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The first word
This year, reckons Paul Haigh, the Dubai World Cup meeting came of age
The EPC rings in Pattern race changes, Ted Voute discusses the good and bad of GBR, the Breeders’ Cup U-turns over drugs but offers travel concessions
Animal Kingdom hails from a pedigree boasting true international connections
28 Bobs Worth it in the Gold Cup
The Cheltenham Festival was a case of out with the old and in with the new, writes Sue Montgomery
36 Verrazano marks his Derby card John Sparkman sees trainer Todd Pletcher collect the Tampa Bay Derby with the son of More Than Ready
40 Not the retiring type
Sir Mark Prescott turned 65 in March, but, as Neil Clark finds out, thoughts of retirement are wide of the mark
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78 Out to change the racing world Racehorse owner and businessman Keith Hanson has developed software that he thinks will change the way racehorses are trained
The Osarus sales company only came in to being four years ago, now it has an alliance with Tattersalls. Jocelyn de Moubray finds out more
70 The Sixties experience
85 What’s new?
5-time Gr oup from the 1 winner by DA NE family of A.P. INDY HILL
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89 Mare of the month
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64 Rapid progress
Not the re tiring type
Trainer Sir but he is notmark prescott turned for a pipe swapping his ciga 65 in march, and fur-lin ed slipper r and brogues s just yet
Kingdom c onquers th e World
US juvenile consignor Ciaran Dunne is looking forward to the European 2013 season and Wavertree graduates Darwin and What A Name
58 Equine nursery
Michael O’Callaghan of Rangefield Bloodstock wants to become a trainer, but in the interim he is making a pretty good job of breezing up two-year-olds
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52 The Apprentice
Lissa OIiver visits Irish breeder Gerry McGrath and finds a man more than happy that he exchanged work in the city for life on the farm
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92 The database
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Winter sun by Sue Huntingdon
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Coming of age
Paul Haigh felt, for the first time, that the Dubai World Cup meeting hit the right note
...for various reasons Dubai’s annual jamboree had never quite seemed to get it right until 2013. This year it did.
he 2013 renewal of the Dubai World Cup achieved something that has eluded all its predecessors since the move to Meydan and perhaps all renewals since Cigar graced the inaugural “Mother of All Freebies” at Nad Al Sheba in 1996. It delivered a feeling of satisfaction. The best race meetings do this. Like great plays or films or novels they have a beginning, a middle and a climactic end. They leave people asking each other: “What about .… then?”; “I couldn’t believe ….”, and “Didn’t you just love the bit where…?” Maybe it was the air of contrived pomposity that must necessarily attend any event trying to project itself by dint of nothing much more than money, that got in the way before. Maybe it was the failure to strike the right note of glamour without letting it spill over into kitsch. More likely it was just the performances of the horses. Just to quote one example: however much anyone might want the World Cup to succeed, no one with any shred of honesty (which of course knocks out anyone involved in PR) could by any stretch of the imagination bring themselves to entertain the thought that Monterosso was even a top-class racehorse, let alone the very best in the world, in 2012. It’s only one opinion, but for various reasons Dubai’s annual jamboree had never quite seemed to get it right until 2013. This year it did. This is not to make any extravagant claims about the quality of the racing. We saw a possible winner of the Kentucky Derby, but really only a possible if all the evidence that’s gone before about a non-American traditional preparation is ignored. We saw a sprinter who looked a sensation until we reminded ourselves that he’d only shown himself worthy of entering the same set of stalls as Black Caviar if she deigns to target any of the races he might like.
We saw a dual Breeders’ Cup winner come back for yet another colossal payday, although really even his supreme moment of glory couldn’t avoid being tarnished by memories of the way Frankel toyed with him at York. We saw Animal Kingdom storm to victory in the grand finale, thereby providing proof that the best US horses can act on Tapeta after all, and – more important – that they don’t have to rely on home-permitted “medication” to flaunt their wares. But even that crescendo had a slightly discordant note to it, because what was Red Cadeaux doing charging home like that in second place after having had to wait for a run? And with all due respect to that wonderful gelding who can win Yorkshire Cups and Hong Kong Vases as well as failing by a pixel to take a Melbourne Cup, what, if for any reason Animal Kingdom hadn’t been there, would we have thought of a 1m2f “world championship” that saw Red Cadeaux beating Planteur into second with Side Glance in third? But these are standard quibbles. You can always – well, almost always – find a way of downgrading races if you look hard enough for negatives. There was exciting racing if not necessarily great racing from the moment the show began, and, all in all, the flamboyant, money-no-object, wow-
factor production values justified themselves. Sheikh Mohammed set out to produce the ultimate international race meeting, and with contestants and supporting humans from every corner of the racing world creating that indefinable “something’ that gives you a feeling that tradition has arrived as well, we can now say he’s finally succeeded. The extravaganza kicked off with a display of stunt flying before the Group 1 Arab race, the Dubai Kahayla, in which Christophe Soumillon (love him or hate him no false modesty there) got the French champion Al Mamon Mansau up in the last stride before snogging the TV camera as though wishing it was a mirror. By contrast the equally brilliant Paul Hanagan got Soft Falling Rain, who from his poor gate had been wide almost throughout the Godolphin Mile, to retain his unbeaten record in his seventh race, before delivering the appropriate platitudes with becoming sincerity. “A lot of nice people have been very good to me,” he told the lady on horseback who interviewed as he pulled up, and you knew he meant every word of it. Sheikh Hamdan’s four-year-old goes to Royal Ascot next for either the Queen Anne or the Diamond Jubilee. And no, Mike de Kock doesn’t think he can “stretch out” to further. The Dubai Gold Cup, a race that would probably head most people’s list of least-likelyto-be-missed if it were ever proposed that the meeting should be pruned, went off without a hitch this time with the host’s Cavalryman strolling home for a surprisingly youthful looking Saeed Bin Suroor. It was noted that Cavalryman (in Australia) was Frankie’s last mount for Godolphin last year and was now Silvestre De Souza’s first World Cup day winner. Inevitably some spoke of torchpassing. Ballydoyle’s one-time boycott of the meeting is now well and truly over. Lines Of Battle emphasised Aidan O’Brien’s new commitment
the first word Men on white horses paraded flags of all represented nations. Acrobats dangled from whatever acrobats use to dangle from. A soprano sang. Dancing girls danced.
The performance by Red Cadeaux may prove to be “key to the race, if not the entire meeting”
Lines Of Battle certainly looked good. Whether he’s good enough for the Kentucky Derby remains to be seen
by winning the UAE Derby, a second victory in a row for the stable. In defiance of the lesson seemingly offered by Godolphin’s repeated failure to use Dubai as a stepping stone for the Kentucky version, he immediately declared “that this was the reason we brought him here”. Pulling out more all the time after having been ridden hard by Ryan Moore since the home turn, Lines Of Battle certainly looked good. Whether he’s good enough for the Kentucky Derby remains to be seen. We won’t have long to find out. Shea Shea, who broke his own course record set only a few days earlier, looked superb in winning the Al Quoz from the Hong Kong sprinters Joy And Fun and Eagle Regiment. Then you remembered that the second, a living testament to the skill of his trainer Derek Cruz, is a nine-year-old who’s had career-threatening injuries twice, the most recent in the race, the King’s Stand, that will be Shea Shea’s next destination. Black Caviar may also go for it too. If her team decides on the Diamond Jubilee instead, Mike de Kock and other connections may reflect that Shea Shea sounds a lot like Sze Sze, which is Chinese for “thank you very much”. That said, the Golden Shaheen may not for once have featured the meeting’s best sprinter. Reynaldothewizard won fair and square, but his victory probably only confirmed de Kock’s view that “the longer they’re in Dubai the more they improve”. Outsider Balmont Mast finished strongly for second, with last year’s winner Krypton
Factor third. This was Reynaldothewizard’s third victory at this year’s Carnival and it’s quite possible that the best horse in the race was Friedrich Engels who blew the start, got checked twice and never gave his jockey Weichong Marwing any reason for hope. The winner was ridden with great aplomb and the minimum of fuss by Richard Mullen, who has himself been in Dubai long enough to know exactly what the Meydan Tapeta takes. There then followed the rather curious phenomenon of “The Opening Ceremony”, which may have confused those first-time visitors who might have thought that just before race six was a curious time to have it. As the sun set a man with a good voice sang Nessun Dorma with illuminated aerobatics in the background, just as Puccini would no doubt have wanted them. Another man declaimed poetry, in Arabic with English subtitles on the big screen.
t was all, of course, a curtain raiser for the three Big Ones: the two richest turf races on earth and the richest of all, the Dubai World Cup itself. Sajjhaas and Silvestre de Souza found a split on the rail to romp home in the Dubai Duty Free for Saeed Bin Suroor, who looked even younger afterwards than he had a few races earlier. SDS for SBS. St Nicholas Abbey, awash with sweat on a warm night, was an equally decisive winner of the Sheema Classic. Joseph O’Brien gave him a great ride and his father did his best not to diminish it by succumbing to various subsequent invitations to turn exultant as though that was any sort of surprise. And so to the main event. Animal Kingdom had naturally enough attracted most of the publicity, and there’s no doubt he’s a remarkable horse adventurously trained by an exceptional trainer, the US-based Englishman, Graham Motion. To an extent those who felt his triumph provided validation for the whole night were right. But it’s not parochial to point out that Red Cadeaux’s performance was the key to the race, if not the entire meeting. There are three possibilities. We knew Red Cadeaux was improving, but he may now be improving more quickly than even his trainer Ed Dunlop thought. He may have just loved the surface he was trying for the first time. Or it may have been that, like a few recent Dubai World Cups, this was simply not, by international Group 1 standards, a very good race. Planteur has high-class form in his past, but his most recent achievement was a neck defeat of Miblish on the Lingfield All-Weather, who by coincidence won a Listed race at Kempton on Dubai World Cup day. Animal Kingdom had his race won half way up the straight after bolting clear, but his rider Joel Rosario got everything right, while Gerald Mosse had to wait a second or two for a run. AK may have been idling, but RC was closing him down fast at the end. We will find out more about AK if he runs at Royal Ascot on his way to stud in Australia. We will continue to find out more about the astonishingly versatile RC wherever he runs next: the Gold Cup perhaps, or the Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup in owner Ronald Arculli’s native Hong Kong. Or maybe even the King’s Stand Stakes.
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Pattern race changes announced
BSC Fillies and Mares moves up to a Group 1, Champions race days become consecutive After its spring annual meeting, the European Pattern Committee (EPC) announced a number of changes concerning the European Pattern race series for 2013 with some races being upgraded, some downgraded and further scheduling changes. Eight races are to be upgraded for 2013, with Group 1 status being granted to the BCS Fillies and Mares Stakes, a race won last season by Sapphire and Dancing Rain in 2011. This will take the number of Group 1 races on British Champions Day, due to be staged at Ascot on October 19, to three. Conversely, six European races for 2013 have been downgraded, importantly the Europa Meile at Munich and the Royal Whip Stakes at The Curragh, both which drop from Group 2 to Group 3 status. Furthermore, 15 races, including four Group 1 races, have been identified as being at risk of being downgraded by the EPC in 2014 if their ratings
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do not achieve the required parameter in 2013. Regarding the number of Listed races run in Europe, the EPC has pledged to continue to monitor the situation. With the continuing fall in foal crops, the EPC has stated that it will maintain its vigilance over the number of Listed races and maintain a policy of “quality control” . The committee is also
to consider reducing the number of new Pattern and Listed races that can be created in any year, setting higher rating thresholds which races will have to achieve in future in order to qualify for admission into the Pattern (i.e. an upgrade from Listed to Group 3) and a further tightening of downgrading procedures in the Listed race area. During the year the EPC will also further consider the programme of Pattern races for two-year-olds, which it feels is still less than ideal.
Future Champions Day 2014
There has been further tinkering with the Champions meeting and the Future Champions Day at Newmarket is to be held on Friday, October 18 instead of two weeks earlier as for the last two years. The racecard will feature three Group 1 races for twoyear-olds (the Dewhurst Stakes, the Fillies’ Mile and the Middle Park Stakes) as well as three
other Group races. This change sees the Dewhurst Stakes move back to its traditional slot in the calendar having been run earlier in October for the last two years. Announcing these changes, Brian Kavanagh, chairman of EPC, said: “The addition of a third Group 1 race to British Champions Day is a positive development and due recognition of the success of the event in its first two years. The EPC supports Britain’s ambition to stage five Group 1 races on this card. “The restoration of British Future Champions Day to its correct calendar location is also to be welcomed, as it will ensure a more suitable gap from the Arc weekend between races such as the Prix Jean Luc Lagardère and the Dewhurst Stakes, the Prix Marcel Boussac and the Fillies’ Mile, and the Prix de la Forêt and the Challenge Stakes. “Together with British Champions Day, it will form an outstanding two days of racing in 2014.”
Study finds that horses running as juveniles have longer careers
randon Velie, a PhD student at Sydney University, has published his findings on three population studies on horses racing in Australia and Hong Kong in the Equine Veterinary Journal. The work profiled the careers of thoroughbred horses racing in Hong Kong and Australia between 2000 and 2011 to discover whether there was an association of age at first start with career length in the Australian thoroughbred racehorse population. In the Hong Kong study, career length, number of careers starts and spells per year were evaluated. The study population included 4,950 horses, while a total of 2,782,774 performance records yielded career information for 164,046 horses in Australia. Brandon’s particular interest is durability of the breed on a population basis and his studies found the following trends: 1. Risk of retirement from racing decreased with a younger age at first start, a higher number of starts as a two-year-old and a longer average distance raced.
2. In Hong Kong, differences in career outcomes within the racehorse population appear to be partially influenced by the region from which a horse originates. Horses who were purchased in Europe seem to have longer careers in Hong Kong than those brought in from other countries. 3. In Australia, geldings had significantly longer careers than females and intact colts. 4. Females had significantly longer careers than intact colts. 5. For colts, the risk of retirement from racing increased as earnings increased, while for females and geldings the risk of retirement from racing decreased as earnings increased. 6. Between 2000 and 2010, the percentage of thoroughbreds racing in Australia with careers longer than 12, 24, 36 and 48 months was 56.65 per cent, 32.35 per cent, 16.66 per cent and 7.74 per cent, respectively. 7. Median career length and number of career starts for the Australian racehorse was found to be 14.7 months and 10 starts.
Breeders’ Cup reverses drugs policy, but offers travel concessions After the about-turn at the beginning of March by the Breeders’ Cup committee regarding its race day drugs policy, the board has decided for the first time in 2013 to
offer travel allowances to all participants travelling to Santa Anita from outside of California, as well as to reduce entry fees from three to two per cent. The committee announced in 2012 that it would operate a no-drugs policy for all races in 2013, after making an initial decision to ban the use of furosemide, trade name Lasix, for the juvenile events only in 2012. The move created huge divisions within the US
thoroughbred industry and the committee has reversed that decision and will race as per rulings for 2012 – a ban on furosemide for the two-year-old races only. “We recognise that there has been great divisiveness in our industry over medication rules, but joining together in the common goal of independent scientific research of the effects of race-day medications, coupled with industry pursuit of uniform
rules, will move us toward eliminating such divisions,” said Tom Ludt, the chairman of the Breeders’ Cup board. “Our board feels this measure, keeping the policy in place for the juvenile races and maintaining the 2012 policy on the remaining races, is the most practical course of action at this time.” This year, owners of horses shipping from outside of the US will receive a $40,000 travel allowance, while owners
Richard xxxxxGibson annexes HK Derby, Black Caviar gets to 24
Macau racing is at an ebb and has been overtaken by Singapore as third in ranking behind Hong Kong and Japan in the Asian orbit. Horse numbers are down from over a 1,000 to around 600. Gone are the days when Christophe Soumillon used to race ride through the winter there. However, Tony Ives still has an enjoyable post-riding career as an assistant trainer for Geoff Allendorf, while Gary Moore looks set for his seventh trainerʼs title. I first met Moore when we shared a house in Woodditton while we were both working for Sir Noel Murless. He still retains his youthful enthusiasm. The breeze-up sales saw 16 horses from the US, Australia, New Zealand, France, Ireland and Britain sell for an average of over £250,000. The Hong Kong Derby was really a benefit for the former Frenchbased trainer Richard Gibson benefit. He won the huge first prize of £737,000 with Akeed Mofeed (Dubawi), but also took third with Gold Fun (Le Vie Dei Colori). Both horses are owned by Pan Sutong, a successful property developer in China and someone who looks to have a rapidly growing
interest in horseracing. Both the winner and third raced in Ireland, while Endowing (Danehill Dancer), who finished second for trainer John Size, was originally a 62,000gns yearling purchase from Croom House by Peter Doyle and started life with Richard Hannon.
Let’s hope victory for Black Caviar in the T J Smith at Randwick on April 13 will see her back on the plane for Ascot
rude shock greeted me when I returned from five weeks and four yearling sales in Australia expecting to see all my bulb planting labours rewarded with a display William Wordsworth would have been proud of. Daffodils have more common sense than to risk their blooms appearing through one of the coldest Marches in British history. Conversely I arrived back in the UK from the hottest summer in Australia since records began in 1910. Melbourne had 14 days of 86+°F in February, while Sydney had their hottest day ever with 114°F in January. However, all pails in comparison to the 160 days of 104°F in Marble Bar, Western Australia in 1923/24, long before air conditioning became commonplace. Luckily, I had a four-day stop over in Hong Kong to combat jet lag and the dramatic climate change. I managed to cram in a visit to Macau, a pre-Derby evening with the Hong Kong Racing Club, morning track work at Sha Tin, breeze-up sales at the Jockey Club, as well as Derby Day at Sha Tin.
He is still a maiden after five runs, but has earned over £280,000. Unlike most Derbys, the race is for four-year-olds and over 1m2f. It is also restricted to Hong Kongbased horses. My time in Australia was taken up with yearling sales in Tasmania, Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide. The sales followed the same trend as in other parts of the world with strong competition for the better lots, while it was tough selling for the lesser lights. Sydney Easter should be just as strong as Inglis has assembled a first-rate catalogue, including 51 Fastnet Rocks and 35 by Redouteʼs Choice. The latter is the sire of the standout lot, a colt out of Helsinge, making him a half-brother to Black Caviar and a three-parts brother to All Too Hard, who vies with Pierro as the best three-year-old colt after recent Group 1 wins in the Futurity and Orr Stakes. At the time of writing he is an intended runner in the Queen Anne Stakes at Ascot. Black Caviar dominated my stay in Australia with a stellar return to her best in the Lightning Stakes (G1) at Flemington, a race in which she broke Desirableʼs track record that had stood for 25 years.
the news of domestic-trained horses shipping to California will receive a $10,000 allowance. “As the leading international thoroughbred racing event offering $25 million in purses, today’s actions further our goals of increasing our global reach by creating even more attractive opportunities for our participants,” said Ludt. “We’re excited to extend significant travel allowances to all owners shipping horses to California and to make the Championships more affordable by reducing entry fees by 33 per cent for all races.”
The use of Lasix will now just be banned in the juvenile races at the Breeders’ Cup 2013 meeting
Winning the William Reid in a canter, the awesome mare Black Caviar She reappeared in the William Reid Stakes (G1) at Moonee Valley and recorded a bloodless victory to take her tally to an unbeaten 24 races, including 14 Group I wins. Her action was faultless going down to the start and trainer Peter Moody pronounced her to be at her best. Media pressure on the trainer has been huge, but his Queensland imperturbability has dealt with stress in an exemplary fashion. Black Caviar has been a great advertisement for the water walker which acts as a vital part of her training programme. Let’s hope a further victory for Black Caviar in the T J Smith at Randwick on April 13 will see her back on the plane for Ascot to make up for her below-par winning effort last year. The magnitude of her achievements was recognised when
she became only the second horse to be inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame whilst still racing. The annual awards were introduced in 2001 and cover horses, jockeys, trainers and associates. Amongst the latter are Banjo Paterson, Dr Percy Sykes, and legendary bookmaker Sol Green. A new category of “Legends” was introduced in 2007 and include Phar Lap, Bart Cummings, Scobie Breasley, Makybe Diva, T J Smith and this year, Carbine. The US has a similar Hall of Fame,which was instituted in Saratoga in 1950. It is a shame that there is nothing similar in Britian as an awards ceremony could be a great prelude to Guineas week in Newmarket.
First international race meeting in China to be held this October
The first international race meeting in China is due to take place in October 2013 in the Wenjiang district of Chengdu, the fourthlargest city in China and located in the south-western province of Sichuan. The race meeting is to be organised by the Meydan Group and while the races for the meeting have yet to be decided, but it is hoped that horses who have been racing at Meydan will travel to run in China. Meydan Group chairman, Saeed Al Tayer said: “This is an exciting development that will further define the future of racing in China. It highlights the spirit of international cooperation that exists between Dubai, the UAE and China. We will continue to develop our strategy in China and hope that this initial step will nurture the growth and development of this sport in China and the UAE. “Information relating to quarantine, prize-money, race conditions and other race specifics will be issued at a later date. It is from the passion for racing and major events that we wish to share with our counterparts in China as well as the wider racing world.” The Wenjiang Equestrian Sports Park was only completed last autumn, and according to Xie Chao, district mayor of Wenjiang, it is the “one and only in western China, and one of the best in Asia,” according to criteria established by international racecourses in Hong Kong and Australia. The park, which includes a 2,000m long and 25m wide grass track, hosted the Chinese Equestrian Festival in 2011 and 2012, featuring showjumping and other equine sports in addition to Flat racing. A separate development undertaken by the Meydan Group involves an ambitious 10-year project to create the “Tianjin Horse City” in north-west China, which will include an international equestrian college, horse-breeding centre, auction house, animal feed factory, racetrack and a seven-star hotel. “China has been one of our major aims,” said Al Tayer to Gulf News. “We have wanted an association for many years. Bringing an equine industry, basically racing, and the other components that will follow is important for our brands. We go to Europe to use the Meydan brand and be partners in certain activities and races, but to bring the whole industry to China was a direction from the leadership.” According to Al Tayer, this move should open the floodgates for mutually rewarding business dealings. “This is a major step for us toward not just having flat races, but for future collaborations in China with the Meydan brand working diligently and counting on the support of the Chinese. “We are taking the important facets of the racing industry which can be turned into business opportunities,” added Al Tayer. “The breeding is something that we will take there at the right time; the auction of horses; racing know-how. What we would like to do is transfer all this knowledge for the Chinese to drive forward themselves. I would be the happiest person if that happens. We would like to stay close to them and build a relationship.” With a population of 15 million, Chengdu is one of the fastest growing cities in China. Equine sports and other horse related industries – including racing and breeding – are part of the plan by the Chengdu municipal government and Wenjiang district government to establish “Chengdu Jinma International Sports City”. It is planned that Chengdu development will eventually be home to a fully-fledged racing industry with all its corresponding divisions.
Patinack Farm to be sold “lock, stock and barrel” AFTER continuing financial difficulties, Patinack Farm, which is owned by former mining magnate Nathan Tinkler, is to be sold by Magic Millions sales company “lock, stock, and barrel”. “Nathan wants it to be a walk in, walk out deal,” said Vin Cox, managing director of Magic Millions.“We’ve already had interest from international racing operations.” Early last year Tinkler is understood to have approached Sheikh Fahad seeking to sell the entire racing group for A$200 million. The current offering is reported to be in the region of A$125 million.
No doubts... ...for leading sales consignor Ted Voute, who voices his opinion on all things bloodstock and sales-related
GBR & GBRI: where does bloodstock sit?
reat British Racing (GBR) and Great British Racing International (GBRI) were launched this spring as an industry catch-all to market racing and breeding worldwide, with GBR taking over the marketing arm of Racing For Change (RFC) as well as the work previously carried out by British Bloodstock Marketing (BBM). GBRI is aiming to market our racing and bloodstock industry to international high worth individuals. Soon after the announcement, out of interest, I googled GBRI and was given the Green Building Research Institute and the Global Business Research Institute so I was mildly perplexed that our new marketing and promotional arm of Racing Enterprises Limited
(REL), a joint-venture company whose shareholders are the RCA and the Horsemen’s Group (owners, trainers, jockeys, breeders and stable staff), did not have a reserved internet domain name. I then tried GBR and came up with the Equestrian Team GBR and www.gbr.com – a site offering “a product range from smart feeder/folders interfacing with conventional inserters to computer-controlled folding machines interfacing with computer printers”. Not a great start I thought to myself. GBR’s budget will remain the same as RFC’s, but with additional funding for GBR it will have a total of £1.7 million at its disposal per year. BBM had an approximate budget of £300,000, which Harry Herbert spent wisely in his two
Patinack had two reduction sales of stock in late 2012 realising approximately A$3.4million. Money was also borrowed as a bail out, while Patinack Farm Administration was liquidated in November owing creditors A$5.5m. It has been speculated that Tinkler was spending A$600,000 a week just to keep the Patinack operation running, which includes over 1,000 horses, a 3,700-acre farm in New South Wales, a 1,000-acre property in Queensland, as well as stables at Randwick. It also owns 10 stallions, including Casino Prince, the sire of All Too Hard.
years as chairman. Herbert effectively, and without any charge to racing or breeders, steered the cash-strapped organisation in a number of very effective promotional and marketing activities based on selftaught experiences gained with Highclere Thoroughbreds. BBM made good progress, but, as I understand, needed more money. The organisation applied to the Levy Board for some of the Levy/ Tote sale money on a forwardgoing platform. Presented by Herbert, and with the full support of some of the heaviest hitters in the bloodstock business, BBM’s application for £750,000 was turned down. Unfortunately, Herbert’s tenure at the helm of the BBM came to an end as he had always said it would, but he probably left with a slight feeling of exasperation. Still slightly perplexing to me is the fact that GBRI will operate with the same budget that RFC (Racing For Change) paid for through REL. But GBR, which by its own definition is for “racing”, has no direct transfer of existing funds, which were going to BBM from the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association, Tattersall’s, DBS et al. Now that breeders do not have BBM, surely their money should be transferred to GBR? Which brings me onto the auction house sales levy, which is deducted from your sales account, unless you indicate otherwise, and then transferred to the TBA. Some of this money was used
to support BBM and should be a saving to the TBA with the creation of the GBRI and its subsumed million budget from REL. Times are hard all around and the TBA may be relieved to pass BBM on to Rod Street without any financial obligation. The reduction in commitment to equine research with the demise of the Equine Fertility Unit and Twink Allen’s commitments, should leave the TBA in a healthy state to fight for our proportion of marketing from GBR and GBRI for breeders and the commercial element of our industry, alongside the organisation’s numerous other activities. The London offices of our various bodies in racing seem to be collecting executives from outside our industry. Steve Harman has been headhunted from Shell to run the BHA, taking over from Paul Roy in July, while it appears that the GBR executive is also to be sourced from outside of the industry. In theory these moves help to professionalise the complete industry and moves away from the old boy network and the selection process for a senior executive to lead GBRI has not been finalised. We currently have many leaders of business on the boards of the ROA and the TBA combined with Rod Street’s enthusiasm, High Holborn beckons as the one stop shop for racing, at least there might be one address for the various organisations involved with potentially fewer committees or organisations.
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Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom is from a real melting pot pedigree, writes Alan Porter
iven that it’s a called a “World Cup” from a standpoint of internationalism there could hardly have been a more appropriate winner than Animal Kingdom. He was bred in and is trained in the US, but represented Australia, where he will begin his stud career later this year. His sire Leroidesanimaux is a Brazilian-born US
Dubai World Cup winner, Animal Kingdom Photo: PA
champion, who was by a US-born stallion with a French background and out of an English-bred mare, while his dam, who foaled in Germany and is from a family which came from England via Hungary, was a Group/Graded winner in both her home country and the US. Although he was born in Brazil, Animal Kingdom’s sire Leroidesanimaux only ran three times in the country winning once and placing in a Grade 1. Racing in the US at four and five, he won eight
of ten starts, earning a title as champion turf horse as a five-year-old. He was a graded winner over six and a half to eight and a half furlongs, his victories including the Atto Mile (G1) and Frank E. Kilroe Mile (G1). At the conclusion of his racing career, Leroidesanimaux retired to Stonewall Stallions in Kentucky, although he’s since moved to Stonewall Farm (now renamed HallMarc Stallions) at Ocala in Florida. He is by the French 2,000 Guineas (G1) second (promoted from third on
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Photo: Dubai Racing Club
Animal Kingdom is not the only Dubai World Cup (G1) winner from this immediate sire line as Candy Stripes is also sire of Invasor, who took the race in 2007
breeder Team Valor and Never Tell Racing, a company owned by Stonewall principals Richard and Audrey Haisfield. Continuing her racing career in the US, Dalicia took an allowance race at Hollywood Park and finished fourth in the Beverly Hills Handicap (G2). In her first season at stud she was originally to visit Kingmambo, but when that horse had problems in the covering shed, the switch to Leroidesanimaux was made. In 2009 she produced a colt by Mr. Greeley and later that year was offered in-foal to the same horse at the 2009 Tattersalls December Sale fetching 230,000gns to the bid of Shadai Farm. Dalicia is a daughter of Acatenango (by the German Derby winner and outstanding sire, Surumu), a three-time Horse of the Year in Germany whose triumphs included the
the disqualification of a rival) Candy Stripes, a son of Blushing Groom who was a very successful sire in South America. Leroidesanimaux’s dam Dissemble is by Ahonoora, and is a half-sister to the superproducer Hasili. Animal Kingdom is not the only Dubai World Cup (G1) winner from this immediate sire line as Candy Stripes is also sire of Invasor, who took the race in 2007, the year in which he was also officially rated the world’s best horse. Animal Kingdom is a member of Leroidesanimaux’s second crop, and the sire has nine other black-type scorers, including Una Cabeza, a Grade 1 winner in Argentina, Always A Princess, who twice defeated champion Blind Luck in Grade 2 events, as well as other graded scorers Leroy’s Dynameaux and Sarah’s Secret. Animal Kingdom’s dam Dalicia was foaled in Germany, and proved to be a smart performer in her native county, winning the Group 3 Preis der Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe over 1m3f, and the 1m2f Professor Hans Merkt-Rennen. She was also Listed placed in France. Offered at the 2005 Baden-Baden Autumn Mixed Sales, she was sold for a sale-record €400,000 to a partnership of Animal Kingdom’s owner and registered
German Derby (G1), the Grand Prix de SaintCloud (G1), the Grosser Preis von Berlin (G1), and back-to-back renewals of the Grosser Preis von Baden (G1). Acatenango became a highly successful sire on the European continent, his offspring winning three German Derbys and a French Derby. Dalicia’s full-sister Darwinia is dam of the Black Sam Bellamy mare Daveron, a Listed winner in Germany. She has also carried the same Team Valor colours as Animal Kingdom and gave her owners a remarkable double by taking the Beaugay Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park on the same afternoon as Animal Kingdom’s Kentucky Derby (G1) victory in 2011. Dynamis, the dam of Dalicia, is by Dancing Brave (Lyphard), an outstanding European champion who could produce a devastating turn of foot over anything from a mile to a 1m4f. Dynamis is a half-sister to both the champion German two-year-old filly Desidera, and to the German 1,000 Guineas (G1) winner Diacada. The third dam Diasprina was another juvenile champion in Germany, and the female line as a whole has been very solid in the country for several generations. Animal Kingdom’s sixth dam was foaled in Hungary, where the family arrived from England in the early 1900s. Just to tie it in to something more familiar, we’ll note that the female line traces to Scene (1895), a fairly close relative to Bromus, the dam of Phalaris, the horse to whom the majority of the breed now trace in male-line. Animal Kingdom is a product of the Blushing Groom/Acatenango cross that has already produced three stakes winners from only 12 starters. The closest duplication in the pedigree is to Northern Dancer’s son Lyphard. He is a Nearco/Court Martial (Fair Trial) cross, and Blushing Groom is bred on a cross of Nearco with Wild Risk (a horse who does very well with Court Martial), with a dam by Fair Trial’s genetic relative, Tudor Minstrel.
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Soft Falling Rain defies the older horses
It wasn’t easy, but South African champion two-year-old Soft Falling Rain took his record for seven-for-seven with a gusty victory in the Godolphin Mile (G2) in the process becoming the first three-year-old to defeat his elders in this contest. Soft Falling Rain is a son of the Danzig horse, National Assembly. Out of the Buckpasser mare Renounce and from the same family as US champion sire What A Pleasure (a brother to National Assembly’s second dam), National Assembly was a $2,500,000 yearling purchase by Robert Sangster. Sent to Ireland to be trained by Vincent O’Brien, National Assemby was prevented from running at two by a virus, and chipped his knee before he could be raced at three. He retired to stand at Highlands Stud in South Africa in 1988 and enjoyed a very successful career, getting nine other Grade 1 winners,
Paul Hanagan celebrates getting a winner for boss Sheikh Hamdan on board Soft Falling Rain
Soft Falling Rain’s fourth dam Quillopoly is also fourth dam of two-time US leading sire, Smart Strike
For good measure Aggressor, the broodmare sire of Acatenango, is by Combat (grand-dam, a three-parts sister to Fair Trial), out of a mare bred on an identical Nearco/ Hyperion cross to Nearctic, the grandsire of Lyphard. Although he has a turf-oriented pedigree, Animal Kingdom is one of those rare horses who has shown top-class form on dirt, synthetic and turf courses. He broke his maiden on the All-Weather on the second of two starts at two and upset the Kentucky Derby (G1) on his dirt debut, having prepped for the race with a win in the Spiral Stakes (G3) on the All-Weather. Beaten just a half length in the Preakness Stakes (G1), Animal Kingdom finished sixth in the Belmont Stakes (G1) after being bumped at the start and nearly unseating his rider. After that effort, he was sidelined for more than eight months by a slab fracture, before returning to take a turf allowance race at Gulfstream Park in February 2012. However, another injury to the same leg then kept him away from the races until November when he returned to finish a excellent second to US Horse of the Year Wise Dan in a Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1), a race that was run in a new course record time. Animal Kingdom’s only other start prior to the Dubai World Cup (G1) came in the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1) in February when he was a good second to the top-class Point Of Entry, tiring close home after making a huge move in the middle of the race.
including National Emblem, who himself has turned out to be a excellent stallion and also claimed World Cup meeting victory with Shea Shea. Soft Falling Rain is out of the US-bred Giant’s Causeway mare Gardner’s Delight, a minor winner in South Africa. She is out of Highbury, a Seattle Slew half-sister to the Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Gal In A Ruckus
and to the dams of Clean Sweep, who took the New Zealand 2,000 Guineas (G1), and Habibti, who was successful in the Hollywood Starlet Stakes (G1) and Del Mar Debutante Stakes (G1) and subsequently produced the Breeders’ Cup Marathon (G3) and Brooklyn Handicap (G2) winner Eldaafer. Soft Falling Rain’s fourth dam Quillopoly is also fourth dam of two-time US leading sire, Smart Strike.
Course record-breaker: Shea Shea
Shea Shea completed the double for the National Assembly sire line when taking the Al Quoz Sprint (G1) and in the process lowering his own 5f course-record. National Emblem was a Grade 1 winner over 1m2f at five – at which age he was also champion older horse in South Africa – but he has sired several other Grade 1-winning sprinters. His dam Yankee Clipper, who is by the Blushing Groom stallion Jallad, was a stakes winner over a mile in South Africa. She is a
dubai world cup The family has been in South Africa since the early 1950s, but traces to a half-sister (actually closer, since the sires are siblings) to the 1943 2,000 Guineas hero, Kingsway.
Cavalry came to the rescue
In the 2m Dubai Gold Cup (G3), Cavalryman had way too much finishing speed for his opponents at the business end of a slowly run race. The seven-year-old is by the veteran Diesis stallion Halling, who himself had very good form in Dubai but also took back-to-back
Halling has been a very consistent stakes sire with a total of 48 stakes winners, 26 of them Group or Graded
half-sister to Melting Moments and to the dam of Leeward, both black-type winners in that country. The grand-dam Georgie Gorgeous is by Northfields (a half-brother to Habitat, who enjoyed a very successful stud career in Ireland before being exported to South Africa), and is a half-sister to South African sprint ace Fov’s Favourite. Shea Shea’s third dam Queen’s Favourite is inbred 2 x 4 to Bride Elect, winner of the Queen Mary Stakes (G2) at Royal Ascot and dam of the St. Leger (G1) winner Hethersett.
Shea Shea, is by National Emblem, a son of National Assemby, the sire of Soft Falling Rain. He broke the track record when taking the Al Quoz Sprint Photo: Dubai Racing Club
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Battle lines drawn for Kentucky Derby
Last seen finishing a troubled seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1), Lines Of Battle qualified himself for an automatic berth in the Kentucky Derby (G1), a race he is apparently now heading to after a victory in the UAE Derby (G2). Lines Of Battle is from the third crop of War Front, a son of Danzig who has rapidly emerged as one of the young stars of the US stallion ranks. War Front was unraced at two and was a minor stakes winner over eight and a half furlongs at three, but did better sprinting at four winning the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Breeder’s Cup Handicap (G2) and finishing second in five other graded sprints, including the Vosburgh Stakes (G1) and Forego Stakes (G1). Having commenced his stud career at $10,000, War Front was subsequently oversubscribed at an advertised fee of $80,000 in 2013. He’s already been represented by 18 stakes winners in his first three crops, including the top-class sprinter The Factor, successful in the Pat O’Brien Stakes (G1) and Malibu Stakes, Data Link, who took the Maker’s 46
Lines Of Battle is from the third crop of War Front, a son of Danzig who has rapidly emerged as one of the young stars of the US stallion ranks
Mile Stakes (G1), Summer Soiree, winner of the Del Mar Oaks (G1), and Warning Flag, an Irish Listed winner, who was also victorious in the Hong Kong Classic Mile. War Front was a sprinter and his dam Starry Dreamer is out of a mare by champion sprinter, Rubiano. However, War Front’s second and third dams are by Forli and Round Table, who were both accomplished The Ballydoyle-trained Lines Of Battle traces to Dynaformer through his dam Black Speck, a three-quarters sister to the “world class” sire Photo: PA
runnings of the Eclipse Stakes (G1) and Juddmonte International (G1). Halling has only been represented by two Group 1 winners – Cavalryman himself who took the much shorter Grand Prix de Paris (G1) earlier in his career, and the Prix Ganay (G1) victor Cutlass Bay. However, Halling has been a very consistent stakes sire with a total of 48 stakes winners, 26 of them Group or Graded. Cavalryman’s dam Silversword (Highest Honor) gained a Group place with a second in the Prix de Royaumont (G3), and is a sister to a good long distance performer in Double Honour, a Listed winner in Germany who was also second in the Goodwood Cup (G2). Cavalryman’s grand-dam Silver Cobra is a sister to the US Grade 1 winner Silver Ending and half-sister to Fiery Copper, the granddam of South African Grade 1 laureate Copper Parade. Silver Cobra is by Silver Hawk, and the mating of Silver Hawk with a half-sister to Silver Cobra’s dam prodcued the wonderful Magnificent Style. She won the Musidora Stakes (G2), but is now far more famous as the dam of eight individual stakes winners, including Great Heavens, Nathaniel, Playful Act, Changing Skies, Percussionist and Echoes In Eternity.
over a distance and proficient on turf. Their impact is clear in the race-record of Starry Dreamer, who though capable on dirt – she ran second in the Gazelle Handicap (G1) on that surface – was at her best going long on the grass. She won three stakes races, including the Palisades Stakes over 1m1f, and placed in several major events, including seconds in the Long Island (G2) and La Prevoyante (G3) Handicaps over 1m4f. So it is not surprising to find that several of War Front’s offspring can get at least a mile, while they’ve also proved effective on the All-Weather and turf, although he himself was not tried on those surfaces. Lines Of Battle is out of the Arch mare Black Speck, a minor winner in France and previously dam of the Prix de Sandringham (G3) winner Homebound, Blue Exit, a Pulpit colt who was a Listed scorer in France and Grade 2 placed in the US, and of the Grand Criterium (G1) runner-up Battle Paint. Black Speck is out of the Top Flight Handicap (G1) winner Andover Way, and since Black Speck is by a grandson of Roberto (Arch thorugh Kris S), she is closely related to Andover Way’s Roberto son, Dynaformer. Smart, but some way removed from top-class as a racehorse, Dynaformer subsequently developed into a world-class stallion, despite having begun his career at bargain basement level. The cross of Roberto’s son Red Ransom with Andover Way produced another close relation to Black Speck in My Annette, the dam of the stakes-winning and multiple Group 1-placed sprinter U S Ranger. Being by Danzig, he is very similarly bred to Lines Of Battle. Andover Way is also dam of the minor stakes winner White Bridle and grand-dam of Offlee Wild, who took the Suburban Handicap (G1) and was the leading US freshman sire of 2009 with a crop that included champion two-year-old filly She Be Wild. Andover Way’s dam and grand-dam, On The Trail and Golden Trail, are both famed tap-root mares and the female line has also
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A Wizard win
Reynadlothewizard showed useful form as a sprint handicapper, and won three times in nine starts over three seasons – although he failed to hit the board in four starts last year. At the age of seven, and wearing blinkers for the first time, Reynaldothewizard showed considerably improved form first time out this season defeating a strong field for a 6f conditions sprint on January 24 at odds of 20-1. Similarly equipped in the Maban Al Shimaal (G3), he beat last year’s Golden Shaheen (G1) scorer Krypton Factor by 4l. The Maban Al Shimaal form turned out to be the key to the Golden Shaheen (G1) as Reynaldothewizard
An impressive winner at Churchill Downs on his debut at two, Reynaldothewizard turned out to be something of a disappointment over the balance of his US career. Beaten by over 7l when third as favourite in the Saratoga Special Stakes (G2) on his second start, Reynaldothewizard’s only other placing from six starts stateside was a third in a Churchill Downs Reynaldothewizard: the seven-year-old allowance at three. by Speightstown has found some improved form this year Photo: PA Sent to Dubai,
was chased home by the Al Shimaal third Balmont Mast with Krypton Factor third. Reynaldothewizard is from the first crop of US champion sprinter Speightstown, a son of Gone West. Speightstown has made an excellent start to his stud career with 42 stakes winners from his first five crops, including Group and Grade 1 winners Haynesfield, Lord Shanakill, Jersey Town, Poseidon’s Warrior, Golden Ticket and Mona De Momma. He came close to heading the US leading sires’ list last year, eventually finishing a close third, a considerable achievement for a sprinter. Holiday Runner, the dam of Reynaldothewizard, has produced
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King’s Best gets Cup night winner in Duty Free
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Sajjhaa: the latest stakes winner for sire King’s Best, who now stands in Japan
In 2010, King’s Best came within a nose and a short-head of taking the Dubai World Cup (G1) with his son Allybar. This year, he got a major winner at the meeting when his daughter Sajjhaa defeated South African star The Apache to take the Dubai Duty Free (G1), her fourth win in four starts this year. King’s Best is a 2,000 Guineas (G1) winner by Kingmambo, and three-quarters related to Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) winner Urban Sea, subsequent dam of Galileo. Given that level of performance and pedigree, King’s Best has not been the dominant sire one might have hoped for. He is now in Japan, after having previously stood in England, Ireland and France. That said, he still has eight Group or Grade 1 winners to his name, and in 2010 completed an international Derby double with Workforce, who scored at Epsom, and Eishin Flash, who took the Japan Derby (G1). The six-year-old Sajjhaa is out of the Darshaan mare Anaamil. Her second dam Noushkey (Polish Precedent) was an accomplished middle-distance runner winning the Lancashire Oaks (G3) and taking second in the Epsom Oaks (G1). Nouskey is a half-sister to San Sebastian, who took the Prix du Cadran (G1), and to German highweight and multiple Group winner Chesa Plana, who subsequently produced the Japan Cup (G1) and Grand de Paris (G1) winner Alkaased to King’s Best’s sire, Kingmambo. Sajjhaa’s fouth dam Home And Away is a half-sister to the champion Irish two-yearold filly Welsh Garden, and to Galaxy Libra, successful in the Sunset Handicap (G1) in the US. Home And Away is also a grand-daughter of Mesopotamia, a champion two-year-old filly in England and Ireland, and anestress of several major stakes winners, including Halling, as mentioned earlier the sire of Cavalryman.
another talented runner in Seventh Street, a Street Cry daughter who has won five of her ten starts, including the Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) and Go for Wand Handicap (G1). A daughter of Meadowlake, Holiday Runner was a very precocious two-year-old winning the Three Chimneys Juvenile Stakes and Fashion Stakes. She was the only stakes winner produced by either her dam Dixie Holiday or her grand-dam, the Anoakia Stakes (G3) winner Really Fancy, however Really Fancy’s dam Native Fancy won a trio of black-type events, including the Hollywood Lassie Stakes (G2), and produced the multiple graded stakes winner Blushing Heiress.
Easter presents for St. Nicholas
Going into the Dubai meeting St. Nicholas Abbey’s credits included two renewals of the Coronation Cup (G1) and Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), all over 1m4f. He put that proven stamina to good use in the Dubai Sheema Classic (G1), staying on too strongly for Japanese wonder-mare Gentildonna, who came with a dangerous challenge a furlong and a half from home. St. Nicholas Abbey is another star for the late Sadler’s Wells stallion Montjeu, who has established himself as an outstanding
Classic stallion through progeny such as Pour Moi, Motivator, Hurricane Run, Scorpion, Authorised, Nom Su Jeu, Frozen Fire, Fame And Glory and Camelot. He is out of Leaping Water, a daughter of Sure Blade, who has also produced the Sunset Handicap (G2) and San Gabriel Handicap (G2) victor Grammarian. St. Nicholas Abbey’s grand-dam Flamenco Wave is a daughter of the US-raced Desert Wine, and won the Moyglare Stud Stakes (G1) at two. Perhaps because of the Never Bend strain that has done so well with Sadler’s Wells – he appears as broodmare sire of Desert Wine – Flamenco Wave proved to have quite an affinity with Sadler’s Wells producing Canadian International (G1) and Criterium de Saint-Cloud (G1) winner Ballingarry, and Racing Post Trophy (G1) winner Aristotle. She also bred the two-time Group 1-winning miler Starborough to Soviet Star, and the Group winner Spanish Falls, a daughter of Belmez. St. Nicholas Abbey is the only Group winner for Montjeu out of a Sharpen Up line mare, but Sharpen Up also appears in the pedigree of six other Montjeu stakes winners, including Classic scorers Motivator and Hurricane Run.
Gentildonna: in the end the Japanese “wonder mare” was no match for St. Nicholas Abbey (right) Photo: Dubai Racing Club
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St. Nicholas Abbey is the only Group winner for Montjeu out of a Sharpen Up line mare, but Sharpen Up also appears in the pedigree of six other Montjeu stakes winners
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Preparing for Meydan
Sue Huntingdon took this fabulous shot of horses galloping ahead of the World Cup with the towers of Dubai shimmering in the background
Bobs Worth his weight in Gold
It was a Festival, reports Sue Montgomery, for the young guns, headed by Nicky Henderson’s championship winners Bobs Worth and Sprinter Sacre
HE THREE SENIOR chasing championships at the 2013 Cheltenham Festival were each a triumph for emerging talent over experience, and pretty much for the 2012 meeting’s formbook too. In the Gold Cup, Bobs Worth and Sir Des Champs, respectively winners a year previously of the RSA and Jewson Novices Chases, finished first and second, with Long Run, hero of the 2011 Gold Cup, back in third. In the Queen Mother Champion Chase, Sprinter Sacre, who had given a foretaste of what he might do in the Arkle Trophy a year earlier, proved himself an outstanding 2m talent as he put the 2011 winner Sizing Europe to the sword. And in the Ryanair Chase three of those placed in 2012 – Cue Card (second in the Arkle), First Lieutenant (second in the RSA) and For Non Stop (third in the Jewson) – filled the first three places, in front of 2012 winner Riverside Theatre. Making the successful step up from being the Festival’s top novice to top senior is not that common. Bobs Worth is only the seventh RSA Chase (or earlier equivalent) winner to have followed up in the Gold Cup the following season, while his Nicky Henderson stablemate Sprinter Sacre was the tenth to pick up the 2m double crowns. The only other occasion on which both novice winners won the senior titles the
following year was 1963/64, courtesy of Ben Stack and Arkle. Coincidentally, that pair also shared a trainer, Tom Dreaper. Given that the Cheltenham Festival was established in 1911, there are always going to be statistical milestones. Bobs Worth’s 7l Gold Cup victory, a masterclass of patience and timing by rider Barry Geraghty, was the 50th winner at the meeting for trainer Nicky Henderson, outstandingly the best of his profession at priming his ammunition for the sport’s most valuable (£3.8 million this year) fixture. Bobs Worth was the first since Garrison Savannah to win a Gold Cup with only one previous outing in the season under his girth, in his case the Hennessy Gold Cup in early December. And the eight-year-old became only the second horse to win three different contests at successive Festivals, the first being Flyingbolt, who took a Gloucester (now Supreme Novices) Hurdle in 1964 before following up in the Cotswold (now Arkle) Chase and then the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Bobs Worth won the Gold Cup as 11/4 favourite and was immediately installed at the top of the market for next year’s contest, but the new star of the staying chasing division is unlikely to be seen again this season. And, to lapse into anthropomorphism, that would entirely suit his character.
Eyes on the prize: Bobs Worth and Barry Geraghty grind it out up the Cheltenham hill to win the Gold Cup from Sir Des Champs (purple) and Long Run (orange)
Hurricane Fly returns after his 15th Grade 1 success, a victory that put him ahead of Istabraq and second to Kauto Star on the G1 honours list
He is one of those horses that a trainer would not know he had in the yard, unless he was so good. He is not that big and does not own an eyecatching action. He is a run-ofthe-mill bay in colour and, even the mark between his eyes, is a smudged apology for a
white star. And his modest physiology and unassuming demeanour, though now his charming trademarks, are even more marked beside the traits shown by the massive, inyour-face handsome Sprinter Sacre.
Henderson, obviously, adores them both for what they are. â€œOne is the honest pro, one is the showman,â€? he said. â€œBob would go to bed at the proper time at night and get up in the morning and do his job. Sprinter would
the festival was happy enough to cut his losses three years later at £20,000, the price at which Henderson and his right-hand bloodstock agent David Minton secured the gelding in the Doncaster ring. But though Bobs Worth is “just a horse” to look at, he has the priceless quality in a racehorse that enables a good little ‘un to have his day. He is the tough of the track, utterly genuine. “Anyone could go into Sprinter’s box and say ‘that’s gorgeous’,” said Henderson, “but you certainly wouldn’t look at Bob and say ‘I’ve just got to have that horse’. But when we saw him – and we thought we’d better look at him because he was Barry’s – we liked him. “He looked a workman and it has turned out that he is not only very good, but he does what it says on the packet: I will work for you day and night and I will never give up.”
Bob Back influence remains
probably go down to the nightclub with the boys, and still come out the next day and kick everything into the grandstand.” It has been well-documented how Geraghty bought Bobs Worth for €16,500 as a yearling pinhooking project and, in a falling market,
Bobs Worth is the best of a host of talented performers by the top-class sire Bob Back, who stood for most of his career at Ballylinch Stud in County Kildare before transferring in 2001 to the Connolly family’s Burgage Stud in County Carlow, where the Gold Cup hero was conceived. Bob Back, who died in retirement at the age of 30 two years ago, has sired the winners of 62 Graded contests, including 17 Grade 1s. His worth as a jumps progenitor was first advertised by novice hurdlers Putty Road and Treble Bob, winners at the Cheltenham and Punchestown Festivals respectively, and confirmed by horses such as Bacchanal, Back In Front, Burton Port, Cousin Vinny and Thisthatandtother. He was the damsire of last year’s Gold Cup winner Synchronised and at Cheltenham this year he was also responsible for Back In Focus, winner of the John Oaksey NH Chase, and had a near miss with Boston Bob, in front until falling at the last in the RSA Chase. Bob Back, by Roberto, had his day of days when, at 33-1, he beat Pebbles in the 1985 Prince Of Wales’ Stakes. Tracks such as Royal Ascot and Epsom, rather than Cheltenham, were once the stages where Bobs Worth’s distaff antecedents once distinguished themselves. The Gold Cup winner’s fourth dam was Paddy’s Sister, whose unbeaten 1959 juvenile campaign included the Queen Mary, Gimcrack and Champagne Stakes and who was a half-sister to a Derby runner-up, Paddy’s Point.
The supreme Sprinter
What Hurricane Fly has, along with all the class, is an unbelievable big heart for a small horse. He is as tough as nails, and ground it out to the line
Paddy’s Sister found more fame in her second career with her son Ballymore, who achieved the rare feat of winning a Classic – the 1972 Irish 2,000 Guineas at 33-1 – on his debut. One of her unraced daughters, Paddy’s Flair, produced four winners including Ukraine Girl, who won a French 1,000 Guineas. But another generation on, success by those who had transferred to jumping appeared on the page, notably Il Trovatore (Chief Singer) and Last Theatre (King’s Theatre), both out of Paddy’s Flair’s unraced daughter Last Flair; Going Global, out of Ukraine Girl, as well as the Gerry Fielden victor Distant Prospect and the Graded winner Altay, descended from Ukraine Girl’s unraced half-sister Bear’s Affair. Bobs Worth is out of Last Flair’s onceraced daughter Fashionista, by King’s Theatre, and was bred in Northern Ireland by County Fermanagh-based Lois Eadie, who sold him as a foal for €11,000. Eadie combines breeding with a successful career as an artist, and is also responsible for the 2000
Hennessy winner King’s Road. But Bobs Worth is her masterpiece. The Gold Cup winner was one of a record 20 winners at the meeting for Irish breeders, a total that included eight of the 12 Grade 1 winners. And – it has to be pointed out – two of the three winners bred in Britain were by Irish-based sires.
Once bitten, twice Fly
The Champion Hurdle winner Hurricane Fly, in the colours of George Creighton and Rose Boyd, added to the meeting’s statistical notebook by becoming only the second, after Comedy Of Errors in 1975, to have regained his title from the 24 who have tried, some of them more than once. There are parallels between Bobs Worth and Hurricane Fly: both started well-backed favourites, both went through a flat spot in their races before hitting top gear, both have a physique that belies their talent, and both brought their trainers – in Hurricane Fly’s case Willie Mullins – huge professional satisfaction in an excellent job well done by
themselves and their back-room teams. Since winning the 2011 Champion Hurdle, Hurricane Fly’s only defeat had come in the 2012 edition of the race, when he was a below-par third to Rock On Ruby. But in his three races before this year’s Cheltenham the son of Montjeu had looked thoroughly slick, classy and professional and trainer Willie Mullins would tell anyone who cared to listen that he was back to and beyond his previous best. Like some other sons of his sire, though, the gelding has a feisty, nervy temperament, which requires tactful management. Though he seemed more settled and mature in public at Cheltenham than on his previous visits, behind the scenes he was his usual self and Mullins’s reward for turning his back on his charge in the racecourse stables was a painful nip on the backside. Perhaps it should have been regarded as an omen: once bitten, twice Fly. The nine-year-old overhauled trailblazing Rock On Ruby after the penultimate obstacle before powering away for an emphatic, if hard-driven, two and a half-length success at 13/8. “What Hurricane Fly has, along with all the class, is an unbelievable big heart for a small horse,” said rider Ruby Walsh, “He is as tough as nails, and ground it out to the line.” Hurricane Fly is regarded as the best 2m champion since triple hero Istabraq and, like that great horse, was produced for and won on the Flat before being recruited for obstacles. He is one of three jumping Grade 1 winners by his late sire (the others are Won
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the festival In The Dark and Sweeps Hill), while his dam Scandisk, by Kenmare, was bred, like her celebrated son, by Giovanni and Rafaelle Caiani of the Agricola del Parco in Italy, where she won over 7f before starting her second career in Ireland. More statistics: the Champion Hurdle was Hurricane Fly’s 15th Grade 1 success, putting him one ahead of Istabraq and one behind Kauto Star on the all-time leaderboard; and it was Mullins’s 26th Cheltenham Festival winner, a total which matched Tom Dreaper’s record as the leading Irish-based trainer at the meeting. Mullins, who started his sequence with Tourist Attraction in the 1995 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, set a new mark when the wonderful mare Quevega, racing for the first time for nearly a year, took her own place in the history books alongside Golden Miller. They are the only two horses to have won the same Festival race five times in succession – in the chaser’s case the Gold Cup from 1932 and in hers the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle from 2009. Theirs is an exclusive club –there are another 24, including Bobs Worth, to have won three or more races, of any description or in any year, since the first recognised Festival meeting in 1911. High up on the list, of course, is Big Bucks, deprived of his chance for five World Hurdles in a row by injury. The peerless nine-year-old, winner of 18 in succession and the horse who made long-distance hurdling sexy, went into the season as the highest-rated hurdler and is likely to be challenged for that honour only by Hurricane Fly at the end of the campaign.
The mud-splattered Ted Veale, who raced in mid-division, comes to take the Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle from Tennis Cap, who, having made all, in contrast remained virtually mud-free
13 Cheltenham Festival Winners CUE CARD RYANAIR CHASE, Grade 1 sold 2009 Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale by Goldford Stud to Aidan Kennedy for €52,000 sold 2007 Tattersalls Ireland February NH Sale by Goldford Stud to Aiden Murphy for €75,000
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Like many who own freakish ability, Sprinter Sacre represents what is probably an unrepeatable shake of the genetic cocktail
A determined AP was not going to be denied his first victory of the week aboard At Fishers Cross in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
So in his absence it was perhaps fitting that 17-2 shot Solwhit, once one of the very few capable of putting it up to the new dual champion and another who has been round the block a few times, prevailed in the marathon contest. When he was so skilfully returned this term by Charles Byrnes after a near two-year injury-provoked layoff, he proved that his ability remained, but he went to Cheltenham with his stamina for 3m unproven. No problem: Paul Carberry, a master of the “off-switching ride”, produced a perfectly timed challenge to land the horse’s seventh Grade 1 at the expense Celestial Halo, a Paul Nicholls stablemate of Big Buck’s. Solwhit has, without using the term pejoratively, something of a mongrel background – he is by Solon, winner of a Europa-Preis and a Swiss Derby, and is out of Toowhit Towhee, a US-bred by Lucky North
The Festival was overshadowed by the serious injury to Irish amateur J T McNamara, who broke his neck in a first-fence fall from the Jonjo O’Neill-trained Galaxy Rock in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Trophy on the Thursday. McNamara suffered fractures of the C3 and C4 vertebrae, was placed in an induced coma for several days and underwent surgery at Frenchay Hospital, Bristol. As we went to press a statement issued jointly by Adrian McGoldrick, the Irish Turf Club’s senior medical officer, and Lisa Hancock, head of the Injured Jockeys Fund, on behalf of the McNamara family read: “J T McNamara remains in the Frenchay Hospital, Bristol. “Whilst he suffered a serious neck injury resulting in paralysis, he has made progress and is in a very positive frame of mind. He is greatly appreciative of the many messages and wishes to thank the hospital which is looking after him so well.” He is due to be moved to the National Spinal Unit at The Mater Hospital, Dublin when possible. All our thoughts are with his wife, family and friends.
who was cast off as a maiden from John Gosden’s yard for 3,800gns, who went on to win eight jump contests in Germany. She has also produced a hurdles winner in Belgium.
Solwhit was one of the Festival’s two French-bred Grade 1 winners, the other being, of course, the magnificent Sprinter Sacre, the highest-rated horse to run at the meeting and, at 1/4, the shortest-priced favourite. The Queen Mother Champion Chase was the
seven-year-old’s toughest test to date, but he passed it with ease, running right away from Sizing Europe to score by 19l, with Geraghty sitting amazed at the ease and power under him. “He’s like a footballer such as Pele,” he said, “whose excellence gave him time on the ball to do what he wanted.” In eight wins in as many runs over fences, Sprinter Sacre’s aggregate winning distance is 114l. Imposing in physique and action, selfconfident and flamboyant in comportment and attitude, he can be regarded as jump racing’s Frankel. Like many who own freakish ability, Sprinter Sacre represents what is probably an unrepeatable shake of the genetic cocktail and, in his case, an entirely serendipitous one. As we discovered in our feature last year his once-raced dam Fatima III was farmer Christophe Masle’s first mare and his first choice of stallion was indisposed when the time came to mate her, so she was switched to unproven German-bred Network at his local national stud station, Cercy-la-Tour. Sprinter Sacre is a member of the AQPS (Autre Que Pur-Sang) tribe, horses who have a bit of rough or mystery about their backgrounds. In his case it is his fourth dam Union Sacree. She was foaled in 1942 during the dark days of Nazi occupation and all that is known about her is that she was by the obscure unknown thoroughbred Aeton. Both Sprinter Sacre and Quevega were exhibited as foals at the annual AQPS trade fair at Decize in the Nievre, but neither were spotted then by any of the numerous British and Irish visitors, who included Henderson. For Colin Tizzard the wisdom of avoiding Sprinter Sacre with Cue Card was rewarded with an all-the-way success in the Ryanair Chase. The way the King’s Theatre sevenyear-old, a 7/2 shot, bounded away from the last, showing no sign of stopping, may put him well in the mix for the Gold Cup next year, and perhaps it should not be forgotten that he ran Bobs Worth to a short-head at Newbury last season. The seven-year-old, bred by Chepstowbased Roland Crellin and out of smart staying chaser Wicked Crack, was one of two Grade 1 winners at the meeting for the reigning champion sire (who died last year at Ballylinch), the other being The New One, winner of the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle.
Can Conor repeat?
The last first-season hurdler to win at The Festival and take the senior 2m title the
the festival following year was 2007 Triumph Hurdle winner Katchit. The winner of this year’s juvenile crown Our Conor is already challenging Hurricane Fly in the market, perhaps unsurprisingly after his ruthlessly brilliant 15l tour de force that evoked memories of Golden Cygnet in the 1978 Supreme Novices. The four-year-old was described by trainer Dessie Hughes as “a special one”. His sire Jeremy, a high-class miler from a middle-distance family, made this season what now looks an inspired transfer to Garryrichard Stud in County Wexford from the Irish National Stud
Given the subsequent record of the novice chasers from last year’s Festival, due notice should be given to RSA winner Lord Windermere, Arkle victor Simonsig, a son of Fair Mix, and the Tony Martin-trained Benefficient, who rallied strongly to turn over hot favourite Dynaste in the Jewson. With Lord Windermere and At Fishers Cross (Albert Bartlett Hurdle), Oscar was the other to notch two Grade 1 winners at the meeting and, like King’s Theatre, he is a son of Sadler’s Wells. But the week’s numerical prize went to the Knockhouse veteran Beneficial, courtesy of Benefficient, Salubrious and Salsify.
With five winners – Champagne Fever, Hurricane Fly, Quevega, Briar Hill and Back In Focus – Willie Mullins was the week’s top trainer and Ruby Walsh, on the first four named, the leading rider, ahead of Barry Geraghty and upwardly mobile Bryan Cooper. The traditional Anglo-Irish training duel went to the wire, when Tom Mullins saddled Alderwood to clinch it for the raiders 14-13. Breeding-wise, however, the cards were certainly dealt in the Irish favour with the country responsible for producing 20 of the week’s 27 winners, while France only scored four victories, its worst performance since 2004.
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2008 14 5 5 1 - 25 2009 14
2011 15 3 7 1 - 26 2012 12 6 8 1 - 27 Leading jockey, Ruby Walsh
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Verrazano marks his Derby card But, asks John Sparkman, will Todd Pletcher’s More Than Ready colt stay the Classic trip?
Derby hopeful, trainer Todd Pletcher
hilST THE UK RaCING WORLD was revelling in the bucolic glories of the Cheltenham Festival last month, the most exciting race in the US took place at Tampa Bay Downs, a small, rather desolate track on the outskirts of Tampa, Florida, that cannot be described as either bucolic or glorious. Racing at Tampa Bay has increased in importance over the last decade partly because trainer Todd Pletcher always seems to have too many Kentucky Derby prospects. Pletcher is the acknowledged master of spacing a horse’s races to allow sufficient recovery from raceday medications, and he naturally prefers to avoid confrontations between rising threeyear-olds under different ownership, so he has made a habit of sending some of his more promising, usually less-experienced, colts from the eastern to the western coast of Florida for the Tampa Bay Derby. Though a Derby in name only, the mile and half furlong race has benefited enormously in prestige and the track has responded by raising the purse progressively to $350,000 and its status has
climbed all the way to Grade 2. Pletcher’s candidate this year was Verrazano, who had won his two previous outings by a combined 25l, and he did not disappoint. Verrazano allowed Falling Sky, a Lion Heart colt who had won the track’s Grade 3 prep, the Sam F. Davis Stakes, to outrun him to the first turn, but on the backstretch, Verrazano’s smooth, effortless stride carried him to the front and the race was over. Verrazano drew away without being asked in the home straight and won easily by 3l over Java’s War, a War Pass colt out of Java (Rainbow Quest) and a full sister to the late Fahd Salman’s champion mare Fiji. Verrazano is named after the bridge at the entrance to New York harbour, and reading his pedigree for the requisite stamina to win the Kentucky Derby might lead we Americans to bad jokes about buying a certain nearby bridge in Brooklyn (“If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge I’d like to sell you!). His sire More Than Ready finished a brave fourth at Churchill Downs, but he was really a miler, and won his only Grade 1 over 7f. He has become a great sire in Australia, where he has sired a Derby winner over 1m4f, but even Down Under almost all of his progeny are best up to a mile.
Verrazano wins at Gulfstream Park with John Velazquez at the beginning of February. The partnership went on to win the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby
A principal market rival for Verrazano may have emerged a week later at Oaklawn Park, in Arkansas, which is definitely more bucolic, though not quite so glorious as Cheltenham. It has been a while since D. Wayne Lukas has trained a legitimate Kentucky Derby contender, but it appears that he has two of them this year. The Lukas-trained Oxbow (Awesome Again) took the lead on the turn in the Rebel Stakes (G3) on March 16, but was overwhelmed in the final strides by the closing charge of his barn mate Will Take Charge (Unbridled’s Song). The length, smoothness and rhythm of the big chestnut’s stride was strongly reminiscent of that of his sire, and one can only hope that Will Take Charge is sounder than a usual son of Unbridled’s Song, whose progeny average only eight starts for their career. One can hope he takes after his dam, Take Charge
The Coolmore partnership was impressed enough by Verrazano’s first two victories to buy a half interest
In the States he is good but not yet great, and has never sired a major winner beyond 1m1f. Given the distribution of our race distances that perhaps should not be held against him, and Verrazano’s female family certainly gives one hope that he could stay better than the average More Than Ready. Verrazano’s dam Enchanted Rock ran only once, but she is by Giant’s Causeway, who stayed well enough and the family, which traces to the 1962 English Oaks winner Monade (Klairon), has consistently produced horses who stay better than their sires, including Sadeem, an Ascot Gold Cup winner by Forli, and the US champion Queena, by Mr. Prospector. The Coolmore partnership was impressed enough by Verrazano’s first two victories to buy a half interest, and Mr. Magnier is rarely noted for being unaware of the wind direction.
One can only hope that Will Take Charge is sounder than a usual son of Unbridled’s Song, whose progeny average only eight starts for their career
Animal Kingdom came good
Animal Kingdom, Royal Delta and Dullahan offered the US its best chance of winning the Dubai World Cup since the race has moved to Meydan as all three had proven their ability in the US on synthetic courses. Dullahan fluffed his cue in his prep race at Meydan and in the end did no better on the big day; Royal Delta, who had flashed her championship form in the Sabin Handicap (G3) at Gulfstream Park, ran a flat race on the All-Weather surface, and so it was left to the race winner Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux) to bring home US success. In his February prep race Animal Kingdom finished second to the brilliant Point Of Entry in the Gulfstream Park Turf Stakes (G1), but the ride given there by Joel Rosario came in for criticism, not least from owners Team Valour and trainer Graham Motion. When Rosario saw an opening on the rail midway down the backstretch, he had to take
Lady, a tough, top-class racemare whom, a decade ago, won 11 of 22 starts, including three Grade 1s for trainer Kenny McPeek. Take Charge Lady has already produced Florida Derby (G1) winner Take Charge Indy (A.P. Indy). In the principal California Derby prep to date, the San Felipe Stakes (G2) on March 9, riders on the two fastest horses Flashback, a Tapit brother to the good filly Zazu, and Goldencents (Into Mischief) foolishly allowed their mounts to engage in a silly speed duel through the first 6f, leaving them both vulnerable in the home stretch. Flashback duly put away Goldencents with a furlong remaining, but, not surprisingly, his stride shortened in the final 100 yards and Hear The Ghost, a small, game gelding by Ghostzapper, ran him down to win by a half length. If Bob Baffert teaches Flashback to race more kindly he may well reverse that verdict next time.
Royal Delta: striding out in her work. The mare never looked as happy in the World Cup itself
it and rushed up to challenge for the lead. That necessarily premature move left him with fewer reserves to resist Point Of Entry in the stretch and the big Dynaformer horse swept past for a comfortable win. Rosario’s ride in Dubai was exemplary and rightly received all the plaudits, but his mount is a very talented horse, who has proven that he has the required tenacity, strength and ability to overcome his numerous injury problems. It was too bad that connections of Point Of Entry, a half-brother to Pine Island (Arch), winner of the Gazelle Stakes (G1) and the Alabama Stakes (G1), decided against sending him to Dubai for the Sheema Classic as he would’ve given St. Nicholas Abbey a challenge.
Strong sale start
Our juvenile sales season got off to a smashing start on opposite coasts early in March, with sales figures at both Barretts and Ocala Breeders’ Sales venues showing substantial increases compared to the previous year. Demi O’Byrne bought the two highestpriced horses at Barretts, a $675,000 Malibu Moon colt out of Fashion Cat, by Forest Wildcat, and a $575,000 colt from the first crop of Coolmore sire Dunkirk out of Missy Turtle (Kyle’s Our Man). O’Byrne, of course, also signed the ticket for Dunkirk himself when that handsome son of Unbridled’s Song topped the Keeneland September yearling sale at $3.7 million in 2007. Neither O’Byrne’s name nor that of John Ferguson appeared on the buyer’s bench in Ocala, but it did not matter, as average for the sale rose 15 per cent on the strength of a record-equalling sale topper. Bred by the late Ned Evans by the great sire Smart Strike out of the Grade 2 winner Mini Sermon (Pulpit) the colt had sprinted an eighth in 9.8 seconds at the pre-sale breeze. Barbara Banke has continued her late husband Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Farm, and since Stonestreet has raced two champions, Curlin and My Miss Aurelia, by Smart Strike, it was no surprise when their bloodstock advisor John Moynihan signed the ticket for $1.8 million. That price was three times the level of the next highest-priced colt, but overall trade was good, and with the two-year-old sales underway, and Classic preps on both coasts, warmer weather and spring must be just a turn of the calendar page away.
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Superb pedigree, conformation and temperament With his first crop - sire of 10 individual winners and over 80% winners/placed to runners Produces toughness, consistency, durability and speed £8,500 1st Oct SLF
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Neil Clark enjoys some birthday cake with Sir Mark Prescott, who turned 65 in March
here can’t be many people who have been doing the same job for the past 44 years in the same workplace and who still have the same enthusiasm for it as when they first started. Sir Mark Prescott Bt is one such person. Newmarket’s longest-established trainer celebrated a milestone birthday in early March, but at 65 the Master of Heath House is, thankfully, not thinking about pipes, slippers or pension books, but how he can get the most of out his “class of 2013”. “I can’t understand how I find it so fascinating having done it for so long and being faintly intelligent,” ponders Prescott. “How one could still be as interested defeats me, but it’s the schoolmaster effect and trying to do it a bit better every year.” I have joined this most engaging of men – a long-standing racing hero of mine – for afternoon tea and birthday cake at Heath House to discuss his long and illustrious career and his ambitions for the future. Sir Mark greets me with a friendly handshake and, puffing on one of his trademark cigars, he ushers me in to the living room. “I’m just the senior trainer in Newmarket, Sir Henry Cecil would be next,” says the great man as he pours out the tea. When Sir Mark first started training – he took out a provisional licence when assistant to Jack Waugh in 1969 and took over from Waugh one year later – he wasn’t given too friendly a welcome by the “old guard”. “They hated me!” he laughs. “Out of the 35 trainers in Newmarket, about 20 were inter-related. The good thing was that Henry [Cecil] started training, then along came Michael Stoute, and then Luca Cumani from Italy, which for the old team was even worse! “But the thing was they couldn’t hate us all. So once the others started it was better as the hatred was spread out a bit, but for my first couple of years they were real bastards. “Sam Armstrong wrote to all my owners to say that while he was sure I was a very keen young man, if they had any good horse that they thought could benefit from his 30
years of experience, then they should send it to him! “I hope we are more helpful to young trainers at Newmarket now. I was lucky with Jack Waugh as he wanted to teach me, but most of the other old timers didn’t want to teach you. When I’ve had assistant trainers I’ve always said to Colin Nutter, my head lad, the sooner we teach him, the sooner he can take work off you and me; Colin has always understood that.” I ask Sir Mark what he considers to be the positive changes, as well as the negatives, he’s seen during the 40-odd years he’s been training. “I think there’s been enormous positives, and a very few, but important, negatives. Safety now is so much improved: no concrete posts, no wooden rails, divided races and, although I hate schooling horses through them, the starting stalls. “Passports, all-weather gallops, horsewalkers, rugs that don’t slip and veterinary aids such as scoping and bone scans – we used to end up breaking horse’s legs because we thought horses had just pulled a muscle but instead they had got a hairline crack... the wastage of horses in those days was terrible,” he grimaces. “I suppose I also have to say it’s an improvement the provision of all the racecourse cameras, although I rather preferred it when there weren’t so many! “And when I first started training it was very locally based. I remember Eric Eldin, my stable jockey, who was in the top ten, when I sent to him to Bath, Lanark and Carlisle, he’d never been before! He was a top ten jockey, but he’d never travelled that far. “The northern jockeys such as George Cadwalader and Lionel Brown wouldn’t have known where Folkestone was, whereas now everyone’s been there. “In my first season, I sent Buretta to run at Bath, he was the first runner at the track from Newmarket since the war! “The roads then were so terrible that unless the race was worth winning, no one
went to those places. It would be an all-day journey, fighting your way through Shepton Mallet,” he laughs, before adding: “And things have got so much better for staff. In the old days staff were paid a pittance and lived in abject poverty. They did have a very easy job with only two horses to do, but most lived in poverty and bullying in stables was appalling.” When turning his mind to what Sir Mark feels is not right with British racing, he does not hesitate nominating one overiding factor. “I think we are in danger of getting rid of the one thing that made English racing popular with foreigners and that was the variety,” he says. “We must be very careful to keep that variety with as many different courses as possible, as many different surfaces as possible, as many different distances as possible and, particularly for someone such as me who loves the programme book, as many different types of races as possible to keep everybody thinking.” And Sir Mark certainly likes to think. This is a man who is famous for plotting great handicap victories – he’s won the Cambridgeshire three times, and loves to try and find an “edge” (within the Rules, of course) in order to give his horses an advantage.
arly in his career he put his encyclopedic knowledge of the programme book to good use in order to place Misty Halo to win 25 races, despite the mare never being rated higher than 93 by Timeform and with all of her victories coming in non-handicaps. He also placed Spindrifter to win 13 races as a juvenile in 1980. Sir Mark’s search for an edge also meant cross-channel raids to Belgium in the 1970s. “In those days, amazingly, prize-money was higher in
here can’t be many people who have been doing the same job for the past 44 years in the same workplace and who still have the same enthusiasm for it as when they first started. Sir Mark Prescott Bt is one such person. Newmarket’s longest-established trainer celebrated a milestone birthday in early March, but at 65 the Master of Heath House is, thankfully, not thinking about pipes, slippers or pension books, but how he can get the most of out his “class of 2013”. “I can’t understand how I find it so fascinating having done it for so long and being faintly intelligent, ”ponders Prescott. “How one could still be as interested defeats me, but it’s the schoolmaster effect and trying to do it a bit better every year.” I have joined this most engaging of men – a long-standing racing hero of mine – for afternoon tea and birthday cake at Heath House to discuss his long and illustrious career and his ambitions for the future. Sir Mark greets me with a friendly handshake and, puffing on one of his trademark cigars, he ushers me in to the living room. “I’m just the senior trainer in Newmarket, Sir Henry Cecil would be next,” says the great man as he pours out the tea. When Sir Mark first started training – he took out a provisional licence when assistant to Jack Waugh in 1969 and took over from Waugh one year later – he wasn’t given too friendly a welcome by the “old guard”. “They hated me!” he laughs. “Out of the 35 trainers in Newmarket, about 20 were inter-related. The good thing was that Sir Henry [Cecil] started training, then along came Sir Michael Stoute, and then Luca Cumani from Italy, which for them was even worse. “But the thing is they couldn’t hate us all. So once the others started it was better as the hatred was
sir mark prescott spread out a bit. For my first couple of years they were real bastards. “Robert Armstrong wrote to all my owners to say that while he was sure I was a very keen young man, if they had any good horse
improvement the provision of all the racecourse cameras, although I rather preferred it when there were so many! “And when I first started training it was very locally based. I remember Eric Eldin, my
that they thought could benefit from his 30 years of experience, then they should send it to him! “I hope we are more helpful to young trainers at Newmarket now. I was lucky with Jack Waugh, as he wanted to teach me, but most of the other old timers didn’t want to teach you. When I’ve had assistant trainers I’ve always said to Colin Nutter, my head lad, the sooner we teach him, the sooner he can take work off you and me. Colin has always understood that.” I ask Sir Mark what he considers to be the positive changes, as well as the negatives, he’s seen during the 40-odd years he’s been training. “I think there’s been enormous positives, and a very few, but important, negatives. Safety now is so much improved: no concrete posts, no wooden rails, divided races and, although I hate schooling horses through them, the starting stalls. “Passports, all-weather gallops, horsewalkers, rugs that don’t slip and veterinary aids such as scoping and bone scans – we used to break horse’s legs because we thought horses had just pulled a muscle but instead they had got a hairline crack... the wastage of horses in those days was terrible,” he grimaces. “I suppose I also have to say it’s an
stable jockey, who was in the top ten, when I sent to him to Bath, Lanark and Carlisle, he’d never been before! He was a top ten jockey but he’d never travelled that far. “The northern jockeys such as George Cadwaller and Lionel Brown, wouldn’t have known where Folkestone was, whereas now everyone’s been there. “I remember when I ran Buretta at Bath in my first season, he was the first runner at Bath from Newmarket since the war! “The roads then were so terrible that unless the race was worth winning, no one went to those places. It would be an all-day journey, fighting your way through Shepton Mallet!” he luaghs, before adding: “And things have got so much better for staff. In the old days staff were paid a pittance and lived in abject poverty. They did have a very easy job with only two horses to do, but most lived in poverty and bullying in stables was appalling.” When turning his mind to what has Sir Mark feels is not right with British racing, he does not hesitate nominating one overiding factor. “I think we are in danger of getting rid of the one thing that made English racing popular with foreigners and that was the variety,” he says. “We must be very careful to keep that variety with as many different
Not the retiring type
sir mark prescott Belgium than it was here and a good Britishtrained horse here could get into conditions races over there. As their horses weren’t much good we had a fantastic time! “The more variety, and the more people have got to think, the punter, the trainer, the handicapper, the better,” says Prescott, before adding: “The fascination of racing is that it demands thought, which although is what a lot of us involved in racing love, it is also to its detriment. “Nowadays, peoples’ attention span is very short – particularly in the betting shops where people are wanting to bet, bet, bet, so, for them, sports betting is easier. “Everyone’s got a view as to whether Manchester United are going to beat Real Madrid, but is Mr Simcock going to win the 30-runner Stewards’ Cup with a horse drawn in stall nine? “The trainer is in cracking form but the horse hasn’t won for eight races and is better held up, but there’s no pace inside and the ground was quicker yesterday... we love all that! “But the modern-day punter, who is not animal-minded anymore, is drawn to sport betting – the complexities of racing, which so many of us like, is off-putting.” Sir Mark also stresses that racing mustn’t lose sight of the bigger picture, that ultimately the sport should be enjoyable. “There’s a tendency to forget that it is supposed to be fun, everyone has got a bit grey-suited about it. The trend to homogenize destroys a lot of interest, but I think that’s what people liked with racing, there was an element of trying to spot what was happening. “Racing has changed out of all recognition over the past 40-odd years, perhaps the element of fun has been lost a bit, the variety in the programme book has been lost a bit, other than that racing is very much better than it was.”
hrough his 44-year career, Sir Mark has trained over 2,000 winners. Which have given him the greatest satisfaction? “Probably, because it came early in my career, it would be Spindrifter. That’s because it came down to placing – he won 13 two-year-old races and was still allocated just 7st13lb in the Free Handicap. “That was down to thinking about it and I really felt I’d put something in. “Of the others, I think Alborada’s second
Champion Stakes because everything had gone wrong that year. “And, of the Cambridgeshires, everyone remembers Pasternak because of the Graham Rock gamble, but I think Chivalry was a better effort. He is the only horse in history to win the Cambridgeshire without running that season. The owners were brave enough to wait one whole year and he won it by a shorthead from one of poor Mr Noseda’s. “It was a wonderful day because how many owners would be brave enough to wait a year? “The ones which have given me the most pleasure are the ones in which you feel that you had an input into the result and where I feel not everybody would have won with it – a very selfish thing isn’t it?” As Sir Mark, the model host, refills my tea-cup I ask why he believes he has managed to keep afloat and has recorded a consistently high percentage of winners, year after year,
while so many trainers have struggled or fallen by the wayside? “At every circuit I’ve stayed on the roundabout,” he says. “I put that down to not being too big. I’ve only got 50 horses, but I think with that number you can focus on what you’ve got. “I never wanted to have more horses than 50: I took an absolutely strategic decision and one year, when I was fashionable around the Pivotal time, I turned down 70 yearlings. I would have had to have bought another yard and I thought ‘not on your life!’ “I train for people whom I like. Most of my owners have been with me for a very long time – 20 years plus, which says a bit for me and a lot for them! The people who don’t like the way I train have drifted off. “Every year something saves us, either a winner of a good handicap or a horse who wins a lot of races.”
sir mark prescott Sir Mark with Alborada and jockey George Duffield after the filly won the Champion Stakes in 1999. The trainer selects the win as one of his most satisfying as “everything had gone wrong that year”
of whatever.’ Everyone is telling you the wrong thing, whereas what you’ve got to do is nothing, have the confidence to do nothing, and that is an unbelievably difficult thing to do! “It’s easy to say when you’ve been at it a while and your owners have confidence in you. When you’re young and in your first couple of seasons and you say ‘I’m not going to run anything for two or three months’ and your owners don’t have that confidence in you and you don’t have the confidence in yourself probably either, it’s hard. It’s much easier to do when you become an old man of 65!”
A check through Prescott’s statistics proves the point. In the last 20 years, there’s only been three seasons in which his strike rate has dropped below 20 per cent: in 1995 when it was 17 per cent, and in 2005 and 2009 when it was 19 per cent. In 2004 a whopping 28 per cent of Prescott’s winners won, and in the last three years it’s resided at 20 per cent, 22 per cent and 23 per cent. Prescott strongly believes that his success is not necessarily down to what he does, but what he doesn’t do. “A lot of what is called for in training is what my father used to call ‘masterly inactivity’, that, if your horses aren’t right, you’ve got to do nothing,” he explains. “There’s no magic cure, you’ve just got to do nothing. “And, of course, everybody is telling you to do something, the owners and jockeys are wanting runners and the stable lads are saying: ‘Sir Henry Cecils have got a pay-out
t 5.00pm, a break in our discussion: it’s time for evening stables. The procedure is the same as Sir Mark enters each box: he greets by name the stable-lad/lass standing by the horse, asks them how the horse is and if there are any problems. Then, having given me details of the horse’s pedigree, its owner and what it’s done before and what it might be doing in the future, he goes to feel its legs. He thanks each lad and lass and gives them a brief instruction before we move on to the next horse box. Three things stand out – first, the mutual respect Prescott and his staff have for each other; I can understand why Colin Nutter has worked as Prescott’s head lad for 41 years. Second, there’s further evidence of Prescott’s extraordinary memory – he can tell straight off not only what races the horse in question competed in last year, but what it’s sire and dam achieved, and, I’m sure if I’d asked him, he would have told me the name of the jockey who rode the grandsire and what he’d had for breakfast. Third, the Heath House horses look relaxed and happy and I’d say that the calm atmosphere that the trainer imparts has a lot to do with it. “It permeates the horses and everybody,” Sir Mark says when I ask. “If there’s a rough atmosphere, with shouting, and people flaring up, horses catch on to it.” With this winter’s trend of rain and more rain, we head back indoors into the warmth of the living room for more tea. Sir Mark lights another cigar and our discussion turns to 2013. I ask him if he sets numerical targets at the start of each season.
“I don’t set targets, but my aim is to try and strangle out of them as much as I possibly can. “I do a scrapbook at the end of every year – there’s 43 of them now. I’ll never look at them again, but it’s a discipline. I go on a week’s holiday and do my scrapbook. I go through it very carefully and I think whether I did as well with each horse as I could have or how on earth I didn’t do that one better. It makes you review quite harshly what you did and what you did wrong. I always have the same number of horses and so a lot of the other trainer’s variables, are with me, constants.” A key part of the Prescott operation is selling horses to go jumping. Ex-Heath House inmates who have excelled over obstacles include the three-time World Hurdle winner Inglis Drever and Chivalry, winner of over £55,ooo in prize-money over hurdles. “It’s a very important part of my operation that I sell ongoing winners to the jumping people as it means they will come and buy my next crop,” he explains. “So, unlike many trainers who will be half hoping that what they sell doesn’t do well, I’m absolutely praying that they are successful. I can’t wait for them to win races! We’ve done well in the past, but not so much in the last two years, which is a great worry to me. Gassin Golf was a very good second the other day so, please God, let’s hope he’s going to do something!” Far from his enthusiasm waning, if anything, Sir Mark believes that the longer he trains the more interesting he is finding his job – and the better the trainer he has become. “There was a horse I trained last year who won three called Critical Point. I trained his father Pivotal and I trained his mother Finlaggan, who won five for me. I trained her mother Misty Halo, who won 25, I trained her mother Ringed Aureole, she won six, and I trained her mother Spring Running, who won four, and I trained her sire as well! I think it is 40-something races I’d won with them all. Critical Point was the least good of the lot, but we still strangled three out of him. I’d defy anybody not to find that interesting!” Another reason for Prescott’s enduring enthusiasm is the “hinterland” he has outside of racing. His passion for bullfighting is well known, but that’s far from being the only non-racing interest of this multi-faceted man. Hare-coursing, boxing – he is a qualified
The class of 2013
With one of his famous cigars, Sir Mark inspects a yearling at Tattersalls. Much of the Heath House operation relies on the flip side of successfully selling horses on to go jumping
amateur referee – art, antiques, reading, music, films and theatre are amongst his other hobbies. These outlets are clearly very important to his work-life balance. “It means you don’t get too stale,” he says. “You can always escape. If it’s going badly you think, don’t worry, three weeks from now I’ll be in the bullring! “If you’re away in the middle of the season you still work as hard as you end up on the phone the whole bloody time, but you do get two and a half hours of peace when your mind’s away from it all. “The great thing about hobbies, no matter what your hobby is, is that you can lose yourself – in an art gallery, a theatre, a football match or bullring – if you can lose yourself for two and a half hours, whatever’s going wrong in your life, you forget about it. That’s a wonderful thing to have.” Our conversation eventually turns to retirement plans. “I’ve got a very good assistant William, who’s more of a partner really. If I drop dead tomorrow he’d train them perfectly well,” he reasons. “But the bad news for William is that my pension is now not worth anything and I came downstairs this morning like a panther so the chances of me retiring have receded significantly! “And that’s the case, so long as I’m healthy,
but the trouble is that when you get to 60-odd you’re not going to be healthy for ever, so you’d best get on and enjoy it.” But there is still one as yet unachieved ambition that he would love to add onto his lengthy CV. “I want to win the Derby. I’d love to win any English Classic, but particularly the Derby,” he smiles. “I set out in life with two ambitions – I wanted to win the Waterloo Cup and I wanted to win the Derby. “I’ll never win the Waterloo Cup now because it’s illegal so that leaves the Derby. Like everybody I had a dream when I was young and that’s what it was.” Sadly, Sir Mark has no Classic entries this year, so he’ll have to wait at least another year before his dream has a chance of being fulfilled. Prescott is not only one of our sport’s most engaging and entertaining figures, he’s also shown, by staying on that “roundabout” for 44 years, just what a genius at training racehorses he is. It would be hard to think of a more fitting climax to the career of a man who is so knowledgeable about racing history and so steeped in the sport’s traditions than victory in the greatest British Classic. I’m sure Sir Mark would not be the only one tempted to light up a large celebratory cigar afterwards if that goal came to fruition.
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As always, Sir Mark’s 50 stables are full and, although there’s no Classic entries among the inmates this year, another successful season looks on the cards. Owner Kirsten Rausing is his largest owner numerically with ten horses, four of which are two-year-olds. Among Rausing’s older horses is Albamara, a four-year-old daughter of Albanova, who finished second in a Listed race at Newmarket in September. Fresa, a daughter of Selkirk, who hasn’t been seen in action since picking up an injury after winning a 1m2f handicap at Epsom in July, is also back in at Heath House, as is Savanna La Mar, who finished fourth in the Group 3 Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket in August. Cheveley Park Stud’s stayer Repeater, who was only beaten 2l by Times Up in the Doncaster Cup and will be aimed at the main Cup races. The roster also includes Pallasator, a four-year-old son of Motivator who won his last three starts in 2012, Athenian, a four-year-old Acclamation filly who won four times over 6f, and Solar View. The Galileo stayer also won four races in 2012, all 2m handicaps through July and August. New owner Qatar Racing Limited has three juveniles with Prescott for the new campaign: a Sea The Stars colt named Sarpech who cost 430,000gns as a yearling, a Galileo filly called Lady Bingo, who was bought at Keeneland for $250,000, as well as a Qatar Bloodstock homebred filly by High Chaparral called Rohesia. But you’ll have to be patient: don’t expect to see any of the Prescott string on the racecourse until May. “Every trainer is different, but I think I condition them more and slower than most of my colleagues. It’s just my way of doing it,” says Sir Mark. It’s a system that’s worked well for Prescott for many years now, and with the yard usually rattling in the winners through the months of July and August, why change it?
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Lissa Oliver meets Dame Moira McGrath and her son Gerry, breeder of Jezki
That winning feeling
Arctic Run was the most fabulous mare – she had nine foals, and every one of them was a winner
he Fates appear to have been kind to Gerard McGrath. At his home at Athdara Stud, County Meath, a rural idyll found within a stone’s throw of Dublin City, he looks after his three broodmares and their offspring and takes pleasure in the hands-on work that has never been assigned to stable staff. His house is a large and modern work of architectural art rarely associated with stud farms. Within is a trophy cabinet that would not look out of place at Ballydoyle – it is filled with trophies and cups earned by the talent of the NH stars he has bred and raised – though two-thirds of the impressive Waterford Crystals were won by himself. “Mostly through tennis,” he says almost dismissively, because it’s those collected by winning horses that count. But, in short, what the cabinet reveals is that McGrath is a winner. It all began in 1984, quite literally from scratch. There was no prior family involvement with racing. “Dad retired here,” says McGrath, “my parents just wanting to get out of town. My father was a Lieutenant Commander in the R.N.V.R. and my mother was from Limerick.” His father, Michael McGrath, was a decorated war hero and a Papal Knight, awarded the titles Knight Grand Cross of Saint Gregory, Knight of Malta and Knight Grand Cross of the Holy Sepulchre for his commitment to his faith and generosity to charities. An impressive portrait of him hangs in the house (the sort usually to be found in stately homes) but the house still retains the feel of a comfortable family home, while McGrath is a very comfortable person to be with. As well as looking after the horses, who
are as good as family, McGrath also cares for his mother, Dame Moira McGrath, and she vividly recalls the many magical moments the family has shared on the racecourse. The breeding of racehorses being very much a family affair and based wholly on the legacy of one great matriarch. Not Dame Moira herself, but Arctic Run. “Mum’s cousins had a few horses,” McGrath explains, “and when they saw this place they told my parents, you need a decent horse!” The task was given to Frank Feeney of Ardoon Stud to find the McGraths a foundation broodmare. “It wasn’t beginner’s luck,” says McGrath, “they knew what they were doing.” Dame Moira insists that it wasn’t quite a case of money no object. “We asked Frank and Paula Feeney to get us a good one, buy the best available. Frank asked how much we wanted to spend and Michael told him: ‘Whatever it costs!’” What it cost, she reveals, was £110,000, which now seems like money well spent.
Arctic Run arrived in-foal to The Parson and was quickly joined by the Le Bavard mare, La Nuit. She had been bought in-foal to King’s Ride and produced her first foal Hi Knight, who was named in honour of Michael McGrath’s knighthood from the Pope. Hi Knight won three races over hurdles and got Athdara Stud off to the best of starts. Appropriately, McGrath’s parents’ silks of yellow and red were chosen specifically as the Papal colours. The younger McGrath later chose his own colours of orange and black. The following season La Nuit produced Japama, a colt by Nashamaa, while Arctic Run produced her first foal by The Parson, a colt called Head Chaplain. Meanwhile, in order to get some racing action a little bit quicker than waiting for foals to grow, the McGraths purchased the Phardante gelding, Brandante. He made his debut on the March 5, 1994, but it was not until they were on the drive to Navan that trainer John Fowler warned the excited owners: “I want to explain something about racing to you – it doesn’t always go the way you think!” He was right. No one was quite anticipating a 15l victory at the first time of asking. “That was probably the worst kind of start as it gave my parents the wrong idea!” laughs McGrath. Both Head Chaplain and Japama joined John Fowler in 1996 and the following season the McGraths were asked by Tucker Geraghty (father of the stable jockey Ross Geraghty) to sell one of them. It was agreed that he would buy Head Chaplain for his son, who subsequently won with him. As it turned out, he proved the better horse than Japama. Arctic Run’s career as a broodmare had started successfully, if not entirely for her owners.
gerry mcgrath McGrath at home with a Flemensfirth gelding out of La Noire, a half-brother to Jezki
gerry mcgrath “Arctic Run was the most fabulous mare – she had nine foals and every one of them was a winner,” says Dame Moira fondly. “Leading Run going unbeaten in his first four races was among my favourite memories, while Strong Run was unbelievable and a great favourite; he gave us a lot of pleasure.” Dame Moira also recalls Head Chaplin as having the softest muzzle. “It was softer than anything I had ever felt in my life, velvet felt hard in comparison. He was gorgeous.” Dame Moira also has fond memories from the racecourse and it’s a defeat that she recalls as her favourite experience. “I think it has to be Cheltenham in 2002 when Strong Run ran in the Mildmay of Flete. He was our best chance and Noel Meade had him tip-top, he was really fancied. “But then her regular pilot Paul Carberry fell and broke his thumb in the race before and we were left with no jockey. Noel managed to get Carl Llewellyn. “The weather was very poor and I’d seen a horse fall and destroyed that day, so I had no other instructions for Carl but to keep him away from the other horses and bring him home safe. Carl followed the instructions to the letter and kept him held up at the back and they raced wide. “They started to make their run two out and he finished fourth. Carl came back and said: ‘If I’d known the horse I had under me, I never would have ridden him like that!’ ”
Jezki (near side) upsides My Tent Or Yours in the Supreme Novices Hurdle. The son of Milan finished 3l third, a position also filled by his Oscar half-brother Jetson in the Listed Pertemps Final
trong Run, by Strong Gale, was Arctic Run’s 1993 colt, and won four on the trot, as well as the Group 1 BMW Chase at Punchestown and Group 2 Newlands Chase. Leading Run, by Supreme Leader and foaled in 1999, won his first five races, including the Group 1 Paddy Power Champion INH Flat Race at the Punchestown Festival. He followed up with a maiden win over hurdles and was later second to Aran Concerto in the Group 1 Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown. “My father was more interested in racing than breeding,” McGrath says. “I used to come out and help my parents with the horses whenever I could and they gave me a filly as a thank you present.” That was La Noire, the 1995 foal from Arctic Run, and she was by Phardante. Although officially the first horse registered by Gerard McGrath, in truth he was responsible for many of them, including recent star, Jered.
“My father just signed all the papers!” he laughs. La Noire was troubled in training by a swollen knee and she ran just four times finishing fourth on two occasions. So, rather than persist with her on the racetrack, McGrath brought her back to the stud and sent her to visit Saddler’s Hall. The resulting progeny was Miss Squiff, who is now also continuing the great family line at Athdara. Arctic Run also paid a visit to Saddler’s Hall, which resulted in the Ulster
Grand National winner Well Run, foaled in 2001. “We thought Miss Squiff was going to be a very good horse,” remembers McGrath. “But, after a few good pieces of work, she became unwell and she never really recovered and didn’t reach her potential.” Meanwhile, Le Nuit returned to King’s Ride to produce Regal Knight, winner of the Batterstown Handicap Hurdle at Fairyhouse and she then visited Lord Americo. Mac Three, with the exception of a single fall at
gerry mcgrath the Group 1 Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown and Group 1 Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse, and, unsurprisingly, is another recently to have been snapped up by J.P. He ran a fantastic race at Cheltenham to finish third in the Supreme Novices Hurdle. The filly Jeree, by Flemensfirth, a two-yearold colt by the same sire, as well as a yearling filly by Milan, are waiting in the wings. It’s McGrath who is responsible for the mating plans, as well as the daily management and care of the mares and youngstock, and he has a personal involvement with his racehorses that few other owners can match. Although they are sent to Ronan O’Dwyer to be broken in, Athdara is their permanent home. “I’m a complete townie,” admits McGrath. “Coming here to help my parents was my first involvement with horses and I was a bit afraid of them at first, but they soon win you over. “I’m now a one-man show! I came here full-time to mind the horses when my father became ill and, after he passed away, I stayed to look after my mother.
Cork, was never out of the first three in his first 14 races and won three of his 22 starts. But La Noire has been a gift who keeps on giving. McGrath’s horses seem to make a habit of winning on their debuts and her first runner, the ill-fated Jered, who was born in 2002 and was by Presenting, was no exception, winning his first race at Fairyhouse. He subsequently ran in the colours of J.P. McManus, who bought him after his third start. His seven wins included the Champion
Novice Hurdle at Punchestown. Next came the Oscar colt named Jetson, who like all of his family has progressed from winning over hurdles to success over fences, with four in total so far on his CV. Jenari by Milan died at six, but finished in the first three in 13 of his 15 races, falling and unseating his rider in the other two. He was also a J.P. McManus purchase. Jezki, who McGrath describes as his “high point” is by Milan, and is already the winner of six of his eight starts to date, including
ow aged 61, McGrath was 54 when he swapped his home in Blackrock and his business interests for a life with horses. “It was an easy decision to make,” he says. “It was 2005 and my father got sick and I was the only one available to move in and help. Originally I was involved with my father’s timber business, but the only thing I really miss from that life now is the accessibility to the city centre. “I was thrown in at the deep end, but I picked up bits from various people and have a very good network of support. I have even just invested in a small tractor and a topper, so I really can say I do everything myself! I went quite suddenly from businessman to farmer, though bringing in some business acumen has been a big help.” McGrath takes great care over the choice of trainers, much like a parent selecting a suitable school, and he doesn’t like to see his horses pushed too hard. With Jessica Harrington he seems to have found the perfect match. “Jessica is not just a great trainer, she is first and foremost a horse person who understands horses inside out,” he says in praise. “For her, the horse comes first and the owner second.” McGrath’s favourite jockey is
It’s a business and the only way of making money really is by selling the good horses, otherwise you are just taking a huge financial risk
unhesitatingly Barry Geraghty. “In every direction, Barry is a great judge of a horse and a superb jockey,” he smiles. Likewise, McGrath is fastidious in his stallion selection and, having hit a winning formula, is reluctant to change it. “I spend a lot of time researching studs and stallions and seeing what the mares need. If the mare is small and full of endurance then I’ll send her to a stallion with extra speed and scope. The plan seems to have worked so far. “When choosing a stallion I look up all their races and mainly I’m looking for a proven horse over longer distances. When ground became an issue I went for Flemensfirth and I like the Milans, they seem to go in it. Milan is working so well for us that I’m sending two mares back to him this season.” Miss Squiff is currently in foal to Getaway and will be due at the end of April. She will then go straight back to Coolmore. “I always use Coolmore; Albert Sherwood is very good and the farm can’t do enough for you. The horses have been a success and it goes both ways.” The mares are sent to Joe Rogers for foaling, although La Noire caused some surprise last year when she foaled early. “I found her lying up in the corner of the field with a healthy little bundle beside her, she did it all herself without problem!” laughs McGarth. Luck has seemed to have been perpetually on the side of Athdara Stud. “We get males when we need them and every so often a filly pops up and we seem to get the perfect balance,” he confesses. McGrath usually knows when he’s got a good one and his first port of call is Ronan O’Dwyer, who soon tells him if the horse he has just broken is a bit special. The horses are broken as early three-year-olds, then return home and are turned out, until going into training at four. “They grow up with me and they’re all pets,” admits McGrath, with Miss Squiff perhaps the favourite: “She always cuddles you more than the others!” So, for McGrath selling the horses, which he has now done on three occasions to McManus, must be a difficult decision to make. “I have mixed emotions about selling,” he agrees. “It’s a business and the only way of making money really is by selling the good horses, otherwise you are just taking a huge
The one who started it off for the businessman-turned-farmer: La Noire, dam of four NH black-type foals
financial risk. You wouldn’t buy a penthouse apartment without insuring it, but you just can’t afford to insure good horses.” When it comes to risks, McGrath’s biggest fear is always for his horses and he would never run a horse in the Grand National. “It’s always a worry when they run and a big field of novices is nerve-wracking. I am sure racing shortens your life – a race may only take four minutes, but it feels like longer!” McGrath understands how difficult it must be for the racecourses, which rely heavily on one big raceday, but which can often fall
victim to the weather. Nevertheless, he feels more should be done for owners and trainers, as he believes that money should be going into improving current facilities: “Betting revenue has definitely got to go back into racing,” he argues. But McGrath has no complaints and the sport has certainly been kind to him. There have been disappointments and sorrow, but the joys are some compensation and there can be no better joy than looking out each day on such an admirable band of mares, for whom the Fates have definitely been kind.
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rangefield bloodstock Come rain or shine: Michael Oâ€™Callaghan (inset, right) oversees the string at Millgrove Stud
Lissa Oliver finds that although young breeze-up consignor Michael O’Callaghan is eyeing up a training career, he is doing pretty well for now selling two-year-olds in training
ost successful businessmen with a driving ambition have a necessary ruthless streak, a certain amount of charm, and live life at a pace many
of us find tiring. In marked contrast there can be no more affable man in the bloodstock business than the laid-back Michael O’Callaghan, who despite his rapid success in the breeze-up industry, at 24, is taking things a step at a time towards his ultimate dream and still treating each success as a learning curve in the right direction. Enthusiasm and patience are hard things to combine, but are traits the natural young horseman has in abundance. Millgrove Stud is a perfect blend of stud farm and training yard, where mares and foals graze peacefully alongside the fibresand gallop on which the yearlings are first broken and brought along and the older horses are trained. It’s a perfect environment for the relaxed O’Callaghan and his loyal team of dedicated horsemen, most of whom were riding, and even training, racehorses long before he was born. Not that O’Callaghan wants for any
experience himself. At 15 he was riding work for NH trainer Tom Cooper, near his home in Tralee, County Kerry, and prior to that he had ponies of his own. Coolmore and the Irish National Stud also figure prominently on his CV. “My first job was at Coolmore working with the yearlings,” O’Callaghan says. “Listen was one of the first horses I worked with there and she went on to win the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile, which was a tremendous thrill. “Working with those yearlings, who would go on to become the Ballydoyle racehorses, was a real privilege and gave me a great appetite. The opportunity to work with horses of that quality was amazing. “At 18 I was a stallion man at Castle Hyde and I learnt so much there. Everything is done in the best way possible.” Rangefield Bloodstock, consignors of breeze-up horses, is a partnership between O’Callaghan and his father, Michael Snr. Until the young Michael developed an interest in horseracing, the family had not been involved in the sport, but, when O’Callaghan joined Tom Cooper, his father also caught the racing bug and bought his first horse. He now owns several of the horses that O’Callaghan trains from Millgrove Stud.
rangefield bloodstock “I was working in the yard when Tom sent out his first Grade 1 winner Total Enjoyment, who won the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival,” remembers O’Callaghan. “It was an amazing experience, the whole buzz about the place, and it enhanced my hunger to train.” He was realistic enough to know, though, that his ultimate goal couldn’t happen overnight and his current role as a pinhooker and vendor of breeze-up horses serves as the perfect grounding, so much so that he has taken out a restricted licence. He already has five winners and 17 placed horses to his credit since sending out his first runner last May. Jouster won at Yarmouth first time out for O’Callaghan, after previously running 15 times without success, and Bogini chalked up three in a row at Bath, Sandown and Leopardstown, while Typhoon Lily has already got off the mark for him this season at Dundalk. In 2008, aged just 18, O’Callaghan gained a place on the world-renowned Irish National Stud course where connections and friendships were forged for life, including with his partner Siobhan O’Sullivan, who had completed the same course a year earlier and worked at the INS until last year. Siobhan is now his assistant at Millgrove. Not only did O’Callaghan successfully complete the exacting course, he picked up two awards for his work along the way. He speaks of his achievements with an air of
The breeze-up business is ultimately financing the dream: we sell stock to build up the business
surprise and takes nothing for granted. While completing the INS course, O’Callaghan also started to dabble in foal pinhooking. “The first foal I ever bought was Alazan, who has won six times for Philip Hobbs both
Finn the dog keeps an eye on things, but he ensures he has a dry spot for his important management role
over hurdles and on the Flat,” he remembers, while in 2008 he sold the Goffs February sales’ topper, a Galileo colt who gave his vendor a smart result fetching €205,000. O’Callaghan has been no stranger to sixfigure lots since, most recently the subsequent
two-year-old winner Winged Icarus being bought by Alan McCabe at last year’s Guineas Breeze-Up Sale for £150,000 having been purchased for $60,000 at Keeneland September. The US-bred colt went on to break the 7f track record at Southwell.
O’Callaghan’s assistant and girlfriend Siobhan O’Sullivan with Typhoon Lily. The $100,000 purchase failed to get to the sales, but is making up for lost time now
he breeze-up business is currently the bread-and-butter work and training a mere sideline, but Rangefield Bloodstock is definitely a stepping-stone towards a future as a full-time
trainer. “The quickest and easiest way to get started was to rent a farm and see if things could be viable,” explains O’Callaghan, who found Millgrove Stud, near Rathangan. The farm is ideally situated, within half an hour of Goffs and The Curragh and only 40 minutes from the airport. “We have a farm in Tralee, but it’s too far out of the way,” he explains, before adding: “None of this would be possible without my father. He drives up here whenever he gets the chance and he goes racing as often as he can. “I have all the ideas, but he’s the businessman, he keeps me in check! Dad’s dream is to see me get as far as I can in this game. He loves the horses as much as I do and has the drive to get big winners.” Nearly all of the horses sold by Rangefield Bloodstock have gone on to win and Taayel, owned by Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, won
I’m learning so much about young horses, without suffering many of the pressures of a trainer
And that was not a one-off result for Rangefield Bloodstock in 2012: a Medaglia D’Oro colt fetched £60,000 at the DBS breeze-up having cost just $15,000, while a Cape Cross colt went for €85,000 at the Arqana May breeze. He was bought for €55,000 at the August Sale.
on his debut before finishing third in the Mill Reef Stakes (G2), showing plenty of promise for this year. Of the 25 horses sold to date, 20 have won so far. “Trading so many horses is a great grounding and education,” reflects the young O’Callaghan. “I’m learning so much about young horses, without suffering many of the pressures of a trainer. I don’t have the risk of getting them to the track, I only have to bring them so far.” After moving into Millgrove, straight from the INS in 2009, he had just four yearlings and two breeze-up horses. Numbers since have been ever-increasing and he has 15 juvenile trainees for the 2013 season. Pinhooking is a numbers’ game, but O’Callaghan’s sharp eye has enabled Rangefield Bloodstock to gather momentum in a very short time, and without the benefit
of a hefty budget and large consignment. “I start looking through the catalogues the moment they come out,” he says. “I’ve been very lucky buying yearlings in America. Some say the US yearlings aren’t working in Europe, but each to his own, and I’ve been lucky with them. “Winged Icarus was, of course, a successful buy, while in our very first consignment of breeze-ups we sold a Medaglio D’Oro filly to Godolphin for £110,000. She had been bought for $50,000. “Not as many Irish pinhookers are going to America now, which gives us a better chance to buy the European-type of horse. There are 6,000 yearlings to go through, but you can very quickly cut out a lot by picking acceptable stallions and looking for European pedigrees. “Plenty of them are out of our budget, and we don’t look to spend more than $60,000 on any one horse, it’s too much to tie up in a single horse when so much can go wrong. “Speightstown has been very lucky for us, as has been Medaglio D’Oro, but, like everyone, we’ve also been unlucky! I bought an Unbridled Song filly for $100,000, the most I’ve ever spent, but she was a bit special. “We were preparing her for the breeze-ups and she got cast and didn’t make it to the sales. That gave me the kick up the arse to get my trainer’s licence – we were looking to spend €1,500 a month to put her in training with someone else, when I already have all
I take it slowly with the breeze-ups, they get a month out in the paddock after we first fetch them home from the sales, then they are broken by Christmas
the staff and facilities here!” From just two starts to date, Typhoon Lily finished third in her two-year-old maiden and then won at Dundalk in February on her three-year-old debut. O’Callaghan may not consider himself so unlucky by the time the season’s out. “My big dream is to train and breed,” O’Callaghan admits. “We sit down together to plan matings, Dad is trying to breed the best racehorse, while I’m looking at it commercially and we try to balance it. “Jim Bolger is my idol and the one thing I regret is not going to work with him. The way he runs his entire breeding enterprise alongside his racing stable is exemplary. “He is making his own stallions, both from their racing careers and the mares he sends to them and continuing on through his training of their produce. That is a position I would love to be in and aspire to. That would be my dream – self-sufficient and not relying on anyone.” O’Callaghan is a sponge for learning and experience. Even while at the INS he would sneak off to watch work with trainer James Burns, where his father had a horse in training. “James was kind enough to let me go in and be a ‘fly on the wall’ and learn as much as I could from him,” he reports. “He was a huge help when explaining his way of training. The big thing to remember is, it’s not a magic potion, it’s horsemanship, which is why I crammed in so much work at Coolmore, with Tom Cooper, James Burns and at the Irish National Stud as well as with Paul Deegan – to learn from the best.” In 2011 O’Callaghan had bought four horses for his father, all winners, and all were in training with Deegan. “I was in Paul’s every work morning and he helped me a lot, in a round about way, in learning how to prepare breeze-up horses, by seeing what trainers wanted. “I take it slowly with the breeze-ups, they get a month out in the paddock after we first
fetch them home from the sales, then they are broken by Christmas and get Christmas off. “We fetch them back in January and they do nice steady canters for six to eight weeks, on our own sand and fibre ring gallop, before going off to The Curragh training grounds for fast work, which educates them. “It’s a great facility to have – they are boxed in the racecourse stables, walk under the tunnel, past the grandstand – with all the traffic on the main road going past – and then have to walk past Dermot Weld’s string; it’s good for them to get used to all that. “Every horse has four or five pieces of
Rangefield Bloodstock remaining breeze-up consignment 2013 Doncaster Breeze-Up Sale
Lot 73: b,c. Kodiac – Tap The Answer (Pleasant Tap) Yearling price: withdrawn DBS Premier Sale Lot 117: g,f. Medicean – Danamight (Danetime) Yearling price: €28,000 Goffs Orby Sale Lot 136: ch,c. Speightstown – Gaudete (Distorted Humor) Yearling price: $27,000 Keeneland September
Tattersalls Craven Sale
Lot 32: b,c. Henrythenavigator – Ometsz (Singspiel) Yearling price: $75,000 Keeneland September
Tattersalls Guineas Sale (catalogue to be published) Colt by Bernadini – Kendall Hill (Theatrical) Yearling price: $47,000 Keeneland September Arqana Breeze-Up Sale
Lot 118: b,f. Acclamation – Housekeeper (Common Grounds) Yearling price: 12,000gns Tattersalls October Book 2
Goresbridge Breeze-Up Sale
Lot 49: gr,c. Medicean – Tiger’s Gene (Perugino) Yearling price: £15,000 DBS Premier Sale Lot 78: b,c. Shamardal – Oriental Melody (Sakhee) Yearling price: €73,000 Goffs Orby Sale Lot 108: b,c. Invincible Spirit – Shahaamah (Red Ransom) Yearling price: 34,000gns Tattersalls October Book 2 Lot 138: b,c. Elusive City – Miss Pelling (Danehill Dancer) Yearling price: £10,000 (vendor) DBS Premier Sale
work, just enough to know how to breeze straight and well, but not enough for them to get too buzzed up and overwhelmed, so that no damage is done mentally. “At home, they’ll do four furlongs at a trot, then another four furlongs at a steady canter, going both ways on the two-furlong loop, which teaches them balance,” he continues. “It’s a really quiet farm and they are very relaxed, but they still get exposure to everything, with people coming and going and mares and foals out in the paddocks beside them. “The breeze-up horses are our bread-andbutter, so it’s in our interest to keep them sound and mentally well and not over-prep them. The breeze-up sales have evolved to become so professional – we have so much invested in them, it has to be.”
one of this would have been achieved without a good team at home and O’Callaghan is unstinting in his praise. “Siobhan is a huge help, she’ll sit up all night with a foaling mare, then go out and work in the yard. “Martin Brew has been in this game a long, long time and he would go hungry himself before he’d let a horse go hungry. He was head lad to Con Collins and James Burns, which is where I met him. “He’s a typical horseman – mental! He’s our main man in the horsebox and has driven all across the UK for us many times. “Graham O’Sullivan is a former conditional jockey to Tom Taaffe and has ridden a few winners. He’s a good rider and a great help with young horses, while Killian Lawlor is our main man in the yard and Ester Bathsheba Dias, who has also been with us from the start, has ridden winners at home in Brazil and studies at college in Dublin every night after leaving here. We’re with the horses nearly 24 hours a day.” O’Callaghan sums it up for us all. “It’s a game where there’s huge satisfaction, seeing the horses evolve and seeing them win. “Horses are a drug and probably should be made illegal, they cost so much money! The best advice I ever got was that you have to make mistakes in order to learn from them. Don’t ever be afraid to make mistakes.” O’Callaghan exudes confidence and enthusiasm and doesn’t seem to have made too many mistakes so far. One gets the impression he’ll be a household name in the not too distant future.
The equine nursery
Nancy Sexton chats to successful US breeze-up consignor Ciaran Dunne of Wavertree Stables. The farm has some exciting graduates due to run in Europe this summer, including 1,000 Guineas hopeful What A Name and new Ballydoyle recruit, Darwin Photography by Z 58
ROM Florida to California, on to Kentucky and beyond. The US breeze-up sale schedule is frenetic and far reaching, but while the spread of buyers varies at each location, the consignors do not, with a core group nearly always well represented at each auction across America. Ciaran Dunne’s Wavertree Stables is one such consignor. Following on from a memorable 2012, during which Wavertree trainees topped the Fasig-Tipton Florida and Keeneland April Sales, Dunne has headed into the juvenile auction season with yet another strong hand, one that includes a draft of 17 by sires such as Bernardini and Giant’s Causeway set to sell at Fasig-Tipton in Florida later this month. Before then, however, the Irishman will send a group of 31 to the OBS Spring Sale, another major Florida auction, having sold $1,835,000 worth of horses at the Barretts March Sale in California. Wavertree Stables, which is based in Ocala, Florida, was established by Dunne and his wife Amy in 1994. A span of 19 years at the helm of such a prominent operation has provided the pair with first-hand knowledge of how the juvenile auction market has evolved, ranging from the heady days of 2006 when the $16 million sale of The Green Monkey boosted the Fasig-Tipton Calder Sale average to $403,812, to the deviation away from precocious speed horses in favour of two-turn talent. Seven years ago also saw Dunne’s horses top three sales headed by the Barretts May Sale at which Wavertree sold a son of Red Bullet for an auction record of $2,500,000 to Darley Stable. Numerous high-class horses have passed through Wavertree, notably Grade 1 winners Honey Ryder, Devil May Care and Shakespeare, while among last year’s group was the Mikel Delzangles-trained Prix JeanLuc Lagardère runner-up What A Name, as well as the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint winner Hightail. One of the best, however, could be a colt with only a maiden win to his name in Darwin, last year’s $1,300,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida sale-topper who recently joined Aidan O’Brien following a season with Todd Pletcher for the Coolmore triumvirate. “We’ve been really lucky,” says Dunne. “When we started, we traded with guys we knew at the racetrack. Then we put together a syndicate of five horses with 20 guys, a
ciaran dunne really great group of people, and got very lucky as we sold them on well. So the next year, the syndicate got a little bigger and then the next year it got bigger still.” Dunne was introduced to racing at an early age. Born in Kildare, Ireland, his father worked in the Japanese gardens at the Irish National Stud, which allowed Dunne the opportunity to grow up on one of Ireland’s most noted bloodstock properties. After graduating from the Irish National Stud management course, he worked a spell in England before heading to Kentucky to work at Margaux Farm. “I came to the States in 1987 when I worked for Margaux,” recalls Dunne. “Later I moved to the racetrack and worked for Tommy Skiffington. We would spend the winter in Florida and every year when we came down, we would pass through Ocala. “Training horses was one of those things with which I had an affinity. It came to the point where I had to think about going out by myself and I knew that training is very tough – it’s 365 days a year and you’re married to your horses. With two-year-olds that’s not the case, you are always excited by what you might have.” In 2003, Wavertree moved to its current location in Ocala with the purchase of 100 acres on which the Dunnes built their own farm. Today, the operation comprises 100 stalls as well as a racetrack, which is shared with fellow breeze-up consignor Eddie Woods, the vendor of Big Brown amongst others. “It’s a mile dirt course and the inner turf course is 7/8ths of a mile,” says Dunne. “We also have a turf gallop that runs uphill for three-quarters of a mile. It’s great for horses who won’t settle and it puts a hind end on them. Horses can get one-sided in the US so it also helps with that. “We start breaking October 1. We aim to get them to the sale happy, healthy and sound in order for them to perform at a higher level. They won’t do any fast work until January
and do a lot of leg work in between. “It’s taken time to develop the system and I’d say this is the one area where we’ve improved most. In the beginning we felt that the more we breezed them, the better they’d get, but now we do very little with them at home. We have nine sets going out a day and two to three of those will go up the hill. They work at ten-day intervals and we train for speed.” The second half of the year will find the Wavertree team travelling across the US in search of more talent. With the help of long-time assistant Mark Edmonds, the team aims to look at every yearling at auction. While pedigree is appealing, the physical make-up of the horse determines a purchase.
Ciaran Dunne gained his love of horses from time spent as a child at the Irish National Stud
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ciaran dunne “We’d buy 50 to 60 yearlings a year,” says Dunne. “Our cheapest two-year-old this year is an Into Mischief filly who cost $15,000, while the most expensive is one that cost $250,000. We try to look at every horse in every yearling sale. And in the beginning, we’d try to go to every sale – if there was a sale in Washington, we’d go there. “We grade them physically. It’s all about what they look like and some of those horses, who have been physically outstanding but don’t have the pedigree to match up, have been great successes. That’s how we have made our living – we buy the physical and then take them to the next level where, if they’re talented enough, someone such as Sheikh Mohammed can justify buying them.”
That thinking worked spectacularly in 2006 in the case of Unbridled Slew. From the first crop of Preakness Stakes winner Red Bullet, the colt was purchased at the 2005 Keeneland September Sale by Mike Akers’s Dapple Bloodstock for $190,000 – a decent price given that Red Bullet’s sale average was $44,453. However, Akers and Dunne were rewarded in spectacular style the following May when the colt sold at Barretts for $2,500,000 to Darley Stable after working an eighth of a mile in an auction record of 9.4/5 seconds. “Of course,” adds Dunne, “the downside is that if they can’t run, you have no residual value.” Since 2006, the landscape of the US
Last year’s graduates
AVERTREE graduates look set to play a prominent role on both sides of the Atlantic this season following the news that the highly regarded Darwin has joined trainer Aidan O’Brien. Another graduate, What A Name, is currently priced at around 16-1 for the 1,000 Guineas following her runner-up effort against colts in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère. Darwin, a first-crop son of Big Brown, topped last year’s Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale when selling to Demi O’Byrne for $1.3 million. Turned over to Todd Pletcher, the colt made a striking winning debut at Belmont Park last October, scoring easily by 2l. He later ran fourth in the Grade 2 Nashua Stakes, after which he suffered a minor injury and was sent to Ireland. “Darwin was probably the most exciting two-year-old I’ve ever trained,” says Dunne. “We had five Grade 1-placed two-yearolds out of last year’s group – it was an exceptional crop – and actually we didn’t think they were much at the time because Darwin was so good. He’d take horses completely out of their rhythm and exhaust them.” What A Name, a daughter of Mr. Greeley, was purchased for $350,000 by John McCormack at the Keeneland April Sale and went on to capture two of her four starts last year for Mikel Delzangles, including the Prix la Rochette. “What A Name came in late from her breeder Robert Trussell,” remembers Dunne of the filly, who was bought back at the Goffs Orby Sale for just €37,000. “Usually when they say to you in December, ‘can you sell this for me?’, it’s because they don’t like what they see. But she was always a really neat filly and breezed huge at Keeneland. “Honey Ryder [turf champion] caught us off guard a bit. She was exactly what you don’t want to have in a two-year-old barn – a big, skinny, narrow filly. She didn’t really like to eat and she never acted fast but she went on to be a wonderful filly. “Devil May Care [Triple Grade 1 winner] was the total opposite. She looked the part the first day you put the tack on. She moved great and would walk to and from the track with her ears flopping. But once she was on the track, she was a monster.”
Barretts was a sale that was as good as we hoped it would be, if not a little better, particularly at the top end
breeze-up market has altered significantly, and in Dunne’s eyes for the better. Gone is the OBS Select February Sale which formerly opened the season in Florida and instead the first juvenile auction of the year is now a month later at Barretts in California, a move which gives consignors some much needed time to play with. Buyers are also more willing to pay top dollar for later developing horses based on their demeanour and action rather than relying primarily on quick times. One such horse was Al Zir, whom Dunne sold on behalf of Fred Brei for a sale-topping $1.6 million to John Ferguson at the 2009 Fasig-Tipton Calder Sale. The Medaglia D’Oro colt, who later ran third in the Racing Post Trophy for Godolphin, worked an eighth of a mile in 10.3/5 seconds prior to the sale. “Al Zir was a great horse for our business,” says Dunne. “He wasn’t the fastest horse at the sale, but he moved really well and did everything right following the breeze. He
proved you didn’t have to go fast in order to do well. “When I first started we would buy horses who maybe had some vet issues and we would train them and hopefully prove that they weren’t issues or we would go for an early
type of two-year-old. “But then the pinhookers started spending money and the buyers started looking for two-turn horses. It became that the two-turn horses with pedigree were the ones selling so now we’re selling Classic-type horses.” Wavertree has hit the ground running this year selling approximately $1,880,000 worth of stock, including a War Front colt for $570,000 to Patrick Biancone at the Barretts March Sale. Wavertree was also responsible for the sale’s dearest filly, a $325,000 daughter of Harlan’s Holiday. “Barretts was a sale that was as good as we hoped it would be, if not a little better, particularly at the top end,” says Dunne. “We breezed 15 and sold 14. “It’s taken a bit of the heat off – you go into a sale hoping you’re right about what you have, but until you get to that first sale and they perform, you don’t really know. So it means that we can go into the next few sales with a bit of confidence.”
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Rapid progress Osarus held its first auction just five years ago, but as Jocelyn de Moubray discovers, the sales company is already a viable option for the French commercial bloodstock market 64
sarus is a small French sales company. It is not even a provincial sales company as, for the time being anyway, the management team does not have a central office, the majority of the company’s meetings taking place via Skype. Osarus held its first sale at La Teste in September 2008 when 46 of the 68 yearlings presented sold at an average price of €10,000. In 2012 Osarus posted its best results to date with significant increases in turnover at each of its sales – it held four with another yearling sale, a breeze-up and a breeding stock sale added to its roster. Yet at the end of the year these represented no more than three per cent of the total French bloodstock market, and even its yearling sales, the area in which it has made the most progress, accounted for no more than five per cent of the French market. By November 2012 the “fledging sales company”, as the accompanying press release described it, created a real stir
osarus sales company Left: purchasers undertaking pre-sale yearling inspections at Osarus’s La Teste sales ground, and right, a map of the company’s three sale locations in the west and south-west of France: (top blue arrow) Le Lion D’Angers, found near to Angers; La Teste (bottom arrow), which is accessible from Bordeaux, and Pornichet, near to the town of Nantes and its airport with connections to the rest of Europe. The breeze-up sale is held on the new All-Weather surface at Pornichet’s racecourse
Emmanuel Viaud, the managing director of Osarus, started out in racing at 14 as an apprentice at the trotting school
within bloodstock circles by announcing the formation of a strategic alliance with Tattersalls, the overwhelming leading auction company in the European sales business. “The French racing and breeding industry is well structured and well funded,” commented Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony. “The close ties between Tattersalls and Osarus emphasise the high regard in which we hold both Osarus and the wider French industry.” Neither Tattersalls nor Osarus wish to divulge the exact details of their agreement, except to confirm that it is an alliance and not a takeover or an investment in Osarus’s capital. The result is that Osarus has gone, in a short space of time, from offering a handful of yearlings, most of which had already been turned down for Arqana’s sales, to having a realistic prospect of establishing itself as a rival to the Deauville-based company, a Doncaster perhaps to Arqana’s Tattersalls. “Tattersalls approached us to find out if we were interested in forming an alliance,” Emmanuel Viaud, the managing director
of Osarus explains. “I think we had demonstrated that we are capable of organising sales in a professional manner, our selection of horses, the marketing and the sales itself were all working well and Tattersalls saw this as an opportunity.” Jimmy George, a director of Tattersalls confirms this analysis. “We felt that there was room in the French market for two sales companies,” he says. “France is a key part of the European bloodstock scene and we always follow closely any developments in important markets. “In 2008 Tattersalls took a minority share in William Inglis because the opportunity arose and because we believe the Australian racing and breeding industry has a sound basis. “Similarly, Osarus
osarus sales company Les Beaufs winning the Prix Royal-Oak, a first Group 1 success for Osarus. The colt by Apsis cost just €3,500 as a yearling at the Lion D’Angers Sale Photo: aprh
It would have been remiss of Tattersalls not to look closely at opportunities in such an important part of the European bloodstock industry
has made significant progress in a few years and we feel that France and, in particular, the south-west of France has a vibrant racing scene. It would have been remiss of Tattersalls not to look closely at opportunities in such an important part of the European bloodstock industry.” The first, and so far the most significant result of this alliance, came in February when Osarus announced that it would guarantee payment to vendors in full 35 days after a sale; Arqana has, of course, always given a similar guarantee but its French vendors are paid half at 30 days and the remainder at 60. “We have never had a problem of non-payment,” Viaud says, “but the lack of a formal guarantee was always something our competitors could turn against us. Thanks to the backing from Tattersalls we can now give our vendors the same guarantee and terms of payment as at the sales in Newmarket.” For a small sales company the possibility of a major debt is a permanent threat. Auction houses take a percentage on each transaction, but if the company is to attract serious vendors it has to be able to guarantee payment, even if due to circumstances it has yet to receive the money themselves.
“We were,” Viaud adds, “always aware of the possibility, but on the whole we are working with people we know well. The partnership gives us the means to give a guarantee, as well as access to Tattersalls’s huge experience and database reducing the chances of a major problem with payment.” The other immediate effect will be obvious at Osarus’s first sale this year, its breeze-up at
Pornichet on Tuesday, April 30. Auctioneer John O’Kelly will join Viaud on the rostrum. “O’Kelly will be selling at all of our sales this year,” Viaud says, “which is obviously a great asset as I don’t think I am alone in considering John to be Europe’s best auctioneer.” Bloodstock sales at Deauville have dominated the French bloodstock market for a long time and since the creation of Arqana in 2006 with the fusion of the Deauville sales with those held at Saint-Cloud, the group has held a monopoly in the French market. There have been other attempts in the past to hold yearling sales in the south-west or west of France, but none were able to establish a regular place in the sales calendar. When Osarus began five years ago few French racing professionals would have given the company much chance of surviving, even though it then was still a booming bloodstock market. The French market has changed and even if nobody had exactly pinpointed the differences, a monopoly often creates an opportunity. There is now a great deal more money available in prize-money and premiums than was the case the last time anybody tried to hold bloodstock sales in this region and, over the last ten years, racing
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rance’s foal crop began to decline in 2011, but it has not experienced the steep falls which occurred in Britain and Ireland. Of the 31 Flat stallions who covered more than 140 mares in 2012, five were based in England and four – Le Havre, Air Chief Marshal, Kendargent and Turtle Bowl – in France. At a time when Arqana had so many entries that it was struggling to keep numbers at its yearling sales to a reasonable level, it is not surprising that some vendors were immediately attracted by an alternative outlet. The final, not insignificant change, has been communication links. La Teste, Pornichet or Lion D’Angers were once a long way away from Chantilly or Pau, let alone Newmarket or Cologne, and yet today local airports provide a regular service from all over France and Europe, while the internet gives up-to-date results and easily accessible information. Osarus gained a foothold in the French market probably because its sales were seen to be professional, but above all because in France a lot of money is won regularly by horses with pedigrees which are, by European standards, obscure and uncommercial. While there are nearly 400 active thoroughbred sires in France and more than 20 who cover over 50 mares a year, only a handful of the products of these sires are selected for Europe’s major yearling sales. Osarus initially made its name by selling relatively cheap, good horses who won a lot of money and who were often by sires little known on the international circuit. For instance, Les Beaufs, the winner of the Prix Royal-Oak in 2012 and the company’s first Group 1 winner, is a son of Apsis. He
Our ambition is not to stay at an average price of around €10,000 for ever, but our sales depend upon the money and premiums available for French-bred horses
in France has become not only very well financed but also a national sport rather than one based in Paris and its locality. Last year nine of the top 20 French trainers by prize-money and owners’ premiums were based outside Paris; ten years before it was just five. France’s breeding industry may appear to be insignificant to those who only follow racing in Britain and Ireland, but in its own way it has been thriving in recent years. If you look at the foals produced by commercial stallions, that is those who cover more than 50 mares, there are about 12,000 Flat-bred foals produced in Europe and the split is roughly 25 per cent in Britain and 35 per cent in both Ireland and France.
was sold as a yearling at Lion D’Angers in 2010 for €3,500, but currently has earnings standing at almost €370,000. The original idea of the yearling sale at La Teste in September was to offer precocious types. The two-year-olds to have come out of the sale include Darling Story, a daughter of Nombre Premier who sold for €28,000 but has prize-money earnings of €155,000 after winning a Listed race at Marseilles for Jean-Claude Rouget. The two-year-olds from the 2011 edition include Cassiope, a stakes-placed daughter of Kentucky Dynamite who sold for €2,000 and has won €138,736; Ares D’Emira, a Listedwinning son of Desert Style who has won over €98,000 in prize-money and was bought for €13,000, and the Rouget-trained Green Tune colt Star Prince. He is stakes-placed and has picked up €85,140 since his purchase for €34,000 last September. At these sale prices few vendors are making money, however, it is a market and at La Teste 90 per cent of the yearlings offered in 2012 were sold. As opposed to the British market vendors know that if their yearling wins a race they will be rewarded by premiums so
can afford to let them go at possibly less than production costs. Selling Cassiope for €2,000 was not a great result for consignor Haras de Manneville, but, as the farm picked up €20,000 in breeder’s premiums in 2012, it has turned out to be profitable transaction. “The relationship between the potential earnings of the horses we offer as yearlings or two-year-olds,” explains Viaud, “and the money they can swiftly earn on the racecourse is clearly attractive. “Most of the French buyers of yearlings or two-year-olds at auction today are looking to spend somewhere between €15,000 and €30,000, while the number of purchasers who are willing to spend more than €50,000 on one horse is few. “Our ambition is not to stay at an average price of around €10,000 for ever, but our sales depend upon the money and premiums available for French-bred horses. Our aim is to select horses whom we think are capable of winning and to provide a link between French vendors and buyers. “We have many more entries for our sales than used to be the case. Last year we had only 50 entries for the breeze-up at Pornichet, whereas this year we have selected about 85 horses for the sale from Trainer Jehan Bertran de Balanda (left) with Guy Blasco (right) at Le Lion d’Angers sale in November Photo: Christian Pubert
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sarus came into being because, for different reasons, Guy Blasco Gondard, Nadja Govaert and Frederique Lingua were all present at a sale held at Lisieux. The sale was not a success, but from it came the idea that between them they could organise something more professional. Blasco had been a jockey and a trainer based in the Lyon area before he moved to Pau where his son-in-law Sylvain Hureau, who is now part of the Osarus team, was one of the jockeys at Rouget’s stable. Lingua had worked for many years in the pedigree department of the Agence Française in Deauville, while Goveart possessed the required financial and accounts expertise. Viaud did not join the emerging company until 2011, but was the auctioneer at the first sale at La Teste. Viaud himself has had a long and varied career in the racing world with “long” being apt more than anything else – he started out at the trotting apprentice school as a 14-year-old. “My family had nothing to do with either horses or racing, but my father liked to have a bet and would take me racing at the Paris tracks from time to time,” he remembers. “By the time I was ten I wanted to be a jockey, but they took one look at me at the apprentice school in Chantilly and suggested to my parents that they tried the trotting school instead.” Viaud spent eight years in the trotting world in the end working as a lad in a racing stable where the day started at 5.00am and finished some time after 22.00pm. In 1989 he replied to an advertisement in the Paris Turf for a pedigree researcher at the Agence Française. “When I arrived at the offices, which were in Paris then, there were 30 others waiting to be interviewed by Philippe Augier,” he recalls.
Zayev, this colt by Diableneyev, was bought by Mandore International last April for €24,000. He won his maiden at Deauville on Christmas Day for owner Faisal Alrahmani Photo: Christian Pubert
We need to make our own place in the French market and the key to this is to offer winners – the winning post is the only mark which counts
“When I realised that many of them were the sons of well-known people in racing I thought I had no chance at all of being selected! “But Augier was always ready to give people a chance, wherever they came from, and he told me later that I was picked because I was the only one who asked to take away with me a copy of the International Cataloguing Standards! A few months later I made my debut as an auctioneer at the only breeze-up held in Deauville in the spring of 1990.” Viaud stayed at the Agence Française until 1995 when he left to travel, spending time in the US and Martinique before returning to France to work first for the French Breeders’ Association and then for Le Centaur, the equine insurance company based near Deauville. “I learnt a great deal from Augier and Bernard Salvat at the Agence Française,” he says. “I wanted to travel and see other things for a time, but when Osarus contacted me about auctioneering I was immediately interested.” Osarus is obviously looking forward to the 2013 sales season, buoyed with the confidence given by its association with Tattersalls. “Our ambition for 2013,” explains Viaud “is to continue to give satisfaction to our vendors, and a warm welcome to our buyers. We need to make our own place in the French
more than 200 entries. “Last year we received more than 800 entries for our yearling sales at La Teste in September and Lion D’Angers in November and, as we are already getting entries every day, I am sure we will have more this year.” The top price at last year’s Pornichet sale, where the breeze-up is staged on the newly installed All-Weather track, was €30,000 given by Sylvain Vidal on behalf of Gerard Augustin-Normand. The Slickly filly has since achieved two wins and four places from eight starts to date for earnings of €71,487.
market and the key to this is to offer winners. The winning post is the only mark which counts and happily we have winners nearly every day. We also hope, with the help of Tattersalls, to widen our demand and attract new buyers from England, Germany and further afield.” For all of its collective enthusiasm Osarus still represents only five per cent of the French yearling market, and the turnover at its two yearling sales combined last year was significantly less than the turnover for even the last day of Arqana’s August Sale. However, there is no doubt that the Deauville sales, from long before Osarus existed, had focused on the international market as the way to expand its business. Perhaps neither the Agence Française nor Arqana spent enough of its time and resources developing the important domestic market. Osarus’s emergence and its partnership with Tattersalls has already changed that attitude, and whether or not Osarus does develop into an important rival, this is already a service it has given to France’s commercial breeders. As for its chances of continuing to develop the next 12 months will be, as Jimmy George confirms of vital importance. “We have been encouraged,”George says, “by the response to this new partnership, but we will know a lot more about what really is likely to happen at the end of this year.”
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y May of last year new stallion Sixties Icon, who was expected to be a sire of latematuring types, had produced four winners from his first five runners, was heading up the first-season sires’ title and was producing statistics that had the bloodstock world
scratching its collective head. With such early success in Europe under his belt by the early summer, it was not surprising that the world reassessed its opinion of the stallion and came calling to, literally, make use of his services. One couple not surprised by the opinionchanging results gathered by his progeny
was Patrick and Tania Trant, owners of the stallion and of Norman Court Stud, where the son of Galileo is based. “His foals were all good-looking,” remembers Patrick Trant, “and they continued to develop that way as yearlings. He had a great season on the racecourse last year, a terrific season, but it was not
sixties icon The son of Galileo enjoying his time spent in the southern-hemisphere spring sunshine
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really that much of a shock to us, or to those breeders who had got in on the ground level with the stallion. “We couldn’t have asked for better. In a way we were lucky to have been able to buy him initally – his St Leger win put many people of, but that Leger win came when the race was run at York and he showed an
exceptional turn of foot then, he had great speed in him. I think he was a unique Leger winner rather than a traditional one.” By mid-summer the racecourse run of form by the Sixties Icon progeny had not stopped and spies touting for top-class European blood for the southern hemisphere got in touch with Norman Court.
“We had an approach by La Pasion Stud in the summer,” says Trant, “and Nico Benedicto came over with their chief veterinary to assess the horse. “I met Nico and he conducted himself well. He is a proper chap, he didn’t come over dressed in Gucci shoes and the like, that sort of thing doesn’t impress me!” laughs the down-to-earth Trant. Deciding to send away your new, young, financially promising star stallion to the other side of the word could have been akin to sending your 16-year-old son out on that first travelling stint – a trip that could easily end in triumph or disaster. But it was the professionalism exhibited by La Pasion Stud that convinced the Trants that the journey was a risk worth undertaking and that Sixties Icon would be in safe hands during his southern-hemisphere “gap” six months. “The farm does not cut any corners, it is run incredibly professionally and after our visit last autumn, I would say it is the best stud in South America, it is even up with one of the top studs in the world,” eugolises Trant, who, with Tania, visited the extensive property, based an hour and a half from Buenos Aires, last November.
You can see from the money that the Benedictos are putting in at La Pasion that they are planning success, that ‘The Icon’ was not going to be covering dogs of mares!
“Our first day there was on one of the hottest days of the year in Argentina and our trip around the farm took from 9am to 9pm, it was exhausting,” smiled Tania, before adding: “It is really an amazing place. “Sixties is the star of the show for us here at Norman Court, but we were delighted that he went to La Pasion.”
The deal with the southern-hemisphere partners has another four years to run, and will provide an important ongoing source of income for Norman Court. “Watching a stallion throughout the winter, looking at you through your window and doing nothing, well you’ve got an asset there not being utilised – and he’s got a natural one that is not being used!” laughs the practical businessman Trant. “We had to make the most of it and needed to strike while the iron was hot.” Sixties travelled without hitch to South America and back again to Wiltshire courtesy of an IRT air taxi and has clearly thrived for his busman’s holiday; his summer coat was in full bloom as early as our visit to the stud in February. The stallion was not given an easy time on his sojourn, seeing over 100 mares off a fee of US$3,500. Norman Court received regular updates from La Pasion regarding their favourite son throughout, but decisions over mares and his book was left up to the South American friends. “We took the view that we wouldn’t interfere with their business if they don’t interfere with ours,” says a pragmatic Trant,
Enjoying a tour of Pasion Sue Huntingdon reports on her trip to visit Sixties Icon while at stud in the southern hemisphere
aving spent last summer photographing Sixties Icon’s progeny on Mick Channon’s gallops and getting more and more excited by them as the season progressed, it was with great anticipation I set off for Argentina before Christmas to see him at his shuttle base, La Pasion Stud. Patrick and Tania Trant had returned from their trip to La Pasion with such glowing reports of the stud farm that I could not wait to see the 250-acre property. La Pasion is the culmination of a dream by casino owner Ricardo Benedicto and his son Nicolas, who became interested in bloodstock during his holidays from university. The father and son team purchased 250 hectares of virgin land, about an hour from Buenos Aires, in 2005 and immediately planted 15,000 trees. Buildings, fences and walkways were soon added and
the first horses arrived in 2007. The Benedictos also own a smaller stud called La Madrugada, a further 750 hectares, a pre-training facility as well as a very nice golf course! There is also a beautiful cemetary where all their successful horses are buried. The gauchos who work on the farm, also keep native criollo horses to work with and they are used to manage the Red Angus cattle. The Rubio racing arm of the operation has been racing horse for many years and has been named Racing Stable of the year on numerous occasions, highlighted by a spectacular year in 2011 with 143 wins. I was lucky enough to be given a detailed tour of the property and the buildings and offices, vet rooms – there are eight vets on the farm, headed up by Dr Enrique Suro – as well as covering facilities and yards of rubber walkways which have all been beautifully designed. The stud is a match for any farm anywhere in the world. Sixties Icon looked truly magnificent in his southern-hemisphere home and cantered around the paddock most obligingly and stood perfectly loose as he modelled for my photo shoot. But the son of Galileo did not neglect his day job – while he was resident at the aptly named La Pasion he covered over 100 mares. The stud’s broodmare band numbers 260 and all looked in amazing condition – gaucho Juan Eduardo Palavecino was proud to show me them all to me. Many of the mares originated from the US having been brought to Argentina as mares in foal and young fillies out of training covered by US sires. By 2010 the farm felt able to change its policy
Left, no expense has been spared by the Benedicto family at La Pasion, which the Trants believe is right up “with the best studs worldwide”. Above, the stud staff are checking out a foal’s hind fetlock. There are eight veterinarians employed on the stud caring for a broodmare band of 260
with most of its stock now being developed as homebreds from an extremely strong band of broodmares. Stallions resident alongside Sixties Icon included former Argentine champion Easing Along, who relocated to La Pasion for the 2012 covering season. He is sire of 2012’s Horse of the Year, Interaction. The stallion roster also included the homebred sire Emperor Richard, Manipulator (Danehill), Stormy Atlantic (Storm Cat) and Zenasational (Unbridled’s Song) on shuttle duties from Hill ‘n’ Dale, as well as Sidneys Candy, who has his first foals due in the US in 2013. An interest in the a son of Candy Ride (Ride The Rails) was bought by La Pasion from Winstar Farm last season. The farm also holds shares in Lizard Island (Danehill Dancer) and Exchange Rate (Danzig) based elsewhere, while the Benedictos also tried to buy Candy Ride himself a few times from Lane’s End, but in the end settled for covering as many mares by the sire as possible. Towards the end of my visit I attended the La Pasion’s 60-strong dispersal sale of horses out of training, which included potential stallions, mares and foals as well as weanlings. It it was a blazing hot day, but very well attended and most of the horses appeared to find new homes. It really was the most amazing experience to see the wonderful emerging stud La Pasion in its early development. The Benedictos have made no secret of their desire to be leading breeders, and with every attention having been made to the development of the farm, it looks as though it is just a question of “when” not “if”.
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On Huntingdon’s last day in Argentina ahead of a handy direct flight from Buenos Aires to Heathrow, she went to watch horses work at San Isidro racetrack. All the horses are ridden in their work without saddles or stirrups
before adding: “But you can see from the money that the Benedictos are putting in at La Pasion that they are planning success, that ‘The Icon’ was not going to be covering dogs of mares – the money being put into the farm controls everything. It is a million miles way from a small farm with wooden boxes.” Back at Norman Court, The Icon is due to see another 100 plus mares this spring off a fee of £8,500. And the two difficult racecourse years ahead of Sixties Icon through which he will only have small crops to representing him (he saw just 37 mares in 2010 and 28 in 2011) does not faze the stallion’s strongest supporter. “It is all about statistics and figures,” explains Trant, a civil engineer by trade. “Anyone can take a view on a horse, but once the progeny gets on the track, well then all the adjectives, the blah-de-blah and all the marketing ceases. It all comes down to the percentages and performance.” Unsurprisingly, Trant’s good friend, business partner and racehorse trainer Mick Channon again has a number of Sixties Icons in his yard for the season (a mix of around 12 two and three-year-olds are listed in Horses in Training 2013), the trainer having been instrumental in the horse’s success last summer. “As Mick says, everyone can have an eye for a nice-looking horse, but in the end it is on the gallops that counts. I think he caused
a number of trainers to reassess what they had in their yards after he had sent out those early winners,” smiles Trant, who took on the 125-acre Norman Court Stud and had signed the contract for Sixties Icon just as “the world went financially tits up”. After initially standing the starter stallion Imperial Dancer at the farm, the decision was taken to upgrade to a more commercial stallion. “Imperial Dancer was a learning curve for me. He taught me the dos and don’ts – and when it costs you money, you learn quickly,” says Trant, going on to his rationale behind the risky decision to stand stallions rather than to enjoy the slightly simpler life of running a broodmare band. “The trend had been to go down the broodmare route, but I felt that had gone too far that way. I had a feeling that things would come back the other way, that stallions would be important again. “I was looking at a stallion market dominated by the Arabs and the Irish and asked, ‘Where are we? Why should the Irish have it all their own way?’ ” After that early stud success by Sixties, as well as by fellow sons of Galileo, Teofilo and New Approach, the realisation came to the bloodstock community that sons of Galileo are collectors’ items for stallion-owners. But when certain wealthy buyers came calling to Norman Court wanting to get their own slice of the Galileo action, the temptation
to sell out and cash in was not taken by Trant. “He is an English stallion, staying in England,” says Trant with pride, but also highly conscious of the future of his farm and its long-term financial business plan. “We have a great team here, everyone gets on together, takes the piss out of each other, but we all stand up for each other too. If we had sold him, it would have pulled the rug out from under the stud.” Sixties Icon has his hooves firmly entrenched at Norman Court Stud and with another four years ahead of him travelling to La Pasion, he has every chance of becoming a serious stud book name in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Supervision: a trainer keeps watch over his string
Left, a gaucho with a mare and foal at La Pasion, above, top, the on-site sales complex, and middle and bottom, horses showing themselves off to the buyers. Clearance rates were high at the private mixed sale
Changing the racing world Businessman Keith Hanson has big plans for his new equine software company, Fine Equinity
rom an apprenticeship in the Royal Navy to running an international chemical firm, to developing cutting-edge heart rate software for the training of racehorses: it all comes alike to racehorse owner and successful businessman Keith Hanson, a jack-of-all trades and a master of them all too. These fields of expertise may seem quite diverse, but it is efficient business management that positions such a variety of enterprises under the Hanson banner, with Smart IT being at the root of them all. Hanson, a softly-spoken northern-based entrepreneur, firmly believes in, and has proven, that management use of IT can radically change business. Ally that with cutting-edge sports science and leading equine exercise technology, the training of racehorses, both on the gallops via the use of heart rate technology, and in the yard through IT management systems, he believes, could be revolutionised by his catch-all software. Hanson is personally motivated to bring the training of racehorses into the modern era and is looking to do this on a global scale. As discovered when meeting for a breakfast meeting (why waste an hour eating if you can’t do business at the same time?), a streamlined working methodology was something Hanson learnt from his time in the Navy and his subsequent years in business. “My Navy background, the discipline and the training, certainly instilled in me a way
of working and has subsequently stood me in good stead,” he admits.“I left school at 15 and a half and went straight into the Navy as a marine engineer. I spent seven years with the Navy as an engineer until I got married.” While it might be difficult in today’s environment for an ex-Navy employee to find himself a subsequent civilian job, the apprenticeship gained by Hanson in the forces was then hugely valued and he immediately found work with an engineering firm. A move after followed into chemicals, Hanson reasoning: “My brother-in-law worked in the industry and it seemed like a good business to get into.” Now, some 33 years later, Hanson is with that same chemical firm, Fine Organics, but life is very different – after working his way up through the company and becoming general manager in 2004, Hanson and his team completed a management buyout of the loss-making business in 2008. “The company had been losing money since the emergence of China and India and then by 2008 we were in the midst of the cash crisis – everything was falling around our ears, companies were shutting down and every time I went home, my wife asked if we really knew what we were doing!” he laughs. “But I was convinced I knew the true capability of the company and that the business line strategy developed by its former owners, a multi-national German firm, had been wrong. “I knew there were opportunities to
Keith Hanson on a rare day off from work at the Cheltenham Festival. With his network management system, access to his office and his chemical plant is only a button away
The software has generally been well received, trainers and staff have been very receptive – everyone realises that change in the way things are done will come
market our products and run the business in a different way and that we could be successful.” In that first year under the new ownership the company continued its loss-making path with a negative, but expected, balance sheet of £1.6 million. “By year four, we had turned things around
and had made £1.9 million, while next year we’ll make £7 million from a turnover of £43 million,” reports a satisfied Hanson. “We have doubled the size of the business in less than five years.” And that doubling came with a dramatic reduction in overheads and a cut back of staff – those employed fell from nearly 450 to less
than 200, but without any loss of productivity and an increase in diversification due to improvements in the company’s use of IT and technology. “We started to think about how we could grow,” remembers Hanson. “We looked to buy a plant in Belgium, in China, in the US, but it was too risky and it was difficult to raise the cash. “So we asked ourselves ‘What are we good at?’ We looked to our own capabilities and our own chemical plant. It has a hazardous liquids incinerator which had been mothballed years back – as there are only three others in the UK, we saw this as an ideal opportunity. “We raised £3 million to refurbish it and it has just come online. It will turnover £7 million next year.”
So how does this software work?
Tim Jones and the team from Fine Equinity answer our questions
So what is this equinITy? equinITy is a secure, web-based horse welfare, training and yard management tool. GPS and Heart Rate Monitoring technologies are expertly integrated into a lightweight girth to provide informative, user-friendly, graphical performance reports to complement the trainer’s expert horsemanship. The software was developed “in the yard” in response to racehorse trainers’ desire to assess and monitor horse welfare and fitness using an intuitive, noninvasive and cost-effective system.
as the time it takes the horse’s heart rate to fall back to the Recovery Zone after a piece of work. Over the training programme, the time to reach this zone should decrease, indicating good health and improving fitness. HR can also be a vital metric with which to monitor a horse’s welfare. As much as a lowering HR at a given speed can indicate an increase in fitness, a steady decline can point to a potential health problem. Similarly, if erratic or “spiking” HR is seen through a horse’s work it can be an early indication of an underlying problem.
Heart rate monitors – why should racehorse trainers use them? During the different stages of exercise we want to see how much effort is being put in to achieve various speeds. We measure this with heart rate monitors, which have been commercially available since 1977 and commonplace in human athlete training since the early 1990s. Today, athletes take them for granted and equinITy is bringing this technology into the equine arena in an affordable and easy-to-use product. Fitness in horses is not dissimilar to that of humans – some horses are naturally more “gifted” and respond better to training. Equally, one training regime may not fit every horse. This is where heart rate comes into play. As with athletes, a high-performing racehorse will have to put in less work to reach race-winning speeds, i.e. the heart will not have to work as hard as that of a lesser horse to achieve the same speed. At higher heart rates, higher speeds should be achievable up to the horse’s maximum heart rate (HRmax). As speed increases, the HR will follow and, over a period of time as the horse becomes fitter, the horse should achieve the same speed with a lower HR. This is a clear indication of improving fitness. The speed at which HRMax is reached is also a key indicator. As the horse gains fitness, the speed this heart rate delivers should increase. The final key heart rate measurement is recovery time. Exercise can be classified into aerobic zones. As a horse moves through the zones, the heart must work harder. Time spent in the upper zones (working to 80 per cent or more of its capacity) helps to increase muscle mass generation, but this must be controlled to reduce the risk of injury and fatigue. Recovery time is defined
Isn’t this science taking over from the art of racehorse training? equinITy will only ever complement the knowledge and horsemanship of a trainer. All data must be interpreted in the context of the intended nature of the training and the characteristics of the horse.
S urely racing staff are busy enough each morning without having to deal with setting up heart monitors too? One of the key objectives of equinITy during its development was to avoid intrusive or complex hardware with minimal interaction. The product does not introduce any additional tack for the rider to use. The device is switched on at the start of the morning and requires no interaction until being turned off at the end of the morning’s work. How is the data accessed? What data is produced? The data is uploaded to and accessed via a secure and confidential website from any web-enabled device, such as PCs, Tablets and Mobile Phones. Intelligent analysis of the data produces highly informative, user-friendly, graphical performance reports. Surely all this data anylasis adds unnecessarily to a trainer’s work load? The performance monitoring can easily be carried out by work riders, without any direct involvement from the trainer. Analysis of the data does not have to be a laborious process. equinITy has the capacity to send ‘alerts’ to trainers when readings move outside pre-set
fine equinity marketing opportunity for his embryonic company Fine Software and, of course, worked out a way to combine this new venture with existing activities. By this point the farmer’s son was the proud owner of a couple of racehorses and he had, to what was probably his management team’s horror, two complementary eureka moments. “I was wondering how to market the software – there are loads of software companies out there and we had to work out how are we going to be different,” he explains. “One morning I was on the gallops with trainer Michael Dods and was thinking how software could be used within a racing environment both on the gallops and in the office to help make running a yard far more efficient. “I saw a great opportunity – racehorse
parameters. Therefore, the comprehensive data which is collected and is always stored on the system only needs to be analysed in detail when the alarm is raised. Additionally, the yard management tools included in equinITy save a trainer and their team valuable time by standardising working processes to improve planning and organisation of daily yard activities.
ot all trainers are that IT literate or understand the science… does it N work for them too? Most of our clients have no previous experience of performance or heart rate monitoring and despite a lack of IT skills, understand that the future of racing involves being progressive and embracing change. The non-invasive nature of the hardware and the ease of use of our software means that users of any level who are familiar with a web browser can use and benefit from equinITy. We have both modern and traditional, young and old clients using the system. o software can guarantee winners though – and that is what counts for N any trainer. Isn’t there a danger this could be a gimmick? Nothing in life is guaranteed, but there is no gimmick in sports science – it is a recognised, valuable and highly proven discipline. Bringing sports science to horses should be embraced and not frowned upon, and giving a trainer even the smallest of advantages, can only be a positive. How else can equinITy help with the day-to-day management of a yard? As well as yard management features such as the training schedule and calendar, one of our newest features, RaceFinder (being developed in conjunction with Weatherbys), makes the task of searching for races simpler and faster. You can search for as many horses as you want, all in a single search. For larger yards in particular, this can be time consuming where your time could clearly be better used elsewhere! The software must surely be prohibitively expensive for a smaller yard? There is no initial charge, regardless of yard size as the cost of hardware and use of the system is packaged up into one monthly fee. For example, for a typical UK-based 30-horse yard, it would cost 32p per day per horse. This price includes installation and ongoing support. Given the high cost associated with racehorse ownership and training, this represents exceptional value for money.
owners are all businessmen and if I could produce software for their hobby, then our management systems might be able to do something for their business too.” Unsurprisingly, when “horseracing” was mentioned to the board at Fine Industries, there was no celebratory group hug or a chant of “we’ve cracked it!” “They thought I’d finally gone nuts,” laughs Hanson, who admits he is a person that tends to run (and probably quite fast) with an idea when he gets it. “They thought I’d finally lost it! They are all behind it now and excited by the project and can see its huge potential.” In April 2012 Fine Equinity was quietly launched. “We had an insular start, but that was purposeful,” explains Hanson. “We wanted to ensure that we could roll out the software successfully in the UK before going global.”
Bringing sports science to horses should be embraced and not frowned upon
From hazardous waste came a contract research business developed in order to help chemical clients with plans to get their products to market, as well as a maintenance business set up to look after chemical plants. The latest product line has been software development. “This stemmed from the bespoke business management system we had been using and have in place at Fine Industries; everyone who came to the site and saw it wanted it for their own companies,” says Hanson. “It is a fantastic system developed by our IT team and allows me and everyone to see exactly what is going on – even when I am travelling I can see who is on the site, what time they clocked on, when each product is in the reactor. It is a really powerful system.” Hanson, as is his want, identified a new
There are similar products on the market – tell us why equinITy is better than similar mangement systems and heart monitors? The Equinity design is simple to use for all the stable staff, the principle of operation removes the necessity of human interaction throughout the work morning, and there are no secondary pads which subsequently move during work exercise giving unreliable/spurious information. Basically, equinITy has the following advantages over other systems: r easy to use software, accessible from any device with internet access; r highly affordable with no start-up costs; no charge for additional features; r non-invasive monitoring hardware and no additional tack to use; r easy to understand graphical reports; r comprehensive and personalised support; r automatically integrated with BHA Racing Calendar and handicap ratings What future plans does the company have for the software? equinITy is being constantly developed, incorporating new features requested by users and exploiting new technology wherever possible. All such developments benefit all equinITy users, at no extra cost. More specifically, we have a number of new software features in development including a medical module to manage farrier, veterinary and dental visits and a billing module to export all of the costs associated with racehorse training into an invoicing package to improve the speed and accuracy of the billing process. Our most exciting development is the addition of real-time streaming of performance data, including; heart rate, speed, split times and stride information. This information will be accessible by equinITy users whilst horses are working on the gallops via a mobile phone or tablet.
fine equinity It’s a girth... or is it? The sinple-to-use equinity girths carry the monitors to measure heart rate and speed. Gallop layouts are preloaded via GPS mapping systems so pieces of work can be “followed” accurately on computer when the monitors are plugged in for data download at the end of the morning’s exercise. Future plans for the system include live streaming of data
As staff costs are so high you need to develop systems to reduce your staffing levels, but without reducing productivity
And it is world domination that Hanson is after – horses are trained in most countries, and every single trainer around the world is looking for an edge or a way to do an age-old job that bit better. “I met Tim [Jones] two years ago at Michael’s and showed him what we are doing,” explains Hanson. “I took up the opportunity to employ Tim when I heard he was available and to start globalising the product, as well as to push further forward in the UK. “The software has generally been well received, trainers and staff have been very receptive – everyone realises that change in the way things are done will come.” The high and increasing costs – rent, mortgages, feed, bedding and, of course, staff – are frequently bemoaned by racehorse trainers and finding a profitable racing yard, particularly in the recent years of falling prize-money, has been as rare a find as the likely discovery of Frankel The Second. Many of those costs are difficult to cut back on – horses need feeding, the rent or mortgage has got to be paid. And a stable is still an intensive user of people power – we do not yet have robots capable of riding a piece of work, and while horsewalkers and the like have taken some of the burden, a human still needs to put the horse on the machine, take it swimming, muck it out and give its feed. Fine Equinity helps a trainer with the actual training of the horses by producing heart rate v speed charts and huge amounts of related physiological data, but Hanson really believes his software – his Smart IT – has a far greater reach and can offer racing yards a far more efficient use of that people power. “As staff costs are so high you need to develop systems to reduce your staffing levels, but without reducing productivity and in the long term looking to improve it; the use of Smart IT is hugely beneficial.
“When we took over Fine Organics, the company had lost half of its business, £40 million. In that situation you need then to cut costs and, primarily, staffing levels. So we embraced Smart IT and our watchword is ‘data once in and used by all’. It gives a highly efficient work place and it is something that could easily be adopted in a racing yard.” On a practical level in a yard, Hanson’s methodology means that the daily riding out board can be put together on a computer and stored for future reference, that gallop reports, veterinary visits and notes are logged and stored and are easily accessible for a head lad, secretary or trainer to return to, while the software’s link to the Weatherbys’ entry book, handicap ratings as well as Racing Post form, means that a trainer can easily mark out entries when travelling that his secretary can later access with ease. There is no need for endless lists and staff needing to copy data and notes from paper to board to computer, while all who need to can access the networked system via laptops, ipads and tablets. The system is already a one-stop shop for a racehorse trainer and with future plans in
place to enable the software to email owners when a horse is entered or declared, as well as become an invoicing and accounts system, our hassled trainers and their beleaguered secretaries should begin to find their days magically streamlined. “You do have to force people to use the system, to become disciplined in using it, but once it is in place, it works. I know one trainer who has three secretaries, and with this software I know that staffing expense could be reduced,” says Hanson. Before all office staff in racing begin to fear for their careers, Hanson adds: “It’s not about making people redundant, but using their time more effectively. That secretary needing to ring around or write an email to owners with entry details, well, with Fine Equinity he or she could go and do something more useful and profitable instead. “Veterinary issues be picked up early but also the vet need only be brought in when the trainer has a fair idea of what is wrong after the heart rate monitors have sent an alert after a ‘spike’ in a horse’s data when galloping has been picked up. “Surely that is far better way of working instead of a vet reacting and coming in to measure heart rates and do preliminary tests only after disappointing racecourse performance? “I have seen how it works and the impact the software has. A trainer has got to put the effort in and make it work to its full potential, but I truly believe I can make every training enterprise more efficient. “It is all about making it a bit easier for a busy trainer to make his money; if he could enjoy a same standard of life from training 75 horses rather than 100, or 10 instead of 20, then surely that is a more efficient way forward and is a better work-life balance?”
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What’s new? Dr Joe Pagan takes a look at the major advances that have taken place in equine nutrition in the last 25 years
n 2013, Kentucky Equine Research (KER) celebrates its 25th anniversary as an equine nutrition research and consultation company. During the past quarter century, many advances have been made in the field of equine nutrition and I would like to review what I feel are five of the most important advancements, as well as predict what’s ahead for the industry.
Trace minerals for skeletal health
In the mid-1980s a landmark study was published by researchers at Ohio State University in which a correlation was found between the level of copper in a breeding farm’s ration and the incidence of metabolic bone disease in the farm’s foals. Metabolic bone disease (later renamed developmental orthopaedic disease) is a major problem for many breeders, causing huge economic losses due to lameness in performance horses. Following this study, researchers around the world concentrated on finding the link between trace minerals, particularly copper and zinc, and bone development. One important study in New Zealand demonstrated that trace mineral nutrition of the pregnant mare also affected subsequent bone health in foals. Since then, the feed industry has universally embraced the importance of trace mineral fortification for broodmare and foal feeds, and the provision of high levels of copper and zinc have become standard.
Although carbohydrates make up the majority of most horse feeds, historically little was
known about their chemical composition or metabolic effects in horses. For over 100 years, the feed industry depended on the “Weende system” or proximate feed analysis to estimate carbohydrate content in horse feed. This system did a poor job of measuring the types and amounts of sugar and starch present. Along with advancements in carbohydrate chemistry came a huge amount of research that studied the effect of starch type and processing effects on the digestibility and utilisation of starches and sugars from different sources. This research proved that starch from various cereals was very different and that grain processing greatly affected starch digestibility. It was also discovered that the glycemic nature of a feed had profound effects on bone metabolism, behaviour and exercise performance. The time of feeding in relation to exercise was also determined to be important. Today, the glycemic index of various feedstuffs is known, and this information is used in feed formulation.
Alternative energy sources
The last 25 years has seen a large shift away from starch and sugar as the only energy sources in horse feeds. Adding fat to horse feeds became popular in the 1980s, and there have been dozens of studies since then that have focused on feeding fat to performance horses. Several of these studies showed that horse muscle can be trained to burn fat instead of carbohydrate, resulting in a glycogen sparing effect and improved endurance capacity. The early work with fat supplementation used a variety of different vegetable oils and animal fat without much attention paid to the fatty acid composition of the fat source. This has changed recently with the recognition of the importance of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in horse diets. Optimal levels of omega-3 PUFAs have been shown to reduce inflammatory responses, support immune function and
Correlations have been found between nutrition and metabolic bone disease in foals
enhance fertility. Continuing research is revealing more information about the benefits of supplementing horses with omega-3 fatty acids to achieve a nutritionally sound balance. In addition to fat, fermentable fibre has become an important component of performance horse feeds. Fermentable fibre includes galactans, fructans, gums, mucilages and pectin. They are not degraded by digestive enzymes, but are rapidly and completely fermented by gastrointestinal microflora, yielding volatile fatty acids (VFAs). VFAs are versatile energy substrates for performance horses. The most common sources of fermentable fibre is sugar beet pulp and soy hulls. These raw materials are now common ingredients in most performance horse feeds.
Nutrition and disease
Several metabolic disorders have become common in modern breeds of horses. Recent research has demonstrated that many of these disorders such as equine Cushing’s disease (ECD), equine metabolic syndrome (EMS), osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), recurrent equine rhabdomyolysis (RER) and polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) can be managed nutritionally by careful regulation of caloric intake with particular attention paid to the source of energy provided. Although these disorders have very different etiologies, they are all either triggered or aggravated by excessive starch and sugar intake. Recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis (RER) is a specific form of tying-up seen in thoroughbreds, standardbreds and Arabians. It is an inherited trait caused by abnormal
Balanced rations/nutrition evaluations
By understanding how nutrients interact with the genome, better dietary regimens may be designed or novel treatment of important diseases may be addressed
intracellular calcium regulation during muscle contraction. Excitement and stress seem to be trigger factors. Studies conducted at the University of Minnesota have shown that replacing much of the grain in the diet with a low-starch, high-fat feed will significantly decrease the amount of muscle damage in RER horses. This research led to the development of Re-Leve, the first commercial horse feed produced to manage a specific metabolic disorder. Since then, a number of reduced-carbohydrate feeds have been developed for a variety of special needs.
The past quarter century has
seen a great increase in demand for well-fortified horse feeds in both performance and breeding sectors of the horse industry. Much of this increase has resulted from technological advances that have allowed feed manufacturers to illustrate the importance of including fortified feeds in a horse’s ration. Rather than relying on feed tags or brochures with limited nutrition information, horse feed companies now have access to sophisticated software that graphically illustrates how each feedstuff in a ration meets a specific horse’s nutrition requirement. KER released its first version of its PC-based equine nutrition evaluation software called MicroSteed in the early 1990s. Since then, MicroSteed has migrated onto the internet, where horsemen can use phones to
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So what is the field of equine nutrition development heading? Certainly at the top of the list is nutrigenomics, the study of the effects of feeds and feed constituents on gene expression. By understanding how nutrients interact with the genome, better dietary regimens may be designed or novel treatment of important diseases may be addressed. The emergence and development of nutrigenomics has been possible due to powerful developments in genetic research. These methods are already being used in horses, and they will certainly become a major tool for equine nutrition research in the near future.
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Our Conor and Bryan Cooper win the Triumph Hurdle by an untroubled 15l. The son of Jeremy is a distant relation to the great stayer Le Moss
printer Sacre aside the most exciting and promising winner at last month’s Cheltenham Festival was Our Conor, the 15l winner of the Triumph Hurdle. Despite the slow time due to the softening Friday ground, the race was described as a “visually impressive performance” in the Racing Post analysis. The four-year-old has since been given a 15lb handicap hike by Horse Racing Ireland, is now rated the best novice hurdler in the country and is currently just shading this year’s Champion Hurdler Hurricane Run for
favouritism for 2014’s renewal of the hurdling championship. Bred by Gerrardstown House Stud, the white-faced son of Jeremy is unbeaten over timber and has now won more races as a jumps horse than he did on the Flat. However, he was not slow to get off the mark on the level either – he did not run as a juvenile but won on his just his second and third starts last June as a three-year-old. After that he did not win agoan but was never out of the frame in his three subsequent starts on the level, rounding off with a third in the 1m1f Guineas Handicap.
He is out of the Sadler’s Wells mare Flamands, the dam of six winners from nine foals. While the only black-type found in her offspring is the jumping form produced by Our Conor, her second foal Dune, a son of Desert King so also by a Danehill line sire, was a useful middle-distance handicapper, who achieved a career-high mark of 92 after winning the £32,000 Old Borough Cup. Described as a “fine stamp of a horse”, a jumping campaign was being touted for him until he went to the October Horses in Training Sales where he was bought by
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Flamands herself ran to a mark of 90 on the Flat and was certainly a tough filly with staying qualities
ow busy plying his trade as a point-to-pointer, hunter chaser and a lower-level staying handicap chaser, he was a decent-enough runner when juvenile hurdling for John Mackie in 2005. He only achieved marks in the 60s on the Flat, but once hurdling he finishing second first time out and then won his next start. He has since remained admirably sound and resilient and has now run 14 times over hurdles, 28 times over fences and in seven point-to-points. He achieved a career-high of 134 over hurdles in 2007 and 138 over fences in 2010.
Flamands herself ran to a mark of 90 on the Flat and was certainly a tough filly with staying qualities – she won a 1m4f handicap at Newmarket as an October three-year-old before finishing fourth over 2m in the Listed George Stubbs Handicap, a race also run at headquarters. She was originally bred by a consortium involving Lyonstown Stud, Swettenham Stud and Ron Con Ltd and was bought from Camas Park Stud by Conti Bloodstock Services for Ir165,000gns as a Goffs yearling in 1994. She raced for Prince Sultan Al Kabeer, who also bred her first foal, though all of her subsequent offspring have been produced under the Gerrardstown House banner. Flamands’s sire and dam certainly played their part in taking their daughter to a six-figure price tag: she is by Sadler’s Wells, who by 1994 had produced Opera House, Barathea, King’s Theatre, Carnegie as well as Old Vic, In The Wings and Salsabil, and is out of Fleur Royale, who could boast of being the fourth top-rated three-year-old filly in Ireland in 1986 having won the Pretty Polly Stakes (G2) and finished second in the Irish Oaks (G1). A daughter of Mill Reef, Fleur Royale is the dam of six winners, three by Sadler’s Wells – Flamands, Casey Tibbs, winner of a Listed race, second in the Secretariat Stakes and who retired to stallion duties in South Africa, as well as String Quartet, who finished third in the Lancashire Oaks. The trio giving
Richard O’Gorman Bloodstock for 180,000gns and sent on to race in Saudi Arabia. His performances were a Flat race highlight not achieved by the rest of Flamands’s brood – her 2008 foal by Celtic Swing, King Of The Celts, put together consistent performances off handicap marks but just in the mid-70s, while Azurine, a filly by Spectrum and eventually exported to India courtesy of Hugo Merry Bloodstock, only managed to win off 63. The mare’s 2006 foal by Bahri achieved even less and only once was given a try at the races when she beat just a single horse home in a 22-runner field at The Curragh. The one in Flamands’ pack though who did suggest that success might be found by switching her progeny to the jumping game was Gidam Gidam, a King’s Best colt born in 2002.
further weight to the uber-successful Mill Reef / Sadler’s Wells cross. String Quartet has since produced Meeznah (Dynaformer), runner-up but subsequently disqualified behind Snow Fairy in the Oaks. She also finished fourth in the Irish fillies Classic, again behind Ed Dunlop’s filly, and then once again fourth to Midday in the Yorkshire Oaks. It is a family that clearly has a strong affinity with the Sadler’s Wells line as Sarah Lynx, a great-grand-daughter of Fleur Royale and by Montjeu, won the Canadian International (G1) at Woodbine in 2011. Sweet Mimosa (Le Levenstall), Our Conor’s third dam, was also a third top-rated filly, but in France instead of Ireland where she won the Prix de Diane, the first foreign-trained horse to achieve the feat. Sweet Mimosa has fine family connections and could boast of being a full sister to the great runner Le Moss, twice a winner of the Ascot Gold Cup (G1), the Goodwood Cup (G2) and the Doncaster Cup (G3). He is the only horse to have won the Stayers’ Triple Crown twice and clearly reveals the staying qualities that this family possesses. The mating of Jeremy, a son of Danehill Dancer, to Flamands, a daughter of Sadler’s Wells and from a family with such a strong record with the former multiple champion sire, was unlikely to have been selected as a random union by Gerrardstown House given the close “nicking” relationship the two Coolmore-based sires have developed with each other. And if anyone disputes the power of nicks and that such ongoing affinities continue to work through sons of sires it is worth remembering that Unaccompanied, a former leading juvenile hurdler, winner of the Spring Juvenile Hurdle (G1) and the Festival Hurdle (G1) at Leopardstown, is by Danehill Dancer and out of the Sadler’s Wells mare Legend Has It.
international database 2013 - SAGA DREAM Sagacity G3.
The Global Database
Kenmare Highest Honor High River SAGACITY b 98 Sagace Saganeca Haglette SAGA DREAM gr g 2006 Linamix Manninamix Mrs Annie MANIXA gr 2000 Darly Dafida Dafille
2 - Blue Square Bet Winter Derby, G3, Lingfield Park, March 16, 10f
Data supplied by Weatherbys EUROPE 1 - Prix Exbury, G3, Saint-Cloud, March 16, 2000m 1 Saga Dream (FR) 7 gr g Sagacity (FR) - Manixa (FR) (Manninamix (GB)) 2 Don Bosco (FR) 6 ch c Barathea (IRE) Perfidie (IRE) (Monsun (GER)) 3 Espero (FR) 4 gr c Verglas (IRE) Queen’s Conquer (GB) (King’s Best (USA)) Age: 3-7; Starts: 39; Wins: 8; Places: 21 Earnings: £357,876 Sire: SAGACITY. Sire of 3 Stakes winners. In 2013 - SAGA DREAM Manninamix G3. 1st Dam: MANIXA by Manninamix. Winner at 3 in France. Dam of 1 winner: 2005: Reve de Loire (f Esteem Ball) ran on the flat in France. 2006: SAGA DREAM (g Sagacity) 8 wins at 3 to 7, 2013 in France, Prix du Conseil de Paris G2, Prix Exbury G3, Prix de Boulogne LR, 2nd G.P. de BordeauxEtape du Defi du galop LR, 3rd Prix d’Harcourt G2, Qatar Prix Dollar G2, GP de Vichy-Auvergne Etapi du Defi Galop G3, La Coupe de Maisons-Laﬃtte G3, Prix Exbury G3, Prix Gontaut-BironHong Kong Jockey Club G3, Prix de Boulogne LR. 2008: Dellamix (c Della Francesca) unraced. 2009: Crystal Roc (g Vangelis) unraced. 2011: History Dream (c Sagacity) unraced to date. Broodmare Sire: MANNINAMIX. Sire of the dams of 1 Stakes winners. In
1 Farraaj (IRE) 4 b g Dubai Destination (USA) - Pastorale (GB) (Nureyev (USA)) 2 Robin Hoods Bay (GB) 5 b g Motivator (GB) - Bijou A Moi (GB) (Rainbow Quest (USA)) 3 Cai Shen (IRE) 5 ch c Iﬀraaj (GB) Collada (IRE) (Desert Prince (IRE)) Age: 2-4; Starts: 8; Wins: 4; Places: 4 Earnings: £163,884 Sire: DUBAI DESTINATION. Sire of 22 Stakes winners. In 2013 - MULAAZEM Danehill G2, FARRAAJ Nureyev G3. 1st Dam: PASTORALE by Nureyev. 2 wins at 3. Dam of 11 winners: 1994: KROSNO (g Kris) 5 wins. 1995: IN ARCADIA (c Slip Anchor) Winner at 3 in France. 1996: KAREYMAH (f Zafonic) 3 wins at 2 at home, France, Prix du Calvados - Etalon Snurge G3. 1997: JATHAABEH (f Nashwan) 2 wins at 3. Dam of Mijhaar (g Shirocco: Winner at 3, 3rd Betfred Hambleton S LR, Wolferton H LR) 1999: BENKRAM (c Zafonic) Winner at 4 in UAE. 2000: AKRMINA (f Zafonic) Winner at 3. Broodmare. 2001: IFFRAAJ (c Zafonic) 7 wins at 2, 4 and 5, Betfair Cup Lennox S G2, Great North Eastern Railway Park S G2 (twice), 2nd Darley July Cup G1. Sire. 2002: My Dubai (f Dubai Millennium). Broodmare. 2004: MOFARIJ (c Bering) 3 wins at 3, 6 and 8 in Kingdom of Saudi Ara, UAE. 2005: Taqdeyr (g Dubai Destination) 4 wins at 3 and 4, 3rd Guisborough S LR. 2006: Maakrah (f Dubai Destination) unraced. Broodmare. 2008: MAKEYNN (c Dubai Destination) 2 wins at 2. 2009: FARRAAJ (g Dubai Destination) 4 wins at 2 to 4, Blue Square Bet Winter Derby G3, Blue Square Bet Churchill S LR, 2nd Somerville Tattersall S G3, 3rd Breeders’
Cup Juvenile Turf (c&g) G1, Premio Parioli G3. 2nd Dam: PARK APPEAL by Ahonoora. Champion 2yr old filly in England and Ireland in 1984. 5 wins at 2 and 4 at home, USA Tattersalls Cheveley Park S G1, Moyglare Stud S G1. Own sister to NASHAMAA. Dam of CAPE CROSS (c Green Desert: Juddmonte Lockinge S G1, 3rd P. Fresnay le Buﬀard Jacques Le Marois G1), VINCENNES (f King’s Best: Kolner Herbst Stuten Meile G3), PHOENIX PARK (g Sadler’s Wells: Prix du Carrousel LR), GREAT BRITAIN (c Green Desert: Land Rover Al Quoz Sprint LR), Mansfield Park (f Green Desert: 3rd Kleenex Rosemary S LR), Lord of Appeal (c Sadler’s Wells: 2nd Prix de Reux LR). Grandam of DIKTAT, Davorin. Third dam of ONE SPIRIT, Cool Sharon, Developpe. Broodmare Sire: NUREYEV. Sire of the dams of 200 Stakes winners. In 2013 FARRAAJ Dubai Destination G3, TEOPHILIP Teofilo LR. The Dubai Destination/Nureyev cross has produced: FARRAAJ G1, Taqdeyr LR.
Mr Prospector Kingmambo Miesque DUBAI DESTINATION b 99 Alleged Mysterial Mysteries FARRAAJ b g 2009 Northern Dancer Nureyev Special PASTORALE ch 88 Ahonoora Park Appeal Balidaress
3 - Lodge Park EBF Park Express Stakes, G3, Curragh, March 24, 8f 1 Rehn’s Nest (IRE) 3 b/br f Authorized (IRE) - Solas Na Greine (IRE) (Galileo (IRE)) 2 Yellow Rosebud (IRE) 4 b f Jeremy (USA) - Nebraas (GB) (Green Desert (USA)) 3 Starbright (IRE) 3 b f Duke of Marmalade (IRE) - Starry Messenger (GB) (Galileo (IRE)) Age: 2-3; Starts: 6; Wins: 1; Places: 4 Earnings: £50,584 Sire: AUTHORIZED. Sire of 6 Stakes winners. In 2013 - REHN’S NEST Galileo G3. 1st Dam: SOLAS NA GREINE by Galileo. Winner at 2. Dam of 1 winner: 2010: REHN’S NEST (f Authorized) 1 win at 3, Lodge Park EBF Park Express S G3, 2nd Staﬀordstown
Stud Silken Glider S LR. 2011: (c Intense Focus) 2012: (c Intense Focus) 2nd Dam: Key To Coolcullen by Royal Academy. unraced. Dam of Coolcullen Times (c Rock of Gibraltar: 3rd John’s Call S). Grandam of LOCH GARMAN. Broodmare Sire: GALILEO. Sire of the dams of 11 Stakes winners. In 2013 REHN’S NEST Authorized G3.
Sadler’s Wells Montjeu Floripedes AUTHORIZED b 2004 Saumarez Funsie Vallee Dansante REHN’S NEST b/br f 2010 Sadler’s Wells Galileo Urban Sea SOLAS NA GREINE b 2005 Royal Academy Key To Coolcullen Guess Again
USA 4 - OLD HAT STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, January 1, 6f 1 Kauai Katie (USA) 3 b f Malibu Moon (USA) - More Than Pretty (USA) (More Than Ready (USA)) 2 Cor Cor (USA) 3 b f Smoke Glacken (USA) - Babe’s Flair (USA) (Capote (USA)) 3 Power Lady (USA) 3 b f Discreet Cat (USA) - Lady in Power (USA) (Defensive Play (USA)) 5 - SHAM STAKES, G3, Santa Anita, January 5, 8f 1 Goldencents (USA) 3 b c Into Mischief (USA) - Golden Works (CAN) (Banker’s Gold (USA)) 2 Den’s Legacy (USA) 3 b c Medaglia d’Oro (USA) - Sunshine Song (USA) (War Chant (USA)) 3 Manando (USA) 3 b c Bluegrass Cat (USA) - Mesmerizing Lady (USA) (Unbridled’s Song (USA)) 6 - SAN PASQUAL STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, January 5, 8f 110yds 1 Coil (USA) 5 ch c Point Given (USA) Eversmile (USA) (Theatrical) 2 Ultimate Eagle (USA) 5 b/br c Mizzen Mast (USA) - Letithappencaptain (USA) (Captain Bodgit (USA)) 3 John Scott (USA) 6 b/br g Bertrando (USA) - Henlopen (USA) (Deputy Minister (CAN))
international database 7 - MARSHUA’S RIVER STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, January 5, 8f 110yds 1 Hard Not To Like (CAN) 4 gr/ro f Hard Spun (USA) - Like A Gem (CAN) (Tactical Cat (USA)) 2 Channel Lady (USA) 4 ch f English Channel (USA) - Queen Supreme (USA) (King of Kings (IRE)) 3 Leading Astray (USA) 4 ch f Belong To Me (USA) - Taxable Deduction (USA) (Prized (USA)) 8 - JEROME STAKES, G2, Aqueduct, January 5, 8f 1 Vyjack (USA) 3 b g Into Mischief (USA) - Life Happened (USA) (Stravinsky (USA)) 2 Siete de Oros (USA) 3 b c A P Warrior (USA) - Crafty Sarah (USA) (Crafty Friend (USA)) 3 Amerigo Vespucci (USA) 3 b/br c Henrythenavigator (USA) - Senza Paura (USA) (Fly Till Dawn (USA)) 9 - MONROVIA STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, January 6, 6f 110yds 1 Mizdirection (USA) 5 gr/ro f Mizzen Mast (USA) - Deceptive (USA) (Clever Trick (USA)) 2 Kindle (USA) 5 b f Indian Charlie (USA) - Carson’s Vanity (USA) (Carson City (USA)) 3 Givine (FR) 6 gr/ro f Blackdoun (FR) Viguerie (FR) (Double Bed (FR)) 10 - SAN FERNANDO STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, January 12, 8f 110yds 1 Fed Biz (USA) 4 b c Giant’s Causeway (USA) - Spunoutacontrol (USA) (Wild Again (USA)) 2 Tritap (USA) 4 gr/ro c Tapit (USA) Victory Road (USA) (Ikari (USA)) 3 Guilt Trip (USA) 4 b c Pulpit (USA) Mysterieuse Etoile (USA) (Quiet American (USA)) 11 - FORT LAUDERDALE STAKES, G2, Gulfstream Park, January 12, 8f 110yds 1 Mucho Mas Macho (USA) 4 gr/ro g Macho Uno (USA) - A P Andie (USA) (Star de Naskra (USA)) 2 Tiz Sardonic Joe (USA) 4 b c Tiznow (USA) - Distorted Blaze (USA) (Distorted Humor (USA)) 3 Big Blue Kitten (USA) 5 b c Kitten’s Joy (USA) - Spent Gold (USA) (Unaccounted For (USA))
12 - SAN GABRIEL STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, January 13, 9f 1 Jeranimo (USA) 7 b c Congaree (USA) - Jera (USA) (Jeblar (USA)) 2 Temple’s Door (USA) 5 ch c Leroidesanimaux (BRZ) - Chetak (IRE) (Halling (USA)) 3 Chosen Miracle (USA) 5 b c Ghostzapper (USA) - Royally Chosen (USA) (In Excess) 13 - HAL’S HOPE STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, January 13, 8f 1 Csaba (USA) 4 b c Kitten’s Joy (USA) High Chant (USA) (War Chant (USA)) 2 Pool Play (CAN) 8 b/br c Silver Deputy (CAN) - Zuri Ridge (USA) (Cox’s Ridge (USA)) 3 Pants On Fire (USA) 5 b/br c Jump Start (USA) - Cabo de Noche (USA) (Cape Town (USA)) 14 - PALOS VERDES STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, January 19, 6f 1 Sahara Sky (USA) 5 b/br c Pleasant Tap (USA) - Seeking The Sky (USA) (Storm Cat (USA)) 2 Private Zone (CAN) 4 b g Macho Uno (USA) - Auburn Beauty (USA) (Siphon (BRZ)) 3 Justin Phillip (USA) 5 b/br c First Samurai (USA) - Ava Knowsthecode (USA) (Cryptoclearance (USA)) 15 - LECOMTE STAKES, G3, Fair Grounds, January 19, 8f 1 Oxbow (USA) 3 b c Awesome Again (CAN) - Tizamazing (USA) (Cee’s Tizzy (USA)) 2 Golden Soul (USA) 3 ch c Perfect Soul (IRE) - Hollywood Gold (USA) (Mr Prospector (USA)) 3 Fear the Kitten (USA) 3 b c Kitten’s Joy (USA) - Dynarhythm (USA) (Dynaformer (USA)) 16 - LA CANADA STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, January 20, 8f 110yds 1 More Chocolate (USA) 4 b f Malibu Moon (USA) - Little Treasure (FR) (Night Shift (USA)) 2 Book Review (USA) 4 ch f Giant’s Causeway (USA) - Clever Babe (USA) (Distorted Humor (USA)) 3 Willa B Awesome (USA) 4 ch f Awesome Gambler (USA) - Cause I’m Tricky (USA) (Nineeleven (USA)) 17 - SANTA YNEZ STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, January 21, 6f 110yds 1 Renee’s Titan (USA) 3 b f Bernstein
(USA) - Titan Queen (USA) (Tiznow (USA)) 2 Beholder (USA) 3 b f Henny Hughes (USA) - Leslie’s Lady (USA) (Tricky Creek (USA)) 3 Dawn’s Charm (USA) 3 gr/ro f Hard Spun (USA) - Deb’s Charm (USA) (Silver Charm (USA)) 18 - SANTA YSABEL STAKES, G3, Santa Anita, January 26, 8f 110yds 1 Fiftyshadesofhay (USA) 3 b f Pulpit (USA) - Quiet Kim (USA) (Real Quiet (USA)) 2 Heir Kitty (USA) 3 b f Wildcat Heir (USA) - Be Silver (USA) (Silver Buck (USA)) 3 Scarlet Strike (USA) 3 b f Smart Strike (CAN) - Scarlet Tango (USA) (French Deputy (USA)) 19 - SANTA MONICA STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, January 26, 7f 1 Teddy’s Promise (USA) 5 b/br f Salt Lake (USA) - Braids And Beads (USA) (Capote (USA)) 2 Sugarinthemorning (USA) 5 b f Candy Ride (ARG) - Social Belle (USA) (In Excess) 3 Kindle (USA) 5 b f Indian Charlie (USA) - Carson’s Vanity (USA) (Carson City (USA)) 20 - JOHN B CONNALLY TURF STAKES, G3, Sam Houston, January 26, 9f 1 Swift Warrior (USA) 5 ch c First Samurai (USA) - Afleet Summer (USA) (Afleet (CAN)) 2 King David (USA) 4 b/br c Hat Trick (JPN) - Storm West (USA) (Gone West (USA)) 3 Willcox Inn (USA) 5 b/br c Harlan’s Holiday (USA) - De Aar (USA) (Gone West (USA)) 21 - HOLY BULL STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, January 26, 8f 110yds 1 Itsmyluckyday (USA) 3 b/br c Lawyer Ron (USA) - Viva La Slew (USA) (Doneraile Court (USA)) 2 Shanghai Bobby (USA) 3 b/br c Harlan’s Holiday (USA) - Steelin’ (USA) (Orientate (USA)) 3 Clearly Now (USA) 3 b/br c Horse Greeley (USA) - Bend (USA) (Arch (USA)) 22 - FORWARD GAL STAKES, G2, Gulfstream Park, January 26, 7f 1 Kauai Katie (USA) 3 b f Malibu Moon (USA) - More Than Pretty (USA) (More
Than Ready (USA)) 2 My Happy Face (USA) 3 gr/ro f Tiz Wonderful (USA) - Summer Star (USA) (Siberian Summer (USA)) 3 Pow Wow Wow (USA) 3 b f Indian Charlie (USA) - Elusive Bird (USA) (Elusive Quality (USA)) 23 - COLONEL E R BRADLEY HANDICAP, G3, Fair Grounds, January 26, 8f 110yds 1 Optimizer (USA) 4 b c English Channel (USA) - Indy Pick (USA) (A P Indy (USA)) 2 String King (USA) 5 b g Crowned King (USA) - String Dancer (USA) (Fly A Kite) 3 Bim Bam (USA) 6 b c Deputy Wild Cat (USA) - Laurel Light (USA) (Colony Light (USA)) 24 - SAM F DAVIS STAKES, G3, Tampa Bay Downs, February 2, 8f 110yds 1 Falling Sky (USA) 3 b c Lion Heart (USA) - Sea Dragoness (USA) (Sea Hero (USA)) 2 Dynamic Sky (CAN) 3 b/br c Sky Mesa (USA) - Murani (USA) (Distorted Humor (USA)) 3 My Name Is Michael (USA) 3 b/br c Macho Uno (USA) - Graciously Soft (USA) (Vindication (USA)) 25 - FLORIDA OAKS, G3, Tampa Bay Downs, February 2, 8f 110yds 1 Tapicat (USA) 3 ch f Tapit (USA) Zealous Cat (USA) (Storm Cat (USA)) 2 Kitten’s Dumplings (USA) 3 b f Kitten’s Joy (USA) - Granny Franny (USA) (Grand Slam (USA)) 3 Wave Theory (USA) 3 b f Smart Strike (CAN) - Glimmering (IRE) (Sadler’s Wells (USA)) 26 - ENDEAVOUR STAKES, G3, Tampa Bay Downs, February 2, 8f 110yds 1 Old Tune (BRZ) 5 b f Wild Event (USA) - Chanson Pour Julia (BRZ) (Irish Fighter (USA)) 2 Appealing Cat (USA) 4 b f Successful Appeal (USA) - Dynamic Cat (USA) (Dynaformer (USA)) 3 Last Full Measure (USA) 5 b f Empire Maker (USA) - Lazy Slusan (USA) (Slewvescent (USA)) 27 - STRUB STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, February 2, 9f 1 Guilt Trip (USA) 4 b c Pulpit (USA) Mysterieuse Etoile (USA) (Quiet American (USA)) 2 Stephanoatsee (USA) 4 b/br c A P Indy (USA) - Oatsee (USA) (Unbridled
international database (USA)) 3 Fed Biz (USA) 4 b c Giant’s Causeway (USA) - Spunoutacontrol (USA) (Wild Again (USA)) 28 - ROBERT B LEWIS STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, February 2, 8f 110yds 1 Flashback (USA) 3 gr/ro c Tapit (USA) - Rhumb Line (USA) (Mr Greeley (USA)) 2 Den’s Legacy (USA) 3 b c Medaglia d’Oro (USA) - Sunshine Song (USA) (War Chant (USA)) 3 He’s Had Enough (USA) 3 gr/ro c Tapit (USA) - Amelia (USA) (Dixieland Band (USA)) 29 - ARCADIA STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, February 2, 8f 1 Suggestive Boy (ARG) 5 b c Easing Along (USA) - Suﬀrage (USA) (Horse Chestnut (SAF)) 2 Wilkinson (USA) 5 b/br c Lemon Drop Kid (USA) - Tasha’s Delight (USA) (Afternoon Deelites (USA)) 3 Silentio (USA) 4 b/br c Silent Name (JPN) - Listen A P (USA) (A P Indy (USA)) 30 - HUTCHESON STAKES, G2, Gulfstream Park, February 2, 7f 1 Honorable Dillon (USA) 3 gr/ro c Tapit (USA) - Shy Greeting (ARG) (Shy Tom (USA)) 2 Forty Tales (USA) 3 b c Tale of The Cat (USA) - Forty Love (USA) (Forty Niner (USA)) 3 Undrafted (USA) 3 ch g Purim (USA) French Jeannette (USA) (French Deputy (USA)) 31 - WITHERS STAKES, G3, Aqueduct, February 2, 8f 110yds 1 Revolutionary (USA) 3 b/br c War Pass (USA) - Runup The Colors (USA) (A P Indy (USA)) 2 Escapefromreality (USA) 3 b g Read the Footnotes (USA) - Queen of The City (USA) (Medaglia d’Oro (USA)) 3 Siete de Oros (USA) 3 b g A P Warrior (USA) - Crafty Sarah (USA) (Crafty Friend (USA)) 32 - TOBOGGAN STAKES, G3, Aqueduct, February 2, 6f 1 Head Heart Hoof (USA) 7 gr/ro g Intidab (USA) - Trustees Gray (USA) (Flying Chevron (USA)) 2 Johannesburg Smile (USA) 6 b c Johannesburg (USA) - Serenity’s Smile (USA) (Dixie Brass (USA)) 3 Sinai (USA) 5 gr/ro c Rockport Harbor (USA) - Dontgetinmyway (USA) (Machiavellian (USA))
33 - SAN ANTONIO STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, February 3, 9f 1 Game On Dude (USA) 6 b/br g Awesome Again (CAN) - Worldly Pleasure (USA) (Devil His Due (USA)) 2 Clubhouse Ride (USA) 5 ch c Candy Ride (ARG) - Seeking Results (USA) (Seeking The Gold (USA)) 3 Make Music For Me (USA) 6 b c Bernstein (USA) - Miss Cheers (USA) (Carson City (USA)) 34 - SAN MARCOS STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, February 9, 10f 1 Slim Shadey (GB) 5 b/br g Val Royal (FR) - Vino Veritas (USA) (Chief’s Crown (USA)) 2 Interaction (ARG) 7 b c Easing Along (USA) - Inter Rails (ARG) (Ride The Rails (USA)) 3 All Squared Away (USA) 4 b/br c Bellamy Road (USA) - Squared (USA) (Posse (USA)) 35 - SUWANNEE RIVER STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, February 9, 9f 1 Channel Lady (USA) 4 ch f English Channel (USA) - Queen Supreme (USA) (King of Kings (IRE)) 2 Abaco (USA) 5 ch f Giant’s Causeway (USA) - Cat Cay (USA) (Pleasant Colony (USA)) 3 Inglorious (CAN) 5 b f Hennessy (USA) - Noble Strike (CAN) (Smart Strike (CAN)) 36 - GULFSTREAM PARK TURF HANDICAP, G1, Gulfstream Park, February 9, 9f 1 Point of Entry (USA) 5 b c Dynaformer (USA) - Matlacha Pass (USA) (Seeking The Gold (USA)) 2 Animal Kingdom (USA) 5 ch c Leroidesanimaux (BRZ) - Dalicia (GER) (Acatenango (GER)) 3 Unbridled Command (USA) 4 gr/ro c Master Command (USA) - Unbridled Betty (USA) (Unbridled’s Song (USA)) 37 - GULFSTREAM PARK SPRINT CH’SHIP STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, February 9, 7f 1 Fort Loudon (USA) 4 b c Awesome of Course (USA) - Lottsa Talc (USA) (Talc (USA)) 2 Swagger Jack (USA) 5 b/br c Smart Strike (CAN) - Lyrical Prayer (USA) (The Minstrel (CAN)) 3 Bahamian Squall (USA) 4 b/br c Gone West (USA) - Midway Squall (USA) (Storm Bird (CAN))
38 - DONN HANDICAP, G1, Gulfstream Park, February 9, 9f 1 Graydar (USA) 4 gr/ro c Unbridled’s Song (USA) - Sweetest Smile (USA) (Dehere (USA)) 2 Bourbon Courage (USA) 4 b c Lion Heart (USA) - Shine Forth (USA) (Carson City (USA)) 3 Take Charge Indy (USA) 4 b/br c A P Indy (USA) - Take Charge Lady (USA) (Dehere (USA)) 39 - HURRICANE BERTIE STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, February 10, 6f 110yds 1 Golden Mystery (USA) 7 ch f Awesome Again (CAN) - Mysterious Angel (USA) (Saint Ballado (CAN)) 2 Fantasy Of Flight (USA) 5 b f Tiznow (USA) - Positive Energy (USA) (Rubiano (USA)) 3 Nakano (USA) 5 b f First Samurai (USA) - Spring Morning (USA) (Mr Prospector (USA)) 40 - TAMPA BAY STAKES, G3, Tampa Bay Downs, February 16, 8f 110yds 1 Swift Warrior (USA) 5 ch c First Samurai (USA) - Afleet Summer (USA) (Afleet (CAN)) 2 Doubles Partner (USA) 6 b c Rock Hard Ten (USA) - Serena’s Sister (USA) (Rahy (USA)) 2 Alley Oop Oop (USA) 5 b c Monsieur Cat (USA) - Nizy’s Lizzie (USA) (Wheaton (USA)) 41 - SANTA MARIA STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, February 16, 8f 110yds 1 Great Hot (BRZ) 5 b/br f Orientate (USA) - That’s Hot (USA) (Seeking The Gold (USA)) 2 Book Review (USA) 4 ch f Giant’s Causeway (USA) - Clever Babe (USA) (Distorted Humor (USA)) 3 Lady of Fifty (USA) 4 gr/ro f After Market (USA) - K D’s Shady Lady (USA) (Maria’s Mon (USA)) 42 - BARBARA FRITCHIE HANDICAP, G2, Laurel, February 16, 7f 1 Funnys Approval (USA) 4 ch f Outrageouslyfunny (USA) - Cherokee Approval (USA) (Cherokee Run (USA)) 2 My Wandy’s Girl (USA) 4 ch f Flower Alley (USA) - Unbridled Secret (USA) (Unbridled’s Song (USA)) 3 Withgreatpleasure (USA) 5 ch f Hold That Tiger (USA) - Doubleyourpleasure (USA) (Double Negative (USA))
43 - THE VERY ONE STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, February 16, 11f 1 Starformer (USA) 5 b f Dynaformer (USA) - Etoile Montante (USA) (Miswaki (USA)) 2 Angegreen (ITY) 4 ch f Ekraar (USA) Sopran Danzas (ITY) (Astronef ) 3 Beijoca (USA) 4 b/br f Dynaformer (USA) - Fazenda (USA) (Machiavellian (USA)) 44 - MAC DIARMIDA STAKES, G2, Gulfstream Park, February 16, 11f 1 Amira’s Prince (IRE) 4 b c Teofilo (IRE) - Twice The Ease (GB) (Green Desert (USA)) 2 Teaks North (USA) 6 b/br g Northern Afleet (USA) - Teaksberry Road (USA) (High Honors (USA)) 3 Ioya Bigtime (USA) 6 b c Dynaformer (USA) - Ioya Two (USA) (Lord At War (ARG)) 45 - EL CAMINO REAL DERBY, G3, Golden Gate, February 16, 9f 1 Dice Flavor (USA) 3 ch c Scat Daddy (USA) - Afleet Summer (USA) (Afleet (CAN)) 2 Nina’s Dragon (USA) 3 b c Tizbud (USA) - Just Lookn (USA) (Synastry (USA)) 3 Counting Days (USA) 3 b/br c Mingun (USA) - Cuanto Es (USA) (Exbourne (USA)) 46 - SAN VICENTE STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, February 17, 7f 1 Shakin It Up (USA) 3 b/br c Midnight Lute (USA) - Silver Bullet Moon (USA) (Vindication (USA)) 2 Treasury Bill (USA) 3 ch c Lemon Drop Kid (USA) - Wow Me Free (USA) (Menifee (USA)) 3 Caballo Del Cielo (USA) 3 b c Songandaprayer (USA) - Queen Majesty (USA) (Regal Classic (CAN)) 47 - SABIN STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, February 17, 8f 110yds 1 Royal Delta (USA) 5 b/br f Empire Maker (USA) - Delta Princess (USA) (A P Indy (USA)) 2 All For Thee (USA) 5 ch f Elusive Quality (USA) - Primetimevalentine (USA) (Aﬃrmed (USA)) 3 Grace Hall (USA) 4 b f Empire Maker (USA) - Season’s Greetings (IRE) (Ezzoud (IRE)) 48 - BUENA VISTA STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, February 18, 8f 1 Mizdirection (USA) 5 gr/ro f Mizzen Mast (USA) - Deceptive (USA) (Clever
international database Trick (USA)) 2 In The Stars (BRZ) 5 b f Romarin (BRZ) - Miss Dance (BRZ) (Dance Bid (USA)) 3 Byrama (GB) 4 b f Byron (GB) - Aymara (GB) (Darshaan) 49 - SOUTHWEST STAKES, G3, Oaklawn Park, February 18, 8f 110yds 1 Super Ninety Nine (USA) 3 ch c Pulpit (USA) - Exogenetic (USA) (Unbridled’s Song (USA)) 2 Fear the Kitten (USA) 3 b c Kitten’s Joy (USA) - Dynarhythm (USA) (Dynaformer (USA)) 3 Heaven’s Runway (USA) 3 b c Run Away And Hide (USA) - Heavens Passport (CAN) (Awesome Again (CAN)) 50 - GENERAL GEORGE HANDICAP, G3, Laurel, February 18, 7f 1 Javerre (USA) 4 b/br g Outflanker (USA) - Our Fantene (USA) (Touch Gold (USA)) 2 Il Villano (USA) 4 gr/ro c Pollard’s Vision (USA) - Do The Wekiva (USA) (Wekiva Springs (USA)) 3 Broad Rule (USA) 5 b c Dixie Union (USA) - Illeria (CAN) (Stop The Music (USA)) 51 - SAN CARLOS STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, February 23, 7f 1 Sahara Sky (USA) 5 b/br c Pleasant Tap (USA) - Seeking The Sky (USA) (Storm Cat (USA)) 2 Capital Account (USA) 6 b c Closing Argument (USA) - Accountess (USA) (Private Account (USA)) 3 Comma To The Top (USA) 5 b g Bwana Charlie (USA) - Maggies Storm (USA) (Stormy Atlantic (USA)) 52 - DAVONA DALE STAKES, G2, Gulfstream Park, February 23, 8f 110yds 1 Live Lively (USA) 3 b/br f Medaglia d’Oro (USA) - Glacken’s Gal (USA) (Smoke Glacken (USA)) 2 Dreaming of Julia (USA) 3 b f A P Indy (USA) - Dream Rush (USA) (Wild Rush (USA)) 3 Private Ensign (USA) 3 ch f A P Indy (USA) - Winner (USA) (Horse Chestnut (SAF)) 53 - CANADIAN TURF STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, February 23, 8f 1 Data Link (USA) 5 b c War Front (USA) - Database (USA) (Known Fact (USA)) 2 Joes Blazing Aaron (USA) 5 ch g
Graeme Hall (USA) - Distorted Blaze (USA) (Distorted Humor (USA)) 3 Beau Choix (USA) 6 ch c Elusive Quality (USA) - Belle Cherie (USA) (Belong To Me (USA)) 54 - BESILU STABLES FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH STAKES, G2, Gulfstream Park, February 23, 8f 110yds 1 Orb (USA) 3 b c Malibu Moon (USA) Lady Liberty (USA) (Unbridled (USA)) 2 Violence (USA) 3 b/br c Medaglia d’Oro (USA) - Violent Beauty (USA) (Gone West (USA)) 3 Speak Logistics (USA) 3 b c High Cotton (USA) - Miss Sabrina (USA) (Summer Squall (USA)) 55 - RISEN STAR STAKES, G2, Fair Grounds, February 23, 8f 110yds 1 Ive Struck A Nerve (USA) 3 b c Yankee Gentleman (USA) - Ranaway (USA) (Cryptoclearance (USA)) 2 Code West (USA) 3 b/br c Lemon Drop Kid (USA) - Charitabledonation (USA) (Saint Ballado (CAN)) 3 Palace Malice (USA) 3 b c Curlin (USA) - Palace Rumor (USA) (Royal Anthem (USA)) 56 - RACHEL ALEXANDRA STAKES, G3, Fair Grounds, February 23, 8f 110yds 1 Unlimited Budget (USA) 3 b f Street Sense (USA) - Unlimited Pleasure (USA) (Valid Appeal (USA)) 2 Promise Me More (USA) 3 b/br f More Than Ready (USA) - Aly’s Vow (USA) (Broken Vow (USA)) 3 Blue Violet (USA) 3 ch f Curlin (USA) Gasia (USA) (Silver Deputy (CAN)) 57 - MINESHAFT HANDICAP, G3, Fair Grounds, February 23, 8f 110yds 1 Mark Valeski (USA) 4 b c Proud Citizen (USA) - Pocho’s Dream Girl (USA) (Fortunate Prospect (USA)) 2 Cool Street (USA) 4 b c Street Cry (IRE) - Oonagh Maccool (IRE) (Giant’s Causeway (USA)) 3 Golden Ticket (USA) 4 b/br c Speightstown (USA) - Business Plan (USA) (Deputy Minister (CAN)) 58 - FAIR GROUNDS HANDICAP, G3, Fair Grounds, February 23, 9f 1 Optimizer (USA) 4 b c English Channel (USA) - Indy Pick (USA) (A P Indy (USA)) 2 Bim Bam (USA) 6 b c Deputy Wild Cat (USA) - Laurel Light (USA) (Colony Light (USA))
3 Two Months Rent (USA) 4 b/br g Purim (USA) - Sharp Tradition (USA) (Sharpen Up)ANITA HANDICAP, G1, 59 - SANTA Santa Anita, March 2, 10f 1 Game On Dude (USA) 6 b/br g Awesome Again (CAN) - Worldly Pleasure (USA) (Devil His Due (USA)) 2 Clubhouse Ride (USA) 5 ch c Candy Ride (ARG) - Seeking Results (USA) (Seeking The Gold (USA)) 3 Called To Serve (USA) 4 b/br c Afleet Alex (USA) - Andover Lady (USA) (Kris S (USA)) 60 - LAS VIRGENES STAKES, G1, Santa Anita, March 2, 8f 1 Beholder (USA) 3 b f Henny Hughes (USA) - Leslie’s Lady (USA) (Tricky Creek (USA)) 2 Fiftyshadesofhay (USA) 3 b f Pulpit (USA) - Quiet Kim (USA) (Real Quiet (USA)) 3 Scarlet Strike (USA) 3 b f Smart Strike (CAN) - Scarlet Tango (USA) (French Deputy (USA)) 61 - FRANK E KILROE MILE STAKES, G1, Santa Anita, March 2, 8f 1 Suggestive Boy (ARG) 5 b c Easing Along (USA) - Suﬀrage (USA) (Horse Chestnut (SAF)) 2 Silentio (USA) 4 b/br c Silent Name (JPN) - Listen A P (USA) (A P Indy (USA)) 3 Fed Biz (USA) 4 b c Giant’s Causeway (USA) - Spunoutacontrol (USA) (Wild Again (USA)) 62 - SWALE STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, March 2, 7f 1 Clearly Now (USA) 3 b/br c Horse Greeley (USA) - Bend (USA) (Arch (USA)) 2 Singanothersong (USA) 3 gr/ro c Songandaprayer (USA) - Mims Eppi (USA) (Cactus Ridge (USA)) 3 Undrafted (USA) 3 ch g Purim (USA) French Jeannette (USA) (French Deputy (USA)) 63 - HERECOMESTHEBRIDE STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, March 2, 9f 1 Kitten’s Point (USA) 3 ch f Kitten’s Joy (USA) - Rendezvous Point (USA) (Kingmambo (USA)) 2 Tokyo Time (USA) 3 b f Medaglia d’Oro (USA) - Flying Passage (USA) (A P Indy (USA)) 3 Tuttipaesi (IRE) 3 gr/ro f Clodovil (IRE) - Ruby Ridge (IRE) (Acatenango (GER)) 64 - TOP FLIGHT HANDICAP, G2, Aqueduct, March 2, 8f 110yds 1 Summer Applause (USA) 4 b f
Harlan’s Holiday (USA) - Summer Exhibition (USA) (Royal Academy (USA)) 2 Twice The Lady (USA) 5 b f Quiet American (USA) - Catherine’s Crown (USA) (Chief’s Crown (USA)) 3 Sunny Desert (USA) 4 ch f Wild Desert (CAN) - Hoping for Sun (USA) (Louis Quatorze (USA)) 65 - TOM FOOL HANDICAP, G3, Aqueduct, March 2, 6f 1 Comma To The Top (USA) 5 b g Bwana Charlie (USA) - Maggies Storm (USA) (Stormy Atlantic (USA)) 2 Saturday’s Charm (USA) 4 b/br c Any Given Saturday (USA) - Pout (USA) (Deputy Minister (CAN)) 3 Head Heart Hoof (USA) 7 gr/ro g Intidab (USA) - Trustees Gray (USA) (Flying Chevron (USA)) 66 - GOTHAM STAKES, G3, Aqueduct, March 2, 8f 110yds 1 Vyjack (USA) 3 b g Into Mischief (USA) - Life Happened (USA) (Stravinsky (USA)) 2 West Hills Giant (USA) 3 ch c Frost Giant (USA) - Outtawesthills (USA) (Take Me Out (USA)) 3 Elnaawi (USA) 3 b/br c Street Sense (USA) - Pilfer (USA) (Deputy Minister (CAN)) 67 - PALM BEACH STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, March 3, 9f 1 Rydilluc (USA) 3 b c Medaglia d’Oro (USA) - Swift and Classy (USA) (Clever Trick (USA)) 2 Charming Kitten (USA) 3 b/br c Kitten’s Joy (USA) - Iteration (USA) (Wild Again (USA)) 3 Reporting Star (USA) 3 b/br g Circular Quay (USA) - Classic Beauty (USA) (Sword Dance) 68 - TAMPA BAY DERBY, G2, Tampa Bay Downs, March 9, 8f 110yds 1 Verrazano (USA) 3 b c More Than Ready (USA) - Enchanted Rock (USA) (Giant’s Causeway (USA)) 2 Java’s War (USA) 3 b c War Pass (USA) Java (GB) (Rainbow Quest (USA)) 3 Falling Sky (USA) 3 b c Lion Heart (USA) - Sea Dragoness (USA) (Sea Hero (USA)) 69 - HILLSBOROUGH STAKES, G3, Tampa Bay Downs, March 9, 9f 1 Old Tune (BRZ) 5 b f Wild Event (USA) - Chanson Pour Julia (BRZ) (Irish Fighter (USA)) 2 Forces of Darkness (IRE) 4 b f Lawman
international database (FR) - Miss Childrey (IRE) (Dr Fong (USA)) 3 Mystical Star (USA) 5 b f Ghostzapper (USA) - Capture a Star (USA) (Capote (USA)) 70 - SAN FELIPE STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, March 9, 8f 110yds 1 Hear The Ghost (USA) 3 ch c Ghostzapper (USA) - Rehear (USA) (Coronado’s Quest (USA)) 2 Flashback (USA) 3 gr/ro c Tapit (USA) Rhumb Line (USA) (Mr Greeley (USA)) 3 Tiz a Minister (USA) 3 b/br c Ministers Wild Cat (USA) - Tiz a Mistress (USA) (Cee’s Tizzy (USA)) 71 - RAZORBACK HANDICAP, G3, Oaklawn Park, March 9, 8f 110yds 1 Cyber Secret (USA) 4 b c Broken Vow (USA) - Stomping (USA) (Dixieland Band (USA)) 2 Golden Ron (USA) 5 b c Golden Missile (USA) - Reign of Tara (USA) (Beau Genius (CAN)) 3 Atigun (USA) 4 b c Istan (USA) - Rimini Road (USA) (Dynaformer (USA)) 72 - HONEYBEE STAKES, G3, Oaklawn Park, March 9, 8f 110yds 1 Rose To Gold (USA) 3 ch f Friends Lake (USA) - Saucy (USA) (Tabasco Cat (USA)) 2 Flashy Gray (USA) 3 gr/ro f Flashy Bull (USA) - Pleasure Cat (USA) (Cat’s Career (USA)) 3 American Sugar (USA) 3 b/br f Harlan’s Holiday (USA) - I Love America (USA) (Quiet American (USA)) 73 - GULFSTREAM PARK HANDICAP, G2, Gulfstream Park, March 9, 8f 1 Discreet Dancer (USA) 4 ch c Discreet Cat (USA) - West Side Dancer (USA) (Gone West (USA)) 2 Swagger Jack (USA) 5 b/br c Smart Strike (CAN) - Lyrical Prayer (USA) (The Minstrel (CAN)) 3 Fort Loudon (USA) 4 b c Awesome of Course (USA) - Lottsa Talc (USA) (Talc (USA)) 74 - LAS FLORES STAKES, G3, Santa Anita, March 10, 6f 110yds 1 Rumor (USA) 5 b f Indian Charlie (USA) - Mini Chat (USA) (Deputy Minister (CAN)) 2 Teddy’s Promise (USA) 5 b/br f Salt Lake (USA) - Braids And Beads (USA) (Capote (USA)) 3 Shumoos (USA) 4 ch f Distorted Humor (USA) - Wile Cat (USA) (Storm Cat (USA))
75 - SANTA MARGARITA STAKES, G1, Santa Anita, March 16, 9f 1 Joyful Victory (CAN) 5 gr/ro f Tapit (USA) - Wild Lucy Black (USA) (Wild Again (USA)) 2 More Chocolate (USA) 4 b f Malibu Moon (USA) - Little Treasure (FR) (Night Shift (USA)) 3 Brushed By A Star (USA) 5 b f Eddington (USA) - Brush Hour (USA) (Broad Brush (USA)) 76 - SAN LUIS REY STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, March 16, 12f 1 Bright Thought (USA) 4 b/br c Hat Trick (JPN) - Smart Thought (USA) (Smart Strike (CAN)) 2 All Squared Away (USA) 4 b/br g Bellamy Road (USA) - Squared (USA) (Posse (USA)) 3 Fire With Fire (USA) 5 gr/ro g Distorted Humor (USA) - Cosmic Fire (USA) (Capote (USA)) 77 - REBEL STAKES, G2, Oaklawn Park, March 16, 8f 110yds 1 Will Take Charge (USA) 3 ch c Unbridled’s Song (USA) - Take Charge Lady (USA) (Dehere (USA)) 2 Oxbow (USA) 3 b c Awesome Again (CAN) - Tizamazing (USA) (Cee’s Tizzy (USA)) 3 Den’s Legacy (USA) 3 b c Medaglia d’Oro (USA) - Sunshine Song (USA) (War Chant (USA)) 78 - AZERI STAKES, G3, Oaklawn Park, March 16, 8f 110yds 1 Tiz Miz Sue (USA) 6 b/br f Tiznow (USA) - Sue’s Good News (USA) (Woodman (USA)) 2 Don’t Tell Sophia (USA) 5 b f Congaree (USA) - Lost Expectations (USA) (Valid Expectations (USA)) 3 My Miss Aurelia (USA) 4 b f Smart Strike (CAN) - My Miss Storm Cat (USA) (Sea of Secrets (USA)) 79 - HONEY FOX STAKES, G2, Gulfstream Park, March 16, 8f 1 Centre Court (USA) 4 b/br f Smart Strike (CAN) - Let (USA) (A P Indy (USA)) 2 Samitar (GB) 4 b f Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) - Aileen’s Gift (IRE) (Rainbow Quest (USA)) 3 Frontside (USA) 5 b f War Front (USA) Azarba (USA) (Strawberry Road (AUS)) 80 - INSIDE INFORMATION STAKES, G2, Gulfstream Park, March 17, 7f 1 Aubby K (USA) 4 b/br f Street Sense
(USA) - Lilly Capote (USA) (Capote (USA)) 2 Spectacular Sky (USA) 5 ch f Sky Mesa (USA) - La Princesse Jolie (USA) (Boone’s Mill (USA)) 3 Emma’s Encore (USA) 4 b/br f Congrats (USA) - French Opera (USA) (Wild Again (USA)) 81 - HORSESHOE CASINO SPIRAL STAKES, G3, Turfway Park, March 23, 9f 1 Black Onyx (USA) 3 b/br c Rock Hard Ten (USA) - Kalahari Cat (USA) (Cape Town (USA)) 2 Uncaptured (CAN) 3 b/br c Lion Heart (USA) - Captivating (CAN) (Arch (USA)) 3 Giant Finish (USA) 3 ch c Frost Giant (USA) - Apocalyptic (USA) (Hickman Creek (USA)) 82 - FATHEAD BOURBONETTE OAKS, G3, Turfway Park, March 23, 8f 1 Silsita (USA) 3 gr/ro f Macho Uno (USA) - Naturally Wild (USA) (Wild Again (USA)) 2 Marathon Lady (USA) 3 b f Graeme Hall (USA) - Abuela Esther (URU) (Crater (ARG)) 3 Pure Fun (USA) 3 ch f Pure Prize (USA) - Chelsea Green (USA) (Key To The Mint (USA)) 83 - TOKYO CITY CUP STAKES, G3, Santa Anita, March 23, 12f 1 Sky Kingdom (USA) 4 b c Empire Maker (USA) - Sky Beam (USA) (Kingmambo (USA)) 2 Oilisblackgold (USA) 6 ch c Tapit (USA) - Dancing Tempest (USA) (Seeking The Gold (USA)) 3 Richard’s Kid (USA) 8 b/br c Lemon Drop Kid (USA) - Tough Broad (USA) (Broad Brush (USA)) 84 - PAN AMERICAN STAKES, G2, Gulfstream Park, March 23, 12f 1 Twilight Eclipse (USA) 4 b g Purim (USA) - My Twilight Dancer (USA) (Twilight Agenda (USA)) 2 Ioya Bigtime (USA) 6 b c Dynaformer (USA) - Ioya Two (USA) (Lord At War (ARG)) 3 Newsdad (USA) 5 b/br c Arch (USA) Storm Tracer (USA) (Pulpit (USA)) 85 - EXCELSIOR STAKES, G3, Aqueduct, March 23, 9f 1 Last Gunfighter (USA) 4 b/br c First Samurai (USA) - Saratoga Cat (USA) (Sir Cat (USA)) 2 Mordi’s Miracle (USA) 4 ch c Lawyer Ron (USA) - Enchanted Woods (USA) (Woodman (USA))
3 Isn’t He Perfect (USA) 5 b c Pleasantly Perfect (USA) - Reciclada (CHI) (Rictorious (USA)) 86 - SUNLAND DERBY, G3, Sunland Park, March 24, 9f 1 Govenor Charlie (USA) 3 b/br c Midnight Lute (USA) - Silverbulletway (USA) (Storm Cat (USA)) 2 Show Some Magic (USA) 3 ch c Any Given Saturday (USA) - Whirlwind Charlott (USA) (Real Quiet (USA)) 3 Abraham (USA) 3 ch c Distorted Humor (USA) - Tabarin (USA) (El Prado (IRE)) 87 - SANTA ANA STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, March 24, 9f 1 Tiz Flirtatious (USA) 5 b/br f Tizbud (USA) - Masquerade Belle (USA) (Victory Gallop (CAN)) 2 Lady of Shamrock (USA) 4 b/br f Scat Daddy (USA) - Blushing Issue (USA) (Blushing John (USA)) 3 Quiet Oasis (IRE) 5 b f Oasis Dream (GB) - Silent Heir (AUS) (Sunday Silence (USA))
UAE 88 - LONGINES AL MAKTOUM CHALLENGE ROUND 1, G2, Meydan, January 10, 1600m 1 Barbecue Eddie (USA) 9 b/br g Stormy Atlantic (USA) - The Green Owl (USA) (Carson City (USA)) 2 Out of Bounds (USA) 4 ch c Discreet Cat (USA) - Unbridled Elaine (USA) (Unbridled’s Song (USA)) 3 Fulbright (GB) 4 b c Exceed And Excel (AUS) - Lindfield Belle (IRE) (Fairy King (USA)) 3 Rutland Boy (GB) 5 ch g Bertolini (USA) - Israar (GB) (Machiavellian (USA)) Storm Bird Storm Cat Terlingua STORMY ATLANTIC b 94 Seattle Slew Hail Atlantis Flippers BARBECUE EDDIE b/br g 2004 Mr Prospector Carson City Blushing Promise THE GREEN OWL b 95 Naskra Acting Brave Brave Actress
89 - JEBEL ALI STAKES, L, Jebel Ali, January 11, 1800m 1 Treble Jig (USA) 6 b c Gone West (USA) - Light Jig (GB) (Danehill (USA)) 2 Jutland (GB) 6 b g Halling (USA) Dramatique (GB) (Darshaan)
international database 3 Maali (IRE) 5 b c Street Cry (IRE) Agata (FR) (Poliglote (GB)) Raise A Native Mr Prospector Gold Digger GONE WEST b 84 Secretariat Secrettame Tamerett TREBLE JIG b c 2007 Danzig Danehill Razyana LIGHT JIG b 2000 Blushing Groom Nashmeel Donut’s Bunnie
90 - MEYDAN HOTELS CAPE VERDI STAKES, G2, Meydan, January 24, 1600m 1 Sajjhaa (GB) 6 b f King’s Best (USA) Anaamil (IRE) (Darshaan) 2 Amanee (AUS) 5 b f Pivotal (GB) Moon Is Up (USA) (Woodman (USA)) 3 First City (GB) 7 b f Diktat (GB) - City Maiden (USA) (Carson City (USA)) Mr Prospector Kingmambo Miesque KING’S BEST b 97 Lombard Allegretta Anatevka SAJJHAA b f 2007 Shirley Heights Darshaan Delsy ANAAMIL b 2002 Polish Precedent Noushkey Top of The League
91 - JEBEL ALI MILE, G3, Jebel Ali, January 25, 1600m 1 Treble Jig (USA) 6 b c Gone West (USA) - Light Jig (GB) (Danehill (USA)) 2 Haatheq (USA) 6 b c Seeking The Gold (USA) - Alshadiyah (USA) (Danzig (USA)) 3 Capital Attraction (USA) 6 ch g Speightstown (USA) - Cecilia’s Crown (USA) (Chief’s Crown (USA)) Raise A Native Mr Prospector Gold Digger GONE WEST b 84 Secretariat Secrettame Tamerett TREBLE JIG b c 2007 Danzig Danehill Razyana LIGHT JIG b 2000 Blushing Groom Nashmeel Donut’s Bunnie
92 - DUBAL AL RASHIDIYA STAKES, G2, Meydan, January 31, 1800m 1 The Apache (SAF) 6 b c Mogok (USA) - Apache Rose (SAF) (Dolpour)
2 City Style (USA) 7 ch g City Zip (USA) Brattothecore (CAN) (Katahaula County (CAN)) 3 Sharestan (IRE) 5 b c Shamardal (USA) - Sharesha (IRE) (Ashkalani (IRE)) Storm Bird Storm Cat Terlingua MOGOK b 2000 Halo Coup de Folie Raise The Standard THE APACHE b c 2007 Sadler’s Wells Dolpour Dumka APACHE ROSE 96 Jungle Cove Bold West Yasmini
95 - RANGE ROVER FIREBREAK STAKES, G3, Meydan, February 14, 1600m 1 Moonwalk In Paris (FR) 5 b g Oratorio (IRE) - Shining Glory (GB) (Singspiel (IRE)) 2 Fulbright (GB) 4 b c Exceed And Excel (AUS) - Lindfield Belle (IRE) (Fairy King (USA)) 3 Barbecue Eddie (USA) 9 b/br g Stormy Atlantic (USA) - The Green Owl (USA) (Carson City (USA))
1 Hunter’s Light (IRE) 5 ch c Dubawi (IRE) - Portmanteau (GB) (Barathea (IRE)) 2 Surfer (USA) 4 ch c Distorted Humor (USA) - Surf Club (USA) (Ocean Crest (USA)) 3 Prince Bishop (IRE) 6 ch g Dubawi (IRE) - North East Bay (USA) (Prospect Bay (CAN)) Seeking The Gold Dubai Millennium Colorado Dancer DUBAWI b 2002 Deploy Zomaradah Jawaher HUNTER’S LIGHT ch c 2008 Sadler’s Wells Barathea Brocade PORTMANTEAU b 2001 Shirley Heights Dayanata Delsy
94 - GULF NEWS UAE 1000 GUINEAS, L, Meydan, February 7, 1600m 1 Lovely Pass (IRE) 3 b f Raven’s Pass (USA) - Macadamia (IRE) (Classic Cliche (IRE)) 2 Shuruq (USA) 3 b f Elusive Quality (USA) - Miss Lucifer (FR) (Noverre (USA)) 3 Music Chart (USA) 3 b f Exchange Rate (USA) - Conchita (USA) (Cozzene (USA)) Gone West Elusive Quality Touch of Greatness RAVEN’S PASS ch 2005 Lord At War Ascutney Right Word LOVELY PASS b f 2010 Salse Classic Cliche Pato MACADAMIA b 99 Sharrood Cashew Kashmiri Snow
Pas de Nom NATIONAL ASSEMBLY b 84 Buckpasser Renounce Bold Princess SOFT FALLING RAIN b c 2009 Storm Cat Giant’s Causeway Mariah’s Storm GARDENER’S DELIGHT ch 2003 Seattle Slew Highbury Quillummo
98 - S. & M.AL NABOODAH AL FAHIDI FORT STAKES, G2, Meydan, February 21, 1600m
93 - TABLOID AL MAKTOUM CHALLENGE 2, G2, Meydan, February 7, 1800m
Northern Dancer Danzig
Danehill Razyana ORATORIO b 2002 Vaguely Noble Mahrah Montage MOONWALK IN PARIS b g 2008 In The Wings Singspiel Glorious Song SHINING GLORY b 2003 Mr Prospector Shining Eyes Phydilla
1 Mushreq (AUS) 5 b g Flying Spur (AUS) - Alharir (AUS) (Jeune (GB)) 2 Master of Hounds (USA) 5 b c Kingmambo (USA) - Silk And Scarlet (GB) (Sadler’s Wells (USA)) 3 Iguazu Falls (USA) 8 ch g Pivotal (GB) Anna Palariva (IRE) (Caerleon (USA))
96 - JAGUAR XJ AL SHINDAGHA SPRINT, G3, Meydan, February 14, 1200m 1 Mental (AUS) 5 b g Lonhro (AUS) Intrigues (AUS) (Night Shift (USA)) 2 Kavanagh (SAF) 6 b c Tiger Ridge (USA) - Quaestio (USA) (Seeking The Gold (USA)) 3 Krypton Factor (GB) 5 b/br g Kyllachy (GB) - Cool Question (GB) (Polar Falcon (USA))
Zabeel Octagonal Eight Carat LONHRO br 98 Straight Strike Shadea Concia MENTAL b g 2008 Northern Dancer Night Shift Ciboulette INTRIGUES b 96 Biscay Shaybisc Sasha
97 - AL TAYER MOTORS UAE 2000 GUINEAS, G3, Meydan, February 14, 1600m 1 Soft Falling Rain (SAF) 4 b c National Assembly (CAN) - Gardener’s Delight (USA) (Giant’s Causeway (USA)) 2 Snowboarder (USA) 3 ch c Raven’s Pass (USA) - Gaudete (USA) (Distorted Humor (USA)) 3 Zahee (NZ) 4 b c Dylan Thomas (IRE) Zaheeya (AUS) (Encosta de Lago (AUS))
Danehill Razyana FLYING SPUR b 92 Mr Prospector Rolls Grand Luxe MUSHREQ b g 2008 Kalaglow Jeune Youthful ALHARIR b 97 Last Tycoon Asawir Easy Date
99 - NABOODAH CONSTRUCTION BALANCHINE STAKES, G2, Meydan, February 21, 1800m
1 Sajjhaa (GB) 6 b f King’s Best (USA) Anaamil (IRE) (Darshaan) 2 Prussian (GB) 4 b f Dubai Destination (USA) - Russian Snows (IRE) (Sadler’s Wells (USA)) 3 Igugu (AUS) 6 b f Galileo (IRE) Zarinia (IRE) (Intikhab (USA))
Mr Prospector Kingmambo Miesque KING’S BEST b 97 Lombard Allegretta Anatevka SAJJHAA b f 2007 Shirley Heights Darshaan Delsy ANAAMIL b 2002 Polish Precedent Noushkey Top of The League
photo of the month
photo of the month Sue Huntingdon provides photographic evidence that the sun did shine on one occasion in Britain this winter... It must have provided a welcome respite for the stable lads and lasses, who endured some pretty tough working conditions for most of the winter months.