Filly ex. Masseera, a half-sister to Gr.1 winner Wannabe Grand and dam of blacktype performer Aceland Street.
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Victory to Japan
Alan Porter runs through the pedigrees and family backgrounds of the winners at the Dubai World Cup meeting
The Horsemen’s Group makes an about-turn over its top-end tariffs, Ted Voute recalls the successes achieved by Clovelly Stud and William Huntingdon considers a novel and new way to attract owners into the sport
12 The First Word
Paul Haigh reckons that Victoire Pisa is a “superb horse”
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It seemed to be an acceptable start to the US two-year-olds in training sales season, writes John Sparkman, but there was trouble below the surface
34 Fairy Story
Victoria Spicer meets Ed Dunlop, trainer of Snow Fairy, who it is now hoped heads to Royal Ascot after her aborted trip to Dubai
50 Does time equal money?
83 Mare of the month
Black Caviar gets win number 11, Jimmy Choux impresses, while a son of O’Reilly topped the Hong Kong International Sale
Jim McCartan not only manages a TV video production company, but also breezes up and pre-trains two-yearolds. Lissa Oliver finds out more
Function Dream, dam of Captain Chris
Victor Sheahan asks whether horses sold at a breeze-up get to the racecourse significantly quicker than their yearling-sold counterparts
54 Mr Consistency
It is not just “luck”, writes Kathleen Donovan, that US consignor Eddie Woods has been responsible for producing so many stakes horses. stnetFoa
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28 Leading NH sires 2010-2011
74 The A team
Sally Duckett finds that breeze-up vendor Malcolm Bastard brings a mathematical approach to his love of producing and educating young horses
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Victory to Japan The Dubai World Cup winner Victoire Pisa is from the second crop of Neo Universe, the son Sunday Silence who could be the “one”, writes Alan Porter
pride. Not only did the four-year-old Japanesebred colt Victoire Pisa score a famous victory, but that triumph was achieved at the expense of his compatriot, the brave five-year-old mare Transcend. Remarkably, the pair were the only horses to lead the race: Transcend set out to make all with Victoire Pisa taking control a furlong and a half out, after a move down the backstretch that saw him sweep to the front from the rear of the field. Almost inevitably, Victoire Pisa is by a son of Sunday Silence, the US-raced son of Halo unwanted as a stallion in his own country, despite establishing himself as a truly great racehorse, but who has single-handedly raised the bar in Japan. In this case the son in question is Neo Universe, winner of the Japanese 2,000 Guineas and Japanese Derby. Now shaping as the potential heir to his sire, Neo Universe
comes from the same Sobell/Weinstock (and before that Dorothy Paget) family that has produced two other current successful sires – Street Cry and Shamardal. Neo Universe’s third dam, Boulevard, is also third dam of Street Cry, and fourth dam of Shamardal. Victoire Pisa, who also won the Japanese 2,000 Guineas (G1) and Arima Kinen (G1), comes from his sire’s second crop. He is probably the best of Neo Universe’s runners, but the young stallion has already also sired Japanese Derby winner Logi Universe and Japanese 2,000 Guineas victor Unrivaled, both of whom were from his first crop. Victoire Pisa’s family is one that has risen to prominence from humble beginnings, aided by some clever inbreeding and linebreeding. If we follow the female line back to 1944 we come to Victoire Pisa’s sixth dam, Cherry Way. She was a daughter of the well-bred Airway (by the great runner Fairway out of the English Oaks winner Udaipur), a horse who was pretty insignificant as a racehorse or sire, outside of the handful of stakes winners he sired in New Zealand. Cherry Way was a minor winner in Ireland,
apan may still be reeling from the consequences of the horrific natural disaster that hit that country, but the result of the Dubai World Cup (G1), the world’s richest race gave considerable cause for national
Victoire Pisa’s family is one that has risen to prominence from humble beginnings, aided by some clever inbreeding and linebreeding 6
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Above, left, Victoire Pisa working on the track and, below, wins the Dubai World Cup. Above, owner Yoshimi Ichikawa receives his trophy from Sheikh Hamdan
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Whitewater Affair, a daughter of Machiavellian, inherited little of her sire’s speed and precocity, but instead became a high-class stayer but produced one better than herself in the shape of Padus, who earned black-type with a third in the Pretty Polly Stakes. Padus was a daughter of Anwar, a good handicap horse, who was black-type placed before going on to a modest career as a sire. However, Anwar is particularly notable in the scheme of things here, as his sire, Umidwar (winner of the Champion Stakes) is a brother to Udaipur, which meant that Padus had the top-flight siblings Umidwar and Udaipur 2 x 3. The inbreeding that produced Padus coincided with a serious upgrading in the fortunes of the family. Bred to the non-winning Bairam (a son of Nearco, and bred similarly to Nasrullah), Padus produced the Irish Oaks winner Pampalina (who had the brothers Pharos and Fairway 3 x 4), and in turn Pampalina became the dam of Pampapaul (by a grandson of Nasrullah, so combining the similarly bred Nasrullah and Bairam), who beat the The Minstrel in the Irish 2,000 Guineas (G1). Pampalina’s daughter Panserina (by
another Nasrullah grandson, Sovereign Path), produced the black-type winner Diamond Seal, who in turn became ancestress of a string of Group winners – mostly in the Lagardère colours – including Diamond Mix, Diamond Dance, Diamond Tango, Diasilixa, Diamilina, Diamond Green and Diamonixa. When bred to Hard Tack (from the Pharis II branch of the Pharos line), Padus also produced Short Commons (who had the brothers Pharos/Fairway 5 x 4 x 4), winner of the Free Handicap, and fourth in the Irish 1,000 Guineas. Short Commons also became a good broodmare, her offspring including threetime Group winner He Loves Me, the Group 1-placed Wattlefield, and Group-placed Common Land. Bred to Lorenzaccio, upset winner over a past-his-peak Nijinsky in the Champion Stakes, but a very moderate sire, Common Land became dam of Short Rations. That mare never ran, but continued the good work of the female line of this family as dam of Arctic Owl (Irish St. Leger (G1)) and
The expected Japanese fancy Buena Vista disappointed in the World Cup, but Victoire Pisa gave the country’s racing fans something to smile about. The horse’s trainer Katsuhiko Sumii said ahead of the race: “We would like to bring back some hope and courage to the people of Japan.”
Marooned, a Mill Reef son who was exported to Australia, where he won the Sydney Cup (G1). The mare we are concerned with, however, is Short Commons’s Bustino daughter, Much Too Risky. She won twice at two, but was far more important as a producer. Fourteen of her foals reached the track with ten winning, including the Listed-winning and Group-placed Seductress (Known Fact), Little Rock, who was by Known Fact’s son Warning and was a winner of the Princess of Wales’s Stakes (G2), the dual Group 3 winner and English Oaks (G1) third Short Skirt, who was by Warning’s son Diktat, and Victoire Pisa’s dam, Whitewater Affair. Whitewater Affair, a daughter of Machiavellian, inherited little of her sire’s speed and precocity, but instead became a high-class stayer (highweighted older mare in England and Ireland at 1m3f-1m6f) winning the Prix de Pomone (G2) and John Porter Stakes (G3), and finishing second in the Yorkshire Oaks (G1) and third in the Irish St. Leger (G1). Whitewater Affair was exported to Japan where she has became a superstar broodmare producing Victoire Pisa, Swift Current (Sunday Silence), a Japanese Grade 3 winner, who also took second in the Autumn Tenno Sho (Emperor’s Cup) and Askusa Den’en (Singspiel), winner of the Yasuda Kinnen (G1). All three of these horses are inbred to Machiavellian’s broodmare sire Halo (2 x 4 in the case of Swift Current, and 3 x 4 in Victoire Pisa). The Halo duplication is also found in Neo Universe’s Japanese Derby winner Logi Universe, whose second dam is by Machiavellian. As far as Victoire Pisa is concerned, the presence of Machiavellian means that Victoire Pisa is also something of a reverse to Street Cry, and to his sister Helsinki (the dam of Shamardal), as they are by Machiavellian but out of Helen Street, a grand-daughter of Boulevard, who is also third dam of Neo Universe, the sire of Victoire Pisa.
Rewilding matches sister in Sheema Classic While Japan had a one-two in the World Cup, there was a different kind of double in the Sheema Classic (G1) with Rewilding emulating his half-sister Dar Re Mi, who won the previous renewal of this race. Third in the Derby (G1) last year, Rewilding had started favourite for the St. Leger (G1) after an impressive win in the
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An as-ever smiling Frankie Dettori returns victorious aboard Rewilding after success in the Sheema Classic, and, below, jockey Bernard Fayd’Herbe celebrates winning the Al Quoz Sprint on J J The Jet Plane
Great Voltigeur Stakes (G2), but finished a disappointing sixth in the final Classic, leaving the impression that he needed plenty of time between his starts. Rewilding certainly had plenty of time before the Sheema Classic as it was his first start since the St. Leger, five and a half months earlier, and he duly obliged with a decisive three and a half length triumph. Rewilding is a son of Tiger Hill, one of the better middle-distance stayers sired by Danehill. Winner of his first six starts, including the German 2,000 Guineas (G2), Tiger Hill suffered his first defeat when running tenth in the Deutsches Derby (G1). However, he subsequently showed that the 1m4f distance was not a problem, winning back-to-back renewals of the Grosser Preis von Baden (G1) and the Grosser DallmayrPreis (G1). Retired to stud in Germany, Tiger Hill made a bright start and was moved by Darley to England. However, he didn’t enjoy the same measure of success with his English crops and was subsequently returned to Germany. He has 28 stakes winners to his name, 14 Group or Graded, with Konigstiger and Iota – both from his second Germansired crop – preceeding Rewilding as Group/ Grade 1 winners. Rewilding’s dam Darara a daughter of Top Ville, was a top-class runner, her victories including the Prix Vermeille (G1). However,
she has been an even better broodmare. In addition to her Sheema Classic winners, Rewilding and Dar Re Mi (also successful at the highest level in the Pretty Polly Stakes (G1) and Yorkshire Oaks (G1)), she is also dam of the Sadler’s Wells pair – Darazari, winner of Prix Maurice de Nieuuil (G2) in France and the Ranvet Stakes (G1) in Australia, and Diaghilev, who took the Prix La Force (G3) in France and Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1) in Hong Kong. She’s also granddam of the Goodwood Cup (G2) and Prix Kergorlay (G2) victor, Darasim. This is an Aga Khan – and formerly Boussac – developed family line which is also notable for having produced the French Derby (G1) winner Darshaan, a half-brother to Darara. We can also note that the cross that produced Rewilding, that of Danehill and his sons over Top Ville mares, has been a successful one with four stakes winners from 22 starters, the best prior to Rewilding being the Group 2 winner Solskjaer.
Presvis gets it in the bag for Sakhee
The Dubai Duty Free (G1) saw seven-yearold Presvis make it third time lucky having finished runner-up to Gladiatorus in 2009, and only 11th in 2010. He worked his way through from the rear holding off the late challenge of River Jetez. Presvis’s sire Sakhee (Bahri) was a topclass performer, particularly at four, when he won the Juddmonte International Stakes (G1) and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1), and was beaten inches by US champion Tiznow in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). Sakhee has been less outstanding as a sire, and Presvis – who also has a win in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1) among his four graded successes – follows the excellent sprinter Sakhee’s Secret as only his second Group or Grade 1 winner, and one of only four Group or Graded winners. Presvis’s first three dams were all either born or raced in Scandinavia. His dam Forest Fire, a Swedish-born daughter of Never So Bold, won four times in England, while the first black-type winner in the pedigree is Presvis’s third dam, Twins Fire. A daughter of Firestreak, she was imported into Norway where she won the Norsk Oaks, took second in the Oslo Cup (G1) and third in the Norsk 1,000 Guineas. Presvis’s fourth dam Forest Row is a halfsister to black-type winner Staghound, and is out of a half-sister to Vilmorin, winner of the
Presvis working on the Meydan track. The son of Sakhee, who was bred by Mette Campbell-Andenaes, has now won four Group races, including two Group 1s
King’s Stand Stakes and subsequently a good speed sire. There appears to be some magic in the Sakhee/Bold Lad cross on which Presvis is bred. There have only been two starters bred on the cross, and that pair – Presvis and Premesso (out of a mare by Persian Bold) – represent two of Sakhee’s eight stakes winners.
Khawlah: aiming for a Classic three-timer
The UAE Derby (G2) has often been used as a launching pad for Godolphin’s Kentucky Derby hopefuls, but this year’s winner Khawlah will have a very different target. The three-year-old filly, who ran down Kingmambo’s son Master Of Hounds to win by a nose, will come back to England for the Oaks (G1). If she was to succeed, she would complete a unique Classic triple as she won the UAE Oaks (G3) on her previous outing. Khawlah is by Cape Cross, one of the trio of sprinters or milers (along with Oasis Dream and Invincible Spirit) by Danzig speedster Green Desert who have proved capable of siring top-class runners over middledistances. Of course in that regard Cape Cross’s place in the history books is already secure via Sea The Stars and Ouija Board. Khawlah is actually somewhat similarlybred to Sea The Stars, who was by Cape Cross and out of Khawlah’s third dam, the
great mare Urban Sea, winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) and dam of five other stakes winners, including Galileo. Khawlah’s grand-dam Melikah, a daughter of Lammtarra, was also a Classic performer. In addition to winning the Pretty Polly Stakes, she finished second in the Irish Oaks (G1) and third in the English Oaks (G1). The first winner for her dam Villarrica – a winning daughter of Selkirk and Melikah – Khawlah is one of four stakes winners, three group or graded, by sons of Green Desert out of Selkirk mares. This is a variation on the tremendously successful Danzig/Sharpen Up cross which has produced at least 24 stakes winners for Green Desert line stallions, including Group and Grade 1 winners Invincible Spirit, Rose Gypsy, Vinaka, Vale Of York and Behkabad (another by Cape Cross).
The Godolphin Mile went Sky-ward
In the Godolphin Mile (G2) last year’s third, the five-year-old Skysurfers, went two places better scoring by a half length. Skysurfers won his first black-type race in February and seems to be considerably better on Tapeta than turf. Although he was foaled in England, Skysurfers was conceived in the US. He is by E Dubai, a dual Grade 1 winner by Mr. Prospector from the family of Rainbow View and Raven’s Pass. Retired to stand at
Darley’s Kentucky farm, E Dubai proved to be something of a shy breeder in his first year at stud and had only 45 foals in his first crop. He never overcame that slow start, and is now covering for $10,000 in Pennsylvania, but has been quite a useful sire getting 21 stakes winners, 11 graded, in his first five crops, including the Italian champion three-yearold colt Once More Dubai, and the Grade 2 winners Accredit, High Heels, Buy The Barrel and Aggie Engineer. His dam Fortune, a daughter of Night Shift, was exported to Japan after foaling Skysurfers. She is dam of three winners with her first three foals. Fortune was only a minor winner, but she is a sister to Dyhim Diamond, a Group-winning sprinter in France and Germany, to Dakhla Oasis, who won the German 1,000 Guineas (G3), and to Creaking Board, who took the Hollywood Starlet Stakes (G1) in the US. She is also half-sister to German Listed winner Santenay, and to black-type placed Three Greens. Prior to the prolific efforts of Fortune’s dam Happy Landing (by the Habitat horse, Homing), the family had been a fairly quiet one for several generations, although Skysurfers’s fifth dam, Tout Sweet Twenty, was ancestress of numerous Listed and Group three winners. The family goes back to Squall, winner of the Lingfield Oaks Trial, and sister to Monsoon, the dam of 1,000 Guineas heroine Festoon, and ancestress of the French 1,000 Guineas (G1), Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (G1) and Prix Saint-Alary (G1) heroine Riverqueen.
J J The Jet Plane maintains turf record
The paths of the speedsters J J The Jet Plane and Rocket Man crossed in the Hong Kong Sprint (G1) at Sha Tin in December with J J The Jet Plane getting the verdict by a shorthead. At Meydan both emerged triumphant from their respective races: J J The Jet Plane taking the Al Quoz Sprint (G2) over 5f on turf (he he hasn’t lost on turf since September 2009, his last start in England) and Rocket Man taking the Golden Shaheen (G1) over 6f on the Tapeta. As reported after Hong Kong, J J is by two-time South African champion Jet Master, a winner of eight Grade 1 events from 5f t0 a mile, a son of Rakeen (Northern Dancer), out of the champion Glorious Song. He is now a leading stallion in the country and became the leading freshman sire in South Africa and has since been leading sire
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Jet Master was the leading freshman sire in South Africa with his first crop, and has been leading sire there in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. He’s already sired 32 stakes winners, 14 of them Grade 1
there in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. He’s already sired 32 stakes winners, 14 of them Grade 1. J J The Jet Plane and his dam, Majestic Guest, a daughter of Northern Guest (brother to El Gran Senor and Try My Best) are the
only black-type winners to appear in the first three generations of the female line. The family has been in South Africa since before World War II, but goes back to the same tap-root family as the 2,000 Guineas winner Martial, Skymaster, winner of the
You either love it or hate it... Paul Haigh reviews the Dubai World Cup meeting which saw a “superb horse” win the $10 million race
here are a few ways of looking at the Dubai World Cup as a concept. The two favourites, however, are as follows: You either see it as the best thing that’s happened to racing in its recent history, or you see it as a rich man’s folly, ephemeral by definition, mere gigantism for its own sake. Nothing much to get excited about. Is it grand or just grandiose? Have all the people who insist they’re sold on it just been bought by money? Or is there something going on here that cynics are just too slow on the uptake to understand? Is Dubai really succeeding in refocusing the attention of the racing world on the area that (very roughly) gave us the thoroughbred? Or is this just an ego trip that will never survive the ego that built it? No serious attempt will be made in these pages to lead you one way or the other, not least because you’ve probably made up your own mind already How is it doing so far? One way to measure is by looking at the horses who should have been there if this were a true world championship, but weren’t. Let’s start with the females: Goldikova, Black Caviar and Zenyatta. All right, the third of those grand dames does have the excuse that she’s no longer in training and in the process of
building a family. But might it not have been worth the while of her connections to have her stick around for one $10 million dollar race? Goldikova has an excuse too, which is that there isn’t a championship race for her at a mile. No, the Dubai Duty Free doesn’t count even if it is part of the Asian Mile Challenge. It’s a 1m1f event, which makes it middle distance. Black Caviar wasn’t there because connections didn’t feel like it. It’s unlikely they were dodging Rocket Man, although in him they may at last have found a horse who might get her off the bridle. Maybe next year. But the fact is that the lure of the bucks wasn’t enough to bring the latest distaff freak to the desert. Frankel, Workforce, Canford Cliffs. Not there. But André Fabre and Aidan O’Brien were, which gives the meeting a certain imprimatur previously denied. But did they send their finest? Was Master of the Hounds Aidan’s Derby hope? One has to doubt it. And what was Le Grand Fabre’s function? Just to lend his presence? The Aga Khan, one supposes, is the man at the top of the list. “Sa Altesse” was somewhere else. How good were those who did turn up? You can’t argue with J J The Jet Plane, even if you
Middle Park Stakes, the champion two-yearold and sire Bold Lad and Firestreak, sire of Derby (G1) winner Snow Knight. J J The Jet Plane is one of two stakes winners and three black-type horses from just 15 runners sired by Jet Master out of Northern Guest mares, a mating that gives Northern Dancer 3 x 3 through the male line of the sire and dam.
Rocket Man: a pedigree mystery
Foaled in Australia, Rocket Man is an interesting example of a male line transitioning from Classic stamina to sprinting speed. His sire Viscount is by Rainbow Quest’s Epsom Derby (G1) winner, Quest For Fame. Viscount’s dam Antwerp, by Sir Tristram out
couldn’t quite make him out in the fog. You can’t argue with Rocket Man either. The pair finished first and second in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint, historically the toughest sprint in the world to win, and they duly won the two races available to them. They didn’t fight a rematch because J J doesn’t like Tapeta. It was wonderful to see the great Rocket Man – and it’s not too soon to call him that because he’s almost single-hoofedly put his adopted country’s racing on the map – break the sickening sequence of narrow defeats, the only ones in his career, that have seen him lose four consecutive Group 1s by an aggregate distance of less than a couple of spread arms. Long may his rocket burn. How about the longer distances? The UAE Derby? Not even Sheikh Mohammed can believe any longer that this is the route to the Kentucky version, or to the Epsom original. The Godolphin Mile? An authentic Group 2. Or should that be Group 3? The Dubai Duty Free was a fine race, as you might reasonably expect of one for which $5 million were available. But is plucky old Presvis a world champion suddenly at the age of seven? Or did he just owe his victory to the coolness of Ryan Moore who rode him for luck and waited for the split that came rather than play the percentage and go for the outside run he could have been sure of? Would Wigmore Hall have beaten him if they’d swapped routes to the line? You have to suspect he might have. We could find out in Hong Kong on May 1 when the pair are due to meet again in the APQEII. And the horse that split them at Meydan. Is she a candidate for any world title? The TV coverage was loaded with people interviewing loaded people with loaded questions expecting the answer “yes”. Nobody actually asked
dubai world cup of a daughter of the great broodmare Eight Carat, was a black-type scorer who won over an extended 1m2 and was was a sister to the Australian Oaks (G1) heroine, Tristalove, and a three-parts sister to a AJC Derby (G1) winner, Don Eduardo. Possibly the speed influence of Viscount’s grand-dam Diamond Lover, a Grade 1-winning sprinter, jumped a generation, as Viscount proved a surprisingly fast and precocious performer. At two, he earned honours as champion of his generation winning the Skyline Stakes (G2), AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes (G1) and Champagne Stakes (G1). At three, Viscount did his best work as a miler winning the George Main Stakes (G1) and Bill Stutt Stakes (G2).
The end of his career presented something of an enigma as he finished a close third to Champions Northerly and Sunline in the 1m2f Cox Plate (G1) was unplaced in the Victoria Derby (G1) and finished second in the 6f Expressway Stakes (G2). Viscount was not an outstanding success at stud, but his best runners reflect his mixed background these being Rocket Man, Neboli, who was successful in the 7f Queen of the Turf Stakes (G1), and Kidnapped, who took the South Australian Derby (G1) over 1m4f. Rocket Man’s dam Macrosa – by the Sovereign Path grandson, McGinty, a topclass runner in Australia and New Zealand and a good sire in the latter country – was a two-time black-type winner in Australia
who stayed a mile. She is also dam of Our Giant, a South African-raced Giant’s Causeway son whose victories include the Horse Chestnut Stakes (G1) and Mercury Sprint (G1). Macrosa is herself half-sister to Ebony Grosve, winner of the AJC Derby (G1) and L. K. S. Mackinnon Stakes (G1), while continuing the Classic theme, Macrosa’s third dam Surprise Ending won the New Zealand St. Leger and Great Northern Oaks. From a pedigree pattern standpoint, Rocket Man is something of a mystery as he’s the only stakes winner on the cross, even going back as far as Rainbow Quest line stallions over Sovereign Path line mares, and is a complete outcross at five generations.
the first word “Do you think this is the most wonderful experience in the history of mankind and aren’t you just overwhelmed with gratitude and respect for those who have made it possible?” but that was the subtext every time. You had to love Ryan Moore for his surely intentionally provocative understatement when he got thrown one of these: “Yes, it’s a very nice place to win a race.” People underestimate this man. After that came the Festival of Kitsch, the most gaudy bit of ostentation you could imagine, or fear to imagine; the sort of supposedly awe-inspiring floor show that would make even the organisers of Olympic opening ceremonies squeeze their eyes shut and curl their toes. Someone surely has given the Maktoum family bad advice here. You do not purchase class by putting on stuff like this. How on earth do Ascot and Longchamp manage to dispense with such pre-race build-ups and still get taken seriously? The people who sold this stuff to Dubai must have wondered. Well, that’s the point you see, chaps. They have self-confidence – and you can’t buy that either. Before the Dubai World Cup the oleaginous one with the mic put on his most reverential tones and declared it “the most prestigious horse race in the world.” Now this just isn’t true, and if he knew anything about racing he must have known it wasn’t true. It’s the most valuable race in the world in terms of prize-money, but that doesn’t make it the most prestigious. Monsieur Fabre, who knows a thing or two about the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe, must have raised a quizzical eyebrow when he heard that claim. So must anyone to do with the Derby, or the Kentucky version, or even the Japan Cup.
Sheikh Mohammed at Meydan with Sheikha Al-Jalila Bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, his and Princess Haya’s daughter Photo: PA
Which brings us to the result. This was a much better-class Dubai World Cup than last year’s in which a bunch of horses clustered on a mark of around 120 finished all on top of one another. Any race that includes the Arima Kinen winner and the great Buena Vista has to be a very good one. This edition also had the best turf horse in America (not quite as grand a title as it sounds) and the dual winner of the Champion Stakes who, even those in quasi-religious awe of his trainer (who was also there), would have to admit is just a very good horse when you take him away from Newmarket. It had the winner of the Japan Cup Dirt too, who wound up running second. There is no doubt that Victoire Pisa is a superb horse. He cut very little ice in the Arc because the ground probably wasn’t firm enough for him. Here he circled the field when Mirco Demuro, afterwards blubbing with happiness like a three-year-old, asked him to; took the lead, and held it to the line.
Deep Impact used to do that to Group 2 opposition, but no horse should be able to do it to a field that includes Gio Ponti and Twice Over, not to mention Buena Vista even if she didn’t actually turn up. We may find out later that Victoire Pisa is something exceptional. Or we may find out that $10 million doesn’t buy you quite as much horserace as it ought to when the international Pattern and the climate in your neck of the (nonexistent) woods dictate that you have to run it in March. If there was a defining moment of Dubai World Cup night 2011 though (have you noticed by the way how all hacks these days insist on having spotted a defining moment? It’s vital to our egos) it came after Derby third and St Leger flop Rewilding had run away with the Dubai Sheema Classic. When Sheikh Mohammed, resplendent in a djelaba of Godolphin blue, having shared the moment with John Ferguson, turned away looking for others with whom to share his joy you saw the expression that told you everything you needed to know about the man’s involvement with racing and about the construction of his pleasure dome at Meydan. It was the same expression you see on the faces of people whose football team has just scored in the European Cup final, the same expression a rugby man wears when his side scores a dazzling try, the same as a cricket lover when a six goes over the boundary to win in the last over. It was the face of the fan, pure and simple. If, before, you wondered why he has gone to all this trouble over the best part of two decades now and why he has instigated what may yet turn out to be a revolution in racing, you realised the truth after seeing that expression. It’s because he can.
Changes to the Horsemen’s Tariff after Godolphin plans to boycott races Group 1 races are not to be subject to Tariff recommendations through 2011 after a surprising turn around in policy by the Horsemen’s Group
ive days after Simon Crisford announced that Godolphin would be boycotting races from maidens right through to Group 1s in which prize-money levels were below the recommendations of the Horsemen’s Tariff, the Horsemen’s Group has amended its Tariff. Despite a number of trainers also giving their support to the tariff, headlined by Richard Hannon, the Horsemen’s Group announced at the end of March that for the remainder of 2011 the tariff will not apply for the top races. “The recent support of Godolphin and horsemen at all levels has demonstrated the importance of actively supporting our drive to ensure that prize-money does not continue to reduce from what is already an unacceptable level,” said the Horsemen’s Group chief executive, Alan Morcombe in a press statement. “For clarification, I have stated in the past that horsemen have many reasons for deciding whether to enter races where the tariff is not being met and this is most relevant at Class 1 level where there are strong business and racing reasons for running horses in races. On occasions, these go beyond prize-money. “For this reason we are suspending the Class 1 tariff for the remainder of 2011 and racecourses will instead be
expected to at least meet the BHA minimum values for Group and Listed races on the Flat and Graded and Listed races for Jump events. As far as Flat Class 1 is concerned, prize-money for these races is to some extent
protected by international competition. “The on-going stability of the best of British racing, the career of quality horses and their future stud value are very important considerations. I therefore
understand the necessity for horsemen to enter races below tariff at times where these additional important business considerations apply. “This does not mean the tariff does not remain an important
What is the Horsemen’s Group?
The British Horsemen’s Group was put together in 2008. It is owned in equal shares by the Racehorse Owners Association (ROA), National Trainers Federation (NTF), Professional Jockeys Association (PJA), National Association of Stable Staff (NASS) and Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (TBA) and was essentially formed in order for the above stakeholder interests to co-operate together, to promote and protect their interests and to ensure an adequate revenue stream for “horsemen” from the racecourses.
What is the Horsemen’s Tariff? What is the thinking behind it?
In January 2011, the Horsemen’s Tariff was announced, which recommends minimum prize-money values for each class of race run at race meetings under the Rules of Racing. Minimum prize-money values for British horseracing are produced by the BHA and are achieved by combining the amounts of Levy funding allocated to prize-money by the HBLB and the contribution made by owners to prize-money. In addition to this allocation, racecourses made contributions to prize-money from their own resources and money generated from sponsorship. At their discretion, this enabled racecourses to pay prize-money in excess of minimum values. In the same time-frame that the value of the Levy has declined considerably, racecourse media rights income has increased. The Levy decline has resulted in the HBLB’s allocation to prize-money for the 2011 fixture season no longer being adequate to finance the number of races scheduled. The Horsemen’s Group argues that that extra income from the growth in media rights has to be committed to prize-money in order to ensure participants are rewarded reasonably. The Group goes on to say that the decline in prize-money has not been addressed. It wants the Horsemen’s Tariff to ensure that the decline in minimum race values is halted before it reaches catastrophically low levels.
How has it been calculated?
The HBLB is only able to commit approximately £34 million to prize-money for the 2011 fixture list, while it is anticipated owners will contribute £17.1 million to prize-money or in additional fees, an increase of nine per cent. The combined sum is £51.1 million. Adding in average racecourse and sponsorship contribution over the last four years of £30 million, the total increases to £81.1 million. The Horsemen consider this amount is insufficient to adequately finance the fixture list and is looking for racecourses to pledge £19.1 million of their media rights income into prize-money. The media rights element added to prize-money amounts to 35 per cent of the total media rights income of £54 million scheduled for receipt by racecourses from bookmakers in the 2011 fixture season. This brings the total prize-money available to £100.2 million. Races are banded according to class, type and whether staged on a weekday / weekend. The Group called for any race not meeting its requirements to be boycotted by trainers, while racecourses have queried as to how the funds have been calculated.
the news indicator of prize-money. It does, however, recognise that we are sensitive to the wider needs of our members who we understand have to balance important factors relating to quality horses with prize-
money levels of top class races.” It means that, in some instances, British Group 1 races may be run for £100,000 less than the original recommendations put forward by the Tariff.
**Stop Press** The outgoing and incoming leaders of the US-based Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) have called for US racing to become drug-free in a five-year phase-out plan. “Today over 99 per cent of thoroughbred racehorses and 70 per cent of standardbred racehorses have a needle stuck in them four hours before a race,” said William Koester, the RCI’s new chair. “That just does not pass the smell test with the public or anyone else except horse trainers who think it necessary to win a race.” See www.arci.com/newsitem.asp?story=1047
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obin Scully’s recent 83rd birthday reminded me that I had not read anything about his Clovelly Farm or the success that Robin has enjoyed with his racehorses and broodmares. The Tattersalls December Sale marked the end of an era of breeding for General Agricultural Services Ltd, under which banner Scully’s horses where raised at the Clovelly Farm in Lexington. After starting on the Paris Pike in 1959, on arguably the best land in Kentucky, Robin and his manager Lars La Cour, who sadly passed away last year, began their quest to develop one of the most successful small owner-breeder studs operating – the broodmare band was never many more than 20 mares. Clovelly Farm ended up around 750 acres, mostly on Harp Innes Road, but also on some of the best Maury Loam in Lexington that ran across the road to Hagyard Farm, owned by Robin’s great friend Alex Head and where many of the Wertheimers’ US stock has been raised. Clovelly Farm boarded a few mares for select clients, mostly from Europe, including for the late Daniel Wildenstein’s Dayton Stud, mares that the operation shared with Three Chimneys. Peter Harris of Pendley Farm also kept a few US-based mares at Clovelly, while recently mares for Jurgen Arnemann, Sally Andersen’s River Mist Farm and Double Diamond Farm were also boarding at the farm.
Editor’s comment This change in policy by the Horsemen’s Group smacks of a lack of planning and foresight, alongside a wilting under the pressure brought to bear by powerful Flat stables, resulting in what can only be seen as a weakening rear-guard move by Horsemen’s Group to save the tariff. Quite possibly the declaration made by Godolphin caused the larger Flat stables to see just what the implications of sticking to the Tariff might mean for this year’s Group 1 runners. And, at last, the Horsemen belatedly realised that most Flat trainers with top level horses would not be in a position to boycott a Group 1 race, whatever the prize-money levels, while any boycott of the top races à la Godolphin would have ultimately been to the detriment of racing. Keeping the Tariff, as it was, would have rendered it obsolete and nothing but a white elephant to the hindrance of this season’s Flat racing. The Horsemen had no option other than to crisis manage and make its aboutturn. But it means that the sums put forward for the lower-class races can rightly now be queried, while the onward fight for improved prize-money has lost serious ground. The losers? Every owner and trainer sadly not blessed with owning or training Group-class horses, but expected to run their strings under “Tariff rules”.
End of an era at Clovelly Farm
Robin was educated at Harrow in England and then Harvard in the US, but it was while he was at Harrow that he became friends with the Earl Of Canarvon, regularly visiting Highclere Castle in order to get an understanding of thoroughbreds. Eventually he asked trainer Sam Armstrong to find him a filly from whom he could breed. She ended up being his foundation mare, starting his small but highly effective broodmare band and the prolific journey he has enjoyed owning thoroughbreds. When Ernie Fellows set up training in France after arriving from Australia and Sam Armstrong handed his licence to his son Robert, Robin left England and based his racehorses in France with Ernie, subsequently maintaining the partnership with Fellows’s son John, with whom he enjoyed tremendous success in the 1980s. Robin loves Deauville and Deauville loves him, and he has had countless successes at the track. John Fellows produced three winners of the Prix Morny for Robin: Ancient Regime, who was successful in 1981, Seven Springs (subsequent dam of Distant View) who won in 1984 and, lastly, in 1985 the pair won the race with Regal State. Only John Magnier has won the race more times in recent history. Robin’s Cricket Ball also won the Prix de Meautry every year from 1986 to 1989. Robin always travelled to France from his home at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire and stayed religiously in the Hotel du Golf in the same room
for years 30 years. The success enjoyed by Robin was not limited to France, though. The Irish Derby runner-up and Derby third Silver Hawk was bred by Clovelly Farm, the colt being purchased by Mahmoud Fustok’s Buckram Oak Farm for $77,000 at the 1980 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July Yearling Sale. Silver Hawk retired to Airdrie Stud producing the likes of Benny The Dip, Mutafaweq and the French Oaks winner, Lady In Silver. Perhaps, though, the crowning moment for Clovelly Stud was breeding the Breeders’ Cup winner Pleasantly Perfect out of the farm’s Morny winner Regal State. Clovelly sold the colt by Pleasant Colony as a Keeneland yearling for $725,000 to Diamond A Racing Corporation. The colt went on to become the fourth-richest US horse in career earnings, picking up three Grade 1 victories, including the Breeders’ Cup Classic in which he beat Medaglia D’Oro. Robin produced top-class racehorses for five decades with Tazeez (Silver Hawk) being Group 1-placed just last year for Shadwell Farms following their $325,000 yearling purchase of Alkaased at Keeneland in 2001. He went on to win the Japan Cup in 2005. Robin’s decision to close down the farm must have been hard, but he has always maintained that breeding horses is a very personal occupation and would be a burden for anyone left with a stud and the responsibilities that go with it.
Employee award goes to Bradley In late February, a day after the Oscars in which British-made film The Kings Speech ruled supreme, came the 2011 Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards, held at the
Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in London’s Knightsbridge. David Bradley, 57, head man to Flat trainer Jeremy Noseda was named the “Employee of the Year”. Bradley, in addition to receiving a trophy, was also presented with a cheque for £25,000, of which £10,000 will be shared amongst the staff at Noseda’s yard. Leading jockey and rider for Godolphin, Frankie Dettori, was on hand to give out the awards. “David is, by a considerable margin, the best member of staff I’ve ever had
the fortune of working with,” said trainer Jeremy Noseda. The judging panel praised the exceptional calibre of the 2011 finalists, with the winners chosen following a formal judging day. Brough Scott, chairman of the panel said: “We have been blown away by the quality of the winners this afternoon and this made the decision of choosing the Employee of the Year very hard. However, David brings a unique mixture of international experience, local achievement and future planning, which exemplifies exactly what these awards are about.” The awards, worth £120,000, are sponsored by Godolphin, and run by the BHA, in conjunction with the Racing Post.
Bloodstock agent William Huntingdon takes a look at the varied world of racing and bloodstock
Dull February brightened by Caviar
to becoming the top-rated turf sprinter in the world. She is by one of the most successful Victorian stallions, Bel Esprit, himself a well-performed son of Royal Academy. She is inbred to Vain and her unraced dam is a half-sister to Magnus, who was third to Miss Andretti in the 2007 King’s Stand
Black Caviar has been brilliantly handled by Peter Moody, who also trained Magnus, and he is well remembered in Newmarket for a sartorial elegance that rivalled John Berry
or the first time in 11 years, I have spent a winter in England; it has not been too hard to bear. However, I have not enjoyed the lack of light and I was relieved to see that it has been the dullest February on record, and the ninth mildest in a 100 years. For the first time I have been able to see the daffodils, many of which I planted myself, in bud. If I had been away I would have missed England’s dominance in the Six Nations, with the deciding try against Scotland scored by a Kingsclere local, Tim Croft. It was certainly preferable than listening to England’s cricket defeats by Ireland and Bangladesh. At least being in England rather than Down Under meant that I did not have to endure the inevitable ridicule after. I have, though, missed seeing the recent autumn carnival victories of Black Caviar in Melbourne that have elevated her
and a Group 1 winner in Sydney. Black Caviar has been brilliantly handled by Peter Moody, who also trained Magnus, and he is well remembered in Newmarket for a sartorial elegance that rivalled John Berry! It is a shame that there are no plans to run her in Europe. Moody has suggested that a European runner should head to Australia to take her on: I can assure you that would not be a wise move! I also missed the tragic drama on the eve of the Premier sales in Melbourne. Les Samba, a one-time trainer and the strapper of Rain Lover (who won two Melbourne Cups for Mick Robins, a former coal miner from Broken Hill) was shot in a residential area of Melbourne. He was a prominent owner and father-in-law of jockey, Danny Nikolic. Les was a colourful identity with some rather wayward friends. He was reported not to trust banks and at one time had to explain to the authorities why he had the
equivalent of £500,000 in cash in his house. I have been busy with numerous gallop visits and went to see trainer David Evans, who trains his horses up some wonderful Welsh Hills near the Black Mountains, leading trainer Richard Hannon, as well as Denis Coakley, my ex-assistant who is based at Mick Channon’s gates. I also had the chance watch the horses have their first morning on the downs at Kingsclere. All horses looked well forward and most of the trainers have been garnering wins on the All-Weather through the winter. Much interest at this time of year centres round the ante-post market on the first-season sires title. Last year’s champion, Iffraaj, was available in the spring at 8-1 with Holy Roman Emperor the short-priced favourite, while the previous year’s winner, Dubawi, was 6-1 in March. Numbers on the ground are vital to the chances of the potential champion. Amadeus Wolf (75
the news NASS Special Merit Award: George
Winner all right!
McGrath (Willie Musson)
David Nicholson Newcomer Award:
Ben Howe, stable lad with Ruth Carr; Runners Up: Amie Trow (David Lanigan) and Jade Walters (Paul Nicholls).
High Achiever Award: David Bradley, (Jeremy Noseda); Runners Up: Alex Bevan (Alan McCabe) and Barry O’Dowd (John Gosden). Rider/Groom Award: Geoffrey Thompson
(Sir Michael Stoute); Runners Up: Joe Scally (Jeremy Noseda) and Steve Wooley (Andrew Balding).
Stud Staff Award: Graham Paxton (Darley Stud).
David Bradley receives his award from Frankie Dettori
lots catalogued as yearlings), Red Clubs (90) and Dark Angel (83) are currently rivalling each other for favouritism. Dutch Art (66), Excellent Art (72), and Moss Vale (67) all have the numbers too, while Teofilo (60) had some good mares. A possible outsider is Strategic Prince (75), especially as Richard Hannon has about eight of them. Dylan Thomas has already had a winner (Snowflake Dancer who won at Dundalk), while Dark Angel’s Tough As Nails, trained by Michael Mulvany, won the first twoyear-old race of the year in Ireland, but was demoted after causing interference. A couple of winter evenings racing at Kempton were enough to send me back to Australia for a month and to endorse Mark Johnston’s blatherings about French racing. Rightly, he highlights the ridiculous prize-money contrast between racing in the two countries, the good atmosphere and the delicious steaks, but fails to mention the drinkable glass of wine at a reasonable price (a fundamental flaw at Kempton). Johnston has also drawn attention to the impressive profits
and historic debt pay-off at Arena Leisure, compared to their pitiful levels of prize-money. However, both countries need to address the problem of encouraging and attracting new owners. Mayeul Caire, in his Jour de Galop editorial, has asked the new president of the French Breeders’ Association to consider a scheme in which to break in and pretrain yearlings. It would be partly financed by France Galop, local government and “fonds europeens”. Caire envisages a system of breeze-up races to ensure that purchased horses have a better chance of making it to the races and thus boosting field sizes. The idea is not dissimilar to the Australian and New Zealand trials. There is no betting and catch weights, but they are all run under race rules with stewards, timing and drug tests. Southern hemisphere horses who do well are often sold straight from a barrier trial to race in Asia. It is definitely worth considering in Europe and, with Kempton’s proximity to London, we have a ready-made venue – provided the course could get some decent wine on the tables.
A seven-year-old chestnut mare by Intikhab, who was NH rated 68 and really only just holding on to a career as a racehorse, proved just why racing has such an enduring attraction – and at many different levels. Lupita became the vehicle for small-time punter Mr Steve Whiteley to become a big-time winner when he won the Tote Jackpot at Exeter racecourse at the beginning of March taking home a record-breaking £1.4 million (for a £2 stake). Lupita was his final leg in the bet, and won the Upton Lakes And Lodges Amateur Riders’ Handicap Hurdle. Whiteley only had six horses in his bet, the other winners being Semi Colon (2-1), Black Phantom (12-1), Ammunition (16-1), Mr Bennett (16-1), Lundy Sky (5-1) and Lupita (12-1). He was the only Jackpot punter going into the last race still holding a live chance. The odds against him achieving such a feat are 368,639-1 and his windfall produced worldwide coverage. Lupita is out of Sarah, appropriately a grand-daughter of Slew O’Gold, and is a half-sister to Stanott, a Group 1-placed colt by Mukaddamah (and one of his best runners). While the mare certainly gave Whiteley a day he will never ever forget, the day will long be etched in Lupita’s jockey’s mind too. For Officer-Cadet Jessica Lodge, the jockey on board that day, while delighted that her ride produced such good punting luck for Whiteley, it was a first winning ride under Rules. Lodge had previously ridden a point-to-point winner. Both Whiteley and Lodge will have been delighted with their day’s work. The beaten horse was appropriately called Only Hope.
After celebrating Eric’s Charm’s victory at Sandown in the Masters Handicap Chase in our March edition of International Thoroughbred, we sadly have to report that next time out when running in a veterans’ handicap chase at Newbury, the 13-year-old son of Nikos shattered a leg and had to be put down. Despite having appeared to jump his fence cleanly, the horse stumbled on landing causing the injury. The horse’s success in February led to flurry of facebook comments congratulating trainer Oliver Sherwood and his team. His death caused his fans to respond again and the condolence messages sent to the yard numbered over 80. The whole horseracing community feels the pain that all of us experience when a much-loved horse and talented equine athlete is lost.
Crossed wires or Chinese whispers? Overheard at Fontwell races on a wet day in February: “James Main – wasn’t he the vet in trouble for electrocuting horses at Newbury?” !!! Of course Main didn’t do such a thing, but it further highlights the importance of wide-spread communication by the BHA.
Henderson is indeed a master at producing the goods, and the work put into Long Run by his team, along with Yogi Breisner and Sam Waley-Cohen, has reaped its rewards
The best race we have ever seen” was the immediate reaction by many to a brilliant Gold Cup which saw the old protagonists Denman and Kauto Star run right up to their their very best, just to be beaten by the precocious talented import from France, Long Run, who had the temerity to beat the two Gold Cup winners on home turf despite being just a six-year-old. It could be the beginning of a long reign for the new king, given some avoidance of future injury (every chance seeing as he did not have to be fully extended to win his last two Grade 1 chases) and with continual good training and management by the Henderson team. Henderson is indeed a master at producing the goods and the work put into Long Run by his team, along with Yogi Breisner and Sam Waley-Cohen, has reaped its rewards, but our admiration of Henderson has been tarnished by his continual gaffs this season with Binocular-gate not being the last; the subsequent revelation that the Seven Barrows trainer backed himself not to have any winners at this year’s Festival coming to light once the meeting was over. And this wasn’t a small side bet in the pub in a moment of self-pity – no, the man put £1,000 on the wager at 16/1. Does he have
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It was a great Cheltenham Festival with many highlights, writes Sally Duckett, but the Gold Cup topped the lot being one of the best races ever with victory going to the French-bred six-year-old, Long Run
March 20 Whip Rule (Whipper) wins Ireland’s first 2yo race of the season at The Curragh after the demotion of Dark Angel colt, Tough As Nails. Whip Rule, who is out of the Australian-bred Danemarque (Danehill), is a daughter of Lowther Stakes (Gr2) winner Circus Ring. The Wertheimer homebred Polytechnicien wins the first Group race of the European Flat season, the Prix Exbury at Saint-Cloud. By Royal Academy and out of the placed Seeking The Gold mare Golden Party, he is a half-sister to G1 winners Dare And Go and Go Deputy. March 18 Oiseau De Nuit, by a stakes-placed son of Bering, Evening World, wins the concluding Johnny Henderson Grand Annual. He is from the family of French jumps Listed winner and current Jonjo O’Neill-trained, Sway. Sir Des Champs, who is by Quevega’s sire Robin Des Champs, wins the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Hurdle. He is out of a winning Video Rock mare from the family of Pendil Novices’ Chase winner Draborgie. Zemsky is Presenting’s second Foxhunter winner – he also sired Drombeag to win the race in 2007. He is a former Nicky Henderson inmate, out of the winning Deep Run mare Chic And Elite and a half-brother to three winners, including Killard Point, winner of five races under Rules. It has been a good week for other sons of Sadler’s Wells, but only near misses for Oscar: the Foxhunter third is his fifth-placed runner this week. Watch out for Long Run’s only younger sibling named Mathine, a once-raced 4yo filly by Malinas, in training with Guillaume Macaire. Bobs Worth is a sixth Festival winner for the late Bob Back and the first since Cousin Vinny’s Champion Bumper win in 2008. Bobs Worth’s dam Fashionista (King’s Theatre) was trained and bred by Jim Bolger. She is a half-sister to Flat Listed winner Ballykett Nancy and G1placed hurdler Il Trovatore. Get Me Out Of Here is by good chasing sire Accordion and out of a half-sister to G1 chaser and Cheltenham Gold Cup 3rd, Harbour Pilot. Final Approach, like the Triumph winner Zarkandar, is out of a dam by Derby winner Kahyasi. College Fund Girl is a half-sister to Flat
The wave at the top of the back straight when the main contenders moved to the front to mount their challenges as the also-rans dropped away proved just how good a horse needs to be to realistically be called a worthy Gold Cup runner any realisation how this might look to the non-racing public – particularly following the non-declaration of Binocular, the mess-up when horses were sent to the wrong race meetings as well as the two-year long “James Main” affair? It could be asked what really is the difference between him essentially “laying” his whole string as against the BHA banning trainers laying individual horses to lose on betfair? No one could seriously believe that he would lay a horse and stop a Cheltenham runner, but please, Henderson, get to grips with modern racing now and bring an end to these ongoing errors of judgement. Not only was the Gold Cup the best race ever seen – the wave at the top of the straight when the main contenders moved to the front to mount their challenges as the also-rans dropped away proved just how good a horse needs to be to realistically be called a worthy Gold Cup runner (although Midnight Chase is a lovely horse and decent racehorse, how was he ever touted as an each-way chance?) – but the meeting was one of the best ever. That is a probable claim after each and
every Festival as the new heroes emerge, but the racing was so competitive this year with plenty of horses in many races seemingly with a chance of victory rounding the home turn – the last fence and the stamina-sapping hill playing its part in the changing fortunes of horses as they climbed their way home. The moving of the second-last fence certainly had its influence – and has in fact turned out to be a good thing, despite the old guard’s fear that the racing at Cheltenham would be changed forever. No longer do you watch your horse or your fancy come down to the second-last praying that the fence will be met on the right stride and that speed and gravity won’t take over on landing; horses did not lose good chances at a fence that was ultimately deemed unfair. Jockeys could find a position at the top of the back straight, ride a race from the third last, angle for position around the last bend and then time runs up the hill – Ruby Walsh had that game plan sussed from day one. It meant that far more horses were still in with a shout come the second-last fence, leading to highly exciting and thrilling
In for the Long Run: jockey Sam Waley-Cohen celebrates after enjoying a trouble-free outing in the Gold Cup. The pace was good throughout and the race was run in record time (query placing of rails – some say the track was 80yds short) despite Long Run being eased down over the last furlong. The French horse had to break the record to beat Denman and Kauto Star
All Bought in France... LONG RUN
Long Run (FR)
Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase (Gr 1)
JCB Triumph Hurdle (Gr 1)
Big Buck's (FR)
Ladbrokes World Hurdle (Gr 1)
AQPS David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle (Gr 2)
Hurricane Fly (IRE) Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Gr 1)
Noble Prince (GER) Jewson Novices' Chase (Gr 2)
Al Ferof (FR) © BRIENS
Stan James Supreme Novices' Hurdle (Gr 1)
Cheltenian (FR) Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Standard Open NH Flat Race) (Gr 1)
Oiseau de Nuit (FR) AQPS Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase Challenge Cup (Gr 3 Handicap)
...all top class champions
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Group winners Highest (St Leger 2nd), Nayyir and Listed winner Shamaiel. Zarkandar, a half-brother to star filly Zarkava, is from first crop of G1 winner Azamour. His damsire Kahyasi has an impressive record in Festival juvenile races, also being sire of Paddy’s Return, Shamayoun, and damsire of Zaynar. Alain de Royer-Dupre trains an as yet unnamed 2yo half-brother (Dalakhani) to Zarkava and Zarkandar. March 17 Junior is out of For More (Sanglamore), the winner of six races under both Rules in France and a half-sister to former Pipe-trained G2 chaser Celtic Son The first two in the Kim Muir are by Singspiel and Unfuwain, and with winners for Montjeu (x2), In The Wings, Haafhd and Highest Honor, Flat-breds are dominating the Festival A British-bred winner at Cheltenham and a 1-2 for Midnight Legend as Holmwood Legend wins the Byrne Group Plate. He is a brother to winning hurdler Midnight Spirit and out of a Forzando mare, the family of ill-fated G1 chaser Casey Jones. Big Buck’s wins another World Hurdle. His brother finished second in the Prix Cambaceres Hurdle (G1) and he is half-brother to three other winners. His 4yo half-brother Buck’s Business was eighth in the Listed Prix Univers II Hurdle at Auteuil just before The Festival, while pointing followers will know more of another close relative of Big Buck’s, the 5yo winner and Paul Nicholls-owned Buck’s Bond. Fine run from Rubi Light and the second runner by his sire Network to place this week (Sprinter Sacre, 3rd Supreme Novices’ Hurdle). Albertas Run wins for the 3rd time at the Festival. He is Accordion’s ninth Festival winner, eight over fences, including Arkle/Champion Chase winner Flagship Uberalles. Albertas Run is out of Holly Grove Lass (Le Moss), a half-sister to Aintree Hurdle (G1) winner Mister Morose and Arkle 3rd Southolt. The gallant Buena Vista retains his Pertemps Final Hurdle crown. He is a son of In The Wings (Sadler’s Wells-line again) and from a fine Flat damline being a brother to Italian Derby winner Central Park, Lancashire Oaks winner Mellow Park and a half-brother to Lowther Stakes winer Velvet Moon, dam of Dubai World Cup winner Moon Ballad. In The Wings has now sired five winners at the Cheltenham Festival with only two horses, Buena Vista and Inglis Drever. Noble Prince is out of the Italian G1-winning 2yo Noble Pearl (Dashing Blade). He is also a half-brother to US G2 winner Noble Stella, while
Well, lo and behold, it seems that Irish horses can act on faster ground too and the country walked away with a record 13 winners trained by the nation’s countrymen and women and 15 winners bred by them finishes, surely exactly what the public wants to see? Watching the two champions, Walsh and AP McCoy in their determined duel in the County Hurdle was a thrill. And it is not as though the second-last fence became an irrelevance – watch again Master Minded come to that abrupt halt after attempting to bank the fence in the Champion Chase. Looking at the track over the four days, it was difficult to remember exactly where the fence had been anyway – so quickly does the mind forget the past and focus on the here and now.
Another for Ireland: Davy Russell celebrates after winning the Neptune Investment on First Lieutenant
t had been touted before the meeting that Ireland might not have a good one, that the country’s horses all looked slow having spent the winter galloping and winning races on heavy and bottomless ground. Well, lo and behold, it seems that Irish horses can act on faster ground too, and the Emerald Isle left Prestbury Park with a record 13 winners trained by the nation’s countrymen and women and 15 winners bred by them. Maybe sport will lead to a revival of fortunes in Ireland – and quite likely to the woes of British and English contenders with its rugby team subsequently outclassing a hapless English team attempting to chase Grand Slam glory, while the Irish Cricket team (the first anyone has ever heard of such a thing) completely embarrassed its neighbour in the Cricket World Cup. Irish horses and people could seemingly do no wrong at Cheltenham and even an Irish-trained horse by a known mudlark sire claimed glory – the Jessica Harringtontrained Bostons Angel, a talented gelding by Winged Love, mentioned by Hugh Suffern in the last issue of this magazine as one to watch, won the Grade 1 RSA Chase. The “heads-down, just get on with it” that has prevailed in the Irish mentality through this economic downturn (for further proof take a look at the pin-hooking buyers last autumn) was neatly summed up by Ted Walsh in the Racing Post. Many of the winning trainers at the Festival were young lads who, either through family farming circumstances or having successfully ridden the Celtic tiger before it died, own their places and have little in the way of a mortgage or rent to pay on the property. They know their horses, are shrewd, talented indivduals who haven’t
twitterings his 2yo brother was bought by trainer Mark Johnston for €280,000 at Deauville Arqana Yearling Sale last year. Noble Prince is the fourth German-bred winner at the Festival since the turn of the century (Well Chief, Sudden Shock and Amicelli the others).
Like a Hurricane: above, Hurricane Fly jumps to the front in the Champion Hurdle, and, below, trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Ruby Walsh hold aloft the trophy. It was the beginning of a great week for the pair, who collected leading trainer and jockey awards
March 16 Cheltenian wins the Weatherbys Champion bumper. He is by G1 winner Astarabad, who is also sire of top French jumper Questarabad and Festival winner Gaspara. Cheltenian, like another of today’s winners Bostons Angel, is out of a mare by Mansonnien. He is from the family of high-class French jumper Gilder and closely related to Listedplaced stablemate Prince Taime (Astarabad) It was a great result for Brightwells, who sold Cheltenian for £210,000 at the Cheltenham sale last year. What A Charm (Key of Luck) wins the Fred Winter. She is a sister to the useful Listedwinning hurdler Australia Day and a half-sister to Irish G3 Flat winner Marjalina. Carlito Brigante, a Flat-bred son of Haafhd, wins the Coral Cup. He is out of the Flat Listed winner Desert Magic (Green Desert), a half-brother to this season’s Irish stakeswinning chaser Peak Raider (also Flat-bred by Machiavellian) and from the further family of G1-winning Flat performers Alexander Goldrun, Getaway and Royal Rebel. First Lieutenant (Presenting) wins the Neptune. He is a grandson of G3-winning 2m chaser Sea Gale. First Lieutenant is a ninth Cheltenham Festival winner for the champion jumps’ sire Presenting and was a €255,000 purchase at Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale in 2008. Bostons Angel, a son of Irish Derby winner Winged Love, wins the RSA Chase. He is out of the French jumps Listed winner Lady Boston (Mansonnien) who died having left only one other foal, his stable companion Bostons Gift (placed over fences). The Sadler’s Wells sire lines are dominating: Bostons Angel is by Winged Love, a grandson of the Flat champion sire. Chicago Grey, a son of Luso and the third foal and only winner of the Lord Americo mare Carrigeen Acer, wins the opening NH Chase. It is the family of G1 winners Carrigeen Victor, Central House and The Bunny Boiler. Chicago Grey is Luso’s first Cheltenham winner. The stallion is best known as the sire of Irish National winner Hear The Echo.
twitterings March 15 Divers (Highest Honor) wins the first day’s finale. He is from an excellent Flat family: dam stakesplaced, 2nd/3rd/4th dams all stakes winners and he is a half-brother to graded-placed hurdler Dreux and brother to bumper winner Divy. Kenmare, sire of Highest Honor, has featured in the pedigrees of two of the day’s winners, while he is also the damsire of Hurricane Fly. Quevega is out of Vega IV, a winner of six races over jumps in France. Aside from today’s winner she has bred three other winners in France, including 2010 French Flat winner Sivega. Watch out for another brother – Vivega, a 2yo gelding already imported from France. Hurricane Fly is a half-brother to three other winners, including Hunzy, who was Listedplaced in Italy. It is the family of Irish Flat G2 winners, Yankee Gold and Lady Singer. Hurricane Fly’s dam Scandisk has a yearling colt by Shirocco (sold for €47,000 at Tatts Ireland last year) and was covered in 2010 by Yeats. Sadler’s Wells sons dominant in the Champion Hurdle – the 1-2-3 are grandsons of the Flat champion, as is Arkle winner Captain Chris. Bensalem (Turtle Island) wins the 3m handicap. He is half-brother to G2 hurdle winner Court In Motion (later finished third in the Albert Bartlett_ Ed). He is a second Festival winner for Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Turtle Island – his son Scolardy won the 2002 Triumph Hurdle. Captain Chris is the second foal of Function Dream, an 11-time chase winner who won up to 3m, but was far better at 2m. Sire King’s Theatre is having a great season and is becoming a Festival specialist sire having had five winners, including 2010 winners Cue Card and Menorah. Al Ferof (Dom Alco) wins the Supreme Novices Hurdle. He is out of Maralta, a French 1m7f Flat winner and half-brother to the French Listed-placed hurdler Ardissone.
Ruby Walsh returns on Quevaga, the three-time winner of the mares’ race
Above: back on good ground and over 2m, Sizing Europe silences the doubters in the Champion Chase, and, below, Holmwood Legend leads home a one-two for Midnight Legend
gone around throwing cash away in abandon on “showcase” yards, preferring instead to let their horses do the talking. But the young upstarts did not have it all, Willie Mullins claiming leading trainer honours and showing the way for others to follow. His horses never really seem to gleam in the paddock beforehand (they are turned out a lot at home, which may lead to their summer suits coming a little later than many), but all go to Cheltenham in the same condition: all are battle-hardened racehorses ready to do a job and fit (in many senses) for purpose. Once Binocular was a non-participant in the Champion Hurdle and the ground dried considerably, the only bet in the race was Hurricane Fly. The lack of winners achieved by his sire Montjeu at Cheltenham given as a negative against him was a ridiculous argument – a bit more research would surely throw up plenty of other sires possessing similar statistics. The horse had the extra gears and the Flat race class needed for a Champion Hurdle. Peddlers Cross did run a brilliant race, while Menorah, on this season’s form anyway, was probably a little over-hyped going into the race. In fact, the British charge first lost its
racing review Cheltenham results 2011
1 2 3
G1 G1 G1
Hur Hur Hur
Al Ferof Spirit Son Sprinter Sacre
FR FR FR
Dom Alco Poliglote Network
Maralta Kirzinnia Fatima
Altayan Zino Bayolidaan
1 2 3
G1 G1 G1
Ch Ch Ch
Captain Chris Finian's Rainbow Realt Dubh
Ire Ire Ire
King's Theatre Tiraaz Beneficial
Function Dream Trinity Gale Suez Canal
Strong Gale Strong Gale Exit To Nowhere
1 2 3
G3 G3 G3
Ch Ch Ch
Bensalem Carole's Legacy Reve De Sivola
Ire GB FR
Turtle Island Sir Harry Lewis Assessor
Peace Time Girl Carole's Crusader Eva De Chalamont
Buckskin Faustus Iron Duke
1 2 3
G1 G1 G1
Hur Hur Hur
Hurricane Fly Peddlers Cross Oscar Whisky
Ire Ire Ire
Montjeu Oscar Oscar
Scandisk Patscilla Ash Baloo
Kenmare Squill Phardante
1 2 3
Hcap Hcap Hcap
Xc Xc Xc
Sizing Australia Garde Champetre A New Story
Ire Ire Ire
New Frontier Garde Royale Fourstars Allstar
All The Gear Clementine Fleurie Diyala
Nashamaa Lionel Direct Flight
1 2 3
G2 G2 G2
Hur Hur Hur
Quevega Sparky May Ocean Transit
FR GB Ire
Robin Des Champs Midnight Legend Trans Island
Vega Glassy Appeal Wings Awarded
Cap Martin Glassy Dip Shareef Dancer
1 Hcap Ch Divers FR Highest Honor Divination 2 Hcap Ch Quantitativeeasing Ire Anshan Mazuma 3 Hcap Ch Tullamore Dew Ire Pistolet Bleu Heather Point 1 Cond Ch Chicago Grey Ire Luso Carrigeen Acer 2 Cond Ch Beshabar Ire Flemensfirth In Our Intrest 3 Cond Ch Be There In Five Ire Indian Danehill Marwa
Groom Dancer Mazaad Pollerton Lord Americo Buckskin Shahrastani
1 2 3
G1 G1 G1
Hur Hur Hur
First Lieutenant Rock On Ruby So Young
Ire Ire FR
Presenting Oscar Lavirco
Fourstargale Stony View Honey
Fourstars Allstar Tirol Highlanders
1 2 3
G1 G1 G1
Ch Ch Ch
Bostons Angel Jessies Dream Wayward Prince
Ire Ire GB
Winged Love Presenting Alflora
Lady Boston Lady Apprentice Bellino Spirit
Mansonnien Phardante Robellino
1 2 3
G1 G1 G1
Ch Ch Ch
Sizing Europe Big Zeb Captain Cee Bee
Ire Ire Ire
Pistolet Bleu Oscar Germany
Jennie Dun Our Siveen Elea Victoria
Mandalus Deep Run Sharp Victor
1 2 3
G3 G3 G3
Hur Hur Hur
Carlito Brigante Bothy Orsippus
Ire GB USA
Haafhd Pivotal Sunday Break
Desert Magic Villa Carlotta Mirror Dancing
Green Desert Rainbow Quest Caveat
1 2 3
G3 G3 G3
Hur Hur Hur
What A Charm Kumbeshwar Dhaafer
Ire GB GB
Key Of Luck Doyen Nayef
Atalina Camp Fire Almurooj
Linamix Lahib Zafonic
1 2 3
G1 G1 G1
NHF NHF NNF
Cheltenian Destroyer Deployed Aupcharlie
FR GB Ire
Astarabad Deploy Daliapour
Salamaite Supreme Cove Lirfa
Mansonnien Supreme Leader Lear Fan
Big Bucks wins the World Hurdle for the third year in a row. His success could prove pivotal in trainer Paul Nicholls’s attempt to remain champion NH trainer
direction with Cue Card’s defeat in the Supreme Novices Hurdle – he did run a great race but possibly missed that mid-winter racecourse outing having not run since December – and then with Time For Rupert’s poor effort in the RSA Chase. This writer had been saying all spring that Rupert was the lay of the meeting only to lose the courage of her convictions and do nothing about it. Admittedly, Rupert looked the pick of the paddock ahead of the Grade 1 chase, but he ran no sort of race at all and came home with blood in his nose, clearly health-wise not having completely recovered from the illness picked up earlier this spring. He proves just how hard training racehorses really is – the son of Flemensfirth looked well, had obviously been working well, but still was not “right” for a race at that level. The same goes for Imperial Commander, who you get the feeling had been pushed to get to the meeting. It has to be felt that the Twiston-Davies horses had a little “something” on them through the meeting as none featured in finishes. His horses galloping all the way to the line being the usual trait that they can be relied upon. While Paul Nicholls could revel in the performances of his old timers providing a more-than-adequate answer to those saying they should be retired, the Twiston-Davies fortunes revealed how fine the line is between success and failure, how in horseracing there is just no middle ground.
Last year, after Gold Cup victory, his son Sam took the Foxhunter Chase aboard Baby Run and the stable had a party that would have been several days in the enjoyment. This year, Imperial Commander faded
badly turning for home and was found after to be “sore” and to have bled, while his younger son, Willie, aboard Baby Run, got it all wrong at the second last, ending up falling off and being reduced to teenage tears of disappointment.
Cheltenham results in numbers: country of origin Race
G1 wnrs & placed:
G2&3 wnrs & placed: Ireland 7
GB 10 USA 1
Most successful sires Cadoudal
Long Run & Big Bucks
Hurricane Fly & Noble Prince
Robin des Champs
Quevaga & Sir Des Champs
Al Ferof & Grand Crus (2nd)
First Lieutenant, Zemsky, Denman (2nd), Jessies Dream (2nd), Beautiful Sound (3rd)
Accordion Network Midnight Legend Pivotal Oscar
Albertas Run & Get Me Out Of Here (2nd) Sprinter Sacre (3rd) & Rubi Light (3rd) Holmwood Legend, Aimigayle (2nd), Sparky May (2nd) Final Approach & Bothy (2nd) Peddlers Cross (2nd), Oscar Whisky (3rd), Big Zeb (2nd), Rock on Ruby (2nd) & Oscar Delta (3rd)
racing review Cheltenham results 2011
1 G2 Ch Noble Prince Ger Montjeu Noble Pearl 2 G2 Ch Wishfull Thinking GB Alflora Poussetiere Deux 3 G2 Ch Loosen My Load Ire Dushyantor The Kids Dante 1 L Hur Buena Vista Ire In The Wings Park Special 2 L Hur Son Amix FR Fragrant Mix Immagw 3 L Hur Sivota Ire Sakhee Mamara Reef
Dashing Blade Garde Royale Phardante
1 G1 Ch Albertas Run Ire Accordion Holly Grove Lass 2 G1 Ch Kalahari King FR Kahyasi Queen Of Warsaw 3 G1 Ch Rubi Light FR Network Genny Lights 1 G1 Hur Big Buck's FR Cadoudal Buck's 2 G1 Hur Grands Crus FR Dom Alco Fee Magic 3 G1 Hur Mourad Ire Sinndar Mouramara 1 G3 Ch Holmwood Legend GB Midnight Legend West-Hatch-Spirit 2 G3 Ch Aimigayle GB Midnight Legend Cherrygayle 3 G3 Ch Beautiful Sound Ire Presenting Croom River 1 Hcap Ch Junior GB Singspiel For More 2 Hcap Ch Faasel Ire Unfuwain Waqood 3 Hcap Ch Deal Done FR Vertical Speed Five Rivers 1 G1 Hur Zarkandar Ire Azamour Zarkasha 2 G1 Hur Unaccompanied Ire Danehill Dancer Legend Has It 3 G1 Hur Grandouet FR Al Namix Virginia River 1 G3 Hur Final Approach GB Pivotal College Fund 2 G3 Hur Get Me Out Of Here Ire Accordion Home At Last 3 G3 Hur Nearby GB King's Best Continuous 1 G1 Hur Bobs Worth Ire Bob Back Fashionista 2 G1 Hur Mossley Ire Old Vic Sorivera 3 G1 Hur Court In Motion Ire Fruits Of Love Peace Time Girl 1 G1 Ch Long Run FR Cadoudal Libertina 2 G1 Ch Denman Ire Presenting Polly Puttens 3 G1 Ch Kauto Star FR Village Star Kauto Relka 1 Con Ch Zemsky Ire Presenting Chic And Elite 2 Con Ch Mid Div And Creep GB Sovereign Water Knightsbridge Bred 3 Con Ch Oscar Delta Ire Oscar Timerry 1 Hcap Hur Sir Des Champs FR Robin Des Champs Liste En Tete 2 Hcap Hur Son Of Flicka GB Groom Dancer Calendula 3 Hcap Hur First Point Ger Trempoino FiRst Smile 1 Hcap Ch Oiseau De Nuit FR Evening World Idy;;E Du Marais 2 Hcap Ch Askthemaster Ire Oscar Nicola Mac 3 Hcap Ch Leo's Lucky Star USA Forestry Leo's Lucky Lady
Le Moss Assert Lights Out
Relkino Bad Conduct Salse
Le Glorieux Phantom Breeze Kahyasi Forzando Strong Gale Over The River Sanglamore Riverman Cadoudal Kahyasi Sadler's Wells Indian River Kahyasi Mandalus Danzig King's Theatre Irish River Buckskin Balsamo Pollerton Port Etienne Deep Run Montelimar Aplhabatim Video Rock Be My Guest Surumu Panoramic King's Ride Seattle Slew
Dad would have spent that evening worrying about the well-being of his horse, his judgement in running him and the overall health of his stable, as well as consoling his young son for whom the earth opened and swallowed whole. But for some, while we were watching and participating in the small universe that is “the Cheltenham Festival”, the earth literally did open up and ruin and devastate lives. Having isolated ourselves from newsreels
Dad will have spent that evening worrying about the well-being of his horse and his judgement in running him
and information about anything bar equine fortunes, to hear on our return to reality that 15,000 people were reported dead or missing in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami, and that the country was on the brink of nuclear evaporation, was sobering to say the least. While we were enjoying the peak of sporting endeavour at one of the best Cheltenham Festivals ever, others were enduring hell on earth.
Leading NH Sires 2010-11 season
KING’S THEATRE PRESENTING OSCAR BENEFICIAL FLEMENSFIRTH MONTJEU BOB BACK CADOUDAL (FR) ANSHAN ACCORDION OLD VIC DEFINITE ARTICLE MIDNIGHT LEGEND ALFLORA WINGED LOVE PISTOLET BLEU DOM ALCO (FR) DR MASSINI SADLER’S WELLS SUPREME LEADER ALDERBROOK KAYF TARA SADDLERS’ HALL TURTLE ISLAND BARATHEA LUSO KAHYASI MILAN SIR HARRY LEWIS OVERBURY BOB’S RETURN PIVOTAL GALILEO ROBIN DES CHAMPS MANSONNIEN WITNESS BOX MOSCOW SOCIETY
186 309 314 298 248 92 168 23 179 126 216 131 69 174 65 45 15 86 86 109 115 147 162 93 49 136 43 149 69 115 96 29 49 27 21 79 94
courtesy of Weatherbys (up to March 21)
73 71 78 74 61 28 43 12 51 35 54 32 27 35 19 12 9 26 31 26 26 32 30 27 13 19 15 35 12 27 20 11 16 10 7 18 20
Money Won (£)
111 112 97 107 77 41 69 22 81 48 86 46 45 50 29 16 16 45 39 34 44 35 37 34 17 30 18 42 16 35 26 19 27 14 13 27 28
237 295 281 294 252 121 162 21 164 139 200 120 81 144 77 56 16 104 108 97 114 176 179 73 49 105 64 121 66 93 87 28 71 27 25 102 93
1,359,185 1,262,399 1,231,015 1,032,686 932,929 808,251 776,192 767,118 765,771 752,607 675,792 423,769 415,216 397,324 386,408 386,181 376,280 375,666 373,021 368,798 362,253 357,959 346,594 283,011 276,013 264,315 261,792 255,289 254,247 251,953 245,471 237,556 234,794 228,469 223,626 223,543 212,773
Wnrs to Rnrs (%)
39.24 22.97 24.84 24.83 24.59 30.43 25.59 52.17 28.49 27.77 25 24.42 39.13 20.11 29.23 26.66 60 30.23 36.04 23.85 22.6 21.76 18.51 29.03 26.53 13.97 34.88 23.48 17.39 23.47 20.83 37.93 32.65 37.03 33.33 22.78 21.27
7,307 4,085 3,920 3,465 3,762 8,785 4,620 33,353 4,278 5,973 3,129 3,235 6,018 2,283 5,945 8,582 25,085 4,368 4,337 3,383 3,150 2,435 2,139 3,043 5,633 1,943 6,088 1,713 3,685 2,191 2,557 8,192 4,792 8,462 10,649 2,830 2,264
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Sharks in the water at Palm Meadows
A low clearance and a high withdrawal rate at the new-look juvenile sales, writes John Sparkman, troubles an acceptable start to the spring sales season
he US juvenile sales season got off to a reasonably good start at the Fasig-Tipton Florida and at the Ocala March sale of selected two-year-olds in training. Or at least so it seemed on the surface. The US sales calendar changed this year when OBS decided to discontinue its February sale, traditionally the first on the juvenile calendar, adding the best of the horses that would have been cataloged there to the March sale. The February sale, which necessarily focused on the most precocious, speedy types but always carried an
exceptionally high stakes winners-to-horses sold percentage, had been steadily shrinking for years anyway, and both consignors and buyers wanted a consolidated schedule in order to reduce travel. Fasig-Tipton made a big change in its Florida sale as well, transferring it from the aging, rundown backstretch of Calder racecourse just west of Miami to the new, modern, Palm Meadows Training Center just about an hour north of the city. Palm Meadows is now the primary winter training center for Gulfstream Park, built when
Frank Stronach bought Gulfstream and tore down most of the barns to build a shopping center and casino. Both consignors and buyers loved the change. The Palm Meadows track is much kinder to the horses than Calder ever was, and most of the horses with trainers that the sellers want to see were right there every day. The bare results of the sale were modestly encouraging, given the economic climate and the political uncertainties abroad in the Middle East. Average price declined only about five per cent, while total proceeds slipped 15 per cent
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As any entrepreneur will tell you, selling only 44 per cent of your inventory is not the way to make a profit First two US juvenile sales versus comparable 2010 sales No. cataloged No. offered No. sold Clearance rate (ring) Clearance rate (catalogue) Aggregate ($) Average ($)
2011 two sales 718 464 326 70.3% 45.4% 45,445,000 139,402
because ten fewer horses sold than in 2010. The difference in average could be almost entirely accounted for by the fact that this year’s top-priced horse, a lovely $1,350,000 filly by Empire Maker, sold for $950,000 less than the sale-topping Distorted Humor colt last year. The underlying problem for the sale was that the published clearance rate was only 56.6 per cent, but, in fact it was much worse than that. Clearance rate (or its inverse, the buy-back rate which we Americans prefer to talk about) is calculated against the number of horses that actually pass through the sales ring. At US two-year-old sales these days if consignors know they are highly unlikely to sell a horse for the money they require, they withdraw it, even if there is nothing physically wrong with the animal. At Palm Meadows that meant that only 33 per cent of the horses listed in the catalogue
2010 three sales 725 490 324 66.1% 44.7% 47,610,000 146,944
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actually sold. In fact, over the last ten years at America’s select juvenile sales, the sales companies have reported as sold an average of only 44 per cent of the horses originally listed in the catalogue. As any entrepreneur will tell you, selling only 44 per cent of your inventory is not the way to make a profit. No business plan can succeed long-term with that kind of overhead unless profits on the goods sold are so high that it doesn’t matter. Those days are gone. Of course, consignors sell perhaps 10 per cent of the unsold catalogue in the aftermarket, and other horses are entered and sold in later, less expensive sales. Consignors also occasionally make big profits from private sales later, as Jerry Bailey did when selling Thunder Gulch to Demi O’Byrne and Michael Tabor after the horse failed to reach his reserve at the 1994 Keeneland April sale. Nevertheless, the clearance rate problem
makes pin-hooking for select juveniles the highest-risk gamble in a high-risk business. OBS’s consolidation appeared to work out somewhat better than Fasig-Tipton’s move. Compared to the 2010 February and March sales combined, average price rose by one per cent to $104,766, while total proceeds increased six per cent to $24,180,000. As shown in the table, the combined statistics from the Fasig-Tipton Florida and OBS March sales showed slight declines compared to the same two sales, plus the OBS February sale in 2010. The clearance rate at the less expensive OBS sale has traditionally been markedly higher than at Fasig-Tipton and that held true this year as well. It is unclear what, if anything, these results have to say about the US bloodstock market this year. All of the usual big buyers participated in Florida, with John Ferguson leading all buyers and purchasing the saletopper at Palm Meadows. Demi O’Byrne bought three horses at Palm Meadows and was underbidder on the $925,000 saletopping Flatter colt in Ocala, purchased by Bob Baffert’s client Kaleem Shah. On the surface at least the market looks reasonably stable. The question is whether the blood in the water at juvenile sales will have a negative effect when the sharks start circling this summer at yearling sales. John P. Sparkman is bloodstock editor of THOROUGHBRED TIMES. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. More of his work can be viewed at http://pedigreecurmudgeon.blogspot.com/
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Last season, Ed Dunlop produced Snow Fairy to win four international Group 1 races. Unfortunately, the filly missed last month’s engagment in Dubai, but Dunlop has exciting plans for the daughter of Intikhab in 2011. Victoria Spicer finds out more and traces Dunlop’s route to the...
...Fairy story Photography by Trevor Jones
HEN MEETING trainer Ed Dunlop in March, he was a little distracted. To his dismay, England had just lost a game to Ireland in the group stages of the Cricket World Cup, the recent Ashes victors somehow beaten by a much-less fancied team. It was obviously weighing heavy on his mind as he showed International Thoroughbred round La Grange, his yard in the heart of Newmarket. “Have you seen the cricket?” he asked various members of his staff as they went about their evening stables duties, his question accompanied by a rueful shake of his head. For an Englishman and an ardent cricket fan, it was a painful result, but upsets and surprises do happen in sport and that’s something Dunlop surely knows better than most. The proof of that lies in the stable where the tour concludes — and
as he points out, he has saved the best for last. Therein stands Snow Fairy, the unassuming, petite bay mare who was retained by her owner for a mere €1,800, and whose winnings now stand at more than £2.6million. She’s the archetypical sporting dream, the unwanted filly turned racing behemoth. Snow Fairy is the kind of once-in-a-lifetime horse that many trainers spend most of their careers hoping and searching for. And what is even more remarkable in Dunlop’s case is that she’s the second such superstar mare he’s trained in the past decade. The first, of course, was Ouija Board. “She became a global phenomenon,” recalls Dunlop. “She was a horse of a lifetime… but then I got another one!” Dunlop had been training for just shy of a decade before the arrival of that first careermaking mare. As the son of former champion trainer John, Dunlop junior was immersed in racing from the off, and it was perhaps inevitable that he followed in his father’s profession. “I wasn’t bright enough to do anything
ed dunlop else!” he says, wryly. “Very sadly, my elder brother was killed just before I took my A levels, which had its impact so I left school without a lot of qualifications to my name.” He took a year out, working in a veterinary practice, then a stud farm in the US for a season. Following a stint at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester, he went to work for Nicky Henderson for three years, originally at Windsor House (where Ed’s brother Harry now trains) and then during the NH trainer’s move to Seven Barrows. During that time Dunlop shared a house with Eddie Hales, now a successful trainer and seller of horses in Ireland, Jamie Osborne, then leading NH jockey, as well as with the late John Durkan. It was fun, but ultimately not temptation enough to stay in the NH arena. “I was 19 years old and 6ft 5in, the only horse I could ride was a very large NH horse, which was part of the decision,” he explains. Dunlop’s next plan was to go on a tour around the world, working for different
trainers, when he was approached by Alex Scott and an assistant’s job materialised. He accepted, staying there for a further three years. He’d intended to spend one more year with Scott before going back to work for his father, before circumstances took a horrific twist: Scott was murdered by a staff member with a grievance, and Dunlop was asked to take over. Just 24 years old and suddenly tasked with training for Sheikh Maktoum al-Maktoum, it was a daunting situation, surely? “Fortunately I had a lot of support and handholding at the beginning, from people such as Michael Goodbody, who was in charge of Sheikh Maktoum’s affairs, and Joe Mercer, who was the racing manager — obviously I knew both from working with Alex.” It was a huge mantle to take on for any trainer, let alone one so young. “But there was no pressure from Sheikh Maktoum,” recalls Dunlop. “The first time I met him after it had all happened, he said: ‘Do what you want to with the yard’.
“So we emptied it out, closed down for three months and made some improvements, then put the horses back in – and things went from there. We also changed the name of the yard, as such an awful thing had happened.” Asked about the highlights from those early days, still training that first winner Lynton Lad in 1994 stands out, though the selfeffacing trainer adds that: “I inherited him from Alex, so it didn’t really count! “But my first decent winner was winning the Bunbury Cup, a handicap, in my second year; and the following year we won the French Guineas for Sheikh Hamdan, which was an amazing day.” Further Group 1 successes followed, including the Haydock Park Sprint Cup with Iktamal in 1996, and with Night Style in the Grand Criterium in 1999. Then came the first of his multiple Group 1-winning fillies Lailani, who won the Nassau Stakes, the Flower Bowl and the Irish Oaks in 2001. Her wins, and those subsequent of Ouija Board and Snow Fairy have led to the
The global travellers: Snow Fairy with Rebecca Dunlop (left) and Lynsey Hanna at Dunlop’s La Grange stables
She was locked up in quarantine for eight days, she got loose, fell over and ripped her knee, then she had to do an eight-hour lorry journey down to Kyoto for three days. She’s incredibly tough, and it was an amazing feat.
fter picking up two thirds and a win in her two-year-old season, Dunlop came to the conclusion that she was a decent filly, “though we had no notion, even through the winter of her two-year-old career, that she was going to turn out to be a seven-time Group 1 winner.” She went on to amass in excess of £3.5million in earnings, winning the Oaks, the Irish Oaks, the Hong Kong Vase, the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, the Nassau Stakes and twice winning the Breeder’s Cup Filly & Mare Turf. Her remarkable jet-setting triumphs have been emulated by Snow Fairy, just four years later. “The amazing thing about the pair,” reasons Dunlop, “is their fantastic attitudes to travelling. A lot of good horses can’t handle it mentally, but both mares have coped so well with the pressure of travelling around the world.” While on paper the two mares revealed similar progressions from two-year-olds to three-year-olds, in reality the plan with Ouija Board had always been to step up in trip, wheareas with Snow Fairy it was more down to chance. “Snow Fairy was an exposed two-year-old and had run six or seven times. She’d been placed in the Prestige Stakes at Goodwood over 7f, but then ran appallingly on very soft ground at Newbury when I’d always thought she wanted soft ground,” Dunlop explains. “She was rated 102 at the end of her two-yearold career so she wasn’t completely hopeless, but she wasn’t quite what she is now.” She’s not bred to stay 1m4f so it hadn’t crossed Dunlop’s mind that she’d be so good over that trip. “The plan had been to go and win the German Guineas, but she threw a splint. We
suggestion that Dunlop is a specialist with the fairer sex. “Well, the statistics say I have, so there’s no point denying that,” he agrees. “But as a team we don’t think we have [more affinity with mares] — we’ve just been lucky enough to have been sent some very well-bred fillies.” That’s certainly the case with Lord Derby’s famous mare. She’d been broken in as a twoyear-old before joining the yard. “She was a tallish, weakish filly,” he recalls. “Nice temperament, and she moved well enough, but nothing extraordinary to start with.”
thought she’d go for a Listed fillies’ race being rated 102 as she couldn’t run in a handicap as she’d have carried too much weight. “We had to go for some form of pattern race so the plan was to go to York for the May meeting, but I scratched her as the ground was very firm. The only race I could find then was an Oaks trial at Goodwood, and the rest, as they say, was history.” Having repeated Ouija Board’s double of winning the Epsom Oaks and the Irish Oaks, having been supplemented for both, Snow Fairy then finished second to Midday in the Yorkshire Oaks and fourth in the St Leger, before returning to her winning ways with the Queen Elizabeth II Cup in Kyoto and in the Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin in December. But it was her win in Japan that stands out most for Dunlop. “It was an amazing thing for a three-yearold filly to do. She was the first international winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Cup and the actual process of getting her there and through quarantine was arduous. She went on a private plane to Amsterdam, then went on another plane to Milan, then to Tokyo. She was locked up in quarantine for eight days, she got loose, fell over and ripped her knee, then she had to do an eight-hour lorry journey down to Kyoto for three days. She’s incredibly tough, and it was an amazing feat by her and also by my staff to get her there.” But sport is always full of ups and downs. Two weeks after International Thoroughbred visited La Grange, the news arrived of Snow Fairy picking up a minor leg injuy while preparing for her run in the Sheema Classic. The plan is now for a return to action in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot. “The vets did extensive tests and found minor bone damage on the right cannon bone and while not a serious injury. It has obviously came at the wrong time for her to be able to run in Dubai,” reports Dunlop.
Native Khan (above and right) works at Newmarket with Jane O’Donohoe. It is planned for the son of Azamour to head for a spring Classic trial
how she’ll be from three to four,”reports Dunlop. “Her racing future is likely to involve
a lot of travelling, which is not necessarily going to please the British racegoer!” says
Voodoo Prince had a hiccup last year, nothing serious, but we put him away. He’s a good-looking horse by Kingmambo, a very masculine sort. He did some work last year that was encouraging
“It was disappointing for everyone, especially Mrs Patino. Snow Fairy pulled out to exercise that morning and was found to be slightly lame on her right fore.” Snow Fairy’s owner and breeder, Cristina Patino, enjoys racing her horses and had indicated last season that the mare will race for some time yet, although obviously that now depends on her making a full recovery. “Mrs Patino is very sporting and loves her horses. She said a while ago ‘of course she’ll stay in training as a four-year-old, and you’ll probably have her as a five-year-old too’. “Snow Fairy is one of the most famous fillies in training, and she’ll only race if she can be competitive, and we don’t know yet
Ouija Board’s first foal, Voodoo Prince
Dunlop. “But the rewards are so high, and she suits fast ground.” And there are other very good horses and big plans at La Grange, the yard Dunlop bought two years ago following the death of Sheikh Maktoum in 2006. “After Sheikh Maktoum died, it was decided that Gainsborough Stables would be turned it into a pre-training yard. Kindly we were able to stay on there, renting it for two years, and in that time we looked at options allowing us to remain in Newmarket,” says the trainer. After a lengthy search, La Grange became available, a historic yard in a prime location near Warren Hill. The yard has undergone a series of changes since with Dunlop adding stable blocks, relocating horsewalkers, creating a covered trotting ring and installing a high-tech spa and high-speed treadmill. There are around 85 horses currently resident — he’d like more — and a number of thrilling prospects among them, including Red Cadeaux, whom the yard hopes will “win a big one” this year, and Musharakaat, who was third in the Mayhill Stakes last year. There’s also Ouija Board’s first foal, Voodoo Prince (2008), as well as her second, a two-year-old by Monsun. Voodoo Prince’s planned racecourse debut will inevitably be met with much expectation. “Voodoo Prince had a hiccup last year, nothing serious, but we put him away,” says Dunlop. “He’s a good-looking horse by Kingmambo, a very masculine sort. He did some work last year that was encouraging, but we didn’t have time to find out if he was properly talented or not. “He’s by a champion out of a champion, so there’s a lot of pressure on him.” Then, of course, there’s Native Khan, one
of five horses that Vefa Ibrahim Araci has in training with Dunlop. “He’s an intriguing horse. He was my favourite horse at the breeze-up sale and I didn’t know I was going to get him — my Turkish owner bought him without telling me!” he says, adding that the plan for him will be either a Guineas or Derby Trial. While Dunlop has won the Epsom Oaks, the Derby has, of yet, eluded him. Winning it comes second on his list of ambitions — “if just to put that myth to bed that I’m better with fillies than colts!” — while the first is to simply survive the economic recession. Of course, having a champion filly stabled in the yard helps on this front, but Dunlop can also count on the strong support team at La Grange, as well as from his wife Becky. Recently Eddie Ahern has been employed
as stable jockey to give a sense of continuity for the owners and horses. However, Ryan Moore is likely to retain the plum ride on Snow Fairy. “Obviously as the season progresses, he may not always be available to ride her,” says Dunlop. “But he’s ridden her four times and won four Group 1. They get on quite well together!” That’s some understatement. And if Snow Fairy makes a full recovery and comes back to win at Royal Ascot, it will be another great plotline in her phenomenal life story. The mare, whom nobody wanted, has gone on to dominate on the Flat where normally riches rule supreme. “She’s been such a good story for racing, a fairy tale,” says Dunlop. “She makes it possible for everyone.”
Second lot pulls out at La Grange Stables
The equine accountant
Sally Duckett finds out that for the Berkshire-based breeze-up consignor and pre-trainer Malcolm Bastard it’s all about making sure the sums add up
When I first started you used to be able to get great value – perhaps a horse with a pedigree but moderate conformation, but those days are gone now. You can’t buy that sort at the right price now, they just make too much money
H jockeys: brave, possibly fearless and a just little mad, prepared to take a gamble (more than happy to kick on for that big stride into the last) and with such strength of character that they can trust their own judgement and would certainly back themselves to win in a duel.
Breeze-up consignors: brave, possibly fearless and just a little mad, prepared to take a gamble (do you go for that one last bid on the yearling you love?) and single-minded enough that they are perhaps willing to put their financial survival and future livelihood into the purchase of young thoroughbreds. It is no wonder that the ranks of breeze-up consignors are heavily populated by ex-jump
jockeys, namely Mark Dwyer, Jamie Railton, Norman Williamson, Charlie Vigors (albeit of an amateur variety), US salesman Eddie Woods (see page 59) as well as the “original”, the British-based convert Malcolm Bastard, who turned his attentions to selling two-yearolds in training over 20 years ago. “It has gone so quickly, I must have been enjoying myself!” Bastard laughs when
Below, the youngsters are put through their paces on Bastard’s beautiful 6f grass gallop at Baydon Hill Grange, while, right, is a colt by Oasis Dream ex Royal Jade who heads to the Tattersalls Craven Sale
malcolm bastard asked to think back to those youthful days, that former life spent travelling the country in search for fences to jump and successful horses to kick home. Bastard rode over 100 winners, originally being based with the master Lambourn trainer Fred Winter before becoming a freelance. But, as for all adrenlin-addicted junkies, the reality of life eventually took
over for Bastard and a change of plan was required. In the late 1980s the role of the Britishbased Jockeys Employment & Training Scheme (JETS) was not as advanced as it is today and jockeys had to think for themselves (would it be rude to suggest that for some that would itself be a first…) regarding their future role in life. “I suppose I should have given up two or three years before I did,” admits Bastard candidly. “But I had nothing else in mind to do. It was Ronnie O’Leary who suggested to me that I should give the breeze-up horses a go.” As befits a young horseman possessing the required ability to hold a jockey’s position with the great Fred Winter, turning his hand to breaking and producing breeze-up horses for his own business was just a matter of applying “general horsemanship” skills for Bastard. Now, two decades later, from journeyman jockey to leading consignor to established and well-regarded horseman and businessman, Bastard can sit astride a small kingdom all of his own creation. “I moved a few times to different places, but all served a purpose and I moved as I
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The majority of nice horses always show something in their work – they learn quickly and are mentally alert to get great value – perhaps a horse with a pedigree but moderate conformation, but those days are gone now. You can’t buy that sort at the right price now, they just make too much money.” It is a numbers’ game for all breeze-up guys, even for Bastard who, although avoiding the quantity aspect of selling by preferring to load with quality, explains that the successful sales always need to carry those that fail to put a transaction into the black. “It operates on fine margins,” admits Bastard, his calculating mind working out the bottom line, “and through the last few years costs have risen so much – the price of hay, straw and fuel – while we have also had a drop in prices at the sales.” Bastard did not make the purchasing trek to the states last autumn – it is a shopping trip he has taken in the past but feels that his US purchases have not been lucky for him.
needed bigger premises,” he reports – and you can be sure that such moves through the bubbling economic years of the 1990s would have been financially beneficial for this shrewd entrepreneur. Bastard now has a place ideally suited for his needs. Atop the Lambourn downs, to the lee of the M4, the south-west facing Baydon Hill Grange overlooks the historic Marlbough downs, a racehorse-producing area steeped in history. There is little on the site now that resembles the “tumble down farm” that Bastard bought around nine years ago, having by his own admission built it up from “scratch”. The farm can now boast five-star accommodation for its thoroughbreds: a 6f grass gallop, a 5-6f woodchip gallop, a 2f round canter which is “ideal for getting the youngsters going”, a fine house for himself, his partner Fiona and his children Ted and Milly, as well as all the ancillary buildings and accommodation that a busy pre-training and breeze-up enterprise, which at the height of its season employs around 25 people, requires. “The pre-training business is an important aspect to here,” explains Bastard. “It is great to have a second string to our bow – it keeps all the staff employed all year and can help pay for the ‘downs’ that a breeze-up business invariably experiences.” Asked how many horses were broken in through this last winter, Bastard smiles and merely says “quite a few”, but when he adds that he is in the yard himself each morning for 4.45am (Jimmy Guest, whom Bastard has worked with for over 35 years, is responsible for all of the breaking) you can be sure that this is no exaggeration. And with such a well-run and established kingdom in place, despite the requirement that pin-hookers need to possess a touch of the gambler about them, Bastard is not going to punt the lot on the purchase of excessive numbers of yearlings for re-sale. “I buy around five or six yearlings each year. I always want to buy more but I am not going to chance any more at it and put this place at risk – it takes a lot of finance to fund breeze-up horses and it is a tricky operation. I don’t want to compromise what I have here,” he explains. “Obviously you are looking to buy a horse with some profit in him,” he says, adding: “Everyone is after the same horse – the nice, quality type. You follow them in and just hope you are the one to get him at the right price. “When I first started you used to be able
“I do enjoy going, and I will again, but for whatever reason I have not had much success, perhaps I have just not bought the right horses!” he rues. However, he does put a certain amount of store in sire power, rationalising that there has to be reason that a stallion is in vogue. “I like the same package as everyone – a nice horse by a fashionable sire and from a good dam line. A good sire will bring buyers to come and look at your horse, and the more people who come to look, the more likely you are to sell. Anyway, sires are usually fashionable for a reason and that is generally because they are successful.”
wo years ago one Bastard did get, one that provided him with that sought-after resale profit whilst also going on to do the job on the racecourse, was a colt by Azamour.
I was bidding on the horse, but pulled up. But then Ted Voute prodded me in the back and I went once or twice more
I love to buy horses and I love to do it well. I enjoy producing nice horses and it is highly satisfying seeing your judgement vindicated
Bought at the Arqana August Sale in 2009 by Bastard for €70,000 from Haras de Reboursiere, the colt was resold at the Tattersalls Craven Sale for 180,000gns to Turkish businessman and owner Vefa Ibrahim Araci and was sent into training with Ed Dunlop. Subsequently named Native Khan, the colt won a Newmarket July maiden by three and a half lengths, went on to claim the Solario Stakes (G3) and then finished a close fourth in a competitive Racing Post Trophy (G1), finishing just 3l behind Casamento. Native Khan is now a generally priced 33/1 shot for the 2,000 Guineas and is highly regarded by trainer Ed Dunlop. “As a yearling I liked him very much, he ticked all the right boxes,” recalls Bastard. “I had liked a couple by Azamour that I had had at home, though the stallion had hardly had a winner when I bought Native Khan.” By necessity, when under the bidding spotlight, a breeze-up consignor has to work alone and needs to trust his own judgement implicitly, but sometimes a helping hand can help make up a mind. “I was bidding on the horse, but pulled up,” smiles Bastard. “But then Ted Voute prodded me in the back and I went once or twice more.”
And never once did Bastard have cause to blame Voute for encouraging the extra outlay. “Native Khan was always a very nice horse. He went about his work well and developed nicely. “The majority of nice horses always show something in their work – they learn quickly and are mentally alert,” he says. And so the involvement ends for the breeze-up consignor, who unlike a breeder won’t stand to gain financially if the youngster becomes a stakes horse, or lose if it fails to ever put its head in front. But for the two-year-old salesman vital ongoing reputations are won or lost with a graduate’s performance, while there is also a certain amount of satisfaction to be gained from seeing a prospect go onto better things, tempering the soul of this most financially astute bunch of horsemen and women. “It is in the blood!” laughs Bastard. “I love to buy horses and I love to do it well. I enjoy producing nice horses and it is highly satisfying seeing your judgement vindicated. I would say that all of us in this business feel the same.” The breeze-up consignor: brave, possibly fearless and just a little mad. Prepared to take an educated gamble, and possessing of an accountant’s mind and a horseman’s hands.
A man of many talents
Lissa Oliver meets Jim McCartan who combines life as a breeze-up vendor, a pre-trainer, as well as owning and managing a TV video production company
t seems fitting that the main interest of bloodstock vendor Jim McCartan centres on the breeze-up sales, the active and energetic end of the thoroughbred sales spectrum. A more active and energetic buyer, vendor and pre-trainer of horses would be hard to find, and McCartan manages to be all three. In between buying and preparing for the breeze-ups, McCartan also runs a video TV production company, served on the committee of the Breeze-Up Bonus Scheme and is kept busy with two young children. The rest of us can just wonder where he finds the time and energy. “It’s easy when you have a passion for
it,” says McCartan, and his love of the thoroughbred industry is obvious. Having learned to ride, and honed his practical skills, as a child with local point-to-point trainer Eamon Finn in Ballymahon, McCartan was a keen show jumper until his mid-20s. Then he was first introduced to racehorses and became hooked. “It was through my brother Philip, who was assistant trainer to Noel Meade, that I got a feel for racehorses and I found I liked them more than the jumpers!” confesses McCartan. That passion became racing’s gain, but not before McCartan had taken a short break from horses to set up a video production company, an interest stemming from his love of photography developed when at school.
Adsell Productions produce corporate videos and television programmes for such widespread businesses as The K-Club, Oral B, the Golf Channel in America, RTE and Sky Sports. A division of Adsell is Bloodstock Vision, which specialises in producing stallion, health and safety and other educational and promotional videos relating to the bloodstock industry. McCartan’s specialist knowledge of horses is a key factor in attracting clients, which include studs, trainers and racecourses. “Because I’m involved in the industry I have a good understanding of horses and what’s required,” McCartan explains. Having got his production company successfully up and running, McCartan
jim mccartan returned to horses and worked at Anne and Tony O’Callaghan’s Tally-Ho Stud, where his involvement with the preparation of breezeup horses finally led to his chosen career path. “I just found that I liked it,” McCartan says, to the extent that he set up his own business at Gaybrook Lodge Stud in Mullingar. “I just like everything to do with the breeze-ups, I love buying them and preparing them and watching them race. “When they run, we try and follow their progress and we keep in touch with everyone involved. It sounds a bit contradictory, but in a way I can’t wait for the sales circuit to finish so that I can start planning for when it all starts again!” The planning begins a long time ahead. “I spend a lot of time on catalogues,” reveals McCartan, “researching the catalogues is very important. I start as soon as they appear online, then we move on to the hard copies when they arrive in the post. “At the sales we work a system and have up to three people going round spotting. Then,
finally, we’ve got the catalogue whittled down to a shortlist. Sometimes you can be very lucky and get 50 per cent of the list, other times maybe just five per cent, sometimes you draw a blank. You have to be very careful with what you’re spending, but you always hope you can go back the next year with more money to spend.” McCartan tends to buy 25-30 yearlings specifically for the breeze-up sales and the selection process begins at Deauville. “Arqana is the first sale, and I work right through, the DBS Premier Sale, Keeneland’s September Sale, Tattersalls, then back to France in October, plus taking in all the smaller sales in between,” McCartan says. “Buying in the US was better two years ago when the currency was in our favour and there are pluses and minuses when it comes to the US sales. There’s a very big selection and huge numbers of horses, but very few actually have pedigrees suitable to bring back, and they seem to be getting less and less, definitely so this year.
“I try to buy horses to suit all the different sales,” he continues. “Everyone is trying to buy a nice horse, there’s a lot of competition, but I am always trying to think ahead and think of the people I’m buying for. I’m prepared to forgive a horse by a sire who is temporarily out of fashion if it is a nice individual – a nice horse will always sell.” His policy is to try to sell everything, “win, lose or draw.” He is philosophical about any losses. “Maybe a horse gets sold for less than it cost, but it may turn out to be a very good horse,” he reasons. “We also sell privately at home and promote all the horses through the website of Gaybrook Lodge, www.breezeup. com, where the horses can be viewed throughout the season.” McCartan has naturally seen some major changes in attitude during his time specialising as a vendor. “Back when I started in 1986 the breeze-up horses were often cheaply bought and they were perceived only as being little sprinters,
The hands-on approach: McCartan spent time at Tally Ho Stud where he found that he particularly enjoyed working with the breeze-up horses
jim mccartan but the whole thing has progressed over the years and people are now happy that they can go out and buy a very good horse. The quality available now is exceptional. Year on year the breeze-ups provide a continuous flow of top class horses.” McCartan is fortunate not to have been hit that badly by the economic downturn and and says: “The breeze-up guys are probably in a slightly better position than breeders and yearling vendors, because there’s such a short period between buying in October and selling maybe just five months later. “There is usually not a huge change in the economic situation during that period. The guys buying foals have to wait until the following year, while breeders have to try to imagine what is going to be happening in three years’ time.” A major factor when selling any horse is trust and McCartan has built a good reputation that has seen trainers and agents returning to view and buy from his consignment year after year. “We like to think we pre-train horses,
rather than prepare them for breeze-ups,” he says. “In the US the horse that breezes in the fastest time makes the most money. I don’t like that system – it’s too hard on young horses. I prefer to prepare nice horses which are sound, have been well-produced and have good temperaments so that trainers can take them away and seamlessly integrate them into their training regimes. “Our preparation begins as soon as the horses come back from the sales, we break them in and ride them for three or four weeks before trying to get a rest into them. “We always keep some good grass for them out in the paddocks and let them out for a month to six weeks if we can – they benefit hugely from the break. We then bring the first batch in – the ones who are going to the first sale at Kempton at the end of March – through the first week of December, while we bring the rest in each week after that, depending on their sale, with the Arqana entries coming in around the third week in January.” The time spent turned out is vital to the
well-being of the young horse, both physically and mentally. “Most yearlings in the states will have been prepped for two months prior to sale,” explains McCartan. “As a result a lot of them will have missed the summer’s grass so the break after sale really freshens them up.” iven his side enterprise of video production, it’s not surprising that McCartan is also an active promoter of the thoroughbred industry and he manages to find the time to give back a little something to the industry. He also likes to encourage others to get together and offer support as well; it was this pro-activeness that saw him get involved in the Breeze-Up Bonus Scheme. “It was a really good initiative,” praises McCartan. “An idea that spawned from a conversation that some of the breeze-up vendors had at the sales one day. This led to a public meeting in Tipperary that was very well attended. Everyone agreed that yes, we’ll try it, and the Scheme was started.
Left, is a filly by Shamardal ex Adees Dancer (Lot 190 @ Craven Sale) and, right, an Azamour filly ex Miss Takeortwo. She made £38,000 at the Kempton Sale was bought by Peter & Ross Doyle Bloodstock Ltd. McCartan bought her for €14,000 at the Goffs Orby Sale
We would have loved to have run the Breeze-up Bonus for three years, which had been our original intention, but everyone involved felt that one scheme was enough
lots of areas – at the sales, in particular at the racecourse and by the media. The owner is paying for the horse, the jockey, the trainer, his friends, his box – everything! They deserve to be recognised as one of the stars of the show and, let’s face it, racing is show business. The owner needs a better crack of the whip, we need fresh people in there. “Racecourses in particular need to focus more on the owner,” McCartan insists. “When owners have spent their money at the yearling or breeze-up sales, it’s then a long wait for their big day out. “And then they might only get to the races four or five times a year so those days have to be special. Without them, the show stops.” The show is also at risk without fresh new blood coming through, a point McCartan is very aware of. “A clever man told me that horses and young people work very well together and that’s true. I’d love to see more talented young people coming into the business. We are creating chances for more through some great schemes, such as the National Stud courses and the Darley Flying Start Programme, and every country is aware of the need and working towards that.” McCartan is fortunate to have his own
“It was from the Breeze-Up Bonus Scheme that the Racing Post Yearling Bonus developed, and this is an even better idea because it brings huge numbers of vendors and owners together to create a much bigger prize fund. It was great to see the industry and the vendors get together and see how things can be improved. “We would have loved to have run the Breeze-up Bonus for three years, which had been our original intention, but everyone involved felt that one scheme was enough.” This year the breeze-up vendors are sponsoring the The Craven Stakes. “As a group of vendors we realise that things are tough out there,” he says, “and through sponsorship and other initiatives we want to show our awareness of this fact. It’s particularly tough for owners and we want to be pro-active in showing our support.” McCartan laughs when asked if there’s an official Breeze-Up Vendors’ Association, but the network is already so tightly knit and supportive that it lacks only the official title. “The nearest we got to establishing an association was the bonus scheme,” he says. “The breeze-up vendors are a great bunch and all are happy to see each other do well. “It’s important for everyone to have something of a “touch” so they can stay in the business. It means that whatever money has been made is spent at the next sale and circulates back into the business. The yearling producers benefit, foal producers benefit, the whole industry benefits when that money comes back in. “I’m a great believer in the saying that ‘nothing happens until something is sold,’” he continues. “The key people in our industry are the owners and I really do think owners should be much better provided for, and in
team of very talented people around him and is quick to acknowledge that. “We are very lucky to have such good staff working with us,” he concludes, “Cian, Marcos and Carlos at home and Gemma, Aliz and John who look after the horses at the sales. “While my wife, Louise, keeps everyone on their toes!”
Gaybrook Lodge 2011 breeze-up consignments Tattersalls Craven Sale 42 75 146 190
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Flower Alley-Pacific Sky Van Nistelrooy-Mamaison Miss Street Cry-Storm Alert Shamardal-Adees Dancer
DBS Breeze-Up Sale 15 42 58 82
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Compton Place-Barrantes Pivotal-Dance Set First Samurai-Exciting Avenue Kheleyf-Indian Imp
Enjoying their break from work: yearlings at grass at Gaybrook Lodge
Victor Sheahan does not progress with his query regarding breeze-up times, so asks instead whether horses sold at a European breeze-up get to the racecourse significantly quicker than their yearling-sold counterparts
reeze-up sales make sense. It is logical that watching a horse gallop should provide more insights than just seeing a horse stand or walk. After all, surely an ability to gallop quickly, rather than stand impressively, should determine whether a horse is worth purchasing? Racing in the US is all about the clock and it is not surprising that a clock-watching ethos prevails in the breeze-ups. As we can recall, The Green Monkey fetched $16 million at the January 2006 Fasig-Tipton Calder sale, a remarkable increase on the $425,000 he had cost as a yearling. There may have been a multitude of factors affecting his sales price, but the key one was his ability to breeze a furlong in 9.8secs. US vendors are acutely aware of the difference that a fraction of a second can make to a sales price and they prepare their charges accordingly. Time really is money. In Europe, the view prevails that rushing an immature horse can be detrimental to their long-term prospects. Prospective purchasers do not expect the two-year-olds
at the breeze-ups to have undergone such a demanding preparation. If the breeze-ups are like taking a car for a test drive, then, in Europe, the car is only driven around the car park and does not go beyond second gear. In the US, they like to put the foot down and burn some rubber. Both approaches have their advocates, but it is the subsequent racecourse success or otherwise of the sales graduates that is the only real factor to consider. In trying to bring some scientific rigour to the debate, I contacted Tattersalls seeking a record of the times recorded in their breeze-ups in 2008 and 2009. I had hoped to see whether these times could give any indication of future racecourse performance. The response given to me made me smile: “Tattersalls do not record the times but we do provide stopwatches to anyone who wishes to record the times.” How very English! The company does not totally believe in the value of clockwatching themselves, but they respect the rights of others to engage in such practices. Undaunted, another angle was searched for in order to indicate the impact of breezeup preparation on subsequent racecourse performance. Breeze-ups are often described as “readyto-run” sales. The perceived advantage is that purchasers will be in a position to see their new charges carry their colours to the racetrack within a short period of time. To test this assertion I looked at the progeny of Dubawi, who were sold at any of the Tattersalls breezeups in 2009 and compared them with his offspring who were sold at any of the 2008 Tattersalls October sales. Dubawi was chosen as he was very well represented numerically at both those sales thereby giving a reasonable sample size. In addition, as 2009 was Dubawi’s first year with runners, there was no possibility that events on the track in 2008 could have
breeze-up time Summary information on Dubawi’s runners from Tattersalls October Yearling Sale 2008 and Breeze-Up Sale 2009 Horse DoB Debut Runs Wins RPR Cost (gns) First win Tattersalls Breeze-Up 2009 Raddy ‘ell Pauline 25/4/07 6/6/09 10 Sand Vixen 28/2/07 10/6/09 6 Sailorman 15/4/07 20/4/10 15 Solstice 5/4/07 7/2/10 8 Fox Hunt 21/2/07 2/8/10 6 Lost Cause 27/3/07 25/7/09 5 Kavak 12/4/07 20/6/09 21 Dubawi King 15/4/07 7/10/09 13 Bowmaker 29/4/07 27/10/09 5 Your Lad 19/3/07 16/12/09 3 Atomic Twister 1/4/07 9/6/09 2 Zubova 15/4/07 17/7/09 19 Fourlanends 1/3/07 5/9/09 3 Average
2 2 4 1 1 0 1 2 2 1 0 2 0 8.9
88 111 91 86 107 64 113 64 92 58 33 77 30 78
140,000 24/6/09 130,000 10/6/09 115,000 24/5/10 52,000 7/2/10 47,000 2/8/10 42,000 - 36,000 8/8/09 25,000 29/6/10 20,000 27/10/09 18,000 1/2/11 7,000 - 30,000 6/7/10 7,000 - 51,462
Days Age 1st run
Days Age 1st win
773 791 833 833 1,101 1,135 1,039 1,039 1,258 1,258 851 800 849 906 1,171 912 912 1003 1,415 800 824 1,178 919 925 1,058 Four of 13 ran before July 1
T attersalls October Yearling Sale 2008 Squall 23/5/07 15/4/10 9 1 81 400,000 5/7/10 1,058 1,139 Cotton King 13/4/07 18/8/10 10 3 84 240,000 23/9/10 1,223 1,259 Allannah Abu 23/4/07 21/9/09 11 3 91 180,000 14/7/10 882 1,178 Mujaazef 4/3/07 12/7/09 18 2 95 180,000 15/9/09 861 926 Tolerate 3/2/07 10 1 140,000 full data on overseas runs unknown Extreme Warrior 25/1/07 30/5/09 5 1 83 140,000 19/6/09 856 876 Comradeship 15/2/07 14/8/09 21 2 95 110,000 11/11/09 911 1,000 Dubawi Heights 11/2/07 10/7/09 6 0 96 72,000 - 880 Maath Gool 27/3/07 11/11/10 3 1 72 62,000 2/12/10 1,325 1,346 Seeking Dubai 5/2/07 26/6/09 9 2 91 55,000 3/8/09 872 910 Emirates Hills 4/4/07 17/8/09 7 1 73 55,000 17/8/09 866 866 Admire The View 21/4/07 11/7/09 10 3 89 55,000 24/7/09 812 825 Craighall 8/4/07 23/10/09 5 0 64 55,000 - 929 Dhan Dhana 12/4/07 8/9/09 8 2 79 52,000 5/8/10 880 1,211 Waajida 2/3/07 4/6/09 6 0 67 50,000 - 825 Dubawi Phantom 2/3/07 22/5/09 15 1 105 42,000 16/7/09 812 867 Astrophysical Jet 10/2/07 18/8/09 10 4 114 42,000 18/8/09 920 920 Crimson Lass 27/2/07 1 0 40,000 full data on overseas runs unknown Whitby 20/3/07 24/11/09 7 0 51 38,000 - 980 Diamond Duchess 20/3/07 11/7/09 12 3 91 34,000 6/8/09 844 870 Val C 19/2/07 3/6/09 14 1 67 30,000 24/4/10 835 1,160 Sooraah 3/4/07 16/4/10 9 2 93 20,000 9/7/10 1,109 1,193 Super Dubai 7/5/07 26 1 20,000 - full data on overseas runs unknown Al Shababiya 3/5/07 4/12/09 9 2 75 18,000 17/5/10 946 1,110 Dubara Reef 22/5/07 5/9/09 18 5 73 18,000 31/5/10 837 1,105 Slasl 16/2/07 24/6/09 12 0 60 15,000 - 859 Chaussini 14/2/07 30/8/09 7 0 81 10,000 - 928 Espousal 10/2/07 0 n/s - Gulf Punch 23/1/07 12/5/09 30 3 57 10,000 29/6/10 840 1,253 Feisty’s Brother 26/2/07 11/6/09 2 0 27 10,000 - 836 Super Island 13/5/07 2 0 3,000 - Pherousa 25/3/07 9/6/09 24 1 69 1,000 7/9/09 807 897 Average 10.5 78 68,566 916 1,046 Nine of 28 (known) ran before July 1
breeze-up time changed perceptions (and thereby trainer behaviour) as to the precocity or otherwise of his offspring. Horses who were in both sales are included only in the breeze-up sale’s data.
Dubawi had 13 representatives offered at the 2009 breeze-up sale. This comprised of nine colts and four fillies who sold for an average of 51,462gns. Amazingly, all 13 have since appeared on the racetrack and 10 of them (77 per cent) have won at least once. However, only four of the horses ran before the July 1, although that was 31 per cent of the total. The average age of the horses at the time of their first run was 925 days . By way of comparison, Dubawi had 32 representatives (11 colts and 21 fillies) at the 2008 October sales and these sold for an average of 65,566gns: 31 of them have run and 22 (69 per cEnt) of them have won. In terms of the date of their debuts, nine out of 28 (32 per cent) appeared before the July 1 (note: the debut appearances for four of the runners trained overseas). The average age of this group on their racecourse debuts was 916 days.
The purpose of this analysis is not to highlight Dubawi’s remarkable percentage of horses who end up reaching the track, nor his excellent percentage of winners (though Darley will undoubtedly be pleased that this has emerged) but rather to assess the assertion that breeze-up sales provide ready to race runners. In that respect, these results do not support that assertion.The results for the two groups are extremely similar and, in fact, those sold at the October sales made their debuts at a marginally younger age than the breeze-up runners. This is contrary to what we might have expected and indicates the horses are not subjected to a demanding regime in preparing for their appearances at the breeze-ups. In Europe, this is probably regarded as a “good thing”. It is also possible that even if these horses were quite forward in terms of physical conditioning any advantage might be offset by the time it takes them to acclimatise to their new training yards. Of further interst, the best racecourse performances of both groups were very similar with an identical average Racing Post rating.
Winged Love 1992 In The Wings – J’ai Deux Amours (Top Ville)
Winner of Irish Derby and a prolific sire of Group race performers
Ideally, every horse sold at both the breezeups and the yearling sales would be examined to identify a first appearance date, however first that is a huge database question beyond my means, while, second, the very nature of the yearling sales means that a lot of stock are offered who are bred to be later, maturing types anyway so unlikely to be making an early appearance. Dubawi is a good control not only as he was always expected to get early enough types being a good two-year-old himself, but he has also, through his first two years with runners, proved that fact. Breeze-ups are an integral part of the European sales calendar, with a noticeable increase in the quality of graduates but this study does not support the description of breeze-ups as “ready to run” sales as different to the yearling sales. However, being able to view a horse’s action and attitude when working and before committing to buying is a huge advantage (particularly in this tight economic environment) to buyers, alongside the saving of six months’ training fees. With that in mind, and as long as a steady flow of quality winners continue to ermerge from these sales, buyers should be happy.
A leading NH sire and a multiple Group sire Over 400 mares covered 2008-2010
N.H. winners include:
Twist Magic: five-time G1 winner Bostons Angel: three-time G1 & Festival winner Cherub: G1-winning hurdler Magnaminity: dual G2 winner and G1 placed Premier Victory: dual G3 winner Atamane: G2 hurdle winner and G1-placed
Flat winners include:
Macleya: G2 and G3 winner and G1-placed Aolus: dual G2 winner Also sire of 13 P-t-P winners in 2010 Stores recently made: £50,000, €42,000, £40,000
Fee for 2011: On application Also standing September Storm, a stakes-winning brother to champion Shirocco
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Kildimo, Co. Limerick A stud farm and estate with unrivalled views over the Shannon Estuary. Limerick 16km. Dublin 200km. Shannon Airport 38km. Cork 107km. Adare 14km. • Classic 18th Century Georgian house, completely modernised to the highest standards • 2 guest and 3 staff cottages • Offices • 75 boxes in 5 yards • Indoor school, outdoor school and horse walker • Extensive paddocks • Foreshore and island In all about 292.82 acres (119.7 ha) Price on application - For sale as a whole by private treaty
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Consistency Kathleen Donovan meets Eddie Woods, a leading US two-year-old trainer, consignor and multiple producer of winning stakes horses
he success that Eddie Woods has achieved as a consignor and trainer is too consistent and too high to be simply the result of luck, which is his own conclusion. To be fair, Woods is a born and bred Irishman having come to the US from County Meath, and Irishmen are not often given to the depths of self-analysis to which Americans are so accustomed. If he had only consigned the undefeated dual Classic winner Big Brown, it might have been considered merely a lucky strike.
Photography by Z But nearly 50 Graded stakes winners have graduated from Woodsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s training and sales programme, and he was the leading consignor of Grade 1 winners as long ago as 2002. He rounded off 2010 with more Graded stakes winners (eight), stakes winners (12), and stakes horses (24) than any other twoyear-old consignor. His top horse of 2010 was the millionaire earner Haynesfield, whose decisive defeat of Breedersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Cup Classic (G1) winner Blame in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) made him the 13th Grade 1 winner trained by Woods. Other Successful two-year-old trainer Eddie Woods
eddie woods Grade 1 winners in 2010 included Line Of David, Jordy Y and All Due Respect. A typical Woods sales graduate was the early leading juvenile last year – the undefeated multiple graded stakes winner Kantharos, who had stunned a jaded Saratoga crowd with his seven and a half length victory in the Saratoga Special (G2), a follow-up to his Bashford Manor (G3) win. Bought by Pegasus Holding Group for $80,000 at Keeneland, the Lion Heart colt was sent to Woods, who six months later sold him for $250,000 to Stonestreet Stables at the 2010 OBS March sale. His subsequent trainer Steve Asmussen was quoted as saying how professional Kantharos was when coming into his barn from the Woods emporium. In addition to the three-year-old Eclipse Award winner Big Brown, Woods has sold the champions Left Bank and Midnight Lute, and gave champion Commentator his early preparation. Woods can also count notable Graded stakes winners Harmony Lodge, Pollard’s Vision, Borrego, Nonsuch Bay, and Buy The Sport as his sales graduates, and Bushfire, Antespend, Life Is Sweet, Sir Shackleton, and Maram among the Graded stakes winners from his training program. Like his father, Woods rode as a steeplechase jockey before turning to training, which laid a foundation for the patience which has been a cornerstone of his success. “A horse is a horse, regardless if he’s going over jumps or not,” says Woods. “When you’ve been on them, you get a better idea of when they are right and when they are not. I tend to err on the side of caution.” A lifetime around horses led him in 1993 to Ocala, Florida, where he worked briefly for John Hartigan’s Cashel Stud before spending eight years at Tony and Joanne Everard’s Another Episode Farm. He honed his skills adjusting his methods from those learnt in the Emerald Isle to the more frantic pace associated with the US. “You learn the American way, which is more speed orientated,” he said, valuing those years of apprenticeship. “It’s a different approach. In Ireland they don’t mind giving them a run to get them fit, whereas here trainers will work them four or five more times. “What you get out of a race you can’t duplicate in works. You learn more about them in a race, but in the US it’s all about the numbers, and trainers don’t want their percentages to go down. “At home we have three to four lots a day,
Lot 223 at Ocala March: this colt by Empire Maker sold by Woods made $330,000 and was bought by Arc Bloodstock for Earle Mack
which are out for an hour. Here it’s 10-12 lots going out 15-20 minutes at a time. It’s a little overpowering at first, there is so much going on at once.” Woods moved to his own 240 acres at the end of 2000, where he trains 150-160 horses over a mile track and a 7f turf course. The majority of his staff are a loyal crew of longtime employees. About 50 per cent of Woods’s business comes from training horses who will not be going to the two-year-old sales – homebreds or yearlings bought by racehorse owners.
His trainer clients include the Kentuckybased Eddie Kenneally, New York-based Kiaran McLaughlin and California-based Bob Baffert. “He has a good facility,” says Baffert. “I send about 25 per cent of my horses to him. I split it around different guys in Florida – there’s a lot of them that do a good job there. I like Eddie because if there’s something wrong, he’ll tell you. I’ve known him for years and consider him a very honest horseman. He’s frank with you. He doesn’t sugarcoat anything – I wish he would sometimes!”
If you are looking for a sprinter, they have to have that hip, the good shoulder, and they won’t look like the grass horse, but they will have a similar quality to them
but if there’s something he didn’t like, he’d tell me.” Woods credits his ability to find good horses at a reasonable price to his upbringing. “That’s one thing you pick up from back home. All of us had been on horses since we were kids,” he says, “and you get to know the difference between a nice horse and one that isn’t.” oods does not always have the highest prices on his horses, but they often end up being good runners. He knows that a trainer can only be as successful as the horses he has so he looks more for the quality of the individual as a racehorse rather than following hot sires or one that will do well in the sales ring. He chooses different types in order to appeal to a variety of trainers and their preferences. “A big two-turn grass horse, well, you know what they are supposed to look like, and if you buy a Dynaformer you expect the
Above: trainer Bob Baffert who is a big supporter of Eddie Woods, and, left, the Woods graduate Big Brown wins the Kentucky Derby
Baffert can relax with Woods, not putting pressure on him, because if Woods needs to back off a horse, he will tell him. Among the yearlings that Baffert turned over to Woods to train are 2010 Grade 2 winner Always A Princess. Likewise, when selling his pinhooks, Woods’s opinion can be trusted. “When buying from him, you know he’s a salesman, but he’s into repeat customers,” explains Baffert, having purchased dual Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) winner Midnight Lute from Woods. “He’ll put his two cents in,
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Among the MANY changes made to this year’s twoyear-old sales, Fasig-Tipton moved its Select Sale from Calder racecourse to Palm Meadows Training Center. “Fasig-Tipton has been holding the premier sale of two-year-olds in South Florida for over 50 years,” said Boyd Browning, president of Fasig-Tipton. “We are thrilled to begin this new phase at Palm Meadows, which many consider to be the finest training facility in North America. The track [a popular dirt surface], the barns and sales area enable us to showcase the quality two-year-olds we have put together for this catalogue.” Consignor Eddie Woods dismissed the dismal statistics of the sale, in which only a third of the horses catalogued sold. “The first sale was a boutique sale, so it’s difficult to gauge, but it was a pretty good feeling and there has been a more upbeat atmosphere around the whole country. Last year, we didn’t spend more but we bought with confidence. If you stay away from the top end, it’s easier to buy,” he said. Barry and Shari Eisaman sold the OBS March sale topper – a colt by Flatter (a brother to 2010 leading freshman sire Congrats) out of the Quiet American mare Silence Please – to Bob Baffert and Kaleem Shah for $925,000. “The market gets much more selective each year. Buyers in this market want it all – performance, pedigree, conformation. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s created a drastically different market than what we once had,” said Barry Eisaman of a market which has made the chances of a sale producing several seven-figure individuals highly unlikely. Proven sires held their own, but the excitement was generated by freshman sires – Scat Daddy, Bernardini and Street Sense. Carrie Brogden, who sold a $400,000 Scat Daddy colt to K.K. Eishindo, was particularly enthused by his stock. “I loved the Scat Daddies we had. He throws the bigger hip – he throws the hip he has, rather than the hip Johannesburg had, so he has more of a dirt feel to him. Every single one we’ve dealt with has had very good vetting and great brains. I hope he becomes a special horse,” she said. Combining the OBS Select February sale with the March Sale made for a more solid middle market as buyers for all levels showed up, resulting in a buyback rate that dropped from 29 per cent to 24 per cent. Buyers and consignors alike were pleased with the new format, which economically makes more sense and OBS general manager Tom Ventura indicated would remain in place for the foreseeable future. Overall, 244 individuals sold for an aggregate of $25, 563,000, at an average that dropped one per cent to $104,786 and a median that fell seven per cent to $70,000.
The best thing about working with Eddie is that he is blunt and honest in his opinion about a horse. If it’s good, he’ll tell you, and if it’s bad, he’ll tell you that, too. He sells as many off his opinion coarseness and that head,” he outlines. “But they have to have that quality to them. If you are looking for a sprinter, they have to have that hip, the good shoulder, and they won’t look like the grass horse, but they will have a similar quality to them.” For a time he partnered with Michael McMahon in order to purchase better yearlings directed toward the select twoyear-old in training sales in the spring. The partnership operated as Saratoga Stable, LLC through 2010, but that ended when McMahon chose to concentrate on weanlings. “The partnership with Mike helped us access nice horses,” admits Woods. “It wasn’t terribly profitable, but we were able to get more nice horses. The last couple of years I’ve worked with Pete Bradley, this will be our third year together. I’m happy with the stock we have.” Lexington-based bloodstock agent Bradley is particular about whom he works with, maintaining relationships for many years with horsemen he respects. He says there are “plenty of good horsemen pinhooking” but rates Eddie Woods and Nick de Meric “in the top three.” For years he sent horses he purchased mainly to de Meric, but in the last couple of years Woods has been buying horses with him, usually about eight to 10 yearlings that Woods will then train and sell as juveniles. “We have the same thoughts on horses and so it evolved that we would buy some together,” explains Bradley. “We split up to look at horses, then compare notes. When he started investing, I sent them to him to be trained. I still send other horses from other clients to Nick. “From a business standpoint we are very much in agreement. One thing about Eddie is he won’t overtrain or abuse a horse in order to get it sold. We are on the same wavelength to sell the product.” Woods’s patience, his philosophy of taking his time with a horse, regardless of the
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subsequent ability to get it into a two-yearold sale or not, has marked him out among horsemen as a consignor and trainer whose horses do not peak in early spring. His horses give a glimpse of the potential, but there is always more to come with a Woods horse. “When I get a horse from him, it’s very sound,” says Baffert. “He doesn’t burn them up getting them to the sale.” Woods is not simply lucky, but has achieved his success with patience, skill and directness. Bradley summed him up. “The best thing about working with Eddie is that he is blunt and honest in his opinion about a horse. If it’s good, he’ll tell you, and if it’s bad, he’ll tell you that, too. He sells as many off his opinion and reputation as anyone in the business.”
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Uncertainity clouds the future Adrian Crichton, a director at Weatherbys Bank, takes a look at the past performance of the UK economy, explains how difficult it is to take a view on the likely future and predicts a further strengthening of sterling
t is difficult to remember a time when there has been more uncertainty about the direction of the key economic indicators. Perhaps this is why so much has been written in the press recently, trying to make sense of the likely course of economy. In 2008, the talk was all about uncharted
waters, meaning that, in a lifetime, we had not experienced a similar set of extreme circumstances. Well now, two years on, a sense of normality may have returned, but the direction of travel remains a mystery. We may have discovered the map, but many don’t really know which way up to hold it. Take economic growth, for example. After
the recession of 2008 and 2009, when the economy contracted by some six per cent, we saw a return to modest growth at the end of 2009 and through most of 2010, before GDP fell by a further half per cent in the fourth quarter. Was this a blip or does it signal the beginning of a “double dip” recession?
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Higher taxes and low wage increases have reduced the spending power of most, and the atmosphere of uncertainty is leading large numbers of us to repay debt and/or save rather than spend money on goods and services on the deficit-reducing public sector cuts and the effect these will have on spending and demand. Higher taxes and low wage increases have reduced the spending power of most,
The optimistic view is that there were special circumstances which dampened activity in the fourth quarter (specifically the weather) which reduced economic activity. Optimists point out that recovery from recessions in the past have often been patchy, and that an uneven trajectory out of recession is to be expected. Perhaps their most compelling argument is, however, that we live in a global economy, and that most of the rest of the world is experiencing good levels of growth. Germany is a case apart, but much of the rest of Europe sits with the United Kingdom towards the bottom of the current growth league tables. Those who take the opposing view focus
and the atmosphere of uncertainty is leading large numbers of us to repay debt and/or save rather than spend money on goods and services. Real recovery will only set in when
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financial forecast consumers feel more optimistic again, and start spending their money. The prospect for interest rates is another case in point. Before the surprise news on fourth quarter GDP, many were expecting Base Rate to start moving up sooner rather than later. Inflation was stubbornly high, and consistently ahead of the Bank Of England target and higher interest rates were the necessary medicine. There was much talk of banks running out of their allocations of fixed rate funds for mortgage borrowers as many rushed to convert variable rate borrowings to a fixed rate. But then the mood changed. Could we really afford to endanger the, at best, fragile recovery by increasing the cost of borrowing for both producers and consumers? Others pointed to the underlying cause of inflation, which is largely imported from abroad through rising commodity prices and the effect of a weakening pound. This, they say is the â&#x20AC;&#x153;wrong sort of inflationâ&#x20AC;? , the type that would not take any notice of higher interests. Everyone agrees that interest rates
must go up, but the timing remains very uncertain. Sterling itself saw dramatic falls in value during 2008 against both the dollar and euro as the US banking crisis unfolded and its effects spread worldwide. Over the last 18 months, however the currency has been reasonably stable, and it traded in a particularly narrow range in the last six months of last year. Sterling is underpinned by the prospect of rising interest rates, but at the same time, threatened by the possibility of high levels of inflation continuing into next year.
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However, looking forward, there is little consensus about the future direction of the currency, with some predicting big falls and others expecting a revaluation of the currency. One theme which does emerge is that sterling is more likely to strengthen against the euro than the dollar, given the problems in many eurozone economies. Inflationary
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pressures are lower and the European Central Bank has less reason to raise interest rates.
The question then is, how can we navigate the uncertainties of the next 12 months?
The good news is that there is a lot that can be done to reduce risk. For example, we can ensure that investment portfolios are well balanced and not overly dependent on any one asset class. We can consider ways of reducing exposures to rising interest rates. Fixing interest rates is one route, but there is a range of other instruments which are available depending on individual circumstances. Similarly, we can protect ourselves against the uncertainties of the foreign exchange markets through instruments which eliminate or reduce exposures. Some will manage these uncertainties themselves, others will want to seek out good quality advice. For those having difficulty interpreting that map, maybe now is the time to reach for the Sat Nav, and find somebody to do it for them.
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India’s Invitation Sue Huntingdon (as she had secretly hoped) was asked back to India for this year’s Invitation Cup meeting at Mumbai. Harry Herbert, in his role as ambassador for BBM, was over too. Over her four-day trip, Sue recorded a myriad of colourful sights on her trusty camera.
here are about 50 trainers in Western India, who run horses at Mumbai, and their strings range from about 10 (the minimum a trainer must have) to 80, with an average being around 25. Horses work on the track and, left, Sue’s shot shows them being taken to the track for their morning work. Although they are led to the track all the horses are also ridden by the lads, who hop off at the course and hand over to the work riders. The leading trainer at Mumbai is Pesi Shroff – he was champion last year too – but unfortunately missed out on any success over the Invitation weekend. Trainers run horses in their own jurisdiction, however the Invitation Cup meeting brings
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horses in from all over the country on an-allexpenses paid for trip. The weekend is the most eagerly looked forward to in the Indian racing calendar. While the stellar attraction of the weekend is the race to determine the champion of champions, the Indian Turf Invitation Cup, but more races have been added to the meeting over the last decade, to make the event a truly colourful one. The racing awards, the social functions that go with the event, and the races to determine the champion sprinter and champion stayer as well as the champion of champions have made the weekend a memorable one. The event is held on rotation among the five turf authorities of India, although due
to problems elsewhere the meeting was held in Mumbai for a second year in succession. Moonlight Romance (left, with big race jockey Richard Hughes) became the second horse in the last ten years after Smart Chieftain to win the Bangalore Derby, Indian Derby and the Invitation Cup, which is open only to four-yearolds. Usha Stud Farm could not have asked for a better result. The first two home were both by their farmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stallion, the Group 1 runner and former Godolphinowned son of Red Ransom, China Visit. Typically, breeders in India are as impatient as breeders the world over and had started to dimiss the stallion. He has
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Bloodstock in India
Bloodstock agents Gaurav Rampal (GR) and Gautam Shridhar Kotwal (GK) answer questions on the bloodstock industy in India.
How do you feel the industry is progressing in India at present? How can racing in the country grow and develop? GR: The overall racing industry is not really progressing, however, in recent years it has attracted some big individual buyers who have invested in a big way in the sport. The quality of the country’s bloodstock, as well as the quality of imports, has significantly improved in recent years. GK: The horseracing and bloodstock industry is going through a very rough phase in India currently. The Mumbai, Bangalore and Mysore race tracks are all facing tough issues with their local respective governments. The sport can only grow and develop if the Turf Authorities of India and the National Horse Breeding Society start to provide proper direction for growth and stability.
Do you think that Indian horseracing could join the main players on the global stage? Is that an aim for the sport?
GR: Currently, it is a herculian task to join the main players on the global stage. But if a solid policy is laid out for growth and development, it is not impossible. GK: That is an aim for the sport, but we have a long way to go (investments, infrastructure, manpower and government support) before we will be competitive at a respectable global stage.
Do you feel that the lifting of the import restrictions will be important to the future of the business in India? GR: Yes, most definitely. It will help to constantly upgrade our stock. There is plenty to look forward to here with sires such as the Group 1 winner and Group 1 proven sire Noverre standing here and the recent Group 1-winning recruit Varenar. GS: The removal of import restrictions has helped the Indian breeder to broaden his choice. Most certainly it will help to import world-class bloodlines into India.
Did you buy horses at Tattersalls? If so, did it mean that you bought less at Goffs? Do you think more horses were bought for India as a whole last year?
GR Yes, Indian connections bought around 50 lots. Overall, more horses were bought, and the fall in prices definitely helped us buy better mares. GK: Yes, I bought horses at Tattersalls only because we were no more pushed to fullfill our commitments at Goffs. Yes there was approx a 10 per cent to 15 per cent increase in imports.
Will you or connections source horses in the US, which has also had restrictions removed? GR: We bought at Keeneland as well – in similar numbers to those horses bought at Tattersalls. GS: Sourcing horses in the US is a must.
since proved them wrong and is now one of the most exciting sires in the country. Sue’s visit to India also took in a trip to Poonawalla Stud (below), Pune where fellow traveller Harry Herbert took the opportunity to check out a son of Motivator (bottom picture). The mares at the lavish farm were shown off to visitors on the “parade ground”. Poonawalla Stud Farms was established (as the Poona Stud Farm) in 1946 by the late Soli. A. Poonawalla with approximately a dozen mares and one stallion, Fitz Clarence. From its very first crop the farm produced the Indian 2,000 Guineas winner, Fitzcall. Today, Poonawalla Stud Farms is the leading stud farm in India having
won eight champion breeders awards, four times in successive years since the awards inception only 13 years ago. The farm has bred 318 Classic winners (all in India) to date, including winners of eight Indian Derbys and 65 Indian Classics. It is the highest stakesearning establishment in the country with over 289 home-breds earning stakes in excess of Rs.1 million. The farm stands three stallions, the newst recruit being the former Ballydoyle recruit, Ace, who was rated 125 by Timeform and was multiple Group 1 placed in Europe. Unfortunately the stud recently lost its leading stallion, Placerville, his loss coming only three day’s after Usha farm lost its stallion, Razeen.
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Things are looking up in
After the terrifying “land grab”, a sustained period of hyper-inflation as well as political turbulence and personal danger, life in Zimbabwe is beginning to settle down after a 2008 power-sharing arrangement was signed between Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai. The country’s horseracing industry has been a beneficary of the subsquent economic stability (in 2009 GDP registered an increase for the first time in ten years) and prize-money earnings have improved so much that even for winning just a moderate race at Borrowdale, a horse’s training fees might be covered for four months. Something those who manage British racing might do well to take note of, writes John Smith. And with year-round sun, as well as the attractions of Victoria Falls and trips out on safari, there is plenty that racing in Zimbabwe can offer the thoroughbred owner and racing fan.
With a band of stalwart owners, eight trainers, a dozen jockeys and a dozen stud farms, the rudiments of a horseracing industry were sustained pending better times
nflation ran at a squillion percent, supermarket shelves were bare, unemployment was over 90 per cent, farmers had their holdings “liberated” by the generals and politicos, municipal water dried up, electricity was sporadic, hospitals ran out of drugs and staff, schools went chalkless and bookless. The economy was in free-fall with GDP halving in just ten years. And no this wasn’t Britain after a Lib Dem election – it was Zimbabwe in 2008. Yet through all this strife and turmoil Flat racing survived at Borrowdale Park in Harare, Zimbabwe. An oasis of sanity in an otherwise asylum of chaos and uncertainty. With a band of stalwart owners, eight
trainers, a dozen jockeys and a dozen stud farms, the rudiments of a horseracing industry were sustained pending better times. Nobody could quite spot such a glimmer of light on the horizon and, for a couple of years, they couldn’t even spot the horizon. The situation was dire indeed. But, eventually, in February 2009, the Zim dollar was abandoned in favour of the US version and the South African rand, the MDC and Mugabe’s Zanu PF formed a government of national unity and most import and export restrictions were lifted together with the price controls and related bureaucracy. Within weeks, the country began to wake up and a new economic trajectory began. Inflation disappeared very quickly, shops
What can Zimbabwean racing offer foreign-based owners? Well apart from the better economics of racing there, Zimbabwe is a great holiday destination, as two million people a year discovered prior to 1999. • Yearling sales which take place in the week commencing May 2. • The Spar Tankard (Group 1) which takes place on May 8. It is the oldest sponsored race in the whole of Africa. The Zimbabwe Derby is scheduled for May 21. • A trip to Victoria Falls which is good every day of the year. • Tiger fishing on Lake Kariba is best after October – or visitors can just cruise on one of the many houseboats to view plentiful game in the wild. • Whangie – a game reserve as big as Belgium. It is best during the dry months from May to October as the wildlife gravitates to water holes near safari lodges. • Hunting with gun or camera is well organised in the Lowveld or the Zambezi valley. • Golf on the Nick Price Golf Course at Borrowdale Brooke is always above par. • Despite everything, the Zimbabwean people are the most amiable of anywhere in the world – and the racing community is welcoming. • The Zimbabwean climate is the best in Africa – lots of sunshine with low humidity and balmy nights. • Full shops and busy and lively restaurants. John Smith’s Earl of Surrey. The horse has won 14 races, including the Zimbabwean Guineas and Derby, and, in South Africa, the Grade 1 Cape Flying Sprint and the Golden Horse Sprint
once again filled with goods from basics to luxuries, fuel began to flow at the petrol stations, hospitals and schools began to function again and a new sense of cautious optimism spread through the land – albeit a very cautious optimism. And with this rebirth, horseracing was able
to begin to pull itself away from the edge of oblivion.
Prize-money is the key
Central to the recovery in horseracing was the issue of prize-money. The Mashonaland Turf Club, which runs the Tote (in competition
• Good hotels ranging from the modest back-packer standard to the five-star luxury of Meikles in downtown Harare. • Importantly, personal security is very good, especially in the northern suburbs of the capital. • Flights direct from Gatwick or Heathrow take 10 to 12 hours and cost around 12-30 days’ Zim training fees! It’s all so much less of a gamble than before!
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It means that winning a maiden plate in Zimbabwe can cover your training fees for four months. Such a comparable win would hardly cover two weeks training in the UK!
with local bookies and interestingly the National Lottery, became able to fix stakes money in US dollars and in so doing underpin the industry as a whole. It was recognised by the club that if there was not a better relationship between the prize-money on offer and the cost of keeping
horses in training, there would be no industry at all. Although there were a few wealthy owners – admittedly not in the Maktoum league – the realisation was that, for racing to prosper, there needed to be a broad appeal and a wide foundation of owners. Without attracting business persons, sporting
enthusiasts and syndicates, there would not be a critical mass to enable a viable racing industry. The economics of Flat racing had to be right. So what has been achieved so far? Though it is still far from the finished article, Zimbabwe racing is on the way back and is gathering some momentum. Today there are around 290 horses in training on or around Borrowdale Park. There are still only eight or nine trainers, but their yards are pretty much full. The local jockeys are augmented by contingents of South African-based jockeys, the breeding industry is beginning to gather confidence and Zim racing is getting increasing coverage both in South Africa and more recently in the UK on ATR – albeit only while the UK racing was abandoned due to
Moving into the dollar was key,
says Zimbabwean trainer Gavin Macleod
t present racing takes place at Borrowdale racecourse every second week, with eight races and fields averaging around 10. We can just about get away with this with the current horse population and number of jockeys available. Racing is controlled by the National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa, which was formerly the Jockey Club of Southern Africa. In order to exercise proper control, South Africa is divided into four racing districts with Zimbabwe constituting the fifth. Politically things are still very unstable – I stay out of that – but economically we are much improved, a result of swapped to a base currency in US dollars. For so long we had no control over the value of anything and had to barter for goods rather than deal in the zim dollar, which had no value. At least now I know what something will cost, can decide if I can afford it and the supplier can at least work out his replacement value. The feed companies can now buy in the raw materials they need, manufacture and resell without losing money; previously it wasn't viable for a manufacturer to produce goods as they lost value before selling. Wheat, straw and eating hay is now available, our "new" farmers (don't ask) have suddenly realised that they can sell hay, rather than burn it!. The Turf Club has tried to keep up and has diversified slightly from organising horseracing only so that it cover their operating overheads. This has not necessarily been for our (horses) benefit, which has lead to some questions being asked as to the future direction of the Club. We (trainers) take the view that the Turf Club should be working for our benefit and not to allow them to buy fancy new cars for directors or pay for so many staff, but we don't run the Club and just hope the Stewards know what is going on.
The club, to its credit, has been making improvements in line with our requests. A new tractor and mowers have arrived, the running rails have been refurbished and painted, there has been an attempt to refurbish our training tracks and generally whenever we complain (I'm always on their backs about maintenance), the upkeep of the yard has been getting better. Obviously, the normal excuse is that there is no money, however if you niggle enough the little things can get done. We maintain our stables and yards ourselves, but the Turf Club will come in to help if I am unable, and they have time, so it works both ways. Prize-money is obviously not adequate, it never is! We generally race for around $5000, the feature races are sponsored and are normally around $6000. It doesn't seem much, but if we have a winner this will pay either my feed bill or my wages for the month, which takes the pressure off the cash flow going towards the end of the month. The most important thing in Zimbabwe is “Not to owe anybody money", because if you get behind you just can not catch up. There is no such thing as an account, which brings it's own problems because cash flow is a major problem. The Turf Club deposit straight into the trainer’s account the day after races, which gives us cash flow to cover our wages and feed. My living expenses are a lot lower than usual, everything is paid for and nothing is on account. My transport operation generates the profit from which to live off, so nothing has to come from the racing yard and therefore my daughter, Robyn (who runs everything) has money for her expenses. It just means you can't save much for a rainy day. In Zim, we aim to breed a reasonable horse, but obviously we are dictated to by the quality of our mares and stallions in the country.
the latest in zimbabwe But it is in the economic field that Zim racing has seen most improvement, achieved under the prudent guidance of key stewards and officials such as John Koumides, Chris Peech and Peter Cawood (to mention just three). The minimum stake for any standard horse race is currently $3,600 (approx £2,400) of this the winner picks up 60 per cent or $2,160 (£1,440). Since most horses are trained on the course, there are no transport charges, jockey fees are $65 per ride and the winning jockey and trainer’s commissions are eight per cent and 12.5 per cent respectively. Overall, the net expectation for a winning owner is about $1,700 (£1,050) One might say it is modest fare, but not in the context of training fees which average
Our climate makes for easy breeding, but a lot of stud farms were forced to close through the early noughties, however others have resurfaced and people are returning to breeding horses. It might be not on as big a scale as before, but many breeders are making inroads. And, just like anywhere, if a horse is good enough it will win. In March I took a couple of two-year-olds to Johannesburg in order to run in South Africa – I am sure they are good enough to be competitive in the country. One is called Stroller and he is based now with trainer Ormond Ferarris – I am sure he will win his next start as he is good enough. Go to www. formgrids.co.za and look him up! We definitely need more horses to race and we are actively trying to encourage owners in South Africa to send horses to Zim that have found their place in the merit rating in SA, because they can still win in Zimbabwe. We prove this every week, for instance 'Go Me Gal', who was unplaced in Johannesburg for months, won her first start in Zimbabwe last week. South Africa’s top owner Marcus Jooster sent four horses up from Johannesburg to be raced by a syndicate of five guys, just for a bit of fun. The four had all done their thing in SA and would have gone on to be hacks, but they now have a new life as racehorses. We desperately need more people like Mr Jooster We have a system through which I get sent older horses from Johannesburg trainers Roy Magner, Ormond Ferarris, Paul Matchett. We invite a few guys in to form syndicates and race them straight away and often it can work, for instance, I brought up a filly in February who had not finished in the places in her last nine runs. She won first her start by 5l. This sort of system means that at least and the owner/owners don't have to wait for months or years for a prospect bought from yearling sales to become a runner. A saving grace is that racing in Zim is broadcast over Telly Track South Africa, and therefore can be seen where ever they broadcast to. We have a constant battle to make sure that we are not cut us off (field sizes are not economic for the Tote) but we seem to have a few guys behind the scenes who pull the loyalty card, otherwise the channel would love to chop us. But by having some exposure, we can operate a professional Tote and
about $425 per month! It means that winning a maiden plate can cover your training fees for four months. Such a comparable win would hardly cover two weeks training in the UK! Borrowdale Park is a beautifully manicured garden course, a little like Ripon or York and racing takes place every two weeks. A key feature of the success of Zim racing is that high profile horses are kept in training for a number of years and can often still be running as eight or nine-year-olds. These champions become well loved and respected amongst punters and race goers alike – they are the Kauto Stars and Desert Orchids of Zimbabwe. Maybe there Zimbabew can give a lesson or two to Britain’s Racing For Change
with our revenue from operating the Lotto racing seems to keep its head above water. They are always trying new ways of betting and the latest being the football pools. The locals are passionate about football and understand the sport, but the money hopefully comes back to racing. Unfortunately, Zimbabwe is in limbo – plenty of people have money and want to invest in anything, but are all sitting on the fence waiting for some sort of definite direction. This impacts directly on racing as it is a leisure sport and people will participate only if they have an operating business, so we depend on the stalwarts who bring their friends into syndicates. It is very cheap to do, just finding the people is the problem. Since New Year I have noticed a few new faces at the races, not necessarily new owners, but they are people who come to the balcony restaurant or to visit the functions that are put on during races. People can come to eat, drink and sit with their friends and, importantly, have something to do. There is not a lot to do in Zimbabwe city area, but at the races you can do what you want and nobody hassles you or makes you feel uncomfortable or out of place. There are a few black people involved and at not very high profile, but I am finding more and more seeping into the industry, offering services and trying to supply anything from hay, maize and even oats to horseshoes and nails from South Africa – these are people who get on the internet and buy and sell anything. They see racing as a wellorganised and sound industry in which to get involved. Hopefully, they may one day get more involved as owners. I had a black guy contact me from Bulawayo wanting me to help him import a Quarter horse stallion and four mares from South Africa. His dream is to resuscitate quarter horse breeding back into Zimbabwe and re-open racing in Bulawayo. He never stops asking me about horses, breeding and racing, and can he come to see me, is he allowed, so on and so on. You never know what may come of it. We need the black community to get more fully involved – all is needed is one guy with connections to start the ball rolling.
weather through the winter. The credentials of Zim racing are being further underscored by the exploits of some of its graduates, notably the champion sire Kitalpha – a brother to Kingmambo who stood for several seasons in Zim until being exported to the US a couple of years ago. Then, of course, there are the Zim-bred champions who have gone on to win big races in South Africa, these include the Zim Triple Crown winner Earl Of Surrey, who has won or been placed in several Group 1 races in South Africa. Furthermore, the former champion trainer Neil Bruss now has a successful yard in the Cape, whilst his illustrious brother Robin has become one of the most competent bloodstock agents around the world.
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Vadsalina: from the family of Valixir and Val Royal
Darryl Sherer meets John Messara and Georges Rimaud, the architects of the joint-venture between Arrowfield and the Aga Khan Studs
Photography by Katrina Partridge
n terms of size and importance in their respective industries, it’s hard to look past the breeding enterprises of HH The Aga Khan’s Studs in Europe and Arrowfield Stud in Australia. Perhaps, given their similar visions of pursuit of equine excellence, one could almost say that it was inevitable the two operations would come together at some point. That there is now some tangible evidence of a union in the shape of Aga Khan-bred yearlings selling in Australia
under the Arrowfield banner is the first sign of a courtship that was not exactly brief. There have been many words used to describe the Arrowfield chairman John Messara. “Visionary” is one of them, but in the case of the AK joint venture, “persistent” might be the best. “For a long time I have looked upon the achievements of The Aga Khan, wondering if he would ever venture in our part of the world,” begins Messara. “When we approached his people to join us in this venture, they did respond in reasonable time, but not before studiously assessing it.” That the response was not immediate did not disappoint or deter Messara. “It was no less than one would have expected from a professional organisation such as that of His Highnesses,”
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When John approached the Aga Khan Studs, the timing was right. We had noted an increasing interest for our bloodlines from Australasian breeders
he says matter of factly. Messara, whose single mindedness has seen his Arrowfield Stud grow from posessing just a handful of mares to becoming one of the leading farms in Australia, understands that success does not happen overnight, or by accident. “HH the Aga Khan is one of the most important breeders in the world. His success has not been achieved by simply sending his mares to the most fashionable stallions, it’s more of an art form than that!” he says. And Messara should know. The man who brought the breedshaping shuttle-stallion Danehill to Australia now stands several of that horse’s sons at stud, notably champion sire Redoute’s Choice and Flying Spur. The concept of working with the best is certainly not a foreign concept to Messara, who negotiated southern hemisphere breeding rights to Shadai Farm’s champion stallion Sunday Silence. The results of those foals can still be seen in Australian racing today through John Singleton’s brilliant home-bred More Joyous, the multiple Group 1 winner whose dam Sunday Joy was one of the first results of the “Sunday Silence experiment”. For HH the Aga Khan, the decision was clearly not one to be taken lightly. In recent years he has bred and raced the winners of four Epsom Derbies, five Irish Derbys and two Irish Oaks, not to mention four Arc de Triomphe’s, five versions of the Prix de Jockey Club and six Prix de Diane’s.
Georges Rimaud, the Aga Khan’s French stud and racing manager, was in Australia for the recent Premier Yearling Sale in Melbourne where the first joint venture yearlings were offered. “When John [Messara] approached the Aga Khan Studs, the timing was right,” he said, explaining that the continued presence of Australian and New Zealand breeders purchasing AK fillies from the European breeding stock sales also had an impact. “We had noted an increasing interest for our bloodlines from Australasian breeders, particularly at the
Arqana breeding stock sales.” Rimaud went on to say that the notion of having some mares based in Australia was one that fitted in with the stud’s plans. “The idea of further fostering this interest by basing mares directly in Australia seemed to be a nice fit with our house philosophy. Like most breeding enterprises of some size, the Aga Khan Studs need to spread its wings out more towards the international, outside of our familiar European boundaries.” Agreeing to put together a partnership was possibly the easy part. Deciding which mares to send to Australia was a different matter but, as Rimaud explains, it was all part of continuing the breeding process nurtured for generations. “We selected eight mares from a variety of family backgrounds, all good flag-bearers of our European breeding operation and of our bloodlines, which were initiated almost a century ago,” he says. “These mares include a half-sister to champion
filly and the undefeated champion Zarkava, a half-sister to Group 1 winner Vadawina, a half-sister to dual Group 1 winner and international runner Linngari, plus two members of Darjina’s family as well as a sister to the champion French juvenile Carlotamix.” At the March Premier Sale a Hussonet filly out of Daralara, who was Listed-placed in France and from the immediate family of Darjina, sold for A$100,000 (£63,060) while a Danzero filly out Lilanda, a half-sister
Lot 128: a filly by Hussonet out of Zarakiysha, a half-sister to Zarkava and descended from Petite Etoile
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to Linngari, made A$40,000 (£25,255). The next three ArrowfieldAga Khan yearlings on offer in Australia will be on the first day of the Sydney Easter Sale on April 5 and they are of an althougher different level, understandably so as the Easter Sale sets the benchmark for Australian yearling sales. The draft’s headline act is likely to be Lot 103, a colt by Redoute’s Choice and out of Vadsalina, a French Listedwinning two-year-old and a halfsister to Prix Saint-Alary winner Vadawina, from the family of Valixir and Val Royal. Another colt, Lot 83, is a son of Flying Spur out of Tazkara, an unraced half-sister to stakes winners Tashelka and Tashkandi, while Lot 128 is a daughter out of a half-sister to Zarkava. By Hussonet and out of Zarakiysha, the filly is directly descended from Petite Etoile, herself a descendant of the great Mumtaz Mahal, one of the foundation mares of the Aga Khan Studs. “We continue to breed from close relatives of these mares, which form part of our broodmare band across France and Ireland.” Rimaud says, adding that there are just over 200 broodmares in the Aga Khan’s broodmare band at
Above, Lot 83 is a son of Flying Spur out of Tazkara, an unraced half-sister to the stakes winners Tashelka and Tashkandi, and, below, Lot 103 is a colt by Redoute’s Choice and out of Vadsalina, a Listed-winning two-year-old in France
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I don’t think there is a particular type of buyer that will target these horses. They descend from such deep and successful families that I hope some of them will provide the root stock for future success
present and that he was delighted with the initial results from the Melbourne Sale. Messara says he feels the buying bench at the Easter Sale is so cosmopolitan that the yearlings on offer from the joint venture, will appeal to everyone and not necessarily those just with a European outlook. “I don’t think there is a particular type of buyer that will target these horses,” he says, adding: “They descend from such deep and successful families that I hope some of them will provide the root stock for future success in our own racing and breeding industry here in Australia.” Messara, quick to acknowledge the long-term commitment given by HH the Aga Khan to the Australian joint-venture, says: “Like all breeding ventures, this is necessarily long term. The Aga Khan breeding enterprise will give the Australian industry access to very sound genes which, if blended with our more precocious Australian lines, could throw up some exceptional athletes. “It also introduces some beautifully developed Classic lines which will enable Australian breeders to breed, perhaps, a more versatile animal.” Rimaud, who will be back in Sydney to see the yearlings sell, is equally enthusiastic about the results and is looking to the future. “Aside from the five yearlings which will go through
the ring in 2011, the products to come feature sons and daughters of Flying Spur and Starcraft next year, while the mares have been bred to Redoute’s Choice, Charge Forward, Hussonet, Manhattan Rain and Starcraft in 2010.” And, in what could prove to be an historic involvement in the Australian breeding industry, Rimaud adds: “Obviously this is a first experience for the Aga Khan Studs and we will observe attentively how the market responds to our joint offer. “We certainly hope that the Australian market will respond favorably to it and take this as an opportunity to participate in our international development. We are pleased to be working with Arrowfield Stud to this end.” Breeding aside, Rimaud is also keeping an eye on the racing scene in Australia and the success acheived by the retained trainer Alain de Royer Dupre in winning the Melbourne Cup with Americain has not gone unnoticed. “It would be lovely to have a horse good enough to run in the Melbourne Cup or the Cox Plate,” he smiles, with a glimmer in his eye. “We have some horses that would suit and if we decided we had the right horse then it would be a challenge, for sure.” That challenge can wait however, business comes first with the sale of the joint-venture yearlings in April.
Black Caviar making records The Australian filly remains unbeaten in 11 starts and matches her great grandsire’s record, her latest win being easy victory in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes
lack Caviar’s added to her growing worldwide reputation with her historic win in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley after victory in the Newmarket Handicap (G1). The feat in winning her first 11 starts has matched the superb record established by her great grandsire Nijinsky in Britain over 40 years ago, while she has gone to the top of the global Timeform ratings with a mark of 135. Nijinsky, the massive bay son of Northern Dancer crushed the cream of Europe when winning all of his first 11 races, a record for a British middle-distance horse. After an unbeaten two-year-old campaign which culminated in Dewhurst Stakes success, at three his victories included the English Triple Crown, the Irish Derby and King George & Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Nijinsky lost little caste when he was defeated in his remaining two career starts when second in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the Newmarket Champion Stakes. He had suffered a bout of ringworm at the end of August which probably took more of a toll on the horse than originally supposed. Honoured as European champion two and three-year-old and also as Horse of the Year, Nijinsky went on to become an eminent international sire and influence through his
Nijinsky’s winning record 1969 Erle Maiden Stakes Railway Stakes Anglesey Stakes Beresford Stakes Dewhurst Stakes
1970 Gladness Stakes 2,000 Guineas Epsom Derby Irish Derby K. George VI & Q. Elizabeth Stakes St. Leger Stakes
Australia’s darling: Black Caviar is unbeaten in 11 starts, the last four of which have been Group 1 class
sons and daughters. One of his southern-hemisphere-based sons, the imported Whiskey Road, sired Australian Horse of the Year and the international Group 1 winner Strawberry Road, while his brilliant racing son, Coolmore’s former evergreen shuttler, Royal Academy, is challenging to be his most successful sire. Born when Nijinsky was 20 and his dam 17, Royal Academy is Black Caviar’s paternal grandsire. One of the leading performers in the world of his generation, Royal Academy ran seven times for four wins, his victories including the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Mile and the Group 1 Newmarket July Cup. He also finished second in the Group 1 Irish 2,000 Guineas and the Group 1 Sprint Cup. As a sire, Royal Academy has been represented worldwide by over 1,200 winners
(155 SWs, 22 G1s in 25 countries) of 3,700 races and A$138 million. The 1,000 foals by him in Australia to date have supplied 565 winners (68 SWs,16 G1s) of 1,625 races and A$52.2 million. His broodmares in both hemispheres have produced 964 winners (86 SWs) of 2,600 races and A$93.5 million – Fastnet Rock and
Black Caviar’s winning record (so far) 2009 2yo Handicap Blue Sapphire Stks (L) Crockett Stks (L) Danehill Stks (G2) 2010 Australia Stks (G2)
Schillaci Stks (G2) Schweppes Stks (G2) Patinack Classic (G1) 2011 Lightning Stks (G1) Newmarket H’cap (G1) William Reid Stks (G1)
southern hemisphere Heart Of Dreams are two Australian Group 1 winners out of Royal Academy mares. Royal Academy’s most brilliant performer has been Black Caviar’s sire Bel Esprit, who was bred by Phil Gunter and sold for only A$9,000 at the Sydney Classic Sale. Bel Esprit won eight of his 19 starts, including the Group 1 Doomben 10,000, the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes, Blue Diamond Prelude, Blue Diamond Preview and Maribyrnong Plate, and was second in the Group 1 Newmarket, Group 1 Caulfield Guineas, Group 1 Manikato Stakes and Group 1 Caulfield Invitation Stakes. At stud he has produced over 200 winners (10 SWs) of 500 races and earnings of A$15.2 million. Black Caviar is his standout performer so far with her Newmarket victory taking her earnings to just under A$3 million. Her earlier successes include victory in the Lightning Stakes, the Patinack Classic, the Schweppes Stakes, the Australia Stakes and the Schillaci Stakes, all of which were won in fast times. Bred by Melbourne businessman R. Jamieson at his Gilgai Farm and sold through Swettenham Stud to Moody Racing for A$210,000 at the Inglis Easter yearling sale, Black Caviar is certainly bred for speed. She is out of Helsinge, an unraced daughter of the Green Desert sire Desert Sun and out of Scandinavia, a high-class two-year-old sprinter by Snippets. Scandinavia is from Song Of Norway, an unraced daughter of Vain and the imported Love Song. Foaled in Denmark, Love Song was brought to Australia by David Hains, the breeder and owner of Kingston Town. Black Caviar is a half-sister to a Casino Prince colt which sells under the Makybe Lodge banner (Lot 277) at the Easter yearling sale in Sydney. As he is by a son of Flying Spur, the yearling is a three-quarters brother to the Group 1 winner Magnus, who was trained by Moody and was out of Scandinavia. Magnus is a three-quarters brother to Wilander, a good Exceed And Excel sprinter and a three-quarters brother to Helsinge.
A Choux-in for Jimmy The brilliant New Zealand colt wins the Rosehill Guineas and has the Australian Derby and Royal Ascot on the agenda Although a northern hemisphere campaign is not on the agenda for Black Caviar in 2010, a trip north is definitely on the list of “must dos” this year for the New Zealand-trained three-year-old star Jimmy Choux who lived up to his growing reputation when annexing the Rosehill Guineas (G1) at the end of March. In a dazzling display, Jimmy Choux sprinted wide from midfield at the top of the straight and sustained his tempo as he went past Retrieve to win by half a length. Jimmy Choux was immediately elevated to outright favouritism for the AJC Australian Derby, a target trainer John Bary confirmed after the Guineas. “I knew how good he was back home but he had to do it here,” Bary said of the son of Thorn Park, who in early March became the first horse since Surfers Paradise in 1990 to win both the New Zealand 2,000 Guineas and the New Zealand Derby. “We had the whole country behind us and it’s awesome to win. “He’ll go to the Derby now. I still believe he’s a better sprinter-miler, but he would be up against it in the Doncaster and the Derby against his own age is the better way to go. “But I don’t care if it’s three miles, one mile or a hundred yards – this is a Group 1 race and he’s won! “He has such a big heart and just does not know how to lie down.” Bary has said more than once he believed Jimmy Choux was a freak and admitted he was setting himself for a fall. “We backed ourselves and it’s paid off,”
he said. “I think he is a freak.” Indeed, the horse might well be viewed as an oddity – he is by Thorn Park and bred to be a sprinter as there’s little on the dam side to suggest he’ll perform over a staying distance. While he has already literally out run his pedigree, he has out performed it too – neither his dam nor her first two foals managed to win even a maiden race. Jimmy Choux’s jockey Jonathan Riddell spent the week in Sydney with the colt and reported that his biggest concern was that he had done too well. “The owners, Richard and Liz Wood, and John wanted me here so that we left no stone unturned,” said Riddell. “He was almost too well! Sometimes that can be a worry. “I was conscious of the horses who have travelled to Australia from New Zealand recently such as We Can Say It Now and Keep The Peace. “They are good horses and they didn’t perform here and you just hope the same thing isn’t going to happen. “But he is such a good horse and just keeps getting better and better. “I can ride him anywhere, he can get back or go forward, he just has a will to win.” Riddell and Bary have returned to New Zealand on Sunday to catch their breath before the AJC Derby assignment. Bary is still looking at opportunities further afield with the possiblity of a jouney to England for Royal Ascot in June. “He is a colt with a future at stud so we’ll see what happens,” he said.
Encosta De Lago gets exciting winners in South Africa and in Ireland Encosta De Lago’s international reputation received another boost when getting two impressive winners in both hemispheres in March. His exciting South African-based colt
Delago Deluxe made it two wins from two starts when he won the Group 3 Protea Stakes at Turffontein. A member of the all-conquering Charles Laird stable, the colt is owned by Laird’s
Snitzel has a new star among his latest crop of two-year-olds following the outstanding debut by Salade at Rosehill in March. The strapping chestnut colt bounded away with the Group 2 $175,000 Pago Pago Stakes by 2l. Salade is the third individual stakes winner by Arrowfield’s son of Redoute’s Choice joining Group 2 winner Chance Bye and stakes winner Zelsnitz, and is his sixth Australian two-year-old winner this season. Four of those juveniles have earned black type. Salade is out of the Group-placed two-year-old winner Just As Beautiful (Beautiful Crown) and was purchased for A$65,000 by his owner Mathew Sandblom at the 2010 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. Placed in the Black Opal Stakes, Just As Beautiful is a half sister to the stakes-winning juvenile Tropical Affair, the dam of Group winner Matras and Group race runner-up Ashikaga. With prize-money earnings of A$1,426,708, Snitzel lies in second position on the Australian second-season sires’ list bracketed by another Group 1-winning son of Redoute’s Choice, Stratum, and Flying Spur’s son Jetspur. Snitzel has five yearlings in the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, among them two fillies and a colt in the Arrowfield Stud draft.
major stable clients Ingrid and Markus Jooste. The trainer bought the colt from the draft of Baramul Stud for $550,000 at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. He is the first named foal for the three-time winning and well-related Flying Spur mare Succeeding. Three times a winner in Brisbane, Succeeding is a daughter of the former top racemare and grand producer Staging, a daughter of Success Express. Succeeding is a half-sister to Staging’s Group winners Duporth, Excites and Tickets. The Irish-bred filly Empowering (Encosta De Lago ex Blue Cloud (Nashwan)) became the first European stakes winner for Encosta De Lago when she took the Group 3 1,000 Guineas Trial Stakes at Leopardstown. Trained by Aidan O’Brien, owned by his wife Anne-Marie and ridden by his son Joseph, Empowering led soon after the start and kept going strongly to win the 7f race by a length and three-quarters. Empowering broke her maiden on her third start at Dundalk last December and is entered for the European fillies’ Classics. She is the 78th stakes winner for the stallion. She is one of five winners and the first stakes winner for her stakes-winning Nashwan dam Blue Cloud, a half-sister to Group 1 winner and sire Bigstone.
New Zealand-bred O’Reilly colt tops Hong Kong’s International Sale A son of O’Reilly out of a Centaine mare made the highest price at the Hong Kong International Sale (HKIS) held at Sha Tin on March 19. The 20 lots sold made a record average of HK$4,705,000 with the O’Reilly colt’s price of HK$7.5 million equalling the sale record. The average was almost exactly HK$1 million up on the average of the last sale., “We are delighted with the results of the sale,” said Hong Kong Jockey Club executive director of racing, William A Nader. “The record average reflects the fact that the lots were beautifully presented and all looked terrific, and in that respect I think the prices paid were a compliment to the Club. “But there is another aspect too, which is that people do recognise that we vet horses very carefully to make sure they are worthy of their place in the sale; and this knowledge gives buyers reassurance.” Other notable sales wasa son of Fastnet
Rock who made HK$7 million, a son of Hawk Wing who made HK$6 million and a son of Cape Cross, who fetched HK$5.2 million. “With the lowest price of HK$3 million and the highest HK$7.5 million this has been a
strong sale by any criterion,” said Nader. “But it’s not just about profit and loss or about the record average. It’s about how these horses contribute to the world-class standards of Hong Kong racing.”
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Function Dream (Strong Gale-Rare Dream (Pollerton)
Captain Chris winning the Arkle with Richard Johnson. His dam Function Dream was unable to take her chance at the Festival in 2001 due its abandonment because of the foot and mouth crisis
Amazingly, the mare was apparently described as “too plain” by one of the trainers who viewed her (what do looks have to do with an ability to gallop fast and hard?). But ‘andsome is as ‘andsome does and soon Function Dream, who was named after a river in Cork, proved that she could no longer be dismissed in a cursory fashion, finishing third in her first point-to-point and then winning a mares’ maiden at Dromahane when ridden by B. Walsh and trained by John Walsh. On her first start under Rules, still trained by Walsh, she tipped up in a beginners’ chase
Amazingly, the mare was apparently described as “too plain” by one of the trainers who viewed her
he expected horse did not win ths year’s Arkle Chase. The race favourite, Medermit, could only finish fourth while strong Irish fancy Realt Dubh, a 17/2 chance, came home in third. But, if punters had looked a little more closely at the 6/1 chance Captain Chris, who admittedly was not expected to run at all, and examined his pedigree a little more closely and based their betting strategy more on bloodstock reasoning, they might have been walking away with more cash in their pockets. A son of the seemingly always successful Ballylinch sire King’s Theatre, Captain Chris is out of the one-time leading and 161-rated chase mare Function Dream, a daughter of Strong Gale and out of Rare Dream (Pollerton) and the winner of 11 races (all chases) over distances between 2m and 3m. Despite all of that glory to come, as a youngster she did not find any fans at the 1996 Derby Sale being led out of the ring for 7,500gns not sold. She was offered there by Scart Stud having been bred by Noreen Walsh, wife of the stud’s owner Tom, a brother to the TV pundit and former jockey, Ted.
in September 1997 and it took her a further five runs through to February 1998 to get off the mark. But once she got her head in front, Function Dream just could not be stopped going on to register a three-timer with smooth victories over Tartooth at Leopardstown in March and Letterlee at Clonmel. A subsequent November victory in the Murphy International Chase led Walsh to say: “She won three chases last season, stays three miles well, and I think she has improved a lot. She is a very good mare.” Her next start, and her first at graded level, saw Function Dream given a debut run over hurdles in which she finished third in the Pierse Group Stayers Novice Hurdle (G1) at Cork – the winner being Glazeaway and ridden by a certain R. Walsh. A poor run in the Paddy Power Handicap Chase saw her pulled up and she did not regain winning ways until September 1999 when running on heavy ground at Galway over 2m6f (reportedly not fully fit) before coming home seventh in the Kerry National. Despite finishing then ahead of Risk Of Thunder, she stopped quickly in the race and was found after to be colicing. Walsh then sent her out for a couple of runs in 2m hurdle races – presumably with the handicapper in mind – before the mare could only finish 14th of 17 in the Irish National Trial. The decision was taken then by the Walshes – apparently on the advice of Ted – that there were either more or easier opportunities for the mare across the water and she was sent into the care of the angel of the north, Mary Reveley. Already by then the winner of five chases, the eight-year-old mare picked up a sixth on her very first start in England when successful on good to soft at Uttoxeter. The Racing Post post-race comment proves to be prophetic when saying: “Function Dream… did not have a lot to spare on her debut for Mary Reveley, but this will not be her last win for the Saltburn trainer”. Under Reveley’s care, Function Dream went on to win five chases on the bounce through a period of just over four months taking her British handicap rating from 126 to 157. In the first of those sucesses she gave the useful gelding Jungli a 21l beating and once again the Post comment proved to be
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The outlay has proved to be money well spent for Whateley as, after coming fourth in his first bumper, the son of King’s Theatre has yet to finish out of the first two in nine starts In fact, Reveley, who was reported as saying that she would never have run the mare over further than 2m4f (despite the fact that the mare has won over 3m in Ireland Ireland and ran in a National trial), gave the mare the highest accolaide when saying: “She’s one of the best horses I’ve ever trained, if not the best.”
unction Dream’s Overbury filly fetched €27,000 in the sales ring as a foal, but failed to get to a racecourse. She has had two runners of her own, but both have yet to run. Function Dream, unsurprisingly perhaps after such a busy couple of years, missed to Saddler’s Hall and was sent then to King’s Theatre in 2003. The resulting colt foal became top lot at the Tattersalls Ireland November Foal Sale when bought by Leighton Buzzard-based printer Len Walker for €66,000. Walker, who saw off John O’Byrne and John Walsh, said to the Racing Post’s Michael Clower: “I sold an Oscar horse for €100,000 here in June and I’m reinvesting. I bought this colt, not so much for Function Dream, but because Michael Moore told me that this was the one I should buy. He’s my bloodstock agent and he prepares my horses. “This one will go to his Ballincurrig House Stud and come back for a Derby Sale.” Function Dream herself was sold by Scart at Fairyhouse a week later, once again in foal to King’s Theatre. She was bought by the brothers Owen and Bernard Cloney for their Headfield Stud, near Borris in County Carlow. Walker’s own plans were borne out by events and the pin-hooked gelding was reoffered under the Ballincurrig banner as a three-year-old at the 2007 Derby Sale. The
correct in its analysis: “The handicapper will not forgive the winner for this convincing and clear-cut success, but this fine big mare may be able to defy her inevitable rise in the weights all the same.” Next time out she beat Inn At The Top, then beat Davoski in the Castleford Chase (G2) after which the visiting Walshes said: “We left home to come here at 3.30 this morning, but I doubt that we’ll get home tonight!” It was a race that put her on course for the Victor Chandler Chase (G2) at Ascot. Run at a breakneck speed, the mare took over from the pace-setting Get Real at halfway going away to win by an idling two and a half lengths from Cenkos. That performance lined her up as a third favourite for the Champion Chase, but her determined trainer Reveley was not going to keep her under wraps until March sending her instead for an outing in the Game Spirit Chase (G2). It proved to be a cakewalk for the mare, who beat Flagship Uberalles by 17l. She became favourite for the Cheltenham 2m feature. Unfortunately, Festival glory was denied the daughter of Strong Gale as the foot and mouth crisis caused the meeting to be abandoned. Instead Function Dream was rerouted to Huntingdon for the Hugo Bevan Handicap Chase, but weight gain took over and the brave mare, shouldering 12st, was unable to cope with the burden and finished last. Still Reveley, knowing that the mare was to be retired on conclusion of the season, did not pull-up stumps, sending the mare to take part in the Championship Chase held at Sandown. Perhaps Function Dream’s busy early season had caught up her as she could only finish down-the-field behind the likes of Edredon Bleu, Fadalko, Flagship Uberalles and Tiutchev. After a short and brief but busy stay in England, the mare departed to Irish paddocks after visiting Overbury at Mickley Stud. She had been due to visit Bob Back but could not travel to Burgage Stud due to the enforced travel restrictions. Function Dream retired the winner of 11 races from 33 starts with earnings of over £119,000, with trainer Reveley having more than fulfilled her role in establishing Function Dream as one of the best mares to have run over fences in Britain.
Function Dream (Strong Gale-Rare Dream (Pollerton)
intervening three years had been kind to the gelding leading to a considerable increase in value – bloodstock agent Aiden Murphy had to go to €250,000 in order to buy the gelding on behalf of Philip Hobbs and his loyal patron Diana Whateley. The outlay has proved to be money well spent for Whateley as, after coming fourth in his first bumper, the son of King’s Theatre has yet to finish out of the first two in nine starts, culminating in his victory at Cheltenham. His earnings, now over £100,000, are not to be scoffed at, but, you would think, a horse of this quality and with such a record already under his belt should be able to boast of considerably more in the bank account, particularly if bearing in mind that his dam, the winner of 11 races but generally of lesser quality, won £120,000. Sadly for the Cloney brothers, hopes for Function Dream did not go as planned. After producing Captain Chris in 2004, Function Dream died in 2008 as a 16-year-old after returning barren on her 2005 covering to Old Vic and producing a Presenting gelding in 2007. He was sold at the 2010 Derby Sale for €130,000 to Jonjo O’Neil and who has been called Foundation Man. They have kept a daughter, a sister to Captain Chris called Dream Function, who is in training with Phillip Hobbs. She has managed a bumper third and second in a novice hurdle The decision to run Captain Chris in the Arkle was really as an after-thought by the Whateleys, but it proved to be a fortuitous move and Captain Chris, who was given a cauterised palate operation in December, as able to put his Function Dream’s name on the winners’ sheet, a chance that she was denied.
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2nd Dam: PARTYGOER by Secretariat. 1 win in USA. Dam of DARE AND GO (c Alydar: Strub S G1, Pacific Classic G1, 2nd Hollywood Derby G1, Secretariat S G1, Hollywood Turf H G1, 3rd Santa Anita H G1), GO DEPUTY (c Deputy Minister: Sword Dancer Invitational S G1, 2nd Pattison Canadian International S G1, Man O’War S G1, Gulfstream Park Breeders’ Cup S G1), Going Green (c Green Dancer: 3rd Prix du Ranelagh LR, Prix Le Fabuleux LR). Grandam of QUIET ROYAL, ACAGO, SANDWAKI, BERINGOER, NO DREAM. Broodmare Sire: SEEKING THE GOLD. Sire of the dams of 71 Stakes winners. In 2011 - POLYTECHNICIEN Royal Academy G3.
Stanjamesuk.com Radley S LR, Michael Seely Memorial Fillies’ S LR, 3rd Dubai Duty Free Fred Darling S G3), Yankadi (c Johannesburg: 3rd Somerville Tattersall S G3) Broodmare Sire: CHESTER HOUSE. Sire of the dams of 2 Stakes winners. In 2011 - TWIRLING CANDY Candy Ride G2, LOLLY FOR DOLLY Oratorio G3.
Danzig Danehill Razyana ORATORIO b 2002 Vaguely Noble Mahrah Montage LOLLY FOR DOLLY b f 2007 Mr Prospector Chester House Toussaud HEART STOPPING b 2002 Pursuit of Love Clog Dance Discomatic
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Flaming Page ROYAL ACADEMY b 87 Crimson Satan Crimson Saint Bolero Rose POLYTECHNICIEN ch c 2006 Mr Prospector Seeking The Gold Con Game GOLDEN PARTY b/br 97 Secretariat Partygoer Quiet Charm
EUROPE 38 - Prix Exbury, G3, Saint-Cloud, March 19, 2000m 1 Polytechnicien (USA) 5 ch c Royal Academy (USA) - Golden Party (USA) (Seeking The Gold (USA)) 2 Cirrus des Aigles (FR) 5 b g Even Top (IRE) - Taille de Guepe (FR) (Septieme Ciel (USA)) 3 Silver Pond (FR) 4 gr c Act One (GB) Silver Fame (USA) (Quest For Fame) Age: 2-5; Starts: 13; Wins: 6; Places: 3 Earnings: £120,777 Sire: ROYAL ACADEMY. Sire of 152 Stakes winners. In 2011 POLYTECHNICIEN Seeking The Gold G3. 1st Dam: Golden Party by Seeking The Gold. Dam of 3 winners: 2002: Quiet Dare (f Grand Lodge) 2003: SOMETHINGSPANISH (c Lomitas) 2 wins at 4 and 5 in France. 2004: Perfect Host (c Polish Precedent) unraced. 2005: SEEKING THE FUN (f Alhaarth) Winner at 3 in France. Broodmare. 2006: POLYTECHNICIEN (c Royal Academy) 6 wins at 2, 4 and 5 in France, Prix Exbury G3, Prix Luthier LR. 2009: Centralienne (f Dixie
39 - Lodge Park EBF Park Express Stakes, G3, Curragh, March 20, 8f 1 Lolly For Dolly (IRE) 4 b f Oratorio (IRE) - Heart Stopping (USA) (Chester House (USA)) 2 Gemstone (IRE) 3 b f Galileo (IRE) Kincob (USA) (Kingmambo (USA)) 3 Banimpire (IRE) 3 br f Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) - My Renee (USA) (Kris S (USA)) Age: 3-4; Starts: 6; Wins: 3; Places: 1 Earnings: £101,828 Sire: ORATORIO. Sire of 10 Stakes winners. In 2011 - LOLLY FOR DOLLY Chester House G3, MOURINHO Generous G3. 1st Dam: Heart Stopping by Chester House. Dam of 1 winner: 2007: LOLLY FOR DOLLY (f Oratorio) Sold 56,000gns foal at TADEF, 57,000gns yearling at TAOC2. 3 wins at 3 and 4, Oratorio EBF Athasi S G3, Lodge Park EBF Park Express S G3. 2008: Eclipseoftheheart (f Shamardal) unraced to date. 2009: (c Motivator) 2nd Dam: Clog Dance by Pursuit of Love. 2nd Owen Brown Rockfel S G2. Dam of SHORT DANCE (f Hennessy:
40 - Sportingbet Supports Heros Winter Derby, G3, Lingfield Park, March 26, 10f 1 Nideeb (GB) 4 ch c Exceed And Excel (AUS) - Mantesera (IRE) (In The Wings) 2 Dansili Dancer (GB) 9 b g Dansili (GB) - Magic Slipper (Habitat) 3 Pachattack (USA) 5 ch f Pulpit (USA) El Laoob (USA) (Red Ransom (USA)) Age: 2-4; Starts: 13; Wins: 5; Places: 5 Earnings: £100,668 Sire: EXCEED AND EXCEL. Sire of 32 Stakes winners. In 2011 - NIDEEB In The Wings G3, ANEVAY Hennessy LR, CANALI Barathea LR, CHINCHILLA Eternity Range LR, REBEL CALL Encosta de Lago LR, SPIN CYCLE Spinning World LR, WAVEBAND Wolfhound LR. 1st Dam: Mantesera by In The Wings. unraced. Own sister to CLOUD CASTLE. Dam of 1 winner: 2005: Zam Zoom (f Dalakhani) unraced. Broodmare. 2007: NIDEEB (c Exceed And Excel) Sold 20,000gns yearling at TAOC2. 5 wins at 2 to 4, Sportingbet Supports Heros Winter Derby G3, Ladbrokes Churchill S LR, Huggies Winkfield S LR, 2nd williamhill.com Wild Flower S LR, Text Betfred Betting Ascendant S LR, 3rd Bet365 James Seymour S LR. 2008: Thunder Force (g Shirocco) unraced to date. 2009: (c Manduro) 2nd Dam: LUCAYAN PRINCESS by High Line. 2 wins at 2 Sweet Solera S LR. Dam of LUSO (c Salse: Derby Italiano G1, Aral-Pokal G1 (twice), WGZ Bank Deutschland Preis G1, 2nd Grand
Prix de Saint-Cloud G1, Prix Ganay G1, Gran Premio del Jockey Club G1, Gran Premio di Milano G1 (twice), Aral-Pokal G1, Mercedes-Benz Grosser Preis von Baden G1, EMS Kurierpost Europa Preis G1), WARRSAN (c Caerleon: Vodafone Coronation Cup G1 (twice), Grosser Volkswagen Preis von Baden G1 (twice), 2nd Coral Eclipse S G1, Gran Premio di Milano G1, 3rd Gran Premio del Jockey Club G1, Credit Suisse Private Banking Pokal G1, Hong Kong Vase G1), NEEDLE GUN (c Sure Blade: Gallinule S G2, 2nd St James’s Palace S G1, Derby Italiano-Trofeo Mercedes Benz G1, Premio Presidente della Repubblica G1 (3 times), 3rd Premio Roma G1), CLOUD CASTLE (f In The Wings: Shadwell Stud Nell Gwyn S G3, 2nd Prix Vermeille G1, 3rd Aston Upthorpe Yorkshire Oaks G1), Luana (f Shaadi: 3rd Bedford Lodge Hotel Bentinck S LR). Grandam of BLUE MONDAY, LAAHEB, HATTAN, TASTAHIL, QUEEN’S BEST, REVERIE SOLITAIRE, Lundy’s Lane, Guarantia, Candle. Third dam of Puggy. Broodmare Sire: IN THE WINGS. Sire of the dams of 24 Stakes winners. In 2011 - NIDEEB Exceed And Excel G3, ALGOL Kyllachy LR.
Danzig Danehill Razyana EXCEED AND EXCEL b 2000 Lomond Patrona Gladiolus NIDEEB ch c 2007 Sadler’s Wells In The Wings High Hawk MANTESERA ch 2000 High Line Lucayan Princess Gay France
41 - Leopardstown 2000 Guineas Trial Stakes, G3, Leopardstown, March 27, 8f 1 Dunboyne Express (IRE) 3 b c Shamardal (USA) - Love Excelling (FR) (Polish Precedent (USA)) 2 Exodus (GB) 3 b c Montjeu (IRE) Spacecraft (USA) (Distant View (USA)) 3 Whipless (IRE) 3 b c Whipper (USA) Kimola (IRE) (King’s Theatre (IRE)) Age: 2-3; Starts: 4; Wins: 3; Places: 0 Earnings: £75,610 Sire: SHAMARDAL. Sire of 27 Stakes winners. In 2011 - DUNBOYNE EXPRESS Polish Precedent G3, CAPTAIN SONADOR Kenny’s Best Pal LR, ROSTRUM Rainbow Quest LR. 1st Dam: Love Excelling by Polish Precedent. ran once at 4. Dam of 3 winners:
international database 2005: ANGELS STORY (f Galileo) 2 wins at 3. 2006: Dragon Tails (c Danehill Dancer) 2007: COJO (f Rock of Gibraltar) 2 wins at 3 in Kingdom of Saudi Ara. 2008: DUNBOYNE EXPRESS (c Shamardal) 3 wins at 2 and 3, Jebel Ali Racecourse Anglesey S G3, Leopardstown 2000 Guineas Trial S G3. 2010: (c Raven’s Pass) 2nd Dam: La Sky by Law Society. 2 wins at 3, 2nd Lancashire Oaks G3. Dam of LOVE DIVINE (f Diesis: Vodafone Oaks S G1, 2nd Aston Upthorpe Yorkshire Oaks G1), FLOREEDA (f Linamix: EBF Chalice S LR, 2nd ACMC Park Hill S G3), Laurentine (f Private Account: 3rd GP.Inter Regional Trophee Ville La Teste LR). Grandam of SIXTIES ICON, Goblet of Fire, Wells Lyrical, Easy Lover, SWORD FISH. Broodmare Sire: POLISH PRECEDENT. Sire of the dams of 32 Stakes winners. In 2011 - DUNBOYNE EXPRESS Shamardal G3.
Storm Cat Giant’s Causeway Mariah’s Storm SHAMARDAL b 2002 Machiavellian Helsinki Helen Street DUNBOYNE EXPRESS b c 2008 Danzig Polish Precedent Past Example LOVE EXCELLING b 99 Law Society La Sky Maryinsky
42 - Leopardstown 1000 Guineas Trial Stakes, G3, Leopardstown, March 27, 7f 1 Empowering (IRE) 3 b f Encosta de Lago (AUS) - Blue Cloud (IRE) (Nashwan (USA)) 2 Wild Wind (GER) 3 b f Danehill Dancer (IRE) - Woman Secret (IRE) (Sadler’s Wells (USA)) 3 History Note (IRE) 3 b f Azamour (IRE) - Cadence (GB) (Cadeaux Genereux)
Imprudence LR, 3rd P.Marcel Boussac-Criterium des Pouliches G1. Dam of 5 winners: 2001: BURNING FIRE (f Polish Precedent) Winner at 3 in France. 2002: Brulov (c Green Desert) 2003: Batian (c Desert Prince) ran on the flat in France. 2004: BOMBER PILOT (c Numerous) 7 wins to 2011 in France. 2005: BANK GUARD (c Peintre Celebre) 5 wins at 3 to 5 in France. 2006: Casbah Rock (g Rock of Gibraltar) 2007: Blue Angel (f Oratorio) 2 wins, 2nd Miles and Morrison October S LR. 2008: EMPOWERING (f Encosta de Lago) 2 wins at 2 and 3, Leopardstown 1000 Guineas Trial S G3. 2009: Ahimsa (f Holy Roman Emperor) unraced to date. 2nd Dam: Batave by Posse. 3 wins, 2nd Prix de Meautry G3, Prix de Saint-Georges G3. Dam of BIGSTONE (c Last Tycoon: Queen Elizabeth II S G1, Sussex S G1, Prix de la Foret G1, Prix d’Ispahan G1, 2nd Grand Prix de Paris G1, Prix Jean Prat G1, 3rd Queen Elizabeth II S G1, Emirates Prix du Moulin de Longchamp G1), BLUE CLOUD (f Nashwan, see above), BAGUE BLEUE (f Last Tycoon: Prix Yacowlef LR), Bakari (c Lomond: 3rd Prix Quincey G3). Grandam of BILLY THE KID. Third dam of LITTLE TREASURE, Annee Lumiere, Mafia Miss. Fourth dam of Lazy Afternoon. Broodmare Sire: NASHWAN. Sire of the dams of 43 Stakes winners. In 2011 - EMPOWERING Encosta de Lago G3, CROC VALLEY Western Winter LR. The Encosta de Lago/Nashwan cross has produced: EMPOWERING G3, Abbey Way LR.
Age: 2-3; Starts: 4; Wins: 2; Places: 1 Earnings: £36,161
3 Caixa Eletronica (USA) 6 ch c Arromanches (USA) - Edyta (USA) (Skip Away (USA))
43 - SAM F DAVIS STAKES, G3, Tampa Bay Downs, February 12, 8f 110yds
1 Brethren (USA) 3 b c Distorted Humor (USA) - Supercharger (USA) (A P Indy (USA)) 2 Too Experience (USA) 3 b c Drewman (USA) - Lake Victoria (USA) (Meadowlake (USA)) 3 Watch Me Go (USA) 3 b/br c West Acre (USA) - Sabbath Song (CAN) (Deputy Minister (CAN))
44 - ENDEAVOUR STAKES, G3, Tampa Bay Downs, February 12, 8f 110yds
1 Silver Reunion (USA) 5 b/br f Harlan’s Holiday (USA) - Silver Comic (USA) (Silver Hawk (USA)) 2 C S Silk (USA) 5 b/br f Medaglia d’Oro (USA) - Remember The Day (USA) (Settlement Day (USA)) 3 Denomination (USA) 5 b f Smart Strike (CAN) - Dreamlike (USA) (Storm Cat (USA)) 45 - SANTA MARIA STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, February 12, 8f 110yds 1 Vision In Gold (USA) 4 b/br f Medaglia d’Oro (USA) - Corporate Vision (USA) (Corporate Report (USA)) 2 Zardana (BRZ) 7 b f Crimson Tide (IRE) - Dear Filly (ARG) (Southern Halo (USA)) 3 St Trinians (GB) 6 b f Piccolo (GB) Cherrycombe-Row (GB) (Classic Cliche (IRE)) 46 - ROBERT B LEWIS STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, February 12, 9f 1 Anthony’s Cross (USA) 3 b c Indian Charlie (USA) - Screening (USA) (Unbridled (USA)) 2 Riveting Reason (USA) 3 b/br c Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) - Love And Marry (USA) (Known Fact (USA)) 3 Quail Hill (USA) 3 b c Candy Ride (ARG) - Midwife (USA) (Family Calling (USA))
Sire: ENCOSTA DE LAGO. Sire of 78 Stakes winners. In 2011 - ALOHA Danehill G1, EMPOWERING Nashwan G3, ONE LAST DANCE Danehill G3, OUR ELLA BELLE McGinty G3, SAINT ENCOSTA Barathea G3, KISS FROM A ROSE Comic Strip LR, SACRED KINGDOM Zeditave LR. 1st Dam: BLUE CLOUD by Nashwan. 2 wins at 2 and 3 in France, Prix
Fairy Bridge ENCOSTA DE LAGO b 93 Star Way Shoal Creek Rolls EMPOWERING b f 2008 Blushing Groom Nashwan Height of Fashion BLUE CLOUD ch 96 Posse Batave Bon Appetit
47 - GULFSTREAM PARK SPRINT CH’SHIP STAKES, G2, Gulfstream Park, February 12, 7f 1 Tackleberry (USA) 4 b/br g Montbrook (USA) - Box of Joy (USA) (Concerto (USA)) 2 Soaring Empire (USA) 4 b/br c Empire Maker (USA) - Flying Passage (USA) (A P Indy (USA))
48 - EL CAMINO REAL DERBY, G3, Golden Gate, February 12, 9f 1 Silver Medallion (USA) 3 b c Badge of Silver (USA) - Another Vegetarian (USA) (Stalwart (USA)) 2 Jakesam (USA) 3 gr/ro c Smoke Glacken (USA) - Deputy Sarah (USA) (Deputy Commander (USA)) 3 Positive Response (USA) 3 b g Pomeroy (USA) - Lisa’s Approval (USA) (Farma Way (USA)) 49 - LA CANADA STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, February 13, 9f 1 Always A Princess (USA) 4 ch f Leroidesanimaux (BRZ) - Gabriellina Giof (GB) (Ashkalani (IRE)) 2 Blind Luck (USA) 4 ch f Pollard’s Vision (USA) - Lucky One (USA) (Best of Luck (USA)) 3 Harmonious (USA) 4 b/br f Dynaformer (USA) - Jade Tree (USA) (Storm Cat (USA)) 50 - HURRICANE BERTIE STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, February 13, 6f 110yds 1 Hilda’s Passion (USA) 4 b f Canadian Frontier (USA) - Executricker (USA) (El Prado (IRE)) 2 Ms Vanenzza (USA) 4 b f Successful Appeal (USA) - Speaking of Time (USA) (Gilded Time (USA)) 3 North Rodeo (USA) 6 ch f Stephen Got Even (USA) - Ecclesiastes (USA) (Saint Ballado (CAN)) 51 - SAN LUIS OBISPO STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, February 19, 12f 1 Champ Pegasus (USA) 5 b c Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) - Salt Champ (ARG) (Salt Lake (USA)) 2 Bourbon Bay (USA) 5 b g Sligo Bay (IRE) - Coral Necklace (USA) (Conquistador Cielo (USA)) 3 Haimish Hy (USA) 4 b/br c Ecton Park (USA) - Tifonica (ARG) (EqualizeG2, (USA)) 52 - SAN CARLOS HANDICAP, Santa Anita, February 19, 7f 1 Smiling Tiger (USA) 4 ch c Hold That Tiger (USA) - Shandra Smiles (USA) (Cahill Road (USA)) 2 Captain Cherokee (USA) 5 b/br c Sir Cherokee (USA) - Candytuft (USA) (Dehere (USA)) 3 Mythical Power (USA) 5 b c Congaree (USA) - School for Scandal (USA) (Is It True (USA))
international database 53 - BARBARA FRITCHIE HANDICAP, G2, Laurel, February 19, 7f
1 Harissa (USA) 4 b f Afleet Alex (USA) - Dynasty (USA) (Time For A Change (USA)) 2 Aspenglow (USA) 5 gr/ro f Lion Hearted (USA) - Holy Princess (USA) (Holy Bull (USA)) 3 Fascinatin’ Rhythm (USA) 6 b/br f More Than Ready (USA) - April Gator (USA) (Green Alligator (USA)) 54 - SABIN STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, February 19, 8f 1 Awesome Maria (USA) 4 gr/ro f Maria’s Mon (USA) - Discreetly Awesome (USA) (Awesome Again (CAN)) 2 Amen Hallelujah (USA) 4 b/br f Montbrook (USA) - Sara’s Success (USA) (Concorde’s Tune (USA)) 3 Catch A Thief (USA) 4 b/br f Flatter (USA) - Nabbed (USA) (Red Ransom (USA)) 55 - MAC DIARMIDA STAKES, G2, Gulfstream Park, February 19, 11f 1 Prince Will I Am (USA) 4 ch c Victory Gallop (CAN) - Dyna’s Dynamo (USA) (Dynaformer (USA)) 2 Rahy’s Attorney (CAN) 7 b g Crown Attorney (CAN) - Rahy’s Hope (USA) (Rahy (USA)) 3 Musketier (GER) 9 gr/ro c Acatenango (GER) - Myth And Reality (GB) (Linamix (FR)) 56 - RISEN STAR STAKES, G2, Fair Grounds, February 19, 8f 110yds 1 Mucho Macho Man (USA) 3 b c Macho Uno (USA) - Ponche de Leona (USA) (Ponche (CAN)) 2 Santiva (USA) 3 b c Giant’s Causeway (USA) - Slide (USA) (Smarten (USA)) 3 Rogue Romance (USA) 3 ch c Smarty Jones (USA) - Lovington (USA) (Afleet (CAN)) 57 - RACHEL ALEXANDRA STAKES, G3, Fair Grounds, February 19, 8f 110yds 1 Kathmanblu (USA) 3 b f Bluegrass Cat (USA) - Abba Gold (USA) (Devil’s Bag (USA)) 2 Inglorious (CAN) 3 b f Hennessy (USA) - Noble Strike (CAN) (Smart Strike (CAN)) 3 Gran Lioness (USA) 3 b/br f Lion Heart (USA) - Gran Dama (USA) (Rahy (USA))
58 - MINESHAFT HANDICAP, G3, Fair Grounds, February 19, 8f 110yds 1 Demarcation (USA) 7 b g Gulch (USA) - Divine Line (USA) (Boundary (USA)) 2 Mission Impazible (USA) 4 gr/ro c Unbridled’s Song (USA) - La Paz (USA) (Hold Your Peace (USA)) 3 Apart (USA) 4 b/br c Flatter (USA) Detach (USA) (Unbridled (USA)) 59 - FAIR GROUNDS HANDICAP, G3, Fair Grounds, February 19, 9f 1 Expansion (USA) 6 b c Maria’s Mon (USA) - La Sylphide (SWI) (Barathea (IRE)) 2 Sleepless Knight (USA) 5 b/br c War Chant (USA) - Dream About (CAN) (Cherokee Run (USA)) 3 Dubious Miss (USA) 7 b/br c E Dubai (USA) - Cryptoclover (USA) (Mountain Cat (USA)) 60 - SAN VICENTE STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, February 20, 7f 1 The Factor (USA) 3 gr/ro c War Front (USA) - Greyciousness (USA) (Miswaki (USA)) 2 Sway Away (USA) 3 b c Afleet Alex (USA) - Seattle Shimmer (USA) (Seattle Slew (USA)) 3 Premier Pegasus (USA) 3 b/br c Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) - Squall Linda (USA) (Summer Squall (USA)) 61 - THE VERY ONE STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, February 20, 11f 1 Keertana (USA) 5 b/br f Johar (USA) Motokiks (USA) (Storm Cat (USA)) 2 Zapparition (USA) 4 ch f Ghostzapper (USA) - Herzblatt (USA) (Cozzene (USA)) 3 Musical Rain (IRE) 4 b f Val Royal (FR) Rainbow Melody (IRE) (Rainbows For Life (CAN)) 62 - LA HABRA STAKES, G3, Santa Anita, February 21, 6f 110yds 1 Cambina (IRE) 3 ch f Hawk Wing (USA) - Await (IRE) (Peintre Celebre (USA)) 2 Quiet Oasis (IRE) 3 b f Oasis Dream (GB) - Silent Heir (AUS) (Sunday Silence (USA)) 3 Cathy’s Crunches (USA) 3 b f West Acre (USA) - Miss Atticus (USA) (Atticus (USA))
63 - BUENA VISTA HANDICAP, G2, Santa Anita, February 21, 8f 1 Cozi Rosie (USA) 4 ch f Pleasantly Perfect (USA) - Felidia (Golden Fleece (USA)) 2 Briecat (USA) 6 ch f Adcat (USA) - Silk Briefcase (USA) (Marlin (USA)) 3 Malibu Pier (USA) 4 ch f Malibu Moon (USA) - Blue Moon (FR) (Lomitas (GB)) 64 - SOUTHWEST STAKES, G3, Oaklawn Park, February 21, 8f 1 Archarcharch (USA) 3 b/br c Arch (USA) - Woodman’s Dancer (USA) (Woodman (USA)) 2 J P’s Gusto (USA) 3 b c Successful Appeal (USA) - Call Her Magic (USA) (Caller I D (USA)) 3 Elite Alex (CAN) 3 b c Afleet Alex (USA) - Catch the Moment (CAN) (Unbridled (USA)) 65 - GENERAL GEORGE HANDICAP, G2, Laurel, February 21, 7f 1 No Advantage (USA) 6 b/br c Posse (USA) - Prime Advantage (USA) (Tactical Advantage (USA)) 2 Laysh Laysh Laysh (USA) 6 b c Whywhywhy (USA) - Beauty School (USA) (Private School (USA)) 3 Heritage Hall (USA) 5 b/br c Unbridled’s Song (USA) - Court Reception (USA) (A P Indy (USA)) 66 - HUTCHESON STAKES, G2, Gulfstream Park, February 26, 7f 1 Flashpoint (USA) 3 gr/ro c Pomeroy (USA) - Two Punch Lil (USA) (Two Punch (USA)) 2 Travelin Man (USA) 3 b c Trippi (USA) West Side Dancer (USA) (Gone West (USA)) 3 Little Drama (USA) 3 ch c Burning Roma (USA) - Riveting Drama (USA) (Notebook (USA)) 67 - FASIG-TIPTON FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH STAKES, G2, Gulfstream Park, February 26, 9f
1 Soldat (USA) 3 b/br c War Front (USA) - Le Relais (USA) (Coronado’s Quest (USA)) 2 Gourmet Dinner (USA) 3 b c Trippi (USA) - Potluck Dinner (USA) (Pentelicus (USA)) 3 To Honor And Serve (USA) 3 b c Bernardini (USA) - Pilfer (USA) (Deputy Minister (CAN))
68 - DAVONA DALE STAKES, G2, Gulfstream Park, February 26, 8f 1 R Heat Lightning (USA) 3 b f Trippi (USA) - Yellow Heat (USA) (Gold Fever (USA)) 2 Dancinginherdreams (USA) 3 gr/ro f Tapit (USA) - Mayan Milagra (USA) (Menifee (USA)) 3 Pomeroys Pistol (USA) 3 b f Pomeroy (USA) - Prettyatthetable (USA) (Point Given (USA)) 69 - CANADIAN TURF STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, February 27, 8f 1 Little Mike (USA) 4 b g Spanish Steps (USA) - Hay Jude (USA) (Wavering Monarch (USA)) 2 Society’s Chairman (CAN) 8 b c Not Impossible (IRE) - Athena’s Smile (CAN) (Olympio (USA)) 3 Yankee Fourtune (USA) 4 gr/ro g Yankee Gentleman (USA) - Madam Ann (USA) (Mi Cielo (USA)) 70 - SANTA ANITA OAKS, G1, Santa Anita, March 5, 8f 110yds 1 Turbulent Descent (USA) 3 b f Congrats (USA) - Roger’s Sue (USA) (Forestry (USA)) 2 Zazu (USA) 3 gr/ro f Tapit (USA) Rhumb Line (USA) (Mr Greeley (USA)) 3 A Z Warrior (USA) 3 b/br f Bernardini (USA) - Carson Jen (USA) (Carson City (USA)) 71 - SANTA ANITA HANDICAP, G1, Santa Anita, March 5, 10f 1 Game On Dude (USA) 4 b/br g Awesome Again (CAN) - Worldly Pleasure (USA) (Devil His Due (USA)) 2 Setsuko (USA) 4 b c Pleasantly Perfect (USA) - Dance With Grace (USA) (Mr Prospector (USA)) 3 Quindici Man (USA) 5 gr/ro c Came Home (USA) - Humble (USA) (Valiant Nature (USA)) 72 - FRANK E KILROE MILE STAKES, G1, Santa Anita, March 5, 8f 1 Fluke (BRZ) 6 b/br c Wild Event (USA) - Uff-Uff (BRZ) (De Quest (GB)) 2 Caracortado (USA) 4 ch g Cat Dreams (USA) - Mons Venus (CAN) (Maria’s Mon (USA)) 3 Jeranimo (USA) 5 b c Congaree (USA) - Jera (USA) (Jeblar (USA))
international database 73 - HONEY FOX STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, March 5, 8f 1 Never Retreat (USA) 6 b/br f Smart Strike (CAN) - Lisieux (USA) (Steady Growth (CAN)) 2 Persuading (USA) 4 b f Broken Vow (USA) - Peaks Mill (USA) (Stalwart (USA)) 3 Aviate (GB) 4 b f Dansili (GB) Emplane (USA) (Irish River (FR)) 74 - TOM FOOL HANDICAP, G3, Aqueduct, March 5, 6f 1 Calibrachoa (USA) 4 b/br c Southern Image (USA) - Fort Lauderdale (USA) (Montbrook (USA)) 2 Fastus Cactus (USA) 5 ch g Cactus Ridge (USA) - Garopaba (USA) (River Special (USA)) 3 Deputy Daney (USA) 4 b g Officer (USA) - No Serenading (USA) (Cure The Blues (USA)) 75 - GOTHAM STAKES, G3, Aqueduct, March 5, 8f 110yds 1 Stay Thirsty (USA) 3 b/br c Bernardini (USA) - Marozia (USA) (Storm Bird (CAN)) 2 Norman Asbjornson (USA) 3 b c Real Quiet (USA) - Merryland Missy (USA) (Citidancer (USA)) 3 Toby’s Corner (USA) 3 ch c Bellamy Road (USA) - Brandon’s Ride (USA) (Mister Frisky (USA)) 76 - TAMPA BAY DERBY, G2, Tampa Bay Downs, March 12, 8f 110yds 1 Watch Me Go (USA) 3 b/br c West Acre (USA) - Sabbath Song (CAN) (Deputy Minister (CAN)) 2 Crimson Knight (USA) 3 ch g Leroidesanimaux (BRZ) - For My Pleasure (USA) (Numerous (USA)) 3 Brethren (USA) 3 b c Distorted Humor (USA) - Supercharger (USA) (A P Indy (USA)) 77 - HILLSBOROUGH STAKES, G3, Tampa Bay Downs, March 12, 9f 1 Denomination (USA) 5 b f Smart Strike (CAN) - Dreamlike (USA) (Storm Cat (USA)) 2 Zagora (FR) 4 ch f Green Tune (USA) Zaneton (FR) (Mtoto) 3 Keertana (USA) 5 b/br f Johar (USA) Motokiks (USA) (Storm Cat (USA)) 78 - SANTA MARGARITA INVITATIONAL STAKES, G1, Santa Anita, March 12, 9f 1 Miss Match (ARG) 6 b/br f Indygo
Shiner (USA) - Miss Simpatia (ARG) (Southern Halo (USA)) 2 Switch (USA) 4 b f Quiet American (USA) - Antoniette (USA) (Nicholas (USA)) 3 Vision In Gold (USA) 4 b/br f Medaglia d’Oro (USA) - Corporate Vision (USA) (Corporate Report (USA)) 79 - SAN FELIPE STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, March 12, 8f 110yds 1 Premier Pegasus (USA) 3 b/br c Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) - Squall Linda (USA) (Summer Squall (USA)) 2 Jaycito (USA) 3 b c Victory Gallop (CAN) - Night Edition (CAN) (Ascot Knight (CAN)) 3 Bench Points (USA) 3 ch g Benchmark (USA) - Mo Chuisle (USA) (Free House (USA)) 80 - RAZORBACK HANDICAP, G3, Oaklawn Park, March 12, 8f 110yds 1 It Happened Again (USA) 5 ch c Proud Citizen (USA) - Quiet Lucky (USA) (Quiet American (USA)) 2 Thiskyhasnolimit (USA) 4 b/br c Sky Mesa (USA) - Lovely Regina (USA) (Deputy Minister (CAN)) 3 Win Willy (USA) 5 gr/ro c Monarchos (USA) - City Fair (USA) (Carson City (USA)) 81 - HONEYBEE STAKES, G3, Oaklawn Park, March 12, 8f 110yds 1 Joyful Victory (CAN) 3 gr/ro f Tapit (USA) - Wild Lucy Black (USA) (Wild Again (USA)) 2 Holy Heavens (USA) 3 ch f Holy Bull (USA) - Heavens Passport (CAN) (Awesome Again (CAN)) 3 Dixie City (USA) 3 b f Dixie Union (USA) - City Sister (USA) (Carson City (USA)) 82 - PALM BEACH STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, March 12, 9f 1 Joes Blazing Aaron (USA) 3 ch g Graeme Hall (USA) - Distorted Blaze (USA) (Distorted Humor (USA)) 2 Queen’splatekitten (CAN) 3 b/br c Kitten’s Joy (USA) - Iteration (USA) (Wild Again (USA)) 3 Newsdad (USA) 3 b/br c Arch (USA) Storm Tracer (USA) (Pulpit (USA))
83 - GULFSTREAM PARK HANDICAP, G2, Gulfstream Park, March 12, 8f
1 Tackleberry (USA) 4 b/br g Montbrook (USA) - Box of Joy (USA) (Concerto (USA))
2 Soaring Empire (USA) 4 b/br c Empire Maker (USA) - Flying Passage (USA) (A P Indy (USA)) 3 Tizway (USA) 6 b/br c Tiznow (USA) Bethany (USA) (Dayjur (USA))
84 - HERECOMESTHEBRIDE STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, March 13, 9f
1 Dynamic Holiday (USA) 3 b f Harlan’s Holiday (USA) - Dynamic Cat (USA) (Dynaformer (USA)) 2 Mystical Star (USA) 3 b f Ghostzapper (USA) - Capture a Star (USA) (Capote (USA)) 3 Excited (USA) 3 b f Giant’s Causeway (USA) - Path of Thunder (USA) (Thunder Gulch (USA))
85 - TAMPA BAY STAKES, G3, Tampa Bay Downs, March 19, 8f 110yds
1 Doubles Partner (USA) 4 b c Rock Hard Ten (USA) - Serena’s Sister (USA) (Rahy (USA)) 2 Rahystrada (USA) 7 ch g Rahy (USA) Ministrada (USA) (Deputy Minister (CAN)) 3 Voodoo Swinge (USA) 5 gr/ro c Unbridled’s Song (USA) - Voodoo Dancer (USA) (Kingmambo (USA)) 86 - SANTA ANA STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, March 19, 9f 1 Malibu Pier (USA) 4 ch f Malibu Moon (USA) - Blue Moon (FR) (Lomitas (GB)) 2 Turning Top (IRE) 5 b/br f Pivotal (GB) - Pietra Dura (GB) (Cadeaux Genereux) 3 Lilly Fa Pootz (USA) 6 b/br f Gilded Time (USA) - Dark Rhythm (USA) (Fit To Fight (USA)) 87 - REBEL STAKES, G2, Oaklawn Park, March 19, 8f 110yds 1 The Factor (USA) 3 gr/ro c War Front (USA) - Greyciousness (USA) (Miswaki (USA)) 2 Caleb’s Posse (USA) 3 b c Posse (USA) - Abbey’s Missy (USA) (Slewacide (USA)) 3 Archarcharch (USA) 3 b/br c Arch (USA) - Woodman’s Dancer (USA) (Woodman (USA)) 88 - AZERI STAKES, G3, Oaklawn Park, March 19, 8f 110yds 1 Havre de Grace (USA) 4 b f Saint Liam (USA) - Easter Bunnette (USA) (Carson City (USA)) 2 Blind Luck (USA) 4 ch f Pollard’s Vision (USA) - Lucky One (USA) (Best of Luck (USA))
3 Absinthe Minded (USA) 4 b f Quiet American (USA) - Rockford Peach (USA) (Great Above (USA))
89 - INSIDE INFORMATION STAKES, G2, Gulfstream Park, March 19, 7f
1 Hilda’s Passion (USA) 4 b f Canadian Frontier (USA) - Executricker (USA) (El Prado (IRE)) 2 Amen Hallelujah (USA) 4 b/br f Montbrook (USA) - Sara’s Success (USA) (Concorde’s Tune (USA)) 3 Stephanie Got Even (USA) 4 b/br f Stephen Got Even (USA) - Chateaumist (USA) (Trempolino (USA)) 90 - CICADA STAKES, G3, Aqueduct, March 19, 6f
1 Quantum Miss (USA) 3 gr/ro f Smoke Glacken (USA) - Quanah County (USA) (Valid Expectations (USA)) 2 Coax Liberty (USA) 3 b/br f Successful Appeal (USA) - Chelsie’s House (USA) (Housebuster (USA)) 3 Dream (USA) 3 b f Malibu Moon (USA) - Dream Out Loud (USA) (Stravinsky (USA)) 91 - ORCHID STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, March 20, 12f 1 La Luna de Miel (GER) 4 b/br f Monsun (GER) - La Hermana (GB) (Hernando (FR)) 2 Endless Expanse (IRE) 4 b f Red Ransom (USA) - Desert Ease (IRE) (Green Desert (USA)) 3 Giants Play (USA) 4 b f Giant’s Causeway (USA) - Playful Act (IRE) (Sadler’s Wells (USA))
UAE 92 - DUBAL UAE 2000 GUINEAS, G3, Meydan, February 10, 1600m
1 Splash Point (USA) 3 b c Street Cry (IRE) - Dianehill (IRE) (Danehill (USA)) 2 Zanzamar (SAF) 4 b c Fort Wood (USA) - Zanakiya (FR) (Doyoun) 3 Krypton Factor (GB) 3 b/br g Kyllachy (GB) - Cool Question (GB) (Polar Falcon (USA))
international database Mr Prospector Machiavellian Coup de Folie STREET CRY b/br 98 Troy Helen Street Waterway SPLASH POINT b c 2008 Danzig Danehill Razyana DIANEHILL b 96 Hoist The Silver Very Subtle Never Scheme
93 - DUBAL FIREBREAK STAKES, L, Meydan, February 10, 1600m 1 Skysurfers (GB) 5 b c E Dubai (USA) Fortune (IRE) (Night Shift (USA)) 2 Musir (AUS) 5 b c Redoute’s Choice (AUS) - Dizzy de Lago (AUS) (Encosta de Lago (AUS)) 3 Imbongi (SAF) 7 ch g Russian Revival (USA) - Garden Verse (SAF) (Foveros)
Raise A Native Mr Prospector Gold Digger E DUBAI b 98 Lord At War Words of War Right Word SKYSURFERS b c 2006 Northern Dancer Night Shift Ciboulette FORTUNE b 99 Homing Happy Landing Laughing Goddess
95 - NAD AL SHEBA TROPHY, L, Meydan, February 17, 2800m
Danzig Green Desert Foreign Courier CAPE CROSS b/br 94
1 Claremont (IRE) 5 b c Sadler’s Wells (USA) - Mezzo Soprano (USA) (Darshaan) 2 Opinion Poll (IRE) 5 b c Halling (USA) Ahead (Shirley Heights) 3 Star Empire (SAF) 5 b g Second Empire (IRE) - Lady Maroof (NZ) (Maroof (USA))
Nearctic Northern Dancer Natalma SADLER’S WELLS b 81 Bold Reason Fairy Bridge Special CLAREMONT b c 2006 Shirley Heights Darshaan Delsy MEZZO SOPRANO b/br 2000 Blushing Groom Morn of Song Glorious Song
96 - EMIRATES NBD BALANCHINE STAKES, G2, Meydan, February 18, 1800m
Ahonoora Park Appeal Balidaress KHAWLAH b f 2008 Sharpen Up Selkirk Annie Edge VILLARRICA ch 2002 Lammtarra Melikah Urban Sea
98 - AL TAYER MOTORS MEYDAN CLASSIC, L, Meydan, February 24, 1600m 1 Introvert (IRE) 3 b c Iffraaj (GB) Isana (JPN) (Sunday Silence (USA)) 2 Ahlaain (USA) 3 b c Bernstein (USA) Brocatelle (GB) (Green Desert (USA)) 3 Lord of The Stars (USA) 3 b/br c Speightstown (USA) - Charmant Forest (USA) (Forestry (USA))
Gone West Zafonic Zaizafon IFFRAAJ b 2001
1 River Jetez (SAF) 8 b f Jet Master (SAF) - Stormsvlei (SAF) (Prince Florimund (SAF)) 2 Reem (AUS) 4 ch f Galileo (IRE) - Al Afreet (AUS) (Danehill (USA)) 3 Long Lashes (USA) 4 b f Rock Hard Ten (USA) - Border Dispute (USA) (Boundary (USA))
INTROVERT b c 2008 Halo Sunday Silence Wishing Well ISANA b 2000 Woodman Metaphor Mystery Rays
99 - EMIRATES AIRLINE MAHAB AL SHIMAAL, G3, Meydan, March 3, 1200m
Rakeen Glorious Song
Raise A Native Mr Prospector Gold Digger SEEKING THE GOLD b 85 Buckpasser Con Game Broadway DERBAAS b c 2006 Storm Bird Storm Cat Terlingua SULTANA ch 99 Baillamont Sierra Madre Marie d’Irlande
JET MASTER b 94 Rollins Jet Lightning Jolly Laughter RIVER JETEZ b f 2003 Dowdstown Charley Prince Florimund Fluorescent STORMSVLEI b 87 Prince Sao Distant Echoes Bounceaway
97 - AL TAYER MOTORS UAE OAKS, G3, Meydan, February 24, 1800m 1 Khawlah (IRE) 3 b f Cape Cross (IRE) Villarrica (USA) (Selkirk (USA)) 2 Mahbooba (AUS) 4 b f Galileo (IRE) Sogha (AUS) (Red Ransom (USA)) 3 Electric Waves (IRE) 3 ch f Exceed And Excel (AUS) - Radiant Energy (IRE) (Spectrum (IRE))
1 Wigmore Hall (IRE) 4 b g High Chaparral (IRE) - Love And Laughter (IRE) (Theatrical) 2 Poet’s Voice (GB) 4 b c Dubawi (IRE) Bright Tiara (USA) (Chief’s Crown (USA)) 3 Presvis (GB) 7 b g Sakhee (USA) Forest Fire (SWE) (Never So Bold)
Northern Dancer Sadler’s Wells Fairy Bridge HIGH CHAPARRAL b 99 Darshaan Kasora Kozana WIGMORE HALL b g 2007 Nureyev Theatrical Tree of Knowledge LOVE AND LAUGHTER b 2002 Sri Pekan Hoh Dear Miss Kristin
101 - EMIRATES AIRLINE BURJ NAHAAR, G3, Meydan, March 3, 1600m
Nureyev Pastorale Park Appeal
94 - COMMERCIAL BANK OF DUBAI AL FAHIDI FORT, G2, Meydan, February 17, 1600m 1 Derbaas (USA) 5 b c Seeking The Gold (USA) - Sultana (USA) (Storm Cat (USA)) 2 Raihana (AUS) 5 b f Elusive Quality (USA) - Esubooh (AUS) (Sunday Silence (USA)) 3 Le Drakkar (AUS) 6 gr c Anabaa (USA) - My Mo Rally (NZ) (Mi Preferido (USA))
100 - EMIRATES AIRLINE JEBEL HATTA, G2, Meydan, March 3, 1800m
1 Bankable (IRE) 7 b c Medicean (GB) Dance To The Top (GB) (Sadler’s Wells (USA)) 2 Conveyance (USA) 4 gr/ro c Indian Charlie (USA) - Emptythetill (USA) (Holy Bull (USA)) 3 Force Freeze (USA) 6 b/br c Forest Camp (USA) - Antifreeze (USA) (It’s Freezing (USA))
Mr Prospector Machiavellian Coup de Folie MEDICEAN ch 97 Storm Bird Mystic Goddess Rose Goddess BANKABLE b c 2004 Northern Dancer Sadler’s Wells Fairy Bridge DANCE TO THE TOP b 91 Irish River Aim For The Top Sticky Habit
1 Mendip (USA) 4 b/br c Harlan’s Holiday (USA) - Well Spring (USA) (Coronado’s Quest (USA)) 2 Zafeen Speed (GB) 4 ch g Zafeen (FR) - Dakhla Oasis (IRE) (Night Shift (USA)) 3 As de Trebol (USA) 5 b c Tapit (USA) Adelphi (USA) (Danzig (USA))
Storm Cat Harlan Country Romance HARLAN’S HOLIDAY b 99 Affirmed Christmas In Aiken Dowager MENDIP b/br c 2007 Forty Niner Coronado’s Quest Laughing Look WELL SPRING b 2001 Baldski Chaposa Springs La Chaposa
102 - EMIRATES AIRLINE SH. MAKTOUM CHALL. RD 3, G2, Meydan, March 3, 2000m 1 Twice Over (GB) 6 b/br c Observatory (USA) - Double Crossed (GB) (Caerleon (USA)) 2 Musir (AUS) 5 b c Redoute’s Choice (AUS) - Dizzy de Lago (AUS) (Encosta de Lago (AUS)) 3 Gitano Hernando (GB) 5 ch c Hernando (FR) - Gino’s Spirits (GB) (Perugino (USA))
international database Mr Prospector Distant View Seven Springs
105 - DUBAI DUTY FREE ZABEEL MILE, G2, Meydan, March 10, 1600m
OBSERVATORY ch 97 Roberto Stellaria Victoria Star TWICE OVER b/br c 2005 Nijinsky Caerleon Foreseer DOUBLE CROSSED b 98 Blushing Groom Quandary Lost Virtue
103 - EMIRATES AIRLINE AL BASTAKIYA, L, Meydan, March 3, 1800m
1 Rileyskeepingfaith (GB) 5 b g Hunting Lion (IRE) - Keeping The Faith (IRE) (Ajraas (USA)) 2 Fareer (GB) 5 ch g Bahamian Bounty (GB) - Songsheet (GB) (Dominion) 3 Fanunalter (GB) 5 b g Falbrav (IRE) Step Danzer (IRE) (Desert Prince (IRE))
Warning Piccolo Woodwind HUNTING LION b 97
Danzig Danehill Razyana EXCEED AND EXCEL b 2000 Lomond Patrona Gladiolus SPIN CYCLE b c 2006 Nureyev Spinning World Imperfect Circle SPINAMIX gr 99 Linamix Vadsagreya Vadsa
108 - ABU DHABI CHAMPIONSHIP, G3, Abu Dhabi, March 20, 2200m
1 Reem (AUS) 4 ch f Galileo (IRE) - Al Afreet (AUS) (Danehill (USA)) 2 Ahlaain (USA) 3 b c Bernstein (USA) Brocatelle (GB) (Green Desert (USA)) 3 Borug (USA) 3 b c Kingmambo (USA) Marienbad (FR) (Darshaan)
Northern Dancer Sadler’s Wells Fairy Bridge GALILEO b 98
Starry Way RILEYSKEEPINGFAITH b g 2006 Northern Dancer Ajraas Shake A Leg KEEPING THE FAITH b 94 Mr Fluorocarbon Felicitas Tobeylina
1 Topclas (FR) 5 b c Kutub (IRE) - Noble Presence (FR) (Fasliyev (USA)) 2 Dr Faustus (IRE) 6 gr c Sadler’s Wells (USA) - Requesting (GB) (Rainbow Quest (USA)) 3 Hunting Tower (SAF) 9 ch g Fort Wood (USA) - Stirrup Cup (SAF) (Royal Chalice (SAF))
106 - DUBAI DUTY FREE DRC GOLD CUP, G3, Meydan, March 10, 1600m
In The Wings
REEM ch f 2007 Danzig Danehill Razyana AL AFREET b 2003 Royal Academy Drama of Life Hot Princess
104 - EMIRATES AIR. DUBAI CITY OF GOLD STAKES, G2, Meydan, March 3, 2400m
1 Whispering Gallery (GB) 5 b g Daylami (IRE) - Echoes In Eternity (IRE) (Spinning World (USA)) 2 Bergo (GER) 8 b g Silvano (GER) - Bella Figura (USA) (Surumu (GER)) 3 Opinion Poll (IRE) 5 b c Halling (USA) Ahead (Shirley Heights)
Mill Reef Doyoun Dumka DAYLAMI gr 94 Miswaki
Seeking The Gold Dubai Millennium Colorado Dancer DUBAWI b 2002 Deploy Zomaradah Jawaher MONTEROSSO b c 2007 Sadler’s Wells Barathea Brocade PORTO ROCA b 96 Salieri Antelliere Anntelle
Damana WHISPERING GALLERY b g 2006 Nureyev Spinning World Imperfect Circle ECHOES IN ETERNITY b 2000 Silver Hawk Magnificient Style Mia Karina
107- JEBEL ALI SPRINT, L, Jebel Ali, March 11, 1000m 1 Spin Cycle (IRE) 5 b c Exceed And Excel (AUS) - Spinamix (GB) (Spinning World (USA)) 2 Force Freeze (USA) 6 b/br c Forest Camp (USA) - Antifreeze (USA) (It’s Freezing (USA)) 3 Terrific Challenge (USA) 9 ch c Royal Academy (USA) - Clever Empress (GB) (Crafty Prospector (USA))
1 Victoire Pisa (JPN) 4 b/br c Neo Universe (JPN) - Whitewater Affair (GB) (Machiavellian (USA)) 2 Transcend (JPN) 5 b c Wild Rush (USA) - Cinema Scope (JPN) (Tony Bin) 3 Monterosso (GB) 4 b c Dubawi (IRE) Porto Roca (AUS) (Barathea (IRE))
Halo Sunday Silence Wishing Well NEO UNIVERSE b 2000 Kris Pointed Path Silken Way VICTOIRE PISA b/br c 2007 Mr Prospector Machiavellian Coup de Folie WHITEWATER AFFAIR ch 93 Bustino Much Too Risky Short Rations
111 - DUBAI DUTY FREE STAKES, G1, Meydan, March 26, 1800m
KUTUB b 97 Minnie Habit
1 Monterosso (GB) 4 b c Dubawi (IRE) Porto Roca (AUS) (Barathea (IRE)) 2 Calvados Blues (FR) 5 ch c Lando (GER) - Persian Belle (GB) (Machiavellian (USA)) 3 Mr Brock (SAF) 8 b g Fort Wood (USA) - Cape Badger (SAF) (Badger Land (USA))
High Hawk Habitat
Urban Sea Allegretta
110 - EMIRATES AIRLINE DUBAI WORLD CUP, G1, Meydan, March 26, 2000m
Minnie Tudor TOPCLAS b c 2006 Nureyev Fasliyev Mr P’s Princess NOBLE PRESENCE b 2001 Ela-ManaMou My Darling Cistus
1 Presvis (GB) 7 b g Sakhee (USA) Forest Fire (SWE) (Never So Bold) 2 River Jetez (SAF) 8 b f Jet Master (SAF) - Stormsvlei (SAF) (Prince Florimund (SAF)) 3 Wigmore Hall (IRE) 4 b g High Chaparral (IRE) - Love And Laughter (IRE) (Theatrical)
109 - GULF NEWS DUBAI GOLDEN SHAHEEN STAKES, G1, Meydan, March 26, 1200m
Bahri Wasnah SAKHEE b 97 Sadler’s Wells Thawakib Tobira Celeste PRESVIS b g 2004
1 Rocket Man (AUS) 6 b g Viscount (AUS) - Macrosa (NZ) (McGinty (NZ)) 2 Euroears (USA) 7 ch c Langfuhr (CAN) - Unky And Ally (USA) (Heff (USA)) 3 Kingsgate Prince (IRE) 8 b g Desert Sun (GB) - Princess Mood (GER) (Muhtarram (USA)) Rainbow Quest Quest For Fame Aryenne VISCOUNT br 98 Sir Tristram Antwerp Our Diamond Lover ROCKET MAN b g 2005 One Pound Sterling McGinty Ernader MACROSA b 90 Indian Conquest Dusky Rosa Surprising
Bold Lad Never So Bold Never Never Land FOREST FIRE b 95 Colombian Friend Mango Sampaquita Twins Fire
112 - CHINA GUANGSHA DUBAI SHEEMA CLASSIC, G1, Meydan, March 26, 2400m 1 Rewilding (GB) 4 b c Tiger Hill (IRE) Darara (Top Ville) 2 Redwood (GB) 5 b/br c High Chaparral (IRE) - Arum Lily (USA) (Woodman (USA)) 3 Calvados Blues (FR) 5 ch c Lando (GER) - Persian Belle (GB) (Machiavellian (USA))
international database Danzig
Danehill Razyana TIGER HILL b 95
REWILDING b c 2007
Our Diamond Lover
Bempton High Top
MUFHASA br g 2004
RED RULER b g 2004 Island Whirl
DARARA b 83
Roberto Red Ransom
Exacting Lady Abdos
SHEILA CHEVAL b 94
Silver Sheila Just Ours
Worldwide 113 - Waikato Draught Sprint, G1, Te Rapa, February 12, 1400m 1 Mufhasa (NZ) 7 br g Pentire (GB) Sheila Cheval (NZ) (Mi Preferido (USA)) 2 Wall Street (NZ) 7 b g Montjeu (IRE) Villa Wanda (GB) (Grand Lodge (USA)) 3 Keep The Peace (NZ) 5 b f Keeper (AUS) - Peace of Mind (NZ) (Wild Rampage (AUS)) Sire: PENTIRE. Sire of 37 Stakes winners. In 2011 - MUFHASA Mi Preferido G1. 1st Dam: Sheila Cheval by Mi Preferido. unraced. Dam of 5 winners: 2000: MOGANO (g Slavic) Winner in Australia. 2002: BELLE JOIE (f Mellifont) 6 wins in New Zealand. 2003: BERT (g Bertolini) 4 wins in New Zealand. 2004: MUFHASA (g Pentire) Champion older horse in New Zealand in 2008-09. 14 wins in New Zealand, Waikato Draught Sprint G1 (twice), First Sovereign Trust Telegraph H G1 (twice), Fully Fledged Fairdale OtakiMaori S G1, Coupland’s Bakeries Mile G2, G R Kelt Memorial LR, 2nd Mudgway Partsworld S G1, 3rd Hong Kong World City George Ryder S G1 (twice), Waikato Draught Sprint G1, Reed Property Glasshouse H LR. 2005: Blockbuster (g Keeper) 2006: KEEPA CHEVAL (f Keeper) Winner in New Zealand. 2007: Rafhiki (c Pentire) unraced. 2008: (c Perfectly Ready) 2009: (f Zabeel) 2nd Dam: Silver Sheila by Silver Dream. unraced. Dam of COMMANDER CHEVAL (g All Glory: Matamata Cup LR, 2nd Radio Pacific Avondale Cup G1), Fort Cheval (g Never Til Dawn: 2nd Evening Standard Cup G3, 4th DB Auckland Cup G1, Barclays St Leger S G1). Grandam of Audrey. Broodmare Sire: MI PREFERIDO. Sire of the dams of 4 Stakes winners. In 2011 - MUFHASA Pentire G1.
114 - Darci Brahma International Stakes, G1, Te Rapa, February 12, 2000m 1 Red Ruler (NZ) 7 b g Viking Ruler (AUS) - Ransom Bay (USA) (Red Ransom (USA)) 2 Booming (NZ) 7 b g Don Eduardo (NZ) - Beautiful Sea (NZ) (Grosvenor (NZ)) 3 Passchendaele (NZ) 6 b f Montjeu (IRE) - Classic Babe (NZ) (Classic Fame (USA)) Age: 3-7; Starts: 42; Wins: 9; Places: 7 Earnings: £515,736 Sire: VIKING RULER. Sire of 4 Stakes winners. In 2011 - RED RULER Red Ransom G1. 1st Dam: RANSOM BAY by Red Ransom. 2 wins at 3 in USA. Dam of 4 winners: 2001: (c Stravinsky) 2002: TRIUMPHANT DIAMOND (g Centaine) 3 wins at 5 and 6 in Hong Kong. 2003: Notawordtomary (f Black Minnaloushe) unraced. Broodmare. 2004: RED RULER (g Viking Ruler) 9 wins at 3, 5 and 7 in New Zealand, Darci Brahma International S G1, Lexus Championship S G2, Century City Wellington Cup G2, City of Auckland Queen Elizabeth Cup G2, Selaks Trentham S G3, 2nd David Jones AJC Australian Derby G1, Zabeel Classic Galaxy S G1 (twice), Kelt Capital S G1, 3rd Sandown Classic G2, Lawnmaster Awapuni Gold Cup G2, Waiwera Water Queen Elizabeth Cup G2. 2005: LET’S GO (g Van Nistelrooy) Winner in Malaysia. 2006: VIKING BAY (f Viking Ruler) Winner in South Korea. 2008: (f Al Naba) 2009: (c Pico Central) 2nd Dam: BROOKE’S TAP SHOES by Tap Shoes. 16 wins in USA Rambling Rose S. Dam of MONTEGO BAY (c Wild Again: Juvenile S LR) Broodmare Sire: RED RANSOM. Sire of the dams of 41 Stakes winners. In 2011 - RED RULER Viking Ruler G1, MAHBOOBA Galileo LR.
Arabia RANSOM BAY b 95
Bushel-N-Peck WILD EVENT b 93
Sir Tristram Mill Reef
VIKING RULER b 98
PENTIRE b 92
Icecapade Wild Again
Razyana What A Treat
Be My Guest
Tap Shoes Brooke’s Tap Shoes Amber Kim
115 - GP Henrique Possollo Stud TNT (1000 Gns), G1, Gavea, February 12, 1600m 1 Olympic Message (BRZ) 4 b f Wild Event (USA) - Mere Catherine (BRZ) (Jules (USA)) 2 Hunka Hunka (BRZ) 4 b f Wild Event (USA) - Uff-Uff (BRZ) (De Quest (GB)) 3 Perichole (BRZ) 4 b f Fahim (GB) Voile d’Or (BRZ) (Effervescing (USA)) Sire: WILD EVENT. Sire of 32 Stakes winners. In 2011 - OLYMPIC MESSAGE Jules G1, FLUKE De Quest G3, THUNDERDOME LUIZ Roi Normand G3. 1st Dam: Mere Catherine by Jules. unraced. Dam of 2 winners: 2004: Read My Lips (c Thignon Lafre) unraced. 2006: TOUCHED (c Hard Buck) 3 wins in Brazil. 2007: OLYMPIC MESSAGE (f Wild Event) 5 wins in Brazil, GP Henrique Possollo Stud TNT (1000 Gns) G1, G.P. C. Telles e C. Gilberto Rocha Faria G2, GP. Joao Adhemar,Nelson de Almeida Prado G3, Grande Premio Roger Guedon G3, 2nd G. P. Linneo de Paula Machado-Stud TNT G1. 2009: Alto Comando (c Wild Event) unraced to date. 2nd Dam: RADNAGE by Campero. 6 wins in Brazil Grande Premio Jose Gauthemozin Nogueira G1, Org.Sulamericana Fomento P.S. de Corrida G1, 2nd Grande Premio Diana (Oaks) G1, Copa A.N.P.C. - Classica G1, 4th Grande Premio Cruzeiro do Sul (Derby) G1. Dam of Idealite (f Tokatee: 3rd Classico Armando Rodrigues Carneiro LR). Grandam of SANDUKA. Broodmare Sire: JULES. Sire of the dams of 10 Stakes winners. In 2011 OLYMPIC MESSAGE Wild Event G1. The Wild Event/Jules cross has produced: OLYMPIC MESSAGE G1, TAKEN AWAY G1, TONEMAI G1, TEQUILA G3, ANDREZA LR, TELL IT TO LR, Mysterious Jule LR, Ultrarapid LR.
Northfields North of Eden Tree of Knowledge OLYMPIC MESSAGE b f 2007 Forty Niner Jules Bonita Francita MERE CATHERINE ch 99 Campero Radnage Kamayaana
116 - Sportingbet C F Orr Stakes, G1, Caulfield, February 12, 1400m 1 Typhoon Tracy (AUS) 6 b/br f Red Ransom (USA) - Tracy’s Element (AUS) (Last Tycoon) 2 Heart of Dreams (AUS) 6 b g Show A Heart (AUS) - Academy Of Dreams (AUS) (Royal Academy (USA)) 3 Ortensia (AUS) 6 b f Testa Rossa (AUS) - Aerate’s Pick (AUS) (Picnicker (AUS)) Sire: RED RANSOM. Sire of 97 Stakes winners. In 2011 - TYPHOON TRACY Last Tycoon G1, EMMROOZ Danehill LR. 1st Dam: TRACY’S ELEMENT by Last Tycoon. Champion 2yr old filly in South Africa in 1992-93, Champion older mare in South Africa in 1994-95. 11 wins in South Africa, Smirnoff Bloodline Sprint G1, Computaform Sprint G1, The Star Sprint G1, South African Fillies Sprint G1. Own sister to TOWKAY. Dam of 7 winners: 1996: Traceable (f Rahy) unraced. Dam of SHAFT (c Flying Spur: Winner in Australia, Int. Animal Health Silver Slipper S G2) 1997: HANOVER (f Marscay) Winner in Australia. Dam of Eclair Fastpass (g Fastnet Rock: 4 wins in Australia, Singapore, 2nd RSL Vain S LR, 3rd H D F McNeil S G3) 2000: BALTIC COVE (g Polish Navy) 2 wins in Australia. 2001: Kylikwong (f Red Ransom) 2 wins at 3 in Australia, 2nd Crown Victoria Oaks G1, Schweppes South Australasian Oaks G1, 3rd Sires’ Produce S G1. Broodmare. 2003: ELEMENT OF DANGER (f Red Ransom) Winner at 3 in Australia. Broodmare. 2004: RED ELEMENT (c Red Ransom) 5 wins in Australia, A R Creswick S LR, Menere’s BMW Doveton S LR, 3rd Greenslopes Sir Byrne Hart S G2. 2005: TYPHOON TRACY (f Red Ransom) 11 wins in Australia, Sportingbet C F Orr S G1 (twice), Rokk Ebony Futurity S G1, Inglis Queen of the Turf S G1, Coolmore Classic G1, Myer Classic Empire Rose S G1, Harrolds Tristarc S G2, Schweppervescence F. Tressady Trophy
international database G3, Kevin Hayes Boronia S LR, 2nd Myer Empire Rose Classic G1, Makybe Diva Craiglee S G2, Dato Tan Chin Nam John F Feehan S G2, 3rd J J Liston S G2, Essendon Mazda Australia Wootton S G2. 2006: Tracy’s Choice (f Redoute’s Choice) Winner in Australia, 3rd Ambassador Bright Shadow H LR. 2008: Madam Tracy (f Encosta de Lago) unraced to date. 2010: (f Encosta de Lago) 2nd Dam: PRINCESS TRACY by Ahonoora. 4 wins at 2 and 3 Ballyogan S G3, Baroda Stud Phoenix Sprint G3, 4th Moyglare Stud S G1. Dam of TRACY’S ELEMENT (f Last Tycoon, see above), DANASINGA (c Danehill: Stradbroke H G1, 2nd BMW Doncaster H G1, Doomben Cup G1), TOPASANNAH (f Commanche Run: Woolavington Cup G2), CULLEN (c Danehill: Mercedes-Benz Blue Diamond Preview (c&g) G3, Rubiton S G3, 2nd McDonogh Railway H G1), TOWKAY (c Last Tycoon: C S Hayes S G3, 3rd Sallinger S G1). Grandam of SUNTAGONAL, PRINCE OF WAR, HAPPY MORNING, FATAL ATTRACTION, PERANA, PRINCE ARTHUR, Seton Hall. Third dam of Jovial. Broodmare Sire: LAST TYCOON. Sire of the dams of 133 Stakes winners. In 2011 - TYPHOON TRACY Red Ransom G1, CENTENNIAL PARK Thorn Park G2, HER ROYAL HIGHNESS Volksraad LR. The Red Ransom/Last Tycoon cross has produced: ONEMORENOMORE G1, TYPHOON TRACY G1, RED ELEMENT G2, RED ARROW G3, VALPOLICELLA G3, CONTRABAND LR, Kylikwong G1.
Hail To Reason Roberto Bramalea RED RANSOM b 87 Damascus Arabia Christmas Wind TYPHOON TRACY b/br f 2005 Try My Best Last Tycoon Mill Princess TRACY’S ELEMENT b 90 Ahonoora Princess Tracy Princess Ru
Normand (USA)) Sire: AMERICAN GIPSY. Sire of 9 Stakes winners. In 2011 - ULTIMO FURO Clackson G1. 1st Dam: Informal Dress by Clackson. 4 wins in Brazil, 2nd Grande Premio Euvaldo Lodi G3. Dam of 4 winners: 2003: QUARTA COROA (c Jules) 5 wins in Brazil. 2004: Olympic Dress (f Public Purse) ran on the flat in Brazil. Broodmare. 2005: SILVER DODGE (c Dodge) 5 wins in Brazil. 2006: TEQUILLA HEIGHTS (c Know Heights) Winner in Brazil. 2007: ULTIMO FURO (c American Gipsy) 2 wins in Brazil, G. P. Estado de Rio de Janeiro-Stud TNT G1, 2nd Grande Premio Mario Azevedo Ribeiro G3, Grande Premio Jose Buarque de Macedo G3. 2008: Viking Heights (c Know Heights) unraced to date. 2nd Dam: Milly Gram by Buckfinder. unraced. Dam of Informal Dress (f Clackson, see above), Jade Queen (f Ghadeer: 2nd Classico Octavio Dupont LR), Madame Dodge (f Dodge: 2nd Classico Ministerio da Agricultura LR) Broodmare Sire: CLACKSON. Sire of the dams of 41 Stakes winners. In 2011 - ULTIMO FURO American Gipsy G1, SUCK OUT QUEEN Red Runner G2. The American Gipsy/Clackson cross has produced: ULTIMO FURO G1, Apolice Global G3.
Seattle Slew Septieme Ciel Maximova AMERICAN GIPSY dk/ b 92 Bailjumper Algenib Swing On A Star ULTIMO FURO ch c 2007 I Say Clackson Quarana INFORMAL DRESS b 96 Buckfinder Milly Gram Gramy
118 - Coolmore Lightning Stakes, G1, Flemington, February 19, 1000m 117 - G. P. Estado de Rio de JaneiroStud TNT, G1, Gavea, February 13, 1600m 1 Ultimo Furo (BRZ) 4 ch c American Gipsy (USA) - Informal Dress (BRZ) (Clackson (BRZ)) 2 Conclusivo (BRZ) 4 b c Neleo (BRZ) Unorvilena (BRZ) (Norwegian (CAN)) 3 Materia Prima (BRZ) 4 b c Mensageiro Alado (BRZ) - Freak Lady (BRZ) (Roi
1 Black Caviar (AUS) 5 br f Bel Esprit (AUS) - Helsinge (AUS) (Desert Sun (GB)) 2 Hay List (AUS) 6 b/br g Statue of Liberty (USA) - Sing Hallelujah (AUS) (Is It True (USA)) 3 Warm Love (AUS) 4 b f Octagonal (NZ) - Charangas (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS)) Sire: BEL ESPRIT. Sire of 10 Stakes
winners. In 2011 - BLACK CAVIAR Desert Sun G1. 1st Dam: Helsinge by Desert Sun. unraced. Dam of 2 winners: 2006: BLACK CAVIAR (f Bel Esprit) 9 wins in Australia, Coolmore Lightning S G1, Patinack Victoria Racing Club S G1, Schweppes A J Moir S G2, PFD Food Services Schillaci S G2, Danehill Rory’s Jester S G2, Essendon Mazda N.Carlyon S.Wootton S G2, Arrow Training Services W.Crockett Plate LR, Blue Sapphire S LR. 2007: MOSHE (c Bel Esprit) 2 wins in Australia. 2009: (c Casino Prince) 2010: (f Redoute’s Choice) 2nd Dam: SCANDINAVIA by Snippets. 4 wins in Australia Qantas QTC Cup G2, 2nd AWA Goodwood H G1, Sallinger S G1, 3rd Saab Lightning S G1, Newmarket H G1. Dam of MAGNUS (c Flying Spur: Bisey Workwear Galaxy H G1, 2nd Coolmore Lightning S G1, Newmarket H G1, Oakleigh Plate G1, 3rd Ultra Tune Oakleigh Plate G1), WILANDER (c Exceed And Excel: PFD Food Services Schillaci S G2) Broodmare Sire: DESERT SUN. Sire of the dams of 6 Stakes winners. In 2011 BLACK CAVIAR Bel Esprit G1.
Nijinsky Royal Academy Crimson Saint BEL ESPRIT b 99 Vain Bespoken Vin d’Amour BLACK CAVIAR br f 2006 Green Desert Desert Sun Solar HELSINGE b 2001 Snippets Scandinavia Song of Norway
2000: MAIN EVENTER (c Afleet) 8 wins in Japan. 2001: LET’S SURPASS (c End Sweep) Winner at 3 in Japan. 2002: Red Thread (f Peintre Celebre) ran on the flat in Japan. Broodmare. 2003: CENDRILLON (f Commander In Chief ) 3 wins at 3 in Japan, Shion S LR. 2004: CHRONICLE (c Taiki Shuttle) Winner at 3 in Japan. 2006: TRANSCEND (c Wild Rush) 8 wins at 3 to 5 in Japan, February S G1, Japan Cup Dirt G1, Miyako S G3, The Leopard S LR, 2nd Tokai TV Hai Tokai S G2, Nihon TV Hai LR. 2007: BLUE MOMENT (f Dance In The Dark) 2 wins at 3 in Japan. 2nd Dam: Blue Hawaii by Thrill Show. unraced. Dam of Gewalt (c Sunday Silence: 3rd Radio Tampa Hai Nisai S LR), Pulsebeat (c Tony Bin: 2nd Kyoto Shimbun Hai LR, Radio Tampa Sho LR, T.V.Nishinippon Corp.Sho Kitayushu Kinen LR) Broodmare Sire: TONY BIN. Sire of the dams of 46 Stakes winners. In 2011 TRANSCEND Wild Rush G1, RULERSHIP King Kamehameha G2, RED DAVIS Agnes Tachyon G3. The Wild Rush/Tony Bin cross has produced: TRANSCEND G1, COURIR PASSION G3.
Icecapade Wild Again Bushel-N-Peck WILD RUSH b 94 Plugged Nickle Rose Park Hardship TRANSCEND b c 2006 Kampala Tony Bin Severn Bridge CINEMA SCOPE ch 93 Thrill Show Blue Hawaii
119 - February Stakes, G1, Tokyo, February 20, 1600m 1 Transcend (JPN) 5 b c Wild Rush (USA) - Cinema Scope (JPN) (Tony Bin) 2 Furioso (JPN) 7 ch c Brian’s Time (USA) - Fursa (USA) (Mr Prospector (USA)) 3 Birdie Birdie (JPN) 4 b/br c Brian’s Time (USA) - Home Sweet Home (USA) (Seeking The Gold (USA)) Age: 3-5; Starts: 15; Wins: 8; Places: 3 Earnings: £2,917,647 Sire: WILD RUSH. Sire of 26 Stakes winners. In 2011 - TRANSCEND Tony Bin G1. 1st Dam: CINEMA SCOPE by Tony Bin. 4 wins at 3 to 5 in Japan. Own sister to Pulsebeat. Dam of 6 winners:
120 - Haunui Farm Otaki-Maori WFA Classic, G1, Otaki, February 26, 1600m 1 Keep The Peace (NZ) 5 b f Keeper (AUS) - Peace of Mind (NZ) (Wild Rampage (AUS)) 2 Wall Street (NZ) 7 b g Montjeu (IRE) Villa Wanda (GB) (Grand Lodge (USA)) 3 Dasoudi (NZ) 6 b f Elusive City (USA) Culburra Beach (AUS) (Scenic) Sire: KEEPER. Sire of 17 Stakes winners. In 2011 - KEEP THE PEACE Wild Rampage G1. 1st Dam: PEACE OF MIND by Wild Rampage. 6 wins in New Zealand. Dam
international database of 5 winners: 1999: HEADMINDER (f Bigstone) Winner in New Zealand. Broodmare. 2000: Meant To Be (f Faltaat) unraced. Broodmare. 2002: SILENT DRAGON (g Faltaat) 3 wins in Hong Kong. 2004: PYRATE PRINCESS (f Pyrus) 2 wins in New Zealand. 2005: COLERAINE (g Captain Rio) 4 wins in South Korea. 2006: KEEP THE PEACE (f Keeper) 5 wins in New Zealand, Mudgway Partsworld Challenge S G1, Wellfield New Zealand Oaks G1, Haunui Farm Otaki-Maori WFA Classic G1, Little India Desert Gold S G3, 2nd New Zealand Bloodstock 1000 Guineas G1, Homebush Partnership Lowland S G3, 3rd Waikato Draught Sprint G1, Kit Ormond Memorial Spring Classic G1, Windsor Park Plate G1, Matriach S G2. 2008: (c Captain Rio) 2009: (f Captain Rio) 2nd Dam: REGENCY ART by New Regent. 1 win in New Zealand. Dam of MAKARPURA STAR (c Native Kingdom: Hong Kong Derby LR, Hong Kong Gold Cup LR (twice), Hong Kong Champions & Chater Cup LR, 2nd Television New Zealand 2000 Guineas G1) Broodmare Sire: WILD RAMPAGE. Sire of the dams of 2 Stakes winners. In 2011 - KEEP THE PEACE Keeper G1.
1st Dam: DESINA by Desert King. Winner in Australia. Dam of 2 winners: 2004: Kalahari Cat (g Tale of The Cat) ran on the flat in Australia. 2005: EAGLE FALLS (g Hussonet) 7 wins in Australia, Sportingbet Oakleigh Plate G1, Seppelt Salinger Linlithgow S G2, 2nd Newmarket H G1, Top Cut Alister Clark S G2, 3rd Sportingbet Manikato S G1. 2007: GUNBARREL (c Hussonet) Winner in Australia. 2009: (f Hussonet) 2nd Dam: PRESINA by Prego. Slipper QRIS Added S LR, P J Bell H LR, Sir Douglas Wadley H LR. Dam of Faster Pussycat (f Flying Spur: 2nd Illawarra 2yo Classic LR) Broodmare Sire: DESERT KING. Sire of the dams of 4 Stakes winners. In 2011 EAGLE FALLS Hussonet G1.
Raise A Native Mr Prospector Gold Digger HUSSONET ch 91 Raja Baba Sacahuista Nalees Flying Flag EAGLE FALLS br g 2005 Danehill Desert King Sabaah DESINA 99 Prego Presina Yeatsina
Danzig Danehill Razyana KEEPER b 97 Pleasant Colony Nuwirah Secretarial Queen KEEP THE PEACE b f 2006 Bletchingly Wild Rampage Frivolous Lass PEACE OF MIND b 92 New Regent Regency Art Copper Art
121 - Sportingbet Oakleigh Plate, G1, Caulfield, February 26, 1000m 1 Eagle Falls (AUS) 6 br g Hussonet (USA) - Desina (AUS) (Desert King (IRE)) 2 Avenue (AUS) 5 gr f Anabaa (USA) Virage (AUS) (Kenmare (FR)) 3 Hinchinbrook (AUS) 4 b c Fastnet Rock (AUS) - Snippets’ Lass (AUS) (Snippets (AUS)) Age: 5-7994; Starts: 100; Wins: 7; Places: 0 Earnings: £37,046 Sire: HUSSONET. Sire of 74 Stakes winners. In 2011 - EAGLE FALLS Desert King G1.
122 - Rokk Ebony Futurity Stakes, G1, Caulfield, February 26, 1400m 1 More Joyous (NZ) 5 b f More Than Ready (USA) - Sunday Joy (AUS) (Sunday Silence (USA)) 2 Whobegotyou (AUS) 6 ch g Street Cry (IRE) - Temple of Peace (JPN) (Carnegie (IRE)) 3 Dao Dao (AUS) 8 br g Shinko Forest (IRE) - Casual Way (NZ) (Casual Lies (USA)) Sire: MORE THAN READY. Sire of 62 Stakes winners. In 2011 - MORE JOYOUS Sunday Silence G1, DREAMAWAY Danehill G3, TROPIC THUNDER Snippets LR. 1st Dam: SUNDAY JOY by Sunday Silence. 3 wins in Australia, AJC Oaks G1, 3rd Rosehill Guineas G1. Dam of 2 winners: 2005: SEVENTH REASON (c Sadler’s Wells) 2 wins at 4 in Australia. 2006: MORE JOYOUS (f More Than Ready) 10 wins in Australia, Arrowfield Stud Flight S G1, Rokk Ebony Futurity S G1, Yellowglen George Main S G1, David Jones Toorak H G1, Perfect Vision Ilasik Reisling Slipper G2, Jim Beam Surround S G2,
Sebring Theo Marks H. Sprint G2, Light Fingers S G2, Suncorp Banking Tea Rose S G2, Freeview Breeders’ Classic G2, Winning Edge Sheraco S LR, 3rd Winning Edge Presentations Sheraco S LR. 2007: Joy Toy (f Encosta de Lago) 2009: (c Redoute’s Choice) 2010: (f More Than Ready) 2nd Dam: JOIE DENISE by Danehill. 4 wins in Australia Queensland Oaks G1. Dam of TUESDAY JOY (f Carnegie: Patinack Chipping Norton S G1, Ranvet S G1, Coolmore Classic G1, BMW HE Tancred S G1, 2nd Bisley Workwear Chipping Norton S G1, Crown Victoria Oaks G1, 3rd David Jones Australian Derby G1, J P Morgan AJC Oaks G1, Patinack Farm Queen Elizabeth S G1), SUNDAY JOY (f Sunday Silence, see above), Mary Marvel (f Fusaichi Pegasus: 3rd Blazer Edward Manifold S G2), Joie (f Geiger Counter: 2nd Kensington S LR) Broodmare Sire: SUNDAY SILENCE. Sire of the dams of 82 Stakes winners. In 2011 - MORE JOYOUS More Than Ready G1, TO THE GLORY King Kamehameha G2, DANCE FANTASIA Falbrav G3, SILPORT White Muzzle G3, SMILE JACK Tanino Gimlet G3, WHALE CAPTURE Kurofune G3, INTROVERT Iffraaj LR.
Halo Southern Halo Northern Sea MORE THAN READY b 97 Woodman Woodman’s Girl Becky Be Good MORE JOYOUS b f 2006 Halo Sunday Silence Wishing Well SUNDAY JOY b 99 Danehill Joie Denise Denise’s Joy
123 - Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Stakes, G1, Caulfield, February 26, 1200m 1 Sepoy (AUS) 3 ch c Elusive Quality (USA) - Watchful (AUS) (Danehill (USA)) 2 Hallowell Belle (AUS) 3 ch f Starcraft (NZ) - Bella Inez (AUS) (Beautiful Crown (USA)) 3 Masthead (AUS) 3 b c Written Tycoon (AUS) - Balsamico (AUS) (Redoute’s Choice (AUS)) Sire: ELUSIVE QUALITY. Sire of 53 Stakes winners. In 2011 - SEPOY Danehill G1, BULLBARS Singspiel G3, STAGE PRESENCE Zeditave G3. 1st Dam: Watchful by Danehill. Own sister to CAMARENA and
Untouchable. Dam of 1 winner: 2006: Twitcher (f Reset) unraced. 2007: Cautious Time (c Elusive Quality) 2008: SEPOY (c Elusive Quality) 4 wins in Australia, Patinack Farm Blue Diamond S G1, Blue Diamond Prelude (c&g) G3, Maribyrnong Trial S LR, Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Preview (c&g) LR. 2009: (c Dubai Destination) 2nd Dam: Canny Miss by Marscay. unraced. Dam of CAMARENA (f Danehill: Queensland Derby G1, 2nd Flight S G1, Louis Vuitton Mackinnon S G1, Eat Well Live Well Cup G1, 3rd AJC Oaks G1, Ansett Australia S G1), Untouchable (c Danehill: 2nd Todman Slipper Trial G2). Grandam of CAMARILLA. Broodmare Sire: DANEHILL. Sire of the dams of 153 Stakes winners. In 2011 - SEPOY Elusive Quality G1, DREAMAWAY More Than Ready G3, ONE LAST DANCE Encosta de Lago G3, SPLASH POINT Street Cry G3, WINTER BURST Western Winter G3, EMMROOZ Red Ransom LR, LUDKA Singspiel LR, PINWHEEL Lonhro LR. The Elusive Quality/Danehill cross has produced: CAMARILLA G1, SEPOY G1, BERNICIA G2, RELATED G2, Dijla G2, Elusive King G2, Viking Turf Belle G2, Jalsah G3, Spirit of Battle G3, Weatherstaff G3, Absent Pleasure LR, Etive LR, Princess Quality LR.
Mr Prospector Gone West Secrettame ELUSIVE QUALITY b 93 Hero’s Honor Touch of Greatness Ivory Wand SEPOY ch c 2008 Danzig Danehill Razyana WATCHFUL b 2001 Marscay Canny Miss Jesmond Lass
124 - ATC Chipping Norton Stakes, G1, Warwick Farm, March 5, 1600m 1 Danleigh (AUS) 8 b g Mujahid (USA) Graceful Lily (AUS) (Dr Grace (NZ)) 2 Centennial Park (NZ) 6 b g Thorn Park (AUS) - Trephina (AUS) (Last Tycoon) 3 Sacred Choice (AUS) 6 b f Choisir (AUS) - Sacred Habit (NZ) (Sir Tristram) Sire: MUJAHID. Sire of 17 Stakes winners. In 2011 - DANLEIGH Dr Grace G1. 1st Dam: Graceful Lily by Dr Grace. ran on the flat in Australia. Dam of 1 winner: 2002: Leicleigh (c Nothin’ Leica
international database Dane) unraced. 2003: DANLEIGH (g Mujahid) 8 wins in Australia, Daily Telegraph All Aged S G1, ATC Chipping Norton S G1, Sportingbet Manikato S G1, Hong Kong Asia’s World City G Ryder S G1, Winning Edge Presentations Apollo S G2, Borrelli Clothing Sires’ Produce S G2, Liverpool City Cup G3, Bacardi Breezer South Pacific Classic G3, 2nd The Coffey Projects Galaxy H G1, AAMI Stradbroke H G1, T J Smith Classic G1, Veolia Environmental Services Ajax S G2, Jim Beam Missile S G3, 3rd Patinack Farm Chipping Norton S G1, Mitty’s Queensland Guineas G2, 100 Club Warwick S G2, Frederick Clissold S G3, Heinrich Constructions Gold Coast Gns LR. 2004: Brahmleigh (g Brahms) unraced. 2007: Flying Dynamite (g Flying Spur) ran on the flat in Australia. 2008: (c Choisir) Broodmare Sire: DR GRACE. Sire of the dams of 7 Stakes winners. In 2011 DANLEIGH Mujahid G1.
2nd Dam: Winter’s Tale by Icelandic. unraced. Dam of ROCK N ROLL KID (g Justice Prevails: Macau Director’s Cup LR, Macau Chairman’s Challenge Cup LR, Macau Cup LR (twice), Macau Gold Cup LR (twice), Macau Autumn Trophy LR, Macau Winter Trophy LR (twice)), FAIRY TALE (g Shinko King: Stewards’ Cup LR) Broodmare Sire: BLUES TRAVELLER. Sire of the dams of 7 Stakes winners. In 2011 - SHAMROCKER O’Reilly G1, SPIRO Pyrus G2.
Try My Best Last Tycoon Mill Princess O’REILLY br 93 Pompeii Court Courtza Hunza SHAMROCKER b f 2007 Bluebird Blues Traveller Natuschka BOHEMIAN BLUES b 97 Icelandic Winter’s Tale Gay Sonnet
2nd Dam: GALE by Wild Rampage. 3
Storm Cat Bubbles Darlene DANLEIGH b g 2003 Sir Tristram Dr Grace English Wonder GRACEFUL LILY gr 96
125 - Australian Guineas, G1, Flemington, March 5, 1600m 1 Shamrocker (NZ) 4 b f O’Reilly (NZ) Bohemian Blues (NZ) (Blues Traveller (IRE)) 2 Bullbars (AUS) 4 br c Elusive Quality (USA) - Accessories (GB) (Singspiel (IRE)) 3 Playing God (AUS) 4 br g Blackfriars (AUS) - Dolly Will Do (AUS) (Rubiton (AUS)) Sire: O’REILLY. Sire of 46 Stakes winners. In 2011 - SHAMROCKER Blues Traveller G1, DATING Sound Reason G3, ESCADAIRE Centaine LR, GUY NO Centaine LR. 1st Dam: Bohemian Blues by Blues Traveller. unraced. Dam of 1 winner: 2007: SHAMROCKER (f O’Reilly) Australian Guineas G1, Sires’ Produce S G2, 2nd Crown Victoria Oaks G1, 3rd Edward Manifold S G2.
the dams of 93 Stakes winners. In 2011
Sunset Girl Bartax TITCH br g 2004 Sir Tristram
- JIMMY CHOUX Thorn Park G1,
ESCADAIRE O’Reilly LR, GUY NO
Eight Carat OUR SOPHIE br 89
O’Reilly LR, LANG Lord Ballina LR.
English Harbour Skip Agree
Nureyev Spinning World Imperfect Circle THORN PARK ch 99 Bluebird Joy Christmas Spirit JIMMY CHOUX b c 2007 Century Centaine Rainbeam CIERZO b 99 Wild Rampage Gale Imposing Choice
128 - Turnpoint Royal Randwick Guineas, G1, Warwick Farm, March 12, 1600m
1 Ilovethiscity (AUS) 4 ch c Magic Albert (AUS) - Kensington Rose (NZ) (Kenfair (NZ)) 2 Skilled (AUS) 4 b c Commands (AUS) Dextrous (AUS) (Quest For Fame) 3 Light Brigade (AUS) 4 b c Redoute’s Choice (AUS) - Winning Belle (NZ)
126 - Telecom New Zealand Derby, G1, Ellerslie, March 5, 2400m
127 - Stella Artois Auckland Cup, G1, Ellerslie, March 9, 3200m
(Zabeel (NZ)) Age: 2-3; Starts: 11; Wins: 4; Places: 3 Earnings: £409,710
1 Jimmy Choux (NZ) 4 b c Thorn Park (AUS) - Cierzo (NZ) (Centaine (AUS)) 2 Historian (NZ) 4 b g Choisir (AUS) Cyclonic (AUS) (Marauding (NZ)) 3 On The Level (NZ) 4 b g Align (AUS) Springtime Romance (AUS) (Last Tycoon)
Hunters Path Hunter Lily
Broodmare Sire: CENTAINE. Sire of
Pas de Nom
Bletchingly LORD BALLINA b 79
Danzig MUJAHID b 96
wins in New Zealand Castletown S LR.
Sire: THORN PARK. Sire of 10 Stakes winners. In 2011 - JIMMY CHOUX Centaine G1, CENTENNIAL PARK Last Tycoon G2, THE PARTY STAND Royal Academy LR. 1st Dam: Cierzo by Centaine. ran on the flat in New Zealand. Dam of 1 winner: 2004: Whiskey Kiss (f Indian Danehill) ran on the flat in New Zealand. 2006: Bootlegger (g Indian Danehill) ran on the flat in New Zealand. 2007: JIMMY CHOUX (c Thorn Park) 5 wins in New Zealand, New Zealand 2000 Guineas G1, Telecom New Zealand Derby G1, Wakefield Challenge S G2, NZ Bloodstock Ins. Hawkes Bay Guineas G2, Stella Artois Great Northern Guineas G2, P. Cataldo Bloodstock Wellington S G3, H S Dyke Waikato Guineas G3, 2nd H S Dyke Wanganui Guineas LR, Wentwood Grange Star Way S LR, 3rd Diamond S G1, Ford Manawatu Sires Produce S G1. 2008: (c King’s Chapel)
1 Titch (NZ) 7 br g Lord Ballina (AUS) Our Sophie (NZ) (Kaapstad (NZ)) 2 Showcause (AUS) 6 ch g Giant’s Causeway (USA) - Showella (NZ) (Lord Ballina (AUS)) 3 Castle Heights (NZ) 7 b g Golan (IRE) Caernarfon (NZ) (Volksraad (GB)) Sire: LORD BALLINA. Sire of 49 Stakes winners. In 2011 - TITCH Kaapstad G1, LANG Centaine LR.
unraced. Dam of 1 winner: Soph (f Lord Ballina) 2nd
Coca-Cola Canterbury Gold Cup G3. 2004:
TITCH (g Lord Ballina)
Stella Artois Auckland Cup G1, 2nd Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup G3, J J Houlahan Hurdle LR. 2006:
winners. In 2011 - ILOVETHISCITY Kenfair G1, MASTER HARRY Sri Pekan G2. 1st Dam: Kensington Rose by Kenfair. Dam of 5 winners: 2000:
RAINING ROSES (f Desert
King) Winner in Australia. 2001:
CHELSEA ROSE (f
Hennessy) 2 wins in Australia.
1st Dam: Our Sophie by Kaapstad. 2003:
Sire: MAGIC ALBERT. Sire of 10 Stakes
Streets Away (g Street Cry)
PACHIRA (g Black Hawk) 4
wins in Australia. 2005:
Johannesburg) Winner at 2 in Australia. 2007:
ILOVETHISCITY (c Magic
Albert) 4 wins at 3 in Australia, Turnpoint Royal Randwick Guineas G1, Schweppes Hobartville S G2, MGA Insurance Brokers Spring S G3, 3rd Toohey’s New Golden Rose S G1. 2009:
(c Lion Heart)
Broodmare Sire: KAAPSTAD. Sire of
2nd Dam: Sweet Rose by Sir Tristram.
the dams of 42 Stakes winners. In 2011
unraced. Grandam of DONNA ROSITA,
- TITCH Lord Ballina G1, IMABAYBOY
Pacifier, Lob Star.
San Luis LR. Broodmare Sire: KENFAIR. Sire of the The Lord Ballina/Kaapstad cross has
dams of 3 Stakes winners. In 2011 -
produced: TITCH G1, Soph G3.
ILOVETHISCITY Magic Albert G1.
international database The Judge Zeditave Summoned MAGIC ALBERT ch 98 Salieri Sally Lou Plunkett Street ILOVETHISCITY ch c 2007 Kenmare Kenfair Market Fair KENSINGTON ROSE ch 95 Sir Tristram Sweet Rose Sweet Time
129 - Dubai Darley Australian Cup, G1, Flemington, March 12, 2000m 1 Shocking (AUS) 6 b c Street Cry (IRE) - Maria di Castiglia (GB) (Danehill (USA)) 2 Linton (AUS) 5 gr g Galileo (IRE) Heather (NZ) (Centaine (AUS)) 3 Playing God (AUS) 4 br g Blackfriars (AUS) - Dolly Will Do (AUS) (Rubiton (AUS))
SHOCKING Street Cry G1, ALOHA Encosta de Lago G3, DREAMAWAY More Than Ready G3, ONE LAST DANCE Encosta de Lago G3, SPLASH POINT Street Cry G3, WINTER BURST Western Winter G3, AGISTER Mossman LR, EMMROOZ Red Ransom LR, LUDKA Singspiel LR, PINWHEEL Lonhro LR, REEM Galileo LR. The Street Cry/Danehill cross has produced: SHOCKING G1, SPLASH POINT G3.
Mr Prospector Machiavellian Coup de Folie STREET CRY b/br 98 Troy Helen Street Waterway SHOCKING b c 2005 Danzig Danehill Razyana MARIA DI CASTIGLIA b 94 Don Roberto Macrina Pompea Morbella
Age: 2-5; Starts: 27; Wins: 7; Places: 8 Earnings: £2,411,226 Sire: STREET CRY. Sire of 41 Stakes winners. In 2011 - SHOCKING Danehill G1, WHOBEGOTYOU Carnegie G2, HOLLYWOODBOULEVARD Filante G3, SPLASH POINT Danehill G3, RIVER’S LANE Made of Gold LR. 1st Dam: Maria di Castiglia by Danehill. Dam of 5 winners: 1999: TUTANKHANEM (c King of Kings) 5 wins in Malaysia. 2000: MARIA SWEEPS ALL (f End Sweep) 3 wins at 6 in Australia. 2001: PIMPALA ZAR (g Xaar) 4 wins at 3 and 4 in Australia. 2002: Tutto Pronto (g More Than Ready) 2003: MISS COOLUM (f Lujain) Winner at 2 in Australia. 2005: SHOCKING (c Street Cry) 7 wins at 3 to 5 in Australia, Dubai Darley Australian Cup G1, Emirates Melbourne Cup G1, Makybe Diva Craiglee S G2, Lexus Hotham S G3, 2nd BMW Queensland Derby G1, Turnbull S G1, Sportingbet Herbert Power S G2, David Jones Cup Coongy H G3, 3rd Tatts Group Japan Racing Association Cup LR. 2006: Just Boy (c Filante) ran on the flat in Australia. 2007: Scandal (g Dubleo) ran on the flat in Australia. 2009: (c Street Sense)
130 - Nicolas Feuillatte NZ 2nd Century Stakes, G1, Ellerslie, March 12, 2000m 1 The Party Stand (NZ) 5 b f Thorn Park (AUS) - Cremisi (AUS) (Royal Academy (USA)) 2 Adaline (AUS) 5 br f Court of Jewels (NZ) - Red Covet (AUS) (St Covet (AUS)) 3 Vosne Romanee (NZ) 9 ch g Electronic Zone (USA) - Madison Avenue (NZ) (Morcon) Age: 3-4; Starts: 16; Wins: 6; Places: 3 Earnings: £75,988 Sire: THORN PARK. Sire of 11 Stakes winners. In 2011 - JIMMY CHOUX Centaine G1, THE PARTY STAND Royal Academy G1, CENTENNIAL PARK Last Tycoon G2, MAGIC BRIAR Danske LR.
2nd Dam: MACRINA POMPEA by Don Roberto. 8 wins at 2 to 4 in Italy Criterium Partenopeo LR, 2nd Gran Premio Citta di Napoli G3.
1st Dam: Cremisi by Royal Academy. unraced. Dam of 3 winners: 2000: Dynamic Combo (g Tale of The Cat) 2001: RAADISI (f Volksraad) 3 wins in New Zealand. 2002: MONMISI (f Montjeu) Winner in Australia. 2003: Ata Rangi (g Montjeu) 2004: Kitty (f Black Minnaloushe) 2006: THE PARTY STAND (f Thorn Park) 6 wins at 3 and 4 in New Zealand, Nicolas Feuillatte NZ 2nd Century S G1, Stanley Group Trac S LR. 2007: (c Falkirk) 2008: (f Volksraad) 2009: (c King’s Chapel)
Broodmare Sire: DANEHILL. Sire of the dams of 155 Stakes winners. In 2011 - SEPOY Elusive Quality G1,
Broodmare Sire: ROYAL ACADEMY. Sire of the dams of 85 Stakes winners. In 2011 - THE PARTY STAND Thorn
Park G1, HEART OF DREAMS Show A Heart G2, JOHANN ZOFFANY Galileo G2, JERSEY LILY Catbird LR, KEMPES Intikhab LR. The Thorn Park/Royal Academy cross has produced: THE PARTY STAND G1, SWISS ROSE LR.
Nureyev Spinning World Imperfect Circle THORN PARK ch 99 Bluebird Joy Christmas Spirit THE PARTY STAND b f 2006 Nijinsky Royal Academy Crimson Saint CREMISI b 95 Red Anchor Redaria Hot Rhythm
Grandam of KING’S ROSE, SONEVA, CORONADO ROSE. Broodmare Sire: NUREYEV. Sire of the dams of 192 Stakes winners. In 2011 ANABANDANA Anabaa G1, KING’S ROSE Redoute’s Choice G2, DANTSU HOTEI Manhattan Cafe LR, NOLAND Exit To Nowhere LR. The Anabaa/Nureyev cross has produced: ANABANDANA G1, DALNA G3, Thamarat LR.
Northern Dancer Danzig Pas de Nom ANABAA b 92 Gay Mecene Balbonella Bamieres ANABANDANA b f 2008 Northern Dancer Nureyev Special GREAT NOTICE b 95
131 - Auckland Diamond Sires’ Produce Stakes, G1, Ellerslie, March 12, 1200m 1 Anabandana (AUS) 3 b f Anabaa (USA) - Great Notice (USA) (Nureyev (USA)) 2 Fort Lincoln (AUS) 3 b c Charge Forward (AUS) - Belle Toujours (NZ) (Flying Spur (AUS)) 3 Chateauneuf Dupape (NZ) 3 b c Darci Brahma (NZ) - Loudenne (NZ) (Palace Music (USA)) Sire: ANABAA. Sire of 82 Stakes winners. In 2011 - ANABANDANA Nureyev G1, AVENUE Kenmare G3. 1st Dam: Great Notice by Nureyev. unraced. Own sister to EUROPEAN ROSE and Nureyev’s Girl. Dam of 5 winners: 2001: Pinched (g Red Ransom) ran on the flat in Australia. 2002: FORTHWITH (g Anabaa) 2 wins at 3 in Australia. 2003: SHIGERU TOPPIDAKA (c Fusaichi Pegasus) 3 wins in Japan. 2005: NAMSARAI (g Fusaichi Pegasus) 2 wins in Australia. 2007: GYBE (f Fastnet Rock) Winner in Australia, Keeneland Gimcrack S LR. 2008: ANABANDANA (f Anabaa) 3 wins at 2 in Australia, Auckland Diamond Sires’ Produce S G1, J S Contractors Matamata Breeders S G2, Stella Artois Eclipse S G3, 3rd Wentwood Grange Star Way S LR. 2010: (f Stratum) 2nd Dam: LAKAB by Manila. 1 win at 3. Dam of ROANOKE (c Danehill: City Tattersalls Club Cup LR), EUROPEAN ROSE (f Nureyev: Bal Harbour S, 2nd Herecomesthebride S G3), Nureyev’s Girl (f Nureyev: 3rd Stuart Crystal S LR).
Manila Lakab River Lullaby
132 - Grande Premio Diana-Stud TNT, G1, Gavea, March 13, 2000m 1 Hunka Hunka (BRZ) 4 b f Wild Event (USA) - Uff-Uff (BRZ) (De Quest (GB)) 2 Olympic Message (BRZ) 4 b f Wild Event (USA) - Mere Catherine (BRZ) (Jules (USA)) 3 Perichole (BRZ) 4 b f Fahim (GB) Voile d’Or (BRZ) (Effervescing (USA)) Sire: WILD EVENT. Sire of 33 Stakes winners. In 2011 - FLUKE De Quest G1, HUNKA HUNKA De Quest G1, OLYMPIC MESSAGE Jules G1, THUNDERDOME LUIZ Roi Normand G3, OLD TUNE Irish Fighter LR. 1st Dam: Uff-Uff by De Quest. ran on the flat in Brazil. Dam of 4 winners: 2003: Dolce Allegra (f Spend A Buck) 2004: ETA FERRO (f Put It Back) Winner in Brazil. 2005: FLUKE (c Wild Event) 2 wins in Brazil, Frank E Kilroe Mile H G1, Citation H G1, 2nd Frank E Kilroe Mile H G1, Grande Premio Juliano Martins G1. 2006: GUGU DADA (c Our Emblem) 3 wins in Brazil, Grande Presidente Vargas G3, 3rd Grande Premio Gervasio Seabra G2. HUNKA HUNKA (f Wild 2007: Event) 3 wins in Brazil, Grande Premio Diana-Stud TNT G1, Classico Armando Rodrigues Carneiro LR, 2nd GP Henrique Possollo Stud TNT (1000 Gns) G1. 2008: I Scream (f Ay Caramba) unraced to date. 2009: Joy Baby Bunny (f Wild Event) unraced to date.
international database 2nd Dam: DONNEGALLE by Campero. 9 wins in Brazil Grande Premio 25 de Janeiro G2. Dam of CAGNEY (c Roy: GP Asoc.Bras.Criadores Cavalo de Corrida G1, 3rd Clement L Hirsch MemTurf Championship G1, Charles Whittingham H G1), MALMEDY (c Un Etendard: Grande Premio Salgado Filho G2 (twice), Grande Premio Gervasio Seabra G2, 2nd Grande Premio Presidente Republica G1, 3rd Grande Premio Presidente da Republica G1), NINETIES (f Clackson: G.P. C. Telles e C. Gilberto Rocha Faria G2), ON THE EDGE (c Ghadeer: Classico Luiz Gurgel do Amaral Valente LR, 2nd Grande Premio Salgado Filho G2), Jump Bail (c Trempolino: 2nd C. Primavera Taca Ernani Glower Bastos LR). Grandam of MUCH FASTER. Broodmare Sire: DE QUEST. Sire of the dams of 4 Stakes winners. In 2011 FLUKE Wild Event G1, HUNKA HUNKA Wild Event G1. The Wild Event/De Quest cross has produced: FLUKE G1, HUNKA HUNKA G1, MRS BOSS G3.
Icecapade Wild Again Bushel-N-Peck WILD EVENT b 93 Northfields North of Eden Tree of Knowledge HUNKA HUNKA b f 2007 Rainbow Quest De Quest De Stael UFF-UFF b 98 Campero Donnegalle Draw Back
Nacional - (Derby) G1. 2006: CITY MISS (f Lode) 2 wins in Argentina. 2007: CISNE BRANCO (c Lode) 3 wins in Brazil, G.P. Franscisco E Paula Machado-Stud TNT G1. 2nd Dam: CINTILANTE by Ogygian. 3 wins in Argentina, USA. Dam of CIRQUE DU SOLEIL (c Lode: Clasico Provincia de Buenos Aires G2, 2nd G. P. Miguel Alfredo Martinez de Hoz G1), CITIZEN KANE (c Ibero: Clasico Old Man G3, 2nd Clasico Coronel Miguel F Martinez G2, Clasico Miguel Cane G2, 3rd Gran Premio Palermo G1), Ciao Ciao (c Lode: 2nd Clasico Urbano de Iriondo LR). Grandam of Rey Guillermo, Citadel Roc. Broodmare Sire: IBERO. Sire of the dams of 4 Stakes winners. In 2011 CISNE BRANCO Lode G1. The Lode/Ibero cross has produced: CISNE BRANCO G1, CITY BANKER G1, IBOPE G1, Ibello G2.
Raise A Native Mr Prospector Gold Digger LODE ch 86 Sir Ivor Grand Luxe Fanfreluche CISNE BRANCO ch c 2007 Cinco Grande Ibero Iberienne CIRANDINHA 98 Ogygian Cintilante Harvard’s Bay
134 - Lexus Newmarket Handicap, G1, Flemington, March 12, 1200m 133 - G.P. Franscisco E Paula Machado-Stud TNT, G1, Gavea, March 13, 2000m 1 Cisne Branco (ARG) 4 ch c Lode (USA) - Cirandinha (ARG) (Ibero (ARG)) 2 Thunderdome Luiz (BRZ) 4 b c Wild Event (USA) - Feiticeira Regina (BRZ) (Roi Normand (USA)) 3 Nohar (BRZ) 4 b c Know Heights (IRE) - Vitalina (ARG) (Itajara (BRZ)) Sire: LODE. Sire of 67 Stakes winners. In 2011 - CISNE BRANCO Ibero G1. 1st Dam: CIRANDINHA by Ibero. 2 wins in Argentina. Own sister to CITIZEN KANE. Dam of 3 winners: 2003: Cidadano (c Sekari) unraced. 2004: City Farm (f Lode) unraced. 2005: CITY BANKER (c Lode) 5 wins in Argentina, Gran Premio Jockey Club G1, G. P. Miguel Alfredo Martinez de Hoz G1, G.P.Estrellas Classic Copa .Esp. Hernan G1, 2nd Gran Premio
1 Black Caviar (AUS) 5 br f Bel Esprit (AUS) - Helsinge (AUS) (Desert Sun (GB)) 2 Crystal Lily (AUS) 4 b f Stratum (AUS) Crystal Snip (AUS) (Snippets (AUS)) 3 Beaded (AUS) 6 br f Lonhro (AUS) Subtle (AUS) (Night Shift (USA)) Sire: BEL ESPRIT. Sire of 10 Stakes winners. In 2011 - BLACK CAVIAR Desert Sun G1. 1st Dam: Helsinge by Desert Sun. unraced. Dam of 2 winners: 2006: BLACK CAVIAR (f Bel Esprit) 9 wins in Australia, Coolmore Lightning S G1, Lexus Newmarket H G1, Patinack Victoria Racing Club S G1, Schweppes A J Moir S G2, PFD Food Services Schillaci S G2, Danehill Rory’s Jester S G2, Essendon Mazda N.Carlyon S.Wootton S G2, Arrow Training Services W.Crockett Plate LR, Blue Sapphire S LR. 2007: MOSHE (c Bel Esprit) 2 wins in Australia. 2009: (c Casino Prince) 2010: (f Redoute’s Choice)
2nd Dam: SCANDINAVIA by Snippets. 4 wins in Australia Qantas QTC Cup G2, 2nd AWA Goodwood H G1, Sallinger S G1, 3rd Saab Lightning S G1, Newmarket H G1. Dam of MAGNUS (c Flying Spur: Bisey Workwear Galaxy H G1, 2nd Coolmore Lightning S G1, Newmarket H G1, Oakleigh Plate G1, 3rd Ultra Tune Oakleigh Plate G1), WILANDER (c Exceed And Excel: PFD Food Services Schillaci S G2) Broodmare Sire: DESERT SUN. Sire of the dams of 7 Stakes winners. In 2011 BLACK CAVIAR Bel Esprit G1, SAVABILL Savabeel LR.
Nijinsky Royal Academy Crimson Saint BEL ESPRIT b 99 Vain Bespoken Vin d’Amour BLACK CAVIAR br f 2006 Green Desert Desert Sun Solar HELSINGE b 2001 Snippets Scandinavia Song of Norway
135 - Wellfield New Zealand Oaks, G1, Trentham, March 19, 2400m 1 Midnight Oil (NZ) 4 b f Keeper (AUS) - Gilded Light (AUS) (Gilded Time (USA)) 2 Zennista (NZ) 4 b/br f Zenno Rob Roy (JPN) - Zarnitsa (NZ) (Maroof (USA)) 3 Insurgent (NZ) 4 br f Ishiguru (USA) Stella Attrice (NZ) (Star Way) Sire: KEEPER. Sire of 18 Stakes winners. In 2011 - KEEP THE PEACE Wild Rampage G1, MIDNIGHT OIL Gilded Time G1, KEEPIN’ THE DREAM Nassipour G3. 1st Dam: Gilded Light by Gilded Time. unraced. Dam of 1 winner: 2007: MIDNIGHT OIL (f Keeper) Wellfield New Zealand Oaks G1, Livamol Lowland S G3. Broodmare Sire: GILDED TIME. Sire of the dams of 13 Stakes winners. In 2011 - MIDNIGHT OIL Keeper G1, MISS GAI FLYER Flying Spur LR.
136 - Ranvet Stakes, G1, Rosehill, March 19, 2000m 1 Zavite (NZ) 9 b c Zabeel (NZ) - Miss Vita (USA) (Alleged (USA)) 2 Descarado (NZ) 5 b g High Chaparral (IRE) - Karamea Lady (NZ) (Lord Ballina (AUS)) 3 Hawk Island (IRE) 6 b c Hawk Wing (USA) - Crimphill (IRE) (Sadler’s Wells (USA)) Age: 3-8; Starts: 57; Wins: 10; Places: 9 Earnings: £1,365,481 Sire: ZABEEL. Sire of 145 Stakes winners. In 2011 - ZAVITE Alleged G1, LIGHTS OF HEAVEN Volksraad G2, VESPER Danasinga LR. 1st Dam: MISS VITA by Alleged. Winner at 4. Dam of 3 winners: 2001: MYBIGFATGREEKHORSE (c Zabeel) 9 wins. 2002: ZAVITE (c Zabeel) 10 wins at 4 to 7 in Australia, New Zealand, Ranvet S G1, Stella Artois Auckland Cup G1, Skycity Adelaide Cup G2, AAMI Launceston Cup G3, Queen Elizabeth S G3, Australia Day Cup LR, Mounties Group W J Mckell Cup LR, 2nd BMW HE Tancred S G1, Winning Edge Presentation H.Power S G2, AAMI Hobart Cup G3, Petstock Geelong Cup G3, 3rd Schweppes Frank Underwood Cup LR, The Bart Cummings H LR. 2004: TRESCORPIONI (g Stravinsky) 6 wins in Australia. 2006: Rahytango (g Howbaddouwantit) unraced. 2nd Dam: Torrid Tango by Green Dancer. Dam of DANCING (f Spectrum: Santa Ynez S G2), Torrid Kentavr (g Trempolino: 3rd Freephone Stanleybet Swinton H. Hurdle G3). Grandam of Zorba’s Tale. Broodmare Sire: ALLEGED. Sire of the dams of 143 Stakes winners. In 2011 ZAVITE Zabeel G1. The Zabeel/Alleged cross has produced: ZAVITE G1, Intriguing G1.
Danzig Danehill Sir Ivor
Razyana KEEPER b 97
Sir Tristram Pleasant Colony
Isolt ZABEEL b 86 Nureyev
Nuwirah Secretarial Queen
Lady Giselle Valderna ZAVITE b c 2002
MIDNIGHT OIL b f 2007 Timeless Moment
Hoist The Flag Alleged Princess Pout
Gilded Time Gilded Lilly
MISS VITA b 94
GILDED LIGHT 2002
Bigstone Money Mover Our Tristalight
Torrid Tango Guinevere’s Folly
Grant Harris: business development director @ Weatherbys How did you become business development director at Weatherbys
I’d had considerable involvement in several departments at Weatherbys having had a similar role at the BHB and therefore was well-placed to look at stand alone projects which benefit the business.
What’s the best bit about your job and worst?
I am incredibly fortunate to travel the world attending sales and visiting clients and studs. However, with that comes the downside of international air travel, but I’m not complaining!
Which race is most memorable to you?
Again I was very lucky to be at last year’s Breeders’ Cup and witness Blame and Zenyatta’s Classic. But I would say a must on everyone’s bucket list is a visit to the Melbourne Cup.
Weatherbys has been working on a big project called My Stable... What is it?
My Stable is a tracking service that automatically enables anyone with an interest in breeding and racing to keep up to date with what is happening with individual horses. Anyone can build a portfolio of broodmares, stallions and horses in training and, as it is web based, it is a live and interactive way for breeders, owners, agents etc to keep track of racing and breeding stock. It combines the Weatherbys and US (equineline) databases to provide the most powerful research tool. An email is sent each time there is a declaration, race result, sales entry or sales result for the progeny of the stallion or broodmare or for the horse in training itself. Currently, the declaration and sales service covers North America and UK and Ireland, but the results are worldwide. It can be accessed on any Smartphone or Tablet and messages can also be sent to multiple email addresses, so it doesn’t matter where you are, if you or others in your organisation want instant information it is available.
What’s the thinking behind it?
We are always trying to listen and respond to our clients and more and more were asking for a tracking service. Having researched the possibilities it seemed sensible to work with the US Jockey Club and adapt its very successful exisiting Portfolio service for European use.
Is it more than just a tracking service?
Tracking is the core of the service, but clients can also add their own detailed breeding information and plans, comments and photographs so that a complete individual and unique file can be compiled and maintained
on each horse. It is updated constantly via the databases and, being web based, can be accessed anywhere in the world.
Are there any upgrade packages?
Yes, there are two. Users can purchase our most popular pedigree via My Stable. The European Edited Pedigree, that is similar to those seen in all the European catalogues that we produce for the sales houses, is available for those horses the user puts in My Stable. As an incentive we have reduced the purchase price from £13 to £8 and another unique benefit is that the pedigree is updated every 90 days for free. So effectively that is four updated pedigrees a year for £8. The second upgrade is a complete Mare Produce and Nicking Package that can be purchased for £4.00. This is an incredibly powerful tool for breeders who wish to analyse crosses that have been tried and which ones worked well in the past.
Who is it for?
My Stable is equally useful for the smaller breeder with one or two broodmares as it is for the larger concerns. As Ted Voute wrote recently in International Thoroughbred there are only about 200 individuals or entities with more the 12 mares in the UK and Ireland, so My Stable has to work for everyone to be viable. My Stable means that owners, breeders and agents no longer have to spend hours on the internet trawling a variety of websites for information. If their mare has a winner anywhere in the world, My Stable does the legwork for them.
What does it cost? Are there any offers?
The core tracking package costs £1.70 per horse per month and My Stable comes with a 30-day free trial. So owners, breeders and agents can put some or all of the horses in their care into the system and see if it works for them. If they wish to continue, the first year would therefore cost £18.70 per horse. During the free month’s trial users should remember that the two upgrade packages are not free and just like our other WBR products we will charge monthly in arrears. The total, including the two upgrade packages therefore would cost just £30.00 per horse per year. There are discounts for stables that have over 50 horses and there are occasional buy one, get one free offers on the two upgrade packages.
Why is it better than similar programmes?
Similar “nag me” products are available from some racing and newspaper websites. These are great if you are interested in being alerted when a horse is entered to run domestically, but that is
Grant Harris: keen to help bloodstock clients move to a web-based future
usually the extent of the service. My Stable is the complete package with declarations, race results and sale alerts and results. There is nothing comparable on the European market. Furthermore, the fact that My Stable tells users when an event happens so they don’t have to spend hours of precious time looking for information gives them the time to devote to what matters most – the horses themselves.
When was it launched and how has it been received?
We launched My Stable at the December Sales and invited potential users to come in for demonstrations in our sales offices. Since then we have used a variety of promotional material and we have been visiting as many as possible of the major owners and breeders. So far, so good and we have about 150 individuals or studs either signed up or using the free trial to assess it.
Are there ongoing development plans?
We have received feedback from some of those already using My Stable that they would like European declarations on the system. We hope in future to be able to include key European declarations as this would greatly aid owners and breeders in Britain and Ireland as well as make the service attractive to other European-based owners and breeders.
Sounds good, can we take a look?
To register for the free trial just go to www.bloodstockreports.co.uk and follow the links. Users will need to use their Weatherbys Bloodstock Reports User ID and Password, as obviously the site is password protected. We also have a virtual tour for those interested in finding out more. We will be including a postcard with this on with the Foal Registration Forms that will be posted to all mare owners in the next couple of weeks. The virtual tour is at: www.mystabletour.co.uk Also, anyone is free to come and have a demonstration at the Weatherbys offices at the Tattersalls and DBS Breeze-Up Sales.