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Filly ex. Danehill Music (Gr.3 winner by Danehill Dancer).

£4.95 • ISSUE 33

Breezing-Up Four leading vendors give you their sales pitch Filly ex. Truly Mine (Stakes winner by Rock of Gibraltar), owned by Mrs. C.L. Weld.

Colt ex. Strictly Lambada (from the Reprocolor damline), owned by Meon Valley Stud.

Katie Walsh

discusses her emerging breeze-up venture and selling Caspar Netscher

Filly ex. L’Ancresse (European Champion 3yo filly by Darshaan).

Like grandfather, like grandson Monterosso wins the Dubai World Cup

Filly ex. Monevassia (dam of European Champion 2yo filly Rumplestiltskin)

David Simcock: the season after Dream Ahead

World champion 3yo miler and the highest-rated son of GALILEO at stud

• ALFRED NOBEL • CANFORD CLIFFS • DANEHILL DANCER • DUKE OF MARMALADE • DYLAN THOMAS • EXCELLENT ART • FASTNET ROCK • FOOTSTEPSINTHESAND • GALILEO • HIGH CHAPARRAL • HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR • • HURRICANE RUN • MASTERCRAFTSMAN • MONTJEU • PEINTRE CELEBRE • POUR MOI • RIP VAN WINKLE • ROCK OF GIBRALTAR • STARSPANGLEDBANNER • STRATEGIC PRINCE • THEWAYYOUARE • YEATS • ZOFFANY • Contact: Coolmore Stud, Fethard, 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: 353-25-31966/31689. Kevin Buckley (UK Rep.) 44-7827-795156. E-mail: Web site: All stallions nominated to EBF.

Races from 52

Fee: €17,500

Dubawi World Cup Frankel remains unbeaten in the St James's Palace Stakes

The Darley stallion gets his 8th Group 1 winner and jockey Mickael Barzalona his 5th with Monterosso's success in Dubai


bay 2006, 16.1 hh, by Noverre ex Marie Rheinberg

Winner of four races, including the 2009 Group 1 French Derby... a faster time than SHAMARDAL and LOPE DE VEGA By NOVERRE – a Group 1 winner of six races and sire of eleven Group winners from only five European crops ●

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36% winners to runners 12 winners including two already this year Yearlings 2011 Very correct, athletic and extremely good movers. Made up to 14 times his advertised fee in 2009 and sold for 80,000 Gns, £65,000, 54,000 Gns, £35,000, 33,000 Gns, 31,000 Gns, 30,000 Gns, etc.

Classic Entries 2012 Very promising 2yo winner COCKNEY DANCER (right) is entred in the 1,000 Guineas Gr.1

2012 winner PEARL REBEL (by Cockney Rebel), two runs, two wins. ‘won with a bit more in hand than the official margin suggests, ...appeals as the type to win again.’

2012 winner COCKNEY SPARROW (by Cockney Rebel) ‘confirmed the promise she showed on her debut over 1m at Lingfield... open to further improvement.’

Winner on debut and now Classic hope COCKNEY DANCER (by Cockney Rebel), winning her maiden.

Fee 2012 £4,000 Oct.1st NFNF Statistics by Hyperion to 23.03.12 Quotes:

Two time winner REBELLIOUS GUEST (by Cockney Rebel), seen here winning Conditions Stakes.

He’ll Make You Smile! Standing at The National Stud, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 0XE. Tel: 00 44 (0)1638 663464, Fax: 00 44 (0)1638 665173, Email:,

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the foreword

Okay, I admit it I was wrong about Dubai, the racing was really quite good this year, says Paul Haigh

the first word

RIP Montjeu

10 guest speaker

David Allan disusses the future of bloodstock in South Africa now that the country has two sales companies

15 the news

US foal crops are down for a seventh year in succession

20 Family fortunes

Alan Porter reports on the Dubai World Cup meeting which saw Monterosso follow in the footsteps of his grand-sire

32 Hitting the headlines

Sue Montgomery reviews a record-breaking Cheltenham Festival

42 Gone too far?

The veterinarians are winning at the US breeze-up sales, writes John Sparkman

46 Dreaming on

Neil Clark meets trainer David Simcock, who has 90 horses in training in this “post-Dream Ahead” season

78 Oscar winner

Forever Bubbles, dam of the Cheltenham Festival bumper winner Champagne Fever


52 A busman’s holiday

NH jockey Katie Walsh has made a successful start as a breeze-up consignor. Lissa Oliver meets the lady who pinhooked this year’s 2,000 Guineas hopeful Caspar Netscher 26740_Ri




58 Loving the job



74 The old-fashioned horseman





Kathleen Donovan meets Albert Davies of Old South Farm, a regular consignor of fast two-year-olds at the US two-year-olds in training sales






Filly ex. Dane (Gr.3 winn hill Music er Danehill Dancby er).

Philipe Prévost Baratte has had a number of “educational” roles in the racing industry, but Jocelyn de Moubray finds out that he has found his niche as a pre-trainer and breezeup consignor

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Colt ex. Stric tly Lambada (from the Repr owned by ocolor damline), Meon Valle y Stud.

Filly ex. L’Anc Champion resse (European 3yo filly by Darshaan ). Filly ex. Mon evas (dam of Euro sia Champion pean 2yo Rumplest filly iltskin)

63 Sales talk

World highest-rchampion 3yo m ile ated son of GALILEr and the O at stud

The breeze-up guys are natural-born sales men. We let four of them sell you their spring wares

Contact: Coolmo re Tom GaffneyStud, Fethard, Co. Tippera , David Magnie ry, r, Joe HernonIreland. Tel: 353-52-613129 or Cathal Murphy 8. Fax: : 353-25-31966/353-52-6131382. Christy 31689. Kevin Grassick, David Buckley (UK Rep.) 44-782 O’Loughlin, Eddie Fitzpatr 7-795156. E-mail: sales@ ick, Tim Corballis, Maurice Moloney, Gerry Web site: Aherne, Mathieu All stallions Legars or Jason Walsh. nominated to EBF.

70 Will it be a gale force?

Jocelyn de Moubray predicts a strong two-year-old sales season, but sees

Four leading vendors give you their sales pitch

Filly ex. Truly Mine (Stak Rock of Gibra es winner by ltar), by Mrs. C.L. owned Weld.


Katie Wal sh

discusses her breeze-up emerging venture and selling Caspar Netscher

David Sim cock: aft

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The Darley

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the season

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92 Mare of the month

that many factors can be of influence, not least the weather

races from

Fastnet Rock enjoyed a month of months through March

Breezing Up


88 The southern hemisphere

Kauto Star returns with his head held high


Sally Duckett meets the Varey family and the stud’s roster of four stallions

106 The back page

In-depth winning pedigrees profiled by Weatherbys

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82 The Batsford boys

96 The database


Oscar is at the top of the NH sires’ list after a successful Cheltenham Festival. Katherine Fidler profiles Grange Stud’s son of Sadler’s Wells


8th Group

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Mickael Barz alona his 5th with

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Monterosso's success

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the foreword

Okay... still isn’t a “World Cup”, but perhaps I was wrong about Dubai, admits Paul Haigh


His win also reminded some of us that at Ascot last year Cityscape had been no match for Canford Cliffs, and that at Goodwood Canford Cliffs had been no match for Frankel

with yet another hometown victory for Godolphin in the mile that bears its name. That brought the number of Godolphin’s victories into double figures and the number of Saeed bin Suroor’s to nine since 1996. No-one would ever dream of accusing African Story of being the world’s best miler, but it’s always a good idea to start as you mean to go on. Very likely there was going to be a second local triumph on the night in the inaugural Dubai Gold Cup, but the first attempt to run the race ended in catastrophe when Fox Hunt snapped a leg in that hideous way racehorses sometimes do – so did the second attempt, but more of that later – and the race had to be stopped as it was impossible to get the stricken favourite off the track before the arrival of his rivals for the second time. Pass the mouthwash, and on with the show. The UAE Derby was a perfect example of what the whole Dubai Carnival, and its culmination, was designed to achieve, with form lines from around the world including Australasia (Helmet) South America (the Argentinian Balada Sale) Japan (Genten) and the US (Breeders’ Cup winner Wrote and Lucky Chappy) as well as Europe and the Middle-East brought together for what is admittedly in racing terms not much more


very year as the Dubai World Cup meeting approaches those of us with normal levels of scepticism find ourselves beginning ever so slightly to resent it. It’s the name that grates, and the hype that name carries with it. The “World Cup” title presumes it’s going to deliver the best against the best and by its very adoption belittles all the other great race meetings of the world. In fact, the Dubai World Cup meeting never is a world championship (can that be said truly of any meeting?) and one only has to mention the oft-invoked names of Frankel and Black Caviar to know very well that it wasn’t this year either. It’s at the wrong time of year and there’s no getting away from that. But it is undeniably up there with all the other big ones now, and in racing terms at least is probably still making ground. Whether it’s doing so in terms of grabbing the attention of the non-racing public (the sadly unconverted) worldwide is debatable. If it isn’t, and the now infallible barometer of the level of world TV coverage says that’s probably so, maybe that’s not the meeting’s fault. They aim to put on the greatest racing show on earth, and who’s to say they don’t very nearly succeed. Cut through the hype and the showbiz and the look-at-us-we’re-glitzy fabricated glamour of March 31 and there was some bloody good racing too. The extraordinary Meydan, modern racing’s equivalent of The Colosseum, also provides an inspiring stage for it, even if there isn’t a big enough population in the hinterland to make twoseats-together any sort of problem at all. The meeting proper, and for most that means the arrival of the thoroughbreds although the Arab Group 1 won by the grey US champion made a fine overture, began

than a very interesting bit of teenage arm wrestling. It was an historic one too, because it saw a triumph for Ballydoyle/Coolmore, the other major power in world racing which had previously given the impression that Dubai in March wasn’t really worth its attention. Daddy Long Legs, ridden by Colm O’Donohue brought joy to Aidan’s face when holding off the French challenger Yang Tse Kiang and Wrote. It may or may not turn out to be significant that the first three home, all European trained, are also all engaged in the Kentucky version in May. The first of the Group 1s was the newly promoted Al Quoz Sprint over 5f on turf. It looked for a while as though 2010’s winner, that wonderfully resilient veteran Joy And Fun, was going to score again. Then it looked as though Ireland was going to have a second winner in Edward Lynam’s Sole Power. Then finally, looking at her watch and tut-tutting, Ortensia arrived from last after a troubled trip to swamp them all, and to provoke yet more head-shaking speculation about what sort of a horse her immeasurable (because she’s never been extended) superior Black Caviar can possibly be. Black Caviar would, of course, have won the Golden Shaheen too. (No doubt she could have won both sprints within an hour

“It was a very good meeting. Not quite a great one,” reckons Paul Haigh, despite the equine fatalities and the absence of Frankel et al. The three victories for Godolphin certainly put a smile on Sheikh Mohammed’s face

if she’d been asked to). But in her absence we saw a fine race in which the Singaporean national hero Rocket Man (how good to see he’s no back number yet) set a fiery pace that saw off everything except the converted miler Krypton Factor who, remarkably, was never in trouble and simply outstayed him in the end. A first success at the meeting for Bahrain. Hong Kong’s Lucky Nine, caught wide throughout, ran bravely to finish third. It was widely believed that in the Dubai Duty Free the Hong Kong champion Ambitious Dragon would breathe fire on his rivals in what the Chinese calendar tells us is the Year of the Dragon. It was less widely believed that he was actually in the wrong race, and might have been better off in the slightly softer-looking Dubai World Cup itself. In the end he started raging favourite, never looked relaxed at any stage, fought Douglas Whyte early, and it was no surprise at all when he failed to deliver even a stride or two of his famous two furlong kick. Even at his best he would have had a job to get close to the British-trained winner Cityscape, who bolted clear early in the straight and was never in danger thereafter. It was a self-announcing victory at the highest level for Cityscape’s young rider James Doyle and a splendid reaffirmation

of the talent of trainer Roger Charlton. His win also reminded some of us that at Ascot last year Cityscape had been no match for Canford Cliffs, and that at Goodwood Canford Cliffs had been no match for Frankel.


here are some horses who defy all of racing’s received wisdom and Cirrus Des Aigles is one of them. He is bred in the opposite of the purple (the beige perhaps). He’s worked his way up through the ranks. He’s trained by the not (yet) very famous Corinne Barbe, and he’s got more air miles than Ban-Ki-Moon. But he keeps getting better. Mme. Barbe explained after the Sheema Classic, in which the six-year-old gelding held off Breeders’ Cup Turf winner St Nicholas Abbey, that this is because he loves fighting. If he sees a horse in front of him he wants to get past him. If a horse comes to challenge him, as Joseph O’Brien and St Nicholas Abbey found out, he fights back. Compared with Cirrus Des Aigles old boots are fillet steak. After his triumph, confidence in the former Australian champion who went down to narrow defeat to him in the 2011 British Champion Stakes grew out of all proportion. See You Then went off at about a third of the price he should have in the night’s

flagship event and duly and finally confirmed the truth that has been apparent since the unfortunate Rewilding caught him in the Prince of Wales at last year’s Royal Ascot: he is not quite top class at middle distances – or not by world standards anyway. Is the winner of the 2012 Dubai World Cup, Monterosso, who began his career with defeats at Wolverhampton and Lingfield, or in fact the second Copponi or the third Planteur? Not quite, or at least not on the evidence we’d seen before March 31. Perhaps we’ll find out as the season proper progresses. That should have been the finale, but it wasn’t. Earlier in this piece you were promised more about the Dubai Gold Cup. Well, here it is, although not much more actually. With at least another two career and life-ending injuries, it would have been much better if they hadn’t re-run it. A third victory on the night for Godolphin really wasn’t worth the cost. Much better if we’d been left with the mental image of the host, Sheikh Mohammed’s jubilation after the home one-two in the World Cup itself. A very good meeting. Not quite a great one, but one that will make us sceptics just a bit less sceptical when it comes round again, and – who knows? – the Big Two themselves might even be there?


first word

RIP Montjeu Victor Sheahan, who respected the son of Sadler’s Wells so much he called his own website, reviews the career of the Group 1 winner and Classic sire


ontjeu was only 16 when he died from complications related to septicaemia and his death is a huge loss to the breeding industry and Coolmore stud. He leaves behind an outstanding legacy and his 10 Classic winners proves a remarkably high-quality level of consistency for a sire who has only had eight crops of three-year-olds so far. It also goes without saying that there could be plenty more names added to this list before the final total is known with Camelot a short-priced favourite for this year’s Derby and Guineas.

The stats

When Montjeu’s first crop of three-year-olds hit the track they were a phenomenon. He sired the first two in the Epsom Derby (Motivator and

Walk In The Park) as well as in the Irish Derby (Hurricane Run and Scorpion). For good measure Scorpion went on to take the St Leger, while Hurricane Run added the Arc to his cv. It seemed the true successor to his sire Sadler’s Wells had finally arrived – and he duly took the sires’ championship in 2007. But then Galileo arrived, and now it seems that Montjeu is always to be compared to his more expensive stud mate and almost invariably unfavourably. With the prevailing view that “he doesn’t sire milers and he doesn’t sire fillies and they carry their heads a little high”, it meant that the best of the mares went to Galileo, just as in the same way Sadler’s Wells kept the best mares from Caerleon. Indeed, one wag suggested to me that the cause of Montjeu’s death was a broken heart as he felt like a jilted lover losing so many

The six-time Group 1 winner: Montjeu is the sire of 25 Group and Grade 1 winners... so far

of his mares to Galileo... But the comparison with Sadler’s Wells and Caerleon and the conventional wisdom is unfair. For me, Montjeu is a far better sire than Caerleon and, in many respects, a better sire than Galileo. The most important stat is usually stakes winners to foals: Galileo has had 98 from 1,651 foals of racing age (six per cent), currently Montjeu has 100 from 1,318 foals (eight per cent). If we factor in the superior quality of Galileo’s mares then Montjeu’s comparative record is all the more laudable. And as for his supposed failings with fillies and milers, those perceptions could easily and rapdily change if Camelot wins a Guineas and Wading a fillies’ Classic. Montjeu has done more than enough to be regarded as one of the ten greatest sires to ever stand in Ireland, in a list probably consisting of Sadler’s Wells, Danehill, Habitat, Galileo, Birdcatcher, Gallinule, Blandford and Desmond.

Sons at stud

So far the record of Montjeu’s sons at stud is underwhelming: Motivator has been afflicted by bad luck, suffering injuries and having small resultant crops, which have been disappointing on quality, Hurricane Run has had plenty of stakes horses, but needs a big name to keep his name in lights, while Authorized had a quiet first season last year with his two-year-olds so he needs them to improve considerably. But there is plenty of time for a successor to emerge and it is worth remembering that Sadler’s Wells had more failures than successes before Montjeu came along.

Broodmare sire

It is also very early to make pronouncements Montjeu as a broodmare sire, however last year saw Montjeu as broodmare sire of two of the best two-year-olds in Europe via the Dewhurst winner Parish Hall (Teofilo ex Halla Siamsa) and the Group 2 winner Restiadargent (Kendargent ex Restia). Given Montjeu’s rivalry with Galileo it is interesting to see them combine in the pedigree of Parish Hall, who is by Galileo’s son Teofilo, and we can expect to see the names linked in future pedigrees.


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South Africa poised

There’s a new sales company in South Africa. David Allan takes a look at its implications for the future as well as the latest developments in the South African bloodstock industry


hen it blows in Cape Town, it really blows. At Kenilworth on the straight course, those horses drawn stands’ side use the rest of the field for shelter. But it is a metaphorical wind of change in South African racing and breeding that is now gusting to gale force in and around the “Mother City”. South Africa as the “Rainbow Nation” is busy dealing with internal problematical issues that are by no means unique to itself, but it has a very solid infrastructure on which to build. An excellent road system is in place and is one that has not crumbled in 20 years of new government and has even been enhanced; required street and airport improvement for the FIFA World Cup was achieved on time; enlightened legislation protects all manner of flora and fauna, preventing otherwise obvious development of fringe city lands, while good manners are the norm and many of the country’s attractions are simply magical. The country’s thoroughbred industry has its own long-established infrastructure. There may be glitches as new administrators from non-traditionally involved backgrounds have come in, but that’s the deal. The once, almost unique practice, of breeders naming sales yearlings is lessening, and more owners of the passionate kind, so necessary to sustain the whole enterprise, are changing names to their own preference. However, such things do not disturb the good-to-excellent production on the best farms and the good-to-outstanding veterinary services available to this mature industry. The restrictions of the dial-up email servers of just a few years ago are a distant memory,


many SA thoroughbred professionals now live on smart phones and tablets and the great South African welcome that so many racing visitors enjoy, has seen further innovation in the form of caramelised vodka shots and a vicious tall green drink that consumers ruefully recall some hours later... Purveyors of generous hospitality include industrialists, financiers and associated farmers whose goal is to make Cape Town the absolute SA centre, as well as a major international one, with the Cape’s attractions, most of the top stallions and many good farms nearby, complemented by the Royal-Ascot-in-a-day (and night) J&B Met raceday and the Queen’s Plate Day. Markus Jooste of Steinhoff Corporation (think Harveys the Furniture Store sponsors of Coronation Street and recognise it as one spoke in a huge commercial wheel) and Bernard Kantor of Investec Bank, whose sponsorship of Epsom’s Derby meeting confirms the passion, are prolific owners of good horses and are men who combine steel-trap thinking with the genuine geniality that goes with an understanding of client entertainment.  Their strong investment in the multigenerational Koster family’s Klawervlei (Clover Field) Stud sees John Koster, another who knows how to welcome people on a grand scale, overseeing an expansion of Darleyesque proportions. But the latest move is the most dramatic so far.

The new beginning of the Cape Thoroughbred Sales

In January 2011, those men and other strong associates drove into existence the inaugural Cape Premier Yearling Sale (CPYS), which saw nearly 300 horses offered under one roof

Above: David Allan leads in a winner at Kenilworth, and, below, the temporary sales ring set up for the Cape Premier Sale, while, far right, bloodstock agent Angus Gold looks to be enjoying himself

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Plenty of vendors had previously been left to chase purchasers, who were licensed by the sales company, but whom they may or may not know

in the city centre. Bloodstock South Africa (BSA), the Johannesburg-based Tattersalls equivalent but actually an arm of the TBA and therefore a Breeders’ Cooperative, was drafted in to handle auctioneering and accounts. But the 2012 version (“CPYS Book 1”) was run entirely by the latest brainchild of these drivers of change, the newly formed Cape Thoroughbred Sales (CTS). Organisation of the sale was exemplary with any cracks quickly papered over as the exercise evolved. CTS, with a clutch of senior breeders on its board and a pledge to reinvest any surpluses in the industry, went one step further by running a “CPYS Book 2 Sale” that took place recently at Kenilworth Racecourse. Although the walking surfaces will need attention next time, the viewing spaces were huge and the sale marquee – full length windows and no flapping canvas here – was magnificent. Good international horses such as Jay Peg and Sun Classique came out of the two

sales – both now defunct – that Book 2 has supplanted. And good horses will definitely come out of this and subsequent Book 2s – it was a true general sale with solid enough entry standards. Of the many innovations that this tsunami of energy has spawned, one stands out: CTS guarantees to pay vendors out in 30 days. “But, of course!,” I hear you cry. But there is no “of course” about it in South Africa.  BSA, operator of the important National Yearling Sales (in late April, a full three months down the growing line for yearlings compared to Book 1), protects its own resources by avoiding a guarantee of vendors’ achievement of payment. Yes, most people are honest and pay in good time, but in harsh financial circumstances, late and non-payments multiply. Plenty of vendors had previoulsy been left to chase purchasers, who were licensed by the sales company, but whom they may or may not know.  CTS showed the power of its financing by

taking the added step of allowing purchasers 60 days to pay in Book 2, instead of 21, whilst still guaranteeing to pay out vendors in 30 days. South Africa may not only be conforming to international standards through CTS, but may be setting new ones.

The demise of the BSA and sales at Johannesburg?

So whither BSA? Plenty of TBA member stud farmers will not walk away from their own National Yearling Sales at the drop of a hat. On the contrary, they will test, measure and decide over time. BSA may be “out of the Cape”, but it used to sell there out of bounden duty, losing money which it would regain at the National sale. Now BSA and the TBA will derive revenue in levies from CTS’s Book 2 without having to do the work. Nevertheless, BSA/TBA has a significant permanent staff and a large complex, which has substantial industrial land value. The National Yearling Sales of 2012 will tell us much. Visitors enjoy the attractions of Cape Town more than the fringes of Johannesburg where, nevertheless, the majority of domestic wealth is to be found. But many farms in the Western Cape would prefer not to send their yearlings and staff on the long trek to Johannesburg for a stay of a couple of weeks. Some Cape trainers decamp for such periods to Johannesburg partly because it is almost a kind of festival gathering, partly to


A Klawervlei Stud Book 2 filly by National Emblem from the family of Sun Princess and Saddler’s Hall

see horses in a more leisurely manner than at European and American sales and partly reflecting the absence of a layer of spotters and bloodstock consultants, who are gainfully employed in other countries. The time constraints of CPYS Books 1 and 2, which are held in costly premises, have forced more rapid inspection of yearlings comparing more closely to European showing times, and domestic buyers often make prior visits to the more accessible stud farms. Eastern Cape breeders could choose to go in either direction, and the Kwazulu Natal brigade are geographically closer to Johannesburg, leaving them in something of a quandary. Many are understandably hedging their bets. As indeed are Western Cape breeders in respect of yearlings which they simply can’t get ready as early as late January for CPYS Book 1. (The time equivalent in northern latitudes being late June; the equivalent of the Nationals in late April is late September.) But if CPYS Book 2 – which was held barely a month after Book 1 – slipped back a few weeks, the Cape will have a fair alternative, while BSA would still stage the April Nationals and the early August TwoYear-Old Sale, which despite its name is not a breeze-up sale but “yearlings-turned-two” which has always stood up very well. In South Africa, yearlings don’t tend to see a trainer until August so the sale with least time to kill has a certain attraction to many buyers. CTS and the Cape is in the ascendancy, leading BSA to respond by employing a new director of sales who is promoting the horse and the welcome in Johannesburg.

Is two a crowd?

So will two sales companies survive in South Africa? Well most of the major thoroughbred nations have two sales companies, right? I suppose, the question to ask is will


there be enough top horses to go around? And we all know that the best horses on the racecourse do not always cost the most and do not always come from the elite sales. So will there be a day when plane loads of overseas buyers rush to buy yearlings in South Africa? Racing them in the Rainbow Nation first, then moving them abroad if good enough?

Cape Sale’s business model

Cape Thoroughbred Sales (Pty) Ltd is an independent, commercial sales company uniquely devised to be dedicated to the growth of the sport of horseracing and the thoroughbred breeding industry through the development of the bloodstock market, and using its strengths to become innovative, visionary, and global. Company Philosophy: * Net Profit to be distributed for the betterment of the sport of horse racing and breeding industry. A reputable firm of attorneys holds the shares of the company and there is no personal ownership of the company. * To use the market to improve the economic health of the breeders. * To arrange financing of payment to vendors at 30 days after sale. * To hold Innovative commercial sales auctions. * To build a globally recognised brand. Longer Term Outlook CTS will aim to centralise bloodstock auctions in the Western Cape. To this end, consideration will have to be given by the directors to the building of a purpose-built, functional sales complex in the right location. The ownership of this complex will secure the long-term future of CTS and the economic health of the market. Mission Statement “To enlarge the global market for South African bloodstock by operating thoroughbred auctions in such a manner as to maximise the aggregate and average prices of selected bloodstock whilst optimising profitability for the company”. taken from www.

Some do already and love every minute of it, with the added benefit that a maiden win will pay for several months’ bills. Will overseas owners soon be having a tilt at the valuable Queen’s Plate or the J&B Met? Could the sprinter-like-the-wind Val De Ra (SAF) win the Nunthorpe as National Colour (SAF) so nearly did? Might she, or the magnificent filly Igugu, “do a Black Caviar” and head for Royal Ascot? Maybe not in 2012, but 2013 could be a possibility. Those driving forces coupled with freshly awakened government interest may add to the scientific-based arguments looking to alleviate the draconian quarantining of exports and the elimination of a temporary EU ban. SA’s stringent internal quarantines and fierce protection of the Free (from African Horse Sickness (AHS)) Zone around Cape Town are reminiscent of the UK’s past overthe-top pet quarantines which were set up to protect the country as rabies-free. Their existence and the occasional cessation of traffic discourages overseas bureaucrats from bothering to contemplate change. AHS is awful. But it is not contagious horse to horse and can only be transmitted through the bites of a particular midge at certain times of the year. And, hey, South Africa transfers 1,000s of thoroughbreds, showjumpers, polo ponies and presumably zebra and has never exported AHS to anyone! So why is their export quarantining within the Free Zone not compared favourably to arrangements in Australia and US, where many “awful” diseases exist? Those lobbying against SA in this regard may feel threatened by the obvious potential affinity between SA yearling sellers and East and South East Asian buyers who, for the moment, can’t get their hands on these good but priced-less-than-Australian horses. SA Presidential endorsement of an industry that provides much employment and demonstrably encourages the participation of staff through Grooms’ Cooperatives selling yearlings is a powerful additive to the commercial forces which are already putting their weight behind the efforts. South Africa is gearing up. If hopes, dreams and heavy-duty plans are realised, stock values will soar and another form of isolation will have been removed from the modern version of this magical land. David Allan of Allan Bloodlines has operations in South Africa based in Cape Town specialising in sales selection, partnership and syndicate management, management of broodmare bands and stallions.







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US foal crop falls for seventh year in a row

While the number of US races staged in 2011 drops to just over 49,000, the lowest in the data record The US JOCKEY CLUB has reported that the US foal crop is likely to fall again in 2012, and if the Club’s estimates are correct, it will be the seventh year in succession that the crop size has declined. From a high of 38,381 in 2005, it is believed that this year’s crop will be in the region of 27,000. It is a decline of 8.2 per cent from 2011’s estimated crop of 30,000, while it will also be the smallest crop since 1971 when 24,301 foals were registered. Possibly, in response to the lower numbers of horses being produced, the Jockey Club also reported that the number of race starters in North America in 2011 fell to 64,625, the lowest recorded since 1980, while the number of races staged in 2011 was at 49,794, amazingly, the lowest since 1965. Although starts per horse per year has long been on a downward trend, dropping to under 6.5 from over 10 in the 1970s, there was a slight bounce back last year to 6.20 from 6.11. The number of yearlings sold in 2011 fell to the lowest figure since 1984 (the first recorded date on the Jockey Club’s data) at 7,054. The last time the figure fell below 7,500 was in 1992, while the decrease was a drop of 6.8 per cent on the numbers sold in 2010. Conversely, and possibly in response to the fewer numbers of yearlings offered at auction last autumn, prices for yearlings did register a positive: the average improving by 19.7 per cent to $47,863, the median by 50 per cent to $15,000, while the gross takings increased by 11.6 to $337,626,163. While this is a positive for US bloodstock in circumstances of reduced supply, demand has to remain constant or increase for prices to continue to increase. With the hugely negative reports published in March by the New York Times regarding equine injuries and deaths on the racetracks, as well as the continual problems the sport faces bringing its medication rulings under control, continued domestic and foreign demand for US-produced bloodstock is under continued threat.

The number of horses racing in the US in 2011 fell to the lowest since 1980

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Canford Cliffs and Cape Blanco head south for the summer


oolmore’s new stallions Canford Cliffs (Tagula), who stands the European season in Ireland, and the Ashford Stud-based Cape Blanco (Galileo), are to shuttle to

the southern hemisphere, with Canford heading to Blue Gum Farm in Victoria, Australia and Cape Blanco to Cambridge Stud in New Zealand. “We are delighted to have acquired a horse of the calibre of Canford Cliffs and I have no doubt that he will be very popular with Australian breeders,” said Blue Gum’s Philip Campbell. “He’s a very masculine horse with a beautiful action and showed his brilliance at two, three and four years of age. He is from the same

Hail To Reason sire line as More Than Ready, Sunday Silence and Roberto and his pedigree and conformation make him an ideal stallion for Danehill-line mares.” Canford Cliffs is to stand at a fee of A$17,500 (£11,690). Sir Patrick Hogan of Cambridge Stud also expressed his delight at the prospect of standing Cape Blanco, though the farm has yet to set a fee for the Group 1 winner. “In Cape Blanco we’re getting access to a five-time Group 1-winning horse, who is

beautifully bred as a son of the world champion sire Galileo and out of a mare who won four races, was speedy enough to win at 5f and who was named 2010 Irish broodmare of the year,” he said. “I’m so excited about this horse because you can’t buy this kind of stallion any more,” he added. “If he was for sale, our kind of money couldn’t buy him. We’ve done this twice before with Cape Cross and Stravinsky... they proved how commercial and popular they were.”

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

March was a sad month for Coolmore


high on the hill in Gassin, just behind St Tropez as I am in France to help a friend with his garden. As he has never had a garden before, I am at a slight advantage. My own gardening interests were awakened at Sunningdale prep school, where for my first year in the sixth form, I was the watering slave for the window boxes planted by my senior, Robin Lane-Fox. He has gone on to much greater things as a Classics don at Oxford, author of a fine book on Alexander The Great – that was made into a less fine film – and has had many gardening books and articles published in the F.T. I have brought down a collection of late-flowering summer plants that I doubted I would get here and am hoping for the “right plant, right place” result. Driving experiences in both Australia and France are a complete contrast to ones in England, that are rarely enjoyable. Good roads, even the dirt ones Down Under, and, for the most part, little traffic, are a great help even though the French ones have tolls and lone travellers have to hop out to pay continually. Also very welcome in both countries are the regular stopping places or “Aires de Repos”. They have

picnic facilities, plenty of trees and grass for kids and dogs, and toilets. They also generally have gated access to a minor road that can be opened up in the event of a motorway closure. Most French service stations

It was a bad meeting for stayers in Dubai; to lose three horses in one race was a tragedy that if it had occurred in an Australian jump race, would have probably led to heavy pressure to ban jump racing


ebruary and March have been good, busy months for me, but they have been sad for Coolmore as the stud has lost both Grand Slam in the US and, more significantly, Montjeu in Ireland. He has been an outstanding producer of Derby contenders and the only silver lining is that Pour Moi has just started his own stallion career. They have been quiet months for Richard Hughes as he lost an appeal to have his Indian ban overturned. However, as signatories to a reciprocal international agreement, the BHA had their hands tied, even though the rule was a bizarre one and would leave most European jockeys having long holidays throughout the season if it were in force here. It was a bad meeting for stayers in Dubai; to lose three horses in one race was a tragedy that if it had occurred in an Australian jump race, would have probably led to heavy pressure to ban jump racing. My spring has been a heady mixture of long-distance driving, horse sales, gardening and enjoyable eating experiences, with just about enough exercise to balance the latter! I am writing this from a little hotel

have excellent coffee, passable food and internet access. In Australia, most services have a McDonalds where the coffee is passable (with two extra shots), the food unmentionable (I had my first burger for 20 years and it tasted no better), but nationwide they have wifi. As you can perhaps gather, apart from being a foodie, I am a bit of an internet junkie. Two great “apps” that I often use are Rotten Tomatoes, which gives an overall critical review of films, and Trip Advisor. The latter gives an opportunity for guests to comment on hotels and restaurants. It has a “places nearby” application that does just that and is free. In a year of use, here and abroad, it has never let me down. It found the hotel where I am staying now and an excellent one in Singapore. The Recreation Club had only 30 bedrooms and was a five-minute walk from Raffles in one direction and an excellent hawker food court in the other. It was on the harbour and I ate like a king for £6 at midnight. Slightly more expensive, but no less enjoyable, is the Oyster Bar at Glenelg, South Australia. This is close to the sales complex at Morphettville racecourse. They have held various

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Grand Slam dies of heart failure Noverre and Martino Alonso die

The Multiple Grade 1 winner Grand Slam, sire of 73 stakes winners, died of heart failure in March at Ashford Stud, Kentucky. He was 17. By Gone West and out of Grade 1-placed multiple stakes winner Bright Candles (El Gran Senor), Grand Slam won the Moet Champagne Stakes (G1), the Futurity Stakes (G1) and the Peter Pan Stakes (G2). He also finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1). Grand Slam is the sire of 2010 Canadian champion turf male Grand Adventure among 26 graded or group stakes winners. He was standing his 14th year at stud in 2012, is the sire of 798 winners. “Grand Slam was a pleasure to have here and he was popular with breeders as he sired nearly 800 winners and has progeny earnings of over $64 million,” said Ashford Stud manager Dermot Ryan. “It’s a sad day for the staff here who worked with him and for all the partners who were involved with the horse and who have always been fantastic to deal with.”

oyster eating contests and the record holder ate 42 dozen (504) oysters at a session. I feel sorry for the runnerup who has twice got to 40 dozen before giving best. Apparently in Roman times Seneca, the philosopher and playwright, regularly managed 100s, while the Emperor, Vitellus, is said to have downed a 1000 at a banquet. Gary Mudgeway of Grange Stud, and a regular at Tattersalls and Arqana, managed 11 dozen this year. I got to see many of the bigger studs in Victoria before the sale, which I had often done in New South Wales. Inglis run a coach tour about a week before the sales and I went to Yallambee, where Testa Rossa made his name, Woodside and Supreme, who had a large draft and gave us an excellent lunch. On separate trips I visited the Listons at the very successful Three Bridges Farm near Maldon, an old gold-mining town. They are implementing Peter Andrew’s water maintenance plans, which involves a lot of tree planting and part damming of creeks. I also visited Burnewang North, north of Bendigo, owned and run by Cathy Hains whose father owned the legendary Kingston Town. She has an excellent garden designed by the Gertrude Jekyll of Australian gardening, Edna Walling. She grows a lot of hay, has a large sheep flock, a pedigree Santa Gertrudis herd and a colourful small

herd of Boer goats. The Victorian breeding industry has been dwarfed in recent years by New South Wales, whose racing will get a good boost from the recent court judgement in their favour. Victoria’s most successful stallions, Testa Rossa and Encosta de Lago,were both moved up to the Hunter. However, the legendary Black Caviar continues to keep Bel Esprit high in the stallion lists and hopefully Canford Cliffs can fill the Encosta gap at Blue Gum farm. In Australia, the autumn finale is about to be played with a fascinating contest for the Golden Slipper; Samaready, the More Than Ready filly, is unbeaten but has an awkward barrier draw. Her rival for top honours, Far Too Hard, Black Caviar’s half brother, waits for the Sire’s Produce Stakes. In Europe, we have the mouthwatering prospect of the return of Frankel and Newbury racegoers could be doubly lucky as he is due to gallop at the course’s Greenham meeting and then run in the Lockinge. Finally, the Australians will mount their most formidable sprint summer challenge led by Black Caviar, and supported by Foxwedge, a son of Fastnet Rock the new stallion star, and Ortensia (Hydrangea to gardening buffs) winner of the Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai.

The Sussex Stakes (G1) winner Noverre, who was to stand a fifth season in India at Sohna Stud having moved from Darley to the country in 2008, died at the beginning of March. The 14-year-old Noverre had stood throughout his European career at Kildangan Stud at a fee of €15,000. A three-parts brother by Rahy to Arazi (Blushing Groom), Noverre’s best European runners include three Group 1 winners – the French Derby winner Le Havre, the Falmouth Stakes winner Music Show, as well as Enora, who won the Preis der Diana. In total, he is the sire of 11 Group winners, and seven Listed victors. His first crop of Indian-bred juveniles hit the tack in 2011 and include the colt Hachiko, who won the Gool S Poonawalla Million in January and the Poonawalla Breeders’ Multi-Million in February. A European champion miler as a three-year-old for Godolphin with a Timeform rating of 125 with victory in the Sussex Stakes from No Excuse Needed, Noverre also finished second in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1), the St James’s Palace Stakes (G1), as well as a runner-up in the Dewhurst Stakes (G1) as a juvenile. He is described on the Sohna Stud’s website as one of the “most expensive” stallions to have been bought by farm. Martino Alonso, sire of the young Darley sire and five-time Group 1 winner Ramonti, was put down in March after breaking a leg in his paddock. The 18-year-old Azienda Agricola Antezzate-based stallion was one of Italy’s leading sires. A son of Marju and out of the Cure The Blues mare Cheerful Note, he was bred in Ireland by Godolphin. Shipped to Italy, he won twice at Listed level and finished second to Taipan in the Group 1 Premio Roma. Ramonti came from Martino Alonso’s first crop and after a Premio Vittorio di Capua (G1) victory and Premio Ribot (G2) second as a four-year-old, he was transferred to Godolphin. He went on to win four times at the top level. Martino Alonso hit the headlines in 2009 when he was kidnapped from Siba Stud. He was found six months later on government land near Pomigliano D’Arco in Campania.

Zenyatta’s foal: a social media frenzy BRILLIANT American racemare Zenyatta delivered her first foal at Lane’s End Farm in Kentucky in March. The new arrival is a dark bay colt by Bernardini and he arrived at around 10pm local time. Zenyatta’s owners Jerry and Ann Moss announced the birth on the mare’s online diary. “Zenyatta is an amazing mother,” said owners Ann and Jerry Moss in a later press release. “She is so proud of her foal, and so are we. He is already showing his mother’s spirit, and the way Zenyatta encourages and nurtures her precious baby is simply beautiful.” The dark bay colt with the small white star could be seen resting on a fresh bed of straw in a video and photos shared online by connections. Racing fans in search of a glimpse flooded the website Zenyatta. com (where the official diary is “written” by the 2010 Horse of the Year) causing it to crash with a traffic surge when the news was announced around midnight, but not before copies of the photos and video were widely distributed via Twitter and Facebook.


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“Aerodynamic drafting” could become a tool for the punter Jockeys, like long-distance runners and Formula 1 racing drivers, have always been known to tuck mounts in behind the leaders in order to use “aerodynamic drafting” to advantage. By coasting along behind the front horses, which are battling wind resistance, a horse’s energy is conserved for the final run to the line. For the first time the importance of drafting has been measured by veterinarians at the Structure and Motion Laboratory at The Royal Veterinarian College. It is believed that the work could one day develop into a tool for racing punters. “When measured over the entire race, the average speed of a horse goes up the more time it spends tucked in behind other horses,” said Andrew Spence of the Laboratory. “If you convert that difference in speed into how the horse finishes, it can amount to a gain of three to four places. You don’t get any money unless you finish within the first five, so basically it’s a big deal.” Spence and colleagues used data, gathered by TurfTrax, from 4,500 races staged at 10 British racecourses from 2005 to 2007, a radiofrequency chip having been placed in the horse’s saddle, enabling the animal’s position to be triangulated at any stage of a race. The study reported that races are usually decided in the last 500m

No doubts...

...for leading sales consignor Ted Voute, who voices his opinion on all things bloodstock and sales-related

Good vibrations


he spring so far this year has arrived around a month earlier than last year everywhere I have been. On a recent week-long tour of England, Ireland and the US, Cork had the edge on grass growth, while Lexington had the edge with trees and blossom. Interestingly, while many yearlings have been turned away on spring grass, which traditionally happens either Craven or Guineas week, the yearlings themselves seem at about the same stage as usual with their winter coats tufting and the slicker summer coat peeping through. Sale selection time is fast ’


approaching and never before has it been so important to be in the right sale. Every sales company has attributes and it is important to choose wisely, while also selling in the right currency whether it is dollars, Euros or sterling. Foal crop numbers have bottomed out and now breeders, consignors and pinhookers have a chance to meet a rise in demand for top yearlings at the sales. While in Lexington, I was shown a very interesting device, it is very much like a human power plate but for horses! Vibration technology is normally associated with increasing overall fitness and health. Not only does it help burn fat and build

(550yds), give or take 200m depending on whether the race is longer or shorter. At this break point, the speed of competitors diverges as the horses run to the finishing line, but, contrary to popular perception, the final sprint sees a slowdown in pace as the horses are tiring. The horses that win, says the study, are those that slow the least over the last stretch. Conserving energy through drafting is what counts, according to the study. By reducing aerodynamic drag by 13 per cent, a horse can notch up an additional two per cent gain in the average speed for the whole race. That gain may amount to the difference between first place and fifth. The study defined drafting as being when a horse was roughly one horse length (2.5 meters) behind a rival and was within 10 degrees either side of its line of running. Spence believes the work could one day lead to a useful tool for punters who want to analyse performance. “Maybe you could come up with profiles of jockeys, and say, ‘this jockey is really good at drafting,’ that some jockeys are really good at tucking their way in and threading their way through nicely.” muscle, but it is also proven to help against osteoporosis as well as lower stress levels. For years NASA has used vibration technology to train astronauts – it helps to increase bone density and develops muscle tone. A vibrating floor has been used on horses since 2003 and was tested at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala where they found no adverse effects. Since then a tilting system has been added, which increases efficiency. I recently saw a complete false floor installed in a stable covered in rubber with a control panel outside in the shed row. The yearling is turned loose in a rubberfloored stable and treatments are around 20 mins each day. It has been proven to improve blood circulation in the lungs, legs and organs and, in some cases, significant increases in muscle power have been seen after only 10-days. The vibrations also improve elasticity and flexibility in each gait. On the medical front it has been shown to shorten recovery time in tendon and soft tissue injuries. For these benefits, you would need to shell out around $40,000

and I will be very interested to see the results at the US yearling sales. Cold spa machines, which cost considerably more, are more widely used in the UK for injury repair and are often seen in trainers’ yards. Various studs have started to use them too, and it has been shown that cold spas help tendon injuries and heal wounds rapidly. In an age where preparation of yearlings is so vital, and many consignors and breeders prepare to a similar standard, it is only with these vital tools that, if you have got your yearlings to the sale in one piece, that you might be able to out-perform your competitors. I have mentioned Whey powder in the past as a useful additive for use during sales preparation or at times in the year when extra condition is needed. There is also a supplement on the market purported to improve muscle development, producing lean muscle tone not bulk. It is fast becoming an important additive to ensure that yearlings are correctly conditioned through the year and during sales preparation. Now, more than ever, vital techniques in sales preparation give you the edge over a competitor.

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Family fortunes Like grandfather, like grandson. Alan Porter gives a bloodstock report on the Dubai World Cup meeting Photography courtesy of the Dubai Racing Club


n 2000, the Dubai World Cup (gI) was won in devastating style by the appropriately named, Dubai Millennium. A son of Seeking The Gold and the Shareef Dancer mare Colorado Dancer, Dubai Millennium was a genuinely great racehorse as demonstrated by his best annual Timeform rating of 140. Tragically, we never had the opportunity to learn whether he would have been an equally outstanding sire as he died from grass sickness at the end of April 2001. He left just 56 foals, five of whom became stakes winners, including the Group scorers Dubawi, Echo Of Light and Belenus. Dubawi, the best of these, was not as spectacular a runner as his sire, but he did

win five of his eight starts, including the Irish 2,000 Guineas (G1), the Prix Jacques Le Marois (G1), the National Stakes (G1) and the Superlative Stakes (G3). He also finished second in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (G1) and third in the Epsom Derby (G1). Good as that race-record is, it is already apparent that Dubawi’s feats as a runner are going to be eclipsed by his achievements as a sire – his start in his second career is nothing short of sensational. His first northern-hemisphere crop, foals of 2007, has so far produced a staggering 17 individual stakes winners, no less than 11 of them Group or Graded winners. Five of those are Group or Grade 1 winners, including the 2,000 Guineas (G1) and Prix Jacques Le

The conquering hero: Mickeal Barzalona laps up the moment as he returns on Monterosso


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BBAG graduates won Group I races in 2011 Be Fabulous Prix Royal-Oak, Gr.I

Danedream Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Gr.I

Esmondo Prix Cambaceres, Gr.I

Earl of Tinsdal Rheinland-Pokal, Gr.I

Cash and Go Future Champions Nov Hdle, Gr.I

Zazou Premio Roma, Gr.I

Sales dates 2012 Spring Breeze Up Sale

Friday, 18th May next o buy r u Entries close: Friday, 6th April Yo ties t n a i n m Yearling Sales ortu ing Ger p p o d lea nes Friday, 31st August and Saturday, 1st September into bloodli Entries close: Friday, 20th April Sales & Racing Festival Friday, 19th and Saturday, 20th October Entries close: Monday, 3rd September

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Cirrus Des Aigles: could be deemed a freak – he is by far the best son of Even Top from a female family largely devoid of any stakes-performing relatives

It is already apparent that Dubawi’s feats as a runner are going to be eclipsed by his achievements as a sire – his start in his second career is nothing short of sensational

Gaylord cross, like Barathea), winner of the Waikato Race Club International Stakes (G1) and runner-up in the New Zealand Derby (G1). His second dam, the graded placed Antelliere (Salieri), is out of Anntelle, a daughter of the Never Bend horse, Loosen Up. Anntelle’s own dam Soft Quest is a sister to Dual Quest, who won the Australian Oaks (G1) in the mid-1960s. The female line has been in Australia for more than a century, dating back to the arrival of Meadow Queen in the 1890s. Porto Roca follows Hunter’s Light as the second stakes winner from 11 starters by Dubawi out of mares by Barathea. Dubawi

Marois (G1) victor Makfi; the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (G1) hero Poet’s Voice, as well as the latest addition to the group, Monterosso, who 12 years after his grandsire’s imperious triumph, captured the most recent addition of the Dubai World Cup (G1). Dubawi has also sired southernhemisphere Group 1 winners Secret Admirer and Happy Archer from his first shuttle crop. Like them, Monterosso has an Australian connection as his dam, Porto Roca, is an Australian-born daughter of Barathea. A very smart performer in her own right, Porto Roca won the Coolmore Classic (G1) and Winter Stakes (G3), but she was also commendably versatile as, in addition to her two graded victories, both achieved at 7f, she finished third in the Australasian Oaks (G1) over 1m2f, and fourth in the South Australian Oaks (G1) over 1m4f. Unbelievably, as a four-year-old, she shortened-up to finish second in the 6f Gateway Suites Quality Handicap (G3). Porto Roca is half-sister to Bluebird The World (by Bluebird, a Northern Dancer/Sir

has also sired three other stakes winners, two Group class, out of Sadler’s Wells line mares. The affinity is perhaps not surprising since his dam Zomaradah is by Deploy, a son of Shirley Heights and a horse who has combined so well with Sadler’s Wells – Monterosso also has a second cross of Shirley Heights’s grandsire Never Bend, a halfbrother to Bold Reason, the broodmare sire of Sadler’s Wells. However, there is also something else interesting going on in this pedigree. We mentioned that Barathea is an example of the Northern Dancer/Sir Gaylord cross, but Dubawi has two other versions of this cross


dubai world cup through Shareef Dancer, the broodmare sire of Dubai Millennium, and Dancing Brave, sire of Jawaher, Dubawi’s second dam. The Northern Dancer/Sir Gaylord cross already appears in the dams of eight Dubawi stakes winners, including Makfi, Luck Or Design, Dubawi Gold and Zubbaya (all out of mares by Green Desert), Dubawi Heights (dam is bred on an extended version of the cross) and Aquila D’Oriente, who is out of a mare by Alzao.

New success story for Cheveley Park Stud’s Pivotal

Cirrus Des Aigles: where’s the class from?

The Krypton Factor solved by Kyllachy

Later on the card, Krypton Factor made it a good day for the Pivotal line with a victory in


African Story: descends from the champion Irish filly Mesopotamia, a major foundation mare

The Godolphin Mile (G2) was won in decisive style by African Story, who has useful form on turf in Europe, including a second in the Prix de la Porte Maillot (G3) and a third in the Prix Quincey (G3), but who has come good on the All-Weather at Meydan this year, winning both the Godolphin Mile and the Emirates Sky Cargo Burj Nahar (G3). The five-year-old is another major winner for Nureyev’s outstanding grandson, Pivotal. The dam Blixen, who was stakes placed in Ireland, is by Gone West out of Danish, a Listed winner in France but much better in the US where her victories included the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (G1) and Saratoga Breeders’ Cup Handicap (G3). By Danehill out of Irish Listed winner Tea House, Danish is a sister to two other Group winners in Ace, who was also a good second in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), and Hawkeye. Tea House (by Nijinsky’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe conqueror, Sassafras) is a granddaughter of Mesopotamia, a champion two-year-old filly in Ireland, and a major foundation mare whose descendents also include the Group and Grade 1 winners Halling, San Sebastian, Spin Around, Cherokee Rose, Molesnes, Galaxy Libra, Balla Cove and Rip Van Winkle. African Story is the second stakes winner from 16 starters by Pivotal out of mares by Gone West and his sons, and one of 12 stakes winners for the sire out of Mr. Prospector line mares, others including Excellent Art, Falco, Amanee and Regal Parade. Pivotal has also done well with mares by Danehill, the sire of the second dam of African Story, that cross producing Group 1 winners Buzzword, Saoire and Siyouni.

The cross of Ahonoora-line stallions over Septieme Ciel mares has produced two stakes winners from only six starters

While Monterosso’s victory was a nod to the prematurely deceased Dubai Millennium, St. Nicholas Abbey, a son of Montjeu – a contemporary of Dubai Millennium who died a few days prior to the World Cup – was narrowly foiled in his attempt to pay a similar tribute to his sire in the Dubai Sheema Classic (G1), failing by a neck to peg back the tough and consistent gelding Cirrus Des Aigles. Cirrus Des Aigles is the one and only stakes winner for his sire Even Top, whose eight crops of racing age have produced just 163 foals, 54 starters, and 21 winners. Cirrus Des Aigles is out of Taille De Guepe, an unraced daughter of Septieme Ciel (Seattle Slew). Neither she, nor her grand-dam Roots (Funamble, a son of Lyphard), nor the third dam Ruma (by the Prix du Jockey-Club winner Rheffic), appear as an ancestress of a stakes winner, other than Cirrus Des Aigles! The first hint of class comes with the fourth dam Runnello, a daughter of Crepello, who won the St. Hugh’s Stakes and was dam of Banjer, who won the Prix de la Rochette (G3). Runnello’s dam Run Honey also produced Messmate, a winner of the Coventry Stakes and a leading sire in New Zealand, and was half-sister to Honeyway, who took the Champion Stakes and July Cup and produced the two-time champion sire Great Nephew. The cross of Ahonoora-line stallions over Septieme Ciel mares has produced two stakes winners from six starters – the other being Inchinor’s US Grade 3 scorer, Royal Copenhagen. Even Top is inbred to Round Table with a cross of Nijinsky sat between the inbreeding. Duplicating an ancestor, who sits between inbreeding, is often successful, and here there is a second cross of Nijinsky in this pedigree through Septieme Ciel’s broodmare sire, Green Dancer.

the Golden Shaheen (G1). Krypton Factor is by Kyllachy, who established himself as one of the best sons of Pivotal with victories in the Nunthorpe Stakes (G1), the Temple Stakes (G2) and the Palace House Stakes (G3). Kyllachy has been a very useful sprint sire, his other representatives including Sole Power, successful in the Nunthorpe Stakes (G1), and runner up in the Al Quoz Sprint (G1), the race immediately prior to the Golden Shaheen. Remarkably, Krypton Factor is out of a daughter of Polar Falcon, also the sire of Pivotal, which means he is inbred 3 x 2 to that

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Cityscape: became Selkirk’s 15th Group or Grade 1 winner. The colt follows Tranquil Tiger as the second Group winner from four starters bred on the “in-house” Juddmonte cross of Selkirk over Distant View mares

Krypton Factor is out of a daughter of Polar Falcon, also the sire of Pivotal, which means he is inbred 3 x 2 to that horse

horse. While not as talented as her paternal half-brother, Krypton Factor’s dam Cool Question did win three of her five starts as a two-year-old, including the Ripon Champion Two-Year-Old Trophy. Krypton Factor’s second dam Quiz Time, a daughter of Efisio, was also sharp at two, winning twice, and finishing second in the St. Hugh’s Stakes and Premio Dormello (G3). Quiz Time is a half-sister to Brokette, a Bustino filly, who won the Premio Dormello (G3) at two, but trained on to take third in the Italian Oaks (G1) at three. Explosiva, the third dam of Krypton Factor, won twice in England at two, but was US-bred being a daughter of Explodent (Northern Dancer’s sire, Nearctic). Explosiva’s dam, Whispering Willow, is a half-sister to Canadian champion Victorian Prince, and out of the important Canadian foundation mare, Willow Lake, fifth dam of Teofilo, and also ancestress of Group and Grade 1 winners

War, Peace, Judge Angelucci, Aragen and Southern Arrow. While the close inbreeding in Krypton Factor’s is what immediately catches the eye, it’s also interesting to note that the pedigree has three crosses of Forli, the maternal grandsire of Nureyev and the sire of Polar

Falcon. Forli was closely inbred to Fair Trial and his three-parts sister Riot, and Krypton Factor’s pedigree also has three more crosses of Fair Trial, and three of his close relative Tudor Minstrel.

Cityscape: another G1 winner for Selkirk

Attempting a distance beyond a mile for the first time in his life, Cityscape was left in front a long way from home in the 1m1f Dubai Duty Free (G1). However, rather than wilting, he powered clear into a 6l lead, of which four and a half of those remained intact at the wire, which the chestnut reached in racerecord time. Cityscape is by the veteran Sharpen Up stallion Selkirk, sire of 86 stakes winners, including fellow Group and Grade 1 scorers Squeak, Field Of Hope, Wince, Altieri, Sulk, Prince Kirk, Leadership, Favourable Terms, Red Bloom, Kastoria, Selmis, Daryakana, Announce and Nahrain.


dubai world cup Ortensia strikes for Australian breeding and sprint form In the day’s other major short-course event – the Al Quoz Sprint (G1) – the veteran Australian mare Ortensia (a seven-year-old on northern-hemisphere time) scored with a winning run that brought her from last to first. Ortensia is from a branch of the Danzig line, quite specific to Australia as her sire Testa Rossa is by Perugino, who was a Danzig three-parts brother to Sadler’s Wells and Fairy King. The best of the 11 Group/Graded winners sired by Perugino, Testa Rossa was top-class over 5-7f winning the Emirates Stakes (G1), VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (G1), Futurity Stakes, Eat Well Live Well Stakes (G1), VIC Health Cup (G1) and Lightning Stakes (G1). He has been a successful sire in Australia, and has 26 stakes winners to date, including other Grade 1 winners Rostava and Testafiable. Ortensia’s dam Aerate’s Pick is by Picknicker, a son of leading speed sire Snippets, who was by English champion juvenile Lunchtime. Aerate’s Pick never ran, but she is a sister to the Rubiton Stakes (G3) victor, Intelligent Star, also runner-up in the Salinger Stakes (G1), and a half-sister to Blaze The Turf, who took the Autumn Stakes (G3) and is dam of the stakes winner Soleil. That one is by the Danehill horse Flying Spur, so from the same Danzig male line as Ortensia. The third dam Rule The Turf was unraced, but is half-sister to the important Sir Tristram daughter, Eau d’Etoile. A graded winner, and placed in both the New Zealand Oaks (G1) and Queensland Oaks (G1), Eau d’Etoile produced four stakes winners, including the champion Australian two-year-old filly Bint Marscay, the Epsom Handicap (G1) victor Filante and the Australian Guineas (G1) scorer Kenny’s Best Pal. Bint Marscay subsequently herself became dam of graded winners Sheraton, Mannington and Bollinger, who took the Coolmore Classic (G1) and is now dam of the Louisiana Derby (G2) winner, Friesan Fire.


Cityscape’s dam Tantani won the Oak Tree Stakes and Sceptre Stakes, and is also dam of Bated Breath, a Dansili son who has won the Leisure Stakes, as well as finishing second in the Nearctic Stakes (G1), July Cup (G1) and Betfred Sprint Cup (G1). Tatina is three-parts sister to the Chester House mare Auction Room, the dam of the black-type winner Crying Lightening. The grand-dam Didina won the City of York Stakes in England and the Dahlia Handicap (G2) in the US, and is a half-sister to the stakes winners Star Cluster (by Observatory, a son of Tantani’s sire, Distant View) and Espionage. Didicoy, Cityscape’s third dam, is a Group-placed daughter of Danzig out of the Ballyogan Stakes (G3) winner Monroe, who is also dam of juvenile champion Xaar, Masterclass, Diese and Ile de Jinsky, as well as being grand-dam of several other notable winners, including Grade 1 Senure. By Sir Ivor out of Best In Show, Monroe is a sister to champion Irish two-year-old Malinowski. This is also the family of horses such as Aviance, Denon, Chimes Of Freedom, Aldebaran, Spinning World, Blush With Pride, Rags To Riches, Jazil, Peeping Fawn, Thewayyouare, El Gran Senor, Try My Best, Redoute’s Choice, Hurricane Sky and Umatilla. Cityscape follows Tranquil Tiger as the second Group winner from four starters bred on the “in-house” Juddmonte cross of Selkirk over Distant View mares. This pair is two of nine stakes winners sired by Selkirk out of Mr. Prospector line mares, the others including the Group 1 winner Announce, and Group winners Independence, and Pipedreamer. We can also note that both Selkirk and Tantina are bred on an extended Native Dancer/Red God cross.

A sight not seen before this year at Meydan: Aidan O’Brien’s string working on the track. The UAE Derby winner Daddy Long Legs is second

Daddy Long Legs: the best so far by second-season sire Scat Daddy

Exactly five years to the day after sire Scat Daddy won the Florida Derby (G1), the UAE Derby (G2) went to his Scat Daddy’s first crop son Daddy Long Legs, winner last year of the Royal Lodge Stakes (G2). The Irish-trained colt stalked the early pace before taking the lead at the head of the stretch, staying on well to score by a length and a half. In addition to his Florida Derby triumph, Scat Daddy also won the Sanford Stakes (G2) and Champagne Stakes (G1) at two, and the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at three. Unplaced in the Kentucky Derby (G1) – apparently Daddy Long Legs’s next target

– on his only outing after the Florida Derby, Scat Daddy was retired shortly afterwards. A son of the Hennessy (Storm Cat) stallion Johannesburg – an undefeated champion in Europe and North America at two – Scat Daddy won the 2011 US leading freshmans’ sire title in 2011 after a battle with Hard Spun that came down to late in the afternoon of the last day of the year. Scat Daddy is already sire of three other Group/Graded winners – Daddy Nose Best, who who won the $800,000 Sunland Park Derby (G3), Finale and Shared Property – as

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Daddy Long Legs is bred on similar lines to the brilliant two-year-old and sprinter, Henny Hughes, who is by Hennessy out of a mare by Meadowlake

Lake, the daughter of another juvenile star in Apalachee, did her best work at Woodbine in Canada, taking the Wonder Where Stakes and Ontario Colleen Stakes. Dreamy Maiden was Sparrow Lake’s only stakes winner, but she is also grand-dam of black-type winner Medzendeekron. Sparrow Lake herself is half-sister to another talented Canadian runner, Ever Steady, who won four black-type races in the Dominion, including the British Columbia Derby. Two other half-sisters to Sparrow Lake produced notable runners: Stray Away is dam

well as a total of six stakes winners and 13 stakes horses. He was already at the head of the second season sires’ table before Daddy Long Legs’s victory. Daddy Long Legs is out of Dreamy Maiden (Meadowlake), who won the 7f Raven Run Stakes at three, and the Likely Exchange Stakes over a mile at four. Dreamy Maiden has previously produced the Chester House filly, Tres Dream, winner of the Esplanade Stakes at Fair Grounds and the Ponca City Stakes at Remington Park. Daddy Long Legs’s second dam Sparrow

of the champion Canadian three-year-old filly Bruce’s Mill, and Danish Alamode is dam of the $1,235,335 earner Texcess. Daddy Long Legs is bred on similar lines to the two-year-old and sprinter, Henny Hughes, who is by Hennessy out of a mare by Meadowlake. The Storm Cat/Meadowlake cross has already produced three other graded stake winners, including the West Virginia Derby (G2) victor Soul Warrior, who is by Lion Heart and a horse whose sire Tale Of The Cat is very closely related to Johannesburg.


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The Al Quoz Sprint won by Ortensia. Kyllachy’s sprint son Sole Power finished second giving Pivotal and Kyllachy a great Dubai World Cup meeting

Finally, a blighted renewal of the 2m Dubai Gold Cup (G3) was completed at the second attempt, and was taken by last year’s Ascot Gold Cup (G1) runner-up, Opinion Poll, who held off the strong-closing Joshua Tree. By Halling, who actually served a spell at stud in Dubai, Opinion Poll is out of the excellent producer Ahead. A winner over 1m4f, Ahead was several times black-type placed on both sides of the Atlantic, including when second in the Godolphin Stakes, and third in the La Prevoyante Invitational Handicap (G2) and Princess Royal Stakes (G3). All seven of Ahead’s foals to run are winners and six of those have earned blacktype, the best besides Opinon Poll being the Machiavellian daughter Horatia, who was a winner in England, but who did her best work in the US, where she took the Matchmaker


Remarkably the cross that produced Opinion Poll, that of Halling with mares by Shirley Heights, has a 100 per cent stakes production record

Stakes (G3) and My Fair Lady Stakes. A daughter of Shirley Heights, the Gerald Leigh-bred Ahead is a sister to the stakes winner Criquette, the dam of the Ribblesdale Stakes (G2) winner Flying Cloud, the Listed winner Captain Webb, and grand-dam of the Prix d’Ispahan (G1) and Gran Premio del Jockey Club Italiano (G1) winner Laverock, the New Zealand graded winner Knight’s Tour and French Listed scorer Lady Meydan, as well as the third dam of Pierro, one

Some good came out of the Gold Cup

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cheltenham festival

Hitting the heights Sue Montgomery reviews a record-breaking Cheltenham Festival which saw trainers, horses and stallions beating the statistics


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he latest Cheltenham Festival was one for the head as well as the heart; the four days of racing produced a raft of fresh statistics as well as the requisite stories of inspiration and delight. The numbers game must start with Nicky Henderson’s hebdomas mirabilis, a magnificent record seven successes during the week took him to a new overall high of 46 for the meeting, eclipsing Fulke Walwyn’s total of 40. Then there was the unprecedented fourth victory in the World Hurdle for Big Buck’s, a victory that took him to 16 in a row, matching the all-time winning streak over jumps set by Sir Ken in the early 1950s. There was four-ina-row too, for the marvellous mare Quevega in the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle. In winning the same contest at four successive Festivals, she and Big Buck’s have joined a club so exclusive it has only one other member, the five-time Gold Cup hero Golden Miller. Kauto Star’s sixth

appearance in the Gold Cup marked a recordequalling seventh show in a top-level race at the Festival. He had prefaced his first Gold Cup by running in the 2006 Queen Mother Champion Chase; The Dikler ran in seven consecutive Gold Cups. Kauto Star has jumped the fence that divides racing from the wider sporting public and was welcomed into the pre-race parade ring by a storm of cheers and applause. But he could not provide the ultimate fairytale by taking the prize for the third time, wisely pulled-up by Ruby Walsh after tweaking a muscle as he overstretched the water jump. The Gold Cup, though, provided a result almost as good. Kauto Star could not be a hero, but Tony McCoy is certainly no villain. And he gave Synchronised a ride that summed up all the strength, determination and tunnel-vision attitude that will bring him a 17th jockeys’ title at the end of the season in April. The white-faced bay was McCoy’s second Gold Cup winner after Mr Mulligan in 1997, but a first for his owner J P McManus and for Jonjo O’Neill as a trainer. As a jockey, O’Neill scored on Alverton and Dawn Run, and he is

Synchronised (left) and AP McCoy power to the front up the Cheltenham hill from The Giant Bolster and Long Run

the fourth man to win in both guises – Danny Morgan, Pat Taaffe and Fred Winter the others. For much of the Gold Cup, Synchronised looked an unlikely winner, hitting fence after fence and putting McCoy into drive position almost from the start. But, crucially, the nine-year-old was still in touch with the pack as the field, led by Midnight Chase, set out on the final lap. And he stayed there, creeping gradually closer, as rivals began to drop away. He was last of seven going to the top of the hill, last of five to the sweep to the final turn. Two out he still had four – The Giant Bolster, Long Run, Burton Port and Time For Rupert – to catch, but was doing so as his stamina kicked in. And at the last, switched by McCoy to see daylight, he landed running after a rare extravagant leap, the only fence in the race at which he made ground through the air. The slightly-built gelding, an 8-1 shot, unflinchingly answered every call. Just like his rider, he is an individual more hewn than born and McCoy gave due tribute to the determination and resolve of the equine half of the centaur partnership. “He doesn’t look like a chaser, let alone a Gold Cup horse,” he said, “and he doesn’t ride like a chaser either; no great long raking stride, no flamboyance or surges of power. Going down to a fence on him you know that getting over is going to be strictly a-to-b stuff with him. He’s got his own way of doing it and you have to let him get on with it. But he makes up for everything with the size of his heart. That got him home, and that alone.” It may not be a Gold Cup that revealed a champion for the ages, with Kauto Star out early, the 7-4 favourite Long Run seemingly below form in third, with the gallant 50-1 shot The Giant Bolster running the race of his life in second. The novices such as Sir Des Champs, Bobs Worth and First Lieutenant waiting in the wings with an anticipation that may be revealed in a year. But as McCoy said afterwards: “Who cares?” Synchronised was the tenth home-bred Gold Cup winner. And his victory made his sire Sadler’s Wells unique among stallions. The 14-times Flat champion is now the only one with winners of both the Derby and the Cheltenham Gold Cup to his credit. Fittingly, the first horse McCoy rode to victory in the famous green, white and gold McManus colours was Synchronised’s dam Mayasta, the pair winning over hurdles


Synchronised’s Gold Cup victory gave AP McCoy a second win, 15 years after Mr Mulligan. It was a first success for JP McManus and Jonjo O’Neill

Fittingly, the first horse McCoy rode to victory in the famous green, white and gold McManus colours was Synchronised’s dam Mayasta, the pair winning over hurdles at Puncehstown in April 1996


at Punchestown in April 1996. The Bob Back mare, who also won on the Flat and over fences, was trained by Frank Berry, now McManus’s racing manager. Mayastas’s celebrated son takes after her in temperament rather than looks. “She was a lovely big brown mare, a real scopey sort,” recalled Berry, “and absolutely straightforward to have anything to do with.” Not many winning chasers would have been granted a place at Sadler’s Wells’s court at Coolmore, but McManus, who raced the best of the great stallion’s by-product jumpers, the three-time Champion Hurdle hero Istabraq, is a longstanding associate of the County Tipperary operation. Mayasta, whose dam Sarahcee (Prominer) was a half-sister to one of the best juvenile sprinters of 1960 in Kathy Too, visited Sadler’s Wells in her first five seasons at stud before switching to more conventional jumps sires standing under Coolmore banner: Flemensfirth (twice) and Oscar.

The mare, now 22, started her second career at her owner’s Martinstown Stud in County Limerick with three gelded colts (Synchronised was the last), followed by five fillies, most recently in 2010. Her two other winners have been minor ones: Fourball (Sadler’s Wells) and Synchronised’s promising five-year-old stablemate Cross The Flags (Flemensfirth). Before this season, Synchronised had seemed no more than a good-class softground plodder, winning a Midlands National (4m2f) as a seven-year-old in his first season over fences and a Welsh National (4m) in January last year. The last Gold Cup winner to score, or even race, over 4m before his Cheltenham triumph was Master Oats, who won the Welsh National in 1995. But Synchronised announced that he was a player at the top level in December in the Lexus Chase (G1) run on good ground at Leopardstown, with the victory giving a first Grade 1 chase success for his sire after

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Sadler’s Wells was 21 when Synchronised was conceived; and from the same 2003 crop came Flat stars Alexandrova, Ask, Linda’s Lad, Saddex and Septimus, winners of nine Group 1 races between them

top-level wins over hurdles with Istabraq, Pridwell, French Ballerina, Archive Footage and Zaiyad (in France). Sadler’s Wells was 21 when Synchronised was conceived; and from the same 2003 crop came Flat stars Alexandrova, Ask, Linda’s Lad, Saddex and Septimus, winners of nine Group 1 races between them. Two years ago O’Neill, based at Jackdaws Castle, the matchless training facility in the

Cotswolds set up by McManus, gave the billionaire Irishman his first Grand National. The 2010 Aintree hero Don’t Push It, an antisocial claustrophobic type who spent much of his time alone in a paddock with a companion sheep, was difficult to manage, mentally and physically, and once again, the build-up to a major race provided a challenge for the behind-the-scenes team, whose efforts were acknowledged by the man at the helm.

Rock On Ruby (left) beats a tidal wave of rivals in the Champion Hurdle, and, right, the brilliant Sprinter Sacre takes the Arkle without turning a hair


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As time goes on you realise just how difficult it is to win these top races and, no matter who you are, you’ve no divine right to win them

“Synchronised is lovely to deal with,” said O’Neill, “sweet-natured, co-operative and professional. But after Leopardstown, he came home with a chill and wasn’t a well horse at all. The staff worked so hard to get him right, real shoulder to the wheel stuff from everyone. And in the last week before the race, he started to bloom, just like a flower opening.” In common with most jockeys-turnedtrainers, O’Neill took more pleasure from the major success in his second career than in his first. “If you cock-up as a jockey, it’s just you,” he said, “but as a trainer, it’s the team. Greater responsibility, greater pleasure. “But it’s great to match those great men, like Pat and Fred, and to tick those little statistical boxes, like I did with Dawn Run. She’s still the only horse to win a Champion Hurdle and a Gold Cup.” For McCoy, the 15 years between Gold Cup victories has made the second the sweeter. “I was 22 the first time,” he said, “and back then I probably thought it was easy. But as time goes on you realise just how difficult it is to win these top races and, no matter who you are, you’ve no divine right to win them.” There had not been a major shock in the race since 100-1 shot Norton’s Coin scored in 1990, but The Giant Bolster, at 50-1, came close. The son of Black Sam Bellamy, who takes his name from an ogre of Cornish myth, led over the last and rallied after being overtaken by Long Run. Like Synchronised, he is trained by an ex-jockey, David Bridgwater, but comes from a stable of 12 (only 10 miles away from Jackdaws Castle), not 100. McCoy, O’Neill and McManus command the respect and affection of all in the sport, professionals and fans alike, and were given a from-the-heart ovation as Synchronised

Ruby’s four-timers: above, Big Buck’s returns after notching up his fourth World Hurdle, and, below, the outstanding mare Quevega takes the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle with ease


In his races, the French-bred son of Cadoudal is no longer the recidivist he once appeared to be, but can still toy with his supporters’ faith with an indolent style and for a stride or two it seemed that Voler La Vedette, challenging wide and late, might poop the party. But only for a stride or two; once the champ, loping along with his ears flicking, was steered towards his rival and felt her threat, he was away again. Big Buck’s cost Stewart a reputed €400,000 to headhunt as a youngster from France and has earned more than £1.2 million. Big bucks, yes. But this remarkable

returned in triumph. As was Kauto Star, as he walked in front of the grandstands after being pulled up. The 12-year-old did well to get to the race at all, having had taken a crunching fall at home three weeks before the Gold Cup. His future on the track will be reviewed in July after his usual summer holiday. His Paul Nicholls stablemates Big Buck’s, the only senior champion to defend his crown, and Rock On Ruby, who filled the Champion Hurdle omission on their trainer’s CV, provided some compensation for their Somerset yard. As Olympians may well appreciate later in the year, the only thing better than winning a gold medal is winning a gold medal with a bit of history attached to it. The biggest stage is the best place to rewrite the record books and Big Buck’s did not disappoint. The dark brown nine-year-old, in the colours of the Stewart family, is a horse with none of the acclaim outside the sport of a Kauto Star or a Desert Orchid. He operates in what has traditionally been the least glamorous area, long-distance hurdling. But he has made being a marathon man sexy and for four seasons now has been rated the best over the smaller obstacles, over any trip. He achieved his unprecedented fourth World Hurdle with his usual insouciant ease. From the moment he hit the front three out, the pace he wound up was simply too relentless for the so-called speed horses like Oscar Whisky and Thousand Stars, who were burnt off before the last.


horse is beyond figures. Big Buck’s, priceless. A run of successive victories always exerts a certain fascination, but it is sometimes an expression of quantity rather than quality; the overall world’s best of 56 in a row, for instance, was set by a low-grade Flat runner in Puerto Rico, Camarero. But Big Buck’s operates at the highest level; his serial 16 successes included nine Grade 1 contests. As did Sir Ken, whose sequence included the 1952 and 1953 Champion Hurdles. Champion Hurdle day 2012 was supposed

to be Ruby Tuesday, a reference to the Walshridden defending champion Hurricane Fly. But despite the odds-on favourite’s off-day in third, the epithet still applied as Rock On Ruby took trailblazing Overturn after the second-last and bounded clear up the hill.


ock On Ruby, with Noel Fehily in the saddle, was the perceived Nicholls second string (11-1 to Zarkandar’s 9-1) and is resident in the satellite yard overseen by his assistant Harry Fry, 25 miles from the mother ship at Ditcheat. The seven-year-old, who joined Nicholls for €23,000 three years ago and races for the appropriately-named six-strong group called The Festival Goers, provided Grange Stud resident Oscar with a 12th individual Grade 1 winner. The gelding is out of the unraced Tirol mare Stony View, whose Crofter half-brother Bank View was given his chance in the Cheltenham hurdling showpiece 20 years ago after beating a former champion Kribensis in Haydock’s trial. Bank View finished a creditable fifth to Royal Gait and two days later ran a close second in the County Hurdle. But notwithstanding the victories of Big Buck’s and Rock On Ruby, it was a stressful week for Nicholls. At the start of Cheltenham week the six-times leading trainer was some £370,000 ahead of his great rival Henderson, who won the last of his two titles in 1987. By the end of the four days Nicholls was £16,000

I didn’t care which race Sir Des Champs ran in this year, but he’ll be back next time for the big one on Friday. Make no mistake, this is a racehorse

behind. Game on for the rest of the campaign. Henderson’s seven winners included the two other senior titles, the 2m Queen Mother Champion Chase with Finian’s Rainbow, in the colours of longstanding Seven Barrows patron Michael Buckley, and the 2m5f Ryanair Chase with Riverside Theatre, who races for actor Jimmy Nesbitt. Sprinter Sacre was the horse who took Henderson to equal Fulke Walwyn’s Festival record, while it was another impressive novice in Simonsig who broke it. But the success that may well have brought their trainer the most pleasure was the meeting’s finale. He saddled six in the race bearing the name of his late father, the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase, and notched a 1-2-4, headed by Bellvano. The Champion Chase was a slightly unsatisfactory affair: Finian’s Rainbow, easily the best so far by the deceased sire Tiraaz, and last year’s winner Sizing Europe had to steer an awkward, bumping course round the omitted final fence, with the runner-up arguably suffering the worse. The imposing French-bred Sprinter Sacre, who put his rivals to the sword in the Arkle Trophy, will rest easy over the summer. At the end of the Ryanair Chase, Riverside Theatre, Albertas Run and Medermit were split by two half-lengths. Riverside Theatre, who had returned to take another Grade 1 contest at Ascot in January after a year off with a pelvic fracture, showed true grit to pass the hat-trick-seeking runner-up in the last 50 yards. He was a fifth winner for the meeting’s leading jockey Barry Geraghty and the rider gave his own testament to what has put Henderson where he is at the Festival. “He has the extraordinary skill of being able to get them absolutely right for the day

Left: Wishfull Thinking crashes into the banks of photographers in the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Right: the novices who will be queuing up for top race victory next year: (from the top) Sir Des Champs, Simonsig and, bottom, Bobs Worth (left)

cheltenham festival that matters,” he said. “And that makes my job so much easier. You know that if you have to get stuck into them, they’ll find something. And because you know that, you can do it.” In the likes of Sprinter Sacre, Simonsig and Bobs Worth, Henderson has novices of huge potential. But the most exciting youngster of the meeting may well prove to be Sir Des Champs, winner of a Grade 2 chase for Willie Mullins in Michael O’Leary’s colours.

“I didn’t care which race Sir Des Champs ran in this year,” said Mullins of the son of Robin Des Champs, “but he’ll be back next time for the big one on Friday. Make no mistake, this is a racehorse.” The AQPS six-year-old was bred by Dominique Clayeux who, with his father Emmanuel, also had a hand in producing Une Artiste. Sire-wise, not only did the Festival’s showpiece go to the daddy of ‘em all, but nine

other of the 27 winners to sons of his: King’s Theatre, Oscar, Beat Hollow, Alberto Giacometti, Kayf Tara and Old Vic. The meeting enabled King’s Theatre (Riverside Theatre, Brindisi Breeze and Balthazar King) and Oscar (Rock On Ruby and Teaforthree) to leapfrog Beneficial at the top of their table. Like Henderson and Nicholls they left the week locked together. Another game on.

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Sadler's Wells Oscar Tiraaz Bob Back King's Theatre Stowaway Alderbrook Winged Love Oscar Old Vic Beneficial King’s Theatre

Noreen McManus John O’Dwyer Jimmy O’Keeffe Lois Eadie Annette McMahon John Cahill Noel Collins Michael Slevin M O’Sullivan J P N Parker Mrs B Collins Sunnyhill Stud


2004 2007 2006 2008 2003 2004 2004 2006

King’s Theatre Beat Hollow Fair Mix Haafhd Kayf Tara Groom Dancer Hernando Passing Glance

Goldford Stud Juddmonte Farms Simon Tindall Michael Clarke Mrs J L Egan Chieveley Manor Stud Taker Bloodstock Horace Young

Ireland G1 G1 G1 G1 G1 G1 G3

Cheltenham Gold Cup Champion Hurdle Queen Mother Champion Chase RSA Chase Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Weatherbys Champion Bumper County Hurdle Pulteney Land Investments Novices Chase National Hunt Chase Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase Foxhunter Chase Cross Country Chase

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Ryanair Chase Supreme Novices Hurdle Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle Triumph Hurdle JLT Specialty Chase Coral Cup Pertemps Final Marin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Hurdle

France G1 World Hurdle BIG BUCK'S 2003 Cadoudal G1 Arkle Trophy SPRINTER SACRE 2006 Network G2 Mares Hurdle QUEVEGA 2004 Robin Des Champs G2 Jewson Novices Chase SIR DES CHAMPS 2006 Robin Des Champs G3 Byrne Group Plate SALUT FLO 2005 Saint Des Saints Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle UNE ARTISTE 2008 Alberto Giacometti

Henri Poulat Christophe Masle Pierre Rives Dominique Clayeux Clovis & Florence Bardin Emmanuel Clayeux & Dominique Clayeux

Germany G3


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Gone too far?

John Sparkman sees the US horses-in-training sales beset by withdrawals as purchasers make full use of an extensive array of veterinary tools

Of the 167 horses catalogued for the Florida sale, only 84 (50.2 per cent) actually passed through the sales ring and only 60 actually sold

add genetic analysis to the battery of tests a horse must pass before they will bid. The direct results of all that scrutiny were readily apparent at the Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale of Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training on March 26 at Palm Meadows Training Centre north of Miami. Of the 167 horses catalogued for the Florida sale, only 84 (50.2 per cent) actually passed through the sales ring and only 60 actually sold. The other half were withdrawn before the sale either through injury or because sellers knew that buyers were not going to be willing to pay their required price because of real or imagined flaws. The horses deemed good enough to be offered to buyers actually did quite well, averaging $320,250, a 34.7 per cent increase in average compared to the previous year, and despite the big drop in number of horses sold, the total proceeds declined less than


etting a horse sold at a juvenile sale has always been a tricky proposition, but it seems to get more difficult every year, particularly at the high-end sales. Twenty years ago, consignors at the US sales of two-year-olds in training could breeze two or three horses in company an eighth of a mile in 11 or 12 seconds or a quarter in 24 or 25 seconds and sell them all for decent money. Those days are long gone and every year it seems as if there is another hoop for the horses to jump through. In the early 1990s Japanese buyers began purchasing only the fastest workers, which forced everyone to ask for more and more speed from their horses. Then private clockers started timing the horses as they galloped out after their official work was over making the workouts even more stressful. Now veterinary repositories use standardised radiographs and throat videos, making it impossible to hide physical flaws. Ultrasound machines are in place to record the beat of every heart. High-speed videos allow biomechanics experts to analyse the minutiae of a horse’s stride. And recently a few buyers have started to

$1 million from 2011 because of the higher average price. It’s not that buyers do not want to pay good money for the horses they perceive as potential stakes horses. It is just that they refuse to pay anything at all for horses any of their tests say probably will not meet that standard. Never mind that even the very best judges in the world rarely buy more than 25 per cent stakes horses, no matter how much money they pay. The trend at the Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale dovetailed neatly with what happened at the juvenile sales at Barretts in Los Angeles and Ocala Breeders’ Sales earlier in March. At the three sales overall, the number sold was down 16.1 per cent, but average rose 23.1 per cent to $165,410, so consignors raked in almost $2 million more total – $52.6 million – compared to last year. There were three horses sold for sevenPhoto courtesy of Fasig-Tipon and Z

us racing figure prices this year – all at Palm Meadows – compared to only one last year when John Ferguson paid $1.35 million for an Empire Maker filly. This year Ferguson was the leading buyer at the three sales, though he was already in Dubai during the Miami sale and David Loder did the bidding for him with Ferguson coaching through his cell phone. Sheikh Mohammed’s representative was listed as purchasing four horses for $3.6 million, but only one of the million dollar babies will run in the Sheikh’s colours, and he really did not dominate proceedings as he so often has in the past. Instead, the top-priced lot went to Ferguson’s fiercest rival, Demi O’Byrne, who outbid John Moynihan (with Jess Jackson’s widow Barbara Banke at his side) at $1.3 million for a striking colt from the first crop of 2008 champion threeyear-old Big Brown on behalf of the usual Coolmore partnership. That surpassed the $1.2 million Loder had bid about an hour earlier for a lovely Distorted Humor colt out of a Storm Cat mare, who had been expected half pg Int TB_Layout 1 widely 27/03/2012 14:17 toPage 1

top the sale. The only other $1 million horse was a Tapit colt purchased at that figure by agents Hanzly Albina and Nick Sallusto on behalf of Stephen Marshall’s Black Rock Stable. The highestpriced horse at the earlier sales was Frank Fletcher’s purchase of a War Front colt for

$800,000 at OBS March. Buyers are willing to pay those kinds of prices for two-year-olds because those sales consistently produce good horses. In fact, the current favourite for the Kentucky Derby (G1), Union Rags, sold for $395,000 at the 2011 Florida sale, a nice profit on the

Hip 149: the son of Big Brown bought by Demi O’Byrne for $1.3 million from Wavertree Stables Photo courtesy of Fasig-Tipon and Z

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Only one of the million dollar babies will run in the Sheikh’s colours, and he really did not dominate sales proceedings as he so often has in the past

$145,000 IEAH Stables paid breeder Phylliss Wyeth of Chadds Ford Stables for the colt at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale of Selected Yearlings the year before. The catch was, of course, that Wyeth, the daughter of the late James and Alice Mills of the Hickory Tree Stable of Gone West and Devil’s Bag fame, regretted selling the colt at Saratoga and was more than happy to buy him back at more than double the price. She has not regretted that decision, since Union Rags is now worth perhaps 20 times what she paid for him. Although beaten in the Florida Derby (G1) on Dubai World Cup (G1) day, he will still be a strong fancy for the Kentucky Derby. The massive 17hh bay is a third-generation descendant of the diminuitive Glad Rags, a

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The first three home in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile could remain at the top as three-year-olds: (from left) Union Rags, Creative Cause and Hansen

High Hat filly the Millses bought for 6,800gns at Goffs in 1964 and who won the 1966 running of the 1,000 Guineas in their colours. Another probable Derby fancy, Creative Cause, was catalogued for both the Florida sale and Keeneland’s April juvenile sale last year, but was withdrawn from both because of minor physical problems that would have compromised his price. The big grey son of Giant’s Causeway won the Norfolk Stakes (G1) last year, finished

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Dreaming on After a year in which Dream Ahead elevated David Simcock into the bracket of Group 1-winning trainers, Neil Clark meets the Trillium Place-based handler, who is looking forward to a season with 90 horses in his care Photography by Trevor Jones

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f horseracing is about anything, it’s surely about dreams. When 32-year-old David Simcock took the plunge to set up as a trainer in Newmarket along with his partner Jennie in 2004 with just ten horses – and very few owners – it would have seemed fairly far-fetched that within just eight years he would have five Group 1 successes in the bag, as well as a host of other big prizes. But dreams can come true, and it was entirely appropriate that it was a colt with the name of Dream Ahead which enabled Simcock to hit the heights of his profession. The son of Diktat’s defeat of the legendary mare Goldikova in last year’s Prix de la Forêt at Longchamp in October was his fifth

Group 1 victory. That success came on the back of his win in the Sprint Cup at Haydock in September, and a memorable victory in the July Cup, a race in which his jockey Hayley Turner made history by becoming the first female jockey to win a Group 1 outright. “He’s actually won as many Group 1s as Frankel has so far,” says Simcock. “But I don’t think he’s received as much respect as he should for what he’s achieved. He slipped under the radar a bit. “What he did at Longchamp, it was very, very special. It was the first time in his life that he had raced on ground so fast. He was so professional, it was probably his most professional performance. And, of course, beating Goldikova was a great scalp to take.”

Dream Ahead has now been retired to Ballylinch Stud in Ireland, but the dreaming hasn’t stopped for Simcock. He’s looking ahead to the new campaign with great optimism and the story of his training career to date strongly suggests there’ll be further big race successes to celebrate in the months and years ahead. Born in Hereford and Worcestershire in February 1972, Simcock first caught the racing bug when going racing with his father. “I rode ponies as a child and was always keen on horses,” he remembers. He went to study at agricultural college, but, realising he wasn’t cut out to be a farmer, he joined Ian Balding’s Kingsclere yard where he stayed for three years.

The Simcock string heading up Warren Hill, Newmarket. There are 40 two-year-olds in training at Trillium Place Stables for this season


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Jennie and I went into it all slightly naively. We didn’t have many owners at first. We struggled a lot in the early days, but we dug in deep

Having spent over a decade working for some of the best Flat yards in the country, in 2003 Simcock felt it was time to embark on a training career himself. And he got his new career off to a dream start when his very first runner, Cut And Dried, ridden by Martin Dwyer won the “Miss Julie Andrews will you

“It was the early 90s and Ian had some very good horses, such as Lochsong and Blue Siren. It was a great place to be and a really good introduction,” he says of his time at the yard, a great educational ground for trainers and jockeys alike. After Balding, Simcock spent a year with another icon of the turf, Major Dick Hern. “It was his last year as a trainer. It was wonderful experience and a very enjoyable year.” Next stop was three years spent at Willie Muir’s, who says Simcock is “a great guy to be around, he was particularly good with the owners.” Then it was off to Newmarket for a spell at Luca Cumani’s, working alongside horses such as Falbrav and Gossamer.

marry me?” maiden stakes at Lingfield at odds of 7-1, on Valentine’s Day in 2004. “It was a real red-letter day as it was also the day I got engaged to Jenny,” smiles Simcock. “And what has made it even more special is that Martin was my best man when we got married.” Despite that flying start, progression in the first few years was slow. “Jennie and I went into it all slightly naively. We didn’t have many owners at first. We struggled a lot in the early days, but we dug in deep,” Simcock recalls. “Nothing happened immediately. In the first season we had seven winners from ten horses and then the second one we went back to four winners from 14 horses.” Important milestones were, however, being reached. In March 2005, Xtra Torrential became his first Trillium Place inmate to receive some black-type when third in the Listed Easter Stakes at Kempton and then Classic Encounter, Simcock’s first runner at the Royal meeting (that year held at York), finished third in the Norfolk Stakes. But the horse that arguably did the most to raise Simcock’s profile in this period was the wonderfully consistent Metropolitan Man, who finished second in the 2006 Craven Stakes at odds of 16-1 and who posted a whole host of other fine efforts in 0-110 handicaps and Listed events over a mile. “He took us to places where we hadn’t been before. He only cost 10 grand and he was particularly good for the syndicate who owned him. He was a genuine Listed race performer, he just wasn’t quite up to Group 3 class,” explains the trainer. In 2008 Simcock won the valuable TwoYear-Old Trophy at Redcar with Desert Phantom, but it was over the next 12 months that his progress was most dramatic. His total of 15 Turf winners in 2008 was doubled to 30 in 2009, with big race wins including the Cesarewitch with 9-2 favourite Darley Sun. In 2010 the winners’ total was up again to 33, and while Simcock’s turf prize-money was £155,914.55 in 2008, by 2011 it had risen


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Once you have tasted success at Group 1 level, you want more of it!

to £737,227.12, the figure towering above the £1m mark if foreign prize-money is included. Dream Ahead’s earnings obviously had a lot to do with that. So when did Simcock first know that he had a special horses on his hands? “We bought him as a two-year-old in April 2010,” he recalls. “By around June we thought he was working really well and he duly won his maiden very easily by 9l at Nottingham in July. The plan was to take Dream Ahead to York for the Acomb, but he did a piece of work with two older horses and he murdered them “On the back of that we thought we’d jump straight to Group 1 level with him and took him over to Deauville for the Prix Morny in August, which he won really well.” The rest, as they say is history. Two Group Ones wins in 2010, the Prix Morny victory which was followed by a hugely impressive

I’m not going to calculate our success here simply in terms of Group 1s, but whether we get the best out of each horse

9l victory over Strong Suit in the Middle Park Stakes, were followed by three more in 2011, starting off with success in the July Cup after early season options, such as the 2,000 Guineas were sidestepped due to the fast ground. Hayley Turner won most of the headlines for that success, but as Simcock shrewdly pointed out in an interview afterwards, Sebastien Vettel wouldn’t win the Monaco Grand Prix in a Mini. The Diktat colt’s rating of 126 was indeed beaten by only one other horse in 2011, a certain three-year-old named Frankel. There’ll be no Dream Ahead for Simcock to enjoy on the racetrack in 2012, but the success he enjoyed with the colt at the highest level has only whetted Simcock’s appetite for more. “Once you have tasted success at Group 1 level, you want more of it,” he smiles. “That said, I believe in giving all horses the respect they deserve. I’m not going to calculate our success here simply in terms of Group 1s, but whether we get the best out of each horse. For one horse that might mean winning a handicap off 90, for another it means winning a Group race.” I ask Simcock what he has put his meteoric rise up the training ranks down to – a combination of team tactics and patience.

“We have a great work ethic here. I’ve got a wonderful team around me. My wife Jennie is probably the hardest working woman in the country! Regarding the way we do things, attention to detail is extremely important. Anyone can get a horse fit, the trick is keeping them at the peak of their well-being and getting them to peak at the right time. “We’re notoriously slow-starters here, so don’t expect too many fireworks early on, the main thing that matters to us is the horse’s longevity and we won’t rush horses.” I ask him what he learnt from the yards he worked for. “All were successful trainers and I think I’ve taken a little bit out of each one, and added to the mix some of my own methods too.”

Last year’s hero: Dream Ahead, who is seen here beating Goldikova in the Prix De La Forêt, a victory that Simcock believes went “under the radar”


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The newest member of the Simcock team: baby Charlie, with mum Jennie, meets Pintura. The young man does not look too impressed!

Anyone can get a horse fit, the trick is keeping them at the peak of their well-being and getting them to peak at the right time

Looking ahead to the new season, Simcock has some bright prospects waiting in the wings. “Cardinal Walter, a Cape Cross three-yearold colt out of Sheer Spirit, had just the one run as a juvenile when fourth at Redcar in November on ground that was plenty quick enough. “I think he’ll be very progressive this year,” he says immediately, before adding a raft

of names, revealing the current strength in depth at the yard. “Hello Glory, who is a Zamindar filly out of Affair Of State, finished third in last year’s Lowther. She ran a little bit flat in the Cheveley Park in September where she finished sixth, but she has done very well over the winter and I’m hopeful of having a good season with her. “Gloriam is a three-year-old War Chant colt who won his maiden at Wolverhampton in October and then finished off his two-year-old campaign by finishing second in a novices’ race at Lingfield. He’s rated around 90 at present, but I think he can improve on that. I think he could make into a decent 1m handicapper.” Then, of course, there’s the mare I’m A Dreamer, an impressive winner of the Group 3 Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket on her seasonal reappearance in May last year and who finished 2011 with a narrow head defeat in the Grade 1 EP Taylor Stakes at Woodbine in Canada. “I’m A Dreamer may start off at York in the Middleton and then all being well, will be

campaigned in the US,” Simcock predicts. But 2012 has certainly started in fine fashion for the Simcock team: by the second week of March, Simcock had recorded eight winners from just 37 runners on the all-weather at a strike rate of 22 per cent. This season Simcock will have around 90 horses in training, including 40 two-yearolds. His high-profile owners include Dr Marwan Koukash, Ahmad Al Shaikh, and H.E. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan and, of course, Khalifa Dasmal, owner of Dream Ahead. It’s not just on the work front that Simcock has cause to be satisfied. Personally too, he’s on something of a high, after the birth in February of a baby son. “Charlie is very special. There’s a feeling that my life is really complete,” says the new father. 2011 was the year that David Simcock broke into the top 15 in the Flat trainers’ championship for the first time. Seeing the progress he has made in the last few years, a place in the top 10 will surely not be long in coming.


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A busman’s holiday

NH jockey Katie Walsh is developing a pretty successful sideline as a breeze-up consignor. Lissa Oliver meets the lady who pinhooked the dual Group 2 winner Caspar Netscher

There’s nothing like riding a winner but to see Caspar Netscher’s successes, especially for his owners Charles and Zorka Wentworth, it’s great for them

says, “then he got busier with the NH yard and stopped. It’s something I’d always had an interest in and wanted to do, and two years ago I decided to try it and see how I got on.” Dad, of course, is Ted Walsh and Katie is

Three of this year’s draft: (left to right) the Kheleyf ex Mandolin colt ridden by Marta Pisarek, Dutch Art ex Applauding colt with Walsh, and a colt by Authorized out of Plenty Of Action ridden by Anthony Clifford



he boundless energy of Katie Walsh hits you as soon as you meet her. Everything about her is fast, from her conversation to her job, so it’s little wonder that she exhibits such a sharp tactical mind when galloping along at breakneck speed on a racecourse. It’s hard to imagine her relaxing so it comes as no surprise to learn that her free time is given over to more of a busman’s holiday than a hobby. Katie might be well known as a jockey, but she is already carving a name for herself as a pinhooker and breezeup consignor. “Dad did some pinhooking years ago,” she

quick to credit him with help and guidance. “I had Dad with me and he was a great help,” she acknowledges, but I suspect Dad would acknowledge just as easily that Katie knows her own mind and has the confidence to run with it. Given her NH background, producing two-year-old breeze-up horses might be considered a strange choice for Katie to make, but don’t be fooled by her pretty young exterior; there’s a wealth of knowledge and experience behind those sparkling eyes. “Basically it’s the turn around,” she explains. “It’s so hard buying NH store horses, it’s such a long wait with them and a lot can go wrong with them, and I don’t really know yet if the NH breeze-ups are working out. I buy yearlings specifically for the breezeups, it’s completely different.” Katie hasn’t been tempted to extend her pinhooking skills to foals as “they change so much from foals to yearlings,” while she adds that she feels she needs to know a bit more. “I’ve not enough experience yet. Starting out with the yearlings is the only way to gain experience.” That experience with yearlings has been greatly enhanced by the success of her 2011 Tattersalls Breeze-Up graduate, Caspar Netscher, but it wasn’t plain sailing from the off. “I started two years ago and that didn’t work out as well, I think I still had a ‘stores head’ on me and I was looking at the wrong

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Katie’s first aim is to ensure her horses are all “nice rides”, appreciating through her race riding how important it is for a horse to carry itself well

type of horse. Last year went really well though, and this year I’ve definitely bought more of a Flat horse.” Katie bought three to sell last year and will be hoping to sell six this year. In 2011, she sold a Dalakhani at Goresbridge and a Peintre Celebre in France, but it was the Dutch Art colt who turned a handsome profit (bought for 25,000gns and sold to trainer Alan McCabe and agent Tom Malone for

65,000gns) at the Tattersalls Craven Breezeup that really put her emerging venture in the spotlight. Caspar Netscher won three from his ten starts at two, including the Gimcrack Stakes (G2) and the Mill Reef Stakes (G2), and has only twice finished out of the prize-money. “He might create a bit more buzz for me this year,” hopes Katie. So what is the biggest buzz for her – riding

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Caspar Netscher breezing at Newmarket last spring. He ran just 14 days later and went onto pick up nearly £150,000 in earnings. He is entered in both the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas with an early option in the Greenham Stakes

Caspar Netscher was always a little gent and very easy.... when people came to look at him I’d tell them I thought he’d win his maiden and maybe improve from there

ring, you really appreciate a horse who has nice manners and knows how to change legs. “Caspar Netscher was always a little gent and very easy. Everyone wants to sell a nice horse and when I had him I always thought he was nice. When people came to look at him I’d tell them I thought he’d win his maiden and maybe improve from there, but never in your wildest dreams could you say he’d win a Gimcrack.” Viewing a horse with someone like Katie

illustrates perfectly her skill as a breeze-up consignor. He sold at Tattersalls on April 14 and just three weeks later was making a winning debut at Beverley on May 10. “It was fantastic of Alan McCabe to get him home and have him ready to run straight away,” Katie points out. “Many would think a horse needs a break after all the pressure of being prepared for a breeze-up sale, but Alan obviously felt that Caspar didn’t need it.” More to the point, he didn’t need it because Katie has the balance just right when it comes to getting her horses ready. Naturally, she prepares the horses herself at her home and workplace, Walsh’s yard. “It’s great to have the facilities at home, I do the NH horses first then I go and work with my own six. I love it. I break them myself and teach them what I can and my aim is to get them to be nice rides,” she explains. “I evented for years and I like to do plenty of flat work to build up their muscles and make them good rides. I know from myself, when I’m jumping up on horses in the parade

seems an obvious advantage, but she admits being so well known can also have its drawbacks. “There’s a risk people think I’m just selling cast-offs, but because of Caspar Netscher they can now see that I’m consciously selling. I’d hate to sell someone a horse that was disappointing. My aim is always to sell, and at the end of the day that’s what you have to do. “A profit is nice, but you have to be realistic. I don’t want to be facing bringing


katie walsh one of them back home. Everyone would like to make a profit, but it doesn’t always work out and you have to hope the one good one covers the bad ones.” Caspar Netscher is among the many horses who have shown that improvement after the sale is normal, as Katie points out “the breeze-up isn’t the raceday”. Nevertheless, she feels a lot of pressure is put on the horses and their consignors. “It’s all about times. It’s a lot to expect a young two-year-old to go out on his own, that’s extremely hard for a start,” she stresses. “For a two-year-old in April to be asked to gallop on his own and with people watching him, well a lot is expected of him. “If they can do 20, 21 or even 22 seconds people want them, but if they’re doing 24 or 25 seconds, it’s a different kettle of fish, that’s the reality. It’s not about how they move, it’s only about times. You don’t really know how they’ll go on the day until you put the squeezers on them, it’s a very fine line.”


A family affair: above with dad Ted and mum Helen, and, below, at the sales with sister Jennifer

I’d like to train. Maybe the time will come when I won’t want to see one go and that will be the first horse I train


atie doesn’t work to the clock at home, but has enough experience as a jockey not to need to. “My background, particularly my family background, is a huge help and Dad’s experience doing breeze-ups before is a great benefit,” she says. “I don’t know everything and there are so many people with so much experience, such as Willie Browne. When you’re with people like that the best thing you can do is stay quiet and listen and learn from what they say. “Not everyone likes the same type of horse and it’s hard to say what attracts me to a horse. If you look at mine at home now, every one of them is different, they’re all shapes and sizes. First impressions are important and I go by the individual. I certainly wouldn’t claim to be an expert on pedigrees, far from it, for me it’s down to the individual. There has to be something about them that you like, you have to love it. “I like to look at them in the parade ring. When you see 25-30 yearlings walking round together you’re only ever going to pick out three or four you like and maybe one you want to buy. I wouldn’t look at everything and if there’s a stallion I don’t like, I wouldn’t look at any of his.” Sticking to budget might be difficult, especially buying for yourself adding to the financial pressure, but Katie is realistic. “If you love one and want him you have to go for it. If you’ve budgeted €15-25,000

for one and it’s going for €30-35,000gns, then you sometimes have to go that far, but, basically, if it goes above your budget of €15,000, you may go to €16,000 or €17,ooo, but you have to draw a line and say, ‘I’m not going above €20,000’ and walk away.” She also takes a practical approach to selecting sales. “I have a Lawman colt who I bought in Deauville and he’ll be going back to France for the breeze-up at Saint-Cloud because of the French premiums. “I bought a Kheleyf at Goffs, so he’ll be going to the Goffs Kempton Breeze-Up. There is a Dutch Art and an Authorized colt who were both bought at Tattersalls and they are going to the Craven Sale; I have a Jeremy colt to go to Goresbridge, while there is a sharp

Tamayuz for Doncaster.” Katie speaks with such passion and enthusiasm she hardly needs to add that she is “loving it at the minute!” And she would need to be as the preparation and breeze-ups come at the busiest time in the NH year. “I’m certainly not wondering what I’m going to be doing tomorrow!” she laughs. What about further ahead? Could this be a new career path? “I’d like to train,” she reveals. “Maybe the time will come when I won’t want to see one go and that will be the first horse I train.” All the time she successfully juggles her “hobby” of pinhooking and career as a jockey, we will be hoping that day doesn’t come too soon. But if Katie Walsh proves even half as successful as a trainer, the switch will be far from racing’s loss.

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Loving his job Jocelyn de Moubray meets the successful French pre-trainer and breeze-up consignor Philip Prévost Baratte


hilip Prévost Baratte, is, he says, a happy man. If you spend time with him at his Normandy base and watch the horses working that he is preparing for training or the two-year-old-sales, there is no reason to doubt his word. He looks happy, he sounds happy – even if he does shout when something does not go according to plan – and he behaves like a man who not only enjoys what he does, but who is good at it. Despite being still a young man, Prévost Baratte has already been an apprentice jockey, jockey and a trainer. But now he is a pre-trainer and two-year-old consignor, he appears to have found the right place to maintain and develop a passion which began, most unexpectedly, with a pony ride on holiday as a child. “I first sat on a pony,” he remembers, “when I was five during a family holiday. In many ways I have never got down!” His family lived in Paris and had no connections at all with racing, horses or even the country, but he managed to get an introduction to Willy Kalley, a trainer in Maisons-Laffitte. “I can still picture clearly my first visit to his stables one Saturday morning,” he says. “Just being there in front of the beauty of the horses and with the ritual of going out on to


A man of experience: Prévost Baratte learnt his art with some of the best trainers in France and the US

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I don’t want to ruin the sales horses by working them too hard. I think any horse, however bad, can go fast over a short distance and so that is not my main aim

of the Prix de Diane winner Egyptband. But the same year he was offered a job riding for Jean-Claude Rouget and he did not hesitate to move to the south-west of France. “The Rouget stable has a lot of runners all over France and so I knew I would get more opportunities to ride in races,” he explains. “I won nearly 80 in total, but I must have finished second 20 or 30 times in races when a true jockey like Ioriz Mendizabal would have won. “I didn’t have the sixth sense jockeys have to have and kept finding myself in the wrong place at the wrong moment during a race. “I believe that in life you have to have objectives, but you also have to be able to turn

the gallops was the realisation of one dream and then beginning of another. I rode out with Willy Kalley for the first time when I was 11 on a pony called Born To Beat and from then on I was at his stables every Wednesday and Saturday morning.” At the age of 13, Prévost Baratte started work in the stables of Criquette Head and at the Chantilly apprentices’ school, doing academic work in the morning and riding in the afternoons. “I never got very good marks, but you had to do something as if your marks were too bad you were not allowed to ride in the afternoon!” He knew that it was more than likely that he would grow too big and heavy to be a jockey for long, but he was determined and spent four years with Madame Head. “My time in the Head stable confirmed for me that I wanted to spend my life with racehorses.” He rode a few winners with his biggest day coming at Fontainebleau in April 1992 when he rode a double, including winning on Egyptown, who was to become the dam

the page when you have given everything, even if you have not succeeded. I accepted quite easily that I was not going to be a jockey and so I decided to travel and left to go to the US to work for Christophe Clement.’ In the late 1990s Clement was confirming his place among the leading trainers in the US. The stable won its first Grade 1 race with Honor Glide while Prévost Baratte was there, and during three years he was more than happy to work and to observe his boss. “I learnt everything from Christophe,” he says. “I would ride seven or eight horses every morning and then spend the afternoons in the

Prévost Baratte knew when the time was right to move on from his riding career


philip prévost baratte the afternoons in the stable doing the veterinary rounds. I saw how Christophe transformed Honor Glide. He was a horse with terrible feet who was completely unsound when he arrived and yet at Saratoga in 1999 he won a Grade 1. Later he let me look after a barn in Florida on my own, carrying out his instructions.” The US was a great experience, but Prévost Baratte was not tempted to stay, always wanting to return to France. His opportunity came in 2000 when Haras du Mézeray offered him the job of running its breaking in and pre-training centre, and he stayed at the farm for three years.


Prévost Baratte has established his breaking and pre-training facility near to Lisieux in Normandy

I am trying to get the horse in the right condition, physically and mentally before the sale, and it is the mental state which is the most difficult


he next step on the career ladder for Prévost came through trainer Carlos Laffon Parias, who introduced him to Leonidas Marinopoulos, the Greek owner and breeder. In 2003 Marinopoulos proposed that Prévost Baratte should go to Greece to be his family’s private trainer in Athens. The young man accepted and found himself in charge of a stable of 70 horses, but he admits that he never fully adapted to the different racing culture and in the end stayed only two and half seasons before returning to France. “I won nearly 100 races in Greece including the Derby, but I never felt completely at ease there,” he says. “I had trouble finding the right sort of staff for the stable and dealing with what was a very different racing atmosphere. In July 2005 I decided to leave and return to France. I knew how difficult it is to become established as a trainer in France and so I based myself in Normandy, near Lisieux and started renting a stable to break in and pre-train horses.” Today Prévost Baratte and his wife Julie, without whose support and assistance he says he would not have achieved anything, own the training track and the stables. Every morning it is Prévost Baratte who oversees the horses work, and Julie the office. They have a thriving business with about 80 horses going out every morning in the winter and 40 in the summer and they will offer about 15 two-year-olds for sale at Arqana in Saint Cloud, Osarus and at Baden-Baden. “This year we are going to try selling in Baden-Baden for a client, and then I am very keen to support the Osarus sale at Pornichet. I think it is important that there are two sales companies in France and I have a lot of respect for the work Emmanuel Viaud has done for Osarus recently,” he explains.

Prévost Baratte topped the Saint-Cloud sale with a Zamindar filly from his first draft in 2007 and over the five years since he has sold at least one useful horse every year including the stakes winners Cadeaux For Maggi, Salpado and Lady Meydan. “I was,” he adds, “particularly pleased when Lady Meydan won her Listed as she is a filly I always liked and I did my best to persuade Sylvain Vidal to buy her for Gerard Augustin Normand.” Lady Meydan is an American Post filly, who was sold for €67,000 at the 2010 Saint-Cloud Breeze-Up and who won or placed in 12 of her 13 starts and won a Listed race at Saint-Cloud last November for Augustin Normand and trainer Francois Rohaut. Prévost Baratte’s 2011 draft included Lucayan, an €85,000 son of Turtle Bowl, also trained by Rohaut, who won his only start at two and is entered in all of the Classic races. “I don’t want to ruin the sales horses by

working them too hard,” he reasons. “I think any horse, however bad, can go fast over a short distance and so that is not my main aim. I am trying to get the horse in the right condition, physically and mentally before the sale and it is the mental state which is the most difficult. This was something I noticed during the month I spent in Monsieur Fabre’s stable. His horses are calm in the paddock and behind the stalls before their races, they have been prepared mentally.” Prévost Baratte clearly enjoys looking after, thinking about and observing horses. When he was riding at Rouget’s he often ended up dealing with the most difficult horses in the morning, and it was the care of the horses at Clement’s and the afternoons spent in the barn which come to mind of his time in the US rather those spent on the racetrack. “Pre-training is of course,” he says, “very different from being a trainer. I feel that we have the best moments as once the horses leave here most of them start to disappoint, whereas here we still have the dreams intact.” Aside from his obviously passionate interest in horses, Philip and Julie Prévost Baratte are clearly entrepreneurs as well, they have created a successful business in a world in which many of those involved are sons or daughters of someone else. So what does Prévost want to do for the future? “To consolidate what we have built here in Normandy, and to sell in Newmarket one day as well as in France,” he smiles. It is then, while he is thinking about the future, that his smile reveals just how much he enjoys his current life, living in Normandy with his family and working to prepare his client’s horses for the sales or to go into training.

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Name: Willie Browne Draft: Mocklershill What’s the first thing you look for in a potential breeze-up horse? Firstly it is confirmation, a horse has to be correct and an athlete, then followed by pedigree

Any yearlings that you missed in 2011, but you wish you had gone another bid or two on? Did you buy as many yearlings as you were after? I bought as many as usual and even a few more!

How has this winter been for you, your horses and your team? It’s been a good winter with good weather. The horses are all forward in their work and in their coats. I have a good team, who have been working well together.

Do you break in your yearlings direct from the sales or do they have a break first? All of the yearlings are broken in directly after purchase in the autumn and we then ride them for two to three weeks before giving them a couple of months’ break. The later ones that come from the US and the December sales get broken in and stay in work right through to selling.


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We had approximately 20 individual winners last season including Red Duke, Tales Of Grimm and Attenborough and these three horses look particularly exciting for the 2012 season

We start to increase their work on February 1 and we don’t use a clock. However, because everybody now does use a clock at the sales, unfortunately we do have to work them a little harder than we would have done six years ago. I am not in favour of clock-watching, but we do have to keep up with the US system.

Where are you selling your drafts? What are your numbers like compared to previous years? The Goffs Kempton Sale, Tattersalls Craven and Guineas Sale, Doncaster, Arqana’s SaintCloud sales in May and June and then Goresbridge. The numbers are pretty much the same as last year and in total there is around 100 to sell.

for the Craven Sale (Lot 175). But there are also colts by Mount Nelson (Lot 143 at DBS), Tamayuz (Lot 139 at DBS) and New Approach (Lot 163, Craven Sale), who are going very nicely.

Any really early sorts in your draft? All of those going to the Kempton sale (11) are early ones.

Highlights on the track last year by your graduates? Any to look out for this year? We had approximately 20

individual winners last season including Red Duke, Tales Of Grimm and Attenborough and all these three horses look particularly exciting for the 2012 season. Red Duke (Hard Spun) won the Superlative Stakes (G2) in July after winning his maiden. He went onto finish third in the Vintage Stakes (G2), second in the Champagne Stakes (G2), and then eighth in the Dewhurst Stakes (G1). He has entries in the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas. Tales Of Grimm (Distorted

Craven Sale, Lot 134: a Multiplex colt out of Asinara, with Wilson on board

Have you got any horses that are really exciting you? Lots!!

Any sleepers amongst the pack? We have one by Doyen and a Linngari, who are not so obvious but are going well. They are selling in France. There are also two by Oratorio (Lot 99 at the Kempton Sale, and Lot 31 at DBS) whom we like.

Do you have any by new / young stallions? What are you making of them? I particularly like the colts we have by Duke Of Marmalade (Lot 85, Craven Sale, Lot 54 and 64 at DBS) and the one by Henrythenavigator that we have


When do you start to step up the work, getting them to stretch at home? What’s your opinion on clock watching?

Humor) and Attenborough (Medaglia D’Oro) both ran once and won their maidens for trainer Sir Michael Stoute and owner Sir Robert Ogden and Jeremy Noseda and Earle Mack. Both have entries in the 2,000 Guineas.

What do you reckon to the “relocated” Guineas Sale? Are you happy with the breeze-up calendar this year? I would have supported the Brightwells Sale if it was on this year as I think it did reasonably well for a first venture. We sold Sans Loi at the sale for £100,000 and he won on his debut a month later.

Have you been busy with visits from trainers, agents and work riders? Are more or less people coming around ahead of the sales season? Interest and visits have been about the same as previous years.

What are your thoughts on and hopes for this year’s breeze-up market? Will you sleep well through the spring? I hope it will hold up and I never sleep very well anyway!

What percentage of your draft is Racing Post Yearling Bonus qualified? Did the bonus make any difference to your purchasing plans last autumn? All of the draft, bar the horses bought in America and France, who cannot go into the scheme anyway, are qualified for the bonus. And, yes, it is relevant when selling as it is a great help to the prospective purchaser.

In one sentence, give us the sales pitch for your whole draft? YOU TRIED THE REST, NOW TRY THE BEST!!

Your best breeze-up rider gets arrested – do you put your own money up for bail? It would depend on what the bail is!

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When do you start to step up the work, getting them to stretch at home? Do you time your work ever? What’s your opinion on clock watching? We increase the workload gradually, depending on each individual horse. We never ask them to do too much and we never time work. I am completely against clock watching. The fastest our horses go will be on the day of the breeze prior to sale – our aim is to get these horses to their new trainers with their legs and minds fully intact.

Photo courtesy of Keith Jack Photography and Tattersalls Ireland

Name: Con Marnane Draft: Bansha House What’s the first thing you look for in a potential breeze-up horse? I look for a sound athletic horse that looks like he or she can gallop!

Any yearlings that you missed but you wish you had gone another bid or two on? Did you buy as many yearlings as you were after? I don't worry about the past, I was never any good at history in school!! I always start off with the intention of buying less yearlings with a plan of having a stress-free winter, but it’s hard to leave a nice horse behind… so yes

I probably do have too many!

How has this winter been for you, your horses and your team? So far we have had a very pleasant winter in Ireland unlike the last two years of wintery conditions with frost and snow. It's much easier this year to prepare the horses and more pleasant for our great team of people, who work with the horses every day.

Do you break in your yearlings direct from the sales or do they have a break first? We break them in immediately

Where are you selling your drafts? What are your numbers like compared to previous years? We are selling at almost all of the major breeze-up sales in Europe. We are up on numbers compared to previous years and we bought horses in various price ranges to suit all potential purchasers.

Have you any that are really exciting you? They all excite me! Can't sleep at night thinking about them!!

Any sleepers amongst the pack? It's a bit early to tell, but there are a lot of very nice horses and they are all going the right way.

Do you have any by new / young stallions? If so, what do you make of them? I have seven by Sakhee’s Secret

The fastest our horses go will be on the day of the breeze prior to sale – our aim is to get these horses to their new trainers with their legs and minds fully intact

they arrive and then they are turned out onto our limestone paddocks to relax and unwind after the stress of the sales. We really let them back to nature, but they are still fed daily in the fields. The horses are brought back into stables in the month of November and they are driven in long reins for about two weeks and then ridden away. They just do steady slow cantering for about a mile each day. We may increase their workload and give them one or two breezes before the sale.

and I like them a lot; I think they will be good sharp two-year-olds. I also have a New Approach colt, who is very promising with a good pedigree. I have horses by Captain Marvellous and they are also very nice, as well as a Haatef colt (Lot 7) going to the Craven Sale, who goes very well also.

Any really early sorts in your draft?

The Sakhee’s Secrets would be the earliest, but they are bred to be early types.

Highlights on the track last year by your sales graduates? Any to look out for this year? Rio De La Plata, who we sold in 2007 to John Ferguson for 170,000gns, returned to form to finish second in both the Group 1 Qatar Prix du Moulin de Longchamp and in the Premio Roma (Group 1), while Dandy Boy (sold for 20,000gns to owner Malih Al Basti) won a £75,000 handicap at Meydan last spring. We sold Caledonian Spring at the Kempton sale last year to Ross Doyle for 50,000gns and he won the Listed Ascendant Stakes at Haydock and has now been sold to Hong Kong; Pimpernel,


breeze-up guys My team and I have put in six months of long hard work into these horses and it is all down to a 20-odd second breeze before the sale. We have had more visitors this year I think than any other, which is great to see.

sold at the Craven Sale to Richard O’Gorman, is the winner of a Listed race, finished second in the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes and second to Gamilati in the UAE 1,000 Guineas. Addictive Dream, sold in 2009, won two £75,000 handicaps in Meydan in January, while Sotka was second in the Prix Des Reves d'Or (Listed) in France. The ones to look out for are the two-year-olds, who are going to breeze-up sales this spring!

What are your thoughts on and hopes for this year’s breeze-up market? Will you sleep well through the spring? I am very optimistic about the breeze-up market as the yearling, foal and mare sales were all strong so hopefully it will carry through but one never knows. No doubt I'll have a few sleepless nights!

What do you reckon to the “relocated” Guineas Sale? Are you happy with the breeze-up calendar this year? I am delighted that the Guineas Sale has returned and I have a fine consignment going there so I am looking forward to it. The sale gives the horses a little bit more time to come in their coats and be bit stronger – it can be

The Jeremy colt out of Ostrusa, due to be sold by Marnane at DBS (Lot 87)

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amazing what an extra two or three weeks does at this time of year to a horse. I have sold at the Ascot sale before and found it very beneficial. I am happy with the calendar now, but it is quite difficult to organise staff and riders both at home and away at the sales during the weeks of the breezeups. We have four sales in the space of four weeks!

Have you been busy with visits from trainers, agents and work riders? Are more or less people coming around ahead of the sales season? We have been very busy with visits from trainers, agents and owners, but I am not interested in the horses being taken out of their routine to be ridden by work riders as I have had bad experiences of it in the past – one horse chipped a bone in his joint after a gallop and just two weeks before a sale. Everybody can see them move and stride out on the track at the sale itself.

What percentage of your draft is Racing Post Yearling Bonus qualified? Did the bonus make any difference to your purchasing plans last autumn? All of the horses that can be qualified for the yearling bonus have been qualified. I hope it will be relevant to selling the two-year-olds as it is a good incentive for trainers, agents and owners and it will have cost us a lot of money to make them eligible.

In one sentence, give us the sales pitch for your whole draft? How about one word..? WOW!!!!

Breeze-up sale dates 2012 Sale


Goffs Kempton

April 3

Tattersalls Craven

April 17-19


April 22-23

Tattersalls Guineas

May 3-4


May 11-12


May 24-25

Arqana Summer

July 3-5

breeze-up guys

We have found domestic-bred horses to be far sounder in wind, limb and mind so far and as a result they have been easier to train

information is critical. More crucially, however, the manner in which a horse works is vital and only your eye can tell you that.

Where are you selling your drafts? What are your numbers like compared to previous years?

Name: Charlie Vigors Draft: Hillwood Stud What’s the first thing you look for in a potential breeze-up horse? First, and foremost, the horse has to be an athlete, though they also have to be strong, balanced and have a good mind.

Any yearlings that you missed but you wish you had gone another bid or two on? Did you buy as many yearlings as you were after? We try not to dwell on the ones that got away! We probably bought a couple more than we intended to, but if there is a horse you like, selling at what you feel is potential value, it is difficult not to bid.

How has this winter been? Other than the cold spell at the beginning of February, it has been a very mild winter and the horses appear quite forward. Apart from Ben, who is from Australia and has never seen proper snow, the rest of the team have been delighted!

Do you break in your yearlings direct from the sales or do they have a break first? They all have a break after the sales and the yearlings bought at the early sales are turned out again. They are all broken and hacking away by Christmas and then do a lot of steady

conditioning work through January and February.

When do you start to step up the work, getting them to stretch at home? Do you time your work ever? What’s your opinion on clock watching? They start to do some slightly quicker work from the end of February, never over more than 2f and a “gallop out”. It is important to us that our horses can settle straight into a string after the sale and not be considered to be a buzzed-up lunatic by their new trainer. We never time their work, but having worked for Wayne Lukas and Eoin Harty in the US, I do appreciate the value of the clock, but the information has got to be used properly. The fastest works are not always the best and having sectional splits and gallop out

We have one lot at Kempton, seven going to the Tattersalls Craven Sale as well as three (a Medician, a Proud Citizen and an Astronomer) going to Arqana. Our numbers are about the same as in previous years.

Have you any that are really exciting you? We are adamant that this is the best group of horses we have ever presented. Having had little luck with predominantly US-breds over the last couple of years, we had a deliberate policy shift to buy in Europe and yearlings by European-based sires – Tracy and I didn’t even go to Keeneland this year. We have found domestic-bred horses to be far sounder in wind, limb and mind so far and as a result they have been easier to train. It is too early to single out any individuals, but by the time your readers read this we will know where we stand!


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We have a good-moving, scopey Mount Nelson colt (Lot 19, Craven Sale) with a great constitution. He won’t be early, but looks a lovely 7f / mile type from mid-summer onwards.

Any early sorts in your draft? The Exceed And Excel colt (Lot 95) going to Kempton has always

looked very precocious. We could have gone to any sale with him, but felt that Kempton’s earlier date would suit well. The Kempton sale, still in its infancy, has already produced two Royal Ascot-winning two-year-olds. We are hoping he might be the next!

Highlights on the track last year by your sales graduates? Any to look out for this year? Frog Hollow was bought by

Name: Norman Williamson Draft: Oak Tree Farm

Alastair Donald for owner Richard Pegum at the Craven Sale and is trained by Ralph Beckett. He won two races last year and is rated 100p by Timeform. He was always the type to make a better three-year-old. Byrama won her maiden for Nigel Tinkler and was sold to California. She has won an Allowance race for Simon Callaghan and he thinks she is a graded stakes performer.

What’s the first thing you look for in a potential breeze-up horse? A horse must have good, correct conformation, as well as being an athletic, good-moving type.

Any yearlings that you missed but you wish you had gone another bid or two on? Did you buy as many yearlings as you were after (or perhaps too many…!) I bought the same amount as other years although I perhaps would have liked to buy more – it was a strong trade for yearlings last autumn. The one that might have got away was a lovely Galileo colt, a real improving sort who sold at the Baden-Baden September Sale.

How has this winter been for you, your horses and your team? Everything has been absolutely fine; thankfully we had no hold ups with weather.

Do you break in your yearlings direct from the sales or do they have a break first? What is the routine through the winter months? Yes, we break everything in directly after the sales. We do lots of slow work all the way through the winter with all of them.

Photo courtesy of Keith Jack Photography and Tattersalls Ireland


When do you start to step up the work, getting them to stretch at home? From about March 1, we’ll do

What do you reckon to the “relocated” Guineas Sale? Are you happy with the breeze-up calendar this year? We would have to question whether there was actually a need for the Guineas Sale to have been reinstated? The breeze-up market had reached saturation point and is there the demand for an additional sale? Keeping the numbers tight

If trade is similar to that of last autumn’s yearling market, then it should be good for a nice horse. Regardless, nice, athletic horses with good pedigrees will sell well

Do you have any by new / young stallions? If so, what do you make of them?

some quicker work with them, on average about once a week.

Where are you selling your drafts? What are your numbers like compared to previous years? We have one colt – a Dutch Art out of Petra Nova, the dam of five winners and from the family of Airwave – going to the Goffs Kempton Sale, and then seven to the Craven Sale, which includes a nice Smart Strike colt out of the Grade 1 winner Keeper Hill (Lot 14). We have three going to

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Have you been busy with visits from trainers, agents and work riders? Are more or less people coming around ahead of the sales season? We have had more enquiries than normal at this stage. We don’t get that many pre-sale visits, but the gates are always open to

Doncaster – colts by Giant’s Causeway, Danehill Dancer and Holy Roman Emperor – and then a New Approach colt to the Guineas Sale and a Lawman filly to Arqana’s Saint-Cloud Sale at the end of May.

Have you got any horses are really exciting you? All of them...!

Do you have any by new / young stallions? If so, what do you make of them? We have some colts by New Approach, and they all seem to have great temperaments.

Any early sorts in your draft? Yes, the Dutch Art colt who is going to Goffs Kempton. (Stop press: the sales topper...)

What do you reckon to the “relocated” Guineas Sale? Are you happy with the breeze-up calendar this year? The breeze-up calendar is fine although very hectic with three sales one week after each other. It’s possibly too much to expect trainers to be able to attend every sale, but it is obviously very important that the sales companies do their best to get them there.

What are your thoughts on and hopes for this year’s breeze-up market? Will you sleep well through the spring? If trade is similar to that of last autumn’s yearling market, then

any potential purchaser!

What are your thoughts on and hopes for this year’s breeze-up market? Will you sleep well through the spring? There will be healthy trade, if you have a horse that the market wants, but if you don’t tick all the boxes, it will be hard work as it has been at all bloodstock auctions over the year. Sleep is never a problem, apart

we should expect good trade for a nice horse. Regardless, nice athletic horses with good pedigrees will sell well.

What % of your draft is Racing Post Yearling Bonus qualified? Did the bonus make any difference to your purchasing plans last autumn? Is it relevant to selling 2yos olds?

from the odd interruption from our nine-month-old son who is teething!

What % of your draft is Racing Post Yearling Bonus qualified? Did the bonus make any difference to your purchasing plans last autumn? We bought mainly in England and they are all qualified. The yearling bonus grew out of the breeze-up bonus so the concept of a self-help stimulus package is relevant to selling two-year-olds. Anything to give the end user an incentive has to be beneficial.

Your best breeze-up rider gets arrested – do you put your own money up for bail? Neil Chalmers rides all our breezers. The only chance of him getting arrested is if Andrew Balding put him under house arrest so he doesn’t miss a work

We would have to question whether there was actually a need for the Guineas Sale to have been reinstated?

had helped to redress the supply and demand ratio and provided a more vibrant market.

morning at Kingsclere! In that instance it would greatly pain me to pay the bail to Andrew, but, yes, I would as Neil is worth it. The money would only be lent as it could easily be won back from Andrew in a game of poker!

One third of mine are qualified for the bonus. It didn’t sway me when buying horses as I concentrate on the horse itself and the pedigree, but I’ve continued to nominate those that were eligible as yearlings. I’m sure it has to be a help when selling within certain price range.

In one sentence, give us the sales pitch for your whole draft? An all-quality draft that has something to suit everyone!

Your best breeze-up rider gets arrested – do you put your own money up for bail? I would hope that my wife would pay up as I am the chief breezeup rider!!!

The next edition of International Thoroughbred will be out after Royal Ascot, and will include a review of the breeze-up sales


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wo-year-old in training sales are different from other types of bloodstock sales. Obviously, buyers get a chance to watch the animals galloping fast before deciding whether or not to try to purchase them, however, a second crucial difference to many other sales is that most of those offered (again obviously) have already been selected and purchased with breezing-up in mind. Nobody breeds horses with a view to offering them at the two-year-old in training sales, and so animals who are entered in these sales have either been selected and purchased with this in mind, or have failed to sell at earlier sales.

Quality depends on expectations

The quality of horses offered at the two-year-old sales changes from year to year. The majority of every year’s foal crop in Britain and Ireland is offered for sale as a foal or yearling. In 2010, there were

Will it be a gale force? Jocelyn de Moubray predicts a strong breeze-up sales season, but explains that even the weather can play a part on the long-term results around 12,300 foals born of whom, according to Return of Mares, 60 per cent were intended to be Flat horses. That

meant there were around 7,400 Flat-bred foals produced in Britain and Ireland. Around 5,000 of these or 70

Principal European Two-Year-Old Sales: 2008-2009

per cent were offered for sale as either foals or yearlings. This figure has been between 65 per cent and 75 per cent for some years, meaning that the quality on offer at the yearling or foal sales does not change significantly from year to year. The two-year-old sales are different as the quality on offer depends wholly upon how much the pinhookers are prepared to invest. All of the sales companies in Europe give finance credit to those who purchase yearlings with a view to reoffering them as two-year-olds at their sales. But, even if they only have to pay for half of the purchase price up front, what the pinhookers expect and what they are prepared to risk will have an influence on the quality available subsequently at the breeze-up sales. And those horses coming from US or purchased at different sales companies will have to have been paid for, long before being reoffered for sale. It is not altogether surprising that, when looking at the statistics, the 2008 Tattersalls

*= black-type performers, **= group race performers

2008 Sale


Arqana 138 Tatts Craven 158 Goffs 86 DBS 140










88 116 64 111

27,800 108,000 30,375 29,600

120 124 66 116

87 78 77 83

62 84 38 62

45 53 44 44

2yo wnrs 17 39 17 28

12 25 20 20

10 14 3 6

7.2 8.9 3.5 4.3

gp** 5 7 3 5

3.6 4.4 3.5 3.6

% RPR 95+ % 13 29 8 9

97 115 36 113

37,900 78,100 18,400 24,100

99 127 35 102

78 78 61 76

52 62 21 46

41 38 37 34

13 30 14 27

10 18 25 20

3 9 2 8

1.3 5.5 3.5 6.0

2 6 1 6

1.5 3.7 1.8 4.5

7 5.10 17 10.00 5 8.80 14 10.00

33,100 93,100 26,100 26,800

219 251 101 218

80 78 71 80

114 146 59 108

41 45 41 39

30 69 31 55

11 21 22 20

13 23 5 14

4.70% 7.20% 3.55% 5.10%

7 13 4 11

2.5 4.0 2.8 4.0

20 46 13 23

9.4 18.0 9.3 6.4

2009 Arqana 127 Tatts Craven 163 Goffs 57 DBS 134

Sales combined 2008/2009 Arqana Tatts Craven Goffs DBS


275 321 143 274

185 231 100 224

7.3 14.0 9.1 8.4

Top price and a top horse: Dubawi Gold, who sold for 160,000gns, went on to win the Celebration Mile (G2) and is one of the leading breeze-up graduates

Craven Breeze-Up included a higher proportion of useful performers than the 2009 version of the sale; not many people were thinking about investing in racehorses in October 2008, in the weeks following the collapse of Lehman Brothers. But the statistics also show that even during this period of economic uncertainty there were plenty of good horses sold or offered for sale as two-yearolds in Europe. And even if the Craven Breeze-Up is the most expensive sale and has the best results on the racecourse, highclass racehorses can come from any sale.

Smiles all around

All of the sales companies would find something to be happy about with the figures in the table opposite. The Craven Breeze-Up has produced the highest proportion of horses rated 95 or higher and the highest proportion of stakes

performers, even if the 2008 sale was better than that of 2009. As one would expect of a sale with an average price more than double that of its competitors, the Craven Sale has tended to have more depth of quality than the other sales. However, two of the three best horses to come out of the breeze-ups recently were sold at Doncaster and Dream Ahead (sold DBS April 2010), a champion and now a popular new sire at Ballylinch Stud in Ireland, was the best buy at all of the sales during this period. Goffs will also be pleased to see that the Kempton sale has the highest proportion of two-yearold winners with 22 per cent of those offered in 2008 and 2009 winning as juveniles. The three English sales have a similar proportion of two-yearold winners, and a much higher one than Arqana’s sale, which from 2009 has been held in mid-May. This is probably no more

than a reflection of the different objectives of the buyers. The strong point of the French sales has been the quality of fillies on offer and the two best sold anywhere during this period, the Group 1-placed fillies Tamazirte and Testosterone, have both come out of the Arqana sale. Equally, there are no strong conclusions to be drawn as to where the best winners come from in terms of price or earlier sales. Some of the best horses, Passion For Gold, Dubawi Gold and Native Khan for instance, were among the top lots at their respective sales, others were sold relatively cheaply – Testosterone and Best Dating each made less than €20,000 before making 1,200,000gns and €340,000 on their next passage through a sales ring, while several, including the Group 1 winners Total Gallery and Zafisio, did not find a buyer at all. The same divergence is true of the purchase prices as both

Dream Ahead and Oiseau De Feu were bought as yearlings at Keeneland in September for only $11,000, while Dubawi Gold was an £85,000 yearling.

Consistency in the US

The two-year-old in training sales are well established in Europe, but they do not have anything like the same consistency or success as the US two-year-old in training sales. In 2011 there were 15 different Grade 1 winners from the twoyear-old in training sales which, even given that there are around double the number of two-yearolds offered for sale in the US compared with Europe, is an impressive figure, and even more particuarly so when appreciating that those include several leading contenders for this year’s Classics. Fasig Tipton’s Florida sale has produced 12 per cent stakes winners and six per cent graded stakes winners over a tenyear period and there seems


breeze-up stats BEST HORSES SOLD AS TWO YEAR OLDS: 2008 – 2010 Dream Ahead Dubawi Gold Total Gallery Fox Hunt Corsica Native Khan Oiseau de Feu Passion For Gold Tamazirte Testosterone Vale Of York Triple Aspect Best Dating Sirius Prospect Emerald Commander Zafisio Angel's Pursuit Epic Love Mar Adentro Silver Grecian The Rectifier Dandy Boy Happy Dubai Silverside King of Sydney Dare To Dance Sand Vixen Mixed Intention Evading Tempete

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to be a more direct relation between price and racecourse performance than there is in Europe with those sold for more than $300,000 at the same sale over a ten-year period, including 12 per cent graded stakes winners.

What’s the weather doing?

This divergence has many possible explanations from the different racing surfaces to the make-up of buyers and sellers at these sales, but, in the end, it probably comes down to the weather. The US two-year-old in training business is based in






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36,000 160,000 Not Sold 47,000 48,000 180,000 55,000 260,000 40,000 15,000 Not Sold 43,000 12,000 115,000 72,000 Not Sold 190,000 72,000 22,000 12,000 42,000 20,000 Not Sold Not Sold Not Sold Not Sold 130,000 50,000 17000

Mild or warm winter weather does not make horses run faster, but it does make it much easier to prepare a group of two-year-olds to work impressively in April




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Florida where the weather is a great deal milder during the winter than anywhere in Britain or in Tipperary, where many of the Irish two-year-old vendors are based. Mild or warm winter weather does not make horses run faster, but it does make it much easier to prepare a group of two-yearolds to work impressively in April. At the Florida sales the twoyear-olds not only run faster, but in other ways come closer to revealing their true potential than perhaps is the case at Newmarket, Doncaster, Kempton or Saint-Cloud.

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Reasons to be hopeful

On this basis there are reasons to be optimistic about the quality on offer at this year’s European sales – and the subsequent returns and sale performance. In Britain and Ireland the 2011 yearling sales were strong with a lower than usual number of horses not sold, therefore the two-year-olds on offer will have been more difficult to buy and will include fewer who did not sell as yearlings or foals. And then in most areas where the horses have been prepared the winter has been relatively dry, and in Ireland, particularly mild.





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albert davies

When riding them you know when they are doing too much; I know better when to ease off than from just looking at them in training


or a guy whose horses produced the two fastest 1/8 works at the 2012 March Ocala Breeders’ Sales Two-Year-Old in Training Sale from just the five horses he offered, the little known consignor Albert Davis has demonstrated a remarkable ability for spectacular success while flying under the radar. And that success was not a one-off – at last year’s March OBS, he consigned the $400,000 Scat Daddy colt. It is a feat which his clients, the colt’s breeders Craig and Carrie Brogden’s Machmer Hall, credit to the preparation the colt received at Davis’s Old South Farm. In typical modest fashion, Davis’s wife Teresa, an instrumental part of the team’s success, demurred that they expected the Scat Daddy, now named A Shin Blaster and a winner in Japan, to do well because “he was effortless.” However, it is known among US horsemen that Davis does a good job – quietly, honestly, consistently and with a small number of horses. Trainer Gary Contessa, whose specialty is young horses, sees a fellow two-year-old aficionado in Davis. “Albert is a true old-time professional,” says Contessa. “His demeanor may make him seem quiet and laid-back, but I think that works to his benefit. He is honest and always seems to be a ‘horse first’ type of guy, taking the health of his horses into consideration before the financial rewards. I trust him and respect him as a seller of race horses. I would surely buy a used car from him!” Davies’s secret lies in his background: starting with Quarter Horses, he race rode for four years before his size stopped him and

he started training while still exercise riding for trainers such as Jim Layden and assisting others. He started out with trainer George Parrish who took him to the racetrack when he was a kid, and he later worked for Parrish’s son G.W. Parrish for many years. He broke horses, exercised them, and got them ready to run at small tracks like Delta Downs, Pompano Park, and others all up and down the East Coast. Davis finished working with Quarter Horses in 1984 to go into construction, but horses drew him back in 1987 and he started to “mess around with thoroughbreds”. But it is the Quarter Horses which explains why a horseman with Davis’s background does so well pinhooking. The money in Quarter Horse racing is smaller than in thoroughbreds, and almost all of it comes from two-year-old races. Many of the trainers own what they train, don’t have the budget for a vet, the luxury of letting a horse take time off when they have only one season to

earn any money or the numbers to make it up with other individuals. They have to get their horses right with hard work, home remedies and knowing horses backwards and forwards. Handson horsemanship takes on a completely different, literal meaning that often involves sleeping in tack rooms and not eating if you don’t win. Davis laughs ruefully when recalling that a friend of his said it “was easy” to produce horses for the ready to run sales. Far from a straight-forward task, the twoyear-old marketplace does, however, play to his talents for spotting a good young horse, who could be developed and resold. Davies spent nine years based at Clemens in North Carolina before hearing about a farm for sale in South Carolina. He has been based at Old South for around 15 years. “I had the name Old South Farm in mind before I had a farm, which we got sometime around 1990,” he explains. “There was a (Quarter Horse) Futurity in Louisiana called Old South and the name stuck with me. Everyone who was a consignor had a farm, so I put the “farm” onto the end of it when I started selling horses.” The family operation also includes Matthew, Davis’s son from a previous relationship, who breaks and starts the horses which Teresa and Davis buy together. Teresa says when buying they focus mainly on a horse’s physicality and walk, but not always the predictable horses, those by the market-strong commercial sires. They have purchased weanlings and yearlings by Kitten’s Joy, Grand Slam, Elusive Quality and Street Boss, for example. “The pedigree has to be somewhat marketable,” explains Teresa. “With a cold

Doing it the Old South way Two-year-olds produced by Albert Davies of Old South Farm, South Carolina consistently post the fastest breezes and make the top money at the Ocala two-year-old in training sales. Kathleen Donovan finds out more


sire on a good individual you can go for a colt, but a filly has to have pedigree. It can’t be a Quarter Horse look, but it has to be fast. It needs to be big and scopey, but an early twoyear-old racehorse.” Old South budgets to buy 10 yearlings a year, and six to nine weanlings, depending on how well the sales season has gone. They will purchase yearlings at August OBS and Keeneland September, break them in immediately and sell at OBS, Timonium, as well as occasionally at Fasig-Tipton Calder. They sell yearlings through consignors Select And Summerfield, but consign their own two-year-olds. They do have a few select clients for whom they sell juveniles; A Shin Blaster was sold on behalf of Machmer Hall, while they also break and develop horses for owners to race. “We have 18 horses this year for clients, and four are going to the sales,” says Teresa. “We used to train 30-35 for clients about ten years ago, but have downsized and concentrated on our own. We felt we were spread too thin.” “Everyone has a comfort range,” adds Davis with an eye on the bigger consignors. “I admire the guys with those numbers, but it’s not for me, managing all that.” Davis’s strength lies elsewhere. While he jokes that he only rides the ones “that look safe” after Matthew breaks them in, his riding is integral to his training. The success of his small consignments reflect the individual attention he can provide by riding them all, giving him a distinct advantage and a different perspective than trainers who don’t ride. “When riding them you know when they are doing too much,” he says of young horses, for whom injuries are almost inevitable. “I know better when to ease off than from just looking at them in training. I’ve always trained from their backs, so I’d have to adjust to visual (analysis) if I didn’t ride.”


e trains on a dirt track at Old South in South Carolina, so his horses have to transition when coming to OBS to breeze on the synthetic surface. For that reason, he takes them to the track earlier than before, giving the horses time to accustom to the surface and allow their bodies to adjust to it. “Times are more spread out with the Safetrack,” he says, noting that previously several horses would have around the same fastest times, while the synthetic surface has

Albert Davies: an “old-fashioned” horseman

improved to allow a greater spread of speed times. “It’s performing well. The horses are coming back better when they breeze so fast.” At March OBS, his Indian Charlie filly was a $100,000 purchase, who breezed 9.4/5sec before selling for $370,000, while his Johannesburg colt, who breezed the same time, was a $40,000 weanling purchase and sold for $230,000. Davis also sold a Lawyer Ron colt, who had been bought for $40,000, for $140,000, as well as a Tiz Wonderful colt. He had cost $38,000 and fetched $70,000. For a guy many people haven’t heard of, those are pretty good results. Many of his biggest sales success stories have gone on to become good performers on

the track too – Davies’s horses not just being prepped for one day in the spring. Old South’s biggest victories on the track include the stakes-placed Quiet Delight (Grindstone), who was bought for $28,000 at 2000 August OBS and was sold at the 2001 April OBS for $550,000, the graded stakes-placed stakes winner Salty Romance (Salt Lake), who turned the farm a near $300,000 profit, as well as the stakes-placed Overextended (Monarchos), who has had over 60 starts and earnings of $300,000. He was purchased as a weanling at 2005 Keeneland November for $20,000 and sold for $400,000 at OBS March in 2007. Finally, the multiple graded stakes-placed Tweebster (Tapit), who has won nearly


albert davies

The horses still have to do well out there on the track when galloping, but now they have to look good at the barn too

$250,000 for Baffert and Kaleem Shah, was bought as a weanling in 2007 at Keeneland November for $15,000 and was sold to Shah for $300,000 at OBS in March 2009. Even with the depressed market, Old South has kept moving its horses on and in the last 15 years has kept only one horse to race and the couple have just one broodmare of their own. “With the change in the economy, we lost the middle market, and there is no bottom anymore,” Davis explains. “It is getting better now and the presence of foreign buyers has helped. We do sell some good yearlings, and it seems like you could find a buyer from all over the world at the yearling sales.” The couple realise that people are buying fewer but better horses, and they are doing the same thing. “You cannot buy a middle-of-the-road horse anymore,” Teresa says. “But buying better horses is a bigger gamble.” “What the horse looks like and how he is

back here at the barn is getting to be even more important,” Davis notes. “The horses still have to do well out there on the track when galloping, but now they have to look good at the barn too.” Many consignors complain that vetting

by purchasers has spun out of control, but Davis does say that buyers are beginning to swing back away from that extreme, and are becoming more forgiving. They have seen too many horses that didn’t pass a vet’s exam go on to win money racing, and are now being more reasonable in accepting imperfections. Nevertheless, Davis scratched his very good-looking Master Command from the March Ocala Sale when a minor problem was stopping interest, knowing that he could bring him back as a top prospect in a later sale. “This year’s draft is the nicest group we’ve had,” Teresa says. “Of course, having an Indian Charlie doesn’t hurt you!” Absolutely not. With four horses sold at March OBS, Old South made $810,000 on a $218,000 investment, led by that tough, speedy Indian Charlie filly. It also doesn’t hurt to be a good horseman.

Lot 213 breezing at the OBS March Sale. The filly is by Indian Charlie and fetched $370,000 for Old South and was bought by Iron Horse Racing

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Oscar winner

Oscar’s Festival double took him to the top of the NH sires’ table. Katherine Fidler profiles the Grange Stud stallion, a son of the late and great Sadler’s Wells


hink “Coolmore” plus “big race wins”, and the mind naturally wanders to Epsom on Derby day, Royal Ascot, Glorious Goodwood, or perhaps further afield to Churchill Downs for the Breeders’ Cup or to Longchamp for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Not only has the bloodstock power-house bred many a prestigious winner, the County Fethard base is home to half of last season’s top ten leading sires on the Flat, including reigning champion Galileo. During the cold winter months however, when much of the Flat racing fraternity temporarily migrates to Dubai, Barbados or similarly warmer climes, the PR department at John Magnier’s Irish base is by no means in hibernation – the roster at Grange Stud, the farm’s NH HQ, provides more than enough success under the winter code to ensure the Coolmore jumps arm remains as competitive in the industry as its Flat counterpart. The stud even comes complete with its own version of Galileo, Oscar. Okay, he may not quite be the Champ’s doppelganger in every way – Galileo won two Derbys and a King George, while Oscar only won a middledistance event for £10,000, though, to give him his dues, he did finish second in the French Derby and Group 2 Prix Hocquart. But the pair are both sons of the late, great Sadler’s Wells, have both sired top-flight winners in their respective fields, and now, following the Cheltenham Festival, Oscar could join his paternal sibling in holding a champion sires’ title. This year’s NH sires’ leader board has seen enough change at the top to make one seasick, and leading up to the “greatest show on turf” it was fellow Irish sire Beneficial who was riding high in first place. Those four magical days are notorious for changing fortunes however, not just


for owners, trainers and punters (myself included, and, sadly, not in a good way), but also for championship-bidding stallions. One winner can make a huge difference (as can no winners), so the Cheltenham double posted by Oscar courtesy of Rock On

Ruby and Teaforthree not only resulted in him jumping from third place to first, but it now leaves him over £170,000 clear of long-time runner-up King’s Theatre, despite a Cheltenham treble for the latter. Tuesday’s win by Rock On Ruby in the

Rock On Ruby: became a sixth Festival winner for Oscar and his 11th Grade 1 NH victor

Oscar: comes from the family of Mastercraftsman and Sakhee. He is a well-priced option for NH breeders

Now, following the Cheltenham Festival, Oscar could join his paternal sibling in holding a champion sires’ title

Champion Hurdle gave Oscar a second Festival feature race success after Big Zeb astounded racegoers with a 6l victory in the Queen Mother Champion Chase in 2010, but such a fact was not in the minds of spectators this March, having witnessed the seemingly indestructible Hurricane Fly categorically beaten by Rock On Ruby into third place. Big Zeb himself also had to settle for third in this year’s Champion Chase renewal, over 16l behind the leading pair of Finian’s Rainbow and Sizing Europe, the latter losing his 2011 crown in a close finish. Day two of the Festival, though, couldn’t have opened in better fashion for Oscar’s Grange Stud masters as the eight-year-old Teaforthree justified 5-1 favouritism when beating 18 rivals in the Diamond Jubilee National Hunt Chase, a race won by paternal sibling Tricky Trickster in 2009. The latter’s win was a first at the Festival for his sire since Oscar Park’s Pertemps Final success in 2007. However, with Black Jack Ketchum’s win in the 2006 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle, it means Oscar can boast of a more than healthy record of five years in seven with a winner. The sire has had seven Festival wins overall, if including last month’s double and a fine performance by Peddlers Cross in 2010 to land the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle. Last year was a hard one for him to crack, with several near-misses including runnerup places in two of the championship races, courtesy of Big Zeb when defending his Champion Chase crown, Peddlers Cross, who finished just one and a quarter lengths adrift of Hurricane Fly and was followed home by Oscar Whisky in third in the Champion Hurdle. When it comes to the leading sires’ title

however, places can still make a difference; alongside Big Zeb’s Champion Chase third this year, Oscar’s Felix Yonger also contributed to the prize pot when second in the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle, while Oscar Delta finished third in the Foxhunter. It’s easy for the Festival to become all-consuming, but none of the top 10 sires have made their way to that point in the table on that one week in March alone, and nor can those results be relied upon to secure the title. With over a month left to go before a champion is crowned, the Aintree Festival looms large as the final obstacle to conquer.

Top sale prices achieved by progeny of Oscar Tricky Trickster b,g. 6yo Corbetstown Queen b,f. 4yo Classical Twist br,g. 4yo Leave Him Alone b,g. 5yo Sir Malik b,g. 3yo b,g. 3yo Captain Kelly b,g. 4yo Pinerock b,g.3yo Snake Eyes b,g. 3yo Peddlers Cross b,g. 4yo Minella Class br,g. 5yo

Pavlova (Montelimar) Mary Kate Finn (Saher) Basically Supreme (Supreme Leader) The Pledger (Strong Gale) La Lucilla (Over The River) Carrigbuck (Buckskin) Tri Folene (Nebos) Marhabtain (Touching Wood) Be My Belle (Be My Native) Patscilla (Squill) Louisas Dream (Supreme Leader)

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The likes of Oscar Whisky, Rock On Ruby and Peddlers Cross will no doubt keep their sire in the limelight for some years yet

Although Oscar wasted no time in maintaining his lead after Cheltenham with Kempton and Uttoxeter wins added to the tally less than 24 hours after the final Guinness had been served at Prestbury Park, King’s Theatre and Beneficial are snapping at his heels having already broken the £1m mark. Both have a strong hand for Aintree, including Grand National entrants, something our muse does not. A win for either in Britain’s most valuable jumps’ race could see yet another change at the top of the table, while a repeat performance by perennial champ Presenting, sire of last year’s National winner Ballabriggs, may also see his current fortunes reversed.

All comes back to pedigree

Even if the title were to hinge on the National, and if Oscar misses out on a first title at the 11th hour, this son of Sadler’s Wells has still made quite an impact on the NH scene in his, relatively speaking, short career. So what is it that makes him special? At the risk of placing any one horse on a pedestal, having Sadler’s Wells as a sire certainly hasn’t been a drawback for Oscar. The former Coolmore resident is sire of no less than six of the current top ten leading jumps stallions, and not only enjoyed his own winner at the Festival in Gold Cup victor

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Synchronised, but six of his own offspring were responsible for nine separate winners. Seemingly, his talent as a sire under both codes knows no bounds, underlining how fortunate we have been to enjoy such an outstanding example of the thoroughbred in our lifetime. On the other side of the coin, the dam line from which Oscar descends is not short of class either, with the likes of Ribblesdale Stakes winner Thawakib, and her son the champion Sakhee, as well as the Premio Roma (G1) winner Pressing and the dual Group 1 winner and sire Mastercraftsman, amongst the many Group winners found underneath his third dam. Closer to home, his first dam Snow Day (Reliance) won thrice over 1m2f, victories which included the Group 3 Prix de Royaumont, while Oscar’s brother Blue Stag followed suit in trip when winning Chester’s Listed Dee Stakes. The pair’s Slip Anchor half-sister Ionian Sea managed to stretch it to 1m4f, before stepping back marginally when earning her own black-type in the Listed Prix Robert de Cholet. Oscar’s sole success also came over 1m4f, the trip over which many past and present leading NH sires have excelled, including his title rival the King George hero King’s Theatre and dual Derby winner Old Vic. Such a pedigree has ensured ongoing

Grade 1 winners €6,000 €5,000 €5,000 €6,500 Private €8,000 €5,500 Private €2,500 €2,000

ROCK ON RUBY (ex Stony View by Tirol) PEDDLERS CROSS (ex Patscilla by Squill) BIG ZEB (ex Our Siveen by Deep Run) MINELLA CLASS (ex Louisas Dream by Supreme Leader) OSCARS WELL (ex Placid Willow by Convinced) BLACK JACK KETCHUM (ex Cailin Supreme by Supreme Leader) SILENT OSCAR (ex Silent Shot by Random Shot) REFINEMENT (ex Maneree by Mandalus) OFFSHORE ACCOUNT (ex Park Breeze by Strong Gale) OSCAR DAN DAN (ex Warmley’s Gem by Phardante) CASEY JONES (ex Arborfield Brook by Over the River)

commercial viability for Oscar offspring, though, of course, this would not have endured throughout the years without success on the track to match. His first yearlings to pass under the hammer made an average of 7,885gns, the high that year fetching 19,500gns, and while unsurprisingly for a NH sire prices in this band have remained low through the past decade, his penchant for siring top-class jumps stock has resulted in strong trade for older offspring across British and Irish auction houses. In 2012, from seven horses sold, a top price of £220,000 was realised for the Irish pointto-point winner Classical Twist at the DBS Newbury Festival Sale. Point-to-pointing has been a consistent source of winners for Oscar, who has steadily risen through the ranks before sharing the British leading sires’ title with Beneficial in 2010-11 on 40 wins apiece. Grade 1 winner Offshore Account has already contributed three wins to his sire’s tally this season, joined by tough campaigner Oscar The Myth and 30l maiden winner Molly Oscar, a half-sister to winning hunter chaser My Flora, who was fourth in this year’s Cheltenham Foxhunter. Under Rules there is no shortage of up and coming talent from the Grange Stud maestro, led by Cheltenham runner-up Felix Yonger from the yard of Willie Mullins. Red Devil Boys, currently in the hands of in-form handler John Ferguson, and Paul Nicholls’ Bold Chief, are both former pointers looking to make their mark in the professional game, and, of course, the likes of Oscar Whisky, Rock On Ruby and Peddlers Cross will no doubt keep their sire in the limelight for some years yet. Back to the present though, and could this be the year Oscar hits the top? It would certainly make for great news if he did, having filled fifth, fourth, third and second over the last four seasons, no better proof than any of his rise amongst to success. As proven during the Festival, however, what could make the best headlines doesn’t always come to fruition in racing; Kauto Star’s early exit from the Gold Cup can attest to that. Then again, Big Buck’s fourth World Hurdle win was, for many, the highlight of those four days, and proved that sometimes a story unfolds just the way it should. So, will the next chapter in Oscar’s story be titled ‘Champion’? By the time you’re reading this, we may already know.



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The Batsford Boys Shadwell sire Kutub has relocated to Batsford Stud in the Cotswolds. Sally Duckett meets managers Alan, Anna and Tim Varey and the farm’s growing stallion roster

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This is a beautiful place and Lord and Lady Dulverton, as well as the estate, are really good people to deal with


he Cotswolds: a beautiful and historic timeless region of rural England, steeped in history with honeyed stone-built buildings that even in the midwinter continue to release the sunlight absorbed six months previous when the orb was at its zenith. It would be easy just to dismiss the Cotswolds as just Shakespeare’s rural idyll, full of grazing sheep, growing corn and age-old farms. But in the world of horseracing the region is developing from a pretty serious point-to-pointing area to a pretty serious

batsford stud area for both the breeding and training of racehorses. On the training side there can be found NH trainers a plenty: the Gold Cup-winning trainer Jonjo at Jackdaws, Twiston-Davies at Naunton, Longsdon at Chippy and Keightley at Condicote. On the bloodstock front our own contributor Voute is based on the region’s periphery at Stratford, while stallion Midnight Legend is actively making little legends at Pitchall Stud on the south side of Shakespeare’s town, Overbury Stud is busy accommodating an influx of mares for Kayf

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You always make sure that people are aware that you are looking for another horse, it all relies on a network of contacts

Tara, Christopher Wright grows his salestopping yearlings at Stratford Place Stud near to Cirencester and, just a stone’s throw away, Tweenhills is ever-expanding in scale, size and importance. But one farm, which has been slightly off the monitor over the last ten years, has slowly been gathering monentum and now can boast of four fully fledged NH stallions from a base point of zero a mere six years ago. Batsford Stud, on the estate and village of the same name, found near the busy tourist trap of Moreton-in-Marsh, is under the management of Alan Varey, his wife Anna and son Tim. The stud houses its long-term resident sire

Kadastrof, the one-time Sir Mark Prescotttrained Pasternak, Shadwell’s Erhaab and the latest incumbent Kutub, who relocated to the farm at Christmas. Stallion management is not in Varey senior’s blood, but once he and Anna were successfully established in business it was a line of work that the couple wished to pursue. “I was initially a jockey and rode eight winners,” explains Varey. “When I first stopped riding, I was doing shift work in industry, but we had also started up a breaking and pre-training yard – I thought that instead of going to ride out elsewhere, the horses might as well come to me.” That start began in the Vale of the White Horse, on the fringes of Lambourn, and very quickly not only did Varey need to give up the day job, but the couple had to move to bigger premises as the operation just “grew and grew”. The new yard found by the couple was Hillwood Stud at Aldbourne, overlooking the “Valley of the Racehorse”. After six successful years breaking and pretraining for many of the area’s local trainers, the bug to stand stallions and operate a broodmare facility began to bite. “Hillwood was fantastic, and it is ideal for breaking and producing racehorses, but it didn’t quite lend itself to what we wanted to do,” explains Varey.

It is one thing wanting to move to a yard to develop your business dreams, but it is quite another to find those perfect premises and the Varey’s property hunt took them over much of the south of England. “You start out with a 10-mile radius,” says Anna, “but then you quickly expand to 30 miles and before you know it you are looking everywhere. You know what you want, and it has to be something that is going to last and let you expand, but without being too much of a financial burden too early. You also have to find a premises on the right lease terms.” A farm on the outskirts of Newmarket became the choice, but the night before the couple were due to sign on the dotted line, they had second thoughts. “We were all set to go,” smiles Anna, “but we just looked at one another that night and said ‘no!’. We just decided that the place was not for us, it just did not feel right.” After turning down the opportunity to be based at where many think is the centre of the racing universe, the Vareys honed in on Batsford, knowing like Goldilock’s porridge that it was “just right”. “This is a beautiful place and Lord and Lady Dulverton, as well as the estate are really good people to deal with. They are happy to contribute to what we do, and let us develop what we want – they want the business to do

On limestone, Batsford is perfect for growing thoroughbreds. The farm has 30 resident mares, as well as stallions Kadastrof, Pasternak, Erhaab and Kutub


batsford stud well too,” says Anna. With a broodmare band of 20 resident mares (with around four home-owned mares) as well as a number of walk-ins and foaling jobs, the female side of the business has always been busy, but getting some men in on the scene took a little while longer. “We got to know Robin Dickin [the former trainer of Kadastrof] and met the horse’s owners and they mentioned that they wanted to move him from Ireland, and, well, it really went on from there,” says Varey. “He has produced horses rated 150+, has got an exceptional strike-rate and it is a bit of a shame that people don’t use him more. I think the agents shy away from him a little as he was a NH performer and he is a 22-yearold now, and he is getting on a bit.” The second new sire on the scene was Pasternak, a son of Soviet Star out of the Oaks winner Princess Pati. He had been in training wth Sir Mark Prescott and was campaigned in what has to be described as a fairly typically Prescott technique. After seven runs in maidens and handicaps, the bay colt, then a three-yearold, embarked on a four-race winning spree through which, after a maiden success, his handicap mark rose from 80 to 100, and included victory in the Magnet Cup (off 85) and the Cambridgeshire (off a mark of 92) for owner, the late Graham Rock.


We have turned away stallions who were not right for us – there have been plenty offered over the last few years

asternak retired to stud at Scarvagh House in 2000, where he stood until 2008. On the closure of Alfie Buller’s farm he spent one season at Larkinglass Farm before moving to Batsford ahead of the spring season of 2011. “We were rung about Pasternak and were interested. We went along to take a look – he is a lovely, big scopey horse,” says Varey. “Just as we got him that autumn Little Josh won the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham.” “It was a lovely day,” recalls Anna of the victory at the couple’s local track. “Not many people were cheering Little Josh home but we were!” A profitable financial bet on the horse by Varey on the basis that “I had to support him” made that day at Prestbury Park even sweeter. Local news travels fast and the fact that Little Josh is trained by near-to-hand Nigel Twiston-Davies was hugely helpful for the sire’s season – the victory encouraging local breeders to use the stallion, resulting in an

enlarged book in 2011. The local influence has been hugely important in the Varey’s development of Batsford. With neighbouring trainers giving out positive vibes of the sires, it all all adds to a growing local demand and positive groundswell of opinion of benefit to the sire. And with so many capable, top professionals now on Batsford’s doorstep, a good reputation offered by those third parties is a huge help. It seems that a stallion’s postcode is a vital aspect for his marketing appeal after all. A positive word to promote their own stallion’s PR or to help build the roster at Batsford, has always been the modus operandi for the Vareys. “We don’t do much marketing, preferring instead to use word of mouth, and to try and get hold of new stallions, well, you always make sure that people are aware that you are looking for another horse, it all relies on a network of contacts,” explains Varey. “When Wood Farm closed last year, Shadwell rang us having heard that we were on the lookout. Erhaab is an older horse, but you don’t turn down the opportunity to work with Shadwell. He had only been here a few weeks and they rang again and asked if we were interested in Kutub,” recalls Varey, smiling at being given the opportunity to work with such an exciting prospect as the son of In The Wings, a three-time consecutive Group 1 winner, who also finished fourth in the Prix du Jockey-Club (G1) behind Holding Court and second in the Prix Lupin (G1). “It is really nice to have a top-class horse here,” he adds. “He has got some good progeny coming along – the David Pipetrained six-year-old Notus De La Tour has been unlucky not to have won a Grade 1 yet. He has been sent to Ireland and has been just touched off, he’ll get there.” Kutub, who has stood now in three different countries, has also got a couple on the Flat – Superstition finishing third in both last year’s Grosser Preis von Berlin (G1) behind Danedream and in the Bosphorus Cup (G2) to Indian Days, while the Listed winner Terre Du Vent, now jumping, has earnings of over £160,000. Kutub’s performances as a sire certainly prove the Varey theory that good NH sires today need to be capable of getting decent performers on the Flat too. The Batsford Stud roster offers plenty of opportunities to its clients, many of whom are loyal and long standing, and local ownerbreeders.


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It is hard to predict what is going to happen, and a stallion has to suit our needs, but we will take an opportunity if it presents itself

“The four stallions all complement each other in different ways,” says Varey, who has seen his family’s business, unlike many, expanding through recession. “And if someone comes to see one of them, but for whatever reason decides that stallion is not what he is looking for, we can offer one of the others. “We are pleased to be able to offer Kutub; we needed a progression from the stallions we already had here, particularly as two of them are a bit older,” he continues.

Purchasing a stallion for themselves is a possibility if “the right one came along”, but the Vareys will never let themselves get carried away on a tide of having to tick that particular box. “It is hard to predict what is going to happen, and a stallion has to suit our needs, but we will take an opportunity if it presents itself. We have turned away stallions who were not right for us – there have been plenty offered over the last few years,” adds Varey.

With many of their clients being true English-based local owner-breeders, perhaps not so reliant on the vagaries of the bloodstock market, it does mean that the Batsford Stud has managed, even though in line with the rest of the bloodstock industry its numbers are down, to protect much of its core business. And much of that trade comes through trainer referalls and from vet references, and with 32 boxes, as well as an isolation unit and beautiful estate fields for turnout, there is plenty of accommodation at Batsford as well “as room for expansion if needed”. Being based in such a beautiful part of the world is clearly appreciated by the Vareys, who fully involve themselves in the local community, and take great pride when seeing queues of cars, full of tourists and Cotswoldians alike, admiring the farm’s April foals sunning themselves in the roadside paddocks.

Batsford: an international arboretum and one-time home to the Mitford sisters Batsford was originally part of a sheeprearing estate given in the 8th century by King Ethelbald to the Bishop of Worcester. By the time of the Domesday Book the main part of the estate was in Norman hands, and it then passed through various family ownerships until it was acquired in 1630 by the Freemans. In 1808, the estate was inherited by Sir John Mitford, Lord Redesdale, and it remained in the Mitford family until 1919. A distinguished foreign diplomat based mainly in Asia, the 1st Lord Redesdale, who was known as Bertie, when returning to England inherited the family estate. He then lived most of his life at Batsford. There was a substantial house already on the estate, but Bertie had it demolished and rebuilt between 1888 and 1892. The stables, where the current day Batsford Stud is located, are dated 1878 and were originally built to house his horses. Through Bertie’s travels in oriental Asia he had become deeply influenced by the landscapes in China and Japan and was fascinated by the plants he found, especially the bamboos. After finishing his work on the house in the 1890s, Bertie turned his attention to the gardens, erasing all traces of the


original layout. He created a “wild” garden of near natural plantings inspired by his observations in Japan. His plantings form the basis of today’s arboretum. The estate was sold by Bertie’s son David in 1919 in order to cover death duties and it was bought by Gilbert Wills, the 1st Baron Dulverton, an heir to the W.D. & H.O. Wills tobacco fortune. His wife Victoria further developed the garden with specimen tree plantings, with later work done after World War II by Anthony Hamilton Wills, 2nd Baron Dulverton (1915–1992), who succeeded in 1956. To ensure the survival of the arboretum Wills donated it to a charitable trust in 1984, while the remainder of the 5,000-acre estate is now privately owned by (Gilbert) Michael Hamilton Wills, the 3rd Baron Dulverton. Today, the arboretum is a major tourist attraction in the Cotswolds and the collections have important international significance.

The Mitford sisters

Perhaps the most famous period of Batsford’s history is pre-World War I when the estate was under the ownership of Bertie’s son David. He was father of the famous Mitford

sisters and the family of five girls and one son lived at Batsford before and through World War I. In the 1920s and mainly living in London, the girls were part of the set known by the media as the “The Bright Young People” a nickname given to the group of bohemian young aristocrats and socialites who threw elaborate fancy-dress parties, went on treasure hunts through night-time London, drank heavily and experimented with drugs. Later the girls, who developed widly differing political allegiances through the 1930s and World War II, were caricatured by The Times journalist Ben Macintyre, as “Diana the Fascist, Jessica the Communist, Unity the Hitler-lover; Nancy the Novelist, Deborah the Duchess and Pamela the unobtrusive poultry connoisseur”.

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Success on the track and in the sales ring for Coolmore sire Fastnet Rock


he Group 1 win by filly Mosheen at Randwick in the middle of March, was part of a Grouprace double on the cards for Fastnet Rock, who also enjoyed another Group 1 success a week later. It was a month of months for Fastnet Rock through March 2012. Mosheen once again asserted her dominance over the colts with an amazing victory in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas to add to what is fast becoming a benchmark record for a threeyear-old filly. The Robert Smerdon-trained three-year-old finished second in last year’s Group 1 Golden Slipper at Rosehill, coasted to a 9l win in the Group 1 VRC Oaks at Flemington in the spring and has now beaten the colts twice in successive starts in Group 1 races over a mile. After thrashing the colts in the Group 1 Australian Guineas

at Flemington on March 3, the filly, who is out of Sumehra (Stravinsky), repeated that effort in the Randwick Guineas, becoming the first filly to win or place in the race since it replaced the Canterbury Guineas in 2006.

Purchased for A$250,000 from the Bylong Park Thoroughbreds draft at the 2010 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Mosheen has six wins and five placings from 13 starts, earning A$2.3 million

in prize-money. From six starts at Group 1 level, Mosheen has was won three races and finished second twice, her only failure was when sixth against the older mares in the Myer Classic.

THE 2012 Hong Kong International Sale at Sha Tin produced a record aggregate of HK$114.4 million, primarily courtesy of two sons of Fastnet Rock who both broke the sale’s previous top price. The sales topper, Lot 14, a gelding out of the Covetous mare Undercover, a half-sister to the stakes winner Ain’t Seen Nothing (Nothin’ Leica Dane), was knocked down to Chiu Yung for the record-breaking price of HK$9 million (£715,000). He is from the family of Group 1 Golden Slipper winner Polar Success (Success Express). A graduate of New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2011 Karaka Premier Sale, the gelding was purchased by the Hong Kong Jockey Club from Ascot Farm for NZ$300,000. Lot 11, an Australian-bred Fastnet Rock gelding out of the speedy Verdict Declared, held the sales record for about half and hour when selling for HK$8 million. Mark Richards, executive manager of the International Sale, was delighted with the auction. “It was a very pleasing sale and what was most pleasing was that the horses that made good money deserved to do so,” commented Richards. “The star lots brought in the star prices and now they need to go on and prove themselves on the racecourse. I hope they do that and reward their owners with success.” It was a second year in row that the sale has achieved a record aggregate, although the average price was down on 2011. “It is truly a very unique sale,” said William Nader, the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s executive director of racing. “When you look at a sale like this, it is always so impressive to experience the kind of atmosphere and enthusiasm we had today. “Sixteen of the 26 lots sold for HK$4 million or higher, so it was a very strong sale from start to finish. The Fastnet Rock’s sold particularly well and Lot 11 probably held the shortest-lived record in Hong Kong history!”

First crop son of Falkirk wins the Hong Kong Derby The successful season being enjoyed by the progeny of Falkirk (Tale Of The Cat) reached a high with the Group 1 success of his New Zealand-bred Fay Fay in the HK$16 million Hong Kong Derby. It was a first Group 1 progeny success, albeit that the race is not recognised as such at international level, for the Windsor Park Stud stallion, himself a dual Group 2-winning sprinter. Fay Fay was bred by Wanganui breeders Peter and Barbara Smith and has now won six races and been second four times from only 11 starts. His stakes earnings now exceed HK$14.4 million. A four-year-old, the Alexander Wong-owned Fay Fay is from Falkirk’s first crop and is his most successful representative in Hong Kong where he has sired five winners from just seven runners this season. Falkirk’s other first-crop four-year-olds include the Group-winning sprinter Durham Town, winner of the Group 2 Concorde Stakes and the Group 3 Darley Plate, the recent Group 3 winner Jaggard, the


highly rated stakes-placed and five-time winner Galaxy Star, as well as the promising Macau-based runner Easy Money. Falkirk has an impressive tally of five stakes performers from 28 individual winners from 41 first-crop runners, a 68 per cent winners to runners rate. He has sired 15 winners from his secondcrop three-year-olds, including the stakes performer Arietta, multiple winner Purpose, recent Ellerslie Carnival winner Tale To Tell and unbeaten debut winner Schooner Bay. Fay Fay was sold as a yearling by Maara Grange at New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2009 Karaka Festival Sale where he was purchased for NZ$13,000. He was later re-offered by Poplar Lodge at the 2009 Ready to Run Sale. Fay Fay’s win in the Hong Kong Derby has given Karaka graduates back-to-back wins in the race with Hong Kong Horse of the Year and New Zealand Bloodstock graduate Ambitious Dragon (Pins) last year’s winner.

southern hemisphere Raced by a partnership that includes her original owner Phil Sly and leading Japanese breeder Katsumi Yoshida, who bought into her last December, Mosheen is one of eight Group 1 winners by Fastnet Rock and is the second of his Group 1 winners trained by Robert Smerdon. She is the first foal of the Stravinsky mare Sumehra, a winning half-sister to Group 1 HK Derby and International Mile winner Lucky Owners, and the stakes-winner Miss Power Bird. She is from the family of champion stayer Might And Power, whose wins included the Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate. Fastnet Rock got a double on the card, his two year-old filly Jade Marauder booking her berth into the Golden Slipper with success in the Group 3 Sweet Embrace Stakes. Carrying the famous cerise colours of the Ingham family, Jade Marauder, out of Jade Diva, a daughter of Jade Robbery, was a A$500,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the draft of Yarraman Park Stud. Foaled and raised at Yarraman, Jade Marauder is a second stakes-winner for her stakeswinning dam and is a threequarters sister to the top-class filly Bliss Street, a Group 3 winner in Perth and Melbourne. Jade Marauder was the 29th stakes-winner for Fastnet Rock, who was also successful at Moonee Valley the night before when his three year-old son Highly Recommended took the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes by half a length. It was a first black-type success for the colt, who took his record to two wins and six placings from 12 starts with prize-money in excess of A$280,000 He is trained by Peter Moody, who also produced the Fastnet Rock colt Wanted to win the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap in 2010. Adding to Fastnet Rock’s

Fastnet Rock: the son of Danehill’s first northern hemisphere crop are yearlings of 2012. He stood at €30,000 in 2011

bumper weekend of winners was the blue-blooded filly She’s A Fox, who made a winning debut at Canterbury on the Friday night. “She’s always shown us a lot at home and has looked the part from the time she was a yearling, so it’s good to see her put it altogether,” said trainer Anthony Cummings. “She has a very bright future and we’ll look to qualify for the Golden Slipper. “We’ll see how she pulls up and that will decide which qualifying race we go for but we’ll certainly be giving it a shot.” A A$600,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the draft of Luskin Park Stud, She’s A Fox is a sister to Group 2 winner and Group 1 winner Foxwedge (see right), being by Fastnet Rock from Forest Native. In New Zealand, Planet Rock, another daughter by the Coolmore sire, took the Filly of the Year crown. She amassed an unbeaten 26 points in the series winning the Group 1 New Zealand Bloodstock 1000 Guineas, Group 2 Eight Carat Classic and the Group 3 Lowland Stakes.

Ninth Group 1 winner for Fastnet THE victory by Foxwedge in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley at the end of March gave Fastnet Rock a second Group 1 win in the space of a fortnight, and his ninth Group 1 winner overall. It was a third progeny win inside a week for the broodmare Forest Native – the Luskin Park-based mare had previously been in the spotlight at Canterbury on March 16 when her two year-old daughter She’s A Fox won on her racecourse debut in class record time and then again on March 19 when her four-year-old son Larch broke his maiden on his third start at Hamilton in Victoria. “Things are really coming together for Forest Native as she now has the perfect record of four foals to race all winners, which is a nice result as we head towards the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale where we will offer her current yearling, a filly by Fastnet Rock,” said Luskin Park principal, Paul Whelan. The value of that filly soared after Foxwedge won his first Group 1 race at Moonee Valley when beating Hay List. The result of that race was a reversal of fortunes: previously Foxwedge had finished third to the Statue Of Liberty gelding in Flemington’s Newmarket Handicap (G1). The form is top class – Hay List having twice previously finished second to Black Caviar. Foxwedge fetched A$925,000 at the 2010 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale when bought by James Harron and De Burgh Equine, while She’s A Fox was knocked down to Anthony Cummings for A$600,000 at the same sale last year. She’s A Fox will seek to qualify for the Golden Slipper in the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes at Rosehill.


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Group 1 progeny quinella for Darci Brahma in the NZ Oaks New Zealand’s The Oaks Stud celebrated a Classic quinella in the NZ Oaks, run at Trentham in March with the farm’s homebred fillies: Artistic, a daughter of the farm’s young stallion Darci Brahma, and the Zabeel filly Zurella. The pair both race in the colours of the Cambridge nursery’s Queensland-based owner Dick Karreman and it was just a nose that separated them at the finish of the race. Darci Brahma, whose most memorable win was his Group 1 Telegraph Handicap victory at Trentham over the Karremanowned and bred Seachange, stands at The Oaks Stud. In all he won five times at the highest level, but Artistic’s victory gave him his first Group 1 success as a stallion. “This is just huge for us,” said Karreman’s stud manager Rick Williams. “Personally, this is the greatest moment of my life in breeding and racing and it’s great for Dick, he puts so much into this industry. “When I saw them coming down the straight I didn’t care, but it’s nice that the Darci Brahma filly won.” A son of Danehill, Darci Brahma is out of the Zabeel mare Grand Echezeaux. He is a half-brother to Burgundy (Redoute’s Choice), who was Group 3 placed in January

in the Wellington Stakes. The stallion now tops the Australian and New Zealand second season sires’ table, and is behind only O’Reilly and Fastnet Rock on the table of leading New Zealand sires of three-year-olds.

Uncle Mo and Zoffany to shuttle to Coolmore Australia Top-class two-year-olds Uncle Mo and Zoffany will both join the Coolmore Australia stallion roster for 2012. Coolmore Australia general manager Michael Kirwan said: “It’s a tried and trusted theory that the best racehorses make the best sires and the continued success of the Coolmore sires year after year is testament to this. I’m delighted to be bringing horses the calibre of Uncle Mo

and Zoffany to Australia. Uncle Mo, a son of Indian Charlie, was the best of his generation in the US as a juvenile, while Zoffany, a grandson of Danehill, shares his broodmare sire Machiavellian with the young sire Shamardal. He won the Phoenix Stakes (G1) and finished second to Frankel in the St James’s Palace Stakes and in the Prix Jean Prat (G1) to Mutual Trust as a three-year-old.


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FIREBREAK Group 1 Millionaire Miler - Group 1 Sire The Leading Sire of 2YO's in GB since 2009 by % Stakes winners to runners Another hugely successful year in 2011, highlighted by the speedy Group class two-year-old Caledonia Lady and a yearling average at the major sales of over £33,000 - more than 11x their covering fee

INDESATCHEL Classic-placed dual Group winner A fast emerging son of sire of sires Danehill Dancer, and with a growing reputation His impressive two year old strike rate in 2011 equalled the achievements of Royal Applause and Kheleyf and his yearlings made up to almost £40,000

MAJOR CADEAUX Top class sprinter/miler and multiple Group winner An exceptional son of an exceptional sire with his first yearlings in 2012 Too good on the racecourse for Dutch Art (champion 1st crop sire in 2011) and Holy Roman Emperor (champion 2nd crop and 2yo sire in 2011) and now off to a flying start at stud His first foals averaged 17,167 gns almost 5x their covering fee

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he news from the Willie Mullins yard, a week after the Cheltenham Festival, that his Champion Bumper victor Champagne Fever is likely to skip hurdling for a career as a novice chaser next season should hardly have raised an eyebrow. It is a route Mullins took with his great chaser Florida Pearl, winner of the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham in 1997 and whose eight subsequent victories at Grade 1 level over fences included the Royal & SunAlliance Chase (G1) (now RSA Chase) and no less than four Hennessy Cognac Gold Cups at Leopardstown. Whether Champagne Fever can scale the same heights remains to be seen, but the five-year-old son of Stowaway certainly boasts the pedigree for chasing success. Champagne Fever is the sixth foal of the unraced Roselier mare Forever Bubbles. Her dam, Cool Blue (Deep Run), registered a success over hurdles and went on to produce three winners, two of whom won in ordinary company under Rules. A generation can be a long time in jump racing where the age of successful horses necessarily means that a fourth or fifth dam can remain on a catalogue page decades after racing. Champagne Fever’s third dam Blue Buck, foaled in 1968, was unraced, while his fourth dam, Blue Jirao, foaled over half a century ago in 1957, ran a handful of times without success. That uninspiring record may not sound an immediate recipe for glory, but since the late 1970s descendants of the family have scaled the heights of fences. But to source this success, it is necessary to trace right back to the 1940s Flat-bred mare Blue Petrel, a talented and multiple winner over distances up to a mile and born in 1943. A daughter of the wartime Cambridgeshire Handicap winner Fairey Fulmar, Blue Petrel was foaled in Ireland in 1943, was bought out of the Lewes yard of Tom Masson for 65gns as a three-year-old, and developed into what Timeform described in its Racehorses of 1954 as a “versatile and improved Irish mare: a very useful handicapper”. Over the course of four seasons, Blue Petrel


Forever Bubbles (Roselier-Cool Blue (Deep Run))

scored five times at distances up to a mile and among her successes were victories over 5f and a mile on consecutive days in May 1954 at the now-defunct Bogside racecourse in Ayrshire. Blue Petrel clearly enjoyed the Scottish air as that September she returned to Ayrshire to finish third in the Ayr Gold Cup. Her record also boasts a second in the Irish Lincolnshire Handicap, although as Timeform noted, she was “better at 6f than 5f”. Once retired to the paddocks Blue Petrel produced only two

Champagne Fever: the Festival bumper winner’s pedigree can be traced to the 1940s Flat mare Blue Petrel as well as to the staying chasers Andy Pandy, Belmont King, The Bajan Bandit and Therealbandit Photo: PA

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The unlikely source of this streak of sound jumping and stamina is a Flat-bred mare named Blue Petrel, a multiple winner over distances up to a mile

winners, but between them the pair were responsible for some smart chasers. Her oldest-winning daughter was Blue Sprite, by the Irish Derby winner Sayajirao and sister to the great-great-grand-dam of Champagne Fever, and she went on to produce the very talented jumper Andy Pandy. Andy Pandy is remembered in almost equal amounts for two events. The first was his spectacular fall at Bechers’ Brook the second time round in the 1977 Grand National when in the lead (an event which my editor tells me caused her brother, then five, to burst into tears, Andy Pandy being his favourite horse and carrying his £2 bet). The second, more positive result, came just three weeks later when he triumphed in the Whitbread Gold Cup at Sandown. A hugely talented staying chaser, he won five times in the 1976-77 season, including when winning at Thurles in July 1976, coincidentally partnered then by Mr W. Mullins. Blue Sprite’s half-sister Sagotox also boosts the family’s jumping credentials being the great ancestress of a trio of talented jumpers. Trained by breeder Simon Lambert to win two point-to-points and a trip of chases, including a Grade 2 contest at Fairyhouse, Belmont King, out of The Potwalluper,

was subsequently trained by Paul Nicholls when he triumphed in the 1997 Scottish Grand National (G3) having warmed up in the Rehearsal Chase (G2) at Chepstow in December. Three years later, another of Blue Petrel’s descendants, The Bajan Bandit, who was out of Sunrise Highway, a grand-daughter of Sagotox, picked up a couple of Grade 2 bumpers. Those were just two of the 15 wins The Bajan Bandit clocked up for trainer Len Lungo, mostly at Carlisle and Ayr, from 37 starts. The Bajan Bandit’s younger brother Therealbandit was similarly talented, running up a sequence of victories in 2003-04, including several times at Cheltenham, albeit outside of the Festival, for Martin and David Pipe. Ironically, however, his biggest moment came in the north at Wetherby when winning the Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase (G3) on Boxing Day in 2005. Champagne Fever may have a lot to live up to with his more distant relatives, but he is the most talented to date of his siblings. Prior to her Cheltenham Festival winner, Forever Bubbles’s best foal was her 2004 Presenting gelding, named somewhat obviously Presenting Forever. That gelding made headlines in 2008 when purchased by Howard Johnson for £370,000

at the DBS Spring Sales on behalf of Graham and Andrea Wylie. At that stage the gelding was the winner of a point-to-point in Ireland and had been placed in a novice hurdle. After his expensive purchase he did not see a racecourse until the following March, falling at Wetherby when sent off a heavy favourite. His first victory in the Wylie colours came in a maiden chase at Sedgefield and another win followed almost a year later at Carlisle. Never heavily raced or tried, Presenting Forever seemed to be coming into his own in the 2010-11 season when narrowly beaten by Midnight Chase in a Listed contest at Cheltenham. Two months later he fell again in the Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster on what would be his final racecourse appearance. Forever Bubbles’s first foal to race was Lord Gee (Topanoora) who was successful in a point-to-point and twice placed over hurdles, while her third foal, Allys Bubble (Luso), was also placed over hurdles. In between foaling Presenting Forever and Champagne Fever, Forever Bubbles produced a colt by Revoque. After Champagne Forever, who was purchased for €17,500 by Michael O’Mara at the Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale in 2010, Forever Bubbles was not covered in 2008 and 2010, and sadly produced a dead foal by Stowaway in 2010. The stallion, a son of Slip Anchor who stands at Whytemount Stud in Ireland, was the most active stallion in Europe last year, covering a massive 320 mares, in spite of being 20 and having covered modest books until recently. Among that bumper book of mares was Forever Bubbles, who is due to foal a full sibling to Champagne Forever this spring.


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international database 2008: Erkios (c Leadership) ran on the flat in France. 2009: Diamant Rouge (g Leadership)

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Broodmare Sire: HECTOR PROTECTOR. Sire of the dams of 14 Stakes winners. In 2012 - CHINCHON Marju G3. Try My Best Last Tycoon Mill Princess MARJU br 88 Artaius Flame of Tara Welsh Flame CHINCHON b c 2005 Woodman Hector Protector Korveya JARAMA ch 2000 Tejano Tijuana Tango Northern Prancer

53 - Blue Square Winter Derby, G3, Lingfield Park, March 24, 10f

Data supplied by Weatherbys EUROPE 52 - Prix Exbury, G3, Saint-Cloud, March 17, 2000m 1 Chinchon (IRE) 7 b c Marju (IRE) Jarama (IRE) (Hector Protector (USA)) 2 War Is War (IRE) 4 b c Galileo (IRE) Walkamia (FR) (Linamix (FR)) 3 Saga Dream (FR) 6 gr g Sagacity (FR) Manixa (FR) (Manninamix (GB)) Age: 2-7; Starts: 25; Wins: 6; Places: 11 Earnings: £862,892 Sire: MARJU. Sire of 58 Stakes winners. In 2012 - CHINCHON Hector Protector G3. 1st Dam: JARAMA by Hector Protector. Winner at 3 in France. Dam of 3 winners: 2005: CHINCHON (c Marju) 6 wins to 2012 in France, USA, Betfair TVG United Nations S G1, La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte G3, Prix Exbury G3 (twice), 2nd United Nations S G1, Grand Prix de Chantilly G2, Prix de Boulogne LR, 3rd P.Eugene Adam ( Maisons-Laffitte) G2, La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte G3, Prix Exbury G3. 2006: FUNES (g Iron Mask) 3 wins at 3 in Spain. 2007: ESPARTACO (c Leadership) 94 at 3 in France. Winner

1 Premio Loco (USA) 8 ch g Prized (USA) - Crazee Mental (GB) (Magic Ring (IRE)) 2 Cai Shen (IRE) 4 ch c Iffraaj (GB) Collada (IRE) (Desert Prince (IRE)) 3 Circumvent (GB) 5 ch g Tobougg (IRE) - Seren Devious (GB) (Dr Devious (IRE)) Age: 2-8; Starts: 32; Wins: 13; Places: 7 Earnings: £565,303 Sire: PRIZED. Sire of 26 Stakes winners. In 2012 - PREMIO LOCO Magic Ring G3. 1st Dam: Crazee Mental by Magic Ring. Winner at 2, 2nd Shadwell Stud Cheveley Park S G1. Dam of 2 winners: 2002: RAMSGILL (g Prized) 4 wins at 3 and 4. 2004: PREMIO LOCO (g Prized) Sold 19,000gns yearling at TADEY. 13 wins at 3 to 8, 2012 at home, Germany, APC Industrial Services Park S G2, Summer Mile S G2, Grosser Europa Meile G2, Darley Oettingen-Rennen G2, Sunley Criterion S G3, Blue Square Winter Derby G3, On The House S LR, Ladybird S LR, 2nd Eddie Stobart Park S G2, Nayef Joel S G2, Winter Derby G3, Totepool Midsummer S LR, 3rd JLT Lockinge S G1, Sussex S G1. 2nd Dam: CORN FUTURES by Nomination. 1 win at 2. Dam of Crazee Mental (f Magic Ring, see above), Siena Gold (f Key of Luck: 3rd EBF Bosra Sham Fillies’ S LR), Balmont Mast (g Balmont: 3rd Mercury S LR). Grandam of SIRCE. Broodmare Sire: MAGIC RING. Sire of the dams of 6 Stakes winners. In 2012 PREMIO LOCO Prized G3.


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PRIZED b 86 My Dad George My Turbulent Miss Turbulent Miss PREMIO LOCO ch g 2004 Green Desert Magic Ring Emaline CRAZEE MENTAL b 95 Nomination Corn Futures Hay Reef

54 - Lodge Park EBF Park Express Stakes, G3, Curragh, March 24, 8f 1 Chrysanthemum (IRE) 4 b f Danehill Dancer (IRE) - Well Spoken (IRE) (Sadler’s Wells (USA)) 2 Twirl (IRE) 3 b f Galileo (IRE) - Butterfly Cove (USA) (Storm Cat (USA)) 3 Princess Sinead (IRE) 3 b/br f Jeremy (USA) - Princess Atoosa (USA) (Gone West (USA)) Age: 2-4; Starts: 6; Wins: 3; Places: 1 Earnings: £130,177 Sire: DANEHILL DANCER. Sire of 135 Stakes winners. In 2012 - ATOMIC FORCE Luskin Star G1, STEPS IN TIME O’Reilly G2, CHRYSANTHEMUM Sadler’s Wells G3. 1st Dam: WELL SPOKEN by Sadler’s Wells. Winner over jumps in France. Dam of 1 winner: 2007: Division Alpha (c Dubai Destination) 2008: CHRYSANTHEMUM (f Danehill Dancer) Sold 92,464gns yearling at ARAUG. 3 wins at 2 and 4, C L Weld Park S G3, Lodge Park EBF Park Express S G3, Flame of Tara EBF S LR, 3rd Stobart Ireland Pretty Polly S G1. 2009: Sweet Cassandra (f Dalakhani) unraced to date. 2011: (f Dylan Thomas) 2nd Dam: SAINTLY SPEECH by Southern Halo. 2 wins at 2 Princess Margaret S G3. Broodmare Sire: SADLER’S WELLS. Sire of the dams of 269 Stakes winners. In 2012 - MASTER OF HOUNDS Kingmambo G1, VISCOUNT NELSON Giant’s Causeway G2, CHRYSANTHEMUM Danehill Dancer G3, FOX HUNT Dubawi G3, CASTLETHORPE Not A Single Doubt LR, CAPTAIN CONAN Kingsalsa LR. The Danehill Dancer/Sadler’s Wells cross has produced: CHRYSANTHEMUM G1, WILD WIND G1, SALUT D’AMOUR G2, DANEHILL MUSIC G3, DANEHILL’S PEARL LR, UNACCOMPANIED LR, Berry Blaze G1, Kissable G1, Queen Mira G2, Sapphire Pendant G3, Fiumicino LR, Foolish Ambition LR, Kingdom of

Danehill Razyana DANEHILL DANCER b 93 Sharpen Up Mira Adonde Lettre d’Amour CHRYSANTHEMUM b f 2008 Northern Dancer Sadler’s Wells Fairy Bridge WELL SPOKEN b 2002 Southern Halo Saintly Speech Eloquent Minister

USA 55 - SANTA MARIA STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, February 18, 8f 110yds 1 Ellafitz (USA) 5 b f Tiznow (USA) Skat Girl (USA) (Dixieland Band (USA)) 2 Vision In Gold (USA) 5 b/br f Medaglia d’Oro (USA) - Corporate Vision (USA) (Corporate Report (USA)) 2 Miss Mittagong (USA) 5 b f Pleasantly Perfect (USA) - Go Go (USA) (Falstaff (USA)) 56 - BARBARA FRITCHIE HANDICAP, G2, Laurel, February 18, 7f 1 Magical Feeling (USA) 6 b/br f Empire Maker (USA) - Magical Mood (GB) (Forestry (USA)) 2 Nicole H (USA) 5 b/br f Mr Greeley (USA) - Hot Chipotle (USA) (Victory Gallop (CAN)) 3 C C’s Pal (USA) 5 b f Alex’s Pal (USA) Roca (USA) (Noactor (USA)) 57 - GULFSTREAM PARK SPRINT CH’SHIP STAKES, G2, Gulfstream Park, February 18, 7f 1 Force Freeze (USA) 7 b/br c Forest Camp (USA) - Antifreeze (USA) (It’s Freezing (USA)) 2 Troilus (USA) 4 b/br c Speightstown (USA) - Gal From Seattle (USA) (A P Indy (USA)) 3 Capt Candyman Can (USA) 6 b g Candy Ride (ARG) - Stormy Way (USA) (Storm Creek (USA)) 58 - EL CAMINO REAL DERBY, G3, Golden Gate, February 18, 9f 1 Daddy Nose Best (USA) 3 b c Scat Daddy (USA) - Follow Your Bliss (USA) (Thunder Gulch (USA)) 2 Lucky Chappy (IRE) 3 b c High Chaparral (IRE) - Germane (GB) (Distant Relative) 3 Handsome Mike (USA) 3 b/br c Scat Daddy (USA) - Classic Strike (USA)

international database (Smart Strike (CAN)) 59 - SAN VICENTE STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, February 19, 7f 1 Drill (USA) 3 b/br c Lawyer Ron (USA) - Cat Dancer (USA) (Storm Cat (USA)) 2 American Act (USA) 3 b g Quiet American (USA) - Revolutionary Act (USA) (Boston Harbor (USA)) 3 Creative Cause (USA) 3 gr/ro c Giant’s Causeway (USA) - Dream of Summer (USA) (Siberian Summer (USA)) 60 - HURRICANE BERTIE STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, February 19, 6f 110yds 1 R Holiday Mood (USA) 4 b f Trippi (USA) - Polish Holiday (USA) (Danzig (USA)) 2 Funny Sunny (USA) 4 gr/ro f Sharp Humor (USA) - Sunny Laugh (USA) (Relaunch (USA)) 3 Her Smile (USA) 4 b/br f Include (USA) - Hepburn (USA) (Capote (USA)) 61 - BUENA VISTA HANDICAP, G2, Santa Anita, February 20, 8f 1 City To City (USA) 5 ch f City Zip (USA) - Stormbow (USA) (Storm Cat (USA)) 2 Up In Time (GB) 4 ch f Noverre (USA) Up At Dawn (GB) (Inchinor (GB)) 3 Wild Mia (USA) 5 gr/ro f Wildcat Heir (USA) - Love Mia (ARG) (El Sultan (ARG)) 62 - SOUTHWEST STAKES, G3, Oaklawn Park, February 20, 8f 1 Secret Circle (USA) 3 b c Eddington (USA) - Ragtime Hope (USA) (Dixieland Band (USA)) 2 Scatman (USA) 3 b c Scat Daddy (USA) - Hit It Here Cafe (USA) (Grand Slam (USA)) 3 Adirondack King (USA) 3 b c Lawyer Ron (USA) - Jostle (USA) (Brocco (USA)) 63 - SOUTHWEST STAKES, G3, Oaklawn Park, February 20, 8f 1 Castaway (USA) 3 b c Street Sense (USA) - Priceless Storm (USA) (Storm Cat (USA)) 2 Jake Mo (USA) 3 b/br c Giacomo (USA) - Credit Approval (USA) (With Approval (CAN)) 3 Reckless Jerry (USA) 3 ch c Cactus Ridge (USA) - Miss Moneywise (USA) (Crafty Prospector (USA))

64 - GENERAL GEORGE HANDICAP, G2, Laurel, February 20, 7f 1 Yawanna Twist (USA) 5 b c Yonaguska (USA) - Twist And Pop (USA) (Oliver’s Twist (USA)) 2 This Ones For Phil (USA) 6 ch g Untuttable (USA) - Heaven’s Gate (USA) (Septieme Ciel (USA)) 3 Toby’s Corner (USA) 4 ch c Bellamy Road (USA) - Brandon’s Ride (USA) (Mister Frisky (USA)) 65 - TAMPA BAY STAKES, G3, Tampa Bay Downs, February 25, 8f 110yds 1 Roman Tiger (USA) 7 b g Tiger Ridge (USA) - Sunny’s Freckles (USA) (Sam’s Sunny Hour (USA)) 2 El Commodore (USA) 5 b c El Prado (IRE) - Fancy Clancy (USA) (Rahy (USA)) 3 Swift Warrior (USA) 4 ch c First Samurai (USA) - Afleet Summer (USA) (Afleet (CAN)) 66 - SAN CARLOS STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, February 25, 7f 1 The Factor (USA) 4 gr/ro c War Front (USA) - Greyciousness (USA) (Miswaki (USA)) 2 Sway Away (USA) 4 b c Afleet Alex (USA) - Seattle Shimmer (USA) (Seattle Slew (USA)) 3 Amazombie (USA) 6 b g Northern Afleet (USA) - Wilshe Amaze (USA) (In Excess) 67 - THE VERY ONE STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, February 25, 11f 1 Here To Win (BRZ) 6 b/br f Roi Normand (USA) - Ascot Belle (BRZ) (Falcon Jet (BRZ)) 2 Keertana (USA) 6 b/br f Johar (USA) Motokiks (USA) (Storm Cat (USA)) 3 Woodford Belle (USA) 5 b/br f Arch (USA) - Tis Me (USA) (Notebook (USA)) 68 - SABIN STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, February 25, 8f 110yds 1 Awesome Maria (USA) 5 gr/ro f Maria’s Mon (USA) - Discreetly Awesome (USA) (Awesome Again (CAN)) 2 Royal Delta (USA) 4 b/br f Empire Maker (USA) - Delta Princess (USA) (A P Indy (USA)) 3 Groupie Doll (USA) 4 ch f Bowman’s Band (USA) - Deputy Doll (USA) (Silver Deputy (CAN))

69 - DAVONA DALE STAKES, G2, Gulfstream Park, February 25, 8f 110yds 1 Yara (USA) 3 ch f Put It Back (USA) Ashlee’s Lady (USA) (Gilded Time (USA)) 2 Grace Hall (USA) 3 b f Empire Maker (USA) - Season’s Greetings (IRE) (Ezzoud (IRE)) 3 Captivating Lass (USA) 3 ch f A P Indy (USA) - Folk (USA) (Quiet American (USA)) 70 - RISEN STAR STAKES, G2, Fair Grounds, February 25, 8f 110yds 1 El Padrino (USA) 3 ch c Pulpit (USA) Enchanted Rock (USA) (Giant’s Causeway (USA)) 2 Mark Valeski (USA) 3 b c Proud Citizen (USA) - Pocho’s Dream Girl (USA) (Fortunate Prospect (USA)) 3 Z Dager (USA) 3 b c Mizzen Mast (USA) - Fees Waived (USA) (Wavering Monarch (USA)) 71 - RACHEL ALEXANDRA STAKES, G3, Fair Grounds, February 25, 8f 110yds 1 Summer Applause (USA) 3 b f Harlan’s Holiday (USA) - Summer Exhibition (USA) (Royal Academy (USA)) 2 Avie’s Sense (USA) 3 b/br f Street Sense (USA) - Fly For Avie (USA) (Lord Avie (USA)) 3 Inny Minnie (USA) 3 ch f Hard Spun (USA) - Inny River (USA) (Seattle Slew (USA)) 72 - MINESHAFT HANDICAP, G3, Fair Grounds, February 25, 8f 110yds 1 Nates Mineshaft (USA) 5 b c Mineshaft (USA) - Angel’s Tearlet (CAN) (Silver Deputy (CAN)) 2 Fast Alex (USA) 5 b/br c Afleet Alex (USA) - Unaffordable (USA) (Unbridled (USA)) 3 Alma d’Oro (USA) 6 b c Medaglia d’Oro (USA) - Brenda D S (USA) (Fortunate Prospect (USA)) 73 - FAIR GROUNDS HANDICAP, G3, Fair Grounds, February 25, 9f 1 Smart Bid (USA) 6 b/br c Smart Strike (CAN) - Recording (USA) (Danzig (USA)) 2 Mr Vegas (USA) 5 ch c Freud (USA) Lhotse (USA) (The Minstrel (CAN)) 3 Dubious Miss (USA) 8 b/br c E Dubai (USA) - Cryptoclover (USA) (Mountain Cat (USA))

74 - MAC DIARMIDA STAKES, G2, Gulfstream Park, February 26, 11f 1 Simmard (USA) 7 ch c Dixieland Band (USA) - Dibs (USA) (Spectacular Bid (USA)) 2 Newsdad (USA) 4 b/br c Arch (USA) Storm Tracer (USA) (Pulpit (USA)) 3 Musketier (GER) 10 gr/ro c Acatenango (GER) - Myth And Reality (GB) (Linamix (FR)) 75 - FASIG-TIPTON FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH STAKES, G2, Gulfstream Park, February 26, 8f 110yds 1 Union Rags (USA) 3 b c Dixie Union (USA) - Tempo (USA) (Gone West (USA)) 2 News Pending (USA) 3 b/br c Harlan’s Holiday (USA) - Motivated Sreva (USA) (Lear Fan (USA)) 3 Discreet Dancer (USA) 3 ch c Discreet Cat (USA) - West Side Dancer (USA) (Gone West (USA)) 76 - SANTA ANITA HANDICAP, G1, Santa Anita, March 3, 10f 1 Ron The Greek (USA) 5 b c Full Mandate (USA) - Flambe’ (USA) (Fortunate Prospect (USA)) 2 Setsuko (USA) 5 b c Pleasantly Perfect (USA) - Dance With Grace (USA) (Mr Prospector (USA)) 3 Uh Oh Bango (USA) 5 b/br r Top Hit (USA) - French Debutante (USA) (French Deputy (USA)) 77 - LAS VIRGENES STAKES, G1, Santa Anita, March 3, 8f 1 Eden’s Moon (USA) 3 b f Malibu Moon (USA) - Eden’s Causeway (USA) (Giant’s Causeway (USA)) 2 Reneesgotzip (USA) 3 ch f City Zip (USA) - No Dress Code (USA) (Distorted Humor (USA)) 3 Open Water (USA) 3 b/br f Include (USA) - Biscayne Bay (USA) (A P Indy (USA)) 78 - FRANK E KILROE MILE STAKES, G1, Santa Anita, March 3, 8f 1 Willyconker (IRE) 5 b g Pyrus (USA) Arme Fatale (IRE) (Trempolino (USA)) 2 Mr Commons (USA) 4 b c Artie Schiller (USA) - Joustabout (USA) (Apalachee (USA)) 3 Compari (USA) 6 b g Redattore (BRZ) Southern Charm (USA) (Dixieland Band (USA)) 79 - CANADIAN TURF STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, March 3, 8f 1 Doubles Partner (USA) 5 b c Rock 95

international database Hard Ten (USA) - Serena’s Sister (USA) (Rahy (USA)) 2 Trend (USA) 5 b g Sligo Bay (IRE) - My Chanel (USA) (Gilded Time (USA)) 3 Data Link (USA) 4 b c War Front (USA) - Database (USA) (Known Fact (USA)) 80 - TOP FLIGHT HANDICAP, G2, Aqueduct, March 3, 8f 110yds 1 It’s Tricky (USA) 4 b f Mineshaft (USA) - Catboat (USA) (Tale of The Cat (USA)) 2 Love And Pride (USA) 4 b/br f A P Indy (USA) - Ile de France (USA) (Storm Cat (USA)) 3 Bahama Bound (USA) 5 b f Empire Maker (USA) - Summer Wind Dancer (USA) (Siberian Summer (USA)) 81 - TOM FOOL HANDICAP, G3, Aqueduct, March 3, 6f 1 Calibrachoa (USA) 5 b/br c Southern Image (USA) - Fort Lauderdale (USA) (Montbrook (USA)) 2 Caleb’s Posse (USA) 4 b c Posse (USA) - Abbey’s Missy (USA) (Slewacide (USA)) 3 Emcee (USA) 4 b/br c Unbridled’s Song (USA) - Surf Club (USA) (Ocean Crest (USA)) 82 - GOTHAM STAKES, G3, Aqueduct, March 3, 8f 110yds 1 Hansen (USA) 3 gr/ro c Tapit (USA) Stormy Sunday (USA) (Sir Cat (USA)) 2 My Adonis (USA) 3 b c Pleasantly Perfect (USA) - Silent Justice (USA) (Elusive Quality (USA)) 3 Finnegans Wake (USA) 3 b c Powerscourt (GB) - Boat’s Ghost (USA) (Silver Ghost (USA)) 83 - TAMPA BAY DERBY, G2, Tampa Bay Downs, March 10, 8f 110yds 1 Prospective (USA) 3 b/br c Malibu Moon (USA) - Spirited Away (USA) (Awesome Again (CAN)) 2 Golden Ticket (USA) 3 b/br c Speightstown (USA) - Business Plan (USA) (Deputy Minister (CAN)) 3 Cozzetti (USA) 3 gr/ro c Cozzene (USA) - Lemon Drop Cello (USA) (Lemon Drop Kid (USA)) 84 - HILLSBOROUGH STAKES, G3, Tampa Bay Downs, March 10, 9f 1 Zagora (FR) 5 ch f Green Tune (USA) Zaneton (FR) (Mtoto) 2 Federation (GB) 4 b f Motivator (GB) Flirtation (GB) (Pursuit of Love (GB)) 3 Unbridled Humor (USA) 5 gr/ro f Distorted Humor (USA) - Devotion Unbridled (USA) (Unbridled (USA))


85 - SAN FELIPE STAKES, G2, Santa Anita, March 10, 8f 110yds 1 Creative Cause (USA) 3 gr/ro c Giant’s Causeway (USA) - Dream of Summer (USA) (Siberian Summer (USA)) 2 Bodemeister (USA) 3 b c Empire Maker (USA) - Untouched Talent (USA) (Storm Cat (USA)) 3 Midnight Transfer (USA) 3 ch c Hard Spun (USA) - French Satin (USA) (French Deputy (USA)) 86 - RAZORBACK HANDICAP, G3, Oaklawn Park, March 10, 8f 110yds 1 Alternation (USA) 4 b/br c Distorted Humor (USA) - Alternate (USA) (Seattle Slew (USA)) 2 Tapizar (USA) 4 b c Tapit (USA) Winning Call (USA) (Deputy Minister (CAN)) 3 Color Me Blue (USA) 6 b g Flatter (USA) - Lady of Blue (USA) (Danzig Connection (USA)) 87 - HONEYBEE STAKES, G3, Oaklawn Park, March 10, 8f 110yds 1 On Fire Baby (USA) 3 gr/ro f Smoke Glacken (USA) - Ornate (USA) (Gilded Time (USA)) 2 Amie’s Dini (USA) 3 b/br f Bandini (USA) - Run Kate Run (USA) (Cherokee Run (USA)) 3 Colonial Empress (USA) 3 b/br f Empire Maker (USA) - Colonella (USA) (Pleasant Colony (USA)) 88 - SWALE STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, March 10, 7f 1 Trinniberg (USA) 3 b/br c Teuflesberg (USA) - Bella Dorato (USA) (Goldminers Gold (CAN)) 2 Hello Prince (USA) 3 b c Halo’s Image (USA) - Jestress (USA) (Doneraile Court (USA)) 3 Ever So Lucky (USA) 3 b c Indian Charlie (USA) - Bally Storm (USA) (Summer Squall (USA)) 89 - GULFSTREAM PARK HANDICAP, G2, Gulfstream Park, March 10, 8f 1 Mucho Macho Man (USA) 4 b c Macho Uno (USA) - Ponche de Leona (USA) (Ponche (CAN)) 2 Tackleberry (USA) 5 b/br g Montbrook (USA) - Box of Joy (USA) (Concerto (USA)) 3 Jackson Bend (USA) 5 ch c Hear No Evil (USA) - Sexy Stockings (USA) (Tabasco Cat (USA))

90 - CICADA STAKES, G3, Aqueduct, March 10, 6f 1 Agave Kiss (USA) 3 ch f Lion Heart (USA) - Salty Romance (USA) (Salt Lake (USA)) 2 Corderosa (USA) 3 b f Aldebaran (USA) - Danzing Celtic (USA) (Danzig (USA)) 3 Alydarla (USA) 3 ch f Henny Hughes (USA) - Mamboalot (USA) (Kingmambo (USA)) 91 - LAS FLORES STAKES, G3, Santa Anita, March 11, 6f 110yds 1 Izzy Rules (USA) 5 b f Peace Rules (USA) - Da Dance (USA) (Dayjur (USA)) 2 Spectacular Sky (USA) 4 ch f Sky Mesa (USA) - La Princesse Jolie (USA) (Boone’s Mill (USA)) 3 She’s Cheeky (USA) 7 b f Black Minnaloushe (USA) - Zadkiel (USA) (Saint Ballado (CAN)) 92 - PALM BEACH STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, March 11, 9f 1 Howe Great (USA) 3 b/br c Hat Trick (JPN) - Ginger Sea (SAF) (Western Winter (USA)) 2 Dullahan (USA) 3 ch c Even the Score (USA) - Mining My Own (USA) (Smart Strike (CAN)) 3 Csaba (USA) 3 b c Kitten’s Joy (USA) High Chant (USA) (War Chant (USA)) 93 - HERECOMESTHEBRIDE STAKES, G3, Gulfstream Park, March 11, 9f 1 Dayatthespa (USA) 3 ch f City Zip (USA) - M’Lady Doc (USA) (Doc’s Leader (USA)) 2 Regalo Mia (USA) 3 b f Sligo Bay (IRE) Shake It Up (USA) (Red Bullet (USA)) 3 Dixie Strike (CAN) 3 b f Dixie Union (USA) - Noble Strike (CAN) (Smart Strike (CAN)) 94 - SANTA MARGARITA INVITATIONAL STAKES, G1, Santa Anita, March 17, 9f 1 Include Me Out (USA) 4 b/br f Include (USA) - Don’t Trick Her (USA) (Mazel Trick (USA)) 2 Love Theway Youare (USA) 4 b/br f Arch (USA) - Diversa (USA) (Tabasco Cat (USA)) 3 Miss Mittagong (USA) 5 b f Pleasantly Perfect (USA) - Go Go (USA) (Falstaff (USA)) 95 - REBEL STAKES, G2, Oaklawn Park, March 17, 8f 110yds 1 Secret Circle (USA) 3 b c Eddington

(USA) - Ragtime Hope (USA) (Dixieland Band (USA)) 2 Optimizer (USA) 3 b c English Channel (USA) - Indy Pick (USA) (A P Indy (USA)) 3 Scatman (USA) 3 b c Scat Daddy (USA) - Hit It Here Cafe (USA) (Grand Slam (USA)) 96 - AZERI STAKES, G3, Oaklawn Park, March 17, 8f 110yds 1 Tiz Miz Sue (USA) 5 b/br f Tiznow (USA) - Sue’s Good News (USA) (Woodman (USA)) 2 She’s All In (USA) 5 b/br f Include (USA) - Georgia Ok (USA) (Hickory Ridge (USA)) 3 Joyful Victory (CAN) 4 gr/ro f Tapit (USA) - Wild Lucy Black (USA) (Wild Again (USA)) 97 - INSIDE INFORMATION STAKES, G2, Gulfstream Park, March 17, 7f 1 Musical Romance (USA) 5 b/br f Concorde’s Tune (USA) Candlelightdinner (USA) (Slew Gin Fizz (USA)) 2 Hot Summer (USA) 4 b/br f Malibu Moon (USA) - Summer Delight (USA) (Quiet American (USA)) 3 Groupie Doll (USA) 4 ch f Bowman’s Band (USA) - Deputy Doll (USA) (Silver Deputy (CAN)) 98 - EXCELSIOR STAKES, G3, Aqueduct, March 17, 9f 1 Marilyn’s Guy (USA) 6 gr/ro g Yonaguska (USA) - Marilyn Merlot (USA) (Unbridled’s Song (USA)) 2 San Pablo (USA) 4 b/br c Jump Start (USA) - Hunt’s Corner (USA) (Silver Ghost (USA)) 3 Norman Asbjornson (USA) 4 b c Real Quiet (USA) - Merryland Missy (USA) (Citidancer (USA)) 99 - HONEY FOX STAKES, G2, Gulfstream Park, March 18, 8f 1 Tapitsfly (USA) 5 gr/ro f Tapit (USA) Flying Marlin (USA) (Marlin (USA)) 2 Bay To Bay (USA) 5 b f Sligo Bay (IRE) Bala (CAN) (With Approval (CAN)) 3 La Reine Lionne (USA) 5 b f Leroidesanimaux (BRZ) - Unbridled Lover (USA) (Unbridled (USA))

UAE 100 - AL TAYER MOTORS AL FAHIDI FORT STAKES, G2, Meydan, February 16, 1600m 1 Viscount Nelson (USA) 5 b c Giant’s Causeway (USA) - Imagine (IRE)

international database (Sadler’s Wells (USA)) 2 Albaasil (IRE) 4 b c Dansili (GB) Wrong Key (IRE) (Key of Luck (USA)) 3 Master of Hounds (USA) 4 b c Kingmambo (USA) - Silk And Scarlet (GB) (Sadler’s Wells (USA)) Storm Bird Storm Cat Terlingua GIANT’S CAUSEWAY ch 97 Rahy Mariah’s Storm Immense VISCOUNT NELSON b c 2007 Northern Dancer Sadler’s Wells Fairy Bridge IMAGINE b 98 Master Derby Doff The Derby Margarethen

101 - SOG OPERATIONS BALANCHINE STAKES, G2, Meydan, February 17, 1800m 1 Mahbooba (AUS) 5 b f Galileo (IRE) Sogha (AUS) (Red Ransom (USA)) 2 First City (GB) 6 b f Diktat (GB) - City Maiden (USA) (Carson City (USA)) 3 Reem (AUS) 5 ch f Galileo (IRE) - Al Afreet (AUS) (Danehill (USA)) Northern Dancer Sadler’s Wells Fairy Bridge GALILEO b 98 Miswaki Urban Sea Allegretta MAHBOOBA b f 2007 Roberto Red Ransom Arabia SOGHA b 2002 Diesis Marple Great Lady Slew

102 - S & M AL NABOODAH GROUP UAE OAKS, G3, Meydan, February 23, 1800m 1 Falls of Lora (IRE) 3 b f Street Cry (IRE) - Firth of Lorne (IRE) (Danehill (USA)) 2 Mary Fildes (IRE) 3 b f Chineur (FR) Scarlet Empress (GB) (Second Empire (IRE)) 3 Alsindi (IRE) 3 b f Acclamation (GB) Needles And Pins (IRE) (Fasliyev (USA)) Mr Prospector Machiavellian Coup de Folie STREET CRY b/br 98 Troy Helen Street Waterway FALLS OF LORA b f 2009 Danzig Danehill Razyana FIRTH OF LORNE b 99 Diesis Kerrera Rimosa’s Pet

103 - S & M AL NABOODAH GROUP MEYDAN CLASSIC, L, Meydan, February 23, 1600m

1 Burano (IRE) 3 ch c Dalakhani (IRE) Kalimanta (IRE) (Lake Coniston (IRE)) 2 Entifaadha (GB) 3 b c Dansili (GB) Model Queen (USA) (Kingmambo (USA)) 3 Noor Zabeel (USA) 3 b c Elusive Quality (USA) - Brave the Storm (USA) (Storm Cat (USA))

Shirley Heights Darshaan Delsy DALAKHANI gr 2000 Miswaki Daltawa Damana BURANO ch c 2009 Bluebird Lake Coniston Persian Polly KALIMANTA b 97 Green Dancer Kalamba Kareena

104 - COMMERCIAL BANK OF DUBAI ZABEEL MILE, G2, Meydan, March 1, 1600m

1 Do It All (USA) 5 b/br c Distorted Humor (USA) - Stupendous Miss (USA) (Dynaformer (USA)) 2 Derbaas (USA) 6 b c Seeking The Gold (USA) - Sultana (USA) (Storm Cat (USA)) 3 Dux Scholar (GB) 4 b c Oasis Dream (GB) - Alumni (GB) (Selkirk (USA))

Mr Prospector Forty Niner File DISTORTED HUMOR ch 93 Danzig Danzig’s Beauty Sweetest Chant DO IT ALL b/br c 2007 Roberto Dynaformer Andover Way STUPENDOUS MISS br 2001 Caerleon Subeen Khamsin

105 - ATTIJARI AL ISLAMI NAD AL SHEBA TROPHY, G3, Meydan, March 1, 2800m

1 Fox Hunt (IRE) 5 ch g Dubawi (IRE) Kiltubber (IRE) (Sadler’s Wells (USA)) 2 Opinion Poll (IRE) 6 b c Halling (USA) Ahead (Shirley Heights) 3 Jakkalberry (IRE) 6 b c Storming Home (GB) - Claba di San Jore (IRE) (Barathea (IRE))

Seeking The Gold Dubai Millennium Colorado Dancer DUBAWI b 2002 Deploy Zomaradah Jawaher FOX HUNT ch g 2007 Northern Dancer Sadler’s Wells Fairy Bridge KILTUBBER b 99 Priolo Priory Belle Ingabelle

106 - SHADWELL JEBEL ALI SPRINT, L, Jebel Ali, March 9, 1000m 1 Russian Rock (IRE) 5 b c Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) - Mala Mala (IRE) (Brief Truce (USA)) 2 Fityaan (GB) 4 b g Haafhd (GB) - Welsh Diva (GB) (Selkirk (USA)) 3 Kilt Rock (IRE) 5 ch g Giant’s Causeway (USA) - Eliza (USA) (Mt Livermore (USA)) Danzig Danehill Razyana ROCK OF GIBRALTAR b 99 Be My Guest Offshore Boom Push A Button RUSSIAN ROCK b c 2007 Irish River Brief Truce Falafel MALA MALA b 98 Commanche Run Breyani Molokai

(IRE) - Lady Karr (GB) (Mark of Esteem (IRE)) 2 Cavalryman (GB) 6 b c Halling (USA) Silversword (FR) (Highest Honor (FR)) 3 Songcraft (IRE) 4 b g Singspiel (IRE) Baya (USA) (Nureyev (USA)) 3 Campanologist (USA) 7 b c Kingmambo (USA) - Ring of Music (GB) (Sadler’s Wells (USA))

Northern Dancer Sadler’s Wells Fairy Bridge GALILEO b 98 Miswaki Urban Sea Allegretta MIKHAIL GLINKA b c 2007 Darshaan Mark of Esteem Homage LADY KARR b 2001 Blakeney Percy’s Lass Laughing Girl

109 - SKY CARGO BURJ NAHAAR, G3, Meydan, March 10, 1600m

1 African Story (GB) 5 ch c Pivotal (GB) - Blixen (USA) (Gone West (USA)) 2 Snaafy (USA) 8 b c Kingmambo (USA) - Nafisah (IRE) (Lahib (USA)) 3 Musir (AUS) 6 b c Redoute’s Choice (AUS) - Dizzy de Lago (AUS) (Encosta de

107 - SKYWARDS MAHAB AL SHIMAAL, G3, Meydan, March 10, 1200m 1 Krypton Factor (GB) 4 b/br g Kyllachy (GB) - Cool Question (GB) (Polar Falcon (USA)) 2 Hitchens (IRE) 7 b g Acclamation (GB) - Royal Fizz (IRE) (Royal Academy (USA)) 3 August Rush (SAF) 6 ch c Var (USA) Bushgirl (ZIM) (Huntingdale)

Lago (AUS))

Nureyev Polar Falcon Marie d’Argonne PIVOTAL ch 93 Cozzene Fearless Revival Stufida AFRICAN STORY ch c 2007 Mr Prospector Gone West Secrettame BLIXEN b 98 Danehill Danish Tea House

Polar Falcon Pivotal Fearless Revival KYLLACHY b 98 Song Pretty Poppy Moonlight Serenade KRYPTON FACTOR b/br g 2008 Nureyev Polar Falcon Marie d’Argonne COOL QUESTION b 2000 Efisio Quiz Time Explosiva

110 - EMIRATES AIRLINE JEBEL HATTA, G1, Meydan, March 10, 1800m

1 Master of Hounds (USA) 4 b c Kingmambo (USA) - Silk And Scarlet (GB) (Sadler’s Wells (USA)) 2 City Style (USA) 6 ch g City Zip (USA) -

108 - SKYWARDS DUBAI CITY OF GOLD STAKES, G2, Meydan, March 10, 2400m

Brattothecore (CAN) (Katahaula County (CAN)) 3 Mutahadee (IRE) 4 b c Encosta de Lago (AUS) - Mosaique Bleue (GB)

1 Mikhail Glinka (IRE) 5 b c Galileo

(Shirley Heights)


international database Raise A Native Mr Prospector Gold Digger KINGMAMBO b 90 Nureyev Miesque Pasadoble MASTER OF HOUNDS b c 2008 Northern Dancer Sadler’s Wells Fairy Bridge SILK AND SCARLET b 2002 Lyphard Danilova Ballinderry

111 - EMIRATES AL MAKTOUM CHALLENGE R3, G1, Meydan, March 10, 2000m 1 Capponi (IRE) 5 ch c Medicean (GB) Nawaiet (USA) (Zilzal (USA)) 2 Silver Pond (FR) 5 gr c Act One (GB) Silver Fame (USA) (Quest For Fame) 3 Prince Bishop (IRE) 5 ch g Dubawi (IRE) - North East Bay (USA) (Prospect Bay (CAN)) Mr Prospector Machiavellian Coup de Folie MEDICEAN ch 97 Storm Bird Mystic Goddess Rose Goddess CAPPONI ch c 2007 Nureyev Zilzal French Charmer NAWAIET ch 91 Red God Greenland Park Centre Piece

112 - EMIRATES AL BASTAKIYA, L, Meydan, March 10, 1800m 1 Mickdaam (IRE) 3 b c Dubawi (IRE) Ribot’s Guest (IRE) (Be My Guest (USA)) 2 Surfer (USA) 3 ch c Distorted Humor (USA) - Surf Club (USA) (Ocean Crest (USA)) 3 Counterglow (IRE) 3 b g Echo of Light (GB) - Quintellina (GB) (Robellino (USA)) Seeking The Gold Dubai Millennium Colorado Dancer DUBAWI b 2002 Deploy Zomaradah Jawaher MICKDAAM b c 2009 Northern Dancer Be My Guest What A Treat RIBOT’S GUEST ch 94 Cure The Blues Raysiya Rilasa

113 - ABU DHABI CHAMPIONSHIP, G3, Abu Dhabi, March 18, 2200m 1 Al Shemali (GB) 8 ch c Medicean (GB) - Bathilde (IRE) (Generous (IRE)) 2 Yaseer (IRE) 4 b g Dansili (GB) - Tadris (USA) (Red Ransom (USA))


3 Too Much Trouble (GB) 6 b g Barathea (IRE) - Tentpole (USA) (Rainbow Quest (USA)) Mr Prospector Machiavellian Coup de Folie MEDICEAN ch 97 Storm Bird Mystic Goddess Rose Goddess AL SHEMALI ch c 2004 Caerleon Generous Doff The Derby BATHILDE ch 93 Explodent Bex Bay Street

WORLDWIDE 114 - Coolmore Lightning Stakes, G1, Flemington, February 18, 1000m 1 Black Caviar (AUS) 6 br f Bel Esprit (AUS) - Helsinge (AUS) (Desert Sun (GB)) 2 Hay List (AUS) 7 b/br g Statue of Liberty (USA) - Sing Hallelujah (AUS) (Is It True (USA)) 3 Buffering (AUS) 5 b g Mossman (AUS) - Action Annie (AUS) (Anabaa (USA)) Sire: BEL ESPRIT. Sire of 13 Stakes winners. In 2012 - BLACK CAVIAR Desert Sun G1, BEL SPRINTER Snippets LR. 1st Dam: Helsinge by Desert Sun. unraced. Dam of 3 winners: 2006: BLACK CAVIAR (f Bel Esprit) 19 wins in Australia, Sportingbet C F Orr S G1, Coolmore Lightning S G1 (twice), Lexus Newmarket H G1, Patinack Victoria Racing Club S G1 (twice), Pulse Pharmacy William Reid S G1, Bundaberg Distilling BTC Cup G1, Darley T J Smith S G1, Schweppes A J Moir S G2 (twice), PFD Food Services Schillaci S G2 (twice), Danehill Rory’s Jester S G2, Essendon Mazda N.Carlyon S.Wootton S G2 (twice), Arrow Training Services W.Crockett Plate LR, Blue Sapphire S LR. 2007: MOSHE (c Bel Esprit) 3 wins in Australia. 2009: ALL TOO HARD (c Casino Prince) Winner in Australia, Talindert S LR. 2010: (f Redoute’s Choice) 2011: (c Redoute’s Choice) 2nd Dam: SCANDINAVIA by Snippets. 4 wins in Australia Qantas QTC Cup G2, 2nd AWA Goodwood H G1, Sallinger S G1, 3rd Saab Lightning S G1, Newmarket H G1. Dam of MAGNUS (c Flying Spur: Bisey Workwear Galaxy H G1, 2nd Coolmore Lightning S G1, Newmarket H G1, Oakleigh Plate G1, 3rd Ultra Tune Oakleigh Plate G1), WILANDER (g Exceed And Excel: PFD

Food Services Schillaci S G2) Broodmare Sire: DESERT SUN. Sire of the dams of 8 Stakes winners. In 2012 BLACK CAVIAR Bel Esprit G1, ALL TOO HARD Casino Prince LR. Nijinsky Royal Academy Crimson Saint BEL ESPRIT b 99 Vain Bespoken Vin d’Amour BLACK CAVIAR br f 2006 Green Desert Desert Sun Solar HELSINGE b 2001 Snippets Scandinavia Song of Norway

115 - February Stakes, G1, Tokyo, February 19, 1600m 1 Testa Matta (USA) 6 b/br c Tapit (USA) - Difficult (USA) (Concern (USA)) 2 Silk Fortune (JPN) 6 b c Gold Allure (JPN) - Silk Esperanza (USA) (Alwuhush (USA)) 3 Wonder Acute (JPN) 6 b c Charismatic (USA) - Wonder Heritage (USA) (Pleasant Tap (USA)) Age: 2-6; Starts: 24; Wins: 6; Places: 7 Earnings: £2,494,193 Sire: TAPIT. Sire of 25 Stakes winners. In 2012 - TESTA MATTA Concern G1, TAPIZAR Deputy Minister G2. 1st Dam: DIFFICULT by Concern. Winner in USA. Dam of 5 winners: 2004: She’s Impossible (f Yankee Victor) 4 wins at 2 to 4 in USA, 3rd Cincinnati Trophy S. Broodmare. 2005: PRIAMO (c Honour And Glory) 13 wins in Peru. 2006: TESTA MATTA (c Tapit) 6 wins to 2012 in Japan, February S G1, March S G3, Japan Dirt Derby LR, 2nd February S G1, Marine S LR, 3rd The Negishi S G3, Urawa Kinen LR, Kawasaki Kinen LR, Tokyo Daishoten LR, Nigawa S LR. 2007: (f Candy Ride). Died as a foal. 2008: ANARCHY (g Suave) Winner at 2 in USA. 2009: DANON CREATOR (c Half Ours) Winner at 3 in Japan. 2010: (c Jump Start) 2nd Dam: WINGS OF JOVE by Northern Jove. 3 wins in USA Matron S G1, 3rd Sorority S G1. Dam of BROAD SMILE (f Broad Brush: Columbia S G3, 3rd Ballerina S G1), JOVIAL BRUSH (c Broad Brush: Montpelier H LR). Grandam of PROCREATE, PERILOUS NIGHT, American Wolf. Broodmare Sire: CONCERN. Sire of the dams of 2 Stakes winners. In 2012 -

TESTA MATTA Tapit G1. A P Indy Pulpit Preach TAPIT gr/ro 2001 Unbridled Tap Your Heels Ruby Slippers TESTA MATTA b/br c 2006 Broad Brush Concern Fara’s Team DIFFICULT b 99 Northern Jove Wings of Jove Regatela

116 - Haunui Farm Otaki-Maori WFA Classic, G1, Otaki, February 25, 1600m 1 Veyron (NZ) 7 ch g Thorn Park (AUS) Over The Limit (NZ) (Centro (NZ)) 2 Lady Kipling (NZ) 5 b f Savabeel (AUS) - Akela (NZ) (Al Akbar (AUS)) 3 Guiseppina (NZ) 6 b f Johar (USA) Battocchi (NZ) (Success Express (USA)) Sire: THORN PARK. Sire of 14 Stakes winners. In 2012 - VEYRON Centro G1, OCEAN PARK Zabeel G3. 1st Dam: OVER THE LIMIT by Centro. Winner in New Zealand. Dam of 4 winners: 2001: Mario (g Marju) 3 wins over jumps in New Zealand, 3rd Skycity Auckland Great Northern Hurdles LR. 2002: ALMUTA WAWHO (f Almutawakel) 2 wins in New Zealand. 2004: ON THE LIMIT (f Star Way) Winner in New Zealand. Broodmare. 2005: VEYRON (g Thorn Park) 12 wins in New Zealand, Waikato Draught Sprint G1, Land Pride Easter H G1, Haunui Farm Otaki-Maori WFA Classic G1, Eagle Technology Gt N’thern Chall.Stakes G3, 2nd Zabeel Classic G1. 2nd Dam: LIMITLESS by Sir Tristram. 4 wins in Australia Brisbane Cup G1, 2nd Queen Elizabeth S G1. Own sister to RUN FOR COVER. Dam of ZERO LIMIT (c Star Way: Easter Cup LR, Thai Airways International H LR, 2nd Cadbury Victoria St Leger G3, Moet & Chandon Chairman’s H G3, 3rd Quick-Eze S G2), TWINKLING (f Star Way: Phillips Fox Great Northern Foal S LR, DLA Phillips Fox Cornwall H LR, Tip Top Bread Bonecrusher S LR, 2nd DHL Counties Cup G2). Grandam of BOUNDLESS, Nothing Lika Tango, Purrfection, Our Dance. Broodmare Sire: CENTRO. Sire of the dams of 5 Stakes winners. In 2012 VEYRON Thorn Park G1.

international database Nureyev Spinning World Imperfect Circle THORN PARK ch 99 Bluebird Joy Christmas Spirit VEYRON ch g 2005 Century Centro Ease And Comfort OVER THE LIMIT b 95 Sir Tristram Limitless Coverless

Cossack Warrior Brave Warrior Nothing To Do SHOW A HEART ch 97 Regal Advice Miss Sandman Misty Morning WOORIM b g 2005 Geiger Counter Canadian Silver Cheerily WABBLE 95 Celestial Dancer Pelican Dancer Tilly Lass

117 - Sportingbet Oakleigh Plate, G1, Caulfield, February 25, 1000m

118 - Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Stakes, G1, Caulfield, February 25, 1200m

1 Woorim (AUS) 7 b g Show A Heart (AUS) - Wabble (AUS) (Canadian Silver (CAN)) 2 Elite Falls (AUS) 4 b f More Than Ready (USA) - Niagara Falls (AUS) (Danehill (USA)) 3 Facile Tigre (AUS) 6 b g Catbird (AUS) Cotton Bay (AUS) (Zabaleta (USA)) Sire: SHOW A HEART. Sire of 14 Stakes winners. In 2012 - WOORIM Canadian Silver G1. 1st Dam: WABBLE by Canadian Silver. 5 wins in Australia. Dam of 4 winners: 2001: WABESTO (g Telesto) 2 wins in Australia. 2004: My Limit (g Show A Heart) 6 wins in Australia, 3rd Mullins Lawyers Rough Habit Plate G3. 2005: WOORIM (g Show A Heart) 11 wins in Australia, Sportingbet Oakleigh Plate G1, Chatham S G3, Darley Brisbane Race Club Sprint G3, Reed Property Glasshouse H LR (twice), 3rd Patinack Sir R. Clarke Invitation S G1, Herald Sun Superstable Paris Lane S LR. 2006: Zigzagger (f Show A Heart) unraced. 2007: BRIBIE (g Show A Heart) 2 wins in Australia. 2008: Conca Bella (f Show A Heart) unraced. 2010: (c Any Suggestion) 2011: (f Pentire) 2nd Dam: Pelican Dancer by Celestial Dancer. unraced. Dam of Indiana Storm (c Storm of Indya: 2nd Qrse J F Meynink S LR) Broodmare Sire: CANADIAN SILVER. Sire of the dams of 1 Stakes winners. In 2012 - WOORIM Show A Heart G1. The Show A Heart/Canadian Silver cross has produced: WOORIM G1, My Limit G3.

1 Samaready (AUS) 3 br/bl f More Than Ready (USA) - Samar (AUS) (Secret Savings (USA)) 2 No Looking Back (AUS) 3 b f Redoute’s Choice (AUS) - Mirror Mirror (AUS) (Dehere (USA)) 3 Armed For Action (AUS) 3 b f Exceed And Excel (AUS) - Brave And Bold (AUS) (Timber Country (USA)) Sire: MORE THAN READY. Sire of 77 Stakes winners. In 2012 GIMMETHEGREENLIGHT Canny Lad G1, SAMAREADY Secret Savings G1, RACEWAY Flying Spur LR.

Halo Southern Halo Northern Sea MORE THAN READY b 97 Woodman Woodman’s Girl Becky Be Good SAMAREADY br/bl f 2009 Seeking The Gold Secret Savings Jurisdictional SAMAR b 99 Touching Wood Nice Choice Dubai Spring

119 - Cathay Pacific Futurity Stakes, G1, Caulfield, February 25, 1400m 1 Mufhasa (NZ) 8 br g Pentire (GB) Sheila Cheval (NZ) (Mi Preferido (USA)) 2 Pinker Pinker (AUS) 5 b f Reset (AUS) Miss Marion (AUS) (Success Express (USA)) 3 Adamantium (NZ) 4 b c Elusive City (USA) - Della Mimosa (NZ) (Generous (IRE)) Sire: PENTIRE. Sire of 40 Stakes winners. In 2012 - MUFHASA Mi Preferido G1, SAY NO MORE Walking Ring G1.

2nd Dam: Nice Choice by Touching Wood. unraced. Dam of COUNTY TYRONE (g Danewin: Maytag Metropolitan H G1, Queensland Derby G1, Schweppes Sydney Cup G1, 2nd Brisbane Cup G1, Sydney Cup G1 (twice)), Al Wafi (g Danewin: 2nd Mornington Cup LR)

1st Dam: Sheila Cheval by Mi Preferido. unraced. Dam of 5 winners: 2000: MOGANO (g Slavic) Winner in Australia. 2002: BELLE JOIE (f Mellifont) 6 wins in New Zealand. 2003: BERT (g Bertolini) 4 wins in New Zealand. 2004: MUFHASA (g Pentire) Champion older horse in New Zealand in 2008-09. 18 wins in Australia, New Zealand, Cathay Pacific Futurity S G1, David Jones Rose Clinic Toorak H G1, Makfi Hawke’s Bay Challenge S G1, Waikato Draught Sprint G1 (twice), First Sovereign Trust Telegraph H G1 (twice), Westbury Stud Captain Cook S G1, Fully Fledged Otaki-Maori WFA S G1, Coupland’s Bakeries Churchill S G2, G R Kelt Memorial LR, 2nd Mudgway Partsworld Hawke’s Bay Challenge G1, Waikato Draught Sprint G1, Windsor Park Horlicks Plate G1, Tauranga S G3, 3rd Hong Kong World City George Ryder S G1 (twice), Waikato Draught Sprint G1, Reed Property Glasshouse H LR. 2005: Blockbuster (g Keeper) KEEPA CHEVAL (f Keeper) 2006: Winner in New Zealand. 2007: Rafhiki (c Pentire) 2008: Gain More (c Perfectly Ready) unraced. 2009: Shaheen (f Zabeel) unraced to date. 2011: (c Zabeel)

Broodmare Sire: SECRET SAVINGS. Sire of the dams of 5 Stakes winners. In 2012 - SAMAREADY More Than Ready G1.

2nd Dam: Silver Sheila by Silver Dream. unraced. Dam of COMMANDER CHEVAL (g All Glory: Matamata Cup LR, 2nd Radio Pacific Avondale Cup G1), Fort Cheval (g Never Til Dawn:

1st Dam: SAMAR by Secret Savings. 2 wins in Australia. Dam of 4 winners: 2005: DEMETRIA (f Conatus) 2 wins in Australia. 2006: LUCKY MOMENT (f Lucky Owners) Winner in Australia. 2007: (c Flying Spur). Died as a yearling. 2008: NIGHT WAR (f General Nediym) 5 wins in Australia, Ausdrill Karrakatta Plate G2. 2009: SAMAREADY (f More Than Ready) 3 wins in Australia, Patinack Farm Blue Diamond S G1, Patinack Blue Diamond Prelude (fillies) G3. 2010: (c Northern Meteor) 2011: (f Testa Rossa)

2nd Evening Standard Cup G3, 4th DB Auckland Cup G1, Barclays St Leger S G1). Grandam of Audrey. Broodmare Sire: MI PREFERIDO. Sire of the dams of 5 Stakes winners. In 2012 - MUFHASA Pentire G1. Northern Dancer Be My Guest What A Treat PENTIRE b 92 Mill Reef Gull Nook Bempton MUFHASA br g 2004 Island Whirl Mi Preferido Exacting Lady SHEILA CHEVAL b 94 Silver Dream Silver Sheila Just Ours

120 - Australian Guineas, G1, Flemington, March 3, 1600m 1 Mosheen (AUS) 4 b f Fastnet Rock (AUS) - Sumehra (NZ) (Stravinsky (USA)) 2 Strike The Stars (NZ) 4 b/br g Savabeel (AUS) - Ambitious (NZ) (Last Tycoon) 3 Mister Milton (AUS) 4 ch c Snippetson (AUS) - The Girlfriend (AUS) (Spinning World (USA)) Sire: FASTNET ROCK. Sire of 26 Stakes winners. In 2012 - MOSHEEN Stravinsky G1, SEA SIREN Success Express G2, PLANET ROCK Zabeel G3, DRIEFONTEIN Export Price LR, ROCK ‘N’ POP Sir Tristram LR, ROCK ROBSTER Woodman LR. 1st Dam: SUMEHRA by Stravinsky. Winner in Australia. Dam of 1 winner: 2008: MOSHEEN (f Fastnet Rock) 5 wins in Australia, Crown Victoria Oaks G1, Australian Guineas G1, Tabcorp Edward Manifold S G2, Shadwell Stud Manfred S LR, 2nd AAMI Golden Slipper S G1, Schweppes The 1000 Guineas G1, The Vanity G3, 3rd Schweppes 1000 Gns Tranquil Star Prelude G3, Dunlite Quezette S LR. 2010: (c Zabeel) 2011: (c Flying Spur) 2nd Dam: MISS PRIORITY by Kaapstad. 1 win in Australia. Dam of LUCKY OWNERS (c Danehill: Hong Kong Mile G1), MISS POWER BIRD (f Mukaddamah: Dairy Farmer’s Milk S LR, 2nd Yallambee Classic G2), Fast Ruler (g Viking Ruler: 3rd Victoria St Leger LR) Broodmare Sire: STRAVINSKY. Sire of the dams of 6 Stakes winners. In 2012 MOSHEEN Fastnet Rock G1.


international database Danzig Danehill Razyana FASTNET ROCK b 2001 Royal Academy Piccadilly Circus Gatana MOSHEEN b f 2008 Nureyev Stravinsky Fire The Groom SUMEHRA b 2002 Kaapstad Miss Priority Benediction

121 - Telecom New Zealand Derby, G1, Ellerslie, March 3, 2400m 1 Silent Achiever (NZ) 4 br f O’Reilly (NZ) - Winning Spree (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ)) 2 Rock ‘n’ Pop (AUS) 4 b c Fastnet Rock (AUS) - Popsy (NZ) (Sir Tristram) 3 Carrick (NZ) 4 b g Shinko King (IRE) Sunday (NZ) (Desert Sun (GB)) Sire: O’REILLY. Sire of 54 Stakes winners. In 2012 - SILENT ACHIEVER Zabeel G1, PUSSY WILLOW Octagonal G2, THE SOLITAIRE Centaine LR. 1st Dam: Winning Spree by Zabeel. unraced. Dam of 1 winner: Morton Babe (f Orpen) 2001: unraced. Dam of Cruiser (g Captain Rio: 2nd H S Dyke Wanganui Guineas LR) 2007: Anotherchancetaken (g No Excuse Needed) 3rd NZ Bloodstock Wellington TB Guineas G2. 2008: SILENT ACHIEVER (f O’Reilly) Telecom New Zealand Derby G1, Radio Live Championship S G2, The Falls & Mullins Avondale Guineas G2, H S Dyke Waikato Guineas G3, 3rd Cambridge Stud Eight Carat Classic G2. Broodmare Sire: ZABEEL. Sire of the dams of 90 Stakes winners. In 2012 SILENT ACHIEVER O’Reilly G1, SINGLE MINDED Bachelor Duke G2, OCEAN PARK Thorn Park G3, DANEWIN SMYTZER Danewin LR, FLYING FULTON Flying Spur LR, OVER QUOTA Testa Rossa LR, SOUTHERN SPEED Southern Image LR. The O’Reilly/Zabeel cross has produced: SILENT ACHIEVER G1, COLLAR G2. Try My Best Last Tycoon Mill Princess O’REILLY br 93 Pompeii Court Courtza Hunza SILENT ACHIEVER br f 2008 Sir Tristram Zabeel Lady Giselle WINNING SPREE b 96 Fortunate Dancer Quietly Lucky Never Babble


122 - Stella Artois Auckland Cup, G1, Ellerslie, March 7, 3200m 1 Shez Sinsational (NZ) 5 b f Ekraar (USA) - Original Sin (NZ) (Shinko King (IRE)) 2 Spiro (NZ) 7 b g Pyrus (USA) - Radio Rocket (NZ) (Blues Traveller (IRE)) 3 Six O’Clock News (NZ) 8 b g Zabeel (NZ) - Maurine (NZ) (Harbor Prince (USA)) Sire: EKRAAR. Sire of 6 Stakes winners. In 2012 - SHEZ SINSATIONAL Shinko King G1. 1st Dam: Original Sin by Shinko King. 2 wins in New Zealand, 2nd Goldstar Soliloquy S LR. Dam of 3 winners: 2005: EYE MIGHT (g Ekraar) 10 wins in Australia. 2006: REPENTING (f Ekraar) Winner in New Zealand. SHEZ SINSATIONAL (f 2007: Ekraar) 7 wins in New Zealand, Zabeel Classic G1, Stella Artois Auckland Cup G1, Darci Brahma International S G1, 2nd Channel Seven Queensland Derby G1, Cal Isuzu Lady Norrie S G2, 3rd Treasury Casino Queensland Oaks G1. 2008: Tigerland (c Mr Nancho) unraced. 2010: (f Ekraar) 2nd Dam: HOPE CHEST by Balios. 1 win in Australia. Own sister to BRUTUS. Dam of SHINNECOCK (g Woodborough: Solstone Wines Wellesley S LR, 2nd Bayer Classic G1), Original Sin (f Shinko King, see above) Broodmare Sire: SHINKO KING. Sire of the dams of 1 Stakes winners. In 2012 SHEZ SINSATIONAL Ekraar G1. Roberto Red Ransom Arabia EKRAAR b 97 Raja Baba Sacahuista Nalees Flying Flag SHEZ SINSATIONAL b f 2007 Fairy King Shinko King Rose of Jericho ORIGINAL SIN ch 99 Balios Hope Chest Monde

123 - Chipping Norton Stakes, G1, Warwick Farm, March 10, 1600m 1 Shoot Out (AUS) 6 b g High Chaparral (IRE) - Pentamerous (NZ) (Pentire (GB)) 2 Danleigh (AUS) 9 b g Mujahid (USA) Graceful Lily (AUS) (Dr Grace (NZ)) 3 Trusting (AUS) 6 b c Tale of The Cat (USA) - Legible (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ)) Age: 2-4; Starts: 18; Wins: 7; Places: 5 Earnings: £906,971

Sire: HIGH CHAPARRAL. Sire of 33 Stakes winners. In 2012 - SHOOT OUT Pentire G1. 1st Dam: PENTAMEROUS by Pentire. Winner in Australia. Dam of 2 winners: 2005: CASSANDARA SHADOW (f Johannesburg) 4 wins in Australia, Burswood Complex West Australian Oaks G3. 2006: SHOOT OUT (g High Chaparral) 7 wins at 2 to 4 in Australia, David Jones AJC Australian Derby G1, Turnpoint Royal Randwick Guineas G1, Chipping Norton S G1, Ks Enviro J J Liston S G2, Schweppes Sires’ Produce S G2, Schweppes Royal Sovereign S G2, Bletchingly S G3, 2nd Hako Australia Apollo S G2, Schweppes Hobartville S G2, Al Basti Eagle Farm Cup G2, Hotel Grand Vo Rogue Plate G3, 3rd Turnbull S G1, Expressway S G2, Z Bloodstock Memsie S G2, Dato Tan Chin Nam John F Feehan S G2. 2008: Shoot Fer Love (f Ferocity) unraced. (f Ferocity) 2009: 2011: (c High Chaparral) 2nd Dam: Johnny Loves Jazz by Virginia Privateer. unraced. Dam of NATIVE JAZZ (g St Hilarion: Craiglee S G2, 2nd Smoke Free Adelaide Cup G1). Grandam of Royal Jazz. Broodmare Sire: PENTIRE. Sire of the dams of 5 Stakes winners. In 2012 SHOOT OUT High Chaparral G1. Northern Dancer Sadler’s Wells Fairy Bridge HIGH CHAPARRAL b 99 Darshaan Kasora Kozana SHOOT OUT b g 2006 Be My Guest Pentire Gull Nook PENTAMEROUS b 2000 Virginia Privateer Johnny Loves Jazz Jazz Concert

124 - Lexus Newmarket Handicap, G1, Flemington, March 10, 1200m 1 Hay List (AUS) 7 b/br g Statue of Liberty (USA) - Sing Hallelujah (AUS) (Is It True (USA)) 2 Buffering (AUS) 5 b g Mossman (AUS) - Action Annie (AUS) (Anabaa (USA)) 3 Foxwedge (AUS) 4 b c Fastnet Rock (AUS) - Forest Native (USA) (Forest Wildcat (USA)) Sire: STATUE OF LIBERTY. Sire of 11 Stakes winners. In 2012 - HAY LIST Is It True G1. 1st Dam: SING HALLELUJAH by Is It True. 5 wins in Australia. Dam of 1 winner: 2002: (c Speed Week)

2003: Sing Wing (g Right Wing) ran on the flat in Australia. 2005: HAY LIST (g Statue of Liberty) 14 wins in Australia, Daily Telegraph All Aged S G1, Sportingbet Manikato S G1, Lexus Newmarket H G1, Stevco Challenge S G2, Gilgai Baguette S G2, IPG Print W J Healy S G3, Mitty’s Ian McEwan Trophy S G3, 2nd Coolmore Lightning S G1 (twice), Bundaberg Distilling BTC Cup G1, Darley T J Smith S G1, Coach and Horses HTL June S LR. 2006: Golden Statue (f Statue of Liberty) unraced. 2007: Sound of The Ocean (c Delzao) unraced. (f Delzao) 2009: 2010: (c Statue of Liberty) Broodmare Sire: IS IT TRUE. Sire of the dams of 17 Stakes winners. In 2012 HAY LIST Statue of Liberty G1. Storm Bird Storm Cat Terlingua STATUE OF LIBERTY b/br 2000 Seattle Slew Charming Lassie Lassie Dear HAY LIST b/br g 2005 Raja Baba Is It True Roman Rockette SING HALLELUJAH br 96 Marscay Pucesca Inner Smile

125 - Dubai Australian Cup, G1, Flemington, March 10, 2000m 1 Manighar (FR) 6 gr g Linamix (FR) Mintly Fresh (USA) (Rubiano (USA)) 2 Southern Speed (AUS) 5 b/br f Southern Image (USA) - Golden Eagle (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ)) 3 Americain (USA) 7 b/br c Dynaformer (USA) - America (IRE) (Arazi (USA)) Age: 3-5; Starts: 17; Wins: 6; Places: 7 Earnings: £337,500 Sire: LINAMIX. Sire of 82 Stakes winners. In 2012 - MANIGHAR Rubiano G1. 1st Dam: Mintly Fresh by Rubiano. 2 wins at 3 in USA, 2nd Santa Paula H LR. Dam of 3 winners: 2003: MINATLYA (f Linamix) 3 wins at 3 in France, Prix de Royaumont G3. Broodmare. 2005: MINTED (c Clodovil) 3 wins at 2 and 3 in France. 2006: MANIGHAR (g Linamix) 6 wins at 3 in France, Dubai Australian Cup G1, Qatar Prix Chaudenay G2, Catanach’s T S Carlyon Cup G3, Derby de l’Ouest-Grand Prix de L’Asselco LR, Prix Michel Houyvet LR, 2nd Darley Prix Kergorlay G2, Zipping Classic G2, Prix de Lutece G3, Wheb Group Tapster S LR, 3rd Prix Royal-Oak G1, Emirates

international database Airline Yorkshire Cup G2, Patinack Farm Sandown Classic G2, Carlton Draught P Young St George S G2. 2007: Mandawara (f Daylami) unraced. 2009: (f Manduro) 2010: (c Dalakhani) 2nd Dam: Mintly by Key To The Mint. 3 wins in USA, 3rd Peach Blossom S. Dam of Mintly Fresh (f Rubiano, see above)

Manawatu Harcourts Challenge S G3), ON CALL (f Ironclad, see above), Special Call (f Masterclass: 3rd Castletown S LR, Wedgewood Stud Breeders’ S LR) Broodmare Sire: IRONCLAD. Sire of the dams of 1 Stakes winners. In 2012 SCARLETT LADY Savabeel G1.

Shareef Dancer Nediym Nilmeen GENERAL NEDIYM ch 94 Without Fear Military Belle Reticella WARHORSE b c 2009 Storm Cat Giant’s Causeway Mariah’s Storm RATHLIN ISLAND b 2003 Seattle Slew Storminwinter Winter Sparkle

Icecapade Wild Again Bushel-N-Peck WILD EVENT b 93 Northfields North of Eden Tree of Knowledge OLD TUNE b f 2008 Irish River Irish Fighter Go On Dreaming CHANSON POUR JULIA b 97 Slap Jack Cats Night Celina Igi

Sir Tristram

Broodmare Sire: RUBIANO. Sire of the dams of 28 Stakes winners. In 2012 MANIGHAR Linamix G1. The Linamix/Rubiano cross has produced: MANIGHAR G1, MINATLYA G3. Bellypha Mendez Miss Carina

Zabeel Lady Giselle SAVABEEL br 2001 Success Express Savannah Success Alma Mater SCARLETT LADY b f 2007 One Pound Sterling Ironclad Vicksburgh ON CALL br 95 Val Dansant Aggressive Startavia

LINAMIX gr 87 Breton Lunadix Lutine MANIGHAR gr g 2006 Fappiano Rubiano Ruby Slippers MINTLY FRESH gr/ro 97 Key To The Mint Mintly Syriasly

126 - Lindauer New Zealand 2nd Century Stakes, G1, Ellerslie, March 10, 2000m 1 Scarlett Lady (NZ) 5 b f Savabeel (AUS) - On Call (NZ) (Ironclad (NZ)) 2 Veyron (NZ) 7 ch g Thorn Park (AUS) Over The Limit (NZ) (Centro (NZ)) 3 Hold It Harvey (AUS) 8 b g King Cugat (USA) - Daly Charm (AUS) (Best Western (AUS)) Sire: SAVABEEL. Sire of 13 Stakes winners. In 2012 - SCARLETT LADY Ironclad G1. 1st Dam: ON CALL by Ironclad. 9 wins in New Zealand, Feilding Gold Cup LR, 3rd Canterbury Draught New Zealand Cup H’cp G2. Dam of 1 winner: 2004: Calldasings (g Danasinga) ran on the flat in New Zealand. 2005: Dream of City (g Danasinga) 2006: She’s Got Spunk (f O’Reilly) unraced. 2007: SCARLETT LADY (f Savabeel) 6 wins in Australia, New Zealand, Treasury Casino Queensland Oaks G1, Lindauer New Zealand 2nd Century S G1, Travis S G2, Hidden Dragon Doomben Roses S G3, Tiu Brewery Wairarapa TB Breeders S LR, Wellfield Manawatu Breeders’ S LR. 2nd Dam: Aggressive by Val Dansant. unraced. Own sister to TOUGH CALL and CALL SPADES. Dam of JUSTANEXCUSE (g No Excuse Needed:

127 - Haunui Fm. Diamond Sires’ Produce Stakes, G1, Ellerslie, March 10, 1200m 1 Warhorse (NZ) 3 b c General Nediym (AUS) - Rathlin Island (AUS) (Giant’s Causeway (USA)) 2 Rollout The Carpet (AUS) 3 b/br f Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) - Out of Egypt (USA) (Red Ransom (USA)) 3 Silk Pins (NZ) 3 b f Pins (AUS) - Silk Ending (USA) (End Sweep (USA)) Sire: GENERAL NEDIYM. Sire of 37 Stakes winners. In 2012 - WARHORSE Giant’s Causeway G1, GENERAL RIPPA Canny Lad G3. 1st Dam: Rathlin Island by Giant’s Causeway. unraced. Dam of 1 winner: 2008: Epona Princess (f Fastnet Rock) 3rd Ambassador Travel Lancaster S LR. 2009: WARHORSE (c General Nediym) Haunui Fm. Diamond Sires’ Produce S G1, Stella Artois Eclipse S G3, 3rd Karaka Million Super Bonus Classique LR. 2nd Dam: STORMINWINTER by Seattle Slew. 1 win at 3 in Hong Kong. Own sister to WILLIAMSTOWN and Wrightwood. Dam of CALIFORNIA DANE (c Danehill: Schweppes A J Moir S G2, Essendon Mazda N.Carlyon S.Wootton S G2) Broodmare Sire: GIANT’S CAUSEWAY. Sire of the dams of 10 Stakes winners. In 2012 - EDEN’S MOON Malibu Moon G1, WARHORSE General Nediym G1, EL PADRINO Pulpit G2, SOFT FALLING RAIN National Assembly LR, GIANT HAWK Hawk Wing LR.

128 - Grande Premio Diana-Stud TNT, G1, Gavea, March 11, 2000m 1 Old Tune (BRZ) 4 b f Wild Event (USA) - Chanson Pour Julia (BRZ) (Irish Fighter (USA)) 2 Unique Zuca (BRZ) 4 b f Northern Afleet (USA) - Linda Rafaela (BRZ) (Bin Ajwaad (IRE)) 3 La Defense (BRZ) 4 b f Nedawi (GB) Dear Celina (BRZ) (Roi Normand (USA)) Sire: WILD EVENT. Sire of 37 Stakes winners. In 2012 - OLD TUNE Irish Fighter G1, HUNKA HUNKA De Quest G3, BRUJO DE OLLEROS Roy LR. 1st Dam: CHANSON POUR JULIA by Irish Fighter. 3 wins in Brazil. Dam of 3 winners: 2003: IMPIEDOSO (c Trempolino) 6 wins in Brazil. 2004: GHADEERZINHA (f Ghadeer) 3 wins in Brazil. 2007: Nova Bossa (f Our Emblem) ran on the flat in Brazil. 2008: OLD TUNE (f Wild Event) 5 wins in Brazil, Grande Premio DianaStud TNT G1, GP Henrique Possollo Stud TNT (1000 Gns) G1, Grande Premio Margarida Polak Lara G1, Grande Premio Roger Guedon G3, Classico Luiz Alves de Almeida LR, 2nd Classico Ministerio da Agricultura LR, 3rd Grande Premio Joao Cecilio Ferraz G1. 2009: (f Molengao) 2010: Doppia Vendetta (f First American) unraced to date. 2nd Dam: CATS NIGHT by Slap Jack. 1 win in Brazil. Own sister to Fantasy Flying. Dam of AMERICAN NIGHT (f Mensageiro Alado: Grande Premio Proclamacao da Republica G1), Magny Cours (f Our Emblem: 2nd C. Presidente Joao Tobias de Aguiar LR). Grandam of VERDE-MAR. Broodmare Sire: IRISH FIGHTER. Sire of the dams of 11 Stakes winners. In 2012 - OLD TUNE Wild Event G1.

129 - G.P. Francisco E Paula Machado-Stud TNT, G1, Gavea, March 11, 2000m 1 Plenty of Kicks (BRZ) 4 b c Crimson Tide (IRE) - Pleni Turbo (BRZ) (Choctaw Ridge (USA)) 2 Poker Face (BRZ) 4 b c Wild Event (USA) - Power Sound (BRZ) (Shudanz (CAN)) 3 Invictus (BRZ) 4 b c Sulamani (IRE) Get Back (BRZ) (Fast Gold (USA)) Sire: CRIMSON TIDE. Sire of 15 Stakes winners. In 2012 - PLENTY OF KICKS Choctaw Ridge G1. 1st Dam: PLENI TURBO by Choctaw Ridge. 3 wins in Brazil, Classico Octavio Dupont LR, 2nd Grande Premio Mariano Procopio G3, 3rd G. P. Henrique Possollo (1000 Guineas) G1. Dam of 4 winners: 2002: Plenty of Earnings (f Nedawi) unraced. Broodmare. 2003: PALAIS DES FESTIVALS (c Crimson Tide) 10 wins in Brazil, Classico Presidente da Republica LR. 2005: PRIME HALL (c Crimson Tide) 4 wins in Brazil. 2006: POSE IMPERIAL (f Crimson Tide) 3 wins in Brazil. 2007: Palais des Jardins (c Crimson Tide) unraced. 2008: PLENTY OF KICKS (c Crimson Tide) 6 wins in Brazil, Grande Premio Presidente da Republica G1, G. P. Estado de Rio de Janeiro-Stud TNT G1, Grande Premio Jockey Club Brasieiro G1, G.P. Francisco E Paula Machado-Stud TNT G1, Classico Julio Capua LR. 2009: Pleine Lune (f Crimson Tide) unraced to date. 2010: Plenitude Maxima (f Nedawi) unraced to date. 2nd Dam: PLENITUD by Karabas. 1 win in Brazil. Dam of PLENI TURBO (f Choctaw Ridge, see above) Broodmare Sire: CHOCTAW RIDGE. Sire of the dams of 21 Stakes winners. In 2012 - PLENTY OF KICKS Crimson Tide G1. The Crimson Tide/Choctaw Ridge cross has produced: PLENTY OF KICKS G1, PALAIS DES FESTIVALS LR, Vesper of 101

international database Love G3, Fortaleza Digital LR.


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Northern Dancer Sadler’s Wells Fairy Bridge CRIMSON TIDE b 94 Darshaan Sharata Shademah PLENTY OF KICKS b c 2008 Mr Prospector Choctaw Ridge Cinegita PLENI TURBO b 95 Karabas Plenitud Irish Girl

130 - Wellfield New Zealand Oaks, G1, Trentham, March 17, 2400m 1 Artistic (NZ) 4 b f Darci Brahma (NZ) Artless (AUS) (Dahar (USA)) 2 Zurella (NZ) 4 b f Zabeel (NZ) Doneze Girl (NZ) (Volksraad (GB)) 3 Quintessential (NZ) 4 ch f Fast ‘n’ Famous (AUS) - Florette (USA) (Sword Dance) Sire: DARCI BRAHMA. Sire of 3 Stakes winners. In 2012 - ARTISTIC Dahar G1, SUPER EASY Gold Brose LR. 1st Dam: Artless by Dahar. unraced. Dam of 8 winners: 1993: DAMODAH (f Maizcay) 4 wins in Australia. Dam of YALLINGUP (g More Than Ready: 3 wins in Australia, Frank Packer Plate G3) 1994: DIRHAM (g Maizcay) 5 wins in Australia, USA. 1995: Consolidator (g Marscay) 5 wins in Australia, 2nd Chairman’s H G3, 3rd Newcastle Cup G2. 1997: Orderly (f Marscay). Dam of Iron Lace (f Encosta de Lago: 3 wins in Australia, 3rd Sharp Fernhill H LR) 1998: EXCELLERATOR (g Marscay) 8 wins in Australia, Epsom H G1, 2nd George Main S G1, AAMI Golden Slipper S G1, 3rd The Galaxy G1, Emirates S G1. 2001: Pinchit (g Jade Robbery) ran on the flat in Australia. 2003: MAGIC HOUR (g Fantastic Light) 2 wins in Australia. 2004: MIGHTY SUN (g Zabeel) 6 wins in Hong Kong, New Zealand. 2006: FORTUNE EIGHT (g Traditionally) 3 wins in Singapore. 2008: ARTISTIC (f Darci Brahma) 4 wins in New Zealand, Wellfield New Zealand Oaks G1, Just Juice Bonecrusher S LR, Nissan Sunline Vase LR, 3rd Tiger Prawn Desert Gold S G3. 2nd Dam: PARIS LOOK by Vain. 1 win in Australia Mona Nursery LR, 3rd The Diners Club Silver Slipper S G2. Dam of Kabinda (g Kenmare: 2nd Castlemaine Dry Lightning H G3), Plaza Athenee (f Tolomeo: 2nd Birthday Card Quality H LR), Chase The Chick (f Kenmare: 3rd McDougall QRIS Added S LR). Grandam of Paris Zero. Third dam of


Broodmare Sire: DAHAR. Sire of the dams of 27 Stakes winners. In 2012 ARTISTIC Darci Brahma G1. Danzig Danehill Razyana DARCI BRAHMA b 2002 Zabeel Grand Echezeaux Richebourg ARTISTIC b f 2008 Lyphard Dahar Dahlia ARTLESS b 88 Vain Paris Look Follow My Leader

131 - Turnpoint Royal Randwick Guineas, G1, Randwick, March 17, 1600m 1 Mosheen (AUS) 4 b f Fastnet Rock (AUS) - Sumehra (NZ) (Stravinsky (USA)) 2 Said Com (NZ) 4 b g O’Reilly (NZ) Centa Belt (NZ) (Centaine (AUS)) 3 Laser Hawk (AUS) 4 br c Artie Schiller (USA) - High Heels (AUS) (Canny Lad (AUS)) Sire: FASTNET ROCK. Sire of 29 Stakes winners. In 2012 - MOSHEEN Stravinsky G1, EMPRESS ROCK Encosta de Lago G2, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Al Hareb G2, SEA SIREN Success Express G2, JADE MARAUDER Jade Robbery G3, PLANET ROCK Zabeel G3, DRIEFONTEIN Export Price LR, ROCK ‘N’ POP Sir Tristram LR, ROCK ROBSTER Woodman LR. 1st Dam: SUMEHRA by Stravinsky. Winner in Australia. Dam of 1 winner: 2008: MOSHEEN (f Fastnet Rock) 6 wins in Australia, Turnpoint Royal Randwick Guineas G1, Crown Victoria Oaks G1, Australian Guineas G1, Tabcorp Edward Manifold S G2, Shadwell Stud Manfred S LR, 2nd AAMI Golden Slipper S G1, Schweppes The 1000 Guineas G1, The Vanity G3, 3rd Schweppes 1000 Gns Tranquil Star Prelude G3, Dunlite Quezette S LR. 2010: (c Zabeel) 2011: (c Flying Spur) 2nd Dam: MISS PRIORITY by Kaapstad. 1 win in Australia. Dam of LUCKY OWNERS (c Danehill: Hong Kong Mile G1), MISS POWER BIRD (f Mukaddamah: Dairy Farmer’s Milk S LR, 2nd Yallambee Classic G2), Fast Ruler (g Viking Ruler: 3rd Victoria St Leger LR) Broodmare Sire: STRAVINSKY. Sire of the dams of 6 Stakes winners. In 2012 MOSHEEN Fastnet Rock G1.

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Razyana FASTNET ROCK b 2001 Royal Academy Piccadilly Circus Gatana MOSHEEN b f 2008 Nureyev Stravinsky Fire The Groom SUMEHRA b 2002 Kaapstad Miss Priority Benediction

Razyana FASTNET ROCK b 2001 Royal Academy Piccadilly Circus Gatana FOXWEDGE b c 2008 Storm Cat Forest Wildcat Victoria Beauty FOREST NATIVE ch 2000 Water Bank Miss Timebank Countless Times

132 - Powerk Tracker William Reid Stakes, G1, Moonee Valley, March 23, 1200m

133 - Ranvet Stakes, G1, Rosehill, March 24, 2000m

1 Foxwedge (AUS) 4 b c Fastnet Rock (AUS) - Forest Native (USA) (Forest Wildcat (USA)) 2 Hay List (AUS) 7 b/br g Statue of Liberty (USA) - Sing Hallelujah (AUS) (Is It True (USA)) 3 Buffering (AUS) 5 b g Mossman (AUS) - Action Annie (AUS) (Anabaa (USA)) Sire: FASTNET ROCK. Sire of 29 Stakes winners. In 2012 - FOXWEDGE Forest Wildcat G1, MOSHEEN Stravinsky G1, EMPRESS ROCK Encosta de Lago G2, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Al Hareb G2, SEA SIREN Success Express G2, JADE MARAUDER Jade Robbery G3, PLANET ROCK Zabeel G3, DRIEFONTEIN Export Price LR, ROCK ‘N’ POP Sir Tristram LR, ROCK ROBSTER Woodman LR. 1st Dam: Forest Native by Forest Wildcat. 3 wins at 2 and 4 in USA, 2nd Anoakia S LR. Dam of 1 winner: 2006: Limerock Lass (f Rock of Gibraltar) unraced. 2007: Larch (g Galileo) unraced. 2008: FOXWEDGE (c Fastnet Rock) Powerk Tracker William Reid S G1, Urbis Roman Consul S G2, Smithfield RSL San Domenico S G3, 2nd Coolmore Stud Ascot Vale S G1, Rydges Parramatta Run to the Rose G3, 3rd Lexus Newmarket H G1, Jacob’s Creek Todman Slipper Trial G2. 2nd Dam: MISS TIMEBANK by Water Bank. 3 wins in USA La Habra S LR. Own sister to Timebank and Overbrook. Dam of Hawkish (g Bianconi: 3rd Mountain Valley S), Forest Native (f Forest Wildcat, see above) Broodmare Sire: FOREST WILDCAT. Sire of the dams of 15 Stakes winners. In 2012 - FOXWEDGE Fastnet Rock G1, HARDENED WILDCAT Hard Spun LR.

1 Manighar (FR) 6 gr g Linamix (FR) Mintly Fresh (USA) (Rubiano (USA)) 2 Rangirangdoo (NZ) 8 b g Pentire (GB) - She Wishes (NZ) (Kenfair (NZ)) 3 Shoot Out (AUS) 6 b g High Chaparral (IRE) - Pentamerous (NZ) (Pentire (GB)) Age: 3-6; Starts: 25; Wins: 8; Places: 11 Earnings: £1,111,599 Sire: LINAMIX. Sire of 82 Stakes winners. In 2012 - MANIGHAR Rubiano G1. 1st Dam: Mintly Fresh by Rubiano. 2 wins at 3 in USA, 2nd Santa Paula H LR. Dam of 3 winners: 2003: MINATLYA (f Linamix) 3 wins at 3 in France, Prix de Royaumont G3. Broodmare. 2005: MINTED (c Clodovil) 3 wins at 2 and 3 in France. 2006: MANIGHAR (g Linamix) 8 wins at 3 and 6 in Australia, France, Dubai Australian Cup G1, Ranvet S G1, Qatar Prix Chaudenay G2, Catanach’s T S Carlyon Cup G3, Derby de l’OuestGrand Prix de L’Asselco LR, Prix Michel Houyvet LR, 2nd Darley Prix Kergorlay G2, Zipping Classic G2, Prix de Lutece G3, Wheb Group Tapster S LR, 3rd Prix Royal-Oak G1, Emirates Airline Yorkshire Cup G2, Patinack Farm Sandown Classic G2, Carlton Draught P Young St George S G2. 2007: Mandawara (f Daylami) unraced. 2009: Mansera (f Manduro) unraced to date. 2010: (c Dalakhani) 2nd Dam: Mintly by Key To The Mint. 3 wins in USA, 3rd Peach Blossom S. Dam of Mintly Fresh (f Rubiano, see above) Broodmare Sire: RUBIANO. Sire of the dams of 28 Stakes winners. In 2012 MANIGHAR Linamix G1. The Linamix/Rubiano cross has produced: MANIGHAR G1, MINATLYA G3.

international database Bellypha Mendez Miss Carina LINAMIX gr 87 Breton Lunadix Lutine MANIGHAR gr g 2006 Fappiano Rubiano Ruby Slippers MINTLY FRESH gr/ro 97 Key To The Mint Mintly Syriasly

134 - Coolmore Classic, G1, Rosehill, March 24, 1400m 1 Ofcourseican (AUS) 6 b f Mossman

(AUS) - Yes She Can Cancan (AUS) (Canny Lad (AUS)) 2 Secret Admirer (AUS) 5 ch f Dubawi (IRE) - Secret Illusion (AUS) (Secret Savings (USA)) 3 King’s Rose (NZ) 5 b f Redoute’s Choice (AUS) - Nureyev’s Girl (AUS) (Nureyev (USA)) Sire: MOSSMAN. Sire of 18 Stakes winners. In 2012 - OFCOURSEICAN Canny Lad G1, THE TRAVELLING MAN Jade Robbery LR. 1st Dam: Yes She Can Cancan by Canny Lad. unraced. Dam of 2 winners: 2004: La Goulue (f Danehill Dancer) 3rd Betfair W H Wylie H LR.

2006: OFCOURSEICAN (f Mossman) Coolmore Classic G1, Liverpool City Cup G3, Tab Iphone Wenona Girl H LR, 3rd APN Research Golden Pendant S G3, Sharp Nivison S LR, G & B White Triscay S LR, Blackwoods Sheraco S LR. 2008: GIMMETHEGREENLIGHT (c More Than Ready) L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate G1, 3rd Premier’s Champion S G1, J & B Met G1. Broodmare Sire: CANNY LAD. Sire of the dams of 47 Stakes winners. In 2012 - GIMMETHEGREENLIGHT More Than Ready G1, OFCOURSEICAN Mossman G1, GENERAL RIPPA General Nediym G3, COMTESSE LA GRAN Saxon LR, DR

SWEET King Cugat LR, FILL THE PAGE Dane Shadow LR.

Hold Your Peace Success Express Au Printemps MOSSMAN b 95 Twig Moss Lichen Lady Off Shore OFCOURSEICAN b f 2006 Bletchingly Canny Lad Jesmond Lass YES SHE CAN CANCAN br 99 Marauding Dove Vai Benbara Queen

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International Thoroughbred April/May 2012  

The magazine for the global horseracing and bloodstock audience

International Thoroughbred April/May 2012  

The magazine for the global horseracing and bloodstock audience