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… Rock of Gibraltar (Danehill) was a tip❝ top racehorse, winning seven Group 1 races in

a row… he’s been a really useful sire. He has a 2.16 A Runner Index and very consistent age figures, and--interesting point here--seems to work very well with Sadler’s Wells mares. There aren’t as many $25,000-ish really useful sires in Europe as you’d think, but he really qualifies, the sort of horse you like to kick a mare off with, because he’s very consistent.

Varenar Mount Nelson Eagle Mountain Diamondrella Jacqueline Quest Gibraltar Blue Kitty Matcham Society Rock Starlish Three Rocks Tres Rock Danon Aslana Blessed Luck High Rock Rock of Rochelle Sweeter Still Unilateral Theann Three Rocks Genuine Devotion Utrecht Yellowstone Ashiyla Brusco Carraiglawn Pure Opal Rockatella Fast Rock General Eliott Junia Tepzia Your Old Pal

Prix de la Foret-Gr.1, bt Goldikova (2009) Eclipse S.-Gr.1, also Gr.1 wnr at 2 yrs HK Cup-Gr.1, also Gr.2 wnr at 2 yrs Dual Gr.1 winner in USA (2009) 1,000 Guineas-Gr.1 (disq., pld 2nd) (2010) Triple Gr.2 winner in South Africa (2010) Rockfel S.-Gr.2 at 2 yrs SW and 2nd Golden Jubilee S.-Gr.1 (2010) Prix Andre Baboin-Gr.3 (2009) Minstrel Stakes-Gr.3 (2009) Dual Gr.3 winner in Germany (2010) Wenatex Europa-Grupperennen-Gr.3 (2010) Premio Dormello-Gr.3 at 2 yrs (2009) Gr.3 winner in France at 2 & 3 yrs Renaissance Stakes-Gr.3 Senorita Stakes-Gr.3 Firth Of Clyde Stakes-Gr.3 at 2 yrs Summer Stakes-Gr.3 Minstrel Stakes-Gr.3 Locust Grove H'cap-Gr.3 Prix Chloe-Gr.3 Gordon Stakes-Gr.3, also Gr.1 pld at 2 yrs Prix Casimir Delamarre-L.R. (2010) Premio Coppa d'Oro di Milano-L.R. (2010) Silver Stakes-L.R. (2010) Canna Stakes-L.R. at 2 yrs (2010) Premio Royal Mares-L.R. (2010) Hatsufuji Stakes-L.R. (2009) Paradise Stakes-L.R. (2009) Premio Coolmore-L.R. at 2 yrs (2009) Newmarket Stakes-L.R. (2009)

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...find the tweed, cleanse the liver, empty the bank account, plan a week off work: The Festival is on the horizon INSIDE: we run through the young NH sires that you need to keep an eye out for, John and Sarah Haydon explain why they have moved east from Devon to Wiltshire, Lissa Oliver meets Hugh Suffern of Tullyraine Stud, while Flat sires standing under £6,000 get the once over






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Protecting the future of horseracing

The First Word

Paul Haigh assesses the Dubai Carnival ten years on from its inception

10 News

Research finds that Grade 3 scopes deserve to be awarded a “pass” at Karaka, Ted Voute reports on the Weatherbys Fact Book, while John Singleton gives his reasons for leaving the Magic MIllions sales company Sally Duckett reports on the domestic NH action and hears that some lucky guy had been backing Long Run for the King George since 2009

Anna Kerr meets Irish trainer Gordon Elliott, who has been creating waves right from the start of his training career

32 Kayf Tara outperforms the rest

While the Darley sire outstrips his peers, we take a look at the young British, Irish and French NH sires to watch out for



Ladoun, the dam of Eric’s Charm and Monkerhostin

94 The database

59 Which are the Volkswagen sires? ‘a Rock_I



98 Bloodstock backgrounds

David and Teresa Futter of Yorton Farm really use Victor Sheahan tells readers notfutol sire’ Top Europ ean-bred performers include: forgot that the resale value of a Flatbred three-year-old for ❝ the NH market is worth bearing in mind when making breeding and buying plans

66 Getting value













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Last year was definitely the season of the “affordable” Flat sire, as headlined by Snow Fairy’s Group 1 achievements

73 What makes a stallion?


26 Storm force

92 Mare of the month

Lissa Oliver travels to Tullyraine Stud in Northern Ireland to meet Hugh Suffern and Winged Love and finds that the farm also houses a dedicated equine veterinary clinic


John Sparkman discusses just what, or which horses, will keep US racing in the headlines in the post-Zenyatta world

52 It was Love at first sight

Dr Byran Waldridge explains the role of the equine liver and how to look after it nutritionally if it starts to go wrong

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22 Life after Zenyatta

89 Looking after the equine liver

John and Sarah Haydon explain their reasons for moving away from Devon to Clarendon Farm in Wiltshire

March 2011

16 Better late than never

46 Moving out of the Burrow


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the foreword

Protecting the future of horseracing

We do have to be grateful for some of the roles that the BHA fulfills for the sport


The heading is still there, but instead of the story, is the line ‘this article has been temporarily withheld while a complaint from the British Horseracing Authority is receiving attention’ programme “South Today” picked up the story, using many of the facts and figures from the Observer article. The programme went a stage further and visited The Racehorse Sanctuary, filming paddock clips of horses frolicking in the farm’s fields, equines that the farm had apparently saved from the abattoir, while the managers of the farm told the TV journalist that the retirement stables was a place of last resort and they had been overrun in recent months with applications. It has been difficult here to precisely quote from the Observer piece because the story, as I write this, has been removed from the newspaper’s website. The heading is still there, but instead of the story, is the line “this article has been temporarily withheld while a complaint from the British Horseracing Authority is receiving attention.” Let’s hope it stays off for good as the piece of journalism was put together without any recourse to statistics gathered by Weatherbys and published in a BHA report called “Effects of recession on the welfare of British Thoroughbred horses – 2010 Report”. In the document (found online) it explains that since 2007 due to concern regarding the impact of the recession on the welfare of thoroughbred horses, the BHA in conjunction with Weatherbys and World Horse Welfare, “established monitoring and sources of advice.” This has meant that data through to the end of 2010 is available concerning the numbers of thoroughbreds sent to the abattoir or reported dead to Weatherbys. The report states that: “The number of horses reported dead to the Horse passport issuing Authority fell by 88 (-four per cent) from 2,082 to 1,994 horses. “Of these, 499 horses in training, breeding


e moan and whinge and complain about the way racing is run pretty much all of the time. Poor prizemoney, an outdated financial structure, inefficient race planning and outdated marketing are the usual focus points, along with concern over the general lack of foresight and leadership amongst those at the top as they continually fail to find a common goal and seemingly cannot guide the sport to a green and pleasant land. But there are those occasional instances when we can actually be grateful for all the behind-theraces activity, for the expensive collation of figures and statistics that racing and companies such as Weatherbys, handsomely paid, carry out on racing’s behalf. In January, the Sunday Observer newspaper printed an article entitled “Record number of racehorses being slaughtered for meat exports”. The essay proceeded to explain that according to government statistics 7,933 horses were slaughtered in abattoirs last year (an increase of 50 per cent), and it inferred that the majority of these were racehorses. It went onto claim that racehorse owners struggling in the financial climate to pay for their horses are just killing them off, that Irish horses are sent over to Britain to be “shot and then bled to death” and implied that little was really done by racing in the name of equine welfare and for a horse’s continued life once it was deemed unsuitable for racing. Many of the quotes came from Dene Stansall of Animal Aid, a group (and I quote from its website) that believes “commercial horse racing is a ruthless industry motivated by financial gain and prestige. Cruelty? You can bet on it!” Although the writers of the Observer article (Jamie Doward and Tracy McVeigh) garnered a quote from the managers of a place called The Racehorse Sanctuary in West Sussex, the article did not use one quote from a representative of the BHA, reporting that no one could be contacted at the organisation. The story was put up on its own website, while the Animal Aid website ran an intro to the piece and a link to the article. The following Tuesday, a regional news

or out of training were reported as killed by the abattoir (and so reported to the Government Meat Hygiene Service) from 548 horses in 2009, a fall of 49 (- nine per cent). Horses reported dead not via an abattoir (accidents, put down at home etc) fell by three per cent.” And this is why we have to be thankful just sometimes for racing’s administration. To fight the attacks from those outside of racing, you have to ensure that figures are in place so that articles written to rubbish racing can be seen as that, rubbish. Campaigners such as Animal Aid cannot start to be seen as credible sources – once those voices become the accepted norm, then the battle for racing’s future will be lost. As we go to press the BHA is in some sort of wrangle over the article and hopefully it will not be reinstated to the web – the internet’s power of dissemination of right and wrong information, cannot be underestimated. While we can complain all we like regarding racing’s funding, the amount spent on its integrity services, the little spent on prize-money, this is where the sport’s future battles lie. There is though just one aspect from the Observer article that those running racing should think seriously about. The Animal Aid quotee mentions that many horses are running in races worth less than £2,000, and she implies that this poor prize-money this has led to more horses being abandoned by racing’s owners. If there was any further need for all of the disparate groups who run or are financially involved in British horseracing to sort the prize-money situation once and for all, then this is it. We can’t let those who wish to see racing ended handed a tool to beat us with. We must act now, and before it is too late.

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early a decade after its inception seems a reasonable time to assess the success of the Dubai Carnival, and after a decade and a half of its existence the Dubai World Cup which is the Carnival’s annual climax. Like the Breeders’ Cup, which these days travels along at its own speed, comfortable in its own excellence but not actually continuing to make enormous progress, it was designed to take the world of horseracing by absolute storm: to change the way we thought, change our focus of attention, change everything. The purpose of the World Cup, and its supporting cast the Carnival, was to bring racing home to the lands of the thoroughbred’s alleged origin. (The word “alleged” is used since we mustn’t forget the influence of existing local stock on the probably pure bloodlines provided by the Byerley Turk, the Godolphin Barb and the Darley Arabian, but should remember that the thoroughbred must have derived from the dams’ side as well as the sires’). It’s certainly triumphed in one respect, although sceptics would point out that sport follows money wherever that money arises, and that Dubai is no more the centre of world racing than it is the centre of world golf, or Qatar the centre of world football. The Dubai Carnival and the World Cup meeting is certainly the most cosmopolitan racing jamboree around. In terms of attracting competitors from every continent and almost every major racing country as well as several improbable minor ones (how amazed were we when the Turks and Scandinavians started popping in winners?) it has no equal at all. The Breeders’ Cup may have aimed for it, but only in a desultory fashion and really its founders must have realised from the start that its structure of qualification by sire’s registration was bound to militate against the sort of cosmopolitanism the Olympics offer humans. The Hong Kong International meeting offers the attraction of horses from Europe, Asia and Australasia in competition, but the Hong Kong Jockey Club is a business – albeit a business on a deliberately non-profit model –

... Paul Haigh assesses the Dubai Carnival

The winner, if you can call anyone guilty of such flagrant abuse of hospitality a winner, had run-up room service charges (mostly vintage Krug) of around £11,000 and more importantly cannot afford politically to indulge in the sort of extravagances that the Maktoum family need not explain to anyone except each other. One of the purposes – perhaps the main purpose – of the Dubai World Cup and the Carnival was to put the host emirate in the forefront of every racing mind, and nobody can doubt that it has done that too. But is the two and a half month extravaganza quite what it claims to be? Or to put it another way: is the World Cup really what its name implies, or an event not much more meaningful than, say, the Ladbrokes “World” Hurdle? In the early years when perhaps a majority in the racing world, as well as of course a majority in North America, seemed to take it for granted that the best US dirt horses were the best horses on earth, and the mighty Americans came to mop up the richest race in the world as an afterthought to their season, there didn’t seem much doubt about it. These were the days of Cigar and cigars, and a contented international press was happy to collude in the projection. The first World Cup incidentally, memorably subtitled by Clement Freud “The Mother of All Freebies”, was the sort of bonanza that keeps thirsty hacks docile for years. In one respect it was like the 1960s. If you could remember it, you weren’t there. With astonishing innocence Sheikh Mohammed offered to pick up the bar bill as well as the air fare and room charge of every attendee at what was then the Dubai Hilton. At the end of the week, notes were compared and the winner, if you can call anyone guilty of such flagrant abuse of hospitality a winner, had run-up room service charges (mostly vintage Krug) of around £11,000.

Ten years on...

That sort of generosity as well as the attractions of the Dubaian climate in spring has kept the media complicit. And the continuing willingness to fund every horse and horseman who comes to the party has ensured there’s no shortage of guests. But what the Carnival and the World Cup itself has seemed to lack in recent years is a genuine world champion. There is no doubt in most people’s minds that the Arc (the “Qatar Arc” if we’re going to stir the pot a little) remains a race of infinitely greater prestige than the World Cup. The first three home in last year’s World Cup were all officially rated in the low 120s by international handicappers. The real beneficiaries of Dubai’s largesse have been the representatives of countries which are underprivileged in terms of prizemoney: the British (who prefer bookmakers to prize-money), the South Africans and the South Americans, whose currencies aren’t actually worth very much. In general the Americans choose to stay at home, as they do most of the time when invited to race in countries where their medication is not permitted. The Japanese send a sprinkling, although everyone knows the Arc is the race they really want. Hong Kong sends some of its sprinters, although not so far the very best of them. Perhaps eventually the world champion sprinter Black Caviar will grace the meeting, but not apparently until she’s won everything there is to be won back home in Australia. It may be an example of ingratitude to say so, but the Carnival and the World Cup, wonderful additions to the calendar though they may be, still have a little way to go before they fulfil their founders’ dreams.


the news

Research finds that racecourse results for Grade 1-3 scoped horses are no different

Subsequent racing performance by Karaka-sold yearlings or two-year-olds with Grade 3 scopes are no better or worse than those yearlings given top-level Grade 1 or 2 passes


he preliminary findings of a comprehensive study of endoscopy results from the New Zealand auction sales has provided conclusive evidence to support current post-sale endoscopy gradings. The seven-year study, lead by Dr Jonathan Hope, Convenor of the New Zealand Equine Veterinary Association Endoscopy Committee, confirmed that there is no difference in the future performance of horses with Grades 1 and 2 post-sale scoping results as those with a Grade 3. Hope says the study was undertaken out of a necessity to identify whether there was any evidence to support Grade 3s being regarded as scoping failures, instead of as present scoping passes. “It is now firmly accepted by [NZ] buyers and vendors that Grade 1 and 2 endoscopy results are a pass, and Grades 4 and 5 are a fail. However, there is a perception from some clients that Grade 3 horses may not perform as well, and consequently earn less in stakes, than Grades 1 and 2. “It was my intention that this study should reveal one way or the other whether Grade 3 horses should be treated as a pass or a fail, judging by their future performance compared with Grades 1 and 2. “We are thrilled to see that our preliminary findings demonstrate no statistical significance between the two groups of horses. This means we now have scientific evidence to support the robustness of the current grading procedures adopted at the New Zealand sales.” In 1995, post-sale endoscopic examination of yearlings and racehorses (older than one year) was introduced in New Zealand and the country’s Equine Veterinary Association endoscopy subcommittee of Drs Brian Goulden, Brian Anderson and Jonathan


A pass or a fail? Accurate scope results are vital for a successful sale of a yearling or two-year-old

Hope established the current convention applied at all auction sales in New Zealand. With regard to laryngeal hemiplegia (roarers) the English grading system using a 1-5 scale was adopted with Grades 1, 2 and 3 a pass, and Grades 4 and 5 a fail. Since 2003, data on the laryngeal function of yearlings and two-year-olds at the point of sale has been collected by a team headed by Hope. In August 2010, Massey University assisted Hope with the analysis of the data, comparing it with the race performance of each crop of sale horses (using the number of starts, the number of wins and the amount of earnings to date). The aim was to determine what difference in performance, if any, there might be between yearlings and Ready to Run Sale two-year-olds with Grade 1 and 2 function and those with Grade 3 function. A total of 3,867 yearlings and 908 twoyear-olds were examined. For this analysis, a Grade 1 or 2 horse was randomly selected as a corresponding control for every Grade 3, providing both horses had been examined in the same year, and both had raced. The results of the study showed no statistical significance between the two groups in either case.

There was no statistical difference in the number of starts, wins or stakes earned between the Grade 3 and control horses, demonstrating that, on the system and with the vets used at Karaka, a Grade 3 scope should be regarded as a “pass”. In the study, the results were the same for both yearlings and two-year-olds, as well as for both age groups combined. The findings confirm that there is no scientific support for buyers to reject Grade 3 horses as there is no difference in their performance when compared to Grade 1 or 2 horses. A separate analysis was conducted on horses that did not race, comparing them to both the Grade 3 group and the control group (Grades 1 and 2). Similarly there was no statistical significance for the proportion of horses that didn’t race. Hope says that buyers coming to New Zealand can take confidence from these findings. “The post-sale endoscopy system in place in New Zealand has its limitations here as it does all over the world. “The endoscopic examination of horses is not an exact science although the panel of vets at the Karaka Sales has developed a uniformity that provides the highest level of consistency that it’s possible to attain under the circumstances. “These results go a step further to endorse the grading system we already have in place as being scientifically sound. “This can give both vets and buyers confidence that every horse passed by the panel, whatever its grade, has the same statistical probability of remaining sound in the wind as any other horse that passes inspection.” The 2011 Endoscopy Report will published in full later in the year

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Team Valor and Denali Stud form a “strategic alliance”

Camel racing cheats caught using robotic jockeys with stun guns

Many sports have been in trouble recently for cheating for profitable gain, the latest is camel racing. A gang of three Asians (not cricketers this time...!) has been caught fitting robotic camel jockeys with stun guns to shock the animals into going faster during races. The rigged equipment was sold for up to Dh30,000 to trainers or owners. The scam was busted after Dubai Police caught the men in a sting following a tip-off. The head of Criminal Investigation Department, Brigadier Khaleel Ibrahim Al Mansouri, said to The Telegraph: “They made the machine for people who wanted to win camel races. “They put stun guns inside the jockey that sits on the camel so it could send electric shocks. They made them to order and sold them in several countries.” Camel racing is a hugely popular sport across the Middle East, and while many other cheats in other sports have been working in order for betting purposes, betting is strictly illegal in Dubai. However, top winning camels can change hands for millions of dirhams. An undercover officer made contact with the gang during a camel race at Al Hebab in Dubai. He asked to buy a machine and the police arrested the main suspect and his friend when they turned up with it. “The law can confiscate the camels, cancel the race results and ban the person and his camels from participating in any race for a year,” said Al Mansouri Dubai Police are now tracing customers who bought the taser guns. Robotic jockeys are used for camel racing in the UAE after the government brought in a ban on allowing children to ride camels in races.

Barry Irwin’s Team Valor and Craig and Holly Bandoroff’s Denali Stud have formed a strategic alliance whereby the racing stable will use the Kentucky breeding farm and consignor as its exclusive boarding and sales agent. In an announcement made in February, in future Team Valor will board all of its domestic broodmares at Denali Stud and consign all of its horses offered at public auction with Denali, which has and will continue to invest in and involve some of its clients in Team Valor’s racing and breeding partnerships. “Team Valor is trying to consolidate its business and deal with those horsemen with whom we have enjoyed the most success,” said Team Valor president Barry Irwin in a statement. “Last year, on the racing scene, we decided to put all of our horses in training with Graham Motion at Fair Hill Training Center [in Maryland]. Now this year we have decided to place all of our breeding stock and young horses to Denali. “When we formed a small partnership last year to buy our barn at Fair Hill, Craig (Bandoroff) became one of our investors in that limited liability company.” Bandoroff added: “We have a high opinion of what Barry has been able to accomplish with his racing partnerships because we not only have seen it first-hand, we also have participated. “Every year he comes up with the kind of horses that we want to be able to sell at public auction and be able to retain a few to breed.”

Cool Coal Man heads to Florida

The Grade 2 winner Cool Coal Man will stand the 2011 season for $5,000 at Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds in Ocala, Florida. A six-year-old by Mineshaft out of Coral Sea (Rubiano), Cool Coal Man won ten races, including the 2008 Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2). He also finished second six times ans third twice from 30 career starts. He earned $929,728 in four seasons. “Not only is he nearly a millionaire, being a son of Mineshaft and a grandson of A.P. Indy, this is a sire line that is proving over and over to be the sire of sires,” said Rebecca Hayden, Hartley/DeRenzo’s director of stallions. “Cool Coal Man is inbred 3x4 to Mr. Prospector, who is a Florida foundation sire, his second dam is a full-sister to two-time champion Northernette, also champion racehorse and sire Storm Bird.”


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Five per cent of Starspangledbanner sold online When Michelle Massey of Massey Farms, Geelong, one of the original owners of Starspangledbanner and who kept a five per cent interest in the Group 1 sprinter after

his sale to Coolmore in 2010, finally decided that it was time to sell this January, she did not bother getting on the telephone to deal with bloodstock agents. She went online and sold her share through the Australian-based website, In the classified ad she put together Massey registered for expressions of interest in the first-season stallion under the eyecatching headline “five per cent ownership of a champion”. Massey told buyers that they would have “a golden opportunity to be in on the ground floor of Group 1-winning champion

Starspangledbanner’s stud career.” That “golden opportunity” was taken up by Victoria breeder and TV personality Anthony Mithen of Rosemont Stud. According to Craig Weeding of bloodstock., Mithen was called by a friend and told to look at the site. The prospective purchaser considered the option for a few hours, called Massey and within a week the deal was done. Weeding is quoted as saying on www. that continued ownership of the stallion was having negative effect upon Massey’s health.


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

A difficult month in Kingsclere


previous flat to slow the traffic, and I felt that I had scored a victory every time there was an angry hoot. Now the time has come for positive speed restraints and, if there is one thing to take from this tragedy, is the need for action to prevent further fatalities. There is a very effective camera in neighbouring Aldermaston that has nabbed many a local and as a result there is minimal speeding through the village. Most surprisingly Ian Balding has not been caught, though his wife Emma has. With my flat move completed, BT continue to amaze with their inefficiency: there is now no working landline in my mother’s house and the broadband has been billed out at a totally different rate than the one that was promised. John Hallum, who rode and looked after Mill Reef, has been really kind and helped me move my things from flat to flat. On our penultimate trip in his Hilux, I remarked that we must have look like Steptoe and Son; certainly size-wise we were not unlike Albert

and Harold as he is of the required size to have once ridden a Classicwinning racehorse in his work – while quite clearly I am not. As we drove down the 2f drive to the new flat we were passed by a police car. It turned around and followed us into Wells Head house. The young Northern Irish police women who then got out explained that we looked like a pair of itinerants who may have been lead stripping and carrying out farm break-ins in the area! Perhaps we should get a horse and cart next time! My mission through January was to try and get people to smile more. It is a lesson learnt from my grandmother, Winifred Hastings, who ran the stable at Wroughton after Aubrey Hastings died. We had a young Australian amateur over last summer who rode well but lacked a smile, which did not endear her to everyone in the yard. There is also a certain lack of bonhomie in the local shop, even though the cheerful manager Wyn

has a great sense of humour and plenty of wisdom to impart, even at 5.30am when he opens – and even after England beat Wales in the Six Nations! As part of my winter mission, I got Wyn’s permission to copy, laminate and paste up the

The young Northern Irish police women who then got out explained that we looked like a pair of itinerants who may have been lead stripping and carrying out farm break-ins in the area


t is 11 years since I spent my birthday in England – maybe it is because of my birthday on January 30 that I usually choose to be away – but this year, I was able to revel in the fact that for two days Lady Emma (not the saddleback pig) was the same age as me. Somehow she had managed to get the Racing Post not to publish her birthday; I was not so lucky. Sadly, birthday celebrations were muted this year as there was a horrible accident on January 28 near to the stud; Gary Rigby’s car was side-swiped in a 40 mph zone and he was killed, his fiancee is still in critical condition in hospital. The other driver disappeared and was found by police later that evening. Gary’s father, Geoff, has worked at Kingsclere for 43 years and was lucky enough to look after Prix de Diane winner Mrs Penny. The Winchester road out of Kingsclere is notoriously dangerous and the speed limits are given scant attention. I had taken to parking a veteran transit van outside my

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Calming Influence to Slovakia

Starspangledbanner winning at Royal Ascot

Hunting around following, which is by an unknown author. “A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he cannot get along without it and none is so poor that he cannot be made rich by it. Yet a smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.” Unbeknown to me, one of the shop’s customers is Vicki Wood, a columnist for the Daily Telegraph. Her column on Saturday, January 21 was a slating attack on my lighthearted appeal – perhaps that’s why I am a Times man. Luckily most of the responses on her webpage suggested she might be something of a “misery guts”.

Perhaps she models herself on the likes of Anne Robinson, Alan Sugar or Simon Cowell... One of my other excitements of the month was a visit to Oaksey House in Lambourn. Jockey Martin Dwyer, who has been occasionally riding out this winter for Andrew Balding in a build-up to a come-back after breaking his elbow last autumn, has been working hard in the Oaksey gym with the brilliant sports’ therapist Frankie Naylor. Apparently it is quite a workout, especially when doing the press-ups from a moving Swiss exercise ball! Martin showed me the Vibrogym, which was developed by the Russians for use in their space crafts – Jane Fonda, Ivana Trump and Rod Stewart all use it. It gives low-impact muscle strengthening. The gym also has equicizers and a cyclone exercise machine for wheel chair users, while there are always skilled physios on hand to treat anyone in need of some therapy. Martin says he has never been fitter. Unfortuantely for him his chances of riding for loyal Saints fan Andrew were reduced after he presented Jonno and Toby with some lovely Everton shirts.

CALMING INFLUENCE, winner of the Godolphin Mile (G2) in 2010 as a five-year-old, has been sold to stand in Slovakia at Kobylany Stud. Campaigned by Godolphin that Group 2 victory was a career best, however he had previously finished third in the Burj Nahaar (G3) behind Cat Junior. Overall, he won five races. Calming Influence was a €240,000 Goffs Million yearling and was bred by Mrs Helen Lyons. He had been catalogued to be sold by Darley at this year’s Tattersalls February Sale, but was withdrawn ahead of the date. By King’s Best, he is a half-brother to Canadian Grade 2-winning sprinter Steel Light and out of Idilic Calm, who is from the same family as the Group 1 winner Refuse To Bend, Melbourne Cup (G1) winner Media Puzzle and the Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Go And Go. Idilic Calm has a 2010 filly by New Approach and was covered by Cape Cross in 2010.

Time for one not three, says Singleton John Singleton has explained his reasoning for selling his minority holding in the Magic Millions sales company, which he and partner Gerry Harvey took over 13 years ago. Magic Millions is now owned outright by Harvey and his family after they absorbed the shares in the company held by Singleton and Sydney businessman Rob Ferguson; Harvey’s wife Katie PageHarvey had beome a co-proprietor of Magic Millions 10 years ago and owns 25 per cent of the company Singleton said he felt that after a 13-year association with Magic Millions the time was right to allow Harvey to take full control of the sales company. “It needs one strong person to run it now, not three,” Singleton said. “It’s called succession planning. We had a partnership with no succession plan. We didn’t even think about what would happen when we get old or one of us died. “I wish I owned the company not Gerry. But there are no dramas between us,” he smiled, before confirming he will still be buying and selling at the Magic Millions. Singleton also revealed he is relinquishing his stake in Vinery Stud, an interest he has held since 2005 when he and Harvey formed a partnership with the stud’s American owner Tom Simon. Singleton has not sold his shares in Vinery stallions More Than Ready, Big Brown, Testa Rossa and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Pluck, who starts shuttle duties from the US this year. “They are great blokes at Vinery and I’m still retaining shares in the stallions,” said Singleton, when he gave an insight into the reasons behind the big changes in his bloodstock interests. He made his decision to withdraw from his Vinery investments after the management announced plans to expand its broodmare band, a development that he felt would be at cross-purposes with his own breeding programme. Singleton’s own bloodstock interests come under his Strawberry Hill Stud banner. His mares include Group 1 winners Sunday Joy, Ha Ha, Tuesday Joy, Universal Queen, Milva and Samantha Miss, while his current race mares are led by More Joyous and More Strawberries.


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Book opens for leading first-season sire honours

A new Star is born One of the first: this young colt is by the champion Sea The Stars. He is out of Centreofattention, the dam of Holy Roman Emperor and is seen here at Castlebridge Farm

Two Irish-based bookies have priced up a market for the leading British and Irish freshman sire by number of wins in 2011. Paddy Power and Boylesports can’t separate the Irish National Stud’s Amadeus Wolf, TallyHo’s Red Clubs or Yeomanstown’s Dark Angel, who head the betting and all trade between 4/1 and 9/2 in a market that has no clear outright favourite. Next best are Cheveley Park’s Dutch Art (6/1), Excellent Art (7/1) and Teofilo (8/1) with all others trading at double-figure prices. If you fancy a Derby winner to take the title, Authorized is 20/1, whilst you can have 50/1 about Sir Percy, or if you think a Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner will be the one, then you can have 14/1 Dylan Thomas or 66/1 Rail Link.

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No doubts... Bloodstock industry is a very small world ...for leading sales consignor Ted Voute, who voices his opinion on all things bloodstock and sales-related

he release of the Weatherbys 2010 Fact Book always produces some interesting statistics. Each year I marvel at the few breeders in England who own more than ten mares. These people represent our serious market as, at this level, you are very committed to either being a success on the racecourse or in the sale ring. Surprisingly, there are only 89 breeders in Britain with an active broodmare band of this size. In Ireland, this figure is 102, slightly higher but the two combined means that there are less than 200 of what I call “breeders with a critical mass” to succeed. If you consider that Suffolk alone has 318 individual breeders with almost 1,500 mares we are marketing ourselves as service providers or publications to an incredibly tiny group of people. Looking at it the other way around, 92 per cent of breeder’s own less than five mares. A measure of the success achieved of the British Bloodstock Marketing group can be analysed by


Photo: Peter Mooney

comparing the permanent import and export of horses. France is our biggest importer and exporter, although over the past four years the gap between the permanent import and the export market has narrowed to a 41-horse difference rather than 406 as in 2007. This is probably due to the strengthening of the country’s sire power and the growing success of its sales in providing a larger base of people who purchase yearlings in France and leave them there to race. Interestingly, the numbers imported into Qatar have doubled in the last four years, while the numbers going to Hong Kong, along with Macau, has almost trebled. Although India does not feature as an increase in 2010, we know that these figures will grow dramatically after the recent activity at the breeding stock sale. Surprisingly, Turkey’s spend has declined by almost 60 per cent in four years, alongside minor

decreases with Poland and Czech Republic. Maybe bloodstock is just getting more expensive at the December sales and many of the smaller countries are finding it more difficult to compete for stock to upgrade the horses they already have in their country Also intriguing is the break-down by county for both England and Ireland. Gloucestershire has 171 breeders, who are breeding 308 mares and the county is in the third-highest position by breeder numbers. London is in 15th place with 81 breeders with the most well-known being Andrew Reid, Andrew Cohen and Jack Panos. Kent , the only county built on chalk, is not in the top ten and is far down the list. Ireland, whose drop in foal numbers – down from 20,000 down to 15,000 – is a massive decrease compared with the English fall of 11,000 to 9,800. At a time when bloodstock sales are very polarised, a contraction of supply will help when we get to the sales later in the year.

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Long Run (above and opposite), whom some had thought a good thing for the 2010 King George since 2009 – the race ending up being run in 2011, so there will be two King Georges this year. The son of Cadoudal really got his jumping together at Kempton under jockey Sam Waley-Cohen

Better late than never

Sally Duckett reviews the winter NH action as The Festival appears on the horizon Photography: Trevor Jones


ou hear a lot at a racecourse – much of it needs ignoring. Although we did not go to Kempton for the King George we’ve heard through a friend, through a friend and another friend (or so to speak) who was there, that a punter of the older generation (in the region of 70) had been putting a fair bit of his monthly pension on Long Run for the King George since last August. Who says age doesn’t count for something? So our information goes, this old geezer reckoned that Long Run’s 13l Feltham Novices


Chase (G1) win in December 2009 was the most impressive performance he had seen in 60-odd years of watching the race. He could not see the horse, given just average improvement through age, getting beat in the King George. Hopefully, the guy has made enough to buy himself a SAGA holiday. The whole affair at Kempton was made much easier for Long Run, a handsome son of Cadoudal, by a below-par Kauto Star, who could finish only third and was subsequently found to have bled, ruining C4 Racing’s dream of a five-time winner of the race. Trainer Paul Nicholls came under fire from

a number of quarters, with some determined calls for the horse to be retired. Nicholls, as to be expected, was not amused, after all he and his team know the horse best and surely they are the ones to judge when to send him into honourable retirement? Nicholls now has the job of ensuring that the horse gets over his health problems in good time for Cheltenham. Kauto Star had a hard-enough race at Kempton and Nicholls has a battle against the clock to get him ready for Cheltenham. Retirement aside, one thing that you can’t do is go to Cheltenham with a horse compromised by illness.

uk racing Nicholls has every right to target his horse for the big one at The Festival. The Gold Cup scene really is, compared to a hot Champion Hurdle entry, on the cold list with only the Kempton winner and Imperial Commander, who has not been seen since November, the real talking horses in the field. Just to add to the woes, Nicholls’s other King George challenger The Nightingale, who previously had looked to be an exciting improver, was found to have a fibrillating heart, while trainer Tom George’s Kempton specialist Nacarat, who dropped away tamely after Long Run mounted his challenge, was given a wind operation after the race, but is

The NH trainers’ championship between Henderson and Nicholls is turning into a closely fought affair and The Festival will have a hugely important deciding role to play with both trainers relying on the best sons of Cadoudal to bolster their winning pot

back in work now. While Kauto Star was found to be a little below par at Kempton, the Nicky Henderson team was considerably above par taking home five winners. And with that form maintained throughout January it meant that Henderson bagged his fastest-ever seasonal century of winners on February 8, and then joined the elite 2,000+ winning trainers’ club. The well-being of horses is so crucial to a stable’s performance – they are fragile animals being asked to perform at their utmost. It appears that Henderson, unlike quite a number of other trainers, has his team in rude health. The NH trainers’ championship between Henderson and Nicholls is turning into a


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twitterings February 8 Market Rasen winner Higgy’s Ragazzo is not only by HH Aga Khan’s Derby winner Sinndar, but also from one of his Classic-winning damlines. He is out of Super Crusty, who was a winner in France and who is herself out of a half-sister to Irish Oaks winner Shawanda (also by Sinndar). Another sire on a good run is the late St Leger winner Snurge. Ontrack’s Sedgefield win was his third winner from his last four runners. Solix is a half-brother to G2-placed hurdler Soliya (Vaguely Pleasant) and a G3 winner in France, and is now in training with Henderson. Dam was unplaced in three runs on the Flat. As well as G3 winner Solix, Al Namix is sire of the Triumph favourite Grandouet, as well as the French jumps Listed winners, Saphina De Kerser and Sable Des Dunes Al Namix won eight races on the Flat in France up to 2100m, including three Listed events. He’s by the increasingly influential NH sire, Linamix. With only small crops (72 four and five-yearolds) Al Namix finished just outside the top 10 leading sires of hurdlers in France in 2010. Tuskar Rock’s win at Lingfield was the veteran French stallion Turgeon’s fourth jumps winner already in February (from only eight runners). February 6 Fontwell winner Captain Kirkton, by Flemensfirth, is out of a sister to Hennessy winner Celestial Gold. He will only improve as he steps up in trip. February 4 Another well-bred winner at Bangor and another for Old Vic. Tarn Hows is a half-brother to the useful Kings Orchard – from the family of the great Bula. Tail Of The Bank is by the leading NH sire Flemensfirth and from the family of the Irish National winner Maid Of Money and the Grade 1 chase winner Ten Of Spades. Join Together (Old Vic) could be one for the Albert Bartlett if it comes up soft. He is out of a Montelimar mare: the two sires are responsible for four of the last eight Grand National winners. Maktoum Challenge G3 winner Bold Silvano is by Arlington Million winner Silvano and out of Bold Saffron, a four-time winner in South Africa


Wishfull Thinking took himself to the top of the novice chasing order with victory at Cheltenham

closely fought affair and The Festival will have a hugely important deciding role to play with both trainers relying on the best sons of Cadoudal to bolster their winning pot – Nicholls having the imperious and reigning staying hurdler in his care, Big Bucks. Nicholls has not really got anything for the Champion Hurdle – his only entry is Silviniaco Conti who has already been beaten by Menorah his season – while Henderson has five with his number one hope being his Enrique gelding Binocular, who was foot-perfect under Anthony McCoy in the Christmas Hurdle (G1) but who looked a little ponderous in the curiously entitled

Contenders Hurdle – should be renamed the Contender Hurdle. The emerging star Grands Crus has enlivened the pre-race action for the World Hurdle, which had looked as though it was just a benefit affair for Big Bucks, after his victory in the Cleeve Hurdle (G2). Jockey Tom Scudamore just had to let out a notch of rein for the gelding to cruise clear. The horse looks on an upward curve, but the level of competition was nothing of a Big Bucks standard. Grands Crus is a son of Dom Alco and was bought at the Arqana July Sales by Hubert Barbe Bloodstock for €80,000 in 2008, is a

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twitterings February 3 Another Australian-bred Meydan winner as the Hong Kong-trained Dynamic Blitz (Elusive Quality) wins the G3 Al Shindahga Sprint. UAE 1,000 Guineas winner Mahbooba (Galileo) is out of Sogha, a three-time winner in Australia by Red Ransom, and closely related to the French G3 winner Slew The Red. Wincanton winner Way Back When is a half-sister to useful Roulez Cool. Their dam Makounji won the G2 Pendil Novices Chase. Makounji is a half-sister to Bilboa (Adonis Juvenile Hurdle, 2nd Christmas Hurdle), who shares the same sire Phantom Breeze as Way Back When. February 3 Railway Dillon is another for in-form sire, Witness Box.

Maybe Big Bucks has a rival in the World Hurdle after the Cleeve Hurdle win by Grands Crus (above)

first foal and the only runner so far out of Fee Magic, a daughter of Phantom Breeze, who finished fourth in the Irish Derby (G1). She has subsequently produced colts by Truth Or Dare, another by Dom Alco and a filly by Robin Des Champs – like her son, the mare looks set to commence an upward curve. Another trainer having to deal with equine health issues is Paul Webber, who had to take Time For Rupert out of the Argento Chase – which was won by Neptune Collognes – after a pre-race trachea wash came back dirty. Webber has since issued continual confident statements to the press regarding the ongoing well-being of the son of Flemensfirth, but he must be another trainer experiencing an even greater raising of the blood pressure as we hone in on the week in March than he should.

The pair, along with Alfie Spinner, are giving Alflora a good season with his six, seven and eight-year-olds, who were conceived after the stallion’s first crops started to show some promise back in 2000 and 2001

Time For Rupert is an accurate, cleanjumping horse, but he will have had only two outings over fences ahead of the RSA Chase with neither of those runs being against top novice company. The Webber stress-onimeter must be close to the very top of the scale. Conversely, Philip Hobbs is one of the few trainers seemingly happy with the overall well-being of his string and Hobbs pronounced himself delighted with a piece of work put in by Menorah (King’s Theatre) at the beginning of February, and he would have to have been more than pleased with Wishfull Thinking’s victory at Cheltenham in the Murphy Group Chase. The son of Alflora, who was bred by Robin Knipe’s Cobhall Court Stud and is a halfbrother to Kayf Tara’s Grade 2 runner-up Tara Royal (that second came when behind

February 2 A good few days for Witness Box as he is sire of Leicester winner Mic’s Delight, Sunday’s Punchestown G3 winner and Cheltenham National Hunt Chase hope, Some Target. Today’s winners, Storm Brig and Island Jim, are both by Heron Island and out of Glacial Storm dams. February 1 Taunton bumper winner Kentford Grey Lady is from a family that has produced more than one useful mare – it is the further family of Lady Rebecca. January 29 Dom Alco doubles up at Cheltenham with Grands Crus in the Cleeve Hurdle and Neptune Collognes in the Argento Chase. Grands Crus is closely related to French jumps Listed winner Al Tip (by Dom Alco out of Grands Crus’sgrand-dam Carama). Bobs Worth’s dam is a half-sister to the Flat Listed winner Ballykett Nancy and G1 hurdleplaced Il Trovatore. It is the family of French 1,000 Guineas winner Ukraine Girl. Although predominately a Flat-bred female line, it has produced other decent jumpers such as Distant Prospect and Altay. Wishfull Thinking’s dam Poussetiere Deux was a five-time winner on Flat and over jumps in France, and is a half-sister to jumps G1 winner Vieux Beaufai. The Giant Bolster (Black Sam Bellamy) was the second winner on the Cheltenham card for German breeding. His dam Divisa won the G3 Deutscher Stutenpreis, while her sire Lomitas is also the sire of Local Hero, the Triumph Hurdle Trial winner. He is a brother to German stayer Liquido, winner of three St Legers.

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uk and irish racing Wishfull Thinking in the Rising Stars Novices Chase at Wincanton in November), has plenty of options back at The Festival next month, but is a 16/1 chance for the RSA Chase. There he will meet another by the sire, a horse called Wayward Prince, trained by Ian Williams and the winner of the Towton Novices Chase (G2) at Weatherby. The pair, along with Alfie Spinner, are giving Alflora a good season with his six, seven and eight-year-olds, crops who were conceived after the stallion’s first runners started to show some promise back in 2000 and 2001. It takes a decade for the wheel to turn and let a NH sire fulfil any promise shown in his early career.


s a final footnote to the January and February NH report, it was also overheard at Kempton that a day-out at the King George meeting has never quite been the same since the all-weather surface was put in. It was discussed that the racing action is now too far away, and the course is not being maintained as it should for a track that is lucky enough to stage a pivotal Grade 1 race in the NH calendar. Said speaker proffered the view that perhaps the King George would in future be better held at Newbury. Through early February, Dai Walters, the

“man who makes things happen in Wales”, suggested that the Welsh National would be best off held at his own Ffos Las track claiming that Chepstow’s undulations and frequent soft surface makes the race too much of a slog, merely producing unpleasant viewing for the occasional racegoer or spectator. Both are views that would be received in horror at the pearly gates of those who run racing and who abide strictly to the maxim that what has always been done, should always be done. The said racecourses that would lose their meetings and races will never allow such transfers to happen. But racing as a whole must take a stronger look at the product on offer and if a racecourse is not providing the goods – whether it be through its facilities, race meetings, prize-money, races themselves or even just by providing a good raceday experience encouraging the racegoer to return – it has to be threatened in a stricter fashion with removal of its meetings. It is not good enough for racing just to move around the end-of-season big Flat races, assuming that will end all ills – a deeper investigation needs to take place in order to find out just what, and what does not, work in this modern day world of endless entertainment choice and high standards that the public demand and deserve.

A one-two for Love at Leopardstown While the bizarre and initially frankly terrifying events were unfolding at Newbury on February 12 when the two horses Marching Song and Fenix Two collapsed and died within yards of each other in the paddock apparently from electrocution, Leopardstown was enjoying its big, raindelayed Festival trials day. The heavy rain had left the going as heavy, which suited none more so than the Winged Love two in the Dr. P.J. Moriarty Novice Chase (G1). Bostons Angel and Magnanimity went clear of the third horse Mikael D’Haguenet to fight out the finish with the Angel getting up on the line for Robbie Power and Jessie Harrington. Although the race rather fell to pieces – the ante-post favourite Pride of Dulcote did not run after the delay and Quel Esprit fell three out – the pair go to Cheltenham with excellent chances. It will have to keep on

raining for them to feature though. Although later in this issue the abilities of Danehill Dancer as a NH sire are largely dismissed, he now has a live Triumph Hurdle contender on his hands after Unaccompanied, a first Grade 1 NH runner for Moyglare Stud in conjunction with trainer Dermot Weld, won the opening Spring Juvenile Hurdle (G1) by 3l from the Redback gelding Sailors Warn. The profile of Danehill Dancer’s book started to change around five years ago as he became a stallion worthy of note instead of a €4,000 source of cheap speed. The breeding of Unaccompanied is clearly a result of this reassessment by the likes of top established breeders such as Moyglare as he is out of the Sadler’s Wells mare Legend Has It, who is out of Magical Cliché, a half-sister to the Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Trusted Partner, the dam of the Grade 1 winner Dress To Thrill.

uk and irish racing Oscar: has had a very good season, and the Coolmore sire could have a great Festival with a strong team of young horses due to head to Prestbury Park

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Legend Has It’s first foal Sir Cool had already given the family a touch of NH form having finished third in a bumper last season. A son of Selkirk he fetched €120,000 when bought by Rathbarry as an early yearling in February 2007, 130,000gns at Tattersalls October Yearling Sale when bought by Andrew Balding, before his value dropped dramatically to just 3,000gns at the 2009 Horses In Training Sale. It crept up a little at the Brightwells Cheltenham May Sale last year fetching £16,000 after finishing third on his racecourse debut. Power and Harrington’s good day continued when Oscars Well beat Zaidpour in the Deloitte Novice Hurdle (G1), collecting his second Grade 1 hurdle and marking his ticket to the Neptune Investment Novice Hurdle for which he is a 6/1 chance. A first foal out of Placid Willow (Convinced) with more white than colour on his pedigree, he is testament to Oscar’s ability to upgrade his mares as well as evidence that a large, non-selective broodmare book gets results. He is another that has to prove his ability on a faster surface. Oscar’s season is proving to be particularly strong and with the likes of the fellow sixyear-olds Oscar Whisky, Peddlers Cross and Rock On Ruby (Black Jack Ketchum’s 2005 Cheltenham novice hurdle victory resulted in the influx of good mares) as well as the tenyear-olds Big Zeb, Oscar could have a highly successful Festival.



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What will life be like after Zenyatta?

John Sparkman asks whether the Classic contenders of 2011 will be good enough to keep horseracing on the front pages of the US dailies after the retirement of the wonder mare Zenyatta


enyatta’s four-year unbeaten run, climactic defeat in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), and subsequent coronation as Horse of the Year brought American thoroughbred racing a welcome dose of publicity in the wider public media. Even since her retirement, the New York Times has run a sectional front-page story on her life at Lane’s End in Versailles, Kentucky. News that she will be bred to Bernardini this year inspired naming contests for the prospective foal and breathless, endless analysis of the prospective pedigree. The Zenyatta phenomenon, though, is bound to move off the front pages even of the racing trade publications eventually, and the question is what is going to replace those stories? Can racing leverage the excitement and public interest in Zenyatta into excitement and interest in other horses and racing in general. American racing has never been very good at this kind of thing – no, let’s face it, we’ve been absolutely awful – so it is probably asking too much to expect that the organisations that think they run US racing will do anything useful to capitalise on the Zenyatta phenomenon. That means that it will probably be up to the horses themselves to pick up the baton that racing’s queen has finally laid down and do something spectacular enough to attract the sporting public’s gnat-sized attention span. The best candidate we know of to do



john sparkman something like that is, without a doubt, champion two-year-old colt Uncle Mo. Despite his rather uninspired name, Uncle Mo did things at two that only two other horses in the last 70 years or so have done, and both of those horses won the Triple Crown. Uncle Mo may have to do the same thing, both to justify his name – it’s a play on American sports slang about momentum during a contest – and maintain the publicity momentum US racing so desperately needs. Bred in Kentucky by veterinarian Michael Cavey, Vitaminwater entrepreneur Mike Repole paid $220,000 for Uncle Mo at the 2009 Keeneland September Yearling Sale and turned him over to trainer Todd Pletcher. Uncle Mo won his 6f maiden at Saratoga by 14l in 1:09.21. He dismissed his field by almost 5l in 1:34.51 in the mile Champagne Stakes (G1) and he then crowned his first

Uncle Mo winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. He is one of only a select band of horses to have broken 1:35 in the Champagne Stakes

Despite his rather uninspired name, Uncle Mo did things at two that only two other horses in the last 70 years or so have done, and both of those horses won the Triple Crown

season with an equally easy 4l win in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) in 1:42.60. Sea Hero, Easy Goer, Devil’s Bag (the record-holder at 1:34.20), Spectacular Bid, Seattle Slew and Count Fleet are the only other horses to break 1:35 in the Champagne, and only Seattle Slew and Count Fleet backed it up with equally fleet performances at other distances at two. Both won the Triple Crown the following year. To duplicate that feat, Uncle Mo will have to outlast a pedigree of questionable stamina. Only one of his excellent sire Indian Charlie’s 54 stakes winners, champion older mare Fleet Indian, has won a graded race


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In truth, the last really world-class US-trained turf horse was probably Paradise Creek, who earned an Eclipse award as long ago as 1994

at 1m2f. That is not at all to say that Indian Charlie is a sprint sire, but in Europe he would surely be viewed as primarily a sire of milers. Since only seven of those 54 stakes winners have won stakes on turf, Europeans are unlikely to have to worry too much about how far his offspring might stay. Though he traces far back to a family that helped make the Whitneys and the Wideners famous breeders, recent generations of Uncle Mo’s family are less distinguished. Both his broodmare sire Arch, and Dixieland Band, the sire of his second dam, however, can provide stamina, so there is a better than even chance that Uncle Mo will get 1m2f. Twelve is another matter, but if he dominates the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness Stakes (G1), how many are likely to take him on in the Belmont Stakes (G1)? Zenyatta, followed by the first Triple Crown in 34 years, would keep racing on the front pages of the national sports pages, but, sadly that is probably about the only event that would. Stamina is not likely to be an issue for the colts that currently appear to be his principal Classic rivals. To Honor And Serve, unbeaten and unchallenged winner of the Remsen Stakes (G2) and Nashua Stakes (G3) last year is from the first crop of the stayer Bernardini

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out of a Deputy Minister family from the great family of Golden Trail. Unbeaten Holy Bull Stakes (G3) winner Dialed In is by Horse of the Year Mineshaft out of a Storm Cat daughter of champion twoyear-old filly Eliza, by Mt. Livermore. Sham Stakes (G3) winner Tapizar is by Tapit, who sires plenty of staying types, out of a mare by Deputy Minister from the family of Paddy O’Prado and Pyro. Interestingly, all of those potential challengers are male line descendants of A.P. Indy, the rapidly rising sire line in the US. Two of the most likely aspirants for top three-year-old filly are also male line descendants of A.P. Indy. Turbulent Descent, who finished second to champion Awesome Feather (who may not make it back to the races because of a tendon problem) in Eclipse voting is a daughter of A.P. Indy’s promising young son Congrats, while Dancinginherdreams, an impressive winner of the Pocahontas Stakes (G2) last year at two, is another by his grandson Tapit. Dancinginherdreams ran a very good second over the patently inadequate distance of 7f in the Forward Gal Stakes (G2) in her first sophomore start and is certain to do better around two turns. Turbulent Descent won on dirt for the first time in the

Las Virgenes Stakes (G1), and both will be difficult to beat as long as they stay sound. Champion three-year-old filly Blind Luck (by the one-eyed Pollard’s Vision out of Lucky One, by Best Of Luck) is one of the best-named horses of recent years and only Havre De Grace (by Saint Liam) is likely to offer much of a challenge for her among older mares this year. With Lookin At Lucky retired, there is no obvious candidate to dominate among older males on dirt. Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Drosselmeyer is the only Classic winner remaining in training, but he was hardly a dominant three-year-old. Nick Zito’s pair of Fly Down and Morning Line are probably next best. We would probably be well-served to remember, though, that this time last year there were not many people aside who saw Blame as championship material. Morning Line could easily end up as the only US horse with real designs on the Dubai World Cup (G1) as he was recently bought by Sheikh Mohammed’s son Sheikh Rashid. Morning Line is by Tiznow, whose progeny generally go well on synthetic surfaces so he could be a live threat at Meydan City. As for the turf divisions, well, we’d really rather not talk about that, thank you. In reality, how long has it been since the US produced a really outstanding turf horse? Kitten’s Joy, the 2004 champion, was pretty good, but lost the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), and Fantastic Light, the 2001 champ, was US-bred but trained in England and Dubai. In truth, the last really world-class US-trained turf horse was probably Paradise Creek, who earned an Eclipse award as long ago as 1994. Funny how we stopped breeding top turf horses when we stopped breeding to top European racehorses isn’t it?

TOBOUGG Gr.1 proven sire Sire of the winners of over 350 flat races and 27 Stakes performers, as well as NH Gr. horses Bouggler, Save My Blushes and Shalone. Champion 2yo and Gr.1 3yo from the Sadler’s Wells stallion line

“We have always been a fan of Tobougg’s progeny, and were lucky enough to buy Penny’s Gift, his Classic winning daughter. They are good looking and tough horses.” Peter Doyle STUD FEE: £2,500 1st October SLF

DOUBLE TRIGGER Successful NH sire Sire of multiple NH winners including Russian Trigger (5 wins, L Midlands Ch), Faltering Fullback (5 wins), Double Dizzy (3 wins, 2nd Gr.1 Novice Ch), etc. Champion European Stayer with Classic bloodlines

“I have trained several horses by Double Trigger. They have been tough individuals and each one has been successful.” Alan King STUD FEE: £1,750 1st October


Beginning in 2011, for 50% of the stallion’s advertised fee, European stallion managers can ensure that their stallions’ entire foal crops for 2011 and 2012 will be nominated for free to the Breeders’ Cup’s $30 million (U.S. Dollars) racing programs, including the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.


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One of Gordon Elliott’s very first winners was the Grand National winner Silver Birch. The trainer has gone on to prove that was not a one-off with a current top-three place on the Irish NH trainers’ table, a top 20 place in Britain,while he also has live fancies for this year’s Festival, writes Anna Keen Gordon Elliott with his fiancee, Annie Bowles


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hampion trainer Paul Nicholls has won most of the big races in the calendar, and on both sides of the Irish Channel. There is, however, one particular big race that has alluded him so far – the Grand National. Although Nicholls might argue that is not bugging him – and it probably is not keeping him awake at night – it is gnawing at him enough to have made ten early-stage entries for the race this year. Gordon Elliott, who trains at Trim in

County Meath, strolled up and won the race in his formative years training under Rules and with his first-ever runner in the race (in fact one of his first-ever runners period) when sucessful with Silver Birch in 2007. And just to add to Nicholls’s angst, Silver Birch had formally been in training at Ditcheat with Nicholls and had run in the showpiece race in 2006, falling at The Chair. The son of Clearly Bust, who has always had leg problems, was sold at Doncaster a month later and was purchased by BBA Ireland for Elliott for 20,000gns. The

rest one could say is history. An outsider looking in would see such a big-race victory so early in a training career as a sure-fire way for a new trainer to attract owners, the reality for Elliott was somewhat different “The victory definitely catapulted us into the limelight, but we didn’t actually get a lot of owners out of it as I hadn’t even trained my first winner in Ireland then!” he laughs. “If anything it set a benchmark to live up to and luckily things have worked out well for us.” That first sought-after victory in Ireland

Elliott walks back from the gallops with his team. Left to right: Jessies Dream with Bobby McNally up, Nothing Fancied, who is ridden by Joey Elliott, and Tharawaat with Annie Bowles


gordon elliott “The team I have at home make it all happen – if the homework isn’t done then it isn’t worth turning up on the day” Maybe an obvious statement, but one that is frequently overlooked

We are easy enough on our owners with costs to travel to Britain and nine times out of ten they get a winner so it’s worth the trip. It gives the owners a day out; it doesn’t matter if it’s a race worth £2,000 or £20,000, it’s the win they’re looking for


came three weeks later with Toran Road at Kilbeggan, and since then the winners have kept coming. The following year, 2008, started slowly for the team, but the stable swung into top gear in May saddling seven winners in the space of a fortnight. Stakes success was not long in coming with Tharawaat taking the Grade 3 New York Juvenile Hurdle at Fairyhouse by 12l that November – he went on to run second to Lethal Weapon in the Grade 1 Durkan New Homes Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown. Salford City was another who kept the stable profile high with a strong start to his chasing career and a successful trip to Perth in April 2009. One of the hallmarks of Gordon’s early

career has been his successful trips to the UK and his winning partnership with Paul Carberry. In July 2008, he almost managed a 50 per cent strike rate with his British raiders, saddling 14 winners from 30 runners, while in August 2009 Backstage collected over £30,000 when winning the Handicap Chase at Ffos Las “My first winner was in Perth so I go back there quite often,” he explains. “Basically the horses we send over would not be good enough to win a race in Ireland so its better for them to win in the UK rather then come fourth or fifth in a race here. “We are easy enough on our owners with costs to travel to Britain and nine times out of

ten they get a winner so it’s worth the trip. It gives the owners a day out; it doesn’t matter if it’s a race worth £2,000 or £20,000, it’s the win they’re looking for.” This season his sucessful raids have meant that with earnings of £181,000, Elliott sits in 19th place in the British trainers’ table. In 2009, a new star emerged for the stable in the form of Carlito Brigante, who won the Grade 2 Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown. The son of Haafhd, the result

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lliotT started his racing career with the Meath-based trainer Tony Martin working weekends and during his summer holidays. He took out his amateur licence at 16 and went on to ride 46 winners, the highlight being on King’s Road when winning the 1998 Punchestown Champion Bumper. Elliott, the jockey, hung up his boots in 2005 to become Elliott the trainer – the ambitious young man had set his sights firmly on a training career. For any young upstart looking to make a name as a racehorse trainer, it is impossible to focus on just one code and again the man from Trim turned heads when producing the Aga Khan-bred Dirar to spring a 14-1 surprise in the Totesport Ebor Heritage Handicap at York last summer. Formerly trained by Michael Halford for the Aga Khan, the son of King’s Best (who was bought once more at Doncaster, this time for £35,000) has proved a very useful dual purpose performer. “That was a very special day for us,” smiles Elliott. “Dirar has now won seven races for us, including the Ebor, but he will hopefully go to the County Hurdle in Cheltenham this year. It’s great to have horses like Dirar as you can keep them going throughout the year for their owners.” He is yet another example of Elliott’s ability to improve horses bought from fellow trainers. He explains: “You’re going to look for a horse that you can improve when you’re buying from another trainer. I would be working off budgets up to 15,000gns so you’re always taking a chance, but you’re also looking for something you can get to the track fairly soon for owners. “When you have the bigger owners you can go to the sales with bigger budgets but we’re operating at a lower level at the moment.’

I would be working off budgets up to 15,000gns so you’re always taking a chance, but you’re also looking for something you can get to the track fairly soon for owners Jessies Dream at home with Bobby McNally

of another raid at the sales, this time Aiden O’Ryan buying the horse for £40,000 at the Doncaster December Sale from Lamberstown Stables – went on to further Festival success for Capranny Stables when finishing in the frame in both the Cheltenham and Punchestown juvenile contests. The victory helped Elliott finish a highly respectable 14th in the Irish NH trainers’ table. This season Elliot holds a comfortable position in third place behind only Willie Mullins and Noel Meade and ahead of the likes of Edward O’Grady, Dessie Hughes and Jessie Harrington.

The past three years have been a difficult time for any trainer to become established with prize-money reductions and a fall in the number of owners, but Elliott takes a realistic view. “I think prize-money is still at a reasonable level, while owners still love having a winner – leading their horse into the parade ring, celebrating with friends, its all part of it,” he says. “What the industry has to do is take better care of owners as it is them, and the stable staff, that keep this industry going. “We started training at a time when things were slowing down and we have grown steadily in the past four years. I always think it is good to be doing well in the hard times rather than just flying in the good times.” It is evident that Elliott values his high quality team at Capranny Stables and how important his staff is to the overall success of the yard. “The team I have at home make it all happen – if the homework isn’t done then it isn’t worth turning up on the day!” he explains. “Simon McGonagle is my head lad, we’ve been friends for years and Annie Bowles keeps everything right in the office. You need a team you can rely on and I am very lucky to have that.” And the skilful team’s eyes are currently fixed on The Festival and Cheltenham. And while it would mean everything to claim a big-race winner, there is another race in which they have a serious chance of success. Elliott was elected from a number of applicants to ride in the St Patrick’s Day Derby, which is to be held on day three of the meeting. The race, over 1m5f, will be run in aid of Cancer Research UK and will be the seventh race on the card.


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The one that got it all started: Silver Birch winning the Grand National in 2007 with jockey Robbie Power

“It’s not just the horses I’m training at the moment,” laughs Elliott, “I’ve lost a stone so far and am working on losing a bit more. It’s for a great cause and won’t do me any harm either! “Richard Fahey has offered me a horse and I have one of my own also so we’ll see who I ride closer to the time.” So far this season Toner D’Oudairies, winner of the Bar One Racing Juvenile 3-Y-O Hurdle (G3) at Fairyhouse, and subsequent sixth in the Spring Juvenile Hurdle (G1) at Leopardstown, as well as the Drinmore Novice Chase (G1) victor Jessies Dream have been the leading lights of the stable. They along with their trainer are in the process of being fine-tuned for their date at Cheltenham in March. Maybe that first Festival victory for either the horses or the trainer is not too far away.

The Cheltenham team Dirar 6yo King’s Best-Dibiya (Caerleon) Owner: M & D White & M Reeder Partnership Breeder: His Highness The Aga Khan’s Studs S C

Jessies Dream 8yo Presenting-Lady Apprentice (Phardante) Owner: D A Johnson Breeder: Brian Doran

Toner D’Oudairies 4yo Polish Summer-Iroise D´Oudairies (Passing Sale) Owner: Gigginstown House Stud Breeder: Comte Michel De Gigou

He is a really nice horse, he’s only 15hh but has done well for us since he came to the yard. He was third to Overturn in the Galway Hurdle and won the Ebor at York last year, which was special. He’ll be going for the County Hurdle, he has plenty of pace and likes the good ground usual at Cheltenham so it’s all going the right way for him.

He won the Group 1 Drinmore Novice Chase in December 2010 at Fairyhouse. Things just didn’t go his way at Leopardstown in January when he was second to Magnanimity. That was just one of those days, I’m putting a line through it and looking forward to Cheltenham. He goes for the RSA Chase, the more the ground dries out the better, he’ll love the trip and track.

He came fifth in the Grade 1 Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown and will only go to Cheltenham if the ground comes up soft for him. He’s a great jumper and will be a smashing horse in time.

Dirar: the son of King’s Best won the Ebor last summer and heads to Cheltenham for the County Hurdle

Plan A 4yo Le Vie Dei Colori-Heres The Plan (Revoque) Owner: Liam Mulryan Breeder: L Mulryan He’ll go for the Fred Winter Hurdle and will like the ground. It’s a big step up for him but he’s well handicapped, has won his maiden hurdle now and deserves to take his chance.

CHICAGO GREY 8yo Luso-Carrigeen Acer (Lord Americo) Owner: John Earls Breeder: Mrs R H Lalor Last year he ran three times at Cheltenham – he won a novice chase there in October, was unlucky and fell the next day and was second to Time For Rupert in December. We know he handles the track and likes the going on the better side of soft; he’s ticking a lot of boxes.



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Kayf Tara outperforms his peers

Sally Duckett sees that the Darley sire is outstripping the ranks of young NH sires


e all know how good the likes of Presenting, Old Vic and Flemensfirth are in the ranks of successful NH stallions – and if we are happy enough to pay the covering fees that these successful sires demand, then there is really

no need to look elsewhere. However, if we are looking to reduce our liability on covering fees, which it has to be argued is usually a good thing for many of us, especially if the NH-bred foal will have a sales date in mind at some point, then it is quite likely you will need to look at a less established NH sire. This will probably involve assessing the

qualities of stallions who are a little bit younger than the older NH sires. From the tables produced with this article showing the statistics through the 2009-10 season for those stallions who retired to stud after 2000, three facts really leap out: first how few sires who retired to stud as true NH stallions are listed, second just how long it Kayf Tara: the son of Sadler’s Wells is breaking new ground as a NH sire


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Both the NH earnings as well as the number of winning horses Kayf Tara produced in the 2009-10 season are way in advance of any other young NH stallion,

takes for British and Irish NH sires to get going, and third, the tables really do show how successful and ground-breaking Kayf Tara has been. While the Darley sire’s prowess as a NH stallion has been recognised now for the last few seasons, it is usually overshadowed by comparisons with those more established sires mentioned previously, the Presentings and Old Vics of this world. But if comparing his performance to his compatriots, his star quality really shines through. Both his NH earnings as well as the number of winning horses Kayf Tara produced in the 2009-10 season are way in advance of any other young NH stallion, and although this season he has missed a real star so far, Planet Of Sound finished third in the Betfair Chase. In fact, the leaders of that year’s stallion

ranks have performed well above the norm – the NH runners by Montjeu have done well and are headed by the hurdler Hurricane Fly, who is lining up for the Champion Hurdle having missed his chance last season through injury, and Noble Prince who has followed Arkle hope Realt Dubh home in the Irish Arkle (G1) and in the Bord na Mona With Nature Novice Chase (G1).

The remaining leading sires from this generation, with the exception of Mujahid (now in Italy) hail from (or have done for much of their careers) France. Irish French import Robin des Champs is proving a shrewd purchase by Rathbarry, especially if considering that the statistics in these tables are only inclusive of British and Irish figures. Of course, his stock born


Year to stud Rnrs 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000

69 102 20 45 56 16 44 19 18 35 32 9 41 2 19 14 17 13 5 28 3 8 3 5 4 15 7 16 16 2 4 12



% Wnrs to Rnrs

22 25 8 11 9 4 17 5 5 8 7 5 6 2 5 5 4 5 3 3 2 2 2 4 2 2 2 4 2 2 2 2

28 32 17 21 16 11 22 8 10 12 11 9 11 4 6 7 5 7 5 3 2 4 4 5 3 2 2 4 2 3 2 2

32 25 40 24 16 25 39 26 28 23 22 56 15 100 26 36 24 38 60 11 67 25 67 80 50 13 29 25 13 100 50 17

Places 80 100 14 70 52 25 63 19 15 42 25 20 37 3 23 17 21 15 15 23 10 8 4 9 2 17 8 9 8 6 3 9

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Money won

Av. earn/rnr

453,977 293,124 292,561 284,592 215,894 197,152 184,941 131,819 122,446 119,376 118,602 106,739 93,952 82,227 64,361 50,943 48,602 47,459 47,220 46,161 37,685 27,888 26,537 25,555 22,983 21,229 19,568 17,568 17,034 14,911 9,897 9,882

6,579 2,874 14,628 6,324 3,855 12,322 4,203 6,938 6,803 3,411 3,706 11,860 2,292 41,114 3,387 3,639 2,859 3,651 9,444 1,649 12,562 3,486 8,846 5,111 5,746 1,415 2,795 1,098 1,065 7,455 2,474 823


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from his new farm have yet to run, and these figures are based on those horses imported and therefore quite likely to be some of his nicest representatives – his Grade 1-winning hurdler Quevega being his star – but as he

Flat Out has been described by the stable as a “fair old machine” and clearly has ability having finished fifth in the Supreme Novice Hurdle in 2010

has also got some good results in his native country, he is proving to be a highly capable NH sire. With his runners averaging over £10,000 and a 50 per cent winners-to-runners ratio,

a figure matched by his half-brother Robin des Pres, who now stands at Anngrove Stud and who is having a slightly quieter 2010-11 season, the pair are proving to be very useful NH sires. Enrique really is a one-horse wonder, the reigning Champion Hurdler Binocular being the one. However, having proved that the Haras de Hoguenet-based sire can get one so good once, there is always the likelihood he can get another. Of the remaining stallions from the 2001 generation, Darley sire Sagamix, who transferred to Overbury in 2010 from Haras du Logis and is now marketed as a NH stallion, while yet to have many representatives in Britain and Ireland, had a strong 67 per cent winners-to-runners ratio



Year to stud Rnrs 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001

143 85 19 28 3 31 10 52 41 29 29 8 15 31 22 9 40 25 34 7 7 5 17 12 12 5 6 11 3 23 13 12 6 18 8



% Wnrs to Rnrs


43 22 6 14 2 11 5 13 13 9 8 3 8 9 3 6 7 8 5 2 3 3 3 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

58 34 10 19 4 17 8 20 19 13 9 5 13 11 4 8 8 10 7 4 4 5 5 2 4 2 2 3 3 4 2 2 2 3 2

30 26 32 50 67 35 50 25 32 31 28 38 53 29 14 67 18 32 15 29 43 60 18 17 25 40 33 18 67 9 15 17 33 11 25

188 107 24 38 7 21 25 69 59 32 25 19 24 42 19 12 29 18 19 5 8 11 18 11 11 14 9 14 5 12 6 9 6 4 2

continued overleaf Money won Av. earn/rnr 832,840 534,342 359,851 284,201 248,725 156,641 148,453 127,133 121,857 106,960 89,328 86,647 83,722 81,840 76,648 64,756 57,104 55,209 51,847 50,319 38,954 38,381 36,928 30,708 24,803 21,836 21,738 18,012 17,932 17,003 15,094 14,542 13,101 11,778 7,525

5,824 6,286 18,940 10,150 82,908 5,053 14,845 2,445 2,972 3,688 3,080 10,831 5,581 2,640 3,484 7,195 1,428 2,208 1,525 7,188 5,565 7,676 2,172 2,559 2,067 4,367 3,623 1,637 5,977 739 1,161 1,212 2,184 654 941

• A Leading NH Stakes Sire… KATCHIT (Gr.1), BARIZAN (Gr.1), ALAIVAN (Gr.1), SIMARIAN (Gr.2), KYRIE ELEISON (Gr.2) etc.

Attention National Hunt Mare Owners!

• 75% Chase Winners to Runners to date • A Leading NH Sales Sire… NH Foals have realised €70k, €33k, €32k (Filly & Colt), €29k (filly) etc.

• Covers a strictly limited book of mares Fully booked in 2008, 2009 & 2010



Standing alongside COURT CAVE at Boardsmill Stud, Trim, Co. Meath, Ireland. Enquiries to William or John Flood Tel: 00 353 (0)46 9431305 Mobile: 00 353 (0)87 9066772 E-mail:

Papal Bull A star on the track, with a rating just one point behind Champion Duke of Marmalade on 133. 155 flat bred mares covered in his first season resulting in some exceptional first crop foals. First crop foals sold for up to €25,000 Now he’s back for his third season, available to breeders at a very competitve price.

Back by Popular Demand Coolagown Stud, Coolagown, Fermoy, Co. Cork, Ireland • Call David Stack on +353 86 231 4066 T: + 353 25 36642, F: + 353 25 36901, E:

nh sires in 2009-10 and his runners have average earnings over £7,000. Willie Mullins’s chaser Flat Out, who nearly ended up as his name suggests when unseating Emmet Mullins in this January’s

Irish Arkle when holding a winning position on just his second start over fences, has won over £50,000. Flat Out has been described by the stable as a “fair old machine” and clearly has ability having finished fifth in the

Supreme Novice Hurdle in 2010 and then second in the Irish Champion Hurdle.

The returning Daylami heads class 2000

The 2000 generation is headlined by Daylami


Year to stud Rnrs



% Wnrs to Rnrs


continued overleaf

Money won Av. earn/rnr

2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002

25 40 42 40 34 78 35 18 6 8 4 6 27 8 16 28 6 12 10 20 11 7

12 13 11 12 7 6 7 5 2 3 2 3 2 4 3 4 3 3 2 2 2 2

25 19 21 14 9 7 9 7 3 5 5 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 3 2 2 2

48 33 26 30 21 8 20 28 33 38 50 50 7 50 19 14 50 25 20 10 18 29

32 46 36 45 28 33 28 25 12 14 3 4 20 11 14 12 9 9 19 11 11 5

277,342 242,477 195,218 134,432 72,313 56,594 53,539 47,522 41,974 41,699 38,281 32,812 27,133 25,103 24,799 24,080 23,285 22,341 19,733 17,728 14,711 10,069

11,094 6,062 4,648 3,361 2,127 726 1,530 2,640 6,996 5,212 9,570 5,469 1,005 3,138 1,550 860 3,881 1,862 1,973 886 1,337 1,438

2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003

11 54 28 20 25 42 20 23 11 13 5 12 3 21 21 11 15 8 13 13 10 20 12 6

6 7 7 7 7 6 4 5 3 4 2 5 2 5 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 2

9 10 9 11 11 6 4 8 5 4 4 6 2 6 3 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 3 2

55 13 25 35 28 14 20 22 27 31 40 42 67 24 10 18 13 25 15 15 30 10 17 33

22 47 38 16 19 55 23 27 2 12 3 16 6 21 16 14 19 10 14 11 8 10 8 10

186,913 99,133 90,814 80,606 76,794 74,198 63,848 54,982 38,816 38,406 36,411 36,201 35,657 27,734 26,320 25,166 20,991 20,662 20,337 19,658 19,458 18,773 15,711 8,311

16,992 1,836 3,243 4,030 3,072 1,767 3,192 2,391 3,529 2,954 7,282 3,017 11,886 1,321 1,253 2,288 1,399 2,583 1,564 1,512 1,946 939 1,309 1,385



nh sires Much of the success enjoyed under NH rules by the two Aga-Khan bred stallions Kalanisi (top) and Daylami have been with progeny out of the Aga Khan’s mares. Both stallions now have to prove they can still do it with a dedicated book of NH mares

King’s Theatre has the lead over Presenting in NH table

Of the older stallions, the popularity and good results enjoyed by King’s Theatre with his young runners over the last few seasons is being rewarded with a current first place in the NH sires’ table and the highest strike-rate of the leading living stallions. The list of his leading performers contains names of horses such as Riverside Theatre, Cue Card, Menorah, Voler La Vedette and Banjaxed Girl. He should be a good thing to have as good a Festival as he did in 2010. The Ballylinch-based stallion is currently ahead of Oscar, with Presenting, who has topped the table for the last two seasons and is so far the only stallion to earn more than £2 million in prize-money in a season, relegated to third place. Beneficial, who got himself the Grade 1 Irish Arkle winner Realt Dubh, has snuck in amongst the big three for the first time, while UK import Dr Massini is the leading British-based stallion. He has been enjoying a good time with over 20 winners this season and earnings already equal to the total his progeny won in 2009-10. Winged Love, whose progeny love a softer surface, have benefited from the soggy ground that has prevailed since Christmas and has had eight winners, including the dual Grade 1 winner Bostons Angel. The late Cadoudal has Long Run and Big Bucks running for him and their consistent success helps give the deceased sire a winnerto-runner strike rate of 61 per cent. The UK-based Midnight Legend continues to maintain his own good run of form and still boasts his usual good strike-rate of 34 per cent, despite the fact that some of his bigger books are beginning to come onto the scene. Alderbrook and Definite Article are both having better seasons than for the last couple of years and both have already had nearly as many winners as through the whole of the 2009-10 season.


who returned to Ireland and Coolagown Stud after his sojourn to South Africa. He gets very able hurdlers – many of the best have been converts from the Flat and the Aga Khan breeding programme – but the sire has to stand on his own two feet now and prove his worth without a strong home broodmare band to help do the work for him. He won’t be short of numbers having covered 105 mares on his first season back in the Emerald Isle. One who started his stud life but is another to have been imported into Ireland is the Balloo Stud stallion Jimble, a son of Double Bed and a half-brother to Jim And Tonic. He had an impressive winners-to-runners ratio in the 2009-10 season as four of his five runners won, while on the Flat can also boast of the Group race performer Willywell, the winner of over £179,000 in earnings. He needs to maintain numbers and up the

quality with his jumpers if he is going to create an impact. Sadly breeders can no longer avail of Tiraaz’s services as he died in 2004, which is a shame as he has got runners such as Finian’s Rainbow, who continues to progress, Tazbar and Ballyholland with his average earnings per runner being over £14,000. Two further French sires to note are the Haras National de Cercy La Tour resident Fragrant Mix, a son of Linamix. Something of a one-horse wonder is Golden Tornado, whose Dancing Tornado has been performing creditably in graded races, while Rajpoute has got an amazing average earnings per runner of £41,000. Another son of Double Bed, his standout runner is this season’s Long Distance Hurdle runner-up Duc De Regniere and a Grade 2 chase winner in the 2009-10 season. Rajpoute has also got the 130 BHArated Otage De Brion, now novice chasing for

nh sires King George-winning owner Robert WaleyCohen. Dushyantor is another to return from an overseas trip, returning to Rathbarry from Chile and from just 45 runners in 2009-10 he had 11 winners. This season he has the Festival fancy Loosen My Load who cost €82,000 at the Derby Sale as well as five Irish point-to-point winners so far. Dee Ee Williams was a graded hurdling performer for him last season. He has struggled to pull together the same quality of form over fences this season, but the ability is there.

Another Aga Khan-bred leads the 2002 field Like Daylami, Kalanisi is an Aga Khan-bred stallion converting from the Flat game to the NH division. He now stands at Boardsmill Stud having moved there after Katchit’s Triumph Hurdle victory and ahead of his Champion success in 2008. Though his NH purpose-bred runners are

still to run, Kalanisi is proving to be a more than decent sire of hurdlers having got the second and third in last season’s Triumph Hurdle Barizan and Alavian. Barizan went on to win the Punchestown four-year-old hurdle. The son of Doyoun has got three entered in early-closing races at Cheltenham – Alaivan and Barizan who are both in the Champion Hurdle, while Sheshali, who like Barizan is trained by Evan Williams, in the National Hunt Chase. Like Daylami, Kalanisi will have it all to prove now the supply of Aga Khan broodmares has gone, though he has proved that he can do the job with mares away from the home broodmares as the leading performer Katchit was bred by Whitley Stud The only sire amongst the leaders of this batch of sires who has always stood as a NH sire in Britain or Ireland is Blueprint, a Rathbarry stallion, who now stands at Yorton Farm in England.

He has had runners under Rules since 2006 and is beginning to look in need of a graded race performer.

Saints Des Saints: fulfilling sales promise

A lot of Saint Des Saints runners have been bought to run in Britain – he gets goodlooking types who are appealing at the sales – and the stallion is fulfilling that promise with the likes of Quito De La Roque, winner of a Grade 2 novice chase at Naas, and the expensive Chablais, winner of a novice hurdle at Kempton for Nicky Henderson, having got going initially with Quel Espirit, who was travelling well until falling three out in the Dr P.J. Moriarty Novice Chase (G1). He is a clear leader of the 2003 crop, and while Bach has had seven winners he is struggling to find a good one following on from Hebridean, a convert from the Flat and who was a good four-year-old hurdler in 2009. Bach’s Frascati Park, who won three


Year to stud Rnrs



% Wnrs to Rnrs


Money won Av. earn/rnr

2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004

79 21 14 23 1 19 6 25 22 9 5 7 12 6 17 19 17

20 3 3 6 1 5 3 4 3 4 3 5 2 2 2 3 2

27 6 4 7 2 9 5 4 5 5 5 6 3 3 2 3 2

25 14 21 26 100 26 50 16 14 44 60 71 17 33 12 16 12

53 11 11 29 7 23 7 23 14 11 4 10 12 6 12 12 5

171,794 139,898 90,466 89,647 77,616 71,988 42,743 38,660 37,368 30,034 29,921 28,992 23,010 17,092 13,035 10,714 8,829

2,175 6,662 6,462 3,898 77,616 3,789 7,124 1,546 1,699 3,337 5,984 4,142 1,917 2,849 767 564 519

2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005

5 6 6 4 2 2 6 4 4 1 3

2 2 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

5 2 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

40 33 50 25 50 50 17 25 25 100 33

5 5 6 8 7 3 4 2 1 2 0

92,319 16,311 15,875 15,486 11,900 7,993 4,652 3,781 2,526 2,451 1,507

18,464 2,718 2,646 3,872 5,950 3,997 775 945 631 2,451 502



nh sires The six-year-old The Giant Bolster is a first Grade 2 chase winner in Britain for his sire Black Sam Bellamy

bumpers and five hurdles has been graded placed over hurdles for the sire but is just struggling to convert those good placed attempts in the better races to victories. Bach has got a weight of numbers, but that might be in danger of becoming something of a double-edged sword.

Milan playing the numbers game

Milan has found his feet and has had more winners in 2009-10 numerically than any stallion in his year group as well as more than the 2003 and 2002 retirees and all bar Kayf Tara and Montjeu from 2001. In addition, he had 14 point-to-point winners in Ireland in 2009-10 and has had five such winners so far this season. The Philip Hobbs-trained World Hurdle entry Duke Of Lucca has been his one stakes performer so far and the sire is beginning to need a stakes race jumping performer to justify his reputation as a sire, but it would be unwise to write him off yet in that regard – that was done after he had his early jumping runners to the financial regret of many. Unfortunately after one down-the-field run over hurdles, Table Mountain, who cost Robbie Hennessy 200,000gns at the Tattersalls Horses in Training Sale, might not be the one to do his sire a favour. Milan is just ahead money-wise of Captain Rio, whose three jumps winners last season have been, conversely to the Coolmore stallion, stakes race performers. Hollo Ladies has gone chasing this season and after a couple of beaten efforts picked up a beginners’ chase at Southwell. He holds a couple of novice chase entries at the Festival. Black Sam Bellamy, who remains at Shade Oak Stud, has a good runner in the six-year-old The Giant Bolster, a winner of a chase and sixth in last year’s Neptune Novices’ Hurdle, fifth in the Sefton Novices Hurdle and winner of the Timeform Novices Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham late January meeting. He is likely to head to The Festival for the RSA. Samain, a five-year-old gelding by Black Sam won a bumper for Willie Mullins in January, while Annus Maximus finished third in a bumper at Leopardstown for Eddie Hales. Samain, who had finished second in a bumper for Hales at Fairyhouse last April and was subsequently sold to Mags O’Toole for £165,000 at the DBS May Sale, has been reported by Mullins that he “looks decent”.


Young French stallions get started Sally Duckett takes a look at the performances of the new generation of Gallic jumping sires As with most things to do with French racing, the young French-based NH stallions are busy putting their British and Irish counterparts to shame. With the country’s racing programme designed to get useful form into the nation’s jumps horses early, it means that the young jumping sires in France are able to show off their wares at a very early stage in their careers. While it does mean that it becomes easy for NH breeders to write off a stallion too soon if he has not produced the goods – in a similar fashion to the Flat breeders looking for that two-year-old winning-producing stallion – it does mean in the NH game that a great number of breeding seasons are not wasted waiting to discover whether or not a stallion is going to be good enough. The difference in the approach of the two nations can be observed by examining the early results in 2011 for those stallions whose first covering year was in 2006 (overleaf).

In France, four stallions have had at least one winner (with two sires, at the time of writing, on two) with the progeny by the current leading stallion of the generation, Voix Du Nord, having already earned more than €48,000 in earnings. A Haras National d'Aurillac resident sire who stands at a fee of €1,500, Voix Du Nord has had five winners from his first crop, including Black Beauty, who has won and been placed in two claimers, King Of Landhor, who has won once, while Cap Orne, trained by Guy Cherel, has won one race from one start by two and a half lengths, albeit that it was just a claimer. However, perhaps the best of Voix Du Nord’s so far is Ceasar’s Palace, who has yet to be beaten in three starts over hurdles, with his last victory coming in a Listed race over hurdles for four-year-olds in January at Cagnes-Sur-Mer (King of Landhor was behind in sixth). Voix Du Nord is a son of Top Ville and won the Prix Lupin (G1) and beat Cherrymix in

Perhaps Bonbon Rose’s real claim to fame to date is to a have a winning half-sister to Kauto Star and Kauto Stone. Called Kauto The Queen, the filly won and was placed in three starts as a three-year-old last autumn

the Prix Noailles (G2) in 2004. He won the Criterium de Saint-Cloud (G1) as a two-yearold, having made his debut in the July of his two-year-old year – it is hardly surprising he is getting some precocity from his stock. The next best earning stallion of that generation is Bonbon Rose, who has had ten winners from his first crop and whose leading earner is Pepite Rose. She is now with Venetia Williams and was bought after finishing third in four hurdle races last spring, having just turned three. Since transferring to Williams, Pepite Rose won at Folkestone in November, finished third to Tony Star in January and has achieved a BHA rating of 121. But perhaps Bonbon Rose’s real claim to fame to date is to have a winning half-sister to Kauto Star and Kauto Stone. Called Kauto

The Queen, the filly won and was placed in three starts as a three-year-old last autumn. It is always helpful for young sires to be seeing mares of the quality of Kauto Relka and the fact that the stallion has seen a further three mares owned by Madam Aubert and related to the Paul Nicholls-trained Star has to be a

positive for his future. By Mansonnien, Bonbon Rose was a Sean Mulryan-owned runner whose highlight came when winning the Gras Savoye Prix F. Dufaure (G1) in 2005. Keltos, who has been exported to stand in Spain at Dehesa De Milagro, has had Group

leading French nh stallions 2011: by year retired to stud Name

Year to stud Rnrs



% Wnrs to Rnrs


Money won Av. earn/rnr


2000 2000 2000

4 6 2

1 1 1

5 6 2

2 1 1

25 17 50

25,030 19,200 8,160

6,257 3,200 4,080


2001 2001 2001 2001 2001

7 11 10 3 7

3 1 1 1 1

9 13 13 3 10

3 1 1 1 1

43 9 10 33 14

76,240 53,050 27,660 22,320 14,915

10,891 4,822 2,766 7,440 2,130


2002 2002 2002

5 2 4

1 1 1

7 3 4

1 1 1

20 50 25

47,200 18,040 14,400

9,440 9,002 3,600


2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003

11 4 3 4 4 5 3 2

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

11 5 4 5 7 6 4 3

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

9 25 33 25 25 20 33 50

41,200 20,215 19,160 15,750 12,240 11,215 8,160 8,160

3,745 5,053 6,386 3,937 3,060 2,243 2,720 4,008











2005 2005 2005 2005 2005

5 4 7 2 6

2 2 1 1 1

8 4 8 3 7

2 2 1 1 1

40 50 14 50 17

55,120 42,960 26,770 20,680 14,400

11,024 10,740 3,824 10,340 2,400


2006 2006 2006 2006

4 4 1 1

2 2 1 1

5 4 1 1

2 2 1 1

50 50 100 100

41,040 30,240 18,240 14,400

10,260 7,056 18,240 14,400

nh sires leading FREnCH stallions 2010: by year retired to stud Name

Year to stud Rnrs

continued overleaf



% Wnrs to Rnrs


Money won Av. earn/rnr

GOLDNEYEV 1990 62 17 30 27 115 808,425 VIDEO ROCK 1990 38 11 20 29 80 444,505 MANSONNIEN 1991 46 17 28 37 81 767,015

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GENT BLEU 1992 29 11 19 38 45 324,460 PASSING SALE 1993 71 20 24 28 124 574,730 TURGEON USA 1994 90 29 43 32 186 1,352,990 DOM ALCO 1994 48 19 34 40 89 913,180 APRIL NIGHT 1994 53 24 35 45 81 583,775 SLEEPING CAR 1994 60 14 19 23 89 568,255 LE BALAFRE 1995 54 17 25 31 83 807,685 SASSANIAN 1995 36 15 26 42 83 416,715 GREEN TUNE 1996 25 10 15 40 49 442,305 LOST WORLD 1996 47 14 15 30 71 439,095 LOUP SOLITAIRE 1997 35 13 21 37 74 516,950 SMADOUN 1997 44 11 19 25 59 410,545 ASSESSOR 1997 38 9 14 24 69 355,400 SOLAR ONE 1997 5 1 4 20 8 328,205 POLIGLOTE 1998 63 30 59 48 138 2,705,645 VILLEZ 1998 23 7 13 30 28 333,585 LE TRITON 1999 26 10 16 38 62 462,065 NONONITO 1999 32 12 18 38 47 350,725 TREMPOLINO 2000 49 23 39 47 113 1,080,910 FRAGRANT MIX 2000 53 14 21 26 93 617,305 ASTARABAD 2001 27 12 24 44 52 1,059,930 ROBIN DES CHAMPS 2001 68 23 30 34 88 877,430 Discover d’auteuil 2001 56 15 21 27 103 820,040 KAHYASI 2001 38 15 20 39 75 799,520 UNGARO 2001 55 20 24 36 86 548,500 MUHTATHIR 2001 27 7 11 26 31 507,600 ROBIN DES PRES 2001 40 16 23 40 65 384,155 ANTARCTIQUE 2001 41 9 13 22 74 332,895 NETWORK 2002 34 13 20 38 44 789,172 ULTIMATELY LUCKY 2002 41 11 15 27 69 510,620 KINGSALSA 2002 31 5 13 16 39 503,785 MARESCA SORRENTO 2002 44 13 13 30 76 468,450 WITH THE FLOW 2002 12 2 4 17 15 433,335 SPADOUN 2002 15 4 7 27 31 421,115 LAVIRCO 2003 58 16 26 28 80 1,354,450 saint des saints 2003 43 15 21 35 92 759,890 SAGACITY 2003 38 7 12 18 57 319,435 kapgarde 2004 100 26 39 26 166 984,045 DREAM WELL 2004 12 6 8 50 23 378,355 SHAANMER 2004 28 6 7 21 42 334,815 MARTALINE 2005 47 16 23 34 85 723,412 laveron 2005 45 11 17 24 50 672,775 BALLINGARRY 2005 53 19 22 36 77 621,910 AL NAMIX 2005 29 6 9 21 63 611,895 CALIFET 2005 38 11 17 29 52 510,320 DELLA FRANCESCA 2005 18 8 12 44 35 362,470




8 15 19 11 9 15 12 18 9 9 9 66 43 15 18 11 22 12 39 13 15 21 10 19 10 8 23 12 16 11 36 28 23 18 8 10 32 12 15 15 12 21 13 20

nh sires

Poliglote first French jumps sire to earn over €2 million

Martaline: an emerging stallion son of Linamix, most of his best so far have been exported to the UK

A Polish Summer

The leader so far through 2011 with his first crop of five-year-olds by prize-money earned is Polish Summer. The son of Polish Precedent did not get off to that early start and did not feature as a leader of his generation in 2010, but he bagged a couple of decent winners in late 2010 and in January this year his son Pistolet Rouge won a valuable handicap chase at Pau, becoming one of the leading money earners so far in 2011. In Ireland, he has the Gordon Elliotttrained Toner D’Oudairies, winner of a

A son of Linamix, many of Martaline’s stock have been bought to go to Britain and already in 2011 he has got the Nicky Henderson-trained Newbury bumper winner Tour D’Agent

race performers on the Flat and one winner over jumps so far – Celtus, the winner of three races. Although they were all low-grade affairs, the Michel Roussel-trained runner won the second of those by 10l. A son of Kendor, Keltos, who won the Lockinge (G1) from Noverre, has moved around in his stallion career. After starting off his stallion life at Airlie in 2003, he moved to Chevington in 2007 and then on to Haras des Granges in 2008. Although he is now in Spain, there will be plenty of buyable progeny available in three different countries over the next few years.

Grade 3 juvenile hurdle. Conversely, Martaline has yet to have a very good performer in France in 2011, but his progeny were very active in 2010 and while their winning prize-money was €269,000, the total prize-money earned by his runners last year topped €723,000, an amount gained from 85 placings. A son of Linamix, many of Martaline’s stock have been bought to go to Britain

Of the older generation, Poliglote became the first French-based NH stallion to break the €2 million barrier in the country, a highly commendable achievement considering that he did not even feature in France’s list of leading jumps’ sires in 2007. A son of Sadler’s Wells, he stands at Haras d’Etreham for €6,000 and as a racehorse he won the Criterium de Saint-Cloud (G1) and finished second in the Prix du Jockey-Club (G1). Irish Wells and Hello Morning are his Group 1 Flat performers, but he has had numerous Grade 1 jumping winners over the last two years, including in 2010 Saint Du Chenet, who won the Prix Ferdinnd Dufaure (G1), Tanais Du Chenet, a winner of the Prix Cambaceres, Prince Oui Oui, who finished third in the Prix Renaud Du Vivier (G1) and Still Loving You and Lucky To Be, who finished second and third ahead of Kriss William and Saint Macaire in the Prix Maurice Gillois GD Steeple-Chase 4 Ans (G1). For a stallion with those sort of results, at €6,000 Poliglote is not overpriced at all – particularly if considering that in 2011 he is already clear of his rivals, courtesy mainly of his January Grade 3 winner Berryville. Lavirco, Laveron’s older brother, had a great 2010, and although he was well beaten for the top spot by Poliglote and just coasted in ahead of third-placed Turgeon, his first covering year in France was only in 2003. He had just 16 winners last year, but his leading earner Bel La Vie earned over €100,000 when picking up the Prix Renaud Du Vivier from Cristal Bonus, Prince Oui Oui and Solix, and in total over €300,000 from five winning and placed graded efforts in 2010. Sadly, Lavirco died in the autumn of 2009 after Mikael D'Haguenet won at Cheltenham and Punchestown. Kapgarde, whose first crop were four-yearolds in 2009, is a son of Garde Royale and was another Grade 1-winning French hurdler. His oldest horses are now six-year-olds, however his leading performer in 2010 was Kap Dream, who won three races from four starts and over €100,000 in prize-money. He has had two graded race winners – the useful Royal Francois (unfortunately now dead) and Futio. He has seen some large books, which has generated plenty of winners, placed horses and prize-money – he just needs to build a little more on the quality.


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However, Al Namix has 14 winners now from his first crop and has had six horses placed in graded races and one winner

and already in 2011 he has got the Nicky Henderson-trained Newbury bumper winner Tour D’Agent (bred by Haras de SaintVoir); the Nick Williams-trained Shalimar Fromentro, who is a five-year-old novice chase winner and already BHA rated 131, as well as Toubab, who is trained by Paul Nicholls and finished third in the Tolworth Hurdle, despite the “cloud” hanging over the trainer’s runners at the turn of the year. In France, he got the third home in the Listed Prix Christian De L’Hermite Chase for four-year-olds, Pokerdor. Martaline, a brother to Reefscape and from a Juddmonte family, is based at Haras De La Reboursiere et De Montaigu and is also capable of getting top quality progeny for the Flat – Akarlina, winner of the La Coupe De Maison-Laffitte (G3), has been transferred to Nicholas Clement in the US and finished sixth in the EP Taylor Stakes (G1). The youngest stallion in the top 20 on the French general NH sires’ list by prize-money earned in 2010, Martaline finished just ahead of Laveron, who rounded his 2010 year off with earnings of €672,000. Unlike Martaline, over half of that prize-money was generated by winners. A Konigsstuhl brother to champion French NH sire Lavirco, Laveron started life as a Scarvagh House stallion, moved to Haras de Chartreux and for 2011 is to stand at Haras De Saint-Voir. He was a top hurdler himself and won the Grande Course de Haies d’Auteuil (the French Champion Hurdle (G1) in 2002. His five-time winner Katenko is his leading money earner having amassed over €200,000 in prize-money with a Listed victory and a Grade 3 chase win from his last two starts. Mood is a winner of three races and a picked up a third in the Grade 3 Prix Andre Michel over hurdles having won a Listed race last autumn as a four-year-old, while St Nicholas D’acy is perhaps Laveron’s highest profile jumps runner so far and his first to make a mark having finished third in the


Grandouet: a son of the exciting Al Namix

Grade 1 Prix Cambaceres (Grande Course De Haies Des 3 Ans), just two and a half lengths behind the second-placed Kauto Stone and the winner Prince Oui Oui. Not many of his horses have made their way over the Channel as yet though the Charlie Longsdon-trained Laveroque (a halfbrother to the wonderfully named Pancake) finished second in a bumper at Cheltenham behind Rock On Ruby, subsequent winner of an introductory hurdle at Newbury and a likely for the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle. The son of Sadler’s Wells, Ballingarry, was represented by the most runners in 2010, and for that he got the most winners (19) and earned €620,000. He is a nicely bred stallion and is a half-brother to Starborough, Our Aristotle and to the dam of St Nicholas Abbey.

He covered a lot of mares, and did take slightly longer than some of the French-based stallions to get off the mark and though he pulled in the winners last season he has yet to get a decent graded race performer. Califet was a Godolphin horse who finished fourth in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) as a four-year-old having started his winning as a two-year-old. He got off to a flying start with his first crop of three-year-olds – Temple Lord who had been minor placed in a Flat Group 3 had a five-race winning spin from April 2009 to October 2009. He is trained by Guy Cherel, who has most of this stallion’s stock, including Kriss William who won a Grade 3 chase last March and who finished fourth behind Kauto Stone in the Prix Maurice Gillois Steeple-Chase 4 Ans (G1). The one with the least number of winners of this batch of stallions is another son of Linamix, Al Namix, who had six successful runners in 2010. However, he has 14 winners now from his first crop (just two so far from his second crop) and has had six horses placed in graded races and one winner – Solix, who won the Grade 3 Pierre de Lassus in October and finished fourth in the Prix Renaud Du Vivier (G1) in November. Again Nicky Henderson is the one trainer who has invested in a gelding by Al Namix and the Seven Barrows trainer has chosen a fairly good one in Grandouet. The gelding was beaten last autumn by Sam Winner at Cheltenham, but has since won two juvenile hurdles (wearing earplugs) and holds an interesting entry in the Triumph Hurdle. Al Namix looks as though he can impart quality and with one of the least number of foals on the ground of this group of sires (175) he should have a progressive profile over the next few years. Della Francesca’s top runner achieved the distinction of a third in the UAE Guineas, but his leading NH earner is Cristal Bonus, who finished second in the Grade 1 Prix Renaud Du Vivier in November. The horse was subsequently sent to the Arqana November Sale where though he was not sold for €300,000, he has reappeared in Britain in training with Evan Williams. His first outing in Britain was in the International Hurdle (G2) when fifth behind Menorah under a penalty, a situation he had to endure again when seventh in the Cleeve Hurdle. He has ambitious entries at The Festival.

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Moving out of the Burrow Sally Duckett meets John and Sarah Haydon at their new farm, Clarendon Stud Photography: Trevor Jones



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ocation, location, LOCATION: TV programmes have been made about it, songs sung regarding it and now a British NH stud has been moved because of it. East Burrow Farm Stud, Crediton, Devon has become Clarendon Stud, Teffont, near Salisbury, Wiltshire. But despite the move of people and horses taking place through the worst December on record, it is very much business as usual for the stud’s practical, hard-working owners John and Sarah Haydon – even if the couple

are a little bemused by the amount of interest the bloodstock world has shown in their relocation. “We are a little embarrassed by all this interest in the move. We really don’t feel we deserve the interest, but we are very grateful for it,” smiles Hayden. “Wiltshire is a lovely area and we are really enjoying the new accessibility ourselves – we went to the theatre in London in January and it took longer to find somewhere to park at Salisbury station than anything else!” In today’s bloodstock world of mainly walk-in mares, and in today’s real world of extortionate fuel prices and a general lack of time as we are all busier, and busier and busier, the couple had begun to feel a little out on a limb based on their family farm in Devon.

John and Sarah Haydon. The pair were keen to get the move to new premises completed once the plan to leave East Burrow in Devon had been made


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The good-looking Tobougg. The son of Barathea is really making his mark in the NH sphere

still gets plenty of two-year-old winners and precocious types. “But after the success he has had with those of his Flat runners who have gone jumping – Bouggler, Shalone, The Betchworth Kid – he is now starting to cover a better standard of NH mare. The year after next we will see some of those start to come through but there is every sign that as a NH sire he will do well – but then again his Flat career is far from over!” Haydon will aim to cover around 90 mares with the son of Barathea – limiting every stallion’s book to around 120 is something he is passionate about and he dismisses the arguments put forward by many that it could not be policed and believes it would be a far better way for all to operate.

He also plans to include a number of his own mares in Tobougg’s book, reasoning that “he can help us and we can help him”. he couple have around ten mares of their own on the farm (Sarah admits they can be a bit dyslexic when remembering how many they do have!) but they have had a determined policy of upgrading the quality of the band in the last few years, a policy Haydon admits that only “time will tell if it has been a successful!” And despite the “lull” in proceedings that occurs as an older band of mares is quietly replaced by a younger bunch of maiden mares and those just carrying a first or second pregnancy, the Haydons were able to celebrate their new move with a success – a


Wiltshire is a lovely area and we are really enjoying the new accessibility ourselves – we went to the theatre in London in January and it took longer to find somewhere to park at Salisbury station than anything else

Breeders were driving to them from as far afield as Newmarket to walk-in mares – a round trip of around eight hours in a car, let alone in a lorry – to use Tobougg, their Darley dual-purpose sire who has been growing in popularity amongst all sections of the breeding industry. The Haydons knew that something had to give – and they decided in the interests of furthering and backing their business that it had to be them. “We loved Devon,” says John, “and we met some really good people down there, but I have not had a problem moving. Once my mind is made up then it always looks forward and is keen to look for the next thing – I don’t look back, I was just keen to get on with our plans. “It is a long, boring story as to how we found here and we had nearly given up on a move until after the season, even though we had buyers ready for East Burrow. But we saw this advertised – I took a look on the way to Newmarket for the sales and we were both planning to see it again on the way back, but I think we had the worst journey back ever on the M25 and we did not even get to Devon until two in the morning!” Maybe that experience pressed home to the couple just how important a move would be to their business so with buyers waiting in Devon and a Wiltshire seller keen for a deal, the Haydons shook hands on Clarendon Stud and moved East Burrow lock, stock, mares and foals on December 6. “This is a nice workable stud,” explains Haydon of the new farm. “There are some jobs to do, and we are in the process of building some new stallion boxes, but I want to do a season before rushing into changing anything – I want to know how it all works here first.” The two stallions who are being treated to the new accommodation are the Ascot Gold Cup (G1) winner Double Trigger, who retired to stud in 2000, and Tobougg, who covered 80-odd mares in 2010, is marketed now as a dual-purpose sire and who is a much-loved flagship stallion for the farm. “He really is great value as he stands at a very competitive fee,” says Haydon with his stallion man’s marketing hat on. “He is an outstanding-looking horse, who produces stakes horses and winners all the time. The trainers love his stock because they are sound, correct, tough and willing horses who want to win races. “Nearly all the mares that he gets are still Flat mares and for a young mare a breeder could do a lot worse than use Tobougg as he


clarendon stud Tobougg filly foal produced and shown in the Doncaster January Sale foal class picked up first prize. “She is an outstanding foal, the best I think I have bred,” says Haydon with pride, before admitting that: “Actually I did think she was exceptional and, though Sarah did not believe me, I had a little hankering that she would be good enough to win the show, which is something I have always wanted to do. “She sold for £8,500, which was fine and we can’t complain, but a few years ago she would have made £25,000, but that is the market now. If we had been at Clarendon a little longer we might have been tempted to keep her, but we have got lots of the family anyway, although we lost the mare, who is the dam of two black-type winners, when she produced the filly.” The NH market and particularly the well-documented lack of interest in fillies is something that perplexes the couple. “Our filly had only four or five people come to see her – and yet she was a nice filly and from a good family. It was so nice to be at a sale and you confidently tell buyers that you had a nice horse that you really believed in, but as soon as you mentioned she was a filly, they did not want to know,” recalls Sarah. Haydon continues: “It is very difficult for

Views from the Haydons Doncaster January Sale

“The stark fact was the size of the catalogue – not many years ago it would have been an inch and a half thicker. In one way it is a good thing as it is nice not to be wading through pages and pages of poorly bred foals, who are not going to see a trainer let alone a racecourse. “It was a good thing to have the sale and the show on the same day and is something I have wanted for a long time – allow people and buyers to see the foals in the morning, make their notes and be there for the sale later in the day. “But it was noticeable that no one was there really, apart from the resilient Irish, who never seem to give up. There were few from the British NH industry other than connections and certainly there were no NH breeding ‘fans’, who might have thought that they would like a day at the sales to see some nicely bred foals. “It was disappointing. DBS has said that it will look long and hard at the sale and I suppose there is a time when it becomes


Double Trigger: he was the first more commercial and profile stallion for the Haydons and was the one that encouraged the pair to begin to turn East Burrow the farm (with a few broodmares and a local NH stallion) into East Burrow the stud

hard to justify even putting it on. “It was moved from November because of the full sales calendar but with the reduction of sales dates, it might well suit once again – but then the boutique ‘ready to run’ NH sales seem to be ever expanding. “We do need some foresight to look three or four years ahead from where we are now because the young horses coming through then will be scarce reflecting the reduction in the numbers of mares covered.”

Breaking-in stores to sell

“There is still a huge feeling that buying a broken store will mean that you are buying a tried horse – speaking to trainers you get mixed views, some are happy to buy and some just won’t touch a broken horse. “Anyway, a genuinely recently brokenin store is not that much further forward than a well-prepared sales horse. “What trainers do all say though is that a store, newly broken-in or not, is a huge financial burden for an owner to see

people who are unlucky enough to breed a NH filly foal because they know they are going to have a problem. Breeders can’t keep all their fillies, the economics don’t allow that to happen, and they have to be moved on for little in the way of reward. “I don’t think there is any answer to it. There are a number of mares races now and perhaps another Festival-type race would suit, but a lot of trainers just don’t like training fillies and if you look at their yards they will be made up of 90 per cent geldings. “Maybe you just have to be a little more skilful to train a filly,” he rues. “With the geldings perhaps you just can train them all in together, whereas fillies maybe you have to be a bit more individual and look after them a bit more.” Yet, as Sarah added, we can all recall names of those tough jumping mares who just win and win and win and won’t be beaten. And, of course, there is the added bonus that if a filly becomes a winner and has something of a page, she has an inherent value. “If your colt or gelding is useless, then what are you going to do with him?” asks Haydon. “But if you get lucky with your mare, then you’ve got something. Even if you have a good gelding, who wins a stakes race, he is not going to make a difference to the breed and is through and that selling the idea is hard. “I like the concept of the breeze-up sales, for an owner and trainer to see a horse canter on top of being able to assess its pedigree and conformation, is a great addition. I am concerned that they have not really taken off as they should and I think that a lot of vendors still use the sale as a last resort if they have not sold their store previously. “Compared to the Flat breeze-ups, it can still be a long time for a racehorse to reach a track – maybe that does not help. “Trainers do like to know the background to a broken-in store or a breeze-up horse, even down to which gallop it has been using. “It is not really an option for many breeders to produce broken-in stores or breeze-up horses as most aren’t equipped to do the job or have good enough facilities. So horses have to be sent away to be broken and that is a whole lot of extra cost.”

Marketing young horses

“I try to listen to everyone’s point of view

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both on the Flat and in the NH game, but I am not really sure now how to market a young horse anymore. “The Flat trade was so strong for foals that you might as well sell then, rather than keep for another year with another year’s costs and risk. Perhaps the NH market is the same because, if you do have a reasonable foal then you will get something back then rather than have to wait three or four years to sell a store. “By the nature of things, you will always end up with store horses anyway. “It has all to do with a reputation. If you become known for selling sound, well-behaved and well-bred stock, then people will keep coming back to you.”

Breaking in stores to sell

“Prize-money is obviously key as everyone needs money to fund an enterprise and any horse who wins two or three races in a year should be selffunding. “Perhaps we are at present looking at racing reverting to something akin to the Sport of Kings, just like it always was.

It is very difficult for people who are unlucky enough to breed a NH filly foal because they know they are going to have a problem. Breeders can’t keep all their fillies, the economics don’t allow that to happen

system and ask ‘why should I bother?’ “Besides, a lot of people won’t even understand why their horse can’t be competitive – owners have to at least feel they have some chance at winning at some point because plenty else goes wrong.” Practical and you suspect not ones to suffer fools, the Haydons are prepared in their levelheaded way to put in the graft to get what they want from horseracing. It seems the pair have a strong and reliant partnership, a vital cog in a demanding world of bloodstock, and both the softly spoken John as well as his more forthright wife have views on this industry that they want heard. As they are working at the sharp end, those “If you look at the big trainers they are all full and charge big fees, while lower down the list, and not too much further down, it is a different story. Maybe for a time we just have to accept less, and that is less of everything – less owners, less runners, less racecourses and less breeders. “Perhaps we should just not panic about it, stick with it, see the cycle through and be there when it improves – hard as that might be. “Lots of people make a living out of racing, but no one has a divine right. I do try and remember that – you have to work hard and keep going at it, no one is going to come out of the sky and hand you lots of money and tell you that everything is going to be ok.”

Another stallion?

“I would love to stand another stallion – a well-bred, commercial Flat sire who would cover around 110-120 mares. If you want to be commercial you have to

only worth something while he is racing. But people just don’t want to take it on board.” Haydon, who sat for a time on the NH Committee thoroughly enjoying his involvement at a decision-making stage of racing, believes that the fillies’ 5lb allowance is just about right and does not see a need for meddling there. What he does have a strong opinion on though is the handicapping system and he firmly believes that it is in need of a total overhaul. “Many owners say to me that if you have a handicapper ‘you may win your race, or be placed, but you have to accept that you will have to run another four or five times before you can get to be competitive again!’ That is a lot of times for a NH horse to run and for an owner to pay fees before they can even shout home their horse again,” he shrugs. “To me that is wrong. Horseracing should always be competitive and at all times your horse should have something of a chance. Better brains than mine should sort this out, but it never seems to happen!” As Sarah adds in these times of reduced income, we need to be encouraging as many as possible into the sport of horseracing, not giving them a reason to depart. “Owners who would come into our sport, would take one look at the handicapping

views are certainly worth listening to by those at the top. The Haydons certainly deserve to work in a successful and well-run industry that provides suitable financial reward for a good job done. That’s not to say that the Haydons are so one track-minded that everything is dedicated to that god “The Horse”, having enjoyed that trip to the theatre after Christmas (even though it was to a play concerning equines). And when Sarah was asked by our pestering advertising manager if there was any spare cash in the pot for an ad, she responded: “If there was any spare cash, I would use it to buy a pair of shoes!” She was not thinking about metal ones. stand a Flat stallion as far more of the NH breeders are more hobby breeders. “You don’t need to be Einstein to work then, that it is difficult to charge the NH breeders more than £2,000-3,000 for a nomination, whereas a young Flat sire can stand at around £6,000-8,000.”

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It was Love at first sight Lissa Oliver meets vet and stallion manager Hugh Suffern at Tullyraine Stud Photography: Peter Mooney Winged Love with Hugh Suffern at Tullyraine Stud. The stallion’s first Irish-bred crops have just turned six and seven and are winning every week


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I went over to Germany to vet Winged Love for my friend, Alfred Buller. I just fell in love with the horse straight away and we bought him in partnership

red kites to be hatched in Northern Ireland for over 200 years were reared there. It was such a privilege to see them.” Such is the setting for the mares and resident stallion, Winged Love, on the farm that “ticked all the right boxes” when Suffern and his wife Alison first moved here, almost 20 years ago. “I had a list of ten boxes to tick,” remembers Suffern, “the view of the mountains being one and the close proximity to the A1 being another.” The location near Banbridge couldn’t be better and it is little more than a two-hour drive from Kildare, and is without the need to leave a main road. Down Royal racecourse is just 15 minutes away, while the 150 acres of Tullyraine are peaceful and remote. Breeding racehorses has always been a


ullyraine House Stud in County Down is steeped in breeding tradition and that doesn’t only extend to thoroughbred horses. “The red kite was recently reintroduced to Northern Ireland,” Hugh Suffern, owner of Tullyraine House Stud, tells me as we look out across serene paddocks to the Mountains of Mourne, shrouded in cloud on the horizon. He points to a tree within the hedgerow of the nearest paddock. “Last summer the first

passion for Suffern and the move to standing a stallion was a natural progression, yet he sees the stud side of his Tullyraine enterprise as “more of a hobby.” The real business for Suffern is next door, in a newly built state-of-the-art equine veterinary clinic. Suffern is a vet, first and foremost, and admits that “it would be very difficult to make a living from the stud alone.” Having kept a few mares at Scarvagh House Stud, Suffern first stood the dependable Insan, who is now enjoying retirement on the farm, when first coming to Tullyraine, but had no real intention of expanding the stallion enterprise as Insan neared the end of his career. But when the opportunity arose to stand Winged Love it couldn’t be passed up. “I went to Germany to vet him for my friend, Alfred

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tullyraine stud Buller,” explains Suffern. “I just fell in love with the horse straight away and we bought him in partnership. “He is everything a stallion should be: he has a fabulous race record, which was a good combination of speed and stamina, an excellent pedigree and good looks. He had two crops racing at that stage and it was quite a remarkable record – 26 individual winners from just 28 foals in the first crop. He was only ever going to improve on that, with better support and more mares.” And certainly the 1995 Irish Derby winner can’t be faulted on looks being 16.2hh of solid muscle and power, but he has a kind temperament which is slightly tinged with that cocky swagger that horses who are good – and know it – tend to show. There is much of his sire in him, the multiple Group 1 winner and Group 1 sire In The Wings, but it’s maternal sire Top Ville that Winged Love bears more than a passing resemblance to. That impulse purchase has certainly paid off for Suffern. Winged Love arrived at Tullyraine in 2002 and was already establishing himself as a leading NH sire, represented by the likes of Twist Magic, winner of five Group 1 chases, including the Tingle Creek Chase twice; the Group 1-winning hurdler Cherub; and Group 2 winners Atamane and Macleya as well as Biagiotti, Prince Of Love, Early Wings and Premier Victory. His store horses have proved popular at the sales too, with recorded purchasers such as Paul Nicholls, Aiden Murphy and Dessie Hughes going to £40,000, €42,000 and £50,000, showing a good return on Winged Love’s stud fee of around £2,000. But the best has been saved for the last few weeks and he has hit a purple patch now that that his first Irish-bred crops are coming through. Since Christmas Winged Love has had

Winged Love: his progeny love a soft surface

Everyone has now come right back down to basics and anyone who is still left in the game is an enthusiast and in it for the long haul. There is no one who hasn’t been severely hit, but we are all still here, still going

three individual Group 1 performers, and when we met in January, Suffern mentioned that he is particularly looking forward to the six-year-old Boston’s Angel, who won the Leney Novice Chase (G1) in December, and the seven-year-old Dessie Hughes-trained Magnanimity, winner of the Grade 2 Killiney Novice Chase believing that they are both “two very exciting prospects.” The stallion man’s predictions were to prove correct as the pair fought out the finish of the Dr P.J. Moriarty Novice Chase (G1) at the Leopardstown “trials” meeting, with Boston’s Angel coming out on top by a nose. It was 5l and more to the rest of the field. Suffern continues to keep six or seven mares and has bred the black-type filly Premier Victory and Lovey Dovey, a daughter of Winged Love and the winner of three bumpers and a hurdle. She looks to be a good chaser in the making. The homebred seven-year-old gelding Tullyraine, in training with Nigel Twiston-Davies and the fifth home in the Challow Hurdle (G2) at Newbury, is described by Suffern as a “big chasing stamp.” Although breeders are tightening their belts and last year there was a significant drop in the book for Winged Love, he nevertheless covered 50 mares and is always well supported, with reliable return trade and early bookings for 2011. With these great racing results this season, the omens are good for the spring. This season Tullyraine will also stand September Storm, a brother to Shirocco, the son of Monsun moving from Ballyash Stud but remaining in the ownership of John Kidd. “Stallion selection is vital,” smiles Suffern, “and more people are coming back to that now, they’re no longer so commercially driven.” While the recession has loudly hit the neighbouring Republic and mainland UK, with measures immediately implemented to help and safeguard the breeding industry, the equally hard-hit Northern Ireland has been over-looked. “The recession has been one great big bang,” rues Suffern. “We’ve been hit, everyone has. The problem is that for a long time we were buoyed by a false bubble, so in a way we got a double hit. “Everyone has now come right back down to basics and anyone who is still left in the game is an enthusiast and in it for the long haul. There is no one who hasn’t been severely hit, but we are all still here, still going.”


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ullyraine House Stud is one of only two studs still standing stallions in Northern Ireland and there’s little doubt the industry needs sympathetic legislation. Fortunately for Suffern, the Tullyraine Equine Clinic is not only thriving, but has expanded in recent years. What started out as the Rathfriland Vet Clinic was moved to Tullyraine in 1993 to become one of the first dedicated equine clinics in Northern Ireland. In September 2009 the new building was officially opened, providing state-of-the-art facilities and a fully


Incentives were introduced in the South and in the UK, and we missed out. We are a province of the UK, but legislation is made in Westminster and the politicians are unaware of the many aspects peculiar to Northern Irish bloodstock

The thoroughbred industry in the Republic of Ireland has historically enjoyed the support of the government and has immense tax concessions, but breeders in Northern Ireland have been left isolated and on their own. “The government is not on our side,” points out Suffern,“there is no pro-equine good will factor. Any incentives introduced in the South and in the UK, we missed out on. We are only a province of the UK, but legislation is made in Westminster and the politicians are unaware of the many aspects peculiar to Northern Irish bloodstock, or what might be done to help. “We were not even in a position to be able to lobby for our cause. It’s only recently that local government has been given the teeth to manage its own affairs.” Despite this, Northern Ireland continues to produce top-class racehorses, particularly in the NH sphere, and Suffern puts this down to a great cultural affinity to the horse. “Northern Ireland has a massive wealth of expertise in the workforce worldwide,” he explains, “and two of the last three Champion NH jockeys have been Northern Irish. That’s no fluke as we are passionate people, passionate about what we do.” Suffern smiles ruefully when I suggest there might be lessons to learn when the better times arrive once again. “No one’s bothered to look backwards to see where it went wrong,” he says in an exasperated fashion. “It was only the financial trigger that has ended over-production. The industry knew it was happening, knew what it would lead to, but still it carried on. “It’s an industry ruled by the financial aspect. We can only hope that people pay more attention now to breeding winners and sound horses and do not be so commercially driven as in the long term this will provide a stronger industry.”

equipped surgery theatre, together with boxes for in-patients. As one of only two equine clinics in Northern Ireland, Tullyraine Equine Clinic keeps Suffern and his three partners permanently busy. “A large part of the business is the AI clinic for sport horses,” explains Suffern, which is a world away from the thoroughbred operation housed just next door. “Mares come in to receive sport horse semen from Ireland, Britain and the continent. Even through the recession we have been artificially inseminating 140-150

mares per annum. It actually increased last year to 200 mares. There are no restrictions on the number of mares receiving any particular stallion semen. The only restriction is on the logistics of actually transferring the semen from the continent.” Digital technology has also seen vast improvements in veterinary practices. X-rays and scans can now be emailed directly through to clients where horses are being vetted abroad, particularly to the US. The clinic has become a one-stop shop for trainers and owners, with all treatments available under the one roof. And as if these two enterprises are not enough, Suffern is also on the panel of vets for Tattersalls, as well as Down Royal and Downpatrick. With four vets on the panel and two required at each race meeting, Suffern attends every other meeting in his official capacity. But for a man kept so busy, he is wondrously relaxed while a key element is his pleasure in doing what he does. “Every horse has a special dignity,” smiles Suffern, even while tending a colic case within the clinic. “You can’t really be detached, if you don’t care about them then it’s time to give up the job. “I do lose sleep over them and worry about them. But it’s very rewarding work. It has its lows, but it has its highs, too.” It’s not just those highs that keep Suffern happy in his work, in all its many guises. He possesses what he has already described in his fellow countrymen, an inherent passion for what he does.

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What NH resale value do Flat-bred three-year-olds have and which sires are the Renaults and which are the Volkswagens of this world, asks Victor Sheahan


ast year I was in the market for a newer car. In one showroom the salesman kept emphasising that the Volkswagen he was selling would hold its value much better than a Renault in which I had expressed an interest. “You will pay a bit more, but when you sell, you’ll get back a lot more” was his comment, which seemed a less confusing version of the adage “the day you buy is the day you sell”. The world of top-class Flat breeding might seem a long way removed from that of a used car salesman (or maybe not given some of the characters involved in the sport), but he got me thinking about the resale value of horses. Are there active sires whose progeny consistently retain their value better than others (stallion Volkswagens), regardless of their racing performance? My research has indicated that there are such sires and the advice to Flat breeders and yearling purchasers is to pay close attention to the NH stallion tables as it should be an important commercial consideration in these days of reduced and limited prize-money.

Read Victor’s blogs on sphere as indicated by a high placing in the 2009-2010 NH Sires’ table. I then looked at the sales results achieved for their three-year-old offspring in UK and Irish sales. These prices were compared with the average yearling price of those crops as well as the stud fee at the time of conception. The sales results were restricted to colts and geldings with fillies excluded on the basis that their resale value is primarily determined by their pedigree and past performances, rather than their future racing prospects. I then sought a comparable stallion for each selection based on stud fee, but one who has not been as successful in the NH

sphere. The idea was to quantify the impact that the prospect of success in the NH sphere has on a colt or gelding’s value – he was used as a type of “control” in my analysis.

Overview of sires table 2009/2010

Presenting was the champion jumps sire in 2009/2010, and he was followed by Old Vic, Oscar and Flemensfirth. Unsurprisingly, given the time it takes to develop NH crops, many of the stallions high on the list were either retired or dead, The day you buy is the day you sell: the adage works for horses as well as cars

Methodology and assumptions

The stallions that I used for my research were those who have achieved success in the NH


volkswagen flat sires MOntjeu: average of 3yo colts as compared to yearling average and stud fee Year of 3yo sale

Stud fee when conceived

Yearling Av

3yo Average


3YO Av as % of Yearling Av

3YO av over stud fee



251,805 (in 2008)







208,895 (in 2007)





danehill dancer: average of 3yo colts as compared to yearling average and stud fee Median

3YO Av as % of Yearling Av


Year of 3yo sale

Stud fee when conceived €75,000

118,723 (in 2008)

Yearling Av







107,418 (in 2007)





however I restricted the analysis to currently active sires who were marketed as Flat sires and available to UK and Irish breeders. The five sires selected by virtue of their position in the sires’ table were as follows: Montjeu (15th), Hernando (46th), Alhaarth (47th), Galileo (48th) and Captain Rio (54th). I excluded Mujahid (31st) who is in Italy and despite their successes on the Flat, King’s Theatre (6th), Daylami (20th) and Kalanisi (43rd), who are now effectively NH only sires. Interestingly, three of the five sires (Hernando, Galileo and Captain Rio) are out of Miswaki mares.

3yo Average

impact on the jumping sphere so it will be interesting to see whether Westerner will be the one to change that fact.

3YO av over stud fee

The table above compares Montjeu’s and Danehill Dancers three-year-old sales results (gns) and also compares the values against

A Volkswagen sire: Montjeu’s progeny are doing well over hurdles and are good options for NH buyers

Montjeu and Danehill Dancer

Montjeu finished 15th in the 2009/2010 season and he looks like improving on that position in 2010/2011. His star to date is Hurricane Fly who has already notched six Grade 1 hurdles and for whom further glory looks imminent. In addition, Won In The Dark and Blue Bajan have both shown high-class form over hurdles, while Moskova has done well over hurdles and over fences. By contrast, his studmate Danehill Dancer finished in 180th position on the jumps’ list. To date Danehill or his sons have made little

Hernando: average of 3yo colts as compared to yearling average and stud fee Year of 3yo sale

Stud fee when conceived

Yearling Av

3yo Average


3YO Av as % of Yearling Av

3YO av over stud fee



17,495 (in 2008)







107,611 (in 2007)





dr fong: average of 3yo colts as compared to yearling average and stud fee Year of 3yo sale

Stud fee when conceived

Yearling Av

3yo Average


3YO Av as % of Yearling Av

3YO av as % of Stud Fee



18,481 (in 2008)







46,553 (in 2007)






volkswagen flat sires alhaarth: average of 3yo colts as compared to yearling average and stud fee Year of 3yo sale

Stud fee when conceived

Yearling Av



45,379 (in 2008)



42,489 (in 2007)

3yo Average 168,563 (1 sold) 13,245


3YO Av as % of Yearling Av

3YO av as % of Stud Fee







3YO Av as % of Yearling Av

3YO av as % of Stud Fee

Marju: average of 3yo colts as compared to yearling average and stud fee 3yo Average



Stud fee when conceived €25,000

80,267 (in 2008)

Yearling Av







48,587 (in 2007)





their yearling sales values. The conclusion is that in percentage terms Montjeu’s offspring retain their value better, despite higher production and purchase costs.

Hernando and Dr Fong

Although Hernando is under-appreciated as a Flat sire, he is regarded as a sire of jumping prospects. He finished 46th in 2009/2010 but has finished as high as 26th in 2008/09. The best that he has sired include a Hennessy winner in State Of Play, a Martell Hurdle winner in Sacundai and No Refuge, winner of the Royal and SunAlliance Hurdle. For comparison purposes I used Dr Fong, who has made little impact so far over jumps. Unfortunately the sample size for Hernando was very small with no results for 2009 but the 2010 results actually show an increase in value compared to yearling price.

Alhaarth and Marju

One place behind Hernando was Alhaarth. On the Flat he is the sire of Haafhd, Awzaan, Phoenix Reach and others, while over jumps he has sired a very classy hurdler in the ill-fated Iktitaf as well as the useful sorts in Torphichen and Tharawaat. He has fallen out of fashion with Flat breeders since the glory days of Haafhd

Danehill or his sons have made little impact on the jumping sphere so it will be interesting to see whether Westerner be the one to change that fact

Year of 3yo sale

and he is now standing at a very reasonable €5,000. For comparison purposes I used his Derrinstown stud mate, Marju who finished a long way behind him in the jumps’ table and who has made no lasting impact down through the years with his NH runners. Alhaarth’s extraordinary sales figure for 2010 was accounted for by a €200,000 sale at the Goffs Landrover sale and was a higher price than achieved for any of his yearlings over the past three years. Marju’s results compare favourably for 2009 alone but not for the period as a whole.

Galileo and Cape Cross

The leading Flat sire Galileo finished 48th in last season’s NH table and to date can only

really boast of Celestial Halo as a top class horse so far. There seems to be an expectation that, just as he is emulating his sire’s success on the Flat, he will do likewise over jumps. However, I would adopt a cautious approach in that regard and readers might recall that the Melbourne Cup (G1) runner-up Purple Moon was bought for 440,000gns as a jumping prospect but failed to shine in two starts in that role. But the large numbers of increasingly well-bred horses coming off the Flat by the Coolmore sire, should see him continue to progress up the table. For comparison purposes I used Cape Cross, who despite siring a decent hurdler in Manyriverstocross has a fairly modest NH record.

galileo: average of 3yo colts as compared to yearling average and stud fee Year of 3yo sale

Stud fee when conceived

Yearling Av

3yo Average


3YO Av as % of Yearling Av

3YO av over stud fee



151,447 (in 2008)







219,480 (in 2007)






3YO Av as % of Yearling Av

cape cross average of 3yo colts as compared to yearling average and stud fee Year of 3yo sale

Stud fee when conceived

Yearling Av

3yo Average

3YO av over stud fee



65,334 (in 2008)







164,472 (in 2007)






volkswagen flat sires captain rio: average of 3yo colts as compared to yearling average and stud fee Year of 3yo sale

Stud fee when conceived

Yearling Av

3yo Average


3YO Av as % of Yearling Av

3YO av over stud fee



12,263 (in 2008)







15,439 (in 2007)





3YO av over stud fee

piccolo: average of 3yo colts as compared to yearling average and stud fee 3yo Average


3YO Av as % of Yearling Av


Year of 3yo sale

Stud fee when conceived £4,000

15,872 (in 2008)

Yearling Av







24,755 (in 2007)





The implication for stallion masters is that instead of hiding the fact that their sire has produced a NH runner, they should acknowledge and promote NH success

Captain Rio was a soft ground-loving son of Pivotal. Although he was a sprinter it hasn’t stopped him siring a pair of Grade 1 hurdle winners in Jumbo Rio and Hollo Ladies. On the Flat he gets lots of winners and is regarded as a decent source of cheap speed. However, he should increasingly be in demand from the jumping fraternity with the good results he has shown so far. For comparison purposes I used Piccolo another speedster, but one with a modest NH sire record.

Weaknesses in the methodology

As with anything in racing or breeding it is difficult to be too dogmatic. Ideally, I would have had larger sample sizes and it would have been the same horses sold as yearlings and as three-year-olds. Allowances would be made for the racing history of the three-yearolds. Horses sold for valuable opportunities for overseas racing – now a strong alternative market for the Flat-bred stock – rather than NH racing would also have been identified. In addition, the use of a single comparator for each stallion is much too arbitrary. Many horses are sold as four-year-olds rather than three-year-olds and the impact of other variables such as the vendor (e.g. the Aga Khan’s cast-offs are highly prized on


Captain Rio and Piccolo

the history of their performances once they have gone jumping) should be considered. However, it is not an ideal world and we have to work with the available data sets.

Conclusion: promote NH success with Flat sires as they can be long-term gain Taking into account all of the above caveats there does seem to be evidence of a strong correlation between NH success and increased long-term value for Flat-bred horses by certain sires. The implication for stallion masters is that instead of hiding the fact that their sire

has produced a NH runner, they should acknowledge and promote NH success with much the same gusto as they advertise their stallion’s successful offspring on the Flat (I await the first advertisement heralding a Volkswagen stallion). Furthermore, owner-breeders can take comfort in using somewhat unfashionable stallions as their offspring may not be in demand as yearlings, but may well become valuable commodities at three – if by the right sire for the NH market and if showing a likely aptitude for jumping. Yearling purchasers need to fully consider the impact of resale value on their purchasing decisions. If anyone is still unsure about the meaning of residual value then give me a call – I have a lovely Renault for sale.

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affordable flat sires The Intikhab filly Snow Fairy and jockey Ryan Moore after winning at Epsom


Getting value

Last year proved that you don’t need to spend a fortune on nominations to enjoy racecourse success. Sally Duckett reviews the performance of those sires standing at £6,000 or less

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f just one trend could be identified from 2010 Flat season it was that it was the year of the cheaper, value stallion as the Irish 2,000 Guineas, the English and Irish Oaks, the Champion Stakes, were all won by horses whose sires stand at less than £6,000. In today’s economically rearranged world, breeders need to keep a close eye on their costs, particularly if bearing in mind that the average price of a sales yearling at Book 2 in 2010 was 24,000gns.

Of course, the major expense, the one that breeders can actively decide upon, is the nomination fee paid to produce the horse in the first place. As a foal usually builds up annual living costs of around £8-10,000, commercial middle-of-the-road breeders need to be looking at stallions around £7,000 or less, if they don’t want to run too much of risk of finding themselves on the wrong side of the deal come sales time. Tagula and Observatory both proved once again that they are capable of getting

Group and Grade 1 winners, but the sire in the “affordable” bracket who really carried the year was Intikhab, courtesy of his Snow Fairy. As has already been reported as a yearling the filly did not do her sire a favour at the sales and was led out unsold. However, she went on to prove that the Derrinstown stallion can impart the class to take his stock to the top of the world – and in fact all around the world as the filly after her domestic Classic successes went on to score in the hot

british and irish stallions standing at £6,000 / €6,000 or less (British and Irish figures) 2010 Statistics from Weatherbys Name Stud fee Rnrs Intikhab Observatory Tagula Bertolini Compton Place Captain Rio Refuse to Bend Avonbridge Monsieur Bond Sakhee Bahri Kheleyf Tobougg Big Bad Bob Indesatchel Alhaarth Arakan Beat Hollow Key Of Luck Haafhd Elnadim Piccolo Camacho Firebreak Diamond Green Chineur Majestic Missile Sleeping Indian Aussie Rules Passing Glance Indian Haven Auction House Proclamation Dilshaan Araafa Norse Dancer Balmont Striking Ambition Phoenix Reach Respelendent Glory Paris House

€5,500 £5,000 €4,000 £3,000 £6,000 €5,000 £4,500 £3,500 £3,000 £5,000 £2,000 £4,000 £2,500 €6,000 £3,000 €5,000 €4,000 £5,000 €4,000 £5,000 €6,000 £3,000 €4,000 £3,000 €5,000 €3,000 €4,000 £3,000 €6,000 £2,000 €3,000 £2,000 £3,000 €2,000 £2,000 £2,000 €4,000 £2,500 £2,500 €2,000 £2,000

76 51 73 178 130 125 98 87 69 65 33 111 121 27 27 84 32 77 47 78 29 84 37 26 43 50 23 45 31 4 35 47 29 7 32 7 11 11 16 2 8



% Wnrs to Rnrs


23 17 26 51 49 46 29 31 23 25 11 36 22 13 8 22 6 26 13 22 10 25 13 6 12 16 6 12 7 3 9 12 10 6 4 2 2 1 1 1 0

34 20 43 74 75 78 40 47 39 44 19 47 38 18 12 29 8 41 17 33 17 35 20 8 14 21 10 18 8 4 15 20 17 13 4 2 2 1 1 1 0

30.26 33.33 35.61 28.65 37.69 36.8 29.59 35.63 33.33 38.46 33.33 32.43 18.18 48.14 29.62 26.19 18.75 33.76 27.65 28.2 34.48 29.76 35.13 23.07 27.9 32 26.08 26.66 22.58 75 25.71 25.53 34.48 85.71 12.5 28.57 18.18 9.09 6.25 50 0

116 80 120 245 239 187 159 128 124 94 62 181 116 38 37 92 35 80 49 107 52 130 70 31 46 73 31 51 43 6 26 61 25 23 26 9 7 8 7 1 2

Money won Stakes wnrs 926,998 926,912 815,755 695,752 642,222 573,333 452,158 448,883 442,921 406,507 376,204 350,636 292,444 278,460 264,378 251,635 233,011 231,057 220,368 216,584 205,758 185,899 179,536 151,673 147,104 142,963 140,038 112,335 107,172 98,747 93,026 82,114 66,492 50,028 22,900 9,748 9,398 6,280 4,689 3,068 1,179

2 1 1 1 1 2 3 1 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


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Twice Over (above) was not the only Group 1 performer for Observatory in 2010 – he also got the Marcel Boussac second Helleborine, as well as Hollywood Derby runner-up Sebastian Flyte

Compton Place covered nearly 100 mares in 2010, an increase of 30 from 2009 and the tide seems to be in the sire’s favour at present

Marcel Boussac (G1) runner-up Helleborine and Sebastian Flyte, who after shipping to the US, finished second in the Hollywood Derby (G1) and has come out this year to come home third in the San Marcos Stakes (G2). Observatory has been given a £1,000 price increase this spring to £5,000, but he seems to be developing into an owner-breeders’ horse as he has had only two yearlings go through the sale ring in the last two years. Bertolini got the most winners from this group of sires in 2010 with 51, a reflection of the large books he has covered. His fee of 2008 was €10,000 (peak in 2006 of €15,000) but it came crashing down to £4,000 in 2009 and has been further reduced to £3,000 for this spring. He is a source of cheap speed – Prime Defender, who was fourth in the Nunthorpe

house of Hong Kong. There is the possibility now of an outing in the Dubai World Cup being on Snow Fairy’s dance card. She has already won over £2 million and successful raids abroad through 2011 could mean that Snow Fairy has chances of becoming one of the leading money earners ever. “She looks to have enjoyed her winter holiday and has just started exercise again, doing two canters every other day of the week, and we will build up her work schedule slowly during February,” said her trainer Ed Dunlop in January. “The plan is the World Cup but she will tell us whether she will be ready in time and we will see how things progress. “I would have no worries about her handling the Tapeta surface as she won on the Polytrack at Lingfield as a two-year-old, but if we do travel we will obviously give her a spin around Meydan to find out how she reacts before committing to the race.” Notably, Intikhab does have a better record with his fillies than his colts – his other two Group 1 winners Paita and Red Evie also being of the fairer sex. And while the son of Red Ransom does not break records at the sales, his yearling average has been consistently around the 20,000gns mark throughout his career. Last autumn Andrew Balding spent 95,000gns on a colt at Tattersalls Book 2, Dwayne Woods went to 72,000gns on a colt at Book 1 out of Don’t Tell Mum (now named Tell Dad) while Shadwell Estates spent €85,000 on a colt out of the Royal Anthem mare, Surrender To Me. Tagula hit the heights with the Irish 2,000 Guineas and St James’s Palace Stakes winner Canford Cliffs – a first Group 1 winner for the stallion. His stock tend to want shorter distances than the mile that suited Richard Hannon’s Classic winner – his Group 2 sprinter Tax Free, who is still running and placing as a nine-year-old, being typical. Tagula stands at €4,000 (his fee was at its most expensive through the years 2003-2008 when he cost breeders €7,000 and €6,000) and his most expensive yearling of 2010 has been named Statementofintent. The colt cost McKeever St Lawrence £85,000 at the DBS Premier Sale, while the next best was bought by the good judge Peter Doyle for £40,000 at the same sale. He has been called Trail Blaze. Observatory continues to be something of a conumdrum as a sire. His brilliant Twice Over continued to be just, well, brilliant and at last got the recognition he deserved through 2011 with his Eclipse victory and another Champion Stakes success, while he found another two good ones in the Prix

and won the Duke of York Stakes, being his headliner in 2010, while Victoire De Lyphar finished second in the Ayr Gold Cup as a three-year-old. His sales average was not the best in 2010 and he may be an option for mare owners looking to push some speed into their pedigrees. Bertolini’s British-bred crops have, for some reason, had better results than from those produced in Ireland, so now that the sire seems to be a permanent resident at Overbury Stud, after moving back to the farm in 2009, it will be of interest to see if that form holds good. Close behind the Overbury Stud sire on the winners front are Captain Rio and Compton Place, both of whom had over 45 winners in 2010. Captain Rio has already featured in this issue as a good NH sire and

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ompton Place is a good option if looking to get a winner into a young mare – he got 56 winners in 2009 and 49 in 2010 of which 16 were two-year-olds. However, while his grand-son Borderlescott continues to pave a way for Compton Place, the Whitsbury Manor sire needs to find one to follow up. However, his better books are due to come on stream in 2012 after Borderlescott pulled out his Group 1 victory in the summer of 2008 so it has to be expected that a few more stakes performers will start to pop up. Compton Place covered nearly 100 mares in 2010, an increase of 30 from 2009 and the tide seems to be in the sire’s favour at present. One would have to think that even Whitsbury had to have been surprised by the performance last year of the farm’s new sire Refuse To Bend, who got his first Group 1 winner courtesy of Sarafina, who won the Prix de Diane (G1), the Prix Saint-Alary (G1) and finished third in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and Prix Vermeille (G1). She was not his only stakes winner in 2010 as Grace O’Malley won the Noblesse Stakes (G3) for the second year in succession (and was later sold to Tony Nerses for 850,000gns at the Tattersalls December Sale), Croisultan became a Listed winner, while Neon Light finished third in the German 1,000 Guineas (G2). Both Sarafina and Grace O’Malley were out of mares by Darshaan. Refuse To Bend’s top-priced yearling of 2010 was a filly out of Lady Zonda and a halfsister to the Fillies’ Mile winner Hibaayeb. She was bought by the Dukes Stud for 100,000gns. There are plenty of his stock to come as he covered 121 mares in 2009 and though the numbers of mares he saw were considerably less in his first season in the UK – which may have implications for sales breeders using him this time – Sarafina’s success will have raised his profile. Standing at a price of £4,500, down from €20,000 at its height in 2008 at Kildangan

The Ballyhane sire covered 78 mares in 2009 and 152 in 2010 – it seems the Irish breeding community are beginning to get behind this son of Pivotal

Stud in Ireland, the profile of this son of Sadler’s Wells will change considerably one way or the other over the next few years. The other Whitsbury stallion with runners, Avonbridge, continued to perform well through 2010. A 2010 second-season sire Avonbridge has covered 70-odd mares in each of the last couple of years so has had enough support to continue to be a commercial prospect and last year got his first Group 2 winner, the capable Temple Meads. Presvis continues to fly the global flag for Shadwell’s Sakhee and picked up the mile Al Rashidiya (G2) in Dubai last month. The sire continues to get a wide range of racehorses and last year he got the Doncaster Cup (G2) winner Samuel, but also Royal Rock, who as a six-year-old won the 6f Willmott Dixon Bengough Memorial Stakes (G3). Sakhee also had a good two-year-old in the shape of Tin Horse, the Prix Morny (G1) runner-up and Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (G1) third, who has every possibility of making up into a Poule d’Essai des Poulains (G1) horse. On top of this Sakhee is developing a

he seems to get a variety of types – from sprinters through to middle distance horses. His Group 3 winner of 2010 was Red Badge, winner of the 1m2f Select Stakes on soft ground and it is a feature of his stock that they tend to act better on a surface with some give. The Ballyhane sire covered 78 mares in 2009 and 152 in 2010 – it seems the Irish breeding community are beginning to get behind this son of Pivotal.

strong 38 winners-to-runners percentage and is becoming a good option for a variety of mares – though he is not probably the most commercial from a sales point of view. As he is now standing at his lowest fee yet, this might be the year to get into him. Big Bad Bob, as was discussed in last month’s issue, standing as basically a private stallion has got good results from small numbers. He has now transferred to the Irish National Stud and is another stallion who will have a different look to his profile in a number of years’ time. He is one of few stallions in this bracket given a price increase for this spring. Of note, three of his best offspring are out of Bering mares, with Bob Le Beau and Bible Belt being siblings. Finally, another to have continued the shock and awe tactics of this level of sires is Monsieur Bond, who, having struggled previously to get a stakes winner, hit the jackpot with his Prix de l’Abbaye (G1) winner Gilt Edge Girl and also with my Name Is Bond, winner of the Prix La Rochette (G3).

Avonbridge (below) got his first Group winner when Temple Meads won the Mill Reef Stakes


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stallions standing at LESS THAN £6,000 yet to have runners Name Stud fee

Despite this batch of sires being lower down the pecking order of the stallion ranks, they are still capable of getting more than decent animals if their mares hold their side of the bargain too

On the back of those victories his yearling average increased from approximately 6,000gns in 2009 to over 20,000gns in 2010, an average not seen for Monsieur Bond since his first crop sold in 2007. He has not covered very large books of late so racecourse representatives will drop off over the next couple of years, but to be capable of getting a Group 1 winner, which most stallions don’t manage to achieve at all, speaks volumes for the sire’s ability – if he gets the right mare. This dispersion of results through the stallion ranks indicates not only the fact that many breeders two or three years ago started to look away from the top stallions who had become too expensive, but it is also an indication of the quality of sires and the domestic broodmare band. Despite this batch of sires being lower down the pecking order of the stallion ranks, they are capable of getting decent animals if their mares hold their side of the bargain too.

Sir Percy Dutch Art Cockney Rebel Amadeus Wolf Notnowcato Jeremy Strategic Prince Three Valleys Heliostatic Moss Vale Vespone Echo Of Light Multiplex Windsor Knot Baltic King Balmont Haatef Sakhee’s Secret Thousand Words Papal Bull Captain Marvelous Assertive Sixties Icon

£6,000 £5,000 £4,500 €6,000 £5,000 €6,000 €4,000 £5,000 €5,000 €4,000 €4,000 €3,000 £3,000 €3,000 £3,000 €4,000 E4,000 £5,500 €4,000 €5,000 €4,000 £2,500 £4,500

Foal Average 4,440 11,623 only 1 sold 9,680 6,328 11,822 6,601 6,375 2,000 10,579 n/a 11,100 45,766 4,634 6,151 n/a 25,025 18,839 10,379 9,507 9,068 7,660 6,559

2010 Statistics from Weatherbys

Foal Median Yearling Average Yearling Median 3,500 10,750 only 1 sold 12,220 2,500 7,463 4,635 4,000 only 1 sold 5,899 n/a 4,500 6,500 only 2 sold only 2 sold n/a 20,000 14,000 12,641 9,270 7,373 6,500 5,000

25,823 24,936 21,667 20,793 17,203 16,279 15,859 15,844 13,556 11,651 10,008 9,976 8,984 7,367 5,962 2,887 - - - - - - -

19,535 14,500 11,267 15,591 16,000 10,000 7,584 9,523 7,585 8,006 8,849 4,000 2,949 4,500 4,213 2,857 -

Despite tough times, autumn sale performance by untried “value” stallions not too bad at all


ooking at the sales performance of those sires in this fee bracket yet to have runners, there is one stand-out figure – Multiplex’s foal average. The Mickley Stud Danehill sire had three foals sell from five offered:

one fetched just 800gns, a colt foal out of a Docksider mare went for 6,500gns, while a filly foal out of Shemriyna completely threw the trend and fetched 130,000gns. Sold as the property of Allan Stennett and Richard Kent’s Allseasons Bloodstock, she is a half-sister to Shimraan, a Group 2 winner of

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Sir Percy’s yearlings surprised a few by looking precocious, active individuals. In response they did well at the yearling sales with an average of 25,823gns

last year’s Prix Eugene Adam. She was bought by Hugo Merry Bloodstock. While the uplift in this sale was based purely on the racecourse performance of Shimraan (all breeders dream of such pedigree improvements) Multiplex has been catching the eye with his sales stock since his first crop of foals went through a sales ring. Albeit that ten of his 2010’s yearlings made under £3,000 as reflected in his yearling median, Multiplex’s best yearling of 2010 fetched £70,000gns and was bought by Sir Robert Ogden at the DBS Premier Sale, while Con Marnane spent 55,000gns on a filly at the Arqana October Sale. In total, five made more than 20,000gns. Sir Percy’s yearling stock surprised a few by looking precocious, active individuals. In response they did well at the yearling sales with an average of 25,823gns. A level crop as indicated by his 19,525gns median, the Dewhurst Stakes winner emerged well after his first yearling crop sold last autumn. Six lots made over 40,000gns, with McKeever Bloodstock and Oliver St Lawrence Bloodstock buying his top two colts for 80,000gns and 78,000gns apiece. His foals were not in such demand – possibly the pin-hookers steering clear of his few offered lots before his first crop run. Dutch Art’s first yearlings performed particularly well with five making 100,000gns or more – a fine return on the £10,000 fee they were conceived off. The right faces invested in many of the Cheveley Park Stud stallion’s first crop of yearlings with Sir Robert Ogden paying €180,000 at the Arqana August Sale, Shadwell going to 120,000gns for a colt out of Miss Otis at Tattersalls, while Con Marnane spent 100,000gns at Book 2

and Sylvain Vidal €110,000 for a colt out of Spinamix. His foals held their own too, with five fetching more than 20,000gns. Although Amadeus Wolf’s foals did not command such high prices, his foal median was the best of those sires with an older crop of yearlings on the ground. The Irish National Stud stallion had a large crop of 69 yearlings go through the ring last autumn and he had 15 make over 30,000gns, with a top price of 78,000gns, paid out by Peter Doyle for a colt out of the Anabaa mare Southern Queen. Amadeus Wolf’s stud companion Jeremy had slightly mixed results at the yearling sales and of the 49 offered, 28 sold. Eight of those that sold made over £30,000, with Bobby O’Ryan and John Warren buying his top lots. His foals performed well and of the 19 offered, 15 sold making €40,000, €36,000 and £25,000. Derrinstown Stud stallion Haatef, a son of Danzig, headed the averages for those sires with a first crop of foals. He was well supported by Shadwell which bought his two best colts for 70,000gns and €62,000, while Redpender Stud went to €51,000 for a colt at the Goffs November Sale. Those three were the real highlights as the next best price was €26,000, but of the 11 offered, eight were found new homes. His foal average was six times his current fee and three and a half times his 2008 fee. Foals by Whitsbury’s Sakhee’s Secret struck a chord with buyers averaging 18,839gns with top prices of 54,000gns, 47,000gns and 42,000gns. The colt out of Malelane and purchased by Richard Frisby topped day one of the Tattersalls Foal Sale at 42,000gns, while Neil Jenkinson bought the colt out of Cat’s Whiskers for the southern hemisphere.


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1992 In The Wings – J’ai Deux Amours (Top Ville)

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Winner of Irish Derby and a prolific sire of Group race performers

Twist Magic: five-time G1 winner Bostons Angel: a dual G1 winner Cherub: G1-winning hurdler Magnaminity: dual G2 winner and G1 placed Premier Victory: dual G3 winner Atamane: G2 hurdle winner and G1-placed

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Macleya: G2 and G3 winner and G1-placed Aolus: dual G2 winner Also sire of 13 P-t-P winners in 2010 Stores recently made: £50,000, €42,000, £40,000

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what makes a stallion?

Jocelyn de Moubray attempts to answer the ultimate question:


What makes a top stallion?

or everyone in the bloodstock world where the best stallions come from is about the most important question posed. Stallions are, of course, where the most money can be made in this business. The European market is, at the very best, still just beginning to emerge from a severe recession and yet there are about 15 stallions in Britain and Ireland who have still earned a paper revenue or £10 million or more over the last two years (the paper revenue being the number of mares they covered multiplied by the official stud fee). In the boom years before the number of sires generating this type of revenue would have been greater still. Selecting the right stallion to purchase or support can be a very profitable decision, while every breeder or buyer who picks the right stallion in advance has an excellent chance of making a substantial profit as well. If anyone could come up with a system or test for selecting successful stallions they would have a very profitable business. The market in general has a pretty clear idea of how to answer the question. If you look at the list of stallions in Europe by price, or by the number of mares covered in 2010, it is obvious that the market evaluates potential stallions above all by three criteria.

How did he do?

The first and most restrictive is performance, in Europe this is particularly true compared with the US where the stallion market is much bigger and more competitive. In Europe the only sires which get any real sort of an opportunity are Group 1 winners, but then these days, thanks to the perpetual expansion of the programme, there are plenty of these. The other two criteria are a horse’s looks, and its sire.

What does he look like?

Looks are important as most of those buying nominations will be looking to sell the progeny at foal or yearling sales. Looks give value to a young horse, particularly before its sire has had runners and particularly in the days of large stallion books as each individual

has to compete in the market with 60 or 70 others by the same horse. As a result the market does not tend to support stallions who deviate from the norm, those who are too big, too small or too crooked.

Who is his daddy?

Even more important in the market’s selection is the name of the sire and grand sire. Last year, 18 sires in Britain and Ireland covered 150 mares or more, nine of these come from the Danzig line, seven from other Northern Dancer lines, and two from other sire lines. Of the 56 stallions who covered 100 mares or more, 16 are sons of Danehill, three are grandsons of Danehill, Green Desert has six sons and three grandsons among them and Sadler’s Wells five sons and four grandsons.

Who is going to do best?

It is easy enough to predict which new sires are going to prove popular with breeders, providing, of course, that they are reasonably priced which in these times is nearly always the case as every stallion manager knows the importance of getting the mares at the beginning of a horse’s career. There are of course variations in the selection and some Group 1s count a great deal more than others but on the whole among the leading performers of each equine generation it is the good-looking ones by the fashionable sires who get the opportunities.

What are his mares like?

Opportunity is all-important as the success of any stallion depends upon its genetic potential, but also, and probably more so,


what makes a stallion?

The dual hemisphere years have proved beyond any doubt that the make-up of the mare population is more often than not the decisive factor in a stallion’s success or failure

upon the opportunities he gets and the gene pool available to the horse. The dual hemisphere years have proved beyond any doubt that the make-up of the mare population is more often than not the decisive factor in a stallion’s success or failure. Over the years the stallions who have proved to be equally successful in both

Europe and the southern hemisphere are the exception to the general rule which is that each horse is better suited to the mares and racing programme on offer in one or other of the hemispheres. The genetic make-up of a pool of mares is always changing and so the right stallions for any one country will also change.

For instance, the influence of Northern Dancer and his descendants is so ubiquitous in Europe, the only Northern Dancer-free sires standing at £15,000 or higher are Dalakhani and Monsun, that there has to come a time when horses from a different backgrounds enjoy great success.

What influence does the racing programme have? The racing programme is the other variable over time and place which determines the answer to the original question. Which stallions are successful depend on which type of races are well rewarded and which type of races breeders, or their customers, want to win. Changes to a country’s racing programme, or changes to the pattern of prestigious races, will have an effect upon the

background to current leading stallions in europe

Table courtesy of Jocelyn de Moubray

Stallion Sire Foaled Rating Dam’s rating Fee1st season 1st Yearling Median Median / fee 2010 Median Sire Dam Sibling Inbreeding Galileo Sadler’s Wells 1998 132 124 31,500 85,000 2.7 170,000 Y Y Y Native Dancer 4X5 Monsun Konigsstuhl 1990 133 88 3,600 23,000 6.4 84,000 Y N N N Dalakhani Darshaan 2000 134 103 31,000 105,000 3.4 45,000 Y Y Y N Shamardal Giant’s Causeway 2002 127 98 27,000 60,000 2.2 50,000 Y Y N Halo 4X5 Oasis Dream Green Desert 2000 129 25,000 53,000 2.1 80,000 Y N Y Northen Dancer 3X4, Never Bend 4X4, Sir Gaylord 4X5 Dubawi Dubai Millennium 2002 128 119 25,000 41,000 1.6 64,000 Y Y Y Northern Dancer, Raise A Native 4X5 Montjeu Sadler’s Wells 1996 136 115 31,000 60,000 1.9 84,000 Y Y Y N Danehill Dancer Danehill 1993 118 3,600 8,500 2.4 95,000 Y N Y Native Dancer 4X5X5X5, Natalma 4X4 Dansili Danehill 1996 126 105 8,000 15,000 1.9 110,000 Y Y Y Natalma 4X4, Northern Dancer 4X5 Pivotal Polar Falcon 1993 120 102 6,000 16,000 2.7 78,000 Y Y Y N High Chaparral Sadler’s Wells 1999 130 24,000 42,000 1.7 22,000 Y N Y N Invincible Spirit Green Desert 1997 120 120 7,000 15,000 2.1 61,000 Y Y Y N Selkirk Sharpen Up 1988 129 8,000 18,000 2.2 16,000 Y Y Y N Cape Cross Green Desert 1994 125 8,100 16,000 2 40,000 Y Y Y N Rock Of Gibraltar Danehill 1999 131 46,000 80,000 1.7 31,000 Y N Y Northern Dancer 3X3, Natalma 4X4X4


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The US stallions Tapit (left) did not win a stallion-defining Grade 1 race, while Distorted Humor (above) did not win a Grade 1 race at all

It’s easy then – or is it?

So given the inevitable changes which come with time as the programme and mare pool changes, the answer is more or less straight forward. It is not easy to predict which sires will be successful, but the best bet is to go for the best winners, by a leading sires of sires, who has the best looks. And yet the market, which adheres to this reasoning, is always getting it wrong. Year after the year there are sires who

The best bet is to go for the best winner, by a leading sires of sires with the best looks. And yet the market, which adheres to this reasoning, is always getting it wrong

selection of stallions for those breeding for this market. In Europe and the US the best horses now tend to race over shorter distances than was the case 50 years ago, and so this has had an effect on the selection of stallions. In Britain, 40 per cent of all black-type races are restricted to two or three-year-olds and 60 per cent are run over a mile or less, and so inevitably the majority of popular stallions are likely to produce two or threeyear-olds who are at their best over a mile or shorter distances.

are popular and expensive when they retire to stud, and who are not successful, and others who were neither popular nor expensive who turn out to be a great success. In Europe, the limited number of sires who are given an opportunity means that it is very rare indeed for a horse who did not win a major race to establish a position as a stallion, but in the US, where the market is far larger and more competitive, it happens regularly. Distorted Humor is not a Grade 1 winner and nor was he among the leading freshman sires. And, for further example, even though Tapit and Candy Ride did win Grade 1s neither the Wood Memorial nor the Pacific Classic are generally considered to be stalliondefining races. Major race winners are more likely to be top sires than non winners, but there are plenty of exceptions. One would have thought that once a stallion’s progeny is on the ground, it should be possible to judge its genetic potential, but that is often not the case. What do Danehill, Dansili, Montjeu and Dubawi have in common ? The answer is not


what makes a stallion? Danzig: the Claiborne stallion‘s early sire sons, apart from Green Desert, were not that successful

only that they are or were top sires, but also that their first crop of yearlings were rejected by the market. In Danehill’s case it was not just his first northern hemisphere crop, it was right through until his sixth crop sold that the median price of his European yearlings was more than double his stud fee.

When does a sire become a sire of sires?

There seem to be exceptions to every aspect of the standard criteria. As not only are some of Europe’s best sires by stallions who were never considered to be international sires of sires, Polar Falcon and Konigsstuhl among others, but also if you look at those that are by established sires or sires it is easy to have doubts. Green Desert is considered to be a sire of sires and yet his first two Group 1 winners Owington and Sheikh Albadou were failures. The same is more or less true of Danzig and Danehill. Apart from Green Desert, Danzig’s early sons were not all great stallions, Chief’s Crown, Danzig Connection, Polish Navy, Polish Precedent, Shaadi, Dayjur, Polish Patriot – these are not names you see every day in the pedigrees of top horses. Danehill’s sons were an immediate success in Australia, but in Europe neither Desert King nor Indian Danehill were long-term successes. Surprisingly about the best of the sire of sires if you examined in these terms is Sadler’s Wells, who was considered disappointing for years and yet whose first five crops included In The Wings, El Prado,


Fort Wood and Barathea. On the whole once a stallion makes it to the top other sons of his sire are given more opportunities and so later a reputation as a sire of sires is established.

Is a lack of inbreeding an answer?

Given all these exceptions or variations from the accepted rules, it is hardly surprising that many serious breeders refuse to use unproven stallions at all. Are there any alternative theories which could add to anyone’s chances of picking a successful stallion? Looking at the table on page 74 of successful stallions there are two possibilities. First, and again Danehill is an exception, on the whole successful stallions are less inbred than the population as a whole. This is probably just a question of opportunities and it may after all be a result of unwarranted prejudices.

Perhaps it is time to look to the mothers?

Second, and a far more striking fact, are the similarities between the dams and the female family’s of successful stallions. The majority of the leading sires in both Europe and the US have top-class racemares among their first three dams, and not just good or useful racemares, but top-class ones. In the US, where the racing programme for fillies and mares is well established, most leading sires have Grade 1 performers among their first two dams; in Europe they tend to have the winners of the races which are

now Group 1s for fillies and mares or who performed against colts at a high level at two and three years old. Reflecting perhaps a widely cultural perception, in Britain mares tend to be selected by pedigree, they are those that come from established families and are sought after whatever the level of their own performances, whereas in the US it is racing ability which counts. A Grade 1 winner is a Grade 1 winner wherever she sprang from and she is valued as such. And when it comes to breeding stallions it looks as if it is the US approach which works. There are several examples of top stallions who come from average or ordinary families, but who have a top racemares among their first three dams. Female racing ability counts in a stallion’s pedigree and it appears one way of judging a horse’s genetic potential is to see if it has a top racemare, a filly able to perform in the best races at either two or three, is among its first three dams.

What influence from racing itself then?

The final possibility is a reflection of the way racing has changed over the last 30 years. In Europe, as in the US and more or less everywhere in the racing world, the best races tend to be run over shorter distances and the majority of races over a mile or less. Speed has always been important for thoroughbreds, but it is now more important than ever and this probably explains the dominance of the Northern Dancer stallion

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what makes a stallion? female families of leading european sireS

Table courtesy of Jocelyn de Moubray

Stallion Dam Dam, 2nd and 3rd dam racecourse performance

Galileo Monsun Dalakhani Shamardal Oasis Dream Dubawi Montjeu Danehill Dancer Dansili Pivotal High Chaparral Invincible Spirit Selkirk Cape Cross Rock Of Gibraltar

Urban Sea Mosella Daltawa Helsinki Hope Zomaradah Floripedes Mira Adonde Hasili Fearless Revival Kasora Rafha Annie Edge Park Appeal Offshore Boom

Winner of Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) Listed winner over a mile Listed winner Group 3 placed over 1m2f Listed placed over 1m2f; 2nd dam won Irish Oaks and Prix du Calvados Dam was unraced; 2nd dam was a Listed winner over 1m4f and Group 2 placed over 1m7f-1m6f, 3rd dam was multiple Group 1 placed Group1 winner over 1m3f, multiple Group winner and Group1 placed over 1m2f Group 3 winner, Group1 placed over 1m7f-2m unraced; 2nd dam unraced; 3rd dam multiple Group 1 winner over 5-8f Listed winner over 81/2 3rd dam Gr 1 winner over 6 Group 3 placed over 7f; 2nd dam Group 1 winner over 1m2f Unraced; 2nd dam Group winner, who was placed in Prix de Moulin de Longchamp and Arc de Triomphe Group 1 winner of the Prix de Diane Multiple Group winner, placed in Irish 1,000 Guineas, Lowther and Queen Mary Stakes Group 1 winner of the Cheveley Park and Moyglare Stakes Winner; 3rd dam won Group 1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches and was placed in Prix Morny and Prix Marcel Boussac

young sires standing at more than Є5,000 with similar female backgrounds Stallion Dam Dam, 2nd and 3rd dam racecourse performance

Sea The Stars Fastnet Rock Dai Jin Iffraaj Lawman Footstepsinthesand Amadeus Wolf Arcano Aussie Rules Jeremy Naaqoos Lope de Vega Mount Nelson Myboycharlie Showcasing Three Valleys New Approach Sixties Icon Multiplex Champs Elysee Papal Bull Sir Percy Mr Sidney Virtual Notnowcato Mawatheeq


Urban Sea Picadilly Circus Dawlah Pastorale Laramie Glatisant Rachelle Taryisha Last Second Glint in her Eye Straight Lass Lady Vettori Independence Dulceata Arabesque Skiable Park Express Love Divine Shirley Valentine Hasili Mialuna Percy’s Lass Tomisue’s Delight Virtuous Rambling Rose Sarayir

Winner of Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Group winner, Group 1 placed over 6f Winner; 3rd dam multiple Group 1 winner Winner; 2nd dam Park Appeal Unplaced; 2nd dam Group 2 winner and Group1 placed over 1m4f-1m6f Winner; 2nd dam won the Nassau Stakes and was placed in Coronation Stakes Winner; 2nd dam Group 1 placed over 1m3f Unraced; 2nd dam Group winner and placed in Moyglare Stakes and Irish 1,000 Guineas Placed in Coronation and won Nassau and Sun Chariot Stakes Unplaced; 2nd dam won Pretty Polly Stakes, was placed in Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks Unraced; 3rd dam won Irish 1,000 Guineas and was placed in Irish Oaks and Vermeille Stakes Winner of Calvados, placed Marcel Boussac Stakes Winner of the Matron and Sun Chariot Stakes Unplaced; 3rd dam won the Fillies Mile Listed winner over 6f; 2nd dam won Cheveley Park Stakes Unraced; 3rd dam won Cheveley Park Stakes Multiple Group winner, Irish Champion, Nassau, placed in the Yorkshire Oaks and Champion Stakes Winner of Oaks Listed placed over 1m2f; 2nd and 3rd dams were placed in the Oaks Listed winner; 3rd dam Group 1 winner over 6f Unplaced; 2nd dam won the Nassau Stakes and was placed in Oaks Group winner and placed in Pretty Polly and Sun Chariot Stakes Multiple Group1 winner and was placed in the Kentucky Oaks, the Alabama and Mother Goose Stakes Winner; 3rd dam won Prix Maurice du Gheest and Prix du Calavados Listed winner and placed in Prix de Pomone and Ribblesdale Stakes Listed winner; 2nd dam won the May Hill, the Fillies Mile, and the Princess of Wales Stakes

what makes a stallion?

So have we found THE answer?

Speed has always been important but it is now more important than ever and this is probably what explains the dominance of the Northern Dancer stallion

lines in Europe. There appears to be a group of leading sires who were sprinters themselves but who have pedigrees which are a mixture of speed and stamina. The first of these may have been Danzig himself, but obvious examples are Danehill, Green Desert, and more recently Pivotal, Invincible Spirit and Oasis Dream. These horses were all precocious sprinters themselves, and yet they all come from female families who performed at a high level over middle-distances. If this is to be a long-term trend there will of course, have to be horses bred to stay further than a mile otherwise the mixture will be diluted for ever.

The latest crop of leading young stallions in the US appear to come from similar backgrounds and could well turn out to be of great interest in Europe as well. Tapit is inbred to Nijinsky as well as to Mr. Prospector; Candy Ride has a similar mixture of speed and stamina in his pedigree, while the dams of War Front and Birdstone were placed in the Long Island Handicap, a Grade 2 for fillies and mares run over 1m4f at the end of the year. When you start talking about individual stallions any sort of analysis

selection of british and irish Stallions covering in 2010 (by no of mares covered in 2009) Stallion Sire Stud


Galileo Oratorio Kheleyf Teofilo Holy Roman Emperor Tran Island Cape Cross Footstepsinthesand Duke of Marmalade High Chaparral Invincible Spirit Shirocco Oasis Dream Pivotal Verglas Excellent Art Danehill Dancer Manduro Rock of Gibraltar Shamardal Byron Dalakhani Singspiel Pastoral Pursuits Papal Bull Dansili Royal Applause Bahamian Bounty Dylan Thomas Exceed And Excel Zamindar

Ireland Ireland Ireland Ireland Ireland Ireland Ireland Ireland Ireland Ireland Ireland Ireland/GB GB GB Ireland Ireland Ireland GB/Ireland Ireland Ireland GB Ireland GB GB Ireland GB GB GB Ireland GB GB

Sadler’s Wells Danehill Green Desert Danehill Danehill Selkirk Green Desert Giant’s Causeway Danehill Sadler’s Wells Green Desert Monsun Green Desert Polar Falcon Highest Honor Pivotal Danehill Monsun Danehill Giant’s Causeway Green Desert Darshaan In The Wings Bahamian Bounty Montjeu Danehill Waajib Cadeaux Genereux Danehill Danehill Gone West

Coolmore Coolmore Darley Darley Coolmore Arctic Tack Darley Coolmore Coolmore Coolmore Irish National Stud Darley Juddmonte Cheveley Park Irish National Stud Coolmore Coolmore Darley Coolmore Darley Darley Gilltown Darley National Stud Coolagown Juddmonte Royal Stud National Stud Coolmore Darley Juddmonte

2009 nos of mares 188 175 174 170 170 161 159 158 155 153 152 147 147 146 143 136 136 135 133 132 132 131 131 130 129 127 124 123 122 116 116

Table courtesy of Jocelyn de Moubray

2010 nos of mares 177 196 122 183 168 106 174 201 160 217 191 142 140 134 153 131 97 111 153 166 106 123 45 137 106 98 137 110 130 133 96

Fee 2009

Fee 2010

private 17,500 12,000 25,000 25,000 3,000 35,000 12,500 40,000 10,000 60,000 10,000 30,000 65,000 12,500 17,500 private 20,000 27,500 20,000 4,000 50,000 15,000 4,500 7,500 65,000 9,000 10,000 35,000 12,000 15,000

private 15,000 8,000 20,000 17,500 3,000 35,000 12,500 30,000 15,000 45,000 10,000 65,000 65,000 10,000 12,500 private 20,000 22,500 20,000 4,000 50,000 15,000 5,000 6,000 65,000 9,000 10,000 25,000 12,000 15,000


what makes a stallion?

Top sires are often less than perfect individuals and smaller, larger or more crooked than the norm, they come from a broader range of sire lines than is often supposed

does of course become completely subjective, but it is worth bearing in mind that, as in many other human activities, the moment a trend is recognised universally is more often than not the moment it is reversed. People have been trying to predict how well a stallion is likely to reproduce for generations and until the day genetic science is able produce a blueprint for a successful athlete, which is a long way away as no one really knows why one horse runs faster than another, any prediction can only be an educated guess. My guess is that the standard criteria are too restricting. Top sires are often

less than perfect individuals and smaller, larger or more crooked than the norm, they come from a much broader range of sire lines than is often supposed and more often than not the female family has as much or more influence than the stallion line on the type of horses a stallion produces. Happily for all those concerned there will always be surprises and no horse however well qualified is sure to succeed at stud. Given the opportunities, there will always be others who come from nowhere to establish a reputation and reward those who picked them in advance.

selection of british and irish Stallions covering in 2010 (continued) Stallion Sire Stud Refuse To Bend New Approach Dutch Art Hurricane Run Motivator Medicean Whipper Kyllachy Mount Nelson Tiger Hill Authorized Nayef Jeremy Aussie Rules Montjeu Acclamation Multiplex Lawman Amadeus Wolf Halling Sleeping Indian Diamond Green Captain Rio Dubawi Camacho Kodiac Bushranger Mastercraftsman Yeats Intense Focus Sea The Stars Dandy Man Champs Elysee Captain Gerrard


Sadler’s Wells Galileo Medicean Montjeu Montjeu Machiavellian Miesque’s Son Pivotal Rock Of Gibraltar Danehill Montjeu Gulch Danehill Dancer Danehill Sadler’s Wells Royal Applause Danehill Invincible Spirit Mozart Sharpen Up Indian Ridge Green Desert Pivotal Dubai Millenium Danehill Danehill Danetime Danehill Sadler’s Wells Giant’s Causeway Cape Cross Mozart Danehill Oasis Dream

Darley/Whitsbury Darley Cheveley Park Coolmore Royal Stud Cheveley Park Ballyinch Cheveley Park Newsells Darley Darley Shadwell Irish National Stud Coolmore Coolmore Rathbarry Mickley Ballyinch Irish National Stud Darley Tweenhills Ballyhane Ballyhane Darley Morristown Lattin Tally Ho Tally Ho Coolmore Coolmore Ballyinch Gilltown Ballyhane Juddmonte Mickley

Country Ireland/GB GB GB Ireland GB GB Ireland GB GB GB Ireland/GB GB Ireland Ireland Ireland Ireland GB Ireland Ireland GB GB Ireland Ireland GB Ireland Ireland Ireland Ireland Ireland Ireland Ireland Ireland GB GB

Table courtesy of Jocelyn de Moubray

2009 nos of mares 116 115 114 113 113 112 111 109 108 108 107 107 104 101 101 100 100 95 92 88 88 81 74 68 57 53 - - - - - - - -

2010 nos of mares 24 134 100 146 - 120 84 70 118 95 149 104 113 148 118 119 103 139 137 129 103 108 152 161 113 143 188 175 174 157 140 110 108 100

Fee 2009

Fee 2010

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southern hemisphere

Australian buyers the key in New Zealand

The Karaka Yearling Sales Series maintained the strong trend of recent years


ew Zealand Bloodstock’s 2011 National Yearling Sales Series concluded at Karaka with the auction showcase buoyed by a powerful international buying bench that underpinned the successful week. After the first lot sold for NZ$600,000, the steady trade on the first day of the Premier Sale masked the buying frenzy which was to come on Day 2, when buyers stepped up their enthusiasm to secure the selections on offer. The Premier Sale exceeded pre-sale expectations and provided a flow-on effect to the subsequent sessions, highlighted by strong international demand for the product on offer. However, the concern throughout the week was the subdued activity from the local New Zealand buyers. With international buyers dominating the Premier Sale, many local buyers were forced to target the Select and

Strong results maintain trend

The Premier Sale provided the first 503 of the 1,622 lots catalogued for the week. The two-day sale posted exceptional results, with the turnover and sale median both exceeding the strong results seen last year, even without any million dollar lots so demonstrating the overwhelming strength of the middle market. This trend continued throughout the week to post a combined sales average and median which both exceed last year’s result, albeit with a decrease in the clearance rate. Across the seven days of selling, 1,050 yearlings were sold for a combined turnover of NZ$88,094,250 (down six per cent from NZ$93,567,400 in 2010 with 80 more horses sold). It must be remembered that turnover at the 2010 Sales Series was the NZ Bloodstock’s second highest on record, increasing by NZ$20 million – a massive 25 per cent – on the previous year. The 2011 result therefore continues an upward trend of an 18 per cent increase from 2009, notwithstanding the extraordinary spike last year. The top price of 2011 was NZ$875,000 paid for Lot 466, a colt by Red Ransom who was bought by prominent New Zealand buyer, David Ellis.


Festival Sales. New Zealand Bloodstock co-managing director Andrew Seabrook saw the international buying strength as the most significant influence on this year’s sale. “It seems a combination of success by the New Zealand horses and a favourable exchange rate lured a lot of Australians to Karaka this year and we’re very grateful for their participation,” he said. “We made a point this year of exposing the success from our Select Sale to the Australian market, and one of the highlights was seeing a number of Australians stay on for that session. “It is worrying, however, to see the overall New Zealand spend down over NZ$11 million this year which had an obvious effect on clearance rates at our Select and Festival Sales. “Fortunately the force of the Australian buying strength went some way towards making up for a weakness from our local buyers helping us to post extremely pleasing results.

The colt is a half-brother to the leading three-year-old filly in New Zealand this season, King’s Rose (Redoute’s Choice). Two other lots reached the NZ$800,000 mark, including a colt by Danehill Dancer (also bought by Ellis) and a filly by Zabeel. A total of 14 yearlings made NZ$500,000 or more this year compared with 11 last year, including three six-figure sales. With an almost identical number of horses catalogued this year compared to last year, 18 more were withdrawn and 79 fewer were sold, representing a clearance rate of 72 per cent. By the close of selling, the combined sale average for all horses sold at Karaka 2011 was a NZ$83,899, up on last year’s NZ$82,876 to become the second-highest combined average achieved at Karaka. The combined sale median was also very strong at NZ$45,000, up seven per cent from NZ$42,000 last year, and up 50 per cent on the NZ$30,000 median posted two years ago.

Australian buyers the key

Underpinning the success of Karaka 2011 was no doubt the international buying bench, lead by the mass of Australian buyers. Australian buyers spent NZ$50,800,00

on 349 horses, compared with a total spend of NZ$46,600,000 for 321 last year, which itself had shown a dramatic increase from NZ$24,000,000 for 239 the previous year. The leading buyer this year was Rick Connolly Bloodstock with 18 young horses bought for an aggregate of NZ$5,230,000 at an average of NZ$290,556. Connolly’s top price was NZ$650,000, which he gave for Lot 450, the Encosta De Lago half-sister to Group 1 Hong Kong International Sprint winner Green Birdie. Amongst the busy buyers were Mark Kavanagh, Lloyd Williams’ Hudson Conway, Peter Moody, Danny O’Brien, John Foote, Hawkes Racing, John O’Shea, Gai Waterhouse, Bart Cummings and Duncan Ramage, all of whom spent in excess of NZ$1 million. In contrast to the growth seen from the Australian contingent, the total spend by New Zealand buyers this year was down by NZ$11m to NZ$24.8m for 596 horses from NZ$36.7m for 702 last year. With NZ$20 million spent at the Premier Sale last year, this session experienced the most significant decline with just NZ$12.4 spent by the locals this year. Bucking the trend on the New Zealand buying bench was David Ellis of Te Akau

southern hemisphere Racing. The Akau team bought 33 yearlings at prices ranging from NZ$16,000 to NZ$875,000 across the Premier and Select sessions. Ellis became the leading New Zealand buyer for the sixth year in a row. The third-leading buyer this year was the Hong Kong Jockey Club with 12 horses purchased for the Club’s International Sale in March. The HJKC was represented at Karaka by Mark Richards, who paid a top price of NZ$440,000 for Lot 193, an Encosta De Lago colt from the family of Racing To Win. With the sale timed inconveniently for those wanting to celebrate Chinese New Year, the total spend by Hong Kong buyers was NZ$6.9m for 39 yearlings compared with NZ$8.2m for 66 last year. Singapore buyers took home NZ$3.6m worth of bloodstock this time as against a NZ$4,300,000 spend last year.

Cambridge tops for 30th year

In an extraordinary feat, Sir Patrick and Lady Justine Hogan’s Cambridge Stud became the leading vendor by aggregate at the Karaka Sales for the 30th year in a row. Without a million dollar lot this year, Cambridge Stud sold 62 yearlings for an average of NZ$177,758 and an aggregate of NZ$11,021,000, almost a million dollars clear of the next which was Windsor Park Stud with 78 horses sold. The farm enjoyed its strongest-ever sale at Karaka, with 78 yearlings selling for NZ$10,095,000 at an average of NZ$129,423. Leading the vendors by average was Richard Rutherford’s Beltana Stud, with three entries selling for NZ$640,000 at an average of NZ$4213,333.

Zabeel progeny demanded again

The dominant sire was industry stalwart Zabeel, whose progeny were in hot demand off the back of another four individual Group 1 winners last season. The 27 yearlings by Zabeel averaged NZ$346,111, with his progeny heading to Mark Kavanagh (three), Rick Connolly (three), Peter Moody (two), and Duncan Ramage (two) amongst others. One of the star attractions of this year’s sale was the 35 entries by High Chaparral, who came in second on the sires’ tables by aggregate and fifth by average with 33 yearlings selling for an average of NZ$237,500.

This colt by Danehill Dancer made NZ$800,000 and was bought by David Ellis from Cambridge Stud

Amongst those who secured his progeny was Gai Waterhouse, who took home three fillies and one colt by the son of Sadler’s Wells amongst her six purchases.

Young Coolmore and Darley sires popular The final day of New Zealand Bloodstock’s three-day Select Sale was highlighted by a top price of $250,000 paid for the son of first-season sire Excellent Art.

Leading sires: Karaka 2011 Stallion

Sold Average Aggregate Top Price

Zabeel Red Ransom Encosta de Lago Danehill Dancer High Chaparral Commands Shamardal Charge Forward Exceed and Excel Stratum Fastnet Rock Bernardini

27 5 15 5 33 5 4 3 5 4 21 9

346,111 307,000 267,667 262,000 237,500 186,000 184,750 183,333 174,000 173,750 172,619 169,444

9,345,000 1,535,000 4,015,000 1,310,000 7,837,500 930,000 739,000 550,000 870,000 695,000 3,625,000 1,525,000

800,000 875,000 650,000 800,000 625,000 240,000 325,000 300,000 420,000 280,000 300,000 330,000

Leading first-season sires: Karaka 2011 Stallion

Sold Average Aggregate Top Price

Bernardini Excellent Art Casino Prince Dylan Thomas Iffraaj Street Sense Henny Hughes Librettist

9 3 4 8 47 3 3 6

169,444 155,000 123,125 118,125 101,500 90,000 65,333 48,917

1,525,000 465,000 492,500 945,000 4,770,500 270,000 196,000 293,500

330,000 250,000 340,000 240,000 540,000 105,000 100,000 90,000

Offered by Pencarrow Stud, the colt from Sadler’s Wells mare Magical Moment was secured by Coolmore Stud’s Tom Magnier and Adrian Nicoll of BBA Ireland. The strapping colt is a half-brother to recent winner of the Group 1 Rich Hill Mile, Fears Nothing (Faltaat). “He’s a fantastic yearling that has all the makings of a super racehorse and we are delighted to have bought him,” said Magnier, who continued in a marketing theme: “He is certainly a credit to the team at Pencarrow. This sale has served as a great endorsement of what an exciting young sire Excellent Art is. “He had another colt make $170,000 here on Wednesday and they have been selling very well in Australia also. “It’s always important to see the market react well to a young sire and the market seems to love Excellent Art. “He’s getting very good-looking yearlings and it bodes well for his future as a sire.” Coolmore advisor Demi O’Byrne, said of the colt: “He is an outstanding colt that has everything. He’s probably the best-looking yearling I’ve seen in Australasia so far this year”. The highlight of the first day came with the filly by first-season sire Iffraaj from Sayyida fetching $290,000 to the bid of New Zealand trainer Roger James. From Trelawney Stud, the filly is from a family already familiar to James since he trained Sayyida (Zabeel) to win two races. Iffraaj, the son of Zafonic who broke the record in the northern hemisphere for the number of individual winners by a firstseason sire, was the Premier Sale’s leading first-season sire with 16 yearlings sold for $1,402,500 at an average of $87,656.


southern hemisphere

Mares covered in Australia down

Coverings for the 2010 Australian breeding season were below 2009, according to figures released by the Australian Stud Book. It was found that 23,070 mares have been reported as being covered for the season, which officially commenced on September 1, down from 24,553 mares covered in 2009 and 26,600 in 2008. It is expected that the figure will be down by four per cent after late reports are lodged. “While these covering figures are less than previous years, the efficiency of the industry has improved to the extent that the

conception rate of mares has increased from 56 per cent to 67 per cent since 1975,” said the stud book’s Michael Ford. “The foal crop for 2011 will be around 15,500 being 600 less than the 2010 crop. “Usually 11,000 thoroughbreds make it to the racetrack from each crop so there should be sufficient potential racehorses from next year’s foal crop.” NSW accounted for 45 per cent of mares covered, while Coolmore sire High Chaparral was the most popular stallion in 2010 covering a book of 234 mares.

Selling in the city proves a resounding success Michael Clower reports from the first sale held in the centre of Cape Town


he inaugural Cape Premier Yearling Sale was voted a resounding success by buyers and vendors alike, and no matter what criteria was used. Overseas visitors poured into Cape Town, the auditorium was packed, prices were above expectations and the city centre concept worked so well that it has changed the country’s sales landscape. It also promises to open up South Africa’s racing and bloodstock to a whole new market. “It was a fantastic effort and a harbinger of tremendous promise for the future,” said David Allan of Allan Bloodlines, while Team Valor’s Barry Irwin added: “For a first effort, I thought it was fantastic. The breeders did a super job and some of their horses looked better than they do in Johannesburg in April.” Irwin was referring to the National Yearling Sale where 600 of the year’s top yearlings are traditionally sold. The majority have to make a 900-mile trek to Johannesburg from the Cape where most of studs are based – the journey can leave the youngsters so exhausted that it can take them a fortnight to recover. Last year representatives from some of the biggest Cape studs went to the TBA, which owns the main sales company, and said they wanted to sell locally at a time when overseas visitors (including the many “swallows” who come to escape the European winter) were in the country. In response, the TBA set about promoting the Cape Premier Yearling sale to prospective international buyers as a lifestyle event in the heart of the city’s tourist area, in the sunshine and in the midst of three weeks of top-class racing.


Sale opinion Anthony Stroud, bloodstock agent: “I thought it was good, particularly for a first time. I also thought the standard of horses, and their presentation, was very good.” Highlands Stud manager Mike Sharkey: “It more than lived up to my expectations. The buyers were certainly there but they didn’t want the old wine [referring to the produce of old and less fashionable stallions].” Avontuur Stud manager Pippa Mickleburgh: “Very positive and we sold all ours, but buyers only wanted the top end. Next year we need to improve the quality across the board to appeal to the overseas buyers.”

Marketing manager Eamonn Cullen drew upon experience gained at Irish Thoroughbred Marketing to attract international owners and bloodstock agents, including newcomers to South Africa such as Anthony Stroud and Aiden Murphy, while TBA council member Robin Bruss presented a fortnightly TV programme targeted at local buyers. Bruss also headed the sale’s promotion. Klawervlei Stud’s marketing guru Grant Knowles, who co-hosted the TV show, organised trips to all of the studs, which were selling the yearlings, as well as ensuring that the main hall in the International Convention Centre was kitted out for the sale. Easy to get to and with underground parking for plenty of cars, the centre

proved to easily have enough room for 300 temporary stables and accommodation for an army of grooms. Mind you, some were complaining about the noise – the acoustics are so good that whenever a horse kicked out, it sounded like a gun going off! The auditorium was around the size of a third of a football pitch with goalmouth-sized big screens all round the walls. Buyers sat at 60-plus tables, with a constant supply of food and drink, while the yearlings were brought to a halt in front of an international team of auctioneers, including John O’Kelly of Tattersalls. The start of the sale was preceded by Claire Johnston singing the National Anthem, a team of dancers and – just to ram home the message – clips of South African-bred stars such as J J The Jet Plane, Lizard’s Desire and Jay Peg winning big races round the world. The end result of two evenings of selling was 214 yearlings realising R87.9 million (£7.8 million) at an average of R410,748 (£36,500), 25 per cent more than the last National Yearling Sale figure. Eighteen yearlings made R1 million or more, compared with only 22 at the whole of the National. The one disappointing aspect was the poor clearance rate and around 20 per cent of the 270 offered failed to find buyers. Some of the reserves proved unrealistically high, but, in other cases, the yearlings were rejected simply because they weren’t considered good enough. Overseas buyers made a notable contribution. Angus Gold spent R5 million on six yearlings for Sheikh Hamdan to go to Mike de Kock, who will also initially train the five bought by Rocket Man’s Singapore-

southern hemisphere

Three out of three for first-season sire Excites King’s Rose wins NZ Bloodstock filly series First-season sire Excites has kept his perfect first-crop record intact with the latest win by promising youngster, Stirring Emotion. The Vinery Stud resident, a Group 1-winning juvenile by Danewin, boasts three winners from his first three runners. Winner of the Group 1 AJC Champagne Stakes, Excites has covered over 100 mares in each his first three seasons. Excites is the only sire son of leading sire Danewin and is an older half-brother to other young sires Duporth and Tickets.

With still two races left in the 2011 New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series, a standout performance by three-year-old filly King’s Rose in the Group 2 Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic gave her an unassailable lead in the series. The Redoute’s Choice filly’s performance at Te Rapa took her 22.5 points clear of her nearest rival, Smoulder. With only 18 points up for grabs in the final two races in the series, King’s Rose’s title is secure.

Everyone seemed to give the new Cape Yearling Sale, which was marketed as a “lifestyle” choice, the thumbs up, including (from left to right) British rrainer William Haggas, Investec Bank’s Bernard Kantor, Ali Al Qama of Dubai and owner Chris Van Niekirk NB: The value of the South African Rand fluctuates widely. It has been converted into sterling at 11.24 to the £, the rate prevailing at the start of the sale.

based trainer Patrick Shaw. Irwin, who has done so well with South African-bred fillies like Ipi Tombe and Irridescence, purchased a further seven, while Allan Bloodlines, Crispin De Moubray, Ben McElroy and Tina Rau were also amongst the buyers. Vendors seemed well satisfied despite having to pay higher-than-usual entry fees and a commission rate a point above the National’s seven per cent. This was to offset the costs, which the TBA calculated to be R7 million (£623,000).

The National Sale will suffer

In fact, the TBA’s gross income from the sale was more than R10 million but robbing the National of nearly half it’s horses will cost it dear in April, despite the fact that it is adding 150 yearlings that would not normally be good enough to make the grade. The impact is likely to be even greater next year when competition for places at the Convention Centre will be that much hotter. Surprisingly, few vendors seemed to find having yearlings ready more than two months earlier that much of a problem. “You just have to have the right horse,”

said Veronica Foulkes whose Normandy Stud sold a sister to Queen’s Plate winner Mother Russia for R1.4 million (£124,500). “But this was virgin territory for all of us and as a concept I thought it was great.” It says much for the sale that Bruss’s biggest concern seemed to be the slowness of service at the buyers’ tables. In desperation he fired the waiters at the end of the first night and engaged a new crew for the second evening! “There was some softness in the market – sometimes breeders believe their own advertising!” joked Bruss. “But overall it was a wonderful result and it showed that Cape Town has arrived as an international sales destination.” Joey Ramsden, stepson of former Yorkshire trainer Linda Ramsden and one of the leading trainers in South Africa, was also full of praise – not just for the sale but for the fact that it had been established at all. “What impressed me most was the fact that people were prepared to go out and do something totally new. Even if it had been a failure, which it certainly wasn’t, it would have been worth trying,” he said. Ramsden didn’t see buying yearlings

more than two months earlier than at the National any great disadvantage for South African trainers or owners. “When you are paying R300,000 or R400,000 for a horse, what’s another ten grand in keep?” he asked. Allan, who has a long association with South Africa, pointed out: “The sale got off to a sticky start but that was to be expected because people were unfamiliar with the place. “We brought out groups from Britain and America. Some of them came to invest at the sale while others intended to reconnoitre with a view to establishing breeding operations in the country.” Irwin commented: “At the National there are 300 fillies and normally about 14 of them interest me. Here there were 107 and I still found 14 that appealed so that tells me the quality was pretty good. “On the negative side, I wish they would cut the numbers in half and have the sale on one day. “There weren’t enough good horses and at times some of the international buyers rather lost interest.”


southern hemisphere

Typhoon Tracy wins sixth Group 1 victory Connections immediately retire the daughter of Red Ransom It was an across-the-card and two-state stakes race double for trainer Peter Moody on the second Saturday in February, two of four winners on the day for the trainer At Caulfield, his wonder mare Typhoon Tracy, the reigning Horse of the Year, won the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes over 7f. Two days later the trainer announced that the daughter of Red Ransom had run her last race. Moody declared that the filly had nothing more to prove after her sixth Group 1 win. “She gave her absolute all in that race and is still fatigued 72 hours after the run,” said Moody. He added that the five-year-old was sound and injury-free, but the time had come for her to retire after winning 11 of her 20 starts and being placed on another five occasions for career earnings of $2,438,600. “We could have freshened her up for a tilt at the Brisbane winter carnival, but she’s achieved great things already so we’ve decided to retire her,” he said. “She’s been amazing to me and I’ll be

forever grateful for the success she gave me and her owners.” The C.F. victory was a repeat performance for the mare who won the race last year before adding another two Group 1 victories to her cv when she took the Futurity Stakes and the Queen Of The Turf Stakes. Typhoon Tracy is owned by John and Fu Mei Hutchins, who breed under the name Hutchins Thoroughbreds.

At Randwick, the Moody-trained Master Harry has bounced back from his last start defeat with a determined winning effort in the Group 2 Royal Sovereign Stakes (1200m) at Randwick. After his defeat he was somewhat a forgotten horse in the Group 2 Royal Sovereign Stakes (1200m) with Sydney-based horses dominating the top of the market, but he rediscovered the form from klast yera that had many rating him as one of the season’s best juveniles. “We came positive,” stable representative Andrew Guilford said. “We weren't here to make up the numbers. The team has been flying. It was a fine effort and we are quite pleased with it. He knuckled down, got on with the job and stuck his head out at the right time. Master Harry is a four-year-old by Magic Albert and is the fourth foal out of Sri Lanka, a daughter of Sri Pekan. The mare also has a 2008 colt by Magic Albert named Master Franco as well as 2010 filly by the sire. She was also covered by the Yarraman Park stallion, who got his second Group 1 winner last May courtesy of Albert The Fat.


Leading Australian and New Zealand stallions 2010-2011 Stallions High Chaparral Zabeel Commands Dynaformer Redoute’s Choice Lonhro Encosta De Lago Testa Rossa More Than Ready Not A Single Doubt Street Cry Bel Esprit Montjeu General Nediym Fastnet Rock Show A Heart Anabaa Flying Spur Choisir Mossman


Wnrs 31 66 93 1 86 76 93 79 73 38 62 73 28 72 68 53 40 67 62 46

%wnrs to rnrs 39 37 37 100 37 40 35 34 37 40 46 38 37 35 46 32 36 34 33 32

The daughter of Red Ransom and Tracy’s Element raced at Listed or Group level all but twice in her career and earned over A$2.2 million. Sheis a sister to Kylikwong, who was twice Group 1-placed, and to Red Element, a Listed-winning Group 3 third for trainer David Hayes. Tracy’s Element is now in foal to More Than Ready and has an Encosta Del Lago filly foal at foot. Moody also won the Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Prelude with One Last Dance (Encosta De Lago) and the Listed Kevin Hayes Stakes with Miss Gai Flyer (Flying Spur), also a talented two-year-old of 2010.



44 94 133 2 116 108 125 99 112 54 88 100 39 103 93 79 64 95 90 63

4 4 9 0 7 7 5 4 4 2 3 1 5 1 3 2 4 2 1 5

Earnings 6,496,513 3,807,112 3,788,050 3,735,000 3,713,108 3,406,326 3,237,467 3,203,515 3,080,422 2,801,645 2,745,593 2,662,590 2,609,710 2,603,933 2,303,577 2,228,065 2,188,432 2,079,719 1,995,591 1,992,055

We WOULD like to apologise for an error in last month’s edition of International Thoroughbred – gremlins made their way in the works and figures were produced incorrectly in the article discussing sales company market share. The figures for Arqana should have read as follows (converted into £ as per the original article) and not as previously published:

2002............................................................22,855,992 2003............................................................31,712,833 2004............................................................34,519,468 2005............................................................42,227,091 2006............................................................65,085,259 2007............................................................76,932,558 2008............................................................66,921,292 2009............................................................67,058,560 2010............................................................63,873,038 The means that the percentage market share for Arqana should have read as follows:

2006 2007 2008

11% 13% 19%

2009 2010

22% 21%


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Looking after the equine liver The digestive system of the horse. Note the lack of a gall bladder and the liver plays a crucial role in the regulation of nutrients. Although the horse can function on just two-thirds of its liver, whole organ failure is a possibility and will be fatal

Pharynx Vertebrae Oesophagus

Rectum Small colon


Stomach Tongue Teeth

Liver Diaphragm


Small intestine

Large Colon

The digestive system of the horse

Dr. Bryan M. Waldridge explains the role of the liver in the horse, what can go wrong and what to do to help nutritionally if things do start to malfunction


HE power of targeted equine nutrition programs is unquestionable. Take, for instance, the feeding management practices that almost entirely relieve horses of the crippling signs associated with tying-up. By reducing starch intake and filling the caloric void with fat and fibre, many racehorses that are genetically predisposed to the disease have become successful athletes. This demonstrates the benefits of dietary manipulation. Even more precisely targeted diets can benefit horses with certain

compromised organs, such as horses with liver disease. The liver accounts for approximately 1 per cent of an adult horse’s bodyweight. The organ lies almost entirely to the right of the median and is completely encased by the rib cage. Of greatest significance anatomically is that a horse has no gall bladder. Because of this, bile is emptied directly from the liver into the duodenum. Horses are continuous grazers and constantly secrete bile (unlike humans and other animals with gall bladders that store and release bile when a meal is eaten). The liver plays a crucial role in

digestive processes and is chiefly involved in regulating nutrient distribution. Nutrients absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract must pass through the liver via portal circulation. Serving as a clearing house of sorts, the liver assigns nutrients to essential roles. Some are metabolised for energy, some are transformed to other nutrient classes, some are sent to peripheral tissues and others are stored by the liver for future use. Another key function of the liver is maintaining consistent blood levels of nutrients between feedings. While the liver is resistant to damage and can usually function with as little as two-thirds of its

normal mass, whole organ disease is possible and is life threatening when it occurs. The Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Laboratory reported that hepatitis (inflammation with varying degrees of degeneration of the liver) was the most commonly diagnosed liver problem, with six-10 cases per year. Liver disease in mature horses is most often caused by exposure to toxic plants or feed toxins, infection or bile stones. Horses can occasionally develop serious liver disease after treatment with products made from horse blood, such as plasma or tetanus antitoxin.


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Clinical signs of liver disease

Affected horses may have fever (temperature greater than 38.6°C), jaundice, colic, lethargy or abnormal behaviour. If blood protein concentration is low, the horse may have oedema of the legs and bottom of the chest and abdomen. Some horses with hepatic disease will develop photosensitisation, which makes them appear to have severe sunburn on the white areas of their bodies such as the face and leg markings. Photosensitisation occurs when the liver is unable to process chlorophyll (the green pigment in plants). An intermediate metabolite of this process called phylloerythrin reacts with ultraviolet light in sunlight to produce toxic free radicals that cause severe tissue damage. Bile stones in horses can be incidental findings, but they



The liver plays a crucial role in digestive processes and is chiefly involved in regulating nutrient distribution occasionally cause disease if they block bile ducts. Many toxins and metabolites normally produced by gut bacteria and removed by the liver can act on the nervous system if they circulate in the bloodstream, causing some horses with severely damaged livers to develop abnormal behaviour. These metabolites are shaped like normal neurotransmitters and actually damage the nervous system (as is the case with ammonia), thus resulting in abnormal behaviour. Affected horses may display apparent blindness, seizures or may become severely depressed or maniacal. Some horses with liver disease might have bleeding tendencies.


Specific treatment of liver disease depends on its cause. Infections can be treated with antibiotics and antiinflammatory drugs such as corticosteroids or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Milk thistle supplements contain silymarin, which has antioxidant and other liverprotecting actions. There are several commercially available silymarin products, or milk thistle seed can be ground and fed with a concentrate. Colchicine and pentoxifylline are sometimes used to help prevent scar tissue or fibrosis of the liver.

Nutritional management

Nutritional management of liver disease is aimed at reducing dietary protein and


Blood work will usually reveal elevations in liver eNZ$yme activity, i.e., gamma-glutamyl transferase, aspartate aminotransferase, lactate dehydrogenase and serum alkaline phosphatase. Measurement of serum bile acids is a useful blood test that evaluates liver function. Because the liver produces many of the proteins in blood, horses with liver disease may have low blood protein concentrations, especially albumin. Bilirubin can also be elevated, but another important and common cause of elevated bilirubin is anorexia. Biopsy is the most definitive diagnostic test for horses suspected of having liver disease. Liver biopsies are generally safe, and veterinarians can perform them in standing horses with ultrasound guidance. Liver biopsy, bacterial culture and microscopic examination can usually determine the cause of liver disease, as well as the prognosis.


the amount of ammonia and other gut-derived toxins that affect the nervous system. Lower dietary protein will result in less intestinal ammonia production. Dietary protein should be restricted as much as possible if the horse has signs of hepatoencephalopathy. Mature adult horses in light work require only about eight per cent protein in their diet. This requirement can be met easily with good-quality grass hay or pasture. Feeding legumes such as lucerne and clover, which are generally high in protein, should be avoided. Some clinicians recommend oat hay. It is advisable to avoid feeding high fat diets to horses with liver disease to reduce the possibility of fat deposition in the liver, which can further impair its function. Horses with photosensitisation can still graze or be turned out at night to avoid sunlight. Dividing up the ration into several small meals will prevent large amounts of ammonia from leaving the gut and will reduce the load of ammonia that the liver must detoxify. Feeding protein with an increased ratio of branched-chain amino acids to aromatic amino acids should improve clinical signs of hepatoencephalopathy. Branched-chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine and valine) can be used for energy and protein production. Aromatic amino acids (tyrosine, tryptophan and phenylalanine) are more likely to act as false neurotransmitters and

produce neurologic signs. There are commercially available branched-chain amino acid supplement pastes for horses that can be used to increase the proportion of these amino acids in the diet. Beet pulp, corn, sorghum, and wheat bran all have a favourable branched chain: aromatic amino acid ratio and it is recommended that they make up the majority of the diet for horses with liver disease. Although its efficacy is questionable, vinegar can be added at a rate of two cups twice per day to acidify the gut and reduce ammonia production. Antibiotics (metronidazole or neomycin) are sometimes administered to change the bacterial population of the gut and reduce gut ammonia production. Folic acid, B vitamins and, especially, fatsoluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) should be supplemented to meet requirements. Fat-soluble vitamins should not be supplemented in excess because they can accumulate and have adverse effects. Vitamin K is important for blood clotting and will help reduce abnormal bleeding. It is more important to keep horses eating to maintain body condition rather than making dietary adjustments that cause them to stop eating. If the horse will only eat legume forages, then feed the forages in moderation and divided into several small meals. Hepatic disease can be a serious illness in horses and, at its worst, can be fatal. The liver though has an amazing ability to regenerate, and nutritional management and medical therapy can help horses regain or maintain adequate liver function.

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Ladoun (Kaldoun-Puntarella (Dhaudevi)

Eric’s Charm jumping to victory in this year’s Masters Chase at Sandown. It is a race that was won by his half-brother Monkerhostin in 2010


on the Flat, she was not asked to jump a hurdle in public again. Ladoun’s own dam Puntarella also exhibited the longevity for racing that is appearing to be something of a family-trade mark – she ran 35 times and won four races – while Guadanella, a half-sister to Ladoun, ran 46 times, won seven races, was placed 17 times, including twice at Listed level on the Flat (two of her foals won seven races between them and both

Ladoun’s own dam Puntarella also exhibited the longevity for racing that is appearing to be something of a family-trade mark


ric’s Charm has run 41 times, won seven races, finished second seven times and third twice. He has won over £100,000 in prizemoney, reached a BHA rating high of 149 (as a 12-year-old) and won last time in February when successful in the Masters Handicap Chase at Sandown. The 13-year-old’s victory, albeit that it came in essentially a run-of-the-mill weekend handicap, resulted to a special racing TV feature with trainer Oliver Sherwood, a raft of letters and congratulations sent by the public to Sherwood’s Rhonehurst Stables, and over 40 Facebook comments in his honour from impressed spectators. Nothing like a good old ‘un to stir the emotion of the NH fraternity. Eric’s Charm entered this world in 1998, a son of Nikos and the sixth foal out of the Kaldoun mare Ladoun, who was born in 1985. She ran an amazing 52 times on the Flat, winning four races and placing on 22 occasions. Her best year came in 1990 when she ran 17 times, finishing in the first three eight times. She had one outing over hurdles, and although she finished third, jumping obstacles in a race was presumably not to her liking as although she ran for another season

were placed over ten times, while a granddaughter was placed 15 times). The family traces right back – and quite a way back, but it is there – to the half-sisters Golden Apples, who was a second top-rated three-year-old filly in Ireland in 2001 and who won six races at home and when shipped to the US, including the Yellow Ribbon Stakes (G1), the Del Mar Oaks (G1), the Beverly D Stakes (G1), and to Alexander Three D, winner of the Park Hill Stakes (G3). The two fillies were out of Loon, a daughter of Kaldoun. Ladoun retired to the paddocks in 1992, first producing two multiple winners by Zayyani, the second of which was Ramadour who finished in the frame 29 times. Hurly Burly (L’Emigrant) came along next – he won five races in France, and, as is par for the course for this family, was placed 21 times. He won over £112,085 in earnings. Fortigna, a daughter of Petit Loup arrived in 1996. Sadly, she rather let the side down managing only one win and six placings from 20 starts. She has neither performed well at stud having had just three foals and no runners. It was, though, fifth time lucky for Ladoun who struck gold with her mating to Shining Steel (Kris), a one-time Derby hopeful for Henry Cecil and winner of the Diomed Stakes (G3). The resulting produce was a horse called Monkershostin. He ran five times in France with one victory and a runner-up spot before he emerged in Britain with Oliver Sherwood in 2001, running first time out in a November novice chase with AP McCoy up. He finished third behind a useful novice of Ian Balding’s called Duchamp, who is still running in pointto-points this year. That first season for Monkerhostin ended in December and he did not run again until January 2002 when second in the Lightning Novices’ Chase (G2). Reverting then to hurdles, he put in some good middle-of-thefield runs and picked up two race victories before mixing it over hurdles and in novice chases that autumn when he won his first chase at Warwick. The 2002 and 2003 season resulted in a change of trainers to Philip Hobbs and a first-time-out hurdling success at Newbury, a fourth in the Ladbroke Hurdle and a third behind Geos in the Tote Gold Trophy. He picked up his first graded race victory

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onkerhostin was given two more runs in 2010 – finishing down the field in the cross country chase at The Festival and then fourth back in the Sandown bet365 Gold Cup. It was announced last July that owner Martin St Quinton decided to retire the evegreen son of Shining Steel with 61 races, 12 victories, 22 placings and over £600,000 in earnings under his belt. While all of this was in store for the future, in 1998 Ladoun found herself with a colt foal at foot by Nikos. He was sent by Haras Du Theil En Auge as a yearling to the 1999 Deauville October Sale where Tom Tate shelled out Ff100,000 to buy him as a pin-hook prospect. Over the following two years, however, the fickle bloodstock market had lost faith in the family and when Ladoun was herself in the sales ring at the 2000 December Arqana Sale, she was bought by Guy Petit on behalf of Irish breeders Arctic Tack Stud and Thomas James for just Є3,811. Tate’s ambitious plan also failed to be a profitable venture for him. The son of Nikos was reconsigned at the DBS May Sale as a

Eric’s Charm is reportedly not the easiest of rides at home and this winter has already disappeared off the gallops and away out of sight with his work rider

three-year-old and was sold for just 7,200gns being bought by Peter Clinton. The lucky Clinton, however, got in on the right side of the deal as by the time he came to sell, Monkerhostin had won two races in Britain and was rated in the 120s. Unsurprisingly, trainer Oliver Sherwood knowing that at home he had a more than useful half-brother to the four-year-old store went to 40,000gns to buy the Mill House Studconsigned gelding. Sherwood’s faith was rewarded and after Eric’s Charm won his first two bumpers, he finished fifth in the Champion Bumper at Aintree. His first two outings over hurdles in the 2003-04 resulted in victories with a subsequent second and third at graded level beaten once by Inglis Drever. The 2004-05 year saw Eric’s Charm step up to jumping fences and after a fall in a beginners’ chase he was successful around Folkestone, was second at Leicester, won at Kempton and finished fifth in the Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase. The following season only resulted in three runs (one win and a second in the betfred.Gold Cup), while in 2007-08 he struggled to get his head in front of the likes of Crystal D’Ainay and Backbeat in handicap chases before claiming a win at the end of April at Perth. That victory put his rating in the high 140s for the following season, handicapping him to his hilt and although he ran well through that year, he could not do the job with that much weight on his back. His best performance of the season was (you’ve guessed) at Sandown in the Masters Handicap Chase when second to Can’t Buy Time. By December 2009 Eric’s Charm had found himself back to a winnable mark of 135 and (at Sandown) he duly obliged in the London

next time out in the Rendlesham Hurdle (G2) before victory at The Festival in the Coral Cup. The 2004-05 season began with a handicap chase triumph over Vodka Bleu, a third in the Paddy Power behind Celestial Gold, a Grade 2 hurdle runner-up spot to Monet’s Garden before victory back at Cheltenham in January’s Bonusprint.Gold Cup (G3). Monkerhostin did not reappear until the following November when he became one of the few to beat beat Kauto Star when claiming the Haldon Gold Cup. That was Monkerhostin’s only success of the season however he continually put in good placed efforts in Grade 1 chases, including when second in the King George (G1) to Kicking King. In fact, Monkerhostin then did not manage another victory until April 2008 when he picked up the bet365 Gold Cup (formerly the Whitbread Chase) from Royal Auclair. The horse had proved to be a remarkably sound campaigner but time eventually caught up with him and he only ran once in 2009 before reappearing – and winning –the 2010 Masters Handicap Chase, as a 13-year-old and a year ahead of his year-younger brother.

Handicap Chase before following up in March 2010 in a veterans’ chase at Newbury. The horse was seemingly unimpressed with being taken to Aintree to run in the Grand National and he soon got himself out of that trial by falling at the first (Monkerhostin did not get much further in his attempt in 2007, when, after being sent of a co-favourite, he refused at the seventh) It then began to look as though Eric’s Charm’s racing days were over. After slipping up in May, he finished down the field twice last autumn before unusually pulling up at his beloved Sandown in January. But those results once again resulted in the handicapper dropping his mark back to the 130s – and just at the right time for this year’s Masters Chase at Sandown. He won by 6l. Despite being a huge favourite in the yard, Eric’s Charm is reportedly not the easiest of rides at home and this winter has already disappeared off the gallops and away out of sight with his work rider. With that sort of enthusiasm, it is clearly not time to retire the old boy yet – especially with races to suit at Sandown and if an eye can be kept on the actions of the handicapper. After all as Monkerhostin went through until 14, he has to live up to the family history. So what of Ladoun? Well despite her boys doing her proud on the racecourse she has since struggled to get in foal as well as maintain her pregnancies. In 2005, she produced a filly called Lady Greydoun, who though ran could not hold a candle to her older brothers, while in 2006, a gelding by Great Palm appeared. He has yet to run. The mare then missed to King’s Theatre, slipped to Gold Well before successfully carrying a 2009 filly to Arcadio. She was not covered in 2010.


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The Global Database Data supplied by Weatherbys

USA 1140 - SAN PASQUAL STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, January 8, 8f 110yds 1 Aggie Engineer (USA) 6 ch g E Dubai (USA) - Papalma (USA) (Dixieland Band (USA)) 2 Spurrier (USA) 6 gr/ro c Dixieland Band (USA) - Humble (USA) (Valiant Nature (USA)) 3 Quindici Man (USA) 5 gr/ro c Came Home (USA) - Humble (USA) (Valiant Nature (USA)) 1141 - HAL’S HOPE STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, January 8, 8f 1 Soaring Empire (USA) 4 b/br c Empire Maker (USA) - Flying Passage (USA) (A P Indy (USA)) 2 Rule (USA) 4 b/br c Roman Ruler (USA) - Rockcide (USA) (Personal Flag (USA)) 3 Morning Line (USA) 4 b/br c Tiznow (USA) - Indian Snow (USA) (A P Indy (USA)) 1142 - SANTA YSABEL STAKES, G3, Santa Anita, January 9, 8f 110yds 1 May Day Rose (USA) 3 b f Rockport


Harbor (USA) - May Day Bluff (USA) (Pine Bluff (USA)) 2 Bluegrass Chatter (USA) 3 ch f Bluegrass Cat (USA) - Chatter Chatter (USA) (Lost Soldier (USA)) 3 Scarlet Starlet (USA) 3 b/br f Congrats (USA) - Red Hot Star (USA) (Tabasco Cat (USA)) 1143 - MARSHUA’S RIVER STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, January 9, 8f 110yds 1 Justaroundmidnight (IRE) 4 b/br f Danehill Dancer (IRE) - Strategy (GB) (Machiavellian (USA)) 2 Persuading (USA) 4 b f Broken Vow (USA) - Peaks Mill (USA) (Stalwart (USA)) 3 Never Retreat (USA) 6 b/br f Smart Strike (CAN) - Lisieux (USA) (Steady Growth (CAN)) 1144 - FORT LAUDERDALE HANDICAP, G3, Gulfstream Park, January 9, 8f 110yds 1 Little Mike (USA) 4 b g Spanish Steps (USA) - Hay Jude (USA) (Wavering Monarch (USA)) 2 Blues Street (USA) 7 b/br g Street Cry (IRE) - Capote Blues (USA) (Capote (USA)) 3 Smart Bid (USA) 5 b/br c Smart Strike (CAN) - Recording (USA) (Danzig (USA)) 1145 - SHAM STAKES, G3, Santa Anita, January 15, 8f 110yds 1 Tapizar (USA) 3 b c Tapit (USA) Winning Call (USA) (Deputy Minister (CAN)) 2 Clubhouse Ride (USA) 3 ch c Candy Ride (ARG) - Seeking Results (USA) (Seeking The Gold (USA)) 3 Anthony’s Cross (USA) 3 b c Indian Charlie (USA) - Screening (USA) (Unbridled (USA)) 1146 - SANTA YNEZ STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, January 15, 7f 1 California Nectar (USA) 3 b f Stormy Atlantic (USA) - Absolute Nectar (USA) (Carson City (USA)) 2 Zazu (USA) 3 gr/ro f Tapit (USA) Rhumb Line (USA) (Mr Greeley (USA)) 3 Plum Pretty (USA) 3 b f Medaglia d’Oro (USA) - Liszy (USA) (A P Indy (USA)) 1147 - SAN FERNANDO STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, January 15, 8f 110yds 1 Indian Firewater (USA) 4 b/br c Indian Charlie (USA) - Touched (USA) (Touch Gold (USA)) 2 Tweebster (USA) 4 gr/ro c Tapit (USA)

- H R H Doodle (USA) (Open Forum (USA)) 3 Do It All (USA) 4 b/br c Distorted Humor (USA) - Stupendous Miss (USA) (Dynaformer (USA)) 1148 - SUGAR SWIRL STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, January 15, 6f 1 Tar Heel Mom (USA) 6 b/br f Flatter (USA) - Perpetual Light (USA) (Sunny’s Halo (CAN)) 2 Hilda’s Passion (USA) 4 b f Canadian Frontier (USA) - Executricker (USA) (El Prado (IRE)) 3 Ms Vanenzza (USA) 4 b f Successful Appeal (USA) - Speaking of Time (USA) (Gilded Time (USA)) 1149 - MR PROSPECTOR STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, January 15, 6f 1 Big Drama (USA) 5 b/br c Montbrook (USA) - Riveting Drama (USA) (Notebook (USA)) 2 Custom For Carlos (USA) 5 b c More Than Ready (USA) - Meadow Oaks (USA) (Meadowlake (USA)) 3 Our Edge (USA) 5 b c The Cliff’s Edge (USA) - Cash the Flash (USA) (Star de Naskra (USA)) 1150 - EL ENCINO STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, January 16, 8f 110yds 1 Always A Princess (USA) 4 ch f Leroidesanimaux (BRZ) - Gabriellina Giof (GB) (Ashkalani (IRE)) 2 Blind Luck (USA) 4 ch f Pollard’s Vision (USA) - Lucky One (USA) (Best of Luck (USA)) 3 Fashion Trend (USA) 4 gr/ro f Petionville (USA) - Danzigs Fashion (USA) (A Native Danzig (USA)) 1151 - SAN MARCOS STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, January 17, 10f 1 Bourbon Bay (USA) 5 b g Sligo Bay (IRE) - Coral Necklace (USA) (Conquistador Cielo (USA)) 2 Champ Pegasus (USA) 5 b c Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) - Salt Champ (ARG) (Salt Lake (USA)) 3 Sebastian Flyte (GB) 4 ch c Observatory (USA) - Aravonian (GB) (Night Shift (USA)) 1152 - PALOS VERDES STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, January 22, 6f 1 Euroears (USA) 7 ch c Langfuhr (CAN) - Unky And Ally (USA) (Heff (USA)) 2 Captain Cherokee (USA) 5 b/br c Sir Cherokee (USA) - Candytuft (USA) (Dehere (USA))

3 Smiling Tiger (USA) 4 ch c Hold That Tiger (USA) - Shandra Smiles (USA) (Cahill Road (USA)) 1153 - LECOMTE STAKES, G3, Fair Grounds, January 22, 8f 1 Wilkinson (USA) 3 b/br c Lemon Drop Kid (USA) - Tasha’s Delight (USA) (Afternoon Deelites (USA)) 2 Pants On Fire (USA) 3 b/br c Jump Start (USA) - Cabo de Noche (USA) (Cape Town (USA)) 3 Action Ready (USA) 3 b/br c More Than Ready (USA) - You Again (USA) (Wild Again (USA)) 1154 - COLONEL E R BRADLEY HANDICAP, G3, Fair Grounds, January 22, 8f 110yds 1 Gran Estreno (ARG) 8 ch c Lucky Roberto (USA) - Great Stampa (ARG) (Senor Pete (USA)) 2 Dubious Miss (USA) 7 b/br c E Dubai (USA) - Cryptoclover (USA) (Mountain Cat (USA)) 3 Joinem (USA) 4 b/br g Johar (USA) Keemoon (FR) (Goldneyev (USA)) 1155 - TOBOGGAN STAKES, G3, Aqueduct, January 22, 6f 1 Calibrachoa (USA) 4 b/br c Southern Image (USA) - Fort Lauderdale (USA) (Montbrook (USA)) 2 Independence War (USA) 6 b c Red Bullet (USA) - Dearest Indu (USA) (Full Pocket (USA)) 3 Temecula Creek (USA) 7 ch c Gulch (USA) - Serenita (ARG) (Southern Halo (USA)) 1156 - JOHN B CONNALLY TURF HANDICAP, G3, Sam Houston, January 29, 9f 1 Schramsberg (USA) 5 ch c Storm Cat (USA) - Serena’s Song (USA) (Rahy (USA)) 2 Southern Anthem (USA) 5 b g Royal Anthem (USA) - Canberra (USA) (Silver Hawk (USA)) 3 Stately Victor (USA) 4 b c Ghostzapper (USA) - Collect The Cash (USA) (Dynaformer (USA)) 1157 - SANTA MONICA STAKES, G1, Santa Anita, January 30, 7f 1 Switch (USA) 4 b f Quiet American (USA) - Antoniette (USA) (Nicholas (USA)) 2 Gilded Gem (USA) 5 b f Smarty Jones (USA) - Golden Jewel Box (USA) (Slew O’ Gold (USA)) 3 Sweet August Moon (USA) 6 b/br f

international database Malibu Moon (USA) - Silent Academy (USA) (Royal Academy (USA)) 1158 - HOLY BULL STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, January 30, 8f 1 Dialed In (USA) 3 b/br c Mineshaft (USA) - Miss Doolittle (USA) (Storm Cat (USA)) 2 Sweet Ducky (USA) 3 b/br c Pulpit (USA) - Storm’s Darling (USA) (Storm Boot (USA)) 3 Gourmet Dinner (USA) 3 b c Trippi (USA) - Potluck Dinner (USA) (Pentelicus (USA))

1163 - SUWANNEE RIVER STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, February 5, 9f 1 Cherokee Queen (USA) 6 b/br f Cherokee Run (USA) - Virginia Bee (USA) (Virginia Rapids (USA)) 2 Never Retreat (USA) 6 b/br f Smart Strike (CAN) - Lisieux (USA) (Steady Growth (CAN)) 3 Persuading (USA) 4 b f Broken Vow (USA) - Peaks Mill (USA) (Stalwart (USA))

Storm Cat Harlan Country Romance HARLAN’S HOLIDAY b 99 Affirmed Christmas In Aiken Dowager MENDIP b/br c 2007 Forty Niner Coronado’s Quest Laughing Look WELL SPRING b 2001 Baldski Chaposa Springs La Chaposa

Forest Fire (SWE) (Never So Bold) 2 Steele Tango (USA) 6 ch c Okawango (USA) - Waltzing Around (IRE) (ElaMana-Mou) 3 Caymans (AUS) 6 b g Secret Savings (USA) - Easy Out (AUS) (Anabaa (USA))

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1164 - GULFSTREAM PARK TURF HANDICAP, G1, Gulfstream Park, February 5, 9f

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1168 - MEYDAN JEBEL ALI STAKES, L, Jebel Ali, January 14, 1800m

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1159 - FORWARD GAL STAKES, G2, Gulfstream Park, January 30, 7f 1 Pomeroys Pistol (USA) 3 b f Pomeroy (USA) - Prettyatthetable (USA) (Point Given (USA)) 2 Dancinginherdreams (USA) 3 gr/ro f Tapit (USA) - Mayan Milagra (USA) (Menifee (USA)) 3 Evil Queen (USA) 3 ch f Hear No Evil (USA) - Duchess d’Or (USA) (Tour d’Or (USA)) 1160 - THUNDER ROAD HANDICAP, G3, Santa Anita, February 5, 8f 1 Fluke (BRZ) 6 b/br c Wild Event (USA) - Uff-Uff (BRZ) (De Quest (GB)) 2 Proudinsky (GER) 8 b c Silvano (GER) Proudeyes (GER) (Dashing Blade) 3 Victor’s Cry (USA) 6 b/br r Street Cry (IRE) - Short Time (USA) (Clever Trick (USA))

1 Teaks North (USA) 4 b/br g Northern Afleet (USA) - Teaksberry Road (USA) (High Honors (USA)) 2 Smart Bid (USA) 5 b/br c Smart Strike (CAN) - Recording (USA) (Danzig (USA)) 3 Get Stormy (USA) 5 b c Stormy Atlantic (USA) - Foolish Gal (USA) (Kiri’s Clown 1165 -(USA)) DONN HANDICAP, G1, Gulfstream Park, February 5, 9f

1 Emmrooz (GB) 6 b c Red Ransom (USA) - Nasmatt (GB) (Danehill (USA)) 2 Haatheq (USA) 4 b c Seeking The Gold (USA) - Alshadiyah (USA) (Danzig (USA)) 3 Submariner (USA) 5 ch g Singspiel (IRE) - Neptune’s Bride (USA) (Bering) Hail To Reason Roberto

FOREST FIRE b 95 Colombian Friend Mango Sampaquita Twins Fire

1171 - ETISALAT UAE 1000 GUINEAS, L, Meydan, February 3, 1600m

Bramalea RED RANSOM b 87 Damascus

1 Giant Oak (USA) 5 ch c Giant’s Causeway (USA) - Crafty Oak (USA) (Crafty Prospector (USA)) 2 Morning Line (USA) 4 b/br c Tiznow (USA) - Indian Snow (USA) (A P Indy (USA)) 3 Rule (USA) 4 b/br c Roman Ruler (USA) - Rockcide (USA) (Personal Flag (USA)) 1166 - SAN ANTONIO STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, February 6, 9f

Arabia Christmas Wind EMMROOZ b c 2005

1 Mahbooba (AUS) 4 b f Galileo (IRE) Sogha (AUS) (Red Ransom (USA))


2 Reem (AUS) 4 ch f Galileo (IRE) - Al


Afreet (AUS) (Danehill (USA))

Mr Prospector

3 Chocolicious (SAF) 4 b f Kahal (GB) -

La Voyageuse

Candy Box (SAF) (Exclusive Patriot

Danehill NASMATT b 98 Society Lady

(USA)) 1169 - BAB AL SHAMS CAPE VERDI STAKES, G2, Meydan, January 20, 1600m

Northern Dancer Sadler’s Wells Fairy Bridge GALILEO b 98

1161 - STRUB STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, February 5, 9f 1 Twirling Candy (USA) 4 b/br c Candy Ride (ARG) - House of Danzing (USA) (Chester House (USA)) 2 Tweebster (USA) 4 gr/ro c Tapit (USA) - H R H Doodle (USA) (Open Forum (USA)) 3 Make Music For Me (USA) 4 b c Bernstein (USA) - Miss Cheers (USA) (Carson City (USA)) 1162 - LAS VIRGENES STAKES, G1, Santa Anita, February 5, 8f 1 Zazu (USA) 3 gr/ro f Tapit (USA) Rhumb Line (USA) (Mr Greeley (USA)) 2 Turbulent Descent (USA) 3 b f Congrats (USA) - Roger’s Sue (USA) (Forestry (USA)) 3 Plum Pretty (USA) 3 b f Medaglia d’Oro (USA) - Liszy (USA) (A P Indy (USA))

1 Gladding (USA) 4 b/br g Sarava (USA) - Cannon Whirl (USA) (Island Whirl (USA)) 2 Spurrier (USA) 6 gr/ro c Dixieland Band (USA) - Humble (USA) (Valiant Nature (USA)) 3 Aggie Engineer (USA) 6 ch g E Dubai (USA) - Papalma (USA) (Dixieland Band (USA))

1 Aspectoflove (IRE) 5 b f Danetime (IRE) - Rose Vibert (GB) (Caerleon (USA)) 2 Thai Haku (IRE) 4 b f Oasis Dream (GB) - Coconut Show (GB) (Linamix (FR)) 3 River Jetez (SAF) 8 b f Jet Master (SAF) - Stormsvlei (SAF) (Prince Florimund (SAF))

Miswaki Urban Sea Allegretta MAHBOOBA b f 2007 Roberto Red Ransom Arabia SOGHA b 2002 Diesis Marple Great Lady Slew

Danzig Danehill Razyana DANETIME b 94

UAE 1167 - LONGINES AL MAKTOUM CHALLENGE ROUND 1, G3, Meydan, January 13, 1600m


1 Mendip (USA) 4 b/br c Harlan’s Holiday (USA) - Well Spring (USA) (Coronado’s Quest (USA)) 2 Imbongi (SAF) 7 ch g Russian Revival (USA) - Garden Verse (SAF) (Foveros) 3 Win For Sure (GER) 6 b g Stravinsky (USA) - Win For Us (GER) (Surumu (GER))

Lear Fan Allegheny River Allesheny ASPECTOFLOVE b f 2006 Nijinsky Caerleon Foreseer ROSE VIBERT b 92 Sharp Edge Premier Rose Florintina

1171 - ETISALAT AL SHINDAGHA SPRINT, G3, Meydan, February 3, 1200m

1 Stage Presence (AUS) 7 b c Elusive Quality (USA) - Assertive Lass (AUS) (Zeditave (AUS))

1170 - GULF NEWS AL RASHIDIYA STAKES, G2, Meydan, January 27, 1800m

2 Alazeyab (USA) 5 b c El Prado (IRE) Itnab (GB) (Green Desert (USA)) 3 Mutheeb (USA) 6 b c Danzig (USA) Magicalmysterykate (USA) (Woodman

1 Presvis (GB) 7 b g Sakhee (USA) -



international database Mr Prospector Gone West Secrettame ELUSIVE QUALITY b 93 Hero’s Honor Touch of Greatness Ivory Wand STAGE PRESENCE b c 2004 The Judge Zeditave Summoned ASSERTIVE LASS ch 93 Assert Sommes Sound Fast Approach

1172 - ETISALAT AL MAKTOUM CHALLENGE 2, G3, Meydan, February 3, 1800m 1 Bold Silvano (SAF) 5 b c Silvano (GER) - Bold Saffron (SAF) (Al Mufti (USA)) 2 Spring of Fame (USA) 5 b c Grand Slam (USA) - Bloomy (USA) (Polish Numbers (USA)) 3 Interaction (ARG) 5 b c Easing Along (USA) - Inter Rails (ARG) (Ride The Rails (USA)) Niniski Lomitas La Colorada SILVANO b 96 Beau’s Eagle Spirit of Eagles Big Spirit BOLD SILVANO b c 2006 Roberto Al Mufti Lassie Dear BOLD SAFFRON b 93 Enchanter Saffron Fair Loot

1173 - JEBEL ALI MILE, L, Jebel Ali, February 4, 1600m 1 Snaafy (USA) 7 b c Kingmambo (USA) - Nafisah (IRE) (Lahib (USA))


2 Atlantic Brave (GB) 5 b c Piccolo (GB) Princess Anabaa (FR) (Anabaa (USA)) 3 Escape Route (USA) 7 b g Elusive Quality (USA) - Away (USA) (Dixieland Band (USA))

Raise A Native Mr Prospector Gold Digger KINGMAMBO b 90 Nureyev Miesque Pasadoble SNAAFY b c 2004 Riverman Lahib Lady Cutlass NAFISAH ch 98 Sadler’s Wells Alyakkh Al Bahathri

Worldwide 1174 - JR & N Berkett Telegraph Handicap, G1, Trentham, January 22, 1200m 1 Mufhasa (NZ) 7 br g Pentire (GB) Sheila Cheval (NZ) (Mi Preferido (USA)) 2 First Command (AUS) 6 b c Commands (AUS) - River Serenade (AUS) (Hurricane Sky (AUS)) 3 Coup Align (NZ) 6 ch g Align (AUS) Diamond Snip (AUS) (Snippets (AUS))

in 2008-09. 13 wins in New Zealand, Waikato Draught Sprint G1, First Sovereign Trust Telegraph H G1 (twice), Fully Fledged Fairdale Otaki-Maori S G1, Coupland’s Bakeries Mile G2, G R Kelt Memorial LR, 2nd Mudgway Partsworld S G1, 3rd Hong Kong World City George Ryder S G1 (twice), Waikato Draught Sprint G1, Reed Property Glasshouse H LR. 2005: Blockbuster (g Keeper) 2006: KEEPA CHEVAL (f Keeper) Winner in New Zealand. 2007: Rafhiki (c Pentire) unraced. 2008: (c Perfectly Ready) 2009: (f Zabeel) 2nd Dam: Silver Sheila by Silver Dream. unraced. Dam of COMMANDER CHEVAL (g All Glory: Matamata Cup LR, 2nd Radio Pacific Avondale Cup G1), Fort Cheval (g Never Til Dawn: 2nd Evening Standard Cup G3, 4th DB Auckland Cup G1, Barclays St Leger S G1). Grandam of Audrey. Broodmare Sire: MI PREFERIDO. Sire of the dams of 4 Stakes winners. In 2011 - MUFHASA Pentire G1. Northern Dancer Be My Guest What A Treat PENTIRE b 92 Mill Reef Gull Nook Bempton MUFHASA br g 2004

Sire: PENTIRE. Sire of 37 Stakes winners. In 2011 - MUFHASA Mi Preferido G1. 1st Dam: Sheila Cheval by Mi Preferido. unraced. Dam of 5 winners: 2000: MOGANO (g Slavic) Winner in Australia. 2002: BELLE JOIE (f Mellifont) 6 wins in New Zealand. 2003: BERT (g Bertolini) 4 wins in New Zealand. 2004: MUFHASA (g Pentire) Champion older horse in New Zealand

2 Dasoudi (NZ) 6 b f Elusive City (USA) Culburra Beach (AUS) (Scenic) 3 Eileen Dubh (NZ) 5 b f Storm Creek (USA) - Vingtaine (NZ) (Centaine (AUS)) Sire: DON EDUARDO. Sire of 7 Stakes winners. In 2011 - BOOMING Grosvenor G1. 1st Dam: Beautiful Sea by Grosvenor. unraced. Dam of 4 winners: 2000: KIWI DASH (g Gold Brose) 3 wins at 6 and 7 in Hong Kong. 2002: (f Centaine) 2003: MADIFYOUDONT (c Postponed) 4 wins in Australia. 2004: BOOMING (g Don Eduardo) 7 wins in New Zealand, Zabeel Classic G1, Harcourts Thorndon Mile G1, 2nd Stella Artois Auckland Cup G1, 3rd Skinforme New Zealand St Leger LR, Japan Racing Association Plate LR. 2006: LAGUNA DE BAY (c High Chaparral) Winner in Australia. 2007: (c Postponed) 2009: (f Postponed) 2nd Dam: SYRIAN SEA by Vice Regal. 4 wins in New Zealand Paxus CRS Wellington S G3. Grandam of Shamrox. Broodmare Sire: GROSVENOR. Sire of the dams of 60 Stakes winners. In 2011 - BOOMING Don Eduardo G1.

Island Whirl Mi Preferido Exacting Lady

Sir Tristram



Silver Dream Silver Sheila Just Ours

Lady Giselle DON EDUARDO b 98 Sticks And Stones

1175 - Harcourts Thorndon Mile, G1, Trentham, January 29, 1600m 1 Booming (NZ) 7 b g Don Eduardo (NZ) - Beautiful Sea (NZ) (Grosvenor (NZ))

Our Diamond Lover Eight Carat BOOMING b g 2004 Sir Tristram Grosvenor My Tricia BEAUTIFUL SEA ch 97 Vice Regal Syrian Sea Aegean Sea


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David Futter: Yorton Farm Stud How did you come about setting up Yorton Farm? When Teresa and I first got married we moved to the Sansaw Estate in Shropshire, which was owned by the Thompson family. Yorton Farm became vacant and Robin Thompson kindly asked if we would be interested in taking it on. At first we were not sure what type of equine business we were going to run, but then we had a chance meeting with Bill and Di Bromley of Wood Farm Stud, who we had both worked for some years earlier. Bill asked if we would set up a foaling unit and foal the mares for him so we ended foaling over 90 mares in our first season.

You stand stallions on behalf of Rathbarry, how did this relationship come about? We had been foaling mares for Willie Jenks for sometime, and Willie was booking a mare into one of the Rathbarry stallions and during the conversation Liam Cashman asked him if he knew of anyone he could recommend to stand one of his stallions in Britian Willie very kindly put my name forward and Liam gave me a call and within a week of this conversation we had our first stallion, Revoque. We are deeply indebted and grateful to the Cashman family for giving us this opportunity and for their continued support.

What made you chose Sulamani as your next NH stallion? Sulamani was a tough and sound racehorse, who raced at the top level until he was five winning six Group 1 races in five different countries over distances between 1m2f and 1m4f. We liked his pedigree, being by Hernando from the Nijinsky sire line and his dam is by Alleged, who has been a big influence on NH breeding. Sulamani’s first crop have only just turned five and already he has sired a multiple Group race winner in Mastery, also successful in the St Leger and then in December won the Hong Kong Vase over 1m2f. There are not many stallions who sire a Classic winner from their first crop and when we heard through bloodstock agent, Richard Venn, that he could be bought we jumped at the opportunity. We think that he has plenty more good


Teresa and David Futter at Yorton Farm with the stallion that kicked it all off for them, Revoque

horses to come and he has already covered some nice NH mares when he was in Newmarket. One to watch is Cash And Go, who was very impressive in his bumper at Thurles last week and is being talked about as a Cheltenham contender. Sulamani also had some good-sized books of Flat and NH mares in France and we feel sure that many of his offspring will be making their mark in France and the UK in the future. He ticks all the right boxes, he has the CV to make a top-class NH sire and we just knew that we could not leave him behind.

Do you think there will be as many mares sent over to Ireland this season as in recent years?

I do feel that in the UK we have the best selection of NH stallions we have ever had, there are a selection of top proven sires as well as a lovely bunch of young stallions for breeders to choose from. As an industry we are trying to encourage breeders to support British stallions and this year nearly all the top NH studs have supported a scheme whereby the farms with young and emerging stallions will offer three free nominations to mares rated over 130. This scheme has already received strong support from mare owners in the UK.

What improvements would you like to see in racing? I know its not going to be easy and I don’t think there is a simple answer, but if we can get more opportunities for mares within NH racing it will help. It’s a little bit like the chicken and the egg scenario, but if there were more races for NHbred mares who have not run on the Flat, this should encourage more trainers to buy more mares for their owners knowing that there are going to be more and valuable opportunities to aim for. This should in turn will help the NH breeder

Do you think the NH season is geared too much around Cheltenham? No, I don’t think its geared too much around Cheltenham, everyone involved in NH racing looks forward to Cheltenham whether it is to breed, train, own, ride or simply be part of the dream. We would be lost with out it.

What’s the best bit of advice you’ve been given? By my late father on leaving home one evening with Teresa he whispered in my ear: “I think you ought to crack on and marry this one!”

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