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Sussex Stakes-Gr.1, by 2½ lengths from Paco Boy Queen Elizabeth II Stakes-Gr.1 Juddmonte International Stakes-Gr.1, from Twice Over Tyros Stakes-Gr.3 in July of his two-year-old season Eclipse Stakes-Gr.1, a length behind Sea The Stars and 4½ lengths clear of Conduit 2nd Sussex Stakes-Gr.1, a neck behind Canford Cliffs 2nd Queen Elizabeth II Stakes-Gr.1, beaten a nose

Brilliant miler by GALILEO out of a Stakes-performing 2YO by STRAVINSKY. From the family of seven-time champion sire in New Zealand VOLKSRAAD and the consistently successful HALLING.

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contents december

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A two-point plan could go a long way to curing British racing’s ills

The First Word

Paul Haigh looks forward to the CXHKIR

10 News

The big two release their fees, Cheveley drops Pivotal to ÂŁ55,000 and Oasis Dream becomes the top-priced UK sire

18 Cartier awards

The big awards night in pictures with the Award of Merit going to Richard Hannon

20 View from Timeform

Lissa Oliver meets Maurice Burns of Rathasker Stud

110 Mare of the month

Born Gold, dam of the amazing Goldikova, by Sophia Brundenell

58 Record-breaking

Galileo overtakes his sire Sadler’s Wells as the European-based Flat stallion to win the most prize-money in one season ever 24618_






68 Dubawi: the best of the best 8_Rip_







Pat Fitzsimons of Oak Lodge Stud


Timeform’s top-ra ted sons of Galileo RIP VAN WINK LE 134 his outstan

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Timeform’s highest -rated 2yo in 16 years133p NEW APPR European Champi OACH on 2yo, World Champi132 on 3yo SOLDIER OF FORT UNE 131 & Corona CAPE BLANCO tion Cup Winner Irish Derby & Irish Champion Stakes 130 (by 5½L.) TEOFILO European Champi 126 on 2yo

74 Iffraaj: first, the rest nowhere Irish Derby (by 9l.)


Iffraaj becomes the record-breaking       

    first-season sire with 36winners in his    first crop, writes Clive Webb-Carter Aidan O’B rien, Tim efor


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81 Galileo regains his crown

Deposed as leading sire of juveniles for the last two years, Clive Webb-Carter sees Galileo back where he belongs From the

Brilliant miler by GALILEO out of a family of seven-tim by STRAVINS Stakes-performin g 2YO and the con e champion sire KY. in sistently successfu New Zealand VO l HALLIN LKSRAA D G.

Hyperion’s table of stakes-winning sires

93 The list that Sparkman built John Sparkman gives us his idea of leading US-based stallions

Stallion R eview 201 0


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m All stallio Mathieu Alex. ns nominated to EBF.


Sally Duckett meets David Redvers at Tweenhills Stud, Makfi’s new home

122 Bloodstock backgrounds


Races from

41 A stud fit for a Guineas winner


Jocelyn de Moubray reviews the European second-season sires’ list

37 An international thoroughbred... 86 The master list .... won the Melbourne Cup


112 The database


Paul Hanagan wins the British Flat jockeys’ championship

Weatherbys 100 leading stallions

52 Born a horseman


33 It’s all over now!

103 Yearling sire averages 2010

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Alan Porter outlines the pedigrees of the Breeders’ Cup winners and finds that Blame could have been a turf runner

From Weatherbys’ Return of Mares


24 Turf roots for dirt race success

98 Covering statistics

Things just keep getting better and better for the Lambourn trainer, who trained his first Group 1 winner in 2010


The Europeans did not fare well at the Breeders’ Cup, write the boys from Halifax

47 Clive Cox

Record brea ker Galileo win s more Brit

ish and Irish Plus, Dav prize-mone id y in one rac he is delight Redvers talks about ed to have doin ing year tha Fast Compan g the deal to stan n any Europe d Mak y at Rathas an-based sta ker, and thin fi and buying hor llion has don ses gs just kee p getting bettfor Pearl Bloodstock, e before Ma er and bett er for Group urice Burns tells us why 1-winning trainer Cliv e Cox

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the foreword

Come on racing – let’s get commercial

It’s time our sport got to grips with the world of mass marketing


Once you get the attendances up, then, hey presto, racecourse venues can be marketed to big-time advertising agencies

races and won’t disappear. A plan such as this requires one thing – agreement between racing and the racecourses to drop admission charges and then to spread the extra income generated by such advertising revenue to all in racing. This would have to be primarily back in prizemoney kitties as, from that, all else follows. And so we come back to the usual, boring, problem: no group in racing is ever prepared to loosen its grip on its own wealth-creating kingdom nor be prepared to come to profitshare agreement for the good of horseracing’s future. And as we have seen by its strangulating hold on its media right privileges, the greedy old racecourses are as much to blame in this regard as the bookmakers. It really would be so easy to get racing heading out on the right road and get plans in place. At present, all it is doing is denying


quick two-point plan for racing – it isn’t the answer to everything but it will go a long way to solving some of its ills. One, reduce racecourse entry to nothing or just a minimal charge. Market this fact effectively to the wider public (advertising in publications or on TV channels that do not have the word racing in their titles), offer to throw in a few extras as enticements (decent coffee shops, clothing stalls, food outlets, children’s entertainments – all the stuff that normal people want to do when they go out, in fact really all the stuff they throw in for a day’s Arabian racing at Newbury) and then get the numbers in. Guess what then? You might get some atmosphere, something of a buzz which might appeal to the wider public and encourage them to head back to the races again: after all this public is looking for something to do with its free time. But there is far more to the numbers game than that. Once you get the attendances up, then, hey presto, racecourse venues can be marketed to big-time advertising agencies. You know such companies, those ones that deal with big-brand names who are looking for mass market appeal: Levi jeans, John Lewis, Chanel perfumes, Thompson holidays, hell, even supermarket giant Tesco might want a slice of the action. Give any companies who get involved raceside and roadside hoardings, big screen TV ads, race sponsorships, food giveaways or let them hand out freebies for every 50th person in through the gate. The advertising guys will love it, and racing would be a winner. But these big companies must have the numbers before they will even consider such an option: small, niche, focussed audiences don’t really swing it for them. For those smaller companies who currently market their wares on the racecourse, those more in touch with the niche racing crowd (and pretty much the only outside-of-thesport advertising racing currently receives): well, that hard-core crowd will still be at the

itself any sort of a viable future. And, as an extra, while I am prepared to swing with Racing For Change regarding its Ascot finale (putting the “good of the season” arguments to one side at present, a crowd of 14,000 at the last Newmaket Champions’ Day, billed as one of the best days’ racing ever, was pathetic to say the least and something has to be done), I want to see RFC doing a whole lot more. Don’t you think racing should be seeing something more for the money it has spent in research, branding exercises, think-tanks and focus groups? If we don’t get more from RFC in tangible effort and calculable results, this will become an opportunity lost. It could have been cash used more usefully instead to lobby and work out an appropriate funding plan for the future.

Some rubbish was talked after the Breeders’ Cup defeat of Zenyatta by Blame in the Classic. First, the mare always runs like that, second, she comes out of the stalls like a crab and takes at least 3f to get rolling (Mike Smith did the right thing and instead of flapping and flopping around, let her get balanced and find her considerably fast feet), third, they went very hard in front early on – by the end of the back straight the field had come back to the mare, and she had not had to be unduly pushed to get there. What most commentators seemed to have forgotten is that Blame is a fairly useful performer in his own right, was two from two at Churchill Downs before the Breeders’ Cup, and was probably the best horse that Zenyatta had ever had to run against. Aside from the Zenyatta chat, the Attheraces coverage was truly terrible. It was not fun listening to John McCririck arguing with Matt Chapman over completely irrelevant points throughout the whole evening. It was boring and annoying and such a shame that the record-breaking audience had to listen to it. We don’t dislike listening to McCririck as a betting pundit, but he knows little about US racing, and certainly nothing about the art of presenting a live TV show.

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Four races is the minimum... ...and eight the maximum for a meeting to claim success as an international carnival, says Paul Haigh

The formidable array of Hong Kong short course horses makes this year’s Hong Kong Sprint the best 6f race run anywhere in the world – like last year’s


ith a detour to Japan and its great one-off at the end of November, the international racing roadshow moves on to Hong Kong. Much respect is due to the Japan Cup, which has long been one of the most coveted and is now – refusing to be outdone by Dubai or the Qatar Arc – the richest turf race in the world. But the JRA really has to understand that the present climate requires festivals, not stand-alone races, however splendid they may be, and without a supporting cast their greatest international event is just not going to get the sort of attention it deserves. With the Japan Cup, without retinue, not quite cutting the wasabi, it is arguable that the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races, subtitled “The World Turf Racing Championships”, only just scrapes in as a qualifier with a mere four races, although just as arguably the Breeders’ Cup’s decision to extend itself to two days has actually devalued its coinage (quantitative wheezing?). Some Breeders’ Cup races, like the Turf Sprint and the comically named Marathon and the Ladies Classic, have very little claim to anything like the status of equine Olympic events (remember the original dream?) or even that of rubbers in the equine Ryder Cup the Breeders’ Cup has become. No, four races is about the minimum these days for an international carnival, and eight is about the maximum. Ideally Hong Kong should have at least one more. But how could it expand? If they had a 5f event, it would weaken the Sprint; if a 7f, it would weaken the Mile, and so on up to the 1m4f of the Vase. They do race on the all-weather at Sha Tin. But would Polytrack racing really attract the Americans, who couldn’t use their “medications”, and wouldn’t its aesthetically displeasing nature just detract from the splendour of what they’ve got? Actually, given the squeeze it’s having to endure from both the Breeders’ Cup and to a much greater extent Dubai, and

given the squeeze on the relative value of its prize-money, with the Hong Kong dollar linked to the American and therefore not buying quite as much as it used to, the CXHKIR (see above for translation of the acronym) is standing up pretty well. Zenyatta and Goldikova, the two wondrous mares who stopped the Breeders’ Cup from being a bit of a non-event are missing of course: Zenyatta because she’s gone to the paddocks (now why would they want to do that with the Dancing Queen when the Dubai World Cup would appear to be hers for the taking?) and Goldikova because Freddy Head can’t see why she should ever get beaten in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at least until she’s an old lady. But even without the superstars they’ve got a pretty good line up. Gio Ponti, second to both in successive Breeders’ Cups, represents the grandes dames’ form in either the Cup or the Mile. Paco Boy represents Goldikova’s even better. Indeed they’ve got the second third and fourth in the BC Mile turning out for the CXHK Mile. Better still, they’ve got the first second and third in the Dubai Golden Shaheen going for the CXHK Sprint, a turnout which on its own would make it a better race than either of the Breeders’ Cup Sprints, but with the addition of the formidable array of Hong Kong short course horses makes this

year’s Hong Kong Sprint the best 6f race run anywhere in the world – like last year’s. The biggest gem in its crown is Sacred Kingdom, who’s been the world’s top-rated or joint top-rated sprinter for nearly as long as Tiger Woods was world’s number one golfer (and unlikely to relinquish his position for the same sort of reasons as this sacred one is a gelding). The one horse missing from the Sprint line-up is the brilliant Australian mare Black Caviar, the latest to join Sacred Kingdom at the top of the IFHA handicappers’ tree, whose victory in the Patinack Farm Classic was truly inspired awe. But other Australians are absent, the only one getting on the plane being Ortensia, who was miles behind Black Caviar at Flemington. In fact, Ortensia, likely to be stripped for test failure of the one Group 1 (a handicap!) she’s been able to secure, is the only Australian of any sort coming, the simple truth being that the Aussies have been beaten so often on their trips to Hong Kong they don’t much feel like playing for the time being. So You Think would have been great to see in either the Cup or the Vase. But he has gone to owners with very different fish to fry; and anyway Americain, the horse who beat him easily in the 150th Melbourne Cup at a difference of only 5lb, will be at Sha Tin on December 12, running in the Vase. Alain de Royer-Dupre reckons Americain might have had a very good chance in the Arc if he hadn’t already committed him to an Australian campaign. And Americain will probably only start favourite if Ed Dunlop, who’s bringing the delectable Snow Fairy (did you see that race in Japan?) to the scene of his triumph five years ago with Ouija Board, opts for the Cup instead of the Vase. In the Cup itself Vision D’Etat bids to end his racing career in a blaze of glory by becoming the first to win the race back to back or even twice. Against him will be Gio Ponti (if he doesn’t go for the Mile) Snow Fairy (maybe), Stacelita, Shalanaya, Reggane... (Look, where are all these mares coming from? Are we witnessing genetic change?) It’s not a bad line-up all in all. And we haven’t even mentioned most of the locals yet, for the usual, simple reasons of a lack of space.


the news

Dubawi’s fee goes up to £55,000, Darley’s unproven stallions down by 25 per cent Darley announces fees for 2011, and adds two new stallions to the roster Darley stallion fees 2011 Sire

2011 fee

2010 fee

2009 fee

£55,000 £22,500 £15,000 £12,000 £10,000 £10,000 £4,000

£20,000 £30,000 £20,000 £12,000 £10,000 £10,000 €8,000

£15,000 £30,000 £25,000 £12,000 £8,000 £10,000 €12,000

Dalham Hall Dubawi New Approach Authorized Exceed And Excel Halling Shirocco Kheleyf

Kildangan Stud Shamardal Cape Cross Raven’s Pass Iffraaj Manduro Teofilo Vale Of York Echo Of Light

€50,000 €35,000 €22,500 €15,000 €15,000 €15,000 €5,000 €3,000

€20,000 €35,000 €30,000 €6,000 €20,000 €20,000 n/a €4,000

€20,000 €35,000 €40,000 €8,000 €20,000 €25,000 n/a £4,000

Haras du Logis King’s Best Slickly Librettist Alexandros Country Reel Layman Creachadoir

€15,000 €7,000 €7,000 n/a €4,500 €4,500 €4,500

€15,000 €7,000 €7,000 n/a €4,500 €5,000 n/a

Darley @ Jonabell Any Given Saturday $20,000 $25,000 Bernardini $75,000 $60,000 Desert Party $10,000 n/a Discreet Cat $17,500 $20,000 Elusive Quality $50,000 $75,000 Hard Spun $30,000 $35,000 Henny Hughes $12,500 $25,000 Holy Bull $10,000 $10,000 Medaglia d’Oro $100,000 $100,000 Midshipman $15,000 n/a Offlee Wild $7,500 $7,500 Quiet American $15,000 $15,000 Rockport Harbor $12,500 $12,500 Street Boss $17,500 $20,000 Street Cry $150,000 $150,000 -Street Sense $40,000 $50,000

$40,000 $100,000 n/a $30,000 $75,000 $50,000 $40,000 $15,000 $40,000 n/a $10,000 $20,000 $20,000 n/a $100,000 $75,000


€15,000 €7,000 €6,000 €4,000 €4,000 €4,000 €3,000

Authorized: one of the young Darley stallions given a fee reduction for 2011

Dubawi, sire of this season’s 2,000 Guineas winner Makfi, has had his stud fee increased to £55,000 from £20,000 for the 2011 season, an increase of 175 per cent. It is the highest fee yet for the stallion, who stood at €40,000 in 2008. Shamardal, whose fee has gone up to €50,000 from €20,000, and leading first-season sire Iffraaj, who has had an increase of 150 per cent from €6,000 to €15,000, are the only other Darley stallions to have been given an increase for the 2011 covering season. All of Darley’s unproven stallions have had a fee reduction of 25 per cent; Manduro and Teofilo are both standing at €15,000 having retired to stud at a fee of €40,000. Secondseason sire Kheleyf, has been reduced from €8,000 to £4,000 and is moving from Kildangan to Dalham Hall, while Haras du Logis’s stallion Librettist, has been given a €1,000 reduction to €6,000. Vale Of York and Alexandros are the two new stallions due to join the stud’s roster for 2011. Vale Of York, winner of the

Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile for Godolphin in 2009, retires to Kildangan Stud to stand at a fee of €5,000. Alexandros, a dual Group 3-winning son of Kingmambo and runner-up in the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes, retires to Haras du Logis at a fee of €4,000. In America, Bernardini, who has got off to such a good early start with his first runners, has had his fee increased from $60,000 to $75,000. He is the only US-based Darley sire to get a price rise, while leading US sires, Street Cry and Medaglia D’Oro, are unchanged at $150,000 and $100,000. Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Midshipman will stand his first season at a fee of $15,000 while a $10,000 fee has been set for fellow new sire, the Grade 2 Sanford Stakes winner Desert Party. As in Europe, Darley has cut the prices for its unproven sires and in all seven stallions on the roster have had their fees cut. They include Elusive Quality, the sire of this season’s triple Grade 1 winner Quality Road, who has been reduced from $75,000 to $50,000.

the news

Starspangledbanner: the Golden Jubilee Stakes (G1) winner retires to Coolmore at a fee of €15,000. His sire Choisir is advertised at €12,500

Coolmore cuts fees for the majority High Chaparral receives a price increase, while Rip Van Winkle starts off at €20,000 All bar two of the stallions due to stud at Coolmore Ireland for 2011 have had their fees cut. Furthermore, Montjeu and Danehill Dancer, who have had a private fee for two years, are now both advertised at Є75,000. If it is supposed that a “private” fee is in the region of Є100,000 or more, it means that the two sires have been given price reductions

of around Є25,000. This year’s champion sire Galileo is the only Coolmore sire to still be advertised as “private”. The two stallions given price increases are High Chaparral, who has been moved up from Є15,000 to Є25,000, and Choisir. He was initally advertised at Є6,000 for 2010, although in the end he did not shuttle from

So You Think bought for Europe If something has worked a couple of times, hell, why not try it again? Coolmore, which has enjoyed such success this year bringing Starspangledbanner from Australia to Europe for a sprinting career, is planning the same for 2011 – though this time with a horse at the alternative end of the distance spectrum. Coolmore Australia has purchased a controlling interest in So You Think, the Melbourne Cup runner-up and High Chaparral’s leading performer. The horse will join Aidan O’Brien for a 2011 European campaign with a long-term intention of joining the farm’s roster. So You Think has a Timeform rating of 133 and on that basis is the best horse ever to travel from Australasia to race in Europe. The deal was concluded shortly after the Cup. Former trainer Bart Cummings, who had been in hospital with a respiratory complaint, claimed that he had been kept in the dark regarding the sale proceedings. He was reported to be devasted at losing the horse whom he considers to have been the best he has trained. Malaysian owner Dato Tan Chin Nam has been a long-time client of Cummings and it is rumoured that the deal was in excess of A$40 million.

Australia to Ireland for the season. High Chaparral has seen considerable changes in his price through his stud career – in 2009 he stood at Є10,000 having been retired at Є35,000 in 2004. Holy Roman Emperor, whose first crop were two-year-olds of 2010 and who initially stood at Є35,000, will be available at Є10,000. It is a fall of 42 per cent from his 2010 fee of Є17,500.

The stud’s most expensive new stallion is multiple Group 1 winner Rip Van Winkle, whose fee has been set at Є20,000, while Starspangledbanner is to stand at Є15,000. The Phoenix Park Stakes winner Alfred Nobel has a fee of Є5,000. Thewayyouare, a son of Kingmambo, is moving from Ashford. His fee for 2011 is Є6,000 from $10,000 in 2010.

Coolmore stallion fees 2011 (€) Sire

2011 fee

2010 fee

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

5,000 6,000 12,500 75,000 25,000 17,500 10,000 30,000 10,000 Private 25,000 10,000 15,000 17,500 75,000 9,000 15,000 20,000 17,500 15,000 4,000 6,000 9,000

n/a 6,000 6,000 Private 30,000 25,000 12,500 Private 12,500 Private 15,000 17,500 17,500 20,000 Private 15,000 17,500 n/a 22,500 n/a 4,000 $10,000 10,000

2009 fee n/a 8,000 8,000 Private 40,000 35,000 17,500 n/a 12,500 Private 10,000 25,000 20,000 n/a Private 17,500 20,000 n/a 27,500 n/a 6,000 n/a n/a


the news Blame to Claiborne


Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Blame has been retired to Claiborne Farm for 2011. The colt was bred and raced in partnership by Claiborne with Adele Dilschneider. By Arch, whom Blame will stand alongside, he won nine races from 13 starts and was placed on the other four occasions. Aside from winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic and breaking the Zenyattta dream, he also won the Whitney Handicap (G1) and the Stephen Foster Handicap (G1). Blame is a grandson of Bound, the dam of Hong Kong Group 1 winner Archipenko, while his third dam is Special, dam of Nureyev and grand-dam of Sadler’s Wells.


Zafeen-Flighty Dancer (Pivotal) Trainer: Lucinda Featherstone Owner:D. Broughton Breeder: Blujon Stud

A Fairy story SNOW FAIRY put the icing on the cake in November for owner Cristina Patino, who runs her horses under the name Anamoine Limited. The Intikhab filly, unwanted by the sales crowd as a yearling but who has won two Oaks races this season, finished second in the Yorkshire Oaks behind Midday and fourth in the St Leger, decided that she had not finished with things for the season at Doncaster in September. Trainer Ed Dunlop sidestepped a trip to the US for the Breeders’ Cup and very wisely sent the gutsy filly east to Japan. There she sauntered to victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup (G1), winning the equivalent of £624,926 in prize-money. Just to make the trip even better, the filly was the recipent of a bonus prize for winning the two Oaks races in Europe. All told, owners Anamoine Limited and connections walked away with over £1,350,000 in their pockets.

Left all alone It seems no top flight jockey wants to know Ballydoyle anymore. For the stable it is a little like the organisation going to a “disco” as a teenager – all dressed up and hopeful that it will get to “pull”, only to strutt its stuff, do its dance, look hopefully at the good-looking girl or boy across the dance-floor, only to find itself left on the side when the slowies come on. It is crazy that the firm has no top jockey wanting (at present) to leave current employers or pair up with them. All jockeys are most definitely stating their intentions to stick where they are or are quickly making alternative arrangements. Is the job that bad? Is the internal management so intensely crazy all the jocks tell each other that despite the probable race-winning glories, it is a job to avoid?


Newsells releases fees

Aqlaam: his £7,000 fee is unchanged from 2009

Shadwell delivers “fair prices” for breeders After announcing last month that it is to end its closed book policy for its stallions, Shadwell Stud has released its fees for 2011 with half of the stallions remaining at 2010’s prices and half being reduced. Aqlaam, who is going into his second-season at stud, is unchanged at £7,000, while the fee for the farm’s veteran stallion Green Desert remains private. Nayef has had a fee reduction from £15,000 to £12,500, a fall of 20 per cent, and both Haafhd’s and Sakhee’s fees have been dropped by £1,000 from £6,000 to £5,000. The fee for the farm’s new stallion Mawatheeq has been set at £5,000, while the price

for Muhtathir, who is based in France at Haras du Mézeray, has been dropped to €10,000 from €12,000. His studmate Naaqoos remains at €6,000. The Italian-based Mujahid at Allevamento di Besnate has also had a fee reduction from €5,000 to €4,500. Shadwell’s stud director Richard Lancaster said: “Taking into consideration the present economic climate and the results of the recent sales, we have pitched the fees at what we believe are competitive and fair prices in the current market. “We hope that breeders will be confident that at this level the products of these coverings will give them a chance to make a reasonable return.”

Newsells Park Stud’s dual King’s Stand Stakes winner and new stallion Equiano will stand for £8,000 in 2011, while Mount Nelson will command a fee of £7,000, a reduction of £1,000 compared with 2010. Newsells manager, Julian Dollar said: “Equiano proved himself one of the best sprinters in the world. He used his blistering speed to devastating effect both this year and of course as a three-yearold, when he memorably won the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes for the first time. “He ticks every box to be a successful commercial sire and has been incredibly well received by breeders. “Mount Nelson just exudes class and has a stunning crop of foals on the ground. We are extremely grateful to breeders for the support he has received in his first two years at stud and the quality of those first two books is exceptional.”


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Kentucky Derby winner retires to WinStar Super Saver, winner of the 2010 Kentucky Derby, has been retired and will stand at WinStar Farm at a fee of $20,000. “The decision to retire Super Saver was a difficult one that may not be popular with fans, but should be popular with breeders,” said Elliott Walden, WinStar vice president. “The bone bruising that was discovered

by Dr. Larry Bramlage which limited his performance during the latter half of this year should subside with time. However, it created a risk that he would not return to the form he showed as a two-year-old and through the Kentucky Derby. He was a top two-year-old and became WinStar’s and Todd Pletcher’s first Kentucky Derby winner.” The farm has also announced its fees for 2011 and its leading stallion Distorted Humor remains on $100,000. The fee for the son of Forty Niner was reduced this last season having stood at $150,000 in 2009 and $300,000 in 2008. Speightstown is the only stallion to be given an increase – he goes up to $50,000 having stood at $30,000 in 2010.

n JUDDMONTE has sold its US-based stallion Empire Maker to the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders’ Association. Although his first crop is only five years old, he has produced five Grade 1 winners. He covered 138 mares through 2010. n Vinery STUD is enlarging its operation into New York having taken over Empire Stud. It will be named Vinery New York and will run alongside Vinery Kentucky and Vinery Florida. Stallions Posse and Repent have been relocated to the farm, while Justenuffhumor, a son of Distorted Humor and a multiple Grade 2 winner, has been retired to the new farm.

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

Wide-range of stallions with top runners


is by Tagula and Sarafina is by Refuse to Bend, who relocated from Kildangan in Ireland to Whitsbury Manor Stud to replace Monsieur Bond. Among the two-year-olds, Dream Ahead is by Diktat, who now stands in Spain, while Wootton Bassett is by Iffraaj – only Mystic Meg could have predicted that the Darley stallion would be this year’s record-breaking first-season sire. Observatory has shown that he is not just a one-horse wonder with the ultra-consistent Twice Over as he also has the best two-year-old filly in France, Helleborine. That statement does come with the caveat that the stallion is aided by the powerful Juddmonte broodmare band. The sprint division sire honours are shared by Choisir, Acclamation and Monsieur Bond, who has been standing at Norton Grove Stud in Yorkshire. But for the brilliant mare Goldikova, Paco Boy would have

been the undisputed champion older miler. Even so he is an ideal replacement for British and Irish breeders as his sire, Desert Style, now stands in France. Frankel is outstanding and it is wonderful that he is so talented that he will perpetuate the memory of the great trainer Bobby Frankel, who died in 2009. It is uncanny that he and Dubai Millennium were so fortuitously named. Harbinger remains the standout older horse after his stellar victory in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. The form of that race and the Hardwicke continued to be enhanced till the end of the season. Politically and economically, racing and the BHA face an uphill struggle. Issues about the Levy, betting exchanges, bookmakers moving off-shore and a top-heavy infrastructure continue to plague racing’s finances. Hopes of a resolution of the Tote’s future in racing’s favour seems no closer. The loss of such a respected

and experienced independent director from the BHA’s board in Jim McGrath is extremely regrettable. Racing for Change’s quixotic venture with Champions’ Day at Ascot seems fraught with pitfalls. Weather conditions during mid-October can be dire, and having the Champion Stakes and Queen Elizabeth II on the same

Frankel is outstanding and it is wonderful that he is so talented that he will perpetuate the memory of the great trainer Bobby Frankel


ichard Hughes’s dogged battle to overtake Paul Hanagan’s slender lead in the Flat jockeys’ premiership did much to enliven the last two weeks of the British Flat season. Hughes’s trainer and fatherin-law, Richard Hannon, was a deserved winner of the trainer’s championship. He not only always trains a huge number of winners, but also succeeds in ensuring that he gives his owners a lot of fun and great hospitality. Mark Johnston and Richard Fahey fully deserve their places in the top ten. Prince Khalid Abdullah is leading owner and breeder in Britain and is in a close tussle with the Aga Khan to be champion owner in France. The most surprising aspect of the European season has been the range of stallions with top horses. Workforce is by King’s Best, now relocated to France, Canford Cliffs

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Oasis Dream top British price Pivotal fee falls to £55,000 Oasis Dream has become the most expensive stallion in Britain since 2008 with the news that the Juddmonte stallion will stand at £85,000 for 2011. It is an increase of 30 per cent on his £65,000 fee of 2010. Prior to that the son of Green Desert had been available at between £25,000 and £35,000 since retiring to stud in 2004. The sire had 17 stakes winners through 2010, including the fabulous Group 1-winning mare Midday and the Gamely Stakes (G1) winner Tuscan Evening. The fee for Juddmonte’s fellow

leading British-based sire Dansili is unchanged at £65,000, Zamindar has had the biggest drop in price from £15,000 to £12,000, while Beat Hollow has been given a £1,000 reduction to £5,000. Rail Link’s fee has been dropped by £500 to £7,000. Observatory is the only other Juddmonte stallion to have been given an increase in price – his fee has gone up by £1,000 to £5,000. The fee for Champs Elysees (£10,000) and Three Valleys (£5,000), whose first crop are yearlings, are both unchanged from 2010.

Hunting around card is about as daft as running the Dewhurst and Middle Park together. Compressing the Arc weekend, the new race day and the Breeder’s Cup into a five-week time span, when the ideal spacing should be three or four week intervals between each, is insane. On a lesser level what racing needs is a blank day to overcome the saturation of modest races and give professionals a chance to recharge their batteries and even to have something of a social life. Apart from the tussle for the jockeys’ championship the beginning of November was dominated by the Breeders’ Cup and the Spring Carnival in Melbourne. In the US, Goldikova was as magnificent in victory as Zenyatta was in defeat. The surface and pace of the Classic contributed to the latter’s defeat, and she had looked just as awkward in the first furlong at Santa Anita last year. No plaudits for the Attheraces team. They showed deep ignorance about US dirt racing and should take particular note of Richie Benaud’s advice: “My mantra is: put your brain into gear and if you can add to what is on the screen then do it,

otherwise shut up”. Australians were treated to some high-class racing, despite some dreadful Melbourne weather. Shaun Kelly in his gave some wonderful vignettes of the racing scene, which came across well to those of us resorting to laptops. All credit to Alain de Royer-Dupre for producing Americain in the form of his life to win both the Geelong and Melbourne Cups. Black Caviar is as impressive a sprinter as Starspangledbanner and, hopefully, trainer Peter Moody might be tempted to run in England. It will give him another chance to match shorts and legs with John Berry. New Zealand breds also collected the Oaks with a daughter of Captain Rio (he has had only ten winners over 1m2f plus in the northern hemisphere) and produced the allround champion in So You Think. Mostly because of him, High Chaparral has a massive lead in the sires’ table – he is A$8,000,000 in front of second-placed Shamardal. It is exciting that European racegoers will get the chance to see him in action next year, hopefully not over 2m.

Leading UK sire Pivotal has had his fee for 2011 cut by 15 per cent to £55,000 by Cheveley Park Stud as part of across the board price reductions for all of its stallions. Pivotal, who reached a career-high price in 2007 and 2008 of £85,000, stood at £65,000 in 2009. Kyllachy, Medicean and Virtual have all had their fees reduced by 20 per cent with Kyllachy, the sire of this year’s Nunthorpe Stakes winner Sole Power, down to £8,000 from £10,000, while Medicean’s fee has dropped from £12,000 to £8,000. Virtual is the cheapest stallion at the stud on a fee of £4,000 (from £5,000). Dutch Art, whose first crop are now yearlings, is to stand at £5,000, a fall of 17 per cent from his 2009 fee of £6,000. Managing director Chris Richardson said to the Racing Post: “We are bearing in mind the current economic climate and the results from the recent sales, hence we felt we should be discounting our fees at around the rate of 20 per cent. “Pivotal has had a phenomenal year with 17 individual stakes winners, but reducing his fee on the back of this year is something Mr and Mrs Thompson felt they had to do.”

Recharge to Shade Oak Stud SHADE OAK STUD in Shropshire has purchased this season’s Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup runner-up Recharge to join its stallion roster in a deal brokered by Will Edmeades Bloodstock. The four-year-old son of Cape Cross won three races from ten starts for trainer Kevin Prendergast, including the 2009 Group 3 Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial and the Listed Glencairn Stakes. Recharge also put up some good performances in defeat, most notably a creditable fourth in the Irish 2,000 Guineas and splitting Group 1 winners Fame And Glory and Chinese White when runnerup in the Tattersalls Gold Cup in May. His fee is to be £2,000 for the 2011 season. Black Sam Bellamy, who has been resident at the stud for the last two seasons under a lease agreement with Gestüt Fährhof, is to remain in Shropshire for at least another three years as the lease, which was due to end this year, has been extended. His fee of £4,500 has been dropped for 2011 to £3,500. The fees for the stud’s other stallions, Alflora and Fair Mix, are unchanged from 2010 at £3,000 and £2,000.

Malibu Moon gets fee increase Leading sire Malibu Moon will stand the 2011 covering season at Spendthrift Farm for a fee of $60,000. “Malibu Moon has proven himself to be a top sire with each year being better than the one before,” said B. Wayne Hughes, owner of Spendthrift Farm. “We thought he earned a bump this year and wanted to put him at a price that breeders would feel is still good value.” Malibu Moon’s progeny earnings in 2010 are approaching $8 million, with six graded stakes winners led by Grade 1 winners Devil May Care, Life At Ten and Malibu Prayer.


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Tapit gets price increase, Mr. Greeley falls to $40,000

Rose Blossom, Pastoral Pursuits’s leading performer, wins the Group 3 Cuisine de France Summer Stakes at York

Pastoral Pursuits’s price increased by £2,000 The National Stud, which has enjoyed a good season through its second-season sire Pastoral Pursuits, has released its fees for 2011. The aforementioned sire has had an increase of £2,000 to £7,000, while Myboycharlie, who was imported from the southern hemisphere for the 2010 breeding season, has had a small £500 decrease to £5,000. Bahamian Bounty remains on £10,000, Cockney Rebel, whose first yearlings sold this autumn and were generally well received, stays on £4,500, while Phoenix Reach is kept at £2,500.

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

he very top of the market seems to be ring-fenced at auction, but the real market has tumbled still further and, calculated against the highest stud fees and production costs in history, profitability is rare for about a third of the European market. We have seen resilience in the auctions this year and the demand for the best has never been stronger. Bearing in mind there are only about 40 breeders with over 10 mares in England, it is a fact that the “Golden 8-10” sires collectively cover up to 1,500 mares. One or two of the stallions are soft in the market place as the industry has a supply and demand environment, but Dubawi, Invincible Spirit and Oasis Dream all got sales results around 30 per cent over their their stud fees of 2008. I sold for a breeder who had yearlings by Dalakhani, Dylan Thomas and Manduro (two by him, with one blind in an eye having been kicked). Collectively the costs, without depreciation of the mares, was over £225,000. The cheque received from Tattersalls October Book 1 was 40,000gns.


Tapit, who recently sired his fifth Group / Grade 1 winner – Panivino, winner of Venezuela’s premier sprint, the Premio de los Sprinters (G1) – has been given a fee increase by Gainesway Farm. He will stand the 2011 breeding season at $80,000, which is a 60 per cent increase from his $50,000 fee in 2010. The initial fee for the former leading freshman sire was $15,000, while in 2007 and 2008 his price fell to $12,500. Leading second-season sire Alfleet Alex has also had an increase going from $15,000 to $25,000, while Mr. Greeley has been given a $10,000 reduction from $50,000 to $40,000. Corinthian ($25,000) and Birdstone ($20,000) have also had their fees reduced by $10,000 and $5,000, while the farm retires Afleet Express, winner of the Travers Stakes (G1). He is to stand at $10,000.

No breeder can keep on taking hits

No breeder can survive hits such as those. If advising a breeder, I would tell him to aim to first breed a racehorse, but one whose family works on paper with possibly a nick to recommend it. Breed what the market wants as a second consideration – and that is fast, instant horses by proven sires. If my breeder owned a spread of mares, I would advise him to also breed to some middle-distance sires as, whilst they are not commercial, that batch of racehorses are racing for the largest part of prize-money currently on offer. I was asked to sign up to Racing United which I duly did, but, while signing the list, I was mortified to see how disunited this industry really is – or at least how many apathetic people in racing there really are. At the time of signing, I was one of just 1,800 people; I guess around the same number of people who go racing on a rainy Monday afternoon in the winter. How can we show unity when even the 7,500 Racehorse Owners Association members can’t be bothered (or aren’t asked) to sign the petition? The chances of getting a 100 per cent backing for a strike is a bewildering thought to say the least.

Ralph Topping of William Hill gives many bright and well-thought out responses to racing’s arguments, as did John Brown when he was head of the company. We must continue to fight our case, which the top brass in our industry do relentlessly. We need to turn Ralph Topping to our advantage and progress. I am pleased to see both the Breeders’ Cup and the EBF launch similar schemes for the years ahead. Although there was a valuable synergy created by years of a happy alignment between the pair, now it has led to a system in which the stallion owners pay in order to ensure that horses are nominated. The new-look schemes will encourage more runners from this side of the Atlantic in the Breeders’ Cup, while more foreign-sired stock might become attracted to race in Europe. At a time when prize-money is hard to source, the EBF is still funding an extraordinary number of races in Europe and, staggeringly, 100 per cent of the maidens at metropolitan tracks in France. As such the racing must be open to all and, although we rely heavily on restricted races to generate prize-money, the best horses must win all the races available to them.


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Black-type performing/producing mares covered in his first book

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Cartier Awards 2010

Racing’s great and good turned up at The Dorchester Hotel for the 20th Cartier annual awards ceremony, which once again celebrated equine and human achievements and endeavour in European pattern racing With TRAINER Richard Hannon recovering from heart surgery it was left to his son, an emotional Richard Hannon jnr, to collect the Award of Merit on behalf of his father. Hannon said: “We’ve had the most fabulous year and it’s been amazing to have all the good horses in one year - Canford Cliffs, Paco Boy and Dick Turpin. It is not just this year, but for 30 or 40 years of my father’s career that he’s been so lucky to have so many friends and owners.” Gerard Wertheimer, owner of the Horse of the Year and champion older horse Goldikova, told the audience that he hoped to be back in 2011. “In 2011, we celebrate 100 years of my family’s stud, which was created by my grandfather Pierre in 1911,” he said. “We are immensely proud that we have been able to maintain this passion for breeding and racing for three generations. “On behalf of Goldikova and the whole team, I thank you for this wonderful award. I hope to see you all again in 2011!” The evening was hosted by Harry Herbert, Cartier’s Racing Consultant, with the awards presented by Arnaud Bamberger, the executive chairman of Cartier UK. Gerard Wertheimer and trainer Freddy Head receive Goldikova’s Horse of the Year award

Richard Hannon jnr and his mother Jo collect Richard Hannon’s Award of Merit. Hannon Jnr said: ”My family are all extremely proud of dad. He is in great form and is recovering well from his operation.”

Cartier Award Winners 2010 Horse Of The Year and Champion Older Horse Champion Two-Year-Old Colt Champion Two-Year-Old Filly Champion Three-Year-Old Colt Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Champion Stayer Champion Sprinter Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit 2010


Goldikova Frankel Misty For Me Workforce Snow Fairy Rite Of Passage Starspangledbanner Richard Hannon

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AP McCoy: the multiple champion NH jockey

Arun Nayar (left) and Liz Hurley meet Arnaud Bamberger, who appeciates the arrival of the supermodel


• Multiple Group winner • Won Gr.3 Solario Stakes at 2 by 21/2 lengths • Timeform rated 118 • By sire of sires Pivotal • Fee 2011: €3,000 (1st Oct.)

First crop yearlings at the Sales this year Sold for €32,000, €24,000, €25,000, etc. and buyers included Bobby O’Ryan, Cormac McCormack and Geoffrey Howson Bloodstock. They will go into training with Dandy Nicholls, Andrew Balding, Fozzy Stack, Gay Kelleway, etc. Enquiries to John McEnery, Rossenarra Stud, Kells, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland. Tel: +353 (0)56 772 8319 or mobile: +353 (0)86 212 3779, email:,


Poor European show in US

view from timeform



Goldikova’s victory was the highlight at the Breeders’ Cup, while Snow Fairy was impressive in Japan,

write the boys from Timeform

ynicism and suspicion quickly erode confidence in a sport and, if the US is to play its full part in making racing a truly international sport, it must bring its medication rules into line with the rest of the major racing countries. Criticism by the world’s racing authorities of the raceday use in America of the diurectic drug furosemide (lasix) and antiinflammatories such as phenylbutazone (bute) has led to a specific call from the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities for lasix to be banned in all “black-type” races in America by 2012, to bring the medication rules more into line with those in other major countries. Lasix is legal throughout the US where racing interests financed a study in South Africa in 2007 which showed that lasix was effective in reducing the severity of internal bleeding in horses who break blood vessels, thereby, of course, enhancing performance. Nearly all horses in North America race on it. Europe’s principal trainers mostly adopt a “when in Rome...” approach to the use of permitted drugs on their challengers for America’s top races and, at the latest Breeders’ Cup, the Gosden-trained juveniles Utley and Flood Plain and the French-trained pair Plumania and Behkabad were the only Europeans not raced on lasix. Plumania maintained Andre Fabre’s conspicuous stand against the use of lasix at the Breeders’ Cup, though, disappointingly, Ballydoyle’s decision to “be natural” lasted only one year, all the O’Brien-trained runners back on lasix at the latest renewal. A return to dirt racing at Santa Anita, which staged the 2008 and 2009 renewals of the Breeders’ Cup on a synthetic surface, is a blow to reformers who hoped that the introduction of more resilient artificial surfaces would reduce injuries and make the traditional acceptance of drug use unsustainable. The Pro-Ride surface used at Santa Anita in 2008 and 2009 was said to ride the same as good to firm going on turf and the excellent performances of the European challengers on it provoked a pointed reaction from some. “Why should the industry want to change a two-century tradition of racing on dirt in order to accommodate the Europeans?” was how Washington Post correspondent and guru Andy Beyer summed up the argument against adopting synthetic surfaces. The use of synthetic surfaces, however, had the potential to bring more Breeders’

Leading three-year-olds in europe Workforce Canford Cliffs Cape Blanco Makfi Dick Turpin Poet’s Voice Rewilding Sarafina Await The Dawn Behkabad Lily of The Valley Lope De Vega Red Jazz Scalo Sole Power Lady Of The Desert Planteur

133 131 130 130 127 126 126 126 125p 125 125 125 125 125 125 124 124

Leading two-year-olds in europe Frankel Dream Ahead Hooray Pathfork Roderic O’Connor Wootton Bassett Blu Constellation Casamento Dubai Prince Seville Zoffany

133p 128 121 119p 119p 119p 118 118 117p 116p 116

Leading older horses in europe Harbinger Goldikova Fame And Glory Rip Van Winkle Paco Boy Starspangledbanner Twice Over Cityscape Equiano Manifest Vision D’Etat Age Of Aquarius Allybar Americain Byword Markab Midday

140 133 130 129 128 128 128 127 127 127 127 126 126 126 126 126 126

view from timeform

Leading three-year-olds in N. America Lookin At Lucky Eskendereya Sidney’s Candy Afleet Express Fly Down Blind Luck Smiling Tiger Drosselmeyer Harmonious Paddy O’Prado Super Saver Devil May Care Discreetly Mine Evening Jewel First Dude Morning Line Snow Fairy wins the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup – could she be another Ouija Board?

Cup challengers from Europe – desirable for the creation of a more expansive era of international competition, which is needed to justify the meeting’s billing as the thoroughbred “World Championships.” American breeders standing proven dirt stallions have been influential in the fight against synthetic surfaces, as have many of the top owners and trainers, while the introduction of different surfaces (the five major Californian tracks had five different surfaces at one point) has confused serious punters who have lost confidence and have had to look at their winner-finding methods. The latest Breeders’ Cup was hosted by Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby, which, like all of the US-run Classics, takes place on dirt. The traditionalists would never countenance a change to a synthetic surface for any of the American Classics (“Horses have been bred to run on dirt in this country for over a 100 years”). There had been 11 European-trained

winners at the Breeders’ Cup in the previous two years at Santa Anita (four of them on the Pro-Ride surface), but the return to dirt decimated the European challenge for the non-turf races. The Breeders’ Cup Classic, America’s most valuable race, had almost an entirely domestic field (the only foreigner was from Japan) but it dominated the advance publicity with the six-year-old mare Zenyatta attempting to stretch her unbeaten record to 20. Zenyatta was having only her third race on dirt (having been raced mainly on the synthetic tracks in California) and the kickback was one possible explanation forwarded afterwards for her slow start, which led to her trailing the leaders by 15l passing the winning post for the first time. Zenyatta’s impressive finishing burst – under a very hard ride that must have had many European viewers wincing – wasn’t quite enough to preserve her brilliant record

The use of synthetic surfaces, however, had the potential to bring more Breeders’ Cup challengers from Europe – desirable for the creation of a more expansive era of international competition

127 126 125 124 124 123 122 121 121 121 121 120 120 120 120 120

Leading two-year-olds in n. America Uncle Mo Awesome Feather Boys At Tosconova Jaycito J P’s Gusto J B’s Thunder Position Limit Kantharos

127p 118p 118 117 117 116 116 115

Leading older horses in N. America Quality Road Blame Zenyatta Gio Ponti Haynesfield The Usual Q T Kinsale King Court Vision Majesticperfection Rachel Alexandra Rail Trip Big Drama Bob Black Jack Here Comes Ben Champ Pegasus Girolamo Misremembered Presious Passion Richard’s Kid Take The Points

131 129 129 127 127 127 126 125 124 124 124 123 123 123 122 122 122 122 122 122


view from timeform (she needed two more strides to catch the four-year-old Blame). For the Europeans, the highlight was Goldikova’s third successive victory in the Breeders’ Cup Mile, which crowned another fine season and established a racing legend, victory taking her Group 1 tally to 12. Goldikova had a full campaign – losing only once in six starts – and proved herself the best miler around on turf. It is tremendous news that she stays in training. The Europeans, as a group, now lead the Americans by fifteen and a half victories to eleven and a half in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, though Dangerous Midge, a former handicapper contesting his first Group 1, was the surprise winner with hot favourite Behkabad (fourth in the Arc) only third. The Arc winner Workforce, who stays in training, spent a week at Churchill Downs but did not run, the going considered to be too firm. In contrast to the saturation coverage of the Breeders’ Cup by British racing’s trade daily, another sterling achievement by a British-trained thoroughbred a week later was seemingly almost overlooked. The victory of dual Oaks winner Snow Fairy in the valuable Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup at Kyoto was relegated to page 12 of the Racing Post, a somewhat surprising sense of news values given the massive prize (Snow Fairy earned the equivalent of £1,400,000, including a bonus triggered by her Oaks wins). Snow Fairy slammed a good field by 4l, with Meisho Belugo (fresh from victory over the 2009 Japan Cup runner-up Oken Bruce Lee) and Japanese fillies’ triple crown winner Apapane filling the places. It was Snow Fairy’s second outing outside Britain (her first was the Irish Oaks) and connections are planning to travel her more widely as a four-year-old. The stable’s previous dual Oaks winner Ouija Board turned into a noted globe-trotter at four and five. Can lightning strike twice? While Frankel confirmed himself as Europe’s top two-year-old by winning the Dewhurst, America’s championship the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile was won in devastating style by Uncle Mo. Uncle Mo produced probably the best performance in the race since Arazi in 1991 and deserves to be favourite for next year’s Kentucky Derby. Boys At Toscanova would have been a good winner without Uncle Mo and enhanced his own reputation in defeat.


TIMEFORM GLOBAL RANKINGS THE GLOBAL LIST 1 2= 2= 2= 2= 6 7= 7= 9= 9= 9= 9= 13= 13= 13= 13= 17= 17= 17= 17= 17= 17= 23= 23= 23= 23= 23= 23= 23= 23= 23= 23= 33= 33= 33= 33= 33= 33= 33= 33= 33= 33= 33= 33= 33= 33= 33= 33= 33= 33=

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Turf roots for dirt success

Alan Porter reviews the pedigrees of the Breeders’ Cup winners – as well as one or two of those beaten, including the controvesial loser Zenyatta

Photography courtesy of the Breeders’ Cup


nly a few weeks ago we were reflecting how the US dirt horse – the core of the North American commercial thoroughbred – had evolved into a horse that was very different from the European turf runner. In that light it’s somewhat ironic that the two horses who fought out the heart-stopping run to the line in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1)


have pedigrees with notable European turf connections. The winner, Blame, probably secured himself a Horse of the Year title after a season in which he won four of his five starts, with three wins and a second in Grade 1 events. In the third generation of his pedigree, we find Epsom Derby victor Roberto in the maleline, and English Triple Crown victor Nijinsky as sire of his second dam in the female line.

Blame is by Arch, who won his only race at two, then won four straight at three, before ending his career running off the board in one of the strongest-ever renewals of the Breeders’ Cup Classic – Awesome Again won from Silver Charm and Swain, with Victory Gallop, Coronado’s Quest, Skip Away, Touch Gold and Gentlemen among the unplaced. Arch has not been the most fashionable stallion, but has a very solid record, which

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Left, Zenyatta and Blame duel in the last furlong, above, Garrett K. Gomez celebrates on Blame, while, below, Mike Smith can’t quite believe what happened

in addition to Blame, includes Canadian Horse of the Year Arravale, Les Arcs, who was a champion older horse in England and Overarching, a three-time champion sprinter in Canada, as well as the ill-fated Alabama Stakes (G1) and Gazelle Stakes (G1) winner, Pine Island. Arch’s sire was the lightly-raced Kris S., who in addition to being by the Europeanraced Roberto, was out of a mare by

Princequillo, who was bred in Ireland, and was an outstanding long-distance specialist (in the days when there were still significant US stakes races over two miles), and later an important stamina influence as a sire. Kris S. started his career inexpensively in Florida. He moved to Kentucky after a bright start and sired a string of good runners, among them the Epsom Derby (G1) winner Kris Kin, Queen Elizabeth II (G1) runner-up

Lucky Story, Symboli Kris S., several times a champion in Japan, the US champions Hollywood Wildcat, Soaring Softly and Action This Day, as well as Prized, Dr. Fong, Rock Hard Ten and Kissin Kris. He’s been less stellar as a sire of sires, and Arch would probably qualify as his best in that role. Arch’s dam, Aurora, a stakes-winning daughter of Danzig, also has antecendents that are familiar in Europe, as


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Oddly enough Zenyatta – who lost her unbeaten record, but none of her stature in defeat – has many of the same elements as Blame in her pedigree

Frankie Dettori celebrates Dangerous Midge’s Turf win with his Usain Bolt “arrow” pose

she is a three-parts sister to Green Desert. Blame’s dam, Liable, a stakes-placed daughter of Seeking The Gold, has also bred the minor stakes winner Tend, by Roberto’s son, Dynaformer. She is a three-parts sister to Archipenko, winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1) in Hong Kong, the Summer Mile Stakes (G2) and a pair of graded stakes in Dubai. Blame’s grand-dam Bound was a Listed winner and graded stakes placed in the US, and is by Nijinsky out of Special, so is a sister to Number, and a three-parts sister to Nureyev, Sadler’s Wells and Fairy King. In general, Arch has not had a particularly good strike-rate with Mr. Prospector line mares, but with Seeking The Gold, he has Blame and Pine Island, and two stakes-placed horses from only 19 runners. We can note that the dam of Arch is a Northern Dancer/Raise A Native cross, while the dam of Blame is a Raise A Native/


Northern Dancer cross, with the Raise A Native through the similarly bred Alydar and Mr. Prospector. The dams of Roberto and Mr. Prospector are also very similarly-bred. Roberto’s second dam is a three-quarters relative to the broodmare sire of Nijinsky, and Alydar’s third dam is bred on exactly the same cross (Bull Lea/Blue Larkspur) so the pedigree is more tightly-wound than a first glance might indicate. Oddly enough Zenyatta – who lost her unbeaten record, but none of her stature in defeat – has many of the same elements as Blame in her pedigree. Where Blame is by a Kris S. son out of a Mr. Prospector line mare, Zenyatta is by a grandson of Mr. Prospector (Street Cry) out of a mare by Kris S., and her second dam is by Forli, the sire of the third dam of Blame. As far as European turf and stamina influences are concerned, in addition to

Roberto and Princequillo in Kris S., we can note that both Machiavellian and Helen Street, the sire and dam of Street Cry, raced in Europe, with Helen Street winning an Irish Oaks (G1).

The unexpected European

In the Turf (G1) it may have been no surprise that a European was in front at the wire, but less predictably, the winner was Dangerous Midge, not the short-priced favourite Behkabad, who checked in third. Dangerous Midge is from the first crop of the very fast Tale Of The Cat horse, Lion Heart. He was almost certainly the best of his crop at two – although he didn’t get the juvenile championship – when he went undefeated in three starts including the Hollywood Futurity (G1). At three, Lion Heart trained on to win two graded races, including the Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1), and also ran second to Smarty Jones in the Kentucky Derby (G1). Lion Heart has had ten first-crop stakes winners, and while Dangerous Midge is the only Grade 1 winner among them, five more are graded winners. This year’s Arkansas Derby (G1) winner, Line Of David, came along in Lion Heart’s second crop, and in his third crop he sired the undefeated Kantharos, who looked to be the best of the early season juveniles following wins in the Bashford Manor Stakes (G3) and Saratoga Special (G2) prior to a career-ending injury. Unfortunately the big scores for Dangerous Midge, Line Of David and Kantharos have all come after Lion Heart had been sold to Turkey for the 2010 breeding season, underlining the old cliché that a stallion need only die or be exported to become an instant success. For all his positive qualities, Lion Heart is not the most obvious sire of 1m4f turf horses, but there is stamina in the distaff side of the pedigree as Seattle Slew and Affirmed, sires of the first and second dams, both won the US Triple Crown. His dam Adored Slew actually raced in France where she was three-times stakes placed, including when second in the Prix de Minerve (G3). She is three-parts sister to Scorpion, a Seattle Slew colt who won the Jim Dandy Stakes (G1), and a half-sister to the French Listed winner, Mais Oui (Lyphard). Mais Oui subsequently produced the Carson City filly Imperfect World, a Group and Graded winner in France and the US, the North American Listed winner Monsieur

breeders’ cup 2010 The highlight of the meeting: the “terrier-like” Goldikova and jockey Olivier Peslier win the Breeders’ Cup MIle for the third time. In the process, she became the winning-most Group and Grade 1 filly. There could even be more on the cards as the Wertheimer brothers have announced that she stays in training for 2011

The expected European

Of course, the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) fell to the magnificent Goldikova. We have discussed the pedigree of the daughter of Anabaa in our mare of the month feature on page 108, but we’ll briefly recap. Anabaa has had 80 foals and 71 starters out of Blushing Groom line mares, but only one stakes winner without Lyphard also in the pedigree (and that one, the 2010 Listed winner, Baahama, is from the immediate family of Goldikova, and has a similar pedigree). From only 14 starters out of Blushing Groom line mares with Lyphard in the pedigree, there are four stakes winners, including Goldikova, and other Group 1 winners Plumania and Rouvres. Born Gold has also produced Group

winners Gold Sound (Green Tune) and Gold Round (Caerleon).

Son of War Chant takes the Turf Sprint

The six-year-old gelding Chamberlain Bridge flew home late to take the prize in the Turf Sprint (G2). He’s by War Chant, who is by Danzig, and is another with Kris S. in the pedigree as he’s out of that horse’s champion three-year-old and Filly and Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) winner, Hollywood Wildcat. Winner of the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1), War Chant hasn’t lived up to the highest expectations as a sire, but has 26 stakes winners and 12 graded winners from seven crops. It’s a little surprising that Chamberlain Bridge is so speedy as his dam, She’s Got Class, who failed to be placed, is by the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) winner, Trempolino (Sharpen Up).

She’s Got Class is half-sister to the very successful broodmare Felicita, the dam of three stakes winners, including Take Charge Lady, a multiple Grade 1 winner of over $2,500,000. Like many Danzig line stallions, War Chant has done well with Sharpen Up line mares. In his case the cross has been particularly strong with three stakes winners, headed by Group 1 winner Kingsfort, from only nine starters.

Midday loses out to Pleasantly Perfect filly

The Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) saw the 33-1 shot Shared Account upset race favourite Midday to score her first Grade 1 success. Shared Account is a member of the first crop sired by Pleasantly Perfect (Pleasant Colony), winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), Dubai World Cup (G1) and Pacific Classic (G1). She is her sire’s first Grade 1 winner, and

It’s a little surprising that Chamberlain Bridge is so speedy as his dam, She’s Got Class, who failed to be placed, is by the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) winner, Trempolino

Cat and Awesome Of Course, a winner of three minor stakes events and previously an unknown sire until he produced the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner, Awesome Feather. Mais Oui is also grand-dam of the 2010 Hill Prince Handicap (G3) winner Krypton. The third dam is champion US handicap mare Straight Deal (Hail To Reason) from the Big Hurry branch of the La Troienne family. Dangerous Midge is one of two graded stakes winners sire by Lion Heart out of mares by Seattle Slew from just five starters.


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More Than Ready gets juvenile turf double The Juvenile Turf events saw More Than Ready confirm what his shuttle statistics suggest – he’s twice been a leading sire of twoyear-olds in Australia – that he is a superior sire of turf runners, particularly juveniles. His son Pluck took the colts’ division, while the filly version fell to his daughter, More Than Real. More Than Ready was a brilliant two-yearold himself and he trained on to win the 7f King’s Bishop Stakes (G1) at three, after trying Classic distances. He never ran on the turf, although given that he is by a son of Halo, out of a Woodman mare, it’s not surprising that his runners like the sward. Pluck is out of Secret Heart, a South Africanbred daughter of the outstanding Sadler’s Wells horse, Fort Wood. She was a smart performer in winning the Prix du Cap and placing in several stakes, including a second in the Durban Golden Slipper (G2), and thirds in three Grade 1 events, including the South African Fillies’ Guineas. Secret Heat is a half-sister to the Fillies’ Guineas (G1) winner Promisefrommyheart, and her dam, Secret Pact, is a stakes-winning sister to the exceptional South African runner, London News. Sadler’s Wells, the grandsire of Secret Heat, is a reverse Northern Dancer/Hail To Reason cross to Southern Halo, the sire of More Than Ready, and More Than Ready has also sired champion Australian two-year-old Phelan Ready out of a mare by a grandson of Sadler’s Wells. More Than Real is out of Miss Seffens, a daughter of Dehere, who was a prolific stakes winner – although she never earned Graded black-type. Miss Seffens is out of Noise Enough, a stakes-winning Bold Ruckus mare, who is a sister to the Graded stakes winner Katahaula County, and a three-parts sister to several good Bold Ruckus offspring, including Bold Executive, several times a leading sire in Canada. More Than Real is her sire’s first stakes winner out of a Deputy Minister line mare, but More Than Ready’s sire, Southern Halo, has three stakes winners on the cross, including English two-year-old Group winner Saintly Speech. More Than Real

Uncle Mo: the impressive winner is a son of Indian Charlie, a leading commercial sire in the US

only his second graded winner. Shared Account’s dam, Silk n’Sapphire, is a Smart Strike half-sister to the 2010 graded winner Golden Tiz, and to Sapphire n’Silk (by Pleasant Tap, another son of Pleasant Colony), who won the Prioress Stakes (G2) and La Troienne Stakes (G3), and is dam of graded scorer Shaniko. In her tail-female line, Shared Account comes from an active branch of a family that traces to the notable tap-root mare, Bold Irish, also ancestress of Ruffian, Icecapade, Castle Forbes, Alpine Lass, Irish Castle, Coronado’s Quest, Private Terms and Green Forest. Shared Account is the second stakes winner by Pleasantly Perfect out of a Mr. Prospector line mare, although it’s taken 42 starters to reach that number. Pleasantly Perfect is out of a mare bred on the Raise A Native/Northern Dancer cross (the French-raced juvenile Group 1 winner, Regal State, a daughter of Affirmed), and Shared Account’s dam is a Raise a Native/ Northern Dancer cross.

Uncle Mo could be up with the very best

On the dirt, the colt’s juvenile event revealed a potentially exceptional runner in Uncle Mo.


Runaway winner of a maiden race and the Champagne Stakes (G1) in his only two previous starts, he simply powered away from the opposition to win by over 4l with Boys At Tosconova – himself a previous impressive Grade 1 winner – finishing 6l clear of the third. Uncle Mo is by Indian Charlie, who comes from the Caro line, via the French 2,000 Guineas (G1) winner Siberian Excess and his Californian-based sire son, In Excess. Indian Charlie won his first three starts, including the Santa Anita Derby (G1), but suffered a career-ending injury after finishing third in the Kentucky Derby (G1) on his only other start. He’s been a consistently successful stallion, and is now amongst North America’s leading commercial sires. He’s generally been an influence towards speed, and he’s already sire of champion older mare Fleet Indian, and champion two-year-old filly and champion sprinting filly, Indian Blessing. Kris S. pops up again here as Uncle Mo’s dam, Playa Maya, is a daughter of Arch, who was therefore both a sire and a broodmare sire of a Breeders’ Cup winner this year. Playa Maya was minor stakes placed, and

breeders’ cup 2010 is the only runner for her dam, the Dixieland Band mare, Dixie Slippers. That mare is a half-sister to the Federico Tesio Stakes (G3) scorer Woods Of Windsor and the only other graded stakes winner under the first four dams is Ethan, who is out of a half-sister to the dam of Dixie Slippers, and who was a champion miler in Peru. One has to go deep into the female line to find a top-class horse, back to the eighth dam Rosebloom in fact. Her daughter Fragrance is grand-dam of the Belmont Stakes winner Jaipur, and ancestress of a number of other good runners, including Be My Guest and Golden Fleece. Another branch of this family, tracing to Rosebloom’s half-sister Rare Bloom, produced Storm Cat and Royal Academy. Uncle Mo is the only stakes winner by Indian Charlie out of a Roberto line mare, although he’s previously done well out of mares descending from Roberto’s sire Hail To Reason through Halo. On the other hand, Indian Charlie’s sire

In Excess has sired a Grade 1 winner and a Grade 2 winner out of a mare by Prized, another son of Kris S. We can note that Indian Charlie’s broodmare sire Leo Castelli is a product of a Northern Dancer/Raise A Native cross, as is the dam of Arch.

Awesome Feather: class in her family

If we have to go back through many generations to find class in the family of Uncle Mo, the same is not true of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Filly (G1) heroine Awesome Feather whose third dam Quill was a champion twoyear-old filly. What is remarkable, however, is that Quill’s championship was earned as long ago as 1958 – Awesome Feather’s grand-dam Last Feather was foaled when Quill was a 23-year-old, and she was herself 18 when she produced Awesome Feather’s dam, Precious Feather. Undefeated in six starts, Awesome Feather, had never tackled graded stakes competition before, but had dominated at Calder this

Awesome Feather: two days later was sold for $2,300,000 at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale

summer and fall, sweeping the Florida Stallion Series of Desert Vixen, Susan’s Girl and My Dear Girl Stakes, having previously captured her first black-type win in the J J’s D ream Stakes. Awesome Feather’s sire, Awesome Of Course, is by Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Awesome Again (Deputy Minister), and, as we’ve mentioned, is from the family of this year’s Breeder’s Cup Turf (G1) laureate, Dangerous Midge. Awesome Of Course was a sprinter winning the Inaugural Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs at two, and the Western Borders and Heckofaralph Stakes at Calder at three. Awesome Of Course has sired just 30 foals in his first four crops of which just 20 have started, with Awesome Feather and multiple stakes scorer Honey Honey Honey being his only black-type winners. Having started in Florida, he then moved to Oklahoma, but will be back in the sunshine state for 2011 at Journeyman Stud. Awesome Feather’s dam Precious Feather, a daughter of Gone West, won four black-type races at Calder and was also graded stakes placed. She’s a three-parts sister to the English Listed two-year-old scorer Ruznama, and a half-sister to the the dam of black-type winner Elmutabaki. Granddam Last Feather was by Vaguely Noble and won the Musidora Stakes (G3) and took third in the Oaks (G1). She is a half-sister to champion US turf horse One For All, and Irish St. Leger (G1) winner Caucasus, also a Grade 1 winner in the U.S. Awesome Feather is the best runner sired so far by Deputy Minister or one of his sons out of a Gone West mare, but the cross has produced three other graded winners and a toal of six stakes winners.

A stakes winner for Essence Of Dubai

Two days after her Breeders’ Cup win, Awesome Feather found herself in the sales ring at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale, where she was purchased for $2,300,000 by Adena Springs, who also raced her grandsire, Awesome Again. Another Breeders’ Cup-winning filly to go through the sale that night was Dubai Majesty, who fetched $1,100,000 to the bid of Katsumi Yoshida. The five-year-old mare earned her triumph in the Filly and Mare Sprint (G1). A Florida-bred, Dubai Majesty is by Essence Of Dubai, a son of Pulpit and champion two-year-old filly, Epitome.


breeders’ cup 2010 He won the Norfolk Stakes (G2) at two, and the UAE Derby (G2), UAE 2,000 Guineas (G3) and Super Derby (G3) at three. He’s been something of a disappointment at stud with just two stakes winners from 124 runners in his first four crops. Her dam Great Majesty is by Great Above, who is best known as sire of Holy Bull. She’s previously produced Majestic Dinner, a Formal Dinner son who earned nearly $500,000 with wins in several Ohio-bred stakes. There is no black-type under the second dam, but the third dam Necaras Miss produced two stakes winners, and is ancestress of several more, although none of any great class. The fourth dam, Saracen Miss (by Pilate, who appears 4 x 2 in the pedigree of Necaras Miss), is ancestress of several more notable performers, including the Grade 1 winners Some Romance, Vilzak, De Roche, Manistique and Freedom Cry.

Belle reaps rewards with absence of rivals

With Zenyatta in the Classic, Rachel Alexandra retired and the well-fancied Life At Ten subsequently having been found to have tied-up, the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (G1) was probably not one of the strongest renewals. However, it provided a just reward for the ultra-consistent Unrivaled Belle, who after two early graded successes early in the season, had finished second in three Grade 1s. She is a daughter of Unbridled’s Song, himself a winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1). He sired Unbridled Elaine, another winner of this race in his first crop, and his other notables include champion two-year-old colt andd newly retired sire Midshipman, Octave, Thorn Song, Splendid Blended, Zensational, Political Force and First Defence. Unrivaled Belle is out of the multiple graded stakes-winning Bertrando mare Queenie Belle, herself a half-sister to Canon Can, who won the Doncaster Cup (G2) while racing in England. There are just a couple of minor stakes winners under the next two dams, although we can note the grand-dam is inbred 2 x 3 to Fleet Nasrullah, who has a similar pedigree to the dam of Mr. Prospector (in Unbridled’s Song’s male line). The fourth dam Badoura was imported from England, and she is a great-greatgranddaughter of the “peerless” Pretty Polly, one of the greatest mares to run in England.


Drama all the way in the Dirt Sprint, Mile and Marathon The Sprint lacked two of this season’s best runners, so the fast and classy Big Drama – runner-up in two Grade 1s in his previous starts – took a lead that he never relinquished. Big Drama is by the veteran Florida sire Montbrook, who is by Buckaroo and representing the rapidly disappearing Buckpasser sire line. Montbrook was a talented sprinter, winning four stakes events at three. He’s done well as a sire with 44 stakes winners in 13 crops, although only the Super Derby (G1) victor, Outofthebox, and Fountain Of Youth (G1) scorer Trust N Luck precedes Big Drama as Grade 1 winners. Big Drama’s dam Riveting Drama is an unraced daughter of another Florida stalwart, Notebook, who is by Well Decorated, in turn by the Bold Ruler stallion Raja Baba). The Montbrook/Notebook cross was tried 26 times for two stakes winners, but what the cross lacks in numbers, it makes up for in quality as the two stakes winners are Big Drama and Outofthebox, their sire’s highest earners. In the Dirt Mile (G1), Dakota Phone scored by a short-head from Tiznow’s son, Morning Line. Dakota Phone is the only graded stakes winner, and one of only three stakes winners, from the first four crops of Zavata, a good two-year-old sprinter by the outstanding speedster and excellent speed sire, Phone Trick. Dakota Phone’s dam, World Of Gold, is by Spinning World (Nureyev), who won and finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) on turf. World Of Gold is a sister to the French Listed-placed Molto Bello, and a half-sister to stakes winners Bonanza and Kiowa Prince. World Of Gold’s grand-dam Sea Sands, a daughter of Sea-Bird, ran in Europe where she won the Prix de l’Opera (G3) and Prix du Prince d’Orange (G3). She is dam of the graded stakes-winning Storm Cat horse, Future Storm, and grand-dam of the Grade 1 winner Royal Chariot. Dakota Phone is the only stakes winner by a Phone Trick line stallion out of a Nureyev line mare, which is not a surprise given the radically different aptitudes of the pair. What’s more interesting here is the similarity between the pedigrees of Zavata’s grand-dam Impertinent Lady and Fast Gold, sire of the second dam of Dakota Phone. Impertinent Lady is by Sham (out of Sequoia) and her dam is by Mr. Prospector, while Fast Gold is by Mr. Prospector, and out of a mare by Ack Ack (grand-dam, Cherokee Rose, a sister to Sequoia). Zavata’s dam throws Turn-to, also in Fast Gold, into the mix. By way of contrast to Dakota Phone, Eldaafer, who took a roughly run and contentious Marathon (in fact so contentious it led to a punch-up between two of the riders), has a flawless pedigree. The one-time claimer, who is now a three-time graded winner, is by A.P. Indy out of the Hollywood Starlet (G1) and Del Mar Debutante Stakes (G1) winner Habibti. That mare is a daughter of Tabasco Cat, out of Miss Sobriety, a half-sister to the Kentucky Oaks (G1) victress, Gal In A Ruckus. The fourth dam, the Princequillo mare Quillopoly, is ancestress of a slew of important winners, including the twice champion sire Smart Strike. Eldaafer is one of three stakes winners by A.P. Indy or his sons out of mares by Tabasco Cat, a cross that has also produced this year’s Florida Derby (G1) winner, and Kentucky Derby (G1) runner-up Ice Box. Eldaafer (white cap) takes the lead in the Marathon, a race that ended up in a fight

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It’s all over now! Paul Hanagan wins the British Flat jockeys’ title at Doncaster

Paul Hanagan is held aloft by his fellow jockeys after Richard Hughes fails to close the gap on the last day of the season Photo: John Giles Press Association


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The BHA’s lead story under the link “Flat Jockey’s Championship” was at least a week out of date, listing in its table of winners ridden Paul Hanagan on 186 ahead of Richard Hughes on 184 for a child to have followed. And while the championship battle did as Dave Nevison said on Racing UK “not exactly put racing on the front pages, but did ensure it was at least on the back pages” and title updates were being fed to the Radio 2’s afternoon sports’ slot, and apparently to Skysports, there was never a feeling of it “gripping” the nation. Sadly, watching things pan out through an evening at Kempton is not really an attractive form of entertainment for many, while it is also difficult for the public to understand why the pair did not have chances in every race. While presenting on RUK through one of the long Kempton evenings, Nevison did suggest that in such a situation the jockeys should be allowed the pick of rides through the last week. It threw up a host of complaints, with many emailers crying that it was unworkable. Maybe so, but at least it was a suggestion, something thrown into the brain bucket for future consideration. Certainly more outsidethe-box thought needs discussion, just to see what might stick. But, also, sadly, even the basics need some help too. Richard Hughes: the beaten challenger


fter 225 days, 2,275 rides between them, 380 winners ridden and an unthinkable number of miles driven, Paul Hanagan became the British Champion Flat Jockey of 2010 beating Richard Hughes. Despite the enormity of the above statistics, the winning difference in the end was just two. Hanagan, who led from day one after kicking home a four-timer on the first day of the domestic Flat season at Doncaster (three of those were for his boss of 14 years, Richard Fahey), was honourable in victory. He won with 191 winners ridden compared to Hughes’s 189. “I’m gobsmacked to be honest. I’d be here all day if I was to thank everybody who has helped me. They know who they are,” he said when the title was put beyond doubt after the third race on the last day at Doncaster, a meeting at which both jockeys drew a blank. “I’ve been in front from day one. I’ve lived the past week out of a suitcase, going to Kempton and Lingfield. I owe the boss (Richard Fahey) so much, I’ve been with him for 14 years and I owe him a lot. Also my agent Richard Hale – without him I wouldn’t be here now. “It sounds great being called champion jockey, I think it will take a while to sink in. I’d just like to say what a gentleman Richard Hughes has been, I had a lot of respect for him before but even more now.” Fahey said: “It’s wonderful, it’s some achievement, it’s quite emotional. It's been very tough for the last three weeks, he’s been down south away from home but it’s nice to do it up here. He has fully deserved it, he’s put all the work in.” Hughes added: “I’m delighted for Paul, he’s a great lad. It wasn’t to be. I gave it a good go, my agent did a great job and I think I rode 23 winners in the last 10 days alone which is a feat in itself. “The year is full of ups and downs, but most of my year was up. I missed Paco Boy (at the Breeders’ Cup) because I didn't want to wonder ‘what if’ for the rest of my life. Paul deserves it, he’s a true champion and a real gentleman.” It must be admitted that the title race did enliven the last week or so of the Flat season, International Thoroughbred even found itself watching dark Kempton evening meetings and cheering home the winners ridden by the pair, keeping the score and working out the differences. It would have been a fun scenario

When researching for this article on Monday, November 8, two days after the end of the battle, the Professional Jockeys’ Association had made no reference on its website to the conclusion of the dogfight. The news story on the British Horseracing Authority’s site was so buried it was difficult to find, while the its story under the link “Flat Jockeys’ Championship” was a week out of date, listing in its table of winners ridden Paul Hanagan on 186 ahead of Richard Hughes on 184. The article proudly tells readers: “Be sure to stay tuned to this page to see who will be crowned 2010 Champion Jockey” !!!! It doesn’t really help. Surely, Racing For Change if you want to communicate the glories of racing to the wider world, let’s start at home first. The beaten jockeys further down the list also deserve praise – Ryan Moore for getting back to finish third after a time-sapping injury, while the returning master jockey Kieren Fallon, who at one point tipped himself as a championship contender, rode 133 winners. A feat worthy of praise in itself. After the championship was decided on the Saturday, Frankie Dettori, who himself rode 123 winners, achieved a distinction of his own riding his 100th Group 1 winner for Godolphin when partnering the resurgent Rio De La Plata to victory in the Premio Roma (G1). Overnight, he had flown back from the Breeders’ Cup meeting where he won on the Brian Meehan-trained Dangerous Midge. But while the partnership between Godolphin and Dettori is one of perpetual love, the Johnny Murtagh and Ballydoyle team has split. Jockeys have a short life in the hot camp that is Ballydoyle


he jump jockeys’ title seems set on its usual path – one that it has followed for over a decade: A.P. McCoy tearing off ahead with only Richard Johnson, who at the time of writing is riding as

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many Kauto Star jumps to victory at Down Royal. Injured jockey Ruby Walsh is aiming to be back in action in three months, ready for Cheltenham Photo: Peter Mooney

winners as there are Saturday evening TV talent shows, able to keep some sort of distant tag on him. Sadly, injury-stricken Ruby Walsh (one of many NH jockeys currently on the sidelines) will only be able to lie in his bad at home and watch the proceedings after breaking his leg in two places while riding at Down Royal in November after partnering Kauto Star to his first-time-out seasonal victory. The following day Kauto Star’s fouryear-old half-brother Kauto Stone won his Grade 1 chase, the Prix Maurice Gillois. It might have been a tense time at Ditcheat while trainer Paul Nicholls works out his alternative plans, but as we go to press it seems Noel Felihy is building up a good relationship there. The BBC Sports Personality of the Year will be announced this month and gives us a chance to gauge then whether the main focus of RFC’s campaign for AP to win the title and so to bring horseracing to the masses has had any success at all. But perhaps it would be more interesting it RFC leaked stories to the wider press of the change-over at Ballydoyle because that is really engages people – gossip, intrigue and debate, particularly if it involves the mob in Ireland. The tabloids will be far more likely to use stories such as this than any feel-good “aren’t they hard-working dedicated sports professionals” snippets regarding Hanagan, Hughes or even AP.

Whatever my brother can I do, I can do as well: Kauto Stone wins the Grade 1 Prix Maurice Gillois steeplechase at Auteuil. Photo: aprh

Galileo rounds it off


alileo, fittingly, won one of the last European Group 1 races of the year, the Criterium International with Roderic O’Connor. The Criterium De Saint-Cloud (G1), run on heavy ground, was won by Recital, a son of Montjeu. Both horses are trained by Aidan O’Brien and were ridden by Johnny Murtagh. Despite drifting right, Roderic never looked in any danger, while Recital, who was bred by Madame Renee Geffroy and Caragh Bloodstock and was sold by Haras de la Reboursière at the Arqana August Sale to Demi O’Byrne for Є750,000, won by an easy 5l. He made it two from two having won his maiden at Navan in October and is a half-brother to the Prix Ganay (G1) winner Corre Caminos and the Group 2 winner Racinger. Roderic is now a general 10/1 shot for the Guineas and the Derby, while Recital is available at 16s for the Derby. You would have to think that Roderic will have more than enough pace for the shorter Classic being a half-brother to the 6f Sirenia Stakes (G3) third Weatherstaff and out of the Danehill mare Secret Garden, who had the pace and class to finish second in a Listed event on the dirt in the US. Commentators expressed fears regarding Roderic O’Connor’s sling to the right, but that can merely be put down to greenness. The fact that he still managed to win is testament to his ability. The Criterium International runner-up, Salto, a Freddy Head-trained son of Pivotal, has yet to finish out of the frame and stepped up markedly on what he had achieved beforehand to finish second in this Group 1 event. Bred by the Wertheimer brothers, he is a halfbrother to the Sunday Silence dual Grade 2 winner Silent Name, who picked up a third placing in the Frank E Kilroe Mile (G1). His dam Danzigaway was a consistent performer over a mile and twice finished fourth in the Prix de la Foret (G1). Salto will be a perfect type for Group and Classic mile races. The runner-up to Recital, Bubble Chic, is a son of Chichicastenango, who now stands in Japan having got Vision D’Etat in his second crop. Rio De La Plata continued his resurrection to top level form when winning the Premio Roma (G1) from the Daylami horse Voila Ice. Rio has now won two Group 1 races in Italy on the bounce, having previously finished second in the Prix Du Moulin. It is a remarkable return to form considering that, after a superb two-year-old season, he failed to win again until picking up a conditions race as a five-year-old this year. But the last word of the year is given to the German sire, Big Shuffle, who died in 2009. He sired the first three home in the Premio Chiusura (G3) held at San Siro at the beginning of November: Konig Concorde, the winner, and Le Big and Glad Sky, who are both out of Sumuru mares.


Lawman Quick on the Draw...

THE JUDGES’ VERDICT... “ She’s a lovely, lovely filly. Richard (Hannon) and I both adored her. I’m very fond of Lawman as a sire.” PETER DOYLE (filly ex Lapland)

“ I’m really impressed with Lawman’s first crop. They’re very much of a type, with good substance and bone. They seem very straightforward horses too.” CHARLIE GORDON-WATSON

“ This filly’s a photocopy of her sire, strong and powerful. Lawman always impressed me with his tremendous courage when racing.” His first crop yearlings provided many breeders with a quick return on their investments, fetching 300,000gns, �260,000, �180,000, 135,000gns, �145,000, 120,000gns (x2), �130,000, �120,000, �110,000, etc, and averaging over �76,000 (43 sold to 13/10). Buyers included Peter Doyle (4), Shadwell Estate Co. (3), Paul Nataf (3), Charlie Gordon Watson (2), BBA Ireland (2), Sir Robert Ogden, Patrick Barbe, Robert Collet, Anthony Stroud, Kern Lillingston, Bobby O’Ryan, etc.

Fee: �15,000 (1st October)

PATRICK BARBE (filly ex Global World)

“ Lawman’s first crop of yearlings really reflect his own qualities. They are very good walkers with a lot of substance.” PAUL NATAF

“ In my opinion, this was the outstanding filly of the whole sale. She’s all quality, just like her sire.” EAMONN REILLY, BBA Ireland (filly ex Slip Dance)

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Americain and Gerald Mosse win the Melbourne Cup by two and three-quarter lengths

An international thoroughbred... ... won the Melbourne Cup in style realising a long-held ambition for his owners


t is unlikely any horse will ever epitomise the internationalisation of the Melbourne Cup more than this year’s winner Americain. The imposing six-year-old Kentucky-bred by global sire influence Dynaformer is trained in France, has raced in Europe and the US, was ridden by a Hong

Kong-based Frenchman and is Australianowned. He is out of the Arazi mare America and he now boasts eight wins from just 19 starts with his earnings soaring to A$4,279,219 courtesy of the Melbourne Cup first prize fund of A$3.6 million. The man who can perhaps take most

of the credit for Americain lining up in the Melbourne Cup for Australian owners is Melbourne bloodstock agent Robert Roulston. Roulston sourced and purchased Americain for prominent Melbourne businessmen Gerry Ryan and Kevin Bamford, doing the deal that put the classy stayer in


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We picked who we thought was the best trainer in Europe in Alan de Royer-Dupré and everything has fallen into place

their hands for $400,000 early this year. “He had very good form in France, but he had been taken to America by his owners and lost form but he was still a horse who had qualified for the Melbourne Cup,” Roulston said. “Gerry and Kevin were keen to have a runner in the Cup and we bought him for them in January. “The plan was to send him back to France where he had very good form. We picked out whom we thought was the best trainer in Europe in Alan de Royer-Dupre and everything has fallen into place. “It is a fantastic result.” Gerry Ryan, a former St Kilda Football Club treasurer and Melbourne Storm board member, is the principal of the Jayco motor home and caravan business and had been seeking a Melbourne Cup horse from Europe for several years. Bamford harboured the same desire, having previously gone down that same path when he bought Jardine’s Lookout, the UK stayer, who finished third in the 2003 Melbourne Cup. The $400,000 purchase price for Americain quickly proved good value as he won three successive races in France for

Royer-Dupre, including the Group 2 Prix de Kergolay over 1m7f at Deauville in August so sealing his trip to Australia. The winning sequence is now five, having previously won last month’s Group 3 Geelong Cup on his Australian debut in his lead-up to the Melbourne Cup. While Ryan and Bamford, with RoyerDupre and jockey Gerald Mosse, were celebrating at Flemington on the first Tuesday in November, champagne corks would also have been popping in Kentucky at Three Chimneys Farm. The stud can now claim a Melbourne Cup winner among its breeding achievements and Americain’s victory at Flemington may well be the crowning glory in

a stellar stud career for the evergreen Three Chimneys stallion Dynaformer. The 25-year-old sire continues to be one of America’s most influential global stallions. As an example his success in recent weeks has extended to Grade 1 wins by his progeny in the US, England, Russia and now Australia. With Americain’s Melbourne Cup victory Dynafomer’s progeny since his first crop began racing in 1993 have now won more than A$US90 million. He has sired 12 Grade 1 winners in America and another six in England, Europe and now Australia, among them the Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, Perfect Drift, the English fillies Rainbow View and Ocean Silk, Film Maker, Lucarno, Riskaverse, Dynever, Dynaforce, Critical Eye, Starrer, Sand Springs, Purim, Vergennes, Gozzip Girl, Collect The Cash and Weiner Walzer. In 2009 he was America’s leading sire of Grade 1 winners and was responsible for 86 winners of 127 races, including 38 stakes performers. Dynaformer’s Australian impact could grow considerably in the near future, as despite his age, Three Chimneys has made him available to serve mares to southernhemisphere time at a fee of $40,000.

Montjeu missed Down Under Montjeu's absence from the southern hemisphere was again underlined when his New Zealand-trained six-year-old son Wall Street recorded his first Australian Group 1 victory in the A$1 million Emirates Stakes at Flemington. The Jeff Lynds-trained gelding gave Sydney jockey Hugh Bowman his second Group 1 victory at the Flemington carnival after he won the Victoria Derby on another New Zealander, the three-year-old Lion Tamer. Wall Street has won three of his last four starts at Group 1 level and boasts the impressive overall record of 11 wins and two seconds from 19 starts. “It’s a great pleasure to come and do this. We’ll bring him back in the autumn, see how he goes right-handed and then hopefully have another go at the Cox Plate,” Lynds said. A $100,000 purchase from the draft of Te Mania Thoroughbreds at the 2006 NZB Premier Yearling Sale, Wall Street is one of three winners from his dam Villa Wanda and is her first stakes-winner. An imported daughter of Grand Lodge, Villa Wanda (who was trained by William Jarvis and bred by Lord Howard de Walden) is from the stakes-winner Gisarne, whose extended family features Australian Group 1 winner Bezeal Bay. Wall Street is one of 20 Group 1 winners worldwide for Montjeu, who shuttled to Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand for several seasons but is now permanently based at Coolmore in Ireland.


Montjeu: no longer shuttles to the southern hermisphere

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lack Caviar shrugged off the only remaining anomaly on her scorecard when dominating the Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic at Flemington. The brilliant unbeaten mare continued a great run for Inglis sale graduates in this year’s Global Sprint Challenge when she made it eight wins from eight starts and, most importantly, now boasts the tag of Group 1 winner. Trainer Peter Moody has had to be patient with the horse and has frustratingly watched on as injury prevented the mare from contesting Grade 1 features in previous seasons. “It’s a massive relief,” Moody said. “She’s had a build-up since day one and to finally crack that Group 1... Most horses with her ability probably would have won a Group 1 at their third or fourth start. “Things just haven’t fallen for her with the injury and so on, but to finally get it is just a great relief.”

All, though, has gone according to plan this spring and this victory took Black Caviar’s earnings through the A$1 million barrier. Black Caviar joins Sacred Kingdom (Hong Kong International Sprint), Starspangledbanner (Golden Jubilee, July Cup) and Ultra Fantasy (Japan Sprinter Stakes) as Inglis graduates to win a leg of the Global Sprint Challenge over the past 12 months. Moody, now eyeing a weight-for-age Group 1 campaign next autumn, isn’t committing to an overseas tilt. “I would think the financial attraction of Dubai would probably outweigh Europe because she is a mare, but let’s enjoy it at home,” he said. “If the world wants to dethrone her as the world’s best sprinter, let them come here and have a crack at us.” Black Caviar, by Bel Esprit from Helsinge, cost $210,000 at the 2008 Inglis Premier Sale. She was the fourth Premier graduate to win in the first five races on the Flemington Stakes day card.

I would think the financial attraction of Dubai would probably outweigh Europe because she is a mare, but let’s enjoy it at home. If the world wants to dethrone her as the world’s best sprinter, let them come here and have a crack at us!

The offer was snapped up by breeders, who took advantage of the big reduction on the advertised $150,000 northern hemisphere fee he will stand for in 2011 when he will cover a restricted book of mares. There is an Australian link in Americain’s breeding as his dam America is by Arazi, the former US champion racehorse by Blushing Groom, who has been standing at stud in Victoria. And it was Arazi’s day at Flemington on Tuesday as the four-time Group 1 winner is also the sire of the sprint winner Snapparazi. Arazi is the sire of US four-time Group 1 winner Congaree and has sired stakes winners in America, Japan, Dubai, France, Ireland and Italy with his progeny earnings more than A$14 million. Americain’s dam America, a multiple Group winner in France, is also the dam of two stakes-placed winners.

Another Group 1 winner for the Moroney brothers Former Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Mike Moroney may train November’s Crown Oaks (G1) winner Brazilian Pulse, but full credit must go to his brother Paul: the mare is the 24th individual Group 1 winner he has purchased at auction. Paul Moroney Bloodstock bought Brazilian Pulse for just NZ$26,000 from Raffles Farm at the 2009 NZ Bloodstock Select Yearling Sale at Karaka. She is by the Irish Ballyhane-based sire (shuttled to Westbury Stud) Captain Rio, son of champion sire Pivotal. Brazilian Pulse's dam Sharazad was a winner over 1m4f in Ireland and traces to the Aga Khan “S” family of the international winners Shergar, Shalanaya, Shamdala, Shamdinan and Choc Ice. Clearly a fan of the stock of Captain Rio, Moroney has also recently bought Kaptain Kirkup, a son of the stallion, on a trip to the Tattersalls Autumn Horses In Training Sale for 155,000gns. “Paul didn’t pay much money for Brazilian Pulse,” said Mike Moroney after the Oaks. “He actually saw her pretty early on. He rung me up after he was doing his tour round the Waikato area and saw her right from the word go and was always going to buy her. “She had a couple of barrier trials in New Zealand as a late two-year-old then we put her aside and brought her across here. “I know Paul said to me he thought she was a very good filly and we took his word for it. He was right because she's come across here and done it.” Captain Rio is making his mark in Australia, where he has produced 13 winners from 19 runners.

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Monsieur Bond

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

Standing at NORTON GROVE STUD, Norton, Malton, North Yorks YO17 8EF

Outstanding Group One Sire in 2010 STUD RECORD GILT EDGE GIRL - Gr.1 Prix de l’Abbaye Longchamp, €250,000, 2010 Gr.3 Ballyogan St, LR Lansdown Fillies St, 3rd Gr.2 Goldene Peitsche, Gr.3 Summer St, 2010 MY NAME IS BOND - Gr.3 Prix La Rochette, LR Criterium du Bequet, at 2, 2010 LADIES ARE FOREVER - Won LR Redcar 2yo Trophy (£130,000), 3rd Gr.2 Queen Mary St, Royal Ascot at 2, 2010 SNEAK PREVIEW - 2nd Gr.3 Firth of Clyde St, at 2 MOVE IN TIME - 2nd Gr.3 Cornwallis Stakes, 3rd Super Sprint, 4th LR Harry Rosebery St, at 2, 2010 LADY ROYALE - John Smith’s Sprint, York and 2nd LR Hilary Needler Trophy at 2, 2010 RACE RECORD Winner of 6 races from 2 to 4 yrs from 6-7 furlongs and £219,347 including: Won Gr.2 Duke of York Stakes, York, defeating Gr.1 winners AIRWAVE, BAHAMIAN PIRATE, FAYR JAG, SOMNUS, etc Won Gr.3 Gladness Stakes, Curragh, (by 7 lengths) Won LR Vaillant Fortune Stakes, Epson, (by 2 lengths) 2nd Gr.2 Mill Reef Stakes, Newbury 2nd Gr.3 Supreme Stakes, Goodwood 2nd LR City of York Stakes, York, (sh.h.) 3rd LR Thirsk Classic Trial, Thirsk 4th Gr.1 Prix de la Foret, Longchamp

Contact: Richard Lingwood, Tel/Fax : 01653 693887 - Mobile 07532 24050 or John Smith - Mobile 07900 255838

By Champion 2-Y-O and Champion Sire of 2-Y-O’s Danehill Dancer AT THE SALES in 2010 Yearlings realised £50,000 (Tom Tate) £44,000 (Bryan Smart), etc

£3,000 (1st October)

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A stud fit for a 2,000 Guineas winner Sally Duckett meets David Redvers at Tweenhills Stud, home to Makfi David Redvers with Sheikh Fahad at Tweenhills


orseracing, in particular British Flat racing, rescued itself this autumn. Despite its ongoing issues with impoverished prize-money, possible lack of top-level leadership, as well as recessive economic double dips and still ongoing threats to business, British horseracing pulled itself out of the mire. At this year’s yearling sales, a number of new faces emerged with an energetic and ambitious enthusiasm for the sport – wishing to get involved in racing for no other reason than to become major players in arguably the best racing industry in the world. This involvement by purposeful people whose eagerness to get into racing in a serious way, in the meaningful fashion that their money can allow them, went a long way to saving the bottom line at this year’s yearling sales. Stobart’s CEO Andrew Tinkler, who only had his first horses a couple of seasons ago, signalled his ambitions to considerably stepup his Flat racing presence by spending over £3 million, Sir Robert Ogden continued to sidestep his NH interests in order to invest in a number of likely types to take him to the top of the summer sport, while the newest of the new, Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, bought 30 odd yearlings (in Europe and the US) and is planning an ambitious assault upon the British racing scene. For all of these men, this comes down to an intrinsic love of our home-grown sport (remember, this BHA boys and girls when you are pondering racing’s future, these people could spend their money on horses anywhere in the world – France particularly being a country of choice – while racing investment is also suffering with cash being diverted to the sport of eventing – a sad, but true fact). For the Qatari prince Sheikh Al Thani, explains his new bloodstock advisor David Redvers, his respect for British racing is his raison d’être behind this first venture into the sport. “I met Sheikh Fahad through a friend of my sister’s,” explains


Above, Total Gallery, purchased with an eye on the future, and, below, the 2,000 Guineas winner and new stallion, Makfi


Redvers. “He came to me wanting to buy a couple of horses and dip his toe in the water. His words to me were that he was going to put a sum of money into an account and if he had some fun, then he might dip in a little further and get a little bigger. But if nothing came of it, then so be it. “I then first met him last spring having come back two days early from the New Zealand Yearling sales. He is young, having just finished at the London School of Economics and he is a member of the Qatari royal family. He is a thoroughly likeable, intelligent guy who is absolutely hooked on British racing. “He is only in his early twenties, but is very focussed. His father is involved in Arabian racing, was involved in the Arc sponsorship and owns Umm Quarn Stud, which has bases in France and in Qatar. His son, though, is not particularly interested in Arabian racing and likens the horses to supermodels: very pretty beforehand but tend to just go up and

down on the same spot when asked to run! Having the best thoroughbred horses run in the best races is where Sheikh Fahad is at.” And, according to Redvers, while many recent Qatar-based purchasers in England this autumn have bought thoroughbreds with the notion of taking their horses back to the country so improving the quality of racing and racehorses at home, Sheikh Fahad does not hold those same ambitions, preferring instead to enjoy the sport and his horses in Britain. “If we do happen upon a type who might run well in a big race in Qatar, then we will go for it, but Sheikh Fahad would rather have his horses run over here,” confirms Redvers. “He will also have some horses in the US, and there is a filly going out there shortly. “We bought 11 yearlings in Kentucky – they along with the rest will be mostly trained in Britain, although a minority will go to France and Ireland, but if any of the US-breds show enough, they will likely be shipped to the

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The trainers gather: some of the prospective Pearl Bloodstock trainers at the Tweenhills Open Day – Luca Cumani, William Haggas, Mr and Mrs Brian Meehan

We could have sent all of the horses to one trainer, but we felt it made more sense for Sheikh Fahad, so new into racehorse ownership, to have a range of trainers

states to go for the big prizes out there. “Sheikh Fahad does take a world view, but thank God, having been educated in Britain, he finds our sport of horseracing the most attractive.” Going into the winter, the Sheikh will own 25 yearlings, who were all bought this autumn by Redvers, nine two-year-olds and six older horses. The older horses include the likes of stayer Vulcanite (Dubawi), who was bought privately in the summer for Sheikh Fahad’s Pearl Bloodstock and who subsequently won a heritage handicap at Ascot, and Dever Dream, a Medicean filly trained by William Haggas and the winner of two Listed sprints since entering Pearl Bloodstock ownership “I think we have a really good bunch of older horses and the yearlings are a good mix of types and sorts. They are also going into training with quite a spread of trainers

from senior Newmarket men such as William Haggas, Sir Mark Prescott and Luca Cumani to younger, up-and-coming guys such as Ger Lyons and Ralph Beckett,”says Redvers. “We could have sent all of the horses to one trainer, but we felt it made more sense for Sheikh Fahad, so new into racehorse ownership, to have a range of trainers in order to give a broad spectrum of experience and meet more characters. “Besides, it is always a good way to keep trainers on their toes! But so far they have all stepped up to the mark and in the summer we had the most amazing run when we had seven winners from nine runners. Possibly we have set the bar too high to maintain it! “We bought extremely well in the spring and got a great return which is why Sheikh Fahad felt happy to go in again this autumn. The yearlings we have purchased were bought on a fine budget and we were frequently left as the underbidder, but we worked hard to try and get value on every yearling that we bought. In all we bought 25 and, for now, Shiekh Fahad does not want to have more than 35-40 horses in training. “Stephen Hillen, who has done such a good job for Dr Marwan Koukash, has agreed to assist me as a racing manager as now the numbers have increased I felt we would benefit from his expertise.” A new man keen on racing and happy to become financially involved in the sport is great news for the industry – though in many ways nothing out of the norm. What is not usual, though, is that

someone so new to racehorse ownership becomes involved in just his first year in a big financial commitment that is stallion ownership. In this instance it is no less a horse than the 2,000 Guineas winner, Makfi, though this purchase was viewed primarily as a suitable investment vehicle and an opportunity worth taking. “The investors who have bought into Makfi are a group which includes Sheikh Fahad and his brothers. They are not particularly interested in racing, but are interested in getting involved in worthwhile investment opportunities,” explains Redvers. “I suggested buying Makfi after the 2,000 Guineas as I thought he offered the sort of opportunity that they might be interested in. “I got together a syndicate in which the Sheikh and his brothers had a half share – we bid as far as we could but the deal was not done; the owners then were not really interested in selling. Sir Mark Prescott: observes the Pearl Bloodstock yearlings


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It was a huge leap of faith for all of us, but all that has happened is his stock has increased in value as Makfi’s sire Dubawi has gone from being a truly exceptional young stallion to one I think I’ve not seen the likes of before

Sleeping Indian seen here after playing in the Gloucestershire mud at Tweenhills

“Then, after the Prix Jacques le Marois which I attended with Sheikh Fahad, we thought we might try again. We went through the most tortuous two weeks to get the deal done – I think they have been the most stressful two weeks of my life!” grimaces Redvers, who then smiles when continuing: “I think it is the most amazing thing to have happened. It was a huge leap of faith for all of us, but all that has happened is his stock has increased in value as Makfi’s sire Dubawi has gone from being a truly exceptional young stallion to one I think I’ve not seen the likes of before.” Makfi did not run again after the QE11 after succumbing to a bout of ringworm – the marks of which are still on his girth – and he is now safely ensconced in the

Gloucestershire countryside at Tweenhills, letting himself down and enjoying an autumn rest period before his spring covering duties start. Since his purchase last year’s Champion three-year-old sprinter and Prix l’Abbaye winner Total Gallery has also been bought, again as an investment opportunity but with a slightly different approach in mind which includes a return to the racecourse next season. Common Knowledge, the dam of Astrophysical Jet is the first of a number of mares which were bought so far this autumn as future mates for Makfi. The arrival of Makfi has kick-started something of a make-over at Tweenhills and when we visited in November ahead of an Open Day and parade for Sheikh Fahad and his Pearl Bloodstock trainers, the covering shed was in the process of being redeveloped, new staff accommodation was being added, while the office area has been expanded to allow for a bespoke client area in which owners can watch racing, videos and discuss their mares. “To be in this position is very exciting and that’s the reason that we are going to the extent of making the improvements that we are,” explains Redvers. “They are all improvements to the place that I have always wanted to do, but could not justify or afford. Makfi has been a reason to get these jobs done – the farm has to now be of a standard that top mare owners expect.”


he Redvers family has lived in Hartpury for over 300 years with the farm at one time stretching some distance and encompassing the whole of the local village. As for many such enterprises over the years, commercial considerations have led to reductions in size and when Redvers took over the operation himself, the farm had contracted in size to


just 170 acres. It has now been pushed back up to over 400 acres and is based on three separate interlinked locations, and while the farm has obviously concentrated on its bloodstock, it also runs a pedigree Aberdeen Angus suckler herd and winters a flock of sheep who act as natural ground sweepers. Redvers, while taking this opportunity to improve the farm from what he initially developed into a working NH and commercial stud to one worthy of standing a notable Flat stallion (with plenty more, he hopes, to come in future), is also planning to reduce the number of weanlings on the farm from over 30 to around 15 to 20 “better quality types”, turning that wing of the operation into a more “boutique” operation. However, Redvers is also keen to ensure that the stud’s roots are not forgotten and while Makfi may not be a stallion for the wallets or mares of many of Tweenhills’ previous clients, Redvers is single-minded enough to ensure that his stud is still viewed as an independent operation and that the clients who supported him for the last 20 years are not ignored. “The nature of the bloodstock business has meant that many of the independent operators have gone,” he says. “And while we have an important backer now, we still have many clients and we will remain independent forever. We have an opportunity now, but we also have a responsibility to our clients and have a commercial operation to run as well, which we will continue to do with Sleeping Indian. “Besides, I don’t want a farm with just 10 high-quality mares and one top-class stallion, that is far too risky an option.” Many of those independent studs which have disappeared in recent years found it too onerous a task to sustain the financial input and investment required to establish a stallion. Those pressures and the twists of fate involved in running a stallion farm have been brought home to Redvers in no uncertain terms over the last two years when he first lost Ishiguru after a knee injury and then Lucky Story, who died from a heart attack. “I was devastated by the loss of both of them as they were both so young,” says Redvers, “but perhaps more so by the death of Ishiguru as we owned him and had put so much into him in order to get him established. I do miss him so much. “It has since been a little like losing a fiver and picking up a lottery ticket. I do appreciate how lucky we are to find ourselves in this position. We could have been really struggling

tweenhills stud now and, instead of expanding, we would have been pulling our horns in because the market place has been quite scary. “But, whenever there is a scary market place, there are also opportunities and we are keen to still keep looking for those chances.” And for Redvers the acquisition of Makfi realises a dream for him to take his business to a new level – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play in the premiership rather than the first division. “We are looking for stallions the entire time and it is so rare for a stallion such as Makfi to come onto the market that we could not have left it hanging – after all, we could not have afforded to have bought him two or three years ago,” he admits. “I think the reaction from Kirsten Rausing and many others is proof how important it is to British bloodstock to have a horse such as this in Britain. “In the end, despite the fact that racing’s

leadership currently appears to be selfserving, generally ignorant of the subject and politically inept, and that its finances have still not been sorted out, we do have an industry and a sport to be proud of. “British racing is the best in the world and no other country can really compare. No other country has such a diversity of tracks as Britain and that, by its very nature, means that the horses who get through the system tend to be sounder, tougher and more durable and likely to be able to handle conditions elsewhere. That drives demand and the foreign investment in this industry and its horses. “I have been waiting 15 years for this moment and I really feel as though I am on the touchline ready to go. It is nerve racking – both for us and the insurance company! – but it is a good pressure to have. “If this horse clicks, if he works, he could be the most amazing opportunity for us over the next few years.”

Redwall Syndicate gets off to a profitable start Hannah Wall, who has worked as an assistant to David Redvers since 2006, has been creating a few waves of her own this autumn. Wall set up, in conjunction with Redvers, Redwall Pinhooking Syndicate as a way to involve friends and family in an affordable foal to yearling pin-hooking syndicate. And the group got off to a fantastic start selling a Tweenhills-consigned Dubawi filly for 180,000gns at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 2 to Shadwell Stud. The syndicate bought the filly as a foal for just 9,500gns in conjuction with Peter Molony of Rathmore Stud. Wall says: “The syndicate is made up of friends, family and all sorts of people. The filly was by a brilliant sire, and when her sister Dingle View picked up her black-type, I thought that was our day, but then she went on to win the Go and Go Round Tower Stakes (G3) – we were so lucky. “I was thrilled for everyone and all of the guys at Tweenhills – this is the first year the farm has consigned under its own name and to have had a serious horse was great." In all the syndicate bought five yearlings, four of which were owned in a 50/50 partnership – unfortunately not all turned a profit and there is still one left to sell at a

Hannah Wall: new pin-hooking venture got off to a great start at Tattersalls this autumn

breeze-up sale next spring. “It is a numbers game,” smiles Wall. “You need enough to cover for the ones that don’t make such money! “We are going back in again this winter and looking to buy four foals. Although we will be buying around the £10,000 bracket, we would be happy to look at something that makes in the region of £20,000, if we could again sell half. We would rather have half of four, than 100 per cent of two. That allows us to perhaps buy a better individual. “We do a lot of work beforehand and try and cross-reference the notes that David and I made through the yearling sales, then if there are foals related to yearlings we particularly liked, but perhaps were not sales toppers but might still be early winners, then we might hone in on those. “Most of the original members are coming back in again, but we do realise how lucky we were this autumn!”

Redvers on this autumn’s yearling sales “It has been a fantastic time for investors. Three or four years ago there was a complete feeling of lunacy to the market, it didn’t make any sense. At the moment it is a very good time to buy bloodstock, and the only thing stopping the industry moving forward is our prize-money situation, which is a nonsense. Hopefully, the current powers that be will take this opportunity for dialogue with a genuinely friendly government that wants racing to be self-funding. At the October yearling sale at Deauville, French-bred stock was making two or three times what the equivalent horses were making in the UK because the buyers, who keep their horses in France, know that they will get a return on their investment. Assuming that the financial situation is sorted out in three or four years’ time people will look back at these years and wish they had bought themselves a mare or some yearlings. With numbers coming back into kilter and some of the dross gone, I am sure it will be looking at a more competitive market place again soon. It has been an extremely difficult time for breeders, but they are still coming out of a period of spending too much money. There has been a lot of chat that stallion fees are too high, but at the end of the day the market is the deciding factor. If your stallion covers too many mares off too high a fee, then breeders will lose money and won’t come back. If you limit numbers and set a sensible fee, then you will be rolled over with demand – and I am pleased to say that is how it has been with Makfi. Breeders don’t have to visit stallions that are going to cost more than they should afford to spend. And, remember stallions cost a lot to buy: it might take the value of three Tweenhills to buy a really special horse such as Makfi, and that is the harrowing thought!”


Minoru (1909) Prince Palatine Cherry Lass Blandford Big Game Sun Chariot Royal Charger Lord Gayle Sallust Kilijaro Tap On Wood Ahonoora Desert King Indian Ridge Daytona Sea The Stars (2009)

stallion roster amadeus wolf: €6,000 art connoisseur: €4,500 big bad bob: €6,000 indian haven: €3,000 Invincible Spirit: €60,000 jeremy: €6,000 Lord Shanakill : €7,500 verglas: €10,000 October 1st terms


100 years in front

trainer clive cox

Moving on up...

Sally Duckett discovers that things just keep getting better and better for trainer Clive Cox, who trained his first Group 1 winner this season


he Prix de l’Abbaye (G1) has become something of a Lambourn trainers’ benefit over the last two years. In 2009 Stan Moore picked up the race with Total Gallery, while this year Clive Cox won the sprint with surprise 25/1 shot, Gilt Edge Girl. For both trainers, both former jockeys, their victories gave them a first taste of success at the highest level. For Cox it was a life-affirming moment that many of the choices and decisions he has made through his career, have been the correct ones. Very much a man of his own mind, and indeed highly confident in that mind, the roots to his success can be traced to his childhood. Cox was brought up in Somerset, the son of a farmer, a true stockman who is still milking his herd of cows today aged 73. As it should be for the son of a West Country farmer, ponies, and then horses, were an integral part of his upbringing. But it was always his plan that the childhood days of pony clubbing and competing would form the basis of his adult career. “There were lots of ponies around, as well as an odd pointer,” he remembers. “They never cost a lot, but were always of a fairly decent quality.


trainer clive cox

I was never going to farm and my first job was with trainer Peter Cundell in Compton, Berkshire – my grandfather had horses in training with his father Ken after the war. “I had around 80 rides on the Flat but my weight was going up and so moved back to the West Country to a trainer called Stuart Pattimore, who had a number of nice horses then, buying from the Flat from trainers such as Dick Hern and John Dunlop.” This period back in his home county probably began to stir the first embers of a desire for a future training career for Cox, while also building-up the horseman’s stock of knowledge which the trainer undoubtedly possesses. “Stuart was a very interesting man to work for,” says Cox. “Most of the trainers in the West Country at the time had little in the way of facilities apart from good hills to gallop their horses, but they were good horsemen

You work hard to get to a position of being able to make a living at what you love doing, but then the next stage is to improve the quality. It has been tremendous as this year and we went a long way to achieving that

and employed good horsemen. When I moved to Lambourn to Fred Winter and then Oliver Sherwood, I realised then what a good job those boys did with minimal facilities.” Eventually, as for most, race-riding began to give up Cox, who admits: “I think I achieved as much as I could. I had finished second in the conditionals’ title and I rode around 100 winners. I did as much as I could possibly do. “Besides, I had also started a livery business and that was demanding more time.” The desire to become a racehorse trainer had really begun to itch and when the livery business tightened up due to the 1990 recession, a backer appeared to help take Cox to becoming a fully licensed trainer. Unfortunately, that proved to be a false dawn and Cox, who by then had gathered up a few horses, needed an alternative future – that turned out to be trainer Mickey HeatonEllis, who was based at Barbury Castle.

“I joined Mickey and had nine years with him. It was a very satisfying period for both myself and my wife Tina. Mickey’s death [Heaton-Ellis broke his back in a riding accident in 1982 and later suffered from motor neuron disease] was a sad loss to everyone. I wish he was still around, he was a very special person. He could have made it to the big time, but sadly his health prevented that from happening.” Cox, who admits that he probably would have stayed with Heaton-Ellis, suddenly found himself with a few decisions to make. “We stayed there for a while, but as Richard Phillips was moving from Beechdown to Jackdaws Castle and Alan King was due to move in at Barbury Castle, it left me without a castle! We had to make a decision as to whether to carry on and luckily John Francome offered us Beechdown – it was the best thing that could have happened.” Initially a trainer for Elite Racing for whom he produced a couple of Royal Ascot winners, Cox headed out alone five years ago. Again – something of a recurring theme – it proved a wise decision as Cox’s training results have year on year done nothing but improve. “This year has been great and we finished around 23rd on the list, in nearly exactly the same place as the previous year. We had a lot more winners numerically last year, but we had some well-handicapped horses as two years ago things had not been so hot. Last season we reaped those rewards and I think

Gilt Edge Girl wins the Prix de l’Abbaye, giving trainer Cox, jockey Luke Morris and sire Monsieur Bond a first Group 1 winner


trainer clive cox the progress we made last year has led to us having the better horses this year. “You work hard to get to a position of being able to make a living at what you love doing, but then the next stage is to improve the quality. It has been tremendous as this year we went a long way to achieving that – we were able to have runners all around the world. It is great to be operating in that sort of bracket,” smiles Cox.


he break-through Group 1 winner came in October, but as Cox admits, the Beechdown team had, at the opening of the season, been more expecting that victory might have come a little earlier and courtesy of the Xaar three-year-old colt Xtension. “Xtension set us off this season with lots of excitement,” admits Cox. “He did everything right as a juvenile – won his maiden, finished second in the Coventry Stakes, won the Champagne Stakes and finished third in the Dewhurst Stakes in a photo finish. “We were really excited by his early work this year and I think he just bumped into a really strong bunch of three-year-olds. He never ran a bad race for us and after his fourth in the 2,000 Guineas, he was fifth in the Irish and third in the Prix Jean-Prat, always surrounded by the Hannon pair. “He has been sold to Hong Kong now. You have to be realistic and his owners were offered a strong price and they did the right thing. I think he will do very well out there.” Sadly, the perils of training racehorses in Britain always means that good horses are likely to be snapped up by the more richly endowed racing nations, and Cox reveals that Gilt Edge Girl has also got new owners and is heading to southern hemisphere pastures; agent Gavin Pritchard-Gordon having concluded a deal for Australian interests. But a realistic Cox is just grateful for the journey that the filly, whom he bought really as rather an afterthought, took him and all at Beechdown on. “I am thrilled for her owners, Wood Street Syndicate and Whitsbury Stud’s Chris Harper and it has been great to have had such a success with such good people. “Chris pointed her out to me at Doncaster,” admits the trainer. “I had not been to see her, despite her being a half-sister to Godfrey Street. But Chris, whom I did not really know then, told me that he loved the way she moved but that she was not very big and so was not on many lists.

Winter jobs: the youngsters are broken-in in the indoor school at Beechdown. Top, a Kayf Tara gelding is being lunged by John Cullen and Martin Berry (Cox’s head lad), while, middle, a Dark Angel colt tries his luck, below, making good strides with a Cockney Rebel filly, who is being ridden by Lucy Barry


trainer clive cox

Above, yearlings venture outside, and, left, Cox on the tractor. The trainer likes to harrow and prepare galloping ground himself, as well as finding the time alone “useful thinking time”


Michael Jarvis’s in the Group 3 Ballyogan Stakes. “In August we went to Germany for the Golden Peitsche where she took on the Hungarian bullet Overdose. She looked like

Those horses with a bit of scope, well if they get a cough or cold in the first two months of the season, you still have plenty of potential to work with later on

“I had a look at her and did not dislike her at all. She was a bit small and not blessed with the most perfect legs, but there was something about her. “Chris was keen to stay on board for a halfshare if she did not make over £16,000 and I followed her in and bought her for £17,000. I was walking down the stairs, without any real plans, and Chris told me that he would still keep the half in her, which was great news. I sold the rest of her soon after that.” And Cox admits that the little filly’s progress through the time in training at Beechdown has “astonished” him. After winning twice as a three-year-old, Cox et al hoped that her four-year-old career, might, if they were lucky, produce them a spot of black-type. After a seasonal debut at Wolverhampton, the filly stepped up for the Listed Lansdowne Stakes at Bath. “She bolted up there,” says Cox, “and we had only been hoping for a little placed black-type. But she really opened up my eyes there so we took her out to Ireland where she improved again to beat a smart filly of

trainer clive cox

Looking for value is Cox’s buying policy Despite running a yard of 60 horses operating at full tilt through the summer racing months, Cox still finds time, and in fact prioritises his time, in order to manage his own shopping trips and purchasing at the yearling sales. No agent is ever employed, Clive Cox is always written down as the purchaser, and that it seems is very much part of the Beechdown package. Cox has got some great results – Gilt Edge Girl and Xtension being just two of the horses he has collected from his shopping trips to Doncaster and Fairyhouse. Most of the horses that the trainer has bought have just cost him and his owners just the price of a small car rather than a weighty mortgage-level sum, which many others spend in the search of racecourse success. “I am a real value-for-money man,” Cox admits. “Don’t get me wrong if I see a horse that hits me between the eyes, then I have been lucky enough to have people behind me to help me buy it, but I am not shy of buying a cheap horse. “The success we have enjoyed has meant that we have been able to up our budget and you do look at better pedigrees because the budget allows you to, but I won’t stop looking at the ones who go through for less. I think a better budget merely allows you to buy more as you please. “Luckily, also, not everyone has been so badly affected by the present economic climate and it is not all doom and gloom so we have been able to look at horses we would not have been able to reach beforehand. “But still the most important thing is buying a value-for-money horse. Thanks goodness, from everyone’s point of view, the most expensive horse does not always win the race!” A confidence in his own judgement, as well as in the abilities of his staff at home, allows him to get away to the sales – as well as operate without the use of an agent. “I have always been my own man and want to take my own decisions. You don’t get it right all the time, but you do know what you like and from my own personal point-of-view if I am looking at a horse every day, I want to like what I am looking at! “John Reid is a good friend of mine and we work well together at the sales, while I employ very good staff at Beechdown, which is a huge support. It means that I can do what I want to do – and I am confident of leaving the day-to-day operation here to them.” Many of Cox’s horses tend to have a longevity to their careers, and that again can be traced to his original purchasing strategy – focussing on the later-maturing type. This approach is somewhat different to many currently widely held views that the only way to operate in this racing day and age

is to buy precocious types, horses who look as though they should have run yesterday. Cox has a a different solution, and it certainly holds more than enough merit. “I like athletic types who are good walkers, but I also like horses with a bit of scope. I have done well with that type of horse and they suit the way I like to train,” he rationalises. “That’s not to say we

You don’t get it right all the time, but you do know what you like and from my own personal point-of-view, if I am looking at a horse every day, I want to like what I am looking at!

she was going in a furlong out and finished third, but that performance opened my eyes even wider! “We then hummed and harred about running her in the Group 3 at Newbury under a penalty. The ground really dried up and we were unsure about whether to run at all, but she took her chance and ran really well to finish a dead-heat for sixth with Total Gallery on ground that was too fast for her. “So we went to France. Her coat had started to go, which worried me, but when I got there and saw the other fillies I felt she was not as bad as the rest. “Luke [Morris] gave her a super ride and it was a really serious performance and confirmed that she is a real superstar. It was a sad day to see her go and she has been a huge chapter in our life.” But with a strong bunch of yearlings bought and with orders still to fill, the Flat racing wheel is taking its winter turn for Cox and his team. If the past few years are anything to go by, and with the significant breakthroughs achieved this year into the upper echelons of the Flat racing game, then the next few years can bring even greater riches to this horseman from Somerset. “You’ve got to work hard and need a bit of luck and not many accountants would approve of a trainer’s plan when he starts out!” laughs Cox. “But there comes a time when hopefully you have achieved enough success for it to be more viable. “Starting up training has to be driven by passion rather than hopes of an early realistic return,” he says, before adding: “It is true, though, that the harder you work, the luckier you become! “We now employ 25 people and I feel as much responsibility for that as looking after high-class horses, but striving to have a better quality type of horse certainly helps to allow you, on just a very basic level to continue to make the business work. “My dream, though, is to continue to run horses at the sort of places and in the sort of races that you want to go to. This year we have been all over the world and I am extremely proud of what we have achieved and where we are going. “Getting that Group 1 victory at Longchamp was confirmation of what we have been working towards. It was fantastic and we got to enjoy that success with good owners and great staff – and yes, that is what drives me on.”

can’t ready an early two-year-old type as needs be, but those horses with a bit of scope, well if they get a cough or cold in the first two months of the season, you still have plenty of potential to work with later on. “And again it comes down to getting value for money as many of the early sorts, well they are horses that vendors like to sell and many can end up overpriced. “I know what I like and I know what sort of horses work well here and suit our training and our gallops. We have improved the all-weather each year, which helps us accommodate more horses as well and now I feel confident that we can fairly accurately assess the horses here. “When I started I would be standing at the door at Tattersalls with Stan Moore with a maximum of £2,000 to spend. As the bidding started at 1,800gns there was not a lot of room for manoeuvre and you knew that you would be buying something less than perfect. Those days though taught me an awful lot. “I am not over ambitious on buying on spec, but will stick my neck out if something comes along and I am always on the look out for a nice horse.”


trainer clive cox

Above, yearlings venture outside, and, left, Cox on the tractor. The trainer likes to harrow and prepare galloping ground himself, finding the time useful for “thinking things through”


Michael Jarvis’s in the Group 3 Ballyogan Stakes. “In August we went to Germany for the Golden Peitsche where she took on the Hungarian bullet Overdose. She looked like

Those horses with a bit of scope, well if they get a cough or cold in the first two months of the season, you still have plenty of potential to work with later on

“I had a look at her and did not dislike her at all. She was a bit small and not blessed with the most perfect legs, but there was something about her. “Chris was keen to stay on board for a halfshare if she did not make over £16,000 and I followed her in and bought her for £17,000. I was walking down the stairs, without any real plans, and Chris told me that he would still keep the half in her, which was great news. I sold the rest of her soon after that.” And Cox admits that the little filly’s progress through the time in training at Beechdown has “astonished” him. After winning twice as a three-year-old, Cox et al hoped that her four-year-old career, might, if they were lucky, produce them a spot of black-type. After a seasonal debut at Wolverhampton, the filly stepped up for the Listed Lansdowne Stakes at Bath. “She bolted up there,” says Cox, “and we had only been hoping for a little placed black-type. But she really opened up my eyes there so we took her out to Ireland where she improved again to beat a smart filly of

trainer clive cox

Looking for value is Cox’s buying policy Despite running a yard of 60 horses operating at full tilt through the summer racing months, Cox still finds time, and in fact prioritises his time, in order to manage his own shopping trips and purchasing at the yearling sales. No agent is ever employed, Clive Cox is always written down as the purchaser, and that it seems is very much part of the Beechdown package. Cox has got some great results – Gilt Edge Girl and Xtension being just two of the horses he has collected from his shopping trips to Doncaster and Fairyhouse. Most of the horses that the trainer has bought have cost him and his owners just the price of a small car rather than a weighty mortgage-level sum, which many others spend in the search of racecourse success. “I am a real value-for-money man,” Cox admits. “Don’t get me wrong if I see a horse that hits me between the eyes, then I have been lucky enough to have people behind me to help me buy it, but I am not shy of buying a cheap horse. “The success we have enjoyed has meant that we have been able to up our budget and you do look at better pedigrees because the budget allows you to, but I won’t stop looking at the ones who go through for less. I think a better budget merely allows you to buy more as you please. “Luckily, also, not everyone has been so badly affected by the present economic climate and it is not all doom and gloom so we have been able to look at horses we would not have been able to reach beforehand. “But still the most important thing is buying a value-for-money horse. Thanks goodness, from everyone’s point of view, the most expensive horse does not always win the race!” A confidence in his own judgement, as well as in the abilities of his staff at home, allows him to get away to the sales – as well as operate without the use of an agent. “I have always been my own man and want to take my own decisions. You don’t get it right all the time, but you do know what you like and from my own personal point-of-view if I am looking at a horse every day, I want to like what I are looking at! “John Reid is a good friend of mine and we work well together at the sales, while I employ very good staff at Beechdown, which is a huge support. It means that I can do what I want to do – and I am confident of leaving the day-to-day operation here to them.” Many of Cox’s horses tend to have a longevity to their careers, and that again can be traced to his original purchasing strategy focussing on the later-maturing type. This approach is somewhat different to many currently widely held views that the only way to operate in this racing day and

age is to buy precocious types, horses who look as though they should have run yesterday. It is a different solution, and certainly holds more than enough merit. “I like athletic types who are good walkers, but I also like horses with a bit of scope. I have done well with that type of horse and they suit the way I like to train,” he rationalises. “That’s not to say we

You don’t get it right all the time, but you do know what you like and from my own personal point-of-view, if I am looking at a horse every day, I want to like what I am looking at

she was going in a furlong out and finished third, but that performance opened my eyes even wider! “We then hummed and harred about running her in the Group 3 at Newbury under a penalty. The ground really dried up and we were unsure about whether to run at all, but she took her chance and ran really well to finish a dead-heat for sixth with Total Gallery on ground that was too fast for her. “So we went to France. Her coat had started to go, which worried me, but when I got there and saw the other fillies I felt she was not as bad as the rest. “Luke [Morris] gave her a super ride and it was a really serious performance and confirmed that she is a real superstar. It was a sad day to see her go and she has been a huge chapter in our life.” But with a strong bunch of yearlings bought and with orders still to fill, the Flat racing wheel is taking its winter turn for Cox and his team. If the past few years are anything to go by, and with the significant breakthroughs achieved this year into the upper echelons of the Flat racing game, then the next few years can bring even greater riches to this horseman from Somerset. “You’ve got to work hard and need a bit of luck and not many accountants would approve of a trainer’s plan when he starts out! laughs Cox. “But there comes a time when hopefully you have achieved enough success for it to be more viable. “Starting up training has to be driven by passion rather than hopes of an early realistic return,” he says, before adding: “It is true, though, that the harder you work, the luckier you become!” “We now employ 25 people and I feel as much responsibility for that as looking after high-class horses, but striving to have a better quality type of horse certainly helps to allow you, on just a very basic level to continue to make the business work. “My dream, though, is to continue to run horses at the sort of places and in the sort of races that you want to go to. This year we have been all over the world and I am extremely proud of what we have achieved and where we are going. “Getting that Group 1 victory at Longchamp was confirmation of what we have been working towards. It was fantastic and we got to enjoy that success with good owners and great staff – and yes, that is what drives me on.”

can’t ready an early two-year-old type as needs be, but those horses with a bit of scope, well if they get a cough or cold in the first two months of the season, you still have plenty of potential to work with later on. “And again it comes down to getting value for money as many of the early sorts, well they are horses that vendors like to sell and many can end up overpriced. “I know what I like and I know what sort of horses work well here and suit our training and our gallops. We have improved the all-weather each year, which helps us accommodate more horses as well now I feel confident that we can fairly accurately assess the horses here. “When I started I would be standing at the door at Tattersalls with Stan Moore with a maximum of £2,000 to spend. As the bidding started at 1,800gns there was not a lot of room for manoeuvre and you knew that you would be buying something less than perfect. Those days though taught me an awful lot. “I am not over ambitious on buying on spec, but will stick my neck out if something comes along and I am always on the look out for a nice horse.”


rathasker stud

A born horseman M

Lissa Oliver meets Maurice Burns of Rathasker Stud, which has recently added the 2009 Dewhurst Stakes runner-up Fast Company to its roster of stallions aurice Burns describes the global bloodstock industry as “one big family,” which is appropriate. Any visitor to Rathasker Stud in Naas, County Kildare, is made to feel instantly at home, like settling back into a comfy couch, with Burns always willing to offer advice and share the wisdom gleaned from a lifetime with thoroughbreds. A welcoming open fire warms an office nestled within a quadrangle of stables, a practical horseman’s environment. Burns was born to be a horseman, his father Paddy having first made the progression from having a few horses on the farm to successfully dealing in


thoroughbreds.Older brothers Seamus and Patrick run Lodge Park Stud and Newlands House Stud respectively. Rathasker, purchased by Burns in 1985, is a round-the-clock and year business, standing four stallions and offering foaling and sales preparation for both foals and yearlings, yet despite this busy life, Burns always has time to spare for anyone with a question to ask. This trait probably owes much to the late “Lucky” Paddy, a farmer of the old school whose views and opinions were much respected. “You never go broke taking a profit,” says Burns, recounting his father’s favourite saying. “He travelled all round Ireland buying sheep and cattle and when he couldn’t buy those, he bought ponies. Then he took to buying a few mares and selling them to local

farmers. He’d go over to Newmarket each year and bring back ten or so, and he’d go down to Coolmore and make block bookings for northern breeders. “His foals regularly set sales records at Ballsbridge and he broke a record with a yearling at Newmarket that made 25,000gns – that would have bought you 250 acres of land at the time!” laughs Burns jnr. Paddy Burns raced such prominent horses as Park Appeal (dam of Cape Cross) and Park Express, who became the foundation mare at Lodge Park Stud and the dam of New Approach. Over a 20-year period he earned a reputation for being honest, a man to whom buyers would always return. “He was always very lucky,” Maurice admits, before adding, “but then he made his own luck!”

rathasker stud It’s certainly a reputation his son has also gained and Rathasker Stud is synonymous with reliability and honesty. Much the same can be said of its resident stallions over the years. “Mujadil has sired stakes winners in every crop, he’s fashionable year in, year out,” points out Burns. “He’s so honest and he passes that on, his horses are the type to win by a short-head instead of getting beaten by a short-head, and people love to see a horse who sticks his head out and tries.” In 2000, Mujadil set a new European record when he sired 32 individual two-yearold winners of 57 races. A son of Storm Bird, he is now semi-retired, covering only Burns’s own mares for the coming season, but it’s hoped an able successor is standing in the wings in the shape of Rathasker’s newest stallion, Fast Company. “He’s the most like Mujadil I’ve seen,” Burns explains. “He’s raw talent – he was so impressive in his first two races, yet very green. When you watch the Dewhurst Stakes, he is still very green, then about midway you can see when the penny drops. He was beaten a half-length by New Approach and had Raven’s Pass two and a half lengths behind him, with Rio De La Plata the same distance back in third. He is not bad for a stallion standing at €5,000!” Burns follows the careers of prospective stallions carefully and every year makes a list of those he’d love to have, although few ever come on the market or are at the right price. Fast Company had ticked all the right boxes and Burns quickly snapped him up when the opportunity arose. “He’s by Danehill Dancer out of a Zafonic mare. I love the Zafonic line,” smiles Burns. “He has a lovely temperament – I spoke to the lads who looked after him and they said he was bombproof. He travelled over here by boat in the horsebox and the driver said he never turned a hair. A good temperament is so important to trainers, they need a horse they can train.” Fast Company is a striking individual, typical of the Northern Dancer line, with the short back and rounded quarters of one sure to get strong two-year-old types. As an exciting first-season prospect, he sits well alongside established star Clodovil and promising newcomer Thousand Words. The latter, a son of Dansili out of a Storm Bird mare, covered 98 mares in his first season and his first crop of foals this season have earned praise as big strong types, well stamped by their sire. The stallion himself is a

good mover with a lovely step, a trait that may see his offspring doing well at the sales. Clodovil, by Danehill out of a Linamix mare, sired 50 per cent winners to runners in his first crop in 2007, including top filly Nahoodh, and he has been well supported ever since. Burns’s criteria for choosing a stallion on performance, pedigree and physical presence is clearly illustrated by the current roster of Rathasker stallions, and he seems to have great success in establishing new sires. “Every successful business advertises, it’s expensive but essential,” says Burns. “I also support the stallions as much as I can in their first season, trying to get them the best possible start by sending them my best mares.” Inevitably, Burns ends up keeping a few horses to put in training himself each season. “Every horse is for sale,” he points out, “but a yearling might not make the right price or I

might want to keep a filly from a good family. “If you believe in the animal, it will work. You should trust that gut feeling. You’ve foaled the horse, known it for the first 18 months of its life; if you’re a good stockman you’ll know the horse is good. “If you’re in the business of breeding racehorses you should never be afraid to have a horse in training. If you don’t have faith in your product, how can you expect anyone else to?” Burns has been fortunate in that regard, too, his most recent success being the juvenile filly Singapore Lilly who is in training with Mick Channon and finished second in the Premio Gran Criterium. Foaling mares keeps Burns and the staff busy in the spring, but an equally important aspect of Rathasker is sales preparation and Burns has built a solid reputation over the years as a top consignor of foals and yearlings.

Maurice Burns at Rathasker. Opposite, the farm, bought in 1985, nestles in the Kildare countryside



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If you believe in the animal, it will work. You should trust that gut feeling. You’ve foaled the horse, known it for the first 18 months of its life; if you’re a good stockman you’ll know the horse is good

He feels that a good routine is vital and an exercise regime is established early, ensuring the foals, in particular, are well handled and know their job by the time the sales come around. “They are taught to stride out and show themselves,” explains Burns. “People always remember the good athletic movers.” While he will target particular trainers and agents for a yearling, Burns knows his stock and his buyers and is careful to be selective. “There’s no point showing an unsuitable horse to someone, because they won’t come back to you again,” he reasons. Those who have come back, and repeatedly so, include Channon, whose first two-year-old winner was bought from Burns. “You have to have the right horse in the right place,” Burns stresses. “We had a lovely Iffraaj filly in Tattersalls Book 3 and she stood out, people will always spot the hidden jewel. There’s no point putting a mediocre animal in a high-class book, it won’t achieve any higher price. But there’s no harm in putting a good

animal in a mediocre book – study the sales and be selective, choose the best option where you can for your horse.” In the current financial climate that’s particularly sound advice and Burns takes a

unique perspective on what the industry can do to secure a better footing for the future. “The horse business is one big worldwide family, a very big network,” he says. “As an industry, it’s relatively small, but in the horse business it’s a large family of people. Like any family, we don’t always agree, but we all have a common purpose. “British racing is pulling in different directions and now there is talk of strikes. Striking is fine if you have to, but the situation should never have been allowed to get that.” Looking at the economic situation, Burns highlights the common goal between breeders and bookmakers, even though that unity is currently obscured as the bookmakers appear to pull against the needs of the industry. “If you reduce the number of foals you reduce the number of two-year-olds,” he says. “The bookmakers want at least 10 runners in a race, but they’re going to be getting nearer five. The bookmaker is shooting himself in the foot.” A good level of prize money is essential. “A

Fast Company at his new Rathasker base. He “ticks all the right boxes and has a great temperament”, a quality Burns believes is important in a stallion


Fast Company, who was trained by Godolphin, won his first two starts and finished second in the the Dewhurst behind New Approach


We’ve got so many associations throughout Europe, but we don’t have anyone who covers Europe as a whole and lobbies the EU

man who buys a yearling has to have a good probability that if it wins two races it can pay its costs,” he rationalises. “There has to be an opportunity for him to break even. “At the horses-in-training sales any horse rated over 95 was bought to race abroad in Hong Kong or Australia and Asia. Those horses rated 80 or lower are worth less than five years ago and they’ll struggle to pay for themselves. You need to win a minimum of €15,000 prize-money just to cover costs – years ago the equation was much better. “And prize-money filters right down through the industry,” argues Burns. “The lads on a daily rate could get paid more, the farriers and feed merchants and bedding suppliers could all keep going. If they keep pushing us down, they’ll put more people out of business and put people on the dole, which in the end costs the government more. “It’s in everyone’s interests that we all make money and keep prize-money at a respectable level.” Burns believes we should look directly to Europe for a solution, and he doesn’t just mean attempting to copy the French template. “Most breeders are looking at France and we’re all jealous,” he says, “as it’s self-

financing. But horse people are too busy working, it’s a 24/7 business and many can’t even market their business the way that they should. They can’t afford to take their eye off the ball for a minute. Many have some lovely ideas about where racing should go in future, but they just can’t put them into action. “What we need are professionals to do it for us. Not necessarily horse people, but professionals to lobby on our behalf. We’ve got so many associations throughout Europe, but we don’t have anyone who covers Europe as a whole and lobbies the EU.

“Most of the decisions that affect us are made by the EU. We need someone to get in there and lobby for us. When you take Ireland, Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Greece, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, all of those people who work in the industry would collectively have a large voice in Europe. If each group contributed just a small amount, we could pay for a political lobbyist to work for us in Europe.” Whether it’s with help from a collective voice in Europe or not, breeders need special consideration, their cash flow operating in stark contrast to many other businesses. “The problem is,” says Burns, “we make all our sales in the autumn. We spend the first seven months of the year writing cheques and we’re waiting for cheques to arrive in the other five. If costs at the start of the year get out of hand, you suddenly find yourself in big trouble.” Burns believes there is only one solution and concludes by stressing: “We need to collect a fund from all breeders to pay a professional, one who knows exactly who to talk to and has the ear of the proper people. “One who knows his way around and can go in and negotiate. A businessman, a professional politician.”

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older stallion review Galileo: the Coolmore sire broke new ground this year through his prize-money earnings


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Creating records all of his very own

The great Sadler’s Wells broke all the records in the stud book, and now his 12-year-old son Galileo is doing just the same, writes Sally Duckett

Based on his domestic earnings alone, at the time of writing, Galileo’s progeny have accrued £4,909,368 this year – the closest Sadler’s Wells finished to that was with £4,067,378 in 2001. The wonder sire achieved that with 154 runners and 59 winners who won 80 races and around £3,200,000 in win earnings. Galileo has had 175 runners and 59 winners of 85 races. On European results, Galileo has had 83 winners and earned more than £6 million,

On British and Irish earnings alone, this season Galileo has won more prize-money than any other European stallion ever in one Flat season and in Europe his progeny has won more than £6 million he is creating shadows of his own. On British and Irish earnings alone, this season Galileo has won more prize-money than any other European stallion in one Flat racing year, while in Europe his progeny has won more than £6 million. He has still only had five crops to race and just four since first finishing in a top five spot in the sires’ list in Britain and Ireland.


ince 2007 when Galileo finished second in the sires’ championship before taking firstplace honours the following year, bloodstock writers have been effusive in their praise of the sire’s qualities and have frequently commented that he is following in the footsteps of his own sire, Sadler’s Well’s. This season the boy has now become a man and is no longer in his father’s shadow, in fact

while his average earnings per domestic runner of £28,054 is way in excess of that achieved by any other stallion. To an extent Galileo’s achievement can be reasoned by the increases in prize-money – Cape Blanco is his leading money earner courtesy of his two Irish Group 1 victories. Cape’s Blanco’s Irish Derby contributed £641,592 to Galileo’s pot, but the Classic gave

Galileo the first of three Group 1 one-twos this season as his son Midas Touch finished a half-length second. The sire’s subsequent one-two with Cape Blanco and Rip Van Winkle in the Irish Champion Stakes added a further £510,000 to the prize-money total. It also shows the value of placed money – nearly half (£2,699,542) of Galileo’s seasonal total came from his placed horses and most of those horses will have taken advantage of the valuable prize-money in the Emerald Isle, with many owned by the Ballydoyle empire. There is certainly a logic in the Coolmore team ensuring that they buy as many of the nicer sorts as they can – not only are the sire’s yearling and foal averages protected, but they can ensure that his stock are placed to the best advantage, and, if any become stallion prospects they are already under the Coolmore wing. Furthermore, by running them in a country with such good prizemoney opportunities it can be ensured that Galileo is placed into such a record-breaking opportunity. The strategy, it can safely be said, has been successful. Interestingly, if European earnings are used then the average earnings figures for Galileo’s runners fall to £25,868, which gives an indication of the importance of Galileo’s Irish-based runners. It has not all been a home affair, though, and Galileo’s money earnings were further complimented by Roderic O’Connor’s lateseason victory in the Criterium International (G1). On that performance, as well as his run in the Dewhurst Stakes, Roderic certainly


stallion review Older active European stallions by % of runners / foals from 2005-07 rated 95+ Sire Monsun Galileo Oasis Dream Danehill Dancer Dansili Montjeu Cape Cross Dalakhani Invincible Spirit Exceed And Excel Pivotal Nayef Hernando Rock Of Gibraltar Medicean King’s Best High Chaparral Acclamation Marju Elusive City Peintre Celebre Zamindar Kyllachy Bahamian Bounty Royal Applause

No foals 05-07


139 428 375 437 262 407 377 215 326 212 380 201 182 432 245 350 341 238 194 183 267 126 358 283 318

5 24 18 25 13 20 13 9 5 1 14 5 7 13 6 - 11 3 4 4 10 3 5 1 3

rated 110+ 3.60 5.60 4.80 5.70 5.00 4.90 3.40 4.20 1.50 0.47 3.70 2.50 3.80 3.00 2.40 2.30 3.20 1.30 2.10 2.20 3.70 2.40 1.40 0.35 0.94

(Jocelyn de Moubray)

rated 95+ 29 83 69 73 44 67 54 27 39 26 44 22 20 47 27 35 32 22 17 16 23 10 24 19 16

% 21.00 19.00 18.00 17.00 17.00 16.00 14.00 13.00 12.00 12.00 12.00 11.00 11.00 11.00 11.00 10.00 9.40 9.00 8.80 8.70 8.60 7.90 6.70 6.70 5.00

Despite the lesser year that Monsun has had this year, he still tops Galileo on the percentage of his crop through 2005 to 2007 (this year’s two-year-olds and older) that is rated over 95, while Danehill Dancer slightly edges the champion sire on runners (both percentage-wise and numbers-wise) rated over 110. Oasis Dream has done particularly well on these figures and justifies his fee increase to £85,000 for the 2011 season, while Exceed And Excel and Elusive City are the only two third-season sires to feature in this list . Pivotal: the Cheveley Park Stud-based sire had 14 runners rated over 110


looks a highly likely type to become a leading three-year-old performer for his sire in 2011. He looked babyish on hitting the front in France and drifted down the track, but he was having only a fourth start and a second at Group 1 level. He has obviously always been highly regarded at home to have been pitched

Leading older stallions by progeny’s median Timeform rating Galileo Montjeu Sadler’s Wells Danehill Dancer Pivotal Singspiel Oasis Dream Cape Cross Dalakhani Giant’s Causeway Invincible Spirit Dansili Green Desert Rock of Gibraltar Halling Hernando King’s Best Peintre Celebre Selkirk Monsun Dubai Destination Medicean Red Ransom Acclamation Exceed And Excel High Chaparral Noverre Verglas Choisir Elusive City Dr Fong Hawk Wing Intikhab Sinndar Kyllachy One Cool Cat Diktat Observatory Refuse To Bend Compton Place Orpen Tagula Tiger Hill Fasliyev Captain Rio Bertolini

87 85 83 82 82 82 81 80 80 80 80 78 78 78 77 77 77 77 77 76 75 75 75 74 74 73 73 73 72 72 71 71 71 71 70 69 68 68 68 67 66 66 66 65 64 62

older stallion review Leading active British and Irish-based stallions on domestic earnings: 2010 (third-season and above) courtesy of Weatherbys

Stallion thoughts:


“It’s sad that the position of stallions in the market has become so volatile in recent years as good horses aren’t given enough of a chance to establish themselves – late-maturing horses often need some time before they can be deemed to be no good. “It’s something that we are possibly seeing with Hurricane Run, who was a middle-distance horse and performed best as a three and four-year-old, but many of his produce at this year’s sales did not sell for what they should because he is not in fashion. “Rock Of Gibraltar is another. He was sent abroad when he became less fashionable in England and Ireland, but, luckily, Coolmore brought him back to Europe once his horses were competing at the top level and demand resurfaced for him as a stallion. He is a sire who doesn’t have early types and therefore is at the whim of the market on a yearly basis. “Personally, I always look at the Coolmore horses as a vast amount of the market doesn’t want to buy them, which gives me a better chance of being able to afford their stock. “Of the first crop yearling stallions, the two that stuck out to me were Lawman and Dutch Art. “The Dutch Art’s had good frames, are athletic-looking and look to have more scope than he did as a two-year-old. He is not an expensive stallion and did not have a good book of mares for his first season. “The Lawmans were really nice and I think that the Hannon team bought a fair few. Although a French Derby winner, he stayed better than his pedigree would suggest and there is a good chance he will have nice two-year-olds next season.”

Runners 175 143 156 228 157 182 151 128 102 155 172 51 73 131 140 142 74 73 119 102 85 172 116 129 121 86 144 165 93 36 73 96 38 67 66 65 31 44 70 61 49 108 66 59 22 91 64 67 119 45 83

Winners 59 54 71 91 61 70 48 45 36 71 62 15 21 50 58 51 30 25 43 38 29 42 44 45 44 22 53 44 30 13 20 27 10 21 21 24 11 14 28 14 10 32 25 17 10 29 16 21 19 20 18

Races Won 85 91 111 134 109 101 64 61 58 103 94 18 31 71 91 86 53 40 63 54 43 61 68 70 73 27 77 61 47 20 31 36 13 34 34 43 19 25 41 17 17 40 34 24 17 44 21 29 32 32 25

Places 239 172 260 353 239 243 161 170 142 240 262 75 105 191 228 193 140 111 164 117 110 220 155 222 170 90 237 215 142 60 68 145 44 103 74 90 60 75 88 59 76 172 124 63 32 125 70 86 108 87 86

Money Won (£) 4,909,368 2,422,526 2,214,298 2,149,282 1,582,850 1,565,299 1,532,896 1,509,683 1,268,810 1,217,314 964,830 919,115 910,195 866,954 864,790 856,746 806,938 801,183 790,777 704,491 667,842 650,598 635,316 626,128 552,560 542,041 541,131 514,852 500,422 451,197 445,383 427,192 426,697 424,382 410,483 395,818 375,085 374,235 371,281 348,316 346,945 332,946 311,427 310,856 300,195 298,079 276,923 275,943 256,239 242,465 235,561

Wnrs to Rnrs % 33.71 37.76 45.51 39.91 38.85 38.46 31.78 35.15 35.29 45.8 36.04 29.41 28.76 38.16 41.42 35.91 40.54 34.24 36.13 37.25 34.11 24.41 37.93 34.88 36.36 25.58 36.8 26.66 32.25 36.11 27.39 28.12 26.31 31.34 31.81 36.92 35.48 31.81 40 22.95 20.4 29.62 37.87 28.81 45.45 31.86 25 31.34 15.96 44.44 21.68

Av. earnings 28,054 16,941 14,194 9,427 10,082 8,601 10,152 11,794 12,439 7,854 5,609 18,022 12,468 6,618 6,177 6,033 10,905 10,975 6,645 6,907 7,857 3,783 5,477 4,854 4,567 6,303 3,758 3,120 5,381 12,533 6,101 4,450 11,229 6,334 6,219 6,090 12,10 8,505 5,304 5,710 7,08 3,083 4,719 5,269 13,645 3,276 4,327 4,119 2,153 5,388 2,838

Amanda Skiffington, agent


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Dansili moved into the top bracket of stallions by producing Harbinger, an outstanding horse

in so deep so early in his career. He is out of a Danehill mare, as is his Dewhurst Stakes conqueror Frankel, and if all fares well for the classy pair through their winter hibernation, it seems that Galileo will have every chance of monopolising the leading three-year-old races in 2011 and claiming another title. Another who will be reappearing for the sire next season will be Sans Frontieres, who became a leading stayer for Galileo and won £123,000 when successful in the Irish St Leger after Group 3 and Group 2 middledistance victories in Britain. Plans for end-of -season international challenges were put on hold and, in the end, perhaps the horse’s most important contribution to the season was to continue to stir the growing embers of attachment to Flat racing harboured by owner Sir Robert Ogden. It meant that the owner ended up buying 24 yearlings for an aggregate spend of over £4 million at the autumn’s yearling sales. He bought two by Galileo: the filly out of Dedicated Lady sold by Camas Park for 350,000gns and a colt out of Super Gift, who cost Ogden €215,000. Rip Van Winkle has been retired to stand alongside his sire after a season which produced a Group 1 success and three runnerup spots at the highest level, vindicating the decision to keep him in training at four, while Lily Of The Valley, winner of the Prix de l’Opera (G1), might well be heading to the paddocks after that last-time-out Group 1 success. The dominance of Galileo has been so


complete this year that he is also the widestmargin winner of the British and Irish sire’s title – the second-placed Dansili has not even got within a sniff of his victor, finishing £2.5 million behind, despite his progeny having won more races. The Juddmonte sire, having held the early lead, was probably denied a closer finish after his four-year-old son Harbinger was retired ahead of schedule in August having suffering injury in a piece of work at home. What was proved though is that Dansili can

Stallion thoughts: Oliver St Lawrence, agent “I think that the whole idea of fashion amongst stallions is something that we have seen for some time and is not something that has particularly changed over the last five years or so. “It’s possibly something that maybe 10 or 15 years ago was less common, but for now, I can’t see the situation changing. “People in this industry are today very impatient and the end users, i.e. the owners, want results quickly. This is why we have seen the emergence of the two-year-old type of stallions in recent years with the likes of Invincible Spirit being one of the most fashionable stallions around. “Of the first-crop yearling sires to look out for I liked Sir Percy a lot. His stock surprised me a bit as they looked sharper than I was expecting and I think that he needs to be advertised for his two-year-old achievements, not just as a Derby winner. “I also like the Dutch Arts, but as I owned the mare at one point, I might be a bit biased!”

Midday: the brilliant daughter of Oasis Dream

offer his mares the sire power to get a colt of the highest order – from four other Britishbased runners, Harbinger is the only stakes horse for his dam. The improvement in her form has to be attributed to more than just Sir Michael Stoute’s training genius at getting the best out of his horses. Harbinger added over £700,000 to his sire’s earnings, but his achievements were equalled in the US by Proviso, who won four consecutive Grade 1s, while in Ireland, Zoffany won the Phoenix Stakes (G1) and finished third in the National Stakes (G1). He looked as though he was the top colt in Ireland until Pathfork, Frankel, Recital and Roderic O’Connor appeared. Interestingly, just like Harbinger, Zoffany is another sole stakes performer for his dam. After his early season flourish, Dansili could not offer enough of a threat to Galileo, but his own prize-money earnings have continued in an upward trajectory since 2007 when he earned just £732,061. This is the first season that he has bested the £2 million mark and is his top finish to date. And still you would hope that the best is yet to come as those foals conceived in the spring of 2007 – breeders tempted to use the stallion after the stakes race achievements of Rail Link, Price Tag, Strategic Prince and Home Affairs in 2006 – were just two-year-olds of 2010. You would have to think there will be more to come, particularly when looking at his covering stats this spring on page 98. Oasis Dream, with just his fourth crop of runners, is another who continued to be


Winners 83 81 93 87 104 82 101 107 69 39 55 82 78 45 46 57 50 38 70 37 57 68 53 26 60 42 69 32 61 39 65 72 44 68 74 38 46 38 18 56 47 52 41 57 57 32 38 55 66 34

Races Won 132 121 153 140 154 140 149 160 96 58 95 131 125 63 75 85 83 55 115 55 82 111 77 33 94 64 109 51 85 62 105 120 72 102 111 54 72 60 53 98 72 86 53 81 90 48 67 88 112 57

Wnrs to Rnrs (%) 35.77 38.75 44.49 43.28 38.37 40.39 49.26 40.53 32.09 36.44 35.71 35.34 40.83 31.03 33.57 28.64 38.16 35.51 44.58 39.78 41.6 36.55 44.91 35.13 36.14 37.16 41.07 35.55 51.69 48.14 34.75 42.6 39.63 40.23 37.18 30.4 37.39 36.19 41.86 43.75 31.97 35.13 38.67 38.77 41.6 28.57 42.22 31.25 37.5 34.34

(courtesy of Weatherbys)

Money Won (£) 6,001,404 4,292,867 3,369,352 3,221,337 3,136,409 2,817,326 2,690,373 2,440,467 2,388,821 1,992,864 1,941,724 1,769,192 1,714,535 1,448,433 1,439,452 1,436,054 1,382,634 1,373,409 1,362,710 1,317,873 1,316,740 1,311,857 1,257,556 1,223,234 1,222,571 1,174,230 1,172,046 1,144,176 1,126,441 1,124,643 1,120,282 1,111,490 1,106,954 1,096,404 1,089,207 1,029,730 1,016,694 1,013,029 1,009,652 1,005,090 1,002,792 964,371 962,432 954,119 950,931 949,725 934,928 929,781 924,548 897,698

Average Earnings 25,868 20,540 16,121 16,027 11,573 13,878 13,124 9,244 11,111 18,625 12,609 7,626 8,977 9,989 10,507 7,216 10,554 12,836 8,680 14,171 9,611 7,053 10,657 16,530 7,365 10,391 6,976 12,713 9,546 13,884 5,991 6,577 9,973 6,488 5,473 8,238 8,266 9,648 23,480 7,852 6,822 6,516 9,080 6,491 6,941 8,480 10,388 5,283 5,253 9,068

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Royal Whip. He was the only Group 1 winner this year in Europe for the sire until Recital came through late to win the Criterium De Saint-Cloud (G1), although Jan Vermeer also finished third in the Grand Prix de Paris (G1). Joshua Tree, Montjeu’s highest earner of the year, won his money when collecting the valuable Canadian International (G1). In all, the Coolmore sire had five Group 1 winners worldwide, who collected eight top level races between them. Sadly, Montjeu’s Racing Post Trophy winner of 2009, Sir Nicholas Abbey, was not seen in public again after disappointing in the 2,000 Guineas, but it seems Ballydoyle is planning (at present) to bring the horse back for a four-year-old campaign.

King’s Best’s Epsom Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner, Workforce


be developing a certain affinity for mares by Selkirk – the nick has produced 100 per cent winners from six runners, including the Group race performer Main Aim. Things were a little quieter for Montjeu this season, and it is only the second year since 2006 that his progeny has not won him more than £2 million in Britain and Ireland. Fame And Glory did his bit for the sire in the Group 1s picking up the Coronation Cup and the Tattersalls Gold Cup, as well as the

Things were a little quieter for Montjeu this season, and it is only the second year since 2006 that his progeny has not won him more than £2 million in Britain and Ireland

upwardly mobile and he enjoyed a peach of a year at the height summer, headlined, of course, by his superb mare Midday, once more imperious in her successes. A studmate of Dansili, he was also dealt a card of misfortune when his leading US filly Tuscan Evening succumbed to a heart attack, while his three-year-old Arcano never recovered his lightning two-year-old form from 2009. In total, Oasis Dream got four Group 1 winners of six Group 1 races through 2010, behind only Galileo and Montjeu and level with Shamardal and High Chaparral, while, on the table on the preceeding page he is behind only Galileo by percentage of his performers rated over 95 per cent. Furthermore, his two-year-olds certainly held their own through the season (see the tables on page 83), but his stock are able to go on too and his four-year-old colt Querari won the Premio della Repubblica (G1) over 1m2f on heavy ground, Lady Jane Digby, a five-year-old, continued to improve through the year collecting the Grosser Dallmayr-Preis Bayerisches Zuchtrennen (G1) in July, while Sri Putra, after a first-time-out Group 3 win, spent most of the summer finishing second in races such as the 1m2f Eclipse Stakes (G1), the Glorious Stakes (G3) at Goodwood and the valuable 1m4f International Bosphorus Cup (G2) run at Veliefendi in Turkey. His strike rate of 45 per cent is the best of the top ten stallions, while he seems to


ast season’s champion sire on prize-money when he earned £3.5 million, Danehill Dancer, was relegated to fourth in the British and Irish list, but he was the leading stallion by number of winners (Cape Cross had that distinction last year, with Danehill Dancer second) with 91 European winners (he also had 91 in 2009), 134 race wins and a strike-rate of 39 per cent of winners to runners. Lillie Langtry and her two Group 1 victories stood out for him this year, while Planteur, who was disqualified in the Arc having finished second in the Grand Prix de Paris (G1) and Prix Niel (G2), became one of his best-ever top-rated runners. The sire did miss having a European colt possessing Mastercraftsman’s abilities, while many of his leading earners – horses such as Super Satin, King Dancer and Super Pistacho – are based in Hong Kong, while Ave, winner of the Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes (G1), left Britain to be based in the US as part of Three Chimneys Racing. Cape Cross could never have matched his Sea The Stars year, but he strolled along quite well this time with Behkabad’s victory in the Grand Prix de Paris (G1) and the Group 2 Prix Niel (Cape Cross’s win prize-money from Behkabad made up the bulk of his total earnings this year), Crystal Capella’s Pride Stakes (G2) victory and Corsica’s third in the St Leger (G1). Sea Lord progressed throughout the year to become a Group performer – he is out of a Woodman mare, a sire that is developing a good record with the son of Green Desert. He had a good book of mares in 2010 and more will come again from Cape Cross.


Winners 24 54 27 56 39 28 0 33 57 35 34 38 37 40 59 44 24 25 57 18 38 51 27 42 24 37 26 23 23 27 21 26 21 31 24 36 13 37 57 49 47 28 18 41 16 33 27 36 38 43

Races Won 44 86 37 88 62 44 0 53 90 49 50 65 57 52 81 64 40 48 74 32 53 73 42 81 33 56 38 43 35 42 37 44 31 44 33 59 28 49 86 70 74 38 31 83 24 45 37 56 65 65

Wnrs to Rnrs (%) 44.44 36.73 26.21 26.92 35.13 40.57 0 37.5 36.53 49.29 25.18 42.22 41.57 47.05 30.1 38.93 35.29 41.66 41.91 27.27 36.89 36.69 30 64.61 29.62 38.54 35.13 31.94 28.75 26.73 37.5 40.62 40.38 35.63 31.57 34.95 21.31 33.63 36.77 35.25 39.83 30.43 36 50 31.37 27.5 36.48 46.75 42.69 38.05

Money Won (£) 888,210 878,967 873,301 859,969 852,158 850,759 834,514 829,333 802,397 774,094 772,694 768,484 764,744 764,625 760,340 748,570 741,198 740,114 735,104 731,536 731,132 725,739 689,167 683,707 683,286 682,413 679,869 678,710 671,367 671,066 669,521 668,932 668,191 667,395 660,413 658,570 646,471 630,820 624,989 611,175 598,661 598,230 577,286 571,718 569,158 562,914 554,628 551,653 550,322 541,577

Average Earnings 16,448 5,979 8,479 4,134 7,677 12,330 834,514 9,424 5,144 10,903 5,724 8,539 8,593 8,996 3,879 6,625 10,900 12,335 5,405 11,084 7,098 5,221 7,657 10,519 8,436 7,108 9,187 9,427 8,392 6,644 11,956 10,452 12,850 7,671 8,690 6,394 10,598 5,735 4,032 4,397 5,073 6,502 11,546 6,972 11,160 4,691 7,495 7,164 6,183 4,793

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Equiano (left) and Starspangledbanner were headline acts for sires, Acclamation and Choisir

This season was – and next season could be similar – a reflection of High Chaparral’s slower-than-is-now-demanded start at stud: his first crop of runners in 2007 only produced two winners


King’s Best enjoyed a resurrection through Workforce and Eishen Flash in Japan, but quite where he goes from here will be anyone’s guess. But he is not an old horse and might be well-patronized from his Haras du Logis base in France, particularly as Simon de Montfort showed his best Group 3 form in France before transferring in the spring, but failing to reappear this season, for Godolphin. The stallion seems to get progeny that suit Meydan with both Allybar and Calming Influence going well out there – but it is unlikely their successes will impact upon the stallion’s commercial patronage in Europe. Choisir did well out of Starspangledbanner’s sprinting performances, giving him his highest-placed finish yet on the sires’ table. His winners and strike-rate figures are nearly identical to 2009, but he won almost £700,000 more in prize-money than in 2009 with £500,000 of that coming from Starspangledbanner. Choisir also had Stimulation, the Prince of Wales Stakes (G1) fourth, and Laddies Poker Two, who disappeared again after winning the Wokingham Stakes after a two-year absence prior to the Royal Ascot win.

Regal Parade’s Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest success and Buzzword’s Deutsche Derby (G1) win rather saved what has to be argued was a slightly below-par season for Pivotal, from whom we now expect so much. Although his strike rate is still good, the overall quality dropped with average earnings per runner being £7,854. Sariska’s lack of active participation did not help his cause, while Siyouni did not regain his two-year-old Group 1 winning form, though he did pick up runner-up money in the Prix Jean Prat (G1) behind Dick Turpin and finished third behind Fuisse in the Prix du Moulin (G1). If those performances are included then the average earnings look better for Pivotal’s runners – £13,878. Still two Group 1 winners isn’t too bad and to say that Pivotal has had a poor season even with those in the bag reveals his quality.

Further down the list

While we will discuss in more detail the abilities of the best of those stallions standing below £10,000 in an early 2011 issue, and this year, this batch of sires has really stood out and include such stallions as Snow Fairy’s sire Intikhab, Tagula, sire of Canford Cliffs,

Desert Style, sire of Paco Boy, as well as Monsieur Bond, who suddenly changed his profile this year, and the consistent winnerproducer Captain Rio, there is certainly more to stallion choice than just the top or bottom rows – and indeed commercial breeders need to be looking closely at fee zones between £10,000 and £30,000. Kyllachy is proving to be a choice stallion for commercial breeders. Available at a fee of £10,000 in 2010, he got 62 winners this summer at a 36 per cent strike rate and earned over £900,000 and, while he gets the good two-year-olds that the market demands, his leading performer this season was the Group 1 sprinter Sole Power. He is not a huge source of stakes performing types, but he gets the winners on the board, and plenty of placed horses, and the early ones too – and on that basis, he is developing into a good choice for breeders when selecting a mate for a young mare. Acclamation enjoyed his best year to date on prize-money winnings through Equiano’s early summer expolits – his King’s Stand victory being the highlight. The Rathbarry stallion did not find himself another group race winner, but he still bagged over 50 winners, and the consistent form of his runners can be identified by the fact his progeny’s placed earnings was nearly double their earnings in winning money. Compton Place and Bahamian Bounty continue to match each other, both being solid winner-producing stallions. Neither tend to get outstanding performers, but the amazing Borderlescott once again did Compton Place proud, winning a Group 2 sprint and placing in Group 1s at eight. Observatory, whose dual Champion Stakes winner Twice Over continues to be a

older stallion review superstar, also got himself the Prix Marcel Boussac runner-up and Group 3 winner Helleborine. But the sire only had 15 winners this year from just 51 runners, and this decline in numbers won’t help his commerical case. Most of Medicean’s best runners were abroad, headed up by Dubai Duty Free (G1) winner and Singapore International Cup (G1) third Al Shemali, who banked over £2 million. The stallion has done well to get another £850,000 won and 51 winners chalked up. This year’s three-year-olds were conceived in the spring after Medicean’s first crop of runners in which his stand-outs were Nannina and Abigail Pett. After a 12th placed finish and earnings over £1 million in 2009, on the face of it High Chaparral’s performance this year has been disappointing – only 17 winners and around £500,000 on domestic earnings. However, this season is a reflection – and next season could be similar – of High Chaparral’s slower-than-is-now-demanded start at stud: his first crop of runners in 2007 produced just two winners, with only a handful in 2008 and the St. Leger runnnerup, Unsung Heroine. Things started to turn around for the stallion initially in Australia and, as has been chronicled, most of the Coolmore stallion’s best performers are Down Under, with the amazing So You Think flying the flag. However, High Chaparral has been chipping away at results in the northern hemisphere and began to turn his profile around last season (the 2009 three-year-old crop was produced before he had runners) and although his slower start has now caught up with him up, he has still got the Gran Premio del Jockey Club (G1) runner-up Lord Chaparral, who beat Calvaryman into third, Champion Stakes fifth Wigmore Hall whom trainer Michael Bell shippped to the US to finish second in the Secretariat Stakes (G1), the Barry Hills-trained Redwood, a British Group 3 winner who won the Northern Dancer Turf Stakes (G1) prior to finishing second in the Canadian International, (G1) as well as the fillies High Heeled and Prix Maurice de Gheest runner-up, Joanna. Coolmore has kept the faith, and High Chaparral, though his fee has gone up, might be a handily priced choice for breeders not fixated on producing an early two-year-old. Dubai Destination proved that despite having been transferred to the NH division at Rathbarry, he is not a lost cause to the Flat game, getting 32 winners (29 in 2009) at a 31 per cent strike rate, including the good twoyear-old Measuring Time.

More facts and figures... Nayef was poorly represented this season with just 16 winners from 64 runners (a 25 per cent strike-rate) and a clear victim of the cyclical effect of a stallion’s career. His first crop of runners came in 2007 when this year’s two-year-old were conceived and as his runners took a little time to get going, as to be expected, breeders sent their mares elsewhere that year having already started looking away in 2006, the dark year before he had runners. However, those who stuck with him were rewarded, as from that first season Nayef got the Group 2 winner Spacious and the promising and now Derrinstown stallion, Tamayuz. Last year he was a top 20 stallion, and judging by the results at this year’s yearling sales, he looks sure to bounce back up the order once again. In Hong Kong, Viva Pataca once again flew the flag for Marju, the Derrinstown stallion now in the twilight of his career, but while the stallion scored with Bethrah in the Irish 1,000 Guineas, the stallion’s overall profile continues to be on the disappointing side in Europe – 19 winners from 77 runners, with earnings just shy of £400,000 (Bethrah earning £200,000 of that total). The drop in numbers did not help in a competition decided by prize-money, which by its very nature depends on numbers. Carlos Laffon-Parias sent his Marju colt Chinchon to the US to win the United Nations Stakes (G1) at Monmouth Park – which is perhaps indicative of the lower quality turf races over the other side of the pond rather than the previously undiscovered abilities of the horse as he had previously and subsequently failed to threaten in Group 2s and Group 3s. Alternatively for Bertolini it seems as though the high numbers are working in reverse. In 2010 he had 172 runners (below only Galileo and Invincible Spirit), but he got only 42 winners at a 24 per cent ratio of winners to runners, with those winners headed up by Prime Defender’s success in the Duke of York Stakes (G2). Bertolini’s leading performer Donna Blini did her winning in 2005 – so any positive effects from that victory for the Darley sire should really have been revealed by now. Possibly his move for a covering season to Kildangan, at a fee of €15,000, was not that productive for him. Dalakhani has had a funny old year. With only 14 winners from 61 runners, he was certainly lacking in numbers, but he still got a Group 1 winner in Chinese White and five European stakes winners. However, basing judgement on

Zamindar: in a post-Zarkava lull

those results, you would have to think there will be some movement on the €50,000 fee that he has been standing at for the last two years. Rock Of Gibraltar chugged away and got himself seven European stakes winners, but was missing the quality performers such as Eagle Mountain and Mount Nelson. Unfortunately, Jacqueline Quest’s 1,000 Guineas demotion from the first place to second rather set the standard for the sire for the season. On this year’s results, his reduction in price looks a wise move. Zamindar created a blast with his Group 1-winning fillies Zarkava and Darjina in 2007 and 2008, but he only had a handful of Listed winners this season – albeit that they included Timepiece, who also finished ninth in the Oaks. The stallion’s ongoing future will depend much upon the quality of the mares that came to visit after the two aforementioned fillies first started to dance their dances in 2007 and 2008. Quite obviously Zamindar will have seen a greater number of the “better” home-based mares than previously, which will certainly be stakes enhancing, and it will be interesting to see where his career path takes him over the next few years. His reduction to a £12,000 stud fee for 2011 looks a sensible move. One on a lower fee, but worth mentioning now because it is so interesting, is the Whitsbury Stud stallion Refuse To Bend – he is one sire whose annual result is vastly different if taking his European results (page 61) as compared to his British and Irish figures (page 59). In Europe, he had 55 winners who earned nearly £2 million, £981,000 of which was contributed by dual Group 1 winner Aga Khanbred filly Sarafina, who also finished fourth in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1). Take her efforts out, though, and Refuse To Bend drops to 53rd on the British and Irish list. His second-best runner is Croisulta, a Listedwinning, Group 3 performer.


second-season sires

Dubawi: the best of the best The Darley sire heads an “outstanding bunch,” of second-season stallions, writes Jocelyn de Moubray


Leading second-season stallions by progeny’s median Timeform rating Antonius Pius Arakan Avonbridge Azamour Camacho Chineur Dubawi Firebreak Footstepsinthesand Le Vie dei Colori Motivator Oratorio Pastoral Pursuits Shamardal Trade Fair Whipper

66 63 60 80 66 58 81 60 74 77 77 66 71 85 66 68

second-season sires Second-season stallions by % of runners / foals from 2007 rated 95+ (Jocelyn de Moubray) Sire Motivator Shamardal Dubawi Big Bad Bob Footstepsinthesand Azamour Whipper Doyen Pastoral Pursuits Oratorio Avonbirdge Arakan

No foals 07

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64 114 125 15 116 108 108 98 78 120 108 115

3 5 8 - 2 3 2 - 1 2 - 1

% 4.70 4.40 6.40 - 1.70 2.80 1.90 - 1.30 1.70 - 0.87

rated 95+ 12 21 20 2 12 8 8 5 4 6 2 1

% 18.70 18.40 16.00 13.30 10.30 7.40 7.40 5.10 5.10 5.00 1.90 0.87

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The best sires in this modern era of large books produce between five and eight per cent horses rated 110 plus and 15 and 20 per cent rated 95 or higher – Dubawi looks sure to achieve these sort of figures


his year’s second crop sires, those with their first threeyear-olds racing in 2010, are clearly an outstanding group. Two of them, Darley’s Dubawi and Shamardal, are already confirmed as top stallions, four look distinctly promising – the Royal Stud’s Motivator, Gilltown Stud’s Azamour, Coolmore’s Footstepsinthesand and the Irish National Stud’s new sire Big Bad Bob – while Ballylinch’s Whipper and the National Stud’s Pastoral Pursuits are certainly useful. Whitsbury’s Avonbridge and Ballyhane’s Arakan have also shown they can get top class horses. For the time being, Shamardal and Dubawi are the two new stars and both will be very hard indeed to get into in 2011. Dubawi has had more winners (101), more black-type winners (13), more black-type performers (27), more Group winners (11) and more Group performers (19) than any of his contemporaries. Both Shamardal and Dubawi have had two Group 1 winners to date. From his first and largest crop to race, 6.4 per cent of Dubawi’s foals are rated 110 or more and 16 per cent are 95 plus. These are outstanding figures which, if he repeats this success rate, and the two-year-olds from his second crop suggest that he will, will turn him into one of the best stallions in Europe. The best sires in this modern era of large books produce between five and eight per cent horses rated 110 plus and 15 and 20 per cent rated 95 or higher – Dubawi looks sure to achieve these sort of figures. The best Dubawis appear to be tough horses who improve with racing and repeat their performances. Makfi did not run very often, but his two best performances came in May on firm ground and then in August on very soft ground. Poet’s Voice won Group races at both two and three. The majority of his good horses are milers, but Worthadd and Prince Bishop have won Group races over 1m2f and Monterosso over 1m4f. As many as 24 per cent of the wins of his three-year-old winners came over distances of more than 1m2f. Dubawi’s current crop of two-year-olds are headed by the Group 2 Prix Robert Papin winner Irish Field, but includes numerous other promising winners including Havane Smoker and Nova Step in France, Titus Mills and Majestic Dubawi in England and Handassa in Ireland.

If there is any common link between Dubawi’s best winners to date it is that either they were bred by Darley (Poet’s Voice, Monterosso, Asfare and Anna Salai) or they were sold cheaply. Makfi was sold for only 26,000gns at the horses-in-training sale as a two-yearold, Irish Field was an €18,000 yearling, Havane Smoker cost 40,000gns and Nova Step €45,000. There were plenty of expensive yearlings in Dubawi’s first crop, which averaged 62,000gns, and yet of the 21 Dubawi’s sold for six figures in 2008 and 2009, none has yet achieved a rating of 100 or more. Dubawi is a top sire, but it would seem that the best of his progeny are not conventionally “good-looking”. Dubawi will get a selection of the best mares from now on and the market will begin











Three leading representatives of the world’s most successful sire line






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CLASSIC WINNING MILER BY DANEHILL Already a proven Gr.1 sire, his latest crop includes the exciting 2yo prospects 95), 95 MORIARTY (dual winner for Richard Hannon), ALBEN STAR (dual winner, rated 95), IRON RANGE (impressive 5 length winner on his debut) and MADAME PICASSO. 2010 yearlings made up to 95,000, averaging 32,204 (51 sold to 18/10).



%9,000 1st October.


%5,000 1st October.

CHAMPION BRITISH 2YO BY DANEHILL DANCER Won 2 of his 3 starts, including the Gr.3 Acomb Stakes (easily by 31⠄2 lengths). Also 2nd (beaten 1⠄2 length) to European Champion 2yo NEW APPROACH in the Gr.1 Dewhurst Stakes, beating multiple Gr.1 winners RAVEN’S PASS and RIO DE LA PLATA. Rated 126 by Timeform. Dam is by ZAFONIC (also sire of Iffraaj) and is half sister to Nassau Stakes winner and dual Gr.1 Classic placed HAWAJISS.



Brilliant winner of 3 of his 4 starts at 2, being rated above Gr.1 winners DUKE OF MARMALADE, COCKNEY REBEL, SAKHEE’S SECRET, etc. Gr.1 Classic performer over a mile at 3 years. By the sire of HARBINGER, his dam is from the family of Gr.1 French 1000 Guineas winner MATIARA and he is bred on the same DANZIG-NORTHERN DANCER cross as OASIS DREAM.


Rathasker Stud


%4,500 1st October.

Kilcullen Road, Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland



second-season sires

Shamardal’s first crop came close to matching Dubawi’s, but the yearling market was less impressed mainly because his best winners were not trained in England


Winners 56 48 34 31 29 26 23 2 23 13 22 5 24 12 18 6 16 11 1 11 15 9 8 1 2 1 4 2 2 1

Races Won 98 69 46 44 43 34 38 4 33 18 33 7 31 19 22 8 21 16 1 13 20 10 9 4 3 1 5 2 2 3

Wnrs to Rnrs (%) 55.44 49.48 40.96 56.36 34.52 28.26 42.59 28.57 37.7 48.14 45.83 16.66 48.97 32.43 23.68 24 32 55 33.33 28.94 34.88 47.36 28.57 100 40 25 44.44 40 18.18 33.33

to accept his progeny for what there are. The only doubt for those joining the queue to use Dubawi over the next few years is that he was not at all popular in 2008 and 2009 before his progeny began to race, covering only 91 and 72 mares. Shamardal has been confounding expectations ever since he was a foal and sold for 50,000gns, just one bid over his reserve, with diagnosis as a wobbler. Unbeaten on turf the son of Giant’s Causeway won four Group 1 races at two and three and in many ways it is surprising that he was not more popular among mare owners and yearling buyers before his first runners reached the track. Shamardal’s first crop came close to matching Dubawi’s, but the yearling market was less impressed mainly because his best winners were not trained in England. If Makfi emulated his sire by winning the Prix Jacques le Marois at three, Lope De Vega completed

an even more unlikely double by winning both the Poule d’Essai des Poulains (G1) and the Prix du Jockey Club (G1) as Shamardal had done before him. Shamardal’s first crop also included top two-year-olds in Arctic and Shakesperean and two of the best three-year-olds in Germany in Zazou and Elle Shadow. His second crop looks to be even better as it includes the Group 1 winner Cassamento and three top prospects Dunboyne Express, Dubai Prince and French Navy. Shamardal’s progeny appear to be more difficult to train than Dubawi’s. They have great brilliance – few if any European threeyear-olds were more naturally gifted than Lope De Vega – but it is clearly not easy to keep them at their peak. The best of them have been top two-year-olds who confirmed their quality at three over distances from a mile to 1m2f, while Zazou and Elle Shadow

(courtesy of Weatherbys) Money Won (£) 1,526,045 914,759 592,328 590,070 436,336 430,312 348,583 340,331 328,682 269,493 257,622 229,698 181,912 175,927 158,214 150,978 140,349 132,163 108,772 99,526 98,073 53,488 45,851 24,965 24,146 22,796 22,415 19,360 18,544 14,466

Average Earnings Fee 08 Fee 09 15,109 Є40,000 Є15,000 9,431 £25,000 Є20,000 7,136 Є20,000 Є12,500 10,729 Є25,000 Є15,000 5,194 £4,500 £3,500 4,677 Є25,000 Є17,500 6,455 £4,500 £4,500 48,619 $25,000 $15,000 5,388 £15,000 £10,000 9,981 £6,000 private 5,367 £12,000 £12,000 7,657 Є4,500 Є3,000 3,712 £4,000 £3,000 4,755 Є4,000 Є3,000 2,082 Є8,000 Є7,500 6,039 £3,500 £3,000 2,807 Є5,500 Є5,000 6,608 Є7,500 - 36,257 $17,500 $17,500 2,619 £7,000 Є5,000 2,281 £3,000 £3,000 2,815 Є8,000 Є5,000 1,638 - - 24,965 4,829 $30,000 $20,000 5,699 $50,000 $30,000 2,491 - - 3,872 $40,000 $20,000 1,686 Є2,500 Є2,500 4,822 $20,000 $15,000

Fee 10 Є20,000 Є20,000 Є12,500 Є15,000 £3,500 V15,000 £5,000 $10,000 private £10,000 E4,000 £3,000 Є4,000 Є5,000 £3,000 Є3,000 $17,500 Є5,000 Є4,000 Є5,000 £1,000 $40,000 $25,000 $15,000 Є2,500 $7,500


second-season sires were second in the German Derby and Oaks respectively. Few Shamardals stay 1m4f, but a quarter of all his three-year-olds’ wins came over 1m1f or 1m2f. Something Shamardal shares with Dubawi is that his best progeny have either been home-breds, such as Lope De Vega, or were relatively cheap yearling buys: Zazou cost €38,000, Artctic cost €8,000, Casamento €54,000 and Dubai Prince €48,000. Unlike Dubawi, Shamardal has received consistent support from breeders and covered 131 and 143 mares in 2008 and 2009. Most of the breeders who used Motivator in 2008 were not rewarded at all at the yearling sales as the son of Montjeu’s yearling average dropped from nearly 60,000gns in 2008 to around 20,000gns this year. Missing a covering season is not going to help any stallion, but the market appears to have over-reacted to what is a seen as a disappointing start from the Derby winner. Motivator’s first crop was, compared with his rivals very small, but the moment you look at the percentages rather than the total it is obvious that, in fact, the Royal Studs’ sire has made a promising start to his stud career. Interestingly, the top-priced yearlings from Motivator’s first two crops are both more than useful as Hot Prospect, a 230,000gns yearling, is his highest-rated horse in England, while the €320,000 buy Durer won his maiden well in Bordeaux for Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum and Jean-Claude Rouget. Motivator’s second crop is nearly double the size of his first and aside from Durer includes several other promising winners, including Clinical Dancer, Samurai Sword, Dominator, Mahab and El Shamaal. Motivator does not get fast horses, 96 per cent of his three-year-olds wins came over more than a mile, which is a similar proportion to that recorded by Montjeu’s three-year-olds but this has not, of course,

Azamour’s daughter Eleanora Duse canters to post for the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks. She finished third behind Midday and Snow Fairy

stopped Montjeu from producing top twoyear-olds like Motivator himself.


zamour’s first crop got his stud career off to a promising start, and his second much smaller crop looks to be full of quality. The first crop was headed by Eleanora Duse, Azmeel and Wade Giles, all of whom put up their best performances over a mile or 1m2f, but overall it looks as though Azamour is reproducing the characteristics of his dam side rather than those of his sire Night Shift as 46 per cent of his three-year-olds wins came over more than 1m2f. His second crop is headed by the Group winner Native Khan, but also includes promising winners Zoowraa, History Note and Mawaakef. Azamour is another horse who was not popular with breeders before his first runners came out and he covered only 46 mares and 2008 and then 60 in 2009. Footstepsinthesand is a very different type of sire to Motivator and Azamour as the son of Giant’s Causeway looks to be mainly a sire of milers. The best two colts from his first crop, Steinbeck and Shamalgan, have yet to win top races, but both are likely to be competing in Group 1 races as four-yearolds. His second crop is, for the time being, headed by the Group performers Footsteppy

Interestingly, the top-priced yearlings from Motivator’s first two crops are both more than useful as Hot Prospect, a 230,000gns yearling, is his highest-rated horse in England, while the €320,000 buy Durer won his maiden well in Bordeaux


and Formosina and the number of useful horses he has produced so far suggests that a top performer will appear in the future. Footstepsinthesand’s 2010 yearlings averaged only around 25,000gns, which suggests that some of those who took the risk are going to be well rewarded. It is difficult to know what to make of Big Bad Bob, whose remarkable success from a total of only 40 foals from his first two crops has led to his move to the Irish National Stud. It is of course very surprising that a stallion who covers so few mares should produce three horses as good as Spanish Duke, Bible Belt and Berg Bahn, two of whom are out of Bering mares, and then Big Bad Bob’s halfsister produced the 2010 Oaks winner Snow Fairy, making his pedigree a great deal more impressive. The son of Bob Back will probably cover more mares in 2011 than he has in his five previous seasons, but it will be a long time before his true ability as a stallion is clear. Of the remaining second crop sires only Pastoral Pursuits was still well received at the 2010 yearling sales. The National Stud’s son of Bahamian Bounty covered a lot of mares following the success of Angel’s Pursuit from his first crop and looks like becoming a useful source of fast horses. Another sire who could still come back to fashion is Whipper, who has also always attracted mares at Ballylinch. Most of his best progeny – Dolled Up, Wizz Kid and Royal Bench – are racing in France which has not helped his progeny at the English and Irish sales. He too is mainly a sire of milers and fast horses, and achieved a respectable 40 per cent strike rate. Avonbridge is the sire of Temple Meads, who looked like a top horse when winning the Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury, while Arakan is the sire of the top horse Dick Turpin, a Group 1 winner who has only been beaten over a mile by the best of his generation.

THE AGA KHAN STUDS Success Breeds Success

Stallions standing at Gilltown Stud in 2011

AZAMOUR Night Shift – Asmara (Lear Fan)

• Sire of 11 Stakes horses from just two crops, including Gr.2 winner ELEONORA DUSE and the promising 2010 2yos NATIVE KHAN, ZOOWRAA, LINDENTHALER and MAWAAKEF. • Sire of 55% winners to runners in 2010. • Sire of 67% winners to runners from his first crop. • 2010 yearlings fetched up to 240,000gns, averaging �58,372 (to 23/10).

DALAKHANI Darshaan – Daltawa (Miswaki)

• Sire of two Classic winners from his first crop • Sire of 5 more Group winners in 2010 including Gr.1 winner CHINESE WHITE. • Sire of more Group winners (13) at this stage of his career than his famous father DARSHAAN (9). • 2010 yearlings fetched up to �370,000 and averaged �89,935 at the main European sales. “I expect him to get plenty of smart performers from all kinds of distaff backgrounds and, as he has covered quality mares in greater numbers in the last four seasons, his influence is going to grow.” TONY MORRIS, RACING POST

SEA THE STARS Cape Cross – Urban Sea (Miswaki)

• European Champion 3yo in 2009, winning 6 successive Group 1 races in 6 months. • Group 2 winner at 2 years. • TFR 140 “One of the best of all time.” • Group 1 winning dam has produced 3 other Group 1 winners, including Champion Sire GALILEO. • 90% of his first book of mares have either already produced Group 1 performers; have performed at Group 1 level themselves, or are closely related to Group 1 performers. • First foals 2011 Pat Downes (Manager) or Julie White, Gilltown Stud. Tel: +353 45 481216 E-mail:

Stallions in France for 2011 SINNDAR • SIYOUNI

first-season sires

Iffraaj: the clear-cut winner

Clive Webb-Carter sees the first-season Darley sire and son of Zafonic break Invincible Spirit’s record and get 36 individual winners in his freshman year


Aussie Rules should have plenty more to come especially as he ended up level with Iffraaj with five horses rated over 95, and with a number of his progeny showing plenty of pace Iffraaj could not have made a better start to his stud career and all eyes will be on this son of Zafonic as his first crop enter their Classic years. As his dam is a half-sister to Cape Cross, there should be every chance that his progeny will progress and give the Gone West sire line a top-class stallion in Europe. Maybe Iffraaj way outclassed the rest of his generation of new stallions, or maybe for whatever reason the results from the rest of the pack were a little substandard this year, but no stallion managed to mount anything resembling a fight for this year’s first-season sires’ title and the competition never really caught fire this year. Perhaps the biggest surprise of this year’s European first-season sires’ championship is the second-placed finisher in the table, Coolmore’s Aussie Rules, who headed out the bookies’ favourite, Holy Roman Emperor. The son of Danehill did achieve a respectable 2009 yearling average of 24,382gns from a 2007 covering fee of €15,000 (a fee reduced for 2010 to €6,000) and so he was always going to make a solid start at stud. To date, Aussie Rules has sired 17 winners from 50 runners (34 per cent) for win earnings of £408,869. This son of Danehill has produced an impressive four stakes winners this season, including the German


or the second year in succession a Darley-managed sire has won this year’s European first-season sire championship. The 2009 championship was dominated by two Darley sires (who have continued their form into their second year) as Shamardal had won the winners’ title with a total of 30, while Dubawi had topped the prize-money table with earnings of £1,599,122. This year has produced a true champion as not only has Iffraaj headed the earning’s table on £988,659, he has also broken Invincible Spirit’s record with 36 individual winners from his first crop of runners. In total, Iffraaj’s offspring won more than 50 races in Europe with an amazing winnerto-runner ratio of 50 per cent from only 69 runners. Iffraaj could not have had any better flagbearer this season than Wootton Bassett. He was unbeaten through the season, and while his wins included victories in the valuable DBS sale race and the Weatherbys Insurance £300,000 2-Y-O race, with expected effects upon his sire’s money earnings, he progressed to become a Group 1 winner with a two and a half length victory in the Group 1 Prix JeanLuc Lagardère, so becoming his sire’s his first stakes winner. Iffraaj, though, was far from a one-horse sire as his progeny this season also included the Prix des Reservoirs (G3) winner Espirita, the Italian Group-placed Stay Alive and Musharakaat, who was third in the May Hill Stakes (G2). He had another three runners also gaining black-type, and in the end finished up with five horses rated over 95 and one horse rated over 110 (Librettist is the only other firstseason sire able to make such a claim).

Group 3 winner Djumama and speedy Dinkum Diamond, who won the National Stakes (L) and was also runner-up in the Flying Childers Stakes (G2). He also managed a seventh in the Nunthorpe Stakes, revealing plenty of speed despite being out of a Lomitas mare. Aussie Rules’s leading money earner was the 5f-6f runner Chinese Wall, a Listedwinning, Group 3 performer trained in France – ensuring his sire’s second-place on the European table. If judged on domestic earnings alone, the sire finished much further down the list with only £107,000 earned. From a family packed with top-level performers such as Yesterday, Aussie Rules should have plenty more to come especially as he ended up level with Iffraaj with five horses rated over 95, and with a number of his progeny showing plenty of pace. Holy Roman Emperor was rushed into stud duty off the back of George Washington’s fertility problems and received a top-class book mares. With 21 winners and 19 in Britain and Ireland (the second-highest of season numerically) from 61 runners (34 per cent) Holy Roman Emperor did okay. He could never threaten Iffraaj and, despite a good early start and good chances for stakes success given to the Ballydoyle-trained

Wootton Bassett, seen here winning at Doncaster, was Iffraaj’s leading prize-money earner as well as his first Group race winner – he went on to pick up the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère

offspring the sire, Holy Roman Emperor must be judged to have disappointed through this first year on the back of that impressive first book of mares with a third place finish on the European prize-money table. But a stallion’s career can be a long one, and it would be unwise to write him off yet. As a French champion juvenile in 2006, it is not surprising that Holy Roman Emperor made an early start with his runners. High Award was his first winner as early as March 21, and become his first stakes winner when taking the Woodcote Stakes (L) on Derby day at Epsom. Although he was unable to build further on his stakes winners, he was able produce the Sweet Solera Stakes (G3) runner-up Crying Lightening and Windsor Castle Stakes (L)

First-season stallions by % of runners / foals from 2008 rated 95+ Sire Kodiac Aussie Rules Iffraaj Holy Roman Emperor Majestic Missile Hurricane Run Indesatchel Shirocco Proclamation Ivan Denisovich Sleeping Indian Librettist

No foals 08 81 105 121 120 112 165 48 104 85 92 101 114


rated 110+

41 49 69 1 62 26 49 27 32 30 34 47 45 1

(Jocelyn de Moubray)

rated 95+


4 5 5 4 3 4 1 2 1 1 1 1

4.90 4.80 4.10 3.33 2.70 2.40 2.10 1.90 1.20 1.10 0.99 0.87%


first-season sires second Petronius Maximus. With Angel Of Harlem, Emperor Hadrian and Juliet Capulet all also gaining black-type, and having four horses rated over 95, Holy Roman Emperor finished the season with his earnings of £373,711 from a €35,000 stud fee in 2007. The Bearstone Stud’s Indesatchel, a son of Danehill Dancer, was not predicted

Leading first-season stallions by progeny’s median Timeform rating Aussie Rules Diamond Green Holy Roman Emperor Hurricane Run Iceman Indesatchel Ivan Denisovich Kodiac Librettist Majestic Missile Sleeping Indian

64 56 75 75 58 51 55 64 58 58 56

by many to finish in the top four on the European freshman sires’ table 2010. He had eight winners from 27 runners (30 per cent) and prize-money of £264,378. His dominance in the table has been swayed by Galtymore Lad, who finished second to Wootton Bassett in the DBS sales race, but the subsequent performance from the winner puts that form in a good light, while he also picked up three race victories, alongside two stakes placings. With another performer, Bold Bidder, also winning two races and picking up earnings of £48,984, Indesatchel has certainly performed way over most expectations. With the dominance of the Danehill line in Europe it is unsurprising that another son, Kodiac, was successful with his first crop. A three-parts brother to Green Desert’s stallion son Invincible Spirit, it was hoped that Kodiac would get off to a similar good start at stud. He could not quite emulate the record-breaking feats of the Irish National Stud sire, but did still get 16 winners from his 42 runners (38 per cent) with earnings of £230,688. Kodiac achieved an average of 15,800gns at the 2009 yearling sales, which has improved



Winners 34 17 21 8 16 17 13 3 9 6 6 6 12 11 10 6 4 6 3 11 3 8

Races Won 50 24 31 12 25 21 15 7 13 10 8 9 16 16 17 6 6 6 4 12 4 12

a touch to 18,000gns in 2010. From a €5,000 fee in 2007, which was reduced to €4,000 in 2009, those results don’t read too badly at all. Kodiac got three stakes winners with Bathwick Bear in the Ripon Champion 2yo Trophy (L), Sweet Cecily in the Bosra Sham Fillies Stakes (L) and Ileny Princess, who won an Italian Listed contest. With Stone Of Folca finishing runner-up in the Molecomb Stakes (G3), Kodiac had a more than respectable first crop of runners. The French-raced Diamond Green was another sire to produce plenty of winners with 17 winning from 55 runners (30 per cent) and he filled the sixth spot. A Ballyhane resident son of Green Desert, Diamond Green’s best performer was the colt Stand To Attention, who was an impressive winner of Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sale Stakes on just his second start. Stand To Attention, who is owned by the Young ITBA, won £65,486 for those efforts, while the Barry Hills-trained Diamond Geezah also proved a useful performer with earnings of £17,815 and an official rating of 90. Diamond Green finished the season with earnings of £202,628. Of the future middle-distance sires it was

(results to November 10th, 2010 courtesy of Weatherbys)

Wnrs to Rnrs (%) 49.27 34 34.42 29.62 38.09 30.9 26.53 37.5 18.36 21.42 17.64 25 27.27 22 32.25 16.21 28.57 37.5 50 16.92 75 26.66

Money Won (£) 988,659 408,869 373,711 264,378 230,688 202,628 193,541 177,883 175,818 164,249 159,977 140,663 139,451 125,769 111,891 99,972 98,509 87,464 85,436 82,975 64,738 61,135

Average Earnings 14,328 8,177 6,126 9,792 5,493 3,684 3,950 22,235 3,588 5,866 4,705 5,861 3,169 2,515 3,609 2,702 7,036 5,466 14,239 1,277 16,184 2,038

Fee 08 Є12,000 Є12,500 Є35,000 Є3,000 Є5,000 Є8,000 Є30,000 $100,000 £10,000 Є5,000 Є7,000 Є5,000 Є12,500 £5,000 £4,000 £10,000 Є3,000 Є3,000 $30,000 £5,000 $12,500 £4,000

Fee 09 Є8,000 Є8,000 Є25,000 Є3,000 Є4,000 Є7,000 Є20,000 $75,000 Є7,000 Є4,000 Є4,000 Є5,000 Є7,000 £4,000 £4,000 Є10,000 Є2,500 Є3,000 $15,000 n/a $12,500 £3,000

Fee 10 Є6,000 Є6,000 Є17,500 Є3,000 Є4,000 Є5,000 Є17,500 $60,000 Є7,000 Є3,000 Є3,000 Є4,500 Є5,000 £4,000 £4,000 £10,000 Є2,500 Є3,000 $7,500 n/a $10,000 £3,000

first-season sires a son of Montjeu who looks to have a bright future. Hurricane Run sired 13 winners to earn £193,541 from 49 runners (27 per cent). His winners included his Rockfel Stakes (G2) runner-up Cochabamba, the Andre Fabretrained Group-placed colt Kreem, as well as the Listed-placed Hurricane Havoc, and this

Shamardal’s first crop came close to matching Dubawi’s, but the yearling market was less impressed mainly because his best winners were not trained in England

Coolmore-based sire, whose stock should be better later types, has plenty to look forward to. With Montjeu a stakes-winning two-yearold himself, as well as the sire of Group 1-winning juveniles such as Motivator, Authorized, Fame And Glory and St Nicholas Abbey, it is however not astonishing that his sons have had such strong starts with first crops. With this Irish Derby (G1) and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (G1) winner’s offspring not expected to peak until they are three-yearolds, the achievements this year have to be counted as a bonus. America’s impressive freshman sire Bernardini has made an equally strong impression in Europe. He got three winners from eight runners, who won seven races and £177,883 and he ended up as the only US-based sire in the European top ten firstseason sire’s list. In fact, two of his four stakes winners are in Europe, including his Italian Gran Criterium (G1) winner Biondetti as well as the highly regarded Prestige Stakes (G3) winner Theyskens’ Theory. Bernardini, a son of A.P. Indy, certainly has

a big future on both sides of the Atlantic, as he also produced both the Frizette Stakes (G1) winner AZ Warrior and the runner-up in the Hopeful Stakes (G1), Stay Thirsty. The Danzig half-brother to Dubai Destination, Librettist, finished ninth on the European freshman sires’ list, but on the British and Irish table he was fifth having sired nine winners who won £175,818. He was a little of a one-horse sire as Libranno, winner of the July (G2) and Richmond Stakes (G2) was his only stakes performer – albeit at Group 2 level. However, he did get the dual winners Leiba Leiba (sixth in the Molecomb Stakes) and Major Conquest. With all of Majestic Missile winners coming in Britain or Ireland, he could finish only tenth on the European list, but he came home in sixth on the British and Irish table. From just 28 runners, Majestic Missile managed to sire six winners of which a third were stakes winners. As a sprinting son of Royal Applause, it perhaps was not a surprise to see him get two Listed winners over 5f: Katla, who won the Rockingham Stakes (L), and New Planet, winner of the Roses Stakes. With Royal Applause proving to be a sire


Winners 28 19 8 15 9 12 6 8 4 7 8 3 11 6 2 7 6 3 2 2 1 3

Races Won 39 28 12 23 13 13 10 9 5 8 12 6 12 12 3 11 6 3 2 2 2 3

Places 78 76 37 58 17 38 29 35 29 43 43 7 61 21 4 19 27 9 22 12 5 8

Money Won (£) 612,243 306,434 264,378 198,569 146,944 141,141 139,302 115,407 109,150 107,172 95,777 76,335 68,922 59,290 58,543 51,140 47,589 29,938 18,663 15,241 14,988 14,902

Wnrs to Rnrs % 46.66 37.25 30.76 37.5 31.03 28.57 27.27 21.62 16.66 23.33 18.18 37.5 17.74 26.08 100 26.92 20 16.66 6.25 28.57 100 100

Av. earnings 10,204 6,009 10,168 4,964 5,067 3,360 6,332 3,119 4,548 3,572 2,177 9,542 1,112 2,578 29,271 1,967 1,586 1,663 583 2,177 14,988 4,967

Libranno, the stakes-winning son of Librettist


first-season sires of sires (Acclamation is by him) Majestic Missile looks to be source of speed for the future. Other sires who made something of an impact include 2004 Middle Park Stakes (G1) winner Ad Valorem (Danzig) who had 12 winners in Europe, including the Italian Listed winner Samaden and the Silver Tankard Stakes third Rigoletto. Sleeping Indian (Indian Ridge) was another sire to quietly get into double figures with 11 winners and total earnings of £125,769. His runners include the slightly surprising early Listed runners-up Night Carnation and Shoshoni Wind. Sons of Green Desert have long been associated with precociousness and Darley’s Byron was also able to have his impact with ten winners winning an eye-catching 17 races and £111,891. Byrony was his leading earner winning £15,478 from her four wins from only eight starts. Often, sadly, a sire who has died proves to have a promising season and this is also the

Sleeping Indian: got 11 winners and Shoshoni Wind finished second in a Listed race in June

case with Iceman (Polar Falcon) who died in 2008 after siring just one crop. This Coventry Stakes (G2)-winning

three-quarters brother to Virtual (G1) produced 11 winners and is clearly a loss to Cheveley Park Stud.

Stallion thoughts: Paul Thorman, sales consignor and pin-hooker “The biggest problem for us is that we can’t afford to follow the fashion – the fashionable stallions will fill very quickly at unrealistic prices, so we then have to try and second guess the fashion. “If you get it right it is great, but if you get it wrong, you get punished. What’s different between now and several years ago is that previously fashion used to last at least a season, if not two or three, but now there seems to be one set of rules up to Ascot, and everyone gets excited about three or four particular stallions, and then we forget about those stallions and concentrate on those which are prominent in the build-up to the sales. “Fashion is dictated by what we can sell and it has a very narrow set of goal posts. There is also the issue that, when horses go out of fashion, they still have two good sets of books in the pipeline so they are likely to come back into vogue, as something from those two crops will probably be useful. “Nayef springs to mind. He was quiet at the sales this year, having been hot last year, but he only had 60 runners this year, so unless you have a star in that small crop, he was always going to be quiet. “However, he has two good crops to come over and therefore, in my opinion, next year is the year to use him when he has a good bunch of three-year-olds running. “I use the Return Of Mares a lot when picking stallions, just to see what they have in the pipeline. If Richard Hannon and Richard Fahey have five by a particular stallion, then that stallion is probably worth a bit of a punt. “I think that the whole ‘fashion’ of stallions will steady down a bit, but the


trouble is in a falling market you can’t afford to make mistakes. Agents in a bad market will be playing safe and so, when choosing stallions or buying foals and yearlings, this has to be taken into consideration. “It’s always interesting watching what I call the ‘feeding frenzy’ in the auction ring – a situation with Amadeus Wolf springs to mind here. At Goffs there were a couple of nice Amadeus Wolf’s that came in following each other and made some money and it started a typical ‘feeding fenzy’; suddenly all the pin-hookers wanted an Amadeus Wolf. Therefore there was a rush to the ring for the next 20 or so by the sire, despite the fact that he was a horse who was previously largely unconsidered. “It’s always difficult to gauge market expectation. Holy Roman Emperor was hot last year and covered a fantastic book of mares. But because he hasn’t run away with the first-crop stallions’ title this year and didn’t have three Royal Ascot winners, his produce has been knocked out of fashion and he’s had a moderate sales season. Though he was not champion first-season sire, his record isn’t at all bad and he simply didn’t live up to expectations. “Of the first-crop yearling sires, the two that stood out for me were Dutch Art and Moss Vale. The Moss Vales were sharp, strong, correct types where as the Dutch Arts were racy and athletic, but leggy. “Dutch Art is a typical horse who might be under scrutiny up until July, but I would expect him to get his winners just before the sales season starts as they might need a little bit of time; a factor which should put him in good stead for next year’s yearling sales.”

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2yo sires

Galileo: regains his crown Clive Webb-Carter casts his eye over this year’s leading sires of juveniles

This year has seen a substantial increase in Invincible Spirit’s earnings and coincides with his coverings through his first year off a fee higher than €10,000 after winning his firstseason championship in 2006 off a fee higher than €10,000 after winning his first-season championship in 2006. On the table overleaf, he lost out by only £60,000 in prize-money to Galileo. He is the sire of the most juvenile winners having sired an impressive 39 winners from 91 runners, which earned £1,202,346. Invincible Spirit’s top juvenile performer was the Cheveley Park Stud’s homebred Hooray. This daughter of Invincible Spirit had plenty of racing and picked up three stakes victories, including the Lowther Stakes (G2) and the Sirenia Stakes (G3) before rounding her 2010 season off with a fine victory in the Cheveley Park Stakes (G1). Invincible Spirit’s offspring are certainly generally blessed with plenty of speed as proved by Zebedee, who embarks on his own stud career at Tally-Ho Stud next spring. This Richard Hannon-trained juvenile had a busy time of it and won three stakes races over 5f and 6f. The first of those victories was in the Dragon Stakes (L) before he stepped up to Group 3 company to take the Molecomb Stakes (G3) at Glorious Goodwood before winning the Flying Childers Stakes (G2). Invincible Spirit got three further Listed winning juveniles in Invincible Ash, Temps Au Temps and Al Aasifh, so it is hardly surprising that the Irish National Stud has raised his stud fee by €15,000 to €60,000 for the 2011 season, creeping his fee back up towards its 2008 high of €75,000. It so often the case that the leading firstseason sires’ champion is also a leading


alileo was back at the top of leading European sires of two-year-old winners this season having last been juvenile champion in 2007. And if comparing the table with last year’s list there has certainly been a change in ranks. Galileo has always been able to produce high-class juveniles and this year was no exception as, like last year, despite finishing further down the list, he still managed to produce four stakes winners. His leading juvenile this year is obviously the unbeaten Juddmonte homebred star, Frankel. This three-quarters brother to Bullet Train (G3), who is out of a half-sister to Group 1 winner Powerscourt, followed up his Newmarket maiden and conditions wins with victory in the Royal Lodge (Gr 2) Stakes before impressing all to win the Dewhurst Stakes (G1). He will be crowned champion two-year-old of 2010 with a Timeform rating of 133p. Incredibly, another two of Galileo’s 18 two-year-old winners of the season were also Group 1 winners. Misty For Me, who won the Moyglare Stud Stakes (G1) and followed up on Arc day with victory in the Prix Marcel Boussac (G1), while Roderic O’Connor gave trainer Ballydoyle trainer Aidan O’Brien two juvenile Group 1 winners. With the Coolmore sire also siring the filly Together, a three-quarters sister to Jan Vermeer (G1), to win the Silver Flash Stakes (G3) and Gemstone to take the Lanwades & Staffordstown Studs Stakes (L), it was hardly surprising that Galileo’s 58 juvenile runners won a total of £1,263,663. With many of them heading most of the Classic ante-post markets for 2011, as well as with many unexposed winners, Galileo could have an even more successful season in 2011. Since winning the first-season sire championship in 2006, Invincible Spirit has never finished below sixth in the European list of leading two-year-old sires, but this year has seen a substantial increase in earnings and coincides with his coverings

contender on the general two-year-old sires’ table. Leading first-season sires of their years – Invincible Spirit, Acclamation, Elusive City and Shamardal – were all runners-up in the two-year-old list with their first crop of runners Although Iffraaj finished third this year’s European two-year-old winners table he has proved to be a remarkable freshman sire. He broke Invincible Spirit’s 35 individual winners in a season record from only 70 runners or so (48 per cent) and his progeny won a total of £985,651. This son of Zafonic produced the unbeaten juvenile Wootton Bassett, who was very much a high-earner as in his five wins he took in two valuable sponsored races on his way to being a two and a half length Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère (G1) winner. With Iffraaj also producing the Group 3 winner Espirita, and as well as four stakesplaced performers, this son of Zafonic looks to give Darley yet another very promising young sire for the future. Dubawi, Europe’s latest super sire, is another Darley-based stallion and has certainly built on the excellent year he enjoyed with his juveniles he had in 2009. Although this son of Dubai Millennium produced another 31 two-year-old winners they earnt considerably more this season having amassed £701,870 from just 61 runners, at an impressive 50 per cent winners to runners ratio. This rise in prize-money won is due in part to the fact that Dubawi shared honours as the


2yo sires leading producer of juvenile stakes winners in 2010 with six winners. The leading performer of these was the Prix Robert Papin (G2) winner Irish Field. With a pair of Group 3 winners in Majestic Dubawi (Firth Of Clyde Stakes) and Split Trois (Prix Eclipse), as well as the promising Listed winner Titus Mills, Dubawi looks to have another exciting season ahead of him especially as he also added a a Classic winner to his CV. He seems capable of getting all sorts – Classic horses and precocious types.


asis Dream, another son of Green Desert, had yet another good year with his two-yearolds getting 23 winners in Europe from 57 runners (40 per cent) to win £662,962. Oasis Dream’s two stakes winners were both impressive. Approve’s future is now at stud, but he was a high-class two-year-old for Highclere Racing winning both the Gimcrack Stakes (G2) and Norfolk Stakes (G2) as well finishing second in the Champagne Stakes (G2) and third in the Middle Park Stakes (G1) and Prix Robert Papin (G2). Waiter’s Dream’s win in the Acomb Stakes (G3) assures that he has a bright future on the track next season. Shamardal (Giant’s Causeway), who was the 2009 European first-season sire champion, has had yet another very good year with his two-year-olds getting 21 winners who won £645,091 from 53 runners (41 per cent). It is the promise of the future which is perhaps the most exciting aspect as the Racing Post Trophy (G1) and Beresford Stakes (G2) winner, Casamaneto has a Classic agenda ahead of him. Another sure to be aimed at Classic glory will be a quartet of promising Group 3 winners in Dubai Prince, French Navy, Dunboyne Express and the Italian winner Duel. With the Italian Listed winner Crackerjack King, Shamardal’s sixth juvenile stakes winner, equalling Dubawi’s score, this sire could not have a better chance of adding to his Classic account in 2011. One sire who is usually seen in the top ten of two-year-old sires in Europe is Dansili (Danehill) who finished seventh. Although much of this success is due to the Phoenix Stakes (G1) winner, Zoffany, who earned nearly £200,000, Dansili sired 21 juvenile winners from 60 runners (35 per cent) to win £639,774. Danehill Dancer (Danehill), the


European leading sire of two-year-olds for the last few years, could only finish eighth this year having produced 23 winners from 61 runners (37 per cent) and £568,265. That said Danehill Dancer still got the high-class juvenile filly Memory, who won both the Albany Stakes (G3) before going on to win the Cherry Hinton Stakes (G2). Another smart filly with a bright future next season is Chrysanthemum, who broke her maiden in the Flame Of Tara Stakes (L) before winning the C L Weld Park Stakes (G3) by a neck from another daughter of Danehill Dancer, Wild Wind. It will be interesting to see how Danehill Dancer progresses on the juvenile front in the future – it might just be a changing scene as his mare profile will have changed considerably in the last four years as he became a more established sire. The third second-crop sire in the top ten of the European leading two-year-old sires, proving what a strong of second-season sires we had this season, is Footstepsinthesand, who finished ninth. This son of Giant’s Causeway produced 24 winners from just 55 runners (43 per cent), and gave yet more evidence of the current fashion of producing early runners from young stallions. The Railway Stakes (G2) winner Formosina proved to be his leading earner, but Footsteps also got the Italian Listed winners Step Up and The Confessor. He is ensuring that Giant’s Causeway branch of the Storm Cat line is becoming well -established in Europe. Since having his first runners in 2007 the Australian Group 1-winning sprinter Exceed And Excel has proved to be a reliable source of precocious juveniles. The 2010 season is no exception as this son of Danehill has produced 26 winners from 64 runners (40 per cent) to win 43 races and £489,635. Exceed And Excel certainly finished the season strongly in October as not only did Electric Waves follow up his St Hugh’s Stakes (L) win with an impressive display to take the Cornwallis Stakes (G3), but also Klammer won the Horris Hill Stakes (G3) having previously been a Listed winner in France. Although Warning’s son Diktat has been exported to Spain, and only sired nine winners, his earnings of £467,725 saw him finished a long way up the list. This was due to Dream Ahead, who was so impressive in both his Group 1 wins, the Prix Morny (G1) and the Middle Park Stakes (G1), and he looks another exciting prospect.

Names further down the list The British and Irish-based sire with a strike-rate to match Iffraaj on domestic runners is Azamour on 46 per cent. He enjoyed good performances from Native Khan, winner of the Solario Stakes (G3) and the fourth home in the Racing Post Trophy (G1) and from Mawaakef, winner of the Beresford Stakes. Verglas got a lot of winners (22), albeit that his average earnings per runner was not that impressive contrary to Panis, who had few winners and runners but got Maiguri, who finished second in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère (G1) and third in the Criterium International (G1). Avonbridge continued to build on a solid first crop of juveniles in 2009 and was available at the lower end of the stallion price scale in 2007-2010. Monsieur Bond, who dramatically changed his profile this year with his Group 1 winner Gilt Edge Girl, also got His Name Is Bond, the Group 3 Prix La Rochette winner, and Ladies Are Forever, who won the Redcar 2-y-o Trophy and finished third in the Queen Mary Stakes (G2). These two year-olds were conceived through Monsieur Bond’s third year at stud, after his yearlings first hit the market. They were a well-received bunch as, until 2010, that crop held the highest average price for his yearlings, a fact that was reflected in the quality of mares he recieved in 2007. If Monsieur Bond gets the right mare (the dam of His Name Is Bond is a halfsister to Striking Ambition and so it seems he needs some speed on the dam’s side) it seems he can produce the goods and at present he is a highly affordable stallion. Many of the leading earners on this list by average earnings are US-based sires, proving that those stallions in America who are regarded as turf sires, do continue to perform at the top levels in Britain with early sorts. It must be borne in mind though that the types imported from the US would be likely early sorts anyway with the likely potential to be decent, have talent and warrant importing to Europe.


Winners 18 39 33 31 23 21 21 23 24 26 9 17 19 21 19 9 20 8 10 22 16 6 15 16 8 8 3 12 6

Races Won 28 61 49 42 34 30 29 30 30 43 13 24 26 31 32 12 30 12 13 29 21 10 22 25 12 10 6 15 11


Stallion thoughts:

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Winners 15 29 28 22 18 13 15 20 21 19 13 8 3 6 12 8 11 7

Places 54 98 96 83 60 46 49 77 75 88 50 64 88 87 64 59 94 45 31 83 62 33 62 72 37 57 7 41 10

Money Won (£) 1,263,663 1,202,346 985,651 701,870 662,962 645,091 639,774 568,265 501,057 489,635 467,725 408,869 362,371 361,234 313,911 310,504 303,603 301,316 297,365 292,253 288,379 286,990 284,498 267,826 264,378 258,039 253,688 248,854 248,771

Wnrs to Rnrs % 31.03 42.85 47.82 50.81 40.35 39.62 35 37.7 43.63 40.62 17.64 34 25 34.42 48.71 33.33 34.48 22.85 25 33.84 34.78 26.08 34.88 34.04 29.62 25 42.85 33.33 40

Av. earnings 21,787 13,213 14,285 11,506 11,631 12,172 10,663 9,316 9,110 7,651 9,171 8,177 4,768 5,922 8,049 11,500 5,235 8,609 7,434 4,496 6,269 12,478 6,616 5,698 9,792 8,064 36,241 6,913 16,585

Money Won (£) 925,891 902,554 612,243 544,638 524,694 489,863 439,443 383,447 316,093 306,434 270,934 264,378 247,670 245,585 245,432 241,437 239,155 229,310

Wnrs to Rnrs % 30.61 42.02 46.66 40.74 41.86 30.23 37.5 39.21 50 37.25 43.33 30.76 50 46.15 31.57 25.8 36.66 20.58

Av. earnings 18,896 13,080 10,204 10,086 12,202 11,392 10,986 7,519 7,526 6,009 9,031 10,168 41,278 18,891 6,459 7,788 7,972 6,744

courtesy of Weatherbys

Races Won 22 44 39 29 24 20 19 33 27 28 16 12 6 11 18 10 14 9

Places 51 67 78 74 50 36 37 67 49 76 41 37 6 9 52 22 36 44

Ted Voute, sales consignor “It’s very apparent that there is a strong fashion in stallions at the sales, but, in the long run, perhaps this is a good thing for the thoroughbred as a breed – the better stallions are going to keep producing top level horses, while those lower down in the market are going to struggle more and therefore produce less. “A good proportion of the prize-money in this sport is found in the mile to 1m4f races, but I’ve noticed that there seems to be a big void at the sales of stock produced from middle-distance stallions. “David Elsworth, John Dunlop and Barry Hills are some of the trainers who do buy yearlings by the likes of High Chaparral and Cape Cross, stallions from which there is a greater chance that you are going to get a Classic winner compared to a stallion such as Invincible Spirit. “Buyers from countries such as Turkey and Japan buying stock by those stallions which aren’t being supported here, are getting good value. “Hopefully, stud fees will either remain the same or drop, though recently announced fees for next year have seen increases for the top stallions by around 30 per cent which, when looking at stallion prices as a business model, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. “Of all the stallions with first crop yearlings I think that Sir Percy is the probable sleeper. Buyers didn’t go wild for them, but he turned a profit for his breeders. He is reasonably priced and he’s probably one to keep an eye out for. “I also liked Authorized’s stock. I was pleased to see that he had around 140 mares last year, a pivotal year for him. “Of the others, Intikhab at £5,000 is an interesting horse and Shirocco is another whom I will be watching. Everyone who has broken-in his produce likes them. He is not an early type, but I would have hoped for a few more two-year-old winners at the end of the season.”



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The master list

There is no hiding place here: Hyperion’s stakes-winning sires in Europe & UAE, 2010 Academy Award Reventon (Cajun Cadet) L Theatrical Award (Theatrical) L Acatenango Django (Elmaamul) 3 Acclamation Equiano (Ela-Mana-Mou) 13L Act One Silver Pond (Quest For Fame) 2 Winter Dream (Darshaan) L Ad Valorem Samaden (Monsun) L Afleet Alex Shimmering Moment (Royal Academy) L Aldebaran Mambia (Common Grounds) 3L Alhaarth Karasiyra (Daylami) L Alkalde Zaungast (Polar Falcon) L American Post Liliside (Miller's Mate) LLL Lily Again (Faustus) L Private Eye (Kendor) L Anabaa Baahama (Rainbow Quest) L Dalghar (Miswaki) 3 Goldikova (Blushing Groom) 1111 Gotlandia (Bering) L Plumania (Rainbow Quest) 12 Ange Gabriel Rockette (Be My Guest) L Aptitude Critical Moment (Miswaki) L Arakan Dick Turpin (Sharrood) 13 Areion Earl Of Fire (Torgos) 3 Go Go Gadget (Surako) L Irini (Nebos) 3LLL Kali (Dashing Blade) 2 Prakasa (Lomitas) 3 Saldenart (Be My Guest) L Vanjura (Zinaad) 22 Aussie Rules Chinese Wall (Ashkalani) Dinkum Diamond (Lomitas) Djumama (Barathea)


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Private Jet (Fairy King) Avonbridge Temple Meads (Efisio) Azamour Azmeel (King's Best) Eleanora Duse (Caerleon) Lindenthaler (Vettori) Native Khan (Kendor) Puncher Clynch (Rainbow Quest) Zoowraa (Lion Cavern) Bahamian Bounty Bounty Box (Bin Ajwaad) Fareer (Dominion) Tropical Treat (Red Ransom) Bahri Lancelot (Marju) Shareen (Ashkalani) Barathea Barshiba (Dashing Blade) Geesala (Rahy) Stotsfold (Shirley Heights) Barkerville Diocleziano (Linkage) Beat Hollow Burn The Breeze (Darshaan) Ted Spread (Alphabatim) Bernardini Biondetti (Lyphard) Theyskens' Theory (Summer Squall) Bertolini Prime Defender (Superlative) Big Bad Bob Berg Bahn (Barathea) Big Shuffle Aturo (Law Society) Glad Sky (Surumu) Konig Concorde (Ile De Bourbon) La Salvita (Hernando) Reine Heureuse (Danehill) Walero (Lagunas) Bishop Of Cashel Hillview Boy (Sagace) Black Sam Bellamy Bella Amica (Top Ville) Blu Air Force Tauman (Banker's Gold) Cadeaux Genereux Blue Jack (Fairy King)

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Califet Sormiou (Great Palm) Camacho Arctic Feeling (Polar Falcon) Puff (Most Welcome) Cape Cross Behkabad (Kris) Bezique (Peintre Celebre) Cape Dollar (Kingmambo) Colonial (Mr. Prospector) Corsica (Persian Bold) Crystal Capella (Mark Of Esteem) Field Day (Last Tycoon) Laaheb (Sadler's Wells) Recharge (Robellino) Sea Lord (Woodman) Captain Rio Burning Thread (Green Desert) Corcovada (Namaqualand) Red Badge (Polish Precedent) Carson City Sir Gerry (Indian Ridge) Cherokee Run Soneva (Nureyev) Chichicastenango Blek (Exit To Nowhere) Vision D'etat (Garde Royale) Choisir Clondinnery (Linamix) Lady Springbank (Kendor) Starspangledbanner (Made Of Gold) Clodovil Rock My Soul (Cadeaux Genereux) Compton Admiral Beauchamp Xerxes (Lion Cavern) Compton Place Arneb (Nordance) Borderlescott (Touching Wood) Country Reel Baine (Second Empire) Cozzene Brigantin (Poliglote) Cullen Joy And Fun (Defensive Play) Dai Jin Budai (Konigsstuhl) Norderney (Bluebird) Dalakhani Chinese White (Sadler's Wells)

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Deem (Sadler's Wells) Duncan (Danehill) Goldwaki (Caerleon) She Is Great (Batshoof) Shemiyla (Danehill) Danehill Profound Beauty (Highest Honor) Danehill Dancer Air Chief Marshal (Warning) Chrysanthemum (Sadler's Wells) Contredanse (Rahy) Hen Night (Green Desert) Lady Eclair (Explodent) Latin Love (Be My Guest) Lillie Langtry (Darshaan) Memory (Diesis) Monte Alto (Perugino) Nouriya (King's Best) Obama Rule (Entrepreneur) Planteur (Giant's Causeway) Rebel Soldier (Irish River) Samuel Morse (Mt. Livermore) Snaefell (Standaan) Danetime Aspectoflove (Caerleon) Harrison George (Shareef Dancer) Triple Aspect (Distant Relative)

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Dansili Abaton (Night Shift) L Aviate (Irish River) 3 Bewitched (Kaldoun) 33LL Dansili Dancer (Habitat) L Delegator (Efisio) L Emulous (Distant View) 3L Famous Name (Quest For Fame) 33LL Foreteller (Warning) L Grafitti (Half A Year) L Harbinger (Bering) 1233 Ice Blue (Unfuwain) 2 Illustrious Blue (Efisio) 23 Strawberrydaiquiri (Travelling Victor) 23 Timepecker (Arazi) L Zoffany (Machiavellian) 13L Dashing Blade Forthe Millionkiss (Greinton) L Daylami Hazarafa (Xaar) Indian Days (Indian Ridge) Voila Ici (Barathea) Whispering Gallery (Spinning World)

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stakes-winning sires 2010 Denon Il Fenomeno (Fabulous Dancer) 3 Desert King Alpacco (Top Ville) L Desert Prince Eustachione (Persian Bold) L Desert Style Fadela Style (Sendawar) L Mister Manannan (Common Grounds) L Paco Boy (Sandhurst Prince) 12 Desert Sun Dunelight (Marju) L Diesis Debussy (Singspiel) 3 Diktat Adamantina (Wolfhound) 3L Contat (Robellino) 3 Definightly (Danzig Connection) 3L Dream Ahead (Cadeaux Genereux) 11 Skins Game (Akarad) L Toolain (Machiavellian) L Distorted Humor Pathfork (Sadler's Wells) 12 Radharcnafarraige (Storm Bird) 3 Doyen Lady's Purse (Lomond) 3L Peacoat (Caerleon) L Dr Fong Aoife Alainn (Hernando) 1L Free Agent (Unfuwain) L Dubai Destination Evading Tempete (Gone West) 3L Mirror Lake (Sadler's Wells) L Dubawi Afsare (Fairy King) L Anna Salai (Caerleon) 3 Astrophysical Jet (Rainbow Quest) 33 Dubase (Bahri) L Frankenstein (Nordance) L Irish Field (Hernando) 2 Khor Sheed (Manila) L Majestic Dubawi (Singspiel) 3 Makfi (Green Desert) 113 Monterosso (Barathea) 2 Nova Step (Nureyev) L Poet's Voice (Chief's Crown) 12 Prince Bishop (Prospect Bay) 23 Split Trois (Zafonic) 3 Titus Mills (A.P. Indy) L Worthadd (Rahy) 223L Dynaformer Americain (Arazi) 2L Blue Bunting (Linamix) L Buxted (Diesis) L Dyna Waltz (Be My Guest) L Vertiformer (Rahy) L White Moonstone (Seeking The Gold) 1 2 3 Efisio Calrissian (Royal Academy) L Fourpenny Lane (Lion Cavern) L El Corredor Ronja (Royal Academy) L


Elnadim Soraaya (Thorn Dance) Three French Hens (Alysheba) Elusive City Elusive Wave (Rainbow Quest) Mister Hughie (Stepneyev) Elusive Quality Elusive Pimpernel (Sadler's Wells) Raihana (Sunday Silence) Empire Maker Principal Role (Sadler's Wells) Even Top Cirrus Des Aigles (Septieme Ciel) Exceed And Excel Electric Waves (Spectrum) Klammer (Darshaan) Masamah (Distant Relative) Tech Exceed (Nebos) Falbrav Distant Memories (Darshaan) Fanunalter (Desert Prince) Russian Spirit (Cosmonaut) Fasliyev Amico Fritz (Ahonoora) Malikayah (Bering) Velvet Flicker (Petorius) Fayruz Inxile (Owington) Final Appearance Peas And Carrots (Primo Dominie) Footstepsinthesand Chachamaidee (Danehill) Formosina (Royal Applause) Steinbeck (Danehill) Step Up (Indian Ridge) The Confessor (Compton Place) Foxhound Steve's Champ (Semenenko) Fruits Of Love Farrel (Mukaddamah) Galileo Cape Blanco (Presidium) Cima De Triomphe (Danehill) Frankel (Danehill) Gemstone (Kingmambo) King Of Wands (Rainbow Quest) Kite Wood (Mark Of Esteem) Lily Of The Valley (Pennekamp) Midas Touch (Darshaan) Mikhail Glinka (Mark Of Esteem) Misty For Me (Storm Cat) Rip Van Winkle (Stravinsky) Roderic O'connor (Danehill) Sans Frontieres (Shirley Heights) South Easter (Nureyev) Together (Pennekamp) Toi Et Moi (Warning) Generous Ryan (Alzao) Giant's Causeway Alsace Lorraine (Sadler's Wells) Await The Dawn (Dixieland Band)

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Demeanour (Mr. Prospector) Emperor Claudius (Kingmambo) Rite Of Passage (Kris S) Green Desert Maqaasid (Storm Cat) Markab (Nashwan) Green Tune Fuisse (Sillery) Pontenuovo (Sicyos) Vesuve (Lear Fan) Zagora (Mtoto) Halling Cutlass Bay (Danzig) Eastern Aria (Danzig) Havant (El Gran Senor) Holberg (Assert) Longhunter (Night Shift) Opinion Poll (Shirley Heights) Harlan's Holiday Mendip (Coronado's Quest) Hawk Wing Shamwari Lodge (Revoque) Touch Of Hawk (Be My Guest) Hennessy Special Duty (Distant View) Hernando Akdarena (Shirley Heights) Alianthus (Konigsstuhl) Amare (Lando) Gitano Hernando (Perugino) Harris Tweed (Akarad) Rainbow Peak (Lion Cavern) High Chaparral Joanna (Mujadil) Le Larron (Kenmare) Lord Chaparral (Acatenango) Noll Wallop (Danehill) Redwood (Woodman) High Yield High Standing (Selkirk) Highest Honor Ansiei (Dixieland Band) Dariole (Exit To Nowhere) Holy Roman Emperor High Award (Tirol) Hussonet Jaconet (Peteski) Iffraaj Espirita (Warning) Wootton Bassett (Primo Dominie) Impression Gloria De Campeao (Clackson) In The Wings Mashaahed (Bahri) Indian Rocket Bluster (Distant Relative) Intikhab Kidnapping (Barathea) Kurt (Machiavellian) Les Fazzani (Most Welcome) Paris To Peking (Barathea) Snow Fairy (Charnwood Forest)

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Invincible Spirit Al Aasifh (Zafonic) Allied Powers (High Line) Beyond Desire (Mujtahid) Charming Woman (Kendor) Glamorous Spirit (Air Express) Hooray (Machiavellian) Invincible Ash (Brief Truce) Kargali (Last Tycoon) Reykon (Indian Ridge) Spirit Of Fortune (Machiavellian) Spirit Of Sharjah (Doulab) Temps Au Temps (Charnwood Forest) Zebedee (Cozzene) Iron Mask Izalia (Johann Quatz) Keratiya (Daylami) Ishiguru She's Our Mark (Ajraas) Java Gold Burma Gold (Acatenango) Jet Master Jet Express (Sharp Romance) Johan Cruyff Estejo (The Noble Player) Johannesburg Cisneros (Hernando) Earl Of Leitrim (Southern Halo) Red Jazz (Sword Dance) Kalanisi Rajik (Kahyasi) Kalatos Ovambo Queen (Lagunas) Palermo (Goofalik) Kheleyf Meracus (Common Grounds) Moonlight Red (Rainbow Quest) King Charlemagne Erroll (Brief Truce) Kingmambo Alexandros (King Of Kings) Campanologist (Sadler's Wells) King Of Dixie (Dixieland Band) Ley Hunter (Unfuwain) King's Best Allybar (Irish River) Calming Influence (Indian Ridge) Kilo Alpha (Sadler's Wells) Royal Revival (Silver Deputy) Sajjhaa (Darshaan) Seventh Sky (Old Vic) Simon De Montfort (Caerleon) Workforce (Sadler's Wells) King's Theatre Highway (Habitat) Kingsalsa Earlsalsa (Dashing Blade) Too Nice Name (Halling) Kodiac Bathwick Bear (Efisio) Ileny Princess (Fayruz) Sweet Cecily (Gone West)

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stakes-winning sires 2010 Kyllachy Mabait (Polish Precedent) Penitent (Bishop Of Cashel) Sole Power (Distant View) Zenella (Gone West) Lando Ivory Land (Peintre Celebre) Scalo (Exit To Nowhere) Val Mondo (Big Shuffle) Langfuhr Arganil (Mr. Greeley) The Rectifier (Gone West) Le Vie Dei Colori Classic Colori (Bering) Le Vie Infinite (Stravinsky) Librettist Libranno (Singspiel) Linamix Rajsaman (Lammtarra) Zibimix (Saint Cyrien) Lion Heart Dangerous Midge (Seattle Slew) Lomitas Heedas (Rahy) Nianga (Bluebird) Ranthambore (Nashwan) Silvaner (Monsun) Lord Of England Acadius (Tiger Hill) Salona (Lomitas) Loup Solitaire Gentoo (Bering) Lucky Story Primo Lady (First Trump) Majestic Missile Katla (Dr Fong) New Planet (Mull Of Kintyre) Mamool Lamool (Windwurf) Lucas Cranach (Java Gold) Manhattan Cafe Red Desire (Caerleon) Mansonnien Diamond Boy (Glint Of Gold) Marchand De Sable Marchand D'or (Kendor) Maria's Mon Bushman (Fabulous Dancer) Paris Vegas (A.P. Indy) Marju Bethrah (Highest Honor) Chinchon (Hector Protector) Marlinka (Barathea) Mark Of Esteem Barney Mcgrew (Sharrood) Pedra Pompas (Bering) Polly's Mark (Mtoto) Martaline Akarlina (Akarad)


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Martino Alonso Marshade (Pursuit Of Love) L Medecis Duchess Of Foxland (Reprimand) L Pallodio (Green Desert) L Medicean Al Shemali (Generous) 1 Bankable (Sadler's Wells) 2 Brushing (Fairy King) L Dever Dream (Polar Falcon) LL Janood (Green Desert) L Marie De Medici (Caerleon) L Via Medici (Singspiel) 3L Virginia Hall (Pursuit Of Love) L Menifee Sehoy (Gone West) L Merchant Of Venice Alcohuaz (Hussonet) LLL Mind Games Tangerine Trees (Cozzene) L Monashee Mountain Eternity Boy (Last Tycoon) L Monsieur Bond Gilt Edge Girl (Caerleon) 13L Ladies Are Forever (Danetime) L My Name Is Bond (Makbul) 3L Monsun Air Trooper (Old Vic) L Dawn Twister (Bold Forbes) L Indian Breeze (Local Suitor) L Maxios (Nureyev) 3 Miss Europa (Rahy) L Royal Mary (Royal Academy) L Stacelita (Dashing Blade) 13 Tertullus (Be My Guest) 3 Montjeu Class Is Class (Hector Protector) L Clowance (Sternkoenig) 3 Fame And Glory (Shirley Heights) 1123 Green Moon (Green Tune) L Halong Bay (Singspiel) L Jan Vermeer (Pennekamp) 3 Jukebox Jury (Kenmare) 2 Maria Royal (Zafonic) 2L Motivator Lumineux (Darshaan) L Super Motiva (Grape Tree Road) L Mr Greeley Laughing Lashes (Unbridled's Song) 2 Mt. Livermore Ask Jack (Criminal Type) L Muhaymin Action Chope (Solid Illusion) L Muhtathir Zack Hall (Dancing Brave) L Mujadil Dingle View (Titus Livius) 3 Kingsgate Native (Indian Ridge) 2 Singapore Lilly (Lake Coniston) L Mujahid Ekin (Exit To Nowhere) L

Mull Of Kintyre Miss Gorica (Alzao) My Risk No Risk At All (Simply Great) Namid Hansinger (First Trump) Nayef Lake Palace (Desert King) Magic Eye (Most Welcome) Next Desert Enzio (Big Shuffle) Gereon (Surumu) Saldennahe (Alkalde) Night Shift Partner Shift (Peintre Celebre) North Light Arctic Cosmos (Marquetry) Noverre Enora (Niniski) Music Show (Mr. Prospector) Summit Surge (Sunshine Forever) Numerous Hung Parliament (Theatrical) Marinous (Panoramic) Oasis Dream Alta Fedelta (Luge) Approve (Sadler's Wells) Field Of Dream (Selkirk) Frozen Power (Royal Academy) Keredari (Doyoun) Lady Jane Digby (Niniski) Main Aim (Selkirk) Midday (Kingmambo) Prohibit (Warning) Querari (Acatenango) Rain Delayed (Shareef Dancer) Rainfall (Barathea) San Martin (Kris) Sandbar (Hernando) Sri Putra (In The Wings) Thai Haku (Linamix) Waiter's Dream (Persian Bold) Observatory Helleborine (Quest For Fame) Twice Over (Caerleon) Olden Times Off Chance (Factual) Oratorio Beethoven (Sadler's Wells) King Torus (Mujadil) Lolly For Dolly (Chester House) Mantissa (Sri Pekan) Orpen Blu Constellation (Celtic Swing) Jakor (Horage) Lukian (Turtle Island) Pollen (Chief Singer) War Artist (Brocco) Panis Blue Panis (Bering) Maiguri (Sinndar)

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Paolini Hollywood Kiss (Lomitas) L Pastoral Pursuits Angel's Pursuit (Machiavellian) L Marine Commando (Marju) L Rose Blossom (Emarati) 3 Terra Di Tuffi (Daring March) L Peintre Celebre Byword (Woodman) 12L Celtic Celeb (Gay Mecene) 2L Nina Celebre (Perugino) L Prairie Star (Arazi) 3 Pentire Artica (Surumu) L Falun (Daun) LL Intarsia (Selkirk) L Philomatheia Master Fitz (Sikeston) L Piccolo Lipocco (Magical Wonder) L Pinmix Delvita (Soviet Star) L Pivotal Buzzword (Danehill) 1 Emerald Commander (Sadler's Wells) 23 Entangle (Primo Dominie) LLLL Fallen Idol (Brief Truce) L Fratazz (Local Suitor) L Luisant (Lit De Justice) LL Pearl Banks (Efisio) 3LL Poet (Shirley Heights) 3 Prescription (Elmaamul) L Rebecca Rolfe (A.P. Indy) L Regal Parade (Kingmambo) 13 Sariska (Muhtarram) 2 Seeharn (Green Desert) L Seta (Generous) LL Six Of Hearts (Devil's Bag) 3 Swiss Diva (Indian Ridge) 33L Platini Antara (General Assembly) 3 Polish Precedent Cape Martin (Shirley Heights) L Pollard's Vision Air Crew (Holy Bull) L Prized Premio Loco (Magic Ring) 23 Pulpit Doo Lang (Storm Cat) L Govinda (Dolphin Street) 3 Pachattack (Red Ransom) LL Pyrus Agent Secret (Efisio) 3L Pyrrha (Diesis) 3 Rahy Lady Of The Desert (Grand Lodge) 2 Rio De La Plata (Ahmad) 113L Rumoush (Mr. Prospector) L Strong Suit (Silver Hawk) 2 Rainbow Quest Manifest (Roberto) 2 Shimraan (King Of Kings) 2

Rakti Carioca (Persian Bold) Red Ransom Evaporation (Green Tune) Ransom Hope (Selkirk) Reggane (Alzao) Redoute's Choice Musir (Encosta De Lago) Refuse To Bend Croisultan (Ezzoud) Grace O'Malley (Darshaan) Sarafina (Darshaan) Tiz The Shot (Green Tune) Rimrod Vianello (Saint Ballado) Rock Of Gibraltar Ashiyla (Darshaan) Aslana (Royal Academy) Brusco (Rainbow Quest) Carraiglawn (Erins Isle) Rockatella (Cadeaux Genereux) Society Rock (Key Of Luck) Tres Rock Danon (Monsun) Rossini Rose Hip (Salse) Royal Applause Lovelace (Polar Falcon) Royal Exchange (Grand Lodge) Russian Revival Imbongi (Foveros) Sadler's Wells Bullet Train (Danehill) Claremont (Darshaan) Magnificence (Elmaamul) Mellon Martini (Dynaformer) Mores Wells (Warning) Peinture Rare (Alydar) Pouvoir Absolu (Nureyev) Precious Gem (Danehill) Prospect Wells (Shirley Heights) Roses For The Lady (Rainbow Quest) Tactic (Darshaan) Sahm Sahpresa (Pleasant Tap) Sakhee Presvis (Never So Bold) Samuel (Danehill) Samum Baila Me (Law Society) Durban Thunder (Highland Chieftain) Seattle Dancer Golden Whip (Danehill) Selkirk Akmal (Swain) Announce (Gone West) Ceilidh House (Rainbow Quest) Cityscape (Distant View) Gardening Leave (Caerleon) Perks (Green Desert) Tranquil Tiger (Distant View) Sendawar Alyshakeys (Ela-Mana-Mou)

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Shamardal Casamento (Always Fair) Crackerjack King (Barathea) Dubai Prince (Persian Bold) Duel (Danehill) Dunboyne Express (Polish Precedent) Elle Shadow (Roi Danzig) French Navy (Woodman) It's Midnight (Fairy King) Lope De Vega (Vettori) Modeyra (Unfuwain) Shakespearean (Priolo) Siyaadah (Lahib) Zazou (Lomitas) Shirocco Jardina (Platini) Sholokhov Night Magic (Monsun) Rubiana (Turfkonig) Silver Hawk Tazeez (Nureyev) Singspiel Abjer (Lando) Dar Re Mi (Top Ville) Hibaayeb (Lion Cavern) La Zona (Kris) Lawspeaker (Danasinga) Luca Brasi (Mr. Prospector) Tastahil (Shaadi) Sinndar Gertrude Bell (Polar Falcon) Laristan (Linamix) Valasyra (Linamix) Vertana (Sadler's Wells) Slickly Gris De Gris (Lead On Time) Soviet Star Pressing (Riverman) Speightstown Lord Shanakill (Theatrical) Starborough Appel Au Maitre (Crystal Glitters) Statue Of Liberty Anadolu (Relaunch) Miss Liberty (Spinning World) Storm Cat Cat Junior (Sadler's Wells) Deluxe (Kahyasi) Meow (Air Express) Planet Five (Celtic Swing) Storming Home Jakkalberry (Barathea) Stormy Atlantic Rerouted (Miswaki) Stravinsky Fictional Account (Indian Ridge) Win For Sure (Surumu) Street Cry Brevity (Diesis) Desert Party (Tabasco Cat) Saamidd (Galileo) Zaidan (Atticus)

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Racing Post Trophy (G1) winners, Casamento (Shamardal), jockey Frankie Dettori and, nearest, trainer Mick Halford Sulamani Mastery (Diesis) Swain Almail (Green Desert) Tagula Canford Cliffs (Marju) Tendulkar Drunken Sailor (Mujadil) Tertullian Illo (Konigsstuhl) Russian Tango (Laroche) Tertio Bloom (El Gran Senor) Tiger Hill Abbashiva (Goofalik) Eye Of The Tiger (Surumu) Intigra (Local Suitor) Rewilding (Top Ville) Young Tiger (Trempolino) Titus Livius Sehrezad (Kenmare) Tobougg Good Karma (Slewpy) Touch Down Ravenel (Poliglote) Trade Fair Miss Starlight (Doyoun) Unaccounted For Dervis Aga (Surumu) Verglas Glass Harmonium (Darshaan) Marceti (Barathea) Tropical Paradise (Mujadil) Vertical Speed Tangaspeed (Fijar Tango)

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Vettori Viva Vettori (Inchinor) Vindication Free Judgement (Fusaichi Pegasus) Kagura (Key Of Luck) War Chant Doncaster Rover (Unbridled's Song) Kingsfort (Kris) War Front Warning Flag (Unbridled's Song) Westerner Never Forget (Pistolet Bleu) Where Or When Myplacelater (Most Welcome) Whipper Royal Bench (Cozzene) Wizz Kid (Soviet Star) Yaa Wayl (Nicholas) Xaar Balthazaar's Gift (Last Tycoon) Broox (Bishop Of Cashel) Moe Green (Sadler's Wells) Yankee Victor Kinsale King (Woodman) Zamindar Bigzam (Darshaan) Flash Dance (Dehere) Lord Zenith (Last Tycoon) Timepiece (Sadler's Wells)

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leading us sires

The list that Sparkman built In light of the fact that there are so many discrepancies in the tables of leading stallions, John Sparkman selects his own list of top US sires


hen US-bred and sired runners began winning England’s best races with regularity in the 1970s and then dominated the 1980s, US publications began including the earnings of US runners in the major European nations. That decision was made largely to placate stallion advertisers who groused when stallion ads and sires’ lists did not include the earnings of their horse’s star runner(s). Then there was the Japan Cup (G1)... then the Dubai World Cup (G1)... and then... Currently, the most widely published US results are something of a mess. The “official” list compiled by the Jockey Club Information Systems includes European earnings and the Dubai World Cup, but not other countries. The Blood-Horse magazine’s list includes Northern Hemisphere countries... except for Japan and Hong Kong. The Thoroughbred Times (for whom the author serves as bloodstock editor) includes earnings from all 18 countries from which the JCIS receives complete racing information, but also occasionally publishes a list restricted to US earnings only. Confused yet? That’s what happens when there is no central rule-making authority. Thus picking the top dozen or so American stallions to review

for the European audience is a bit more problematic than it might seem on the surface. As you can see from the three lists stacked on the following pages, three different horses rank as leading US sire, depending on the criteria one picks. The Blood-Horse and Thoroughbred Times tables share 13 horses in common, and the differences are revealing. Fusaichi Pegasus is on the Times’s list because of his success in Japan and Hong Kong and Tapit also has a big earner in Japan. Lion Heart is not on the Times’s list because he has been exported to Turkey and the Times does not carry results horses that no longer stand in the US. Fusaichi Pegasus, Dynaformer, Tale Of The Cat and Elusive Quality do not appear at all on the US-only list, because too much of their progeny earnings comes from their runners abroad. And finally, Medaglia D’Oro, Indian Charlie and City Zip appear only on the US-only list because of relatively low profiles abroad. Ultimately, all of the horses in the top 15 on all three lists are good sires, but picking the truly elite horses is a judgment call, plus there are perennial top sires who happen not to be in the top 15 at the moment. Some popular horses like Bernardini are too young to include yet. Therefore, what you see is what you get, the author’s version of US’s best sires.

A.P. Indy (Seattle Slew (Bold Ruler))

Distorted Humor (Forty Niner (Mr. Prospector))

Stands at: Lane’s End; 2010 fee: $300,000 A.P. Indy has led the US sires’ list twice – again, depending on what countries you count – and it has become clear in the last couple of years that he will soon stand at the head of a major international sire line. His first good son Pulpit has established his own branch through the young star Tapit, and to a lesser degree Sky Mesa and Stroll, and the first crop of A.P. Indy’s best son Bernardini has been a sensation in the US and Europe this year. Mineshaft has also made a highly significant and surprising comeback to rank among the top 15 for the first time. A.P. Indy also has several successful sons in South America. Bernardini’s success in Europe is especially significant because A.P. Indy has never sired a really good horse on that side of the Atlantic. That has earned him the reputation as strictly a dirt sire, despite the fact that he has 18 graded winners on turf and his progeny have always earned a higher percentage of their earnings on turf than the average for the breed. These prejudices often become self-fulfilling prophecies, and that is likely the case with A.P. Indy. A.P. Indy is rising 22, and but sired the $4.2-million sale topper at the Keeneland September yearling sale this year. Despite his current absence from the sire lists, his star still shines bright.

Stands at: WinStar Farm; 2010 fee: $100,000 Distorted Humor was a second-class racehorse, but, in retrospect, it seems probable that, like many sons of Forty Niner, temperament may have been what left him a Grade 2 winner instead of a Grade 1 winner. A Kentucky Derby (G1) winner and champion (Funny Cide) in his first crop made it obvious that, whatever his racecourse ability, he is a first-rate sire. His record has only got better since then, and the appearance of Pathfork, the best two-year-old in Ireland this year, has solidified his international reputation. Distorted Humor got his second US Classic winner this year in Drosselmeyer, but though he gets winners over all courses and distances, the majority of his best are compact, powerful, good-legged horses that stay sound longer than most these days.

Dynaformer (Roberto (Hail To Reason)) Stands at: Three Chimneys; 2010 fee: $150,000 Even more than Distorted Humor, Dynaformer had to make his own way as a stallion, starting out at a derisory $5,000 fee. Likewise only a Grade 2 winner, he is also huge, coarse, ugly, and outrageously temperamental. Nevertheless, he consistently passes on a beautiful


leading us sires shoulder, deep barrel, and plentiful stamina to his progeny, qualities often sorely missing in US runners. It took the world a long time to discover Dynaformer because of his low early profile, but Lucarno, Rainbow View, Americain, Wiener Walzer and others have gotten the point across in recent years. Better late than never, but Dynaformer will be 27 in 2011. The bad news is that Dynaformer has sired no obvious successor at stud.

Elusive Quality (Gone West (Mr. Prospector)) Stands at: Darley; 2010 fee: $75,000 Elusive Quality is never going to be the most consistent stallion, but he comes up with enough good ones to keep buyers coming back at the sales. They are not always the prettiest horses either, and neither is Elusive Quality. Whatever his shortcomings, Elusive Quality has sired runners of the highest class in America, Europe, and Australia. His son Elusive City has made quite a good start at stud in Ireland (now in France), but Smarty Jones’s recent move from Kentucky to Pennsylvania tells you all you need to know about his level of success. Despite his Breeders’ Cup flop, Quality Road will get an outstanding opportunity to succeed at Lane’s End, and the first weanlings by Raven’s Pass were very well received at Keeneland this fall, so Elusive Quality has a good chance to extend the Gone West branch of the Mr. Prospector male line. Giant’s Causeway (Storm Cat (Northern Dancer))

Stands at: Ashford Stud; 2010 fee: $100,000 Remember when sons of Storm Cat were all the rage? Thought so. Although Tale Of The Cat, his prematurely exported son Lion Heart, and Stormy Atlantic all appear on various versions of our top 15 lists, the survival of the Storm Cat male line in the US is all about his best son Giant’s Causeway. Giant’s Causeway is an atypical Storm Cat. He’s more correct than most and looks more like his dam, the Rahy mare Mariah’s Storm than his sire. His offspring tend to be all over the place physically, and there are always too many of them on the market, but plenty

Leading US Sires 2010 (North American earnings only) Stallion (sire)

Fee 2010 ($)

Malibu Moon (A.P. Indy) Distorted Humor (Forty Niner) Maria’s Mon (Wavering Monarch) Smart Strike (Mr. Prospector) Lion Heart (Tale Of The Cat ) More Than Ready (Southern Halo) Unbridled’s Song (Unbridled) Giant’s Causeway (Storm Cat) Mineshaft (A.P. Indy) Medaglia D’Oro (El Prado) Indian Charlie (In Excess) Stormy Atlantic (Storm Cat) Tapit (Pulpit) City Zip (Carson City) Speightstown (Gone West)

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turn out to be good racehorses. The early, spectacular success of Shamardal in Europe and Australia, and the promise of First Samurai and Footstepsinthesand, have rekindled fading interest in Giant’s Causeway’s progeny in the sales ring, and he eventually will have so many good sons in so many different places, that it is inevitable that his male line will survive for a good while. Like Elusive Quality, his percentages are never going to be really good, but in the modern context that doesn’t seem to matter very much.

Indian Charlie (In Excess (Caro))

Stands at: Airdrie Stud; 2010 fee: $75,000 The name of Indian Charlie will be unfamiliar to many European readers, because he has never sired a significant racehorse outside of North America. Even on US shores, the Indian Charlies are almost exclusively a dirt phenomenon – but on dirt they can really run, as Uncle Mo showed in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) this year. Only two juveniles in US history have run times comparable to those Uncle Mo posted this year: Seattle Slew and Count Fleet. Enough said. Slightly back in the knee himself, Indian Charlie gets a very consistent type: strong, smooth, rather plain bays, sometimes light of bone, but with the strong hind leg required for dirt racing.

Malibu Moon (A.P. Indy (Bold Ruler))

Stands at: Spendthrift Farm; 2010 fee: $40,000 Malibu Moon is the only horse in this list who never won a stakes race, though that was almost certainly only because he only raced twice. A beautifully bred, beautifully made horse, out of the high-class filly Macoumba (Mr. Prospector), he won his second start as a two-year-old and then broke down. That meant that he had to take what mares he could get in Maryland. Malibu Moon sired a champion two-year-old male, the gelding Declan’s Moon, in his second crop, earning a move to Kentucky, but his five other Grade 1 winners since then, including Life At Ten, Devil May Care, and Malibu Prayer this year, are all fillies. That doesn’t

Leading US Sires 2010 No of SW 9 14 6 9 6 9 6 11 8 14 9 9/14 11 11 11

Earnings ($) 7,738,849 7,429,726 7,250,175 7,233,287 6,229,336 6,051,616 6,044,625 5,896,792 5,856,357 5,715,731 5,620,563 5,601,345 5,588,121 5,521,033 5,503,505

Stallion (sire) Distorted Humor (Forty Niner) Giant’s Causeway (Storm Cat) Malibu Moon (A.P. Indy) Maria’s Mon (Wavering Monarch) Smart Strike (Mr. Prospector) Elusive Quality (Gone West) More Than Ready (Southern Halo) Lion Heart (Tale of the Cat) Unbridled’s Song (Unbridled) Tale of the Cat (Storm Cat) Dynaformer (Roberto) Street Cry (Machiavellian) Speightstown (Gone West) Mineshaft (A.P. Ind) Stormy Atlantic (Storm Cat)

(courtesy of The Blood-Horse)

2010 Fee ($)

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7,924,109 7,899,539 7,841,553 7,700,741 7,589,808 6,792,805 6,648,141 6,440,156 6,269,017 6,210,721 $6,063,815 5,977,544 5,974,473 5,888,073 5,881,689

leading us sires mean he can’t sire a good colt, but it does make people think of him as a filly sire. The Malibu Moons are big, strong, good-looking and fast, and he is finally getting the respect his record deserves.

Medaglia D’Oro (El Prado (Ire) (Northern Dancer))

Stands at: Darley; 2010 fee: $100,000 Medaglia D’Oro is beautiful, and he was a top-class, sound racehorse but very few people expected him to be as good as he is. That was mostly because he was a son of El Prado, and the Sadler’s Wells line, had made zero impression in the US until then. Rachel Alexandra changed those preconceptions and Medaglia D’Oro became the horse of the moment. That momentum is beginning to fade a bit, not because Medaglia D’Oro’s not the really good sire that he is, but because the faddish set have moved on to the next hot thing (Bernardini). Medaglia D’Oro has continued to get good horses from moderate mares, and is likely to be even better when the foals conceived after his move to Darley (last year) hit the racetrack. Though he never ran on grass, Passion For Gold and Al Zir have been good enough in Europe, and Al Khali good enough on grass in the US to encourage more Europeans to buy his progeny.

More Than Ready (Southern Halo (Hail to Reason))

Stands at: Vinery; 2010 stud fee: $30,000 More Than Ready is a bit of anomaly in the US. Although generally recognised as a top sire, not one of his six Group 1 winners is American. The Breeders’ Cup wins of Pluck and More Than Real are as close as More Than Ready has come to Grade 1 success in America, and did his reputation a whale of a lot of good here. A compact, short-backed, powerful horse, More Than Ready was very precocious and trained on into a top miler, but stayed well enough to finish fourth in the Kentucky Derby. His offspring are as good or better on turf than dirt, and it will be interesting to see how European buyers respond if Pluck runs well in the Irish 2,000 Guineas next year.

Leading US Sires 2010 (courtesy of the Thoroughbred Times) Stallion (sire) Giant’s Causeway (Storm Cat) Fusaichi Pegasus (Mr. Prospector) Dynaformer (Roberto) More Than Ready (Southern Halo) Distorted Humor (Forty Niner) Unbridled’s Song (Unbridled) Malibu Moon (A.P. Indy) Tale Of The Cat (Storm Cat) Street Cry (Machiavellian) Smart Strike (Mr. Prospector) Maria’s Mon (Wavering Monarch) Elusive Quality (Gone West) Speightstown (Gone West) Tapit (Pulpit) Mineshaft (A.P. Indy)

Fee 2010 ($) 100,000 15,000 150,000 30,000 100,000 100,000 40,000 30,000 150,000 75,000 Dead 75,000 35,000 50,000 20,000

No of SW 16 7 14 13 16 7 9 7 14 9 8 16 12 11 8

Earnings ($) 10,087,171 10,053,140 9,992,165 9,504,280 8,511,596 8,46,361 8,190,946 8,038,147 7.952,798 7,860,738 7,732,767 7,561,183 6,574,351 6,472,997 6,454,37

Smart Strike (Mr. Prospector (Mr. Prospector)) Stands at: Lane’s End; 2010 fee: $75,000 Smart Strike looks as much like the late, great Mr. Prospector as any of his good sons, except possibly Seeking The Gold, and he is the best son of his sire left at stud. A.P. Indy is considered more of a Classic sire, but Smart Strike has the same number of career US Classic winners, and is a better sire of turf horses than his Lane’s End barn mate. Smart Strike is nowhere near as good a sales sire as A.P. Indy, however. His progeny tend to be plain and not as physically imposing as the A.P. Indys, but they run. His dual Horse of the Year Curlin is big and slightly coarse, but Lookin At Lucky is a much more elegant individual who, whenever he goes to stud, is certain to be extremely popular with breeders. Smart Strike gets top horses over all courses and distances, and European buyers avoid him at their peril. Street Cry (Machiavellian (Mr. Prospector)) Stands at: Darley; 2010 fee: $150,000 It is unlikely that Street Cry will ever sire another horse as good as Zenyatta, but he has proven repeatedly that he can sire top horses in every corner of the globe. Though he is not a particularly handsome horse himself, he sires plenty of attractive, good-looking sales horses that turn out to be good racehorses. Street Cry has got plenty of good runners on dirt, but his offspring really shine on turf and synthetics. Understandably, Darley is breeding many of their best mares to him now, and it will be a great surprise if his record does not improve further within the next couple of years. The son of Machiavellian was a bit of an enigma himself as a racehorse, but his progeny have shown few signs of temperament. Zenyatta appeared to get a bit clever this year at six, but then she had a right to, didn’t she? Tapit (Pulpit (Bold Ruler)) Stands at: Gainesway; 2010 fee: $50,000 Tapit is the youngest horse on this list, but his early production from moderate mares has made it clear that he will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come. Undefeated at two, Tapit, who was trained by Michael Dickinson, then won the Wood Memorial (G1) at three, but he could only then finish ninth in the Kentucky Derby and that brought about an end to his racing career. A big, leggy gray with a beautiful shoulder who stands over a lot of ground, Tapit sired champion Stardom Bound and Alabama Stakes (G1) winner Careless Jewel in his first crop, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Tapitsfly in his second, and current Grade 1-winning two-year-old Tell A Kelly in his third. All of those are fillies, but Trappe Shot is a good colt, and Tapit is sure to have some Classic colts from the better mares that are now among his mates. Tiznow (Cee’s Tizzy (In Reality)) Stands at: WinStar Farm; 2010 fee: $75,000 Tiznow stands over 17hh and he has a big, plain, Roman-nosed head, but he was a tough, sound, racehorse of the highest class, and he has become a top stallion despite his unfashionable sire. Though he is the only two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, many breeders initially thought Tiznow was too big and too ugly. He does get his share of big, plain horses, but a surprising number are attractive sales horses.


Pluck (red cap) wins the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. He was one of two Breeders’ Cup juvenile turf winners for the stallion More Than Ready

Tiznow’s percentages have never been particularly good for a top stallion, but that simply does not matter as much in the modern era of huge stallion books. His best progeny are so good that buyers keep coming back for more. Tiznow gets plenty of good turf horses on America’s flat, tight grass courses, but they really shine on dirt and synthetics where they can deploy their long strides. Though he carries two crosse of Northern Dancer, Tiznow is a relative outcross for most US and European broodmares.

Unbridled’s Song, by Unbridled (Mr. Prospector)

Stands at: Taylor Made; 2010 stud fee: $100,000 Unbridled’s Song possessed perhaps the most beautiful action the author has ever seen, but he passes on his own unsoundness as well as

his ability to his offspring. He is as big as Tiznow, but he is a much better looking horse, resembling his broodmare sire Caro. For the six months from his Breeders’ Cup Juvenile win to his Kentucky Derby loss, he was the best horse of his crop by some way, and he sires plenty of high-class horses. Two of Unbridled’s Song’s three Breeders’ Cup winners are fillies, and unsoundness prevented the colt, Midshipman, from accomplishing what his ability dictated as a three-year-old. Several of Unbridled’s Song’s sons are getting good chances at stud, and Rockport Harbor has made an excellent start with his first twoyear-olds this year. It is almost inevitable that one or more of his sons will be a good sire, and, most likely, produce sounder offspring as well.

Views on US stallions Tim McMurray, bloodstock agent “I like the stock by Street Sense – they have size and bone and are well-balanced. Hard Spun has got horses with some size and his yearlings were much better than his weanlings. “People are seemingly not buying the first-crop sires as much as they have, yet older horses are passé. The trend has been toward young proven sires. “Stud managers have their backs to a wall. They are having to raise the price to stem the flow of breeders coming with mares, but if they screen too closely, they will piss people off, yet they want to reduce the books so as not to flood the market with progeny that won’t sell. “They are forced to raise the prices to counteract the demand, and so I see stud managers raising fees.” Ric Waldman, farm manager, Overbrook Farm “The yearling market was surprisingly good, but the demand at the November breeding stock sales has not been the same. There is little profit which is attributable to the increasing costs of production.There is very little give in the expenses and the only components that a breeder is able to negotiate on is the price that he is willing to pay for a mare or stud fee. “Commercial breeders benefit from a limited book, but the free market controls this. If breeders think there are too many from a certain stallion, then they will avoid that stallion. “We are swinging to proven sires because overpriced first-year stallions have to accomplish so much to justify those prices. We are still reacting from those prices. I think that $50,000 is the barrier – that will be considered a very high price for a first-year stallion. Most of the top stallions will be in the $30-40,000 range in 2011.”


Pat Payne, buying agent “I liked Corinthian’s yearlings. But just for a horse, without looking at pedigree, I loved the Flashy Bulls. I was shortlisting for a client and I ended up with a lot ofthem on the list, and there weren’t any to cut out. You had to leave them on as they are scopey, athletic individuals.” Hoby Kight, pinhooker and trainer “I didn’t buy any yearlings by first-year sires, which I normally do, but I was not going down that route in this market. I’ve bought horses by young, proven sires instead: the young ones still have that buzz, and are good enough to sell. “In the horse business, people are buying the dream, and that means youth. I bought yearlings by Empire Maker, Ghostzapper, and a Bernardini – he was my only highdollar one, but the sire seems to be getting runners. “There were so many mares, from mediocre to bad, that were producing mediocre to bad horses. Many of them are no longer around and the guys left standing are good at their job, and they know a good horse. In my business, it’s all or nothing. If the horse can’t run, he is of no value. I’m looking for really good training horses, and I can find them, but so can all of us who know what we’re doing. “Mares and weanlings are the future, and that’s why they are not as strong a market right now; we just don’t know what the future holds.” Dr. Bill Baker, owner and veterinarian “I’ve seen a lot of nice Congrats horses. Conformationally, body-wise. I like them a lot.” Jerry Hollendorfer, trainer “I like Flatter. His babies are nice and big and strong.”

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covering statistics

Covering statistics 2010 Supplied by Weatherbys from the Return Of Mares

The year enjoyed by Sea The Stars through 2009, unsurprisingly, created a knock-on effect for his sire Cape Cross. Last spring the Darley stallion covered 89 mares possessing racing black-type, in 2009 he saw 67 similar mares. On that basis the sire was behind only Galileo – the Coolmore stallion was visited by 108 mares with black-type form. Sea The Stars, himself, got 110 winning mares and 84 mares with black-type – the good book promised last winter for him certainly materialised. High Chaparral got the most mares – 217 – and if adding in the fact that 135 of them were winners, he will have every chance of success in the future and appears to have Coolmore backing him. Two more Coolmore stallions followed in the numbers game – both second-season sires – Footstepsinthesand and Oratorio, who both saw around 200 mares. Irish stallions were by far the busiest stallions last spring (Dubawi, the 12th busiest sire in the list, was the most active Britishbased sire), while Bushranger was the busiest first-season stallion at stud last year having covered 188 mares. Figures for winning mares include N.H. Flat winners

Covering statistics 2010 Stallion Foal Year

Sea The Stars: both he and sire Cape Cross got a good book of mares in 2010


Acclamation (GB) Act One (GB) Ad Valorem (USA) Alhaarth (IRE) Amadeus Wolf (GB) Aqlaam Araafa (IRE) Arakan (USA) Archipenko Art Connoisseur Assertive Auction House Aussie Rules (USA) Authorized (IRE) Avonbridge (GB) Azamour (IRE) Bahamian Bounty (GB) Bahri (USA) Balmont Baltic King (GB) Beat Hollow (GB) Bertolini (USA) Bushranger Byron (GB) Cacique (IRE) Cadeaux Genereux Camacho (GB) Cape Cross (IRE) Captain Rio (GB) Champs Elysees Clodovil (IRE) Cockney Rebel (IRE) Compton Place (GB) Dalakhani (IRE) Dandy Man Danehill Dancer (IRE)

1999 1999 2002 1993 2003 2005 2003 2000 2004 2006 2003 1996 2003 2004 2000 2001 1994 1992 2001 2000 1997 1996 2006 2001 2001 1985 2002 1994 1999 2003 2000 2004 1994 2000 2003 1993

Supplied by Weatherbys Mares Covered

Winning Mares

119 43 85 66 137 92 19 95 64 57 22 15 150 149 55 140 110 10 33 29 24 38 188 106 7 8 113 173 152 108 87 31 99 123 110 97

74 10 40 34 71 60 9 34 43 26 16 7 67 97 30 83 74 5 12 11 14 17 90 52 3 6 45 131 70 60 46 19 60 85 44 68

B-Type Mares 21 11 8 18 24 3 2 14 7 1 3 13 43 2 22 22 2 3 7 22 15 1 1 5 89 11 23 5 5 9 56 11 46

covering statistics Stallion Foal Year Dansili (GB) Dark Angel (IRE) Diamond Green (FR) Dilshaan (GB) Dubai Destination (USA) Dubawi (IRE) Duke Of Marmalade Dutch Art (GB) Dylan Thomas (IRE) Echo of Light (GB) Elnadim (USA) Exceed And Excel (AUS) Excellent Art (GB) Firebreak (GB) Footstepsinthesand (GB) Galileo (IRE) Green Desert (USA) Haafhd (GB) Haatef Halling (USA) Heliostatic (IRE) Hernando (FR) High Chaparral (IRE) Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) Hurricane Run (IRE) Iffraaj (GB) Imperial Dancer (GB) Indesatchel (IRE) Indian Haven (GB) Intikhab (USA) Invincible Spirit (IRE) Ivan Denisovich (IRE) Jeremy (USA) Key of Luck (USA) Kheleyf (USA) Kodiac (GB) Kris Kin (USA) Kyllachy (GB) Lawman (FR) Lucky Story (USA) Majestic Missile (IRE) Major Cadeaux Manduro (GER) Marju (IRE) Mastercraftsman Medicean (GB) Milk It Mick (GB) Misu Bond (IRE) Monsieur Bond (IRE) Montjeu (IRE) Moss Vale (IRE) Mount Nelson Mujadil (USA) Multiplex Myboycharlie Nayef New Approach Notnowcato (GB) Oasis Dream (GB) Observatory (USA) Oratorio (IRE)

1996 2005 2001 1998 1999 2002 2004 2004 2003 2002 1994 2000 2004 1999 2002 1998 1983 2001 2004 1991 2003 1990 1999 2004 2002 2001 1998 2002 2000 1994 1997 2003 2003 1991 2001 2001 2000 1998 2004 2001 2001 2004 2002 1988 2006 1997 2001 2003 2000 1996 2001 2004 1988 2003 2005 1998 2005 2002 2000 1997 2002

Mares Covered

Winning Mares

98 77 69 32 108 36 4 1 94 18 161 122 160 96 100 50 130 84 63 17 51 31 133 89 131 66 63 35 201 108 177 136 15 12 26 12 47 15 129 84 15 6 24 17 217 135 168 80 92 48 146 81 3 25 11 27 15 70 32 191 126 27 13 113 45 13 3 122 68 143 56 23 1 70 44 139 75 68 33 51 21 48 20 111 67 46 27 176 106 120 74 24 13 19 8 24 12 118 84 71 35 118 89 19 6 103 31 79 43 104 77 134 102 66 37 140 111 24 12 196 98

B-Type Mares 56 8 7 4 63 45 8 41 3 8 39 18 6 26 108 5 4 21 3 6 64 31 14 13

Busiest stallions 2010 Stallion High Chaparral (IRE) Footstepsinthesand (GB) Oratorio (IRE) Invincible Spirit (IRE) Bushranger Teofilo (IRE) Galileo (IRE) Mastercraftsman Yeats Cape Cross (IRE) Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) Shamardal (USA) Dubawi (IRE) Duke Of Marmalade Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) Verglas (IRE) Captain Rio (GB) Aussie Rules (USA) Authorized (IRE) Iffraaj (GB)

Mares Covered 217 201 196 191 188 183 177 176 174 173 168 166 161 160 153 153 152 150 149 146

2 2 4 71 2 5

Stallions with most winning mares

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11 29 4 1 5 31 10 42 30 1 1 53 6 39 2 10 52 70 12 87 3 38

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Galileo (IRE) High Chaparral (IRE) Shamardal (USA) Cape Cross (IRE) Invincible Spirit (IRE) Dubawi (IRE) Pivotal (GB) Oasis Dream (GB) Sea The Stars Footstepsinthesand (GB) Mastercraftsman Teofilo (IRE) New Approach Oratorio (IRE) Authorized (IRE) Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) Verglas (IRE) Duke Of Marmalade Bushranger Exceed And Excel (AUS)

Mares Covered 136 135 132 131 126 122 116 111 110 108 106 104 102 98 97 97 97 96 90 89


covering statistics Stallion Foal Year Papal Bull Pastoral Pursuits (GB) Peintre Celebre (USA) Phoenix Reach (IRE) Piccolo (GB) Pivotal (GB) Proclamation (IRE) Rail Link (GB) Rakti (GB) Raven’s Pass Refuse To Bend (IRE) Rock O f Gibraltar (IRE) Royal Applause (GB) Sakhee (USA) Sakhee’s Secret Sea The Stars Selkirk (USA) Shamardal (USA) Shirocco (GER) Singspiel (IRE) Sir Percy (GB) Sixties Icon Sleeping Indian (GB) Soviet Star (USA) Strategic Prince (GB) Striking Ambition (GB) Superior Premium (GB) Tagula (IRE) Tamayuz Teofilo (IRE) Thousand Words Three Valleys (USA) Tiger Hill (IRE) Tobougg (IRE) Trans Island (GB) Verglas (IRE) Virtual Where Or When (IRE) Whipper (USA) Windsor Knot Winker Watson With Approval (CAN) Yeats Zamindar (USA)


2003 2001 1994 2000 1991 1993 2002 2003 1999 2005 2000 1999 1993 1997 2004 2006 1988 2002 2001 1992 2003 2003 2001 1984 2004 2000 1994 1993 2005 2004 2004 2001 1995 1998 1995 1994 2005 1999 2001 2002 2005 1986 2001 1994

Mares Covered 106 137 83 32 61 134 52 64 18 56 24 153 137 56 70 140 77 166 142 45 80 36 103 26 68 16 1 75 87 183 45 83 95 76 106 153 70 12 84 31 29 6 174 96

Winning Mares 38 89 46 13 38 116 20 42 8 41 12 97 87 32 41 110 58 132 86 29 59 20 53 12 34 8 1 34 44 104 25 44 64 32 7 97 29 1 53 13 15 3 83 62

B-Type Mares 4 7 22 4 72 15 1 23 1 41 29 9 13 84 31 78 25 15 12 2 9 3 4 4 25 56 3 8 18 4 31 5 25 1 23 34

The Middle Park Stakes-winning son of Danetime, Bushranger, was visited by 188 mares last spring

Stallions with most black-type mares Stallion Galileo (IRE) Cape Cross (IRE) Oasis Dream (GB) Sea The Stars Shamardal (USA) Pivotal (GB) Invincible Spirit (IRE) New Approach High Chaparral (IRE) Dubawi (IRE) Teofilo (IRE) Dalakhani (IRE) Dansili (GB) Montjeu (IRE) Nayef Danehill Dancer (IRE) Duke Of Marmalade Authorized (IRE) Mastercraftsman Rock of Gibraltar (IRE)

Mares Covered 108 89 87 84 78 72 71 70 64 63 56 56 56 53 52 46 45 43 42 41

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european yearling averages

Leading sires of yearlings by average in 2010 (yearlings sold at European sales)

Supplied by Weatherbys Rank Stallion 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32

Galileo (IRE) Smart Strike (CAN) Street Cry (IRE) Montjeu (IRE) Dansili (GB) Oasis Dream (GB) Monsun (GER) Danehill Dancer (IRE) Elusive Quality (USA) Pivotal (GB) Dubawi (IRE) Teofilo (IRE) Mr Greeley (USA) Green Desert (USA) Invincible Spirit (IRE) Giant’s Causeway (USA) Dalakhani (IRE) Speightstown (USA) Shamardal (USA) Anabaa (USA) Gone West (USA) Dylan Thomas (IRE) El Prado (IRE) Nayef (USA) Cape Cross (IRE) Lawman (FR) Azamour (IRE) Selkirk (USA) Manduro (GER) Authorized (IRE) Excellent Art (GB) Johannesburg (USA)

includes all 2010 yearling sales up to and including the Tattersalls Ireland November Sale Offered 77 3 5 42 39 68 15 50 8 58 47 69 22 28 57 7 44 3 64 36 3 83 3 56 80 74 18 28 73 71 73 8

Sold 58 3 4 36 32 58 13 43 7 45 42 52 17 20 46 5 35 3 58 34 3 66 3 46 66 62 17 24 53 55 56 8

Aggregate 13,570,190 660,000 834,265 5,125,358 4,318,788 7,519,880 1,589,788 4,590,069 682,269 4,287,650 3,988,495 4,698,015 1,501,402 1,758,328 3,914,131 414,660 2,256,002 192,140 3,472,924 1,905,693 161,068 3,493,378 156,137 2,315,022 3,266,325 3,014,573 817,361 1,125,240 2,421,386 2,417,566 2,361,546 335,857

Top colt

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550,000 200,000 375,000 525,000 375,000 480,000 269,700 280,000 151,706 250,000 360,000 252,843 320,000 145,000 463,547 134,850 311,841 75,000 303,413 168,563 140,000 300,000 101,137 525,000 235,000 300,000 75,853 300,000 126,422 170,000 200,000 100,000

1,200,000 260,000 109,565 400,000 190,000 700,000 294,985 330,000 168,563 240,000 800,673 337,126 425,000 450,000 350,000 84,280 143,278 75,000 117,994 252,844 12,641 185,419 0 175,000 140,000 219,131 240,000 168,563 151,706 96,923 150,000 21,070

168,562 200,000 189,632 100,000 105,568 79,640 95,000 84,280 100,000 75,000 63,210 69,532 52,000 43,500 71,000 84,280 42,140 75,000 50,000 35,819 12,641 34,356 45,000 26,000 39,000 31,592 33,712 35,963 41,297 30,000 26,333 33,712

233,968 220,000 208,566 142,371 134,962 129,653 122,291 106,745 97,467 95,281 94,964 90,346 88,317 87,916 85,089 82,932 64,457 64,046 59,878 56,049 53,689 52,929 52,045 50,326 49,489 48,622 48,080 46,885 45,686 43,955 42,170 41,982 103

european yearling averages Rank Stallion 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47

Acclamation (GB) War Chant (USA) Hurricane Run (IRE) Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) High Chaparral (IRE) Arch (USA) Zamindar (USA) Exceed And Excel (AUS) Medicean (GB) Iffraaj (GB) El Corredor (USA) Singspiel (IRE) Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) Hernando (FR) Van Nistelrooy (USA)




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Top filly


98 3 69 103 56 12 46 57 34 71 3 53 120 8 12

84 3 58 86 46 7 44 52 30 68 3 43 101 7 10

3,233,950 115,236 2,227,219 3,160,185 1,668,132 240,350 1,502,289 1,742,269 1,004,607 2,218,210 97,000 1,373,162 3,200,066 218,790 306,209

150,000 84,280 150,000 170,000 145,000 67,424 84,281 180,000 75,853 160,000 56,000 130,000 185,419 117,994 52,000

189,633 0 134,850 130,000 101,137 30,000 151,706 115,000 92,709 67,425 16,000 90,000 134,850 14,327 65,739

25,142 20,000 25,705 30,500 22,334 30,000 24,299 23,500 30,170 22,755 25,000 26,969 23,598 15,170 17,928

Average 38,499 38,412 38,400 36,746 36,263 34,335 34,142 33,505 33,486 32,620 32,333 31,934 31,683 31,255 30,620


• Multiple Group winner • Won Gr.3 Solario Stakes at 2 by 21/2 lengths • Timeform rated 118 • By sire of sires Pivotal • Fee 2011: €3,000 (1st Oct.)

First crop yearlings at the Sales this year Sold for €32,000, €24,000, €25,000, etc. and buyers included Bobby O’Ryan, Cormac McCormack and Geoffrey Howson Bloodstock. They will go into training with Dandy Nicholls, Andrew Balding, Fozzy Stack, Gay Kelleway, etc. Enquiries to John McEnery, Rossenarra Stud, Kells, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland. Tel: +353 (0)56 772 8319 or mobile: +353 (0)86 212 3779, email:,


european yearling averages Rank Stallion 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62

American Post (GB) Kyllachy (GB) Rahy (USA) Royal Applause (GB) Sinndar (IRE) Muhtathir (GB) Footstepsinthesand (GB) Langfuhr (CAN) Marju (IRE) Cadeaux Genereux Sir Percy (GB) Proud Citizen (USA) Orpen (USA) Dutch Art (GB) Shirocco (GER)

Offered 13 49 6 71 4 43 57 4 33 26 33 10 19 73 72

Sold 13 44 5 62 4 35 45 4 27 22 29 9 17 59 64

Aggregate 396,081 1,319,592 147,682 1,827,250 116,306 960,224 1,234,462 108,437 712,124 575,745 756,692 233,292 438,480 1,494,842 1,607,079

Top colt

Top filly



22,756 101,137 40,000 240,000 46,354 117,994 168,563 25,000 74,167 84,281 80,000 41,152 113,780 151,706 130,000

143,278 114,285 0 168,563 33,712 84,281 62,000 43,826 105,351 58,997 50,000 29,498 75,853 120,000 46,354

14,327 20,500 27,000 16,523 27,812 21,913 10,956 23,035 23,000 20,500 21,070 29,498 12,642 14,000 19,384

30,467 29,990 29,536 29,471 29,076 27,434 27,432 27,109 26,374 26,170 26,092 25,921 25,792 25,336 25,110 105

european yearling averages

This year’s top-priced yearling was the filly out of Alluring Park and by Galileo. She made 1,200,000gns and helped take her sire’s average for 58 yearlings sold to 233,000gns

Rank Stallion 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100


Peintre Celebre (USA) King’s Best (USA) Kahyasi Motivator (GB) Dark Angel (IRE) Cockney Rebel (IRE) Intikhab (USA) Clodovil (IRE) King’s Theatre (IRE) Presenting (GB) Kallisto (GER) Chichicastenango (FR) Amadeus Wolf (GB) Oratorio (IRE) Barathea (IRE) Lando (GER) Red Ransom (USA) Soviet Star (USA) Samum (GER) Panis (USA) Bahamian Bounty (GB) Verglas (IRE) Elusive City (USA) Hold That Tiger (USA) Monsieur Bond (IRE) Le Vie Dei Colori (GB) Martaline (GB) Notnowcato (GB) Rail Link (GB) Green Tune (USA) Dubai Destination (USA) Gold Away (IRE) Turtle Bowl (IRE) Kodiac (GB) Desert Style (IRE) With Approval (CAN) Anabaa Blue (GB) Turgeon (USA)

Offered 21 45 6 52 78 30 28 81 24 38 7 7 80 109 37 30 11 17 16 12 44 70 90 23 9 22 5 35 36 16 41 33 12 49 15 11 9 6

Sold 17 36 5 38 70 27 25 72 14 28 5 7 70 86 33 27 10 15 13 11 40 61 74 23 8 16 5 26 31 15 36 28 12 40 13 8 8 6

Aggregate 420,207 888,028 121,785 919,515 1,652,921 625,522 571,302 1,618,096 307,303 614,424 109,564 150,018 1,496,420 1,833,562 687,256 547,112 201,921 290,834 248,876 209,012 749,238 1,133,346 1,370,980 424,769 146,188 292,098 90,599 470,882 553,556 267,163 638,722 486,361 208,169 689,547 221,100 135,930 135,690 101,135

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Top filly



74,167 92,709 63,211 85,000 140,000 92,709 95,000 85,000 46,354 33,333 75,853 26,970 78,000 104,761 42,140 92,000 52,000 80,000 25,284 32,026 76,190 75,853 114,285 63,211 47,619 114,285 43,826 62,000 84,281 50,568 46,354 53,940 35,398 100,000 80,066 65,000 29,498 30,341

46,354 300,000 0 84,281 96,922 71,428 18,541 80,067 47,619 28,571 0 67,425 45,000 84,281 280,000 67,425 25,000 29,498 53,940 67,425 42,000 63,211 160,134 63,211 2,000 13,000 18,541 23,000 44,091 16,856 97,000 25,284 21,070 75,000 13,484 7,833 58,997 14,327

21,069 11,377 15,170 17,428 12,214 12,000 12,000 15,170 21,490 18,794 6,321 18,541 16,434 13,485 8,427 12,642 16,713 11,799 9,270 13,485 15,000 13,485 9,059 12,642 10,285 9,635 14,327 16,428 10,113 14,327 12,242 11,799 18,541 8,427 5,056 9,728 9,692 15,170

24,718 24,667 24,357 24,197 23,613 23,167 22,852 22,473 21,950 21,943 21,912 21,431 21,377 21,320 20,825 20,263 20,192 19,388 19,144 19,001 18,730 18,579 18,526 18,468 18,273 18,256 18,119 18,110 17,856 17,810 17,742 17,370 17,347 17,238 17,007 16,991 16,961 16,855


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Born Gold (Blushing Groom-Riviere D´Or (Lyphard )

by Sophia Brudenell

Goldikova wins the Breeders’ Cup Mile for the third consecutive year


winner’s enclosure, but it wasn’t long before black-type was added to the page courtesy of Born Gold’s second foal, Gold Round. By Caerleon, Gold Round was trained by another of the Head dynasty, Criqette HeadMaarek. As a three-year-old the filly won the Group 3 Prix Cleopatre before heading to Epsom for the Oaks in 2000. Although she disappointed in the Classic, she had done enough to retire to the paddocks and has recently boosted the family pedigree with her current three-year-old Goldwaki. A son of Dalakhani, Goldwaki has been in training this season with Andre Fabre, again running for the Wertheimer brothers. The colt won the Group 3 Prix de Lys in June and was fourth in the Grand Prix de Paris (G1) behind Behkabad the following month. Gold Round has also produced the Listed winner Spectaculaire, who won the Prix Right Royal at Saint-Cloud in 2007.

Goldikova is like a car. When she goes she has the speed and can do anything and at any distance


he European raiders did not have their most successful year at this year’s Breeders’ Cup, but it did not stop the mighty Goldikova from making headlines on both sides of the Atlantic Sea, becoming the first horse to win the same race, the Breeders’ Cup Mile, three consecutive times at the international meeting. Although this year Goldikova was faced with a different track from her previous two victories, the tight bends of Churchill Downs proved to be of little consequence as Freddy Head’s star mare won by an easy one and three quarter lengths. This was the five-year-old’s 12th Group 1 win of her career, a feat that not even Miseque could achieve in the 1980s. Goldikova runs in the blue and white colours of the Wertheimer brothers, Alain and Gerard, who inherited some of the best breeding lines in French racing from their father, Jacques. Her dam, Born Gold, is now 19 years old and she has achieved plenty during her time at stud. Born Gold is by Blushing Groom and is a sister to the 1993 Coronation Stakes winner Gold Splash. Their dam Riviere D’Or is out of another top level performer for the Wertheimer family, the 1981 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Gold River, who was trained by Freddy Head’s father, Alec. Son Freddy trained the first foal out of Born Gold, a daughter of Sanglamore called Glamadour. The filly didn’t make it into the

Following the success of Gold Round, the Wertheimer brothers sent Born Gold back to Caerleon and in 1998 the mare produced another filly, Born Something. The filly was put into training with Criqette Head-Maarek and she made a promising start when winning on her debut. She followed that up with a third in the Group 3 Prix de la Grotte before being retired at the end of 2001, having disappointed on her last two starts at Group 1 level. She was sold at that year’s Tattersalls December Breeding Stock Sale, offering buyers a rare chance to buy into such a prestigious family and it was John Ferguson who made the winning bid at 820,000gns. After producing Born Something, Born Gold was covered by Dr Devious and then Green Tune, producing the two colts – Demonious and Red Tune. Red Tune added his own blacktype to the pedigree when placed at Group 3 level and both colts ran predominately in handicaps in France. In 2002, Born Gold produced another colt by Green Tune. He was named Gold Sound and, until Goldikova arrived, was the mare’s most successful progeny. The colt was trained by Carlos Laffon-Parais and won as a two-year-old at Maisons-Laffitte on his fourth career start. He then won a Listed race on his first start at three before going on to beat the future multiple Group 1 winner Doctor Dino by a short-head in the Group 3 Prix de Guiche. His next start in the Prix du Jockey Club was less successful, when he finished tenth behind

mare of the month Shamardal, but he ran 25 times, won four races and won almost £130,000 in prizemoney. The Wertheimers sent Born Gold to Sadler’s Wells in 2003, a mating that resulted in a filly who was called Neartica. She also went into training with Carlos Laffon-Parais, but did not win in five starts and was sold in 2007 at the Tattersalls December Sale for 330,000gns to Blandford Bloodstock. In 2004, the decision was taken to send Born Gold to a sprinter instead of a middledistance horse and she visited the Haras du Quesnay’s July Cup winner Anabaa. The filly was called Goldikova and was sent to Head, who hadn’t trained any of Born Gold’s produce since Glamadour in 1997. In the four years that she has been in his stable Goldikova has established herself as one of the top of the milers that we have seen in the last decade. She has now won 15 of her 21 starts, 12 of which have been at the highest level, and taken her prize-money earnings to over £3.7million. So far she has only once finished out of the top three, when seventh in last year’s Prix d’Ispahan, and has won more Group 1 races than any other European-trained horse, having beaten Miesque’s record when winning this year’s Prix de la Fôret. Head was lucky enough to be associated with both magnificent fillies as he was Miesque’s jockey, and he commented after the Fôret: “I’m very lucky to have had two fillies like that. To have ridden one and to train one. You can’t compare them. Goldikova is a much easier mare than Miesque, who was a real hard-puller and you can do a lot more things with Goldikova than Miesque. “Goldikova is like a car. When she goes she has the speed and can do anything and at any distance.” Excitingly, the decision was taken to keep Goldikova in training as a six-year-old and the racing community, in Europe and America (she is so suited to the American style of racing) will be hoping that she can continue to break records and continue to further cement her place in the history books. Since Goldikova, Born Gold has produced four foals. In 2006 she got a Cape Cross filly, Born Again. She only ran twice for Fabre and never looked as though she would be able to perform at the same level as her half-sister. Head now trains Born Gold’s three-year-old and two-year-old: a Green Tune colt called Ocean Seven and a Galileo filly, Galikova. Ocean Seven won on his debut and was third in a conditions race this year. His halfsister also won on her debut, but is obviously highly regarded as her second start was in the Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac in October when

she finished fifth behind Misty For Me. Luckily, Born Gold returned to Anabaa in 2009, his last season before his death in July, and there is the exciting prospect of a sister of Goldikova waiting in the wings. This is undoubtedly a brilliant filly line that has been established so well by the

Wertheimers. The offspring of Born Gold have achieved so much on the racecourse and with so many fillies in the family there will be plenty to look forward to, not least the return of Goldikova next season, and, two years from now, the arrival on the racecourse of her younger sister.

Timeline highlights for Born Gold 1981

Born Gold’s grand-dam, Gold River wins the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe


Born Gold is born, a daughter of Blushing Groom out of Riviere D’Or


She produced her first foal, a Sanglamore filly called Glamadour


Caerleon filly born. She is called Gold Round


Second Caerleon filly is born. She is called Born Something


A colt by Dr Devious is born. He is called Demonious


Gold Round wins at Group 3 level


Green Tune colt is born. He is called Red Tune Born Something is sold for 820,000gns to John Ferguson at Tattersalls December Sales


Another Green Tune colt is born. He is called Gold Sound


Sadler’s Wells filly born. She is called Neartica


A daughter of Anabaa is born, she is called Goldikova Gold Sound wins the Group 3 Prix de Guiche


Cape Cross Filly Born. She is called Born Again


A colt by Green Tune is born. He is called Ocean Seven Neartica is sold for 330,000gns to Blandford Bloodstock at Tattersalls December Sales Goldikova makes a winning debut on her first start as a two-year-old


A Galileo filly is born. To be called Galikova Goldikova wins her first Group 1, the Prix de Rothschild and then goes on to win Prix du Moulin and Breeder’s Cup Mile


Goldikova wins four Group 1s, the Falmouth Stakes, the Prix Rothschild, the Prix du Jacques le Marois and Breeder’s Cup Mile


A full sister to Goldikova is born Goldikova wins five Group 1s, including the Breeder’s Cup Mile for the third consecutive year. She also wins the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, the Prix de la Foret, Prix Rothschild and the Prix du Moulin. This brings her tally of Group 1 wins to 12 in total. She stays in training for 2011 Galikova makes a winning debut for Head and is fifth in the Prix Marcel Boussac 109

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2nd Dam: Sistabelle by Bellypha. unraced. Own sister to BELLA COLORA. Dam of TORCH ROUGE (c Warning: Brandenburg Trophy der Landesbank Berlin G2, Arlington H G2). Grandam of SIMONAS, SYRAKUS, SIR WARREN. Broodmare Sire: WARNING. Sire of the dams of 44 Stakes winners. In 2010 MISS KELLER Montjeu G2, AIR CHIEF MARSHAL Danehill Dancer G3, ESPIRITA Iffraaj G3, MORES WELLS Sadler’s Wells G3, FORETELLER Dansili LR, KEIAI DAISY Kurofune LR, PROHIBIT Oasis Dream LR, TOI ET MOI Galileo LR. Gone West Zafonic Zaizafon IFFRAAJ b 2001

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Nureyev Pastorale Park Appeal ESPIRITA f 2008 Known Fact Warning Slightly Dangerous BELLE ESPRIT b 94 Bellypha Sistabelle

Excel) Sold 16,000gns yearling at TAOC3. 4 wins at 2 at home, France, John Smth’s Horris Hill S G3, Criterium du Fonds Europeen de L’Elevage LR, 2nd Juddmonte Royal Lodge S G2, 3rd Superlative S G2. 2009: (f Byron) 2010: (f Piccolo)

Protector LR, GONDORFF Marscay LR, GREEN MOON Green Tune LR, HALONG BAY Singspiel LR, HARRIS TWEED Prized LR, MONTJEE Star Way LR, OLD JOCK Dance Floor LR, BUDAPEST Doyoun LR, ERADICATE Indian Ridge LR, HURRICANE FLY Kenmare LR.

2nd Dam: CHIPAYA by Northern Prospect. 6 wins at 2 to 5 at home, USA Moss Bros October S LR, 3rd Premio Bagutta - Memorial Sergio Cumani G3.

1st Dam: FRENI by Sternkoenig. 4 wins at 3 in Germany. Dam of 3 winners: 2003: FESTERO (g Silvano) 4 wins at 3 and 5 in Belgium, Germany. 2005: CLOWANCE (f Montjeu) 3 wins at 3 and 5, John Smith’s St Simon S G3, Swettenham Stud Fillies Trial LR, 2nd Irish Field Irish St Leger G1. 2006: CLUB TAHITI (f Hernando) Winner at 2. 2007: Keys (g Doyen) unraced to date. 2008: (f Peintre Celebre)

Broodmare Sire: DARSHAAN. Sire of the dams of 158 Stakes winners. In 2010 - LILLIE LANGTRY Danehill Dancer G1, SARAFINA Refuse To Bend G1, AVIENUS Reset G2, MIDAS TOUCH Galileo G2, DISTANT MEMORIES Falbrav G3, GLASS HARMONIUM Verglas G3, GRACE O’MALLEY Refuse To Bend G3, KLAMMER Exceed And Excel G3, SAJJHAA King’s Best G3, TACTIC Sadler’s Wells G3, ASHIYLA Rock of Gibraltar LR, BIGZAM Zamindar LR, BURN THE BREEZE Beat Hollow LR, CLAREMONT Sadler’s Wells LR, LUMINEUX Motivator LR, WINTER DREAM Act One LR, ASHKAZAR Sadler’s Wells LR, PITTONI Peintre Celebre LR, SLINGSHOT Kahyasi LR, ZARINAVA Daylami LR.

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EUROPE 1005 -Prix des Reservoirs-Haras d’Etreham, G3, Deauville, October 19, 1600m 1 Espirita (FR) 2 f Iffraaj (GB) - Belle Esprit (GB) (Warning) 2 Footsteppy (IRE) 2 b f Footstepsinthesand (GB) - Final Opinion (IRE) (King’s Theatre (IRE)) 3 Nova Step (GB) 2 ch f Dubawi (IRE) Light Step (USA) (Nureyev (USA)) Age: 2; Starts: 3; Wins: 2; Places: 1 Earnings: £54,690 Sire: IFFRAAJ. Sire of 2 Stakes winners. In 2010 - WOOTTON BASSETT Primo Dominie G1, ESPIRITA Warning G3. 1st Dam: Belle Esprit by Warning. unraced. Own sister to TORCH ROUGE. Dam of 4 winners: 1999: ALL BUSINESS (f Entrepreneur) Winner at 3. Broodmare. 2000: Beau Artiste (g Peintre Celebre) 2001: Finians Gold (c Fasliyev) 2002: RELUCTANT SUITOR (g Singspiel) Winner at 4. 2004: WORLD SPIRIT (f Agnes World) 3 wins at 2 and 3. Broodmare. 2006: Belle Et Brave (f Falbrav) 2008: ESPIRITA (f Iffraaj) Sold 34,211gns yearling at ARAUG. 2 wins at


2nd Dam: Flunder by Nebos. 1 win at 2 in West Germany, 2nd Dortmunder Stutenpreis LR, 3rd Neuss Stuten Preis der Gunnewig Hotels G3, Ludwig Goebels-Erinnerungsrennen G3. Dam of FERRARI (c Alkalde: Gerling Preis G2, 3rd Hollywood Turf Cup H G1), Fusili (f Silvano: 2nd Totescoop6 Lingfield Oaks Trial LR), Forto (g Acatenango: 2nd P. der Firma Jungheinrich Gabelstapler LR)


1006 -John Smth’s Horris Hill Stakes, G3, Newbury, October 23, 7f 1 Klammer (GB) 2 b c Exceed And Excel (AUS) - Aymara (GB) (Darshaan) 2 Dux Scholar (GB) 2 b c Oasis Dream (GB) - Alumni (GB) (Selkirk (USA)) 3 Elzaam (AUS) 2 b c Redoute’s Choice (AUS) - Mambo In Freeport (USA) (Kingmambo (USA)) Age: 2; Starts: 7; Wins: 4; Places: 2 Earnings: £124,057 Sire: EXCEED AND EXCEL. Sire of 26 Stakes winners. In 2010 - ELECTRIC WAVES Spectrum G3, KLAMMER Darshaan G3, REWARD FOR EFFORT Rory’s Jester G3, TECH EXCEED Nebos G3, HOONESS Spectrum LR, KOALA BEAR Zabeel LR, MASAMAH Distant Relative LR, VERY DISCREET Euclase LR. 1st Dam: AYMARA by Darshaan. Winner at 3. Dam of 3 winners: 2002: Madge (f Marju) 2003: ADAGE (f Vettori) 3 wins at 4. 2004: Elegans (f Montjeu) ran a few times. 2005: HANSEATIC CROSS (c Cape Cross) Winner at 5 in Germany. 2006: Antica Medusa (f Tiger Hill) ran on the flat in Italy. 2007: Ermyn Express (f Selkirk) 2008: KLAMMER (c Exceed And

Razyana EXCEED AND EXCEL b 2000 Lomond Patrona Gladiolus KLAMMER b c 2008 Shirley Heights Darshaan Delsy AYMARA b 97 Northern Prospect Chipaya Flaming Rose

Broodmare Sire: STERNKOENIG. Sire of the dams of 3 Stakes winners. In 2010 - CLOWANCE Montjeu G3. Northern Dancer Sadler’s Wells Fairy Bridge MONTJEU b 96 Top Ville Floripedes Toute Cy CLOWANCE b f 2005 Kalaglow Sternkoenig

1007 -John Smith’s St Simon Stakes, G3, Newbury, October 23, 12f

Sternwappen FRENI ch 97 Nebos Flunder Flunkerei

1 Clowance (GB) 5 b f Montjeu (IRE) Freni (GER) (Sternkoenig (IRE)) 2 Poet (GB) 5 b c Pivotal (GB) - Hyabella (GB) (Shirley Heights) 3 Dreamspeed (IRE) 3 b c Barathea (IRE) - Kapria (FR) (Simon du Desert (FR)) Age: 2-5; Starts: 8; Wins: 3; Places: 4 Earnings: £139,973 Sire: MONTJEU. Sire of 92 Stakes winners. In 2010 - FAME AND GLORY Shirley Heights G1, JOSHUA TREE Grand Lodge G1, TAVISTOCK Quest For Fame G1, WALL STREET Grand Lodge G1, JUKEBOX JURY Kenmare G2, MARIA ROYAL Zafonic G2, MISS KELLER Warning G2, CLOWANCE Sternkoenig G3, GROWL Western Symphony G3, JAN VERMEER Pennekamp G3, CLASS IS CLASS Hector

1008 -Premio St Leger Italiano, G3, Milan, October 23, 2800m 1 Burma Gold (IRE) 3 ch c Java Gold (USA) - Bougainvillea (GER) (Acatenango (GER)) 2 Ryan (IRE) 7 b c Generous (IRE) Raysiza (IRE) (Alzao (USA)) 3 Cima de Pluie (GB) 3 b c Singspiel (IRE) - Grey Way (USA) (Cozzene (USA)) Age: 3; Starts: 5; Wins: 1; Places: 3 Earnings: £17,062 Sire: JAVA GOLD. Sire of 15 Stakes winners. In 2010 - BURMA GOLD Acatenango G3.

international database 1st Dam: BOUGAINVILLEA by Acatenango. Winner at 3 in Germany. Own sister to BORGIA. Dam of 1 winner: 2001: (c Danehill). died as a foal. 2002: Barcarola (f Grand Lodge). Broodmare. 2003: Burmese Days (f Montjeu). Broodmare. 2004: Burning Heights (f Montjeu). Broodmare. 2005: Blistering Gold (f Java Gold) 2007: BURMA GOLD (c Java Gold) 1 win at 3 in Germany, Premio St Leger Italiano G3, 2nd Grosser Preis Von Dsw21 St Leger G3. 2008: Bristol Bay (f Montjeu) unraced to date. 2nd Dam: BRITANNIA by Tarim. Champion older mare in Europe in 1989 (11-14f.). 5 wins at 3 and 4 in West Germany G.P. Continentale Versicherungs St Leger G2, 4th Prix Royal Oak G1, Grosser Preis von Baden G1, R+V Preis von Europa G1. Dam of BORGIA (f Acatenango: BMW Deutsches Derby G1, Mercedes-Benz Grosser Preis von Baden G1, 2nd Breeders’ Cup Turf G1, 3rd Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe G1), BOREAL (c Java Gold: Vodafone Coronation Cup G1, BMW Deutsches Derby G1, 2nd Credit Suisse Private Banking Pokal G1, UAE Grosser Preis von Baden G1, 3rd Customs Free Zone Corp. Sheema Classic G1) Broodmare Sire: ACATENANGO. Sire of the dams of 34 Stakes winners. In 2010 - ECLAIR DE LUNE Marchand de Sable G1, QUERARI Oasis Dream G1, BURMA GOLD Java Gold G3, LORD CHAPARRAL High Chaparral LR, URAMAZIN Danehill Dancer LR. The Java Gold/Acatenango cross has produced: BURMA GOLD G3, LOTS OF LOVE LR.

Graustark Key To The Mint Key Bridge JAVA GOLD b 84 Nijinsky Javamine Dusky Evening BURMA GOLD ch c 2007 Surumu Acatenango Aggravate BOUGAINVILLEA ch 96 Tarim Britannia Bonna

1009 -Racing Post Trophy, G1, Doncaster, October 23, 8f 1 Casamento (IRE) 2 ch c Shamardal (USA) - Wedding Gift (FR) (Always Fair (USA))

2 Seville (GER) 2 b c Galileo (IRE) Silverskaya (USA) (Silver Hawk (USA)) 3 Master of Hounds (USA) 2 b c Kingmambo (USA) - Silk And Scarlet (GB) (Sadler’s Wells (USA)) Age: 2; Starts: 4; Wins: 3; Places: 1 Earnings: £240,183 Sire: SHAMARDAL. Sire of 21 Stakes winners. In 2010 - CAPTAIN SONADOR Kenny’s Best Pal G1, CASAMENTO Always Fair G1, FAINT PERFUME Zabeel G1, LOPE DE VEGA Vettori G1, NO EVIDENCE NEEDED Generous G2, SHAKESPEAREAN Priolo G2, ZAZOU Lomitas G2, DUNBOYNE EXPRESS Polish Precedent G3, ELLE SHADOW Roi Danzig G3, FRENCH NAVY Woodman G3, FEMINA FASHION Jeune LR, GINGERBREAD MAN Hurricane Sky LR, HAPPY HIPPY Soviet Lad LR, IT’S MIDNIGHT Fairy King LR, MARQUARDT Centaine LR, MODEYRA Unfuwain LR, SHAMILLION Redoute’s Choice LR, SIYAADAH Lahib LR. 1st Dam: WEDDING GIFT by Always Fair. 2 wins in France, Prix Saraca LR, 3rd Prix du Calvados G3, Prix Vanteaux G3. Dam of 5 winners: 2000: WANA DOO (f Grand Slam) 2 wins at 2 and 3 in France. Broodmare. 2001: SKY GIFT (f Stravinsky) 3 wins at 3 in France. Broodmare. 2002: Sandee’s Eight (f High Yield) unraced. Broodmare. 2003: Royal Moon (g Royal Academy) 2004: BROSNA CRY (g Street Cry) Winner at 2. 2005: (g Cape Cross) 2007: INLER (c Red Ransom) 2 wins at 2 and 3. 2008: CASAMENTO (c Shamardal) Sold 37,814gns foal at GONO1. 3 wins at 2, Racing Post Trophy G1, Juddmonte Beresford S G2, 2nd Vincent O’Brien National G1. 2009: (f Motivator) 2nd Dam: Such Style by Sassafras. Dam of WEDDING GIFT (f Always Fair, see above), Chehana (f Posse: 4th Queen Charlotte H G2). Grandam of FRENCH CLOCK, DREAM ABOUT IT, VERI’S GAME, LADYBIRD BLUE, ALEGRIO. Third dam of Bella Princess. Fourth dam of HEART OF DREAMS, RIGHTFULLY YOURS, FAST FUTURE. Broodmare Sire: ALWAYS FAIR. Sire of the dams of 9 Stakes winners. In 2010 - CASAMENTO Shamardal G1, ST PETERSBOURG True Brave LR.

Storm Cat Giant’s Causeway Mariah’s Storm SHAMARDAL b 2002 Machiavellian Helsinki Helen Street CASAMENTO ch c 2008 Danzig Always Fair Carduel WEDDING GIFT b/br 93 Sassafras Such Style Regal Lady

1010 -Engelbert Strauss Trophy, G3, Baden-Baden, October 23, 2200m 1 Durban Thunder (GER) 4 ch c Samum (GER) - Donna Alicia (GER) (Highland Chieftain) 2 Representing (USA) 6 b c Rahy (USA) Recording (USA) (Danzig (USA)) 3 Liang Kay (GER) 5 b c Dai Jin (GB) Linton Bay (GER) (Funambule (USA)) Age: 4; Starts: 6; Wins: 4; Places: 1 Earnings: £39,337 Sire: SAMUM. Sire of 6 Stakes winners. In 2010 - DURBAN THUNDER Highland Chieftain G3. 1st Dam: Donna Alicia by Highland Chieftain. 3 wins at 2 to 4 in Germany, 2nd Meile der Nord/LB-5. der Top 6Wette LR, P.BMW Vertragspartner Berlin Brandenburg LR. Dam of 4 winners: 2001: DON CARINIO (c Monsun) 8 wins at 4, 6 and 8 in Germany. 2002: DONNERFEE (f Sternkoenig) Winner at 4 in Germany. 2004: DONNA LAVINIA (f Acatenango) Winner at 3 in Germany. 2006: DURBAN THUNDER (c Samum) 4 wins at 4 in France, Germany, Engelbert Strauss Trophy G3, GP de la Region Alsace-Etape defi Galop LR. 2nd Dam: DONNA REGINA by Esclavo. 1 win in West Germany. Dam of Donna Alicia (f Highland Chieftain, see above) Broodmare Sire: HIGHLAND CHIEFTAIN. Sire of the dams of 2 Stakes winners. In 2010 - DURBAN THUNDER Samum G3.

1011 -Premio Lydia Tesio Wind Tris Int., G1, Rome, October 24, 2000m 1 Aoife Alainn (IRE) 3 ch f Dr Fong (USA) - Divine Secret (GB) (Hernando (FR)) 2 Antara (GER) 4 b f Platini (GER) Auenpracht (GER) (General Assembly (USA)) 3 Soberania (GER) 4 b f Monsun (GER) Sasuela (GER) (Dashing Blade) Age: 3; Starts: 9; Wins: 5; Places: 3 Earnings: £154,470 Sire: DR FONG. Sire of 28 Stakes winners. In 2010 - AOIFE ALAINN Hernando G1, FREE AGENT Unfuwain LR, RIGHT FONG Bluebird LR. 1st Dam: Divine Secret by Hernando. unraced. Dam of 5 winners: 2002: JOYEAUX (f Mark of Esteem) 6 wins at 3 to 6. 2003: ADORABILE FONG (c Dr Fong) 17 wins at 2 to 7, 2010 in Italy, Premio Gardone LR, 2nd Premio Guido Berardelli G3, 3rd Premio Parioli (2000 Guineas) G2. 2004: GALAXY OF STARS (f Observatory) Winner at 2. Broodmare. 2005: QUAM CELERRIME (g Xaar) 2 wins. 2006: (c Observatory) 2007: AOIFE ALAINN (f Dr Fong) Sold 41,826gns foal at GONO1, 32,212gns yearling at GOOY1. 5 wins at 3 in Italy, Premio Lydia Tesio Wind Tris Int G1, Premio Alberto Zanoletti di Rozzano LR, 3rd Premio Pietro Bessero C. Nazionale LR. 2008: Rockwaterking (c King’s Best) in training. 2009: (f Oratorio) Broodmare Sire: HERNANDO. Sire of the dams of 11 Stakes winners. In 2010 - AOIFE ALAINN Dr Fong G1, IRISH FIELD Dubawi G2, SANDBAR Oasis Dream G3, CISNEROS Johannesburg LR, ROYAL MOUGINS Daylami LR. The Dr Fong/Hernando cross has produced: AOIFE ALAINN G1, ADORABILE FONG G2.

Roberto Konigsstuhl Monsun Mosella SAMUM ch 97

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Sacarina Brave Lass DURBAN THUNDER ch c 2006 Kampala Highland Chieftain La Primavera DONNA ALICIA b 95 Esclavo Donna Regina Donna Fiona

AOIFE ALAINN ch f 2007 Niniski Hernando Whakilyric DIVINE SECRET b 98 Last Tycoon Mysterious Plans Make Plans 113

international database 1012 -Prix Royal-Oak, G1, Longchamp, October 24, 3000m 1 Gentoo (FR) 6 b g Loup Solitaire (USA) - Ifni (FR) (Bering) 2 Celtic Celeb (IRE) 3 ch c Peintre Celebre (USA) - Gaelic Bird (FR) (Gay Mecene (USA)) 3 Opinion Poll (IRE) 4 b c Halling (USA) Ahead (Shirley Heights) Age: 2-6; Starts: 41; Wins: 10; Places: 18 Earnings: £492,426 Sire: LOUP SOLITAIRE. Sire of 17 Stakes winners. In 2010 - GENTOO Bering G1, ELIXIR DU BERLAIS Saint Preuil LR, VICBILH Gulch LR. 1st Dam: IFNI by Bering. 3 wins at 2 and 3 in France. Dam of 2 winners: 2003: KONYALI (f Hernando) 6 wins at 3 and 4 in France. 2004: GENTOO (g Loup Solitaire) Sold 7,429gns yearling at AFDEC. 10 wins at 3 to 6, 2010 in France, Qatar Prix du Cadran G1, Prix Royal-Oak G1, Qatar Prix Gladiateur G3. 2nd Dam: Lunar Quest by Rainbow Quest. 1 win at 3 in France, 2nd Prix d’Automne LR, Prix Joubert LR, Prix de Thiberville LR. Dam of Lunaa (f Anabaa: 3rd Prix Delahante LR, La Coupe des Pouliches LR) Broodmare Sire: BERING. Sire of the dams of 56 Stakes winners. In 2010 GENTOO Loup Solitaire G1, HARBINGER Dansili G1, BLUE PANIS Panis LR, CLASSIC COLORI Le Vie Dei Colori LR, GOTLANDIA Anabaa LR, MALIKAYAH Fasliyev LR, ORO SOLIDO Solitary Vision LR, PEDRA POMPAS Mark of Esteem LR, ALARM CALL Solar One LR. Roberto Lear Fan Wac LOUP SOLITAIRE b 93 Nureyev Louveterie Lupe GENTOO b g 2004 Arctic Tern Bering Beaune IFNI ch 98

West (USA)) 3 Danedream (GER) 2 b f Lomitas (GB) Danedrop (IRE) (Danehill (USA))

Earnings: £35,345

Age: 2; Starts: 2; Wins: 2; Places: 0 Earnings: £55,752

winners. In 2010 - CAPTAIN SONADOR

Sire: AUSSIE RULES. Sire of 4 Stakes winners. In 2010 - DJUMAMA Barathea G3, CHINESE WALL Ashkalani LR, DINKUM DIAMOND Lomitas LR, PRIVATE JET Fairy King LR. 1st Dam: Western Sky by Barathea. Own sister to BARATHEA GUEST. Dam of 2 winners: 2007: NO SALE (c Namid) 2 wins at 3 in Cyprus. 2008: DJUMAMA (f Aussie Rules) Sold 5,000gns foal at TADEF, 22,000gns yearling at TADEY. 2 wins at 2 in Germany, Coolmore Stud Preis der Winterkonigin G3. 2010: (c Dark Angel) 2nd Dam: Western Heights by Shirley Heights. unraced. Dam of BARATHEA GUEST (c Barathea: Lane’s End Greenham S G3, 2nd Grand Criterium G1, 3rd Sagitta 2000 Guineas G1, Premio Vittorio di Capua G1) Broodmare Sire: BARATHEA. Sire of the dams of 38 Stakes winners. In 2010 - JAKKALBERRY Storming Home G1, MONTEROSSO Dubawi G2, BERG BAHN Big Bad Bob G3, DJUMAMA Aussie Rules G3, RAINFALL Oasis Dream G3, VOILA ICI Daylami G3, GEORGETTE SILK Flying Spur LR, GEORGUI LUI Whywhywhy LR, KIDNAPPING Intikhab LR, KITTENS Redoute’s Choice LR, MARCETI Verglas LR, MARLINKA Marju LR, PARIS TO PEKING Intikhab LR. Danzig Danehill Razyana AUSSIE RULES gr/ro 2003 Alzao Last Second Alruccaba DJUMAMA b f 2008 Sadler’s Wells Barathea Brocade WESTERN SKY ch 2003 Shirley Heights Western Heights Western Star

Rainbow Quest Lunar Quest Papermoon

1013 -Coolmore Stud Preis der Winterkonigin, G3, Baden-Baden, October 24, 1600m 1 Djumama (IRE) 2 b f Aussie Rules (USA) - Western Sky (GB) (Barathea (IRE)) 2 Aigrette Garzette (IRE) 2 b f Peintre Celebre (USA) - Aigrette (USA) (Gone


1014 -JRA Killavullan Stakes, G3, Leopardstown, October 25, 7f 1 Dubai Prince (IRE) 2 b c Shamardal (USA) - Desert Frolic (IRE) (Persian Bold) 2 Warning Flag (USA) 2 b c War Front (USA) - Good Vibes (USA) (Unbridled’s Song (USA)) 3 Park Avenue (IRE) 2 ch c Mr Greeley (USA) - Song to Remember (USA) (Storm Cat (USA)) Age: 2; Starts: 2; Wins: 2; Places: 0

Sire: SHAMARDAL. Sire of 22 Stakes Kenny’s Best Pal G1, CASAMENTO Always Fair G1, FAINT PERFUME Zabeel G1, LOPE DE VEGA Vettori G1, NO EVIDENCE NEEDED Generous G2, SHAKESPEAREAN Priolo G2, ZAZOU Lomitas G2, DUBAI PRINCE Persian Bold G3, DUNBOYNE EXPRESS Polish

Storm Cat Giant’s Causeway Mariah’s Storm SHAMARDAL b 2002 Machiavellian Helsinki Helen Street DUBAI PRINCE b c 2008 Bold Lad Persian Bold Relkarunner DESERT FROLIC b 93 Shareef Dancer Try To Catch Me It’s In The Air

Precedent G3, ELLE SHADOW Roi Danzig G3, FRENCH NAVY Woodman G3, FEMINA FASHION Jeune LR,

1015 -Prix de Flore, G3, Saint-Cloud, October 26, 2000m

GINGERBREAD MAN Hurricane Sky LR, HAPPY HIPPY Soviet Lad LR, IT’S MIDNIGHT Fairy King LR, MARQUARDT Centaine LR, MODEYRA Unfuwain LR, SHAMILLION Redoute’s Choice LR, SIYAADAH Lahib LR. 1st Dam: DESERT FROLIC by Persian Bold. 5 wins at 3. Dam of 5 winners: 1998: DESERT FALCON (c Royal Abjar) 4 wins at 3 and 4 in USA. 1999: Ruby Ridge (f Acatenango) unraced. Broodmare. 2000: Jakarta Jade (f Royal Abjar) 3 wins at 2 and 3, 3rd EBF Blue Wind S LR. Dam of Jakarta Jazz (f Marju: Winner at 3, 3rd Kerry Group Noblesse S G3) 2001: Walk In The Forest (g Charnwood Forest) unraced. 2002: Desert Sprite (f Tagula). Broodmare. 2005: Cadre (g King’s Best) 2 wins at 3 and 4, 3rd Fortune S LR. 2007: DEHBANU (f King’s Best) Winner at 3 in France. 2008: DUBAI PRINCE (c Shamardal) Sold 48,000gns foal at TADEF. 2 wins at 2, JRA Killavullan S G3. 2009: (c Dubawi) 2010: (c Authorized) 2nd Dam: TRY TO CATCH ME by Shareef Dancer. 1 win at 3 in France. Dam of STORMING HOME (c Machiavellian: Emirates Airline Champion S G1, Clement L Hirsch MemTurf Championship G1, Charles Whittingham H G1, 2nd Vodafone Coronation Cup G1). Grandam of Whifell. Broodmare Sire: PERSIAN BOLD. Sire of the dams of 77 Stakes winners. In 2010 - CORSICA Cape Cross G3, DUBAI PRINCE Shamardal G3, WAITER’S DREAM Oasis Dream G3, CARIOCA Rakti LR, EUSTACHIONE Desert Prince LR.

1 Valasyra (FR) 3 b f Sinndar (IRE) Valima (FR) (Linamix (FR)) 2 Board Meeting (IRE) 4 b f Anabaa (USA) - Bright Moon (USA) (Alysheba (USA)) 3 La Boum (GER) 7 b/br f Monsun (GER) - La Bouche (GER) (In The Wings) Age: 3; Starts: 8; Wins: 2; Places: 5 Earnings: £75,708 Sire: SINNDAR. Sire of 19 Stakes winners. In 2010 - VALASYRA Linamix G3, GERTRUDE BELL Polar Falcon LR, LARISTAN Linamix LR, VERTANA Sadler’s Wells LR, MANDALI Lahib LR, MOURAD Kahyasi LR, SWEETHEART Halling LR. 1st Dam: VALIMA by Linamix. 2 wins at 2 and 3 in France, Prix Imprudence LR. Dam of 1 winner: 2007: VALASYRA (f Sinndar) 2 wins at 3 in France, Prix de Flore G3, 2nd Prix de Liancourt LR, 3rd Prix Charles Laffitte LR. 2008: Valiyr (c Alhaarth) unraced to date. 2009: (f Azamour) 2010: (c Nayef ) 2nd Dam: VADLAWYSA by Always Fair. 1 win at 3 in France. Own sister to VADLAWYS. Dam of VALIMA (f Linamix, see above) Broodmare Sire: LINAMIX. Sire of the dams of 41 Stakes winners. In 2010 MUSKETIER Acatenango G2, VALASYRA Sinndar G3, CLONDINNERY Choisir LR, LARISTAN Sinndar LR, THAI HAKU Oasis Dream LR, AUSTRALIA DAY Key of Luck LR, SOUFFLEUR In The Wings LR. The Sinndar/Linamix cross has produced: ROSANARA G1, VALASYRA G3, LARISTAN LR.

international database Chief’s Crown Grand Lodge

Bellypha Mendez

La Papagena SINNDAR b 97

Miss Carina LINAMIX gr 87

Lashkari Sinntara

Breton Lunadix

Sidama VALASYRA b f 2007

Lutine RAJSAMAN gr c 2007

Mendez Linamix

Nijinsky Lammtarra

Lunadix VALIMA gr 2002

Snow Bride ROSE QUARTZ b 97

Always Fair Vadlawysa

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1016 -Prix Perth, G3, Saint-Cloud, October 31, 1600m 1 Rajsaman (FR) 3 gr c Linamix (FR) Rose Quartz (GB) (Lammtarra (USA)) 2 Alianthus (GER) 5 b c Hernando (FR) Allure (GER) (Konigsstuhl (GER)) 3 Skins Game (GB) 4 br c Diktat (GB) Mouriyana (IRE) (Akarad (FR)) Age: 2-3; Starts: 10; Wins: 4; Places: 4 Earnings: £137,336 Sire: LINAMIX. Sire of 81 Stakes winners. In 2010 - RAJSAMAN Lammtarra G3, ZIBIMIX Saint Cyrien G3, HIDDEN UNIVERSE Woodman LR. 1st Dam: ROSE QUARTZ by Lammtarra. Winner at 3. Dam of 3 winners: 2002: ROSAWA (f Linamix) 4 wins at 2 and 3 in France, Prix de la Calonne LR, Prix de Liancourt LR. Dam of ROSANARA (f Sinndar: 2 wins at 2 in France, Total Prix Marcel Boussac G1, 2nd Prix de Diane G1, 3rd Criterium International G1) 2004: ROSAMIXA (f Linamix) Winner at 2 in France. Broodmare. 2005: (c Numerous) 2007: RAJSAMAN (c Linamix) Sold 370,838gns 3yo at ARARC. 4 wins at 2 and 3 in France, Prix de Fontainebleau G3, Prix Perth G3, G.P. CIC Banque Privee Criterium de Lyon LR, 3rd Prix du Prince d’Orange G3. 2008: Radiyya (f Sinndar) unraced to date. 2nd Dam: GRAPHITE by Mr Prospector. 1 win at 3. Own sister to CUDDLES. Grandam of Mejiro Nicolas, Temple of Peace, Fanti Dancer. Third dam of WHOBEGOTYOU. Broodmare Sire: LAMMTARRA. Sire of the dams of 4 Stakes winners. In 2010 RAJSAMAN Linamix G3. The Linamix/Lammtarra cross has produced: RAJSAMAN G3, ROSAWA LR.


1017 -Criterium International, G1, Saint-Cloud, October 31, 1600m 1 Roderic O’Connor (IRE) 2 b c Galileo (IRE) - Secret Garden (IRE) (Danehill (USA)) 2 Salto (IRE) 2 b c Pivotal (GB) Danzigaway (USA) (Danehill (USA)) 3 Maiguri (IRE) 2 ch c Panis (USA) Zanada (FR) (Sinndar (IRE)) Age: 2; Starts: 4; Wins: 2; Places: 2 Earnings: £207,668 Sire: GALILEO. Sire of 81 Stakes winners. In 2010 - CAPE BLANCO Presidium G1, FRANKEL Danehill G1, LILY OF THE VALLEY Pennekamp G1, MAHBOOBA Red Ransom G1, MISTY FOR ME Storm Cat G1, RIP VAN WINKLE Stravinsky G1, RODERIC O’CONNOR Danehill G1, SANS FRONTIERES Shirley Heights G1, KITE WOOD Mark of Esteem G2, LINTON Centaine G2, MIDAS TOUCH Darshaan G2, IGUGU Intikhab G3, MIKHAIL GLINKA Mark of Esteem G3, TOGETHER Pennekamp G3, CIMA DE TRIOMPHE Danehill LR, GEMSTONE Kingmambo LR, IL SAGGIATORE Snippets LR, KING OF WANDS Rainbow Quest LR, SOUTH EASTER Nureyev LR, SPACECRAFT Octagonal LR, TOI ET MOI Warning LR, EPPURSIMUOVE Soviet Star LR, GERBETT College Chapel LR. 1st Dam: SECRET GARDEN by Danehill. 4 wins at 3 and 4 at home, USA, Miles and Morrison October S LR. Dam of 4 winners: 2005: COVERT ACTION (c Grand Slam) 4 wins at 4 and 5 in USA. 2006: Weatherstaff (g Elusive Quality) Winner at 2, 3rd Toteswinger Sirenia S G3. 2007: BURNETT (c Dynaformer) Winner at 2. 2008: RODERIC O’CONNOR (c Galileo) 2 wins at 2 at home, France, Criterium International G1, 2nd Dubai Dewhurst S G1. 2009: (c Galileo) 2010: (f Galileo) 2nd Dam: CHALAMONT by Kris. 2 wins at 2. Dam of SECRET GARDEN (f Danehill, see above), Lady Aquitaine (f El Prado: 3rd totescoop6 Sirenia S G3). Grandam of WICKWING.

Broodmare Sire: DANEHILL. Sire of the dams of 144 Stakes winners. In 2010 - ABLE ONE Cape Cross G1, BUZZWORD Pivotal G1, FRANKEL Galileo G1, RODERIC O’CONNOR Galileo G1, ZABRASIVE Zabeel G1, DUNCAN Dalakhani G2, SAMUEL Sakhee G2, SHOCKING Street Cry G2, STRIKING DANCER Smart Strike G2, BULLET TRAIN Sadler’s Wells G3, DUEL Shamardal G3, NOLL WALLOP High Chaparral G3, PRECIOUS GEM Sadler’s Wells G3, SHEMIYLA Dalakhani G3, SOLAR CHARGED Charge Forward G3, STEINBECK Footstepsinthesand G3, ADNOCON Clang LR, CAPTAIN COLTISH Fusaichi Pegasus LR, CHACHAMAIDEE Footstepsinthesand LR, CIMA DE TRIOMPHE Galileo LR, COULIS Zabeel LR, DANE JULIA Caesour LR, GOLDEN WHIP Seattle Dancer LR, HOOFIT Mossman LR, IRONSTEIN Zabeel LR, LATIN NEWS Hussonet LR, PINWHEEL Lonhro LR, PRECIOUS LORRAINE Encosta de Lago LR, REINE HEUREUSE Big Shuffle LR, SEPOY Elusive Quality LR, ZABENE Zabeel LR, ZAGREB Zabeel LR, CHIC ANTI SHOCK Hawk Wing LR. The Galileo/Danehill cross has produced: BANC DE FORTUNE G1, CIMA DE TRIOMPHE G1, CUIS GHAIRE G1, FRANKEL G1, RODERIC O’CONNOR G1, TEOFILO G1, SIDERA G3, MISS GALILEI LR, Gile Na Greine G1, The Assayer G1, Crystal Gal G3, Acteur Celebre LR, Lagalp LR, Via Galilei LR. Northern Dancer Sadler’s Wells Fairy Bridge GALILEO b 98 Miswaki Urban Sea Allegretta RODERIC O’CONNOR b c 2008 Danzig Danehill Razyana SECRET GARDEN b 99 Kris Chalamont Durtal

1018 -Premio Guido Berardelli, G3, Rome, October 31, 1800m 1 Duel (IRE) 2 ch c Shamardal (USA) River Hill (ITY) (Danehill (USA)) 2 Lui Den (GB) 2 b c Denon (USA) - My Luigia (IRE) (High Estate) 3 Fairyhall (GB) 2 b c Halling (USA) Fairy Sensazione (GB) (Fairy King (USA)) Age: 2; Starts: 3; Wins: 2; Places: 1 Earnings: £40,844 Sire: SHAMARDAL. Sire of 23 Stakes winners. In 2010 - CAPTAIN SONADOR Kenny’s Best Pal G1, CASAMENTO Always Fair G1, FAINT PERFUME Zabeel G1, LOPE DE VEGA Vettori G1, NO EVIDENCE NEEDED Generous G2, SHAKESPEAREAN Priolo G2, ZAZOU

Lomitas G2, DUBAI PRINCE Persian Bold G3, DUEL Danehill G3, DUNBOYNE EXPRESS Polish Precedent G3, ELLE SHADOW Roi Danzig G3, FRENCH NAVY Woodman G3, FEMINA FASHION Jeune LR, GINGERBREAD MAN Hurricane Sky LR, HAPPY HIPPY Soviet Lad LR, IT’S MIDNIGHT Fairy King LR, MARQUARDT Centaine LR, MODEYRA Unfuwain LR, SHAMILLION Redoute’s Choice LR, SIYAADAH Lahib LR. 1st Dam: RIVER HILL by Danehill. 2 wins at 2 and 3 in Italy. Dam of 4 winners: 2001: Appena Ieri (c Sri Pekan) 2002: Arval (f Fasliyev) 2003: MIOLA (f In The Wings) 2 wins at 3 in Italy. 2005: RIVER BEST (f King’s Best) Winner at 3 in Italy. 2006: Aloe (f Fantastic Light) 3rd Premio Alberto Zanoletti di Rozzano LR. 2007: MENTA SELVATICA (f Noverre) 2 wins at 3 in Italy. 2008: DUEL (c Shamardal) 2 wins at 2 in Italy, Premio Guido Berardelli G3. 2010: (c Elusive City) Broodmare Sire: DANEHILL. Sire of the dams of 144 Stakes winners. In 2010 - ABLE ONE Cape Cross G1, BUZZWORD Pivotal G1, FRANKEL Galileo G1, RODERIC O’CONNOR Galileo G1, ZABRASIVE Zabeel G1, DUNCAN Dalakhani G2, SAMUEL Sakhee G2, SHOCKING Street Cry G2, STRIKING DANCER Smart Strike G2, BULLET TRAIN Sadler’s Wells G3, DUEL Shamardal G3, NOLL WALLOP High Chaparral G3, PRECIOUS GEM Sadler’s Wells G3, SHEMIYLA Dalakhani G3, SOLAR CHARGED Charge Forward G3, STEINBECK Footstepsinthesand G3, ADNOCON Clang LR, CAPTAIN COLTISH Fusaichi Pegasus LR, CHACHAMAIDEE Footstepsinthesand LR, CIMA DE TRIOMPHE Galileo LR, COULIS Zabeel LR, DANE JULIA Caesour LR, GOLDEN WHIP Seattle Dancer LR, HOOFIT Mossman LR, IRONSTEIN Zabeel LR, LATIN NEWS Hussonet LR, PINWHEEL Lonhro LR, PRECIOUS LORRAINE Encosta de Lago LR, REINE HEUREUSE Big Shuffle LR, SEPOY Elusive Quality LR, ZABENE Zabeel LR, ZAGREB Zabeel LR, CHIC ANTI SHOCK Hawk Wing LR. The Shamardal/Danehill cross has produced: DUEL G3, Weasley LR.

Storm Cat Giant’s Causeway Mariah’s Storm SHAMARDAL b 2002 Machiavellian Helsinki Helen Street DUEL ch c 2008 Danzig Danehill Razyana RIVER HILL b 96 Irish River Key To The River Key To The Heart 115

international database 1019 -Prix de Seine-et-Oise, G3, Maisons-Laffitte, November 1, 1200m 1 Definightly (GB) 4 b/br g Diktat (GB) - Perfect Night (GB) (Danzig Connection (USA)) 2 Alcohuaz (CHI) 5 b c Merchant of Venice (USA) - Giverny (CHI) (Hussonet (USA)) 3 Dalghar (FR) 4 gr c Anabaa (USA) Daltawa (IRE) (Miswaki (USA)) Age: 2-4; Starts: 17; Wins: 6; Places: 3 Earnings: £91,841 Sire: DIKTAT. Sire of 21 Stakes winners. In 2010 - DREAM AHEAD Cadeaux Genereux G1, ADAMANTINA Wolfhound G3, CONTAT Robellino G3, DEFINIGHTLY Danzig Connection G3, SKINS GAME Akarad LR, TOOLAIN Machiavellian LR. 1st Dam: PERFECT NIGHT by Danzig Connection. 2 wins at 3. Dam of 1 winner: 2005: Midnight Fling (f Groom Dancer). Broodmare. 2006: DEFINIGHTLY (g Diktat) 6 wins at 2 and 4 at home, France, Prix de Seine-et-Oise G3, RUK Starlit S LR, 2nd Jersey Racing Club Waterford Testimonial LR. 2007: Nightunderthestars (f Observatory) unraced to date. 2009: Consenting (f Refuse To Bend) 2010: (f Compton Place) Broodmare Sire: DANZIG CONNECTION. Sire of the dams of 22 Stakes winners. In 2010 - I AM KAMINO MAGO Agnes Tachyon G2, DEFINIGHTLY Diktat G3.

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3 Angel of Harlem (FR) 2 b f Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) - Music Express (FR) (Compton Place (GB)) Age: 2; Starts: 4; Wins: 2; Places: 1 Earnings: £44,690 Sire: IRON MASK. Sire of 3 Stakes winners. In 2010 - IZALIA Johann Quatz G3, KERATIYA Daylami G3. 1st Dam: Tarabela by Johann Quatz. 3 wins at 2 to 4 in France, 2nd Prix de la Pepiniere LR. Dam of 2 winners: 2004: Kousco (c Mark of Esteem) unraced. 2005: Belle Tara (f Dr Fong) 2006: MURASSOU (c Highest Honor) Winner at 3 in France. 2007: Adrien Ribouldo (g Green Tune) unraced to date. 2008: IZALIA (f Iron Mask) 2 wins at 2 in France, Prix Miesque G3. 2009: Tara River (c Stormy River) 2nd Dam: MUIRFIELD by Crystal Glitters. 2 wins in France. Dam of Zirconi (g Zieten: 2nd Prix du Bois G3, Prix Eclipse G3, 3rd Prix de la Salamandre G1), Tarabela (f Johann Quatz, see above). Grandam of Somelier. Broodmare Sire: JOHANN QUATZ. Sire of the dams of 3 Stakes winners. In 2010 - IZALIA Iron Mask G3. Northern Dancer

Sadler’s Wells Arvola Park Appeal DEFINIGHTLY b/br g 2006 Danzig Danzig Connection Gdynia PERFECT NIGHT b 2000 Cadeaux Genereux Blissful Night Night Encounter

1020 -Prix Miesque, G3, MaisonsLaffitte, November 1, 1400m 1 Izalia (FR) 2 b f Iron Mask (USA) Tarabela (FR) (Johann Quatz (FR)) 2 Gypsy Highway (IRE) 2 b f High Chaparral (IRE) - Rose Gypsy (GB) (Green Desert (USA))


1st Dam: STELLA CELTICA by Celtic Swing. 3 wins at 3 in Italy. Dam of 1 winner: 2008: BLU CONSTELLATION (c Orpen) 4 wins at 2 in France, Italy, Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte G2, Premio Primi Passi G3. 2009: Star Force (f Blu Air Force) Broodmare Sire: CELTIC SWING. Sire of the dams of 6 Stakes winners. In 2010 - BLU CONSTELLATION Orpen G2, PLANET FIVE Storm Cat G2. Danzig Lure Endear ORPEN b 96 Devil’s Bag Bonita Francita Raise The Standard BLU CONSTELLATION b c 2008 Damister Celtic Swing Celtic Ring STELLA CELTICA b 2003 Dancing Brave Kanun Mahrah

1022 -Premio Chiusura, G3, Milan, November 6, 1400m

Danzig Pas de Nom IRON MASK b 98 Alydar Raise A Beauty Stick To Beauty IZALIA b f 2008 Sadler’s Wells Johann Quatz Whakilyric TARABELA b 97 Crystal Glitters Muirfield Deb Marion

Slightly Dangerous DIKTAT br 95

Halo G3, POLLEN Chief Singer G3, WAR ARTIST Brocco G3, CELESTIAL WAY Slip Anchor LR, DON LETAL Candy Stripes LR, DON VALIENTE Bold Forli LR, DONA DAGA Roy LR, INVINCIBLE SON Exit To Nowhere LR, LUKIAN Turtle Island LR, SUBLIMACION Fitzcarraldo LR.

1021 -Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte, G2, Maisons-Laffitte, November 1, 1200m 1 Blu Constellation (ITY) 2 b c Orpen (USA) - Stella Celtica (ITY) (Celtic Swing (GB)) 2 Wizz Kid (IRE) 2 b f Whipper (USA) Lidanski (IRE) (Soviet Star (USA)) 3 Katla (IRE) 2 b f Majestic Missile (IRE) Bratislava (GB) (Dr Fong (USA)) Age: 2; Starts: 5; Wins: 4; Places: 1 Earnings: £150,721 Sire: ORPEN. Sire of 55 Stakes winners. In 2010 - LINGOTE DE ORO Old Trieste G1, BLU CONSTELLATION Celtic Swing G2, JAKOR Horage G3, NORQUINCO The Watcher G3, ORPEN FAIN Southern

1 Konig Concorde (GER) 5 b c Big Shuffle (USA) - Kaiserin (GER) (Ile de Bourbon (USA)) 2 Le Big (GER) 6 b g Big Shuffle (USA) La Luganese (Surumu (GER)) 3 Glad Sky (GB) 4 b c Big Shuffle (USA) Glady Sum (GER) (Surumu (GER)) Age: 2-5; Starts: 21; Wins: 2; Places: 11 Earnings: £87,672 Sire: BIG SHUFFLE. Sire of 68 Stakes winners. In 2010 - KONIG CONCORDE Ile de Bourbon G3, ATURO Law Society LR, GLAD SKY Surumu LR, LA SALVITA Hernando LR, REINE HEUREUSE Danehill LR, WALERO Lagunas 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) 2 wins at 2 and 5 in Germany, Premio Chiusura G3, 2nd MehlMulhens Rennen (2000 Guineas) G2, Darley Oettingen-Rennen G2, Grosser Preise der Sparkasse Hannover G2, Wellness Hotel Bayerischer Fleiger Preis LR, 3rd Grosser Europa Meile G2, Grosse Hessen Meile - Fraport AG Pokal G3, Dallmayr Prodomo Trophy G. Sprint Preis LR. 2008: Konigin Concorde (f Big Shuffle) in training. 2009: Kaiser (c Big Shuffle) 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 28 Stakes winners. In 2010 - KONIG CONCORDE Big Shuffle G3. 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

international database 1023 -Premio Roma GBI Racing-Tris Internaz., G1, Rome, November 7, 2000m

1 Rio de La Plata (USA) 5 ch c Rahy (USA) - Express Way (ARG) (Ahmad (ARG)) 2 Voila Ici (IRE) 5 gr c Daylami (IRE) - Far Hope (GB) (Barathea (IRE)) 3 Estejo (GER) 6 b c Johan Cruyff (GB) Este (GER) (The Noble Player (USA))

Red God Blushing Groom Runaway Bride RAHY ch 85 Halo Glorious Song Ballade RIO DE LA PLATA ch c 2005 Good Manners Ahmad Azyade EXPRESS WAY br 93 Hawk II Escaline Escolastica

Age: 2-5; Starts: 20; Wins: 8; Places: 7 Earnings: £723,087

1024 -Premio Ribot - Tris Internazionale, G2, Rome, November 7, 1600m

Sire: RAHY. Sire of 76 Stakes winners. In 2010 - RIO DE LA PLATA Ahmad G1, LADY OF THE DESERT Grand Lodge G2, STRONG SUIT Silver Hawk G2, RAHYSTRADA Deputy Minister G3, RETRIEVE Red Ransom G3, RUMOUSH Mr Prospector LR.

1 Worthadd (IRE) 3 b c Dubawi (IRE) Wigman (USA) (Rahy (USA)) 2 Sehrezad (IRE) 5 b c Titus Livius (FR) Trebles (IRE) (Kenmare (FR)) 3 Ransom Hope (GB) 5 b c Red Ransom (USA) - Field of Hope (IRE) (Selkirk (USA))

1st Dam: Express Way by Ahmad. Dam of 5 winners: 1998: EL EXPRESIVO (c Candy Stripes) 7 wins at 2 to 7 in Argentina, Gran Premio Raul y Raul E Chevalier G1. 1999: ELFY (f Equalize) Winner at 3 in Argentina. Broodmare. 2000: EGIPCIA (f Equalize) Winner at 3 in Argentina. 2002: Epsilon (c Acceptable) 2 wins at 3 in Argentina, 2nd Clasico Provincia de Buenos Aires G2. 2004: Lightly Expressed (f Fantastic Light) unraced. 2005: RIO DE LA PLATA (c Rahy) Sold 170,000gns 2yo at TAAPR. 8 wins at 2 and 5 at home, France, Italy, Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere-Grand Criterium G1, Premio Vittorio di Capua - C. Int G1, Premio Roma GBI Racing-Tris Internaz G1, Veuve Clicquot Vintage S G2, Sky Bet Strensall S G3, Sky Bet Y’shire Festival Pomfret S LR, 2nd Bank of Scotland (Ire) National S G1, Poule d’Essai des Poulains G1, Prix du Moulin de Longchamp G1, Nayef Joel S G3, 3rd Abu Dhabi Sorouh Prix Jean Prat G1. 2006: Explorer Club (c Southern Halo) ran on the flat in Australia. 2007: Ejekutor (c Southern Halo) in training. 2009: (f Rahy) (f Street Cry) 2010: Broodmare Sire: AHMAD. Sire of the dams of 47 Stakes winners. In 2010 - EL AZOR Lasting Approval G1, RIO DE LA PLATA Rahy G1.

Age: 2-3; Starts: 8; Wins: 6; Places: 2 Earnings: £455,485 Sire: DUBAWI. Sire of 23 Stakes winners. In 2010 - HAPPY ARCHER Jeune G1, MAKFI Green Desert G1, POET’S VOICE Chief’s Crown G1, SECRET ADMIRER Secret Savings G1, IRISH FIELD Hernando G2, MONTEROSSO Barathea G2, PRINCE BISHOP Prospect Bay G2, WORTHADD Rahy G2, ANNA SALAI Caerleon G3, ASTROPHYSICAL JET Rainbow Quest G3, CELLARMASTER Sound Reason G3, MAJESTIC DUBAWI Singspiel G3, SPLIT TROIS Zafonic G3, AFSARE Fairy King LR, DUBASE Bahri LR, FRANKENSTEIN Nordance LR, GOLDEN MILLENNIUM Eagle Eyed LR, KHOR SHEED Manila LR, LUCK OR DESIGN Green Desert LR, NOVA STEP Nureyev LR, TITUS MILLS A P Indy LR, ZUBBAYA Green Desert LR. 1st Dam: WIGMAN by Rahy. 3 wins at 3 and 4 in Italy. Dam of 1 winner: 2006: (c Xaar) 2007: WORTHADD (c Dubawi) 6 wins at 3 in Italy, Derby Italiano Better G2, Premio Ribot - Tris Internazionale G2, Premio Parioli G3, Premio Gardone LR, 3rd Premio Vittorio di Capua - C. Int G1. 2009: (c One Cool Cat) 2nd Dam: URJWAN by Seattle Slew. 1 win at 3. Dam of HISTORIC (g Sadler’s Wells: De Vere Prestige Novices’ Hurdle G2, Cahoot Long Distance Hurdle G2, 2nd Martell Sefton Novices’ Hurdle G1, Marathon Chase LR). Grandam of DAI JIN, Directa Queen, Dissney, El Alamein. Third dam of VUPT VAPT, LOCOMOTION, REI MANDA, Elis Elis. Broodmare Sire: RAHY. Sire of the

dams of 77 Stakes winners. In 2010 ALVERTA Flying Spur G1, LIFE AT TEN Malibu Moon G1, CONTREDANSE Danehill Dancer G2, DOUBLES PARTNER Rock Hard Ten G2, GOTTA HAVE HER Royal Academy G2, SECRET GYPSY Sea of Secrets G2, WORTHADD Dubawi G2, COURAGEOUS CAT Storm Cat G3, CAMILLE C Roman Dancer LR, FLAWLESS GOLD Gold Tribute LR, GEESALA Barathea LR, HEEDAS Lomitas LR, HIGHLAND CROWN Royal Kingdom LR, MAGNIFICA Zenno Rob Roy LR, MEISHO QUALIA Manhattan Cafe LR, MISS BLAKELY Smart Strike LR, MISS EUROPA Monsun LR, ONASSIS Glory of Dancer LR, RAHY’S ATTORNEY Crown Attorney LR, RUTHENIA Pulpit LR, SCHRAMSBERG Storm Cat LR, SUGAR BAY Syncline LR, VERTIFORMER Dynaformer LR. The Dubawi/Rahy cross has produced: WORTHADD G1, Havane Smoker G3. Seeking The Gold Dubai Millennium Colorado Dancer DUBAWI b 2002 Deploy Zomaradah Jawaher WORTHADD b c 2007 Blushing Groom Rahy Glorious Song WIGMAN b 2000 Seattle Slew Urjwan White Star Line

1025 -Herzog von Ratibor Rennen, G3, Krefeld, November 7, 1600m 1 Gereon (GER) 2 b c Next Desert (IRE) - Golden Time (GER) (Surumu (GER)) 2 Le Peintre (IRE) 2 ch c Peintre Celebre (USA) - L’Honorabilite (GER) (Highest Honor (FR)) 3 Noble Champion (GER) 2 c Hawk Wing (USA) - Nouvelle Noblesse (GER) (Singspiel (IRE)) Age: 2; Starts: 2; Wins: 2; Places: 0 Earnings: £5,752 Sire: NEXT DESERT. Sire of 3 Stakes winners. In 2010 - ENZIO Big Shuffle G3, GEREON Surumu G3, SALDENNAHE Alkalde LR. 1st Dam: Golden Time by Surumu. 2 wins, 2nd Frankenheim Alt Pokal LR. Dam of 6 winners: 1997: GESPIELIN (f Greinton) 5 wins at 3 and 5 in Italy. Broodmare. 2000: GRAND PLACE (f Law Society) Winner at 2 in Germany. 2001: Georgienna (f Baryshnikov) 2002: GRANTSVILLE (f Trempolino) 5 wins, Japan Racing Association Trophy LR.

2004: GO EAST (f Highest Honor) 4 wins at 3 in Germany, Italy, Premio Giovanni Falck LR, Japan Racing Association Trophy LR. Broodmare. 2005: GOOSE BAY (f Groom Dancer) 3 wins at 2 and 3 in Germany, Italy, Oaks d’Italia G2. 2007: Guangzhou (f Konigstiger) 2008: GEREON (c Next Desert) 2 wins at 2 in Germany, Herzog von Ratibor Rennen G3. 2009: Girolamo (c Dai Jin) 2nd Dam: GAUKELSPIELERIN by Windwurf. 1 win in West Germany. Dam of Golden Time (f Surumu, see above) Broodmare Sire: SURUMU. Sire of the dams of 81 Stakes winners. In 2010 EYE OF THE TIGER Tiger Hill G2, GEREON Next Desert G3, ARTICA Pentire LR, DERVIS AGA Unaccounted For LR, GLAD SKY Big Shuffle LR, WIN FOR SURE Stravinsky LR, MALBERAUX Michel Georges LR. Green Desert Desert Style Organza NEXT DESERT b 99 Petoski Night Petticoat Nightrockette GEREON b c 2008 Literat Surumu Surama GOLDEN TIME ch 91 Windwurf Gaukelspielerin Gaukelei

1026 -Prix Fille de l’Air, G3, Toulouse, November 11, 2000m 1 Ma Preference (FR) 4 b f American Post (GB) - Restless Mixa (IRE) (Linamix (FR)) 2 La Boum (GER) 7 b/br f Monsun (GER) - La Bouche (GER) (In The Wings) 3 Kartica (GB) 3 b f Rainbow Quest (USA) - Cayman Sunset (IRE) (Night Shift (USA)) Age: 3-4; Starts: 15; Wins: 4; Places: 6 Earnings: £116,356 Sire: AMERICAN POST. Sire of 8 Stakes winners. In 2010 - MA PREFERENCE Linamix G3, LILISIDE Miller’s Mate LR, LILY AGAIN Faustus LR, PRIVATE EYE Kendor LR. 1st Dam: RESTLESS MIXA by Linamix. 2 wins at 4 in France. Dam of 6 winners: 1999: ROYAL FUTURE (c Kendor) 2 wins. 2000: Mes Bleus Yeux (f Exit To Nowhere) 2 wins at 2 and 3 in France, 2nd Prix Finlande LR. Broodmare. 2001: NOBLE REQUEST (g Highest Honor) 9 wins, 3rd Prix Isonomy LR, Samsung Scottish Champion H. Hurdle G2, 2nd Fighting Fifth Hurdle G1, Stan James 117

international database Christmas Hurdle G1. 2002: RESTORATION (g Zafonic) 5 wins. 2003: Hardbreaker (c Dansili) 2004: DIAMANT ROSE (g Testa Rossa) 2 wins at 3 in France. 2005: Rocky Mixa (f Rock of Gibraltar) 2006: MA PREFERENCE (f American Post) Sold 38,610gns yearling at ARAUG. 4 wins at 3 and 4 in France, Prix Fille de l’Air G3, 2nd Prix Panacee LR. 2008: Rose The One (f Meshaheer) 2nd Dam: Restless Girl by Bolkonski. unraced. Dam of RESLESS KARA (f Akarad: Prix de Diane Hermes G1, 3rd Prix Saint-Alary G1), RESTIVER (f River River: Prix des Reservoirs G3, 2nd Prix de Malleret G2), Restless War (c Akarad: 2nd Criterium de MaisonsLaffitte G2), Son of Ski (c Son of Silver: 3rd Prix du Haras de Fresnay le Buffard LR), Rich Man (c R B Chesne: 3rd Prix du Lion-d’Angers LR), Restikala (f Bikala: 3rd Prix Finlande LR). Grandam of RESTIFIA, Restiv Star, Restless Carl. Fourth dam of NAUGHTY RAFAELA, PRETTY CAROLINA, SUPER CARINA, Selebela, Lagardere. Broodmare Sire: LINAMIX. Sire of the dams of 43 Stakes winners. In 2010 MUSKETIER Acatenango G2, MA PREFERENCE American Post G3, VALASYRA Sinndar G3, BLUE BUNTING Dynaformer LR, CLONDINNERY Choisir LR, LARISTAN Sinndar LR, THAI HAKU Oasis Dream LR, AUSTRALIA DAY Key of Luck LR, SOUFFLEUR In The Wings LR. Arctic Tern Bering Beaune AMERICAN POST br 2001 Sadler’s Wells Wells Fargo Cruising Height MA PREFERENCE b f 2006 Mendez Linamix Lunadix RESTLESS MIXA gr 93 Bolkonski Restless Girl Reine des Sables

1027 -Criterium de Saint-Cloud, G1, Saint-Cloud, November 13, 2000m 1 Recital (FR) 2 b c Montjeu (IRE) Dibenoise (FR) (Kendor (FR)) 2 Bubble Chic (FR) 2 b c Chichicastenango (FR) - Bubble Back (FR) (Grand Lodge (USA)) 3 Prairie Star (FR) 2 b c Peintre Celebre (USA) - Prairie Runner (IRE) (Arazi (USA)) Age: 2; Starts: 2; Wins: 2; Places: 0 Earnings: £132,828


Sire: MONTJEU. Sire of 94 Stakes winners. In 2010 - FAME AND GLORY Shirley Heights G1, JOSHUA TREE Grand Lodge G1, RECITAL Kendor G1, TAVISTOCK Quest For Fame G1, WALL STREET Grand Lodge G1, JUKEBOX JURY Kenmare G2, MARIA ROYAL Zafonic G2, MISS KELLER Warning G2, CLOWANCE Sternkoenig G3, GROWL Western Symphony G3, JAN VERMEER Pennekamp G3, CLASS IS CLASS Hector Protector LR, GONDORFF Marscay LR, GREEN MOON Green Tune LR, HALONG BAY Singspiel LR, HARRIS TWEED Prized LR, MONTJEE Star Way LR, OLD JOCK Dance Floor LR, BUDAPEST Doyoun LR, ERADICATE Indian Ridge LR, HURRICANE FLY Kenmare LR, MOUNT HELICON Kingmambo LR. 1st Dam: Dibenoise by Kendor. unraced. Dam of 6 winners: 1998: Dawn Dane (f Danehill). Dam of Dawn Dew (f Montjeu: 2 wins at 2 and 4 in Germany, 3rd Walther J Jacobs Stutenpreis G3) 2000: TERENEZ (g Desert King) 4 wins over jumps in France. 2001: Pavlovna (f Singspiel) ran on the flat in France. Broodmare. 2002: CORRE CAMINOS (g Montjeu) 3 wins at 3 and 4 in France, Prix Ganay-Grand Prix Air Mauritius G1. 2003: RACINGER (c Spectrum) 5 wins at 2 to 6, 2009 in France, Prix du Muguet G2. 2005: ECUME DU JOUR (f Hawk Wing) Winner at 3 in France. 2006: GLAMSTAR (c Numerous) 3 wins at 2 and 3 in France. 2008: RECITAL (c Montjeu) Sold 693,481gns yearling at ARAUG. 2 wins at 2 at home, France, Criterium de Saint-Cloud G1. 2010: (f Montjeu) 2nd Dam: BOREALE by Bellypha. 4 wins at 2 and 3 in France Prix des Reservoirs G3, 2nd Poule d’Essai des Pouliches G1. Dam of RIVER OF LIGHT (c Irish River: Budweiser Turf Paradise Breeders Cup H LR, 2nd Prix Messidor G3, Prix Quincey G3), Si Je N’Avais Plus (f Kaldoun: 2nd Prix Finlande LR). Grandam of ME VOICI, ST DEVOTE. Third dam of BAAN RIM PA, Sanglote. Broodmare Sire: KENDOR. Sire of the dams of 37 Stakes winners. In 2010 RECITAL Montjeu G1, CHARMING WOMAN Invincible Spirit G3, LADY SPRINGBANK Choisir G3, MARCHAND D’OR Marchand de Sable G3, NATIVE KHAN Azamour G3, VIOLON SACRE Stravinsky G3, PRIVATE EYE American Post LR, SALSA MELODY Kingsalsa LR, VAC DE REGNIERE Vaguely Pleasant LR. The Montjeu/Kendor cross has produced: CORRE CAMINOS G1, RECITAL G1.

Northern Dancer

Lorenzaccio Ahonoora

Sadler’s Wells

Helen Nichols Fairy Bridge



Swing Easy Top Ville


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ROSENDHAL ch c 2007


Golden City

RECITAL b c 2008 Kenmare Kendor Belle Mecene DIBENOISE gr 93 Bellypha Boreale Princesse Tora

1028 -Premio Carlo e Francesco Aloisi, G3, Rome, November 14, 1200m

1 Rosendhal (IRE) 3 ch c Indian Ridge Kathy College (IRE) (College Chapel (GB)) 2 Morgan Drive (IRE) 5 b c Namid (GB) Morning Prancer (GB) (Caerleon (USA)) 3 Jiroft (ITY) 3 b c Blu Air Force (IRE) Dexia (ITY) (Indian Ridge) Age: 2-3; Starts: 13; Wins: 5; Places: 6 Earnings: £91,342

Sharpo College Chapel Scarcely Blessed KATHY COLLEGE ch 98 Be My Guest Katy Guest Sweet Justice

USA 1029 -SYCAMORE STAKES, G3, Keeneland, October 21, 12f 1 Brass Hat (USA) 9 b g Prized (USA) Brassy (USA) (Dixie Brass (USA)) 2 Southern Anthem (USA) 4 b g Royal Anthem (USA) - Canberra (USA) (Silver Hawk (USA)) 3 Musketier (GER) 8 gr/ro c Acatenango (GER) - Myth And Reality (GB) (Linamix (FR)) 1030 -PIN OAK VALLEY VIEW STAKES, G3, Keeneland, October 22, 8f 110yds

Sire: INDIAN RIDGE. Sire of 85 Stakes winners. In 2010 - ROSENDHAL College Chapel G3. 1st Dam: KATHY COLLEGE by College Chapel. 11 wins at 2 to 5 in Italy, Premio Omenoni G3. Dam of 1 winner: 2005:

Source of Speed (c Desert

Prince) 2006:

Passage To India (f Indian

Ridge) 2007:


Ridge) 5 wins at 2 and 3 in Italy, Premio Carlo e Francesco Aloisi G3, 3rd Criterium Partenopeo LR, Premio Rumon LR. 2008:

Dive Bomber (c Green

Desert) in training. 2009:

(c Dubawi)

1 Fugitive Angel (USA) 3 b f Alphabet Soup (USA) - Screening (USA) (Unbridled (USA)) 2 Ice Mist (USA) 3 b f Forest Danger (USA) - Maryland Mist (USA) (Cozzene (USA)) 3 No Explaining (IRE) 3 b f Azamour (IRE) - Claustra (FR) (Green Desert (USA)) 1031 -LEXUS RAVEN RUN STAKES, G2, Keeneland, October 23, 7f 1 Hilda’s Passion (USA) 3 b f Canadian Frontier (USA) - Executricker (USA) (El Prado (IRE)) 2 Decelerator (USA) 3 b/br f Dehere (USA) - Paris Rose (USA) (Accelerator (USA)) 3 Tremendamente Loca (USA) 3 b/br f Offlee Wild (USA) - Montaraz (USA) (Numerous (USA))

2nd Dam: KATY GUEST by Be My Guest. 2 wins at 2 and 3 in Italy. Dam of KATHY COLLEGE (f College Chapel, see

1032 -GREENBRIER FAYETTE STAKES, G2, Keeneland, October 30, 9f

above), KATHY PEKAN (f Sri Pekan: Premio Alessandro Perrone LR). Grandam of Kaspirit. Broodmare Sire: COLLEGE CHAPEL. Sire of the dams of 8 Stakes winners. In 2010 - ROSENDHAL Indian Ridge G3, GERBETT Galileo LR.

1 Successful Dan (USA) 4 b g Successful Appeal (USA) - Lisa Danielle (USA) (Wolf Power (SAF)) 2 Exhi (USA) 3 b c Maria’s Mon (USA) Soldera (USA) (Polish Numbers (USA)) 3 Stately Victor (USA) 3 b c Ghostzapper (USA) - Collect The Cash (USA) (Dynaformer (USA))

international database 1033 -TURNBACK THE ALARM HANDICAP, G3, Belmont Park, October 30, 8f 110yds 1 Our Khrysty (USA) 4 ch f Newfoundland (USA) - The Hess Express (USA) (Lord Carson (USA)) 2 Funny Moon (USA) 4 ch f Malibu Moon (USA) - Fun Crowd (USA) (Easy Goer (USA)) 3 Way With Words (USA) 6 b f Sefapiano (USA) - Swiftly Tilting (USA) (Belong To Me (USA)) 1034 -BOLD RULER HANDICAP, G3, Belmont Park, October 30, 7f

1 Bribon (FR) 7 ch g Mark of Esteem (IRE) - Rowat Arazi (GB) (Arazi (USA)) 2 Jersey Town (USA) 4 ch c Speightstown (USA) - Jersey Girl (USA) (Belong To Me (USA)) 3 Half Metal Jacket (USA) 5 gr/ro g Yes It’s True (USA) - Full And Fancy (USA) (Marfa (USA)) 1035 -LAS PALMAS HANDICAP, G2, Hollywood Park, October 31, 8f

1 Briecat (USA) 5 ch f Adcat (USA) - Silk Briefcase (USA) (Marlin (USA)) 2 Westwood Pride (USA) 3 b/br f Pleasantly Perfect (USA) - Palau (USA) (Kingmambo (USA)) 3 Turning Top (IRE) 4 b/br f Pivotal (GB) - Pietra Dura (GB) (Cadeaux Genereux) 1036 -POCAHONTAS STAKES, G2, Churchill Downs, October 31, 8f 1 Dancinginherdreams (USA) 2 gr/ro f Tapit (USA) - Mayan Milagra (USA) (Menifee (USA)) 2 Eden Star (USA) 2 b/br f Eddington (USA) - Exploding Star (USA) (Exploit (USA)) 3 Missyoulikecrazy (USA) 2 ch f Lion Heart (USA) - Seattle Way (USA) (Seattle Slew (USA)) 1037 -IROQUOIS STAKES, G3, Churchill Downs, October 31, 8f 1 Astrology (USA) 2 b c A P Indy (USA) - Quiet Eclipse (USA) (Quiet American (USA)) 2 Ribo Bobo (USA) 2 b g Louis Quatorze (USA) - Private Prom Party (USA) (Private Terms (USA)) 3 Maybesomaybenot (USA) 2 b g Sunday Break (JPN) - Majestic Mommy (USA) (Olympio (USA))

1038 -RIVER CITY HANDICAP, G3, Churchill Downs, November 4, 9f 1 Battle of Hastings (GB) 4 b g Royal Applause (GB) - Subya (GB) (Night Shift (USA)) 2 Midnight Mischief (USA) 4 b/br c Medaglia d’Oro (USA) - Western Reel (USA) (Gone West (USA)) 3 Boots Ahead (USA) 4 ch c Storm Boot (USA) - Mostbeautifulsound (USA) (Miswaki (USA)) 1039 -SENTIENT JET BREEDERS’ CUP F&M SPRINT, G1, Churchill Downs, November 5, 7f 1 Dubai Majesty (USA) 5 b/br f Essence of Dubai (USA) - Great Majesty (USA) (Great Above (USA)) 2 Switch (USA) 3 b f Quiet American (USA) - Antoniette (USA) (Nicholas (USA)) 3 Evening Jewel (USA) 3 b f Northern Afleet (USA) - Jewel of the Night (USA) (Giant’s Causeway (USA)) 1040 -GREY GOOSE BREEDERS’ CUP JUV. FILLIES, G1, Churchill Downs, November 5, 8f 110yds 1 Awesome Feather (USA) 2 b f Awesome of Course (USA) - Precious Feather (USA) (Gone West (USA)) 2 R Heat Lightning (USA) 2 b f Trippi (USA) - Yellow Heat (USA) (Gold Fever (USA)) 3 Delightful Mary (USA) 2 ch f Limehouse (USA) - Deputy’s Delight (USA) (French Deputy (USA)) 1041 -EMIRATES AIRLINES BREEDERS’ CUP F&M TURF, G1, Churchill Downs, November 5, 11f 1 Shared Account (USA) 4 b f Pleasantly Perfect (USA) - Silk n’ Sapphire (USA) (Smart Strike (CAN)) 2 Midday (GB) 4 b f Oasis Dream (GB) Midsummer (GB) (Kingmambo (USA)) 3 Keertana (USA) 4 b/br f Johar (USA) Motokiks (USA) (Storm Cat (USA)) 1042 -BREEDERS’ CUP MARATHON, G3, Churchill Downs, November 5, 14f 1 Eldaafer (USA) 5 b/br g A P Indy (USA) - Habibti (USA) (Tabasco Cat (USA)) 2 Gabriel’s Hill (USA) 6 b c A P Indy (USA) - Lailani (GB) (Unfuwain (USA)) 3 A U Miner (USA) 5 b/br c Mineshaft (USA) - Clerical Etoile (ARG) (The Watcher (USA))

1043 -BREEDERS’ CUP LADIES’ CLASSIC, G1, Churchill Downs, November 5, 9f

1048 -GREY GOOSE BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE, G1, Churchill Downs, November 6, 8f 110yds

1 Unrivaled Belle (USA) 4 gr/ro f Unbridled’s Song (USA) - Queenie Belle (USA) (Bertrando (USA)) 2 Blind Luck (USA) 3 ch f Pollard’s Vision (USA) - Lucky One (USA) (Best of Luck (USA)) 3 Havre de Grace (USA) 3 b f Saint Liam (USA) - Easter Bunnette (USA) (Carson City (USA)) 1044 -BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE FILLIES TURF, G2, Churchill Downs, November 5, 8f 1 More Than Real (USA) 2 ch f More Than Ready (USA) - Miss Seffens (USA) (Dehere (USA)) 2 Winter Memories (USA) 2 gr/ro f El Prado (IRE) - Memories of Silver (USA) (Silver Hawk (USA)) 3 Kathmanblu (USA) 2 b f Bluegrass Cat (USA) - Abba Gold (USA) (Devil’s Bag (USA)) 1045 -ACK ACK HANDICAP, G3, Churchill Downs, November 5, 8f 110yds 1 Apart (USA) 3 b/br c Flatter (USA) Detach (USA) (Unbridled (USA)) 2 Demarcation (USA) 6 b g Gulch (USA) - Divine Line (USA) (Boundary (USA)) 3 Colizeo (USA) 3 b/br c Distorted Humor (USA) - Colony Band (USA) (Dixieland Band (USA))

1 Uncle Mo (USA) 2 b c Indian Charlie (USA) - Playa Maya (USA) (Arch (USA)) 2 Boys At Tosconova (USA) 2 b/br c Officer (USA) - Little Bonnet (USA) (Coronado’s Quest (USA)) 3 Rogue Romance (USA) 2 ch c Smarty Jones (USA) - Lovington (USA) (Afleet (CAN)) 1049 -EMIRATES AIRLINES BREEDERS’ CUP TURF, G1, Churchill Downs, November 6, 12f 1 Dangerous Midge (USA) 4 b c Lion Heart (USA) - Adored Slew (USA) (Seattle Slew (USA)) 2 Champ Pegasus (USA) 4 b c Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) - Salt Champ (ARG) (Salt Lake (USA)) 3 Behkabad (FR) 3 b/br c Cape Cross (IRE) - Behkara (IRE) (Kris) 1050 -CHILUKKI STAKES, G2, Churchill Downs, November 6, 8f 1 Distinctive Dixie (USA) 5 b f Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) - A Lady From Dixie (USA) (Dixieland Band (USA)) 2 Third Dawn (USA) 4 b f Sky Mesa (USA) - Chalmette (USA) (Quiet American (USA)) 3 Always A Princess (USA) 3 ch f Leroidesanimaux (BRZ) - Gabriellina Giof (GB) (Ashkalani (IRE))

1046 -TVG BREEDERS’ CUP MILE, G1, Churchill Downs, November 6, 8f

1051 -BREEDERS’ CUP TURF SPRINT, G2, Churchill Downs, November 6, 5f

1 Goldikova (IRE) 5 b f Anabaa (USA) Born Gold (USA) (Blushing Groom (FR)) 2 Gio Ponti (USA) 5 b c Tale of The Cat (USA) - Chipeta Springs (USA) (Alydar (USA)) 3 The Usual Q T (USA) 4 b g Unusual Heat (USA) - Lunge (USA) (Western Fame (USA))

1 Chamberlain Bridge (USA) 6 b g War Chant (USA) - She’s Got Class (USA) (Trempolino (USA)) 2 Central City (USA) 4 b c City Place (USA) - Apache Dancer (USA) (Alphabet Soup (USA)) 3 Unzip Me (USA) 4 ch f City Zip (USA) Escape With Me (USA) (Arazi (USA))

1047 -SENTIENT JET BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT, G1, Churchill Downs, November 6, 6f 1 Big Drama (USA) 4 b/br c Montbrook (USA) - Riveting Drama (USA) (Notebook (USA)) 2 Hamazing Destiny (USA) 4 b c Salt Lake (USA) - Ms Proud Destiny (USA) (Artax (USA)) 3 Smiling Tiger (USA) 3 ch c Hold That Tiger (USA) - Shandra Smiles (USA) (Cahill Road (USA))

1052 -BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE TURF (C&G), G2, Churchill Downs, November 6, 8f 1 Pluck (USA) 2 b/br c More Than Ready (USA) - Secret Heart (SAF) (Fort Wood (USA)) 2 Soldat (USA) 2 b/br c War Front (USA) - Le Relais (USA) (Coronado’s Quest (USA)) 3 Willcox Inn (USA) 2 b/br c Harlan’s Holiday (USA) - De Aar (USA) (Gone West (USA)) 119

international database 1053 -BREEDERS’ CUP DIRT MILE, G1, Churchill Downs, November 6, 8f 1 Dakota Phone (USA) 5 b g Zavata (USA) - World of Gold (USA) (Spinning World (USA)) 2 Morning Line (USA) 3 b/br c Tiznow (USA) - Indian Snow (USA) (A P Indy (USA)) 3 Gayego (USA) 5 b/br c Gilded Time (USA) - Devils Lake (USA) (Lost Code (USA)) 1054 -BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC, G1, Churchill Downs, November 6, 10f 1 Blame (USA) 4 b c Arch (USA) - Liable (USA) (Seeking The Gold (USA)) 2 Zenyatta (USA) 6 b/br f Street Cry (IRE) - Vertigineux (USA) (Kris S (USA)) 3 Fly Down (USA) 3 ch c Mineshaft (USA) - Queen Randi (USA) (Fly So Free (USA)) 1055 -TEMPTED STAKES, G3, Aqueduct, November 6, 8f 1 Full Moon Blues (USA) 2 b/br f Petionville (USA) - Taurus Moon (USA) (Hesabull (USA)) 2 Tap For Luck (USA) 2 gr/ro f Tapit (USA) - Foxy Friend (USA) (Crafty Friend (USA)) 3 Dixie City (USA) 2 b f Dixie Union (USA) - City Sister (USA) (Carson City (USA)) 1056 -RED SMITH HANDICAP, G2, Aqueduct, November 6, 11f 1 Grassy (USA) 4 gr/ro c El Prado (IRE) High Savannah (GB) (Rousillon (USA)) 2 Rescue Squad (USA) 4 b/br c Dynaformer (USA) - Search Party (USA) (Seeking The Gold (USA)) 3 Bold Hawk (USA) 6 b g Silver Hawk (USA) - Tribulation (USA) (Danzig (USA)) 1057 -NASHUA STAKES, G2, Aqueduct, November 6, 8f 1 To Honor And Serve (USA) 2 b c Bernardini (USA) - Pilfer (USA) (Deputy Minister (CAN)) 2 Mucho Macho Man (USA) 2 b c Macho Uno (USA) - Ponche de Leona (USA) (Ponche (CAN)) 3 Quality Council (USA) 2 b/br c Elusive Quality (USA) - Kalahari Cat (USA) (Cape Town (USA)) 1058 -CARDINAL HANDICAP, G3, Churchill Downs, November 7, 9f 1 Askbut I Won’ttell (USA) 4 ch f Horse


Chestnut (SAF) - Silver Dollar Kate (USA) (Green Dancer (USA)) 2 Kiss Mine (USA) 4 b/br f Mineshaft (USA) - Kiss The Devil (USA) (Kris S (USA)) 3 My Baby Baby (USA) 5 b f Bernstein (USA) - Sarah Darling (USA) (Wavering Monarch (USA))


Northern Dancer Sadler’s Wells Fairy Bridge HIGH CHAPARRAL b 99 Darshaan Kasora Kozana SO YOU THINK b c 2006 Nijinsky Tights Dancealot TRIASSIC b 90 Long Row Astral Row Pak Bun Bay

1059 -Tattersall’s WS Cox Plate, G1, Moonee Valley, October 23, 2000m 1 So You Think (NZ) 4 b c High Chaparral (IRE) - Triassic (NZ) (Tights (USA)) 2 Zipping (AUS) 9 b g Danehill (USA) Social Scene (IRE) (Grand Lodge (USA)) 3 Whobegotyou (AUS) 5 ch g Street Cry (IRE) - Temple of Peace (JPN) (Carnegie (IRE)) Sire: HIGH CHAPARRAL. Sire of 23 Stakes winners. In 2010 - DESCARADO Lord Ballina G1, REDWOOD Woodman G1, SHOOT OUT Pentire G1, SO YOU THINK Tights G1, JOANNA Mujadil G2, FAIRY OAK Sir Tristram G3, NOLL WALLOP Danehill G3, CHAPARELLA Straight Strike LR, LE LARRON Kenmare LR, LORD CHAPARRAL Acatenango LR, BACCALAUREATE Polish Precedent LR. 1st Dam: TRIASSIC by Tights. 3 wins in New Zealand, Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Classic (f ) G2. Dam of 7 winners: 1996: TYCOON JACK (g Last Tycoon) 3 wins in New Zealand. 1998: CIRCUS DANCE (f Carnegie) 2 wins at 5 in New Zealand. Broodmare. 2000: HIP HIP HOORAY (g Tale of The Cat) 5 wins in Australia, Hong Kong. 2001: (c Carnegie). Died as a foal. 2003: TRIGONOMETRY (c Galileo) 2 wins in Australia. 2004: PRIDE’N’PREJUDICE (f Universal Prince) 4 wins in Australia. 2005: LA SOUVENIR (f Nuclear Freeze) Winner in New Zealand. 2006: SO YOU THINK (c High Chaparral) 6 wins in Australia, Rokk Ebony Underwood S G1, Tattersall’s WS Cox Plate G1 (twice), Yalumba Caulfield S G1, Z Bloodstock Memsie S G2, Gloaming S G3, 2nd Emirates Cantala S G1, Jim Beam Ming Dynasty Quality H LR. 2008: (c Elusive City) 2nd Dam: Astral Row by Long Row. 2nd Evergreen S LR, Otago Mannequin S LR, Waitaki S LR, Geraldine Challenge S LR. Dam of TRIASSIC (f Tights, see above) Broodmare Sire: TIGHTS. Sire of the dams of 19 Stakes winners. In 2010 - SO YOU THINK High Chaparral G1.

1060 -Kikuka Sho (St Leger), G1, Kyoto, October 24, 3000m 1 Big Week (JPN) 3 b/br c Bago (FR) Tanino J’Adore (JPN) (Sunday Silence (USA)) 2 Rose Kingdom (JPN) 3 b/br c King Kamehameha (JPN) - Rosebud (JPN) (Sunday Silence (USA)) 3 Beat Black (JPN) 3 bl c Miscast (JPN) Alarm Call (JPN) (Brian’s Time (USA)) Age: 2-3; Starts: 10; Wins: 4; Places: 5 Earnings: £1,376,410 Sire: BAGO. Sire of 2 Stakes winners. In 2010 - BIG WEEK Sunday Silence G1, OKEN SAKURA Real Shadai G3. 1st Dam: TANINO J’ADORE by Sunday Silence. 2 wins at 3 and 4 in Japan. Dam of 1 winner: 2005: Carol (f Taiki Shuttle) ran on the flat in Japan. 2007: BIG WEEK (c Bago) 4 wins at 3 in Japan, Kikuka Sho (St Leger) G1, 3rd Kobe Shimbun Hai G2. 2008: Taisei Genius (c Tanino Gimlet) in training. 2nd Dam: TANINO BOUQUET by Northern Dictator. 3 wins in Japan Daily Hai Sansai S G2. Dam of TANINO BORERO (c Treboro: Niigata Kinen LR), TANINO CREATE (c Creator: Kobe Shimbun Hai LR) Broodmare Sire: SUNDAY SILENCE. Sire of the dams of 76 Stakes winners. In 2010 - BIG WEEK Bago G1, JAGUAR MAIL Jungle Pocket G1, MORE JOYOUS More Than Ready G1, ROSE KINGDOM King Kamehameha G2, SHINGEN White Muzzle G2, A SHIN WHITY Sakura Bakushin O G3, APRICOT FIZZ Jungle Pocket G3, KING’S EMBLEM War Emblem G3, MEINE ISABEL Telegnosis G3, MEINER STARRY Star of Cozzene G3, REGINETTA French Deputy G3, ROLL OF THE DICE Twining G3, SEIUN WONDER Grass Wonder G3, SHADOW GATE White Muzzle G3, BRAVO DAISY Kurofune LR, EISHIN TIGER Coronado’s Quest LR, RAIHANA Elusive Quality LR, REALIZE NO YUME Afleet LR, ROBIN FOOT Zenno El Cid LR, SILPORT White Muzzle LR, VERMILION El Condor Pasa LR, WESTERN VENUS Boston Harbor

LR, YUKICHAN Kurofune LR. Blushing Groom Nashwan Height of Fashion BAGO b/br 2001 Nureyev Moonlight’s Box Coup de G enie BIG WEEK b/br c 2007 Halo Sunday Silence Wishing Well TANINO J’ADORE b 98 Northern Dictator Tanino Bouquet Tanino Hugh Lupus

1061 -Myer Classic, G1, Flemington, October 30, 1600m 1 Sacred Choice (AUS) 5 b f Choisir (AUS) - Sacred Habit (NZ) (Sir Tristram) 2 Typhoon Tracy (AUS) 5 b/br f Red Ransom (USA) - Tracy’s Element (AUS) (Last Tycoon) 3 Hot Danish (AUS) 7 b f Nothin’ Leica Dane (AUS) - Hot ‘n’ Breezy (AUS) (Zephyr Zip (NZ)) Sire: CHOISIR. Sire of 25 Stakes winners. In 2010 - SACRED CHOICE Sir Tristram G1, STARSPANGLEDBANNER Made of Gold G1, DREAMSCAPE Ferdinand G3, LADY SPRINGBANK Kendor G3, PSYCHOLOGIST Danzero G3, CLONDINNERY Linamix LR, MESSENGER Sky Chase LR. 1st Dam: Sacred Habit by Sir Tristram. ran on the flat in New Zealand. Dam of 4 winners: 1997: BLACK HUMOR (g Rory’s Jester) 5 wins in Australia. 1998: BRANDAVINO (g Marscay) 5 wins in Australia, Malaysia, Singapore. 1999: SACRED JESTER (f Rory’s Jester) Winner in Australia. Broodmare. 2002: (c Grand Lodge) 2003: Sacred Jewel (f Encosta de Lago) unraced. Broodmare. 2005: SACRED CHOICE (f Choisir) 8 wins in Australia, Myer Classic G1, Emirates Emancipation S G2, St Patrick’s Day Aspiration Quality H LR, 3rd Telstra T Box Epsom H G1, Japan Racing Association Shannon S G2, Shimano Show County Quality H LR. 2006: See My Baby (f Johannesburg) ran on the flat in Australia. 2009: (f Dubai Destination) Broodmare Sire: SIR TRISTRAM. Sire of the dams of 187 Stakes winners. In 2010 - SACRED CHOICE Choisir G1, FAIRY OAK High Chaparral G3, INDIKATOR Sandtrap G3, WAITETE BOY Charnwood Forest LR.

international database Danehill Danehill Dancer Mira Adonde CHOISIR ch 99 Lunchtime Great Selection Pensive Mood SACRED CHOICE b f 2005 Sir Ivor Sir Tristram Isolt SACRED HABIT b 92 Motavato Nunnery Walk Nunkalowe

1062 -Longines Mackinnon Stakes, G1, Flemington, October 30, 2000m 1 So You Think (NZ) 4 b c High Chaparral (IRE) - Triassic (NZ) (Tights (USA)) 2 Descarado (NZ) 4 b g High Chaparral (IRE) - Karamea Lady (NZ) (Lord Ballina (AUS)) 3 Ginga Dude (NZ) 7 ch g Istidaad (USA) - Clatitude (NZ) (Clay Hero (AUS)) Age: 2-4; Starts: 11; Wins: 8; Places: 2 Earnings: £2,719,139 Sire: HIGH CHAPARRAL. Sire of 23 Stakes winners. In 2010 - DESCARADO Lord Ballina G1, REDWOOD Woodman G1, SHOOT OUT Pentire G1, SO YOU THINK Tights G1, JOANNA Mujadil G2, FAIRY OAK Sir Tristram G3, NOLL WALLOP Danehill G3, CHAPARELLA Straight Strike LR, LE LARRON Kenmare LR, LORD CHAPARRAL Acatenango LR, BACCALAUREATE Polish Precedent LR. 1st Dam: TRIASSIC by Tights. 3 wins in New Zealand, Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Classic (f) G2. Dam of 7 winners: 1996: TYCOON JACK (g Last Tycoon) 3 wins in New Zealand. 1998: CIRCUS DANCE (f Carnegie) 2 wins at 5 in New Zealand. Broodmare. 2000: HIP HIP HOORAY (g Tale of The Cat) 6 wins in Australia, Hong Kong. 2001: (c Carnegie). Died as a foal. 2003: TRIGONOMETRY (c Galileo) 2 wins in Australia. 2004: PRIDE’N’PREJUDICE (f Universal Prince) 4 wins in Australia. 2005: LA SOUVENIR (f Nuclear

Freeze) Winner in New Zealand. 2006: SO YOU THINK (c High Chaparral) 8 wins at 2 to 4 in Australia, Longines Mackinnon S G1, Rokk Ebony Underwood S G1, Tattersall’s WS Cox Plate G1 (twice), Yalumba Caulfield S G1, Z Bloodstock Memsie S G2, Gloaming S G3, 2nd Emirates Cantala S G1, Jim Beam Ming Dynasty Quality H LR, 3rd Emirates Melbourne Cup G1. 2008: (c Elusive City)

Swettenham Stud R N Irwin S G3. Own sister to CHINCHILLA ROSE and FEROCITY. Dam of 1 winner: 2007: STAR WITNESS (c Starcraft) 4 wins in Australia, Coolmore Stud S G1, Arrowfield Stud Blue Diamond S G1, Talindert S LR, 3rd Lister Diesel Eng. Vain S LR. 2008: Elusive Leone (f Elusive Quality) unraced to date. 2009: (c Bernardini)

2nd Dam: Astral Row by Long Row. 6 wins in New Zealand, 2nd Evergreen S LR, Otago Mannequin S LR, Waitaki S LR, Geraldine Challenge S LR. Dam of TRIASSIC (f Tights, see above)

2nd Dam: CHIARA by Last Tycoon. 1 win in Australia. Dam of CHINCHILLA ROSE (f Lion Hunter: TCL Electronics QTC Cup G2, UD Trucks Surround S G2), FEROCITY (c Lion Hunter: Ascot Vale S G2), LEONE CHIARA (f Lion Hunter, see above), Battle’s Thunder (g Thunder Gulch: 3rd Macau Guineas LR)

Broodmare Sire: TIGHTS. Sire of the dams of 19 Stakes winners. In 2010 SO YOU THINK High Chaparral G1. Northern Dancer Sadler’s Wells Fairy Bridge HIGH CHAPARRAL b 99 Darshaan Kasora Kozana SO YOU THINK b c 2006 Nijinsky Tights Dancealot TRIASSIC b 90 Long Row Astral Row Pak Bun Bay

1063 -Coolmore Stud Stakes, G1, Flemington, October 30, 1200m 1 Star Witness (AUS) 3 ch c Starcraft (NZ) - Leone Chiara (AUS) (Lion Hunter (AUS)) 2 Curtana (AUS) 3 ch f Exceed And Excel (AUS) - Razor Blade (AUS) (Blazing Sword (AUS)) 3 Shrapnel (AUS) 3 br c Charge Forward (AUS) - Fragmentation (AUS) (Snippets (AUS)) Sire: STARCRAFT. Sire of 4 Stakes winners. In 2010 - STAR WITNESS Lion Hunter G1, SINGAPORE SLING Western Symphony LR, WE CAN SAY IT NOW Generous LR. 1st Dam: LEONE CHIARA by Lion Hunter. 7 wins in Australia,

Broodmare Sire: LION HUNTER. Sire of the dams of 3 Stakes winners. In 2010 - STAR WITNESS Starcraft G1, TALLOW Street Cry G3, DUAL CHAMBER Show A Heart LR.

1st Dam: Lioness by Generous. unraced. Dam of 1 winner: 2005:

Queen of Lions (f King of

Kings) unraced. 2006:

Miss Lioness (f Johar) ran

on the flat in New Zealand. 2007:

LION TAMER (c Storming

Home) 5 wins in Australia, New Zealand, Aami Victoria Derby G1, Network Visuals Champagne S LR, Ming Dynasty H LR, Murdoch Newell S LR, 2nd AAMI Moonee Valley Vase G2, 3rd Wentwood Grange Star Way S LR. 2008:

(c Falkirk)

2nd Dam: BLUE SATIN by Pompeii Court. 2 wins in New Zealand. Dam of Blue Grass (c Postponed: 3rd Ford Taranaki 2yo Classic G3)


Broodmare Sire: GENEROUS. Sire of


the dams of 39 Stakes winners. In 2010

Soviet Star STARCRAFT ch 2000 Pompeii Court Flying Floozie Lucky Heiress STAR WITNESS ch c 2007 Danehill Lion Hunter Pure of Heart LEONE CHIARA ch 99 Last Tycoon Chiara Etoile d’Or

- AL SHEMALI Medicean G1, LION TAMER Storming Home G1, NO EVIDENCE NEEDED Shamardal G2, GARBO Manhattan Cafe G3, MARHETA Al Maher G3, LIDO DI VENEZIA Lido Palace LR, ROMAN EMPIRE Roman Art LR, SETA Pivotal LR, TOKAI MELODY Chief Bearhart LR, WE CAN SAY IT

1064 -Aami Victoria Derby, G1, Flemington, October 30, 2400m 1 Lion Tamer (NZ) 3 b c Storming Home (GB) - Lioness (NZ) (Generous (IRE)) 2 Praecido (NZ) 3 br c One Cool Cat (USA) - Felicitous (NZ) (Montjeu (IRE)) 3 Retrieve (AUS) 3 b c Rahy (USA) - Hold To Ransom (USA) (Red Ransom (USA)) Sire: STORMING HOME. Sire of 6 Stakes winners. In 2010 JAKKALBERRY Barathea G1, LION TAMER Generous G1.

NOW Starcraft LR, RIGOUR BACK BOB Bob Back LR. Mr Prospector Machiavellian Coup de Folie STORMING HOME b 98 Shareef Dancer Try To Catch Me It’s In The Air LION TAMER b c 2007 Caerleon Generous Doff The Derby LIONESS b 2001 Pompeii Court Blue Satin Blue Denim 121

bloodstock backgrounds

Pat Fitzsimons: Oak Lodge Stud How long has Oak Lodge been in your ownership? What is the family’s background in the bloodstock business?

We aim to help breeders produce top-class racehorses, while at the same helping to give them a return in the sales ring. Recent stallions to stand at Oak Lodge include Val Royal, who was responsible for dual Classic winner Cockney Rebel, as well as the reverse shuttle stallion Desert Sun. Both have produced Group 1 horses.

Oak Lodge Stud is very much a family-run business, how does that work on a day-to-day basis?

It’s popular now for many studs to ‘buy into’ a stallion while he is still racing – is this the only way to compete or has the economic recession made stallions more affordable? Are you on the look out for another stallion?

Oak Lodge was set up in 1980 by myself and Claire prior to which it was a mixed farm of cattle, horses and arable. We have many established clients who use our services including Patricia and David Thompson of Cheveley Park Stud, and Elite Racing.

Each member of the family has a different role to play in our business and each team (family) member understands each other’s role, which makes up a perfect management team. The two farms in Ireland are managed by Louise and Linda Fitzsimons and Reddy Coffey and Oak Lodge USA in Kentucky is managed by Alan and Suzy Fitzsimons – they are assisted (!) by our ten-month old granddaughter Katie. The horses on all of the farms are managed as if they were our own.

You have a US division and a new farm in Tipperary – can you explain how it all works together?

The basis of our business model is “service to breeders” by providing our clients with a complete bloodstock service in stallion management (in Naas), broodmare management, and sales preparation and consignment in Naas, Roscrea and Paris. The Oak Lodge Group is made up of Oak Lodge Stud, which is outside Naas in County Kildare, Springfield House, which is near to Roscrea, County Tipperary, and Oak Lodge USA, found outside Paris in Kentucky and is based on the original model that has been successful for Oak Lodge Stud for over 30 years. Some of our clients have availed of our services at all three divisions at some stage and this makes for seamless transition from one division to the other where communication we believe is the key to our success. We believe the bloodstock business is as much about people as about horses.

Heliostatic had his first yearlings this season, were you satisfied with his sales results?

Heliostatic was very well received at the sales with his first crop of yearlings realising up to €50,000 at Goffs and 50,000gns at Tattersalls and averaging over €20,000. Yearlings from his first crop will be going into training with a number of leading trainers such as Richard Hannon and Jim Bolger and were purchased by a number of leading bloodstock agents such as Peter Doyle.

Standing stallions is a competitive business and it has been difficult for independent studs to survive. How do you make it all work out? We believe that it is important to give breeders a commercial alternative to those farms who have flooded the market with the progeny of some stallions.


Potential stallions are not any more affordable than previously as they are all based on a rate of return over a period of time and the number of mares they can attract. While stallions may be costing less they will also earn less income. We are always on the look out for a new horse, however the market has become very selective.

Many breeders are calling for a drop in stallion fees for 2011 – what are your thoughts to that?

I believe stallion fees from a breeder’s point of view are too expensive as they should be set based on the sire’s return in the sales ring as well as on the track, rather than based on demand. An average yearling at the sales should be able to break-even commercially, which is not the case at present Commercial breeders who support a horse in his early years and who are responsible for his success are deprived of the opportunity to use him when he is successful as he then becomes too expensive to used on a commercial basis. We have all seen successful stallions whose stud fee is almost the same as his yearling average. Oak Lodge Stud, like I believe Derrinstown Stud, for example, has always limited its stallions to 80 mares and set its fees to allow commercial breeders to get a return on their investment, without stock flooding the market. Unfortunately, I believe for this model to work, all stallion masters must apply the same criteria if we want our businesses and breeders to survive.

You’ve bred a dual Classic winner in Cockney Rebel. How many mares do you have at home? What do you look for in a stallion? The number of mares we have depends on the number of stallions we are standing at any given time as we think it is important to support our own stallions. Cockney Rebel was bred from one of the farm’s own mares, the mare having been selected to be covered by Val Royal in his first season. We normally have between 20 and 40 mares at any given time. As almost all of our clients are commercial breeders, a stallion must be a good walker with excellent conformation who has won from 6f to 1m2f and be from a successful sire line.

Claire and Pat Fitzsimons

Who decides your mating plans?

We have regular management meetings where every member of the team has the opportunity to put forward their suggested matings and the reasons why. Our decisions about matings are usually decided after the breeding stock sales, while John Walsh of John Walsh Bloodstock has provided us with advice for many years.

What are your thoughts regarding this year’s yearling sales?

Before the current downturn in the economy we had a problem with overproduction, which happened because stallion masters became too greedy and they have killed the goose that laid the golden egg. I believe everybody is sitting on the fence with regards to overproduction and nobody is willing to take the initiative. I think all stallion masters should agree to limit the number of mares to each stallion, this will in turn limit the purchase cost of a stallion and then the stallion master can accept the best mares offered by breeders. Proven stallions should have their fees set based on the return that an average yearling realises at the sales. The better the average then the higher the fee and this will allow breeders to get a return for their money and stallion masters to pick the best mares offered to them up to a certain the limit. Unless we look after the average, the commercial breeder will become an endangered species.

What is the most memorable race for you?

Cockney Rebel completing the Guineas double at The Curragh, every breeder dreams to breed a Classic winner !

What would be your advice to a newcomer to the bloodstock business?

Don’t follow the crowd, try and be one step ahead of everybody else, anticipate what the future markets will require and deliver above-average goods. Furthermore, concentrate on quality at all times, manage your costs, and keep culling! It’s not easy but is very rewarding when you get it right.

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