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Amy Bennett chats to James Harron, purchaser of Melbourne Cup and 2014 Group1 winner Fiorente, while Liz Price enjoys a day out at the Chilean Derby

Flat season 2014 He’s got Talent

Ralph Beckett’s Oaks winner is back in training at Kimpton Downs

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Who’s gonna be hot this summer? We canvass opinion from those in the know

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Carter Carnegie explains just what GBRI is all about, and how British racing is to be marketed to the world Two-year-old consignor Adrian Costello looks forward to the breeze-ups, Overbury Stud welcomes new sire Cityscape


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Paul Haigh looks ahead to the spring racing meeting at Chengdu in China – will it work?

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Ted Voute goes to the Middle East, William Huntingdon asssesses the chances of the Qatar eight in the London Marathon, there is an amendment to the Gambling Bill

18 All change at head of NH sires’ list

Sue Montgomery reviews the Cheltenham Festival meeting and examines just what influence the results have had on this season’s NH sires’ table

28 Leading lists

NH sires 2014 from Weatherbys

34 The dual-purpose stud

Catherine Austen meets Simon Sweeting at Overbury Stud to take a look at the farm’s new Flat stallion, Cityscape

40 Mr Promotion

Alan Porter selects the best Euro-based options for Northern Dancer mares

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Sacred Pearl, dam of Cheltenham Festival bumper winner, Silver Concorde

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Pedigrees complied by Weatherbys

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Spooks, the retired greyhound

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Liz Price travels to Chile for Derby day, newly sponsored by Longines, and has a very pleasant time indeed

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Adrian Costello, son of the legendary NH man Tom, looks ahead with Jocelyn de Moubray to this year’s breeze-up sales (...Costello hasn’t lost his NH roots either as Festival winner Very Wood is one of his graduates too)

James Harron only set up his bloodstock agency three years ago, but he has already purchased two Group 1 winners, including the Melbourne Cup hero, Fiorente

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Cheltenham, Meydan, Chengdu? Will this be the new world order for spring racing festivals, writes Paul Haigh

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hree meetings in less than one month, all hugely different, all hugely significant in entirely different ways, the three separated by many thousands of miles. Cheltenham, Meydan and…. Chengdu. Chengdu? Don’t worry. We’ll come to that later. Few would argue against the view that this was one of the best and most exciting Cheltenhams in recent or any other times. Cheltenham 2014 had almost everything: superb performances, boundless courage; death (to four horses) and injury (to humans as well) even decent weather for a change. It saw stars emerging; champions eclipsed; hard luck stories you just don’t get with what most of us think of as “proper” racing, good luck stories of the sort you don’t often get anywhere else in human endeavour. If it lacked one thing, it was the chance to acclaim an undisputed champion hurdler or chaser. The New One looked too unlucky in the Champion Hurdle. It will be amazing if Lord Windermere confirms his narrow supremacy in the Gold Cup. Its significance was the reinforcement of the fact of jump racing’s extraordinary popularity in Britain and Ireland, a popularity almost inexplicable to racing fans in other countries, in most of which it’s in decline, illegal or treated as a comical irrelevance. It is however undeniably pulse-quickening, hair-raising, palpitation-inducing. Those few who were able to watch it in the US, Asia or Australasia will not now need that popularity explained. So horses die? Yes, that’s because at Cheltenham they go so damn fast, and the reason for that is that everyone’s trying. Jump racing fanatics don’t attempt to counter the accusations of hypocrisy involved in their oft-repeated mantra “just as long as he comes back safe”. (Well if that’s all you want, why send him out?).

They accept defiantly that death and injury are the prices paid: by the horses for being able to enjoy some of the best lives available to any creature on the planet, by the human for having the chance to sample, as the old saying goes, “the best fun you can have with your trousers on”. How different is the Dubai World Cup meeting? How much glossier? How much more glamorous? How kitsch in many respects, compared with the boisterous earthiness of rural Gloucestershire? Did it give us the identity of any world champions? Well no, not really. It seldom does, if truth be told. It’s in the wrong place and at the wrong time of year for that. It does attract competitors from different parts of the world. But are they actually the best? You never see an Arc winner in Dubai. You hardly ever see an Australian. It’s no fluke that Dubai was never seriously discussed for Frankel or Black Caviar. Or Orfevre, or Lord Kanaloa, or even Wise Dan. The Americans, who used to win the World Cup and the Sprint more often than not when they were run on the dirt at Nad-Al-Sheba, hardly even bother to turn up these days. Have they accepted the notion/myth that a trip to the desert screws up a season, if not a career, for the horses asked to undertake it? Are they sulking about Tapeta? Are they worried about the probability of stringent rule enforcement in the wake of recent scandals? Do they just not think they’re good enough? Who knows? It can’t be because they don’t like the prize-money. What is the significance of Dubai then? It’s a sensational spectacle. It’s an extraordinary achievement to have created, and established, a world-renowned meeting in a place without any racing hinterland, without any real population centre to support it. It’s proof that there are some things you can fix just by throwing money at them. And – big “and” – it seems to be proof too that a great race meeting can be conducted

It’s no fluke that Dubai was never seriously discussed for Frankel or Black Caviar. Or Orfevre, or Lord Kanaloa, or even Wise Dan without betting, or at least without betting in the country in which it’s held. So much for those who say that racing’s not a sport, that it’s just, as Churchill once said about greyhound racing “a form of animated roulette”. Which brings us, after six or seven hours or so in a plane, to Chengdu. Where, and what the hell is Chengdu, cry the bewildered masses. It’s a city almost slap bang in the middle of China, one of those many cities in that vast and hugely populated country which are hardly ever heard of in the world outside in spite of having many millions of inhabitants. It also has a racecourse, a rather splendid one in fact, one at which many quids, or bucks, or dirham, or remnimbi (not yen) have already been thrown. On April 6 it will hold a race meeting. This will be held in collaboration with and under the auspices of Meydan, which effectively means the Dubai Racing Club, which effectively means on the instructions and according to the will of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum. (Just like Meydan). The horses will be flown in from the UAE and will all be flown back again when the meeting is over. The jockeys, one presumes, will come from any country in the world in which jockeys quite like a nice riding fee.

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the first word Just like Meydan too, there will be no betting. Unlike Meydan’s this prohibition won’t be on religious grounds. China’s objection to betting, which dates from an edict issued by Chairman Mao as soon as the revolution was complete in 1949, is rather more complicated than that. The Chengdu meeting, some shrewd judges have suspected, was pie in the sky. It was never going to be held. As so often these days, shrewd judges got it wrong. There have been other race meetings in China in recent years, all of them to a greater or lesser extent unsuccessful. The reason they were unsuccessful, according to the same shrewd judges, who this time have almost certainly got it right, is the prohibition on betting. What is the significance of the meeting at Chengdu? Impossible to say, but perhaps almost incalculably huge. As was the case after 1949 (well almost: unlike Mao, Xi Jingping probably couldn’t get

What is the significance of the meeting at Chengdu? Impossible to say, but perhaps almost incalculably huge away with being responsible for the deaths of 65 million of his country’s citizens and still, according to some survivors, come up smelling of osmanthus) almost everything that happens in China now depends on the will of one man who, having accreted all the arms of state power under his control, is now more powerful than any Chinese leader since Mao gave up swimming across the Yangtse.

If – and it’s a huge if – Chengdu’s race meeting, scheduled for the day after another little one called the Grand National at Aintree, is a wild success (or perhaps not a wild one, that might put him off)… if, say, it’s a modest, quiet, respectable, undisturbing success, then it might just occur to Xi Jingping that by choosing to feed the Chinese appetite for betting rather than curb it, he would release incalculable billions for his exchequer. There would also be the added bonus of being able to provide bread and circuses for his subjects that would distract them from the sort of restlessness they’ve been showing lately. Of course it is a bigger “if” than a huge one. Let’s say colossal instead. But if that were to happen it would mean the opening of an immense new frontier, a gold rush of unprecedented proportions and a future for racing unimaginable to those who think the sport’s big event that weekend will actually be taking place under the Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer banner at Liverpool.

Meghnad Warrier, Meydan vice-president finance and investments (left) and Malih Al Basti, Meydan vice-chairman and the chairman of the Meydan Racing Committee (centre), with Lou Zhongfu, honorary chairman of Guangsha Group announcing the Chengdu Dubai International Cup race day at a press conference in Chengdu (Hope that more fun will be had at the race day than looked to be had at the press conference: Editor)

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Racing ambition Sheikh Joaan is planning world domination of both the bloodstock and horseracing industries

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he traditional powerhouses of horseracing, countries such as Ireland, England and the US, should beware because the new boys on the block, the Qataris, have limitless ambitions, Sheikh Joaan Al Thani told Agence FrancePresse (AFP). The Sheikh, the fifth son of the former Emir of Qatar, added that ambitions lay not only in winning on the track, but also in breeding champions. He is also looking forward to racing in Japan soon. “Qatar is growing and when Qatar believes in something, there is no limit to its ambitions,” reported Sheikh Joaan to AFP. “I would like to inform our English and other rivals that we have not just invested in order to win on the racecourse. “We have become an important part of this industry, we have our methods in the way of approaching it. We respect the ways in which the others do things and we wish that they respect the manner in which we work.” Sheikh Joaan, whose first winner in his silks came in August 2012 and who experienced his biggest moment so far as an owner when French-trained filly Treve won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe last October, was adamant that he didn’t favour any particular country in terms of deploying a centre for his operations and there was no individual race he treasured in winning above all. “French races are important for us, but the British ones

If there was a racecourse on the moon I would send a horse there to run on it equally so,” said Sheikh Joaan, who will see Treve return to the track at Longchamp on April 27 in the Group 1 Prix Ganay. “I don’t have a preference: the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Royal Ascot, the King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Each time I have a chance of winning with one of my horses, I take it. Soon, we will race in Japan. I have been invited to race there. “We went to the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita last November. We weren’t lucky there, but we will hope to have more luck this year,” he added. Sheikh Joaan, whose horses are based in England with trainer Richard Hannon Jnr and will have horses with Todd Pletcher in the US for the first time this year, said people were wrong to think he favoured France over any other country. “People think that I am focused on France,” said Sheikh Joaan, for whom Hannon’s father Richard trained Olympic Glory and Toronado to Group 1 success last year. “I studied at the Saint-Cyr

military academy and also lived in France. I love France, but this is racing one is talking about. If there was a racecourse on the moon I would send a horse there. “Bouquetot in Normandy is one of the studs we have bought; we are also looking at both England and Australia. “But we can’t do it all at once. We had a lot of luck last year in attaining our targets. We have others in our sights.” Al Shaqab Racing – which has over 100 horses in training – is named after a breeding enterprise in Qatar established in 1992 by his father, Hamad.

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QIPCO joins forces with Goffs for London sale

QIPCO, sponsors of the British Champions Series and Champions Day, will be the title partner for the inaugural Goffs London Sale, which takes place at The Orangery, Kensington Palace on Monday, June 16. The sale, held on the eve of Royal Ascot, will offer a select group of two-year-old breezers, alongside horses in training, some of whom it is hoped will hold an entry for the royal meeting. Speaking at the announcement, Goffs chief executive Henry Beeby said: “The Al Thani family has transformed the face of bloodstock sales and racing sponsorship in recent years under the Qatar Racing Limited and Qipco names. “The Goffs London Sale in association with Qipco is firmly in the diary for many international buyers travelling to London for Royal Ascot. I am very pleased to report that the response from vendors has been equally enthusiastic as we have some top-class horses confirmed for the sale.” David Redvers, racing manager to Sheikh Fahad, said: “Sheikh Fahad and his brothers are excited by the concept of a London sale and are delighted to support what we all hope will become a strong and vibrant fixture in the sales calendar. “It is a brave step by Henry Beeby and the team to grasp this concept and take it forward, and it deserves to succeed not just because of the location and timing but also because it offers the industry another platform. “We will be working hard with Goffs to make sure the sale and pre-Ascot party go from strength to strength.”

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European marketing group formed to attract international investment The promotional bodies of the major racing nations of Europe have joined forces to attract global investment into European racing and bloodstock. Irish Thoroughbred Marketing (ITM), Great British Racing International (GBRI) and the French Racing & Breeding

Committee (FRBC) have formed a strategic alliance to promote Europe as the premier region to source and race top-class horses. It is the first time that the three organisations, usually competitors, have worked together and the alliance is seen as a way to capitalise on the recent strong performances of European horses around the world, as well as to capture the current high levels of investment in horseracing now available.

The three organisations will remain focused on promoting their respective nations, but it is envisaged that this co-operation will bring together competitive advantages unique to each country when targeting investors further afield. ITM’s general manager Elaine Hatton commented: “We are very excited about this project; racing is now a truly global sport and business and we want to extend our reach to the four corners of

the globe.” GBRI’s Carter Carnegie said: “This partnership is a fantastic opportunity to work together and show the world the very best that European racing and breeding has to offer. The world may be becoming a smaller place, but equally the horseracing industry is expanding all the time and we look forward to working together with ITM and the FRBC to draw international investment in our sport in Europe.”

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of 48 hours, it was most unlikely any horse would fail a test. Desite it being a veterinary product, it is a substance that has been much used by bodybuilders and back in 2010 three were caught on CCTV in an Australian stable stealing a tub. It is a little troublesome for men to use frequently as it affects the nipples and testicles. Other relatively new drugs on the market, and used by horsemen, include Cobalt Chloride, which makes the body believe it is not receiving enough oxygen and acts a little like EPO. Interestingly, it is in very short supply in Australia. Other, difficult to test, drugs include capsaicin, a potent pain reliever and derivative of chilli and peptides. Interestingly, cone snail venom, an extremely powerful analgesic used on horses, is also being developed as an alternative to morphine for heart patients. Many of these drugs start off being used in the standard-bred industry and are taken up by thoroughbred trainers in the same way that the use of “milk shakes” was adopted by

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those seeking to gain an illegal edge msd coping what was taking place in other areas of equine sport. Milk shakes (bicarbonate of soda), have proved very beneficial to human swimmers and runners, lowering their times significantly. I gave Andrew Balding a lift to run in the recent Reading half-marathon, and was very tempted to suggest it as an aid. However, the dosage in humans has to be very exact to avoid some very unattractive side effects on the running shorts. Andrew is probably better off trying some other, permissible, aids

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armers, gardeners and Cheltenham racegoers were all blessed with the first dry period since early December. We had a new stream for a month flowing into Wells Head, the old watercress beds that are fed by an aquifer from the Downs, but, luckily, we had nothing like the flood misery inflicted on the Somerset Levels. Jacob lambs are now gambolling in the paddock and the calving Red Polls look like leaving their winter quarters considerably earlier than last year. Lady Emma’s retained daughter Clare has successfully produced two small litters of piglets, despite still being a very young age herself. Cheltenham saw good crowds, great weather and a memorable four-timer for Michael O’Leary, who must have had a hotline to Jupiter with his choice of open neck collar in mid-March. Cheltenham had been threatened to be overshadowed by the Irish anabolics scandal and the BHA inquiry. As Nitrotain, the drug involved, has a “rapid and predictable excretion” giving a window for testing

such beetroot juice, betaalanine (a vasodilator), or the amino acid leucine that has a positive effect on protein metabolism. I have yet to find a runner to benefit from nicotine! In the London Marathon, Sheikh Fahad’s gallant team will be raising money for Racing Welfare. The smart bets are on David Redvers to produce a sub-three hour performance, though rumours of a late marathon entry from Charlie Gordon-Watson might see Redvers drop back to protect his boss. Redvers also should not have to worry about a “John Warren challenge” over 26 miles. The role of Sheikh Fahad’s running companion may fall to Richard Hannon Jnr. His half-marathon effort at Silverstone saw an unremarkable time and he was passed by two men carrying a bobsleigh and wearing a Donald Duck costume, complete with flippers. Charlie Hills and Andrew Balding will probably vie for second place finishers in the team. Hills has apparently completed two 20-mile runs recently, while according to my Newmarket work


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China and Meydan Group unite for raceday in April

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Juddmonte Farm’s filly foal out of Midday and by Frankel. Between them her illustrious parents won 16 Group 1 races

watcher, David Simcock could be a dark horse and surprise everyone, including himself. Robert Cowell, like his horses, is probably better over a shorter trip. Olly Stevens has age on his side, but rumour has it that there are some knee issues that could limit his effectiveness. I suspect that Ralph Beckett was no doubt regretting his non-participation until he saw Mo Farah brought to a standstill at the end of his New York half-marathon. But, it is a great effort from the Pearl racing team and I look forward to seeing a Godolphin and Rabbah team next year. Apart from a very enjoyable Tuesday at Cheltenham, my time has been taken up with efforts to get the B&B up and running. Andrew has been very helpful with his viewing tips from watching Four in a Bed. This is a late afternoon reality show in which B&B owners throw open their doors and take Will Donald Duck beat the brave Pearl Bloodstock London Marathon squad on April 13? It doesn’t really matter, the gang of eight is running for Racing Welfare; donations will be gratefully received

turns to stay with each another, paying what they consider a fair price for the sojourn. I am in awe of Alex Polizzi in the Hotel Inspector on Channel 5 – she attempts to salvage some of the worst-run hotels and B&B establishments in the country. Having been a devotee of Trip Advisor, I will live in fear of someone posting a review such as the one for Crags Hotel, Callender. A couple staying there for Valentine’s Day got drunk, trashed the room, left without paying the bill and then wrote a stinking review.

hina and the United Arab Emirates-based Meydan Group are partnering to hold a ground-breaking race meeting next month at Jinma Racecourse, China with the horses shipping in from the UAE. The inaugural staging of the Chengdu Dubai International Cup is scheduled for April 6. It is a collaborative effort of the Meydan Group and the Chengdu Municipal Government, Chengdu Sports Bureau, the Wenjiang District Government and China Gunagsha Group. Jinma Racecourse is located in the Garden City of Chengdu in Wenjiang District. The five-race card is highlighted by two races sponsored by official timekeeper Longines: the Chengdu Dubai International Cup run over 1m2f and the mile Wenjiang Meydan Classic. Horses are to be prepared by Dubai Racing Club trainers and will be ridden by jockeys who have competed during the UAE season. The meeting will be the first held in mainland China to feature international horses undergoing both import and export quarantine procedures. The competing horses will be shipped back the UAE after the card. “This is an exciting strategic partnership that we have entered into to assist the Chinese authorities in developing the sport of thoroughbred racing,” said Malih Al Basti, chairman of the Meydan Racing Committee. “With this ground-breaking meeting we have opened up channels of co-operation that will continue to grow between the UAE and China. H.E. Zhongfu Lou, honorary chairman of Guangsha Group said: “China Guangsha Group was the only foreign enterprise to be a main sponsor of the 2010 and 2011 Dubai World Cup days, a move which helped introduce the Dubai World Cup and international racing to Chengdu. “As part of our commitment to social responsibility, Guangsha Group will use this inaugural race day as a platform to push the development of all aspects of the equine and racing industries, such as racing, breeding, and horse care.”

Iceton new chairman of the ITBF

Irish Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association vice-chairman Derek Iceton has been appointed chairman of the International Thoroughbred Breeders’ Federation (ITBF) at the organisation’s meeting held in March at Santiago in Chile, and Ireland was selected to host the next international meeting next year. Iceton said: “I am honoured to be selected to represent Ireland in this very important role as the ITBF is the official representative body for thoroughbred breeders internationally. “During my chairmanship I propose to grow membership, focus on emerging nations and continue to market the TB on the international stage. “Ireland will host the next meeting in September 2015 in conjunction with the second running of the Champions’ weekend of racing. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sam Sheppard on the sterling work he has done in bringing the organisation to this level.”

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Amendment to Gambling Bill to target offshore bookmakers The third reading of the Gambling (Licensing & Advertising) Bill was passed by the House of Lords, along with the amendment which would give the secretary of state the power to extend the levy to offshore operators. It was also announced the government would be launching a consultation on wider levy reform later this year. It is believed that the loss to racing finances from offshore bookmakers is estimated at £20 million a year, but any reform must be compliant with European state aid rules. A similar bill in France did pass such rules last year, although William Hill has also

suggested it may mount a legal challenge. Government minister Lord Gardiner of Kimble told the Lords: “Government believes any statutory levy should be fairly applied, but that does not mean we’re abandoning the search for a replacement that may better reflect the modern betting and racing industries.” Discussions on the 55th levy scheme must conclude by October 31, 2015 are expected to include negotiations on the proceeds from betting on British racing with overseas bookmakers for the first time. Lord Gardiner added: “The government intends to move forward quickly on two

concurrent projects. Firstly on extending the levy, we’ll be seeking to complete the necessary work in time for negotiations on the 55th levy scheme in 2015 to take place on the basis of extension. “This timing will be subject to the outcome of discussions with the European Commission. The timing will also be subject to the outcome of a consultation on the mechanics of implementing levy extension which will begin shortly.” The bill and amendment will now return to the House of Commons, although no date has been set for them to be considered.

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have regularly visited Dubai for the past 20 years and the changes track, with the back stretch higher than the finishing stretch. A visit to the Royal Box met with a knowledgeable royal family, who have seen in the country through such a short time have been incredible. their first horse with Richard Hannon this year. Not only does the Saudi On my second visit this year I decided to make a trip throughout the Arabian royal family underestand racing, but they take great pride in each Middle East in order to incorporate the build-up to the King’s Cup and other’s best racehorses – this was particuarly very evident when Prince the International Qatar Racing Festival. Khalid Abdullah’s Frankel came into conversation Dubai has always been a great time zone if travelling from Europe The impressive King’s to rest and recuperate, while still Stud Farm is run by Frank being available on the phone McGovern, who has through UK working hours. developed an amazing stud The Meydan Hotel is as farm that I am sure would convenient watering hole as compete at the highest level any international hotel in the anywhere in the world, all Emirates and has access to a without any grass. great beach club, if you want to The home-grown alfa and sample the beach as well as the the in-house dairy show great racetrack. attention to detail, while the The international stables are stud farm’s sand arenas are run very efficiently and with the exchanged midway through same security as anywhere in foaling season in order to Britain, while the stabling is as combat rotavirus. good as anywhere, if not better, There was too much to than most international stables absorb in one afternoon I have seen in the US or Hong touring around the vast site, Kong. but one statistic I did pick My only criticism is that up on was regarding the unless you are a horseman with complete eradication of OCD connections, racing is very hard in yearlings. for an interested layman to gain On arrival in Qatar, access to be a potential owner – the anticipation for the trying to introduce new owners International meeting was to a normal carnival days’ racing White-eared goats: can sell for more than many Tattersalls Book 2 yearlings palpable, and the treatment was tantamount to gaining of foreign visitors by Qatar access to Fort Knox. airways second to none. But, overall, we did have a very good experience and the Dubai residents The journey to the hotel reminded me of the drive through Nice to St for whom I gained access to a race night have bought a yearling! Tropez – stylish and sophisticated. A one-hour flight saw us land in Saudi Arabia and we were whisked off to A visit to the Al Shaqab showing and Arabian-bred horse educational the desert to experience a fantastic Bedouin-style banquet of slow-cooked, facility, just a stone’s throw from the racecourse and based on the design at fat-tailed sheep and normal Lebanese style accompaniments. Deauville, was just eye-watering. Coffee was an acquired taste of cardamom seed liquid or a sweet mint Everything is done with the purpose of educating the Qatar national tea; it was served repeatedly throughout the afternoon. population about the horse. The dominance is obvious: for example, for the We spent much of the first afternoon with shepherds, tracking the fatfirst time there are six Arab horse showing champions alive and all under tailed sheep and well-bred white-eared goats, which reportedly average one ownership. more than most yearlings in Tattersalls October 2. It’s like Coolmore having all their past best stallions, as well as Northern The Rosewood Hotel owned by the royal family has been protected by the national army since the Iraq war, both at the entrance and exit. The hotel, Dancer, alive and covering at the same time. It is a credit to a breeding programme, both thoroughbred and Arabian. located conveniently next to Harvey Nichols, could have been in any mall. Qatar is Dubai 20 years ago and changing fast, with the population everWe were gifted a tailor-made thobe; they are surprisingly comfortable to hungry for knowledge. wear, take little getting used to and remove any fashion or dress mistakes as Racing is weirdly quaint with main races interspersed with match races. It they become a lounge suit and casual dress all rolled into one. was professional and hugely competitive, but, as was consistent throughout Racing took place at the racecourse outside Riyadh, past the airport and the stay, the thirst for knowledge and education, as well as a serious desire opposite the King’s Stud farm. The racecourse had a very comfortable feel to to be at the top in the world of thoroughbreds, is huge. Such impetus will it and we enjoyed good dining all day and very good racing. see massive changes – and soon. As they say in Arabic “Insha’ Allah”. World-class jockeys really like the Dirt surface as well as the camber of the

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All change at head of the NH sires’list

Sue Montgomery reports on the Cheltenham Festival, which saw three-times runner-up Oscar move to the top of the table

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he home side may have won the newly instigated Prestbury Cup that now formalises the traditional Anglo-Irish training rivalry at the Cheltenham Festival with 15 victories to the raiders’ 12, but it was a different scenario on the breeding front, and very much business as usual. Horses foaled in Ireland took 16 of the 27 races, including seven of the 13 Grade 1 contests. French breeders supplied eight winners, including five Grade 1s and British breeders three, with a single top-level prize. The last time Irish-breds did not top the numerical table was back in 1994, and on only three occasions since then (2002, 2006 and 2012) have they won fewer races than all their rivals put together.

Many of this year’s elite results were close enough to indicate that whoever’s turn it was that day, it would probably be someone else’s turn in the future. And in places the meeting had an almost surreal air about, with a random series of incidents arguably affecting more than one outcome. If On His Own had been partnered by his regular rider, perhaps he would have won the Gold Cup and so made Presenting the first stallion to sire three individual winners of the chasing blue riband. But for being hampered by poor Our Conor’s fatal fall in the Champion Hurdle, perhaps The New One would have put King’s Theatre on the Champion Hurdle roll of honour.

The Gold Cup field rounds the home bend on the first circuit: the winner is sat out in last

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Changing fortunes: after a winter that saw jockey Davy Russell lose his job as Gigginstown’s number one rider and then three days at Cheltenham through which he hit the turf or pulled up on five rides out of his nine (and he only finished third once), Friday saw his luck take a dramatic turn for the better. Russell rode three winners, including the Gold Cup on Lord Windermere, though he had to survive a lengthy stewards’ enquiry to keep the race. No wonder he is kissing the trophy and thanking the gods for a better roll of the dice. Unsurprisingly, the teetotaller missed that night’s scheduled flight home to Ireland...

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Milan and Oscar top proceedings

But as it was, it was the stud-mates Oscar and Milan who were responsible for the heroes of the two showpiece contests, Lord Windermere and Jezki. Both horses are based in County Cork at Grange Stud, the flagship of the Coolmore’s jumping division, and both are by Sadler’s Wells. Lord Windermere took his sire into a fairly exclusive club: Oscar is only the seventh stallion to have the winners of both the Champion Hurdle (Rock On Ruby two years ago) and Gold Cup. Only one of those, the 14-times champion Deep Run has supplied the winners of all four traditional senior Festival championships – a fifth, the Ryanair Chase, was added nine years ago. Dawn Run, Morley Street and Granville Again gave him Champion Hurdles, Dawn Run a Gold Cup, Deep Sensation a Champion Chase and Rose Ravine a Stayers’ (now World) Hurdle. Oscar, whose highest-rated performer remains the 2010 Champion Chase winner Big Zeb, has now joined Domaha (a Gold Cup with Knock Hard, a Champion Chase with Dunkirk and a Spa Hurdle, the World’s earliest incarnation, with Lucky Dome) on three. By the end of Cheltenham week the

Oscar is only the seventh stallion to have the winners of both the Champion Hurdle and the Gold Cup

Did the intereference caused by Lord Windermere alter the result? The stewards thought not, but connections of the second-placed On His Own strongly considered appealing. The result has had a strong influence on the NH sires’ table taking Oscar to the top – depending on the result of the Grand National, the Coolmore sire (he has finshed second three times) may collect his first NH title on the back of the above close-run decision

20-year-old, runner-up for the sires’ title for the past three seasons, had leapfrogged King’s Theatre and Beneficial to the top of the sires’ leaderboard for the first time, though with the Aintree and Punchestown festivals still to come that particular race yet has a distance to run. Eight-year-old Lord Windermere was the second successive winner of the RSA Chase to follow up in the Gold Cup a year later, after Bobs Worth, and the eighth in all. The first and most famous was, of course, Arkle, who

took the novices’ contest (then the Broadway Chase) in 1963 before the first of his three Gold Cups 50 years ago. The latest RSA Chase winner O’Faolains Boy – Oscar’s other Grade 1 winner of the Festival – is around 16-1 to emulate them in 2015. The short-head Gold Cup winner was bred by County Cork-based Edmond Coleman from Satellite Dancer, a daughter of the high-class French stayer Satco. Satellite Dancer showed little talent herself in a few runs over hurdles, but she is from a solid

Stallions who have sired Champion Hurdle and Gold Cup winners Werwolf (1919 Hurry On) – Free Fare (1937)/Silver Fame (1951) Rosewell (1935 Orwell) – Distel (1946)/ Linwell (1957) Vulgan (1943 Sirlan) – Salmon Spray (1966)/The Dikler (1973) Deep Run (1966 Pampered King) – Dawn Run (1984), Morley Street (1991), Granville Again (1993)/Dawn Run (1986) Oats (1973 Northfields) – Flakey Dove (1994)/Master Oats (1995) Sadler’s Wells (1981 Northern Dancer) – Istabraq (1998-00)/Synchronised (2012) Oscar (1994 Sadler’s Wells) – Rock On Ruby (2012)/ Lord Windermere (2014) 20

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More Of That (right) brings the Annie Power dream to an end in the World Hurdle. The son of Beneficial was bred by Mrs Eleanor Hadden in Ireland, but he is out of Guigone, who has an FR suffix Photo: PA

jumping family, which had already produced Cheltenham celebrities. Her unraced dam Greek Empress is halfsister to top-class 2m chaser Rathgorman, whose remarkable 25 victories included the 1982 Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Festival, and their dam Greek Light, a winner over hurdles, is half-sister to Garnishee, whose 14 wins included the 1974 Massey Ferguson Gold Cup at the track’s December meeting. Oscar’s racing career lasted only four runs, yielding a maiden win and a hint of what might have been when he beat all bar Peintre Celebre in the Prix du Jockey-Club (G1), in the days when it was run over 1m4f, on his final appearance.

Jezki the best so far for Milan

Milan, four years his junior, had a higher-profile career, sharply progressive in the autumn of his three-year-old days with victory in the St Leger and a close second in the Breeders’ Cup Turf. His potential as a runner remained unfulfilled; he suffered a leg

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nh stallions and cheltenham injury first time out at four. Jezki, a first Grade 1 Festival strike for Milan, is his sire’s best; sadly the next twohighest-rated were both killed in action. Topclass hurdler Darlan was lost at Doncaster last season and Raya Star, most promising as a novice chaser, broke his back in this year’s Festival finale. Six-year-old Jezki is also the best of the four good winners produced for Gerard McGrath by La Noire, the others being Jered (Presenting), successful at the top level over hurdles as a novice; Grade 2 winner Jenari (Milan), fatally injured in January and smart handicapper Jetson (Oscar), fifth in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham two days after his younger sibling’s triumph. La Noire, by Phardante, failed in four runs, but is a half-sister to six winners, including Strong Run and Leading Run, like Jezki and Jered both Grade 1 winners at Punchestown.

More Of That wins for late sire Beneficial

The least exposed of the senior Grade 1 winners was More Of That, who made it five for five in the World Hurdle, and ended another unbeaten streak, that of Annie Power, in the process. The six-year-old is by Beneficial, who died last year at Knockhouse

Martaline is showing much promise, with Dynaste from his first crop and Very Wood from his third

Stud at the age of 23 shortly before taking his first sires’ title, and is now rated his best, ahead of the chasers Realt Dubh and Benefficient. More Of That is a brother to ten-times successful handicap chaser Eastlake and a half-brother to smart hurdler Santenay out of the Esprit Du Nord mare Guigone, who won twice over obstacles in her native France and has now five winners of 28 races to her credit. The World Hurdle hero was bred in County Wicklow by Eleanor Hadden, who has had previous Cheltenham success with 2009 RSA Chase winner Cooldine, also by Beneficial.

Very Wood impresses in the Albert Bartlett. He is a graduate from Clenagh Castle Stud (see page 56)

Sire De Grugy takes My Risk to new level

French-bred horses are now ubiquitous at elite levels in Britain and Ireland. And Sire De Grugy in the Queen Mother Champion Chase and Dynaste in the Ryanair Chase, plus novices Taquin De Seuil, Vautour and Very Wood, duly equalled their best-ever Grade 1 Festival score. Sire De Grugy and Taquin De Seuil are members of the AQPS non-thoroughbred tribe; the other three are thoroughbreds. Sire De Grugy, the best so far from a prolific family, was bred at La Grugerie, a stud at Pouance in the Maine-Et-Loire department that produces both gallopers and trotters. He is from the first crop of the smart miler My Risk, whose best performance came when he beat all bar Whipper and Six Perfections in a Prix Jacques Le Marois (G1). He who now stands at Haras De Victot in Normandy and his profile will have been raised considerably by the Moore-trained hero’s consistent and winning season.

Sadler’s Wells sires hitting the mark

Four stallions notched doubles at the Festival. Oscar was one of two with two Grade 1s; the other with a top-level double was Martaline, with Dynaste and Very Wood. Martaline, based at another Normandy establishment, Haras De La Reboursiere et Montaigu, is by the top-class Flat sire Linamix, whose incidental jumpers – headed by top-class, ill-fated Valiramix – have showed enough talent to divert a number of his lesser sons to jump stallion duties. Martaline is showing much promise, with Dynaste from his first crop and Very Wood from his third. His aptitude was staying; he won the Prix Maurice de Nieul and is a brother to Cadran winner Reefscape. The family is the Juddmonte dynasty that also produced Beat Hollow, one of many Sadler’s Wells horses making a mark in the jumping world. Dynaste, bred by Paul Chartier, is out of the Pistolet Bleu mare Bellissima De Mai, runnerup in a chase and herself out of a winning Flat plater.

Robin des Champs gets the double

From the days of Vulgan, the French connection has long been appreciated by breeders in Ireland and one of the latest Gallic imports is smart hurdler Robin Des Champs, who joined the roster at Glenview in County Cork five years ago.

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The Grade 1 Arkle winner Western Warhorse is from Westerner’s second crop

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Of the 60 stallions who sired first, second or third-placed runners at the Festival, 17 were sons of Sadler’s Wells

persuasive influence is such that of the 60 stallions who sired first, second or thirdplaced runners at the Festival, 17 were sons of Sadlers’ Wells. Old Vic, Gold Well, High Chaparral and Poliglote were others with a winner.

The son of Garde Royale supplied Vautour – who surely produced the most breathtaking performance of the week in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle – and the record-breaking mare Quevega, both bred during his time at Haras de Saint-Voir.

King’s Theatre tops leaderboard

The fourth stallion with two victories at the Festival was former Glenview resident King’s Theatre, who died two years ago. He scored with two lesser winners, hurdler Fingal Bay and cross-country specialist Balthazar King, but headed the numerical leaderboard with the addition of three runners-up (Glens Melody, Shaneshill and Southfield Theatre) and that unlucky third, The New One. Like Oscar and Milan, King’s Theatre is by Sadler’s Wells. The 14-times Flat champion’s

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Though Annie Power did not win (Ruby Walsh blamed himself for her defeat), her sire Shirocco was successful with (left) Lac Fontana in the County Hurdle. Irish and French-based sires were responsible for all bar two of the week’s winners: Dansili (Silver Concorde) and Midnight Legend (Midnight Prayer) were the only British-based stallions to grab some of the spoils

The top Cheltenham Festival sires by numbers 16

DEEP RUN (foaled 1966, by Pampered King): Aquilifer, Attitude Adjuster, Dawn Run 2, Deep Sensation, Golden Cygnet, Granville Again, Half Free 3, Kilcoleman, Morley Street, Rose Ravine, Time For A Run, Unguided Missile, Waterloo Boy.

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FORTINA (1941 Formor): Fortina’s Palace, Fort Leney, Fortria 3, Fort Rouge, Glencaraig Lady, Grallagh Cnoc, Lord Fortune, San Angelo, Sentina 2, Springsilver. VULGAN (1943 Sirlan): Alpenstock, Arctic Stream, Castleruddery, Charley Winking, Gay Vulgan, Just Awake, Kinloch Brae, Salmon Spray, Team Spirit, The Dikler, Vulgan Town, Vulmegan.

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STRONG GALE (1975 Lord Gayle): Alone Success, Brief Gale, Gaelstrom, Katabatic 2, Marlborough, Mucklemeg, Sparky Gale, Stormyfairwather 2, Strong Beau, Travado KING’S THEATRE (1991 Sadler’s Wells): Balthazar King 2, Brindisi Breeze, Captain Chris, Cue Card 2, Fingal Bay, Menorah, Riverside Theatre, The New One, Wichita Lineman 2. PRESENTING (1992 Mtoto): Ballabriggs, Denman 2, Drombeag, Dunguib, First Lieutenant, Present View, Rajdhani Express, War Of Attrition, Weapon’s Amnesty 2, Zemsky. OSCAR (1994 Sadler’s Wells): At Fishers Cross, Big Zeb, Black Jack Ketchum, Lord Windermere 2, O’Faolains Boy, Oscar Park, Peddlers Cross, Rock On Ruby, Teaforthree, Tricky Trickster, Whiteoak.

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BOB BACK (1981, Roberto): Bacchanal, Back In Focus, Back In Front, Bobs Worth 3, Cousin Vinny, Putty Road, Thisthatandtother. ACCORDION (1986, Sadler’s Wells): Albertas Run 3, An Accordion, Character Building, Dato Star, Finger Onthe Pulse, Flagship Uberalles 2. ROBIN DES CHAMPS (1997, Garde Royale) Quevega 6, Sir Des Champs 2, Vautour.

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KING HAL (1937, Windsor Lad): Bramble Tudor, Great Eliza, Hal’s Farewell, Lochroe, Merry Court, Mill House, Mountcashel King, Tudor Line.

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Balthazar King’s victory in the Cross-Country race (for the second time) gave his late sire King’s Theatre a 12th win at the Festival Photo: PA

ACHTOI (1897, Santoi): Blaris 2, Insurance 2, Prudent Achtoi, Rathnally JACKDAW (1908, Thrush): Brown Jack, Brown Tony, Dark Ages, Grakle, Jack Grange 2, Lion Courage WERWOLF (1919, Hurry On): Airgead Sios, Delapaix, Dunshaughlin, Free Fare, Silver Fame 3 DOMAHA (1934, Vatout): Domason, Dorimont, Dunkirk, Knock Hard, Longtail, Lucky Dome, Mulbarton ARCHIVE (1941, Nearco): Arkle 4, Arkloin 2, Woodside Terrace CADOUDAL (1979, Green Dancer): Big Buck’s 4, Fadoudal Du Cochet, Long Run, Majadou SADLER’S WELLS (1981, Northern Dancer): Fontanesi, French Ballerina, Istabraq 4, Synchronised VAN (1917, Alcantara): Iceberg 2, Medoc 4, Roi d’Egypte

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nh stallions and cheltenham Such as Beneficial, Presenting and Shantou provide outcrosses among established sires. And likely to do the same duty among the upcoming younger horses, as well as Martaline and Robin Des Champs, are the upwardly mobile pair Shirocco and Westerner, both top-class Flat performers. Globetrotting Shirocco’s superstar Annie Power was unable, after all, to prove herself the second coming, but the Monsun stallion – a four-time top-level winner who has transferred from Flat duties at Dalham Hall to Glenview – got off the mark at the Cheltenham Festival courtesy of County Hurdle winner Lac Fontana. Westerner, based under the Coolmore banner at Castle Hyde in County Cork, was responsible for last-gasp Arkle Trophy hero Western Warhorse and the son of Danehill, a five-time Group 1-winning stayer with enough pace to take second in an Arc, was one of several to break his Festival duck at the highest level. The others to achieve the feat were Martaline, My Risk, the deceased Voix Du

Tiger Roll’s success was probably the best piece of third-hand purchasing throughout the week Nord (with Taquin Du Seuil) and a pair more immediately associated with glittering occasions on the Flat rather than over obstacles. Derby hero Authorized, sire of three Group 1 winners last year and now based in France, was responsible for Tiger Roll in the Triumph Hurdle and Banstead Manor star Dansili, who had six individual top performers across the globe in 2013, now has a Champion Bumper winner on his CV in Silver Concorde. Tiger Roll’s success was probably the best

piece of third-hand purchasing throughout the week. The horse was originally bought by John Ferguson Bloodstock from The Castlebridge Consignment for 70,000gns at the Tattersalls Foal Sale in 2010. Unraced for Darley, he returned to the acution ring, this time to the DBS August Horses In Training Sale where he was purchased by trainer Richard Guest for £10,000. Guest got the horse to a juvenile hurdle at Market Rasen in November, a race he duly won by three and a half lengths. The horse was then reconsigned – again to a different sales company, this time Brightwells getting in on the act at its Cheltenham Festival Sale – where Mags O’Toole spent £80,000 on behalf of owner Gigginstown Stud. The horse was sent to Gordon Elliot for whom he finished second first time out before collecting the Triumph. In the space of three months, the horse has nearly paid off his purchase price for Gigginstown and looks likely to add plenty more swag to the bag in future.

Nervous onlookers: a bunch of younger jockeys watch proceedings. It seems they have all been to the same shop for their Festival suits and jackets..!

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stats list Tiger Roll gave Authorized a first Cheltenham Festival winner with victory in the Triumph Hurdle. The son of Montjeu is now at Haras du Logis in France and is the sire of three Group 1 winners, two of which are fillies. So far, Zamdy Man is his highest-rated performer over hurdles on a BHA mark of 150

Cheltenham Festival winners 2014 Race

Horse (Sire and stud)

Breeder

Grade 1 Cheltenham Gold Cup:

Lord Windermere (Oscar, Grange, Co Cork)

Grade 1 Queen Mother Champion Chase:

Sire De Grugy (My Risk, Victot, France)

Grade 1 Ryanair Chase:

Dynaste (Martaline, Reboursiere, France)

Grade 1 Champion Hurdle:

Jezki (Milan, Grange, Co Cork)

Grade 1 World Hurdle:

More Of That (Beneficial, Dead)

Grade 1 Arkle Trophy:

Western Warhorse (Westerner, Castle Hyde, Co Cork)

Harry Kavanagh

Grade 1 Rsa Chase:

O’Faolains Boy (Oscar, Grange, Ire)

Tom & P Phelan

Edmond Coleman La Grugerie Paul Chartier Gerard Mcgrath Mrs Eleanor Hadden

Grade 1 JLT Novices Chase:

Taquin Du Seuil (Voix Du Nord, Dead)

Grade 1 Supreme Novices Hurdle:

Vautour (Robin Des Champs, Glenview, Co Cork)

Grade 1 Neptune Novices Hurdle:

Faugheen (Germany, Woodlands, Co Galway)

Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle:

Very Wood (Martaline, Reboursiere, France)

Grade 1 Triumph Hurdle:

Tiger Roll (Authorized, Logis, France)

Grade 1 Champion Bumper:

Silver Concorde (Dansili, Banstead Manor, Suffolk)

Anne Coughlan

Grade 2 OLBG Mares Hurdle:

Quevega (Robin Des Champs, Glenview, Co Cork)

Pierre Rives

Grade 3 Baylis & Harding Handicap Chase:

Holywell (Gold Well, Dead,)

Marc Boudot Saint-Voir & Patrick Joubert Dr John Waldron C Jacquemont, J & A Gronfier G O’Brien

Patrick Doyle

Grade 3 Byrne Group Plate:

Ballynagour (Shantou, Burgage, Co Carlow)

Grade 3 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase:

Savello (Anshan, Dead)

Grade 3 Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle:

Hawk High (High Chaparral, Coolmore, Co Tipperary)

Grade 3 Coral Cup:

Whisper (Astarabad, Croix Sonnet, France)

Hubert & Sandra Hosselet

Grade 3 Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle:

Lac Fontana (Shirocco, Glenview, Co Cork)

La Perrigne

Fulke Walwayn Kim Muir Chase:

Spring Heeled (Old Vic, Dead)

Rewards4racing Novices Chase:

Present View (Presenting, Glenview, Co Cork)

G T Morrow Anthony Walsh Gleadhill House Stud

Isidore & Padraig Murtagh Richard Mathias

Terry Biddlecombe NH Chase:

Midnight Prayer (Midnight Legend, Pitchall Farm, Warwickshire)

Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Hurdle:

Don Poli (Poliglote, Etreham, France, Ire)

J P L Reynolds

Brian Griffiths & John Nicholson

Pertemps Hurdle Final:

Fingal Bay (King’s Theatre, Dead)

James Kinsella

Cross-Country Chase:

Balthazar King (King’s Theatre, Dead)

Sunnyhill Stud

Foxhunter Chase:

Tammys Hill (Tamayaz, Dead)

Patrick Smyth

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stats list Leading sires of 3-5yos hurdlers 2013-2014 season: (by prize-money earned, to March18) Stallion KING’S THEATRE (IRE) MILAN (GB) OSCAR (IRE) BENEFICIAL (GB) WESTERNER (GB) SHIROCCO (GER) PRESENTING (GB) FLEMENSFIRTH (USA) ROBIN DES CHAMPS (FR) KAYF TARA (GB) OLD VIC AUTHORIZED (IRE) SHANTOU (USA) SAINT DES SAINTS (FR) HERON ISLAND (IRE) MIDNIGHT LEGEND (GB) GALILEO (IRE) DARK ANGEL (IRE) DEFINITE ARTICLE (GB) GOLD WELL (GB) GERMANY (USA) DANEHILL DANCER (IRE) WINDSOR KNOT (IRE) SHOLOKHOV (IRE) JEREMY (USA)

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Runners

Winners

Races Won

Places

Money Won (£)

Wnrs to Rnrs %

Av. earnings

92 96 107 72 67 19 126 79 7 50 49 18 40 16 38 30 35 8 48 23 6 18 6 5 24

37 24 35 20 17 12 27 21 5 14 9 7 10 4 8 13 8 3 8 10 1 7 2 2 8

61 36 49 32 26 20 41 30 9 19 16 10 15 5 12 18 13 7 14 17 4 12 2 3 9

114 91 100 77 74 11 121 66 3 50 45 19 45 15 38 36 40 9 42 29 9 23 11 5 23

632,280 580,544 510,317 479,297 323,538 300,297 293,246 193,447 192,422 185,751 170,659 161,405 157,192 143,133 129,163 123,642 123,405 118,474 116,747 109,622 108,802 100,088 100,021 99,599 96,326

40.21 25.00 32.71 27.77 25.37 63.15 21.42 26.58 71.42 28.00 18.36 38.88 25.00 25.00 21.05 43.33 22.85 37.50 16.66 43.47 16.66 38.88 33.33 40.00 33.33

6,873 6,047 4,769 6,657 4,829 15,805 2,327 2,449 27,489 3,715 3,483 8,967 3,930 8,946 3,399 4,121 3,526 14,809 2,432 4,766 18,134 5,560 16,670 19,920 4,014

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Wnrs to Rnrs %

Leading sires of 3-5yos chasers 2013-2014 season: (by prize-money earned, to March18) Stallion WESTERNER (GB) BENEFICIAL (GB) PRESENTING (GB) POLIGLOTE (GB) FLEMENSFIRTH (USA) DOM ALCO (FR) GOLDNEYEV (USA) DUBAWI (IRE) DYNAFORMER (USA) TURGEON (USA) ALBERTO GIACOMETTI (IRE) MILAN (GB) FRAGRANT MIX (IRE) HERON ISLAND (IRE) DR MASSINI (IRE) REFUSE TO BEND (IRE) KAPGARDE (FR) SAINT DES SAINTS (FR) DALAKHANI (IRE) SMADOUN (FR) OLD VIC

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11 18 17 2 9 6 2 1 2 2 2 12 1 8 4 2 3 1 3 3 7

4 6 6 2 2 4 1 1 1 2 2 4 1 3 2 1 1 1 2 1 2

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courtesy of Weatherbys 120,194 102,148 94,729 79,278 70,987 67,454 65,266 61,620 61,550 51,001 48,960 41,545 40,957 39,686 38,232 29,985 29,666 28,959 27,201 26,662 26,470

36.36 33.33 35.29 100.00 22.22 66.66 50.00 100.00 50.00 100.00 100.00 33.33 100.00 37.50 50.00 500.0 33.33 100.00 66.66 33.33 28.57

Av. earnings 10,927 5,675 5,572 39,639 7,887 11,242 32,633 61,620 30,775 25,500 24,480 3,462 40,957 4,961 9,558 14,993 9,889 28,959 9,067 8,887 3,781


stats list Leading NH sires in Britain and Ireland 2013-14: (by prize-money earned, to March 18) Stallion OSCAR (IRE) KING’S THEATRE (IRE) BENEFICIAL (GB) MILAN (GB) PRESENTING (GB) FLEMENSFIRTH (USA) OLD VIC KAYF TARA (GB) WESTERNER (GB) ANSHAN MIDNIGHT LEGEND (GB) DOM ALCO (FR) ALFLORA (IRE) SHANTOU (USA) DEFINITE ARTICLE (GB) GOLD WELL (GB) MY RISK (FR) DR MASSINI (IRE) MONTJEU (IRE) MARTALINE (GB) WINGED LOVE (IRE) KARINGA BAY BOB BACK (USA) BRIAN BORU (GB) CLOUDINGS (IRE) HERON ISLAND (IRE) SHIROCCO (GER) OVERBURY (IRE) ROBIN DES CHAMPS (FR) STOWAWAY (GB) ALDERBROOK (GB) SIR HARRY LEWIS (USA) VINNIE ROE (IRE) GOLAN (IRE) DESERT PRINCE (IRE) AZAMOUR (IRE) WITNESS BOX (USA) SADDLERS’ HALL (IRE) ACCORDION PANORAMIC GALILEO (IRE) COURT CAVE (IRE) LAVIRCO (GER) SAINT DES SAINTS (FR) TURGEON (USA) POLIGLOTE (GB) EXIT TO NOWHERE (USA) HERNANDO (FR) MOSCOW SOCIETY (USA) BEAT HOLLOW (GB)

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courtesy of Weatherbys Money Won (£)

387 2,006,941 358 1,962,361 423 1,740,640 358 1,600,493 423 1,590,214 345 1,139,950 271 914,517 229 803,198 157 662,505 111 526,671 114 499,526 42 492,310 167 461,414 102 422,681 158 417,418 74 414,096 1 412,385 126 407,345 89 404,936 41 388,576 104 364,294 94 360,392 63 360,122 111 340,941 93 336,962 107 336,332 16 312,888 99 306,643 23 295,460 59 294,137 108 292,606 97 291,128 93 263,942 64 260,407 15 256,505 36 253,767 87 236,780 77 231,130 65 220,068 22 217,987 77 210,183 85 208,940 31 204,073 28 201,830 39 201,353 29 199,344 62 196,578 49 192,736 72 188,885 53 187,820

Wnrs to Rnrs % 32.55 42.06 31.04 30.44 28.45 26.51 26.66 31.73 29.07 29.21 33.02 37.50 27.85 34.48 23.68 43.39 50.00 20.18 25.80 40.90 28.20 30.76 34.48 30.86 34.21 26.41 46.15 23.58 30.43 27.50 29.16 30.00 24.13 20.98 37.50 34.61 29.82 23.80 22.22 85.71 23.52 29.50 55.00 29.62 36.36 33.33 18.91 39.39 26.98 38.63

Av. earnings 5,885 7,787 5,196 5,130 4,393 3,825 4,355 3,862 4,699 5,918 4,583 15,385 3,296 4,858 2,746 7,813 206,192 3,737 6,531 17,663 4,670 3,960 6,209 4,209 4,434 3,173 12,034 2,893 12,846 7,353 4,064 4,159 3,034 3,215 16,032 9,760 4,154 3,669 4,075 31,141 3,091 3,425 10,204 7,475 6,102 11,075 2,656 5,840 2,998 4,269


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Overbury Stud’s new stallion resident, the Group 1 winner and globetrotting son of Selkirk, Cityscape

Photography by Trevor Jones

The dual-purpose stud Catherine Austen visits Overbury Stud and chats to manager Simon Sweeting about the farm’s established stallions as well as the new name on its roster

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n a sun-drenched Sunday morning, two days before the Cheltenham Festival starts, Kayf Tara is grazing in his paddock at the foot of Bredon Hill. He lifts his head as visitors approach but, after a cursory inspection, continues to eat. The best NH sire in Britain is used to being admired. The 20-year-old rules the roost at Overbury Stud. “He’s built this business,” says Simon Sweeting, who leases the stud from the Overbury Estate. Although Sweeting was born into NH breeding – his father Christopher has Conduit Stud near Chipping Norton – his ambition was to train. “I worked for Henry Cecil, Bobby Frankel and Luca Cumani and through choice would have gone back to America, but I couldn’t get a visa to set up a business there,” says Sweeting. “I didn’t think I could afford to train in this country.” It was 2000 and while Sweeting was pondering his options, two things happened. Kayf Tara won his second Ascot Gold Cup for Godolphin and was retired from racing, and Overbury Stud came up for lease. “I got lucky and put the two together,” says Simon. “John Ferguson was very kind and said that if could get the stud, I could have the horse.” In the 14 years since, the handsome son of Sadler’s Wells out of the superb matriarch Colorspin – whose other offspring include Opera House and Zee Zee Top – has proved himself as fine a sire as he was a racehorse. His best include Hennessy winner Carruthers, Planet Of Sound, who took a Punchestown Gold Cup and a Haldon Gold Cup for Philip Hobbs and who is still winning at the age of 12, and Maghull Novices’ Chase winner Special Tiara. He has had Cheltenham Festival winners in the shape of Alfie Sherrin and Kayf Aramis, and hopes were high for the very smart, Willie Mullins-trained Mozoltov in the Grade 1 JLT Novices’ Chase at this year’s meeting. Unfortunately, Mozoltov was brought down at the first when Oscar Whisky crashed out of the race – but he may gain compensation at Aintree or Punchestown. “We were lucky to start with Kayf Tara and are lucky still to have him,” says Sweeting, his eyes still on the horse on whose back he has ridden into the stallion business. “He’ll cover 120 mares this year – he’s happy to cover

Until NH fillies have more sales value, Sweeting feels NH breeding is a difficult proposition financially

Overbury Stud sits bang in the middle of the Overbury Estate. It is now owned by Penelope Bossom, whose family, the Holland-Martins, founded the stud in the 1930s. Many top Flat horses have sprung from it, including Grundy, who was sold as a yearling for just 27,000gns. “Penelope was looking for the right person to lease the stud when we were setting up,” says Sweeting. “The stud is right in the centre of a very well-run estate, and everything has got to be immaculate. If we got it wrong here it would reflect on the rest of the estate, so they were quite nervous about who they got in and how it was going to work. But we get on very well.” Catherine Morse is stud groom. Dan Matty – who had never had contact with horses until his father, a tractor driver on the estate farm, asked Simon to give him a chance and who Simon says is a complete natural – is in charge of the stallions. Jo Brown is stud secretary.

There are only about 600 NH mares in Britain – and as a stallion master, the fewer mares there are, the fewer there are for us to cover three or four a day still.” But British NH breeding is, if not quite in the doldrums, not moving with much sailpower. “Kayf Tara had a very quiet year last year, only covering 70 mares,” says Sweeting, the frustration just audible in his voice. “Jump breeding in Britain has been cut back enormously in the past five years, as it has in Ireland. “There are only about 600 NH mares in Britain – and as a stallion master, the fewer mares there are, the fewer there are for us to cover. For each stallion to have a decent

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Simon Sweeting with his “bedrock” Kayf Tara. While Sweeting says NH breeding and jump racing is his passion and always will be, it is an easier prospect to find and buy a commercial Flat stallion

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chance, he’s got to have at least 50 mares. There are probably too many NH sires in Britain, but if we had better ones, we’d lose fewer mares to stallions in Ireland. “Kayf Tara’s problem is that, even though he is head and shoulders above any other proven sire standing in Britain, he has had all those mares. We need more mares – and better ones.” The “pretty much worthless” value of NHbred fillies is also a major concern. “If you’re lucky in 10 years you are likely to produce four colts, four fillies and have two blank years from your mare. Those four colts have got to cover your costs – and say one of them has a twisted leg... it means then you’re down to three – and it just doesn’t stack up. “Until we can get value into fillies, it’s always going to be the same.


yorton farm stud “You’ve got to have a love of NH racing to want to breed and I don’t think it will or should ever be a purely commercial thing, but you’ve got to be able to make NH breeding pay for itself and the only way of doing that is for the fillies to be worth money at the sales.” Simon lauds Robert Waley-Cohen’s efforts to reward breeders with good mares for sending them to British stallions via the Levy Board-backed TBA Elite National Hunt Mares Incentive Scheme. “Robert is a very bright guy who gets things done. As a breeder and a trainer he understands the problem and if anyone can do something about it, he will.” Yes, he says, NH breeding is tough at the moment in Britain. “But people are doing it because they love it, and it will be hard to stop them doing

Delegator: his first crop are foals of this year and the son of Dansili saw 102 mares in 2013

Yearling colts at Overbury, the paddock in the lee of Cleeve Hill. Sweeting is looking forward to expanding the sales prep side of his business

something they love. When you’ve got a core that strong, you’ve got something to build on.” But while Kayf Tara has placed Overbury at the top of the NH tree, and hopes are high for Schiaparelli, the German-bred five-time Group 1 winner by Monsun, a new dawn is breaking at the stud on the border of Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. The “new boy” is Cityscape. And, unlike the other stallions, past and present, at Overbury, who have been owned by Darley, he has been bought by Sweeting and another investor. A rangy, well-made chestnut who won the 2012 Dubai Duty Free (G1) and three Group 3s when trained by Roger Charlton, Cityscape is a Selkirk half-brother to Bated Breath, who stands at breeder Prince Khalid Abdullah’s Banstead Manor Stud and whose first foals are appearing this spring.

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overbury stud “I’ve wanted to get my own stallions for a while,” says Sweeting. “I’ve been completely reliant on Darley and, while we have a very good relationship and I hope they keep sending me horses that they feel they don’t want to lose but aren’t quite right to stand at Dalham Hall or Kildangan, the horses weren’t always coming this way. I would have loved to have stood Doyen and Shirocco, for example. So it made sensible business sense to try for a horse of my own.”

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ith the help of Blandford Bloodstock’s Richard Brown, he secured Cityscape. “He’s not the first horse we’ve gone after, but he’s the first we’ve managed to get hold of. He’s been popular so far and if he’s a success, it’ll be fabulous,” hopes Sweeting. “His assets are that he was obviously a very high-class racehorse who broke the track record at Ascot at two and at Meydan at six and raced sound in between. As well as being a Group 1 winner he was placed in 19 out of 23 races, so he’s very consistent. “Cityscape was a miler and, importantly, he is from the Sharpen Up line, so he is a great

Kayf Tara

20yo b h Sadler’s Wells-Colorspin (High Top) Fee: £3,000

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8yo ch h Selkirk-Tantina (Distant View) Fee: £5,000

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8yo b h Dansili-Indian Love Bird (Efisio) Fee: £4,000

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11yo ch h Monsun-Sacarina (Old Vic) Fee: £2,000

outcross for Northern Dancer mares.” Cityscape, instantly recognisable by his white blaze, has taken to his new career well. “He’s a very kind horse and easy to do anything with,” smiles Sweeting. “Of the first six mares scanned, five are in-foal, one of whom has been barren for three years, so he seems fertile.” More than 100 mares are booked in to Cityscape so far.

Schiaparelli: the strong and rangy son of Monsun provides a great cross for Sadler’s Wells mares

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Kayf Tara and Cityscape stand alongside Delegator, Godolphin’s son of Dansili who ran Sea The Stars to a length and a half in the 2000 Guineas and whose biggest win came in the Duke of York Stakes at York in 2011. Schiaparelli completes the quartet. “There is always a concern in NH breeders’ minds about chestnuts, because they don’t want to breed chestnut fillies. I don’t suppose Annie Power will change many minds about that!” laughs Sweeting. “But he’s a big, strong horse who has produced good-looking stock with fabulous temperaments. He’s a very good cross for Sadler’s Wells mares.” Sweeting thought his first book of mares would be bigger than it was – 75 – but is encouraged that he has held that level through his second and third seasons. “People are seeing the foals, liking them and thinking more and more about what he’s got to offer,” he says. Alongside the stallion management, Sweeting is keen to increase the sales prep side of the business. “At the December sales we sold eight foals and got 457,000gns for them, and sold three mares for just shy of 500,000gns. I think we showed that we can do the job well – it fits in well with us because we are quiet with the stallions at that time of year and, as well as being a way of earning more money, it’s a good way of showcasing the stud.” One of the mares, Light Up My Life – third behind Certify in the May Hill Stakes at Doncaster – fetched 425,000gns, sold to Al Shaqab Racing. She was owned by Derek Boocock, who boards his mares at Overbury. Although NH racing is Sweeting’s bedrock, he is keen to keep a foot in both camps. “Ideally I will always stand stallions under both codes,” he says. “I was brought up with NH and I love it, but there’s much more diversity and a much bigger market with the Flat, of course. “And it’s very difficult to buy NH stallions. Darley aren’t going to sell you one, neither is Coolmore. The Australians will bid more money for a nice horse off the Flat to go and run in the Melbourne Cup than it is worth to stand as a NH stallion – it’s easier to find a commercial animal at a sensible price to stand for the Flat market.” Meanwhile, Kayf Tara grazes on in the sunlight, secure in the knowledge that he was here first and, however well this blossoming stud does in the future, its modern incarnation was built on his shoulders.


BEAT HOLLOW THE OBVIOUS SUCCESSOR TO

KING’S THEATRE

Both sons of SADLER’S WELLS • Both multiple Gr.1 winners on the Flat Both Gr.1 sires on the Flat and over jumps.

WICKLOW BRAVE (Beat Hollow), a triple Bumper winner for Willie Mullins and now a leading novice hurdler.

Gr.1 placed VAGABOND SHOES (Beat Hollow) wins this year’s Gr.2 San Marcos Stakes at Santa Anita in the USA.

Following in the footsteps of

Following in the footsteps of

Beat Hollow’s Gr.1 winning hurdlers

Beat Hollow’s Gr.1 winning Flat horses

CINDERS AND ASHES

BEATEN UP (in 2013) and

and HOLLOW TREE.

PROPORTIONAL.

N.b. BEAT HOLLOW is closely related to MARTALINE sire of Gr.1 winners Dynaste and Very Wood

BALLYLINCH STUD Tel: +353 (0) 56-7724217 • Email: nicola@ballylinchstud.ie • davidmyerscough@ballylinchstud.ie • michaelryan@ballylinchstud.ie

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Mr

Promotion

Beth Carter chats to Carter Carnegie, international executive for Great British Racing International and finds out just what the organisation is all about and the initiatives planned for the year

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ith record prices at the sales last autumn, a trio of Breeders’ Cup winners and other top-class results around the world, Britain’s racing and breeding industry has arguably never been in such rude health. Equally, then, there has never been a better time to shine a spotlight on British racing, both to celebrate success and to, quite literally, cash in by attracting new investors from among the world’s most wealthy. The job of trumpet blower and international promoter is the role of Great British Racing International (GBRI), headed by Carter Carnegie, and he is moving into the new season with a bulging portfolio of initiatives to fulfil just that brief. GBRI is funded as a joint initiative between the British Horseracing Authority, its commercial arm Racing Enterprises Limited and the Horseracing Betting Levy Board. The organisation launched quietly in the spring of 2013, with Carnegie coming on board as International Executive in August. The deliberately low-key launch has allowed

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...it is so important that we use the heritage, and the culture of racing in this country, which is so strong, to promote the sport to the world the four-strong team the time to develop an in-depth strategy to roll out this year, drawing on the support of several of the industry’s most well established organisations. Carnegie joined GBRI following 11 years as senior vice-president of Breeders’ Cup Ltd, having also worked with non-racing sporting bodies such as the National Baseball Association (NBA) and the National Football League (NFL). Although his working involvement with horseracing has mainly been in the US,

Carnegie first fell in love with the sport during his childhood when he was raised in France, which has given him a keen understanding and appreciation of the sport and its rich history in Europe. The core focus of GBRI’s strategy is attracting new investment into the British racing and breeding industry, particularly from high-net worth individuals, who place a premium on luxury products. Let wet Wednesday afternoons at Wolverhampton be the remit of others; at GBRI, the focus is on showcasing the glamour and excitement of the sport at the highest level to those willing to invest at the top of the pyramid in the Sport of Kings. It is hardly a secret that foreign investment, most usually from the Middle East, is pivotal to British horseracing, and it is natural to want to source as many potential players as possible. But GBRI’s remit is not simply a case of tapping the wealthy for cash to ensure the continued health of the industry; it is also a genuine passion for showcasing to the world the very best that racing and breeding has to offer in Britain.


Carter Carnegie: enjoying a day at Cheltenham. At GBRI, Carnegie wants to make most of a limited budget in an “impactful way” and believes success will be judged by the number of new international owners and buyers GBRI helps bring to Britain, as well as if it can successfully showcase British racing as a “centre of excellence”

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Each country has a very individual product, so let’s get the consumer into the European shop and then let them pick what they want once they get there “Britain is the birthplace of the sport of horseracing, and it is so important that we use the heritage, and the culture of racing in this country which is so strong, to promote the sport to the world,” says Carnegie. “Yes, this is a global sport, but it is so important to create connections that make the sport itself truly global.” As GBRI’s British-centric cousin Great British Racing found when it was first established as Racing For Change, the industry in Britain is not always quick to embrace the promotional aspects of the sport. While that mindset may be slowly changing, there are still those quick to claim that British racing can sell itself without need of a dedicated marketing body. “GBRI is a new player so there is definitely an educational process at present in explaining who we are, what we do, and the value we can give to the industry here in Britain,” acknowledges Carnegie. “But racing is the ultimate luxury product and Britain is

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a bastion of sporting excellence. We have the longest established market in the world, and the sport should be proud to showcase that to the world. “Last year, when I first came on board, our short-term aim was to get a better idea of the landscape of British racing and breeding and what was the best way for GBRI to add value to the industry. “Now, our long-term aim is two-fold. First, to create a more structured and organised process to showcase this great sport in Britain, so that we are exporting the British industry to the outside world in a measured way. And, second, to develop initiatives and see which are the most appealing to the industry.” Of the initiatives that GBRI has announced to date, the one that has garnered most headlines is the launch of Destination Europe, an alliance between GBRI, Irish Thoroughbred Marketing (ITM) and the French Racing and Breeding Committee

(FRBC) aimed at encouraging potential investors into European racing as a whole. That three countries who are traditionally rivals both on the racecourse and when it comes to promoting the sport in their respective nations should team up may have caused raised eyebrows in some corners, but Carnegie believes it is a natural step in a vitally important direction. “Each country offers its own distinctive racing, but together we can create a more unified approach to attracting investment,” he explains. “It is not really a new idea for the countries to work together; the International Pattern Committee already does, which strengthens racing. “Our biggest competition is from other luxury sports and entertainments, not from each other. Each country has a very individual product, so let’s get the consumer into the European shop and then let them pick what they want once they get there.”

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estination Europe is far from being the only alliance GBRI has forged in the six months Carnegie has been at the helm of the organisation; partnerships with other industry bodies forms a key part of the GBRI strategy. “Our strategy is definitely to work with the industry’s stakeholders,” Carnegie explains.


Some of the best of British racing: left, Fahrr winning at Ascot on Champions’ Day, above, The Fugue heading to Dubai. She is one of the first group of horses to travel the world representing “Team British Racing”. GBRI is planning a variety of initiatives to ensure that high-worth international investors are attracted to horseracing and bloodstock in Britain

“There are several organisations in Britain that work in the international markets, but their work is specific to their brand, not to Britain as a whole. “With GBRI, we are trying to harness the total value of the industry as a whole. We do have a limited budget and so we must do things that are impactful, as well as utilising existing resources.” Whereas in the past, strategy might have focused on attracting buyers from emerging markets to Britain, GBRI’s focus on high-net worth individuals means the organisation is working in established racing nations, showcasing the sport to those players already in the game as well as attracting wealthy newcomers to racing. In its first full year, GBRI is concentrating on markets including North and South America and the Middle East, before broadening the horizons next year. Carnegie inevitably spends much of his time on the road, networking at key racing meetings around the world as he works to promote British racing. However, the logistical challenges of trying to cover as much ground as possible has led to another GBRI initiative, that of appointing ambassadors. Explaining the thinking behind the GBRI Ambassadors, Carnegie says: “We need boots on the ground and those boots need to belong to people who know the markets and can

Team British Racing is a joint initiative between GBRI and the International Racing Bureau, and, of course, we are working closely with individual trainers really facilitate meetings and connections with the right people, as a year-round satellite of GBRI. “From a geographical stand point, it makes sense to start the initiative with the countries that are furthest away, but I would like to see a spread of people around the world in the next year or two.” Shining the spotlight on the very best of British racing forms the basis for everything GBRI does, and it was this that led to the launch of Team British Racing. This initiative, launched at the Dubai World Cup, sees British trainers and owners banding together under the Team British Racing banner, to create a strong identity for all those representing Britain in foreign fields. “Team British Racing is a joint initiative between GBRI and the International Racing Bureau, and, of course, we are working closely with individual trainers,” Carnegie explains. “The aim is first of all to generate awareness of the success of British-trained horses, but also to promote British trainers as well.

“Britain has more runners at international meetings than any other country and it is great to showcase the very best Britain can offer in terms of trainers and jockeys, as well as the horses. We need to reinforce that brand element – that these great training performances are coming from Britain.” Carnegie may be keenly aware of the scrutiny GBRI faces in its first full year of operation, but both he and his team are focussed full steam ahead on the task at hand – promoting British racing and securing new investment in a product about which they are passionate. “I am always looking at what is working to make sure we are connecting with the right people, both in racing and outside our circle,” he says. “The key question that we must keep asking ourselves is ‘are we packaging the message effectively’? “For me, success will be bringing more international owners and buyers into British racing, and also showcasing Britain as a centre for excellence around the world.”

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start of the flat 2014 Has the stylish Maxime Guyon (near right) come of age this year?

Under starters’orders...

...for the Flat season 2014. We’ve asked a few of those in the know to pick out some names to watch out for over the summer months

Jocelyn De Moubray, journalist:

expecting big things from Le Havre and Equiano Jockeys to watch...

Maxime Guyon is an outstanding jockey, who is still getting better. André Fabre’s current number one jockey has only ridden one winner in England, when he was only 21, but Guyon is an experienced jockey of 24 now and if he gets the opportunities will excel anywhere. Amazingly, two of his closest rivals for the French jockeys title are even younger – Fabre’s second jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot is 21 and Antoine Hamelin, also among the top five jockeys in France in 2013, is 22. There is not going to be a shortage of top jockeys in France in the years to come.

Trainers to note...

Ex-jockey Philippe Sogorb, who is based at Mont de Marson in the south-west of France, has made a spectacular start to his training career.

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He only gave up riding in 2013 with a career total of around 900 winners, having started to train in 2011. Last year, in only his third season, he succeeded in going to Newmarket, a journey of about 800 miles from his stable, to win the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes with Vorda, and then came within a neck of winning another Group 1 with Catcall in the Prix d’Abbaye. He has already won a Listed race at Cagnes this year with the six-year-old gelding Narrow Hill, whose official rating has gone from 84 to 107 in the six months he has been with Sogorb. He has around 50 horses, even if a fair proportion of them are Arabians, and has received well-bred two-year-olds from the Al Thani family and Gerard Augustin Normand, in whose colours Vorda runs.

Sires to hit mark...

Le Havre was champion first-season sire in France in 2013. It is fair to say it is not the most prestigious stallion title in a country where two-year-old racing is not a priority, but still La Cauviniere’s son of Noverre

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has made an outstanding start to his stud career. His two-year-olds included several who competed successfully in the toughest Paris races, as well as La Hougette, who twice won at Chantilly and then in Deauville, Avenir Certain a winner at Chantilly, La Gohanniere, who was successful at Longchamp, while Beaumontel and La Pyle were both placed in B races in Paris. It is not often that so many of the progeny of a €5,000 stallion are able compete successfully with some of the best-bred horses of their generation. Le Havre has the pedigree and profile of a sire whose progeny will improve from two to three – around 60 per cent of his first crop did not run at two – and it is likely that a good proportion of Le Havre’s will be at their best over middle-distances. Few French-based sires have had the support Le Havre received from his owner Gerard AugustinNormand, but it looks as if he is going to be rewarded for his loyalty to his first major winner. Another second-season sire who looks like making headlines this year is Gilltown’s Sea The

La Cauviniere’s son of Noverre has, however, made an outstanding start to his stud career Stars. He obviously covered an excellent book of mares in his first season and his progeny will improve with time and distance. He, too, had several promising winners, aside from his Group winner My Titania. Sea The Moon, the winner of his only race in Cologne, is the ante-post favourite for the Deutsches Derby, while Sea The Stars’s only winner in France, Rip Roaring, a chesnut daughter of the Diane winner Nebraska Tornado, looked promising when holding on to beat La Pyle, a Le Havre filly, at Chantilly last September.


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European Champion 1st-season sire? Equiano was an outstanding sprinter and a pretty good two-year-old, which, of course, doesn’t make him a certainty to be a top stallion as well, but does give him every chance. His first trainer Maurizio Delcher Sanchez, who handled him in Madrid up to his victory in the King’s Stand Stakes as a three-year-old, has always said that what made Equiano an exceptional horse was his temperament: he was always the first among his generation to learn, he could travel without any problem (which he had to as Paris is a long way from Madrid) and he adapted to every new circumstance with ease. Equiano made his debut over 4f at the beginning of May. His record at two would have been better still if his trainer had realized more quickly that his horse was a sprinter. Equiano won twice over six and a half furlongs at two, but he was beaten on both of his starts over longer trips. Once Delcher Sanchez knew he had a sprinter he took him to Paris, but by then the ground had gone against him as Equiano was never at ease on very soft or heavy ground and could only place in the Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte. In February every trainer is optimistic about their new horses, but it is significant that those who have two-year-olds by Equiano are also talking about

their temperaments and how quickly they learn. Nobody will be surprised if Equiano’s progeny are fast and he has the numbers to be a champion first-season sire. Lope De Vega is another first-season sire who was both precocious and had unusual talent. Few horses are capable of winning the Poule d’Essai des Poulains and the Prix du JockeyClub, and fewer still from wide outside draws. Lope De Vega was a brilliant winner of his first two starts at two, even if he did not have sufficient experience to repeat these performances when only fourth as a short-priced favourite in the Group 1 on Arc weekend. Ballylinch’s stallion has another advantage for the long term – André Fabre trains eight Lope De Vega two-year-olds for Gestüt Ammerland.

Lope De Vega: along with Equiano is Jocelyn de Moubray’s idea of a leading first-season sire for 2014

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Berkshire is obviously a good horse – the Paul Cole-trained colt won the Group 2 Royal Lodge

...those who have two-year-olds by Equiano are also talking about their temperaments and how quickly they learn

Stakes, despite hanging and momentarily losing his action at a crucial part of the race. However, when he won the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot, the son of Mount Nelson looked like a superstar. He came from last to first in a slowly run race and then spread-eagled his rivals. The Chesham turned out to have been one of the best juvenile races of the season. The second Bunker defeated the Group 1 winner Karakontie on his only subsequent start, the third Ihtimal has won three Group races, a Listed race and fnished third in the Fillies’ Mile, while

the fourth, 8l behind Berkshire at Ascot, was Somewhat, only beaten a neck in the Royal Lodge. If Berkshire is as good as he looked at Ascot, then he is a very reasonable bet for the 2,000 Guineas.

What do you most want to see through this year’s Flat season?

For objective excitement few things in racing matched watching Frankel and Sir Henry Cecil. However, on the whole, racing is, like all other sports, mainly a subjective experience and what all those involved in any way really want is winners.

Liz Price Jockeys to watch

Aurelie Lemaitre: was apprentice to Freddy Head and could do good things this year.

What do I want to see most?

I would like to see Treve remain unbeaten and win the Arc

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start of the flat 2014 Lissa Oliver, journalist: is watching the Irish boys closely Jockeys to watch....

Ronan Whelan. He caught the eye the first time I saw him up on a horse and I’ve admired him ever since. He has everything I look for in a good rider – lovely hands, perfect balance and he’s proved in the years since he started that he has a good tactical brain. He is very stylish, yet he still claims; he rides with the polish and experience of a senior. I’m also a big admirer of Ross Coakley and Robbie Downey, for much the same reason. They’re both very confident young riders, well balanced, they keep a clear head under pressure and they’ve good hands. With no disrespect to other young riders at the moment, if you watch an apprentice race here in Ireland, the pair always stand out.

Trainers to note…

European Champion 1st-season sire?

I’ve been lucky enough to visit a lot of yards in Ireland and watch work, and the one I’d move into tomorrow if I were a horse is David Marnane’s. You rarely see horses in such excellent condition, their skin shines through their coats and it’s a really happy, healthy environment for them, physically and mentally. Horses will improve for him and it’s easy to see why.

Judging by the yearlings, Rip Van Winkle must be in with a strong shout, but I think Approve is my choice. I liked him as a racehorse and he has the speed and looks, if passed on, that will suit a two-year-old.

Ante-post Classic bet?

Sires to hit the mark...

Azamour is a favourite – a good-looking horse with an excellent racing CV, he’s passing on those qualities of toughness, versatility and speed, coupled with a good temperament, which is so important. His books are getting stronger, so his next crops should get better and better. Lawman is another favourite and already proven, but I’m sure David Marnane: his horses always look well there’s more to come.

Nancy Sexton, journalist: no more drug scandals please!

My last ante-post was on Ravinella at 50-1 for the Guineas... If ever I spot another Classic horse at those odds I might be tempted again, but I need to see lifestyle changes for my 50 cents each-way! Even so, any odds offered for Free Eagle to win the Derby would be good value; he looks a proper Derby horse. I love Australia and I fancy him strongly for the Guineas, but although 1m4f should suit him better, I’d give Free Eagle the edge at Epsom. I’m always looking at two-

Last season was a personal best for Andrea Atzeni, who continues to impress. However, 2014 promises to be even better given the number of quality horses he has to ride.

autumn sales, who are now with all the right people. Of the less expensive sires, Showcasing threw some athletic, sharp yearlings and it doesn’t hurt that he is a half-brother to Camacho. And perhaps Vocalised will surprise a few people – his first crop includes a half-brother to Dawn Approach and Jim Bolger will have plenty in his yard.

Trainers to note…

Ante-post Classic bet?...

Sires to hit the mark...

What do you want most to see through this year’s Flat season?

Jockeys to watch....

Philip Kirby’s move to Middleham last year coincided with his best-ever season and he looks to have a really nice filly to look forward to in Lady Heidi, who broke her maiden in the Silver Tankard Stakes. In the US, Cork native Brendan Walsh has a knack for rejuvenating horses and is deservedly gaining more attention after a good start. This is the year that Iffraaj’s really good crop, bred off the success of his first two-year-olds, hits the track so I expect him to feature prominently among the juvenile sires. It would be disappointing if Champs Elysees didn’t enhance the favourable impression he made with his first two-year-olds, while Thewayyouare could end up being a surprise package among the second-season sires.

European Champion 1st-season sire...

Rip Van Winkle: Galileo has made an excellent start as a sire of sires and Rip had some cracking-looking yearlings at the

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I got the impression My Titania was only doing enough in the C L Weld Park Stakes. Granted normal winter improvement, she is interesting at 12/1 for the 1,000 Guineas. Seagull Star and Patentar have a long way to go to make the Classics, but both looked potentially smart when winning their debuts. No more drugs scandals – hopefully not too much to ask! A well-bred bunch of juveniles by Iffraaj are due to hit the track this year


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...injury deprived Kingsbarns of a Derby; I’m looking forward to seeing him in action

Jockeys to watch…

We often have horses in training with Clive Cox and his apprentice Ryan Tate is definitely worth keeping an eye on; Clive thinks highly of him. Of the established jockeys I like to watch George Baker, who was riding as well as ever last year and should do well again in 2014.

Trainers to note…

Charlie Fellowes is starting his career this year with some good support, so I’m interested to see how he does. I went around at evening stables recently with Marcus Tregoning here at Whitsbury and he has a good-looking bunch of two-year-olds, which he is excited about. He should do well with now that he has fully settled into the yard.

What do you want most to see through this year’s Flat season?

Everyone wants to see last year’s Classic horses go on to prove themselves at four and I think injury deprived Kingsbarns of a Derby, so I’m looking forward to seeing him in action. But really I’d love to see a genuine star sprinter, or star stayer, emerge: we’ve not had an Habibti, Sharpo or a Le Moss for decades! It would be lovely to see one go through an unbeaten run. All too often they take turns in winning the big races. I’d also love to see another Triple Crown attempt, but I don’t think it will be this season: Free Eagle isn’t a miler...!

The 2012 Racing Post Trophy winner Kingsbarns

Ed Harper of Whitsbury Manor Stud: wants the taps turned off

year-olds as prospective Classic horses and the two others I really hold in high regard are Obliterator and Altruistic.

Sires to hit the mark…

I’m sure Fastnet Rock will burst on to the scene now that his eldest northern-hemisphere crop are three-year-olds. His progeny are not particularly precocious and tend to improve dramatically from two to three. I think Exceed And Excel will step up another notch as well. His runners from better quality crops of mares are now coming through and his yearlings sold last year went to all the right stables.

European Champion 1st-season sire? It’s obvious I will say Showcasing, but he was such a good two-year-old himself that you would hope his runners would be nice and early – they certainly look it.

George Baker: will he add to his Group 1 tally in 2014? He broke that duck last year in the British Champions Fillies and Mares aboard Seal Of Approval

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start of the flat 2014 Zebedee is another who should get off to a good start, he had a lightning turn of foot and his sire Invincible Spirit got an enormous amount of winners in his own first season.

Ante-post Classic bet?

War Command in the 2,000 Guineas as there is no one better

Turn the taps off, says Ed Harper, while Charlie Gordon-Watson wants to see “a consistent racing surface”

at getting horses ready for the championship races than Aidan O’Brien – I think Australia will be vulnerable over a mile. Shifting Power would be my each-way bet for the same race after Richard Hannon Jnr named him as his horse to follow in a recent Racing Post interview.

What do you want most to see through this year’s Flat season?

Some good to firm ground! We tend to stand sprinting stallions who produced their best form on fast ground as the most high profile sprints are mainly in the summer months. It drives me crazy when courses water perfectly safe fast ground and alter it to good. The “fast ground stallions” such as Compton Place suffer through the wet months, so their offspring should then be free to take advantage when the weather improves. The fairest thing is to leave it up to the elements and only water when it’s absolutely necessary.

Sam Hoskins of Hot To Trot and Kennet Valley:

takes Fast Company over Equiano and Showcasing for 1st-season sire Jockeys to watch....

At a proven level, I am a big fan of Jim Crowley, while Willie Twiston-Davies and Oisin Murphy are obviously exciting names for the future.

Trainers to note…

From a next-generation perspective I think Dan Kubler, Sea The Stars

Tom Palin, Middleham Park Racing: thinks

We bought four yearlings by ‘Rip’ last autumn and all are lovely

Toormore is a knocking bet at 8-1 for the 2,000 Guineas Jockeys to watch...

Obviously the race for the champion jockey title will be as fierce as ever. We do have some high quality jockeys in our country and one jockey who we think is improving rapidly is Sean Levey. He is coming of age and has a fantastic mentor in Richard Hughes.

Trainers to note...

We are very impressed and have been for some time now with Roger Varian. For someone who has been training for such a short time he has built up a record of both number and quality of winners that puts him in the upper echelon of trainers. He has some very nice horses to go to war with this season.

Sires to hit the mark…

We would think that Zebedee

would be a sire to hit the ground running this season. We saw quite a number at the sales and they all look runners.

European Champion 1st-season sire?

This is obviously difficult until you see what the progenies can do on a racetrack, but a name who keeps cropping up is Rip Van Winkle. We bought four yearlings by Rip last autumn and all are lovely horses, while he has the breeding to back up his progeny’s looks.

Ante-post Classic bet?

We are a little biased here, but we

Ed Walker, Hugo Palmer and Charlie Fellowes are all going places..

Sires to hit the mark...

I’m very excited about seeing how Sea The Stars’ first crop get on as three-year-olds – they were never going to be early but his progeny have done everything asked of them to date and I am expecting him sire a Derby/Oaks winner in at least one European country this summer. Big Bad Bob and Champs Elysees are two exciting young stallions who could have big years.

European Champion 1st-season sire...

I think Fast Company will narrowly pip it from Equiano, while I also think that Showcasing will be thereabouts too – Hot To Trot has a particularly nice filly called Showstoppa with Mark Johnston.

Ante-post Classic bet?...

Miss France for the 1,000 Guineas and My Titania (Sea The Stars) to win the Oaks. The colts’ division looks an exciting one, but too competitive for me at present to nail my colours to the mast!

What do you want most to see through this year’s Flat season?

For Group winners in both Hot To Trot and Kennet Valley silks and for Harry Hurricane (an awesome two-year-old Kodiac colt whom I bred) to be a leading juvenile for his new owners and trainer George Baker. It’s not a lot to ask for, is it...?!

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start of the flat 2014 have to go for Toormore at 8-1 for the 2,000 Guineas. He was last year’s unbeaten European two-year-old champion and the first Classic ofthe year is often said by many to be the “last two-year-old race” for the generation. Toormore has beaten some nice horses, who have gone on to frank the form. He has filled out no end during the winter and hasn’t missed a day of work. We wouldn’t swap

Could be an exciting summer for Middleham Park Racing with Classic hopeful, Toormore

Sue Montgomery, journalist: Roger Varian and

had one better, and this year he has the Derby favourite Kingston Hill to look forward to.

young Oisin Murphy supporter Jockeys to watch…

Oisin Murphy took out a licence only last May and rode 41 winners over the next six months, particularly signalling his emerging talent with a four-timer on Ayr Gold Cup day, including the feature sprint on Highland Colori for his boss Andrew Balding. There should be even better to come; the 18-year-old apprentice has been honing his craft in Australia and Dubai during the winter.

Trainers to note…

Since he took over the late Michael Jarvis’s operation in Newmarket four years ago, Roger Varian has more than matched his mentor’s consistently good strike rate. Last season no one

him for anything else and at 8-1 that’s a great price.

What do you want most to see through this year’s Flat season?

Sires to hit the mark…

Nothing seems likely to prevent Galileo, who has both quality and quantity on side (headed by three-year-olds Australia, Indian Maharaja and Tapestry and four-year-olds Magician and Ruler Of The World), notching a sixth title, but if his cage is to be rattled this year it may be by his late studmate Montjeu, who likewise has a clutch of Classic contenders (such as Geoffrey Chaucer) and some cracking older horses (Leading Light, Chiquita) set to represent him. Of the younger horses another Coolmore inmate, last year’s first-season champion Mastercraftsman, looks likely to build on the early promise of a first crop that included Kingston Hill and Amazing Maria. His contemporary Sea The Stars made a remarkably similar start to his second career to that of his half-brother Galileo and, though he will be pushed to emulate his exceptional sibling’s subsequent record, it will be disappointing if he does not progress. Dansili’s brother Champs Elysees is another with daunting hoofprints to follow, but his early results at

What we would like to see is our sport to be 100 per cent drug free so everyone can compete on an even playing field. Anyone found guilty of breaking the rules should be brought to justice with a zero tolerance approach. Banstead Manor marked him as a fine prospect further down the line, as the better books he will now undoubtedly earn come on stream.

European Champion 1st-season sire? Only Rip Van Winkle is currently carrying Galileo’s baton at Coolmore, and none of the contenders for first crop honours this year had more foals on the ground than this top performer, rated his sire’s second-best after giving Sea The Stars a fright in the Eclipse and winning the Sussex Stakes. He should supply class, but perhaps speedier, earlier types will come courtesy of hardy dual King’s Stand Stakes winner Equiano, whose sire Acclamation was himself a first-crop champion.

Ante-post Classic bet?

I’m not a punter but if I was going to risk some money it would be on War Command in the 2,000 Guineas. He’s won at the top level at Newmarket, will stay a mile, has the physique to train on and seems to have a good attitude.

Charlie GordonWatson, bloodstock agent: is not an ante-post

punter, but likes the look of Australia in the Derby Jockeys to watch…

Andrea Atzeni has the support of the powerful Cumani and Varian stables

Trainers to note…

Ralph Beckett has had a rise in quality and numbers; first-season trainer Charlie Fellowes has had an excellent grounding, will be well supported and has had a dream start.

Sires to hit the mark…

My dark horse would be Champs Elysee, he has the perfect profile to come up through the ranks. I have high hopes for Sea The Stars, and given a summer of fast ground, I would expect Henrythenavigator to make a major impression, while you cannot leave out Mastercraftsman.

European Champion 1st-season sire? Look no further than Rip Van Winkle, but expect him to feature in the second half of the year

Ante-post Classic bet?

My best advice is bet when they are at the post! If pushed would be Australia in the Derby

What do you want most to see through this year’s Flat season? Positive press/publicity, no drugs, no fixed races and consistent racing ground.

What do you want most to see through this year’s Flat season? That those market racing, some of whom think they invented the sport yesterday, stop using the word “narrative” at every turn.

Rip Van Winkle has been a popular selection by our pundits for champion first-season sire honours

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He’s got Talent The Oaks winner is back in training at Kimpton Downs. Donn McClean chats to trainer Ralph Beckett about last year’s success and his hopes for 2014 Photography by Trevor Jones

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alph Beckett watched the Oaks on his own last year. It wasn’t really a thing borne out of superstition, he just likes to be on his own for the big races. Well, maybe there was a bit of superstition thrown in... it may not have been a coincidence that, on the only previous occasion on which a horse that he had saddled had gone out and won the Oaks, he had also watched on his own. He watched on the big screen as his two fillies settled into their respective positions, Secret Gesture just behind the leaders on the inside, Talent towards the rear. Their hand had been forced a little with Secret Gesture. It wasn’t going to be easy from stall one, but they figured that their best option from that box was to go forward early. Coincidentally, the last filly to win the Oaks

We thought that whatever would beat Secret Gesture would win. We just didn’t know that it would be our other filly! from that draw was Bireme, Talent’s third dam. Bireme won the Oaks in 1980. Richard Hughes’s initial thought was that he would go forward as well on Talent. Hughes came to Kimpton Down Stables ten

days before Oaks day to ride Talent in a piece of work. She worked with another three-yearold filly Thwart, who had won a handicap at Kempton on her previous run off a mark of 63, and she worked ordinarily. But Talent was never good on the gallops, and she had thrived in the lead up to the Oaks, as had Secret Gesture. Beckett had no doubt that she would travel for her rider if he dropped her in. Down at the start, Hughes asked the other riders about their plans, and six of them wanted to go forward. Plan confirmed, drop in. Beckett tried to watch both fillies through the race. It is not easy to watch both fillies if you have two runners in a maiden, so what chance have you in an Oaks? He saw Talent get into a little bit of scrimmaging at the top of the hill and, after that, if he is honest, he probably concentrated on Secret Gesture.

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ralph beckett His heart jumped when Secret Gesture hit the front at the 2f pole, but she didn’t go clear, so he knew she would have to battle. He willed her forward as the challengers assembled behind her. Then one filly finished strongest and best down the outside and surged past Secret Gesture. Beckett’s not sure when he realised that it was Talent, but he thinks that it was fairly late in the piece. He watched in awe as Talent surged clear and Secret Gesture kept on for second place as the realisation gradually dawned that he had trained the winner and the runner-up in the Oaks. “We thought that whatever would beat Secret Gesture would win,” he recalls with a laugh. “We just didn’t know that it would be our other filly!” Ask Beckett how the 2013 Oaks compared with the 2008 Oaks, and he tells you that it

was better. No hesitation. In 2008, there were no expectations. Look Here had been beaten in the Lingfield Oaks Trial, and she was a 33-1 shot for the Oaks. He had lunch with the filly’s owner and told him that he would be delighted if she finished in the first six. But 2013, different story. Secret Gesture had won the Lingfield Oaks Trial by 10l, she was impressing in her work and was all the rage for the Oaks, the 3-1 second favourite. Talent wasn’t as impressive in her work, but she had won the Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket four weeks previously and she was fully deserving of her place in the line-up. Expectations were high, and that’s when you might feel the pressure. But when the pressure is on and you deliver, that is when you might feel fulfilled. The other element at play was that Beckett was operating out of his relatively new base

at Kimpton Down Stables. If he felt that he had to prove that he could be successful out of his new base, an Oaks 1-2 will send you well down that road.

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fter a year in Australia and two years as a stable lad with Jimmy Fitzgerald in the north of England, Beckett moved to Ireland to take on the role as head man with Arthur Moore. From there, he spent a short while with Martin Pipe before joining Peter Walwyn as assistant trainer in 1996, all the while building up his experience, learning new angles. When Walwyn retired in 2000, he had no hesitation in handing over the licence to Beckett and allowing him rent the yard at Windsor House. Beckett was at Windsor House when he sent out Penkenna Princess to win the Fred Darling Stakes and to finish a short-head second in the Irish 1,000 Guineas in 2005. Later that year, he moved to David Elsworth’s old yard in Whitsbury. It was from Whitsbury that he sent Look Here to Epsom to win the Oaks in 2008, and Muhannak to Santa Anita to win the Breeders’ Cup Marathon later the same year. “Look Here’s win was brilliant,” he says. “To win an Oaks was fantastic. To win a Breeders’ Cup race with Muhannak was great as well, but Muhannak was a little different. Muhannak was a case of a job well done.” Muhannak was difficult to train from the moment that he arrived at Whistbury from Mick Easterby’s. One of the lads worked him out, however, and got him going, and the horse turned inside out. Beckett reckons that the horse put on 30kg between the day that he arrived and the day that he won the Breeders’ Cup Marathon. “Muhannak wouldn’t train,” says the trainer. “Mick knew that, of course, but it wasn’t the reason he gave us for selling! We were delighted to have him though, he was a good horse once we had worked him out, and it was great to win at Santa Anita.” Beckett’s last move was from Whitsbury to his current base at Kimpton Down Stables in 2010. Slowly slowly, he has set about improving the quality of his facilities while at the same time maintaining the quality of the horses that he trains. It hasn’t been easy, but he is getting there. He now has top class facilities, three all-weather gallops and 35 acres of downland grass.

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Talent leads from the front: Beckett moved to Kimpton Downs in 2010, and the stats and the results from the Hampshire base have been building

“It takes a while, when you move,” he says candidly. “You lose a bit of ground. People are waiting to see how you get on in your new place. Jeff Smith, for example, told me that he would wait and see. He used to send me two or three yearlings when I was at Whitsbury – probably because I was at Whitsbury – but at the end of 2010 he only sent me one. We had fewer horses in 2011 and 2012 at Kimpton Down than we had in our final year at Whitsbury.” The stats tell a similar story. A career-high of 69 winners in Britain in 2010, his last year at Whitsbury, dropped to 56 in 2011, his first at Kimpton Down, then rose to 64 in 2012, plus Electrelane’s win in the German 1,000 Guineas, and rose again to a new high of 73 in 2013. The address may have changed, but

Like sister, like sister: work rider Oscar Pereira with Forte, sister to Talent (opposite)

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The Coronation Cup is the obvious target for Talent, although no filly has won it since In The Groove in 1991 the trainer and the staff and the methodology remains the same. That is the source of his success: the trainer, not the location, is the common denominator. These are exciting times for Beckett and his team, standing on the edge of the new Flat season. Both Talent and Secret Gesture stay in training, as does his St Simon Stakes winner Cubanita, and he has a few nice young horses to which to look forward for the season. “The Coronation Cup is the obvious target for Talent, although no filly has won it since In The Groove in 1991. “Secret Gesture will probably be aimed at the Middleton Stakes at York, and then maybe the Pretty Polly Stakes at The Curragh, I’m quite keen to run her there. She has a lot of speed, she should be well suited to 1m2f. “The plan with Cubanita is to win a Group 2 race, and hopefully then a Group 1. She loves soft ground and she goes well left-handed, so we may have to travel

with her, possibly to Germany, probably to Baden-Baden.” And the young horses? “Lightning Spear is a nice horse by Pivotal, owned by Qatar Racing. He won on his only start at Kempton last year, he ran a quick final 3f after running quite free early on. He could be a nice three-year-old. “And we have an unraced half-sister to Reckless Abandon called Free Rein, who could be quite a nice filly this year.” If you see Beckett on his own watching her on her racecourse debut, it might pay to take note. Oaks winner and St Leger runner-up Talent


SHADWELL STALLIONS 2014 Standing at Nunnery Stud, England

NAYEF Gulch - Height Of Fashion

MAWATHEEQ

NAYEF

A leading sire of 3YOS in Europe in 2013 including Stakes winners TASADAY, VALIRANN and SPARKLING BEAM.* 2014 Fee - £9,000 (1st JAN, SLF)

MAWATHEEQ Danzig - Sarayir

A Group winning last son of DANZIG with his first 2YO runners in 2014. 2014 Fee - £4,000 (1st JAN, SLF)

SAKHEE Bahri - Thawakib SAKHEE

HAAFHD

2014 Fee - PRIVATE

Also standing in England

HAAFHD Alhaarth - Al Bahathri 2014 Fee - £3,000 (1st OCT, SLF)

Standing in France: Haras du Mezeray

MUHTATHIR

MUHTATHIR

NAAQOOS

SHADWELL OPERATE A

LIMITED BOOKS POLICY MUJAHID

WITH ALL THEIR STALLIONS

*All statistics courtesy of Racing Post 01-10-13

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Elmaamul - Majmu

In 2013: 5th leading sire in France (prize money) & sire of Gr.1 winning 2YO (Prix Marcel Boussac) INDONESIENNE.* 2014 Fee - €7,000(1st OCT, SLF)

NAAQOOS Oasis Dream - Straight Lass

A Gr.1 winner and sire of a winning first crop of 2YOS in 2013. 2014 Fee - €4,500 (1st OCT, SLF) Standing in Italy: Allevamento di Besnate

MUJAHID Danzig - Elrafa Ah

Leading Italian based sire in 2013 for the second year running.* 2014 Fee - €5,000 (1st OCT, SLF)


CAPTAIN GERRARD

MULTIPLEX

B 2005 Oasis Dream - Delphinus (Soviet Star)

B 2003 Danehill - Shirley Valentine (Shirley Heights)

THE LEADING ENGLISH FIRST SEASON SIRE IN 2013

A PROVEN DUAL PURPOSE SIRE

Sire of the winners of 31 races (5/3/14) including four times winner Captain Secret, three times winners Lexington Rose, Frankthetank and Baytown Kestrel, etc.

Multiple Stakes Winning miler from 2-4 years, retired sound

Yearlings sold for up to £48,000

Sire of the winners of 60 races and £384,972, including G3 winner Superplex, LR winner Radio Gaga, etc.

Winner of 6 races, 2-3 years and £145,408 Won G3 Palace House S., Newmarket 5f Won G3 Cornwallis S., Ascot 5f Won LR Roses S., York 5f Won LR Harry Roseberry S., Ayr 5f Fee 2014: £4,000

Unbeaten Gr.3 winning 2YO

Superb Juddmonte pedigree with Rainbow Quest and Warning in his immediate family

Yearlings sold for up to £42,000 in 2013 Fee 2014: £2,500 Tern Hill, Market Drayton, Shropshire TF9 3QW Contact: Richard Kent 07973 315722 or WIlliam Huntington 07836 793581 Tel: 01630 638840 Fax: 01630 639761 Email: mickleystud@btconnect.com Website: www.mickleystud.com


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King of the Castle

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Adrian Costello of Clenagh Castle Stud is looking forward to the Flat breeze-ups, having already enjoyed a good spring thanks to Very Wood’s Cheltenham Festival victory

lenagh Castle Stud has been preparing and selling two-year-olds in training for nearly a decade. Adrian Costello’s farm looks on to the ruins of a tower house, which is all that remains of the Clenagh Castle and must have dominated the Fergus Estuary when it was built by the MacMahon family in 16th century. His two-year-olds work up the hill, which overlooks the estuary not far from Shannon airport to the west of Limerick. Costello has never expanded into a major operation and he produces somewhere between just six and ten two-year-olds every year, but he has done so with consistent success. He has sold two-year-olds for up to 300,000gns, but, of more significance in the run-up to this year’s sales, not only has he sold a Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner and stallion in Vale Of York, but also numerous other useful performers from two-year-old stakes winners such as Deauville Prince to Genzy, who came close to beating the multiple Group 1 winner Meandre as a threeyear-old and returned from injury to finish second in the Ebor last year. In 2013, Clenagh House Stud sold an Invincible Spirit colt out of Carrig Girl for 300,000gns to Peter and Ross Doyle at the Craven Sale (bought as a yearling for 38,000gns), and topped the Guineas Sale with a 110,000gns Teofilo colt bought by Blandford. He had cost 25,000gns as a yearling. The farm also sold the fifth top-priced lot at the Goffs Kempton Sale, a Verglas colt bought by Peter Hickey and Gay Kelleway for €50,000. All bloodstock markets are competitive, but the two-year-old in training sales are just about the toughest of all. The only buyers at

two-year-old sales are end users, those who want to put them into training. There are no further opportunities for trading until they have run, and nobody buys two-year-olds to support their stallions. Juveniles don’t have to look as if they might be able to run fast, they have to show they can, and what is more on a given day and on a track they will have never seen or worked on before.

Words by Jocelyn de Moubray Photography by Peter Mooney All those pinhookers, who are not working for breeders, have to buy their breeze-up horses at sales in competition with every other pinhooker, who are all looking for the same thing.

Adrian Costello: born and bred for this business – he is a son of the legendary NH consignor Tom

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adrian costello Two-year-old consignors are skilled professionals, and yet they often get it wrong. Even at an excellent sale such as last year’s Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up nearly 40 per cent of those catalogued failed to sell. If the vendors keep coming back year after year it is because at every level of the market it is possible to make spectacular profits. The Sea The Stars colt, who topped the 2013 Arqana May Breeze-Up at €520,000, had been purchased the previous August for €200,000, while at the Newmarket Craven Sale the top lot by Elusive Quality (Great White Eagle) cost $120,000 and sold for 760,000gns. There are plenty of other such examples every year and if it is always a tough market, the rewards for getting it right can be spectacular. Buyers are attracted to the European twoyear-old in training sales because they keep producing excellent horses.

The breeze up vendors take on a lot of the risk, and no matter however much you mind them, two-year-olds are fragile

Costello’s Breeders’ Cup winner, Vale Of York

“The breeze-up vendors take on a lot of the risks,” explains Costello, “and no matter however much you mind them, two-year-olds are fragile and they can always go wrong. “Plenty of good ones come out of the breeze-ups – last year, for instance, the first three home in the Middle Park Stakes, Astaire, Hot Streak and Justice Day were all breeze-up horses. When you sell a horse who does well you do feel very proud.” For the time being Costello’s proudest moment came at Santa Anita in 2009 when Vale Of York switched out from the rails and then quickened to catch the multiple Grade 1 winner Lookin’ At Lucky to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile by a head. “The first time I saw him,” Costello remembers, “was at the December yearling

sale in Newmarket where he was offered by his breeder. “Invincible Spirit is an excellent stallion and if you buy a horse by him you always have a chance of getting a Group winner. He had four black legs and I liked him.” Costello gave 23,000gns for Vale Of York and from the moment he started galloping him he believed he had picked a good one. “Spending extra money is not necessarily going to get you a better horse,” he explains. “If you are going sell on you have to have a limit, and if there was an absolute formula for success everyone would have it. Buying breeze-up horses is a very competitive business and you have to be out there looking. All you can do is work hard and do the best you can.” Did he go to Santa Anita to watch his protégée run? “I watched on television,” he laughs, “if I had gone out there I might never have found my way back!” Costello has not moved a long way from where he was brought up on the other side of the village, Newmarket-On-Fergus. His father Tom Costello was a NH trainer, who soon turned to dealing in jumping horses instead. “Dad would buy foals and yearlings and then prepare them himself, he would win a point-to-point or two and then sell them on,” his son recalls. Tom Costello bought, prepared and sold a long list of the winners of every major chase in England and Ireland, including six Cheltenham Gold Cups, the winners ranging from Midnight Court through The Thinker,

Clenagh Castle Stud’s gallop with some of its juveniles going through their daily routine: first up is an Arcano colt ridden by Robyn Clohessy. Although breeze-up day is very different, Costello believes that, generally, the work a horse has been showing at home, will be replicated in its breeze

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adrian costello Cool Ground, Cool Dawn and on to Best Mate. Tom Costello died in 2009 and Adrian and his four brothers are all still involved in trading NH horses. “I bought Very Wood as a yearling at Arqana in December,” he points out, “and sold him on privately to Michael O’Leary. He was one of the best four-year-old hurdlers in Ireland last year, won brilliantly at Cheltenham and I think if everything goes well his future lies over fences, he could become a top class 3m chaser.”

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ostello was showjumping from a young age and when he was 17 he started riding in point-to-points. He then spent two jump seasons working as an amateur jockey for Arthur Stephenson in County Durham. “Stephenson was a very good trainer,” Costello remembers. “He had over 100 horses in training, but plenty of his records still stand today.” Costello rode a dozen or so winners and refutes any suggestion that Stephenson was a hard man to work for.

When you sell a horse, who goes on to do well, you do feel very proud

A hands-on approach, Costello, above, helps wash down a juvenile after its work, and, still carries on his father’s business. Costello buys, preps, schools and sells top-class NH horses – this year’s Grade 1 Albert Bartlett winner Very Wood is a fine advertisement for his skills. Below, a three-year-old gelding by Montmartre puts in some home work, a future star?

“If you turned up on time and did your job there was never a problem,” he says. During the summers, in those days there was a close season for the NH fraternity, during which time Costello worked for Jim Bolger. After two years he returned to Newmarket-On-Fergus to farm. Trading horses had always been part of his life and the first breezer he bought was a son of Shinko Forest, who won 12 times, including ten times over fences. Once he had decided to focus on the two-year-old-in-training sales, he put in the gallop, up the side of the hill which overlooks the estuary. “It is not as steep as it looks. We only go steady and then it rises for a furlong before going level and then going up again. It has been brilliant and is never waterlogged, even

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The Qatari presence has definitely made a difference and has made the market more competitive, but the middle-market is still hard to work if there is heavy rain we only have to wait for a hour or two and it will dry out.” This year Costello has eight colts entered in the sales. “I have had the odd filly,” he explains, “but a colt is easier as the man who buys can always sell a colt on.” He will offer two, including a Big Bad Bob colt out of a half-sister to Berkshire, at the Brightwells sale at Ascot on April 2. “I didn’t think that the Goffs sale at Kempton ever really caught the imagination,” he explains, “and this sale might be better. I think two-year-olds breezing up the straight at Ascot will be a spectacle which will be able to get peoples’ attention and interest.” He has two in the Doncaster sale, a son of first-season sire Silver Frost and a Lawman colt from the family of Vale Of York, two in the Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up, an Invincible Spirit out of Navajo Moon and a Cape Cross colt, as well as two in the Guineas Breeze-Up, one by Shamardal

and the other an Arcano colt. “The Qatari presence has definitely made a difference and has made the market more competitive,” he reasons, “but the middlemarket is still hard to work. “If you want to sell well you have to breeze well. There may be more people timing the breezes today than there used to be, but I think the man who watches the breeze and then comes down to look at your horse in the yard is probably seeing the same thing as the

man who is working with electronic timing.” The breeze at the sale may well determine the price a horse will make but, Costello maintains, it is usually a reflection of what a horse has been doing in his preparation. “Sometimes you can make an opinion of a horse when you watch him canter and then realise you were wrong when you start to gallop him, however, far more often than not, a horse will work at the sale as he has been doing at home. “It is always a big ask, it is a completely new track the horse has never seen before and some do have stage fright, but the majority will repeat the work they have been doing in preparation.” If there is no magic formula for selecting yearlings who will be able to breeze well six months later, there is obviously none for judging two-year-olds on their breezes either, particularly in Europe where the juveniles are prepared on very different tracks and surfaces to those they will have to race on. Even if vendors and buyers are both focusing on horses likely to be precocious and able to race successfully at two, there is still a gulf between how a horse can work in April, and what it will have to be able to do to compete with the best of its age group five or six months later. At any stage of a racehorse’s career it is much simpler to judge its actual ability, than what it will be able to achieve in six months’ time. Yet it is the horse who is going to progress who is the best buy, and the best dealers are those who have the most success at judging how a horse is going to progress. The two-year-old-in-training sales take out some of the risks and costs for buyers, but for both the vendors and the buyers there is still a dream and the 38,000gns yearling can easily become a 300,000gns two-yearold, while the 300,000gns two-year-old could become a Group 1 winner and a multi-million pound stallion prospect.

Adrian and Caroline Costello with the younger generation of Costellos: (left to right), Orla (9), Tara (7), Ciaran (14), Aoife (12) and Clodagh (16) in front of Clenagh Castle

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northern dancer crosses

Northern Dancer: the biggest influence on the stud book, but close inbreeding to him has not, overall, been a successful venture

Finding an outcross...

...can be tricky, but Alan Porter selects the best Euro-based options

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recent comment we saw on a tweet or blog post – apologies to the originator, but exactly who wrote the thought has escaped our memory – set us thinking. The comment was along the lines that about 70 per cent of mares in England or Ireland were covered last year by Northern Dancer line stallions. Now, the first interesting thing about this is that it must mean that a lot of Northern Dancer line mares are going to Northern Dancer line stallions. While there are any number of individual exceptions, the trend is

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...crossing a stallion back over a mare from his immediate male line will tend to have a below opportunity strike-rate

that crossing a stallion back over a mare from his immediate male line will tend to have a below-opportunity strike-rate. We did a study on this many years ago which involved all known Northern Dancer/ Northern Dancer crosses, with Northern Dancer 4 x 4 or closer, and included a total of nearly 20,000 horses. At the time, the percentage of stakes winners bred on a Northern Dancer/Northern Dancer cross was 2.57 per cent against 3.60 per cent for all Northern Dancer line stallions with mares from all other lines. Of course, negative impacts tend to be reduced with genetic distance – after all, if we


northern dancer crosses go back a few generations further the majority of horses these days would be found to be Phalaris/Phalaris crosses, while the Northern Dancer line is now diversifying into distinct branches, some of which now work well over each other, Galileo/Danehill being a prime example. Still, we did think it was worth having a brief survey to gain some idea what the principal alternatives are for breeders who are looking away from Northern Dancer line stallions.

Mr Prospector: the first choice

For many years, particularly in the US, the principal foil for Northern Dancer has been Mr. Prospector. The dominating duo are actually more closely related than most probably realise: Northern Dancer is by a son of Nearco, out of a Native Dancer mare with a second dam by Mahmoud, while Mr. Prospector is by a son of Native Dancer out of mare by Nasrullah (by Nearco out of a three-quarters sister to Mahmoud). Whether because, or despite, the consanguinity, the pair have certainly proved mutually beneficial. Over the last 15 years or so, European breeders have succeeded in establishing some distinctly domestic branches of the Mr. Prospector line, in some cases to the degree that the strongest branch of the line now resides on that side of the Atlantic. The most notable example might be that of Seeking The Gold through the short-lived Dubai Millennium as his son Dubawi has developed into one of Europe’s top stallions. Dubawi does have Northern Dancer 4 x 5, and through Shareef Dancer and Dancing Brave, who are both Northern Dancer/Sir Gaylord crosses, which may explain why the similarly bred Green Desert has done so well under him. Dubawi’s young stallion sons include the Group 1 scorers Poet’s Voice, Makfi and Al Kazeem, and Italian Derby (G2) winner Worthadd. The Mr. Prospector sons Kingmambo and Machiavellian both made their names in Europe, and both are represented at stud. One of Kingmambo’s best sons Henrythenavigator was a champion first-season sire and has Group/Grade 1 winners George Vancouver, Pedro The Great (now both themselves at stud in Europe) and Sudirman in his first two crops. Henrythenavigator has the three-quarters

Henrythenavigator: one of Kingmambo’s best, should forge a strong bond with Northern Dancer

related Nureyev and Sadler’s Wells close up in his pedigree, while another European son of Kingmambo in Archipenko has an even closer relationship – he is out of Bound, a three-quarters sister to Nureyev. Other Kingmambo sons at stud in Europe include Alexandros, Campanologist, Kentucky Dynamite and Thewayyourare. Machiavellian’s son Medicean has sired nearly 40 stakes winners, eight of them Group 1. Among that number is Dutch Art, who has become a hot young sire with six Group winners in his first two crops, including the recently retired Caspar Netscher. Gone West, perhaps because he was out of a Secretariat mare, frequently sired offspring who were suited by turf. One by him that distinguished himself as both a runner and a sire in Europe was Zafonic. He is now ably represented by Iffraaj, a record-breaking first-crop sire in 2010, with his later crops including a trio of 2013 two-year-old Group winners in the ill-fated Chriselliam, as well as Rizeena and Hot Streak. Wootton Bassett, a Group 1 winner from Iffraaj’s first year, is now at stud in France. Gone West’s son Elusive Quality – who broke the world-record for a mile on turf –

has also done well with his runners in Europe. His juvenile champion Elusive City is now among France’s top stallions, his offspring including the excellent Elusive Wave, while Elusive Quality is also represented by champion European miler and Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) victor Raven’s Pass, who is sire of the graded scorers Steeler, Secret Number and Elusive Pimpernel. Nayef is by Mr. Prospector’s champion sprinter son Gulch out of the great mare Height Of Fashion, and was a four-time Group/Grade 1-winning champion. A rare modern horse whose pedigree is completely free of Northern Dancer, Nayef has sired the majority of his stakes winners out of mares from that line, among them the Prix Jean Prat (G1) and Prix Jacque Le Marois (G1) victor Tamayuz (dam by Nureyev), who himself is now a promising young sire with six stakes winners, including Group/Graded scorers Sir Prancelot, Brown Sugar and Meiner Eternel. In addition to Mr. Prospector, there are two other branches of the Native Dancer line that have persisted in Europe, but have virtually disappeared in the US. One is through the once-raced Atan, who was by Native Dancer out of Mixed Marriage,

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northern dancer crosses also the third dam of Gone West. In his brief European stud career, Atan produced Sharpen Up. The line through Sharpen Up’s best son Kris has all but disappeared, but Kris’s brother Diesis is still in play via Muhtathir (Elmaamul). He has been represented by Group and Grade 1 winners Satwa Queen, Mauralakana, Doctor Dino and Indonesienne, the last-named having stamped herself as a leading Classic prospect for 2014 with a win in last year’s Prix Marcel Boussac (G1). In Britain the last shot of extending the Sharpen Up line might reside in the newly-retired Cityscape, a Group 1 winner of over £3,000,000, who is by Sharpen Up’s son, Selkirk. A half-brother to top-class sprinter Bated Breath, Cityscape is from the Best In Show family. A uniquely European branch of Native Dancer comes down through Dan Cupid, Sea-Bird and Bering to the French sire American Post, winner of the Poule d’Essai des Poulains (G1) and Racing Post Trophy (G1) .

It’s left to Intikhab and Big Bad Bob to carry on the Roberto line

The line of Roberto has dwindled of late, but has a couple of solid representatives in Intikhab and Big Bad Bob. A son of Red Ransom, Intikhab has sired a trio of Group winners in the superlative Snow Fairy, Red Evie and Paita. Big Bad Bob is a half-brother to the dam of Snow Fairy and is by Roberto’s son, Bob Back. He’s been an overachiever, getting the Group winners Berg Bahn, Bible Belt and Brendan Brackan, as well as the stakes winners Backbench Blues, Bible Black and Bob Le Beau from limited initial opportunities. Roberto is a son of Hail To Reason, and from the Stop The Music branch comes Canford Cliffs and his sire Tagula (by Stop The Music’s son, Taufan). Winner of the Prix Morny (G1), Supreme Stakes (G3) and July Stakes (G3), Tagula has sired, as well as Canford Cliffs, Group winners Atlantis Prince, Tagshira and Tax Free. Canford Cliffs, on his third season at stud, won the Coventry Stakes (G2), the Irish 2,000 Guineas (G1), the St. James’s Palace Stakes Leroidesanimaux: the already successful sire but new Euro import offers mare owners the option to use the Blushing Groom line on their Northern Dancer mares

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The line through Sharpen Up’s best son Kris has all but disappeared, though Kris’s brother Diesis is still in play via Muhtathir

(G1) and Sussex Stakes (G1) at three, the Lockinge Stakes (G1) and, after a memorable duel with Goldikova, the Queen Anne Stakes (G1). From the Halo branch of the Hail To Reason line, the champion French two-yearold Dabirsim, by Sunday Silence’s son, Hat Trick, retired to start his career in Germany in 2014. The majority of the other non-Northern Dancer line sires are from branches of the Nasrullah line.

Leroidesanimaux: the new European option for the Blushing Groom line

Blushing Groom is most notably represented by Rio De La Plata and Leroidesanimaux. The first, who is about to start his second season, stands in France, and was champion at two there after a season in the Grand Criterium (G1) and Vintage Stakes (G2). This notably tough individual trained on to win the Premio Roma (G1) at five and six, as well as the Premio Vittorio di Capua (G1) at five, and the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (G1). Rio De La Plata is by one of Blushing Groom’s


northern dancer crosses most successful sons Rahy from a top-class Argentine family. Leroidesanimaux, by Candy Ride, out of a half-sister to the amzing mare Hasili (dam of Dansili, Cacique, Intercontinental, Heat Haze, Banks Hill and Champs Elysees), arrives from the US where he earned an Eclipse Award as a champion turf horse. In the US, he sired a pair of graded winners in his first crop, and two more in his second, including Animal Kingdom, the champion three-year-old, and winner of the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Dubai World Cup (G1).

Mill Reef and Riverman descendants for the Never Bend branch

The Never Bend branch of Nasrullah persists through similarly bred Mill Reef and Riverman. The Prix du Jockey-Club (G1) and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) victor Dalakhani is the leading Mill Reef line horse, and has six Group 1 winners to his name, including Conduit, Moonstone, Reliable Man, Duncan and Chinese White. Dalakhani’s sire Darshaan is also represented by the champion juvenile and Epsom Derby (G1) winner, Sir Percy, who is by his son, Mark Of Esteem. A different branch comes down through Shirley Height’s son Elegant Air via Dashing Blade, winner of the National Stakes (G1), Dewhurst Stakes (G1) and Gran Premio d’Italia (G1). He’s done very well in Germany, and has potential heir in his Group 1-winning son Lord Of England, who is already sire of four Group winners. Less represented is the line of Riverman, whose line comes down through Bahri, Sakhee and the European champion three-year-old sprinter Sahkee’s Secret. Sahkee’s Secret is a prolific sire of two-yearold winners, including 2013 juvenile stakes scorers Salford Secret and Thunder Strike.

Highest Honor and Kendor: lead the French-based family of Nasrullah

In France, a line from Nasrullah via Grey Sovereign, Zeddaan, Kalamoun and Kenmare, is well represented via two of Kenmare’s sons, Highest Honor and Kendor. The Highest Honor version extends via the prematurely deceased Verglas to his sons, Stormy River and Silver Frost. Both were Group 1-winning milers with Stormy River taking the Prix Jean Prat (G1) and Silver Frost

The Highest Honor version extends via the prematurely deceased Verglas to sons, Stormy River and Silver Frost the Poule d’Essai des Poulains (G1). Stormy River’s first crop born in 2009, produced four stakes winners, two at Group level, while Silver Frost’s first crop are two-year-olds of 2014. Kendor’s son Kendargent was only Group placed, but he’s proved to be a real surprise package. His first three crops (his third crop has just turned three, numbers only 98 foals, and to date 49 starters), but he has already sired nine stakes winners, including Group 1 scorer Restiadargent, and the Group winners Kendam and Kenhope. Kendor is also represented by the Champion Stakes (G1) winner Literato, who has the Group 1-winning and multiple Group/ Grade 1-placed Alterite in his first crop, which are three-year-olds of 2013. New to stud in 2014, the champion French three-year-old Saonois is from the Caro branch of Grey Sovereign, his sire, Chichicastenango being a great-grandson of that horse.

Monsun: protector of the Blandford line

The Blandford male line has all but disappeared, save for Germany, where the channel via the 1935 Triple Crown hero, Bahram, found a champion in the great sire, Monsun. His principal sons vying to continue the line are Manduro, Shirocco, Samum and Maxios. Manduro, who is now in France, was a champion juvenile in Germany, yet he peaked at five when he was European champion older horse. He achieved Group victories over a mile to 1m4f, including the Prix Jacques Le Mariois (G1), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (G1) and Prix d’Ispahan (G1). He has been represented by two crops of three-year-olds and has 12 stakes winners, including two 2013 juvenile scorers from his third.

Six of his offspring have Group wins to their credit, including the Criterium de SaintCloud (G1) victor Mandaean, Charity Line, who took the Premio Lydia Tesio (G1), as well as the Dante Stakes (G2) victor, Bonfire. Shirocco won Group 1s in four different countries, including the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), the Coronation Cup (G1) and Deustches Derby (G1). He has 14 stakes winners to date, eight Group, including the Group 2 winners Wild Coco, Brown Panther, Arrigo and Grand Vent. Another Deutsches Derby (G1) winner Samum has done very well in his home country despite relative small foal crops, his offspring including another Deutsches Derby (G1) scorer Kamsin, as well as the other Group 1 winners – Baila Me, Durban Thunder and Be Fabulous. Also in Germany is the newly-retired Maxios. A Group winner in France at two, three and four, he took a trio of Group races last year, including the Prix d’Ispahan (G1) and Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (G1). A half-brother to the European champion two and three-year-old Bago, Maxios is out of a daughter of Coup De Genie, a champion two-year-old filly in France, and a sister to Machiavellian. Of course, this is also the direct female line of Danehill and Northern Dancer himself.

Nasruallah’s son Bold Ruler: an influence in Germany

Mention of Germany, reminds us that it is home to a unique sire line that really belonged under the Nasrullah line. That is a branch via Nasrullah’s son, Bold Ruler via Boldnesian, Bold Reasoning (sire of Seattle Slew), Super Concorde and Big Shuffle to Areion. He’s earned a postion among the leading German sires with 20 stakes winners, 11 of them Group class. Areion was a sprinter, but he seems to have responded to matings with more stoutly-bred mares, and most of his better runners have been milers or middle-distances runners.

Ahonoora: sons of Indian Ridge

Although it’s lacking representation at the higher end, we should also mention the Ahonoora line, which is principally available through sons of Indian Ridge, among them Compton Place, Linngari, Sleeping Indian and Domedriver. Ahonoora’s son, Inchinor, is represented by Notnowcato.

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Redoute’s gets a new Group 1 winner and stakes winner 111 The Australian champion sire Redoute’s Choice enjoyed a huge day of southernhemispere Group success at the beginning of March when his son, Australia’s new sprint star Lankan Rupee, took the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap at Flemington. In addition, the sire’s daughter Bonaria won her third Group 3 race and second in succession in the Matron Stakes, while the Mike de Kock-trained filly Majmu made a winning debut in the Listed Ruffian Stakes at Turffontein in South Africa. She became the champion sire’s 111 stakes winner. The five-year-old Lankan Rupee was following up his dominant victory in February’s Group 1 Oakleigh Plate, and took his record to seven victories from eight starts since being gelded and 15 starts in total. His prize-money earnings are A$1,281,260 and he became the 11th horse to complete the Oakleigh Plate/Newmarket Handicap double. Lankan Rupee is the third Group 1 winner from Redoute’s Choice’s 2009 crop, which has now produced 17 stakes winners from only 107 named foals. Lankan Rupee is owned by Muzaffar Yaseen, whose Teeley Assets colours were carried by Redoute’s Choice himself. Lankan Rupee’s dam Estelle Collection (Stravinsky) is a Group 3 winner from the family of champion sires Lonhro and Grosvenor.

Redoute’s Choice: the Arrowfield stallion is sire of the new Australian sprint star, Lankan Rupee

She also has a two-year-old Redoute’s Choice filly named Timeless Choice, a weanling filly by Manhattan Rain, and is back in-foal to Redoute’s Choice. Estelle Collection boards at the Arrowfield broodmare farm and is to be offered for sale under the Arrowfield Stud banner at the Magic Millions National Sale at the end of May. The win by homebred mare Bonaria added a third Group success to her record of seven wins and more than A$575,000 earned in prize-money. Bred and retained to race by Robert and Deborah Anderson, Bonaria is a half-sister to Group 3 winners Time Out and Legally Bay,

out of the Last Tycoon mare Decidity. She has a yearling filly by Stratum and is now back in-foal to the same sire. South African winner Majmu was a A$300,000 purchase by Shadwell Australia from Arrowfield Stud’s 2013 Inglis Easter draft. Redoute’s Choice will be represented by 36 yearlings in this year’s Easter Sale. He was the leading sire by average last year – his 26 lots sold fetching an aggregate of A$15,870,000 for an average price of A$610,385. His top price – also the sale top price – was A$5,000,000 given for the Black Caviar halfbrother, who sadly died at Christmas from the effects of laminitis.

...and the success for Teeley Assets continued

It was a great weekend for Teeley Assets – after the Group 1 victory for Lankan Rupee, the Encosta De Lago homebred filly Lucky Raqui took the Listed A$275,000 Black Opal Stakes. The win makes Lucky Raquie a valuable breeding proposition. She is by Encosta De Lago out of the stakes-placed Monsoon Wedding, a sister to Redoute’s Choice and the Group 1 winner Platinum Scissors.

Another Group 1 winner Manhattan Rain is a half-brother to Monsoon Wedding by Encosta De Lago and therefore a threequarters to the Black Opal winner. Lucky Raquie is also a sister to Gerald Ryan’s good two-year-old Rubick, winner of the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude and fourth in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes. Rubick is also by Encosta De Lago out of Sliding Cube,

another three-quarter sister to Monsoon Wedding. Lucky Raquie’s Black Opal win provided some important updates for her yearling relations descending from Monsoon Wedding and entered for the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale in Sydney in April. They include Lot 377, a Fastnet Rock filly from Climactic, a half-sister to Lucky Raquie, and Lot 158, a filly first foal out of Precious Lorraine, a sister to Lucky

Raquie, also by Fastnet Rock. Lucky Raquie has been nominated for the Golden Slipper at Rosehill on April 5, but she may bypass the race for the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes on April 12 and the Champagne Stakes two weeks later. History is against Lucky Raquie completing the Black Opal-Golden Slipper double as only one horse – Catbird in 1999 – has managed the feat.

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Dissident becomes Sebring’s first Group 1 winner It has been a fine month on the racecourse for progeny of Sebring, who followed up stakes winners six and seven with his first Group 1 winner when Dissident took the Randwick Guineas in March. Believe Yourself then became the eighth stakes winner for the sire with her victory in the Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes. She was his fifth stakes winner since the start of March joining Dissident, Clifton Red, Bring Me the Maid and Intersperse. “It was a marvellous effort. When I ended up in front he travelled beautifully,” said jockey Jim Cassidy after Dissident’s win. “He is starting to turn from a boy to a man.”

A winner of the Listed Blue Diamond Preview on debut at two and Group 1 placed earlier this season, trainer Peter Moody has always harboured the thought that Dissident would be better over a longer trip. Dissident was a A$210,000 Magic Millions yearling purchase, was bred by Widden Stud and is the second foal and first stakes-winner for stakes-placed Anabaa mare Diana’s Secret. Diana’s Secret’s Northern Meteor filly will be offered by Widden Stud at Inglis Easter. Diana’s Secret was one of 222 mares covered last year by Sebring, while a full brother to Believe Yourself is among the 21 entries at the Easter sale by Sebring.

Success Express does his bit to help Snitzel Snitzel, currently heading the Australian sires’ championship, is somewhat in debt to the 1987 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champion, Success Express. The Arrowfield Stud stallion consolidated his position at the top of the prize-money premiership in March thanks to Shamus Award’s win in the Group 1 Australian Guineas at Flemington. Success Express appears close up in the

pedigree of Shamus Award being out of Sunset Express, a Success Express filly, who won four races in Sydney. Snitzel also had his first Group success as a broodmare sire when Mossfun won the Silver Slipper Stakes at Rosehill. She is by the Success Express Group 1-winning son Mossman. Now unbeaten in three starts, the Hawkes Team-trained Mossfun is the only runner to date from a Snitzel mare.

A career third Group 1 winner for Elusive City

Former New Zealand shuttle sire Elusive City got his third career Group 1 winner when his two-year-old son Vespa took March’s Diamond Stakes at Ellerslie. The Johno Benner-trained colt had previously won New Zealand's richest race, the Karaka Million, at Ellerslie in January and has four wins from six career starts for NZ$697,150 “He’s the two-year-old of the year now, isn’t he? I can’t see anything coming out and beating him,” said Benner of the colt now likely to voted leading juvenile colt of the year in New Zealand. Vespa’s sire Elusive City, a former champion first-season sire, stands at Haras d’Etreham in France and she is one of 29 stakes winners for the 2002 Prix Morny winner Elusive City. The son of Elusive Quality formerly shuttled to Haunui Farm, with his previous Group 1 winners being the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches heroine Elusive Wave and dual New Zealand Group 1 winner Xanadu. Vespa is the second foal and first runner bred by Kevin Hickman out of the Irish-bred Fantastic Light mare Miss Avalon. Bred in the UK by Gainsborough Stud, Miss Avalon was placed in France when trained by Henri-Alex Pantall for Sheikh Mohammed before she was bought for 16,000gns by Ric Wylie at the 2008 Tattersalls July Sale and sent to New Zealand. The first stakes winner line-bred to prolific stallion Gone West (Mr Prospector), Vespa is the first to race for the unplaced Miss Avalon. She is a daughter of the English Group 3 winner Mythical Girl (Gone West), a daughter of the US stakes winner Yousefia (Danzig) whose grand-daughter Dark Shadow (Dance In The Dark) is a Group winner in Japan. Vespa’s fourth dam Foreign Courier (Sir Ivor) was dam of Green Desert (Danzig). Miss Avalon's first New Zealand foal Hazzabel (Zabeel) was bought by Gai Waterhouse for NZ$180,000 in 2012. She also has a Mastercrafstman yearling filly and a Zacinto colt foal and is

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Catkins heads the list of progeny by Dubawi

Catkins, a daughter of Dubawi, consolidated her claim to being the best in Australia by the son of Dubai Millennium with her win in the Group 3 Wiggle Stakes at Warwick Farm. She is also the best to date out of a broodmare by Danehill’s 1999 Golden Slipper winner Catbird. Bred by O.J. Carter and sold through Amarina Farm for A$85,000 at the Gold Coast Magic Millions, Catkins has now earned more than A$840,000 after racing 19 times for 10 wins and five seconds. Besides the Wiggle Stakes, her principal efforts have been victories in the Group 2 Breeders’ Stakes, the Group 3 Tesio Stakes and the Group 3 How Now Stakes, alongside close seconds in the Group 1 Myer Classic and Group 2 Lets Elope Stakes. Catkins comes from the second of three Australian crops left by Dubawi from his shuttle seasons in 2006, 2008 and 2009. He has been represented by 14 Australian-sired stakes winners with the best of them being Catkins and Secret Admirer, winner of the Group 1 Flight Stakes and Group 1 Epsom Handicap. She is now in-foal to Redoute’s Choice in her first season at stud. Worldwide Dubawi is credited with 42 black-type winners from his first four crops. Catkins is one of over 100 winners from daughters of Catbird, the broodmare sire of Derby winners Hawkspur and Mystic Prince. Salix Caprea, the Catbird mare who produced Catkins, ran just twice failing to finish in the frame on both occasions, while her mother Blue Willow was placed at three. She has produced six winners including Rally, the winner of 10 races. He was by Desert Style, a Green Desert sprinter, who was also used at Yarraman Park.


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Amy Bennett meets James Harron, purchaser of last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente, already successful in a Group 1 in 2014

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ome people wait a lifetime to be associated with a Melbourne Cup winner, and for most that wait is in vain, but for bloodstock agent James Harron success came just three years after setting up his own business, and having already tasted Group 1 success with one of the company’s first acquisitions, the sprint star Foxwedge. The bloodstock agent, 28, born in Northern Ireland and at national level as a showjumper in his teens, was responsible for the purchase of the 2013 winner Fiorente. The son of Monsun, bred by Ballymacoll Stud and formerly trained by Sir Michael Stoute, is already a Group 1 winner in 2014 and now some big targets on his agenda for trainer Gai Waterhouse before a potential return to his European birthplace for a date at Royal Ascot this summer. Fiorente first came on the radar for Harron when he and Waterhouse witnessed the colt triumph in the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes (G2) at Newmarket’s July meeting. “I was on course with Gai and [her husband] Rob and we got quite a good look at

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Harron and Waterhouse first “fell in love” with Fiorente when seeing him at Newmarket’s July meeting, but the purchase did not complete until autumn

him in the parade ring. He is a very imposing type, and we all fell in love with him and put in an offer immediately,” remembers Harron. “He was already qualified for the [Melbourne] Cup and was just a very impressive horse as well as being physically the right type for Australia. “We put in an offer and the owners politely declined it as their plan was to go to the Arc with him. He ran once more [in the Prix Foy (G2)] and finished fourth, but the way the race was run didn’t suit so we were still happy with him. “We kept our finger on the pulse with Ballymacoll Stud and started bidding away again and this time they decided to sell. We brought him straight out to Australia and he travelled really well and finished second in the Cup.” Beaten just a length when second to Green Moon in the 2012 Melbourne Cup on his Australian debut, Fiorente may not have fulfilled his brief at the first time of asking, but his new connections were far from despondent. “After he finished second, he just went from strength to strength, he really developed, and started training fantastic,” explains Harron. “Gai gave him a dream

We were confident that Gai had him right, but it was still overwhelming to win it; even though it is a staying race everything happens so quickly... preparation – what she did was put a lot of ‘fit’ into him and put a lot of speed in his legs, and he was able to run third in the All Age Stakes (G1) behind All Too Hard over 7f. “That’s what they’ve really got to be able to do here, sit and then sprint a bit in these long distance races, and that’s Gai’s genius. He does it so well, he just takes off.” Having finished third in the All Age, Fiorente landed the Dato Tan Nam Chin Stakes (G2) over a mile and was also third in the Cox Plate (G1), the traditional prep race for the Melbourne Cup.

By the time of the race that stops a nation, Fiorente had been installed as the 6-1 favourite. “I have huge respect for the Cup, and I don’t think you can ever be over-confident going in, it’s just such a hard race to win. He certainly deserved to be favourite on what he’d shown going into the race, but prices go out of the window once they jump out of the barriers. It is such a big field and so many things can happen,” rues Harron. “We were confident that Gai had him right, but it was still overwhelming to win it; even though it is a staying race everything happens so quickly and everybody cheers! If you’re running in the top ten in the Cup, you cheer, so, surrounded by the owners in the closing stages I was thinking ‘hang on a minute, why are they cheering?’! “It took a few seconds for it to really sink in that it was Fiorente who had won!” Three months after the historic victory, Harron has had plenty of time to reflect on the success. “It was a great team effort. Rob Waterhouse is one of the best form students you’d find anywhere in the world, and he gave the form a big tick. To put it all together and then go in and put the deal together for the

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james harron bloodstock “It was a real big step up for me and I learned so much. I then went back to Coolmore and worked in nominations and sales in Australia. After that I went back to Ireland and worked for Hubie de Burgh. I was with Hubie for two years and kept coming back to Australia to do all the sales, and then I set up by myself three years ago.”

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Trainer Gai Waterhouse and owner Jon Kelly with the top lot at this January’s Magic Millions Sale, Lot 434, the Redoute’s Choice colt out of Hades, who cost the team A$1 million

owners, was a great thing. “In hindsight, he was bought very well: he came very close to winning back his purchase price on his first start when he ran second in the Melbourne Cup.” With a potential trip to Royal Ascot on the agenda for Fiorente this season to anticipate, Harron and Waterhouse have another potential Melbourne Cup runner on their hands, one with a remarkably similar profile to Fiorente. “We bought Excess Knowledge with Bruce Slade [Waterhouse’s former racing manager],” Harron says. “He is another son of Monsun and ran second in the Gordon Stakes, just like Fiorente. He’s just arrived in Australia with the Cup in mind. He’s a very special horse too, and he’ll run in the colours of Bruce Slade’s new syndication company, Round Table Racing.” With a Melbourne Cup winner, as well as a host of other top-class performers on the scoreboard, it may be hard to believe that the Waterhouse-Harron partnership is only in its third season. However, the relationship was forged eight years ago when Harron first came to Australia.

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The Australians are great for giving young people an opportunity, I found that I was getting chances from people willing to give me help... “I originally met Gai when I was 19 and I came out to Australia for three months’ work experience with Coolmore, working with the yearlings. I wanted to go and spend a little bit of time in a racing yard to get a feel for it so I went to Gai’s. I only meant to stay there a month and after about five days she offered me a bloodstock assistant job. I had to give her a year, but I grabbed the chance with both hands,” laughs Harron.

any eager fledgling bloodstock agents work away at a level for years before hitting the bullseye, but Harron hit the target on pretty much his first solo venture, on behalf of Dr Edmund Bateman and his wife Belinda. “I went to the sales for the Batemans and bought them one filly, Georgette Silk, who turned out to be a very good, fast two-year-old Listed winner. The second year I bought them two horses – Foxwedge and Satin Shoes. “Foxwedge went on to win his Group 1 and was sold to stud for A$10.5 million, while Satin Shoes has won A$800,000 in prize-money, won a Group 2 and was Group 1 placed; that was really a turning point for me,” Harron explains. “The Batemans have a real love for livestock and horseracing. They’re building a real top-end portfolio; they have a very exciting two-year-old filly called Twirl, as well an unexposed colt of the same age named Wandjina, who really could be anything, as well as some lovely horses they’ve bred. They have kept 25 per cent of Foxwedge and have a broodmare band of 10 or 12 top-end mares.” Harron has already proved himself to have a real affinity for Australian racing, and as the Fiorente deal showed, his northernhemisphere connections compliment his southern-hemisphere work with great success. “The Australians are great for giving young people an opportunity, I found that I was getting chances from people willing to give me help and an opportunity. The Australian mentality is very much ‘give a guy a chance’. I have been very blessed to have a lot of success for people who have supported me from the beginning,” thanks Harron. “I just have a massive love for Australia and its racing. I thought it was a great market here and that it was just going to keep getting better. There is such a love for racing here and the prize-money structure is getting even better all the time.” Harron’s bloodstock agency is based in Sydney and now includes two employees,


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james harron bloodstock accounts and office manager Anna Ryan, and the Darley Flying Start graduate Stephen Heath, who is in charge of form analysis as well as marketing. “Our whole model is being able to offer a wide variety of services, and I plan to grow the agency along the lines of the European model so we can keep offering a variety of services to our clients,” Harron explains. “I know it is a ‘real buzz line’ at the moment, but racing really is such a global business these days. I want to be able to source horses with different facets for different jobs, and I think it is so significant now to be able to offer that international service, with my connections from travelling around and going to sales in Europe.” Australasian buyers are hardly strangers to the annual horses-in-training sales in Britain, and as Fiorente and his compatriots have shown, an increasing number of private buying raids are seeing European stayers successfully making the journey down under to target Cup races. The increasing number of Australian buyers making northern-hemisphere shopping

... prize-money in Australia is so good it justifies a bigger spend, to some degree trips has multiplied so much in recent years that it is becoming harder to find ‘value’, but, unsurprisingly, Harron is not averse to stretching the budget for the right horse. “It is making it more difficult to find the right horses in Europe, but different people take a different approach. The more the horse has done and the more high-profile he is, you will pay more for that, but prize-money in Australia is so good it justifies a bigger spend to some degree,” he argues. Harron’s thorough approach to working the sales means incredibly long hours as he views every horse on the sale grounds.

“The number one thing is the physicals,” he explains. “We look at every single horse and so we have notes on every single horse on the database. “It is a lot of work, but you just don’t want to miss anything – you don’t know where the next champion is coming from.” Harron is now determined to fulfill another dream by purchasing the winner of a race at the opposite end of the scale to the Melbourne Cup, the Golden Slipper (G1). “My biggest dream is to purchase the Golden Slipper winner. I’ve had runners in it every year, and the best so far has been [Group 2 winner] Sweet Idea in our first year together [with Waterhouse] and she ran third,” he explains. “Two-year-old racing keeps me up at night, it is just so exciting. It is a real leveller – you get into these races and the strength of these two-year-olds is so strong. “You see the value that is put on a colt who is a Slipper winner, everyone wants to win it. It takes a lot of energy and a lot of tweaking from everyone to get every detail right. Every day counts at this time of year.”

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One for the bucket list T Liz Price reports from a racing trip to Chile and a day out at the Primera Pasada Derby She found a confident South American nation with a thriving and vibrant sport

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horoughbred racing’s final frontier has to be the Chilean Derby that takes place on the first weekend in February at the Valpariso Sporting racecourse in the seaside resort of Vina Del

Mar, Chile. How the event has remained hidden from European racing enthusiasts is a mystery. It is far from lacking fame in Chile, where literally everyone, from the friendly waitress in the fabulous fish restaurant in quirky Valparaiso to the even friendlier shoepolisher in the

Runners in the Group 1 Primera Pasada Derby. The race was won by the Scat Daddy filly Solaria

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streets of Santiago (Chileans are obsessed with shoes), knows about the Derby. Yet, in Europe, it is always the Kentucky Derby or races in Asia, such as the Japan Cup or the Hong Kong International races that feature on the bucket list or are cited as examples when it comes to big crowds. However, on that first sunny Sunday in February, the Valparaiso Sporting Club, founded like the other three Chilean racecourses by the British, was heaving with people. “The Derby is our most popular race,

followed by the El Ensayo, the oldest stakes race in South America, which is run at the Club Hipico de Santiago,” explains Marcel Zarour, breeder, owner and president of the OSAF, the South American equivalent to the IFHA. “We get up to 100,000 spectators on Derby day, they fill the stands and the infield.” The spectators who come from all over the country certainly get their money’s worth – if they actually had to pay to get into the infield, entrance is free. As a general rule, women never pay, which


racing in chilie makes first time visitors smile and ensures that the mixed crowd is animated by the presence of hundreds of children. Derby day is very family orientated, but then, with no less than 28 races on the card and a 9.30am start it might prove difficult to get a babysitter. But just as everywhere else in the world, the Derby is the highlight of the card and hence is one of the last races of the day. It is run just before the sun sets in the evening, leaving spectators just enough time to find their chairs, umbrellas, barbeque utensils and stray kids before leaving the track. As in England, the Group 1 El Derby is

We get up to 100,000 spectators on Derby day, they fill the stands and the infield

run over a 1m4f, but, unlike Britain, it attracts nearly as many three-year-old fillies as colts. In fact this year’s event was won by the filly Solaria, a daughter of Scat Daddy and out of So Linda. She smashed the track record, covering the 1m4f in 2.23.34mins. It was stifling hot that day, the turf track was very fast and she was hugely impressive. She would have certainly made an interesting addition to the European fillies’ races this summer, but her owner is more inclined to send her to North America, as surprisingly (or not), the idea of running in a European race is considered nearly as far-fetched as running on the moon. However, as things turned out, she was quickly sold on as a broodmare to Japan. Solaria’s sire Scat Daddy, a son of Johannesburg, who shuttled to Chile for three seasons, has been a massive hit in the thin country. However, Scat Daddy will no longer travel to Chile as “he has apparently become too good for us”, as one disappointed local breeder miserably explained. With Scat Daddy’s Group 1 winner No Nay Never making headlines at Royal Ascot and Deauville last season, his demand has shot skywards and hence it was no

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The racing industry is indeed healthy in Chile and even growing wonder that the Solaria was snatched up immediately for breeding purposes. If Scat Daddy has proved very successful in Chile, so too has Tumblebrutus, who dominates the Chilean sires’ list. In fact, when studying the race card, two things stand out. First, Chilean-bred stallions are few and far between and, second, Coolmore seems to have a firm grip on the Chilean market. “Chileans are quite suspicious of Chileanbred stallions,” confirms Marcel Zarour, who owns Haras El Sheikh and stands amongst others Auguri, one of the few domestically bred successful stallions. A son of Iroko and Aleteada, Auguri’s offspring have won the Group 1 El Ensayo and the El Derby, yet demand for him is still practically nonexistent. “It doesn’t work like that in Chile,” adds Zarour. “It doesn’t matter that you have a good Chilean sire, the belief is that a foreign one will still be better.” Unlike Europe or North America,

racehorses in Chile are mostly owned by breeders who stand their own stallions. These stallions primarily cover that owner/ breeder’s own mares and are only rarely used by others. At Haras El Sheikh, split between Calera de Tango outside Santiago and a 820-acre farm in Futrono in the Lake District, Auguri has in the past been joined by sires such as Red Rocks. Currently Haras El Sheikh features former Prix Morny runner-up Layman, as well as Breathless Storm, Colonialism, Ocean Terrace and Sudan on its roster. Across the road from Haras El Sheikh, at the Haras Porta Pia, the set-up is similar. The 2010 Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Dangerous Midge will mainly cover the stud’s own mares and only when (or if) his offspring are successful will other breeders come and use him. Expectations are high and currently all the pressure rests on Dunkirk’s shoulders whose stock is making its racecourse debut this year, while Soldier Of Fortune’s yearlings are still roaming the fields. There are 1,800 foals born every year in Chile and the demand for thoroughbred racehorses is continuously growing. Currently there are more than 2,000 horses in training for a population of about 17 million people.

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lthough football is very popular in Chile, the horseracing industry has still remained very healthy. There are no bookmakers in Chile and the sport is funded via the Chilean Tote that pays three per cent to the government, puts 27 per cent back into the sport and the running of the four racecourses and training centres, while the punters keep the remaining funds. “The racing industry is indeed healthy in Chile and even growing,” confirms Juan Pablo Lira Ortuzar, the general manager at Club Hipico de Santiago. “To give you an example, in 2010 we had 18,875 starters and in 2013 we had 20,285 starters.” It helps that the racecourse, which opened in 1870 and is without any doubt the most beautiful racecourse in the world thanks to its majestic stands, marble hallways, dark wooden beams and beautifully sculpted Juan Pablo Lira Ortuzar, the general manager at Club Hipico de Santiago, is delighted with the popularity of racing in Chile at present

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fountains, last year gained the addition of a sand track. “We race in Chile all year round and it is quite difficult to maintain the turf track, especially in winter,” explains Ortuzar. “So because there was an increasing demand for more races, we made a $7 million investment and put in a sand track.


racing in chile “It actually meets two objectives as it allows us to increase the number of races we run, but it also supports the export business as our neighbouring countries prefer to buy horses who have run on dirt, rather than on turf.” No expense seems to be spared when it comes to making the racing experience an

enjoyable one. In fact, the Club Hipico in Santiago even has a screen in the lift that broadcasts the race live, so if you haven’t been quick enough to leave the paddock on a busy race day, you need not worry as you won’t miss a second of the action. There is a race meeting at the Club Hipico every Friday, while the Hipodromo Chile, also

located in Santiago, races every Saturday. Not every card has 28 races, but a 19-race card is not unusual. It seems an incredibly long day to any European racing fans, but if you don’t join the crowds in the infield, instead joining the members in the clubhouse, you are in for a real treat. In fact, the service on the day of the Derby

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was second to none. Chilean food is rich in flavours, the wines are award winners, the national drink Pisco Sour has to be enjoyed at least twice a day and the atmosphere is fabulous. Chileans go racing with all their family in tow and kids are often dressed in jockey’s silks, while mum and dad get busy with huge slabs of beef over gigantic barbeques. Betting on the racecourse is easy with the lowest stakes being 200 pesos, which is less than a US$1. There are also about 200 betting shops spread over the country, all operated by the local tote. The only criticism one could find is that races will be slightly delayed if there isn’t enough money in the betting pool. Continuous announcements are made and the total sum that can be won on the race flickers across the bottom of the screen until it is deemed high enough. Obviously this means that horses often have to turn for ages in front of the stalls, which would be unacceptable in Europe where horses are loaded as quickly as possible in order to reduce the wait.

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he style of the Chilean jockeys, who are lucky enough to actually benefit from some form of apprenticeship, is quite different to the North American or European riding style. They move about a lot on the horses and were surprisingly tall. Becoming a jockey or a trainer is a sought-after profession in Chile, where the first four placed horses receive prize-money and where the minimum prizemoney for a race is $2,500.

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The agreement with Longines takes our racing to a new level. It puts Chile firmly onto the map of the racing world Considering that the average yearly disposable income in Chile is $11,000, earnings from racing appear certainly very lucrative. The 1m4f Group 1 El Ensayo is worth $120,000 to the winner and there are about 200 trainers in Chile all hoping to get a cut of it. Sponsorship is still in its infancy in Chile much like the rest of South America, but 2014 marked an important milestone with the arrival of Swiss watchmaker Longines. Following a five-year partnership deal with OSAF (Organizacion Latinoamericana de Fomento del Sangre Pura de Carrera), the Latino Americano, South America’s most important Group 1 race, which changes location each year, has seen its prize-money increase by $100,000 to $500,000. It will be run under the name of Longines Gran Premio Latino Americano and is South America’s richest horse race. The news of Longines’ commitment was announced on Derby day at Vina del Mar, where Longines

also lent its name to one of the races on the card, the Clasico Longines. “Longines has been involved in horseracing since 1878,” explained Juan-Carlos Capelli, vice president of Longines and head of international marketing. “We have partnerships with racing countries all over the world, but when I looked at the map I saw that we were missing in Latin America. “Thanks to Louis Romanet, who introduced us to the OSAF, we are now here and enjoying it very much. Chile is steeped in horseracing history, the people are friendly and it is amazingly well organised. It’s really like Switzerland and it is a great pleasure to be here. I mean look at all the people here, it’s bursting!” For Carlo Rossi Soffia, the chairman of the board of directors of Valparaiso Sporting, the arrival of Longines signals a new era. “The agreement with Longines takes our racing to a new level,” he confirms. “It puts Chile firmly onto the map of the racing world.” The racing industry as we know it is constantly evolving and it can only be a matter of time before Chile and the other South American racing countries will receive the good reputation they are working so hard to achieve. The planned Pan-American conference, planend in New York in June 2015, must be used to address all the relevant issues such as quarantine, medication and standardisation, as it would be a real shame if the South American efforts would go unrecognised. Obviously a Chilean-bred runner at Royal Ascot would also go a long way towards raising the country’s profile, but while that might still be a little way off, in the meantime I can recommend a visit to the Chilean Derby, as an unforgettable experience for any racing enthusiast. Traditional pastimes still popular in Chile


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a Noire, the dam of the Champion Hurdle winner Jezki, should really be afforded the accolade of our Mare of the Month title for this edition, but such are her achievements that we have already heralded her in this magazine – she was given her own feature alongside that of her owner-breeders the McGraths. But just to recap and give the mare her due worth, aside from the Champion Hurdle, the daughter of Phardante has produced three other black-type winners, including Jetson, who also finished fifth in this year’s renewal of the Pertemps Network Final, just two and half lengths behind one of the week’s mosttouted bets, Fingal Bay. If there were such a thing as a list of blue hen NH mares, then La Noire would be purely royal blue. Looking elsewhere at the Cheltenham action, our interest focused on Silver

If there were such a thing as a list of blue hen NH mares, then La Noire would be purely royal blue Concorde, a son of the Juddmonte stallion Dansili, and whose own story crosses its path with La Noire. Dansili has achieved plenty through a relatively short stud career with a winner at the Cheltenham Festival not the most obvious box that he would tick, though getting the

winner of the Champion Bumper perhaps the one race that might be selected as the obvious selection. The son of Danehill was the chosen mate for the Daylami mare Sacred Pearl in 2007, after she produced her second foal, a colt by the speed influence Bertolini. Her first foal, born in 2006 and by Oasis Dream, was sold as a yearling for €37,000 as a yearling to JC Bloodstock before being reconsigned at the Craven Sale Breeze-Up the following year. Sadly, she failed to return a profit with agent Federico Barberini taking advantage of a 29,000gns purchase price. The filly was shipped to Italy, named Achrome and is now the winner of six races, successful from her juvenile days right through to racing at six. The Bertolini colt was named Sacred Sovereign fetched a healthy €22,000 as a yearling, but he has failed to win, even running over hurdles failing to illicit any sort

Silver Concorde returns with a triumphant Robbie McNamra and connections after victory in the Cheltenham Champion Bumper. The son of Dansili and Sacred Pearl (Daylami) was a €27,000 yearling and was purchased by Bobbie O’Ryan Photo: PA

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of improvement in his form. Silver Concorde’s price at the Orby Sale 2009 was much on a par with her older siblings – the Dansili colt fetched €27,000, finding a purchaser in Bobby O’Ryan, who bought on behalf of owner Dr Lambe and leading Irish trainer Dermot Weld. The connections put the colt away until he had his first run in a Leopardstown bumper in January 2012 where he finished third, 4l behind the debutant winner, who was, amazingly, the then four-year-old, Jezki. A run at Weld’s favourite meeting, the July Galway Festival, saw Silver Concorde improve a place to second, though he failed to impress watchers or trouble the winner (not surprising really as the winner Cul Baire became a 90-rated middle-distance horse last summer). Despite a break then from competitive action of over a year and a half Silver Concorde collected his win last December at Leopardstown, ridden by Derek O’Connor.

He was replaced at Cheltenham by regular rider Robbie McNamara, and despite being the lesser fancied of two from the stable, and one of only four six-year-olds in the 22-strong field, he stayed on well to repell Shaneshill from the Willie Mullins stable. McNamara reckoned after the race that the horse has enough pace to be capable of Listed success on the Flat.

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t would be a lengthy and circular route back to Flat racing for Silver Concorde, but it is perhaps where his natural home should lie as he is a grand-son of one of the finest European-based racemares to have run on the Flat, and one of a select few to have travelled to the Breeders’ Cup and returned victorious. Sacred Pearl is a Daylami daughter of Ridgewood Pearl (Indian Ridge), a champion three-year-old in Ireland, winner of the Irish 1,000 Guineas (G1), the Breeders’ Cup Mile

Ridgewood Pearl, the best daughter of Indian Ridge, winning the Coronation Stakes in 1995

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...the whole pedigree really is in a way most bizarre – Ridgewood Pearl’s dam Ben’s Pearl produced just two foals, but both were Group race winners (G1), the Prix du Moulin (G1), the Coronation Stakes (G1) and the Weld Park Stakes (G3) for trainer John Oxx and owner-breeders, the Coughlan family, breeder of Silver Concorde. Sadly, Ridgewood Pearl has failed to reproduce her likeness – the best any of her own foals has managed has just been success at a low level, while there is not yet a stakes winner or even a performer out of any of her daughters. In fact, the whole pedigree really is in a way most bizarre – Ridgewood Pearl’s dam Ben’s Pearl (Tap On Wood) produced just two foals, but both were Group race winners. The career highlights for Ridgewood Ben, a brother to Ridgewood Pearl, came through success in the Gladness Stakes (G3), a second in the Sandown Mile (G2) and a third in the Irish 2,000 Guineas (G1). And that as far as black-type, apart from a couple of Listed placings under Sacred Pearl’s third dam Joshua’s Daughter, goes in this pedigree. Silver Concorde has managed to add a little more colour to the pedigree, and any Listed Flat performances will be welcomed by the breeder. Sacred Pearl produced a Kheleyf colt in 2010 since named Newtown Cross, a winner at four, and her only progeny record since was a slipped Oasis Dream foal in 2009.


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The Global Database Data supplied by Weatherbys USA 1 - SANTA YNEZ STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, January 4, 6f 110yds 1 Awesome Baby (USA) 3 b/br f Awesome Again (CAN) - Miss Attractive (USA) (Running Stag (USA)) 2 Taste Like Candy (USA) 3 b f Candy Ride (ARG) - My Success (USA) (A P Indy (USA)) 3 Crushed Velvet (USA) 3 b/br f Malibu Moon (USA) - Meadow Soprano (USA) (Meadowlake (USA)) 2 - SAN GABRIEL STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, January 4, 9f 1 Jeranimo (USA) 8 b c Congaree (USA) - Jera (USA) (Jeblar (USA)) 2 Slim Shadey (GB) 6 b/br g Val Royal (FR) - Vino Veritas (USA) (Chief’s Crown (USA)) 3 Artic North (USA) 5 ch c North Light (IRE) - Ms Isadorable (USA) (Royal Academy (USA)) 3 - OLD HAT STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, January 4, 6f 1 Sweet Whiskey (USA) 3 b f Old Fashioned (USA) - Baby Betty (USA) (El Corredor (USA)) 2 Co Cola (USA) 3 ch f Candy Ride (ARG) - Yong Musician (CAN) (Yonaguska (USA)) 3 Aurelia’s Belle (USA) 3 b f Lemon Drop Kid (USA) - Aurelia (USA) (Danzig (USA)) 4 - MARSHUA’S RIVER STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, January 4, 8f 110yds 1 Naples Bay (USA) 6 b/br f Giant’s Causeway (USA) - Cappucino Bay (USA) (Bailjumper (USA)) 2 Somali Lemonade (USA) 5 b f Lemon Drop Kid (USA) - Chic Corine (USA)

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(Nureyev (USA)) 3 Angelica Zapata (USA) 6 b f Sharp Humor (USA) - Two Dot Slew (USA) (Evansville Slew (USA)) 5 - JEROME STAKES, G2, Aqueduct, January 4, 8f 1 Noble Moon (USA) 3 b c Malibu Moon (USA) - Mambo Bell (USA) (Kingmambo (USA)) 2 Classic Giacnroll (USA) 3 b c Giacomo (USA) - Classic Woman (USA) (Storm Bird (CAN)) 3 Scotland (USA) 3 ch c Horse Greeley (USA) - Varus (USA) (Vicar (USA)) 6 - MONROVIA STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, January 5, 6f 110yds 1 Pontchatrain (USA) 4 b/br f War Front (USA) - Dominica (USA) (Housebuster (USA)) 2 Kindle (USA) 6 b f Indian Charlie (USA) - Carson’s Vanity (USA) (Carson City (USA)) 3 Purim’s Dancer (USA) 5 b/br f Purim (USA) - Zip City Dancer (USA) (City Zip (USA)) 7 - SHAM STAKES, G3, Santa Anita, January 11, 8f 1 Midnight Hawk (USA) 3 gr/ro c Midnight Lute (USA) - Miss Wineshine (USA) (Wolf Power (SAF)) 2 Kristo (USA) 3 b c Distorted Humor (USA) - Capote’s Crown (USA) (Capote (USA)) 3 Ontology (USA) 3 ch c Tapit (USA) Shytoe Lafeet (USA) (King of Kings (IRE)) 8 - SAN PASQUAL STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, January 11, 8f 110yds 1 Blueskiesnrainbows (USA) 5 ch c English Channel (USA) - Cho Cho San (USA) (Deputy Minister (CAN)) 2 Majestic Harbor (USA) 6 b c Rockport Harbor (USA) - Champagne Royale (USA) (French Deputy (USA)) 3 Drill (USA) 5 b/br c Lawyer Ron (USA) - Cat Dancer (USA) (Storm Cat (USA)) 9 - HAL’S HOPE STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, January 11, 8f 1 Lea (USA) 5 ch c First Samurai (USA) Greenery (USA) (Galileo (IRE)) 2 Jackson Bend (USA) 7 ch c Hear No Evil (USA) - Sexy Stockings (USA) (Tabasco Cat (USA)) 3 Neck ‘n Neck (USA) 5 b/br c Flower Alley (USA) - Bootery (USA) (Storm Boot (USA))

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10 - FORT LAUDERDALE STAKES, G2, Gulfstream Park, January 11, 8f 110yds 1 Summer Front (USA) 5 b c War Front (USA) - Rose of Summer (USA) (El Prado (IRE)) 2 Tetradrachm (USA) 5 b/br g Badge of Silver (USA) - Igraine (USA) (Cherokee Run (USA)) 3 Nikki’s Sandcastle (USA) 7 ch g Castledale (IRE) - Sandtina (USA) (Sandpit (BRZ)) 11 - STRUB STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, January 18, 8f 110yds 1 Shakin It Up (USA) 4 b/br c Midnight Lute (USA) - Silver Bullet Moon (USA) (Vindication (USA)) 2 Govenor Charlie (USA) 4 b/br c Midnight Lute (USA) - Silverbulletway (USA) (Storm Cat (USA)) 3 Hear The Ghost (USA) 4 ch c Ghostzapper (USA) - Rehear (USA) (Coronado’s Quest (USA)) 12 - LECOMTE STAKES, G3, Fair Grounds, January 18, 8f 1 Vicar’s In Trouble (USA) 3 b/br c Into Mischief (USA) - Vibrant (CAN) (Vicar (USA)) 2 Albano (USA) 3 b c Istan (USA) Pocho’s Dream Girl (USA) (Fortunate Prospect (USA)) 3 Gold Hawk (USA) 3 b c Empire Maker (USA) - Caressing (USA) (Honour And Glory (USA)) 13 - COLONEL E R BRADLEY HANDICAP, G3, Fair Grounds, January 18, 8f 110yds 1 Daddy Nose Best (USA) 5 b c Scat Daddy (USA) - Follow Your Bliss (USA) (Thunder Gulch (USA)) 2 Adios Nardo (USA) 5 b g Invisible Ink (USA) - Tambien Me Voy (USA) (Orono (USA)) 3 Speaking of Which (IRE) 5 b/br c Invincible Spirit (IRE) - Suitably Discreet (USA) (Mr Prospector (USA)) 14 - LA CANADA STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, January 19, 8f 110yds 1 Spellbound (USA) 4 b f Bernardini (USA) - Layreebelle (USA) (Tale of The Cat (USA)) 2 Let Faith Arise (USA) 4 b f Kafwain (USA) - Babe Hall (USA) (El Corredor (USA)) 3 Ondine (USA) 4 b/br f Medaglia d’Oro (USA) - Arrow in Flight (CAN) (Forest Wildcat (USA))

15 - ENDEAVOUR STAKES, G3, Tampa Bay Downs, January 25, 8f 110yds 1 Cloud Scapes (USA) 5 ch f Smart Strike (CAN) - Every Cloud (USA) (Storm Cat (USA)) 2 Wholelottashakin (USA) 5 b f Scat Daddy (USA) - Carr Shaker (USA) (Carr de Naskra (USA)) 3 Floral Romance (USA) 5 b/br f After Market (USA) - Proposed (USA) (Benchmark (USA)) 16 - SANTA MONICA STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, January 25, 7f 1 Scherzinger (USA) 4 ch f Tiz Wonderful (USA) - Dancinandsingin (USA) (A P Indy (USA)) 2 Iotapa (USA) 4 b/br f Afleet Alex (USA) - Concinnous (USA) (El Corredor (USA)) 3 Teddy’s Promise (USA) 6 b/br f Salt Lake (USA) - Braids And Beads (USA) (Capote (USA)) 17 - JOHN B CONNALLY TURF CUP STAKES, G3, Sam Houston, January 25, 9f 1 Admiral Kitten (USA) 4 b c Kitten’s Joy (USA) - Reachinforthestars (USA) (Grand Slam (USA)) 2 Fredericksburg (USA) 4 ch g Speightstown (USA) - Choreograph (USA) (Dynaformer (USA)) 3 Vertiformer (USA) 7 b c Dynaformer (USA) - Tempo West (USA) (Rahy (USA)) 18 - HOLY BULL STAKES, G2, Gulfstream Park, January 25, 8f 110yds 1 Cairo Prince (USA) 3 gr/ro c Pioneerof the Nile (USA) - Holy Bubbette (USA) (Holy Bull (USA)) 2 Conquest Titan (USA) 3 b/br c Birdstone (USA) - Miner’s Secret (USA) (Mineshaft (USA)) 3 Intense Holiday (USA) 3 b/br c Harlan’s Holiday (USA) - Intensify (USA) (Unbridled’s Song (USA)) 19 - FORWARD GAL STAKES, G2, Gulfstream Park, January 25, 7f 1 Onlyforyou (USA) 3 b f Malibu Moon (USA) - Erhu (USA) (Tactical Cat (USA)) 2 Aurelia’s Belle (USA) 3 b f Lemon Drop Kid (USA) - Aurelia (USA) (Danzig (USA)) 3 Resistivity (USA) 3 b/br f Student Council (USA) - Lake Travis (USA) (Seattle Slew (USA)) 20 - SAM F DAVIS STAKES, G3, Tampa Bay Downs, February 1, 8f 110yds 1 Vinceremos (USA) 3 b/br c Pioneerof


international database the Nile (USA) - Kettle’s Sister (USA) (More Than Ready (USA)) 2 Harpoon (USA) 3 gr/ro c Tapit (USA) Christmas Star (USA) (Star de Naskra (USA)) 3 Cousin Stephen (USA) 3 b c Proud Citizen (USA) - Gallant Dreamer (USA) (Belong To Me (USA)) 21 - LAMBHOLM SOUTH TAMPA BAY STAKES, G3, Tampa Bay Downs, February 1, 8f 110yds 1 Guys Reward (USA) 7 b/br c Grand Reward (USA) - Beach View (USA) (Mr Greeley (USA)) 2 Salto (IRE) 6 b c Pivotal (GB) Danzigaway (USA) (Danehill (USA)) 3 Golden Sabre (CAN) 4 b/br c Medaglia d’Oro (USA) - Strike Softly (CAN) (Smart Strike (CAN)) 22 - LAS VIRGENES STAKES, G1, Santa Anita, February 1, 8f 1 Fashion Plate (USA) 3 b/br f Old Fashioned (USA) - Miss Puzzle (AUS) (Citidancer) 2 Streaming (USA) 3 b f Smart Strike (CAN) - Teeming (USA) (Storm Cat (USA)) 3 Arethusa (USA) 3 ch f A P Indy (USA) Miss Coronado (USA) (Coronado’s Quest (USA)) 23 - ARCADIA STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, February 1, 8f 1 Winning Prize (ARG) 5 b/br c Pure Prize (USA) - Winning Ways (PER) (You and I (USA)) 2 Tom’s Tribute (USA) 4 ch c Lion Heart (USA) - Halloween Fun (USA) (El Prado (IRE)) 3 Regally Ready (USA) 7 ch c More Than Ready (USA) - Kivi (USA) (King of Kings (IRE)) 24 - HUTCHESON STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, February 1, 7f 1 Wildcat Red (USA) 3 b c D’Wildcat (USA) - Racene (USA) (Miner’s Mark (USA)) 2 C Zee (USA) 3 b c Elusive Bluff (USA) Diamondaire (USA) (Distorted Humor (USA)) 3 Pablo Del Monte (USA) 3 ch c Giant’s Causeway (USA) - One Hot Wish (USA) (Bring The Heat (USA)) 25 - WITHERS STAKES, G3, Aqueduct, February 1, 8f 110yds 1 Samraat (USA) 3 b/br c Noble Causeway (USA) - Little Indian Girl

(USA) (Indian Charlie (USA)) 2 Uncle Sigh (USA) 3 b c Indian Charlie (USA) - Cradlesong (USA) (Pine Bluff (USA)) 3 Scotland (USA) 3 ch c Horse Greeley (USA) - Varus (USA) (Vicar (USA)) 26 - TOBOGGAN STAKES, G3, Aqueduct, February 1, 6f 1 Candyman E (USA) 7 ch g Candy Ride (ARG) - Flo Rose ‘n Net (USA) (Sea of Secrets (USA)) 2 Dads Caps (USA) 4 b c Discreet Cat (USA) - Seeking The Silver (USA) (Grindstone (USA)) 3 Non Stop (USA) 6 b c Successful Appeal (USA) - Talike (USA) (Afternoon Deelites (USA)) 27 - PALOS VERDES STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, February 2, 6f 1 Wild Dude (USA) 4 b c Wildcat Heir (USA) - Courtly Choice (USA) (Doneraile Court (USA)) 2 Secret Circle (USA) 5 b c Eddington (USA) - Ragtime Hope (USA) (Dixieland Band (USA)) 3 Moonshine Bay (USA) 6 ch g Kela (USA) - Long For (USA) (Langfuhr (CAN)) 28 - SAN MARCOS STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, February 8, 10f 1 Vagabond Shoes (IRE) 7 ch g Beat Hollow (GB) - Atiza (IRE) (Singspiel (IRE)) 2 Si Sage (FR) 4 b c Sageburg (IRE) Sans Rien (FR) (Poliglote (GB)) 3 Lucayan (FR) 5 b c Turtle Bowl (IRE) La Vltava (IRE) (Grand Lodge (USA)) 29 - SAN ANTONIO STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, February 8, 9f 1 Blingo (USA) 5 b g Artie Schiller (USA) - Wassifa (GB) (Sure Blade (USA)) 2 Imperative (USA) 4 b c Bernardini (USA) - Call Her (USA) (Caller I D (USA)) 3 American Blend (USA) 6 b g Quiet American (USA) - Blending Element (IRE) (Great Commotion (USA)) 30 - ROBERT B LEWIS STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, February 8, 8f 110yds 1 Candy Boy (USA) 3 b c Candy Ride (ARG) - She’s An Eleven (USA) (In Excess) 2 Chitu (USA) 3 ch c Henny Hughes (USA) - Sea Gift (USA) (A P Indy (USA)) 3 Midnight Hawk (USA) 3 gr/ro c Midnight Lute (USA) - Miss Wineshine (USA) (Wolf Power (SAF))

31 - SUWANNEE RIVER STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, February 8, 9f 1 Parranda (USA) 5 ch f English Channel (USA) - Dynamic Feature (USA) (Rahy (USA)) 2 Riposte (GB) 4 b f Dansili (GB) Rainbow Lake (GB) (Rainbow Quest (USA)) 3 Abaco (USA) 6 ch f Giant’s Causeway (USA) - Cat Cay (USA) (Pleasant Colony (USA)) 32 - GULFSTREAM PARK SPRINT STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, February 8, 7f 1 Falling Sky (USA) 4 b c Lion Heart (USA) - Sea Dragoness (USA) (Sea Hero (USA)) 2 Narvaez (USA) 4 gr/ro c Holy Bull (USA) - Miss Lulu (USA) (Unbridled (USA)) 3 Brujo de Olleros (BRZ) 6 ch c Wild Event (USA) - Hit Oil (BRZ) (Roy (USA)) 33 - HURRICANE BERTIE STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, February 9, 6f 110yds 1 Groupie Doll (USA) 6 ch f Bowman’s Band (USA) - Deputy Doll (USA) (Silver Deputy (CAN)) 2 Five Star Momma (USA) 5 b f Five Star Day (USA) - Momma In Law (USA) (Nureyev (USA)) 3 Wildcat Lily (USA) 4 ch f D’Wildcat (USA) - French Jubilee (USA) (French Deputy (USA)) 34 - GULFSTREAM PARK TURF HANDICAP, G1, Gulfstream Park, February 9, 9f 1 Lochte (USA) 4 b/br g Medaglia d’Oro (USA) - Lemon Kiss (USA) (Lemon Drop Kid (USA)) 2 Imagining (USA) 6 ch c Giant’s Causeway (USA) - Daydreaming (USA) (A P Indy (USA)) 3 Amira’s Prince (IRE) 5 b c Teofilo (IRE) Twice The Ease (GB) (Green Desert (USA)) 35 - DONN HANDICAP, G1, Gulfstream Park, February 9, 9f 1 Lea (USA) 5 ch c First Samurai (USA) Greenery (USA) (Galileo (IRE)) 2 Will Take Charge (USA) 4 ch c Unbridled’s Song (USA) - Take Charge Lady (USA) (Dehere (USA)) 3 Viramundo (USA) 5 b/br c Stephen Got Even (USA) - Etro (USA) (Silver Deputy (CAN))

36 - SANTA MARIA STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, February 15, 8f 110yds 1 Iotapa (USA) 4 b/br f Afleet Alex (USA) - Concinnous (USA) (El Corredor (USA)) 2 Let Faith Arise (USA) 4 b f Kafwain (USA) - Babe Hall (USA) (El Corredor (USA)) 3 Stanwyck (USA) 5 b f Empire Maker (USA) - Set Them Free (USA) (Stop The Music (USA)) 37 - THE VERY ONE STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, February 15, 11f 1 Inimitable Romanee (USA) 6 gr/ro f Maria’s Mon (USA) - Cellars Shiraz (USA) (Kissin Kris (USA)) 2 Aigue Marine (GB) 5 b f Galileo (IRE) Aiglonne (USA) (Silver Hawk (USA)) 3 Viva Rafaela (BRZ) 5 b f Know Heights (IRE) - Linda Rafaela (BRZ) (Bin Ajwaad (IRE)) 38 - MAC DIARMIDA STAKES, G2, Gulfstream Park, February 15, 11f 1 Twilight Eclipse (USA) 5 b g Purim (USA) - My Twilight Dancer (USA) (Twilight Agenda (USA)) 2 Amen Kitten (USA) 4 b g Kitten’s Joy (USA) - Crumbs of Comfort (USA) (Pulpit (USA)) 3 Slumber (GB) 6 b c Cacique (IRE) Sound Asleep (USA) (Woodman (USA)) 39 - EL CAMINO REAL DERBY, G3, Golden Gate, February 15, 9f 1 Tamarando (USA) 3 b/br c Bertrando (USA) - Tamarack Bay (USA) (Dehere (USA)) 2 Dance With Fate (USA) 3 b/br c Two Step Salsa (USA) - Flirting With Fate (USA) (Saint Ballado (CAN)) 3 Enterprising (USA) 3 b c Elusive Quality (USA) - Indy Blaze (USA) (A P Indy (USA)) 40 - SAN VICENTE STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, February 16, 7f 1 Kobe’s Back (USA) 3 gr/ro c Flatter (USA) - Well (USA) (Well Decorated (USA)) 2 Cherubim (USA) 3 b c Henny Hughes (USA) - Wings of An Angel (USA) (Cherokee Run (USA)) 3 Rprettyboyfloyd (USA) 3 b/br c Bluegrass Cat (USA) - El Bank Robber (USA) (Eltish (USA)) 41 - SABIN STAKES, G2, Gulfstream Park, February 16, 8f 110yds 1 Devil’s Cave (USA) 4 b/br f Put It

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international database Back (USA) - Wabash Gal (USA) (Jungle Express (USA)) 2 Sweet N Discreet (USA) 4 ch f Discreet Cat (USA) - West Side Dancer (USA) (Gone West (USA)) 3 Triple Arch (USA) 4 b f Arch (USA) Ambling (USA) (Chester House (USA))

(Mutakddim (USA)) 3 Aurelia’s Belle (USA) 3 b f Lemon Drop Kid (USA) - Aurelia (USA) (Danzig (USA))

42 - BUENA VISTA STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, February 17, 8f

1 Reload (USA) 5 ch c Hard Spun (USA) - Hidden Reserve (USA) (Mr Prospector (USA)) 2 Mr Online (CAN) 5 b g Silent Name (JPN) - Our Miss Jones (USA) (Alphabet Soup (USA)) 3 Salto (IRE) 6 b c Pivotal (GB) Danzigaway (USA) (Danehill (USA))

1 Pontchatrain (USA) 4 b/br f War Front (USA) - Dominica (USA) (Housebuster (USA)) 2 Egg Drop (USA) 5 gr/ro f Alphabet Soup (USA) - Rehocracy (USA) (Adhocracy (USA)) 3 Tapicat (USA) 4 ch f Tapit (USA) Zealous Cat (USA) (Storm Cat (USA)) 43 - SOUTHWEST STAKES, G3, Oaklawn Park, February 17, 8f 110yds 1 Tapiture (USA) 3 ch c Tapit (USA) Free Spin (USA) (Olympio (USA)) 2 Strong Mandate (USA) 3 b c Tiznow (USA) - Clear Mandate (USA) (Deputy Minister (CAN)) 3 Ride On Curlin (USA) 3 b c Curlin (USA) - Magical Ride (USA) (Storm Cat (USA)) 44 - GENERAL GEORGE HANDICAP, G3, Laurel, February 17, 7f 1 Bandbox (USA) 6 gr/ro c Tapit (USA) Empty the Bases (USA) (Grand Slam (USA)) 2 Tenango (USA) 4 b/br c Lion Heart (USA) - Ochi Chernye (USA) (Mr Greeley (USA)) 3 Service For Ten (USA) 5 b/br g Service Stripe (USA) - Tenacious Cheryl (USA) (Wild Zone (USA)) 45 - BARBARA FRITCHIE HANDICAP, G2, Laurel, February 22, 7f 1 My Wandy’s Girl (USA) 5 ch f Flower Alley (USA) - Unbridled Secret (USA) (Unbridled’s Song (USA)) 2 La Verdad (USA) 4 b f Yes It’s True (USA) - Noble Fire (USA) (Hook and Ladder (USA)) 3 Centrique (USA) 5 b f Malibu Moon (USA) - Penny Marie (USA) (Sky Classic (CAN)) 46 - DAVONA DALE STAKES, G2, Gulfstream Park, February 22, 8f 110yds 1 Onlyforyou (USA) 3 b f Malibu Moon (USA) - Erhu (USA) (Tactical Cat (USA)) 2 House Rules (USA) 3 b/br f Distorted Humor (USA) - Teamgeist (ARG)

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47 - CANADIAN TURF STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, February 22, 8f

48 - BESILU STABLES FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH STAKES, G2, Gulfstream Park, February 22, 8f 110yds 1 Wildcat Red (USA) 3 b c D’Wildcat (USA) - Racene (USA) (Miner’s Mark (USA)) 2 General A Rod (USA) 3 b/br c Roman Ruler (USA) - Dynamite Eyes (USA) (Dynaformer (USA)) 3 Top Billing (USA) 3 ch c Curlin (USA) Parade Queen (USA) (A P Indy (USA)) 49 - RISEN STAR STAKES, G2, Fair Grounds, February 22, 8f 110yds 1 Intense Holiday (USA) 3 b/br c Harlan’s Holiday (USA) - Intensify (USA) (Unbridled’s Song (USA)) 2 Albano (USA) 3 b c Istan (USA) Pocho’s Dream Girl (USA) (Fortunate Prospect (USA)) 3 Vicar’s In Trouble (USA) 3 b/br c Into Mischief (USA) - Vibrant (CAN) (Vicar (USA)) 50 - RACHEL ALEXANDRA STAKES, G3, Fair Grounds, February 22, 8f 110yds 1 Untapable (USA) 3 b f Tapit (USA) Fun House (USA) (Prized (USA)) 2 Got Lucky (USA) 3 b/br f A P Indy (USA) - Malka (USA) (Deputy Minister (CAN)) 3 Shanon Nicole (USA) 3 ch f Majestic Warrior (USA) - Crafty Wac (USA) (Patton (USA)) 51 - MINESHAFT HANDICAP, G3, Fair Grounds, February 22, 8f 110yds 1 Bradester (USA) 4 b c Lion Heart (USA) - Grandestofall (USA) (Grand Slam (USA)) 2 Grand Contender (USA) 6 b c Strong Contender (USA) - My Twilight Dancer (USA) (Twilight Agenda (USA)) 3 Fordubai (USA) 4 b/br c E Dubai (USA) - Unaffordable (USA) (Unbridled (USA))

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52 - FAIR GROUNDS HANDICAP, G3, Fair Grounds, February 22, 9f 1 Potomac River (USA) 5 ch c English Channel (USA) - Reba’s Approval (USA) (With Approval (CAN)) 2 Skyring (USA) 5 b c English Channel (USA) - Violet Lady (USA) (Seattle Slew (USA)) 3 Daddy Nose Best (USA) 5 b c Scat Daddy (USA) - Follow Your Bliss (USA) (Thunder Gulch (USA)) 53 - SANTA YSABEL STAKES, G3, Santa Anita, March 1, 8f 110yds 1 Awesome Baby (USA) 3 b/br f Awesome Again (CAN) - Miss Attractive (USA) (Running Stag (USA)) 2 Artemis (USA) 3 b f Empire Maker (USA) - Jelani (USA) (Smarty Jones (USA)) 3 Swiss Lake Yodeler (USA) 3 b f Swiss Yodeler (USA) - Domasco Lake (USA) (Meadowlake (USA)) 54 - SWALE STAKES, G2, Gulfstream Park, March 1, 7f 1 Spot (USA) 3 gr/ro g Pulpit (USA) Quiet Summernight (USA) (Quiet American (USA)) 2 No Nay Never (USA) 3 b/br c Scat Daddy (USA) - Cat’s Eye Witness (USA) (Elusive Quality (USA)) 3 Brothersofthetime (USA) 3 b/br c Bob And John (USA) - Hostility (USA) (Devil His Due (USA)) 55 - PALM BEACH STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, March 1, 9f 1 Gala Award (USA) 3 b c Bernardini (USA) - Wilshewed (USA) (Carson City (USA)) 2 Mr Speaker (USA) 3 b/br c Pulpit (USA) - Salute (USA) (Unbridled (USA)) 3 Storming Inti (USA) 3 ch c Stormy Atlantic (USA) - Tarfaya (USA) (Pulpit (USA)) 56 - TOP FLIGHT HANDICAP, G2, Aqueduct, March 1, 8f 110yds 1 Teen Pauline (USA) 4 b/br f Tapit (USA) - Effectual (USA) (Carson City (USA)) 2 Centring (USA) 6 b f A P Indy (USA) Composure (USA) (Touch Gold (USA)) 3 Flash Forward (USA) 4 ch f Curlin (USA) - Magical Flash (USA) (Miswaki (USA)) 57 - TOM FOOL HANDICAP, G3, Aqueduct, March 1, 6f 1 Strapping Groom (USA) 7 ch c

Johannesburg (USA) - Something Silver (USA) (Silver Deputy (CAN)) 2 Dads Caps (USA) 4 b c Discreet Cat (USA) - Seeking The Silver (USA) (Grindstone (USA)) 3 Saturday’s Charm (USA) 5 b/br c Any Given Saturday (USA) - Pout (USA) (Deputy Minister (CAN)) 58 - GOTHAM STAKES, G3, Aqueduct, March 1, 8f 110yds 1 Samraat (USA) 3 b/br c Noble Causeway (USA) - Little Indian Girl (USA) (Indian Charlie (USA)) 2 Uncle Sigh (USA) 3 b c Indian Charlie (USA) - Cradlesong (USA) (Pine Bluff (USA)) 3 In Trouble (USA) 3 b c Tiz Wonderful (USA) - Ballpark Butterfly (USA) (Grand Slam (USA)) 59 - HERECOMESTHEBRIDE STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, March 2, 9f 1 Room Service (USA) 3 b f More Than Ready (USA) - Dream Lady (USA) (Old Trieste (USA)) 2 Candy Kitty (USA) 3 b/br f Lemon Drop Kid (USA) - Worthy Cat (USA) (Tale of The Cat (USA)) 3 Seeking Her Glory (USA) 3 b/br f Giant’s Causeway (USA) - Seeking Atlantis (USA) (Seeking The Gold (USA)) 60 - TAMPA BAY DERBY, G2, Tampa Bay Downs, March 8, 8f 110yds 1 Ring Weekend (USA) 3 ch c Tapit (USA) - Free The Magic (USA) (Cryptoclearance (USA)) 2 Vinceremos (USA) 3 b/br c Pioneerof the Nile (USA) - Kettle’s Sister (USA) (More Than Ready (USA)) 3 Surfing U S A (USA) 3 b/br c Roman Ruler (USA) - Cape Hope (USA) (Cape Town (USA)) 61 - HILLSBOROUGH STAKES, G3, Tampa Bay Downs, March 8, 9f 1 Cloud Scapes (USA) 5 ch f Smart Strike (CAN) - Every Cloud (USA) (Storm Cat (USA)) 2 Waterway Run (USA) 4 b f Arch (USA) Princess Consort (USA) (Dixieland Band (USA)) 3 Riposte (GB) 4 b f Dansili (GB) Rainbow Lake (GB) (Rainbow Quest (USA)) 62 - FLORIDA OAKS, G3, Tampa Bay Downs, March 8, 8f 110yds 1 Testa Rossi (FR) 3 ch f Dr Fong (USA) - Peggy Lane (FR) (Dancing Spree (USA))


international database 2 Istanford (USA) 3 b/br f Istan (USA) Aerocat (USA) (Tale of The Cat (USA)) 3 Interrupted (USA) 3 b f Broken Vow (USA) - Alternate (USA) (Seattle Slew (USA)) 63 - SANTA ANITA HANDICAP, G1, Santa Anita, March 8, 10f 1 Game On Dude (USA) 7 b/br g Awesome Again (CAN) - Worldly Pleasure (USA) (Devil His Due (USA)) 2 Will Take Charge (USA) 4 ch c Unbridled’s Song (USA) - Take Charge Lady (USA) (Dehere (USA)) 3 Blingo (USA) 5 b g Artie Schiller (USA) - Wassifa (GB) (Sure Blade (USA)) 64 - SAN FELIPE STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, March 8, 8f 110yds 1 California Chrome (USA) 3 ch c Lucky Pulpit (USA) - Love the Chase (USA) (Not For Love (USA)) 2 Midnight Hawk (USA) 3 gr/ro c Midnight Lute (USA) - Miss Wineshine (USA) (Wolf Power (SAF)) 3 Kristo (USA) 3 b c Distorted Humor (USA) - Capote’s Crown (USA) (Capote (USA)) 65 - SAN CARLOS STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, March 8, 7f 1 Sahara Sky (USA) 6 b/br c Pleasant Tap (USA) - Seeking The Sky (USA) (Storm Cat (USA)) 2 Big Macher (USA) 4 b c Beau Genius (CAN) - Insight (USA) (Kris S (USA)) 3 Clubhouse Ride (USA) 6 ch c Candy Ride (ARG) - Seeking Results (USA) (Seeking The Gold (USA)) 66 - FRANK E KILROE MILE STAKES, G1, Santa Anita, March 8, 8f 1 Winning Prize (ARG) 5 b/br c Pure Prize (USA) - Winning Ways (PER) (You and I (USA)) 2 Lochte (USA) 4 b/br g Medaglia d’Oro (USA) - Lemon Kiss (USA) (Lemon Drop Kid (USA)) 3 Suggestive Boy (ARG) 6 b c Easing Along (USA) - Suffrage (USA) (Horse Chestnut (SAF)) 67 - HONEYBEE STAKES, G3, Oaklawn Park, March 8, 8f 110yds 1 Euphrosyne (USA) 3 b f Harlan’s Holiday (USA) - Three Graces (USA) (Doneraile Court (USA)) 2 Sugar Shock (USA) 3 ch f Candy Ride (ARG) - Enthusiastically (USA) (Distorted Humor (USA)) 3 Please Explain (USA) 3 b/br f Curlin (USA) - Lizzy’s Bluff (USA) (Pine Bluff

(USA)) 68 - GULFSTREAM PARK HANDICAP, G2, Gulfstream Park, March 8, 8f 1 Palace Malice (USA) 4 b c Curlin (USA) - Palace Rumor (USA) (Royal Anthem (USA)) 2 Golden Ticket (USA) 5 b/br c Speightstown (USA) - Business Plan (USA) (Deputy Minister (CAN)) 3 Uncaptured (CAN) 4 b/br c Lion Heart (USA) - Captivating (CAN) (Arch (USA)) 69 - LAS FLORES STAKES, G3, Santa Anita, March 9, 6f 1 Judy The Beauty (CAN) 5 ch f Ghostzapper (USA) - Holy Blitz (USA) (Holy Bull (USA)) 2 Heir Kitty (USA) 4 b f Wildcat Heir (USA) - Be Silver (USA) (Silver Buck (USA)) 3 Munnings Sister (USA) 5 ch f Speightstown (USA) - La Comete (USA) (Holy Bull (USA))

UAE 70 - LONGINES PRIMA LUNA SINGSPIEL STAKES, L, Meydan, January 9, 1800m 1 Mushreq (AUS) 6 b g Flying Spur (AUS) - Alharir (AUS) (Jeune (GB)) 2 Gabrial (IRE) 5 b g Dark Angel (IRE) Guajira (FR) (Mtoto) 3 Artigiano (USA) 4 ch c Distorted Humor (USA) - Angel Craft (USA) (A P Indy (USA)) Danzig Danehill Razyana FLYING SPUR b 92 Mr Prospector Rolls Grand Luxe MUSHREQ b g 2008 Kalaglow Jeune Youthful ALHARIR b 97 Last Tycoon Asawir Easy Date

71 - LONGINES AL MAKTOUM CHALLENGE ROUND 1, G2, Meydan, January 9, 1600m 1 Shuruq (USA) 4 b f Elusive Quality (USA) - Miss Lucifer (FR) (Noverre (USA)) 2 Empire Storm (GER) 7 b c Storming Home (GB) - Emy Coasting (USA) (El Gran Senor (USA)) 3 Brendan Brackan (IRE) 5 b g Big Bad Bob (IRE) - Abeyr (GB) (Unfuwain (USA))

Mr Prospector Gone West Secrettame ELUSIVE QUALITY b 93 Hero’s Honor Touch of Greatness Ivory Wand SHURUQ b f 2010 Rahy Noverre Danseur Fabuleux MISS LUCIFER b 2004 Cadeaux Genereux Devil’s Imp High Spirited

72 - SHADWELL JEBEL ALI STAKES, L, Jebel Ali, January 10, 1800m 1 Interpret (USA) 6 b c Distorted Humor (USA) - Quendom (ARG) (Interprete (ARG)) 2 Mutajare (IRE) 6 b g Cadeaux Genereux - Bona Dea (IRE) (Danehill (USA)) 3 Farrier (USA) 6 b c Tapit (USA) - Wild Vision (USA) (Wild Again (USA)) Mr Prospector Forty Niner File DISTORTED HUMOR ch 93 Danzig Danzig’s Beauty Sweetest Chant INTERPRET b c 2008 Farnesio Interprete Inaccesible QUENDOM b 97 Cipayo Queen of Victory Twitch Crown

73 - DUBAI DUTY FREE DUBAWI STAKES, L, Meydan, January 16, 1200m 1 United Color (USA) 5 b c Ghostzapper (USA) - Silk Candy (CAN) (Langfuhr (CAN)) 2 Russian Soul (IRE) 6 b g Invincible Spirit (IRE) - Russian Hill (GB) (Indian Ridge) 3 Rafeej (GB) 5 b c Iffraaj (GB) - Muffled (USA) (Mizaaya (GB)) Deputy Minister Awesome Again Primal Force GHOSTZAPPER b 2000 Relaunch Baby Zip Thirty Zip UNITED COLOR b c 2009 Danzig Langfuhr Sweet Briar Too SILK CANDY b 2004 Distinctive Pro Astrapi Scotch N’ Sound

74 - GULF NEWS AL FAHIDI FORT STAKES, G2, Meydan, January 23, 1400m 1 Anaerobio (ARG) 7 b c Catcher In

The Rye (IRE) - Potra Anala (ARG) (Potrillon (ARG)) 2 Mshawish (USA) 4 b/br c Medaglia d’Oro (USA) - Thunder Bayou (USA) (Thunder Gulch (USA)) 3 Pearl Flute (IRE) 4 b c Piccolo (GB) Secret Melody (FR) (Inchinor (GB)) Danzig Danehill Razyana CATCHER IN THE RYE b 2000 Darshaan Truly A Dream Truly Special ANAEROBIO b c 2007 Ahmad Potrillon Azalita POTRA ANALA b 99 Cautin Aplanatin Aplanadora

75 - SHADWELL JEBEL ALI MILE, G3, Jebel Ali, January 24, 1600m 1 Forjatt (IRE) 6 b g Iffraaj (GB) Graceful Air (IRE) (Danzero (AUS)) 2 Colmar Kid (IRE) 4 b c Choisir (AUS) Roselyn (GB) (Efisio) 3 Haatheq (USA) 7 b c Seeking The Gold (USA) - Alshadiyah (USA) (Danzig (USA)) Gone West Zafonic Zaizafon IFFRAAJ b 2001 Nureyev Pastorale Park Appeal FORJATT b g 2008 Danehill Danzero Confidentially GRACEFUL AIR b 2001 Statoblest Samsung Spirit Sarong

76 - DUBAL CAPE VERDI STAKES, G2, Meydan, January 30, 1600m 1 Certify (USA) 4 b f Elusive Quality (USA) - Please Sign In (USA) (Doc’s Leader (USA)) 2 L’Amour de Ma Vie (USA) 5 gr/ro f Dansili (GB) - Cuaba (USA) (Smoke Glacken (USA)) 3 Pearl of Africa (IRE) 4 b f Jeremy (USA) - Kournikova (SAF) (Sportsworld (USA)) Mr Prospector Gone West Secrettame ELUSIVE QUALITY b 93 Hero’s Honor Touch of Greatness Ivory Wand CERTIFY b f 2010 Mr Leader Doc’s Leader With Patience PLEASE SIGN IN b 96 Mari’s Book Register Lodge

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international database 77 - DUBAL AL RASHIDIYA STAKES, G2, Meydan, January 30, 1800m

1 Mujaarib (AUS) 6 br c Nadeem (AUS) - Mihnah (IRE) (Lahib (USA)) 2 Mushreq (AUS) 6 b g Flying Spur (AUS) - Alharir (AUS) (Jeune (GB)) 3 Maputo (GB) 4 b c Cape Cross (IRE) -

Seeking The Gold Dubai Millennium Colorado Dancer DUBAWI b 2002 Deploy Zomaradah Jawaher PRINCE BISHOP ch g 2007 Crafty Prospector Prospect Bay Baltic Sea NORTH EAST BAY b/br 2001 Sure Blade Wassifa Rye Tops

82 - AL TAYER MOTORS UAE 2000 GUINEAS, G3, Meydan, February 13, 1600m

1 Long John (AUS) 4 b g Street Cry (IRE) - Hosiery (AUS) (Night Shift (USA)) 2 Emirates Flyer (GB) 3 b c Acclamation (GB) - Galapagar (USA) (Miswaki (USA))

Mr Prospector Gulch Jameela NAYEF b 98 Bustino Height of Fashion Highclere TASADAY gr/ro f 2010 Danzig Mujahid Elrafa Ah TASHELKA gr/ro 2004 Kenmare Tashiriya Tashtiya

3 Wednaan (GB) 3 b c Dubawi (IRE) -

Insijaam (USA) (Secretariat (USA))

Marine Bleue (IRE) (Desert Prince (IRE)) Danehill Redoute’s Choice Shantha’s Choice NADEEM b/br 2003 Sound Reason Candide Country Flower MUJAARIB br c 2008 Riverman Lahib Lady Cutlass MIHNAH br 95 Roberto Nafhaat Distant Horizon

78 - NOVA UAE 1000 GUINEAS, L, Meydan, February 6, 1600m

1 Ihtimal (IRE) 3 b f Shamardal (USA) Eastern Joy (GB) (Dubai Destination (USA)) 2 Mensoora (SAF) 4 b f Jet Master (SAF) - Mansoor (AUS) (Giant’s Causeway (USA)) 3 Feedyah (USA) 3 b f Street Cry (IRE) -

80 - FORD MUSTANG SHELBY AL SHINDAGHA SPRINT, G3, Meydan, February 13, 1200m

1 Russian Soul (IRE) 6 b g Invincible Spirit (IRE) - Russian Hill (GB) (Indian Ridge) 2 Jamesie (IRE) 6 b g Kodiac (GB) Pretty Woman (IRE) (Night Shift (USA)) 3 Complicate (AUS) 5 b g Commands (AUS) - Chaparra (AUS) (Canny Lad (AUS)) Danzig Green Desert Foreign Courier INVINCIBLE SPIRIT b 97 Kris Rafha Eljazzi RUSSIAN SOUL b g 2008 Ahonoora Indian Ridge Hillbrow RUSSIAN HILL ch 2000 Dancing Brave Dievotchka High And Dry

Red Dune (IRE) (Red Ransom (USA))

Storm Cat Giant’s Causeway Mariah’s Storm SHAMARDAL b 2002 Machiavellian Helsinki Helen Street IHTIMAL b f 2011 Kingmambo Dubai Destination Mysterial EASTERN JOY b 2006 Nureyev Red Slippers Morning Devotion

79 - IPIC AL MAKTOUM CHALLENGE 2, G2, Meydan, February 6, 1800m

1 Prince Bishop (IRE) 7 ch g Dubawi (IRE) - North East Bay (USA) (Prospect Bay (CAN)) 2 African Story (GB) 7 ch g Pivotal (GB) Blixen (USA) (Gone West (USA)) 3 Zambucca (SAF) 6 ch c Lundy’s Liability (BRZ) - Jazz Champion (SAF) (Dancing Champ (USA))

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Mr Prospector Machiavellian Coup de Folie STREET CRY b/br 98 Troy Helen Street Waterway LONG JOHN b g 2010 Northern Dancer Night Shift Ciboulette HOSIERY b 95 Whiskey Road Stockings Black Tights

1 Variety Club (SAF) 6 ch c Var (USA) La Massine (SAF) (Secret Prospector (USA)) 2 Haatheq (USA) 7 b c Seeking The Gold (USA) - Alshadiyah (USA) (Danzig (USA)) 3 Empire Storm (GER) 7 b c Storming Home (GB) - Emy Coasting (USA) (El Gran Senor (USA)) Storm Cat Forest Wildcat Victoria Beauty VAR b/br 99 Zilzal Loma Preata Halley’s Comeback VARIETY CLUB ch c 2008 Mr Prospector Secret Prospector Secret Asset LA MASSINE 92 Northern Guest Karpakova Novenna

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1 L’Amour de Ma Vie (USA) 5 gr/ro f Dansili (GB) - Cuaba (USA) (Smoke Glacken (USA)) 2 Flotilla (FR) 4 b/br f Mizzen Mast (USA) - Louvain (IRE) (Sinndar (IRE)) 3 Pearl of Africa (IRE) 4 b f Jeremy (USA) - Kournikova (SAF) (Sportsworld (USA)) Danzig Danehill Razyana

83 - HH THE PRESIDENT CUP, L, Abu Dhabi, February 16, 1400m

1 Nawwaar (USA) 5 ch c Distorted Humor (USA) - Mostaqeleh (USA) (Rahy (USA))

DANSILI b 96 Kahyasi Hasili Kerali L’AMOUR DE MA VIE gr/ro f 2009 Two Punch Smoke Glacken Majesty’s Crown CUABA gr/ro 2003 Highest Honor Libertaire Liberia

2 Yaa Wayl (IRE) 7 b g Whipper (USA) Lidanna (GB) (Nicholas (USA)) 3 Shamaal Nibras (USA) 5 b c First Samurai (USA) - Sashay Away (USA)

81 - FORD EXPLORER SPORT FIREBREAK STAKES, G3, Meydan, February 13, 1600m

85 - DISTRICT ONE BALANCHINE STAKES, G2, Meydan, February 20, 1800m

86 - SWAIDAN TRADING AUTO. MEYDAN CLASSIC, L, Meydan, February 27, 1400m

(Farma Way (USA))

Mr Prospector Forty Niner File DISTORTED HUMOR ch 93 Danzig Danzig’s Beauty Sweetest Chant NAWWAAR ch c 2009 Blushing Groom Rahy Glorious Song MOSTAQELEH ch 2003 Diesis Istiqlal Wasnah

84 - DISTRICT ONE DUBAI MILLENNIUM STAKES, L, Meydan, February 20, 2000m

1 Tasaday (USA) 4 gr/ro f Nayef (USA) Tashelka (FR) (Mujahid (USA)) 2 Empoli (GER) 4 b c Halling (USA) -

1 My Catch (IRE) 3 b c Camacho (GB) Catch The Sea (IRE) (Barathea (IRE)) 2 Jallota (GB) 3 b c Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) - Lady Lahar (GB) (Fraam (GB)) 3 Najm Suhail (GB) 3 b g Proclamation (IRE) - Najoom Zaman (IRE) (Green Desert (USA)) Danzig Danehill Razyana CAMACHO b 2002 Zafonic Arabesque Prophecy MY CATCH b c 2011 Sadler’s Wells Barathea Brocade CATCH THE SEA b 2004 Bluebird Catch The Blues Dear Lorraine

87 - S & M AL NABOODAH UAE OAKS, G3, Meydan, February 27, 1800m

Estefania (GER) (Acatenango (GER)) 3 Mujaarib (AUS) 6 br c Nadeem (AUS) Mihnah (IRE) (Lahib (USA))

1 Ihtimal (IRE) 3 b f Shamardal (USA) Eastern Joy (GB) (Dubai Destination


international database (USA)) 2 Feedyah (USA) 3 b f Street Cry (IRE) Red Dune (IRE) (Red Ransom (USA)) 3 Mensoora (SAF) 4 b f Jet Master (SAF) - Mansoor (AUS) (Giant’s Causeway (USA)) Storm Cat Giant’s Causeway Mariah’s Storm SHAMARDAL b 2002 Machiavellian Helsinki Helen Street IHTIMAL b f 2011 Kingmambo Dubai Destination Mysterial EASTERN JOY b 2006 Nureyev Red Slippers Morning Devotion

88 - AL NABOODAH MEP/ENGINEERING ZABEEL MILE, G2, Meydan, February 27, 1600m 1 Mshawish (USA) 4 b/br c Medaglia d’Oro (USA) - Thunder Bayou (USA) (Thunder Gulch (USA)) 2 Trade Storm (GB) 6 b c Trade Fair (GB) - Frisson (GB) (Slip Anchor) 3 Mushreq (AUS) 6 b g Flying Spur (AUS) - Alharir (AUS) (Jeune (GB)) Sadler’s Wells El Prado Lady Capulet MEDAGLIA D’ORO b 99 Bailjumper Cappucino Bay Dubbed In MSHAWISH b/br c 2010 Gulch Thunder Gulch Line of Thunder THUNDER BAYOU ch 2003 Storm Cat Bayou Storm At The Half

89 - DISTRICT ONE NAD AL SHEBA TROPHY, G3, Meydan, March 1, 2800m 1 Cavalryman (GB) 8 b c Halling (USA) - Silversword (FR) (Highest Honor (FR)) 2 Star Empire (SAF) 8 b g Second Empire (IRE) - Lady Maroof (NZ) (Maroof (USA)) 3 Certerach (IRE) 6 b g Halling (USA) Chartres (IRE) (Danehill (USA))

90 - SHADWELL JEBEL ALI SPRINT, L, Jebel Ali, March 7, 1000m

1 Take Ten (GB) 7 b g Bahamian Bounty (GB) - See You Later (GB) (Emarati (USA)) 2 Fityaan (GB) 6 b g Haafhd (GB) - Welsh Diva (GB) (Selkirk (USA)) 3 Shaishee (USA) 4 b/br g Indian Charlie (USA) - Hatpin (USA) (Smart Strike (CAN)) Young Generation Cadeaux Genereux Smarten Up BAHAMIAN BOUNTY ch 94 Ballad Rock Clarentia Laharden TAKE TEN b g 2007 Danzig Emarati Bold Example SEE YOU LATER b 97 Dominion Rivers Rhapsody Trwyn Cilan

91 - SKYCARGO DUBAI CITY OF GOLD STAKES, G2, Meydan, March 8, 2400m

1 Excellent Result (IRE) 4 b c Shamardal (USA) - Line Ahead (IRE) (Sadler’s Wells (USA)) 2 Songcraft (IRE) 6 b g Singspiel (IRE) Baya (USA) (Nureyev (USA)) 3 Mount Athos (IRE) 7 b g Montjeu (IRE) - Ionian Sea (GB) (Slip Anchor) Storm Cat Giant’s Causeway Mariah’s Storm SHAMARDAL b 2002 Machiavellian Helsinki Helen Street EXCELLENT RESULT b c 2010 Northern Dancer Sadler’s Wells Fairy Bridge LINE AHEAD b 2002 Alzao Alignment Scots Lass

92 - EMIRATES SKYWARDS MAHAB AL SHIMAAL, G3, Meydan, March 8, 1200m

Sharpen Up Diesis Doubly Sure HALLING ch 91 Green Dancer Dance Machine Never A Lady CAVALRYMAN b c 2006 Kenmare Highest Honor High River SILVERSWORD b/br 93 Silver Hawk Silver Cobra Copperhead

1 Rich Tapestry (IRE) 6 b c Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) - Genuine Charm (IRE) (Sadler’s Wells (USA)) 2 Reynaldothewizard (USA) 8 b c Speightstown (USA) - Holiday Runner (USA) (Meadowlake (USA)) 3 Complicate (AUS) 5 b g Commands (AUS) - Chaparra (AUS) (Canny Lad (AUS))

Danzig Danehill Razyana HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR b 2004 Secretariat L’On Vite Fanfreluche RICH TAPESTRY b c 2008 Northern Dancer Sadler’s Wells Fairy Bridge GENUINE CHARM b 2001 Gulch Market Slide Grenzen

93 - EMIRATES SKYWARDS AL BASTAKIYA, L, Meydan, March 8, 1800m 1 Asmar (IRE) 3 b c Cape Cross (IRE) Zaneton (FR) (Mtoto) 2 Emirates Flyer (GB) 3 b c Acclamation (GB) - Galapagar (USA) (Miswaki (USA)) 3 Najm Suhail (GB) 3 b g Proclamation (IRE) - Najoom Zaman (IRE) (Green Desert (USA)) Danzig Green Desert Foreign Courier CAPE CROSS b/br 94 Ahonoora Park Appeal Balidaress ASMAR b c 2011 Busted Mtoto Amazer ZANETON bl 2001 Zafonic Party Zane Party Doll

94 - EMIRATES HOLIDAYS BURJ NAHAAR, G3, Meydan, March 8, 1600m 1 Shuruq (USA) 4 b f Elusive Quality (USA) - Miss Lucifer (FR) (Noverre (USA)) 2 Variety Club (SAF) 6 ch c Var (USA) - La Massine (SAF) (Secret Prospector (USA)) 3 Capital Attraction (USA) 7 ch g Speightstown (USA) - Cecilia’s Crown (USA) (Chief’s Crown (USA)) Mr Prospector Gone West Secrettame ELUSIVE QUALITY b 93 Hero’s Honor Touch of Greatness Ivory Wand SHURUQ b f 2010 Rahy Noverre Danseur Fabuleux MISS LUCIFER b 2004 Cadeaux Genereux Devil’s Imp High Spirited

95 - EMIRATES AIRLINE JEBEL HATTA, G1, Meydan, March 8, 1800m 1 Vercingetorix (SAF) 5 b c Silvano (GER) - National Vixen (SAF) (National Assembly (CAN))

2 Vancouverite (GB) 4 b c Dansili (GB) Villarrica (USA) (Selkirk (USA)) 3 Anaerobio (ARG) 7 b c Catcher In The Rye (IRE) - Potra Anala (ARG) (Potrillon (ARG)) Niniski Lomitas La Colorada SILVANO b 96 Beau’s Eagle Spirit of Eagles Big Spirit VERCINGETORIX b c 2009 Danzig National Assembly Renounce NATIONAL VIXEN ch 97 Peacetime Royal Vixen Scarteen

96 - EMIRATES AIRLINE AL MAKTOUM CHALLENGE R3, G1, Meydan, March 8, 2000m 1 Prince Bishop (IRE) 7 ch g Dubawi (IRE) - North East Bay (USA) (Prospect Bay (CAN)) 2 Sanshaawes (SAF) 5 b g Ashaawes (USA) - Vicario (SAF) (Northern Guest (USA)) 3 Surfer (USA) 5 ch c Distorted Humor (USA) - Surf Club (USA) (Ocean Crest (USA)) Seeking The Gold Dubai Millennium Colorado Dancer DUBAWI b 2002 Deploy Zomaradah Jawaher PRINCE BISHOP ch g 2007 Crafty Prospector Prospect Bay Baltic Sea NORTH EAST BAY b/br 2001 Sure Blade Wassifa Rye Tops

97 - ARABIAN ADVENTURES MEYDAN SPRINT, G3, Meydan, March 8, 1000m 1 Shea Shea (SAF) 7 b g National Emblem (SAF) - Yankee Clipper (SAF) (Jallad (USA)) 2 Ahtoug (GB) 6 b c Byron (GB) Cherokee Rose (IRE) (Dancing Brave (USA)) 3 Dux Scholar (GB) 6 b c Oasis Dream (GB) - Alumni (GB) (Selkirk (USA)) Danzig National Assembly Renounce NATIONAL EMBLEM ch 91 Welsh Harmony Title Page Nun’s Story SHEA SHEA b g 2007 Blushing Groom Jallad Petrava YANKEE CLIPPER b 98 Northfields Georgie Gorgeous Queen’s Favourite

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international database WORLDWIDE 98 - Sistema Railway Stakes, G1, Ellerslie, January 1, 1200m 1 Bounding (AUS) 4 b f Lonhro (AUS) Believe’n’succeed (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS)) 2 Waterford (NZ) 5 b f Darci Brahma (NZ) - Crystal Hailey (USA) (Greinton) 3 Little Wonder (NZ) 5 b c Volksraad (GB) - Shortblackmini (NZ) (Black Minnaloushe (USA)) Sire: LONHRO. Sire of 41 Stakes winners. In 2014 - BOUNDING Exceed And Excel G1. 1st Dam: BELIEVE’N’SUCCEED by Exceed And Excel. 2 wins in Australia, Arrowfield Stud Blue Diamond Prelude (f ) G3. Own sister to KUROSHIO and AGULHAS. Dam of 1 winner: 2010: BOUNDING (f Lonhro) 6 wins in New Zealand, Sistema Railway S G1, Hawke’s Bay Breeders Gold Trail S G3, James & Annie Sarten Memorial S G3, Murdoch Newell Counties Challenge S LR, 2nd Haunui Fm. Diamond Sires’ Produce S G1, New Zealand Bloodstock 1000 Guineas G1, J S Contractors Matamata Breeders S G2. 2013: (c Street Cry) 2nd Dam: ARCTIC DRIFT by Gone West. 1 win at 3 in USA. Dam of KUROSHIO (c Exceed And Excel: Mitty’s Ian McEwan Trophy S G2), BELIEVE’N’SUCCEED (f Exceed And Excel, see above), AGULHAS (f Exceed And Excel: Redelva S LR) Broodmare Sire: EXCEED AND EXCEL. Sire of the dams of 1 Stakes winners. In 2014 - BOUNDING Lonhro G1. Zabeel Octagonal Eight Carat LONHRO br 98 Straight Strike Shadea Concia BOUNDING b f 2010 Danehill Exceed And Excel Patrona BELIEVE’N’SUCCEED b 2005 Gone West Arctic Drift November Snow

99 - Ocean Park Levin Turf Classic, G1, Trentham, January 18, 1600m 1 Recite (NZ) 4 b f Darci Brahma (NZ) Chant (NZ) (Traditionally (USA)) 2 Franzac (NZ) 4 b c Iffraaj (GB) - Fitzy (NZ) (Kingsttenham (USA)) 3 Aspen (NZ) 4 b c Alamosa (NZ) - Kirin Belle (NZ) (McGinty (NZ)) Sire: DARCI BRAHMA. Sire of 14 Stakes

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winners. In 2014 - IRISH FLING O’Reilly G1, RECITE Traditionally G1. 1st Dam: CHANT by Traditionally. Champion 2yr old filly in New Zealand in 2005-06. 2 wins in New Zealand, The New Zealand Herald Eclipse S G3, 2nd Ford Diamond Sires’ Produce S G1. Dam of 2 winners: 2008: IN TUNE (g Darci Brahma) Winner in New Zealand. 2010: RECITE (f Darci Brahma) 5 wins in New Zealand, Ocean Park Levin Turf Classic G1, Oaks Stud Manawatu Sires’ Prod. S G1, J S Contractors Matamata Breeders S G2, Avondale Stud Wakefield Challenge S G2. 2nd Dam: Chantenay by Warning. unraced. Dam of CHANT (f Traditionally, see above) Broodmare Sire: TRADITIONALLY. Sire of the dams of 1 Stakes winners. In 2014 - RECITE Darci Brahma G1.

6 wins in Brazil. 2009: ANO-LUZ (c Wild Event) 2 wins in Brazil. 2010: BRILHANTISSIMA (f Put It Back) 3 wins in Brazil, Grande Premio Henrique Possollo G1, Grande Premio Margarida Polak Lara G1, 2nd G. P. Francisco Villela de Paula Machado G2, 3rd Grande Premio Luiz Fernando Cirne Lima G3.

2009: ANGEL EYES (f Northern Afleet) 3 wins in Brazil. 2010: BAL A BALI (c Put It Back) 7 wins in Brazil, Grande Premio Estado de Rio de Janeiro G1, Grande Premio Mario Azevedo Ribeiro G3, Grande Premio Julio Capua G3, Classico Jose Calmon LR, Classico Ernani de Freitas LR, 3rd Grande Premio Conde de Herzberg G2.

2nd Dam: Kuda by Strawberry Road. 2 wins in USA, 2nd Fair Grounds Oaks G3. Dam of LAMPARINA (f Roy, see above), MALIZIOSA (f Dynaformer: Edgewood S LR, Summertime Promise H LR). Grandam of BOBINA, Tutti Buona Gente.

2nd Dam: BY MY SIDE by Ogygian. 2 wins in Brazil. Dam of IN MY SIDE (f Clackson, see above)

Broodmare Sire: ROY. Sire of the dams of 91 Stakes winners. In 2014 BRILHANTISSIMA Put It Back G1. The Put It Back/Roy cross has produced: BRILHANTISSIMA G1, Software G2, Rotulado LR.

Danzig Danehill Razyana DARCI BRAHMA b 2002 Zabeel Grand Echezeaux Richebourg RECITE b f 2010 Mr Prospector Traditionally Personal Ensign CHANT b 2003 Warning Chantenay Chanzi

100 - Grande Premio Henrique Possollo, G1, Gavea, January 12, 1600m 1 Brilhantissima (BRZ) 4 f Put It Back (USA) - Lamparina (USA) (Roy (USA)) 2 Billy Girl (BRZ) 4 f Put It Back (USA) Lizzy Girl (BRZ) (Lode (USA)) 3 Super Totinha (BRZ) 4 b f Elusive Quality (USA) - Sereia de Bage (BRZ) (Exclusive One (USA)) Sire: PUT IT BACK. Sire of 44 Stakes winners. In 2014 - BAL A BALI Clackson G1, BRILHANTISSIMA Roy G1, CHARLA BUENA Roi Normand LR, ELIOT NESS Lode LR. 1st Dam: LAMPARINA by Roy. 4 wins in Brazil, Grande Premio Duque de Caxias G2. Dam of 5 winners: 2003: Qui Luce (f Jules) 2 wins in Brazil, 2nd Classico Octavio du Pont LR, 3rd G. P. Henrique Possollo (1000 Guineas) G1. Broodmare. 2004: Rainbow Bright (f Blush Rambler) 2 wins in Brazil, 3rd G. P. Zelia Gonzaga Peixoto de Castro G1. Broodmare. 2005: Solaris (c Blush Rambler) 3rd GP Asoc.Bras.Criadores Cavalo de Corrida G1. 2007: UM CRAQUE (c Wild Event)

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Relaunch Honour And Glory Fair To All PUT IT BACK b 98 Exuberant Miss Shoplifter Articulate Robbery BRILHANTISSIMA f 2010 Fappiano Roy Adlibber LAMPARINA b 98 Strawberry Road Kuda Tangaroa

101 - Grande Premio Estado de Rio de Janeiro, G1, Gavea, January 12, 1600m 1 Bal A Bali (BRZ) 4 c Put It Back (USA) - In My Side (BRZ) (Clackson (BRZ)) 2 Baccelo (BRZ) 4 c Northern Afleet (USA) - Quanto Corina (BRZ) (Wild Event (USA)) 3 Happy Fritz (BRZ) 4 c Mr Fritz (BRZ) Jiddah (BRZ) (Minstrel Glory (USA)) Sire: PUT IT BACK. Sire of 44 Stakes winners. In 2014 - BAL A BALI Clackson G1, BRILHANTISSIMA Roy G1, CHARLA BUENA Roi Normand LR, ELIOT NESS Lode LR. 1st Dam: IN MY SIDE by Clackson. 3 wins in Brazil, Grande Premio Roger Guedon G3. Dam of 5 winners: 2002: Pleasantville (f Spend A Buck) unraced. Dam of Magic Tap (f Signal Tap: Winner in Uruguay, 3rd GP.Presidente Joao Carlos Leite Penteado G3) 2003: QUEBRA-DE-BRACO (f Wild Event) 2 wins in Brazil. Broodmare. 2006: TALK NICE (f Signal Tap) 2 wins in Brazil. 2008: VALLEYVIEW (f Wild Event) 3 wins in Brazil.

Broodmare Sire: CLACKSON. Sire of the dams of 50 Stakes winners. In 2014 - BAL A BALI Put It Back G1. Relaunch Honour And Glory Fair To All PUT IT BACK b 98 Exuberant Miss Shoplifter Articulate Robbery BAL A BALI c 2010 I Say Clackson Quarana IN MY SIDE ch 96 Ogygian By My Side Blint

102 - J & N Berkett Telegraph Handicap, G1, Trentham, January 18, 1200m 1 Irish Fling (NZ) 6 b f Darci Brahma (NZ) - Irish Belle (NZ) (O’Reilly (NZ)) 2 Natuzzi (NZ) 6 b g Coats Choice (AUS) - Monsanto (NZ) (Kilimanjaro (GB)) 3 Jaggard (NZ) 7 b c Falkirk (NZ) Centastage (NZ) (Centaine (AUS)) Sire: DARCI BRAHMA. Sire of 14 Stakes winners. In 2014 - IRISH FLING O’Reilly G1, RECITE Traditionally G1. 1st Dam: Irish Belle by O’Reilly. 5 wins in New Zealand, 2nd NZ Bloodstock Insurance Breeders’ S LR, Enterprise Homes Great Easter S LR. Dam of 1 winner: 2006: Enthusabelle (f Savabeel) 2008: IRISH FLING (f Darci Brahma) 5 wins in New Zealand, J & N Berkett Telegraph H G1, Yesberg Pegasus S LR, 3rd Lindauer Stewards S G3. 2012: (f Darci Brahma) 2nd Dam: SOCIETY BAY by Zephyr Bay. 10 wins in Australia, New Zealand Edward Manifold S G2, Veuve Clicquot Classic G2, 2nd Elders H G1, 4th The 1000 Guineas G1. Dam of SOCIETY BEAU (g Bigstone: Japan/New Zealand International Trophy G2), SANDBLASTER (g Sandtrap: Timson Family Trust Waikato Sprint LR), Irish Belle (f O’Reilly, see above), Zamfir (f Gold Brose: 2nd Waikato Stud Opunake Cup LR). Grandam of FINAL


international database DESTINATION, Spirited Eagle, La Scala. Third dam of FINAL FORM. Broodmare Sire: O’REILLY. Sire of the dams of 28 Stakes winners. In 2014 IRISH FLING Darci Brahma G1, CHINTZ Savabeel G2. Danzig Danehill Razyana DARCI BRAHMA b 2002 Zabeel Grand Echezeaux Richebourg IRISH FLING b f 2008 Last Tycoon O’Reilly Courtza IRISH BELLE b 99 Zephyr Bay Society Bay Pacaya

103 - Harcourts Thorndon Mile, G1, Trentham, January 25, 1600m 1 A Touch Of Ruby (NZ) 5 b f Pins (AUS) - Syrah (NZ) (Traditionally (USA)) 2 Costume (NZ) 5 b f Savabeel (AUS) Disguised (NZ) (O’Reilly (NZ)) 3 Sacred Star (AUS) 5 b c Flying Spur (AUS) - Irish Nova (NZ) (O’Reilly (NZ)) Sire: PINS. Sire of 55 Stakes winners. In 2014 - A TOUCH OF RUBY Traditionally G1. 1st Dam: Syrah by Traditionally. unraced. Dam of 1 winner: 2009: A TOUCH OF RUBY (f Pins) 4 wins in New Zealand, Harcourts Thorndon Mile G1. 2012: (f Savabeel) 2nd Dam: REAL SUCCESS by Success Express. 6 wins in New Zealand Highview Stud Dulcie S G2. Dam of VOUVRAY (f Zabeel: Joe Richards Queensland Oaks G1, 2nd Ranvet Rawson S G1, 3rd Thrifty LKS Mackinnon S G1, BMW HE Tancred S G1), BOLTON (g Zabeel: Reaan Victoria Gold Cup LR) Broodmare Sire: TRADITIONALLY. Sire of the dams of 2 Stakes winners. In 2014 - A TOUCH OF RUBY Pins G1, RECITE Darci Brahma G1.

Lunchtime Snippets Easy Date PINS b 96 Kaoru Star No Finer Humour A TOUCH OF RUBY b f 2009 Mr Prospector Traditionally Personal Ensign SYRAH 2003 Success Express Real Success Pas de Course

104 - NRM Waikato Sprint, G1, Te Rapa, February 8, 1400m 1 Viadana (NZ) 7 b f Towkay (AUS) Yeah Nah (NZ) (Kinjite (NZ)) 2 Sacred Star (AUS) 5 b g Flying Spur (AUS) - Irish Nova (NZ) (O’Reilly (NZ)) 3 Diademe (NZ) 6 b f Savabeel (AUS) Bling (NZ) (O’Reilly (NZ)) Sire: TOWKAY. Sire of 12 Stakes winners. In 2014 - VIADANA Kinjite G1. 1st Dam: YEAH NAH by Kinjite. Winner in New Zealand. Dam of 1 winner: 2007: VIADANA (f Towkay) 9 wins in New Zealand, NRM Waikato Sprint G1, Manco Easter H G1, Eagle Technology Gt N’thern Chall.Stakes G3, Lion Red Arawa Plate LR, 2nd Rydges Wellington Captain Cook S G1, Windsor Park Stud Japan NZ Int. Trophy G2, Stella Artois Tauranga S G3. 2008: Galleta (f Towkay) 2011: (c Towkay) 2nd Dam: Jelignite Jen by Crested Wave. unraced. Dam of SINGING STAR (f Danasinga: Wailkato Times Gold Cup G2), Brave Flyer (g Danasinga: 2nd Westbury Stud Cambridge Breeders S G3), Calm Quest (f Masterclass: 3rd PSP Ryder S LR, Waikato Stud S LR). Grandam of Miss Selby, Night At The Opera. Broodmare Sire: KINJITE. Sire of the dams of 12 Stakes winners. In 2014 VIADANA Towkay G1. Try My Best Last Tycoon Mill Princess TOWKAY b 94 Ahonoora Princess Tracy Princess Ru VIADANA b f 2007 Centaine Kinjite Pilmuir YEAH NAH b 97 Crested Wave Jelignite Jen Pop Art

105 - Herbie Dyke International Stakes, G1, Te Rapa, February 8, 2000m 1 Costume (NZ) 5 b f Savabeel (AUS) Disguised (NZ) (O’Reilly (NZ)) 2 Shuka (NZ) 6 ch g Bachelor Duke (USA) - Alabama Rose (NZ) (Cape Cross (IRE)) 3 The Solitaire (NZ) 7 b f O’Reilly (NZ) The Dazzler (NZ) (Centaine (AUS)) Sire: SAVABEEL. Sire of 31 Stakes winners. In 2014 - COSTUME O’Reilly G1, CHINTZ O’Reilly G2. 1st Dam: Disguised by O’Reilly. ran on the flat in New Zealand. Dam of 4

winners: 2005: LEE’S FIGHTER (g No Excuse Needed) 3 wins in Malaysia. 2006: MASQUERADE (f No Excuse Needed) Soliloquy Lodge S LR. 2007: WHATANEXCUSE (g No Excuse Needed) 3 wins in Australia. 2009: COSTUME (f Savabeel) 5 wins in New Zealand, Herbie Dyke International S G1, 2nd Harcourts Thorndon Mile G1.

Lightning S G1, Lexus Newmarket H G1, Crown Perth Winterbottom S G1, Essendon Mazda Aus. S.Wootton S G2, Mitty’s Ian McEwan Trophy S G2, 3rd Victoria Racing Club Sprint Classic G1, Hobartville S G2, Royal Sovereign S G2, Tramway H G3. 2009: Milla Magia (f Universal Prince) unraced. 2011: (f Blackfriars) 2012: (f Barely A Moment)

2nd Dam: Liffey by Irish River. unraced. Dam of LIFFEY LACE (f Sagace: Premio Campobello LR), Prince Dalderby (c Dahar: 3rd Rockhampton Cup LR). Grandam of ANNE CARINA, Night Rider. Third dam of KISSES, TRES SHEIK, Master Regent. Fourth dam of Lady Showheart.

2nd Dam: KOSLETA by Zabaleta. N J Peters S LR. Dam of MR DIAGNOSIS (g Scenic: Belmont Guineas LR, Australian Reliance Boulder Cup LR)

Broodmare Sire: O’REILLY. Sire of the dams of 30 Stakes winners. In 2014 COSTUME Savabeel G1, IRISH FLING Darci Brahma G1, CHINTZ Savabeel G2, THE DIAMOND ONE Tale of The Cat G3, INCLUDE Gallant Guru LR. The Savabeel/O’Reilly cross has produced: COSTUME G1, DIADEME G1, CHINTZ G2, KUDAKULARI LR, NANDOWRA LR, Placement G1, Iggi Pop LR, Mother’s Milk LR.

Broodmare Sire: METAL STORM. Sire of the dams of 12 Stakes winners. In 2014 - MOMENT OF CHANGE Barely A Moment G1. Timeless Moment Gilded Time Gilded Lilly BARELY A MOMENT b/br 2001 Danehill Lady Danna Bare Minimum MOMENT OF CHANGE b g 2008 Kenmare Metal Storm Porphyrine EUROPIUM b 2001 Zabaleta Kosleta Kosmos Libra

Sir Tristram Zabeel Lady Giselle SAVABEEL br 2001 Success Express Savannah Success Alma Mater COSTUME b f 2009 Last Tycoon O’Reilly Courtza DISGUISED b 99 Irish River Liffey Kate’s Intent

106 - Sportingbet C F Orr Stakes, G1, Caulfield, February 8, 1400m 1 Moment of Change (AUS) 6 b g Barely A Moment (AUS) - Europium (AUS) (Metal Storm (FR)) 2 Eurozone (AUS) 4 ch c Northern Meteor (AUS) - Miss Vandal (AUS) (Don’t Say Halo (USA)) 3 Shamus Award (AUS) 4 b c Snitzel (AUS) - Sunset Express (AUS) (Success Express (USA)) Sire: BARELY A MOMENT. Sire of 2 Stakes winners. In 2014 - MOMENT OF CHANGE Metal Storm G1. 1st Dam: Europium by Metal Storm. Dam of 1 winner: 2006: Xaaropa (g Xaar) unraced. 2008: MOMENT OF CHANGE (g Barely A Moment) 6 wins in Australia, Sportingbet C F Orr S G1, Clamms Sir Rupert Clarke Inv. S G1, Show County Quality H LR, 2nd Black Caviar

107 - Black Caviar Lightning Stakes, G1, Flemington, February 15, 1000m 1 Snitzerland (AUS) 5 b f Snitzel (AUS) - Monte Rosa (AUS) (Fraar (USA)) 2 Shamexpress (NZ) 5 b c O’Reilly (NZ) Volkrose (NZ) (Volksraad (GB)) 3 Samaready (AUS) 5 br/bl f More Than Ready (USA) - Samar (AUS) (Secret Savings (USA)) Sire: SNITZEL. Sire of 19 Stakes winners. In 2014 - SNITZERLAND Fraar G1, AMORINO Marauding LR, DANCES ON STARS Last Tycoon LR, SWEET IDEA Timber Country LR. 1st Dam: Monte Rosa by Fraar. unraced. Own sister to NINA HARAKA. Dam of 5 winners: 2005: DELEQUE (f French Deputy) 2 wins in Australia. 2006: AKMAL (g Flying Spur) 5 wins in Australia. 2007: CERTAINLY ROSA (f Undoubtedly) Winner in Australia. 2008: Red Dress Marley (f Hussonet) 2 wins in Australia, 2nd The Inglis Debutants S LR. 2009: SNITZERLAND (f Snitzel) 7 wins in Australia, Black Caviar Lightning S G1, Challenge S G2, Danehill S G2, Thoroughbred Breeders’ S G3, TBV Champagne S G3, Smithfield RSL San Domenico S G3, 2nd Canterbury BMW The Galaxy G1, Aami Golden Slipper S G1, Emirates Airline Ottawa Plate LR,

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international database Dilmah Earl Grey Century S LR. 2010: Hussenrun (g Hussonet) 2012: (c Snitzel) 2nd Dam: La Nebbia by Zephyr Bay. unraced. Dam of NINA HARAKA (f Fraar: Adelaide Guineas G3, 2nd Vic Health Cup G1, Toorak H G1, 3rd Emirates S G1, Sunicrust Australia S G1). Grandam of EXTENSION OF TIME, PERGRAM, Levi’s Choice. Broodmare Sire: FRAAR. Sire of the dams of 4 Stakes winners. In 2014 SNITZERLAND Snitzel G1. Danehill Redoute’s Choice Shantha’s Choice SNITZEL b 2002 Snippets Snippets’ Lass Snow Finch SNITZERLAND b f 2009 Topsider Fraar Alchaasibiyeh MONTE ROSA 2000 Zephyr Bay La Nebbia Hit It Misty

108 - Grande Premio Francisco E Paula Machado, G1, Gavea, February 16, 2000m 1 Bal A Bali (BRZ) 4 c Put It Back (USA) - In My Side (BRZ) (Clackson (BRZ)) 2 Desejado Zuca (BRZ) 4 c First American (USA) - Outra Zuca (BRZ) (Vettori (IRE)) 3 Hendrix (BRZ) 4 c Honour And Glory (USA) - Mais Depressa (USA) (Aljabr (USA)) Sire: PUT IT BACK. Sire of 45 Stakes winners. In 2014 - BAL A BALI Clackson G1, BRILHANTISSIMA Roy G1, DEVIL’S CAVE Jungle Express G3, CHARLA BUENA Roi Normand LR, DESEJADO PUT Notation LR, ELIOT NESS Lode LR. 1st Dam: IN MY SIDE by Clackson. 3 wins in Brazil, Grande Premio Roger Guedon G3. Dam of 5 winners: 2002: Pleasantville (f Spend A Buck) unraced. Dam of Magic Tap (f Signal Tap: Winner in Uruguay, 3rd GP.Presidente Joao Carlos Leite Penteado G3) 2003: QUEBRA-DE-BRACO (f Wild Event) 2 wins in Brazil. Broodmare. 2006: TALK NICE (f Signal Tap) 2 wins in Brazil. 2008: VALLEYVIEW (f Wild Event) 3 wins in Brazil. 2009: ANGEL EYES (f Northern Afleet) 3 wins in Brazil. 2010: BAL A BALI (c Put It Back) 8 wins in Brazil, Grande Premio Estado de Rio de Janeiro G1, Grande Premio Francisco E Paula Machado G1, Grande Premio Mario Azevedo Ribeiro G3, Grande Premio Julio Capua G3, Classico Jose Calmon LR, Classico Ernani de

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109 - Grande Premio Diana, G1, Gavea, February 16, 2000m 1 Brilhantissima (BRZ) 4 f Put It Back (USA) - Lamparina (USA) (Roy (USA)) 2 Energia Fox (BRZ) 4 f Agnes Gold (JPN) - Super Eletric (BRZ) (Choctaw Ridge (USA)) 3 Energia Fribby (BRZ) 4 f Agnes Gold (JPN) - Karla Dora (BRZ) (Nugget Point) Sire: PUT IT BACK. Sire of 45 Stakes winners. In 2014 - BAL A BALI Clackson G1, BRILHANTISSIMA Roy G1, DEVIL’S CAVE Jungle Express G3, CHARLA BUENA Roi Normand LR, DESEJADO PUT Notation LR, ELIOT NESS Lode LR. 1st Dam: LAMPARINA by Roy. 4 wins in Brazil, Grande Premio Duque de Caxias G2. Dam of 5 winners: 2003: Qui Luce (f Jules) 2 wins in Brazil, 2nd Classico Octavio du Pont LR, 3rd G. P. Henrique Possollo (1000 Guineas) G1. Broodmare. 2004: Rainbow Bright (f Blush Rambler) 2 wins in Brazil, 3rd G. P. Zelia Gonzaga Peixoto de Castro G1. Broodmare. 2005: Solaris (c Blush Rambler) 3rd GP Asoc.Bras.Criadores Cavalo de Corrida G1. 2007: UM CRAQUE (c Wild Event) 6 wins in Brazil. 2009: ANO-LUZ (c Wild Event) 2 wins in Brazil. 2010: BRILHANTISSIMA (f Put It Back) 4 wins in Brazil, Grande Premio Diana G1, Grande Premio Henrique Possollo G1, Grande Premio Margarida Polak Lara G1, 2nd G. P. Francisco Villela de Paula Machado G2, 3rd Grande Premio Luiz Fernando Cirne Lima G3. 2nd Dam: Kuda by Strawberry Road. 2 wins in USA, 2nd Fair Grounds Oaks G3. Dam of LAMPARINA (f Roy, see above), MALIZIOSA (f Dynaformer: Edgewood

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110 - Haunui Farm Otaki-Maori WFA Classic, G1, Otaki, February 22, 1600m 1 Nashville (NZ) 6 br g Darci Brahma (NZ) - Royal Kiss (IRE) (Royal Academy (USA)) 2 Xanadu (NZ) 6 b f Elusive City (USA) Forest Dream (AUS) (Forest Glow (USA)) 3 Final Touch (NZ) 7 br f Kashani (USA) My Lydia (AUS) (Umatilla (NZ)) Sire: DARCI BRAHMA. Sire of 14 Stakes winners. In 2014 - IRISH FLING O’Reilly G1, NASHVILLE Royal Academy G1, RECITE Traditionally G1. 1st Dam: Royal Kiss by Royal Academy. Dam of 4 winners: 2003: China Causeway (g Giant’s Causeway) 4 wins at 4 to 6 in Australia, 3rd Marsh Chairman’s S LR. 2004: Sweet Maggie (f Danehill Dancer) unraced. Dam of VINNIE EAGLE (g I Am Invincible: 2 wins in New Zealand, Barneswood Farm Eclipse S G3) 2005: CLASSY FELIX (g Tale of The Cat) 2 wins in Australia. 2006: WHISPERING BEAUTY (g Al Maher) 3 wins in Hong Kong, New Zealand. 2008: NASHVILLE (g Darci Brahma) 8 wins in New Zealand, Haunui Farm Otaki-Maori WFA Classic G1 (twice), Coupland’s Bakeries Churchill S G2, 2nd The Turks Spring Classic Ormond Memorial G1, P. Cataldo Bloodstock Wellington S G3, 3rd Windsor Park Horlicks Plate G1. 2009: Kissmet (c Pins) 2010: Coco Chanel (f Stravinsky) unraced. 2nd Dam: HAWAJISS by Kris. 4 wins at 2 and 3 Vodafone Nassau S G2, 2nd Kildangan Stud Irish Oaks G1, 3rd

Energizer Oaks S G1. Broodmare Sire: ROYAL ACADEMY. Sire of the dams of 130 Stakes winners. In 2014 - NASHVILLE Darci Brahma G1, SZUMUL Showing Up G2, PAINT NAIF Crimson Tide LR. Danzig Danehill Razyana DARCI BRAHMA b 2002 Zabeel Grand Echezeaux Richebourg NASHVILLE br g 2008 Nijinsky Royal Academy Crimson Saint ROYAL KISS b 98 Kris Hawajiss Canadian Mill

111 - Sportingbet Oakleigh Plate, G1, Caulfield, February 22, 1000m 1 Lankan Rupee (AUS) 5 b c Redoute’s Choice (AUS) - Estelle Collection (NZ) (Stravinsky (USA)) 2 Spirit of Boom (AUS) 7 b c Sequalo (AUS) - Temple Spirit (AUS) (Special Dane (AUS)) 3 Knoydart (AUS) 5 b c More Than Ready (USA) - Regal Cheer (AUS) (Arena (AUS)) Sire: REDOUTE’S CHOICE. Sire of 110 Stakes winners. In 2014 - LANKAN RUPEE Stravinsky G1, A TIME FOR JULIA Jade Hunter G3, BONARIA Last Tycoon G3, LILLIBURLERO General Nediym G3, ABIDEWITHME Zabeel LR. 1st Dam: ESTELLE COLLECTION by Stravinsky. TBV Champagne S G3. Dam of 1 winner: 2008: Charming Estelle (f Redoute’s Choice) unraced. Broodmare. 2009: LANKAN RUPEE (c Redoute’s Choice) 7 wins in Australia, Sportingbet Oakleigh Plate G1, Schweppes Rubiton S G2, TMB Printing Kevin Heffernan S G3, Dilmah Earl Grey Century S LR. 2010: Unmissable Choice (c Redoute’s Choice) unraced. 2012: Timeless Choice (f Redoute’s Choice) unraced to date. 2013: (f Manhattan Rain) 2nd Dam: Ana Zeel by Zabeel. 3 wins in New Zealand, 2nd Armacup Queen Elizabeth S G2. Own sister to Tricia Ann. Dam of ESTELLE COLLECTION (f Stravinsky, see above), Hastein (g Viking Ruler: 2nd Best Bets Sin City Tokyo City Cup LR) Broodmare Sire: STRAVINSKY. Sire of the dams of 18 Stakes winners. In 2014 - LANKAN RUPEE Redoute’s Choice G1.


international database Danzig Danehill Razyana REDOUTE’S CHOICE b 96 Canny Lad Shantha’s Choice Dancing Show LANKAN RUPEE b c 2009 Nureyev Stravinsky Fire The Groom ESTELLE COLLECTION b 2003 Zabeel Ana Zeel My Tricia

112 - Sportingbet Blue Diamond Stakes, G1, Caulfield, February 22, 1200m 1 Earthquake (AUS) 3 b f Exceed And Excel (AUS) - Cataclysm (AUS) (Marauding (NZ)) 2 Jabali (AUS) 3 b c Exceed And Excel (AUS) - Balalaika (AUS) (King of Kings (IRE)) 3 Cornrow (AUS) 3 b/br c Duporth (AUS) - Baby Corn (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS)) Sire: EXCEED AND EXCEL. Sire of 80 Stakes winners. In 2014 EARTHQUAKE Marauding G1, FLAMBERGE Blazing Sword G3, AMBER SKY Rubiton LR, MOHAVE Encosta de Lago LR. 1st Dam: Cataclysm by Marauding. 4 wins in Australia, 2nd Japan Racing Association Doveton S LR, Birthday Card H LR, 3rd Sapphire S G3. Own sister to Frasassas. Dam of 5 winners: 2005: FRIGHTEN (g Lonhro) Winner in Australia. 2006: Upheaval (g Lonhro) unraced. 2007: PALOMARES (f Commands) 3 wins in Australia, Lexus Hybrid Desirable S LR. Broodmare. 2008: PETRIFY (g Commands) 3 wins in Australia. 2010: CANCEL (f Exceed And Excel) 2 wins in Australia. 2011: EARTHQUAKE (f Exceed And Excel) 3 wins in Australia, Sportingbet Blue Diamond S G1, Sportingbet Blue Diamond Prelude (f ) G3. 2012: (f Commands) 2013: (f Sepoy) 2nd Dam: Chaparra by Canny Lad. ran on the flat in Australia. Dam of EL CAMBIO (g Commands: Schweppes Royal Sovereign S G2, Gilgai Baguette S G2), COMPLICATE (g Commands: Affinity Canberra Guineas LR, Heading Out Hair & Beauty Village S LR, 3rd Ford Mustang Shelby Al Shindagha Sprint G3), Cataclysm (f Marauding, see above), Frasassas (f Marauding: 2nd TBV Thoroughbred Breeders’ S G3), Negev (g Desert Prince: 2nd Fernhill H G3). Grandam of EXCELLENT REWARD.

Broodmare Sire: MARAUDING. Sire of the dams of 53 Stakes winners. In 2014 - EARTHQUAKE Exceed And Excel G1, AMORINO Snitzel LR, MARCADO Choisir LR. Danzig Danehill Razyana EXCEED AND EXCEL b 2000 Lomond Patrona Gladiolus EARTHQUAKE b f 2011 Sir Tristram Marauding Biscalowe CATACLYSM ch 99 Canny Lad Chaparra Ochiltree

113 - Cathay Pacific Futurity Stakes, G1, Caulfield, February 22, 1400m 1 Moment of Change (AUS) 6 b g Barely A Moment (AUS) - Europium (AUS) (Metal Storm (FR)) 2 Sertorius (AUS) 7 b c Galileo (IRE) Pretty Penny (AUS) (Encosta de Lago (AUS)) 3 Pinwheel (AUS) 9 b g Lonhro (AUS) Quilt (AUS) (Danehill (USA)) Sire: BARELY A MOMENT. Sire of 2 Stakes winners. In 2014 - MOMENT OF CHANGE Metal Storm G1. 1st Dam: Europium by Metal Storm. Dam of 1 winner: 2006: Xaaropa (g Xaar) unraced. 2008: MOMENT OF CHANGE (g Barely A Moment) 7 wins in Australia, Sportingbet C F Orr S G1, Cathay Pacific Futurity S G1, Clamms Sir Rupert Clarke Inv. S G1, Show County Quality H LR, 2nd Black Caviar Lightning S G1, Lexus Newmarket H G1, Crown Perth Winterbottom S G1, Essendon Mazda Aus. S.Wootton S G2, Mitty’s Ian McEwan Trophy S G2, 3rd Victoria Racing Club Sprint Classic G1, Hobartville S G2, Royal Sovereign S G2, Tramway H G3. 2009: Milla Magia (f Universal Prince) unraced. 2011: (f Blackfriars) 2012: (f Barely A Moment) 2nd Dam: KOSLETA by Zabaleta. N J Peters S LR. Dam of MR DIAGNOSIS (g Scenic: Belmont Guineas LR, Australian Reliance Boulder Cup LR) Broodmare Sire: METAL STORM. Sire of the dams of 12 Stakes winners. In 2014 - MOMENT OF CHANGE Barely A Moment G1, POP CULTURE Blackfriars LR.

Timeless Moment Gilded Time Gilded Lilly BARELY A MOMENT b/br 2001 Danehill Lady Danna Bare Minimum MOMENT OF CHANGE b g 2008 Kenmare Metal Storm Porphyrine EUROPIUM b 2001 Zabaleta Kosleta Kosmos Libra

114 - February Stakes, G1, Tokyo, February 23, 1600m 1 Copano Rickey (JPN) 4 ch c Gold Allure (JPN) - Copano Nikita (JPN) (Timber Country (USA)) 2 Hokko Tarumae (JPN) 5 b c King Kamehameha (JPN) - Madam Cherokee (JPN) (Cherokee Run (USA)) 3 Belshazzar (JPN) 6 b/br c King Kamehameha (JPN) - Maruka Candy (JPN) (Sunday Silence (USA)) Age: 2-4; Starts: 9; Wins: 5; Places: 1 Earnings: £1,004,986 Sire: GOLD ALLURE. Sire of 10 Stakes winners. In 2014 - COPANO RICKEY Timber Country G1. 1st Dam: COPANO NIKITA by Timber Country. 3 wins in Japan. Dam of 2 winners: 2008: LOVE ME NIKITA (f Kurofune) Winner at 2 in Japan. 2009: Laem Chabang (c Gold Allure) 2010: COPANO RICKEY (c Gold Allure) 5 wins at 3 and 4 in Japan, February S G1, Hyogo Championship LR. 2012: Copano Charlie (c Agnes Digital) unraced to date. 2013: (f Vermilion) Broodmare Sire: TIMBER COUNTRY. Sire of the dams of 8 Stakes winners. In 2014 - COPANO RICKEY Gold Allure G1, SWEET IDEA Snitzel G2, LAST IMPACT Deep Impact G3, PRAY AND REAL Durandal G3. Halo Sunday Silence Wishing Well GOLD ALLURE b 99 Nureyev Nikiya Reluctant Guest COPANO RICKEY ch c 2010 Woodman Timber Country Fall Aspen COPANO NIKITA b 2001 Tony Bin Nihon Pillow Rose Wedding Bouquet

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(AUS) - Sunset Express (AUS) (Success Express (USA)) 2 Criterion (NZ) 4 ch c Sebring (AUS) Mica’s Pride (AUS) (Bite The Bullet (USA)) 3 Thunder Fantasy (AUS) 4 b g Lucky Owners (NZ) - Pink Pier (AUS) (Galileo (IRE)) Sire: SNITZEL. Sire of 20 Stakes winners. In 2014 - SHAMUS AWARD Success Express G1, SNITZERLAND Fraar G1, SWEET IDEA Timber Country G2, AMORINO Marauding LR, DANCES ON STARS Last Tycoon LR, MY SISTER LIL French Deputy LR. 1st Dam: SUNSET EXPRESS by Success Express. 5 wins in Australia. Dam of 4 winners: 2006: SUNSET COAST (f Dubleo) 2 wins in Australia. Broodmare. 2007: Arousha (c Catbird). unraced, Died in 2009. 2008: MAGIC IN THE MIX (g Magic Albert) 4 wins in Australia. 2009: DOUBLE DEE (f Dubleo) Winner in Australia. 2010: SHAMUS AWARD (c Snitzel) 2 wins in Australia, Sportingbet WS Cox Plate G1, Australian Guineas G1, 2nd City Jeep Bill Stutt M.V. S G2, Henry Bucks Sires’ Produce S G2, Essendon Nissan Mitchell McKenzie S LR, 3rd Beck Caulfield Guineas G1, Sportingbet C F Orr S G1, Hong Kong Jockey Club Maribyrnong Plate G3, PFD Food Service Chairman’s S LR, Inglis Banner S LR. 2011: (f Not A Single Doubt) 2nd Dam: FINITO FLING by Luskin Star. 2 wins in Australia. Dam of CATACAOS (g Catbird: Stewards’ Cup LR, Kranji Sprint LR) Broodmare Sire: SUCCESS EXPRESS. Sire of the dams of 26 Stakes winners. In 2014 - SHAMUS AWARD Snitzel G1, SWEET AS BRO High Chaparral LR. Danehill Redoute’s Choice Shantha’s Choice SNITZEL b 2002 Snippets Snippets’ Lass Snow Finch SHAMUS AWARD b c 2010 Hold Your Peace Success Express Au Printemps SUNSET EXPRESS br 99 Luskin Star Finito Fling From The Wood

116 - TV3 New Zealand Derby, G1, Ellerslie, March 1, 2400m 1 Puccini (NZ) 4 b c Encosta de Lago (AUS) - Miss Opera (NZ) (Paris Opera (AUS)) 2 Rising Romance (NZ) 4 b f Ekraar (USA) - Post Romance (NZ) (Postponed

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international database (USA)) 3 Glorious Lad (NZ) 4 b g Falkirk (NZ) Luscious Lass (NZ) (Al Akbar (AUS)) Sire: ENCOSTA DE LAGO. Sire of 103 Stakes winners. In 2014 - PUCCINI Paris Opera G1, RUBICK Rock of Gibraltar G3. 1st Dam: MISS OPERA by Paris Opera. 6 wins in New Zealand, Hutt Valley Cartage Castletown S LR, 3rd Newbury Park Lowland S G3. Dam of 6 winners: 1999: GAUMONT (g College Chapel) 3 wins in Australia. 2001: SIR SLICK (g Volksraad) Champion older horse in New Zealand in 2006-07. Zabeel Classic Galaxy S G1, Trusts Charity Foundation Thorndon Mile G1 (twice), lst Sovereign Trust 2nd Century S G1, Whakanui Stud International S G1, Otaki Maori Weight for Age S G1, 2nd Starcraft NZ Second Century S G1 (twice), Whakanui Stud International S G1, First Sovereign Otaki Maori WFA S G1, Stony Bridge Horlicks S G1, 3rd XXXX Gold Doomben Cup G1, Captain Cook S G1, Land Pride Easter H G1 (twice) 2002: Mr Jinky (g Volksraad) 2 wins in Hong Kong, New Zealand, 3rd Sky City Avondale Guineas G2. 2003: Shortblackmini (f Black Minnaloushe) 2 wins in New Zealand, 3rd Ford 2yo Taranaki Classic G3. Dam of LITTLE WONDER (c Volksraad: 6 wins in New Zealand, WindsorPk Stud Cambridge Breeders S G3, Darley King’s Plate G3, 3rd Sistema Railway S G1) 2004: SWIPER (g Golan) 4 wins in Australia. 2010: PUCCINI (c Encosta de Lago) 5 wins in New Zealand, TV3 New Zealand Derby G1, Darci Brahma Waikato Guineas G2, Auckland Eye Avondale Guineas G2, Lindauer Great Northern Guineas G2, 3rd windsor Park Stud Champagne S LR. 2012: (c Zabeel) 2nd Dam: Brierley by Sir Godfrey. unraced. Dam of MISS OPERA (f Paris Opera, see above) Broodmare Sire: PARIS OPERA. Sire of the dams of 4 Stakes winners. In 2014 PUCCINI Encosta de Lago G1.

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117 - Barfoot and Thompson Auckland Cup, G1, Ellerslie, March 5, 3200m 1 Who Shot Thebarman (NZ) 6 b g Yamanin Vital (NZ) - Ears Carol (NZ) (Carolingian (AUS)) 2 Celtic Prince (NZ) 5 b g O’Reilly (NZ) Centa Belt (NZ) (Centaine (AUS)) 3 More Than Sacred (AUS) 5 b f More Than Ready (USA) - Danalaga (AUS) (Danehill (USA)) Sire: YAMANIN VITAL. Sire of 17 Stakes winners. In 2014 - WHO SHOT THEBARMAN Carolingian G1. 1st Dam: Ears Carol by Carolingian. unraced. Dam of 3 winners: 2007: VITAL ORGAN (g Yamanin Vital) 5 wins in New Zealand. 2008: WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (g Yamanin Vital) 6 wins in New Zealand, Barfoot and Thompson Auckland Cup G1, Go Racing Syndication Avondale Gold Cup G2, 2nd Hotel Coachman Manawatu Cup G3. 2009: WOLLONGONG (g Yamanin Vital) Winner in Australia. 2010: Gallantly (f Gallant Guru) unraced. 2012: (f Nom du Jeu) Broodmare Sire: CAROLINGIAN. Sire of the dams of 3 Stakes winners. In 2014 - WHO SHOT THEBARMAN Yamanin Vital G1. Sir Ivor Sir Tristram Isolt YAMANIN VITAL b 90 Caucasus She Might Hula Never Hula WHO SHOT THEBARMAN b g 2008 Bletchingly Carolingian Cena EARS CAROL ch 2000 Random Chance Auditive Auditory

118 - Chipping Norton Stakes, G1, Warwick Farm, March 8, 1600m 1 Boban (AUS) 5 br g Bernardini (USA) - Kenbelle (AUS) (Kenmare (FR)) 2 Dundeel (NZ) 5 b c High Chaparral (IRE) - Stareel (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ)) 3 Hawkspur (AUS) 5 ch g Purrealist (AUS) - Mollyhawk (AUS) (Catbird (AUS))

winners: 1998: PLAYING (g Danehill) 3 wins in Australia. 2000: Makes You Happy (c Danehill) unraced. 2001: ANY DANE NOW (f Danehill) 3 wins in Australia. Broodmare. 2002: SMART PIRATES (c Grand Lodge) 12 wins in Japan. 2003: ZEROBELLE (f Danzero) Winner in Australia. 2006: RUMOUR AND SCANDAL (g Elusive Quality) 4 wins in Australia. 2008: Well Nature (g Elusive Quality) 2009: BOBAN (g Bernardini) 8 wins in Australia, Chipping Norton S G1, The Star Epsom H G1, Emirates Cantala S G1, Sportingbet Moonga S G3, Bill Ritchie H G3, Sita Australia The Phoenix LR, 2nd Grinders Fred Best Classic G3, Workers Blacktown Hawkesbury Guineas LR. 2011: (f Teofilo) 2012: (c Authorized) 2013: (c Bernardini) 2nd Dam: Gilt Kingdom by Tattenham. unraced. Dam of KENBELLE (f Kenmare, see above), AURANCH (c Rancher: Todman Slipper Trial G2), Northern Realm (g Northern Flash: 3rd Winter H LR), Fintona Belle (f Bellotto: 3rd CUB Carlton Tasmanian Oaks LR). Grandam of Kaypers. Third dam of Phantom Agent, Punctuate. Broodmare Sire: KENMARE. Sire of the dams of 82 Stakes winners. In 2014 - BOBAN Bernardini G1, HURRICANE FLY Montjeu LR. Seattle Slew A P Indy Weekend Surprise BERNARDINI b 2003 Quiet American Cara Rafaela Oil Fable BOBAN br g 2009 Kalamoun Kenmare Belle of Ireland KENBELLE b 92 Tattenham Gilt Kingdom Fair Profit

119 - Lexus Newmarket Handicap, G1, Flemington, March 8, 1200m

Sire: BERNARDINI. Sire of 24 Stakes winners. In 2014 - BOBAN Kenmare G1, SPELLBOUND Tale of The Cat G2, GALA AWARD Carson City G3, COOLDINI Danehill LR.

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1st Dam: KENBELLE by Kenmare. 3 wins in Australia, AJC Oaks G1, 2nd Ansett Australia S G1. Dam of 6

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120 - Darley Australian Cup, G1, Flemington, March 8, 2000m 1 Fiorente (IRE) 6 br c Monsun (GER) Desert Bloom (IRE) (Pilsudski (IRE)) 2 Green Moon (IRE) 7 b c Montjeu (IRE) - Green Noon (FR) (Green Tune (USA)) 3 Foreteller (GB) 7 b g Dansili (GB) Prophecy (IRE) (Warning) Age: 3-6; Starts: 14; Wins: 5; Places: 6 Earnings: £3,373,825 Sire: MONSUN. Sire of 107 Stakes winners. In 2014 - FIORENTE Pilsudski G1, MIDSUMMER SUN Kingmambo LR. 1st Dam: Desert Bloom by Pilsudski. unraced. Dam of 3 winners: 2004: ROSHANAK (f Spinning World) Winner at 2. Broodmare. 2005: MASADA (f Key of Luck) 3 wins at 2 and 3. 2006: (f Key of Luck) 2008: FIORENTE (c Monsun) 5


international database wins at 3 to 6, 2014 at home, Australia, Darley Australian Cup G1, Emirates Melbourne Cup G1, Princess of Wales’s Goldsmith S G2, Carlton Draught P Young St George S G2, Dato Tan Chin Nam John F Feehan S G2, 2nd Emirates Melbourne Cup G1, King Edward VII S G2, bet365 Gordon S G3, 32Red Festival S LR, 3rd Yarraman Park All Aged S G1, Sportingbet WS Cox Plate G1. 2009: Cecchetti Method (c Danehill Dancer) unraced. 2011: Jone des Champs (g Montjeu) unraced to date. 2013: (c Fastnet Rock) 2nd Dam: Desert Beauty by Green Desert. 2 wins at 3, 3rd Ben Marshall S LR. Dam of HYBLON (c Machiavellian: Oasis S LR), Red Dune (f Red Ransom: 2nd Miles and Morrison October S LR, 3rd Wettem Sieberts Neuss Wuppertal LR). Grandam of Feedyah. Broodmare Sire: PILSUDSKI. Sire of the dams of 1 Stakes winners. In 2014 FIORENTE Monsun G1. Dschingis Khan Konigsstuhl Konigskronung MONSUN br 90 Surumu Mosella Monasia FIORENTE br c 2008 Polish Precedent Pilsudski Cocotte DESERT BLOOM b 2000 Green Desert Desert Beauty Hellenic

121 - Lindauer New Zealand 2nd Century Stakes, G1, Ellerslie, March 8, 2000m 1 Silent Achiever (NZ) 6 br f O’Reilly (NZ) - Winning Spree (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ)) 2 Historian (NZ) 7 b g Choisir (AUS) Cyclonic (AUS) (Marauding (NZ)) 3 Minal (GB) 5 ch g Compton Place (GB) - Night Kiss (FR) (Night Shift (USA)) Sire: O’REILLY. Sire of 71 Stakes winners. In 2014 - SILENT ACHIEVER Zabeel G1, HERA Centaine G2, MISS SELBY Danasinga G3, SPELLBINDER Scenic LR. 1st Dam: WINNING SPREE by Zabeel. Winner in Australia. Dam of 5 winners: 2001: MORTON BABE (f Orpen) Winner in New Zealand. Dam of Cruiser (g Captain Rio: Winner in New Zealand, 2nd H S Dyke Wanganui Guineas LR) 2002: WINSOME KASH (f Kashani) 3 wins in New Zealand. 2004: SPACE INVADER (g Align) 3 wins in Malaysia. 2005: (f Align) 2007: Anotherchancetaken (g No Excuse Needed) Winner in New Zealand, 3rd NZ Bloodstock Wellington TB Guineas G2. 2008: SILENT ACHIEVER (f O’Reilly) Champion 3yr old filly in New Zealand in 2011-12. 8 wins in Australia, New Zealand, Telecom New Zealand Derby G1, Lindauer New Zealand 2nd Century S G1, Radio Live Championship S G2, The Falls & Mullins Avondale Guineas G2, Schweppes Crystal Mile G2, H S Dyke Waikato

Guineas G3, 2nd BMW H E Tancred S G1, 3rd Flinders Lane Rosehill Guineas G1, Cambridge Stud Eight Carat Classic G2. 2010: (c Sakhee’s Secret) Broodmare Sire: ZABEEL. Sire of the dams of 124 Stakes winners. In 2014 SILENT ACHIEVER O’Reilly G1, SHOW THE WORLD High Chaparral G2, EPINGLE Pins G3, ABIDEWITHME Redoute’s Choice LR, ANLON Stratum LR, STAGNITE Danehill Express LR. The O’Reilly/Zabeel cross has produced: SILENT ACHIEVER G1, COLLAR G2, O’marilyn G1. Try My Best Last Tycoon Mill Princess O’REILLY br 93 Pompeii Court Courtza Hunza SILENT ACHIEVER br f 2008 Sir Tristram Zabeel Lady Giselle WINNING SPREE b 96 Fortunate Dancer Quietly Lucky Never Babble

122 - Haunui Fm. Diamond Sires’ Produce Stakes, G1, Ellerslie, March 8, 1200m 1 Vespa (NZ) 3 br c Elusive City (USA) Miss Avalon (IRE) (Fantastic Light (USA)) 2 O’marilyn (AUS) 3 br f O’Reilly (NZ) Monroe Magic (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ)) 3 Platinum Balos (AUS) 3 b f Bernardini (USA) - Lassie Mactavish (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))

Sire: ELUSIVE CITY. Sire of 28 Stakes winners. In 2014 - VESPA Fantastic Light G1, ADAMANTIUM Generous LR. 1st Dam: Miss Avalon by Fantastic Light. Dam of 1 winner: 2010: Hazzabeel (c Zabeel) unraced. 2011: VESPA (c Elusive City) Haunui Fm. Diamond Sires’ Produce S G1, Karaka Million LR, 3rd Barneswood Farm Eclipse S G3. 2012: (f Mastercraftsman) 2013: (c Zacinto) 2nd Dam: MYTHICAL GIRL by Gone West. 3 wins at 2 and 3 Princess Margaret S G3. Dam of TORUK MACTO (c Authorized: Mimar Sinan LR, Mehmet Akif Ersoy LR), Mythical Prince (g Alhaarth: 2nd Proudstown H. Hurdle G3) Broodmare Sire: FANTASTIC LIGHT. Sire of the dams of 11 Stakes winners. In 2014 - VESPA Elusive City G1, MURIOI Dubawi LR. Gone West Elusive Quality Touch of Greatness ELUSIVE CITY b 2000 Dayjur Star of Paris Liturgism VESPA br c 2011 Rahy Fantastic Light Jood MISS AVALON b 2005 Gone West Mythical Girl Yousefia

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Filly ex NONSUCH WAY 3rd Montjeu Coolmore Prix Saint Alary Gr.1

Colt ex TOUCH ME NOW, half-sister to Hermival, 2nd St James’s Palace Stakes Gr.1, 3rd 2000 Guineas Gr.1

Filly ex BELLIFLORE 3rd Prix Maurice de Gheest Gr.1

Filly ex GOLDING STAR 2nd Prix Madame Jean Couturié Listed

A Stakes winning two-year-old and multiple Group winning miler

• Winner of 4 Group races over a mile (rated 121)

beating 10 Group 1 winners, including LOPE DE VEGA, SIYOUNI, PACO BOY, DICK TURPIN, PLANTEUR, TIN HORSE, KINGSFORT, etc.

• By Champion sire LINAMIX: sire of 15 Group 1 winners • From a very strong Lagardere/Aga Khan family

– closely related to Group 1 winning 2-y-o ROSANARA

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Leading breeders who supported him in his first Irish season in 2013 include Airlie Stud, Ballylinch Stud, Eric Puerari (x2), D.J. Deer (x2), HH The Aga Khan (x4), Hesmonds Stud (x2), Lanwades Stud, Sir Edmund Loder, Whisperview Trading Ltd. (x4), Marquesa de Moratalla (x3), Meon Valley Stud (x2), George Strawbridge, Moyglare Stud, Newsells Park Stud, Sir Robert Ogden, Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar, Wertheimer & Frere, Woodcote Stud etc.

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