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£5.95 DECEMBER 2019 ISSUE 184

Power hungry

Redoubtable Robbie relishes dual riding role

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Paul Barber

‘I’ve only been Flat racing twice’

Spectacular sales

Record spending on European yearlings

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£5.95 DECEMBER 2019 ISSUE 184

Power hungry

Redoubtable Robbie relishes dual riding role

PLUS

Paul Barber

‘I’ve only been Flat racing twice’

Spectacular sales

Record spending on European yearlings

Dietrich von Boetticher

Owner-breeder revels in Arc triumph

www.theownerbreeder.com

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Cover: Robbie Power post-race after one of his successful visits to Britain riding for the powerful Colin Tizzard stable at Wincanton Photo: Bill Selwyn

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Edward Rosenthal Editor

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he jump jockeys’ weighing room, on both sides of the Irish Sea, has changed greatly in the last five years. McCoy, Carberry, Walsh and Fehily have departed and in their place, the likes of Kennedy, Blackmore, Cobden and Bowen(s) have made their mark. But it’s not just the younger brigade filling their boots. While Richard Johnson continues to garner champion jockey titles and Davy Russell boots home the winners despite his on-off relationship with Gigginstown, it is Robbie Power who arguably has the greatest quality to call on in the saddle, thanks to his twin role riding for Jessica Harrington in Ireland and Colin Tizzard in Britain. Like Ruby Walsh before him, who enjoyed the patronage of champion trainers Paul Nicholls and Willie Mullins, Power alternates according to the big races and rides. Despite the constant travelling back and forth, it’s a system that appears to be working well. “Ciaran O’Toole, my agent, does a really professional and efficient job booking my rides in relation to where I am supposed to be going in both countries,” Power tells Tim Richards (Talking To, pages 46-52). “My wife Hannah is fantastic at organising all the flights, hiring cars in all sorts of different places and sorting my accommodation when needed. It’s all down to planning and organisation and Hannah finds the best options for airports depending on where I am riding in England. They say that ‘behind every good man there’s a good woman.’ I certainly rely on one. “As far as avoiding clashes with runners, both trainers are very understanding; Ciaran does well in helping to sort out any possible tricky situations that might arise. If I have a Grade 1 horse to ride in England, Jessie is very happy to let me off, and the same with Colin if there’s a Grade 1 in Ireland. “Obviously, throughout a season there might be one or two clashes, but nine times out of ten they work themselves out. I also think that the fact Jessie has respect for Colin, and Colin for Jessie, is a major factor and a big help.” Winning the Grand National on Silver Birch in

2007 – the breakthrough win for a young trainer called Gordon Elliott – gave Power tremendous exposure yet it is only in the last few years, following the Cheltenham Gold Cup triumph of Sizing John in 2017, that the jockey admits his career has gone to “another level”. Certainly, Power has made the most of the opportunities presented to him so that now, at the age of 37, he is enjoying the time of his life on the racetrack. A man that suffered with injuries in his younger days and who admits found it tough “watching horses winning that you should have been riding” has gained his reward through talent and perseverance. I doubt if there’s a stronger rider anywhere than Power – he rarely comes off second-best in a tight finish – but being a successful jockey

“At the age of 37 he is enjoying the time of his life on the racetrack” is about more than physical strength. Indeed, it could be argued that mental strength is just as important, if not more so. As this issue went to press, another jockey was taking the plaudits for a superb season, this time on the Flat. The victory of The Perfect Crown at Chelmsford on November 21 saw Hollie Doyle ride 100 winners in a calendar year, becoming only the third woman to achieve this milestone after Hayley Turner and Josephine Gordon. Suitably, the landmark was achieved on a runner trained by her boss Archie Watson, whose faith in Doyle has been vindicated in spades. It’s not always easy for a young jockey to follow up a breakthrough season but this partnership has what it takes to kick on again in 2020.

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Contents

December 2019

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News & Views

International Scene

ROA Leader

View From Ireland

Government support vital

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TBA Leader Welfare a priority

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Features Iridessa strikes at Santa Anita

Wayward Lad in 1983

With Dietrich von Boetticher

Luxury and lifestyle

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The Big Interview

Racing Life From classic cars to awesome accessories

Pletcher's Classic moment

From The Archives

Howard Wright Class of 2019 fail to fire

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The Big Picture

Tony Morris It's goodbye from me

Nancho strikes for Hungary

Around The Globe

Changes News in a nutshell

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Continental Tales

News USA gets tough on safety

Staffing issues in focus

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Talking To... 34

Top jockey Robbie Power

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Features Waddesdon Stud dispersal Stock up for auction

Breeders’ Digest Homebreds to the fore

Sales Circuit Reports from Europe and the USA

Caulfield Files Vertem Futurity Trophy takes plaudits

Dr Statz Yearling prices hold up

The Finish Line With owner Paul Barber

Forum ROA Forum 54

TBA Forum 61

Mercian King heads into retirement

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Elite Mares' Scheme updated

Vet Forum 62 81 110 120

Forum The Thoroughbred Club

Tote and Britbet new sponsors

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'Tying-up' in the thoroughbred

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Data Book European Pattern Results and analysis

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ROA Leader

Nicholas Cooper President

Westminster holds the key to our sport’s prosperity W

ith a general election now only a matter of days away, people involved in racing and betting are full of speculation as to what the outcome might mean for their respective industries. There has certainly been a lot of gnashing of teeth among the representatives of the major gambling companies over the prospect of further regulatory legislation and, although this might seem some way removed from racehorse ownership, the simple fact is that our fortunes are closely linked with those of the betting industry. An increasing focus has been placed on the activities of bookmakers in recent years, just as racing itself has been put under mounting scrutiny on a range of welfare issues. Whatever the political complexion of the next administration, we cannot deny the way the world is moving. There is a tide of public opinion that is intolerant to any perceived sharp practice from betting operators, while the merest hint of ill-treatment to horses will have animal rights protesters up in arms. This mood has been picked up by politicians across all parties, although it is apparent that the further left they are, the more likely they will see injustices against which they will want to legislate. Certainly, nobody wants to see lives ruined by addictive gambling any more than we horse people would condone any form of cruelty to the animals we love. The good story that racing has to tell was emphasised by the ROA at a cross-party function we hosted in October at the House of Commons and, whatever the election outcome, we must continue to impress on parliamentarians that we are a sport and industry of great economic, social and cultural significance. We must emphasise how we are at the heart of rural communities across the country, and that we play an enormous part in the rural economy, supporting 85,000 jobs and generating £3.5 billion annually. We must also make the argument that having a harmless flutter is part of a long-standing British way of life across all classes and creeds. Some of the more enlightened politicians may even acknowledge (as the late Lord Wigg did) that racing provides a close-to-perfect betting medium which allows ordinary working people, often with humdrum jobs, to exercise a judgement as to why one horse will beat another. They may also recognise that, through television, racing provides many city dwellers with the opportunity to connect with a major sport whose history is rooted in the rural past and whose central performer is a beautiful racehorse. At the same time, we cannot deny there will be those who continue to argue that the use of the whip is cruel and

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unnecessary, believing they are reflecting public opinion, any more than we cannot ignore the fact that a small minority on the extremes will want to do away with our sport altogether. Racing’s relationship with politicians and whichever government emerges must be based on a mutual understanding. If we are willing to respond to their concerns, they are more likely to provide the help we need with, for example, the statutory levy, which was brought back from the dead by politicians last year and which should surely now be based on turnover rather than gross profits. We may also need help to ensure that terrestrial televised racing continues to enjoy an exemption to the partial ban on

“If racing responds to the government’s concerns they are more likely to provide the help we need” betting advertising, without which it would cease to be so commercially attractive. In recent years, the racing and betting industries have learnt to work with governments, but we must also now develop strategies that anticipate the political mood of our time. With climate change moving to the top of every party’s agenda, it is interesting to hear that many racecourses are now beginning to embrace green policies. Certainly, the installation of solar panels and electric vehicle points would be a natural fit for them. Racing producing green energy – now there’s a thought!.

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The TBA, with you for the journey We are committed to delivering education and training opportunities for the benefit of our members and the wider bloodstock industry.

Your support means that we can continue our work to provide people with the knowledge and skills required for a future in the thoroughbred breeding industry. In 2018, we allocated over £470,000 towards initiatives such as our headline Entry to Stud Employment programme, Annual Seminar, Stud Farming Course, and regional training events. Why wouldn’t you support us?

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TBA Leader

Julian Richmond-Watson Chairman

Welfare of horses and humans our top priority T

he welfare of horses and those who look after them is at the forefront of the racing industry’s thinking at the moment. As a direct consequence, the new Horse Welfare Board has been established and is running online surveys on what the industry should expect in these two important areas, following the completion of which it will be expected to provide a clear statement of its plans and objectives. Breeders embrace both aspects of welfare, equine and human. Quite clearly, if happy and well-supported people are looking after our horses, they are much more likely to provide an effective and caring role. The TBA board and executives are very conscious of the fact that dealing with horses cannot be done on a clock-watching, nine-to-five basis, and more than that, it consequently requires involvement over the whole seven days of a week. This means that even the smallest stud must have access to back-up and emergency cover, so that now, with even part-time employees being brought into the realms of holiday and tax provision, the challenges they face have become more complicated and timeconsuming. The situation is exacerbated by other rules and regulations, which in turn may discourage those who cannot attend seminars and educational courses from keeping up to date with developments in the world of thoroughbred breeding that they so love so much. To assist in this area, the TBA is developing a digital hub, where online learning and information will be readily available for employers and employees. The aim will be to explain and cover all topical issues, so that members can keep abreast of fresh ideas and initiatives, without having to travel long distances or spend a day away from their places of work. Our role at the TBA is to make it as simple and easy as possible for breeders or potential breeders to operate to the highest welfare standards wherever they are in Britain, and to help to inform and encourage them whenever possible. Returning to the Horse Welfare Board, it is worth repeating that having well-regarded and well-informed breeders will ensure high welfare standards for the horses they produce for the racing industry. We at the TBA will make sure this message is communicated to the HWB and that everyone inside and outside the sport appreciates that breeders provide the highest standard of care for their horses. The HWB was set up to include two representatives from each side of the sport’s tripartite structure of the BHA, racecourses and horsemen, with former RCVS president Barry Johnson as chairman and one-time sports minister Tracey Crouch sitting

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alongside him as the second independent director. Surprisingly, and a shade disappointingly, the body does not include representation from among breeders. Possibly this is because the areas where current issues that involve welfare tend to arise are in racing, rather than breeding. However, it remains of concern to those who look after and handle horses for the majority of their lives that such a board does not have representation from our sector. It is the case that perception very often resonates with the public, sometimes though the occasional, well-publicised welfare failure, so we must be better organised at getting across the many positive stories of how well the vast majority of thoroughbreds are looked after in Britain, and what good and

“We must get across the many positive stories of how well thoroughbreds are looked after in Britain” satisfied lives they lead. Breeders must accept their responsibility for bringing thoroughbred foals into this world. While they are in our care, we should be open and transparent about how they are looked after, and the same principle should apply about where they go when we sell or otherwise transfer them into someone else’s care. However, breeders cannot be responsible for a horse once it has moved out of their possession, and so a system of welfare that takes account of the next stages of a horse’s life needs to be well thought out and implemented by the whole racing industry. That is why it is imperative that breeders and the TBA work with the Horse Welfare Board, and it works with us.

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News

GEORGE SELWYN

The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita, and Breeders’ Cup Limited have both got on board with the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition

US gets serious over safety S everal of the key racecourses and associations in the USA have joined forces in a concerted attempt to improve safety for horses and riders. Coming together under the name Thoroughbred Safety Coalition, the group seeks to create and implement a series of significant safety, medication, operational and integrity guidelines across thoroughbred racing to ensure the well-being of horses and jockeys and increase transparency and accountability. Coalition founding members include the Breeders’ Cup, Churchill Downs, Keeneland, the New York Racing Association, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and the Stronach Group, owners of Santa Anita and Gulfstream Park among other racecourses. Together they represent more than 85% of graded stakes racing in America. Equine welfare has become the

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number one priority for most, if not all, racing jurisdictions over the past few years, with mounting public and political pressures, and the US has been on the front line. There were more than 30 equine fatalities during the winter/spring meeting at Santa Anita, where last month the Breeders’ Cup Classic witnessed the sad death of Mongolian Groom. “Thoroughbred racing is steeped in tradition and we want the sport to live on for generations to come, and that is only possible with all of us working together to ensure that the safety and well-being of our athletes is our top priority,” said Drew Fleming, President and CEO of Breeders’ Cup Limited. All of the partners in the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition expressed similar sentiments, with Bill Thomason, President and CEO of Keeneland Association Inc, saying: “Protecting the health and welfare of

our athletes is a complicated question that requires a multi-faceted approach. That’s why we are implementing significant measures across the sport – from the quality of our track surfaces to ensuring horses are fit to run each and every time through medication reforms and enhanced veterinary examinations. “There is no single solution and we are committed to finding the right answers, wherever that may lead us.” Craig Fravel, Chief Executive Officer of the Stronach Group’s racing division, added: “The thoroughbred horseracing industry has reached a watershed moment where unprecedented reforms touching all areas of the sport must continue to be advanced and implemented. “The Thoroughbred Safety Coalition represents a step toward greater accountability and transparency to put horse and rider safety and care at the forefront.”

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Stories from the racing world

Enable has been crowned Horse of the Year at the Cartier Racing Awards for a second time, matching the feat of Frankel, who also picked up the prize twice for owner-breeder Khalid Abdullah. Ouija Board was also a dual winner. In addition, Enable was named Cartier Older Horse at last month’s ceremony at the Dorchester hotel in London, bringing her total haul of Cartier titles to five. Pat Smullen, who is fighting pancreatic cancer, was recognised for his outstanding career in the saddle and presented with the Award of Merit, in association with The Daily Telegraph. This year Smullen persuaded 20time champion jump jockey Sir AP McCoy and eight other former top riders to take part in a race which has raised more than €2 million for cancer research. He received a standing ovation from those present at the Dorchester. Enable, who will stay in training aged six, when a historic third victory in the Arc will once again be the prime

CARTIER

Enable and Smullen honoured at Cartier Awards

Team Juddmonte collect Enable’s prize

aim, was just one of a number of John Gosden-trained Cartier winners, with Stradivarius (Stayer), Star Catcher (Three-Year-Old Filly) and Too Darn Hot (Three-Year-Old Colt) also on the 2019 honour roll. Charlie Appleby and Godolphin claimed two of the other three awards, with Blue Point, winner of the King’s Stand Stakes and Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, named Sprinter of the Year and the unbeaten Pinatubo named Two-Year-Old Colt of the year. Quadrilateral, trained by Roger Charlton for Abdullah, was crowned Two-Year-Old Filly. The Cartier Awards are decided via a combination of points earned in Pattern races, the views of a panel of journalists

2019 CARTIER RACING AWARDS Horse of the Year Enable Two-Year-Old Colt Pinatubo Two-Year-Old Filly Quadrilateral Three-Year-Old Colt Too Darn Hot Three-Year-Old Filly Star Catcher Sprinter Blue Point Stayer Stradivarius Older Horse Enable Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit Pat Smullen

and handicappers, plus the opinions of readers of The Telegraph and Racing Post, and viewers of ITV Racing.

JCR

Frost reports to JCR

Jockey Club Racecourses believes Bryony Frost is a wonderful asset to horseracing

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Bryony Frost has become the first jockey to be sponsored by Jockey Club Racecourses. The Grade 1-winning rider, 24, had previously fulfilled the role of JCR ambassador but will now carry the group’s logo on her silks. As part of the arrangement she will also film a new behind-the-scenes series over the next 12 months and write a monthly blog for JCR. Frost said: “I’m proud to have been a Jockey Club Racecourses ambassador for the last couple of years and it’s been great to film some really cool videos with them. Hopefully they have been entertaining for racing fans and also interesting to other people too. “I know that I’m incredibly lucky to do what I do for a living so it’s important to me to be able to let people into my world when I can and show them things that they can’t see just by coming to the races.

“Horseracing is a sport but it’s also a way of life. I live for riding horses and the partnerships I have with them and the Jockey Club is just as passionate about getting that connection across as I am. They’re great for our sport and steeped in so much history, having been part of racing from the very start. To be a part of that is really cool.” Paul Fisher, JCR Chief Executive, said: “Bryony Frost is one of the most popular jockeys we’ve seen in recent history. There are not many people in any sport who are able to perform to the level she does then immediately articulate moments later what she and her horse have achieved and explain what it means to her. “By working with Bryony and raising the profile of our sport’s participants, we believe we can help make racing more appealing and interesting to those who might, at the moment, only have an occasional or passing interest.”

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Changes

Racing’s news in a nutshell

People and business

James Ferguson

Son of John Ferguson, who had spent the past couple of years with Charlie Appleby, joins the training ranks in Newmarket.

Southwell

Marks 30 years of all-weather racing with a special meeting that featured course legends General Tufto and Crosse Fire.

Racheal Kneller

Flat jockey enjoys first winner of 2019 after stepping in to ride the Vaughan Lewis-owned Ruacana over hurdles at Lingfield.

Supreme Horse Racing Club

Mark Johnston

Trainer breaks Martin Pipe’s record for winners in a single season in Britain when Dark Regard becomes his 244th of the campaign.

Noel Wilson

Former Cheltenham Festival-winning rider quits the training ranks citing financial reasons, having held a licence since 2000.

Pontefract

Go-ahead independent track is crowned champion racecourse at the tenth Racecourse Association Showcase & Awards.

Aodhagan Conlon

Ex-jump jockey who subsequently gained first-class honours in psychology degree wins the top prize in the Richard Davis Awards.

Ken Clutterbuck

Hollie Doyle

Jockey becomes only the third woman to ride 100 winners in a year aboard the Archie Watson-trained The Perfect Crown at Chelmsford.

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Received a five-year suspension for associating with a disqualified person in 2014 but has announced return to the training ranks.

BoyleSports

Continues to buck gloomy betting shop trend by purchasing shops from Jenningsbet in Britain and Bruce Betting in Ireland.

Owners of top-class chaser Kemboy are banned from having runners by Horse Racing Ireland due to integrity concerns.

Goodwood brawlers

Eleven men involved in fighting at the Sussex venue in May 2018 are handed jail terms totalling more than nine years.

Danny Brock

Jockey receives seven-day ban after leaving elastic bands on his whip, which resulted in a horse he rode being marked.

City Racing

Liverpool emerges as favourite to host the first street racing in Britain, scheduled for April 2020.

People obituaries Norman Miller 91

Leading Scottish bookmaker and former Chairman of the National Association of Bookmakers.

Wayne Knox 56

Jump jockey in the 1980s and 90s who also rode out for trainer Venetia Williams.

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An eye for success

December 2019

WELCOME, PIETER! Pieter Van Zyl has joined Tweenhills as Stud Manager. South African Pieter’s first position in the thoroughbred breeding industry was actually at Tweenhills… in 2000! After working at Genesis Green, Kingwood and Whitsbury Manor Studs and then returning home to run the very successful Klawervlei Stud, Pieter is back in Gloucestershire. Tweenhills owner David Redvers said: “Pieter is a world-class stud manager and brings a wealth of knowledge, horsemanship and management skills from around the globe.”

visit studlife online: tweenhills.com/studlife

2020 STUD FEES ANNOUNCED Australian sensation Zoustar (£30,000, Oct 1st SLF) and Charm Spirit (£8,500, Oct 1st SLF) will return to Tweenhills for the 2020 breeding season. They will again join residents Havana Gold (£10,000, Oct 1st SLF), Hot Streak (£5,000, Oct 1st SLF) and Lightning Spear (breeding rights at £5,000, Oct 1st SLF). Please contact our Nominations team to discuss your mare.

MACHINE PROVES WELL NAMED The Tweenhills Fillies syndicate had its second winner when Silver Machine (pictured) made a striking winning debut in a six-furlong fillies’ novice at Chelmsford under Hollie Doyle. Winning trainer Archie Watson said: “I was very impressed with the manner in which she won what looked a competitive race. She has a great attitude.” The syndicate also owns Run Wild who gained more black type when third in Listed Montrose Fillies’ Stakes at Newmarket. Both look fillies to follow in 2020.

Havana Gold filly foal has

a friend in Lucy Keicher .

BHA GRAD ENJOYS TWEENHILLS TIME In September, Cameron Brown completed a placement at Tweenhills as part of the BHA Graduate Programme. We recently received Cameron’s lovely review of his spell at Tweenhills which ended with…

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“It’s hard to put into words everything that I accomplished with the guys from Tweenhills as it’d be one big list, but it really was an incredible experience and I would be more than happy to go back. It’s opened my eyes to a new side of the industry and has left me wanting more. “The only negative of this is that I don’t think my words can quite express how enjoyable and invaluable the experience really was!”

Congratulations to St ud Se married Alex Holmes in cretary Karen Smith who London on Saturday 9 November!

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Changes

Racehorse and stallion

Movements and retirements

Advertise

Triple Group 1 winner will stand his first season at the National Stud for £25,000; also new is Flag Of Honour, whose fee is £4,500.

Splash Of Ginge

Chaser is retired aged 11 after giving his owners plenty to cheer; his wins included the Betfair Hurdle and BetVictor Gold Cup.

Sumbal

Danehill Dancer stallion will stand at Annshoon Stud for the 2020 breeding season after relocating from Haras de Grandcamp.

Inns Of Court

Group 2-winning son of Invincible Spirit will stand his first season at Tally-Ho Stud at a fee of €7,500.

Study Of Man

Thunder Snow

The only dual winner of the Dubai World Cup and a real flagship horse for Saeed bin Suroor has been retired aged five.

Waldgeist

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe hero is retired aged five and will begin his stallion career at Ballylinch Stud in Ireland.

Robin Of Navan

Farnan

Juvenile becomes Phoenix Thoroughbreds’ first homebred winner in Australia when scoring by five lengths on debut at Canberra.

Group 1-winning son of American Post will stand his first season at Haras de la Barbottiere in France next year. His fee is €3,000.

Tiger Roll

Invincible Army

Kingman

Multiple Group-winning sprinter joins the roster at Yeomanstown Stud in Co Kildare and will stand his first season at €10,000.

Capri

Dual Classic winner is retired from racing aged five and will take up stallion duties at Coolmore’s Grange Stud.

Horse obituaries Look Here 14 TBA Chairman Julian RichmondWatson’s 2008 Oaks heroine, who has had three winners from four foals of racing age.

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Prix du Jockey Club hero will stand his first season at Lanwades Stud in Newmarket at a fee of £15,000.

Dual Grand National hero will miss the first part of the campaign after having a small chip in a joint taken out. Fee for the Juddmonte sire doubles to £150,000 following a fine year headlined by Persian King, Calyx and Headman.

Garswood

Group 1-winning sprinter is transferred to Haras de la Huderie after spending his first five seasons at Cheveley Park Stud.

Ten Sovereigns

This year’s July Cup winner is retired to join his successful sire No Nay Never on the roster at Coolmore; his fee is €25,000.

Squouateur 8

Triple winner for JP McManus, including at the 2015 Leopardstown Christmas meeting, is fatally injured at Sedgefield.

Monsieur Bond 19

High-class sprinter and sire of two Group 1 winners in Gilt Edge Girl and Move In Time, who both won the Abbaye.

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Dual Group 1 winner who had success under both codes as a stallion; Librisa Breeze and Penhill are among his winners.

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Wayward Lad at Huntingdon on November 29, 1983

Lad anything but wayward Robert Earnshaw and Wayward Lad are studies in concentration as they soar over a fence in the 1983 Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon, a race previously run in late November but now one of the highlights of the December programme. The duo were defending champions having taken the previous running in 1981; the 1982 meeting was abandoned due to fog. Wayward Lad is pictured jumping alongside runner-up Fifty Dollars More, partnered by Richard Lindley, with third home Marshal Night and Richard Rowe chasing them. It was a vintage winter for Wayward Lad, who also took the Charlie Hall and King George. Photo George Selwyn

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I’ve stayed the course – but my race is now run In my final column I urge racing’s rulers not to be short-sighted when it comes to protecting the thoroughbred – the results will be played out on the racecourse in the coming years make sense that those who have been there, done that, and got the tee-shirt that displays the legend ‘The Derby belongs on a Wednesday’ just have superior knowledge. I had four years in the 1990s in a position which masqueraded as one of influence in the world of racing and breeding, but it actually just made me a contributor to a talking shop. We were minor players in a system which would never allow us to achieve anything really important. So, we talked. Of course, I have so much more experience of the racing and breeding industries now, just as an interested observer, and in recent years it has been noticeable that whenever somebody, if only through a bout of conscience, has suggested something eminently sensible, it has been shouted down by parties desperate to maintain the status quo. It took the Americans several decades to realise that many in other parts of the world were not happy about their use of raceday Lasix. But when they set about trying to implement a ban, every trainer there seemed to be against the idea. The age-old, long-discredited argument that Lasix was not a performance enhancer meant nothing at the 2019 Breeders’ Cup. It was appalling to see British and Irish horses run under medication. Germany will never allow any of them in its breeding programme, and nor should any other country which can actually differentiate right from wrong. There was also a move in America just a few months ago to restrict book sizes, something proposed because it had become obvious that certain stallions were attracting huge numbers of mares, which seemed to represent a threat to the diversity in the breed, something that had always seemed such a good idea. Who can believe that the American plan ever amounted to a serious suggestion? It was never going to gain any traction, because the most significant angle to the marketing of stallions in America had

Tony Morris considers himself lucky that racing was ‘his world’ when horses like Shergar were ruling the roost

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long been pure greed. There might be one or two who could be ‘credited’ with the origin of that philosophy, but their greed resulted in greed becoming everyone’s philosophy. Let’s not pretend that the Americans had the monopoly of greed. The Europeans were quickly into it, so what happened a few years ago, when a group of stallion studs in Newmarket proposed a cap of 120 mares for horses in the vicinity? A meeting was set up to formalise this admirable plan, but it was cancelled when a representative of a major stud said that his outfit would not be represented. Numbers are everything now in the bloodstock industry, and nobody seems to understand that the numbers are always unlikely to favour the breeder. Use a stallion, at huge cost, who is going to cover 200 mares, and what is your chance, always hoping that your mare gets in foal, that your product will be what the market wants? Breeders can be so naïve, readily lambs to the slaughter. There was a piece in this magazine in October from Julian Richmond-Watson, who rejected the idea of a restriction of book sizes as the right route. I hope I can count Julian as a friend, and I can’t help but admire his record as a breeder. How many at his level can compare? But he is a small breeder endeavouring to improve the quality

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Can’t get much satisfaction from the 2019 rankings

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etween ABBA and the Beatles there’s a signature song for the world’s best horses who have raced at or around middle distances this year. If it sounds off-key, though, there’s a very good reason. It has been written that way. Sprinters Battaash, Blue Point and Santa Ana Lane have been well up to par, and Stradivarius continued to work wonders for the staying division. But the mid-point of the sport, where the bulk of public attention tends to gravitate, has been way off beat. Publication of calendar-year calculations for the IFHAbacked World’s Best Racehorse Rankings is still six weeks away, but very little seems likely to have changed, or will change the score, from where we are now. The official handicappers’ deliberations in the wake of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe produced a three-way tie at the top, with Crystal Ocean, Enable and Waldgeist bracketed on 128. Vino Rosso’s thrashing of McKinzie in the Breeders’ Cup Classic was greeted with a Racing Post Rating of 128, but the official figure weighed in at 126. Given that none of the top trio, nor anything among the next seven on the post-Breeders’ Cup WBRR list, including the now-retired City Of Light and Winx, is expected to improve on ratings that go down to 124, it seems virtually certain that 2019 will be flagged up as the first for many a long year when the rankings were headed by a figure below 130. Apart from Vino Rosso’s sudden rise to fame, nothing that happened in the batch of noteworthy races which dotted the international programme in three weeks from the middle of October did a thing to disturb the dust of the WBBRs. The best that can be said from the standpoint of outstanding quality is that based on the financial rewards on offer, Champions Day – the greatest misnomer of the British Flat season – the Breeders’ Cup and the latest round of Australian tit-for-tat stand-offs between Victoria and New South Wales should have been run collectively to the soundtrack of ABBA’s 1976 hit Money, Money, Money. The Melbourne Cup offered a particularly fascinating comment on quality. Using the traditional measure of pounds and lengths, the best race performance came from last year’s winner Cross Counter, who finished eighth. Beaten a length and a half in total, he went into the event rated 119, and will come out of it the same, affording the winner Vow And Declare an improved mark of 112. Still, as a horse race it was an exciting affair, which thought will probably keep the staunchest loyalists among Australian horsemen from fretting about the fact their best middledistance conditions race, the Cox Plate, was won by Lys Gracieux, from Japan. The last remaining tests of quality, with their chance to advance up the 2019 world league tables, come in a few days’ time at the Hong Kong international races. Again, though, the middle-distance status quo is likely to be maintained, since Almond Eye, Japan’s outstanding mare, who is currently rated 124 and the main hope for a star performance, runs in the Cup over ten furlongs, a bracket that rests half a furlong shy of the one that Enable and company occupy.

That then ends the year, heralding a new set of circumstances in the first quarter of 2020 that must already have organisers from North America to the Middle East reaching for the smelling salts as they scramble for runners. The Pegasus, briefly the world’s richest race and still worth a total of $16 million despite being split in two, looks likely to be worst affected. The Saudi Cup presents a fresh initiative, boasting a world record $20m prize fund. And the Dubai World Cup will celebrate its 25th anniversary having lost its world’s-richest tag but still offering a pot of $12m.

“The Pegasus World Cup, Saudi Cup and Dubai World Cup all face challenges to establish a quality Kitemark” As if to prove that as long as genetic modification is outlawed, the eternal ambition of racing authorities to “improve the breed” rests on natural selection, all three events face challenges to establish a quality Kitemark. Maybe they should adopt a line from the Beatles’ 1964 chart-topper, Money Can’t Buy Me Love.

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Changing times for staff but at what cost to the industry?

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rish horseracing’s changing landscape was evident at this year’s stable staff awards. Britain has already gone through the transformation that Irish racing yards are taking on in the wake of the Workplace Relations Commission’s rulings. Now it’s Ireland’s turn, and the changes are significant, but is it all positive? Emma Connolly, assistant trainer and travelling head lass to Noel Meade, was handed the Leadership Award for 23 years’ service. The 35-year-old dropped out of school to work in racing and is acutely aware of how that would be viewed today. “We have a lot of young staff,” she said. “A lot of people have left racing. They’ve gotten married and had kids. Now there’s only about five senior staff here. “People don’t see it like we used to. They see the job as a means to an end, mostly. The fellas want to stay on longer because they want to be jockeys.” Though Connolly sees that at Meade’s Tu Va stables, further south on the Curragh in Kildare, Newcomer Award winner Cheryl McClean is planning to stay in the sport for the long haul. “I’ve wanted to work with racehorses ever since I built an interest in them while studying at CAFRE (College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise) in Enniskillen,” she said. “I rode out the point-to-point horses and I knew from there that it was something I wanted to do, so when I finished college I got in touch with Willie [McCreery]. “At the moment I’m taking it day by day. I’m very happy with what I’m doing. I think that in a couple of years’ time I will go into the secretary side of things, or a management type of role on the yard. “I’m still unsure, though. I’m keeping my options open.” McClean, 24, has worked for McCreery as an exercise rider and groom since leaving college at Enniskillen in 2016. That was a two-year course in horse management, and she explains what motivated her to take on

Emma Connolly, assistant trainer to Noel Meade, and her beloved Snow Falcon a career with horses in the first place. “I had previously owned horses and ponies and I knew I wanted to work with them, but I wanted to further my knowledge,” she said. “So, I got the grades in school to get me into CAFRE. I had considered becoming a jockey at the beginning, but, after a while, I realised that it wasn’t for me.” McClean’s route to working in racing was measured, CAFRE providing the taster that got her hooked. For Connolly, the move was more dogged and met resistance from her parents. These are direct contrasts – McClean continuing education to work in horseracing, and Connolly leaving it to do the same. McClean’s tale shows how education now works within the industry, and it also highlights the increased respect

racing has gained as a profession, the latest major change being working hours. Meade was ahead of the curve when it came to good working conditions for stable staff. When many trainers adopted the traditional schedule of having staff take a half-day Saturday, and full day Sunday off once a fortnight, Meade’s staff were working only one in every three weekends – and they were getting paid extra to work that full weekend. “Noel thinks he’s going to live forever,” Connolly jokes. “He’s a good boss. He very seldom gives out and he lets people get on with it. That’s all there is to it, I don’t know how else to describe it.” After working condition reforms were introduced to bring stable work

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more into line with modern working hours, Meade’s team now works only one full weekend in every five. But that’s not something that bothers Connolly’s generation. “Why do I still do it? Because I love it,” she said. “I don’t know anything else. I wouldn’t get out of bed to go to school, but I’ve never been late to work a day in my life. “People think it’s not a career, but I could travel all over the world with my CV. I’m assistant trainer, travelling head lass, and have an HGV licence – I’d be snapped up anywhere I wanted to work.” But she’s not leaving. Owners Gigginstown House Stud are, though. Michael O’Leary announced earlier this year that he would phase out his horseracing interests over the next three to four years, starting by not buying any new horses. The impact was, surprisingly, not felt at the store sales in Ireland, with averages and top prices holding strong, and it is not being felt at Meade’s, either. “Do you know, I haven’t thought about it,” said Connolly. “They’ve said they’ll phase out. It’s not like they’ll come and take them all away tomorrow; we’ll be keeping the likes of Road To Respect until the natural end of his career, which is what would have happened anyway.” She added: “We’re not overly reliant on them. They’ll run their course, and we’ve a lot of young horses for the future here.” Nine of the Meath trainer’s last ten Grade 1 winners were owned by Gigginstown House Stud, those wins

achieved by Disko, Road To Riches, Very Wood and Road To Respect, who last month won a second Ladbrokes Champion Chase at Down Royal. However, before Gigginstown reached its pinnacle, Meade’s Grade 1 winners were owned by the likes of Des Sharkey (Harchibald), Patricia Hunt (Apache Stronghold), Patricia Sloan (Iktitaf) and John Corr (Aran Concerto). Meade has been saddling Grade 1 winners since 1995, and in fact last year only 17 of the 43 horses that won for him were owned by Gigginstown,

“People think it’s not a career, but I could travel all over the world” though that did include stable star and Gold Cup hope Road To Respect. “Road To Respect is very laid-back at home, but at the races he’s very grumpy,” said Connolly. “He’s like a shark over the door. That’s just him being professional at the races.” She added: “It’s a great boast to get that Grade 1 winner, it puts everyone in such great form, and makes the journey home that much shorter too.” Connolly is not sure what the future without Gigginstown will look like for Meade, but even her small pool of

charges is evidence that he will still have one of the top five teams in the country. “I only look after three horses, because I wouldn’t have time to do more, as I’m away racing so much,” she said. “The best would have to be Snow Falcon. I’ve ridden him since he was a baby, I’ve done everything with him, and I think everyone knows he’s my favourite. “He’s just won so much and has such a great attitude; he just does not care. “When he was coming back into the parade ring the other day, I’m nearly certain we met a man who had travelled from England to see him! “He just wanted to pat him and give me a packet of Polos for him. He was just delighted to meet him.” Connolly is well aware of what it feels like to look after a celebrity racehorse, but after her win at the Irish Stable Staff Awards, she has been the one receiving pats. “It was a surprise to win,” she said. “I thought I had no chance. It’s nice to be recognised and to know that people think you’re good enough. “I’ve had so many messages from people I mightn’t have seen in years, and a lot of the big trainers are coming up to me to say well done. That’s been quite unexpected.” It’s a fresh boost for Connolly, and all the more senior award winners, in an industry whose staff work so hard it often forgets to applaud itself. For the younger award winners, it’s proof they are on the right track, and perhaps it will be the motivation they need to continue, to plan to stay in horseracing in the future, like McClean.

Irish Stable Staff Award Winners 2019 Irish Racing Excellence Award: Audrey O’Neill, Rider/Groom, John Oxx, Kildare

Newcomer Award: Cheryl McClean, Exercise Rider & Groom, Willie McCreery, Kildare

Racing and Breeding Support Services Award: Wayne Middleton, Strength & Conditioning Coach, RACE, Kildare

Horse Care Award: Audrey O’Neill, Groom, John Oxx, Kildare

Administration Award: Dorothy Fleming, Racing Secretary, Ken Condon, Kildare

In The Saddle Award: David Roche, Head Lad, Henry de Bromhead, Waterford Leadership Award (Stud Employees): Tony O’Meara, Stallion Manager, Coolmore, Tipperary

Leadership Award (Stable Employees): Emma Connolly, Travelling Head Lass & Assistant Trainer, Noel Meade, Meath Dedication to Racing and Breeding Award: Robert Gallagher, Head man, Michael Halford, Kildare Racecourse Award: Gowran Park

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Nancho and Bayarsaikhan Ganbat just prevail for an historic triumph for Hungary

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empire that includes manufacturing units for such diverse products as furniture, animal feed and ladies’ tights! Most unlikely of all, the winning jockey was Bayarsaikhan Ganbat, universally known as ‘Encki’, a nickname given to him as a child by his mother. Born in Mongolia in 1985, Ganbat emigrated with his parents to Berlin as a teenager, where he started race-riding a decade ago. He then moved to Dusseldorf, where he established a successful and ongoing partnership with trainer Sascha Smrczek, but before Nancho came along his solitary Pattern victory came aboard Smrczek’s Wonnemond in a Group 3 at his home track in April 2017. Nancho’s breeding origins are also pretty unusual. The first foal of Nantana, a three-time winner in lowly German mile races, she is the only broodmare owned by Heiko Johanpeter. By the German champion juvenile of 2011, Tai Chi, he cost just €9,000 as a yearling at Baden-Baden, coincidentally exactly the same price as the subsequent Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Danedream fetched in the same ring six years earlier. Before he doubled Ganbat’s Group 3 tally with a seven and a half-length score in the Baden-Wurtemberg-Trophy at Baden-Baden in late October, he had

raced exclusively at Hungary’s only racecourse, Kincsem Park, initially with only modest success, winning one of his eight starts prior to the autumn of his three-year-old career, during which period he was gelded. He then began a winning spree, his improvement accelerated by his sale to Intergaj at the end of last year and subsequent move to join Maronka, the 38-year-old trainer who has taken Hungarian racing by storm since he moved to his current base, on the outskirts of Budapest, at the beginning of 2015. Maronka has a showjumping background but by the age of 17 had switched his attention to racing, though he managed only an unremarkable tally of 50 winners during a ten-year stint in the saddle, mainly in Belgrade. He started training in Croatia, before a stint in Austria, and has now racked up 150 winners (including two Derbies) during five seasons in Hungary, at a very healthy strike-rate of 20%. Under his tutelage, Nancho has won six of his seven starts (meaning that he has now prevailed in ten of his last 11 appearances), his only reverse coming when suffering a neck defeat at the hands of the useful Magnas over an inadequate nine furlongs back in May. His two German victories have both come on soft ground but the Grosser Preis von Bayern triumph, although a narrow one (just two lengths covered the first five), looks like decent form. Ralph Beckett’s two Lope de Vega fillies, Manuela de Vega and Antonia de Vega, finished second and fourth and both boast some good form in British Pattern events, while Donjah, twice placed in German Group 1s this autumn, was fifth. What are the chances of seeing Nancho on a British racecourse next term? Ever the businessman, Intergaj boss Slobodan Jovanovic has not ruled out selling his star horse should a big enough offer transpire. But the usually highly taciturn Maronka has already been prompted to admit that there is nothing left for his gelding in Hungary and that western Europe is his likely destination for future engagements. The Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot would surely appeal to most trainers keen to demonstrate their nation’s thoroughbred prowess on the biggest stage. And it would be fun to see Maronka, who sports two earrings in his right ear and another in his left, rubbing shoulders with the top-hatted aristocrats in the paddock of Her Majesty’s racecourse!

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Call Me Love is US-bound after fine year While so much within the Italian racing industry continues to wither, the success of the Sea The Stars filly Call Me Love, in the Group 2 Premio Lydia Tesio in Rome in early November, was another advertisement for the breeding operation that has been run for some half a century by the Vittadini family at their Agricola Oriano on the banks of Lake Maggiore, north of Milan. Sold as a yearling at Tattersalls Book 1 in October 2017 for 82,000 guineas, Call Me Love is trained by the 30-something times Italian champion trainer Alduino Botti. (Don’t ask for an exact number of titles. This is Italy, where, for legal reasons following a series of positive dope tests, of late the name on the training licence has alternated between Alduino, his son Stefano, and a company title suggesting shared responsibility between the pair.) Her victory in the Lydia Tesio, which last winter became the final race in the Italian calendar to lose its Group 1 status, brought to a climax an ascent up the rankings which, arguably, has now seen her reach the position of being considered Italy’s best racehorse. A Listed winner at two, Call Me Love remained unbeaten until finishing third in both the Italian Derby and Oaks, then posted her first Pattern success by lifting the Group 3 Premio Verziere. On the dam’s side, she is the fifth generation of the family to be owned and bred by the Vittadinis. Her official breeder is Grundy Bloodstock Limited, a name which should jog the memory of racing historians to the great achievements of the Vittadinis in times past. Italy may now be some way down the pecking order in terms of leading European racing nations, but back in 1975 Dr Carlo Vittadini was champion owner in England, mainly due to the exploits of his Epsom Derby and Irish Derby and Guineas hero, Grundy. Indeed Italians utterly dominated the British Flat season of 1975, as that year’s 2,000 Guineas winner and champion

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“Grundy Bloodstock is a name that should jog the memory” Bustino in what has become known as ‘The Race of the Century’ in the King George, just 80 minutes after his daughter, Franca, had earned herself a piece of diamond jewellery by lifting the biggest race of the year for lady riders aboard Grundy’s Peter Walwyn-trained stablemate Hard Day. Franca, one of the best amateurs of her generation, went on to land the Ladies Diamond Race on a further three occasions and it was she who took over Oriano on the death of her father in

2007. Speaking to me on her mobile one late autumn afternoon as she walked through the paddocks to check on her horses, including the now 23-year-old Field Of Hope, winner of the 1999 Group 1 Prix de la Foret and grandam of Call Me Love, she said: “It was really cold here this morning and I can see the first snow on the top of the Alps but there is still plenty of warmth in the sun. “We keep all our youngstock here as it doesn’t get too hot in the summer and in the spring the grass is well ahead of England, but we are now down to just three mares who all board in Newmarket. They include Call Me Love’s dam, Fresnay, who is in foal to Charm Spirit and will probably be heading back to Sea The Stars for one last shot.” Though not in the same vintage as ’75, Call Me Love’s feats and the Group 2 Prix Maurice de Nieuil triumph of another graduate, Way To Paris, mean that 2019 has been a successful season for Grundy Bloodstock. The sting in the tail of this story is that, like so many others to reach the upper echelons of Italian racing over the past decade (both human and equine), financial imperatives mean that Call Me Love will continue her career far away from her Italian roots. For she has been sold to Japanese interests and, after racing in America next year for trainer Christophe Clement, she will be based in the Far East when she retires from the track and bids to pass on her impeccable genes.

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bay 2008, 16.1hh by Dubawi - Kazeem (Darshaan) N Four-time Gr.1 winner by DUBAWI Won Gr.1 Tattersalls Gold Cup, 2015 Won Gr.1 Coral-Eclipse, 2013 2020 FEE PRIVATE Won Gr.1 Prince Of Wales's Stakes, 2013 Call David Hilton 07595 951248 Won Gr.1 Tattersalls Gold Cup, 2013 N Joint Champion Older Horse in Europe in 2013 (9.5f-10.5f ) N Timeform rated 128 in three consecutive seasons N Sire of ASPETAR, Gr.1 Preis von Europa and Gr.2 Grand Prix de Chantilly (new race record), black type sprinter GOLDEN SPELL (RPR 103) and promising two-year-old filly FINERY N 56% winners to runners from his first two crops N 9% black type horses to foals from his first crop

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FEBRUARY

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11.30.19

Buffalo Man

2yo

6F

$75K

2.1.20

Holy Bull (G2)

3yo

1 1/16 M

$350K

House Party

2yo F

6F

$75K

Forward Gal (G3)

3yo F

7F

$150K

Smooth Air

2yo

1M

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Swale (G3)

3yo

7F

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Hut Hut

2yo F

1M

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Sweetest Chant (G3)

3yo F

1 M (T)

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Pulpit

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Wait a While

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3yo & up

1 1/8 M

$200K

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$125K

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6F

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1M

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Confraternity Caribbean Cup

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Suwannee River (G3)

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Mary Todd

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American Fabius

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Queen Mother

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Mrs. Presidentress

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Lady Bird

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Rough and Ready

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Trust Buster

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Little Magician

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$50K

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6F

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6F

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6F

$75K

Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth (G2)

3yo

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$400K

Fort Lauderdale (G2)

3yo & up

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$200K

Harlan’s Holiday (G3)

3yo & up

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$100K

Gulfstream Park Mile (G2)

4yo & up

1M

$300K

Sugar Swirl (G3)

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6F

$100K

Davona Dale (G2)

3yo F

1M

$200K

My Charmer (G3)

3yo & up (F&M)

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$100K

Mac Diarmida (G2)

4yo & up

1 3/8 M (T)

$200K

Rampart (G3)

3yo & up (F&M)

1M

$100K

Honey Fox (G3)

4yo & up (F&M)

1 M (T)

$150K

12.21.19

Mr Prospector (G3)

3yo & up

7F

$100K

The Very One (G3)

4yo & up (F&M)

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$150K

12.28.19

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3yo & up

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$100K

Canadian Turf (G3)

4yo & up

1 M (T)

$150K

Via Borghese

3yo & up (F&M)

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$75K

Palm Beach (G3)

3yo

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$150K

Tropical Park Derby

3yo

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$75K

Herecomesthebride (G3)

3yo F

1 1/16 M (T)

$150K

Tropical Park Oaks

3yo F

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$75K

PURSE

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3yo & up

5 F (T)

$100K

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Abundantia

3yo & up (F&M)

5 F (T)

$100K

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3.7.20

Captiva Island

4yo & up (F&M)

5 F (T)

$75K

Silks Run

4yo & up

5 F (T)

$75K

JANUARY DATE

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PURSE

3.14.20

Hurricane Bertie (G3)

4yo & up (F&M)

7F

$150K

1.4.20

Mucho Macho Man

3yo

1M

$100K

3.21.20

Texas Glitter

3yo

5 F (T)

$75K

Melody of Colors

3yo F

5 F (T)

$75K

3.27.20

Appleton (G3)

4yo & up

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Kitten’s Joy

3yo

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$100K

Ginger Brew

3yo F

7 1/2 F (T)

$100K

Glitter Women

3yo* F

6 1/2 F

$75K

Hal’s Hope (G3)

4yo & up

1 1/8 M

Limehouse

3yo*

6F

$75K

Sir Shackleton

4yo & up

7F

$75K

Marshua's River (G3)

4yo & up (F&M)

1 1/16 M (T)

$150K

Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1)

3yo

1 1/8 M

$1M

Tropical Turf (G3)

4yo & up

1 M (T)

$100K

Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2)

3yo F

1 1/16 M

$250K

Sunshine Millions Classic (FL)

4yo & up

1 1/8 M

$200K

Pan American (G2)

4yo & up

1 1/2 M (T)

$250K

Sunshine Millions Turf (FL)

4yo & up

1 1/16 M (T)

$150K

Orchid (G3)

4yo & up (F&M)

1 3/8 M (T)

$100K

Sunshine Millions F&M Turf (FL)

4yo & up (F&M)

1 1/16 M (T)

$150K

Sand Springs

4yo & up (F&M)

1 M (T)

$100K

Sunshine Millions Sprint (FL)

4yo & up

6F

$100K

Cutler Bay

3yo

1 M (T)

$125K

Pegasus World Cup (G1)

4yo & up

1 1/8 M

$9M*

Sanibel Island

3yo F

1 M (T)

$125K

Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1)

4yo & up

1 3/16 M (T)

$7M*

Inside Information (G2)

4yo & up (F&M)

7F

$200K

W.L. McKnight (G3)

4yo & up

1 1/2 M (T)

$200K

La Prevoyante (G3)

4yo & up (F&M)

1 1/2 M (T)

$200K

Fred Hooper (G3)

4yo & up

1M

$150K

Ladies’ Turf Sprint

4yo & up (F&M)

5 F (T)

$150K

Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint

4yo & up

5 F (T)

$150K

South Beach

4yo & up (F&M)

7 1/2 F (T)

$150K

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Vino victory ends Pletcher wait NORTH AMERICA By Steve Andersen

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or all he has accomplished to reach the pinnacle of American racing, trainer Todd Pletcher had an element of unfinished business at the Breeders’ Cup. Pletcher had not won the richest race of the famous series, the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. Since 2002, Pletcher had started 13 horses in the Classic, with his best results a second by Flower Alley in 2005 and a third by Keen Ice in 2016. He did not have a runner in the race at Del Mar in 2017 or Churchill Downs last year. For this year’s renewal, Pletcher brought Vino Rosso, disqualified from first to second for causing interference in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park on September 28, and previously successful in the Grade 1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita in May over the same course and distance as the Classic. At the top of the stretch, Vino Rosso rallied wide from fourth in a field of 11 to catch stretch leader McKinzie and give 52-year-old Pletcher his first Classic win and 11th career victory in Breeders’ Cup races. “I can’t remember the last time coming into a race of this magnitude with a horse that we felt was doing so well and just training unbelievably,” Pletcher said. “We were on pins and needles because he was just doing so, so wonderfully. We couldn’t wait for the

moment to get here and are so happy to see him deliver the type of performance we thought he had in him. It’s a huge win for us.” The victory will not give Pletcher an eighth Eclipse Award as the nation’s leading trainer. The prize is expected to go to Chad Brown, who won three Breeders’ Cup races at Santa Anita on

“We were on pins and needles because he was just doing so wonderfully” November 1 and 2. Vino Rosso is very much in contention for the award as the outstanding dirt male of 2018. The four-year-colt, by two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Curlin, will begin a stallion career in Kentucky in 2020. There appears to be minimal support for Vino Rosso as Horse of the Year compared to the undefeated turf star Bricks And Mortar, who won the Breeders’ Cup Turf, or Mitole, the brilliant sprinter who won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. They are retired for

study duty as well – Bricks And Mortar to Japan, Mitole to Kentucky. This was a Breeders’ Cup noted for domestic success. Through the two days and 14 Breeders’ Cup races, the only win by a European trainer came when Joseph O’Brien saddled Iridessa to win the Filly & Mare Turf. The Breeders’ Cup was not completed without sadness. In the stretch of the Classic, Mongolian Groom suffered a devastating hind leg injury. The four-year-old gelding, who had won the Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes in an upset over McKinzie at Santa Anita on September 28, was taken via horse ambulance to the equine hospital on the Santa Anita backstretch, less than a quarter-mile from the racetrack. Two hours later, Breeders’ Cup officials announced that Mongolian Groom had been euthanised. The incident triggered the latest wave of negative publicity for southern California racing, with widespread reports on a variety of media, including local and national television. Santa Anita was closed for three weeks in March so the main track could undergo inspection and renovation following a series of equine fatalities in late February and early March. The track has been closely scrutinised by the American media, and particularly in Los Angeles, regarding equine safety issues. Mongolian Groom was the seventh fatality in racing or training in a twomonth period ending on November 3, the final day of the autumn meeting. The track does not resume racing until Boxing Day. It is not clear when the Breeders’ Cup will return to Santa Anita. The event will be held at Keeneland in 2020, for the first time since 2015, and at Del Mar in southern California in 2021, where it was held in 2017. At any venue, a Pletcher-trained runner in the Breeders’ Cup Classic will have a hard act to follow.

Todd Pletcher with a delighted Irad Ortiz jr after Vino Rosso’s win

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Will Vow win lead to change in mindset? BRONWEN HEALY

AUSTRALIA By Danny Power

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n winning the Lexus Melbourne Cup, Vow And Declare held off a herd of internationally-trained and -bred stayers and held up the image of the Australian thoroughbred. The win was also a resurrection of sorts for the gelding’s trainer Danny O’Brien, who has returned from the brink after the despair of a cobalt-related inquiry that threatened his career. Racecaller Matt Hill captured the significance of the moment perfectly when he trumpeted as four horses crossed the line in one of the closest Melbourne Cup finishes in history: “Vow And Declare, he’s kicked… he’s won it for Australia… they’re on top of the world.” Maybe Hill should have included “you bloody beauty” into his stirring finale of a call. Vow And Declare’s win came off the back of weeks of handwringing by Australians over the perennial issue of international stayers rampaging through our spring carnival and leaving only the morsels for the locals. The Japanese won the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate, and the Europeans, headed by a hoard of Aidan O’Brien-trained stayers, were expected to dominate the Melbourne Cup. There was even comment that it was doubtful that an Australian-bred stayer would again win Australia’s most famous race. Since Irish stayer Vintage Crop stunned the locals with his historic win in 1993, Vow And Declare is only the fifth Australian-bred stayer to win the Cup, and the first since Shocking (by Street Cry) in 2009. Before 1950, most Cup winners were bred in Australia, although a sprinkling of New Zealanders include three of the best – Phar Lap (1930), Carbine (1890) and the first Kiwi winner Martini Henry in 1883. Interestingly, between Carbine and Phar Lap, only three New Zealand-bred stayers won the Melbourne Cup. However, in the period after Comic Court won in 1950 and the English-

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bred Makybe Diva won her trio from 2003 to 2005, it was New Zealand that dominated the race with 31 winners. Since Makybe Diva, New Zealand have won twice and Australia three times; the rest came from Europe and America. The question remains: will Vow And Declare’s win give Australian owners and breeders the incentive to have a go at breeding a Melbourne Cup-winning stayer? The four-year-old has a deeply international pedigree of the highest order, but he’s an all-Australian boy even though O’Brien decided back in June to train him ‘European-style’ by keeping him in work after a successful Brisbane winter campaign and to race him sparingly in the spring. Vow And Declare is not the first Melbourne Cup winner trained on the sandy terroir near Barwon Heads, on the coast near Geelong, about 110km west of Melbourne. Back in 1899, James Wilson jnr trained Merriwee to win the Cup from his farm, Bonny Vale Stud, just across the Barwon River from O’Brien’s farm, in what is now Ocean Grove. Interestingly, O’Brien had thoughts that Vow And Declare might be a stayer, so he sent the colt’s blood profile to experts in Europe, who analysed the sample and came up with the advice that the horse was not likely to show his best until he got to distances of a mile and six furlongs or beyond, so he trained the horse that way. Vow And Declare provided Declaration Of War with a rare Melbourne Cup week double, having also sired the Group 1 Victoria Derby winner Warning, trained by Anthony Freedman and ridden by 47-year-old star jockey Damien Oliver, who backed up later in the week to win the Group 1 VRC Oaks on Miami Bound (by Reliable Man) for O’Brien.

Declaration Of War spent only two seasons at Coolmore Stud in the Hunter Valley, covering 125 and 85 mares in 2014 and 2015, and has since been transferred to Japan. However, he’s proven a tremendous source of stamina, having also sired the 2019 Group 1 Queensland Oaks heroine Winning Ways. There have been attempts from a number of Australian studs to get him to shuttle again, but so far unsuccessfully. Vow And Declare is out of a speedy mare by former star juvenile Testa Rossa (by Perugino), but he gets his stamina through his third dam, the English import Young Vic, a daughter of Sadler’s Wells’ French and Irish Derby winner Old Vic. It traces back to the family founded by Mumtaz Mahal (by The Tetrarch) through the mare Courtessa, who is the third dam of Young Vic and the second dam of the famous New Zealand broodmare Eight Carat. In the race itself, Master Of Reality, trained by Joseph O’Brien for leading Australian owner Lloyd Williams, looked set to win when he raced clear but he got there too early and wobbled late on under Frankie Dettori, drifted in and interfered with the fast finishing Il Paradiso, who was squashed onto Vow And Declare. A protest followed and was upheld, changing the finishing positions, which saw Master Of Reality relegated to fourth and Prince Of Arran and Il Paradiso elevated to second and third. Jockey Craig Williams, 42, won his first Melbourne Cup after trying for more than 20 years with a masterful ride, crossing the field from barrier 21 and then taking a trail on a relatively moderate pace. He claimed the bump at the finish lifted his horse across the line; it certainly lifted the spirits of all Australian racing fans.

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BLOOMIN’ LOVELY A new collaboration sees floral notes added to sleek functional jewellery

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ward winning British accessories brand Alice Made This has teamed up with Scottish fashion illustrator and artist Jess Bird to create a new collection of jewellery for both men and women. Comprised of cufflinks, lapel pins and brooches, the collection has been inspired by British flowers and features a thistle, a rose, a freesia and a poppy, created by Bird, who chose the flora based on their symbolic meanings, looking for ideas that were not only personal to her but that would also resonate with others. “I was born on Armistice Day and the poppy is symbolic of peace,” she explains. “Rose is my middle name and the flower represents love, while the thistle perhaps holds the most symbolic meaning for me as a Scot – protection, pride, bravery and courage – a reference to surviving where others don’t, as well as weathering hard times.” The final flower, the freesia, is a celebration of their brand collaboration, symbolising friendship, partnership and trust – qualities that Alice Walsh, of Alice Made This, is certainly celebrating in the venture. “Jess’ beautifully expressive style is truly unique,” she says. “Our latest collections of cufflinks and pins are designed to be pared back and to act like a canvas to Jess’s work. We both talked of flowers and how they mean so much to so many and for me, these are perfect: they have a femininity that is their nature but translate perfectly to our signature engineered aesthetic.”

Alice Made This jewellery is turned and milled in the brand’s aerospace factory in Hertford. With their beautifully simple shapes, they represent a cooperation between engineers and artisans, layering the precision of engineering with the beauty and delicacy of hand work. For their gold series, for example, the pieces are first prepared by sandblasting or cleaning them with a fine abrasive, ready to be patinaed – and here the pieces truly combine art

with science, adding propane heat to recipes containing silver nitrate, titanium oxide, ferric nitrate, potassium sulphide and copper nitrate to achieve a visually complex appearance. Jess’ drawings are precision engraved on this durable surface, then sealed with micro-crystalline and carnauba wax, which not only protect the surface appearance but also preserve the clarity of the artwork on each item of jewellery. The result? Intensely wearable pieces to be treasured and enjoyed in both formal and casual settings – as Alice says, they are just as at home “on a denim jacket as a miniature piece of art as … on your lapel to replace a buttonhole at your wedding.” Priced from RRP£110, the Alice Made This x Jessica Rose Bird collection is available online and from selected retailers. alicemadethis.com

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Dietrich von Boetticher

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Competition at the top is fierce but a combination of inspired decisionmaking, gut instinct and perseverance has enabled owner-breeder Dietrich von Boetticher to reach the pinnacle and win races like the Arc Words: Julian Muscat Photos: George Selwyn

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or Dietrich von Boetticher, it is almost as if the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe was run yesterday. The man who owns and bred Waldgeist in partnership with Newsells Park Stud relives the moment with raw excitement even though the race is more than one month distant. “I cannot stop thinking about it,” he says. “We thought the horse ran well in the previous two Arcs but he was denied the opportunity to show how good he really was. This time he came round the corner [into the straight] and showed how he could accelerate. To me, the Arc is the ultimate. It was unbelievable.” Except that von Boetticher had been there before. In 2005 he watched transfixed as Hurricane Run, bred by his Gestut Ammerland, came through to capture Europe’s signature race. The difference was that Hurricane Run prevailed in the silks of Michael Tabor, who’d bought the colt three months earlier. “Yes, they were not my colours, but it didn’t really make much of a difference to me,” he says. “We bred Hurricane Run, and we were made the kind of offer which sometimes you have to take because breeding horses is so expensive. My wife [Annabel] keeps reminding me about that all the time.” His wife’s sense of perspective is probably just as well. An entrepreneurial lawyer whose Munich-based practice advises high-worth clients across a broad range of platforms, von Boetticher is so consumed by the sport that it might easily run away with him. He claims not to know exactly how many horses he has in training. “I guess

more than 20,” he says, perhaps mindful that Annabel might read this. But the salient point about von Boetticher’s boutique bloodstock holding is that he has been consistently successful in the face of intense competition. Over the last three decdes he has owned and/or bred the winners of 20 Group 1 races, many of them in France. It has been that way from the beginning, which doubtless explains von Boeticher’s passion. The first horse he bought was Luigi, who was foaled in 1985 and who’d failed to sell when offered at Baden-Baden the following year.

“The Arc is the ultimate. It was unbelievable. I cannot stop thinking about it” “I was on business, staying in a little hotel in Cologne and I had the catalogue with me,” he recalls. “I came across a filly by Surumu and after the sale I called her breeder, Dr Christoph Burmester, who told me that she hadn’t sold. So I went to see her. “After we had agreed a price Dr Burmester then said he had a colt by Home Guard that had also not sold, so we went to see him. He was a tall colt with a beautiful dark coat, and I liked the way he galloped. I can’t remember

exactly how much I paid for the two of them but it was nothing; somewhere between DM10,000 and DM20,000 [£3,000-£6,000].” What von Boetticher didn’t tell the breeder was that he had an ulterior motive where the colt was concerned. He rode dressage horses to a high standard and felt the Home Guard yearling might excel in that domain should he prove incapable of raising a gallop. But gallop he certainly could – to the extent that he won the 1988 Deutsches Derby by a neck from Alte Zeit, whom von Boetticher subsequently purchased. Luigi’s story is remarkable for other reasons. As a two-year-old a roving eye for fillies prompted his trainer, Uwe Ostmann, to recommend he should be gelded. Not for the first time, von Boetticher spurned professional advice. He gravitated towards his own hunch and Luigi retained his manhood. Come Deutsches Derby day and Luigi was the last horse to be allocated a place in the oversubscribed field. His achievements were so inauspicious that the racecourse commentator forgot his name during the pre-race parade. He also had a new jockey in Walter Swinburn after regular pilot Olaf Schick was ditched for his part in a drinkfuelled prank that saw a band of jockeys steal several legs of ham from a van after the pre-race party. For von Boetticher, however, it was a dream start – not least because in that year he also had a three-year-old filly, Britannia, who chased home Alte Zeit in the Preis der Diana (German Oaks). So there he was, a newcomer to the German turf who happened to own the

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Derby winner and the two best fillies in training. He was on his way. Von Boetticher has always had an affection for horses, in particular the pony that pulled a trap bearing him to safety, together with his mother and brother, from advancing Russian troops towards the end of the war. He was just three years old. The family has already been displaced from modern-day Latvia at the start of the war. They settled in the industrial Polish city of Poznan, where von Boetticher was born. This time they made their home in unspoilt German countryside north of Hannover, where von Boetticher spent the rest of his childhood on horseback. Even now, with Ammerland a thriving concern, von Boetticher still maintains a stable of dressage horses and showjumpers on the property. Yearlings are kept at Ammerland itself, which was bought in 1989, while the stallions, mares and their foals reside at Bernried, which von Boetticher acquired later. Both land tracts are located on the fringes of Lake Starnberg, in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps in southern Germany. Ammerland was purchased with

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the help of Luigi’s breeder, who knew von Boetticher was looking for suitable breeding pasture. “Dr Burmester saw the advert, which for some reason was placed in a newspaper in Hamburg, near where he lived,” von Boetticher relates. “Nobody looking [to buy land] in Bavaria would have seen it. I moved quickly and was able to buy it on a handshake.” Ammerland dates back to the time of Ludwig I, the King of Bavaria in the early 19th century. Among other architectural splendours Ludwig built a castle on the edge of Lake Starnberg, which he subsequently gave, together with surrounding acres, to Franz Graf von Pocci, one of his servants at the Royal court. As the years unfurled grassland that came with the castle was sold off by Pocci’s children and grandchildren. Some of those grasslands are now grazed by 25 Ammerland mares. Five of them descend directly from Britannia. By contrast Alte Zeit, who’d beaten Britannia in that 1988 Preis der Diana, proved a profound disappointment at stud and left no legacy. “When they were in training I always thought Britannia was a better filly than

Alte Zeit,” von Boetticher reflects. “She was definitely the better broodmare.” From Britannia von Boetticher would breed a horse whose exploits took his passion to a higher plane. He had long admired Walther Jacobs’ international approach to racing and breeding, which mirrored his own. Jacobs, who founded Gestut Fahrhof, campaigned his multiple champion, Acatenango, outside Germany to gauge his true worth. The horse showed his mettle in winning the 1986 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud among other significant races. Von Boetticher thought Acatenango a suitable mate for Britannia, and the consequence was Borgia. The champion three-year-old filly in Germany and France in 1997, Borgia was a formidable international competitor. In addition to winning the Grosser Preis von Baden and the Deutsches Derby, she won the Hong Kong Vase, finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Turf and third behind Peintre Celebre in the Arc. Although her half-brother, Boreal, would also win the Deutsches Derby, together with the Coronation Cup, Borgia was of greater long-term

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has three daughters at Ammerland in Bahama Bay, Biscaya Bay and Borgia’s Best, but if the litany of big-race successes suggests von Boetticher has always been blessed by good fortune, the fates have been cruel of late. In a debilitating sequence of events this year, he lost Borgia’s daughter Born Wild and her daughter, the Prix Vermeille winner Baltic Baroness. Two more to perish were a full-sister to Baltic Baroness and a Sea The Stars yearling out of Baltic Baroness. All this came on top of the loss three years earlier of a full-sister to another stellar von Boetticher runner, Lope De Vega. The fact that Ammerland has three half-sisters to Lope De Vega in the paddocks affords some consolation, especially since Lope De Vega continues to go from strength to strength. His fee at Ballylinch Stud has advanced once again, this time to €100,000 for 2020, when he will be joined on the Ballylinch roster by Waldgeist.

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“I am very pleased Waldgeist is going there because John O’Connor and his team did a great job with Lope De Vega from day one,” von Boetticher says. “Yes, I could have stood Waldgeist at Ammerland. All men are vain, aren’t they? But while it would have been nice to show him off at home, he will have the best chance to succeed by attracting top mares at Ballylinch. He was such a tough guy. Running in the Arc three times is quite unusual.” Waldgeist was originally owned in a partnership comprising Coolmore (50 per cent), von Boetticher (25 per cent) and Andreas Jacobs’ Newsells Park Stud (25 per cent). However, with von Boetticher unwilling to accept a big offer from Hong Kong when Waldgeist was three, he was obliged to buy out Coolmore’s share to keep the horse with Andre Fabre. It was another example of von Boetticher following his gut instinct when those around him favoured Waldgeist’s sale.

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Von Boetticher recruited Fabre to his trainers’ rota by taking the bull by the horns. “I had heard it was difficult to persuade him to take on more owners but I wanted access to the best trainers for my horses,” he says. “I was racing in France one day in 1997 and I just walked up to Andre and asked whether he would train a horse for me. He smiled and said yes he would, and we have been smiling ever since. It has been a wonderful experience. Without a good trainer, nobody can succeed.” It doubtless helped that Fabre is an admirer of German-bred horses. “He thinks they are strong and not too hot temperamentally,” von Boetticher says. “He also likes horses to race over Classic distances, which the German breed is designed for.” With John Gosden also training for him, and with Lope De Vega firmly established among Europe’s leading sires, von Boetticher has all the ingredients in place to extend Ammerland’s prominent position. It is now down to Waldgeist to write the next chapter at Ballylinch.

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JACOBS FAMILY’S PIVOTAL ROLE Together with Gestut Fahrhof’s Walther Jacobs, Dietrich von Boetticher was instrumental in paving the way for Germany’s Classic races to be contested by runners bred and trained outside Germany. An inwardlooking industry thus threw open its doors to all-comers from the early 1990s. Jacobs had opened Germany’s eyes to the possibilities by importing American blood to cross with traditional German bloodlines when he founded Fahrhof in 1960. The stud quickly established itself, producing stellar racehorses in Acatenango, Lavirco, Lomitas, Mondrian, Silvano and Surumu. Von Boetticher was of a similar hue. He felt Germany should embrace outside competition for its best races, and should strive to campaign its best horses internationally.

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ou followed your championshipwinning father Con Power into his world of showjumping and won the Dublin Junior Championship. What made you switch to race-riding? I always wanted to be a jockey but when I was younger I thought I would be too tall and heavy. When I was 18 I realised I wasn’t going to be that heavy and the idea was to give racing a crack because I couldn’t see my showjumping career going much further. Showjumping was a great grounding for being a jockey; the main challenge I faced was the different speeds on the approach to fences. They’re obviously going a lot faster racing and I had to adjust as the fences were coming at me much quicker, compared to showjumping. I learnt a lot from Dad, who taught me two things – to be patient and never carry the bad days with me, just move on. Dad was in the Irish Army and discipline played a big part; he was strict on punctuality. If he said the lorry was leaving for a show at half seven and your pony wasn’t ready he’d go without you.

difference is that Jessie is training horses from five furlongs to four and a half miles, while Colin is just concentrating on National Hunt. Their routines are very similar. The secret of any top trainer is keeping things simple and they both do that unbelievably well.

You ride for two of the most powerful stables – Jessie Harrington in Ireland and Colin Tizzard in Dorset. What are the main differences between two such top-tier operations? Not a lot, really. They are both brilliant horse people and very understanding of each individual animal. The main

They don’t get high and mighty after their big winners; they understand the ups and downs of racing. I have noticed that both yards have the same staff, year in year out, and are obviously very good operations to work for. A feeling of loyalty easily rubs off from both set-ups.

What makes each trainer command so much respect throughout the sport? I suppose the fact that they have both had huge success is part of the reason we have great respect for them. Also that they are very humble in success.

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jump jockeys around – was there ever a stage when you doubted you would make it to the top of your profession? There was a time when I had a lot of injuries, the same as any jockey going through phases when you’re laid up. Thankfully, I am mentally very positive and always kept believing. When I started at Jessie’s Moscow Flyer was the flagbearer and I always thought that one day there would be a Moscow Flyer for me. I don’t think I ever doubted my own ability, but I did question whether I’d ever get the chance to ride a Gold Cup or Champion Hurdle horse.

Robbie Power When I was younger I struggled with injury quite a bit and I did wonder if I was ever going to get a clear spell long enough for me to get going properly. The hardest part of being a jockey is sitting at home watching horses winning that you should have been riding. I always tried to believe that I would be back, and hopefully winning on them. What has been the biggest turning point of your career? I suppose winning the Grand National on Silver Birch in 2007 because it came at a time when I had had terrible trouble with injuries and had ridden only ten winners

in Ireland. It probably saved my career because it put me back in the picture in a sport where you can be quickly forgotten when you’re not involved in the action. Jason Maguire had been due to ride Silver Birch but was claimed by Donald McCain and I was called in to deputise. That just shows you the luck of this game. Ruby Walsh coped famously with the commute between Ireland and England. How do you organise and manage with the constant flying backwards and forwards? Ciaran O’Toole, my agent, does a really professional and efficient job booking

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“I have been very impressed with the Mondialiste foals. He had it all, and his foals are seemingly following suit” ALEX ELLIOTT, BLOODSTOCK AGENT

“Very pleased with what I have seen from his foals to date. They are strong bodied, well balanced horses who look like they well develop into nice racehorses.” JASON KELLY, BLOODSTOCK AGENT

“Well made good muscled foals, he’s really stamping them, two year olds in the making” PETER NOLAN, BLOODSTOCK AGENT

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Talking To...

Robbie Power

Power is all smiles after winning the Grade 2 Rising Stars Novices’ Chase at Wincanton on Reserve Tank, trained by Colin Tizzard (left)

›› my rides in relation to where I am

supposed to be going in both countries. Then my wife Hannah is fantastic at organising all the flights, hiring cars in all sorts of different places and sorting my accommodation when needed. It’s all down to planning and organisation and Hannah finds the best options for airports depending on where I am riding in England. They say that ‘behind every good man there’s a good woman.’ I certainly rely on one because I am not the best person in the world with modern technology. What is the secret of keeping both trainers happy, as well as your own Power family? We have a one-year-old daughter, Emma, so Hannah is not only looking after me but Emma as well. She has plenty going on all the time. As far as avoiding clashes with runners, both trainers are very understanding; Ciaran O’Toole does well in helping to sort out any possible tricky situations that might arise. If I have a Grade 1 horse to ride in England, Jessie is very happy to let me off, and the same with Colin if there’s a Grade 1 in Ireland. Obviously, throughout a season there might be one or two clashes, but nine

times out of ten they work themselves out. I also think that the fact Jessie has respect for Colin, and Colin for Jessie, is a major factor and a big help. You have won the Grand National on Silver Birch (2007) and the Gold Cup on Sizing John (2017). Which victory meant the most to you, and why? The Gold Cup was always the race I wanted to win, even more so than the Grand National. Sizing John was my first ride in the race, so to win first time up made it extra special – unbelievable! Winning the Gold Cup opened a very big door for me as the owner was Alan Potts, who then asked me to ride his horses in England as well, and they were trained by Colin Tizzard. That started our association and it could hardly have got off to a better start with four winners for Colin at Aintree, all on Potts horses. Then I went to Punchestown, where I won on two more for Colin and Potts. At the start of the next season the situation got even better with Colin asking me if I’d like to ride some of his horses that were not Potts-owned. Silver Birch saved my career but Sizing John was responsible for taking me to another level in England.

What you need now is a Champion Hurdle. Any chance with Supasundae, perhaps? Yes, the Champion Hurdle is one race I’d love to win. I suppose it’s the race Supasundae is most likely to go for at Cheltenham this time, particularly if the ground is soft. It’s a wide open division, sadly without reigning champion Espoir D’Allen. Supasundae has beaten Buveur D’Air and Buveur D’Air has beaten Supasundae, so they stand at one-all. If Supasundae gets soft ground he could have a chance. I love him to bits; he’s won three Grade 1s but never gets the credit he deserves. I think he went through a spell when he ran in 12 consecutive Grade 1s and never finished out of the first three. He is ultraconsistent but bone idle at home, never does more than he has to and loves his grub – a bit like me! Is there a big difference between the craic in the Irish and the British weighing rooms? They are pretty similar and both weighing rooms have their characters. In Ireland I’d say two of the big mickeytakers are Paul Townend and David Mullins, while in England it’s Harry Cobden and the Bowen brothers,

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PhOeniX OF SpaiN Fee: €15,000

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NatiOnaL DefeNse Fee: €8,000

DragON pulse Fee: €6,000

ELusiVE PiMperNel Fee: €3,000

PAlAViCiNi Fee: €1,000

FaMOus NaMe Fee: €1,000 Standing at Anngrove Stud

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Sean and James. They’re both great weighing rooms to be part of and full of characters. One thing we all have is great respect for one another.

Robbie Power

The rider with television presenter Alice Plunkett

How did you come by your nickname ‘Puppy’ Power? Paul Carberry, who, over time, is probably the biggest mickey-taker of all, was responsible. He came up with the name from the cartoon Scooby Doo, where one of the characters is ‘Puppy Power’. Paul started calling me ‘Puppy’ 19 years ago and it has stuck. Mind you, I’ve been called a lot worse! Is there one missing part in the career of Robbie Power that you’d like to complete? It has to be winning the Champion Hurdle and the Champion Chase as well. I have accepted that I don’t think I could be champion jockey because I am riding in two different countries most of the time. That doesn’t bother me too much because I realise I am lucky to be where I am in such a competitive game. After your left eye socket was shattered in a Galway fall in 2016 you had to wear special goggles to contain your double vision. Do you still have to wear them or is your sight back to normal? I still wear them, but not necessarily when I am riding out. I used to have them on every time I was on a horse, but now it’s only in a race because the adrenaline of the race gives me double vision. I’ve never had a problem driving a car or reading a paper; it was only when I looked out through the roof of my eyes while riding that I’ve had problems. I don’t think it could have worked against me getting rides because when I came back from the injury I enjoyed the best season I’d had. A lot of people told me the goggles improved my riding. You are now 37 – in your quest to remain at the top of your profession what are the physical and mental extremes you put yourself through? I do a lot of swimming because of problems with my back and the swimming exercise helps to keep my body as supple as possible. I have to do a lot more stretching than I did five years ago and I spend time with Enda King in his clinic at Santry going through physiotherapy, stiffness and stretching exercises to keep the back and hips in working order. Fortunately, my weight is pretty stable. Mentally, I don’t really do anything to keep me in the right frame of mind –

“We need a NH summer break; too much of anything dilutes the end product” apart from riding good horses. I realise how lucky I am to be on so many. Also, riding for these two trainers instils confidence. Neither Colin nor Jessie give me instructions when they leg me up. I know what they want and that makes the mental side of the job much easier and also provides me with a clear mind when I go out to ride a race. If you could change one thing in racing in Ireland and in Britain, what would it be? Both countries should have a National Hunt break of four to six weeks in the summer. Too much of the same thing all the time is not good for the people involved in racing, or even for those following from the outside. Jockeys, trainers and all staff involved in the sport would benefit. Jockeys would be better off mentally and physically. Their careers would be extended if they could have an annual holiday away from it all, resting their bodies. There’s never been so much racing and in the summer it’s on firm ground, which is not good for the jumpers. Too much of anything dilutes the end product. I am a big supporter of Liverpool and when the soccer season finishes I am glad of the break and then

CLOSE UP AND… PERSONAL

I relax by… playing golf Actor to play me on screen… Matt Damon Four dinner party guests… Jurgen Klopp, Ed Chamberlin, Jamie Carragher and Harry Redknapp Sum yourself up in three words… loyal, determined, stubborn My guilty pleasure is… chocolate

CLOSE UP AND… PROFESSIONAL

My racing hero is… Richard Dunwoody Greatest influence on my career… my parents and Jessie Harrington Hardest opponent… Barry Geraghty I’d love to win… the Champion Hurdle Alternative career… professional soccer player begin to look forward to the next season with renewed enthusiasm. Wouldn’t a summer break from jumping have a similar effect on all of us? Give us two horses to look forward to this winter? In England I’d say Colin’s Fiddlerontheroof. I finished second on him in the Persian War at Chepstow and I think he will rank highly among the novice hurdlers. I also like Gold Des Bois, a point-to-point winner who arrived at Jessie’s this year. He ran disappointingly in the bumper at the Punchestown festival but is a lot better than that and could develop into a nice staying novice hurdler.

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CABLE BAY INVINCIBLE SPIRIT

Champion 1st Crop Sires in GB and IRE 2019 1

SIRE

GRANDSIRE

Cable Bay

Invincible Spirit

WNRS WINS

19

BTH

GRW

GPH

TOTAL £

6

1

4

582,494

29

2

Night of Thunder

Dubawi

22

30

6

1

1

482,636

3

Gleneagles

Galileo

16

21

5

2

3

440,881

4

Due Diligence

War Front

16

27

3

2

2

333,152

5

Gutaifan

Dark Angel

23

30

1

0

1

327,082

6

Anjaal

Bahamian Bounty

9

15

0

0

0

255,460

To date 7th November 2019

IMPRESSIVE SALES PRICES:

£320,000, £200,000, £175,000, £160,000, £150,000, £140,000, €130,000, £110,000, £105,000, £90,000 Also sire of high class 2yo’s LIBERTY BEACH, winner of the Molecomb Gr.3, KING’S LYNN, Winner of Weatherbys £150,000 2yo Stakes, Multiple group placed ROPEY GUEST, ISABEAU, second to Cheveley Park winner Millisle in the Listed Curragh Stakes etc

LAND FORCE NO NAY NEVER

LAND FORCE (IRE) (2016) A Bay Colt

No Nay Never (USA)

Theann (GB) (2004)

Scat Daddy (USA) Cat's Eye Witness (USA) Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) Cassandra Go (IRE)

“A brilliantly fast 2yo which he proved when

Johannesburg (USA) Love Style (USA) Elusive Quality (USA) Comical Cat (USA) Danehill (USA) Off f shore Boom ff Indian Ridge Rahaam (USA)

winning the Richmond. He was very unlucky not to

LAND FORCE (IRE): won 3 races at 2 years, 2018 and £192,225 viz Richmond Stakes, Goodwood, Gr.2, Coolmore Pride of Dubai Tipperary Stakes, Tipperary, L. and Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden, Curragh, placed 4 times including third in Norfo r lk Stakes, Ascot, Gr.2, Cold Move EBF Marble Hill Stakes, Curragh, L. rfo and fourth in Darley Prix Morny, Deauville, Gr.1. 1st Dam THEANN (GB), won 2 races at 2 and 3 years and £74,644 including Cuisine de France Summer Stakes, York, Gr.3, second in Flame of Tara Stakes, Curragh, L., third in Greenlands Stakes, Curragh, Gr.3 and Dimitrova 1000 Guineas Trial, Leopardstown, Gr.3; dam of ffour winners from 5 runners and 8 foa f ls off racing age includingPHOTO CALL (IRE) (2011 f. by Galileo (IRE)), won 6 races at 3 to 5 years at home and in U.S.A. and £544,932 including Rodeo Drive Stakes, Santa Anita, Gr.1, First Lady Stakes, Keeneland, Gr.1, Violet Stakes, Monmouth Park, Gr.3 and Orchid Stakes, Gulfstream Park, Gr.3, placed 7 times including second in Beaugay Stakes, Belmont Park, Gr.3, Robert G Dick k Memorial Stakes, Delaware Park, Gr.3, third in La Prevoyante Handicap, Gulfstream Park, Gr.3 and Perfect Sting Stakes, Belmont Park. LAND FORCE (IRE) (2016 c. by No Nay Never (USA)), see above. 2nd Dam CASSANDRA DRA GO (IRE), won 6 races at 3 to 5 years and £243,262 including King's Stand Stakes, Royal Ascot, DRA Gr.2, Tripleprint Temple Stakes, Sandown Park, Gr.2, King George Stakes, Goodwood, Gr.3 and EBF Lansdown Stakes, Bath, L., placed 7 times including second in Darley July Cup, Newmarket, Gr.1, Ballyogan Stakes, Leopardstown, Gr.3, Palace House Stakes, Newmarket, Gr.3, Stanley Racing Summer Stakes, York, L. and third in EBF Insulpak Swinley Stakes, Ascot, L.; Own sisterr to Grey Eminence (FR); dam of eight winners nner from 10 runners and 12 foals off racing age includingnners HALFWA WAY WA AY TO HEAV A EN (IRE) (f. by Pivotal (GB)), won 4 races at 2 and 3 years and £470,905 including AV Boylesport r s Irish 1000 Guineas, Curragh, Gr.1, Blue Square Nassau Stakes, Goodwood, Gr.1 and rt Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes, Newmarket, Gr.1, placed 4 times including second in Leopardstown 1000 Guineas Trial Stakes, Leopardstown, Gr.3, third in Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes, Leopardstown, Gr.1, Poule d'Essai des Pouliches, Longchamp, Gr.1; dam of winners. MAGICAL (IRE), Jt Champion 3yr old in Europe in 2018 (11-13f.), 8 races at 2 to 4 years, 2019 and £2,466,935 including Tattersalls Gold Cup, Curragh, Gr.1, Irish Champion Stakes, Leopardstown, Gr.1 and Brit. Champions Fillies/Mare Stakes, Ascot, Gr.1, placed 10 times including second in Coral Eclipse, Sandown Park, Gr.1, Moyglare Stud Stakes, Curragh, Gr.1, Prince of Wales's Stakes, Ascot, Gr.1, Darley Yorkshire Oaks, York, Gr.1 and Breeders' Cup Turf r , Churchill Downs, Gr.1. rf RHODODENDRON (IRE), Champion older er mare in Ireland in 2018, Jt top rated 2yrr old filly in Ireland in 2016, 5 races at 2 to 4 y years, 2018 at home and in France and £1,363,928 including ing Dubai Fillies' Mile, Newmarket, Gr.1, Locki kinge Stakes, Newbury, r Gr.1 and Prix de l'Opera, Chantilly, Gr.1, second in ry, Investec Oaks Stakes, Epsom Downs, Gr.1, 1000 Guineas Stakes, Newmarket, Gr.1, Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf r , Del Mar, Gr.1 and third in Moyglare Stud Stakes, Curragh, Gr.1. FLYING THE rf FLAG (IRE), 3 races at 2, 3 and 5 years at home and in U.A.E. and £125,188 including eFlow ow 'You First' International Stakes, Curragh, Gr.3, placed 6 times including second in Galileo EBF Futurity Stakes, Curragh, Gr.2. TICKLED PINK (IRE) (f. by Invincible Spirit (IRE)), won 3 races at 3 and 4 years and £77,734 including Connaught Flooring Abernant Stakes, Newmarket, Gr.3 and The Coral Charge Sprint Stakes, Sandown Park, Gr.3, p placed 3 times; dam of winners. THEANN (GB)) (f. by Rock of Gibraltarr (IRE)), see above. Fantasy (IRE) (f. by Invincible Spirit (IRE)), won 1 race at 2 years, 2018 and £24,413 and placed 4 times including g third in John Siskk & Son Round Tower er Stakes, Curragh, g Gr.3 and Curragh gh Stakes, Curragh, L. NEVERLETM ETM ETM ME E GO (IRE) E , won 2 races at 3 and £16,954 and placed E) d 3 times; dam of wiinners. BEST REGARDS (IRE), Champion 3yrr old Sprinter er in Germany in 2013, 3 races at 2 and 3 years in France and in Germany and £43,335 including Hoppegartener Fliegerpreis, Berlin-Hoppegart ar en, L., art placed twice including third in P.Af A rika Linen J Essberger Flieger Preis, Hamburg, Gr.3. Af Tilthe End of Time (IRE), unraced; dam of Snazzy (IRE), 1 race at 2 years, 2018 and £26,636, third in Langleys Solicitors EBF Marygate Stakes, York, L. 3rd Dam RAHAA RAH AHAAM (USA) S , won 1 race at 3 years and placed twice, from only 4 start r s; rt dam of nine winners ner from 9 runners and 10 foals of racing age includingners VERGLAS (IRE), won 3 races at 2 and 3 years at home and in U.S.A. including Coventry Stakes, Royal Ascot, Gr.3, second in Lexus Irish 2000 Guineas, Curragh, Gr.1, San Marino Handicap, Santa Anita, L.R. and third in Heinz 57 Phoenix Stakes, Gr.1; sire. PERSIAN SECRET (FR), won 3 races at 2 and 3 years at home and in France including Prix La Sorellina, La Teste Buch, L., placed second in Ewar Stud Empress Stakes, Newmarket, L. and third in Bonusprint Champion 2yo Trophy, Ripon, L.; dam of winners. O HONOURS (I E) C dS

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Waddesdon Stud dispersal

Last

HURRAH

Nathaniel provided Lady Rothschild with a memorable success in the 2011 King George, a victory she shared with the horse’s namesake, her son Nathaniel (right)

Phase one of the Waddesdon Stud dispersal at the Tattersalls December Sale is set to pay tribute to Lady Rothschild’s association with the Turf Words: Nancy Sexton

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s one chapter closes, opportunity beckons. The Waddesdon Stud dispersal, which begins with the sale of Lady Rothschild’s broodmare band at the Tattersalls December Sale in Newmarket, is a sad confirmation of the end of a successful association between an owner and a beloved sport. At the same time, however, it naturally provides a perfect opportunity for outside interests to invest in a rich collection of respected stock, among them several Group 1 winners and producers. Lady Rothschild’s death in January 2019 at the age of 83 robbed racing of one of its great enthusiasts. The British racing landscape is very different to that of yesteryear as the presence of true owner-breeders continues to dwindle, but in Lady Rothschild there was just that; someone with the passion and commitment to cultivate families at Waddesdon Stud and race the progeny while enjoying the sport and everything that goes with it to the full. The Aylesbury-based Waddesdon Stud officially closes for business at the end of the year. Given that Lady Rothschild’s son, Nathaniel, is based in California, the move is an understandable one. Thankfully, however, 2019 won’t mark the last season that we see those famous navy and yellow colours on the track since the 2018 crop of Waddesdon-breds, a group of 12 yearlings, are slated to join the older horses in training. Today, Waddesdon’s influence runs high through Nathaniel, a marvellous homebred Galileo out of Magnificient Style who captured the King George and Eclipse Stakes for the breeder, the

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latter on a memorable July afternoon in 2012 that also featured the victory of his sister Great Heavens in the Lancashire Oaks. And, of course, Nathaniel has now provided us with a true great in his daughter Enable. A programme of relatively recent serious investment in the stud and its stock through advisor James Wigan has also featured other major rewards, notably a Breeders’ Cup winner in Pounced, successful in the 2009 Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita, and Pretty Polly Stakes heroine Thistle Bird. Another homebred, Mince, was rated the champion threeyear-old sprinter of Europe in 2012. There would have also undoubtedly been tremendous satisfaction from the Antipodean achievements of McCreery, who developed into a Group 1 performer following his sale to Australia. Waddesdon’s success never emanated from large numbers. However, quality was key, as reflected by the purchases of Cheveley Park Stakes winner Magical Romance for 4,600,000gns and Sun Chariot Stakes heroine Spinning Queen for 3,000,000gns during a determined 24-hour period at the 2006 Tattersalls December Sale. In the case of Magical Romance, the price represented a then world record for a mare sold at auction. Now 13 years on, and Magical Romance heads to auction once again as part of this 16-strong draft – phase one of the Waddesdon Stud dispersal – which is being handled on behalf of the family by The Castlebridge Consignment. The remaining mares, among them Spinning Queen and Irish Oaks heroine Great Heavens who are not in foal, will be

offered next year following the sale of the stud’s 2019 foals, all of which are slated to sell at Tattersalls during 2020. Magical Romance sells this time around in foal to Nathaniel behind her winning Shamardal daughter Aflame, who kicks off the draft as lot 1502. Magical Romance, a Barathea three-parts-sister to Oaks winner Alexandrova, has foaled eight winners for Waddesdon including Listed scorer Tall Ship, but she is also the grandam of this year’s Prix de Diane heroine Channel, which obviously bodes well for the prospects of other daughters of the mare. Magnificient Style, a terrific producer whose eight stakes winners include Nathaniel and Great Heavens alongside the Fillies’ Mile heroine Playful Act and Yorkshire Cup winner Percussionist, is now retired. But anyone looking to invest in the family this December has the option of her daughters Rocksavage, by Fastnet

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Rock, and Willoughby, by Oasis Dream. Add in the likes of Thistle Bird, dam of recent impressive two-year-old winner Bullfinch, her own dam Dolma, Pounced’s dam Desert Tigress and Mince, and the mares’ dispersal promises to be a memorable occasion. “Lady Rothschild had a great passion for racing,” says James Wigan. “She split her time between Waddesdon and Stowell Park, near Marlborough, and when she was at Waddesdon, which was mainly at the weekends when her husband Jacob [the 4th Baron Rothschild] was there, she would always come up to the stud and visit the stock. “It was the day-to-day interaction with the horses and the people who looked after them that she really liked. “She really embraced life. She said exactly what she thought – she was never frightened to speak her mind and had a good sense of humour.

“I think the only time she didn’t manage to speak her mind was when Pounced won the Breeders’ Cup. She was there with her son Nat and I remember being interviewed afterwards. ‘When did

“It was the day-to-day interaction with the horses that she really liked” you think you were going to win?’ the interviewer asked. ‘I didn’t even watch the race,’ she responded. The interviewer was horrified. But the fact was that she was

too nervous to watch. “She got very nervous with runners on the big occasion, she’d much rather have a runner at Bath. She wasn’t very keen on pomp and circumstance. Instead, she enjoyed those smaller tracks.” He adds: “She had quite a few wellnamed horses, she was great at that and would spend a lot of time studying them. They were all nearly named as foals - all this year’s yearlings had been named at the time of her death.” Take McCreery as an example; named in honour of her former advisor Bob McCreery, he was a son of Big Bad Bob. Lady Rothschild was born Serena Mary Dunn in 1934, the daughter of Sir Philip Gordon Dunn, and assumed the supervision of Waddesdon, established in 1924 by James de Rothschild, during the late 1980s. By all accounts, she derived great pleasure from the exploits of her

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Waddesdon Stud dispersal member of one of her original families. Then there was the 1996 Lancashire Oaks winner Spout, bred out of Dorothy de Rothschild’s Arderelle. But it was when the family took the decision to invest further significantly in Waddesdon that it really came to the fore. Dolma, purchased in 2005, yielded Thistle Bird and McCreery. Two years later Magnificient Style joined the fold. Winner of the 1996 Musidora Stakes for Mahmoud Fustok’s Buckram Oak Holdings, Magnificient Style produced Fillies’ Mile heroine Playful Act for Robert Sangster before being catalogued as part of the Swettenham Stud dispersal at the 2007 Tattersalls December Sale. Wigan takes up the story. “Lady Rothschild had inherited some mares and then there was a move to increase the quality of the stock,” he says. “Her son Nat realised how keen she was on racing and breeding, and financially he was a great supporter. “Magnificient Style was in the December Sale and we were keen on the pedigree and had made the decision she was the one we were going to try very hard for. But then she was withdrawn. So I went to find out the situation and she was running milk. At the time, she was in foal to Galileo and they quite understandably decided that it was too risky to travel her. So we had her thoroughly checked out and we bought her – and the resulting foal turned out to be Nathaniel. “She’s a big mare with a lot of quality.

TATTERSALLS

›› Bengough Stakes winner Mince as a

James Wigan: long-term advisor to the stud

They’re not particularly quick maturing, they go on improving with age, but they’re very genuine.” Nathaniel’s four-year-old season, when he won the Eclipse and fell a head short of landing his second King George, was the crowning point of an eight-month period for Waddesdon that comprised 14 individual winners of 29 races, among them Great Heavens, who followed up her Lancashire Oaks win in the Irish Oaks, and a pair of Listed scores by Mince. “The afternoon Nathaniel and Great Heavens won was amazing,” says Wigan alluding to that July afternoon. “Trade Commissioner [out of Spinning Queen] had won a good handicap that day at Sandown and then Nathaniel won the Eclipse. I remember we watched

the Lancashire Oaks from the winners’ room at Sandown. It was extraordinary, none of us could quite believe what was happening. “Thistle Bird, when she won the Pretty Polly in Ireland, was great as well. But I have to say that I’ve never seen Lady Rothschild so overcome as when Pounced won at the Breeders’ Cup. It was all the more special in that Nat was with her and she could share it with him.” The Waddesdon name might be stepping back from racing circles but the story is not yet over, with a number of two-year-olds demonstrating above average ability as the season drew to a close. Bullfinch, by Kodiac and out of Thistle Bird, made all to score at Chelmsford City; so easily did Roger Charlton’s colt win that it took a full circuit of the track for Jason Watson to pull him up. A pair of John Gosden inmates, Galsworthy and Sun Bear, have also shown promise; Galsworthy has been placed twice in novice and maiden company while Sun Bear, a Dubawi daughter of Great Heavens, went down by a short head on her debut at Nottingham. “Sun Bear is very much in the mould of her dam,” says Wigan. “She’s strong and sturdy with a lot of quality. We’re hopeful about her.” With any luck, those two-year-olds and others will justify the high hopes held of them in 2020 and provide a fitting tribute to Lady Rothschild and all at Waddesdon Stud.

‘Times have changed – we are used to the closure of private studs’ The Thoroughbred was created by men who raced the horses they bred, and generations of owner-breeders have since made huge contributions to the development of the breed, writes Tony Morris. When the sport first captivated me in the 1950s, there were dozens of long-established private breeders with large broodmare bands, and in many cases they were breeding from descendants of mares who had been introduced to the stud decades earlier. I am thinking of such as Lords Derby, Astor and Rosebery, the Aga Khan, Lionel Holliday, Sir Victor Sassoon, Jim Joel and Dorothy Paget. They had developed families over long periods, their managers knew their mental and physical characteristics, and we were persuaded to believe that horses brought up in that kind of

environment would have an edge over commercially bred stock. Of course, there were exceptions to the rule, but in nine years out of ten the title of leading breeder would go to a private operator whose broodmare band consisted of quality in quantity. Times have changed, and we have become used to the closure of private studs, including some such as Waddesdon with impressive records of recent high-level success. In former times, when a horse’s full book amounted to 40 or 50 mares in a season, the established private breeder with a quality broodmare band was the first person courted by the stallion manager. The customer was granted priority, because he had something with the potential to aid the stallion’s cause.

There is a diffferent management style now that the highest-profile stallions might cover more than 200 mares. ‘Stump up the fee and you’re in’ is the new attitude, and a wise breeder does not welcome the prospect of having one of 150 examples of the same sire’s stock. What we may be inclined to overlook is the fact that there are probably more broodmares in the studs of owner-breeders than ever before; they are just in fewer hands now. The Dupre, Boussac, Lagardere and Holliday stock were all assimilated into the Aga Khan’s studs, which list 189 mares in 2019. Darley, Shadwell and Juddmonte also have numbers far in excess of those in the leading owner-breeder studs of the 1950s.

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THE AGA KHAN STUDS Success Breeds Success

ZARAK First foals selling now

Group 1 winning son of the mighty DUBAWI and ZARKAVA. Victorious at two, three and four. He won over a mile, 10 furlongs and over a mile and a half. A pedigree free of Danzig and Sadler’s Wells. €12,000 (Live Foal)

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Breeders’ Digest

Nancy Sexton Bloodstock Editor

Our bloodstock coverage this month includes Sales Circuit: Demand for high-quality offerings continues unabated – pages 62-78 Caulfield Files: Vertem Futurity Trophy standing the test of time – pages 81-82 Dr Statz: European yearling sales season records best ever figures – page 110

Contribution of owner-breeders cannot be taken for granted

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BELVOIR TRIBUTE TO PEACOCK

GEORGE SELWYN

t’s probably no coincidence that this year’s Cartier Racing Awards were dominated by homebreds. After all, some of these horses are the products of generations of cultivation, each the resulting rewards of carefully planned matings, accumulation of knowledge, management of land and stock and the commitment of stud staff. And that is all before these creatures head into training. As ever, Prince Khalid Abdullah remains one of the forerunners in this department, with his Juddmonte Farms responsible for that super mare Enable, who became only the third horse to be crowned Cartier Horse of the Year two years in a row, and burgeoning star Quadrilateral, who was named Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly of the year. Godolphin’s Pinatubo was unsurprisingly named Cartier Two-YearOld Colt, while Lord and Lady LloydWebber’s Too Darn Hot, foaled and raised at their Watership Down Stud, was crowned Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt. Fellow homebreds Stradivarius, bred and raced by Bjorn Nielsen, and Star Catcher, another Group 1 performer for Anthony Oppenheimer’s Hascombe and Valiant Studs, completed a resounding night for homebreds by sweeping the awards for Cartier Stayer and ThreeYear-Old Filly. All bar Pinatubo and Quadrilateral are trained by John Gosden, who also saddled Meon Valley Stud’s homebred Anapurna – the product of four decades of Weinfeld breeding – to win this year’s Oaks. And it was Gosden who summed it up best on Cartier night when he highlighted the importance of owner-breeders. “The contribution of owner-breeders should never be forgotten,” he said. “It is terribly hard to breed good horses – the mare doesn’t always get in foal and so many things can happen. But

Star Catcher: Cartier’s Three-Year-Old Filly

these people put a lot into it and are very important to our business – you can buy at the sales but that is a bit of a short cut.” Sadly, one of the many issues currently challenging this sport is the decline of the British owner-breeder. Once a mainstay of the industry, their prominence is today a far cry from previous eras as the majority of recent entrants look to breed for the sale ring. It’s been a gradual decline and there seems little hope of a reversal, for the time being at least. But how can we be surprised that so few want to race their homebreds when our pitiful ongoing state of prize-money is considered? The latest sad development is the confirmed closure of Waddesdon Stud. It was from that Buckinghamshirebased farm that the late Lady Rothschild bred an array of top notchers, ranging from Nathaniel and his sister Great Heavens to Pretty Polly Stakes scorer Thistle Bird. Both Nathaniel and Great Heavens were the rewards of significant investment, notably as the progeny of Galileo. But another, the Group 1-placed stakes winner McCreery, was bred when his sire Big Bad Bob stood for just €6,000. What each had in common, however, was the knowledge and passion of a committed owner-breeder behind them. As Gosden implied, such a contribution can’t be taken for granted.

It was heartening to see British breeding come under the spotlight at last month’s Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita with the popular success of Belvoir Bay in the Turf Sprint. In the process, the daughter of Equiano paid a great tribute to breeder Lennie Peacock, the owner of Manor House Stud in Middleham who died in March last year at the age of 97. The 1990 2,000 Guineas winner Tirol is widely regarded as the best horse bred by Peacock – “Tirol did show that it can be done, that a small breeder can breed a 2,000 Guineas winner without having to use a very expensive stallion,” Peacock once said in an interview – but he may well have a posthumous challenger in Belvoir Bay, whose Breeders’ Cup victory saw her run a record-setting time of 54.83 for the five furlongs at Santa Anita. Bought for just 20,000gns as a yearling by Peter and Ross Doyle, Belvoir Bay struck in a nursery at Glorious Goodwood for Richard Hannon before heading to the US, where she captured stakes contests on both turf and dirt for trainer Peter Miller including the 2018 Monrovia Stakes at Santa Anita. What is remarkable about that performance is that it came just months after Belvoir Bay was caught up in the Lilac Fire that tore through the San Luis Rey Training Centre in December 2017. The fire claimed the lives of 46 horses while Belvoir Bay herself went missing for two days. Yet the mare subsequently came back better than ever, winning five stakes and running second to Blue Point in the Al Quoz Sprint prior to her crowning victory in the Breeders’ Cup. Just days following that performance she sold for $1,500,000 at the FasigTipton November Sale to agent Mike Shannon to place an exclamation point on her remarkable story.

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Sales Circuit • By Carl Evans

Demand for high quality offerings continues unabated A revamp to the format for this sale meant the quality of horses on offer downgraded from days one to four, and it was sticky going at the final session. Despite that, 64 of 82 lots offered changed hands for a 78% clearance rate, so it cannot be said there was no demand at the close of trading. At the top of the scale, on day one, trade continued merrily along with strong demand for quality yearlings. A top lot of €400,000, paid by Qatar Racing’s David Redvers for a Sea The Stars colt, was evidence of that quality during a session at which the average price of €81,701 was 22% up on the previous year. Turnover was down, but in line with a reduced catalogue which saw 146 horses offered – 65 fewer than in 2018 – and 107 found a buyer. More pertinent were the overall figures, involving eight fewer offered lots. Of the 563 who walked the ring,

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David Redvers was the winning bidder at €400,000 for this son of Sea The Stars

Arqana October Yearling Sale Top lots Sex/breeding

Vendor

Price (€)

Buyer

C Sea The Stars - Ignis Away

Haras des Monceaux

400,000

David Redvers

F Shalaa - Jessica Rocks

Haras de Castillon

370,000

Kerri Radcliffe

C No Nay Never - Chasing Ice

Haras d’Elbe

300,000

Arthur Hoyeau/M V Magnier

C Showcasing – Zayanida

Haras de Castillon

300,000

Stroud Coleman Bloodstock

F Territories - Irish Song

J K Thoroughbreds

260,000

Haras de Victot

C Siyouni - Plain Vanilla

La Motteraye Consignment

220,000

Oceanic Bloodstock Inc

C Frankel - Dubai Rose

Haras des Monceaux

210,000

Chauvigny/Global Equine

C Night Of Thunder – Frine

Saint Isidro

210,000

Stroud Coleman Bloodstock

F Siyouni – Reprint

Haras de Mezeray

210,000

Haras de Victot

Five-year tale Year

Sold

Agg (€)

Average (€)

Median (€)

Top price (€)

2019

416

17,650,500

41,228

25,000

400,000

2018

451

18,493,700

40,383

26,000

360,000

2017

490

20,526,500

41,891

27,000

500,000

2016

461

19,448,000

42,187

30,000

260,000

2015

441

15,514,500

35,829

25,000

290,000

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Overview and analysis of the latest events in the ring 416 were sold, equating to 74%, a drop of five points. Turnover was down six per cent, the average rose two per cent to €41,228 and the median of €25,000 was a drop of four per cent. So pretty much on a par with the previous year when nine yearlings sold for €200,000 or more, while this time that figure grew to 11. Kerri Radcliffe, who bought the

Haras de Castillon to Anthony Stroud, representing Godolphin. Haras des Monceaux’s 21 sales for €1,868,000 enabled it to take leading consignor honours, while Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani, whose sons are behind Qatar Racing, led vendors with 11 purchases totalling €1,085,000 in the name of Haras de Victot, a farm he purchased five years ago.

2018 sale topper, a €360,000 Siyouni filly, was back in business at the latest edition, her sole purchase being one of €370,000 for a daughter of Shalaa who will race for a US-based syndicate, while Arthur Hoyeau’s €300,000 offer for a No Nay Never colt was made on behalf of Coolmore’s M V Magnier. Making the same sum was a Showcasing colt who transferred from

TATTERSALLS

It was business as usual at this annual sale of Flat horses from trainers’ yards, and the figures proved the continuing appeal to the world of British and Irish horses. During four days of trading, turnover of 25,393,400gns became the third highest achieved at the event, albeit down five per cent, but due in part to 84 fewer horses being offered. The median was unchanged, while the average gained one per cent when hitting 25,780gns. The clearance rate of 90% – a one point rise – was evidence that the buyers were on hand, the reserves realistic. Oliver St Lawrence signed for 27 lots worth a total of 1,015,000gns to become leading buyer and The Castlebridge Consignment put 74 horses through the ring and turned over 2,296,000gns to become top vendor.

Khalid Mishref: was busy with Paul Harley buying horses to race in Saudi Arabia

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TATTERSALLS

Tattersalls Horses-in-Training Sale

The Group 1-placed Summer Sands will join Joseph O’Brien after selling for 625,000gns

In the bargain section – for horses valued at less than 10,000gns – buyers from every small-scale racing nation played a part, while the bigger fish sought out six-figure lots. In this top tier some had travelled from overseas in hope, if not expectation, of a bigger number of quality options, and there was the usual frustration at withdrawn lots, which has become a fact of life. Topping the bill was two-yearold Summer Sands, a Listed winner at Redcar after finishing third in the Middle Park Stakes for Richard Fahey’s stable. Bought for £85,000 at Tattersalls’ Ascot Breeze-Up Sale in April, but reoffered with that eyecatching stakes-race form by his owners, the Cool Silk Partnership, Summer Sands was knocked down for 625,000gns to clients of Joseph O’Brien’s yard. The price was a record for a colt at the sale, and placed him third behind the fillies Aljazzi, who made 1m gns in 2018, and Elizabeth Browning, who sold for 700,000gns in 2017. Most of the other horses on the top-ten board were, like Summer

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TALKING POINTS • Horse welfare was a theme in two major racing nations as this sale opened for business. In Australia a film depicting uncomfortable scenes involving horses at an abattoir had sparked outrage, while in America, injuries to horses racing on dirt tracks had put the industry on tenterhooks ahead of the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita. One agent who buys for US stables and was attending Tattersalls said his business had suffered because provisional orders placed two weeks before the sale had fallen through. Owners had got cold feet due to the adverse publicity. “They simply won’t pick up the phone to their trainers,” said the agent. He feared for the second day of the Breeders’ Cup meeting if the first had gone badly, but in the event every race took place. However, the loss of Mongolian Groom after he fractured a leg in the final race, the Classic, is likely to keep the pressure on.

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Sales Circuit ›› Sands, sold to leave Britain. Salute The

with seven purchases on behalf of Quantum Racing, the brainchild of Jonathan Ramsden. O’Keeffe’s spend of 482,000gns was highlighted by one of 210,000gns for Kiefer, an 86-rated winning handicapper for Eve JohnsonHoughton’s stable.

Cohen for 320,000gns. Top Australian trainer Chris Waller secured a couple on the elite list, while Saudi buyer Khalid Mishref also accounted for two, but Yorkshire trainer Jedd O’Keeffe ensured the home team was not dismissed cheaply

Soldier, a consistent four-year-old from Clive Cox’s stable, was sold to Bahraini interests for 380,000gns, while the Juddmonte-consigned Sash, a threetime winner for Amanda Perrett, went to Californian racehorse owner Tim

Tattersalls Horses-in-Training Sale Top lots Name/age and sex/breeding

Vendor

Summer Sands 2 c Coach House – Koharu

Musley Bank Stables

Price (gns) 625,000

Buyer Joseph O’Brien

Salute The Soldier 4 g Sepoy - Street Fire

Beechdown Farm Stables

380,000

Oliver St Lawrence Bloodstock

Sash 3 c Oasis Dream – Surcingle

Juddmonte Farms

320,000

Red Baron’s Barn & Rancho Temescal

Surrey Thunder 3 c Le Havre – Zakania

Tuite Racing

280,000

Chris Waller Racing

Dance Jupiter 3 g Kingsbarns – Mascara

Lisfennel Stables

275,000

Joseph O’Brien

Imaging 4 c Oasis Dream - Mirror Lake

Juddmonte Farms

260,000

Chris Waller Racing

Lady Corsica 3 f Galileo – Walklikeanegyptian

Trillium Place Stables

220,000

Avenue Bloodstock

Dramatic Device 4 g Dansili - Surprise Moment

Induna Stables

220,000

Khalid Mishref/Paul Harley Bloodstock

Five-year tale Year

Sold

Agg (gns)

Average (gns)

Median (gns)

Top price (gns)

2019

985

25,393,400

25,780

12,000

625,000

2018

1,049

26,853,500

25,599

12,000

1,000,000

2017

1,065

27,282,200

25,617

11,000

700,000

2016

949

25,137,100

26,488

13,500

520,000

2015

1,038

20,344,550

19,500

14,000

420,000

Goffs Autumn Sale

A bit of luck to go with good judgement is always a bonus, and The Last Lion filly’s half-brother, Top Rank, had won three races since her foal purchase, which was a great boost. She became the top lot over the two days, which to impartial observers was a disappointment given that two from the in-training section had made six-figure

when returned to the ring, where Jimmy Hyland, representing Rabbah, was on hand with the winning bid. The result was another plume of feathers in the crown worn by Clonmult Farm’s James Sheehan, who also gained a fine result at the Tattersalls Ireland Ascot Yearling Sale where he consigned a Mehmas filly who rose from €8,000 to £45,000.

A filly to warm the hearts of every budget-scale pinhooker was the outstanding story at this two-day sale of yearlings and horses-in-training. A daughter from the first crop of Darley sire The Last Lion, she was bought for just €1,000 at Part II of Goffs’ November Foal Sale, yet made €78,000

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Goffs Autumn Sale – Horses in Training Top lots Name/age and sex/breeding

Vendor

Price (€)

Buyer

Shelir 3 c Dark Angel – Shelina

Aga Khan Studs

70,000

Jason Kelly Bloodstock

Shamiyan 3 c Lope De Vega – Shamooda

Aga Khan Studs

58,000

Emerald Bloodstock

Njord 3 g Roderic O’Connor - Rosalind Franklin

Sheila Lavery Racing

54,000

BBA Ireland

Three-year tale Year

Sold

Agg (€)

Average (€)

Median (€)

Top price (€)

2019

75

991,400

13,219

9,000

70,000

2018

79

1,466,100

18,558

9,000

200,000

2017

86

1,442,600

16,774

6,000

215,000

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GROUP WINNING 2YO, CLASSIC WINNING 3YO

Phoenix Of Spain winning the Irish 2,000 Guineas by 3 lengths from Too Darn Hot, Skardu and Magna Grecia

SPEED

SIRELINE

At 2 1st 2nd 2nd

Acomb Stakes Gr.3, 7 furlongs – beating Broome Gr.1p Champagne Stakes Gr.2, 7 furlongs – from Too Darn Hot Gr.1 Vertem Futurity Trophy Gr.1, 8 furlongs – from Magna Grecia Gr.1, beating Circus Maximus Gr.1

At 3 1st

Irish 2000 Guineas Gr.1, 1 mile – beating Too Darn Hot Gr.1, Magna Grecia Gr.1

Phoenix Of Spain is the highest rated and first Classic winning colt to retire to stud by the world’s emerging super sire Lope De Vega. Bred on the incredible Shamardal sire-line responsible for the 2019 Group 1 winning juveniles Victor Ludorum, Earthlight and Pinatubo as well as Champion sprinter Blue Point

PHYSIQUE • •

78,000gns foal purchased by Kilminfoyle House Stud 220,000gns yearling purchased by Howson Houldsworth

RECORD • •

Winner of the Irish 2,000 Guineas by 3 lengths. In one of the quickest times recorded, faster than Kingman, Dubawi, Gleneagles and Rock Of Gibraltar Timeform rated 126

Fee: €15,000

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sums in 2018. On this occasion the pick proved to be Shelir, a Listed-winning three-year-old colt offered from Dermot Weld’s stable as part of the Aga Khan’s draft. A bid of €70,000 was enough to secure Dark Angel’s son, who was bought by Jason Kelly to join David O’Meara. Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby called upon owners and trainers to support the horses in-training, which saw 75 of 104 horses find a buyer for a

everyone in the trade. The clearance rate went up from 60% to 74%, the aggregate gained three per cent, the average seven per cent and the median 33%. A hoovering-up job by agent Bobby O’Ryan, who bought 56 lots, many for Eastern European clients, was valuable input, but a smaller catalogue, and 117 fewer lots, must have made his job a good bit easier. It seems the market liked it too.

clearance rate of 72%. If last year’s top lot is anything to go by Beeby has a point, for Twilight Payment, who was offered at this sale in 2018 to change a partnership, was beaten less than four lengths in the Melbourne Cup. While the in-training figures showed falls, the yearling trade produced gains, which, given this was a lower-tier area of the market, was warming news for

Goffs Autumn Sale – Yearlings Top lots Sex/breeding

Vendor

F The Last Lion - Countess Ferrama

Clonmult Farm

Price (€) 78,000

Buyer Rabbah Bloodstock

C Champs Elysees - Cordially

Heather Crest Stud

36,000

Oak Tree Farm

C Hot Streak - High Drama

Stellar Racing/Grangecoor Farm

22,000

Bobby O’Ryan/Ben Haslam

Three-year tale Year

Sold

Agg (€)

Average (€)

Median (€)

Top price (€)

2019

289

1,693,600

5,860

4,000

78,000

2018

300

1,641,750

5,473

3,000

52,000

2017

311

2,170,800

6,980

4,700

62,000

Goffs UK Autumn HIT and Yearlings

This sale provided buyers of jumpers with an early opportunity to shop from the just-opened Irish point-to-point season which had kicked off earlier in October. From that supply line came Do Your Job, a winner for Colin Bowe’s stable on the opening day of the season, and knocked down at this auction for £150,000. The son of Fame And Glory was bought by Derek O’Connor on behalf of racehorse owner Mark Dunphy. Worcestershire trainer Claire Dyson now has the ‘new trainer’s role’ with Do Your Job. Another buyer of jumpers, Anthony

Bromley, dipped into the selection of horses who had been racing on the Flat when securing Buzz, a son of Motivator, with a bid of £80,000. Exiting Hughie Morrison’s yard, five-year-old Buzz joins Nicky Henderson to race over hurdles for Thurloe Thoroughbreds. The sale of Listen Dear for £38,000 placed her on the elite board and into controversy. Consigned from Willie Mullins’ Closutton Stables on behalf of Supreme Racing, she was bought by Jack Cantillon acting for Syndicates Racing and returned to Mullins’ yard. However, Supreme Racing was sliding into ignominy and on the same day as the sale was suspended from running

horses by the Irish authorities due to ‘financial misdemeanours’. That meant top young chaser Kemboy was sidelined, a blow for fans of Jump racing. Following Listen Dear’s sale, members of Supreme Racing claimed they had not agreed to her going through the ring and they were taking legal advice. Listen Dear, who had won a Listed hurdle before heading to Doncaster, was subsequently second for her new owners, but well beaten, in a four-runner Listed chase. Turnover for this one-day sale fell 41% to £895,200, but 45 fewer lots were offered. The average was down 22% but the median was unchanged.

Goffs UK Autumn HIT and Yearlings Top lots Name/age and sex/breeding

Vendor

Price (£)

Buyer

Do Your Job 5 g Fame And Glory - Full Of Birds

Milestone Stables

150,000

Mark Dunphy/Derek O’Connor

Buzz 5 g Motivator - Tiysha

Summerdown Stables

Pennyforapound 5 g Winged Love - Recession Lass Press Your Luck 4 g Doyen - Merry Gladness

80,000

Highflyer Bloodstock

Milestone Stables

40,000

Rebecca Curtis

Monbeg Stables

40,000

Ed Stapleton/Chris Gordon

Three-year tale Year

Sold

Agg (£)

Average (£)

Median (£)

Top price (£)

2019

101

895,200

8,863

4,000

150,000

2018

198

1,840,800

9,297

4,000

150,000

2017

270

2,112,000

7,822

4,000

160,000

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EQTIDAAR NEW Invincible Spirit - Madany £6,500 (Jan 1st, SLF)

MUHAARAR Oasis Dream - Tahrir £20,000 (Jan 1st, SLF)

MUKHADRAM Shamardal - Magic Tree £6,000 (Jan 1st, SLF)

TASLEET

Showcasing - Bird Key £6,000 (Jan 1st, SLF)

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Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale

A foal, a mare and a yearling filled the first three places at this annual, large-scale auction of jumping stock. The ongoing success of leading store-horse auctions was evident as buyers sought out stock to reoffer in 2023, and the sums paid for the leading colt and filly foal and top-priced yearling were the best at the sale for horses of that type since the pre-bank crash days of 2007. The foal who topped the tree was a Camelot half-brother to the mighty Altior and therefore always likely to be among the picks of the week. At €155,000 he was knocked down to former footballer and Ireland international player Kevin Doyle who said he intended to resell his purchase as a three-yearold. The lucky vendor was Paddy Behan Jr, whose father, also Paddy, bred Altior and the foal out of the Key Of Luck mare Monte Solaro. The leading filly, a daughter of go-to sire Flemensfirth, was sold from Castledillon Stud to Peter Molony of Rathmore Stud for €88,000. Molony was acting for a racehorse owner whose aim is to breed from the filly after her career on the track is completed. The mare with the most proved to be Camelia De Cotte, who continued the route to this event taken by other members of Willie Mullins’ Closutton Stables. She made €140,000 to a bid from Treasa O’Keeffe, who was standing

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This Camelot half-brother to Altior was a star, selling at €155,000

TALKING POINT • The many ways in which people have been encouraged to buy fillies to race as mares has been a success story. Part of that success has been witnessed at this sale in recent years, where mares who have shown talent on the track for trainer Willie Mullins have been sold for good sums at the conclusion of their racing careers. Horses from Mullins’ Closutton Stables have now topped the mares’ section of this sale for the past six years. If putting fillies into training to prove their ability to jump and stay is a good thing – and produces successful sales results once their racing careers have ended – why is there no appetite to run entire horses over jumps to prove their merit as potential jump sires? Entire horses are not uncommon in races over jumps in France, and being a hurdler did not stop Alderbrook and Midnight Legend being fertile, popular and successful stallions. Wishful thinking, perhaps?

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CONSISTENT 5F STAKES WINNER Won 3 Group/Stakes races and Gr.1 placed 3 times, all over 5f.

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with Wales’ Roland Crellin, the breeder of Cue Card. A Grade 2 winner over fences, Camelia De Cotte was consigned on behalf of Rich and Susannah Ricci, as was Limini, another former talented performer for Mullins, and like her former stablemate carrying to sire Australia. Cheshire-based Will Kinsey of Peel Bloodstock secured Limini with a bid of €75,000. The yearling who made a name for himself was a son of Doctor Dino offered from John Dwan’s Ballyreddin Stud and knocked down for €100,000. Named Ecrin Vert he had been boosted by a recent Grade 2 victory at Auteuil for his Dream Well half-brother Dream Wish. Norman Williamson of Oak Tree

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Kevin Doyle: former footballer intends to resell the sale-topper as a three-year-old

Farm left with the passport. The catalogue, which was unfurled over four days, was smaller than in 2018 and 161 fewer horses walked the ring. Trade was strong for quality foals and 642 of the 905 offered were sold for a clearance rate of 71%, a rise of five points. There was even better news at the mares’ sale where 49 of 65 lots found a buyer, resulting in a 75% clearance rate, up 20 points. Overall turnover of €12,167,650 was down six per cent, although the smaller catalogue was a factor. The overall average was clipped two per cent to €16,600, but the median gained nine per cent to reach €12,000. The foal average of €16,832 was also down two per cent.

Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale Top lots Name/age and sex/breeding

Vendor

C Camelot - Monte Solaro

Coole House Farm

Price (€) 155,000

Buyer Kevin Doyle

Camelia De Cotte 7 m Laveron - Traviata Valtat

Closutton Stables

140,000

Treasa O’Keeffe

G Doctor Dino - Ladies Wish

Ballyreddin Stud

100,000

Oak Tree Farm

C Getaway – Dreambaby

Yellowford Farm

95,000

Summerhill

F Flemensfirth – Mucho Macabi

Castledillon Stud

88,000

Rathmore Stud

C Flemensfirth - Morning Supreme

Ballincurrig House Stud

88,000

Lennie Walker

C Flemensfirth - Blue Maxi

Yellowford Farm

85,000

Park Farm

C Getaway - Wattle Bridge

Ballintry Stud

75,000

Aiden Murphy

Limini 8 m Peintre Celebre - Her Grace

Closutton Stables

75,000

Peel Bloodstock

C Kingston Hill - Princess Leya

Sunnyhill Stud

72,000

Patrick McCann

C Walk In The Park - Poppy Baloo

Grange Hill Stud

72,000

Timmy Hillman

Five-year tale Year

Sold

Agg (€)

Average (€)

Median (€)

Top Price (€)

2019

733

12,167,650

16,600

12,000

155,000

2018

771

13,003,350

16,866

11,000

200,000

2017

867

13,868,300

15,996

11,500

140,000

2016

842

12,035,450

14,294

10,500

160,000

2015

921

12,745,750

13,839

10,500

145,000

Tattersalls Cheltenham November Sale

Trainer Gordon Elliott went into overdrive at this event, buying a trio of young Irish pointers including the top two lots, one in partnership with agent Mouse O’Ryan. Whatever the long-term plans of Gigginstown House Stud’s Michael O’Leary, Elliott has shown he is much too talented to be reduced to a bitpart player should that powerful racing operation’s string slowly diminish to nothing. His purchases of four-year-olds Ballyadam for £330,000 and Fiston Des

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Issards for £255,000 are proof of his ambitions, and while he could not name the racehorse owners he was acting for there must be plenty of people who would love a horse to be trained by the man who seems bound to win every major jumping prize before he retires. Ballyadam was hugely impressive when winning a maiden point-to-point at Portrush in October for Colin McKeever’s County Antrim stable, and while perfectly formed he just lacked the imposing size potential of a Sprinter Sacre or Might Bite that might have driven his value closer to

£400,000. Fiston Des Issards scored for Colin Bowe’s academy at Loughanmore, and both these two young horses plus Yousayitbest, who was sold to agent Alex Elliott for £220,000, made more than the top-priced horse (£190,000) at the 2018 edition of this sale. Torrential rain which hit Gloucestershire the day before selling commenced forced Cheltenham to abandon its Friday card and it was wisely decided to bring the sale forward to a 1pm start – it was originally set to convene after racing. Despite the

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and the auction did provide some action for visitors to the town who had booked in expecting an afternoon at the races. No less pleasingly, all the agents and trainers that you would expect to see at a Cheltenham sale were present. Big prices helped the average increase by 20% to £93,188, while the median gained five per cent, but the clearance rate did a sharp u-turn, which pulled turnover down four per cent to £2,982,000. The 32 horses who found a buyer from 45 offered resulted in a clearance rate of 71%, which compares to last year’s very good figure of 91%. The bigger prices and rise in average were probably due to the wet autumn, which has enabled Irish point-to-point trainers to get some quality young horses onto the track – 12 months ago they were battling with good or quicker ground, and while some nice horses ran, trainers and agents are invariably sweeter on soft-ground form when buying young jumpers. The fall in clearance is a mystery, probably just a one-off blip, and possibly down to reserves having been a tad too high. Maybe the abandonment of racing played a part, too, although that seems unlikely. There were no British pointers in the catalogue – the UK season did not open until two days after this sale – but a sole French representative, Gorki d’Airy from Hugo Merienne’s stable, was sold for £60,000 to Harold Kirk, representing Willie Mullins. Three-year-old Gorki d’Airy had finished third in a Flat race at Cholet on his sole start.

Portrush winner Ballyadam will join Gordon Elliott after selling for a sale-topping £330,000

TALKING POINT • Sales of racehorses in Cheltenham’s Centaur arena – complete with tables of diners – are now a thing of the past, but owners and trainers will once again have a sale brought to them at the racecourse in January. Tattersalls plan to stage a ‘select’ sale of young jumpers in the Owners’ and Trainers’ Marquee on Festival Trials Day, January 25. Not that the horses will be asked to shimmy between the tables, for they will parade in the paddock and be viewed on the giant screen near the marquee. The auctioneers and attendant Tattersalls staff will be based among the diners, drinkers and observers inside the marquee. The catalogue size is likely to be less than 20 lots, and maybe half that number, and Tattersalls’ Cheltenham February Sale is unaffected, taking place one month later on February 21.

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Tattersalls Cheltenham November Sale Top lots Name/age and sex/breeding

Vendor

Price (£)

Buyer

Ballyadam 4 g Fame And Glory - Grass Tips

Loughanmore Farm

330,000

Gordon Elliott Racing

Fiston Des Issards 4 g Buck’s Boum – Saboum

Milestone Stables

255,000

Aidan O’Ryan/Gordon Elliott

Yousayitbest 4 g Doyen - Lady Hoover

C H Thoroughbreds

220,000

Alex Elliott, agent

Queens Brook 4 f Shirocco - Awesome Miracle

Cobajay Stables

160,000

Aidan O’Ryan/Gordon Elliott

Brave Way 4 f Jeremy - Black Mariah

Bernice Stables

160,000

Rathmore Stud

Three-year tale Year

Sold

Agg (£)

Average (£)

Median (£)

Top price (£)

2019

32

2,982,000

93,188

69,000

330,000

2018

40

3,095,000

77,375

65,000

190,000

2017

41

3,712,000

90,537

60,000

380,000

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Fresh from her Breeders’ Cup victory, Blue Prize changed hands for $5 million to Larry Best

been trained for Charlie Noell and John Moores of Merriebelle Stable by Ignacio Correas. Galileo’s appeal as a broodmare sire is now worldwide, and it was not

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Flying in to Lexington, Kentucky, fresh from a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on dirt, the six-year-old racemare Blue Prize proved to be a gem at this lucrative one-day auction. Few in attendance would not have been familiar with a mare who had just recorded her second North American Grade 1 win in a month, her third in total, and fourth if you count a success at that level in her native Argentina, but after parting with $5 million to buy her racehorse owner-breeder Larry Best of Oxo Equine claimed he had not been stalking her for months. A racing newcomer who bought his first thoroughbred in 2017, Best is compiling a broodmare band of quality, having made a fortune from the manufacturing of medical devices. He has also served on several corporate boards. Best said he would not be tempted by big-money prizes in the Middle East early next year, and that Blue Prize would head straight to stud. She had

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Belvoir Bay sold to Mike Shannon for $1.5 million having won the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

TALKING POINT • Some horses have a bigger tale to tell than many humans. Take Belvoir Bay, who was bred at Manor House Stud in Yorkshire by the late Leonora ‘Lennie’ Peacock and sold for 20,000gns at the October Sale. As a two-year-old she won two of five races for Richard Hannon – and had the honour of providing champion jockey Richard Hughes with his final success before retirement – and then joined Bill Mott in the States, where she scored before the year was out. Moving from Mott’s yard to Peter Miller’s she continued the good work, recording another eight triumphs in the following four years, during which she detoured into Fasig-Tipton’s 2018 November Sale and was sold for $625,000 to dissolve a partnership. Back on the

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a great surprise that Japan’s Katsumi Yoshida was prepared to spend big in an attempt to gain a daughter of Coolmore’s outstanding stallion. Yoshida’s $2.7m offer secured Photo Call, an eight-year-old dual Grade 1 winner in foal to Quality Road, and a mare whose half-brother, Land Force, won the Richmond Stakes. Second dam Cassandra Go is one of the world’s elite mares. Photo Call was one of six horses to sell for more than $2m, but the figures at this session of extravagance and blue-blooded promise could not match the 2018 highs. Turnover had reached nearly $90m on that occasion but with 25 fewer horses that figure was unlikely to be challenged and came in some way shy at just over $68m, down 24%. The average, despite being comfortably past half a million dollars at $531,336, fell 17% and the median was clipped by eight per cent. The smaller catalogue may have helped the clearance rate, which went up narrowly to 76%.

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track this year she was narrowly beaten by Godolphin’s Blue Point in March’s Al Quoz Sprint, but subsequently won the recent Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. From there she went straight to Fasig-Tipton and was sold on by owner Gary Barber for $1.5 million to Mike Shannon. Meg Levy of consignor Bluewater Sales said Belvoir Bay was unfazed by the trip from Santa Anita to Lexington, but it has to be remembered her life experiences include being set loose to escape a fire at the San Luis Rey training centre in 2017. She escaped with burns to her legs, but was missing for several days before being located in another barn. Someone should give her a pen and tell her to start writing that autobiography – and is her name pronounced Bell-voir or Beaver?

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Fasig-Tipton November Sale Top lots Name/age and sex/breeding

Vendor

Price ($)

Blue Prize 6 m Pure Prize - Blues For Sale

Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services

5,000,000

OXO Equine LLC

Photo Call 8 m Galileo – Theann

Denali Stud

2,700,000

Katsumi Yoshida

Shamrock Rose 4 f First Dude - Slew’s Quality

Bluewater Sales

2,500,000

Mike Shannon, agent

Mia Mischief 4 f Into Mischief - Greer Lynn

ELiTE

2,400,000

Stonestreet Stables

Separationofpowers 4 f Candy Ride – Shehadmefromhello

ELiTE

2,100,000

Hunter Valley Farm

Wonder Gadot 4 f Medaglia d’Oro - Loving Vindication

Bluewater Sales

Baffled 14 m Distorted Humor - Surf Club

Denali Stud

1,800,000

Don Alberto Corp

Wow Cat 5 m Lookin At Lucky - Winter Cat

ELiTE

1,700,000

White Birch Farm

Sweet N Discreet 9 m Discreet Cat - West Side Dancer

Lane’s End

1,600,000

Mt Brilliant Farm

Belvoir Bay 6 m Equiano - Path Of Peace

Bluewater Sales

1,500,000

Mike Shannon, agent

Laffina 7 m Arch - St Lucinda

Taylor Made Sales Agency

1,500,000

Eaton Bloostock

Vasilika 5 m Skipshot - La Belle Marquet

Taylor Made Sales Agency

1,500,000

Katsumi Yoshida

2,000,000

Buyer

K I Farm

Five-year tale Year

Sold

Agg ($)

Average ($)

Median ($)

Top price ($)

2019

128

68,011,000

531,336

300,000

5,000,000

2018

140

89,473,000

639,093

327,500

7,500,000

2017

115

74,200,000

645,217

250,000

9,500,000

2016

88

54,152,000

615,364

377,500

3,500,000

2015

92

43,666,000

474,630

235,000

3,000,000

Few horses top such a prestigious sale twice, but Breeders’ Cup heroine Take Charge Brandi managed that at the latest edition when repeating a feat she achieved in 2015. She made $6 million on the first occasion and ‘just’ $3.2m on the second when offered with a cover by Justify, but co-owner John Sikura could not have been too unhappy. The Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm chief bought her initially with partners that included Glen Hill Farm’s Craig Bernick, and he was happy to buy them out when she returned to Keeneland. Sikura also gave $600,000 for Take Charge Brandi’s Tapit colt foal, and then said he understood his partners’ desire to concentrate as a group on a stallion investment company, but felt the timing of the decision to sell the daughter of Giant’s Causeway was flawed. Their star mare and others who had been acquired at the same time had produced only a couple of foals, and Sikura wondered

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Take Charge Brandi topped her second Keeneland November Sale, this time at $3.2 million

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if a “half-baked cake” would appeal to buyers. The answer came in the ring. Sikura said he and Bernick remained friends, and both men bought mares and foals at this sale from their consignment, which turned over $11.7m. Fourteen horses reached a sevenfigure sale, including Sikura and Bernick’s seven-year-old mare Callback, who made $2m to a bid from Katsumi Yoshida, and four-year-old Eskimo Kisses, who was sold to Yoshida’s brother, Teryua, for $2.3m, but one of the sale’s most intriguing stories focussed on Lil Indy, who was sold for $11,000 at this sale in 2018 and moved to Korea, yet 12 months later made $1.85m. The difference was her son, Maximum Security, who won March’s Florida Derby, was disqualified after passing the Kentucky Derby winning line in first place, and then landed the Haskell Invitational. Book 1’s top foal proved to be a $750,000 Curlin colt, while the top price achieved at Book 2 was $775,000 for a Curlin filly. Both were sold to Larry Best, the colt’s sale coming 24 hours after the same buyer had secured the $5m Fasig-Tipton top lot Blue Prize.

TALKING POINT • Many wealthy people have joined the racing and breeding world through a splash purchase or two, but buying a blue-blooded mare is no guarantee of many happy years of breeding. If you think it is just a question of going to the best available stallion, think again, as alluded to by John Sikura of Hill ‘n’ Dale farm at the Keeneland November Sale. At the hub of the event as both buyer and seller, Sikura gave an insight to the levers that need to be pulled in order to get all the aces on your side of the table. He was speaking following his purchase of a Tapit colt foal for $600,000. The youngster was foaled by Take Charge Brandi, who Sikura had just bought out of a partnership in which he was involved, and so he now owned mare and foal outright. He said: “It’s a good way to kind of control the process when you buy the dam to have the foal next to her, and be able to race him and control as many things as you can.” Best commented that the strength of the yearling market lay behind such substantial sums for weanlings. The top price for a mare at Book 2 was $650,000 for Conquest Eclipse, who was carrying to Justify – the buyer was Fred Mitchell of Kentucky’s Clarkland Farm, which sold Keeneland’s top lot at the September Yearling Sale, an American Pharoah filly who made $8.2m. Sikura, purchasing in the name of Hill ‘n’ Dale at Xalapa, was leading

buyer, while Taylor Made’s 39 sales grossed $14,450,000 to become leading consignor. An additional 47 lots were offered at Book 1, from which an extra 32 walked the ring compared to 2018. Turnover was up 16%, but the average was down six per cent and the median by 14%. The twoday Book 2 catalogue saw 448 horses sell for a figure that was nearly four per cent down, the average fell 2.5 per cent and the median by four per cent.

Keeneland November Sale Book 1 Top lots Name/age and sex/breeding

Vendor

Price ($)

Buyer

Take Charge Brandi 7 m Giant’s Causeway – Charming

Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency

3,200,000

Hill ‘n’ Dale at Xalapa

Eskimo Kisses 4 m To Honor And Serve - Silver Colors

Gainesway

2,300,000

Shadai Farm

Callback 7 m Street Sense – Quickest

Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency

2,000,000

Katsumi Yoshida

Lil Indy 12 m Anasheed - Cresta Lil

Lane’s End

1,850,000

Summer Wind Equine

Mei Ling 8 m Empire Maker - Lochinvar’s Gold

Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency

1,500,000

Claiborne Farm

Gloryzapper 7 m Ghostzapper - Grand Glory

Taylor Made Sales Agency

1,500,000

Summer Wind Equine

Talk Veuve To Me 4 f Violence - Biblical Point

WinStar Racing

1,300,000

Stonestreet Stables

Nereid 11 m Rock Hard Ten – Dowry

Lane’s End

1,250,000

Hunter Valley Farm

Sailor’s Valentine 5 m Mizzen Mast – Sortilege

Taylor Made Sales

1,250,000

Pursuit of Success

Conquest 4 m Galileo - Lillie Langtry

Denali Stud

1,250,000

LTS, agent for Erdenheim Farm T’breds

Five-year tale Year

Sold

Agg ($)

Average ($)

Median ($)

Top price ($)

2019

166

71,499,500

430,720

300,000

3,200,000

2018

134

61,853,500

459,578

350,000

4,200,000

2017

105

43,421,000

413,533

260,000

6,000,000

2016

123

51,915,000

422,073

260,000

3,500,000

2015

143

46,101,000

322,385

200,000

2,200,000

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Vertem Futurity standing the test Switch to the all-weather invigorated this year’s renewal, won easily by Kameko

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’m probably not alone in being unhappy that much of the commercial sector of today’s racing and breeding industry is obsessed with fast and precocious two-year-olds, raising the possibility that British racing is destined to follow the American and Australian fixation with speed. It would be wrong, though, to think that this is a modern phenomenon. I was reminded of this by the latest running of the Vertem Futurity Trophy, a race first instituted as the Timeform Gold Cup as long ago as 1961. It is hard to imagine now that the introduction of this valuable mile contest was highly controversial. Two-year-old racing at that time was largely geared to speed. There were no seven-furlong races for two-year-olds at Newmarket’s July meeting or Goodwood’s main meeting at the end of July, so there was no Superlative Stakes or Vintage Stakes. The Chesham Stakes was over five furlongs, not seven; the Lowther Stakes was over five furlongs, not six; and Doncaster’s Champagne Stakes was over six furlongs, not seven. It is hard to believe now that Sandown’s National Stakes, contested over five furlongs in July, was worth considerably more than either the Coventry Stakes or the Queen Mary,

offering £4,788 to the winner (the future Cheveley Park Stakes winner Display). Another which carried a substantial prize was Kempton’s Imperial Stakes, over six furlongs in September, but the ultimate objective for the two-year-old fillies was the six-furlong Cheveley Park Stakes, which carried a first prize of £5,507, with the Middle Park Stakes – sometimes referred to as the TwoYear-Old Derby – offering £5,672 to the winner a couple of weeks later. There were a couple of token gestures to the more stoutly-bred juveniles. The Dewhurst Stakes, with a first prize of £4,309, was staged over seven furlongs on October 28, eight days after the Horris Hill Stakes, which was worth £2,339. The biggest test of stamina was the Royal Lodge Stakes over a mile, which in 1958 had been won by Cantelo, future winner of the St Leger, and in 1959 by St Paddy, who was to win both the Derby and St Leger. The Royal Lodge carried a first prize of ‘only’ £3,520, and Phil Bull, the far-thinking founder of Timeform, thought the time was ripe for Britain to offer a major prize for two-year-olds with the potential to develop into Classic performers. He was aware that Britain was lagging behind in this area, as other

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Kameko: won the rescheduled Vertem Futurity at Newcastle

countries already had high-class two-year-old races over a distance demanding stamina. France had long had the Grand Criterium over a mile, while Germany’s Preis des Winterfavoriten had a history of over 60 years. Consequently, the Timeform Gold Cup was introduced at Doncaster on October 21, carrying a mammoth first prize of £21,893, similar to the prizemoney offered by the 2,000 Guineas. In a tight finish, victory went to Miralgo, who scored by a neck from the Royal Lodge winner Escort, with the next three places going to Prince Poppa, Romulus and Hethersett. The essay on Miralgo in the following year’s Racehorses annual pointed out that “during the 1962 season, a good deal of rubbish was written about the Timeform Gold Cup. In the face of all the evidence it was freely alleged that a mile race for two-year-olds in October has a disastrous effect on their future. That was all very well; by judicious manipulation of those facts that fitted the theory a case of sorts could be made out, strong enough perhaps to convince those whose knowledge of racing is limited. One could, and did, say that the first three in the Timeform Gold Cup had managed to win only one race between them as three-year-olds.” This rather ignored the fact that Miralgo finished third behind Hethersett in the St Leger, having run him to a short head in the Great Voltigeur Stakes; that Romulus and Prince Poppa finished second and third in the 2,000 Guineas, with Romulus going on to become the champion miler; and that Escort finished fourth in the Derby behind Larkspur, a colt who had also contested the Timeform Gold Cup. In a letter to the Sporting Life defending his brainchild, Bull wrote: “In 1960, with the solitary exception of the Royal Lodge Stakes, there wasn’t a single two-year-old event beyond six furlongs with more than £1,000 added. The whole two-year-old racing programme was so heavily weighted in favour of the sprint-bred horses as to make the racing of a good-class staying-bred youngster hardly worthwhile. It is still far too heavily weighted in that direction.” At the same time he stressed that

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Caulfield Files disadvantage with the sprint-bred Abernants, Whistlers, Grey Sovereigns and Golden Clouds – the era’s equivalents to such as Kodiac, Showcasing, Exceed And Excel, Acclamation and Dandy Man. Of course Bull has been proved right, with the Timeform Gold Cup, under its variety of names, proving an invaluable stepping stone to major success. Noblesse, Ribocco, Vaguely Noble, High Top, Green Dancer, Reference Point, King’s Theatre, Celtic Swing, High Chaparral, Brian Boru, American Post, Motivator, Authorized, St Nicholas Abbey, Camelot, Kingston Hill, Saxon Warrior and Magna Grecia are just some of the notable winners of the Doncaster Group 1. It is worth adding that Saxon Warrior’s success was gained at the expense of Roaring Lion, while Magna Grecia had Phoenix Of Spain in second and Circus Maximus in fourth. This suggests that the now-Vertem Futurity Trophy is as relevant as it has ever been, but it was disappointing that the original line-up for the 2019 contest

“The nowVertem Futurity Trophy is as relevant as it has ever been” was limited to just six colts, five of them trained by Aidan O’Brien (with four of the O’Brien quintet being sons of Galileo). Perhaps the fact that O’Brien had won nine of the last 22 editions was enough to deter his rival trainers, or perhaps it was the desperate state of the ground at Doncaster. The latter theory gained credence when the race had to be transferred to Newcastle’s Tapeta track, because there were 11 runners after the race had been reopened. Aidan O’Brien still had five contestants but it was Kameko, the one British-trained rival in the original entry, who proved comfortably the best, giving Andrew Balding his second win in six years. Kameko’s success was also fitting, as this son of Kitten’s Joy is owned by Qatar Racing, who went close to defeating Saxon Warrior in 2017 with another Kitten’s Joy colt, the muchmissed Roaring Lion.

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Alson (left): signed off his season by winning a poorly contested Criterium International

Although I have enjoyed many a day’s racing at Doncaster, I wonder if there is a case for permanently moving the Futurity to Newcastle. With periods of torrential rain apparently more likely in these days of global warming, a switch to all-weather could protect this invaluable race. Perhaps the French should also have considered switching their final Group 1 two-year-old races of the season to the all-weather tracks at Chantilly or Deauville. After all, the best synthetic surfaces (with their impressive safety records) are no longer considered second-best, as was demonstrated by the 2018 September Stakes, which attracted Enable and Crystal Ocean. The Criterium International, contested on heavy ground at Longchamp, became almost meaningless when the four entries were reduced to a mere two, leaving the German-bred Alson to thrash his old rival Armory. That there were only four declared runners was shocking for a race which carried €250,000 in prize-money. In the persistent tinkering with the French programme, we have seen the Grand Criterium (Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere) reduced from a mile to seven furlongs in 2001, with the Criterium International being introduced to fill the gap over a mile. Apparently, this change wasn’t considered successful, as the Jean-Luc Lagardere was restored to its original distance in 2015, with the Criterium International being shortened to seven furlongs to compensate. The International hasn’t had much luck in its new format, although the redoubtable Thunder Snow ran away with the 2016 race. The 2017 edition had to be abandoned because of protesters and the 2015 winner Johannes Vermeer and

2018 winner Royal Meeting were both off the course for the best part of a year after their Group 1 success. One also has to wonder what impact, if any, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf is going to have on the Criterium International (and Vertem Futurity). Whereas the 2019 Juvenile Turf – now sponsored by Coolmore – carried a first prize equivalent to £433,000, Alson’s owner was rewarded to the tune of £128,693. Of course, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf is far less accessible, especially now that more Americantrained juveniles are starting their careers on turf, but it arguably confers much more prestige for a potential stallion. At a mile and a quarter, the Criterium de Saint-Cloud is pretty much a one-off and free of competition, apart from Newmarket’s Zetland Stakes, which has gained Group 3 status following victories by the future Group 1 winners Coronet and Kew Gardens (who beat the future Derby second Dee Ex Bee in 2017). The Criterium de Saint-Cloud probably hasn’t been helped by the decision to reduce the distance of the Prix du Jockey-Club from a mile and a half to ten and a half furlongs. There was a time when it gave future Jockey-Club winners a chance to gain Group 1 status as two-year-olds, with Darshaan and Mouktar both taking the race in the early 1980s. More recently its winners have included Fame And Glory and the 2019 Arc winner Waldgeist. It’s not impossible that the 2019 winner, Mkfancy, also has the makings of a leading middledistance three-year-old, though he will have to prove that he is more than a mudlark.

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Mercian King retired from racing

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he Thoroughbred Club’s star racehorse, Mercian King, has been retired from racing aged eight. Having provided trainer Amy Murphy with her first winner back in 2016, he has been an ultra-consistent performer for TTC, giving members the opportunity to experience the thrills of ownership as part of their membership package. In his 22 starts for TTC, Mercian King won four races and was placed in the top three on 13 occasions, meaning in total he won or was placed on 77% of his starts for the club, a fantastic achievement for any racehorse. His welfare has always been a top priority and, with this in mind, due to a niggling knee injury which has blighted him this year, the decision has been made to retire him from racing. Speaking on his retirement, Murphy said: “He’s picked up a little injury in his knee, he owes me absolutely nothing and I would hate for something to go wrong and so I wanted to retire him whilst he could still go and do another job. “He was my first winner, he’s given us four wins together and has been an absolute star.”

Diary Dates and Reminders Tuesday-Thursday, December 10-12 TBA Stud Farming Course The British Racing School Further information on all events can be found on the TTC website

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Upcoming badge offers for members The Thoroughbred Club is pleased to announce a number of exciting tickets offers for members: Newbury racecourse December 18 Newbury racecourse has kindly offered members free entry to the December afternoon raceday upon presentation of a valid TTC membership card. The afternoon features the TBA-sponsored Listed Mares’ Novices’ Chase, which has been previously won by Ms Parfois and Magic Of Light, who was runner up in the Randox Health Grand National. The offer entitles members to one badge only - to purchase additional badges please contact the ticket office at the racecourse.

Mercian King: TTC star won four races

Speaking on future plans, she said: “He won’t be going anywhere. He’s going to stay here, he will have the rehabilitation he needs now and then will stick around to lead the yearlings and baby horses over jumps and be a good old yard hack. I’m sure the lads will take him hunting and keep him ticking over and busy.” The Thoroughbred Club would like to thank Amy for allowing the club the opportunity to follow Mercian King, giving members the experience and excitement of ownership. We would like to wish Mercian King all the very best for his well-deserved retirement and hope to provide members with the occasional update as he begins his new job as a lead horse.

Christmas Raceday Ascot racecourse December 20-21 Ascot has kindly offered members half-price admission on Friday and Saturday, December 20-21. The two days are the most valuable of Ascot’s jumps season and feature the Ascot Handicap Hurdle and the JLT Hurdle. Off the track, there will be a number of festive attractions including visits from Father Christmas and his reindeer, story-telling from Mrs Christmas, an animatronic polar bear, festive cocktails, fine dining and animal meet and greets. Half-price tickets can be purchased on the day from Ticket Office East upon presentation of a valid TTC membership card.

TBA Stud Farming Course: last chance to book tickets There are still a limited number of places available to members on the TBA Stud Farming Course, which will take place on December 10-12 at the British Racing School in Newmarket. The course will provide an ideal opportunity for those wishing to further their career in the industry, to update and refresh their knowledge of stud management ahead of the busy breeding season. The course will cover a variety of topics to provide a comprehensive overview of general stud management,

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with a selection of talks from leading industry experts. A course dinner on the first evening provides an open networking opportunity for delegates

and industry experts. This year the course will also include a visit to one of the world’s leading stallion operations at Juddmonte’s Banstead Manor Stud, which is home to five stallions including star duo Frankel and Kingman. This will be followed by a tour of the world-class facilities at the Rossdales veterinary centre in Newmarket. For more information and to book a place, please visit contact info@ thethoroughbredclub.co.uk or call Melissa on 01638 661321.

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Tote and Britbet sign up for Owners’ Sponsorship Scheme T

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The new logo on owner John White’s silks, as worn by Lizzie Kelly

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he ROA is delighted to announce that the Tote and Britbet will sponsor the Racehorse Owners’ Sponsorship Scheme from January 1, 2020 in a new 12-month arrangement. The scheme is one of the principal benefits offered to ROA members, who currently total over 7,800. Owner sponsorship enables racehorse owners to register as a business for VAT purposes. This means that owners can reclaim VAT on their racing activities, as well as on the purchase price of their horse. The ROA introduced the owner sponsorship scheme in 2004. It is estimated that ROA members collectively reclaim £6 million of VAT each year, in addition to receiving annual sponsorship payments. The Tote and Britbet have agreed to jointly fund the scheme, which will see all owners included on the scheme carrying the new Tote logo on their racing silks from January 1. Charlie Liverton, ROA Chief Executive, said: “This agreement is fantastic news for racehorse owners and we extend our gratitude to the new teams at the Tote and Britbet and their racecourse partners for coming together to support this important scheme. We were keen that a new sponsor was from within the racing family and are pleased to be working with Britbet and the Tote as they develop the pool betting experience for racing fans.  “With the number of horses in training remaining under pressure, this is a vital mechanism and the fact that Tote and Britbet have committed to support the scheme secures its future.” Alex Frost, Chief Executive of the UK Tote Group, said: “We are committed to ensuring the Tote makes a positive contribution to British racing. Owners are absolutely crucial to the future success of the sport and we are delighted to be able to work with our racecourse partners Britbet to support this important scheme. “We look forward to seeing the new brand across owners’ silks next year while we continue our plans to rejuvenate the Tote.”

Nigel Roddis, Managing Director of Britbet, added: “This is a critically important scheme for the whole sport and the racecourses that form the Britbet partnership are pleased to be able to support it. “Field sizes are key to betting revenues, so it makes sense for our racecourse partners to provide this support for owners.” With the average cost of keeping a horse in training over £20,000 a year, an owner can expect to reclaim on average £4,000 in ownership costs, plus VAT on the purchase price of their horse(s). VAT is recoverable on costs that are invoiced to the VAT-registered entity for relevant supplies and should normally be fully recoverable on: racehorse purchase; training fees; gallop fees; veterinary fees; farrier costs; transport of the horse; jockeys’ riding fees

and retainers; and entry fees (BHA administration element only). There are other aspects that can be recoverable for VAT purposes, for example charges by professional advisers, travel costs and livery yard fees. The Tote deal will replace the previous scheme which had been sponsored by SIS. The ROA is very grateful to SIS, who had supported the scheme since 2012 and covered over 43,000 horses owned by members during that period A notification will be sent to all members with horses on the January scheme, inviting them to reapply for the new Tote scheme starting on January 1. All trainers with horses on schemes will be sent the new Tote logo patches. More details about owner sponsorship and an online form to join the new Tote scheme can be found at www.roa.co.uk/sponsorship.

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Members enjoyed lunch in the Red Room after watching the action in the ring

Tattersalls visit review After a wet start to the month, the weather decided to offer the ROA a reprieve and allow the 35 members and guests who attended a visit to the first day of Tattersalls’ Book 3 Sale on October 17 a lovely sunny day. The morning consisted of a packed itinerary of speakers, who were all very generous in giving up their time on what was a very busy day for them. Melissa Steele, Marketing Executive at Tattersalls, started proceedings

with a talk about the history of the world-renowned sales house and what goes on behind the scenes to allow such a huge event to take place. Taking over the reins from Melissa was Hattie Sparks of Rossdales veterinary practice, one of around 30 vets who would be on-site every day during the October yearling sales, offering vendor and consignor vettings, wind checks, blood tests and x-ray services. Following on from Hattie was

Ownership Racedays in 2020 The final touches are being made to the schedule of ROA Industry Ownership Racedays for 2020. The racedays provide an excellent geographical spread of events for members to enjoy, whilst promoting ownership for all owners, and also providing information to those who are considering ownership, be they members of the ROA or not. ROA Industry Ownership Racedays also enable those in attendance to be brought up to speed in relation to matters relevant to their ownership, and meet with the ROA team, as well as representatives of industry bodies, which for 2019 have included the BHA, Levy Board and Retraining of Racehorses (RoR). The racedays ensure that the role of owners within the sport is highlighted, and owners are ‘front and centre’. The racecourses work closely with the ROA to promote the racedays and ownership. ITV Racing’s Mick Fitzgerald has worked closely with the ROA

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throughout the year and helped to celebrate ownership. Demand for these racedays has been incredibly high and the ROA is very pleased to have been able to entertain so many members throughout the year.

up-and-coming Epsom trainer Adam West, who provided a humorous look at the sales from the perspective of one operating at the lower end of the buying spectrum, as well as imparting valuable advice to the party about the pitfalls to avoid when doing their own purchasing. The next speaker was bloodstock agent Alex Elliott, of Elliott Bloodstock Services, who was fresh from a successful purchase in the ring, and offered more sage advice to the members, before discovering that in fact he had been responsible for the purchase of one of their two-year-olds! The final two speakers on the day were transporter Paul Murphy of C&C Transport, who had started his day at 5am sending a lorry-load of yearlings to Mark Johnston’s, just some of the approximately 5,000 horses they transport per year, and finally trainer Eve Johnson Houghton, who chatted about what she looks for in a yearling. After absorbing all of this information, the members were grateful to sit down in the Red Room restaurant for a delicious lunch that was kindly subsidised by Tattersalls. Thereafter they were free to explore the venue, armed with information to help them make a purchase of their own!

Looking ahead to 2020, the ROA is delighted to be hosting racedays at Exeter on Tuesday, January 21, Bangor on Tuesday, February 18 and Musselburgh on Tuesday, March 31. Invitations to these racedays will be issued to local members. They tend to fill quickly so please get in touch if you are keen to book a place in advance.

Musselburgh stages an Industry Ownership Raceday on March 31, 2020

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Badge Scheme benefits boost The ROA is delighted to announce that the Racecourse Badge Scheme for Owners will provide free access to 1,378 participating fixtures during 2020 to members who qualify. This represents 93% of the 1,481-strong fixture list, with 36 courses offering all their fixtures. The number of racecourses offering two badges to participating fixtures has also increased to 19, with Carlisle, Cartmel and Huntingdon joining Ascot, Bangor, Brighton, Cheltenham, Epsom Downs, Hamilton, Kempton Park, Musselburgh, Newbury, Newmarket, Newton Abbot, Pontefract, Ripon, Sandown Park, Taunton and Warwick. Four courses will offer two badges to some of their participating fixtures and they are Exeter, Haydock, Hexham and Perth. To qualify for the scheme, members must be registered owners with 50% or more of a horse in full training, or be one of a maximum of two syndicate or club managers. Qualifying members can expect to receive a booklet of participating fixtures during late December. Members who have qualified for the scheme this year but do not have 50% ownership of a horse in training can expect to receive a communication with details of the ROA’s other free admission schemes. These schemes enable admission to participating fixtures at Jockey Club Racecourses’ 15 venues, the 16 ARC courses and Newbury racecourse. ROA Chief Executive Charlie Liverton said: “The RBSO Badge Scheme continues to be one of our members’ most popular offerings and we are delighted to see the continued use of the scheme. More pertinently, our sincere thanks go to those racecourses who, through taking part in the scheme, ensure that owners can go racing, be it whether their horse is running or not.

Huntingdon has joined the Racecourse Badge Scheme for Owners in 2020

“Owners are not only a huge investor in the industry but also go racing on average in the region of 21 times a year. The badge scheme is therefore a very important benefit and we thank those racecourses who work with us to provide it.” We are very grateful for the support of the RCA and racecourses in delivering this benefit to owners, which is highly valued by members. Further details can be found at roa.co.uk/freead

Scottish Racing Scheme

We are delighted to report that the ROA and Scottish Racing Admission Scheme also continues during 2020. Members with 5% or more of a horse in training in Scotland can enjoy free racecourse admission to most racecourse fixtures in Scotland during the year. Members need to apply to join the scheme and can do so by contacting the ROA by phone or email.

There is no additional cost to members to obtain free admission to the following racecourses: • Ayr – one complimentary Club Enclosure badge • Hamilton Park – two complimentary general admission badges • Kelso – one complimentary Members’ day badge • Musselburgh – two complimentary Owners’ Pavilion badges, except for Ladies Day on Saturday, June 6, which is omitted from the scheme • Perth – two complimentary Grandstand badges, except for April 22-24, June 7 and June 20, when one badge will be allocated We are most grateful to Scottish Racing and the five Scottish racecourses for providing this generous access to members throughout the year.

BHA Jump Pattern Committee upgrades

The BHA’s Jump Pattern Committee has confirmed changes to British jump Pattern and Listed races for the 2019/20 season. Two contests have been selected for upgrade, both of which take place in mid-January, at Kempton Park and Warwick. Racecourse/date Race Upgrade Kempton Park, January 11 Silviniaco Conti Steeple Chase Listed to Grade 2 Warwick, January 11 Hampton Novices’ Steeple Chase Listed to Grade 2 The 2019/20 Jump Pattern Book can be viewed at: https://www.britishhorseracing.com

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Cheltenham is one of the 21 racecourses to hold the ROA Gold Standard

Gold Standard and Quality Mark Last month this year’s Gold Standard Award-winning racecourses were announced, and how the awards are linked to the ROA Quality Mark. The ROA Gold Standard celebrates racecourse performance, rewarding and recognising those tracks that provide an excellent experience to owners with a runner on the day.  The Gold Standard has evolved and developed since its inception in 2006 and now runs in parallel to the ROA Quality Mark, which awards Accreditation status to racecourses who achieve a minimum standard of performance. All 60 racecourses assessed achieved Accreditation in 2019. The ROA Quality Mark is assessed by AA Hospitality Services, which provides an independent and objective assessment of the raceday experience across all 60 courses. The assessment measures 50 aspects of the raceday, from pre-arrival, through all aspects of the raceday experience, to the departure and post-raceday contact. Simon Numphud, Managing Director of AA Hospitality Services, said: “We are delighted to work in partnership with the ROA and racecourses and develop the Quality Mark. Our detailed assessments have been designed specifically to evaluate the racehorse owner’s experience and also provide objective independent feedback to racecourses.  “We are looking forward to developing and evolving the scheme for 2020 in order to achieve ongoing enhancements to the ownership experience.” The Gold Standard Award focuses on the more subjective aspects of the

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raceday experience; those elements that ‘surprise and delight’ and are truly memorable. It also looks at how all ownership types and level of involvement are treated – from the syndicate member to the sole owner – as well as considering prize-money, equine welfare and how all those who may have special requirements are able to access and enjoy the day. Gold Standard Award winners are selected by the ROA Raceday Committee, which bases its decisions on scores from a number of sources (the ROA Raceday Committee assessment report, ROA member feedback and National Association of Racing Staff Assessment), underpinned by the AA Quality Mark Assessment report. The 21 courses which gained the Gold Standard Award for 2019 are: Large courses: Aintree, Ascot, Ayr, Cheltenham, Chester, Haydock, Newmarket July, Newmarket Rowley Mile, Sandown Park and York. Small courses: Bangor-on-Dee, Carlisle, Fakenham, Hamilton, Market Rasen, Musselburgh, Newton Abbot, Nottingham, Perth, Thirsk and Wetherby. ROA Chief Executive and Chairman of the ROA Raceday Committee Charlie Liverton said: “We offer our congratulations to those courses receiving the Gold Standard Award this year. They each proved that whilst capital expenditure can reap rewards, it is often those that think outside the box that get the highest accolades. This could be as simple as a glass of champagne upon arrival, a personalised owners’ badge or a unique and coveted winner’s memento.   “For those courses not on the list this

year, we urge them to take on board the feedback from the AA and ROA Raceday Committee, to look at what the Gold Standard winners are undertaking, and above all to think objectively about their experience if they were the owner. “Going forward, both the Gold Standard Award and Racecourse Quality Mark initiatives will continue to develop in line with owners’ changing expectations, and we will also look outside racing to further understand what excellence looks like.    “The development of the parallel schemes will additionally form a key element of the ROA-led Industry Ownership Strategy undertaken to date, which has seen a vital focus on the delivery of the raceday experience to owners. With 44% of lapsed racehorse owners citing their experience on a racecourse as a key factor in giving up their involvement, this presents a compelling opportunity for change.” The winners of the Most Improved and Racecourse of the Year Awards in both categories will be announced at the ROA Horseracing Awards dinner on Thursday, December 12 in London.

Raceday feedback

Member feedback has helped to decide upon this year’s racecourse Awards winners, and the search is on for the 2020 recipients. Just visit roa.co.uk/feedback and complete the questionnaire whenever you’ve gone racing with a runner, it’s that simple. You will also be entered into a monthly prize draw to win a £50 M&S giftcard, just like Alan Beard, who used to own the lovely Alfie Spinner and went racing twice last month with the Kerry Lee-trained Brigadier Bob.

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MY DAY AT THE RACES With Nina Rajani at Kempton on October 15

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Did you receive any welcome information as an owner in advance of the raceday? I did not receive anything from the racecourse. How was the experience of arrival at the racecourse and collecting your owners’ badges? It was very easy as we arrived by train and Kempton Park has its own station a couple of minutes’ walk away. The staff and security at the Owners’ & Trainers’ Desk were very welcoming and our badges were issued efficiently. Did you use the Owners’ & Trainers’ facility on the day? Yes, we spent most of the evening in the O&T lounge and on the outside terrace overlooking the parade ring. What were your thoughts on the location, comfort and provision in the facility? The location of the O&T lounge is adjacent to the main entrance and so is easily accessible and it is also a short walk to the track. There is plenty of outside seating and inside, it is very comfortable and spacious with a bar, plenty of TV screens and a betting facility. I had six guests with me and we were all able to enjoy a

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ina Rajani first became involved in racehorse ownership through a ladies-only racing club called The Champagne Club with Amy Murphy in October 2017. She visited Amy’s yard in Newmarket and loved the experience so much that she signed up the following day! Having thought that ownership at any level would be prohibitive, Nina was pleasantly surprised to discover an all-inclusive option available with two highly-rated club horses. She now has shares in two other horses also with Amy, including Movie Star, who ran at Kempton. While it is difficult to pick out a favourite horse, Nina says that Thaqaffa gives 100% every time he races. The six-year-old gelding won three times for his owner in three months, which Nina says was unreal! Nina Rajani with Movie Star’s jockey Jamie Spencer at Kempton

complimentary meal. The meal was very good and the service was quick – our food arrived at our table before we had even paid for drinks! The staff in the lounge were very friendly and courteous. How was the pre-parade ring/paddock experience? The parade ring was within easy access of the O&T lounge and there is also a good view of it from inside the lounge. The experience is as good as you will find at any other track. How did you find the facilities for owners’ viewing? The facilities for owners’ viewing was very good – plenty of space in the stands and trackside. Were you able to review a replay of your race easily on course? Our race was replayed a few times on the large screen on course and also in the lounge. It was helpful to see the race from different camera angles. How were you treated as a winning owner on the day? Unfortunately, my horse did not win on the day but I have had wins at Kempton Park before and it is a special experience where you are

presented with a framed photograph and digital memento and then escorted to a special room to enjoy a glass of champagne and watch a replay of the race. There is also a winning owners’ book to sign, which is a lovely touch. What was your overall lasting feeling of the day, based on your racecourse experience? It was a wonderful experience and we were treated very well. I have been to Kempton Park a few times as an owner and the staff are always friendly and everything is handled very professionally. A couple of my guests were first-time racegoers and their experience has given them a new interest in racing. I would be happy to return and to have runners there again.

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Be Horse Aware campaign

The festival has proved popular with members

Punchestown offers Members can take advantage of a generous admission and access offer for the Punchestown Festival next spring. Punchestown racecourse is extending a free entry offer to the opening day of its five-day festival on Tuesday, April 28 and a 20% discount on admission tickets for additional days booked. The five-day festival attracted 126,880 visitors this year and will showcase 39 races, including 12 Grade 1 contests and total prize-money of over €3.2 million. Members have enjoyed access to the Association of Irish Racehorse Owners (AIRO) marquee in recent years on

the opening four days of the festival through a reciprocal arrangement between associations. This means members travelling over for racing can enjoy free admission on day one, access to the AIRO marquee on Tuesday, April 28 – Friday, May 1 inclusive and discounted admission over the five days through to May 2. To enjoy free admission to the Reserved Enclosure on Tuesday, April 28 members just need to present a valid PASS card or Horseracing Privilege Card at the AIR turnstile on the day. To take advantage of the 20% discount on other dates visit the ticketing page at punchestown.com.

Racing Admin website updates Registered owners are able to manage their ownership administration via the Racing Admin website at www2.racingadmin.co.uk and the website has undergone some recent updates: Transparent Entries & Declarations: the rating of each horse (where applicable) has been added to the entries tracking page for races included in the transparent entries and declarations trial. Find Fixtures & Races: an option to filter races by Course Direction has been added to the race search filters. This can be found under the ‘Racecourse’ section and allows you to select left- or right-handed courses. It can be used alongside any of the other filter options. Owner Agent Authority to Act: following feedback from owners and trainers, agents of owners are now able to appoint trainers on their owner’s behalf. The Appoint Agent option will be available from the Authority to Act section of the Owner menu for owners’ agents. Fixtures that cover the period January to April 2020 are now also available on the Racing Admin website. Registered owners can access searchable race and fixture information for the first four months of the year free of charge via the Racing Admin website at www2.racingadmin.co.uk. Those without a login for the Racing Admin website can access the information in a fixed format covering the same period in the Members Area of the ROA website. The following link will take you to login to the Programme Book website page: https://www.roa.co.uk/members-area/pb.html.

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The Be Horse Aware campaign was introduced earlier this year to promote safety in equine areas. The campaign draws from the existing Code of Good Practice which was co-written by industry stakeholders and supported by the Racecourse Association (RCA), ROA and National Trainers Federation to ensure all have a safe and enjoyable experience when in close proximity to racehorses. The whole of British racing is asked to support the Be Horse Aware campaign and Code of Good Practice. The fundamental principles aim to limit access to only those who require access to equine areas and to increase awareness of the dangers that can be associated with being around horses. Simple measures can be taken to avoid unnecessary accidents in and around equine areas, so we would appreciate your continued support and cooperation on this campaign. Only those with genuine reason to be in an area of close proximity to horses should be admitted into them. The most popular areas where horses and humans come into contact, namely the pre-parade ring, parade ring and winners’ enclosure can easily become overcrowded. For the enjoyment, safety and practicality of all connections, officials, racing staff and horses, we ask everyone not to enter such areas without legitimate reason. The RCA advises that it is intending to reinforce the strict prohibition of children under 12 in and around equine areas. Although this has been a regulation for some time, Be Horse Aware aims to reinforce this message, and with good reason. The safety of all connections and racegoers is paramount, especially young children. Stakeholders’ continued support and cooperation of the campaign message and practices will help enhance and improve owners’ experience and safety on a raceday.

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MAGICAL MOMENTS ROA member Howard Burdett shares his story

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lexander The Grey, it is fair to say, will not be one of the star names of this jumps season – indeed, his distinct preference for decent ground will mean appearances will be few and far between, and he may well be given the whole winter off – but he earned himself a headline in the Racing Post when winning at Ludlow at the end of October. While Ludlow has a deserved good reputation for prize-money, it was not the race itself that ensured Alexander The Grey a bold mention but the fact he had won a race of any description, it being his 29th crack at it. No-one, naturally, was more delighted than his owner, Howard Burdett, an ROA member for nine years and who shares the eight-year-old with trainer Graeme McPherson, having owned him outright until the summer of 2017. Explaining the background to his interest in racing, Burdett says: “I’ve always loved sport from an early age but didn’t have any hook into racing until we moved to the Cotswolds in 2007. “The village where we live is also home to Chris Wright’s Stratford Place Stud. Following the progress of his yearlings and talking to the stud staff was my way into the sport.” Burdett has now owned eight horses, and his pride in each one, regardless of ability, is obvious.  “Peace Seeker was my first horse,” he relays. “I bought a quarter share in him over a very convivial lunch at Chris Wright’s house along with Willie Carson.  “He was a Flat horse, specialising in six furlongs, and won three on the bounce for us. There was no better way into the sport than going racing with Willie Carson, his knowledge is immense and he’s such a great character.”

Burdett’s boys: Alexander The Grey (above) and Kayf Blanco

He continues: “Through a mutual friend I met Graeme McPherson, who had just started training in Stowon-the-Wold and we put together a syndicate of four to buy a horse. Presented was a lovely little horse and went on to win some nice races, but sadly not for us. The other syndicate members were London-based and couldn’t get to the races much, so the partnership was fairly short-lived.  “Post-Presented my wife and I entered two partnerships with Graeme and had shares in Titans Approach and Werenearlyoutofit. Werenearlyoutofit was a very talented horse. He came second in his first bumper behind Sizing Rio and then won his third bumper very nicely at Warwick.  “Sadly, after that injury blighted his career, but he did come back for one last win at Worcester after nearly two years off the track – a phenomenal

training performance by Graeme and his assistant, Jodie Mogford. Unfortunately, in his next race injury struck again. He’s now retired and still living at Graeme’s yard. “It was at this point Graeme introduced me to Laura Day, an owner at his yard and also his yard sponsor through her business Longcroft Building Services. The three of us decided to get a horse together and purchased Kayf Blanco - called ‘Serge’ in the yard, for obvious reasons to rugby fans of a certain age.  “He’s been a star for us. Rated 140 at his peak, of his 37 starts for us he’s finished in the top four 27 times. He finished seventh in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham in 2016 and got black type by finishing third in the December Hurdle at Sandown, behind Brain Power.  “He’s ten going on 11 now with still plenty of life in him, but Laura and I have had so much fun going racing together that we’ve recently bought his replacement, Dehradun,

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who should run in juvenile hurdles this season.” It was in a handicap chase that Alexander The Grey finally broke his duck, with regular ally Lilly Pinchin in the saddle. Of his latest winner, Burdett says: “With mine and my wife Louisa’s job commitments, two horses is ideal for us at present so we decided to buy another horse to go with Kayf Blanco. “Louisa’s only stipulation was that he had to be grey. Graeme and I scoured all the sales over a six-month period trying to find something suitable, to no avail.  “Then one day Tom Malone called from a store sale in Ireland with one that fitted the bill perfectly. The only

“We decided to buy another horse and the only stipulation was that he had to be grey” problem was he was catalogued as bay. “Tom assured us he had been incorrectly listed and he was in fact grey. We took the chance and ended up with Alexander The Grey – Louisa named him. “He’s been an interesting horse to say the least; plenty of talent but not always applied at the right time. However, he loves his jumping and since we started allowing him to bowl along in front this year he has been a revelation. He’s pretty much always in the frame and certainly always exciting to watch.  “He’s developed a cult following. When he finally won at Ludlow on his 29th attempt, Graeme received calls of congratulations from as far away as Croatia. He may not be the most talented horse, but he’s a character and people love to watch him run. He’s what the sport of horseracing needs more of.” Elaborating on why McPherson is his trainer of choice, Burdett says: “The main factors are training talent

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and accessibility, both geographically and to information. Graeme ticks all the boxes. “We live about ten miles from the yard and I get as much enjoyment from watching the horses on the gallops on a Saturday morning as I do seeing them at the racecourse. “Graeme and his team are also extremely accessible and keep you updated on progress of the horses. There’s now even a weekly YouTube video, ‘The Martins Hill Mercury’, describing the goings-on in the yard and runners over the next week.  “You feel very connected to both the horses and the yard, which greatly enhances the joy of ownership.” Also enhancing it, of course, are seeing your silks carried to victory, and being involved at meetings like the Cheltenham Festival. Asked for his magical moments to date, Burdett replies: “Two stand out. First, Kayf Blanco running at Cheltenham in the County Hurdle. It was such a great day. We had plenty of friends and family there and, as always, he ran a great race. “Second, Alexander The Grey finally winning. He had done everything in his power not to win a race, but Lilly gave him such a lovely ride that on that day he had no choice but to win.  “Lilly has struck up such a great relationship with ‘Flash’ - his yard name – and gets him settled and jumping beautifully. We’re hopeful that, now he has broken his duck, there may be a few more wins ahead – he certainly has the ability.” Burdett’s professional life used to revolve around banking, but he decided to leave the City a couple of years ago and, in what amounts to a Fontwell-esque change of direction, now helps run a women’s wear fashion brand, describing it as “both very different and very enjoyable”. Being a racehorse owner could be similarly described, and Burdett adds: “The best thing about being an owner is the emotions a race instils in you. I don’t need the horses to win – though obviously I want them to – but if at some point in the race you think they could win, the excitement is indescribable.  “That’s why Flash has been such an exciting horse, especially this summer – he’s always put himself in the position that he could win, which makes watching him fun!”

TRACK TALK Fakenham bubbles

The ROA is delighted to reveal that following feedback from the ROA Raceday Committee, Gold Standard Award holder Fakenham racecourse will for this season be providing a complimentary bottle of champagne to the owner of the placed horses in all races, so long as they are present on the day.

Ludlow goes large

Those owners lucky enough to have had a runner at Ludlow this season will have noticed that the course has recently unveiled a brand-new winners’ enclosure. This is now large enough to accommodate the first four placed horses, which was not possible previously and is sure to be a welcome sight.

QIPCO British Champions Day facilities prove popular

Around 90 members enjoyed access to two exclusive facilities at Ascot on QIPCO British Champions Day in October. In addition to prime hospitality offered in a private box for 40 members to savour the top-class racing action, 50 members gathered for pre-racing drinks and canapes in the Yeats Bar, adjacent to the parade ring. We are grateful to British Champions Series for its collaboration in extending these offers to members. Cheers! Members enjoyed pre-racing drinks at Ascot

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ROA Forum Membership fee

News in brief Road safety

JETS, the Jockeys Education & Training Scheme, released a film in October with some important guidance about road safety awareness for jockeys while driving. Supported by All Sport Insurance, the film reveals that jockeys are the fifth most likely occupation to have an accident, the majority of these being single occupant accidents that don’t involve a third party. Their careers often demand jockeys drive themselves tens of thousands of miles each year, and the film carries some important messages about ensuring that jockeys allow enough time to get to the races and around speaking with owners and trainers on the phone whilst driving.

JETS has asked us to share details and the film can be viewed on YouTube at https://youtu.be/ qWyzvWuBrRY

Hereford’s new fixture

The fixture originally programmed for December 19 at Towcester, now closed permanently for racing, has been relocated to Hereford racecourse.

Desk calendar delivery

The ROA-branded Racing Post desk calendar will be mailed out to members during December along with the owner car-parking label, which will become effective on January 1, 2020. Please contact the office if you have not received either by the end of December.

2020 Desk Calendar for ROA members

The ROA membership fee will increase to £261 from January 1. The £12 increase reflects higher operational costs, including the delivery of racing admission schemes and improvements to cyber security. The costs associated with the ROA’s free racing admission schemes, which are organised through the RCA, are due to increase in 2020. ROA Chief Executive Charlie Liverton said: “The past year has seen continued investment in both the infrastructure and technology of the ROA, as we look to minimise the increase in operating costs across the business. The ROA Audit Committee continues to ensure that a prudent approach is taken to managing the business whilst making sure that proper investment is made across the business for the betterment of both members, owners and the ROA team.” The average saving made by members through the 20% discount scheme on BHA registration fees is £82. The cumulative saving made by members during this year is expected to be £540,000. Joint membership is available for two members living at the same UK address. The joint membership fee will increase to £435 next year, an increase of £20. Details can be found at roa.co.uk or by contacting the office.

Charlie Liverton: ROA continues to invest

Diary dates and reminders JANUARY 1 New ROA owners’ car park label effective JANUARY 21 Industry Ownership Day and regional meeting at Exeter FEBRUARY 18 Industry Ownership Day and regional meeting at Bangor

MARCH 10-13 Tickets are now on sale for the ROA facility at the Cheltenham Festival. Please contact the office to book your places MARCH 31 Industry Ownership Day and regional meeting at Musselburgh For more details on ROA events or to book places please see roa.co.uk/events

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BATSFORD STUD Home to two exciting young stallions

HARBOUR LAW Lawman – Abunai (Pivotal)

CLASSIC CHAMPION 3YO STAYER BY A MULTIPLE CLASSIC SIRE Won 3 races at 3 years, 12-14f and was placed 4 times from 8 starts: Won Gr.1 St Leger, Doncaster beating 5 Group winners 3rd Gr.1 Gold Cup, Royal Ascot. 4th Gr.3 Bahrain Trophy, Royal Ascot. “A tough, well balanced Classic winner who was a dream to ride and undoubtedly was very talented with so much more to come”

First Foals 2020

George Baker, Jockey

Fee: £2,500 October 1st terms (LF)

SWISS SPIRIT Invincible Spirit – Swiss Lake (Indian Ridge)

GROUP WINNING SPRINTER BY ONE OF THE BEST SIRE OF SIRES 85% Runners to Foals 50% Winners to Runners, from his first crop at 2 and 3 Already sire of 37 2yo winners, rated up to 102 His 2018 foal crop of 87 to race in 2020 2019 2yo made £110,000 at Ascot Breeze-Up Fee: £2,500 October 1st terms (SLF)

Batsford Stud, Batsford, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire GL56 9QF Tel: 01608 651890 • Mobile: 07899 957355 • Email: alanvarey@batsfordstud.co.uk

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ROA Forum Figures for period November 1, 2018 to October 31, 2019

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 36

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

Ownership

Avg racecourse spend per fixture (£)

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

486,133 281,530 224,507 179,919 135,114 86,180 84,906 84,834 79,563 78,135 53,029 45,629 44,249 42,406 41,863 41,502 41,410 41,292 39,767 39,741 39,000 38,361 35,940 35,109 35,055 34,756 32,486 30,969 30,739 29,204 25,928 24,388 23,392 21,457 20,510 20,007 63,106

Avg HBLB spend per fixture (£)

Avg owner spend per fixture (£)

Avg prizemoney per fixture (£)

Total no. of fixtures 2018-19

Total prize-money 2018-19 (£)

Avg racecourse spend per fixture 2017-18 (£)

121,800 263,948 93,347 116,783 86,943 81,712 70,754 108,762 70,409 73,784 53,937 37,036 45,863 14,776 52,732 40,631 43,455 31,391 43,273 19,189 35,591 13,961 29,736 3,509 21,545 5,686 19,816 6,112 27,287 6,215 21,594 5,801 21,822 5,119 22,473 4,601 20,146 7,169 13,743 5,520 20,652 4,386 20,068 6,454 25,069 4,679 20,351 5,258 22,610 7,199 22,225 16,189 20,549 5,788 19,750 3,149 20,725 5,314 18,610 4,492 18,698 4,773 17,163 3,695 12,993 3,614 17,074 2,716 14,214 3,381 15,927 2,856 30,950 20,751

876,784 495,549 398,515 359,435 281,743 182,447 146,745 180,331 154,463 145,232 102,580 81,141 72,957 68,763 76,182 69,485 68,351 68,366 67,253 59,003 64,038 64,883 65,688 61,043 65,358 73,545 58,823 53,868 57,715 52,363 50,160 45,264 39,998 41,246 38,106 38,790 115,735

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15,782,112 8,919,874 7,173,268 3,953,785 10,987,965 3,101,591 2,201,175 2,704,958 3,552,645 2,977,251 1,436,120 1,217,108 4,669,266 4,538,339 1,142,724 1,181,250 1,161,972 1,093,860 1,076,049 177,010 1,216,716 843,480 4,795,253 3,235,258 1,503,233 1,176,715 1,529,393 754,146 923,443 1,151,984 1,153,684 3,802,146 239,990 1,691,098 571,587 814,585 104,451,033

471,381 247,392 214,435 203,471 134,779 87,169 83,457 91,898 82,701 74,173 52,677 47,646 52,287 40,077 47,797 47,807 42,657 43,731 37,037 46,662 36,671 39,809 38,623 39,744 36,463 38,696 36,059 36,955 37,039 29,094 31,074 26,755 28,703 22,498 23,675 24,862 64,733

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

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

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Ownership

Avg racecourse spend per fixture (£)

Avg HBLB spend per fixture (£)

Avg owner spend per fixture (£)

Avg prizemoney per fixture (£)

Total no. of fixtures 2018-19

Total prize-money 2018-19 (£)

Avg racecourse spend per fixture 2017-18 (£)

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

290,664 268,995 172,193 112,571 103,797 67,307 60,684 47,393 41,470 40,621 38,726 37,130 36,433 35,692 35,172 35,049 34,349 34,008 33,957 33,247 32,963 32,920 32,223 29,318 29,000 27,042 26,700 25,454 25,448 25,392 24,008 24,001 23,495 23,078 22,810 22,350 21,239 18,948 18,047 16,810 0 45,980

146,119 123,862 92,522 95,888 89,152 65,045 70,708 38,457 44,224 35,666 34,470 32,903 22,197 31,057 34,118 30,387 35,134 21,402 33,357 31,041 29,479 31,208 29,150 29,904 25,864 22,002 25,263 28,618 24,643 23,818 24,173 29,306 24,889 24,614 21,485 20,315 20,066 21,651 19,558 23,597 0 36,810

78,854 70,627 19,766 19,776 19,050 10,427 16,696 11,937 6,522 5,821 6,551 4,170 0 7,438 9,197 5,468 7,219 5,894 0 5,757 4,805 6,428 5,753 6,671 5,565 2,625 5,765 6,668 3,404 2,819 4,248 4,206 4,654 5,065 4,839 4,359 3,281 3,326 3,573 3,675 0 9,021

515,638 464,109 288,856 234,347 223,881 143,195 149,566 101,633 94,852 84,875 80,247 74,520 58,630 74,187 78,487 70,904 84,598 61,305 67,313 70,461 67,541 70,913 67,343 66,012 61,744 51,668 57,728 60,740 53,951 52,030 52,429 57,513 53,038 52,757 49,135 47,197 44,586 43,924 41,177 44,082 0 92,712

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4,125,101 7,425,737 2,310,850 2,109,122 1,902,993 1,718,340 1,645,224 1,321,227 1,043,375 1,273,132 1,283,959 1,117,800 703,564 1,186,994 1,177,299 638,133 1,015,181 858,264 1,009,701 845,528 1,148,202 992,785 1,481,540 1,254,219 1,173,142 826,695 519,555 1,397,013 593,460 416,237 943,724 517,617 848,603 791,351 294,810 613,557 1,070,067 834,557 782,369 661,234 0 51,872,260

288,265 269,066 156,372 112,263 101,536 55,883 32,387 44,462 38,891 45,920 34,808 85,960 33,775 34,026 33,329 34,420 36,567 29,173 27,636 32,391 55,883 30,640 28,060 33,203 27,413 26,660 32,364 28,335 22,074 24,089 34,319 27,413 21,816 27,933 45,920 22,853 22,693 21,402 19,164 24,674 24,422 46,878

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EXPLANATION The tables set out the average prize-money at each fixture staged by a racecourse over the last 12 months. They show how this is made up of the three sources of prize-money: 1. Racecourses’ contribution 2. Levy Board (HBLB) 3. Owners The tables also confirm the number of fixtures staged and the total amount of prize-money paid out by each racecourse throughout this period. The racecourses are ordered by the average amount of their own contribution to prizemoney at each fixture. This contribution originates from various sources including media rights, admission revenues and racecourse sponsors. If a racecourse has increased its average contribution at each fixture compared with the previous 12 months, it receives a green ‘up’ arrow. If its average contribution has fallen, however, it receives a red ‘down’ arrow. As these tables are based on the prizemoney paid out by each racecourse, the abandonment of a major fixture could distort a racecourse’s performance.

OWNERSHIP KEY JCR Jockey Club Racecourses ARC Arena Racing Company I

Independently owned racecourse

Gold Standard Award

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Maid In Manhattan captures fillies’ prize at Nottingham T he final TBA-sponsored race of 2019 for staying fillies was held at Nottingham racecourse on October 9 and was won by Maid In Manhattan. The five-year-old filly, trained by Rebecca Menzies for Stoneleigh Racing, has had a breakthrough season since moving yards in May with six wins, all of which have come under apprentice Harrison Shaw. Main In Manhattan’s wins include the JC Grassroots Stayers Distance Series

Maid In Manhattan (blinkers) edges out Methag for her owners Stoneleigh Racing

Final at Nottingham the week before her success in the TBA-sponsored race. Her trainer commented: “Maid In Manhattan is our pet as she can be difficult to deal with. She tries us every day at home but we absolutely adore her and her rider Kane [Yeoman] does a great job with her.” As a daughter of Fame And Glory, she was bred by John Breslin to run over jumps and Menzies suggested that a winter campaign over hurdles would be her next target.

New TBA website launched The TBA has recently launched its new website on www.thetba.co.uk. Following feedback from members, the new site has been designed to help visitors find essential information easily and quickly, provide guidance to people interested in joining the industry, communicate the TBA’s day-to-day activities and provide more online booking services. The new site includes a wealth of information on education and training, equine health and welfare, and protection of the breed. One key feature is the new Broodmare Ownership Guide in the Getting Started section of the website. The online flipbook provides guidance to industry newcomers and

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gives an overview of the considerations that must be taken before embarking on thoroughbred breeding and the different routes available. The Members’ Area has also received an update, and continues to offer members exclusive content including bloodstock taxation guides, employment guidance, health and safety documents, breeders’ information and reports. Existing website log-ins remain valid on the new website but members will be required to re-set their passwords. Contact alix.jones@thetba.co.uk or 01638 661321 to request a TBA member website log-in if you do not currently have an account.

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Elite Mares’ Scheme updated There have been a number of changes to the incentive scheme for next year

Free tickets to Newbury racecourse for members on December 18 Newbury racecourse has kindly offered TBA members free entry to the December afternoon raceday upon presentation of a valid TBA membership card. The afternoon features the TBAsponsored Listed Mares’ Novices’ Chase, which has been previously won by high-class chaser Ms Parfois and Magic Of Light, who was runner up in the Randox Health Grand National. The offer entitles members to one badge only; to purchase additional badges please contact the ticket office at the racecourse.

Revised stallion nomination agreements The TBA has recently updated its nomination agreement forms for both October 1 pregnancy and live foal terms. These can be purchased from the TBA office. For further information, please contact pauline. stoddart@thetba.co.uk.

Applications are now being accepted for the TBA/HBLB Elite National Hunt Mares’ Incentive. The scheme offers vouchers of up to £4,000 to owners of British-based mares that have proved themselves to be of a defined level either on the racecourse or as broodmares. The vouchers are used towards

the cost of a nomination to a selection of GB-based stallions. The scheme is reliant on funding from the Levy Board and following on from the success of last year’s scheme, in which a record number of mares were nominated, changes have been made for next year in order to contain costs within the available funding.

Changes to mare eligibility for the 2020 scheme Category

Criteria

Category 1

£4,000 Mares that have achieved a peak official rating of 150+ or more or have produced a NH horse rated 155+ (mare) or 165+ (gelding) in GB, Ireland or France.

Voucher

Category 2 Mares that have achieved a peak official rating of 140-149 or have produced a NH horse rated 145154 (mare) or 155-164 (gelding) in GB, Ireland or France.

£3,000

Category 3 Mares that have achieved a peak official rating of 130-139 or have produced a NH horse rated 135144 (mare) or 145-154 (gelding) in GB, Ireland or France.

£2,000

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British-bred success at home and abroad September saw Four White Socks, bred by Meon Valley Stud, win the Group 3 Denny Cordell Lavarack & Lanwades Stud Fillies Stakes at Gowran Park. The three-year-old is trained by Joseph Tuite and owned by Rebecca Hillen. On the same day at Newmarket, the Jockey Club Rose Bowl Stakes saw another brilliant win for Withhold, bred by Millsec Limited. On September 27 at Newmarket, Spirit Of Appin landed the Group 3 Princess Royal Stakes, Daahyeh took the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes and Benbatl romped home in the Group 2 Joel Stakes. Meanwhile, in the southern hemisphere, Dubawi’s son Captain Cook, formerly known as Autocratic, was flying the flag for British bloodstock with a victory in the Group 3 JRA Cup at Moonee Valley for breeder Cheveley Park Stud. The following day, Speak In Colours, bred and raised at Fittocks Stud, won the Group 3 Renaissance Stakes at the Curragh, whilst Festive Star, a daughter of Golden Horn, won the Listed Premio Coolmore by a comfortable five lengths at San Siro in Milan. September was wrapped up with a Listed win from the Lavington Stud-bred Romsey, the daughter of Mukhadram securing the WinterkoniginTrial at Dusseldorf on September 29. October was another fine month for British-breds, winning eight Group 1s, three Group 2s, nine Group 3s and eight Listed races. Waldgeist headed the list of successes with victory in the Group 1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp. The five-year-old lowered the colours of popular mare Enable in a thrilling race on soft ground. A number of owner-breeders also enjoyed success at the meeting, including Meon Valley Stud graduate Anapurna (Group 1 Prix de Royallieu), Bearstone Stud’s Glass Slippers (Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp), Lael Stables’ One Master (Group 1 Prix de la Foret), and The Revenant (Group 2 Prix Daniel Wildenstein), who runs in the colours of breeder Al Asayl. Back on home soil, Newmarket’s Rowley Mile hosted a number of quality races in October, including the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile won by Juddmonte’s Quadrilateral and the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes won by 2018’s 1,000 Guineas winner Billesdon Brook, bred by Stowell Hill Partners. Earlier this

King Of Change and Sean Levey win the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot

year the four-year-old daughter of Champs Elysees won her breeders the TBA Silver Rose Bowl at the TBA’s Flat Breeders’ Awards. Shadwell’s Mustashry made a successful return to seven furlongs in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes. The six-year-old gelding has now won nine races including the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes, Group 2 Park Stakes and Group 2 Joel Stakes. British-bred Group 3 wins at the course included Godolphin’s Military March in the Autumn Stakes and the Whitsbury Manor Stud-bred Good Vibes in the Cornwallis Stakes. Over in Italy, Call Me Love, bred by Grundy Bloodstock, won San Siro’s Group 3 Premio Verziere Memorial

Aldo Cirla for trainer Alduino Botti on October 12. There was a British-bred Group 1 double on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot with Star Catcher landing the Fillies’ & Mares’ Stakes for owner Anthony Oppenheimer and his Hascombe & Valiant Studs, followed by Rabbah Bloodstock-bred King Of Change in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. On October 26, Chief Ironside recorded his highest level victory to date in the Group 2 Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley in Australia. Trained by David Menuisier, the four-year-old son of Lawman was bred by W & R Barnett Ltd.

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Yulong Gold Fairy, bred by Lady Fairhaven, won the Group 3 Concorde Stakes at Tipperary on October 6. In France, Godolphin’s King’s Command won the Prix Thomas Byron at SaintCloud on October 4. Later in the month at the same track, Monica Sheriff, owned and bred by the Duke of Devonshire, stepped up from her win in the TBA-sponsored fillies’ handicap at Goodwood in September to win the Group 3 Prix Belle de Nuit. Other Group 3 wins included Cape Byron (bred by Darley) in the Bengough Stakes at Ascot, Rabbah Bloodstock-bred Prince Of Arran in the Geelong Cup and Juddmonte’s Pocket Square in the Prix des Reservoirs. Hannover racecourse was the scene of two Listed wins for British-bred horses on October 27. Paloma Ohe (bred by Ellis Stud Partnership and Bellow Hill Stud) and Godolphin’s Nashirah scored in the Grosser Preis der Mehl-Mulhens-Stiflung and Grosser Preis des Gestuts Rottgen respectively. Nawara Stud’s Tammani won the Listed Prix Isonomy at Deauville, whilst Psychedelic Funk, bred by Joanna Imray, scored in the Listed Knockaire Stakes at Leopardstown. Dakota Gold, bred by Redgate Bloodstock & Peter Bottowley Bloodstock, won the Listed Rous Stakes at Ascot on October 5. Less than an hour later, the Koharu Partnership-bred Summer Sands secured the Redcar Two Year Old Trophy (for trainer Richard Fahey). Aberama Gold (bred by Joy McMahon) in the Rockingham Stakes at York, and King Carney (bred by Select Bloodstock) in Pontefract’s Silver Tankard Stakes, completed the Listed wins for October.

Olivia May has joined the marketing team, while Rob Davey is Bloodstock Executive

New appointments at the TBA The TBA welcomed Rob Davey and Olivia May to the team in November. Olivia has taken up the role of Communications Coordinator in the marketing team and will be working on projects that promote the TBA, its events and activities. Olivia initially started at the TBA in a parttime capacity just over a year ago, assisting with NHMOPS, committee administration, membership and events. She has gained a broad knowledge of the work of the TBA during this time, which will be of great use in her new role. Outside of work Olivia enjoys competing her eventer Solon (pictured above) and training her dog Zaila for Canine Hoopers. Rob joined the TBA team as Bloodstock Executive from the European Bloodstock News (EBN), where he was Deputy Editor. Rob has a thorough knowledge of both bloodstock and racing, which will be a great asset to the TBA. Rob is a familiar

face to many TBA members through his coverage of sales in his previous role. He will be taking on responsibility for the Flat and NH Committees, Sales Consignors Group, TBA incentive schemes, and will be working with Olivia on delivering the calendar of TBA events. In his spare time Rob enjoys following National Hunt racing and spending time with friends. Farewell Alice The TBA team was sad to say farewell to Alice Thurtle in October. In her role as Communications Executive, Alice had become a familiar face for members at TBA events over the last two years and was a key member of the team. Alice joined the TBA for her placement as part of the BHA Graduate Programme in 2017, before accepting a permanent role in the marketing and communications team. Alice has taken up a marketing position with Tweenhills Stud in Gloucestershire.

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Tuesday, December 10 – Thursday, December 12 TBA Stud Farming Course British Racing School Wednesday, December 18 TBA Regional Forum Newbury racecourse Tuesday, January 21 NH Stallion Showcase Goffs UK Sales Complex Thursday, January 30 TBA Flat Stallion Parade Tattersalls, Newmarket

NEW MEMBERS Ms K Robertson – Scotland Mr Michael Vanstone – Devon Mr Paul Downing – Warwickshire Mr Chris Batterham – Buckinghamshire Mrs Camilla Trotter – Gloucestershire Mr Clive Cox – Berkshire Mrs Sally Langridge – East Sussex Further information on all TBA events can be found on the TBA website

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Save the date for our headline events in 2020 The Flat Breeders’ Awards Evening, hosted this year by ITV Racing’s Francesca Cumani, was one of the highlights of the TBA’s summer calendar of events. Set within the beautiful grounds of Chippenham Park near Newmarket, guests were welcomed with reception drinks and canapes by the lake before enjoying a sumptuous two-course dinner, followed by the awards ceremony in the summer marquee. The 2019 event saw accolades for Kingman, Dubawi, Dar Re Mi, Christopher Wilby, Godolphin, Stowell Hill Partners, Elizabeth Grundy, Gaie Johnson Houghton, Nick Wingfield Digby and David Brown. Join the TBA in 2020 as the Flat Awards return to the picturesque Chippenham Park for an evening of summer celebrations on Tuesday, July 14. The TBA’s Annual General Meeting and Seminar will once again take

The Flat Breeders’ Awards Evening is a highlight of the TBA summer calendar

place on the following day, giving members the opportunity to attend both events whilst in the Newmarket area. The NH Breeders’ Celebration Dinner continues to grow in popularity and has firmly established itself in the NH event calendar. Hosted by Racing TV’s Nick Luck, the event saw a total of 14 awards presented at the Mount Pleasant Hotel near Doncaster. Winners included Misty Whisky, Honeysuckle, Lady Buttons, Whisky Rose, Thyme Hill, One For Rosie, Shades Of Midnight, Santini, Thistlecrack, Midnight Legend, Kayf Tara and Bryan Mayoh. Join the TBA in 2020 for the NH Breeders’ Awards Evening, which will take place on the eve of the Goffs UK Spring Store Sale on Monday, May 18. Tickets for both events will be available on the TBA website in the new year.

The NH Stallion Showcase returns to Goffs UK A familiar scene at Doncaster, which next month will host the TBA event

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The 2020 TBA NH Stallion Showcase will take place at the Goffs UK sales complex in Doncaster on January 21, the first day of the January Sale. The event, which is supported by Goffs UK, will once again feature a number of exciting British-based NH stallions who will be available to view throughout the day alongside the UK’s only NH foal sale. The TBA will host a hospitality box in the stallion yard, where complimentary hot drinks and food will be available. Breeders will also have the opportunity to bid for nominations from the attending stallions through a silent auction, funds from which will go towards the TBA’s NH activities. Further information on the event, including a full list of stallions, will be available on the TBA website.

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INVESTING IN BREEDING & RACING – Broodmare Ownership Guide Talk to Joe Grimwade about breeding for more than five minutes and two qualities shine out of the conversation: experience and passion. Manager of the National Stud and then The Royal Studs for a total period of 25 years from 1988, he retains all the enthusiasm he originally brought into the business. Yet he also appreciates the downsides of breeding, which makes him the ideal person to provide the text for the TBA’s new Broodmare Ownership Guide. Grimwade says: “The idea for the guide came out of feedback to the TBA office from people asking how they could get into broodmare ownership. The staff at Stanstead House can put them on to various people but it’s also handy to have something to read. “There have been plenty of excellent text books on breeding over the years, from those by Federico Tesio and Sir Charles Leicester to Peter Willett, but not an introductory, handy guide, so this was designed to fill that gap.” TBA Chief Executive Claire Sheppard adds: “As the representative body for the breed we want to advocate best practice and responsible breeding that will benefit the future of the thoroughbred. We asked Joe to produce the guide on our behalf to provide enough information so that people can get an overview of the level of decisions, equine care and financial commitment involved. The result is an excellent summary to all aspects of thoroughbred breeding for potential mare owners. “We hope the online guide will give people the tools to consider what route is best for them, should it be retiring a racemare for breeding, purchasing a mare or joining a partnership, syndicate or breeding club.

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“We want more people to be involved in this great industry, and we can develop this responsibly by providing educational guides and raising awareness of the options available for all budgets.” In a series of thumbnail sketches, the 50-page Broodmare Ownership Guide starts with background from the 17th century, when thoroughbred breeding began, and brings the story through to modern-day practices. The potential broodmare owner is taken through the process from setting up, acquiring a broodmare and choosing a stallion, to caring for the mare and her progeny. Throughout the journey, Grimwade had one principle in mind, he says. “It’s quite difficult to offer advice for such an open field,” he says. “People might think they

want to own a couple of mares and not put themselves under too much financial pressure, or maybe finances might not be quite important. “The main thought, though, was that we want people coming into the industry to have realistic expectations. “They shouldn’t come in thinking it’s a way of making easy money, or that it will be plain sailing all the way. We certainly don’t want to put people off before they’ve even tried breeding from a mare, but the advice must be to come in and have some fun but be realistic about how things might pan out.” Grimwade says that reading and digesting the Guide is just the start of the process. “It’s important that potential breeders should then find their way to the best people to advise them in the specific of what they want to do,” he adds. “Perhaps the best idea is to start fairly small and build up. The operations we admire most seem to have one thing in common – they put a lot of effort into their initial broodmare investment. Although it may be a little way down the line, they have reaped the benefits and are still reaping the benefits of those early investments, whether they’ve been lucky or clever, or more likely a bit of both.” Personal choice is important but should be contained within the framework of realistic expectations, Grimwade says. “The great thing to remember is that everybody has the chance of hitting the jackpot,” he says. “Racing and breeding is a great community and people can get a huge amount of fun out of it. Sometimes that’s based on the rearing of foals and watching them grow, and sometimes it’s seeing horses with which you have an attachment on the racecourse. That’s the fun of the game.”

The TBA recognised in the Parliamentary Review Co-chaired by Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, The Parliamentary Review is a guide to best practice across a variety of different areas, showcasing various examples from steadfast organisations in the public and private sectors. Its principal aim is to raise standards within said industries by producing a template for future reform, and the September release of the publication is acknowledged for its importance in the political calendar. Lord Pickles, has praised the upcoming review as one of the most comprehensive yet. He commented that as Britain undergoes changes, it is “essential that politicians have a firm understanding of the challenges with which British organisations must contend” and that the review

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once again provides a perfect platform for this. Writing in the review, The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove, says “this year’s Parliamentary review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom”. TBA Chief Executive Claire Sheppard said: “We are pleased to be featured in this year’s Parliamentary Review, which we hope raises awareness amongst the business community and in parliament of the work of the TBA, our purpose, achievements and future plans.” The best practice article for the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association can be viewed on the following link: https://www.theparliamentaryreview.co.uk/ organisations/the-thoroughbred-breeders-association

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Recent Prix de l’Abbaye heroine Glass Slippers is the culmination of 40 years work and investment by the Holdcroft family. Terry Holdcroft, founder of one of Britain’s largest motor vehicle retailers, purchased what was to become Bearstone Stud in 1979. His involvement in racing had started a few years earlier when buying National Hunt horses through the Anglo-Irish Bloodstock Agency. “I wanted to breed better horses than I could afford to buy at the time,” recalls Holdcroft. “Later on I came to realise that it’s actually easier the other way round. “By then, however, I knew I was getting far more pleasure from breeding them, even when they raced for other people. “We went to Germany to watch Kornado win his Group 1 and were in Rome when Svelt won the Italian 2,000 Guineas and couldn’t have been happier if we’d still owned them. “Glass Slippers is so exciting because we’ve had the family since we bought her granddam Ocean Grove from Robert Sangster in 1996.” From modest beginnings with just 17 acres, he gradually acquired further parcels of land close to Bearstone, including a cattle farm and the old Woore racecourse, and today the stud comprises 355 acres and its own water supply. The operation is very much a family affair with wife Margaret and daughter Paula closely involved, while son Darren has taken the reins of the family business, allowing his father more time to devote to

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expanding his bloodstock business. Holdcroft is keen to stress the importance of Bearstone’s long-serving staff. He says: “We’ve been very fortunate in the people that have worked for us. My stud manager, Mark Pennell, has been here since the early days and several others who joined at the same time were here until they retired.” It seems the idyllic Shropshire countryside is equally conducive to the well-being of horses. He adds: “Many of our retired mares, including Ocean Grove, went on well into their twenties.” Glass Slippers, trained by Kevin Ryan in North Yorkshire, is out of the Mind Games mare Night Gypsy. The former Bearstone stallion contributed to another memorable day for the Holdcrofts when his daughter Romantic Myth carried their colours to victory in the Queen Mary Stakes. Two years later, her half-sister Romantic Liason, sold as a yearling for 70,000gns, completed a Queen Mary double for their dam, My First Romance. Mind Games himself is one of two Bearstone stallions – the other is Firebreak – to sire a Group 1 winner.

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HASCOMBE AND VALIANT STUDS The last five years have been a golden age for Anthony Oppenheimer’s long established stud with Golden Horn, Cracksman and now Star Catcher carrying his colours to multiple Group 1 victories. His latest star was winning her third consecutive Group 1 when producing a determined display in the British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot, following victories in the Irish Oaks and Prix Vermeille. Few who witnessed Star Catcher’s inauspicious debut when sixth of 12 in a Chelmsford maiden a few days before Christmas would have predicted such a bright future. Within six months, however, the daughter of Sea The Stars had become the third Royal Ascot winner (along with Cannock Chase and Pisco Sour) out of the late Horse Chestnut mare Lynnwood Chase. She died earlier this year after giving birth to a Time Test colt. Her story is far from over, though, as she also left behind a two-year-old filly by Kingman named Maurimo, in training with Roger Charlton, and a yearling filly by Frankel who has been retained by her breeder.

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‘Tying-up’ in the thoroughbred

Thoroughbreds are often affected by exertional rhabdomyolysis – also known as ‘tying-up’ or ‘Monday morning disease’ – after exercise

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xertional rhabdomyolysis, also known as ‘tying-up’, ‘setfast’ and ‘Monday morning disease’ is a condition frequently encountered in the thoroughbred following exercise. Affected individuals can become very uncomfortable, sweat profusely and be reluctant to move as the muscles running over their hindquarters tighten and cramp up. Two forms of exertional rhabdomyolysis (ER) are recognised in the thoroughbred in training; • Sporadic exertional rhabdomyloysis (SER) • Recurrent exertional rhabdomyloysis (RER) SER is a one-off event, most frequently observed in a horse that has exercised beyond its current level of fitness. This can occur following a period of rest, or in a horse that is stepped up to the next phase of its training programme for which its current level of conditioning does not permit. RER is observed in approximately 5% of thoroughbreds and is believed to be caused by an inherited condition that affects calcium regulation within muscle cells. This can result in repeat episodes of ER of varying severity. RER tends to be more frequent in fillies, in two-year-olds and in horses with a nervous or excitable disposition. It can be triggered by stimuli such as high dietary levels of carbohydrates and prolonged or intense exercise. A presumptive diagnosis is often

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made following identification of the recognised clinical signs. Some of these are obvious, whilst others require careful examination. An increased heart rate, profuse sweating, muscle tremors and pain and firmness upon palpation of the back and hindquarter musculature combined with a stiff action at the walk are regularly noted. Rarely, the muscles of the forelimb or flank may be involved. Affected individuals will frequently trot in-hand more comfortably than they walk. In extreme cases, the horse may be reluctant to move and may produce a dark coloured urine due to the release of a protein called myoglobin from the damaged muscle tissue. Mildly affected horses may display only subtle nonspecific clinical signs, such as feeling or looking ‘short behind’ on the way back in from exercise. Some can also remain asymptomatic for a period of time. A definitive diagnosis is obtained by analysing the blood levels of two muscle enzymes; creatinine kinase (CK) and aspartate aminotransferase (AST). Each of these enzymes is released from muscle cells and into the bloodstream at a level

proportional to the amount of muscle breakdown. CK is released quickly with blood levels peaking between four and six hours after the clinical episode. The CK levels will then decrease rapidly and normalise within 24-48 hours. AST is released more slowly, will peak within approximately 24 hours and then decrease slowly over at least the following week. It is the combined picture of the blood levels of these two muscle enzymes that can help us determine not only the severity of the ER episode, but can also suggest whether we are dealing with an isolated case of ER or if the horse has had previous ER episodes leading up to this identified clinical case. A blood sample is most frequently obtained approximately six hours following exercise. The initial management of ER is dependent upon the severity of the first identified episode. For mild cases, where blood sampling was required for a definitive diagnosis and in a horse that has displayed no or only subtle clinical signs, continued training with the addition of a pre-exercise orally administered skeletal muscle relaxant is most frequently recommended. In addition, these

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walker exercise on top of their normal morning ridden exercise. Repeat blood sampling will be performed weekly, both when receiving the skeletal muscle relaxant and also when administration has ceased, in order to ensure that the ER episode has been controlled and no further episodes of ER occur. For more complex or severe cases, there are multiple other avenues that can be explored to aid muscle function and recovery, and attempt to reduce the chances of subsequent ER episodes. Since there are several causes, some of which appear to be inherited, there is no single cure and some horses may prove almost impossible to train. Most cases will simply require management of the acute muscle cramping pain, with a single dose of intravenous non-steroidal antiinflammatory indicated. If the horse is distressed then a single intravenous dose of sedative may also be useful. Thankfully severe episodes are rare, but if they do occur, prompt the use of intravenous fluid therapy to flush out the muscle

Figure 2 Some of the medicines commonly used in cases of ER

breakdown products in order to limit their damaging effect on the kidneys. Complete rest is contraindicated in all but the most severe of cases as this may only add to an increased risk of further ER episodes upon exercise resumpton. A return to training can be aided by the prophylactic use of skeletal muscle relaxants, with or without oral sedation for those excitable or nervous individuals. Rest days should be avoided as these will increase the risk of ER upon a return to exercise, and daily horsewalker exercise with or without turnout are both

considered useful adjuncts. Most manufacturers now include a ‘tying-up’ feed in their range with a low carbohydrate content and an increased fat content, providing most of the energy required to train. The mechanism for this dietary alteration is not fully understood and it may be the exclusion of carbohydrates rather than the protective effects of dietary fat that helps. Given the link between a nervous disposition and RER, increased dietary fat may make these horses calmer prior to exercise. Whilst there are several premixes available with this increased fat to reduced carbohydrate ratio, it can become a balancing act trying to maintain optimum condition in a horse in full work using these premixes as the sole source of hard feed. Partial inclusion of a normal racing diet may therefore be necessary. Standardised daily routines and an environment that minimises stress and excitement will contribute to the prevention of further episodes of tyingup in susceptible horses.

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ou have to hand it to British racing. It may be starved of the prize-money levels seen in other jurisdictions, but that inescapable fact never seems to dampen demand at the yearling sales. Of course a big part of the reason why yearling sales go from strength to strength in Europe is the participation of the big ownership groups from the Gulf states. Why else would the metrics seen at the yearling sales in Australia and Britain – where prize-money levels are on completely different scales – be almost identical? The average yearling in Europe in 2019 sold for £60,096, compared to £55,787 in Australia. Moreover, the elite end of both markets also exhibit broadly similar profiles, with the top 10% averaging 3.7 times the overall average in Europe and 3.3 times in Australia. As long as Europe’s elite owners continue to value prestige above prize-money, it’s hard to see the situation changing anytime soon. Because of the egalitarian nature of Australia’s set-up, it’s also true that there is less of a cliff edge between the elite and middle markets – good returns are more evenly distributed among the top 50% of the market in Australia than in Europe. But there is precious little difference at the lower end, where the bottom 10% of yearling purchases in Europe average 0.14 times the overall average, compared to 0.13 times in Australia. If you are a commercial breeder in Europe, there is very little to complain about as bloodstock markets go. European yearling sales have posted their best ever figures in 2019. The overall average of £60,096 is 6.6% ahead of last year’s figure – and that was also a record. The median price has reached £22,000 for the first time in history and there were significant gains at all levels of the market. The average price for elite yearlings –

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European yearling sales posted their best ever figures in 2019

the top 10% which numbers about 525 this year – rose to a record £224,165, well ahead of the £207,669 recorded in 2018. And just to put this average in perspective, it is well clear of the £168,217 posted as recently as 2015. We can also see the same pattern throughout all sectors of the market as each and every decile (10% segment) showed a significant improvement on the year before. There were also more £500k-plus yearings in 2019 than ever before. Perhaps it’s no surprise to see the yearling market advance in such a way. After all, all of the powerful ownership groups participated fully at all the major sales and there were also record numbers of yearlings bought by American interests. But as night follows day, stallion farms will always seek to participate fully in rising markets. Yes, stud fees are on the increase and have been for a few years

European yearling sale figures 2015-2019 Year

Sold

Avg £

Med £

D1 (Av)

D2 (Av)

D3 (Av)

D4 (Av)

D5 (Av)

D6 (Av)

D7 (Av)

D8 (Av)

D9 (Av)

D10 (Av)

2019

5,257

60,096

22,000

224,165

100,703

73,211

54,204

42,832

3,248

6,119

20,019

14,776

8,357

2018

5,713

56,360

21,000

207,669

98,327

68,572

50,581

40,908

32,309

25,401

18,985

14,321

7,734

2017

5,801

56,070

21,356

210,961

92,743

66,151

51,098

40,033

31,445

25,173

19,851

14,213

8,036

2016

5,549

51,656

21,000

190,548

88,935

60,977

46,613

37,246

29,625

24,314

18,916

14,134

8,009

2015

5,449

47,947

19,926

168,217

83,699

57,422

5,059

35,286

28,414

22,609

17,801

12,845

7,155

now. The 2019 Return of Mares tells us that 5,398 mares were covered by stallions standing for advertised fees of at least £20,000 or €20,000. That number was up from 5,034 in 2018 and 4,634 in 2017. In fact, it is close to 1,000 more mares than as recently as four years ago and 2,000 more than six years ago. Average book sizes have not altered drastically in the period, so it’s down to the number of more expensive stallions on offer in recent years – there were 40 advertised standing for at least 20k in 2019 compared to only 26 in 2013. Higher fixed costs can put the brake on any rising market and bloodstock is no exception. Four years ago, in 2015, the £20k+ group of stallions were responsible for 770 of the yearlings sold in Europe, compared to 1,641 yearlings this year. Back in 2015, 462 (60%) made their advertised fee back, plus £20k. This time around, 867 made their conception fee, plus £20k. That represents only 53% of yearlings by the most expensive stallions making a profit despite nearly doubling the number sold. The corresponding figures for 12 months ago were 823 profitable yearlings from 1,458 sales, or 56%. Clearly, rising markets are not the only important barometers to the health of our bloodstock industry.

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Data Book • Analysis by Andrew Caulfield European Pattern 350 KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN SUN CHARIOT STAKES G1 NEWMARKET. Oct 5. 3yo+f. 8f.

1. BILLESDON BROOK (GB) 4 9-3 £151,345 ch f by Champs Elysees - Coplow (Manduro) O-Pall Mall Partners & Mrs R. J. McCreery B-Stowell Hill Partners TR-Richard Hannon 2. Veracious (GB) 4 9-3 £57,378 b f by Frankel - Infallible (Pivotal) O-Cheveley Park Stud B-Cheveley Park Stud Ltd TR-Sir Michael Stoute 3. Iridessa (IRE) 3 9-0 £28,716 b f by Ruler of The World - Senta’s Dream (Danehill) O-Mrs C. C. Regalado-Gonzalez B-Whisperview Trading Ltd TR-Joseph Patrick O’Brien Margins 1.5, 0.5. Time 1:38.00. Going Good to Soft. Age Starts Wins Places Earned 2-4 19 7 9 £696,241 Sire: CHAMPS ELYSEES. Sire of 33 Stakes winners. In 2019 - BILLESDON BROOK Manduro G1, HARLEM Nayef G1, DAME MALLIOT Galileo G2, WAY TO PARIS Cozzene G2, DURANCE Lando G3, ELYSEA’S WORLD Singspiel G3, SPIRIT OF APPIN Barathea G3, AUBURN Pivotal LR, BEING ALIVE Pursuit of Love LR, ELISA AGAIN Shirocco LR, WITHHOLD Fantastic Light LR. 1st Dam: Coplow by Manduro. Dam of 2 winners:

2014: 2015:

2016: 2017: 2019:

BILLESDON BESS (f Dick Turpin) 4 wins at 2 and 3, British Stallion Studs EBF Upavon S LR. BILLESDON BROOK (f Champs Elysees) 7 wins at 2 to 4, Qipco 1000 Guineas S G1, Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot S G1, Grosvenor Sport Prestige S G3, T. Fennell Oak Tree S G3, Totepool Queen Charlotte S LR, 2nd Weatherbys TBA Pipalong S LR, 3rd Charm Spirit Dahlia S G2, Longines EBF Star S LR. World’s Fair (f Showcasing) in training. Bruisa (f Sepoy) in training. (c Dubawi)

2nd Dam: ANNA OLEANDA by Old Vic. 2 wins at 3 in Germany. Own sister to ANNO LUCE. Dam of ANNA NERIUM (f Dubawi: Investec Princess Elizabeth S G3, Weatherbys Supreme S G3, BathwickTyres Dick Poole S G3), MIDDLE CLUB (f Fantastic Light: Prix d’Aumale G3, 2nd Oaks d’Italia G2), PIPING ROCK (c Dubawi: Worthington’s Horris Hill S G3), Anna Mona (f Monsun: 3rd Prix de Royaumont G3), Anna Royal (f Royal Dragon: 3rd Premio EBF Terme di Merano LR, Kolner Stuten Trophy LR). Grandam of Max’s Spirit. Broodmare Sire: MANDURO. Sire of the dams of 7 Stakes winners. In 2019 - BILLESDON BROOK Champs Elysees G1, FANNY LOGAN Sea The Stars G3, AL DABARAN Dubawi LR, FACCIO IO Bated Breath LR.

BILLESDON BROOK ch f 2015 Danzig

Northern Dancer Pas de Nom

Razyana

His Majesty Spring Adieu

Kahyasi

Ile de Bourbon Kadissya

Kerali

High Line Sookera

Monsun

Konigsstuhl Mosella

Mandellicht

Be My Guest Mandelauge

Old Vic

Sadler’s Wells Cockade

Anna Paola

Prince Ippi Antwerpen

Danehill CHAMPS ELYSEES b 03 Hasili

Manduro COPLOW ch 09 Anna Oleanda

It is quite unusual for a winner of the 1,000 Guineas to stay in training at four and for a while it looked as though Billesdon Brook’s connections had made a mistake. Only third of five in the Gr2 Dahlia Stakes on her reappearance, she then trailed home ninth in the Gr1 Lockinge Stakes. However, she then benefited from a drop in class in her next three starts, winning a Listed race at Chelmsford and a competitive Gr3 at Goodwood, and she finally returned to her best in the Gr1 Sun Chariot Stakes, after a

two-month absence. She overcame trouble in running to win from her fellow Gr1 winners Veracious and Iridessa. Billesdon Brook’s sire Champs Elysees died at the age of 15 in December 2018, having spent his last two years covering large books of National Hunt mares in Ireland. He had experienced fluctuating support at Banstead Manor, covering a book of only 54 mares before his move to Ireland. However, he had been rewarded for a promising start in 2013 with a book of 155 mares in 2014, one of them being Billesdon Brook’s dam Coplow. Billesdon Brook is one of three Gr1 winners by him, the others being the dual Australian Cup winner Harlem and the popular Gold Cup victor Trip To Paris. Billesdon Brook’s pedigree pays tribute to the late Bob McCreery, whose Stowell Hill operation enjoyed Classic success with High Top (2,000 Guineas) and Old Vic (Prix du Jockey-Club and Irish Derby). Old Vic was a son of High Top’s sister Cockade and this connection was surely part of the attraction when McCreery bought Old Vic’s daughter Anna Oleanda for 45,000gns in 2005. Anna Oleanda was a daughter of the German champion Anna Paola, who had several successful broodmare daughters. McCreery was responsible for the matings that produced Anna Oleanda’s last seven foals and six of them won. The only non-winner was Billesdon Brook’s dam Coplow, a Manduro filly who came closest to success when beaten half a length in a ten-furlong Newbury maiden. Another of Coplow’s daughters is the ten-furlong Listed winner Billesdon Bess. Anna Oleanda produced the admirable total of three Gr3 winners, namely Middle Club to Fantastic Light and the siblings Piping Rock and Anna Nerium to Dubawi. All three were precocious enough to enjoy Group success at two. 351 QATAR PRIX DE ROYALLIEU G1 PARISLONGCHAMP. Oct 5. 3yo+f. 2800m.

1. ANAPURNA (GB) 3 8-10 £154,432 b f by Frankel - Dash To The Top (Montjeu) O-Helena Springfield Ltd B-Meon Valley Stud TR-John Gosden 2. Delphinia (IRE) 3 8-10 £61,784 b f by Galileo - Again (Danehill Dancer) O-Mrs John Magnier,Mr M.Tabor & Mr D.Smith B-Orpendale & Chelston TR-Aidan O’Brien 3. Enbihaar (IRE) 4 9-3 £30,892 b f by Redoute’s Choice - Chanterelle (Trempolino) O-Mr Hamdan Al Maktoum B-Haras du Mezeray S.a TR-John Gosden Margins 1.25, Short Head. Time 3:10.98. Going Soft. Age Starts Wins Places Earned 2-3 7 4 0 £478,596 Sire: FRANKEL. Sire of 47 Stakes winners. In 2019 ANAPURNA Montjeu G1, DREAM CASTLE Dubawi G1, LOGICIAN Daylami G1, QUADRILATERAL Mizzen Mast G1, VERACIOUS Pivotal G1, ELARQAM Efisio G2, MEHDAAYIH Gone West G2, OBLIGATE Oasis Dream G2, DELAWARE Oasis Dream G3, FINCHE

Woodman G3, FOUNT Chester House G3, LEARN BY HEART Danehill Dancer G3, MASTER OF REALITY Darshaan G3, SENATOR Selkirk G3, SUN MAIDEN Kingmambo G3, SUPHALA Kingmambo G3. 1st Dam: DASH TO THE TOP by Montjeu. 2 wins at 2 and 3, EBF TSG IBM Hoppings S LR, 2nd Aston Upthorpe Yorkshire Oaks G1, 3rd Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile S G1. Dam of 5 winners:

2007:

2008: 2011: 2013: 2015: 2016:

Dynasty (c Danehill Dancer) Winner at 2, 2nd Dylan Thomas EBF Tetrarch S G3. DEEP SOUTH (g Red Ransom) 4 wins. SEAGULL STAR (g Sea The Stars) Winner at 2. Very Dashing (f Dansili) Winner at 3, 3rd Betfred EBF Hoppings S LR. Broodmare. Fly To The Top (f Mastercraftsman) unraced. ANAPURNA (f Frankel) 4 wins at 3 at home, France, Investec Oaks G1, Qatar Prix de Royallieu G1, Racebets Oaks Trial S LR.

2nd Dam: MILLENNIUM DASH by Nashwan. 1 win at 3. Dam of DASH TO THE TOP (f Montjeu, see above), DASH TO THE FRONT (f Diktat: Tweenhills Warwickshire Oaks S LR). Grandam of SPEEDY BOARDING, Holding Pattern. Third dam of DASHING WILLOUGHBY. Broodmare Sire: MONTJEU. Sire of the dams of 84 Stakes winners. In 2019 - ANAPURNA Frankel G1, CLOUDS UNFOLD What A Winter G1, GLORY DAYS Red Giant G1, KING DAVID Elusive City G3, MONICA SHERIFF Lawman G3, SOLEIL MARIN Kendargent G3, TOP OF THE RANGE Savabeel G3.

ANAPURNA b f 2016 Sadler’s Wells

Northern Dancer Fairy Bridge

Urban Sea

Miswaki Allegretta

Danehill

Danzig Razyana

Rainbow Lake

Rainbow Quest Rockfest

Sadler’s Wells

Northern Dancer Fairy Bridge

Floripedes

Top Ville Toute Cy

Nashwan

Blushing Groom Height of Fashion

Milligram

Mill Reef One In A Million

Galileo FRANKEL b 08 Kind

Montjeu DASH TO THE TOP b 02 Millennium Dash

See race 60 in the July issue 352 QATAR PRIX DU CADRAN G1 PARISLONGCHAMP. Oct 5. 4yo+. 4000m.

1. HOLDTHASIGREEN (FR) 7 9-2 £154,432 ch g by Hold That Tiger - Greentathir (Muhtathir) O-Mr Jean Gilbert & Mr Claude Le Lay B-J Gilbert & C Le Lay TR-Bruno Audouin 2. Call The Wind (GB) 5 9-2 £61,784 ch g by Frankel - In Clover (Inchinor) O-Mr George Strawbridge B-G. Strawbridge TR-F. Head £30,892 3. Dee Ex Bee (GB) 4 9-2 b c by Farhh - Dubai Sunrise (Seeking The Gold) O-Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum B-Godolphin Management Company Ltd TR-Mark Johnston Margins 0.75, 0.75. Time 4:41.83. Going Soft. Age Starts Wins Places Earned 3-7 33 14 12 £833,254 Sire: HOLD THAT TIGER. Sire of 16 Stakes winners. 1st Dam: GREENTATHIR by Muhtathir. 2 wins at 2 and 3 in France. Dam of 3 winners:

2010: 2011: 2012:

Shall Green (f Marshall). unraced, died as a 4 year old. HOLDGREEN (g Hold That Tiger) 8 wins to 2019 in France. HOLDTHASIGREEN (g Hold That Tiger) 14 wins at 4 to 7, 2019 in France, Qatar Prix du Cadran G1, Prix Royal-Oak G1, Darley Prix Kergorlay G2, Prix de Barbeville G3, Grand Prix de Lyon Etape du Defi Galop LR, G. P. de Nantes Etape du Defi du Galop LR, Prix du Carrousel LR, Prix Max Sicard Etape du Defi du Galop LR, Prix Right Royal LR (twice), Prix Hubert Baguenault de Puchesse LR, 2nd Qatar Prix du Cadran G1, Qatar Prix Gladiateur G3 (twice), Prix Right Royal LR, Prix Hubert Baguenault de Puchesse LR, 3rd Prix RoyalOak G1, Darley Prix Kergorlay G2, Prix Max Sicard Etape du Defi du Galop LR, Grand Prix de la Ville de Craon-Mayenne LR.

2013: 2015: 2016: 2017: 2018:

Maskmoisagreen (f Iron Mask) SRILANDAGREEN (f Sri Putra) Winner at 3 in France. Sridegreen (f Sri Putra) unraced to date. Srifanelogreen (c Sri Putra) unraced to date. Penclaudjeangreen (c Penny’s Picnic)

Broodmare Sire: MUHTATHIR. Sire of the dams of 12 Stakes winners. In 2019 - HOLDTHASIGREEN Hold That Tiger G1, MKFANCY Makfi G1, ROBIN OF NAVAN American Post G2, PLEGASTELL Planteur LR.

HOLDTHASIGREEN ch g 2012 Storm Bird

Northern Dancer South Ocean

Terlingua

Secretariat Crimson Saint

Caveat

Cannonade Cold Hearted

T C Kitten

Tom Cat Needlebug

Elmaamul

Diesis Modena

Majmu

Al Nasr Affirmative Fable

Hero’s Honor

Northern Dancer Glowing Tribute

Homer Green

Homeric Green Gables

Storm Cat HOLD THAT TIGER ch 00 Beware of The Cat

Muhtathir GREENTATHIR ch 04 Lady Honorgreen

In the 2018 Prix du Cadran, Call The Wind wore down the tough Holdthasigreen towards the end of the two and a half miles. Twelve months later the same pair dominated the Longchamp marathon but this time it was the seven-yearold Holdthasigreen who kept on the better, even though he had led from the start. This was his second Gr1 victory, as he had turned out 22 days after the 2018 Cadran to win the Prix Royal-Oak. Holdthasigreen didn’t win until he was four, when he won over Pornichet’s all-weather course on his third career start, but he quickly developed into a prolific winner at Listed level. His first Group success came when he repelled the British raiders Marmelo and Nearly Caught to take the Gr2 Prix Kergorlay in 2018. He is the second Gr1 winner for the well-travelled Hold That Tiger but his predecessor Smiling Tiger was a very different type, gaining his three Gr1 successes over sprint distances on all-weather surfaces in California. The Irish-trained Hold That Tiger gained his best win in the Gr1 Grand Criterium over seven furlongs but was later placed in two Gr1 races on dirt in the US. Holdthasigreen’s dam Greentathir was a minor winner at up to ten and a half furlongs and his brother Holdgreen won at up to two miles. Their second dam, Lady Honorgreen, was a middle-distance winner. 353 PRIX DE L’ABBAYE DE LONGCHAMP - LONGINES G1 PARISLONGCHAMP. Oct 6. 2yo+. 1000m.

1. GLASS SLIPPERS (GB) 3 9-7 £180,171 b f by Dream Ahead - Night Gypsy (Mind Games) O-Bearstone Stud Limited B-Bearstone Stud TR-Kevin Ryan 2. So Perfect (USA) 3 9-7 £72,081 b/br f by Scat Daddy - Hopeoverexperience (Songandaprayer) O-Mr D. Smith, Mrs J. Magnier, Mr M. Tabor B-Machmer Hall TR-Aidan O’Brien 3. El Astronaute (IRE) 6 9-11 £36,041 ch g by Approve - Drumcliffe Dancer (Footstepsinthesand) O-Mr Ross Harmon Racing B-Mr T. Jones TR-John Quinn Margins 3, Neck. Time 0:58.04. Going Soft.

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CAULFIELD ON GLASS SLIPPERS: “Her Prix de l’Abbaye victory makes her the second Group 1 winner by Dream Ahead, following Al Wukair, who won the Prix Jacques le Marois on soft ground” Age Starts Wins Places Earned 2-3 12 5 3 £274,670 Sire: DREAM AHEAD. Sire of 26 Stakes winners. In 2019 - DONJUAN TRIUMPHANT Tagula G1, GLASS SLIPPERS Mind Games G1, ARCHER’S DREAM Acclamation LR, DREAM OF DREAMS Dansili LR, FOREVER IN DREAMS Green Tune LR, RAUCOUS Acclamation LR, RENEWAL Domesday LR.

1st Dam: NIGHT GYPSY by Mind Games. Winner at 2. Own sister to ON THE BRINK and Silaah. Dam of 7 winners:

2003:

2004: 2005: 2006: 2007:

2008: 2009: 2010: 2013: 2015: 2016:

SAFARI MISCHIEF (g Primo Valentino) 6 wins at 3 to 5. One White Sock (f Compton Admiral). died at 4 years. MYMUMSAYSIMTHEBEST (g Reel Buddy) 3 wins. Aunt Nicola (f Reel Buddy) Winner at 2, 3rd betinternet.com Empress S LR. Broodmare. ELECTRIC FEEL (f Firebreak) 2 wins at 2, RBL County Poppy Appeal Radley S LR, 2nd Sakhee Oh So Sharp S G3. Broodmare. She Mystifies (f Indesatchel) unraced. Broodmare. DISCRESSION (g Indesatchel) 2 wins at 3. BUBBLY BAILEY (g Byron) 4 wins at 4 and 5. Witchkraft (f Firebreak) unraced. Indian Warrior (g Sepoy) GLASS SLIPPERS (f Dream Ahead) 5 wins at 2 and 3 at home, France, Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp - Longines G1, Qatar Prix du Petit Couvert G3, Prix Club Hipico Moonlight Cloud LR, 2nd bss EBF Land O’Burns S LR.

2nd Dam: OCEAN GROVE by Fairy King. 1 win at 2. Dam of ON THE BRINK (f Mind Games: Hilary Needler Trophy LR), EASTERN ROMANCE (f Oasis Dream: Criterium de Vitesse LR, 2nd Ballyogan S G3, Premio Carlo Chiesa G3), Blue Tomato (g Orpen: 3rd Newton Fund Managers Rockingham S LR), Silaah (g Mind Games: 2nd Sportingbet Hever Sprint S LR). Grandam of AETNA, Shabaaby. Third dam of Tipping Over. Broodmare Sire: MIND GAMES. Sire of the dams of 7 Stakes winners.

GLASS SLIPPERS b f 2016 Warning

Known Fact Slightly Dangerous

Arvola

Sadler’s Wells Park Appeal

Diktat DREAM AHEAD b/br 08 Land of Dreams

Cadeaux Genereux Young Generation Smarten Up Sahara Star Puissance

Thatching Girton

Aryaf

Vice Regent Fashion Front

Fairy King

Northern Dancer Fairy Bridge

Leyete Gulf

Slip Anchor Shellshock

Mind Games NIGHT GYPSY b 98

Green Desert Vaigly Star

Ocean Grove

The champion two-year-old and sprinter Dream Ahead handled soft ground well enough to win the Gr1 Middle Park Stakes by a sensational nine lengths. This no doubt proved useful to his rapidly improving daughter Glass Slippers when she made her Gr1 debut in the Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp, as her four previous successes had been gained on a sound surface. It had been good when she recorded narrow wins in the Listed Prix Moonlight Cloud and the Gr3 Prix du Petit Couvert. However, there was nothing narrow about her victory in the Abbaye, which she took by three lengths. Her victory makes her the second Gr1 winner by Dream Ahead, following Al Wukair, who won the Prix Jacques le Marois on soft ground. Another of Dream Ahead’s fast winners, Donjuan Triumphant, is a Gr2 winner on soft. Glass Slippers’ broodmare sire Mind Games also contested the Prix

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de l’Abbaye on a soft surface, finishing a respectable eighth without matching the form which had brought him Group victories over the minimum distance in the Norfolk, Palace House and Temple Stakes (twice). Mind Games did, though, sire a winner of the Prix de l’Abbaye, when his six-year-old son Tangerine Trees sprang a surprise in 2011. Glass Slippers’ dam, the five-furlong juvenile winner Night Gypsy, is also the dam of Electric Feel, a seven-furlong Listed winner at two. Night Gypsy is herself a sister to the speedy two-year-old On The Brink and half-sister to another sprint Listed winner in Eastern Romance. On The Brink is also the dam of a speedy Listed winner in Aetna, but Glass Slippers’ third dam, the Slip Anchor filly Leyete Gulf, was bred to stay very well. Her dam, the Classic-placed Shellshock, was a half-sister to the Irish Oaks winner Dibidale and was the dam of two middle-distance Group/Graded winners in Missionary Ridge and Seismic Wave. 354 PRIX DE L’OPERA LONGINES G1 PARISLONGCHAMP. Oct 6. 3yo+f. 2000m.

1. VILLA MARINA (GB) 3 8-12 £257,387 b/br f by Le Havre - Briviesca (Peintre Celebre) O-Sarl Darpat France B-Sarl Darpat France TR-C Laffon-Parias 2. Fleeting (IRE) 3 8-12 £102,973 b f by Zoffany - Azafata (Motivator) O-Mrs John Magnier,Mr M.Tabor & Mr D.Smith B-Mr F. Bermudez TR-Aidan O’Brien 3. Watch Me (FR) 3 8-12 £51,486 b f by Olympic Glory - Watchful (Galileo) O-Alexander Tamagni B-Mme A Tamagni & Cocheese Bloodstock Anstalt TR-Francis-Henri Graffard Margins Short Neck, 0.75. Time 2:09.90. Going Soft. Age Starts Wins Places Earned 3 8 3 5 £353,585 Sire: LE HAVRE. Sire of 33 Stakes winners. In 2019 VILLA MARINA Peintre Celebre G1, POURVILLE Kendargent G2, ROMAN CANDLE Sunday Break G2, RYMSKA Lend A Hand G2, NORMANDEL King’s Best G3, PLATANE Nayef G3, SUEDOIS Singspiel G3, CHERISY Grand Slam LR, OLENDON Sunday Break LR, SURREY THUNDER Indian Ridge LR, TAPISSERIE Dutch Art LR, URWALD Observatory LR, VOLSKHA Montjeu LR. 1st Dam: BRIVIESCA by Peintre Celebre. 5 wins at 3 and 4 in France, USA, Prix Panacee LR, Rood and Riddle Dowager S LR, 2nd Gallorette H G3, The Very One H G3. Dam of 4 winners:

2007:

2009: 2010: 2011: 2012: 2015: 2016: 2017: 2018:

MONDA (f Cozzene) 4 wins at 3 and 4 in France. Broodmare. PANCORBO (c Arch) Winner at 3 in France. Aguafria (f More Than Ready) 2 wins at 3 in France, 3rd Prix Petite Etoile LR. Broodmare. Huelin (c Arch) ran on the flat in France. Tolox (c Zamindar) Arriate (c Shamardal) VILLA MARINA (f Le Havre) 3 wins at 3 in France, Prix de l’Opera Longines G1, Prix de Psyche G3. (c Archipenko) (f Myboycharlie)

2nd Dam: Kimono by Machiavellian. ran twice at 3. Dam of BRIVIESCA (f Peintre Celebre, see above). Grandam of Gull. Broodmare Sire: PEINTRE CELEBRE. Sire of the dams of 68 Stakes winners. In 2019 - KASIMIR Captain Al G1, VILLA MARINA Le Havre G1, ARCHEDEMUS Lope de Vega G3, GEM SONG Your Song G3, AMAZING RED Teofilo LR, ANGREIFEN Stay Gold LR, LES HOGUES Bated Breath LR, MUETTE Deep Impact LR, O’JUKE Jukebox Jury LR, VOLFANGO Dutch Art LR.

VILLA MARINA b/br f 2016 Rahy Noverre LE HAVRE b 06

Danseur Fabuleux Northern Dancer Fabuleux Jane Surako

Konigsstuhl Surata

Marie d’Argonne

Jefferson Mohair

Nureyev

Northern Dancer Special

Peinture Bleue

Alydar Petroleuse

Machiavellian

Mr Prospector Coup de Folie

Kiliniski

Niniski Kilavea

Marie Rheinberg

Peintre Celebre BRIVIESCA ch 01

Blushing Groom Glorious Song

Kimono

Bearing in mind that Le Havre stood at a mere €5,000 in his first four seasons, he showed huge potential when his first and third crops produced fillies good enough to win both the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches and Prix de Diane. Naturally the Classic-winning exploits of Avenir Certain and La Cressonniere sent his fee soaring, reaching a peak of €60,000 in 2018 and 2019, but it was still no higher than €20,000 when his 2016 crop was conceived. Numbering 157 foals, this crop has proved a fertile source of black-type performers, two of which — Villa Marina and Commes — contested the Prix de l’Opera. Although Commes had gone very close to giving Le Havre another dual Classic winner, being beaten a nose in the Pouliches and a head in the Diane, it was the progressive Villa Marina who triumphed. Handling the very soft going well, she added the Gr1 to her previous Group success in the Gr3 Prix de Psyche. Villa Marina comes from a distinguished female line but her second dam, the Machiavellian mare Kimono, showed little ability in two starts in maiden company and she was sold for only €6,000 as a 16-year-old in 2011. She had, though, produced one talented winner in her Peintre Celebre filly Briviesca. A Listed winner over a mile and a half in France, Briviesca was later Graded-placed in the US and is now the dam of Villa Marina. Villa Marina’s third dam, Kiliniski, finished fourth in the Oaks and second in the Yorkshire Oaks after winning Lingfield’s Oaks Trial. Kiliniski also ranks as the second dam of Madame Chiang, winner of the Gr1 QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes on very soft ground. Fourth dam Kilavea had the distinction of being a half-sister to the brilliant Nureyev and to Fairy Bridge, the dam of Sadler’s Wells and Fairy King. 355 QATAR PRIX JEAN-LUC LAGARDERE G1 PARISLONGCHAMP. Oct 6. 2yoc&f. 1600m.

1. VICTOR LUDORUM (GB) 9-0 £205,910 b c by Shamardal - Antiquities (Kaldounevees) O-Godolphin SNC B-Godolphin Management Company Ltd TR-A Fabre 2. Alson (GER) 9-0 £82,378 b c by Areion - Assisi (Galileo) O-Gestut Schlenderhan B-Gestut Schlenderhan TR-Jean-Pierre Carvalho

3. Armory (IRE) 9-0 £41,189 b c by Galileo - After (Danehill Dancer) O-Mrs John Magnier,Mr M.Tabor & Mr D.Smith B-Coolmore TR-Aidan O’Brien Margins 0.75, Short Neck. Time 1:44.15. Going Soft. Age Starts Wins Places Earned 2 3 3 0 £233,387 Sire: SHAMARDAL. Sire of 141 Stakes winners. In 2019 - BLUE POINT Royal Applause G1, CASTLE LADY Elusive Quality G1, EARTHLIGHT New Approach G1, PINATUBO Dalakhani G1, VICTOR LUDORUM Kaldounevees G1, MORGAN LE FAYE Lomitas G2, SUBWAY DANCER Galileo G2, TARNAWA Cape Cross G2, CAPE BYRON Mark of Esteem G3, HAZAPOUR Daylami G3, SHAMAN Green Desert G3, SKARDU Iffraaj G3, WALDPFAD Mark of Esteem G3. 1st Dam: Antiquities by Kaldounevees. 2 wins at 3 in France, 2nd Prix Cleopatre G3. Dam of 4 winners:

2012: 2013:

2014: 2015: 2017: 2018: 2019:

TURNING TIMES (f Pivotal) Winner at 2. Broodmare. ANCIENT HISTORY (c Shamardal) 2 wins at 3 in France. (c Teofilo) MARY TUDOR (f Dawn Approach) Winner at 3, Irish Stallion Farms EBF Salsabil S LR, 3rd Darley Irish Oaks G1. VICTOR LUDORUM (c Shamardal) 3 wins at 2 in France, Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere G1. (c New Approach) (f Invincible Spirit)

2nd Dam: HISTORIAN by Pennekamp. 5 wins at 2 and 3 in France Prix Rose de Mai LR. Dam of Antiquities (f Kaldounevees, see above). Grandam of CARPATHIAN. Broodmare Sire: KALDOUNEVEES. Sire of the dams of 17 Stakes winners.

VICTOR LUDORUM b c 2017 Storm Cat

Storm Bird Terlingua

Mariah’s Storm

Rahy Immense

Machiavellian

Mr Prospector Coup de Folie

Helen Street

Troy Waterway

Kaldoun

Caro Katana

Safaroa

Satingo Traverse Afar

Pennekamp

Bering Coral Dance

Helen Street

Troy Waterway

Giant’s Causeway SHAMARDAL b 02 Helsinki

Kaldounevees ANTIQUITIES gr 05 Historian

Although Shamardal’s 2019 crop of two-year-olds contains only around 45 colts, three of them have already become Gr1 winners. Earthlight set the ball rolling in the Prix Morny and has since added the Middle Park Stakes, while Pinatubo ran away with the National Stakes. Now Victor Ludorum has stretched his unbeaten record to three with his victory in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere. Whereas Pinatubo and Earthlight have uncomplicated pedigrees, Victor Ludorum is Shamardal’s third black-type winner inbred 3 x 3 to Helen Street. This daughter of the impressive Derby and Irish Derby winner Troy suffered her only defeat in three starts at two when second to Oh So Sharp, the future winner of the 1,000 Guineas, Oaks and St Leger. The Ballymacoll homebred went on to become a clear-cut winner of the Irish Oaks. The first of Shamardal’s good winners inbred to Helen Street was Lucida, whose pedigree also featured 3 x 3 inbreeding to Machiavellian. Lucida’s sire Street Cry, a son of Helen Street, was a brother to Shamardal’s dam Helsinki. Beaten only a neck in the Gr1

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Data Book European Pattern Moyglare Stud Stakes, Lucida went on to win the Gr2 Rockfel Stakes and to be beaten less than a length in the 1,000 Guineas and the Gr1 Coronation Stakes. Next came Shamtee, whose second dam is Helen Street’s fairly useful daughter Grecian Slipper (also third dam of Gr1 winner Territories). Shamtee won the 2018 Prix Finlande before her creditable fourth in the Gr2 Prix de Sandringham. Victor Ludorum is out of Helen Street’s grand-daughter Antiquities, his second dam being the Listed winner Historian, by Pennekamp. Antiquities was a useful mile-and-aquarter performer whose sire Kaldounevees is also the broodmare sire of Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden. Antiquities’ Dawn Approach filly Mary Tudor was third behind Sea Of Class and Forever Together in the 2018 Irish Oaks. 356 QATAR PRIX MARCEL BOUSSAC G1 PARISLONGCHAMP. Oct 6. 2yof. 1600m.

1. ALBIGNA (IRE) 8-12 £205,910 ch f by Zoffany - Freedonia (Selkirk) O-Niarchos Family B-The Niarchos Family TR-Mrs J. Harrington 2. Marieta (FR) 8-12 £82,378 b f by Siyouni - Macarella (Shamardal) O-Cuadra Mediterraneo B-Cuadra Mediterraneo TR-Mauricio Delcher Sanchez 3. Flighty Lady (IRE) 8-12 £41,189 b f by Sir Percy - Airfield (Dansili) O-Paul Hancock B-Tally-Ho Stud TR-Gavin Hernon Margins 2.5, 0.5. Time 1:41.26. Going Soft. Age Starts Wins Places Earned 2 4 3 0 £289,712 Sire: ZOFFANY. Sire of 32 Stakes winners. In 2019 ALBIGNA Selkirk G1, MAIN EDITION Woodman G2, WHO’S STEPH Verglas G3, DOLPHIN VISTA Mozart LR, ENCAPSULATION Iffraaj LR, GOLD TYRANNY Hennessy LR, PENSIERO D’AMORE King’s Best LR, VERDE E ROSA Giant’s Causeway LR. 1st Dam: FREEDONIA by Selkirk. 3 wins at 3 and 4 in France, Prix de Pomone G2, 2nd Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Inv. S G1. Dam of 5 winners:

2010: 2011:

‘‘

2012: 2013: 2015: 2016: 2017:

2018:

Frequently (f Dansili) unraced. Broodmare. POLYBIUS (g Oasis Dream) 6 wins at 3, 4 and 7, Stobart Club and Shop Hopeful S LR, 3rd John Guest Bengough S G3. Cuddled (f Oasis Dream). died in 2016. DREAM FREE (g Oasis Dream) Winner at 5. SEPTIMER (c Maxios) Winner at 4 in Germany. NO LIPPY (f Oasis Dream) 3 wins at 2. ALBIGNA (f Zoffany) 3 wins at 2 at home, France, Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac G1, Airlie Stud S G2. (f The Gurkha)

2nd Dam: FOREST RAIN by Caerleon. 2 wins at 3 in France. Dam of FREEDONIA (f Selkirk, see above). Grandam of Nomadic. Broodmare Sire: SELKIRK. Sire of the dams of 79 Stakes winners. In 2019 - ALBIGNA Zoffany G1, BENBATL Dubawi G2, KEYSTROKE Pivotal G3, SENATOR Frankel G3, SLALOM Intello G3.

ALBIGNA ch f 2017 Danehill

Danzig Razyana

Hasili

Kahyasi Kerali

Machiavellian

Mr Prospector Coup de Folie

Dust Dancer

Suave Dancer Galaxie Dust

Sharpen Up

Atan Rocchetta

Annie Edge

Nebbiolo Friendly Court

Caerleon

Nijinsky Foreseer

Napoli

Baillamont Bella Senora

Dansili ZOFFANY b 08 Tyranny

Selkirk FREEDONIA b 02 Forest Rain

Zoffany’s first crop, with its eight Group winners, was always going to be a hard act to follow. His considerably smaller second crop failed to produce a single Group winner (but several Listed winners) and his third crop contained just one Group winner in Who’s Steph. Fortunately, two first-crop Royal Ascot black-type winners helped boost his fourth book in 2015, the end result being a powerful team of seven two-year-old black-type winners in 2018. This resurgence suggested that Zoffany’s 2017 crop, sired at the considerably higher fee of e45,000, is destined to do well. Five of its members have already won or been placed in Group company, the star of the show being Albigna, winner of the Gr1 Prix Marcel Boussac. Zoffany has sired everything from sprinters to middle-distance performers, such as the Irish Oaks seconds Architecture and Fleeting, who were also placed in the Oaks. Albigna is another Zoffany filly likely to stay quite well. Her dam Freedonia won the Gr2 Prix de Pomone over an extended mile and a half, before finishing second in the Gr1 Turf Classic in the US and a creditable seventh in Deep Impact’s Japan Cup. Selkirk, who made his name as a miler, had an excellent record with Caerleon, the broodmare sire of Freedonia, siring six black-type winners from 37 foals (16%). Most of the others stayed middle-distances, including Selmis (a Gr1 winner over ten furlongs in Italy), Scottish Stage (second in the Irish Oaks) and Scott’s View (Gr1-placed in Hong Kong and Dubai). However, Freedonia’s previous black-type winner, the Oasis Dream gelding Polybius, was a sprinter. Albigna’s second dam Forest Rain was a half-sister to Domedriver, winner of the Gr1 Breeders’ Cup Mile, and to Tau Ceti, who won the Gr3 Prix du Prince d’Orange. Her fourth dam, Bella Senora, was a sister to the champions El Gran Senor and Try My Best. 357 QATAR PRIX DE L’ARC DE TRIOMPHE G1 PARISLONGCHAMP. Oct 6. 3yo+c&f. 2400m.

1. WALDGEIST (GB) 5 9-5 £2,573,874 ch h by Galileo - Waldlerche (Monsun) O-Gestut Ammerland/ Newsells Park B-The Waldlerche Partnership TR-A. Fabre 2. Enable (GB) 5 9-2 £1,029,730 b m by Nathaniel - Concentric (Sadler’s Wells) O-Mr K. Abdullah B-Juddmonte Farms Ltd TR-John Gosden 3. Sottsass (FR) 3 8-13 £514,865 ch c by Siyouni - Starlet’s Sister (Galileo) O-White Birch Farm B-Ecurie Des Monceaux TR-Jean Claude Rouget Margins 1.75, 1.75. Time 2:31.97. Going Soft. Age Starts Wins Places Earned 2-5 21 9 9 £4,298,559 Sire: GALILEO. Sire of 326 Stakes winners. In 2019 ANTHONY VAN DYCK Exceed And Excel G1, CAPE OF GOOD HOPE Danehill G1, CIRCUS MAXIMUS Danehill Dancer G1, HERMOSA Pivotal G1, JAPAN Danehill G1, LOVE Pivotal G1, MAGICAL Pivotal G1, SEARCH FOR A SONG Danehill G1, SOVEREIGN Danehill Dancer G1, WALDGEIST Monsun G1.

1st Dam: WALDLERCHE by Monsun. 2 wins at 2 and 3 in France, Prix Penelope G3. Dam of 3 winners:

2014:

2015: 2016: 2017: 2018:

WALDGEIST (c Galileo) 9 wins at 2, 4 and 5 in France, Criterium de Saint-Cloud G1, Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud G1, Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe G1, Prix Ganay G1, Grand Prix de Chantilly G2, Qatar Prix Foy G2 (twice), Prix d’Hedouville G3, 2nd Qipco Prix du Jockey Club G1, Prix Greffulhe G2, Gigaset Cumberland Lodge S G3, 3rd King George VI & Queen Elizabeth S G1, Prince of Wales’s S G1, Prix de Conde G3. WALDLIED (f New Approach) 2 wins at 3 in France, Prix de Malleret G2. WALDSTERN (g Sea The Stars) 2 wins at 2 and 3. Waldkonig (c Kingman) unraced to date. (f Galileo)

2nd Dam: Waldmark by Mark of Esteem. 1 win at 2, 2nd Stan James Falmouth S G2. Dam of MASKED MARVEL (c Montjeu: Ladbrokes St Leger S G1, 3rd Diamond Jubilee Investec Coronation Cup G1), WALDLERCHE (f Monsun, see above), WALDNAH (f New Approach: Dallmayr Coupe Lukull LR). Grandam of AL DABARAN. Broodmare Sire: MONSUN. Sire of the dams of 88 Stakes winners. In 2019 - SHRAAOH Sea The Stars G1, WALDGEIST Galileo G1, HOPEFUL Motivator G3, MOONLIGHT SPIRIT Dubawi G3, PELLIGRINA Soldier Hollow G3, ROMAN TURBO Holy Roman Emperor G3, SOUDANIA Sea The Stars G3.

WALDGEIST ch h 2014

GALILEO b 98

Nearctic Natalma

Fairy Bridge

Bold Reason Special

Miswaki

Mr Prospector Hopespringseternal

Allegretta

Lombard Anatevka

Konigsstuhl

Dschingis Khan Konigskronung

Mosella

Surumu Monasia

Mark of Esteem

Darshaan Homage

Wurftaube

Acatenango Wurfbahn

Urban Sea

Monsun WALDLERCHE ch 09 Waldmark

See race 5 in the June issue 358 QATAR PRIX DE LA FORET G1 PARISLONGCHAMP. Oct 6. 3yo+. 1400m.

1. ONE MASTER (GB) 5 8-13 £180,171 b m by Fastnet Rock - Enticing (Pivotal) O-Lael Stable B-Lael Stables TR-William Haggas 2. City Light (FR) 5 9-2 £72,081 b h by Siyouni - Light Saber (Kendor) O-Ecurie J L Bouchard/Madame I Corbani B-Sarl Jedburgh Stud & Mme I Corbani TR-S. Wattel 3. Speak In Colours (GB) 4 9-2 £36,041 gr c by Excelebration - Maglietta Fina (Verglas) O-Mrs C. C. Regalado-Gonzalez B-Scuderia Archi Romani TR-Joseph Patrick O’Brien Margins 0.5, 3.5. Time 1:23.66. Going Soft. Age Starts Wins Places Earned 3-5 16 5 8 £721,828 Sire: FASTNET ROCK. Sire of 151 Stakes winners. In 2019 - ONE MASTER Pivotal G1, PRINCE FAWAZ Testa Rossa G1, ANAHEED Testa Rossa G2, DREAMFORCE Shinko King G2, AVANTAGE Zabeel G3, BRIMHAM ROCKS Authorized G3, FASTNET TEMPEST Be My Guest G3, FIANO ROMANO Lion Heart G3, SHERWOOD FOREST Giant’s Causeway G3, HINERANGI Elusive City LR, LONG LEAF Stravinsky LR, MANTASTIC Galileo LR, MEADOW LANE Encosta de Lago LR, ORLAITH Piccolo LR, RIVER WILD Irish River LR. 1st Dam: ENTICING by Pivotal. 5 wins at 2 to 4, Audi King George S G3, Betfair Molecomb S G3. Dam of 3 winners:

2010: 2011: 2012: 2013: 2014:

2017: 2018:

2nd Tattersalls Falmouth S G1, 3rd Queen Anne S G1, TRM Ballyogan S G3. Cubillas (c Teofilo) unraced. Prompting (g Bated Breath) unraced to date. Craved (c Kodiac) unraced to date. (f Kodiac)

2nd Dam: SUPERSTAR LEO by College Chapel. Champion 2yr old filly in Europe in 2000. 5 wins at 2 Polypipe Flying Childers S G2, 2nd Independent Heinz 57 Phoenix S G1, Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp G1. Dam of ENTICING (f Pivotal, see above), SENTARIL (f Danehill Dancer: Normandie Stud EBF Fleur de Lys S LR, 2nd Jersey S G3). Third dam of So Enjoy. Broodmare Sire: PIVOTAL. Sire of the dams of 102 Stakes winners. In 2019 - ADVERTISE Showcasing G1, DEFOE Dalakhani G1, FAIRYLAND Kodiac G1, HERMOSA Galileo G1, LOVE Galileo G1, MAGICAL Galileo G1, ONE MASTER Fastnet Rock G1, VERACIOUS Frankel G1.

ONE MASTER b m 2014 Danzig

Northern Dancer Pas de Nom

Razyana

His Majesty Spring Adieu

Royal Academy

Nijinsky Crimson Saint

Gatana

Marauding Twigalae

Polar Falcon

Nureyev Marie d’Argonne

Fearless Revival

Cozzene Stufida

College Chapel

Sharpo Scarcely Blessed

Council Rock

General Assembly Dancing Rocks

Danehill FASTNET ROCK b 01 Piccadilly Circus

Pivotal

Northern Dancer Sadler’s Wells

2015: 2016:

TRIPLE CHOCOLATE (g Danehill Dancer) 5 wins at 3 to 5. JACOB’S PILLOW (g Oasis Dream) 8 wins at 3 to 7, 2018. Moon Eyes (f Oasis Dream). Broodmare. Compostela (f Sea The Stars) unraced. Broodmare. ONE MASTER (f Fastnet Rock) 5 wins at 3 to 5 at home, France, Qatar Prix de la Foret G1 (twice), Coolmore Stud Fairy Bridge S G3, Totepool British EBF October S LR,

ENTICING b 04 Superstar Leo

Although One Master had suffered six consecutive defeats since her narrow victory in the 2018 Prix de la Foret, this daughter of Fastnet Rock had usually performed with plenty of credit. Beaten only a length when fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Mile and third in the Queen Anne Stakes, she had also failed by only a neck in the Falmouth Stakes. A return to seven furlongs in the Foret played to her strengths and she held on to defeat the favourite City Light. While Fastnet Rock was a champion sprinter in his native Australia, quite a lot of his Gr1-winning daughters in Australia and Europe have stayed at least a mile and a quarter, good examples being Mosheen (Victoria Oaks), Unforgotten (Australian Oaks), Qualify (Oaks), Zhukova (Man o’ War Stakes) and Diamondsandrubies (Pretty Polly Stakes). However, One Master possesses more speed, as might be expected of a filly of her pedigree. Her first two dams, Enticing and Superstar Leo, were both very fast. A daughter of the King’s Stand and Nunthorpe Stakes winner Pivotal, Enticing appreciated Goodwood’s fast five furlongs to such an extent that she landed the Gr3 Molecomb Stakes at two and the Gr3 King George Stakes at four. Superstar Leo made her name as a two-year-old, notably winning the Gr3 Norfolk Stakes and Gr2 Flying Childers Stakes before tackling the top older sprinters in the Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp, where she managed to beat all bar Namid. When Fastnet Rock was mated to Starship, Superstar Leo’s half-sister by Galileo, she produced Rivet, winner of the Gr1 Racing Post Trophy over a mile, and Booming

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CAULFIELD ON ALBIGNA: “Five members of Zoffany’s 2017 crop have already won or been placed in Group company, the star of the show being Albigna, winner of the Prix Marcel Boussac” Delight (formerly Out And About), a Gr3 winner over a mile in Hong Kong. This is also the family of San Donato, a Lope de Vega colt who was a good third in the 2019 Poule d’Essai des Poulains. 359 BET365 FILLIES’ MILE STAKES G1 NEWMARKET. Oct 11. 2yof. 8f.

1. QUADRILATERAL (GB) 9-0 £321,829 ch f by Frankel - Nimble Thimble (Mizzen Mast) O-Mr K. Abdullah B-Juddmonte Farms Ltd TR-Roger Charlton 2. Powerful Breeze (GB) 9-0 £122,013 b f by Iffraaj - Power of Light (Echo of Light) O-Dr Ali Ridha B-Godolphin Management Company Limited (Rabbah) TR-Hugo Palmer 3. Love (IRE) 9-0 £61,063 ch f by Galileo - Pikaboo (Pivotal) O-Mr M. Tabor, D. Smith & Mrs John Magnier B-Coolmore TR-Aidan O’Brien Margins Head, 1.5. Time 1:37.70. Going Good to Soft. Age Starts Wins Places Earned 2 3 3 0 £336,564 Sire: FRANKEL. Sire of 47 Stakes winners. In 2019 ANAPURNA Montjeu G1, DREAM CASTLE Dubawi G1, LOGICIAN Daylami G1, QUADRILATERAL Mizzen Mast G1, VERACIOUS Pivotal G1, ELARQAM Efisio G2, MEHDAAYIH Gone West G2, OBLIGATE Oasis Dream G2, DELAWARE Oasis Dream G3, FINCHE Woodman G3, FOUNT Chester House G3, LEARN BY HEART Danehill Dancer G3, MASTER OF REALITY Darshaan G3, SENATOR Selkirk G3, SUN MAIDEN Kingmambo G3, SUPHALA Kingmambo G3. 1st Dam: NIMBLE THIMBLE by Mizzen Mast. Winner at 3. Dam of 3 winners:

2014: 2015: 2016: 2017: 2018: 2019:

BALESTRA (g Bated Breath) 5 wins. Usher (g Oasis Dream) ran twice. Boardman (c Kingman) Winner at 3 in France, 3rd Prix de Saint Patrick LR. QUADRILATERAL (f Frankel) 3 wins at 2, bet365 Fillies’ Mile S G1. (f Frankel) (c Kingman)

2nd Dam: Skiable by Niniski. 4 wins at 2 to 4 in France, USA, 2nd Matching S LR. Dam of THREE VALLEYS (c Diesis: Del Mar Breeders’ Cup H G2, 2nd Darley Dewhurst S G1, 3rd Ind. Waterford Wedgwood Phoenix S G1, Citation H G1 (twice)), Derwent (g Mizzen Mast: 2nd Prix Gerald de Rochefort Hurdle LR, 3rd Gde.Crse de Haies de Printemps Hp Hurdle G3). Grandam of SCISSOR KICK, SHARKBITE. Broodmare Sire: MIZZEN MAST. Sire of the dams of 11 Stakes winners. In 2019 - LA BUENA VIDA Gemologist G1, QUADRILATERAL Frankel G1, MAJOR JUMBO Zebedee LR.

QUADRILATERAL ch f 2017 Sadler’s Wells

Northern Dancer Fairy Bridge

Urban Sea

Miswaki Allegretta

Danehill

Danzig Razyana

Rainbow Lake

Rainbow Quest Rockfest

Cozzene

Caro Ride The Trails

Kinema

Graustark Mrs Peterkin

Niniski

Nijinsky Virginia Hills

Kerali

High Line Sookera

Galileo FRANKEL b 08 Kind

Mizzen Mast NIMBLE THIMBLE ch 09 Skiable

Continuing on from his Gr1 successes with Dream Castle, Anapurna, Veracious and Logician, Frankel boosted his tally of individual Gr1 winners in 2019 to five when his unbeaten daughter showed plenty of courage in wearing down Powerful Breeze to take the Fillies’ Mile. Whereas the second, third, fourth and fifth were all previous winners at Group level, Quadrilateral was making her black-type debut, but she

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had been a nine-length winner of a conditions race at Newbury on her second start. Quadrilateral comes from one of Juddmonte’s most famous female lines, but not from its most famous branch. Her second dam, the Niniski mare Skiable, was bred to a similar pattern to Juddmonte’s blue hen Hasili. Like Hasili, she was by a Nijinsky line stallion, and, like Hasili, she was out of the seven-furlong winner Kerali. Kerali in turn was a daughter of the 1977 Cheveley Park Stakes winner Sookera. Another of Kerali’s daughters, Hasili’s sister Arrive, produced those fine fillies Promising Lead and Visit in becoming the TBA’s Broodmare of the Year for 2008. Quadrilateral’s dam Nimble Thimble wasn’t one of the family’s many black-type performers. This lightlyraced daughter of Mizzen Mast gained her only win in a Wolverhampton maiden but she had the distinction of being a half-sister to Three Valleys, who romped home eight lengths clear in the Gr3 Coventry Stakes and was also first past the post in the Gr1 Middle Park Stakes, only to lose the race because of a banned substance. Quadrilateral is already the best winner that Frankel has sired from the Kerali family, but he has also done well with three of Hasili’s daughters, siring the smart Mirage Dancer (Gr3 Glorious Stakes and third in the Gr1 Caulfield Cup), Obligate (Gr2 Prix de Sandringham and third in the Gr1 Prix Rothschild) and Weekender (third in the G1 Irish St Leger). 360 DARLEY DEWHURST STAKES G1 NEWMARKET. Oct 12. 2yoc&f. 7f.

1. PINATUBO (IRE) 9-1 £302,690 b c by Shamardal - Lava Flow (Dalakhani) O-Godolphin B-Godolphin Management Company Ltd TR-Charlie Appleby £114,756 2. Arizona (IRE) 9-1 b/br c by No Nay Never - Lady Ederle (English Channel) O-Mrs John Magnier,Mr M.Tabor & Mr D.Smith B-Stephen Sullivan TR-Aidan O’Brien £57,432 3. Wichita (IRE) 9-1 b c by No Nay Never - Lumiere Noire (Dashing Blade) O-Mr D. Smith, Mrs J. Magnier, Mr M. Tabor B-W. M. Ervine TR-Aidan O’Brien Margins 2, 2.75. Time 1:26.50. Going Soft.

2nd Dam: MOUNT ELBRUS by Barathea. 3 wins at 3 and 4 at home, France Prix Petite Etoile LR. Dam of LAVA FLOW (f Dalakhani, see above), Strobilus (g Mark of Esteem: 2nd Gran Criterium G1), Hunterview (g Reset: 3rd Totescoop6 Swinton H. Hurdle G3) Broodmare Sire: DALAKHANI. Sire of the dams of 29 Stakes winners. In 2019 - PINATUBO Shamardal G1, TOWER OF LONDON Raven’s Pass G1, MAX VEGA Lope de Vega G3, ABADAN Samum LR, KARIEGA Kingda Ka LR, SHELIR Dark Angel LR, THUNDEROUS Night of Thunder LR. The Shamardal/Dalakhani cross has produced: PINATUBO G1, GLOBAL GIANT G3, TANIYAR G3, Balansiya G3.

SHAMARDAL b 02

2018: 2019:

Mariah’s Storm

Rahy Immense

Machiavellian

Mr Prospector Coup de Folie

Helen Street

Troy Waterway

Darshaan

Shirley Heights Delsy

Daltawa

Miswaki Damana

Barathea

Sadler’s Wells Brocade

El Jazirah

Kris Eljazzi

Dalakhani LAVA FLOW ch 10 Mount Elbrus

See race 297 in the November issue 361 QIPCO BRIT.CHAMPIONS FILLIES/ MARE STAKES G1 ASCOT. Oct 19. 3yo+f. 11f 110yds.

1. STAR CATCHER (GB) 3 8-13 £311,905 b f by Sea The Stars - Lynnwood Chase (Horse Chestnut) O-Mr A. E. Oppenheimer B-Hascombe & Valiant Stud Ltd TR-John Gosden £118,250 2. Delphinia (IRE) 3 8-13 b f by Galileo - Again (Danehill Dancer) O-Mrs John Magnier,Mr M.Tabor & Mr D.Smith B-Orpendale & Chelston TR-Aidan O’Brien £59,180 3. Sun Maiden (GB) 4 9-5 b f by Frankel - Midsummer (Kingmambo) O-Mr K. Abdullah B-Juddmonte Farms Ltd TR-Sir Michael Stoute Margins Short Head, 1. Time 2:28.40. Going Soft. Age Starts Wins Places Earned 2-3 7 5 1 £961,165

SEA THE STARS b 06

Danzig Foreign Courier

Park Appeal

Ahonoora Balidaress

Miswaki

Mr Prospector Hopespringseternal

Allegretta

Lombard Anatevka

Fort Wood

Sadler’s Wells Fall Aspen

Urban Sea

Horse Chestnut LYNNWOOD CHASE b 02

London Wall

Col Pickering Nalatale

Trempolino

Sharpen Up Trephine

Sue Warner

Forli Bitty Girl

Lady Ilsley

See race 173 in the August issue 362 QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS SPRINT STAKES G1 ASCOT. Oct 19. 3yo+. 6f.

1. DONJUAN TRIUMPHANT (IRE) 6 9-2 £330,693 b h by Dream Ahead - Mathuna (Tagula) O-King Power Racing Co Ltd B-Patrick Cosgrove & Dream Ahead Syndicate TR-Andrew Balding 2. One Master (GB) 5 8-13 £125,373 b m by Fastnet Rock - Enticing (Pivotal) O-Lael Stable B-Lael Stables TR-William Haggas 3. Forever In Dreams (IRE) 3 8-12 £62,745 gr f by Dream Ahead - Dora de Green (Green Tune) O-Phoenix Ladies Syndicate B-C. Marnane TR-A. F. Fogarty Margins 1, Neck. Time 1:16.40. Going Heavy. Age Starts Wins Places Earned 2-6 37 7 18 £805,014 Sire: DREAM AHEAD. Sire of 26 Stakes winners. In 2019 - DONJUAN TRIUMPHANT Tagula G1, GLASS SLIPPERS Mind Games G1, ARCHER’S DREAM Acclamation LR, DREAM OF DREAMS Dansili LR, FOREVER IN DREAMS Green Tune LR, RAUCOUS Acclamation LR, RENEWAL Domesday LR. 1st Dam: MATHUNA by Tagula. Winner at 2 in France. Dam of 4 winners:

2009: 2010: 2012: 2013:

Sire: SEA THE STARS. Sire of 59 Stakes winners. In 2019 - CRYSTAL OCEAN Mark of Esteem G1, SHRAAOH Monsun G1, STAR CATCHER Horse Chestnut G1, STRADIVARIUS Bering G1, CALL ME LOVE Rainbow Quest G2, FIFTY STARS Sadler’s Wells G2, RAA ATOLL Sadler’s Wells G2, TEREBELLUM Elusive City G2, FANNY LOGAN Manduro G3, LAVENDER’S BLUE Danehill Dancer G3, SOUDANIA Monsun G3. 1st Dam: Lynnwood Chase by Horse Chestnut. Dam of 5 winners:

2007: 2008: 2010: 2011:

2016:

2016: 2017:

Storm Bird Terlingua

Helsinki

Sire: SHAMARDAL. Sire of 141 Stakes winners. In 2019 - BLUE POINT Royal Applause G1, CASTLE LADY Elusive Quality G1, EARTHLIGHT New Approach G1, PINATUBO Dalakhani G1, VICTOR LUDORUM Kaldounevees G1, MORGAN LE FAYE Lomitas G2, SUBWAY DANCER Galileo G2, TARNAWA Cape Cross G2, CAPE BYRON Mark of Esteem G3, HAZAPOUR Daylami G3, SHAMAN Green Desert G3, SKARDU Iffraaj G3, WALDPFAD Mark of Esteem G3.

ANTISANA (f Dubawi) Winner at 4 in France. Al Mureib (g Dubawi) PINATUBO (c Shamardal) 6 wins at 2, Darley Dewhurst S G1, Goffs V. O’Brien National S G1, Qatar Vintage S G2, Chesham S LR. (f Sea The Stars) (f Teofilo)

Storm Cat Giant’s Causeway

2013: 2014:

2015:

Green Desert Cape Cross

PINATUBO b c 2017

Age Starts Wins Places Earned 2 6 6 0 £714,691

1st Dam: LAVA FLOW by Dalakhani. 2 wins at 3 in France, Prix de la Seine LR. Dam of 2 winners:

STAR CATCHER b f 2016

2017: 2018: 2019:

ULTRAVOX (g Lemon Drop Kid) 5 wins. PISCO SOUR (g Lemon Drop Kid) 4 wins at 2 and 3 at home, France, P.Eugene Adam (G.P.de Maisons-Laffitte) G2. Secret Session (g Mizzen Mast) CANNOCK CHASE (c Lemon Drop Kid) 5 wins at 3 to 5 at home, Canada, Pattison Canadian International S G1. Sire. Los Olivos (c Lemon Drop Kid) ran once. BIZZARRIA (f Lemon Drop Kid) Winner at 2. Broodmare. STAR CATCHER (f Sea The Stars) 5 wins at 3 at home, France, Kerrygold Irish Oaks G1, Qipco Brit.Champions Fillies/Mare S G1, Qatar Prix Vermeille G1, Ribblesdale S G2, 3rd Haras de Bouquetot Fillies’ Trial S LR. Maurimo (f Kingman) in training. (f Frankel) (c Time Test)

2nd Dam: Lady Ilsley by Trempolino. 2 wins at 2 and 3 in France, 2nd Prix de la Cochere LR. Own sister to Najecam. Dam of LORD ADMIRAL (c El Prado: Haafhd Jebel Hatta G2, 3rd Tattersalls Gold Cup G1), Sharp Sailor (c Henrythenavigator: 3rd Ambant Gala S LR) Broodmare Sire: HORSE CHESTNUT. Sire of the dams of 19 Stakes winners. In 2019 - CAMPHORATUS Byword G1, CHANNEL MAKER English Channel G1, STAR CATCHER Sea The Stars G1.

2014: 2015: 2016: 2017: 2019:

CALEDONIAN SPRING (c Amadeus Wolf) 3 wins at 2 and 4 at home, Hong Kong, Betfred Ascendant S LR. EUSEPIO (g One Cool Cat) Winner at 3. Media Day (f Footstepsinthesand). Broodmare. DONJUAN TRIUMPHANT (c Dream Ahead) Sold 39,681gns yearling at GOOY1. 7 wins at 2 to 6, 2019 at home, France, Qipco British Champions Sprint S G1, Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte G2, coral. co.uk Rockingham S LR, Marathonbet Wentworth S LR, 2nd LARC - Prix Maurice de Gheest G1, 188Bet Sandy Lane S G2, J. Guest Bengough S G3, Totepool EBF King Richard III S LR, 3rd Qipco British Champions Sprint S G1, Totepool EBF King Richard III S LR. Lilyhammer (f Cape Cross) ran twice. BACACARAT (g Raven’s Pass) 2 wins at 3 and 4. Tactical Approach (g Teofilo) in training. Lady Maura (f Muhaarar) in training. (c Invincible Spirit)

2nd Dam: Sigonella by Priolo. unraced. Dam of WILSIDE (f Verglas: Prix Chloe G3), ROUND HEELS (f Daggers Drawn: Prix Coronation LR, Prix La Sorellina-Casino D’Arcachon LR, 2nd Bayakoa H G2). Grandam of SARIGAN. Broodmare Sire: TAGULA. Sire of the dams of 9 Stakes winners.

DONJUAN TRIUMPHANT b h 2013 Warning

Known Fact Slightly Dangerous

Arvola

Sadler’s Wells Park Appeal

Diktat DREAM AHEAD b/br 08 Land of Dreams

Cadeaux Genereux Young Generation Smarten Up Sahara Star

Green Desert Vaigly Star

Taufan

Stop The Music Stolen Date

Twin Island

Standaan Jolly Widow

Priolo

Sovereign Dancer Primevere

Stellina

Caerleon Mariella

Tagula MATHUNA b 04 Sigonella

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Data Book European Pattern One notable feature of the British Champions Sprint was that three of the 17 contestants were sired by Dream Ahead, a champion two-yearold and sprinter who retired to Ballylinch Stud as a five-time Gr1 winner. Dream Ahead gained the first of his Gr1 victories in the Prix Morny and the last of them in the Prix de la Foret, in which he beat the great Goldikova. In between were wins in the Middle Park (by nine lengths), the July Cup and Haydock’s Sprint Cup. Dream Ahead’s tenure at Ballylinch ended after five seasons, with his transfer to Haras du Grandcamp being prompted by a blank year at Group level for his progeny in 2016. However, he has made amends with his runners in the Champions Sprint. Dream Of Dreams had run Blue Point to a head in the Gr1 Diamond Jubilee, and Forever In Dreams had finished second to Advertise in the Gr1 Commonwealth Cup. This time, though, it was the turn of the six-yearold Donjuan Triumphant to spring a 33-1 surprise, with Forever In Dreams third at 66-1. Donjuan Triumphant had looked a Gr1 winner in the making as long ago as 2015, when he took the Gr2 Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte by more than five lengths. He was also a good third to Sands Of Mali in 2018’s Champions Sprint. A veteran of 37 races over five seasons in training, Donjuan Triumphant comes from a family which served the late Gerry Oldham very well. His fifth dam, Zambara, produced the legendary stayer Sagaro, a three-time winner of the Gold Cup, as well as the accomplished Mariella. The latter, winner of the Gr1 Premio Roma, was a successful broodmare and one of her daughters, Stellina, produced the Prix du Jockey-Club third Sestino. Mathuna, the dam of Donjuan Triumphant, made a winning debut over seven and a half furlongs on the all-weather at Deauville.

2 and 3, Boylesports Irish 1000 Guineas G1, Blue Square Nassau S G1, Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot S G1, 3rd Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron S G1, Poule d’Essai des Pouliches G1. Dam of 5 winners:

2010:

2011: 2012: 2014:

2015:

2017: 2019:

FLYING THE FLAG (c Galileo) 3 wins at 2, 3 and 5 at home, UAE, eFlow ‘You First’ International S G3, 2nd Galileo EBF Futurity S G2. JUST GORGEOUS (f Galileo) Winner at 3. Broodmare. HANOVER STREET (g Galileo) Winner over hurdles. RHODODENDRON (f Galileo) Champion older mare in Ireland in 2018. 5 wins at 2 to 4 at home, France, Dubai Fillies’ Mile S G1, Al Shaqab Lockinge S G1, Prix de l’Opera Longines G1, 2nd Investec Oaks S G1, Qipco 1000 Guineas S G1, Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf G1, 3rd Moyglare Stud S G1. MAGICAL (f Galileo) Jt Champion 3yr old in Europe in 2018 (11-13f.). 9 wins at 2 to 4, Tattersalls Gold Cup G1, Qipco Champion S G1, QIPCO Irish Champion S G1, Qipco Brit.Champions Fillies/Mare S G1, Coolmore Irish EBF Mooresbridge S G2, Breast Cancer Research Debutante S G2, Kilboy Estate S G2, Alleged S G3, 2nd Coral Eclipse G1, Moyglare Stud S G1, Prince of Wales’s S G1, Darley Yorkshire Oaks G1, Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf G1. Heaven of Heavens (f Galileo) in training. (c Galileo)

2nd Dam: CASSANDRA GO by Indian Ridge. 6 wins at 3 to 5 King’s Stand S G2, Tripleprint Temple S G2, 2nd Darley July Cup G1. Own sister to Grey Eminence. Dam of HALFWAY TO HEAVEN (f Pivotal, see above), TICKLED PINK (f Invincible Spirit: Connaught Flooring Abernant S G3, The Coral Charge Sprint S G3), THEANN (f Rock of Gibraltar: Cuisine de France Summer S G3), Fantasy (f Invincible Spirit: 3rd John Sisk & Son Round Tower S G3). Grandam of PHOTO CALL, LAND FORCE, BEST REGARDS. Third dam of Snazzy. Broodmare Sire: PIVOTAL. Sire of the dams of 102 Stakes winners. In 2019 - ADVERTISE Showcasing G1, DEFOE Dalakhani G1, FAIRYLAND Kodiac G1, HERMOSA Galileo G1, LOVE Galileo G1, MAGICAL Galileo G1, ONE MASTER Fastnet Rock G1, VERACIOUS Frankel G1. The Galileo/Pivotal cross has produced: HERMOSA G1, HYDRANGEA G1, LOVE G1, MAGICAL G1, RHODODENDRON G1, THE UNITED STATES G1, FLYING THE FLAG G2, GOSPEL CHOIR G2, FLATTERING G3, ORDEROFTHEGARTER G3, PEACH TREE G3, SILVER GALAXY G3, Tamarind Cove G3.

MAGICAL b f 2015 Northern Dancer

Nearctic Natalma

Fairy Bridge

Bold Reason Special

Miswaki

Mr Prospector Hopespringseternal

Allegretta

Lombard Anatevka

Polar Falcon

Nureyev Marie d’Argonne

Sadler’s Wells GALILEO b 98 Urban Sea

Pivotal

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HALFWAY TO HEAVEN b/br 05

Fearless Revival

Cozzene Stufida

Indian Ridge

Ahonoora Hillbrow

Rahaam

Secreto Fager’s Glory

Cassandra Go

ASCOT. Oct 19. 3yo+. 10f.

1. MAGICAL (IRE) 4 9-2 £770,547 b f by Galileo - Halfway To Heaven (Pivotal) O-Mr D. Smith, Mrs J. Magnier, Mr M. Tabor B-Orpendale, Chelston & Wynatt TR-Aidan O’Brien 2. Addeybb (IRE) 5 9-5 £292,131 ch g by Pivotal - Bush Cat (Kingmambo) O-Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum B-Godolphin Management Company Limited (Rabbah) TR-William Haggas 3. Deirdre (JPN) 5 9-2 £146,202 b m by Harbinger - Reizend (Special Week) O-Mr Toji Morita B-Northern Farm TR-Mitsuru Hashida Margins 0.75, 2.25. Time 2:08.40. Going Soft. Age Starts Wins Places Earned 2-4 21 9 10 £3,366,311 Sire: GALILEO. Sire of 326 Stakes winners. In 2019 ANTHONY VAN DYCK Exceed And Excel G1, CAPE OF GOOD HOPE Danehill G1, CIRCUS MAXIMUS Danehill Dancer G1, HERMOSA Pivotal G1, JAPAN Danehill G1, LOVE Pivotal G1, MAGICAL Pivotal G1, SEARCH FOR A SONG Danehill G1, SOVEREIGN Danehill Dancer G1, WALDGEIST Monsun G1. 1st Dam: HALFWAY TO HEAVEN by Pivotal. 4 wins at

See race 55 in the July issue 364 QIPCO QUEEN ELIZABETH II STAKES G1 ASCOT. Oct 19. 3yo+. 8f.

1. KING OF CHANGE (GB) 3 9-1 £623,810 b c by Farhh - Salacia (Echo of Light) O-Mr Ali Abdulla Saeed B-Godolphin Management Company Limited (Rabbah) TR-Richard Hannon 2. The Revenant (GB) 4 9-4 £236,500 ch g by Dubawi - Hazel Lavery (Excellent Art) O-Al Asayl France B-Al Asayl Bloodstock Ltd TR-Francis-Henri Graffard 3. Safe Voyage (IRE) 6 9-4 £118,360 b g by Fast Company - Shishangaan (Mujadil) O-Mr Ross Harmon B-Schneider Adolf TR-John Quinn Margins 1.25, 1.5. Time 1:44.80. Going Heavy. Age Starts Wins Places Earned 2-3 6 3 3 £766,138

Sire: FARHH. Sire of 9 Stakes winners. In 2019 - KING OF CHANGE Echo of Light G1, MOVE SWIFTLY Bertolini G2, DEE EX BEE Seeking The Gold G3, BLUE SKY DREAMER Teofilo LR, ELEGIAC Singspiel LR, FAR ABOVE Shamardal LR, WELLS FARHH GO Galileo LR. 1st Dam: SALACIA by Echo of Light. Winner at 3. Dam of 3 winners:

2014:

2015: 2016:

2017: 2018: 2019:

CENTURY DREAM (c Cape Cross) 7 wins at 2 to 4, Investec Diomed S G3, 2nd Al Tayer Zabeel Mile G2, 3rd Qipco Queen Elizabeth II S G1. THAWRY (g Iffraaj) Winner at 4. KING OF CHANGE (c Farhh) 3 wins at 3, Qipco Queen Elizabeth II S G1, Chasemore Fortune S LR, 2nd Qipco 2000 Guineas S G1. Banna (f Pivotal) unraced to date. (f Golden Horn) (f Sea The Stars)

2nd Dam: NEPTUNE’S BRIDE by Bering. 5 wins at 3 in France Prix Fille de l’Air G3, 2nd Black Helen H G2. Dam of Sea Chariot (c Seeking The Gold: 2nd Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun LR), Submariner (g Singspiel: 3rd Derrinstown Stud Jebel Ali S LR). Grandam of Dream Child. Broodmare Sire: ECHO OF LIGHT. Sire of the dams of 3 Stakes winners. In 2019 - KING OF CHANGE Farhh G1, POWERFUL BREEZE Iffraaj G2.

KING OF CHANGE b c 2016 Polar Falcon

Nureyev Marie d’Argonne

Fearless Revival

Cozzene Stufida

Lando

Acatenango Laurea

Gonfalon

Slip Anchor Grimpola

Pivotal FARHH b 08 Gonbarda

Echo of Light SALACIA b 09 Neptune’s Bride

Dubai Millennium Seeking The Gold Colorado Dancer Spirit of Tara

Sadler’s Wells Flame of Tara

Bering

Arctic Tern Beaune

Wedding of The Sea Blushing Groom Sweet Mover

For a horse whose career was frequently seriously interrupted by injuries and setbacks, including a 462-day absence after his winning debut as a juvenile, Farhh proved remarkably resilient. As a four-yearold he was second in four consecutive Gr1s, suffering two hefty defeats at the hands of Frankel but being good enough to run Nathaniel to half a length in the Eclipse and Moonlight Cloud to a head in the Prix du Moulin. It was a different story for the five-year-old Farhh. Although his 2013 season was limited to two starts, 154 days apart, he won the Gr1 Lockinge Stakes easily and conquered the soft ground on QIPCO Champions Day to defeat Cirrus des Aigles in the Champion Stakes. Farhh’s stallion career has also been fraught with difficulties, to the extent that his first four crops respectively numbered 38, 39, 20 and 17 foals. However, the son of Pivotal has once again shown his ability to bounce back. His 2015 crop has produced no fewer than six black-type winners, headed by Dee Ex Bee (runner-up in the Derby and now a leading Cup performer), Move Swiftly (Gr2 Duke of Cambridge Stakes), Nocturnal Fox (Gr2 Prix Hocquart) and Wells Farhh Go (Gr3 Acomb Stakes and Gr3 Bahrain Trophy). Both of his black-type winning sons from his second crop have underlined Farhh’s ability to sire good winners

over a wide range of distances. The Listed winner Far Above has two victories over six furlongs, whereas a mile has brought out the best in King Of Change. Runner-up to Magna Grecia at 66-1 in the 2,000 Guineas, King Of Change has won both his subsequent starts, notably winning the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on ground even softer than that on which Farhh won the Champion Stakes. King Of Change’s Gr3-winning half-brother Century Dream was third in the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in 2018. Their dam Salacia, a minor six-furlong winner at three, is by Echo Of Light, a five-time Group winner at up to ten furlongs. Echo Of Light is also the broodmare sire of the 2019 two-year-old Powerful Breeze, who went close to winning the Gr1 Fillies’ Mile. Although Salacia was ordinary on the racecourse, her dam Neptune’s Bride and second dam Wedding Of The Sea were both Group winners in France, over ten and a half furlongs and six furlongs respectively. 365 CRITERIUM DE SAINT-CLOUD G1 SAINT-CLOUD. Oct 26. 2yoc&f. 2000m.

1. MKFANCY (FR) 9-0 £128,694 b c by Makfi - Fancy Green (Muhtathir) O-Abdullah Al Maddah B-Marbat Llc TR-Mme Pia Brandt 2. Arthur’s Kingdom (IRE) 9-0 £51,486 b c by Camelot - Madeira Mist (Grand Lodge) O-Mr M. Tabor, D. Smith & Mrs John Magnier B-Skymarc Farm TR-Aidan O’Brien 3. Mythical (FR) 9-0 £25,743 b c by Camelot - Inchmina (Cape Cross) O-Mrs John Magnier,Mr M.Tabor & Mr D.Smith B-S.A.S. Clear Light TR-Aidan O’Brien Margins 3, 0.5. Time 2:20.21. Going Heavy. Age Starts Wins Places Earned 2 3 2 1 £144,505 Sire: MAKFI. Sire of 32 Stakes winners. In 2019 MKFANCY Muhtathir G1, MULANCHI Encosta de Lago G3, PETIT FILS Orpen G3, ANNA MAGNOLIA Slip Anchor LR, COOGA DOON O’Reilly LR. 1st Dam: FANCY GREEN by Muhtathir. Winner at 3 in France. Dam of 2 winners:

2015: 2015: 2017:

(c Mastercraftsman) FANCYTASTIC (g Mastercraftsman) 2 wins. MKFANCY (c Makfi) 2 wins at 2 in France, Criterium de Saint-Cloud G1.

Broodmare Sire: MUHTATHIR. Sire of the dams of 12 Stakes winners. In 2019 - HOLDTHASIGREEN Hold That Tiger G1, MKFANCY Makfi G1, ROBIN OF NAVAN American Post G2, PLEGASTELL Planteur LR.

MKFANCY b c 2017 Dubawi MAKFI b 07

Dubai Millennium Seeking The Gold Colorado Dancer Zomaradah

Deploy Jawaher

Green Desert

Danzig Foreign Courier

Irish Valley

Irish River Green Valley

Elmaamul

Diesis Modena

Majmu

Al Nasr Affirmative Fable

Rainbow Quest

Blushing Groom I Will Follow

Mountain Spirit

Royal Academy Martingale

Dhelaal

Muhtathir FANCY GREEN ch 10 Fancy Stone

Now resident in Japan, the 2,000 Guineas winner Makfi spent six seasons in Europe, four at Tweenhills and then two at Haras de Bonneval. His first crop produced a very good colt in Make Believe, winner of the

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CAULFIELD ON TECHNICIAN: “This is an excellent family, as Technician’s second dam, the unraced Sharata, was a half-sister to Shahrastani, winner of the Derby and Irish Derby back in 1986” Gr1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains and the Gr1 Prix de la Foret, and it is possible that his final crop has done the same, in Mkfancy. Despite being opposed by two Camelot colts trained by Aidan O’Brien, Mkfancy led throughout to take the Gr1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud. Mkfancy’s young career has already established that he handles very soft ground extremely well. This is something we have come to expect from his sire line. Makfi gained three of his wins on very soft ground, on one occasion defeating the great Goldikova in the Gr1 Prix Jacques le Marois. In doing so he followed his sire Dubawi and grandsire Dubai Millennium as the third successive generation of his male line to win the Jacques le Marois. Coincidentally, Mkfancy’s broodmare sire Muhtathir also won the Jacques le Marois, in 2000, but he showed his best form on good to firm and firm. Mkfancy’s dam Fancy Green won a 15-runner newcomers’ event over a mile at Compiegne in the June of her three-year-old season and she has now produced a Gr1 winner as her second foal. Mkfancy’s second and third dams both failed to produce any black-type performers but third dam Mountain Spirit had the distinction of coming from a very successful Wildenstein family. Her dam Martingale produced the Gr1 Prix Saint-Alary winner Muncie, as well as Mersey, a high-class staying filly who won the Gr1 Prix Royal-Oak. Martingale in turn was a half-sister to several major performers, including Mount Hagen (Gr1 Prix du Moulin) and the top filly Madelia (Gr1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches and Gr1 Prix de Diane). 366 CRITERIUM INTERNATIONAL G1 PARISLONGCHAMP. Oct 27. 2yoc&f. 1400m.

1. ALSON (GER) 9-0 £128,694 b c by Areion - Assisi (Galileo) O-Gestut Schlenderhan B-Gestut Schlenderhan TR-Jean-Pierre Carvalho 2. Armory (IRE) 9-0 £51,486 b c by Galileo - After (Danehill Dancer) O-Mrs John Magnier,Mr M.Tabor & Mr D.Smith B-Coolmore TR-Aidan O’Brien Margins 20. Time 1:28.61. Going Heavy. Age Starts Wins Places Earned 2 6 4 2 £260,369 Sire: AREION. Sire of 44 Stakes winners. In 2019 ALSON Galileo G1, ITOBO Lomitas G2, RUBAIYAT Lomitas G2, EMERITA Green Tune LR, SUN AT WORK Royal Solo LR. 1st Dam: ASSISI by Galileo. 2 wins at 4 in Germany. Dam of 3 winners:

2015:

2016: 2017:

2018: 2019:

ANCIENT SPIRIT (c Invincible Spirit). 3 wins at 3 in Germany, Mehl-Mulhens Rennen (2000 Guineas) G2, Darley Oettingen Rennen G2. ASSISI’S TRYST (f Poet’s Voice) Winner at 3 in Germany. ALSON (c Areion) 4 wins at 2 in France, Germany, Criterium International G1, Wackenhut Zukunfts Rennen G3, 2nd Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere G1. (c Guiliani) (c Holy Roman Emperor)

2nd Dam: AMARETTE by Monsun. 3 wins at 2 and 3 in Germany P. der Diana Deutsches Stuten Derby G1. Own sister to Arras. Dam of AMAZONA (f Dubawi: G.P. Rondo Food Niederrhein Pokal G3), Ametrin (c Tiger Hill:

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2nd Oppenheim Union-Rennen Prem. Dreierwette G2). Grandam of Apadanah, Ancona. Broodmare Sire: GALILEO. Sire of the dams of 165 Stakes winners. In 2019 - ALSON Areion G1, GHAIYYATH Dubawi G1, INVINCIBELLA I Am Invincible G1, MAGNA GRECIA Invincible Spirit G1, SISTERCHARLIE Myboycharlie G1, SOTTSASS Siyouni G1, THE AUTUMN SUN Redoute’s Choice G1, WARNING Declaration of War G1, WATCH ME Olympic Glory G1, WINNING WAYS Declaration of War G1. The Areion/Galileo cross has produced: ALSON G1, PRIMA VIOLETTA LR.

ALSON b c 2017 Super Concorde

Bold Reasoning Prime Abord

Raise Your Skirts

Elevation Strings Attached

Caerleon

Nijinsky Foreseer

Alata

Le Levanstell Altamura

Sadler’s Wells

Northern Dancer Fairy Bridge

Urban Sea

Miswaki Allegretta

Monsun

Konigsstuhl Mosella

Avocette

Kings Lake Akasma

Big Shuffle AREION b 95 Aerleona

Galileo ASSISI b 09 Amarette

The Criterium International became something of a non-event, thanks to the heavy ground. With Lady Penelope having to be withdrawn after an incident in the stalls, just two runners were left. The German raider Alson had finished a short-neck in front of Armory when the pair finished second and third in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere, but the reduction in distance from a mile to seven furlongs seemed more likely to favour the free-running Alson, a Gr3 winner over six furlongs. Alson had Armory in trouble with three furlongs still to run and he had 20 lengths to spare at the line. Alson, a homebred from Gestut Schlenderhan, is the first Gr1 winner to represent his sire Areion, even though this son of Big Shuffle was Germany’s champion sire in 2010, 2013, 2015 and 2017. This arguably owes more to Germany’s Group-race programme than to any shortcoming in Areion, who has 24 Group winners to his credit. Areion competed mainly over sprint distances, from two to five years, with his five wins including the Gr3 Goldene Peitsche and two editions of the Gr3 Holsten Trophy. He was therefore a typical son of Big Shuffle, another sprinter who landed the 1987 Cork and Orrery Stakes at Royal Ascot. Big Shuffle was champion sire no fewer than six times, but he too struggled to sire Gr1 winners, his total standing at two. It is hardly surprising that Alson stays better than his sire, as his first two dams are daughters of Galileo and Monsun. His dam Assisi didn’t race until she was four, when her three starts yielded two wins and a second. Assisi’s dam Amarette won the Gr1 Preis der Diana and Amarette’s brother Arras was third in the Prix du Jockey-Club. Their dam, the nine-furlong Listed winner Avocette, was a half-sister to Aviso, winner of the Gr2 German 2,000 Guineas.

367 PRIX ROYAL-OAK G1 PARISLONGCHAMP. Oct 27. 3yo+. 3100m.

1. TECHNICIAN (IRE) 3 8-10 £180,171 gr c by Mastercraftsman - Arosa (Sadler’s Wells) O-Team Valor 1 B-Barronstown Stud TR-Martyn Meade 2. Call The Wind (GB) 5 9-4 £72,081 ch g by Frankel - In Clover (Inchinor) O-Mr George Strawbridge B-G. Strawbridge TR-F. Head 3. Holdthasigreen (FR) 7 9-4 £36,041 ch g by Hold That Tiger - Greentathir (Muhtathir) O-Mr Jean Gilbert & Mr Claude Le Lay B-J Gilbert & C Le Lay TR-Bruno Audouin Margins 1.25, 3.5. Time 3:40.13. Going Heavy. Age Starts Wins Places Earned 2-3 10 5 2 £381,509 Sire: MASTERCRAFTSMAN. Sire of 73 Stakes winners. In 2019 - REINE DE ARABIE Sir Cat G1, TECHNICIAN Sadler’s Wells G1, YA PRIMO Special Quest G1, NOMBAR Stormin Fever G2, SANTA MONICA Zamindar G2, VINTAGER Orpen G2, GRAN GRECO Stuka G3, AGENTE SEGRETO Diktat LR, AGROTERA King’s Best LR, MASTER’S SPIRIT Sicyos LR, STILL STANDING Giant’s Causeway LR. 1st Dam: AROSA by Sadler’s Wells. 2 wins at 3 and 4 at home, USA, Claire Marine S. Own sister to TAMARIND and CRIMSON TIDE. Dam of 4 winners:

2009: 2010: 2011: 2012: 2013: 2014: 2016:

2017: 2018:

Rosa Alpina (f Mr Greeley) unraced. Broodmare. K Lightning (g Danehill Dancer) Water Hole (f Oasis Dream) 3 wins at 2 and 3, 3rd TBA Atalanta S G3. Broodmare. Don Keyhoe Tay (c Danehill Dancer) FASTNET LIGHTNING (c Fastnet Rock) 3 wins at 3 and 5 in France. CAHERDANIEL (g Fastnet Rock) Winner at 3. TECHNICIAN (c Mastercraftsman) Sold 32,560gns yearling at GOOY1. 5 wins at 3 at home, France, Prix Royal-Oak G1, Qatar Prix Chaudenay G2, Unibet Geoffrey Freer S G3, Prix Ridgway LR, 2nd bet365 Classic Trial G3. Crafty Rosa (f Mastercraftsman) unraced to date. (f Mastercraftsman)

2nd Dam: Sharata by Darshaan. unraced. Dam of CRIMSON TIDE (c Sadler’s Wells: Premio Ribot G2, Grosser Preis von Dusseldorf G2), PHARATTA (f Fairy King: Garden City Breeders’ Cup H G2), TAMARIND (f Sadler’s Wells: Ladbrokes Give Thanks S G3), LA VIDA LOCA (f Caerleon: Edgewood S LR, 3rd San Clemente S G2), AROSA (f Sadler’s Wells, see above). Grandam of Beau Vengerov, Tansholpan, Tauteke. Third dam of RECOLETOS, CASTELLAR, CARTAYA, Elabela. Broodmare Sire: SADLER’S WELLS. Sire of the dams of 437 Stakes winners. In 2019 - ENABLE Nathaniel G1, TECHNICIAN Mastercraftsman G1, WAR OF WILL War Front G1, FIFTY STARS Sea The Stars G2, RAA ATOLL Sea The Stars G2, SHADN No Nay Never G2, WORTH WAITING Bated Breath G2. The Mastercraftsman/Sadler’s Wells cross has produced: TECHNICIAN G1, EVEN SONG G2, DAWN OF HOPE G3, Edelpour G3, Hand On Heart G3.

TECHNICIAN gr c 2016 Danehill

Danzig Razyana

Mira Adonde

Sharpen Up Lettre d’Amour

Black Tie Affair

Miswaki Hat Tab Girl

Reves Celestes

Lyphard Tobira Celeste

Northern Dancer

Nearctic Natalma

Fairy Bridge

Bold Reason Special

Darshaan

Shirley Heights Delsy

Shademah

Thatch Shamim

Danehill Dancer MASTERCRAFTSMAN gr/ro 06 Starlight Dreams

Sadler’s Wells AROSA b 03 Sharata

around a mile, which is what might be expected of a stallion who was a champion two-year-old and a Classicwinning miler. However, Kingston Hill stayed well enough to win the St Leger and Technician stays even better, judging by the way he coped with the distance of nearly two miles on heavy ground. Predictably, there is no shortage of stamina in the bottom half of Technician’s pedigree. His dam Arosa is one of the many stakes winners sired by Sadler’s Wells from daughters of Darshaan, others being Milan (St Leger), Septimus (Irish St Leger) and Ebadiyla (Irish Oaks and Prix Royal-Oak). Arosa, who gained her black-type success in the Claire Marine Stakes over a mile and a half in the US, had two Group-winning siblings in Crimson Tide and Tamarind, both of whom were Group winners over a mile and a half. Sadler’s Wells’s brother Fairy King also sired a Group winner from their dam Sharata, in the form of Pharatta, who enjoyed Gr2 success at up to nine furlongs in France and the US. Pharatta is now the second dam of the very smart Recoletos, who won the Prix d’Ispahan and Prix du Moulin at four, having finished third in the Prix du Jockey-Club. This is an excellent family, as Technician’s second dam, the unraced Sharata, was a half-sister to Shahrastani, winner of the Derby and Irish Derby back in 1986. Third dam Shademah also had some notable relatives, as her half-brother Shakapour won the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and her half-sister Shashna produced the Prix de Diane winner Shemaka. 368 VERTEM FUTURITY TROPHY STAKES G1 NEWCASTLE. Nov 1. 2yoc&f. 8f.

1. KAMEKO (USA) 9-1 £113,420 b/br c by Kitten’s Joy - Sweeter Still (Rock of Gibraltar) O-Qatar Racing Limited B-Calumet Farm TR-Andrew Balding 2. Innisfree (IRE) 9-1 £43,000 b c by Galileo - Palace (Fastnet Rock) O-D Smith/Mrs Magnier/M Tabor/Mrs O’Brien B-Whisperview Trading Ltd TR-Aidan O’Brien 3. Year of The Tiger (IRE) 9-1 £21,520 b c by Galileo - Tiggy Wiggy (Kodiac) O-Smith/Mrs Magnier/Tabor/Flaxman Stables B-Coolmore TR-Aidan O’Brien Margins 3.25, Neck. Time 1:36.20. Going Standard. Age Starts Wins Places Earned 2 4 2 2 £157,837 Sire: KITTEN’S JOY. Sire of 76 Stakes winners. In 2019 - HENLEY’S JOY Bluegrass Cat G1, KAMEKO Rock of Gibraltar G1, FOCUS GROUP Dynaformer G2, DIVISIDERO Lemon Drop Kid G3, DRAMATIC QUEEN Dubawi G3, FARAWAY KITTEN Indian Charlie G3, EDISA Rock of Gibraltar LR, JEZEBEL’S KITTEN Not For Love LR, KARAMA Marju LR. 1st Dam: SWEETER STILL by Rock of Gibraltar. 5 wins at 3 and 5 in USA, Senorita S G3, 2nd Providencia S G2. Dam of 1 winner:

When Technician defeated the Gr1-winning stayers Call The Wind and Holdthasigreen in the Prix Royal-Oak, he became the seventh Gr1 winner from the first seven northern hemisphere crops by Mastercraftsman. Most of these seven, such as Alpha Centauri, Amazing Maria and the American-raced mares Off Limits and A Raving Beauty, have thrived at

2013: 2014: 2015: 2016: 2017: 2018:

Dreaming of Stella (f Giant’s Causeway) unraced. Broodmare. Catchingsnowflakes (f Galileo) unraced. Union Pub (g Union Rags) unraced. Nobody (c Union Rags) in training. KAMEKO (c Kitten’s Joy) 2 wins at 2, Vertem Futurity Trophy S G1, 2nd Juddmonte Royal Lodge S G2, Betway Solario S G3. (f Big Blue Kitten)

2nd Dam: Beltisaal by Belmez. Dam of KINGSBARNS (c Galileo: Racing Post Trophy G1, 3rd Qipco Queen Elizabeth II S G1), SWEETER STILL (f Rock of Gibraltar,

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Data Book European Pattern see above), BELLE ARTISTE (f Namid: Derrinstown Stud 1000 Guineas Trial G3), GIMLI’S ROCK (g Rock of Gibraltar: WKD Core Hurdle G2) Broodmare Sire: ROCK OF GIBRALTAR. Sire of the dams of 43 Stakes winners. In 2019 - BELVOIR BAY Equiano G1, KAMEKO Kitten’s Joy G1, DANON CHASER Deep Impact G3, QUEST THE MOON Sea The Moon G3, TAMNIAH Nathaniel G3. The Kitten’s Joy/Rock of Gibraltar cross has produced: KAMEKO G1, EDISA G2.

KAMEKO b/br c 2017 Sadler’s Wells

Northern Dancer Fairy Bridge

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That’s My Hon

L’Enjoleur One Lane

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El Gran Senor Grace Note

Ittisaal

Caerleon House Tie

El Prado KITTEN’S JOY ch 01 Kitten’s First

Rock of Gibraltar SWEETER STILL b/br 05 Beltisaal

In 2017, Qatar Racing’s Roaring Lion lost his unbeaten record by just a neck when second to Saxon Warrior in the last edition of the Gr1 Racing Post Trophy. The son of Kitten’s Joy, of course, was to develop into the star three-year-old of 2018, so it was hardly surprising that Qatar Racing chose to buy another son of Kitten’s Joy for only $90,000 at Keeneland in 2018. Named Kameko, he had helped compensate for Roaring Lion’s sad demise in New Zealand by going one better in the final Gr1 race of the British season, now renamed the Vertem Futurity Trophy. Kameko was originally the only colt declared to tackle five raiders from Aidan O’Brien’s yard, but he faced stiffer competition

when the race had to be postponed and transferred to Newcastle’s all-weather track. Kameko had gone close to winning two previous Group races, going down by a nose in the Gr3 Solario Stakes and a neck in the Gr2 Royal Lodge. Bearing in mind that Kameko was conceived at a fee of $100,000 and that his dam Sweeter Still had been a multiple stakes winner at up to Gr3 level on turf in California, the colt was very well bought at $90,000. But this is another reminder that Kitten’s Joy’s progeny have often failed to sell well — something which once prompted his owner Ken Ramsey to complain that “he is the most underappreciated sire in North America. I am disgusted at what those horses [Kitten’s Joy’s 2017 yearlings] sold for at Keeneland. He is the number-one living sire in North America, yet people here just aren’t interested in buying his yearlings”. Ramsey threatened to transfer the stallion to Europe but later relented. Kameko is the second member of his family to win the Futurity Trophy, as his dam Sweeter Still is a half-sister by Rock Of Gibraltar to the ultimatelydisappointing Kingsbarns, the winner in 2012. Their dam Beltisaal never finished closer than fourth in a seven-race career in the French provinces, during which she tackled distances at up to a mile and a half. However, she produced three Group winners and was a grand-daughter of the fine broodmare House Tie, whose daughters Tea House and Twine jointly produced five Group winners, including Gr1 winner Danish and Gr2 winner Alderbrook (later winner of the Champion Hurdle).

369 WALDGEIST GROSSER PREIS VON BAYERN G1 MUNICH. Nov 3. 3yo+. 2400m.

1. NANCHO (GER) 4 9-6 £90,090 b c by Tai Chi - Nantana (Paolini) O-Intergaj B-H Johanpeter TR-Gabor Maronka 2. Manuela de Vega (IRE) 3 8-13 £27,027 b f by Lope de Vega - Roscoff (Daylami) O-Waverley Racing B-Merriebelle Irish Farm Ltd TR-Ralph Beckett 3. Ashrun (FR) 3 9-2 £13,514 b c by Authorized - Ashantee (Areion) O-Stall Turffighter B-H Wirth TR-A Wohler Margins Neck, Neck. Time 2:41.90. Going Soft. Age Starts Wins Places Earned 4 5 4 1 £160,889 Sire: TAI CHI. Sire of 5 Stakes winners. 1st Dam: NANTANA by Paolini. 3 wins at 4 in Germany. Dam of 1 winner:

2015:

2017:

NANCHO (c Tai Chi) Sold 6,302gns yearling at BBAGO. 3 wins at 4 in Germany, Hungary, Waldgeist Grosser Preis von Bayern G1, Baden Wurttemberg Trophy G3. Nanscholino (c Tai Chi) unraced to date.

Broodmare Sire: PAOLINI. Sire of the dams of 1 Stakes winner.

NANCHO b c 2015 Sadler’s Wells

Northern Dancer Fairy Bridge

Kasora

Darshaan Kozana

Big Shuffle

Super Concorde Raise Your Skirts

Tamarita

Acatenango Tamacana

Lando

Acatenango Laurea

Prairie Darling

Stanford Prairie Belle

Monsun

Konigsstuhl Mosella

Nordsee

Kings Lake Nona

High Chaparral TAI CHI b 09 Taita

Paolini NANTANA b 07 Nostalgia

Although bred in Germany from a German family, Nancho represents a triumph for the Hungarians, as the

four-year-old gelding has been a multiple winner in Hungary before returning to his native land to gain two Group successes late in the season. He had more than seven lengths to spare at the end of the Gr3 BadenWurttemberg-Trophy over a mile and a quarter but had to work much harder in the Gr1 Grosser Preis von Bayern over an extra quarter mile, in which he held off the British filly Manuela de Vega by a diminishing neck. The runner-up’s stablemate Antonia de Vega was just a neck and a head back in fourth in what was an exciting finish. Sold for only €9,000 as a yearling, Nancho is a son of Tai Chi, a High Chaparral horse who made his name as a two-year-old in 2011. Tai Chi gained four consecutive victories, including in the Gr3 Preis des Winterfavoriten at Cologne over a mile, before later finishing a respectable third in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud. Tai Chi has spent his stud career at fees under €5,000 and hasn’t been strongly supported. However, Nancho is one of five black-type winners by the stallion from 62 foals. Nancho’s dam Nantana is a winning daughter of the accomplished international performer Paolini, and his third dam Nordsee was a half-sister to the German Group winners Nordtanzerin, Nadour Al Bahr and North Queen, all of whom were placed in either the Deutsches Derby or the Preis der Diana.

Group 2 and 3 Results Date 26/09 26/09 27/09 27/09 27/09 27/09 28/09 28/09 28/09 29/09 29/09 29/09 30/09 03/10 04/10 05/10 05/10 05/10 05/10 05/10 06/10 06/10 11/10 11/10 11/10 11/10 12/10 12/10

Grade G3 G3 G2 G2 G3 G3 G2 G3 G3 G2 G3 G3 G3 G3 G3 G2 G2 G2 G3 G3 G3 G3 G2 G3 G3 G3 G2 G3

Race (course) D. C. L.& Lanwades Stud Stakes (Gowran Park) Somerville Tattersall Stakes (Newmarket) Shadwell Joel Stakes (Newmarket) Shadwell Rockfel Stakes (Newmarket) matthews.ie Diamond Stakes (Dundalk) Princess Royal Muhaarar Stakes (Newmarket) Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (Newmarket) AES Renaissance Stakes (Curragh) Holden Loughbrown Stakes (Curragh) Beresford Stakes (Curragh) Weld Park Stakes (Curragh) G.P. der Landeshauptstadt Dusseldorf (Dusseldorf) Prix de Conde (Chantilly) pferdewetten.de P. Deutschen Einheit (Berlin-Hoppegarten) Prix Thomas Bryon J.C. de Turquie (Saint-Cloud) Qatar Prix Chaudenay (Parislongchamp) Qatar Prix Daniel Wildenstein (Parislongchamp) Qatar Prix Dollar (Parislongchamp) Cumberland Lodge Stakes (Ascot) J. Guest Bengough Stakes (Ascot) Preis des Winterfavoriten (Cologne) Coolmore Concorde Stakes (Tipperary) Godolphin Challenge Stakes (Newmarket) Darley Pride Stakes (Newmarket) Godolphin Cornwallis Stakes (Newmarket) Godolphin Oh So Sharp Stakes (Newmarket) Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte (Maisons-Laffitte) Premio Verziere - Mem. A. Cirla (Milan)

Dist 9f 7f 8f 7f 10.5f 12f 8f 6f 16f 8f 7f 8.5f 9f 10f 7f 15f 8f 9.5f 12f 6f 8f 7f 7f 10f 5f 7f 6f 10f

Horse Four White Socks (GB) Wichita (IRE) Benbatl (GB) Daahyeh (GB) Blenheim Palace (IRE) Spirit of Appin (GB) Royal Dornoch (IRE) Speak In Colours (GB) Kastasa (IRE) Innisfree (IRE) New York Girl (IRE) Kronprinz (GER) Hopeful (FR) Itobo (GER) King’s Command (GB) Technician (IRE) The Revenant (GB) Skalleti (FR) Morando (FR) Cape Byron (GB) Rubaiyat (FR) Yulong Gold Fairy (GB) Mustashry (GB) Fanny Logan (IRE) Good Vibes (GB) Rose of Kildare (IRE) Shadn (IRE) Call Me Love (GB)

Age 4 2 5 2 3 4 2 4 3 2 2 4 2 7 2 3 4 4 6 5 2 4 6 3 2 2 2 3

Sex F C H F C F C C F C F C G G G C G G G G C F G F F F F F

Sire Lope de Vega No Nay Never Dubawi Bated Breath Galileo Champs Elysees Gleneagles Excelebration Rock of Gibraltar Galileo New Approach Lord of England Motivator Areion Dubawi Mastercraftsman Dubawi Kendargent Kendargent Shamardal Areion Mount Nelson Tamayuz Sea The Stars Due Diligence Make Believe No Nay Never Sea The Stars

Dam Peppermint Green Lumiere Noire Nahrain Affluent Meow Oshiponga Bridal Dance Maglietta Fina Kasanka Palace Annee Lumiere Kaiserwiese Monst Iowa O’Giselle Arosa Hazel Lavery Skallet Moranda Reem Three Representera Quite A Thing Safwa Linda Radlett Satsuma Cruck Realta Amethyst Fresnay

Broodmare Sire Green Desert Dashing Blade Selkirk Oasis Dream Storm Cat Barathea Danehill Dancer Verglas Galileo Fastnet Rock Giant’s Causeway Sholokhov Monsun Lomitas Octagonal Sadler’s Wells Excellent Art Muhaymin Indian Rocket Mark of Esteem Lomitas Dutch Art Green Desert Manduro Compton Place Sixties Icon Sadler’s Wells Rainbow Quest

Index 337 338 339 340 341 342 343 344 345 346 347 348 349 370 371 372 373 374 375 376 377 378 379 380 381 382 383 384

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Data Book Group 2 and 3 Results continued 12/10 12/10 12/10 13/10 18/10 19/10 19/10 20/10 20/10 20/10 20/10 20/10 20/10 20/10 23/10 26/10 26/10 26/10 26/10 26/10 27/10 29/10 29/10 02/11 03/11 03/11 03/11 03/11 03/11

G3 G3 G3 G3 G3 G2 G3 G2 G2 G2 G2 G2 G3 G3 G3 G3 G3 G3 G3 G3 G3 G3 G3 G3 G2 G2 G3 G3 G3

Darley Stakes (Newmarket) Dubai Autumn Stakes (Newmarket) Godolphin Zetland Stakes (Newmarket) Silbernes Pferd (Berlin-Hoppegarten) Al Basti Mercury Stakes (Dundalk) Qipco Brit. Champions Long Distance Cup (Ascot) Killavullan Stakes (Leopardstown) Gran Premio del Jockey Club (Milan) Premio Dormello (Milan) Premio Gran Criterium (Milan) Premio Vittorio di Capua (Milan) Prix du Conseil de Paris (Parislongchamp) Baden Wurttemberg Trophy (Baden-Baden) Preis der Winterkonigin (Baden-Baden) Prix des Reservoirs (Deauville) Tote Eyrefield Stakes (Leopardstown) Premio St Leger Italiano (Milan) Prix Belle de Nuit (Saint-Cloud) Prix Perth (Saint-Cloud) Prix de Flore (Saint-Cloud) GP.Gestuts Ammerland Herbst Preis (Hannover) Prix Miesque (Maisons-Laffitte) Prix de Seine-et-Oise (Maisons-Laffitte) Heath Court Horris Hill Stakes (Newmarket) Premio Lydia Tesio (Rome) Premio Roma (Rome) Premio Carlo e Francesco Aloisi (Rome) Premio Guido Berardelli (Rome) Premio Ribot Memorial L. Luciani (Rome)

9f 8f 10f 15f 5f 15.5f 7f 12f 8f 7.5f 8f 11f 10f 8f 8f 9f 15f 14f 8f 10.5f 11f 7f 6f 7f 10f 10f 6f 9f 8f

Feliciana de Vega (GB) Military March (GB) Max Vega (IRE) Ladykiller (GER) Dr Simpson (FR) Kew Gardens (IRE) Stela Star (IRE) Donjah (GER) Night Colours (IRE) Rubaiyat (FR) Out of Time (ITY) Subway Dancer (IRE) Nancho (GER) Ocean Fantasy (FR) Pocket Square (GB) Degraves (IRE) Pretending (ITY) Monica Sheriff (GB) Miss O Connor (IRE) Spirit of Nelson (IRE) Lips Queen (GER) Dream And Do (IRE) Trois Mille (FR) Kenzai Warrior (USA) Call Me Love (GB) Skalleti (FR) Nikisophia (IRE) Aurelius In Love (IRE) Out of Time (ITY)

3 2 2 3 2 4 2 3 2 2 3 7 4 2 2 2 6 3 4 4 3 2 3 2 3 4 3 2 3

F C C F F C F F F C C G C F F C H F F F F F G C F G F C C

Lope de Vega New Approach Lope de Vega Kamsin Dandy Man Galileo Epaulette Teofilo Night of Thunder Areion Sakhee’s Secret Shamardal Tai Chi Make Believe Night of Thunder Camelot Librettist Lawman Roderic O’Connor Mount Nelson Kamsin Siyouni Evasive Karakontie Sea The Stars Kendargent No Nay Never Alhebayeb Sakhee’s Secret

Along Came Casey Punctilious Paraphernalia Lady Jacamira New Romantic Chelsea Rose Compostela Dyanamore Many Colours Representera Calma Apparente Sub Rose Nantana Oceanie Shared Account Daganya Brumeux Require Magadar Spirit of Pearl Lady Lips Venetias Dream Indian Beauty Lemon Sakhee Fresnay Skallet Apache Dream Harranda Calma Apparente

Oratorio Danehill Dalakhani Lord of England Singspiel Desert King Sea The Stars Mt Livermore Green Desert Lomitas Rainbow Quest Galileo Paolini Dansili Dansili Danehill Dancer Machiavellian Montjeu Lujain Invincible Spirit Zinaad Librettist Mujadil Lemon Drop Kid Rainbow Quest Muhaymin Indian Ridge Red Ransom Rainbow Quest

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The Finish Line with Paul Barber Paul Barber has been a cornerstone of the West Country jumping scene all of his adult life. Besides enjoying regular success at the top level as an owner, he has had a massive influence on the careers of many of jump racing’s biggest names. A dairy farmer by trade, and from a family which has been making cheese for almost 200 years, his early ambitions were to milk 1,000 cows and win the Cheltenham Gold Cup. He struck sporting gold when his advert for a tenant at Ditcheat was answered by a certain Paul Nicholls. Interview: Graham Dench

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was very pleased with Clan Des Obeaux finishing second at Down Royal although he was beaten fair and square, because a lot of Paul’s horses were just needing a run. When he came home, he came over and talked to me and wanted a cuddle, but then 12 hours later he wasn’t quite so keen on me! Then within a day he didn’t really want to talk to me, because he’d recovered all of his energy. He’s that sort of horse. We’ll wait for the King George now, and he should have just as good a chance as last year. I don’t think he’ll be 16-1, though.

these days, but I have half shares in about six. I’ve got quite a good one in Ask For Glory, who has a lot of ability but didn’t do himself justice in the bumper at Cheltenham and has had a wind operation since. Another is Dan McGrue, who was dreadful last season but won at Plumpton at the beginning of November. I don’t think I’ve ever known a horse so transformed by a wind operation. My first good horse was Artifice, who won 21 races and was placed twice behind the remarkable Badsworth Boy in the Champion Chase. Then after Paul started I had quite a few good horses, including See More Indians, See More Business and Call Equiname before Denman came along. I’ve been very lucky over the years and I do enjoy them – but I never back them.

This season we are sadly without RSA Chase winner Topofthegame, but he’s going to be fired and all being well he’ll be back in training in July. We still have hopes he’ll be a Gold Cup horse one day. I’ve not got that many horses

GEORGE SELWYN

In the early days my horses all used to run in my own name and I would insure them, but I never got on very well when something went wrong. I stopped insuring them and instead went in to shared ownership, so that if anything went wrong I had only half. Apart from reducing the risk, the social side of shared ownership is part of the fun and so it works well for me.

Topofthegame (right) jumps alongside Delta Work en route to RSA Chase glory

When I was in partnership with Harry Findlay in Denman, people often referred to us as ‘the odd couple’ and I didn’t mind that at all – it was a very good description! I’d sit down and work things out, and never have a bet, whereas I once watched Harry lose £2.5 million on a game of rugby. I still speak to Harry occasionally. We never fell out, and he came up to see us last year. It’s ten years now since Denman’s second Hennessy win, which was a very special day after the problems he’d had. It was a wonderful performance under top weight, giving

What A Friend 20lb I think, and the crowd went mad. The Cheltenham Gold Cup had been wonderful too, of course, but I’ve never heard anything like it at Newbury, and I’m delighted that the ‘Denman Gates’ that they’ve created there to celebrate him are being unveiled now after Denman Chase day was abandoned. Newbury is my favourite course. It’s a really true and honest track, good for any horse, and you can’t grumble when you get beaten there. When Paul first came to Ditcheat he impressed me enough to get the job but I could never have imagined the heights he would achieve, with 11 championships and all of those big races. It was soon apparent though that he was fairly determined and that he wouldn’t be content just playing around with 20 horses. He’s tremendous at reading a horse, and it’s been a fascinating and enjoyable experience seeing him and the whole set-up at Ditcheat grow so much. I’m in the yard most days still, and if Paul’s not there I talk to Clifford [Baker, head lad] and other members of the team. It’s one of the most enjoyable parts of the sport, possibly the most enjoyable of all. I enjoy sharing it with some of the visitors to my cheese business, as they often ask to go down to the yard. I never go racing between May 1 and October 1 because I have almost no interest at all in Flat racing, apart from the big races like the Derby and the King George. I’ve never had a runner on the Flat and I’ve only ever been to two Flat meetings in my life. I suppose you could say they were at the two extremes of the racing spectrum, as one was at Bath and the other was at Longchamp on Arc day. It was 1971, when Mill Reef beat the crack French filly Pistol Packer. Now that was an occasion!

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