January 2009 Issue 53
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FROZEN FIRE (3yo), Irish Derby-Gr.1 MONTMARTRE (3yo), Grand Prix de Paris-Gr.1 FAME AND GLORY (2yo), Criterium de Saint-Cloud-Gr.1 FROZEN FIR E
ALBISOLA (3yo), Prix de Flore-Gr.3 CLOWANCE (3yo), Swettenham Stud Fillies’ Trial-L.R., 4th Epsom Oaks-Gr.1 ENTICEMENT (2yo), Montrose Fillies’ Stakes-L.R. SNOQUALMIE GIRL (2yo), Stonehenge S.-L.R., 2nd May Hill S.-Gr.2
Other exciting prospects for the fillies’ classics in 2009 include: MOOAKADA (John Gosden/Hamdan Al Maktoum), HEART OF ICE (Andre Fabre/Gestut Ammerland), TAKE THE HINT (John Gosden/Khalid Abdullah) etc. MONTMARTR E
FAME & GLORY
ENTICEMENT... a daughter of Montjeu bred to c come into her own over middle distances next
season, there was plenty to like about the way she dug deep under pressured RACING POST, NOVEMBER 2, 2008.
if he has sired more top class colts than fillies to date, Montjeu “ even fillies are still a great deal better than those of most sires ” JOCELYN DE MOUBRAY, PACEMAKER, DECEMBER 2007.
STALLIONS FOR 2009 • AD VALOREM • ANTONIUS PIUS • AUSSIE RULES • CATCHER IN THE RYE • CHOISIR • DANEHILL DANCER • DUKE OF MARMALADE • • DYLAN THOMAS • EXCELLENT ART • FOOTSTEPSINTHESAND • GALILEO • HIGH CHAPARRAL • HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR • HURRICANE RUN • IVAN DENISOVICH • • MONTJEU • ONE COOL CAT • ORATORIO • PEINTRE CELEBRE • ROCK OF GIBRALTAR • STRATEGIC PRINCE • All Coolmore Stallions nominated to the European Breeder’s Fund.
Timeform’s highest-rated sons of Montjeu 134 133 131
Hurricane Run Authorized Motivator
First crop foals in 2008 sold for:
€95,000, €92,000, €90,000 etc.
Unbeaten at 2, World Champion, Irish Derby & ‘Arc’ winner at 3, ‘King George’ & Tatts Gold Cup winner at 4 - just like his sensation sire.
“ he could become a truly effective sire in the future ” JAMES UNDERWOOD, EUROPEAN RACING & BREEDING DOGEST, AUGUST 2006.
Contact: Coolmore Stud, Fethard, Co. Tipperary, Ireland. Tel: 353-52-6131298. Fax: 353-52-6131382. Christy Grassick, David O’Loughlin, Eddie Fitzpatrick, Tim Corballis, Maurice Moloney, Gerry Aherne or Mathieu Alex. Tom Gaffney, David Magnier or Joe Hernon: 353-25-31966/31689. Kevin Buckley (Newmarket Representative) 44-7827-795156. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: www.coolmore.com
Aga Khan Roster Owner Jan:Aga Khan Owner Jan
THE AGA KHAN STUDS Success Breeds Success
Stallions for 2009
AZAMOUR • Champion Older Horse of Europe • Multiple Gr.1 winner from 8-12f • Unbeaten Gr.2 winner at 2 years • First crop yearlings made up to 400,000gns in 2008 First Crop are 2-y-o’s of 2009 Fee: €15,000
DALAKHANI • Champion at 2 and 3 years • Two Classic winners from his first crop • Leading 2nd Crop Sire in Europe 2008 (prize money worldwide) • Leading Active Sire in Europe 2008 (% Stakes winners/runners), ahead of Kingmambo, Galileo, Monsun, Pivotal • 2008 yearlings made up to €500,000 Fee: €50,000
(Fully booked for 2009)
SINNDAR • Gr.1 winner at 2 years • European Champion at 3 years • Sire of Gr.1 winners SHAWANDA and YOUMZAIN (in 2008) • Sire of 55% 3yo winners/runners in 2008 • Sire of three sales toppers in 2008, including a yearling which made €280,000 Fee: €10,000
www.agakhanstuds.com Ireland: Pat Downes (Manager) or Julie White, Gilltown Stud. Tel: +353 45 481216 E-mail: email@example.com France: Georges Rimaud (Manager) or Pierre-Yves Gibert, Haras de Bonneval. Tel: +33 2 31 48 18 60 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Illustrating the finer points of horseracing
Cover photo of Tony McCoy, JP McManus and Nicky Henderson at the ROA Awards, by Arnhel de Serra January 2009 Issue 53
Freedman brings the curtain down on a traumatic sales season with analysis of a major fall in the market. Estimating that overall bloodstock values have dropped by at least 33%, Freedman argues: “No one with bloodstock assets will welcome a fall of such magnitude, but a precipitate drop of this nature may, in fact, be better for the long-term health of the market than a more gradual adjustment which persists over several years. “If the decline mirrors that of the bear market for bloodstock in the mid-1970s, which was also caused by an external shock originating in the wider economy, the recovery should prove to be a good deal swifter than that which followed on from the ending of the next bull market, in the mid-1980s. “In that case the correction led to over five years of falling prices, albeit on a much more modest scale than those experienced this year.” At a time when this industry is abuzz with rumour about unwanted horses being left stranded at sales rings, both in Europe and America, plus talk of some trainers owing millions on horses they have yet to find buyers for, and suggestions in the press that Dubai is experiencing financial difficulties, some positive news is always welcome. It comes in the form of a Free Lease Exchange that is exclusive to ROA and TBA members, and is outlined on pages 7 and 8. And finally, hoping this magazine reaches you before Santa does, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Richard Griffiths Editor
THE importance of photography to this magazine is hard to exaggerate, especially in an issue that features Arnhel de Serra’s profiles of the winners at this year’s ROA Awards. And in this month’s Big Interview, four of the very best racing photographers, our own George Selwyn, plus Ed Byrne, Trevor Jones and Edward Whitaker, discuss the thought and passion that goes into their job. According to Byrne, a veteran at 70 and still much respected, racing is well served by the current generation of photographers. “The major difference with racing photographers today is that the ones now are passionately interested,” he said. “The amount of time and effort that the lads give to trying to be the best photographer they can be is amazing. “I got fired out of Royal Ascot so many times by a former clerk of the course that I was ordered to appear in his office, on a non-racing day and on my day off. I stood there in front of him – he didn’t ask me to sit down – and he told me he was fed up having problems with me and that I was more trouble than the rest of the photographers put together because I kept standing in the wrong place. “I said to him, ‘Well, why do you think that is? It’s probably because I care two or three times more about this subject than anybody else.’ And I did.” Having each selected some of their own, favourite pictures, the four photographers also give their views on switching from film to digital photography, their best-liked faces and horses to capture, and the overlooked issue as how to judge when a photo should or shouldn’t be used, especially in the case of injured horses or riders. Elsewhere in this issue, Philip
Racing is well served by its current photographers, says Ed Byrne
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28 News and Views
News Focus Free Lease Exchange launched
The Big Picture Master Minded and Tony McCoy
Changes Your essential news round-up
Talking to… Bill Bromley
ROA Leader Marketing must focus on star turns
The Big Interview Racing’s photographers
TBA Leader Working together to ease the burden
ROA Awards Eleven pages of glamour and glitz
Lysaght’s People Phil Smith the giant-killer
Sales Circuit Major correction in bloodstock market
Going Global Innovative US breeders
Second-season Sires for 2009 Your guide to the stallions on offer
Your Say Rachel Hood on preserving Newmarket
ROA News Racecourse Badge Scheme expanded
Racecourse Prize-money Table How Britain’s 60 courses compare
Owners of the Month Our Friends in the North syndicate
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Owners in the News Howard Hunt, for Numide
TBA News National Hunt stallion parade at Cheltenham
Breedersâ€™ Prizes Your latest Flat winners
Breeder of the Month William Wilkinson, for My Petra and Lake Legend
Breeders in the News Danny Charlesworth, for Crack Away Jack
Vets Forum The Thoroughbred Racing & Breeding Seminar
Data Book 94
Caulfield Files Focus on Dynaformer and his son Lucarno
Stakes Results Flat and jumps from Europe and the US
Stallion Stats National Hunt sires analysed
British/Irish-breds Your victories overseas
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£9,000 October 1 (special live foal)
“ He was one of
the handful that I really liked from the entire catalogue. He ticked all the right boxes for me.
“ In a difficult market,
Tony Nerses. Purchaser of Lot 930 - c Araafa ex Frond at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale.
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I had to” buy HIM.
Charlie Mason, Silfield Bloodstock
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Free Lease Exchange launched for ROA and TBA members Scheme will act as a matchmaker for yearlings, pairing breeders and owners for mutual benefit new service that will enable owners to lease for free racehorses unsold by their breeders at public auction, thereby only incurring training costs, is being championed by ROA Council member Sally Rowley-Williams. The Free Lease Exchange, designed by the ROA and TBA exclusively for their membership, is initially focusing on those yearlings not sold in 2008. Rowley-Williams, who already has a filly in training with Alan King via a free lease, believes the exchange could potentially provide a “win-win situation” for owners and breeders. She said: “The ROA and TBA will act as matchmakers and point people in each other’s direction. The Free Lease Exchange will give owners who may not have the funds to make a significant capital outlay the
opportunity to have a horse in training, while breeders with unsold yearlings can get them racing and increase their value.” Former TBA Chairman Philip Freedman, owner of Cliveden Stud, welcomed the scheme. “The Free Lease Exchange is a great idea,” he said. “Some breeders may not want to sell all of their fillies and this way they can have them returned for breeding without incurring training costs. “Meanwhile, an owner can have a horse in training without having to make a major capital outlay. It can help to retain existing owners who are finding it difficult to stay in racing at the moment. “The exchange will be particularly helpful in the case of physically sound yearlings with unfashionable pedigrees that failed to find buyers.”
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“It makes sense for racing to be proactive and encourage people to stay in the sport by easing the financial pressure on them, whilst trying to attract new participants” – Sally Rowley-Williams Rowley-Williams (below) also stressed the importance of welfare with the Free Lease Exchange. “The welfare angle is a vital aspect of this concept,” she explained. “I think that a lot of owners worry about what will happen to their horse when his/her racing days are over and this scheme
Partnership can help industry to prosper offers the perfect solution, because responsibility for the horse will revert to the breeder after racing. “In the current economic climate it makes sense for racing to be proactive and try to encourage people to stay in the sport by easing the financial pressure on them. Racing may also be able to broaden its reach with this strategy and attract new participants. I think it could be a win-win situation for everyone.” NTF Chief Executive Rupert Arnold is another to give his support to the initiative. He said: “The NTF is very supportive of the Free Lease Exchange. Trainers already help to facilitate the leasing of horses between breeders and owners, but to put a proper structure in place can only be a positive thing. “Having had conversations with trainers, you get a feel for the difficulties some owners are facing right now, and the exchange would seem an obvious way to alleviate some of the current problems.”
ROA and TBA members are being encouraged to support the Free Lease Exchange as the economic downturn continues to affect racing and breeding (see TBA Leader, page 15). TBA Chief Executive Louise Kemble (above right) said: “The significant increase in the number of unsold and bought-in yearlings has been in the minds of the respective TBA and ROA Councils. “Whilst it is accepted that some breeders will have to respond to market forces and plan accordingly for the longer term, a short-term measure has been devised by the associations to put breeders/vendors and prospective owners in contact to establish free leasing arrangements. “We believe this positive initiative will help to support the industry at a time when the welfare implications of overproduction are uppermost in people’s minds.” ROA Chief Executive Michael Harris (above left) commented: “This is a wonderful example of racing bodies working together for their mutual benefit. We hope that ROA and TBA members will take advantage of the Free Lease Exchange.”
ROA/TBA Free Lease Exchange Why is it being launched now? The ROA/TBA Free Lease Exchange is being launched in response to the increasing number of yearlings that are going unsold at British thoroughbred auctions. The aim is to get those yearlings into training yards that otherwise would not have been given the opportunity. In time, it is hoped the scheme will be extended to include store horses and National Hunt homebreds. How will it work? The ROA and TBA will act as a thoroughbred ‘dating agency’ for their members, helping to pair up prospective breeders and owners, by utilising their respective websites, direct mailing, email and Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder magazine to promote those yearlings available on a free lease. As leases are agreed, the member must inform either the TBA or ROA so that the horses can be removed from the system.
Where can I register? All ROA and TBA members will receive in the post an introduction to the Free Lease Exchange. Breeders will be sent a form enabling them to sign up and providing details of the yearling(s) to be offered on a free lease.
Lease Exchange, but will not be involved in legal matters. Each free lease agreement is the concern of the respective owner and breeder. The ROA and TBA strongly recommend that the terms of all free leases are set out in a written contract or agreement.
What are the benefits? Owners who have customarily bought yearlings at public auction, but have been unable to do so in 2008 due to economic concerns and are happy to pay training fees, have the opportunity to continue in ownership, either as individuals or in syndicates. Breeders with unsold yearlings can see them enhance their value through racing, without having to pay training fees, in the knowledge that they will retain possession after their racing career is over.
Who should I contact for more information? ROA: Sadie Ryan, email@example.com, 020 7408 0903 www.racehorseowners.net TBA: Samantha Knight, firstname.lastname@example.org, 01638 661321 www.thetba.co.uk
Will the ROA and TBA get involved in drawing up free lease agreements? No. The ROA and TBA manage the Free
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Tweenhills Times January 2009
Tweenhills Farm & Stud Tweenhills Racing David Redvers Bloodstock
SLEEPING INDIAN FOALS PROVE POPULAR Sleeping Indian’s first foals provided some bright lights during difficult economic market conditions at Goffs and Tattersalls Breeding Stock Sales. At Tattersalls Trickledown Stud’s colt out of Hidden Meaning, realised 52,000 Gns (Lot 988). He was purchased by agent Geoffrey Howson for shrewd pin-hooker Paddy Twomey of Hawthorn Villa Stud, who said: “I bought two foals by Sleeping Indian and both are exceptional, probably the nicest stock by a first season stallion. They should make very impressive yearlings.” Sleeping Indian’s foals also had plenty of admirers at Goffs with an attractive colt out of a Stakes-placed daughter of Moscow Ballet from The Castlebridge Consignment making €26,000 (Lot 404). Purchaser Jimmy Murphy of Redpender Stud commented: “I was delighted to get him, he’s a really grand foal and a lovely, free mover. I thought there’s a lot of Indian Ridge in him too.”
THE NEXT HELLVELYN
STARS AT DECEMBER SALES
A cracking colt foal by Ishiguru realised 27,000 Gns at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale. Not dissimilar in many ways to Coventry winner Hellvelyn from Ishiguru’s exceptional first crop, he is certainly one to watch in the future. Purchased by Luke Lillingston for owner Richard Pegum, the weanling is out of the dam of Gr.2 Queen Mary 4th Sparkling Eyes. Lillingston was thrilled with the colt and said of Ishiguru: “I doubt there will be better value anywhere. He is a much better stallion than many horses standing for far more. Every breeder should have Ishiguru on their radar.”
Sleeping Indian colt foal ex Hidden Meaning realises 52,000 Gns
It was not all doom and gloom at the Tattersalls December Sales, as more Tweenhills’ stars illustrate.
Teaser’s foal wins two Championships
EVEN THE STABLE RAT IS A WINNER! ‘Bwlch Herald’, bred by Mary Redvers and stud groom Roisin Close, continued the Tweenhills winning tradition recently by taking two Championships and three first prizes at the Avon & Borders Foal and Youngstock Show. By the Tweenhills’ teaser, a cob named Tireinon Diplomat, out of an old national hunt mare (who shall remain nameless!), he has given much pleasure to his owners who are now dreaming of Wembley!
The Stakes placed filly Shivering bought by David Redvers from Tattersalls July Sale 2008 for 35,000 Gns made a quick profit realising 58,000 Gns this time round. Purchased by John Warren for Newsells Park Stud, she was owned by ‘Bloodstock Trading and Investments’, an EIS syndicate run at Tweenhills. The three-time winner and consistently placed filly, Swift Princess, part-owned by Tweenhills Racing sold to John Bromley Bloodstock for 30,000 Gns. She had originally been purchased for 21,000 Gns as a yearling. At the Foal Sale, an exceptional Cadeaux Genereux foal realised 50,000 Gns to JC Bloodstock, having been purchased in utero for only 17,000 Gns at the 2007 Tattersalls December Sale.
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Ishiguru colt foal ex Lady Georgia realises 27,000 Gns
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Racing’s news in a nutshell People and business Kieren Fallon (pictured) Nicholas Wrigley Alan Dempsey Betfair Jason Edmunds Chris Munce Paul Blockley Mertoun Paddocks Chris Popham Coral Management Academy Gary Tanaka Non-thoroughbreds Damian Walker Spreadfair Oscar Urbina Jane Chapple-Hyam Andrew Brown Tim Vaughan AIG Steve Asmussen Stephen Gill
Ex-champion free to resume race-riding in September, after BHA opt to bring no further charges relating to the collapsed Old Bailey trial 53-year-old investment banker will succeed Julian Richmond-Watson as Senior Steward of the Jockey Club in July 2009 Retired jump jockey, 31, appointed a stipendiary steward on the northern circuit The new sponsor of Ascot’s King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, now worth £1 million, as part of a five-year deal, but drops Brigadier Gerard backing Jockey who shattered his right knee in a fall at Thirsk in April 2007 is forced to retire, aged 37, on medical grounds Rider jailed in Hong Kong’s ‘tips for bets’ scandal is granted licence by New South Wales stewards, despite the HKJC banning him until September Trainer withdraws appeal against two-and-a-half-year ban, imposed by the BHA following an investigation into corruption Formerly home to the Equine Fertility Unit, it has been taken over by Caroline Green’s Templeton Stud as an extension of her Berkshire-based business West Country trainer relinquishes his licence; he trained 1989 Scottish National winner Roll-A-Joint and prolific winning chaser Panto Prince Bookmaker decides to scale down racecourse operation in preparation for “tougher economic times ahead” Jockey Club launches specialised training programme, in conjunction with the British Racing School, for selected key managers within the organisation High-profile owner is convicted of three counts of securities fraud; sentencing is expected in the new year Horses who have run in AQPS Flat races in France will be allowed to compete in bumpers and novice hurdles from January 1 Tote PR manager to launch online betting venture with ex-Tote PR executive Paul Petrie; Walker is replaced by George Primarolo, formerly of Blue Square Cantor Index closes the world’s only online spread-betting exchange, launched in 2004 Jockey, 36, attached to James Fanshawe’s yard for a decade, accepts job in Spain to ride for a leading owner Leaves Jim and Fitri Hay’s Uplands Stables in Upper Lambourn to return to train in Newmarket Racing UK’s chief operating officer leaves in search of a new challenge; his departure follows that of Simon Bazalgette, who moved to the Jockey Club Up-and-coming trainer parts company with owner Dai Walters, the driving force behind the new Ffos Las racecourse in Wales Company’s 16-year sponsorship of Leopardstown’s Champion Hurdle comes to an end owing to the economic downturn US trainer breaks own world record for winners in a year when saddling his 556th of 2008 Leaves as managing director of Rabbah Bloodstock Ltd after over 22 years of service with Gainsborough/Rabbah
Racehorse and stallion – movements and retirements Exit To Nowhere Reveillez Precious Kitten Curlin Spirit One Kicking King Patavellian Saddex Helissio Clerkenwell Dixieland Band Black Sam Bellamy Zambezi Sun
20-year-old is to stand at Coolmore’s Grange Stud for 2009, following disbandment of Scarvagh House Stud; Mahler is also on Coolmore’s NH books Cheltenham Festival winner joins Jonjo O’Neill stable from James Fanshawe Grade 1 winner is retired and will be bred to Street Cry in the spring World’s top-rated racehorse is retired to join his sire Smart Strike at Lane’s End Farm in Kentucky, where he will stand at a fee of $75,000 Four-year-old son of Anabaa Blue, who secured his biggest win in the Arlington Million in August, is retired to Haras de Lonray in France 2005 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner is retired after failing to show old sparkle following two-year injury layoff 2003 Prix de l’Abbaye hero is retired; bred and owned by John Deer, he won eight times, also including the Bunbury Cup and Stewards’ Cup Dual Group 1-winning son of Sadler’s Wells is retired to Gestut Westerberg in Germany, where he will stand at a fee of €5,000 15-year-old stallion, winner of the 1996 Arc, moves from Scarvagh House Stud to Larkinglass Farm in Dorset, along with Pasternak Augheronan Stud takes in ex-Scarvagh sire, while Lahib temporarily returns to Derrinstown and Winged Love moves to Tullyraine House Stud Lane’s End Farm stallion retired at the age of 28; his best performers include Drum Taps, Egyptband and Dixie Union Nine-year-old son of Sadler’s Wells moves to Shade Oak Stud in Shropshire, where he will stand at a fee of £4,500 Khalid Abdullah’s Group 1 winner moves from Pascal Bary in France to Bobby Frankel in the US
People obituaries Bobby Brewis Sandy Cramsie Elaine Walsh Tommy Gosling John Hunter
Age 83 67 61 82 89
Roman Ark Jodami Young Spartacus Wingwalker
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Owner, trainer and former amateur rider, who rode the winner of the Aintree Fox Hunters’ and Cheltenham Foxhunter Former amateur rider who won the 1976 Grand Military Gold Cup at Sandown on Lucky Edgar Stalwart of the northern bookmaker circuit with husband Ken and daughter Rebecca Champion apprentice who rode Sir Winston Churchill’s high-class stayer Colonist, and trained Ardent Dancer to win the 1965 Irish 1,000 Guineas Rider of 1954 Welsh Grand National winner Blow Horn
Winner of eight races and almost £100,000 in prize-money 1993 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner. He landed 18 races in all, including Ireland’s Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup three years running, from 1993 to 1995 High class chaser, owned and bred by Bert Hellyer, whose ten wins included the 2001 Racing Post Chase and 2003 Mildmay Of Flete Chase Suspected heart attack claims Khalid Abdullah’s 2,000 Guineas hope, trained by Henry Cecil to win two of his three juvenile starts
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DARK ANGEL EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD LOOKING GR.1 WINNING 2-Y-O BY ACCLAMATION
Dark Angel completed a unique hat-trick of wins when taking • Gr.1 Middle Park Stakes, 6f • Gr.2 Mill Reef Stakes, 6f • £300,000 St.Leger Sales Race, 6f Confirming him the leading 6f 2-y-o colt in England. A fast precocious 2-y-o from a 2-y-o producing Sire line Fee: €7,500 1st Oct. terms
PRECOCIOUS SOURCE OF SPEED BY DANEHILL “With the combination of a good race record, excellent family and good looks, Camacho could be the next Danetime” Irish Field July 08
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Star performers are the ideal marketing tool Potential new fans can be attracted to racing by learning about the beauty, endeavour and mystique of horses
ome awards ceremonies can be dull. The ROA Awards are never dull. The vintage year of 2008 reminded us that racing at its highest level is very exciting. To watch brilliantly consistent, top-class horses like Raven’s Pass and Denman locked in competition with the likes of Henrythenavigator and Kauto Star emphasises racing’s ability to match any other sporting activity worldwide in achieving drama and excitement. The thrill of watching great horses and jockeys engage in intense competition at famous racecourses was heightened at the ROA event by the sensational films on big screens, set to music and viewed by a very appreciative audience. The atmosphere at the 27th ROA Awards was electric. To those of us smitten by the bug of racing, the wide distinction between the best and the moderate is self evident. Those of us who spend our lives trying to aspire to having a horse good enough to run at Royal Ascot or Cheltenham are prone to exist in a world where everybody knows how horseracing works, with all its many layers, definitions and complexities. It is both the natural drama of racing, combined with all these complexities, that makes it a fascinating pursuit for every reader of this magazine. Yet racing’s tendency to be introspective is one of the dilemmas facing those charged to market our sport. How to keep the mystique of British racing alive but welcome in a new audience so vital to our future? Anybody going racing once a year to one of the big festival meetings would not recognise the problem to which I am alluding. Big crowds, TV coverage and lots of betting would make you ask: where is the problem? But avid followers of this sport recognise that you can’t have the best without having most of the layers that exist underneath. And it is this foundation that is showing definite signs of erosion. We stare into the face of a recession with trepidation, knowing that things weren’t that good for those
operating on the domestic level of the industry even during the times of economic buoyancy. To a degree, racing can be shored up by marketing itself as a great day out. This may be a tangible route to making horseracing more popular and improving its finances. I wonder, however, whether this will ever get us to a stage where we can say this sport has embraced a huge new audience. It may be that such an objective is not within the art of the possible and we should continue to concentrate our efforts on a micro level. Yet, watching those films the other evening, I remain convinced that the most effective route for racing to find a new audience is through the promotion of its star performers. It is through making a wider world understand what these horses have achieved, what they aspire to achieve, and what the various factors are that make one racehorse run faster than another. Combine that with the sheer beauty of the spectacle, and you are onto a winner. How, then, do we reach this new fanbase and whet its appetite sufficiently to build a momentum that becomes self perpetuating? Simple. We do it through a combination of betting and moving pictures. As long as people are attracted in sufficient numbers, the platform on which the moving pictures are delivered is of secondary importance. But the first step must be to find a way of packaging our premier product more effectively so that greater numbers become familiar with the top performers and performances, and are urged to back up their judgement and enthusiasm through placing a bet. Perhaps the ROA Awards ceremony should be the starting pointing for those in charge of marketing British racing.
Paul Dixon President Racehorse Owners Association
You can’t have the best racing without the layers underneath
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Free Lease Exchange a wonderful initiative TBA and ROA Councils and executives come together to help ease the economic burden of unsold yearlings
he last quarter of 2008 proved to be the reality check that the industry had been expecting for some time, given the worsening economic climate. My predecessor, Philip Freedman, wrote eloquently on the yearling sales market in the last issue of this magazine, and these observations were reinforced when the industry witnessed an almost total absence of demand for foals at the lower level and an extremely selective middle market. Thankfully, quality foals continued to attract plenty of interest. This trend was underlined again during the following week’s four-day sale of broodmares and fillies out of training. The breeding stock sales are the barometer of the industry’s health and should have left producers in no doubt about demand for their products. I liken the breeding industry to an ocean-going liner, travelling gracefully onwards in the same direction, yet any change of course takes an age to accomplish. So it will be with breeding. Sales reports and analysis have given breeders what they require to address any concerns, but with 2008 matings planned well before the cruel change of fortunes, Flat breeders will surely be taking their punishment for another season at least. One positive measure is a joint initiative by the ROA and TBA to offer a free leasing service for unsold yearlings from the 2008 sales, called the Free Lease Exchange. Whilst a number of breeders and owners have enjoyed these relationships for many years, a large percentage of ROA members do not have direct contacts with breeders and have expressed an interest in getting involved. For them, the purchase price this year might not have been attainable, but through the ROA they have expressed an interest in meeting training fees, either individually or in syndicates. I would urge TBA members with unsold yearlings to embrace this valuable commodity! I hope we can call on the NTF’s support and
that trainers will have a part to play in this initiative, which has positive welfare implications for an industry which needs to be fully conscious of the damage overproduction can have on all aspects of its business, not least its public image. In December, TBA members received information on this initiative and were invited to submit details of unsold yearlings to the TBA, with the aim of publishing details on the TBA and ROA websites, as well as forwarding direct to ROA members via their email service. Through my column and the news pages of this magazine, I would encourage more breeders to take advantage of this free service. These are just the sort of initiatives that develop contacts within the industry and can lead to the formation of long-term business relationships. It is essential that both sides reach a mutually satisfactory agreement, in terms of commitment and peace of mind, and we have asked TBA legal adviser Rachel Flynn, and her opposite number at the ROA, Justin Wadham, to be available for those members who would like to extend the formality of their arrangement over and above an exchange of letters, to include a legally binding contract. I hope TBA members will embrace this concept, which I feel could provide a helpful, short term, immediate measure to ease the financial burden associated with the commitment to stay in business, for it is livelihoods that we are aiming to save. I offer no cast iron solutions, but maintain that our aim is to support the supply of sufficient durable, quality racing stock, for which British breeders are famous, and without which the racing industry could not survive. Forging closer relationships with owners can only help to boost our industry, both from a political, and more importantly, practical level.
Kirsten Rausing Chairman Thoroughbred Breeders Association
This is just the sort of initiative that can build long-term relationships
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DAR08 OVER OB page Proclamation DEC
The highest-rated young miler at stud in Britain. The horse who swept from last to first in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot. And he did it again in the Sussex Stakes: a jaw-dropping performance deemed worthy of a 130 rating from Timeform, better than Shamardal, Dubawi and Footstepsinthesand – better, even, than his grandsire Kingmambo.
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Powell a perfect patient?
The man from the Beeb brings us all the patter from the racecourse Cornelius Lysaght Racing correspondent of BBC Radio
Old Etonian: Charles Egerton was the school bookie
It’s been welcome back to the racing pressroom in recent weeks for the Mail On Sunday’s Jonathan Powell after a spell on the injury list. While working in his garden, the long-serving hack and acclaimed author slipped, in the process breaking a leg badly enough to think he might have been moonlighting in a beginners’ chase. Although a trustee of the Injured Jockeys’ Fund, the energetic Powell was never going to be the most stoical of invalids. It’s said that one visitor, given directions to his hospital bed, was informed in reassuring tones by a nurse that he was the “perfect patient”. Said visitor replied: “No, I think you’ve got the wrong Mr Powell.” It was his wife, Charlotte.
Truth not so perfect
Egerton reminded of Eton mess News comes through of an unlikely bid for a place on racing’s after-dinner circuit. Charles Egerton, whose public utterances away from Heads Farm Stables can accurately be described as rare, had members of the Old Etonian Rackets and Tennis Club rocking in the aisles at their annual dinner. Assessing the current economic crisis, Egerton declared he first became aware of the existence of the credit crunch while at Eton. As the school bookmaker, he recalled accruing a four-figure debt while receiving an income of just £20-a-term in pocket money.
As winter closes in, team Coolmore are dreaming about 2009. Among their ranks of big-race hopefuls is the Galileo filly Perfect Truth, who shaped with promise in a Dundalk maiden. When news reached Ballydoyle that her half-brother had landed a decent race in the UK, there was more than a frisson of interest, not least because Perfect Truth runs for the trainer’s wife Anne-Marie. But that winner was Endless Power, who clung on bravely in the Grand Sefton Chase at Aintree. A Grand National tilt itself is now beckoning. “Whatever we do, we are not going to be helping Perfect Truth’s paddock value,” jested trainer Jim Goldie.
Tough draws no handicap for Smith Watching out for a touch of romance in the next round of the FA Cup will be the BHA’s senior handicapper Phil Smith. January’s third round, with its chance for the minnows to flex their giant-killing muscles against the big boys, is sure to re-kindle fond memories for Smith, 59. In the mid-1970s, in a flurry of long hair and ludicrous sideburns, the Che Guevara lookalike was part of Cup runs enjoyed by nonleague clubs Altrincham and Northwich Victoria. Especially poignant was 1975, when Scouser Smith lined up for Northern
Premier Leaguers Altrincham in a third round tie against his boyhood idols Everton at their home ground, Goodison Park. Sadly, on this occasion, there was no romantic ending. Although ‘Alty’ did initially get a 1-1 draw, they went down 2-0 in the replay, staged in front of 35,000 fans at Old Trafford because their own ground was too small. A maths teacher before joining the handicapping team, trainers haven’t always liked Smith’s sums, and one claims to have gained revenge by sticking a photograph of the official
onto a golf ball. “I hit it 25 yards further then usual,” the trainer boasted. The big question is whether he’d have done the same if Smith still resembled a Marxist revolutionary? Phil Smith: 70s FA Cup giant-killer
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THE BIG PICTURE
NOT A BAD DEPUTY With Ruby Walsh injured and Sam Thomas recently prone to misfortune, there was only one man to turn to for trainer Paul Nicholls and owner Clive Smith. The pair chose Tony McCoy to partner Champion Chase winner Master Minded on his return to action in the Grade 1 Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown on December 6, and their faith in the champion jockey was not misplaced, McCoy guiding Master Minded to an impressive ten-length victory over last seasonâ€™s Arkle Trophy winner Tidal Bay. Just as he had at Cheltenham, Master Minded jumped safely and economically, and he was subsequently cut to 1-2 to defend his Champion Chase crown. The race itself failed to match the drama of the build-up, which focused on the issue of whether Thomas should be given the ride after a series of high-profile blunders. Ultimately, Nicholls and Smith felt he would be better off away from the limelight. They were right. And what better deputy could they ask for than McCoy? Photo: George Selwyn
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Words: Michele MacDonald El Prado, whose progeny will be marketed overseas as part of a new initiative at Adena Springs
Drastic times, new strategies s the world economic meltdown hits home, some North American breeders are looking south as they seek new ways to prosper. Adena Springs, the cluster of farms owned by Frank Stronach that won top breeder awards in the United States and Canada for the past three years, mated a group of 32 mares to the farm’s stallions on southern hemisphere time and has been actively marketing them to South America and Australia. At the same time, former Three Chimneys Farm President Dan Rosenberg has been honing a new venture ambitiously called La Leyenda, or “the legend”, with goals of eventually racing and selling Argentine-bred horses in Dubai and the US. The southern hemisphere initiative undertaken by Adena Springs is driven by a desire to give the Adena stallions exposure to that region without shuttling the horses.
General Manager Eric Hamelback said: “The decision to do this obviously rested with Mr Stronach. He is, and always has been, an innovator in trying to do things ahead of the curve. The reaction has been quite positive. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to get our stallions out into the global marketplace more than they have been.” Included in the Adena Springs plan are five mares in foal to leading sire El Prado, two to Epsom Derby winner North Light, three to top sire Awesome Again and one to Horse of the Year Ghostzapper. The challenging economic climate could help spur the La Leyenda project, founded by Alberto Stein. Stein is developing a “worldclass facility based on Kentucky and European standards” in San Antonio de Areco, the centre of Argentina’s breeding industry that is located about an hour from Buenos Aires, according to Rosenberg.
The Leyenda plan involves recruiting shuttle stallions and assembling about 70 mares from North America for the Argentine farm. Owners who contribute mares to the programme will not be billed for board, veterinary services or stud fees, but will retain ownership in the mares as well as partial ownership in their progeny. Over a planned seven-year period, about 350 runners could be produced for training, with resulting stakes winners targeted for racing or sales in Dubai or the US. Among the many high-profile Argentinebred runners to make a successful transition to the northern hemisphere is 2007 Dubai World Cup hero Invasor. “I have no doubt we can put this together very quickly,” said Rosenberg. “The timing is really right. In today’s changing world this is a very creative business model and it has a tremendous chance of being successful.”
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US breeders look to develop new ways of marketing their stallions and selling young stock as economic pressures demand innovative thinking
Keeneland in the doldrums Massive declines for historic auction house sound severe warning note to the industry as buyers opt to stay at home Following the climax of Keeneland’s November breeding stock sale, North America’s largest auction house was left to ponder the steepest declines on record for overall annual sales. Combined gross for Keeneland’s four auctions – the January mixed sale, April two-year-olds in training, September yearlings and the November sale – decreased by a staggering $215.1 million from 2007, plunging to $600.3m from a record $815.4m. Keeneland Director of Sales, Geoffrey Russell, said after the November sale ended with a drop of 45.6% in aggregate, to $185.6m from $340.9m in 2007, that the declines were “not only the result of an industry adjustment; they are additionally owed to external market forces, the likes of which we’ve never seen before.” He continued: “Globally, there is a lack of liquidity, a lack of consumer confidence and a strong US dollar. Those are dynamics we cannot control. “They are affecting the conduct of
business at every level and in every corner of the world, and the thoroughbred industry is not immune.” European buyers, who have significantly bolstered Keeneland’s sales since the 1980s, pulled back, with Europe’s economy being “in the toilet,” according to Russell. “We’ve never before had three major areas of the world in recession at the same time, including North America under that label. “Without the support of buyers from racing’s developing countries, sales would have been down even further.” Fasig-Tipton also reported declines on six of its eight major sales in 2008. Overall, Fasig turnover from those markets dropped from $196.5m to $189.1m, with the mixed sale in November – which was up about $18m thanks largely to Southern Equine Stables buying out partner Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms on a number of expensive horses – boosting the bottom line.
Tanaka convicted of fraud High-profile owner could lose US string after court verdict International owner Gary Tanaka, who has campaigned runners in major races in Europe, Turkey, the UAE, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, the United States and Canada, may have to relinquish his US-trained horses after being found guilty on three of 12 charges of securities fraud. Although his attorney, Glenn Colton, said an appeal will probably be forthcoming, Tanaka’s complex legal ordeal has already extended over more than three and a half years and will not be concluded rapidly. Owners
convicted on felony charges cannot be licensed in American racing. Tanaka’s partner in Amerindo Investment Advisors, Alberto Vilar, was found guilty on all 12 counts, including wire fraud, money laundering and lying to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, in a trial that ended on November 19 in a district court in New York. The pair had been accused of stealing $20 million from clients and face sentencing of up to 20 years in prison on the most serious charges. A resident of London before he was arrested in 2005, Tanaka enjoyed most of his racing success with horses purchased in Europe and then raced in America. Ranking among the top ten North American owners by purses won twice in the past six years, Tanaka raced the earners of approximately $16m between 2002 and 2007. He owned or co-owned American champion mares Golden Apples and Gourmet Girl, as well as multiple European Group 1 winner Rakti.
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Curlin William S Farish moved his Lane’s End operation further ahead in the North American stallion market by securing Curlin, the 2007 Horse of the Year who is likely to earn that title again for 2008. Even though a 20% ownership share in the colt remains the subject of court wrangling, Curlin will stand alongside his sire Smart Strike for a fee of $75,000. Curlin’s original owners, Bill Gallion and Shirley Cunningham Jnr of Midnight Cry Stable, face a $42 million judgment in connection with alleged ethical violations and have been permanently disbarred from practising law, thus their 20% share has been held by a court receiver. Curlin earned a North American record $10,501,800 and won seven Grade/Group 1 races before his retirement following his fourth-placed effort behind Raven’s Pass in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Curlin’s addition expands the Lane’s End roster to 21 stallions, headlined by A P Indy, North America’s leader by fee at $300,000, and Kingmambo, who stands for $250,000.
Welfare In an era when there is mounting public concern over the welfare of former racehorses, the American Jockey Club has created a programme under which it will match breeders’ 2009 contributions to a fund for care of retired thoroughbreds. Breeders will be given the chance to make a donation when they submit foal registration applications next year. The Jockey Club has agreed to match contributions up to a total of $200,000 and administer the programme, supplying the funds to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and Thoroughbred Charities of America, which support re-training, adoption and ongoing care initiatives. Jockey Club President Alan Marzelli said: “We applaud the efforts of these two organisations through the years to retire, retrain and find suitable homes for thoroughbred racehorses.”
DAR08 OVER OB page Zafeen jan issue DEC
To breed an excellent horse, breed to an excellent horse.
Impressive, imposing European Champion miler. Fantastic-looking St James’s Palace winner who was also top class at two. He’s from the stallion-making Gone West sire line that produced Raven’s Pass and Zarkava – and rated superior to the sires of both!
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Zafeen Zafonic – Shy Lady (Kaldoun) £3,000 October 1st, Special live foal
Lucarno’s arrival at Wood Farm Stud in Shropshire is a massive fillip for the British National Hunt breeding industry By Tim Richards
Bill Bromley Was Lucarno’s arrival at Wood Farm Stud a surprise to you?
It is very early days, but has there been much interest in him, being a son of Dynaformer?
Yes. Simply because we knew that there had been strong offers to purchase him from some of the top jump studs in Ireland and France, and the deal to stand him at Wood Farm Stud was completed within seven days.
Tremendous interest. Look out Kayf Tara!
How did he come to stand at your stud?
It is clearly a big boost for British jumps breeders. Mr Strawbridge is an avid fan and top owner in US jumping. It’s great that he is so enthusiastic about this whole project with one of his own homebreds.
How is he settling in?
No problems. He came straight from the stallion parade at Cheltenham and settled in very well. Give us your impressions of him?
Lucarno is an imposing individual, a great looker and a perfect gentleman.
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Has there ever been such strength in depth with stallions at Wood Farm?
Only time will tell if we’ve never had it so good. But we are very much looking forward to next season as I am lucky enough to also stand Norse Dancer as well as three other Classic
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David Minton recommended us to James Wigan, who is George Strawbridge’s (Lucarno’s owner) bloodstock agent.
What does the fact that his owner George Strawbridge is standing his St Leger winner as a National Hunt stallion in Shropshire say about British breeding?
winners: Erhaab, Sir Harry Lewis and Silver Patriarch. It might be worth recalling that Classic Cliché, who was sold to Kilbarry Lodge Stud (Ireland) in 2004 after standing at Wood Farm, was one of the first British jump stallions to cover over 100 mares, and that was in his first season here in 1997. To what extent has the Irish Derby winner Sir Harry Lewis made his mark?
Sir Harry Lewis is now 24 and his results speak for themselves. He is the sire of Mighty Man, champion staying hurdler of 2006 and 2007, Burntoakboy, the Coral Cup winner, and numerous others including the progressive Diamond Harry, Champagne Harry, Diamant Noir, Harringay, Cetti’s Warbler and Sir Harry Ormesher, who we bred ourselves. Your father Cecil established the stud in the 1950s. Do you consider National Hunt breeding in Britain to be stronger now than it was in those early years of Wood Farm?
Most definitely. My father started this stud initially as a pleasurable pastime, his main business being farming. His other pleasure was hunting, which he would have done eight days a week if he could. What were you doing before you took over the stud?
After leaving school in 1959 I went to my grandparents to learn dairy farming, initially for six months, but it lasted 20 years. I came back to the stud after my father had a brain haemorrhage and the following year (1981) Space King was the inaugural winner of the Whitbread Silver Salver (presented at the TBA
awards)– a feat repeated in 2007 with Sir Harry Lewis. What does Wood Farm consist of, do you farm as well?
We used to be arable farmers until eight years ago, when we were lucky enough to purchase the stud (we had been tenants), and we relinquished the arable land tenancy in order to concentrate on the stud side of the business. Now, we own 150 acres and rent a further 60 acres and are always on the lookout for more land, but so far no suitable pasture land has come on the market locally; land seems to be the only thing that is going up in price at the moment. We own a dozen or so broodmares and our current policy is to sell the geldings as three or four-year-old stores. But the fillies are notoriously hard to sell so we try to lease them or race them ourselves for a maximum of two years; all of our stock is always on the market. We currently have four horses in training – two with Chris Down in Devon and two with Donald McCain in Cheshire. We have also leased a half-sister to Lough Derg to Lets Live Racing for two years. Is it tough competing with the Irish stallions?
Yes, extremely tough. But we have been fortunate to have a band of very loyal owners who regularly support us. Our son Anthony, and David Minton, who run Highflyer Bloodstock, are a big help in guiding owners in our direction if they think one of our stallions is a suitable match for one of their client’s mares.
FAVOURITES Destination West Indies Book Anything by Wilbur Smith Drink Most drinks, but mainly beer Actress Amanda Burton Meal Sunday roast beef cooked by my wife at home Lucarno (right) joins Sir Harry Lewis, Erhaab, Silver Patriarch and Norse Dancer at Wood Farm
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The likes of Oscar and Heron Island regularly cover massive books (in excess of 300). Is this healthy for the breed and would you ever allow your stallions to cover so many mares?
No, I don’t agree with such massive numbers and I don’t think it has helped the industry. It is not so many years ago that 40 mares was considered to be a full book. However, now you must have larger books in order to produce a champion sire because there is so much natural wastage with injuries, etc. I suppose between 80 and 100 mares per stallion would be ideal. We own Sir Harry Lewis and now limit him to a maximum of 50 mares. Would you ever set a limit for Lucarno?
That would be a decision for Mr Strawbridge and his advisors. How tough is it operating in the industry with a recession looming?
What recession? The top end of the market is as strong as ever. I think it will be tough next season, but in the long run it will be good for the industry as we have all been guilty of covering moderate to useless mares. But we work in a very passionate industry and who am I to tell an owner that his ‘pride and joy’ is not good enough to breed from.
What stars have you bred?
Two ‘highflying’ sons – Anthony, of Highflyer Bloodstock, and Christopher, who is in senior management at Elsevier Scientific Publications. And proud of them we are, too. Do you hold a position on any of the TBA National Hunt committees or councils? If so what are your responsibilities?
I have just completed my three years on the TBA National Hunt Committee and I am not standing for re-election due to business commitments. I enjoyed my stint and found it very interesting; I now appreciate how much the TBA put into supporting the industry. Where do you visualise British National Hunt breeding in ten years?
I cannot see a great change if we all continue to overproduce. However, I do think the recession will sort this out for us. We must try to retain the top sires here in the UK to prevent the best mares always going across the Irish Sea. Who in your view has done most for British NH breeding?
Is there one stallion you wish you could have stood at Wood Farm?
The late David Nicholson was an avid supporter of British breeding. He never failed to telephone a breeder after they had bred a winner and he also encouraged new breeders into the industry. His wife Dinah has continued this and is ever present at National Hunt sales and many race meetings spreading the gospel.
We ought not to dwell on the past, though it does bring me back to the aforementioned Kayf Tara, who is flying. But I don’t think I have much chance of standing him as Simon Sweeting at Overbury is doing a great job with him and Simon is much younger than I am!
Lucarno can help to challenge the domination of Irish-based National Hunt sires
What are the attractions of being a British breeder?
It must be pride as it certainly isn’t prize-money.
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FINGERS ON THE BUZZERS Who would you most like to meet outside racing? Shane Warne What irritates you? Bad losers Your relaxation? It used to be playing cricket. Now it is watching as a big supporter of Shropshire County Cricket What keeps you awake at night? Nothing – except when England are playing cricket abroad Four guests for a dinner party? Tina Turner, Sir Mark Prescott, Jeff Rowe (Jethro) and Sir Ian Botham Describe yourself in four words Always optimistic, never pessimistic
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Newmarket, July 6, 2004: “You only get that kind of light in this country once every two years”
Behind The Lens Photography does much to highlight the colour and glory that goes with horseracing. We talk to four professionals about their craft Words Richard Griffiths
arely do horseracing photographers make the headlines – unless of course they have just been boshed around the head by a trainer – but the role they play within the sport is immense. Imagine reading about the Grand National without any kind of image to illustrate the perils and skills that accompany each year’s race. Imagine, even, this very magazine. How much less appealing would it be without the great waves of colour that photography brings? Talk to four top photographers – Edward Whitaker, George Selwyn, Trevor Jones and Ed Byrne – and you quickly realise how much strategy is involved in producing such pictures as are featured here. Each one has been chosen by the photographers themselves and include a blend of film and digital. All demonstrate a love of horses and racing, and emphasise the essential mystique of ‘light’. You also realise how much responsibility they face: racing is a dangerous sport that throws up brutally thrilling opportunities. It is also one that is under the animal welfare microscope. A balance has to be struck.
THE BIG INTERVIEW
Edward Whitaker The son of well-known royal reporter James Whitaker, Edward had his first taste of equine photography at the 1978 Badminton horse trials. “Tim Graham, a top royal photographer, knew I was very keen and lent me a Nikon F2, the best professional camera there was at the time,” Whitaker recalls. “Princess Anne was competing at Badminton and so he told me to position myself down by the water jump and as soon as I saw Princess Anne...blast.” Luckily for Whitaker, the royal rider fell, meaning that he had his first picture published aged 12.
Whitaker left school after his Alevels for a Saturday job with a sports agency, although at the time “horses were not really my thing”. They became his thing on finishing a prestigious photography course at Sheffield University, after which he began freelancing for the Racing Post. He has been there ever since (now staff photographer), four times winning the HWPA Photographer of the Year, and the Sports Journalist Association Specialist Portfolio Award. The picture on the left was taken at Newmarket’s July meeting, and Whitaker explains: “You get that kind of light in this country about
once every two years. As soon as I saw the sky I knew I had to get down to the start and take the wide open expanse of the course. I love the clouds because they remind me of floating battleships.” The picture of Danehill below was taken by chance after Whitaker had been invited to Coolmore to take shots of Rock Of Gibraltar. “While I was there this horse appeared having just covered a mare,” he says. “It was a fleeting encounter and I love the way he composed himself, turning his head very, very slowly so that the water seemed to massage a point on his neck.”
Danehill enjoying a hose down at Coolmore in January 2003
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It was interesting that in our October issue, John Reardon, a much respected portrait photographer who also takes the Darley stallion shots, said he had never been able to make a racing picture the way you guys do. What would you say makes a good horseracing photographer? Ed Byrne: I used to come across a lot of newspaper guys who
took racing pictures but they didn’t love horses – and they never really wanted to, it was just another job and fair play, they were usually doing three different jobs in a day. The one major difference with racing photographers today is that the ones now are passionately interested. The amount of time and effort that the lads give to trying to be the best photographer they can be is amazing. So passion for the subject is a big part of what you do? EB: I got fired out of Royal Ascot so many times by a former clerk of the course that I was ordered to appear in his office, on a non-racing day and on my day off. I stood there in front of him – he didn’t ask me to sit down – and he told me he was fed up having problems with me and that I was more trouble than the rest of the photographers put together because I kept standing in the wrong place. I said to him, “Well, why do you think that is? It’s probably because I care two or three times more about this subject than anybody else.” And I did. I used to get these letters from a guy, which I should have replied to but never did. The final letter he sent asked me how I took the pictures I took. He’d decided to get a camera and said, ‘I know what I want to show but I don’t know how to do it’, and that he was giving up. I wish I had written back to him and said, ‘You have now won 70% of the battle if you can see what you want to take.’ That’s the difficult bit.
George, what’s to stop me going up to Newmarket races today and taking a good racing shot, especially in this digital age? George Selwyn: Well, you could technically stand about two
or three furlongs after the finish, stand on top of the hill, do a panoramic view, shoot the thing at a 1,000th at 5.6 at 5/6, 200ASA and get a perfectly adequate picture, assuming you get the exposure right, of horses toddling up to the winning post with the grandstand on the right. You might think that’s great but for me I couldn’t do anything with that picture. Nobody would want it, they would want good action of the Group 1 races. You need a variety of pictures, showing the race emerging, but also tight in on the winner. Edward Whitaker: The way I take a picture, you have got to
shoot largely against background. The really good horseracing pictures are against very clean backgrounds, or the background adds to the actual subject. Today (at Newmarket on Cheveley Park and Middle Park day), it’s rainy, it’s grey. So the object is to try to bring out the definition in the horseflesh, correct exposure, beautiful colours – in fact, colours can be beautiful if you are shooting against a dark background. Here at Newmarket, it’s open, it’s quite flat, so it’s quite hard to find that background, you have got a problem with white hospitality tents on that far rail, then there’s signage, which is a huge problem for photographers but obviously is essential to the sport. So what you have is really the grass. Hence you give yourself the best chance by a bit of elevation. Ed (Byrne) has got the hugest stepladders of all us, so he’ll be high on his
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ladders and he’ll be shooting the action down onto the grass. It’s going to liven up the horseflesh, the silks and the jockeys. We all have our own little agendas. Me, working for a daily newspaper, I might be shooting to a given shape. Composition is very important. Head-on, for example, you give yourself the best chance of getting an upright picture. So we are looking for clean backgrounds, sharp images, filling the frame. You have got really a very small amount of usage within the frame, so filling the frame is very much a technique that you learn from shooting on film. A lot of people have come into photography without shooting on film. You can shoot an image, pull it up on a computer and it’s adequate. But it’s not a real technique. You say digital photography doesn’t require as much technique as shooting on film, but surely it makes the job easier? EW: Yes, because of autofocus. Largely in action photography, the autofocus system has totally transformed things. Trevor Jones: At Cheltenham I once gave a camera to my
assistant, who is not a trained photographer but knows her way around horses much better than anyone here. Because the last fence had a hoarding on it I went to the second last. I didn’t get much of a picture but at the last this horse hits the fence and does cartwheels. I think, ‘Ah well, Laura is there with her autofocus’. But she didn’t get the picture. So autofocus is good to a degree, but just giving someone an autofocus camera doesn’t answer all the questions. I think it takes away the need for that technique that you used to need. A digital file can be worked on, whereas a colour transparency, if you haven’t got it there, there’s nothing you can do. EW: When I took ‘the four As’ (a famous picture of the
blanket finish to the 1982 Arc won by Akiyda, with Ardross second, Awaasif third and April Run fourth), you never had such a skinny filly as the winner and her nose was virtually touching the edge of the frame. It was that tight to get the four in. Basically, that was just luck, to get them all in frame. The new equipment takes a lot of the luck out of it because you can edit your picture afterwards (you could, for example, zoom in on a digital image to create a much closer crop than you had originally, thereby negating the need for the ‘luck’ Byrne had with his Arc picture). And Trevor, you specialise in bloodstock photography as well. What do you try to bring to that sphere? TJ: I have a completely non-horsey background so I try to use my experience with other sports to take a stallion and make it look like an athlete. One way of doing that is to have the stallion walked around for some time before the picture so that he is warmed up and his veins are popping out. It helps him stand out in what otherwise is a flattish picture. I did it with Motivator (the picture appeared on page 13 of last month’s Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder) and Sir Michael Oswald, who used to manage the Royal Studs, called it the finest stallion picture he’d seen, so I must be doing something right.
When you are advertising a stallion it’s very important to get the conformation pose just right… TJ: Yes, stallions can obviously be quite twitchy so you can be
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The last race of the day at Leicester in February this year: capturing the right light is the photographer’s holy grail
Paul (nearside) and Pat Eddery in action Number one: Christophe Soumillon
As the retained, and highly valued, photographer for Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder, George Selwyn plays a central role in our attempts to capture racing’s colour and glory. “The good thing about shooting for a monthly is that you have more scope for in-depth coverage, you have the time to try something different,” he says. Although he comes from an unlikely background – his father was a classical oboist – Selwyn left school at 16 to work in a dark room. A subsequent six-month spell as a stable lad ended when “I realised fairly soon I wasn’t going to be a jockey” and Selwyn returned to photography. “It started very haphazardly in the early days but in 1973 I got my first picture in two papers,” he recalls. The importance of light is demonstrated with Selwyn’s February 2008 photo of the water jump at Leicester. “You can only do that at a certain time of year,” he says. “I like the way the sun is framed by the water and I don’t think it would have worked nearly as well without that splash.” Selwyn has also chosen the “brotherly symmetry” of Pat and Paul Eddery, taken at Royal Ascot using a slow shutter speed, and “France’s own Frankie Dettori”, Christophe Soumillon, whose camera awareness is a photographer’s dream.
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Trevor Jones After leaving school with one ‘O’ level, Jones worked on building sites and at an opticians for 18 months before he switched to working behind the counter at a camera shop in Eastbourne. He became involved in the photography studio upstairs, developing his interest by joining a local agency, before switching to London’s Hampstead & Highgate Express. Having worked also for Today newspaper, Jones has since contributed to specialist racing publications such as Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder, Pacemaker, and Racing Post. The main picture of Frankie Dettori was taken after he won the 1999 Sussex Stakes on Aljabr and marked one of Jones’s last big shoots using film rather than digital. Unusually in daylight, he also used a flash to make the most of the blue that dominates the image. Dettori has ordered “thousands” of prints to accompany autograph requests. Similarly, John Magnier is reported to have Jones’s Sadler’s Wells image hanging on one of his many walls. The crop is “pretty much as I shot it”, according to Jones. “You’re conscious of the value of the horse and the eyes in the back of your head when you take a picture like that. You don’t want to push your luck. So aim to have just two or three nice shots. This was Sadler’s Wells in his prime.” The image below of a Newmarket July evening meeting was the result of years of trying. “It was one of those rare occasions when all the elements came together,” says Jones. “All the clouds give it a ‘grungy’ feel that bring out the colours. No matter how many times I try, I know it can’t be bettered.”
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“No matter how many times I try, I know this picture can’t be bettered”
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Frankie Dettori celebrates winning the 1999 Sussex Stakes with Aljabr
standing around for half an hour waiting for the right shot. Like all these things, until you start doing it you think it’s a piece of cake: just another picture of a horse. A boring picture of a horse standing still, but it’s not that easy! EB: It amazes me that people don’t always do a proper job with their stallions, like the people who stand a stallion for £2,000 or £3,000. They get some idiot from down the road to take a picture with his Instamatic and that’s exactly what it looks like. I always say, ‘For God’s sake, spend a little bit of one covering fee and get it done properly.’
I wanted to ask you all about your favourite places, horses and people to photograph. George, having seen you take pictures of the Grand National fences in February when they were just stumps, I presume Aintree must be up there...why do you get so excited about it? GS: Basically because it’s such a unique event and I have been covering it for so long. No picture is the same, with the possible exception of Valentine’s. The light is always so different and then there is the danger…you just hope every horse and rider returns safely.
And your favourite person? GS: Lester Piggott’s face when he’s not smiling.
What about you Ed? EB: That’s very difficult…the difference between the horses
and the characters in racing is that the people can talk for themselves. I have always felt much more pushed towards doing the talking for the horses. I have never been that bothered about the people. The face that I remember with character was Angel Penna. He had an amazing, weathered face to photograph. Without the horse, none of us would have a job. Edward?
Sadler’s Wells struts his stuff in the Coolmore paddock in 1998
EW: Face, Tony McCoy because he’s got the face of a fighter. He has amazing features, timeless features. His face will always look the same. It’s the cheekbones, the skeletal look, but it’s hard, there’s a real hard grit about him. I like that. But he’s also a kind guy as well. A total winner and he goes through it every year. The horse would be Danehill. He was the most majestic stallion I’ve ever seen (see page 29).
And Trevor? TJ: I have heroes possibly more than favourite faces. Steve Cauthen and Henry Cecil. They both make great pictures without necessarily having gaunt or lined faces. You could look at a picture of a finish from across the room and see which rider is Steve Cauthen. I spent a lot of time with him in Kentucky so when you get to know someone you want them to win as a result. It’s along the same lines with Henry Cecil; I am just itching for him to have another Group 1 winner so I can go and photograph the flag at Warren Place again (which is raised every time the stable has a Group 1 winner). In terms of stallions? Sadler’s Wells.The picture I have given you is of him powering around his paddock (see opposite). EW: The good ones really liked to be photographed. EB: Like great sportsmen, great horses make great
pictures…Arkle, Mill House, Secretariat. They are the pictures people look at.
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One thing that strikes me is how responsible you have to be in terms of injured jockeys and horses. How conscious do you have to be to the sensitivities of others? GS: An awful lot, I think. TJ: I was at Cheltenham one day and there was a horse lying
on the floor, probably dead. And a girl from the local paper was taking the picture. I said to her, ‘Excuse me, you have got a picture of a dead horse…you really don’t need it and why are you doing it? It is so intrusive. What is the point of photographing a dead horse?’ George, I know you had pictures of poor old George Washington at Monmouth Park and that you wouldn’t have let me use them even if I’d wanted to... GS: I did take a couple of pictures before the screens went up. It was obvious that he was fatally ill by the way he was standing. But I thought ‘the picture’ was of Mick Kinane walking away holding his saddle and number cloth which told the story, without needing to use any gruesome pictures. I know there was one photographer who did go behind the scenes and take pictures, which the Breeders’ Cup organisers were very upset about. EW: The bible of sports photography, which is Sports Illustrated, their best ever coverage of racing, the Breeders’ Cup in particular, was of a dead horse, Go For Wand. So the mindset of a lot of photographers, because people want to make a living, is to capture something that might be published, albeit in totally wrong circumstances. So maybe that was his excuse. TJ: You might have taken a picture that turns out to be a horse dying, but once you have twigged what’s been going on, it’s hard to justify using it. EB: You might have a really fantastic fall picture which you would have every right to use. But if the horse dies, bin it. I am my own editor. I was censured only once at The Telegraph in nearly 17 years there as a contracted freelancer. There was this big campaign about the safety of horses at the Grand National. Funnily enough it was in two hurdle races on the Friday that horses were killed. Away the horses went in the knackers van, but I didn’t take any pictures. The picture desk asked: “Have we got these pictures?” I said: “You’ve come to the wrong person, I don’t do things like that”. They got some pictures from the Liverpool Echo in the end but if that’s what it takes to earn a living, I don’t want anything to do with it. No way. GS: I remember Brown Trix when he died, being dragged out of the ditch at Becher’s Brook (in the 1989 National). That was a very dramatic picture. What happened? They changed the structure of the fence to make it safer. EB: It wasn’t necessary to have that ditch. There was a guy holding his head out of the water. GS: But it made great pictures? EB: It was the only time I have ever done such a thing, but I gave the pictures to the RSPCA of him falling into the ditch and being pulled out. I said I would never go to another Grand National until the fence was changed. It was changed the next year, thank God.
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Ed Byrne Having turned 70 in October, Ed Byrne describes himself as in “semi-retirement”, but such a tag belies the impact he has had on horseracing photography, not least through his seminal picture of Pendil’s soaring leap at Kempton in 1973. The pictures he has chosen here reflect his long-term involvement in the sport, showing a black and white of Phil Tuck completing a circuit with the horse’s headgear hanging uselessly under his belly, right up to a picture of a theatrical fall from Leopardstown last Christmas. Note how the signage intrudes on the picture. The Irish course figures appropriately because it was where many of the cows that were reared on his family’s farm in Blackrock, Dublin, used to graze. Byrne’s love of France allowed him to capture the juxtaposition of the chateau at Pompadour, built for and named after the mistress of Louis VI, and the racecourse that it overlooks. While the jumping track blends in quite well with the chateau, the all-weather surface is positively incongruous. “It’s the old and the new and you couldn’t get a better illustration of it,” says Byrne. Byrne, who recently received the George Ennor Trophy for Outstanding Achievement, together with fellow photographers Alec Russell and Gerry Cranham, recalls: “From the time I could walk I never wanted to do anything else than just be around horses." Although "pretty wild" as a child, he used to collect newspaper pictures of racehorses, using the Yellow Pages as his scrapbook. Byrne says: “The sad thing is I never kept the captions of the races because I couldn’t read them. I went to a gaelic school and didn’t learn English until I was ten." He is also proof that hunger, dedication and enthusiasm are as vital to a career as any training or qualifications. Having left school at 15 to work as a mechanic, Byrne moved to England in 1962 to work as a bus conductor. Soon after, he married Ellie and bought a camera, “a tiny Ilford Sportsman”, to take pictures for their honeymoon in Ireland. It was the first camera that Byrne had owned and the start of a passion that has never dimmed. “All I have ever wanted to do is show everybody else what I could see in horses,” he says. “You might think it’s an easy thing, but it’s not.”
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“All I want to do is to show everyone else what I can see in horses” Kevin Coleman parts company with Professor Muldoon at Leopardstown: both horse and rider were unharmed
Phil Tuck jumps the last, having completed a circuit without bridle or blinkers, both hanging under the saddle The old and the new at Pompadour racecourse
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Is a sharp fall in prices better than a gradual one?
Major Correction What a difference a year makes. Our writer estimates that bloodstock values have dropped by around 33% Words Philip Freedman
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hen the hammer dropped at the end of Tattersalls’ December Sales, those whose livelihoods, be they breeders or pinhookers, come from bloodstock could be said to have given their assessment of the industry’s state. Inevitably, their view this December was very different to that of 12 months earlier. While one can argue over the details, broadly speaking, values have dropped by around 33% – at least for those animals sufficiently attractive for a buyer to be found. No-one with bloodstock assets will welcome a fall of such magnitude, but a precipitate drop of this nature may in fact be better for the long-term health of the market than a more gradual adjustment which persists over several years. If the decline which we have
experienced this year mirrors that of the bear market for bloodstock in the mid-1970s, which was also caused by an external shock originating in the wider economy, the recovery should prove to be a good deal swifter than that which followed on from the ending of the next bull market, in the mid-1980s. In that case, the correction led to over five years of falling prices, albeit on a much more modest scale than this year. Notwithstanding the decline in values, many prospective buyers were surprised at the level of competition they encountered when looking for mares, particularly at the higher end of the market. At the end of the sale a number of high value orders remained outstanding. This confirms the pattern of recent years, whereby top class mares and fillies out of training attract a
premium price in excess of that which commercial producers, looking to the values of their prospective foals, could justify. Looking to the future, the position of those aspiring to produce for the top of the market is likely to be further strengthened, relative to those producing, either by choice or the misfortune of nature, cheaper horses. Not only has demand held up better at the top end of the market, costs are also likely to fall more. With nomination fees being reduced broadly in line with bloodstock values, those foals or yearlings where the nomination fee is a higher proportion of the total cost – which by definition will be the offspring of more expensive stallions – will enjoy a greater drop in their production costs than those where the relatively fixed costs of keep make up the bulk of the breeder’s expense. The experience of both this year’s yearling and foal sales has highlighted the extent to which horses are being produced which cannot now even cover the costs which they accrue between entry for the sale and passing through the ring, let alone the cost of producing them. That is the case even if the nomination was free and no allowance for any depreciation of the mare is taken into account. While the speed of the downturn in both the real world and the bloodstock world may have taken everyone by surprise, with entries for the December Sales having closed before the collapse of Lehman Brothers, in 2009 the sales companies will need to consider if it is in either their financial interests, or those of their clients, to continue putting on days where the returns are so small. While many of us in the industry may have been aware that for years we have been producing more horses than the market could take, overproduction was in some ways a rational response to increasing prices. Just as a rising oil price makes it profitable to drill from previously uneconomic oil wells, so rising prices at the yearling sales caused breeders to produce from mares which previously they would have shunned. As prices fall and these mares are taken out of production, not only will breeders
benefit, so too should the breed. The December Sales helped reinforce the message that the market no longer has a bottom. All week there was evidence of mares being worth less than the cost of the foals they were carrying. That breeders were willing to sell them shows an acceptance of the irrelevance of historic costs in a falling market, when all a breeder should be concerned with is an animal’s future earning potential. There are at least some signs of realism: a number of studs in Britain, Ireland and America have already had to reduce the fees which they had announced as recently as November. For British breeders the equation has been complicated by currency movements, which in the 12 months to the end of November have led to a 14% fall in the value of sterling against the euro and a 25% devaluation relative to the dollar. Where stallion managers in the major markets of Britain, Ireland and North America have reduced their fees by similar amounts in
“Even allowing for the decline in values, many prospective buyers were surprised at the level of competition they encountered” local currencies, the result is that stallions standing in Britain have become appreciably cheaper relative to their overseas competitors. The advantage for British stallions really has to be emphasised and marketed aggressively. Throughout the latter half of 2008 bloodstock values have fallen pretty much in line with other asset classes, like equities and property. Given that horses are a luxury product dependent on discretionary income, it is both surprising, and encouraging for the future, that they have shown such resilience, which is indicative of the long-term commitment of so many in the industry. While any recovery in bloodstock values is likely to be dependent on a return to more general economic prosperity, at least the scale of the shock provided by this downturn may have created the conditions necessary for that recovery to take place.
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by Danehill Dancer - Floria
the next generation...
Top left: b.c Razzle (13/4/08) 30,000gns, bought by David Brown Top right: b.c. Right Answer (14/2/08) 17,000gns, bought by Thomas Whitehead Bottom left: b.c. ex Cyclone Flyer (9/2/08) 16,000gns, bought by Jill Lamb Bâ€™stock Pictures taken 13th and 14th August
First foals sold at the December Sales averaged in excess of 7 times his fee. Fee for 2009: ÂŁ3,000 October 1st SLF Enquiries: Terry or Margaret Holdcroft or Mark Pennell, Bearstone Stud, Market Drayton, Shropshire TF9 4HF Tel: 01630 647197 (office) 01270 812345 (home) Mobile: 07974 948755 e-mail: email@example.com Website: www.bearstonestud.co.uk or Martin Percival Tel: 01284 735322 Mobile: 07810 812 553 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tattersalls Breeding Stock Aggregate 33,355,150gns (-52%); Sold 610 (67.5% clearance); Average 54,681gns (-40%); Median 12,500gns (-45.6%) Home run
Arch Swing was bought by Mags O’Toole for owner Pat Garvey as a foal for $55,000, was bought in for €45,000 as a yearling, and went on to win more than £200,000 in prize-money. She was sold to Shadwell for 600,000gns. Reaction
Ronald Rauscher: “Lady Marian obviously went very well but for other horses there was nobody there; these included mares who had produced Group winners in Britain. Last year they would have made double the money at least. If you didn’t tick all the boxes, and I mean everything – conformation, broodmare sire, covering sire and page – there was nothing, and it is going to get even more select. The market in Europe compared to America is small if you take the number of players at the top end. We are lagging behind the States by two or three years because their foal crop has been reducing while ours goes up.”
being knocked down to John Warren for 500,000gns.
£4 million to £8,796,661 from £12,853,885.
G German-born and Monaco-based Andreas Putsch was another big spender. Using US agent Cecil Seaman, he paid 650,000gns for Lancashire Oaks winner Anna Pavlova to head to his recentlypurchased Haras de Saint Pair du Mont in Normandy.
G Both the foal and breeding stock sales were hit by a large number of withdrawals made by wary vendors. A total of 714 lots (26% of the catalogue) were withdrawn this year, compared to 535 (17.4%) last year.
The Lynam View G
The December Sale turnover of 49,901,250gns was the lowest since 1999. Meanwhile, Tattersalls’ 2008 turnover fell by 77.3 million gns to 167.6 million gns. The company’s commission fell by over
G The sale was more reliant than ever on the Maktoum family. John Ferguson bought all three sevenfigures lots, while Unsung Heroine, knocked down to Hubie de Burgh for 950,000gns, is expected to race for Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum in Australia when joining trainer David Hayes.
Away from the Maktoum family, German-born Andreas Jacobs was one of the biggest top-end spenders. His purchases included 525,000gns mare Tenderly, bought by the family’s German farm Gestut Fahrhof, and Our Queen Of Kings, who will head to Newsells Park Stud (set up by Jacobs’s late father Klaus) after
Day one saw 27 lots make at least 100,000gns, compared to 36 last year; 14 lots made at least 200,000gns, compared to 18 last year; seven lots made at least 400,000gns, compared to 11 last year. Only 32% of the mares in foal covered their basic costs. On day two, 35 lots made at least 100,000gns, compared to 85 in 2007, while 17 lots made 200,000gns, compared to 48 last year. Seven lots made 400,000gns (18 last year). On the same day, 49% of mares covered their basic costs. Unrealistic vendors or a tough market? Your call.
G Top-end trade was noticeably lighter than at last year’s outstanding sale. In 2007, 69 fillies and mares made 200,000gns or more, but this year there were 36.
Bloodstock economist John Lynam produced a daily assessment of the breeding stock sales. Here are some of his key points.
On day three, only 29% of the mares in foal managed to cover their basis costs of nomination fee plus £5,000 keep; 32% of those offered failed to sell. The day’s average was up by 17.5% to 46,358gns but the median was down 54% to 13,000gns. Perplexed? It’s because more good horses sold on this day.
Top lots Horse
Saoirse Abu (3f Mr Greeley)
Glebe House Stables
Price gns 1,950,000
Lady Marian (3f Nayef)
Princesse Dansante (4m King’s Best)
Unsung Heroine (3f High Chaparral)
Thomastown Castle Stables
Anna Pavlova (5m Danehill Dancer)
Musley Bank Stables
Arch Swing (4f Arch)
Shadwell Estate Company
Reflective (5m Seeking The Gold)
Tenderly (9m Danehill)
New England Stud
Our Queen Of Kings (11m Arazi)
So Silk (4m Rainbow Quest)
Eydon Hall Farm
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Bay 1999 15.3 h.h. by Charnwood Forest - Breakaway (Song)
GROUP 1 WINNER of £1,500,000 from the Warning sire line of Group 1 stallions Piccolo and Averti PRECOCIOUS - Group winner at 2 CONSISTENT - Group winner every year he raced from 2-5 CLASSY - International Group 1 winner First foals realised up to 45,000gns First yearlings AVERAGED £22,950 at DBS and Tattersalls Book 1 with a top price of £44,100 First two-year-olds in 2009 - now that’s something to look forward to! Fee: £3,000 October 1st SLF Enquiries: Terry or Margaret Holdcroft or Mark Pennell, Bearstone Stud, Market Drayton, Shropshire TF9 4HF Tel: 01630 647197 (office) 01270 812345 (home) Mobile: 07974 948755 e-mail: email@example.com Website: www.bearstonestud.co.uk or Martin Percival Tel: 01284 735322 Mobile: 07810 812 553 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
A DARLEY STALLION STANDING AT BEARSTONE
Tattersalls December Foals Aggregate 14,549,100gns (-49.3%); Sold 562 (60.2% clearance rate); Average 25,888gns (-29%); Median 8,750gns (-56%) £1,500 for them over the first couple of days.”
Sitara was bought for just 10,000gns at the 2002 December Sale from Fittocks Stud by Robert Pocock, who owns Stringston Farm in Somerset. Ten black-type horses have appeared in the pedigree since and he sold a Galileo colt out of her for 380,000gns to Demi O’Byrne.
Highlights G Galileo dominated at the top end of the market, accounting for six of the top ten lots. Demi O’Byrne bought three of them, Paul Shanahan and Timmy Hyde got one each, while County Kildarebased Eugene McDermott purchased the sale’s dearest resale prospect in the shape of a 200,000gns brother to St Leger second The Last Drop.
Ted Voute: “The last three days were actually better than I was expecting, I didn’t think it would be that strong. When you think what’s happening in the rest of the world, we actually got off lightly by being 50% down. Other businesses are much worse off. I’m probably more positive than some people because we had a good sale generally but the sad thing for me was that people who had foals that had cost £20,000 to produce in covering fees and keep were getting
G Just as at the Goffs November Sale, the bottom-end foal trade reached an unprecedented low. There was a clearance rate of just 40% on the opening day, when turnover dropped by 75%. G
The one-day December yearling sale was topped by a 170,000gns Sinndar filly bought by Liam Norris
for an owner with William Knight. She was offered from Barronstown Stud, as she had been when making €280,000 at the Goffs Million Sale earlier in the autumn. G The 1,997,000gns yearling aggregate and 19,388gns average were the lowest for this sale since 2001. The median of 8,500gns dropped by 43% on last year, while the 55% clearance rate compared with 66% 12 months ago. G There were 28 six-figure foals, compared to 59 in 2007. Holy Roman Emperor fared best of the newcomers, with three 100,000gns-plus offerings, headed by a 425,000gns colt bought by Coolmore. G After buying a handful of mares for non-paying convicted fraudster Michael Baker at last year’s December Sale, agent Charlie Gordon-Watson now owns Prix Vermeille winner Sweet Stream. Her Monsun filly foal recouped 440,000gns of the 1.1 million gns her mother had cost.
The Lynam View Seven foals made 200,000gns, compared to 20 last year. On day three, 59 of the 215 foals offered managed to cover their costs. Withdrawals rose to 22% from 16%. Some people couldn’t face reality. Day four saw 42.3% of foals make a profit (nomination fee plus £5,000 keep).
Top lots Sex, pedigree
c Holy Roman Emperor–Tarascon
Churchtown House Stud
c Oasis Dream–Merle West
Camas Park Stud
c Oasis Dream–Alexandrine
St Simon Stud
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Goffs November Aggregate €798,100 (-46%); Sold 815 (74% clearance rate); Average €21,838 (-28%); Median €12,000 (-37%) Orpen twin colt foals from Drummond House Stud out of the mare Fancied. They were both unsold at €2,000.
Balanka was bought from the Aga Khan for €60,000 at the 2007 Goffs November Sale by McKeever St Lawrence. The Dalakhani filly she was carrying was resold for €190,000 by Charlie and Alice Mason’s Silfield Bloodstock.
G Goffs’ main shareholder the Aga Khan once again played a major part in the breeding stock sale’s success. His studs consigned five of the top ten lots and sold 31 mares and fillies for €1.72 million, 22% of the whole sale’s turnover. Darley’s 42 lots offered accounted for a further 20% of the trade.
Bobby O’Ryan: “There was nobody there for the rubbish foals, but if people had seen them they would know why they were not selling and there was nothing wrong with the market overall. Anything decent was selling fine but people didn’t want the rest, which is as it should be.” G
G Blandford Stakes winner Four Sins was a rare sales purchase by the Aga Khan when costing €120,000 as a yearling at Goffs in 2005. She topped the sale when bought for €620,000 by John McCormack for Japanese clients.
G Swordlestown Stud, whose founder Cathal Ryan died this year, offered several choice mares at Goffs and Tattersalls through J K Thoroughbreds. US Grade 3 winner Chiming was bought for €260,000 by Eddie Irwin’s Marlhill House Stud.
George Washington’s only foal predictably attracted plenty of interest. The filly out of Flawlessly was bred by Italian Stefano Luciani and sold through the Irish National Stud. Gerry Burke of Glidawn Stud, who specialises in pinhooking fillies, was the buyer at €280,000. Michael Finn offered a pair of
“There was nobody there for the rubbish foals but if you saw them you’d know why. Anything decent was selling fine” – Bobby O’Ryan
G Gloucestershire-based Dominic Burke, who bred Champion Hurdle winner Katchit, was another shopping for mares through agent James Delahooke. He bought Almatinka for €130,000 from the Aga Khan’s draft.
The Lynam View On day two of the foal sale, 9% of lots covered their costs; on day three it was 13.7%; 23.5% on day four; 43% on day five. Overall, the clearance rate fell from 61.7% to 50%, the median fell by 44% to €10,000, and the gross fell by 51% to €10,058,100. One Galileo foal went through the ring this year, compared to 15 last year, when he had five of the top ten lots. This year one foal sold for €200,000 or higher, as opposed to four in 2007; 11 lots sold for at least €100,000, compared to 41 last year. Only one of the top six lots was by a Coolmore stallion, compared to all six 12 months ago.
Top foals Sex, pedigree
George Washington–Flawlessly Irish
Camas Park Stud
Jockey Hall Stud
c Shamardal–Indian Express
c Marju–Princess Mood
Lynn Lodge Stud
Exceed And Excel–Wolf Cleugh
Ashtown House Stud
Banagh House Stud
Exceed And Excel–Flamanda
c Elusive Quality–Am I
Danehill Dancer–Sniffle River
Top breeding stock Horse
Four Sins (4m Sinndar)
Aga Khan Studs
Chiming (10m Danehill)
J K Thoroughbreds
Marlhill House Stud
Bestowal (3f Unbridled’s Song)
Almatinka (4m Indian Ridge)
Aga Khan Studs
Kassana (14m Shernazar)
Aga Khan Studs
Covet (8m Polish Precedent)
Leo’s Spirit (5m Fantastic Light)
Dixie Girl (3f Green Desert)
Aga Khan Studs
Rayina (3f Sinndar)
Aga Khan Studs
Million Spirits (4m Invincible Spirit)
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Keeneland November Aggregate $185,552,300 (-45.6%); Sold 3,019 (72.1% clearance rate); Average $61,462 (-39.0%); Median $20,000 (-42.9%) Indeed, the five biggest sales agencies – Taylor Made, Eaton Sales, Lane’s End, Hill ‘n’ Dale and Three Chimneys – accounted for 44% of turnover and 29.8% of the lots sold.
Hystericalady (pictured right) made $125,000 as a yearling at Keeneland in 2004, and earned $2.4 million in prize-money before being sold to John Ferguson for $3m.
G John Ferguson ended up the leading buyer with seven lots for $9.01m, including three of the top four lots.
Eamonn Reilly, BBA Ireland: “You really had to wade through the catalogue because there were not many pedigrees that suited Europe. There were noticeably less European pinhookers there but they were all after the same thing. I got two foals by Speightstown, the sire of Lord Shanakill, but they will both be kept to race.”
G Reiley McDonald of Eaton Sales signed for the dearest weanling, a $1.475m Bernardini filly. McDonald was buying on behalf of Chesapeake Partners, a syndicate looking to buy top class fillies. G The 2002 Prix d’Ispahan winner Best Of The Bests has moved to Canada and he had two mares offered from Bernard
Taylor Made headed the consignors’ table after getting $31,894,400 for 322 lots sold.
“There were not many pedigrees suited to Europe. There were noticeably less pinhookers but they were all after the same thing” – Eamonn Reilly
McCormack’s Cara Bloodstock. The ex-Barry Hills trained Sooke Lady brought $10,000, while Pugilistic realised $8,500.
Top lots Horse
Hystericalady (5m Distorted Humor)
Taylor Made Sales Agency
Price $ 3,000,000
Away (11m Unbridled’s Song)
Three Chimneys Sales
Mushka (3f Empire Maker)
Shadow Cast (7m Smart Strike)
Baroness Thatcher (4m Johannesburg)
Patrick L Biancone Racing
Oatsee (11m A P Indy)
Belvedere Farm Inc
My MeadowView LLC
Apasionata (10m Affirmed)
Taylor Made Sales Agency
Hill ‘n Dale Sales Agency
Kiss A Miss (10m El Corredor)
Hill ‘n Dale Sales
Romance Is Diane (4m In Excess)
Taylor Made Sales Agency
Adena Springs Farm
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BLACK SAM BELLAMY 16.2 h.h
NEW TO BRITAIN IN 2009
● Dual Gr.1 winner (10-12f) at 3 and 4 years. ● 2nd Gr.1 at 2. Total £389,848. TFR 121. ● Multiple Group/Classic winners with his ﬁrst crop. ● The Full-Brother to Champion Sire GALILEO. 16.3 h.h
£4,500 (1st Oct terms)
GRAPE TREE ROAD
Britain's Leading Sire of Chasers
Gr.1 Winning Miler
Gr.1 Winner. Siring Gr.1, 2 & 3 winners
Bagley, Ellesmere, Shropshire
Contact: Peter Hockenhull, Tel: (01939) 270235 Fax: (01939) 270516 E-mail: email@example.com www.shadeoakstud.co.uk or FIONA MARNER, Kingwood Bloodstock, Tel. 01488 72811
Which first-season sire with foals could prove to be the ‘dark horse’ of its crop? Reporting by Ed Prosser, Emma Berry and David Morgan
David Shekells (above) Old Mill Stud
James Delahooke (above) Agent
His yearlings will be worth looking at.”
“Librettist looks interesting. One of our mares had a foal by him and it was the best she’s ever had from three or four foals, so we’ve got two in foal to him this year. I think he could end up with some nice yearlings.”
“There’s one that stands out a mile and that’s Shirocco. They’re very nice, wellmade, good-walking horses. He’s obviously not going to be leading first-season sire but I think there will be some very nice yearlings from him.”
Clive Webb-Carter (above) Pedigree consultant
Bill Dwan The Castlebridge Consignment “We sold two Sleeping Indians at Goffs, who sold well and were really good walkers. I’d say they could be early sorts. Holy Roman Emperor is another stallion I like a lot and I think Iffraaj could do well next year.”
Emma O’Gorman Breeze-up pinhooker “There aren’t that many fast horses among the first-crop stallions but Majestic Missile was a fast horse by Royal Applause, who has done so well via Acclamation, so I think they might be ones who will be out early.
“I think Shirocco’s a lovely horse and so well put together – and he was obviously a very smart racehorse himself. The feedback from the foal sales is that he’s produced some nice foals and I think at the backend of the two-year-old season of his firstseason runners I think he could have some good performers. He would have covered some nice mares and I think he might surprise a few people with one or two smart two-year-olds once his offspring start to race.”
Have stallion fees come down far enough? yearling crop of 2010, so we are always two years behind. Hopefully, the current situation will make people sit up and realise the harsh realities.”
David Powell Catridge Farm Stud
Charlie Mason (above left) Silfield Bloodstock “Pressure will come from breeders. But the stallion farms have to make a pound or two as well. I sold good foals by the right stallions and they made a bit of money, but it is a different story at the bottom end with cheaper stallions. I think if fees are going to come down it will be at the lower end of the market. You might see stallions that were standing for £3,000 dropping to £1,000, but I envisage stallions at the £40,000 mark will stay the same.”
Jim Mitchell (above right) Beechgrove Stud “I think stallion fees want modifying
completely. The way I look at it, we are in for a tough two or three years and mare owners need a little help. Stallion owners should drop fees to be accommodating.”
“No they haven’t. In light of the six weeks of sales ending at Tattersalls in December they need to come down, otherwise studs just won’t be getting the mares. Other stallion studs need to follow the lead of Shadwell, who announced a reduction on their fees, because the mares simply won’t be covered unless prices come down.”
Charlie Gordon-Watson Agent
Ted Voute Consignor
“There has been a major improvement in what they were but they still need to come down a bit more, especially at a higher level. But if they come down too far at the lower end it will encourage people to cover mares they shouldn’t be breeding from. Market forces will ultimately solve the problem but let’s not forget the mares covered this year will be producing the
“The Irish National Stud set a great lead by reducing their fees, for instance dropping Invincible Spirit to €50,000, and I hope a few second-season sires, in particular, will follow suit. Proven stallions like Pivotal and Royal Applause, and the first-season sires, are fully booked and they are fine, but the others need their fees to come down. Everyone needs to do it.”
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Tales from the front line The people behind the scenes with tales to tell ANNA PAVLOVA’S last public
appearance came on the Wednesday of the December mares’ sale and, despite selling for 650,000gns, her departure caused mixed emotions for her owner/breeder Raymond Cowie. “I’m excited and also disappointed to lose her,” he said after she was sold to Andreas Putsch to join his farm in France. “We’ve had so many wonderful days with her. I did consider breeding from her but I was a bit worried she’d end up getting a kick from one of the other mares.”
Cowies’s other mares include two of her half-sisters, the three-time winner Cyclonic Storm and Marie Camargo, who is at home with him near Chester for the winter but will go back into training with Richard Fahey next year. Cowie’s association with Fahey, who trained Anna Pavlova to six stakes wins including the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks and Group 2 Prix de Royallieu, was established at the Doncaster St Leger Sales as the trainer was starting out in England. Cowie said: “I took the first horse I bred to Doncaster and
Richard said, ‘I like your filly but I haven’t got any money’. “I told him to come and see me if she didn’t sell and that’s how we got started together. He’s been very successful for me and we’ve had lots of fun.” Cowie has been breeding racehorses for 14 years and raced Anna Pavlova with a syndicate of friends known as Galaxy Racing. Her dam Wheeler’s Wonder died last year and the mare’s final foal, by Lucky Story, sold at the October yearling sales for 48,000gns. Despite bidding farewell to the family’s star turn, Cowie will continue to race her relations. He has a Reset yearling filly from Cyclonic Storm, who has also just joined Fahey’s stable. “I’ve named her True Love Of Mine – it’s a bit sentimental but I think it’s because I knew Anna was going,” added Cowie.
“I’ve named her True Love Of Mine – it’s a bit sentimental but I think it’s because I knew Anna was going” – Raymond Cowie 62 THOROUGHBRED OWNER & BREEDER JANUARY 2009
THE JUDDMONTE hospitality
marquee is always a draw during the marathon December sales session for much-needed warmth and sustenance, but it had extra appeal this year in the form of a golf competition, eventually won by Michael Swinburn (longest drive) and which raised £2,010 for the Teenage Cancer Trust. High up on the leaderboard was Hermione Fitzgerald, who has worked as a runner at Tattersalls for the last five years, a job which dovetails perfectly with her other role as full-time amateur golfer. “It’s very handy as it starts when the golf season finishes,” said the 23-year-old, whose mother Barbara recently joined the Tattersalls marketing team. Her brother Edward also did a season bidspotting in the sales ring last year. “I find the mare sale the most interesting and I love feeling part of it. You remember a horse going through the ring and making a lot of money. I did the docket for Satwa Queen last year when she made 3.4 million gns. I timed it well and made sure I was on the right shift for all those big mares.” The reigning Newmarket ladies’ champion and former county champion of Cambridgeshire is close to being a scratch golfer, and currently plays off one, so she was not pleased to be overtaken in the Juddmonte competition by auctioneer Simon Kerins. She is also on the lookout for a new caddy as she has ‘sacked’ her father Lord John Fitzgerald, the Lanwades racing manager, who Hermione Fitzgerald
inspired her love of the game with a trip to the Newmarket Links as a young child. She said: “We lived in Dubai for five years from when I was seven and that’s when I started having proper lessons. I’m only an amateur but in the summer it’s full-time. I hope one day I will turn professional. I’m going to a tour school in January at La Manga. “There was absolutely no pressure from my parents to go into racing but that’s what’s great about working at Tattersalls as I can be involved and still concentrate on my golf throughout the season.” PITCHALL FARM STUD has a new recruit from the December mares’ sale and an exciting potential mate for its resident National Hunt sire Midnight Legend. David and Kathleen Holmes, who run the Stratford-based stud, signed for Giving, a daughter of the recently deceased Madiyla and a half-sister to the dam of Champion Hurdler Katchit. The Bloomsbury Stud-consigned Generous mare had special appeal to jumps breeders as she is in foal to Katchit’s sire Kalanisi, but the immediate family also boasts Lingfield Oaks Trial winner Miracle Seeker and Burn The Breeze, also a decent Flat performer. “We prefer a mare with dualpurpose possibilities,” said Kathleen Holmes. “It’s an exciting family with an awful lot happening.” The couple plan to keep and race the resultant foal if it is a filly and
will probably sell if they end up with a three-parts brother to Katchit, whose trainer Alan King already handles a filly for them, named Call Me A Legend, by their own stallion. Holmes said: “Midnight Legend is flying – we’ve had lots of interest in him this year and his foals have been selling well. Giving is from a really nice middle-distance family and is by Generous, who is a good broodmare sire, so we were really pleased to get her.” HENRIETTA MICHAEL has been a regular on the sales scene for almost two decades through her association with Charlie GordonWatson and Darley, and has recently joined the McKeever St Lawrence agency in Newmarket. It’s been a busy year for Michael, who returned to Newmarket earlier this year and spent the Flat season assisting one of the town’s new arrivals Gerard Butler by riding out, helping in the office and representing the trainer at the races. She had also been working as an independent bloodstock advisor until joining MSL full-time. “I still really love riding out,” said Michael. “Fortunately, Gerard’s string pulls out early enough for me to do so and then go on into the office. “Mind you, I haven’t missed it too much while the sales have been on and the mornings have been so cold. I’m really enjoying being back in Newmarket and am very excited about working with the team at McKeever St Lawrence.”
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Breeders wanting a value-for-money stallion should consider those entering their second term at stud Second-season sires can often be obtained at a reduced rate compared with their first season. This despite the genes of these stallions being the same, their ability as runners not having altered and breeders automatically possessing more information about them, principally concerning how many mares were covered. In this feature, we look at the quality collection of stallions who were retired to stud in Britain or Ireland at the end of 2007,
including their fees where they have been announced. Nearly all are cheaper this time around, some significantly so, including high-profile duo Dylan Thomas and Manduro, who certainly did not lack for patronage, leading the way in terms of mares covered last season. Data about mares covered has been gleaned from Weatherbysâ€™ publication Return of Mares.
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Windsor Knot gains one of his four wins. He stands in Ireland for â‚Ź4,000 at Rossenarra Stud
b 2003 Mozart-Rachelle (Mark Of Esteem). Irish National Stud. €8,000
b 2004 Montjeu-Funsie (Saumarez). Kildangan Stud. €25,000
Amadeus Wolf’s has been dropped by €2,000 on his original 2009 fee. He covered 143 mares, an impressive tally but not one that comes as any surprise given his impressive profile. The best of short-lived champion sprinter Mozart’s progeny, he won the Gimcrack Stakes and Middle Park Stakes as a juvenile, finished placed three times in Group 1 company at three and captured the Duke of York Stakes at four. He should sire no shortage of runners who stay a mile, but undoubtedly part of his appeal is that he promises to be a commercial proposition, with plenty of two-yearold performers.
After spending a year at Dalham Hall Stud at £25,000, Authorized has been switched to Kildangan Stud for €25,000, a cut in fee even allowing for the drop in value of the pound against the euro. Manduro has done the reverse trip. Authorized covered 141 mares in his first season, including 17 from Darley and 15 from Rabbah Bloodstock, with such leading commercial operations as Cheveley Park Stud and Meon Valley Stud also represented. To recap Authorized’s marvellous achievements, he landed the Racing Post Trophy as a two-year-old, then the Dante Stakes, Derby and Juddmonte International at three.
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Assertive GROUP 2 & multiple Stakes Winning Sprinter at 2, 3, 4 & 5 years BEAT 60 individual Group Winners (10 Gr.1; 23 Gr.2; 27 Gr.3) 2nd (nk) Gr.1 SPRINT CUP, 2008 – beating ALL the colts. WON £229,945 * Timeform 121 (final Black Book) NEW SPRINTING SIRE 2009 Fee: £4,000 (1st Oct with generous concessions for Stakes winning/Stakes producing mares)
Richard Hannon – Trainer
“ I've trained 8 Bold Edge's and at least half a dozen
have won and they've all had plenty of ability. The best of them, Assertive, is off to stud to replace Bold Edge. He was a high-class Gr.2 winning sprinter and just missed out on landing the Gr.1 Sprint Cup recently. Extremely sound and robust, he's been a joy to train and I will certainly look forward to seeing his yearlings!
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Baltic King b 2000 Danetime-Lindfield Belle (Fairy King). Tally Ho Stud. €3,500 Baltic King was as tough as they come and in a long career he won eight of his 49 starts, mostly in handicap company but highlighted by Listed events at Windsor and Beverley. His sire, a decided influence for speed, is also responsible for Vital Equine, Myboycharlie and Bushranger. Baltic King, who covered 51 mares in 2008 and is out of a juvenile five-furlong winner, is odds-on to get horses who do best over short distances.
Cockney Rebel b 2004 Val Royal-Factice (Known Fact). National Stud. £8,000
Court Masterpiece improved with age to win Group 1 races at five and six
Cockney Rebel has also seen a reduction in his fee, from £10,000 to £8,000, having covered 65 mares in his first season. He dominated the Classic milers of 2007 until injury intervened, gaining emphatic victories in the 2,000 Guineas and the Irish 2,000 Guineas, delivering a striking turn of foot each time. Cockney Rebel was a decent two-year-old as well, finishing third in the Champagne Stakes. His sire Val Royal stayed a mile and a quarter and that trip must be on the cards for Cockney Rebel’s runners, who can be expected to show merit at two as well.
Court Masterpiece b 2000 Polish Precedent-Easy Option (Prince Sabo). Woodlands Stud Crosspeace showed versatility in his racing career, making him an interesting proposition for breeders
Court Masterpiece started fairly modestly but improved by leaps and bounds to become one of the best of any age at around a mile, winning the Prix de la Foret in 2005 and the Sussex Stakes in 2006. He also landed the Betfair Cup and finished runner-up in
the Queen Anne Stakes for earnings of nearly £750,000. Game, consistent and blessed with an excellent turn of foot, he has a fair bit more pace than stamina in his pedigree, so is an interesting dualpurpose stallion. He covered 39 mares in his first season.
Crosspeace b 2002 Cape Cross-Announcing Peace (Danehill). Dairy House Stud. £1,000 Crosspeace won six of his 29 starts from six furlongs to a mile and a half, notably the Listed Serlby Stakes at Doncaster and Glorious Stakes at Goodwood. He was also Pattern-placed several times and boasts an intriguing pedigree since he is inbred 3 x 3 to the most popular sire in modern European stallion pedigrees, Danzig. It is impossible to predict how far his progeny will stay, which is quite a bonus for breeders using any stallion.
Dark Angel gr 2005 Acclamation-Midnight Angel (Machiavellian). Morristown Lattin Stud. €7,500 A rarity in covering a full book as a three-year-old after being retired sound at the end of a juvenile campaign that saw victories in the Mill Reef Stakes and Middle Park Stakes, Dark Angel was in plenty of demand at €10,000 but has had his fee reduced to €7,500 for his second season. His book consisted of 124 mares and, given his own speed and precocity, there must be every prospect of his progeny making a big mark as youngsters. Acclamation continues to be a force with his two-year-olds, while Dark Angel’s damsire, Machiavellian, is rarely other than good news in a pedigree.
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“The handsome Echo Of Light is one of the few stallions from Dubai Millennium’s first crop and looks a fair option for breeders with his fee reduced in 2009”
a champion stallion and a half-brother to top filly Queen’s Logic, Dylan Thomas won ten of his 19 starts, led by the King George & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, amassing £3.3 million. His fee has been reduced to €35,000 and Dylan Thomas should continue to attract the stars.
There aren’t many stallions from the one crop by Dubai Millennium but the handsome Echo Of Light was second only to Dubawi in merit, picking up seven races from a mile to 11 furlongs, headed by the Group 2 Prix Daniel Wildenstein and four Group 3s. He was a popular order in his first season, covering 118 mares, including nine from Darley, and with his fee having been reduced to £4,000 from £5,000 he looks a fair option for mare owners, not least because the distaff side of his pedigree is impressive – Spirit Of Tara is a sister to Salsabil and half-sister to successful sire Marju.
ch 2004 Medicean-Halland Park Lass (Spectrum). Cheveley Park Stud. £6,000 Dutch Art covered 120 mares in his initial season at £10,000, so cutting his fee dramatically to £6,000 should make him even more of a draw. He was one of the fastest of Medicean’s progeny to date, with an unbeaten career at two culminating in victories in the Group 1 Prix Morny and Middle Park Stakes. He was also beaten only half a length by Sakhee’s Secret in the July Cup at three. If his progeny take after him, he should be a major factor in the first-season sires table in 2011. There is speed on the distaff side of his pedigree, since his dam is out of that very fast racemare Palacegate Episode.
Dylan Thomas b 2003 Danehill-Lagrion (Diesis). Coolmore Stud. €35,000
A high-class two-year-old and St James’s Palace Stakes winner, Excellent Art proved popular in his first stud season
Jump sires apart, Dylan Thomas led the way in numbers for the freshmen of 2008 with a quality book of 170, including mares from such European giants as the Aga Khan, Ballymacoll Stud, Dayton Investments, Haras d’Etreham and Meon Valley Stud. This was predictable, since even at €50,000, the highest of all, he had great appeal on pedigree as well as form. By
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Echo Of Light b 2002 Dubai Millennium-Spirit Of Tara (Sadler’s Wells). Dalham Hall Stud. £4,000
Excellent Art b 2004 Pivotal-Obsessive (Seeking The Gold). Coolmore Stud. €17,500 Excellent Art had a lot going for him on his retirement; high-class form at two and three, including victories in the Mill Reef Stakes and St James’s Palace Stakes, and a decidedly commercial pedigree. He covered 152 mares at €25,000 and, with his fee having been dropped to €17,500, there is no reason to think he will be any less popular in his second season. Excellent Art had won two races by the end of May as a juvenile, notably Sandown’s National Stakes, so his offspring should be up and running quickly at two.
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Bahamian Bounty o £10,000 (1st October) o Outstanding 2yo results: 47% winners to runners, including Gr.1 performer Gallagher
Cockney Rebel o £8,000 (1st October SLF) o 25% discount for contracts signed by 31st January
Pastoral Pursuits o £4,500 (1st October) o First yearlings sold for €100,000, 52,000gns, 45,000gns, etc
Phoenix Reach o £3,500 (1st October) o Foals made up to 5 times his 2008 fee
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LAWMAN covered 120 high quality mares in his first season at stud including
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LAWMAN Dual Gr.1 and Classic winner The best son of Invincible Spirit Half brother to a Gr.1 winner Fee: â‚Ź20,000 (1st October)
Caerlina Winner of the Gr.1 Prix de Diane
Golden Silca Winner of the Gr.2 Mill Reef Stakes; dual Gr.1 and Classic placed
Uncharted Haven Dual Gr.2 winner and multiple Group placed
Lethals Lady Stakes winner; dual Gr.1 and Classic placed
Expectation Dam of Gr.2 winning 2-y-o Always Hopeful
Flaming Song Dam of Gr.2 winner Fight Club and Gr.3 winner Flambo
Mood Indigo Dam of Gr.3 winning 2-y-o Luminous Eyes
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Heliostatic ch 2003 Galileo-Affianced (Erins Isle). Oak Lodge Stud Heliostatic showed smart form in winning three of his 16 races, notably a Listed event at The Curragh and the Group 3 Meld Stakes at Leopardstown. By the champion sire Galileo, from the family of juvenile Group 1 scorer Sholokhov, who was also Classicplaced, he was effective from a mile to a mile and a half.
Jeremy b 2003 Danehill Dancer-Glint In Her Eye (Arazi). Irish National Stud. €8,000 Unlike his fellow Irish National Stud resident Amadeus Wolf, Jeremy’s fee has been cut, from €12,500 to €8,000. He had a first book of 112, a promising start. A consistent and classy runner, successful in the Jersey Stakes and the Betfred Mile, and a close second in the Queen Anne Stakes, he is by one of the most sought-after stallions in Europe. Danehill Dancer’s progeny excel as two-year-olds. €
Lawman b 2004 Invincible Spirit-Laramie (Gulch). Ballylinch Stud. €20,000
Down from €25,000, Lawman showed high-class form to pick up four of his seven starts, notably the Group 1 Prix du Jockey Club, in which he made all, and the Prix Jean Prat, in which he showed a scintillating burst of speed. He stayed further than most of Invincible Spirit’s offspring and, given his combination of stamina and speed, as well as a quality pedigree – he is a half-brother to Prix de Diane winner Latice – Lawman is an intriguing prospect. Plenty of breeders obviously thought so in his first season, too, since he covered 118 mares.
Manduro br 2002 Monsun-Mandellicht (Be My Guest). Dalham Hall Stud. £20,000 Just as Authorized has switched to Kildangan from Dalham Hall, Manduro has done the reverse, with his fee reduced quite markedly, from €40,000 to £20,000. No-one complained about his starting price, since he covered 163 mares, second only to Dylan Thomas among the newcomers. Besides Darley, breeders using him included Cheveley Park Stud, Juddmonte and the Aga Khan, so he has been given every chance. Manduro, blessed with a superior turn of foot, was not precocious, reaching his peak at five, when winning the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and Prix Jacques le Marois among others.
Milk It Mick b 2001 Millkom-Lunar Music (Komaite). Lone Oak Stud. £2,500 As game as they come, Milk It Mick raced for five seasons in Britain and the USA, winning six races and being placed in ten of his 28 starts. He was a tough and top-notch two-year-old, landing the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket, while he also made his mark Stateside when picking up the Grade 1 Frank E Kilroe Handicap over a mile at Santa Anita in 2006. His fee has been cut by £1,000 for 2009,
with Paul Dixon, who raced the horse with his wife Yvette, keen to help breeders at a time of market upheaval. Travel and keep incentives will also be offered to mare owners using the horse.
Manduro, the second most popular freshmen sire in 2008, has been switched from Kildangan to Dalham Hall
Moss Vale b 2001 Shinko Forest-Wolf Cleugh (Last Tycoon). Rathbarry Stud. €5,000 Moss Vale ran 42 times, winning eight and being placed in 13. He won two Listed races and was twice Pattern-placed at three; gained another Listed event and was placed in four Pattern races at four; won the Group 3 Greenlands Stakes and Phoenix Sprint at five, when a close third in the Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp; and was five times Pattern-placed at six. His sire was a six-furlong performer and there is speed on the distaff side as well, so it was predictable he would be well patronised, with an initial book of 113. His progeny should do well at two.
Notnowcato ch 2002 Inchinor-Rambling Rose (Cadeaux Genereux). Stanley House Stud. £6,000 Notnowcato had a good first season, attracting 75 mares at £8,000, and with his fee having been reduced by 25%, the appeal should still be there. He won three Group 1s at his ideal trip of a mile and a quarter, namely the Juddmonte International, Tattersalls Gold Cup and Eclipse Stakes, in which he was ridden superbly to defeat Derby winner Authorized. Notnowcato is well bred on both sides of his pedigree, by a sire who surpassed his creditable record on the track at stud out of a Galtres Stakes winner.
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MICK Bay 2001 Millkom – Lunar Music, by Komaite
A real trainer’s racehorse, MILK IT MICK defeated numerous Gr 1 winners during his racing career including 2,000 Guineas and Champion Stakes winner Haafhd, multiple Gr 1 millionaires Aragorn and Cacique, Irish 2000 Guineas winner Bachelor Duke (twice), plus top three-year-old Antonius Pius, top two-year-old and multiple stakes winner Three Valleys, Gimcrack Stakes winner Balmont, leading American Grade-winning turf horses Chinese Dragon and Willow O Wisp, and multiple Group-winner Imperial Stride. First foals due in 2009 “Milk It Mick’s first crop at the sales will be very good value for money” Richard Hannon “I will give Mick It Mick’s progeny a serious look at the sales” Kevin Ryan “It will be no surprise to see his talent reflected in the sales ring” Barry Hills “He was a pleasure to train and I look forward to training some of his progeny” Jamie Osbourne Outstanding value at £2,500 (Live Foal)
East Green, Great Bradley Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 9LU Tel: 01440 783963 For further information contact Paul Dixon: 07850 207316
Champion Two-Year-Old Timeform highest rated two-year-old in Europe (120), BHB champion two-year-old and dual Gr 1 winner on both sides of the Atlantic
Red Clubs br 2003 Red Ransom-Two Clubs (First Trump). Tally Ho Stud. €10,000 Red Clubs raced more than most top modern thoroughbreds, landing six of his 25 races in three seasons, notably the Coventry Stakes, Diadem Stakes and Haydock Sprint Cup. As this indicates, he was best at six furlongs, but he can be expected to sire runners who stay a mile. Red Clubs, who had a first book of 159, which should give him a flying start with his initial crop in 2011, is an outcross to mares with Northern Dancer in their pedigree.
Sir Percy b 2003 Mark Of Esteem-Percy’s Lass (Blakeney). Lanwades Stud. £7,000
“Red Clubs, who had a first book of 159 mares, was best at six furlongs, although he can be expected to sire runners who stay a mile” Orientor b 1998 Inchinor-Orient (Bay Express). Portbury Stud. £2,500 By the same sire as Notnowcato, Orientor was a different kettle of fish, racing almost entirely at five and six furlongs. He showed smart form too, with his main victories coming in the Group 3 Chipchase Stakes and Champagne Laurent-Perrier Sprint Stakes. The dam was a smart sprinter by a top speedster in Bay Express, so Orientor’s racing profile was fairly predictable as regards distance. His fee has been reduced from £3,000.
Sir Percy, whose fee is down £1,000 from his first season, was among the best of his generation at both two, when his tally included the Dewhurst Stakes, and three, when runner-up in the 2,000 Guineas before landing the Derby. There is no shortage of stamina in the pedigree and this, combined with his own proven effectiveness from seven furlongs to a mile and a half, plus the excellent quality of his distaff breeding from the Horama family, should continue to stand him in good stead. He covered 61 mares this year.
Strategic Prince b 2004 Dansili-Ausherra (Diesis). Coolmore. €6,000 With his fee cut by 33%, Strategic Prince is an even more interesting commercial prospect than before. He had a typically big Coolmore book this year, 157 mares, and no doubt breeders will be hoping that his progeny do as well in their first season on the track as he did. He showed excellent pace to win three of his five juvenile starts, notably the July Stakes and Vintage Stakes, and he also finished third in the Dewhurst Stakes. The pedigree reads well too – his dam is a sister to brilliant filly Ramruma.
Rail Link b 2003 Dansili-Docklands (Theatrical). Juddmonte Farms. £12,000 Rail Link developed into one of the best of any age in Europe in 2006, winning five in a row including the Grand Prix de Paris, the Prix Niel and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, in which he showed courage as well as great ability when getting the better of Pride. Dansili is commercial and the dam is from Dahlia’s family, so there can be no complaints on that score. Rail Link, whose fee has been reduced by £500, had a first book of 97 mares.
Strategic Prince allies achievement on the track with a top pedigree, and has had his fee cut by a third
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b 2004 Galileo-Speirbhean (Danehill). Kildangan Stud. €25,000
b 2004 Danetime-Bayalika (Selkirk). Bearstone Stud. £3,500
Teofilo has had a marked reduction in fee, from €40,000 to €25,000, but don’t imagine that he was unpopular in his first season. Not a bit of it, since he covered 161 mares, numerically behind only Dylan Thomas and Manduro among these freshmen. Predictably, there were some good ones in the team, with 18 from Darley and others from such breeders as The Queen, Vincent O’Brien and the Niarchos Family. Teofilo was an exceptional two-year-old, being unbeaten in five races headed by the National Stakes and the Dewhurst Stakes. He did not race at three but was bred to stay middle distances and has a fine profile for a stallion, by Galileo out of a Danehill mare.
Vital Equine’s fee has been almost halved from £6,000 to £3,500. He covered 37 mares in his first season. He was very smart at two, landing his first three races, highlighted by the Group 2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster, in which he defeated top class duo Eagle Mountain and Cockney Rebel, before finishing close up in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere and Dewhurst Stakes. The following season he finished a cracking second to Cockney Rebel in the 2,000 Guineas. Danetime and the damsire Selkirk have both been highly successful, and Vital Equine should get progeny who make a mark as juveniles and stay a mile.
ch 2001 Diesis-Skiable (Niniski). Juddmonte Farms. £6,000
ch 2002 Pivotal-Triple Tie (The Minstrel). Rossenarra Stud. €4,000
The fee of Three Valleys stays the same in the wake of his covering a book of 117 mares, 12 of them from Juddmonte. Three Valleys was a runaway winner of the 2003 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, scoring by eight lengths, and was just beaten by Milk It Mick in the Dewhurst Stakes. In the States he landed a Grade 2 at Del Mar. Three Valleys stayed nine furlongs and comes from a superb distaff family, since his dam Skiable is closely related to the most successful broodmare of the modern era, Hasili, dam of one good sire already in Dansili.
Windsor Knot, who covered 54 mares in his first season, has an attractive pedigree to breeders, by a superior sire in Pivotal out of a mare by The Minstrel, from the family of such good runners as Faliraki and Typhoon. He showed consistent and very smart form on the track with four wins from 11 appearances, including the Solario Stakes at two and the Darley Stakes at five, both Group 2 events. He stayed at least a mile and a quarter, winning over that trip at Newmarket, and his progeny should show similar ability.
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“Teofilo’s fee has been markedly reduced, even though he covered 161 mares in his first season at stud”
Vital Equine (red cap) should sire runners who shine at two and stay a mile; his stud fee has been almost halved
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Racecourse Badge Scheme for Owners is expanded Number of race fixtures that owners, breeders and permit trainers can access free of charge increases to a minimum 1,281 in 2009 embers of the Racecourse Badge Schemes for owners, breeders and permit trainers will each be able to gain free entry to a minimum 1,281 race fixtures in 2009. This increase in the number of fixtures has come about because the majority of racecourses have raised the number of days included in the scheme – and 29 courses offer all fixtures. RCA Chairman David Thorpe said: “I am delighted that the badge scheme is going from strength to strength, which is only possible because of the generous support of racecourses with the number of free entry days increasing once more. “Owners, breeders and permit trainers are vital to our sport, and the racecourses’ dedication to this scheme, together with the 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 a great example of how racing constituents can work together to their mutual advantage. This is particularly important in the current economic climate. “Next year the scheme will allow all qualifying owners free access to a record number of fixtures that includes the new racecourses, Great Leighs and Ffos Las. “We hope the benefits for owners will be shared by the participating racecourses,
because when owners go racing they tend to spend more money in the bars and restaurants than the average racegoer. Also, most owners like to have a bet. I like to think the financial benefit the courses receive from this spend helps to pay them back for their generosity with this scheme.” “Our sincere thanks to all of these racecourses and to the RCA for the help and support they have given the ROA with this important and valuable benefit for our members.”
“Dedication to this scheme, together with the continuing development of owners’ and trainers’ facilities, demonstrates recognition and appreciation of their support” – David Thorpe
Newbury lands top racecourse award for fifth year running ROA members voted Newbury Most Owner-Friendly Racecourse of the Year for the fifth successive time at the 2008 ROA/Racing Post Horseracing Awards. Newbury is one of 14 racecourses to have received the ROA’s Gold Standard Award. The track offers a generous badge allocation for owners, while ROA privilege card holders are entitled to two badges at most meetings.
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Stephen Higgins, joint Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to have received this prestigious award for the fifth consecutive year. It reflects the continued efforts made by our staff to welcome owners and trainers, their horses and staff throughout the year. We are against some tough opposition and we are grateful to ROA members for their support and votes.”
COUNCIL AGENDA The November Council meeting, by Chief Executive Michael Harris The meeting began with the Council discussing various marketing initiatives relating to ROA membership and events. The Council was given a full briefing on the impending ROA Awards evening which was to include a silent and grand auction to raise money for the Animal Health Trust.
In brief: Car park label The 2009 ROA/RCA car park label will be effective from January 1. The label allows free parking at almost all race meetings for ROA members. We extend our thanks to the Racecourse Association and racecourses for their assistance with this valuable and popular benefit. Any members who have not yet applied for their new car park label should contact the ROA office.
Totesport sponsorship There are a few places available on the Totesport owner-sponsorship scheme starting on January 1. The scheme allows members to register for VAT, and reclaim their VAT outlay, in return for carrying Totesport branding on the chest and collar of their silks. The scheme is straightforward to join and Totesport covers the cost of fixing branding onto the chest and collar of owners’ silks. The scheme covers 250 horses. To apply, please contact Keely Brewer on 020 7408 0903 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Cheltenham marquee badges We are delighted to report that we will be holding prices for the ROA members’ marquee at the Cheltenham Festival at 2008 levels. Marquee badges are on sale now. Members pay £27 a day, or £80 for four days. Guest badges are £38 per day, or £125 for four days. Avoid delay, book today! Visit www.racehorseowners.net or contact the ROA office on 020 7408 0903. Thursday, January 1 The new ROA/RCA car park label takes effect. Tuesday, March 10 - Friday, March 13 ROA marquee at the Cheltenham Festival. Thursday, June 25 ROA AGM, London.
The Council heard how the Third Party Liability Insurance as an automatic right of membership was continuing to attract new members. There was general agreement we should continue to push this benefit, not just for the benefit of the association, but because it was extremely important for racing in general. There was further discussion about BetfairClub ROA. Although on many levels the club is doing really well, there was broad agreement that it was time to look at future overall policy for the club and, to this end, a new committee will be formed. The Council discussed the Gold Standard Awards and a debate ensued with regard to Ayr racecourse. There had been considerable concern expressed about the state of the ground at Ayr and this had influenced the Gold Standard Committee's attitude as to whether Ayr should receive a Gold Standard. However, the Council felt that, because Ayr ticked all the other Gold Standard boxes, and the state of the ground was largely a consequence of the weather, Ayr should receive the award. The Council were informed there had been nearly 100 replies to an ROA-conducted training cost survey and that the results of this would be published early in the New Year. The ROA would carry out a similar survey relating to veterinary costs in 2009. The Chief Executive said he was due to have a meeting with the Tote's Marketing Director in December to discuss areas of mutual interest between the ROA and Tote. An idea about the ROA and TBA acting as a type of “dating agency” was discussed in some detail. This would involve breeders of yearlings, who were TBA members, offering ROA members free annual leases. It was felt this could provide a valuable service for members of both associations and might
also assist in helping racing to cope with a potential welfare problem caused by a large number of unsold horses. The Council's attention shifted to subjects on the political agenda and, in particular, the outcome of the 48th Levy Scheme. The Council were intrigued to hear that an eminent barrister had given a very positive judgement relating to the Secretary of State being able to consider non-racing items within the terms of the Levy Act. The Council agreed the most obvious target for changes to the current levy related to foreign racing shown in British betting shops. This used to be leviable. There was no question that it fell within the Act, but levy on foreign racing had never been reinstated after it ceased four years ago. The Council heard that the next step in the levy modernisation process would be racing and bookmakers making separate submissions to the independent mediator, Sir Philip Otton, who would then meet with the two parties. From this, Sir Philip would write a report to the Levy Board. The Council discussed jockeys' riding fees and agreed to go back to the PJA with an offer. The Council held general discussions about the BHA budget; the instigation of a cut-off time for reserves of 9am the previous day; a project from the Racing Department about a new procedure relating to the saving of major races; and the 48-hour declaration agreement between the Horsemen's Group, RUK and ATR. It was, the Council heard, part of a three-year agreement for racing's two TV companies to discuss with the Horsemen's Group their projections for overseas earnings in order for the 48-hour declaration agreement to continue. A letter from a member with regard to the apportionment of prize-money relating to the winner and places was discussed. The member believed the differential was too high. Although some members of Council thought it a valid point, it was decided this had implications for the prize-money percentages of trainers, jockeys and stable staff. They therefore concluded we should not propose changing the current prizemoney apportionment.
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Fantastic View Ch 2001, 16.0hh, by Distant View – Promptly (Lead On Time)
A LEADING TWO-YEAR-OLD
First foals 2009
WON 3 races at 2 over 7 & 8 furlongs, £103,526 and was placed 3 times 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 2nd Gr.1 Racing Post Trophy, 8f, Doncaster (to AMERICAN POST). 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. Dam of 6 winners, including FANTASTIC VIEW and WEALD PARK, a leading 2yo of 2008; 2nd Gr.2 Superlative Stakes. Grandam – GHARIBA, won Gr.3 Nell Gwyn Stakes; 4th 1,000 Guineas. Rated 112 Immediate family of: CENTRAL PARK (Champion: Gr.1 Derby Italiano, sire), MOON BALLAD (Gr.1 Dubai World Cup, sire) BRAASHEE (Champion: Gr.1 Prix Royal Oak, etc.), BASSENTHWAITE (Gr.1 Middle Park Stakes, sire) KEEN HUNTER (Gr.1 Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp), ALTIBR (Gr.2), ETLAALA (Gr.2), etc. PROVEN FERTILITY – Fee for 2009: £2,000 (1st October)
Throckmorton Court Stud
Contact: Peter or Simon Balding Throckmorton Court Stud, Pershore, Worcestershire WR10 2JX Mob: 079 57 868159 • Tel: 01386 462559 • Fax: 01386 462566 Email: email@example.com • www.throckmortonstud.com
In order of racecourses’ percentage contributions to overall prize-money
RACECOURSE LEAGUE TABLE Ptn Racecourse
Exec + Sponsors (£)
% of Total
Levy Board (£)
1 Cheltenham JCR 3,167,999 2 Aintree JCR 1,648,337 3 Ascot I 4,624,834 4 Epsom Downs JCR 1,160,120 5 Hamilton Park I 319,179 6 Goodwood I 1,470,947 7 Chester I 573,270 8 York I 757,003 9 Sandown Park JCR 1,294,524 10 Doncaster Arena 1,538,974 11 Newcastle North 468,268 12 Thirsk I 204,567 13 Newmarket JCR 3,433,466 14 Newbury I 1,432,772 15 Bath North 206,382 16 Ripon I 237,655 17 Haydock Park JCR 915,849 18 Ayr I 568,452 19 Carlisle JCR 183,202 20 Windsor Arena 307,810 21 Yarmouth North 199,823 22 Hexham I 88,069 23 Salisbury I 250,325 24 Musselburgh I 301,586 25 Stratford-on-Avon I 219,724 26 Pontefract I 207,335 27 Great Leighs I 403,957 28 Fakenham I 74,200 29 Beverley I 174,967 30 Chepstow North 216,011 31 Lingfield Park Arena 709,818 32 Warwick JCR 207,140 33 Wincanton JCR 199,983 34 Leicester I 237,856 35 Kempton Park JCR 808,717 36 Wetherby I 151,373 37 Kelso I 115,594 38 Redcar I 144,246 39 Cartmel I 33,314 40 Bangor-on-Dee I 113,446 41 Market Rasen JCR 146,860 42 Brighton North 88,746 43 Perth I 102,216 44 Nottingham JCR 101,950 45 Fontwell Park North 110,101 46 Folkestone Arena 107,517 47 Ludlow I 93,954 48 Taunton I 70,452 49 Exeter JCR 121,327 50 Uttoxeter North 114,917 51 Huntingdon JCR 75,083 52 Catterick Bridge I 70,397 53 Towcester I 43,135 54 Plumpton I 39,853 55 Newton Abbot I 40,524 56 Sedgefield North 26,430 57 Southwell Arena 60,843 58 Worcester Arena 12,412 59 Hereford North 5,795 60 WolverhamptonArena -36,888 Total 30,766,715
52.4 50.4 46.5 39.1 38.7 38.4 37.9 37.9 34.2 34.0 33.3 32.4 30.7 30.6 30.4 30.0 29.1 27.8 27.7 27.3 26.5 26.4 26.1 25.4 25.4 23.9 23.6 21.9 20.6 19.8 19.7 18.4 18.2 17.7 17.5 17.3 16.6 16.5 16.4 16.3 15.9 15.6 15.1 14.7 14.2 14.1 13.4 13.0 12.7 10.9 10.1 9.7 7.6 7.2 6.7 4.9 3.1 2.0 1.6 -1.3 28.9
1,861,980 1,180,520 2,853,660 736,780 409,890 1,740,060 784,840 870,350 1,913,125 1,870,440 755,770 339,200 3,361,990 2,439,940 392,890 481,920 1,743,020 1,148,017 399,190 652,090 440,380 215,190 544,150 767,340 570,110 564,690 1,126,000 261,800 573,660 737,675 2,462,140 749,870 766,890 933,693 3,174,780 606,960 527,120 463,460 152,355 537,480 689,190 424,110 537,990 442,210 590,430 553,320 550,860 414,750 694,650 796,540 556,895 577,690 465,475 468,530 545,970 446,725 1,729,290 530,270 318,290 2,624,655 56,069,255
% of Total
30.8 933,195 36.1 414,741 28.7 2,350,991 24.8 1,040,762 49.8 56,675 45.4 535,903 51.9 86,830 43.6 340,472 50.5 513,069 41.3 977,701 53.8 152,094 53.7 66,183 30.1 4,127,283 52.0 619,765 57.9 66,167 60.8 43,291 55.4 387,476 56.2 294,035 60.4 64,008 57.8 123,777 58.4 84,779 64.6 29,841 56.8 83,343 64.5 84,999 65.9 68,290 65.2 57,139 65.9 123,351 77.3 0 67.6 65,488 67.6 111,674 68.2 303,290 66.7 131,124 69.7 102,241 69.4 108,853 68.6 427,319 69.5 84,655 75.7 40,700 52.9 235,044 74.9 17,714 77.1 44,274 74.5 86,250 74.5 56,169 79.4 30,694 63.9 93,267 76.0 73,932 72.5 80,055 78.7 47,470 76.6 38,713 72.5 103,056 75.5 138,743 75.1 90,668 80.0 46,955 82.5 47,890 85.1 32,520 90.3 4,972 82.0 53,091 88.5 132,217 84.7 75,932 85.8 38,918 91.0 237,280 52.7 16,907,328
% of Total
Total 2007/8 (£)
Total 2006/7 (£)
% total Up/ 2006/7 down
15.4 6,042,174 12.7 3,273,598 23.6 9,951,985 35.1 2,965,662 6.9 823,744 14.0 3,832,910 5.8 1,510,940 17.1 1,995,325 13.6 3,786,718 21.6 4,528,115 10.8 1,405,632 10.5 632,050 36.9 11,182,239 13.2 4,688,977 9.8 678,639 5.5 792,366 12.3 3,147,345 14.4 2,043,004 9.7 661,400 11.0 1,127,677 11.2 753,942 9.0 333,100 8.7 957,818 7.2 1,189,425 7.9 865,124 6.6 866,664 7.2 1,709,108 0 338,500 7.7 849,115 10.2 1,091,360 8.4 3,612,217 11.7 1,123,634 9.3 1,100,614 8.1 1,345,902 9.2 4,628,093 9.7 872,988 5.8 696,414 26.8 876,300 8.7 203,383 6.4 696,700 9.3 924,800 9.9 569,025 4.5 677,900 13.5 691,927 9.5 776,963 10.5 763,142 6.8 699,784 7.2 541,615 10.8 958,033 13.2 1,055,200 12.2 741,646 6.5 722,542 8.5 564,500 5.9 550,403 0.8 604,666 9.8 544,746 6.8 1,954,500 12.1 626,214 10.5 370,753 8.2 2,884,947 15.9 106,404,204
5,604,602 2,815,616 9,196,910 3,026,583 797,561 3,452,474 1,366,447 4,290,913 3,540,169 3,639,410 1,393,343 720,250 7,785,901 3,073,542 645,705 736,371 3,219,483 1,925,421 673,223 1,083,000 687,378 583,700 824,813 1,197,452 775,500 1,007,359 0 408,200 929,879 1,076,885 4,069,620 1,018,383 1,039,520 1,153,189 3,759,431 982,326 707,897 906,350 199,550 617,950 918,914 524,932 651,500 660,985 775,733 873,243 666,145 570,303 802,196 1,100,200 680,077 887,280 577,836 566,206 594,165 615,280 1,946,800 342,289 553,000 3,344,773 98,584,159
55.5 M 60.4 M 51.0 M 45.4 M 19.6 L 40.0 M 37.8 L 45.1 M 40.3 M 34.6 M 23.5 L 27.8 L 38.0 M 25.8 L 14.5 L 27.2 L 33.3 M 23.2 L 16.4 L 24.5 L 11.3 L 15.6 L 23.2 L 19.0 L 17.8 L 24.8 M 0 N/A 15.5 L 21.4 M 11.9 L 15.9 L 11.0 L 22.3 M 14.6 L 22.2 M 14.8 L 11.2 L 5.7 L 9.8 L 13.9 L 15.6 L 3.3 L 12.3 L 11.7 L 8.0 L 21.6 M 14.1 M 10.3 L 13.0 M 7.1 L 9.4 L 11.7 M 2.6 L 1.7 L 5.1 L 6.2 M 4.1 M -1.8 L 5.6 M 7.3 M 29.7 M
Figures relate to prize-money for the 12-month period December 1, 2007 to November 30, 2008
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. 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. Please note, however, that the rearranged York August meeting races are shown against host courses.
RACECOURSE OWNERSHIP KEY JCR Jockey Club Racecourses
North Northern Racing Ltd Arena Arena Leisure Ltd I Independently owned racecourse Gold Standard Award
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Words: Edward Rosenthal
Owners of the Month and he was fit enough to do some damage – there’s certainly no-one better at conditioning a horse than Nigel Twiston-Davies. “He’s a very good horse, but if he’s going to be topclass, he’ll need to be competitive off a higher mark in future races.” Inception
Our Friends In The North Syndicate recovers from loss of highly promising novice hurdler to enjoy Paddy Power Gold Cup glory with exciting chaser Imperial Commander Nigel Twiston-Davies has enjoyed a cracking start to this jumps season and in Imperial Commander, the striking winner of the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham, he could have a chaser capable of taking on the very best around. The imposing son of Flemensfirth, who was making his seasonal return in the Grade 3 event, is owned by eight-strong syndicate Our Friends In The North.
“We wanted to aim Imperial Commander at the Royal & SunAlliance Chase last year but had to miss out through injury, so the Paddy Power Gold Cup is a great consolation,” said spokesman Ian Robinson (above, third left), who is the CEO of AND Group plc, provider of marine satellite technology. “To be honest, I couldn’t believe we got away with being allotted only 10st 7lb! We knew he loved the track
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Robinson, who was born in Newcastle, started Our Friends In The North – named after the BBC television series – with four friends, having previously owned a share in the Twiston-Davies-trained Corroboree. Bobby Dazzler, the syndicate’s first purchase, was a progressive hurdler who looked set for a promising chase career. But disaster struck and he died after damaging an artery in a fight with another horse, which led Robinson to consider his future in ownership. He said: “I was all for giving up after what happened to Bobby Dazzler. He was a gorgeous horse who could have been anything. It was a hard blow to take. “However, I was persuaded by our agent
Kevin Ross, who is based in Northern Ireland, to go and look at a horse he knew was for sale with Colin McKeever. “We went to Wilson Dennison’s Loughanmore Estate and this exceptional looking animal came galloping out of the mist! “I should have bought him there and then but I left it for a few days. Although there were other – and better – offers on the table, we managed to buy Imperial Commander for £30,000.” The Our Friends In The North strategy is to buy store horses and educate them at Ross’s Mount Top Stud in Newtonabbey, County Antrim. Currently, the syndicate has six horses in training, including Valerius with Gordon Elliott and Definitive Edge with Willie Mullins. Imperial Commander, who won his only point-to-point easily at Summerhill in 2005, made a big impression on his bumper debut at Cheltenham, and proved himself a useful hurdler when third in an Aintree Grade 1. But chasing was always going to be his forte. Robinson said: “He had
Owners in the News Howard Hunt Former high-class Flat performer Numide lands the Grade 3 Greatwood Hurdle to provide his owner with a first ever Cheltenham winner
no respect for hurdles and was a big shell of a horse that needed fences. He’ll be a three-miler in time. Fragile
“Imperial Commander had a problem with his hock that required bone remodelling treatment and this led to him displacing vertebrae in his back. He went back to Ireland for treatment, though, and seems to have come back stronger and straighter. “As a syndicate, we are not interested in campaigning lower-grade horses. It costs the same to keep a bad horse as it does a good one. “Although it may be a bit of a hopeful ambition, the aim is to try to buy a Cheltenham Gold Cup winner. I don’t think there is anything wrong with setting your sights high.” Paddy Brennan certainly hopes he has a Gold Cup contender on his hands, having described Imperial Commander, who he partnered for the first time in
the Paddy Power, as the best chaser he had ridden. Yet he was quick to pay tribute after the race to Tony Evans, the horse’s previous rider and former stable jockey to Twiston-Davies, who is currently out of action with an injured elbow. “Tony did a lot of work on the horse at home and they had a great relationship,” said Robinson. “It’s unfortunate that things didn’t work out for him, but I’m pleased we kept him on the horse when we did. “However, I think Paddy has brought a lot to the stable; he’s the best jockey to have sat on Imperial Commander. Tony was standing with us when he won the Paddy Power and there was no-one more delighted for the horse. He added: “The pressure is off now we’ve landed a big one. To own a horse like Imperial Commander, who just wants to go out and jump, it takes the breath away, and it’s why we’re all involved in the game.”
Numide’s thrilling neck victory over Aigle D’Or in the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle gave owner Howard Hunt his first ever Cheltenham victory. The result was a deserved change of luck for Hunt, who had watched his Altilhar chase home Gaspara in the Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle at the 2007 Festival. “We knew Numide had a hell of a chance because he loves soft ground and had no weight, so if he put his best foot forward, he had to take a lot of beating,” said Hunt, 64, who sold his print management business in 2002, which enabled him to indulge in his passion for racehorses. “At the last flight I knew he would win and it was a feeling of elation when he passed the post in front. To win a big race at Cheltenham is special – it’s why you buy racehorses.” Hunt, who grew up in Fulham, west London, now resides in Banstead, not far from Epsom racecourse, although he much prefers the National Hunt racing scene. It was enigmatic chaser New Entic that kick-started the association with Gary Moore, Numide’s trainer.
Hunt said: “New Entic was a very frustrating sort. When he had the mind to put it in he was very good, but often he just didn’t bother. “It got to the point where you never knew which New Entic would turn up at the races, so I sold him at the Ascot Sales.” Numide, partnered in his jump races to date by Gary Moore’s son Jamie, was bought off the Flat in France, where he had shown highclass form, winning a Group 2 prize at Longchamp and finishing a close fifth in the French Derby. Hunt added: “Although Numide was a class horse on the Flat, he was a little quirky, so we gelded him straight away, which calmed him down. He cost €100,000, but I thought it was worth the risk. “The handicapper will have his say now, but he is progressive. The Ladbroke Hurdle at Ascot and the Tote Gold Trophy are on the agenda. “I find jump racing more exciting than the Flat. My chances of buying a Derby winner would be remote, but over jumps you’ve always got a chance of getting a good one.” Numide (nearside) and Aigle D’Or jump the last together at Cheltenham
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ALL THE NEWS AND EVENTS FOR TBA MEMBERS The 2009 South West Region Day will include a visit to the Pond House stable of Grand Nationaland Hennessy-winning trainer David Pipe
TBA Region Profile – The South West Encompassing Avon, Devon, Dorset, Cornwall, Somerset and the Channel Islands Chairman
Michael Falkiner was until very recently manager of Downclose Stud in Somerset. Prior to this he managed Sandley Stud for the Wingfield Digby family in the late 60s and then Clobemon Hall stud in County Wexford, before heading to Downclose 33 years ago. Regional representatives
Diana du Feu is a small breeder in
South West Regional Chairman Michael Falkiner (left), with Henrietta Knight and David Jenks at a prize-giving for a TBA sponsored race
Devon and Richard Williams owns Scorrier House Stud in Cornwall. In the past Richard has also sat on the TBA Council. Regional events
The South West region has had visits to a number of studs over the years, including Sandley and East Burrow, racing yards, including Rod Millman’s Paddock Stables and Kimpton Down racing stables, plus veterinary clinics and speakers from local practices. The days have generally been well supported and we would like to encourage more members in this region to attend these days; they are an ideal opportunity to meet other members and to discuss the issues facing the industry. In 2009 the South West Region Day is very kindly being hosted by David Pipe at his Pond House stables. This promises to be a fascinating day, especially as it is only a few days before the Aintree Grand National meeting.
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Regional Chairman’s priorities
Michael Falkiner feels that it is important to encourage younger members of the industry to join the TBA, ensuring the future of a thriving breeding industry. He suggests that stud owners could consider making their employees members. He admits to being “rather horrified to read how many stallions covered in excess of 200 mares in 2008,” and would like to urge all breeders to carefully consider which mares they breed from in 2009. Contacts
The regional representatives are available to help and advise members on any subject covered by the TBA. Members are encouraged to contact the Chairman or representatives if they have any ideas, problems, or complaints. I Michael Falkiner, Maples, North Perrott, Crewkerne, Somerset TA18 7SP. Tel: 01460 76457 I Diana du Feu, Sedgecroft, Hawkchurch, Axminster, Devon EX13 5XB. Tel: 01297 678267 I Richard Williams, Scorrier House, Scorrier, Redruth, Cornwall TR16 5AU. Tel: 01209 820264
Wilson elected to Council Julian Wilson (pictured), who runs Grove Farm Stud near Newmarket, has been elected to the TBA Council and will take up the role in January 2009. In an incredibly close count, he beat the other candidate, Miles Littlewort, by only four votes. The TBA would like to thank Miles Littlewort for his participation in the election
and all members who submitted their ballot paper. The TBA National Hunt Committee saw the re-election of previous committee member Juliet Minton, and the election of Andrew Sansome from Leicestershire.
Offer on Business Guide Regional Days The 2009 Regional Day venues and dates have been set. We are looking forward to an exciting line-up of events and hope that as many members as possible will join us on these days, not only for the visit but also to meet fellow members and the TBA staff, and to discuss any regional issues. Central region – Tuesday, February 10 The Defence Animal Centre, Army School of Equitation South West – Monday, March 30 David Pipe’s Pond House Stables Yorkshire – Thursday, May 7 Ferdy Murphy’s Wynbury Stables, a speaker over lunch and a tour of a Theakston Brewery Scotland – Wednesday, May 20 Royal Dick Veterinary School, plus a speaker over lunch The North – Thursday, May 21 Seminar at Haydock Park racecourse, followed by racing Wales – Thursday, May 28 A tour of the new Ffos Las racecourse followed by lunch The West – To be confirmed Richard Hannon’s yard East Anglia – Tuesday, July 14 Godolphin Stables and the Newmarket Equine Hospital South East – Thursday, June 25 Whitsbury Manor Racing Stables, home to Ralph Beckett, followed by a tour of Whitsbury Manor Stud West Midlands – Thursday, July 23 George Baker’s Far Westfields Farm, followed by Upton Viva Stud Application forms for the Regional Day in your area will be sent to you in due course, but if you would like to register your interest for any of the other days please email Samantha@thetba.co.uk or drop a line to Stanstead House.
Thoroughbred Advertising is once again offering TBA members a complimentary copy of the Stallion Guide and a discount on the Thoroughbred Business Guide. Domestic members will be sent a copy of the Stallion Guide during December. Any overseas members will need to pay postage and packing. Please visit the TBA website or contact Samantha Knight for further details. Members are also eligible for a 25% discount on the Thoroughbred Business Guide 2009. Please contact Lorna Bradburne on 01638 561869 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Industry training in 2009 Supervisory/Head Lad Course, The British Racing School, January 20-21 Suitable for anyone supervising staff on a stud farm or in a racing yard. Contact the BRS on 01638 665103. The Racing Industry Course, British Racing School, February 2-6 A week long residential course for those wanting to gain an in-depth knowledge of the racing and breeding industry. Contact
Holly Jackson on 01638 665103 or email email@example.com The National Stud Evening Lecture Programme, February 10-June 25 A series of lectures on veterinary and bloodstock breeding topics, mainly held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (6.307.30pm). Contact Leaya Dodson at the National Stud on 01638 675922 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
DATES, REMINDERS AND NEW MEMBERS Tuesday, January 6 – AGM & Awards Lunch TBA AGM and Annual Awards Luncheon at the Regency Hyatt Churchill Hotel. The AGM will commence at 10.45 am and will be followed at 12.15pm by a Champagne reception and lunch, for those that have booked tickets. Saturday, January 10 – Wetherby TBA Golf Day Fillies Only ‘Junior’ Standard Open NH Flat Race. The prize-money from this race was raised during the 2008 Golf Weekend, which took place at The Belfry. Wetherby have very kindly offered a limited number of badges for racing on that day. If you would like to attend please contact Samantha Knight at Stanstead House (Samantha@thetba.co.uk). Tuesday, January 13 – Ascot sales race Entries close for the Watership Down Stud Sales Race. The race will be run on Friday, September 25 at Ascot and is open to all fillies nominated to the race with the TBA prior to going under the hammer at yearling
sales in the UK between August 26 and December 31, 2008. To check if your filly is eligible please contact Samantha Knight at Stanstead House. TBA New Members Please contact Stanstead House on 01638 661321 if you have any queries. HOME: Mr M Barrett, Hampshire. Mr W D and Mrs A C Hockenhull, Shropshire. Mr M Walton, Northumberland. Mrs H Dalgety, Somerset. Moorley East, Suffolk. Moorley West, Suffolk. Mr N Whiteside, Suffolk. Mr C Coley, Gloucestershire. W A and C H Greensit, North Yorkshire. Mr N Cable, Lancashire. Mr P Webb, Essex. Mrs R Kelvin-Hughes, Northumberland. Mr R Makin, South Yorkshire. Mr J M and Mrs Davenport, Yorkshire. Mr A Tombs, Gloucestershire. Mr J Wilson, Northumberland. Mr R Wilding, Shropshire. Mr D Popely, Kent. ABROAD: Mr A Smith, France.
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Stallion parade proves a big hit St Leger winner Lucarno featured among a stellar line-up of British-based jumps stallions on view at Cheltenham racecourse on November 14 Now in its seventh year, the parade presents the ideal opportunity to see a selection of the leading National Hunt sires at one venue. The TBA marquee was well supported throughout the day and gave members and guests the chance to talk directly to the stallions’ connections. A silent auction of nominations, generously donated by the
stallions’ owners, proved popular, with six nominations being sold on the day. To purchase any of the remaining seven nominations, please contact Pauline Stoddart at Stanstead House. In addition to the 12 stallions publicised to parade, the assembled crowd were intrigued over the identity of a late line-up addition.
Henry Beeby and Stephen Hadley were able to reveal that it was St Leger winner Lucarno, who had arrived straight from John Gosden’s yard en route to Bill Bromley’s Wood Farm Stud, where he will stand in 2009. The TBA was delighted to be able to accommodate Lucarno, giving everyone the opportunity of seeing a first-season sire.
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Breeders’ Prizes FLAT HBLB Breeders’ Prizes worth £800 or more Breeder Car Colston Hall Stud Cheveley Park Stud Ltd
Prize (£) 7,500 5,600
A Smith Woodcote Stud Ltd R Hollinshead Sheila Oakes Darley
2,700 2,100 2,100 2,000 1,600
Gainsborough Stud Management Ltd
Lady Hardy Whatton Manor Stud R S A Urquhart Broughton Bloodstock M Barrett A M Tombs Capt A L Smith-Maxwell Meon Valley Stud Mrs S Emmet & Miss R Emmet John Guest Racing Ltd Lady Fairhaven R A Bonnycastle & Marston Stud Miss B Swire Littleton Stud Capt J H Wilson Pillar To Post Racing C A Cyzer P Newton Lady Bamford Stetchworth Park Stud Ltd Yvette Dixon Minster Stud & Mrs Hugh Dalgety Aston House Stud Southhill Stud G Strawbridge & London Thoroughbred Services Wretham Stud C Humphris Dukes Stud & Overbury Stallions Ltd Ms R A Myatt Dullingham Park Usk Valley Stud Taker Bloodstock
1,500 1,400 1,400 1,400 1,400 1,200 1,200 1,200 1,200 1,200 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000 900 900 900 800 800 800 800 800 800 800 800 800 800 800 800 800 800 800
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Sire Rainbow Quest Pivotal Pivotal Green Desert Selkirk
Dam Wiener Wald Virtuous Exhibitor Gay Gallanta With Fascination
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Words: Alan Yuill Walker and Edward Rosenthal
Breeder of the Month: November My Petra (also right) and Barry Geraghty clear the last at Ascot
William Wilkinson Siblings My Petra and Lake Legend score 24 hours apart to deliver a fabulous November to their Todenham-based breeder illiam Wilkinson, a postmaster at Moreton-in-Marsh for 29 years, is November’s TopSpec NH Breeder of the Month. He wins a year’s free nutritional consultancy from the company and 20 sacks of feed balancer. Within three weeks, the Wilkinson-bred My Petra landed two big Saturday prizes – a Listed mares’ hurdle at Wetherby and the Grade 2 Amlin 1965 Chase at Ascot – while the day after Wetherby, her own-brother, Lake Legend, also bred by him, won on his debut over hurdles. Their dam, Lac Marmot, was bred by Sam Vestey, but she never ran. Wilkinson
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explained: “She sustained a hairline fracture to a hind leg, but in due course she became sound and Lady Vestey gave her as a Christmas present to their vet, Greg Staniek. For a while he kept her at the practice, but he did not really have the room, and so he passed her on to me. “She was such a goodlooking mare that I thought she was worth taking a chance with. I had bred show-jumpers and also did the county show circuit for hunter mares with foals at foot, and I have always worked on the basis that one must always use a goodlooking stallion.” Wilkinson used to assist
Breeders in the News David and Kathleen Holmes at their Pitchall Farm Stud in nearby Evesham, where Midnight Legend stands. Wilkinson sent Lac Marmot to Midnight Legend in her first three stud seasons, producing My Petra, Lake Legend and their retained own-brother, Midnight Appeal. All started off in training with Alan King, but My Petra has since joined Nicky Henderson. Wilkinson said: “I sold all three privately, My Petra being bought by Steve and Petra Wallace. Later they sold her for 75,000gns at Doncaster in 2007. After receiving all that money they then said that they would like to buy Lac Marmot, which they did. “Unfortunately she lost the Midnight Legend foal that she was carrying, but she is now in foal to Act One. I have retained her three-year-old by Hamas, and I still have one broodmare, Disco Danehill, who is due to Midnight Legend.” Lac Marmot’s grandam, Laugharne, and the next four dams in the female line, Boathouse, Ripeck, Felsetta and Felucca, are all names synonymous with the late Dick Hollingsworth. The Felucca line was renowned for producing exceptional middle-distance and staying horses, headed by Ascot Gold Cup winner, Longboat, and Oaks winner Bireme. The family gained a new dimension when Bindaree (a great grandson of Ripeck) won the 2002 Grand National. Last season My Petra finished a game second in the Grand Annual Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, so it would be rather special for her breeder if she could go one better in March.
Danny Charlesworth Entente cordiale still alive to deliver fairytale outcome for cross-Channel partnership in the shape of Champion Hurdle contender Crack Away Jack As a boy, Danny Charlesworth remembers being given a copy of the Dandy comic annual by his father for Christmas, which featured ‘Crackaway Jack’, the horse with amazing abilities. Fast forward 50-odd years and his namesake, bred by Charlesworth in partnership with French racing pundit Claude Charlet, is rapidly turning fiction into reality, with a string of fine performances marking him out as one of the most exciting hurdlers around. Crack Away Jack, owned by Charlesworth with sons Gregory and Daniel Jnr, and nephew Michael Smith, has already tasted Cheltenham Festival glory, having landed the 2008 Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle for the Emma Lavelle stable. The Champion Hurdle in March is now the prime target. “I always thought that if ever I owned a horse, he would be called Crack Away Jack,” said Charlesworth, 57, the founder of Citipost, the global mailing distribution business. “He’s done everything we’ve asked of him so far and I think that had he jumped the second last in the Ascot Hurdle (Grade 2, beaten a length by Chomba Womba) he would have won. “It’s fantastic that the first horse I bred with Claude is so exceptional. We hope that potentially he could be a Gold Cup horse one day.” Charlesworth, who was brought up in south London and now lives in Kent, went into business with Charlet when he asked him to find a couple of racing prospects. The Frenchman returned with Labelthou, a high-class mare and multiple Grade 2 winner.
Having “got the flavour” for racing, Charlesworth decided to have a crack at breeding, and bought into Charlet’s small broodmare band in France, which included Jolly Harbour. Her first foal by Gold Away, born at trainer Guy Cherel’s Normandy farm, was soon displaying his star quality. Charlesworth said: “They used to call Crack Away Jack ‘The Daddy’ at Guy’s place, because out of about 30 yearlings they all used to follow him about! “We have his three-year-old half-brother by Golden Nureyev to look forward to, a sister to top chaser Sleeping Night named Sleeping Doll, while Labelthou, who we have decided to retire, will visit Gold Away. Claude is very bright on the breeding side and with Guy’s input we pick out the best stallions for our mares.”
The size and scope of Crack Away Jack, who has put young conditional jockey Jack Doyle in the spotlight, has left his trainer and her partner, former rider Barry Fenton, excited about the prospect of sending him over fences. Indeed, he is regularly schooled over the larger obstacles at home, although his owner is not so sure about when to send his star chasing. “I would be happy to keep him over hurdles for a while,” said Charlesworth. “My perspective has actually changed since I’ve become involved in racing; my main priority is to see all my horses come back safe and sound.” He added: “I recognise that I’ve had a lot of good fortune so far with the likes of Labelthou and Crack Away Jack, but then I’ve always been a lucky sort of bloke.”
The two Jacks: Crack Away Jack and Jack Doyle in action at Ascot
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Edited by Jan Wade
Something for everyone A bumper crowd enjoyed the 2008 Cheltenham Thoroughbred Racing & Breeding Seminar
he credit crunch might be curtailing our activities, but that didn’t stop a bumper crowd from turning out for the Cheltenham Thoroughbred Racing & Breeding Seminar on November 13. Now in its eighth year, the seminar has become firmly established as the leading forum for gaining scientific information and exchanging ideas relating to the thoroughbred industries. In opening the seminar, Chairman Peter Webbon expressed his pleasure at seeing 460 registrants, noting that this reflected the thoroughbred industry’s commitment to horse health and welfare, which no economic downturn must ever dent. Doubtless the high level of participation was largely due to what has become recognised as this seminar’s greatest strength, a roster of excellent speakers addressing subjects of topical interest. The format of this year’s programme incorporated two innovations, the first of which was a fast-paced news bulletin, presented jointly by Peter Webbon and Geoff Lane. The aim was to highlight recent events and developments which were of interest but not suitable for full
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presentations. These included the banning of greyhound racing in Massachusetts which, together with the rumours of a ban on jump racing in Victoria and Tasmania, should serve as a warning of the changing tide of views around the globe. A review of new projects funded by the Levy Board led Webbon to ask participants not to be put off by titles, assuring them that the research involved invariably provides a wealth of information of practical use to trainers and breeders. He cited a project entitled ‘A whole genome scan for loci influencing susceptibility to inflammatory airway disease in the thoroughbred’. A bewildering title, but the results will allow vets to identify horses who are genetically susceptible to lower respiratory tract disease. Other topics included mycotoxin-producing mould in cereals, a new competitive funding scheme to encourage undergraduates to become involved in research, jet lag in horses, colic, lameness and emergency service protocols. Strangles and grass sickness were also on the agenda, and it was encouraging to learn that the
Animal Health Trust is working on vaccines against both diseases. It was a smart move on the part of the organisers to begin and end the programme with presentations by Liverpool Vet School’s Derek Knottenbelt, surely one of the most entertaining speakers on the circuit. His first contribution had the rather uninspiring title of ‘Understanding the Immune System’ and no doubt many of the audience were wondering whether they either wanted to or needed to! However, after 20 minutes of Professor Knottenbelt’s explanation, drawing analogies between the body’s natural defence system and castles, immunity had become a much more interesting subject. He likened attacks by invading forces to the threat of infection and compared walls, moats, captains and soldiers to skin, mucous membranes, secretions and cells. Miraculously, he made antigens and antibodies seem interesting and, having imparted a degree, albeit basic, of understanding of the immune system, he went on to explain how and why it sometimes goes wrong. Immune system
His talk was complemented by Nick Wingfield Digby’s description of a practical approach to monitoring and managing the immune system in young foals. This related largely to the necessity for newborn foals to gain adequate levels of protective immunoglobulin via maternal colostrums. As a practitioner, he understood the value of practical information and explained how to test colostrum quality using a colostrometer, and how to recognise the early signs of haemolytic disease. He also reported the apparent increase in
“I come every year, I simply can’t afford to miss it now that I’m involved in training younger members of the industry” – Derek Christopher incidence of Rhodococcus equi on studs in northern Europe and discussed the optimal regimes for the use of hyperimmune plasma with high levels of antibody. Unfortunately, the dreaded computer glitch struck midway through Wingfield Digby’s presentation, but he continued unabated. The link between nutrition and behaviour is not one that is immediately obvious and Christine Nicol, from Bristol University, was of the opinion that nowhere near enough research has been conducted in this area. However, following recent studies by her group, she had been able to show behavioural differences between foals fed a largely sugar and starch diet,
and those who were given a fat and fibre diet. The latter reacted far more calmly to the stresses of weaning and appeared more curious and confident when encountering strange objects and situations. Although the major feed companies are very responsible with regard to claims made about their products, relying only on scientific evidence, many supplements are advertised as having a ‘calming effect’ based on nothing but anecdotal evidence. Oral behaviours
There is, apparently, growing evidence of the impact of diet on abnormal oral behaviours. Crib-biting and wind-sucking have been shown to be associated with diet and Professor Nicol ended by stating that, in her opinion, crib-biting and wind-sucking are not caused by boredom, as is commonly thought. Instead, giving a high concentrate feed immediately after weaning results in a four-fold increase in the chances of these vices developing. She appealed to those present to participate in her current studies if they are planning to wean foals in the near future. Survey forms were available at the seminar for this purpose. Those with concerns about the advent of equine genetic research will, hopefully, have been reassured by Tim Morris’s overview of the current stage of research and the future potential of work being undertaken under the auspices of Equine Genetic Research Ltd, a coventure between the Animal Health Trust, British Horseracing Authority and the Levy Board. He explained that the aim of the current research is to look for genetic markers which will indicate a predisposition to such conditions as ‘tying up’, osteochondrosis and fractures. While some may fantasise about finding the ‘performance gene’, this is entirely unrealistic as no single gene or group of genes will be the sole influence of speed and stamina. The importance of making genetic information widely available was emphasised and this is the basis for the BHA’s support for the research programme. The second new feature was a ‘Question Time’-style session immediately after lunch. Questions had been submitted prior to the seminar and a selection was put to panellists. These covered topics as diverse as the use of tranquilisers in young stock being sold at auction; heritability of the Wobbler Syndrome; appropriate levels of warm up and warm down before and after racing; the use of Cornell collars; and the role of Manuka honey in wound healing. Each of these topics induced a good deal of discussion, as well as considered opinions from the panellists. In a session entitled ‘Monitoring on the Move’, Alan Wilson, Sam Franklin and Geoff Lane described the use of highly sophisticated technology to measure and record data from horses at exercise.
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Wilson focused on the use of high speed video, GPS systems and inertial sensors. This was illustrated with video clips showing the detailed information which can be obtained from such techniques. Their advantages and drawbacks were discussed. Professor Wilson drew the distinction between purely research tools, and developments that have a genuine application in the field. Treadmill benefits
“A great programme – I think this year’s was the best yet” – Mark Johnston
In a joint presentation by Sam Franklin and Geoff Lane, the benefits bestowed by high speed treadmill exercise were outlined and contrasted with the use of overground endoscopes. Treadmills have been in use for around 20 years and, for most of that time, have been the only means by which to monitor respiratory function during exercise. This is a necessary procedure because many respiratory conditions do not manifest themselves in horses at rest, even if they are endoscoped immediately after exercise. There is a misconception in some quarters that the use of high speed treadmills is dangerous but Lane pointed out that, providing correct procedures are followed, it is safer than exercise on the training grounds – mile for mile travelled. However, the facilities are not widely available and they are relatively expensive. Therefore, an alternative to its use became desirable and Franklin described the development, over four years, of an endoscope which can be attached to the horse and accessed remotely during fast exercise. The current prototype consists of an insertion tube with LED lighting, a head-mounted box containing video transmission and control equipment, and a saddle-mounted battery pack. The total weight is 2.25kg and the head mounted box is just 800g, making it safe and easy to use. Recordings are transmitted directly to the control box, which can be at a distance of up to 200m. The optimal method of use is to have the control box in a car travelling alongside the gallops and Dr Franklin showed video footage which had been obtained in this way.
From this, it was easy to identify the presence of mucus, partial laryngeal collapse and palate instability. An advantage of the system is that it can re-play images in slow motion. Knottenbelt addressed the issue of wound management and had some very clear messages for those responsible for horse husbandry. The strongest of these was “do not use chemical on wounds”. His advice to everyone present was to dispense with all wound powders and purple sprays, and seek advice from a veterinary surgeon with regard to the essential components to cover emergency situations. He stressed the importance of examining all wounds that are present, regardless of size. Some very small wounds can be extremely dangerous, whereas much larger and more dramatic wounds are often very straightforward and pose far less of a threat. Modern wound management encompasses the use of advanced dressings and particular mention was made of hydrogels, which maintain a moist environment, and Aquacel AG, a silver dressing which is very effective against such bacteria as MRSA. Value of data
The annual review of data from the Equine Welfare Database and the Training and Welfare System Database reinforced the value of data collection in relation to introducing safetyenhancing measures. Although a vast amount of data has now been collected, there is still a considerable amount of analysis required and it is hoped that funding for this stage will be forthcoming. This year’s programme was a well-balanced mixture of research findings and practical information, with relevance to both the training and breeding fraternities. The organisers and Chairman were keen to point out that the seminar is greatly facilitated by the generous sponsorship of the Horserace Betting Levy Board, Cheltenham racecourse, Intervet Schering-Plough Animal Health and Dodson & Horrell. Thankfully, they are willing to support this top quality educational resource – despite the credit crunch.
Jargon Buster – Wobbler Syndrome Wobbler Syndrome is a term used to cover a range of neurological conditions which result in compression of the spinal cord and cause gait instability. Hind limbs are affected more than forelimbs. Although the exact cause is unknown, suggested factors have included genetic predisposition, nutritional imbalance, rapid growth and physical trauma. Some research has indicated that neck length is important, with a higher incidence in long-necked horses. It is more common in males than females and in rapidly growing, young thoroughbreds.
The classic form is produced by spinal cord compression in the neck, which obstructs messages from the brain. It is referred to as wobbler syndrome because the horse may seem wobbly when walking or exercising. The severity of the clinical signs varies. Some may seem to have a stiff neck, appear weak or lazy, and stumble easily. Others may be reluctant to stand or lie down. Some appear drunk, as they have no perception of where their limbs are. Clinical signs may appear suddenly or gradually over a period of time.
A veterinary examination will indicate the location of the problem and this can be confirmed by a myelogram, which involves injecting a special contrast media around the spinal cord, immediately followed by radiographs. There is currently no cure for the condition. Some cases can be treated successfully with nutritional and medical management, whereas others require surgery. A wobbler that is not treated is likely to deteriorate, sometimes to the point of injuring itself or others.
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Words: Andrew Caulfield
The latest developments in the bloodstock world
Lucarno, who surely has as much to offer Flat breeders as he does the jumps brigade
From $5,000 to $150,000 Dynaformer’s potential as a stallion was dismissed before he even began, but sons like Lucarno have proved critics wrong Classform, an excellent but short-lived American equivalent to Timeform’s Racehorses Annual, didn’t mince words in its 1988 essay on Dynaformer, which began: “A moderately useful, decidedly one-paced animal, Dynaformer was simply not good enough to compete with the best of his generation. However, benefiting from the tremendous opportunities available to three-year-old colts in America, he was still able to win two graded races.” Classform rated him 104, all of 26lb below champion Risen Star, but The BloodHorse handicappers took a much kinder view of Dynaformer’s efforts, rating
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him 116. Fortunately, Dynaformer had more to offer than very useful form. He was also a son of two Grade 1 winners in Roberto and Andover Way, and was closely related to a successful stallion. Consequently, he found a place as a stallion at a fee of only $5,000, at one of the less well-known farms. Nearly 20 years later, Dynaformer’s fee is $150,000. He has sired over 90 stakes winners, has progeny earnings in excess of $80 million and was responsible for one of the most impressive Kentucky Derby winners of modern times in Barbaro. But would he have been given his chance to prove his worth
had he raced in the late noughties rather than the late eighties? It’s doubtful. Stallion books have escalated in the interim and it is now very hard for a horse with a less-than-fashionable background to compete against the blue-blooded top-grade winners which attract massive support. But the recession may go some way towards changing attitudes, as breeders are forced to tackle the problem of over-production. While a proportion of the breeders who rush to use the blueblooded Grade 1 winners are rewarded with excellent prices at the yearling sales, many others are not. They are going to have to ask
themselves a couple of questions. Is their mare worthy of being bred from? And if so, would she stand a better chance with a stallion which covers a smaller book? Tara Madgwick, in an article entitled ‘Too much of a good thing’ on the Australian Breednet website, said: “Every stallion is different and book size very much depends on the individual and his attitude in the breeding shed, but consensus seems to suggest a figure around the 125 mark might be close to ideal in terms of being achievable for the stallion and in avoiding a future oversupply of his stock.” Such a change might also result in a wider range of stallions becoming available – several of this year’s top ten stallions, such as Galileo, Montjeu, Sadler’s Wells and Dalakhani, were outstanding middle-distance performers who improved markedly from two to three. I have to admit to being rather disappointed that Lucarno has become yet another St Leger winner who is being aimed directly at the National Hunt sector. While this is a considerable boost for the British jumping industry, Lucarno also has
plenty to offer Flat breeders. There is little Northern Dancer blood in the pedigree of this Dynaformer colt, who is out of a mare by Diesis. He therefore represents the very successful cross which combines Roberto and Sharpen Up – two outstanding stallions who aren’t over-represented in the Anglo-Irish industry. Three things which may have been held against Lucarno as a potential Flat stallion are his size, his stamina and his failure to race at two. But this ignores the fact that Dynaformer stands 17 hands and stayed very well by American standards (he set a track record for a mile and a half at four). It also ignores the fact that Lucarno appeared to win the St Leger despite the distance, rather than because of it. He had, after all, won over a mile and a mile and a quarter earlier in the season. Being based at a jumpingoriented stud doesn’t mean Lucarno can’t be used by Flat breeders. Perhaps they should note that the Wildenstein family has been sending some good mares to their grand stayer Westerner, even though he’s aimed primarily at the jumping market.
“A figure around 125 might be close to ideal in terms of being achievable for the stallion” – Tara Madgwick
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Vita Rosa breaks new ground It will be fascinating to see how Lanwades Stud’s new stallion will fare, even if his female line will be familiar to Europeans already Sunday Silence may no longer be with us, but the leading sire lists in Japan illustrate the scale of the legacy he bequeathed to the Japanese industry. Up to November 29 (the day before the Japan Cup), his sons Agnes Tachyon, Fuji Kiseki and Dance In The Dark respectively held first, second and fourth places, and Sunday Silence’s broodmare daughters have also been ruling the roost, with earnings roughly double those of the next stallion on the list. We have also seen Natagora, a filly by an inexpensive French-based son of Sunday Silence, win the 2008 1,000 Guineas, so Lanwades Stud is to be applauded for importing Vita Rosa (right), the first son of this great stallion to stand in Britain or Ireland. Like Natagora’s sire Divine Light, Vita Rosa didn’t win a Group 1, but he did the next best thing, taking the Group 2 R F Radio Nippon Sho St Lite Kinen over 11 furlongs as a three-year-old, when he also won the Grade 3 Radio
Tampa Sho over nine furlongs. And, like Divine Light, Vita Rosa was sound enough to hold his form up to the age of seven, adding another Group victory to his collection as a six-year-old. Unlike Divine Light, Vita Rosa has a female line which is very familiar to Europeans. His third dam Riverqueen was an outstanding threeyear-old in 1969, when she won the French 1,000
Guineas and Prix Saint-Alary before beating the males in the Grand Prix de SaintCloud. Altieri and Rouvres are two European Group 1 winners descending from her. Vita Rosa’s dam Rosa Nay is by Lyphard, so Vita Rosa shares the same broodmare sire as successful stallions Bering, Candy Stripes, Cee’s Tizzy, Common Grounds and Groom Dancer.
“Lanwades Stud is to be applauded for importing Vita Rosa, the first son of the great Sunday Silence to stand in Britain or Ireland”
Insatiable strikes Gallic chord Greater respect is due, thanks to Remember Rose’s French exploits With French-bred jumpers now so fashionable in Britain and Ireland following their many important successes, it is good to see that the traffic hasn’t all been one way. Remember Rose, one of France’s leading young steeplechasers, carries the (IRE) suffix after his name and is acting as an excellent advertisement for his sire, Insatiable. Remember Rose was born as recently as 2003 but is already a veteran of 22 races at Auteuil, where he scored twice at Graded level in November. He was gaining the second Grade 1 success of his career when he took the Prix
la Haye Jousselin over nearly three and a half miles and he quickly followed up in the Grade 3 Prix Georges Courtois. If he can maintain this type of form, he is going to be a major contender for the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris, in which he finished fourth in 2008. Remember Rose’s sire Insatiable was one of the horses who added to Sir Michael Stoute’s reputation for helping horses improve with age. The son of the dual Guineas winner Don’t Forget Me managed only two appearances in each of his first three years on the track, but then made the transition from very useful
handicapper to high-class Group performer at five in 1998. That was the year he won the Group 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes and the Group 2 Prix Dollar before being narrowly beaten by Alborada in the Champion Stakes. Another Group victory came his way at six, this time in the Blandford Stakes, but his Timeform rating of 124 wasn’t enough to make him appeal to Flat breeders. His destiny instead was to cover comparatively small numbers of mares at Clonmahon Stud in County Wexford. Presumably Remember Rose’s exploits will have earned him greater respect.
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DATA BOOK European Pattern
2nd Dam: WINGER by In The Wings. 1 win at 3. Grandam of Warriors Key.
470 PRIX PERTH G3 SAINT-CLOUD. Nov 2. 3yo+. 1600m.
1. VERTIGINEUX (FR) 4 9-3 £29,412 bbr c by Nombre Premier - Very Gold (Goldneyev) O-Mme C & P Dufreche B-Patrick Dufreche TR-Mme C Dufreche 2. Gris de Gris (IRE) 4 9-5 £11,765 gr c by Slickly - Deesse Grise (Lead On Time) O-JC Seroul B-JC Seroul TR-A de Royer-Dupre 3. Racinger (FR) 5 9-3 £8,824 b h by Spectrum - Dibenoise (Kendor) O-Hamdan Al Maktoum B-Mme Rene Geffroy TR-F Head Margins Head, 0.75. Time 1:45.70 (slow 7.70). Going Heavy. Age 2-4
Broodmare Sire: ZAFONIC. Sire of the dams of 27 Stakes winners. In 2008 - ZAFISIO Efisio G1, WATAR Marju G2, ZAMBEZI SUN Dansili G2, MARUKA SHENCK Sunday Silence G3, PHOENIX TOWER Chester House G3, ALBAHRI Bahri LR, MEYDAN PRINCESS Choisir LR, PRUDENZIA Dansili LR, TALKING HANDS Mujahid LR. ZAFISIO b c 2006 Forli Formidable Native Partner EFISIO b 82 High Top Eldoret Bamburi
Gone West Zafonic
Sire: NOMBRE PREMIER. Sire of 4 Stakes winners. In 2008 - VERTIGINEUX Goldneyev G3. 1st Dam: Very Gold by Goldneyev. Dam of 1 winner: 2004: VERTIGINEUX (c Nombre Premier) 6 wins at 3 and 4 in France, Prix de la Porte Maillot G3, Prix Perth G3, Prix de Tourgeville LR. 2005: Vent d’Affaire (c Charge d’Affaires) 2006: Voyante (f Coroner) unraced to date. 2007: Very Astair (f Astair) 2nd Dam: VERY FLIGHT by Direct Flight. 1 win at 3 in France. Dam of Volona (c Solicitor: 3rd Criterium du Bequet LR). Grandam of CHOPASTAIR. Broodmare Sire: GOLDNEYEV. Sire of the dams of 7 Stakes winners. In 2008 - ROYAL OATH Kingmambo G2, VERTIGINEUX Nombre Premier G3. VERTIGINEUX b/br c 2004 Kenmare Kendor Belle Mecene NOMBRE PREMIER gr 94 The Wonder Sabiola Mon Isabel Nureyev Goldneyev Gold River VERY GOLD d/b 98 Direct Flight Very Flight Renommee
Kalamoun Belle of Ireland Gay Mecene Djaka Belle Wittgenstein The Lark Mon Fils St Isabel Northern Dancer Special Riverman Glaneuse Baldric II Felicia II Cambremont Revoquee II
471 CRITERIUM INTERNATIONAL G1 SAINT-CLOUD. Nov 2. 2yoc&f. 1600m.
1. ZAFISIO (IRE) 9-0 £105,037 b c by Efisio - Goldthroat (Zafonic) O-H Downs B-Airlie Stud, Sir Thomas Pilkington TR-PA Blockley 2. Prince Siegfried (FR) 9-0 £42,022 b c by Royal Applause - Intrum Morshaan (Darshaan) O-David Brownlow B-Haras Saint Pair Du Mont TR-AM Balding 3. Silver Frost (IRE) 9-0 £21,011 gr c by Verglas - Hidden Silver (Anabaa) O-JD Cotton B-Ecurie Skymarc Farm TR-Y de Nicolay Margins Head, 0.5. Time 1:46.10 (slow 8.10). Going Heavy. Age 2
Sire: EFISIO. Sire of 42 Stakes winners. In 2008 ZAFISIO Zafonic G1, CALRISSIAN Royal Academy G3, FAIRY EFISIO Fairy King LR, PERFECT POLLY Prince Sabo LR. 1st Dam: GOLDTHROAT by Zafonic. Winner at 2. Dam of 3 winners: 2004: NEW BEGINNING (g Keltos) 2 wins at 2 and 3. 2005: HARALD BLUETOOTH (c Danetime) 2 wins at 3. 2006: ZAFISIO (c Efisio) Sold 27,000gns foal at TADEF. 3 wins at 2 at home, France, Criterium International G1, Bluebay Stardom S LR. 2007: (f Antonius Pius) 2008: (f Verglas)
Zaizafon GOLDTHROAT b 99 In The Wings Winger Rappa Tap Tap
Aristophanes Trevisa Raise A Native Dinner Partner Derring-Do Camenae Ragusa Kilifi Mr Prospector Secrettame The Minstrel Mofida Sadler’s Wells High Hawk Tap On Wood Reprocolor
Efisio died aged 24 in October 2006 but this underrated stallion has still exerted a profound influence on 2008’s top two-yearold races. One of his daughters is responsible for Bushranger, winner of both the Prix Morny and Middle Park Stakes, and Zafisio, a colt from Efisio’s last sizeable crop, has also scored at Gr1 level, taking the Criterium International. Zafisio is the eighth Gr1 winner by Efisio, whose lengthy stallion career started in Kent in 1988 at a fee of only £2,000. Among Zafisio’s predecessors are that remarkable filly Attraction (1,000 Guineas in Britain and Ireland), Pips Pride (Phoenix Stakes), Tomba (Prix de la Foret), Hever Golf Rose (Prix de l’Abbaye), Pearly Shells (Prix Vermeille), Frizzante (July Cup) and Le Vie dei Colori. This amounts to a considerable achievement for a comparatively inexpensive stallion whose output in his first 18 crops amounted to no more than 654 named foals, an average of only 36 foals per crop. Zafisio adds another chapter to the epic story of Reprocolor, the celebrated broodmare whose career was detailed in the September issue. His dam Goldthroat is a greatgrand-daughter of Reprocolor, and this two-year-old seven-furlong winner comes from the Rappa Tap Tap branch of the family. Although Goldthroat was unexceptional, the daughter of Zafonic is bred along similar lines to Zafonic’s Prix de l’Opera winner Zee Zee Top, who was out of Reprocolor’s daughter Colorspin. When Rappa Tap Tap visited Zafonic she produced Killer Instinct, fourth in the 1999 St James’s Palace Stakes. Zafonic is also the broodmare sire of such good 2008 performers as Phoenix Tower, Papal Bull, Zambezi Sun, Watar, Traffic Guard and Copperbeech. Zafisio has already shown more stamina than several of Efisio’s best winners, perhaps because his second dam Winger was a daughter of In The Wings.
98 THOROUGHBRED OWNER & BREEDER JANUARY 2009
472 PRIX DE SEINE-ET-OISE G3 MAISONS-LAFFITTE. Nov 4. 3yo+. 1200m.
1. UTMOST RESPECT (GB) 4 8-13 £29,412 b g by Danetime - Utmost (Most Welcome) O-The Rumpole Partnership B-Heather Raw TR-RA Fahey 2. Tiza (SAF) 6 8-13 £11,765 b g by Goldkeeper - Mamushka (Elliodor) O-JC Seroul, R Plersch B-Daytona Stud TR-A de Royer-Dupre 3. Dunkerque (FR) 3 8-11 £8,824 b c by Highest Honor - Dissertation (Sillery) O-Alec Head B-Alec & Mme Ghislaine Head TR-Mme C Head-Maarek Margins 0.5, 0.75. Time 1:14.40 (slow 5.40). Going Heavy.
2004: SUGAR BABY LOVE (f Second Empire) 2 wins at 2 and 4, Oppenheim-Rennen LR, 2nd Maurice Lacroix-Trophy G2. 2005: SOMETHING STUPID (g Big Shuffle) Winner at 2 in Germany, Rudolf-August-Oetker Gedachtnisrennen LR. 2006: SMOOTH OPERATOR (c Big Shuffle) 3 wins at 2, Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte G2, Prix Eclipse G3, Kronimus Rennen LR. 2007: Shadow On The Wall (c Next Desert) 2008: Sensa Ma Donna (f Lord of England) Broodmare Sire: SALSE. Sire of the dams of 12 Stakes winners. In 2008 - SMOOTH OPERATOR Big Shuffle G2, KING LAUGH King of Tales LR. SMOOTH OPERATOR b c 2006 Boldnesian Reason To Earn Primera Prime Abord Homeward Bound BIG SHUFFLE b 84 Raise A Native Elevation White Peak Raise Your Skirts Tudor Minstrel Strings Attached Timalin Northern Dancer Topsider Drumtop Salse Prince John Carnival Princess Carnival Queen SALZGITTER b 97 Blushing Groom Rainbow Quest I Will Follow Anna of Brunswick Prince Ippi Anna Paola Antwerpen Bold Reasoning
Sire: DANETIME. Sire of 25 Stakes winners. In 2008 - BUSHRANGER Efisio G1, DARK TARGET Protos G3, LOOK BUSY Komaite G3, TRIPLE ASPECT Distant Relative G3, UTMOST RESPECT Most Welcome G3, DANERIP Rory’s Jester LR, DIMENTICATA Don’t Forget Me LR, LE CADRE NOIR Indian Ridge LR, MEGATIC Old Spice LR. 1st Dam: Utmost by Most Welcome. Dam of 1 winner: 2003: New Blood (g Beckett) ran and ran 3 times over hurdles. 2004: UTMOST RESPECT (g Danetime) Sold 3,000gns foal at TADEF. 6 wins at 2 to 4, Chipchase S G3, Prix de Seine-et-Oise G3, 3rd Ladbrokes Sprint Cup G1. 2005: (c Helissio) 2006: Burning Flame (f Tumbleweed Ridge). 2007: (f Mirio) 2008: (f Intikhab) Broodmare Sire: MOST WELCOME. Sire of the dams of 13 Stakes winners. In 2008 - UIGUR Astor Place G1, UTMOST RESPECT Danetime G3, MAGIC EYE Nayef LR. UTMOST RESPECT b g 2004 Danzig Danehill Razyana DANETIME b 94 Lear Fan Allegheny River Allesheny Be My Guest Most Welcome Topsy UTMOST ch 98 Nashwan Bint Alhabib El Fabulous
Northern Dancer Pas de Nom His Majesty Spring Adieu Roberto Wac Be My Guest Bold Sands Northern Dancer What A Treat Habitat Furioso Blushing Groom Height of Fashion Fabulous Dancer El Mina
473 CRITERIUM DE MAISONS-LAFFITTE G2 MAISONS-LAFFITTE. Nov 4. 2yo. 1200m.
1. SMOOTH OPERATOR (GER) 8-13 £79,632 b c by Big Shuffle - Salzgitter (Salse) O-Stall Jenny B-M Hofer TR-M Hofer 2. Dalghar (FR) 8-13 £30,735 gr c by Anabaa - Daltawa (Miswaki) O-HH The Aga Khan B-HH The Aga Khan’s Studs SC TR-A de Royer-Dupre 3. Lui Rei (ITY) 8-13 £14,669 b c by Reinaldo - My Luigia (High Estate) O-Scuderia Siba B-Azienda Agricola Antezzate TR-A Renzoni Margins 2, head. Time 1:15.30 (slow 6.30). Going Heavy.
474 PRIX MIESQUE G3 MAISONS-LAFFITTE. Nov 4. 2yof. 1400m.
1. STEFER (USA) 8-11 £29,412 ch f by Johannesburg - Ardere (El Prado) O-Wafic Said B-F Benillouche, Woodside Farms Llc TR-D Smaga 2. Entre Deux Eaux (FR) 8-11 £11,765 gr f by Ange Gabriel - Goutte d’Eau (Vacarme) O-R Jesus B-R Jesus TR-R Collet 3. Aiboa (IRE) 8-11 £8,824 ch f by King Charlemagne - Spirit Of Hope (Danehill Dancer) O-A Urbano-Roldan B-Miss N Cullen TR-L Urbano-Grajales Margins Head, 2. Time 1:29.40 (slow 7.40). Going Heavy. Age 2
Sire: JOHANNESBURG. Sire of 18 Stakes winners. In 2008 - SAGEBURG Linamix G1, EATON’S GIFT Carson City G2, LOOKY YONDER Vice Regent G2, TURFFONTEIN Dr Grace G2, AFRICAN SKIES Woodman G3, STEFER El Prado G3, TEN MEROPA Danehill G3, INGRID THE GAMBLER Forest Wildcat LR. 1st Dam: Ardere by El Prado. ran once at 3. Dam of 1 winner: 2006: STEFER (f Johannesburg) Sold 38,610gns yearling at ARAUG. 2 wins at 2 in France, Prix Miesque G3. 2nd Dam: FLAMING TORCH by Rousillon. 5 wins at 2, 4 and 5 in France and North America, Athenia H G3, 2nd La Prevoyante Invitational H G2. Dam of Ardere (see above). Broodmare Sire: EL PRADO. Sire of the dams of 11 Stakes winners. In 2008 - LADY DIGBY Grand Slam G3, STEFER Johannesburg G3, FORMAL ARRANGEMENT Formal Dinner LR, LARAGH Tapit LR. STEFER ch f 2006 Storm Cat Hennessy
Sire: BIG SHUFFLE. Sire of 59 Stakes winners. In 2008 - PRECIOUS BOY Surumu G2, SMOOTH OPERATOR Salse G2, ABBADJINN Goofalik G3, KONIG TURF Ile de Bourbon G3, BEST JOKING Solarstern LR, LIPS ARROW Ashkalani LR, SALISBURGO Alzao LR, KALDERON Acatenango LR. 1st Dam: SALZGITTER by Salse. 4 wins at 4 and 5 in Germany. Dam of 3 winners:
Island Kitty JOHANNESBURG b 99 Ogygian Myth Yarn Sadler’s Wells El Prado Lady Capulet ARDERE ch 2001 Rousillon Flaming Torch Flaming Peace
Storm Bird Terlingua Hawaii T C Kitten Damascus Gonfalon Mr Prospector Narrate Northern Dancer Fairy Bridge Sir Ivor Cap And Bells Riverman Belle Dorine Lyphard Peace
Caulfield on Zafisio: “He’s the eighth Group 1 winner by Efisio, whose lengthy stallion career started in Kent in 1988 at a fee of only £2,000” 475 PREMIO CHIUSURA G3 MILAN. November 8. 2yo+. 1400m.
1. WHITE SNOW (IRE) 4 9-3 £22,780 b f by Orpen - Trop Chere (Distinctly North) O-LPA Stud B-Razza Del Velino TR-G Miliani 2. Gesture (GB) 6 9-10 £10,023 b g by Bahri - Stark Ballet (Nureyev) O-Giordano Grilli B-Cheveley Park Stud TR-E Russo 3. Remarque (IRE) 3 9-7 £5,466 b c by Marju - Run For Me (Danehill) O-Allevamento La Nuova Sbarra B-Razza del Pian del Lago TR-L Riccardi Margins Short neck, 1.75. Time 1:24.00. Going Heavy. Age 2-4
Sire: ORPEN. Sire of 30 Stakes winners. In 2008 ROCKS OFF Java Gold G1, ENJOY LOVE Equalize G2, MISSIT Shirley Heights G2, ORIZABA Elbio G2, DON LETAL Candy Stripes G3, SOVIET FILLY Slewsville G3, WHITE SNOW Distinctly North G3, APRO LUNARE Last Tycoon LR, GOIN TO JACKSON Kenvain LR, JAKOR Horage LR, LESSING Medaaly LR, ZENONE Alzao LR, NOBILITA Konigsstuhl LR. 1st Dam: Trop Chere by Distinctly North. Dam of 1 winner: 2004: WHITE SNOW (f Orpen) Sold 21,614gns yearling at ANSEP. 6 wins at 2 to 4 in Italy, Premio Chiusura G3, 2nd Criterium Femminile LR, Premio Giubileo LR, Premio Royal Mares LR, 3rd Premio Seregno LR. 2005: Immi Ruah (f Daggers Drawn) 2007: Torrian (f Intikhab) 2008: (f Tiger Hill) Broodmare Sire: DISTINCTLY NORTH. Sire of the dams of 3 Stakes winners. In 2008 - SOUTER’S SISTER Desert Style G3, WHITE SNOW Orpen G3. WHITE SNOW b f 2004 Northern Dancer Pas de Nom Alydar Chappaquiddick Halo Devil’s Bag Ballade Hoist The Flag Raise The Standard Natalma Northern Dancer Minshaanshu Amad Tappahannock Distinctive Distinctiveness New Love Lord Gayle Executive Perk Areola Never Bend Match Bend Match Game Danzig Lure
Endear ORPEN b 96 Bonita Francita
Distinctly North TROP CHERE b 99 Break For Tee
476 PREMIO ROMA G1 ROME. November 9. 3yo+. 2000m.
1. ESTEJO (GER) 4 9-2 £67,500 b c by Johan Cruyff - Este (The Noble Player) O-G Martone B-Gestut Schallern TR-R Rohne 2. Permesso (GB) 3 9-0 £29,700 bbr c by Sakhee - Persian Filly (Persian Bold) O-Allevamento La Nuova Sbarra B-Razza del Sole TR-F & L Camici 3. Once More Dubai (USA) 3 9-0 £16,200 bbr c by E Dubai - Go Again Girl (Broad Brush) O-San Carlo Investments B-Cashel Stud TR-Gianluca Bietolini Margins 0.75, nose. Time 2:06.70. Going Heavy. Age 3-4
Sire: JOHAN CRUYFF. Sire of 3 Stakes winners. In 2008 - ESTEJO The Noble Player G1. 1st Dam: Este by The Noble Player. 2 wins at 2 in West Germany, 2nd Preis der Winterkonigin LR, Berberis Rennen LR, Schwarzgold Rennen LR, 2nd top rated 2yr old filly in Germany in 1990. Dam of 6 winners: 1993: Esmonda (f Mondrian) ran on the flat. 1994: ERCOLE D’ESTE (c Mondrian) 2 wins at 3 and 5 in Germany.
1995: ESTON (c Law Society) 6 wins in Germany. 1997: ESTENSTERN (c Sternkoenig) 8 wins at 4 to 7 in Germany. 1998: ESTENORA (f Highest Honor) 3 wins at 4 in Germany. Broodmare. 2000: Estor (c Highest Honor) ran on the flat in Italy. 2002: ESTEMONA (f Oxalagu) 3 wins at 2 and 3 in Austria, Hungary. 2003: (f Medicean) 2004: ESTEJO (c Johan Cruyff) 5 wins at 3 and 4 in Italy, Premio Roma At the Races G1, Gran Premio d’Italia LR. 2nd Dam: Ermione by Surumu. 2 wins at 3 in West Germany, 2nd Jacobs-Kaffee-Rennen LR, Preis der Stadt Berlin LR, 4th Preis der Diana - Deutsches Stuten Derby G2. Own sister to EICIDORA. Dam of ERMINIUS (c Highest Honor: Grosser Kaufhof Preis G2), ERMBOLD (c Never So Bold: Behr Memorial LR), Eton (g Suave Dancer: 3rd Ittlingen Pokal LR), Este (f The Noble Player, see above) Broodmare Sire: THE NOBLE PLAYER. Sire of the dams of 4 Stakes winners. In 2008 - ESTEJO Johan Cruyff G1. ESTEJO b c 2004 Danzig Danehill Razyana JOHAN CRUYFF b 94 Ogygian Teslemi Martha Queen The Minstrel The Noble Player Noble Mark ESTE ch 88 Surumu Ermione Envira
Northern Dancer Pas de Nom His Majesty Spring Adieu Damascus Gonfalon Nijinsky Rosetta Stone Northern Dancer Fleur On Your Mark Noble Joan Literat Surama Yoggi Elektra
Johan Cruyff the racehorse was nowhere near as famous as his human namesake, but he was still very smart. One of the first to demonstrate that Danehill could sire good performers with much more stamina than himself, Johan Cruyff won the Beresford Stakes over a mile at two and the Gallinule Stakes over a mile and a quarter at three, when he was also fourth in the Irish Derby. The colt was then sold to Hong Kong, where he won the Derby at four and was placed in several other important events. Tickets to Hong Kong are usually one-way for racehorses but Johan Cruyff moved on to Eliza Park Stud in Australia, where he died during his fourth season in 2003. He had shuttled to Germany for the 2003 northern hemisphere season, and his German crop included Scoubidou, a Groupwinning juvenile in Italy, and the smart Estejo. Estejo has done most of his racing in Italy, where he won the Gran Premio d’Italia at three and now the Gr1 Premio Roma. He comes from a first-rate German family. His fourth dam Elektra produced the Preis von Europa winner Ebano and is also the second dam of Elle Danzig, winner of the Premio Roma in 1999 and 2000, after winning Germany’s 1,000 Guineas and Oaks in 1998. 477 PREMIO RIBOT G2 ROME. November 9. 3yo+. 1600m.
1. PRESSING (IRE) 5 9-2 bbr h by Soviet Star - Rafif (Riverman)
O-Gary A Tanaka B-Azienda Agricola Del Parco TR-MA Jarvis 2. Project Dane (IRE) 4 9-2 £15,777 ch c by Dane Friendly - Sweet College (College Chapel) O-L Polito B-M Borella TR-L Polito 3. Farrel (IRE) 3 9-1 £8,605 b c by Fruits of Love - Folcungi (Mukaddamah) O-Scuderia Zenor B-Allevamento dei Sei SRL TR-B Grizzetti Margins 4.5, 1.5. Time 1:39.80. Going Heavy. Age 2-5
Sire: SOVIET STAR. Sire of 41 Stakes winners. In 2008 - PRESSING Riverman G2, BORIS DE DEAUVILLE Royal Academy G3, BUCCELLATI Selkirk G3, EVA’S REQUEST Taufan LR, ROSINKA Last Tycoon LR, KANDINSKIY Love The Groom LR, PACO JACK Kenmare LR. 1st Dam: RAFIF by Riverman. Winner at 3. Dam of 5 winners: 1995: KADIR (c Unfuwain) 2 wins.. 1996: Azimah (f Unfuwain). Broodmare. 1997: Tabashir (f Cadeaux Genereux) unraced. 1998: Rajam (g Sadler’s Wells) 9 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. 8 wins at 3 to 5, Premio Roma G1, Premio Ribot G2, Premio Ambrosiano G3, Premio Federico Tesio G3, Topkapi Trophy LR, 2nd Premio Presidente della Repubblica G1 (twice), Grosser Dallmayr Bayerisches Zuchtrennen 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) Winner at 3. 2008: (f Celtic Swing) 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 MASTERCRAFTSMAN, GENUINE DEVOTION, MAZUNA, Nobilissime. Third dam of Esplendido. Broodmare Sire: RIVERMAN. Sire of the dams of 174 Stakes winners. In 2008 - MUSKET Redoute’s Choice G2, PRESSING Soviet Star G2, SOLSISTE Vettori LR, YANA Razeen LR, QUARTINO Dynaformer LR. PRESSING b/br h 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
478 HERZOG VON RATIBOR-RENNEN G3 KREFELD. November 9. 2yo. 1700m.
1. PELIGROSO (FR) 9-2 £22,059 ch c by Trempolino - Pitpit (Rudimentary) O-M Hofer, Stall Steigenberger B-Stall Undosa TR-M Hofer 2. Mantoro (GER) 9-2 £7,353 b c by Dashing Blade - Mistic World (Monsun) O-G Merkel B-G Merkel TR-M Hofer 3. Anjella (GER) 9-1 £4,044 b f by Monsun - Attilia (Tiger Hill) O-Gestut Schlenderhan B-Gestut Ravensberg TR-J Hirchberger
Margins 4.5, 2.5. Time 1:51.43. Going Heavy. Age 2
Sire: TREMPOLINO. Sire of 56 Stakes winners. In 2008 - PELIGROSO Rudimentary G3, LOUTKA Bluebird LR, STARMAN Baligh LR, DON LINO Saumarez LR, FRANCHOEK Vacarme LR, MADOX Turgeon LR. 1st Dam: PITPIT by Rudimentary. Winner at 2 in Germany. Dam of 2 winners: 2003: Provocador (c Bluebird) 2 wins at 2 and 3 in Germany, Italy, 2nd Wettenleip Preis der Dreijahrigen LR. 2006: PELIGROSO (c Trempolino) Herzog von Ratibor-Rennen G3. 2007: (f Sinndar) 2nd Dam: PROVACATRICE by Irish River. 1 win in France. Dam of Pardus (g Unfuwain: 2nd Grosser Karstadt Meile G2, 3rd Grosser Preis von Karlshorst Chase LR), Provolino (c Trempolino: 2nd Preis der Deutschen Bank AG LR, 3rd Europachampionat G3), Pacific Blue (f Bluebird: 3rd Kolner Stuten Meile LR). Third dam of PRECIOUS BOY, Prema. Broodmare Sire: RUDIMENTARY. Sire of the dams of 5 Stakes winners. In 2008 - PELIGROSO Trempolino G3, CRACK AWAY JACK Gold Away LR. PELIGROSO ch c 2006 Atan Sharpen Up Rocchetta TREMPOLINO ch 84 Viceregal Trephine Quiriquina Nureyev Rudimentary Doubly Sure PITPIT ch 98 Irish River Provacatrice Don’t Sulk
Native Dancer Mixed Marriage Rockefella Chambiges Northern Dancer Victoria Regina Molvedo La Chaussee Northern Dancer Special Reliance II Soft Angels Riverman Irish Star Graustark Dinner Partner
479 PRIX FILLE DE L’AIR G3 TOULOUSE. November 11. 3yo+f&m. 2100m.
1. LA BOUM (GER) 5 8-11 £29,412 bbr m by Monsun - La Bouche (In The Wings) O-E Trussardi B-Gestut Karlshof TR-R Collet 2. Rainbow Dancing (GB) 3 8-8 £11,765 b f by Rainbow Quest - Danceabout (Shareef Dancer) O-Duchess of Bedford B-Bloomsbury Stud TR-Mlle H Van Zuylen 3. Folle Allure (FR) 3 8-8 £8,824 b f by Poliglote - Irish Arms (Irish River) O-Mme R Ades B-Mme Dominique Hazan Ades, Mme Lily Ades TR-J-C Rouget Margins 1, neck. Time 2:17.52. Going Very soft. Age 4-5
Sire: MONSUN. Sire of 64 Stakes winners. In 2008 - GETAWAY Unfuwain G2, LAURO Shirley Heights G2, AXXOS Rainbow Quest G3, LA BOUM In The Wings G3, MIMETICO Lycius G3, ART MARTIAL Priolo LR, SERETH Sadler’s Wells LR, SOUDAINE Fioravanti LR, TERTULLUS Be My Guest LR, MONSUN AIR Nebos LR. 1st Dam: La Bouche by In The Wings. 2 wins at 3 in Germany, 2nd Premio Giovanni Falck LR. Dam of 4 winners: 2002: LA GRANDE DAME (f Monsun) Winner at 3 in Germany. 2003: LA BOUM (f Monsun) 4 wins at 4 and 5 in France, Prix de Flore G3, Prix Fille de l’Air G3, Prix Panacee LR, 2nd Prix Corrida G2. 2004: L’HOMME DE NUIT (g Samum) Winner at 3 in Germany. 2005: LA TOURNESOL (f Samum) 2 wins at 3 in Germany. 2007: Love And War (f War Blade) 2008: (c Samum) 2nd Dam: La Mesa by Sharpo. 1 win at 3, 2nd IDEE Festa Rennen LR, foaled in Germany. Dam of La Bouche (f In The Wings, see above)
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DATA BOOK European Pattern Broodmare Sire: IN THE WINGS. Sire of the dams of 18 Stakes winners. In 2008 - DUSHANBE Riyadian G2, TREAT GENTLY Cape Cross G2, LA BOUM Monsun G3, SRI PUTRA Oasis Dream G3, ANTONYM Bahri LR, RAYDIYA Marju LR, GAUTAMI Mtoto LR.
FAME AND GLORY b c 2006 Northern Dancer Sadler’s Wells Fairy Bridge MONTJEU b 96 Top Ville Floripedes Toute Cy
LA BOUM b/bm f 2003 Dschingis Khan Konigsstuhl Konigskronung MONSUN br 90 Surumu Mosella Monasia Sadler’s Wells In The Wings High Hawk LA BOUCHE b 95 Sharpo La Mesa Leticia
Tamerlane Donna Diana Tiepoletto Kronung Literat Surama Authi Monacensia Northern Dancer Fairy Bridge Shirley Heights Sunbittern Sharpen Up Moiety Bird Caracol Loanda
480 CRITERIUM DE SAINT-CLOUD G1 SAINT-CLOUD. November 12. 2yoc&f. 2000m.
1. FAME AND GLORY (GB) 9-0 £105,037 b c by Montjeu - Gryada (Shirley Heights) O-Derrick Smith B-Ptarmigan Bloodstock, Miss K Rausing TR-AP O’Brien 2. Drumbeat (IRE) 9-0 £42,022 b c by Montjeu - Maskaya (Machiavellian) O-Derrick Smith B-Epona Bloodstock Ltd TR-AP O’Brien 3. Feels All Right (IRE) 9-0 £21,011 b c by Danehill Dancer - Zagreb Flyer (Old Vic) O-Pegasus Farms Ltd B-J Mulligan TR-A Fabre Margins 0.5, 0.75. Time 2:19.90 (slow 15.50). Going Heavy. Age 2
Sire: MONTJEU. Sire of 63 Stakes winners. In 2008 - FAME AND GLORY Shirley Heights G1, FROZEN FIRE Woodman G1, MONTMARTRE Linamix G1, NOM DU JEU Prized G1, GUILLOTINE Defensive Play G2, HONOLULU Darshaan G2, JUKEBOX JURY Kenmare G2, KING OF ROME Forty Niner G2, MACARTHUR Gone West G2, ALBISOLA Danehill G3, ALESSANDRO VOLTA Machiavellian G3, BALLACK Last Tycoon G3, FULMONTI Grosvenor G3. 1st Dam: Gryada by Shirley Heights. 2 wins at 2, 3rd Premio Dormello G3. Own sister to Golan Heights. Dam of 7 winners: 1998: Guaranda (f Acatenango) 2 wins at 3, 3rd EBF Upavon S LR. Dam of GRAVITATION (f Galileo: 2 wins at 3, Lillie Langtry S G3) 1999: Grampian (c Selkirk) 4 wins at 2, 3 and 6, 2nd Manchester Evening News July S LR, John Smith’s Extra Smooth Silver Cup H LR. 2001: GRAHAM ISLAND (g Acatenango) 2 wins at 3 and 4. 2002: GRYSKIRK (g Selkirk) Winner at 2. 2003: GAZE (f Galileo) 2 wins at 4 in Germany. 2005: YUMMY MUMMY (f Montjeu) Winner at 3. 2006: FAME AND GLORY (c Montjeu) Sold 190,000gns foal at TADEF. 2 wins at 2 at home, France, Criterium de Saint-Cloud G1. 2007: (c Sadler’s Wells) 2nd Dam: GRIMPOLA by Windwurf. 2 wins in West Germany ARAG Schwarzgold-Rennen (1000 Guineas) G2. Own sister to GRIMBEAU. Dam of Golan Heights (g Shirley Heights: 2nd Parfetts Anniversary July Trophy S LR), Gryada (f Shirley Heights, see above). Grandam of GONBARDA, GLOBAL DREAM, GONFILIA, GONLARGO, GORLOR, Gondoro, Global Dancer, Global World. Third dam of GOATHEMALA. Broodmare Sire: SHIRLEY HEIGHTS. Sire of the dams of 162 Stakes winners. In 2008 - FAME AND GLORY Montjeu G1, LAURO Monsun G2, MISSIT Orpen G2, PROSPECT WELLS Sadler’s Wells G2, OFFENBACH Danehill G3, STOTSFOLD Barathea G3, CAPTAIN WEBB Storming Home LR, BORDER CASTLE Grand Lodge LR. The Montjeu/Shirley Heights cross has produced: ANTON CHEKHOV G1, FAME AND GLORY G1, MONTARE G1, Washington Irving G2, Red Peony G3.
Mill Reef Shirley Heights Hardiemma GRYADA b/br 93 Windwurf Grimpola Gondel
Nearctic Natalma Bold Reason Special High Top Sega Ville Tennyson Adele Toumignon Never Bend Milan Mill Hardicanute Grand Cross Kaiseradler Wiesenweihe Zank Goldhenne
Aidan O’Brien sent three sons of Montjeu to France for the Gr1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud and these colts – Fame And Glory, Drumbeat and Hail Caesar – respectively finished first, second and sixth. Fame And Glory, now unbeaten in two starts, has a great deal to live up to, as he is the third son of Montjeu to become a Gr1 winner at two and both his predecessors, Motivator and Authorized, went on to win the Derby. Fame And Glory beat Authorized’s brother Sirgarfieldsobers on his debut. Fame And Glory is Classically bred, as his dam, the Group-placed Gryada, is by Shirley Heights. He is Montjeu’s second Gr1 winner out of a Shirley Heights mare, following the Prix Royal-Oak winner Montare. Gryada was owned by Lord Howard de Walden’s Plantation Stud, which sent a German mare to Shirley Heights to produce the Derby-winning Slip Anchor. Gryada’s dam Grimpola was another acquisition from Germany, where she had won the 1,000 Guineas and finished third in the German Oaks. Seven of Grimpola’s eight foals were by members of the Mill Reef male line. A mating to Slip Anchor produced Gryada’s three-parts-sister Gonfalon, who returned to Germany to produce the top filly Gonbarda and two other Group winners in Gonfilia and Gonlargo. Gryada was sent to Tattersalls’ December Sales in 2005, in foal to Montjeu, as part of the de Walden dispersal. The mare sold for 160,000gns and duly produced Fame And Glory. Gryada was mated to Sadler’s Wells in 2006 before being re-sold for 180,000gns. The resultant colt was bought by Demi O’Byrne for 200,000gns as a yearling. 481 PREMIO C E F ALOISI G3
Sire: STARBOROUGH. Sire of 5 Stakes winners. In 2008 - OVERDOSE Warning G2, APPEL AU MAITRE Crystal Glitters G3. 1st Dam: Our Poppet by Warning. ran once at 2. Dam of 4 winners: 2001: NOBLE MOUNT (g Muhtarram) 2 wins at 3 and 4. 2003: POPPET’S BOUNTY (f Bahamian Bounty) Winner at 3 in France. 2004: POPPETS SWEETLOVE (f Foxhound) 3 wins at 3 and 4. 2005: OVERDOSE (c Starborough) Sold 2,000gns yearling at TADEY. 11 wins at 2 and 3 in Austria, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, bestwetten.de Goldene Peitsche G2, Premio Carlo e Francesco Aloisi G3, Lotto Hamburg Trophy G3, Lanson Cup LR. 2006: Poppet’s Lovein (f Lomitas) unraced to date. 2007: (f Dansili) 2008: (f Bertolini) 2nd Dam: UPEND by Main Reef. 3 wins at 3 St Simon S G3. Dam of MUSICANNA (f Cape Cross: William Hill Atalanta S LR, 2nd Vodafone Princess Elizabeth S G3, 3rd UAE Equestrian Racing Fed. Falmouth S G1, Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot S G1), Shortfall (f Last Tycoon: 2nd Daniel Prenn Royal Yorkshire S LR). Grandam of CONTRABAND. Third dam of SUMMER FETE. Broodmare Sire: WARNING. Sire of the dams of 34 Stakes winners. In 2008 - MODERN LOOK Zamindar G2, OVERDOSE Starborough G2, MORES WELLS Sadler’s Wells G3, SENLIS High Chaparral G3, DONATIVUM Cadeaux Genereux LR, POCKET MONEY Namid LR. OVERDOSE b c 2005 Soviet Star
Warning OUR POPPET b 97 Upend
2nd Dam: EOLE DES MERS by Carvin II. 4 wins. Dam of MERCALLE (f Kaldoun, see above) Broodmare Sire: KALDOUN. Sire of the dams of 33 Stakes winners. In 2008 - LADY DEAUVILLE Fasliyev G3, MARIOL Munir G3, ONLY ANSWER Green Desert G3, ATLANTIC SPORT Machiavellian LR, CLAIRE ET BLEU Anabaa Blue LR, CHANT DE LUNE Cadoudal LR, MONKERHOSTIN Shining Steel LR, STODOUN Pistolet Bleu LR. LADY DEAUVILLE gr f 2005
FASLIYEV b 97 Mr P’s Princess
MERCALLE gr 86 Eole des Mers
482 LANDO-TROPHY G3 HANNOVER. November 16. 3yo+. 2000m.
1. LADY DEAUVILLE (FR) 3 8-7 £23,529 gr f by Fasliyev - Mercalle (Kaldoun) O-PJ Hughes Developments Ltd B-Aerial Bloodstock et al TR-PA Blockley 2. Prince Flori (GER) 5 9-3 £7,353 b h by Lando - Princess Liberte (Nebos) O-Stall Reni B-HA Wacek TR-S Smrczek 3. Lord Hill (GER) 4 9-1 £3,676 b c by Tiger Hill - Lady Fox (Monsun) O-Stall Enorm In Form B-Klaus Bert Et Al TR-C Zeitz Margins 3, 2.5. Time 2:12.30. Going Soft. Age 2-3
Sire: FASLIYEV. Sire of 26 Stakes winners. In 2008 - LADY DEAUVILLE Kaldoun G3, CITY LEADER Kenmare LR, CLUB LIQUID Sir Ivor LR, PRIDE DANCER Rainbow Quest LR, MAJKOV Lahib LR.
North American Grade Ones 483 CITATION H G1 HOLLYWOOD PARK. Nov 28. 8f 110yds. Firm (turf).
1. HYPERBARIC (USA) 5 b g Sky Classic - Teasing Charm (Skywalker) O-Prestonwood Farm B-W Chamblin TR-J Canani 2. Formal Decree (GER) 5 bbr g Diktat - Formida (Highest Honor) 3. Becrux (ITY) 6 b g Glen Jordan - Rebecca Parisi (Persian Heights) HYPERBARIC (USA) b g 2003
ROME. November 16. 2yo+. 1200m.
1. OVERDOSE (GB) 3 10-2 £22,780 b c by Starborough - Our Poppet (Warning) O-SCH Racing Team B-Mr & Mrs G Robinson TR-S Ribarszki 2. Black Mambazo (IRE) 3 9-8 £10,023 b c by Statue of Liberty - Rich Gift (Cadeaux Genereux) O/B-Azienda Agricola Valle Falcone TR-L Riccardi 3. Titus Shadow (IRE) 4 9-12 £5,466 ch c by Titus Livius - Mujadil Shadow (Mujadil) O-Scuderia Blueberry B-Scuderia Blueberry TR-B Grizzetti Margins 10, nose. Time 1:10.00. Going Heavy.
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Nearctic Natalma Forli Special Thong Raise A Native Mr Prospector Gold Digger Never Bend Anne Campbell Repercussion Fortino II Caro Chambord Le Haar Katana Embellie Marino Carvin II Coraline Neptune II Deesse Des Mers Brise de Mer Northern Dancer
Northern Dancer Special Venture Veruschka Marie d’Anjou Damascus Desert Wine Anne Campbell Sadair Armada Way Hurry Call In Reality Known Fact Tamerett Roberto Slightly Dangerous Where You Lead Mill Reef Main Reef Lovely Light Charlottown Gay Charlotte Merry Mate Nureyev
STARBOROUGH ch 94
1998: Le Florentais (c Saumarez) ran on the flat in Japan. 1999: La Saumuroise (f Kendor) ran on the flat in Japan. 2000: JOROBADEN (g Poliglote) 5 wins. 2001: Exit To Saumur (g Exit To Nowhere) ran once in a NH Flat Race and ran 3 times over hurdles and ran twice over fences. 2002: POLICALLE (f Poliglote) Winner at 2. 2003: Black Tree (g Grape Tree Road) ran on the flat in France. 2005: LADY DEAUVILLE (f Fasliyev) Sold 59,113gns yearling at AFAUG. 6 wins at 2 and 3, Lando-Trophy G3, Doonside Cup LR, Radley S LR, S LR, EBF Dick Hern Fillies S LR, Prix Zeddaan LR, 2nd Prix Miesque G3, Star S LR, Prix Le Fabuleux LR, 3rd Fred Darling S G3, Prix du Calvados G3. 2006: (f Diableneyev) 2007: (f Zieten)
1st Dam: MERCALLE by Kaldoun. Champion older mare in Europe in 1990 (14f. & up). 8 wins in France, Prix du Cadran G1. Dam of 5 winners: 1993: FABULOUS LA FOUINE (f Fabulous Dancer) Champion 3yr old filly in Japan in 1996. 4 wins in Japan, New Zealand Trophy Yonsai S LR, Shuka Sho LR, 2nd Japan Cup G1. Broodmare. 1994: CROOM SAINT PIERRE (c Groom Dancer) Winner at 3 in France. 1995: Croom Clos Pointu (c Groom Dancer) ran on the flat in France and over jumps in France. 1996: Le Saumurois (c Saumarez) unraced.
Northern Dancer Nijinsky Flaming Page SKY CLASSIC ch 87 Nodouble No Class Classy Quillo Relaunch Skywalker Bold Captive TEASING CHARM dkb 91 Halo Heather’s Halo Heather Road
Nearctic Natalma Bull Page Flaring Top Noholme II Abla-Jay Outing Class Quillopoly In Reality Foggy Note Boldnesian Captive Audience Hail To Reason Cosmah The Axe II Blossom Morgan
Caulfield on Hyperbaric: “The Citation Handicap winner cost only $10,000 as a foal in 2003, the same year that his dam Teasing Charm was sold for $4,500” The decision to sidestep the Breeders’ Cup Mile to wait for the Citation Handicap paid off handsomely for Hyperbaric’s connections, with their five-year-old gelding leading throughout to land his first Gr1 success. The son of Sky Classic was winning his fourth consecutive race and now boasts a record of seven wins from 12 starts. He has clearly had his troubles, as he had raced only four times prior to the age of five. Hyperbaric is the fourth son of Sky Classic to become a Gr1 winner, following Thornfield, winner of the Canadian International Stakes, Nothing To Lose, a versatile performer who took the Shadwell Turf Mile, and Sky Conqueror, whose career highlight came in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic. It is no coincidence that all four of these Gr1 winners are turf performers. Sky Classic was a champion on turf as a five-year-old, when he won the Rothmans International and Turf Classic, as well as being narrowly beaten in the Arlington Million and Breeders’ Cup Turf. Hyperbaric cost only $10,000 as a foal in 2003, the same year that his dam Teasing Charm was sold for $4,500 – a minuscule amount for a mare who earned over $220,000. Second dam Heather’s Halo was a half-sister to Bull In the Heather, a Florida Derby winner by Ferdinand (like Sky Classic, a chestnut son of Nijinsky). 484 CIGAR MILE H G1 AQUEDUCT. November 29. 8f. Fast.
1. TALE OF EKATI (USA) 3 b c Tale of The Cat - Silence Beauty (Sunday Silence) O/B-Charles E Fipke TR-Barclay Tagg 2. Harlem Rocker (CAN) 3 grro c Macho Uno - Freedom Come (Lit de Justice) 3. Bribon (FR) 5 ch h Mark of Esteem - Rowat Arazi (Arazi) See race 54 in the June issue for analysis TALE OF EKATI (USA) b c 2005 Storm Bird Storm Cat Terlingua TALE OF THE CAT bbr 94 Mr Prospector Yarn Narrate Halo Sunday Silence Wishing Well SILENCE BEAUTY b 97 Nijinsky Maplejinsky Gold Beauty
Northern Dancer South Ocean Secretariat Crimson Saint Raise A Native Gold Digger Honest Pleasure State Hail To Reason Cosmah Understanding Mountain Flower Northern Dancer Flaming Page Mr Prospector Stick To Beauty
Index to winners and placed horses in European Pattern races and North American and UAE Grade Ones (wins in bold face) Aahaykid 446 Abbadjinn 96 203 266 329 Abbashiva 226 Abbeyside 260 Abraham Lincoln 107 Achill Island 73 Adlerflug 184 227 309
National Hunt Grade Ones
Kauto Relka, never raced but she is a half-sister to Kauto Ray, winner of the Prix James Hennessy, a Listed chase at Auteuil.
best known as the dam of the Arc winner Star Appeal and as the second dam of the outstanding National Hunt sire Strong Gale.
1 CHAMPION CHASE G1
2 MORGIANA HURDLE G1
3 LANCASHIRE CHASE G1
DOWN ROYAL. November 1. 24f.
PUNCHESTOWN. November 16. 16f. Heavy.
HAYDOCK PARK. Nov 22. 24f. Good to Soft.
1. KAUTO STAR (FR) 8 b g Village Star - Kauto Relka (Port Etienne) O-Clive D Smith B-Mme H Aubert T-PF Nicholls 2. Light On The Broom 12 b g Aristocracy - Montevelle (Montelimar) 3. Knight Legend 9 b g Flying Legend - Well Trucked (Dry Dock)
1. HARDY EUSTACE 11 b g Archway - Sterna Star (Corvaro) O-Mr Laurence Byrne B-Patrick Joyce TR-DT Hughes 2. Sizing Europe 6 b g Pistolet Bleu - Jennie Dun (Mandalus) 3. Jered 6 ch g Presenting - La Noire (Phardante)
1. SNOOPY LOOPY 10 ch g Old Vic - Lovely Snoopy (Phardante) O-Walters Plant Hire Ltd Egan Waste Ltd B-Mrs M Doran TR-P Bowen 2. Tamarinbleu 8 b g Epervier Bleu - Tamainia (Lashkari) 3. Exotic Dancer (FR) 8 b g Turgeon - Northine (Northern Treat)
KAUTO STAR b g 2000
HARDY EUSTACE b g 1997
SNOOPY LOOPY ch g 1998
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
Although Kauto Star was produced comparatively cheaply, he has a complex pedigree which features inbreeding within the first five generations to several outstanding performers. He is inbred 3 x 3 to Mill Reef through his sons Moulin (winner of the Gr1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud at five) and Port Etienne (runner-up in the Gr2 Prix Dollar at four). Bearing in mind that Mill Reef’s achievements included five wins at two, it isn’t surprising that Kauto Star was precocious enough to win over hurdles in the April of his threeyear-old season. Kauto Star’s sire Village Star was out of Glitter, a three-parts-sister to Proverb. Proverb, a son of Reliance II, stayed well enough to win the Goodwood Cup over 21 furlongs as a three-year-old, before developing into a fine sire of staying chasers, with three Whitbread Gold Cup winners to his credit. Reliance was an outstanding stayer who numbered the Prix Royal-Oak among his victories, as did his three-parts-brother Relko. Relko appears in the bottom half of Kauto Star’s pedigree as the grandsire of the gelding’s second dam Kautorette, who won twice over jumps during a career which yielded 13 victories. Kauto Star’s dam,
Adored 90 African Rose 267 344 African Skies 231 Again 276 304 Age of Chivalry 141 188 Ahla Wasahl 207 Aiboa 474 Ajhar 372 Akiem 150 279 Al Qasi 216 272 350 Alarazi 67 281 Albertus Maximus 400 466
Albisola 137 295 453 Alessandro Volta 76 Alexandros 142 Alhaban 182 All The Aces 71 Allegretto 339 451 Alnadana 337 Alpine Rose 270 Alwajeeha 455 Americain 332 Amerigo 166 Amour Propre 430
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 b/br 84 Star Girl
With 13 victories (plus ten seconds and five thirds) from 36 starts, Hardy Eustace has now earned more than £1 million, even though he cost the equivalent of only around 12,500gns when sold at Goffs as a four-year-old. Hardy Eustace is one of a sizeable collection of high-class hurdlers who have sprinters as their sire. He is by Thatching’s fast son Archway, who earned the title of champion Irish sprinter at three, when he won the Greenlands Stakes and finished fourth in the Prix de l’Abbaye. Archway proved much more versatile as a stallion, no doubt helped by being a halfbrother to the Derby winner Dr Devious. His Australian progeny included several smart middledistance horses, such as Roman Maze (VRC Australian Cup), Grand Archway (VRC Oaks and the AJC Australian Oaks), Tails Of Triomphe (SAJC South Australian Derby), Rose Archway (AJC Australian Oaks) and She’s Archie (SAJC South Australian Oaks). Sterna Star, the dam of Hardy Eustace, won a ladies race over a mile and a half. However, she is a half-sister to Star Spartan, a Listed winner over a mile. More significantly, she is a grand-daughter of Sterna, a successful broodmare Ana Americana 291 Anabaa’s Creation 426 Anak Nakal 132 Ancien Regime 201 Anglezarke 342 Anjella 478 Anna Pavlova 177 202 Antiquities 47 Apollo Star 432 Appalachian Trail 117 April Pride 286 Aqlaam 159
Sadler’s Wells Fairy Bridge OLD VIC b 86 Derring-Do Cockade Camenae Pharly Phardante Pallante LOVELY SNOOPY b 89 Double-U-Jay Lovely Bio Lady Bio
Nearctic Natalma Bold Reason Special Darius Sipsey Bridge Vimy Madrilene Lyphard Comely Taj Dewan Cavadonga Major Portion Renounce Prince Bio Gritli
Old Vic may have lost one of his battery of smart staying chasers when his Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Kicking King was retired in November 2008, but the veteran Sunnyhill Stud stallion had recently come up with a suitable substitute in Snoopy Loopy. Although the ten-year-old gelding had won a pair of Listed chases during the summer, he achieved a new career high when he gamely wore down Tamarinbleu in the Betfair Chase. Snoopy Loopy had sold for £120,000 at Doncaster as a sevenyear-old in May 2005, by which time he had won a pair of point-topoints, a bumper and two races over hurdles. He was immediately switched to fences. Snoopy Loopy’s dam Lovely Snoopy never raced but she has also produced the useful hurdler Royal Signature to Royal Fountain. She has several youngsters by the champion sire Presenting, so could add to her tally of five winners. Snoopy Loopy’s second dam Lovely Bio was a talented and versatile performer who earned black type on the Flat and over hurdles. Her half-brother Alto Volante won the Yorkshire Cup and Snoopy Loopy’s fourth dam Gritli was a sister to the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Sica Boy. Arabian Gleam 350 Arazan 290 355 Arcadia’s Angle 145 Archipenko 11 215 315 Ariege 14 392 Arkadina 263 Art Connoisseur 154 234 Art Princess 207 Arthur’s Girl 164 Article Rare 359 444 Artiste Royal 12 63 131 Ashantee 200 298
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DATA BOOK Index to winners and placed horses Ashram 416 Asiatic Boy 8 Ask 36 Aspectus 5 Aspen Darlin 361 380 437 Assertive 91 344 Astronomer Royal 107 Athanor 144 300 Avanti Polonia 268 Awesome I Am 395 Axxos 37 Backseat Rhythm 392 455 Bahia Breeze 264 Baila Me 151 262 377 Balius 5 Balkan Knight 116 343 Balladeuse 135 421 Balthazaar’s Gift 224 Bankable 285 351 417 434 Bannaby 358 381 Barcola 190 Baroness Thatcher 62 Barshiba 50 215 Basaltico 378 Be Smart 409 Beach Bunny 152 345 Beaver Patrol 272 306 Beckermet 91 179 Becomes You 442 Becrux 483 Bel Air Sizzle 318 Believe In Hope 407 Believe Me 45 114 268 Belle Allure 43 Belle Et Celebre 99 Belliflore 118 267 Benbaun 181 Benny The Bull 10 Better Talk Now 250 317 Beyond Our Reach 304 Big Booster 464 Big Brown 16 64 125 311 Big Timer 117 Black Mamba 312 402 Black Mambazo 85 481 Black Seventeen 404 Blue Bresil 18 69 Blue Monday 360 445 Blythe Knight 142 178 275 Bob Black Jack 55 Bobs Surprise 30 Bonnie Charlie 240 433 446 Borderlescott 108 282 385 Boris de Deauville 19 148 228 274 Bribon 484 Brisant 104 Briseida 134 Brownie Points 57 Bsharpsonata 56 Buccellati 445 Bufera 444 Burnwynd Boy 179 Bushranger 218 234 294 379 Bustin Stones 58 By The Light 199 Callwood Dancer 411 Calvados Blues 364 Campanologist 76 168 233 Canwinn 364 Caparroso 204 Cape Amber 92 Capt Chaos 66 Captain Gerrard 52 Captain’s Lover 337 Carriage Trail 454 Carribean Sunset 21 78 110 167 275 Carte Diamond 74 Cartimandua 141 Casual Conquest 79 122 183 Cat Junior 436 Caudillo 104 222 Centennial 39 293 356 420 Central Station 111 Cesare 215
Championship Point 72 Champs Elysees 13 394 413 Changing Skies 259 Chantilly Tiffany 449 Chantra 175 Charlie Farnsbarns 434 Cheyenne Star 106 188 247 Chinchon 236 367 Chintz 223 375 Chopastair 225 426 Church Service 464 Cicerole 143 Ciel Rouge 444 Cima de Triomphe 83 City Leader 236 292 Cityscape 371 Claire Et Bleu 45 Classic Blade 209 Clearly Foxy 195 Coal Play 311 Coast Guard 55 Coastal Path 41 101 163 296 Cocoa Beach 398 460 Collegiate 326 Colonel John 55 320 Comic Strip 9 Commentator 127 254 Communique 313 397 Conduit 168 239 346 465 Conference Call 24 Connie Mac 158 Conquest 429 Contat 180 266 Control Zone 416 Cool Coal Man 311 Copper State 255 391 Copperbeech 386 Coronet Of A Baron 390 467 Corrybrough 224 Cost of Freedom 401 Cottonmouth 114 Counterclaim 153 Court Canibal 18 425 Court Vision 54 Cowboy Cal 60 Creachadoir 97 Cribnote 389 414 Cristal Island 305 Crossharbour 148 274 443 Crowded House 447 Crystal Capella 435 Cuis Ghaire 140 169 229 Curlin 8 190 250 325 405 Da’ Tara 132 Dalghar 473 Dancing Abbie 153 Dancing Forever 3 130 465 Dandy Man 244 Danehill Destiny 361 Danidh Dubai 169 Dar Re Mi 92 185 270 284 357 421 Darjina 11 101 156 261 310 383 Dark Islander 96 Dawn After Dawn 15 Dawn Dew 298 Daytona 126 Deauville Vision 6 275 Democrate 69 Denis of Cork 64 132 Denomination 359 Derbaas 416 Derison 82 Desert Code 469 Desert Key 321 Desert Lord 108 181 Devotee 409 Diabolical 373 469 Diamond Diva 128 Dickens 44 Diglett 173 Dimenticata 188 Distinction 46 Diva Cattiva 173 Divine Park 127
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Docksil 40 Doctor Dino 9 139 186 302 Doctor Fremantle 71 Donativum 467 Donegal 239 273 Double Trouble 2 15 Dream Day 31 Dream Eater 159 Dream Empress 409 458 Dream Rush 251 Dreamtheimpossible 368 Drumbeat 480 Drumfire 351 Duellant 331 Duke of Marmalade 42 112 161 232 288 Dunelight 238 Dunkerque 472 Dwilano 20 Dynaforce 256 397 Eagle Mountain 417 465 Eastern Romance 40 141 Egerton 109 184 Eight Belles 64 Einstein 3 59 63 190 Eldest 33 Elite Squadron 198 Elnawin 334 Elusive Wave 291 386 Emily Blake 68 Enforce 143 Enticing 52 244 Entre Deux Eaux 474 Enzio 441 Equiano 136 157 Equitable 197 Eradicate 274 Estejo 476 Eustachione 33 138 Evasive 446 Ever A Friend 12 126 Excelerate 77 Excellerator 231 Executive Fleet 58 Express Wish 306 Ezima 202 Fabulous Strike 404 Fair Breeze 45 114 237 297 366 Fairy Efisio 102 Falco 80 Fame And Glory 480 Famous Name 17 119 336 423 Fantasia 286 368 Farrel 174 477 Fatal Bullet 462 Feared In Flight 39 Feels All Right 480 Ferneley 77 Ferocious Fires 324 Festivale 27 Final Fling 14 Finalmente 116 Finjaan 240 440 Finsceal Beo 112 156 First Defence 324 Firth of Fifth 214 Fiulin 438 Flaming Slew 252 Flashing Colour 187 Fleeting Spirit 108 157 Flying Clarets 93 Folk Opera 245 297 411 Folle Allure 479 Forever Together 129 256 408 459 Formal Decree 483 Forthe Millionkiss 226 269 376 Four Winds 428 Freemusic 103 Frost Giant 194 Frozen Fire 94 183 Fuisse 427 Full of Gold 18 367 Gagnoa 22 99 123 219 Galactic Star 51 248 Gallagher 246 294 362
Game Face 133 Garnica 118 Gemswick Park 412 Geordieland 95 163 Georgebernardshaw 216 280 Gesture 85 475 Getaway 51 302 Gimmy 84 149 Ginger Punch 57 191 255 319 398 Globus 441 Gluteus Maximus 452 Go Between 13 193 322 Goathemala 151 298 431 Golden Doc A 1 14 Golden Titus 37 Golden Velvet 191 Goldikova 81 123 206 261 310 463 Goose Bay 153 Gottcha Gold 124 Grand Couturier 317 406 Grand Ducal 290 Grasshopper 254 Gravitation 166 245 Great Hawk 4 Great War Eagle 66 147 Grecian Dancer 106 160 Greeley’s Conquest 324 Gris de Gris 7 48 138 470 Halfway To Heaven 21 81 110 249 249 307 383 Hallie’s Comet 375 Hamsa 395 Hapsburg 228 297 Haradasun 156 Hard Rock City 424 Harlem Rocker 484 Harvest Queen 50 Hasanka 263 Hattan 4 36 335 Heart Shaped 456 Heatseeker 13 Heaven Sent 50 160 208 Hebridean 17 34 111 239 Hello Morning 25 Henrythenavigator 49 105 155 241 369 468 High Maintenance 358 High Rock 23 Hobby 164 Hoh Mike 201 Hold Me Love Me 339 Holocene 300 Honolulu 343 Huntdown 379 Hyperbaric 126 483 Hystericalady 62 399 I Can See 312 Icabad Crane 125 Ice Queen 152 219 Ideal World 356 Idiot Proof 10 Idolino 146 Il Divo 146 Il Warrd 159 Illustrious Blue 335 I’m So Lucky 321 In Chambers 89 174 In Summation 257 401 Incanto Dream 70 222 381 Indescribable 255 Indian Blessing 133 199 258 457 Indian Daffodil 174 426 Indian Way 199 Indiana Gal 78 Infallible 27 167 208 Infamous Angel 287 Intangaroo 62 323 Intense Focus 154 182 387 440 Interpatation 317 406 Intrepid Jack 224 Inxile 301 It’s Gino 109 184 227 309 388 Jardin 326 Jargelle 240
Jay Peg 11 Jobe 283 Jukebox Jury 338 371 447 Jumbajukiba 26 216 353 424 Jungle Prince 257 Just Rushing 393 Kamado 218 Kamsin 65 205 279 309 Kasbah Bliss 358 Katiyra 78 121 345 384 Kentucky Bear 60 Kenz 204 Key To Pleasure 449 King Jock 138 King of Dixie 178 King of Rome 76 230 281 377 King of Sydney 442 King’s Apostle 373 Kingsgate Native 171 282 Kip Deville 59 463 Kirklees 434 Kite Wood 428 Kocab 228 Kodiak Kowboy 404 Konig Concorde 86 269 Konig Turf 7 Kylayne 27 75 Kyniska 280 La Boum 114 479 Laa Rayb 271 300 376 436 Lady Deauville 31 482 Lady Gloria 143 351 Lady Grace 212 Lady Marian 200 262 295 384 Lady of Venice 129 Lahaleeb 340 375 437 Lancetto 65 Langs Lash 158 287 Laragh 456 Lava Man 131 Lemon Drop Mom 319 398 Leo’s Starlet 47 185 Lessing 24 Lethal Heat 318 Liang Kay 35 86 150 331 Light Green 352 453 Lindner 366 Linngari 237 439 Lion Sands 248 Lisvale 111 Little Belle 56 61 252 316 Little Fighter 150 Look Busy 303 Look Here 121 346 Lord Admiral 77 230 Lord Hill 328 432 482 Lord Shanakill 154 242 294 362 440 Lord Snowdon 127 Loup Breton 19 101 422 Love Academy 87 Love Intrigue 40 Love of Dubai 102 134 Love To Dance 345 Lovelace 330 Lovely Isle 1 Lucarno 210 Lui Rei 173 235 473 Luminous Eyes 223 Lush Lashes 92 167 249 249 284 307 384 Macarthur 74 120 170 Macho Again 125 Mad About You 110 177 Mad Rush 296 Madame Trop Vite 342 Madda’s Force 260 Magadan 221 Magical Fantasy 318 Major Cadeaux 26 38 117 241 278 350 Mambo In Seattle 320 Mambo Light 333 Mani Bhavan 326 Mantoro 478 Maoineach 305
Maraahel 72 115 170 Maram 456 Marchand d’Or 136 213 267 385 Mariol 203 211 301 Marjalina 6 Mark of An Angel 223 Marquesa 140 Marsh Side 413 Mast Track 193 322 Masta Plasta 244 303 Master Noverre 283 Mastercraftsman 182 234 355 Masterofthehorse 374 Mauralakana 313 397 Mayweather 89 Merchant Marine 405 Metropolitan Man 38 Michita 164 284 Midnight Lute 462 Midshipman 390 407 461 Milanais 338 387 Mimetico 114 Minor Vamp 265 Miracle Seeker 245 Miraculous Miss 251 323 Misdaqeya 265 Mistical Plan 191 251 Model 454 Modern Look 137 Moiqen 17 34 79 Monba 60 Montalegre 84 Montmartre 162 221 Monzante 131 253 Mood Music 82 Moonlife 419 Moonstone 121 219 Mooretown Lady 106 Moorhouse Lad 363 385 Mores Wells 67 176 277 308 Mount Nelson 144 189 315 Mourayan 374 Mourilyan 335 Mousse Au Chocolat 137 Mr Medici 66 336 Mrs Kipling 430 Ms Margaret H 258 Muhannak 464 Multidimensional 170 264 360 Munnings 389 414 Murcielago 25 Music Note 192 252 316 395 460 Mustameet 217 230 Muthabara 31 My Central 114 My Princess Jess 455 Mystical Lady 353 Mythical Border 342 Naaqoos 387 Nahoodh 208 307 Nashmiah 419 Nashoba’s Key 15 Natagora 53 119 261 278 382 National Colour 282 Naval Officer 364 442 Never On Sunday 365 Never Retreat 192 New Approach 49 105 122 288 308 439 New Zealand 348 Next Vision 441 No Pardon 65 Noble Prince 70 222 Nolas Lolly 187 Not Just Swing 70 139 On Our Way 371 Once More Dubai 476 Only Answer 82 211 354 Ordnance Row 271 417 Oriental Tiger 20 44 Orion Star 41 101 381 Orizaba 242 Oro Blanco 396 Ostland 205
Oui Say Oui 276 Our Faye 212 Out of Control 63 130 403 Overdose 203 329 481 Paco Boy 30 238 272 310 382 Palacio de Amor 327 396 Pallodio 367 Pampas Cat 71 Papal Bull 210 232 279 Papetti 83 Passage of Time 249 249 Passified 312 Past the Point 325 Patkai 166 Patrician’s Glory 299 Pays To Dream 130 Peace Royale 87 187 330 Peligroso 478 Penny’s Gift 169 287 Peppertree Lane 46 176 425 Percolator 204 235 Perihelion 339 Permesso 83 476 Persistently 412 Petara Bay 210 Philatelist 36 Phoenix Tower 28 97 161 189 288 Pioneerof the Nile 415 Pipedreamer 28 115 161 189 233 Plan 217 314 Playfellow 347 Please Sing 207 Ponte Tresa 41 101 296 Poseidon Adventure 44 109 302 377 443 Precious Boy 35 86 376 Precious Kitten 128 408 Prema 450 Premium Wine 58 Presious Passion 197 Pressing 103 237 477 Prima Luce 68 353 Prime Defender 201 Prince Flori 328 418 482 Prince Shaun 147 Prince Siegfried 471 Profound Beauty 90 152 277 Project Dane 477 Prolific 165 209 246 Promising Lead 93 177 Proportional 386 Prospect Wells 88 221 Proud Spell 56 61 192 316 Proviso 43 99 206 259 Psalm 424 Pure Clan 61 195 392 Purple Moon 443 Pursuit of Glory 380 Pyro 320 Queen America 291 Queen of Naples 202 Quijano 149 227 394 Racer Forever 178 Racinger 225 470 Radhakunda 113 Ragiam 113 Rahy’s Attorney 393 Rainbow Dancing 479 Rainbow View 265 340 368 Rare Ransom 276 Raven’s Pass 29 155 220 241 285 369 468 Rayeni 452 Ready’s Echo 132 Rebellion 466 Red Alert Day 30 Red Giant 403 Red Moloney 348 Red Rock Canyon 112 Red Rocks 250 Redolent 172 271 331 Regime 67 217 Remarque 475 Reve de Soleil 246
Rio de La Plata 80 220 Rip Van Winkle 229 Ripple 88 Rising Moon 194 River Proud 80 292 Rob Roy 38 Rock Harmonie 354 Rock Moss 349 Rock of Rochelle 349 449 Rockmaster 84 Rosa Del Dubai 113 Rosabee 231 Rose Diamond 286 Rosenreihe 87 134 262 Rosinka 454 Royal And Regal 32 95 116 343 Russian Cross 292 365 Rutherienne 128 256 408 Ryehill Dreamer 290 Sabana Perdida 75 160 369 Saddex 42 103 Sagara 243 438 Sageburg 42 101 423 Sakhee’s Secret 52 Salsalavie 23 Salve Germania 431 Samuel 95 San Sicharia 212 Sanjida 22 47 Santa Teresita 399 Santiago 98 180 Saoirse Abu 21 53 Saphira’s Fire 435 Satan’s Circus 195 Savethisdanceforme 6 Saxford 433 Sayif 209 242 362 379 Schiaparelli 352 Schutzenjunker 35 448 Scintillo 293 Sea The Stars 374 Sealy Hill 411 459 Seaside Retreat 394 Sehrezad 180 226 330 Sell Out 445 Selmis 37 Senlis 33 145 Senor Benny 349 Senor Mirasol 235 Septimus 176 348 Serienhoehe 333 Serious Attitude 380 Shabiba 247 Shakis 410 Shaweel 214 283 355 Shemima 270 332 420 She’s Our Mark 68 370 Shimah 304 Shinko’s Best 266 Shipmaster 46 Shrek 172 Shreyas 370 Shyrl 158 Silver Frost 260 427 471 Silver Pivotal 4 Silver Shoon 305 Silver Swallow 196 Sir Gerry 136 171 373 429 Sir Whimsey 124 Sixties Icon 51 248 273 372 Skanky Biscuit 447 Sky Diva 412 458 Smokey Oakey 115 Smooth Air 16 Smooth Operator 433 473 Snaefell 107 280 Sneak Preview 361 Snoqualmie Girl 340 Snow Key 175 Soft Morning 370 Solar Flare 194 Soldier of Fortune 120 186 Somethinaboutlaura 2 Sommertag 448
Soneva 359 Soul City 338 Souter’s Sister 419 437 South Central 165 Spacious 53 Spanish Moon 264 360 Spice Route 72 413 Spin Cycle 165 Spirit One 5 19 148 315 Spirito Del Vento 7 48 144 225 337 423 Splash Mountain 151 Square Eddie 334 415 461 Sri Putra 299 Stage Luck 391 Star Crowned 10 Stardom Bound 327 396 458 Starlish 69 Starlit Sands 329 Stefer 474 Stella di Quattro 431 Stern Opinion 211 354 Stimulation 238 436 Storm Military 253 Storm Mountain 378 Storm Treasure 469 Stotsfold 289 Stream of Gold 3 Street Boss 198 257 401 462 Street Hero 390 407 461 Strike a Deal 197 Stubbs Art 49 105 Student Council 124 193 254 Sub Rose 135 Sugar Ray 372 Sugar Swirl 323 Summer Patriot 406 Summit Surge 147 Sun Classique 9 Supaseus 233 Supersonic Dave 74 Sweet Hope 258 Sworn Pro 450 Taameer 428 Tajaaweed 73 Takeover Target 157 Takhir 333 Tale of Ekati 54 484 Tamayuz 25 220 278 Tariq 97 Tartan Bearer 94 122 183 Tasha’s Miracle 1 Tax Free 181 Tempelstern 32 273 Terrain 415 The Bogberry 29 336 422 The Cheka 299 Third Set 285 Thorn Song 59 410 Thunderous Mood 341 Tiago 400 468 Tiffany Diamond 90 Titus Shadow 85 481 Tiza 96 118 301 472 Tizdejavu 314 Tomcito 16 Toms Laughter 363 Top Lock 168 205 293 Top Toss 22 206 259 Topclas 427 Toque de Queda 313 Tough Tiz’s Sis 2 196 391 Traffic Guard 28 289 308 Transduction Gold 403 Treasure 341 Treat Gently 135 185 295 357 Tres Rapide 421 453 Trincot 89 365 422 Triple Aspect 341 Trois Rois 88 Tropic Storm 198 Tungsten Strike 243 Turfrose 48 268 Twice Over 29 94 155 236 439 Two Step Salsa 466
Umirage 200 Unbridled Belle 319 Undaunted Affair 140 Under The Rainbow 93 Unnefer 73 289 Unsung Heroine 263 346 435 Unwritten Rule 34 Us Ranger 26 213 382 Utmost Respect 179 344 472 Vacare 402 Valdino 425 Vattene 102 Ventura 129 393 457 Veracity 438 451 Verba 75 Vertigineux 175 470 Vilasol 229 Vineyard Haven 389 414 Vision d’Etat 119 356 Visionaire 321 Visit 247 383 Vitruvian Man 452 Voila Ici 149 378 Waffle 430 Wait a While 402 459 Wait And See 43 Waky Love 98 269 Waldvogel 104 Walzertraum 146 418 Wanderin Boy 325 405 War Artist 91 171 213 War Monger 12 410 War Pass 54 Washington Irving 79 277 Watar 23 162 332 420 Weald Park 214 Weatherstaff 334 Well Armed 8 322 400 Welsh Emperor 306 Westphalia 218 347 467 Whatsthescript 253 463 Whistledownwind 39 White Lightning 20 448 White Snow 475 Wi Dud 303 363 Wiesenpfad 98 172 328 432 Wildfahrte 450 Will O Way 327 Winchester 314 Yeats 163 243 451 Yorktown 145 Youmzain 120 186 232 388 Young Pretender 142 Zacinto 347 Zack Dream 162 Zafisio 471 Zaftig 133 457 Zaham 32 Zambezi Sun 139 352 Zarkava 24 81 123 357 388 Zaungast 366 418 Zenyatta 57 196 399 460 Zidane 179 429 Zulu Chief 281
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I WAS FRAMED ★ TB - Thoroughbred ★ Brown Frame Overo - 2002 ★ Height: 168cms approx. ★ Bone: 21.5cms ★ Stud Fee for 2009: £1500 + vat nffr ★ Fully Registered with Weatherby's Studbook, following Approval by the International Stud Book Committee in 2006. ★ Registered with The Jockey Club (U.S.A.). ★ EBF nominated ★ The First Coloured TB. Stallion EVER registered with Weatherby's. ‘It was the first time we'd ever seen anything like this’, admitted Weatherby's Stud Book Director Andrea Mercer. ‘I Was Framed's parentage has been verified and fully qualifies.’
THATS SHOWBIZ, first crop colt by I Was Framed, to race as a 2yr old in 2009.
2007 Filly out of SUPA SU
2007 Colt out of winning Mare FACSIMILE
2008 Filly out of ANGELIC DANCER
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DATA BOOK Leading sires
Leading NH sires 2006-08 Name
Presenting Old Vic Oscar Accordion Supreme Leader Flemensfirth Saddlers’ Hall Lord Americo Beneficial Roselier Bob Back In The Wings Zaffaran Anshan Sadler’s Wells Village Star Villez Alderbrook Kahyasi Mister Lord Pistolet Bleu Norwich Overbury King’s Theatre Taipan Glacial Storm Good Thyne Video Rock Turgeon Moscow Society Mansonnien Luso Daylami Sir Harry Lewis Dr Massini Fourstars Allstar
1992 1986 1994 1986 1982 1992 1988 1984 1990 1973 1981 1986 1985 1987 1981 1983 1992 1989 1985 1979 1988 1987 1991 1991 1992 1985 1977 1984 1986 1985 1984 1992 1994 1984 1993 1988
Mtoto Sadler's Wells Sadler’s Wells Sadler’s Wells Bustino Alleged Sadler’s Wells Lord Gayle Top Ville Misti IV Roberto Sadler’s Wells Assert Persian Bold Northern Dancer Moulin Lyphard’s Wish Ardross Ile de Bourbon Sir Ivor Top Ville Top Ville Caerleon Sadler’s Wells Last Tycoon Arctic Tern Herbager No Lute Caro Nijinsky Tip Moss Salse Doyoun Alleged Sadler’s Wells Compliance
490 278 413 264 440 261 387 258 246 132 238 95 205 296 156 1 29 126 73 111 153 122 205 127 160 143 102 42 26 139 31 191 69 73 155 159
145 85 129 91 143 84 109 63 76 42 82 39 61 68 56 1 17 42 24 41 44 38 60 52 44 47 31 17 10 33 13 40 33 28 37 23
29.6 30.6 31.2 34.5 32.5 32.2 28.2 24.4 30.9 31.8 34.5 41.1 29.8 23.0 35.9 100.0 58.6 33.3 32.9 36.9 28.8 31.2 29.3 40.9 27.5 32.9 30.4 40.5 38.5 23.7 41.9 20.9 47.8 38.4 23.9 14.5
271 155 227 176 251 158 192 115 149 82 137 79 111 112 98 10 44 87 56 81 83 83 116 95 88 81 50 36 23 55 26 61 69 57 66 47
20.2 20.6 19.7 19.9 20.0 19.7 19.8 20.5 18.7 23.2 19.4 18.3 20.8 20.6 19.0 22.8 20.2 20.7 18.5 21.4 18.9 19.2 19.9 18.6 19.5 21.0 20.7 20.3 21.2 19.3 20.3 20.0 17.5 20.7 19.3 19.9
3,304,615 3,229,046 2,668,222 2,359,098 2,281,184 2,270,216 1,860,153 1,597,189 1,597,016 1,538,784 1,396,486 1,345,219 1,303,021 1,268,813 1,262,070 1,145,207 1,078,353 994,294 986,254 984,694 967,084 923,625 918,077 915,184 906,570 887,727 848,343 834,709 832,364 823,565 764,784 753,009 735,962 708,872 697,172 687,780
Denman Comply Or Die Refinement Albertas Run Pettifour Tidal Bay Abragante Knowhere Gungadu Monet’s Garden Farmer Brown Inglis Drever Aran Concerto McKelvey Cane Brake Kauto Star Voy Por Ustedes Ollie Magern Afsoun Mister Top Notch Sizing Europe Bishop’s Bridge Simon Wichita Lineman Alexander Taipan Gemini Lucy Brave Inca Osana Exotic Dancer Snowy Morning Taranis Hear The Echo Pigeon Island Mighty Man Massini’s Maguire Chomba Womba
Leading sires of chasers 2006-08 Name
Old Vic Presenting Accordion Roselier Flemensfirth Lord Americo Village Star Anshan Supreme Leader Beneficial Villez Turgeon Oscar Mister Lord Zaffaran Alderbrook Saddlers’ Hall Bob Back Norwich Glacial Storm Clearly Bust Dom Alco Epervier Bleu Nikos Un Desperado Moscow Society Unfuwain Sadler’s Wells Be My Native Video Rock Luso Carroll House Overbury Good Thyne Weld Cloudings
1986 1992 1986 1973 1992 1984 1983 1987 1982 1990 1992 1986 1994 1979 1985 1989 1988 1981 1987 1985 1980 1987 1987 1981 1983 1985 1985 1981 1979 1984 1992 1985 1991 1977 1986 1994
Statistics up to November 25
617,640 486,400 203,958 218,610 87,674 297,098 97,591 220,800 160,414 304,157 146,567 408,852 115,756 205,250 136,452 1,145,207 531,157 97,136 174,614 157,828 171,649 87,749 131,054 133,749 70,112 129,047 192,123 271,532 571,771 241,577 276,551 156,655 119,561 174,082 106,320 212,928
Sadler's Wells Mtoto Sadler’s Wells Misti IV Alleged Lord Gayle Moulin Persian Bold Bustino Top Ville Lyphard’s Wish Caro Sadler’s Wells Sir Ivor Assert Ardross Sadler’s Wells Roberto Top Ville Arctic Tern Busted Dom Pasquini Saint Cyrien Nonoalco Top Ville Nijinsky Northern Dancer Northern Dancer Our Native No Lute Salse Lord Gayle Caerleon Herbager Kalaglow Sadler’s Wells
105 186 102 111 101 107 1 123 159 98 19 20 137 79 105 52 111 71 45 84 4 8 13 21 65 63 15 44 73 28 70 47 66 58 23 31
39 60 42 35 34 29 1 42 48 38 13 7 42 29 30 19 32 28 19 30 3 4 7 9 19 13 10 15 18 11 20 17 18 17 8 14
37.1 32.3 41.2 31.5 33.7 27.1 100.0 34.2 30.2 38.8 68.4 35.0 30.7 36.7 28.6 36.5 28.8 39.4 42.2 35.7 75.0 50.0 53.9 42.9 29.2 20.6 66.7 34.1 24.7 39.3 28.6 36.2 27.3 29.3 34.8 45.2
68 95 67 59 56 46 8 61 69 57 24 17 63 52 45 43 50 46 40 50 8 9 17 15 27 17 21 24 26 23 26 24 29 21 15 26
22.3 22.1 21.6 23.5 21.0 20.9 22.5 21.9 22.5 19.5 20.4 22.2 20.5 21.9 22.5 22.1 22.0 21.9 19.9 21.7 21.3 24.4 21.0 19.7 22.0 21.1 20.0 20.2 22.3 21.1 21.5 20.7 22.7 22.0 23.2 21.6
2,015,397 1,601,941 1,150,202 1,120,351 1,107,322 945,067 893,548 753,824 746,268 723,198 710,888 693,752 687,891 655,601 653,762 623,276 619,282 572,686 505,949 499,468 443,869 429,410 419,563 417,711 408,715 403,817 398,728 391,314 376,529 373,487 373,402 336,862 336,844 336,163 316,556 314,575
Comply Or Die Denman Albertas Run Monet’s Garden Tidal Bay Knowhere Kauto Star McKelvey Fundamentalist Gungadu Voy Por Ustedes Exotic Dancer Big Zeb Cailin Alainn Heltornic Kings Brook Barbers Shop Thisthatandtother Bishop’s Bridge Gemini Lucy Silver Birch Neptune Collonges Tamarinbleu Master Minded Nil Desperandum Snowy Morning Hoo La Baloo Cane Brake Sir Oj Iron Man Hear The Echo Roll Along Simon Far From Trouble Hot Weld Cloudy Lane
486,400 448,326 148,135 258,692 217,406 203,928 893,549 196,142 81,959 157,483 453,242 498,594 58,022 122,440 99,787 96,446 65,971 55,447 78,776 51,131 409,097 270,294 187,254 269,412 63,164 181,816 154,600 136,452 56,121 116,631 127,908 109,450 108,056 84,000 188,166 125,336
Fewer numbers no bar to Old Vic and Accordion To some extent superiority of numbers always provides a stallion with a better chance of coming out on top, particularly in jump racing, given the huge books of mares covered. It is hardly coincidental that three of the top five over the last three seasons have had more than 400 runners (Presenting is nearer 500), so the achievement of Old Vic and Accordion in coming so close with fewer than 300 apiece is especially creditable. Last year Old Vic won the overall title with 174 runners, compared to runner-up Presenting’s 276, which was a feather in his cap. Equally, the percentage of winners to runners is pretty uniform among the best sires, varying between 28.2% with Saddlers’ Hall and 34.5% with Accordion. Old Vic has a figure of 30.6% and Presenting 29.6%, so in other words the difference is minimal.
Chase/hurdles comparison is illuminating Comparing the proportion of earnings gained by the best chasers, as opposed to hurdlers, gives a fascinating insight into the leading sires. The younger the stallion the less likely he is to have a high number of good chasers. Oscar, 15 in January, can be supposed to prove the point since his chasers have earned less than £700,000 out of his overall £2.67 million. Chasers by Presenting and Flemensfirth, 17 in January, have earned £1.6m and £1.1m, around 50% of the overall sum. The long-dead Roselier, who was always much better with his chasers, is still prominent, which says something about the longevity of his progeny. Perhaps surprisingly given his background (a miler by Persian Bold), deceased Anshan’s chasers have bagged more than half of his overall earnings, with an average winning distance of almost 22 furlongs. Who said breeding was predictable?
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BEECHWOOD GRANGE STALLIONS FOR 2009
Grey 1989, 16.1 h.h. by PETONG – FOUDROYER (Artaius)
Bay 2002, 16.11⁄2 h.h. by DARSHAAN – DESIRED (Rainbow Quest)
Group winner of 6 races at 2 years:
Winner of 4 races and £152,677 incl:
WON Gr.2 Flying Childers Stakes WON Newbury Sales Super Sprint Trophy Arlington Stakes, Newmarket, 5f. Strawberry Hill Stakes, Pontefract Fountains Stakes, Ripon, 5f EBF Grey Friars Stakes, Doncaster
Won Gr.3 Prix du Lys, 12f, Longchamp Won Prix de Gravelle, 12f, Longchamp by 4l Won Prix des Marronniers, 12f, Longchamp
Stakes winner at 3 years: WON LR
Won Prix de L’Avre, 12f, Longchamp
Field Marshal Stakes, Haydock, 5f.
2nd Gr.1 Grand Prix de Paris, 12f, Longchamp to Classic winner SCORPION
Dual Group winner from 5 starts at 4 years: WON Gr.2 Temple Stakes, Sandown WON Gr.3 Palace House Stakes, Newmarket FEE 2009:
£2,000 October 1st (Non vat)
Already sire of the winners of over 375 races, total over £3.7m.
Dam DESIRED, is half-sister to FEE 2009:
£2,000 October 1st (Non vat) Gr.1 winning juvenile MEDAALY and highclass CHARNWOOD FOREST – a top class stallion producing family 19 Group winners under the first 3 dams.
And in 2008 sire of one of the fastest 2-Y-Os in training: AMOUR PROPRE (left) – brilliant winner of the Gr.3 Cornwallis Stakes at Ascot. Also set new juvenile records at Bath and Warwick! Trainer Henry Candy said at Ascot "He's made unbelievable physical progress in the last year and I don't see why he shouldn't train on in 2009 as a 5f horse, pure and simple. He is fully entitled to be mentioned in the same breath as Kyllachy and Airwave".
FIRST YEARLINGS 2009.
21 GROUP WINNERS UNDER FIRST THREE DAMS
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Fraam Xaar Dubai Destination (USA) Fasliyev (USA) Fasliyev (USA) Mark Of Esteem High Chaparral High Chaparral Spartacus Intikhab (USA) Oasis Dream Sakhee (USA) In The Wings Celtic Swing Efisio Vettori Dr Devious Namid Falbrav Indian Ridge Fasliyev (USA) Machiavellian (USA) Traditionally (USA) Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) King's Best (USA) Halling (USA) Bahamian Bounty Kyllachy Bahamian Bounty Turtle Island Royal Academy (USA) Kahyasi Dane Friendly Systematic Rock Of Gibraltar Fantastic Light (USA) Josr Algarhoud Monashee Mountain (USA) Spartacus Fraam Polish Precedent (USA) Desert Style Loup Sauvage (USA) Mozart Hawk Wing (USA) Celtic Swing Pivotal Fasliyev (USA) Daylami Peintre Celebre (USA) Royal Applause Green Desert (USA) Singspiel Hawk Wing (USA) Highest Honor (FR) Machiavellian (USA) Anabaa (USA) Hernando (FR) Singspiel Celtic Swing Piccolo Forzando City On A Hill (USA) Foxhound (USA) Intikhab (USA) Noverre (USA) King's Best (USA) Machiavellian (USA) Machiavellian (USA) Bachir Sunday Silence (USA) Commander In Chief Anabaa (USA) Fuji Kiseki (JPN) Machiavellian (USA) Halling (USA) Diktat Where Or When Danehill (USA) Galileo Hawk Wing (USA) Choisir (AUS) King Charlemagne (USA) Verglas Soviet Star (USA) Pivotal Weld
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7f110y £1,324 1m1f165y £1,575 7f £8,088 7f £33,276 7f £47,216 1m3f £5,625 6f110y £630 6f110y £630 1m110y £4,375 1m £5,625 1m2f £8,456 1m7f £6,618 6f £1,809 1m £6,875 7f110y £1,250 1m1f165y £1,114 1m1f165y £1,875 5f £1,562 1m1f £4,375 7f110y £3,750 7f110y £1,875 1m £4,010 1m £13,266 1m1f £983 1m2f £47,216 1m1f £1,460 6f £829 6f £1,250 1m2f £968 6f110y £515 1m £1,843 1m7f £3,750 1m2f £1,250 6f £581 7f £3,145 7f110y £3,597 1m2f £511 2m £5,525 1m £1,220 6f £9,362 1m3f £1,114 5f £1,103 1m £1,460 6f £13,994 1m2f £1,942 1m3f £994 1m £5,745 6f £1,846 1m1f £3,125 1m £11,538 1m £5,745 1m £15,377 1m110y £49,640 1m3f £7,721 1m2f £51,418 1m2f149y £3,722 1m £5,147 1m2f £968 1m2f £3,145 1m6f £13,235 1m6f £1,500 6f £1,942 1m1f165y £1,250 7f110y £1,250 1m £3,750 1m1f £1,569 7f £1,174 1m £4,497 1m4f £45,226 (Gr3) 7f £4,924 7f £1,349 1m £5,882 1m £22,954 6f165y £3,108 1m £4,103 1m £11,692 1m £5,147 1m £4,412 1m1f £39,648 (L) 1m6f110y £5,882 1m4f110y £8,456 1m £12,060 6f165y £1,250 1m5f55y £28,826 1m £4,412 1m £12,060 1m £1,460
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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
Emily Krstina (Australia) Pty Ltd Enqvist, Stein Erhardt, J Faeste, Mrs C Fielding, J Fieldspring Ltd Finnegan, Sean Fitzpatrick, J Flannery Developments, Gerry Floors Farming & Side Hill Stud Gainsborough Stud Management Ltd Gainsborough Stud Management Ltd Gainsborough Stud Management Ltd Gainsborough Stud Management Ltd Gestut Hof Ittlingen Gigginstown House Stud Glebe Stud & J F Dean Greetham, J M H H The Aga Khan's Studs SC Hadi al Tajir Halligan, M J Hanbury, C O P Haras de la Perelle Haras de Saint Pair du Mont Haras du Mezeray Harley, Mrs Jill M Harrington, Miss E Hascombe & Valiant Studs Hascombe & Valiant Studs Hascombe & Valiant Studs Hayes, Mrs P Heanen, Mr & Mrs I Heffernan, Mrs M Hellwood Stud Farm Highclere Stud Hillen, S Hinojosa, F His Highness the Aga Khan's Studs SC His Highness the Aga Khan's Studs SC Hitchins, J C, J R & S R Hollington Stud Hong Kong Breeders Club Humphrys & Jedburgh Stud, C Hyde Park Stud Hyde Park Stud & S M Hillen Ltd Irish National Stud Irish National Stud James & Arnfinn Lund, J Jockey Hall Stud & Adrian Smith Jones, Mr D H L Juddmonte Farms Ltd Juddmonte Farms Ltd KI Farm Kennedy, J Kildare Racing Syndicate Kilfrush Stud Kilfrush Stud Killeen, Francis Kilnamoragh Stud King Bloodstock & Janus Bloodstock Knipe, Mr & Mrs R F L A C International L A C International Lagardere, M Latina, Mr G Lavington Stud, The Lightbody, M Limestone & Tara Studs Littleton Stud Littleton Stud London Thoroughbred Services Ltd London Thoroughbred Services Ltd Loughtown Stud Machikane Farm Magliari, Dr Francesco Martin, D P Martin, D P McCormack, J McDonnell, D McDonnell, Joe McGlynn, M McGlynn, M McGregor, D A McHale & Oghill House Stud, C McLoughney, John Martin McPhee, S McPhee, S Millsec Limited
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£33,276 £11,692 £3,676 £2,864 £4,344 £1,093 £1,500 £498 £22,954 £110,180 (L) £9,559 £612 £3,125 £8,088 £15,724 £2,500 £4,412 £735 £5,515 £4,103 £2,560 £1,220 £12,500 £2,941 £6,618 £1,500 £968 £4,103 £14,472 £20,221(L) £1,093 £5,745 £523 £31,218 £5,745 £3,676 £1,500 £42,236 £3,145 £7,862 £937 £1,250 £5,882 £21,669 £3,750 £8,824 £92,509 (L) £956 £2,765 £3,184 £1,220 £20,221 (L) £31,478 £4,412 £1,460 £1,250 £1,103 £1,728 £1,500 £51,418 £9,028 £1,250 £2,187 £4,412 £968 £3,676 £5,396 £2,719 £1,500 £1,500 £4,044 £4,044 £5,147 £49,703 £1,250 £1,460 £1,500 £968 £450 £1,250 £1,846 £1,846 £3,597 £735 £13,266 £2,574 £3,777 £968
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Orientor Orientor Bay 1998 Inchinor
Orient (Bay Express)
Tough son of the influential Inchinor From the outstandingly fast Ahonoora family Retired sound at the age of 10 Sire: INCHINOR Won Gr.3 Greenham Stakes, Gr.3 Hungerford Stakes, Gr.3 Criterion Stakes, 2nd Gr.1 Dewhurst Stakes: sire of 26 Stakes winners, incl. ORIENTOR, CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (Gr.1), NOTNOWCATO (Gr.1), (GR.1), SUMMONER (Gr.1), LATICE (Gr.1), ON THE ACORN (Gr.2), GOLDEN SILCA (Gr.2), BANNISTER (Gr.2), SATCHEM (Gr.3), UMISTIM (Gr.3, sire), YASOODD (Gr.3), IN CLOVER (Gr.3), ROYAL COPENHAGEN (Gr.3), FELICITY (Gr.3), SESMEN (Gr.3), etc. Dam: ORIENT Track record holder at Ascot: won 3 races, 2nd Gr.3 Greenlands Stakes, 3rd Gr.1 LR Scarbrough Stakes: dam of 6 winners, incl. ORIENTOR multiple Group winner: see left). YEAST (£139,000, incl. LR Joel Stakes, 2nd LR Doncaster Mile). ARCADE dam of: MONTECASTILLO (£120,000, incl Gr.3 Concorde Stakes) KALAMUNDA (2nd LR Garnet Stakes, 3rd LR Knockaire Stakes) FAIRY SONG (2nd LR Blenheim Stakes)
WON 5 RACES AND OVER £318,000 Won Gr.3 Champagne Stakes, 5f, Sandown Park, beating THE TATLING, RINGMORE DOWN, THE KIDDYKID, Won Gr.3 Chipchase Stakes, 6f, Newcastle, beating COUNTRY REEL, NAYYIR Won Shergar Sprint, 6f, Ascot, beating HK Gr.1 winner FIREBOLT Contested no less than 47 stakes races and 79 career starts TIMEFORM RATED: 117
He is a smart, resilient racehorse, who retired sound after a long and successful career. I look forward to training his progeny, with the same toughness and brilliant temperment. JIM GOLDIE, TRAINER
The immediate family of: SON PARDO (Gr.2 Richmond Stakes, sire), ATRAF (Gr.3 Cork and Orrery Stakes, Gr.3 Jaipur Stakes, successful sire), COLONIAL GIRL (Gr.1), LORD SHIRLDOR (Gr.1), DOG ROSE (Gr.2),
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British and Irish-bred winners overseas Minty, B Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Sheikh Moroney, Shane Mount Coote Stud & Richard Pegum Mountarmstrong Stud Moyglare Stud Farm Ltd Murphy, Miss J Murphy, Miss J Newsells Park Stud Limited Newsells Park Stud Limited Niarchos Family, The Norton, Mrs C NT Bloodstock O'Brien, M O'Brien, Sean Oostvlaamse Investeringsmaatschappj Parola, Mr Parri, Massimo Pease, The Hon Mrs R Penfold Bloodstock Ltd, Mr D Clark & Mrs F Gordon Petra Bloodstock Agency Philipps, Mrs Rebecca Pier House Stud Power, T Ptarmigan Bloodstock & Miss K Rausing Raponi, G Raponi, G Rathmuck Stud Raw, Mrs H B Razza Del Velino Srl Reed & Mrs A H Daniels, Guy Robins, Mrs Shirley Robinson, G and Mrs Rozelle Bloodstock Ryan, B Ryan, Mrs T V Ryan, P Sarl Elevage du Haras de Bourgeauville SCEA La Poterie Scuderia Cesare Turri Scuderia Golden Horse S R L Scuderia PMZ SAS Scuderia Sant' Ambroeus S R L Scuderia Sant' Ambroeus S R L Scuderia Tamara S A S Scuderia Vittadini srl Shadwell Estate Company Limited Shadwell Estate Company Limited Shanahan, Raymond Sharkey, M Shaughnessy, W Skymarc Farm Inc Skymarc Farm Inc Soc Finanza Locale Consulting Srl Southill Stud Stall Nerce Stivali, S Stone Ridge Farm Stonestreet Mares Llc Stratford Place Stud Stratford Place Stud Stynes, Ms Audrey Frances Swettenham Stud & Ben Sangster Taylor, B Theakston Stud Theakston Stud Theakston Stud Thelema Partnership Theobalds Stud Troy, John Tucker, D R Turner & Miss S J Turner, G W Villa Dosia S R L Wayland Stud Weld, J Wickfield Farm Partnership Wickfield Stud & Hartshill Stud Wiggins, Miss Alison WIJI Bloodstock Wiley, M Wiley, M Willment, Mrs J A M Wilson, Capt J H Wilson, F C T Wisbey, Miss D L Woodhaven Stud, The Woodsway Stud & Chao Racing & Bloodstock Ltd
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Action required now to protect our crown jewel Developers’ plans for Newmarket threaten the unique identity of British racing’s headquarters – let’s act before it’s too late
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‘protest’ groups have emerged. Newmarket trainers (supported by the breeders) are demanding that Jockey Club Estates give them assurances they will fight further greenfield development and protect the Newmarket Charter. The trainers rightly argue that Newmarket is much larger and busier than a few years ago, and it would be commercial suicide to allow continued, uncontrolled expansion at the expense of the racing industry. Additionally, the Save Historic Newmarket Action Group was formed earlier this year by a broad spectrum of Newmarket residents, racing and non-racing, in response to total incredulity that second-home modern flats could be built in the conservation area and over 50 mature trees chopped down by Highland Homes. These groups have risen out of their mass inertia due to the egregious nature of the level of destruction Newmarket is suffering. Yet still Jockey Club Estates and the local council for the time being appear not just oblivious to these concerns (and their obvious duty to value and protect Newmarket) but positively hostile to those who question this state of affairs. If we allow Newmarket to be destroyed, like Epsom has been in recent years, we should all hang our heads in collective shame. Newmarket truly is the jewel in the crown of British racing and training. In a few years it will be too late. The stables will have gone, the ruralness and greenery of the world’s foremost historic racing town will have been replaced by a soulless dormitory town full of fast food outlets, bouncer-protected nightclubs, lapdancing clubs and nondescript housing estates. There’s not a moment to lose.
Rachel Hood ROA Council member
ewmarket is synonymous with horseracing the world over. And rightly so. It is the home of British racing and a mecca for owners, breeders, trainers and people who love and work with horses. The town still has two racecourses and a myriad of historic buildings, such as Nell Gwyn’s house, and old stables attesting to its colourful racing history. The Bury Road, the flagship road of British racing, is a Conservation Area, and is unique with its ten Victorian/ Edwardian stables. Perhaps not surprisingly, Newmarket has recently been mooted as a possible World Heritage site. However, perhaps more surprisingly, for some years now it has been under threat. The local council, Forest Heath, has become a byword for the ineptness and arrogance that often symbolises local government planning at its worst. Historic buildings have been replaced by fast food outlets; ancient trees have been chopped down in their scores; the traffic is in permanent gridlock; the Bury Road Conservation Area is being desecrated by the developer Highland Homes’ ultra-modern, wholly-out-ofkeeping, Meridian Garden flats. There is talk of the Newmarket Royal Charter (which prohibits building on stables or land used for equine purposes) being amended to permit old stables to be turned into hotels and paddock land being developed into housing estates. Worse still, the current Lord Derby is seeking approval from Forest Heath District Council and the planning authorities to build 1,200 new houses on Hatchfield Farm, a greenfield site he owns in Newmarket. Unaccountably, Jockey Club Estates has, through its agent, made it clear that if not actually supportive of these destructive developments, it is supine in the face of them. It has recently emerged that, in fact, it is applying to have its own Pinewood Stud re-zoned for housing. It is in light of these threats to the fabric of Newmarket and the fact that a larger, busier Newmarket will not be conducive to the training of racehorses, that two
If we allow Newmarket to be destroyed, we should hang our heads
For further information about the Save Historic Newmarket Action Group, please contact membership secretary Jacko Fanshawe on 01638 660153.
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