mardi Gras Stakes, Fair Grounds. VANILOQUIO: Prix Herod, Longchamp, L., 2nd in Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte, Maisons-Laffitte, G2, Prix Francois Boutin, Deauville, L., Prix Saraca, Maisons-Laffitte, L.

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rathbarry stud “It’s incredibly difficult getting stallions,” says Catherine. “There is such a lot of competition for the few owned independently. We were very lucky to get Acclamation and we badly needed a new stallion. “Acclamation is in great demand and we see Lilbourne Lad as an option for all those people who had supported Acclamation in his cheaper days. We started looking for a backup to Acclamation in the middle part of the season and he ticks all the right boxes.” It is a risky venture, but, as Catherine says: “It’s a matter of making up your mind and going for it when people are prepared to sell.” Lilbourne Lad will enjoy a gentle introduction to life away from the racecourse. Keeping a successful stallion isn’t only about filling his books, you also need to maintain his fitness, and ensure that his mental health is good, so prolonging the longevity of a successful career. “He’ll be given peace and quiet and the chance to switch off,” reports Catherine. “We like to hand graze them and get them used to their surroundings for a couple of months. It’s important they’re kept in a laidback environment. “We start lunging them in the third week of November and gradually build up from there. Once the season is over they’ll be turned out daily from eight in the morning through to the afternoon. It’s great if they can settle outside, it helps them to switch off.” Rathbarry hasn’t shuttled stallions since Dushyantor travelled to Chile, and the farm has turned down several offers to shuttle Acclamation to Australia. “He can generate enough income here,” points out Catherine, “so the risks and expense just don’t make sense. Covering two

Acclamation is in great demand and we saw Lilbourne Lad as an option for all those people who had supported Acclamation in his cheaper days

Above: new Rathbarry stallion Lilbourne Lad, and, below, the much missed Liam Cashman

books is bound to shorten a horse’s career and they need that turn out and rest in the summer.” Catherine estimates that a horse would need to stand for at least A$20,000 to make shuttling to Australia worthwhile and the addition of US stallions to the southern hemisphere has crowded the market. “His books have steadily increased in quality,” adds Catherine, “his fee seems to govern the class of mare. “He has a very good book of shareholders and it has paid them to support him from day one. He got some very good mares in his first season and his 2008 book were a cut above, but next year’s looks even better. “I do get excited, looking at his book, absolutely. He’s always over-booked and it is never an easy job to sort out the mares. The success of Dark Angel’s first crop took him up another notch as a successful sire of sires.” That Acclamation has reached this pinnacle so early in his career is yet another plus for Lilbourne Lad, who was described by trainer

Richard Hannon as “one of the toughest and most genuine two-year-olds I have ever trained.” Winning his Group 2 (the Railway Stakes) so early in the year undoubtedly worked against Lilbourne Lad as he was then charged with a penalty and had to give weight in most of his races; he had quickly become a victim of his own success. “The day he ran in the Middle Park it was his eighth run in top-class

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The Rathbarry fields: the farm has consistently produced homebreds and pin-hooked youngstock at the highest level for the Cashmans since the 1930s

“Syndicates are in it for fun and it’s great for breeders, but they want instant success and plenty of good days out at the races. Lilbourne Lad is a great example of that type of horse, he paid for himself over and over again,” she smiles. Of course, Lilbourne Lad and Acclamation are not the only ones stealing the headlines at Rathbarry. Tagula was himself a leading freshman and has proved consistently popular ever since, most notably as the sire of champion miler Canford Cliffs, while Moss Vale’s first crop were the pinhookers’ choice and again sold well as yearlings this season. “We try to cater for clients at every range of fee,” points out Catherine. “We have a very loyal client base, right from the Kampala days. Our history is there and they’ve been good to us and our horses have been good to them, it works both ways.” Not many studs enjoy success at the highest level in both disciplines, but Rathbarry has proved so successful with its NH sires that it was necessary to open Glenview Stud in 1991, to cope with the influx of mares. The NH roster has included the former stalwarts Strong Gale, Phardante, Pollerton, Perspex, Husyan, King’s Ride, Good Thyne and Anshan and is currently home to Dubai Destination, Robin Des Champs (leading NH sire in Britain, Ireland and France) and Presenting (champion NH sire in 2006-07, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11). “The quality of the land here lends itself to producing good youngstock,” explains Catherine. “Liam would Leading NH sire, Presenting have made the most

company and he looked a million dollars,” says Catherine. “He’d kept his coat and condition and took his racing so well, he got better with every race. We’re in the middle of syndicating him and people are already anxious to see him. He’ll be available to view when the sales are over.” When it comes to choosing a prospective stallion, Catherine had worked alongside Liam for so many years that it is just second nature. “You’re looking to the future,” she explains. “A horse’s performance takes your eye first of all. A Group 2 horse with a stronger pedigree will always be the choice ahead of a Group 1 performer; pedigree is the deciding factor. “Conformation is important. Ideally you’re hoping a very correct horse will stamp his stock and they’ll be popular at the sales. “We’re known as a commercial farm and if we want to stay that way we need stallions who sire two-year-old winners, showing enough promise that they’ll improve at three. No one wants to wait.

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wonderful architect. Before he bought any land he could visualise exactly which way to lay it out and could see into the future.” Liam is, of course, greatly missed by all, but his foresight and skill has made the transition so much easier for those left behind. “We’re very lucky that Liam had built up a great core of excellent staff who have made things so much easier for Paul, Niamh and myself to carry on the business,” Catherine says gratefully. “Anything they’ve been asked to do since Liam got ill and died they’ve done with full enthusiasm and cooperation and have made the transition easier and so much less painful for us all.” Having such good staff means that employment must be maintained all year round and Rathbarry has always run a successful pinhooking operation, the renowned Cashman eye for a horse once again making its presence felt at the top of any league table. The fact that Paul and Niamh are fully involved and able to continue this family-run business is important to Catherine. “Independent studs are so important, we’re able to give people the personal touch,” she says. “When people call they’re talking straight to the owner and that personal contact with us helps. “It’s just as important for us that we’re giving the right advice – if the client makes money he’ll come back. You work that bit harder when you have a vested interest.” Liam’s favourite saying was “one sure way of going broke is to over cover your mare”, while Catherine’s motto is “always treat the client’s mare as your own”. Both adages ensure that the best impartial advice is always given to and go a long to ensuring that this independent family-run stud will survive strongly into the future. The Cashmans’ reputation for success looks secure for at least another generation to come.


Neil Clark meets rookie trainer Roger Varian who had an “extraordinary year” through 2011

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henever a successful business person, or football manager steps down, we’re informed that they’ll be “a hard act to follow”. Sometimes this can be a bit of an exaggeration. But in the case of trainer Michael Jarvis, the phrase seems entirely appropriate. It wasn’t just that the Newmarket trainer, had, over the course of a 43-year career, won most of racing’s greatest prizes and achieved a remarkable level of consistency at the highest level. It was the nature of the man himself. Jarvis was simply one of the most popular men in racing, someone about whom no one had a bad word. So when his long-time assistant Roger Varian took over the running of Kremlin House in February, he not only had the pressure of maintaining the stable’s record of success on the track, but also had to live up to the very high personal standards that his close friend and mentor had set.

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Eton Forever winning the Spring Mile at Doncaster in April. He was Varian’s first winner – and his first UK runner Photo: PA

For those who knew Michael best, it’s what he achieved as a human being, which was his finest achievement. He was a great person

“If anything, Michael’s great achievements on the track are down the pecking order,” says Varian. “For those who knew Michael best, it’s what he achieved as a human being, which was his finest achievement. He was a great person.” It’s nine months now since Varian stepped up to the plate, and three months since his predecessor’s sad death. It means that 2011 has been a year of incredibly mixed emotions for the softly-spoken 32-year-old from Oxfordshire, but he has passed every test he has faced – both on and off the track – with flying colours. Varian’s first season has been described by the Guardian’s Greg Wood as “one of the most impressive debuts of recent times”. His very first runner Laaheb finished fourth in a Group 1 race in Dubai. His first runner on home soil, Eton Forever, landed the Spring Mile at Doncaster in April. There were to be a further 47 turf winners to come, with Varian’s strike-rate for the campaign a very healthy 21 per cent. To cap it all, in October there was a

Group 1 success with Nahrain in the Prix de l’Opera at Longchamp, and in November, great runs from Nahrain and Farraaj in the Breeders Cup. “There were so many highlights“, Varian recalls. “We seemed to have a good, highprofile Saturday winner every three weeks or so throughout the season.”

Modestly, Varian prefers to stress the role that others have played in the stable’s great run. “I certainly can’t take all the credit. I have a very strong staff and very good owners. Having the staff, knowing that things run smoothly when you’re away, gives you enormous confidence. A lot of the staff have been here a long time.” Varian points out Jim Hiner, the yard secretary working who is opposite him. “Jim was with Michael for 41 years. He helps everything run like clockwork.” He also praises the assistance – and support – that Jarvis’s widow Gay and the rest of Jarvis family has given him. “Gay is very much part of the yard and has kept it flying high,” he says. “But I look out now and see another young man working very hard outside – David Eustace – the son of James Eustace.” But Kremlin House’s success in 2011 came as no surprise to Varian: “I was left in a very good position. Given the ammunition we had at our disposal I would have been

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roger varian disappointed if we hadn’t done well”. Varian believes that the smoothness of the handover between Jarvis and himself also contributed. “Michael confided in me two years ago about his illness and I became more heavily involved then in the training. Two years ago there was a big step up in my responsibilities,” he recalls.

Nevertheless, it can’t have been easy for Varian to come to terms with Jarvis’s illness, as well as the recent death of his own brother, which he finds it hard to talk about. He acknowledges that “racing is a great distraction” and that it has played a role in helping him overcome the sadness. “The sport is all-consuming, which can be

The late Michael Jarvis: when the trainer first became ill two years ago, he confided in Varian and then set about increasing the younger man’s responsiblities at Kremlin House

a good thing and a bad thing. In racing you are always looking forward. I suppose in that way it helps you cope with loss,” he surmises.

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arian’s interest in racing began as a child growing up in the 1980s, watching coverage on BBC and Channel 4. Perhaps befitting someone born in the week of the 1979 Cheltenham Festival, it was the jumping side of the game which he first gravitated towards. “We lived near to the point-to-point course at Kingston Blount. Between the ages of 13 and 15 I rode out at weekends for Alan and Lawney Hill, who were really helpful.” When Roger was 15 his family moved to California on account of his father’s business: “I then took a keen interest in the US racing. My father and I went to Santa Anita and Hollywood Park – I remember seeing Alphabet Soup win at Santa Anita before he won the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Woodbine.” By this time, Varian had already had his heart set on becoming a jump jockey. Back in the UK he worked for 15 months for Ian and Tockie McKie “on my first ride in a pointto-point my horse turned a cartwheel and I broke a shoulder blade”, and then for Josh Gifford, for whom he rode seven winners as a conditional jockey. “The best memory of my career as a jump jockey was riding a horse called Glitter Isle to win a handicap chase at the pre-Festival Wincanton meeting in February.” A week after that success, Varian was off back to the US to take up the offer of a threemonth spell working for Jack Fisher, the Maryland jumps trainer. It was during this second spell in America that the incident occurred which was to change his life. “Six weeks into my time with Jack I had a bad fall at Colonial Downs in Virginia. I smashed my wrist and the injury kept me out of the saddle for the remainder of my time there,” he says. “I had planned to return to Jack’s in the autumn, but I had an invitation from Michael and Gay Jarvis, whom I had earlier spent 10 weeks working for one summer, to go and see them in Newmarket.” The rest, as they say, is history. Jarvis asked Varian to become his assistant and although he gave him two weeks to think about it, Varian’s mind was already made up by the time he left Newmarket. “Jack always says that my fall was the luckiest thing that happened to me, and he was right.”

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The two Sheikhs have been tremendously supportive. I’ve similar allocations from them as we had last year. It’s very pleasing

Seeing the uncertainly surrounding the world economy it’s good that new money seems to be coming into racing at the top end

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It was 2001 and Kremlin House was enjoying a renaissance. “The decade started well with Holding Court winning the French Derby in 2000. By the time I’d arrived in 2001, Michael had already won the 1,000 Guineas that year with Ameerat so I can’t claim any of the credit for that!” Among the big race winners that Varian was involved with included Rakti, the brilliant winner of the 2003 Champion Stakes and four other Group 1s for the yard, the 2005 Oaks heroine Eswarah, the back-to-back Chester Cup winner Anak Pekan, and the Victoria Cup and Wokingham winner Iffraaj. Then there was the one who got away – Hala Bek, who in 2006 narrowly failed to fill the one major gap on Jarvis’s CV – an Epsom Derby win. “He was an incredibly talented horse – it was a great shame,” recalls Varian. “Over the last ten years, the thing about the yard was its consistency. Some years were better than others, but we never really had a bad campaign.” Now, the challenge for Varian is to take Kremlin House forward to further glories. He was active at Newmarket’s yearling sales – and finds the fact that prices were up a positive. “Seeing the uncertainly surrounding the world economy it’s good that new money seems to be coming into racing at the top end,” he figures. “It’s as if there is an umbrella being held over the market. If the money comes in at the top, the hope is that it will strengthen the middle and lower ends.” Varian is also grateful to have the continued support of Jarvis’s two main patrons – Sheikh Ahmed al Maktoum and Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum. “The Sheikhs have been tremendously supportive. I’ve had similar allocations from them as we had had last year. It’s very pleasing.” Boosted by his new intake, Varian also

Nahrain, Varian’s first Group 1 winner, running a gallant race to finish second in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf

hopes that some of the stars of 2011 will go onto further success next year. “Sri Putra and Alainmaar look set to stay in training. Eton Forever got us off to a flyer last year and he may go back to Doncaster again for the Lincoln. He seems to be at his best early on in the season. “Ektihaam is a very smart horse who I think a lot of. The ground wasn’t right for him in the Dewhurst – and I think we can put a line under that. He has a big future. “Firdaws is a very nice filly. She won a maiden fillies’ stakes at Salisbury in early September and then finished third in the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket. She’s a daughter of Eswarah and should improve further. We may step her up to 1m2f.” Talking to Varian it’s not hard to understand why Michael Jarvis was keen for him to be his successor. Both men were former jump jockeys who spent time as stable lads – and who did not come from established racing backgrounds. Varian also shares the international outlook of his mentor. Jarvis won Derbys in France and Italy and famously landed the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe with Carroll House in 1989. While Varian stresses how keen he is to win the bigger races at home, he’s also set his sights on the big international prizes too. “The racing world is getting smaller. The Breeders’ Cup is a meeting I’ve always loved and I hope it will feature again. Races like the Melbourne Cup, the Japan Cup and the Arc would be a dream to one day contest - although I’m under no illusions about the calibre of the type of horse needed to do that.” In the next few weeks, it’s matters closer to home which will be receiving Varian’s attention. His wife Hanako is expecting the couple’s first child. It should prove to be a very happy end to what has undoubtedly been a quite extraordinary year.


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An EXcellent year for Owenstown Lissa Oliver meets James Tuthill, breeder of Excelebration and Dragon Pulse

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wenstown Stud is nestled within the ‘Golden Road’ of bloodstock. A quick look at the neighbours, farms that include Ballymacoll, Staffordstown, Moyglare and Derrinstown Studs, gives a clear indication that this stretch of pasture land, bordering on Meath and Kildare, is prized by thoroughbred breeders. It produces quality youngstock as history, as well as future likely results, will testify. Many top UK studs send their weanlings to rear on the renowned properties of the land on that Golden stretch. Owenstown Stud is no exception and takes in boarders, both broodmares and weanlings. Yearlings are successfully prepared at Owenstown, but it’s as a producer of successful racehorses that the famous stud really sets its mark and attracts boarders. “It’s funny,” says John Tuthill, who took over the stud on the death of his aunt Averil Whitehead in February 2010, the breeder of, amongst many others, Indian Ridge. “When you read books on Newmarket or elsewhere on how to rear yearlings you couldn’t follow the same formula here as grass growth is so tremendous. “The land here is renowned for producing strong yearlings with good bone.” There’s a strong sense of history at Owenstown, with its attractive traditional yards and ivy-clad stone buildings that have been the birthplace of such stars as Choose Me, Evening Time,

Musidora, Indiana, Humble Duty, Record Run, Sedulous, Negligent and, most recently, Chandlery, Dragon Pulse and Excelebration, the latter of whom provided Tuthill with his first Classic success when winning the Mehl-Mulhens-Rennen (G2) earlier this year. Excelebration is perhaps better known for having the misfortune to have been born in the same year as Frankel and he twice chased him home – in the Greenham Stakes (G3) and the St James’s Palace Stakes (G1) before he landed his own Group 1 when successful in the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp. This year’s juveniles Chandlery, winner of the Group 2 Vintage Stakes at Goodwood, and Dragon Pulse, winner of the Group 2 Futurity Stakes at The Curragh, there still remains the promise of Classic glory ahead. Owenstown Stud, together with Moygaddy Stud, had originally belonged to Major Dixon, for whom Tuthill’s grandfather managed both studs. When offered the chance to buy one of the studs on Major Dixon’s retirement he chose Owenstown, which he eventually handed over to Tuthill’s aunt. It is likely to remain a family-run stud at least for the next generation as Tuthill’s son and daughter already take a keen interest. Tuthill believes horses are “very humbling creatures” but the same can be said of Tuthill himself.

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Excelebration heads Frankel on the way out to the QEII – as we all know Frankel was the one who came home in front. Excelebration had the misfortune of being born in the same year as the Juddmonte colt, but he still won twice at Group 2 level and also picked up a Group 1. Tuthill sold Excelebration’s mare Sun Shower in 2008

I’m neither clever enough nor wealthy enough to breed for fashion! We try to breed racehorses and the farm has a high-strike rate of winners

His success at Owenstown is measured on the racecourse, but what few will know of his extensive volunatary work for the Irish Guide Dogs For The Blind. Two brood bitches greet visitors to the stud and Tuthill has been a puppy walker for many years, taking a modest pride in the countless lives he has helped to change for the better. The success that the Irish have in producing bloodstock is replicated in the field of guide dogs as there is a very high success rate of Irish-bred puppies graduating to becoming fully blown guide dogs and they are in demand all over the world. You could call it another successful string to the Owenstown bow. Tuthill primarily breeds yearlings for the sales ring, but he likes to keep the occasional filly to have in training, sometimes by default. “We’d had a rotten year at the yearling sales,” he recalls, “and my aunt offered to lease one so that I wouldn’t have to train them all. “She chose a Choisir filly and hence the name – Choose Me!” As can often be the case, the lack of sales success can sometimes prove a blessing in disguise and Choose Me netted earnings of over £208,000, including a win in the Listed Fairy Bridge Stakes at Tipperary and numerous placings at Group level. She is now in foal to Azamour. The swings and roundabouts of breeding racehorses are never more apparent than Excelebration’s story. “I had a yearling who went through the ring unsold and swapped it for a mare called Sun Shower by Indian Ridge and in foal to Mull Of Kintyre,” Tuthill recounts. “She produced a colt whom I sold for €2,000 and he didn’t appear on the racecourse as a two-year-old. “Her next was an Intikhab filly, she went for €1,200, and then in 2008 she produced a colt by Exceed And Excel. With the economic downturn I decided to reduce the number of mares here and sold her in foal to Strategic Prince.” Sun Shower was bought by Hugo Merry for €10,000 and bound for India. Her colt was later sold to Marco Botti at the Doncaster Yearling Sales for £20,000. Tuthill explains the price increase: “By then the Mull Of Kintyre colt had come out and won three races on the trot.” Botti’s Excelebration has since added a great deal of value to the mare that Tuthill no longer owns and who it was revealed in October is returning from India after purchase by Coolmore.

Tuthill has been to Newmarket to see Excelebration work and can’t speak highly enough of Botti. He doesn’t like to ask too much of trainers, but values feedback from them, which can help with future mating plans. “Physical traits we can do our best with, but feedback on temperament is hugely important,” he says. There can sometimes be a conflict of interest between breeding for the sales ring and breeding the finished racehorse, but

Tuthill believes racecourse results speak for themselves. “I’m neither clever enough nor wealthy enough to breed for fashion!” he points out. “We try to breed racehorses and the farm has a high-strike rate of winners.” One of this year’s winners is the exciting two-year-old Dragon Pulse, who was narrowly beaten by Power in the Group 1 National Stakes at The Curragh. He is a son of Kyllachy whom Tuthill readily describes as “not everyone’s cup of tea.” Tuthill quotes bloodstock economist John Lynam when likening breeding racehorses to “playing Russian Roulette with five bullets”. Dragon Pulse is a case in point. “We’ve had our best year on the racecourse, but our worst at the sales,” grimaces Tuthill. “We got €25,000 for a half-brother to Chandlery, but an Elnadim sister to Dragon Pulse was unsold, while his dam Poetical had a stillborn foal late in the season and wasn’t covered. “It’s very frustrating and I suppose you could easily get depressed, there’s all that success and I can’t capitalise on it. But it’s nice to be associated with a good one and


owenstown stud to see that the formula with which I have worked is not so very far from successful.” One frustration for Tuthill is catalogue updates, which appear valuable but in practise are difficult to utilise. “Catalogue updates are so hard,” he explains, “we were lucky to have such important updates, but even with such a great update it’s expensive and difficult to publicise.” With Dragon Pulse the second-highest rated two-year-old in Ireland at the time of the October Yearling Sale, his valuable black-type achieved in August and September, didn’t appear on the catalogue page of his Elnadim sister. Tuthill remains philosophical, aiming to lease the filly and then retain her for breeding saying: “As a breeding prospect I couldn’t afford to buy her equivalent in the marketplace.” Tuthill gets such a thrill from seeing his horses run and the success that he has enjoyed as a breeder owes much to his passion for racing and he confesses: “My television is deaf from being shouted at!” His says that Excelebration’s encounters with Frankel have left him “hoarse for a week!” But it is a long process producing horses and there are so many variables that go towards gettting a good one. “It’s not only down to the breeder, the farm and land husbandry, it’s how good the trainer is, the jockey is, there are so many factors along the way. My role is to aim to control what I can as much as possible,” he says. With 12 mares of his own and several permanent and seasonal boarders on the 320 acres of Owenstown Stud, Tuthill keeps a somewhat wary eye on the future. “It’s tough times and there are a lot of challenges to this way of life,” he warns. “The lack of prize-money, for example, and the question of AI in Australia. If it’s allowed in one jurisdiction it could become a global phenomenon. If I had a top stallion I would be harvesting semen and freezing it, just in case.” But the future looks bright for Owenstown and Tuthill says: “A lot of credit for what I do is down to my staff. I have a very good assistant manager in Niamh Sheehan, she has great attention for detail, and details have a huge bearing on the husbandry side of things. “And my wife, Clare, is a very important member of the team, without her support I wouldn’t be here at Owenstown.” Whether it’s with thoroughbreds or guide dogs, John Tuthill and his team have a winning touch with breeding and the future of Owenstown Stud is likely to be as illustrious as the history it is built on.

Stallion Q and A: Liam Norris Which stallion would you use if you had...? A maiden mare, but don’t wish to spend more than £10,000 and want to sell the offspring? Royal Applause: he has proven and consistent sales results. A maiden mare, but happy to spend up to £30,000 and wish to sell the offspring? High Chaparral or Acclamation. Proven and top class producers of race and sale horses. You have a black-type maiden mare and wish to sell the offspring? Danehill Dancer or Dansili: high end fees, but both have results on the track and in the ring. You would like to use a first-season sire as a commercial sales prospect? Dream Ahead, he was a consistent performer with speed. A mare for an owner-breeder and happy to spend up to £30,000? Rock Of Gibraltar. He was a top two-year-old by Danehill and gets solid performers. A mare for an owner breeder and wished to spend less than £10,000? Multiplex. He is a horse with a very good pedigree and good looks by Danehill. You are going to take a gamble on a sire who is yet to have runners ... Paco Boy: a tough and consistent sort with speed. He will have covered a good book of mares. You would like to cover your mare with a French-based sire? King’s Best or Muhtathir, both producing top-end racehorses. You are sending your filly to race and then be covered in the US? Speightstown. Proven. Works well in Europe and on turf. You want to try and put a bit more speed into your family? Pivotal or his son Excellent Art – he has had a good start with his two-year-olds, who are showing plenty of speed. Your mare is a bit incorrect? Choose wisely, then go and see the sire of choice and make sure you view his stock. Your mare needs a good-moving stallion? Lawman. A great-looking and good moving horse. You want an outcross for a Northern Dancer mare? Monsun. Running out of time. You are hoping to get a filly to join a broodmare band in the future? Galileo. Cross with Danehill line. Want to make sure you get an invite to the Darley lunch? Exceed And Excel. Good looking horse. Ask Dawn nicely... You want to use a smaller, independent farm in Britain and Ireland? Makfi in England, Dream Ahead in Ireland. Do book sizes affect your decision? What is an optimum? 100 would be plenty. Are stallion fees generally still too high? Yes.

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Little in name, but not in nature Lissa Oliver finds Swordlestown Little punching well above its weight

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he UPS and downs of operating as a small breeder are never more apparent than when talking with Mariann Klay and Des Leadon, who together founded Swordlestown Little Stud ten years ago. They have enjoyed success at black-type level from the very start, but in June, they celebrated their first Group level success when Lilbourne Lad won the Group 2 Railway Stakes at The Curragh, a victory that was quickly followed by Harbour Watch’s success in the Richmond Stakes (G2) at Goodwood. However, it’s that very success that highlights the difficulties faced by small breeders – few have been as fortunate with racecourse results as Klay and Leadon, yet even Swordlestown Little is struggling to pay its way. This season Swordlestown Little can boast of eight winners, while overall, and starting out with just two mares, the stud has produced 13 winners of 23 races among which five have placed or won at Listed or Group level. This year Lilbourne Lad has been retired to Rathbarry as a stallion, while connections of Harbour Watch are harbouring Classic aspirations. The great thing about the thoroughbred industry is that it is, by necessity, filled by optimists. Klay and Leadon are realistic as a team (he being the supreme optimist, she quite the opposite!), but like everyone in this game they are passionate about what they do and it’s their deep love of horseracing that keeps them in business, not the usually nonexistent financial rewards. Both are highly respected veterinary surgeons, a plus that puts Swordlestown Little high on the list for clients when it comes to boarding mares – it is list of a mares that reads like a Who’s Who of racing.

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Klay helped to establish the foal neonatal intensive care unit at Troytown and continues to conduct research with foals, although she retired from Troytown in order to commit full-time to the stud. Leadon is head of Clinical Pathology at the Irish Equine Centre and is known to industry professionals worldwide for his presentations at symposiums and equine conferences. He has served as president of the British Equine Veterinary Association and the World Equine Veterinary Association. This expertise is evident when viewing the facilities at Swordlestown Little, particularly the purpose-built veterinary unit within the main barn. Having two such eminent vets on site means that problems can be spotted and treated earlier, often giving a significant saving in medical costs. “The critical care that can be provided by both of us on site is so valuable,” points out Leadon. “It’s extremely stressful for a sick horse to travel, so having facilities on site is a huge benefit.” That said, the stud also has the advantage of being less than 30 minutes from Troytown. Stress caused by travelling is one of Leadon’s specialist interests and his research has gone a long way into improving how horses are now transported. Both vets are regularly asked to travel with top-class racehorses and stallions abroad – yet another necessary financial sideline to the breeding business – but it does provide immense benefits to the stud. Klay does all the foaling herself and, again, her veterinary expertise is a big advantage. “When there are problems during foaling it’s critical that mare and foal are treated immediately,” she says. “All it it takes is 15 minutes to lose a horse. If a horse needs hospitalisation we can identify it and get it

Harbour Watch, who was bred by Swordlestown Little, wins the Richmond Stakes (G2) at Goodwood under jockey Richard Hughes


swordlestown little there quicker.” The stud is also very close to many of the major studs in the area. “We can send a mare to be covered at Gilltown and have her back home here within 40 minutes,” Leadon adds. Although being able to avail of walkin coverings is an advantage, Klay points

out that breeders are still being hit with additional charges on top of the nomination fee, such as a surprisingly high walk-in fee and grooms fee. The stud itself is so perfectly laid out and well managed that it’s hard to remember that the land it sits on was nothing more than a disused cattle farm only ten years ago.

“We bought the land purely by coincidence,” Klay explains. “We had been looking for a property for a long time, but we always ended up as the underbidders. Then in 1998 Swordlestown Stud came on the market, in three lots. We knew the area and liked it. This had been an old cattle farm and there was nothing on it but the barn, which was full of old rusted machinery! “We only went to the auction because the auctioneer told us we should go. We never thought we could get it and we had really only been looking for ten acres or so. This was 56 acres, but we’ve since extended it to 80.” They were not planning to start a stud, but as Klay says: “With land comes responsibility, you have to do something with it.” Their first step was to build a house, which was a major nightmare. “The first lot of walls built were blown down!” laughs Leadon. “There was a fierce storm.” Klay then found that she had to give up her job in order to be the project manager and devote her time to the house and land. “I wanted to see the infrastructure in place,” she says, “so that we could take in boarding mares at first.” As well as initially opening to boarders, Klay and Leadon found that their secluded setting, bordered on all sides by forest, helped ensure that bio-security measures could be stringent. For the first few years the couple provided an official equine quarantine station and horses passing through included the thoroughbred stallion Celtic Swing, and Provocative, the European endurance champion owned and ridden by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum. The primary business of the stud, however, is producing foals and Klay’s love of foals has led her to specialise in foal sales. She prepares them herself, although building such a close hands-on relationship does lead to a downside – she admits to having been found crying in the car park after a sale! On a practical level, Klay feels that it is sometimes difficult to judge the relative merits of the horses, when they are spread across Europe with a variety of trainers. “To have all the horses you have bred with the same trusted trainers, brought up in the one environment, would be such a perfect way of really knowing what you are producing,” she says. She likes to keep in touch with the trainers who handle her horses and family trait insights are often very welcome. Her

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swordlestown little those two mares. The first foal from Cascatelle Bleue, a Bluebird mare, was the Alhaarth juvenile and black-type winner Mr Strong, while the first five foals of the Shernazar mare Khatela were all winners, with her best progeny to date Massive being successful at Listed level. “You need at least, at the very least, five mares,” Klay emphasises, “in order to, hopefully, have two saleable foals.” Most breeders are not in such a fortunate position and according to Weatherbys 93 per cent of Irish breeders own four or less mares, while 82 per cent own only one or two. Klay and Leadon took themselves to the sales to increase their broodmare band. “We were at Deauville and a mare walked past and I just thought: ‘What is that?’” recalls Leadon. “And that’s how we ended up with Third Dimension. We had no intention of breeding NH horses, but she was just such a good horse we had to have her.” The Suave Dancer mare has produced four winners, including Theola, by Kalanisi, now among the broodmare band, and the stud’s first Cheltenham winner, Third Intention, a gelding by Azamour. In contrast to France, where breeders not only benefit from valuable premiums, but are also given tickets to the races and are included on the winners’ podium when their horse wins, Ireland and Britain are sadly reticent when it comes to acknowledging the contribution of breeders. Des Leadon riding out: he says he holds the title of the ‘World’s Most Unsuccessful Amateur Jockey!’

To have all the horses you have bred with the same trusted trainers, brought up in the one environment, would be such a perfect way of really knowing what you are producing

livelihood, after all, depends on racecourse success. Like their horses, Klay and Leadon are very much in the hands of their trainers. The first horse to arrive at the farm was a retired horse from the yard of John Oxx – the pair met while riding out at Currabeg Stables and they still ride out for Oxx. “I started riding for John in 1984,” recalls Leadon. “I like to think I’m the reason he’s got no hair left! I held an amateur’s licence for 22 years and I can proudly say I have the honour of holding the title of ‘World’s Most Unsuccessful Amateur Jockey!’” Swiss-born Klay was a successful amateur from the age of 16, riding throughout Europe in the Fegentri Series. She was riding in pony races from the age of six, started breeding ponies at 11, and worked in Chantilly at 14 – she can safely be described as experienced! Having been brought up on a farm in Switzerland she is no stranger to the physical work required on the stud and is more than just a hands-on owner. “We don’t employ any full-time staff, I do everything myself,” she explains. Nevertheless, as a Swiss applicant, Klay found it incredibly difficult to gain a place on the Thoroughbred Breeding Course at the Irish National Stud and is grateful that a reference from Walter Haefner finally tipped the balance for her. She went on to work at Gilltown Stud and Waikato Stud, but admits: “After working with broodmares I was dying to get back to racehorses, and I went to work at Oxx’s.” She has also ridden for Bart Cummings and Tommy Smith when in Australia. She returned to Switzerland to study as a vet, having always been interested in the veterinary side of things, but wrongly thinking she wouldn’t be able for the sciences required in studying. “I spent so much time from a very young age following vets around and then later in various studs and yards that I began to think if they can do it, so can I!” she laughs. She has the accomplishment of completing her doctorate while still an undergraduate. “Mr Oxx very kindly let me use a group of 40 of his horses for my research into respiratory disease and it is from that that the practice of taking temperatures twice a day came about. It is the best possible care you can provide for a horse, it tells you so much and allows you to detect things very early,” she insists. All of that experience has been successfully channelled into the business at Swordlestown Little, which began operations in 2001 with

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Lilbourne Lad (Acclamation) and she has a yearling colt by Dylan Thomas, who was bought for €135,000 by Ross Doyle at last year’s Goffs November Foal Sale. She had a Mastercraftsman filly foal and is in foal to Raven’s Pass. As every commercial breeder knows, trying to breed both a racehorse and a potential sales topper is an incredibly difficult balancing act and when it comes to planning matings Klay allows herself four commercial choices and one “wish list”. She is forced to take a hard-line when it comes to commercial matings, although the success of Swordlestown Little horses on the racecourse shows that the ultimate goal of producing a winning racehorse hasn’t been unduly compromised. “I have sent a maiden mare to a firstseason sire,” she admits, before shrugging and smiling ruefully: “It is something I would rather avoid, but it seemed appropriate for that mare in the current market.”

It’s very scary. Our mares are ageing and we need new ones. It’s very difficult to compete with more solvent purchasers for a good-looking, correct mare with a nice pedigree

There would be no horses without breeders, who contribute to the industry in Ireland through the Foal Levy and significantly to the funding of the Racing Post Yearling Bonus Scheme, all of which, though essential to maintaining the health of the industry, are an added burden for breeders. The returns for Swordlestown come on the track and another fortuitous acquisition was Miss Shaan. “We had always wanted a Darshaan mare and particularly her,” recalls Leadon.“We couldn’t get over to Deauville to buy her. So we left instructions with French agent David Powell. I rang him later to see how he’d got on and he said he hadn’t bid for her! “He noticed the only bidders were her owners, so he waited until after the sale and managed to buy her for considerably less than the limit I’d given him.” She is the dam of four runners, all winners, including Listed-placed Damien and the three-time winning Bahceli. The beautifully bred Sogno Verde (Green Desert ex Gothic Dream) was bought out of training as a result of the Swordlestown Little connection with John Oxx. “We knew Sogno Verde and we had known her dam and grand-dam,” Klay explains, “and she came from one of the best families established by Lady Clague, which we really admired. She took such care to assemble and nurture her families.” Sogno Verde’s first foal was Bobbyscot, by Alhaarth, a winner at two and Listed and Group placed. Her second foal is

Another problem shared by many small breeders is maintaining the broodmare band. “It’s very scary,” Klay says. “Our mares are ageing and we need new ones. It’s very difficult to compete with more solvent purchasers for a good-looking, correct mare with a nice pedigree.” Leadon acknowledges that the recession has made it all the harder, “everyone is trying to upgrade their mares.” More and more the stud is becoming dependent on boarders for a regular income. Klay confesses that: “We need another income, the stud has never made money, never even paid for itself to date. We need boarders for cash flow.” But Leadon puts it all into perspective, speaking for all those connected with the industry, when he says: “Horseracing is just such a wonderful experience, it’s one of those very rare things in life that can raise a smile and is so easy to enjoy. “As an industry we should be marketing this much more, it’s a lovely thing to share with friends. Breeding horses requires you to have your finger on the pulse in so many countries, it’s fascinating and addictive. Our aspirations are all the same.” On the negative side, Klay admits to feeling personally responsible when their horses don’t do well, but takes huge satisfcation from the successes that the stud has achieved. “It’s magical. To plan a mating, to personally foal that foal, to sell them and then see them on the gallops is an achievement. There are so few who even make it that far, there are so many things to go wrong. It should never be taken for granted.” Neither of the couple are guilty of that, both taking immense pride and appreciation of the horses they have bred. “The thoroughbred is just so incredibly brave,” Leadon says, “the more you ask them


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Annus mirabilis

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scene at Ballydoyle in the late spring of 2010 provided, perhaps, an insight into Galileo’s success as a stallion. The son of Sadler’s Wells was not his peerless sire’s best runner; that accolade belongs to his fellow Coolmore resident Montjeu, and yet Galileo, with not dissimilar opportunities, has consistently outstripped his paternal half-brother in their second careers. The vignette concerned three Derby prospects being paraded before the racing media. As St Nicholas Abbey, Jan Vermeer and Cape Blanco lined up for a bank of photographers under Aidan O’Brien’s watchful eye on the open grass infield of a covered exercise ring, the colts suddenly

heard the clattering of hooves and some feminine nickering from a group of fillies passing by but out of sight. Cue young men behaving badly. The trio launched themselves into a macho display of rearing and plunging at the end of their lead-ropes. Significantly, it was the two sons of feisty Montjeu, St Nicholas Abbey and Jan Vermeer, who were the first to kick off and the last to settle. The rodeo display of Cape Blanco, by phlegmatic Galileo, was the most half-hearted. “Typical,” said O’Brien, who knows the stallions’ progeny better than any. “The Montjeus have brilliance, but also nervous energy. The Galileos have class, too, but they have minds of concrete.” Statistically, Galileo has some way to


stallion review Leading sires in Europe: 2011 (to November 17) Stallion GALILEO (IRE) MONTJEU (IRE) LOMITAS (GB) OASIS DREAM (GB) DANSILI (GB) HIGH CHAPARRAL (IRE) DANEHILL DANCER (IRE) DUBAWI (IRE) PIVOTAL (GB) SHAMARDAL (USA) INVINCIBLE SPIRIT (IRE) ROCK OF GIBRALTAR (IRE) DALAKHANI (IRE) EXCEED AND EXCEL (AUS) HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR (IRE) CAPE CROSS (IRE) VERGLAS (IRE) KING’S BEST (USA) SINNDAR (IRE) SLICKLY (FR) SELKIRK (USA) ORATORIO (IRE) INTIKHAB (USA) HURRICANE RUN (IRE) DIKTAT (GB) FOOTSTEPSINTHESAND (GB) ACCLAMATION (GB) REFUSE TO BEND (IRE) MEDICEAN (GB) SINGSPIEL (IRE) ANABAA (USA) KINGSALSA (USA) DUBAI DESTINATION (USA) EVEN TOP (IRE) TIGER HILL (IRE) BIG SHUFFLE (USA) MONSUN (GER) MUHTATHIR (GB) ANABAA BLUE (GB) HAWK WING (USA) WHIPPER (USA) LANDO (GER) ONE COOL CAT (USA) SHIROCCO (GER) HALLING (USA) DYNAFORMER (USA) KYLLACHY (GB) ELUSIVE CITY (USA) AUSSIE RULES (USA) SAKHEE (USA)

Runners 284 185 81 232 221 186 211 160 202 148 274 174 138 191 157 223 219 187 98 107 129 208 117 119 143 138 199 176 185 141 93 123 184 5 173 150 114 130 96 185 115 122 178 114 126 49 181 158 99 97

Winners 110 79 43 95 95 63 83 76 102 72 110 74 41 74 63 90 85 61 34 41 54 85 45 50 44 55 80 79 73 47 34 50 73 2 55 56 51 46 38 63 46 46 67 38 53 23 80 50 40 41

courtesy of Weatherbys Races Won 154 129 66 142 141 98 129 112 144 105 158 106 61 122 107 117 138 82 56 62 78 121 77 75 75 96 117 124 117 74 53 76 106 6 77 78 80 71 61 99 79 67 116 52 79 31 132 85 58 63

Places 339 262 149 385 294 298 343 278 316 221 499 288 140 347 274 312 401 254 125 215 177 367 215 193 239 257 339 333 266 192 122 231 334 8 246 285 153 174 169 288 198 204 312 162 200 64 309 286 142 155

Money Won (£) 7,286,451 4,041,928 3,092,163 3,004,990 2,970,729 2,709,458 2,509,627 2,479,251 2,330,867 2,126,218 2,120,178 2,112,988 2,072,705 1,946,736 1,861,964 1,668,718 1,627,926 1,592,323 1,560,651 1,559,925 1,503,113 1,450,443 1,440,864 1,404,104 1,394,505 1,382,725 1,375,016 1,372,722 1,348,535 1,190,526 1,171,949 1,165,574 1,160,635 1,144,498 1,131,776 1,121,645 1,114,362 1,101,310 1,097,159 1,084,747 1,078,827 1,075,256 1,063,838 1,057,514 1,040,068 1,031,718 1,026,133 1,025,156 996,360 978,753

Wnrs to Rnrs % 38.73 42.7 53.08 40.94 42.98 33.87 39.33 47.5 50.49 48.64 40.14 42.52 29.71 38.74 40.12 40.35 38.81 32.62 34.69 38.31 41.86 40.86 38.46 42.01 30.76 39.85 40.2 44.88 39.45 33.33 36.55 40.65 39.67 40 31.79 37.33 44.73 35.38 39.58 34.05 40 37.7 37.64 33.33 42.06 46.93 44.19 31.64 40.4 42.26

Av. earnings 25,657 21,848 38,175 12,953 13,442 14,567 11,894 15,495 11,539 14,366 7,738 12,144 15,020 10,192 11,860 7,483 7,433 8,515 15,925 14,579 11,652 6,973 12,315 11,799 9,752 10,020 6,910 7,800 7,289 8,443 12,602 9,476 6,308 228,900 6,542 7,478 9,775 8,472 11,429 5,863 9,381 8,814 5,977 9,276 8,255 21,055 5,669 6,488 10,064 10,090

By winners Galileo Invincible Spirit Pivotal Oasis Dream Dansili Cape Cross Verglas Oratorio Danehill Dancer Acclamation Kyllachy Montjeu Refuse To Bend Dubawi Rock of Gibraltar

110 110 102 95 95 90 85 85 83 80 80 79 79 76 74

By winners to runners (more than 1 runner)

Lomitas Pivotal Shamardal Dubawi Dynaformer Refuse To Bend Monsun Kyllachy Dansili Montjeu Rock Of Gibraltar Sakhee Halling Hurricane Run Selkirk

53.08 50.49 48.64 47.50 46.93 44.88 44.73 44.19 42.98 42.70 42.52 42.26 42.06 42.01 41.86

By average earnings Even Top Lomitas Galileo Montjeu Dynaformer Sinndar Dubawi Dalakhani Slickly High Chaparral Shamardal Dansili Oasis Dream Anabaa Intikhab

228,900 38,175 25,657 21,848 21,055 15,925 15,495 15,020 14,579 14,567 14,366 13,442 12,953 12,602 12,315

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Galileo and the bigger, rangier Montjeu are now firmly established as Sadler’s Wells’s successors as prime sources of Classic and middle-distance class, even though it comes in different packages. Sadler’s Wells, who died in April at the age of 30, would consider his baton in safe hands. Montjeu’s second place is his best to date, bettering his third spots from 2007-2009. His eight individual top-level winners in 2011 included St Nicholas Abbey (Coronation Cup

Sadler’s Wells, who died in April at the age of 30, would consider his baton in safe hands

go before he catches Sadler’s Wells. The great horse won a record 14 British & Irish championships, Galileo has now won three. Sadler’s Wells’ sons and daughters have won 131 Group and Grade 1 races worldwide, Galileo’s 53. But the present star of Coolmore is well ahead in the numbers’ game and, granted good health and a long life, should surpass many of Sadler’s Wells achievements. In the case of this father and son, comparisons are not odious, just inevitable. Galileo now has seven crops racing; at the same stage Sadler’s Wells’ offspring had 32 top-level successes to their name. And Sadler’s Wells never had an annus mirabilis like Galileo’s 2011, or a crop like his class of 2008. The eight three-year-olds Frankel, Galikova, Golden Lilac, Misty For Me, Nathaniel, Roderic O’Connor, Together and Treasure Beach racked up 14 Group or Grade 1s in 2011, with back-up from older Cape Blanco and Igugu and the younger Maybe to take the haul for the year to 19 from 11 individuals. Sadler’s Wells’s most prolific crop was that of 1999, which also produced eight individual Group or Grade 1 winners. Ballingarry, Black Sam Bellamy, Gossamer, High Chaparral, Islington, Quarter Moon, River Dancer and Sholokov eventually won 19 between them, but it took them four years and, presumably, Frankel & Co ain’t finished yet. Galileo took his third title, with Montjeu runner-up, with a record total (unsurprising given the inflationary prizes now available at elite levels) but not a record margin: he had slightly more to spare over Dansili the previous year. He also topped both the winners’ and wins’ lists and had more runners than any other stallion during 2011. Yes, he has large books, but so do others and his numbers on the track are a tribute to their soundness. Physically, Galileo is a horse to gaze at for hours: neat, beautifully proportioned, an exceptionally fine mover in all his paces, and with his sire’s kind, honest attitude to life. His winners-to-runners percentage, not untypically of the modern era of large books, is historically low for a champion sire, but he has proved commercially successful, even at his large private fee and particularly with fillies, one of whom, a half-sister to Henrythenavigator’s dam Sequoyah, topped the European yearling lists at 1.7 million guineas. And his first Group 1-winning son to retire to stud, Teofilo, has produced a Group 1 winner of his own, Parish Hall, from his first crop.

and Breeders’ Cup Turf), Fame And Glory (Ascot Gold Cup), Masked Marvel (St Leger) and Derby hero Pour Moi. Montjeu now has three Derby winners (Motivator and Authorized are the others) to his credit, to Galileo’s one with New Approach, and has the winter favourite for Epsom in 2012, Camelot. The last champion sire not to stand at Coolmore was Gainesway resident Blushing Groom, who headed the list in 1989. In the past ten years only five individuals have prevented ten clean sweeps for John Magnier’s Co Tipperary operation: Key Of Luck, Pivotal, Cape Cross, Dansili and Oasis Dream, who has finished third for the past two seasons. Both Galileo, out of Arc heroine Urban Sea, and Montjeu, out of a Prix Royal-Oak runnerup, were bred to excel over 1m4f, and did. Oasis Dream, based at Banstead Manor Stud, took after his sire Green Desert in aptitude but is one from a stamina-imbued

Power: after Group 1 performances this summer the son of Oasis Dream is favourite for the 2,000 Guineas


stallion review distaff line – his dam is a half-sister to Irish Oaks winner Wemyss Bight – and, like Danehill and Pivotal before him, is a champion sprinter who can get classy middledistance performers. In 2011, his best performers came from different ends of the distance spectrum: Midday (Nassau Stakes, runner-up Coronation Cup) and Prohibit (King’s Stand Stakes). He has an excellent record with juveniles and his 2012 Classic prospects are led by 2,000 Guineas fancy Power, winner of Ireland’s top two-year-old contest, the National Stakes, and narrow runner-up in Britain’s, the Dewhurst Stakes. Power, who was led out unsold at 50,000gns as a yearling, runs in Coolmore colours, as will one by his sire who cost the County Tipperary operation rather more. The colt out of Kassiopeia, from the family descended from Reprocolor, was, at 700,000gns, Europe’s top-priced yearling of his sex in 2011. Pour Moi: will Montjeu get the Derby winner 2012?

Stallion Q and A: Dermot Farringdon Which stallion would you use if you had...? A maiden mare, but don’t wish to spend more than £10,000 and want to sell the offspring? Kyllachy. A maiden mare, but happy to spend up to £30,000 and wish to sell the offspring? Duke Of Marmalade. You have a black-type maiden mare and wish to sell the offspring? Oasis Dream. You would like to use a first-season sire as a commercial sales prospect? Dream Ahead / Canford Cliffs – a dead heat. A mare for an owner breeder and happy to spend up to £30,000? Rock Of Gibraltar. A mare for an owner breeder and wished to spend less than £10,000? Manduro. You are going to take a gamble on a sire who is yet to have runners? Duke Of Marmalade. You would like to cover your mare with a French-based sire? Myboycharlie. You are sending your filly to race and then be covered in the US? Smart Strike. You want to try and put a bit more speed into your family? Fastnet Rock / Exceed And Excel. Your mare is a bit incorrect? Acclamation / Amadeus Wolf. Your mare needs a good-moving stallion? Duke Of Marmalade. You want an outcross for a Northern Dancer mare? Street Cry / Dutch Art. You are hoping to get a filly to join a broodmare band in the future? Galileo or Sea The Stars. Want to make sure you get an invite to the Darley lunch? Leave before 5.00pm the previous year... You want to go to a smaller, independent farm in Britain and Ireland? I don’t care who stands them, but Makfi looks great. Do book sizes affect your decision? What is an optimum? Yes, but book quality is more important to me. Optimum is 100 mares. Are stallion fees generally still too high? Find me a breeder who wants to pay more!

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stallion review Oasis Dream’s studmate Dansili, who had Harbinger running for him in 2010, dropped to fourth place this year, but brought his individual Group or Grade 1 tally up to eight when progressive filly Emulous easily beat Together (subsequent Queen Elizabeth II Cup winner) and Misty For Me (already a 4-time Group 1 winner, subsequent unlucky Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf loser) in the Matron Stakes. Reliable Famous Name, who mopped up his usual share of lesser Group races and Group 1 places at around 1m2f, and Bated Breath, beaten an aggregate of a length in three top-level sprints on both sides of the Atlantic, were the high-class miler’s highest earners. As for next year, speedy Requinto and longer distance prospects Fire Lily, runner-up in the Prix Marcel Boussac, and Entifaadha are perceived as his best juveniles. The springer in the British and Irish lists is undoubtedly High Chaparral, who had been hitherto more appreciated in Australia until his outstanding son So You Think started to change perceptions in these parts. High Chaparral, winner of six Group and Grade 1s, including the Epsom and Curragh Derbys and two Breeders’ Cup Turfs, was rated the fifth-best by Sadler’s Wells, after Montjeu, Old Vic, Galileo and Doyen. With five crops now running, High Chaparral has yet to have an Irish-conceived Group 1 winner in Europe, though has had plenty of placings, notably from Golden Sword, High Heeled, Unsung Heroine and Joanna. Other than from So You Think, his top-level strikes in the northern hemisphere have been from Redwood and Wigmore Hall, winners of the Northern Dancer Turf Stakes at Woodbine in 2010 and 2011, and Wrote, who took the Juvenile Turf at the most recent Breeders’ Cup meeting. Four of the five British 2011 Classic

With five crops now running, High Chaparral has yet to have an Irishconceived Group 1 winner in Europe, though has had plenty of placings

Stallion Q and A: Oliver St Lawrence Which stallion would you use if you had...? A maiden mare, but don’t wish to spend more than £10,000 and want to sell the offspring? A proven stallion is best – Royal Applause or Sir Percy. A maiden mare, but happy to spend up to £30,000 and wish to sell the offspring? Acclamation or High Chaparral. You have a black-type maiden mare and wish to sell the offspring? Acclamation or High Chaparral. You would like to use a first-season sire as a commercial sales prospect? Hard question this season – Poet’s Voice. A mare for an owner-breeder and happy to spend up to £30,000? Acclamation or Cape Cross. A mare for an owner-breeder and wished to spend less than £10,000? Pastoral Pursuits or Shirocco. You are going to take a gamble on a sire who is yet to have runners ... Sakhee’s Secret or Mount Nelson. You would like to cover your mare with a French-based sire? Elusive City or Orpen. You are sending your filly to race and then be covered in the US? Presuming she is returning to Europe, Distorted Humor or Street Cry. You want to try and put a bit more speed into your family? Acclamation. Your mare is a bit incorrect? Acclamation or Exceed And Excel. Your mare needs a good-moving stallion? Mount Nelson or Royal Applause. You want an outcross for a Northern Dancer mare? Dalakhani or Sir Percy. You are hoping to get a filly to join a broodmare band in the future? Dalakhani Want to make sure you get an invite to the Darley lunch? A GREAT lunch and parade, but NOT a good reason to use. Do book sizes affect your decision? What is an optimum? They would if more stallion masters had a sensible limit. I use the few that do if I can, but they do not always suit. Optimum in a realist’s world of 100-110 maximum, but many stallions have been bought on a higher-numbers-covered costing. Are stallion fees generally still too high? Most are sensible, but some stallions are definitely higher than they realistically should be.

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Pivotal had a quieter season in 2011 than in some years, but still got the Group 1-winning filly Immortal Verse and claimed a high winners-to-runners percentage

Not many horses get runners better than themselves, but Norton Grove resident Monsieur Bond, a smart sprinter over three seasons, has already done it twice

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winners were by Coolmore sires: Galileo’s Frankel, Montjeu’s Pour Moi and Masked Marvel, and Danehill Dancer’s Dancing Rain. The exception was Dynaformer’s Blue Bunting. Danehill Dancer, who pipped Sea The Stars’s sire Cape Cross in 2009 largely due to the valuable juvenile sales race victory of Lillie Langtry (who did at three become a dual Group 1 winner) after two runner-up spots, is another who made his first emphatic mark on the European scene with an ex-Australian, the dual Royal Ascot sprint winner Choisir. Dancing Rain’s success in the Oaks meant five of the ten European Group 1 winners by her sire, top-class at two and best over sprint distances at three, have now been fillies. Exceed And Excel was Danehill’s best performer from his own shuttling days. The dual Group 1 sprint winner, who operates under the Darley banner and is based at Dalham for his northern hemisphere work, has one high-class Australian runner in his own image, Helmet, and another here, Nunthorpe Stakes heroine Margot Did. But his best has been the miler Excelebration who, but for Frankel, would have been the division’s champion three-year-old. Galileo apart, the most prolific stallion on the British and Irish list was Cheveley Park Stud’s was eighth-placed Pivotal. The son of Polar Falcon, winner of a Nunthorpe Stakes in his racing days, not only regularly supplies Group 1 winners over a range of distances

(Kyllachy to Sariska) but consistently has a higher winners-to-runners than most. His 2011 top-level star was mile filly Immortal Verse, who beat Goldikova in the Jacques Le Marois and all bar Frankel and Excelebration in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. Like Dansili and Oasis Dream, he is another stallion acceptable to Coolmore as they extend their range of options and his son Nephrite, a 230,000gns yearling, entered the 2012 Classic frame with his defeat of Born To Sea at Leopardstown. The trick for a leading first-season sire is to keep it going. For Iffraaj, the recordbreaking runaway 2010 winner in terms of money, wins, winners and percentages, that awkward second season has been something of an anticlimax. The legacy of Sheikh Mohammed’s favourite horse Dubai Millennium lies with the best from his sole crop, Dubawi, who is, Holy Roman Emperor apart, the youngest horse in the top ten. His first Dalham Hall crop produced two 2010 top-level winners in Makfi (2,000 Guineas, Prix Jacques Le Marois), Poet’s Voice (Queen Elizabeth II Stakes), Worthaad (Italian Derby) plus Dubawi Heights, who found fame in the US in 2011 as winner of the Yellow Ribbon Stakes and Gamely Stakes. His second included the 2011 Deutsches Derby winner Waldpark and Dubawi Gold, runner-up in the 2011 2,000 Guineas and Irish 2,000 Guineas. And his third includes

an early Derby fancy in Akeed Mofeed. Among elite stallions, the pecking order in any given era does not shift much. There are always exceptions, of course, but horses who produce high-class runners tend to continue to do so; their record gives them the opportunities that count for much, though some years are better than others. Any set of statistics can be analysed to the nth degree, but further down the list are a few who started low-key but have advertised themselves with a superior winners-torunners percentages. They include the Irish-based pair Big Bad Bob (by Bob Back and a half-brother to Snow Fairy’s dam), whose limited produce include smart filly Bible Belt and has been plucked from obscurity by the Irish National Stud, and Tally-Ho Stud’s Kodiak, a Danehill half-brother to top sire Invincible Spirit, who has five Listed winners to his credit from his cheaply-conceived first two crops. But the real eyecatchers on the percentage list have been a pair with outstanding quality as well. Banstead Manor lesser light Beat Hollow, a beautifully-bred (by Sadler’s Wells out of Wemyss Bight, a half-sister to Oasis Dream’s dam) top-level 1m2f winner on both sides of the Atlantic, started brightly enough with top juvenile filly Proportional and now has two classy and progressive middledistance performers in Sea Moon and Beaten Up (both, incidentally, out of Akarad mares). And there is Monsieur Bond, a son of Danehill Dancer, who has the speed queen Vareta, as his third dam. Her descendants include not only her son, the top sire Zeddaan, but also Dick Turpin, River Falls, Halamahera and Ashkalani. Not many horses get runners better than themselves, but Norton Grove resident Monsieur Bond, a smart sprinter over three seasons, has already done it twice, with Prix de l’Abbaye heroine Gilt Edge Girl and the 2011 season’s most upwardly mobile speedster, Hoof It.


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... advises Jason Thomas with stallions whose progeny have a quieter second racing year WAS IT just me that found some of the prices paid for Acclamation yearlings at this autumn’s European sales a bit bonkers? Don’t get me wrong, Acclamation’s feat of siring six individual juvenile Group winners headed by the unbeaten Harbour Watch this year marks him down as one of the current best sources of speed, soundness and precocity at stud.

But does an 82,020gns sale average for this season’s yearlings conceived at a fee of €20,000 compared with a figure of 39,913gns for 2010’s yearlings produced at a fee of €30,000 actually really add up? After all, he is still the same sire that he was a year and more ago – it’s just that his books have improved, while his exploits with his juveniles this year certainly enhanced buyers’ and breeders’ perception of him. It goes to show the importance of sire

power at the sales now. Stallion names on the catalogue page have become like designer labels: for Galileo, Montjeu and Acclamation read Gucci, Prada and Armani. The perennial problem for commercial breeders planning their mating plans for next year is: how can you know which sires will be in fashion when the resultant offspring comes sells in two or three years’ time – especially if considering the younger stallions whose reputations are not firmly established?

Wootton Bassett: Ifraaj’s flagbearer (now retired to Haras d’Etreham) did not really fire this year, but his dam went back to the Darley sire again this spring. He was also visited by Bratislava, the dam of his Group-performing close relation Katla

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By winners Holy Roman Emperor Hurricane Run Iffraaj Iceman Aussie Rules Shirocco Kodiac Diamond Green Sleeping Indian Librettist Byron Layman Ad Valorem Hurricane Cat Ivan Denisovich

63 50 42 41 40 38 33 28 28 25 25 24 24 19 19

By winners to runners (more than 1 runner)

Munjiz Deep Impact Silver Train War Front Cacique Democratic Deficit Iceman Kodiac Norse Dancer Moscow Ballet Hurricane Run Hurricane Cat Sleeping Indian Aussie Rules Holy Roman Emperor

80.00 66.66 66.66 62.50 53.33 45.71 45.55 44.59 42.85 42.85 42.01 41.30 40.57 40.40 40.12

By average earnings Cacique 36,867 Munjiz 30,069 Silver Train 28,495 Deep Impact 18,309 Muhaymin 13,305 War Front 12,784 Holy Roman Emperor 11,860 Hurricane Run 11,799 Hurricane Cat 10,702 Aussie Rules 10,064 Vatori 9,834 Layman 9,602 Shirocco 9,276 Archange D’Or 9,228 Soave 9,063

Stallion HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR (IRE) HURRICANE RUN (IRE) SHIROCCO (GER) AUSSIE RULES (USA) IFFRAAJ (GB) LAYMAN (USA) CACIQUE (IRE) HURRICANE CAT (USA) KODIAC (GB) ICEMAN (GB) SOAVE (GER) LIBRETTIST (USA) AD VALOREM (USA) DIAMOND GREEN (FR) SLEEPING INDIAN (GB) VATORI (FR) GENTLEWAVE (IRE) IVAN DENISOVICH (IRE) MAJESTIC MISSILE (IRE) LORD OF ENGLAND (GER) BYRON (GB) MUHAYMIN (USA) APSIS (GB) DEMOCRATIC DEFICIT (IRE) MUNJIZ (FR) CARLOTAMIX (FR) ARAAFA (IRE) BERNARDINI (USA) ARCHANGE D’OR (IRE) DEEP IMPACT (JPN) WAR FRONT (USA) NORSE DANCER (IRE) SILVER TRAIN (USA) JOHNNY RED KERR (USA) ARAGORN (IRE) PROCLAMATION (IRE) INDESATCHEL (IRE) PHOENIX REACH (IRE) NIGHT TANGO (GER) POLICY MAKER (IRE) MOSCOW BALLET (IRE) BLUE CANARI (FR) BALMONT (USA) STRIKING AMBITION (GB) SPECIAL KALDOUN (IRE) FIRST SAMURAI (USA) FOL PARADE (ARG) GOLDEN STRAVINSKY (USA) FELICIANO (SWI) DELFOS (IRE)

Runners 157 119 114 99 123 65 15 46 74 90 41 91 61 81 69 30 45 59 60 35 72 14 25 35 5 27 41 25 13 6 8 14 3 21 12 47 40 21 10 14 14 6 16 20 11 7 5 9 3 5

Winners 63 50 38 40 42 24 8 19 33 41 11 25 24 28 28 10 13 19 16 10 25 3 8 16 4 8 13 7 4 4 5 6 2 6 3 8 7 5 4 2 6 2 3 5 1 2 1 3 0 1

Races Won 107 75 52 58 61 36 14 30 51 63 16 32 42 44 41 17 18 36 24 14 33 7 11 20 6 10 18 9 5 7 6 8 5 11 5 13 9 11 7 3 11 2 6 8 1 2 2 5 0 1

courtesy of Weatherbys Places 274 193 162 142 187 129 24 79 139 151 56 130 110 102 108 42 58 90 81 46 108 16 50 98 8 38 60 22 30 13 14 18 13 40 22 61 52 25 12 15 28 9 19 13 12 13 2 14 7 8

Money Won (£) 1,861,964 1,404,104 1,057,514 996,360 691,637 624,103 553,004 492,305 455,375 437,876 371,586 348,802 327,909 325,971 310,024 295,017 290,361 248,425 242,091 231,721 229,116 186,269 179,439 176,455 150,344 134,738 129,610 126,753 119,961 109,854 102,276 87,428 85,486 81,888 78,623 74,916 71,753 70,269 68,275 60,827 57,666 40,346 38,221 35,644 35,173 34,197 34,139 30,198 25,000 24,870

Wnrs to Rnrs % 40.12 42.01 33.33 40.4 34.14 36.92 53.33 41.3 44.59 45.55 26.82 27.47 39.34 34.56 40.57 33.33 28.88 32.2 26.66 28.57 34.72 21.42 32 45.71 80 29.62 31.7 28 30.76 66.66 62.5 42.85 66.66 28.57 25 17.02 17.5 23.8 40 14.28 42.85 33.33 18.75 25 9.09 28.57 20 33.33 0 20

Av. earnings (£) 11,860 11,799 9,276 10,064 5,623 9,602 36,867 10,702 6,154 4,865 9,063 3,833 5,376 4,024 4,493 9,834 6,452 4,211 4,035 6,621 3,182 13,305 7,178 5,042 30,069 4,990 3,161 5,070 9,228 18,309 12,784 6,245 28,495 3,899 6,552 1,594 1,794 3,346 6,827 4,345 4,119 6,724 2,389 1,782 3,198 4,885 6,828 3,355 8,333 4,974

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Breeders who patronised Holy Roman Emperor this season, after his first-crop yielded a disappointing total of one stakes-winner and his fee was slashed to €10,000 from €17,500, must be feeling pretty smug

€17,500, must be feeling pretty smug. With this weakest crop sold this autumn, Holy Roman Emperor’s yearling average dropped through 2011 to 30,779gns from 34,612gns. In association with that fall his top

Maybe they could repeat the Acclamation trick: breed to a stallion in the season after their fee was increased in the wake of a flying start with a first crop and hope that those more expensively produced two-yearolds perform so well on the track that your yearling basks in their glow at the sales. Kildangan Stud resident certainly Iffraaj fits the bill. This time last year he was the golden sire after siring a record 38 individual first-crop two-year-old winners, including the unbeaten Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère hero Wootton Bassett. With the Richard Fahey-trained Wootton Bassett misfiring at three and with just two minor stakes winners this year (Introvert and Stay Alive), Ifraaj has lost some of his lustre but he covered a star-studded book this spring, including the dams of Wootton Bassett and his close relation Katla, Amadeus Wolf, Coquerelle, Gerfalcon and Majestic Missile. It’s easy to imagine the results of some of those matings giving their sire’s reputation extra polish down the line. His fee was slung up from €6,000 to €15,000, though his yearling average remained quite consistent with 2010 at around 34,000gns, with three lots breaking the six-figure mark. His average should take a hike up the rankings when his stronger crops start to hit the sale scene. Iffraaj was streets ahead of his peers in terms of winners in 2010, but this year he was overtaken by Holy Roman Emperor and Hurricane Run, and matched by the late Iceman. Holy Roman Emperor has come to the boil this year and is top of the pile of second-crop sires by individual winners (63) and progeny earnings (£1,861,964). Though he had the most runners, there was strength in depth. His average earnings were the best on the table among active Europeanbased sires with 20 or more runners (he was beaten by the subfertile Cacique, who gave more reason to lament his absence from the stallion ranks by supplying Census, Dominant, Mutual Trust and Slumber) and his winners-to-runners ratio was a healthy 40 per cent. Holy Roman Emperor also had an outstanding representative in 2011 in the shape of six-time stakes-winner Banimpire and six more new stakes-winners in Europe besides. Breeders who patronised the Coolmore sire this season, after his first-crop yielded a disappointing total of one stakeswinner and a fee slashed to €10,000 from

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Despite Brown Panther’s rise to prominence this season (seen here winning the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot), Shirocco, who also got a couple of European Group race winners this year, did not set the yearling market alight

Tally-Ho Stud sire Kodiac seems to be building serious momentum, with bags of two-year-old winners, plus two new Listed scorers

Emperor’s Coolmore studmate Hurricane Run came into full bloom this year at three with five of them striking at Group 3 level, with Memphis Tennessee also finishing a creditable third in the Irish Derby. Hurricane Run’s winners-to-runners ratio and average earnings were on a par with Holy Roman Emperor, and with big books of mares covered it’s almost inconceivable that his first three sizeable books covered at fees between €30,000 and €20,000 won’t yield a star. This year he covered at a fee of €15,000.

Conversely to Holy Roman’s slightly reduced yearling average, Hurricane Run’s stock rose to 38,766gns from 35,649gns, with a top price of €220,000 given by Crispin de Moubray at Arqana for the colt out of Acqua Verde. Shirocco, in the Darley corner, has a similar profile to Hurricane Run: an outstanding middle-distance performer whose first crop – including four stakes-winners plus St Leger runner-up Brown Panther – came into its own this year. The son of Monsun also has the products of some large books to come and now that he has proven that he is capable of siring a big horse, more will doubtless follow. Despite this likely rising profile, his progeny still struggle to appeal to the yearling market due to their longer term, middledistance nature. His average of 22,686gns (slight lower than his 2010 figure) does not give a huge amount of manouevre over his £10,000 covering fee (though six horses did make more than 50,000 in various currencies). Another Coolmore inmate, Aussie Rules, achieved a winner-to-runner ratio in the 40s and the impeccably bred son of Danehill out of Last Second had a trio of three-year-old stakes winners in 2011 and one from his second crop. One note of caution is that the quartet – Cazals, Djumama, Duck Feet and Staros – did all their winning on mainland Europe. But the stallion also had his British flagbearer Dinkum Diamond reach the places in six stakes races and the John Hills-trained juvenile Boomerang Bob finished second in the Norfolk Stakes and Prix du Bois this year. His 2011 yearling sale average also improved slightly from last year – up to 12,437gns from 11,400gns, which may not have been music to the ears of the breeders who used him at advertised fees of €12,500

and €8,000 in 2008 and 2009, but is more workable in light of his €6,000 fee for the past two seasons. Tally-Ho Stud sire Kodiac seems to be building serious momentum, with bags of two-year-old winners, plus two new Listed scorers to take his overall tally to five stakes winners. His 44 per cent winner-to-runner strike-rate this year was the best of any active second-crop sire, bar the sparselyrepresented trio of Deep Impact, Munjiz and Silver Train. The fee for the Danehill three-parts brother to Invincible Spirit rose to €6,500 from €4,000 this year, but his yearling average so far this year is 18,913gns and he had the right names after his stock: BBA Ireland, Gill Richardson, Dwayne Woods, John Fretwell, Richard Frisby and Con Marnane were among those who exceeded the £20,000/€20,000 mark to secure one of his offerings, while good and successful stud operators are promising to avail of his services this spring. At the lower level fees, Tweenhills Stud resident Sleeping Indian and Ballyhane stallion Majestic Missile are ticking over nicely. Sleeping Indian boasts a decent 40 per cent winner-to-runner ratio and got a first Group winner on the board this year courtesy of Night Carnation, while Majestic Missile has a respectable average earnings figure of £4,209 and a 2011 yearling sale average of 18,526gns for six sold. Sleeping Indian’s average dropped to 11,375gns from 16,047gns in 2010. Sleeping Indian: got a first Group winner this year

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Monsieur Bond (IRE) Standing at NORTON GROVE STUD, Norton, Malton, North Yorks YO17 8EF www.nortongrovestud.co.uk

2000 Chesnut, 16.0hh Danehill Dancer Musical Essence (Song)

Timeform Rated 120 Dual Group winner, who won at 2-4 years old Over 6-7 furlongs By Champion 2yo and Champion Sire of 2yos Danehill Dancer AN OUTSTANDING 2011 SEASON Almost 50% winners to runners from his 2yos in 2011 Sire of Black type performers in each of his first 3 crops Sire of – GILT EDGE GIRL, winner of (Gr1)Prix de LʼAbbaye MY NAME IS BOND, winner of (Gr3) Prix de la Rochette LADIES ARE FOREVER, winner of (Gr3) Summer Stakes HOOF IT, Group 1 placed and winner of the Stewards Cup MOVE IN TIME, winner of Listed, Rous Stakes and group placed

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2004 Bay, 16.0hh Danehill Dancer Hawala (Warning)

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Just which one will it be?

Jason Thomas tries to work out which of the first-season sires will still be popular in three years’ time

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t wasn’t just breeders who supported Acclamation in 2009 that had reason to cheer this year – so were those who sent mares to Exceed And Excel in the spring after his first-crop of European two-year-olds produced stakes-winners Flashmans Papers and Infamous Angel. Darley increased the son of Danehill’s fee by only £2,000 to £12,000 after his first crop raced – it has stayed there since – but, thanks to a brilliant summer of big-race success from his offspring Best Terms, Excelebration and Margot Did, this autumn he achieved his best European yearling average since retiring to stud: 69,209gns with ten six-figure sales. So which of this season’s first-season sires will, like Exceed And Excel, still be firing in high-class winners and be popular in three years’ time? This season’s champion first-season sire elect is Dutch Art, with 28 individual winners (at the time of writing, two behind the deceased Red Clubs) and progeny earnings of £538,645. The Cheveley Park Stud stallion can lay claim to quality as well as quantity, as more than half of his runners won races and his progeny’s average earnings are £10,163, well in advance of any other freshman sire with ten or more runners. Justifiably, his yearling average increased to 37,944gns from 25,398gns in 2010 – not a bad return off a £6,000 stud fee, which was dropped in 2011 to £5,000. Morristown Lattin Stud resident Dark

Casper Netscher: the son of Dutch Art won the Gimcrack (G2)and Mill Reef Stakes (G2), and finished third in the Richmond Stakes (G2) and fifth in the Middle Park Stakes (G1)

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Proof of Sir Percy’s rising popularity was seen at the yearling sales, where his yearlings sold for an average of 37,708gns compared with 26,451gns last year

Angel has already endeared himself to breeders by his first crop achieving a healthy 26,710gns sale average with a high of 140,000gns and it churning out plenty of fast and precocious winners, and then, on the back of that, his second crop of yearlings selling even better this year, at an average of 33,412gns with a high of 170,000gns. He could also continue to bask in the reflected glory of his shining sire Acclamation. Excellent Art for Coolmore and Lawman for Ballylinch Stud have both made highly promising starts to their careers. Excellent Art’s tally of 22 winners includes three at stakes level – Artistic Jewel, Experience and Nimohe, with the first-named a particularly exciting prospect having won a Newmarket Listed contest by over 3l last time out. Lawman got 16 winners on the board, including at least two exciting horses – narrowly-beaten Dewhurst third Most Improved and Loi, who looked Classic material when comfortably scoring in the

Group 3 Prix de Conde. Three British or Irish first-season sires were represented by Group 1 winners: Coolmore stallion Strategic Prince and Darley’s Teofilo and Manduro.

Strategic Prince has probably exceeded expectations for a stallion, who has stood at just €4,000 for the past two seasons: 13 individual winners including La Collina’s win in the Phoenix Stakes is not a bad record for a sire who, though an early starter on the track himself, is a half-brother to decent stayer Yorkshire and out of a sister to Oaks winner Ramruma. His progeny might well improve with a step up in trip. Teofilo was bookmaker Stan James’ favourite to be leading first-season sire by number of winners before the season started so his tally of 17 by mid-November – the sixth largest haul of any freshman at that stage – may be slightly below some people’s expectations. However, Teofilo certainly seems to be transmitting class to his offspring, as Dewhurst hero Parish Hall and stakeswinners Black Arrow, Remember Alexander and Teolane demonstrate. He also has a host of unexposed maiden winners to bat

Parish Hall after winning the Dewhurst Stakes. His sire Teofilo, Manduro and Strategic Prince were the three new sires to get Group 1 winners in 2011

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stakes table Leading first- season sires in Europe: 2011

(to November 17)

Stallion Runners DUTCH ART (GB) 54 DARK ANGEL (IRE) 68 EXCELLENT ART (GB) 62 TEOFILO (IRE) 55 HAT TRICK (JPN) 1 RED CLUBS (IRE) 72 LAWMAN (FR) 42 STRATEGIC PRINCE (GB) 48 KENDARGENT (FR) 6 AMADEUS WOLF (GB) 60 MANDURO (GER) 37 TURTLE BOWL (IRE) 16 STORMY RIVER (FR) 32 BALTIC KING (GB) 19 DYLAN THOMAS (IRE) 49 RAIL LINK (GB) 27 SOLDIER HOLLOW (GB) 18 VITAL EQUINE (IRE) 15 JEREMY (USA) 30 HARD SPUN (USA) 15 SIR PERCY (GB) 26 THREE VALLEYS (USA) 47 EARLY MARCH (GB) 15 SCAT DADDY (USA) 3 KENTUCKY DYNAMITE (USA) 11 MULTIPLEX (GB) 21 MOSS VALE (IRE) 41 HELIOSTATIC (IRE) 8 SANDWAKI (USA) 13 COCKNEY REBEL (IRE) 27 GREAT JOURNEY (JPN) 14 AUTHORIZED (IRE) 40 NOTNOWCATO (GB) 23 SHAKESPEARE (USA) 1 ECHO OF LIGHT (GB) 28 LORD DU SUD (FR) 3 LATERAL (GB) 4 ELECTRIC BEAT (GB) 7 MISU BOND (IRE) 9 SUN KING (USA) 1 WINDSOR KNOT (IRE) 9 HIGH COTTON (USA) 1 MR VEGAS (IRE) 4 JAZIL (USA) 4 WEATHER WARNING (USA) 1 WALK IN THE PARK (IRE) 3 HUNTER STREET (GB) 5 KAVAFI (IRE) 2 INVASOR (ARG) 5 TOYLSOME (GB) 5

Races Won 43 43 31 21 5 45 20 19 7 26 8 6 9 12 12 10 6 8 5 7 13 11 3 3 3 11 14 7 5 11 2 7 7 3 4 1 2 1 6 1 1 1 1 3 1 0 2 0 0 0

Winners 28 26 22 17 1 30 16 14 3 19 7 2 6 9 11 7 5 6 5 5 10 10 2 2 3 9 10 5 4 8 2 7 7 1 4 1 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 0

courtesy of Weatherbys Places 102 132 78 45 0 110 44 47 9 89 25 12 36 34 44 17 20 23 28 22 35 54 23 3 21 34 24 12 13 39 13 19 15 3 22 7 3 2 12 4 16 3 7 1 0 4 7 4 7 5

Money Won (£) 544,146 468,857 423,511 422,937 396,965 384,491 297,550 244,199 240,214 223,878 215,402 214,871 186,345 169,420 168,166 157,603 143,298 107,586 107,483 104,506 94,898 90,415 84,610 80,341 79,871 74,860 70,318 67,802 66,767 65,829 50,905 49,547 36,219 34,911 29,912 27,931 27,069 22,155 21,374 18,241 17,022 16,164 16,047 14,690 14,655 12,586 12,239 11,638 11,495 9,766

Wnrs to Rnrs % 51.85 38.23 35.48 30.9 100 41.66 38.09 29.16 50 31.66 18.91 12.5 18.75 47.36 22.44 25.92 27.77 40 16.66 33.33 38.46 21.27 13.33 66.66 27.27 42.85 24.39 62.5 30.76 29.62 14.28 17.5 30.43 100 14.28 33.33 25 14.28 33.33 100 11.11 100 25 50 100 0 20 0 0 0

Av. earnings 10,077 6,895 6,831 7,690 396,965 5,340 7,085 5,087 40,036 3,731 5,822 13,429 5,823 8,917 3,432 5,837 7,961 7,172 3,583 6,967 3,650 1,924 5,641 26,780 7,261 3,565 1,715 8,475 5,136 2,438 3,636 1,239 1,575 34,911 1,068 9,310 6,767 3,165 2,375 18,241 1,891 16,164 4,012 3,672 14,655 4,195 2,448 5,819 2,299 1,953

By winners Red Clubs Dutch Art Dark Angel Excellent Art Amadeus Wolf Teofilo Lawman Strategic Prince Dylan Thomas Sir Percy Three Valleys Moss Vale Baltic King Multiplex Cockney Rebel

30 28 26 22 19 17 16 14 11 10 10 10 9 9 8

By winners to runners (more than 1 runner)

Scat Daddy Heliostatic Dutch Art Kendargent Jazil Baltic King Multiplex Red Clubs Vital Equine Sir Percy Dark Angel Lawman Excellent Art Lord Du Sud Hard Spun

66.66 62.50 51.85 50.00 50.00 47.36 42.85 41.66 40.00 38.46 38.23 38.09 35.48 33.33 33.33

By average earnings Hat Trick Kendargent Shakespeare Scat Daddy Sun King High Cotton Weather Warning Turtle Bowl Dutch Art Lord Du Sud Baltic King Heliostatic

396,965 40,036 34,911 26,780 18,241 16,164 14,655 13,429 10,077 9,310 8,917 8,475

Soldier Hollow 7,961 Teofilo 7,690 Kentucky Dynamite 7,261

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young stallions for him next year. A young, already proven and affordable Group 1 sire son of Galileo is unlikely to go out of fashion soon. Manduro’s season has to be described as a slow starting fire. The son of Monsun was one of the slowest high profile first-season sires to get a winner, he then had Bonfire fancied in the Group 1 Criterium International – he ran well but finished third after getting stopped in his run – before Mandaean won the very last Group 1 of the European season, the Criterium de Saint-Cloud. The pair are the only two stakes performers for the sire, who has had seven winners (only one of which has come in Britain or Ireland). Interestingly, despite his slow start his yearling fee increased from year one (35,919gns) to 41,100gns in year two.

Sir Percy has distinguished himself with his first crop, which featured ten winners, including Listed scorer Coquet, conditions stakes winner Cavaleiro and Fillies’ Mile fourth Salford Art. Proof of the Lanwades stallion’s rising popularity was seen at the yearling sales, where his yearlings sold for an average of 37,708gns compared with 26,451 last year. A pair of lower-priced stallions who deserve recognition are Oak Lodge Stud’s Heliostatic, the cheapest son of the great Galileo at stud in Britain or Ireland and sire of five winners from just eight runners, including Crius, who beat subsequent Dewhurst runner-up Zip Top and Middle Park Stakes scorer Crusade when landing the Somerville Tattersall Stakes (G3), and

Tally-Ho Stud’s Baltic King, half of whose 18 runners won including Factory Time, who won just shy of £100,000 in prize-money. Trying to pick a young stallion who’ll maintain, or rediscover, their strong start is a tricky business, though. For every Acclamation and Invincible Spirit there’s always a Fasliyev. Some breeders may still break out in a sweat remembering how cold he went after his fee was more than trebled in the wake of his highflying first-crop two-year-olds. Perhaps that is hint enough - that stallion farms should not be in too much of a hurry to increase stallion fees after a good first-season, especially if bearing in mind the usual lower quality second and third crops are on their way to the racecourse.

Galileo: sire of Group winner producing sires Teofilo and Heliostatic Much has been written about the prowess of Galileo in this magazine, however the stallion achieved another first this season – he became not only a sire of winner-producing sires, but also of sires with Group race winning progeny. His high-profile son Teofilo hit the stakes board first for his sire with Remember Alexander’s victory in the Tyros Stakes (G3) at Leopardstown in July. The Jessica Harrington-trained runner won by 4l, coming home ahead of another by Teofilo – the one who was to go on and become Teofilo’s first Group 1 winner, the Jim Bolger-trained Parish Hall, winner of the Dewhurst Stakes. While Bolger does not see Parish Hall as a Guineas horse, who would bet against a son of Galileo getting a Derby winner in his first crop? Teofilo’s first crop achievements were highly meritorious, but perhaps the additions that Galileo’s other first-crop sire (they are the first sons of the champion sire at stud) Heliostatic managed to add to his CV were even more noteworthy. The stallion retired to Oak Lodge Stud for the 2008 season the winner of the Group 3 Meld Stakes. His prize-money earnings of just £65,000 indicates more than anything that, although he did pull a sixth out of the bag in the Irish 2,000 Guineas, the colt out of the Erin’s Isle mare Affianced was found wanting at the top table of Group-class company. He retired to Oak Lodge at a fee of €6,500 and in 2009 attracted a book of just 14 mares., which fell to just 11 in 2011. He has hardly covered a black-type placed mare and has not yet seen a Group race-winning mare. Conversely, Teofilo’s books have always numbered above 150, with around a third of his mares being black-type performers. Heliostatic has had just seven runners in Britain and Ireland this season (high percentage considering his small books), but that small group includes four winners and Crius, winner of the Somerville Tattersalls Stakes (G3). It may be tempting to believe that might have been a bit of a fluky result (we all know that can happen in this weird and wonderful sport), but if you analyse that race win there is a lot more strength in depth than you might imagine – no less than three runners went onto boast of Group and Grade 1 form. The race favourite, Farraaj (sent off a short price because he had previously beaten subsequent Group 3 winner Tell Dad in a novice stakes at Sandown) was beaten two-and-a-half lengths by the Heliostatic horse at Newmarket. His next run came overseas – he was shipped to the US where he finished third in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf behind Wrote. The third home in the Somerville Tattersalls Stakes Zip Top went onto finish

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Crius: the form for the Somerville Tattersalls Stakes winner, a son of Heliostatic, is beginning to look particularly strong

second to Camelot (Montjeu) in the Racing Post Trophy (G1). Although Zip Top was no threat to the easy Ballydoyle winner, there is now a Group 1 place by his name, and he beat Learn, a subsequent fourth in the Criterium International (G1), as well as the well-regarded John Gosden-trained Fencing. So we return to the Newmarket Group 3. The fourth horse in that race was Crusade (Mr Greeley) – next time out he was dropped back to 6f and won the Middle Park Stakes (G1), belying his 25/1 chances and beating the fancied Lilbourne Lad into second. Looking away from subsequent form at the highest level, even the fifth horse in the Somerville Tattersalls Stakes, Letsgoroundagain, went onto win a Listed race at Pontefract. Admittedly, that is where the form lines stop, but it ain’t too bad for a horse by a stallion who stands at €5,000 and had limited chances. Heliostatic has one huge ball in his court – he is by a stallion who is turning out to be even better than his record-breaking sire Sadler’s Wells. But it seems that his dam line could be playing a part too. Heliostatic is a half-brother to another first-season sire, Soldier Hollow (In The Wings). And this Gestüt Fahrhof-based stallion also became a Group-winning sire this autumn when his son Pastorius won the Herzog Von Ratibor-Rennen (G3) from Black Arrow (Teofilo), a previous winner of a Listed race.


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he results of nearly every stallion are determined by the quality of mares they cover. The relationship is not always a straightforward one, just occasionally a stallion gets more and better mares and fewer results, but more often than not results on the track reflect the book a stallion covers four years earlier. The best current example of how success and a different quality of mare can transform a stallion’s results is Rathbarry Stud’s Acclamation. This year’s three-year-olds by Acclamation come from his fourth crop when he covered 109 mares at €9,000; their results do not place him among the top 30 stallions in Europe. Conversely, the successes of his first crop of runners, which included Dark Angel, Equiano and others, meant that in 2008 he covered 151 mares at €30,000. This crop’s success has put him among the top five two-year-old sires in Europe. The number of mares covered by a stallion tends to count against a stallion’s percentage of success as, with the obvious exception of Galileo, above a certain number a stallion will not attract mares of a similar quality. Stallion managers try to control the quality of mares coming, but it is inevitable that, whatever the fee, in order to get the numbers they need, they have to accept those breeders who are over-mating their mares. So, in percentage terms, the results diminish.

In order to assess the relative abilities of a stallion, you must compare his results alongside those stallions who retired to stud in the same year, writes Jocelyn de Moubray

Compare like with like

It makes sense then to compare groups of stallions who retired to stud in the same year as they are on the same cycle of opportunity. Most stallions cover their best books in their first two years at stud. In years three and four almost all stallions will struggle to receive support, unless their progeny are exceptionally well received at the sales. So it is not until their sixth year at stud that the results of their first crop running as threeyear-olds, in the races that really count, have

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Moonlight Cloud: became Invincible Spirit’s sixth Group / Grade 1 winner this summer

an effect on the mares they cover. To put it simply a stallion owner and his clients, the breeders, can not assess a stallion’s true ability until he has already covered five books of mares. Some breeders choose to avoid this lottery by using only proven sires, but then the sires who have proven themselves after five

years at stud are inevitably very expensive. Those who need to look for value should examine very closely all those sires who are at the beginning of their careers in the hope of picking one whose star is going to rise. Those who sent mares to Acclamation in 2009, for instance, were well rewarded at this year’s sales.


stallion progeny ratings For the sires who retired to stud in 2003, and Zamindar is included as he returned from the US to Juddmonte that year, these statistics give the results they have achieved with their third, fourth and fifth crops, which is to say the leanest years. Invincible Spirit’s first crop of two-yearolds racing in 2006 were impressive enough for his fee to go up to €35,000 in 2007 and he is the only one of this bunch of sires to have made a mark with his three-year-olds in 2011. All of these sires are going to do a great deal better over the next two or three years. For Invincible Spirit the question is whether his results are going to improve enough to justify the €75,000 breeders paid for his services in 2008? His three-year-olds this year include the Group 1 winner Moonlight Cloud and his twoyear-olds, the potential top horses Pimpernel and Born To Sea. However, if taking into consideration the large numbers of mares he has covered in recent years, he will need to have some 20 horses from each of his next three crops achieving a rating of 95+ if he is to join the ranks of top proven sires. Rock Of Gibraltar’s figures only include his third and fourth crops as Coolmore’s son of Danehill spent a season in Japan and so he had no three-year-old representation in Europe this year. As a result he has lost his commercial appeal and his yearlings averaged only 35,000gns in 2011 compared with the 90,000gns averaged by Invincible Spirit’s stock. At these prices Rock Of Gibraltar’s progeny look as though they could be very good value, considering the results of his third and fourth crops, and the promise shown by his two-year-olds in 2011. Rock Of Gibraltar had Group 1 two-year-olds in England and

Zamindar’s two-year-olds this year already include several top prospects and over the next three years he could establish himself as a leading sire

Is Spirit going to overcome those large books?

in France – Samitar and Sofast – and several very promising maiden winners such as Rock Me Baby and Spoil The Fun in France. Zamindar’s results will be transformed over the next three years. Juddmonte’s son of Gone West covered small books on his return from Florida at a low fee and he has only 100 foals all together from his third, fourth and fifth years back in England. The emergence of Zarkava and Darjina changed his appeal and through 2008 to 2010 he covered some 350 mares at £15,000 receiving strong support from leading owner breeders, such as the Aga Khan and the Wertheimer brothers. Zamindar’s two-year-olds this year already include several top prospects and over the next three years he could establish himself as a leading sire. Kyllachy and Sakhee both had Group 1 performing two-year-olds this year in Dragon Pulse and Salure, and if Kyllachy is the more commercial sire – his best runners are in England and Ireland – both have proved again that they can get high-class runners.

Oasis Dream on an upward commercial arc

Oasis Dream is still very much the commercial star of the group who retired to stud in 2004. The exceptional success of his second and third crops saw his fee rise to £85,000 in 2011 when he covered a large book of some of the best mares in Europe. His 2011 yearlings, conceived at a £30,000 fee, averaged 145,000gns at the yearling sales and, over the coming years, those that come to the market will be out of even better mares. The only doubt regarding Oasis Dream is that his fourth crop of three-year-olds were not as good as the earlier ones, and that some of his best two-year-olds, Arcano, Naaqoos and Showcasing, did not win a race at three.

Zamindar

STALLION PROGENY RATINGS AND PERFORMANCE Stallions retired to stud in 2003: by % horses rated over 95 Fee 2006 Nos foals 2006-08 Invincible Spirit Rock of Gibraltar Slickly Sakhee Kyllachy Zamindar Samum

€10,000 €45,000 €8,000 £15,000 £7,500 £7,000 €10,000

385 314 146 162 326 102 93

selected stallions , statistics courtesy of Jocelyn de Moubray Horses rated 110+

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4 6 1 1 4 1 4

1.00 1.90 0.68 0.62 1.20 0.99 4.30

44 33 13 13 23 7 5

11.00 11.00 8.90 8.00 7.10 6.90 5.40

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stallion progeny ratings Stallions retired to stud in 2004: by % horses rated over 95 Fee 2006 Nos foals 2006-08 Oasis Dream Dalakhani High Chaparral Nayef Acclamation Sholokhov

£25,000 €37,000 €25,000 £15,000 €9,000 €5,000

Horses rated 110+

%

Horses rated 95+

%

4.50 2.70 2.00 0.57 0.40 0.60

64 25 28 11 14 5

17.00 11.00 6.90 6.30 5.40 3.00

Horses rated 110+

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Horses rated 95+

%

2 4 3

1.70 1.30 0.90

16 36 23

14.00 11.00 7.10

379 224 406 175 261 166

17 6 8 1 1 1

Stallions retired to stud in 2005: by % horses rated over 95 Fee 2006 Nos foals 2006-08 American Post Exceed and Excel Elusive City

€7,000 £7,500 €8,000

116 319 322

Etreham also stands American Post, who must be one of the most consistently underrated sires in Europe. The son of Bering averages only 40 foals per crop and yet has consistently produced a high proportion of very useful horses

The 2004 crop at their lowest point

High Chaparral, Acclamation and Nayef all suffered from the commercial cycle and their fourth crops were only ordinary, and in Nayef’s case very small numbering only 55 foals. All three will bounce back over the next few years with Acclamation having the best chance of joining the top proven sires as his success came immediately with his first crop. High Chaparral will have Wrote and Tai

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The yearlings from Dalakhani’s sixth crop were also very well received at the sales and Gilltown Stud’s son of Darshaan also has more and better bred horses to run for him over the coming years having covered at least 125 mares in 2008, 2009 and 2010. The results of his fourth crop, headed by the Prix du Jockey Club winner Reliable Man, put him among the top ten European stallions, which is where he is likely to establish himself, even if he is not going to produce a high proportion of two-year-old winners.

Chi racing for him next year and he has covered huge books of mares recently, while Nayef’s success in Germany and Italy counts against his commercial image in England.

Exceed And Excel the shining light from 2005 There are fewer potential top sires among the group who retired to stud in 2005 and, aside from Exceed And Excel, the other two most promising of them are now in France. Exceed And Excel’s third crop of threeyear-olds in 2011 have transformed his standing as they include the Group 1 winners Excelebration and Margot Did. The son of Danehill sired plenty of twoyear-old winners from his first two crops and did enough to ensure support even before his top horses appeared. His future looks assured and he is likely to be very popular even at an increased fee. Elusive City produced a Classic winner from his first crop and his progeny have retained their commercial appeal, even if he failed to receive the support in Ireland.

His chance will come in the future as he covered a large book of excellent mares in 2010 in his first year at the Haras d’Etreham and is likely to have some good years on the track in 2013 and 2014. Etreham also stands American Post, who must be one of the most consistently underrated sires in Europe. The son of Bering averages only 40 foals per crop and yet has consistently produced a high proportion of very useful horses, as well as the disqualified Poule d’Essai des Pouliches winner, Liliside. His three-year-old crop included Private Eye and Il Cannone, both useful stakes horses, and he had at least three high-class 2011 two-year-olds: the stakes winners Chica Loca and American Devil, as well as Liliside’s sister Lily America, who won her last two starts most impressively. His fee has dropped for 2012 to just €5,000.

Dubawi and Shamardal heading to the top

The statistics for the sires who retired in 2006 will, in all likelihood, never be better as these are the results of their first two crops. Darley’s Dubawi and Shamardal are clearly going to become top stallions, but it is still possible they will be joined by Gilltown’s Azamour. Motivator and Footstepsinthesand are both useful sires, but are going to have trouble maintaining their attraction to breeders and yearling buyers over the coming years. Dubawi’s second crop was just slightly less spectacular than his first – Waldpark failed to build on his Deustsches Derby victory and Dubawi Gold proved to be just


stallion progeny ratings Stallions retired to stud in 2006: by % horses rated over 95 Fee 2006 Nos foals 2006-08 Dubawi Shamardal Azamour Motivator Footstepsinthesand Mamool Whipper

£25,000 €40,000 €25,000 £20,000 £25,000 €3,750 €12,000

242 239 163 174 217 75 201

below the very best in a strong group of milers. But though the son of Dubai Millennium lacked a star, his statistics are outstanding and suggest that he will soon be joining Galileo, Danehill Dancer and Dansili among the best sires in Europe. However he is likely to have a few relatively quiet years beforehand as in 2009 and 2010, nobody really believed he was going to make it. Dubawi’s fee fell to £15,000 in 2009 for his fourth year at stud and he covered only 100 mares – the following year that fell to 65. Dubawi will cover plenty of good mares by Green Desert, dam sire of Makfi and Dubawi Gold, as well as others from the Sadler’s Wells and Nijinksy lines over the coming years. He has produced a wide variety of horses from sprinters and two-year-olds to German Classic winners and high-class US performers. Shamardal is going to enjoy a higher profile than Dubawi over the next few years as his success was immediate – he has always attracted large books of mares and never dropped below a €20,000 covering fee. The stars of his second crop all had interrupted careers: Casamento, French Navy, Dubai Prince and Crackerjack King, otherwise his profile might have been higher still, but he is clearly capable of producing high-class horses and his progeny tend to be faster and more precocious than Dubawi’s, if perhaps not as tough. Azamour was one of the stallion revelations of 2011 as the son of Night Shift’s small second crop turned out to include three high-class performers in Native Khan, Colombian and Shankardeh. He is going to have a few quiet years unless he maintains a similar percentage of success as he covered only around 50 mares in his third and fourth years at stud before jumping to 150 in 2010.

Horses rated 110+ 19 11 6 4 6 3 4

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Horses rated 95+

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7.90 4.60 3.70 2.30 2.80 4.00 2.00

46 43 28 24 22 7 13

19.00 18.00 17.00 14.00 10.00 9.30 6.50

Native Khan: sire Azamour has done well from small crops, but needs to maintain the quality of runners

He did, of course, maintain the support of his owner and breeder the Aga Khan, who has a very promising two-year-old filly by him called Mandistana, a brilliant winner on her debut at Saint Cloud. Motivator has produced a respectable proportion of useful performers, though none, so far, have been anywhere near as good as he was himself. The 12 per cent of his second crop who have achieved a rating of 95+ puts the Royal Studs’s son of Montjeu among the top 15 sires in Europe, nevertheless he needs to produce a top horse soon if he is to continue to attract support.

Motivator was forced to miss the 2010 season due to an injury, which is not going to help his cause, and as on the whole his progeny are late developing stayers, they are not the types the commercial market in England and Ireland is looking for. Footstepinthesand needs a top horse to establish his reputation as well, even if Shamalgan, Chachamaidee and Sandy’s Charm all came close to a Group 1 success. Coolmore’s son of Giant’s Causeway has covered huge books of mares in recent years and the commercial market is going to be flooded with his progeny over the next few years.

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stallion progeny ratings Kodiac could be the one from 2007

None of the sires whose first three-year-olds raced in 2011 are as yet fully established, although several have shown considerable promise. Kodiac is a son of Danehill and the large number of two-year-old winners from his first crop meant that he covered 143 mares in 2010 and so will get his chance to shine when these foals reach the track in 2013. Aussie Rules has also made a promising start, but many of his best progeny are racing in Germany (Djumana) or France (Staros and Private Jet) and his fee fell to just €6,000 for 2010 and 2011. He may struggle to attract the right sort of support in Ireland. Shirocco’s first crop included three Group 1 performers and several other good Memphis Tennessee: his two Derby performances showcased the abilities of his sire Hurricane Run

performers such as Wild Coco and Mijhaar, who are likely to reach the same level in the future, yet his yearlings averaged only just over 20,000gns this year. Shirocco’s progeny are seen as late developing stayers and so unless he produces a major Classic winner, which could of course easily happen, he is going to struggle to continue to attract mares in England. Hurricane Run came very close to having a top winner in his first crop as Memphis Tennessee was beaten less than 2l in both the Derby and the Irish Derby and despite the lack of numbers in the son of Montjeu’s first crop, it still included a high proportion of useful horses. Furthermore, Hurricane Run’s progeny are not just out-and-out stayers as 60 per cent of their wins as three-year-olds came over 1m2f or shorter. The problem with Hurricane Run is that

Stallions retired to stud in 2007: by % horses rated over 95 Fee 2007 Nos foals 2006-08 Hurricane Run Lord of England Aussie Rules Holy Roman Emperor Shirocco Iffraaj Kodiac

€30,000 private €15,000 private £10,000 €12,000 €5,000

165 36 105 120 104 121 81

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5 2 2 1 6 1 0

3.00 5.60 1.90 - 5.80 - -

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11.00 11.00 10.00 10.00 9.60 8.30 6.20

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3.90 5.30 7.00 6.30 4.70 3.00 4.10 5.20 2.80 2.50 2.70 3.10 3.10 0.50 3.90 2.60

36 80 89 10 31 20 50 45 43 21 29 34 10 13 7 22

23.00 19.00 19.00 16.00 15.00 15.00 14.00 13.00 12.00 11.00 10.00 8.70 7.80 6.90 6.90 6.40

Older Stallions: by % horses rated over 95 Fee 2006 Nos foals 2006-08 Monsun Danehill Dancer Galileo Aerion Selkirk Sinndar Montjeu Dansili Cape Cross Lando Medicean Pivotal Hernando Muhtathir Tertullian King’s Best

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€60,000 €75,000 €37,500 - £40,000 €20,000 €125,000 £12,500 €50,000 €7,500 £17,500 £65,000 £12,000 €7,500 €4,000 €35,000

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Galileo in a “league of his own”

Among Europe’s elite older sires there has not been a great change recently, except perhaps that Galileo has moved into a league all of his own. Coolmore’s great sire had his first really expensive crop of three-year-olds running for him in 2011; his fee having jumped from €37,500 to €150,000 in 2007 the last year his fee was not listed as private. The crop included eight Group 1 winners, five or whom were more or less champions, and despite the large numbers of foals, 19 per cent were rated 95 or higher. Galileo’s runners are more often than not stayers and as three-year-olds about half of their wins have been over further than 1m2f, but their class is such that this makes them more, rather than less, attractive. Galileo’s results are likely to improve again as he now covers only the best mares, and continues to cover such large books each year.

Selkirk more or less missed a year in 2009, but his results have not declined and his progeny should still attract attention at any sale, while Montjeu has finally put to rest the prejudice about his daughters

his smaller books are going to make it difficult for him to attract the mares he deserves, but his progeny will certainly offer good value to yearling buyers.

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stakes-winning sires 2011

The master list

There is no hiding place here: Hyperion’s stakes-winning sires in Europe & UAE, 2011

Horses are listed under their sire with the respective broodmare sire in brackets. Includes Group (1,2,3) and Listed (L) wins in Europe and UAE up to and including November 13th

Acclamation Alsindi (Fasliyev) Angels Will Fall (Bahamian Bounty) Harbour Watch (Woodman) Hitchens (Royal Academy) Lilbourne Lad (Green Desert) Lo Zoccolo Duro (Irish River) Ponty Acclaim (Weldnaas) Talwar (Marju) Vaniloquio (Vettori)

3 3 2 3 2L L 3 3L L

Act One Silver Pond (Quest For Fame)

2

Alhaarth Law Of The Range (Mountain Cat) Valiyr (Linamix)

L L

Laajooj (Common Grounds) Lindenthaler (Vettori) Native Khan (Kendor) Shankardeh (Nashwan) Siren’s Song (Lure) Zanughan (Kahyasi)

L 3 3 2 L L

Bahamian Bounty Bogart (Tagula) Bounty Box (Bin Ajwaad) Bahhare Balaythous (Sillery)

L L 11

Bering Adventure Seeker (Miswaki)

Antonius Pius Faustina (Cadeaux Genereux) Arakan Dick Turpin (Sharrood) Trumpet Major (Cape Cross) Arch Inscrutable (Diesis) Strait Of Zanzibar (Kingmambo) Symbol Of Arch (High Yield) Areion Birthday Lion (Turfkonig) Indomito (Royal Solo) Irini (Nebos) Vanjura (Zinaad) Aussie Rules Cazals (Mujadil) Djumama (Barathea) Duck Feet (Zafonic) Staros (Anshan) Avonbridge Iver Bridge Lad (Ashkalani) Azamour Colombian (Linamix)

92

3L L 122 2 L L L L L L 23L LL 3L 3L L 3 L

Captain Rio Agony And Ecstasy (Formidable)

L

Celtic Swing Flowers Of Spring (Brief Truce)

3

Chevalier Monsieur Chevalier (Blues Traveller)

L

Chichicastenango Bubble Chic (Grand Lodge) Sulle Orme (Double Bed)

3 L

Choisir Chandlery (Mujadil) Choisir Shadow (Mujadil) Codemaster (Dahar) Strategic Game (Marju)

2 LL L LL

L

L

Anabaa Blue Zinabaa (Linamix)

L

3 L L 2 3

American Post American Devil (Selkirk) Chica Loca (Jeune Homme) Anabaa Goldikova (Blushing Groom)

L L

L 2 3 23 33 1

L L

Beat Hollow Beaten Up (Akarad) Nature Spirits (Darshaan) Rhythm Of Light (Danehill) Sea Moon (Alleged) Vagabond Shoes (Singspiel)

Bernardini Gamilati (Kingmambo) Theyskens’ Theory (Summer Squall) Bertolini Bannock (Red Ransom)

2 LL L

Big Bad Bob Bible Belt (Bering) Bible Black (Bishop Of Cashel) Bob Le Beau (Bering)

3L L L

Big Shuffle Glad Sky (Surumu) Konig Concorde (Ile De Bourbon) Smooth Operator (Salse) Walero (Lagunas)

L 3L 3 3

Black Sam Bellamy Earl Of Tinsdal (Dashing Blade)

13

Blu Air Force Air County (Black Minnaloushe)

L

Cacique Census (Selkirk) Mutual Trust (Lear Fan) Slumber (Woodman)

3 13 L

Cadeaux Genereux Cadeau For Maggi (Shavian) Red Cadeaux (Peintre Celebre)

L 3L

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Cape Cross Bezique (Peintre Celebre) Crystal Capella (Mark Of Esteem) Joviality (Night Shift) Khawlah (Selkirk) Namibian (Sadler’s Wells) Nayarra (Danehill)

Barathea Lisselan Diva (Cyrano De Bergerac) Senza Rete (Lear Fan)

Amadeus Wolf Caledonian Spring (Tagula)

Camacho Humidor (Indian Ridge)

Clodovil Beacon Lodge (Royal Academy) Coupe De Ville (Fantastic Light)

L L

Compton Place Deacon Blues (Bishop Of Cashel)

2333

Look At Me (Kingmambo) Pirateer (Shirley Heights) Planteur (Giant’s Causeway) Rose Bonheur (Marju) Set To Music (Doyoun) Shamanova (Kahyasi) Unaccompanied (Sadler’s Wells) Wild Wind (Sadler’s Wells) Danetime Aspectoflove (Caerleon) Dansili Bated Breath (Distant View) Bewitched (Kaldoun) Dan Tucket (Deploy) Dandino (Generous) Delegator (Efisio) Dormello (Selkirk) Dream Peace (Darshaan) Emulous (Distant View) Entifaadha (Kingmambo) Epic Love (Diesis) Famous Name (Quest For Fame) Ferdoos (Rainbow Quest) Fire Lily (Pivotal) Giofra (Orpen) Grafitti (Half A Year) Laughing (Be My Chief) Requinto (Entrepreneur) Surfrider (Rahy) Tenth Star (Rahy) Testosterone (Sadler’s Wells)

L L 12 LL L L L L 2 L 33 L 2 2 L 2L 133 3 3 333L L 3 L L L 23L 3 L 23

Dark Angel Lily’s Angel (Docksider)

L

Dashing Blade Dalarna (Konigsstuhl) Skagen (Platini)

LL L

Daylami Indian Days (Indian Ridge) Voila Ici (Barathea) Whispering Gallery (Spinning World)

23 1 3

Country Reel Absolutly Yes (Green Tune) Dont Teutch (Panis) Katmandoune (Loup Solitaire)

3 L L

Cozzene Brigantin (Poliglote)

2

Cuvee Across The Rhine (Silver Hawk)

3

Dalakhani Baraan (Grindstone) Duncan (Danehill) Ocean War (Royal Academy) Reliable Man (Sadler’s Wells) Seismos (Dashing Blade) Vadamar (Unfuwain)

3 12 L 12 L 2L

Deep Impact Barocci (Giant’s Causeway)

L

Della Francesca Hi Molly (Wagon Master)

L

Desert Prince Douce Vie (Ela-Mana-Mou)

L

3 3L 112

Desert Style Desert Blanc (Indian Ridge) Ziyarid (King’s Best)

L 3L

Danehill Dancer Alexander Pope (Galileo) Beatrice Aurore (Rainbow Quest) Dancing Rain (Indian Ridge)


stakes-winning sires 2011 Desert Sun Dunelight (Marju)

L

Diamond Green Sir Eagles (Darshaan)

L

Diesis Debussy (Singspiel)

L

Diktat Chilworth Lad (Desert Style) Dream Ahead (Cadeaux Genereux) Skins Game (Akarad) Distorted Humor Radharcnafarraige (Storm Bird) Shumoos (Storm Cat) Slow Pace (Seattle Slew) Docksider Docofthebay (Efisio) Domedriver St Jean Cap Ferrat (Darshaan) Doyen A Ma Yen (Silver Hawk) Glady Romana (Surumu) Sneak A Peek (Shantou) Dr Devious Sky Lazer (El Gran Senor) Dr Fong Sandagiyr (Darshaan)

LL 111 3L

L L

Dubawi Blanche Dubawi (Diktat) Dubawi Gold (Green Desert) Fox Hunt (Sadler’s Wells) Frankenstein (Nordance) Handassa (Diktat) Hunter’s Light (Barathea) Kapitale (Winged Love) Khor Sheed (Manila) Monterosso (Barathea) Nova Step (Nureyev) Perfect Tribute (Invincible Spirit) Prince Bishop (Prospect Bay) Red Dubawi (Homme De Loi) Sooraah (Persian Bold) Waldpark (Acatenango) Worthadd (Rahy)

L 2LL 3 L L LLL 3 3L 2 L 3L L L L 1L 2

E Dubai Skysurfers (Night Shift)

Empire Maker Principal Role (Sadler’s Wells)

LLL

L

L L 2L

22 L L 111 23 2L

L L LL L 3 13L 3

Even Top Cirrus Des Aigles (Septieme Ciel)

L

L

Elusive Quality Dynamic Blitz (Zeditave) Elusive Kate (Lemon Drop Kid) Time Prisoner (Night Shift)

Encosta De Lago Empowering (Nashwan)

3LL 23 L

Dynaformer Americain (Arazi) Blue Bunting (Linamix) Meeznah (Sadler’s Wells)

Elusive City Etive (Danehill) Fred Lalloupet (Affirmed) Mixed Intention (Danehill Dancer) Redemptor (Linamix)

3 3 L

Dubai Destination Alanza (Barathea) Family One (Desert Style) Mirror Lake (Sadler’s Wells)

Dutch Art Caspar Netscher (Singspiel) Miss Work Of Art (Pivotal)

Elnadim Elnawin (Night Shift)

Exceed And Excel Best Terms (Kris) Excelebration (Indian Ridge) Fulbright (Fairy King) Margot Did (Shareef Dancer) Masamah (Distant Relative) Nideeb (In The Wings) Passaggio (Generous) Pyman’s Theory (Cadeaux Genereux) Sajwah (Linamix) Spin Cycle (Spinning World) Waveband (Wolfhound)

3 12333 22 122 L 1LL 2L 3 L L L L L

David Livingston (Indian Ridge) Frankel (Danehill) Galikova (Blushing Groom) Galileo’s Choice (Sir Ivor) Golden Lilac (Danehill) Lagalp (Danehill) Lay Time (Green Desert) Mahbooba (Red Ransom) Maybe (Danehill) Misty For Me (Storm Cat) Nathaniel (Silver Hawk) Opera Gal (Barathea) Quest For Peace (Danehill Dancer) Reem (Danehill) Roderic O’Connor (Danehill) Sense Of Purpose (Darshaan) Toi Et Moi (Warning) Treasure Beach (Mark Of Esteem) Giant Gentleman Energia Colonial (Nugget Point) Giant’s Causeway Await The Dawn (Dixieland Band) Viscount Nelson (Sadler’s Wells)

2 11113 123 3 113 L L LL 123L 11 12 L 3L L 1 3L L 13

2

23 L

Hurricane Cat Cat Nova (Linamix) Vizir Bere (Broadway Flyer)

L 3

L

Golan Night Serenade (Platini)

L 1L

Gone West Sirius Prospect (Anabaa)

L

Grand Slam Dear Lavinia (Montjeu) Zelimir (Zieten)

L L

L 3 L

Fahim Oroveso (Effervescing)

L

Falbrav Distant Memories (Darshaan) Fanunalter (Desert Prince)

Green Tune Lacateno (Acatenango)

L

L 3

Haafhd Show Rainbow (Rainbow Quest)

L

L

Halling King’s Hall (Turfkonig) Opinion Poll (Shirley Heights)

3 L

Hard Spun Red Duke (Gone West)

Fasliyev Amico Fritz (Ahonoora) City Leader (Kenmare)

3 22 2

3LLLL

Harlan’s Holiday Mendip (Coronado’s Quest)

Final Appearance Peas And Carrots (Primo Dominie)

LL

Hat Trick Dabirsim (Royal Academy)

113

Firebreak Caledonia Lady (Mark Of Esteem)

L

Hawk Wing Bank Of Burden (Pivotal) Gerfalcon (Mujadil) Nova Hawk (Sadler’s Wells) Tucuman (Spinning World)

33L L L L

Fayruz Inxile (Owington)

Footstepsinthesand Barefoot Lady (Tenby) Chachamaidee (Danehill) Giant Sandman (Darshaan) Sandy’s Charm (Anabaa) Shamalgan (Unfuwain) Galileo Altano (Lando) Crystal Gal (Danehill)

3 3 3L 3L 2 3 L

33

Heliostatic Crius (Brave Act)

3

Hennessy Sing Softly (Miswaki)

L

Hernando Alianthus (Konigsstuhl)

Holy Roman Emperor An Ghalanta (Ali-Royal) L Banimpire (Kris S) 22333L Crying Lightening (Chester House) L Homecoming Queen (Diesis) L Imperial Rome (Revoque) L My Propeller (Dr Fong) L Sandslash (Lycius) 3 Hunting Lion Rileyskeepingfaith (Ajraas)

Excellent Art Artistic Jewel (Danehill) Experience (Green Desert) Nimohe (Gilded Time)

Fantastic Light Livandar (Caerleon)

L L L L L 1113 3 2

L

Gilded Time Verde-Mar (Spend A Buck)

Golden Snake Quiza Quiza Quiza (Pelder)

High Chaparral Baby Revolution (Orpen) Branderburgo (Red Ransom) Enchanted Evening (Glenstal) Lord Chaparral (Acatenango) Lucky Chappy (Distant Relative) So You Think (Tights) Tai Chi (Big Shuffle) Wigmore Hall (Theatrical)

23333

Hurricane Run Arizona Run (Spinning World) Ballybacka Lady (Anabaa) Barbican (Suave Dancer) Charleston Lady (Kingmambo) Don’t Hurry Me (Bering) Freedom (Atraf) Future Generation (Indian Ridge) Kreem (Rainbow Quest) Mohedian Lady (Darshaan)

LL 3 L L 3 3 3 3 L

Iceman Dijarvo (Wolfhound) Frederick Engels (Colonel Collins)

L 2L

Iffraaj Introvert (Sunday Silence) Stay Alive (Pursuit Of Love)

L 3

Inchinor Jimmy Styles (Whittingham)

L

Indian Charlie Samysilver (Silver Ghost)

L

Indian Haven Beachfire (Woodman) Tellovoi (Green Desert)

L L

Intikhab Glen’s Diamond (Rainbow Quest) Tell Dad (Dansili)

3 3

Invincible Spirit Anam Allta (Sadler’s Wells) Born To Sea (Miswaki) Hooray (Machiavellian) Invincible Ash (Brief Truce) Moonlight Cloud (Spectrum) Pimpernel (Sadler’s Wells) Spirit Quartz (Rainbow Quest)

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stakes-winning sires 2011 Iron Mask Izalia (Johann Quatz) Rivabella (Highest Honor)

LL L

Jet Master J J The Jet Plane (Northern Guest) River Jetez (Prince Florimund)

2 2

Johan Cruyff Estejo (The Noble Player)

1

Johar Alainmaar (Sadler’s Wells)

L

Kahyasi Kasbah Bliss (Double Bed)

1L

Kalatos Ovambo Queen (Lagunas)

3LL

Kendargent Kendam (Indian Rocket) Restiadargent (Montjeu)

3 23

Key Of Luck What A Charm (Linamix)

L

Kheleyf Vladimir (Barathea)

L

Lando Ivory Land (Peintre Celebre) Scalo (Exit To Nowhere)

3L 2

Lawman Loi (Inchinor)

3

Layman Boldogsag (Woodman) Regatta (Lure)

3 L

Le Vie Dei Colori Bellaside (Perugino) Le Vie Infinite (Stravinsky) Lecroix Rosello (Zinaad) Lemon Drop Kid Pisco Sour (Horse Chestnut)

L 3 L 23

Librettist Libranno (Singspiel)

33

Linamix Rajsaman (Lammtarra)

22

Lomitas Danedream (Danehill) Silvaner (Monsun)

1112 3

Kingmambo Campanologist (Sadler’s Wells) Genius Beast (Sinndar) Ley Hunter (Unfuwain) Snaafy (Lahib) Wonder Of Wonders (Sadler’s Wells)

11 3 3 L L

Lord Of England Acadius (Tiger Hill) Theo Danon (Hernando)

L 3L

King’s Best Best Dating (Cadeaux Genereux) Call To Battle (Sadler’s Wells) Chiberta King (Nashwan) Dalarua (Danzero) Modun (Sadler’s Wells) Regarde Moi (Night Shift) Sajjhaa (Darshaan) Secrecy (Salse) Workforce (Sadler’s Wells)

Majestic Missile Katla (Dr Fong) Majestic Myles (Elnadim)

L L

3L L L 3 3 L L L 3

Mamool Lips Poison (Ashkalani) Lucas Cranach (Java Gold) Semina (Second Set)

2 2 L

Manduro Mandaean (Darshaan)

1

Marchand De Sable Marchand D’or (Kendor) Stark Danon (Spectrum)

3 LL

Kingsalsa Pump Pump Boy (Kendor)

L

Kodiac Kohala (Ridgewood Ben) Star Kodiak (First Trump)

Maria’s Mon Emiyna (Sinndar)

L L

Konigstiger Saint Pellerin (Dashing Blade) Shining Glory (Acatenango)

L L

Marju Babycakes (Darshaan) Green Destiny (Nashwan) Lightening Pearl (Rossini) Watar (Zafonic)

Kris Kin Altair Star (Spinning World)

L

Kutub Superstition (Saint Andrews) Terre Du Vent (Kaldoun) Topclas (Fasliyev)

L L 3

Kyllachy Dragon Pulse (Croco Rouge) Noble Hachy (Daggers Drawn) Pausanias (Gone West) Red Gulch (Lear Fan) Sole Power (Distant View) Stepper Point (Compton Place)

2 L L L 2 L

Mark Of Esteem Sir Oscar (Polish Precedent) Martaline Akarlina (Akarad) Ozeta (Rahy) Martillo Nostro Amico (Nebos) Oekaki (Surumu) Spectacle Du Mars (Trempolino) Martino Alonso Dagda Mor (Cape Cross) Medaglia D’Oro Passion For Gold (Thunder Gulch)

3 L 33 13 2 L 3L L L L L 3LLL L

Medicean Bankable (Sadler’s Wells) Cerveza (Efisio) Manieree (Caerleon) Neatico (Sadler’s Wells) Regal Realm (Fantastic Light) Sapphire (Danehill) St Moritz (Statoblest)

3 L 23 L 3 L LL

Merchant Of Venice Alcohuaz (Hussonet) Mind Games Tangerine Trees (Cozzene) Monsieur Bond Ladies Are Forever (Danetime) Move In Time (Machiavellian) Monsun Aizavoski (Alzao) Atempo (Tiger Hill) Energizer (Theatrical) February Sun (Old Vic) King Of Arnor (Sadler’s Wells) Mashoor (Zafonic) Monblue (Bluebird) Not For Sale (Pivotal) Rumh (Dashing Blade) Selkis (Grand Lodge) Tertullus (Be My Guest) Montjeu Askar Tau (Acatenango) Berling (Danehill) Bernieres (Trempolino) Blue Bajan (Darshaan) Camelot (Kingmambo) Class Is Class (Hector Protector) Fame And Glory (Shirley Heights) Gaily Game (Caerleon) Gradara (Orpen) Jukebox Jury (Kenmare) Masked Marvel (Mark Of Esteem) Pacifique (Zafonic) Pink Symphony (Darshaan) Pour Moi (Darshaan) Recital (Kendor) Sarah Lynx (Danehill) St Nicholas Abbey (Sure Blade) Wading (Green Desert) Motivator Clinical (Elmaamul) Motrice (Affirmed) Skia (Quest For Fame) Tactician (Shirley Heights)

Namid Hansinger (First Trump)

L

Nayef Lui E La Luna (Alzao) Plushenko (Sadler’s Wells) Rosa Eglanteria (Night Shift)

L L L

Neo Universe Victoire Pisa (Machiavellian)

1

LL

Nicobar Dunaden (Kaldounevees)

3

13L

Norse Dancer Dorcas Lane (Riverman)

L

Noverre I’m A Dreamer (Sadler’s Wells)

3

Nowogrodek Iryklon (Beaconsfield)

L

3 L LLL L L 3 L L L LL L 2 3 3 L L 2 1 3L 13LL LL L 12L 13L 3L 3 12 2 2 13 2 LLL L 3 L

Mr. Greeley Crusade (Johannesburg) Military Bowl (Turtle Island)

1 L

Muhaymin Skallet (R B Chesne)

L

Mujahid Bacchelli (Kendor)

L

Munir Mariol (Kaldoun)

L

Oasis Dream Albaraah (Linamix) Anne Of Kiev (Mark Of Esteem) Bronterre (Royal Academy) Dux Scholar (Selkirk) Flambeau (Catrail) Gusto (Piccolo) Midday (Kingmambo) Neebras (Halling) Peace Of Oasis (Zafonic) Power (Inchinor) Prohibit (Warning) Rimth (Efisio) Swiss Dream (Indian Ridge)

L LL L L L L 12 L L 12L 13 3 L

Observatory Twice Over (Caerleon)

122

Olden Times Times Up (Ile De Bourbon)

LL

One Cool Cat Chardonney Tcheque (Unfuwain) One Clever Cat (King’s Theatre)

L 3L

Oratorio Cherry Collect (Hernando) King Torus (Mujadil) Lolly For Dolly (Chester House) Temida (Red Ransom) Paris House Amour Propre (Case Law) Passing Glance Side Glance (Averti) Pastoral Pursuits Rose Blossom (Emarati) Peintre Celebre Andromeda Galaxy (Alzao) Byword (Woodman) Celebrity Sevi (Sir Ivor) Prairie Star (Arazi) Quesada (Dr Fong)

LLL L 233 3 3 3LL L L 23 L 2 L

Pivotal Emerald Commander (Sadler’s Wells) L Entangle (Primo Dominie) 3LLL Eton Rifles (Danehill) L

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stakes-winning sires 2011 Immortal Verse (Sadler’s Wells) Izzi Top (Zafonic) Nationalism (Sadler’s Wells) Nephrite (Clantime) Poet (Shirley Heights) Seta (Generous)

112 3L L 3 L L

Platini Antara (General Assembly)

3

Pleasantly Perfect Silverside (Silver Ghost)

2

Policy Maker Polarena (Marchand De Sable)

L

Poliglote Kasumi (Mulberry) Solemia (Shirley Heights) Zain Al Boldan (Cardoun)

L L L

Prized Premio Loco (Magic Ring)

2

Pyrus Barack (Lear Fan)

L

Rahy Strong Suit (Silver Hawk) Rail Link Bugie D’amore (Efisio) Red Clubs Roger Sez (Robellino) Vedelago (Marju) Red Ransom Emmrooz (Danehill) Evaporation (Green Tune) Paraisa (Big Shuffle) Ransom Note (Polish Precedent)

223 3 3 3L L L L 23

Redback Letsgoroundagain (Ashkalani)

L

Redoute’s Choice Elzaam (Kingmambo) Musir (Encosta De Lago) Tazahum (Alzao)

L 2 L

Refuse To Bend Sarafina (Darshaan) Wavering (Darshaan) Without Fear (Kahyasi)

122 1 LL

Repriced Miles Gloriosus (Foolish Pleasure)

L

Reset Set The Trend (Woodman)

L

Rock Hard Ten Abtaal (Valid Appeal) Rock Of Gibraltar Aslana (Royal Academy) Coral Wave (Rainbow Quest) Rock Jock (Miswaki) Rock Me Baby (Arch) Rockatella (Cadeaux Genereux) Rockhorse (Maelstrom Lake) Rockinante (Night Shift) Samitar (Rainbow Quest)

96

3 L 3L L L L LL 3L 3

Santino (Lomitas) Sea Of Heartbreak (Rainbow Quest) Society Rock (Key Of Luck) Sofast (Bering) Tres Rock Danon (Monsun)

L 2L 1 3 3L

Royal Academy Polytechnicien (Seeking The Gold)

3

Royal Applause Prince Siegfried (Darshaan) Saigon (First Trump)

3 L

Sadler’s Wells Claremont (Darshaan) Mores Wells (Warning) Saddler’s Rock (Groom Dancer)

L L 2

Sagacity Saga Dream (Manninamix)

L

Silvano Bold Silvano (Al Mufti) Kings Gambit (Al Mufti)

3 3

Silver Train Silver Ocean (Mt. Livermore)

L

Singspiel Cima De Pluie (Cozzene) Dordogne (Efisio) Glorious Sight (Warning) La Zona (Kris) Luca Brasi (Mr. Prospector) Navarra Queen (Leone) Primevere (Woodman)

3 3L L LLLL L 3LL L

Sinndar Gertrude Bell (Polar Falcon) Shareta (Barathea)

2L 3L

Sir Percy Coquet (Nashwan)

L

Sleeping Indian Night Carnation (Dayjur)

3

Slickly Meandre (Sevres Rose) Mobaco (Anabaa) Splendido (Johann Quatz)

1L L L

Sahm Sahpresa (Pleasant Tap)

13

Sakhee Nice Danon (Warning) Permesso (Persian Bold) Presvis (Never So Bold) Royal Rock (Caller I.D.) Tin Horse (Kendor)

L L 12 3 1

Samum Be Fabulous (Law Society) Durban Thunder (Highland Chieftain)

1L 1

Soave Blue Soave (Bering) Calahorra (Kendor)

Scat Daddy Daddy Long Legs (Meadowlake)

2

Seeking The Gold Derbaas (Storm Cat)

2

Selkirk Announce (Gone West) Cityscape (Distant View) Glaswegian (Lear Fan) Nahrain (Generous) Shamali (Lycius)

13 33 3 1L L

Shamardal Amaron (Bertolini) Casamento (Always Fair) Crackerjack King (Barathea) Dark Promise (Law Society) Dunboyne Express (Polish Precedent) Elle Shadow (Roi Danzig) French Navy (Woodman) Modern History (Private Account) Rostrum (Rainbow Quest) Sommerabend (Monsun) Zazou (Lomitas)

3L 3 2 L 3 3 3 L L 2L 13

Shinko Forest Genki (Darshaan)

3L

Shirocco Arrigo (Last Tycoon) Grand Vent (Fabulous Dancer) Wild Coco (Sternkoenig)

2 2 L

Sholokhov Monami (Dashing Blade) Night Magic (Monsun)

3 2

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Take Risks Tac De Boistron (Sicyos)

L

Tendulkar Drunken Sailor (Mujadil)

3L

Teofilo Black Arrow (Diesis) Parish Hall (Montjeu) Remember Alexander (Diesis) Teolane (Erins Isle)

L 1 3 L

Tertullian Diatribe (Cadeaux Genereux) Illo (Konigsstuhl) Mawingo (Sadler’s Wells) Russian Tango (Laroche)

LL 3L 3 3L

Tiger Hill Adorna (Monsun) Figli Fanesi (Alzao) Rewilding (Top Ville) Sinnerman (Monsun) Tesey (Areion) Young Tiger (Trempolino)

L LL 11 L L LL

Titus Livius Exciting Life (Entrepreneur)

L

Tobougg The Betchworth Kid (Runnett)

L L

Tout Seul Rivertime (Danetime)

LL

Soldier Hollow Pastorius (Monsun)

3

Trade Fair Al Rep (Efisio)

3L

Speedmaster Karsabruni (Lando)

3

Turtle Bowl French Fifteen (Ashkalani)

1L

Speightstown Bapak Chinta (Maria’s Mon)

2

Val Royal Love Queen (Linamix)

L

Starborough Overdose (Warning)

3

Statue Of Liberty Miss Liberty (Spinning World)

Verglas Forevertheoptimist (Missed Flight) Verglacial (Barathea)

L L

L

Storm Cat Cat Junior (Sadler’s Wells)

Victory Moon Nocturnal Affair (Centenary)

L

L

Storming Home Jakkalberry (Barathea)

Viscount Rocket Man (Mcginty)

1

3

War Chant Doncaster Rover (Unbridled’s Song)

L

Stormy Atlantic Kinetica (Selkirk)

L

Strategic Prince La Collina (Galileo)

1

Whipper Murano (Montjeu) Topeka (Desert King) Wizz Kid (Soviet Star)

Stravinsky Fictional Account (Indian Ridge)

L

Xaar The Cheka (Royal Academy)

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Yankee Gentleman Noble Storm (Tunerup)

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Street Cry Carlton House (Bustino) Discourse (Dixieland Band) Fencing (Inchinor) Limonar (Diesis) Lyric Of Light (Green Desert) Splash Point (Danehill)

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Highclere Stud was the leading consignor at Tattersalls October Yearling Sales Book 1 for the fifth consecutive year. Their aggregate was an impressive 4,126,000 gns for 25 yearlings, with an average of 165,040 gns.

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One of the most notable pinhooks was a Kyllachy colt out of Ego. John saw his potential as a foal and bought the colt for 56,000 gns, selling him in Book 1 for 220,000 gns.

Watership Down Stud were fifth in the Top 10 Consignors List with an aggregate of 1,985,000 gns for 11 yearlings and an average of 180,454 gns. This filly sold for 430,000 gns.

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Furnace Mill Stud sold the top priced colt by Oasis Dream out of Kassopeia for 700,000 gns. Their aggregate was 1,090,000 gns for 3 yearlings, with an average of 363,333 gns.

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buying broodmares

The

biggest gamble of‘em all

B

...is buying broodmares, writes Jocelyn de Moubray

uying broodmares, or fillies as potential mares, is probably even more arbitrary than selecting foals or yearlings. At least when you select a foal or yearling to race, or to buy to resell, you can inspect the animal in question, and look at X-rays and scopes to get an idea of how its physique is likely to develop. Buyers to a very large degree have to select mares blindfolded. Of course you can examine the mare herself, but you can only guess at what the foal she is carrying, or any future ones, are going to be like. What will determine whether or not a purchase is successful is not if a foal she has produced in the past won a Group 1, but what the foal the mare is carrying now will be like – or perhaps those born in the last two years, who are more often than not unavailable for inspection. All bloodstock sales are uncertain affairs as, aside from any question of values, people are trying to select from inspection something which cannot be seen – either the ability to run fast or to produce foals who run fast. With the mares there are even more known unknowns than is the case with sales of future or present racing stock. Which is why the values of mares can change so quickly, in both directions.

The ups, downs and ups of Ventura

A good example is Ventura who will be offered at the Tattersalls December sales for the fourth time in the last 11 years. Ventura’s first visit came in 2001 when she was offered out of training and was purchased by James Wigan’s London Thoroughbred Services for 500,000gns on behalf of George Strawbridge. This was a big price, the equivalent of 645,000gns in 2010 terms, but then although she was only a modest stakes performer, third in a Listed race in Tralee, she came from what, at the time, looked like the best family around. Her dam Wedding Bouquet was still young

Dams (sold at Tattersalls December) of 2010/11Group 1 winners Mare

Horse

Dalicia Animal Kingdom Danedrop Danedream Desert Classic Wrote Gryada Fame And Glory Honorine Treasure Beach Laurel Delight Cape Blanco Love And Laughter Wigmore Hall Marozia Stay Thirsty Mare Aux Fees Jukebox Jury Merrily Dick Turpin Miarixa Blue Bunting Mrs Marsh Canford Cliffs Rosie’s Posy Dubawi Heights Secret Garden Roderic O’Connor Ventura Moonlight Cloud Zaza Top Zaza Top Anna Amalia Ave Bathilde Al Shemali Demerger Sole Power Hoity Toity Lilie Langtry Model Queen Regal Parade Moonlady Eishin Flash Reve d’Iman Bethrah Tahara Gilt Edged Girl Tyranny Zoffany Zameyla Serious Attitude

Year Sold 2009 2003 2006 2006 2004 1997 2006 1998 1994 2001 1998 2004 2005 2008 2003 2007 2001 2009 2010 2008 2005 1997 2000 2002 2001 2006 2004 2003 2006 1998 1997 2007 2005

Price (gns) 230,000 40,000 n/s 45,000 n/s 180,000 50,000 28,000 50,000 210,000 21,000 150,000 n/s 12,000 55,000 95,000 25,000 50,000 450,000 500,000 58,000 260,000 45,000 150,000 160,000 4,000 15,000 92,000 300,000 280,000 180,000 n/s 135,000 32,000 17,000 230,000 58,000

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McCormack’s purchase turned out to be a spectacularly good buy as Ventura’s yearling filly at the time of her sale in 2009 – of course not available for inspection – became this year’s Group 1 winner Moonlight Cloud

and had a foal and a yearling by Sadler’s Wells to run and was a half-sister to the Derby winner Generous, as well as a recent 2,500,000gns foal by Sadler’s Wells. Ventura returned to the December Sale in 2009 in foal to Manduro and was sold for 58,000gns to Cormac McCormack. In the end, Ventura had turned out to be by far the best of her dam’s foals, while her own first four foals included a minor stakes winner in California and three disappointing performers. But McCormack’s purchase turned out to be a spectacularly good buy as Ventura’s yearling filly at the time of her sale in 2009 – of course not available for inspection – has become this year’s Group 1 winner Moonlight Cloud. Ventura’s owners in 2010 decided to make the most of Moonlight Cloud’s juvenile promise, she had been fourth in a Group 1 at two, and offered Ventura in 2010 when she was purchased by David Redvers for 260,000gns. The mare’s Manduro colt was sold for €400,000 as a yearling this August and this time round she is offered in foal to Tweenhills Farm’s young sire Makfi and is likely to make significantly more in 2010, despite now being a 12-year-old.

But good mares do come from anywhere

The list of dams of Group 1 winners in 2010 and 2011 who have been sold at the December sale shows that top broodmares can come from almost anywhere, and can certainly

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come from all levels of the market. If Ventura was, the first time round, the most expensive of these, there are four who were sold for less than 20,000gns but who have gone on to produce Group 1 winners – the dams of Dick Turpin, Gilt Edged Girl, Lillie Langtry and Sole Power. Mrs Marsh, the dam of Canford Cliffs, is due to go through the ring again this December a few minutes before Ventura. She was bought by Redpender Stud for

25,000gns in foal to Holy Roman Emperor in December 2008. This was an instance when the buyer knew more than anyone else about the mare as Redpender had purchased her 2007 foal, who was to become Canford Cliffs, for €46,000 and went on to sell him as a yearling in 2008 for £50,000. Canford Cliffs may not have been a great pin-hook result, but buying his dam was a fabulous investment. Her Holy Roman

Mares sold at Tattersalls 2002: average price x 4 Mare Velvet Moon Last Resort Pink Cristal Brigitta Molasses Victoria Cross Midnight Angel Velvet Lady Fantasy R Valley Of Song My Branch Showering Mabrova L’Amour Knight’s Baroness Blushing Away Cephalonie Place Rouge Mer De Corail Le Montrachet Gaelic Swan Spring Pitch Chiming Rainbow Goddess Jackie’s Opera Private Life Rare Misk Starlight Night Bella Tusa Straight Lass Attachment Villa Carlotta Dolydille Contradictive

Age @ sale 11 5 6 5 4 19 3 5 4 4 9 3 15 4 15 15 4 3 3 4 3 6 4 5 3 5 12 3 2 4 3 4 6 3

Price (gns) 875,000 825,000 720,000 650,000 625,000 600,000 500,000 450,000 440,000 440,000 420,000 370,000 370,000 350,000 320,000 300,000 300,000 270,000 265,000 260,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 240,000 240,000 225,000 210,000 200,000 200,000 190,000 190000 190,000 180,000 180,000

Revenue (gns) 70,000 40,000 460,000 1,330,000 440,000 137,000 520,000 9,000 75,000 80,000 250,000 160,000 200,000 80,000 475,000 180,000 100,000 died 480,000 90,000 60,000 600,000 465,000 590,000 378,000 475,000 105,000 250,000 100,000 864,000 228,000 100,000 370,000 54,000

Best progeny Rebellion Emerald C’mander

Madagan Midnight Game

Melodramatic

Tell Alsace Lorraine

Kid Mambo Mahler Persian Storm

Naaqoos Ceilidh House Drill Sergeant


buying broodmares Emperor made 100,000gns (named Mayo Lad he has run three times for Richard Hannon without showing much), the Excellent Art yearling 210,000gns, while there is a filly foal by Sea The Stars on the ground. Mrs Marsh, still only a ten-year-old, is offered in foal to Dansili.

A mare can change your life: for the better or the worse...

As is well known in Tipperary and other places where people dream about breeding thoroughbreds, if you pick the right mare she can change your address, and, of course, your life. Looking at the list of the expensive mares sold at the Newmarket December sales in 2002 and 2003 it is also obvious that while buying mares can be extraordinarily profitable, it is also very easy to lose a great deal of money doing the same thing. Ramruma: the dual Oaks winner sold for 2,100,000gns in 2002. Her only yearling sold so far at auction made 80,000gns

Canford Cliffs: his dam Mrs Marsh was bought by Redpender Stud in 2008 after the farm had purchased Canford as a foal pinhook in 2007. The mare is due to sell at Tattersalls in foal to Dansili

At these two sales 63 mares were sold for four times the average price or more. These included the dam of one Group 1 winner, Naaqoos, as well as the dams of four other Group winners: Mahler, Madagan, Persian Storm and Emerald Commander. However, only seven of the 63 achieved

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revenue over the following six years of more than twice the purchase price, and all of these without exception produced a stakes horse during the period. This is, of course, only the briefest of snap shots and no definitive rules can be drawn up from such a small sample. These figures do

As is well known in Tipperary and other places where people dream about breeding thoroughbreds, if you pick the right mare she can change your address, and, of course, your life

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buying broodmares suggest that it is not the price which counts as far as future values go, but the known unknowns.

Mares sold at Tattersalls 2002: average price x 4

She needs to produce the goods, and quickly

Whatever price range a mare comes from her purchaser is unlikley to make money unless the mare produces a stakes winner within the next three years. Buying a very expensive mare may increase the potential rewards, but it does not eliminate the risk – any mare will lose value fast if she is not producing winners and stakes winners. Older mares are perhaps even more risky investments not because older mares are less likely to produce top horses, but because their value depends as much as anything on what their recent products do on the racecourse. When you examine say an 11-year-old mare at a sale the chances are that her future value will be determined by her foal and yearling, which you have never seen. One of the best mare purchases of recent time was the £IR470,000 Charlie Gordon Watson gave for the 11-year-old Darara on behalf of Watership Down in 1994. The mare’s reputation was subsequently established by her 1993 Sadler’s Wells foal Darazari. He was bred and raced by the Aga Khan, and started among the favourites for the 1996 Arc de Triomphe in the same year that Watership Down sold his half-brother for 500,000gns as a yearling. Some very expensive mares turn out to be great bargains – that £IR470,000 of 1994 is the equivalent of 750,000gns in today’s money. However, if anyone tells you that an investment in a high-value mare is not a risk, they are either fooling themselves, you or both of you. No mare or filly will maintain her value in the auction ring unless she produces the class of horses her price suggests she should be producing, and soon.

Mare

Age @ sale

Price (gns)

Revenue (gns)

7 8 10 3 4 4 4 2 7 6 14 6 4 3 4 10 5 3 6 8 14 5 3 3 3 10 7 4 5

2,100,000 1,300,000 1,050,000 1,000,000 825,000 725,000 525,000 450,000 400,000 375,000 360,000 360,000 350,000 350,000 340,000 330,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 255,000 250,000 250,000 240,000 240,000 220,000 210000 200000 200000

80,000 70,000 90,000 0 0 270,000 15,000 300,000 20,000 45,000 0 50,000 70,000 0 40,000 0 120,000 170,000 280,000 50,000 70,000 60,000 54,000 100,000 75,000 385,000 20,000 560,000 0

Ramruma Midnight Line Lady Carla Peintrure Rose Margarula Second Burst Ballade Russe Bay Tree Forest Express Banco Suivi Up Anchor Aunty Rose Vassiana Tante Rose Sundrenched Arutua Lyrical Geminiani Dandanna Play with Fire Midnight Air Bright Smile Sun on the Sea Vicereine Velouette Rose Bourbon Amazing Dream Dusty Answer Niyabah

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Rose Diamond

Shimmering Surf

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broodmare sires 2011

The dam sires’ list

Hyperion’s list of broodmare sires of stakes-winning horses in Europe & UAE, 2011

Horses are listed under their sire with the respective broodmare sire in brackets. Includes Group (1,2,3) and Listed (L) wins in Europe and UAE up to and including November 13th

Acatenango Askar Tau (Montjeu) Lacateno (Green Tune) Lord Chaparral (High Chaparral) Shining Glory (Konigstiger) Waldpark (Dubawi) Affirmed Fred Lalloupet (Elusive City) Motrice (Motivator)

3 L L L 1L L L

Ahonoora Amico Fritz (Fasliyev)

3

Ajraas Rileyskeepingfaith (Hunting Lion)

2

Iver Bridge Lad (Avonbridge) Letsgoroundagain (Redback) Lips Poison (Mamool)

3 L 2

Blushing Groom Galikova (Galileo) Goldikova (Anabaa)

Atraf Freedom (Hurricane Run)

3

Brave Act Crius (Heliostatic)

3

Brief Truce Flowers Of Spring (Celtic Swing) Invincible Ash (Invincible Spirit)

3 3

Broadway Flyer Vizir Bere (Hurricane Cat)

3

Bustino Carlton House (Street Cry)

2

Averti Side Glance (Passing Glance) Bahamian Bounty Angels Will Fall (Acclamation)

3LL 3

Akarad Akarlina (Martaline) Beaten Up (Beat Hollow) Skins Game (Diktat)

3L 3 3L

Al Mufti Bold Silvano (Silvano) Kings Gambit (Silvano)

3 3

Barathea Alanza (Dubai Destination) Crackerjack King (Shamardal) Djumama (Aussie Rules) Hunter’s Light (Dubawi) Jakkalberry (Storming Home) Monterosso (Dubawi) Opera Gal (Galileo) Shareta (Sinndar) Verglacial (Verglas) Vladimir (Kheleyf) Voila Ici (Daylami)

Ali-Royal An Ghalanta (Holy Roman Emperor)

L

Be My Chief Laughing (Dansili)

L

Alleged Sea Moon (Beat Hollow)

2

Be My Guest Tertullus (Monsun)

3

3

Beaconsfield Iryklon (Nowogrodek)

L

Always Fair Casamento (Shamardal) Alzao Aizavoski (Monsun) Andromeda Galaxy (Peintre Celebre) Figli Fanesi (Tiger Hill) Lui E La Luna (Nayef) Tazahum (Redoute’s Choice) Anabaa Ballybacka Lady (Hurricane Run) Mobaco (Slickly) Sandy’s Charm (Footstepsinthesand) Sirius Prospect (Gone West) Anshan Staros (Aussie Rules)

LLL L LL L L 3 L 3L L

Bering Bible Belt (Big Bad Bob) Blue Soave (Soave) Bob Le Beau (Big Bad Bob) Don’t Hurry Me (Hurricane Run) Sofast (Rock Of Gibraltar) Bertolini Amaron (Shamardal) Big Shuffle Paraisa (Red Ransom) Tai Chi (High Chaparral)

3LL 2 3L LLL 3 2 L 3L L L 1

Cadeaux Genereux Best Dating (King’s Best) Diatribe (Tertullian) Dream Ahead (Diktat) Faustina (Antonius Pius) Pyman’s Theory (Exceed And Excel) Rockatella (Rock Of Gibraltar)

3L LL 111 L L L

Caerleon Aspectoflove (Danetime) Gaily Game (Montjeu) Livandar (Fantastic Light) Manieree (Medicean) Twice Over (Observatory)

2 LL L 23 122

Caller I.D. Royal Rock (Sakhee)

3L L L 3 3

Cardoun Zain Al Boldan (Poliglote)

L

3L

Case Law Amour Propre (Paris House)

3

L 3

Catrail Flambeau (Oasis Dream)

L

L

Centenary Nocturnal Affair (Victory Moon)

L

Bin Ajwaad Bounty Box (Bahamian Bounty)

Arazi Americain (Dynaformer) Prairie Star (Peintre Celebre)

L 2

Bishop Of Cashel Bible Black (Big Bad Bob) Deacon Blues (Compton Place)

Arch Rock Me Baby (Rock Of Gibraltar)

L

Black Minnaloushe Air County (Blu Air Force)

L

Clantime Nephrite (Pivotal)

Areion Tesey (Tiger Hill)

L

Bluebird Monblue (Monsun)

L

Colonel Collins Frederick Engels (Iceman)

L

Common Grounds Laajooj (Azamour)

1L

Blues Traveller Monsieur Chevalier (Chevalier)

3

Cape Cross Dagda Mor (Martino Alonso) Trumpet Major (Arakan)

L

Ashkalani French Fifteen (Turtle Bowl)

123 11

L 2333

3LLL 2

Chester House Crying Lightening (Holy Roman Emperor) L Lolly For Dolly (Oratorio) 233 3 2L L

Compton Place Stepper Point (Kyllachy)

L

Coronado’s Quest Mendip (Harlan’s Holiday)

33

Cozzene Cima De Pluie (Singspiel) Tangerine Trees (Mind Games)

3 13L

Croco Rouge Dragon Pulse (Kyllachy)

2

Cyrano De Bergerac Lisselan Diva (Barathea)

L

Daggers Drawn Noble Hachy (Kyllachy)

L

Dahar Codemaster (Choisir)

L

Danehill Artistic Jewel (Excellent Art) L Berling (Montjeu) L Chachamaidee (Footstepsinthesand) 3 Crystal Gal (Galileo) L Danedream (Lomitas) 1112 Duncan (Dalakhani) 12 Emmrooz (Red Ransom) L Etive (Elusive City) L Eton Rifles (Pivotal) L Frankel (Galileo) 11113 Golden Lilac (Galileo) 113 Lagalp (Galileo) L Maybe (Galileo) 123L Nayarra (Cape Cross) 1 Reem (Galileo) L Rhythm Of Light (Beat Hollow) L Roderic O’Connor (Galileo) 1 Sapphire (Medicean) L Sarah Lynx (Montjeu) 2 Splash Point (Street Cry) 3 Danehill Dancer Mixed Intention (Elusive City) Quest For Peace (Galileo) Danetime Ladies Are Forever (Monsieur Bond) Rivertime (Tout Seul)

LL 3L 3 LL

Dansili Tell Dad (Intikhab)

3

Danzero Dalarua (King’s Best)

3

Darshaan Babycakes (Marju)

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broodmare sires 2011 Blue Bajan (Montjeu) 2 Claremont (Sadler’s Wells) L Distant Memories (Falbrav) L Dream Peace (Dansili) 2L Genki (Shinko Forest) 3L Giant Sandman (Footstepsinthesand) 3L Mandaean (Manduro) 1 Mohedian Lady (Hurricane Run) L Nature Spirits (Beat Hollow) L Pink Symphony (Montjeu) 3 Pour Moi (Montjeu) 12 Prince Siegfried (Royal Applause) 3 Sajjhaa (King’s Best) L Sandagiyr (Dr Fong) L Sarafina (Refuse To Bend) 122 Sense Of Purpose (Galileo) 3L Sir Eagles (Diamond Green) L St Jean Cap Ferrat (Domedriver) L Wavering (Refuse To Bend) 1 Dashing Blade Earl Of Tinsdal (Black Sam Bellamy) Monami (Sholokhov) Rumh (Monsun) Saint Pellerin (Konigstiger) Seismos (Dalakhani)

13 3 L L L

Dayjur Night Carnation (Sleeping Indian) Zantenda (Zamindar)

3 3

Deploy Dan Tucket (Dansili) Desert King Topeka (Whipper) Desert Prince Fanunalter (Falbrav) Desert Style Chilworth Lad (Diktat) Family One (Dubai Destination)

L 3L 3 LL 23

Diesis Black Arrow (Teofilo) L Epic Love (Dansili) 3 Homecoming Queen (Holy Roman Emperor) L Inscrutable (Arch) L Limonar (Street Cry) L Remember Alexander (Teofilo) 3 Diktat Blanche Dubawi (Dubawi) Handassa (Dubawi) Distant Relative Lucky Chappy (High Chaparral) Masamah (Exceed And Excel) Distant View Bated Breath (Dansili) Cityscape (Selkirk) Emulous (Dansili) Sole Power (Kyllachy) Dixieland Band Await The Dawn (Giant’s Causeway) Discourse (Street Cry) Docksider Lily’s Angel (Dark Angel) Double Bed Kasbah Bliss (Kahyasi) Sulle Orme (Chichicastenango)

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L L L 2L L 33 133 2

Doyoun Set To Music (Danehill Dancer)

L

Dr Fong Katla (Majestic Missile) My Propeller (Holy Roman Emperor) Quesada (Peintre Celebre)

L L L

Effervescing Oroveso (Fahim)

L

Efisio Al Rep (Trade Fair) Bugie D’amore (Rail Link) Cerveza (Medicean) Delegator (Dansili) Docofthebay (Docksider) Dordogne (Singspiel) Rimth (Oasis Dream)

3L 3 L 2 L 3L 3

El Gran Senor Sky Lazer (Dr Devious)

L

Ela-Mana-Mou Douce Vie (Desert Prince)

L

Elmaamul Clinical (Motivator)

LLL

Elnadim Majestic Myles (Majestic Missile)

L

Emarati Rose Blossom (Pastoral Pursuits)

L

Encosta De Lago Musir (Redoute’s Choice)

2

Entrepreneur Exciting Life (Titus Livius) Requinto (Dansili)

L 23L

2 1L L L

Giant’s Causeway Barocci (Deep Impact) Planteur (Danehill Dancer)

L 12

Gilded Time Nimohe (Excellent Art)

L

Glenstal Enchanted Evening (High Chaparral)

L

Gone West Announce (Selkirk) Pausanias (Kyllachy) Red Duke (Hard Spun) Grand Lodge Bubble Chic (Chichicastenango) Selkis (Monsun)

13 L 2 3 2

Green Desert Dubawi Gold (Dubawi) Experience (Excellent Art) Lay Time (Galileo) Lilbourne Lad (Acclamation) Lyric Of Light (Street Cry) Tellovoi (Indian Haven) Wading (Montjeu)

2LL 3 L 2L 12 L 2

Green Tune Absolutly Yes (Country Reel) Evaporation (Red Ransom)

3 L

Grindstone Baraan (Dalakhani)

3

Erins Isle Teolane (Teofilo)

L

Groom Dancer Saddler’s Rock (Sadler’s Wells)

2

Exit To Nowhere Scalo (Lando)

2

Half A Year Grafitti (Dansili)

L

Fabulous Dancer Grand Vent (Shirocco)

2

Halling Neebras (Oasis Dream)

L

Fairy King Fulbright (Exceed And Excel)

L

Hector Protector Class Is Class (Montjeu)

3L

L 3

Hernando Cherry Collect (Oratorio) Theo Danon (Lord Of England)

Fantastic Light Coupe De Ville (Clodovil) Regal Realm (Medicean) Fasliyev Alsindi (Acclamation) Topclas (Kutub)

3 3

First Trump Hansinger (Namid) Saigon (Royal Applause) Star Kodiak (Kodiac)

L L L

Foolish Pleasure Miles Gloriosus (Repriced)

L

23 3

Formidable Agony And Ecstasy (Captain Rio)

L

L

Galileo Alexander Pope (Danehill Dancer) La Collina (Strategic Prince)

3 1

General Assembly Antara (Platini)

3

1L L

Generous Dandino (Dansili) Nahrain (Selkirk) Passaggio (Exceed And Excel) Seta (Pivotal)

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High Yield Symbol Of Arch (Arch)

L

Highest Honor Rivabella (Iron Mask)

L

Highland Chieftain Durban Thunder (Samum)

1

Homme De Loi Red Dubawi (Dubawi)

L

Horse Chestnut Pisco Sour (Lemon Drop Kid)

23

Hussonet Alcohuaz (Merchant Of Venice)

LL

Ile De Bourbon Konig Concorde (Big Shuffle) Times Up (Olden Times)

3L LL

In The Wings Nideeb (Exceed And Excel)

3

Inchinor Fencing (Street Cry) Loi (Lawman) Power (Oasis Dream)

L 3 12L

Indian Ridge Dancing Rain (Danehill Dancer) David Livingston (Galileo) Desert Blanc (Desert Style) Excelebration (Exceed And Excel) Fictional Account (Stravinsky) Future Generation (Hurricane Run) Humidor (Camacho) Indian Days (Daylami) Swiss Dream (Oasis Dream)

112 2 L 122 L 3 L 23 L

Indian Rocket Kendam (Kendargent) Invincible Spirit Perfect Tribute (Dubawi)

3 3L

Irish River Lo Zoccolo Duro (Acclamation)

L

Java Gold Lucas Cranach (Mamool)

2

Jeune Homme Chica Loca (American Post)

L

Johann Quatz Izalia (Iron Mask) Splendido (Slickly) Johannesburg Crusade (Mr. Greeley) Kahyasi Shamanova (Danehill Dancer) Without Fear (Refuse To Bend)

LL L 1 L LL

Zanughan (Azamour)

L

Kaldoun Bewitched (Dansili) Mariol (Munir) Terre Du Vent (Kutub)

33 L L

Kaldounevees Dunaden (Nicobar)

3

Kendor Bacchelli (Mujahid) Calahorra (Soave) Marchand D’or (Marchand De Sable) Native Khan (Azamour) Pump Pump Boy (Kingsalsa) Recital (Montjeu) Tin Horse (Sakhee)

L L 3 3 L 2 1

Kenmare City Leader (Fasliyev) Jukebox Jury (Montjeu)

L 12L

Key Of Luck Society Rock (Rock Of Gibraltar)

1

Kingmambo Camelot (Montjeu) Charleston Lady (Hurricane Run) Elzaam (Redoute’s Choice) Entifaadha (Dansili) Gamilati (Bernardini)

1 L L 3 2


broodmare sires 2011 L 12 L

Lure Regatta (Layman) Siren’s Song (Azamour)

King’s Best Ziyarid (Desert Style)

3L

King’s Theatre One Clever Cat (One Cool Cat)

Lycius Sandslash (Holy Roman Emperor) Shamali (Selkirk)

3 L

3L

Machiavellian Hooray (Invincible Spirit) Move In Time (Monsieur Bond) Victoire Pisa (Neo Universe)

L L 1

Maelstrom Lake Rockhorse (Rock Of Gibraltar)

LL

Look At Me (Danehill Dancer) Midday (Oasis Dream) Strait Of Zanzibar (Arch)

Konigsstuhl Alianthus (Hernando) Dalarna (Dashing Blade) Illo (Tertullian) Kris Best Terms (Exceed And Excel) La Zona (Singspiel)

23333 LL 3L 22 LLLL

Kris S Banimpire (Holy Roman Emperor) 2 2 3 3 3 L Lagunas Ovambo Queen (Kalatos) Walero (Big Shuffle)

3LL 3

Lahib Snaafy (Kingmambo)

L

Lammtarra Rajsaman (Linamix)

22

Lando Altano (Galileo) Karsabruni (Speedmaster) Laroche Russian Tango (Tertullian) Last Tycoon Arrigo (Shirocco)

3 3 3L 2

Law Society Be Fabulous (Samum) Dark Promise (Shamardal)

1L L

Lear Fan Barack (Pyrus) Glaswegian (Selkirk) Mutual Trust (Cacique) Red Gulch (Kyllachy) Senza Rete (Barathea)

L 3 13 L L

Lemon Drop Kid Elusive Kate (Elusive Quality)

13L

Leone Navarra Queen (Singspiel)

3LL

Linamix Albaraah (Oasis Dream) Blue Bunting (Dynaformer) Cat Nova (Hurricane Cat) Colombian (Azamour) Love Queen (Val Royal) Redemptor (Elusive City) Sajwah (Exceed And Excel) Valiyr (Alhaarth) What A Charm (Key Of Luck) Zinabaa (Anabaa Blue)

L 111 L L L L L L L 3L

Lomitas Santino (Rock Of Gibraltar) Zazou (Shamardal) Loup Solitaire Katmandoune (Country Reel)

Magic Ring Premio Loco (Prized) Manila Khor Sheed (Dubawi) Manninamix Saga Dream (Sagacity)

L L

2 3L L

Marchand De Sable Polarena (Policy Maker)

L

Maria’s Mon Bapak Chinta (Speightstown)

2

Marju Canford Cliffs (Tagula) Dunelight (Desert Sun) Rose Bonheur (Danehill Dancer) Strategic Game (Choisir) Talwar (Acclamation) Vedelago (Red Clubs) Mark Of Esteem Anne Of Kiev (Oasis Dream) Caledonia Lady (Firebreak) Crystal Capella (Cape Cross) Masked Marvel (Montjeu) Treasure Beach (Galileo)

11 L LL LL 3L 3L LL L 2 13L 13

Mr. Prospector Luca Brasi (Singspiel)

L

Perugino Bellaside (Le Vie Dei Colori)

L

Mt. Livermore Silver Ocean (Silver Train)

L

Piccolo Gusto (Oasis Dream)

L

Mujadil Cazals (Aussie Rules) Chandlery (Choisir) Choisir Shadow (Choisir) Drunken Sailor (Tendulkar) Gerfalcon (Hawk Wing) King Torus (Oratorio) Mulberry Kasumi (Poliglote) Nashwan Chiberta King (King’s Best) Coquet (Sir Percy) Empowering (Encosta De Lago) Green Destiny (Marju) Shankardeh (Azamour) Nebos Irini (Areion) Nostro Amico (Martillo)

LL 2 LL 3L L L L L L 3 33 2 L L

Never So Bold Presvis (Sakhee)

12

Night Shift Elnawin (Elnadim) Joviality (Cape Cross) Regarde Moi (King’s Best) Rockinante (Rock Of Gibraltar) Rosa Eglanteria (Nayef) Skysurfers (E Dubai) Time Prisoner (Elusive Quality)

L 3 L 3L L 2L 3

Nordance Frankenstein (Dubawi)

L

Northern Guest J J The Jet Plane (Jet Master)

2 L

Pivotal Bank Of Burden (Hawk Wing) Fire Lily (Dansili) Miss Work Of Art (Dutch Art) Not For Sale (Monsun) Platini Night Serenade (Golan) Skagen (Dashing Blade) Pleasant Tap Sahpresa (Sahm) Polar Falcon Gertrude Bell (Sinndar) Poliglote Brigantin (Cozzene) Polish Precedent Dunboyne Express (Shamardal) Ransom Note (Red Ransom) Sir Oscar (Mark Of Esteem)

33L 3 L LL L L 13 2L 2 3 23 L

Primo Dominie Entangle (Pivotal) 3LLL Peas And Carrots (Final Appearance) LL Prince Florimund River Jetez (Jet Master)

2

Private Account Modern History (Shamardal)

L

Prospect Bay Prince Bishop (Dubawi)

L

Pursuit Of Love Stay Alive (Iffraaj)

3

Quest For Fame Famous Name (Dansili) Silver Pond (Act One) Skia (Motivator) Zaminast (Zamindar)

333L 2 3 L

Mcginty Rocket Man (Viscount)

1

Meadowlake Daddy Long Legs (Scat Daddy)

Nugget Point Energia Colonial (Giant Gentleman)

2

Missed Flight Forevertheoptimist (Verglas)

Nureyev Nova Step (Dubawi)

L

L

R B Chesne Skallet (Muhaymin)

L

Miswaki Adventure Seeker (Bering) Born To Sea (Invincible Spirit) Rock Jock (Rock Of Gibraltar) Sing Softly (Hennessy)

Old Vic February Sun (Monsun)

3

L L L L

Orpen Baby Revolution (High Chaparral) Giofra (Dansili) Gradara (Montjeu)

L L L

Rahy Ozeta (Martaline) Surfrider (Dansili) Tenth Star (Dansili) Worthadd (Dubawi)

L 3 L 2

Monsun Adorna (Tiger Hill) Night Magic (Sholokhov) Pastorius (Soldier Hollow) Silvaner (Lomitas) Sinnerman (Tiger Hill) Sommerabend (Shamardal) Tres Rock Danon (Rock Of Gibraltar)

L 2 3 3 L 2L 3L

L 13

Montjeu Dear Lavinia (Grand Slam) Murano (Whipper) Parish Hall (Teofilo) Restiadargent (Kendargent)

L L 1 23

L

Mountain Cat Law Of The Range (Alhaarth)

L

Owington Inxile (Fayruz)

3LLLL

Panis Dont Teutch (Country Reel)

L

Peintre Celebre Bezique (Cape Cross) Ivory Land (Lando)

L 3L

Red Cadeaux (Cadeaux Genereux)

3L

Pelder Quiza Quiza Quiza (Golden Snake)

1L

Persian Bold Permesso (Sakhee) Sooraah (Dubawi)

L L

Rainbow Quest Beatrice Aurore (Danehill Dancer) Coral Wave (Rock Of Gibraltar) Ferdoos (Dansili) Glen’s Diamond (Intikhab) Kreem (Hurricane Run) Rostrum (Shamardal) Samitar (Rock Of Gibraltar) Sea Of Heartbreak (Rock Of Gibraltar) Show Rainbow (Haafhd) Spirit Quartz (Invincible Spirit)

3L 3L L 3 3 L 3 2L L 3

Red Ransom Bannock (Bertolini) Branderburgo (High Chaparral) Mahbooba (Galileo) Temida (Oratorio)

L L LL 3

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broodmare sires 2011 Revoque Imperial Rome (Holy Roman Emperor) Ridgewood Ben Kohala (Kodiac) Riverman Dorcas Lane (Norse Dancer) Robellino Roger Sez (Red Clubs)

L L L 3

Roi Danzig Elle Shadow (Shamardal)

3

Rossini Lightening Pearl (Marju)

13

Royal Academy Aslana (Rock Of Gibraltar) Beacon Lodge (Clodovil) Bronterre (Oasis Dream) Dabirsim (Hat Trick) Hitchens (Acclamation) Ocean War (Dalakhani) The Cheka (Xaar)

L L L 113 3 L 3

Royal Solo Indomito (Areion)

L

Runnett The Betchworth Kid (Tobougg)

L

Sadler’s Wells Alainmaar (Johar) Anam Allta (Invincible Spirit) Bankable (Medicean) Call To Battle (King’s Best) Campanologist (Kingmambo) Cat Junior (Storm Cat) Emerald Commander (Pivotal) Fox Hunt (Dubawi) I’m A Dreamer (Noverre) Immortal Verse (Pivotal) King Of Arnor (Monsun) Mawingo (Tertullian) Meeznah (Dynaformer) Mirror Lake (Dubai Destination) Modun (King’s Best) Namibian (Cape Cross) Nationalism (Pivotal) Neatico (Medicean) Nova Hawk (Hawk Wing) Pimpernel (Invincible Spirit) Plushenko (Nayef) Principal Role (Empire Maker) Reliable Man (Dalakhani) Testosterone (Dansili) Timepiece (Zamindar) Unaccompanied (Danehill Dancer) Viscount Nelson (Giant’s Causeway) Wild Wind (Danehill Dancer) Wonder Of Wonders (Kingmambo) Workforce (King’s Best) Saint Andrews Superstition (Kutub) Salse Secrecy (King’s Best) Smooth Operator (Big Shuffle)

L 3 3 L 11 L L 3 3 112 L 3 23 L 3 33 L L L L L LLL 12 23 1L L L L L 3 L L 3

Seattle Slew Slow Pace (Distorted Humor)

L

Second Set Semina (Mamool)

L

108

Seeking The Gold Polytechnicien (Royal Academy)

3

Selkirk American Devil (American Post) Census (Cacique) Dormello (Dansili) Dux Scholar (Oasis Dream) Khawlah (Cape Cross) Kinetica (Stormy Atlantic) Septieme Ciel Cirrus Des Aigles (Even Top)

L 3 L L 23 L 12333

Sevres Rose Meandre (Slickly)

1L

Shantou Sneak A Peek (Doyen)

2L

Shareef Dancer Margot Did (Exceed And Excel) Sharrood Dick Turpin (Arakan) Shavian Cadeau For Maggi (Cadeaux Genereux) Shirley Heights Fame And Glory (Montjeu) Opinion Poll (Halling) Pirateer (Danehill Dancer) Poet (Pivotal) Solemia (Poliglote) Tactician (Motivator) Sicyos Tac De Boistron (Take Risks) Sillery Balaythous (Bahhare) Silver Ghost Samysilver (Indian Charlie) Silverside (Pleasantly Perfect) Silver Hawk A Ma Yen (Doyen) Across The Rhine (Cuvee) Nathaniel (Galileo) Strong Suit (Rahy) Singspiel Caspar Netscher (Dutch Art) Debussy (Diesis) Libranno (Librettist) Vagabond Shoes (Beat Hollow)

13LL 22 L L L L L

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Storm Cat Derbaas (Seeking The Gold) Misty For Me (Galileo) Shumoos (Distorted Humor)

Summer Squall Theyskens’ Theory (Bernardini) Sunday Silence Introvert (Iffraaj) Sure Blade St Nicholas Abbey (Montjeu) Surumu Glad Sky (Big Shuffle) Glady Romana (Doyen) Oekaki (Martillo)

3

Wagon Master Hi Molly (Della Francesca)

L

L

Warning Glorious Sight (Singspiel) Mores Wells (Sadler’s Wells) Nice Danon (Sakhee) Overdose (Starborough) Prohibit (Oasis Dream) Toi Et Moi (Galileo)

L L L 3 13 L

13

Weldnaas Ponty Acclaim (Acclamation)

3

Whittingham Jimmy Styles (Inchinor)

L

Winged Love Kapitale (Dubawi)

3

Wolfhound Dijarvo (Iceman) Waveband (Exceed And Excel)

L L

Woodman Beachfire (Indian Haven) Boldogsag (Layman) Byword (Peintre Celebre) French Navy (Shamardal) Harbour Watch (Acclamation) Primevere (Singspiel) Set The Trend (Reset) Slumber (Cacique)

L 3 23 3 2 L L L

Zafonic Duck Feet (Aussie Rules) Izzi Top (Pivotal) Mashoor (Monsun) Pacifique (Montjeu) Peace Of Oasis (Oasis Dream) Watar (Marju)

3L 3L L 3L L 2

Zeditave Dynamic Blitz (Elusive Quality)

3

Zieten Zelimir (Grand Slam)

L

L LL

L L L

3

The Noble Player Estejo (Johan Cruyff)

1

133 LL L L LL

L 3 2 2L

3 L

Tenby Barefoot Lady (Footstepsinthesand)

2

Unfuwain Chardonney Tcheque (One Cool Cat) Ley Hunter (Kingmambo) Shamalgan (Footstepsinthesand) Vadamar (Dalakhani)

3

L 2

Theatrical Energizer (Monsun)

L

Wigmore Hall (High Chaparral)

2

Thunder Gulch Passion For Gold (Medaglia D’oro)

L

Tiger Hill Acadius (Lord Of England) Atempo (Monsun)

L L

Tights So You Think (High Chaparral)

L

Vettori Lindenthaler (Azamour) Vaniloquio (Acclamation)

L L

22 L 33 3

L

Unbridled’s Song Doncaster Rover (War Chant)

2 11 3

L

L 3 12 223

Turtle Island Military Bowl (Mr. Greeley)

Valid Appeal Abtaal (Rock Hard Ten)

Tagula Bogart (Bahamian Bounty) Caledonian Spring (Amadeus Wolf)

L 3

Spinning World Altair Star (Kris Kin) Arizona Run (Hurricane Run)

L

Storm Bird Radharcnafarraige (Distorted Humor)

122

Sir Ivor Celebrity Sevi (Peintre Celebre) Galileo’s Choice (Galileo)

Spend A Buck Verde-Mar (Gilded Time)

Sternkoenig Wild Coco (Shirocco)

Suave Dancer Barbican (Hurricane Run)

3 3

Spectrum Moonlight Cloud (Invincible Spirit) Stark Danon (Marchand De Sable)

LL

1LL

L

L L L 3

Statoblest St Moritz (Medicean)

Stravinsky Le Vie Infinite (Le Vie Dei Colori)

Sinndar Emiyna (Maria’s Mon) Genius Beast (Kingmambo)

Soviet Star Wizz Kid (Whipper)

Miss Liberty (Statue Of Liberty) Spin Cycle (Exceed And Excel) Tucuman (Hawk Wing) Whispering Gallery (Daylami)

1113

Top Ville Caudillo (Acatenango) Rewilding (Tiger Hill)

L 11

Trempolino Bernieres (Montjeu) Spectacle Du Mars (Martillo) Young Tiger (Tiger Hill)

L L LL

Tunerup Noble Storm (Yankee Gentleman)

L

Turfkonig Birthday Lion (Areion) King’s Hall (Halling)

L 3

Zinaad Rosello (Lecroix) Vanjura (Areion)

L 23L

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RODERIC O’CONNOR

Galileo - Secret Garden (Danehill)

Dual Gr.1 Classic Winning Miler At 2 - 1st

Gr.1 Criterium International, Saint Cloud (8f) “comfortably” beating Salto & French Navy

2nd

Gr.1 Dubai Dewhurst Stks, Newmarket (8f) second to Frankel, beating Dream Ahead

At 3 - 1st

Gr.1 Abu Dhabi Irish 2000 Guineas (8f)

Champion’s Pedigree Family of Champion 2yo Durtal, champion 3yo Detroit, and outstanding Champion sire Zabeel.

“Undoubtedly a high class colt ”

beating Dubawi Gold, Dunboyne Express

The “magical” Galileo/Danehill cross of: Frankel Teofilo Maybe Golden Lilac Cima de Triomphe Cuis Ghaire etc.

Winning Irish 2000 Guineas

Arakan - Captain Rio - Dandy Man - Majestic Missile - Roderic O’Connor

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covering stats

Covering statistics 2011 supplied by Weatherbys from the Return Of Mares

JUSt one stallion (Flat sires only included here) covered over 200 mares in the spring of 2011 – and, fittingly, it was the best stallion in the world, Galileo. The Coolmore sire topped the list of busiest sires of 2011 having seen 214 mates, well ahead of the next most popular stallion, Duke Of Marmalade, who was visited by 184 mares. And this is one statistic that has changed from 2010. Last year, the two Flat stallions who topped the 200 mark were High Chaparral and Footstepsinthesand, (rather less proven and less successful stallions). In 2010 an amazing 18 sires saw more than 150 mares, a figure which has remained pretty static for 2011. Duke Of Marmalade’s stock was popular at the 2010 foal sales (average of 55,000gns and top price of 181,205gns) which bolstered the confidence of breeders so encouraged to use his services. Acclamation’s prominent position proved that many breeders were banking on the good year that the Rathbarry stallion enjoyed in 2011, while typically Tally-Ho has got plenty of clients into Bushranger, who is going into his third season at stud (foals seem to be appreciated at the sales). He saw exactly the same number of mares as the stud’s Kodiac, whose second crop were runners of 2011, while the farm’s Zebedee, who retired as a juvenile, was the busiest new stallion at stud last spring. Figures for winning mares include N.H. Flat winners. Stallions without returns to Weatherbys not included

Covering statistics 2011 Stallion Foal Year

Galileo: saw a big, quality book of mares

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Aqlaam (GB) Acclamation (GB) Alfred Nobel (IRE) Alhaarth (IRE) Amadeus Wolf (GB) Approve (IRE) Arabian Gleam (GB) Arakan (USA) Arcano (IRE) Archipenko (USA) Arkadian Hero (USA) Art Connoisseur (IRE) Aussie Rules (USA) Authorized (IRE) Avonbridge (GB) Azamour (IRE) Bahamian Bounty (GB) Baltic King (GB) Beat Hollow (GB) Bertolini (USA) Big Bad Bob (IRE) Black Sam Bellamy (IRE) Bushranger (IRE) Camacho (GB) Cape Cross (IRE) Captain Gerrard (IRE) Captain Marvelous (IRE) Captain Rio (GB)

2010 2004 2011 1998 2008 2011 2011 2006 2011 2010 2002 2010 2007 2008 2006 2006 1998 2008 2003 2002 2006 2004 2010 2006 2001 2010 2009 2004

Supplied by Weatherbys Mares Covered 89 174 99 25 110 120 18 62 123 69 12 44 147 90 34 154 89 39 23 29 77 148 164 37 157 62 30 111

Winning Mares

B-Type Mares

48 104 42 13 54 46 5 17 79 48 2 18 83 65 17 100 60 12 15 12 47 35 81 12 118 35 13 51

15 45 10 1 11 9 1 34 10 2 23 28 2 50 13 4 1 9 1 8 1 69 3 1 6


covering stats Stallion Foal Year Champs Elysees (GB) Clodovil (IRE) Cockney Rebel (IRE) Compton Place (GB) Dalakhani (IRE) Dandy Man (IRE) Danehill Dancer (IRE) Dansili (GB) Dark Angel (IRE) Daylami (IRE) Definite Article (GB) Desideratum (GB) Dubai Destination (USA) Dubawi (IRE) Duke of Marmalade (IRE) Dutch Art (GB) Dylan Thomas (IRE) Echo Of Light (GB) Elnadim (USA) Equiano (FR) Erhaab (USA) Exceed and Excel (AUS) Excellent Art (GB) Fast Company (IRE) Fastnet Rock (AUS) Ferrule (IRE) Firebreak (GB) Footstepsinthesand (GB) Franklins Gardens (GB) Galileo (IRE) Getaway (GER) Green Desert (USA) Haafhd (GB) Haatef (USA) Halling (USA) Heliostatic (IRE) Hellvelyn (GB) Hernando (FR) High Chaparral (IRE) Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) Hurricane Run (IRE) Iffraaj (GB) Iktibas (GB) Indesatchel (IRE) Indian Haven (GB) Intense Focus (USA)

2010 2004 2008 1999 2004 2010 1998 2001 2008 2000 1997 2007 2004 2006 2009 2008 2008 2008 2001 2011 1995 2005 2008 2011 2005 2007 2006 2006 2007 2002 2011 1987 2005 2009 1997 2008 2011 1996 2004 2007 2007 2007 2006 2007 2005 2010

Mares Covered

Winning Mares

B-Type Mares

88 52 91 62 53 58 90 120 159 105 64 8 100 144 184 120 158 112 29 127 8 134 163 119 150 3 13 129 8 214 274 7 6 49 104 11 71 8 133 112 57 161 6 25 11 95

44 27 47 34 40 25 54 98 75 17 11 2 12 123 114 69 90 49 16 87 4 94 77 53 94 1 9 78 3 170 36 6 1 20 77 6 46 7 86 56 34 123 - 11 2 34

15 6 7 3 23 34 79 21 1

3 96 57 15 30 12 3 34 36 22 12 51

31

Busiest stallions 2011 Stallion Galileo (IRE) Duke Of Marmalade (IRE) Acclamation (GB) Teofilo (IRE) Bushranger (IRE) Kodiac (GB) Excellent Art (GB) Iffraaj (GB) Zebedee (GB) Dark Angel (IRE) Dylan Thomas (IRE) Cape Cross (IRE) Invincible Spirit (IRE) Shamardal (USA) Azamour (IRE) Fastnet Rock (AUS) Rip Van Winkle (IRE) Thewayyouare (USA) Aussie Rules (USA) Lawman (FR) Makfi (GB) Dubawi (IRE) Mastercraftsman (IRE) Exceed And Excel (AUS) High Chaparral (IRE)

Mares Covered 214 184 174 167 164 164 163 161 161 159 158 157 157 157 154 150 150 148 147 147 145 144 142 134 133

Zebedee: was the busiest new stallion in 2011

131 3 3 2 28 1 6 4 34 20 13 70 4 8

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STIMULATION Bay 2005 16.01⁄2 h.h. CHOISIR – DAMIANA (THATCHING)

BY A CHAMPION 2YO & CHAMPION SPRINTER FROM THE DANEHILL SIRE LINE FIRST FOALS IN 2012

TIMEFORM RATED: 121 DEFEATED 9 GROUP 1 WINNERS “ He would have been a Gr.1 winner but for injury... He was always the best-looking horse in any race. He had the speed to win over six furlongs at two and the class to compete at the highest level .”

HUGHIE MORRISON, TRAINER

Won or placed 11 times from 16 career starts, 14 of which were in pattern company. Careers earnings: £230,695 (6-7f). Won Gr.2 Challenge Stakes, 7f, Newmarket, beating a field of 14 Stakes winners, incl. Balthazaar’s Gift (Gr.2), Duff (Gr.2), Captain Marvelous (Gr.2), Major Cadeaux (Gr.2), etc. Won LR Free Handicap, 7f, Newmarket. Won Dubai Duty Free Maiden, 6f, Newbury, on debut at 2 years. 2nd Gr.2 Lennox Stakes, 7f, Goodwood, beaten a neck by Paco Boy at level weights, beating Arabian Gleam (Gr.2), etc. 2nd Gr.3 Horris Hill Stakes, 7f, Newbury, at 2 years. 2nd LR King Charles Stakes, 7f, Newmarket, beaten a head. 3rd Gr.2 Topkapi Trophy, 8f, Veliefendi, beating Collection (Gr.1), Sabirli (Gr.1d, Gr.2), etc. Also placed twice at Royal Ascot – Gr.1 Prince of Wales’ Stakes – Gr.3 Jersey Stakes Timeform 2008: Timeform 2007:

“Very smart performer ”- 121 “Well made colt”- 113p

Timeform’s Top 100 2YOs of 2007, Incl:

Henrythenavigator STIMULATION Dark Angel

115 113p 113

FIRST FOALS IN 2012 • Fee: £3,000 1st Oct 80 MARES COVERED IN FIRST SEASON, 2011 19% Stakes mares • Excellent Fertility (92%)

LLETY FARMS Tel/Fax: 01267 290528 David Hodge07912 113178 Danny Molony 07952 597105 david@lletyfarms.com cd.molony@virgin.net

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covering stats Stallion Foal Year Intikhab (USA) Invincible Spirit (IRE) Jeremy (USA) Key of Luck (USA) Kheleyf (USA) Kirkwall (GB) Kodiac (GB) Kyllachy (GB) Lawman (FR) Lope De Vega (IRE) Lord Shanakill (USA) Majestic Missile (IRE) Major Cadeaux (GB) Makfi (GB) Manduro (GER) Marju (IRE) Mastercraftsman (IRE) Mawatheeq (USA) Medicean (GB) Midnight Legend (GB) Millkom (GB) Misu Bond (IRE) Monsieur Bond (IRE) Montjeu (IRE) Moss Vale (IRE) Motivator (GB) Mount Nelson (GB) Mullionmileanhour (IRE) Multiplex (GB) Myboycharlie (IRE) Nayef (USA) New Approach (IRE) Norse Dancer (IRE) Notnowcato (GB) Oasis Dream (GB) Observatory (USA) Oratorio (IRE) Orientor (GB) Overbury (IRE) Paco Boy (IRE) Papal Bull (GB) Pasternak (GB) Pastoral Pursuits (GB) Peintre Celebre (USA) Phoenix Reach (IRE) Piccolo (GB)

2000 2003 2008 1998 2005 2000 2007 2003 2008 2011 2011 2007 2010 2011 2008 1992 2010 2011 2002 1998 1998 2008 2005 2001 2008 2006 2009 2011 2008 2010 2004 2009 2007 2008 2004 2002 2006 2008 1997 2011 2009 2000 2006 1999 2007 1996

Mares Covered 84 157 97 15 101 3 164 112 147 130 128 62 41 145 77 26 142 42 100 99 3 25 108 92 105 59 93 25 118 68 99 124 13 50 123 28 28 3 23 133 93 16 100 60 25 37

Winning Mares

B-Type Mares

50 113 37 5 61 - 71 62 87 85 55 24 25 94 50 17 78 24 61 30 - 16 55 75 44 35 52 10 41 31 68 82 6 23 100 13 12 2 8 90 37 3 59 31 5 21

14 70 5 8 19 15 35 43 13 2 5 50 26 8 29 8 23 1 1 5 45 9 12 25 1 2 10 35 53 2 84 5 3 25 3 10 9 1 -

Iffraaj: the Darley sire was visted by 123 winning mares last spring

Stallions with most winning mares Stallion Galileo (IRE) Shamardal (USA) Dubawi (IRE) Iffraaj (GB) Cape Cross (IRE) Duke Of Marmalade (IRE) Invincible Spirit (IRE) Teofilo (IRE) Acclamation (GB) Azamour (IRE) Oasis Dream (GB) Dansili (GB) Exceed and Excel (AUS) Fastnet Rock (AUS) Makfi (GB) Rip Van Winkle (IRE) Dylan Thomas (IRE) Paco Boy (IRE) Equiano (FR) Lawman (FR)

Mares Covered 170 125 123 123 118 114 113 113 104 100 100 98 94 94 94 93 90 90 87 87

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covering stats Stallion Foal Year Pivotal (GB) Proclamation (IRE) Rail Link (GB) Raven’s Pass (USA) Refuse to Bend (IRE) Rip Van Winkle (IRE) Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) Royal Applause (GB) Sagamix (FR) Sakhee (USA) Sakhee’s Secret (GB) Sea The Stars (IRE) Selkirk (USA) Shamardal (USA) Shirocco (GER) Showcasing (GB) Sir Percy (GB) Sixties Icon (GB) Sleeping Indian (GB) Soviet Star (USA) Starspangledbanner (AUS) Stimulation (IRE) Strategic Prince (GB) Striking Ambition (GB) Sulamani (IRE) Superior Premium (GB) Tagula (IRE) Tamayuz (GB) Teofilo (IRE) Thewayyouare (USA) Thousand Words (GB) Three Valleys (USA) Tobougg (IRE) Trans Island (GB) Vale of York (IRE) Verglas (IRE) Virtual (GB) Where Or When (IRE) Windsor Knot (IRE) Winker Watson (GB) Yeats (IRE) Zamindar (USA)

114

1997 2007 2008 2009 2005 2011 2003 1998 2001 2003 2009 2010 1993 2006 2007 2011 2008 2009 2007 1989 2011 2011 2008 2007 2005 2002 1997 2009 2008 2010 2009 2008 2003 2001 2011 2000 2010 2004 2008 2010 2010 1998

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Mares Covered

Winning Mares

116 84 35 20 48 33 81 56 16 11 150 93 105 69 118 73 16 1 33 21 50 28 87 65 20 15 157 125 75 47 117 67 108 71 28 17 34 22 13 5 64 31 80 47 104 39 4 3 94 25 5 1 81 33 40 29 167 113 148 76 17 5 61 29 47 20 59 8 116 61 66 42 27 13 12 29 13 25 17 176 75 91 57

B-Type Mares 51 15 33 1 48 32 17 5 1 48 7 98 18 14 15 2 1 1 13 9 4 1 1 6 13 60 9 3 8 1 16 15 3 1 2 16 30

Makfi: saw more black-type mares than the second-season stallion Sea The Stars

Stallions with most black-type mares Stallion Galileo (IRE) Shamardal (USA) Dubawi (IRE) Oasis Dream (GB) Dansili (GB) Iffraaj (GB) Invincible Spirit (IRE) Cape Cross (IRE) Teofilo (IRE) Duke Of Marmalade (IRE) New Approach (IRE) Fastnet Rock (AUS) Pivotal (GB) Azamour (IRE) Makfi (GB) Rip Van Winkle (IRE) Sea The Stars (IRE) Acclamation (GB) Montjeu (IRE) Lope De Vega (IRE) Exceed and Excel (AUS) Lawman (FR) Nayef (USA) Equiano (FR) High Chaparral (IRE) Arcano (IRE) Danehill Dancer (IRE) Raven’s Pass (USA) Rock of Gibraltar (IRE)

Mares Covered 131 98 96 84 79 70 70 69 60 57 53 51 51 50 50 48 48 45 45 43 36 35 35 34 34 34 34 33 32


Irish National Stud

Invincible Spirit

Stallion Fees 2012 • Amadeus Wolf - €6,000 • Art Connoisseur - €4,500 • Big Bad Bob - €6,000 • Invincible Spirit - €60,000 • Jeremy - €6,000 • Lord Shanakill - €5,000 • Other services: Sale Preparation, Boarding & Foaling Contact: John Osborne Tel: +353 (0)45 521251 www.irishnationalstud.ie


COCKNEY REBEL 2004 Bay 16.1 h.h. by Val Royal - Factice (Known Fact)

35% winners to runners

(UK/Ire)

British First Crop Sires 2011 Rank 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Stallion Rnrs DUTCH ART 45 SIR PERCY 24 MULTIPLEX 19 COCKNEY REBEL 20 NOTNOWCATO 20

Wnrs 24 10 7 7 6

(Statistics by Hyperion to 31.10.11. UK/Ire runners only)

% Wnrs/Rnrs 53 42 37 35 30

Yearlings 2011 Very correct, athletic and extremely good movers. Made up to 14 times his advertised fee in 2009 and sold for £80,000, £65,000, £54,000, £35,000, £33,000, £31,000, £30,000, etc. Purchasers included Blandford Bloodstock, Bobby O'Ryan, David Redvers Bloodstock, Clive Cox, George Margarson, P. Cunningham, Peter Doyle Bloodstock, etc.

Fee 2012: £4,000 Oct.1st NFNF

He’ll Make You Smile! Standing at The National Stud, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 0XE. Tel: 00 44 (0)1638 663464, Fax: 00 44 (0)1638 665173, Email: stallions@nationalstud.co.uk, www.nationalstud.co.uk


Mike Smith and Drosselmeyer: the pair’s Breeders’ Cup win took sire Distorted Humor to the top of the US sires’ list

The winds of change

The Breeders’ Cup had a dramatic effect on the US sires’ list, while things are getting interesting on the Coolmore and Darley front, writes John Sparkman

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ith more than $23-million on offer, the Breeders’ Cup meeting is bound to have a major effect on the sire lists, but this year the changes wrought by the Cup were especially dramatic. On Thursday November 11, Giant’s Causeway stood atop the US sires’ list for the second consecutive year, about $900,000 ahead of Tapit, with Smart Strike third $2 million behind, and Distorted Humor eighth with about $2.3 million behind Giant’s Causeway.

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After Drosselmeyer, by Distorted Humor, won the $2.7 million first prize in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) and Hansen, by Tapit, won $1.08 million in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) on November 5, and My Miss Aurelia, by Smart Strike, earned $1.08 million in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile fillies (G1), the standings had changed dramatically. Distorted Humor now has a somewhat comfortable lead over Giant’s Causeway on just over $10 million compared to Giant’s Causeway’s $9.8 million, with Tapit just short of $9.8 million and the two-time leader Smart

Strike fourth with about $8.8 million. Distorted Humor has been a highly successful sire ever since his first-crop son Funny Cide won the Kentucky Derby (G1), the Preakness Stakes (G1) and the three-year-old championship in 2003, but he has never been quite as popular at the sales as one might think. He currently stands fourth, the highest he has ever ranked, on the list of leading sires’ of yearlings by average behind A.P. Indy, Street Cry and Bernardini. With A.P. Indy retired earlier this year due to infertility at the relatively early age of


us sires

Perhaps someday buyers will figure out that Smart Strikes do not have to be beautiful to run fast, but I would not bet on it

22, leadership of the US commercial sires is definitely an open question. Distorted Humor’s credentials are just as good as any of the other obvious candidates. Street Cry, of course, has earned breeders a lot of dollars because of the exploits of Zenyatta, but he also benefits from having sired Group 1 winners on both sides of the Atlantic. So has Distorted Humor. Bernardini, by A.P. Indy, has also sired top-level winners in Europe and the US, but his first crop are only current three-year-olds, so he has a lot more to prove than the other two. The fourth obvious candidate is Smart Strike, who has a better overall record than any of the other three, having led the US sires list twice, sired Group winners in Europe, and sired his fourth Breeders’ Cup winner when My Miss Aurelia romped home in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) to clinch the juvenile fillies’ championship. My Miss Aurelia will be Smart Strike’s ninth American or Canadian champion. Smart Strike, for all his greatness as a sire, though, is a rather plain horse, and he sires offspring that are usually equally plain or

worse. Therefore he has never been anywhere near as popular at the sales as his record deserves. Smart Strike currently ranks 18th on the list of sires of yearlings with an average of $133,333, more than $200,000 less than his principal rivals for leading sire. Perhaps someday buyers will figure out that Smart Strikes do not have to be beautiful to run fast, but I would not bet on it.

Two horses, who have had breakout seasons this year on the racetrack stand almost $150,000 apart in yearling average this year, partly because of timing, and partly because of the irrational US prejudice against turf horses. War Front, a good sprinter by Danzig, who won at Grade 2 level and ran second in the Vosburgh (G1) and Forego (G1) Stakes, made a big impression early in the year when his son Soldat won the Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2), and followed up with Grade 1-winning sprinter The Factor and Del Mar Oaks (G1) winner Summer Soiree later in the year. War Front has also sired Irish stakes winner Warning Flag, so he should appeal to Europeans as well. Some of those victories came early enough in the year to make yearlings by War Front a hot commodity at the sales this year, and his average soared to $204,080, an amazing eighth on the list of leading sires of yearlings, ahead of such established sires as Indian Charlie, Medaglia d’Oro, Awesome Again, Giant’s Causeway and Smart Strike. War Front’s first crop has excelled on dirt, turf and synthetic, they mature early, and he gets a lot of lengthy, powerful horses, so he has become just about every commercial breeder’s idea of the next big thing. War Front has nine stakes winners this year. Kitten’s Joy has 12, but his yearling average this year was only $64,938. The main reason is that all 12 of those stakes winners earned their black-type on turf or synthetic, and Kitten’s Joy himself was champion turf horse in 2004. Most US commercial breeders simply are not interested. Kitten’s Joy also sired a Breeders’ Cup winner, when Stephanie’s Kitten followed up her Alcibiades Stakes (G1) win on synthetic with a dramatic, final furlong surge to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf (G2). Obviously Kitten’s Joy is an excellent prospect to sire major European winners, which should improve his sales profile over time as European buyers catch on to what is happening. That could happen sooner rather than later after his juvenile son Real Solution scored an impressive debut win in Italy on November 8. Like 15 of Kitten’s Joy’s 16 stakes winners to date, Real Solution was bred, and in this case is still owned, by Kitten’s Joy’s ownerbreeder Ken Ramsay, a charmingly eccentric cell phone billionaire who supported his champion liberally when no one else would breed to him during his first few seasons.

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us sires Ramsay recently announced that Kitten’s Joy will stand for $50,000 in 2012. Time to reap the benefits of that support. Kitten’s Joy currently ranks 16th on the general sires’ list, but if his subsequent crops are as good as his first two, that will change. US breeders have decided Bernardini is going to be the next big thing. The champion three-year-old of 2006 is gorgeous, has a great pedigree, and his first crop includes three Grade 1 winners, what could go wrong? Well, the two juvenile top-level winners by Bernardini in 2010, Biondetti and A Z Warrior, did not win a race between them this year, and his three-year-old Travers Stakes (G1) winner Stay Thirsty was not even the best three-year-old in his own stable.

Bernardini already has two juvenile stakes winners from his second crop and he is clearly going to be a good sire, but he has shown no indication that he is going to be the second coming of Northern Dancer, or indeed of his own sire A.P. Indy, which is what American breeders want him to be. Bernardini does get good horses on both sides of the Atlantic, and along with his barn mates Street Cry and Medaglia D’Oro will give Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley in Kentucky a strong hand at the sales for years to come. Meanwhile the Sheikh’s chief international rival, Coolmore, has taken an interesting tack in their stallion selections for the last two years at their Kentucky outpost at Ashford Stud. Last year, they secured the services of

Leading US Sires 2011 (to November 10, 2011) Stallion Distorted Humor Giant’s Causeway Tapit Smart Strike More Than Ready Medaglia d’Oro Malibu Moon Tale of the Cat Speightstown Unbridled’s Song Elusive Quality Fusaichi Pegasus Stormy Atlantic Dynaformer Awesome Again Kitten’s Joy Mineshaft Grand Slam Northern Afleet Bernstein Include Forestry Roman Ruler Bernardini Songandaprayer Indian Charlie Maria’s Mon Yes It’s True Street Cry Langfuhr

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DoB 1993 1997 2001 1992 1997 1999 1997 1994 1998 1993 1993 1997 1994 1985 1994 2001 1999 1995 1993 1997 1997 1996 2002 2003 1998 1995 1993 1996 1998 1992

results include progeny performances in all of the major international racing nations

Sire

Crops

Rnrs

Wnrs

%

Forty Niner Storm Cat Pulpit Mr. Prospector Southern Halo El Prado A.P. Indy Storm Cat Gone West Unbridled Gone West Mr. Prospector Storm Cat Roberto Deputy Minister El Prado A.P. Indy Gone West Afleet Storm Cat Broad Brush Storm Cat Fusaichi Pegasus A.P. Indy Unbridled’s Song In Excess (IRE) Wavering Monarch Is It True Machiavellian Danzig

10 8 4 12 8 4 9 10 4 12 10 8 10 19 10 3 5 10 10 8 6 9 3 2 7 10 11 8 6 11

118 131 115 117 164 89 116 144 123 93 123 144 136 72 88 95 68 151 117 176 114 101 91 44 148 86 110 101 117 113

243 333 221 246 437 187 261 347 207 181 308 343 261 166 167 186 136 328 247 366 201 188 154 122 262 169 213 207 285 251

48 39 52 47 37 47 44 41 59 51 39 41 52 43 52 51 50 46 47 48 56 53 59 36 56 50 51 48 41 45

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2009 champion US two-year-old and 2010 champion three-year-old Lookin At Lucky, one of the handsomer sons of Smart Strike, and this year their principal acquisition has been 2010 champion two-year-old Uncle Mo, by the dirt horse Indian Charlie. Lookin At Lucky won Grade 1s on synthetic as well as dirt, but he would look quite at home in the paddock at Ascot or Newmarket, but Uncle Mo is the epitome of the US dirt horse, tall and overwhelmingly powerful. While the Sheikh’s Dubawi may finally make it interesting for Coolmore on European sire lists over the next few years, the contest between Coolmore and Darley soon could be just as competitive on the US sire list. Things are just getting interesting.

SWnrs 17 20 13 12 19 10 13 11 12 8 15 9 11 10 9 13 6 12 11 16 7 6 4 8 5 14 8 3 17 5

Earnings

Top performer

10,095,641 9,829,684 9,810,913 8,817,079 8,203,313 7,560,081 7,449,269 7,353,056 7,242,726 7,162,095 6,752,126 6,643,983 6,268,611 6,243,722 6,236,439 6,210,828 5,933,618 5,683,350 5,667,881 5,651,557 5,522,638 5,445,710 5,440,687 5,431,938 5,332,869 5,312,158 5,206,662 5,200,129 5,153,359 5,020,332

Drosselmeyer A Shin G Line Hansen My Miss Aurelia Regally Ready Plum Pretty Strike the Moon Gio Ponti Do Slice La Verita Sepoy Imbarco Get Stormy Blue Bunting Game On Dude Stephanie’s Kitten It’s Tricky Apriority Amazombie Signature Red St. John’s River Shackleford Ruler On Ice Stay Thirsty Foundry no Chikara Uncle Mo Awesome Maria Earth Sound Carlton House Euroears


Power. Passion. Performance. Contact Michael Hernon 001-859-293-2676 www.gainesway.com


BEARSTONE STUD

THE SOURCE OF SPEED

FIREBREAK Group 1 Millionaire Miler - Group 1 Sire The Leading Sire of 2YO's in GB & IRE since 2009 by % Stakes winners to runners Another hugely successful year, highlighted by the speedy Group class two-year-old Caledonia Lady and a yearling average at the major sales of over £33,000

INDESATCHEL Classic-placed dual Group winner A fast emerging son of sire of sires Danehill Dancer, and with a growing reputation His impressive two year old strike rate this season equals the achievements of Royal Applause and Kheleyf and his yearlings made up to almost £40,000

MAJOR CADEAUX Top class sprinter/miler and multiple Group winner An exceptional son of an exceptional sire with his first yearlings in 2012 Too good on the racecourse for Dutch Art (champion 1st crop sire in 2011) and Holy Roman Emperor (champion 2nd crop and 2yo sire in 2011) and he's now aiming to emulate them at stud

All £3,500 Oct 1st Live Foal Free Return Special Offer for 2012 'Free Keep Fees' for visiting mares Enquiries: Terry or Margaret Holdcroft or Mark Pennell, Bearstone Stud, Market Drayton, Shropshire TF9 4HF Office: 44 (0)1630 647197 Mobile: 44 (0)7974 948755 e: enquiries@bearstonestud.co.uk w: www.bearstonestud.co.uk


european yearling sales

Stallion yearling sale results By sire name and including those sires with two or more yearlings sold at European yearling sales in 2011. The 2009 covering fee in own currency is included for comparison with the sire’s median i.e. if the median is less than the covering fee, then over half of that’s sire’s sold stock was not profitable against that fee (without costs)

Stallion yearling results: 2011 (one or more sold)

includes all 2011 Flat yearling sales

Stallion

Lots

Aggregate

Highest

Average £

Academy Award (IRE) Acclamation (GB) Ad Valorem (USA) Alhaarth (IRE) Amadeus Wolf (GB) American Post (GB) Anabaa (USA) Anabaa Blue (GB) Antonius Pius (USA) Apsis (GB) Araafa (IRE) Arakan (USA) Arch (USA) Archange d’Or (IRE) Areion (GER) Assertive (GB) Astronomer Royal (USA) Auction House (USA) Aussie Rules (USA) Authorized (IRE) Avonbridge (GB) Azamour (IRE) Bachelor Duke (USA) Bahamian Bounty (GB) Balmont (USA) Baltic King (GB) Barathea (IRE) Beat Hollow (GB) Bernardini (USA) Bernstein (USA) Bertolini (USA) Big Shuffle (USA) Binary File (USA) Black Sam Bellamy (IRE) Blackdoun (FR) Blu Air Force (IRE) Boreal (GER)

25 66 11 13 31 11 21 3 26 2 11 3 10 7 6 12 24 5 31 49 20 17 11 55 2 10 8 11 3 2 22 19 7 8 2 7 2

122,657 5,336,852 47,650 94,416 364,637 189,191 1,286,802 20,114 203,577 19,293 47,744 9,439 969,803 39,408 48,849 122,305 525,580 30,380 403,240 1,975,248 202,126 577,832 58,611 1,663,325 1,065 106,499 155,000 87,725 228,833 81,809 263,047 375,196 42,401 95,501 12,315 70,195 8,620

23,718 370,000 10,672 22,166 33,000 41,050 205,254 12,315 34,285 18,062 8,210 6,978 279,145 14,778 12,315 28,571 49,261 8,095 45,714 180,000 52,000 110,837 18,061 120,000 820 50,000 73,891 45,000 147,783 68,000 75,000 42,692 12,069 22,000 10,673 21,346 4,926

5,151 84,904 4,548 7,625 12,350 18,059 64,340 7,039 8,220 10,128 4,557 3,303 101,829 5,910 8,548 10,702 22,994 6,380 13,657 42,327 10,611 35,690 5,594 31,754 559 11,181 20,344 8,374 80,091 42,949 12,554 20,734 6,360 12,534 6,465 10,528 4,526

Median £ 3,917 61,672 4,310 3,619 9,482 11,207 56,034 4,741 6,382 10,128 3,199 1,723 58,189 4,310 8,404 7,499 18,965 6,999 10,344 25,862 6,382 25,862 1,723 25,200 559 6,249 9,913 2,625 43,103 42,949 8,810 18,965 7,183 12,172 6,465 8,621 4,526

2009 covering fee unknown €25,000 €7,000 €8,000 €8,000 €7,000 €30,000 €6,000 €5,000 €2,000 £9,000 €3,000 $25,000 €4,000 €,5000 £4,000 €,8000 £4,000 €8,000 €25,000 £4,500 €15,000 €7,500 £10,000 €5,000 €3,500 €15,000 £6,500 $75,000 $27,500 €4,000 €10,000 unknown £4,500 €,2500 private €4,000

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Lots

Aggregate

Bosun’s Watch (GB) Byron (GB) Cadeaux Genereux Camacho (GB) Cape Cross (IRE) Captain Marvelous (IRE) Captain Rio (GB) Carlotamix (FR) Catcher In The Rye (IRE) Celtic Swing (GB) Central Park (IRE) Chevalier (IRE) Chineur (FR) Choisir (AUS) Clodovil (IRE) Cockney Rebel (IRE) Colossus (IRE) Compton Place (GB) Country Reel (USA) Daggers Drawn (USA) Dai Jin (GB) Dalakhani (IRE) Danehill Dancer (IRE) Danroad (AUS) Dansili (GB) Dark Angel (IRE) Dashing Blade Della Francesca (USA) Desert Prince (IRE) Desert Style (IRE) Diamond Green (FR) Distant Thunder (USA) Doyen (IRE) Dr Devious (IRE) Dr Fong (USA) Dubai Destination (USA) Dubawi (IRE) Duke of Marmalade (IRE) Dustoori (GB) Dutch Art (GB) Dyhim Diamond (IRE) Dylan Thomas (IRE) Early March (GB) Echo of Light (GB) Eishin Dunkirk (USA) Elnadim (USA) Elusive City (USA) Elusive Quality (USA) Enrique (GB) Exceed And Excel (AUS) Excellent Art (GB)

9 33 7 20 49 23 10 5 4 7 5 3 10 18 33 17 3 28 27 3 3 40 54 4 22 49 4 12 6 22 13 2 13 2 7 14 30 78 8 52 4 49 9 5 18 24 71 12 4 52 60

15,047 268,453 154,761 241,563 4,339,384 236,741 96,186 33,660 23,528 34,887 8,093 25,941 71,298 279,476 434,954 196,018 10,673 654,616 346,483 11,904 35,713 3,714,836 6,060,441 55,334 2,688,052 1,689,195 47,618 138,749 71,837 347,179 129,186 1,915 123,423 19,704 51,600 127,817 2,437,165 4,725,964 10,853 1,883,872 16,420 1,636,404 65,679 95,731 74,340 505,268 2,048,647 1,013,076 35,303 3,412,972 1,821,907

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Highest

Average £

3,648 37,000 60,000 37,000 500,000 32,380 47,619 12,315 12,315 9,851 5,000 21,345 19,047 61,904 90,311 61,904 4,926 105,000 43,513 6,157 13,957 400,000 400,000 42,857 480,000 170,000 13,957 30,377 19,704 53,366 27,367 1,003 31,198 11,494 16,420 24,630 250,000 340,000 2,280 95,000 6,568 119,047 18,062 70,000 15,508 78,095 125,000 190,000 16,420 260,000 210,000

1,755 8,541 23,213 12,682 92,986 10,808 10,099 7,069 6,176 5,232 1,699 9,079 7,485 16,302 13,839 12,107 3,735 24,548 13,474 4,166 12,499 97,514 117,842 14,525 128,293 36,197 12,499 12,140 12,571 16,569 10,434 1,005 9,969 10,345 7,740 9,585 85,300 63,618 1,424 38,039 4,310 35,066 7,662 20,103 4,337 22,105 30,297 88,644 9,266 68,916 31,883

Median £ 1,244 4,999 18,900 6,954 52,500 8,619 6,895 7,327 5,387 6,033 799 4,309 5,688 11,207 8,500 6,999 4,310 21,525 8,621 4,310 13,361 72,282 99,913 6,292 92,672 25,999 14,223 7,327 12,714 9,913 9,999 1,005 6,896 10,345 7,327 9,051 63,827 41,689 1,149 32,550 4,310 22,412 6,465 9,483 4,166 19,396 22,000 72,975 9,483 54,266 19,888

2009 covering fee unknown £4,000 £10,000 €3,000 €35,000 €5,000 €5,000 €2,500 €4,000 €4,000 £1,500 €3,500 €5,000 €8,000 €12,000 £8,000 €,6000 £7,500 €1500 €5,000 €7,500 €50,000 private €3,000 £65,000 €7,500 €7,000 €4,000 €6,500 €,6000 €7,000 unknown €5,000 €9,000 £6,000 £7,000 £15,000 €40,000 unknown £6,000 €3,000 €35,000 €2,300 £4,000 unknown €6,000 €12,500 $75,000 €3,000 £12,000 €17,500


european yearling sales Stallion

Lots

Aggregate

Fair Mix (IRE) Falco (USA) Final Appearance (IRE) Firebreak (GB) Fol Parade (ARG) Footstepsinthesand (GB) Fraam (GB) Fragrant Wells (FR) Funambule (USA) Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) Galileo (IRE) Gentlewave (IRE) Giant’s Causeway (USA) Gold Away (IRE) Gold Sphinx (USA) Gold Well (GB) Great Exhibition (USA) Great Journey (JPN) Green Desert (USA) Green Tune (USA) Haafhd (GB) Haatef (USA) Halling (USA) Hannouma (IRE) Hard Spun (USA) Heart of Oak (USA) Henrythenavigator (USA) Hernando (FR) High Chaparral (IRE) Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) Hurricane Cat (USA) Hurricane Run (IRE) Idaho Quest (GB) Iffraaj (GB) Indesatchel (IRE) Indian Haven (GB) Indian River (FR) Indian Rocket (GB) Intikhab (USA) Invincible Spirit (IRE) Ishiguru (USA) Ivan Denisovich (IRE) Jeremy (USA) Johannesburg (USA) Johnny Red Kerr (USA) Kalanisi (IRE) Kaldounevees (FR) Kallisto (GER) Keltos (FR) Kentucky Dynamite (USA) Key of Luck (USA)

2 28 4 6 2 62 3 4 4 2 55 13 8 14 7 2 2 7 12 19 19 20 16 10 2 6 18 14 39 75 6 42 2 40 18 12 9 8 22 60 16 3 41 11 3 7 2 2 2 12 6

2,094 484,703 9,654 101,395 24,219 1,304,874 11,218 27,913 6,384 38,062 14,437,421 93,110 523,206 277,087 25,040 1,693 7,593 126,845 560,087 385,872 211,430 384,462 478,819 110,835 239,572 7,205 1,076,592 356,068 1,263,678 2,204,743 55,416 1,451,665 3,071 1,209,361 164,060 90,716 9,188 116,171 532,090 5,004,568 229,377 13,545 850,673 292,336 7,799 55,805 11,904 15,599 28,735 128,487 29,224

Highest 1,142 45,155 3,511 70,000 19,704 106,731 4,378 10,673 2,280 20,000 1,700,000 24,630 145,000 82,101 9,852 1,313 7,389 61,576 150,000 106,732 34,285 82,100 86,206 28,735 139,572 2,280 150,000 62,000 155,993 155,993 20,525 180,623 1,974 160,000 38,000 17,500 2,298 37,766 115,000 361,247 40,000 10,673 69,785 50,903 3,284 14,761 8,620 13,136 18,062 49,261 6,666

Average £

Median £

1,099 18,176 2,534 17,744 12,714 22,098 3,926 7,327 1,676 19,983 275,623 7,520 68,670 20,781 3,756 888 3,986 19,026 49,007 21,324 11,683 20,184 31,422 11,637 125,775 1,260 62,801 26,705 34,022 30,866 9,698 36,291 1,612 31,746 9,570 7,937 1,071 15,247 25,394 87,579 15,053 4,741 21,785 27,905 2,729 8,371 6,250 8,189 15,085 11,242 5,114

1,099 17,241 2,418 5,513 12,714 12,499 3,830 7,757 1,676 19,983 162,750 6,034 60,375 15,517 2,586 888 3,986 6,896 37,771 17,241 7,757 17,672 31,604 9,483 125,775 958 42,551 18,407 21,551 21,000 7,112 27,443 1,612 18,102 6,492 4,524 861 9,266 10,421 60,344 13,249 2,155 16,800 28,350 2,586 8,447 6,250 8,189 15,085 7,758 5,603

2009 covering fee £2,000 €12,000 unknown £3,000 unknown €12,500 unknown unknown unknown $30,000 private €4,500 $125,000 €3,500 €2,500 €1,500 €1,250 €6,000 £25,000 €15,000 £8,000 €6,500 £8,000 €3,000 $4,0000 unknown $65,000 £12,000 €10,000 €25,000 €3,000 €20,000 €1,300 €8,000 £3,000 €6,000 €2,500 €3,500 €7,000 €50,000 £3,500 €4,000 €8,000 $35,000 unknown €6,000 €,5000 €2,500 €2,500 €3,000 €9,000

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Lots

Aggregate

Kheleyf (USA) King’s Best (USA) Kingsalsa (USA) Kodiac (GB) Konigstiger (GER) Kyllachy (GB) Lando (GER) Lawman (FR) Layman (USA) Le Fou (IRE) Lemon Drop Kid (USA) Librettist (USA) Linda’s Lad (GB) Linngari (IRE) Lion Heart (USA) Literato (FR) Lomitas (GB) Lord du Sud (FR) Lord of England (GER) Lucky Story (USA) Mahler (GB) Majestic Missile (IRE) Mamool (IRE) Manduro (GER) Marju (IRE) Medaglia d’Oro (USA) Medecis (GB) Medicean (GB) Melmac (SWE) Meshaheer (USA) Miesque’s Son (USA) Milk It Mick (GB) Mirio (FR) Misu Bond (IRE) Mizzen Mast (USA) Monsieur Bond (IRE) Monsun (GER) Montjeu (IRE) More Than Ready (USA) Moss Vale (IRE) Most Welcome Motivator (GB) Mount Nelson (GB) Mountain High (IRE) Mr Greeley (USA) Muhtathir (GB) Mujadil (USA) Mujahid (USA) Multiplex (GB) Mustameet (USA) Namid (GB)

70 39 4 24 2 56 15 42 8 2 4 22 2 14 2 15 3 2 3 4 4 8 3 33 18 4 7 51 3 6 2 2 2 4 4 8 9 30 3 31 3 32 50 2 10 31 21 4 24 2 4

1,874,554 808,953 52,772 389,849 5,098 2,511,384 325,594 1,490,777 57,651 4,926 435,311 286,118 20,525 223,313 44,564 371,095 105,089 6,157 147,782 28,570 34,677 118,951 49,260 1,383,722 1,123,276 358,833 116,993 1,391,615 5,472 52,133 11,119 12,380 2,554 28,855 229,876 268,551 929,060 4,997,198 149,095 369,601 7,206 548,264 1,764,826 7,387 465,197 772,763 353,198 19,704 320,962 4,760 41,322

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Average £

Median £

220,000 57,471 20,000 57,142 3,730 220,000 77,996 102,626 10,672 4,105 155,000 28,735 16,420 53,366 36,945 90,311 77,996 4,926 69,786 13,333 22,857 55,000 24,630 328,407 213,463 131,362 61,576 120,000 3,192 16,420 7,389 9,523 1,642 9,523 98,522 140,000 221,674 520,000 65,681 41,050 5,473 98,522 150,000 4,761 100,000 55,829 75,000 7,389 145,000 3,612 22,987

28,118 21,779 13,853 17,055 2,676 47,088 22,791 37,269 7,566 2,586 114,268 13,655 10,775 16,748 23,396 25,976 36,780 3,232 51,723 7,499 9,102 15,611 17,241 44,027 65,524 94,193 17,549 28,650 1,915 9,122 5,837 6,500 1,341 7,574 60,342 35,246 108,389 174,902 52,183 12,518 2,522 17,990 37,061 3,878 48,845 26,173 17,659 5,172 14,042 2,499 10,847

18,949 18,965 13,793 16,758 2,676 34,125 18,965 28,878 7,758 2,586 126,163 11,207 10,775 12,069 23,396 14,655 20,689 3,232 57,758 6,500 5,042 11,206 13,793 27,300 37,434 89,250 15,517 17,999 1,436 9,051 5,837 6,500 1,341 8,149 61,202 17,999 86,206 156,336 59,999 12,068 958 10,500 29,880 3,878 47,413 23,275 12,999 5,603 4,499 2,499 7,902

2009 covering fee €12,000 €15,000 €12,000 €4,000 €3,000 £10,000 €10,000 €20,000 €5,000 €1,500 $50,000 €7,000 €3,500 €5,000 $20,000 €6,000 unknown unknown €3,000 £3,000 €2,500 €4,000 €3,750 £20,000 €20,000 $40,000 €4,000 £15,000 unknown €2,500 €5,000 £3,500 unknown £1,750 $17,500 £3,000 private private $45,000 €4,000 unknown £10,000 £10,000 €3,000 $10,0000 €15,000 €10,000 €7,000 £4,000 private €4,000


CLODOVIL

PROVEN GROUP 1 SIRE BY DANEHILL A leading sire of 2yos in 2011 with 24 individual 2yo winners* (51% winners to runners), including COUPE DE VILLE and MISS LAHAR (* to 21st October) Also sire of SECRET ASSET, 2nd in the Gr.1 Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp in 2011 2011 yearlings made up to €110,000 (Shadwell) and are in training with Richard Hannon (3), Mick Channon and Mark Johnston, etc.

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CHAMPION UK TRAINED 2YO BY DANEHILL DANCER TFR 126, rated just 1lb behind European Champion 2yo New Approach Defeated Gr.1 winners Raven’s Pass, Rio de la Plata, Dark Angel and Campanologist Dam half sister to Gr.2 winner and dual Gr.1 placed HAWAJIS FIRST CROP FOALS IN 2012

5,000 1st October

THOUSAND WORDS GROUP WINNING 2YO BY DANSILI

Bred on the same Danzig – Northern Dancer cross as leading sire OASIS DREAM Rated above Duke of Marmalade, Cockney Rebel and Sakhee’s Secret at 2. 1st crop yearlings made €41,000, €35,000, €32,000, etc, in 2011 and are in training with Richard Hannon, David Evans,, Charlie Hills, etc. FIRST CROP 2YOS IN 2012

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european yearling sales Stallion

Lots

Aggregate

Nayef (USA) New Approach (IRE) Nobileo (GB) Nombre Premier (GB) Notnowcato (GB) Oasis Dream (GB) Observatory (USA) One Cool Cat (USA) Oratorio (IRE) Orpen (USA) Overbury (IRE) Panis (USA) Papal Bull (GB) Pastoral Pursuits (GB) Peer Gynt (JPN) Peintre Celebre (USA) Phoenix Reach (IRE) Piccolo (GB) Pistachio (GB) Pivotal (GB) Platini (GER) Poliglote (GB) Proclamation (IRE) Proud Citizen (USA) Rail Link (GB) Rakti (GB) Ramonti (FR) Ransom O’War (USA) Raven’s Pass (USA) Red Clubs (IRE) Redback (GB) Refuse To Bend (IRE) Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) Royal Applause (GB) Royal Assault (USA) Russian Blue (IRE) Sabiango (GER) Saddex (GB) Saffron Walden (FR) Sagacity (FR) Sageburg (IRE) Sakhee (USA) Sakhee’s Secret (GB) Samum (GER) Sandwaki (USA) Selkirk (USA) Shahin (USA) Shamardal (USA) Shirocco (GER) Sholokhov (IRE) Silvano (GER)

30 38 5 4 22 43 5 14 74 18 4 9 9 40 5 21 2 15 3 49 3 3 2 4 18 6 13 2 19 56 23 42 58 74 5 2 5 3 2 2 2 19 54 18 2 2 3 59 59 8 17

1,372,436 5,049,337 7,022 27,092 355,209 5,390,954 77,716 105,833 1,450,909 212,437 5,426 113,707 81,194 615,729 85,384 750,968 12,000 152,312 15,040 4,360,347 94,005 38,587 30,323 174,051 247,211 15,768 179,708 4,926 2,014,657 1,219,450 217,819 588,960 1,883,877 2,533,853 38,176 41,050 40,950 51,723 11,493 9,441 13,957 386,857 1,336,665 309,353 45,976 204,630 4,926 4,253,698 1,198,603 334,972 354,763

Highest

Average £

Median £

210,000 500,000 2,280 19,704 90,000 700,000 36,945 25,451 76,190 34,482 1,904 34,482 23,000 61,904 27,914 135,000 7,000 34,482 11,859 360,000 86,206 31,198 29,523 114,941 52,545 4,761 52,380 2,463 260,000 150,000 30,476 73,891 180,000 260,000 18,062 24,630 14,595 32,840 6,157 5,336 11,494 75,000 95,000 57,471 41,050 180,000 1,642 350,000 86,206 164,203 41,050

48,034 139,521 1,474 7,112 16,952 131,640 16,320 7,937 20,586 12,392 1,424 13,266 9,472 16,163 17,930 37,548 6,300 10,662 5,264 93,435 32,902 13,505 15,919 45,688 14,420 2,759 14,514 2,586 111,336 22,864 9,944 14,723 34,104 35,953 8,017 21,551 8,600 18,103 6,033 4,956 7,327 21,378 25,991 18,045 24,137 107,431 1,724 75,701 21,331 43,965 21,911

43,103 105,000 1,436 3,232 6,174 89,744 13,793 5,171 13,793 9,051 1,449 12,931 6,300 9,955 12,931 24,137 6,300 5,460 2,188 67,999 4,741 6,896 15,919 28,447 11,284 2,331 8,619 2,586 77,586 14,327 6,033 11,421 21,982 29,355 6,034 21,551 8,621 12,069 6,033 4,956 7,327 11,207 21,500 18,103 24,137 107,431 1,724 52,500 14,655 22,413 18,965

2009 covering fee £15,000 £30,000 unknown private £6,000 £30,000 £6,000 €9,000 €17,500 €6,000 £3,500 €5,000 €7,500 £4,500 €2,500 €20,000 £3,500 £5,000 unknown £65,000 €4,000 €8,000 £3,000 $30,000 £9,000 €5,000 €5,000 €4,500 €40,000 €10,000 €5,000 €12,000 €27,500 £9,000 €10,000 €3,000 €3,000 €5,000 €4,000 €2,500 €3,000 £8,000 £6,500 €25,000 €1,500 £25,000 €3,500 €20,000 €1,000 €4,500 €8,000

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european yearling sales Stallion

Lots

Aggregate

Singspiel (IRE) Sinndar (IRE) Sir Percy (GB) Sixties Icon (GB) Sleeping Indian (GB) Slickly (FR) Soave (GER) Soldier Hollow (GB) Songline (SWE) Special Quest (FR) Speightstown (USA) Spirit One (FR) Sternkoenig (IRE) Stormy Atlantic (USA) Stormy River (FR) Strategic Prince (GB) Street Boss (USA) Street Sense (USA) Stroll (USA) Sunday Break (JPN) Swedish Shave (FR) Tagula (IRE) Tale of The Cat (USA) Tamayuz (GB) Tapit (USA) Teofilo (IRE) Terroir (IRE) Tertullian (USA) Thousand Words (GB) Three Valleys (USA) Tiger Hill (IRE) Tobougg (IRE) Touch Down (GER) Toylsome (GB) Trade Fair (GB) Trans Island (GB) Trempolino (USA) Troon (GB) Turtle Bowl (IRE) Vatori (FR) Verglas (IRE) Vespone (IRE) Visindar (GB) Vita Rosa (JPN) War Chant (USA) Way of Light (USA) Whipper (USA) Windsor Knot (IRE) With Approval (CAN) Zafeen (FR) Zamindar (USA)

28 16 28 8 29 17 5 4 6 17 5 2 2 4 30 17 6 2 3 11 2 10 3 35 2 60 2 4 26 15 32 7 2 3 4 4 2 4 23 2 66 2 2 2 2 5 31 3 5 2 41

983,687 312,380 862,003 127,723 347,878 455,659 60,343 97,700 23,260 96,692 268,677 15,599 21,346 266,941 592,763 350,267 168,922 134,646 20,525 132,591 2,919 138,854 58,290 1,770,894 123,151 4,038,331 3,101 102,214 276,204 61,592 264,413 35,870 29,556 33,661 17,372 12,105 50,902 4,651 293,507 7,799 1,520,422 13,136 9,031 10,398 76,000 13,135 496,449 9,118 69,212 63,000 1,631,678

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Highest 150,000 38,587 260,000 58,000 49,523 197,044 26,272 55,008 9,122 37,305 65,000 9,031 14,778 110,000 102,627 150,000 41,050 114,942 9,852 32,840 1,642 55,000 45,155 150,000 90,311 250,000 2,189 40,000 34,285 16,420 40,000 8,095 21,346 18,062 5,910 6,978 31,198 1,642 36,945 6,568 172,413 11,494 6,568 9,030 40,000 4,926 59,113 6,000 30,000 60,000 180,000

Average £ 36,888 20,499 32,324 16,763 12,595 28,143 12,671 25,646 4,070 5,971 56,422 8,189 11,207 70,072 20,746 21,633 29,561 70,689 7,183 12,656 1,532 14,579 20,402 53,126 64,654 70,670 1,628 26,831 11,154 4,311 8,675 5,380 15,517 11,781 4,560 3,177 26,724 1,220 13,399 4,094 24,188 6,896 4,741 5,459 39,900 2,758 16,815 3,191 14,534 33,075 41,787

Median £ 17,850 17,451 22,050 10,094 10,344 12,931 9,483 17,672 3,112 3,340 63,000 8,189 11,207 67,308 17,241 9,975 31,225 70,689 6,896 9,483 1,532 11,559 9,482 33,600 64,654 52,500 1,628 26,196 7,878 2,940 5,904 6,000 15,517 12,069 4,725 2,175 26,724 1,100 12,069 4,094 14,655 6,896 4,741 5,459 39,900 1,293 10,345 2,585 8,189 33,075 34,482

2009 covering fee £15,000 €10,000 £7,000 £6,000 £4,000 €7,000 unknown €6,500 unknown unknown $35,000 private €2,900 $45,000 €8,000 €6,000 $25,000 $60,000 €12,000 €4,000 unknown €4,000 $30,000 €15,000 $35,000 €25,000 unknown €4,000 €5,000 £5,000 £12,000 £2,500 €3,000 €5,000 £3,000 €3,000 €8,000 unknown €3,500 unknown €10,000 €3,000 unknown £4,500 $15,000 €4,000 €12,000 €4,000 £4,500 £3,000 £15,000


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the golden gavel awards 2011

The Golden Gavels 2011

The inaugural bloodstock awards for the great, the good, the not so good and the mildly amusing through 2011

Bloodstock agent of the year:

Most profitable racehorse of the year:

A tight contest between Peter and Ross Doyle for the multitude of winners and top-class ones bought for and trained by Richard Hannon; David Redvers for giving Sheikh Fahad Al Thani a year in racing to remember.

Stallion that everyone now claims they never lost faith in:

Exceed And Excel who produced the Group 1 winners Excelebration and Margot Did in the northern hemisphere (as well as Group 2 winner Best Terms) and Helmet in Australia. His yearling average jumped up by around 30,000gns this autumn.

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Trevor Jones incorporating Pacemaker

Stallion that everyone had lost faith in: Dubai Destination. The

son of Kingmambo transferred to Glenvale Stud – Rathbarry’s NH division for 2010 standing at a fee of €3,500 after a retiring to stud at a fee of £25,000. This year, the sire has had 45 winners at a 26 per cent strike rate on the Flat with Family One, who finished second in the Prix Morny (G1), the Group 3 Sceptre Stakes winner Alanza, Tattersalls Stakes (G3) runner-up Farraaj, and multiple Group race performer Measuring Time, who was sold at the Horses in Training Sales for 310,000gns, among his leading performers. 132 www.internationalthoroughbred.net

Tell Dad (Intikhab) has made money at every stage of his young life. His sire Intikhab stood at €8,000 in 2008 when his dam Don’t Tell Mum was covered; Tell Dad subsequently sold as a yearling for 72,000gns in 2010. Trained by Richard Hannon for Andrew Tinkler, he then won £247,615 in prize-money and was sold to Lakin Bloodstock for 240,000gns at the HIT Sale.

Stud career avoidance award: goes to Twice Over, who at seven remains in training for 2012 STOP PRESS:

will Sea The Stars’s foal average be the highest ever?


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First-crop stallion surprise:

Sir Percy, who had ten winners through the 2011 season (including one stakes winner), at a strike rate of 42 per cent. His Salford Art finished fourth in the Fillies Mile (G1). Most people had forgotten he was a champion juvenile.

Most overused cliché in bloodstock:

Stallion buyers have woken up to:

Next year’s must have bloodstock fashion item: pyjamas

Kyllachy, the prolific winner-producing Cheveley Park stallion, whose yearling average increased to 44,000gns this autumn. Only three sires have had more than 100 “wins” in 2011 – Galileo, Exceed And Excel and Kyllachy.

Owner the bloodstock industry should be most thankful to:

Paul Fudge of Waratah Thoroughbreds. After a disappointing first day’s trade at the Arqana August Sale, Fudge went to €1.7million for the Galileo ex Sanjida filly, the highest price for a European yearling since 2007 (later topped at Tattersalls). Not only did Fudge help to turn the Arqana Sale around, but he also set the European 2011 yearling season on a positive note, reminding buyers that there is no disgrace to be seen spending a lot of money on horses.

First-crop stallion late developer:

Manduro, who is now the sire of seven winners. After a quiet summer, Bonfire ran in the Criterium International (G1). Well fancied, the Andrew Balding-trained runner failed to get a run, ending up a fast-finishing third. That wrong was righted by Mandaean in the last G1 of the season, the Criterium International at Saint-Cloud. Funny, Manduro still has had just one winner in Britain or Ireland and he has leapfrogged the stakes race ladder – these two Group 1 performers are his only stakes horses

Was it really necessary?

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“there’s plenty of money for the good ones”

Most overused WORD in racing: whip

Improved sale format:

Tattersalls October Yearling Sale

What we have had enough of:

boutique sales

Sale format that DID NOT work: Arqana August

Important maiden winner:

Tales Of Grimm, bought by Sir Robert Ogden for 320,000gns from Mocklershill Hill at the Craven Breeze-Up Sale. He is the winner of one maiden from one start, a race in which he beat Firdaws, the Fillies’ Mile third. His dam, Stupendous Miss, was subsequently bought at Keeneland by Sonia Rogers for $400,000

Surprisingly successful sale: Brightwells Breeze-Up

Small stud of the year: Bob McCreery’s Stowell Hill for its record-breaking sale at the DBS Premier Sale of the Oasis Dream ex Ronaldsay who fetched 280,000gns.

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Desert Classic (Green Desert-High Standard (Kris))

Wrote and Ryan Moore galloping to Juvenile Turf victory. The Aidan O’Brien-trained High Chaparral colt is from one of the best families in the stud book

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an a Grade 1 winner be said to be like a bus? It may be an unflattering comparison but Aidan O’Brien could be forgiven for likening the two, after his eight-year wait for top-level success at the Breeders’ Cup meeting ended in great style with the victories of Wrote and St Nicholas Abbey. It is somehow hard to believe that O’Brien last won a Grade 1 race at the Breeders’ Cup in 2003, with only Man Of Iron’s 2009 victory in the then-ungraded Marathon on the score board since. It is fitting, therefore, that the horse that put O’Brien back among the Grade 1 winners was Wrote, winner of the Juvenile Turf (G1), a son of his last top-level Breeders’ Cup hero, High Chaparral. That stallion took the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) in 2002 and 2003, first at Arlington and then when sharing honours at Santa Anita with the dead-heating Johar.

It is fitting that the horse that put O’Brien back among the Grade 1 winners was Wrote, a son of his last top-level Breeders’ Cup hero, High Chaparral

Mare of the month

mare of the month

On paper, Wrote may not have seemed the most likely candidate to break the drought for his trainer. Finale, winner of the Summer Stakes (G3) at Woodbine for Todd Pletcher and running for the same Coolmore triumvirate as Wrote,

was sent off the 4-1 favourite, but it was the latter who triumphed by two and a quarter lengths from Excaper in the mile contest. It is not often that future Breeders’ Cup winners debut at Roscommon, but that is where Wrote made his first racecourse appearance in August, finishing third in what the Racing Post called “a pleasing debut”. A week later he was back in action at Cork, breaking his maiden by a short head, and was turned out again after only a week to win a premier nursery handicap at Galway. Again, this may seem an unlikely venue, but it is worth noting that O’Brien’s Irish Derby winner Treasure Beach also won that same contest. The Royal Lodge Stakes (G2) was Wrote’s next port of call at Newmarket in September, and on lightning fast ground he could finish only third to his stable mates Daddy Long Legs and Tenth Star. Given plenty to do in that race, and clearly not entirely comfortable on the good

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Desert Classic (Green Desert-High Standard (Kris))

to firm going, Wrote’s connections could take heart from the race, even if few could have predicted that his next outing would encompass Grade 1 glory. Even fewer people would have tipped the colt for Breeders’ Cup success when he made his first appearance in the sales ring at Tattersalls December Foal Sale in 2009. When bidding stalled at 22,000gns, the colt was bought back by his breeder Rob Speers, stud groom at Mertoun Paddocks in Newmarket. Around 40 lots later, a High Chaparral brother to the Group 1-placed Lady Darshaan and half-brother to the Group 1 winner Total Gallery, was snapped up by Hugo Lascelles for 300,000gns. But what a difference a year makes. Last October, Wrote returned to Park Paddocks for the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 2, and this time found far more friends around the ring, with MV Magnier eventually making the winning bid of 145,000gns. That price tag was far and away above High Chaparral’s Book 2 average of 71,143gns for seven lots sold, and also far exceeded the total sale average of 32,470gns. Wrote’s yearling price tag is also easily the highest price achieved by a foal of his dam, Desert Classic. Prior to Wrote, the most expensive of her progeny had been Do It Yourself, a colt by Hurricane Run, who sold at Goffs Orby as a yearling for €60,000, a price that dropped to €48,000 when he was re-offered two months later at the Tattersalls December Yearling Sale. At that sale, he was purchased by Dirk Eisele’s BBA Germany so joining his yearolder half-sister Diara Angel (Hawk Wing) in Germany. Diara Angel is now the winner of one start over 1m2f in that country, while Do It Yourself has been placed once. Since foaling Wrote, Desert Classic has produced a filly by Excellent Art, who was withdrawn from Book 2 of this year’s Tattersalls October Yearling Sale. Sadly her colt foal of 2011, by Yeats, has died since birth. The mare is currently back in foal to Hurricane Run. Desert Classic, a daughter of Green

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The Juvenile Turf runners take the turn: Wrote is lying in second on the outside of the field

Desert bred by Maktoum Al Maktoum’s Gainsborough Stud Management Ltd, was herself something of a bargain buy, being snapped up by her current owner Speers for €24,000 at the 2006 Goffs February Sale, a price tag that looks even cheaper in view of her Grade 1-winning son. At the time, Desert Classic had not yet been bred, and her race record was not exactly a glowing endorsement. Unplaced in five starts, her best result came when fourth of 12, beaten 3l, in a Wolverhampton maiden in 2005. Indeed, although her own dam, High

Durrah, a daughter of Nijinsky, was superbly bred being a three-parts sister to the disqualified 2,000 Guineas winner and outstanding sire Nureyev

Mare of the month

Standard, had produced four winners from eight foals at the time, the only one to earn black-type was Al Moulatham, second by a short head in the Fairway Stakes (L) at Newmarket in 2005, but subsequently a minor performer. Two full siblings to Desert Classic plied their trade with some success at handicap level, with Summer Song and Tartan Gigha both a winner on seven occasions. However, while Desert Classic’s immediate family may have been no great shakes, one need not go too far back to uncover some stellar performers. The mare’s second dam Durrah, a daughter of Nijinsky who won a maiden in France at two for Criquette Head, was superbly bred, being a three-parts sister to the disqualified 2,000 Guineas winner and outstanding sire Nureyev (Northern Dancer). Durrah was also a sister to the Grade 2 winner Number, whose talented progeny include the Grand Criterium (G1) winner Jade Robbery, and the Grade 1-placed Bound. Perhaps most importantly, Durrah was also a half-sister to Fairy Bridge, dam of Wrote’s paternal grandsire Sadler’s Wells, surely the greatest stallion in Britain and Ireland of the post-war era. It may be nearly 30 years since the best performers of Wrote’s family were on the track, but his Grade 1 victory has certainly gone a long way to restoring past glories.


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international database Haras d’Etreham G3.

The Global Database

Data supplied by Weatherbys

EUROPE 906 - Prix des Reservoirs-Haras d’Etreham, G3, Deauville, October 18, 1600m 1 Boldogsag (FR) 2 ro f Layman (USA) Belga Wood (USA) (Woodman (USA)) 2 Mashoora (IRE) 2 ch f Barathea (IRE) Lovely Blossom (FR) (Spinning World (USA)) 3 Rajastani (IRE) 2 b f Zamindar (USA) Rocky Mistress (GB) (Rock of Gibraltar (IRE)) Age: 2; Starts: 3; Wins: 3; Places: 0 Earnings: £59,483 Sire: LAYMAN. Sire of 1 Stakes winners. In 2011 - BOLDOGSAG Woodman G3. 1st Dam: Belga Wood by Woodman. Dam of 6 winners: 2001: MISS BELGA BOUND (f Boundary) 4 wins in USA. Broodmare. 2002: BOSTON BELGA (f Boston Harbor) 3 wins at 2 and 3 in USA. 2004: MINNALOUSHE (f Black Minnaloushe) 3 wins at 4 and 5 in France. 2005: Drogenboos (c Beaudelaire) 2006: BARATOM (c Beaudelaire) 3 wins at 3 and 4 in France. 2008: BEOWULF (c Layman) Winner at 2 in France. 2009: BOLDOGSAG (f Layman) 3 wins at 2 in France, Prix des Reservoirs-

Broodmare Sire: WOODMAN. Sire of the dams of 156 Stakes winners. In 2011 - AMANEE Pivotal G1, ARCHARCHARCH Arch G1, BYWORD Peintre Celebre G2, HARBOUR WATCH Acclamation G2, HEADACHE Tapit G2, HURTLE MYRTLE Dane Shadow G2, BOLDOGSAG Layman G3, FIREBOLT Stravinsky G3, FRENCH NAVY Shamardal G3, VICTORIA’S WILDCAT Bellamy Road G3, ARTIC FERN Langfuhr LR, BEACHFIRE Indian Haven LR, CARBONEL Black Minnaloushe LR, COUP DE COEUR Exchange Rate LR, IT TIZ Tiznow LR, MENLO CASTLE Forest Danger LR, MILO Coats Choice LR, PRIMEVERE Singspiel LR, SET THE TREND Reset LR, SYMPHONY Eagle Eyed LR, CELTIX Linamix LR.

Halo Sunday Silence Wishing Well LAYMAN ch 2002 Nureyev Laiyl Alydaress BOLDOGSAG ro f 2009 Mr Prospector Woodman Playmate BELGA WOOD b 96 Al Nasr Madame Belga Belga

907 - Worthington’s St Simon Stakes, G3, Newbury, October 22, 12f 1 Beaten Up (GB) 3 b g Beat Hollow (GB) - Frog (GB) (Akarad (FR)) 2 Al Kazeem (GB) 3 b c Dubawi (IRE) Kazeem (GB) (Darshaan) 3 Barbican (GB) 3 b g Hurricane Run (IRE) - The Faraway Tree (GB) (Suave Dancer (USA)) Age: 3; Starts: 3; Wins: 3; Places: 0 Earnings: £39,427 Sire: BEAT HOLLOW. Sire of 13 Stakes winners. In 2011 - SEA MOON Alleged G2, BEATEN UP Akarad G3, VAGABOND SHOES Singspiel G3, NATURE SPIRITS Darshaan LR, RHYTHM OF LIGHT Danehill LR, BATTLE GROUP Top Ville LR. 1st Dam: FROG by Akarad. 5 wins at 3. Dam of 5 winners: 1998: SEL (f Salse) 2 wins at 2. Broodmare. 1999: FROGLET (f Shaamit) 3 wins at 3. Broodmare. 2000: Batto (g Slip Anchor) 2002: VALE DE LOBO (f Loup Sauvage) 5 wins. 2003: Rivetting (g Vettori) 2005: Pond (f Compton Place) ran on the flat in Belgium. 2007: HARRIS TWEED (g

Hernando) 4 wins at 3, Noel Murless S LR, freebets.co.uk Stand Cup LR, 2nd Hardwicke S G2. 2008: BEATEN UP (g Beat Hollow) 3 wins at 3, Worthington’s St Simon S G3. 2009: Vow (f Motivator) unraced to date. 2010: (f Sakhee) 2nd Dam: Best Girl Friend by Sharrood. unraced. Dam of PRINCIPE DOS MARES (c Vettori: C. Presidente Rafael A Paes de Barros LR, 3rd Grande Premio Dezesseis de Julho G2), Best Grey (c Ezzoud: 2nd Premio Villa Borghese LR, 3rd Derby Italiano G1), Record Holder (c Roi Normand: 2nd Grande Premio Gervasio Seabra G2), Ovo Frito (c Vettori: 2nd Classico Breno Caldas LR). Grandam of TONYA. Broodmare Sire: AKARAD. Sire of the dams of 46 Stakes winners. In 2011 AKARLINA Martaline G3, BEATEN UP Beat Hollow G3, SKINS GAME Diktat G3, RIVER CHOICE River Mist LR.

Northern Dancer Sadler’s Wells Fairy Bridge BEAT HOLLOW b 97 Dancing Brave Wemyss Bight Bahamian BEATEN UP b g 2008 Labus Akarad Licata FROG b 93 Sharrood Best Girl Friend Girl Friend

908 - Worthington’s Horris Hill Stakes, G3, Newbury, October 22, 7f 1 Tell Dad (GB) 2 b g Intikhab (USA) Don’t Tell Mum (IRE) (Dansili (GB)) 2 Saigon (GB) 2 b c Royal Applause (GB) - Luanshya (GB) (First Trump (GB)) 3 Hazaz (IRE) 2 b c Dubawi (IRE) - Treble Seven (USA) (Fusaichi Pegasus (USA)) Age: 2; Starts: 10; Wins: 3; Places: 5 Earnings: £247,615 Sire: INTIKHAB. Sire of 21 Stakes winners. In 2011 - GLEN’S DIAMOND Rainbow Quest G3, TELL DAD Dansili G3, KEMPES Royal Academy LR, SILK DRUM Kenmare LR. 1st Dam: DON’T TELL MUM by Dansili. 2 wins at 2 and 3. Dam of 2 winners: 2006: Tell Mum (f Marju) unraced. 2008: Khawatim (c Intikhab) 2 wins at 2 in France, 3rd Prix de Cabourg Jockey Club Turquie G3. 2009: TELL DAD (g Intikhab) Sold 72,000gns yearling at TAOC1. 3 wins at 2, Worthington’s Horris Hill S

G3. 2010: 2011:

(c Intikhab) (c Intikhab)

2nd Dam: Zinnia by Zilzal. ran once at 2. Dam of ICESOLATOR (g One Cool Cat: Betfair Betting National S LR, 3rd Bathwick Tyres Greenham S G3) Broodmare Sire: DANSILI. Sire of the dams of 1 Stakes winners. In 2011 TELL DAD Intikhab G3. The Intikhab/Dansili cross has produced: TELL DAD G3, Khawatim G3.

Roberto Red Ransom Arabia INTIKHAB b 94 Crafty Prospector Crafty Example Zienelle TELL DAD b g 2009 Danehill Dansili Hasili DON’T TELL MUM b 2002 Zilzal Zinnia Ibtihaj

909 - Premio St Leger Italiano, G3, Milan, October 22, 2800m 1 Altano (GER) 5 b c Galileo (IRE) Alanda (GER) (Lando (GER)) 2 Leo Gali (IRE) 4 b f Galileo (IRE) Reprise (GB) (Darshaan) 3 Lacateno (GB) 4 b c Green Tune (USA) - Lacatena (GER) (Acatenango (GER)) Age: 3-5; Starts: 17; Wins: 7; Places: 7 Earnings: £41,606 Sire: GALILEO. Sire of 102 Stakes winners. In 2011 - CAPE BLANCO Presidium G1, FRANKEL Danehill G1, GALIKOVA Blushing Groom G1, GOLDEN LILAC Danehill G1, IGUGU Intikhab G1, MAYBE Danehill G1, MISTY FOR ME Storm Cat G1, NATHANIEL Silver Hawk G1, RODERIC O’CONNOR Danehill G1, TOGETHER Pennekamp G1, TREASURE BEACH Mark of Esteem G1, DAVID LIVINGSTON Indian Ridge G2, IL SAGGIATORE Snippets G2, JOHANN ZOFFANY Royal Academy G2, ALTANO Lando G3, GALILEO’S CHOICE Sir Ivor G3, QUEST FOR PEACE Danehill Dancer G3, SENSE OF PURPOSE Darshaan G3, CRYSTAL GAL Danehill LR, GALIZANI Zabeel LR, LAGALP Danehill LR, LAY TIME Green Desert LR, MAHBOOBA Red Ransom LR, NIWOT Noble Bijou LR, OPERA GAL Barathea LR, REEM Danehill LR, TOI ET MOI Warning LR, VIEW THE STARS Conquistador Cielo LR, ARISTOCRAT Silver Hawk LR, CELESTIAL HALO High Top LR, FAMOUS PRINCE Palace Music LR,

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international database JOSEPHJULIUSJODIE Polish Precedent LR. 1st Dam: Alanda by Lando. unraced. Dam of 1 winner: 2006: ALTANO (c Galileo) 7 wins at 4 and 5 in France, Germany, Premio St Leger Italiano G3. 2008: Araldo (c High Chaparral) 2009: (c Nayef ) 2010: Alito (c Big Shuffle) 2011: (c Medicean) 2nd Dam: ARASTOU by Surumu. Champion 3yr old filly in Germany in 1992. 4 wins at 3 in West Germany Preis der Hannoverschen Sparkassen - VGH G3, Deutscher Buchmacher Stutenpreis G3, 2nd Preis der Diana - Deutsches Stuten Derby G2. Dam of ABITARA (f Rainbow Quest: Prix de Pomone G2), Adito (c Konigsstuhl: 2nd Grosser Preis von Dahlwitz G3), Abacco (c Polish Precedent: 3rd Coolmore Stud BadenBaden Cup LR), Armstrong (c Niniski: 2nd G. P. der Stadtsparkasse Dortmund LR). Grandam of ALL ABOUT SAM. Broodmare Sire: LANDO. Sire of the dams of 6 Stakes winners. In 2011 ALTANO Galileo G3, KARSABRUNI Speedmaster G3, ALPHA TWO TwoTwenty-Two LR.

Northern Dancer Sadler’s Wells Fairy Bridge GALILEO b 98 Miswaki Urban Sea Allegretta ALTANO b c 2006 Acatenango Lando Laurea ALANDA b 2001 Surumu Arastou Arabeske

910 - Racing Post Trophy, G1, Doncaster, October 22, 8f 1 Camelot (GB) 2 b c Montjeu (IRE) Tarfah (USA) (Kingmambo (USA)) 2 Zip Top (IRE) 2 b c Smart Strike (CAN) Zofzig (USA) (Danzig (USA)) 3 Fencing (USA) 2 ch c Street Cry (IRE) Latice (IRE) (Inchinor (GB))

WADING Green Desert G2, ASKAR TAU Acatenango G3, CLASS IS CLASS Hector Protector G3, GOLDEN PARACHUTE Volksraad G3, GREEN MOON Green Tune G3, PACIFIQUE Zafonic G3, PINK SYMPHONY Darshaan G3, BERLING Danehill LR, BERNIERES Trempolino LR, GAILY GAME Caerleon LR, GRADARA Orpen LR, MAREA ALTA Grosvenor LR, MONTAHLIA Zabeel LR, MR TIPSY Casual Lies LR, BUDAPEST Doyoun LR, ERADICATE Indian Ridge LR, HURRICANE FLY Kenmare LR, NOBLE PRINCE Dashing Blade LR, SHARPMON Sharpen Up LR, SWEEPS HILL Zabeel LR. 1st Dam: TARFAH by Kingmambo. 5 wins at 3 and 4, Vcbet Dahlia S G3. Dam of 2 winners: 2008: IDEAL (f Galileo) Winner at 3. 2009: CAMELOT (c Montjeu) Sold 525,000gns yearling at TAOC1. 2 wins at 2, Racing Post Trophy G1. 2010: (f Cape Cross) 2011: (c Pivotal) 2nd Dam: FICKLE by Danehill. 2 wins at 3 Chisholm Bookmakers Virginia Rated S LR. Dam of TARFAH (f Kingmambo, see above) Broodmare Sire: KINGMAMBO. Sire of the dams of 48 Stakes winners. In 2011 - CAMELOT Montjeu G1, MIDDAY Oasis Dream G1, GAMILATI Bernardini G2, ENTIFAADHA Dansili G3, ELZAAM Redoute’s Choice LR, LOOK AT ME Danehill Dancer LR, QUEEN OF TIME Orpen LR, STRAIT OF ZANZIBAR Arch LR. The Montjeu/Kingmambo cross has produced: CAMELOT G1, MOUNT HELICON LR, Uimhir A Haon G3.

Northern Dancer Sadler’s Wells Fairy Bridge MONTJEU b 96 Top Ville Floripedes Toute Cy CAMELOT b c 2009 Mr Prospector Kingmambo Miesque TARFAH b 2001 Danehill Fickle Fade

Age: 2; Starts: 2; Wins: 2; Places: 0 Earnings: £141,679 Sire: MONTJEU. Sire of 109 Stakes winners. In 2011 - CAMELOT Kingmambo G1, FAME AND GLORY Shirley Heights G1, JUKEBOX JURY Kenmare G1, MASKED MARVEL Mark of Esteem G1, MISS KELLER Warning G1, POUR MOI Darshaan G1, SARAH LYNX Danehill G1, ST NICHOLAS ABBEY Sure Blade G1, BLUE BAJAN Darshaan G2, RECITAL Kendor G2,

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911 - Premio Lydia Tesio Tris Int Longines, G1, Rome, October 23, 2000m 1 Quiza Quiza Quiza (GB) 5 b f Golden Snake (USA) - Quiz Chow (ITY) (Pelder (IRE)) 2 Beatrice Aurore (IRE) 3 b f Danehill Dancer (IRE) - Mondschein (GB)

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(Rainbow Quest (USA)) 3 Kapitale (GER) 3 b f Dubawi (IRE) Kapitol (GER) (Winged Love (IRE)) Age: 3-5; Starts: 22; Wins: 10; Places: 8 Earnings: £335,797 Sire: GOLDEN SNAKE. Sire of 5 Stakes winners. In 2011 - QUIZA QUIZA QUIZA Pelder G1. 1st Dam: QUIZ CHOW by Pelder. 4 wins at 2 and 3 in Italy. Dam of 2 winners: 2005: Raazle Daazle (c Fraam) unraced. 2006: QUIZA QUIZA QUIZA (f Golden Snake) 10 wins at 3 to 5 in Italy, Premio Lydia Tesio Tris Int - Longines G1, Premio Giuseppe Valiani LR, Premio Archidamia Mem. Manuela Tudini LR, 2nd Premio Giuseppe Valiani LR, Premio Andred LR, Premio Coppa d’Oro di Siracusa LR, 3rd P.Presidente della Repubblica-GBI Racing G1, Oaks d’Italia G2, Premio Andred LR. 2008: LA BIKINA (f Avonbridge) Winner at 3 in Italy. 2009: Si Nos Dejan (f Avonbridge) unraced to date. 2011: (c Firebreak) Broodmare Sire: PELDER. Sire of the dams of 3 Stakes winners. In 2011 QUIZA QUIZA QUIZA Golden Snake G1.

Northern Dancer Danzig Pas de Nom GOLDEN SNAKE b 96 High Line Dubian Melodina QUIZA QUIZA QUIZA b f 2006 Be My Guest Pelder Sheer Audacity QUIZ CHOW b 98 Tirol Chu Chow Chuni

winners: 2000: BAILAMOS (g Lomitas) 5 wins, Silbernes Band der Ruhr LR, Grosser Tenovis Preis-Langer Hamburger LR, 2nd Merrill Lynch Euro Cup G2. 2001: Bushido (c Winged Love) 2002: Boyscout (c Winged Love) ran on the flat in Switzerland. 2003: Beautiful Delight (f Tiger Hill) ran on the flat in France. Broodmare. 2004: BE FAITHFUL (g Samum) Winner at 3 in Germany. 2005: BAILA ME (f Samum) 5 wins at 3 to 5 at home, France, Germany, IVG Preis von Europa G1, 3rd Henkel Preis der Diana (Oaks) G1. 2007: BE FABULOUS (f Samum) Sold 175,070gns yearling at BBAGS. 4 wins at 4 in France, Prix Royal-Oak G1, Prix Scaramouche LR. 2009: Bailando (c Oratorio) unraced to date. 2nd Dam: BLUMME by Jadar. 4 wins in Chile, USA Premio Mil Guineas (1000 Guineas) G1. Own sister to Directoria. Dam of BUSSONI (c Goofalik: Prix Maurice de Nieuil G2, 3rd RheinlandPokal Stadtsparkasse Kolnbonn G1, Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase G1), Baleno (c Heraldiste: 2nd Flughafen Frankfurt Trophy G2), BIAGIOTTI (f Winged Love: Stall Jenny Cup Finale Hurdle LR), Barito (g Winged Love: 2nd Iffezheimer Steeplechase LR, Preis des Murgtals Hurdle LR) Broodmare Sire: LAW SOCIETY. Sire of the dams of 72 Stakes winners. In 2011 - BE FABULOUS Samum G1, DARK PROMISE Shamardal LR, POKER DE SIVOLA Discover d’Auteuil LR. The Samum/Law Society cross has produced: BAILA ME G1, BE FABULOUS G1.

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912 - Prix Royal-Oak, G1, Longchamp, October 23, 3000m

Monsun Mosella SAMUM ch 97 Old Vic Sacarina

1 Be Fabulous (GER) 4 b f Samum (GER) - Bandeira (GER) (Law Society (USA)) 2 Miss Lago (IRE) 3 ch f Encosta de Lago (AUS) - Athyka (USA) (Secretariat (USA)) 3 Shankardeh (IRE) 3 b f Azamour (IRE) Shalamantika (IRE) (Nashwan (USA)) Age: 3-4; Starts: 9; Wins: 4; Places: 3 Earnings: £171,337 Sire: SAMUM. Sire of 8 Stakes winners. In 2011 - BE FABULOUS Law Society G1, DURBAN THUNDER Highland Chieftain G1. 1st Dam: BANDEIRA by Law Society. 2 wins at 3 in Germany. Dam of 4

Brave Lass BE FABULOUS b f 2007 Alleged Law Society Bold Bikini BANDEIRA b 95 Jadar Blumme Directa

913 - G.P. der Landeshauptstadt Dusseldorf, G3, Dusseldorf, October 23, 1600m 1 Alianthus (GER) 6 b c Hernando (FR) - Allure (GER) (Konigsstuhl (GER)) 2 Empire Storm (GER) 4 b c Storming Home (GB) - Emy Coasting (USA) (El


international database Gran Senor (USA)) 3 Neatico (GER) 4 b c Medicean (GB) Nicola Bella (IRE) (Sadler’s Wells (USA)) Age: 3-6; Starts: 19; Wins: 10; Places: 7 Earnings: £278,612 Sire: HERNANDO. Sire of 48 Stakes winners. In 2011 - GITANO HERNANDO Perugino G1, ALIANTHUS Konigsstuhl G2. 1st Dam: Allure by Konigsstuhl. Winner at 3 in Germany, 3rd Grosser Stutenpreis der Dreijahrigen LR. Dam of 4 winners: 2001: Apokalypse (f Lomitas) 3 wins at 2 and 5 in France, Germany, 3rd Preis des Casino Baden-Baden LR. 2002: A BEAUTIFUL MIND (f Winged Love) 2 wins at 2 and 3 in Germany. Dam of Alkhana (f Dalakhani: Winner at 3 in Germany, 3rd G.P. Mercedes-Benz Niederlassung Hamburg G3) 2005: ALIANTHUS (c Hernando) Sold 78,817gns yearling at BBAGS. 10 wins at 3, 5 and 6 in Germany, Grosser Europa Meile-Asterblute,Rower,Ru G2, Grafenberger Meilen-Trophy G2, UVEXTrophy Rennen G3, F Gunther von Gaertner Gedachtnisrennen G3, G.P. der Landeshauptstadt Dusseldorf G3 (twice), G. P. des Volkswagen Zentrum Nordrhein G3, EBF European Breeders Fund Meile LR, 2nd Darley OettingenRennen G2, Prix Perth G3, P. Freunde/Forderer Reiter Rennvereins G3, Preis des Casino Baden-Baden LR, Excelsior Hotel Ernst-Meile LR, 3rd Grosser Preis der Mehl Mulhens Stiftung G2. 2006: AMAZING TIGER (c Tiger Hill) 7 wins. 2008: Anabasis (f High Chaparral) in training. 2009: Alto Papavero (c Shamardal) unraced to date. 2010: American Peony (f New Approach) 2nd Dam: Adjani by Surumu. Dam of Acamani (g Winged Love: 2nd Grosser Radeberger Pilsner Preis LR, 3rd BMW Deutsches Derby G1, 3rd Bader Preis Hurdle LR), Allure (f Konigsstuhl, see above), ATAMANE (g Winged Love: Prix Leon Olry-Roederer Hurdle G2, 2nd Grand Prix d’Automne Hurdle G1) Broodmare Sire: KONIGSSTUHL. Sire of the dams of 54 Stakes winners. In 2011 - ALIANTHUS Hernando G2, ILLO Tertullian G3, DALARNA Dashing Blade LR.

Nijinsky Niniski Virginia Hills HERNANDO b 90 Miswaki Whakilyric Lyrism ALIANTHUS b c 2005 Dschingis Khan Konigsstuhl Konigskronung ALLURE b 96 Surumu Adjani Annaberta

914 - Prix de Flore, G3, Saint-Cloud, October 25, 2000m 1 Izzi Top (GB) 3 b f Pivotal (GB) - Zee Zee Top (GB) (Zafonic (USA)) 2 Albaraah (IRE) 3 b f Oasis Dream (GB) Coconut Show (GB) (Linamix (FR)) 3 Andromeda Galaxy (FR) 3 b f Peintre Celebre (USA) - Arlesienne (IRE) (Alzao (USA)) Age: 2-3; Starts: 6; Wins: 2; Places: 3 Earnings: £92,029 Sire: PIVOTAL. Sire of 91 Stakes winners. In 2011 - AMANEE Woodman G1, IMMORTAL VERSE Sadler’s Wells G1, SPRING STYLE Irish River G2, ENTANGLE Primo Dominie G3, HEADSTRONG Pursuit of Love G3, IZZI TOP Zafonic G3, EMERALD COMMANDER Sadler’s Wells LR, ETON RIFLES Danehill LR, NATIONALISM Sadler’s Wells LR, POET Shirley Heights LR, SETA Generous LR, FINAL APPROACH Kahyasi LR. 1st Dam: ZEE ZEE TOP by Zafonic. 3 wins at 3 and 4 at home, France, Prix de l’Opera Casino Barriere Enghien G1, 3rd Vodafone Nassau S G1. Dam of 2 winners: 2005: Zee Zee Gee (f Galileo) unraced. Broodmare. 2006: Green Top (f Green Desert) unraced. 2007: ROCK N ROLL RANSOM (g Red Ransom) 4 wins. 2008: IZZI TOP (f Pivotal) 2 wins at 3 at home, France, Prix de Flore G3, Swettenham Stud Fillies’ Trial S LR, 3rd Investec Oaks S G1, Tweenhills Pretty Polly S LR. 2010: (f Montjeu) 2nd Dam: COLORSPIN by High Top. 3 wins at 2 and 3 Gilltown Stud Irish Oaks G1, 4th Gold Seal Oaks S G1, Yorkshire Oaks G1. Dam of KAYF TARA (c Sadler’s Wells: Ascot Gold Cup G1 (twice), Jefferson Smurfit Mem. Irish St Leger G1 (twice), 3rd Ascot Gold Cup G1), OPERA HOUSE (c Sadler’s Wells: Ever Ready Coronation Cup G1, Coral Eclipse S G1, King George VI & Queen Elizabeth S G1, 2nd Coral Eclipse S G1, Guinness Champion S G1, Prix Ganay G1, 3rd King George VI & Queen

Elizabeth S G1, CIGA Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe G1), ZEE ZEE TOP (f Zafonic, see above), Highland Dress (c Lomond: 2nd Brigadier Gerard S G3, 3rd Hardwicke S G2). Grandam of NECKLACE. Broodmare Sire: ZAFONIC. Sire of the dams of 45 Stakes winners. In 2011 WATAR Marju G2, IZZI TOP Pivotal G3, PACIFIQUE Montjeu G3, DANDIFIED Rebuttal LR, DUCK FEET Aussie Rules LR, MASHOOR Monsun LR, PEACE OF OASIS Oasis Dream LR. The Pivotal/Zafonic cross has produced: IZZI TOP G1, Counterclaim G2.

Nureyev Polar Falcon Marie d’Argonne PIVOTAL ch 93 Cozzene Fearless Revival Stufida IZZI TOP b f 2008 Gone West Zafonic Zaizafon ZEE ZEE TOP b 99 High Top Colorspin Reprocolor

915 - Prix Perth, G3, Saint-Cloud, October 30, 1600m 1 Cityscape (GB) 5 ch c Selkirk (USA) Tantina (USA) (Distant View (USA)) 2 Sommerabend (GB) 4 b c Shamardal (USA) - Sommernacht (GER) (Monsun (GER)) 3 Akarlina (FR) 5 gr f Martaline (GB) Akaralda (FR) (Akarad (FR)) Age: 2-5; Starts: 15; Wins: 5; Places: 8 Earnings: £278,112 Sire: SELKIRK. Sire of 86 Stakes winners. In 2011 - ANNOUNCE Gone West G1, NAHRAIN Generous G1, CITYSCAPE Distant View G3, GLASWEGIAN Lear Fan G3, SHAMALI Lycius LR, SHEDIAK Fairy King LR. 1st Dam: TANTINA by Distant View. 4 wins at 3, Oak Tree S LR, JRA London Office’s Kyoto Sceptre S LR, 3rd Charlton Hunt Supreme S G3. Dam of 3 winners: 2005: Scuffle (f Daylami) 3 wins at 3, 3rd oddschecker.com Snowdrop S LR. Broodmare. 2006: CITYSCAPE (c Selkirk) 5 wins at 2, 4 and 5 at home, France, Woodies DIY Solonaway S G3, Nayef Joel S G3, Prix Perth G3, Betfred Goals Galore Superior Mile LR, 2nd Premio Vittorio di Capua G1, Juddmonte Royal Lodge S G2, Bet365 Mile G2, Bathwick Tyres Greenham S G3, Britain’s Got Talent Paradise S LR, 3rd Queen Anne S

G1. 2007: BATED BREATH (c Dansili) 5 wins at 3 and 4, sportingbet.com Leisure S LR, 2nd Darley July Cup G1, Betfred Sprint Cup G1, Nearctic S G1. 2008: Daintily Done (f Cacique) unraced to date. 2009: Tarentaise (f Oasis Dream) unraced to date. 2010: (f Dansili) 2nd Dam: DIDINA by Nashwan. 5 wins at 2 and 3 at home, USA Dahlia H G2, 3rd Gamely H G1. Dam of TANTINA (f Distant View, see above), Trekking (f Gone West: 2nd Santa Barbara H G2). Grandam of CRYING LIGHTENING. Broodmare Sire: DISTANT VIEW. Sire of the dams of 14 Stakes winners. In 2011 - EMULOUS Dansili G1, SOLE POWER Kyllachy G2, CITYSCAPE Selkirk G3, BATED BREATH Dansili LR, MOONSHINE MULLIN Albert the Great LR. The Selkirk/Distant View cross has produced: CITYSCAPE G1, TRANQUIL TIGER G3.

Atan Sharpen Up Rocchetta SELKIRK ch 88 Nebbiolo Annie Edge Friendly Court CITYSCAPE ch c 2006 Mr Prospector Distant View Seven Springs TANTINA ch 2000 Nashwan Didina Didicoy

916 - Criterium International, G1, Saint-Cloud, October 30, 1600m 1 French Fifteen (FR) 2 ch c Turtle Bowl (IRE) - Spring Morning (FR) (Ashkalani (IRE)) 2 Pakal (GER) 2 b c Lord of England (GER) - Perima (GER) (Kornado (GB)) 3 Bonfire (GB) 2 b c Manduro (GER) Night Frolic (GB) (Night Shift (USA)) Age: 2; Starts: 7; Wins: 5; Places: 1 Earnings: £185,820 Sire: TURTLE BOWL. Sire of 1 Stakes winners. In 2011 - FRENCH FIFTEEN Ashkalani G1. 1st Dam: SPRING MORNING by Ashkalani. 2 wins at 4 in France. Dam of 4 winners: 2004: ADDED ATTRACTION (f Kendor) 3 wins at 2, 3 and 6 in France. 2005: BY CHAPARRAL (f High Chaparral) Winner at 2 in France. 2007: DUO VICTORIEUX (c Victory Note) 2 wins at 2 in France.

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international database 2009: FRENCH FIFTEEN (c Turtle Bowl) Sold 25,284gns yearling at ARAUG. 5 wins at 2 in France, Criterium International G1, Fourrages T.Dutertre Criteium de L’Ouest LR, 2nd Prix Thomas Bryon G3. 2010: (c Muhtathir) 2nd Dam: Zarzaya by Caro. unraced. Dam of ZAYDIYA (f Shernazar: Grand Prix de Nantes LR, 2nd Prix Cleopatre G3), Matin de Printemps (c Kendor: 2nd Prix Contessina LR), Highland Dancer (g Kendor: 2nd Prix de Pontarme LR), Zeitz (c Zieten: 3rd Prix des Chenes-Haras de la Perelle G3). Third dam of ZAREWITSCH, Zakopane, ZENT. Fourth dam of ZIYARID. Broodmare Sire: ASHKALANI. Sire of the dams of 14 Stakes winners. In 2011 - FRENCH FIFTEEN Turtle Bowl G1, ALWAYS A PRINCESS Leroidesanimaux G2, LIPS POISON Mamool G2, LETSGOROUNDAGAIN Redback LR.

Night Shift Dyhim Diamond Happy Landing TURTLE BOWL b 2002 Top Ville Clara Bow Kamiya FRENCH FIFTEEN ch c 2009 Soviet Star Ashkalani Ashtarka SPRING MORNING ch 98 Caro Zarzaya Zahra

917 - JRA Killavullan Stakes, G3, Leopardstown, October 30, 7f 1 Nephrite (GB) 2 ch c Pivotal (GB) Cape Merino (GB) (Clantime) 2 Born To Sea (IRE) 2 b c Invincible Spirit (IRE) - Urban Sea (USA) (Miswaki (USA)) 3 Aaraas (GB) 2 b f Haafhd (GB) - Adaala (USA) (Sahm (USA)) Age: 2; Starts: 2; Wins: 2; Places: 0 Earnings: £36,728 Sire: PIVOTAL. Sire of 92 Stakes winners. In 2011 - AMANEE Woodman G1, IMMORTAL VERSE Sadler’s Wells G1, SPRING STYLE Irish River G2, ENTANGLE Primo Dominie G3, HEADSTRONG Pursuit of Love G3, IZZI TOP Zafonic G3, NEPHRITE Clantime G3, EMERALD COMMANDER Sadler’s Wells LR, ETON RIFLES Danehill LR, NATIONALISM Sadler’s Wells LR, POET Shirley Heights LR, SETA Generous LR, FINAL APPROACH Kahyasi LR. 1st Dam: CAPE MERINO by Clantime. 4 wins at 2, 3 and 5 inc. Bovis Stakes, Ascot. Dam of 5 winners: 1998: CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (g

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Inchinor) 7 wins at 3, 4 and 7 at home, Australia, Hong Kong, Golden Jubilee S G1, Timbercorp William Reid Australia S G1, 2nd Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint G1, 3rd Golden Jubilee S G1, TEAC Lightning S G1 (twice), Seppelt Salinger Victoria Racing Club S G1, Hong Kong Sprint G1. 2000: CAPE ST VINCENT (g Paris House) 3 wins at 3 to 5. 2002: Cape Columbine (f Diktat) Winner at 2 viz. £100000 Tattersalls Autumn Auction Stakes, Newmarket, 2nd Shadwell Stud Nell Gwyn S G3. Broodmare. 2003: Gabriella (f Cape Cross) unraced. Broodmare. 2004: CAPE COBRA (g Inchinor) Winner at 3. 2006: (f Oasis Dream). died at 2 years. 2007: (c Dubawi) 2009: NEPHRITE (c Pivotal) Sold 230,000gns yearling at TAOC1. 2 wins at 2, JRA Killavullan S G3. 2010: (c Oasis Dream) 2nd Dam: Laena by Roman Warrior. Grandam of CORRYBROUGH. Third dam of AMOUR PROPRE. Broodmare Sire: CLANTIME. Sire of the dams of 6 Stakes winners. In 2011 NEPHRITE Pivotal G3.

Nureyev Polar Falcon Marie d’Argonne PIVOTAL ch 93 Cozzene Fearless Revival Stufida NEPHRITE ch c 2009 Music Boy Clantime Penny Pincher CAPE MERINO ch 91 Roman Warrior Laena Poshteen

918 - Premio Guido Berardelli, G3, Rome, November 1, 1800m 1 Duck Feet (IRE) 2 br/gr c Aussie Rules (USA) - Benelux (GB) (Zafonic (USA)) 2 Lui E La Luna (GB) 2 b c Nayef (USA) Luna d’Estate (GB) (Alzao (USA)) 3 Mamath (IRE) 2 b c Le Vie Dei Colori (GB) - Mind And Life (IRE) (Monsun (GER)) Age: 2; Starts: 4; Wins: 4; Places: 0 Earnings: £74,135 Sire: AUSSIE RULES. Sire of 7 Stakes winners. In 2011 - DJUMAMA Barathea G3, DUCK FEET Zafonic G3, CAZALS Mujadil LR, STAROS Anshan LR. 1st Dam: Benelux by Zafonic. unraced. Dam of 2 winners: 2008: YOUNG STACK (c Ad

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Valorem) 6 wins at 2 and 3 in Italy. 2009: DUCK FEET (c Aussie Rules) Sold 4,635gns yearling at TISEP. 4 wins at 2 in Italy, Premio Guido Berardelli G3, Premio Vittorio Riva LR. 2010: (f Kheleyf ) Broodmare Sire: ZAFONIC. Sire of the dams of 45 Stakes winners. In 2011 WATAR Marju G2, DUCK FEET Aussie Rules G3, IZZI TOP Pivotal G3, PACIFIQUE Montjeu G3, DANDIFIED Rebuttal LR, MASHOOR Monsun LR, PEACE OF OASIS Oasis Dream LR.

2nd Dam: Fly For Fame by Shaadi. 3 wins at 2 and 3 in France, 3rd G. P. Region Pays Loire-Derby de l’Ouest LR. Broodmare Sire: ASHKALANI. Sire of the dams of 14 Stakes winners. In 2011 - FRENCH FIFTEEN Turtle Bowl G1, ALWAYS A PRINCESS Leroidesanimaux G2, LIPS POISON Mamool G2, IVER BRIDGE LAD Avonbridge G3, LETSGOROUNDAGAIN Redback LR.

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Imperial Jade AVONBRIDGE b 2000 Caerleon Alessia Kiss IVER BRIDGE LAD b c 2007 Soviet Star Ashkalani Ashtarka FITTONIA ch 99 Shaadi Fly For Fame Fly Me

920 - Prix Miesque, G3, MaisonsLaffitte, November 1, 1400m 919 - Prix de Seine-et-Oise, G3, Maisons-Laffitte, November 1, 1200m 1 Iver Bridge Lad (GB) 4 b c Avonbridge (GB) - Fittonia (FR) (Ashkalani (IRE)) 2 Fred Lalloupet (GB) 4 b c Elusive City (USA) - Firm Friend (IRE) (Affirmed (USA)) 3 Definightly (GB) 5 b/br g Diktat (GB) Perfect Night (GB) (Danzig Connection (USA)) Age: 2-4; Starts: 39; Wins: 5; Places: 16 Earnings: £166,741 Sire: AVONBRIDGE. Sire of 2 Stakes winners. In 2011 - IVER BRIDGE LAD Ashkalani G3. 1st Dam: FITTONIA by Ashkalani. Winner at 3. Dam of 1 winner: 2005: Charmel’s Lad (g Compton Place) 2006: Fitting Place (f Where Or When) unraced. 2007: IVER BRIDGE LAD (c Avonbridge) Sold 8,000gns foal at TADEF, 1,000gns yearling at TAOC3. 5 wins at 2 and 4 at home, France, Prix de Seine-et-Oise G3, Foundation Developments Dragon S LR, 2nd Totepool Sirenia S G3, Connaught Flooring Abernant S LR, williamhill.com Cammidge Trophy LR, 3rd Willmott Dixon Cornwallis S G3. 2008: (f Pastoral Pursuits) 2009: Fallible (c Piccolo) in training. 2010: (f Avonbridge) 2011: (c Three Valleys)

1 Topeka (IRE) 2 b f Whipper (USA) Sovana (IRE) (Desert King (IRE)) 2 Barbayam (GB) 2 gr f Stormy River (FR) - Senkaya (FR) (Valanour (IRE)) 3 Tibaldi (FR) 2 b f Motivator (GB) Treasure Queen (USA) (Kingmambo (USA)) Age: 2; Starts: 6; Wins: 4; Places: 1 Earnings: £86,293 Sire: WHIPPER. Sire of 8 Stakes winners. In 2011 - WIZZ KID Soviet Star G2, TOPEKA Desert King G3, MURANO Montjeu LR. 1st Dam: Sovana by Desert King. Winner at 3 in France, 3rd Prix Minerve G3. Dam of 3 winners: 2005: Stella Rossa (f Key of Luck) ran on the flat in France. 2006: MAFRA (f Kalanisi) 9 wins at 3 to 5 in France. 2007: Vervono (g Verglas) unraced. 2008: FIAMMELLA (f Verglas) 2 wins at 3 in France. 2009: TOPEKA (f Whipper) 4 wins at 2 in France, Prix Miesque G3, Criterium de Lyon LR. 2010: Mindelo (c Whipper) 2011: (f Whipper) 2nd Dam: PIACENZA by Darshaan. 1 win at 3 in France. Dam of PERUGINA (f Highest Honor: Prix Eclipse G3), Sovana (f Desert King, see above) Broodmare Sire: DESERT KING. Sire of the dams of 6 Stakes winners. In 2011 EAGLE FALLS Hussonet G1, TOPEKA Whipper G3, BLUE TOSCA Canny Lad


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Mr Prospector Miesque’s Son Miesque WHIPPER b 2001 Sadler’s Wells Myth To Reality Millieme TOPEKA b f 2009 Danehill Desert King Sabaah SOVANA b 2000 Darshaan Piacenza Kahara

921 - Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte, G2, Maisons-Laffitte, November 1, 1200m 1 Restiadargent (FR) 2 b f Kendargent (FR) - Restia (FR) (Montjeu (IRE)) 2 Vaniloquio (IRE) 2 b c Acclamation (GB) - Trinity Joy (GB) (Vettori (IRE)) 3 Dont Teutch (FR) 2 b f Country Reel (USA) - Simonkikou (FR) (Panis (USA)) Age: 2; Starts: 6; Wins: 3; Places: 3 Earnings: £152,154 Sire: KENDARGENT. Sire of 2 Stakes winners. In 2011 - RESTIADARGENT Montjeu G2, KENDAM Indian Rocket G3. 1st Dam: Restia by Montjeu. unraced. Dam of 1 winner: 2009: RESTIADARGENT (f Kendargent) 3 wins at 2 in France, Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte G2, Prix d’Arenberg G3. 2010: Jeudargent (c Kendargent) 2nd Dam: RESTIFIA by Night Shift. 4 wins at 3 in France Prix Caravelle-Haras des Granges LR. Broodmare Sire: MONTJEU. Sire of the dams of 5 Stakes winners. In 2011 PARISH HALL Teofilo G1, RESTIADARGENT Kendargent G2, DEAR LAVINIA Grand Slam LR, MURANO Whipper LR, FAFINTADENIENT Sakhee LR.

Kenmare Kendor Belle Mecene KENDARGENT gr 2003 Linamix Pax Bella Palavera RESTIADARGENT b f 2009 Sadler’s Wells Montjeu Floripedes RESTIA 2005 Night Shift Restifia Restikala

1 Konig Concorde (GER) 6 b c Big Shuffle (USA) - Kaiserin (GER) (Ile de Bourbon (USA)) 2 Blu Constellation (ITY) 3 b c Orpen (USA) - Stella Celtica (ITY) (Celtic Swing (GB)) 3 Exciting Life (IRE) 3 b c Titus Livius (FR) - Puerto Oro (IRE) (Entrepreneur (GB)) Age: 2-6; Starts: 31; Wins: 4; Places: 15 Earnings: £143,018 Sire: BIG SHUFFLE. Sire of 68 Stakes winners. In 2011 - KONIG CONCORDE Ile de Bourbon G3, SMOOTH OPERATOR Salse G3, WALERO Lagunas G3, GLAD SKY Surumu LR. 1st Dam: KAISERIN by Ile de Bourbon. 2 wins at 3 in West Germany. Dam of 8 winners: 1992: Kaiserfee (f Kefaah) unraced. 1993: KONIGSTANZERIN (f Roi Danzig) 5 wins at 3 to 5 in Germany. Broodmare. 1994: KAISERMOND (c Mondrian) 6 wins at 2 and 5 in Germany. 1995: KONIGIN TURF (f Turfkonig) Winner at 3 in Germany. Dam of Konig Speed (c Big Shuffle: 7 wins at 3 to 5 in Germany, 2nd Wettenliep Bayerischer Fliegerpreis LR), Konigin Arte (f Artan: 2 wins at 2 and 3 in Czech Republic, Germany, 2nd Gran Corsa Siepi di Pisa Hurdle LR, Altes Badener Steeplechase LR, Bad Durrheimer Trophy Hurdle LR) 1996: KONIG SHUFFLE (c Big Shuffle) 12 wins at 3 to 8 in Germany, Grosser Buchmacher Springer Sprint Preis G3. 1997: KONIGIN SET (f Second Set) Winner at 2 in Germany. Broodmare. 1999: KONIGIN SHUFFLE (f Big Shuffle) 2 wins at 3 and 5 in Germany. Broodmare. 2001: Koenig Alwuhu (c Alwuhush) unraced. 2002: KONIG TURF (c Big Shuffle) 8 wins at 3 to 6 in France, Germany, Christlacke Europa-Meile G2. 2005: KONIG CONCORDE (c Big Shuffle) 4 wins at 2, 5 and 6 in Germany, Italy, Premio Chiusura G3 (twice), Grosser Preis der VGHVersicherungen LR, 2nd Mehl-Mulhens Rennen (2000 Guineas) G2, Darley Oettingen-Rennen G2, Grosser Preise der Sparkasse Hannover G2, Wellness Hotel Bayerischer Fleiger Preis LR (twice), Dallmayr Prodomo Trophy LR, 3rd Grosser Europa Meile G2, Grosse Hessen Meile - Fraport AG Pokal G3, Sauren Fonds Service Silberne Peitsche G3, Dallmayr Prodomo Trophy G. Sprint Preis LR, Fruhjahrspreis Stadt Frankfurt am Main LR.

2008: Konigin Concorde (f Big Shuffle) 2009: Kaiser (c Big Shuffle) unraced to date. 2nd Dam: KONIGSBLUTE by Cortez. 3 wins in West Germany Dillmann Memorial LR, 4th Ludwig GoebelsErinnerungsrennen G3. Dam of KENZO (c Acatenango: Robert PferdmengesRennen LR, Silbernes Pferd Rennen LR, 2nd Preis der Spielbanken des Landes NRW G3), KLIMT (g Second Set: P.der Firma Erpo 3yo Fruhjahrszuchtpreis LR), Karenina (f Second Set: 2nd Kolner Fruhjahrs Stuten Preis LR). Grandam of KASUS, KONIGSTOCHTER, Konigsbote. Broodmare Sire: ILE DE BOURBON. Sire of the dams of 29 Stakes winners. In 2011 - KONIG CONCORDE Big Shuffle G3, TIMES UP Olden Times LR. The Big Shuffle/Ile de Bourbon cross has produced: KONIG CONCORDE G2, KONIG TURF G2, IRISH MAN G3, KONIG SHUFFLE G3.

Bold Reasoning Super Concorde Prime Abord BIG SHUFFLE b 84 Elevation Raise Your Skirts Strings Attached KONIG CONCORDE b c 2005 Nijinsky Ile de Bourbon Roseliere KAISERIN b/br 87 Cortez Konigsblute Konigswurde

923 - Premio Roma GBI Racing, G1, Rome, November 6, 2000m 1 Zazou (GER) 4 b c Shamardal (USA) Zaza Top (GER) (Lomitas (GB)) 2 Rio de La Plata (USA) 6 ch c Rahy (USA) - Express Way (ARG) (Ahmad (ARG)) 3 Voila Ici (IRE) 6 gr c Daylami (IRE) - Far Hope (GB) (Barathea (IRE)) Age: 2-4; Starts: 17; Wins: 6; Places: 6 Earnings: £494,798 Sire: SHAMARDAL. Sire of 32 Stakes winners. In 2011 - ZAZOU Lomitas G1, CRACKERJACK KING Barathea G2, SOMMERABEND Monsun G2, AMARON Bertolini G3, CASAMENTO Always Fair G3, DUNBOYNE EXPRESS Polish Precedent G3, ELLE SHADOW Roi Danzig G3, FRENCH NAVY Woodman G3, CAPTAIN SONADOR Kenny’s Best Pal LR, DARK PROMISE Law Society LR, GINGERBREAD MAN Hurricane Sky LR, MODERN HISTORY Private Account LR, OREGON LADY Gone West LR, ROSTRUM Rainbow Quest LR.

1st Dam: ZAZA TOP by Lomitas. 4 wins at 2 to 4 in Germany, Luhrs & Holst GMBH Co. K G Stutenpreis LR, 2nd Premio Dormello G3. Dam of 4 winners: 2004: ZOE DREAM (g Galileo) 7 wins. 2005: ZHOUZHI (f Anabaa) Winner at 4 in Germany. 2006: KING MAUI (c High Chaparral) Winner at 4 in Sweden. 2007: ZAZOU (c Shamardal) Sold 26,610gns yearling at BBAGS. 6 wins at 2 to 4 in Germany, Italy, Premio Roma GBI Racing G1, Oppenheim UnionRennen G2, Preis der Sparkassen Finanzgruppe G3, G.P. Krefelder Wirtschaft-Dr Busch Mem G3, 2nd Idee Deutsches Derby G1, 3rd Criterium de Saint-Cloud G1, Rheinland-Pokal G1. 2009: Silke Top (f Librettist) 2010: (c High Chaparral) 2nd Dam: ZORINA by Shirley Heights. 1 win at 2. Own sister to Nadina. Dam of ZAZA TOP (f Lomitas, see above), Zolango (c Acatenango: 2nd Premio Emanuele Filiberto LR). Grandam of Zoom. Broodmare Sire: LOMITAS. Sire of the dams of 16 Stakes winners. In 2011 ZAZOU Shamardal G1, MALIBU PIER Malibu Moon G2, ALAURA MICHELE Arch LR, SANTINO Rock of Gibraltar LR.

Storm Cat Giant’s Causeway Mariah’s Storm SHAMARDAL b 2002 Machiavellian Helsinki Helen Street ZAZOU b c 2007 Niniski Lomitas La Colorada ZAZA TOP ch 98 Shirley Heights Zorina Nadia Nerina

924 - Premio Ribot, G2, Rome, November 6, 1600m 1 Vanjura (GER) 4 ch f Areion (GER) Venia Legendi (GER) (Zinaad (GB)) 2 Emerald Commander (IRE) 4 b c Pivotal (GB) - Brigitta (IRE) (Sadler’s Wells (USA)) 3 Marcret (ITY) 4 b f Martino Alonso (IRE) - Love Secret (USA) (Secreto (USA)) Age: 2-4; Starts: 18; Wins: 11; Places: 5 Earnings: £566,854 Sire: AREION. Sire of 14 Stakes winners. In 2011 - VANJURA Zinaad G2, BIRTHDAY LION Turfkonig LR, INDOMITO Royal Solo LR, IRINI Nebos LR. 1st Dam: VENIA LEGENDI by Zinaad. 2

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international database wins at 3 in Germany. Dam of 2 winners: 2005: VANCOVIA (f Dream Well) 2 wins at 2 and 3 in Germany, Preis der BHF Bank LR. Broodmare. 2007: VANJURA (f Areion) Sold 19,607gns yearling at BBAGO. Champion 3yr old filly in Germany and Italy in 2010. 11 wins at 2 to 4 in Germany, Italy, Turkey, Premio Ribot G2, Diana Trial G2, Walther J Jacobs Stutenmeile G3, Bremer Oster Sprint Cup LR, Istanbul Euro Capital of Culture Trophy LR (twice), 2nd Premio Vittorio di Capua - C. Int G1, Premio Carlo Vittadini G2, Wenatex Europa Grupperennen G3, 3rd Premio Vittorio di Capua G1. 2008: Ventiane (f Konigstiger) in training. 2009: Velayati (c Sholokhov) unraced to date. 2011: Veligandu (f Hurricane Run) 2nd Dam: VECCHIA ROMAGNA by Salse. 2 wins at 2 in West Germany. Dam of Voodoo Lounge (f Turfkonig: 3rd Scherping-Rennen LR, ClemensKleine-Dusseldorfer Stutenpreis LR). Grandam of Party Girl. Broodmare Sire: ZINAAD. Sire of the dams of 7 Stakes winners. In 2011 VANJURA Areion G2, ROSELLO Lecroix LR, RAG TIGER Pentire LR. The Areion/Zinaad cross has produced: VANJURA G1, ASHANTEE G3.

Monsun G3. 1st Dam: PRINCESS LI by Monsun. 3 wins at 3 and 4 in Germany, Italy. Dam of 3 winners: 2006: PRINCESS LALA (f Royal Dragon) Winner at 4 in Germany. 2008: Point Blank (c Royal Dragon) 2 wins at 2 and 3 in Germany, 2nd Premio del Piazzale G3, 3rd Bayerische Hausbau-Werte Europa Meile G2. 2009: PASTORIUS (c Soldier Hollow) 2 wins at 2 in Germany, German Racing Herzog von Ratibor Rennen G3, 2nd Winterfavorit-Trial LR. 2011: (f Sholokhov) Broodmare Sire: MONSUN. Sire of the dams of 13 Stakes winners. In 2011 NIGHT MAGIC Sholokhov G2, SOMMERABEND Shamardal G2, PASTORIUS Soldier Hollow G3, SILVANER Lomitas G3, TRES ROCK DANON Rock of Gibraltar G3, ADORNA Tiger Hill LR, SINNERMAN Tiger Hill LR.

2009: Tropaios (c Excellent Art) unraced to date. 2010: (f Medicean) 2nd Dam: GLEAM OF LIGHT by Danehill. 2 wins at 3. Dam of ARABIAN GLEAM (c Kyllachy: Victor Chandler Challenge S G2, Great North Eastern Railway Park S G2 (twice)), Bumptious (c Mister Baileys: 3rd Bahrain Trophy LR) Broodmare Sire: QUEST FOR FAME. Sire of the dams of 35 Stakes winners. In 2011 - SILVER POND Act One G2, TORIO’S QUEST Oratorio G2, FAMOUS NAME Dansili G3, LAMASERY Commands G3, SKIA Motivator G3, TRIPLE ELEGANCE Mossman G3, ALINGA Rock of Gibraltar LR, AMBIDEXTER Commands LR, RIGHT OF REFUSAL Refuse To Bend LR, SCARF Lonhro LR, ZAMINAST Zamindar LR.

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Sadler’s Wells In The Wings High Hawk SOLDIER HOLLOW b 2000 Common Grounds Island Race Lake Isle PASTORIUS b c 2009 Konigsstuhl Monsun Mosella PRINCESS LI b 2000 Suave Dancer Princess Dancer Princess Nana

Floripedes MOTIVATOR b 2002 Gone West Out West Chellingoua SKIA b f 2007 Rainbow Quest Quest For Fame Aryenne LIGHT QUEST b 2000 Danehill Gleam of Light Gold Runner

927 - Criterium de Saint-Cloud, G1, Saint-Cloud, November 12, 2000m Super Concorde Big Shuffle Raise Your Skirts AREION b 95 Caerleon Aerleona Alata VANJURA ch f 2007 Shirley Heights Zinaad Time Charter VENIA LEGENDI b 98 Salse Vecchia Romagna Princess Eboli

926 - Prix Fille de l’Air, G3, Toulouse, November 11, 2000m 1 Skia (FR) 4 b f Motivator (GB) - Light Quest (USA) (Quest For Fame) 2 Skallet (FR) 3 b f Muhaymin (USA) Siran (FR) (R B Chesne) 3 Casaca (GB) 5 ch f Medicean (GB) Priena (IRE) (Priolo (USA)) Age: 3-4; Starts: 16; Wins: 3; Places: 9 Earnings: £106,261

925 - German Racing Herzog von Ratibor Rennen, G3, Krefeld, November 6, 1600m 1 Pastorius (GER) 2 b c Soldier Hollow (GB) - Princess Li (GER) (Monsun (GER)) 2 Black Arrow (IRE) 2 b c Teofilo (IRE) Fann (USA) (Diesis) 3 Laeyos (GER) 2 b c Soldier Hollow (GB) - Laeya Star (GER) (Royal Dragon (USA)) Age: 2; Starts: 4; Wins: 2; Places: 2 Earnings: £36,810 Sire: SOLDIER HOLLOW. Sire of 1 Stakes winners. In 2011 - PASTORIUS

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Sire: MOTIVATOR. Sire of 7 Stakes winners. In 2011 - SKIA Quest For Fame G3, CLINICAL Elmaamul LR, MOTRICE Affirmed LR, TACTICIAN Shirley Heights LR. 1st Dam: LIGHT QUEST by Quest For Fame. 3 wins at 3 and 4 in France. Dam of 3 winners: 2006: DIODOROS (g High Chaparral) 4 wins at 4 and 5 in France. 2007: SKIA (f Motivator) 3 wins at 3 and 4 in France, Prix Fille de l’Air G3, 2nd Prix Melisande-G.P. de Fontainebleau LR. 2008: SYRNA (f Kendor) Winner at 3 in France.

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1 Mandaean (GB) 2 b c Manduro (GER) - Summertime Legacy (GB) (Darshaan) 2 Brocottes (FR) 2 b f Lando (GER) Macotte (FR) (Nicolotte (GB)) 3 Tai Chi (GER) 2 b c High Chaparral (IRE) - Taita (GER) (Big Shuffle (USA)) Age: 2; Starts: 2; Wins: 2; Places: 0 Earnings: £133,492 Sire: MANDURO. Sire of 1 Stakes winners. In 2011 - MANDAEAN Darshaan G1. 1st Dam: SUMMERTIME LEGACY by Darshaan. 2 wins at 2 in France, Prix des Reservoirs G3, 3rd Prix Saint-Alary G1. Dam of 4 winners: 2004: Hurricane Irene (f Green Desert) unraced. Broodmare. 2005: Lavender And Lace (f Barathea) ran. 2006: Mister Green (g Green Desert) 4 wins at 2, 4 and 5, 3rd Betdaq Winter Derby Trial S LR. 2007: ATLANTIC TIGER (g Tiger Hill) 2 wins at 3. 2008: WAVERING (f Refuse To Bend) 2 wins at 3 in France, Montjeu Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary G1.

2009: MANDAEAN (c Manduro) 2 wins at 2 in France, Criterium de Saint-Cloud G1. 2010: (c Manduro) 2011: (c Halling) 2nd Dam: ZAWAAHY by El Gran Senor. 1 win at 3. Dam of SUMMERTIME LEGACY (f Darshaan, see above) Broodmare Sire: DARSHAAN. Sire of the dams of 173 Stakes winners. In 2011 - GLASS HARMONIUM Verglas G1, MANDAEAN Manduro G1, POUR MOI Montjeu G1, SARAFINA Refuse To Bend G1, WAVERING Refuse To Bend G1, BLUE BAJAN Montjeu G2, DREAM PEACE Dansili G2, FANTASIA Sadler’s Wells G3, GENKI Shinko Forest G3, GIANT SANDMAN Footstepsinthesand G3, PINK SYMPHONY Montjeu G3, PRINCE SIEGFRIED Royal Applause G3, SENSE OF PURPOSE Galileo G3, BABYCAKES Marju LR, CLAREMONT Sadler’s Wells LR, DISTANT MEMORIES Falbrav LR, MOHEDIAN LADY Hurricane Run LR, NATURE SPIRITS Beat Hollow LR, SAJJHAA King’s Best LR, SANDAGIYR Dr Fong LR, SIR EAGLES Diamond Green LR, ST JEAN CAP FERRAT Domedriver LR, PRINCETON PLAINS Tagula LR.

Konigsstuhl Monsun Mosella MANDURO b 2002 Be My Guest Mandellicht Mandelauge MANDAEAN b c 2009 Shirley Heights Darshaan Delsy SUMMERTIME LEGACY b 99 El Gran Senor Zawaahy Exotic Treat

928 - Premio Carlo e Francesco Aloisi, G3, Rome, November 13, 1200m 1 Overdose (GB) 6 b c Starborough (GB) - Our Poppet (IRE) (Warning) 2 Dagda Mor (ITY) 4 b c Martino Alonso (IRE) - Bagnolese (ITY) (Cape Cross (IRE)) 3 Rosendhal (IRE) 4 ch c Indian Ridge Kathy College (IRE) (College Chapel (GB)) Age: 2-6; Starts: 19; Wins: 16; Places: 1 Earnings: £202,185 Sire: STARBOROUGH. Sire of 5 Stakes winners. In 2011 - OVERDOSE Warning G3. 1st Dam: Our Poppet by Warning. ran once at 2. Dam of 6 winners: 2001: NOBLE MOUNT (g Muhtarram) 2 wins at 3 and 4. 2003: POPPET’S BOUNTY (f


international database Bahamian Bounty) Winner at 3 in France. Broodmare. 2004: POPPETS SWEETLOVE (f Foxhound) 3 wins at 3 and 4. Broodmare. 2005: OVERDOSE (c Starborough) Sold 2,000gns yearling at TADEY. Champion 3yr old sprinter in Europe in 2008, Champion 3yr old in Italy in 2008. 16 wins at 2 to 6, 2011 in Austria, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, bestwetten.de Goldene Peitsche G2, Premio Carlo e Francesco Aloisi G3 (twice), Lotto Hamburg Trophy G3, Lanson Cup LR. 2006: POPPET’S LOVEIN (f Lomitas) 3 wins at 3 and 4. 2007: Poppet’s Treasure (f Dansili) 2 wins at 2 and 3 in France, 2nd Prix du Cercle LR, Premio Cancelli LR. 2008: Poppet’s Joy (f Bertolini) 2009: Poppet’s Passion (f Clodovil) 2010: Majestic Mount (c Exceed And Excel) 2011: (c Royal Applause) 2nd Dam: UPEND by Main Reef. 3 wins at 3 St Simon S G3. Dam of MUSICANNA (f Cape Cross: William Hill Atalanta S LR, 2nd Vodafone Princess Elizabeth S G3, 3rd UAE Equestrian Racing Falmouth S G1, Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot S G1), Shortfall (f Last Tycoon: 2nd Daniel Prenn Royal Yorkshire S LR). Grandam of Take It To The Max, Wake Up Call, CONTRABAND. Third dam of UP IN TIME, SUMMER FETE. Broodmare Sire: WARNING. Sire of the dams of 46 Stakes winners. In 2011 - MISS KELLER Montjeu G1, PROHIBIT Oasis Dream G1, FORETELLER Dansili G3, OVERDOSE Starborough G3, GLORIOUS SIGHT Singspiel LR, MORES WELLS Sadler’s Wells LR, NICE DANON Sakhee LR, TOI ET MOI Galileo LR.

Nureyev Soviet Star Veruschka STARBOROUGH ch 94 Desert Wine Flamenco Wave Armada Way OVERDOSE b c 2005 Known Fact Warning Slightly Dangerous OUR POPPET b 97 Main Reef Upend Gay Charlotte

3 Poet (GB) 6 b c Pivotal (GB) - Hyabella (GB) (Shirley Heights) Age: 2-3; Starts: 9; Wins: 1; Places: 5 Earnings: £22,626 Sire: HALLING. Sire of 50 Stakes winners. In 2011 - OPINION POLL Shirley Heights G2, KING’S HALL Turfkonig G3, HAKKAR Sadler’s Wells LR. 1st Dam: KONIGIN TURF by Turfkonig. Winner at 3 in Germany. Dam of 4 winners: 2000: Konigin Bijou (f Big Shuffle). Broodmare. 2001: KONIG TEMPO (g Temporal) 3 wins at 5 and 6 in Denmark, Sweden. 2002: Konig Speed (c Big Shuffle) 7 wins at 3 to 5 in Germany, 2nd Wettenliep Bayerischer Fliegerpreis LR. 2003: Konigin Arte (f Artan) 2 wins at 2 and 3 in Czech Republic, Germany, 2nd Gran Corsa Siepi di Pisa Hurdle LR, Altes Badener Steeplechase LR, Bad Durrheimer Trophy Hurdle LR. Broodmare. 2004: Konigin Speed (f Big Shuffle) 2006: King Turf (c Kalatos) unraced. 2008: KING’S HALL (c Halling) Sold 3,151gns foal at BBAGO, 45,307gns yearling at BBAGS. 1 win at 3 in Germany, Hessen-Pokal Traloppo G3. 2009: Konigsblau (f Shamardal) unraced to date. 2nd Dam: KAISERIN by Ile de Bourbon. 2 wins at 3 in West Germany. Dam of KONIG TURF (c Big Shuffle: Christlacke Europa-Meile G2), KONIG SHUFFLE (c Big Shuffle: Grosser Buchmacher Springer Sprint Preis G3), KONIG CONCORDE (c Big Shuffle: Premio Chiusura G3 (twice), 2nd Mehl-Mulhens Rennen (2000 Guineas) G2, Darley Oettingen-Rennen G2, Grosser Preise der Sparkasse Hannover G2) Broodmare Sire: TURFKONIG. Sire of the dams of 5 Stakes winners. In 2011 KING’S HALL Halling G3, BIRTHDAY LION Areion LR.

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930 - SYCAMORE STAKES, G3, Keeneland, October 20, 13f 1 Sanagas (GER) 5 b/br g Lomitas (GB) - Scota (GER) (Marju (IRE)) 2 Tahoe Lake (BRZ) 5 b g Know Heights (IRE) - Tutto Charm (BRZ) (Roi Normand (USA)) 3 Center Divider (USA) 4 ch c Giant’s Causeway (USA) - Meridiana (GER) (Lomitas (GB)) 931 - PIN OAK VALLEY VIEW STAKES, G3, Keeneland, October 21, 8f 110yds 1 Daisy Devine (USA) 3 b f Kafwain (USA) - Devil’s Dispute (USA) (Devil’s Bag (USA)) 2 Bizzy Caroline (USA) 3 b/br f Afleet Alex (USA) - Sacre Coeur (USA) (Saint Ballado (CAN)) 3 In Step (USA) 3 b/br f Unbridled’s Song (USA) - Strawberry Reason (USA) (Strawberry Road (AUS)) 932 - LEXUS RAVEN RUN STAKES, G2, Keeneland, October 22, 7f 1 Great Hot (BRZ) 3 b/br f Orientate (USA) - That’s Hot (USA) (Seeking The Gold (USA)) 2 Groupie Doll (USA) 3 ch f Bowman’s Band (USA) - Deputy Doll (USA) (Silver Deputy (CAN)) 3 Mizdirection (USA) 3 gr/ro f Mizzen Mast (USA) - Deceptive (USA) (Clever Trick (USA))

1 King’s Hall (GB) 3 ch c Halling (USA) Konigin Turf (GER) (Turfkonig (GER)) 2 Neatico (GER) 4 b c Medicean (GB) Nicola Bella (IRE) (Sadler’s Wells (USA))

Green Dancer Dance Machine Never A Lady KING’S HALL ch c 2008 Anfield Turfkonig Thekla KONIGIN TURF b 95 Ile de Bourbon Kaiserin Konigsblute

936 - COMMONWEALTH TURF STAKES, G3, Churchill Downs, November 3, 8f 110yds 1 Humble And Hungry (USA) 3 b c Limehouse (USA) - Cukee (USA) (Langfuhr (CAN)) 2 Wilkinson (USA) 3 b/br c Lemon Drop Kid (USA) - Tasha’s Delight (USA) (Afternoon Deelites (USA)) 3 Silver Medallion (USA) 3 b c Badge of Silver (USA) - Another Vegetarian (USA) (Stalwart (USA)) 937 - SENTIENT JET BREEDERS’ CUP F&M SPRINT, G1, Churchill Downs, November 4, 7f 1 Musical Romance (USA) 4 b/br f Concorde’s Tune (USA) Candlelightdinner (USA) (Slew Gin Fizz (USA)) 2 Switch (USA) 4 b f Quiet American (USA) - Antoniette (USA) (Nicholas (USA)) 3 Her Smile (USA) 3 b/br f Include (USA) - Hepburn (USA) (Capote (USA)) 938 - GREY GOOSE BREEDERS’ CUP JUV. FILLIES, G1, Churchill Downs, November 4, 8f 110yds

933 - FAYETTE STAKES, G2, Keeneland, October 29, 9f 1 Wise Dan (USA) 4 ch g Wiseman’s Ferry (USA) - Lisa Danielle (USA) (Wolf Power (SAF)) 2 Ioya Bigtime (USA) 4 b c Dynaformer (USA) - Ioya Two (USA) (Lord At War (ARG)) 3 Workin For Hops (USA) 4 ch g City Zip (USA) - Citi Pearl (USA) (Citidancer (USA)) 934 - POCAHONTAS STAKES, G2, Churchill Downs, October 30, 8f

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929 - Hessen-Pokal Traloppo, G3, Frankfurt, November 13, 2000m

1 Motor City (USA) 2 b c Street Sense (USA) - Shawgatny (USA) (Danzig Connection (USA)) 2 Seven Lively Sins (USA) 2 b c Stormy Atlantic (USA) - Carson’s Star (USA) (Carson City (USA)) 3 Mr Bowling (USA) 2 b/br c Istan (USA) - Goldilock’s Bear (USA) (Irish Tower (USA))

1 On Fire Baby (USA) 2 gr/ro f Smoke Glacken (USA) - Ornate (USA) (Gilded Time (USA)) 2 And Why Not (USA) 2 b f Street Cry (IRE) - Alchemist (USA) (A P Indy (USA)) 3 Glinda The Good (USA) 2 b f Hard Spun (USA) - Magical Flash (USA) (Miswaki (USA))

1 My Miss Aurelia (USA) 2 b f Smart Strike (CAN) - My Miss Storm Cat (USA) (Sea of Secrets (USA)) 2 Grace Hall (USA) 2 b f Empire Maker (USA) - Season’s Greetings (IRE) (Ezzoud (IRE)) 3 Weemissfrankie (USA) 2 ch f Sunriver (USA) - Starinthemeadow (USA) (Meadowlake (USA)) 939 - would EMIRATESlike AIRLINES BREEDERS’ We to wish all CUP F&M TURF, G1, Churchill Downs, of our readers a Happy November 4, 11f Christmas and a successful 1New PerfectYear. Shirl (USA) 4 b f Perfect Soul

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Simon Thompson: Thoroughbred Internet & Barnes Thompson What is your racing background?

The only horseman in my family history was a great uncle who looked after the horse who pulled the fire engine in Enfield! I did work for Chipperfield Circus for a while, looking after the lions and tigers.

What is your working background?

I was very much a “hands on” horseman, at first, here in the UK and in Ireland, and then stints in the US and New Zealand. Following that, I was lucky enough to work alongside the likes of Paul Webber at the Curragh Bloodstock Agency, both in the UK and Ireland, before joining the Sporting Life. After that, I founded Barnes Thompson Ltd. I hope that I am a product of the experience, knowledge and, more importantly, the values I gained from working with and alongside some of the industry’s leading professionals. It’s always a work in progress, though. If this business teaches us anything, it’s that we never stop learning.

How long have you run your company? Barnes Thompson is a full-service advertising agency. We offer bespoke design solutions for global thoroughbred professionals. Our client base, both past and present, includes market leaders from the international horseracing and breeding industry.

How has advertising changed in the last 20 years?

Speed is the main change. When I started Barnes Thompson it was before advertisements could be delivered digitally. We, and almost nobody else, had email and, at that time, only News International had gone digital. In addition to supplying adverts mechanically, they had to be sent upto a week in advance. Most of what we now produce is understandably successbased, so it’s all next day – an advert sent at 7pm now appears in next day’s paper, here or in Australia.

What is the key to effective advertising?

Remain focused on the message and keep it simple – gimics don’t promote good horses, they de-value them.

Have you embraced the digital world?

People who know me well may say I am a bit of a “techno-pimp”. I own all the gadgets and consider, and have always been, a keen follower of new technology. Used in the correct way technology brings freedom, without it, I would spend my days and weekends sat in front of my computer.

Explain what thoroughbredinternet.com does? It’s a ten-year anniversary isn’t it?

The simplest explanation is that it’s a global stakes results and news service – that was what it was when we started. On day one January 1, 2003 we uploaded nine results and posted a few news stories. Now, almost 10 years later, those stakes results number 41,106

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and thoroughbredinternet.com has become the most powerful free research tool for breeders. Every day, and in the vast majority of cases and only minutes following the result, we post Group 1, Group 2, Group 3 and Listed results from both hemispheres into a fully searchable thoroughbredinternet.com stakes database.

It’s free to access. Why don’t you charge?

The most successful internet-based business Google is free. I don’t believe even asking people to login is a good idea. On the information highway it’s the equivalent of putting in a toll-gate – you have to be pretty confident that you have unique content if you are going to charge. But, more importantly, our revenues come from advertisers and our responsibility to them is to reach as many eyeballs as possible, not turn people away before they see their adverts.

What is the future for online publishing?

It’s all about “revenue versus investment” in content. A lot of published content these days is only created to carry the adverts that feature on the pages carrying it, and that’s to the detriment of both the product and the user experience. It’s also quite insulting. Our mantra for all things web-based has always been “content is king” and I still believe that if you get this balance right, you are more likely to come out ahead in the long run. In that regard, online publishing is no different to any other form of publishing. There is always room for a quality product.

Does print advertising still have a niche?

Yes, but it’s obviously a harder “sell” and the trick these days is trying to work out what everyone is reading. And not only which paper/pdf/magazine, but which part of it. All of us use multiple information sources and that means the battle for the advertising pound is more competitive. The problem potential advertisers face is plotting their way through this forest of new and old choices. Some of the more established advertising opportunities, for instance, are now simply a waste of money because the new digital platforms more accurately deliver content to the right marketplace. That is not to say all the new services are much better, but experience has taught us the difference and, like with most things, a good guide is more than half the battle.

How has the internet changed advertising? How do you measure online campaigns? Advertising on the internet is no different than advertising in print. It’s about getting your message to the right marketplace. There are some technological issues, but the benefits are obvious. Measuring the success of a campaign, for

Simon Thompson: is something of a “techno pimp” instance, is simple and accurate, any website large or small should be able to tell you how many times any particular page or site was visited, how pages were viewed per visit. Visits and pages viewed are the only things to be interested in. Ignore hits – hits are server requests for information on a webpage. A webpage with five pictures on it creates six hits when you load it, so “hit rates” are irrelevant.

What are your thoughts on social media?

Facebook has lost some of its shine for me although, like a lot of people I now have more than one account – a ‘friends’ Facebook page and a ‘work’ Facebook page. As Facebook has become more of a commercial outlet it has lost some of that early vibrancy. I still enjoy it but, while I want to know what friends are up to, I’m not that interested to know that they were the purchasers of a “very useful looking maiden winner at Redcar”....! But I love Twitter. I browse my timelines frequently. I only follow a few people, but that keeps me as up-to-date and as amused as I need to be. My biggest Twitter hate is people retweeting advertorial about their own stallions. It’s pointless and will eventually just lead to people “unfollowing” the worst culprits – they know who

they are!

Is 24/7 communication a good thing? If you live and breathe in an industry such as ours anything that gives you the edge is a good thing and, let’s face it, the horse business has been 24/7 since way before the digital revolution.

What is next for thoroughbredinternet.com?

We won’t be deviating too far away from our core Stakes results delivery service. But we have some interesting plans for the coming year and we’re aiming to add even more value to the user experience while also streamlining the product still further. I think we’re only scratching the surface of what we can achieve. It’s quite an achievement for an independent Internet site to still be a going concern after the past ten years, but we feel thoroughbredinternet.com has a solid foundation and the next ten years promise to be even more exciting.

International Thoroughbred December 2011  

The magazine for the global horseracing and bloodstock audience

International Thoroughbred December 2011  

The magazine for the global horseracing and bloodstock audience