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£4.95 | January 2014 | Issue 113

First in line?

Wayne Hutchinson on why it is business as usual at Alan King’s

Plus • Owner and author Caroline Tisdall’s exciting new chapter • ROA Horseracing Awards: celebrating Europe’s top talent • Clairemont Stud looks to future after Dancing Rain sale

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First in line?

Wayne Hutchinson on why it is business as usual at Alan King’s

Plus • Owner and author Caroline Tisdall’s exciting new chapter • ROA Awards: celebrating the best of British racing talent • Clairemont Stud looks to future after Dancing Rain sale

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Cover: Wayne Hutchinson leads the jockeys out of the weighing room at Aintree in December Photo: George Selwyn

EDWARD ROSENTHAL

Perseverance pays off for a man who would be King’s T

rainer Alan King’s website refers to Robert ‘Choc’ Thornton as his “top-class stable jockey” and Wayne Hutchinson as “the yard’s second jockey”. Those statements may need updating if recent news is anything to go by. Hutchinson has played second fiddle to Thornton at the King stable for over a decade, during which time star names like Katchit, Voy Por Ustedes and My Way De Solzen have enhanced the latter’s reputation, but a recent announcement suggests that the long-time colleagues are now on an equal footing, with owners choosing who they want as their first-choice rider. It was while Thornton was out injured that the understudy grabbed his chance to shine, with victories at the Cheltenham and Aintree festivals, followed by glory in the Scottish Grand National, cementing a glorious end to the 2012/13 season and plaudits from earning colleagues and journalists alike. Thornton is now back to full fitness yet it appears he is no longer considered an automatic choice for the top rides. Perhaps the only person who seems unsure about Hutchinson’s promotion is the man himself. “Nothing has changed,” Hutchinson tells Alan Lee (pages 54-59) in a superb interview. “There are plenty of rides to share and we have runners at two meetings every weekend. “I was still a kid, claiming 7lb, when I arrived at the yard. I’ve always looked up to Choc and, even now, I’ll ask him for help and guidance. “Choc made it quite young and I guess I’m having my best years much later.” Hutchinson may be right about the yard having plenty of runners at the weekend but there are rarely two headline meetings on the same day and I cannot believe he doesn’t yearn to sit on the Grade 1 horses. And who wouldn’t, in his position? Whether it’s a case of not wanting to appear cocky, or a lack of self-belief, Hutchinson’s career is firmly in the ascendancy, something that does not apply to his

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former colleague Charlie Huxley, who has quit the saddle aged 26 after eight seasons with Alan King. Huxley won a Scottish Grand National and looked destined for a bright future in the sport but an everdiminishing book of rides forced the decision to say goodbye to the weighing room in “a career that wasn’t going forward”. It’s always sad to hear about someone retiring in their mid-20s yet, equally, Hutchinson’s story is a spur for anyone aspiring to reach the top level. There was only the top level in evidence at the ROA Horseracing Awards, sponsored by Weatherbys Hamilton, where Sprinter Sacre short-headed Treve in the battle for Horse of the Year honours. This year’s Awards was a star-studded affair, at a new venue, the InterContinental on Park Lane, and Arnhel de Serra’s superb images (coverage starts on page 39) capture the excitement of those owners whose horses have been recognised for excellence. One owner who may well be collecting an award in due course is Professor Caroline Tisdall, having recently paid the eye-watering price of £450,000 for ex-French four-year-old Un Temps Pour Tout at Doncaster Bloodstock Sales. Tisdall, an author, art critic and conservationist, explains her fascination with the National Hunt scene and what it is that gets her pulse racing, in a must-read feature. “I see jump racing as an area of wonderful freedom and slight political incorrectness,” she explains to Tim Richards (pages 60-63). “When you look at jump jockeys getting up with a broken collarbone and wanting to ride in the next race, then compare them with footballers who lie down pretending they’re hurt, you recognise them as inspirational. “Whenever I get an ache or pain, I just think ‘AP’ and try to carry on.” I would like to wish all our readers the very best for 2014.

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who thinks Wayne Hutchinson is not number one is Wayne Hutchinson

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CONTENTS JANUARY 2014

35 NEWS & VIEWS 7

ROA Leader

39 FEATURES 20

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TBA Leader

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News

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Gerard Butler’s five-year ban

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Changes Your monthly round-up

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Tony Morris Looking back at 2013

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Chris Cook BHA keeping secrets

INTERNATIONAL SCENE 29

View From Ireland Philip Fenton’s comeback kids

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Continental Tales Andrasch Starke’s lucky win

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Around The Globe John Velazquez looks forward to return

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COVER STORY Wayne Hutchinson Jockey on life at Alan King’s

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Sales Circuit Breeding stock centre stage

ROA Awards Racing’s big night out

Feedback requested

Clairemont Stud The growing Hampshire outfit

The Big Picture From Newbury and Aintree

No to Newcastle surface switch

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Caulfield Files What a difference a year makes

120 Flashback The 1974 Warwick National

Talking To... Owner/author Caroline Tisdall

Wayne Hutchinson, here riding Grumeti, has a big year ahead (pages 54-59)


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RACHEL HOOD President Racehorse Owners Association

Newcastle no-go without prize-money agreement BHA should not think about backing all-weather change unless ARC signs up

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hile I agree there should be an all-weather racecourse in the north of England, I would not agree – certainly not at this stage – that the new track should be at Newcastle racecourse. Principally, I am against this proposal because Newcastle is one of 14 racecourses owned by the Arena Racing Company (ARC), which recently rejected a prize-money agreement with the Horsemen’s Group. Nobody in racing needs to be reminded that ARC has an appalling record on prize-money and, despite their recent and muchwelcomed announcement of an extra £2.2 million injection into prize-money for 2014, it will take considerably more than a one-year deal to convince me that ARC puts owners, trainers, jockeys and stable staff anywhere on a par with their own business. So the first thing we must say about a Newcastle all-weather track is that the BHA should not think about supporting it until ARC have signed the Horsemen’s Group prize-money agreement. It is worth repeating that the principle underpinning the prizemoney agreement is that horsemen receive a share in the growth of media right payments through improved racecourse contributions to prize-money. By working together, horsemen and racecourses can increase their revenues, but ARC has refused to establish this link and, instead, retains discretion over how much it will return to the sport’s participants. ARC, as the owners of tracks that put on 40% of the fixture list, is the prime beneficiary of the surge in media rights payments from bookmakers. Each time they put on a fixture, they receive a payment that is several times greater than the amount they feed into prize-money and you have to look at the Racecourse League Table on page 94 of this magazine to see where ARC’s three all-weather courses are in terms of average contributions per fixture to prize-money. Four other racecourses – Yarmouth, Chepstow, Brighton and Bath – ‘compete’ with Lingfield, Wolverhampton and

Southwell for the bottom seven places and, yes, in case you hadn’t guessed, they too are owned by ARC. If Newcastle were to get the go-ahead on this, it would also raise serious competition issues for all-weather racing. ARC already has over 70% of all-weather fixtures, with only Kempton standing between them and a clean sweep. It’s not just that converting Newcastle’s Flat fixtures into all-weather would exacerbate this situation. You also wonder whether a commercially-driven company such as ARC, with the high cost of converting a racecourse into an all-weather venue hanging over them, might be tempted to look at the finances of some of their existing Flat turf tracks and work out how much more profitable it would be to move turf fixtures to Newcastle and run them on the all-weather, where costs are lower and reliability greater. Do not forget that it is little over a year since Hereford and Folkestone were closed for ‘commercial reasons’. None of this is meant to decry the success or belittle the importance of all-weather racing, but British racing is fundamentally about horses running on turf and this is how it must remain. Of course, allweather racing has a vital part to play in sustaining our fixture list and providing running opportunities, but we must never allow it to become dominant in terms of the number of fixtures. That said, there are, of course, many northern and Scottish-based owners and trainers who would relish the opportunity of greatly reducing the distance they have to travel a horse to get a run on the all-weather, and we have to recognise their needs, especially when levels of prizemoney come nowhere close to meeting running costs. But any enthusiasm to embrace the Newcastle proposal must be tempered with the realisation that there are wider issues at play. With the BHA already well versed with these issues, their initiation of a wide-ranging feasibility study for a northern-based all-weather racecourse is welcomed, especially now that Catterick has also revealed its interest in this area. Newcastle is not the only game in town.

“ARC has refused to establish the link with horsemen to work together and increase revenues

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TBA LEADER

RICHARD LANCASTER Chairman Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association

Boom sales aid top and middle market sectors As TBA focuses on encouraging small breeders, we’d love feedback from you

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ecember saw a phenomenal end to the domestic bloodstock trade with records at Tattersalls for foals and breeding stock. I doubt anyone expected trade to be so strong and without exception all the commentators agreed that we had witnessed a boom at the top of the market, fuelled by a combination of global investors and unexpected returns from a strong yearling trade which enabled pinhookers to reinvest. We can take heart that at the top end the industry is robust and the trickle-down effect has also lifted the middle market, which we hope is sufficient to provide encouragement to smaller breeders. We are increasingly aware that the industry has heavy reliance on smaller breeders, with 34% of foal production centred on this fragile demographic. This has always been the case, but with the split appearing to be more noticeable in recent years the TBA will focus on providing support and expertise to small breeders in 2014. If on reading this you recognise yourself as a member of this group, please do drop me a line with your thoughts on priorities for the TBA; your active involvement will be important in helping to recognise where we can make a difference for members. I cannot do more than to keep reminding members of the extent and range of our work on behalf of the industry. Political lobbying is becoming increasingly important to protect breeders’ interests and this year the TBA retained the Tripartite Agreement for the free movement of thoroughbreds between Britain, Ireland and France. Closer to home the TBA increased its funding for Flat and National Hunt race sponsorship, with the latter securing additional black-type opportunities for mares, as well as adopting the French National Hunt foal show idea with a successful day at Bangor-on-Dee racecourse in July. The TBA extended its commitment to veterinary research, adding a further one-year research project, promising practical benefits to members in its programme. In the field of education and employment, the TBA

presented to over 600 students in equine colleges, held a hugely successful free-to-attend members’ seminar, and secured an increase in industry funding for stud staff training. The Next Generation Committee organised eight exclusive members’ events, doubled the number of 18-35 members, and secured a BHA grant to raise career opportunities in the industry in 2014. BOBIS has enjoyed a very successful first year, with 178 winners to the end of November and over £1 million paid out to breeders and owners in Britain. The scheme also recently announced that all Class 2 to 4 fillies-only races for two- and three-year-olds will offer £10,000 BOBIS prizes to the qualified winner – a great boost for breeders and owners in what can be a very tough market for fillies. A reminder too that the deadline is fast approaching for registering yearlings for next year’s scheme; breeders have until December 31 to register their yearlings for £250 in order not to miss out on the opportunity to win BOBIS prizemoney.  Another deadline for members is the nomination stage for the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards, sponsored by Godolphin and organised by the BHA in association with the Racing Post. Offering £120,000 in prize-money, the awards are now in their 10th year and provide an excellent opportunity for stud owners to recognise and reward the hard work and dedication of their staff, both in the yard and in the office. Although many prefer not to single out just one employee, it must be recognised that a winning nomination is a success for the whole yard or stud, with equal prize-money awarded to the yard as well as to the winning staff member. Two runners-up and their yard in each category are also rewarded.  With six categories covering such areas as Dedication to Racing, Leadership, Newcomer, Administration Staff, as well as Stud Staff, there is plenty of opportunity to nominate your hard-working and dedicated stud staff. I urge all employers to do so.

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NEWS Stories from the racing world

Gerard Butler handed five-year ban Trainer appeals disqualification for administering drugs to horses in his care

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roup 1-winning trainer Gerard Butler was facing an anxious Christmas and New Year after appealing his five-year ban by the BHA for actions they said amounted to “an appalling breach of his duty to look after the interests of the horses in his care”. The Newmarket-based 47-year-old was found to have self-administered not only Sungate – a product known to have been used by other Newmarket trainers, who were given an amnesty by the BHA – but also Rexogin, a much stronger substance and which was manufactured for use in humans. Butler expressed regret immediately after the verdict, in particular the consequences of his actions for his family, but chose to appeal against the findings of the disciplinary panel and the severity of the penalty. The report and comments from the BHA were damming. Nine Butler horses produced positive samples, four cases being Rexogin, administered by Butler himself, and the other five Sungate, given on veterinary advice and by a veterinary surgeon. Both products contain the anabolic steroid stanozolol. Adam Brickell, Director of Integrity, Legal and Risk for the BHA, said: “The gravity of the breaches of the rules escalated when, in the course of cross-examination, Gerard Butler finally provided evidence as to where he had purchased the drug in question, and admitted the product he had administered himself to four horses was not Sungate but an unlicensed stanozolol-based product Rexogin, manufactured for use in humans. “Furthermore, the disciplinary panel

A big mistake: Butler says his error will have huge consequences for his family

accepted that Butler had administered this product by intra-articular injection using a method restricted by law to qualified veterinary surgeons. “The panel summarised that the actions of Butler represented ‘an appalling breach of his duty to look after the interests of the horses in his care and amounted to conduct that was seriously prejudicial to the integrity, proper conduct and good reputation of horseracing in Great Britain.’” Butler said: “While this has been a devastating and humiliating experience, I’m above all aware of its impact on others: not

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London on Tuesday, February 25 to mark the tenth anniversary of the awards, which are sponsored by Godolphin and organised by the BHA in association with the Racing Post. Nomination forms are available for download at www.britishhorseracing.com/ stablestaff and via www.racingpost.com. Alternatively, email awards@britishhorseracing.com or simply text AWARDS to 07584 171551 and a member of the team will arrange for a form to be sent out.

just my family, staff and owners but the sport I’ve always loved. I have no intention of hiding from my responsibility for an error of judgement that has undone many years of honest endeavour. “I’ve made a big mistake and am paying a big price. The consequences for my wife and three sons will be a daily reproach, harder to bear than any judgements passed by others.” National Association of Stable Staff Chief Executive George McGrath, while not condoning Butler’s actions, said: “As soon as Gerard knew he was in trouble and facing a ban he had the welfare of his staff at the forefront of his concerns. “I have found Gerard to be loyal and honest to his staff, keeping them informed about the possible consequences a ban may have on them. His staff remained loyal to him and the fact none left during this troubling time says a lot about the man’s character. “Gerard made a calamitous error of judgement with grave consequences for his career. He is a good man who made a mistake and I wish him all the best in the future.” Butler sent out Compton Admiral to win the 1999 Coral-Eclipse and also enjoyed success as the top level with Elusive City, winner of the 2002 Prix Morny, though his later career struggled to match those early achievements. THOROUGHBRED OWNER & BREEDER INC PACEMAKER


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No need for new jackets: Richard jnr has the chance to follow in the footsteps of his record-breaking father

New Year handover for Hannons at Herridge

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Ian Balding passed the baton to Andrew, and Barry Hills did likewise to Charlie, and it is only right Richard should now take over. “Inevitably, people will say I have retired, but I will still be up and out at first lot and assisting Richard instead of him assisting me.” Dad also credited son with adding to the stable’s firepower, saying: “The quality of horses has definitely improved these last two or three years, and that is down to Richard jnr. “It was him who brought in Sheikh Hamdan and Sheikh Joaan, among others, and we can now go to the bloodstock sales

with fatter chequebooks than we have done in the past.” The 38-year-old new licence holder will also be a Godolphin trainer in his first season, with Sheikh Mohammed having purchased Piping Rock. He has decided to leave him with the Hannons. Ace miler Olympic Glory will stay in training for the Hannon stable

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The career of the winning-most trainer in British racing history officially ends on New Year’s Eve – but don’t expect New Year’s Day to herald any significant changes at the stables of Richard Hannon. Senior’s handing over of the licence to junior did not happen overnight to say the least – it had been widely expected to happen in 2012 – but the baton has finally been passed on, off the back of another hugely successful year. Hannon snr, whose training career started in 1970 and who at the time of going to press was edging towards the 4,200 winner mark – the previous benchmark having been Martin Pipe’s 4,183 winners – was unable to cap his career with another Group 1 victory in Hong Kong when Sky Lantern disappointed in the Mile, but 2013 still yielded seven top-level strikes and a fifth trainers’ title. The operation at Herridge Stables, East Everleigh, has been very much a joint father and son one for years, and will continue in that vein, only with roles officially reversed. Hannon snr said: “It has been a long career and I’ve trained a lot of winners but it's about time Richard got his name on the roster of trainers. “Richard jnr has served his apprenticeship and you cannot keep him waiting forever.

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NEWS

GEORGE SELWYN

Anger over ARC’s Newcastle plan

Wanted: a northern all-weather track

One of the big news stories of 2014 was aired in late 2013, when Arena Racing Company began a consultation programme to consider ripping up the Flat turf course at Newcastle and replacing it with an all-weather surface. The announcement received a mixed response, with the Horsemen’s Group urging the BHA to reject ARC’s proposal, on the basis of there being already insufficient competition with all-weather fixtures, but individual trainers broadly in favour, although expressing regret the plans are contingent on the loss of a wellregarded turf track. ARC hope to lodge a planning application for the scheme by the end of January, with a view to racing on the new surface in 2015. Should their plan receive the go-ahead, Newcastle would become the only floodlit straight mile course in the world. Newcastle’s flagship Flat race, the two-mile Northumberland Plate, would likely be run on the jumps course. Trainers acknowledge that the creation of an all-weather course in the north has long been

ROA Curtailment Scheme pays out on Lingfield’s fog

wished for – Catterick has also thrown its hat into the ring for an all-weather switch – as does ROA President Rachel Hood in her Leader column (see page 7), though she and Horsemen’s Group Chairman Philip Freedman are unwilling to offer backing for the project, at least for the time being. Hood writes: “Principally, I am against this proposal because Newcastle is one of 14 racecourses owned by ARC, which recently rejected a prize-money agreement with the Horsemen’s Group. The BHA should not think about supporting it until ARC have signed the Horsemen’s Group prize-money agreement.” Freedman, similarly, said: “While recognising there is support for an all-weather track in the north, the Horsemen's Group believes there is already insufficient competition in the provision of all-weather fixtures, which acts to the detriment of the sport as a whole, and we would not support any proposal which strengthened ARC’s already dominant position in this market. “We would urge the BHA to reject any such proposal which further undermined such competition, and with it the Authority’s ability to run the sport in the interests of all its participants. We would also expect them to make their support for any proposal for additional all-weather tracks to be conditional on the course or group making it signing a prize-money agreement with horsemen.” ARC, unlike Jockey Club Racecourses and the majority of independent tracks, refused to sign a prize-money contract for 2014, yet the BHA controversially sanctioned racing on Good Friday for the first time in 2014, which will be the stage for ARC’s new £1 million all-weather championships finals day. Should the Reuben brothers’ racecourse group continue to refuse to sign prize-money agreements, the BHA’s decision over whether to rubber-stamp the change at Newcastle will be subject to intense scrutiny.

Not many things were in sharp focus at fog-bound Lingfield on December 11, but the importance of ROA membership was certainly one of them. With racing abandoned after two contests had been run, the ROA Weatherbys Hamilton Raceday Curtailment Scheme kicked in, covering 47 of the 56 horses who were unable to race. Among those qualifying for the £100 payment, which reduces the financial blow to owners, was Eric Griffiths, whose affected horse at Lingfield, Prince Of Burma, had also been unable to run at Bath in October when that meeting was abandoned due to the unfit nature of the jockeys’ changing room. Canisbay Bloodstock received £300 after Lingfield was lost, having had three horses affected, and William Bocking £200 for two horses left high and dry. Under the terms of the scheme – which can be viewed on the ROA’s website at www.racehorseowners.net – Weatherbys Hamilton provide the payment to any ROA member who owns at least 51% of a horse that had been due to run at a meeting that is lost after at least the first race has been run. The payment is then made automatically following the abandonment. Around 200 horses and their owners are affected each year when a race meeting is cancelled after the first contest has been run.

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TEPEE IS THE CHIEF DRAW Tweenhills Farm & Stud was the talk of the Tattersalls December Sale with a vibrant take on marketing that left a stunning impression on visitors.

GOLD PATROL Havana Gold, who is joining the Tweenhills Farm & Stud roster for 2014, made his first public appearance as a future stallion during Tattersalls December Sale. The stud’s new base at Terrace House Yard (top right) was brightly decorated with large images of life at the farm and on the racecourse, while in an adjacent area a three-peaked tepee set the bar in hospitality at a new high. A steady stream of visitors were left open-mouthed on entering, for subtle lighting, soft furnishings, and clever use of braziers and open log fires generated

a glowing ambiance that proved such a draw on the chilly winter days. Food and drink was generously served to all, but came with a local flavour having been sourced in Gloucestershire and surrounding counties, while Tweenhills Farm & Stud staff chatted to visitors, handed out stud brochures and discussed potential mating plans for the new season.

JOCKEY CLUB SEAL FOR SHEIKHS Recognition of their contribution to British racing has resulted in Sheikh Hamad (right) and Sheikh Fahad being elected to The Jockey Club as honorary members. Familiar faces at Tweenhills Farm & Stud where they stand three stallions in

addition to keeping broodmares and young stock, the brothers were honoured by the Jockey Club for their involvement in British racing and sponsorship of races, headed by the QIPCO British Champions Series which peaks at Ascot in October.

OUR BEST WISHES TO JULIE It was with sadness that we said goodbye to key staff member Julie May during the December Sale. Julie had been at the stud for eight years, latterly as foaling manager, and had a vital role in bringing so many top horses safely into the world. A well-earned holiday in Mexico is her first priority, and we wish Julie the best of luck in her future plans.

Taking up temporary residence at Sheikh Fahad’s Longholes Stud near Newmarket, the brilliant miler was viewed by a stream of visitors. He had recently returned from a luckless trip to Australia – where a minor injury prevented him running at the Melbourne Carnival – but despite the rigours of that journey made a favourable impression on all.

DRAFT SELLS WELL A large draft from Tweenhills Farm & Stud sold well during the recent Tattersalls December Sale. Sixteen foals were consigned, selling for 728,000gns at an average of 45,500gns. Some highly respected buyers invested in the draft, including pinhookers, Yeomanstown Stud and Cooneen Stud, plus noted yearling and breeze-up consignor Willie Browne and leading bloodstock agents John Warren and Peter Doyle. During the following week’s mares’ 30 mares were sold for 2,142,300gns at an average of 71,410gns. David Redvers Bloodstock was also active during the sale, and captured a top-notch prospect in the three-year-old filly Purr Along, who will race next season for a partnership involving Qatar Racing and Newsells Park Stud. The two share ownership of this year’s dual Classic runner-up Secret Gesture.

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Racing’s news in a nutshell PEOPLE AND BUSINESS Chris McGrath Ex-Independent man is named Writer of the Year at the HWPA Awards, while the Racing Post’s Jon Lees was named Reporter of the Year.

Jenny Hall Appointed Chief Veterinary Officer at the BHA, a role she has fulfilled on an interim basis since January.

Stephen Arnold Owner and professional gambler, who moved his string of 21 horses from Violet Jordan to Ann Stokell, is banned for three months after laying his horses.

The Lesters Jockeys’ awards ceremony is put back to December 22, 2014 owing to the advent of Good Friday racing.

Julian Thick Richard Hannon This year’s champion trainer will hand over the licence to son Richard jnr from January 1.

Former Aintree MD is appointed Chief Executive of Newbury racecourse.

Former champion amateur jockey quits the saddle aged 26; his biggest win came on 66-1 shot Iris De Balme in the 2008 Scottish Grand National.

Gerard Butler Trainer receives five-year ban from the BHA after pleading guilty to seven charges, including using a banned substance on horses in his care.

Steve Drowne Jockey breaks collarbone and punctures lung after falling from the fatally injured Jwala in the Hong Kong Sprint.

Joe Grimwade Manager of the Royal Studs for 16 years will leave the role, to be succeeded by Matthew Hill, who moves from Darley.

Nicky Connorton Former Flat jockey is jailed for 14 weeks and banned from driving for four years for drink-driving.

Charlie Huxley

Philip Myerscough Auctioneer retires after 38 years on the rostrum, latterly with Tattersalls; he will continue to work at his Colbinstown Stud in County Kildare.

Roger Weatherby Chief Executive of Weatherbys Bank will succeed Nicholas Wrigley as the Jockey Club’s senior steward for a five-year term.

Henry Oliver 32-year-old calls time on career as a jump jockey to concentrate on his training set-up.

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Sire of Classic winner VALYRA and 15% lifetime Stakes horses to runners.

Dual Australian Champion Sire of 23 Gr.1 winners and 12 Classic winners.

2013 yearlings made €180,000, €155,000, etc.

First European foals in 2014

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Sire of two Gr.1 winners and 20 Stakes horses in 2013.

Sire of 4 Gr.1 winners and Gr.1 broodmare sire of Classic winners FLOTILLA, TRADING LEATHER and ENCKE.

90% of his yearlings sold in 2013 made a profit for their breeders and averaged €177,180.

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Sea The Stars

Gr.1 winning 2yo from the family of SLICKLY.

A Group winning sire with his first crop of 2yos in 2013.

First crop yearlings made up to €85,000, averaging five times his fee.

2013 yearlings made up to 550,000gns averaging €247,000.

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RACEHORSE AND STALLION MOVEMENTS AND RETIREMENTS Imperial Commander Top-class chaser, winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Ryanair Chase and Betfair Chase, is retired aged 12 after pulling up in the Hennessy.

Piping Rock Godolphin buys unbeaten son of Dubawi, winner of the Group 3 Horris Hill Stakes, from Bob McCreery but keeps him in training with Richard Hannon jnr.

Notnowcato Sire of useful Flat performers Chil The Kite and Custom Cut moves from Newmarket’s Stanley House Stud to Knockhouse Stud in County Kilkenny.

Maxios Dual Group 1 winner by Monsun will begin his stud career at Gestut Fahrhof at a fee of €10,000.

PEOPLE OBITUARIES

Reply Universal Dubawi’s son, twice a Group 2 winner over 12 furlongs for the Mark Johnston stable, will stand his debut season at Yorton Farm at a fee of £2,500.

Son of Oasis Dream, third in the 2012 Irish 2,000 Guineas, will stand at Haras d'Ayguemorte near Bordeaux for €2,000 in 2014.

Kentford Grey Lady High-class hurdling mare, winner of four races and second to Quevega in the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle at the 2012 Festival, is retired aged seven.

More racehorse and stallion movements and retirements... Royal Delta, the multiple Grade 1-winning daughter of Empire Maker, is retired aged five and will be covered by Galileo. Park Stud in Canada secures Group 3 winner Nephrite, a son of Pivotal and a half-brother to top sprinter Cape Of Good Hope; his fee is Can$2,500. Outstanding Australian three-year-old Zoustar will cover at both Widden Stud in New South Wales and Victoria’s Woodside Park Stud in the next two seasons. Japanese Grade 2 winner King’s Trail becomes the first son of Sunday Silence to stand in Ireland, at Longford House Stud in County Tipperary. Sadler’s Wells’s son Mores Wells, a multiple Group 3 winner and second in the 2010 Canadian International, moves from Sweden to Old Road Stud in County Waterford. Former Champion Hurdle hero Binocular is retired aged nine.

Owner who provided Barry Hills with his first Royal Ascot winner in the 1971 Queen Alexandra Stakes with Hickleton.

Promising novice hurdler for the Nigel Twiston-Davies stable, owned by Mark Smith and Alan Parker, who also bred him.

Mac Turner 75 Long-serving starter’s assistant who spent more than 20 years with the Jockey Club and rode over 50 winners, including Pendil.

Amok 5

Tim Vaughan-trained hurdler dies from injuries sustained after jumping into a brook at Market Rasen.

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Captain Archie Smith-Maxwell 86

Bill Ward 80

Jean De Florette 5

Surprise winner of the 2013 Nunthorpe for trainer Robert Cowell is fatally injured after falling in the Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin racecourse.

Jump jockey who won the 1960 Cheltenham Gold Cup on Pas Seul and rode for the Queen Mother. He later worked as a starter.

Breeder of high-class sprinter On Stage, winner of the Palace House Stakes, and German 1,000 Guineas heroine Penny’s Gift.

HORSE OBITUARIES

Jwala 4

Bill Rees 79

Caroline Beaumont 35 Madison Du Berlais 12

Conqueror of Denman in a Grade 2 chase at Kempton and winner of the 2008 Hennessy Gold Cup and 2009 Betfred Bowl at Aintree.

Much admired, respected and loved racing employee who was a pivotal figure in the Epsom community.

Joan Le Brocq 65 Jersey’s multiple champion trainer who saddled 200-plus winners on the island.

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THE MAN YOU CAN’T IGNORE COMMENT

Tony Morris W

e had to expect that the British racing scene in 2013 would not match its immediate predecessors. It was always going to have an ‘after the Lord Mayor’s show’ feel about it, if only because after three seasons when we were blessed with Frankel he was now going to be an absentee. We naturally hoped there would be some compensating factors, but now that the season is history, what can we look back on to remember 2013 for? The quality of the sport was average – from the perspective of Britishtrained horses, rather below average – and it was the gloomy news that dominated. The loss of Sir Henry Cecil, undoubtedly one of the greatest trainers of our era, united the sport in grief, and the steroid scandals involving two other prominent members of that profession showed racing in an appalling light. We had watched the damage done to other sports by evidence of corrupt practices, but if we imagined we were entitled to adopt a ‘holier than thou’ attitude, 2013 told us that we were sorely mistaken. The revelation that one of the miscreants trained for the hugely respected Godolphin operation came as a bombshell, ensuring that it would attract the widest publicity in every form of media. Racing was off the sports pages, instead filling countless column inches on the news pages. Our game was no cleaner than athletics, cycling, tennis or any of the other sports in which abuse had been detected. (Incidentally, some months after that story erupted, Facebook asked me whether I would care to become a friend of Mahmood Al Zarooni, as we had three friends in common. I

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declined, but I couldn’t help wondering about the identities of that trio.) Of course, we have to hope that the severe sentences handed down in the cases of Al Zarooni and Gerard Butler have the desired effect of deterring others from adopting corrupt methods in order to gain an edge – and that the authorities become ever more vigilant

Sir Henry Cecil, Novellist and Thierry Jarnet (below) made the headlines in 2013

in policing the sport. Racing can ill afford to suffer further instances of such wrongdoing. The year was by no means all bad for Godolphin, whose five-year-old Farhh notched Group 1 victories in both his starts and probably put up the best performance on a British racecourse when accounting for Cirrus Des Aigles in the Champion Stakes. An admirable athlete, who overcame more than his share of problems in training, he proved equally effective over a mile and a mile and a quarter, though it was hard to forget that he had suffered comprehensive defeats by Frankel at both distances in 2012. Farhh certainly looked good in his autumn outing at Ascot, though many might argue that the visually more impressive display by Novellist over the same course in midsummer was an equally fine performance. The four-yearold son of Monsun, previously unproven on a surface faster than good, positively revelled on the firm ground in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, trouncing his field by five lengths and more while lowering the course record. It was desperately disappointing that the German-trained colt had to miss the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, in which he would surely have proved a worthy foe for Treve. Longchamp’s Arc weekend is now so well established as Europe’s autumn championship that imitations such as those planned for Newmarket/Ascot and in Ireland – featuring ten pattern events – in 2014 can hardly hope to compete. Britain and Ireland shouldn’t even try. The European Pattern is a partnership of nations and trying to score points off one another is not what it’s supposed to be about. Okay, so the French did pull a fast one when they decided to concentrate so many important events into their two-day festival, but they have made a magnificent job of it. We Brits know how good it is, not least because in 2013 our stables came away from Arc weekend with nothing. As mentioned above, an Arc de Triomphe without Europe’s best colt at the distance was a shame, but it would be hard to take anything away from Treve, the three-year-old Motivator

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filly who defended her unbeaten record and more than confirmed her brilliance in her first start in open-sex company. It was a display that asserted her right to rank alongside the likes of Zarkava and Allez France and automatically earned her the accolade of Europeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Horse of the Year.

Females proved deadlier than males It is good news that Treve remains in training and it will be interesting to see whether her connections will be tempted to bring her under the gaze of British racegoers. That would be a thrill, though the French programme is such that it would not be a requirement. No sooner had Thierry Jarnet enjoyed sharing in Treveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outstanding triumph than he teamed up with another female deadlier than the males in the Prix de la Foret. We knew Moonlight Cloud was good and expected her to win, but to see her come from last of ten to scorch past all her rivals in the space of a furlong and register a three-length victory was nothing short of sensational. Moonlight Cloud had a counterpart in England in the shape of The Fugue, whose wins in the Yorkshire Oaks and Irish Champion Stakes stamped her as the best older filly on this side of the Channel. Sadly, and unluckily, she proved unable to end her year with a triumph in Hong Kong, where Moonlight Cloud also failed to fire and Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top threeyear-old filly Sky Lantern finished stone last. Those December targets are daunting for horses that have endured a long season in Europe. All of the English coltsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Classics were exported to Ireland, the Guineas to Jim Bolgerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dawn Approach, the Derby and the St Leger to Aidan Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brienâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ruler Of The World and Leading Light. Could we call any of them better than average winners of those races? No. One surprising and â&#x20AC;&#x201C; for me â&#x20AC;&#x201C; disappointing feature of the Classics was that Newmarket stables achieved nothing better than a solitary placing. That was The Larkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effort as third in the Oaks. Was there ever a poorer return for HQ yards? Not in the last 150 years, I would guess. Two-year-old racing rarely manages to quicken my pulse, given that adolescents who excel in all sports frequently fail to confirm their promise in maturity. Naming the best that we saw in England would not be easy, especially as the three who impressed me most indicated different qualities and seem unlikely ever to meet. The American No Nay Never might well prove to be a crack sprinter, while Toormore appears to have the makings of a top miler, and Kingston Hill showed abundant promise for a prospective middle-distance performer. Toormore will have a new trainer in 2014, though without changing stables. The senior Richard Hannon bowed out as champion at the end of another fabulous season, so the junior version has a hard act to follow, but one can only imagine a smooth transition and no interruption to the regular flow of winners from the Wiltshire establishment. As notable as anything that happened on Europeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s racecourses in 2013 was the boom in bloodstock prices. We have seen it so often in the past and it seems to defy logic, but when stockmarkets prove volatile and discourage investment, the thoroughbred becomes a more valuable commodity. Many might feel that there could hardly be a riskier form of investment, but who could doubt that there is more fun in owning a racehorse than a portfolio of shares? Long may that attraction persist.

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CHRIS COOK COMMENT

If the BHA wants racing to be seen as straight and honest, it needs to review its policy of withholding vital information from public scrutiny

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forms should make interesting reading, but they are not circulated outside the BHA. I can’t see why this should be so. If the BHA told visiting trainers in advance that their responses would be published on its website, there could be no objection to airing that material for all to see. If you don’t wish to make such a disclosure, should you expect to be able to race in Britain? It seems to me that a regulatory body should have a really good reason for keeping any detail to itself, yet clammed-up is almost the default position for the BHA. With how much force can you insist that no one else is allowed to keep secrets if you yourself make a fetish of secrecy? My 2011 appeal for openness was aimed at racing professionals rather than the regulator. “In the future, those jockeys and trainers who enjoy the greatest public support will be those who make most effort to communicate,” I wrote, though it is hardly clear that public support is a valued commodity among trainers. The sustained backing of two or three wealthy owners is enough to make a career, even if you are loathed by everyone else. You can be beloved by all and still go bust if your owners drift elsewhere. So we should continue to expect at least a modicum of caginess from trainers. And on a related subject, I note that the two journalists honoured at the recent Derby awards are among the few who remain unknown to Twitter. ‘Close to the chest’ remains the fashionable place to hold one’s cards while seated at racing’s table. But I question whether it is healthy for the

sport that the BHA should be allowed to play their hand the same way. At least a part of their function is to reassure potential new followers that the game is as straight as can be, that they can bet on it with legitimate hope of a profit if their judgement is good enough and that they are not simply viewed by insiders as a species of cash machine. I worry that this is the impression raised in many minds by our culture of secrecy. It may cost us dearly in the long run. There was no secret about Newbury’s new dress code, which caused such a stramash at the Hennessy meeting. Course officials had tried to forewarn regulars, yet annual members and owners were among those caught out, which just shows how far the code is from ordinary expectations of appropriate clothing for a sports venue in winter. Some of the coverage has suggested a moral dimension to the debate but, for me, it’s a purely practical issue. If Newbury is so over-run with potential customers that it can merrily risk offending a good portion of them in the hope of currying favour with the rest, there is nothing to fret over. Alas, it seems unlikely that this is really the case, especially in light of the course’s determined efforts to produce new seams of profit from its land. I will be surprised if this dress code remains in place a year from now.

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n the grandstand at Sandown the other day, as I waited patiently to watch one of my fancies get stuffed, I suddenly recalled a comment piece from three or four years ago in which I listed New Year’s resolutions that the sport of horseracing might collectively make. I couldn’t remember the proposals, which gives you an insight into the burning passion and belief that underlies my every written word. But the internet is the recording angel that allows no sin to be erased, so digging the piece up took about five seconds. And how amusing it was to discover I had suggested more openness as a sensible way forward. Anyone who has been following racing politics this past 12 months will be aware that openness is somewhat out of favour. The High Holborn offices of the British Horseracing Authority now appears to be a vast repository of undisclosed information, modelled on the warehouse of sealed boxes in which Raiders Of The Lost Ark ends. The BHA’s full report into the use of steroids by a rogue trainer at Godolphin is just one of the items not revealed to public scrutiny. Other things they know that we don’t include the identities of the nine Newmarket trainers other than Gerard Butler who used Sungate and the dozens of beasts injected with it. When horses based abroad race here, their trainers are required to make a full disclosure of any medication with which those animals have been treated. Given the variation in what has been allowed by other countries, those

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VIEW FROM IRELAND By JESSICA LAMB OF THE RACING POST

Fenton deserves to tank along again Injuries to star horses have held up progress but the trainer’s tide is turning

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he Tullow Tank’s victory in the Grade 1 Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse on December 1 signalled a retreat of the bad, injury-rich tide that Philip Fenton has ridden for the past two years. Dunguib put the former champion amateur rider on the map as a trainer five years ago by winning the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham and his Supreme Novices’ Hurdle third was followed by the run of Fenton’s first Gigginstown-owned horse, Last Instalment. Between them they would win five Grade 1s before suffering tendon injuries that have now kept them off the track for over two years. Less than three years after Dunguib’s win

that thrust Fenton into the spotlight, he was back to square one with no headline horse. Yet Fenton picked himself up and moved on, finding talent in Venture Capital that made JP McManus part with his money, but one year later the exciting son of Presenting was killed at Thurles. Many would have cried enough. Not Fenton, who hopefully is again on the verge of big-race glory. Fenton said: “The legs seemed to have settled with both horses, Dunguib and Last Instalment. I’m very pleased. It’s very satisfactory and I just hope it lasts. “Venture Capital’s fatal injury left a gap. He was one we were really looking forward to. He was a beautiful horse. But it’s part of the game, losing horses and getting injuries.” Last Instalment jarred his tendons when winning a Grade 1 at Leopardstown in February 2012 and has needed stem cell treatment on both his front legs. His weighty, thickset frame has slowed his recovery and there is a sense of deja vu as this time last year Fenton was also aiming for a return in the Kinloch Brae at Thurles. “When you start making plans it always seems to backfire, so it’s day-by-day,” Fenton said. “They have had months of road work and hacking and got stronger as we add in canters.”

Dunguib injured one tendon while being prepared for the World Series Hurdle at the 2011 Punchestown festival and the other when returning to training a year later. Fenton used platelet-rich plasma injections to speed up the healing process and, though he has had to shelve Dunguib’s chasing career, he does believe he will run over hurdles again. “He’s making a good recovery now,” Fenton said. “Last year we were paying plenty of attention to the bad leg and then the good one started to give him trouble too. He’s too old [11] now to jump fences and we might start him over hurdles in January. Ground will help us make the decisions over when both start out again as we have to be careful.” If the impending return of these two and the victory of The Tullow Tank are not enough to convince you, the emergence of Value At Risk could be. Just as Venture Capital had done two years previously, he landed the bumper on the Royal Bond card at Fairyhouse in style. Fenton enthused: “He will be nice. We’ll stick to bumpers this season and you’d be hoping he’d develop into a nice novice hurdler but an even better chaser. Fingers crossed. “As for The Tullow Tank, well he looks pretty useful. He has a brilliant attitude and never knows when he’s beaten.”

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Jockey Tim Carroll returns to race-riding this month with a renewed sense of wellbeing and focus after a fall that onlookers feared would end his career. The 22-year-old conditional rider from Kildare broke his elbow and jaw and severely dislocated his shoulder in a fall during a schooling session at Tipperary in early October. Despite suffering several setbacks on his road to recovery, he has remained upbeat and believes that the injuries have given him a better outlook. He said: “I know my injuries were bad but I’m very grateful to come out of that fall with just a few broken bones and I am always thinking of [paralysed riders] JT McNamara and Jonjo Bright. “My broken bones are nothing compared to what they are going through. It could have been so much worse for me and I have been working hard to come back stronger, and a better rider.” The jockey sustained his injuries when his mount, who was leading a string, made a mistake at a hurdle and somersaulted, landing on Carroll and lying on him, winded, for 30 seconds. The visual impact sent horror through

watchers’ minds and Carroll explained that the worst was feared in the initial seconds after the impact. “People who had watched in the stands that day told me they thought I was dead when the horse got up,” he said. “Davy Russell said he pulled up straight away and came over to me as he thought I was a goner, too. I was lucky and I will remember that.” Carroll had hoped to return to action over the busy Christmas period but had that wish dashed when new information revealed to doctors that his collarbone needed surgery, six weeks after the fall. He said: “The first x-ray didn’t pick up the collarbone, but I kept complaining about it as it wasn’t right and six weeks later they gave me a CT and it showed I needed surgery as I had severely dislocated the collarbone. “That was their mistake, they should have seen it before and it was disappointing. If that had been spotted on the first x-ray then it would have been fixed by Christmas. “My jaw healed quickly and I had movement back in my elbow by then too, it was just still weak, but it might have been strong enough for Christmas.” The 5lb claimer had ridden only one winner this season before his fall, but had

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Tim Carroll: can’t wait to resume riding

proven progressive in each of the four previous terms, improving from two winners a campaign to eight.

First Champions Weekend taking shape The line up for Ireland’s new Flat Champions Weekend in September, merging the Irish St Leger meeting with the Irish Champion Stakes card, is expected to take a more solid shape this month. Horse Racing Ireland met with the European Pattern Committee to outline its proposals late last year and the changes were pitched to countries which may be affected by the plans. HRI expects to learn the results at the end of this month. The most significant change would be the moving of the Moyglare Stud Stakes from August to mid-September to sit on the Irish St Leger card, but there is also the Curragh’s trials weekend in August to consider. The changes will leave two weekends with a very high concentration of pattern races in the Flat’s busy autumn period.

Barry among training recruits Shay Barry hung up his riding boots last month to pursue a career as a trainer. The County Waterford rider is set to receive his

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licence this month after completing the Turf Club’s trainers’ course at the beginning of December. The three-time Grade 1 winner rode over jumps for more than 20 years, landing his final win on the Eoin Doyle-trained Come To The Party last January. He was joined on the Turf Club course by Fozzy Stack, poised to take over from father Tommy, and Evanne McCutcheon, set to take charge of father Peter’s Group 1-winning sprinter Maarek.

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CONTINENTAL TALES

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Speed likely to be name of the game If Germany are to complete King George hat-trick it could be by getting Lucky

Club galloping ahead

Here’s an idea from Sweden that might give Great British Racing food for thought as it seeks out innovative ways to bring new owners into our sport. Riks Galoppen, a racing club which was established in 2011 and is underwritten by the Swedish Jockey Club, allows your average man in the street to get a taste of what it must be like to be Sheikh Mohammed at the bargain basement one-off cost of just 375 Swedish krona, or roughly £35. You may get only a 1,000th share of a single horse for that price, but you get plenty of other benefits too. A free three-month subscription to the country’s racing channel, free racecourse entry every time your horse runs, the opportunity to watch your horse training and visit its trainer’s base, plus the chance to play in a private pointsbased competition against five other Riks

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And the form of Lucky Speed’s Derby victory looks solid – mainly thanks to his closest pursuer, Tres Blue, who has since scored at Group 3 and Group 2 level, including against older horses. All told, the Hamburg race has produced three different individual pattern winners, two more who have succeeded at Listed level and a further trio who have been Group-placed. The Derby was also the high point of an excellent campaign for Germany’s renaissance man, jockey Andrasch Starke, who is about to turn 40 but is a good example to a fellow pilot some three years his senior – Frankie Dettori – that great things can still be achieved even after a relatively fallow period. Like Dettori, Starke’s career could have been derailed by a drug-related incident – his coming in Hong Kong. Also like Dettori, he racked up a number of riding titles quite young, in his case notching five German crowns before his 30th birthday. Partly as a result of not chasing winners at the minor meetings, Starke then spent a few years playing second fiddle to his weighing room colleagues, at times even slipping out of the top five. But he was back on the throne in 2012 and recently pouched his seventh title with his best total since 2008.

Galoppen horses, with the winning team treated to a lavish victory party laid on by the Jockey Club – all that is included. And that’s not all. You are guaranteed a monetary return on your investment. All the prize-money your horse wins is divided between the shareholders, as are the proceeds of the sale of the horse when it goes under the hammer at the end of the seven-month long competition period. Shares in the six horses taking part in the fourth edition of Riks Galoppen went on sale on December 4 and in each of its three previous renewals, shareholders in the winning horse have made a profit – in 2013 it was 365 krona for an outlay of 350, compared to 450 for each 300 krona share in the inaugural year. Sure, your horse might run consistently badly, but shareholders of the worst of 2013’s

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ucky Speed is a name to bear in mind if you are one of those far-sighted people already trying to work out the horses most likely to carry off Europe’s big Flat prizes of next season, in particular the King George. If Germany is to complete an improbable hattrick in Ascot’s midsummer feature, Lucky Speed is the obvious candidate. In common with the 2012 winner, Danedream, Lucky Speed is trained in Cologne by Peter Schiergen. Unlike her, he failed to remain healthy after winning a Classic, in his case the German Derby at Hamburg in July. Indeed, he has not been heard of since, though he was an intended starter for Germany’s top all-aged race, the Grosser Preis von Baden, until a few days before the race. He does not have a fancy pedigree – his three older siblings, Lyssio, Lyvius and Lysino, were all decent Flat performers in Germany but are all plying their trade over hurdles in Britain, with Jim Best, Nicky Henderson and Chris Grant respectively. Lyvius is much the pick of the trio but has regressed since landing the 2012 Gerry Feilden Hurdle. However, Lucky Speed is by a fine stallion, Silvano, who is much better known in South Africa (where he has been champion sire) than Europe.


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It has been an odd year for British-trained horses on the other side of the Channel. There have never been so many making the journey – by New Year’s Eve the tally may well pass the 400mark for the first time – but the strike-rate (little more than 10%) has been poor and the quality of the races won largely underwhelming. For instance, this will be the first year since 1984 that Arc weekend has passed without a single victory for ‘Les Rosbifs’ and the 27 Gallic Group 1 races have produced just three relatively minor British triumphs – from Havana Gold in the Prix Jean Prat, Elusive Kate in the Prix Rothschild and Tac de Boistron in the Prix Royal-Oak. Remarkably, there have been as many notable wins for visiting National Hunt trainers as for their Flat counterparts, albeit one of them was a Grade 2 race rather than a Grade 1. As eulogised about last month, Reve de Sivola won the Grand Prix d’Automne for Nick Williams on November 2, while Paul Nicholls won the Prix Renaud du Vivier with Ptit Zig a week later to go with the Prix La Barka that his Celestial Halo had annexed back in May. And one successful Flat raid did have a nasty twist in its tail. As reported in October’s column, Lambourn handler Stan Moore did

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horses did at least get some return, albeit just 30 krona. Your horse is also insured against death (allowing funds to purchase a replacement) and, thus far, all competing horses have managed at least two runs. As you can probably gather by now, the Swedish Jockey Club has put a great deal of thought into the intricacies of the competition. Its success (“we have got a lot of new people into racing this way,” said its Director Of Racing, Nicholas Cordrey) is much down to Helena Gartner, who has somehow found the time to lead the project while maintaining her other responsibilities within the Jockey Club’s licencing and education departments. “We have spread the horses around the country,” said Gartner. “In 2014, three will be based in Stockholm, two in Malmo and one in Gothenberg. “And we choose the trainers carefully, paying particular attention to their communication skills – blogging, tweeting and using Facebook

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Ptit Zig was one of the rare big winners for Britain across the Channel this year

particularly well to plunder four claiming races and pick up decent prize-money on a dozen other occasions. But one of his winners, the juvenile gelding Cockney Bob, was claimed for £13,824 by Chantilly handler David Windrif after he had

to keep shareholders up to date with the latest news of their horse is particularly important. “We have a rule that the winning trainer is guaranteed the chance to be part of the competition again the following year and the trainer who sells all 1,000 shares the fastest also gets that guarantee. “The trainers have their budget of 375,000 krona [roughly £35,0000, financed by 1,000 shares at 375 krona each] and they can spend whatever proportion of that sum they want on buying the horse, leaving the remainder to cover their training fees. We restrict them to buying horses who will be three years of age when the competition is on, as there is a good three-year-old programme here and it means they should be able to race on for some time once the competition is over.” All three winners so far have each managed an exceptional five victories within the competition’s April 1-October 31 timeframe, and each has been sourced in Britain – Street

scored at Clairefontaine in August. He has since gone on to become one of Europe’s hardest-working two-year-olds, winning no fewer than five of his nine subsequent starts, amassing over £63,000 in prize-money and even getting placed in Listed company.

Band (bought out of Henry Candy’s yard for 4,000gns), Free House (11,000gns from Brian Meehan) and Senator Sam (£15,000 from Ann Duffield). The cost to the Jockey Club has been relatively small – maintenance of www.riksgaloppen.se, marketing, roughly £10,000 on the winner’s party, plus covering the shortfall if all 1,000 shares in a horse are left unsold (split 50/50 with its trainer). This final expense has yet to amount to much – in its first year the competition was a complete sell-out and although four horses were undersubscribed last year it was by only a handful of shares each. So how about a British version of Riks Galoppen? Racing clubs are commonplace here but there should be a niche in the market if costs can be kept as low as they are in Sweden. Our current leading racing club, Elite, charges an annual fee of £185, over five times the price of a Riks Galoppen subscription.

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AROUND THE GLOBE THE WORLDWIDE RACING SCENE

NORT H A MER ICA

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Velazquez confident of comeback

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here will be a day in the early months of 2014 when American Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez will walk out of the jockeys’ room at Gulfstream Park in south Florida bound for the walking ring. He will have a mount in a graded stakes race and will probably be riding the favourite. That day cannot arrive soon enough. In early December, Velazquez was one month into a recovery from internal injuries suffered in a terrifying accident at the Breeders’ Cup meeting at Santa Anita in Southern California on November 2. Velazquez was unseated when Secret Compass suffered a fatal breakdown on the turn of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.

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were there to work on me right away and take me to hospital. That saved my life” Velazquez was struck by a trailing horse and suffered injuries that required the removal of his spleen and treatment of his pancreas. After the operation, Velazquez was hospitalised for five days in Pasadena and spent another five days in Southern California before returning to his home on Long Island, New York. In mid-November, Velazquez was well enough to attend a conference on Long Island for the New York Task Force on Jockey Health and Safety, a seven-person panel appointed largely by New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo to make recommendations on funding mechanisms for jockey health, disability and pension benefits at racecourses in that state. Velazquez was appointed to the panel earlier this year. The other jockey in the group is Ramon Dominguez, who was forced into retirement in April after suffering a head injury in a spill at Aqueduct in January. Dominguez, 36, won the Eclipse Award as the nation’s outstanding rider for three consecutive years from 2010-2012. He ended THOROUGHBRED OWNER & BREEDER INC PACEMAKER

his career with 4,985 wins. Velazquez won the Eclipse Award in 2004 and 2005, and has the same award as a goal for his comeback. After the jockey welfare conference, Velazquez told Daily Racing Form: “There is no doubt I’m coming back. I just don’t know when. It’s just going to take a little time.” Velazquez kept a low profile following the accident. He did not return telephone inquiries for this article in early December. In a statement released by a publicist in midNovember, he praised medical staff for his treatment. “Thankfully, the paramedics were there to work on me right away and made the decision to go to a trauma hospital,” he said. “That helped save my life.” Velazquez’s doctors told him he was limited to minimal physical activity until the end of the year, before he could begin gradually working toward his comeback. He was not allowed to drive a car until late November. The accident came early on a day when Velazquez was booked to ride reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. Jose Lezcano picked up the mount, won the race, and later paid tribute to Velazquez. “Johnny’s one of the best guys in the business,” Lezcano said. Velazquez was having an eventful 2013. He was sidelined in the spring after suffering a fractured rib and a bone chip in his wrist following a spill at Aqueduct. Later in the season, Velazquez became North America’s all-time leading rider in money earned, a figure John Velazquez: hoping to get back in the saddle soon

that currently stands at $298,841,289. A native of Puerto Rico, Velazquez won his 5,000th race in July, and he now has 5,088 wins. Despite those milestones, Velazquez, 42, has a unique position in American racing. Velazquez is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organisation that works on behalf of riders in North America on a variety of issues, including track safety and insurance. With the recent events in his career, both professionally and personally, he is the perfect man for the job.

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AROUND THE GLOBE

HONG KONG by Stephen Howell

Hong Kong promotes its Longines-sponsored international meeting at Sha Tin each December as ‘the greatest show on turf’ and, with passage paid, it always attracts elite runners from around the globe. This year Europe sent some of its best: females Moonlight Cloud, Sky Lantern and The Fugue; veteran middle-distance star Cirrus Des Aigles; sprinter Sole Power; the Melbourne Cup brigade on their way home from Australia – Red Cadeaux, Dunaden, Mount Athos, Simenon and Dandino – while Feuerblitz, Seismos, Nymphea and Ebiyza also flew the European flag. Yet it was the Asian runners that took all before them on the firm Sha Tin turf. The brilliant Japanese sprinter Lord Kanaloa slammed the Sprint field for the second year on the spin in Black Caviar style and will head off to stud at home (and perhaps shuttle to

“Aussie Zac Purton

out-thought his rivals in the Vase, including William Buick on The Fugue” Australia), while Hong Kong runners won the other three million-pound-plus races – Glorious Days (Mile), Akeed Mofeed (Cup) and Dominant (Vase). Ex-British runner Dominant was formerly trained in Newmarket by the late Michael Jarvis and then Roger Varian. Hong Kong-based Australian jockey Zac Purton, riding as well as any jockey in the world, simply out-thought opponents on the five-year-old son of Cacique, including William Buick on The Fugue. John Gosden’s filly, run down on the line in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on her previous start, couldn’t catch the Purtoninspired Dominant this time, going down by three-quarters of a length. Purton said that around the six-furlong mark “everything inside of me just bunched up and I decided to take the opportunity to go around them and thankfully he was able to sustain it and get home”. Buick described it as a “tricky race” and said the winner got first run at him and he lost momentum.

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Dominant sees off British raider The Fugue (pink silks) in the Hong Kong Vase

The great travellers Dunaden and Red Cadeaux finished third and fourth in the Vase to top up their earnings from previous years. Ireland’s Simenon was fifth, but the Luca Cumani-trained Mount Athos was only ninth. Dandino and Galileo Rock were late scratches because of leg injuries. The consolation in the $HK22 million (£1.7m) Cup, which Hong Kong Jockey Club Chief Executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges flagged could be worth $HK30m next year, was that Akeed Mofeed, ridden by Douglas Whyte for Richard Gibson, was bred in and bought from Europe. Englishman Gibson, who moved to Hong Kong after training in Chantilly, was reportedly given a €2.5m budget by Hong Kong businessman and entrepreneur Pan Sutong. Gibson netted Akeed Mofeed and made hay by buying Gold-Fun with the left over money. The gelding Gold-Fun, unbeaten in three Group runs before international day, was second in the Mile, run down by Whyte on Glorious Days, capping a remarkable training feat by Hong Kong-based Australian John Size, who had not started the horse for more than six months. Gibson suggested that Akeed Mofeed, expected to stand at stud in Australia in the next southern spring, could race in Dubai or Sydney before retiring. Cirrus Des Aigles was a brave third in the Cup, but in the Mile the champion Moonlight Cloud (sixth) disappointed for the second time outside Europe, and Sky Lantern (last) found her task too hard.

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CHRISELLIAM OUTSTANDING JUVENILE Received by Willie Carson, Emily Asprey and Chris Wright Sponsored by Tattersalls

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TREVE OUTSTANDING FILLY & MARE Received by Harry Herbert on behalf of Sheikh Joaan Al Thani Sponsored by Markel

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LETHAL FORCE OUTSTANDING SPRINTER Received by Alan Craddock Sponsored by Race Horse Trader

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THE NEW ONE OUTSTANDING NOVICE HURDLER Received by Sarah and Simon Such Sponsored by Premier Corporate Mail

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HURRICANE FLY OUTSTANDING HURDLER Received by Lewis Creighton on behalf of George Creighton and Rose Boyd Sponsored by Racing UK

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SIMONSIG OUTSTANDING NOVICE CHASER Received by Ronnie Bartlett, pictured with Michael Howard Sponsored by Arena Racing Company

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SPRINTER SACRE HORSE OF THE YEAR Received by Caroline Mould Sponsored by Weatherbys Hamilton

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AP McCOY SPECIAL AWARD Received by AP McCoy Presented by Rachel Hood on behalf of the ROA and its members

MOONLIGHT CLOUD OUTSTANDING MILER Received by James Wigan, on behalf of George Strawbridge, pictured with Susannah Gill Sponsored by Betfair

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TOP NOTCH TONTO SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Received by Keith Brown Sponsored by Coral

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THE QUEEN OWNER OF THE YEAR Received by John Warren on behalf of The Queen Sponsored by Weatherbys Private Banking

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A VINTAGE CELEBRATION ROA members, their guests and industry figures enjoyed the champagne reception, generously sponsored by The Jockey Club Barry Geraghty and Anthony Bromley

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George and Sally Primarolo with David Stevens

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THE BIG INTERVIEW WAYNE HUTCHINSON

Wayne’s wonderful

WORLD Wayne Hutchinson’s star took a long time to ascend but the loyalty he has shown to Alan King – and which works both ways – is now bearing fruit in the shape of big-race rides and winners Words Alan Lee • Photos George Selwyn

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estate where his father, Bill, delivers the mail every day. “He was a gas fitter for 20-odd years but when I was in junior school he became a postie,” says Hutchinson. “His round includes my house.” It was football, far more than racing, which used to dominate the male half of the Hutchinson clan. Wayne was a decent full-back in his early teens and had hopes of being taken on by Swindon Town. “At 14 they told me I was too small, but what they were really saying was I wasn’t good enough,” he relates. “Ever since then I’ve worried about being a failure. It might sound silly but I want to make my Dad proud. I didn’t make it as a footballer. I was determined – and still am – not to fail as a jockey.” It was his mother, Leila, who helped him into an alternative sporting career. “Mum always had horses around the place

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and when I stayed with her at weekends I learned to ride,” says Hutchinson. “After I’d finished with football I got a weekend job with Mark Usher, who trained just down the road from us, and it went from there.” Hutchinson quickly formed a preference for jumping. “It was surprisingly easy to get over the football disappointment because racing in some ways was more exciting,” he says. “I’d only ever watched it on TV with Dad and there was an air of mystery to it. “I always wanted to go jumping but I was too small at first, so I spent a couple of seasons on the Flat. At first I could ride at 7st 9lb but I soon started to grow so I went to Stan Mellor, who was in his last couple of years as a jumps trainer. Stan was a great teacher. He would video all my rides, even if they were for someone else, then get me in

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making of me. I was soft. Jeff saw that and knew what he needed to do” the office and talk me through what I’d done right or wrong.” When the quiet-spoken Mellor retired, Hutchinson made a move that would test and remould his character. Jeff King was training a small string at Broad Hinton, between Swindon

and the Marlborough Downs. To put it mildly, King could be intolerant of jockeys who failed to match up to standards he had set in his own, formidable riding career. Nobody who took a job there, or even a ride for him, could expect exemption, but Hutchinson is not the only one who looks back on the regime with gratitude. “Jeff was the making of me,” he says now. “I was soft. Jeff saw that and knew what he needed to do. You’d have lost count of the bollockings but he moulded me for what I’d have to face in the future. Thankfully, he never reduced me to tears but every day there made me more determined to show him I could do it the way he wanted. “I had a very positive attitude to him and how hard he was. I knew he’d been a wonderful jockey and I came to see he was also a fantastic man. If I’d gone to Alan’s without that time with Jeff, I might have curled up. Alan’s bark is always worse than his bite but he’d let you know if you’d done wrong and Jeff prepared me for that.” It had taken Hutchinson more than two seasons to ride his first National Hunt winner but the move to Alan King – oddly, his fourth racing job within a short distance of his Swindon home – was to stabilise his career. “I had an interview there one Sunday morning in 2002 and Alan asked me to start on July 1,” he recounts. “It was his second year at Barbury Castle, I was 21 and I’ve been there ever since. “I’ve had one or two chances to go elsewhere as a first jockey, but you have to weigh everything up. Alan has been loyal to me and I like to think I’ve been just as loyal in return. He learned his loyalties from the Duke (David Nicholson). I remember he would always speak to him after racing and a couple of times, when I was in the car with Alan, we’d stop off to see him on the way home. “Much of the way Alan operates is oldschool, like the Duke used to do it. The day after I lost my claim I went in as usual to muck out my horses and found someone else doing them. My name had been taken off the workboard and I was on my own. It was a good feeling but also a bit scary – I wasn’t getting a wage any more. “We’ve never had a written retainer or a contract and I can’t even say we’ve ever spoken about the arrangement in detail. I’m just pleased to have a boss who stands by me, gives me some security.” Hutchinson accepts that his star has risen thanks in no small way to a spate of injuries suffered by Thornton. However, the idea that THOROUGHBRED OWNER & BREEDER INC PACEMAKER

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he has been blessed by fitness throughout his career is far from accurate. “There have been three major injuries,” he points put. “I was only in my second year with Alan when I ruptured a kidney in a fall. Ironically, I was brought down when Choc fell on one of Alan’s. Something came from behind and kicked me almost to the next hurdle at Exeter. The pain was excruciating, the worst I’ve known, and they kept me in hospital down there for a week. It wasn’t just the first time I’d been hurt but also the first time I’d been away from home, so I felt a bit isolated.” Four years later and Hutchinson suffered another ill-fated trip to Exeter. “My foot got caught in the iron as I came off and I was dragged along for 50 yards,” he relays. “I knew I’d done some serious damage to my left knee but the hospital in Exeter wouldn’t give me an MRI scan. At first, they didn’t even offer me a pair of crutches, just sent me home. I got up from the chair and tried to walk away but the knee gave way halfway across the ward and I hit the floor. They did let me have crutches after that and it got properly assessed by the physio at Swindon Town the next day. “I’d done the cruciate and medial ligaments and, when I got to see a specialist, he told me I needed a complete reconstruction, which would mean six months off. It was the first week of December, a very busy time, so I turned it down and asked him to patch me up. “I got back riding in the new year but it only lasted until the end of February. Another fall and it was gone again and I had to have the reconstruction. I don’t regret trying to put it off. When you have big races coming up, you will always give it a go.” If that episode was symptomatic of every jockey’s blinkered attitude to life, the story of Hutchinson’s other severe injury perhaps says more about himself. “It was a May meeting at Ludlow and there was a bit of a pile-up on the home turn,” he says. “I’d clipped heels with a horse in front and, as I hit the ground, another horse stood on me. I knew my leg was broken, it was obvious, but I refused to go in the ambulance as I didn’t want to be stuck in a hospital miles from home. They put a splint

on it and I spent two hours in the back seat of my car with my leg in the air while Richie Killoran drove me home.” Home is quite definitely where Hutchinson’s heart remains. The houses he has lived in, the trainers he has worked for are all contained within a few miles of his upbringing. Now he

lives with his partner back where it all began. “All the family take an interest in my horses and both granddads put a pound on everything I ride,” he says. “Callum, my son, is 11 now and lives with his mother but I see plenty of him. We go and watch Swindon together and he’s started to ride well.”

Business as usual, whatever the fuss Robert ‘Choc’ Thornton was appointed as first jockey to Alan King in the same summer that Hutchinson arrived at the yard and they have worked together ever since. Recently, much has been made of the perceived chemistry, some suggesting that Hutchinson is now on equal terms, but he does not see it that way. “Nothing has changed,” he insists. “It’s all been taken out of context. There are plenty of rides to share and we have runners at two meetings every weekend.” As for the notion that the two jockeys must be deadly rivals, Hutchinson laughs openly. “People read all kinds of things into it but we’ve never had a cross word,” he insists. “We’re good mates and get on great, both at work and socially. People may think we’re in competition but I’ve never looked at it that way. We’re part of a team, aiming for the same goals. “I was still a kid, claiming 7lb, when I arrived at the yard. I’ve always looked up to Choc and, even now, I’ll ask him for help and guidance, but I don’t believe I’ve ever been in his shadow. Choc made it quite young and I guess I’m having my best years much later.” Despite recent gains, Hutchinson has never lost humility or grounding. “I actually spent most of the summer labouring on a building site,” he reveals. “I was helping some mates with a conversion and I found it was something so different that I came back to racing refreshed.” Though he should not need to consider retirement for some years, Hutchinson admits to apprehension, saying: “It does scare me. I haven’t got any qualifications to do anything else but I guess most jockeys say the same – it will be very hard to replace the excitement and enjoyment. You do need to make plans but, at the same time, I’m trying to put it off. “I don’t set myself seasonal targets now. I did that when I was young and kept getting hurt. I’ve also tried to stop beating myself up when things go wrong. I can be my own worst critic but it’s not healthy, stewing on things. I tell myself to chill out. What will be, will be.”

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TALKING TO... CAROLINE TISDALL

No pipe

DREAM By Tim Richards

BILL SELWYN

Professor Caroline Tisdall wants to win the Champion Hurdle and Cheltenham Gold Cup – and she might just do it with one of her recent big-money purchases. Meet the owner for whom trying to master an art is second nature

Can you recall the outstanding racing memory of your youth? It was then as now, the overwhelming sense of horses thundering by and all those wonderful colourful silks. I was the little Pollyanna and, of course, I was going to run in the Grand National and win it, like all my generation. The National Velvet connection.

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hen and how did your interest in horseracing first start? I was fascinated by racing as a child and used to bunk off primary school from the age of nine to go to Sandown and get in through a hole in the fence. Later, talking to my mother, who was a great follower of showjumping, those early trips to Sandown came up in conversation and I discovered that she knew what I was up to. But she thought it was rather enterprising and no harm would come of it. They were different times. More recently I came back into horseracing in National Hunt, through my time on the Board of the Countryside Alliance. I attended a lot of National Hunt gatherings and found that I really loved the sport. I joined in my first horse in 2010 and chose the Pipe yard upon the recommendation of Sir Mark Prescott. That came about when I was with the Countryside Alliance, talking on the circuit to the wild fringes of politically incorrect Britain with Sir Mark Prescott and he had always said that if you want a jump horse you must go to the Pipes.

You paid €280,000 for Dell’ Arca, winner of the Greatwood Hurdle, and more recently shared in the £450,000 purchase of Un Temps Pour Tout, and now own some ten horses trained by David Pipe. What brought about this sudden prominence in racehorse ownership? It is not sudden. I am not a completely new owner, as Martin and David say, I have done quite a hard apprenticeship. One of our earliest horses, Sir Frank, in whom I have a 20th share, recently won at Exeter, nearly four years after I became associated with him! I started buying at the Arqana sale with the Pipes and their agent in 2011 and on their advice I bought Vieux Lion Rouge, who won three bumpers

last season. At the same time, slightly off-piste and to the Pipes’ alarm, I bought two more by myself, which was quite a learning experience. Both were cheap horses which so far haven’t done much. Gosh, you learn quickly when you put your money down. Without being pretentious, my philosophy is that once you’ve started to master something, you want to do it to your best at the top level. I did it with art history, which was my specialisation, and now I want to do it with racing. That’s the thinking behind my recent joint purchase of Un Temps Pour Tout, the £450,000 sale topper at Newbury’s DBS Hennessy sale, with Bryan Drew, a fellow David Pipe owner. Bryan and I have the same ambitions about wanting the Pipe yard to have THOROUGHBRED OWNER & BREEDER INC PACEMAKER


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Tisdall with Dell’ Arca, trainer David Pipe, groom Rosie Clarke and rider Tom Scudamore after their Greatwood glory (and inset)

really good horses. And at no time have we been egged on by them. In fact, they have urged caution at all times and alarm at the prices. It’s entirely self-inflicted!

pretending they’re hurt, you recognise the jockeys as inspirational. Whenever I get an ache or pain, I just think ‘AP’ and try to carry on.

What is it about the jumps game that makes your blood race? The miracle is that jump racing has survived into modern times because it involves such colossal risks to the jockeys and horses but also to the pockets of those investing because the prize-money, apart from the Pattern races, is absolutely ridiculous. Therefore the relationship between owner and trainer has to be pretty trusting and strong to survive all the falls and injuries. I see jump racing as an area of wonderful freedom and slight political incorrectness. When you look at jump jockeys getting up with a broken collarbone and wanting to ride in the next race, then compare them with footballers, who lie down

Dell’ Arca is an exciting recruit to hurdling. What are his targets for the rest of the season and how far do you envisage him going? The dream would be the Champion Hurdle and ultimately the Gold Cup. Certainly, we’d like to think he is a Cheltenham Festival type, but who knows?

of extraordinary people. The partners I have in some of my other horses are road hauliers, the greatest supporter of the yard, Bathwick Tyres, all people who know the value of their money having made it themselves. I respect all that and we have enormous fun together. After Dell’ Arca won the Greatwood, David’s three-yearold son, Jack, took the trophy to playschool the next day and apparently kept telling everyone “C’aline won it!” When his teacher asked about his father, Jack replied: “Yes, but C’aline won it.” You see, there is fun at Pond House from the youngest to the top.

What makes the Pipe yard such fun? Is this an important part of the ownership experience? It is a huge part of the ownership experience. The yard is incredibly inclusive; we all join in each other’s victories and despairs and have great fun. You meet a wonderful cross-section

You were invited for a stable visit by Willie Mullins after David outbid him for Dell‘ Arca. What were your impressions of the Irish champion trainer’s set-up? I was also underbidder for ‘A stable visit to Willie Mullins’ at the JT McNamara charity

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Tisdall enjoys a glass of bubbly with Bryan Drew and Tom Scudamore after shelling out £450,000 on four-year-old Un Temps Pour Tout at DBS (above)

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charity and the Pipes joked that Willie Mullins had cost me so much money we might as well pay him a visit. It was the first day Willie was exercising his horses on the Curragh. The scene was just amazing with legendary horses milling around left, right and centre having just disembarked from two great big transporters – Hurricane Fly, Briar Hill, Champagne Fever, who looked absolutely wonderful. It was so different from an English set-up. You have been on the Board of the Countryside Alliance and are well known as an advocate for all types of field sports. Do you participate in any of them and have you ever ridden? Yes, fishing, shooting and I was a keen stalker and occasionally went hunting. I have fallen off many horses out hunting. I support the Cattistock in Dorset but would never jump their fences. Occasionally I am lucky enough to have a horse to go with the Devon and Somerset Staghounds on Exmoor, which I think is the peak of British hunting. When you said you “would die in a ditch to defend hunting”, did you mean it? Why is this issue so important to you? I did. And I also said if it were banned I would take it up, which I duly had to do. They tested my seat to see if I was suitable to go hunting on the last day of legal and the first day of illegal. They said rather ruefully, ‘Caroline, you don’t have a seat’, and I had to work quite hard at it. But I did hunt on my own little mare, which I re-named ‘Cheree’ to irritate Cherie Blair. Hunting is important to me because it comes into this area of freedom where what you do with many things in life should be on your own moral compass, and not forced by Government matters. It is undoubtedly true that people who live

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in the countryside know and understand the countryside and certainly love animals and are custodians of all of that. It should not be dictated to from people who haven’t even had the humility to go out and see what it’s about.

“Trainers and jockeys are the people who know how to improve racing. They should have a bigger voice”

And I would advocate the same arguments for the Grand National. If you start caving in to certain organisations you will end up having given an inch and will lose the mile. You must stand up for what you love. You have written numerous books on the artist Joseph Beuys. What is your fascination with him? He was German, died in 1986 and was the

most wonderful person. His art was based on the notion that we are all creative and his great slogan was that everyone is an artist and that in every field of life there is creativity. There is a lot of his work in Tate Modern and my collection is on loan to them. I organised most of Beuys’s major exhibitions and wrote a lot of books about him. Over the years he very kindly gave me some of his works. Everyone has their niche in the subject they’re good at. Just as I like the Pipe yard in racing, Joseph Beuys was the artist I liked. I didn’t go for Bacon or Picasso, I became an expert in Beuys. With your experience as a journalist and having worked on films for the BBC and Channel 4, you must have a view on media coverage of racing... I think the industry has to reach out to the media, not just sit back grumbling about what is written and broadcast. There are some very good racing journalists with a fantastic depth of knowledge. With my experience on The Guardian, I am in awe of the Racing Post and the level of proof reading that goes on there. For television, there always has to be a story and racing seems to produce them, thanks to AP and the National. We are also lucky in that THOROUGHBRED OWNER & BREEDER INC PACEMAKER


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CAROLINE TISDALL asking men if they were wearing tailored shirts and ties under their coats was really bad. We have got to attract more people to attend jump racing, not be draconian and put them off. There are far too many exclusive areas on racecourses. Racing has got to reach out to a wide and young audience; they won’t do that by asking men to open their coats to find out what shirts they are wearing. In a way this all leads on from the wonderful inclusivity you find at the Pipes. Racing needs to follow that example. From an owner’s point of view there are all the usual concerns about prize-money and the levy. I think it is most peculiar that one section of racecourse owners, Arena Racecourse Company, is allowed not to join up to a general agreement. An area very close to my heart is the re-training and rehousing of racehorses and it is important that we do our very best in that field. Would you ever consider entering the world of racing politics? Yes, I would if I could be useful when I know enough, and if I’m wanted. I am a good conciliatory voice. I am a firm believer that you should join in the issues around what ever you are doing.

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What is your wish for the new year? More winners with happy horses getting home safely.

there is a story, albeit of huge variation, in almost every horse. You were The Guardian’s art critic in the 1970s. Was this the most exciting period of your life? Every time of my life has been incredibly exciting. Working in Africa was exciting, running a big estate in Scotland with my partner, Paul Van Vlissingen, was exciting. I have always had a wonderful life and the 70s were great to be working for The Guardian. They let you do pretty well anything; in one edition I had articles on seven different pages. I spoke several languages and knew a lot about Europe. I travelled through the Arab world for two years from 1979-81, writing about the impact of the Camp David Accord and ended up producing a book about the Palestinians called Beirut: Frontline Story. You studied Art History and graduated at the Courtauld Institute in London and were awarded a Professorship by Oxford Brookes for 14 books published on art history. What does your position involve? I was given an honorary professorship in THOROUGHBRED OWNER & BREEDER INC PACEMAKER

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recognition of the books I published. I help develop new courses and talk to PhD students and generally keep an eye on what’s happening. It is a very avant garde, progressive department. I made films for the BBC and Channel 4 and I did conservation work with my partner, Paul, for many years in Scotland and England. Then in Africa we founded a big re-training of National Park management, which is still going very strong as the African Park Foundation.

Most challenging thing I’ve done… survey the Congo in a small plane searching for the last Northern White Rhino

What is your biggest complaint about the way racing is run? In your opinion, how can racing be improved? Ultimately, the people who know the answer to that question are the trainers and the jockeys, and I think they should have a bigger voice and their opinions more respected. I certainly don’t think the authorities should tinker with the Grand National any more until they have seen how the new changes click in. We should be very aware that the audience is important. Racegoers make a commitment to their day and their money to come and they should be given as good an experience as possible. The situation at the Newbury Hennessy meeting where security staff were

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Favourite film… Bertolucci’s 1900 Four guests for dinner… Martin and David Pipe, Tom Scudamore and Sir Mark Prescott My weakness is… too many to tell you I relax by… scuba diving

My idol is… David Bowie and AP Favourite day’s racing… Cheltenham Gold Cup Best advice I’ve received… never try to iron a man’s shirt Race I’d most like to win… Grand National Encourage more people to go racing by… making people from all backgrounds feel welcome

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CLAIREMONT STUD

Classic

BEGINNINGS The name Clairemont Stud has been catapulted into the limelight by the sale of Dancing Rain but there’s much more to the Hampshire nursery than one very famous mare Words Emma Berry • Photos George Selwyn and Emma Berry

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lairemont Stud has only been in operation for a little over a year but in that short space of time it has already made headlines beyond just the racing press thanks to a rather special mare by the name of Dancing Rain. By the time Martin and Lee Taylor commissioned Liam Norris and William Huntingdon to buy some yearlings, the brothers already had in mind the idea to buy a stud farm and build up a largely commercial breeding operation. The sale of a dual Oaks winner in foal to Frankel for 4,000,000gns is just about as commercial as it gets and while some have questioned why a fledgling stud farm would part with a potentially outstanding foundation mare, the decision to sell was one which will lay foundations of a different kind for a burgeoning enterprise. “We treat the stud as a business but that said it was very emotional saying goodbye to Dancing Rain,” says Martin Taylor, a partner with the law firm Freshfields who was involved in Betfair’s floatation on the London Stock Exchange. “Watching her going through the ring was hard as she’s been a big part of our lives for the last three years but we knew it was the right business decision and we were pretty relaxed in the build-up to the sale as we knew what we wanted to sell her for, and she’d either make that figure or she wouldn’t. “As William Haggas said on the day, it was a no-lose situation. The worst that could have happened was that we would take her home and we’d still have had her and a Frankel foal.” As it is, Dancing Rain now resides at Darley’s Dalham Hall Stud, where she will visit New Approach this season after giving birth to her first foal. She was Sheikh Mohammed’s sole purchase at the breeding stock sales, prompting his advisor John Ferguson to admit: “For an

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operation like ours, you can have lots of mares, but you have to have the jewels. To Sheikh Mohammed, she was a jewel.” That she joined such an established breeding operation in the UK came as good news to Taylor, who says: “I’m really chuffed with who bought her, that she’s gone to a fantastic home and she’ll be sent to the top stallions. I honestly think she has every chance of being a very important broodmare – she has everything going for her and I wish her new owner all the best with her. I look forward to seeing her Frankel foal winning the Derby.” With two Classic-winning parents, clearly expectations will be high for Dancing Rain’s first

“We treat the stud as

a business but it was very emotional saying goodbye to Dancing Rain” foal, even though it was rather a different story when she herself appeared at Epsom. “Oaks day was surreal,” Martin recalls. “It was the nicest day of Dancing Rain’s career really because we had no expectations. She’d run well as a two-year-old in a good maiden but the first wind we got that she might be any good was when we were on our way to Cheltenham on Champion Hurdle day and the phone rang and it was William [Haggas]. Naturally we thought he was going to give us some bad news but instead he said he’d quite like to make an Oaks entry for Dancing Rain. We were so excited that we got lost and almost missed the first race.

“When she was beaten a head by Izzi Top in the Swettenham Stud Fillies’ Trial at the time we obviously didn’t realise how good Izzi Top would turn out to be, so we went to Epsom just hoping our filly might be able to finish in the first six. “The weather was beautiful, we managed to get a really fantastic box at the last minute but we went there with no expectation at all. So when she did what she did it was just extraordinary.” It was certainly a leap that most owners could only dream about, going from winning an allweather maiden at Kempton with their first horse, Penzena, owned by the Taylors in partnership with Martin’s Freshfields colleague Ben Spiers, to collecting the Oaks trophy at Epsom a little over 18 months later. In many ways, Epsom was where a lifelong fascination for racing began for the Taylor brothers, who attended the spring meeting each year as children and whose grandfather was a bookmaker. A self-confessed form addict and “statistics geek”, Martin Taylor proudly points to the fact that in winning the Oaks Dancing Rain ran the fastest last three furlongs of any Epsom Classic since timing began. But his interest runs beyond numbers, as one would expect of a man with a plan to develop a breeding operation. “We’re getting on towards retirement age and about six years ago Lee asked me if I fancied buying a stud farm, so we decided to go halves on the land and the bloodstock,” he says. “We were introduced to Liam through buying a Tobougg filly [Penzena] with a friend who already had a horse. We thought it would be a good way to get started and an introduction to the business. Then the next year we went to the December yearling sale and bought the top lot, a Sinndar filly called Alaia. She was our first serious purchase and we still have her.” >> THOROUGHBRED OWNER & BREEDER INC PACEMAKER


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Liam and Jenny Norris at Clairemont with Dancing Rain before her departure


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CLAIREMONT STUD

All eyes were on Dancing Rain in the ring at Tattersalls as the dual Oaks winner packed the house during the December Sale

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From the Aga Khan family of Aliysa and Alamshar, Alaia won once in Ireland for the Taylors from John Oxx’s stable before injury cut short her career. With such a strong page behind her, however, she was an automatic choice to start the broodmare band at what would become Clairemont Stud, which is managed by Liam’s wife, Jenny Norris. Alaia’s first foal, a Montjeu filly, was the sole homebred offered among a quintet of six-figure yearlings sold by Clairemont Stud during Book 1 of the recent Tattersalls October Sale. The remaining four were pinhooked as foals by Norris and William Huntingdon, and more than doubled in value collectively when resold as yearlings (see panel, page 69). As the plan to buy well-bred fillies advanced, another two, by Galileo and Danehill Dancer, were selected at Goffs in 2009. While one was struck by colic in the early stages of training and never raced, the other would go on to become

a dual Classic heroine. Until December, Dancing Rain spent the last year alongside that daughter of Galileo (Shaleela, whose dam is a half-sister to Shergar), at Clairemont. Shaleela’s contribution

“It’s about trying to

produce the best horses we can and bringing them to the sales to let people see that” to the farm may yet be felt. Later this year her Danehill Dancer yearling filly will be sent to the sales along with Alaia’s Oasis Dream colt, an increasing representation of homebreds in what

will again be a largely pinhooked draft. “When we decided to buy a stud farm and run it as a business, we wanted to bring some top quality yearlings to sell every year – that was the basic plan,” says Martin. “So eventually we want to end up with eight to ten broodmares of our own to produce six to eight foals every year for sale and we’ll top up with pinhooks to get to around ten. “So far we’re delighted with the way things have gone – Liam and William have done a great job in selecting the foals. “The farm’s lovely, it’s great land of just over 100 acres, so enough for ten families. We know that Jenny and Liam do an extraordinary job looking after the horses so we have a great team.” On a day-to-day basis the five broodmares and the collection of foals are overseen primarily by Jenny and Rachael Andre at the farm just outside Whitchurch in Hampshire,

‘She’s been a big part of our lives for three years’: the Taylor brothers and the Norrises on the morning of Dancing Rain’s sale

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Finjaan OwnerBreeder FP Jan14_EBN 17.10.13 13/12/2013 11:11 Page 1

Retiring to GAZELEY STUD in 2014

was a very precocious and top class 2-y-o. He was extremely sound with a great constitution and was an exceptional looking horse with a great temperament. Trainer Marcus Tregoning

Bay, 2006, 16.1hh,

Gr.2 winner over 7 furlongs at 3 Gr.3 winner and Gr.1 placed at 2 Winner of 3 races, 5f-7f, and placed 6 times, including: WON Gr.2

LENNOX STAKES, Goodwood, 7f, at 3, beating JJ The Jet Plane (Gr.1 x 5), Regal Parade (Gr.1 x 2), Balthazar’s Gift (Gr.2 x 3) and three Gr.3 winners.

WON Gr.3

MOLECOMB STAKES, Goodwood, 5f, at 2, beating three other Stakes winners.

3rd Gr.1

DEWHURST STAKES, Newmarket, 7f, at 2 (sh hd).

by ROYAL APPLAUSE – Alhufoof (Dayjur)

Rated higher than ACCLAMATION by Timeform The only son of ROYAL APPLAUSE standing in the UK By a Champion Sire of 2yos from the family of Gr.1 1000 Guineas winner LAHAN

Defeated 7 Group 1 winners, including RIP VAN WINKLE, BUSHRANGER, CITYSCAPE, ART CONNOISSEUR and LORD SHANAKILL. Timeform rated 116 at 2: 122 at 3

A FEW BREEDING RIGHTS STILL REMAINING Gazeley, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 8RA • Tel: (01638) 750341 • Fax: (01638) 552442 Manager: Redmond Carroll • 078 43 666111 • Email: redmond@gazeleystud.co.uk or Charlie Oakshott • 075 51 429748 or James Hughes • +353 (87) 637 7516

www.gazeleystud.co.uk First season fee:

£4,500 (1st October SLF)

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LEROIDESANIMAUX

NEW 2014

Fee: £17,500 (1st Oct. SLF)

Eclipse Award Champion Winner and sire of Champion ANIMAL KINGDOM Also sire of a Gr.1 winning 2yo and three individual Gr.2 winners. 2013 yearlings made up to $400,000 and his biggest crops will race from 2014 onwards. A mare in foal to LEROIDESANIMAUX sold at Fasig-Tipton November Sale 2013 for $550,000.

By the sire of Champion INVASOR out of a half sister to the dam of DANSILI A perfect outcross for GALILEO, DANEHILL and MR PROSPECTOR line mares

NORTH LIGHT Fee: £6,000 (1st Oct. SLF)

NEW 2014

Champion 3yo Colt in the UK Classic Sire in Europe and Champion Turf Sire in Canada Sire of the winners of over $6m worldwide, including Classic winner ARCTIC COSMOS, Gr.2 winners CELTIC NEW YEAR and GOL TRICOLOR and Gr.3 winners CHIPS ALL IN and GO FORTH NORTH. His yearlings have made up to $450,000.

By Champion Sire DANEHILL out of dual Champion racemare SOUGHT OUT

ARCHIPENKO

AUSSIE RULES Fee: £6,000 (1st Oct. SLF)

Fee: £6,000 (1st Oct. SLF)

Group 1 winning leading international miler and one of the best bred stallions in the world

Multiple Group sire of 61% 3yo winners to runners and 19 individual 2yo winners in 2013

The Leading UK-based Sire with 77% lifetime winners to runners*

Leading Active British First Season Sire by % winners to runners in Europe*

Leading British Sire of 2yos in 2013 by % of winners to runners in Europe*

Leading Active 3rd crop sire in 2013 with 62% 3yo winners to runners†

Fee: £6,000 (1st Oct. SLF)

SIR PERCY

From the family of NUREYEV, SADLER’S WELLS and the promising sire BLAME. First crop winners include LADY PENKO (dual winner and triple Stakes-placed) and impressive debut winners FARQUHAR and MADAME CHIANG, etc.

His 2013 successes also include FIESOLANA (Gr.2 & Gr.3 x3) – sold at Tattersalls Dec Sale 2013 for 960,000gns, Stakes winners KONKAN (at 2), AUSSIE REIGNS, the Classic placed GRAND TREASURE & WISH COME TRUE.

2013 winners include SIR ANDREW (Gr.2), SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (rated 110), SIR JACK LAYDEN (winner & Gr.2 placed at 2; rated 109), MIRSAALE (rated 105), SOUND HEARTS (LR; rated 105).

2013 yearlings sold at Tattersalls Book 1 & 2 averaged £51,450 over 81⁄2 times his 2011 fee.

2013 yearlings sold at Tattersalls Book 1 & 2 averaged £46,725 over 9 times his 2011 stud fee.

2013 yearlings sold at Tattersalls Books 1 & 2 averaged £43,137 over 7 times his 2011 stud fee.

*Source: Hyperion Promotions to 13/12/13

*Source: Hyperion Promotions to 13/12/13

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*50+ runners; crops born before 2011. Source: Hyperion Promotions to 13/12/13

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CLAIREMONT STUD

A thriving partnership Lee, Eve and Martin Taylor receive the Oaks trophy from Bernard Kantor, left

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with Liam acting in an advisory capacity alongside his role as bloodstock consultant and agent. Jenny, whose picture appeared across national papers and news bulletins as she led Dancing Rain around a jam-packed ring at Tattersalls, managed the late David Hardisty’s Oaklands Farm for five years after a three-year stint at the Irish National Stud, while her husband formerly managed nearby Highclere Stud. Liam also grew up in the area at Polhampton Stud, run by his father Sean during his 37-year service to the Queen. “From the start we wanted to go into this in a completely open way,” says Liam. “It’s about trying to produce the best horses we can and bringing them to the sales to let people see that. “Primarily we’re traders, we want to trade and that’s one of the reasons we sold the mare [Dancing Rain]. We also sold all five of our yearlings earlier in the year. The most important thing is breeding good horses and producing results, and we’re fortunate we’ve got some really good land to do that on.” While Dancing Rain is no longer the star player on the Clairemont team, the addition of the black-type Dalakhani filly Aniseed, whose dam Anna Karenina is a half-sister to Arcangues, has further augmented the clutch of wellcredentialed young mares in residence, as, it is hoped, will Valtina, a winning daughter of Teofilo who remains in training. As any successful breeding operation knows, it’s the long game that matters and reputations hewn in the paddocks are earned over time with careful management. All connected with Dancing Rain are realistic in their belief that the excitement derived from her all-the-way victory at Epsom to her last star turn at Tattersalls may well be as good as it gets. “All in all it was an extraordinary experience,” says Martin Taylor. “We’ll probably never go through something like this again – outside family events those were the greatest days of our lives.” They are days that anyone in racing and breeding would gladly settle for, but it would be unwise to bet against the name Clairemont Stud looming large in major events on the track and in the sales ring in years to come. THOROUGHBRED OWNER & BREEDER INC PACEMAKER

Liam Norris and William Huntingdon started buying horses together in 2006 and have forged an increasingly successful partnership, the highlight naturally being the purchase of Dancing Rain for €200,000 at Goffs in 2009. Only a short time spent in their company reveals the level of mutual respect, often cloaked in wisecracks and leg-pulling, but genuine nonetheless. A former trainer, Huntingdon brings a different eye to the selection process to the avowed stockman Norris, who has spent a lifetime on stud farms. Their contrasting personalities and equine tastes make for an intriguing double act. But what do they make of each other? Norris says: “I’m a sounding board for Jenny at the stud and William and I do all the consultancy work and buying for Martin and Lee Taylor, but we also advise and buy horses for other people. “I’m very strict. I have a certain type of horse I like and William is probably more forgiving than I am but we’ve got to know each other well. I know the horses he will like and vice versa. A lot of it is instinctive. “William’s really well-read, is great fun and through all the people he knows we do plenty of socialising, but the most important thing for us is that we cover a sale well. We like to look at everything and that gives you a good feel for what’s there and the general quality of the sale. That way, if someone rings us and asks what a particular horse is like we’re very happy to give our opinion. We like to offer that service, too.

“For us it’s all about getting there early and looking at as many horses as possible – that way you get a much better feel for the job.” Huntingdon says: “We usually like similar horses, which is always a good sign and we both agree on the horses we buy, though neither of us are complete ‘yes men’, so there’s always discussion and different points of view. “Liam is very strict on conformation, whereas I trained for a lot of owner/breeders

“We like to get to a sale early and look at as many horses as possible”

so I learned to accept that horses come in all shapes and sizes. I also like to add an historical and analytical side to the process. “Liam has a very good work ethic and we do get around and see lots of horses. That way, at the cheaper end of the spectrum, you can follow them in and have a chance of buying something with a little value. “We’re very selective about what we have vetted and very few of those ever fail the vet, which I think is testament to Liam’s thoroughness on the conformation side. “Of course we both also enjoy a good meal and bottle of wine, which helps too.”

LAST YEAR’S FOAL-TO-YEARLING PINHOOKS Sex/breeding C Equiano-Mail The Desert F Exceed And Excel-Welsh Diva C Lawman-Fonda C Invincible Spirit-In The Light

Foal price

Yearling price

€90,000

140,000gns

75,000gns

160,000gns

110,000gns

280,000gns

55,000gns

120,000gns

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DUTCH ART £35,000 (1st Oct. LFFR)

Triple Gr.2 sire of SLADE POWER, GARSWOOD and PRODUCER in 2013. 2013 yearlings made up to 270,000gns.

KYLLACHY £15,000 (1st Oct. LFFR)

Sire of Gr.1 winner SOLE POWER and Gr.2 winning 2yo SUPPLICANT in 2013. 2013 yearlings made up to 180,000gns.

MAYSON £6,000 (1st Oct. LFFR)

Gr.1 July Cup winner and the highest rated son of INVINCIBLE SPIRIT at stud. FIRST FOALS IN 2014

MEDICEAN £10,000 (1st Oct. LFFR)

Leading sire of TEN individual Gr.1 winners. 2013 yearlings made up to 280,000gns.

PIVOTAL £45,000 (1st Oct. LFFR)

Sire of 23 Gr.1 winners, including FARHH and MAAREK in 2013. 2013 yearlings made up to 320,000gns. AND NEW RECRUITS...

INTELLO £25,000 (1st Oct. LFFR)

Winner of the Gr.1 Prix du Jockey-Club. Champion 3yo in France in 2013.

LETHAL FORCE £12,500 (1st Oct. LFFR)

Dual Gr.1 winning, record breaking Champion UK Sprinter by DARK ANGEL.

INTELLO

LETHAL FORCE

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BREEDERS’ DIGEST By EMMA BERRY, Bloodstock Editor

Our bloodstock coverage this month includes:

• Sales Circuit: Foal and breeding stock sales conclude in spectacular fashion – pages 73-80 • The Caulfield Files: Contrasting fortunes of Camelot and Declaration Of War – pages 83-84

Resilient market back in rude health A

s the dust settles on another year in the sales ring, there are major positives to be drawn from just about every section of the market. The trade for stores was revitalised in the spring and summer with encouraging advances in the prices for fillies thanks to increased race opportunities and initiatives for National Hunt fillies and mares. A new European record was set at the Craven Breeze-up Sale when Lynn Lodge Stud’s Elusive Quality colt, later named Great White Eagle and now a Group 3 winner, sold to Coolmore for 760,000gns. The Coolmore team played its part in a number of dazzling transactions, including the Goffs Orby top lot – a €2.85 million Montjeu colt out of Finsceal Beo – before paying 3.6 million gns for Secret Gesture’s brother at Tattersalls. That record-breaking price stood for less than 24 hours until Sheikh Joaan Al Thani’s Al Shaqab Racing bought a sister to Was for 5 million gns. The Irish Oaks winner Chicquita was the €6 million superstar of the Goffs November Sale and topped the Paulyn Dispersal bill. She seems likely to race on from Ballydoyle, while the new European record-breaking broodmare Immortal Verse joins Coolmore for a new partnership. One Oaks winner not on the shopping list was Dancing Rain but she went to another superpower, Darley. There’s always a strong Australasian contingent at the Horses-in-Training Sale and that spilled over into the foal and breeding stock sales this year, too, with new investors such as Eliza Park International appearing on the buyers’ sheet. Chile’s Don Alberto Corporation also made their presence felt, as did a range of buyers from Japan and America, with the continued success of Galileo and the excitement surrounding his young son Frankel being a huge draw. There’s no doubt that at the top end of the market we’ve almost never had it so good. The middle market enjoys a knock-on effect from this as orders are left unfilled and the net is cast wider. At the bottom end the situation has remained steady at best but

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smaller number of horses being produced – hopefully from better mares – has helped the overall picture.

Stallions galore While Galileo still reigns supreme in the European stallion table with more than £2 million in hand over his nearest rival, Dubawi, a gradual power shift is taking place. Dubawi and Oasis Dream lead a strong charge for British sires, with Teofilo the next best for Ireland. Dansili, Pivotal and New Approach then reinforce an increasingly vibrant and sought-after stallion line-up in the UK, with Dutch Art remaining hugely popular at the sales, particularly with pinhookers. The retirement of Frankel and Nathaniel last year, plus Intello and Al Kazeem for 2014, add some glittering names to the ranks, but then so do Camelot, Dawn Approach, and War Front’s first European-based son, Declaration Of War, in Ireland, which is home to the top four first-season sires of 2013. It’s easy to understand why so many overseas buyers are not only flocking to Britain and Ireland to select mares with solid turf bloodlines, but also often choosing to leave them here to be covered by a member of the strong home team. With the established elite duo of Oasis Dream and Dansili, not to mention the overachieving Cacique and the continued furore surrounding Frankel, Juddmonte has plenty of muscle in the stallion market. Another on its roster, Champs Elysees, offers the perfect illustration of the hot-and-cold nature of the sales-ring attitude towards certain stallions. His first-crop foals sold well, with 17 changing hands for an average of 33,592gns. A year later that average plummeted to 8,205gns (13 sold), while his first-crop yearlings returned an average of 18,110gns (20 sold). This season, on the back of some really promising results on the track by his first runners, headed by Listed winner Avenue Gabriel, Champs Elysees is back in vogue. Fourteen of his foals sold in 2013 for an average of 45,371gns (top price 160,000gns) and all 24 of his yearlings offered this year found a buyer at an average of 23,474gns (top price 170,000gns). His fee for 2014 has remained at £5,000 – half the

amount he stood for in his first two years at stud – and as a multiple Group 1-winning brother to Dansili and Cacique, he looks terrific value.

The fine art of auctioneering A benefit of long hours spent in the sales ring is the occasional flash of humour from the rostrum. Of course horse-trading is a serious business and those who command it from on high – very high from Goffs’ imposing platform – have the gathered masses in the their thrall. The honour for the best quip of the year in 2013 must go to Nick Nugent, who injected a bit of counter-culture to proceedings by opening his Paulyn Dispersal stint with the line, ‘This ring hasn’t been this full since Christy Moore sat in the middle of it’. Nugent’s a superb auctioneer, as anyone who has head his bilingual urgings from Arqana will agree, and his rapid-fire patter is relentless as I discovered to my enjoyment when joined by him for breakfast during Goffs’ November Sale and receiving a grilling on a par with that given to the bacon. Alastair Pim keeps the press bench amused at Tattersalls. This year’s favourite wisecrack, while chiding a slow bidder, was, “Christmas is coming, sir, and I’d like to be home for it.” Nancy Sexton, sales-blogger par excellence and European agent for Chad Schumer Bloodstock didn’t escape the wrath of auctioneer Simon Kerins during the December Sale while displaying some equally tardy bidding. “You’d never get away with this at Keeneland,” warned Kerins. Indeed. Tattersalls will be without one of its regular auctioneers come the February Sale with Philip Myerscough having relinquished his rostrum duties in December. The Myerscough family has had a long association with the sales ring, initially through Goffs, of which Philip was Managing Director until joining Tattersalls as a Director in 2003. He insists he’s not retiring, and through his family connection with the increasingly successful Baroda & Colbinstown Studs consignment, we’re bound to still see plenty of him at the sales. In the meantime, we’d like to wish Philip all the very best.

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Going out on a high note

LAURA GREEN/TATTERSALLS

International buyers out in force to aid buoyant mare and foal sales in Europe

The teams from Merriebelle Stable and Mount Coote Stud with the record-breaking Immortal Verse, who sold for 4.7 million gns

Tattersalls December Mares

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his event turned on the burners and powered clear of any other European sale, generating new highs in all the figures. From a catalogue that saw 46 fewer fillies or mares go through the ring the aggregate soared by 43% to 62,998,500gns, the average climbed 52% and the median went up by 47%. When foals and yearlings were factored in, Tattersalls’ nine-day December Sale generated turnover of 97,989,000gns, completing a glittering and record-breaking 12 months at Park Paddocks, where 248,688,400gns worth of horses changed hands, up by 18% on 2013. Bloodstock agent Richard Brown referred to a “bull market”, and while that sort of analogy smacks eerily of bubbles that burst there is no sign of a collapse. Some great stallions and excellent bloodlines have aligned with a collective coming together of very rich people from around the world who >> THOROUGHBRED OWNER & BREEDER INC PACEMAKER

Tattersalls December Mares Top lots Name/Breeding

Vendor

Immortal Verse (Pivotal-Side Of Paradise)

Mount Coote Stud

Price (gns) 4,700,000

Buyer

Dancing Rain (Danehill Dancer-Rain Flower)

Clairemont Stud

4,000,000

John Ferguson B/S

Dream Peace (Dansili-Truly A Dream)

European Sales Management

2,700,000

Hugo Lascelles

Rosdhu Queen (Invincible Spirit-Green Minstrel)

Somerville Lodge

2,100,000

Stephen Hillen

Purr Along (Mount Nelson-Purring)

Linkslade Stables

1,000,000

Fiesolana (Aussie Rules-Tidal Reach)

Ballyphilip Stud

960,000

Flaxman Stables

Soon (Galileo-Classic Park)

John Troy

800,000

Tony Nerses

Chrysanthemum (Danehill Dancer-Well Spoken)

John Troy

800,000

Eaton Sales

Drops (Kingmambo-Alexandrova)

Castlebridge Consignment

750,000

Silfield Bloodstock

Peace Burg (Sageburg-Peace Talk)

European Sales Management

700,000

Mandore International

BBA Ireland

David Redvers

Five-year tale Year

Sold

Agg (gns)

Avg (gns)

Mdn (gns)

Top Price (gns)

2013

721

62,998,500

87,377

28,000

4,700,000

2012

762

43,932,200

57,654

19,000

1,700,000

2011

629

44,121,500

70,145

21,000

2,400,000

2010

644

34,544,800

53,641

17,000

1,300,000

2009

628

33,197,700

52,863

14,500

1,700,000

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Stephen Hillen bought Rosdhu Queen on behalf of Coolmore at 2.1 million gns

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enjoy buying and often racing and breeding in northern Europe. It is nature’s law that the current soughtafter stallions will be hard to replace one day, and the super-rich, unfettered by patriotism, will look more closely at other markets, but for now the European horse is the one they want and results at major overseas meetings like the Breeders’ Cup, Melbourne Cup and Hong Kong International reinforce the message. Meanwhile, the dominant domestic players such as Coolmore, Darley, Shadwell and the Qatari forces remain highly active. Ironically, the December Mares’ Sale saw no fewer than five lots make seven-figure sums, but not the highest price of the year in Europe, which was achieved by the filly Chicquita at Goffs. She made €6 million, but Tattersallls had no complaints when it achieved marks of 4.7 million gns for Immortal Verse – bought by Coolmore and a European best for a broodmare – and 4 million gns for Dancing Rain, who has joined Darley. The latter, an Oaks winner no less, was spiced by a Frankel cover, which was among the most sought-after of the week. Of the ten mares who went through the ring with one of his foals in utero, seven sold for 7,095,000gns at an average 1,013,571gns. Yet the mighty Galileo was found as the covering sire on only one page, and the mare with whom he was mated, the Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Saoire, was bought in.

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Sex/Breeding

Vendor

F Dubawi-High Heeled

West Blagdon Stud

Price (gns) 450,000

Buyer

F New Approach-Gee Kel

Mill House Stud

400,000

Kilfrush Stud/Mubarak Al Naemi

F Oasis Dream-Termagant

Kenilworth House Stud

350,000

RBS

C Galileo-Saoire

Castlebridge Consignment

325,000

Blandford Bloodstock

C New Approach-Kitty Kiernan

Barronstown Stud

320,000

Shadwell Estate

F Sea The Stars-Sanwa

Plumpton Hall Stud

320,000

Sunderland Holding Inc

F Sea The Stars-Our Queen Of Kings Newsells Park Stud

320,000

Charlie Gordon-Watson

C Fastnet Rock-Prowess

Ashbrittle Stud

320,000

Demi O’Byrne

F Fastnet Rock-In The Mist

West Blagdon Stud

320,000

Hugo Lascelles Bloodstock

C Dubawi-Savannah Belle

Brook Stud

300,000

Crispin de Moubray

John Ferguson Bloodstock

Five-year tale Year

Sold

Agg (gns)

Avg (gns)

Mdn (gns)

Top Price (gns)

2013

740

31,420,400

42,460

23,000

450,000

2012

708

24,132,700

34,086

20,000

500,000

2011

665

23,860,100

35,880

21,000

450,000

2010

560

17,491,400

31,235

20,000

320,000

2009

618

20,218,700

32,716

16,000

400,000

Tattersalls December Yearlings Top lots Sex/Breeding

Vendor

C Rip Van Winkle-Aurelia

Furnace Mill Stud

Price (gns) 200,000

Buyer

F Galileo-Artful

Denford Stud

135,000

David Redvers Bloodstock

C Teofilo-Henties Bay

Taroka Stud

120,000

John Ferguson Bloodstock

C Iffraaj-Alexander Youth

Mountarmstrong Stud

110,000

John Ferguson Bloodstock

F Fastnet Rock-Crinolette

Bugley Stud

105,000

C High Chaparral-Cool Catena

Glenvale Stud

95,000

AB Racing

C Danehill Dancer-American Adventure

Voute Sales

86,000

Will Edmeades Bloodstock

C Cape Cross-Garanciere

Redpender Stud

70,000

Rabbah Bloodstock

C Kyllachy-Granuaile O’Malley

Barton Stud

64,000

Sir Mark Prescott

C Hard Spun-Rebel Account

Trickledown Stud

62,000

Peter & Ross Doyle B/s

BBA Ireland

Willie Browne

Five-year tale Year

Sold

Agg (gns)

Avg (gns)

Mdn (gns)

Top Price (gns)

2013

145

3,570,100

24,621

15,000

200,000

2012

167

3,595,300

21,529

13,000

140,000

2011

150

3,766,300

25,109

20,500

150,000

2010

194

3,574,600

18,426

9,000

140,000

2009

153

3,486,700

22,789

11,000

275,000

record turnover. A bigger catalogue and an additional 89 horses that went through the ring knocked the clearance rate down to 78% (from 82% in 2012) – some high reserves would have been another factor in that small decline – but sharp rises in average (up 25%) and median (plus 15%) were figures to encourage breeders. Not that foal production and selling is easy, for the market remains stallion-centric, and just when a breeder thinks they have mined a gold seam the roof opens and everyone has their pick and shovel at the ready. A smart foal that sells for a good sum is

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Top lots

Fiona Marner and Lionel Godfrey sold a Sea The Stars filly for 235,000gns

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BAHAMIAN BOUNTY by Cadeaux Genereux - Clarentia £8,500 (1st Oct SLF)

LAURA GREEN/TATTERSALLS

“The 19 year old son of Cadeaux Genereux has become a model of consistency who rarely fails to throw up an above average juvenile” Racing Post 15.07.13 Sire of 19 winners from 52 two year old runners in 2013, including 5 Stakes winning/ placed 2 year olds: This New Approach filly from Mill House Stud made 400,000gns

often produced by a sire whose fee has lifted to another orbit – and possibly out of the breeder’s budget – and so mare owners have to be shrewd and lucky, and hedge their stallion bets in the hope of landing on the next rising star. Following some wonderful yearling sales the pinhooking fraternity were key players throughout this four-day sale, yet John Ferguson of Darley was again the leading buyer, ahead of Angus Gold of Shadwell – both men represent ‘end users’, in that they buy to race rather than pinhook, and while Ferguson had some stallions to support, the Shadwell stallion roster has been cruelly hit. Gold bought 11 foals for 1,720,000gns, yet only one was by a Shadwell sire, the late Aqlaam. Ferguson purchased 20 youngsters – 15 by Darley stallions – for 3,209,000gns, while the leading consignor was the Castlebridge Consignment, which cleared 39 lots for 1,725,500gns. James Wigan’s West Blagdon Stud had the honour of selling the most valued foal, a 450,000gns daughter of Dubawi, also bought by Ferguson. Qatar-fuelled resources were expected to figure on the leaderboard and so it proved, but the name Mubarak Al Naemi will have been new to many. He gained the second-highest priced foal, a daughter of New Approach costing 400,000gns, as a long-term prospect who will one day reside at another of his recent purchases, Ireland’s Kilfrush Stud. It would have been a seismic shock if this sale had been a flop following excellent yearling sales. Asked for his take on the market, John Osborne of the Irish National Stud said: “There are a range of factors. A lot of end users are buying foals, and while it has been that

ANJAAL Won July Stakes Gr.2 CORAL MIST Won Firth of Clyde Stakes Gr.3 FIG ROLL Won Bet365 Empress Stakes L. COOL BAHAMIAN 2nd Weatherbys Bank Stonehenge Stakes L. EASTERN IMPACT 3rd Cantor Fitzgerald Equities National Stakes L.

HIS BOOK IS LIMITED AND FILLING FAST.

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Haafhd

Sire of 37 individual winners of 63 races in 2013

Ch. 2001 15.3 h.h. (1.59m) by ALHAARTH – AL BAHATHRI (BLUSHING GROOM)

FEE:

£3,000

European Champion 3yo Rated 115+ at 2 • Rated 129 at 3

Won 5 races at 2 and 3 years, 6-10f, £492,288, and was placed 3 times, all but one of his starts. Won Gr.1 2,000 Guineas Stakes, 8f, Newmarket by 1¾ lengths, beating Gr.1 winners Azamour, Grey Swallow, Whipper, Bachelor Duke, etc. Won Gr.1 Champion Stakes, 10f, Newmarket by 2½ lengths, beating Gr.1 winners Chorist, Azamour, Refuse To Bend, Doyen, etc. Won Gr.3 Craven Stakes, 8f, Newmarket, by 5 lengths, beating Three Valleys. Won LR Washington Singer Stakes, 7f, Newbury, at 2 years 3rd Gr.1 Dewhurst Stakes, 7f, Newmarket 3rd Gr.2 Champagne Stakes, 7f, Doncaster. Racehorses of 2004: “Hills had gone on record before Newmarket as saying Haafhd was as good as any miler he had trained”

STUD RECORD:

MELODY OF LOVE – Gr.3 Firth of Clyde S, at 2; 2nd LR Champion Trophy, 4th Gr.3 Prix Miesque, Maisons-Lattitte. SWORDHALF – Gr.3 Preis de Winterkonigin, 2nd LR Premio Giovanni Falck. Champion 2yo filly in Germany. TELWAAR – LR Free Handicap; 2nd LR Washington Singer S, at 2. JUNOOB – LR Winter Derby Trial; 2nd LR Quebec S. SILVER GRECIAN – Gr.2 Superlative S; 3rd Gr.2 Champagne S, at 2. COUNTRYWIDE FLAME – 9 wins, Flat and NH, incl: Gr.1 Fighting Fifth H’dle, 2012/13; Gr.1 Triumph H’dle; 2nd Gr.1 4-y-o H’dle, Aintree; Gr.1 Future Champions H‘dle; 3rd Gr.1 Champion H’dle, 2013, Gr.1 Spring Juvenile H’dle.

Sleeping Indian Bay, 2001, (16hh) by INDIAN RIDGE – LAS FLORES (SADLER’S WELLS)

FEE:

£3,000

Timeform rating: 122 STUD RECORD:

NIGHT CARNATION – 5 races, including: Gr.3 Sandown Sprint, 2nd LR Doncaster S, LR Queensferry S. HOTOTO – £271,089, including: LR Windsor Castle S, DBS Yearling S, 2nd LR Redcar Gold Trophy, 3rd Gr.3 Molecomb S, all at 2, 3rd Gr.3d Invitation Cup, 2013. MELBOURNE MEMORIES – 3 wins at 2, including: LR Bosra Sham S, 3rd Gr.3 Fred Darling S, 2013. MORACHE MUSIC – 4 races, Shergar Cup Sprint, 2nd LR Prix Zeddaan, 3rd Gr.3 Prix de Ris-Orangis, 2013, 4th Gr.3 Hackwood S, rated 109.

CARLITO BRIGANTE – Gr.2 Juvenile Hurdle, Leopardstown; Gr.3 Coral Cup, Cheltenham; 3rd Gr.1 World H’dle, Punchestown. SHOW RAINBOW – LR Sandy Lane S; 3rd LR Cecil Frail S. FITYAAN – 3 wins, incl 2013, 2nd LR Shadwell Jebel Ali Sprint. AARAAS – winner, 2nd Gr.3 Blue Wind S; 3rd Gr.3 Killavullan S, at 2. ROWAN BRAE – 2nd LR Junioren-Preis, at 2. EMIRATES CHAMPION – 5 wins, £208,883; 3rd Gr.2 Anatolia Trophy. PRIMERA VISTA – 8 wins, 3rd LR Super Handicap; 3rd LR Prix du Ranelagh. PASAKA BOY – 4 wins, 3rd LR Lingfield Dery Trial, 2013. BIASED – 3rd LR Prix Charles Laffitte; LR Prix de la Pepiniere. IMPERIALISTIC DIVA – 3rd LR Empress S, at 2. KOKALTASH – 2 wins, 3rd LR Prix Isonomy, at 2, and many other winners.

Won 6 races, £252,417, 7-8f, from 3 to 5 years, and placed three times, from 12 starts Won Gr.2 Challenge Stakes, 7f, Newmarket, beating Gr.1 winner Somnus and 11 other Group winners Won Gr.3 Hungerford Stakes, 7f, Newbury, beating Gr.1 winner Attraction and 2 other Group winners Won LR Dubai Duty Free Cup, 7f, Newbury, beating Gr.1 winner Spinning Queen and 8 other Group winners Won LR Ben Marshall Stakes, 7f, beating Gr.1 winner Tout Seul and 3 other Group winners Won LR John O’Gaunt Stakes, 7f, Haydock Park, beating 3 Group winners 2nd Gr.2 Park Stakes, 7f, Doncaster, beating Gr.1 winner Court Masterpiece and 5 other Group winners 2nd Gr.2 Challenge Stakes, 7f, Newmarket, beating Gr.1 winners Somnus and Peeress, and 4 other Group winners

A MULTIPLE STAKES SIRE IN 2013 LEWISHAM – 2nd Gr.2 July S, at 2, rated 107. SHOSHONI WIND – 3 races, 2nd LR Empress S. LOWAWATHA – 3rd LR Premio Pisa. DAM BEAUTIFUL – 3rd LR Tipperary Sprint. CAUGHT NAPPING – 3rd LR Oak Tree Juvenile Turf S. PROUD CHIEFTAN – 5 races, 4th Gr.3 Brigadier Gerard S, 2nd LR James Seymour S, 2013, rated 102. LIGHTNING CLOUD – 6 races, 4th LR Garrowby S, 2013, rated 108, etc.

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“There are more syndicates – some involved in Enterprise Investment Schemes – which is another positive influence, and trade at the yearling sales was very strong and pinhookers have reinvested. I have a hunch there are fewer foals on offer above a certain level, which intensifies the competition.”

Tattersalls December Yearlings A concoction of yearlings who missed out on earlier sales (or failed to find buyers when offered), this event nonetheless throws up winners. It also tends to turn over in excess of 3,500,000gns, so as a precursor for the foal sale it certainly generates some warmth. Canny yearling buyers invariably keep a little money on one side for it and, while offering trainers an opportunity to fill a late order, it also gives breezeup consignors the chance to swell their strings. A top price of 200,000gns was the best since 2007 and was given for a son of Rip Van Winkle, who owed his valuation to a tussle between victorious Patrick Cooper of BBA Ireland and Japan’s Riyochi Ohtsuka. Breeder Richard Moses from Carmarthenshire entrusted David and Trish Brown’s Furnace Mill Stud with the job of consigning the youngster, who was produced by Aurelia, one of just two mares owned by the Welshman. A pricked foot meant his colt missed his slot at the October Sales. Fortunately that sort of incident had not been endemic during the autumn and 50 fewer horses came to the ring compared to 2012, yet turnover was on a par, the average and median marks both went up and the clearance rate rose to a healthy 78%.

Goffs November Breeding Stock The Goffs team had gone all guns blazing into its flagship Orby Sale, with some impressive results, and an extra feather in the company’s cap this year was to secure the 25-lot Paulyn dispersal, with the jewel in the crown being Irish Oaks winner Chicquita. The wayward but beautiful daughter of Montjeu did not disappoint those who had packed Kildare Paddocks to see the horses of Paul and Lyndall Makin sold without reserve. Brought in last of the eventual 24 lots to be offered – Gilt Edge Girl’s yearling filly by Oasis Dream, named Mollycoddled, was withdrawn from the sale and will be offered at Goffs in February – she was the subject of an intense duel between James McHale, who set the ball rolling at a cool €3 million and the team of Peter and Ross Doyle, who had the final say at €6m. Though not

DICK TURPIN by Arakan - Merrily

£4,000 (1st Oct SLF)

By ARAKAN, sire of Gr.1 winning 2yo TOORMORE, Gr.3 winning 3yo SRUTHAN, and multiple Gr.2 and Gr.3 winner TRUMPET MAJOR. 2013 Tattersalls December Foal Sale average of 20,755gns. TOP 5 LOTS IN 2013 SELLING FOR Lot 910: ex Imperialistic, sold for 70,000gns Lot 771: ex Presto Levanter, sold for 30,000gns Lot 507: ex Whirly Dancer, sold for 28,000gns Lot 629: ex Heckle, sold for 24,000gns Lot 809: ex Adaria, sold for €22,000 Some of the industry’s most shrewd judges were among the purchasers of his first foals.

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that Chicquita will remain in training under the care of Aidan O’Brien for Coolmore. Even without the €12,734,000 generated by the Paulyn Dispersal – which also brought sales of €1.1 million for champion sprinter Fleeting Spirit in foal to Galileo and €1 million for Song, the first mare in Europe to be offered in foal to Frankel – the November Sale was a markedly improved affair from the previous year. Impressive rises included a 60% boost in turnover (excluding the Paulyn horses) to €13,011,600, a 44% improvement in average to €40,159 and median of €14,500, which was a gain of 32%. From 387 lots offered, 324, or 84%, were sold – a ten-point surge in clearance. Outside the Paulyn horses, Hazel Lavery, another to be sold in foal to Frankel, topped the mares’ leaderboard at €850,000 and is to stay in Europe having been bought for an undisclosed client by Ed Sackville. The Chilean operation Don Alberto Corporation, which owns Haras Don Alberto in Chile and recently purchased Vinery Stud in America – soon to be known as Don Alberto Farm – continued the spending spree started during the Kentucky breeding stock sales. At Goffs they signed for seven lots for a total of €790,000 through agent Johnny McKeever, and they bought another six mares in Newmarket for 1,770,000gns.

Goffs November Foals The first yearlings of Coolmore’s Rip Van Winkle were all the rage during the autumn and one of his second-crop sons stole the show at Goffs when topping four days of weanling trade, with his €420,000 price tag undoubtedly aided by the fact he is half-brother to Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Just The Judge. With the Charlie Hills-trained filly having become the first Classic winner for Qatar Racing in May and another half-brother, Obliterator, looking impressive on his winning debut for Sheikh Fahad in September, it was no surprise to see David Redvers make the successful bid

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>> confirmed at the time of sale, it is now believed

Chicquita, at €6 million, the most expensive thoroughbred sold at auction in Ireland

Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale Top lots Name/Breeding

Vendor

Price (€)

Chicquita (Montjeu-Prudenzia)

Paulyn dispersal

6,000,000

Buyer Peter & Ross Doyle B/S

Fleeting Spirit (Invincible Spirit-Millennium Tale) Paulyn dispersal

1,100,000

Narvick International

Song (Sadler’s Wells-Jude)

Paulyn dispersal

1,000,000

Friarstown Stud

Hazel Lavery (Excellent Art-Reprise)

Castlebridge Consignment

850,000

SackvilleDonald

Sparkle Plenty (Galileo-Gwynn)

Paulyn dispersal

650,000

Ecurie Des Monceaux

Shawara (Barathea-Shamawna)

Aga Khan Studs S.C.

550,000

Barronstown Stud

Funsie (Saumarez-Vallee Dansante)

Paulyn dispersal

550,000

John Warren Bloodstock

Gilt Edge Girl (Monsieur Bond-Tahara)

Paulyn dispersal

550,000

Flaxman Stables Irl Ltd

Bunairgead (New Approach-Montecito)

Glebe House Stables

520,000

Gordian Troeller B/S

Five-year tale Year

Sold

Agg (€)

Avg (€)

Mdn (€)

Top Price (€)

2013

348

25,745,600

73,981

15,000

6,000,000

2012

293

8,155,500

27,834

10,750

450,000

2011

262

6,940,650

26,092

10,000

2,300,000

2010

309

5,031,500

16,283

9,000

300,000

2009

299

5,431,000

18,163

10,000

230,000

Goffs November Foal Sale Top lots Sex/Breeding

Vendor

C Rip Van Winkle-Faraday Light

Jockey Hall Stud

Price (€) 420,000

Buyer David Redvers Bloodstock

F Acclamation-Sogno Verde

Swordlestown Little

360,000

John Ferguson Bloodstock

F Sea The Stars-Ardbrae Lady

Rossenarra Stud

250,000

Lodge Park Stud

F New Approach-Aria di Festa

Newtown Stud

250,000

John Ferguson Bloodstock

C Dream Ahead-Love And Laughter

Middlelane Farm

200,000

Shadwell Estate Company

F Shamardal-Idilic Calm

Tinnakill House

195,000

Thistle Farm

F Mastercraftsman-Guantanamera

Seskin Stud

170,000

Dermot Farrington

F Montjeu-Festoso

Castlebridge Consignment

160,000

Merriebelle Stable

C Sea The Stars-Lidakiya

Tinnakill House

150,000

Lynn Lodge Stud Ltd

PETER MOONEY

Five-year tale Year

Sold

Agg (€)

Avg (€)

Mdn (€)

Top Price (€)

2013

688

18,082,200

26,282

17,000

420,000

2012

570

14,747,350

25,872

15,000

310,000

2011

496

14,423,200

29,079

16,000

850,000

2010

400

10,139,400

25,348

15,000

260,000

2009

473

10,531,200

22,264

13,000

200,000

Mariann Klay and Lilbourne Lad’s sister

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PETER MOONEY

SALES CIRCUIT

The sale-topping half-brother to Just The Judge at Goffs

on the Jockey Hall Stud-consigned colt. Des Leadon and Mariann Klay, who operate under the Sworldestown Little banner, have enjoyed some good days at Goffs and struck again when selling a sister to young sire Lilbourne Lad – whose first foals were well received this season – for €360,000 to John Ferguson. It was a price tag which Leadon admitted left him “weak at the knees”. The foal section also recorded a healthy rise in turnover of 23%, to €18,096,200, while the median rose by 13% to €17,000 and the average was up by 1.5% to €26,264. Most encouraging of all sectors was the clearance rate, which was up to 84% (from 75%), a sign of an emboldened pinhooking brigade after a decent round of yearling sales in the autumn.

DBS Hennessy Sale

PASTORAL PURSUITS by Bahamian Bounty - Star £4,500 (1st Oct SLF)

SIRE OF 23 WINNERS FROM 58 TWO YEAR OLD RUNNERS IN 2013 AND A WINNERS/RUNNERS STRIKE RATE OF 40% WITH HIS EUROPEAN 2YO’S. 5.12.13

A stunning top lot plus a best-of-2013 jumps breezer, but a selective audience which shunned almost half the entrants, summarises this annual evening sale at Newbury. Perhaps a field of 39 horses – a mix of breezers and young, lightly-raced performers – was not enough to attract more buyers to generate extra depth, but DBS drew some key people, and they came with serious sums. As a result a French-bred gelding called Un Temps Pour Tout made a sparkling £450,000 when bought by trainer David Pipe on behalf of a new partnership involving Bryan Drew and Caroline Tisdall. An expert in fine arts – and author of numerous books on the subject – Professor Tisdall (see Talking To, pages 60-63) is an interesting jumps player who has returned to a sport she loved in her youth. She says: “In this day and age it is amazing that jump racing takes place, given its dangers. I want to do my bit to keep it going.” Her €280,000 purchase of Dell’ Arca at Arqana in July was rewarded when he landed

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VENTURA MIST Won Totepool 2yo Trophy, L.; 3rd Firth of Clyde Stakes, Gr.3; 2nd Bet365 Empress Stakes, L. LILBOURNE LASS 3rd St Hugh’s Stakes, L., and winner of over £68,000 AL MUTHANA 2nd Prix de Cabourg Jockey Club de Turquie Gr.3 2013 Doncaster Premier Sale yearling averages of over 5 times his 2011 stud fee, and sire of 3 Lots selling for more than 11 times his 2011 stud fee: Lot 201: ex Sheer Indulgence, sold for £100,000 Lot 340: ex Ashes, sold for £100,000 Lot 248: ex Talampaya, sold for £80,000

“We’ve been lucky with the sire – Lilbourne Lass has won 3 this year and Auld Burns won the Tattersalls Sales Race for us; and this colt is the best physical specimen we’ve seen all day”. Ross Doyle, EBN 28.08.13, purchaser of Lot 201

DBS

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Top lot Un Temps Pour Tout will be trained by David Pipe

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SALES CIRCUIT >> the recent Grade 3 Greatwood Hurdle for

Pipe’s stable. Four-year-old Un Temps Pour Tout was offered by former British trainer Sue Bramall and consigned by James Read’s fledgling West Country-based Selwood Bloodstock. A Grade 3 winner over hurdles and with a Grade 1 place, the son of Robin Des Champs made the second-highest price for a jumper behind the towering 530,000gns given in 2004 for Garde Champetre at DBS. Glenview Stud’s Robin Des Champs was also responsible for the top breezer, a threeyear-old gelding knocked down to agent Aiden Murphy for £105,000. He and two other in-training horses who passed the sixfigure mark helped propel the aggregate and average to new heights, but there was a gap below this highly-valued quartet and the median was dragged down accordingly. DBS brought this sale forward by 24 hours and held it on the eve of the Hennessy Gold Cup, rather than on the day of that famous steeplechase. That minor change did not seem to affect the sale’s performance and MD Henry Beeby said his company would continue to work with the racecourse to develop the event.

Arqana December Breeding Stock The strong trade witnessed at both Goffs and Tattersalls in November and December rumbled on to Arqana, which brings the curtain down on the European sales season just as it kicks it off with, usually, a blaze of mid-August sun. Midway through the second of four sessions, turnover had already surpassed that recorded for the whole sale the previous year. Sustained demand saw the clearance rate leap to 81% from 73% and, with 88 more horses sold in 2013, the final aggregate improved by 32%, with the average up by 18% and median by 8%. Johnny McKeever signed for the saletopper, the Aga Khan-consigned Darysina, a three-year-old half-sister to Hong Kong Vase winner Daryakana, at €800,000. The Smart Strike filly was purchased on behalf of Philip Brown, who boards mares at the LloydWebbers’ Watership Down Stud and also bought the Kilfrush Stud-bred Zibeling in foal to Fastnet Rock for €280,000. Reflecting on a frenetic sales season, McKeever said: “It’s been incredible really – usually it’s just Tattersalls which has an amazing sale but Goffs had a great sale and really kicked things off with a bang. You knew after that it would be difficult to buy mares this year. “I found it almost impossible to fill my mare orders at Tattersalls but there was some good value to be had at Arqana in the middle

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DBS Hennessy Sale Top lots Name/Breeding

Vendor

Price (£)

Buyer

Un Temps Pour Tout (Robin des Champs-Rougedespoir) Selwood Bloodstock

450,000

David Pipe

Rough King (King’s Theatre-Ringzar)

Monbeg Stables

112,000

Tom Malone

G (Robin des Champs-Ashwell Lady)

Nicholastown Stables 105,000

Aiden Murphy

Benenden (Moscow Society-Ashanti Dancer)

Calluna House Stables 100,000

M Scudamore

Magheral Express (Gold Well-Patzanni)

Damolly Stables

50,000

Jonjo O’Neill

Onwiththeparty (Sir Harry Lewis-Kentford Fern)

Modreeny Stables

42,000

Tom Malone

Ordo Ab Chao (Heron Island-Houldyurwhist)

Thornhill Stables

40,000

Highflyer/Alan King

G (Vinnie Roe-Betty’s The Best)

Nicholastown Stables

36,000

T J Bloodstock

G (Robin des Pres-Kick And Run)

Newlands Farm

36,000

Highflyer/Alan King

Superior Command (Lahib-Decent Dime)

Craig Bryson

29,000

Tom Malone/Lucinda Russell

Five-year tale Year

Sold

Agg (£)

Avg (£)

Mdn (£)

Top Price (£)

2013

22

1,226,500

55,750

26,000

450,000

2012

24

1,065,000

44,375

39,000

140,000

2011

19

685,000

36,052

30,000

100,000

2010

28

720,500

25,732

16,500

100,000

2009

23

544,000

23,652

20,000

70,000

Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale Top lots Name/Age/Sex/Sire

Vendor

Darysina (3 F Smart Strike-Daryaba)

Aga Khan Studs

Price (€) 800,000

Buyer McKeever Bloodstock

Merville (5 M Montjeu-Tonnara)

Coulonces Consignment

620,000

Wertheimer et Frere

Plumba (3 F Anabaa-Featherquest)

Wertheimer et Frere

600,000

Al Shaqab Racing

Vadawina (11 M Unfuwain-Vadaza)

Aga Khan Studs

600,000

Barronstown Stud

Where (3 F Danehill Dancer-Virginia Waters)

Haras des Capucines

600,000

Steven N Young

Purely Priceless (3 F Galileo-Peeping Fawn)

Haras d’Etreham

480,000

Meridian International

Petite Noblesse (4 M Galileo-Flower Bowl)

Haras des Capucines

300,000

France Turf Itnl.

Tres Rapide (7 M Anabaa Blue-Tres Revi)

Haras d’Etreham

420,000

Shadai Farm

Festoso (8 M Diesis-Garah)

Haras des Capucines

420,000

Eliza Park International

Monblue (6 M Monsun-Salonblue)

Haras de Saint Pair

400,000

Belmont Bloodstock

Dynarock (4 F Dynaformer-Elbaaha)

Haras de l’Hotellerie

400,000

Pegasus Farms Ltd

Haya Landa (5 M Lando-Haya Samma)

Odette Fau

400,000

Northern Farm

Five-year tale Year

Sold

Clearance (%)

Avg (€)

Mdn (€)

Aggregate (€)

2013

686

81

38,532

13,000

27,305,000

800,000

2012

598

73.4

32,712

12,000

20,699,000

1,175,000

2011

544

69

29,705

11,000

17,455,000

520,000

2010

567

71.8

28,764

12,000

17,119,500

800,000

2009

508

75.4

26,004

14,000

13,722,500

520,000

market. Philip Brown specifically wanted to buy some Aga Khan blood and Darysina was the one we settled on, but I didn’t expect her to be that expensive. “It’s a waterfall effect really from the yearlings – the foal trade was sensational and people have more confidence to buy mares.” American agent Steve Young was underbidder for Darysina but later got his name on the leaderboard when having the final say at €600,000 for Where, the three-year-old daughter of 1,000 Guineas winner Virginia Waters, who will head to the US.

Top price (€)

Sheikh Joaan Al Thani has been recruiting for his broodmare band to fulfil his shares in Al Kazeem, as well as supporting his two new stallions at Haras de Bouquetot, Planteur and Style Vendome. The Wertheimers’ Plumba topped his Arqana shopping list at €600,000 and will visit either Planteur or Al Kazeem. One of three stallion prospects sold at Arqana, the four-year-old Dubawi colt Hermival, who was third to Camelot in last year’s 2,000 Guineas, was sold for €130,000 to stand at Jacobey Stud in Morocco alongside the 1998 Arc winner Sagamix. THOROUGHBRED OWNER & BREEDER INC PACEMAKER


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STALLIONS STANDING FOR 2014

ARABIAN GLEAM

DONCASTER ROVER

Bay 2004, by KYLLACHY – GLEAM OF LIGHT, by DANEHILL Fee: £2,000

Group winning sprinter-miler over several seasons

Bay 2006, by WAR CHANT – REBRIDLED DREAMS, by UNBRIDLED’S SONG

Won 4 races from 3 to 5 years, £256,924, and was placed 5 times Won Gr.2 Challenge Stakes, 7f, Newmarket, defeating 6 Group winners Won Gr.2 Park Stakes, 7f, Doncaster, 2007, defeating 5 Group winners Won Gr.2 Park Stakes, 7f, Doncaster, 2008, defeating 7 Group winners 3rd Gr.2 Park Stakes, 7f, Doncaster 3rd Gr.3 Jersey Stakes, 7f, Royal Ascot 3rd Gr.3 John O’Gaunt Stakes, 7f, Haydock 4th Gr.2 Hungerford Stakes, 7f, Newbury Ran in 16 Group races from 18 starts

MULLIONMILEANHOUR

Fee: £2,000

Tough and consistent multiple Stakes winner with solid Group form over several seasons

WESTLAKE

Two-year-old winner with Group class form

WINNER at 2 years, £22,108, and was placed 3 times from only five starts: WON Maiden, 5f, Kempton Park, on debut, by 3 lengths, eased down, beating Ole Ole (Gr.2 Superlative S., at 2), Spring Tale (2nd LR Rochestown S., at 2), etc. 2nd LR Abernant Stakes, 5f, Newmarket, 2010, beaten a short head by dual Gr.1 winner Equiano at level weights, beating Gr.3 winner Barney McGrew, multiple Stakes winners Doncaster Rover, etc. 3rd LR Windsor Castle Stakes, 5f, Royal Ascot, beaten less than a length by Bushranger (Gr.1). 3rd LR Cleeves Stakes, 6f, Lingfield Park, on return from injury, beating multiple LR winner Arganil, etc.

NEW

Bay 2004, by SADLER’S WELLS – RAINBOW LAKE, by RAINBOW QUEST

Bay 2006, by MULL OF KINTYRE – LADY LUCIA, by ROYAL APPLAUSE Fee: £1,250

Won 5 races from 2 to 5 years, 5-7f, £206,654, and was placed 17 times, from 47 starts, 34 in Group/ Stakes company: Won LR City of York Stakes, 7f, York, beating Regal Parade (multiple Gr.1, at level weights), King Torus (Gr.2, rec. 3 lbs), Across The Rhine (Gr.3), etc. Won LR Hopeful Stakes, 6f, Newmarket, beating Bated Breath (multiple Gr.2, rec. 3 lbs), Sir Gerry (Gr.2), etc. Won LR Queensferry Stakes, 6f, Chester, beating Tournedos (Gr.3), etc. Won Lily Agnes Stakes, 5f, Chester, at 2 years, beating Aspen Darlin (Gr.3), etc.

Fee: On

Application

VERY CLOSE WINNING RELATION TO FRANKEL

Won 3 races at 3 years, £26,088, and was placed 3 times, all his starts. Won conditions race, 12f, Listowel, beating Larkwing (Gr.3, recd 8 lbs), New Spirit (Stakes placed, recd 20 lbs). Won maiden at Leopardstown, 12f, beating Captain Cee Bee (Gr.1 Supreme Novice Hurdle, Gr.1 Ryanair Chase, etc), Farmer Brown (Galway Hurdle, Grade One placed), Sesenta (Ebor Handicap). 2nd Maiden, Leopardstown, 12f, to Honolulu (Gr.2), btn ½ length.

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What do these 3 have in common, apart from Johnny Murtagh! DANCING RAIN

ROSDHU QUEEN

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Bought by Liam Norris for €200,000 at Goffs Orby Yearling Sale, 2009

Bought by David Redvers for 65,000gns at Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up Sale, 2012

Bought by John Warren for 60,000gns at Tattersalls October Book 2, 2010

Sold for

Sold for

Sold for

4,000,000gns

2,100,000gns

600,000gns

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CAULFIELD FILES ANDREW CAULFIELD REPORTS ON THE BLOODSTOCK WORLD

All change in just a few months Coolmore duo Camelot and Declaration Of War enjoyed contrasting fortunes in 2013

GEORGE SELWYN

H

arold Wilson famously declared that a week is a long time in politics. While things don’t usually change quite so quickly in horseracing, it’s fair to say that reputations can be built or shattered in a matter of months. For example, what price would have been placed on the services of Coolmore’s new stallions, Camelot and Declaration of War, had they been retired at the end of 2012? One had become only the third colt since 1970 to complete the 2,000 Guineas and Derby double and had failed by only three-quarters of a length in his bid to become only the second Triple Crown winner since 1935. The other numbered nothing more prestigious than a Group 3 at Dundalk among his four wins from five starts. Unfortunately, neither of these top-class colts was immune to illness or injury. Camelot ended 2012 under a cloud, having had to undergo surgery for colic soon after his disappointing effort on bottomless ground in the Arc. The career of Declaration Of War, on the other hand, was on a sharp upwards trajectory, as he tried to make up for time lost earlier in the year. After winning his two juvenile starts in France, he had been transferred to the care of Todd Pletcher, only to suffer a leg injury in his first breeze at the Palm Meadows training facility. The injury necessitated a three-month period of box rest at Ashford Stud. The two colts were to follow their different trajectories. Although Camelot added the Mooresbridge Stakes to his tally and finished a respectable second to Al Kazeem in the

Queen Anne hero Declaration Of War enhanced his stud career with a superb year

Tattersalls Gold Cup, it is fair to say that this triple Classic winner never recaptured the exuberant flair which saw him sweep through from the rear to a five-length victory in the Derby. Declaration Of War, though, proved very progressive. With wins in the Queen Anne Stakes and Juddmonte International in the bag, he travelled to Santa Anita for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, where his failure to change legs in the straight could have made the difference between finishing a close third and defeating the specialist dirt horses Mucho Macho Man and Will Take Charge. The end result is that Declaration Of War commences his stallion career at a fee of

€40,000, whereas Camelot starts out at €25,000, a figure which places him joint-sixth in the Coolmore pecking order. Perhaps their prices also reflect the fashionableness of their sires. Declaration Of War is by War Front, whose fee has soared from 2013’s $80,000 to $150,000 – a figure which makes him America’s highest-priced stallion, alongside Tapit. There can be no complaints about Camelot’s sire Montjeu, who proved one of the most effective Classic sires of the modern era, with his collection of four winners of the Derby, three of the St Leger, three of the Irish Derby, two of the Grand Prix de Paris and two of the AJC Australian Derby, plus one in the Irish Oaks

Cape Blanco helps to boost Galileo’s reputation stateside It was unfortunate that the Americans saw Galileo at nothing like his best on his only appearance outside Europe. Asked to tackle traditional dirt in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, he finished a modest seventh behind Tiznow. Needless to say, the Americans know a lot more about Galileo now – especially after Magician’s stunning victory in the Breeders’ Cup Turf. The Frankel factor undoubtedly helped a great deal, continuing the good work initiated by the likes of Red Rocks (2006 Breeders’ Cup Turf and 2008 Man o’War Stakes), Treasure Beach (2011 Secretariat Stakes), Together (2011 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup) and Cape Blanco.

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Cape Blanco can take a lot of credit for advertising Galileo’s merits to a new audience, as he ended 2011 as America’s champion turf male, following victories in the Man o’War Stakes, the Arlington Million and the Turf Classic. The 2010 Irish Derby winner did so well that he became the busiest stallion in the US in 2012, when he covered 220 mares. The champion sire’s higher US profile also led to several of his offspring being offered at the 2012 American yearling sales. Seven sold for an average of $407,143, the highest-priced colt being a $500,000 youngster out of Storm Cat’s daughter Egyptian Queen. This colt, Global View, is now promising to

become another fine American advertisement for Galileo. Predictably he found five and a half furlongs too sharp on his debut but an extra furlong saw him reach the winner’s enclosure at Santa Anita in October. Stepped up to a mile for the Grade 3 Generous Stakes at Hollywood Park on the last day of November, he won by more than a length, with his rider Joe Talamo describing him as “very classy and pretty push-button”. It could be a while before Global View becomes yet another top-level winner for his sire, though, as America stages only a few Grade 1 turf races for three-year-olds – and none before the Secretariat Stakes in August.

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Heart says Cry could make it here

GEORGE SELWYN

this astounding list of Classic victories is steeped with too much stamina for many of today’s breeders, but being a true mile-and-a-half horse clearly proved no handicap at all for Montjeu. Camelot, with his victory over 17 others in the 2,000 Guineas, has the distinction of being Montjeu’s only Group 1 winner over a mile after the age of two in the northern hemisphere – a distinction he no doubt owes to having daughters of Kingmambo and Danehill as his first two dams. Perhaps the main concern about Camelot’s potential as a stallion lay in the records of Montjeu’s first two Derby winners. It has to be said, though, that Motivator’s soundness issues as a stallion have greatly restricted his opportunities, to the extent that his fee was down to €7,000 in 2013. The bottom line is that he has at least 38 black-type performers, headed by 16 stakes winners, among his 351 foals of racing age – and among them are the brilliant Treve, five-length winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, who will stay in training as a fouryear-old. Authorized, the second of Montjeu’s Derby winners, soon found it hard going in a world where commercial breeders clamour for speedy two-year-olds. He covered only around 30 mares at Dalham Hall in 2013 and has now followed Motivator to France, where breeders will hopefully be more appreciative of his bloodlines. Yet Authorized has answered his doubters with a team of 2013 Group winners which features the Group 1-winning fillies Seal Of Approval and Ambivalent, and the Classicplaced Rehn’s Nest. He has also hit the Group 1 target with a colt from the first of his four Australian crops. This crop numbers only 50, but it includes Complacent, who followed up his win in the Spring Champion Stakes over a mile and a quarter with second place in the Victoria Derby. Complacent is interesting in that he is inbred 4 x 3 to Rainbow Quest, via his Arc winner Saumarez and his Derby winner Quest For Fame. As a great admirer of Montjeu, I am hoping that his next two Derby winners – Pour Moi and Camelot – enjoy immediate success. Pour Moi certainly made his mark at the foal sales, achieving such prices as 140,000gns, 87,000gns, 85,000gns, 75,000gns and €90,000. Incidentally, Montjeu’s broodmare daughters also made their mark at Tattersalls’ foal sale, with colts by Oasis Dream, Dutch Art and Zoffany selling respectively for 195,000gns, 155,000gns and 130,000gns. The colt from Zoffany’s first crop is interesting, as he was sired at a fee of only €7,500. However the colt’s pedigree contains two of the same elements – Dansili and Montjeu – as Chicquita.

Heart’s Cry (yellow), third in the 2006 King George, is sixth in Japan’s sires’ list

Mention Japan and the great stallion Sunday Silence and first thoughts inevitably turn to Deep Impact, who effectively secured his second successive sires’ championship when his daughters Gentildonna and Denim And Ruby fought out a desperately close finish to the Japan Cup. There are other sons of Sunday Silence, though, and one who has been in fine form during 2013 is Heart’s Cry. If the name sounds familiar it is because Heart’s Cry ventured to Dubai to defeat the likes of Collier Hill and Ouija Board in the 2006 Sheema Classic and also acquitted himself most creditably in the 2006 King George. After taking the lead before the final furlong, he showed plenty of resistance when tackled by Hurricane Run and Electrocutionist. In his homeland he had become one of the few horses ever to beat Deep Impact when he took the prestigious Arima Kinen, having earlier finished second to another future champion sire, King Kamehameha, in the Japanese Derby of 2004. Although Heart’s Cry has had substantially fewer starters in 2013 than any of the other stallions in the top ten, he ranked as high as sixth at the end of November. He has been represented by no fewer than seven 2013 Group winners, in Just A Way (winner of the autumn edition of the Grade 1 Tenno Sho), Admire Rakti (a close fourth in the Japan Cup), Capote Star, Fame Game, Meisho Naruto, Tsurumaru Leon and Curren Mirotic. I can’t help feeling that Heart’s Cry, with his largely outcross pedigree, would be very beneficial to European breeding if Shadai

could ever be persuaded to lease him. But would enough breeders be prepared to use a Japanese horse whose finest moments came over a mile and a half? It isn’t only in Japan that Sunday Silence’s sons were in good form in November. In Brazil the Grade 1 Grande Premio Diana (Sao Paulo’s Oaks) was won decisively by Energia Fribby, a daughter of Agnes Gold. And in the US, the Grade 2 Citation Handicap fell to Silentio, a son of Silent Name. That win put Silent Name within striking distance of Badge Of Silver in the race to become Canada’s champion sire. Silent Name was conceived and foaled in Japan but he was bred by the Wertheimer brothers, from Danehill’s Group-winning daughter Danzigaway. Silent Name became a very useful miler in France before being switched to the US, where he became a Grade 2 winner over a mile on turf and over seven furlongs on all-weather. Agnes Gold, the sire of Energia Fribby, has also been something of a globetrotter. He looked to be a high-class colt in the making when he won his first four starts in Japan, including Grade 2 and Grade 3 events, but he was then off the course for six months and failed to win again. He sired a couple of good winners on dirt in Japan but after three seasons he was on the move to Florida. The theoretical appeal was that he came from the same female line as Fappiano, who did so well in Florida before moving to Kentucky. However, lack of interest in Agnes Gold saw him move on again, this time to Brazil, where three of his daughters have enjoyed Grade 1 success in 2013.

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FIREBREAK

MAJOR CADEAUX

Bay 1999 15.3hh by Charnwood Forest - Breakaway (Song)

Chesnut 2004 16.1hh by Cadeaux Genereux - Maine Lobster (Woodman)

Group 1 Millionaire Miler & Group 1 Sire Timeform 125

Top Class Sprinter/Miler & Multiple Group Winner Timeform 121

! Sire of three Group winners including a Gr.1 winning champion 2yo ! A top 10 British stallion by stakes winners to runners (2009 to 20/11/13) ! His 2013 winners include the Gr.3 winning miler Fire Ship ! "Bearstone stud stallion Firebreak continues to make his presence felt" Racing Post ! Ideal outcross for Northern Dancer line mares

! Gr.2 winning miler and dual Gr.1 placed ! By Cadeaux Genereux - sire of sires including Bahamian Bounty ! His first crop winners include the Group placed Day of Conquest (official rating 98) ! "Major Cadeaux's first crop has produced several promising sorts" James Underwood's European Racing & Breeding Digest ! First 3yos in 2014

His yearlings in 2013 have ALL sold for an average of 20,619gns - almost 6x his 2011 covering fee.

His yearlings in 2013 have sold for up to 40,000gns and buyers include Clive Cox, Mark Johnston and Peter & Ross Doyle Bloodstock.

Fee: £3,500 Oct 1st SLF

Fee: £3,500 Oct 1st SLF

Enquiries: Bearstone Stud, Market Drayton, Shropshire TF9 4HF Office: 01630 647197 Mobile: 07974 948755 Email: enquiries@bearstonestud.co.uk See our 2014 brochure online at www.bearstonestud.co.uk

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Message is that the horse comes first Richard Wayman says new campaign supports owners’ views regarding welfare issues As detailed on the following pages, the recent survey of our members provides much food for thought and I am extremely grateful to the 744 owners who took the time and trouble to provide us with their detailed insight of racehorse ownership in Britain. One of the clear messages emanating from the survey is that, alongside the sport’s finances and the racecourse experience, an area members feel particularly strongly about is horse welfare and the accompanying communication challenges. We share that view and recognise that concerns about equine welfare could potentially pose a very serious threat to the future stability of the racing industry if allowed to get out of hand. Therefore it is encouraging to report that the racing bodies and associations, including the ROA, are working together to actively address this issue. Sandown Park in December saw the public launch of a campaign called ‘The Horse Comes First’, an initiative with cross-industry support designed to increase awareness of the high equine welfare standards in British racing. The campaign has three overriding objectives, first to better insulate the sport against unfair attacks, second to increase

confidence and pride in the sport by equipping those involved with British racing with facts and statistics about horse welfare, and finally to increase the number of people who agree that in British racing the welfare of the horse comes first. One of the campaign's initiatives has been to develop a network of advocates who could step up and speak on the sport's behalf on welfare matters; these include vets, trainers and others well placed to participate in such a debate.

“This initiative has

cross-industry support and will help to increase awareness” However, the campaign also seeks the active involvement of everyone in racing, including, most importantly, racehorse owners. The simple fact is that racing's organisations need the help of all those involved in the sport if these objectives are to be achieved. We want everyone to spread the word that when it comes to horse welfare British racing is one of the best regulated animal activities in the world and it has a track record that it can be proud of.

Furthermore, owners can help make a real difference, not only by acquainting themselves with the campaign’s key messages but by setting an example and ensuring everyone undertakes a responsible approach to horse ownership. A key part of the story being promoted by The Horse Comes First is the growing demand for former racehorses, as highlighted by the charity Retraining of Racehorses (RoR), which is supported financially by owners through a fee payable in respect of each race entry made. Advice and options for horses when they finish their racing careers has never been better or more varied, and as owners we have a responsibility for ensuring a horse's welfare remains the priority. One aspect which remains underused, but which RoR will help you with, is non-racing agreements. This simple and free paperwork prevents a horse from being returned to racing when you, the owner, had a different path in mind for the horse. The registration form for a non-racing agreement is available from Weatherbys, and has to be signed by the seller and buyer of the racehorse that has been retired from racing. You can show your support for The Horse Comes First by following them on Twitter (@horsecomesfirst) or find out more from the website www.thehorsecomesfirst.com, which hosts a stunning video shot at Nicky Henderson’s yard, and on Facebook.

Excellent response to ROA’s member survey The results of our recent ROA member survey provide an incredibly valuable insight into the views and experiences of ROA members. We place great importance on listening to members and are pleased to report back with the findings, which will help to provide the basis for setting the ROA’s objectives for next year and beyond. In addition, with racehorse owners being by some way the single largest funders of British racing, the results from this survey are also of great

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importance to others within the industry. The purpose of the survey was to gauge members’ views on the issues that matter most to them as owners, as well as feeding back on the effectiveness of the ROA. The survey was conducted online in September, with paper copies available on request. We are grateful to the more than 700 members who took part, with a response rate of 18% of ROA members who receive e-bulletins. Turn the page for all the results...

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1. Reasons for becoming racehorse owners What better way for the sport to address how best to recruit new owners than by asking existing owners what attracted them into racing in the first place? The message from owners is

very clear and not particularly surprising; the biggest attraction of ownership concerns the experience of watching your own horse in your own colours in action on the racecourse.

The main reason for being attracted into racehorse ownership

Enjoyment of going racing and watching your horse race Enjoyment of behind the scenes training and preparation Extension of breeding interests Family connection with racing Owning a horse with friends Other

62% 12% 8% 7% 6% 5%

The most alarming feature of the survey was responses to a question about future ownership intentions three years from now. The balance of responses here was negative, with 25% of members saying they will own fewer racehorses than now or will have given up altogether, which compares with 17% saying they would own more horses.

How many horses do you expect to own in three years from now?

Less than now

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3. Frustrations with ownership As well as being asked what they liked most about ownership, members were asked what they considered to be the worst aspects of owning racehorses, with their answers to this question obviously linked to the finding that 25% expected to reduce their interests during the next three years. Prize-money levels stood out as the biggest problem, with 86% of owners saying that this was one of the worst aspects about ownership and 45% saying it was their single biggest concern.

What is tthe he very worst aspect of racehorse ownership?

2. Future ownership intentions

Same as now

Introducing potential future owners to the racecourse, and the owners’ raceday experience, needs to be at the centre of the industry’s ownership recruitment strategy. A distant but clear second most important reason for becoming racehorse owners is the access it provides behind the scenes at the trainer’s yard, allowing owners to witness the training and preparation of their horse, as well as feeling part of a team. Providing a glimpse behind closed doors at training yards must continue to form part of the drive to open up ownership to new audiences.

4%

5% 2% 2 %

6% 45%

14%

44% 19%

More than now

17%

Not sure

14%

Given up altogether

6%

24%

● Levels of prize-money 45% ● Horses getting injur injured ed 24% ● Cost of racehorse ownership 14% ●T Treatment reatment of owners on the racecourse 6% ● Not being able to get to the races for a runner 4% ● Lack of opportunities for a horse to run 2% ● Other 5%

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4. Most important issues facing racing The relative importance of the various issues facing the sport was considered and the issue of prize-money again dominated responses: 58% of members selected this as the most important issue facing racing, and 82% as one of the three most important. Other issues seen as very important, being

Top four important issues

chosen by about one in two members amongst their top three issues, are owners’ costs in second place and the raceday experience in third place. Responses clearly demonstrate the strength of views on these issues and will help the ROA to shape its future strategic objectives.

5. Raceday experience A significant proportion of the survey was dedicated to discovering the most important aspects of a day’s racing from an owners’ perspective. The message from members was loud and

clear – there is no single aspect of the raceday experience that drives their opinion. Instead, a good raceday experience comprises various factors, with eight different features revealing relatively similar ratings from members.

Factors considered to be the most important factors as part of the raceday experience* 1

Badge allocation for owners 4.3

5

Attitude of staff to owners

5.1

2

Owners’ viewing facilities

4.4

6

Owners & Trainers’ bar

5.2

3

Owners’ entrance/badge collection

7

Free food offering

5.3

5.0

8

Owners’ parking facilities

5.3

Post-race treatment of winning owners

5.1

4

*Positions are based on the mean score after owners were asked to rank factors in importance between 1-10, with 1 being most important and 10 being least important

6. Best racecourses Members were asked to name the courses that they thought provided the very best raceday experience to owners, with the categories split between Flat and jump tracks, and between larger and smaller courses.

Which racecourses provide the best raceday experience for owners? Large Flat Courses

Large Jump Courses

1st – Ascot 2nd – Chester 3rd – Ayr

1st – Haydock Park 2nd – Ayr 3rd – Ascot

Small Flat Courses

Small Jump Courses

1st – Salisbury 2nd – Hamilton Park 3rd – Musselburgh

1st – Newton Abbot 2nd – Wincanton 3rd – Kelso

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1 Prize-money

58%

2 Owners’ costs

11%

3 Racecourse experience

11%

4 Promoting horse welfare

6%

7. The ROA and the benefits of membership Members’ overall opinions of the ROA were mostly positive. Ratings as a mark out of 10 (10 being the best) are 7.5 for satisfaction with direct benefits, 7.4 for value for money and 7.1 for how well the ROA represents members’ interests. These scores are very similar to those achieved in our last comparable survey, undertaken in 2006. The most valuable benefit is seen as the Racecourse Badge Scheme for Owners, which provides members who own at least 50% of a horse with free entry into around 1,300 fixtures every year. Other particularly valued membership benefits are the ROA/RCA car park label, discount on BHA registration fees and third-party liability insurance cover.

The most important benefits of ROA membership* 1 Racecourse Badge Scheme for Owners

3.5

2 Car park label for racecourses

4.2

3 Discount on BHA registration fees

4.5

4 Third party liability insurance

4.7

5 Prize-money bonus schemes

5.1

6 SIS owner-sponsorship

5.5

7 Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder magazine

5.7

8 Exclusive member facilities at big fixtures

6.4

9 Ownership advice

6.4

10 Annual Awards dinner

8.7

*Positions are based on the mean score after owners were asked to rank factors in importance between 1-10, with 1 being most important and 10 being least important

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Diary dates and reminders JANUARY 1

Car park label The new ROA/RCA parking label effective from January 1 has been sent out to all members.

JANUARY 16

BHA seminar for ROA members KIT HOUGHTON

Please note that the available places have been filled for this day.

JANUARY 31

Trainer visit to Donald McCain An organised tour of Bankhouse Stables in Cholmondeley, Cheshire for ROA members.

MARCH 11-14

ROA Marquee at the Cheltenham Festival The ROA will have a facility for members in the tented village area. Details will be mailed out to members during January. Bookings for all ROA events can be made online at racehorseowners.net or by calling the ROA on 020 7152 0200

2014 subscription The ROA’s annual membership fee will increase to £230 (including VAT) from January 1. This will enable the ROA to maintain the benefits and services it provides to members in 2014.

Ex-Flat runner Neville Bardos went on to excel in the eventing arena for the USA

Retraining of Racehorses conducts review A growing demand for former racehorses has prompted Retraining of Racehorses (RoR), British horseracing’s official charity for the welfare of horses who have retired from racing, to conduct an independent review. Chaired by Jonny McIrvine, former Chief Executive of the International League for the Protection of Horses (now known as World Horse Welfare), the review will make recommendations for the charity’s future strategy and policy as well as proposing clear guidelines for funding and transparency regarding the allocation of funding. The review has the support of the BHA and Weatherbys, with funding assistance from the Racing Foundation. An integral part of the review will be a statistical analysis of where racehorses go when they leave training to help develop a wider strategy for ex-racehorses, together

with the role that RoR plays and what factors should guide the charity’s funding. Deloitte will undertake this independent data analysis in conjunction with Weatherbys and the BHA. It is envisaged that recommendations arising from the review will be completed in June 2014. Sheila Bailey, ROA-appointed trustee of RoR, said: “It seems an opportune moment to carry out a root and branch review of our charitable activities to ensure that we are delivering the best possible opportunities for racehorses who, for whatever reason, cannot remain in training. “The ROA is totally committed to supporting RoR and looks forward to participating in the review to ensure the organisation can demonstrate it is operating to the highest standards and is fit to fund the future needs of the racing community.”

In the wake of handing out lengthy bans to trainers Mahmood Al Zarooni (pictured) and Gerard Butler, the BHA has amended the rules of racing to reflect that a trainer may be charged if certain prohibited substances are administered to horses in their care or control, without the requirement for a positive sample. The amendment to the rules, which received approval from the BHA Board after consultation with the ROA and NTF, has been implemented following the investigation into the use of the veterinary product Sungate. During the investigation it became apparent that a prohibited substance, in this case an anabolic

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steroid contained in a veterinary product, had been administered to a number of horses. However, no charges could be brought owing to the fact that no positive samples were obtained. The BHA also concluded that there was no evidence that the trainers concerned had acted in a manner prejudicial to horseracing. The new rule, which came into effect on December 1, provides for a horse to be disqualified from any race it participated in subsequent to the administration of certain prohibited substances without the need for an analytical sample.

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Badge Scheme for Owners 2014

Caroline Beaumont

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The racing world has been mourning a friend following the death in November of Caroline Beaumont, aged 35, after a short illness. Beaumont, pictured below, had worked in the horseracing industry for over 15 years. She started her employment in the Disciplinary Department at The Jockey Club, latterly BHA, and moved to the Jockey Club’s Epsom racecourse in 2010, most recently employed as Office Manager. She had ridden out for trainers Simon Dow and Pat Phelan at Epsom Downs, where she had been instrumental in organising the Owners’ and Trainers’ Awards Dinner and the Epsom Racehorse Trainers’ Open Day for many years. In 2010 Beaumont was named the winner of the Stanley Wootton award at the Epsom Awards evening, in recognition of her contribution to the town’s racing success and tireless work for Epsom Racing Staff Welfare events. The world of racing was enriched by her presence and she will be greatly missed.

Doncaster’s St Leger day is included in the Racecourse Badge Scheme for Owners

The Racecourse Badge Scheme for Owners (RBSO) is one of the most popular benefits of ROA membership, as extolled in our recent member survey.  In late December/early January all members activated on to the 2014 scheme will receive a letter of confirmation, and booklet of participating fixtures.  As in previous years, ROA members who qualify do not need to apply for this benefit; it is an automated process. However, should you believe yourself to be eligible for the benefit, and have not received your booklet by January 10, please call the ROA office on 020 7152 0200 or email info@roa.co.uk, and we can investigate this for you. The terms and conditions for the RBSO remain the same for 2014 as in the previous year. ROA members must be a fully registered owner with Weatherbys and must own at least 50% of a horse in full training (or shares equivalent to), or be one of two nominated partners in a partnership. Horses are regarded as being in training when this is reflected on the horses in training return submitted to Weatherbys by your trainer. Acceptance on to the RBSO provides one THOROUGHBRED OWNER & BREEDER INC PACEMAKER

complimentary admittance badge at participating fixtures to the Horserace Privilege Photocard holder only.  The provision of an owner’s badge is not obligatory, and is at the individual racecourse’s discretion.  This is to prevent overcrowding in the owners’ and trainers’ facilities, as these areas need to be accessible primarily for owners with a runner on the day. Please note that owners with runners on the day will receive their standard allocation of badges, and the RBSO cannot be used to add to this quota. The ROA are pleased to announce that over 1,300 fixtures will be covered under the 2014 Scheme, and this includes all fixtures from over 15 tracks including, for the first time, Newton Abbot. If you are signed up to our e-bulletin service, and on the scheme, then you will be already receiving our monthly updates detailing the major upcoming fixtures that you can attend. If you would like to sign up to our e-bulletin service, then please email info@roa.co.uk with the subject heading ‘ebulletins’.

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MAGICAL MOMENTS with ROA member Christopher Johnston

Christopher Johnston applauds jockey Richie McLernon after success aboard Johns Spirit in the Paddy Power Gold Cup

‘I

got chills, they’re multiplying, and I’m losing control, ’cause the power you’re supplying, it’s electrifying!’ Many will recognise the opening gambit from ‘You’re The One That I Want’, from the film musical Grease, and if Johns Spirit’s victory at Cheltenham in November is ever accompanied by a song, this is surely it. The power he was supplying to Christopher Johnston was the Paddy Power Gold Cup – and it will always bring a chill to his owner. “My best day so far in racing was the day Johns Spirit won the Paddy Power – just remembering it sends chills up and down my spine,” says Johnston, an ROA member for more than a decade, speaking a few days before his star ran in the Stewart Family Thank You Gold Cup back at Cheltenham. “The strategy Richie McLernon follows gives us maximum excitement – trailing in last place for most of the race, then summoning all his energy to hit the front,” he adds. Explaining how he became involved in owning horses, Johnston says: “I’ve been interested enough in racing to put a bet on the Grand National since I was eight but got involved in ownership only when my business partner and I joined a very large Goodwoodbased syndicate about 15 years ago. “In 2002 I asked my late cousin Bertram, who had horses and farmed up in Penrith, to

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“I named Johns Spirit after my late business partner, who loved horseracing”

help find me a horse to own. He knew Jonjo [O’Neill] and so between them and with the help of David Hodgson I bought my first horse, who we called Personal Assurance.” Others have followed, namely Wilfred, Twilight Eagle and Mr Presley (both in shared ownership), Maxie T, a juvenile in 2013 trained by the owner’s namesake Mark, recent recruit Magheral Express, plus an unraced colt by Gold Well. As for Johns Spirit, Johnston continued: “After a couple of years of shared ownerships I decided I wanted exclusive ownership again, so  Jonjo offered me this unraced three-year-old gelding in December 2010. “I saw his birthday was April 19, the same day as my business partner John Ormond, who died in July 2000 aged 67. “John who was born in Lismore, County Waterford, co-founded Personal Group with me in 1984 and shared a love of horseracing,

so it seemed totally appropriate for me to name the horse after John and call on his spirit to inspire his racing performance.” Johnston adds: “Jonjo and his family are a wonderful team who make small owners like me feel very special. “I chose Mark Johnston because I wanted to have a Flat racer and he is one of the most consistently successful Flat trainers in the business – and his name is Johnston!” Mark Johnston has himself written eloquently about the frustrations of prizemoney won by prolific winners still not being enough in some instances to cover an owner’s costs and, like his peers, Christopher Johnston considers that unpalatable, saying: “I share the view that there are too many races that, when won, produce after deductions less than a month’s training bill.” That said, he stresses: “I don’t get involved in any racing politics. I enjoy my days at the races and appreciate the improvements in catering and accommodation that have been made for owners at the leading racecourses.” The leading jumps racecourse hosts the contest Johnston, who retired two years ago, covets more than any other. “The dream win would be the Cheltenham Gold Cup,” he says. It is not out of the question that Johns Spirit, fuelled by John Ormond’s spirit, could one day deliver that dream.

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Flat Racecourse League Table Ptn Racecourse

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35

Ascot York Epsom Downs Newmarket Goodwood Chester Doncaster Sandown Park Newbury Haydock Park Musselburgh Ayr Pontefract Salisbury Ripon Ffos Las Carlisle Thirsk Newcastle Windsor Kempton Park Leicester Beverley Hamilton Park Nottingham Warwick Catterick Bridge Redcar Bath Lingfield Park Yarmouth Wolverhampton Chepstow Brighton Southwell Total

Figures for period December 1, 2012 to November 30, 2013

Ownership

Avg racecourse spend per fixture (£)

Avg HBLB spend per fixture (£)

Avg owner spend per fixture (£)

Avg prizemoney per fixture (£)

Total no. of fixtures

Total prize-money (£)

Avg racecourse spend per fixture 2011-12 (£)

I I JCR JCR I I ARC JCR I JCR I I I I I I JCR I ARC ARC JCR I I I JCR JCR I I ARC ARC ARC ARC ARC ARC ARC

349,480 160,032 120,544 91,698 84,714 77,393 54,738 53,586 46,673 41,800 31,993 29,569 28,935 27,239 27,030 23,461 21,280 20,943 20,782 20,262 19,279 18,719 17,864 17,024 16,842 15,897 15,840 15,226 14,678 13,565 12,327 11,630 10,464 8,671 8,667 36,103

132,552 105,147 71,576 80,576 75,890 44,521 59,046 54,329 63,275 49,022 24,856 39,428 32,701 28,193 27,349 9,820 16,458 22,797 21,439 19,189 14,541 19,612 21,001 22,944 24,029 21,236 18,099 18,507 14,970 19,346 19,900 15,158 14,790 18,577 17,337 31,417

178,627 84,648 81,087 76,304 27,928 8,364 36,978 17,531 27,912 15,671 5,055 10,820 3,804 5,408 4,510 3,081 4,489 5,650 6,615 4,735 3,386 4,932 3,108 3,448 5,815 3,926 2,733 13,843 2,853 2,838 3,089 2,391 2,761 2,392 1,907 15,492

660,659 349,827 273,207 249,275 188,532 130,278 151,711 126,246 140,910 107,681 63,375 81,138 66,440 63,389 59,671 36,762 43,591 51,757 51,103 45,080 39,182 44,564 43,988 43,750 49,491 41,469 39,172 49,877 32,951 37,274 35,605 30,769 29,016 30,483 28,797 84,315

18 17 12 38 19 15 25 18 17 24 17 14 16 15 16 8 11 15 18 26 89 20 20 18 18 11 17 15 20 102 26 116 15 19 33 897

11,891,857 5,947,060 3,278,480 9,472,447 3,582,104 1,954,165 3,792,783 2,209,306 2,395,467 2,538,203 1,077,375 1,135,937 1,063,035 950,842 954,732 275,712 479,500 776,350 919,850 1,172,086 3,487,211 891,280 879,760 787,500 890,845 456,158 665,925 748,150 659,018 3,801,936 925,725 3,569,214 435,235 579,168 950,312 75,594,727

376,146 157,927 115,897 84,383 87,914 70,940 57,572 48,039 45,320 35,090 26,483 20,344 18,755 25,109 25,580 22,021 15,448 22,834 26,320 16,451 16,423 14,628 13,214 20,764 13,222 22,120 13,267 13,484 18,037 12,721 11,967 11,054 9,452 10,900 9,520 35,050

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Jumps Racecourse League Table Ptn Racecourse

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43

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Aintree Cheltenham Haydock Park Ascot Sandown Park Newbury Kempton Park Newcastle Ayr Perth Warwick Cartmel Musselburgh Chepstow Wetherby Wincanton Newton Abbot Ludlow Market Rasen Kelso Stratford-on-Avon Wolverhampton Taunton Ffos Las Carlisle Exeter Doncaster Plumpton Huntingdon Fakenham Hexham Fontwell Park Hereford Worcester Uttoxeter Southwell Bangor-on-Dee Lingfield Park Leicester Towcester Folkestone Sedgefield Catterick Bridge Total

Ownership

Avg racecourse spend per fixture (£)

Avg HBLB spend per fixture (£)

Avg owner spend per fixture (£)

Avg prizemoney per fixture (£)

Total no. of fixtures

Total prize-money (£)

Avg racecourse spend per fixture 2011-12 (£)

JCR JCR JCR I JCR I JCR ARC I I JCR I I ARC I JCR I I JCR I I ARC I I JCR JCR ARC I JCR I I ARC ARC ARC ARC ARC I ARC I I ARC ARC I

231,797 231,171 100,227 99,491 69,728 56,989 43,134 34,855 32,200 28,814 25,390 24,931 24,290 23,607 21,522 21,285 20,588 20,146 19,950 18,793 18,614 17,500 16,495 15,611 15,170 14,664 14,513 14,209 14,027 14,000 13,463 13,057 12,693 12,278 11,615 11,394 10,472 10,351 9,775 9,235 8,834 6,507 5,470 30,513

122,440 111,442 78,422 82,534 67,924 64,804 55,981 29,383 44,664 23,250 36,104 19,059 31,569 27,882 27,434 32,569 27,466 26,601 27,121 29,331 21,871 24,500 26,677 22,359 31,042 29,339 37,843 23,876 21,960 24,925 13,623 20,810 10,000 18,198 22,620 18,514 23,653 20,885 24,591 13,943 11,620 22,636 28,813 32,603

63,310 61,117 19,053 16,350 14,311 17,315 9,949 5,367 11,627 1,521 6,610 4,982 3,977 6,557 4,562 4,815 0 4,735 4,804 3,153 4,451 0 4,909 3,681 4,453 4,965 6,140 3,792 3,662 0 2,290 3,095 3,758 3,655 4,666 2,778 3,095 1,813 3,405 2,789 2,047 2,595 2,695 7,333

417,547 403,730 197,702 198,376 152,384 139,108 109,372 70,517 88,971 53,586 68,104 48,971 61,058 59,032 54,271 59,530 48,054 51,769 52,140 53,193 45,998 42,000 48,080 41,651 51,165 50,467 58,496 41,878 40,169 38,925 30,167 37,819 26,450 35,683 39,609 33,210 37,490 33,048 38,486 26,109 22,500 31,738 36,978 70,926

8 15 6 7 10 11 13 8 10 15 8 7 9 14 17 18 19 14 18 12 16 1 12 20 12 14 9 14 15 9 12 21 2 21 22 17 13 10 7 17 2 16 9 529

3,340,374 6,055,956 1,270,943 1,388,629 1,447,649 1,530,185 1,421,836 564,134 889,715 803,785 544,836 342,800 549,521 826,450 922,608 1,071,535 913,034 724,760 938,527 638,312 735,966 42,000 576,962 812,194 613,976 706,542 526,466 586,290 602,537 350,324 362,000 794,200 52,900 749,347 871,406 564,568 487,366 330,483 269,400 443,857 45,000 507,814 332,800 37,549,987

229,212 214,572 82,113 124,154 57,429 34,362 48,651 11,884 28,295 28,788 10,632 25,659 17,242 23,010 22,954 25,391 24,493 15,779 19,460 24,237 21,077 0 19,306 17,665 13,492 15,064 26,050 11,685 12,690 19,119 11,383 13,459 14,484 9,210 13,163 14,161 13,534 13,177 9,350 8,209 10,964 9,340 4,821 30,279

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Jumps boys back in town Despite Brian Boru and Norse Dancer encountering problems on the journey to Cheltenham and subsequently not being shown, the 12th annual TBA National Hunt Stallion Parade at Cheltenham attracted a huge crowd of breeders and enthusiasts to see the eight stallions that did appear, thus providing the ideal opportunity for mare owners to view and compare several stallions at one superb venue. Cheltenham racecourse generously provided free entry on the day to members of the TBA, and spectators enjoyed the

complimentary booklet, given out to those watching the parade, which not only gave the details of the stallions but also covered the range of initiatives and activities organised and managed by the TBA in support of National Hunt breeders. Excellent commentary by DBS Director Tim Kent, and renowned international equestrian commentator Stephen Hadley, added to the interest for those watching, many of whom took the opportunity afterwards to talk directly to the stallions’ connections in the TBA marquee, which was

well supported throughout the day. A silent auction of nominations, generously donated by the stallions’ owners to the TBA to further its National Hunt initiatives, resulted in three nominations being sold on the day. If you would like to purchase any of the remaining nominations, please contact Pauline Stoddart at Stanstead House. The TBA is grateful for the continued support of the British European Breeders’ Fund, Weatherbys GSB and Doncaster Bloodstock Sales, who again kindly donated the stallion handlers’ jackets.

Alkaased, winner of two Group 1s, stands at Kelanne Stud

Pistolet Bleu’s son Arvico is based at Vauterhill Stud

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Great Pretender, a son of King’s Theatre, is a recent addition to Yorton Farm

St Leger hero Bollin Eric stands at Colmer Stud on the borders of Somerset, Devon and Dorset

Yorton Farm’s Malinas is represented by talented staying hurdler Medinas

Overbury Stud’s Schiaparelli: his first crop are two-year-olds in 2014

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Shamardal’s brother Yorgunnabelucky stands at Throckmorton Court Stud

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Is your mare qualified? The TBA/HBLB Elite NH Mares Incentive Scheme for 2014 Now in its third year, the aim of the scheme is to underline to mare owners the quality of stallions available in this country and to give a valuable incentive to TBA members who own such mares to cover them with the best from the ranks of young or proven stallions in Britain. The Elite National Hunt Mares Incentive

Scheme rewards those mares proven on the racecourse or at stud and in this way will directly increase the quality of jumps horses being bred here in Britain. Details of the scheme, which are largely unchanged from last year, are given briefly below and owners of eligible mares should by

now have received a letter from the TBA explaining the scheme. If you think your mare is eligible and you have not yet received a letter, please contact Pauline Stoddart at Stanstead House as soon as possible, as applications for free nominations and grants must be submitted by January 17.

At a glance details for the 2014 covering season: For British-based mares aged 18 years and under (born 1996 or later) that have achieved a defined level of NH racing performance, or that have produced NH runners of a defined level, to be owned by paid up members of the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Rating of Mare or progeny produced

High Potential NH Sires Defined as being aged 15 years or under and either won or been placed in a Group 1 race over 10 furlongs or more, or has produced a 150+ NH performer.

Proven NH Sires Defined as being aged over 15 years and has produced a 150+ NH performer

‘A’ Category Mares Rated 135+ or dam of 150+ performer

Free nomination, subject to stud owner. 3 to each stallion, allocated in descending order of mares’ rating. If free nomination not available, scheme pays 50% of advertised fee up to maximum of £2,500

50% of advertised fee to maximum of £2,500

‘B’ Category Mares Mare rated 125-134 or dam of 140-149 performer

Free nomination, subject to stud owner. If free nomination not available, scheme pays 50% of advertised fee up to maximum of £1,500 (available only if free nominations were offered to the sire but all were allocated)

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In Brief Health and safety courses In conjunction with the launch of the new edition of the guide book, the BHA has organised a series of one-day seminars to be delivered by the British Racing School which will take place on the following dates: • February 11 – Northern Racing College in Doncaster • April 15 – Oaksey House, Lambourn • June 3 – British Racing School in Newmarket

Regional representative update The Jockey Club Rooms played host to the annual gathering of TBA regional representatives and provided Richard Lancaster and Louise Kemble the opportunity to re-cap on the vitally important achievements of 2013, such as the new Tri-Partite Agreement, the Economic Impact Study report and all the political lobbying carried out on behalf of the membership.

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Plans are well under way for the 2014 schedule of regional days; arrangements currently include visits to Andrew Balding’s Kingsclere Stud, Watership Down Stud, Yorton Farm and Normandie Stud. Further details will appear in this magazine in due course and will also be available on the TBA website.

Economic impact study on the British thoroughbred breeding industry In recent months the TBA has been working alongside Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) on a robust and highly informative study exploring factors within the British thoroughbred breeding industry. The results from this have been very interesting and the TBA is currently working with PwC and other stakeholders on activation strategies for the key findings from the report. The TBA is delighted with the success of the study and is looking forward to sharing the results next month. We will be announcing more details about this in January so please keep an eye out for further communications about our launch. There will also be a full article on the report in our March issue.

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Warwick and Uttoxeter are congratulated The TBA scheme to reward those racecourses that offer the highest number of mares’ races, as a percentage of their total races, continues to go from strength to strength with two more racecourses being presented with their certificate last month: Warwick and Uttoxeter. TBA Regional Chairman Hazel West presenting the award to Huw Williams, Manager of Warwick racecourse

Al Kazeem’s breeders receive special TBA award The TBA was delighted to be part of the Jockey Club’s inaugural breeders’ awards evening on December 1, where they presented a unique award – the TBA Significant Achievement Award. This award reflected a pivotal moment or significantly memorable highlight during the 2013 season and was awarded to the breeder who thoroughly deserved this commendation. The winners, John and Eileen Deer (John Deer pictured, below right), were both surprised and thrilled when they learnt this new accolade was for them after the wonderful season they had enjoyed with Al Kazeem. The talented horse, who bookended his four Group successes in 2013 with victories at Sandown, winning the Group 3 Gordon Richards Stakes in April and the Group 1 Coral-Eclipse in July, was a truly worthy winner of this accolade. This son of Dubawi has given his breeders immense success on the track, with three wins at the highest level, two other Group race victories and several very creditable places. It was fantastic to see the award going to a truly Britishbred horse.

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Oakgrove Stud Manager Tim Lane receives the Significant Achievement Award from TBA Chairman Richard Lancaster on behalf of John and Eileen Deer

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Don Cantillon takes TBA-sponsored prize

TBA diary dates SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30 TBA Mares-only H’cap 0-120 at Doncaster

SUNDAY, JANUARY 12

EBF/TBA Mares’ Novices’ Chase Series at Kelso

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15

EBF/TBA Mares’ Novices’ Chase Series at Newbury

SUNDAY, JANUARY 19

TBA Mares-only Club Race at Tiverton, Chipley

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25

EBF/TBA Mares’ Novices’ Chase Series at Uttoxeter

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6 TBA Flat Stallion Parade at Tattersalls, Park Paddocks

TBA National Hunt Committee Chairman Robert Waley-Cohen presents the trophy to Don Cantillon (left), owner and breeder of Listed winner As I Am (inset)

The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association were proud sponsors of the Listed mares’ novices’ hurdle at Newbury at the end of November. As part of the TBA’s mandate to improve the quality of British Bloodstock, the TBA continues to support current, and provide increased, race opportunities for mares and fillies. With quality mares in this Listed race, we

hope that the TBA’s support will serve to encourage the increase in mares’ only races throughout the racing calendar. As a flagship race to the TBA’s National Hunt sponsorship portfolio, the TBA gave away 50 badges to lucky members, who enjoyed watching Don Cantillon’s homebred As I Am storm home by nine lengths to capture the TBA-backed race. Not bad for a mare with one eye!

Rossa Parks wins EBF and TBA mares’ race James Read, TBA regional representative, presenting the award to Mrs P Bridel, owner of Rossa Parks, winner of the EBF and TBA Mares’ Novices’ Chase at Wincanton on November 21

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Breeders can view a number of stallions from around the country at one venue, with the opportunity to inspect them individually after the parade and discuss mating plans for the 2014 season with stud managers. For further details contact Stanstead House or info@thetba.co.uk

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25

Godolphin Stud & Stable Staff Awards Nominations remain open until Friday, January 3. Anyone working in the industry can nominate a fellow, a colleague or anyone they feel deserves the recognition, with forms and entry criteria available for download from www.britishhorseracing.com/stablestaff/ and www.racingpost.com. Alternatively, email awards@britishhorseracing.com or simply text AWARDS to 07584 171551 and a member of the team will arrange for a form to be sent out.

NEW MEMBERS

Mrs P Cowey, North Yorkshire; Ms M Cuff, Wiltshire; Mr S Keightley, Berkshire; Ms E White, Shropshire; Mrs S Whitney, North Yorkshire

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Breeders’ Prizes for TBA members Breeder

Cheveley Park Stud Newsells Park Stud & Cannon Bloodstock Stuart McPhee Bloodstock Wood Farm Stud (Waresely) John Brenchley & Dullingham Park

Prize (£)

1,800 1,800 1,800 1,800 1,800

Horse

Sire

Dam

Queen Of Ice Miss Lillie Touch The Clouds Earthflight Crystal Pearl

Selkirk Exceed And Excel Sleeping Indian Medicean Beat Hollow

Ice Palace Never Lose Aptina Aliena Missouri

Date

Course

02/11/2013 02/11/2013 06/11/2013 12/11/2013 14/11/2013

Newmarket Newmarket Nottingham Wolverhampton Kempton

Prizes subject to confirmation of qualification with Weatherbys

Breeders’ Prizes National Hunt HBLB Breeders’ Prizes worth £1,000 or more

Based on date money was paid

Breeder

Prize (£)

Horse

Sire

Dam

R. T. Crellin

10,000

Cue Card

King's Theatre

Wicked Crack

Date

Course

23/11/2013

Haydock Park

Sir Harry A Lewis

Indeed To Goodness 02/11/2013

The Round Oak Partnership

8,000

Harry Topper

Mrs N. A. Ward

6,000

Melodic Rendezvous Where OrAWhen

Vic Melody

09/11/2013

Wincanton

Wetherby

L. Dettori

6,000

Dodging Bullets

Dubawi

Nova Cyngi

17/11/2013

Cheltenham

Ms. E L White

5,000

The Liquidator

Overbury

Alikat

17/11/2013

Cheltenham

Avington Manor Stud

4,000

Ultimate

Anabaa

Nirvana

01/11/2013

Wetherby

Darley

3,000

Pine Creek

Doyen

Valley Of Gold

02/11/2013

Ascot

Richard Bridges

3,000

Highland Retreat

Exit To Nowhere

St Kilda

25/11/2013

Kempton Park

C. B. Brookes

2,500

The Govaness

Kayf Tara

Just Kate

16/11/2013

Cheltenham

Exors of the Late David Johnson

2,500

Red Sherlock

Shirocco

Lady Cricket

17/11/2013

Cheltenham

Gleadhill House Stud Ltd

2,500

Vintage Star

Presenting

Rare Vintage

11/11/2013

Carlisle

Mrs Claire Massey

2,500

Alasi

Alflora

Anamasi

23/11/2013

Ascot

The Kathryn Stud

2,500

Zamdy Man

Authorized

Lauderdale

22/11/2013

Haydock Park

William Wilkinson

2,500

Midnight Appeal

Midnight Legend

Lac Marmot

13/11/2013

Bangor-on-Dee

J. and T. Shally

1,750

Stopped Out

Montjoy

Kiomi

13/11/2013

Bangor-on-Dee

Margaret Cuff

1,750

Willow's Saviour

Septieme Ciel

Willow Gale

08/11/2013

Musselburgh

Richard Bridges

1,750

Highland Retreat

Exit To Nowhere

St Kilda

09/11/2013

Wincanton

W. P. Jenks

1,250

Oyster Shell

Bollin Eric

Pearly-B

14/11/2013

Ludlow

David & Julie Andrews

1,250

Valdez

Doyen

Skew

30/11/2013

Newbury

Mrs Susan McDonald

1,250

Robbie

Robellino

Corn Lily

08/11/2013

Musselburgh

John P. L. Reynolds

1,250

Midnight Prayer

Midnight Legend

Onawing Andaprayer 31/10/2013 Stratford-on-Avon

Rabbah Bloodstock Limited

1,250

Colebrooke

Shamardal

Shimna

Shade Oak Stud

1,250

Super Villan

Alflora

Limetree Stud

1,000

Irish Cavalier

Aussie Rules

Richard Evans Bloodstock

1,000

Gone Too Far

The Kathryn Stud

1,000

Zamdy Man

Jamie Donovan

1,000

Mr and Mrs N. Faulks Mrs S. M. Newell Paul Murphy

17/11/2013

Fontwell Park

Country House

22/11/2013

Ffos Las

Tracker

31/10/2013 Stratford-on-Avon

Kayf Tara

Major Hoolihan

02/11/2013

Wetherby

Authorized

Lauderdale

02/11/2013

Ascot

Rydon Pynes

Beat All

Persian Smoke

05/11/2013

Exeter

1,000

Amore Alato

Winged Love

Sardagna

09/11/2013

Wincanton

1,000

Spirit Of Shankly

Sulamani

Lago d'Oro

22/11/2013

Haydock Park

1,000

Carole's Spirit

Hernando

Carole's Crusader

29/11/2013

Newbury

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NH BREEDER OF THE MONTH – November 2013 In 2005 the inaugural Betfair Chase at Haydock Park (registered as the Lancashire Chase) was won by Robert Alner’s Kingscliff and now the latest running of this Grade 1 event has gone to Cue Card, trained by another Dorset resident, Colin Tizzard, and ridden by his son Joe. It is being suggested that the Betfair Chase is now the third most important (non-handicap) staying chase in the calendar. In that context it’s worth recalling that the original Lancashire Chase, which was run at Manchester from 1884 until the racecourse closed in 1963, was once rated second only to the Grand National. Depending on how he performs in the King George VI Chase, Cue Card is set to run in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, where he could emulate the Welsh breeding success of Norton’s Coin in 1990. Owned and trained by Sirrell Griffiths of Nantgaredig, Dyfed, and bred by his neighbour Percy Thomas by Griffiths’s own stallion Mount Cassino, Norton’s Coin scored at 100-1, with the Racing Post carrying the headline ‘Shock of the century’. As a rule, breeders get comparatively little recognition, but Roland Crellin is not doing too badly as Cue Card won him the corresponding monthly breeder’s award last February. The gelding and his older halfbrother Hidden Crack were also responsible for their dam Wicked Crack being nominated as the winner of the 2012/13 Dudgeon Cup, the TBA’s annual National Hunt Broodmare of the Year award. Cue Card’s latest success sees Crellin win a supply of TRM’s world-famous Calphormin, plus a bottle of premium Irish whiskey. Wicked Crack, one of about ten mares that Crellin keeps on his 300acre Brook Farm at Penhow, Gwent, used to run as many as 10,000 sheep in the vicinity of Chepstow, and he got involved in breeding jumpers through point-to-points. His early mentor was Richard Aston of Goldford Stud, another annual TBA Award winner last year. Never averse to putting the money down when breeding stock is concerned, Crellin paid €120,000 for Wicked Crack carrying her first foal at the Tattersalls Ireland November Sale in 2002. Successful six times over jumps and runner-up in the Rehearsal Chase, she is a half-sister to What’s The Crack, who finished third in the Sun Alliance Chase. It was from Goldford Stud that Cue Card realised €75,000 as a yearling at the 2007 Tattersalls Ireland February Sale.

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Cue Card sees off Dynaste to win the Grade 1 Betfair Chase

Considering that both his sire King’s Theatre and his dam Wicked Crack have an IRE suffix, that pair share rather an extraordinary link. King’s Theatre was bred by Michael Poland of Lower Preshaw House, between Winchester and Southampton. Next door is Meon Valley Stud, aka Dean Farm, where Bill Wightman, trainer of Wicked Crack’s sire King’s Ride, was based at one time. At the last TBA awards dinner, Meon Valley Stud collected the TBA Silver Salver, the association’s own Special Merit award. The equivalent Broodmare of the Year award is the HJ Joel Silver Salver and it was from Jim Joel’s Childwick Bury Stud in 1986 that Michael Poland procured Regal Beauty, the dam of King’s Theatre, for just 5,200gns, by far the cheapest mare in the entire dispersal. One of three mares that Crellin has had in training simultaneously with Martin Keighley is Cue Card’s sister, The Wicked Kipper. The good news is that her breeder had the sense to retain the six-year-old, as she remains her dam’s solitary daughter. The bad news is that 21-year-old Wicked Crack has failed to have a foal since then. In four of those five seasons she slipped, so fingers are firmly crossed she will hold to her current covering by Gold Well.

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By TALLULAH LEWIS

Members of the Next Generation Club presenting the best turned out award

Last year was superb... what will 2014 bring?

O

ne thousand and counting – what a year 2013 was for the Next Generation Club! Reaching 1,000 members was one of our greatest achievements to date and last year  our members had the opportunity to experience some really exciting events. We kicked off in somewhat treacherous snowy conditions that saw racing at Newbury called off, but despite this 20 determined members were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of Windsor House Stables, home to Harry and Christina Dunlop. Visits to two of Britain’s up-and-coming trainers – Olly Stevens at Robins Farm and Hugo Palmer at Kremlin Cottage – provided members with an insight into the day-to-day running of the yards and life as a young trainer.  Events at Upton Viva Stud hosted by Robert Waley-Cohen and a tour of Paul Nicholls’s Ditcheat yard ensured we provided for our National Hunt fans. Our members keen on getting involved in the breeding industry were in for a treat with visits to Dalham Hall Stud and a tour of The National Stud. Our most anticipated event of the year had members of the committee buzzing with excitement – a meet and greet with the great Frankel at Banstead Manor Stud followed by an NGC-sponsored maiden at Newmarket, giving members the opportunity to get involved in the day with the best turned-out

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award and presenting prizes.  We were increasingly encouraged over the year with the growing uptake of events, most recently the 87 young people who joined the day at Tattersalls October Yearling Sale. The mixture of club members and students showed us that we are reaching our target audience and encouraging and developing their interest and knowledge in racing and breeding.  Expanding our reach was our number one aim last year and will continue to be so. Our drive on social media and the development of our new website have all been undertaken to increase our interaction with members so we can continue to develop as a club.  The NGC/BHA Graduate Placement has been a great success again in 2013. Through our link with the BHA Graduate Programme we have been able to offer placements on thoroughbred stud farms for graduates to learn more about the breeding industry. Last year Emma Kerwin joined the staff at Tweenhills Farm & Stud and then Newsells Park Stud, David Letts was placed at the Royal Studs for five weeks, followed by Cheveley Park Stud in the lead up to the December Sales, and Bobby Jackson joined the team at Whitsbury Manor Stud. The placements expose the graduates to stud farms operating at the highest level, on the farm and at the sales. Our thanks go to all the studs and stable staff that have encouraged our graduates during their time on the placements.

A proud ending to the year was the announcement by TBA Chairman Richard Lancaster that the application submitted by the Next Generation Club to the British Horseracing Grant Scheme to co-fund a careers course this year has been successful. The course will aim to introduce young people to the breeding industry and promote the career opportunities that are available. More details of this exciting new project will be revealed in due course. Our committee are dedicated to planning events that could make 2014 bigger and better. In addition to the course, we are aiming to host between eight and ten events throughout the year and will be launching details of these shortly. As ever we would like to encourage our members to email us suggestions of people or places in the industry they would like to visit; we will do our utmost to make them happen. Finally, we’d like to thank the many racecourses we visited in 2013 who provided many badges and hospitality to our members. We would like to express our gratitude to the ongoing support and generosity we receive from the industry, without which we would be unable to host such successful events. The welcome provided and the wealth of knowledge imparted by our event hosts is what encourages members to spread the word and to inspire other 18- to 35-year-olds to join the club. Thank you. THOROUGHBRED OWNER & BREEDER INC PACEMAKER


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Advances in stallion fertility

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are management for increased breeding efficiency has improved over the last decade or two. This is largely due to increased veterinary treatment when the mare is in season, and better diagnosis and treatment options for causes of subfertility such as endometrial cysts and fallopian tube obstruction. However, as we all know, the mare is only one half of any successful breeding story. In the 1960s, the average book size was 60 mares. According to the Weatherbys’ Fact Book of 2012, there were 240 stallions standing in the UK in 2011, for which covering information was returned. Most of these (198) covered 50 mares or fewer, but 19 of them covered 101 to 150 mares. At the busiest time, these 240 stallions were mating over 400 mares per day between them, so even without trying to do any complex maths it is obvious that a few of the more popular stallions are covering several mares per day for days or weeks at a time. So how does this affect their fertility? There is strong correlation between book size and total number of matings in a season. Some mare owners and vets feel that ‘over-use’ adversely affects fertility and that stallions with large books (and their mares) are more likely to require and to be subject to intensive management, veterinary supervision and THOROUGHBRED OWNER & BREEDER INC PACEMAKER

treatment. However, a couple of studies have actually shown a positive effect of large book size on live foal rates (this might be due to increased veterinary intervention) and when all stallions were taken as a group, one or more days of sexual rest actually resulted in a lower per mating pregnancy rate overall. If you are the owner of a mare going to one of the busier stallions, should you be concerned and what, if anything, can be done to try to ensure that the stallion’s fertility is not adversely affected by management practices?

The male factor Unfortunately, we have not seen the same improvements in the treatment of stallion subfertility as we have seen for mares. Most of the advances in the recognition and understanding of stallion subfertility have come from outside the thoroughbred world. In nonthoroughbred breeds, particularly sports horses and polo ponies, the use of artificial insemination (AI) has increased exponentially in recent years and this has meant that much work has been done on the assessment of semen quality outside our industry.

No-go area for thoroughbreds In AI breeding systems, stallions are trained to

allow collection into an artificial vagina (AV). The sperm cells are examined microscopically to check their structure and motility, both of which can affect fertility. The semen is then handled or processed depending on how it is to be stored and/or used. In basic terms, the processes involved include extension followed by controlled chilling or freezing, unless it is to be used fresh. There has been considerable effort in trying to determine those parameters which can enhance or reduce fertility and trying to maximise the number of mares that can be inseminated with semen from a single ejaculate. Developments have resulted in improved understanding of the benefits (and problems) of different semen extenders. These are used to dilute the sample and at the same time provide nutrients and protection from temperature change and other stresses. The processing of semen is not completely harmless and fertility may be seriously affected by transportation and the freeze/thaw processes. Consequently it is important to assess the semen at the time of insemination. It is often a challenge to determine if a different extender or different chilling or freezing processes can improve the fertility of semen from a particular stallion, and it is very much a matter of trial and error.

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It is important to note here that there are other factors that can affect fertility, such as genetic makeup and cell-level physiology, so that sperm cells that look ‘normal’ under a microscope may not be fertile. So even in the non-thoroughbred world, where lots of science has been applied, there are stallions whose fertility is mildly to severely suboptimal.

A more modern approach to managing stallions Managing stallion fertility can help to reduce financial loss as it enables the successful covering of an optimal number of mares. Reducing the number of covers if mares conceive early reduces the risk of trauma to the stallion and staff costs for the stud. Costs to the mare owners can also be reduced, including extended keep fees, vets bills, transportation and the potentially lower value of a late foal. Stallions are traditionally selected on the basis of their pedigree and performance without any thought for their fertility, until or unless they are shown to be subfertile. This might not come to light until after the stallion’s book has been filled and many owners have already incurred significant costs. We do know that sperm production capacity is positively related to testicular volume and measuring testicular size is an integral part of a ‘Suitability for Breeding’ examination for either purchase or insurance. In the more conservative thoroughbred world, people have been wary of breeding stallions into an AV. Historically, semen has not been routinely evaluated, unless a ‘dismount sample’ (a few droplets of semen which falls away after covering) has been collected for immediate inspection under a microscope. However, the use of an AV to collect semen for evaluation is now widely accepted and an increasing number of stallions are having their semen evaluated either as a routine exercise or when their fertility appears to drop. The components of semen which can be analysed include sperm structure, motility, viability longevity and seminal fluid components such as proteins, electrolytes and enzymes. Recognising abnormalities and how these relate to subfertility can hopefully help develop ways to manage or treat affected stallions. It might be something as simple as dietary or breeding management alterations that need to be addressed.

Number and timing of matings Work has been done to try to manage the total number and timing of coverings to see if this can affect total fertility. Many thoroughbred stallions are mating up to four times a day at the busiest periods during the stud season. Rather surprisingly, in most cases this does not appear to affect their fertility. The work by Professor Twink Allen and Dr Sandra Wilsher has demonstrated that a stallion’s recent mating frequency can affect the likelihood of pregnancy

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in a naturally mated mare. However, the effect of recent mating frequency varies from stallion to stallion: for some stallions, too infrequent matings will reduce fertility, while for others, fertility is reduced by ‘over-use’. In AI programmes, each ejaculate is evaluated and any poor quality semen can be disposed of. This is not possible in a natural mating setup but it is still possible to evaluate the effect of frequency of ejaculation in a particular stallion by collecting into an AV on several occasions. Collection into an AV also assists in the diagnosis of conditions such as urospermia (urine in the semen) and haemospermia (blood in the semen), both of which can affect fertility. In stallions which are not used frequently enough, or in which the sperm is short-lived, old and degenerating sperm may accumulate and so the first ejaculation will consist largely of infertile sperm. In these stallions, fertility is increased in subsequent matings so higher pregnancy rates will be achieved by covering the same mare twice on the same day. This technique is also useful if the stallion has low concentration of sperm in each ejaculate.

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too infrequent matings will reduce fertility, while for others it is reduced by over-use” In stallions with a large book of mares that appear to be struggling to achieve pregnancies the situation can be more complicated. The problem may be due to poor sperm quality so that no matter how many sperm are produced, only a few are capable of fertilising an egg. In this case, it is necessary to maximise the number of sperm entering the uterus, and so reducing the number of mares on the book may, in fact, be effective. In some of these stallions, reinforcement breeding can be performed. This involves obtaining a dismount sample from the stallion immediately after mating, passing it through a filter and mixing it with a suitable extender before depositing it directly into the same mare’s uterus via a catheter. Alternatively, any semen that has been deposited in the vagina can be collected and transferred directly into the uterus. Reinforcement breeding is accepted by Weatherbys as long as the semen transferred is collected from the same ejaculate as the natural cover. Some mares benefit from the use of semen extender deposited into the uterus prior to covering. In a few cases the fertilised embryo may not develop due to some genetic defect. In these

cases, no amount of sperm will improve the outcome. These cases can be very difficult to characterise and it might be diagnosed only through a high percentage of early foetal deaths.

Libido Some stallions who are covering a large book of mares will suffer from a drop in libido and these may benefit from a few easy days or a change in environment or management. Some stallions with naturally low libido will regain some interest if they are allowed to cover outside, rather than in the covering barn. For some stallions, exercise prior to covering or plenty of teasing may be helpful. Hormone tests are rarely conclusive in stallions. We must remember that the stallions, as well as the mares, are being expected to breed outside their normal breeding season for at least the early part of the year. It is also important to rule out non-reproductive problems such as pain or lameness, obesity or fear of injury. The stallion handler is key to stallion behaviour and determining if there might be any psychological issue that needs addressing. A change in handler part way through a stud season can have a marked effect on stallion fertility rates.

Treatment options Unfortunately, while we are much better at assessing stallion semen and our understanding of the physical and hormonal parameters associated with ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’ fertility in stallions, we still have a long way to go when it comes to being able to treat infertility. Compared to our knowledge of mares, we know relatively little about stallions. Even if we do recognise stallion infertility, there are very few ways to treat it in a natural covering environment. Recognition of the stallion whose fertility increases with increased number of coverings and the benefits of using semen collection as a routine screening tool can assist management decisions, which can improve fertility rates in subfertile stallions.

What can the mare owner do? 1. Ensure your mare is clean and in the best state to breed. 2. Try to breed as close to ovulation as possible. 3. Don’t be afraid of accepting the third or fourth cover of the day. 4. Allow the use of semen extender or reinforcement breeding if the stallion owner recommends it. References: Allen, WR and Wilsher, S. (2012) The influence of mare numbers, ejaculation frequency and month on the fertility of thoroughbred stallions Equine Vet J, 44 (5), 535-541. Stout, TAE. (2012) Prospects for improving the efficiency of thoroughbred breeding by individual tailoring of stallion mating frequency. Equine Vet J, 44 (5), 504-505. THOROUGHBRED OWNER & BREEDER INC PACEMAKER


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Happy New Year: are you ready for 2014? With the frantic activity of the bloodstock sales season now behind us and the New Year stretching ahead, now is a good time to take stock and prepare for the challenges of 2014. Even with the positive sales results and, more generally, the economy emerging from recession, many people and businesses face a tough year. So what can be done to ensure you and your business are in the best possible position? This article is designed to offer some practical help and suggestions: a financial set of New Year Resolutions.

Your business Is your business structure right for you? The principal options are sole trader, partnership and limited company. There are variations in the way in which profits and losses are treated for tax purposes and so any review of the business structure needs to keep these in mind. Sole traders and partnerships have more flexibility in the use of losses although there are new rules that may restrict sideways loss relief depending on your income rate. Companies generally pay tax at lower rates than individuals, and businesses that are consistently profitable should perhaps consider incorporation. Whether to incorporate is not simply a matter of tax, however, and professional advice is always recommended to ensure that all relevant factors are considered. Is your business truly commercial? The income tax, capital gains tax and inheritance tax reliefs are predicated on your business being commercial. In simple terms this means that your business must be carried on in a professional manner and be clearly shown to be capable of making a profit either now or in the future. Are you satisfied that you can demonstrate this? HMRC will not fund a person’s hobby and they are particularly sensitive to commerciality in the bloodstock and wider equestrian industries. Are all your broodmares capable of producing stock that will be attractive to the market? In this context quality is a key factor: two or three black type mares are more likely to produce commercial returns than a barn full of lesser performers. Is your broodmare band appropriate? If not, HMRC will expect you to have a clear plan to cull and upgrade, which you must subsequently deliver on.

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If your asset purchase is of plant and machinery, for example a horsebox or walker, the timing of the expenditure will affect the capital allowance position. From 6 April 2013 the first £250,000 of expenditure on qualifying assets will be eligible for immediate tax relief at 100% of the cost and so, cash flow permitting, a horsebox purchased and brought into use immediately before your financial year end will give a better result for tax purposes than one bought shortly afterwards. Are you ready for the tax year end? The payroll year end is on 5 April each year and now is a good time to check your compliance. RTI has, to a large extent, ensured that businesses are up to date with payroll submissions to HMRC and also helped to deal with the implications of employing casual workers but there are other compliance matters that can be addressed now, which will save time later in the year.

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Your personal tax position In tandem with the above there are a number of ways in which you can ensure that your personal tax affairs are in order before the 5 April fiscal year end. Have you used your capital gains tax annual exempt amount? The annual exempt amount for 2013/14 is £10,900, which means that if your total gains are below this level they are tax free. Gains above this level are taxed at 28%, 18% or 10% depending on your income rate and if disposals are planned prior to 5 April 2014 professional advice is recommended to manage your consequent capital gains tax position.

Do you have capacity to make pension payments? The annual allowance for 2013/14 is £50,000, together with the ability to use any unutilised tax relief from the three earlier years. From 6 April 2014 the annual allowance will reduce to £40,000 and so, depending upon the amounts involved, the timing of contributions may affect the tax relief that will be available. The lifetime allowance is also reducing from £1.5m to £1.25m and there are certain actions that can be taken to mitigate the effect of this, but specialist advice will be necessary to ensure that planning opportunities are not lost in this regard. Do you intend to make an EIS or SEIS investment? Both EIS and SEIS offer attractive income and capital gains tax reliefs to investors and it is worth checking that you will be optimising these reliefs if you are intending such an investment. For example, the capital gains tax relief has been extended to the reinvestment of gains made in 2013/14 into SEIS companies subject to a maximum investment of £100,000 but relief is restricted to 50% of the qualifying investment. When considering EIS or SEIS investments, it should be appreciated that the tax incentives available to investors exist in order to attract investment into an asset class that warrants high-risk categorisation. The rules are complex and there are traps for the unwary, so advice is recommended before an investment is made. The commercial sense of the investment should also be considered; tax reliefs are only one of the factors in deciding whether to invest.

Summary Tax and financial planning for the bloodstock and equine industries is highly complex and this article covers only a selection of possible tips for the year ahead. It cannot cover all eventualities, so seek advice from a specialist if in any doubt: we are naturally happy to assist with any queries.

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Change of Pace Project progressing well The pilot study to assess the feasibility of a careers counselling service in racing is progressing well. Recruitment is now complete and five clinics have been held to date, one each in Newmarket, Lambourn, Middleham, Malton and the West Country. Two or three organisations have participated in each area and the average group size has been six to seven. The feedback from attendees has been positive, with participants producing a brief hand-written appraisal at the end of the first two days. Many expressed the view that their colleagues would benefit from the clinics and have said that they would recommend future attendance to their peers, with a suggestion from some that such a provision should be made compulsory to create a better awareness of the support and training that is available. Enthusiasm among participants increased markedly over the two sessions with participants endorsing the need for this provision within the industry. The second round of clinics will commence at the end of January 2014, when all areas will be revisited and progress monitored.

Bright Lights of London for Jersey Boys – and Girls! On December 3, Karen Stanbridge of Racing Welfare accompanied 53 beneficiaries from the Newmarket area on a coach trip to London. Arriving around midday, they had two hours to stretch their legs after the journey and have lunch before meeting back at the Prince Edward Theatre to watch West End musical The Jersey Boys. They all thoroughly enjoyed the show and it was a lively crowd that filed back onto the coach to head back to Newmarket. Unfortunately, due to a building on fire, their return journey was slow but they were still in good spirits when they finally arrived back at 9.30pm. This trip followed a very successful outing last year to see Billy Elliot, and the team at Racing Welfare are currently planning something similar for next year.

Charity race meetings Racedays at Cheltenham and Bangor see high-profile guests, large crowds and plenty of cash raised for Racing Welfare

The Princess Royal with Lesley Graham at Bangor-on-Dee racecourse

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Chief Executive sings for her supper The Racing Welfare Carol Concert has become a major event in Newmarket’s social calendar and the charity’s staff members always work hard to ensure its success. However, Lesley Graham took that input one step further this year when she joined Chris Wall, Colin Scott and Janet Scott

to deliver a rendition of ‘Past Three O’Clock’. The concert included performances by the Christmas and Chamber Choirs, and a Nativity Scene enacted by Fairstead House Year 1 pupils. Readings were given by local members of the racing industry, including Sir Mark Prescott, Liam O’Rourke and the Hon Peter Stanley.

EPDS Racing Welfare/Best Turned Out The 2013 Best Turned Out Series, sponsored for the second year running by EPDS Racing, reached its finale during the Racing Welfare Charity Day at Bangor on November 13. The series, initiated by EPDS Managing Director John Powell, highlights the

Dhard work and dedication shown by staff in preparing their horses for a day at the races. Ten EPDS/Racing Welfare Best Turned Out (BTO) competitions were held at UK tracks and the winner of each received £50 and an EPDS-Racing Welfare BTO Series gilet. Second and third prizes were £20 and £10.

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help to end the year on a high Two very successful charity race meetings have boosted this year’s income for Racing Welfare. The first was held at Bangor-on-Dee on November 13, when HRH The Princess Royal hosted a Champagne reception and lunch for nearly 300 guests. This was followed by a well-supported auction conducted by Richard Phillips, in which six exciting lots included a tour of Coolmore Stud and a Grand National VIP package. An additional silent auction was conducted throughout the afternoon with over 30 lots, including a morning on the gallops with Donald McCain, a private tour of the Palace of Westminster and a May Festival package for Chester Cup Day 2014. A total of £40,000 was raised from this event. Two days later Racing Welfare, together with Countryside Alliance, was a selected charity for the Annual Countryside Day at Cheltenham. This is one of the most popular days of the season at Cheltenham and large crowds enjoyed not only the racing but a range of displays and demonstrations

covering equine and country pursuits. These included an appearance by Anthony Wandless, who provided a moving example of the way in which Racing Welfare supports racing’s workforce. Anthony was a young work rider for Noel Wilson when he had a tragic accident,

resulting in the loss of his left leg, below the knee. With help from Racing Welfare, he was fitted with a prosthesis and went through a lengthy period of specialised physiotherapy. He is now riding again and received a very warm welcome from the Cheltenham crowd when he rode into the display ring.

at carol concert All proceeds from the evening will go to the chaplaincy service, although this will be the last carol concert to be organised by current chaplain Rev Graham Locking. Joey Newton, Chairman of Racing Welfare, paid tribute to the outstanding contribution made by Graham, saying that he will be greatly missed by the entire racing community.

Series reaches finale Points were allocated to the grooms’ yard in a league table and the winning yard was Jonjo O’Neill’s. During the Bangor meeting, Travelling Head Girl Laura Morgan was presented with a trophy and £1,000 to be shared between the staff. Powell has confirmed that the series will W continue in 2014.

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Albert ‘Corky’ Browne with his trophy and boss Nicky Henderson

‘Corky’ celebrates lifetime in racing At Cheltenham on November 15, Albert ‘Corky’ Browne received a well-deserved Racing Welfare ‘Lifetime in Racing’ Award from Nicky Henderson, in recognition of his dedication and commitment to the racing industry. Corky started his racing career in Ireland, serving a five-year apprenticeship with Kevin Kerr in County Meath. He then moved to Lambourn, where he has worked for over 50 years. Initially he worked for Fred Winter and enjoyed 12

and a half years at Uplands working with such outstanding horses as Bula, Pendil, Crisp and Killiney. In 1966 he looked after Grand National winner Anglo. After leaving Winter he worked at Windsor House, first for Roger Charlton and then for Nicky Henderson. He became Head Lad on Nicky’s first day of training and holds the same post 36 years later. Corky rates three-time Champion Hurdle winner See You Then as one of the best horses he has worked with.

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Caulfield on My Tent Or Yours: “There is nothing wrong with the bottom half of his pedigree; his dam Spartan Girl is a winning half-sister to Conduit, the top-class Dalakhani colt”

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Motivator on move after Treve’s heroics Motivator, thanks to brilliant Arc heroine Treve, who stays in training at four, has zoomed up to second since we last carried the main earnings table, in the October issue, albeit miles behind soaraway leader Galileo. The only son of the late Montjeu in the upper echelons of the table (Montjeu himself still ranks in the top 12), Motivator has certainly not looked back since his relocation to Haras du Quesnay from the Royal Studs. Treve should keep his name in lights in 2014, along with Prix du Jockey Club third Sky Hunter, who deserves a clear run after injury restricted his year. Oasis Dream was another to end the season strongly. His highest earner was Oklahoma City, who should again make a healthy contribution in 2014, though it is perhaps more likely to be through sales races than Classics. Pivotal is the oldest active sire among the front rank, though he will be without flagbearer Farhh, who has been retired to Darley’s Dalham Hall.

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January 26, 1974 Clarification and Jeremy Glover take the water jump in third place en route to victory in the Warwick National

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Armytage, to whom Glover was second jockey behind Stan Mellor. Glover added that he did not ride Clarification as a novice, getting on him only when he started handicap chasing. Glover would go on to ride for Mellor when he switched careers, but his own change from jockey to trainer was certainly not planned. “I retired from riding at 33 and after not getting a job as a starter, I built and sold horseboxes, and after that got into the feed business,” Glover explains. “I had no interest in training, but then Stan Mellor gave me a horse who Dick Saunders rode to win a point-to-point for me at Garforth. I got more pleasure out of that £30 win than any victory as a rider, and after that I got the money together to buy my own place. I ended up training for 22 years.” THOROUGHBRED OWNER & BREEDER INC PACEMAKER


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