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March-April 2017

£4.95 • ISSUE 73

US freshmen sires

Alan Porter gives the lowdown on the new names for the 2017 roster

Global take-over The Fappiano and Caro lines feature strongly in the WBRR

Doug in Dubai

Debbie Burt meets the UAE trainer Doug Watson We ask if the Jockey Club’s Kempton Park proposal is too big a punt for British racing?


Arrogate, by Unbridled’s Song, tops the World Best Racehorse Rankings

You know he’s good. But do you know what’s in the pipeline?

He’s a Champion Sire. 14 Group winners from his first 3 crops including Gr.1 winning 2yo Kingston Hill, dual Gr.1 winning miler Amazing Maria and record-breaking Classic winner The Grey Gatsby.

He’s proven in the ring. 2016 yearlings: €190,000, €190,000, €175,000, €175,000, €160,000, €160,000, €150,000, €130,000, €130,000, €130,000 etc. 2016 in-foal mares: €435,000, €410,000, €350,000, €240,000, €200,000, €175,000, €150,000 etc.

And with his best-bred crops in the pipeline the real value is now!


A champion sire and the best son of Danehill Dancer.


GROUP/STAKES PERFORMERS IN EUROPE IN 2016 Contact: Coolmore Stud, Fethard, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland. Tel: +353-52-6131298. Fax: +353-52-6131382. Christy Grassick, David O’Loughlin, Eddie Fitzpatrick, Tim Corballis, Maurice Moloney, Gerry Aherne, Mathieu Legars or Jason Walsh. Tom Gaffney, David Magnier, Joe Hernon or Cathal Murphy. Tel: 353-25-31966/31689. Kevin Buckley (UK Rep.) Tel: +44-7827-795156. E-mail: Web site: All stallions nominated to EBF.

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First word

Paul Haigh asks whether it is right that US Dirt horses should dominate the World Rankings?

12 News

Drug offences in the UAE and Australia, two companies in rival bids to bring racing to city centres, Tina Rau believes the French female allowance is a good thing, whilst William Huntingdon enjoys a personal Route des Etalons

18 A dark Cloud

The tough and talented Many Clouds sadly dies after a career-best performance at Cheltenham

28 Arrogate flys

Juddmonte’s son of Unbridled’s Song comes home the uncontested winner of the Pegasus World Cup, writes Melissa Bauer-Herzog

32 Stallion stats

From Weatherbys

36 No place for “alternative facts” Simon Rowlands argues that the World Rankings provide evidence to assess the best horse in the world

42 Global take-over

Debbie Burt meets Doug Watson, 2016’s UAE champion trainer, and hears of his plans for the spring

62 New sires in the US

Marcus Townend looks at the proposal from all angles and offers some radical solutions


Global The Fappianotake-over and Car

feature stron o lin gly in this yeaes r’s

We ask if th Kempton Pae Jockey Club’s too big a purk proposal is for British nt racing?

84 Mare of the month

Staceymac: dam of Easton Angel

86 The database

Pedigree profiles from Weatherbys



Alan Porter gives the low the new nam es for the 201down on 7 roster

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There needs to be far more from the Jockey Club and analysis by the BHA before there is any chance that the above question can be answered

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US fres for 2017hmen sires

72 Is the Kempton proposal good?


8o Jockey Club needs some more joined up thinking


Alan Porter runs through the new additions to the 2017 stallion rosters


54 Doug in Dubai



The Fappiano and Caro lines are becoming dominant influences on the thoroughbred, writes Alan Porter

98 Photo of the month

Salateen winning in Dubai at the beginning of February


The son of Unbridled ’s Song tops

the World Best raceho rse

Arrogate courtesy of Breeders’Cup


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first word Arrogate and California Chrome at the end of the Breeders’ Cup Classic and race was voted the Best Horse Race of 2016. The equine rankings were also dominated by Dirt performers


first word


Dirt horses tops But, Paul Haigh asks, when is a champion really a champion?

irst the annual – you might even call it traditional – complaint about the international handicappers. It is relevant to what follows, so tolerate it yet again if you will. As usual these worthies have chosen to place American Dirt horses at or near the top of the world ratings. They do this every year, and they do so in spite of the fact that only about a tenth of the world’s thoroughbred racehorses race on Dirt. They do it in spite of the fact that there is seldom if ever any form, direct or collateral, for them to go on when making this choice. They do so in spite of the fact that in all their other judgements they rate horses on strictly mathematical grounds. If one were slightly cynical, one might assume they make this choice – and “choice” is the right word since there is no other evidence on which they might have made up their minds – through a Trumpist urge to “put America first”, except that they’ve been doing this since long before the rest of the world had ever heard of Trump, or simply because the US press demands it. If one were deeply cynical one might wonder what incentives they get to do so year after year when no American Dirt horse has shown the ability to compete successfully on the normal racing surface against the highest class representatives of the majority. (No, don’t say Tepin. She’s a Turf horse anyway). But these are honourable men and racing scholars who either singly or collectively wouldn’t dream of taking a bung to help keep US racing afloat and generally reasonably pleased with itself. The handicappers just choose to accept American Dirt form at the valuation placed on it by American Dirt racing enthusiasts themselves. So, before the inaugural Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park in January, the organisers were able to announce that we were going to witness a match between “the two best racehorses in the world”. Wow! Winx v Almanzor, right? No, California Chrome v Arrogate. And not one member of the assembled racing media had the nerve to remark that this particular emperor didn’t appear to be wearing any clothes. No one wrote or spoke the opinion that this obviously wasn’t any sort of world championship. The Pegasus Cup was a rematch, definitely interesting in itself but no more than that, between the two best US Dirt horses to confirm which should have the bragging rights after one had beaten the other in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. There were no challengers from outside America. The field was made up entirely of Dirt horses. It was even less of a “world championship” than the Dubai World Cup at Meydan whose surface has been changed to American style Dirt for no obvious reason other than that the Americans sulk and refuse to come if they’re given a surface that might provide something like an equal opportunity for Turf horses. In the end, of course, only one of the two American Dirt


first word

Real Steel winning the 2016 renewal of the Dubai Turf. Haigh believes that the 9f race – held at the DWC meeting staged at a place and at a time of year suiting the majority (and under rules that apply to most of the world’s racing jurisdictions) – is the closest to being a “World Championship” race

champions actually turned up. Oh, California Chrome was there in body all right, sort of impersonating himself from the outside gate that’s proved an almost insurmountable obstacle to fair competition since the track’s reconstruction. But that was all. Still, never mind that. We were all invited to exult in Arrogate’s reaffirmation of his supposed global supremacy, and thrill at the thought of his proceeding to Dubai where presumably, because he is by far the best of the American Dirt horses, he will “prove” his superiority again. Look, what is the point of all these races with the prefix or suffix “World” attached to them which are actually nothing of the sort except in aspiration? The “World Turf Championships” are allegedly held in Hong Kong in December. No, they’re not. An excellent meeting is held then in Hong Kong in that month which always attracts high-class challengers from various overseas countries. But no one says of the Arc winner, just for an example, “Oh, he must go to Hong Kong” – not even when the Arc winner is owned by a Hong Konger (see Sea The Stars). Hong Kong’s international day is a supremely good meeting for fast ground horses at a time of year when most of the best horses in the northern-hemisphere are out of training anyway. To get such good overseas representation at that time of year (Japan helps a lot) is a remarkable annual achievement. So why demean the meeting? Why invite ridicule by presenting it as The World Turf Championships? It’s only slightly more ridiculous than calling the Breeders’ Cup the “World Thoroughbred Racing Championships”. No they’re not. They’re the North American Championships to which a few Europeans turn up, in spite of the eccentric American “medication” rules or sometimes because of them.


Dubai’s only problem is that it seems determined to run its main event for the benefit of the Americans, rather than to encourage competition from all over the world

No Australians go near them, no Japanese, no South Africans, no Hong Kongers (although Rich Tapestry did a couple of years ago because he was an out-and-out Dirt horse, as he had proved on Hong Kong’s unrespected, very secondary Dirt course, and had a tendency to bleed so he might as well try North America). Take away Aidan O Brien and the few Euros who bother to make the trip and what you’ve got is a local competition about as much an international test as Sydney’s modestly entitled “The Championships”. To which – have the Australians noticed? – nobody else bothers to come. The only way you can have anything like a world championship in racing is if you stage it at a time and place that is convenient to all and conduct it according to the rules that apply in the vast majority of the world’s racing jurisdictions. There is no such time and place, but the Dubai World (that word again) Cup meeting probably comes as close to it as it’s possible to get. Dubai’s only problem is that it seems determined to run its main event for the benefit of the Americans, rather than to encourage competition from all over the world. If Dubai racing organisers were really smart they would elevate the 9f event, the Dubai Turf and used to be the one known as the Dubai Duty Free, to the premier position. Not the Sheema Classic because that’s over 1m4f, which is much too far for the Americans who describe that distance as a “marathon”. The so-called Dubai World Cup could then drop down to second billing (or third) as something like the Dubai Dirt Championship. Then we’d see what the international handicappers would do. Would they still inflate the ratings for Dirt horses as a matter of course. Or would they rate more highly the international 9f turf race that would surely attract real competition from all over the racing world?

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the news

Drug positives in UAE and Australia

Thoroughbred and Arabian horses test positive to cobalt and illegal drugs, while a raft of bans in endurance racing are handed out, including to UK-based trainer Ismali Mohammed


fter Australian trainers Mark Kavanagh and Danny O'Brien were banned for three years in January, following Peter Moody’s ban handed out earlier in 2016 for horses running with illegal levels of cobalt in their systems, further offences have emerged. Kavanagh and O’Brien are appealing their bans and are awaiting the results, but four more trainers have been involved in various drug offences in January when horses under their care tested positive in post-race samples – three in the UAE, who have been banned for offences relating to various substances, while trainers are under investigation in Australia for cobalt positives. The UAE-based trainers, all caring for purebred arabians, were all banned in the space of one week. On January 18, the Emirates Racing Authority handed Majed Al Jahouri a ban for two years due to his horse Hamares, who ran over 1800m at Al Ain on December 2, producing a post-race urine sample with a concentration of cobalt in excess of 100 micrograms per litre and in excess of any threshold level. Al Jahouri had just returned the training ranks after serving a 12-month ban for use of the illegal substance propoxyphene. Mr. Jameel Salman was banned for two years for running Malzom with unacceptable levels of cobalt in his system in December, while trainer Nacer Samiri also pleaded guilty for presenting two horses to race in November with cobalt in their systems. Najjlaa ran over a mile at Al Ain on the November 18, and Ruaa, who ran over 1600 metres at Abu Dhabi two days later. Samiri was banned for a year for each horse, bans to run concurrently. In November, Samiri was also found in possession of the anabolic steroid Stanozolol by the Emirates Racing Authority’s out-ofcompetition testing programme. A sample of Stanozolol was delivered unsolicited to Samiri’s Al Wathba Stables training premises, and on November 27 veterinarian Dr Gabriel Wolcan injected the


Ismail Mohammed: banned from training UAE endurance horses after drug offences

performance-enhancing substance to a horse named Brraq. Samiri admitted he was unaware that administering the performance-enhancing drug, or even being in possession of it, was a breach of the rules of racing. His stable listed the use of the steroid in the horse’s medication log book. Samiri was charged for possession of the drug. He was fined Dh20,000, a similar fine also given to Wolcan for negligence.


n Australia, Racing Victoria announced that a horse called Coppola, under the care of trainer Trevor Andrews, was found by the Racing Analytical Services Ltd to have excessive levels of cobalt in its system after a testing sample was taken from the horse after it ran at Geelong on December 4. In July, the cobalt threshold in Australia was brought into line with other jurisdictions last year when it was halved from 200mcg/L to 100mcg/L. RV stewards have advised Andrews of the finding and that they are continuing

their investigations. Just days later Mornington trainer Kane Harris took the opportunity in a live interview on to announce that stewards were investigating illegal cobalt levels from two of his horses. In the sport of endurance racing, two members of Dubai’s ruling Al Maktoum family and three of their senior trainers have been provisionally suspended by the FEI, along with seven endurance horses, following a cluster of positive dope tests. All horses tested positive for three controlled substances, caffeine and its metabolites theobromine and theophylline, Theobromine, and to banned substance paraxanthine. All the positive tests were sampled at Al Wathba, the endurance venue in Abu Dhabi owned by Sheikh Mansour al Nahyan, owner of Manchester City. Last year, Sheikh Mansour instructed that sampling be increased to a minimum 15 horses per race, well above the FEI’s sampling guidelines. FEI secretary-general Sabrina Inbanez said: “This is the first time that we have suspended the trainers at the same time as the athletes, but when there are multiple breaches by one trainer, it is clear that there is something wrong with the stable management. Suspending the trainers immediately, rather than waiting until the athlete has been prosecuted, confirms that the FEI will not tolerate any attempts to enhance the performance of the horse.” The three banned trainers include Ismail Mohammed, who also trains thoroughbreds for Sheikh Mohammed and is based at Revida Place stables on Hamilton Road in Newmarket when in the UK. Mohammed has previ9us offences and last February was fined by stewards in the UAE after the Irish-bred Expert was found to have raced at Jebel Ali with a banned substance in its system. In 2006, when he was managing the Maktoums’ Al Aasfa stables, Mohammed was banned for a year over the doping of two endurance horses.

the news

Stallions moving from UK and the US to the Middle East TWo stallions from either side of the Atlantic are relocating to stand in the Middle East. Multiplex, a 14-year-old son of Danehill and a Group 3 winner in France, has stood for the whole of his career at Mickley Stud. He is transferring to Al Muzdaher Stud in Bahrain having been purchased by Sheikh Abdulla Bin Isa Al Khalifa in a deal arranged by John and Jake Warren and Richard Venn. His best progeny include the Lord Huntingdon-bred Group 3 scorer Superplex, Listed winner Radio Gaga, Warren Greatrex’s multiple chase winner Out Sam and the Nicky Henderson-trained Big Hands Harry. Multiplex shuttled to Chile in 2010, and despite only standing there for one season, sired Grade 1, Grade 2 placed and Listed winners in 2014. Jake Warren said: “Multiplex has produced multiple Group and stakes winners in his career as a stallion to date and will suit Sheikh Abdulla’s breeding programme in Bahrain very well. “He is a very handsome horse with a fantastic pedigree being by Danehill from the immediate family of Warning and Commander In Chief.” Multiple Grade 1 winner and millionaire earner Brother Derek has been purchased by Saudi Arabian owner/breeder Abdulaziz Albarjes and will stand at his Alysoob Stud Farm near Riyadh. The 14-year-old son of Benchmark ships to Saudi Arabia this February. “One of the reasons we chose Brother Derek was his sire line,” said Adullah Alanasser, the son of Albarjes. “The Alydar line is not common in Saudi Arabia. We hope to see great runners out of his offspring.”

Mutliplex: the son of Danehill has been based at Mickley Stud since 2008

Brother Derek, bred in California by Mary Caldwell, was sold for $275,000 as a two-year-old to Cecil Peacock. Sent to trainer Dan Hendricks, he went on to win five graded stakes races, including the Hollywood Futurity and Santa Anita Derby (both G1). He retired with six wins out of 17 starts and earnings of $1,611,138. Airdrie Stud in Kentucky stood Brother Derek for six years before he was relocated to Naylee Farm in West Virginia.

John Osborne leaves Irish National, Paul Ryan retires from Tattersalls John Osborne, the chief executive of the Irish National Stud, has announced that he is to step down from the role at the end of the 2017 breeding season, while Tattersalls’ long-serving finance director Paul Ryan retires at the end of June. Osborne took the position seven-years ago and has been highly influential helping the company turn its accounts from a loss-making situation to strong profits with improved fortunes from stallion income, bloodstock sales, stud services and tourism. The stud is home to eight stallions including its flag-bearer Invincible Spirit, Dragon Pulse, who is the sire of Group 3 winner Aethos, and Free Eagle, who completed his first season at the operation last year. He said: “I’ve been involved at the Irish National Stud for 32 years, including my formative years as a child and later as a director. Now I have completed a seven-year contract as chief executive. “It has been a great privilege to hold that position, once described to me by a racegoer as ‘the best job in Ireland!’ ” Matt Dempsey, chairman of the Irish National Stud, added: “It’s difficult to pay adequate tribute to John Osborne and the effect he has had on the Irish National Stud and the wider equestrian world. He has re-established the Irish National Stud as one of the premier studs in the world as well as developing its tourism offering, stud service and stud management course.

“In over 40 years of dealing with the Irish public service, he encapsulates all that is best in terms of capacity and integrity. We wish him every possible success in whatever future direction he takes. “We also thank his wife Valerie and family for the unstinting support they gave him in what was an extremely demanding post. He has done the state and the wider thoroughbred industry an enormous service.” Tattersalls long-serving finance director Paul Ryan retires at the end of June 30, and Rob Skeggs, who has spent seven years as finance director of the Levy Board and previously as group financial controller for the Tote, takes over the position. Skeggs said: “I’m enormously looking forward to my new role as Tattersalls finance director and to joining a company which combines a rich and illustrious history with a reputation for utmost integrity.” Edmond Mahony, chairman of Tattersalls, added: “Paul Ryan has done an outstanding job as finance director for Tattersalls since 2001 and at the same time as wishing him well on his forthcoming retirement, we look forward to welcoming Rob Skeggs to Tattersalls. “Rob brings with him a deep understanding of the industry and a wealth of experience, most recently as finance director for the Levy Board, and he will be a valuable addition to the Tattersalls board.” Levy Board chairman Paul Lee added: “Rob is a rare breed – an accountant with a sense of humour – a hands-on practical problem solver and a great team member.”


the news

Companies pitching to bring horseracing to City of London Two companies are in a head to head in an attempt to bring horseracing to the streets of London as part of a global proposal for the sport.

Plans have been put together to run evening meetings in a host of cities — with the capital among the possible venues — with a temporary track laid down. The BHA has confirmed that it has been talking to one of the companies about the possibilities. Racing consultant Johnno Spence suggested his company City Racing could host an event in London as early as September

this year, while Olly Neil, behind the bid by GAG 403 Limited, said they were hoping to announce in the first quarter of this year the venue for an inaugural event in 2018. “We are looking at an international city centre thoroughbred horseracing series with the inaugral event taking place in London,” said Spence to the Racing Post. “City Racing is a horseracing

industry backed consortium working together on establishing the best model. “We could have our first event in London as early as September this year, with the series expanding around the world over the next few years”. He said that more information will be available towards the end of March and that the idea is about attracting a “new audience to racing”.

Huntingdon organises a mini Route des Etalons


very well, including the recently transferred Dream Ahead, as well as Dabirsim, who has his first runners this year, and Tin Horse. Liam Norris and I had bought a Dubawi mare in-foal to him and the resulting colt, named Prost, won his two-year-old maiden at Deauville in December. All credit to his trainer Ed Vaughan, who won some nice “primes” for owners and breeders. The mare Plebeya is now in-foal to Kendargent on a foal share and will visit Myboycharlie. She has an Anodin yearling filly, and it is hoped she will sell at Osarus in September. There may not be too many by Anodin in the sale. I was then joined by Amanda Zetterholm and she gave me a good lead across a sunny and frosty Normandy to Haras de Mont Goubert. On the very rural way we passed plenty of newly planted apple orchards and some stunning villages, particularly Beuvron-en-Auge. Mont Goubert, primarily a trotting stud, stands two new thoroughbred stallions, Morandi and Triple Threat. Morandi is a son of Holy Roman Emperor and a Group 1 two-yearold winner of the Criterium of Saint Cloud. He is very reasonably priced, but I passed him up in favour of Scissor

Siyouni is looking superb and, interestingly, the Aga is breaking his general habit of not using stallions twice on the same mare and is sending Siyouni’s dam back to Pivotal this spring


revious commitments, including a G1 Goldmine seminar in Lambourn, prevented me joining the organised Route des Etalons in Normandy – it meant that I had to organise a personal “mini” tour the week before. Starting out from Portsmouth, the ferry got me to Ouistreham and my South Caen hotel shortly after 10pm. It is very close to the ring road, but a room at the back ensured a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately the hotel’s wifi was not working very well and so I headed to Falaise, birthplace of William the Conqueror, for some petit dèjeuner and some internet access. It turned out there was only one café with wifi in town and that also was not working! However, an excellent boulangerie provided a delicious almond (healthy element) croissant and the café two cups of strong coffee with hot milk on the side. This set me up for the 25-minute drive to Trun (also no wifi cafe) and an appointment with Eric Lhermite at Haras de Grandcamp. I had hoped to see Martinborough, a son of Deep Impact, but complicated travel plans had delayed his arrival. Grandcamp’s stallions all looked

Kick, a Redoute’s Choice scion of Juddmonte’s Hasili family. My mare Salute The Sun has produced a French Group winner by Multiplex, so it appears the Danehill cross works. She is back in-foal to Multiplex after a successful “fallopian flush” by Huw Neale of Newmarket Equine Hospital. This is a procedure originating from Twink Allen of the now defunct Equine Fertility Unit. Huw has done operations on 29 mares, whom he felt were suitable cases, resulting in getting 24 pregnant over two cycles. Those interested in reading about it will find it on pages 454-459 of Issue 5, volume 38 of the Equine Veterinary Journal. The article is entitled “Laparoscopic application of PGE2 to re-establish oviducal patency and fertility in infertile mares.” My final visit was to the Aga’s Haras de Bonneval. The first time I visited was to see Siyouni in his first year at stud. Fortunately, I liked him then and was well rewarded at the yearling sales. Siyouni is looking superb and, interestingly, the Aga is breaking his general habit of not using stallions twice on the same mare and is sending Siyouni’s dam back to Pivotal this spring.

the news Meanwhile, the global sport and entertainment company CSM is also hoping to launch its world-wide series in 2018. CSM is working with consultants Oakwell Capital on their bid and are in discussions with private investors and cities across the world, with more information to come soon. Neil said to the Racing Post: “We will create a global circuit of horseracing events with highquality local horses thundering down iconic city streets ridden by the world’s top jockeys.

Sinndar, now 20, was at the farm on holiday from Lion d’Angers ready for La Route and a busy new covering season. The new recruit is Dariyan, a Shamardal son of Daryakana and the family of Almanzor. He had more quality than I was expecting for a son of Shamardal and a maternal grandson of Selkirk; let us hope he passes this on. I plan to send Lady Melior, a Multiplex mare now in-foal to Sinndar after producing a Phoenix Reach filly who has already won a race (in utero). Interestingly, the Aga’s stud book has added two recent southernhemisphere Group 1s. Whisky Baron, by Manhattan Rain, won the Met at Kenilworth and Full Of Luck collected the Chilean Derby. Tazkara, the dam of Whisky Baron, has returned to France from Arrowfield Stud in-foal to Snitzel on northern-hemisphere time. Full Of Luck is out of a Fusaichi Pegasus mare from the Shemaka line. The Aga has around a dozen mares in the US and in Australia. He sold Whisky Baron as a yearling at Inglis Easter Sales. Another partnership to enjoy racing and sales success in South Africa and Australia is Sheikh Fahd and David Redvers. David, in a recent Thoroughbred Daily News interview with Chris McGrath, waxed eloquently about the prize-money, and the high

Johnno Spence

“We’re going to do for horseracing what Twenty20 has done for cricket and 3x3 for basketball – reinterpreting the Sport of Kings for a young urban audience and dialling up on technology, entertainment, excitement and energy.” Entrepreneurs Neil and Andy King have created and patented a racing track-system that can be laid and removed in “record time”. The modular system has adjustable feet to ensure a smooth, level and constant surface.

William was impressed with Dariyan on a visit to Haras de Bonneval

profile and widespread appeal of racecourse ownership among Australians. He also suggested would-be British trainers should spend six months as assistants down under. Primarily they would learn communication skills and the value of keeping the information flow going. Biut, in fact, there has already been quite a list of trainers treading the Australian path: Henry Candy, William Jarvis, John Berry, Stuart Williams, Charlie Hills, and recently Hugo Palmer and Amy Murphy.

Hugo was transformed by Gai Waterhouse in an almost cult-like way both physically and personally. He certainly learnt the art of getting in front of a microphone and TV camera from her, perhaps not the dress sense. I, too, was lucky enough to spend six months there with Bart Cummings, T.J.Smith and Colin Hayes in their prime. Then it was the feeding routine and getting horses fit that was the lesson to learn. Now communication skills separate the wheat from the chaff.

“The plan is to create a city horseracing world series that will visit six global cities each year — including a grand finale where the champion jockey will be crowned,” said King. The track is like a “giant Scalextrics” in the way it can be adjusted, built and moved. He told the Horse and Hound that London would be a “fantastic venue” and they have surveyed Constitution Hill and The Mall as possible locations. The early proposals include seating for 10,000 spectators as well as big screens, LED boards and a spectator app that allows visitors to track the position of “their” horse. “LED wrist bands on spectators will change colour as the horses pass and will flash with the winning silks,” said Andrew Owen of CSM. “Adding to the whole experience will be a programme of entertainment, featuring music and lights.” A London horserace has been mooted in the past but never got off the ground. This current plan is still in its early infancy, the Evening Standard reporting that organisers have admitted that they need to raise both the necessary capital for the track and to ensure safety standards can be met. An initial host venue is said to be announced at the beginning of next year, with the first race scheduled for the final quarter of that year. BHA spokesman Robin Mounsey said: “Any proposal would require BHA approval and clearly there are significant issues, including logistical and welfare-related, that would need to be addressed before any application could be processed.” Both companies are keen to ensure that welfare issues would be top priority and that the races would not in anyway resemble the ancient Palio race that is run on the streets of Sienna.


the news

Tammy O’Brien joins Tattersalls in international client relations role Tammy O’Brien, who has been with Coolmore for the last 20 years, is joining Tattersalls in the role of international client relations and strategic development. O’Brien will join the firm in March and will be working from Ireland. O’Brien’s most recent role for Coolmore was as racing manager with responsibility for overseeing the Coolmore string at Ballydoyle.


....Girls aloud

he dream is alive… Despite the fact that the weather is generally grotty and grey this time of year, there are plenty of things to give the thoroughbred buff warm fuzzy feelings in January and February… It’s foaling season! And for anyone who has ever been present at the birth of a foal – those first few moments in the life of that wet bundle of legs and ears are magic: anything is possible. Who knows, you might just be witnessing the first shaky steps of a future champion. This fascinating wonder is all part of what keeps breeders all around the globe going, and putting lots of thought into their mating selection year after year. Meanwhile, on the racing front, a decision in France has been causing quite a bit of heat on both sides of the channel – from March onwards female jockeys will receive a weight allowance of 2ks in all bar Pattern races and the daily quinte handicap in the hexagon. I can see why it’s a controversial decision: it even has some of the prominent female (British) riders speaking out against it, but personally I think it’s the right initiative. Girls make up the vast majority of intake in any jockey school these days – yet when it comes to putting a female rider up on race days, trainers and owners are hard to be found. In their minds – as well as in the betting public’s – a female jockey is still flagrantly perceived as a negative. And it is partly that perception and the ensuing non-existent opportunities to ride, and improve through actual race riding, at an equal frequency that causes girls to fall behind their male counterparts once they’ve exited the jockey schools. It also doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out that a male and female jockey at equal weights won’t ever have the same amount of muscle mass. Physically just not possible, evolution saw to that. And for those who say that that bit of extra muscle on top


Tammy O’Brien

Commenting on her appointment, O’Brien said; “I am proud to have spent more than 20 years working for a team respected and admired throughout the world and it is appropriate that I will be joining another firm which sets standards to which others aspire. “The Tattersalls ethos combines a unique history and complete integrity with a global vision, and I am enormously

Although Josephine Gordon was champion apprentice in Britain in 2016, still the percentage of girls becoming fully fledged jockeys compared to the numbers going into jockey schools is not high enough, particularly in France

looking forward to representing the company throughout Britain, Ireland and further afield.” Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony added: “Tammy has achieved a huge amount in the racing and bloodstock industry. “Tammy’s role will perfectly complement our existing Bloodstock Sales and Marketing teams with whom she will work closely.”

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of a 500kg animal at speed won’t make the difference – take a sip of your own medicine – then clearly so won’t the bit of extra weight to be carried by the male jockeys. I do hear the guys (and gals) who think that it’s not fair on the boys, because even at equal weights there is a tiny number of girls and women (whom I admire and applaud) who – against the odds – have managed to forge their way into the echelons of established jockey-hood. In the mind of the critics these exceptions make the rule for maintaining the status quo. Yet the successful female riders are but the tiny teeny tip of the iceberg of highly passionate, motivated and potentially talented young women who start as apprentices all over the country every year. And still it is pretty much an annual fact that there is not a female rider to be found in the list of top 50 jockeys in France. That is a telling statistic: comparing the itake of female apprentices as against output in the jockey standings even statistically it can’t just be explained by “lack of talent”… There obviously are more and less talented individuals on both sides of the gender divide, and I do not think for a minute the the weight allowance will means that we’ll have a sea of moderate female jockeys overtaking good, hardworking boys. Whether or not the 2kg weight allowance might need amending to a slightly lower level, remains to be seen. But even if it might not be fair right now, I think it will definitely go a fair way in redressing the lack of opportunity to progress for the female riders. and that in itself deserves clebrating. Edouard de Rothschild, instigator and implementor of the new rule showed the way a couple of years ago when he put up Amelie Foulon to win the Group 3 Grand Prix de Vichy on his colour-bearer Elliptique in 2015. Now the institution he heads up as president of France Galop has followed through and put some (prize)money where its mouth is: go out all you wonderful girl riders and get it! Dream big!

nh racing Trainer Oliver Sherwood and groom Chris ‘CJ’ Jerdin (right) with their Grand National hero Many Clouds, seen in the picture on the far right jumping his way home to win the Aintree race in 2015


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A dark Cloud The talented and tough Many Clouds dies at Cheltenham after a career-best performance, while on a brighter note, Irish-based trainer


t was probably the best race run in Britain or Ireland for the last two seasons, containing the required level of competition and deep story line that has been slightly lacking from top level NH races over the past couple of years Sadly, it ended in tears, but enough has been written about that. In the Cotswold Chase (G2), a race staged as a Gold Cup Trial and run at Prestbury Park, the brilliant Thistlecrack, the young chaser who had been breaking all the rues of engagement, was taking on the battled hardened, granite tough, superbly athletic jumper Many Clouds, a Grand National winner. It had the story line required by writers: could the old warrior, whose abilities were well recognised, fight off the young upstart, whose talent was seemingly unlimited. The race provided all: Many Clouds as always played to his strong suit, jumping immaculately. He went forward from the bend, Tom Scudamore on Thistlecrack covering the move with his son of Kayf Tara ready to pounce. But Many Clouds dug in, dug deep, and came up with answers. The pair dueled up the Cheltenham hill, providing NH fans with the kind of battle so loved but rarely seen as the two protagonists refused to give way. In the end Thistlecrack was proved to be a normal horse with limits, beaten by a head by the former Grand National winner. Sadly, the axis of the Sherwood team’s world shifted from the euphoria of seeing their best horse at the age of ten and after


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numerous “best-ever” efforts produce yet another best performance of his career, to despair as the son of Cloudings collapsed. He died quickly; he was found post-mortum to have suffered from a severe pulmonary haemorrhage. Much has been written in print and on social media about the horse, the professionism of trainer Oliver Sherwood dealing with the media in the immediate aftermath of having seen his friend and warrior die in such raw circumstances. There is little more to add, apart from what might have been for Many Clouds this year after a wind operation in the autumn seemed to have brought further improvement. Many Clouds was awarded a posthumous BHA mark of 172, the same rating awarded to Coneygree after his Gold Cup success in 2015, and one ahead of the mark given to the novice Thistlecrack after his King George victory on 171. “In the 2015 Gold Cup Coneygree put up a terrific time in beating Djakadam, Road To Riches, Holywell, Many Clouds, Silviniaco Conti and Carlingford Lough all of whom had won their previous race. Both Many Clouds


Petit Mouchoir under Danny Mullins took himself into the Champion Hurdle reckoning with victory in January’s Irish Champion Hurdle

Many Clouds was awarded a posthumous BHA mark of 172, the same rating awarded to Coneygree after his Gold Cup success, and one ahead of the mark given to Thistlecrack after his King George

and Silviniaco Conti subsequently won their next race at Aintree, so the form was amazingly solid,” reported BHA handicapper Phil Smith after Thistlecrack’s King George victory. “I have Thistlecrack on 171, lower than his hurdle mark of 174 and lower than Coneygree at the end of his novice season. Higher however, than any novice we have had since the start of the Anglo-Irish Jumps Classification in 1999-2000 at this stage of their novice career.” Many Clouds was one of those very rare racehorses who possessed top level ability as well a boundless courage and fight. He was obviously the best son of Cloudings, bred by the stallion from his second year at James

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Some Plan: took advantage of Royal Caviar’s last fence fall to win the Arkle Novice Chase at Leopardstown in January. A late recruit to chasing, the nine-year-old has now won three from four starts (fell himself at Cheltenham in November)

Hannon’s Old Road Stud having started out in his second career at Shade Oak Stud in Shropshire where the son of Sadler’s Wells, the indomitable sire of Flat and NH stallions, stood for three seasons. Now a 23-year-old, at his best as a racehorse a winner of the 1997 Prix Lupin for Andre Fabre and Sheikh Mohammed, he is listed at a €3,000 fee for this covering season. Dam Bobbing Back ran four times but did not manage to place. She is in-foal to Milan, having aborted to Yeats last year. She had an Oscar colt in 2015 and a foal by the same sire in 2013. A few previous mishaps with coverings means you have to trace back to 2009 to find a more siblings – a colt by Indian Danehill who has not been named – while in 2008 she followed up producing Many Clouds with The Tullow Tank, by Oscar. He is the only other runner Bobbing Back has had so far. Breeder Aidan Aherne failed to find a buyer for him as both a foal and February yearling, eventually selling him to Sam Curling for €21,000 as a three-year-old at the Derby Sale in 2012. Henry De Bromhead: enjoyed three Grade 1 winners in three days at the end of January


nh racing The following year Many Clouds, who had been bought from the breeder by Highflyer at the Tattersalls Ireland Foal Sale for €6,000 in one the agent’s many wholesale purchases at Fairyhouse, won his bumper on his first start for Oliver Sherwood. When sent hurdling and then chasing he went on to win 11 races (six Graded or Listed), finish second seven times from 24 starts. He failed to finish just twice – once when brought down and when pulled up. As one Gold Cup contender sadly left the field of play, another – as is the way with sport – emerged as the Henry de Bromhead-trained Champagne West who carried 11st7lb to success in a competitive Thyestes Chase (G1). Having his third start since leaving Philip Hobbs, it was his career best and although Stand Guard

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anehill had A global breedshaping influence, his impact felt keenly in both the southern and northern-hemispheres. He was the first horse to extend such a reach – and that influence has yet to be matched. With the progression of time, his name is beginning to migrate into the third and fourth generations of pedigrees, but one of his sons is still creating records. The admirable 13-year-old John Butlertrained Stand Guard won his 28th race in January to claim a record-breaking number of victories on the All-Weather victories. He won easily at Kempton off a BHA mark of 58, one of his lowest ratings since 2008; he has spent much of his time in the mid-80s regions. In reacting to the victory the handicapper has put him back up to 62, but Stand Guard is staying in training and has every chance of adding again to his laurels. In total, he has won over £88,000, but does not have one Turf win to his name. His nemesis La Estella, who last ran and won in December 2015 as a 12-year-old, won 29 times: 27 on the All-Weather, one on the Turf and once over hurdles. The 13-year-old Juddmonte-bred Stand Guard will probably be the former Coolmore champion sire’s last-ever runner. In 2016, he had another two still plying their trade – the 14-year-old Pevensey in Britain and 12-year-old Simbad in Scandinavia.


in September. It could have signaled the beginning of the end for the mild mannered trainer from County Waterford, but the empty spaces in the yard were immediately filled by Gigginstown horses as they moved from Willie Mullins. De Bromhead has already gone on to have his best season ever in terms of number of winners, number of good winners and prizemoney earned and Champagne West’s victory was followed up by Petit Mouchoir, one of the horses he gained from Mullins, in the Irish Champion Hurdle (G1). With a number of names disappearing from the active list in the Mullins camp, the strong galloping performance, backing up his Grade 1 victory in the Ryanair Hurdle over Christmas, put the son of Al Namix bang into Champion Hurdle contention. Bought unraced by Harold Kirk and Willie Mullins at the Goffs Land Rover for €100,000, he won a pointto-point before Gordon Elliot – in his previous role as a producer of horses for “bigger” trainers – won the Goffs Land Rover Bumper with him. The French-bred made his way to Mullins, but after his maiden hurdle victory in 2015 the free-running sort did not collect again until December, though he picked up two seconds and a thirds en route. When your racing luck is in, anything is possible and Some Plan (Winged Love), another triained by De Bromhead, took advantage of falls and unseats by all three of his rivals to come home alone to win the Arkle Novice Chase. It was a race described by the Racing Post analysis as “deplorable for a Grade 1 event with a star-studded history”. Some Plan was booked for second until Royal Caviar (Vinnie Roe) fell at the last. Another Brightwells-Brookhouse purchase, Some Plan was previously with Tom George and Paul Nicholls. He was sold by breeder Shirley Livingstone for just €1,300 at the height of the recession in 2008 before realising £40,000 in 2014 after placing in a bumper. Some Plan has Cheltenham Arkle and JLT entries, and he alongside Petit Mouchoir and Champagne West, is giving De Bromhead plenty to hope for this March. It is a position at the end of last summer that he surely could not have believed would have been possible.

De Bromhead has already gone on to have his best season ever in terms of number of winners, number of good winners and prize-money earned he put in some errors as he was travelling around the Goran Park track, his jumping, which has been beset by problems in the past, held up and he won by an easy 7l. Bromehead, at the races with his proud father and former trainer Harry, said to reporters post-race: “David [Mullins] gave him a brilliant ride. He is not easy because of his jumping, but he just sat so quietly on him and we hoped that would be the key to him. He is entered in races at Cheltenham, including the Gold Cup. That’s a big step, but we’ll enjoy today, speak to Roger [Brookhouse, owner] and go from there.” Whether the son of Westerner will be so effective on faster ground at a quicker pace in March at tricky Cheltenham is open to some debate, but Mullins is the perfect man to coax the horse around Prestbury Park. He was bought by owner Roger Brookhouse at Brightwells Cheltenham (Brookhouse’s sale of choice) for £120,000 after winning a pointto-point in Ireland. The Peter Byrne-bred having been sold as a foal for €15,000, and as a three-year-old for €26,000 at the Goffs Land Rover Sale, bought then by Gerry Hogan. It has been a turbulent year for De Bromhead, who lost 13 horses owned by long-standing patron Alan and Ann Potts,




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Juddmonte’s son of Unbridled’s Song wins the inaugural running of the Pegasus World Cup by an uncontested 4l, writes Melissa Bauer-Herzog


nly days after being crowned the World’s Best Racehorse in the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings and a week after winning the Eclipse award for Champion 3-Year-Old Male, Arrogate kicked his 2017 off with a commanding victory in the (G1) Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on January 28. The Juddmonte Farms-owned four-yearold looks as though he is another super colt in training with Bob Baffert after winning all three of his stakes races – all Grade 1 events – in spectacular style. In fact, his 134 rating achieved on the World’s Best Racehorse Rankings in 2016 is the same as Triple Crown winner American Pharoah’s rating in 2015. While the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup was billed as a Breeders’ Cup Classic rematch between Arrogate and California Chrome, the match-up never materialized. Already at a disadvantage due to his post position, California Chrome dropped back to finish an eased-up ninth in the final start of his career. Arrogate won by a geared down four and three-quarter lengths with Shaman Ghost


(Ghostzapper) making a case as a horse to watch in second over Neolithic. The Pegasus World Cup card broke Gulfstream Park’s previous $32 million handle record set during the 2016 14 race Florida Derby card, by bringing in $40.2 million for the 12-race Pegasus card. The record-breaking handle was good news for owners who bought the $1 million spots in the Pegasus. Each was not only guaranteed a race position, but also a take home cheque as a percentage of the handle and the sponsorship. While there had been talk about moving the race to Santa Anita Park in 2017, it now sounds as though it will remain at Gulfstream Park for at least one more year The Pegasus World Cup was one of a few major events that took place at Gulfstream Park in late January and early February. The week before the Pegasus, the 46th annual Eclipse Awards were held at the track. History was made at the end of the night when California Chrome became the first horse since John Henry to win the Horse of the Year award in non-consecutive years in 1981 and 1984. While not a unanimous decision, California Chrome was given the majority of first place votes, 202 compared to the 40 Arrogate

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Beholder won her fourth Eclipse in five years when taking home the majority of votes in the older dirt female category with 246 compared to Stellar Wind’s two received and the five for Songbird. Not surprisingly, California Chrome was voted the unanimous winner of the Older Dirt Male award after winning seven of his eight races in 2016, including three Grade 1s. In something not seen often at the Eclipse Awards, voters seemed to be on the same page for multiple awards with Classic Empire unanimously voted the two-year-old male, and Songbird the three-year-old filly winner following up her championship from last year. Classic Empire’s Eclipse award was a big boon for his sire Pioneerof the Nile, whose four crops of racing age have yielded two champions. Even better for the WinStar Farm stallion is that those two champions have won Eclipse Awards in three of the four years he’s had horses on the track, quickly building him a legacy as a championship sire. Ending her year – and career – by outdueling Songbird in a race for the ages in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1), Beholder won her fourth Eclipse in five


years when taking home the majority of votes in the older dirt female category with 246 compared to Stellar Wind’s two. Beholder made history throughout her career, but perhaps one of the most important historic events was becoming the first North American-based horse in history to win a Grade 1 race every year from the age of two through to six. Beholder retired to her owner’s Spendthrift Farm after the Breeders’ Cup where she is booked to visit Uncle Mo this year. The US three-year-old male division was a mess of confusion after three different colts won Triple Crown races before tailing off later in the year. Matters, though, were all cleared up when Arrogate hit the scene in August. Breaking Saratoga’s track record in a 13l romp in the (G1) Travers Stakes, Arrogate followed that up with his Breeders’ Cup Classic victory. It was more than enough to convince 243 voters that he deserved to be the champion three-year-old, Bob Baffert’s second consecutive trainee to win the award.

Arrogate is the third three-year-old not to win a Triple Crown race, but win the threeyear-old championship since Skip Away won the award in 1996. When breeders think of sire Gio Ponti, the first thing that comes to mind is “Turf stallion”, but thanks to Drefong that label may be fading. Drefong was another lightly raced Baffert trainee who went on to bigger and better things the second half of the year when winning the King’s Bishop (G1) on the Travers undercard and giving Baffert another Breeders’ Cup winner when crossing the line first in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1). One of three finalists for the male sprinter award, Drefong had to go against another Baffert trainee, Spendthrift Farm’s Lord Nelson. It was another easy choice for voters as Drefong earned 199 first place votes against Lord Nelson’s 29, with A.P. Indian the third finalist with 20 first place votes. The female sprinter award was not nearly so clear cut. In a competitive division that saw fillies and mares swapping wins throughout the year, eight mares earned at least one first place vote. The Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner Finest City (City Zip) made the biggest impression on voters, getting 185 first place votes to take home the award. Continuing her good few months, only hours before being named champion, Finest

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champion two-year-old filly Lady Aurelia rounded out the group even after winning just a maiden race in the US. Overall, eight fillies earned at least one first place vote in the category, tying it with the female sprinter award.

Eclipse Award winners 2016 Category Winner Three-year-old male.............................. Arrogate Two-year-old filly...............Champagne Room Two-year-old male..................... Classic Empire Three-year-old filly................................ Songbird Older dirt female.....................................Beholder Male sprinter..............................................Drefong Female sprinter....................................Finest City Turf male................................................... Flintshire Turf female........................................................Tepin Steeplechaser.............................................Rawnaq Trainer..................................................Chad Brown Jockey.........................................Javier Castellano Owner..................................... Juddmonte Farms Breeder............................................. WinStar Farm Apprentice............................................ Luis Ocasio

For the fourth year running Javier Castellano was named the year’s outstanding jockey. Castellano won 300 races in 2016 for $26.8 million in earnings with his biggest win coming in the Kentucky Oaks (G1) on Cathryn Sophia (Street Boss). Luis Ocasio also earned his first Eclipse Award when named outstanding apprentice jockey with 182 votes after winning 110 races in 2016 for $2.8 million in earnings. Lane Luzzi was the runner-up for the award with 34 votes. Steeplechaser Rawnaq was one of only two foreign-bred horses to win an Eclipse award when voted champion steeplechase horse. A son of Azamour, Rawnaq started his career in Britain in 2009 and made his US debut in October of 2015. The 10-year-old gelding was a force to be reckoned with in 2016, winning three of his four starts including two Grade 1s and finishing second in another. Unfortunately, while preparing for 2017, Rawnaq was injured and will miss the season but early indications are that he will return to racing in 2018. Overall, seven of the 11 equine Eclipse champions are slated to return in 2017 with two already making winning starts this season and at least three others scheduled to make their debuts by mid-February.

Songbird lost out by nose in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff to fellow Eclipse award winner Beholder


stallion stats Leading sires of hurdlers 2016-2017: (by prize-money earned, to February 9, 2017) Stallion King’s Theatre Kayf Tara Milan Presenting Beneficial Oscar Shantou Westerner Midnight Legend Flemensfirth Authorized Stowaway Kalanisi Overbury Yeats Robin Des Champs Voix Du Nord Brian Boru Scorpion Vinnie Roe Craigsteel Al Namix Galileo

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Races won




Average Earnings

158 181 204 195 194 160 71 131 97 155 51 91 93 46 66 66 15 69 105 49 62 23 51

42 50 37 49 38 38 23 31 31 37 24 24 19 13 25 19 7 21 17 14 16 6 16

55 70 55 63 59 51 39 37 51 44 32 35 28 16 33 27 12 26 21 22 24 10 20

223 183 223 196 191 156 79 158 110 148 70 99 73 49 81 59 15 94 78 61 61 26 57

743,749 554,299 536,165 514,406 483,650 462,107 424,749 388,073 384,506 365,768 341,125 340,588 275,329 264,297 261,117 228,105 211,189 210,126 209,682 202,789 183,943 172,982 160,115

26.58 27.62 18.13 25.12 19.58 23.75 32.39 23.66 31.95 23.87 47.05 26.37 20.43 28.26 37.87 28.78 46.66 30.43 16.19 28.57 25.8 26.08 31.37

4,707 3,062 2,628 2,638 2,493 2,888 5,982 2,962 3,964 2,360 6,689 3,743 2,961 5,746 3,956 3,456 14,079 3,045 1,997 4,139 2,967 7,521 3,140




Average Earnings

382 468 335 320 306 413 368 266 140 213 173 125 89 118 154 95 35 111 79 82 78 82 120

1,794,369 1,565,734 1,326,278 1,187,831 1,052,252 1,015,245 1,002,398 951,312 719,002 717,662 608,328 462,941 450,998 408,152 391,942 389,157 385,012 378,967 367,839 359,202 349,562 332,175 326,393

Leading sires of chasers 2016-2017: (by prize-money earned, to February 9, 2017) Stallion King’s Theatre Presenting Kayf Tara Oscar Flemensfirth Beneficial Milan Westerner Shantou Midnight Legend Stowaway Kalanisi Authorized Gold Well Brian Boru Vinnie Roe Voix Du Nord Robin Des Champs Indian River Overbury Heron Island Martaline Yeats




Races won

246 82 327 99 261 80 260 75 256 76 296 75 299 69 200 60 106 40 164 51 142 43 135 26 59 27 90 23 89 30 70 25 24 12 98 30 45 15 65 18 69 16 56 19 90 31

123 139 119 101 94 111 94 85 68 81 64 43 40 30 41 39 17 41 22 24 28 26 43

courtesy of Weatherbys 33.33 30.27 30.65 28.84 29.68 25.33 23.07 30 37.73 31.09 30.28 19.25 45.76 25.55 33.7 35.71 50 30.61 33.33 27.69 23.18 33.92 34.44

7,294 4,788 5,082 4,569 4,110 3,430 3,352 4,757 6,783 4,376 4,284 3,429 7,644 4,535 4,404 5,559 16,042 3,867 8,174 5,526 5,066 5,932 3,627

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134 I D Arrogate (USA) 133 I, M D California Chrome (USA) 132 I,M T Winx (AUS) 129 I T Almanzor (FR) 127 M T A Shin Hikari (JPN) 127 I T Maurice (JPN) 126 M D Frosted (USA) 124 I, L T Found (IRE) 124 I T Hartnell (GB) 124 L, I T Postponed (IRE) 124 I T Werther (NZ) 123 I T Fascinating Rock (IRE) 123 L T Flintshire (GB) 123 L T Highland Reel (IRE) 123 L T Kitasan Black (JPN) 123 I D Nyquist (USA) 123 L T Satono Crown (JPN) 122 M D Beholder (USA) 122 S T Chautauqua (AUS) 122 M D Dortmund (USA) 122 S T Limato (IRE) 122 M T Limato (IRE) 122 M T Minding (IRE) 122 M T Ribchester (IRE) 122 L T Satono Diamond (JPN) 121 E T Satono Diamond (JPN) 122 I, M D Songbird (USA) 122 M T Tepin (USA) 122 M T The Gurkha (IRE) 122 M T Tourist (USA) 121 M T Duramente (JPN) 121 L T Harzand (IRE) 121 L T Makahiki (JPN) 121 S T Mecca’s Angel (IRE) 120 S T Aerovelocity (NZ) 120 I T Dee Majesty (JPN) 120 I D Exaggerator (USA) 120 S T Flying Artie (AUS) 120 L T Gold Actor (JPN) 120 I T Jack Hobbs (GB) 120 M T Jet Setting (IRE) 120 L T Journey (GB) 120 M T Lightning Spear (GB) 120 I T Mutakayyef (GB) 120 I T My Dream Boat (IRE) 120 E,L T Order of St George (IRE) 120 L T Protectionist (GER) 120 M T Real Steel (JPN) 120 I T Real Steel (JPN) 120 M D Tamarkuz (USA) 120 M T Vadamos (FR) 119 M T Beauty Only (IRE) 119 M T Belardo (IRE) 119 M T Contentment (AUS) ) 119 I T Dariyan (FR)


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Juddmonte Farms Inc California Chrome LLC Magic Bloodstock Racing et al Ecurie Antonio Caro/Gerard Augustin-Normand Eishindo Co Ltd Kazumi Yoshida Godolphin M. Tabor, D. Smith & Mrs J. Magnier Godolphin Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum Johnson Chen Newtown Anner Stud Farm Juddmonte Farms Inc D. Smith, Mrs J. Magnier & M. Tabor Ono Shoji Reddam Racing LLC Hajime Satomi Spendthrift Farm LLC R & C Legh Racing, G P I Racing et al Kaleem Shah Inc Paul Jacobs Paul Jacobs D. Smith, Mrs J. Magnier & M. Tabor Godolphin Hajime Satomi Hajime Satomi Fox Hill Farms Inc Robert E. Masterson D. Smith, Mrs J. Magnier & M. Tabor Winstar Farm LLC, Wachtel Stable & Gary Barber Sunday Racing Co Ltd H.H. Aga Khan Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co Ltd David Metcalfe Daniel Yeung Ngai Masaru Shimada Big Chief Racing LLC, Head of Plains Partners LLC et al Luskin Park Stud Syndicate Hisayo Ishiro Godolphin & Partners Equinegrowthpartners Syndidate George Strawbridge Qatar Racing Limited Hamdan Al Maktoum Paul & Clare Rooney L. Williams, Mrs J. Magnier, M. Tabor & D. Smith Australian Bloodstock Stable Sunday Racing Co Ltd Sunday Racing Co Ltd Shadwell Stable Haras de Saint Pair Eleanor Kwok Law Kwai Chun & Patrick Kwok Ho Chuen Godolphin & Prince A. A. Faisal Benson Lo Tak Wing H.H. Aga Khan

Unbridled´s Song Bubbler Lucky Pulpit (USA) Love The Chase Street Cry (IRE) Vegas Showgirl Wootton Bassett Darkova Deep Impact (JPN) Catalina Screen Hero (JPN) Mejiro Frances Tapit (USA) Fast Cookie Galileo (IRE) Red Evie Authorized (IRE) Debonnaire Dubawi (IRE) Ever Rigg Tavistock (NZ) Bagalollies Fastnet Rock (AUS) Miss Polaris Dansili Dance Routine Galileo (IRE) Hveger Black Tide (JPN) Sugar Heart Uncle Mo (USA) Seeking Gabrielle Marju (IRE) Jioconda Henny Hughes (USA) Leslie´s Lady Encosta De Lago (AUS) Lovely Jubly Snitzel (AUS) Single Rose Tagula (IRE) Come April Tagula (IRE) Come April Galileo (IRE) Lillie Langtry Iffraaj Mujarah Deep Impact (JPN) Malpensa Deep Impact (JPN) Malpensa Medaglia d´Oro (USA) Ivanavinalot Bernstein (USA) Life Happened Galileo (IRE) Chintz Tiznow (USA) Unbridled Melody King Kamehameha (JPN) Admire Groove Sea The Stars (IRE) Hazariya Deep Impact (JPN) Wikiwiki Dark Angel (IRE) Folga Pins (AUS) Exodus Deep Impact Hermes Tiara Curlin (USA) Dawn Raid Artie Schiller (USA) Flying Rub Screen Hero (JPN) Heilong Xing Halling (USA) Swain´s Gold Fast Company (IRE) Mean Lae Dubawi (IRE) Montare Pivotal Atlantic Destiny Sea The Stars (IRE) Infallible Lord Shanakill (USA) Betty Burke Galileo (IRE) Another Storm Monsun (GER) Patineuse Deep Impact (JPN) Loves Only Me Deep Impact (JPN) Loves Only Me Speightstown (USA) Without You Bab Monsun (GER) Celebre Vadala Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) Goldendale Lope De Vega (IRE) Danaskaya Hussonet (USA) Jemison Shamardal (USA) Daryakana


Dam sire Distorted Humor Not For Love Al Akbar Maria´s Mon Storm Cat Carnegie Deputy Minister Intikhab Anabaa Dubai Destination Zabeel NZ Polar Falcon Sadler´s Wells Danehill Sakura Bakushin Forestry Rossini Tricky Creek Lion Hunter Irgun Singspiel Singspiel Danehill Dancer Marju Orpen Orpen West Acre Stravinsky Danehill Dancer Unbridled´s Song Sunday Silence Xaar French Deputy Atraf Kaapstad Brian´s Time Vindication Rubiton Kyowa Alysheba Swain Johannesburg Montjeu Royal Academy Pivotal Choisir Gone West Peintre Celebre Storm Cat Storm Cat Lemon Drop Kid Peintre Celebre Ali-Royal Danehill Commands Selkirk


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Designs On Rome (IRE) Effinex (USA) Elbchaussee (PER) Extreme Choice (AUS) Forever Unbridled (USA) Hawkbill (USA) Idaho (IRE) Jameka (AUS) Legal Eagle (SAF) Logotype (JPN) Lucky Bubbles (AUS) Melatonin (USA) Peniaphobia (IRE) Secret Weapon (GB) Seventh Heaven (IRE) Smart Call (SAF) Stellar Wind (USA) Time Test (GB) US Army Ranger (IRE) Zelzal (FR) Alice Springs (IRE) A P Indian (USA) Astern (AUS) Awardee (USA) Awtaad (IRE) Black Heart Bart (AUS) Blazing Speed (GB) Buffering (AUS) Copano Rickey (JPN) Dartmouth (GB) Drefong (USA) Giant Treasure (USA) Gun Runner (USA) Heartbreak City (FR) Helene Paragon (FR) Iquitos (GER) Kermadec (NZ) Lankan Rupee (AUS) Last Impact (JPN) Lovely Day (JPN) Marinaresco (SAF) Mikki Isle (JPN) New Bay (GB) Not Listenin’Tome (AUS) Queen’s Trust (GB) Sheikhzayedroad (GB) Silverwave (FR) Sounds of Earth (JPN) Spalato (NZ) Staphanos (JPN) Star Turn (AUS) Turn Me Loose (NZ) Usherette (IRE) Wings of Desire (GB) Xtravagant (NZ) Yamakatsu Ace (JPN)

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Cheng Keung Fai Tri-Bone Stables Diego Enrique Newgate S F Syndicate et al Charles Fipke Godolphin M. Tabor, D. Smith & Mrs J. Magnier C. L. Maher, Mrs J. M. Mckenna et al Mrs Ingrid Jooste & Markus Jooste Teruya Yoshida Lucky Syndicate Tarabilla Farms Inc Huang Kai Wen Leung Lun Ping D. Smith, Mrs J. Magnier & M. Tabor Mauritzfontein Ltd Hronis Racing LLC Khalid Abdullah Mrs J. Magnier, M. Tabor & D. Smith Al Shaqab Racing Mrs J. Magnier, M. Tabor & D. Smith Green Lantern Stables LLC Godolphin Koji Maeda Hamdan Al Maktoum K. B. Renner, C. R. Delacy et al Fentons Racing Syndicate Mrs V. Heathcote, S. Krslovic et al Sachiaki Kobayashi The Queen Baoma Corporation Pan Sutong Winchell Thoroughbreds & Three Chimneys Farm Here For The Craic Partnership Sir Po-shing & Lady Woo et al Stall Mulligan N. Morgan Teeley Assets Ltd Synd Silk Racing Co Ltd Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co Ltd M. W. Bass, F. Green et al Mizuki Noda Khalid Abdullah Matthew Wong Leung Pak Cheveley Park Stud Mohammed Jaber Hspirit Teruya Yoshida Graham Mackie U Carrot Farm A. R. Bell S. Brown, L. de Souza et al Godolphin S.N.C. Lady Bamford Te Akau 2014 Breeding Syndicate Kazuo Yamada

Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) Mineshaft (USA) Awesome Twist (USA) Not A Single Doubt (AUS) Unbridled´s Song (USA) Kitten´s Joy (USA) Galileo (IRE) Myboycharlie (IRE) Greys Inn (USA) Lohengrin (JPN) Sebring (AUS) Kodiak Kowboy (USA) Dandy Man (IRE) Choisir (AUS) Galileo (IRE) Ideal World (USA) Curlin (USA) Dubawi (IRE) Galileo (IRE) Sea The Stars (IRE) Galileo (IRE) Indian Charlie (USA) Medaglia d´Oro (USA) Jungle Pocket (JPN) Cape Cross (IRE) Blackfriars (AUS) Dylan Thomas (IRE) Mossman (AUS) Gold Allure (JPN) Dubawi (IRE) Gio Ponti (USA) Mizzen Mast (USA) Candy Ride (ARG) Lando (GER) Polan (FR) Adlerflug (GER) Teofilo (IRE) Redoute´s Choice (AUS) Deep Impact (JPN) King Kamehameha (JPN) Silvano (GER) Deep Impact (JPN) Dubawi (IRE) Dylan Thomas (IRE) Dansili Dubawi (IRE) Silver Frost (IRE) Neo Universe (JPN) Elusive City (USA) Deep Impact (JPN) Star Witness (AUS) Iffraaj (8.0f) Shamardal (USA) Pivotal Pentire King Kamehameha (JPN)

Summer Trysting What A Pear Ikea Extremely Lemons Forever Trensa Hveger Mine Game Young Sensation Stereotype Bubble Below Yanquee Reign Umlani Just Devine La Traviata Good Judgement Evening Star Passage Of Time Moonstone Olga Prekrasa Aleagueoftheirown Ender´s Sister Essaouira Heavenly Romance Asheerah Sister Theresq Leukippids Action Annie Copano Nikita Galatee Eltimaas Palisade Quiet Giant Moscow Nights High Zaff Irika Hy Fuji Estelle Collection Superior Pear Popcorn Jazz Gay Fortuna Star Isle Cinnamon Bay Flame Of Sydney Queen´s Best Royal Secrets Miss Bio First Violin Ellington Kokoshnik Golden Delicious Indomitable Monday Show Gull Wing Axiom Yamakatsu Marilyn

Alleged E Dubai Combsway Hussonet Lemon Drop Kid Giant´s Causeway Danehill General Nediym National Emblem Sunday Silence Hussonet Yankee Victor Great Commotion Montjeu Johannesburg Horse Chestnut Malibu Moon Dansili Dalakhani Kingmambo Danehill Dancer A.P. Indy Exceed And Excel Sunday Silence Shamardal At Talaq Sadler´s Wells Anabaa Timber Country Galileo Ghostzapper Gone West Giant´s C eway Peintre Celebre High Chaparral Areion Fuji Kiseki Stravinsky Timber Country Dance In The Dark Fort Wood Rock Of Gibraltar Zamindar Encosta De Lago King´s Best Highest Honor River Mist Dixieland Band Express Duke Kurofune Made Of Gold Danehill Maria´s Mon In The Wings Zabeel Grass Wonder

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No place for “alternative facts”

Simon Rowlands reports and analyses the evidence-based assessments given by the handicappers for the Longines World Best Racehorse Rankings


he world at large seems a very different place from the one we knew a year ago. Things that once seemed certain are now anything, but, and we have moved to a “post-truth” society and have “had enough of experts”, according to some anyway. Fortunately, such developments have made only small inroads in the sport of horseracing, which tends to be unforgiving – at the betting


window, on the racetrack and in the breeding shed – of those who ignore evidence in favour of flights of fancy. In a head-to-head between “alternative facts” and the evidence-based opinions of experts, the latter are very likely to win out where it matters. But that is not to say that those experts’ opinions should be exempt from scrutiny. The evidence-based opinions of experts is what informs the Longines-sponsored

World’s Best Racehorse Rankings, a collective attempt by official handicappers from around the world to apply performance assessments to elite horses and races. The rankings are updated regularly, but gain highest prominence when attempting to define the year that has just gone. The latest unveiling of the annual WBRRs, covering 2016, took place in London in January. In general terms, there is much to be applauded and little to be denounced

world rankings in this year’s lists. Arrogate rightfully got top spot on 134 over California Chrome (133), who he beat narrowly but seemingly fairly in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita in November. It should not be forgotten that Arrogate had an exceptional wide-margin and record-breaking win in the Travers Stakes (G1) at Saratoga in August to his name also. California Chrome had more top-class efforts than two in his locker during the year, of course, including wins in the Dubai World Cup (G1) at Meydan in March and the Pacific Classic at Del Mar in August. That was presumably what prompted his Eclipse award as Horse of the Year. But handicappers (in the non-US sense) rate horses on the best of their recent efforts, and the evidence, though not indisputable, suggests that Arrogate was marginally the better horse, at least at 10f by the season’s end. In historical terms, Arrogate’s 134 is a good but not exceptional rating for a world leader.

It places him alongside American Pharoah in 2015 and ahead of three other of the WBRR leaders in a previous eight years, which had twice been dominated by the peerless Frankel. There is a bit more room for disagreement about the rating of the Australian mare Winx (132), if not so much about her position in third. That figure, which comes from her 8l win in the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley, places her alongside the same country’s Black Caviar at her best. Timeform ratings – which predate the WBRR and their predecessor the International Classifications, and which are standardised to maintain a consistent level and a consistent approach – are 4lb to 5lb ahead of the official figures on average for the top horses. They had Black Caviar 3lb superior to Winx at their respective peaks and effectively regard Winx as over-rated by about that much.

That is the biggest discrepancy in that direction among the top horses, with the exception of Jet Setting (120 in WBRRs and on Timeform), who sectionals show got the run of things rather more than Minding (122 WBRRs, 127 Timeform) when beating her narrowly in the Irish 1,000 Guineas at The Curragh in May. There had been plenty of talk about timing and sectional analysis at previous WBRR press conferences, but there is still no evidence that they are taken into account in a formalised and consistent manner. Elsewhere, it is difficult to see how Postponed (124 WBRR) and, in particular, Mecca’s Angel (121 WBRR) could have been rated quite so lowly when they had run so fast against the clock at York in winning the International Stakes and the Nunthorpe Stakes respectively. The result is that Postponed’s figure is the lowest for the leading British performer since the current scale was adopted in 1986 (though the “recalibration” exercise undertaken in 2012, which reduced some historical ratings, muddies the waters somewhat). That seems a bit harsh for a horse who beat Highland Reel (123) and Found (124) on merit when required, with the latter (who ended up her country’s highest-rated performer) receiving a sex allowance to boot. It is easy to quibble with individual ratings, but the WBRR potentially come into their own when used to measure wider effects in which individual volatility tends to cancel itself out. In this context, the news for British Flat racing in 2016 is discouraging in a more obvious way. Britain had 40 representatives in the WBRRs, which was both its second-lowest haul in the last nine years and saw it drop below Australia (50) once more and below Japan (41) for the first time. There was a tie between Maurice and A Shin Hikari for top place in Japan on 127, incidentally. The country leading the way was, of course, the US, though this was not the spectacular season that might be imagined from the positioning and achievements of the aforementioned superstars. With a total of 62 representatives, the US Connections of the Longines three World’s Best Racehorses – Winx, California Chrome and Arrogate – with their awards, alongside hosts Longines and IFHA, at Claridge's in January


world rankings had its lowest haul, down considerably on figures of around 90 just a few years ago: never mind the width, feel the quality! Hong Kong continues in the ascendancy – or perhaps is getting some overdue recognition – with a record 26 representatives, ahead of Ireland (21, which is slightly better than average) and France. The last-named’s return of 20 is the lowest in recent times, with 129-rated Almanzor the only French-trained individual rated above 120. There were also good returns for Argentina (9), Brazil (6), Chile (3) and Peru (3), meaning that South America outdid France in terms of sheer numbers, with Peru’s Elbchaussee rated the best horse on the continent on 119 (Timeform reckon that is about 5 lb too high). It would be good to see such an unexpected uplift tested properly in the heat of global competition. The WBRR’s methods in evaluating which was the best race in the world in 2016 can also be called into question, though the conclusion that it was the Breeders’ Cup Classic is hardly controversial. So-called “race strength” methodology has been around for decades, and is used in more advanced forms of handicapping, in which

the influence of a horse on the final figure depends on how well it ran, what its finishing position was and the number of rivals it had on the day in question. Against that, taking a flat average of the end-of-year ratings of just the first-four finishers, as the WBRR does, seems crude. In addition, the logic of adding the sex allowance back on in open races (so that Found’s 124 effectively became 127, and Winx’s 132 became 136 due to their different jurisdictions) but not in races restricted to females could do with being explained. The Breeders’ Cup Distaff ranked at joint-15th, but would have been sixth had precisely the same result occurred in a race also open to males. The unveiling of the two-year-old Classification was made earlier in the day, also in London, though the reason why the two events have now been separated – official assessments of juveniles in North America and elsewhere do not exist, so the classification is a European one – remains an Achilles Heel. The Dewhurst winner Churchill led the way on 122, with Lady Aurelia on 121, which seems reasonable enough in itself. But it should be remembered that the Dewhurst runner-up Lancaster Bomber

(rated 117) was subsequently beaten the same margin by Oscar Performance in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, and the latter is probably not in the same league as the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile one-two, Classic Empire and Not This Time. The avoidable absence of such horses renders this a somewhat parochial undertaking. Of course, the handicappers of the WBRR did not have the benefit of knowing the result of the first running of The Pegasus Cup at Gulfstream Park later in the week when delivering their verdicts. In the event, it probably made little difference. Arrogate romped to victory by nearly 5l from Shaman Ghost (rated 115 in the WBRR), with Neolithic (unrated) and Keen Ice (117 in WBRR) third and fourth, but California Chrome clearly was not himself and finished out the back. Timeform has already indicated that it rates this effort by Arrogate a bit below those he put up in the Travers and at the Breeders’ Cup. He was not hard ridden late on, and sectionals point to a fast early pace and a slow finish, which will have helped closers, of which Shaman Ghost was one. What the official handicappers made of the form will have to wait for them to discuss it among themselves – they actually vote on such things, it seems – and the publication of the next update, which looks like being in March. Arrogate remaining on 134 and California Chrome (who will not race again) on 133 seems long odds-on. In a world short of facts and long on uninformed opinions, horseracing should be proud of the situation whereby it long since developed a sophisticated system to compare the abilities of horses, whether or not they ever actually meet on the racetrack. It is not difficult to argue with some of the finer detail, but the annual WBRR awards are an important showcase for this process (and for the awards’ well-heeled sponsors). That, if nothing else, is good reason to applaud the enterprise. What will 2017 bring? Well, another pretty big rating for Arrogate it seems, at the least if the Pegasus World Cup is anything to go by.

Churchill: the son of Galileo is the top-rated European two-year-old of 2016. Can he continue to progress in 2017?


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Churchill (IRE) Lady Aurelia (USA) National Defense (GB) Thunder Snow (IRE) Lancaster Bomber (USA) Blue Point (IRE) Brave Anna (USA) Caravaggio (USA) Rhododendron (IRE) The Last Lion (IRE) Roly Poly (USA) Mehmas (IRE) Rivet (IRE) Queen Kindly (GB) Waldgeist (GB) Wuheida (GB) Best Solution (IRE) Boynton (USA) Capri (IRE) Peace Envoy (FR) War Decree (USA) Dabyah (IRE) Intricately (IRE) Promise To Be True (IRE) Tis Marvellous (GB) Akihiro (JPN) Hydrangea (IRE) Kontrastat (FR) Yucatan (IRE) Al Johrah (GB) Alrahma (GB) Al Wukair (IRE) Best Of Days (GB) Cavale Doree (FR) Douglas Macarthur (IRE) Exemplar (IRE) Fair Eva (GB) Harry Angel (IRE) Intelligence Cross (USA) Landfall (FR) Larchmont Lad (IRE) Raheen House (IRE) Salouen (IRE) Senga (USA) South Seas (IRE) Spain Burg (FR) Syphax (USA)

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Owner M. Tabor, D. Smith & Mrs J. Magnier Stonestreet Stables, G. Bolton & P. Leidel Sun Bloodstock SARL Godolphin M. Tabor, D. Smith & Mrs J. Magnier Godolphin Mrs E. M. Stockwell Mrs J. Magnier, M. Tabor & D. Smith Mrs J. Magnier, M. Tabor & D. Smith John Brown & Megan Dennis M. Tabor, D. Smith & Mrs J. Magnier Al Shaqab Racing The Starship Partnership Jaber Abdullah Ammerland/Newsells Park/Magnier Godolphin Godolphin Godolphin D. Smith, Mrs J. Magnier & M. Tabor Mrs J. Magnier, M. Tabor & D. Smith Andrew Rosen, Mrs Magnier, M. Tabor, D. Smith Abdullah Saeed Al Naboodah Mrs C. C. Regalado-Gonzalez Mrs J. Magnier, M. Tabor & D. Smith Miss J. Deadman & S. Barrow Wertheimer & Frere D. Smith, Mrs J. Magnier & M. Tabor B. Plainfosse & Ecurie Palos de Moguer Flaxman, Mrs J. Magnier, M. Tabor & D. Smith Al Shaqab Racing Hamdan Al Maktoum Al Shaqab Racing Godolphin Martin Schwartz Markus Jooste, MrsMagnier, M. Tabor & D. Smith M. Tabor, D. Smith & Mrs J. Magnier Khalid Abdullah Peter Ridgers Mrs J. Magnier, M. Tabor & D. Smith Carl Howell, Pauline Condon & R. J. Condon Michael Geoghegan J. L. Day H. Balasuriya Flaxman Stables Ireland Ltd Qatar Racing Ltd Roberto Cocheteux Tierno K & J Bloodstock Ltd



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Galileo Scat Daddy Invincible Spirit Helmet War Front Shamardal War Front Scat Daddy Galileo Choisir War Front Acclamation Fastnet Rock Frankel Galileo Dubawi Kodiac More Than Ready Galileo Power War Front Sepoy Fastnet Rock Galileo Harbour Watch Deep Impact Galileo My Risk Galileo Bated Breath Shamardal Dream Ahead Azamour Sunday Break Galileo Galileo Frankel Dark Angel War Front Myboycharlie Footstepsinthesand Sea The Stars Canford Cliffs Blame Lope De Vega Sageburg Arch

Meow D’Wildcat Speed Angel Falls Eastern Joy Sun Shower Scarlett Rose Liscanna Mekko Hokte Halfway To Heaven Mala Mala Misty For Me Lucinda Starship Lady Of The Desert Waldlerche Hibaayeb Al Andalyya Baffled Dialafara Hoh My Darling Royal Decree Samdaniya Inner Realm Sumora Mythicism Baahama Beauty is Truth Sikkim Six Perfections Bea Rembereded Albaraah Macheera Baisse Sweet Alabama Alluring Park Miarixa African Rose Beatrix Potter Good Vibes Lana Girl Fotini Jumooh Gali Gal Beta Leo Let It Be Me Spain Blues Much Obliged

Storm Cat Aidan O’Brien Forest Wildcat Wesley Ward Kingmambo C. Head-Maarek Dubai Destination Saeed bin Suroor Indian Ridge Aidan O’Brien Royal Applause Charlie Appleby Sadler’s Wells Aidan O’Brien Holy Bull Aidan O’Brien Pivotal Aidan O’Brien Brief Truce Mark Johnston Galileo Aidan O’Brien Machiavellian Richard Hannon Galileo William Haggas Rahy Richard Fahey Monsun André Fabre Singspiel Charlie Appleby Kingmambo Saeed bin Suroor Distorted Humor Charlie Appleby Anabaa Aidan O’Brien Dansili Aidan O’Brien Street Cry Aidan O’Brien Machiavellian John Gosden Galileo Joseph O’Brien Danehill Aidan O’Brien Oasis Dream Clive Cox Anabaa André Fabre Pivotal Aidan O’Brien Linamix Stéphane Wattel Celtic Swing Aidan O’Brien Doyen H-François Devin Oasis Dream Freddy Head Machiavellian André Fabre High Chaparral Hugo Palmer Enrique Christophe Ferland Green Desert Aidan O’Brien Linamix Aidan O’Brien Observatory Roger Charlton Cadeaux Genereux Clive Cox Unbridled’s Song Aidan O’Brien Arch Kevin Condon King’s Best Richard Hannon Monsun Brian Meehan Galileo Sylvester Kirk A.P. Indy Pascal Bary Mizzen Mast Andrew Balding Anabaa Blue X Thomas-Demeaulte Kingmambo Kevin Ryan



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rior to 2015 one had to go back to 2008 – to when Curlin shared top spot with New Approach – to find a North American runner at the head of World’s Best Racehorse Rankings (then the World Thoroughbred Ranking). So when American Pharoah achieved that honour last year with a figure of 134, the highest achieved by a Dirt runner since the 135 awarded to the mighty Cigar – winner of 16 straight races – the odds of a repeat would have been pretty long. By remarkable coincidence, however, Arrogate, the horse destined to match American Pharoah’s number one ranking was already a stablemate of American Pharoah, lurking as an unraced two-year-old in the barn of trainer Bob Baffert. Continuing the strange synchronicity, there are pedigree connections between Arrogate and American Pharoah, as well as his rival in the epic Breeders’ Cup clash California Chrome – the world’s highest-rated older horse in two categories. Arrogate is a son of the late Unbridled’s Song, who died in 2013. Unbridled’s Song was a son of the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1)

Cup Mile (G1) hero Liam’s Map, as well as Zensational, Octave, Thorn Song, Splendid Blended and Graydar. California Chrome’s sire Lucky Pulpit – who stands in California – was a Californiatrained Classic hopeful early at three, but won his only stakes sprinting on the Turf at four. The tie to Arrogate comes in that Lucky Pulpit’s dam Lucky Soph, a daughter of Cozzene, is a three-quarters sister to the Caro mare Trolley Song, the dam of Unbridled’s Song. We must also note that California Chrome’s dam Love The Chase, who is by Not For Love (a three-quarters brother to Woodman) is inbred 3x3 to Champion racemare Numbered Account, who in turn had the three-quarters sisters Busanda/Striking 2x3 . Both are granddaughters of La Troienne, the most important mare imported to the US in the course of the 20th century. The Fappiano line that has led to Arrogate, and Caro, in the pedigrees of both Arrogate and California Chrome, has separately and together begun to exert a shaping influence on North American breeding and particularly on Dirt runners. Fappiano bore far more resemblance to his broodmare sire, Dr. Fager. He was a true phenomenon and in 1968 completed the

The Fappiano line that has led to Arrogate, and Caro, in the pedigrees of both Arrogate and California Chrome, has separately and together begun to exert a shaping influence on North American breeding and particularly on Dirt runners victor Unbridled (who is also in the maleline of American Pharoah), and from the Fappiano branch of the Mr. Prospector line. Injuries prevented Unbridled’s Song from fully realising his potential as a runner, but at his best, in efforts such as the Florida Derby (G1) and the Wood Memorial Stakes (G1), he appeared almost invincible. Although his offspring have a tendency to be somewhat brittle, especially if exploited early, Unbridled’s Song has been responsible for a string of exciting Dirt runners. He’s been represented by 55 graded stakes winners, 22 Grade 1, the best known in addition to Arrogate being champion threeyear-old Will Take Charge, champion twoyear-old colt Midshipman, the 2015 Breeders’


remarkable grand slam of champion older horse, champion sprinter, champion Turf horse and Horse of the Year. He was the first, and will almost certainly be the last, to accumulate those honours in a single year. Dr. Fager was the archetype of what has become the modern Classic type US Dirt horse – shows considerable early speed and wins by virtue of slowing down less than his opponents. To give a human comparison, we’d say that they have a parallel in the speed-based 800m runner, such as the twice Olympic champion David Rudisha, rather than the more aerobic 800m/1500m type, which in an earlier age was embodied by runners such as Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett.

world rankings Arrogate: the top-rated horse in the world


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Arrogate, the Longines World’s Best Racehorse, is from the Fappiano line, which, with the Caro line, is begining to exert an important influence on the thoroughbred, writes Alan Porter


world rankings In addition to being in the male-line of Arrogate and American Pharoah, Unbridled is also broodmare sire of Tapit – by Pulpit, the grandsire of California Chrome – who has been North America’s leading sire for each of the last three years, setting a new earnings’ record each time. Tapit’s son Frosted, who won the Metropolitan Handicap (G1) in devastating fashion, rates on the World Rankings at 126, behind only Arrogate and California Chrome among the US-based runners. Tapit’s Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Creator

Dr. Fager appears in ten of Uncle Mo’s 22 northern hemisphere-sired stakes winners, six through Fappiano, and four through Unbridled

also made the ratings at 116, as did his West Virginia Derby (G2) scorer Cupid and multiple graded scorer Mohaymne, both on 115. We should also mention that Tapit’s dam Tap Your Heels, who has three crosses of Dr. Fager’s sire Rough’n Tumble (the other two through In Reality, who is out of Rough’n Tumble’s champion two-year-old My Dear Girl), is a three-quarters sister to champion sprinter Rubiano, the broodmare sire of War Front, himself now one of the world’s most sought-after sires.

“As long as we can get him to the Breeders’ Cup...”


hen a trainer says that of a three-year-old who has just won a midsummer allowance event, and who has yet to even start in stakes company, one might be tempted to put it down to hyperbole. Not, however, when the trainer is Bob Baffert, who only 12 months earlier conditioned American Pharoah to not only become the first US Triple Crown winner for 38 years, but to then rout older horses in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. And not, apparently, when the horse is Arrogate. A $560,000 as a yearling purchase, Arrogate is owned by Juddmonte Farms, who for the first time since the passing of trainer Bobby Frankel, had moved to acquire horses that might run on Dirt in US. Arrogate had begun to show that he had well-above average talent by the autumn of his two-year-old career, but shin soreness delayed his debut unitl last spring. Third in a sprint at Los Alamitos – where he didn’t get the clearest of runs – on his debut, Arrogate then took a maiden at Santa Anita by four and a half lengths, a Santa Anita allowance event by five and a quarter lengths, and then had a length and threequarters to spare over older horses in a Del Mar allowance race. At this point, Arrogate had yet to be really asked to run. “He was winning in a gallop,” said Baffert and Arrogate’s true capabilities remained something of a mystery. That all changed with the Travers Stakes


(G1), Saratoga’s “Midsummer Derby” which in 2016 drew every top three-year-old in the country with the exception of the Kentucky Derby (G1) victor, Nyquist. In the space of just under two minutes, Arrogate went from a promising prospect – he could be backed at nearly 12-1 at the off – to bona fide superstar. Sent from the gate Arrogate was in the lead throughout: seven and a half lengths clear at the head of the stretch, he’d extend that margin to over 13l at the wire. The time of 1:59.36 for the 1m2f made this not only the fastest running of a race that has been contested at this distance since 1904, but also erased a track and race-record that had stood since 1979. The visual impression and the evidence of the stopwatch were given further credibility by the figures returned by a number of authorative ratings services. The Beyer Speed Figure was 122, the highest for a race in excess of a mile since 2005, and the highest for a three-year-old since 1989. The Thoro-Graph number for the Travers was four and a half, faster than the best of three and a half achieved by last year’s Triple Crown hero, American Pharoah. Timeform awarded the performance a towering 139, the highest achieved by a US Dirt performer since Ghostzapper in 2005, while Arrogate’s Bloodstock Research Information Services speed rating was 124, the highest ever. In 2015, Baffert elected not to give American Pharoah a race between his shock Travers defeat and the Breeders’ Cup, and similarly, he decided to train

Arrogate up to that race. The Classic devolved into an intriguing game of cat and mouse between Arrogate and California Chrome, who had stood atop of the World Rankings since taking the Dubai World Cup (G1) in March, and who had contemptuously brushed aside his domestic foes in three US Grade 1 events since then. California Chrome set a solid pace with Arrogate dropping as far as 4l adrift on the backstretch. A length and a half of California Chrome’s advantage remained as he straightened for home, but despite that lead, and despite California Chrome accelerating again in the stretch –something very rarely seen in a North American Dirt race over a distance of ground – it was still not enough to deny Arrogate, who found a remarkable late surge after switching leads in last 100yds, powering by to score by a half length. The Pegasus Cup win has been reviewed by Melissa on page 30, and despite the nonappearance of the true California Chrome, Arrogate continued his impressive trend.

Arrogate: bred by shrewd operator Cleary

Arrogate was bred by in Kentucky by Clearsky Farms. Established in 2009 by the late Eamon Cleary, a native of Ireland. The farm is now run by his sons, Bernard and Eamonn, and managed by Barry Robinette. In addition to managing a wide-range of international enterprises, Cleary was an extremely shrew buyer of broodmares. Other acquisitions by him in the foundation of Clearsky include mares who have since produced Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) victor New Years Day, Firing Line, runner-up to

world rankings As for Caro, he is not only in the pedigree of Unbridled’s Song and Lucky Pulpit, but also appears as broodmare sire of Maria’s Mon, whose son Super Saver sired last year’s US champion sprinter, Runhappy (and out of an Unbridled line mare), and through Siberian Express, In Excess and Indian Charlie, is the male-line of Uncle Mo. He was a champion two-year-old, the champion freshman sire of 2015, and is now represented by a world-record-breaking 21 first-crop stakes winners. Uncle Mo’s son Nyquist, champion two-

year-old colt of 2015 and 2016 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner, is the third-rated US Dirt runner on 123. In another example of the Caro/Dr. Fager synchonisity, Nyquist is out of a mare by Forestry, who goes tail-female to a daughter of Dr. Fager. Dr. Fager appears in no less than ten of Uncle Mo’s northern-hemisphere-sired stakes winners, six through Fappiano, and four through Unbridled. Staying with Dirt runners, there was a tie for top spot among the distaffers between the

American Pharoah in the Kentucky Derby (G1), last year’s three-time Grade 1 winner Lord Nelson, and the four-time graded winner Mohaymen. Cleary was particularly skilled in finding a mare whose raw talent was greater than that immediate apparent from the catalogue page. He lighted on one of that kind in Arrogate’s dam Bubbler, whom he purchased for $170,000 as a broodmare prospect at the 2010 Fasig-Tipton November Sale. Successful in six of nine starts, Bubbler’s stakes victories came in relatively minor events at Fair Grounds, Sam Houston Race Park and Lone Star, and her only graded placing was a third in the Ouija Board Handicap (G3). She had, however, run an excellent Beyer Speedfigure of 99 – a number that one would normally associate with a good graded stakes winner – while romping by 12l in the Houston Distaff Stakes. Bubbler is by leading sire, and now fastemerging broodmare sire, Distorted Humor (Forty Niner). Her dam Grechelle earned black-type when third in the Golden Rod Stakes (G3) at two and she was extremely well-bred. By Deputy Minister, another leading sire and leading broodmare sire, she was out of Meadow Star, an exceptional runner who was seven for seven at two, wins including the Spinaway Stakes (G1), Matron Stakes (G1), Frizette Stakes (G1) and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1). She subsequently added four more stakes wins, including the Acorn Stakes (G1) and Mother Goose Stakes (G1). Arrogate’s sire Unbridled’s Song was the first mating chosen for Bubbler and it was a cross that looked a natural. There had already been some promising signs of an affinity between Unbridled’s

Song and his sire Unbridled with Distorted Humor, and Bubbler was half-sister to Unbridled’s stakes-winning daughter, Unbridled Femme. Unbridled’s Song and Unbridled also had a history of success with Deputy Minister, notably with champion two-year-old filly Halfbridled (and after the Arrogate mating had taken place, Unbridled’s Song’s champion three-year-old colt, Will Take Charge). The association between Unbridled’s Song and Meadowlake, the sire of Meadow Star, and Meadowlake’s sire, Hold Your Peace had also been a happy one, including two Grade 1 winners out of mares by French Deputy, a horse bred on a similar

wonderful Beholder (by Henny Hughes, a son of Hennessy from the Storm Cat line) and Songbird, a daughter of Medaglia D’Oro. He is, of course, by El Prado and so from what has become the North American branch of the Sadler’s Wells line. Beholder, at six, earned a fourth Eclipse Award, and Songbird, who suffered her first defeat when going down to Beholder in a photo in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) added a title as champion three-year-old filly to the one she earned at two. The rankings of Dirt performers also

cross to Bubbler’s dam. Arrogate’s fourth dam Inreality Star is by In Reality, who frequently combined successfully with Arrogate’s great-grandsire, Fappiano, and who also appears as sire of the second dam of Arrogate’s grandsire, Unbridled. Two days after Arrogate’s Breeders’ Cup triumph, Bubbler, was bought back in for $4,500,000 at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November Sale. She also has a 2015 filly by Medaglia D’Oro – a $300,000 purchase by Bridlewood Farm at the 2016 Keeneland September Sales – a 2016 filly by Giant’s Causeway, and is due to Into Mischief. She visits Tapit in 2017.

Arrogate and California Chrome head to head in the Breeders’ Cup


world rankings underlined the emergence of Curlin, Smart Strike’s two-time Horse of the Year, as a major stallion. He was represented by Exaggerator (120), who won three Grade 1 events including the Preakness Stakes (G1), Stellar Wind (119), joint-third among the females and a winner over Beholder, Curalina (117), Keen Ice (117) and Connect (116), Grade 1 winners all. The Dirt sprint division was tied on 119 between three-year-old Drefong and six-yearold A.P. Indian.

Drefong is, like Beholder, from the Storm Cat line, his sire being Tale Of The Cat’s son Gio Ponti, who earned honours and champion older male, twice as champion Turf horse. This is not exactly a sprinting pedigree – Gio Ponti won as far as 1m3f, while Drefong is out of a mare by Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, who did have considerable speed, but also won the Breeders’ Cup Classic at 1m2f. Drefong does have a speedy ancestress in his fourth dam is Bitty Girl, who some might

Winx: the daughter of Street Cry was the leading female and Turf horse of 2016

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remember as a member of the first crop of Habitat, and as the fastest two-year-old filly of 1973. A. P. Indian, who took a pair of Grade 1s during the year, is a gelded son of Uncle Mo’s sire Indian Charlie and out of an A.P. Indy mare. Rated the best Dirt performer in the “Long” category on 119 – which places him in some very solid company – was Peruvian-born Elbchaussee, who was rated three points clear of the next horse in the category, the aforementioned Creator. Rated 115 last year, Elbchausse has won 13 of his last 15 starts over the last 18 months or so, and went eight for nine last year. Elbchausse is by the Awesome Again (Deputy Minister) son Awesome Twist, out of a mare by Storm Bird’s son, Combsway. Both sire and dam are Northern Dancer/Raise A Native crosses, with the Raise A Native through the similarly bred Mr. Prospector and Alydar. Had it not been for very high bar set for the American Dirt runners by California Chrome in his Dubai World Cup (G1) triumph, the wonderful Australian mare Winx may have





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world rankings emulated her compatriot Black Caviar and topped the ratings outright. As it was she headed all Turf performers with a rating of 132, after extending her win streak to 13, nine of these while defeating males in Grade 1 events at distances from 7f100yds to 1m2f. No doubt much of this versatility is owed to Winx’s sire, Machiavellian’s late son Street Cry, a horse who has sired Group and Grade 1 winners from 5f to 2ms. Her dam, the New Zealand-bred Vegas Showgirl is by Al Akbar, a son of Success Express (from the now virtually extinct Princequillo line), a Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner, who became a very successful sire in Australia.


n 124, another excellent mare Found was Europe’s top female. The commendably resilient daughter of Galileo and Red Evie (Intikhab) won twice in ten starts, but one of these was on the day that really mattered when she took the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) from her fellow Galileo progeny – Highland Reel and Order Of St. George. Wonderfully consistent, Found became the touchstone for European form. She also ran second in the Tattersalls Gold Cup (G1) to Fascinating Rock, second in the Coronation Cup (G1) to Postponed, second in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (G1) to My Dream Boat, second in the Yorkshire Oaks (G1) to Seventh Heaven, second in the Irish Champion Stakes (G1) and Champion Stakes (G1) to Almanzor, and third to Highland Reel and Flintshire in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1). It was Almanzor’s feat of being the only horse to gain two victories over Found that earned him a rating of 129, which made him Europe’s top-rated horse of 2016. A Listed winner in the French provinces last year, Almanzor was third in the Prix de Fontainebleu (G3) on his reappearance, but was undefeated in five subsequent starts which also included the Prix de Guiche (G3), the Prix du Jockey-Club (G1) and Prix Guillaume d’Ornano (G2). Almanzor is from the first crop of Wootton Bassett, who was champion two-year-old in France after going five for five, and taking the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère (G1), but who failed to place in four starts at three. Wootton Bassett was himself a member of the record-breaking first crop sired by Iffraaj, a multiple Group 2-winning 7f specialist by

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Danehill.................................................................................... 8 Stravinsky................................................................................. 8 Sunday Silence...................................................................... 6 Galileo....................................................................................... 5 Montjeu.................................................................................... 5 Danehill Dancer..................................................................... 4 Giants Causeway................................................................... 4 Royal Academy...................................................................... 4 Storm Cat................................................................................. 4 Zabeel....................................................................................... 4 A.P. Indy.................................................................................... 3 Anabaa...................................................................................... 3 Encosta De Lago................................................................... 3 Gone West............................................................................... 3 Hussonet.................................................................................. 3 Kingmambo............................................................................ 3 Lemon Drop Kid.................................................................... 3 Maria’s Mon............................................................................. 3 Orpen........................................................................................ 3 Peintre Celebre...................................................................... 3 Rainbow Quest...................................................................... 3 Seeking The Gold................................................................. 3 Singspiel................................................................................... 3 Soviet Star................................................................................ 3 Volksraad.................................................................................. 3

the Gone West horse, Zafonic. From a modest initial stud fee, Iffraaj has established himself as a very serious sire, which was underlined by the appearance of his three-year-old son Ribchester as joint-top European-bred miler. Almanzor’s dam, a cull from the Aga Khan studs, is by Maria’s Mon and is out of a half-sister to the dam of European champion Darjina, who was by Zamindar, a brother to Wootton Bassett’s grandsire, Zafonic. This is an ex-Boussac family that also produced the Aga Khan’s Jockey-Club (G1) winner Darsi. Among the European-bred older horses, the top males were Hartnell and Postponed (both on 124). Hartnell (Authorized – Debonair (Anabaa)) actually spent the whole of the year racing in Australia where he demonstrated considerable versatility winning three Group races from a mile to 1m2f, including the VRC Turbull Stakes (G1), running second to Winx in the W S Cox Plate (G1), and third in the Melbourne Cup (G1) at two miles. Hartnell embodies a growing trend – which Winx defied – of the top Australia Almanzor: top horse in Europe


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Two Japanese-trained runners, A Shin Hikari (above) and Maurice, beat the Europeans to the top of the table of older Turf male runners

middle-distance and staying events falling to imports as the local industry becomes almost totally focused on the production of fast and precocious runners. Postponed, another credit for the wonderful Dubawi, was undefeated for the year until running fifth in the Arc winning the Dubai City of Gold Stakes (G2), Dubai Sheema Classic (G1), Coronation Cup (G1) and International Stakes (G1). Postponed is out of a mare by emerging broodmare sire Dubai Destination (Kingmambo) so is a Mr. Prospector/Mr. Prospector cross. It’s an interesting side note that in an era of domination by Sadler’s Wells/Danzig line horses, the top European three-year-old and one of the joint-top four-year-old males are both from branches of the Mr. Prospector line. The same might said of Winx, a Mr. Prospector line mare in a region dominated by Danehill. Tied with Hartnell and Postponed was the New Zealand-bred Werther. He is now trained in Hong Kong and won the Hong Kong Derby and the Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1). Werther is by the very promising New Zealand sire Tavistock (by Montjeu, out of a grand-daughter of Mrs. Moss), already sire of


...the top European three-year-old and one of the joint-top four-year-old males are both from branches of the Mr. Prospector line four Group/Grade 1 winners in his first two crops, and out of a mare by the great New Zealand sire Zabeel. It is a pattern that gives the three-quarters brothers Sadler’s Wells and Nureyev. Although they topped the Europeanbreds, Found, Hartnell and Postponed were supplanted as top older Turf males by a pair bred in Japan, A Shin Hikari and Maurice (both on 127). A Shin Hikari owned a spell at the head of the world rankings after a devastating 10l win the Prix d’Ispahan (G1) in May. Unfortunately, he never returned to that form and in three subsequent outings finished nearer the rear than the front of the field.

Maurice won three races in five starts taking the Hong Kong Champions Mile (G1), the Autumn Tenno Sho (Emperor’s Cup) (G1) and the Hong Kong Cup (G1). A Shin Hikari is by Japan’s dominant sire force Deep Impact (a son of the seminal Halo horse, Sunday Silence) and out of Catalina, a US-bred daughter of Storm Cat, a strain that has done well under Deep Impact. Maurice has a pedigree that is somewhat less familiar as he is by champion Japanese older horse Screen Hero (by Grass Wonder, who in turn is by Roberto’s son, Silver Hawk), and he is out of amare by Sadler’s Wells’s son, Carnegie. Two other highly rated Japanese-bred horses are Kitasan Black and Satono Crown (both on 123). Kitasan Black, who won the Spring Emperor’s Cup (G1) and Japan Cup (G1) was Japan’s Horse of the Year, while Satano Crown’s signature performance was victory over Highland Reel in the Hong Kong Vase (G1). Kitasan Black is by Deep Impact’s brother Black Tide, and his grand-dam is half-sister to Cee’s Tizzy, the sire of Tiznow. Satono Crown, though foaled in Japan, is a brother to the Cheveley Park Stakes (G1) heroine Lightening Pearl, is by Marju and out of Jioconda, a stakes-winning daughter

world rankings of Elusive Quality’s three-quarters brother, Rossini. Kitasan Black and Satano Crown were tied with a trio of European-breds who had significant seasons in Fascinating Rock, Flintshire and Highland Reel. Fascinating Rock only ran three times, but defeated Found – who he’d beaten in last year’s Champion Stakes (G1) – by three and three-quarter lengths in the Tattersalls Gold Cup (G1). Fascinating Rock, along with Rivet, Qualify, Diamondsandrubies and Intricately, are northern-hemisphere Group 1 winners sired by reverse shuttler Fastnet Rock (Danehill), a champion sprinter in Australia, but more notable for middle-distance runners in Europe. Most of Fastnet Rock’s European stars are out of dams from the Sadler’s Wells line, but Fascinating Rock is out a mare by another speed influence, Polar Falcon.


LIntshire, whose been a topclass international runner since winning the 2013 renewal of the Grand Prix de Paris (G1) on only his fourth start, plied his trade in the US in 2016, and received an Eclipse Award as Champion Turf Horse. His blistering turn of foot took him to victories in the Manhattan Stakes (G1), Bowling Green Stakes (G2) and Sword Dancer Stakes (G1) on his first three starts of the year. He then ran second in his final two outings, the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Stakes (G1) and Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), both tactical affairs in which front-runners snuck into leads that even Flintshire’s formidable closing burst couldn’t retrieve. By Danehill’s tremendously successful son Dansili, out of a Sadler’s Wells mare, Flintshire will stand in the US in 2017. Highland Reel – bred on a reverse cross to Flintshire as he’s by Sadler’s Wells’s son Galileo out of a Danehill mare – defeated Flintshire for the Hong Kong Vase (G1) in Decemeber 2015, and 11 months later got the better of Flintshire again in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), in part due to an inspired ride by Seamie Heffernan. Highland Reel also won the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1), and ran second in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1). We mentioned the impact of imports on the Australian races at middle and longer distances, but of course it’s a different story when it comes to sprinters.

Leading Dirt Horses Arrogate (USA) California Chrome (USA) Frosted (USA) Nyquist (USA) Beholder (USA) Dortmund (USA) Songbird (USA) Exaggerator (USA) Tamarkuz (USA)

134 133 126 123 122 122 122 120 120

Leading Turf Horses Winx (AUS) Almanzor (FR) A Shin Hikari (JPN) Maurice (JPN) Found (IRE) Hartnell (GB) Postponed (IRE) Werther (NZ)

132 129 127 127 124 124 124 124

Leading Females Winx (AUS) Found (IRE) Songbird (USA) Minding (IRE) Beholder (USA) Tepin (USA) Mecca’s Angel (IRE)

132 124 122 122 122 122 121

Their speedsters didn’t have quite the impact they’ve had on the ratings as they’ve had in some years, but Chautauqua – successful in the Newmarket Handicap (G1), T J Smith Stakes (G1) and the Hong Kong Chairman’s Sprint Prize (G1) – was still rated joint-leader among the sprinters. He’s by multiple leading Australian sire Encosta De Lago (by Sadler’s Wells’ brother, Fairy King) out of a mare by the Danehill horse, Lion Hunter. Equal top sprinter with Chautauqua on 122 was British-trained Limato, who was successful in the July Cup (G1) and Prix de la Foret (G1). Limato is by Tagula, also sire of Canford Cliffs. This is an otherwise rarely seen branch of the Hail To Reason line that comes down through Stop The Music and Tagula’s sire, Taufan.

Most of Fastnet Rock’s European stars are out of dams from the Sadler’s Wells line, but Fascinating Rock is out of a mare by another speed influence, Polar Falcon


Leading three-year-old colt Arrogate (USA) 134 Almanzor (FR) 129 Nyquist (USA) 123 Satono Diamond (JPN) 122 The Gurkha (IRE) 122 Harzand (IRE) 121 Makahiki (JPN) 121 Exaggerator 120 Dee Majesty 120

Limato’s third dam Sumoto is also dam of Compton Admiral, a champion three-yearold in England in the intermediate distance category, as well as of the Group 1-winning miler Summoner. She is also grand-dam of The Fugue, who topped WTRR categories in two different years. Limato was also rated 122 in the miler category, which tied him with the previously mentioned Ribchester, with Minding and The Gurkha (both by Galileo out of Danehill Dancer mares), as top Europeans at the distance. Minding bookended her season with mile victories in the 1,000 Guineas (G1) and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1), but in between demonstrated considerable versatility to take the Oaks (G1), Pretty Polly Stakes (G1) and Nassau Stakes (G1). The Gurkha romped home by five and a half lengths in the Poule d’Essai des Poulains


world rankings Leading extended runners Satono Diamond (JPN) Order Of St George Heartbreak City (FR) Sheikhzayedroad (GB) Quest For More (IRE) Vazirabad (FR)

121 120 118 118 117 117

Leading intermediate runners Arrogate (USA) California Chrome (USA) Found (IRE) Nyquist (USA) Songbird (USA) Exaggerator (USA)

134 133 124 123 122 120

Leading long runners Found (IRE) Flintshire (GB) Highland Reel (IRE) Kitasan Black (JPN) Satono Crown (JPN) Satono Diamond (JPN)

124 123 123 123 123 122

Leading middle-distance runners California Chrome (USA) A Shin Hikari (JPN) Frosted (USA) Songbird (USA) Limato (IRE) Minding (IRE) Ribchester (IRE) Tepin (USA) The Gurkha (IRE) Tourist (USA) Beholder (USA) Dortmund (USA)

133 127 126 122 122 122 122 122 122 122 122 122

Leading sprinters Chautauqua (AUS) Limato (IRE) Mecca’s Angel (IRE) Aerovelocity (NZ) Flying Artie (AUS) Lucky Bubbles (AUS) Peniaphobia (IRE)

122 122 121 120 120 119 119


(G1), and then after seconds in the St. James’s Palace Stakes (G1) and Eclipse Stakes (G1), defeated his Royal Ascot conqueror Galileo Gold (from the first crop of Paco Boy) and Ribchester in the three-way photo for the Sussex Stakes (G1). European miling form is tied to that of the North American Turf 8f exponents by Tepin, also rated 122, along with the Tiznow horse horse Tourist, who had the benefit of a railtrip when defeating Tepin for the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1). Champion Turf female in the US for the second straight year Tepin won six straight group/graded stakes from March to September, including the Queen Anne Stakes (G1) at the Royal Meeting with another win over males in the Woodbine Mile Stakes (G1). Tepin is by Bernstein, a Storm Cat son who was a Group winner in Ireland, and sire of the Poule d’Essai des Poulains (G1) and Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) victor Karakontie, as well as being an outstanding shuttle sire in South America. Out of the the Stravinsky mare Life Happened, Tepin is a half-sister to another very good miler in Vyjack. Another on 122 – rated in the “Long” category – is the Japanese runner Satano Diamond, who also topped the “Extended” distance runners with a 121 rating, earned with a victory in the 1m7f Japanese St. Leger (G1). He is another by Deep Impact, and is out of Malpensa, an Argentine-bred daughter of

Leading milers California Chrome (USA) A Shin Hikari (JPN) Frosted (USA) Songbird (USA) Limato (IRE) Minding (IRE) Ribchester (IRE) Tepin (USA) The Gurkha (IRE) Tourist (USA) Beholder (USA) Dortmund (USA)

133 127 126 122 122 122 122 122 122 122 122 122

Orpen (by Danzig’s son, Lure). He’s inbred 3x5x4 to Halo, has three crosses of Northern Dancer, four of Northern Dancer’s dam, Natalma, and seven of Almahoud, the grand-dam of Halo and Northern Dancer. The previous year the “Extended” category was topped by Galileo’s son Order Of St. George on 124 a figure he earned with a runaway win in the Irish St. Leger (G1). In 2016, Order Of St. George won three of six starts, including the Ascot Gold Cup (G1), which he took by 3l from 16 rivals, and finished third in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1), but dropped to 121 on the rankings.

Tepin winning at Royal Ascot. The Bernstein mare ties in miling form on both sides of the Atlantic

Distance Categories S...................... 5f-6.5f.....................1000m-1300m S (CAN/USA).....5f-7.99f.....................1000m-1599m M............. 6.51f-9.49f ....................1301m-1899m M (CAN/USA).... 8f-9.49f ....................1600m-1899m I................. 9.5f-10.5f.................... 1900m-2100m L..............10.51f-13.5f.....................2101m-2700m E.................... 13.51f+.............................. 2701m+

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Doug in Dubai Debbie Burt meets last year’s UAE champion trainer Doug Watson


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“You got that one? Which one are you on Noel?’It’s Sunday and for Doug Watson’s team at Red Stables it’s a work morning. Assistant Noel Connolly is keeping track of horses with a stop watch, while Watson discusses a horse’s progress with Sheikh Hamdan’s racing manager Richard Hills, as Hamdan’s first and second jockeys, Jim Crowley and Dane O’Neill breeze past. Three days previously the 2017 Dubai World Cup Carnival opened at Meydan with mixed results for Watson. Mizbah, owned by the enthusiastic EERC Syndicate, comfortably won a handicap from the front, breaking the track record. However Polar River, a stable star from the previous season, dwelt in the stalls, finishing a disappointing eighth in the Group 2 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1. Watson has made a fine start to defending his UAE Trainers’ Title, rattling up a succession of wins including four and fivetimers. Now the Carnival has begun, he acknowledges his strike rate will diminish. “Yeah that ain’t gonna happen now”, he laughs. “The Carnival is an exciting time for all the trainers over here because you’re running for pretty big prize-money. “My team had the best carnival ever last season, but we’ve lost a couple of those horses to injuries in One Man Band and

Looking at it on paper we could have a pretty good Carnival – it’s ten weeks of trying to earn as much as you can and do as well for the owners as you can Faulkner. With luck they’ll come back next season, but hopefully some of the others will step up. “Looking at it on paper we could have a pretty good carnival – it’s ten weeks of trying to earn as much as you can and do as well for the owners as you can.” The Maktoum family owns his yard and Sheikh Hamdan is one of the main supporters. With a wide mix of owners, from Sheikhs to syndicates, keeping horses apart can be hard. “We have a nice group of owners and we’ve been supported right from the beginning by the EERC syndicate, the Al Basti family, Sheikh Hamdan and we’ve had a lot of nice horses from Sheikh Mohammed’s son. “It’s very difficult because there’s a limited amount of races and I think the owners know that. You just have to run against each other. Every time we lead one over, we’re trying to win the race and I think they all know that or they’d probably take their horses somewhere else! “It’s hard though [to find enough races for horses] I was complaining that there wasn’t a race for Mizbah as he loves time between races. “We threw him in there because there wasn’t a race for him and then he goes and wins by 6l or 7l! “And breaks the track record, but remember he was carrying 53kg and Frosted was carrying 60kg, so 7ks, you’re probably talking a couple of seconds there. But obviously he ran a great race and it was nice for the syndicate.” Trainer Doug Watson moved to Dubai in September 1993 to work for Satish Seemar. After a stint as a assistant to Kiaran McLoughlin he took over the full training role at Red Stables in 2003


Despite having some high profile owners, Watson also values the role of syndicates for racing in the UAE. “Managers Justin and Rebecca Byrne do a great job with the EERC; they make nothing out of it, it’s a passion for them and something like the other night was amazing for that whole group. “Not everyone in the syndicate owns Mizbah, but everybody was delighted that he won. They have 12 with us, a couple with Fawzi [Nass], they have a couple in England, and they have a jump horse now who won her first bumper. “It gets a lot of ex-pats involved, they have a box on race night and they add a lot to the racing. It’s great for Dubai and the racing over here.” There are now two sales in Dubai at the beginning and the end of the racing season, which Watson feels has helped to get more owners involved and increased the domestic population.


e does get involved with buying from overseas too. “I have a few owners who buy horses to race here and they might discuss with me as to what’s likely to suit racing here. I’ve been to the July Sales a few times in England,” he says. “The October sale is a bit late for us, because there’s so little time for the horses to acclimatise. It doesn’t fit our programme. “When they arrive we just try to let them come around. If you push too hard they can fall to pieces, so we just start really easy with them. We try and find out what they’ve been doing in their previous training programme, but it can be pot luck that first year. “And since the Qataris have been going to those sales it’s pushed the prices up, so it’s harder to find those little diamonds in the rough. We didn’t go last year, but the plan is to go this year I think. “Now it’s a lot easier for me with the Dirt, there’s very little Turf racing here and a Turf horse you pay a lot of money for. “We’re looking for bargains, so basically Dirt pedigrees, Dirt-looking horses who have raced – most of the information’s there – so long as they’re sound. “We know that those with long pasterns will be a lot harder to train on the Dirt, but that’s probably the only thing I’d really look at. We take what we’re given and do our best with them.

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doug watson Polar River cooling off at Red Stables, located in the shadow of the city of Dubai

“This is all on the back of Polar River’s success. Satish [Seemar] bought 12, Druba [Selvaratnam] got a bunch too, Ahmad bin Harmash as well. “The racing here used to be just the Sheikhs against each other, but there’s a better mix of ownership which is very healthy for racing. “They will probably have to tweak the maidens and they’re trying to work with the trainers and get a programme down, but it’s the first year, I’m sure it will improve. “Hopefully everyone will keep sending twoyear-olds as it’s exciting for us.

The racing here used to be just the Sheikhs against each other, but there’s a better mix of ownership which is very healthy for racing

“We bought a couple in the US this summer though. There’s never been two-year-old racing as long as I’ve been here, but Polar River caused a lot of excitement last year when she raced so well. “Owner Charles Fipke sent us two homebreds, Bee Jersey and Bourbon Gleam, while Frankie O’Connor sent us three, two fillies and a colt. Valentin Bukhtoyarov and Evgeny Kappushev, who bought Polar River, have bought two or three more; they were always going to buy again though.


“Our old vet used to say you’ll never see a trainer commit suicide with an untried two-year-old in the yard, which I never understood until now! “They’re all broke in, so we just put them in our programme. We might have to change it a little, but we’ve been fortunate as they mostly look like they’re going to be nice horses.” As for Polar River herself, Watson agrees that she has been somewhat disappointing this year. “She’s not going to be able to compete if she stays in the gate as she did the other night, so we’re going to work with her on that. She looks great physically, for her – she’s never going to be a big horse – she’s training fantastic, she hasn’t lost any of her zip. “We’re going to try her on the Turf against fillies and if she competes well there, then we’ll keep her to the end of the season and maybe get invited somewhere else, or, we might send her to the States. “She still has all the talent and they have big inviting gates in America. She’d be running in Group 2s against six other fillies, it’s not going to be big, 12-runner races. “I want to see her do well. I don’t want to diminish what she’s done already and I feel bad for her, more than us, for her last two runs, because she’s better than what we’ve

seen this season. I’d love her to win there and I think the owners are keen.’ Though Polar River had been odds-on to win the UAE Derby, it was One Man Band in the opening thoroughbred contest that gave Watson his first-ever World Cup winner last March. Not only that, but he led home Faulkner and Cool Cowboy for a 1-2-3 for the stable. “Yeah that was some night,” he remembers. “One Man Band was our first one. He was training great at the beginning of this season,

doug watson Red Stables is under some threat from the ongoing growth of Dubai, and Watson who has developed a well honed training regime at the track, admits he would be loathe to move

but just had some problems that we’ve got to take care of.” Watson cites the short season as the biggest challenge to training in Dubai. “If you have a horse go wrong in November, and it needs a couple of months, that’s basically your season over. I think most of the owners understand that. “Really for the domestic horses, it’s four and a half months, as from the middle of March everything is World Cup after that. So you’re just trying to keep them healthy and

We’re looking for bargains: basically Dirt pedigrees, Dirt-looking horses who have raced – most of the information’s there – so long as they’re sound

hoping they stay sound, getting some races in and the owners some wins. “It’s a tough game, there always something, but hopefully we can still pull out a few winners at the Carnival this year.” Watson has come a long way from where he started out, sweeping the barn for trainer Clint Goodrich at Arlington, armed with little more than the enthusiasm that is clearly still present. From Goodrich he went to Jesus Suarez, where he met Susan Sanderson on a visit


doug watson from Dubai to see her sister who was walking hots at Suarez’s yard. Sanderson was then assistant to Satish Seemar in Dubai and she asked Watson if he’d like to come out. Faced with a choice between Turfway Park in the winter, which he describes as “horrible” or trying to get a job in Florida, Watson met Seemar and decided to “give it a go for a year”. “And 23 years later,” he smiles, “I’m still here!” There have been a number of changes since Watson first arrived in Dubai in September 1993, mainly the “city growing unbelievably”. “I guess we still have the same amount of stables, then there was Satish, Kiaran McLaughlin, Paddy Rudkin, Bill Mather, Dhruba Selvaratnam, and Erwan Charpy. “But it was all domestic races, no carnival and we have many more horses. “There was like a jockeys’ challenge and the World Cup started in 1996. “That first cup, everybody was pitching in, it was such a small community of race people here then. As Satish did not have any runners, Lord John Fitzgerald asked if I could drive the ambulance! “Nothing happened thank goodness, I just remember sitting in the vets’ room cheering on Cigar. It was really exciting having him come half way round the world. He was some horse. “Then the Carnival started and it has just improved all the time. A lot of good people come and that’s neat, meeting the trainers from Ireland and England.”


chat with Kiaran McLaughlin at Jebel Ali races led to Watson’s move to McLaughlin’s Red Stables, based at training centre at Dubai Stables. Starting off the 1996/97 season as barn foreman, he soon progressed to assistant whilst McLaughlin was training in the US during the summer. “Satish was great for me and we had good times there, but the chance to work for McLaughlin, who’d been assistant to D Wayne Lukas, was huge. And two Americans together... we got on really well, so it all worked out. “I was very fortunate as when Kiaran did decide to stay in America full time, I was lucky to be left horses who could win races.” Watson took over in the 2003/04 season,


I was very fortunate as when Kiaran did decide to stay in America full time, I was lucky to be left horses who could win races but he still uses the same training programme as McLaughlin. “We do things a little bit differently, but basically everything I learned about training a racehorse came from him. I have a great assistant in Noel, who has been with me the whole time – he was a rider for Kiaran. That first year we won 40 races. If I’d never come here, I don’t think I would be training horses.” He doesn’t have to struggle to find staff, usually it’s by word of mouth and he is full of praise for his team. Pat Dobbs and Sam Hitchcott come in to ride every morning, which he feels adds to the stable’s ability to win more races.

With 115 horses, including a handful of Arabians, it is the second largest in Dubai. Surrounded by building work, including work on a new road and canal, there is the threat that building will take over the training centre. It may force Red Stables to relocate, and Watson hopes that if that eventuality happens, it will just be to the other side of the training track. “It’s all up in the air and I’ll do whatever,” he says. “But for us and our training style, we would have to change. I like what we do here – we bring them out, we get them trained, we get off them. I don’t want to be on their backs for an hour. I can just picture the emerging problems in my head right now, we’ll see, keep our fingers crossed.” Training outside of Dubai also holds little appeal, unless it was with the right horse. “I couldn’t do a whole summer away, there’s just too much going on. Going to Singapore a couple of years ago was fun, but those races are not there any more. “I’d love a Royal Ascot horse, just to have a runner there would be great. “But as far as a permanent change, no, this is the best job ever here.”

Watson, says he wouldn’t want to train anywhere other than in Dubai, with Carnival winner Mizbah

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Alan Porter runs through all the options for those breeders in the US considering using a first-season sire this spring

ast year’s new intake of US stallions was headlined by American Pharoah, the first US Triple Crown winner for 38 years. None of the batch of 2017 retirees comes close to American Pharoah’s one-off achievements, but there are certainly plenty of interesting new names on the rosters. They include the all-time leading US-trained money earner California Chrome, his fellow Pulpit-line horse


Tapit – Fast Cookie (Deputy Minister) Darley, Kentucky $50,000 Although he was graded stakes placed at two, and took the Wood Memorial Stakes (G1) and Pennsylvania Derby (G2) at three, Frosted progressed at four when putting in a pair of extremely impressive back-to-back performances in the summer. In the Metropolitan Handicap (G1) he all but ran off the charts scoring by 14l running the mile in 1:32.73, the largest-winning margin and fastest-ever time for this historic contest. In doing so Frosted received a Beyer Speedfigure of 123, the highest of the year. He returned in the 1m1f Whitney Handicap (G1) which he took by a very comfortable 2l after running the first 6f in a very swift 1:09.65. Frosted is the most spectacular son of the all-conquering Tapit, champion sire in North American for the last three seasons setting a new earnings record on all three occasions. Frosted is out of graded stakes winner Fast Cookie, a half-sister to the champion two-year-old Midshipman, and is out of the multiple graded winner Fleet Lady (by the Seattle Slew horse, Avenue of Flags). Frosted is out of a Deputy Minister mare, which means he is bred on an identical cross to two other graded scorers, including Tapizar, a Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) victor


Frosted, who is the best son to date of three-time leading sire Tapit, and the champion two-year-old and Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Nyquist, who is from the first crop of the spectacular Uncle Mo. There is also Air Force Blue and Vancouver, champion two-year-olds in Europe and Australia, as well as Runhappy, a champion sprinter who is from a branch of the Raise A Native sire line that appeared to be on the verge of dropping from view.

who was a graded stakes sire with his first crop in 2016. Likely crosses here include mares from the Storm Cat line, as well as the Nijinsky, El Prado and Danzig branches of Northern Dancer. Mr. Prospector through Gone West, Forty Niner, Woodman and Carson City appeals. Tapit carries a sister to Relaunch, and has done well with mares carrying that strain, and Caro, through the Indian Charlie branch could also work.


Lucky Pulpit – Love the Chase (Not For Love) Taylor Made Stallions, Kentucky $40,000 The leading North American-trained moneyearner of all-time California Chrome was Horse of the Year in 2014 and 2016. California Chrome has a unique body of work. At two he broke his maiden over 4f100yds, and won a pair of stakes, and at three he added four Grade 1 events, including the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Hollywood Derby. Second in the Dubai World Cup (G1) in an abbreviated four-year-old campaign, California Chrome returned at five to capture six of seven starts, including his recordbreaking victory in the Dubai World Cup (G1), as well as dominating triumphs in the Pacific Classic (G1) and Awesome Again Stakes (G1).

His sole defeat in 2016 came in a memorable battle with the freakishly talented Arrogate in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), and was clearly amiss when well beaten in the Pegasus Cup (G1). As far as we can trace, he’s the first Kentucky Derby winner to capture a stakes race over such a short distance for more than 40 years, and the first Kentucky Derby winner since Secretariat in 1976 to subsequently capture a Grade 1 event on the Turf. California Chrome comes from the Pulpit branch of the A.P. Indy line. His sire Lucky Pulpit was on the Kentucky Derby trail in California early in his three-year-old career, but eventually gained a stakes win over 5f on the Turf at four. Now standing in California, he’s out of a three-quarters sister to the dam of Unbridled’s Song. California Chrome’s dam Love The Chase is by Not For Love – a three-quarters brother to Woodman – out of Chase It Down. She is by Polish Numbers, who is by Danzig out of Not For Love’s second dam Numbered Account giving that famous mare 3x3 in the pedigree of Love The Chase. Chase It Down is also from the same sire line and family as Green Desert and the dam of the successful sire Arch. Numbered Account is inbred to La Troienne through three-quarters sisters, and there are a number of matings that will

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Nyquist is from the sensational first crop of champion two-year-old Uncle Mo...which has produced a world-record breaking 21 individual stakes winners reconnect with that background, including Bluegrass Cat, Super Saver and More Than Ready. More broadly California Chrome should like Storm Cat, Deputy Ministger, Danzig, El Prado, Unbridled’s Song and other Fappiano strains, Forty Niner, Gone West, Seeking The Gold, Carson City, Relaunch and Indian Charlie.


Two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome traces to the top mare Numbered Account

Uncle Mo – Seeking Gabrielle (Forestry) Darley, Kentucky $40,000 Nyquist follows his stud-mate Street Sense as the second horse to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) and the Kentucky Derby (G1). He actually carried an unbeaten record right through to the first Saturday in May, going five-for-five at two, wins including the Best Pal Stakes (G2), the FrontRunner Stakes (G1) and the Del Mar Futurity (G1), presaging his Classic win with victories in the San Vicente Stakes (G2) and Florida Derby (G1). He made a game attempt in the slop in the Preakness Stakes (G1), but faded to third after dueling through suicidal early fractions. He failed to fire in two subsequent outings. Nyquist is from the sensational first crop of champion two-year-old Uncle Mo (by Indian Charlie, from the Caro line), which has produced a world-record breaking 21 individual stakes winners, 11 of them graded. Nyquist is from a speedy family – his dam Seeking Gabrielle is a sprint winner out of the two-year-old sprint winner Seeking Regina. Seeking Gabrielle is a three-quarters sister to 6f graded scorer Seeking The Sky, the dam of the Metropolitan Handicap (G1) scorer Sahara Sky. Uncle Mo has already shown that he


new us sires crosses well with Mr. Prospector, the Fappiano branch working exceptionally well. He has also done well with the Gone West branch through Elusive Quality and Speightstown. Mr. Prospector/Northern Dancer crosses in general should be good. Nyquist is an example of the successful cross Uncle Mo with mares from the Storm Cat branch of Northern Dancer, but he may cross well over mares by other sons of that horse. Northern Dancer has also worked under Uncle Mo through Deputy Minister, and Dehere might be a particularly good branch. Northern Dancer/Mr. Prospector crosses in general should be positive. Uncle Mo has also enjoyed success with A.P. Indy through Bernardini and Pulpit.


Curlin – Dawn Raid (Vindication) WinStar Farm, Kentucky $30,000 Having shown plenty of early foot when winning the Saratoga Special (G2) and Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (G3) at two,

Exaggerator morphed into a come-from-theclouds runner at three when he took the Santa Anita Derby (G1), Preakness Stakes (G1) and Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1) – all on off tracks – and also ran second in the Kentucky Derby (G1). Exaggerator is by Smart Strike’s two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, a horse who has rapidly established himself among North America’s stallion elite, his other major stakes winners including champion three-year-old filly Stellar Wind, Palace Malice, Keen Ice, Curalina, Off The Tracks and Connect. Exaggerator’s dam Dawn Raid, by the champion two-year-old Vindication (Seattle Slew), was a speedy stakes-placed two-yearold, and is a half-sister to the champion Canadian older mare Embur’s Song. Exaggerator is going to be open to work under many of the strains that have worked well for Curlin, among them duplicating Curlin’s broodmare sire Deputy Minister, as well as Northern Dancer through Storm Cat, Danzig, Nureyev. Although Exaggerator is out of a mare by a son of Seattle Slew, he might work back

Air Force Blue: Coolmore’s son of War Front won three Group 1 juvenile races in Europe

over other branches of that line, and Curlin has a Grade 1 winner out of a mare by Malibu Moon (A.P. Indy) and a Grade 1 winner out of a mare by Boston Harbor (Capote).


War Front – Chatham (Maria’s Mon) Ashford Stud, Kentucky $25,000 One of two champion two-year-olds debuting at Ashford this year, Air Force Blue was the dominant European juvenile of his crop, winning the Phoenix Stakes (G1), National Stakes (G1) and Dewhurst Stakes (G1). It’s worth noting that his trainer, Aiden O’Brien – who also handled “world champion” juvenile Johannesburg – is on record as naming Air Force Blue as the best two-year-old that he has had under his care. Air Force Blue is the best two-year-old by Danzig’s exceptional stallion son War Front, whose first stallion son The Factor was a Grade 1 sire with his first crop in 2017. Air Force Blue’s dam, the stakes-placed Maria’s Mon mare Chatham, is out of Circle Of Gold, a sister to Flanders, another juvenile champion and subsequently dam of champion three-year-old filly Surfside. The third dam Starlet Storm is bred on the same cross as Storm Cat, and is a sister to Storm Star, who may be remembered in Britain as winner of the Cherry Hinton Stakes (G3). Most of the strains that have worked under War Front would be open to cross with Air Force Blue, including A.P. Indy, particularly through Pulpit, Sadler’s Wells, Mr. Prospector, including through Woodman and Miswaki (both bred on the same cross as Seeking The Gold, the sire of Air Force Blue’s second dam), Forty Niner, Smart Strike, Street Cry and Unbridled’s Song, and Roberto, including through Arch, Dynaformer and Red Ransom.


Pulpit – African Jade (Seeking The Gold) Spendthrift Farm, Kentucky $25,000 A stakes winner at two, and a Grade 2 winner at three, Lord Nelson was sidelined for much of his second season, but returned to go undefeated, with his victories including the Bing Crosby Stakes (G1), which he took while running a new 6f track record of 1:07.65, the Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G1) and Triple Bend Stakes (G1).


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new us sires He would have been among the favourites for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1), had it not been for an infected cut that ruled him out of the race. Lord Nelson is undoubtedly the fastest son of his sire Pulpit, and very possibly the best of his sire’s offspring at any distance. Of course, Pulpit is sire of the allconquering Tapit, as well the successful sire Sky Mesa and Lucky Pulpit, another sprinter, and sire of California Chrome. His dam is out of Miss Linda, a champion in Argentina and Grade 1 winner in the US, and a daughter of Southern Halo, also sire of More Than Ready. He looks a likely cross for Storm Cat, Nijinsky, Deputy Minister, Danzig and El Prado. Lord Nelson is inbred 3x3 to Mr. Prospector, but could work over back over mares by grandsons or great grandsons of that horse, with the Unbridled branch looking particularly promising. Other prospects are mares from the Relaunch and Indian Charlie lines, and daughters of More Than Ready.


Super Saver – Bella Jolie (Broken Vow) Claiborne Farm, Kentucky $25,000 Although the attempt to stretch him out in 2016 proved futile, at his best, as he was when earning an Eclipse Award as champion sprinter in 2015, Runhappy was spectacular. He took four consecutive graded stakes, including the King’s Bishop (G1) covering 7f in 1:20:54, the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) in a new track-record, and the Malibu Stakes (G1). Runhappy is one of eight stakes winners from the first crop of Kentucky Derby (G1) victor Super Saver, who is from a branch of the Raise A Native line that comes down through Majestic Light rather than the far more commonly found Mr. Prospector. Runhappy is the first foal of his dam Bella Jolie, a daughter of the Unbridled horse Broken Vow. Bella Jolie’s grand-dam Mimi La Sardine is a three-quarters sister to the champion two-year-old and three-year-old filly It’s In The Air. This is also the family of European champion and dual Classic winner Balanchine, Classic winner West Wind, Art Connoisseur and Alverta, who were both champion sprinters in Europe, as well as the Grade 1 winners Storming Home, Music Note, Musical Chimes, Saoirse Abu, Gun

Flintshire is a son of emerging sire of sires Dansili and has retired to Hill “N’ Dale at a fee of $20,000

Salute and Glencadam Gold. If Runhappy is going to emulate his sire he will match well with Mr. Prospector line mares, including Mr. Prospector/Seattle Slew combination and more Fappiano (his broodmare sire line). He might also do well with Seattle Slew, Danzig, Deputy Minister and Storm Cat.


Dansili – Dance Routine (Sadler’s Wells) Hill “N’ Dale Farms, Kentucky $20,000 The much-travelled Flintshire was trained in the US in 2016, and was the dominant middle-distance Turf runner of the season taking the Manhattan Stakes (G1), Bowling Green Stakes (G1) and Sword Dancer Stakes (G1). He couldn’t peg back loose on the lead front-runners in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) and Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) on his last two starts, but will still almost certainly claim the Eclipse Award as champion Turf male. Flintshire has won four other graded stakes, including the Grand Prix de Paris (G1), Hong Kong Vase (G1) and Sword

Dancer Stakes (G1) and his placings include seconds in a pair of Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1), and another Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1). Flintshire is by Dansili, who is quietly becoming a very useful sire of sires, seven of his sons having sired group or graded winners. His dam, a produce of the Sadler’s Wells/ Shirley Heights cross, was a Group winner in France, and second in the Prix de Diane (G1), while his grand-dam Apogee was also a Group winner in that country. Flintshire is an outcross for Mr. Prospector, and Dansili and sons have crossed well with that line, notably through Distant View and through the Kingmambo, Machiavellian and Gone West branches. Blushing Groom, including Rahy, should do well, as should the Nureyev branch of Northern Dancer.


Medaglia D’Oro – Thunder Bayou (Thunder Gulch) Taylor Made Stallions, Kentucky $20,000 A Listed winner over a mile in France at


new us sires three, Mshawish won the 7f El Prado Stakes and the Zabeel Mile (G2) in Dubai at four. He really blossomed as an older horse adding four more graded stakes victories – two Dirt and two Turf – at five and six, including the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1) and Donn Handicap (GI), and took third in the Dubai Turf (G1). The highest-earning son of the El Prado horse Medaglia D’Oro, Mshawish is out of a Thunder Gulch mare, inbred 3x4 to Mr. Prospector and 3x3 to Storm Bird. The Mr. Prospector inbreeding will be in the fifth and sixth generation of his foals, and there are more than 30 Group or Grade 1 winners with three crosses of Mr. Prospector, so that strain should be fine to reintroduce. Medaglia D’Oro has done particularly well over mares descending from Forty Niner – the cross that produced both Rachel Alexandra and Songbird – with other likely strains including Gone West, Kingmambo, Woodman, Miswaki and Smart Strike. From the Northern Dancer line, Danzig and Nureyev appeal, and other lines that are ones to strongly consider here are Roberto, Halo and Blushing Groom.


Kitten’s Joy – Spent Gold (Unaccounted For) Calumet Farm, Kentucky $15,000 This durable performer earned an Eclipse Award as champion Turf horse of 2015 at the age of seven. All told he won seven stakes, six graded, including the Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap (G1), the United Nations Handicap (G1), twice, and the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Stakes (G1). He’s the leading son of champion sire Kitten’s Joy, also sire of Breeders’ Cup winners Stephanie’s Kitten and Bobby’s Kitten, last year’s Eclipse Stakes (G1) winner Hawkbill, and Grade 1 wnners Real Solution, Kitten’s Dumplings, Admiral Kitten, Divisidero and Chiropractor. As far for the female line, this is the immediate family of champion two-year-old Stevie Wonderboy. Kitten’s Joy has done well with Mr. Prospector, including via Grand Slam, Chester House, Kingmambo/Lemon Drop Kid, Woodman and Unbridled’s Song. From the Northern Dancer line, Storm Cat and Nureyev have done well, and Nijinsky would also be a good strain to bring in here.


Australian Turf sprinters are as a group almost certainly the best in the world – as we’ve frequently seen at Royal Ascot NOT THIS TIME

Giant’s Causeway – Miss Macy Sue (Trippi) Taylor Made Stallions $15,000 Not This Time finished a diminishing neck shy of victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), a race that decided the destination of the two-year-old championship. Not This Time ran only three times prior to the Breeders’ Cup winning an Ellis Park maiden by 10l and the Iroquois Stakes (G3) by 8l. One of the favourites for the 2017 Kentucky Derby (G1), Not This Time was subsequently found to have sufferered a career-ending soft tissue injury in the Breeders’ Cup. Not This Time is out of the prolific sprint stakes winner Miss Macy Sue, also dam of the brilliant 2015 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) scorer Liam’s Map, and stakes winner Taylor S. His grand-dam Yada Yada is inbred 2x3 to the champion sprinter Ta Wee, a halfsister to the legendary Dr. Fager. Miss Macy Sue is also inbred to Rough’n Tumble, the sire of Dr. Fager. Unbridled’s Song (who has Dr. Fager and In Reality, who is out of champion My Dear Girl, a daughter of Dr. Fager’s sire, Rough’n Tumble) is an obvious cross, and any sources of Unbridled’s Song’s sire Unbridled and grandsire Fappiano should be good. Several other branches of Mr. Prospector appeal, including Carson City, Street Cry, Kingmambo/LemonDrop Kid and Forty Niner. From the Northern Dancer line Danzig and Sadler’s Wells have done well under Giant’s Causeway. A.P. Indy, Relaunch, Halo and Caro are other strains that would appeal.


Uncle Mo – Nonna Mia (Empire Maker) WinStar Farm, Kentucky $15,000 Another of the stars from Uncle Mo’s first

crop Outwork gained a Grade 1 win in the Wood Memorial Stakes. He’s out of a threequarters sister to Cairo Prince, who was an early favourite for the Kentucky Derby before a career-ending injury, and whose first crop foals sold extremely well in 2016. Outwork is out of a mare by a son of Unbridled, a cross that has been outstanding for Uncle Mo, and it’s worth repeating by bringing in more Unbridled through such as Unbridled’s Song and Broken Vow, and other Fappiano strains such as Quiet American and Rubiano. Uncle Mo has also done well over Mr. Prospector through Gone West, and Outwork is also free of Storm Cat, a strain that has done very well under Uncle Mo. Additionally, he’ll be well-suited by other strains we mentioned with regard to Nyquist.


Medaglia D’Oro – Skates (Danehill) Ashford Stud, Kentucky $15,000 Vancouver joins Air Force Blue as a second champion two-year-old to retire to Ashford this year. Australian-bred and raced, Vancouver was undefeated in four starts at two, all in stakes events, including the Canonbury Stakes (G3), Todman Stakes (G2) and Golden Slipper (G1). Putting this into perspective, Australian Turf sprinters are, as a group, almost certainly the best in the world – as we’ve frequently seen at Royal Ascot – and the Golden Slipper, the world’s most valuable juvenile contest, is the the race that Australian breeders most focus on trying to win. In Vancouver’s case his Golden Slipper victory was particularly notable, as he overcame being drawn widest of all in a 16-horse field, going just 6f. Vancouver’s sire, Medaglia D’Oro is more noted for his middle-distance runners in the northern-hemisphere – especially the champion fillies Rachel Alexandra and Songbird – but he has sired more precocious and speedy sorts when crossed with fast mares in Australia. Vancouver is a product of a version of the highly successful Sadler’s Wells/Danehill cross, and his dam, who was herself stakes placed at two, also bred Grade 1 winner Juste Momente to Giant’s Causeway. She’s a sister to two-year-old stakes winner and useful sire Bradbury’s Luck, out of Skating, a Roberto daughter who defeated males in Australia’s most prestigious mile

new us sires event the Doncaster Handicap (G1). Vancouver should cross well over mares from branches of Danzig other than Danehill, and he is free of Mr. Prospector, a strain that has done very well under Vancouver.


Giant’s Causeway – Sweet Breanna (Sahm) Spendthrift Farm, Kentucky $12,500 Another of the talented group by Giant’s Causeway, Brody’s Causeway won the Breeder’s Futurity (G1) from Exaggerator, and took third in the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile (G1) at two, and returned to add the Blue Grass Stakes (G1) at three. Brody’s Cause is out of the stakes-placed Sweet Breanna, while his second dam Sweet Roberta won the Selima Stakes (G2) and took second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1). In turn she is out of a half-sister to the brilliant two-year-old and successful sire, Cure The Blues, and from the immediate family of Secretariat. Brody’s Causeway is out of a Mr. Prospector line mare, but should cross well

over mares from that line, including the Fappiano branch, Carson City, Forty Niner and his son, Distorted Humor, Seeking The Gold, Gulch and Thunder Gulch. Kingmambo and Northern Afleet, both Mr. Prospector/Nureyev crosses, where the broodmare of Brody’s Cause is a Mr. Prospector/Sadler’s Wells cross, should be interesting. Mares from the sire line of Sadler’s Wells and his three-quarters brother Nureyev should do well here, as should the Deputy Minister branch of Northern Dancer. A.P. Indy, Cure The Blues and More Than Ready also appeal here.


(Speightstown – Without You Babe (Lemon Drop Kid) Shadwell Farm, Kentucky $12,500. Tamarkuz started his career in England, where he won three of six starts at two and three. Moving on to Dubai, Tamarkuz hit and outstanding vein of form at five, winning four times in a little over eight weeks, including

Tourist “blossomed” in 2016 and rounded the year off with victory over Tepin the Breeders’ Cup Mile

the Burj Nahaar (G3), Firebreak Staks (G3) and the $1,000,000 Godolphin Mile (G2). Shipped to the US, he took a while to come around, but found his form in the last three starts of 2016, taking second in the Kelso Handicap (G2) and Forego Stakes (G1), and winning the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) by 3l over a field that included last year’s champion sprinter Runhappy, Gun Runner, Dortmund and Vyjack. Tamarkuz is out of a half-sister to the Travers Stakes (G1) and Cigar Mile (G1) scorer Stay Thirsty, and his grand-dam is out of the stakes-winning and multiple Grade 1-placed Make Chang. She is from a family that goes back via a sister to Triple Crown winner Assault, to a sister to Man O’War. His broodmare sire Lemon Drop Kid is out of a three-quarters sister to A.P. Indy, and mares from that line will be interesting here.


Tiznow – Unbridled Melody (Unbridled’s Song) WinStar Farm LLC, Kentucky $12,500 A stakes winner at three, and a stakes winner and Grade 1 placed at four, Tourist really blossomed last year at five winning the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) over Tepin in a stellar 1:31.71, the Fourstardave Handicap (G1), while also placing in three other Grade 1 events. A son of Tiznow, Tourist is a half-brother to three other stakes winners. His third dam is a stakes-winning half-sister to Hishi Akebono, a champion sprinter and miler in Japan, to Agnes World, winner of the July Cup (G1) and Prix de l’Abbaye (G1), and to Mysterial, dam of Group 1 winners Librettist and Dubai Destination. Tourist has a double of Seattle Slew, but that will be in the fifth and sixth generation of his foals, and Tiznow has crossed very well over mares from that line. From the Northern Dancer line, mares descending from Dixieland Band, Danzig, Deputy Minister and Storm Cat might suit. From the Mr. Prospector line, Gone West and Carson City are among the candidates.


Tapit – Successful Outlook (Orientate) Gainesway Farm, Kentucky $10,000 A talented miler, Anchor Down defeated


new us sires Tamarkuz while taking the Kelso Handicap (G2) in near-record time, won the Westchester Stakes (G3) by 6l, and took second in the Metropolitan Handicap (G1). Yet another talented son of Tapit, Anchor Down is half-brother to Grade 1 winner Sweet Lulu, and out of graded winner Successful Outlook. Anchor Down’s half-sister Sweet Lulu is by Mr. Greeley, a son of Gone West, a strain that has done well under Tapit. Tapit has also done well with Mr. Prospector through Forty Niner and Carson City. From the Northern Dancer line, mares by Storm Cat, Deputy Minister, and Sadler’s Wells through El Prado. Tapit goes back to a sister to the successful sire Relaunch and has done well with mares carrying that strain.


Put It Back – In My Side (Clackson) Calumet Farm, Kentucky $10,000 From a southern-hemisphere crop by his sire, a Grade 2-winning sprinter by the Relaunch stallion Honour And Glory, Bal A Bali was Horse of the Year and champion three-yearold colt in Brazil. There he won 11 of 12 starts at two and three taking nine stakes events, three Grade 1s over 7f to 1m4f. Racing in the US, Bal A Bali won the American Stakes (G3). He has an interesting pedigree – Honour And Glory is a grandson of the mare Gonfalon, whose son Ogygian is sire of the second dam of Bal A Bali. Given that Bal A Bali is inbred to the family of Fappiano that strain is going into appeal, especially since Put It Back has a Grade 1 winner on the cross, as well as a graded winner out of a Songandaprayer mare. From the Mr. Prospector line, he also has a graded stakes winner out of a mare by Elusive Quality. In the US, Put It Back sired a Grade 1 winner out of a mare by Dayjur, a son of Danzig. He also did well with the Halo line stallion, Jolie’s Halo. He’s also worked well with Northern Dancer through Storm Cat, Deputy Minister and Dixieland Band.


Mineshaft – What a Pear (E Dubai) Questroyal North, New York $10,000 Effinex is the only sire priced at $10,000 or


Speightstown has done well over other branches of Mr. Prospector, so trying Smart Strike line mares isn’t out of the question with Speightster more to retire to stud outside of Kentucky for 2017. Unraced at two, Effinex progressed with age to become a top-class middle-distance runner, and retires as a winner of five graded stakes, and over $3,300,000 in earnings. His most prestigious victory came in the Clark Handicap (G1), and other successes included the Oaklawn Handicap (G2) and back-to-back renewals of the Suburban Handicap (G2). He was also four times Grade 1 placed, including when second to American Pharoah in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). Effinex is by Minsehaft, A.P. Indy’s Horse of the Year, and that fact is given additional interest when we note that Mineshaft’s son Dialed In earned honours as leading freshman sire in the US in 2016. Out of the stakes-winning Mr. Prospector grand-daughter What A Pear, Effinex traces back to the famed tap-root mare Best In Show. Effinex is inbred 3x3 to Mr. Prospector, so you probably don’t want to duplicate that strain too closely, although the Fappiano branch could be worth trying. Northern Dancer through Storm Cat and Deputy Minister line mares would appeal, as might the Roberto line.


Speightstown – Dance Swiftly (Danzig) WinStar Farm, Kentucky $10,000 Speightster won the first three of four starts, scoring by 7l on his debut, beating subsequent Grade 1 winner Joking in a 6f100yds allowance race, then defeating a good field by 2l for the Dwyer Stakes (G3). Like Tamarkuz, a son of Speightstown, Speightster is half-brother to stakes winners

West Coast Swing and Paiota Falls, the dam of stakes winner Rafting. His dam Dance Swiftly is a sister to the US champion and Canadian Horse of the Year, Dance Smartly, herself dam and grand-dam of several notable runners. Dance Swiftly is also half-sister to Smart Strike, a two-time leading sire who was a son of Mr. Prospector, the great-grandsire of Speightster. Although he is a Mr. Prospector line stallion, Speightstown has done well over other branches of Mr. Prospector, so trying Smart Strike line mares here isn’t out of the with Speightster. Other Mr. Prospector branches that have worked under Speightstown include Kingmambo/Lemon Drop Kid, Seeking The Gold, Distorted Humor and Street Cry. From the Northern Dancer line, in addition to Danzig, the cross that produced Speightster, we can note Sadler’s Wells/El Prado and Deputy Minister (who did well with Smart Strike). It’s also possible to inbreed to Speightster family through Sky Classic or Regal Classic.


Flatter – Party Silks (Touch Gold) Airdrie Stud, Kentucky $10,000 Upstart was among the best of his crop at two, three and four. A stakes winner over 6f on his second start as a juvenile, he went on to take second in the Champagne Stakes (G1) and third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1). At three he took the Holy Bull Stakes (G2) by 5l over Frosted, and was three times graded placed, including when second in the Florida Derby (G1). At four he won the Razorback Handicap (G3) and was twice Grade 1 placed. Upstart’s sire Flatter, a son of A.P. Indy, is bred on the same cross as Pulpit, Malibu Moon and Mineshaft. He is also a brother to leading freshman sire Congrats. He started off in the bargain department, but has proven himself a very smart sire, and has 40 stakes winners to his name, including the Grade 1-winning Flat Out, Taris and Paola Queen. Upstart has done well with mares from the Fappiano line, and that looks a very strong prospect here, especially as Upstart’s dam is a half-sister to Josh’s Madelyn, a graded stakeswinning daughter of the Fappiano horse, Quiet American.

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The Jockey Club’s Kempton Park proposal... just too big a punt to make...

... without a lot more investigation and thought by Britain’s racing authorities. We look at some of the stats and put facts behind the debate

Stats from and


uch has been written about the Jockey Club’s proposals to sell Kempton Park Racecourse for housing development; Redgate Housing stepping in as its suitor after the local authority gave a call out for more sites to be brought forward in order to satisfy the local housing requirements. Obviously a lot of the comment against the plan has been heartfelt, emotionally driven from those involved on a business level in the sport with companies which will be affected, but also from racing fans, in particular those of the NH code, given that the course is an accessible Grade 1 Turf track which hosts an historic NH race that was first run in 1937. The opinion from the NH training division appears to be divided, with names such as


T1: Top 100 trainers by number of runners on Kempton AW last 10 years Trainer Runs

Trainer Runs

R Hannon A W Carroll G L Moore A Balding M Johnston J J Bridger P D Evans D K Ivory M Botti J R Best J R Jenkins J R Boyle J H M Gosden M J Attwater S Kirk R M Beckett D Shaw R A Harris M R Channon J R Fanshawe D M Simcock P F I Cole P Howling J A Osborne Mrs A J Perrett E A L Dunlop S C Williams J M Bradley C G Cox J Gask H Morrison Saeed bin Suroor M D I Usher Richard Hannon S Dow B J Meehan P Phelan B R Millman Sir Mark Prescott A P Jarvis W J Knight Eve Johnson Houghton Sir Michael Stoute J S Moore W R Muir D R C Elsworth J Noseda R Charlton George Baker

W J Haggas Jane Chapple-Hyam M P Tregoning M Blanshard C E Brittain J Ryan M L W Bell H J L Dunlop W R Swinburn R A Fahey C R Dore Pat Eddery W J Musson C F Wall J W Hills L M Cumani B G Powell R C Guest Miss Z C Davison C Appleby J G Portman Ian Williams T G Dascombe K A Ryan P R Chamings L Carter Mrs L J Mongan Miss Gay Kelleway J G Given M Murphy Miss Jo Crowley R Varian R A Teal R Ingram I A Wood E F Vaughan Peter Grayson P W Hiatt J C Fox R M H Cowell P Burgoyne A Bailey P R Hedger Miss J Feilden M Madgwick C Hills A J McCabe B R Johnson G A Butler

1169 1063 820 800 736 697 676 648 629 627 622 604 591 583 564 545 533 525 507 490 481 470 460 440 434 432 424 424 418 418 404 397 386 368 354 353 351 348 345 345 344 335 335 331 326 316 312 305 304

303 300 296 296 290 284 283 280 280 278 273 268 268 264 260 258 258 257 249 242 242 241 238 237 236 235 234 233 229 229 228 227 226 224 219 219 219 218 217 214 209 206 204 203 203 201 194 191 188

kempton park Jonjo O’Neil, Nigel Twiston-Davies and Kim Bailey in favour of the plan given that the Jockey Club (JC) has promised to put the proceeds into much-needed prize-money funds. However, it is a plan that needs proceeding with under caution; as my father who farms some acres in the Cotswolds, would say “they don’t make land any more” and “you can only sell it once”. That sentiment is even more relevant in this instance considering that the Kempton plot is on the outskirts of one of the finest capitals in the world boasting a population of 8.6 million. It is a site with such wonderful advantages that racing should consider itself lucky to own – it would never begin to afford to buy such a location now, those in charge of the “heritage” of the sport (until perhaps now) having done a fine job of protecting the racecourse site from the growth of the conurbation whilst others have been lost. Fewer people are emotionally attached to the All-Weather (AW) track, but the removal of it, albeit that it is due to be replaced with an AW at Newmarket, is arguably more important from an industry perspective due to the numbers of runners, horses, trainers and the value of the media rights involved

...the Kempton plot is on the outskirts of one of the finest capitals in the world boasting a population of 8.6 million (and that comment is no way meant to deride the NH interests). The sheer amount of racing that can take place on the AW means that any change could have a significant affect on the industry, and is something that should be discussed and debated with the use of applied figures and data – instead of brushing the issue under the carpet and saying “no one goes”, “no one likes AW racing” and that there is “no atmosphere” and it needs removing. The JC and anti-Kempton people have argued that people do not visit the AW course, but that is fairly inevitable due to the frequency of the mid-week racing through the middle of winter. On a rare Saturday evening AW card, held in January, the panoramic restaurant was full

Richard Hannon: uses Kempton’s AW course more than any other trainer in GB

Top 20 trainers by nos of runners at Lingfield AW last 10 years

Top 20 trainers by nos of runners at Wolverhampton AW last 10 years

Top 20 trainers by nos of runners at Chelmsford AW last 10 years (for years open)

Trainer Runs

Trainer Runs

Trainer Runs

G L Moore P D Evans M Johnston J R Best R Hannon M J Attwater J R Boyle J S Moore J J Bridger S Dow R A Harris A Balding J A Osborne J H M Gosden A W Carroll M R Channon C R Dore M Botti D K Ivory D M Simcock

P D Evans R A Fahey W M Brisbourne D Shaw M Johnston R A Harris A W Carroll R Hollinshead K A Ryan J M Bradley B P J Baugh T G Dascombe M W Easterby M Appleby M Botti A J McCabe J A Osborne D M Loughnane R C Guest S Kirk

M Johnston M Botti P S McEntee M Appleby D Shaw S C Williams C A Dwyer Richard Hannon D M Simcock J R Jenkins P D Evans R A Fahey J A Osborne E A L Dunlop C R Dore A Balding J G Given J H M Gosden G L Moore J Ryan

958 929 819 792 689 652 628 620 542 530 522 493 456 439 439 438 420 409 405 393

1731 1116 1093 1035 1011 999 887 844 780 738 712 693 664 662 657 650 641 631 628 569

228 201 195 195 182 172 144 135 134 130 124 122 121 114 112 111 102 100 99 96


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T2: Use of Kempton’s All-Weather by trainers based in Lambourn, South, Midlands, West Country & Wales by numbers of horses run Also shown is the ranking of the use of Kempton by the yard compared with the stable’s numbers of runners at other tracks (five-year period)* and in brackets the track that is the most favoured for the yard


Rnrs Ranking

Tony Carroll Richard Hannon Jnr Andrew Balding Gary Moore Ralph Beckett Dean Ivory Simon Dow John Bridger David Evans Michael Attwater Lee Carter Paul Cole Amanda Perrett Sylvester Kirk Jeremy Gask Jamie Osborne Richard Hannon Snr Ron Harris Clive Cox Eve Johnson-Houghton George Baker Hughie Morrison Charles Hills Mark Usher Pat Phelan Roger Charlton Rod Millman Jim Boyle William Knight Milton Bradley Harry Dunlop Joe Tuite Michael Blanshard Mick Channon

497 363 352 300 262 252 244 236 218 214 213 197 196 189 186 177 177 177 171 171 168 166 163 163 162 161 158 156 155 152 148 135 135 124

1st 2nd (1 = Newmarket) 1st 2nd (1 = Lingfield) 1st 1st 1st 1st 3rd (1 = Wolver) 2nd (1 = Lingfield) 2nd (1 = Lingfield) 1st 1st 1st 1st 3rd (1 = Wolver) 1st 3rd ( 1 = Wolver) 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd (1 = Wolver) 1st 1st 1st 6th (1 = Goodwood)


Rnrs Ranking

Ed de Giles 113 Ed Walker 112 Marcus Tregoning 110 Ian Williams 109 Laura Mongan 109 Roger Ingham 104 Brendan Powell 101 William Muir 99 Jonathan Portman 94 Henry Candy 93 Patrick Chamings 78 Geoffrey Deacon 77 Jo Hughes 75 Richard Hughes 68 Seamus Durack 67 Brian Meehan 63 Peter Hiatt 62 Denis Coakley 56 Brett Johnson 53 Alan King 45 Daniel Kubler 45 Anabel Murphy 44 Martin Bosley 41 Bill Turner 40 Seamus Mullins 38 Tony Newcombe 38 John Gallagher 27 Jose Santos 23 Dominic Ffrench-Davis 21 Barry Brennan 14 Archie Watson 6 Ben de Haan 11 Harry Whittington

1st 1st 1st 2nd (1 = Wolver) 2nd (1 = Lingfield) 2nd (1=Lingfield) 1st 3rd (1 = Wolver) 1st 2nd (1= Windsor) 2nd (1 = Lingfield) 1st 4th (1 = Wolver) 1st 1st 4th (1 = Newmarket) 2nd 1st 2nd (1 = Lingfield) 2nd (1 = Wolver) 2nd (1 = Wolver) 3rd (1 = Lingfield) 1st 4th (1 = Wolver) 1st 2nd 1 = Wolver) 3rd (1= Brighton) 3rd (1 = Lingfield) 4th (1 = Wolver) 1st 3rd (1 = Lingfield) 1st 3rd (1 = Wolver)

Over five-year period, stats from Racing Post Not comprehensive, but an outline list of use of Kempton by variety of types of trainers based in Lambourn, West Berkshire, the Midlands, the South, the West Country and Wales All-Weather runners used only for dual purpose trainers *Numbers of horses the yard has run at Kempton compared to other GB tracks e.g. Kempton is Gary Moore’ s second-most visited track in the time frame behind Lingfield


with a good atmosphere. A larger appreciation and understanding of the track’s role and the effects of its possible demise as against the gains that are being proposed by the JC, needs to be understood. Unfortunately, the full financial plan has not been revealed by the JC which means more of us can not assess whether this is “good” for the industry. The British Horseracing Assoication (BHA) has reported that the matter is beyond its remit – it can’t look into the proposal or give any recommendations until the JC requests fixtures for a new track at Newmarket. Things will probably be too late by then; surely the BHA can produce an overview via a cost-benefit analysis and reveal its findings? How much does the JC actually think it will get from the land sale, what are the prize-money and racecourse improvements proposed elsewhere, what will the cost be of building a racecourse in Newmarket? These are all questions that the JC needs to answer publically. It must be remembered that the operation also only owns 15 racecourses in Britain, most of which are in the south, while the organisation no longer has any role in governance, rendering its claimed role as acting for the “good” of the sport rather less weighty.


owever, we appreciate that a landowner always has to examine closely any approach from a builder for a one-off sale as quite plainly development funds can put money into the owner’s hands that could never be realised by any other means. But, looking at the bigger picture, will this be right or wrong? And are the ongoing plans right for the sport? Concerning ourselves with the Flat racing side only – the volume of racing gives some statisitical weight to try and examine trends – we are going to give some sort of analysis using some great stats from, and, and answer whether it will be good thing for the Flat racing, its owners and its trainers? Quite obviously, at a first level for those trainers based in Newmarket and with a majority of their owners living abroad rather than based in the UK, this will be a very good thing. Journey times will be dramatically reduced, staff hours cut, owners’ equine transport bills slashed.

kempton park Busiest trainers by nos of runners at NOTTINGHAM through the last 10 years

Busiest trainers by nos of runners at YARMOUTH through the last 10 years

Busiest trainers by nos of runners at LEICESTER through the last 10 years

Trainer Runs

Trainer Runs

Trainer Runs

M Johnston J G Given R A Fahey M R Channon J H M Gosden M Appleby M L W Bell S R Bowring P D Evans T D Easterby

M H Tompkins Mrs C A Dunnett J R Jenkins M L W Bell C F Wall M R Channon W J Haggas G G Margarson C E Brittain Miss J Feilden

M Johnston P D Evans R Hannon M R Channon R A Fahey K A Ryan A W Carroll Sir Michael Stoute M L W Bell C G Cox

268 261 239 225 198 196 180 176 174 159

368 364 268 255 242 239 223 208 200 198

industry perspective, the AW is extremely important. Not only does it give a lot of racing options for all levels of horses, it gives outlets all year round that Turf tracks simply could not accommodate. Not only is there racing all year, but the AW offers good debut options for maidens, for those owners with lesser horses, as well as horses with appropriate pedigrees and action that suit the surface, horses who might have an international campaign or sale ahead of them, or indeed those horses whose profiles suit fast summer ground but who no longer fully let themselves down on the surface. Although this country’s owners need to be international sellers of their racehorses, for those who retained their horses for longer careers, or who for those horses who remain in the domestic sport, AW racing can offer a greater longevity of career – see Stand Guard. All trainers use the tracks, and for many (see T2 and T4) an AW track, especially

If one party gains geographically, another will lose and in a quid pro quo, those trainers based west of Oxford or south of London, will find that all the above will be reversed and journey times lengthened. So, whilst trying not create an “east v west” scenario, we are going to take a look at some of the facts to try and analyse just how important it is for Newmarket to have a new AW course. We’ve looked at some of the questions that should be answered by racing’s authorities. 1. How important is AW racing? 2. How important is it for a replacement AW to be built and for whom? 3. Is it best serving the industry building an AW in Newmarket? 1 and 2. As explained previously, from an

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Mark Johnston: tops a lot of these charts by number of runners at each course

Busiest trainers by nos of runners at ASCOT through the last 10 years

Busiest trainers by nos of runners at NEWMARKET through the last 10 years

Busiest trainers by nos of runners at WINDSOR through the last 10 years

Trainer Runs

Trainer Runs

Trainer Runs

M Johnston R Hannon A Balding M R Channon J H M Gosden Sir Michael Stoute W J Haggas R A Fahey A P O’Brien Saeed bin Suroor

R Hannon J H M Gosden M Johnston B J Meehan Sir Michael Stoute Saeed bin Suroor W J Haggas M R Channon R A Fahey D R C Elsworth

R Hannon P D Evans M R Channon R M Beckett Richard Hannon A Balding C G Cox D K Ivory G L Moore B R Millman

562 503 384 363 340 320 301 285 279 274

1051 963 890 631 620 617 610 564 515 513

754 410 338 265 263 258 256 247 237 229


kempton park Kempton, is the yard’s most visited track. Simon Rowland’s data (see T3, opposite) shows that the quality of horses running on the AW to be pretty much mid-field, generally improving and is not just providing “betting” fodder that some seem to think. The AW is an important outlet for the better horse. The AW champions series has been an initiative that has pulled AW racing up a grade, and on many cards now there is a pleasant mix of races at the lower end bolstered by races featuring many aboveaverage horses rated in the 80s and 90s. And without going into the details, AW racing provides the levels and amount of betting opportunities required to fund the sport. With the current size of the industry and the funding needed, and the new mechanism of funding now in place, and if it is deemed that the industry is to continue to grow, quite plainly the loss of an AW track in Britain is certainly not an option from a funding point of view. 3.i. In order to understand whether Newmarket is the correct place to rebuild the AW track (not withstanding the proximity of Chelmsford and the fact that the JC will not have to purchase land to rebuild), we took a look at the use of Kempton, the use of the southern AW tracks, as well as of a selection of Turf courses (see pages 72 and 75).

Tony Carroll, based in Worcestershire, would be perceived by many in racing as a “smaller” trainer, yet he has a lot of runners each year, in particular on the AW


T3: Racecourses listed by average

Timeform rating of winner

Course Av TF Rating Ascot......................................................... 104.7 York........................................................... 101.1 Newmarket Rowley...............................99.6 Goodwood................................................94.2 Newmarket July......................................93.5 Chester........................................................92.7 Newbury....................................................92.1 Sandown....................................................91.7 Doncaster..................................................91.5 Epsom.........................................................91.0 Haydock.....................................................90.3 Pontefract..................................................85.6 Windsor......................................................85.1 Ripon...........................................................84.2 Salisbury.....................................................83.6 Nottingham..............................................82.4 Leicester.....................................................81.2 Yarmouth...................................................81.1 Ayr.................................................................81.0 Kempton....................................................80.7 Lingfield.....................................................80.2 Thirsk...........................................................80.2 Newcastle..................................................80.1 Chelmsford................................................80.0 Carlisle.........................................................79.3 Musselburgh............................................78.3 Beverley......................................................77.8 Hamilton....................................................77.7 Wetherby...................................................77.7 Ffos Las.......................................................77.6 Catterick.....................................................77.3 Lingfield.....................................................77.2 Bath..............................................................77.0 Redcar.........................................................76.9 Southwell...................................................76.7 Wolverhampton......................................76.4 Chepstow...................................................75.5 Brighton.....................................................74.2 From Simon Rowlands

...a significant sector of the racing industry is based outside of Suffolk and, if working with the good of the whole industry in mind, their needs can not be ignored It is worth bearing in mind that there are approximately 65-70 Flat, NH and dualpurpose trainers based in Suffolk, some with the largest teams in the country, compared to around 260 trainers, excluding Suffolk, based in Britain south of Leicester. Even if taking an average of just 20 horses a yard in the regions, and 40 in Newmarket, there are considerably more horses trained outside of the Newmarket area than inside. According to a 2015 report by West Suffolk Council, 2,600 horses of the 13,600 in training in GB are based in Newmarket It means that a significant sector of the racing industry is based outside of Suffolk and, if working with the “good” of the whole industry, these needs can not be ignored by those making plans. 3.ii. Over the last ten years, (as T1 on page 72 shows), only Marco Botti, John Gosden and James Fanshawe are in the top 20 users of Kempton AW. Note: the emergence of the big teams from Roger Varian and Hugo Palmer, or the growth by Godolphin (possibly now under some control) has developed through the last five years. It can be seen from T2 and T4 for the large proportion of trainers based in all locations, Kempton is their most visited track of all – aside from the larger Newmarketbased stables which understandably uses Newmarket first. Even for most of them Kempton is their second favourite track of choice. (And again, Chelmsford has not been in use for long enough for its impact to be fully understood). But why are Newmarket’s trainers not the greatest users of Kempton numerically? Is it because Kempton is on the wrong side of the M25 and London? Will transferring the AW

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kempton park T4: Use of Kempton’s All-Weather by trainers based in Newmarket area by numbers of horses run Showing also the ranking of the use of Kempton by the yard compared with the stable’s numbers of runners at other tracks (five-year period)* and in brackets the track that is the most favoured for the yard if Kempton is not 1st

Trainer Marco Botti John Gosden James Fanshawe Charlie Appleby David Simcock Saeed Bin Suroor Roger Varian Sir Michael Stoute Chris Wall Ed Dunlop Stuart Wiliams Michael Bell William Haggas Sir mark Prescott David Elsworth John Ryan Robert Cowell Julia Feilden Ed Vaughan Luca Cumani Hugo Palmer James Tate Phil McEntee Jane Chapple-Hyam Charlie Fellowes Paul D’Arcy Robert Eddery William Jarvis Gay Kelleway James Eustace George Margarson Rae Guest Michael Wigham Mark Tompkins Giles Bravery Peter Chapple-Hyam Lucy Wadham Simon Crisford John Berry Henry Spiller Richard Spencer

Rnrs Ranking 308 262 258 242 219 173 168 164 157 149 145 132 131 130 127 127 102 101 97 97 93 76 74 71 69 66 63 59 57 57 57 48 43 42 36 31 30 27 25 21 9

2nd (1 = Wolver) 2nd (1 = Newmarket) 1 2nd (1 = Newmarket) 1 2nd (1 = Newmarket) 2nd (1 = Newmarket) 2nd (1 = Newmarket) 1 2nd (1 = Newmaket) 2nd (1 = Newmarket) 1 5th (1 = Newmarket) 2nd (1 = Wolver) 2 (1 = Newmarket) 1 2nd 91 = Wolver) 3rd (1 = Lingfield) 1 2nd (1 = Newmarket) 2nd (1 = Newmarket) 3 (Wolver) 5th (1 = Chemlsford) 1 1 1 1 1 4th (1 = Lingfield) 1 3 (1 = Lingfield) 3 (1 = Wolver) 2 (1 = Wolver) 5th (1 = Lingfield) 2nd (1 = Wolver) 5 (1= Newmarket) 1 2nd (1 = Wolver) 2nd 1= (Wolver) 1 3 (1 = Wolver)

Moving the AW track to Newmarket, could mean that around 120 AW meetings will be within an hours’ drive of Newmarket; around 30 to 40 per cent of the AW meetings to Newmarket remedy this issue? Or are the south-west based trainers in such great numbers because it is so suitable for their access? If looking at the tables showing use of Lingfield and Wolverhampton over the tenyear period, still Newmarket trainers are not dominant AW users. It is only really Chelmsford that is dominated by Newmarket trainers. So is another course required in this location? And, even if looking at Turf course usage, aside from Newmarket itself, Newmarketbased trainers do not dominate by numerically.

Marco Botti: is the greatest user numerically of Kempton from the Newmarket training ranks

Sats from Racing Post Not comprehensive, but an outline list of use of Kempton by variety of types of trainers based in Newmarket – large stables, smaller yeard, dual-purpose, long standing and newer names

3.iii. Moving the AW track to Newmarket, could mean that approximately 120 AW meetings will be within an hours’ drive of Newmarket; around 30 to 40 per cent of the AW meetings will be in essentially the Newmarket locality. As there are only around 60-70 trainers in Suffolk (compared to 260, alongside their owners, in the regions) and Newmarket is not heaviest users of the AW, does this make sense from an industry perspective? If taking Lambourn as a base from which to identify the whole south-west region, no AW track will be within two hours’ drive of the valley, with only Lingfield being less than two and a half hours away. It means that 80 per cent of the AW meetings will be a significant drive from Lambourn and the south-west. While obviously a Newmarket AW would continue to be used by all trainers, it could have significant changes to economics of training through the regions of Britain, and will clearly push more trainers to need to be based in Newmarket. Is that good thing? Just how many more trainers can Newmarket accommodate


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The Jockey Club should employ some joined-up thinking Marcus Townend looks at the proposal from all angles and offers a radical solution Is the JC’s plan to redevelop Kempton a good idea?

Ultimately, this all boils down to money. Pound signs must be buzzing around in the eyeballs of the Jockey Club and its executive. If, and it’s a big if, their project gets the go-ahead the site at Kempton must surely be worth closer to £250 million to developers than the £100m the Jockey Club have publicly stated. At the lower price, the cost to racing heritage and the decision to bulldoze one of the best known tracks in the country is a non-starter. The higher figure makes it more interesting. You are then talking a sum of money which could be used to make significant changes, but the Jockey Club have fallen well short of presenting a compelling case so far.

What are the negatives to the plan?

Any sport which willingly gives up a base in the capital city must have its intentions questioned. You are turning your back on a potential massive audience and Kempton, by the Jockey Club’s own admission, is a making money. The plan to make Sandown into a “super course” looks flawed. Space, both on the track and surroundings, is restricted and immediately limiting what you can do. Neither the track nor nearby Esher High Street can take that much expansion in numbers. The geographical loss on a Flat All Weather track on the western side of London is as much of a loss to trainers for whom

(fake hill or not)? And what will the influence be on onwership? Do all domestic owners really want their horses trained in Newmarket – for many the most important thing is for a trainer to be close at hand. Quite clearly, though, the need to put the new AW at Newmarket is not warranted by the town’s usage of Kempton and the AW as a whole; the numbers just do not add up to make it the most sensible course of action.

Other factors to consider, which we feel should be examined by the BHA

1. It is important to consider whether an AW would be the “right” thing for Newmarket to have on its CV. It is a centre of racing Turf excellence and possesses a rarity value that should be protected. Will regular everyday AW racing serve


it works geographically as it is a gain for Newmarket trainers if an alternative is built on their doorsteps. It all seems like this is a solution cooked up by the Jockey Club board because its south-east division is the worst performing division in the group. Kempton is poorly attended for many of its meetings and has a reputation for a poor atmosphere, but the JC must take responsibility for that; trashing and devaluing much of its Flat race programme which featured some well-known and long-standing races.

What is the positive case for development?

Racing in the capital is a dead duck. The crowds the tracks at Epsom, Kempton and Sandown attract, given the millions on their doorsteps, are poor and would remain so no matter what you do. Better to distribute the money to other bits of the estate, develop the regions. Some of Sandown’s better meetings fail to attract anything like a decent audience. So bite the bullet, cash in and ship out.

What is the future for All-Weather racing if Kempton goes?

All-weather racing will carry on as now, but it is hard to envisage a new replacement track at Newmarket aiding its image. The Jockey Club plans appear to acknowledge that a new track in Newmarket would attract little or no crowd, simply serving local trainers and offering up more betting shop fodder. A Newmarket AW track could become like BAGS greyhounds, just wheeling out mundane action that does nothing for the advancement of AW racing of the image of the sport.

Will the fact that, when big-investing Sheikhs are in town, if they have no need to travel anywhere in the UK to watch their horses run, override any negatives? the town well? What will it do to the perception of Newmarket domestically and internationally? Will it be another negative, backing up the downward effects to the town’s racecourse of

the removal of Champions meeting, while the previous well-recognised programme for top-class juveniles has descended into a muddled autumn with little focus? Or will it mean that when the big-investing Sheikhs are in town, if they have no need to travel anywhere in the UK to watch their maiden horses run, that positive will override any other negatives and ensure their important investment in British racing will continue? 2. What will be the implications on the other AW tracks, in particular Chelmsford? Quite obviously this is beyond the remit of the JC as a property owner – and clearly identifies the point where its claim of the wider “interests” of racing clash with its economic property portfolio interest. Will the use of a Newmarket AW lessen the travel to other AW tracks by Newmarket

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Aerial shot of Kempton Park and the racecourse

Is the JC playing a game?

Massive local opposition makes progressing the Kempton plan very difficult. Both the local community and politicians are united against the plan. Attempts to part develop the site – Newbury style – have also been rejected. So could this mega-plan be a way to persuade Spelthorne council and the locals to ultimately accept the initial plan?

My ideal solution

I like my jump racing at Kempton, but can’t remember when I last went to a Flat meeting there. Therefore I could be convinced about the plan if it was better constructed than now and only if we are talking about raising close to £250m. The JC loves to say what they do is in the best interests of racing. If that’s the case, this is what they should do if they ultimately negotiate

trainers causing those tracks and field sizes to suffer? Or conversely, would a well-designed AW course at Newmarket push AW further up the the “Rowland Timeform” scale – and if so is that desired in Britain a country known for its diversity of Turf tracks? Will regional trainers have more chance of success at other tracks without Newmarket trainers travelling out of Suffolk? What will happen to the quality of AW racing? Will a regional racing system – similar perhaps to the metropolitan and bush tracks of Australia – develop? 3. What is the likelihood that another track will have to be built in the SW? 4. What is the likelihood of fixtures being granted to a Newmarket AW? There has been mutterings about the issues

a torrid-looking planning process. 1. Allow the King George VI Festival to move to Ascot and create a super Christmas meeting by including races from Ascot’s pre-Christmas fixture. 2. Scrap the Newmarket All-Weather plan and either buy or go into partnership and invest in Chelmsford City instead. 3. Help finance an All-Weather track at Newbury, again in partnership, to offer a fair geographical distribution of AW tracks around the country. 4. Improve Sandown but keep your plans realistic. These may be ‘pie-in-the-sky‘ ideas but if you are going to be radical, you might as well think about a radical future.

from the competition board – how realistic is that? 5. What will be the make-up of racing at Newmarket? A lot of maidens generally contested by just one of two major owners and trainers? Will that provide the level of betting return required, and offer any sporting interest at all, apart from to a handful of involved connections? 6. What could be the implications of building the Newmarket Aw or not on the ownership base in the UK – already a critical concern? Both on the numbers of domestic owners, as well as the involvement of high-end Dubai and Qatar-based owners? 7. More work needs to be done to look into the role of Chelmesford. Are Newmarket

trainers using it to a greater degree in the last couple of years? Does the track provide the town with a local AW surface fit for purpose? Does it need upgrading or changing? What are the numbers of racegoers? In fact, how do all of the AW tracks compare with each other – from an equine, horsemans’ and race goers’ perspective? Which makes money? Who goes racing, where and when? What returns on investment are being seen and which racecourse groups are performing sucessfully? 8. Reverting to NH racing: watching the February meeting at Sandown, the sight of horses galloping up its hill at the early February meeting on soft ground was as far away as could be from the images created, and the type of horse required, for Kempton


kempton park and King George success. So is the Sandown dream achieveable? Can the course accommodate more racing? Will a ground report and an investment analysis be produced to show what is going to be done or needs to be to improve the drainage so that it will be suitable? What implications to the rest of Sandown programme will the proposal have? Can Sandown actually become what is being envisaged? Have plans been put together? 9. What is happening to NH racing and what is the long term goal / strategy for the peoplefriendly sport? Is NH racing going to revolve solely around the big meetings at Cheltenham and Ascot? 10. Has the JC really been doing enough to ensure the survival of its all of tracks, and has the organisation been run sucessfully, has it been marketing Kempton enough to the locality, planning “special” race days and the like? Why has the track got such a poor image – whose fault is that and can it be reversed aka the Grand National in the 1980s? Is the JC on a sound base to move into the future? 11. What other options are there (Newburylike) and should they be examined by a thirdparty to offer further advice? How has the JC been handling its dealings with the locality – why is there such negativity between the two groups? Or, as Marcus has suggested overleaf, is all of this in fact nothing more than a planning game?

Is anyone in charge of a strategic plan?

Essentially this discussion really begs the above question. Someone or an organisation in racing, with the power to exert and influence, needs to discover if the sale of Kempton and the ongoing plans really are going to be a positive for racing. (And, what is more, does racing really need a lengthy and probably quite nasty planning permission fight on its hands?) What we need is a report into the Kempton proposal, with a strategic view into the future that will take into account where and how racing under both codes should develop under a 10-year, 20-year strategic plan. We need answers to the questions and to


The oldest photo we found of Kempton. It was taken in 1943 and is of horses Mange Tout and Snake Lightning leading the field. We have taken an industry / economic view in our discussions on these pages, but is it actually right that our racing heritage is discarded without more consideration?

know whether, if handled correctly, the gain that the JC claims it will produce, could ever really happen? And will that claim really be enough to warrant the loss of Kempton with all its facilities, it location near to London, its young grandstand, its ready-made infrastructure. While the Jockey Club claims to be the protector of racing, that position was removed when it lost its governance and power. It is now an owner of racecourses with all the business and economic and profit-making decisions that come with ownership, albeit that it directs all profits back to racing. Perhaps the wider question that needs posing, is who is directing these wider, strategic decisions? As the BHA does not own anything, does it actually have any powers to strategically plan the future of racing? As mentioned before you can’t reclaim the site once it is sold, and the implications of the loss of such a logistically important AW track (in fact claimed to be “vital” by Roger Charlton) and a superb NH track, needs further examination than has been produced so far. It is profitable, and although the antiKempton view claims the no one goes racing and there is no atmosphere, what are the change by moving a course to Newmarket? Why will it be any different and not worse

based at the difficult-to-get-to town? Perhaps we should be having an even wider discussion as to where racing fits into the digital-based, shopping-heavy, time poor, screen-obsessed leisure age? The big Saturday summer racing days are fun and well attended, NH is popular, but what needs to be done to market less glamorous affairs? To round up, Kempton is a profitable enterprise that should not be discarded without due consideration. The AW is a strategically important course for all trainers and their owners – is well-used by all Flat trainers, whatever their location; its surface is good, the track is fair, it is easy to access for the vast proportion of owners. The NH course provides unique opportunities for good ground in winter and hosts one of the key races of the jumping season; turf courses can not be duplicated. From our examination the numbers just don’t seem to stack up to back the plan put forward by the JC, but still we are prepared to accept that the proposal could indeed be the most wonderful opportunity for racing. But, we really believe that the proposal is too big a punt for British racing to move forward with without an eye on the future and so much more analytical work being done to understand all the implications.

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The Queen Mary runner-up Easton Angel selling at Tattersalls for a record-breaking 500,000gns. She was bought by Mick Flanagan and may race again


ecord-breaking talented fillies and their dams are always precious – their worth is more than just the guineas signs that go up over their heads, they represent the chance for a continuation of quality. They certainly should get a chance to feature in this spot, especially when they light up a sale staged in February. Easton Angel sold at the Tattersalls February Sale for 500,000gns, and became the most expensive horse ever sold at Newmarket in February. The previous best was 450,000gns given for House In Wood in 2008 – she is the dam of Alexander Tango, by then the winner of the Grade 1 Garden Stakes – and then the 190,000gns spent on a Danehill Dancer colt in 2007 (was not seen subsequently on a racecourse in Europe). Mick Flanagan bought Easton Angel, a


four-year-old daughter of Dark Angel for a European-based client and she may yet return to the racecourse – the filly looked so bonny at Tattersalls, that it has to hoped that she does. She already has Listed success to her name when she collected the Westrow Stakes and Scurry Stakes last June, but has not won a Group race yet. Her best performance came when second to Acapulco in the Queen Mary Stakes (G2) and then when fourth in the King George Stakes (G2) at Goodwood. Unfortunately her last run last year was not inspiring when only 15 of 19 in the Nunthorpe, some 10 or some lengths behind her Michael Dods-trained stablemate and fellow daughter of Dark Angel, Mecca’s Angel. The pair under Dods’s guidance have, along with a host of other talented performers, helped to take Dark Angel from also ran to a position as a leading European stallion and

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Aleagueoftheirown Staceymac Danehill Damcer-Golden Coral (Slew O’Gold) Elnadim-Neat Shilling (Bob Back)

capable of generating a full book off a fee of €65,000. Easton Angel was bred by Naas breeder James Waldron, her dam Staceymac also bred by Waldron. The breeder sold Staceymac as a Tattersalls yearling for 6,500gns, but bought her back in 2007 as a winning, in-foal mare carrying to Lucky Story. Waldron had to go a bit higher than his initial sale price and spent 10,000gns in order to ensure he got his girl back home. It looked to begin with as though the re-purchase of Staceymac was going to be more of an affair of the heart for Waldron than a profitable or winning enterprise. Staceymac’s first foal, although a colt, was bought by Tarantello Luigi at the Tattersalls Ireland September Sale for just 2,500gns. The colt went on to manage five placed efforts in Italy. In 2009 a Mujadil colt was born – he was also bought at the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale for 2,300 by Luigi. His results have not made it to the Weatherbys pedigree pages.


n 2010 a filly by Jeremy arrived. She was named Kalahari Breeze, and victory also evaded her. She was not sold at the Doncaster 2011 September Yearling Sale, and ended up in training with William Muir, the previous trainer of Staceymac. After her three maiden runs she did manage a third in her first handicap off a mark of 61, but it was the only time she troubled the judge. A move down the handicap scale failed to help her become competitive and the white flag was raised in February 2013 when she finished sixth of sixth in a seller off a mark of 50. By then Staceymac had also produced an Iffraaj filly in 2011 and in 2012 a filly by Vale Of York, and although the former made it to the yearling sale ring, neither have been named. At this point in the timeline, a nomination to Dark Angel was probably an expensive enough cover for Staceymac. Although a winner, Staceymac had only run four times and her highest BHA rating was just 50. Her first two runners had not been

It looked to begin with as though the re-purchase of Staceymac was going to be more of an affair of the heart for Waldron than a profitable or winning enterprise successful in either the sales ring nor on the racecourse, while her Mujadil colt did not get to appear at either venue. The one thing in Staceymac’s favour, though, is that she was fast (as befits a daughter of Elnadim), while she is also a half-sister to a talented son of Trans Island gelding called Kalahari Gold. He won four races in 2008 as a three-yearold, including a Newmarket handicap off a mark of 97 and the Listed Dubai Duty Free Cup at Newbury. He was sold at that Autumn Horses In Training Sale for 370,000gns bought by Shadwell. He reappeared in Dubai for Doug Watson and went onto a Group 2 Zabeel Mile runner-up spot at Meydan in 2010. He returned to France the following August and, as a sound and genuine horse, continued winning races (collecting ten in total) until a last-time-out success came at Deauville in 2013. By then Dark Angel, whose first crop had appeared on the racecourse in 2011, had also made some progress up the fee ladder. Having started his stallion career off €10,000, the son of Acclamation had dropped to €7,500 and €7,000 for three years before he had runners, increasing to €12,500 for 2012 and 2013. From his first crops, Yeomanstown’s star stallion had produced Tough As Nails (now a stallion himself) who had finished third in the Railway Stakes (G2), third in Phoenix Stakes (G1), Lily’s Angel, who had a Listed victory to her name, had been placed in Group 3s, was rated over 100 and finished seventh in the

1,000 Guineas. Gabrial had claimed a Group 1 third in the Sussex Stakes, and B Fifty Two had achieved a Group 3 placing and a mark over 100. Alhebayeb won the July Stakes in July 2012 and, in September 2012, the admirable Bronze Angel had won his first Cambridgeshire. These results had taken the stallion back into a double-figure fee, but in light of his subsequent achievements, Waldron perhaps spotted a stallion still heralding more to come and who was a value option. It was a wise decision and Easton Angel arrived in 2013. She immediately caught the eye and became Staceymac’s first profitable sale fetching 18,000gns at the December Foal Sale sold by Drumachon Stud to Yeomanstown. Reconsigned as a pin-hooked yearling at the following year’s Doncaster Premier Sale, she sold for 30,000gns, bought by Fiddes and Smart. Easton Angel appeared in the May of her juvenile year under Ritchie Fiddes ownership, wining her first two starts before collecting her Queen Mary second. By then she was registered in a joint ownership between Fiddes and Al Shaqab Racing. Meanwhile, Staceymac had a colt by Lilbourne Lad (another son of Acclamation) in 2014. He was bought by Fiddes for 15,000gns as a Tattersalls December foal. Clearly trainer Dods and Fiddes were already impressed by the colt’s year older sister, purchased just three months previously, and decided that a reinvestment in Staceymac’s progeny would be a profitmaking exercise. Despite the fact that Easton Angel has significantly improved Staceymac’s page when the colt was reconsigned as a Tattersalls October Book 2 yearling, he failed to find any new friends and was bought back in for 28,000gns. Named Easton Lad, he has not yet run. Staceymac produced an Acclamation colt last year for Waldron – the older stallion standing at €35,000 in 2015 compared to the Yeomanstown stallion’s €27,500 – and she is now in-foal to Dark Angel’s first Group 1-winning son Lethal Force. His first runners appear on the track this summer and he achieved a yearling average of 35,000gns last autumn.


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UAE NATIONAL DAY CUP, L, Abu Dhabi, December 4, 1600m 1 Championship (IRE) 5 ch g Exceed And Excel (AUS) Aljafliyah (GB) (Halling (USA)) 2 Shamaal Nibras (USA) 7 b c First Samurai (USA) - Sashay Away (USA) (Farma Way) 3 Eavesdropper (GB) 9 br c Singspiel (IRE) - Echoes In Eternity (IRE) (Spinning World)

Danzig Danehill Razyana EXCEED AND EXCEL b 2000 Lomond Patrona Gladiolus CHAMPIONSHIP ch g 2011 Diesis Halling Dance Machine ALJAFLIYAH ch 2001 Mujtahid Arruhan Wakayi

LINCOLN MKC THE DUBAI CREEK MILE, L, Meydan, December 15, 1600m 1 Fitzgerald (USA) 4 b c Elusive Quality (USA) - Filarmonia (ARG) (Slew Gin Fizz (USA))


2 Farrier (USA) 8 b c Tapit (USA) - Wild Vision (USA) (Wild Again (USA)) 3 Cool Cowboy (USA) 5 ch c Kodiak Kowboy (USA) - Grand Breeze (USA) (Grand Slam (USA))

Mr Prospector Gone West Secrettame ELUSIVE QUALITY b 93 Hero's Honor Touch of Greatness Ivory Wand FITZGERALD b c 2012 Relaunch Slew Gin Fizz Slew Princess FILARMONIA gr/ro 2003 Pepenador Fijeza Figurita

LINCOLN CONTINENTAL THE GARHOUD SPRINT, L, Meydan, December 15, 1200m 1 My Catch (IRE) 5 b c Camacho (GB) - Catch The Sea (IRE) (Barathea (IRE)) 2 Muarrab (GB) 7 b g Oasis Dream (GB) - Licence To Thrill (GB) (Wolfhound (USA)) 3 Morawij (GB) 6 ch g Exceed And Excel (AUS) - Sister Moonshine (FR) (Piccolo (GB))

Danzig Danehill Razyana CAMACHO b 2002 Zafonic Arabesque Prophecy MY CATCH b c 2011 Sadler's Wells Barathea Brocade CATCH THE SEA b 2004 Bluebird Catch The Blues Dear Lorraine

AL TAYER MOTORS THE ENTISAR STAKES, L, Meydan, December 15, 2000m 1 Storm Belt (USA) 7 b/br c More Than Ready (USA) Mari's Thunder (USA) (Thunder Gulch (USA)) 2 Top Clearance (USA) 4 b c Majestic Warrior (USA) Sweet Beat (USA) (Tiznow (USA)) 3 Trinity Force (IRE) 5 ch g Iffraaj (GB) - Nasharaat (IRE) (Green Desert (USA))

Halo Southern Halo Northern Sea MORE THAN READY b 97 Woodman Woodman's Girl Becky Be Good STORM BELT b/br c 2009 Gulch Thunder Gulch Line of Thunder MARI'S THUNDER ch 2003 Mari's Book Mari's Sheba Sheba Little

LONGINES SINGSPIEL STAKES, L, Meydan, January 5, 1800m 1 Light The Lights (SAF) 6 b c Western Winter (USA) - First Arrival (SAF) (Northern Guest (USA)) 2 Championship (IRE) 6 ch g Exceed And Excel (AUS) Aljafliyah (GB) (Halling (USA)) 3 Earnshaw (USA) 6 gr/ro c Medaglia d'Oro (USA) - Emily Bronte (GB) (Machiavellian (USA))

Mr Prospector Gone West Secrettame WESTERN WINTER b 92 Vice Regent Chilly Hostess Impressive Lady LIGHT THE LIGHTS b c 2011 Northern Dancer Northern Guest Sex Appeal FIRST ARRIVAL b 96 Elliodor First Debutante First Party

ELEGANCE AL MAKTOUM CHALLENGE ROUND 1, G2, Meydan, January 5, 1600m 1 Le Bernardin (USA) 8 b/br c Bernardini (USA) - La Rosa (USA) (Wild Again (USA)) 2 Long River (USA) 7 ch c A P Indy (USA) - Round Pond (USA) (Awesome Again (CAN)) 3 Lindo Amor (ARG) 5 ch c Dynamix (USA) - Linda Love (ARG) (Salt Lake (USA))

Seattle Slew A P Indy Weekend Surprise BERNARDINI b 2003 Quiet American Cara Rafaela Oil Fable LE BERNARDIN b/br c 2009 Icecapade Wild Again Bushel-N-Peck LA ROSA b 93 Cox's Ridge Twilight Ridge Waving Sky

DP WORLD UAE REGION DUBAWI STAKES, L, Meydan, January 12, 1200m 1 Reynaldothewizard (USA) 11 b c Speightstown (USA) - Holiday Runner (USA) (Meadowlake (USA))

international database 2 Muarrab (GB) 8 b g Oasis Dream (GB) - Licence To Thrill (GB) (Wolfhound (USA)) 3 Wild Dude (USA) 7 b/br c Wildcat Heir (USA) - Courtly Choice (USA) (Doneraile Court (USA))

Mr Prospector Gone West Secrettame SPEIGHTSTOWN ch 98 Storm Cat Silken Cat Silken Doll REYNALDOTHEWIZARD b c 2006 Hold Your Peace Meadowlake Suspicious Native HOLIDAY RUNNER b 2000 Dixieland Band Dixie Holiday Really Fancy

MOHAMMED AL MAKTOUM AL FAHIDI FORT, G2, Meydan, January 19, 1400m 1 Championship (IRE) 6 ch g Exceed And Excel (AUS) Aljafliyah (GB) (Halling (USA)) 2 Flash Fire (IRE) 5 b g Shamardal (USA) - Flamelet (USA) (Theatrical) 3 Noah From Goa (SAF) 5 ch g Tiger Ridge (USA) - Limerick (SAF) (Fort Wood (USA))

Danzig Danehill Razyana EXCEED AND EXCEL b 2000 Lomond Patrona Gladiolus CHAMPIONSHIP ch g 2011 Diesis Halling Dance Machine ALJAFLIYAH ch 2001 Mujtahid Arruhan Wakayi

SHADWELL JEBEL ALI MILE, G3, Jebel Ali, January 20, 1600m 1 Forjatt (IRE) 9 b g Iffraaj (GB) Graceful Air (IRE) (Danzero (AUS)) 2 Shamaal Nibras (USA) 8 b c First Samurai (USA) - Sashay Away (USA) (Farma Way (USA)) 3 Art Wave (IRE) 6 ch c Art Connoisseur (IRE) - Musical Review (UAE) (Jade Robbery (USA))

Gone West Zafonic Zaizafon IFFRAAJ b 2001 Nureyev Pastorale Park Appeal FORJATT b g 2008 Danehill Danzero Confidentially GRACEFUL AIR b 2001 Statoblest Samsung Spirit Sarong

IPIC AL RASHIDIYA STAKES, G2, Meydan, January 26, 1800m 1 Promising Run (USA) 4 b f Hard Spun (USA) - Aviacion (BRZ) (Know Heights (IRE)) 2 Light The Lights (SAF) 6 b c Western Winter (USA) - First Arrival (SAF) (Northern Guest (USA)) 3 Earnshaw (USA) 6 gr/ro c Medaglia d'Oro (USA) - Emily Bronte (GB) (Machiavellian (USA))

Northern Dancer Danzig Pas de Nom HARD SPUN b 2004 Turkoman Turkish Tryst Darbyvail PROMISING RUN b f 2013 Shirley Heights Know Heights Unknown Lady AVIACION b 98 Liloy Arbulus Buck The Tide

CESPA CAPE VERDI STAKES, G2, Meydan, January 26, 1600m 1 Very Special (IRE) 5 ch f Lope de Vega (IRE) - Danielli (IRE) (Danehill (USA)) 2 Opal Tiara (IRE) 4 b f Thousand Words (GB) - Zarafa (GB) (Fraam (GB)) 3 Muffri'Ha (IRE) 5 b f Iffraaj (GB) - Grecian Dancer (GB) (Dansili (GB))

Giant's Causeway Shamardal Helsinki LOPE DE VEGA ch 2007 Vettori Lady Vettori Lady Golconda VERY SPECIAL ch f 2012 Danzig Danehill Razyana DANIELLI b 2002 Taufan Ingabelle Bodelle

EGA AL SHINDAGHA SPRINT, G3, Meydan, February 2, 1200m 1 Cool Cowboy (USA) 6 ch c Kodiak Kowboy (USA) - Grand Breeze (USA) (Grand Slam (USA))

2 Muarrab (GB) 8 b g Oasis Dream (GB) - Licence To Thrill (GB) (Wolfhound (USA)) 3 Wild Dude (USA) 7 b/br c Wildcat Heir (USA) - Courtly Choice (USA) (Doneraile Court (USA))

Silver Deputy Posse Raska KODIAK KOWBOY b 2005 Coronado's Quest Kokadrie West Turn COOL COWBOY ch c 2011 Gone West Grand Slam Bright Candles GRAND BREEZE b 2005 It's Freezing Breeze Lass Faneuil Lass

EGA AL MAKTOUM CHALLENGE 2, G2, Meydan, February 2, 1800m 1 Furia Cruzada (CHI) 6 b f Newfoundland (USA) - Nuestra Machi (CHI) (Hussonet (USA)) 2 Second Summer (USA) 5 ch c Summer Bird (USA) Greenstreet (USA) (Street Cry) 3 Power Blade (KOR) 4 b c Menifee (USA) Cheonmachong (KOR) (Lost Mountain (USA))

Storm Bird Storm Cat Terlingua NEWFOUNDLAND ch 2000 Deputy Minister Clear Mandate Dream Deal FURIA CRUZADA b f 2011 Mr Prospector Hussonet Sacahuista NUESTRA MACHI b 2001 Parisianne Fast Look Pura


international database

USA SAN PASQUAL STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, January 1, 8f 110yds 1 Midnight Storm (USA) 6 b/br c Pioneerof the Nile (USA) - My Tina (USA) (Bertrando (USA)) 2 Accelerate (USA) 4 ch c Lookin At Lucky (USA) - Issues (USA) (Awesome Again (CAN)) 3 Dalmore (USA) 4 b c Colonel John (USA) - Silver Breeze (USA) (Silver Deputy (CAN))

MR PROSPECTOR STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, January 1, 6f 1 Squadron A (USA) 7 gr/ro c Unbridled's Song (USA) - Peaks Mill (USA) (Stalwart (USA)) 2 Candip (USA) 6 b c Candy Ride (ARG) - Indefinable (USA) (Storm Cat (USA)) 3 Delta Bluesman (USA) 7 gr/ro g Wagon Limit (USA) Smoke Alarm (USA) (Darn That Alarm (USA))

JEROME STAKES, G3, Aqueduct, January 2, 8f 1 El Areeb (USA) 3 gr/ro c Exchange Rate (USA) Feathered Diamond (CAN) (A P Indy (USA)) 2 Bonus Points (USA) 3 b c Majestic Warrior (USA) - Baby Love (USA) (Not For Love (USA)) 3 True Timber (USA) 3 b c Mineshaft (USA) - Queen's Wood (USA) (Tiznow (USA))


SHAM STAKES, G3, Santa Anita, January 7, 8f 1 Gormley (USA) 3 b c Malibu Moon (USA) - Race To Urga (USA) (Bernstein (USA)) 2 American Anthem (USA) 3 b c Bodemeister (USA) - Indy's Windy (USA) (A P Indy (USA)) 3 Big Hit (USA) 3 b c Super Saver (USA) - Singavictorysong (USA) (Hard Spun (USA)) SAN GABRIEL STAKES, G3, Santa Anita, January 7, 9f 1 Blue Tone (USA) 8 b g Birdstone (USA) - Princess Cart (USA) (Cartwright (USA)) 2 Itsinthepost (FR) 5 b c American Post (GB) - Sakkara Star (IRE) (Mozart (IRE)) 3 Twentytwentyvision (USA) 6 b g Pollard's Vision (USA) Miss Alphie (USA) (Candi's Gold (USA)) DANIA BEACH STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, January 7, 7f 110yds 1 Made You Look (USA) 3 b/br c More Than Ready (USA) Night and Day (USA) (Unbridled's Song (USA)) 2 Clyde's Image (USA) 3 ch c Get Stormy (USA) Marquetessa (USA) (Marquetry (USA)) 3 Shiraz (USA) 3 ch c Tale of The Cat (USA) - Lentil (CAN) (Alphabet Soup (USA)) SANTA YNEZ STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, January 8, 7f 1 Unique Bella (USA) 3 gr/ro f Tapit (USA) - Unrivaled Belle (USA) (Unbridled's Song (USA))

2 It Tiz Well (USA) 3 b/br f Arch (USA) - It Tiz (USA) (Tiznow (USA)) 3 Shane's Girlfriend (USA) 3 b f Adios Charlie (USA) - Western Tornado (USA) (Proud Citizen)

LA CANADA STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, January 14, 8f 110yds 1 Vale Dori (ARG) 5 b f Asiatic Boy (ARG) - Valerina (ARG) (Halo Sunshine (USA)) 2 Show Stealer (USA) 5 b/br f Eskendereya (USA) - The Green Owl (USA) (Carson City (USA)) 3 Autumn Flower (USA) 5 b f Flower Alley (USA) - Sharplaw Autumn (USA) (Red Ransom (USA))

MARSHUA'S RIVER STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, January 14, 8f 110yds 1 Sandiva (IRE) 6 ch f Footstepsinthesand (GB) Miss Corinne (GB) (Mark of Esteem (IRE)) 2 Sea Coast (IRE) 6 b f Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) - Varna (GB) (Efisio) 3 Isabella Sings (USA) 5 ch f Eskendereya (USA) - Isobel Baillie (GB) (Lomitas (GB))

HAL'S HOPE STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, January 14, 8f 1 Tommy Macho (USA) 5 b c Macho Uno (USA) - Starstream (USA) (Awesome Again (CAN))

2 Bird Song (USA) 4 gr/ro c Unbridled's Song (USA) - Bird Town (USA) (Cape Town (USA)) 3 Realm (USA) 4 b/br g Haynesfield (USA) - Shawnee Country (USA) (Chief's Crown (USA))

FT. LAUDERDALE STAKES, G2, Gulfstream Park, January 14, 8f 110yds 1 Flatlined (USA) 5 b g Flatter (USA) - Buttercup's Song (USA) (Unbridled's Song (USA)) 2 Almanaar (GB) 5 ch g Dubawi (IRE) - Baqah (IRE) (Bahhare) 3 Divisidero (USA) 5 b c Kitten's Joy (USA) - Madame Du Lac (USA) (Lemon Drop Kid)

MEGAHERTZ STAKES, G3, Santa Anita, January 16, 8f 1 Prize Exhibit (GB) 5 b/br f Showcasing (GB) - Roodeye (GB) (Inchinor (GB)) 2 Jeremy's Legacy (IRE) 4 b f Jeremy (USA) - Altogether (IRE) (King's Best (USA)) 3 Into The Mystic (IRE) 5 ch f Galileo (IRE) - Tamazirte (IRE) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))

TOBOGGAN STAKES, G3, Aqueduct, January 16, 6f 1 Green Gratto (USA) 7 b/br c Here's Zealous (USA) - Starship Smokester (USA) (Smokester) 2 All Star Red (USA) 5 ch c Five Star Day (USA) - My Sweet Caroline (USA) (Salt Lake (USA))

international database 3 Stallwalkin' Dude (USA) 7 b g City Place (USA) - Chelle Spendabuck (USA) (Dare And Go (USA))

3 Chocolate Ride (USA) 7 b c Candy Ride (ARG) Heatherdoesntbluff (USA) (Old Trieste (USA))

SANTA MONICA STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, January 21, 7f

W L MCKNIGHT HANDICAP, G3, Gulfstream Park, January 28, 12f

1 Finest City (USA) 5 ch f City Zip (USA) - Be Envied (USA) (Lemon Drop Kid (USA)) 2 Fantastic Style (USA) 5 b f Harlan's Holiday (USA) - Ruby Summer (USA) (Mr Greeley) 3 Sheer Pleasure (USA) 5 b/br f Birdonthewire (USA) Kathryns Birthday (USA) (Blare of Trumpets (USA))

LECOMTE STAKES, G3, Fair Grounds, January 21, 8f 1 Guest Suite (USA) 3 b g Quality Road (USA) - Guest House (USA) (Ghostzapper (USA)) 2 Untrapped (USA) 3 b/br c Trappe Shot (USA) - Exit Three (USA) (Giant's Causeway) 3 Takeoff (USA) 3 b/br c Arch (USA) - Frisk Her (USA) (Officer (USA))

COLONEL E R BRADLEY HANDICAP, G3, Fair Grounds, January 21, 8f 110yds 1 Granny's Kitten (USA) 5 b c Kitten's Joy (USA) - Granny Franny (USA) (Grand Slam (USA)) 2 Western Reserve (USA) 5 b/br g Indian Charlie (USA) Visit (GB) (Oasis Dream (GB))

1 Taghleeb (USA) 6 ch c Hard Spun (USA) - Judhoor (GB) (Alhaarth (IRE)) 2 Sadler's Joy (USA) 4 ch c Kitten's Joy (USA) - Dynaire (USA) (Dynaformer (USA)) 3 Patterson Cross (USA) 4 b c Arch (USA) - Storm Tracer (USA) (Pulpit (USA))

PEGASUS WORLD CUP INVITATIONAL STAKES, G1, Gulfstream Park, January 28, 9f

2 Arles (FR) 5 b f Monsun (GER) - Attachee de Presse (IRE) (Danehill (USA)) 3 Try Your Luck (USA) 4 b f Lookin At Lucky (USA) - Golden Sphinx (USA) (Storm Cat (USA))

2 I'm A Chatterbox (USA) 5 ch f Munnings (USA) - Chit Chatter (USA) (Lost Soldier (USA)) 3 Family Tree (USA) 4 ch f Smart Strike (CAN) - Giant Mover (USA) (Giant's Causeway (USA))

HURRICANE BERTIE STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, January 28, 7f

SAN MARCOS STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, February 4, 10f

1 Curlin's Approval (USA) 4 b/br f Curlin (USA) Withmom'sapproval (USA) (With Approval (CAN)) 2 Genre (USA) 5 b f Bernardini (USA) - French Park (USA) (Ecton Park (USA)) 3 Distinta (USA) 5 ch f Summer Bird (USA) - Miss Kitty (USA) (Storm Cat (USA))

1 Isotherm (USA) 4 b/br c Lonhro (AUS) - Game For More (USA) (More Than Ready (USA)) 2 Itsinthepost (FR) 5 b c American Post (GB) - Sakkara Star (IRE) (Mozart (IRE)) 3 Flamboyant (FR) 6 b g Peer Gynt (JPN) - Relicia Bere (FR) (Until Sundown (USA))

JOHN B CONNALLY TURF CUP STAKES, G3, Sam Houston, January 29, 12f

SAN ANTONIO STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, February 4, 8f 110yds

1 Arrogate (USA) 4 gr/ro c Unbridled's Song (USA) Bubbler (USA) (Distorted Humor (USA)) 2 Shaman Ghost (CAN) 5 b c Ghostzapper (USA) - Getback Time (USA) (Gilded Time (USA)) 3 Neolithic (USA) 4 b/br c Harlan's Holiday (USA) Swingit (USA) (Victory Gallop (CAN))

1 Bigger Picture (USA) 6 ch g Badge of Silver (USA) - Glory Dancer (CAN) (Honour And Glory (USA)) 2 Oscar Nominated (USA) 4 ch c Kitten's Joy (USA) - Devine Actress (USA) (Theatrical) 3 Greengrassofyoming (USA) 7 ch g Quest (USA) - Flick (USA) (Dehere (USA))

1 Hoppertunity (USA) 6 b c Any Given Saturday (USA) Refugee (USA) (Unaccounted For (USA)) 2 Mor Spirit (USA) 4 b/br c Eskendereya (USA) - Im A Dixie Girl (USA) (Dixie Union (USA)) 3 Accelerate (USA) 4 ch c Lookin At Lucky (USA) - Issues (USA) (Awesome Again (CAN))

LA PREVOYANTE HANDICAP, G3, Gulfstream Park, January 28, 12f

HOUSTON LADIES CLASSIC STAKES, G3, Sam Houston, January 29, 8f 110yds

ROBERT B LEWIS STAKES, G3, Santa Anita, February 4, 8f 110yds

1 Suffused (GB) 5 ch f Champs Elysees (GB) - Scuffle (GB) (Daylami (IRE))

1 Unbridled Mo (USA) 4 b f Uncle Mo (USA) - Unbridled Waters (USA) (Unbridled (USA))

1 Royal Mo (USA) 3 b c Uncle Mo (USA) - Royal Irish Lass (USA) (Saint Ballado (CAN))


international database 2 Irap (USA) 3 b c Tiznow (USA) - Silken Cat (CAN) (Storm Cat (USA)) 3 Sheer Flattery (USA) 3 ch c Flatter (USA) - Venus Rosewater (USA) (Grand Slam (USA))

PALOS VERDES STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, February 4, 6f

2 Three Rules (USA) 3 b/br c Gone Astray (USA) - Joy Rules (USA) (Full Mandate (USA)) 3 Sonic Mule (USA) 3 b c Distorted Humor (USA) - Globe Trot (USA) (A P Indy (USA))

LAMBHOLM SOUTH HOLY BULL STAKES, G2, Gulfstream Park, February 4, 8f 110yds

2 True Timber (USA) 3 b c Mineshaft (USA) - Queen's Wood (USA) (Tiznow (USA)) 3 J Boys Echo (USA) 3 b c Mineshaft (USA) Letgomyecho (USA) (Menifee (USA))

LAS VIRGENES STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, February 5, 8f

1 St Joe Bay (USA) 5 b/br g Saint Anddan (USA) - Dream Ride (USA) (Honor Glide (USA)) 2 Moe Candy (USA) 5 gr/ro c Candy Ride (ARG) - Spooky Minister (USA) (Deputy Minister (CAN)) 3 Ike Walker (USA) 5 b c Bellamy Road (USA) - Quite Familiar (USA) (Hold That Tiger (USA))

1 Irish War Cry (USA) 3 ch c Curlin (USA) - Irish Sovereign (USA) (Polish Numbers (USA)) 2 Gunnevera (USA) 3 ch c Dialed In (USA) - Unbridled Rage (USA) (Unbridled (USA)) 3 Classic Empire (USA) 3 b c Pioneerof the Nile (USA) Sambuca Classica (USA) (Cat Thief (USA))

SWEETEST CHANT STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, February 4, 8f

FORWARD GAL STAKES, G2, Gulfstream Park, February 4, 7f

Queen Elizabeth II Cup, G1, Kyoto, November 13, 2200m

1 Tequilita (USA) 3 b f Union Rags (USA) - Sangrita (USA) (Mr Greeley (USA)) 2 Pretty City Dancer (USA) 3 gr/ro f Tapit (USA) - Pretty City (USA) (Carson City (USA)) 3 Brahms Cat (USA) 3 b f Wildcat Heir (USA) - Brahms Affair (USA) (Brahms (USA))

1 Queens Ring (JPN) 4 b/br f Manhattan Cafe (JPN) - Aqua Ring (JPN) (Anabaa (USA)) 2 Sing With Joy (JPN) 4 b/br f Manhattan Cafe (JPN) - Sing Like Bird (JPN) (Symboli Kris S (USA)) 3 Mikki Queen (JPN) 4 b f Deep Impact (JPN) - Musical Way (FR) (Gold Away (IRE))

1 Rymska (FR) 3 bl f Le Havre (IRE) - Foreign Raider (IRE) (Lend A Hand (GB)) 2 Compelled (USA) 3 b/br f War Front (USA) - Mutually Benefit (USA) (Dynaformer (USA)) 3 Fifty Five (USA) 3 b f Get Stormy (USA) - Soave (USA) (Brahms (USA))

SWALE STAKES, G2, Gulfstream Park, February 4, 7f 1 Favorable Outcome (USA) 3 ch c Flatter (USA) - Shananies Song (USA) (Eltish (USA))


WITHERS STAKES, G3, Aqueduct, February 4, 8f 110yds 1 El Areeb (USA) 3 gr/ro c Exchange Rate (USA) Feathered Diamond (CAN) (A P Indy (USA))

1 Unique Bella (USA) 3 gr/ro f Tapit (USA) - Unrivaled Belle (USA) (Unbridled's Song (USA)) 2 Mopotism (USA) 3 b f Uncle Mo (USA) - Peppy Rafaela (USA) (Bernardini (USA)) 3 Champagne Room (USA) 3 b f Broken Vow (USA) - Lucky To Be Me (USA) (Bernstein (USA))


Age: 2-4; Starts: 13; Wins: 6; Places: 2 Sire: MANHATTAN CAFE. Sire of

37 Stakes winners. In 2016 QUEENS RING Anabaa G1, ROUGE BUCK Awesome Again G2, HIRUNO MATERA Concern

LR, MADRID CAFE Forty Niner LR. 1st Dam: AQUA RING by

Anabaa. Winner at 3 in Japan. Dam of 1 winner: 2012: QUEENS RING (f Manhattan Cafe) 6 wins at 2 to 4 in Japan, Queen Elizabeth II Cup G1, Hochi Hai Revue (fillies GnsTrial) G2, Fuchu Himba S G2, Kyoto Himba S G3, 2nd Shuka Sho G1, Yonago S LR. 2014: Monde Bague (c Victoire Pisa) unraced to date. 2016: (f Victoire Pisa) 2nd Dam: SEA RING by Bering. 2 wins at 3 and 4 in France. Dam of TORRESTRELLA (f Orpen: Gainsborough Poule d'Essai des Pouliches G1), Torrealta (f In The Wings: 2nd Prix Scaramouche LR), LINGO (g Poliglote: Tolworth Hurdle G1). Grandam of FARMAH, INTILAAQ, DIEGO VALOR, La Mouche, Seal Bay. Third dam of SCALAMBRA, HEURISTIQUE. Broodmare Sire: ANABAA. Sire of

the dams of 76 Stakes winners. In 2016 - BUFFERING Mossman G1, ENGLISH Encosta de Lago G1, HARTNELL Authorized G1, QUEENS RING Manhattan Cafe G1, BLACKTYPE Dunkerque G2, CAPRI Galileo G2, TIAMO GRACE Monaco Consul G2, AKIHIRO Deep Impact G3, JIMMY TWO TIMES Kendargent G3, NAUTICAL Niello G3, ZGHORTA DANCE Le Havre G3, CHEF D'OEUVRE Iffraaj LR, HANDFAST Street Cry LR, LOPERA Monsun LR, MANIACO Galileo LR, MOONRISE LANDING Dalakhani

international database LR, MURPHY'S DELIGHT Hurricane Run LR, PRINCE MAG Zamindar LR, SEBRING SALLY Sebring LR, THROSSELL Captain Sonador LR, LACHLAN BRIDGE Dubawi LR, SUPERB STORY Duke of Marmalade LR.

Halo Sunday Silence Wishing Well MANHATTAN CAFE b 98 Law Society Subtle Change Santa Luciana QUEENS RING b/br f 2012 Danzig Anabaa Balbonella AQUA RING b 2005 Bering Sea Ring Blue River

Railway Stakes, G1, Ascot, November 19, 1600m 1 Scales Of Justice (AUS) 4 b g Not A Single Doubt (AUS) Beymatilla (AUS) (Umatilla (NZ)) 2 Good Project (AUS) 5 b g Not A Single Doubt (AUS) - Euchre (AUS) (Final Card (AUS)) 3 Perfect Reflection (AUS) 4 b/br f More Than Ready (USA) - Reflected Image (AUS) (Bluebird (USA)) Sire: NOT A SINGLE DOUBT. Sire

of 35 Stakes winners. In 2016 EXTREME CHOICE Hussonet G1,

LR, SOUTHERN LEGEND Carnegie LR. 1st Dam: Beymatilla by

Umatilla. unraced. Dam of 2 winners: 2003: Cruyfforme (g Johan

Cruyff) 4 wins in Australia, 2nd Warrnambool Cup LR. 2012: SCALES OF JUSTICE (g Not A Single Doubt) Railway S G1, R J Peters S G3. 2nd Dam: MY ABBEY by Lord Seymour. 6 wins in Australia. Own sister to DUKE ABBEY. Dam of Rancho Rose (f Rancho Ruler: 3rd Walter Brown S LR). Grandam of KING HOAKS. Broodmare Sire: UMATILLA. Sire of the dams of 26 Stakes winners. In 2016 - SCALES OF JUSTICE Not A Single Doubt G1, IHTSAHYMN Ihtiram G3, KANIANA Canny Lad G3, YATTARNA Exceed And Excel G3, LUCKY STREET Oratorio LR, TAN TAT SUN Snitzel LR. Danehill Redoute's Choice Shantha's Choice NOT A SINGLE DOUBT b 2001 Rory's Jester Singles Bar Easy Date SCALES OF JUSTICE b g 2012 Miswaki Umatilla Dancing Show BEYMATILLA b 98 Lord Seymour My Abbey My Julie


Fantastic Light G2, FELL SWOOP Fasliyev G2, INTO THE RED Clay Hero G3, SECRET AGENDA Red Ransom G3, SELENIA Hussonet G3, CLEARLY INNOCENT Zabeel LR, LET IT SLIP General Nediym

Mile Championship, G1, Kyoto, November 20, 1600m 1 Mikki Isle (JPN) 5 b c Deep Impact (JPN) - Star Isle (IRE) (Rock of Gibraltar (IRE))

2 Isla Bonita (JPN) 5 b/br c Fuji Kiseki (JPN) - Isla Cozzene (USA) (Cozzene (USA)) 3 Neorealism (JPN) 5 ch c Neo Universe (JPN) - Tokio Reality (USA) (Meadowlake (USA)) Age: 2-5; Starts: 17; Wins: 7; Places: 4 Earnings: £2,191,083 Sire: DEEP IMPACT. Sire of 92 Stakes winners. In 2016 - A SHIN HIKARI Storm Cat G1, DEE MAJESTY Brian's Time G1, MAKAHIKI French Deputy G1, MARIALITE El Condor Pasa G1, MIKKI ISLE Rock of Gibraltar G1, REAL STEEL Storm Cat G1, SATONO DIAMOND Orpen G1, SINHALITE Singspiel G1, VIVLOS Machiavellian G1, AMBITIOUS El Condor Pasa G2, DECIPHER Dubai Millennium G2, MOUNT ROBSON Mr Greeley G2, SATONO ALADDIN Storm Cat G2, SMART LAYER White Muzzle G2, VANQUISH RUN Galileo G2, A DAY IN THE LIFE Sakura Bakushin O G3, AKIHIRO Anabaa G3, ALBERT DOCK Unusual Heat G3, BICHE Acatenango G3, BLANC BONHEUR Sakura Bakushin O G3, CRANS MONTANA Tony Bin G3, GARIBALDI Zafonic G3, PASSION DANCE Jade Robbery G3, SATONO NOBLESSE Tony Bin G3, SEEWIND Brian's Time G3, ADMIRE DAIO Kurofune LR, MONDO INTERO Brian's Time LR, TAISEI DREAM Giant's Causeway LR. 1st Dam: STAR ISLE by Rock of

Gibraltar. 2 wins at 3 in Japan. Dam of 3 winners: 2010: YOZORANI NEGAIO (f Admire Moon) Winner at 3 in Japan.

2011: MIKKI ISLE (c Deep

Impact) 7 wins at 2, 3 and 5 in Japan, Mile Championship G1, NHK Mile Cup G1, Mainichi Broadcast Swan S G2, Hankyu Hai G3, Nikkan Sports Sho Shinzan Kinen G3, Arlington Cup G3, 2nd Sprinters S G1, Takamatsunomiya Kinen G1, Hankyu Hai G3, 3rd Takamatsunomiya Kinen G1. 2013: DANON SPARK (c Victoire Pisa) Winner at 2 in Japan. 2014: Taisei Starry (c Manhattan Cafe) unraced to date. 2nd Dam: ISLE DE FRANCE by Nureyev. 6 wins at 2 to 4 in France, USA Prix Minerve G3, Hillsborough H G3, 2nd P.Marcel Boussac-Criterium des Pouliches G1. Grandam of Sir Chauvelin. Broodmare Sire: ROCK OF GIBRALTAR. Sire of the dams of

17 Stakes winners. In 2016 MIKKI ISLE Deep Impact G1, PHOTO CALL Galileo G1, BRETON ROCK Bahamian Bounty G2, BELVOIR BAY Equiano G3, ONLY MINE Pour Moi G3, SPIRIT BIRD

Savabeel G3, ALICANTE DAWN Equiano LR, DUBAI SAND Teofilo LR, WAIT FOR NO ONE Lonhro LR. Halo Sunday Silence Wishing Well DEEP IMPACT b 2002 Alzao Wind In Her Hair Burghclere MIKKI ISLE b c 2011 Danehill Rock of Gibraltar Offshore Boom STAR ISLE b 2004 Nureyev Isle de France Stella Madrid


international database Crown Perth Winterbottom Stakes, G1, Ascot, November 26, 1200m 1 Takedown (AUS) 4 b/br g Stratum (AUS) - Apamea (GB) (Zafonic (USA)) 2 Sheidel (AUS) 5 b/br f Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) Laventour (AUS) (Metal Storm (FR)) 3 Rock Magic (AUS) 7 b/br g Redoute's Choice (AUS) Rockabubble (AUS) (Bubble Gum Fellow (JPN)) Sire: STRATUM. Sire of 31

Stakes winners. In 2016 TAKEDOWN Zafonic G1, ATTENTION Snowland G2, BATTLE HERO O'Reilly G3, EGYPTIAN SYMBOL Desert Sun G3, STRATURBO Hussonet LR. 1st Dam: Apamea by Zafonic. 2

wins at 3 and 4 in Australia, France, 3rd Prix Ronde de Nuit LR. Dam of 3 winners: 2008: SEA DIAMOND (c Anabaa) 5 wins at 4 and 5 in Hong Kong. 2009: (f Redoute's Choice) 2010: Apamene (f Sebring) ran on the flat in Australia. Broodmare. 2011: SPIRIT FOREVER (c Stratum) Winner in Australia. 2012: TAKEDOWN (g Stratum) 7 wins in Australia, Crown Perth Winterbottom S G1, Santos Coffee Premiere S G2, Bowermans Furniture The Shorts H G2, Seppelt Black Opal S G3, Schweppervescence T L Baillieu H G3, All-New Jaguar XF Gold Coast Guineas G3, 2nd Sky Racing Fred Best Classic G3, Ladbrokes Moonga


S G3, Fireball S LR, 3rd Arrowfield Royal Sovereign S G2, Schweppes Heritage S LR. 2013: Orontes (f Redoute's Choice) unraced to date. 2nd Dam: ANGELINA BALLERINA

by Nureyev. 3 wins at 2 and 3 at home, USA Manton Rose Bowl S LR, 3rd Oldtown Stud Debutante S G3, 4th Will Rogers H G2, Silver Belles H G2. Own sister to ALEX NUREYEV. Dam of ANGELINA CAROLINA (f Kris: Prix Ceres LR), Apamea (f Zafonic, see above), Mateyev (c Woodman: 3rd Prix de Saint Patrick LR). Grandam of L'Infinito, Afya, It's Vegas Baby.

2 Sounds of Earth (JPN) 5 b/br c Neo Universe (JPN) - First Violin (USA) (Dixieland Band (USA)) 3 Cheval Grand (JPN) 4 ch c Heart's Cry (JPN) - Halwa Sweet (JPN) (Machiavellian (USA)) Age: 3-4; Starts: 13; Wins: 8; Places: 4 Sire: BLACK TIDE. Sire of 5

Stakes winners. In 2016 KITASAN BLACK Sakura

Bakushin O G1, T M INAZUMA Danzig LR.


No Kiseki G2, A DAY IN THE LIFE Deep Impact G3, BLANC BONHEUR Deep Impact G3, KITASAN MIKAZUKI King Halo LR.

Halo Sunday Silence Wishing Well BLACK TIDE b/br 2001 Alzao Wind In Her Hair Burghclere KITASAN BLACK b c 2012 Sakura Yutaka O Sakura Bakushin O Sakura Hagoromo SUGAR HEART b 2005 Judge Angelucci Otome Gokoro Tizly

1st Dam: Sugar Heart by Sakura

Bakushin O. unraced. Dam of 3 Broodmare Sire: ZAFONIC. Sire


of the dams of 64 Stakes winners. In 2016 - TAKEDOWN Stratum G1, GARIBALDI Deep Impact G3, SHINING EMERALD Clodovil G3, HEATHER Champs Elysees LR.

2009: ARC PEGASUS (c Sunrise

Danehill Redoute's Choice Shantha's Choice STRATUM b 2002 Luskin Star Bourgeois Brave New World TAKEDOWN b/br g 2012 Gone West Zafonic Zaizafon APAMEA ch 2003 Nureyev Angelina Ballerina Solariat

Pegasus) 3 wins at 3 in Japan. 2011: Shonan Bach (c Stay Gold) 6 wins at 3 and 4 in Japan, 3rd American Jockey Club Cup G2. 2012: KITASAN BLACK (c Black Tide) 8 wins at 3 and 4 in Japan, Kikuka Sho (St Leger) G1, Longines Japan Cup G1, Tenno Sho (Spring Emperor's Cup) G1, Kyoto Daishoten G2, Asahi Hai St. Lite Kinen G2, Fuji-TV Sho Spring S. (Gns Trial) G2, 2nd Sankei Osaka Hai G2, 3rd Arima Kinen G1, Takarazuka Kinen G1, Satsuki Sho (2000 Guineas) G1. 2013: (f Dream Journey)

Rydges Wellington Captain Cook Stakes, G1, Trentham, December 3, 1600m 1 Aide Memoire (NZ) 5 b f Remind (USA) - Explain (NZ) (Success Express (USA)) 2 Authentic Paddy (NZ) 7 b c Howbaddouwantit (USA) Authentic Cross (NZ) (Cape Cross (IRE)) 3 Ringo (NZ) 7 b g Fastnet Rock (AUS) - Akris (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ)) Sire: REMIND. Sire of 1 Stakes

winners. In 2016 - AIDE MEMOIRE Success Express G1. 1st Dam: EXPLAIN by Success

2nd Dam: OTOME GOKORO by

Longines Japan Cup, G1, Tokyo, November 27, 2400m 1 Kitasan Black (JPN) 4 b c Black Tide (JPN) - Sugar Heart (JPN) (Sakura Bakushin O (JPN))

Judge Angelucci. 4 wins at 3 and 4 in Japan. Grandam of Admire Flight. Broodmare Sire: SAKURA BAKUSHIN O. Sire of the dams

of 9 Stakes winners. In 2016 KITASAN BLACK Black Tide G1,

Express. 4 wins in New Zealand. Dam of 4 winners: 2000: BABY HAN (g Felix The Cat) Winner at 7 in Malaysia. 2001: LA CAPICHE (f Felix The Cat) 3 wins in New Zealand. Broodmare.

international database 2002: Evergem (g

Woodborough) unraced. 2003: SHE'S A TOMBOY (f

Shinko King) 5 wins in New Zealand. Broodmare. 2006: (c King's Chapel) 2007: (c Ustinov) 2009: Aide de Camp (g Painted Black) unraced. 2011: AIDE MEMOIRE (f Remind) 7 wins in New Zealand, Rydges Wellington Captain Cook S G1, J. Bull Rangitikei Gold Cup Marton 1600 LR, 2nd Team Wealleans Tauranga Classic LR. 2013: (g Coats Choice)

2 Scales Of Justice (AUS) 4 b g Not A Single Doubt (AUS) Beymatilla (AUS) (Umatilla (NZ)) 3 Perfect Reflection (AUS) 4 b/br f More Than Ready (USA) - Reflected Image (AUS) (Bluebird (USA)) Sire: STRATUM. Sire of 31

Stakes winners. In 2016 STRATUM STAR Pins G1, TAKEDOWN Zafonic G1, ATTENTION Snowland G2, BATTLE HERO O'Reilly G3, EGYPTIAN SYMBOL Desert Sun G3, STRATURBO Hussonet LR.

2nd Dam: NANCY'S GLORY by His

Excellency. 7 wins in USA Helena S, Lucky Lucky Lucky S. Broodmare Sire: SUCCESS EXPRESS. Sire of the dams of 31

Stakes winners. In 2016 - AIDE MEMOIRE Remind G1, ASTARA Dalghar LR, RUDY Red Dazzler LR.

Vice Regent Deputy Minister Mint Copy REMIND b 2000 Timeless Moment Watch The Time Innocent Lady AIDE MEMOIRE b f 2011 Hold Your Peace Success Express Au Printemps EXPLAIN b 91 His Excellency Nancy's Glory Tinted Glory

Peters Investments Kingston Town Classic, G1, Ascot, December 3, 1800m 1 Stratum Star (AUS) 5 ch c Stratum (AUS) - Purely Spectacular (NZ) (Pins (AUS))

1st Dam: Purely Spectacular by

Pins. Own sister to RAID. Dam of 2 winners: 2011: STRATUM STAR (c Stratum) 6 wins in Australia, A. Crawford Sir Rupert Clarke Inv.Stakes G1, Peters Investments Kingston Town Classic G1, David Jones Cup Coongy H G3, Crown Lager Gothic S LR, Yellowglen Vintage Poseidon S LR, 2nd Italktravel Futurity S G1, William Hill Alister Clark S G2, Sportingbet Sandown Guineas G2, Yarramalong Racing Club Sandown S G3, Carbine Club S G3, 3rd NZ Bloodstock Memsie S G1, David Jones NBCF Toorak H G1, Australian Guineas G1, Inocgnitus Blamey S G2, Mirvac QTC Cup G2, C S Hayes Debonair S G3, HMR Projects Glasshouse H LR. 2012: Serenade (f Star Witness) 2 wins in Australia, 2nd CityProp.Services Bright Shadow H LR, 3rd Gallagher Bassett TBV Champagne S G3.

2013: Red Velvet Swing (f Star

Witness) in training.

Himiko (JPN) (Tabasco Cat (USA))

2014: (f Star Witness) 2015: (f Stratum)

Age: 2-6; Starts: 38; Wins: 9;

2nd Dam: VANILLA SKY by

Earnings: £2,573,083

Places: 20

O'Reilly. 2 wins in New Zealand. Dam of RAID (f Pins: Lion Red Arawa Plate LR, 2nd Ford Diamond Sires' Produce S G1). Grandam of Tarismo. Broodmare Sire: PINS. Sire of

the dams of 20 Stakes winners. In 2016 - STRATUM STAR Stratum G1, LINCOLN BLUE Savabeel G3, FLAME HERO Savabeel LR, SEWREEL Savabeel LR.

Danehill Redoute's Choice Shantha's Choice STRATUM b 2002 Luskin Star Bourgeois Brave New World STRATUM STAR ch c 2011 Snippets Pins No Finer PURELY SPECTACULAR 2006 O'Reilly Vanilla Sky Principation

The Champions Cup, G1, Chukyo, December 4, 1800m 1 Sound True (JPN) 6 ch c French Deputy (USA) - Kyoei Truth (JPN) (Fuji Kiseki (JPN)) 2 Awardee (USA) 6 b c Jungle Pocket (JPN) - Heavenly Romance (JPN) (Sunday Silence (USA)) 3 Asukano Roman (JPN) 5 ch c Agnes Digital (USA) - Asukano

Sire: FRENCH DEPUTY. Sire of 43

Stakes winners. In 2016 SOUND TRUE Fuji Kiseki G1. 1st Dam: KYOEI TRUTH by Fuji

Kiseki. 3 wins at 3 and 4 in Japan. Dam of 6 winners: 2005: CON FUOCO (c Twining) 5 wins in Japan. 2006: CON FERVORE (c Tanino Gimlet) Winner over jumps in Japan. 2008: Hideno Okan (c Fusaichi Concorde) ran on the flat in Japan. 2009: TWINKLE STAR (f Sakura Bakushin O) 6 wins at 2 to 4 in Japan. 2010: SOUND TRUE (c French Deputy) 9 wins at 2 to 6, 2016 in Japan, Tokyo Daishoten G1, The Champions Cup G1, Nihon Nippon TV Hai LR, 2nd Kawasaki Kinen LR, JBC Classic LR, 3rd The Champions Cup G1, Unicorn S G3, Teio Sho LR, Nippon TV Hai LR, JBC Classic LR, Oasis S LR. 2011: BRONZE TAILOR (f Roses In May) 4 wins at 3 and 5 in Japan. 2012: LEUR SAUVEUR (c French Deputy) 4 wins at 3 and 4 in Japan. Broodmare Sire: FUJI KISEKI. Sire of the dams of 19 Stakes winners. In 2016 - SOUND TRUE French Deputy G1, BADAWIYA Al Maher G2, WHITE FUGUE Kurofune LR.


international database Vice Regent Deputy Minister Mint Copy FRENCH DEPUTY ch 92 Hold Your Peace Mitterand Laredo Lass SOUND TRUE ch c 2010 Sunday Silence Fuji Kiseki Millracer KYOEI TRUTH ch 97 Proud Debonair Kyoei Yoshino Kyoei Meet

Cheveley Park S G1. Broodmare. 2010: Interim (f Elusive City)

ran a few times. Broodmare. 2011: J'Aime (f Amadeus Wolf)

ran once. Broodmare. 2012: SATONO CROWN (c Marju)

Sold 391,926gns yearling at JRHA1. 6 wins at 2 to 4 in Hong Kong, Japan, Longines Hong Kong Vase G1, Kyoto Kinen G2, Hochi Hai Yayoi Sho G2, Tokyo

Longines Hong Kong Vase, G1, Sha Tin, December 11, 2400m 1 Satono Crown (JPN) 4 b/br c Marju (IRE) - Jioconda (IRE) (Rossini (USA)) 2 Highland Reel (IRE) 4 b c Galileo (IRE) - Hveger (AUS) (Danehill (USA)) 3 One Foot In Heaven (IRE) 4 b c Fastnet Rock (AUS) - Pride (FR) (Peintre Celebre (USA)) Age: 2-4; Starts: 12; Wins: 6; Places: 1 Earnings: £1,981,403 Sire: MARJU. Sire of 63 Stakes

winners. In 2016 - SATONO CROWN Rossini G1.

Sports Hai Nisai S G3, 3rd Tokyo Yushun (Derby) G1. 2013: Charade Smile (f Stay

Gold) in training. 2014: Satono Victory (c Deep

Impact) in training.

House Silken Glider S LR, 3rd Killavullan S G3. Dam of 3 winners: 2008: Jolie Jioconde (f Marju)

Winner at 3, 3rd Korean Racing Authority Tyros S G3. Broodmare. 2009: LIGHTENING PEARL (f

Marju) 3 wins at 2, Jaguar Cars

1 Aerovelocity (NZ) 8 b g Pins (AUS) - Exodus (NZ) (Kaapstad (NZ)) 2 Lucky Bubbles (AUS) 5 ch g Sebring (AUS) - Bubble Below (AUS) (Hussonet (USA)) 3 Peniaphobia (IRE) 5 b g Dandy Man (IRE) - Umlani (IRE)

13; Places: 7 Earnings: £4,508,151 Sire: PINS. Sire of 72 Stakes AEROVELOCITY Kaapstad G1, MACKINTOSH Generous G2, DECORAH Generous G3, HONEY RIDER Align G3, REILLY LINCOLN

O'Reilly G3, ALL IN VOGUE Kaapstad LR, NO PUSHOVER Keeper LR. 1st Dam: EXODUS by Kaapstad.

Winner in New Zealand. Own sister to KAPITAIN KASH. Dam of 2 winners:

2nd Dam: LADY GENESIS by

Star Way. 2 wins in Australia, New Zealand. Dam of KAPITAIN KASH (g Kaapstad: Eagle

Technology Counties Cup G2), Tattersalls Club Cup LR, 2nd Vader (g Grosvenor: 3rd

Parramatta Cup LR). Grandam of MA CHOIX. Third dam of Rich'n Unhitched. Broodmare Sire: KAAPSTAD. Sire

of the dams of 60 Stakes winners. In 2016 AEROVELOCITY Pins G1, WATCH THIS SPACE Elusive City G2, FIRST SERVE Swiss Ace G3, ALL IN VOGUE Pins LR.

The Pins/Kaapstad cross has produced: AEROVELOCITY G1, ALL IN VOGUE LR, ALMODOVAR

LR, Attackum LR.

2005: Salvo (g Montjeu) Try My Best Last Tycoon Mill Princess MARJU br 88 Artaius Flame of Tara Welsh Flame SATONO CROWN b/br c 2012 Miswaki Rossini Touch of Greatness JIOCONDA b 2003 Vettori La Joconde Lust

2006: OUR BILLY BLUE (g High

Chaparral) 5 wins in Australia. 2008: AEROVELOCITY (g Pins) 13

wins in Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Takamatsunomiya Kinen G1, Longines Hong Kong Sprint G1 (twice), Kris Flyer International Sprint G1, The Centenary Sprint Cup LR, The Sha Tin Vase LR, The Premier Bowl LR,


Sprint G2, The Premier Bowl LR.

San Miguel Villiers S G2), Lord


The Marju/Rossini cross has produced: LIGHTENING PEARL G1, SATONO CROWN G1, Jolie Jioconde G3.

Premier Cup LR, 3rd Bochk Management Jockey Club

Age: 5-7991; Starts: 25; Wins:

Vettori. unraced. Dam of JIOCONDA (f Rossini, see above)

the dams of 3 Stakes winners. In 2016 - SATONO CROWN Marju G1.

The Prince Jewellery & Watch


2nd Dam: La Joconde by

Broodmare Sire: ROSSINI. Sire of

2nd Chairman's Sprint Prize LR,

(Great Commotion (USA))

winners. In 2016 -

1st Dam: JIOCONDA by Rossini.

2 wins at 2, Gerrardstown

Longines Hong Kong Sprint, G1, Sha Tin, December 11, 1200m

Lunchtime Snippets Easy Date PINS b 96 Kaoru Star No Finer Humour AEROVELOCITY b g 2008 Sir Tristram Kaapstad Eight Carat EXODUS 99 Star Way Lady Genesis Arga

international database Longines Hong Kong Mile, G1, Sha Tin, December 11, 1600m 1 Gentleman Only (IRE) 5 b g Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) Goldendale (IRE) (Ali-Royal (IRE)) 2 Sir Andrew (FR) 4 b c Polan (FR) - High Zaff (GB) (High Chaparral (IRE)) 3 Baghadur (IRE) 4 b g Zanzibari (USA) - Bargouzine (USA) (Stravinsky (USA)) Age: 2-5; Starts: 29; Wins: 11; Places: 13 Earnings: £3,939,473 Sire: HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR.

Sire of 61 Stakes winners. In 2016 - DESIGNS ON ROME Alleged G1, GENTLEMAN ONLY Ali-Royal G1, MARATON Fantastic Dancer G1, SALTO OLIMPICO New Colony G1, PARVANEH Kahyasi G2, RICH LEGACY Galileo G2, IXQUENTA Choctaw Ridge G3, RICH TAPESTRY Sadler's Wells G3, SHEIDEL Metal Storm G3, EMPEROR MAX Strategic LR, FLYING FAIRIES Sadler's Wells LR, HOKU Cadeaux Genereux LR, HOLY BYBLOS Shudanz LR, KADRA Dalakhani LR, MRS PATMORE Noverre LR. 1st Dam: Goldendale by Ali-

Royal. Dam of 7 winners: 2005: SOGNA (f Distant View) 2 wins at 3 in Italy. Dam of Spirit Dream (c Spirit of Desert: 8 wins at 2 to 5, 2015 in Italy, 3rd Premio Villa Borghese Memorial Cadoni LR)

2006: LA BADIA (f Stravinsky)

Winner at 2 in Italy. Broodmare. 2007: FONTERUTOLI (g Verglas) 3 wins at 3 and 6. 2008: LAS AVES (f Desert Style) 2 wins at 3 in Italy. Broodmare. 2010: (f Cape Cross) 2011: GENTLEMAN ONLY (g Holy Roman Emperor) Sold 57,142gns yearling at ITSEP. 11 wins at 2 to 5, 2016 in Hong Kong, Italy, Longines Hong Kong Mile G1, Bochk Wealth Management Jockey Club Mile G2, Premio Guido Berardelli G3, Hong Kong Classic Mile LR, The Chairman's Trophy LR, 2nd The Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy LR, The Celebration Cup LR, Lion Rock Trophy LR, 3rd Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup G1, Longines Jockey Club Cup G2, The Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy LR. 2012: ROCCIA D'ORO (c Rock of Gibraltar) 2 wins at 2 and 3 in Italy. 2013: DEE DEE D'OR (c Zebedee) 2 wins at 3 in Italy, Premio Emanuele Filiberto LR, 2nd Derby Italiano Sisal Matchpoint G2. 2015: (c Fastnet Rock) 2016: (c Australia) 2nd Dam: Skisette by

Malinowski. Dam of SWEET LUDY (f Be My Guest: Honeymoon H G2, San Clemente S G2, 3rd Del Mar Oaks G1), LATE PARADE (c Astronef: Gran Premio Citta' di Napoli G3 (3 times)). Grandam of CONFUCHIAS, BERAN, Little Whisper. Third dam of SARILAR RUNNER.

Broodmare Sire: ALI-ROYAL. Sire of the dams of 3 Stakes winners. In 2016 - GENTLEMAN ONLY Holy Roman Emperor G1, DEE DEE D'OR Zebedee LR.

The Holy Roman Emperor/AliRoyal cross has produced: GENTLEMAN ONLY G1, AN GHALANTA G3.

1st Dam: Mejiro Frances by

Carnegie. ran on the flat in Japan at 3. Dam of 5 winners: 2006: MEJIRO POTTER (c

Mejiro Bailey) Winner at 2 in Japan. 2007: FUJINO TORNADO (c

Sakura Bakushin O) 2 wins at 3 in Japan. 2008: Nagatano Nanachan (f

Agnes Digital) Danzig Danehill Razyana HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR b 2004 Secretariat L'On Vite Fanfreluche GENTLEMAN ONLY b g 2011 Royal Academy Ali-Royal Alidiva GOLDENDALE ch 99 Malinowski Skisette Salette


Alkaased) 2 wins at 4 and 5 in Japan. 2010: Side Stick (c Mayano Top

Gun) ran on the flat in Japan. 2011: MAURICE (c Screen Hero)

Champion sprinter and miler in Japan in 2015. 11 wins at 2, 4 and 5 in Hong Kong, Japan, Tenno Sho (Autumn Emperor's Cup) G1, Yasuda Kinen G1, Mile Championship G1, Longines

Longines Hong Kong Cup, G1, Sha Tin, December 11, 2000m 1 Maurice (JPN) 5 b c Screen Hero (JPN) - Mejiro Frances (JPN) (Carnegie (IRE)) 2 Secret Weapon (GB) 6 b g Choisir (AUS) - Just Devine (IRE) (Montjeu (IRE)) 3 Staphanos (JPN) 5 b c Deep Impact (JPN) - Kokoshnik (JPN) (Kurofune (USA))

Hong Kong Cup G1, Longines Hong Kong Mile G1, The Champions Mile G1, Lord Derby Challenge Trophy G3, 2nd Yasuda Kinen G1, Sapporo Kinen G2. 2012: Ryakudatsuai (f

Chichicastenango) ran on the flat in Japan. Broodmare. 2013: PITTSBURGH (c Danon

Chantilly) Winner at 3 in Japan.

Age: 2-5; Starts: 16; Wins: 11;


Places: 1

Mogami. 7 wins at 2 to 5 in Japan American Jockey Club Cup LR, Queen S LR, Copa Republica Argentina LR, Nikkan Sports Sho Kimpai LR. Dam of Mejiro Atlas (g Mejiro McQueen: 3rd Diolite Kinen LR)

Earnings: £6,004,811 Sire: SCREEN HERO. Sire of 5

Stakes winners. In 2016 MAURICE Carnegie G1, GOLD ACTOR Kyowa Alysheba G2, TRUST Eishin Sandy G3.


international database Broodmare Sire: CARNEGIE. Sire

of the dams of 24 Stakes winners. In 2016 - MAURICE Screen Hero G1, EPICHARIS Gold Allure LR, MASTER OF ARTS Mastercraftsman LR, MORVADA Mossman LR, SOUTHERN LEGEND Not A Single Doubt LR.

Silver Hawk Grass Wonder Ameriflora SCREEN HERO ch 2004 Sunday Silence Running Heroine Dyna Actress MAURICE b c 2011 Sadler's Wells Carnegie Detroit MEJIRO FRANCES b 2001 Mogami Mejiro Monterey Mejiro Quincey

Linamix G3, MI SUERTE Pulpit G3, TOULIFAUT Darshaan G3.

1 Soul Stirring (JPN) 2 b/br f Frankel (GB) - Stacelita (FR) (Monsun (GER)) 2 Lys Gracieux (JPN) 2 b/br f Heart's Cry (JPN) - Liliside (FR) (American Post (GB)) 3 Reine Minoru (JPN) 2 ch f Daiwa Major (JPN) - Daiwa Angel (JPN) (Taiki Shuttle (USA)) Age: 2; Starts: 3; Wins: 3; Places:

0 Earnings: £505,125 Sire: FRANKEL. Sire of 6 Stakes

winners. In 2016 - SOUL STIRRING Monsun G1, QUEEN KINDLY Rahy G2, FAIR EVA Observatory G3, FRANKUUS


Urban Sea FRANKEL b 2008 Danehill Kind Rainbow Lake SOUL STIRRING b/br f 2014 Konigsstuhl Monsun Mosella STACELITA b/br 2006 Dashing Blade Soignee Suivez

1st Dam: STACELITA by Monsun.

Champion 3yr old filly in France in 2009. 10 wins at 2 to 5 in France, USA, Prix de Diane G1, Montjeu Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary G1, Qatar Prix Vermeille G1, Darley Prix Jean Romanet G1, Flower Bowl Invitational S G1, Beverly D S G1, 2nd Blue Square Nassau S G1, Nyse Euronext Prix de l'Opera G1, 3rd United Nations S G1. Dam of 2 winners: 2013: SOUTHERN STARS (f Smart Strike) Winner at 3. 2014: SOUL STIRRING (f Frankel) 3 wins at 2 in Japan, Hanshin Juvenile Fillies S G1. 2nd Dam: SOIGNEE by Dashing

Hanshin Juvenile Fillies Stakes, G1, Hanshin, December 11, 1600m

Sadler's Wells Galileo

Blade. 2 wins at 2 in Germany Kronimus Rennen LR, 2nd Prix des Reservoirs G3. Dam of STACELITA (f Monsun, see above)

Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes, G1, Hanshin, December 18, 1600m 1 Satono Ares (JPN) 2 b/br c Deep Impact (JPN) - Satono Amazones (IRE) (Danehill (USA)) 2 Monde Can Know (JPN) 2 b c Kinshasa No Kiseki (AUS) Raise And Call (JPN) (Sakura Bakushin O (JPN)) 3 Bom Servico (JPN) 2 ch c Daiwa Major (JPN) - Baimoyuri (JPN) (Sakura Laurel (JPN))

Broodmare Sire: MONSUN. Sire

of the dams of 56 Stakes winners. In 2016 - GUIGNOL Cape Cross G1, SOUL STIRRING Frankel G1, WALDGEIST Galileo G1, KNIFE EDGE Zoffany G2, SAVOIR VIVRE Adlerflug G2, AMAZONA Dubawi G3, GUILIANI Tertullian G3, MOONSHINER Adlerflug G3, NIGHT WISH Sholokhov G3, A SHIN ERWIN Shamardal LR, NOT ONLY FLORINA Makfi LR, REALLY SPECIAL Shamardal LR, SUSSUDIO Nayef LR, SWACADELIC Adlerflug LR, TRES ROCK GLORY Fastnet Rock LR, DOMINATO Sholokhov LR, KING'S SOCKS King's Best LR.

Age: 2; Starts: 5; Wins: 3; Places:

2 Earnings: £515,560 Sire: DEEP IMPACT. Sire of 94 Stakes winners. In 2016 - A SHIN HIKARI Storm Cat G1, DEE MAJESTY Brian's Time G1, MAKAHIKI French Deputy G1, MARIALITE El Condor Pasa G1, MIKKI ISLE Rock of Gibraltar G1, REAL STEEL Storm Cat G1, SATONO ARES Danehill G1, SATONO DIAMOND Orpen G1, SINHALITE Singspiel G1, VIVLOS Machiavellian G1, AMBITIOUS El Condor Pasa G2, DECIPHER Dubai Millennium G2, MOUNT ROBSON Mr Greeley G2,

SATONO ALADDIN Storm Cat G2, SMART LAYER White Muzzle G2, VANQUISH RUN Galileo G2, A DAY IN THE LIFE Sakura Bakushin O G3, AKIHIRO Anabaa G3, ALBERT DOCK Unusual Heat G3, BICHE Acatenango G3, BLANC BONHEUR Sakura Bakushin O G3, CADENAS French Deputy G3, CRANS MONTANA Tony Bin G3, GARIBALDI Zafonic G3, PASSION DANCE Jade Robbery G3, SATONO NOBLESSE Tony Bin G3, SEEWIND Brian's Time G3, ADMIRE DAIO Kurofune LR, MONDO INTERO Brian's Time LR, TAISEI DREAM Giant's Causeway LR. 1st Dam: SATONO AMAZONES

by Danehill. Winner at 3 in Japan. Own sister to ONE WORLD and LANGOUSTINE. Dam of 3 winners: 2009: SATONO HERO (c Deep Impact) 4 wins at 3 and 4 in Japan. 2011: SATONO FERRARI (c Deep Impact) 3 wins at 2 and 3 in Japan. 2014: SATONO ARES (c Deep Impact) 3 wins at 2 in Japan, Asahi Hai Futurity S G1. 2015: (c Orfevre) 2nd Dam: Prawn Cocktail by

Artichoke. unraced. Dam of LANGOUSTINE (f Danehill:

Maribyrnong Plate G2), ONE WORLD (f Danehill: Thoroughbred Breeders' S G3), Achill Island (c Sadler's Wells: 2nd Juddmonte Royal Lodge S G2, 2nd Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (c&g) LR), Marigot Bay (f Fairy King: 3rd Go And Go Round Tower S LR). Grandam

international database of ONE LAST DANCE, Assafa. Third dam of OLDER THAN TIME. Broodmare Sire: DANEHILL. Sire of the dams of 340 Stakes winners. In 2016 - BELARDO Lope de Vega G1, DEAUVILLE Galileo G1, HIGHLAND REEL Galileo G1, PRIZED ICON More Than Ready G1, SATONO ARES Deep Impact G1, TURN ME LOOSE Iffraaj G1, ENAAD High Chaparral G2, EXOSPHERE Beat Hollow G2, FAATINAH Nicconi G2, IDAHO Galileo G2, LASARLA Rip Van Winkle G2, NEARLY CAUGHT New Approach G2, SOLICIT Street Cry G2, VERY SPECIAL Lope de Vega G2, BONDI BEACH Galileo G3, DANISH DYNAFORMER

Dynaformer G3, DICK WHITTINGTON Rip Van Winkle G3, MADAM DANCEALOT Sir Prancealot G3, MAKING LIGHT Tamayuz G3, NATHRA Iffraaj G3, PRETTY PERFECT Galileo G3, PROMISE TO BE TRUE Galileo G3, SIR ISAAC NEWTON Galileo G3, STELLAR MASS Sea The Stars G3, WAI KEY STAR Soldier Hollow G3, AME BLEUE Dubawi LR, APACHE Ad Valorem LR, ARLES Monsun LR, CHEVAUCHEE High Chaparral LR, CRACK ME UP Mossman LR, CUFF Galileo LR, DUCCIO More Than Ready LR, LATHARNACH Iffraaj LR, LONGCHAMP Tavistock LR, MAURUS Medicean LR, MULTIVICTORY Bachelor Duke LR, MY COUNTRY Poet's Voice LR, PASSING SHOT Swiss Ace LR, PURELY ATOMIC Encosta de Lago LR, RACING EIGHT Mossman LR, ROSE DE PIERRE Dubawi LR, SAYANA Galileo LR,


The Deep Impact/Danehill cross has produced: SATONO ARES G1, RED KINGDOM LR, Ever Blossom G1, Fiero G1, Las Venturas G2, Deep Sound G3.

Halo Sunday Silence Wishing Well DEEP IMPACT b 2002 Alzao Wind In Her Hair Burghclere SATONO ARES b/br c 2014 Danzig Danehill Razyana SATONO AMAZONES b 2004 Artichoke Prawn Cocktail Crimson Saint

Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix), G1, Nakayama, December 25, 2400m 1 Satono Diamond (JPN) 4 b c Deep Impact (JPN) - Malpensa (ARG) (Orpen (USA)) 2 Kitasan Black (JPN) 5 b c Black Tide (JPN) - Sugar Heart (JPN) (Sakura Bakushin O (JPN)) 3 Gold Actor (JPN) 6 b/br c Screen Hero (JPN) - Heilong Xing (JPN) (Kyowa Alysheba (USA)) Age: 2-3; Starts: 8; Wins: 6; Places: 2 Earnings: 674,964,000 Yen Sire: DEEP IMPACT. Sire of 94 Stakes winners.

1st Dam: MALPENSA by Orpen. 5 wins at 2 to 4 in Argentina, G. P. Criadores-Copa Cincuentenario G1, G.P. Copa de Plata - Int. R. V. Mansilla G1, Gran Premio Gilberto Lerena G1, 2nd Gran Premio Criadores G1, Gran Premio Saturnino J Unzue G1, Gran Premio Gilberto Lerena G1, Gran Premio de Potrancas G1, G.P. Estrellas Distaff- Hotel Presidente G1, 3rd Gran Premio Eliseo Ramirez G1, G.P. Estrellas Distaff- Hotel Presidente G1. Dam of 2 winners: 2013: SATONO DIAMOND (c Deep Impact) 6 wins at 2 and 3 in Japan, Kikuka Sho (St Leger) G1, Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix) G1, Kobe Shimbun Hai G2, Kisaragi Sho G3, 2nd Tokyo Yushun (Derby) G1, 3rd Satsuki Sho (2000 Guineas) G1. 2014: LINATE (f Stay Gold) Winner at 2 in Japan. 2015: (f Orfevre) 2016: (c Deep Impact)

Halo Sunday Silence Wishing Well DEEP IMPACT b 2002 Alzao Wind In Her Hair Burghclere SATONO DIAMOND b c 2013 Lure Orpen Bonita Francita MALPENSA b 2006 Southern Halo Marsella Riviere

Zabeel Classic Galaxy Stakes, G1, Ellerslie, December 26, 2000m 1 Consensus (NZ) 6 b f Postponed (USA) - Kate Cross (NZ) (Cape Cross (IRE)) 2 Volkstok'n'barrell (NZ) 6 b g Tavistock (NZ) - Volkster (NZ) (Volksraad (GB)) 3 Authentic Paddy (NZ) 8 b c Howbaddouwantit (USA) Authentic Cross (NZ) (Cape Cross (IRE)) Sire: POSTPONED. Sire of 13

Stakes winners.

2nd Dam: Marsella by Southern

1st Dam: KATE CROSS by Cape

Halo. ran on the flat in

Cross. Winner at 4 in New Zealand. Dam of 1 winner: 2010: Little Red Devil (g Postponed) unraced. 2011: CONSENSUS (f Postponed) Zabeel Classic Galaxy S G1, Sofitel Luxury Hotels Alison S G3, NZ B'Stock Airfreight Inglewood S LR, 2nd Rich Hill Mile George Adams H G2, New Zealand Bloodstock Warstep S LR, NZ Bloodstock Canterbury Belle S LR, Armadillo Canterbury S LR, 3rd Bonecrusher NZ 2nd Century S G1, OMF Alison S G3.

Argentina. Own sister to LA COSTA AZUL. Dam of MALPENSA

(f Orpen, see above), MARSIGLIESE (f Mutakddim:

Clasico Diego White G3, 2nd Clasico Ricardo y E Fernandez Guerrico G2), Milazzo (g Roy: 3rd Algoa Structures Algoa Cup G3) Broodmare Sire: ORPEN. Sire of the dams of 30 Stakes winners.


photo of the month: Salateen winning at the Dubai Carnival

ThIS great action shot shows the David O’Meara-trained Salateen just getting his head in front in a four-way photo to win a 7f handicap, sponsored by Range Rover, at the Dubai Carnival on February 9. It was a British trainers one-two-three, the five-year-old son of Dutch Art beating Charlie Appleby’s Flash Fire (Shamardal) and Oh This Is Us, trained by Richard Hannon and by Acclamation. It was better luck for Salateen, a 103-rated gelding. On his first start in the Emirate he finished 16th of 16 after he was twice squeezed for room early and couldn’t dominate through the race as he likes. Jockey Pat Dobbs reported that the horse received a heavy bump early on, and from the grandstand, it appeared that he lost his action. Things went according to plan on this start and Salateen, a usual front-runner, tracked the leader, went to the lead 2f out and ran on well. As the photo shows, he bravely saw off the closing pack on the line. He was ridden here by Adrian De Vries, who rode a treble on the night. The jockey said: “I looked at the videos of his races in England and could see he was a tough, genuine, type. He likes to race on the pace and everything went well for him this evening. “On this evidence, he should stay a bit further and it has been a great evening.” Salateen picked up £85,365 taking his prize-money earnings into six figures. He has now won six races and won this off a rating of 103.


Le Havre b / b r. ( I R E ) 2 0 0 6 - N ove r re - M a r i e R h e i n b e r g


RYMSKA showed a powerful turn of foot to win Gr.3 Sweetest Chant Stakes at Gulfstream Park

la Cauvinière

SYLVAIN VIDAL +33 (0)6 20 99 10 15 • MATHIEU ALEX +33 (0)6 26 59 19 18 •

Filly ex Crazy Volume, owned by Lynch-Bages Ltd & Camas Park Stud, born Jan 18.

Colt ex Nobilis, owned by China Horse Club, born Jan 18.

Filly ex Banimpire, owned by Triermore Stud, born Jan 16.

Champion 2YO & Champion 3YO Miler By Galileo & out of a full-sister to multiple Champion sire Giant’s Causeway

Christy Grassick, David O’Loughlin, Eddie Fitzpatrick, Tim Corballis, Maurice Moloney, Gerry Aherne, Mathieu Legars or Jason Walsh Tel: +353-52-6131298. David Magnier, Tom Gaffney, Joe Hernon or Cathal Murphy. Tel: 353-25-31966/31689. Kevin Buckley (UK Rep.) Tel: +44-7827-795156. E-mail: Web site:

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