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January 2008 issue 41

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Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder

The official publication of the ROA and the TBA

26TH ROA AWARDS RACING’S OSCARS

January 2008

“It’s never been run properly” Kerrching!

New Rules, Same Aims

The sales cash register continues to chime, with some quality mares at Tatts

The emphasis at Ballymacoll has changed, but its success continues

The Fallon fallout: BHA under fire



– Chris Wright with a frank assessment of the racing industry

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7 of the last 8 winners of the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth S.-Gr.1 were by Coolmore sires including-

MONTJEU (by SADLER’S WELLS)

His first 3 crops include HURRICANE RUN (Gr.1), SCORPION (Gr.1), AUTHORIZED (Gr.1), MOTIVATOR (Gr.1), CORRE CAMINOS (Gr.1), OUR FALSTAFF (Gr.1), MONTARE (Gr.1) etc.

GALILEO (by SADLER’S WELLS)

His first 3 crops include SOLDIER OF FORTUNE (Gr.1), TEOFILO (Gr.1), NIGHTIME (Gr.1), NEW APPROACH (Gr.1), RED ROCKS (Gr.1), SIXTIES ICON (Gr.1), ALLEGRETTO (Gr.1) etc.

HURRICANE RUN (by MONTJEU) Unbeaten at 2 & a Classic winner at 3, just like his sire Montjeu & his grandsire Sadler's Wells.

DYLAN THOMAS (by DANEHILL) The highest rated son of Danehill and winner of 6 Gr.1 races - 'King George', 'Arc', Prix Ganay (record time), Irish Derby and Irish Champion S. (twice). A half-brother to European champion 2-y-o Queen's Logic and bred on a similar Danehill/Sharpen Up cross to Danehill Dancer.

STALLIONS FOR 2008 • AD VALOREM • ANTONIUS PIUS • AUSSIE RULES • CATCHER IN THE RYE • CHOISIR • DANEHILL DANCER • DYLAN THOMAS • EXCELLENT ART • • FOOTSTEPSINTHESAND • GALILEO • HAWK WING • HIGH CHAPARRAL • HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR • HURRICANE RUN • IVAN DENISOVICH • MONTJEU • NIGHT SHIFT • • ONE COOL CAT • ORATORIO • PEINTRE CELEBRE • ROCK OF GIBRALTAR • SADLER’S WELLS • STRATEGIC PRINCE • All Coolmore Stallions nominated to the European Breeder’s Fund.


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Hurricane Run, the highest rated and best-looking son of Montjeu

Dylan Thomas, the highest rated son of sire of sires Danehill

Contact: Coolmore Stud, Fethard, Co. Tipperary, Ireland. Tel: 353-52-31298. Fax: 353-52-31382. Christy Grassick, David O’Loughlin, Eddie Fitzpatrick, Tim Corballis, Maurice Moloney or Mathieu Alex. Tom Gaffney, David Magnier or Joe Hernon: 353-25-31966/31689. E-mail: sales@coolmore.ie Web site: www.coolmore.com


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THE AGA KHAN STUDS Success Breeds Success STANDING IN IRELAND IN 2008

AZAMOUR Night Shift – Asmara (Lear Fan)

• Multiple Gr.1 winner from 8-12f and unbeaten Gr.2 winning 2yo • Highest Rated Older Horse in Europe 2005 • First crop foals in 2007 made 85,000gns, €120,000, 75,000gns, €105,000, €100,000, etc and averaged over €71,000 • First crop are yearlings in 2008

€25,000 – 1st Oct

DALAKHANI Darshaan – Daltawa (Miswaki)

• Champion at 2 and 3 years • The Leading Sire of 2yo’s in GB/IRE in 2007 in order of percentage of winners to runners (Statistic by Hyperion to 06/11) • 50% winners to runners, incl. Group performers YAHRAB, CENTENNIAL and Classic hope CHINESE WHITE • Yearlings fetched 1,000,000 gns, 480,000gns, 260.000gns, etc.

€40,000 – 1st Oct

STANDING IN FRANCE IN 2008

KAHYASI Ile de Bourbon – Kadissya (Blushing Groom)

• Sire of 7 Group 1 winners and over 40 Group/Stakes winners, including PEARL SKY and VAREVEES in 2007 • A leading broodmare sire of 6 Group 1 winners, including ZARKAVA and LINNGARI in 2007 • Sire of 8 Stakes horses and 38% winners/runners in 2007

€6,000 – 1st Oct

SINNDAR Grand Lodge – Sinntara (Lashkari)

• Unbeaten Gr.1 winner at 2 & European Champion at 3 • Sire of Gr.1 winners SHAWANDA and YOUMZAIN • 4th Leading Sire in Europe in 2007 in order of average earnings per runner (Statistic by Hyperion to 29/10) above Sadler’s Wells, Montjeu, Rock of Gibraltar, etc. • 53% 3yo wnrs/rnrs in 2007 incl. Group winners FOUR SINS, AQALEEM

€20,000 – 1st Oct

www.agakhanstuds.com Ireland: Pat Downes (Manager) or Julie White, Gilltown Stud. Tel: +353 45 481216 E-mail pat.downes@agakhanstuds.com France: Georges Rimaud (Manager) or Pierre-Yves Gibert, Haras de Bonneval. Tel: +33 2 31 48 18 60 E-mail: georges.rimaud@agakhanstuds.com


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Introduction

Again, we ask, ‘How did this reach court?’

Richard Griffiths Editor

THE further away we travel from the trial of Kieren Fallon and five others, the greater the discontent surrounding it. This is quite an achievement when you think about it, and a reflection of the poor news management which has surrounded the case. It is barely worth bemoaning the meagreness of the evidence. Suffice to say, there cannot have been anyone who followed proceedings closely who did not expect a ‘no case to answer’ verdict. What is so disappointing is that there are clear and sad parallels between this case and that of the five men accused of conspiring to dope Avanti Express and Lively Knight seven years ago. Then, as now, the trial was halted halfway through because the prosecution’s case was just so inadequate – as was the police’s understanding of racing and betting. Having covered that trial for the Racing Post, and included it in a book about horseracing corruption, Racing In The Dock, this observer felt sure that there could never again be such a shoddy episode involving the sport’s alleged misdemeanours. Yet here we are again, asking, ‘How did this ever reach court?’ Inevitably, the Crown Prosecution Service and City of London Police both deserve to take plenty of flak for their use of Ray Murrihy as an expert witness, their failure to disclose the views of Jim McGrath until the start of the trial, and the inability of one of the senior investigators, Mark Manning, to understand the difference between profits and liabilities on Betfair. That Manning had already been offered a job by the British Horseracing Authority’s security department is one indicator that its involvement in the case, and that of the BHA generally, was not all it should have been. They were off the pace and have noticeably failed to quell the

anger within racing that it has been embroiled in another damaging, unsatisfactory court case. This was one of the first serious tests of the BHA’s leadership and it hasn’t passed it with flying colours. On the day the trial collapsed, it used spokesman Paul Struthers as the canary in the cage, standing outside the Old Bailey to read a limited, three paragraph statement. We all knew the case was going to collapse. A lot more was needed than Struthers’ ambiguous reference to a “sad episode for racing”. There have inevitably been calls for the resignation of either – or both – head of security Paul Scotney, who was said by the BHA to have been “embarrassed” by his “poor performance” in the witness box, and BHA director Ben Gunn, who first called in the police. The BHA made it clear neither man would be leaving their posts – a full five days after the trial ended. It did so on the same day that both Gunn and BHA chief executive Nic Coward belatedly made their first public comments (see news story inside), although there had been a slightly pathetic story in the meantime quoting an anonymous figure within the BHA (neither Coward nor Gunn) bemoaning the use of Murrihy as a key witness. By then the damage had been done. The Daily Telegraph, irked by not being offered an interview with Ben Gunn, unlike some of its rivals, accused the BHA of doing a “Pontius Pilate” by washing its hands of the case. At a time when the BHA is pressing Government for an increase in the levy, that is not a good image to engender. A final thought: has anyone else noticed how unusually quiet Betfair, which first handed over details of Miles Rodgers’ betting accounts, has been? And what has John Bridgeman, in charge of regulation at the BHA, got to say? 

“The BHA hasn’t passed with flying colours”

This month’s main cover photo, taken by Arnhel de Serra, is of Nicole Myers and Susan Roy, recipients of the ROA award for Outstanding Two-YearOld Filly (Fleeting Spirit) on behalf of owners The Searchers January 2008 issue 41

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26TH ROA AWARDS RACING’S OSCARS

“It’s never been run properly” Kerrching!

The sales cash register continues to chime, with some quality mares at Tatts

New Rules, Same Aims

The emphasis at Ballymacoll has changed, but its success continues

The Fallon fallout: BHA under fire

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– Chris Wright with a frank assessment of the racing industry

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January 2008

CONTENTS 32

42 PHOTOS: GEORGE SELWYN/ARNHEL DE SERRA/AIDAN DULLAGHAN/EMMA BERRY

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Chris Wright is this month’s Big Interview

Peter Reynolds, manager of Ballymacoll Stud

Sales Circuit: record prices, quality mares

NEWS AND VIEWS

FEATURES

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News Focus December sales fallout

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Big Interview Chris Wright’s annus mirabilis

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News Analysis Racing’s case for greater funding

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Ballymacoll Stud Both historic and progressive

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Changes The best guide to the last month

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Stanley House Stud The time is right for ’Cato

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ROA Leader Have the bookies called it wrong?

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ROA Awards Eleven pages of glamour and fun

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TBA Leader Racing’s heroes and villains

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Sales Circuit ‘Polarisation’ – the new buzzword

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Be Our Guest Richard Edmondson

FORUM

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Big Picture Denman’s mighty effort

104 ROA News The must-read Council Agenda

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Going Global Commercial friction for Cup

109 Prize-money Table Which courses measure up

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Talking to… Bearstone Stud’s Terry Holdcroft

110 Owner of the Month The transatlantic Nigel Shields

144 Your Say The return of John Parkes

113 Owners in the News Satwa ‘King’, Steven Lamprell

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115 Picture Parade Jumps winners galore 116 TBA News Employment advice 119 Breeders’ Prizes Your latest winners

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122 Vets Forum Cheltenham seminar

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Under-fire BHA conducts security operation review

The BHA has announced it is reviewing its security operation, as it responded to criticism of its role in the collapsed race-fixing trial at the Old Bailey. Former champion jockey Kieren Fallon, along with fellow riders Darren Williams and Fergal Lynch, and Miles Rodgers, Shaun Lynch and Philip Sherkle, were charged with conspiracy to defraud customers of Betfair. The six defendants were cleared after the judge decided there was no case to answer. Dame Elizabeth Neville, former chief constable of Wiltshire, is conducting the BHA review, which was commissioned in October. Nic Coward, chief executive of the BHA, said: “Nothing has changed the resolve of the BHA to preserve the highest levels of integrity in the sport. This remains a priority.” The BHA’s security chief, Paul Scotney, along with director Ben Gunn, who

passed the case on to the City of London Police to investigate, were criticised over their roles in the affair. Gunn, a former chief constable, said: “I would do everything the same given the same set of evidence and information we had. The only different thing we would do now is to go to the Gambling

Commission first, who would then decide whether to go to the police.” The prosecution’s case in the trial received a serious blow when Ray Murrihy, an Australian chief steward acting

“Nothing has changed the BHA’s resolve” – Nic Coward, chief executive

as the key prosecution witness, admitted in court to not being an expert on British racing and its rules. Reacting to his acquittal, Fallon reiterated that he had “never stopped a horse or fixed a race,” and said that “the BHA’s actions have caused me enormous personal pain at so many levels.” The six-time champion jockey could yet face disciplinary action from the racing authorities, having initially tested positive for a banned substance after riding Myboycharlie to victory in the Group 1 Prix Morny at Deauville on August 19. The BHA, which declined a request to contribute towards the cost of the police investigation, has also promised to “review all the available evidence presented in the criminal trial to determine if there have been breaches of the rules of racing that would require it to take disciplinary action.” 

Leading owner turns attention to US Nigel Shields, the leading allweather owner for the past two seasons and this issue’s Owner of the Month (pages 110-111), has sounded a warning over the levels of prize-money in the sport, which he describes as “critical”. Shields, who recently bagged his first Grade 1 with Lang Field in America, said he will not make any new additions to his string in Britain unless the prize-money situation improves dramatically. He will concentrate instead on his Stateside operation, where purses are considerably higher across the board. Lang Field’s win in the Grade 1 Citation Handicap returned a first prize of $240,000, for a horse that was

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claimed by Shields for $30,000. Shields said: “The situation with prize-money in Britain has now reached a critical stage. I get more enjoyment from my UKbased horses, but I have to look at the financial implications. “Unless you are lucky enough to have a very good horse, owners in the UK are almost certain to make a significant loss, whereas in the US, you have a sporting chance of making a profit from owning racehorses. “I have seen race values drop for the last few years, yet training, veterinary and transport costs keep going up, and that means the owner has ever-diminishing chances of making it pay.

“Owning horses is a paid pleasure, yet the price, for me, has now become too high.” Shields, whose UK-based string has exceeded 30 before, now has only eight horses in training here, and accepts that his chances of landing a third consecutive all-weather owners’ title are virtually non-existent. “I will still look to claim horses in Britain, however they will almost certainly be sent over to race in America,” he added. “The racing industry needs to address the issue of prize-money urgently; otherwise, people will come to share my conclusion that owning racehorses in Britain is economically unviable.” 


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Tweenhills Times January 2008

Tweenhills Farm & Stud Tweenhills Racing David Redvers Bloodstock

STAFF CHRISTMAS PARTY GOES WITH A SWING! The idea of the Tweenhills staff Christmas party being a day out on a high wire forest adventure course on a wet Sunday in the middle of Tattersalls December Sales didn’t exactly excite everyone. However, after climbing trees, crossing rope bridges, crawling through tunnels, walking planks, tarzan swings and zipping down slides up to 40 feet up, trekking from tree to tree high above the forest floor, the adrenaline flowed and much to everyone’s surprise it was a thoroughly enjoyable day. Plus there were no hangovers the next day and the boss ended up in the lake!

MARES IN PROFIT The mare, Security Interest, was purchased by David and Stephen Hillen from Keeneland for $25,000 in-foal to Johannesburg, and she quickly returned a profit when her resulting colt foal realised €130,000 at Goffs recently (Lot 920). She is now in-foal to Tweenhills’ stallion Sleeping Indian. Johannesburg colt realised €130,000 at Goffs

IMPRESSIVE HURDLING DEBUT Colisay made an impressive hurdling debut to win by four lengths the fastest division of the Novices’ Hurdle at Uttoxeter on 29th November for Tweenhills Racing X. Trainer Venetia Williams was very pleased with the result and he looks a nice prospect for the future. The useful Flat performer was coming back after a break of 572 days, having been purchased by David Redvers at Tattersalls July Sales in 2006 for only 16,000gns.

Colisay easily wins his hurdling debut for Tweenhills Racing X

Another recent profitable mare purchase was Stakes producer Nuit Sans Fin. She was bought for €28,000 from Deauville in February 2007, and her colt foal by Kyllachy sold for 60,000gns at the Tattersalls Foals Sale in November (Lot 1160).

REDVERS RANT Can someone explain why we cannot copy the French Quinte bet system? This bet which is horseracing’s daily answer to the Lottery ticket is marketed through the PMU in every cafe and corner shop in France and largely funds French racing. We are missing out on a huge revenue stream. The majority of women I know love to have a bet when they go racing but would avoid a betting shop at all costs. If the TOTE was innovative enough to place a Quinte style weekly bet in every corner shop and petrol station in the UK then prize money levels could be dramatically improved.

staff PROFILE Darren McNulty, Stallion Manager What did you do before joining Tweenhills? I was with Scarvagh House Stud for six years in both Dorset and Ireland, during which I also spent two seasons in Australia at Baramul Stud and Chatswood Stud. What was the appeal of Tweenhills? Good reputation, and the chance to work on a purely Flat orientated stud. What do you enjoy most? Everybody helps each other, so you gain experience in a variety of roles. Most rewarding moment? Seeing a point-to-pointer I took over exercising win his maiden having previously always been pulled up or come last. Other interests? Shooting, beating, and I would love to ride in a point-to-point. Any funny moments? The boss, David, being thrown in the lake at the end of our Christmas adventure day.

Sure, there will be issues to overcome but let’s hear them and debate them thoroughly. Our sport, industry and livelihoods depend on it.

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Calls for speedier auction times Goffs and Doncaster Bloodstock Sales chief executive Henry Beeby has called on Europe’s auctioneers to agree to an increased rate of selling to help accommodate the record number of horses being sold. The first two mares’ sessions at Tattersalls’ December sale finished after 10pm, leading to major players calling for a speedier style of selling in Europe. Top consignors, including Ted Voute and Paul Thorman of Trickledown Stud, as well as agents Charlie Gordon-Watson, Hugo Lascelles and Tom Goff, were among those to

call for a change. Beeby has pledged that Goffs and Doncaster will aim to average 30 lots an hour at all sales in 2008, but has urged bidders and vendors to support a new system. “The European auctioneers are selling quicker than they were 15 to 20 years ago and it’s become an issue only because of the increasing numbers on the market and the fact that more horses are having to be catalogued in each sale,” said Beeby. “It can be rectified but it’s not something that should be aimed just at auctioneers. It needs the industry to

Increase in coverings to southern hemisphere time Following the outbreak of equine influenza in Australia, more European and US stallions than ever have been covering mares to southern hemisphere time, but agent Grant Pritchard-Gordon, who has long specialised in this area, warns that there are potential pitfalls. “Because the foal crop is likely to be down 10% to 15% and a lot of coverings started in late September, a few people jumped on the bandwagon to buy fillies and empty mares to send to Australia,” he said. “It can be done but it’s fraught with complications. The mares must go to a federally-approved quarantine station, foal there and not leave until 21 days after foaling because of contagious equine metritis. “The mares can be sold only if the sales company provides a federally-approved quarantine facility to keep them separate.

“At the moment there are complications because of EI – New South Wales is a purple zone that you can go into but can’t leave.” Stallions such as Darley’s Singspiel, Dansili and Oasis Dream at Banstead Manor Stud, along with Cheveley Park Stud’s Pivotal, have all served mares to southern hemisphere time, but Pritchard-Gordon cautioned that, while those sires are likely to prove popular, Australian breeders will not necessarily appreciate all stallions purely because of northern hemisphere results. Singspiel has been covering mares to southern hemisphere time since he spent 2001 in Australia, and he covered 16 in 2006 and 28 in 2007. “After the disaster with EI, the horses up here that haven’t shuttled are more popular than ever,” said Darley’s director of stallions, Sam Bullard. 

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accept that this is a thing they want to happen. “The vendors have to accept that their horse may get only two minutes in the ring, but they will get just as much money, and the

“A horse may get only two minutes” – Henry Beeby

purchasers must agree to bid quicker, which means not hanging around on their mobile phones for ages. “It needs to be a Europe-

wide initiative. There’s got to be consistency. People need to realise there’s going to be a different mindset when they come to Britain, Ireland or France, just as you have at all the American sales.” Beeby has instructed his teams of auctioneers at Doncaster and Goffs to cut down their introductions to a minimum, although he concedes the bigger lots will take more time. “Both at DBS and Goffs I’m going to encourage our auctioneers not to give introductions unless there is a significant update or veterinary notice that must be read out,” he said. 

TBA insists Rausing views were “personal”

Kirsten Rausing: next chairman

The TBA has written to Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley Stud operation to clarify controversial comments made by its incoming chairman Kirsten Rausing. Rausing used the platform of her pre-Christmas, Lanwades Stud stallion parade to make a veiled criticism of Darley’s stallion operation, suggesting that the Office of Fair Trading would disapprove of its “monopoly” position. She said: “When I arrived in Newmarket, nearly 28 years ago, there were 25

studs standing stallions. Now there are only a handful. We have lost a whole generation of stallion managers and owners. This is a sad state of affairs.” Her reference to the “monopoly situation” was widely taken as a reference to Darley, which was represented at the Lanwades function by several of its leading figures, among them John Ferguson. It is understood that Darley as a group was unhappy about the next TBA chairman expressing such trenchant views, prompting the outgoing chairman Philip Freedman, who hands over to Rausing on January 8, to write to Darley, making clear that they were personal views and not those of the TBA Council. That is something Rausing also stated before addressing her audience at Lanwades, in Newmarket, on December 5. 


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Because we’re worth it British Horseracing Authority pushes for a “fair and reasonable” levy yield of up to £153 million Highlights of BHA chairman Paul Roy’s letter to culture secretary James Purnell and sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe on the disputed 2008/2009 Levy Scheme. 26 November 2007 Rt Hon James Purnell MP, Secretary of State & Gerry Sutcliffe MP, Minister for Sport Department for Culture, Media and Sport 2-4 Cockspur Street London SW1Y 5DH

Determination of the 47th Levy Scheme Despite our best efforts to seek a resolution, the stance of the Bookmakers’ Committee has meant that statutory determination of the next Levy Scheme is now required. Since becoming Secretary of State and Minister in June, you have both consistently made a powerful case for sport, and the role sport plays in society, highlighting the many benefits it brings, from national prestige to building social cohesion and promoting healthy lifestyles through to skills, training, and employment opportunities. As the new governing body for the sport of racing, created in close co-operation with Government, we could not agree more.

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The case for British Horseracing British horseracing is proud of the strong contribution it makes to Britain’s sporting, cultural, economic and social life. Our sport appeals to people of all ages, backgrounds and socio-economic groups. Last year, almost six million people enjoyed a visit to one of 1,332 racedays. Highlights of the racing calendar such as the Cheltenham Festival, the Derby and the Grand National bring in tens of millions of tourist pounds to support local economies. The world views British horseracing as the best there is. As you heard when the Secretary of State shared a platform with our Chief Executive Nic Coward during a debate on tackling youth crime through sport, racing is the largest sporting employer, creating 18,800 direct fulltime equivalent jobs and indirectly supporting almost 90,000 FTE jobs. The nature of our sport means it is represented in all parts of Britain, with both a rural and urban profile. We are fully committed to the Government’s skills and training agenda, through significant Levy-backed investment in top class institutions such as the Northern Racing College in Doncaster and the British Racing School in Newmarket as well as British Racing’s qualifications awarding body, the British Horseracing Education and Standards Trust.

All Party support for the Levy For nearly half a century, Governments of all parties have recognised that British horseracing should not just survive, but thrive and grow. The Levy ensures that racing’s success and development is funded by revenues created


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through betting on racing. The Levy exists to provide a fair and reasonable return to racing from the profits that betting operators earn. As last week’s Parliamentary debate showed, currently there is overwhelming cross-party support for the Levy and the principles that led to its creation over 40 years ago. Revenues from the Levy are the financial foundations of our sport. Examples of the wide range of essential activities funded by the Levy are: meeting the growing cost of maintaining the sport’s integrity and enhanced regulation, creating important sporting and community hubs at 59 racecourses across the country, supporting the livelihood of stable staff, investment into cutting edge veterinary research, and promoting wider people and equine welfare in the sport. The Levy is an integral part of Britain’s market-led approach to betting, and betting on racing in particular. The rest of the world is largely characterised by state-sponsored betting through a pool, generating a very substantial return to their racing industries. We fully recognise and support the market model in Britain, but this must be coupled with an appropriate return to racing from betting. Our competitor nations currently offer considerably higher returns to owners, trainers and others. They are using their comparative riches from betting to try to erode Britain’s position as the leading horseracing nation.

Racing’s Submission For so long as the Levy is the mechanism, we will work with you to ensure that its processes and governance are fit for purpose. We are at the same time committed to working with you to develop thinking as to the legislative change required to support an alternative commercial mechanism. Our central contention is that neither the way the Levy has been calculated, nor the amount it now delivers to racing, have kept up with developments in our sport and the betting industry. The current level of return is neither fair nor reasonable. The needs of racing have increased since the last determination process in 2002, a period which has seen a growth in the number of fixtures and a greater investment in protecting the integrity of our sport, all of which benefits a betting industry now making record profits. There is a very real need to invest now in promoting racing, to make the most of the sport and its significance in British life.

“Governments of all parties have recognised that British racing should not just survive, but grow” We do not address in this submission the Bookmakers’ Committee’s contention that certain commercial costs, such as the cost of buying television pictures for broadcast in shops and the fees charged by the Gambling Commission, should be taken into account when calculating their Levy payments. We have said that this is without any merit. We note that this case has already been rejected by the independent members of the Levy Board and criticised by independent commentators.

A Fair and Reasonable Return Determining the fair and reasonable return to Racing through the Levy is a complex process. We have sought to adopt a reasonable approach. The last time the Levy was determined, requiring the Government to assess the “needs of racing” and “the capacity to pay of betting operators”, was in 2002. An independent analysis undertaken by OCP consultants led to Tessa Jowell determining that the 41st Scheme should achieve a return to racing within the target range of £90 to £105 million. We have taken this outcome, and updated it to 2008, taking into account the following factors:  Indexation between 2002 and 2008.  The increase in fixtures from 1,158 in 2002 to a programmed 1,504 in 2008, an increase of 30% at a cost of £22 million.  The £10 million increase in integrity and regulatory costs accruing to British horseracing. These were £15 million in 2002, and will be £25 million in 2008.  A specific increase in resource for the promotion of the sport. We state this as an additional £4 million, which is the equivalent of the expenditure by the Levy Board in 2002. This is against the backdrop of significantly increased capacity to pay of the betting sector since 2002 (evidenced by the gross win of the two leading bookmakers rising from £1.1 billion in 2002 to £1.8 billion in 2006). Taking account of

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News Analysis “Separate analysis shows the value of British racing to bookmakers to be between £152m–£186m” indexation within the increased costs in relation to fixtures, and integrity and regulatory costs, and allowing for fixture related increases in the latter, our analysis shows that a fair and reasonable return to British horseracing requires a Levy return in the range of £135 to £153 million in 2008/2009. This equates to a gross win rate on British horseracing for all betting operators of between 14% and 16%. The separate analyses undertaken for us by (economists) LECG conclude that the value of the British horseracing product to Licensed Betting Offices, on a conservative basis, is within a range of £152 to £186 million. Expressed as a gross win percentage, this would be in the range of 15% to 19%. This range increases to a range of 18% to 23%, or £177 to £225 million, when the link between racing product and its contribution to the betting operator business, that we say exists, is fully and properly recognised.

Racing’s Proposal for the 47th Scheme We have given these findings very careful consideration, and our proposal to you is that the next Levy Scheme should specify a payment of 15% of gross profits on British horseracing by off-course bookmakers. This is an increased rate in comparison to the (previous) 46th Scheme. However, 15% is the mid point in the range we identify from our analysis based on bringing the 41st Scheme up to date. It is also the bottom end of the lower range of reasonable outcomes from the LECG analysis, despite our case that the higher range applies. We have chosen to take this reasonable route to reflect our continuing desire to adopt a business-like relationship with betting operators within the existing Levy framework, and to support Government in its stated desire of completing the determination as soon as possible in the New Year. We believe that this determination result would allow Government to achieve the objective it has set, as stated by both Stephen Timms in 2001 when betting tax was reformed, and Tessa Jowell in 2002, that racing and betting should share in the benefits of the new legal and fiscal framework introduced for betting operators.

Betting Exchanges There is one further important element to the determination which we believe must be addressed separately. Betting exchanges now

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require specific consideration. In 2002, they were a relatively new market entrant. Now they are a significant and established part of the betting market place. As they operate a different business model to betting operators, it is right that their Levy contribution made by this sector of the betting market is given full consideration, separate from that of other traditional operators. Our analysis concludes that there needs to be a significant increase in the Levy payments from this sector to ensure that it is making a return to racing that is seen as fair and reasonable when compared to that made by other parts of the betting industry. The exchange market’s contribution to the 45th Scheme (2006/7) was £6 million. As part of delivering the increased levy return set out above, this needs to increase to £20 million. The different business model of betting exchanges requires a different levy charging mechanism within the existing framework. Using the same net winnings basis as exchanges themselves use to charge their customers, racing proposes a charge on exchanges equivalent to 1.15% of their customers’ net winnings. This would deliver a levy contribution to racing of £20 million. If this fair and reasonable return from exchanges is established, it would allow the headline gross win levy rate for traditional bookmakers to be reduced to 14%.

A fair deal for British Horseracing In this submission, Racing has explained its case for a fair return from the Levy, correcting the imbalance that has arisen between the two industries since the Secretary of State last determined the Scheme in 2002. This imbalance is recognised if one considers that Ladbrokes latest financial reports reveal that it is able to achieve an annual return on invested capital of 67%, whereas the average racehorse owner is losing 75% of their annual investment into the sport, and this before accounting for the costs of purchasing the horse. Horseracing looks forward to engaging in open and constructive discussions with you about this. Nic Coward and I would be delighted to have the opportunity to meet with you and provide any further information you may require. I look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards, Paul Roy Chairman


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Jockey Club Racecourses chief executive quits amid rumours that some JCR tracks had expressed concern about increasing central costs Sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe promises that the horseracing industry will recieve 50% of the sale price of the Tote if sold on the open market Emma Balding and Hugo Lascelles elected to TBA Council (see page 117) New service, which gives customers another starting-price option, launched with the intention of opening up a new marketplace for the exchange 2006 champion is officially announced as stable jockey to Sir Michael Stoute’s Freemason Lodge yard Tote chairman since 1997 to step down at the end of December All-weather track holds first fixture since having its surface relaid after being devastated by floods in June; riders reported the Fibresand to be riding slow Dorset-based trainer remains in intensive care in hospital following the car crash that left him with a broken bone in his neck Timeform chairman retires after 50 years service with the Halifax-based company Agreement signed between Horsemen’s Group and racecourses and TV companies to extend the current system on the Flat until 2010 2008 renewal of the Epsom Classic set to be run without a sponsor, with the course yet to find a replacement for previous backer Vodafone 27-year-old apprentice jockey who suffered a serious head injury in a fall at Redcar in May returns to the sadddle on the Malton gallops BHA set to tackle the issue of returning an improved horse to either hurdles or fences to take advantage of an old handicap mark 75-year-old trainer will hand over the licence at his Ross-on-Wye yard to assistant and grandson Michael jnr at the end of the season Trial of six-time champion jockey and five others accused of race-fixing collapses; a failed drugs test at Deauville in August means another riding ban looms 43-year-old US jockey, who was Toby Maguire’s stunt double in the film Seabiscuit, registers his 3,000th career win at Turf Paradise

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Unbeaten Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner and Triple Crown hope to stand at Lane’s End, Kentucky, at the conclusion of his racing career John Best-trained colt, only the fifth two-year-old ever to win the Nunthorpe Stakes, will eventually commence stallion duties at Cheveley Park Stud Seven-year-old son of Storm Cat sold by Coolmore to stand at East Stud on the Japanese island of Hokkaido Dual US Classic winner, sire of Breeders’ Cup Sprint victor Midnight Lute, moves to newly-established Penn Ridge Farm in Pennsylvania for 2008 2003 Italian Derby winner to become the first stallion to stand at Klaus Jacobs’s Newsells Park Stud, having moved from Haras de Piencourt in France Capricorn Stud Farm in India has purchased the sire of Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Araafa from Coolmore, as a replacement for the late Tirol Immensely popular cross-country chaser, who scored seven times at Cheltenham and landed Punchestown’s La Touche Cup twice, retires at the age of 14 French Group 3 winner will stand his first season at Richard Kent’s Mickley Stud Group 1-placed stallion moves from Littleton Stud to Bill Bromley’s Wood Farm Stud, Shropshire, where he will stand alongside Silver Patriarch Beresford Stakes winner who ran fifth in the Racing Post Trophy moves from Jessica Harrington in Ireland to Newmarket trainer Luca Cumani Darley purchases the remaining 50% share of the champion two-year-old colt from Jim Bolger, who will continue to train him Islington’s half-brother and winner of the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud retires to Coolmore’s National Hunt stallion operation Four-time Listed-winning juvenile, runner-up to Scintillo in the Gran Criterium at San Siro, joins Godolphin from Maria Rita Salvioni in Italy Noel Martin-owned Queen Alexandra and Ascot Stakes winner of 2006 has joined Ian Williams ahead of a hurdling campaign Godolphin purchases 2007 German St Leger hero, successful four times at the top level for former trainer Peter Schiergen Nicky Richards’s stalwart retires aged 13; his finest hour came when taking the 2003 Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle, a race he ran in eight times

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ROA Leader We’ve upped the ante over the levy, and now its time to up the revenue

BHA delivers a clear message Paul Dixon President Racehorse Owners Association

I MAKE no apology for returning to the theme of the 47th Levy Scheme. For it is impossible to exaggerate the importance of the Government’s current deliberations over deciding what the levy should deliver to racing in the year beginning April 1, 2008. If the betting industry were to achieve its objective in taking £50 million off bookmakers’ levy contributions – in an attempt to offset what they claim would be their payments to Turf TV – British racing would be devastated. Indeed, it is clear that the finances of the industry will continue to deteriorate even if the Government decides to roll over the terms of the current Levy Scheme. The deepening rift between racing and bookmakers has, as usual, produced a welter of analysis from either side of the industry. But the current dispute is set against a very different background to those of earlier years. Previously, the bookmakers always seemed to enjoy the high ground. Whatever the fairness of racing’s case, the bookmakers could swamp this with intellectually superior arguments delivered with absolute clarity. Now it is different. The bookmakers’ arguments in the context of the levy are weak and racing’s are strong. The bookmakers have palpably failed on the PR side and, unusually, seem to have little support within Government. In contrast, the BHA has delivered a clear, convincing message. It has extrapolated figures from the time the levy last went to Government determination in 2002. It has argued with conviction that if you apply indexation to the figure that was then stated by Tessa Jowell to reflect the requirements of racing and combine that with the costs in growing the fixture list, you have racing’s needs in a nutshell. Put that alongside bookmakers’ massively increased profits since that time and there is no mystery attached to a levy yield expectation of £135 million to £153m – at its minimum some £50m more than the current levy budget for 2008/2009.

But much more exciting is a BHAcommissioned economic analysis of what price the industry could charge bookmakers to have access to racing, based on a commercially determined levy rather than the statutory levy we currently have. Theoretical this may be, but we must acknowledge the rationale that flows from the pen of an experienced economist when he produces a very sound case for racing to receive up to £225m a year from the betting industry. Of course, there are a myriad of reasons why this could not happen in the short term, many of them stemming from the fact that domestic and European law makes an entirely commercial system for funding racing unsustainable – at least at the moment. However, this economic analysis has made a valuable contribution by proving just how important racing is to bookmakers’ earnings, both directly and indirectly. It argues that ‘the value of horseracing should also reflect the value derived from sales of other products in the LBOs that depend partly on racing as the anchor product that brings punters in’. That racing should fairly receive recompense for fuelling much of the bookmakers’ nonracing business, such as the playing of FOBTs, is a point that we have to impress on Government. It is simply not good enough for this determination process to end up giving racing what it already has, even if the outcome also promises future reforms. The recommendations of the Donoughue committee on the levy are important and must be implemented but, even with this, we are still only scratching the surface. Bookmakers have chosen to open this can of worms that has, ironically, given British racing a huge opportunity. We now have a governing authority that not only realises this, but also has the ear of Government. Because of this, the initial stages of this battle have gone well. We must now redouble our efforts if we are going to win the war. 

“There is no mystery attached to a levy yield of between £135 million and £153 million”

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TBA Leader It doesn’t take a genius to identify racing’s villains, but who are the heroes?

It’s boo, hiss for the ugly sisters... Philip Freedman Chairman Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association

IN my final column as chairman, I am going to shamelessly plagiarise James Underwood – whose contribution to the industry has never got the official recognition which it surely merits – by referring to the heroes and villains of British racing, not least for the impact they had on British breeding during my period in office. It will come as no surprise to anyone that the villains of this pantomime are those two ugly sisters, the bookmakers and the racecourses, who, while properly acting in the interests of their own shareholders, have done no favours to the interests of racing as a whole. While individual betting organisations such as Ladbrokes, whose sponsorship of our Tour De Racing in July was so generous, and individual racecourses and racecourse groups may do much to promote and support racing and breeding, their collective contributions have been much less positive. In the case of the off-course betting industry it was ever thus, for racing, as the supplier of the product the bookmakers consume, has always had as adversarial a commercial relationship with them as between any supplier and producer, albeit clouded by the necessity, as a consequence of the loss of the William Hill case, to conduct the relationship through the good offices of the Levy Board. While a similar adversarial position might now exist between owners and racecourses, for whom prize-money is seen to be a major drag on their profitability, of more concern has been their role in undermining the ability of a strong central authority to govern the industry. Such authority is essential, not only to balance the interests of all factions within the industry, but also of all the different racecourse factions, whose collective interests will inevitably suffer, along with those of the rest of racing’s participants, if the sort of unfettered competition threatened by the OFT inquiry ever breaks out. The heroes of the sport are certainly more

numerous, not least because they should include everyone who breeds or races a horse in Britain in defiance of all financial logic. However, I will restrict myself to three. More unlikely bedfellows than Peter Savill and Robert Hughes it would be hard to find, but both recognised the need to support and maintain a healthy breeding industry in this country, and both were willing to commit significant sums to this end. While the subsequent loss of the data rights case, and with it the demise of BHB, together with a style of leadership which was never designed to court popularity, inevitably tarnished his chairmanship of the BHB, Savill’s willingness to fight for the interests of owners, on whom we as breeders depend, marked a radical change in the governance of racing, as did his support of a £10 million Owners’ Premium Scheme. Hughes’s period at the Levy Board has similarly been clouded by the need to impose economies on the industry, but his steadfast support of the Breeders’ Prize Scheme, in the face of continued hostility from so many other sectors of the industry, is something for which we as breeders, as well as our association, for whom it is a very valuable recruiting sergeant, should be extremely grateful. But however much influence those two administrators might have had on the fortunes of British breeders, their impact pales into insignificance in comparison with one man, whose investment in British studs, in the stallions he stands at them, as well as the money which his purchases of British bloodstock has pumped into our economy, has transformed our industry. It is, of course, Sheikh Mohammed, and while some may have concerns with the size of his operation, we are surely fortunate that he has chosen to base so much of his worldwide breeding and racing operations in this country. British racing and breeding, and all whose livelihoods depend on them, have been enriched by his investment here. 

“Racecourses have helped undermine the ability for racing to be governed effectively”

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Be Our Guest Why don’t jockeys like me as much as I like them? Case study number two

How Stevens was ‘riled real good’ Richard Edmondson Former racing correspondent of The Independent

I SEEM to have got away with my hymn of praise to jockeys last month – which some readers have somehow construed as being quite rude – if the absence of tiny feet pattering to my safe house on Easter Island is anything to go by. The little men quite fancy themselves in a scrap with journos, despite the colossal weight disadvantage they have to concede. Jumps jockeys in particular seem to think they are stronger on the basis that, while they are sharpening their senses by wrestling with a half-ton chaser, we are sharpening our pencils. Yet there are at least as many similarities as differences between us. We are both victims of our noble trades. They spend mornings sweating in saunas. We do the same in the evenings in pubs. These are the prices we have to pay for our respective callings. David Bridgwater once threatened to hurt me when I wrote something he didn’t like. But if he thought he could put on the frighteners, then I’m afraid he was very much mistaken, though my wife did have to convince me that it was rather defeatist to consider plastic surgery and entering the witness protection programme. But it was at York, once again, that hell really came calling. The other jockey who thought he could mess with me on the Knavesmire was Gary Stevens. He’d actually been into my pub (not the one I own, the one I’ve paid for), the Prince Albert in Windsor, and I got the impression he didn’t much like me then. I subsequently learned from

his book (which means I’ve probably read one more book than he has, but then that might be asking for trouble) that Gary was another jockey who likes to be a bit of a toughie. This characteristic first emerged when I interviewed the future George Woolf on a bench outside the York weighing room. I asked the great Gary if he was miffed by the betting shop reaction to his sympathetic riding technique, which was the polar opposite of Kieren’s meat-andthree-veg wholehearted style. As I waited for a response, a strange thing happened. The press-savvy Stevens we had known for the rest of his English tenure started to lose it. He may not have been Fallon in the saddle, but the way he stared at me on that bench confirmed he could do other bits of the act. I thought I heard a bell tolling. “I have one person to prove something to and that’s Gary Stevens, and I’ve done that,” he said. “I don’t have to prove anything to anyone in betting shops. I’m not worried about the punter in betting shops. I’m worried about what the trainer I’m riding for says and what the owner says. They’re the only people I have to please: the ones who hire me. I don’t care.” This seemed to be the point where I should have said something. But instead I just let out a little squeak. I knew then we would not be going to buddy up at the Gallery, the nightclub revealed in last month’s column. “I’ve had a great time while I’ve been here,” Gary added, “and no-one has riled me until just now. And you’ve riled me real good. You’re probably going to think I’m a real ass [he wanted to say hole as well, but some semblance of control was still there], but I’m going to leave now.” And he did. I don’t know what it is, but every time I insult someone they seem to leave me. The only person that hasn’t is my ugly, nagging wife. 

“They spend mornings sweating in a sauna; we do the same thing in pubs at night”

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The Big Picture

Denman the Destroyer The more emphatically Denman pulled clear of his rivals in the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup, the harder it became to believe what you were witnessing. A seven-year-old, on his sixth start over fences, carrying top weight of 11st 12lb to win, unflustered, by 11 lengths. Not bad, huh? After a performance that his trainer Paul Nicholls described as “awesome”, despite having had pre-race doubts about Denman’s apparent burliness, talk inevitably turned to the Cheltenham Gold Cup and a clash with stablemate Kauto Star. That’s a funny thing about racing: the tendency to look to an uncontrollable future, rather than celebrate the glory that stands in front of you.

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Are tracks becoming wary of staging Breeders’ Cup? “Churchill has said it has no desire to stage the event again”

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GOING GLOBAL

The costs of hosting the Breeders’ Cup. Words: Michele MacDonald

Did Monmouth Park guarantee a $4 million profit for Cup organisers?

With one of its stated priorities to “grow as a commercial property,” Breeders’ Cup Ltd may find it increasingly difficult to locate tracks eager to host the world’s richest day of racing. After reports that Breeders’ Cup demanded a $4 million guaranteed profit from Monmouth Park, which is run by the state government’s New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority (NJSEA), and that it has exacted a $5 million guarantee – the most in its history – from the Oak Tree Racing Association for the 2008 renewal, it seems that the bar has been raised to a point where the host track cannot expect much of a profit, if any. Perhaps the best indication of this exacting financial scenario is that executives at Churchill Downs, which has hosted the Cup a record six times, indicated through comments in the local Louisville media that they had no desire to do the job again.

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After the 2006 Cup at Churchill, track President Steve Sexton cited “the tremendous amount of work…for what we think is a small return.” Sexton did not return several phone calls for comment and then relayed word through a spokesperson

“Reports say Breeders’ Cup has exacted a $5m pledge for 2008” that he did not want to discuss the Breeders’ Cup. Breeders’ Cup officials have said they are interested in returning to Churchill, partly because they do not want to lose a tax break allowed by the state of Kentucky that will expire if the event is not run in Louisville by 2009.

Dennis Dowd, who oversaw the 2007 Cup as the NJSEA’s senior vice president of racing, said he expected a loss of more than $1m for the privilege of hosting the event. “We at best hoped to break even,” said Dowd, adding that it appeared the track would come close to meeting that optimistic forecast, despite the rainy weather that overshadowed the racing. Overall, Breeders’ Cup handle was down by 20% from the previous year at Churchill. However, since the NJSEA is a branch of state government, Dowd was able to claim an estimated $70 million economic impact from expenditures of visitors attending the Cup, which he said made holding the event a winner for New Jersey. But he noted that “if we were a private track, I might feel very differently”. Sherwood Chillingworth, executive vice-president of Oak Tree, which will host next year’s Cup at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, said he could not discuss expected revenues or how they would be divided with Breeders’ Cup due to a nondisclosure clause in the organisations’ agreement. In its 2006 annual report, Breeders’ Cup revealed that it had total assets of $40,705,635, including stocks and bonds valued at $36,083,177.


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The horse who turned racing into an extreme sport. The heroic loner who toughed it out from the front. Who, in six of the very best European races, never let another horse lead him. Not even for a stride. Shamardal: out on his own. Metaphorically. Literally.

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America takes action to ban anabolic steroids from sales rings and courses Recognising that they have been out of step with the rest of the world, American racing and sales officials are trying to remove the influence of anabolic steroids from competition and auction rings. In the span of a few weeks, Keeneland, FasigTipton Co., Florida’s Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. and California’s Barretts Equine all adopted policies that basically prohibit the administration of steroids to weanlings and yearlings within 45 days of a sale. The policies have some teeth. Buyers can request at the time of purchase that horses be tested for anabolic steroids and, if positive tests are returned, sales can be rescinded within 24 hours. “This is not a competitive issue; this is an integrity issue,” said Keeneland President Nick Nicholson and Fasig-Tipton President Walt Robertson in a joint

statement. “By establishing a policy and developing testing procedures that are practical and fair to all involved, we safeguard the credibility of the entire thoroughbred industry.” The policy will take effect with all 2008 sales conducted by Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton, beginning with the former’s January mixed sale. Buyers will have to pay $500 for a test to be conducted by a veterinarian coordinated by the respective sale company; however, if the test is positive, the consignor will have to pay for it. OBS announced that its policy would be effective from the 2008 February selected sale of two-year-olds in training, even though the other auction houses have not addressed juveniles. Barretts exempted its January mixed sale from the new policy because of deadlines, but will include

“We want to safeguard the credibility of the industry” – Nick Nicholson (pictured) juvenile sales from 2009. At the same time, several racing jurisdictions were also moving to stop the use of anabolic steroids in horses while they are competing.

Usage has been widespread, from the smaller racetracks to nationally leading trainers. Six states in the MidAtlantic region of America – Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, Virginia and New Jersey – jointly adopted a model rule developed by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium that would prohibit the use of anabolic steroids in racehorses. At the same time, the state of New York was considering its own rules on steroids use. Iowa and Indiana already have such rules in place. Perhaps most significantly, regulators in California – the site of about one-third of all American racing events, including graded stakes – have started to define testing procedures. This would make the the 2008 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park the first to prohibit steroids. 

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The Big Debate: the value of slot machines and other Why is there so much talk in North America about slot machines at racetracks? Ever since gambling through slot machines, which had typically been conducted only in Las Vegas-style casinos, was legalised at some racetracks in the 1990s, those facilities have generally enjoyed a major upswing in profitability. As more American state governments — which draw a percentage of the revenue — passed laws allowing them, the more hybrid “racinos” spread. There are now 11 states that allow alternative gambling, along with pari-mutuel wagering at racetracks. And more than 20

racinos are operated in Canada. In more recent years, some American states have also allowed betting on ‘table games’, such as blackjack and poker, at racinos. How does racing benefit from these other forms of gambling? Racino laws mandate that a percentage of income from slot machines and/or table games be earmarked for prizemoney. With this new funding, prize-money typically rises. A new but small track in Pennsylvania, Presque Isle Downs, opened in September (following months of wagering through already active slot machines that take up the

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majority of space in the grandstand), with advertised purses of $500,000 a day for a 25-day meeting. Although the amount actually paid averaged closer to $400,000 daily, it was still enough to rank among the highest in the United States, ahead of wellestablished tracks such as Churchill Downs, Oaklawn Park and Fair Grounds. Just how lucrative is alternative gaming at racetracks? Cold, hard figures give the best illustration and show the contrast with racing. At Prairie Meadows Racetrack in Iowa in 2006, slot machines generated $163.8 million in

revenue, while table games kicked in another $18.8m. Racing contributed only $4.6m. Is there a negative side to slots gaming at tracks? Yes. Slots in some areas have hurt racing in adjoining states. For example, Maryland, home of the Preakness Stakes, has found itself at a huge competitive disadvantage as surrounding states West Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania have allowed racinos. In Maryland, purses fell, racing days were cut and the annual foal crop declined by 27.3% over a decade before lawmakers agreed to allow a voter referendum in


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Global News “Admire Moon gave me a very big present” – Dr Riki Takahashi

Admire Moon (number four) wins the Japan Cup. He will now take up stallion duties for Darley Japan

Veteran Takahashi says ‘Sayonara’ to Darley Soon after recent purchase Admire Moon won the £2.29 million Japan Cup, Darley’s Japanese operation underwent a major, surprise re-shuffle. Dr Riki Takahashi, the veterinarian whom Sheikh Mohammed hired 16 years ago to build a presence in Japan, quit his job two days after the race. “Admire Moon gave me a very big present,” said

Takahashi, who plans to continue his veterinary work but would not discuss details of his separation from Darley. Oliver Tait, who serves as president of the Darley Japan commercial operation and also oversees Darley Australia, said: “It was an amicable split. Dr Takahashi decided to retire.” A local graduate of the Darley Flying Start

programme, Hanako Sonobe, has been named a director of Darley Japan. She will also take over as its spokesperson. Bred by Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm, Admire Moon repelled Yoshida’s 2006 Melbourne Cup runner-up Pop Rock by a head. Meisho Samson, Japan’s three-year-old champion last year, was a neck further back in third.

Admire Moon now retires to Darley Japan Farm, alongside Alkaased, Fantastic Light, Diktat and Rule Of Law. A four-year-old son of End Sweep out of a Sunday Silence mare, My Katies, Admire Moon is one of the few horses in the world to average about £500,000 per win. In 17 starts, he won ten times and earned £5,037,185. 

gaming revenues to America’s racetracks 2008. At the same time, racing has thrived at tracks like Mountaineer Park in West Virginia, which has seen average daily prize-money skyrocket from a pre-slots figure of $22,000 to $160,000. Additionally, companies oriented to casino gambling, such as Harrah’s Entertainment, have invested in racetracks (Lousisiana Downs, Turfway Park), raising questions about the long-term future of racing at those venues, since the sport is not nearly as profitable as gaming. Do racing interests in other states want slots for their tracks?

Most definitely, with the world’s largest breeding and sales centre, Kentucky, being among them. Thoroughbred interests in the state have worked for years to win some form of alternative gaming at the five major tracks and have financed a lobbying organisation to help inform voters about the positive economic impact of horses, racing and breeding. Newlyelected Governor Steve Beshear campaigned on a platform to allow a voter referendum on slots. What are some of the political roadblocks? As racinos have thrived, states without slots at racetracks have witnessed the resulting

revenues, such as the about $976m generated in 2006 by slots at two thoroughbred and two greyhound racetracks in West Virginia. About $445m of that total was used primarily for education, senior citizen programs and tourism, and about $84m went to racing purses. Thus, the states pondering racino legislation have sought to take more of a share than their forerunners, causing divisive political fighting. As states and politicians want more of the money, there is less left for racing and less for operators. Do the slot machines bring in more fans for racing?

Generally speaking, no. Most studies show that the slot players do not become engaged in racing and thus there is little, if any, increase in the sport’s fan base. Is alternative gaming the answer for racing’s future in North America? Unfortunately, with the proliferation of many forms of gambling, including statebacked lotteries and casinos, as well as considering the increasing expense involved with racing horses, it seems that many tracks will not have any kind of future without the additional revenue that alternative gaming can provide. 

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www.ownerbreeder.co.uk TBA Internet Membership

Online access to Owner Breeder

This membership is available to students, stud staff and overseas enthusiasts (excluding the Republic of Ireland and the EU), and costs only £40 a year.

TBA & ROA members, who have provided the Associations with email addresses, will be sent a user name and password which they can use to enter the website. Alternatively, members can register online, using their association’s membership number.

Internet members will receive all their correspondence via email and through the website. Benefits include:  Access to the Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder online magazine  A diary following the stud career of All A Dream (above), one of the broodmares based at Lanwades Stud  Trips to studs (pictured below,), racing yards, and seminars, plus much more. In 2007 TBA members enjoyed visits to such famous studs as Shadwell, Hesmonds, and Childwick Bury, racing yards such as Manton Stables (Brian Meehan) and Egerton House (David Elsworth) plus nutrition seminars and the annual Stud Farming Course. Our aim is to encourage interest and enthusiasm in the thoroughbred breeding industry by enabling a wider audience to benefit from TBA membership and the Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder magazine. To become a TBA Internet Member, visit the TBA website – www.thetba.co.uk and go to the Internet Members section, pay online via PayPal or download a direct debit mandate, and send this to the TBA.

The magazine is in a pdf format, and can be easily downloaded. Once members have entered the site www.ownerbreeder.co.uk they should go to the ‘Download’ section and click on the magazine front page to start downloading it. This could take a few minutes depending on the speed of the internet connection, so please be patient! The whole magazine will then appear and can be scrolled through, or the search facility used to go to a particular section. If you have any problems registering please contact the ROA or TBA offices on 020 7408 0903 and 01638 661321 respectively. And if you would rather view the magazine pages as a spread, and not single pages, then once it has downloaded right click on your mouse and choose continuous facing.

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From an original holding of 17 acres, Holdcroft has developed Bearstone Stud into a thriving stallion business…by Tim Richards How did you find your way into racing from owning 13 new car franchises in the Midlands?

While out hunting in the 1970s, I met a bloodstock agent, Charles Patterson, who was working for the now defunct Anglo Irish Bloodstock Agency. Charles took me to Ireland and we bought Chadacre, who won first time out at Wetherby. That was the start. Did you ride a lot?

I used to hunt with the North Staffs Hunt and the Moorland Harriers, near Market Drayton. I also did some showjumping at local shows. What prompted the change in horsepower?

I haven’t completely changed because I am still involved in the motor business. But I now derive a lot of satisfaction from actually producing something rather than simply selling, as I have done with the cars. Obviously, we do repairs at the garages, but you are designing something when you are planning the matings for the mares. You see the product grow, develop and it is very rewarding if your efforts come to fruition on the racecourse. Even if you don’t own the horse you get a hell of a kick out of it winning; you feel you have created something. Is breeding thoroughbreds a relaxation or a business?

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Both, really. I suppose I work seven days a week, because when I’m not at the motor business I am at the stud. Having said that, it is nothing but pleasure to walk round the paddocks, checking the horses, see how they’re developing and moving them around. I take a tape recorder with me on my rounds recording my thoughts, both as far as the horses are concerned and anything that requires attention on the stud. Driving a top of the range motor, or hurtling over the stone wall country of the North Staffs or Moorland Harriers. Which is the bigger buzz?

Most certainly the latter. There were always

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FINGERS ON BUZZERS... Any guilty pleasures? Chocolate, whisky, wine and one or two others.

John Grisham’s, but any thriller with a good plot.

How do you relax? Spending time in my holiday home in Barbados and playing a little tennis badly.

What worries you? I’m pretty laid back. Lots of things happen in the horse world you have no control over. Worrying only makes it worse.

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hairy moments out hunting, particularly if you’re on a new horse galloping towards a big ditch and hedge, hoping it doesn’t dig its toes in. There’s nothing quite like it if it stands off and flies over, particularly if you’re one of the few that makes it. Tell us about your Bearstone Stud?

I spotted the place from horseback while out hunting in the late 1970s; I had just emerged from a field not knowing exactly where I was. Weeks later the property was advertised for sale; I recognised the picture in the ad and decided to buy it. It was a small cattle farm with 17 acres. We gradually built it up and the original property now stands in 100 acres. First, we bought Rockhouse Farm, about three miles from us, and then the old Woore racecourse, which is only a mile up the road. Now Bearstone Stud stands on a total of 340 acres.

Have you moulded it on any particular other studs?

Not really. I have looked round and tried to improve on what I have seen, though always remaining within our budget. I decided if I was going to build any boxes I would make them bigger and with more ventilation than any I had seen. I discovered there are arterial wells under part of the property and tapped into that water, so that the horses can drink it from troughs in the paddocks and in the buildings. I noticed that some of the top studs had double rails round the paddocks so that horses in adjacent fields could not rub noses. Minor, but important details. Where I thought I could improve I did, like the Japanese who have been so successful in copying our design of motor cars and ended up improving them. How much of Bearstone is a husband and wife operation, involving Margaret?

Very much so, along with my daughter Paula. The two of them run the admin side, with Margaret selling the stallion nominations for Firebreak, Reel Buddy, Indesatchel and our new boy for 2008, Vital Equine. What do you consider your greatest achievement with breeding?

Building up the stud to its present size, while at the same time improving the quality of our mares and being able to balance the books. Not forgetting breeding winners, which is what it’s all about. These include the German and Italian Guineas winners, Kornado and Svelt, as well as Romantic Myth, Romantic Liason, Golden Nun and numerous Listed winners. Haven’t you enjoyed some memorable Royal Ascots?

We have been really lucky at Royal Ascot, with Mind Games (Norfolk Stakes), Rosselli (Norfolk) and Romantic Myth (Queen Mary), and we also bred Romantic Liason, another Queen Mary winner, and Zargus, who won the Britannia Handicap. If there was one thing you could change in the breeding world, what would it be?

One thing you’d take to a desert island? My wife.

I would put a stop to stallions covering in excess of 110 mares a season. Eighty is a far more reasonable figure. And it stands to reason that one 80th can be worth more than one 110th. If you are a commercial breeder and there is a multitude of horses on the market by your particular sire, you are unlikely to get such a good price. Covering more than 100 mares puts a lot of pressure on the stallion. Which horse is the apple of your eye?

Who do you admire? Henry Cecil. He’s been at the top, come through awful times and is riding high again. All credit to him.

Golden Nun. She is a Listed winner from one of our oldest families, going back to Christine, one of the first mares we purchased in 1980 for little money. Golden Nun lost her first foal, but has a colt foal by Dubawi and is in foal to Indesatchel.  JANUARY 2008 THOROUGHBRED OWNER & BREEDER 31


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Chris Wright The founder of Chrysalis records – home to Blondie and Jethro Tull – and owner of Stratford Place Stud talks about the stunning success enjoyed by his horses in 2007…by Julian Muscat

Yes, we had success on many different fronts. We had 24 winners worldwide, which is about double what I’d have in a normal year. That includes a couple of winners at a country track in Australia, but a country track there is probably as good as winning at Kempton or Lingfield, so I’ll take it. In England, obviously there was Dark Angel (raced in partnership with Catherine Corbett). He won the Middle Park Stakes and a load of prizemoney. And in California we had Worldly (a dual Grade 3 winner). We also sold a filly very well at the Sydney Easter Yearling sales in Australia, and the stud (Stratford Place) had an exceptional time at the yearling sales in Newmarket – especially the Galileo-Silver Colours colt, who sold for 750,000gns. The cherry on the cake was Maltese Falcon winning a Listed race at Lingfield (on November 24). So it’s been great, certainly my best year since Culture Vulture won the French 1,000 Guineas in 1992. We won one Group 1, two Group 2s, two Group 3s and a Listed race.

You’ve been in the game since 1981. Are you enjoying the fruits of having refined your approach as you went along? You can get good luck and bad luck but, in the words of Gary Player, the harder you practise the luckier you get. I’m a great believer in that. When I came into racing I thought I knew most things. Now, 26 years later, I realise I know very little. But I know about a thousand times more

Wright’s racing involvement was financed by his huge success in the music industry

than I knew at the beginning. My organisation is pretty basic, overall, but we try to get everything right. We try very hard to be commercial about everything we do, including what we sell and don’t sell, and especially in what we buy. We have never spent a lot of money on

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anything. Most of our mares were fillies we raced.

So how did it feel to part with that Galileo yearling? Let me put it this way. I’ve actually sat down and worked out that if I’d never sold a yearling and every yearling had gone to the trainers they went to, and those horses had exactly the same programme – in other words if everything was the same but I’d kept every horse – I’d probably be quids-in. But you can’t buy every yearling you like and, when you’re breeding, you can’t keep every yearling. It’s like the music business. You can’t sign every group or writer that you like. You’ve got to realise that some musicians you liked but didn’t sign up are going to be the new Beatles. We knew the Galileo was a fabulous horse. Trainers were calling me up and saying, ‘Look, if you ever want to win the Derby in your colours, this is going to be your only real chance’. Who knows how the horse will turn out? Obviously you hope he wins the Derby. If he does it would be a bittersweet moment.

Is the feeling of making a big sale the same as winning a big race? Yes it is. For the staff it’s probably bigger than that, because preparing those yearlings is their raison d’etre. And for them, going to the sales is like their Derby. A good sale is recognition of what they’ve achieved.

“Racing needs taking by the scruff of its neck”

You know when a yearling is about to make big money at the sales because the paddock outside empties and there’s a deathly hush in the ring. It was a huge thrill for all my staff.

On a broader note, in the last ten years racing has acknowledged it needs to promote itself as part of the entertainment industry. As one with a lot of experience in that sphere, how much further down that road does racing need to go? Oh, a long way.

Can you highlight a couple of examples where racing is falling down? Well, as a sport in England, it’s never been run properly by someone taking it by the scruff of its neck and making it work. A lot of people do a good job within the compass of their own field, but if you look at other successful sports, it’s usually down to one person driving it.

There’s a need for a ringmaster, as it were? Take basketball in America. So much of it is down to one man, David Stern, who’s been running the NBA almost since it started. There no real reason why basketball should have ended up being hugely successful, but it’s been very well managed and run and promoted and marketed. It’s the same with Formula 1 and the job Bernie Ecclestone’s done there. Again, there’s no real

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Primary Colours Britain’s Leading Owner and Breeder is also one of Britain’s Leading Stallion Stations... Stallions for 2008

Carnival Dancer £4,000 (1st Oct. SLF) Triple Group winning 1/2 brother to Gr.1 winner Desert Lord by Sadler’s Wells.

New for 2008

Dutch Art £10,000 (1st Oct. SLF) Unbeaten dual Gr.1 winning 2yo and multiple Gr.1 placed sprinter/miler by Medicean.

First crop foals 2008

Iceman £5,000 (1st Oct. SLF) Royal Ascot Gr.2 winning 2yo by the sire of Pivotal. Closely related to 2007 Gr.1 winner Echelon and Pipedreamer.

Kyllachy £12,000 (1st Oct. SLF) Champion Sprinter and Leading 1st Crop Sire by Pivotal. 2007 successes include Gr.2 winners Tariq, Arabian Gleam, etc.

Medicean £30,000 (1st Oct. SLF) Dual Gr.1 winning miler. Sire of Gr.1 winners Dutch Art, Nannina, Almerita and, in 2007, of Gr.2 winner and Gr.1 placed Medici Code and leading 2-y-o Love Academy, etc.

Pivotal £85,000 (1st Oct. SLF) One of the world’s leading sires, including Gr.1 winner Excellent Art in 2007. Sire of 50 individual Stakes winners.

Where Or When £6,000 (1st Oct. SLF) Gr.1 winning miler by Danehill Dancer and first crop Stakes sire of Trip To Glory in 2007.

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Dark Angel was one of Wright’s 24 winners worldwide in 2007 Right: A disc celebrating the sales success of the band Moloko

“In Australia, you know that there is one race every ten minutes; here there can be three going off simultaneously. It’s daft” reason why that should have been quite as phenomenally successful. It certainly wasn’t years ago. Racing in England really needs to be run properly. There are so many things that are just so crazy. I mean, if I get stuck at a meeting in the West End and have a horse running somewhere, I rush into the betting shop to watch it – and I can’t. It’s not on the screens. Instead, I’m getting racing from Deauville, or virtual racing, but not the real thing because of the TurfTV situation. How stupid is that?

Which country has most impressed you in the way it runs its racing? I think racing is run very well indeed in Australia. There are four metropolitan racing centres on the east coast – Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. If you go racing on Saturday, there’s a race starting every ten minutes at one the four tracks, and 40 minutes between races at the track you’re at. So you know that one race is off every ten minutes. You don’t need to look it up, you just know it. Here there can be three races going off simultaneously and then pretty much nothing for half an hour. It’s daft.

have control of the sport. It needs everybody to come to the party and for one man to stage it. There’s too many disparate parishes for that to happen.

Do you feel concerned about the sort of welcome new owners might receive and where they might turn for advice? I still think there are some dodgy practices that go on at the sales. Any new owner needs to make sure he has the right advice before he goes in.

Did you get good advice when you started? Well, you run into a lot of people. You do get involved in purchases that maybe, you know, afterwards you feel weren’t quite right. I started off with Ray Laing, who’d be as honest as the day is long, so I was very lucky. Most of the people I’m involved with are of that ilk. But I do see people coming in who say they have a million to spend on three yearlings and start waving their money around. He might run into the right advice, or he might run into the wrong advice. Either way, we need to encourage more people to own horses. We need to ask whether we could do things better.

Have you met anyone who might be the kind of supremo you’re talking about?

What sort of things do you mean?

I’ve met Paul Roy, and he’s clearly a very capable, intelligent chap. But he’s chairman of the British Horseracing Authority, which doesn’t really

One of the great things about Australia is that you have all the big owners like Coolmore and the Maktoums, the Inghams and quite a few others.

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Zafeen’s first foals average almost five times his fee and make up to £78,000.

Zafeen

Magnificent-looking Champion miler who excelled at two and three.

His G1 St James’s Palace Stakes win was rated the best miling perfomance of his generation: better than Six Perfections in the Breeders’ Cup Mile, better than Refuse To Bend in the 2,000 Guineas. His first crop includes foals out of 44 two-year-old winners or dams of two-year-old winners: sure to get him away to a smart start at stud.

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Zafeen

(Zafonic–Shy Lady, by Kaldoun)

£3,000 Oct 1st, Special live foal

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But while they dominate racing, so many of the big successes in Australia are syndicates of ordinary people. Just about every horse has eight or ten owners, and it’s fabulous because there’s a story behind almost every horse. Almost everyone has got a share in something. It brings the game to life.

I suppose it goes back to what you were saying about how well run the sport is. It encourages people to get involved... Exactly. And also, of course, the cost of horse production in Australia is lower. The average horse spends quite a lot of time resting, rather than in training, so training fees are lower. And prizemoney is higher.

How important are prize-money levels in this country to you? You can’t operate only on UK prize-money. But you’ve got to see the prize-money problem in the context of the bigger picture. You can sell a horse to race somewhere else very well from here. You can send your horse to race abroad, where the prize-money is greater. That can improve the pedigree significantly, so that you have yearling siblings you can sell to international markets. We’ve got probably the most competitive racing in the world, with probably the highest cost base and the lowest prize-money. To keep all your horses racing in the UK would be crazy.

You were a member of the Royal Ascot Racing Club when Motivator won the Derby. How do you reflect on that – and in particular, the question of ownership?

THE BIG INTERVIEW read the small print, and as I said, I joined for the club’s facilities, which are first class. I didn’t own enough of Motivator to feel that he was really mine. The minimum I’d need for that is a leg.

Some extremely successful people throw a lot of money at their horses. Is it really that much fun? Can it possibly be a value-formoney experience? It’s been a bit of a labour of love. If Crime Of Passion hadn’t won the (Group 3) Cherry Hinton Stakes, it would probably never have happened for me. Life is a series of crossroads. Every time you make a decision at those crossroads, it changes your life. It takes you in a completely different direction. I bought Crime Of Passion on a whim. At the time I didn’t know whether to take a good offer I’d been made for her. If I’d known then what I know now, I’d have sold her. It was a very, very good offer, but I kept her to breed. That’s how the whole breeding thing started. I grew up on a farm in Lincolnshire. My whole family were farmers but I was in the music and entertainment business. I didn’t want to go back to being a farmer. I remember I had Richard Branson over for a drink at my house in Gloucestershire, in the days when he and I were playing in the same league, which seems a long time ago now...

Originally, I was a member of the Iron Stand. It was men only and a cracking place to watch racing. So when they rebuilt the stand and started the Royal Ascot Racing Club, I joined for the facilities rather than the horses. Obviously, it was a good day when Motivator won the Derby, but by then we’d found out that he didn’t actually belong to the club. I didn’t really agree with that, although they weren’t trying to be deceitful about it at all. I didn’t

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From the team that made Bertolini the Champion first-season sire.

Proclamation

To breed an exceptional horse, breed to an exceptional horse.

G1 Sussex Stakes winner who was rated the best miler of his generation: better than Shamardal, better than Dubawi. A Timeform of 130 – that’s how exceptional he was (better, even, than his grandsire Kingmambo). He is being very well supported: in his first book, he covered more dams of Group winners than any other stallion in Britain or Ireland standing at £5k or less.

Overbury Stud

Call Simon Sweeting on 07796 174926 or (01386) 725552 Email: simon@ovstud.co.uk. www.ovstud.co.uk

Proclamation

(King’s Best –Shamarra, by Zayyani) £4,000 Oct 1st, Special live foal

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“My father died on the day of the Guineas; I forgot Culture Vulture was even running”

Culture Vulture wins the French 1,000 Guineas in Wright’s colours

I’ve had him so long that I’ve become terribly fond of him. And he’s a grandson of Crime Of Passion, which takes it back to the very beginning.

Is it fair to describe you as sentimental? Very much so. I think it enhances the pleasure you get from racing. To be in the entertainment business you’ve got to have feelings to be able to understand artists; people with talent. Anyway, it’s nice to be sentimental. You can’t be hard-nosed about everything in life. I mentioned earlier that I should have sold Crime Of Passion, but I’m absolutely delighted I didn’t. She was the one who started all this. None of it might have happened otherwise. It’s great to be able to go all the way back to Crime Of Passion. Most of my best racehorses are out of mares I raced.

You haven’t done too badly yourself... Well...anyway, I didn’t know he’d been trying to buy an estate down the river from me. He looked at the glorious view out of my window and said, ‘Wow, do you own this land?’ I said I didn’t, but that it was soon coming up for sale. So he said, ‘I suppose you’ll buy it?’ And when I said I might, I might not, he said he would if I didn’t. Sensing what might be coming, I said, ‘No, I’m joking; of course I’m going to buy it.’ It was a basic arable livestock farm. My intention was to have the land for horses who needed a rest. I didn’t expect to keep mares there, never mind Classic winners. Anyway, John Wall applied for the job as stud groom, and there was no question in his mind that we’d be having all the mares there. I was very sceptical at first; it wasn’t really what I had in mind. It’s been a complete labour of love and I think we are doing things right.

They say it takes 20 years to get a stud up and running... Two years ago I said to my wife, ‘If I die, the sad thing will be that the stud is only just about to start doing really well. Everything is coming together. If I go, you want to think twice before you close it down or whatever’. We’ve got very good land for rearing horses in the Coln Valley. There are a few little studs – there’s Lord and Lady Vestey’s Stowell Park, just up the stream from us, and Nicholas Jones’s Coln Valley Stud. Willie Carson is just up the road. We are all punching well ahead of our weight. There’s something in the water that seems to work. The horses won’t drink water from the tap, only from a well we have on the land.

Which of your wins has given you most pleasure? Probably Maltese Falcon winning his Listed race.

Wouldn’t most owners describe winning a Classic as their best day?

Another Chrysalis signing, Good Charlotte, sold over 4.5 million copies of their album

It didn’t work out like that for me. When Culture Vulture won the French 1,000 Guineas, my father died that morning. We’d made plans to go to Paris, which I obviously abandoned. “And I remember I was going through all the various things that needed to be done in the afternoon when my secretary called and said, ‘She won’. I had to ask her what she was talking about; I’d completely forgotten she was running.

What’s the feeling like at the end of a bad year? Have you ever had one that’s made you want to get out? What happens is that you start looking forward to the next thing. Racing is built on dreams and there’s always something going on. If it’s down to bad luck, well, that changes. It has to turn at some point.

Is that really how you see it? You look for the positives in disasters? Pretty much. In my line of work, you have got to accept that things often do not go your way. You can’t sign up every band you like, just like you can’t buy every horse you like. You’ve just got to look for the next one. 

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ake a drive out from the university town of Maynooth, head towards the burgeoning town of Dunboyne, and suddenly you come upon an oasis, nestling on 300 acres of prime County Meath land. This is the renowned Ballymacoll Stud, where history, the present and the future all blend gracefully. Managed by Peter Reynolds, a man with 36 years service and friendship to the Sobell and Weinstock families, this is one of the world’s great bloodstock nurseries. Ballymacoll is famous on many fronts. It was founded in the late 18th century by Henry Hamilton and remained in the family until 1911, when it was acquired by Lord Nugent. Boss Croker, owner of Orby, the first Irishtrained winner of the Derby at Epsom, lived there at one time. It was purchased by the colourful Dorothy Paget in April 1946 and continued in her ownership until her death, aged 54, in February 1960. Paget enjoyed tremendous success and won the 1943 Epsom Derby with homebred Straight Deal. She was three times the leading National Hunt owner, won the Gold Cup seven times (Golden Miller on five occasions, Roman

Look to the future. Hold on to the past Peter Reynolds, stud manager at Ballymacoll for the last 36 years, explains how the historic operation continues to evolve‌by Leo Powell

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Hackle and Mont Tremblant the others) and the Champion Hurdle four times. Intriguingly, Paget never visited the farm, though she did receive regular reports and photographs. Four months after her death, Michael Sobell (later Sir Michael) and his son-in-law Arnold Weinstock (later Lord Weinstock) completed the purchase of Ballymacoll’s 300 acres and 130 horses for £250,000. The sale preserved a great legacy and the new owners set about redirecting the focus of the farm and bringing it to a new level. The ties with the past are still very much alive today and it is incredible to learn from Reynolds that all but one of the 26 Ballymacoll-owned mares are descended from the original families purchased from Paget. Reynolds says: “Some of these were jumping families. Extraordinary families, for where they came from, but the toughness was there and it has come through all the way.” Does a farm such as Ballymacoll have a place today in the fast moving, commercial world of breeding? Reynolds is certain it does, but is quick to point out that a number of changes have been made in recent years. Reynolds says: “The philosophy when I came here was basically to breed the Derby winner. Lord Weinstock said to me, after Troy won the Derby, that to breed two winners of the race would probably be a bit rude. The only thing that we haven’t done – and it’s ongoing work – is to breed an Arc winner. That is the one thing Lord Weinstock wanted to do. “In the days of Lord Weinstock, the farm was breeding to race and racing was what drove the interest of the owner. The Weinstocks and Sobells loved their racing, thus explaining the fact that all of the horses left the shores of

“Our aim was simple: to breed the Derby winner”

Ireland to race in the UK and in France.” Simon Weinstock’s death, at the age of 44, in May 1996 was a blow that could have sounded the death knell for such a farm as Ballymacoll. The member of the next generation of his family with the most interest in racing and breeding, the future of the farm and racing stable seemed to rest on his shoulders. “Simon was keen on the business from when he was a young fellow, and from a young age he would sit down and go through pedigrees, and come up with matings,” recalls Reynolds. “He was very successful. Simon was easy to deal with, and had a lovely sense of humour. Lord Weinstock wanted the place kept going as a memorial to Simon.” Following Simon’s death, Lord Weinstock found himself back at the helm and there he

All but one of the 26 Ballymacoll families descend from Dorothy Paget mares. This one is Highland Gift

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SHAMDINAN

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LITERATO

Winner of the Gr.1 Secretariat Stakes and 2nd in the Gr.1 Breeders’ Cup Turf

Winner of the Gr.1 Champion Stakes

ZAMBEZI SUN

Winner of the Gr.1 Grand Prix de Paris

World Class FORM... • Won Gr.1 Prix du Jockey-Club (above) • Won Gr.1 Prix Jean Prat (defeating both the French and Italian 2000 Guineas winners) • Won Gr.3 Prix de Guiche • Won his only start at 2 years impressively.

Top Class International PEDIGREE... • By INVINCIBLE SPIRIT

Champion Sprinter and Champion First Crop Sire • Half brother to French Gr.1 Classic winner LATICE • Grandam Gr.2 winner and Gr.1 placed • 3rd dam Gr.3 winner and Gr.1 placed

BALLYLINCH STUD Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland Telephone: 056-7724217 Fax: 056-7724624 E-mail: joc@ballylinchstud.ie Website: www.ballylinchstud.com

Little wonder he’s the

“MOST WANTED” new sire of 2008 at €25,000 (1st October)


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Hellenic and Stage Struck

“It was decided that the farm should pay its way; the early results have been spectacular” remained until his own death six years later. The executors then decided that the farm should become more commercial and effectively pay its way in the future. It has enjoyed some spectacular early successes and last year a filly foal by Gone West out of Islington sold for $2,400,000 at Keeneland, a Red Ransom yearling filly was bought by John Ferguson at Goffs for €1,050,000, and Sheikh Mohammed also bought privately the gelding Stage Gift. Reynolds especially enjoyed the sale of the Red Ransom, and the bidding war between Joe Joyce and John Ferguson at Goffs. “It’s all about timing in this business,” he says. “Her half-sister by Golan won an ordinary race the week before the sale and won again this year. It was marvellous to watch the sale unfolding, with all the main bidders in sight.” The ongoing development of Ballymacoll continues apace. “I would never let the place run down and I am fortunate in that I have one particular

Islington

executor with whom I work well, and he has given me the go ahead to carry on as we are,” says Reynolds. “I have a brief to keep the place going. Following the death of Lord Weinstock things changed and it then had to become a commercial operation. We will have to sell horses from time to time. Last year we kind of over-egged it. I had no idea we would make the kind of money we did. So we sold more than we needed to.” Public sales might be more common now, but private sales had been a feature of the past. Reynolds says: “The only part of it that we lost out on was Helen Street. The first four that we had out of Helen Street had back problems. We have nothing from that family now.” Putting some speed into the pedigrees, with one eye on the commercial market, is also very evident with the current roster of mares. “We went to the likes of Cadeaux Genereux in the last few years, Dr Fong, Verglas and Invincible Spirit,” says Reynolds. “We have a half-sister to North Light in foal to Invincible Spirit, which is injecting some foot into the family and helping to get this young mare started. We are using Acclamation for the first time next year. “You have got to move on. Our biggest expense now is these stallion nominations and it really is a massive expense. The maintenance on the place is not too bad and we are fairly up to date on that.” The stud has 60 stables in four yards and the broodmare band now includes a number of boarders. “We need another three Group 1 wins to bring it up to 50 and in 2010 we will have been

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Bay 1999 15.3 h.h. by Charnwood Forest - Breakaway (Song)

Group 1 winner of over £1 million Hong Kong England Mill Reef Stakes Gr.2 at Newbury at 2 years Charlton Hunt Supreme Stakes Gr.3 at Goodwood

From the Warning sire line of Gr.1 stallions Piccolo and Averti - and higher rated than both

A long and impressive career is crowned with well-deserved success in the Group 1 Hong Kong Mile, just one of FIREBREAK’s 3 Group wins at 5 years

Challenge Stakes Gr.2 at Newmarket

United Arab Emirates France The Prix de Cabourg Gr.3 at Deauville is Firebreak’s first Group win at 2 years

The indefatigable FIREBREAK streaks home in the Godolphin Mile Gr.2, at 4 years, the first of his back-toback victories in the race

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Fee for 2008: £3,500 Oct 1st SLF FIREBREAK puts up another stunning display to take the Challenge Stakes Gr.2 at Newmarket Enquiries: Terry or Margaret Holdcroft or Mark Pennell, Bearstone Stud, Market Drayton, Shropshire TF9 4HF Office: 01630 647197 Home: 01270 812345 Fax: 01630 647110 Mobile: 07974 948755 Email: enquiries@bearstonestud.co.uk www.bearstonestud.co.uk or John Needham, Elmhurst Bloodstock Ltd. Tel: 01892 891145 Email: john@elmhurstbloodstock.co.uk


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Group 1 roll of honour Admetus 1974 Washington DC International Dart Board 1966 Dewhurst Stakes Desert Boy* 1997 Hong Kong Derby Desert Boy* 1998 Queen Elizabeth II Cup Desert Boy* 1999 Champions & Chater Cup Desert Boy* 2001 Champions & Chater Cup Emmson 1987 Futurity Stakes Fastness 1995 Eddie Read Handicap Fastness 1996 Eddie Read Handicap Gamut 2004 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud Golan 2001 2,000 Guineas Golan 2002 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes Greek Dance 2000 Grosser Dallmayr-Preis Helen Street 1985 Irish Oaks Hellenic 1990 Yorkshire Oaks Indian Danehill 2000 Prix Ganay Islington 2002 Nassau Stakes Islington 2002 Yorkshire Oaks Islington 2003 Yorkshire Oaks Islington 2003 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf Lancastrian 1983 Prix Ganay Mountain High 2007 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud North Light 2004 Derby Pilsudski 1996 Grosser Preis von Baden Pilsudski 1996 Breeders’ Cup Turf Pilsudski 1997 Coral-Eclipse Stakes Pilsudski 1997 Irish Champion Stakes Pilsudski 1997 Champion Stakes Pilsudski 1997 Japan Cup Prince Of Dance 1988 Dewhurst Stakes Reform 1967 Champion Stakes Reform 1967 Sussex Stakes Saddlers’ Hall 1992 Coronation Cup Sallust 1972 Sussex Stakes Sallust 1972 Prix du Moulin Sharper 1976 Grosser Preis von Baden Sought Out 1992 Prix du Cadran Spectrum 1995 Irish 2,000 Guineas Spectrum 1995 Champion Stakes Sun Prince 1971 Prix Robert Papin Sun Princess 1983 Oaks Sun Princess 1983 Yorkshire Oaks Sun Princess 1983 St Leger Troy 1979 Derby Troy 1979 Irish Derby Troy 1979 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes Troy 1979 York International *Desert Boy raced as Oriental Express in Hong Kong

Peter Reynolds cannot see the momentum of Ballymacoll stopping

here 50 years, so that would be nice,” adds Reynolds. “We have serious ambitions and as long as I have the same brief as I have at the moment, I cannot see the momentum stopping. It’s a family concern and it is owned by the Weinstock grandchildren.” “It’s a funny thing with favourites,” Reynolds says in asnwer to a question about Ballymacoll’s favourite sons and daughters. “Troy would have to have been because he was an achievement for Simon Weinstock, as well as Lord Weinstock. “It was also a great delight to syndicate him and send him to Highclere, when he could have

Islington, one of Ballymacoll’s favourite daughters

“Islington was very special to Lord Weinstock. One of his last days racing was when she won at Newbury” been sold for more money to America. “Islington was very special to Lord Weinstock. One of his last days racing was when she won at Newbury. Pilsudski was more Simon’s and when he went to the Breeders’ Cup and won, there was no one there as a mark of respect to Simon. He would have been one of Simon’s favourites.” Places like Ballymacoll Stud are unique. In the fast moving commercial worlds that racing and breeding today are, it is refreshing to find places such as these, operating to the highest standards, but with a quiet, almost invisible dynamism, driving them forward. A former US President said, ‘It is everlastingly true that on the whole the best guide to the future is to be found in a proper understanding of the lessons of the past’. Perhaps that best sums up why ownerbreeders such as Ballymacoll continue to be successful.  JANUARY 2008 THOROUGHBRED OWNER & BREEDER 49


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Family Fortunes The arrival of Notnowcato and presence of Ouija Board mark a new era for Stanley House Stud…words and photos by Emma Berry

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or nearly half a century, a John Skeaping bronze of Hyperion has served as a symbolic reminder of the great legacy of sires owned by the Earls of Derby spanning four centuries. While Sir Peter Teazle was the banner stallion for the 12th Earl in the late 18th century, Hyperion is without peer in the modern era. He retired to stud in 1934 and was commemorated in bronze shortly after his death in 1960. In 1962, Sir Peter O’Sullevan commented: “It’s a safe bet that the work…will be a fitting memory to the great little horse, who’ll be viewable forever from the Snailwell Road, Newmarket, as he stands framed by the cypress trees in Lord Derby’s Stanley House Stud.” Only half that statement is true. The statue is now viewable from outside the Jockey Club Rooms on Newmarket High Street (above). But Hyperion’s original plinth, now a bench, remains on Snailwell Road. In the meantime, a statue of another great horse – to represent the Stanley family’s

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Stanley House Stud Lord Derby, also with Ouija Board, is excited about standing Notnowcato

“It was a huge tragedy to lose Inchinor” – Lord Derby

breeding operation – Ouija Board, no less, is being installed as the centrepiece of the main yard at Stanley House Stud. The current Lord Derby, the 19th Earl and proud owner and breeder of multiple Group 1winning mare Ouija Board, says: “Hyperion looks magnificent in the High Street. There was a suggestion that Ouija Board should go in the same place but I felt strongly that that was Hyperion’s place.” His brother, The Hon. Peter Stanley, has managed Stanley House Stud for 13 years, initially for his uncle and latterly for his elder sibling, who inherited the Earldom. Stanley also owns the 300-acre New England Stud on the outskirts of Newmarket. He says: “My uncle always presumed that we would sell the stud for death duties, so he left the statue of Hyperion to the Jockey Club in his will. There was a debate when we decided to keep the stud on, but the Jockey Club were keen to move him and quite rightly so, as there are far more people there to admire him. “I always said to my brother, ‘One day we’ll breed a horse good enough to replace him’, and the lovely thing is that’s happened now.” As the real Ouija Board grazes contentedly in a far field with her two paddock mates, soon to produce her first foal, a Kingmambo colt, in January, her bronze likeness is not the only new arrival at the stud. Stanley House Stud, once home to the likes of Swynford, High Top, Sharpo and, most recently, Inchinor, has been without a resident stallion since the last-named’s death in 2003. Inchinor’s vacant box, which also housed Hyperion, has been filled by his son, Notnowcato. Owned and bred by Sir Evelyn de Rothschild and Renee Robeson of Southcourt

Notnowcato has been assigned an illustrious new home

Stud, the six-year-old won the Juddmonte International in 2006 and this year’s CoralEclipse and Tattersalls Gold Cup. Lord Derby says: “It’s lovely to have a stallion back at Stanley House Stud. It would never have occurred to me decades ago that there would be a time when we wouldn’t have one, but the industry has changed so much and many of the stallion studs have been taken over. “It was a huge tragedy to lose Inchinor and to find ourselves without a stallion, but how appropriate it is to be able to stand his son.” Appropriate indeed, as through his veins flows the blood of two dwindling sirelines. Through his sire, Notnowcato can be traced back to The Byerley Turk, now the least represented of the three acknowledged foundation stallions. His dam, the Listed Galtres winner Rambling Rose, is by Cadeaux Genereux, one of the few remaining stallions at stud from the foundering Hyperion male-line. Stanley says: “From our point of view, he has a wonderful pedigree. He’s got three fantastic broodmares sires: Cadeaux Genereux, Blushing Groom and Nijinsky, and he’s by Inchinor so you’ve got all these wonderful influences. The important thing nowadays is that we have more out-crosses to breed to. It’s great to have the opportunity to breed away from some of the more frequently occurring branches of the Northern Dancer sirelines. “We’ve boarded mares for the Rothschilds for many years. Renee Robeson is a great character

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Won 3 races at 2 over 7 & 8 furlongs, £103,526 Won Gr.3 Autumn Stakes, Ascot - by 4 lengths "Easily, cruising upsides.... quickly taking charge" – Racing Post Won LR Stardom Stakes, Goodwood "travelled very strongly off the pace before looming up... to assert inside the last" – Raceform. Won EBF Maiden, Ascot on 2yo debut Racehorses of 2003: 113 "smart performer.... game" By European Champion Miler – DISTANT VIEW, won Gr.1 Sussex Stakes, etc. Rated 126. Also sire of Gr.1 winners Observatory, Distant Music (both siring winners), Distant Way, Sightseek, etc. Top dam – PROMPTLY, 4 wins, £48,020, LR Silver Spoon Stakes, etc. Grandam – GHARIBA, won Gr.3 Nell Gwyn S; 4th 1,000 Guineas. Rated 112 Bred a dozen winners between them. From stallion producing family. Bargain fee of £1,500 (1st October) Standing at Throckmorton Court Stud Contact: Peter or Simon Balding Throckmorton Court Stud, Pershore, Worcestershire WR10 2JX Tel: 01385 462559 Fax: 01386 462566 Mob: 079 57 868159 Email: simon@throckmortonstud.com Web: www.throckmortonstud.com


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Stanley House Stud and has been a very loyal supporter of ours. They’ve turned down some rather substantial offers for the horse and it was lovely for us to end up standing him and to be able to buy him at a price where we were able to form a syndicate, not to get the highest price available, but to get the best syndicate of breeders available.” Thirty-five outside shares have been sold in Notnowcato to a wide variety of breeders, including Cheveley Park Stud, Meon Valley Stud, Genesis Green Stud, Newsells Park Stud, Moyglare Stud, George Strawbridge and Usk Valley Stud. “The point about being an independent stallion stud is that you can’t just go out there and be the highest bidder,” says Stanley. “If you’ve actually got to get a commercial return from that horse, you can’t afford just to use a deep pocket. You’ve got to have a view on what will make a good stallion. “Inchinor was such a friend and therefore it’s particularly thrilling to have a son of his, rather than another horse, coming to the stud. Mrs Robeson is going to the sales specifically to buy mares to send to this horse and my brother and I will be doing exactly the same thing. The idea is to give him every chance.” Back in Hyperion’s day, the ‘stallion wing’ of the family’s breeding operation was known as Woodland Stud, while Stanley House Stud, across the road, housed Lord Derby’s mares. Since the sale of the family’s Newmarket home, racing stables and a significant slice of the stud land to Sheikh Mohammed, Woodland Stud now bears the family name. The Stanley brothers, just like many other smaller stallion masters, now find themselves in competition with the might of the Sheikh’s breeding enterprise, Darley, which is not a fact that bothers Peter. He says: “I find that the big studs are great to deal with and we’re incredibly fortunate to have Coolmore and Sheikh Mohammed in Britain and Ireland. They have a wonderful array of stallions and it’s merely a fact of nature that it’s hard to compete, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. In reality, not everyone wants to sell their horses to Shekih Mohammed or John Magnier, so you do have a bit of a chance as an independent. “The other fascinating thing about the

Notnowcato replaces his sire Inchinor, whose headstone at the stud is below

“It’s hard to compete but that is not always a bad thing” – Peter Stanley

stallion market is that however much we link the importance of pedigree and conformation and everything else, stallions come from strange places. Inchinor himself started as a £3,000 stallion and covered very limited books of poor quality mares. “Yet he was able to show his prepotency and breed some very good horses, some better than himself. So he was a horse who was able to improve on the mare he covered, which to me, when I’m looking for a stallion to send a mare to, is the most important thing; to be able to upgrade that mare.” Stanley may have inherited his love of the game from a family steeped in racing for generations, but his ethos as a breeder stems firmly from the necessity to be as commercial as possible. “In order for my brother to retain the stud, it had to be run along purely commercial lines,” he says. Dramatic culling of the stud’s existing mares took place after his uncle’s death, with just a hint of sentimentality being allowed to prevail. “Really, only a few of them were any good,” reflects Stanley. “We have a number of mares whose families have been at the stud since the late 1800s, so lines like that you are cautious about culling just for the romance of being able to keep those families going.

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11 starts, 4 wins, 3 seconds, 2 thirds and over €140,000 including Solario Stakes (Gr.3), Darley Stakes (Gr.3), etc. Timeform rated 118 ‘good walker: fluent mover...acts on good to firm and good to soft going: genuine and reliable’ An exceptional looking yearling, sold for €260,000, the 2nd top priced yearling of his year by his sire. By Pivotal, sire of Sires inc. KYLLACHY, CAPTAIN RIO, NEEDWOOD BLADE, EXCELLENT ART (retires 2008), etc. Fee 2008: €4,000 October 1st (N.F.N.F.)

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“It’s a balancing act but there’s no pleasure in breeding bad horses. One’s got to cull but they get given a little extra chance if they’ve been on the stud for a long time.” Selection Board, a sister of the great Teleprompter, the only gelding buried with the stallions at Stanley House Stud, survived the cull and would go on to reward the family handsomely with her penultimate foal, Ouija Board. Incidentally, Selection Board was the first horse foaled by stud groom Pat Cronin when he joined the operation 25 years ago. The dual Oaks and Breeders’ Cup Filly & Turf winner’s extraordinary success is helping to revive the fortunes of her historic birthplace. Stanley says: “We won a considerable amount of prize-money with Ouija Board, that enables us to develop the stud and put more money in. For my brother and his wife, her success has reintroduced them to the joys of racing.” Lord Derby agrees: “My passion for the turf didn’t need much rekindling but she moved us on to another level. The reality is that it’s put a completely different quality of mare onto the stud – there’s no question of any of her daughters leaving the place, other than to head to the racecourse for a few years.” Emma McDermott follows in John Skeaping’s shoes as the sculptor entrusted with producing a bronze of a Classic winner good enough to warrant such a memorial. “The bronze will have pride of place in the middle of the main yard,” says Stanley. “It’s a very special reminder of her. A horse like that comes once in a lifetime; you have to celebrate that.” 

Stanley says… Having recently been elected to the TBA Council, it is perhaps not so surprising that Peter Stanley keeps a sharp eye on the political side of the business. Here are some of his views.

On Breeders’ Prizes… “I’m a commercial breeder so it’s very important to me that we have a vibrant and healthy breeding industry. We can’t afford to have a sleepy TBA or be part of an organisation that’s not pulling its weight in achieving things. “There are certain issues, such as Breeders’ Prizes, which I think are incredibly important to the smaller breeder. Some of the big owner-breeders may not benefit from them or see the point of them, but that’s because they’re wealthy enough not to be influenced by them. To the smaller breeders, things like this are very important and I would always try to promote and push for them.”

On sales commissions…

Pat Cronin: his first foaling was Ouija Board’s dam

“We’ve got to be very careful about this. We’re very lucky that Tattersalls have made a commitment to keep to a 5% commission rate. If they were to put up their rates too it would take another £5 million out of our industry. People don’t realise just how much money it involves and how significant it is.”

On prize-money… “The rewards for having a horse in training are pathetically small and it has been camouflaged by the goodwill of the Maktoum family and their ability to spend money. In reality, if Sheikh Mohammed reduced his involvement in British racing or pulled out altogether, our industry would fold overnight. Our entire livelihood is built on foundations of sand and one man. It’s irresponsible of our Government to put us in that situation and we really must address it.”

On racing’s politics… “Politically, I think that racing is far too weak. I don’t think we’re very good at lobbying MPs and we need to do more about that. “The privatisation of the Tote has been a complete shambles. In the Labour manifesto a commitment was made to give racing the Tote at a significantly reduced price on its market value. Ultimately, the Labour Government is reneging on that and using the EC competition law as an excuse. "I was very encouraged recently to read that sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe has given an assurance that, should the Tote not sell to racing, 50% of the proceeds will come back to racing." “But the Government has been given an easy run and we’re not lobbying nearly hard enough. We’ve just rolled over on our backs and said, ‘Fine, if you want us to give you £400m, we’ll give you £400m’, and we’ve suddenly worked out we can actually afford only £320m. That’s pretty pathetic.”

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STARTS HERE: Complete coverage of the last month in sales. Words: Ed Prosser

Quality is the key as cracks start to show Top level stronger than ever, but bottom end shows signs of weakness Overproduction has long been a favourite word of those analysing bloodstock markets but this year a new description has been on everybody’s lips. Polarisation. While the top-level market is seemingly stronger than ever before, with a record ten lots making seven figures at Tattersalls’ December sale, trade at the bottom end is weaker than ever, with just a 38% clearance rate for the opening day of foals at Goffs. A once vibrant middle market is now also in danger. And, of course, it is overproduction that has led to this polarisation, with the situation unlikely to improve next year when there will again be more yearlings than ever before. “The gap between rich and poor is bigger than ever, and if you’re going to have a mare you want to have a good one,” said veteran agent James Delahooke, who has felt the effects of the dramatic highs and lows of the bloodstock markets over the past 30 years. But what is happening now is something he has not experienced before. He said: “There have been two fairly major corrections in my career – in the mid 1970s and late 1980s, and both were due to economic circumstances, but this is something different. The numbers are a new phenomenon. This is not economics, it’s the sheer quantity of horses. “In my experience, demand from around the world for quality stock at the December sale was unprecedented. The watchword is now quality and the lack of demand for lesser stock will accelerate; it was as if the market had fallen off a cliff on the Thursday at Tattersalls. Things were coming home to roost. There were actually some nice mares that day but they were not even selling for 10,000gns. “There is a sudden awakening and a foal vendor said to me that, whereas two or three years ago you could take in any foal and sell it, that’s changed because you won’t get them in a yearling sale next year. “There’s also nobody around for the £20,000 mare; the additional costs are

increasing and you can’t get their progeny in a sale. But it will be healthy in the long term and hopefully people will soon start to learn.” Few agents attend more sales than the BBA Ireland’s Eamonn Reilly and he has noticed a sea change throughout the year. He said: “People are not punting on foals and mares now, there’s no margin for error – you have to be right and there’s nobody to buy the cheap horses. The middle market is in danger as well. “This year it has been really apparent that people wanted only class, from Deauville in August, through to Keeneland in September and Goffs onwards, it has been the same story on the world market.” And those top-end buyers have wanted class like never before. While the Coolmore and Sheikh Mohammed teams these days rarely enliven the yearling sales with their battles, they have taken each other on with a real passion for breeding stock, leading to mind-boggling figures. Playful Act, the star of the Sangster family’s worldwide dispersal, became the dearest mare ever to sell at public auction when making $10.5 million at Keeneland in November, while battles between John Ferguson and Paul Shanahan, whose boss John Magnier was in Barbados, enabled the Tuesday of Tattersalls’ December sale to become the highest-grossing day ever at a British auction. Darley, rather than Coolmore, appear to have restocked most significantly. Satwa Queen, bought inexpensively as a yearling, reached an amazing 3.4 million guineas as Ferguson fought off Shanahan, while Sander Camillo was bought as a mate for Street Cry for 3.2 million gns, the same sum paid for Ocean Silk by Ferguson. Meanwhile, the heavily-populated National Hunt market is just as polarised as its Flat counterpart, but equally strong at the top. A pleasing aspect for the British jumps breeding industry at the recent Tattersalls Ireland November sale was the top-end money that had travelled over the Irish Sea. 

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Satwa Queen, pictured with groom Arnaud Peltier, who was bought for 3.4 million guineas by John Ferguson

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Keeneland November Darley add mares to their recruitment drive, with four of the top-ten buys Paddy Twomey, Hawthorn Villa Stud: “There were fewer suitable foals and more people than ever looking to buy them, so they were expensive, even with the exchange rate. I knew as soon as I got on the plane over that they were going to be hard to get and I got only two weanlings. It was a very good trade for a nice horse.”

Lesson learned It has not just been stallion prospects that John Ferguson has been seeking to enhance Darley’s breeding programme with; he bought four of the top ten mares and set a world record when spending $10.5 million on Playful Act. Europeans had to fight hard for the relatively few mares and weanlings who suited their requirements.

Pinhooking home run Robert Sangster’s purchase of Magnificient Style for $410,000 at Keeneland in November 1997 has paid huge dividends. She has produced five black-type winners, including the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile winner Playful Act.

Highlights

 Frankfort Pike Farm, the Kentucky stud owned by a partnership including Emerald Bloodstock’s Brendan Gallagher, made a big splash, making nine purchases, including the mare Countess Gold for $850,000.  Champion filly Fleet Indian was led out unsold at $3.9m but later changed hands in a private transaction to Frank and Jane Lyon of Summer Wind Farm for a sum just under the original reserve.  Fleet Indian’s consignor, Taylor Made, sold 306 lots for $41 million to top the vendors’ list. Indeed, the big six consignors, Taylor Made, Hill ‘n Dale, Lane’s End, Hidden Brook, Three Chimneys and Eaton, grossed $175.8m – over half the sale’s entire turnover.  Playful Act’s purchase helped John Ferguson to become the sale’s leading buyer, acquiring six lots in total for Darley, for a combined outlay of $19,450,000. 

“Even with the exchange rate, the foals were expensive”

ROUND-UP Aggregate: $340,877,200 (+8.6%) Sold:

3,147 (77.8% clearance rate)

Average:

$100,821 (+1.1%)

Median:

$35,000 (no change)

Top lot:

Playful Act (5m Sadler’s Wells

Vendor:

Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency

Buyer:

John Ferguson, $10,500,000

Name

Age/sex, sire

Vendor

Buyer

Playful Act

5m, Sadler’s Wells

Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency

John Ferguson

10,500,000

Spun Sugar

5m, Awesome Again

Hidden Brook

Shadwell Farm

4,500,000

Island Sand

6m, Tabasco Cat

Maynard Farm Kern

Lillingston Associates

4,200,000

Kamarinskaya

4m, Storm Cat

Lane’s End Kern

Lillingston Associaties

3,200,000

Adoration

8m, Honor Grades

Mill Ridge Sales

Demi O’Byrne

3,100,000

Evil

9m, Hennessy

Taylor Made Sales Agency

John Ferguson

2,700,000

Lemons Forever

4f, Lemon Drop Kid

Eaton Sales

R J Bennett

2,500,000

Rosa Parks

8m, Sadler’s Wells

Three Chimneys Sales

John Ferguson

2,300,000

Sand Springs

7m, Dynaformer

Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency

R B T S, agent

2,300,000

Melhor Ainda

5m, Pulpit

Lane’s End

John Ferguson

2,300,000

Price $

Keeneland November weanling deciles Sold

Total $

High $

Low $

Med $

Avg $

1

120

33,545,000

1,700,000

150,000

220,000

279,542

-12.78

2

120

13,734,000

150,000

87,000

110,000

114,450

-18.02

3

120

8,855,000

87,000

62,000

75,000

73,792

-16.31

4

120

6,226,000

62,000

42,000

50,000

51,883

-16.76

5

120

4,330,000

42,000

30,000

35,000

36,083

-15.44

6

120

2,941,000

30,000

20,000

25,000

24,508

-16.68

7

120

2,024,000

20,000

14,000

16,000

16,867

-11.95

8

120

1,226,700

14,000

7,500

10,000

10,223

-9.17

9

120

692,900

7,500

4,000

6,000

5,774

-7.50

10

123

282,200

4,000

1,000

2,200

2,299

-10.89

Range

% Diff

Our exclusive decile tables show the strength of a sale at all levels. Each decile represents a 10% segment of the sale. They are ranged from the highest level (1) to the bottom level (10)

Keeneland November weanlings (decile % difference) 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% -10% -20% -30% -40% -50% -60%

-12.78%

1

– Paddy Twomey

Playful Act

Keeneland November top lots

% change in 2007

Reaction

-18.02% -16.31%

2

3

-11.95% -16.76% -15.44% -16.68%

4

5 6 decile range

7

-9.17%

8

-7.50%

9

-10.89%

10

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Goffs November Demand from India helps to boost trade among the cheaper mares Reaction Eamonn Reilly, BBA Ireland: “The quality foals were equally as good on the Thursday as the ones later in the week at Tattersalls, but in hindsight were probably better value. But we had no clients for the foals earlier in the week. Likewise, very few people except Hugo Merry and his Indian clients wanted the cheaper mares.”

Lesson learned In the words of Goffs CEO Henry Beeby, this was “a sale of two halves.” There was just a 38% clearance rate for the opening day’s foal trade but business picked up as the better lots appeared, with a similar story for the mares.

ROUND-UP FOALS Aggregate: €20,625,900 (-11.7%)

MARES Aggregate: €12,488,600 (-5.5%)

Goffs November top foals Price €

Sex

Pedigree

Vendor

Buyer

c

Galileo-Captivating (Wolfhound)

Irish National Stud, agent

Kennycourt Stud

280,000

f

Montjeu-Antioquia (Singspiel)

Loughtown & Chevington Studs

Yeguada de Milagro

240,000

f

Galileo-Sharakawa (Darshaan)

River Downs Stud, agent

M V Magnier

240,000

c

Rock Of Gibraltar-Don’t Care (Nordico)

Blakestown Stud

Ashtown House

240,000

f

Galileo-Tropical Lake (Lomond)

Barnane Stud, agent

BBA Ireland

190,000

f

Danehill Dancer-Zagreb Flyer (Old Vic)

Ballyhampshire Stud, agent

Cash

185,000

f

Oratorio-Prealpina (Indian Ridge)

Coolnahay Stud

Camas Park Stud

180,000

c

Galileo-Grecian Glory (Zafonic)

Milltown House Stud

Paul Shanahan

175,000

c

Whipper-Ziffany (Taufan)

Kilfeacle Stud

Thistle Bloodstock

170,000

c

Galileo-Healing Music (Bering)

Castlebridge Consignment

Camas Park Stud

165,000

Goffs November top mares Price €

Name

Age/sex, sire

Vendor

Buyer

Rag Top

7m, Barathea

Killooley Castle Farm

Yeguada De Milagro

Saga Celebre

3f, Peintre Celebre

Aga Khan Studs

Herbage Stud

170,000

Wondrous Story

7m, Royal Academy

Swettenham Stud

BBA Ireland

165,000

Soviet Arctic

13m, Bering

Swettenham Stud

Marlhill House Stud

160,000

Alovera

3f, King’s Best

Darley

Anthony Stroud

150,000

Kalimanta

10m, Lake Coniston

Aga Khan Studs

Richard Frisby Bloodstock

150,000

L’Acajou

4f, Gulch

Gary Swift Sales

White House

150,000 150,000

280,000

Sold:

664 (61.6% clearance rate)

Sold:

1,095 (62.1% clearance rate)

Ayla

4f, Daylami

Aga Khan Studs

Barry Walters

Average:

€31,063 (+3.4%)

Average:

€28,976 (-18%)

Hendrina

4f, Daylami

Aga Khan Studs

Seamus Burns

135,000

Wow The Critics

6m, Danehill

Moyglare Stud Farm

Hugo Merry Bloodstock

130,000

Shioda

7m, Bahri

Herbertstown Stud

Allan Bloodlines

130,000

Median:

€18,000 (+9%)

Median:

€20,000 (-9%)

Top lot:

c Galilleo – Captivating

Top lot:

Vendor:

Irish National Stud (agent)

Rag Top (7m Barathea)

Vendor:

Killooley Castle Stud

Buyer:

Yeguada De Milagro, 280,000gns

Buyer:

Kennycourt Stud, 280,000gns

Goffs November foals Sold

Total €

High €

Low €

Med €

Avg €

% Diff

1

75

8,723,000

280,000

75,000

100,000

116,307

-5.20%

2

75

4,279,000

72,000

46,000

56,000

57,053

+9.59%

3

75

2,888,000

46,000

32,000

38,000

38,507

+8.75%

Pinhooking home run

4

75

2,080,000

32,000

24,000

27,000

27,733

+12.67%

L’Acajou had cost $41,000 at the 2006 Keeneland November sale and fetched €150,000 when reoffered a year later by Gary Swift.

5

75

1,492,500

23,000

17,000

20,000

19,900

+7.88%

6

75

1,110,000

17,000

12,000

15,000

14,800

+.56%

7

75

730,900

12,000

8,000

10,000

9,745

-12.08%

8

75

502,200

8,000

5,000

6,700

6,696

-17.04%

9

75

333,700

5,000

3,500

4,500

4,449

-14.79%

10

79

190,600

3,500

2,000

2,000

2,413

-12.09%

 Import restrictions mean Indian buyers are currently able to buy only in Ireland and Canada, and agent Hugo Merry was busy purchasing for the sub-continent. “I got 85 to 90 mares, both at the sale and privately, on behalf of nine different farms,” said Merry.  Midnight Angel, the dam of Dark Angel, was led out unsold at €340,000.  Eugene McDermott of the locally-based Kennycourt Stud, advised by agent John Dineen, was a prolific investor in foals. He spent €280,000 on the sale-topping Galileo colt, and a total of €650,000 for six lots. 

Goffs November foals (decile % difference) % change in 2007

Highlights

Range

40% 30% 20% 10% 0% -10% -20% -30% -40% -50% -60%

9.39%

8.75%

12.67%

7.88% 0.56%

-5.20% -12.08%

1

2

3

4

5 6 decile range

7

-17.04%

8

-14.79% -12.09%

9

10

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Tattersalls December Foals Pinhookers wary of securing the right sales spot for their foal purchases next autumn Reaction Dwayne Woods, agent/Brook Stud owner: “There were some very nice foals but it was selective. The pinhookers wanted only certain stallions; if your foals were by the wrong sire they wouldn’t even get looked at. I had 22 in there and had a very good sale, and took only four home, including two of my nicest foals. I couldn’t get a bid for them because they were by the wrong sires but I was happy to do that and reoffer them as yearlings, because trainers are less worried who they are by.”

Lesson learned Pinhookers were seemingly happy to spend more than ever before on quality foals, but most were conscious that their chances of turning a profit would be lessened enormously if they did not get into a select yearling sale next year. It was harder to sell average foals and the clearance rate fell from 82% last year to 66% this time round.

Pinhooking home run Ronan Burns, whose father Seamus bred New Approach, spent 130,000gns on the Ela-ManaMou mare Mandamou, in foal to Monsun, at last year’s December sale. The resultant colt, sharing his grandam with Manduro, changed hands for 450,000gns.

Tattersalls December top foals Pedigree

Vendor

Buyer

c

Galileo-Epping (Charnwood Forest)

Newtown Stud, Ireland

Demi O’Byrne

470,000

c

Monsun-Mandamou (Ela-Mana-Mou)

Hillwood Stud

Demi O’Byrne

450,000

c

Oasis Dream-Dominica (Alhaarth)

Stowell Hill Stud

John Ferguson

400,000

c

Montjeu-Masskana (Darshaan)

West Blagdon Stud

Demi O’Byrne

380,000

c

Montjeu-Sweeten Up (Shirley Heights)

John Troy

Demi O’Byrne

310,000

c

Pivotal-Monnavanna (Machiavellian)

John Troy

John Ferguson

290,000

c

Galileo-Lady Karr (Mark Of Esteem)

Castlebridge Consignment

Timmy Hyde

250,000

c

Pivotal-Tiriana (Common Grounds)

Mill House Stud (Agent)

John Ferguson

240,000

f

Green Desert-Hotelgenie Dot Com (Selkirk)

Catridge Farm Stud

Dwayne Woods

240,000

c

Green Desert-Lucky For Me (King Of Kings)

Cooneen Stud

Shadwell Estate Co

240,000

Tattersalls December foals Sold

Total gns

High gns

Low gns

Med gns

Avg gns

1

99

13,828,000

470,000

80,000

110,000

139,677

-7.3%

2

99

6,342,000

80,000

52,000

62,000

64,061

-4.9%

3

99

4,336,000

52,000

35,000

44,000

43,798

-1.0%

4

99

2,865,000

35,000

24,000

28,000

28,939

-14.3%

5

99

2,029,000

24,000

18,000

20,000

20,495

-18.4%

6

99

1,427,500

18,000

11,500

14,500

14,419

-22.5%

7

99

959,200

11,500

8,000

10,000

9,689

-28.0%

8

99

627,600

8,000

5,000

6,000

6,339

-32.0%

9

99

321,800

4,500

2,000

3,000

3,251

-42.0%

10

107

120,200

2,000

800

1,000

1,123

-51.0%

Range

 Colourful Australian owner Paul Makin made a flying visit, paying 65,000gns for a daughter of his best performer Starcraft. A Galileo colt out of Sir Percy’s sister Lady Karr was sold for 250,000gns by Makin, recouping some of the 700,000gns his dam cost him last year.  An apparent snobbery against National Hunt racing by catalogue compilers was demonstrated via a 100,000gns Sadler’s Wells colt offered from Swettenham Stud. The fact that his halfbrother Sublimity was a dual Listed winner on the Flat was recorded but no mention was made that he was also this year’s Champion Hurdle winner.  Charlie Gordon-Watson was among those to

% change in 2007

 Shadwell’s Angus Gold felt there was value to be had and snapped up eight foals for 812,000gns, all on Friday. They ranged from a 28,000gns Azamour colt to a 240,000gns son of Oasis Dream.

% Diff

Tattersalls December foals (decile % difference)

Highlights

 John Ferguson was busier than normal, shopping for long-term racing prospects, buying 12 foals for 1.845 million guineas.

Price gns

Sex

40% 30% 20% 10% 0% -10% -20% -30% -40% -50% -60%

-7.3%

-4.9%

-1.0% -14.3%

-18.4%

-22.5%

-28.0%

-32.0% -42.0% -51.0%

1

2

3

4

5 6 decile range

7

8

9

10

press for the return of a blank Tuesday, followed by the best foals earlier in the week. At present, buyers have more time to view the lesser foals than better offerings catalogued for Friday and Saturday.

ROUND-UP Sold:

785 (66% clearance rate)

 The traditional yearling sale kicked off the week when the 4,086,300gns turnover and 28,576gns average were both down on 2006. The 66% clearance rate (compared to 80% in 2006) illustrated another selective market.

Average:

36,541gns (-6%)

Median:

20,000gns (-9%)

Top lot:

c Galilleo – Epping

Vendor:

Newtown Stud, Ireland

Buyer:

Demi O’Byrne, 470,000gns

 A 170,000gns Sadler’s Wells colt topped the yearling trade when bought by Coolmore. He had been bought by Earle Mack for 280,000gns at the October Yearling sale but returned because he was incorrectly catalogued.

Aggregate: 28,684,600gns (-1%)

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Tattersalls December Mares PHOTO: GEORGE SELWYN

Buyers thirst for top 20% of catalogue but “nobody wants a moderate mare” Reaction Hugo Lascelles: “There is a thirst for really nice mares and everyone is focusing on the top 20% of stock. It was a very, very good trade for the decent ones as a result, but there was just nobody there for the lesser ones. That must be a lesson to people – nobody wants a moderate mare.”

Lesson learned The concluding Thursday showed that many breeders are well aware that there is now no point in buying uncommercial mares.

Pinhooking home run

Mount Klinovec changed hands for €2,000 at Goffs in November 2006 but, after her halfbrother Fast Company finished second in the Dewhurst Stakes, she was a more attractive proposition when reoffered from Michael Phelan’s Pipe View Stud. The only mare catalogued in foal to Royal Anthem, she was bought for 87,000gns by Cormac McCormack.

Highlights

 Just as at Keeneland, the Darley team were keener than ever to buy attractive breeding prospects, getting four of the five lots to make 3 million gns or more. John Ferguson spent 15,825,000gns on eight lots, while Dick O’Gorman, who has others clients as well as Darley, spent 4,252,000gns on six lots. The combined spending accounted for 29% of the whole breeding stock turnover.  The Breeding Capital investment group fronted by William Sporborg had a fantastic sale, reoffering three mares bought last December. Light Shift’s half-sister Leto sold for 900,000gns, having cost 250,000gns last year, Manduro’s half-sister Madura rose in value from 170,000gns to 710,000gns, and Erytheis made 460,000gns, having cost 185,000gns last year.  Auctioneer John O’Kelly put on a masterful show when selling Mandellicht, described by Charlie Gordon-Watson as “the best piece of selling I’ve seen.” But with the first two days lasting nearly 13 hours, there were many blearyeyed buyers and vendors hoping a quicker general style of selling could be introduced.  Manduro’s 13-year-old dam Mandellicht was added to the sale after the catalogue’s publication and made 3 million guineas when bought by Darley. The mare was sold by Manduro’s breeder Rolf Brunner.  Cockney Rebel’s owner Phil Cunningham

Mandellicht, the dam of Manduro, attracted the fourth highest price of 3 million gns

Tattersalls December top mares Name

Age/sex, sire

Vendor

Buyer

Price gns

Satwa Queen

5m, Muhtathir

Ecurie Jean de Roualle, France

John Ferguson

3,400,000

Ocean Silk

7m, Dynaformer

Swettenham Stud

John Ferguson

3,200,000

Sander Camillo

3f, Dixie Union

Shalfleet Stables

John Ferguson

3,200,000

Angara

6m, Alzao

Swettenham Stud

London T’bred Services 3,000,000

Mandellicht

13m, Be My Guest

Ronald Rauscher, Agent

Richard O’Gorman Bloodstock 3,000,000

Indian Ink

3f, Indian Ridge

East Everleigh Stables

Shadwell Estate Co. Ltd 2,000,000

Ama

3f, Storm Cat

Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard, France

John Ferguson

Beta

3f, Selkirk

Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard, France

John Ferguson

1,700,000

Galatee

4f, Galileo

Ennistown Stud, Ireland

John Ferguson

1,400,000

Sweet Stream

7m, Shantou

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Charlie Gordon-Watson 1,100,000

1,800,000

was shopping for mares to send to the 2,000 Guineas winner at the National Stud, while Tony Nerses, racing manager to Authorized’s owners Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar, was purchasing suitable mates for the Derby winner.

ROUND-UP

 Several mares went through the ring carrying high valuations and at least one of the dearer lots is believed to have only just hit its reserve when selling.  Red Evie was bought in for her owners by Jim Bolger for a million gns and later sold privately to Coolmore, while Haydock Sprint Cup winner Tante Rose was bought in for 900,000gns.

Aggregate: 69,498,500gns (+5%) Sold:

762 (67% clearance rate)

Average:

91,205gns (+20%)

Median:

23,000gns (-23%)

Top lot:

Satwa Queen (5m Muhtathir)

Vendor:

Ecurie Jean de Roualle, France

Buyer:

John Ferguson, 3,400,000gns

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Tattersalls Ireland November Irish National Hunt market continues to grow, but there was a clearance rate of just 57% Reaction David Minton: “The yearlings were a bit selective and probably lacked quality, but the foal sale was very, very strong. Most were bought either to race or to sell as three-yearolds and their pedigrees were much stronger than the yearlings. Trade was extraordinary for the right foals. “The mares were very, very selective, much more so than in the past. The top end was strong and we did well selling, but you could not give away a lesser mare. There was much more of a buzz last year. “I thought it was encouraging that some of the top lots were bought by English buyers, although their purchase will still be going to Irish stallions. It’s something we’ll never change.”

ROUND-UP Aggregate: €24,692,300 (-1%) Sold:

1,614 (57% clearance rate)

Average:

€15,299 (-1%)

Median:

€9,000 (-10%)

Top lot:

Karello Bay (6m Kahyasi)

Vendor:

Little Lodge Farm

Buyer:

Patrick Burling Developments, €270,000

“Trade was extraordinary for the right foals. The mares were selective” – David Minton

Lesson learned PHOTO: KEITH JACK PHOTOGRAPHY

No sector of the market has grown in numbers more than the Irish National Hunt sphere and the clearance rate at this event, the largest of its kind in the world, fell to just 57%.

Pinhooking home run Really Royale had been bought by Highflyer Bloodstock for €82,000 at Deauville in December and, having been covered by Kahyasi, was resold for €170,000 11 months later. Regle D’Or had been purchased for €9,000 as a yearling in France, had failed to sell at 44,000gns as a four-year-old store last year but, covered by King’s Theatre, brought in €95,000 when sold from Robert Chugg’s Little Lodge Farm

Highlights

 British buyers and sellers dominated the top end of the sale. Shropshire property developer Patrick Burling, best known as owner-breeder of Hand Inn Hand, paid €270,000 to top the sale when buying the mare Karello Bay from Robert Chugg’s Worcestershire-based Little Lodge farm.

A foal by Presenting made 210,000gns when sold to Netherfield House Stud

Tattersalls Ireland top lots

 Juliet Minton’s Shropshire-based Mill House Stud sold Lady Cad, a smart performer in France for Ray and Anita Green, for €230,000 to AV Bloodstock and Really Royale for €170,000 to John McGivney.

Name

Age/sex, sire

Vendor

Buyer

Karello Bay

6m, Kahyasi

Little Lodge Farm

Patrick Burling Developments 270,000

Lady Cad

5m, Cadoudal

Mill House Stud, agent

A V Bloodstock

230,000

f f, Presenting-Sidalcea (Oscar)

Sunnyhill Stud

Netherfield House Stud

210,000

8m, Garde Royale

Mill House Stud, agent

John Noel McGivney

170,000

 Stephen and Louise Kemble’s Northamptonshire-based Elms Stud paid €125,000 for Ground Ball’s half-sister Rowlands Dream, offered in foal to Presenting from Dermot Brennan’s Laureldean Stud. She was bought on behalf of new client Chris Harris. 

Senorita Rumbalita 6m, Alflora

Really Royale

c f, Old Vic-Katday (Miller’s Mate) Sunnyhill Stud Mill House Stud, agent

Price €

Highflyer Bloodstock

170,000

Colbinstown Stud

160,000

g y, Milan-I Remember It Well Rowlands Dream

(Don’t Forget Me)

Slaney River Stud

Bobby O’Ryan

130,000

7m, Accordion

Laureldean Stud

Elms Stud

125,000

(Supreme Leader)

Little Lodge Farm

Aiden Murphy

110,000

f f, Gamut-Afdala (Hernando)

Sunnyhill Stud

John O’Byrne

110,000

c f, Presenting-Queen’s Leader

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Now we’ve had time to reflect on this year’s sales, what do you think is in store for 2008? VOX POP

The Dowager Duchess of Bedford, Bloomsbury Stud: “Until stallion owners really all pull together and establish a maximum book, which I think should be 85 mares, including their own, there’s going to be overproduction and chaos. I don’t think it’s fair to the broodmare owners because not only are there too many by each stallion in a sale, so you go round and see those out of the best mares, which is unfair to the lower mares, but also there are days when your mare is in season and can’t be covered because the stallion has too many booked to him. “I’ve been in this business for 42 years and I think, fundamentally, if you were asked what runs our industry now, you could say only greed. I think it will stay the same until people start to hurt, but there’s no need to create all this chaos when it’s controllable.” Bob McCreery, Stowell Hill Stud: “I think the future for the market is absolutely hopeless. The prize-money is getting worse. There are more and more people breeding horses but not many want to own horses – that’s the problem. “If you do own a horse, it’s very hard to make it pay its way. I have a filly in training in France. Although she’s not very good she’s paid her way.” Bloodstock agent Federico Barberini: “It’s been a very selective market this year; all or nothing. Anyone with a good mare wants good money for her as it’s very hard to buy another good one. You have to be prepared to pay a lot for a good mare. There’s no real middle market

“There are too many bad mares covered and next year will be even worse”

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any more – and the yearling market is basically the same. There are too many bad mares covered and I think next year will be even worse. The pinhookers didn’t buy anything unless they were guaranteed to make good money next year.” Grant Pritchard-Gordon, Badgers Bloodstock: “The market seems to be polarising top and bottom. There will always be good money for the top but I fear for the bottom. The middle may just get dragged down a bit but the top will continue to stay strong. Next year this will be even more noticeable.” Peter Player, Whatton Manor Stud: “Without any doubt at all, people are going to have to place much more emphasis on quality rather than quantity. It’s all very well saying we must cull mares instantaneously, but many of them are already in foal and they can’t be discarded just like that, and neither should they be. “As and when the time is right, people have got to take a long, hard look at what they’re doing, how much they are paying for nominations and, more particularly, where the value is in relation to the nomination price, as well as the number that stallion has covered. That is an equation that is absolutely crucial.” Jocelyn de Moubray, international representative for Arqana: “We had very strong yearling sales in August and October, with a high proportion sold. A large amount of the buyers were European, and by that I mean not British or Irish. “The combination of the success of the horses they’d bought in the past and buying in their own currency helps but, obviously, the main driving factor is the prize-money available in France. It looks as if the Government will do a deal to maintain the monopoly on betting on horseracing and, therefore, there’s no reason not to be positive for next year.” 

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Sales Circuit Which first-season foals have caught your eye? Bloodstock agent Amanda Skiffington: “At their level there have been some very nice Avonbridge foals. Oratorio seems to be stamping his, which I like. The Shamardals have all got rather plain heads, like he has, but they’re nice horses. The Whipper foals were better in Ireland than here at Tattersalls.”

VOX POP

Matthew Coleman of Anthony Stroud Bloodstock: “I’ve seen a few nice ones by Shamardal. The Avonbridge foals have been very strong – they’re really good two-yearold types. There were some nice Whippers at Goffs and there are a few nice sorts here at Tattersalls, too. For two reasonably priced stallions, they’re giving breeders good value. “Oratorio seems to be well regarded. His foals are making some money and he’ll obviously be well supported.”

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David Hodge, Llety Stud: “The Avonbridge foals were athletic and racey, and sold very well. He seems to be stamping his stock. The Dubawis seemed quite nice but they’ll be a bit later. I’ve also seen a few nice Whippers.” Richard Brown, Blandford Bloodstock: “I like the Oratorios, they have a bit of quality. Most of them are good-topped foals and nice movers. A few of the Shamardals are nice – I bought a nice filly by him at Goffs. For me, those are the two that really stood out.” Francois Drion, Taroka Stud: “I like the Oratorio foals. The Dubawis are lovely, a little bit light-boned maybe, but nice. Whipper is one whose stock has surprised me – one I wouldn’t have had a huge amount of time for on breeding, but his can really walk. The Azamours will probably need a bit of time.’ 

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People at the Sales

PHOTOS: EMMA BERRY

Jockeys swap saddle for gavel...McCreery enjoys a “proper sale”...Metcalfe under stress Jimmy Quinn, who is spending three months on the sidelines having broken several vertebrae in a fall at Doncaster, was another jockey trawling through the bumper foal catalogue with an eye on pinhooking opportunities, while Seb Sanders enjoyed his relative freedom after a rigorous battle for the championship by spending some time with his wife Leona at the mares’ sale.

Richard Quinn and John Reid have teamed up for a pinhooking project

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oubtless spurred on by the success of their weighing-room colleague Dean McKeown, who bought Street Cry’s first stakes winner, Big Timer, in America, jockeys were out in force at the December sale. John Reid has teamed up with Richard Quinn in a pinhooking project, and the former said: “I haven’t really bought any foals before but I thought I’d have a look. Richard’s with me and if we can find the right one, we’ll buy one to have a bit of fun and sell on next year. “We keep getting outbid – I think we like the nicest ones. I’m not saying we’re definitely going to buy, but if we can find the right one we will. We’ve seen a few we like and we’ve some old friends looking for us.” The team was finally lucky, taking home lot 771, a Bahamian Bounty colt. Reid added: “I’ve been involved with the yearling sales for a while but we thought we’d dip a toe in with the foals. We’ve just bought the one for now.”

“We keep getting outbid – I think we like the nicest ones” – John Reid

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In 2003, Dominica was fourth behind Oasis Dream in the Nunthorpe Stakes and, four years on, the union of the two sprinters provided Bob McCreery’s Stowell Hill Stud with a very profitable sale, the duo’s colt foal selling for 400,000gns to John Ferguson. “It was a good day; it’s the first time we’ve had a proper sale for a very long time,” said McCreery, who consigned the foal on behalf of his partners in the mare, Bobby and Helen Kennard. “Our foals were all very nice this year. When you get that sort of price you just can’t predict how high it will go. I’ve found that the market for foals is better than for yearlings. There are all these very brave young Irishmen who will have a go. With the yearlings sales it’s hopeless, so I’ve tended to sell more foals than yearlings in the last three years.” Based in Somerset, the former leading amateur jockey has made a significant contribution to the industry as breeder of High Top and Old Vic, and as a former TBA Council member. McCreery was first involved with the Kennards in Dominica’s dam Dominio, winner of the St Hugh’s Stakes at Newbury. Her daughter Dominica surpassed her mother’s achievements by winning the Cornwallis Stakes on her final run at two before returning with a victory in the King’s Stand. McCreery said: “Bobby and Helen gave up their stud about ten years ago, and half the mares came to me and the other half went to Whitsbury. They have two other mares with me now, which they’re going to sell, but they’ll keep Dominica. Bobby’s 91 and Helen’s in her 80s, and they were thrilled with the result.” Dominica’s third foal was not the sole representative of the Stowell Hill draft to fetch six figures. A Dansili colt out of the six-time winner Bandanna was sold to Willie Browne for 200,000gns. For the first time, McCreery employed new technology to aid the sale of his foals. “Geoffrey Lane scopes all my animals and this year he suggested that we scope the foals and


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record it on a DVD,” he explained. “I must admit I was totally against it; I don’t like the idea of scoping foals. But he talked me into it as I don’t think it’s right to have foals scoped by all different sorts of people. I brought the DVDs here with me this year and lots of people looked at them, so it was a very good move.” The July issue of Thorughbred Owner & Breeder featured David Metcalfe and his multiple-winning sprinters Sierra Vista and Mecca’s Mate, who cost a total of 4,000gns when initially purchased by their owner. Stabled together at David Barker’s and occasionally racing against each other, the mares won 20 races and more than £350,000 in prize-money and went through the Tattersalls sales ring three lots apart. Dual Listed winner Mecca’s Mate sold for 75,000gns, while Temple Stakes heroine Sierra Vista fetched 115,000gns. “It’s been very stressful these last few months since we decided to sell them,” said Metcalfe at

The 440,000gns foal out of Dominica sold by McCreery

“A DVD of our foals being scoped proved a good idea” – Bob McCreery the end of an emotional day. “I’m not really into breeding so it had to come to an end sometime. I have my own farm and I breed sheep, but this is a different thing altogether. “I don’t have any family and these two have been my family since I bought them. I won’t go to see them again now. I saw them before they went through but I can’t go back to where they’re stabled. I’m a grown man and I shouldn’t get so emotional, but they’ve changed my life.” Metcalfe, from Darlington, had been planning to take a sabbatical from racing if the sale had not gone to plan but now aims to go straight back into ownership with Barker. He added: “David’s been brilliant for me. I’ll never forget these two – I have tapes of every time they’ve run. Who knows, I might try to buy their offspring in a few years’ time. It was a fairytale but it couldn’t last forever.” Bahrain trainer Fawzi Nass had several foals consigned under the Stanley House Stud banner, but next year it’s likely that we will see his own Aislabie Stud on the list of consignors. Nass purchased Aislabie, which has reverted to its former name but has more recently been known as Collin Stud in Stetchworth, earlier this year. He has appointed Oliver St Lawrence as manager and Kevin Gossage, formerly with Longholes Stud, as stud groom/assistant manager. St Lawrence explained: “Fawzi Nass has 40 horses in Bahrain. He lives for his horses, getting up at 4am to feed them and train them. He loves it. “The completion of the sale didn’t go through until the end of August and there hasn’t been a horse on the stud since the early part of spring, which will have done it a heap of good. We’re in the middle of quite an extensive building programme. “We’ve upped the quality over the last couple of years and bought a couple of expensive fillies this year, including an Elusive Quality that has gone to James Fanshawe and a Giant’s Causeway at Henry Cecil’s. He also has twoyear-olds with Peter Chapple-Hyam.”  JANUARY 2008 THOROUGHBRED OWNER & BREEDER 87


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Iceman has the right profile for a successful commercial stallion

concerning how many mares were covered, gleaned from Weatherbys’ Return of Mares. To act as a reminder, we take a look at the quality collection who were retired to stud at the end of 2006, with fees where they have been announced, plus a selection of American stallions, mainly standing above $20,000.

Ad Valorem b 2002 Danzig-Classy Women (Relaunch) Coolmore Stud €12,500

Like a number of the Coolmore team, Ad Valorem’s fee has been reduced, from €15,000 to €12,500. He proved popular in his first year, covering 147 mares, which places him fourth equal on that particular list. Breeders using him included Kirsten Rausing and Jim Bolger. Ad Valorem was a top-notch performer with plenty of pace, as one would expect with Danzig as his sire. However, he stayed a mile well, gaining a notable victory in the Queen Anne Stakes to add to an earlier Group 1 triumph in the Middle Park Stakes. He promises to be commercial.

Araafa b 2003 Mull Of Kintyre-Resurgence (Polar Falcon) Plantation Stud £12,000

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Araafa’s fee has also been reduced, from £15,000 to £12,000. He covered 85 mares in his first season, among them ones owned by the Aga Khan, Shadwell Stud and Hesmonds Stud. He was one of the best of any age over a mile in Europe in 2006, notching the Irish 2,000 Guineas (from George Washington) and the St James’s Palace Stakes. His pedigree is appealing as he is from the Danzig line out of a mare who is a sister to Britain’s highest-priced sire Pivotal.

Aussie Rules gr 2003 Danehill-Last Second (Alzao) Coolmore Stud €12,500

Like Ad Valorem in the same ‘stable’, Aussie

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Rules has had his fee cut from €15,000 to €12,500. His tally of mares in 2007 was 141 and breeders using him included the Wildensteins and Airlie Stud. His main successes came in the Poule d’Essai des Poulains and Shadwell Turf Mile, and his pedigree is impeccable. His high-class dam hails from the family of superior distaffers Alborada, Quarter Moon and Yesterday. Every year this family seems to produce another star – the latest was Allegretto – and they go well at the sales, with yearlings fetching €2 million in 2006 and €2.4 million a year later. He shuttles to Australia.

Balmont b 2001 Stravinsky-Aldebaran Light (Seattle Slew) Tara Stud €5,000

Balmont, by a champion sprinter whose progeny also include Group 1-winning speedsters Benbaun and Soldier’s Tale, was one of the fastest two-year-olds of 2003, landing the Gimcrack Stakes and Middle Park Stakes. He didn’t manage to add to his Pattern tally afterwards but showed high-class form to be placed in the July Cup and Golden Jubilee Stakes. With stamina on the dam’s side – she is by Seattle Slew from the family of Kentucky Derby winner Cannonade – Balmont, who covered 61 mares in his first season, can be

Out of a half-sister to Pivotal, Araafa has an appealing pedigree

expected to sire runners who prove effective over further than he was. His fee stays the same for 2008.

Boogie Street b 2001 Compton Place-Tart And A Half (Distant Relative) Acrum Lodge Stud £1,000

Boogie Street comes from fast lines on both sides of his pedigree and, as one might expect, he proved a specialist sprinter, a good one at that. His five victories included three Listed events and he also finished second to Chineur in the King’s Stand Stakes. He will surely be an influence for speed.

Byron b 2001 Green Desert-Gay Gallanta (Woodman) Dalham Hall Stud £4,000

Byron, who started out at Kildangan Stud at €7,000 but is now at Dalham Hall for £4,000, was a typical son of Green Desert in stamina. The fact that his dam Gay Gallanta was the best European juvenile filly of 1994, when she won the Cheveley Park Stakes, confirmed the belief that he was unlikely to shine over a mile or more. In the event, he was best over six and seven furlongs, winning the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes and Betfair Cup. He covered 109 mares in his first season.

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Diamond Green

b 2001 Danehill-Hasili (Kahyasi) Banstead Manor Stud £10,000

b 2002 Green Desert-Diamonaka (Akarad) Ballyhane Stud €8,000

By deliberate policy, rather than lack of appeal, Cacique’s first book was smaller than many in this list, numbering 72. Predictably, Khalid Abdullah patronised him strongly, sending 15 mares. Other breeders to try their luck included the Aga Khan. Cacique’s profile is first class. His seven wins included the Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap and Man O’ War Stakes, and he is a brother by Danehill to a fellow Juddmonte stallion Dansili out of the best broodmare of modern times, Hasili. Dansili has made a superb start to his stud career.

Diamond Green showed his best form at a mile, finishing second in three Group 1s, including the St James’s Palace Stakes. There is stamina in the lower half of his pedigree but, given Green Desert’s standing as a speed sire, it was no surprise to see Diamond Green well patronised in his first year at Ballyhane. He covered 164 mares, among the freshmen second only to Hurricane Run. In the face of that level of support, he has had his fee kept at €8,000.

Desideratum b 2002 Darshaan-Desired (Rainbow Quest) Beechwood Grange Stud £2,000

Desideratum attracted 25 mares in his first season at Beechwood Grange. He is by a fine stallion out of a mare from the family of highclass juvenile Medaaly and top miler Charnwood Forest, so the pedigree reads well. His form reads well too, as he won the Prix du Lys and finished second to Scorpion in the Grand Prix de Paris.

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Holy Roman Emperor b 2004 Danehill-L’On Vite (Secretariat) Coolmore €35,000

Holy Roman Emperor’s retirement to stud after George Washington was found to have fertility problems caused plenty of publicity, some of it negative. That had no effect on his appeal to breeders, though, as he covered 150 mares. By an outstanding sire and good sire of sires out of a mare from an excellent family, he has the pedigree to succeed. His form at two marked him down as one of the very best of his generation, since he won four of his seven starts, notably the Phoenix Stakes and Jean-Luc Lagardere, and finished second to Teofilo in the National and Dewhurst Stakes. Like Aussie Rules, he shuttled to Australia.

Hurricane Run b 2002 Montjeu-Hold On (Surumu) Coolmore Stud €30,000

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Advertisement feature Run is sailing on at €30,000. Hardly surprising since he covered more mares than any freshman – 186 – which equated to a maximum income for Coolmore of nearly £4 million. They included ones owned by Haras d’Etreham, Juddmonte and Meon Valley Stud. Hurricane Run was a tremendous middledistance campaigner, landing the Irish Derby, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes. He is well bred too, by one of the best young sires in the world out of a mare from a fine German family.

129 mares in his first year, with 20 of them from Cheveley Park, emphasises the point. A handsome individual, he was a precocious, tough and talented two-year-old who won the Coventry Stakes and made the frame in two Group 1s. On the dam’s side, he is from the family of 2,000 Guineas winner Entrepreneur, and Exclusive, a Group 1 winner herself and responsible for another recently in Echelon.

Iffraaj b 2001 Zafonic-Pastorale (Nureyev) Kildangan Stud €12,000

Iceman b 2002 Polar Falcon-Virtuous (Exit To Nowhere) Cheveley Park Stud £5,000

Iceman has just the right profile for a stallion likely to do well with his sale yearlings and first crop on the track, and the fact that he covered

Indesatchel covered 65 mares in his first season at Bearstone Stud

With 147 mares covered, including seven owned by Darley, Iffraaj was among the leaders of last year’s newcomers. He was one of the leaders of his generation at six and seven furlongs too, landing the Park Stakes twice, and the Betfair Cup, and being beaten narrowly by Les Arcs in the July Cup. He comes from a good family as well, since it has already thrown one successful stallion in Cape Cross. He shuttled to New Zealand.

Indesatchel b 2002 Danehill Dancer-Floria (Petorius) Bearstone Stud £3,000

Another shuttler to Australia, Indesatchel covered 65 mares in his first season. His fee remains the same. His sire Danehill Dancer is highly commercial and enjoyed another successful season, thanks to such as Fast Company and Jeremy, and at the sales. There is pace on the distaff side of his pedigree, too. On the track Indesatchel was tough and genuine. His victories included the Greenham Stakes and Tetrarch Stakes, and he ran Shamardal close in the Poule d’Essai des Poulains.

Ivan Denisovich b 2003 Danehill-Hollywood Wildcat (Kris S) €7,000

Ivan Denisovich wasn’t quite so late a recruit to the Coolmore team as Holy Roman Emperor, but he was retired too late to appear in our feature on the freshmen just over a year ago. His pedigree is exceptional, by Danehill out of brilliant racemare Hollywood Wildcat, the winner of 12 races highlighted by the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. She is proving equally effective at stud, with Breeders’ Cup Mile winner War Chant (by Danzig, hence closely related to Ivan Denisovich) the star. Ivan Denisovich showed good form from six furlongs to a mile and a quarter, winning the July Stakes and gaining places in four Group or Grade 1 races. His fee for this year has been reduced from €9,000 to €7,000 and he covered 143 mares in his first season.

Kodiac b 2001 Danehill-Rafha (Kris) Tally Ho Stud €5,000

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to another Darley sire, Dubai Destination, whose stud career got off to a fine start thanks to Ibn Khaldun. Librettist was a similar performer to Dubai Destination, showing courage, pace and quality to land the Prix Jacques le Marois and the Prix du Moulin.

Majestic Missile b 2002 Royal Applause-Tshusick (Dancing Brave) Ballyhane Stud €5,000

The huge success Acclamation experienced in his first season, with earnings in excess of £1 million and a Group 1 winner in Dark Angel, has focused attention on other sons of Royal Applause. Majestic Missile is one of them and he too showed very smart form in sprints, winning six races, including the Molecomb Stakes and Cornwallis Stakes at two, and the Prix du Petit Couvert as a four-year-old. He covered 95 mares in his initial season, giving him every chance of making a mark. His fee is unchanged.

Norse Dancer b 2000 Halling-River Patrol (Rousillon) Wood Farm Stud £2,000

a popular order among Irish breeders in his first season, covering 109 mares. He was best at up to seven furlongs, winning four times and finishing in the frame in three Pattern events, notably the Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest. He has a first-rate pedigree, by Danehill – sire of five of the sires in this feature – out of a winner of the Prix de Diane from the family of champion sire Pitcairn. But perhaps the main reason for his appeal is that he is a three-parts brother to high-class sprinter Invincible Spirit, who is proving a fine commercial sire.

Iffraaj comes from the same female line as Cape Cross

Librettist b 2002 Danzig-Mysterial (Alleged) Dalham Hall Stud £10,000

Librettist’s fee has stayed the same as last year, when he served 139 mares, among them nine from Darley and others owned by Juddmonte and Meon Valley Stud. His pedigree is outstanding, as he is a half-brother by Danzig

“Acclamation’s success has put the focus on other sons of Royal Applause”

Norse Dancer has been relocated from Littleton Stud to Wood Farm Stud, where his role will be as a dual-purpose sire. He has all the credentials, principally fine looks, top-class form from a mile to a mile and a half, with earnings of nearly £750,000, and a good family background – he traces to Felucca on the distaff side. In five seasons’ endeavour his highlights were second places in the Juddmonte International, Irish Champion Stakes and King George.

Phoenix Reach b 2000 Alhaarth-Carroll’s Canyon (Hatim) National Stud £3,500

From the family of Arc winner Carroll House, tough-as-teak Phoenix Reach showed high-class form internationally. He earned almost £2 million, thanks largely to successes in the Canadian International, Hong Kong Vase and Dubai Sheema Classic. Ideally suited by a mile and a half, Phoenix Reach covered 44 mares in his first season and his fee remains the same.

Proclamation gr 2002 King’s Best-Shamarra (Zayyani) Overbury Stud £4,000

Proclamation’s pedigree, by King’s Best out of a mare from Sendawar’s family, shouts top-notch miler and that’s exactly what he was. He rapidly developed into the best three-year-old miler of 2005, following a victory in the Jersey Stakes with success in the Sussex Stakes from Soviet Song, using his trademark turn of foot each time. He covered 123 mares in his first season at his current fee of £4,000, less than a horse of his ability might be expected to cover at, and

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Phoenix Reach showed high class form internationally

“Sleeping Indian would not lack for patronage – he covered 125 mares” they included ones owned by Darley and Whitsbury Manor Stud.

Resplendent Glory ch 2002 Namid-Aoife (Thatching) Benson Stud £2,000

Resplendent Glory, whose fee stays the same, was bred to be a sprinter, being by champion Namid out of a Thatching mare successful over six furlongs. Unraced at two, he won six of his first seven starts the next year, notably a Listed race and the Group 3 Laurent-Perrier Champagne Sprint Stakes over five furlongs.

Shirocco b 2001 Monsun-So Sedulous (The Minstrel) Dalham Hall Stud £10,000

Shirocco covered 136 mares last year, including from Cheveley Park Stud, Juddmonte and Shadwell, as well as the ‘home base’ of Darley, so he can be said to have got off to a fine start. His sire Monsun had another superb year; the dam has foaled two other Group 1

performers. There can be no complaints about the form Shirocco showed, highlighted by Breeders’ Cup Turf and Coronation Cup wins.

Sleeping Indian b 2001 Indian Ridge-Las Flores (Sadler’s Wells) Tweenhills Farm & Stud £5,000

A year ago we said Sleeping Indian “hails from an excellent distaff family so shouldn’t lack for patronage.” Sleeping Indian covered 125 mares for such breeders as Cheveley Park Stud, Newsells Park Stud and the man in whose colours he raced, George Strawbridge. That should give him a boost with his progeny at the sales. He is one of many good sprinter-milers by Indian Ridge, winning the Group 2 Challenge Stakes and finishing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. His fee has stayed the same.

Striking Ambition b 2000 Makbul-Lady Roxanne (Cyrano de Bergerac) Longdon Stud £3,000

Striking Ambition covered a satisfactory tally of 32 mares in his first season, when his fee was also £3,000. He has plenty going for him as the best son of reliable Makbul, who stood at Longdon for a number of years. Striking Ambition enjoyed four good seasons on the racecourse, winning nine of his 22 starts, notably the Group 2 Goldene Peitsche. He also finished a close second to Avonbridge in the Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp.

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Now for some Kentucky freshmen of 2007. The highest-priced is Bernardini (b 2003 AP Indy-Cara Rafaela, by Quiet American), whose fee at Darley remains $100,000. By one of the most commercial stallions in the States, he was champion three-year-old with wins in three Grade 1s, headed by the Preakness. Four mares in foal to him fetched at least $1 million at Keeneland, with a high of $2.7m. There are two others at Darley. Henny Hughes (ch 2003 Hennessy-Meadow Flyer, by Meadowlake) stands at $40,000. He was bred to be speedy and fulfilled that billing, landing the Vosburgh Stakes and King’s Bishop Stakes. The 16 mares in foal to him sold this autumn averaged more than $230,000. The third Darley inmate is Rockport Harbor (gr 2002 Unbridled’s Song-Regal Miss Copelan, by Copelan). Available for $20,000, he was unbeaten as a juvenile, including in the Grade 2 Remsen Stakes. Bluegrass Cat (b 2003 Storm Cat-She’s A Winner, by AP Indy) is at Winstar Farm at $50,000. By Storm Cat out of an AP Indy mare, he combines two of the dominant current sire elements, and the distaff side has produced a host of top performers. Bluegrass Cat gained his most important win in the Haskell Invitational. First Samurai (ch 2003 Giant’s CausewayFreddei Frisson, by Dixieland Band), standing for $40,000 at Claiborne, is the first of a couple by his sire in this feature. He was best at two when winning the Champagne Stakes and Hopeful Stakes. The 20 mares sold in foal to him this year averaged just over $250,000.

Darley sire Bernardini’s fee remains at $100,000 in 2008

Number two for Giant’s Causeway is Aragorn (ch 2002 out of Onaga, by Mr Prospector), based at Lane’s End at $30,000. He has Oaks winner Valoris as his third dam and was best at a mile on turf, landing two Grade 1s and finishing second in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. Flower Alley (ch 2003 Distorted HumorPrincess Olivia, by Lycius) is based at Three Chimneys for $25,000. By a top sire out of a mare from Lyphard’s family, he won the Travers Stakes and finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Silver Train (b/br 2002 Old Trieste-Ridden in Thestars, by Cormorant) is at Vinery for $25,000. He was a tip-top sprinter-miler, winning the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at three and Metropolitan Mile at four. Borrego (ch 2001 El Prado-Sweet As Honey, by Strike The Gold) is at Wintergreen Stallion Station at $20,000. He had more racing than a number in this list, winning five of his 20 starts, including the Pacific Classic and Jockey Club Gold Cup. El Prado is easily the most influential stallion in the States by Sadler’s Wells. At a slightly lower fee, $12,500 at Adena Springs, Giacomo (gr 2002 Holy Bull-Set Them Free, by Stop The Music) is worth noting. Near the top of the tree at two, three and four, he gained his biggest success in the Kentucky Derby. He is by a champion out of a mare who has foaled another Grade 1 scorer and is a perfect outcross for mares from the Northern Dancer and Mr Prospector lines.  JANUARY 2008 THOROUGHBRED OWNER & BREEDER 101


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Eleven is the lucky number for Sandown Sandown Park became the 11th course to receive the coveted ROA Gold Standard Award, with a presentation at the Esher track on Tingle Creek day, Saturday, December 8. The award recognises overall excellence in the raceday experience for owners, their horses and stable staff. ROA Council member Sally Rowley-Williams said: “Sandown Park is a super course with tremendous infrastructure and resources.

Sally Rowley-Williams presents David Mackinnon with the Gold Standard

We are thrilled that it has demonstrated its commitment to become an ROA Gold Standard course and we congratulate the entire team on their dedication and thank them for their effort.” David Mackinnon, the racecourse’s managing director, said: “The whole team at

Sandown Park are delighted that their hard work has been rewarded by winning the ROA Gold Standard. “This is a great recognition of the high standard of facilities and services we constantly aim to provide owners, trainers, horses and stable staff when visiting the course.” 

ROA members to be given free entry to more courses than ever before Members of the Racecourse Badge Schemes for owners, breeders and permit trainers will each be able to gain free entry to over 1,200 race fixtures in 2008, including every fixture at 28 racecourses. The majority of courses in Britain have increased the number of days included in the scheme. RCA chairman David Thorpe said: “I am delighted that, with the generous support of racecourses, the badge scheme is going from strength to strength and covers most fixtures. Owners, breeders and permit trainers are vital to our sport, and the racecourses’ dedication to this scheme, together with the

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continuing development of owners’ and trainers’ facilities, demonstrates recognition and appreciation of their support.” Michael Harris, chief executive of the ROA, said: “The Racecourse Badge Scheme for Owners is invaluable to ROA members and we are extremely grateful to the contributing racecourses for providing this benefit. It is the clearest possible indication of how the industry constituents can work together to their mutual advantage.” Members of the badge schemes are entitled to one complimentary badge. ROA members are eligible for the Badge Scheme if they own either 100% of one horse or

Michael Harris: “invaluable”

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Charles Egerton shows Betfair Club ROA members his horses and his yard on the club’s latest stable visit

Busy social year for Club ROA members Members of Betfair Club ROA, the social and ownership club for people aged 18-32, can look forward to a full programme of social events during the New Year. Highlights will be a chalet at the Cheltenham Festival

and a private facility on the Saturday of Royal Ascot week. In the autumn, a visit is being planned to Santa Anita Park for the

two-day Breeders’ Cup. Membership is priced at just £199 per year and the many benefits include a free introductory £50 bet with Betfair. Further details at www.racehorseowners.net/ betfairclub_roa.asp. 

DIARY DATES Tuesday, January 1 New ROA members’ Third Party Liability Insurance Scheme is effective. Racecourse Badge Scheme for 2008 starts.

Tuesday-Friday, March 11-14 Exclusive marquee for ROA members and guests at the Cheltenham Festival. More details in the New Year.

Tuesday, April 1 New ROA/RCA car park label takes effect. Application forms for these will be sent out during January.

Six racing yards sold in the last twelve months Our ability to move equestrian properties is outstanding. That’s because our specialised team has a wealth of contacts and experience across the country, all supported by our nationwide network of offices.

An invitation has been extended to ROA members by the Langford Trust to attend one of three receptions being held on racedays during January. The Langford Trust supports the Department of Clinical Veterinary Science in the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Science at Langford. The informal receptions will be an opportunity for owners to meet with trustees and vets over a glass of wine, and to hear from some of the country’s leading equine surgeons and clinicians about recent veterinary research and its benefits for racing. These receptions are being held as follows: Hereford Taunton Chepstow

January 10 January 17 January 18

Anyone interested should contact Elizabeth Coombs, trust manager, at the Langford Trust for Animal Health and Welfare, on 0117 928 9207, or e-mail Elizabeth.Coombs@ bristol.ac.uk. 

Potentlal purchasers recognise we can bring them properties even before they come to market. And so they come to us first. If you’re looking to place your property on the market, hand it to us. We will be delighted to act on your behalf. Contact: Robert Fanshawe on 020 7629 8171 or email robert.fanshawe@knightfrank.com knightfrank.co.uk

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Seminar Themes

Thursday 24th: Friday 25th: Saturday 26th:

Thursday 24th: Industry Careers & Education Friday 25th: International Trends in Thoroughbred Racing and Breeding Saturday 26th: Stud and Stable Management

10.30 - 18.00 10.30 - 20.00 10.30 - 18.00

The International Symposium will take place on Friday evening from 17.00-20.00 Entrance Fee €10 per person per day Entrance fee includes access to all seminars, workshops and symposiums.

Students with valid student cards and children 18 or under are free.

To buy a ticket or to organise group bookings prior to the event email: sales@itba.ie For more information visit: www.itba.ie or tel: 045 877543

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COUNCIL AGENDA The November Council meeting, by chief executive Michael Harris The 47th Levy Scheme and the bookmaker dispute with Turf TV dominated the agenda. The discussion took place against the background of the next Levy Scheme (year beginning April 2008) being decided by Government determination. Such was the seriousness of the situation, that the Council invited the BHA chief executive Nic Coward to their meeting. The Council heard that ‘racing’s case’ was in the process of being put together in a substantial document that would be submitted to Government. The document was based on hard facts and figures that would illustrate both the bookmakers’ capacity to pay and racing’s needs. It would make a very compelling case for why the racing industry must have greater resource. The last time the levy had gone to Government determination, in 2002/2003, it switched from being based on turnover to gross profits. Ironically, the next year’s levy (2003/2004) delivered greater income for racing than that of the current year, yet there was then a significantly smaller fixture list. A combination of indexation and an enlarged

fixture list (put on for the benefit of bookmakers) justified a levy of at least £135 million against the current levy projection for 2008/2009 of £94m. However, the economists LECG, who had been employed by BHA, believed that the total value of the racing product to betting operators was much higher – between £177m and £225m. The Council agreed that racing would not be well served by achieving a rollover of the existing scheme because the industry would struggle to remain viable on that basis.  The Council discussed comments from sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe that if the Tote were to be sold on the open market half the proceeds would go to racing. The Council questioned how this could be implemented without contravening State Aid legislation and, in any case, owners would be disappointed to find that the Tote did not end up in the ownership of racing, thereby satisfying the pledges of successive Labour governments. Once again, the Council discussed Tote privatisation difficulties being fuelled by today’s generally unstable economic climate and were disturbed by the fact that

the Government was again taking so long to respond to the latest offer from the racing consortium.  The chief executive confirmed that agreement had finally been reached with all parties on 48-hour declarations. The Council ratified the decision to go ahead with the three-year agreement that had an annual break clause, activated if RUK and ATR failed to achieve their budgets. The agreement was based on racing receiving minimum additional payments for prize-money and appearance money of £400,000 annually. Some members of the Council were still equivocal about 48-hour declarations and remained sceptical it would deliver benefits to UK racing, but it was generally believed that this agreement would at least give the TV companies the scope to finally test the overseas market.  There was discussion on the relationship between Racing Enterprises Limited (REL, the commercial body owned 50-50 by the racecourses and Horsemen’s Group) and the BHA, and the Council were generally disappointed to hear how slow progress was.

 The Council were interested to see details of integrity costs, which had shown substantial increases in recent years and represented, seemingly, an ever-increasing proportion of overall levy income. Particularly alarming was the extent to which these costs were eroding prizemoney levels. The Council fully acknowledged the importance of integrity to racing, but were concerned that insufficient control was being exerted in this area. They therefore drew some comfort from Nic Coward that these increases had now stabilised for the coming year. Even though it was also acknowledged a substantial part of the increase was due to the Levy Board picking up the costs for the Jockey Club Pension Fund in 2007 and, in 2006, the Jockey Club regulatory head office costs, the general percentage increase in integrity costs was still beyond that of the fixture list.  The Council were pleased to hear that we were now in a position to go ahead with third party liability insurance as an automatic right of membership and that we had agreed terms for Betfair Club ROA. 

Insurance liability scheme to start on January 1 Members will by now be aware that they will automatically be covered by the ROA members’ third party liability insurance scheme from January 1. This significant benefit for all ROA members covers horses both while they are in

training, and temporarily out of training. The scheme has a limit of liability of £10 million per incident and has been underwritten by QBE Insurance (Europe) Ltd. Michael Harris, ROA chief executive, said: “As it is an

all-inclusive scheme, we are able to do this within the cost of an annual ROA membership. The cost of membership will increase in January to make allowance for this, but if a member were to acquire this benefit on an individual basis, the

premium would be higher than the annual ROA membership fee.” A policy summary, and list of Frequently Asked Questions, has been posted to all members of the ROA. Full terms are available at www.racehorseowners.net.

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ROA forum In order of racecourses’ percentage contributions to overall prize-money Figures relate to prize-money for the 12-month period December 1, 2006 to November 30, 2007

RACECOURSE OWNERSHIP KEY JCR Jockey Club Racecourses

North Northern Racing Ltd Arena Arena Leisure Ltd I Independently owned racecourse Gold Standard Award

Racecourse ownership

Exec + Sponsors (£)

% of Total

Levy Board (£)

1 Aintree JCR 2 Cheltenham JCR 3 Ascot I 4 Epsom Downs JCR 5 York I 6 Sandown Park JCR 7 Goodwood I 8 Newmarket JCR 9 Chester I 10 Doncaster Arena 11 Haydock Park JCR 12 Thirsk I 13 Ripon I 14 Newbury I 15 Pontefract I 16 Windsor Arena 17 Newcastle North 18 Ayr I 19 Salisbury I 20 Wincanton JCR 21 Kempton Park JCR 22 Folkestone Arena 23 Beverley I 24 Hamilton Park I 25 Musselburgh I 26 Stratford-on-Avon I 27 Carlisle JCR 28 Lingfield Park Arena 29 Hexham I 30 Market Rasen JCR 31 Fakenham I 32 Wetherby I 33 Leicester I 34 Bath North 35 Ludlow I 36 Bangor-on-Dee I 37 Exeter JCR 38 Perth I 39 Chepstow North 40 Catterick Bridge I 41 Nottingham JCR 42 Yarmouth North 43 Kelso I 44 Warwick JCR 45 Taunton I 46 Cartmel I 47 Huntingdon JCR 48 Fontwell Park North 49 Wolverhampton Arena 50 Uttoxeter North 51 Sedgefield North 52 Redcar I 53 Hereford North 54 Newton Abbot I 55 Southwell Arena 56 Brighton North 57 Towcester I 58 Plumpton I 59 Worcester Arena Total

1,701,236 3,110,093 4,693,242 1,373,222 1,933,400 1,427,882 1,379,600 2,956,023 517,106 1,257,502 1,070,793 200,160 200,155 792,725 249,504 265,416 327,427 447,559 191,363 231,673 834,225 188,577 199,359 156,345 227,763 138,243 110,679 646,761 90,929 143,527 63,213 145,085 168,422 93,485 93,895 85,869 104,631 80,151 127,691 103,437 77,170 77,486 79,269 112,068 58,798 19,563 63,875 62,128 243,855 78,067 38,021 52,008 31,054 30,399 79,890 17,293 15,241 9,741 -6,019 29,268,272

60.4 55.5 51.0 45.4 45.1 40.3 40.0 38.0 37.8 34.6 33.3 27.8 27.2 25.8 24.8 24.5 23.5 23.2 23.2 22.3 22.2 21.6 21.4 19.6 19.0 17.8 16.4 15.9 15.6 15.6 15.5 14.8 14.6 14.5 14.1 13.9 13.0 12.3 11.9 11.7 11.7 11.3 11.2 11.0 10.3 9.8 9.4 8.0 7.3 7.1 6.2 5.7 5.6 5.1 4.1 3.3 2.6 1.7 -1.8 29.7

769,350 1,608,433 2,558,955 823,730 1,094,760 1,680,360 1,539,600 2,802,450 732,270 1,417,310 1,719,460 492,590 479,830 1,759,650 660,810 693,610 949,230 1,192,900 501,810 715,760 2,538,190 600,793 635,492 553,835 859,470 549,265 503,333 2,981,216 441,337 677,170 334,985 726,380 841,220 494,990 537,170 478,560 626,420 519,150 864,560 706,020 439,503 546,750 559,253 797,603 441,690 158,000 530,985 663,650 2,849,160 914,230 524,420 564,180 468,000 530,490 1,731,830 475,730 506,600 517,125 312,420 54,194,044

% of Total

Owners (£)

% of Total

27.3 313,030 11.1 28.7 845,076 15.1 27.8 1,862,463 20.3 27.2 797,631 26.4 25.5 1,240,253 28.9 47.5 373,427 10.6 44.6 478,024 13.9 36.0 1,850,428 23.8 53.6 75,071 5.5 38.9 875,098 24.1 53.4 394,530 12.3 68.4 0 0 65.2 26,386 3.6 57.3 406,847 13.2 65.6 68,545 6.8 64.0 98,274 9.1 68.1 107,186 7.7 62.0 258,962 13.5 60.8 72,140 8.8 68.9 69,087 6.7 67.5 240,216 6.4 68.8 66,522 7.6 68.3 67,528 7.3 69.4 64,381 8.1 71.8 89,219 7.5 70.8 59,492 7.7 74.8 46,861 7.0 73.3 254,843 6.3 75.6 38,434 6.6 73.7 83,717 9.1 82.1 4,002 1.0 73.9 83,361 8.5 72.9 94,047 8.2 76.7 40,730 6.3 80.6 27,080 4.1 77.4 37,521 6.1 78.1 55,145 6.9 79.7 36,199 5.6 80.3 74,434 6.9 79.6 58,323 6.6 66.5 73,312 11.1 79.5 50,742 7.4 79.0 44,175 6.2 78.3 85,711 8.4 77.4 30,815 5.4 79.2 15,487 7.8 78.1 56,717 8.3 85.6 43,955 5.7 85.2 191,508 5.7 83.1 86,403 7.9 85.2 36,339 5.9 62.2 273,462 30.2 84.6 41,446 7.5 89.3 5,776 1.0 89.0 99,130 5.1 90.6 31,909 6.1 87.7 51,995 9.0 91.3 31,340 5.5 91.3 34,388 10.1 55.0 13,019,123 13.2

Total 2006/7 (£)

Total 2005/6 % total Up/ (£) 2005/06 down

2,815,616 2,703,911 5,604,602 4,645,472 9,196,910 8,918,378 3,026,583 3,212,471 4,290,913 4,375,650 3,540,169 3,627,108 3,452,474 3,530,787 7,785,901 7,310,460 1,366,447 1,370,620 3,639,410 3,071,085 3,219,483 3,509,575 720,250 721,500 736,371 843,785 3,073,542 3,547,378 1,007,359 1,074,096 1,083,000 1,269,388 1,393,343 1,449,302 1,925,421 2,182,701 824,813 933,803 1,039,520 1,159,778 3,759,431 3,227,088 873,243 810,530 929,879 981,789 797,561 843,279 1,197,452 1,165,570 775,500 965,500 673,223 788,975 4,069,620 4,002,938 583,700 392,600 918,914 1,087,670 408,200 393,085 982,326 1,112,747 1,153,189 1,549,225 645,705 807,900 666,145 778,750 617,950 610,256 802,196 854,829 651,500 689,700 1,076,885 1,342,768 887,280 1,012,963 660,985 949,866 687,378 876,010 707,897 593,885 1,018,383 1,168,073 570,303 596,978 199,550 206,700 680,077 748,055 775,733 1,015,502 3,344,773 3,198,017 1,100,200 1,191,580 615,280 669,670 906,350 1,012,500 553,000 588,750 594,165 706,617 1,946,800 2,064,643 524,932 678,462 577,836 666,487 566,206 606,298 342,289 752,500 98,584,159 101,165,998

59.0 48.7 49.2 40.7 43.0 37.3 41.5 38.1 35.1 29.1 33.9 28.6 22.9 27.5 17.4 14.7 23.5 22.6 21.1 18.5 25.2 7.2 17.6 14.3 18.0 19.2 9.3 11.3 -6.1 14.0 6.3 14.3 10.5 9.3 12.0 14.2 9.3 12.1 6.3 7.8 7.5 5.9 -8.1 6.2 9.5 15.0 11.1 8.2 4.7 2.5 3.7 8.9 1.5 9.2 3.2 0 1.3 3.7 -0.1 26.3

               



EXPLANATION OF TABLE This table sets out the three main contributors to prize-money with percentages of the total: 1 Racecourses’ executive and sponsorship; 2 Levy Board; 3 Owners. A small additional contribution is also made by the Divided Race Fund and the BHA Development Fund. The order is taken from the percentage in the second column of figures. This shows how much each racecourse has contributed to prize-money, expressed as a percentage of their overall prize-money. These figures relate to 2006. The arrows at the end of each line are based on a comparison between the percentages for the two rolling year periods. If a racecourse has improved its position by this criteria it receives a green ‘up’ arrow. If the year-on-year percentage has decreased it receives a red ‘down’ arrow. Note: All of the figures are produced on an ‘as originally programmed’ basis, i.e. where any transferred fixtures were originally programmed rather than where the fixtures have actually taken place. However, any transferred BHA ‘National’ fixtures and ‘Regional’ fixtures are attributed to the courses where the fixtures have actually taken place.

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NIGEL SHIELDS

Nigel Shields, whose white, green and yellow silks are most familiar to all-weather followers, notched his biggest ever success when Lang Field hit the jackpot in the Grade 1 Citation Handicap at Hollywood Park on November 23, claiming a first prize of $240,000. Trained by Art Sherman and ridden by Jon Court, Lang Field came from off the pace with a determined challenge to record a neck success from favourite Zann at odds of 18-1, the biggest

win in his 20-race career. Not only was it Shields’s first ever Grade/Group 1 victory, it was also his first at Pattern level. The owner was unable to

travel to the States to see his charge’s moment of glory and realised his achievement only when watching a replay of the race the following day.

Shields said: “I came down in the morning to watch a recording of the race on the web – I think I woke the whole street up with my shouting!

Thousands of people dedicate their lives day-in, day-out to bring us the Sport of Kings. These include stud and stable staff, heath men, stall handlers and farriers, as well as trainers, jockeys and racecourse staff. However glamorous and exciting it all seems, for many it can be lonely, dangerous and poorly paid. Racing Welfare is here to offer a support system for racing’s people. • Financial assistance and advice • Holidays for disabled and retired members • Housing for elderly or disadvantaged people • Samaritans Helpline • Support for young people coming into racing • A network of welfare officers across the country How YOU can help us • Become a "friend" for just £25 per year • Leave us a legacy in your will • Make a regular donation

Giving Quality to Life www.racingwelfare.co.uk Robin McAlpine House, 20b Park Lane, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 8QD Tel: 01638 560763 Fax: 01638 565240 info@racingwelfare.co.uk

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The grey Lang Field gets up to win the Grade 1 Citation Handicap

“Winning the Winter Derby with Sergeant York was fantastic, but this was certainly my best ever moment in racing as an owner. It is an amazing thrill to win a race at the highest level.” The result was a triumph for Shields’s policy of “buying horses who are in claiming races for what I consider too low a claiming tag”, as stated in his ‘Talking To’ interview with Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder in June 2006. Lang Field, a four-yearold Langfuhr gelding, was picked up by Shields, through trainer Michael Tammaro, for $30,000 at Churchill Downs in July, 2006.

He has now won over $350,000 in prize-money for his owner. Shields currently owns around ten horses in the

“I woke the whole street with my shouting” US, while in the UK, where he has been champion allweather owner for the past two seasons, he now operates a reduced string of only eight horses. Born in Hackney in east London, Shields, whose interest in horseracing

started whilst he was at boarding school – he recalls staking 10p each-way on Morston (won at 25-1) and Freefoot (third at 40-1) in the 1973 Derby – was one of the first generation of computer software programmers in the City of London in the early 1980s. He started to devote more of his spare time to horseracing from 1990, writing his own software systems to handicap horses, and decided to concentrate on his passion around 15 years ago. Known for his love of betting, he has landed some big gambles through his own handicapping expertise. Shields was also National Hunt form expert on The

“A Breeders’ Cup runner is one of my ambitions” Sporting Life, winning the 1997 jumping Naps table. He still loves jumps racing, yet, despite having owned winners under both codes, his colours are seen only on the Flat these days. “I would say that my favourite spectacle in racing is Champion Hurdle day at Cheltenham,” explained Shields. “However, the attrition rate with jumps horses is too high and I feel that financially, as an owner, the Flat is the better option.” Shields is a big fan of the varied structure for claiming races in the US and also acknowledges the importance of his Stateside team in being able to identify potential purchases. He said: “Scott Wagner is my racing manager in the US and he is a crucial part of the operation. “As an owner, you need to be able to have someone on the ground who knows what is going on and understands the scene.” Shields added: “Lang Field was a terrific buy and we now have to decide where to go next – it will almost certainly be a Grade 1 or Grade 2. “It has always been one of my ambitions to have a runner at the Breeders’ Cup with a realistic chance of winning. Hopefully, one day I will achieve it.” 

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AVONBRIDGE

bay 2000 by Averti - Alessia by Caerleon

www.avonbridge.info

BY AVERTI A LEADING 2-Y-O SIRE STUNNING SPEED WON Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp Gr.1 “Avonbridge sliced through the field in the last 2f or so” Timeform WON Prix du Gros-Chene Gr.2 WON Palace House S Gr.3 “...this was an eye-catching effort as he had no trouble shadowing the rapid pace...” Racing Post 2nd July Cup Gr.1 “remains the benchmark for sprinters at this level” Timeform

STUNNING LOOKS STUNNING SALES PRICES First foals sold for 58,000gns, 50,000gns, 44,000gns, 36,000gns, 31,000gns, 27,000gns, etc

“He’s been bought to race...The Avonbridges look nice horses, and his sire made a solid start at stud before his untimely death. There’s every chance his son will be equally effective.” Richard Frisby, buyer of the 2nd top Lot on Day 1 at 58,000gs FIRST YEARLINGS IN 2008 Fee for 2008: £4,500 Oct 1st (100 outside mare limit)

Dual Group-winning Sprinter by Danehill Dancer chesnut 2000 by Danehill Dancer - Musical Essence by Song

MONSIEUR BOND FIRST 2YO’S IN 2008

THE ULTIMATE 2YO SIRE LINE WITH 3 OF THE TOP 5 FIRST SEASON SIRES IN 2007 And some shrewd judges are backing him: First yearlings sold for €240,000, £193,000, £56,700, £52,500, £42,000 x2, etc Buyers included Shadwell Estate Co. Ltd, De Burgh / Farrington, Blandford Bloodstock, Bryan Smart, Amanda Skiffington, David Redvers, Tim Easterby

Foals sold for up to 44,000gns

THEY’LL BE RUNNING FAST FOR FIRST SEASON HONOURS IN 2008 just like their sire (right) who defeated 4 Group 1 sprinters to take the Duke of York S Gr.2 by 11⁄2l Fee for 2008: £3,500 Oct 1st (100 mare limit)

Contact: Charlie Oakshott (Stud Manager), Whitsbury Manor Stud, Nr. Fordingbridge, Hants. Tei: 01725 518 254; Mobile: 07778 603 691; Fax: 01725 518503 E: whitsburymanorstud@btopenworld.com: www.whitsburymanorstud.co.uk


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OWNERS IN THE NEWS

Queen shines for Dubai-based Lamprell Steven Lamprell will be a happy man indeed if new recruit Coeur De Lionne proves half as successful as Satwa Queen, his winner of the Group 1 Prix de l’Opera at Longchamp in October, who sold for a sale-topping 3.4 million guineas at the Tattersalls December Mares sale in Newmarket. Coeur De Lionne, a son of Invincible Spirit, was a 350,000gns purchase at the Tattersalls Horses in Training sale through agent David Metcalfe. He will be campaigned in Dubai, home to Lamprell and his family for the past 33 years. Lamprell, who was born in London, founded his company servicing offshore oil rigs in the Arabian Gulf region in 1974, and took up residence in Dubai shortly afterwards. He sold a majority stake in Lamprell plc in 2006. However, he remains the company’s

Satwa Queen makes 3.4 million guineas for owner Steven Lamprell

President and acts as an ambassador, dealing with clients including the UAE royal family. “Racing was a natural progression from polo,” explained Lamprell. “Having played polo all over the world, I wanted to continue with my love of horses. “I have known David Metcalfe for many years and I think he was determined for me to become a

racehorse owner. I had no idea the operation would expand to such a size.” Lamprell now owns around 25 horses, the majority, like his finest performer Satwa Queen, trained in France by Jean de Roualle. Newmarket-based Ed Dunlop will train four yearlings for the 57-year-old in 2008, along with Coeur De Lionne. He said: “Having kept a yacht in the south of France

for many years, it seemed sensible to stable in France. “I was fortunate to be introduced to Jean de Roualle and his family, who now train some 15 horses for us. Jean, of course, was the reason behind the success of Satwa Queen. “Our first winner was a horse called Altichero, who we purchased at the Dubai sales and raced in Dubai. “We have had several memorable moments in racing. The first win with Altichero was very special and, of course, the latest Group 1 for Satwa Queen.” Lamprell added: “Golf is my other passion, although as a life member of Guards Polo Club I try to get to see as many polo games as I can anywhere in the world. “We have no intention of leaving Dubai and are in the process of building a new home on the Montgomerie golf course.” 

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A ‘Berry’ good day at the sales for Walford Sheriff Hutton-based trainer Tim Walford enjoyed a remarkable first venture to Tattersalls Horses in Training sale in Newmarket as a seller, when The Grey Berry, a three-year-old Observatory gelding, made 340,000gns. It was a staggering amount and a remarkable return on a horse who had been picked up for only 9,250gns at Doncaster the previous year after three runs for Chris Grant. For Walford, who owned the horse in partnership with Nick Maher, Dave Longstaff and Dennis Coates, it was by far and away his best ever result.

He said: “I sold St Wilfrid at Doncaster for 80,000gns in 2006, but this was a different ball game. I actually turned down £170,000 for The Grey Berry the week before the

“I’m glad I turned down £170,000 for him!” sale because I thought he would make about £200,000. I’m glad I did! “He’s a very sound horse – as sound as I have ever trained – and there are no

flaws with him. The Grey Berry will improve further, I’m confident of that, and there is more to come. He could run in good races on the Flat or go jumping.” Walford, who rode in point-to-points, on the Flat and over jumps, trained numerous point-to-point and hunter chase winners before taking out his full training licence in 2001. The sale of The Grey Berry, who looked most progressive in scoring four times for Walford in 2007, has brought his former trainer valuable publicity and led to numerous enquiries from prospective new owners.

Although always on the lookout for new talent, Walford will follow The Grey Berry’s progress over jumps with leading trainer Philip Hobbs. He added: “I hope The Grey Berry does really well and wins the Triumph Hurdle. I’ve sent Philip Hobbs a DVD of his wins. “His sale has meant that we can re-invest in new stock. One of my new purchases is appropriately called We’re Delighted, a two-year-old son of Tobougg. He cost 10,000gns. “Lightning doesn’t normally strike twice, but you never know.” 

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2. Grade 2 novice chase hero Moon Over Miami with owners Barry and Ann Fulton, groom Ben Garner and jockey Noel Fehily 3. Daphne Du Pre accepts the prize after Kalca Mome’s triumph in the Paddypower.com Handicap Chase 4. The delighted connections of L’Antartique with trophies after victory in the Paddy Power Gold Cup 5. Jockey Tony Evans and owners Our Friends In The North after Imperial Commander landed the novice chase 6. Owner John Sweeney (right) receives the trophy after Mendo’s handicap hurdle win 7. Barry Callaghan, owner of conditional jockeys’ race victor Newton Bridge, accepts his prize 8. Hordago with connections after claiming the Beards The Jewellers Cup 9. Greatwood Hurdle hero Sizing Europe flanked by owners Alan and Ann Potts, jockey Timmy Murphy and groom Eddie Ryan 10. Sonnyanjoe’s owner Anthony Byrne tastes Listed race glory

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Communication is the key to a happy employment relationship

In the latest of her employment law series, TBA lawyer Rachel Flynn of Taylor Vinters looks at common areas where the employment relationship can go wrong, leading to tribunal claims

Typically, employment relationship problems arise from a lack of communication or ignorance of the law, particularly the procedural requirements of a fair dismissal. Over 238,000 employment tribunal claims were made in the UK in the year 2006/2007. The average award for unfair

dismissal in this period was £3,800 and the median £7,974. Financial penalties aside, dealing with an employment tribunal claim is time consuming and expensive, and no employer likes it. The effect of a claim on the remaining workforce should also not be under-estimated – this can be an important factor to take into account when deciding how to handle such issues. Many claims arise out of matters which go unaddressed, where employers are unhappy with a member of staff’s performance but do and say nothing about it until they get to the point when it is all too much and they want to dismiss him/her immediately. Conversely, employees can become disaffected and negative, whingeing to their colleagues and creating a bad atmosphere, without raising problem issues with their employer. In these circumstances there is no substitute for effective and open communication on

each side. This could be formally scheduled in review or appraisal meetings – or just on an ad hoc day-to-day basis – but communication is the surest way of nipping disgruntlement in the bud. It is particularly important

“Claims arise when matters at work go unaddressed” for the employer to ensure that any issues of, for example, poor timekeeping or poor attendance record, are dealt with immediately in the first year of employment, before a pattern forms. It is much more difficult to dismiss an employee when they have completed one year’s employment. When it comes to the “fairness” of a dismissal, procedures must also be followed. Whenever dismissal might be a possibility the three-step procedure is (i) to write to invite the employee

to a hearing and tell them why; (ii) hold the hearing, notify of the decision; and (iii) offer an appeal. Certain dismissals can be automatically unfair even if the procedure is followed and the employee does not have a year’s service, for example dismissal for a pregnancy-related reason or for raising a health and safety concern. Employment law can be a minefield for the unwary. However, an awareness of the key danger areas and a willingness to address problems directly before they develop beyond recall will make life a lot easier. As with all employment law issues, there are resources available free of charge to keep employers and employees up to date with employment rights. ACAS (www.acas.org.uk) and Business Link (www.businesslink.gov.uk) are particularly helpful, and further advice is available from the TBA’s helpline – contact Caroline Turnbull at Stanstead House. 

Dates, reminders and new members TBA/MFHA Maiden Mares Races 2008 Monday, January 7 TBA Golf Day Mares’ Only Novices’ Hurdle at Taunton. Prize-money raised through the TBA golf weekend. Tuesday, January 8 TBA AGM and Annual Awards Dinner, The Hyatt Regency Churchill Hotel, London W1. Monday-Thursday, January 28-31 Doncaster Bloodstock Sales’ January NH Sale, including the TBA/Kenneth Oliver Memorial Foal Show Championships and Drinks Party.

TBA new members Contact Stanstead House on 01638 661321 for any queries. Home: Mr W Hodge, Dumfriesshire. Mr M Watmore, Surrey. Mr J Coope, Leicestershire. Mrs J Longhurst, Northamptonshire. Mr P Storey, Cumbria. Mr H Cobham, Lincolnshire. Mrs S Currie, North Yorkshire. Mr K Richardson, Northumberland. Mr K Atkinson, Yorkshire. Mrs J Emery, Devon. Mrs V Lovelace, Dorset. Mrs P Allen, Warwickshire. Mr R Murfet, Cambridgeshire. Abroad: Mr G Griffin, Co Meath, Eire. Miss M Ek, Norway.

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The TBA is delighted to be again teaming up with the Masters of Foxhounds Association for the 2008 point-to-point series. Twelve maiden mare qualifiers have been 13/01/08 20/01/08 09/02/08 17/02/08 23/02/08 02/03/08 09/03/08 15/03/08 16/03/08 25/03/08 29/03/08 06/04/08 20/04/08

programmed and the first four horses home in each race will be eligible to run in the final. As in 2007, any mare winning a maiden race that is not in the series will also qualify for the final. 

PPORA (Day 2) West Percy Vale of Clettwr Brocklesby South Pool Harriers Thurlow Ross Harriers Sir W W Wynn’s Cottesmore Duke of Buccleuch Holderness Croome & West Warwick Avon Vale Southdown & Eridge Final: The Atherstone

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Balding and Lascelles for TBA Council

Emma Balding

Hugo Lascelles

The TBA Council elections closed on Friday, November 16, and the two candidates receiving the majority of votes were Emma Balding and Hugo Lascelles. They will be joining the council in January 2008, when the terms of office for council members Philip Freedman (chairman) and Michael Swinburn end. Kirsten Rausing will take over the TBA chair. The TBA would like to thank the unsuccessful candidates, Miles Littlewort, Ahsan Mohammed and Julian Wilson, for their participation in the

election, as well as all members who submitted their ballot paper. The TBA would also like to make a special apology to Ahsan Mohammed for the incorrect spelling of his first name on the ballot papers. The TBA National Hunt Committee saw the re-election of previous committee members John Haydon and Richard Kent. Dr Bryan Mayoh, although proving popular among the TBA membership, was unsuccessful on this occasion. The TBA would like to thank him for his participation. 

Euro delegates enjoy Newmarket visit A group of 25 EFTBA delegates, representing Belgium, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland, enjoyed a three-day study visit to Newmarket at the end of October. The itinerary included a tour of the British Racing School, an early morning trip to the gallops and a visit to Michael Bell’s Fitzroy House Stables. Delegates also visited Warren Hill, Cheveley Park,

The EFTBA delegates visted Cheveley Park in Newmarket

Dalham Hall and Lanwades, enjoying a private stallion parade at each stud. A trip to the Horse Racing Museum and an afternoon

of lectures were enjoyed, as was a visit to the Animal Health Trust, and racing at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile racecourse. A champagne reception at the Jockey Club, which included a tour of the Jockey Club rooms, was followed by a formal dinner. Some delegates also found the time to make purchases from the Tattersalls Book 4 yearling sale – nice souvenirs to take home from their visit to Newmarket. 

Cheltenham stallion parade proves big hit with breeders National Hunt breeders and enthusiasts once again gathered around the parade ring at Cheltenham on Paddy Power Gold Cup day to see 15 British-based jumps stallions on show. The parade, now in its sixth year at Prestbury Park, is firmly established in breeders’ diaries and presents an ideal opportunity to see a selection of the top stallions at one venue. The TBA/Cheltenham Breeders’ Club marquee was well supported throughout

the day and gave members and guests the chance to talk directly to connections of the stallions on parade. The TBA is once again very grateful to Doncaster Bloodstock Sales Limited, the British European Breeders’ Fund and the British Horseracing Authority for their support. The TBA would like to thank the connections of every stallion parading for donating two-thirds of the price of a nomination to the TBA, thereby facilitating the

NEW MEMBER OF THE MONTH

JEREMY BAKER (from Marlborough, Wiltshire)

What has prompted you to join the TBA? I have bred a few winners. Which of the many benefits the TBA offers its members do you think you will make the most use of? Horseracing Privilege PassCard, enabling me to watch runners I have bred at participating racecourses. Which part of Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder magazine do you read first? All of it. Profession/Business: Farrier. Are you a regular racegoer? Yes, both Flat and National Hunt. Do you own broodmares? No, not at the moment. Do you have horses in training? I have a share of one with Clive Cox.

Norse Dancer

As an enthusiast/breeder, how did you become interested/involved in thoroughbreds? Through my profession. Crosspeace

co-sponsorship of the EBF/TBA Mares’ Only Novices’ Chase Series. 

Your favourite stallion/sire line? Nijinsky.

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TBA forum Breeders’ Prizes NH HBLB Breeders’ Prizes worth £750 or more Breeder Mrs Kin Lundberg-Young

Prize (£) 7,400

Based on dates money was paid

Horse

Sire

Dam

Kings Brook

Alderbrook

Kins Token

Date

Course

01/09/07

Newton Abbot

27/10/07 Stratford-on-Avon D McCain

4,800

Prestbury Knight

Sir Harry Lewis

Lambrini

29/09/07

Market Rasen

Sharon Lee

2,600

Willies Way

Nomadic Way

Willies Witch

23/09/07

Uttoxeter

B G Hellyer

2,600

Rakalackey

Rakaposhi King

Celtic Slave

02/09/07

Market Rasen

Susan Corbett

2,600

The Hollow Bottom Kadeed

Leighten Lass

27/10/07

Aintree

Paul Murphy

2,600

Burntoakboy

Sir Harry Lewis

Sainte Martine

27/10/07 Stratford-on-Avon

Karen Roydon Racing Ltd

2,600

Caipiroska

Petoski

Caipirinha

26/09/07

Perth

Mrs M R T Rimell

2,600

Cool Roxy

Environment Friend Roxy River

26/10/07

Fakenham

Peter Parkinson

2,600

Manly Money

Homo Sapien

Susie’s Money

23/10/07

Exeter

Mrs G Currie

2,600

Kilmackilloge

Lancastrian

Garjun

28/10/07

Aintree

Sunley Stud

2,600

Sunley Shines

Komaite

Sunley Story

07/10/07

Huntingdon

K Benson & Mrs E Benson

2,600

Our Jasper

Tina’s Pet

Dawn’s Della

13/10/07

Bangor-on-Dee

D T and A T Goldsworthy

2,000

Wychwoods Legend Midnight Legend

Miss Millbrook

16/09/07 Stratford-on-Avon 13/10/07

Bangor-on-Dee

Jennie M Raymond

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BREEDER OF THE MONTH ANTHEA GIBSON FLEMING NH Breeder of the Month: November The Gibson Fleming family from Dorset must be great admirers of those colourful cartoon characters, the Mr Men. Selina bred the 1994 2,000 Guineas winner Mister Baileys, and her daughter Anthea is jointbreeder of recent Becher Chase hero Mr Pointment. Winner of the November award, Anthea bred Mr Pointment, Paul Nicholls’s number one Grand National prospect, in partnership with old friend Diana Cooper, who lives near Navan, County Meath. ‘Blossom’, as Cooper is known, is a regular visitor to her native England with her ‘Magpies’ stall at upmarket country fairs. “I originally bought Mr Pointment’s grandam Combe Hill at Ascot sales as a hunter through Angus Gold,” Anthea recalls. “The reason was my first good hunter as a grown-up had been a thoroughbred, that great chaser Kinloch Brae – he was given to me by John and Tory Oaksey after he proved rather less effective at team chasing than as a racehorse.” Bred by Johnny

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Henderson, Combe Hill was trained originally by his son Nicky at Windsor House to win a hurdle race and three chases. Gibson sent the mare to her local trainer Richard Mitchell in the Blackmore Vale country

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adopted home is in the hamlet of Kingston Lisle, near Wantage, and she combines her expertise as a cook with her involvement in bloodstock. With a background of the pony club and hunting, she is recognised as a first class judge of horses. A familiar sight at all the leading sales, she helps agent Amanda Skiffington. She also gained a few brownie points around Lambourn by procuring a greyhound on one of her many jaunts to Ireland. Named Petite Glory, the brindle bitch won the 2002 Waterloo Cup for a syndicate of well known racing personalities. Mr Pointment is the third

foal out of unraced Bettyhill, the first being the prolific scorer Ground Ball. Bettyhill is now carrying to Old Vic. Unfortunately, she lost her 2006 produce, an own-sister to Mr Pointment, as a foal. Her next offspring, a filly by Presenting, was bought in at Tattersalls Ireland last November, less than two weeks before Mr Pointment scored at Aintree. Anthea Gibson Fleming has already been involved with a Waterloo Cup winner and obviously she now has another target firmly in her sights. “Yes” she admits, “it certainly would be nice to bring off the great Liverpool double.” 

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Brocklehurst turns to the web to attract new clients David Brocklehurst, who recently launched www.charlockstud.com, was determined to create a stud website with a difference. His aim was not simply to promote the benefits of Charlock Stud, which he runs with his wife Caroline in Northamptonshire, but to educate those logging on to the website about the ins and outs of breeding. “We wanted to provide a lot of information about the business of breeding, as well as racing, that you would not normally find on other studs’ websites,” said Brocklehurst. “We wanted to focus on three outstanding features: to explain how you can get involved in breeding and racing; to set out the criteria

that people use to select a broodmare; and to go through the breeding cycle of events throughout the year. “There is a huge shroud of mystery over the breeding side of racing and we wanted to de-mystify the whole process, so that people are not deterred from getting involved.” He added: “Many people in racing find the thrill of breeding a winner as great as owning a winner. We put together partnerships for quality broodmares whose progeny will be attractive to owners at the sales. “By pooling their resources, owners of broodmares will stand a far better chance of enjoying success.”

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This year’s Cheltenham Seminar left little doubt that the racing and breeding industry needs to be more vigilant than ever in its approach to infectious diseases. “If anything is going to seriously disrupt racing and training activities in the next couple of years, it is highly likely to be an outbreak of infectious disease,” said seminar chairman Peter Webbon. In a session entitled ‘Exotic or on our doorstep?’ the speakers focused on African Horse Sickness (AHS), West Nile Fever, Equine Infectious Anaemia and Strangles. Until recently, diseases such as AHS were regarded as ‘exotic’ and were not considered any kind of threat. But, as Paul Jepson from The Horse Trust pointed out, the AHS is now seen as a real danger because it is spread by the same species of midge which transmits Bluetongue Virus. Such midges have been present in the UK this summer. Given that the mortality rate associated with this virus can be up to 90%, he warned of the importance of keeping the disease out of the UK and, if it were to occur, that it is identified immediately. West Nile Fever is another cause for concern. Dr James Wood, from the Cambridge

Infectious diseases: “There’s no room for complacency” Cheltenham seminar warned of dangers posed by conditions such as West Nile Fever and EIA Infectious Diseases Consortium, said even though a number of vaccines have been used in the USA, none are available in Europe. Dr Wood called for them to be licensed at least for use in an emergency situation. Introduction of the disease, through the migration of birds, cannot be controlled, and if it should occur in the UK, preventive measures would need to be implemented, such as reduction of mosquito numbers through destruction of their breeding sites and increased stabling/netting procedures. EIA, of course, has

already had a major impact in Ireland, with 28 diagnosed cases between June and December last year. An intensive programme of testing – over 57,000 blood samples – was undertaken before the movement restrictions were lifted. The only effective method of control is detection and destruction of infected animals. This is because they remain carriers of the virus for life and can therefore continually infect other animals via biting flies. Dr Peter Webbon highlighted the fact that the EIA status of most of the European horse population is unknown, because there is

“African Horse Sickness is spread by midges present in the UK this summer”

no surveillance. Therefore, it is possible that clinically normal horses, with no apparent infection, could introduce the virus to the UK from other member states. Strangles is the most frequently diagnosed infectious disease of horses throughout the world. It is easily transmitted, either directly from horse to horse, or via water troughs, bedding, tack, equipment and personnel. Andrew Waller, also from the Animal Health Trust, discussed the infection control methods which can be used to minimise the associated risks and explained that good management and hygiene measures can have a profound effect on the severity and duration of an outbreak. His presentation was followed by Jamie Gartside, of Tay Valley Veterinary

Shockwave therapy treatment for sore joints Other speakers included Andy Bathe from Rossdale and Partners, who described experimental studies of shockwave therapy. These had shown an anabolic effect on soft tissues, such as ligaments and tendons, but no convincing ability to induce micro fractures. With regard to the practical

use of the technique on racehorses, he had found treatment of suspensory desmitis to be most rewarding, although it also appears to have analgesic effects in cases of sore shins and back problems. To date, the use of shockwave therapy to treat sore joints has been

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disappointing. Although it does appear to have beneficial applications, it does not negate the need for rest in acute injuries. Studies in shockwave therapy for angular limb deformities in foals produced a satisfactory clinical response and new evidence from a controlled trial showed an increased rate

of correction of the deformity in treated foals. Lynn Hillyer discussed the British Horseracing Authority’s medication control policy which is aimed at ensuring ‘drug-free’ racing without inhibiting the ability of vets to administer appropriate treatments. The BHA’s objective is to


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Tendon, ligament injuries occur twice as much as fractures

“If anything causes us disruption, it is highly likely it will be a disease” – Peter Webbon Centre, Perth, who described a recent Strangles outbreak in a livery and school yard. The impact of this outbreak was huge, with a movement restriction in place for over two months and the economic impact was estimated to be at least £20,000. He concluded that the most important aspects of handling an outbreak are preparation, rapid response, effective isolation and communication. 

National Hunt horses were also under the spotlight at the seminar. James Wood presented the results of a collaborative research project on bone and tendon injuries based on a study of 1,200 National Hunt horses in 14 training yards. He reported that rates of fracture were not significantly different between males and females, ex-Flat horses and ex-stores, or different age groups. The incidence of tendon and ligament injuries was twice that of fractures, and higher in older horses. Interestingly, ex-store horses were more likely to incur a tendon or ligament injury on the racecourse, although there was no difference during training. Dr Wood emphasised that the

Dr James Wood: bone studies

1,200 horses from 14 National Hunt yards were studied

results are still being analysed and the research group will be looking specifically for findings that are likely to be most informative to trainers, such as the effects of different training surfaces on injury risk. It is hoped that the final conclusions will facilitate the design of exercise regimes that will lessen the risk of injury. Dr Richard Newton cited respiratory disease as the second most common reason for horses failing to train and he and his colleagues had looked at when National Hunt horses are most at risk from inflammatory airway disease. They concluded that the overall frequency of the condition was lower than in Flat racehorses and that time in training is an important risk

“Former store horses were more likely to pick up injuries on the racecourse” factor; the risk diminishing with increased time in training. He summarised that inflammatory airway disease is a multifactorial condition and, to some degree, an inevitable consequence of race training. Increased understanding of the condition, however, could lead to improved preventive management.

proves disappointing, and rest is still needed determine appropriate detection and withdrawal times. There are currently 41 projects of this nature, with budgets ranging from £4,000 to £112,000. Detection times for 14 commonly used medications have now been published; further drugs will be added to this list as information

becomes available. The final speaker was Dr David Marlin, who addressed the issue of supplementing electrolytes. Because horses cannot make electrolytes, those lost daily in urine, faeces, sweat and breath must be replaced by intake in feed. But getting the right balance is crucial. Too high an intake can

result in excessive water intake, decreased blood and urine pH, gastric ulceration and diarrhoea; too low an intake can lead to poor performance or muscle problems, including ‘tying up’. Although there are many supplement products on the market, Dr Marlin warned that the quality of these is

variable. The sodium content of supplements is the best practical guide to quality. The only reliable way to assess an individual horse’s electrolyte status is for a vet to carry out a creatinine clearance test, which measures concentrations of electrolytes in paired samples of blood and urine. 

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Filling the immunity gap Ruth Bishop Registered Nutritionist R&D Director for the WINERGY® brand.

NUTRITION FORUM: PART ONE

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n increased susceptibility to problems such as infection of the joints, umbilicus or sepsis in young foals, or pneumonia in older foals, often results from inadequate or failed passive transfer of immunity from the mare to her foal. In this, the first of a three part series, we look at how nutrition can positively support immune defences, optimising the potential of your foals. Infection is endemic in the environment Infection comes from micro-organisms occurring naturally in the animal or the environment. Some of the real nasties like Rhodococcus equi are now thought to be endemic on certain farms, since the organism responsible can survive in the soil for up to 12 months. Acquiring an effective immune defence is therefore vital for the foal. Immune system protection Colostrum - what is it? • Antibodies: immune defences created and passed on from the mare. • A digestive tract stimulant: that aid gut movement and so the passage of meconium; • A high energy feed: Thick and yellow, colostrum is high in fat, to give the immediate calories necessary for warmth and to get the foal up and suckling; When the foal is born the only protection he has is of the humoral immune response passed on from its mother via the “first milk” or colostrum. The foal requires this first dose of antibodies from its mother, and then must develop its own effective immune system in the ensuing weeks to fight against the variety of pathogens it will come across daily. There is a short window of opportunity for the foal to be able to digest and receive

the colostrum. Common guidance is that this must be consumed within the first 24 hours after foaling, but in truth, the reality is the sooner the better. In the first hours, the foal’s digestive tract is able to freely absorb antibodies, but it is likely that there is a gradual decline in absorption from birth onwards. High risk situations for failure of passive transfer, when an alternative colostrum source is required: • A premature foal - it is unknown whether the gut of premature foal can absorb colostrum • An orphaned or rejected foal • A foal that is slow to get up • The mare has leaked her (yellow sticky) colostrum prior to foaling (not to be confused with white, watery leakage) The immunity gap Maternal antibodies are effective for up to 4 months, whilst the foal starts to produce its own immunoglobulins from about 2 - 4 weeks of age. Between the ages of 4 weeks and 4 months, immune protection from the mother wanes whilst the foal’s own immune response is developing. This “immunity gap” is a risk to the foal. The gap is widened if insufficient antibodies were consumed from colostrum at birth, but can be narrowed by ensuring a high antibody intake at birth, and by securing digestive health in the foal. Through our own published research we have shown nutrition to have an important role to play in each of these areas. Improving antibody levels in colostrum through nutrition. In trials high levels of vitamin E have been proven to significantly increase immunoglobulin (IgG) concentrations in both mare colostrum and suckled foals (Hoffman

et al 1999), and other antioxidants such as selenium may also be of benefit (Janicki et al, 2000). Most stud feeds contain vitamin E and selenium, but not at levels as significant as those in the trial - in feed, concentrations of 450 mg/kg vitamin E and 0.5 mg selenium are the target to see this response. Levels lower than these have not shown this effect. Ensuring the mare is consuming this specification of feed in at least the last month, prior to parturition will ensure she has the best colostrum possible for her foal. Reduced immune challenge through whole gut health The greatest immune challenge that takes place each day is in the digestive system as the lining of the digestive tract repels both pathogenic micro-organisms and other unwanted materials. For the foal with a developing immune defence, creating a healthy digestive environment reduces the metabolic effort needed to provide such defence. Our research has shown the structure of the diet can help.

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ADVERTISEMENT butyric acid, have been shown to be essential for digestive system health (Delzanne, 2003). Weanlings fed a unique, high fibre and oil diet have been shown to have significantly higher plasma concentrations of immunoglobulins, suggesting an improvement in immune status (Swanson et al 2003).

In conclusion, whilst it’s impossible to avoid situations where there might be a failure to transfer passive immunity, it is possible through nutrition to improve immunoglobulin levels in colostrum, and to provide dietary support to the foal during is early weeks. These are easily applied to ensure that the immunity gap is as narrow as possible and that the foal receives the best start in life.

The future of feeding: In 1994 WINERGY® took the first steps in what is set to become the single most important revolution in feeding horses that many of us will see in our lifetimes. Instead of producing feeds with the needs of horse owners in mind we put the horse at the heart of our research process. This is a radically different approach, the only rigorously scientific one which has forced us to choose nutritional legitimacy instead of producing feed for the convenience of the horse owner. For the past twelve years we have been working closely with vets, breeders, scientists and nutritionists in leading institutes around the world with the sole aim of developing a feed tailored to the needs of the growing horse. More recently we have been trialling a revolutionary product with leading studs and breeders in the UK with phenomenal results. “Foals prepped on WINERGY Equilibrium ® Growth mature correctly with strong bone and are well muscled. We genuinely believe WINERGY Equilibrium ® Growth has played a part in maximising the sales potential of our foals this year” Sally Aston, Goldford Stud WINERGY Equilibrium® Growth is the first truly multibenefit stud feed proven in trials to provide an exclusive range of benefits that are simply unachievable with traditional compound stud feeds. For more information on this revolutionary product and how WINERGY® can help you achieve the most from your foals contact 01908 576 277 or visit www.winergy.com © ®

References Delzanne, N.M. (2003) Oligosaccharides: State of the Art. Proc Nutr Soc 62 177-182 Hoffman, R.M., K.L. Morgan, M.P. Lynch, S.A Zinn, C. Faustman and P.A Harris (1999). Dietary vitamin E supplemented in he periparturient period influences immunoglobulins in equine colostrums and passive transfer in foals. Proc 16th Equine Nutrition and Physiology Society 96-97 Janicki, L.M., L.M. Lawrence, T Barnes and C.L. O’Connor (2000). The effect of dietary selenium source and level, on broodmares and their foals. In: Proc. 2000 KER Equine Nutrition Conference for Feed Manufacturers p207 Swanson, C.A., R.M. Hoffman, D.S.Kronfeld and P.A. Harris (2003). Effects of diet and probiotic supplementation on stress during weaning in thoroughbred foals. In: Proc 18th Equine Nutrition and Physiology Symposium pp243

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Guaranteed to divide the buffs Inbreeding is often given too much credit for a horse’s ability, yet there are undoubtedly times when the practice has a distinct effect Inbreeding is a topic guaranteed to divide pedigree buffs. Whereas some breeders actively seek it out, others go to a lot of trouble in a bid to avoid it, at least in the first four generations. A personal view is that there are plenty of instances when inbreeding is given too much credit for a horse’s ability, with analysts sometimes choosing to overlook the obvious fact that the horse in question has some highly accomplished parents and grandparents. Now and then, though, a horse comes along who outruns its pedigree, apparently because of some inbreeding in its pedigree. One such horse is Full Of Gold, a progressive colt who became a Group 1 winner in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud. Details of his very complex pedigree can be found in this month’s Data Book, but the bare facts are that the son of the underrated Gold Away has winning jumpers as his first two dams. However, Full Of Gold promises to eclipse the exploits of his parents and grand-parents, thanks to inbreeding in the first five generations to five stallions who achieved champion status in Britain or France. The inbreeding is 3 x 3 to Blushing Groom, 4 x 5 x 4 to Riverman, 4 x 5 x 6 to Northern Dancer, 5 x 4 to

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Red Rocks is inbred to both Mr Prospector and Northern Dancer

Lyphard and 5 x 5 to Snob. This inbreeding is made all the more potent by the fact that several of these stallions worked extremely well together. With some of the most successful male lines of recent decades struggling to extend their influence, breeders in Britain and Ireland often have little option but to inbreed, as was detailed by Tony Morris’s Review of the 2007 European Pattern, published in the November 22 edition of the Racing Post. This analysis shows that as many as 111 of the year’s 278 Group winners (40%) are inbred in the first four generations. Only 34 of the 278 (12%) have no inbreeding in their first five generations. But what about America, where the much larger industry should

theoretically provide more choice and less need to inbreed? As the 2007 season wasn’t complete at the time of writing, let’s look at the 2006 US season, when 324 individuals won Graded stakes – 111 of these 324 (34%) are inbred in the first four generations, but this percentage falls to only 29% when the sample is reduced to Grade 1 winners. The closest inbreeding was 2 x 3 to Fappiano in the Grade 3 winner Symphony Sid. Close inbreeding to Fappiano, this time 3 x 3, appears in Anak Nakal, winner of the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes in November, 2007. Another eight of 2006’s Graded winners were inbred 3 x 3, the stallions concerned being Blushing Groom, Caro, Mr Prospector (two), Northern


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Dancer, Seattle Slew, Secretariat and Sir Ivor. Interestingly, both the Graded winners inbred 3 x 3 to Mr Prospector also had two lines of Northern Dancer. Red Rocks, winner of the 2006 Breeders’ Cup Turf, was another inbred both to Mr Prospector and Northern Dancer, and he also has two lines to Fairy Bridge. It is interesting that this 2006

“Chances are we will see more horses inbred to Blushing Groom” sample includes a horse inbred 3 x 3 to the brilliant Blushing Groom, as Full Of Gold was one of three European Group winners in 2007 inbred 3 x 3 to him. The others were Lokaloka, winner of the Italian 1,000 Guineas, and Nijoom Dubai, who wasn’t seen out after her victory in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot. Incidentally, Full Of Gold follows the Group 3 winner Clifden as Gold Away’s second Group winner inbred 3 x 3 to Blushing Groom. Watch out too for Gladiatorus, a four-time Listed winner in Italy at two in 2007, as he is another inbred 3 x 3 to Blushing Groom. More should be heard of this colt, as he has been purchased by Godolphin. As the 2005 2,000 Guineas winner Footstepsinthesand is inbred 4 x 3 to Blushing Groom, the chances are that we will soon be seeing more good horses inbred to this remarkable stallion, who sired 18% stakes winners. 

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‘Living Legend’ Sadler’s Wells continues his positive influence Sadler’s Wells may have been deposed by Danehill as champion sire at the end of 2004, but the living legend continues to exert a tremendous influence on the European breed. At the age of 26, the 14time champion sire was represented by ten individual Group winners, matching Danehill’s European total. But that was by no means the sum of Sadler’s Wells’s contribution, as both his stallion sons and broodmare daughters were also among the most productive. Galileo supplied six Group winners and so did Montjeu, but even they were outshone (at least numerically) by In The Wings, who had seven. Barathea added two more Group winners to his sire line’s tally (as well as two American Graded winners) and El Prado and Poliglote were among the other sons to get in on the act. Some of Sadler’s Wells’s grandsons, such as Singspiel and Winged Love, also had very smart representatives, and the

retirements of Authorized and Teofilo, to join Motivator and Hurricane Run, gives the male line every chance of extending its influence into the future. Sadler’s Wells’s broodmare daughters were every bit as successful, with 14 Group winners to their credit (plus a Grade 1 winner in the USA). Half of the 14 have at least two lines of Northern Dancer in the first four generations, including Alexander Of Hales (3 x 3), Echo Of Light (3 x 4), Kitty Matcham (3 x 4 x 4), Passage Of Time (3 x 4), Peeping Fawn (3 x 3) and Thewayyouare (3 x 4). The 14 Group winners helped Sadler’s Wells secure his third successive title as champion sire of broodmares in Britain and Ireland, this time at the main expense of his old rival Darshaan. It seems strange today to recall that there was a time when fillies from Sadler’s Wells’s early crops were generally considered to be serious under-achievers on the track (with the very notable exception of the triple Classic

The amazing Peeping Fawn, who is inbred 3 x 3 to Northern Dancer

winner Salsabil). Five winners of the Oaks and three of the Fillies’ Mile have helped redress the balance. Many daughters have also proved to be excellent producers, there being few better examples than Maryinsky, who was so ably represented in 2007 by the Group 1 winners Peeping Fawn and Thewayyouare. Among the other daughters who have produced more than one Group winner are Coraline (who in 2007 added the very promising Coastal Path to her previous Group winners Reefscape and Martaline); Dance Of Leaves (Medaaly and Charnwood Forest); Grecian Slipper; Imagine (Horatio Nelson and Kitty Matcham); June Moon; Las Flores (Sleeping Indian and Felicity); Legend Maker (Virginia Water and Alexander of Hales); Myth To Reality (Divine Proportions and Whipper); Place de l’Opera (High Pitched and Imperial Stride); Sadima (Creachadoir and Youmzain); Salsabil (Bint Salsabil, Sahm and Alabaq); and Sequoyah (Henrythenavigator and Queen Cleopatra). Is it any wonder, then, that the new record price for a broodmare belongs to a daughter of Sadler’s Wells? The new record was set when one of his Fillies’ Mile winners, Playful Act, made $10,500,000 as part of the Swettenham Stud dispersal at Keeneland. The previous record had belonged to Magical Romance, a granddaughter of...Sadler’s Wells. 

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466 CRITERIUM DE MAISONS-LAFFITTE G2

465 PRIX DE SEINE-ET-OISE G3

467 PRIX MIESQUE G3

468 PREMIO ROMA G1

MAISONS-LAFFITTE. Nov 2. 3yo+. 1200m.

MAISONS-LAFFITTE. Nov 2. 2yo. 1200m.

MAISONS-LAFFITTE. Nov 2. 2yof. 1400m.

ROME. November 4. 3yo+. 2000m.

1. TIZA (SAF) 5 8-13 £27,027 b g by Goldkeeper - Mamushka (Elliodor) O-JC Seroul, R Plersch B-Wilgerbosdrift TR-A de Royer-Dupre 2. Advanced (GB) 4 8-11 £10,811 b c by Night Shift - Wonderful World (Dashing Blade) O-T Doherty B-Gestut Gorlsdorf TR-KA Ryan 3. Mariol (FR) 4 8-11 £8,108 b c by Munir - La Bastoche (Kaldoun) O-Vidal Family B-Robert Collet, SARL Classic Breeding TR-Robert Collet Margins 3, sh hd. Time 1:13.05. Going Soft.

1. POMELLATO (GER) 9-0 £73,176 bbr c by Big Shuffle - Passata (Polar Falcon) O-Gestut Ittlingen B-Gestut Ittlingen TR-P Schiergen 2. Norman Invader (USA) 9-0 £28,243 b c by War Chant - Enthused (Seeking The Gold) O-A Gannon B-Flaxman Holdings Ltd TR-KJ Condon 3. Equiano (FR) 9-0 £13,480 b c by Acclamation - Entente Cordiale (Ela-Mana-Mou) O-F Sanz-Blanco B-Skymarc Farm TR-M Delcher Margins 3, 1. Time 1:13.60 (slow 4.60) Going Soft.

1. MODERN LOOK (GB) 8-11 £27,027 b f by Zamindar - Prophecy (Warning) O-K Abdullah B-Juddmonte Farms TR-D Smaga 2. Lady Deauville (FR) 8-11 £10,811 gr f by Fasliyev - Mercalle (Kaldoun) O-PJ Hughes Ltd B-Aerial Bloodstock TR-PA Blockley 3. Verba (FR) 8-11 £8,108 gr f by Anabaa - Tambura (Kaldoun) O-E Mordukhovitch, V Bukhtoyarov B-G & Mme G Forien TR-R Gibson Margins 2.5, 1.5. Time 1:27.10 (slow 5.1). Going Soft.

1. PRESSING (IRE) 4 9-2 £62,027 bbr c by Soviet Star - Rafif (Riverman) O-Gary A Tanaka B-Azienda Agricola Del Parco TR-MA Jarvis 2. Monachesi (IRE) 4 9-2 £27,291 b c by Key of Luck - O’ Keefe (Be My Guest) O-Scuderia Ri-Ma B-Razza Della Sila TR-F&L Camici 3. Boris de Deauville (IRE) 4 9-2 £14,886 b c by Soviet Star - Logjam (Royal Academy) O-Mme M Bryant, L Haegel B-Petra Bloodstock Agency Ltd TR-S Wattel Margins 1.5, nose. Time 2:02.10 Going Soft.

Age 2-5

Starts 27

Wins 7

Places 11

Earned £83,401

Sire: GOLDKEEPER. Sire of 23 SWs. In 2007 DISCO QUEEN Del Sarto G3, TIZA Elliodor G3. 1st Dam: MAMUSHKA by Elliodor. 2 wins at 3 and 4 in South Africa. Dam of 4 winners: 1998: Opening Partner (g Sportsworld) 4 wins in South Africa, 2nd Byerly Turk Plate G3. 2000: MUSHTAQ’S MAIDEN (f Sportsworld) 2 wins at 3 in South Africa. Broodmare. 2001: FRENCH CUT (c Saumarez) Winner at 4. 2002: TIZA (g Goldkeeper) 7 wins at 3 to 5 in France, South Africa, Post Merchants H G2, Klawervlei Stud The Nursery G2, Prix de RisOrangis G3, Prix de Seine-et-Oise G3, 2nd Mercury Sprint G1. 2003: Warnies Babe (f Jallad) 2004: Winter Series (c Western Winter) unraced. 2005: Cover Drive (c Sportsworld) unraced.

Age 2

Starts 4

Wins 3

Places 1

Earned £119,808

Sire: BIG SHUFFLE. Sire of 55 Stakes winners. In 2007 - TURFROSE Shaadi G1, KONIG TURF Ile de Bourbon G2, POMELLATO Polar Falcon G2, PRECIOUS BOY Surumu G3, ARC DE TRIOMPHE Celestial Storm LR, DESABINA Aspros LR, MATRIX Konigsstuhl LR, SALISBURGO Alzao LR, SLADE Common Grounds LR, SOMETHING STUPID Salse LR. 1st Dam: PASSATA by Polar Falcon. Winner at 3 in Germany. Dam of 2 winners: 2004: PASSATO (c Lando) Winner at 3 in Germany. 2005: POMELLATO (c Big Shuffle) 3 wins at 2 in France, Germany, Criterium de MaisonsLaffitte G2, Maurice Lacroix-Trophy G3. 2006: (f Big Shuffle)

Age 2

Starts 4

Wins 3

Places 1

Earned £45,000

Sire: ZAMINDAR. Sire of 11 Stakes winners. In 2007 - COQUERELLE Caerleon G1, DARJINA Zilzal G1, ZARKAVA Kahyasi G1, MODERN LOOK Warning G3. 1st Dam: PROPHECY by Warning. 3 wins at 2, Cheveley Park S G1. Dam of 5 winners: 1996: THREAT (g Zafonic) 3 wins at 2, 4 and 6. 1997: ARABESQUE (f Zafonic) 2 wins, Flying Fillies’ S LR. Dam of CAMACHO (Sandy Lane S LR) 1998: Charge Card (g Zafonic) unplaced. 1999: Probable (f Selkirk) unraced. Broodmare. 2000: SHOOT (f Barathea) 2 wins. Broodmare. 2002: Destined (f Danehill) unraced. 2003: Prognosis (f Zafonic) unraced. 2004: RULE OF LIFE (c Dansili) 2 wins at 3. 2005: MODERN LOOK (f Zamindar) 3 wins at 2 in France, Prix Miesque G3. 2006: (f Oasis Dream) 2007: (c Dansili)

2nd Dam: Main Verte by Crystal Glitters. Dam of VERTICAL SPORT (g Sportsworld: Wolf Power H LR).

2nd Dam: PREMIER AMOUR by Salmon Leap. 5 wins at 2 and 3, Furstenberg-Rennen G3, 3rd Prix de Diane Hermes G1. Dam of Pro Ken (g Kendor: 2nd Prix du Grand Camp LR)

2nd Dam: ANDALEEB by Lyphard. 2 wins at 2 and 3 Lancashire Oaks G3. Dam of PROPHECY.

Broodmare Sire: ELLIODOR. Sire of the dams of 33 SW. In 2007 - CHANT DE NUIT Caesour G2, SPORTSCUDDLE Sportsworld G2, TIZA Goldkeeper G3, ALPE D’HEUZ Saumarez LR.

Broodmare Sire: POLAR FALCON. Sire of the dams of 12 Stakes winners. In 2007 - ECHELON Danehill G1, POMELLATO Big Shuffle G2, LOVELACE Royal Applause G3.

Broodmare Sire: WARNING. Sire of the dams of 30 Stakes winners. In 2007 - BEAUTY IS TRUTH Pivotal G2, WORLDLY Selkirk G2, MODERN LOOK Zamindar G3, MORES WELLS Sadler’s Wells G3.

TIZA b g 2002

POMELLATO b/br c 2005

MODERN LOOK b f 2005

Native Dancer Raise You Mr Prospector Nashua Gold Digger Sequence GOLDKEEPER b 90 Nearctic Northern Dancer Natalma Chapel of Dreams Secretariat Terlingua Crimson Saint Northern Dancer Lyphard Goofed Elliodor Crepello Ellida Sans Le Sou MAMUSHKA b 93 Blushing Groom Crystal Glitters Tales To Tell Main Verte Pan II Mercuriale Sirrima

Boldnesian Reason To Earn Primera Prime Abord Homeward Bound Raise A Native Elevation White Peak Tudor Minstrel Strings Attached Timalin Northern Dancer Nureyev Special Jefferson Marie d’Argonne Mohair Northern Dancer Salmon Leap Fish-Bar Gift Card Flamme d’Amour Gazolina Bold Reasoning

Raise A Native

Super Concorde BIG SHUFFLE b 84 Raise Your Skirts

Polar Falcon PASSATA b 99 Premier Amour

Raise A Native Gold Digger Secretariat Tamerett Northern Dancer The Minstrel Fleur Right Tack Mofida Wold Lass In Reality Known Fact Tamerett Roberto Slightly Dangerous Where You Lead Northern Dancer Lyphard Goofed Herbager Bag of Tunes Swoon’s Tune Mr Prospector

Gone West

Starts 24

Wins 6

Places 13

Earned £334,713

Sire: SOVIET STAR. Sire of 38 Stakes winners. In 2007 - PRESSING Riverman G1, BORIS DE DEAUVILLE Royal Academy G2, EVA’S REQUEST Taufan G3, ROSINKA Last Tycoon G3, KANDINSKIY Love The Groom LR. 1st Dam: RAFIF by Riverman. Winner at 3. Dam of 4 winners: 1995: KADIR (c Unfuwain) 2 wins viz. Sha Tin Stakes, Sandown. 1996: Azimah (f Unfuwain). Broodmare. 1997: Tabashir (f Cadeaux Genereux) unraced. 1998: Rajam (g Sadler’s Wells) 7 wins, 2nd Prix Roland de Chambure LR. 1999: Al Wadood (f Cadeaux Genereux). unraced, died at 3 years. 2000: Lady Machiavellian (f Machiavellian) unraced. 2001: Land of Nod (f Barathea) 2002: Ebaaraat (f Sinndar) ran once. 2003: PRESSING (c Soviet Star) Sold 23,474gns yearling at ANSEP. 6 wins at 3 and 4 in Italy, Premio Roma G1, Premio Ambrosiano G3, Premio Federico Tesio G3, 2nd Premio Presidente della Repubblica G1, Premio del Dado LR, Premio Emanuele Filiberto LR, Premio Giuseppe de Montel LR, Bosphorus Cup LR, 3rd Gran Premio d’Italia LR. 2004: MAKE ME AN OFFER (c Fasliyev) 3 wins at 3 in Spain. 2005: Roughting (c Celtic Swing)

Secrettame ZAMINDAR b 94 Zaizafon

Warning PROPHECY br 91 Andaleeb

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2nd Dam: REVES CELESTES by Lyphard. 3 wins at 3. Dam of MATAHIF (g Wassl: Jennings The Bookmakers Zetland S LR, Milka Steher Cup LR, Dansk Eclipse S LR, Fyenslob LR, 3rd Stockholms Cup International G3), Keswa (f Kings Lake: 3rd Premio Giovanni Falck LR). Grandam of MAZUNA, GENUINE DEVOTION, Nobilissime. Broodmare Sire: RIVERMAN. Sire of the dams of 171 Stakes winners. In 2007 - PRESSING Soviet Star G1, MEASURED TEMPO Sadler’s Wells LR.

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Caulfield on Pressing: “His second dam Reves Celestes was a very well connected mare – two of her half-sisters produced Arc winner Sakhee and dual Grade 1 winner River Memories” PRESSING b/br c 2003 Northern Dancer Nureyev Special SOVIET STAR b 84 Venture Veruschka Marie d’Anjou Never Bend Riverman River Lady RAFIF b 90 Lyphard Reves Celestes Tobira Celeste

Nearctic Natalma Forli Thong Relic Rose O’Lynn Vandale Marigold Nasrullah Lalun Prince John Nile Lily Northern Dancer Goofed Ribot Heavenly Body

In common with most of the horses owned by Gary Tanaka, Pressing has been doing plenty of travelling. Since being transferred from Italy to Michael Jarvis in the spring of 2007, the son of Soviet Star has raced in England, the USA, Turkey and Italy. Other destinations surely await him following his first Gr1 victory in the Premio Roma. Pressing’s sire Soviet Star has also seen a sizeable part of the world, as he has stood in England, Japan, New Zealand and Ireland, and has now sired Gr1 winners in three of those locations. Pressing stays better than his sire, who never tackled more than 9.2 furlongs. A mile was also ideal for most of the leading winners he sired before being sold to Japan in the autumn of 1994, such as Ashkalani, Starborough and Soviet Line. When Japanese interest in Soviet Star waned, he moved to New Zealand in the summer of 1999, before transferring to Ballylinch Stud in 2000. His time in New Zealand yielded Starcraft, an Australian Derby winner who excelled over a mile in Europe. Pressing’s second dam Reves Celestes was a very well connected mare. The daughter of Lyphard was a half-sister to Celestial Storm. Two of Reves Celestes’s half-sisters produced Arc winner Sakhee and River Memories, a dual Gr1 winner on turf in North America. 469 PREMIO RIBOT G2 ROME. November 4. 3yo+. 1600m.

1. SANTIAGO (GER) 5 9-2 £32,951 gr h by Highest Honor - Serenata (Lomitas) O-Gestut Hof Vesterberg B-Gestut Hof Vesterberg TR-H Blume 2. Miles Gloriosus (USA) 4 9-2 £14,498 b c by Repriced - Treasure Coast (Foolish Pleasure) O-Scuderia Razza dell’Olmo B-Justice Farm TR-Maria Rita Salvioni 3. Il Cadetto (GB) 3 9-1 £7,908 b c by Zieten - Nirvana (Green Dancer) O-L Colasanti B-Jock Strap Partners TR-L Di Dio Margins 3, 3. Time 1:38.00 Going Soft. Age 3-5

Starts 14

Wins 6

Places 6

Earned £143,654

Sire: HIGHEST HONOR. Sire of 63 Stakes winners. In 2007 - QUEST FOR HONOR Rainbow Quest G2, SANTIAGO Lomitas G2, GO EAST Surumu LR, POET LAUREATE Rainbow Quest LR. 1st Dam: Serenata by Lomitas. 2 wins at 3 in Germany, 3rd Meile der Nord/LB LR. Dam of 2 winners: 2002: SANTIAGO (c Highest Honor) Sold 28,447gns yearling at BBAGS. 6 wins at 3 and 5 in France, Germany, Premio Ribot G2,

Mehl-Mulhens Rennen G2, Grosser Preis der Dortmunder Wirtschaft G3, Wettenleip Preis der Dreijahrigen LR, 3rd Europa-Meile G2, pferdewetten.de-Trophy G2, G.P. der Landeshauptstadt Dusseldorf G3. 2004: SAYADA (f Dr Fong) Winner at 3 in Germany. 2005: Sea Road (f Dashing Blade) unraced to date. 2006: Sordino (c Samum) 2nd Dam: SECRET ENERGY by Alwuhush. 3 wins at 3 in Germany Ludwig Goebels-Erinnerungsrennen LR, 3rd Deutscher Herold Stutenpreis G3.

DREAM IMPACT b h 2001 Nearctic Natalma Bull Page Flaming Page Flaring Top Spy Song Crimson Satan Papila Bolero Bolero Rose First Rose Northern Dancer Storm Bird South Ocean Secretariat Terlingua Crimson Saint Intentionally In Reality My Dear Girl Raise A Native Summer Legend Scotch Verdict Northern Dancer Nijinsky ROYAL ACADEMY b 87 Crimson Saint

Storm Cat ONE FIT CAT b 91 Lean Cuisine

Broodmare Sire: LOMITAS. Sire of the dams of 1 SW. In 2007 - SANTIAGO Highest Honor G2. SANTIAGO gr h 2002 Kalamoun Kenmare Belle of Ireland HIGHEST HONOR gr 83 Riverman High River Hairbrush Niniski Lomitas La Colorada SERENATA ch 97 Alwuhush Secret Energy Energy Square

Zeddaan Khairunissa Milesian Belle of The Ball Never Bend River Lady Sir Gaylord Bug Brush Nijinsky Virginia Hills Surumu La Dorada Nureyev Beaming Bride Air Forbes Won Magic Square

470 PREMIO CARLO E FRANCESCO ALOISI G3

Starts 43

Wins 16

Places 15

HANOVER. November 4. 3yo+. 1600m. 1. MHARADONO (GER) 4 9-4 £21,622 b c by Sharp Prod - Monalind (Park Romeo) O-Stall Sonnenschein B-Ralf Paulick TR-P Hirchberger 2. Waky Love (GER) 3 8-6 £6,757 ch f by Royal Dragon - Waky Su (Konigsstuhl) O/B-Gestut Park Wiedingen TR-Frau J Meyer 3. Idealist (GER) 5 9-0 £3,378 b h by Tiger Hill - I Go Bye (Don’t Forget Me) O-Gestut Schlenderhan B-Gestut Schlenderhan TR-J Hirchberger Margins Neck, 0.75. Time 1:46.59 Going Soft. Age 2-4

ROME. November 4. 2yo+. 1200m. 1. DREAM IMPACT (USA) 6 9-9 £20,933 b h by Royal Academy - One Fit Cat (Storm Cat) O-Scuderia Quattro Mori B-Sez Who Thoroughbreds TR-L Riccardi 2. Le Cadre Noir (IRE) 3 9-12 £9,210 b c by Danetime - Rinass (Indian Ridge) O-Razza di Angioli B-Azienda Agricola Al Deni TR-A Renzoni 3. Titus Shadow (IRE) 3 9-9 £5,023 ch c by Titus Livius - Mujadil Shadow (Mujadil) O-Scuderia Blueberry B-Scuderia Blueberry TR-B Grizzetti Margins 1.75, neck. Time 1:09.20 Going Soft. Age 2-6

471 G P DES AUTORING HANOVER G3

Earned £235,631

Sire: ROYAL ACADEMY. Sire of 140 Stakes winners. In 2007 - SERIOUS SPEED Kendor G1, DEFERENTIAL Quest For Fame G2, MOLENGAO Locris G2, NAUGHTY RAFAELA Linamix G2, ONWARD ROYAL Gone West G2, OPRAH WINNEY Woodman G2, ART MASTER Capote G3, DANZON Kingmambo G3, DREAM IMPACT Storm Cat G3, TERRIFIC CHALLENGE Crafty Prospector G3, TOP HAT Effervescing G3. 1st Dam: ONE FIT CAT by Storm Cat. Winner at 2 in USA. Dam of 1 winner: 1996: Flight To Heaven (c Binalong) unraced. 1999: Fitness Queen (f Gilded Time) unraced. Broodmare. 2001: DREAM IMPACT (c Royal Academy). 16 wins at 2 to 6, 2007 in Italy, Gran Premio Citta’ di Napoli SIS G3, Premio Carlo e Francesco Aloisi G3, Gran Premio Citta’ di Napoli LR, Premio Certosa LR, 2nd Premio Tudini G3, 3rd Premio Cancelli LR. 2003: Dierks Timber (f Prime Timber) ran in USA. 2005: (c Brahms) 2nd Dam: LEAN CUISINE by In Reality. 5 wins in USA Track Robbery S. Dam of HEALTH FARM (f Pleasant Colony: Tattling H LR), Luv U Jodi (c Halo: 3rd W L McKnight Invitational H G2), Fit N Fappy (f Fappiano: 2nd Del Mar Debutante S G2), Lean Queen Cobra (f Deputy Minister: 3rd Lady Mannequin S). Grandam of CRYPTOQUIP, SOCIAL DIRECTOR, BIENANDANZA, COME HITHER, Nacheezmo. Third dam of DREAM ABOUT. Broodmare Sire: STORM CAT. Sire of the dams of 63 Stakes winners. In 2007 - NOBIZ LIKE SHOBIZ Albert the Great G1, COWTOWN CAT Distorted Humor G2, HALF OURS Unbridled’s Song G2, DREAM IMPACT Royal Academy G3, DUVEEN Horse Chestnut G3, KETTLEONEUP Victory Gallop G3, SOCIETY HOSTESS Seeking The Gold G3.

Starts 24

Wins 4

Places 10

Earned £75,483

Sire: SHARP PROD. Sire of 2 Stakes winners. In 2007 - KEY TO PLEASURE Alzao G3, MHARADONO Park Romeo G3. 1st Dam: Monalind by Park Romeo. Dam of 3 winners: 1999: (c Indian Forest). Died as a Foal. 2000: Maloy (g Neshad) ran twice in NH Flat races. 2001: MISS BIENE (f Goofalik) Winner at 4. 2003: MHARADONO (c Sharp Prod) 4 wins at 2 and 4 in Germany, G.P. der Landeshauptstadt Dusseldorf G3, Grosser Preis des Autoring Hannover G3, Juniorien Preis LR, 2nd Grosser Preis der Landeshauptstadt Dusseldorf G3. 2004: MANJA (f Zinaad) 2 wins at 3 in Germany. 2005: Macareo (c Lecroix) unraced to date. 2006: Macarea (f Lecroix) 2nd Dam: MORGENROTE by Aveiro. 3 wins at 3 in Germany. Dam of MARIELLA (f Zinaad: Wetten LeipGrosser Krefeld Stutenpreis LR, Premio delle Debuttanti Hurdle LR), MONDUL (g Colon: Finesse Juvenile Hurdle G2, Summit Junior Hurdle G2).

Age 2-3

Starts 11

Wins 3

Places 5

Earned £54,791

Sire: KING’S BEST. Sire of 20 Stakes winners. In 2007 - ALBABILIA Darshaan G3, CREACHADOIR Sadler’s Wells G3, QUEEN’S BEST In The Wings G3, VINCENNES Ahonoora G3, ARMY OF ANGELS The Noble Player LR, ASTRONOMIA Kenny’s Best Pal LR, KING LUNA Caerleon LR, NOT JUST SWING Baillamont LR. 1st Dam: PARK APPEAL by Ahonoora. Champion 2yr old filly in England and Ireland in 1984. 5 wins at 2 and 4 at home, USA, Tattersalls Cheveley Park S G1, Moyglare Stud S G1. Own sister to NASHAMAA. Dam of 9 winners: 1988: PASTORALE (f Nureyev) 2 wins at 3. Dam of IFFRAAJ (c Zafonic: Lennox S G2, GNER Park S G2 (twice), 2nd Darley July Cup G1), KAREYMAH (f Zafonic: Prix du Calvados G3) 1989: Jenny Lake (f Lomond) unraced. Broodmare. 1990: ARVOLA (f Sadler’s Wells) Winner at 3. Dam of DIKTAT (c Warning: 7 wins at 3 and 4, Sprint Cup G1, Prix Maurice de Gheest G1, 3rd Prix du Moulin de Longchamp G1). 1992: Lord of Appeal (c Sadler’s Wells). Winner at 3 in France, 2nd Prix de Reux LR. Sire. 1994: CAPE CROSS (c Green Desert). 5 wins at 2 to 5, Lockinge S G1, 3rd Prix Jacques Le Marois G1. Sire. 1995: Sherwood (c Thatching) unraced. 1996: Pazienza (f Arazi) unraced. Broodmare. 1997: SAMOOD (c Caerleon) Winner at 4 in UAE. 1999: PHOENIX PARK (g Sadler’s Wells) 3 wins at 4 and 6 in France, Prix du Carrousel LR. 2001: Mansfield Park (f Green Desert) 2 wins at 2 and 3, 3rd Kleenex Rosemary S LR. 2002: GREAT BRITAIN (c Green Desert) 2 wins at 3 and 5 at home, UAE, Al Quoz Sprint LR. 2004: VINCENNES (f King’s Best) 3 wins at 3 in France, Germany, Kolner Herbst Stuten Meile G3, Prix de Saint-Cyr LR. 2nd Dam: BALIDARESS by Balidar. 3 wins at 3 and 4. Dam of PARK APPEAL (f Ahonoora, see above), DESIRABLE (f Lord Gayle: William Hill Cheveley Park S G1, 2nd Moyglare Stud S G1, 3rd General Accident 1000 Guineas G1, 4th Phoenix Champion S G1), ALYDARESS (f Alydar: Kildangan Stud Irish Oaks G1, 2nd Aston Upthorpe Yorkshire Oaks G1, Premio Jockey Club e Coppa d’Oro G1), NASHAMAA (c Ahonoora: Hennessy Ballymacoy S G3, 2nd BBA (Ireland) Goffs National S G1), City Ballet (c Nureyev: 2nd Budweiser Fair Grounds Breeders Cup H’cp). Grandam of RUSSIAN RHYTHM, SHADAYID, PERFECTPERFORMANCE, DUMAANI, BIN AJWAAD, FATH, ALLUREMENT, PEKING OPERA.

Broodmare Sire: PARK ROMEO. Sire of the dams of 1 Stakes winners. In 2007 - MHARADONO Sharp Prod G3.

Broodmare Sire: AHONOORA. Sire of the dams of 75 SWs. In 2007 - NEW APPROACH Galileo G1, ASCERTAIN Intikhab G3, VINCENNES King’s Best G3.

MHARADONO b c 2003

VINCENNES b/br f 2004

Sharpen Up Sharpo Moiety Bird SHARP PROD ch 90 Bustino Gentle Persuasion Harp Strings Irish Love Park Romeo Trinacria MONALIND b 95 Aveiro Morgenrote Mona Lena

Atan Rocchetta Falcon Gaska Busted Ship Yard Luthier Gilding Bold Lad Nas Dara Relic Tudor Fashion Harlekin Avus Bernandus Mona Lisa

472 KOLNER HERBST-STUTEN-MEILE G3

Mr Prospector Kingmambo Miesque KING’S BEST b 97 Lombard Allegretta Anatevka Lorenzaccio Ahonoora Helen Nichols PARK APPEAL br 82 Balidar Balidaress Innocence

Raise A Native Gold Digger Nureyev Pasadoble Agio Promised Lady Espresso Almyra Klairon Phoenissa Martial Quaker Girl Will Somers Violet Bank Sea Hawk II Novitiate

473 PRIX FILLE DE L’AIR G3

COLOGNE. November 4. 3yo+f&m. 1600m.

TOULOUSE. November 10. 3yo+f&m. 2100m.

1. VINCENNES (GB) 8-13 £21,622 bbr f by King’s Best - Park Appeal (Ahonoora) O-Sheikh Mohammed B-Darley TR-H-A Pantall 2. Contentious (USA) 8-13 £6,757 b f by Giant’s Causeway - Illicit (Mr Prospector) O-Phipps Stable B-OM Phipps TR-JL Dunlop 3. Laeya Star (GER) 8-13 £3,378 b f by Royal Dragon - Linton Bay (Funambule) O-Stall Emina B-Frau Ina E Zimmermann TR-U Ostmann Margins 0.75, 3.5. Time 1:43.13 Going Soft.

1. TASHELKA (FR) 3 9-1 £27,027 gr f by Mujahid - Tashiriya (Kenmare) O-Sheikh Mohammed B-HH The Aga Khan’s Studs SC TR-A Fabre 2. Doe Ray Me (GB) 3 8-8 £10,811 b f by Singspiel - Ejlaal (Caerleon) O-Sheikh Mohammed B-Darley TR-H-A Pantall 3. Synopsis (IRE) 3 9-1 £8,108 ch f by In The Wings - Epitome (Nashwan) O-Sheikh Mohammed B-Darley TR-A Fabre Margins 1, 1.5. Time 2:10.74. Going Soft.

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Age 3

Starts 7

Wins 4

Places 1

Earned £86,554

ICELANDIC b h 2002 Sharpen Up

Sire: MUJAHID. Sire of 9 SWs. In 2007 CHEYENNE STAR Lycius G3, DANLEIGH Dr Grace G3, TASHELKA Kenmare G3. 1st Dam: Tashiriya by Kenmare. Winner at 2 in France, 2nd Prix Vanteaux G3. Dam of 3 winners: 2000: TASHKANDI (g Polish Precedent) 7 wins, Prix de Pontarme LR, 2nd Prix Messidor G3, 3rd Prix Jean Prat G1. 2001: Tashkiyr (c Desert Prince) unraced. 2002: Tashigar (c Darshaan) unraced. 2003: TASHAN (g Sendawar) Winner at 4 in Belgium. 2004: TASHELKA (f Mujahid) Sold 10,939gns 3yo at ARFEB. 4 wins at 3, Prix de la Nonette G3, Prix Fille de l’Air G3, Prix Madame Jean Couturie LR. 2005: Tazkara (f Sinndar) unraced to date. 2006: (c Anabaa) 2nd Dam: TASHTIYA by Shergar. 2 wins at 3 Princess Royal S G3. Dam of Tashiriya. Broodmare Sire: KENMARE. Sire of the dams of 62 SWs. In 2007 - CITY LEADER Fasliyev G2, HERE DE ANGELS Dehere G3, LORD OF THE DANCE Ashkalani G3, NO QUESTIONS Xaar G3, TASHELKA Mujahid G3. TASHELKA gr f 2004 Nearctic Natalma Admiral’s Voyage Pas de Nom Petitioner Storm Bird Storm Cat Terlingua Fappiano Bubbles Darlene Moment’s Prayer Zeddaan Kalamoun Khairunissa Milesian Belle of Ireland Belle of The Ball Great Nephew Shergar Sharmeen Silver Shark Tremogia Tonnera III Northern Dancer Danzig MUJAHID b 96 Elrafa Ah

Kenmare TASHIRIYA gr 94 Tashtiya

474 PREMIO CHIUSURA G3 MILAN. November 10. 2yo+. 1400m. 1. ICELANDIC (GB) 5 9-6 £20,933 b h by Selkirk - Icicle (Polar Falcon) O-Scuderia A4/5 B-Cheveley Park Stud Ltd TR-Frank Sheridan 2. Alamanni (USA) 3 9-3 £9,210 bbr f by Elusive Quality - Altamura (El Gran Senor) O-Scuderia Pieffegi B-Darley TR-E Borromeo 3. My Sea of Love (GB) 4 9-3 £5,023 b f by King’s Best - Scent of Success (Quiet American) O-Scuderia Dioscuri B-Gainsborough Stud Management Co Ltd TR-A&G Botti

SELKIRK ch 88 Annie Edge

Polar Falcon ICICLE br 97 Blessed Honour

475 CRITERIUM DE SAINT-CLOUD G1 SAINT-CLOUD. Nov 11. 2yoc&f. 2000m. 1. FULL OF GOLD (FR) 9-0 £96,520 ch c by Gold Away - Funny Feerie (Sillery) O-A Head B-Alec & Ghislaine Head TR-Mme C Head-Maarek 2. Hannouma (IRE) 9-0 £38,615 b c by Anabaa - Red Blossom (Silver Hawk) O-M Parrish B-SCEA De La Poterie TR-D Smaga 3. Putney Bridge (USA) 9-0 £19,307 b c by Mizzen Mast - Valentine Band (Dixieland Band) O-K Abdullah B-Juddmonte Farms TR-Mme C Head-Maarek Margins 2, sh neck. Time 2:18.10. Going Very soft. Age 2

Starts 3

Wins 6

Places 9

Earned £95,676

Sire: SELKIRK. Sire of 69 Stakes winners. In 2007 WORLDLY Warning G2, BLYTHE KNIGHT Blushing Groom G3, ICELANDIC Polar Falcon G3.

2nd Dam: BLESSED HONOUR by Ahonoora. 1 win at 2. Dam of ICICLE (f Polar Falcon), CRUCIAL (g Pivotal: Premio Certosa LR, Premio Cancelli LR, 3rd Premio Tudini G3, Premio Omenoni G3) Broodmare Sire: POLAR FALCON. Sire of the dams of 12 Stakes winners. In 2007 - ECHELON Danehill G1, POMELLATO Big Shuffle G2, ICELANDIC Selkirk G3, LOVELACE Royal Applause G3. The Selkirk/Polar Falcon cross has produced: RED BLOOM G1, ICELANDIC G2.

Earned £11,352

Broodmare Sire: SILLERY. Sire of the dams of 9 SWs. In 2007 - FULL OF GOLD Gold Away G1. The Gold Away/Sillery cross has produced: FULL OF GOLD G1, CLIFDEN G3. FULL OF GOLD ch c 2005 Northern Dancer Special Riverman Gold River Glaneuse Red God Blushing Groom Runaway Bride Raja Baba Sweet Revenge Away Red God Blushing Groom Runaway Bride Bellypha Silvermine Sevres Riverman Irish River Irish Star Lyphard Messenie Mediterranee Nureyev

GOLD AWAY ch 95 Blushing Away

Sillery

1st Dam: ICICLE by Polar Falcon. 2 wins at 2, The Link Mobile Phone Prestige S G3. Dam of 1 winner: 2002: ICELANDIC (c Selkirk) Sold 10,000gns 2yo at TAAUT. 6 wins, Premio Chiusura G3, Premio del Piazzale LR, 2nd Premio Emilio Turati G2, 3rd Premio Giubileo LR, Premio Roberto Baldassarri LR. 2003: Hogan’s Heroes (g Alhaarth)

Places 2

1st Dam: FUNNY FEERIE by Sillery. 3 wins over jumps in France, Prix Finot Hurdle (fillies) LR, Prix Christian de Tredern H Hurdle LR. Dam of 4 winners: 2002: FREJUS (g Mansonnien) Winner over jumps in France. 2003: FIRST FEERIE (f Turgeon) Winner over hurdles at 4. 2004: FUNNY LINE (f Emperor Jones) Winner at 3 in France. 2005: FULL OF GOLD (c Gold Away) 1 win at 2 in France, Criterium de Saint-Cloud G1. 2006: Fuisse (c Green Tune) 2007: Flagstaff (c Numerous)

Goldneyev

Starts 21

Wins 1

Sire: GOLD AWAY. Sire of 6 Stakes winners. In 2007 - FULL OF GOLD Sillery G1, ALL IS VANITY Inchinor G2, MUSICAL WAY Procida G2, SAMIRA GOLD El Gran Senor LR.

Margins 0.75, 0.75. Time 1:24.10. Going Good. Age 3-5

Native Dancer Mixed Marriage Rockefella Rocchetta Chambiges Yellow God Nebbiolo Novara Be Friendly Friendly Court No Court Northern Dancer Nureyev Special Jefferson Marie d’Argonne Mohair Lorenzaccio Ahonoora Helen Nichols Kings Lake Blessed Event Friedrichsruh Atan

FUNNY FEERIE b 95 Funny Pearl

Few Gr1 winners in 2007 have a more interesting pedigree than Full Of Gold, the progressive colt who triumphed in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud. Although his sire Gold Away had previously been represented by the outstanding Alexander Goldrun and the Gr2winning fillies Musical Way and All Is Vanity, he never won at Gr1 level and his 2008 fee had already been set at only €3,500.

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Add in the fact that Full Of Gold’s first two dams, Funny Feerie and Funny Pearl, did their winning over jumps, and it is clear that Full Of Gold has the potential to be better than any of the six horses in the first two generations of his pedigree. This begs the question, ‘Why?’ The most likely explanation lies in the extensive inbreeding in his pedigree. This includes 3 x 3 to Blushing Groom, 4 x 5 x 4 to Riverman, 5 x 4 to Lyphard and 4 x 5 x 6 to Northern Dancer. Although Funny Feerie and Funny Pearl were hurdlers (both won a pair of Listed races), their pedigrees were a lot classier than one might expect. Funny Feerie’s sire Sillery, best known as the sire of the Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Silic, won the Gr1 Prix Jean Prat, and his parents, Blushing Groom and Silvermine, were Guineas winners in France. Riverman and Lyphard both did enough during their time in France to become champion sire on two occasions. They proved successful in the USA, with Riverman ending up with 128 stakes winners and Lyphard with 115. As they were at the same stud, it was natural for them to be paired in pedigrees. Lyphard had Gr1 and Gr3 winners among his 18 foals out of Riverman mares, who in turn had ten stakes winners from 37 foals out of Lyphard mares.

FAIR BREEZE b/br f 2003 Niniski Lomitas La Colorada SILVANO b 96 Beau’s Eagle Spirit of Eagles Big Spirit Amboss Andrang Anonyma FAIRWIND b 91 Athenagoras Fairness Fleur

North American Grade Ones 477 CITATION HANDICAP G1 HOLLYWOOD PARK. Nov 23. 8.5f. Firm (turf).

1. LANG FIELD (USA) 4 grro g Langfuhr - Out Field (Metfield) O-Nigel R Shields B-Freddy Lewis Jr TR-Art Sherman 2. Zann (USA) 4 bbr c Dynaformer - Moments of Magic (Danzig) 3. Proudinsky (GER) 4 b c Silvano - Proudeyes (Dashing Blade) LANG FIELD (USA) grro g 2003

FRANKFURT. November 11. 3yo+. 2000m.

1. FAIR BREEZE (GER) 4 8-12 £21,622 bbr f by Silvano - Fairwind (Andrang) O-Stall Margarethe B-Frau Margit Wetzel TR-Mario Hofer 2. Scatina (IRE) 3 8-12 £6,757 b f by Samum - Silvassa (Darshaan) O-Gestut Ittlingen B-Gestut Ittlingen TR-Mario Hofer 3. Soudaine (GER) 4 8-11 £3,378 b f by Monsun - Suivez (Fioravanti) O-Baron G Von Ullmann B-Baron G Von Ullmann TR-J Hirchberger Margins 2, 1.5. Time 2:17.41 Going Soft. Age 2-4

Starts 18

Wins 5

Places 10

Earned £113,208

Sire: SILVANO. Sire of 5 Stakes winners. In 2007 MI EMMA Lake Coniston G2, FAIR BREEZE Andrang G3, NESTOR Bluebird LR. 1st Dam: FAIRWIND by Andrang. 8 wins at 3 to 7 in Germany. Dam of 2 winners: 2000: Fortano (c Surako) ran on the flat in Germany. 2002: FORETTO (g Lavirco) Winner of a NH Flat race at 5. 2003: FAIR BREEZE (f Silvano) 5 wins at 3 and 4 in France, Germany, Grosser Preis der Helaba Hessen Pokal G3, Prix Solitude LR, Preis der Nurnberger Nereide-Rennen LR, Engels & Volkers Int.Herbst Steher Preis LR, 2nd Premio Lydia Tesio - Shadwell G1, Premio Paolo Mezzanotte G3, Frankfurter der Mehl Muhlens Stiftung G3, 3rd Fahrhofer Stutenpreis G3. 2005: Frida (f Terre de L’Home) unraced to date. 2007: Fair Storm (c Konigstiger) Broodmare Sire: ANDRANG. Sire of the dams of 1 Stakes winners. In 2007 - FAIR BREEZE Silvano G3.

Nearctic Natalma Admiral’s Voyage Pas de Nom Petitioner Nearctic Briartic Sweet Lady Briar Gummo Prima Babu Gum Princess Babu Bold Reasoning Seattle Slew My Charmer Hail To Reason Inca Queen Silver Spoon Speak John Verbatim Well Kept Never Down Hill Hill Billy Dancer Double Dancer Northern Dancer

Danzig LANGFUHR b 92 Sweet Briar Too

Metfield OUT FIELD gr 94 Dedham Dancer

476 G P DER HELABA-HESSEN POKAL G3

Nijinsky Virginia Hills Surumu La Dorada Golden Eagle Beaufield Big Spruce Beautiful Spirit Prodomo Alpenblume Straight Deal Alive-O Nasram II Avenida Lombard Fredericia

The dangers of jumping to conclusions about a young stallion are well illustrated by Langfuhr. The fast son of Danzig failed to come up with a stakes winner among his first juvenile runners in 2001 and the picture would have looked quite gloomy had his daughter Imperial Gesture not finished second in a pair of Gr1 races, including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. His fee for 2002 was therefore no higher than $10,000 at Vinery, but some of the breeders who kept faith in him have been amply rewarded. One of his 2003 foals was Lawyer Ron, whose earnings exceed $2,750,000, and another was Lang Field, who came out best in a tight finish to the Gr1 Citation Handicap. Lang Field initially raced mainly on dirt, but he has proved much more effective since being switched to turf. Neither of Lang Field’s first two dams earned black type and neither had bred a stakes winner until Lang Field came along. His dam, the dual juvenile winner Out Field, is by Metfield, who won the Gr3 Sheridan Stakes at three but owed his place at stud more to his impressive bloodlines. Metfield sired a couple of Gr1winning daughters.


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478 FRANK J DE FRANCIS MEMORIAL DASH STAKES G1 LAUREL. November 24. 6f. Fast.

1. BENNY THE BULL (USA) 4 bbr c Lucky Lionel - Comet Cat (Birdonthewire) O-IEAH Stables, G James, Pegasus Holding Group Stables LLC, AI Cohen B-Tomoka Farms Inc TR-Richard E Dutrow Jr 2. Talent Search (USA) 4 ch c Catienus - Mrs K (Dixieland Band) 3. Miraculous Miss (USA) 4 ch f Mr Greeley - No Small Miracle (Silver Deputy) BENNY THE BULL (USA) bbr c 2003 Mt Livermore LUCKY LIONEL ch 93 Crafty Nan

Birdonthewire COMET CAT b 98 Granny’s Kitty

Red God Blushing Groom Runaway Bride Crimson Satan Flama Ardiente Royal Rafale Mr Prospector Crafty Prospector Real Crafty Lady Blakeney Blake’s Twin Regal Twin Proud Clarion Proud Birdie Bernie Bird Jontilla Silk And Wrapper Lahaina Foreign Comet Comet Kat Scat Kat J O Tobin Sequel Consequential

British racegoers will probably remember Lucky Lionel as one of the toughest two-year-old sprinters of 1995. Precocity was one of his main assets, as he won the Gr3 Norfolk Stakes and the Gr2 Prix Robert Papin, but his limitations were exposed in Gr1 company, with Timeform rating him 109. His limitations were further exposed at three, when he failed to win in ten starts and he was returned to his native USA. Although he set a track record over 6.5 furlongs on dirt at Santa Anita in a three-race campaign at four, he failed to make it to the races at five. As a $37,000 yearling, he seemed likely to be a hard sell as a stallion and he started out at a fee of only $3,000 at Adena Springs’s Florida branch. The fact that he stood the 2007 season in Oklahoma tells its own story, but Lucky Lionel has now sired Benny The Bull, winner of the Gr1 Frank J de Francis Memorial Dash. 479 CIGAR MILE HANDICAP G1

Awesome Again has done so well that his fee has been raised to $150,000 in 2008, but the son of Deputy Minister remains a difficult stallion to assess. This is partly because many of the mares who visited him in his first six years were by stallions who don’t rank among the most fashionable broodmare sires. It is therefore perhaps none too surprising that the three Gr1 winners among Awesome Again’s 2007 runners are out of mares by Irish Open, Bold Revenue and Skip Trial – none of them exactly household names. The Gr1 winner out of an Irish Open mare is Daaher, winner of the Cigar Mile Handicap. Daaher’s dam Irish Cherry, a stakes-winning sprinter at four and five in Canada, was sold by Frank Stronach, who stands Awesome Again at his Adena Springs stud, for $80,000 in 2002. Stronach no doubt now wishes that Irish Cherry had been retained, as the Awesome Again filly she produced in the January preceding her sale proved to be the Gr1 winner Spun Sugar. Spun Sugar’s success led to her dam visiting Storm Cat in 2006 and the mare was then sold for $800,000. Daaher also benefited from Spun Sugar’s exploits, selling for $375,000 as a yearling. His earnings now stand at $447,039, following four wins in seven starts.

480 MATRIARCH STAKES G1 HOLLYWOOD PARK. Nov 25. 8f. Firm (turf).

1. PRECIOUS KITTEN (USA) 4 bbr f Catienus - Kitten’s First (Lear Fan) O-KL Ramsey, SK Ramsey B-KL Ramsey, SK Ramsey TR-Robert J Frankel 2. Wait A While (USA) 4 gr/ro f4 grro f Maria’s Mon - Flirtatious (A P Indy) 3. Lady Of Venice (FR) 4 ch f Loup Solitaire - Lacewings (Forty Niner) See race 300 in the October issue for pedigree analysis

PRECIOUS KITTEN (USA) bbr f 2003 Storm Bird Storm Cat Terlingua

AQUEDUCT. November 24. 8f. Fast.

1. DAAHER (CAN) 3 b c Awesome Again - Irish Cherry (Irish Open) O-Shadwell Stable B-Yvonne Schwabe, Dagmar Schwabe TR-Kiaran P McLaughlin 2. Midnight Lute (USA) 4 bbr c Real Quiet - Candytuft (Dehere) 3. Naughty New Yorker (USA) 5 b h Quiet American - Naughty Natisha (Known Fact)

CATIENUS bbr 94 Mr Prospector Diamond City Honey’s Flag Roberto Lear Fan Wac KITTEN’S FIRST b 91 L’Enjoleur That’s My Hon

DAAHER (CAN) b c 2004 Northern Dancer Victoria Regina Bunty’s Flight Mint Copy Shakney Red God Blushing Groom Runaway Bride Mr Prospector Prime Prospect Square Irish Castle Irish Tower Royal Loom Buckpasser No Opening Bases Full Habitat Ancestral Ampulla Drone Snipe Lake Paris Dance

One Lane

Northern Dancer South Ocean Secretariat Crimson Saint Raise A Native Gold Digger Hoist The Flag Cathy Honey Hail To Reason Bramalea Lt Stevens Belthazar Buckpasser Fanfreluche Prince John Danger Ahead

DAYTONA (IRE) ch g 2004 Klairon Phoenissa Martial Helen Nichols Quaker Girl Delta Judge Swing Easy Free Flowing Skymaster Golden City West Shaw Red God Blushing Groom Runaway Bride Prince John La Griffe Grafitti Bold Ruler Tyrant Anadem Klairon Camerata Java Sea

Ahonoora INDIAN RIDGE ch 85 Hillbrow

Blushing John KYKA ch 94 L’Attrayante

The many achievements of the Irish National Stud’s Indian Ridge included an impressive record with his American-raced progeny. Ridgewood Pearl and Domedriver both won the Breeders’ Cup Mile, while Relaxed Gesture also scored at Gr1 level, so it is easy to understand why there was American interest in his son Daytona when he came on the market at Doncaster in March. Daytona had recently gained his first success, carrying Sheikh Mohammed’s colours to victory in a maiden race on Lingfield’s Polytrack. The victory suggested that Daytona could be well suited to the new synthetic tracks in California and he topped the sale at 56,000gns. However, it has been as a turf performer that he has flourished in California. Having won the Gr2 Oak Tree Derby in October, the gelding moved up another notch when he landed the Gr1 Hollywood Derby. Bred at the Irish National Stud, Daytona cost €360,000 as a yearling. His dam Kyka, an unraced daughter of the French 2,000 Guineas winner Blushing John, was bought for $500,000 in 1999, when in foal to Theatrical. Kyka’s price reflected the fact that she is a half-sister to two Group winners by Theatrical, namely Madeleine’s Dream, winner of the French 1,000 Guineas, and Miss Lenora, a Gr3 winner in America. Daytona’s second dam, the tough L’Attrayante, shone on both sides of the Atlantic, notably completing a 1,000 Guineas double in France and Ireland.

Deputy Minister

Primal Force

Irish Open IRISH CHERRY 94 Eston

481 HOLLYWOOD DERBY G1

Nijinsky Niniski Virginia Hills LOMITAS ch 88 Surumu La Colorada La Dorada Nebelwerfer Kaiseradler Kaiserwurde ATOKA br 82 Orsini Ambivalenz Altsteierin

National Hunt Graded and Listed races 1 ANGLO IRISH BANK HURDLE G3

Northern Dancer Flaming Page Tom Rolfe Ridin’ Easy Literat Surama Kronzeuge Love In Magnat Newa Bubbles Katinka Ticino Oranien Masetto Allegra

2 BET365.COM H CHASE LR WETHERBY. November 2. 20f. Good to firm.

1. MISTER MCGOLDRICK (GB) 10 b g Sabrehill - Anchor Inn (Be My Guest) O-Richard Longley B-Mrs J Key TR-Mrs SJ Smith 2. Borora (GB) 8 gr g Shareef Dancer - Bustling Nelly (Bustino) 3. Coat Of Honour (USA) 7 gr g Mark of Esteem - Ballymac Girl (Niniski) MISTER MCGOLDRICK (GB) b g 1997 Atan Rocchetta Reliance II Doubly Sure Soft Angels Hoist The Flag Alleged Princess Pout Pappa Fourway Mazaca Natasha Nearctic Northern Dancer Natalma Tudor Minstrel What A Treat Rare Treat Never Bend Mill Reef Milan Mill Klairon Peace Sun Rose Sharpen Up Diesis SABREHILL ch 90 Gypsy Talk

Be My Guest ANCHOR INN b 88 Quiet Harbour

3 WENSLEYDALE JUVENILE HURDLE LR WETHERBY. November 2. 16f. Good to firm.

1. CALLISTO MOON (GB) 3 b g Mujahid - Nursling (Kahyasi) O-BW Bedford B-Barton Stud TR-Ian Williams 2. Cornell Precedent (GB) 3 ch g Polish Precedent - Shamwari (Shahrastani) 3. Smugglers Bay (IRE) 3 b g Celtic Swing - Princess Mood (Muhtarram) CALLISTO MOON (GB) b g 2004 Nearctic Natalma Admiral’s Voyage Pas de Nom Petitioner Storm Bird Storm Cat Terlingua Fappiano Bubbles Darlene Moment’s Prayer Nijinsky Ile de Bourbon Roseliere Blushing Groom Kadissya Kalkeen Northern Dancer The Minstrel Fleur Star Appeal Media Luna Sounion Northern Dancer Danzig MUJAHID b 96 Elrafa Ah

Kahyasi

Vice Regent

AWESOME AGAIN b 94

AITMATOV (GER) b g 2001

Lorenzaccio

NURSLING b 99 Medicosma

4 SCARVAGH HOUSE STUD NOVICE HURDLE G3 DOWN ROYAL. November 2. 16f. Good.

HOLLYWOOD PARK. Nov 25. 10f. Firm (turf).

DOWN ROYAL. November 2. 16f. Good.

1. DAYTONA (IRE) 3 ch g Indian Ridge - Kyka (Blushing John) O-Davenport, Lenner, Skyline Stables B-Irish National Stud TR-Dan L Hendricks 2. Medici Code (GB) 3 ch g Medicean - Fiveofive (Fairy King) 3. Bold Hawk (USA) 3 b g Silver Hawk - Tribulation (Danzig)

1. AITMATOV (GER) 6 b g Lomitas - Atoka (Kaiseradler) O-John O’Meara B-Gestut Ebbesloh TR-Noel Meade 2. Farmer Brown (IRE) 6 b g Bob Back - Magic Moonbeam (Decent Fellow) 3. Salford City (IRE) 6 b g Desert Sun - Summer Fashion (Moorestyle)

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1. MEGANS JOY (IRE) 5 b m Supreme Leader - I Remember It Well (Don’t Forget Me) O-Glenview House Stud B-Patrick Doyle TR-CA Murphy 2. My Valley (IRE) 5 b m Saddlers’ Hall - Marble Sound (Be My Native) 3. Ring Hill (GB) 4 ch f Bering - Sound Hill (Green Tune)


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Caulfield on Taranis: “He is a thoroughbred, unlike so many French-bred jumpers, and the first foal of Vikosa, whose wins over hurdles made her one of many jumping winners by Nikos” MEGANS JOY (IRE) b m 2002 Busted Bustino Ship Yard SUPREME LEADER b 82 Habitat Princess Zena Guiding Light Ahonoora Don’t Forget Me African Doll I REMEMBER IT WELL ch 92 Star Appeal Star Cream Tropical Cream

TARANIS (FR) ch g 2001 Crepello Sans Le Sou Doutelle Paving Stone Sir Gaylord Little Hut Crepello Arbitrate Lorenzaccio Helen Nichols African Sky Mithril Appiani II Sterna Creme Dela Creme Tropic Star

5 BYRNE GROUP H CHASE LR ASCOT. November 3. 17f. Good to firm.

1. THE WICKETKEEPER (IRE) 5 b g Double Bed - In Memoriam (Buckskin) O-The Yes No Wait Sorries B-AW Buller TR-M Scudamore 2. Charlton Kings (IRE) 9 b g King’s Ride - Grove Gale (Strong Gale) 3. Bleu Superbe (FR) 12 b g Epervier Bleu - Brett’s Dream (Pharly) THE WICKETKEEPER (IRE) b g 2002 Nearctic Natalma Tudor Minstrel What A Treat Rare Treat St Paddy Welsh Saint Welsh Way Seminole II Semislipper Sayaslipper Mossborough Yelapa Your Point Herbager Bete A Bon Dieu Caralline II Never Say Die Super Slip Samaria Soldado Solnora Fenora Northern Dancer Be My Guest DOUBLE BED b 83 Claire’s Slipper

Buckskin IN MEMORIAM b 88 Superdora

6 KILLULTAGH PROPERTIES LTD CHASE G3 DOWN ROYAL. November 3. 20f. Good.

1. ONE COOL COOKIE (IRE) 6 ch g Old Vic - Lady Bellingham (Montelimar) O-Gigginstown House Stud B-Paschal Keenan TR-CF Swan Only one finished

ONE COOL COOKIE (IRE) ch g 2001 Northern Dancer Sadler’s Wells Fairy Bridge OLD VIC b 86 Derring-Do Cockade Camenae Alleged Montelimar L’Extravagante LADY BELLINGHAM b 94 Le Bavard Lovely Stranger Vulvic

Nearctic Natalma Bold Reason Special Darius Sipsey Bridge Vimy Madrilene Hoist The Flag Princess Pout Le Fabuleux Fanfreluche Devon Lueur Doree Vulgan Lucky Hand

7 CHAMPION CHASE G1

Klairon Flute Enchantee High Perch Top Twig Kimpton Wood Diatome Margouillat Tita A Tempo La Soupe Tenace Nearctic Nonoalco Seximee Sovereign Path No No Nanette Nuclea Mossborough Armos Ardelle Carmarthen Qualite de La Vie La Daviere

BLACK JACK KETCHUM (IRE) b g 1999

Luthier Tip Moss MANSONNIEN ch 84 Association

Nikos VIKOSA b 96 Vimosa

At the start of December, Mansonnien held a comfortable lead on the table of jumping sires in France, so it looks as though the veteran is going to repeat his 2005 championship, when he took the title by a substantial margin from Nikos. Mansonnien has also been doing very well with his progeny in Britain and Ireland, with the Gr1 winners Mansony and Taranis leading the way. As Taranis races with plenty of enthusiasm, few would begrudge him his first Gr1 success in the James Nicholson Wine Merchant Champion Chase, when he benefited from the third-fence departure of one of his main rivals, The Listener. Taranis has now won Graded chases over 21, 22 and 24 furlongs. Taranis can probably thank Mansonnien for some of that stamina, as another of the stallion’s better known British runners was Life Is Life, winner of the Queen Alexandra Stakes on the Flat. Mansonnien was himself a middle-distance performer, whose notable performances included a victory in the Prix Exbury over a mile and a quarter as a six-year-old. He had earlier finished fourth in the French Derby and once ran In The Wings to half a length in the Prix du Prince d’Orange. Taranis is a thoroughbred, unlike so many French-bred jumpers. He is the first foal of Vikosa, whose victories over hurdles at Auteuil and over fences at Dieppe made her one of the many jumping winners by Nikos. A very smart performer in France, Nikos sired the Prix du Cadran winner Nononito but has proved more effective as a sire of jumpers, his representatives in Britain include Cenkos (twice a winner of the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Celebration Chase), Nakir and Encore Un Peu. 8 WEST YORKSHIRE HURDLE G2

Nearctic Natalma Bold Reason Fairy Bridge Special Tantieme Reliance II Relance III Roi Dagobert Vindaria Heavenly Body Busted Bustino Ship Yard Habitat Princess Zena Guiding Light Panaslipper London Gazette Court Circular Sunny Way Sunny Gal Belle Genie Northern Dancer

Sadler’s Wells OSCAR b 94 Snow Day

Supreme Leader CAILIN SUPREME b 91 Cailin Donn

9 CHARLIE HALL CHASE G2

MATTOCK RANGER (IRE) b g 2000 Nearctic Natalma Bold Reason Fairy Bridge Special OSCAR b 94 Tantieme Reliance II Relance III Snow Day Roi Dagobert Vindaria Heavenly Body Sir Gaylord Lord Gayle Sticky Case Strong Gale Tamerlane Sterntau Sterna SIBERIANSDAUGHTER bbr 93 Northern Dancer Northfields Little Hut Siberian Princess Prince Regent Princess Redowa Dallydowa Northern Dancer

Sadler’s Wells

12 EBF NOVICE HURDLE LR

WETHERBY. November 3. 25f. Good to firm.

CORK. November 4. 24f. Good.

1. OLLIE MAGERN (GB) 9 b g Alderbrook - Outfield (Monksfield) O-Roger Nicholls B-R Nicholls, T Smith TR-NA Twiston-Davies 2. State Of Play (GB) 7 b g Hernando - Kaprice (Windwurf) 3. Monkerhostin (FR) 10 b g Shining Steel - Ladoun (Kaldoun)

1. LISKENNETT (IRE) 4 b f Turtle Island - Generosa (Generous) O-Patrick Pierce B-Patrick Pierce TR-C Byrnes 2. Major Finnegan (IRE) 5 b g Lord Americo - Myshall (Over The River) 3. Signatory (USA) 5 b g Kris S - Escrow Agent (El Gran Senor)

OLLIE MAGERN (GB) b g 1998

LISKENNETT (IRE) b f 2003

Run The Gantlet Ardross Le Melody ALDERBROOK b 89 Thatching Twine House Tie Gala Performance Monksfield Regina OUTFIELD b 86 Legal Tender Pedalo Honey Isle

Tom Rolfe First Feather Levmoss Arctic Melody Thatch Abella Be Friendly Mesopotamia Native Dancer Red Letter Day Tulyar Tambara Current Coin Petario Kolper Money Isle

10 DANIEL GATH HOMES HURDLE LR

Northern Dancer Fairy King Fairy Bridge TURTLE ISLAND b 91 High Top Sisania Targos Delight Caerleon Generous Doff The Derby GENEROSA b 93 Alleged Hotel Street Native Street

Nearctic Natalma Bold Reason Special Derring-Do Camenae Targowice Co-Optimist Nijinsky Foreseer Master Derby Margarethen Hoist The Flag Princess Pout Native Dancer Beaver Street

13 WILLIAM HILL HALDON GOLD CUP G3

WETHERBY. November 3. 16f. Good to firm.

EXETER. November 6. 17f 110yds. Good.

1. ANNIE’S ANSWER (IRE) 7 b m Flemensfirth - As An Sli (Buckskin) O-RG Makin B-Denis Barry TR-Mrs VJ Makin 2. Gaspara (FR) 4 b f Astarabad - Gaspaisie (Beyssac) 3. Cream Cracker (GB) 9 b m Sir Harry Lewis - Cream By Post (Torus)

1. PABLO DU CHARMIL (FR) 6 ch g Lyphard’s Wish - Pacifie du Charmil (Dom Pasquini) O-Joe Moran B-Mme G Le Borgne TR-DE Pipe 2. Royal Shakespeare (FR) 8 b g King’s Theatre - Persian Walk (Persian Bold) 3. Fair Along (GER) 5 b g Alkalde - Fairy Tango (Acatenango)

ANNIE’S ANSWER (IRE) b f 2000

PABLO DU CHARMIL (FR) ch g 2001

Tom Rolfe Wavy Navy Prince John Princess Pout Determined Lady Sharpen Up Diesis Doubly Sure Royal Coinage Royal Bund Nato Mossborough Yelapa Your Point Herbager Bete A Bon Dieu Caralline II Maharaj Kumar Silver Kumar Silver Ribbon Bivouac Julia’s Birthday Gane Laura Hoist The Flag

Alleged FLEMENSFIRTH b 92 Etheldreda

Buckskin AS AN SLI bbr 91 Katie Kumar

11 CORK GRAND NATIONAL H CHASE G3

Nearctic Natalma Court Martial Goofed Barra II LYPHARD’S WISH b 76 Sideral Sensitivo Ternura Sally’s Wish Intent Garden Clubber Locust Time Traffic Rheffic Rhenane Dom Pasquini La Varende Boursonne Arctic Star PACIFIE DU CHARMIL gr 96 Tombeur A Tempo Lucky Shoe Licada Cadmus II Lindy Pretty Star Northern Dancer

Lyphard

14 ELITE H HURDLE G2

DOWN ROYAL. November 3. 24f. Good.

WETHERBY. November 3. 25f. Good to firm.

CORK. November 4. 28f. Good.

WINCANTON. November 10. 16f. Good.

1. TARANIS (FR) 6 ch g Mansonnien - Vikosa (Nikos) O-Mrs AB Yeoman, CR Whittaker B-Pierre De Maleissye Melun TR-PF Nicholls 2. Justified (IRE) 8 bbr g Leading Counsel - Monkeylane (Monksfield) 3. Light On The Broom (IRE) 11 b g Aristocracy - Montevelle (Montelimar)

1. BLACK JACK KETCHUM (IRE) 8 b g Oscar - Cailin Supreme (Supreme Leader) O-Mrs Gay Smith B-E Morrissey TR-Jonjo O’Neill 2. Faasel (IRE) 6 b g Unfuwain - Waqood (Riverman) 3. Lough Derg (FR) 7 b g Apple Tree - Asturias (Pistolet Bleu)

1. MATTOCK RANGER (IRE) 7 b g Oscar - Siberiansdaughter (Strong Gale) O-Barouche Stud Ireland Ltd B-Mrs Rita Kent TR-Noel Meade 2. Aka Jake (IRE) 8 b g Jolly Jake - Ticking Over (Decent Fellow) 3. Back To Bid (IRE) 7 b g Mujadil - Cut It Fine (Big Spruce)

1. KINGS QUAY (GB) 5 b h Montjeu - Glen Rosie (Mujtahid) O-Mrs Marie Taylor B-Newsells Park Stud Ltd TR-JJ Quinn 2. Chivalry (GB) 8 b g Mark of Esteem - Gai Bulga (Kris) 3. Poquelin (FR) 4 bl g Lahint - Babolna (Tropular)

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KINGS QUAY (GB) b h 2002 Northern Dancer Sadler’s Wells Fairy Bridge MONTJEU b 96 Top Ville Floripedes Toute Cy Woodman Mujtahid Mesmerize GLEN ROSIE ch 97 Caerleon Silver Echo Dawn Echo

Nearctic Natalma Bold Reason Special High Top Sega Ville Tennyson Adele Toumignon Mr Prospector Playmate Mill Reef Jeanie Duff Nijinsky Foreseer Don Solar Echo

15 BADGER ALES TROPHY H CHASE LR

MIGMATITE (USA) br g 2003

FRENCH ACCORDION (IRE) b h 2000

Northern Dancer South Ocean Storm Cat Secretariat Terlingua Crimson Saint GIANT’S CAUSEWAY ch 97 Blushing Groom Rahy Glorious Song Mariah’s Storm Roberto Immense Imsodear Bold Reasoning Seattle Slew My Charmer Capote Bald Eagle Too Bald Hidden Talent CANDY CHARM bbr 94 Nijinsky Green Dancer Green Valley Lollipop Lies Hilarious Laughing Bridge Brookbridge

Nearctic Natalma Sadler’s Wells Bold Reason Fairy Bridge Special ACCORDION b 86 Bold Ruler Successor Misty Morn Sound of Success Tudor Minstrel Belle Musique Bellesoeur Blue Prince Prince Tenderfoot La Tendresse Prince Rupert Vaguely Noble Carrozzella Carrozza ROYAL THIMBLE b 91 Tom Fool Comedy Star Latin Walk Tootsie Roll Jester Just Kidding Festal

18 LISMULLEN HURDLE G2

21 TA MORRIS MEMORIAL CHASE LR

Storm Bird

I’MSINGINGTHEBLUES (IRE) b g 2002

Northern Dancer

High Top Top Ville Sega Ville PISTOLET BLEU b 88 Armos Pampa Bella Kendie Ragstone Ra Nova Miss Casanova NOVA ROSE b 95 Torus Lovelyroseofclare Queens Folly

Derring-Do Camenae Charlottesville La Sega Mossborough Ardelle Klairon Amagalla Ragusa Fotheringay Galivanter Honey Palm Ribero Lighted Lamp King’s Bench Gay Tricks

24 PROFILE SYSTEMS NOVICE CHASE G3

WINCANTON. November 10. 25f 110yds. Good.

NAVAN. November 11. 20f. Good to firm.

CLONMEL. November 15. 20f. Good.

PUNCHESTOWN. Nov 17. 22f. Good to yielding.

1. ABRAGANTE (IRE) 6 b g Saddlers’ Hall - Joli’s Girl (Mansingh) O-DA Johnson B-Sweetmans Stud TR-DE Pipe 2. Tom Sayers (IRE) 9 b g Toulon - Jillie James (The Parson) 3. Turthen (FR) 6 ch g Turgeon - Majathen (Carmarthen)

1. SWEET KILN (IRE) 8 b m Beneficial - Miss Pollerton (Pollerton) O-James Bowe B-James Bowe TR-Michael J Bowe 2. Rosaker (USA) 10 b g Pleasant Tap - Rose Crescent (Nijinsky) 3. Kerryhead Windfarm (IRE) 9 br g Bob Back - Kerryhead Girl (Be My Native)

1. GAZZA’S GIRL (IRE) 7 bbr m Norwich - Miss Ranova (Giacometti) O-Patrick McCooey B-James A Slattery TR-Mrs John Harrington 2. Emma Jane (IRE) 7 b m Lord Americo - Excitable Lady (Buckskin) 3. Tiarella (IRE) 7 b m Supreme Leader - Dawn Appeal (Deep Run)

1. SANTA’S SON (IRE) 7 ch g Basanta - Rivers Town Rosie (Roselier) O-KST Syndicate B-John Mulvaney TR-JF O’Shea 2. Secretofshambhala (IRE) 8 b g Alphabatim - Take A Guess (Carlingford Castle)

ABRAGANTE (IRE) b g 2001

SWEET KILN (IRE) b m 1999

GAZZA’S GIRL (IRE) bbr m 2000

SANTA’S SON (IRE) ch g 2000

Northern Dancer Sadler’s Wells Fairy Bridge SADDLERS’ HALL b 88 Val de Loir Sunny Valley Sunland Jaipur Mansingh Tutasi JOLI’S GIRL b 82 Fortissimo Jolimo Jolisu

Nearctic Natalma Bold Reason Special Vieux Manoir Vali Charlottesville Sunny Gulf Nasrullah Rare Perfume Native Dancer Bridgework Fortino II Choir Practice Welsh Abbot Got Off

16 RISING STARS NOVICES’ CHASE G2

High Top Top Ville Sega Ville BENEFICIAL b 90 Green Dancer Youthful First Bloom Rarity Pollerton Nilie MISS POLLERTON b 88 Sir Herbert Miss Kiln Kinneagh

Derring-Do Camenae Charlottesville La Sega Nijinsky Green Valley Primera Flower Dance Hethersett Who Can Tell Relko Arctic Melody Pampered King Phare Rosa Limekiln Lovely Alien

19 FOR AUCTION NOVICE HURDLE G3

High Top Top Ville Sega Ville NORWICH b 87 Blakeney Dame Julian March Spray Faberge II Giacometti Naujwan MISS RANOVA ch 85 Galivanter Miss Casanova Honey Palm

Derring-Do Camenae Charlottesville La Sega Hethersett Windmill Girl March Past Cup Tie Princely Gift Spring Offensive Ommeyad Migolette Golden Cloud Lycia Honeyway Kennie II

Only two finished

Northern Dancer Sadler’s Wells Fairy Bridge BASANTA b 93 Lord Gayle La Meilleure Gradille Misti IV Roselier Peace Rose RIVERS TOWN ROSIE gr 93 Furry Glen Borys Glen Ballymacarett

Nearctic Natalma Bold Reason Special Sir Gaylord Sticky Case Home Guard Gradiva Medium Mist Fastnet Rock La Paix Wolver Hollow Cleftess Menelek Lilquin

25 SERVO COMPUTER SERVICES TROPHY H CHASE G3

22 CLONMEL OIL CHASE G2

WINCANTON. November 10. 21f. Good.

NAVAN. November 11. 16f. Good to firm.

CLONMEL. November 15. 20f. Good.

CHELTENHAM. Nov 17. 27f 110yds. Good.

1. ORNAIS (FR) 5 b g Michel Georges - Imperia II (Beyssac) O-The Stewart Family B-Francois Cottin TR-PF Nicholls 2. Joe Lively (IRE) 8 b g Flemensfirth - Forest Gale (Strong Gale) 3. Gentleman Jimmy (GB) 7 br g Alderbrook - Irish Orchid (Free State)

1. QUINMASTER (USA) 5 gr h Linamix - Sherkiya (Goldneyev) O-William Durkan B-Farish & Farish Llc TR-M Halford 2. Meadow Vale (IRE) 5 ch g Bob Back - Only Gossip (Trempolino) 3. Lyceum (GER) 5 ch g Trempolino - Liza (Lycius)

1. MOSSBANK (IRE) 7 b g Kadeed - Miromaid (Simply Great) O-Gigginstown House Stud B-William McGladdery TR-Michael Hourigan 2. Knight Legend (IRE) 8 b h Flying Legend - Well Trucked (Dry Dock) 3. Light On The Broom (IRE) 11 b g Aristocracy - Montevelle (Montelimar)

1. SIR REMBRANDT (IRE) 11 b g Mandalus - Sue’s A Lady (Le Moss) O-A Hordle B-F Warren TR-VRA Dartnall 2. Cornish Sett (IRE) 8 b g Accordion - Hue ‘n’ Cry (Denel) 3. L’Ami (FR) 8 ch g Lute Antique - Voltige De Nievre (Brezzo)

ORNAIS (FR) b g 2002

QUINMASTER (USA) gr h 2002

MOSSBANK (IRE) b g 2000

SIR REMBRANDT (IRE) b g 1996

Luthier Saint Cyrien Sevres MICHEL GEORGES b 88 Mill Reef Deborah Williams Dutch Delight Paris Jour Beyssac Dori IMPERIA II b 96 Cyborg Domage II Manna

Klairon Flute Enchantee Riverman Saratoga Never Bend Milan Mill Shantung Strawberry Tart Herbager La Petite Hutte Nordiste Paraphernalia Arctic Tern Cadair Le Pontet Belle Anna

17 FISHERY LANE HURDLE LR

Bellypha Mendez Miss Carina LINAMIX gr 87 Breton Lunadix Lutine Nureyev Goldneyev Gold River SHERKIYA b 94 Great Nephew Sherzana Sharmeen

Lyphard Belga Caro Miss Pia Relko La Melba Alcide Mona Northern Dancer Special Riverman Glaneuse Honeyway Sybil’s Niece Val de Loir Nasreen

20 FORTRIA CHASE G2

Northern Dancer Sadler’s Wells Fairy Bridge KADEED b 91 Habitat Marwell Lady Seymour Mill Reef Simply Great Seneca MIROMAID b 87 Pitskelly Slow Hands Painted Glen

Nearctic Natalma Bold Reason Special Sir Gaylord Little Hut Tudor Melody My Game Never Bend Milan Mill Chaparral Schonbrunn Petingo French Bird Pall Mall Easel

23 SHARP NOVICES’ HURDLE G2

Fair Trial Art Paper Big Game Great Fun Merry Devon Owen Tudor Abernant Rustom Mahal Royal Charger Lamri Legende II Le Lavandou Le Levanstell Stella’s Sister Ballymoss Feemoss Feevagh Court Martial King’s Bench King’s Cross Combat Princess Antiope Mulier Magnifica Petition

Mandamus MANDALUS bbr 74 Laminate

Le Moss SUE’S A LADY ch 86 Warrior Queen

26 LOMBARD PROPERTIES H HURDLE LR

NAAS. November 10. 16f. Good.

NAVAN. November 11. 16f. Good to firm.

CHELTENHAM. Nov 16. 16f 110yds. Good.

CHELTENHAM. Nov 17. 25f 110yds. Good.

1. MIGMATITE (USA) 4 br g Giant’s Causeway - Candy Charm (Capote) O-James McEvoy B-Michael Kinane TR-John E Kiely 2. Loup du Saubouas (FR) 4 b g Loup Solitaire - Minaudeuse (The Minstrel) 3. Merveilles (GB) 4 b g Vettori - Finlaggan (Be My Chief)

1. FRENCH ACCORDION (IRE) 7 b h Accordion - Royal Thimble (Prince Rupert) O-Padraig Brady B-John McKeever TR-Paul Nolan 2. Kahuna (IRE) 10 b g Mister Lord - My Baloo (On Your Mark) 3. Central House (GB) 10 b g Alflora - Fantasy World (Kemal)

1. I’MSINGINGTHEBLUES (IRE) 5 b g Pistolet Bleu - Nova Rose (Ra Nova) O-J Hales B-Mill House Stud TR-PF Nicholls 2. Snap Tie (IRE) 5 b g Pistolet Bleu - Aries Girl (Valiyar) 3. Dark Bolero (IRE) 5 b g Alderbrook - Bobsyourdad (Bob’s Return)

1. SONNYANJOE (IRE) 9 b g Roselier - Carrabawn (Buckskin) O-Anthony Byrne B-T Broderick TR-T Hogan 2. Lyes Green (GB) 6 gr g Bien Bien - Dissolve (Sharrood) 3. Raslan (GB) 4 b g Lomitas - Rosia (Mr Prospector)

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Caulfield on Jazz Messenger: “His bloodlines are predominantly German. His dam was a German Listed winner, and his second dam was half-sister to a German St Leger hero and a champion” JAAMID (GB) b g 2002

SONNYANJOE (IRE) b g 1998 Meridien Melodie Tornado Mist La Touche Ocean Swell Fastnet Rock Stone Of Fortune Seven Seas La Paix Anne de Bretagne Mossborough Yelapa Your Point Herbager Bete A Bon Dieu Caralline II Saint Crespin III Laurence O Feevagh Vic Day Hal’s Day Hal’s Maiden

Misti IV ROSELIER gr 73 Peace Rose

Buckskin CARRABAWN b 86 Ice Cream Girl

Northern Dancer Pas de Nom Sir Ivor Foreign Courier Courtly Dee Busted Bustino Ship Yard Mill Reef Fairy Footsteps Glass Slipper Sea Bird II Arctic Tern Bubbling Beauty Lyphard Beaune Barbra Native Dancer Raise A Native Raise You Francis S A Wind Is Rising Queen Nasra Danzig

Medium

Green Desert DESERT PRINCE b 95 Flying Fairy

Bering STRICTLY COOL ch 92 Strictly Raised

31 CRADDOCKSTOWN NOVICE CHASE G2 PUNCHESTOWN. Nov 18. 16f. Soft to heavy.

ASCOT. November 24. 19f 110yds. Good.

1. ESCREA (IRE) 8 b m Oscar - Parsons Alert (The Parson) O-John Crean B-Ms Carmel Hennessy TR-Paul Nolan 2. For A Song (IRE) 8 bbr h Frimaire - Lady Naign (Chilibang) 3. Savitha (IRE) 7 b m King’s Theatre - Irish Call (Irish River)

1. HARDY EUSTACE (IRE) 10 b g Archway - Sterna Star (Corvaro) O-Laurence Byrne B-Patrick Joyce TR-DT Hughes 2. Afsoun (FR) 5 b g Kahyasi - Afragha (Darshaan) 3. Lough Derg (FR) 7 b g Apple Tree - Asturias (Pistolet Bleu)

ESCREA (IRE) b f 1999

HARDY EUSTACE (IRE) b g 1997

Northern Dancer Sadler’s Wells Fairy Bridge

27 PADDY POWER GOLD CUP H CHASE G3

OSCAR b 94

30 MORGIANA HURDLE G1

Reliance II Snow Day Vindaria

PUNCHESTOWN. Nov 18. 16f. Soft to heavy.

1. L’ANTARTIQUE (FR) 7 b g Cyborg - Moomaw (Akarad) O-Mrs AN Durkan B-T Picard, Phillipe De Maeseneire TR-Ferdy Murphy 2. Il Duce (IRE) 7 br g Anshan - Glory-Glory (Buckskin) 3. Knowhere (IRE) 9 b g

1. JAZZ MESSENGER (FR) 7 b g Acatenango - In The Saltmine (Damister) O-RST Syndicate B-NP Bloodstock Ltd TR-Noel Meade 2. Farmer Brown (IRE) 6 b g Bob Back - Magic Moonbeam (Decent Fellow) 3. Macs Joy (IRE) 8 b g Religiously - Snob’s Supreme (Supreme Leader)

L’ANTARTIQUE (FR) b g 2000

JAZZ MESSENGER (FR) b g 2000

CHELTENHAM. Nov 17. 20f 110yds. Good.

Dan Cupid Sicalade Hasty Road Bubbling Beauty Almahmoud Petare Sadair Blue Missy Nasrullah Blarney Castle Bold Irish Busted Labus Cordovilla Abdos Licata Gaia Kalamoun Kenmare Belle of Ireland Snob II Orbit Felouque Sea Bird II

Arctic Tern CYBORG ch 82 Cadair

Akarad MOOMAW b 89 Syzygy

28 PRESTBURY JUVENILE NOVICES’ HURDLE G2 CHELTENHAM. Nov 17. 16f 110yds. Good.

1. FRANCHOEK (IRE) 3 ch g Trempolino - Snow House (Vacarme) O-David Mason B-6c Stallions Ltd TR-A King 2. Won In The Dark (IRE) 3 b g Montjeu - Meseta (Lion Cavern) 3. Lemon Silk (IRE) 3 ch g Barathea - Bois de Citron (Woodman) FRANCHOEK (IRE) ch g 2004 Atan Sharpen Up Rocchetta TREMPOLINO ch 84 Viceregal Trephine Quiriquina Lyphard Vacarme Virunga SNOW HOUSE ch 89 Wollow Snowy Snow Castle

Native Dancer Mixed Marriage Rockefella Chambiges Northern Dancer Victoria Regina Molvedo La Chaussee Northern Dancer Goofed Sodium Vale Wolver Hollow Wichuraiana Snow Cat Luna Park

29 BLACKWATER H HURDLE GrC CORK. November 18. 20f. Good to yielding.

1. JAAMID (GB) 5 b g Desert Prince - Strictly Cool (Bering) O-Peter M Law B-CC & Mrs DJ Buckley TR-Noel Meade 2. Massini Magic (IRE) 6 b m Dr Massini - Crimson Brush (Brush Aside) 3. Head Waiter (IRE) 4 b c Lend A Hand - Anno Luce (Old Vic)

Literat Surumu Surama ACATENANGO ch 82 Aggressor Aggravate Raven Locks Mr Prospector Damister Batucada IN THE SALTMINE b 92 Pentathlon Isabellina Isabellita

Birkhahn Lis Reliance II Suncourt Combat Phaetonia Mr Jinks Gentlemen’s Relish Raise A Native Gold Digger Roman Line Whistle A Tune Ennis Palmural Neckar Indra

One of the bargains at the 2005 Autumn Sales, Jazz Messenger made only 15,000gns. The fiveyear-old’s price reflected his failure to win for more than two years and he had recently suffered defeats in the French Provinces. However, he had shown as a three-year-old, when he collected two valuable handicaps, that he possesses plenty of ability, and his sire Acatenango had already shown he could sire a Gr1-winning jumper in Wild Passion. Wild Passion’s trainer Noel Meade made the successful bid for Jazz Messenger and has had no cause for regret. Jazz Messenger’s first 13 starts over hurdles for his new trainer have yielded five victories, including two Gr1 contests, and he has also won twice on the Flat. His latest Gr1 success, in the Maplewood Developments Hurdle at Fairyhouse, saw him jump well to defeat a good field. Jazz Messenger’s bloodlines are predominantly German. His dam In The Saltmine, a daughter of the Derby third Damister, was a Listed winner in Germany and his second dam, the Norwegian winner Isabellina, was a half-sister to Index, winner of the German St Leger, and to Istria, a champion German filly. Istria has several notable descendants, including the American Gr1 winner Mayo On The Side.

34 ASCOT HURDLE G2

Aureole The Parson Bracey Bridge PARSONS ALERT b 90 Deep Run Jet Travel Jeannie

Nearctic Natalma Bold Reason Special Tantieme Relance III Roi Dagobert Heavenly Body Hyperion Angelola Chanteur II Rutherford Bridge Pampered King Trial By Fire Menelek Rash Promise

32 GREATWOOD H HURDLE G3

Forli Thong Abernant Abella Darrica Hoist The Flag Alleged Princess Pout Northern Dancer Rose Red Cambrienne Vienna Vaguely Noble Noble Lassie Sir Gaylord Delmora Penitence Sovereign Path Sovereign Gleam Tudor Gleam Neckar Sterna Stammesart Thatch

Thatching ARCHWAY ch 88 Rose of Jericho

Corvaro STERNA STAR bbr 84 Star Girl

35 NEWTON NOVICES’ HURDLE LR

CHELTENHAM. Nov 18. 16f 110yds. Soft.

HAYDOCK PARK. Nov 24. 16f. Good to soft.

1. SIZING EUROPE (IRE) 5 b g Pistolet Bleu - Jennie Dun (Mandalus) O-Alan Potts B-Mrs Angela Bracken TR-Henry De Bromhead 2. Osana (FR) 5 b g Video Rock - Voilette (Brezzo) 3. Chivalry (GB) 8 b g Mark of Esteem - Gai Bulga (Kris)

1. LIGHTNING STRIKE (GER) 4 ch g Danehill Dancer - La Capilla (Machiavellian) O-John Nicholls (Trading) Ltd B-Dr C Berglar TR-Miss Venetia Williams 2. Tazbar (IRE) 5 b g Tiraaz - Candy Bar (Montelimar) 3. Chrysander (GB) 5 b g Cadeaux Genereux - Jumairah Sun (Scenic)

SIZING EUROPE (IRE) b g 2002

LIGHTNING STRIKE (GER) ch g 2003

High Top Top Ville Sega Ville PISTOLET BLEU b 88 Armos Pampa Bella Kendie Mandamus Mandalus Laminate JENNIE DUN b 94 Deep Run Lakelands Girl Charlie Girl

Derring-Do Camenae Charlottesville La Sega Mossborough Ardelle Klairon Amagalla Petition Great Fun Abernant Lamri Pampered King Trial By Fire Vic Day Polperro

33 NOVEMBER NOVICES’ CHASE G2

Danzig Danehill Razyana DANEHILL DANCER b 93 Sharpen Up Mira Adonde Lettre d’Amour Mr Prospector Machiavellian Coup de Folie LA CAPILLA b 92 Surumu La Concordia La Dorada

Northern Dancer Pas de Nom His Majesty Spring Adieu Atan Rocchetta Caro Lianga Raise A Native Gold Digger Halo Raise The Standard Literat Surama Kronzeuge Love In

36 LANCASHIRE CHASE G1

CHELTENHAM. November 18. 16f. Soft.

HAYDOCK PARK. November 24. 24f. Soft.

1. MOON OVER MIAMI (GER) 6 b g Dashing Blade - Miss Esther (Alkalde) O-Mrs AE Fulton, MT Lynch B-R Kuhne UA TR-CJ Mann 2. Predateur (FR) 4 b g Nikos - Fia Rosa (Royal Charter) 3. Dev (IRE) 7 b g Anshan - Local Dream (Deep Run)

1. KAUTO STAR (FR) 7 b g Village Star - Kauto Relka (Port Etienne) O-Clive D Smith B-Mme Henri Aubert TR-PF Nicholls 2. Exotic Dancer (FR) 7 b g Turgeon - Northine (Northern Treat) 3. Beef Or Salmon (IRE) 11 ch g Cajetano - Farinella (Salmon Leap)

MOON OVER MIAMI (GER) b g 2001

KAUTO STAR (FR) b g 2000

Shirley Heights Elegant Air Elegant Tern DASHING BLADE b 87 Sharpen Up Sharp Castan Sultry One Konigsstuhl Alkalde Astra MISS ESTHER br 91 Athenagoras Miss Aurelia Miss Texas

Mill Reef Hardiemma Sea Bird II Prides Profile Atan Rocchetta Tropique Sweet Heart V Dschingis Khan Konigskronung Kaiseradler Anekdote Nasram II Avenida Sleipnir Mamba

Mill Reef Moulin High Fidelyty VILLAGE STAR ch 83 Reliance II Glitter Glistening Mill Reef Port Etienne Sierra Morena KAUTO RELKA b 93 Kautokeino Kautorette Verdurette

Never Bend Milan Mill Hautain Paladrina Tantieme Relance III Aureole Causerie Never Bend Milan Mill Canisbay Saigon Relko Cranberry Lionel Tyrolina

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Kauto Star’s sire Village Star took time to show his best form, but was good enough to finish third in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at four and to win the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud at five. Unfortunately, he was too stoutly bred to develop into a fashionable Flat stallion, his second dam Glistening being a half-sister to Proverb. A winner of the Goodwood Cup over 21 furlongs as a three-year-old, Proverb passed on his staying power to numerous good chasers, including three Whitbread Gold Cup winners. Kauto Star’s broodmare sire, the smart French horse Port Etienne, is best known in Britain as the sire of the smart hurdler-chaser Kadastrof and of Barton. Kauto Star’s dam Kauto Relka never raced but she is a half-sister to Kauto Ray, winner of the Prix James Hennessy, a Listed chase at Auteuil. The next dam, Kautorette, won 13 times in France.

42 BERKSHIRE NOVICES’ CHASE G2

39 BECHER H CHASE LR

45 GERRY FEILDEN HURDLE LR

AINTREE. November 25. 26f. Good to soft.

NEWBURY. November 30. 20f. Good to soft.

NEWBURY. December 1. 16f 110yds. Soft.

1. MR POINTMENT (IRE) 8 b g Old Vic - Bettyhill (Ardross) O-Stockton Heath Racing B-Miss A Gibson Fleming, Mrs E Cooper TR-PF Nicholls 2. Bewleys Berry (IRE) 9 ch g Shernazar - Approach The Dawn (Orchestra) 3. Pak Jack (FR) 7 ch g Pitchounet - Miss Noir Et Or (Noir Et Or)

1. HOBBS HILL (GB) 8 b g Alflora - Rim of Pearl (Rymer) O-Mr & Mrs Peter Orton B-Shade Oak Stud, D & Mrs Jenks TR-CR Egerton 2. Silverburn (IRE) 6 b g Presenting - Polly Puttens (Pollerton) 3. Papini (IRE) 6 ch g Lomitas - Pariana (Bering)

1. MON MICHEL (IRE) 4 b g Montjeu - Miniver (Mujtahid) O-The Gingerbread Men B-Sean Collins TR-GL Moore 2. French Saulaie (FR) 6 b g French Glory - Parade Royale (Garde Royale) 3. European Dream (IRE) 4 br g Kalanisi - Tereed Elhawa (Cadeaux Genereux)

MR POINTMENT (IRE) b g 1999

HOBBS HILL (GB) b g 1999

MON MICHEL (IRE) b g 2003

Nearctic Natalma Bold Reason Fairy Bridge Special Darius Derring-Do Sipsey Bridge Vimy Camenae Madrilene Tom Rolfe Run The Gantlet First Feather Levmoss Le Melody Arctic Melody Zarathustra Crozier Vimere Sea Lover Monte’s Legend Flying Gem Northern Dancer

Sadler’s Wells OLD VIC b 86 Cockade

Ardross BETTYHILL b 93 Combe Hill

40 MONKSFIELD NOVICE HURDLE G3

Nijinsky Niniski Virginia Hills ALFLORA b 89 Bold Lad Adrana Le Melody Reliance II Rymer Piave RIM OF PEARL b 83 My Smokey Pearl Smoke Arctic Pearl

Northern Dancer Flaming Page Tom Rolfe Ridin’ Easy Bold Ruler Barn Pride Levmoss Arctic Melody Tantieme Relance III Alcide Peseta II Signal Light Strathmore Iceberg II Honeyweed

43 REHEARSAL H CHASE LR

Northern Dancer Sadler’s Wells Fairy Bridge MONTJEU b 96 Top Ville Floripedes Toute Cy Woodman Mujtahid Mesmerize MINIVER ch 95 Northern Dancer Maryinsky Extra Place

Nearctic Natalma Bold Reason Special High Top Sega Ville Tennyson Adele Toumignon Mr Prospector Playmate Mill Reef Jeanie Duff Nearctic Natalma Round Table Rich Relation

46 FIGHTING FIFTH HURDLE G1

37 PETERBOROUGH CHASE G2 HUNTINGDON. Nov 24. 20f 110yds. Good.

NAVAN. November 25. 20f. Yielding.

NEWCASTLE. December 1. 24f. Good to soft.

NEWCASTLE. December 1. 16f. Good to soft.

1. RACING DEMON (IRE) 7 b g Old Vic - All Set (Electric) O-Mrs TP Radford B-Con O’Keeffe TR-Miss HC Knight 2. Natal (FR) 6 b g Funny Baby - Donitille (Italic)

1. RATHMORE CASTLE (IRE) 5 ch g Topanoora - Torgyl (Sayyaf) O-Saffron & Green Syndicate B-John Hanly TR-Mrs Maureen Danagher 2. Gem Daly (FR) 6 br g Nikos - Tinopasa (No Pass No Sale) 3. Clew Bay Lodge (IRE) 7 ch g Presenting - Showphar (Phardante)

1. HARMONY BRIG (IRE) 8 ch g Accordion - Bridges Daughter (Montelimar) O-It’s A Bargain Syndicate B-Mrs OE Matthews TR-NG Richards 2. Aleron (IRE) 9 b g Sadler’s Wells - High Hawk (Shirley Heights) 3. Royal Rosa (FR) 8 ch g Garde Royale - Crystalza (Crystal Palace)

1. HARCHIBALD (FR) 8 b g Perugino - Dame d’Harvard (Quest For Fame) O-DP Sharkey B-SNC Ecurie Bouchard TR-Noel Meade 2. Al Eile (IRE) 7 b g Alzao - Kilcsem Eile (Commanche Run) 3. Katchit (IRE) 4 b g Kalanisi - Miracle (Ezzoud)

RATHMORE CASTLE (IRE) ch g 2002

HARMONY BRIG (IRE) ch g 1999

HARCHIBALD (FR) b g 1999

Only two finished

RACING DEMON (IRE) b g 2000 Sadler’s Wells OLD VIC b 86 Cockade

Electric ALL SET b 92 Merry Lesa

Nearctic Northern Dancer Natalma Bold Reason Fairy Bridge Special Darius Derring-Do Sipsey Bridge Vimy Camenae Madrilene Hethersett Blakeney Windmill Girl Double Jump Christiana Mount Rosa Pardal Dalesa Solesa Merry Rose Rozeen Pandomas

Lorenzaccio Ahonoora Helen Nichols TOPANOORA b 87 Sea Hawk II Topping Girl Round Eye Habitat Sayyaf Pavello TORGYL ch 87 Double-U-Jay Eljay El-Al

Klairon Phoenissa Martial Quaker Girl Herbager Sea Nymph Round Table All My Eye Sir Gaylord Little Hut Crepello Piave Major Portion Renounce Palestine Sinna

41 FRIENDS OF NIGEL CLARK MARES ONLY HURDLE LR

38 AMLIN 1965 H CHASE G2

Northern Dancer Sadler’s Wells Fairy Bridge ACCORDION b 86 Successor Sound of Success Belle Musique Alleged Montelimar L’Extravagante BRIDGES DAUGHTER ch 91 Our Mirage Mayobridge Castle Demon

Nearctic Natalma Bold Reason Special Bold Ruler Misty Morn Tudor Minstrel Bellesoeur Hoist The Flag Princess Pout Le Fabuleux Fanfreluche Miralgo Ardent Range Tiepolo II Black Daemon

44 LONG DISTANCE HURDLE G2

ASCOT. November 24. 19f. Good.

KEMPTON PARK. Nov 27. 21f. Good to soft.

NEWBURY. December 1. 24f 110yds. Soft.

1. HOWLE HILL (IRE) 7 b g Ali-Royal - Grandeur And Grace (Septieme Ciel) O-The Brown Family, R Benton, R Lucas B-Leon O’Coileain TR-A King 2. Fier Normand (FR) 8 b g Cyborg - Moomaw (Akarad) 3. Mister Quasimodo (GB) 7 b g Busy Flight - Dubacilla (Dubassoff)

1. REFINEMENT (IRE) 8 b m Oscar - Maneree (Mandalus) O-Michael Tabor B-Michael Tabor TR-Jonjo O’Neill 2. Kruguyrova (FR) 4 ch f Muhtathir - Kruguy (Try My Best) 3. Gaspara (FR) 4 b f Astarabad - Gaspaisie (Beyssac)

1. INGLIS DREVER (GB) 8 b g In The Wings - Cormorant Creek (Gorytus) O-Andrea & Graham Wylie B-RJ McAlpine, DO Pickering TR-J Howard Johnson 2. Special Envoy (FR) 5 gr g Linamix - Pawnee Dancer (Dancing Brave) 3. Kasbah Bliss (FR) 5 b g Kahyasi - Marital Bliss (Double Bed)

HOWLE HILL (IRE) b g 2000

REFINEMENT (IRE) b m 1999

Nijinsky Royal Academy Crimson Saint ALI-ROYAL b 93 Chief Singer Alidiva Alligatrix Seattle Slew Septieme Ciel Maximova GRANDEUR AND GRACE b 92 Jaazeiro Princess Cariole Cariole

Northern Dancer Flaming Page Crimson Satan Bolero Rose Ballad Rock Principia Alleged Shore Bold Reasoning My Charmer Green Dancer Baracala Sham Rule Formi Pardao Tumbrel

Northern Dancer Sadler’s Wells Fairy Bridge OSCAR b 94 Reliance II Snow Day Vindaria Mandamus Mandalus Laminate MANEREE b 87 Deep Run Damberee Star O’Meath

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INGLIS DREVER (GB) b g 1999 Nearctic Natalma Bold Reason Special Tantieme Relance III Roi Dagobert Heavenly Body Petition Great Fun Abernant Lamri Pampered King Trial By Fire Star Gazer Rose O’Meath

Northern Dancer Sadler’s Wells Fairy Bridge IN THE WINGS b 86 Shirley Heights High Hawk Sunbittern Nijinsky Gorytus Glad Rags CORMORANT CREEK b 87 Super Sam Quarry Wood Phrygia

Nearctic Natalma Bold Reason Special Mill Reef Hardiemma Sea Hawk II Pantoufle Northern Dancer Flaming Page High Hat Dryad Above Suspicion Samaria Mossborough Lenaea

Northern Dancer Danzig Pas de Nom PERUGINO br 91 Bold Reason Fairy Bridge Special Rainbow Quest Quest For Fame Aryenne DAME D’HARVARD gr 94 Riva Ridge Bridge Table Grey Table

Nearctic Natalma Admiral’s Voyage Petitioner Hail To Reason Lalun Forli Thong Blushing Groom I Will Follow Green Dancer Americaine First Landing Iberia Grey Sovereign Good Table

Harchibald’s sire Perugino wasn’t a likely candidate to sire a top-class jumper. He stands only 15.3 hands and managed only one appearance, when he won over six furlongs at two. However, Perugino is a threeparts-brother to the great Sadler’s Wells, sire of such accomplished hurdlers as Istabraq and the French Champion Hurdle winner Zaiyad, and to Fairy King, sire of that very smart hurdler Rigmarole. Perugino has also sired the occasional talented hurdler, another son being Kawagino, fifth in the 2007 Champion Hurdle. Perugino’s stallion career hasn’t been helped by constant changes in location, ranging from Ireland to Japan to Australia to Germany. Even so, he has sired the champion Australian sprinter Testa Rossa, the dual Australian Gr1 winner Sudurka, the German Oaks winner Next Gina and the accomplished British sprinter The Tatling.


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Caulfield on Sky’s The Limit: “His sire Medaaly was a miserable failure as a Flat stallion in France but he has fared better as a sire of jumpers, and he holds a top-ten position in France for 2007” As Testa Rossa and The Tatling have shown, Perugino is capable of siring very fast performers, but Harchibald was no sprinter on the Flat. He had won three times from ten to 12.5 furlongs in France by the time he was sold for €90,000 at Goffs’ 2002 Arc sale. Harchibald’s broodmare sire is the Derby winner Quest For Fame and his second dam is by the Kentucky Derby winner Riva Ridge.

47 MCGARRELL REILLY HOMES JUVENILE 3YO HURDLE G3

JAYO (FR) ch c 2003 Northern Dancer Flaming Page Caerleon Round Table Foreseer Regal Gleam GRAPE TREE ROAD b 93 Sir Gaylord Habitat Little Hut One Way Street Busted Guillotina Tina II Raise A Native Exclusive Native Exclusive Affirmed Crafty Admiral Won’t Tell You Scarlet Ribbon JOIE DE NUIT b 89 Red God Blushing Groom Runaway Bride Overdose Noholme II Oropesa Ordenstreue Nijinsky

50 HENNESSY COGNAC GOLD CUP H CHASE G3

FAIRYHOUSE. December 1. 16f. Yielding.

1. MACA RINCE (IRE) 3 b f Rainwatch - Forthill (Phardante) O-Florence McCarthy B-Florence McCarthy TR-Jarlath P Fahey 2. Paco Jack (IRE) 3 b g Soviet Star - Tocade (Kenmare) 3. Harper Valley (IRE) 3 b g Val Royal - Dry Lightning (Shareef Dancer) MACA RINCE (IRE) b f 2004 Blushing Groom Rainbow Quest I Will Follow RAINWATCH b 94 Slip Anchor Third Watch Triple First Pharly Phardante Pallante FORTHILL ch 91 Ahonoora Any Excuse Ballys Princess

Red God Runaway Bride Herbager Where You Lead Shirley Heights Sayonara High Top Field Mouse Lyphard Comely Taj Dewan Cavadonga Lorenzaccio Helen Nichols Salvo Ballynulta

NEWBURY. December 1. 26f 110yds. Soft.

1. DENMAN (IRE) 7 ch g Presenting - Polly Puttens (Pollerton) O-Paul K Barber, Mrs M Findlay B-Colman O’Flynn TR-PF Nicholls 2. Dream Alliance (GB) 6 ch g Bien Bien - Rewbell (Andy Rew) 3. Character Building (IRE) 7 chgr g Accordion - Mrs Jones (Roselier)

he has proved an inspired purchase: the son of Lomitas has never finished worse than fourth in 13 starts and has won six times, including at Gr1, Gr2 and Gr3 level. It is no surprise that Lomitas has sired a hurdler as good as Aitmatov, as the champion German horse shares the same sire, Niniski, as Alflora (sire of Farmer Jack, Hand Inn Hand and Central House), Hernando (sire of Sacundai, No Refuge and that good chaser State Of Play) and Assessor (sire of My Way de Solzen). Aitmatov’s dam Atoka won at the ages of three and four in Germany. Three of Aitmatov’s half-sisters have done well in various spheres. Arkona, a daughter of Aspros, won the 1993 German Oaks and two others have produced Group winners, Anna Maria being the dam of smart Monsun filly Aubonne and Ariza being the dam of Anzasca.

Busted Mtoto Amazer PRESENTING br 92 Persian Bold D’Azy Belle Viking Rarity Pollerton Nilie POLLY PUTTENS b 82 David Jack My Puttens Railstown

FAIRYHOUSE. December 1. 29f. Soft.

FAIRYHOUSE. December 2. 20f. Heavy.

1. SEA DIVA (IRE) 7 b m Old Vic - Upsail (Top Ville) O-CJ O’Reilly B-CJ O’Reilly TR-DT Hughes 2. Royal Man (FR) 6 ch g Garde Royale - Fayolia (Tip Moss) 3. He’s On His Way (IRE) 8 ch g Zaffaran - Soraway (Choral Society)

1. AITMATOV (GER) 6 b g Lomitas - Atoka (Kaiseradler) O-John O’Meara B-Gestut Ebbesloh TR-Noel Meade 2. Sweet Kiln (IRE) 8 b m Beneficial - Miss Pollerton (Pollerton) 3. Ebaziyan (IRE) 6 gr g Daylami - Ebadiyla (Sadler’s Wells)

SEA DIVA (IRE) b m 2000

AITMATOV (GER) b h 2001

Fairy Bridge Derring-Do Cockade Camenae High Top Top Ville Sega Ville UPSAIL b 87 Sun Prince Sherman Oaks Pirogue

49 LADBROKES H HURDLE GrC FAIRYHOUSE. December 1. 16f. Soft.

1. JAYO (FR) 4 ch c Grape Tree Road - Joie de Nuit (Affirmed) O-Peter Garvey B-M Alan FS LI TR-WP Mullins 2. Deutschland (USA) 4 b g Red Ransom - Rhine Valley (Danzig) 3. Moskova (IRE) 4 gr f Montjeu - Russian Rebel (Machiavellian)

SKY’S THE LIMIT (FR) gr g 2001

High River

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Nijinsky Niniski Virginia Hills LOMITAS ch 88 Surumu La Colorada La Dorada Nebelwerfer Kaiseradler Kaiserwurde ATOKA br 82 Orsini Ambivalenz Altsteierin

Northern Dancer Flaming Page Tom Rolfe Ridin’ Easy Literat Surama Kronzeuge Love In Magnat Newa Bubbles Katinka Ticino Oranien Masetto Allegra

Half an hour after Sky’s The Limit, a graduate of the 2004 Arc sale, became a Gr1 winner, a graduate of the 2005 Arc sale achieved the same important landmark when Aitmatov took the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle. Aitmatov came on the market months after he had completed a hat-trick of victories in a 15-furlong handicap at Longchamp. Even so, he cost Noel Meade no more than €55,000 and

MEDAALY gr 94 Sadler’s Wells Dance of Leaves Fall Aspen

FAIRYHOUSE. December 2. 16f. Heavy.

1. MUIRHEAD (IRE) 4 b g Flemensfirth - Silaoce (Nikos) O-Mrs P Sloan B-Mrs Catherin Ryan TR-Noel Meade 2. Cork All Star (IRE) 5 b g Fasliyev - Lucky State (State Dinner) 3. Whatuthink (IRE) 5 ch g Presenting - Glen’s Encore (Orchestra)

Alleged Princess Pout FLEMENSFIRTH b 92

Sadler’s Wells

1. SKY’S THE LIMIT (FR) 6 gr g Medaaly - Highness Lady (Cagliostro) O-Raymond J Rooney B-Mme Danielle Merian TR-EJ O’Grady 2. Be My Leader (IRE) 8 b m Supreme Leader - Try Your Case (Proverb) 3. Line Ball (IRE) 6 b g Good Thyne - Navaro (Be My Native)

Highest Honor

Hoist The Flag

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OLD VIC b 86

FAIRYHOUSE. December 2. 20f. Heavy.

Kenmare Crepello Sans Le Sou Mincio Alzara Bold Lad Relkarunner Riverman Vallarta Hethersett Who Can Tell Relko Arctic Melody Pampered King Judy Owens Escart III U2

48 PORTERSTOWN H CHASE GrC

Nearctic Natalma Bold Reason Special Darius Sipsey Bridge Vimy Madrilene Derring-Do Camenae Charlottesville La Sega Princely Gift Costa Sola Reliance II Cutter

53 DRINMORE NOVICE CHASE G1

DENMAN (IRE) ch g 2000

MUIRHEAD (IRE) b g 2003

Northern Dancer

Weatherbys Champion Bumper when Muirhead maintained his unbeaten record in the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle. Muirhead has every right to be talented, as his dam Silaoce is a sister to Nononito, who won the Gr1 Prix du Cadran on the Flat and several important hurdle races. Muirhead’s second dam Feuille d’Automne was a winning half-sister to the French Derby fourth Jeu de Paille.

Diesis Etheldreda Royal Bund Nonoalco Nikos No No Nanette SILAOCE b 96 Crystal Palace Feuille d’Automne Serbie

Tom Rolfe Wavy Navy Prince John Determined Lady Sharpen Up Doubly Sure Royal Coinage Nato Nearctic Seximee Sovereign Path Nuclea Caro Hermieres Breton Serjanie

Flemensfirth enjoyed Gr1 success, in the Prix Lupin and Premio Roma, and he won two editions of the Gr2 Prix Dollar. As he also shares the same sire, Alleged, as several successful jumping stallions, including Montelimar, there has been considerable interest in Flemensfirth since he made his debut in 1998, when he covered over 240 mares. His book rose to over 300 mares in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006, so it is presumably only a matter of time before he is being represented by a large number of promising performers. His current team includes the promising novice chasers Tidal Bay, Imperial Commander and Joe Lively, the Kerry National winner Ponmeoath, the Gr3-winning chaser Idole First and the hurdler Annie’s Answer. Flemensfirth came up with his first Gr1 winner since Total Enjoyment landed the 2004

Dschingis Khan Cagliostro Cavanell HIGHNESS LADY ch 87 Be Friendly Hallig Hastily

Kalamoun Belle of Ireland Riverman Hairbrush Northern Dancer Fairy Bridge Pretense Change Water Tamerlane Donna Diana Cavan Oh Merry H Skymaster Lady Sliptic Hornbeam Maitrise

Medaaly, whose finest moment came when he sprang a 14-1 surprise in the 1996 Racing Post Trophy, was a miserable failure as a Flat sire during his six years in France, failing to sire even a single Group winner. He was promptly sold to South Africa. However, the royally-bred son of Highest Honor has fared better as a sire of jumpers and he holds a topten position among France’s leading sires of jumpers in 2007, thanks largely to Shekira. This prolific winner includes the Gr1 Prix Renaud du Vivier Hurdle among her lengthy sequence of victories. Medaaly also has a couple of talented jumpers in Britain and Ireland, in the two-mile chaser Nyrche and the progressive Sky’s The Limit. The latter was a Gr3 winner over hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival and promises to do even better over fences, as he improved his record to two out of two in the Drinmore Novice Chase. Sky’s The Limit, who also won twice on the Flat, was bought for the equivalent of 33,535gns at the 2004 Arc sale. He is one of numerous winners out of Highness Lady, winner of the 1990 German Oaks. Highness Lady’s half-brother Helikon took the Gr1 Grosser Preis der Berliner Bank and three other Group races. Their dam Hallig was by the top sprinter Be Friendly, but that didn’t stop her winning over jumps.

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INDEX

European Pattern, North American Grade Ones, Dubai Grade Ones (wins in numerical bold type) A P Arrow 3 A P Xcellent 239 A To The Croft 383 400 Abbashiva 421 Absolutelyfabulous 137 Achill Island 366 Adagio 30 Adlerflug 182 319 Admiral’s Cruise 68 Admiralofthefleet 78 Admire Moon 17 Advanced 465 African Rose 353 437 After Market 186 248 Ah Day 58 Airmail Special 153 Al Moughazel 19 Al Qasi 216 264 426 Al Shemali 96 Al Tharib 328 Alamanni 474 Alaska River 432 Albabilia 258 Alexander Castle 339 Alexander of Hales 110 183 Alexander Tango 83 265 389 Alexandros 225 279 Alfie Flits 176 All Is Vanity 129 All My Loving 120 160 208 335 Allanit 49 Allegretto 116 233 285 337 442 Amadeus Wolf 92 Amante Latino 45 An Tadh 24 Anabaa’s Creation 102 359 Anamato 241 Anna Pavlova 97 281 406 Annie Skates 403 Antek 182 Anton Chekhov 73 182 Any Given Saturday 54 301 Apollo Star 134 253 361 Appalachian Trail 179 Appel Au Maitre 138 Aqaleem 80 122 227 Arabian Gleam 154 341 Arabian Gulf 75 Arch Rebel 277 325 434 Arch Swing 20 53 197 326 Archipenko 82 Ardbrae Lady 6 Argentina 251 Art Advisor 159 Artiste Royal 449 Ask 77 367 Aspectus 35 85 167 210 253 Asperity 39 140 Assertive 370 Asset 166 228 Astronomer Royal 86 151 Athanor 446 Athenian Way 146 Atlantic Air 143 212 266 Attila’s Storm 313 Authorized 96 122 192 283 Avanti Polonia 133 173 Aviso 65 167 Awelmarduk 104 Awesome Gem 308 392 464 Axxos 49 138 205 401 Backseat Rhythm 450 457 Baddam 50 Baffled 164 Bahama Mama 41 296 Bahia Breeze 40 127 273 Bai and Bai 453 Bal de La Rose 413

Balance 13 243 Balius 212 Balkan Knight 116 281 425 Balthazaar’s Gift 216 329 Banknote 85 145 Barbecue Eddie 455 Baroness Thatcher 2 299 312 Battle Paint 25 Battle Won 245 Bayeux 11 Beacon Lodge 440 Beatrix Kiddo 275 Beauty Is Truth 88 131 Beckermet 428 Believe Me 102 226 Belmundo 430 Benbaun 107 318 343 377 Benny The Bull 313 478 Berbice 357 Beret Rouge 355 Bergo 79 Bertranicus 171 330 Better Talk Now 185 244 Big Booster 239 392 Billyford 445 Bilo 245 Bit of Whimsy 389 456 Black Mamba 391 Black Mambazo 144 Bleu Intense 172 Blue Bajan 76 Blue Chagall 355 Blue Ksar 128 288 424 Blue Rocket 29 Blythe Knight 128 404 Boboman 12 Boca Grande 238 299 Bold Hawk 481 Bond City 67 193 Bordonaro 252 Boris de Deauville 7 405 468 Boscobel 161 Brazilian Star 220 Brilliant 62 Briseida 435 Brisk Breeze 335 Broken Applause 356 Bulwark 98 116 Bussoni 8 36 79 204 262 Bygone Days 321 Cake 416 Campfire Glow 261 Captain Gerrard 229 416 Carriage Trail 61 Cash Included 14 Celestial Halo 75 Celtic Slipper 289 334 409 Centennial 415 Cesare 206 288 Champery 65 Championship Point 69 Champs Elysees 72 204 295 422 Chelokee 15 Cherry Hinton 94 Cheyenne Star 109 Chichi Creasy 25 Chill 48 Chinandega 26 43 Chinese Whisper 27 74 Chopastair 446 Christmas Kid 56 188 Chun Tosaigh 211 Cicerole 446 Cima On Fly 144 Citronnade 126 391 City Leader 297 366 439 Coastal Path 323 407 Cockney Rebel 52 108 Concentric 438 Conference Call 378 Confuchias 21 179 Conillon 138 214 Contentious 472 Coquerelle 102 456

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Cosmonaut 451 461 Costume 235 Cotton Blossom 188 Cougar Bay 209 290 346 Country Star 400 Creachadoir 21 71 86 108 408 Creative Mind 81 Crime Scene 441 Criticism 413 Cry And Catch Me 393 Curlin 63 123 187 301 396 464 Curtain Call 291 368 Cute Ass 336 416 Daaher 479 Daiwa Major 17 Dalvina 160 338 Danak 84 Dancing Edie 300 Dancing Lady 268 323 Dandy Man 150 286 318 Danehill Music 6 209 Danzon 62 Darjina 26 87 162 223 331 Dark Angel 357 372 Dark Missile 370 Darsha 268 406 Davidoff 28 114 316 401 Dawn After Dawn 56 Daytona 481 Deauville Vision 70 Decado 84 209 265 Declaration of War 202 379 Delicate Dynamite 125 Derison 352 Desert Dew 78 Desert Lord 286 377 Diabolical 58 Diamantgottin 435 Diamond Stripes 189 249 314 Dickens 430 Dimenticata 112 Discreet Cat 397 Distant Way 89 Divine Night 83 Dixie Chatter 399 Diyakalanie 141 226 275 Docksil 44 Doctor Dino 42 303 387 431 Doe Ray Me 473 Domestic Fund 368 Dominante 133 222 Domingues 414 Dominican 59 Don’t Forget Faith 258 Donatello 95 115 Donegal 230 Donoma 420 Dont Dili Dali 64 Downtown 257 Dragon Dancer 351 Dream Impact 470 Dream Rush 188 246 299 Dreaming of Anna 456 Drill Down 386 Dubai Time 355 Dubai’s Touch 411 Duff 341 Duke of Marmalade 151 324 364 Dunelight 228 321 Dutch Art 33 52 203 255 Dylan Thomas 42 111 156 218 283 324 381 Dynaforce 273 E Z Warrior 310 Eagle Mountain 122 183 221 265 431 Eastern Appeal 70 142 278 412 Echelon 64 127 288 326 375 Echo of Light 266 322 433 Egerton 8 101 319 430 Einstein 10 El Tango 371 Elasos 4 413 Electric Beat 296 Elletelle 157 198 263

Ellmau 202 Elusive Flash 34 Elva 43 English Channel 185 244 304 395 463 Enticing 234 358 Equiano 466 Ermine 1 13 57 Eva’s Request 289 369 Evening Time 207 264 Excelerate 412 Excellent Art 151 231 364 461 Exhibit One 35 100 147 Exhibition 236 Eyshal 71 110 Fabulous Strike 397 Fair Breeze 135 173 410 444 476 Fairbanks 240 Fajr 178 Famous Name 445 Farrel 419 Fashion Statement 148 Faslen 181 Fast Company 280 427 Fat Boy 236 Fathayer 443 Feared In Flight 439 Ferneley 37 Festoso 198 373 Final Verse 31 Finalmente 233 Finsceal Beo 53 87 112 Firenze 118 First Defence 310 First Stream 114 214 262 Flashy Bull 189 Fleeting Spirit 229 287 336 373 Folk 247 Fontcia 362 Fonthill Road 179 Foreign Music 410 Formal Decree 222 259 Forthe Millionkiss 145 Four Sins 20 94 338 Fracas 69 219 277 Freemusic 45 Friendly Island 16 Friston Forest 27 Full of Gold 475 G City Gal 242 Gagnoa 437 Galaktea 333 Galeota 428 Garda 153 Garnica 115 195 293 Gaspar Van Wittel 297 Gentleman’s Deal 5 Geordieland 98 158 337 George Washington 192 331 Georgie Boy 386 Get Funky 124 Getaway 276 349 Gimmy 363 Ginger Punch 190 250 388 398 462 Gipson Dessert 437 Gladiatorus 419 Global Dream 28 Gloved Hand 201 Going Ballistic 305 Going Public 368 Golden Titus 45 194 433 Goose Bay 317 Grace Anatomy 400 Graeme Six 246 Grand Couturier 304 387 Grand Passion 5 Grand Vista 140 Grasshopper 311 Great Barrier Reef 284 320 Grecian Dancer 264 Greek Renaissance 428 Greg’s Gold 252 455 Group Captain 72 Haatef 278 370 Habalwatan 78

Halicarnassus 33 259 322 354 Hannouma 436 475 Hard Rock City 207 Hard Spun 63 123 301 310 464 Harland 217 Hasanka 257 Hatta Fort 202 Hattan 147 He’s A Decoy 108 Hearthstead Maison 80 325 Heaven Sent 109 206 408 Hello Morning 447 Hello Sunday 308 Helsinki 311 Henrythenavigator 149 263 291 Hesanoldsalt 3 Hi Calypso 232 335 High Heels 60 High Rock 436 Highland Daughter 356 Hoh Mike 193 Holocene 74 260 Honey Ryder 10 244 458 Honolulu 340 367 Honoured Guest 86 Host Nation 46 Hystericalady 61 243 453 462 Ibn Khaldun 418 439 Icelandic 134 474 Idealist 471 Idiot Proof 455 460 Iguazu Falls 374 440 Il Cadetto 469 Illustrious Blue 5 Indian Blessing 450 457 Indian Choice 359 Indian Ink 34 162 Indian Vale 309 398 Indiana Gal 369 Interpatation 395 Invasor 3 19 Ioannina 274 360 Irene Watts 135 Irish Jig 184 Irish Smoke 383 Irish Wells 7 42 295 Irridescence 197 302 Isipingo 449 Ivy Creek 76 441 Izarra 385 393 Jack Aubrey 100 Jambalaya 10 303 Jeremy 40 152 231 Jesse’s Justice 307 Judd Street 358 Jumbajukiba 346 Jupiter Pluvius 445 Just Little 43 129 Kaleo 28 Kaloura 168 Kandidate 38 322 Kavafi 294 Kay Es Jay 258 Kelly’s Landing 16 Kentucky Dynamite 212 Key To Pleasure 174 256 Kid Mambo 80 King Jock 85 330 412 King Of The Roxy 55 Kingsgate Native 229 286 377 Kip Deville 11 461 Kiton 292 Kitty Matcham 429 Kocab 266 362 434 Kodiak Kowboy 459 Konig Turf 167 210 253 315 361 Kotsi 334 Kourka 88 352 Kupets 125 Kyniska 369 La Boum 438 La Dancia 410 Lady Aquitaine 327 Lady Deauville 271 467


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Lady Grace 201 Lady Joanne 238 307 454 Lady of Venice 302 480 Laeya Star 472 Lahudood 394 458 Land ‘n Stars 270 Lang Field 477 Laureldean Gale 271 Lauro 8 Lava Man 12 186 239 Laverock 199 422 Lawman 74 130 194 Lawyer Ron 125 249 314 396 Le Cadre Noir 293 423 470 Le Miracle 46 158 349 382 Le Paradis 153 Lear’s Princess 247 390 Legerete 168 380 Leopoldine 81 Liang Kay 421 Light Shift 120 208 237 Linngari 17 433 Lion Sands 328 Liscanna 137 Listen 261 298 365 Literato 27 130 272 359 431 Lizard Island 184 230 Lokaloka 90 Lord Admiral 84 142 219 346 Lord du Sud 103 276 Lord Hill 316 Loup Breton 172 272 405 Love Academy 435 Lovelace 321 Lucarno 161 282 340 Lucifer Sam 280 Luck Money 149 Lucky Strike 95 256 Macarthur 37 82 282 Macellya 415 Macleya 51 117 204 254 442 Mad About You 298 378 Magico Marco 443 Magna Graduate 189 Magnolia Jackson 308 Magnus 150 Magritte 144 215 Mahler 163 340 Maimonides 384 Majestic Roi 34 129 375 Majestic Warrior 384 Major Cadeaux 33 178 Majounes Song 274 Makderah 251 Malibu Moonshine 240 Mandesha 117 170 237 351 Manduro 31 106 156 260 351 Many Colours 402 Maraahel 32 76 121 165 218 Marchand d’Or 171 255 329 376 Marcus Andronicus 24 Maria Gabriella 180 Mariol 465 Maryfield 312 Mashaahed 38 119 424 Matrix 174 May Day Queen 136 McCartney 339 Medici Code 481 Memorette 300 Meridia 66 Mharadono 411 471 Mi Emma 41 162 315 Mia Diletta 409 Midnight Lute 313 460 479 Mighty 32 68 119 165 Miles Gloriosus 134 469 Mimetico 420 Miraculous Miss 312 478 Miss Andretti 150 Miss Annaleo 90 Miss Lucifer 426 Miss Shop 250 309 388 Missit 429

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Missvinski 26 223 Mister Conway 72 Modeeroch 70 109 142 191 Modern Look 467 Moi Non Plus 113 148 Molengao 12 Molly Max 65 Monachesi 468 Montalegre 363 Montare 103 254 434 Moorhouse Lad 234 Mores Wells 37 277 342 Moss Vale 107 118 131 318 343 Mountain High 132 170 Mousse Au Chocolat 353 Mr Napper Tandy 71 Mrs Lindsay 23 141 348 Mullins Bay 350 Multiplex 139 213 Munsef 32 Musical Way 117 362 405 444 Mustameet 24 My Sea of Love 474 My Typhoon 251 Myboycharlie 211 279 345 Mystic Lips 41 133 Nahoodh 287 Nannina 127 155 375 Nashoba’s Key 243 391 Natagora 181 215 279 373 Naughty New Yorker 479 Neele 173 Nell Gwyn 83 New Approach 220 291 345 427 Nick’s Nikita 94 146 176 257 Nickelle 51 Nijoom Dubai 164 Nobiz Like Shobiz 54 Noble Ginger 438 Noble Prince 407 Norman Invader 220 320 466 Notional 15 Notnowcato 111 156 192 283 Obrigado 186 Octave 56 60 238 247 307 462 Old Man Buck 452 Olympian Odyssey 267 One Great Cat 236 339 Oracle West 18 Ordnance Row 267 Oriental Tiger 169 Out of Control 248 Panty Raid 241 454 Papal Bull 199 270 354 Passage of Time 93 348 458 Passager 9 47 99 139 Peace Offering 67 88 131 Peace Royale 317 Pearl Sky 4 7 254 Peeping Fawn 112 120 177 208 237 285 Peppertree Lane 176 Per Incanto 105 Perfect Polly 320 Permesso 443 Persian Storm 114 316 347 Philario 327 Poet Laureate 295 Political Force 240 396 Pomellato 317 466 Ponte Tresa 46 103 276 442 Portal 97 196 Poseidon Adventure 169 360 Precious Boy 421 Precious Kitten 300 480 Premium Tap 19 Pressing 35 89 363 468 Price Tag 126 Pride of Nation 267 Prime Defender 343 Prince Flori 36 101 170 Princesse Dansante 406 Promenade Girl 190 Promising Lead 380 Proudinsky 477

Proud Spell 457 Proviso 271 365 Purim 451 Putney Bridge 475 Pussycat Doll 61 Pyro 448 459 Queen’s Best 290 338 417 Quest For Honor 91 Quijano 319 Racinger 9 47 404 Rags To Riches 2 14 60 187 390 Rahiyah 87 Rahys’ Appeal 1 Raincoat 96 227 Ramonti 99 152 231 331 364 Raven’s Pass 297 427 Raymi Coya 403 Ready’s Image 384 Red Alert Day 327 Red Clubs 92 203 329 Red Diva 274 Red Evie 99 269 326 Red Giant 305 Red Rock Canyon 219 324 Red Rocks 38 463 Redolent 418 447 Redstone Dancer 191 207 235 Reel Gift 224 Regime 39 217 325 441 Ricine 105 294 432 Ridaar 115 171 Rio de La Plata 230 345 379 River Proud 200 374 River Savage 13 River’s Prayer 242 Rob Roy 248 Rob’s Love 104 Rosinka 394 Round Pond 57 Rowe Park 358 Royal And Regal 73 323 407 425 Royal Confidence 429 Royal Highness 302 Royal Oath 206 Runaway 4 Runforthemoneybaby 393 Runway Rosie 2 Russian Desert 217 Rutherienne 306 Sabana Perdida 155 330 Saddex 36 132 262 Sagara 91 205 344 381 Sakhee’s Secret 203 Sakhee’s Song 44 105 423 Salaam Dubai 16 Salut L’Africain 414 Salute The Sarge 386 399 Sam P 55 Samira Gold 417 Sander Camillo 29 Sanjida 436 Santiago 361 411 469 Santiago Atitlan 296 Saoirse Abu 136 263 298 365 Satri 213 Satwa Queen 51 155 273 380 Scarlet Runner 29 Scat Daddy 15 Scatina 66 148 371 476 Schiaparelli 101 169 214 360 422 Scintillo 366 419 Scorpion 77 121 165 342 Scoubidou 66 Secret Tune 163 Sense of Joy 289 Septimus 69 121 281 337 Sergeant Cecil 98 Set Play 385 Shaggy Mane 242 Shahin 199 270 Shakis 185 451 Shamdinan 130 305 463 Sharp Susan 389 She’s Our Mark 191 278

Shediak 332 379 Shinko’s Best 95 174 Shore Do 399 Short Affair 409 Shot Bless 113 Shrek 49 104 347 Shujoon 73 Sierra Vista 118 Sightseeing 54 Silent Name 11 Silkwood 160 Silver Knockers 246 Silver Swallow 14 Silver Touch 178 255 Silver Wagon 58 Simple Exchange 292 Simply Perfect 53 197 223 Sir Gerry 284 Sismix 23 Sixties Icon 68 Sky Conqueror 62 Slew’s Tiznow 452 Smokejumper 432 Soapy Danger 354 Soldier Hollow 89 145 222 315 Soldier of Fortune 22 75 183 344 Soldier’s Tale 92 166 Solzah 44 Sonny Red 30 216 Soudaine 476 South Dakota 184 Spacious 334 Spanish Harlem 110 Speciosa 31 177 Spirit of Sharjah 159 336 Spirit One 22 272 Spirito Del Vento 139 294 404 Spring Awakening 385 Spycrawler 22 Stage Gift 143 221 Starcastic 252 Starlit Sands 157 333 Step Softly 403 Stephenson 79 Steppe Dancer 77 328 Stern Opinion 225 332 Stimulation 440 Stoneside 140 194 Stormy River 106 213 Stotsfold 350 Stream of Gold 395 Street Sense 59 63 123 311 Strike The Deal 215 236 357 372 Striving Storm 39 Stronghold 269 Subscribe 18 Sudan 147 Sues Surprise 93 Sugar Shake 1 Summit Surge 21 Sun King 314 Sunday Holiday 450 Sunriver 387 Sunshine Kid 91 Super Freaky 306 Surf Cat 245 Sweepstake 224 Sweet Lilly 93 Swiss Franc 149 200 284 Synopsis 268 473 Tajdeef 372 Take A Bow 40 119 221 Take d’ Tour 57 190 Takeover Target 166 Talent Search 397 460 478 Tariq 154 228 Tashelka 275 473 Tax Free 67 234 352 Teammate 250 388 454 Tell 408 Terra Incognita 48 That’s Hot 137 The Last Drop 50 The Loan Express 157

The Spring Flower 175 The Tin Man 124 303 449 Theann 20 107 201 Thewayyouare 415 447 Thousand Words 30 Tiago 55 187 392 Tian Shan 172 Timarwa 402 Titus Shadow 470 Tiza 195 293 465 Top Toss 353 Topatoo 64 97 Topka 23 168 Toque de Queda 180 Touch My Soul 175 Tough Tiz’s Sis 390 453 Toylsome 256 376 426 Trick Or Treat 232 285 417 Trip To The Moon 210 Trippi’s Storm 304 Truly Mine 6 Tungsten Strike 50 Turbo Linn 196 Turfrose 90 113 444 Turtle Bowl 9 47 106 152 260 Tuscan Evening 211 261 Uimhir A Haon 402 Unbridled Belle 309 398 Under The Rainbow 196 Unilateral 356 Us Ranger 154 Utrecht 180 Vacare 126 Vadapolina 48 226 Val Jaro 195 Valbenny 241 306 Varevees 349 382 Veenwouden 425 Velvet Revolver 423 Veracity 163 233 Verba 467 Vincennes 472 Visionario 25 Visit 224 287 Vison Celebre 132 Vital Equine 52 Vol de Nuit 100 Wait a While 394 480 Wake Up Maggie 81 235 341 Waky Love 175 471 Waldvogel 371 Waleria 401 Wanderin Boy 249 Wannabe Posh 146 232 War Officer 414 War Pass 448 459 Welsh Emperor 128 269 376 West Wind 141 177 348 Whazzis 420 Wi Dud 193 Wicked Style 452 Wickwing 135 Wiesenpfad 292 347 Wilki 181 225 333 Willow O Wisp 124 Willywell 143 Windsor Knot 424 Winged Cupid 290 Winker Watson 159 200 Without A Prayer 280 Yahrab 418 Yankadi 374 Yeats 158 342 382 Yellowstone 82 161 227 282 Yonagucci 383 You’resothrilling 136 164 198 Youmzain 18 111 218 381 Young Pretender 332 Z Humor 448 Zaham 259 350 367 Zambezi Sun 205 344 Zanjero 59 Zann 477 Zarkava 378

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Leading Sires Leading NH sires 2007/2008 by earnings Name

Presenting Flemensfirth Accordion Old Vic Oscar Bob Back Saddlers’ Hall Supreme Leader Beneficial Lord Americo Alderbrook Sadler’s Wells Pistolet Bleu Zaffaran Video Rock Anshan Daylami Roselier Montjeu Norwich Taipan In The Wings Mansonnien Unfuwain Insan Village Star Cyborg Lomitas Shernazar Glacial Storm Perugino Sir Harry Lewis Kahyasi King’s Theatre Luso Dr Massini Arctic Lord Kadeed Hernando Alflora Germany Linamix Carroll House Acatenango Trempolino Toulon Mister Lord Topanoora Desert Prince Moscow Society Karinga Bay Leading Counsel Overbury Fourstars Allstar Un Desperado Kalanisi Villez Kayf Tara Turgeon Be My Native Rashar Bold Edge Vettori New Frontier Lend A Hand Machiavellian Halling Mandalus Medaaly Mark Of Esteem Good Thyne Turtle Island Definite Article Rainbow Quest Archway Executive Perk Classic Cliche Alhaarth Desert Sun

YOF

1992 1992 1986 1986 1994 1981 1988 1982 1990 1984 1989 1981 1988 1985 1984 1987 1994 1973 1996 1987 1992 1986 1984 1985 1985 1983 1982 1988 1981 1985 1991 1984 1985 1991 1992 1993 1980 1991 1990 1989 1991 1987 1985 1982 1984 1988 1979 1987 1995 1985 1987 1982 1991 1988 1983 1996 1992 1994 1986 1979 1986 1995 1992 1994 1995 1987 1991 1974 1994 1993 1977 1991 1992 1981 1988 1985 1992 1993 1988

Sire

Mtoto Alleged Sadler’s Wells Sadler’s Wells Sadler’s Wells Roberto Sadler’s Wells Bustino Top Ville Lord Gayle Ardross Northern Dancer Top Ville Assert No Lute Persian Bold Doyoun Misti IV Sadler’s Wells Top Ville Last Tycoon Sadler’s Wells Tip Moss Northern Dancer Our Native Moulin Arctic Tern Niniski Busted Arctic Tern Danzig Alleged Ile de Bourbon Sadler’s Wells Salse Sadler’s Wells Lord Gayle Sadler’s Wells Niniski Niniski Trempolino Mendez Lord Gayle Surumu Sharpen Up Top Ville Sir Ivor Ahonoora Green Desert Nijinsky Ardross Alleged Caerleon Compliance Top Ville Doyoun Lyphard’s Wish Sadler’s Wells Caro Our Native Alleged Beveled Machiavellian Sadler’s Wells Great Commotion Mr Prospector Diesis Mandamus Highest Honor Darshaan Herbager Fairy King Indian Ridge Blushing Groom Thatching Lord Gayle Salse Unfuwain Green Desert

Rnrs

182 91 109 115 149 82 149 166 103 103 57 59 78 75 27 120 29 38 33 48 73 39 11 16 15 1 18 16 61 47 27 29 30 49 83 58 57 7 26 51 18 24 44 16 19 18 39 43 30 49 27 24 77 66 39 12 19 57 15 26 27 5 33 22 9 18 22 7 3 22 38 39 34 15 4 31 60 27 20

Wnrs

%WR

Wins

AWD

Plcs

Earnings (£)

37 20.3 19 20.9 26 23.9 17 14.8 20 13.4 16 19.5 24 16.1 25 15.1 19 18.5 14 13.6 8 14.0 12 20.3 16 20.5 13 17.3 9 33.3 14 11.7 11 37.9 8 21.1 10 30.3 14 29.2 13 17.8 9 23.1 2 18.2 5 31.3 4 26.7 1 100.0 5 27.8 5 31.3 10 16.4 7 14.9 6 22.2 7 24.1 5 16.7 11 22.5 9 10.8 10 17.2 7 12.3 2 28.6 7 26.9 7 13.7 4 22.2 6 25.0 9 20.5 6 37.5 4 21.1 3 16.7 5 12.8 8 18.6 7 23.3 8 16.3 4 14.8 3 12.5 11 14.3 4 6.1 6 15.4 4 33.3 4 21.1 10 17.5 1 6.7 7 26.9 5 18.5 2 40.0 7 21.2 5 22.7 3 33.3 6 33.3 5 22.7 3 42.9 2 66.7 5 22.7 6 15.8 4 10.3 6 17.7 5 33.3 1 25.0 3 9.7 3 5.0 7 25.9 1 5.0

44 30 35 17 24 22 33 32 24 17 9 17 19 17 11 16 16 12 13 14 19 13 2 7 5 1 7 7 11 8 7 10 6 12 10 13 8 3 11 10 7 6 10 6 8 5 6 11 9 10 4 3 11 6 7 6 6 13 1 10 6 3 10 7 4 7 6 3 3 7 7 4 7 7 1 3 4 8 2

20.8 20.0 18.8 21.9 20.2 18.9 19.3 19.0 17.2 19.6 21.8 19.8 18.8 21.9 21.1 20.5 17.7 22.2 17.5 19.9 19.6 18.2 23.8 18.1 19.8 24.0 18.1 17.6 20.1 21.5 17.4 21.6 17.1 18.2 19.0 19.5 20.1 21.3 20.0 19.6 17.9 16.8 19.5 18.3 16.4 22.0 21.3 18.9 17.4 19.0 19.9 22.8 18.3 21.8 19.3 16.9 18.5 18.6 25.0 21.0 18.9 16.2 18.7 16.6 18.8 17.2 16.9 21.5 19.2 18.3 20.1 19.0 17.2 17.7 19.5 21.0 21.9 17.8 16.0

122 53 69 52 90 51 80 76 61 60 31 47 30 36 19 57 17 25 19 41 41 13 7 12 15 1 12 8 40 18 17 20 18 28 44 37 34 3 20 19 10 23 28 10 18 19 27 17 32 23 15 12 28 34 16 8 9 21 7 22 11 2 24 22 11 17 21 3 0 9 16 22 21 12 0 18 44 15 11

456,678 338,340 334,949 317,732 289,477 277,664 276,788 263,622 219,775 211,348 196,387 190,759 190,103 181,398 181,361 179,933 176,707 173,325 156,110 152,357 149,289 141,004 135,462 131,528 130,262 125,625 122,832 120,728 114,052 112,615 104,974 103,913 101,686 100,924 99,085 98,965 92,683 87,909 86,267 83,654 82,150 81,826 81,647 79,267 78,622 77,556 76,963 76,851 74,516 73,609 72,660 71,743 70,259 70,214 67,877 66,790 65,979 65,566 64,929 63,466 61,972 61,733 61,630 61,097 61,088 60,345 60,250 59,799 59,698 58,713 58,696 58,316 57,137 56,914 56,506 55,899 55,816 55,421 55,311

Top horse

Denman Ponmeoath French Accordion Mr Pointment Escrea Farmer Brown Abragante Megans Joy Sweet Kiln Knowhere Ollie Magern Essex Sizing Europe Eden Linty Iron Man Il Duce Pigeon Island Sonnyanjoe Kings Quay Gazza’s Girl Tai Lass Souffleur Taranis Hoo La Baloo Sir Frederick Kauto Star L’Antartique Aitmatov Bewleys Berry Cool Running Harchibald Prestbury Knight Ri Na Deise Royal Shakespeare Drunken Disorderly Mr Robert Lord Ryeford Mossbank State Of Play Hobbs Hill Conna Castle Quinmaster Carraig Na Gcapall Jazz Messenger Lyceum Tom Sayers Mustangsallyrally Rathmore Castle Jaamid Cossack Dancer Harris Bay Justified Missis Potts Makemtakeit Dead-Eyed Dick Katchit La Grande Villez Taravada Exotic Dancer Cape Stormer Macs Flamingo Kanad The Last Stand Rosoff Head Waiter Mahrajaan Deep Purple Sir Rembrandt Sky’s The Limit Chivalry Tory Hill Lad Liskennett Emotional Article Elusive Dream Hardy Eustace Ballycullen Boy Own Line Decisive Salford City

Earned (£)

85,530 67,649 59,787 58,409 28,851 105,372 42,765 39,601 34,831 48,187 54,239 30,791 57,020 37,170 71,028 25,668 73,656 77,606 55,059 30,500 39,675 30,365 63,752 83,535 90,541 125,625 74,930 79,988 21,390 34,336 45,111 26,588 32,975 17,560 30,791 18,673 19,851 76,743 19,492 28,631 43,128 24,043 12,422 43,919 35,526 44,374 15,903 35,116 16,757 17,845 55,773 46,564 12,526 15,930 14,973 28,053 14,702 13,182 49,025 10,723 26,383 54,781 14,867 13,306 45,265 16,125 14,215 34,212 55,795 21,405 12,907 24,061 12,705 22,828 56,507 32,978 11,364 15,513 48,793

Presenting will be tough to beat After notching his first jump sires’ title last season, Presenting has already posted notice that he will take some stopping this time as well. With only slightly fewer runners than second-placed Flemensfirth and third-placed Accordion combined, he has numbers decidedly on his side, but there is quality as well. The star of the show, as in 2006/2007, is Denman, whose spellbinding triumph in the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Newbury suggested there will be plenty more earnings to come in the best races. Flemensfirth, like the leader foaled in 1992, so reasonably young for a top jumps sire, is likely to play an increasingly significant part in proceedings in the coming years, given the huge number of mares he has been covering. In contrast, there is not much doubt that Supreme Leader and Roselier are on the way out. Last season they finished fourth and fifth in the table but, as they have been dead for a number of years, there is no recruitment. They are further down the list this time, with no chance of posing a threat to the principals. 

All statistics up to December 2

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British and Irish-bred winners overseas The data published in this section is restricted to breeders based in Great Britain or Ireland, as determined by the address used when the foal was first registered. Some foreign-based breeders may be included if the mare was boarded in Great Britain or Ireland and is registered as being ‘care of’ a domestic breeder. Performance data covers results processed by Weatherbys during November Breeder

Winner

Airlie Stud Confucius Miracle Auld, R N Deadshot Keen Auldyn Stud Ltd Noble Song Aylesfield Farms Stud Ltd Mpenzi Barnett Ltd, W and R Never Kingdom Bennett, A H Zetto Spiel BLT Partnership, The Wai Wai Bridgetown Bloodstock Premier Night Caley, Exors of the Late W L Algol Castlemartin Stud, Skymarc Farm & Haras de Meautry Maree Basse Cheveley Park Stud Ltd Icelandic Childwick Bury Stud Management Ltd Court Canibal Citadel Stud Cougar Bay Citadel Stud Albisola Cloneen Stud Cottonmouth Darley Vincennes Darley Adonita Darley Aachen Dayton Investments Ltd Altesse Imperiale Dayton Investments Ltd Vassilievsky Eclipse Thoroughbreds Inc Barnaby Rudge Erhardt & MrsJ Schonwalder, J Les Fazzani Fieldspring Ltd Star Watcher Floors Farming & Side Hill Stud Comic Strip Foley, Kevin Hopes And Fears Good, Mrs P Consular Halifax, The Earl of Scartozz Haras De Son Altesse Laga Khan Scea Vadsalina Haras De Son Altesse Laga Khan Scea Vadsalina Hedgeholme Stud Hawkes Bay Hedsor Stud Associates Sirjoshua Reynolds His Highness the Aga Khan’s Studs SC Kerashan Irish National Stud Daytona Juddmonte Farms Ltd Bookend Juddmonte Farms Ltd Chasing Stars Kelly, Mrs Lisa San Sicharia Kilfrush & Knocktoran Studs Biniou Kilfrush Stud Winter Dream Knocklong House Stud Kimberley Mine Least Moved Partners Angeletta Lightbowne, T Danon Bacchus Lock, T R Grantley Loughtown Stud Place In Line Lyons, P G Kingsgate Prince Makin, Mrs P J Lear Cavern Minty, B Royal Alchemist Moratalla, Marquesa De Bermuda Rye Mount Coote Stud Solar (HK) Normandie Stud Ltd Dalvina O’Callaghan, A F San Dany Old Mill Stud & S C Williams James The Third O’Mahony, Michael Il Grande Maurizio Pearson, L V St Regs Prestonwood Farms Leo’s Starlet Rathbarry Stud Glorificamus Rausing & Abbey Bloodstock, Miss K Alma Mater Ryan, Exors of the Late Dr T A Naissance Royale Sampson, Mrs N F M Mr Napper Tandy Sarl Elevage du Haras de Bourgeauville Portland Stone Schmid, E Silent Sunday Seca Des Bissons Quartz Jem Shadwell Estate Company Limited Barbareschi Shigeta, Miss Kay Kyanos Societe Civile de L’Ecurie de Meautry Russian Cross Taker Bloodstock Hucking Hot Theakston Stud Prince Fasliyev Tourle, M H and Mrs G Lady Gloria West Stow Stud Ltd Yepes Wirth, Hans Spectra * This month, races worth only at least £6,000 or more are included

Sire

Age/sex Dam

Docksider (USA) Invincible Spirit Petong Groom Dancer (USA) King’s Best (USA) Singspiel Fraam Night Shift (USA) Kyllachy Royal Applause Selkirk (USA) Montjeu Daylami Montjeu Noverre (USA) King’s Best (USA) Singspiel Rainbow Quest (USA) Rock Of Gibraltar Peintre Celebre (USA) Danetime Intikhab (USA) Barathea Marju Captain Rio Singspiel Barathea Sagacity (FR) Sagacity (FR) Vettori Kyllachy Sinndar Indian Ridge Dansili Observatory (USA) Daggers Drawn (USA) Mozart Act One Peintre Celebre (USA) Vettori Dubai Destination (USA) Deploy Docksider (USA) Desert Sun Muhtarram (USA) Kingsinger Cape Cross Exit To Nowhere (USA) Grand Lodge (USA) Danetime Diktat King Charlemagne (USA) Sri Pekan (USA) Galileo Shinko Forest Sadler’s Wells (USA) Giant’s Causeway (USA) Bahamian Bounty Lear Fan (USA) Testa Rossa (AUS) Sakhee (USA) Alhaarth Desert Prince Cape Cross Desert Prince Fasliyev (USA) Diktat Catcher In The Rye Spectrum

4c 3g 8g 5m 3c 2c 6g 5h 3g 2f 5h 2c 4g 2f 3f 3f 3f 3c 3f 6h 2c 3f 7h 5g 2c 5g 5h 2f 2f 5h 2c 5g 3g 3g 2f 2f 4c 3c 7g 3f 2c 10 g 5h 4g 3c 5m 2c 8g 3f 7h 4c 3c 6h 2f 3f 4f 5m 3c 3g 2f 3c 2c 7h 2c 3f 3c 3f 2c 3f

Ctry

Date

Bay Bay Hk 31/10/07 Madam Waajib Usa 21/11/07 Costa Verde Mac 16/11/07 Muschana Usa 09/11/07 Pure Grain Jpn 17/11/07 Katina (USA) Jpn 03/11/07 Silankka Mac 16/11/07 Glow Blue (USA) Sin 16/11/07 Heckle Hk 31/10/07 Mabalane Fr 22/11/07 Icicle Ity 10/11/07 Pas d’Heure Fr 13/11/07 Delimara Usa 02/11/07 Mahalia Fr 20/11/07 Nafzira Ity 11/11/07 Park Appeal Gny 04/11/07 Anna Palariva Fr 10/11/07 Anna Of Saxony Fr 15/11/07 Ange Bleu (USA) Fr 12/11/07 Verveine (USA) Fr 29/11/07 Gild Fr 19/11/07 Massada Ity 04/11/07 Springtime Fr 12/11/07 Comic Hk 11/11/07 Saibhreas Fr 22/11/07 Language Of Love Uae 29/11/07 Amazing Bay Ity 20/11/07 Vadaza (FR) Fr 11/11/07 Vadaza (FR) Fr 24/11/07 Nordico Princess Hk 25/11/07 Alzianah Swe 06/11/07 Kerataka Uae 22/11/07 Kyka (USA) Usa 25/11/07 Roupala (USA) Fr 23/11/07 Post Modern (USA) Fr 24/11/07 Spinamix Fr 28/11/07 Cap Coz Fr 26/11/07 Settler Fr 30/11/07 Happy Landing (FR) Hk 31/10/07 Supreme Angel Usa 18/11/07 Lady Bankes Jpn 24/11/07 Matisse Gny 18/11/07 Balwa (USA) Ity 18/11/07 Princess Mood (GER) Hk 11/11/07 Ghost Dancing Ity 07/11/07 Pure Gold Usa 01/11/07 Alleluia Tree Fr 24/11/07 Merci Hk 31/10/07 Foodbroker Fancy Usa 11/11/07 Pharmacy Ity 27/11/07 Attention Seeker (USA) Usa 01/11/07 Ciubanga Ity 06/11/07 Young Isabel Can 15/11/07 Premiere Creation (FR) Fr 27/11/07 Carabine (USA) Usa 10/11/07 Alouette Fr 26/11/07 Net Worth (USA) Usa 04/11/07 Starfleet Usa 01/11/07 Porta Marzia (CHI) Fr 14/11/07 Snow Lady (SWI) Fr 12/11/07 Erinys (FR) Fr 11/11/07 Al Durrah (USA) Ity 17/11/07 Soie de Rose (USA) Jpn 30/10/07 Dievotchka Fr 12/11/07 True Love Usa 10/11/07 Malaisienne (FR) Fr 27/11/07 Tara Moon Fr 20/11/07 Lavanda Spa 11/11/07 Suenna (GER) Fr 23/11/07

Racecourse

Distance

Happy Valley Hollywood Park Taipa Laurel Fukushima Kyoto Taipa Kranji Happy Valley Deauville Milan Fontainebleau-Province Aqueduct Fontainebleau-Province Rome Cologne Toulouse-Province Angers Deauville Deauville Deauville Rome Deauville Sha Tin Deauville Nad Al Sheba Rome Saint-Cloud Saint-Cloud Sha Tin Taby Nad Al Sheba Hollywood Park Le Croise-Laroche Saint-Cloud Deauville Fontainebleau-Province Argentan Happy Valley Hollywood Park Tokyo Neuss Rome Sha Tin Milan Meadowlands Saint-Cloud Happy Valley Aqueduct Rome Santa Anita Rome Woodbine Deauville Turf Paradise Fontainebleau-Province Santa Anita Santa Anita Saint-Cloud Deauville Saint-Cloud Pisa Saga Deauville Hollywood Park Toulouse-Province Fontainebleau-Province Zarzuela Le Croise-Laroche

6f 1m 6f110y 1m1f 1m2f 7f 1m110y 1m110y 6f 7f110y 7f 1m1f 1m 1m1f 1m 1m 1m2f110y 1m6f110y 1m1f110y 1m1f110y 6f110y 1m2f 2m1f 1m2f 1m1f110y 1m 1m 7f 1m 1m1f 6f165y 1m2f 1m2f 1m2f110y 7f 7f110y 6f 1m2f110y 1m55y 1m 1m 1m1f110y 1m6f 1m 1m2f 1m 7f 1m55y 1m4f 7f110y 1m 1m 7f 1m1f110y 7f 1m4f110y 1m 1m 1m2f110y 7f110y 1m4f 1m2f 1m 7f110y 1m1f 6f 1m1f 1m165y 1m2f110y

Prize-money (£)

£17,415 £11,020 £7,632 £7,561 £46,827 £21,441 £6,969 £6,247 £29,212 £7,432 £20,933 (Gr3) £7,095 £17,143 £11,486 £8,614 £21,622(Gr3) £8,784 £15,541 £7,432 £7,095 £9,459 £16,081(L) £5,743 £112,352(L) £9,459 £9,179 £6,317 £7,095 £17,568 (L) £59,921 £6,273 £9,179 £153,061(Gr1) £6,419 £7,095 £7,095 £17,568 (L) £7,432 £29,212 £11,020 £30,017 £6,081 £16,081(L) £39,323 £8,614 £13,776 £7,095 £22,096 £45,918 (Gr3) £6,317 £6,735 £6,317 £6,426 £7,095 £13,776 £17,568(L) £45,918 (Gr2) £14,388 £7,095 £11,486 £18,419 £8,614 £12,436 £11,486 £21,556 £8,108 £17,568 (L) £6,081 £6,419

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Your Say To have ‘Your Say’, e-mail editor@ownerbreeder.co.uk or telephone 01444 440540

Understanding a market’s needs John Parkes Our regular champion of the smaller breeder with an idea for marketing

BRITISH BLOODSTOCK MARKETING (BBM) came into being earlier this year. Its aim is to increase overseas investment in British racehorses and breeding stock. A key player will be marketing manager Anna Pinnington, appointed in August 2007 to create and implement the marketing strategy to bring this about. So far, so good. We bloodstock breeders are individualistic operators, working with a long lead-time in presenting our product to the market. Because of this, our response to buyers’ needs is often correspondingly slow, particularly in taking account of the requirements of the overseas owners, trainers and breeders who extend our opportunities to sell abroad. For those who breed to race their own horses, the process is relatively straightforward; they breed to meet their own needs. For commercial breeders who produce racehorses to sell, it is a different matter. Some breed for the sales, rather than for the racecourse; others take the opposite approach. However, we all have a common tendency to tell the world that we have bred something; it must be good because it’s British, ‘so come and buy it’. Therein lies a fundamental problem. Horses who are produced for sale do not always find buyers at a price acceptable to breeders. Furthermore, we are subjected to widespread accusations of over-production. It is for consideration, however, that we are not so much guilty of offering too many young horses for sale, as we are of neglecting to produce what the market wants to buy. What can be done to improve the situation? The genesis of BBM might contain in it the seed of real progress. If we want to encourage overseas buyers to come and buy our bloodstock, perhaps the first stage in the process should be to ask them what it is they want. BBM could be tasked to confirm the size of existing markets and identify the development

of new ones. They could then establish, even if only in broad terms, the numbers and types of horses the market will be looking for during specific years. Preferences expressed might even lead to the identification of particular bloodlines that will sell well. British breeders would then have access to vital information that will help them to plan the numbers, types and breeding in their broodmare bands and the number of foals to be bred. The selection of stallions to complement this criteria would then allow coverings to be planned on a more rational basis. The horses produced might then be closer to what the market wants, rather than possibly failing to reflect this by using the uncoordinated approach that some breeders tend to follow at the moment. Having helped breeders to produce horses to meet buyers’ needs based on the information they have provided, BBM would be in a position to exploit contacts already made by informing overseas buyers in due course what has been done to provide the sort of horses they are looking for. Indeed, there might also be scope for introducing this chain of events within the domestic market. It might be possible to work in concert with bloodstock agents in this exercise, and by keeping them in the picture, BBM’s role as a ‘facilitator’ could be further enhanced. The centralised control of breeding, raising and marketing young horses is neither practical nor desirable. However, there must surely be scope for establishing a more rational information-based system for the production and sale of bloodstock by commercial breeders, with enhanced returns for all. BBM could have a vital part to play in bringing this about and it is to be hoped that its role will not be limited merely to ‘meeting and greeting’ overseas or domestic buyers, who will need greater incentives than that if they are to buy in our market. 

“Do we breed too many horses, or not breed what the market wants?”

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All round leader of the field THE LEADING BRITISH SIRE OF STAKES WINS IN EUROPE IN 2007 and THE LEADING BRITISH DAMSIRE OF EUROPEAN STAKES HORSE IN 2007 DAMSIRE OF 11 Group winners, including NOTNOWCATO (Gr.1), RAJEEM (Gr.1), and

3 during

the current season Sire of 4 individual European Group winners in 2007, TOYLSOME (Gr.1), STAGE GIFT (Gr.2), BAL DE LA ROSE (Gr.3), MAJOR CADEAUX (Gr.3)

65% Winners to Runners LIFETIME

13% of his foals are STAKES HORSES

7% in GROUP class 30 2yo winners since 2006

He’s a gift ! Fee for 2008: £15,000 Oct. 1st SLF (70 mare limit)

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