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Fee: !17,500

1st Sussex Stakes-Gr.1,by 2! lengths from Paco Boy

1st Queen Elizabeth II Stakes-Gr.11st Juddmonte International

Stakes-Gr.1, from Twice Over1st Tyros Stakes-Gr.3 in July of his

two-year-old season2nd Eclipse Stakes-Gr.1, a length

behind Sea The Stars and4! lengths clear of Conduit

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Contact: Coolmore Stud, Fethard, Co. Tipperary, Ireland. Tel: 353-52-6131298. Fax: 353-52-6131382. Christy Grassick, David O’Loughlin, Eddie Fitzpatrick, Tim Corballis, Maurice Moloney,Gerry Aherne, Mathieu Legars, Jason Walsh or Sebastian Hutch. Tom Gaffney, David Magnier, Joe Hernon or Cathal Murphy: 353-25-31966/31689. Kevin Buckley (UK Rep.) 44-7827-795156.

E-mail: [email protected] Web site: All stallions nominated to EBF.

Filly ex. Danehill Music (Danehill Dancer),winner of the Park Express Stakes-Gr.3.

Colt ex. Strictly Lambada (Red Ransom), from theReprocolor damline, owned by Meon Valley Stud.

Other outstanding foals include a filly out of MONEVASSIA(dam of European Champion 2yo filly RUMPLESTILTSKIN)

Filly ex. Truly Mine (Rock of Gibraltar), winner ofthe Salsabil Stakes-L.R., owned by Mrs. C.L. Weld.

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

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Does anyone remember – or know, for thoseunder the age of 60 – how footballcommentator Hugh Johns described

England’s fourth goal in the 1966 World Cup Final? Ifthe answer is yes, give yourself a pat on the back. If theanswer is no, don’t be too hard on yourself.

The truth is most people weren’t watching theaforementioned game on ITV and listening to Johns.They were enjoying the coverage on the BBC andhearing Kenneth Wolstenholme’s famous line “somepeople are on the pitch, they think it’s all over… it isnow!” To this day it remains one of the most quotedand well-known phrases in the history of Britishtelevision.

Having your product on the BBC gives it an appealand gravitas that no otherchannel has matched, before orsince Alf Ramsey’s team won atWembley.

For over 60 years, the Beebhas delivered racing into thenation’s homes, capturingmoments including Red Rum’sthree Grand Nationals, Grundyand Bustino’s epic King Georgebattle and Frankie Dettori’sMagnificent Seven.

But all that will change from2013, when Channel 4 willbecome our sport’s soleterrestrial broadcaster, havingsigned a four-year deal said to be worth around £15million. The Grand National, Royal Ascot, Derby, KingGeorge VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes andChampions’ Day will all migrate across the network.

Much subsequent comment has highlighted thebenefits of capturing the entire sport’s output,including all the ‘crown jewels’, on a single channel,which I must point out has been a staunch supporterof racing since 1984. Indeed, the potential now existsto really co-ordinate and drive the narrative of racingthat some feel is key to attracting new followers.

Yet, bizarrely, the issue of watching racehorses – andthat’s what we all enjoy doing, right? – on a channelthat makes its revenue from constant advertisingbreaks, appears to have been overlooked. But then,

maybe you are the kind of person who gets a buzzfrom watching Michael Parkinson repeatedly trying toflog life insurance. I am not.

Overall, Channel 4 Racing does a fine job. HoweverI always prefer to watch continuous coverage of racing,without interruption, as I would with any televisionprogramme or film. I know others feel the same way.But now that option has been taken away.

Returning to Dettori’s Magnificent Seven, the BBCwas not scheduled to show every race from Ascot onthat momentous day 16 years ago but, aware of whatwas happening and with the capacity to do so, tookthe decision to broadcast the seventh race live.

Would Channel 4, with its ‘commercial’ approachand inflexible programming, have done the same?

No. Because it has“commitments to other peoplewith its schedule”. And that’saccording to a Channel 4Racing spokesperson.Remember the 2010 DubaiWorld Cup, when, owing to alate off-time, the programmewas forced off air before theresult of the world’s richest racecould be announced? Can youimagine the damage to racing’sreputation if Derby day wassubjected to the sametreatment?

While Channel 4 offeredmore money for the rights to racing than the BBC –unsurprisingly, given the corporation’s desperation tomake savings – I wonder whether those in charge ofthe media rights negotiations should have looked atthe bigger picture, rather than apparently opting forthe broadcaster prepared to stump up the most cashnow.

Doubtless those involved will say they did exactlythat, however history tells us that racing faces adifficult task if it wants to convince as many people towatch the sport on Channel 4 as on the BBC.

As ever, Channel 4 Racing’s coverage of theCheltenham Festival was top class. George Selwyn’simages on pages 16-23 convey the excitement andthrill of four wonderful days at Prestbury Park.


Loss of BBC racing coveragecould be a National tragedy

“Should those in

charge of media

rights negotiations

have looked at the

bigger picture?”

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7 ROA LeaderTackling the levy leakage

9 TBA LeaderBreeders central to sport’s future

10 NewsOffshore operators to be taxed

14 ChangesYour monthly round-up

26 Tony MorrisAmerica’s drugs shame

29 James WilloughbyCross country chases in the dock


33 View From IrelandTaoiseach visits the Expo

36 Continental TalesUK trainers can’t go to Cagnes

39 Around The GlobeCalifornia opposition to Betfair


16 Big PictureCheltenham Festival action

30 Foundation MaresThe Wertheimers’ Glaneuse

42 Talking To...Training legend Toby Balding

48 COVER STORYRoger CharltonBeckhampton handler eyes Guineas glory

54 Bansha HouseCon Marnane on hisbreeze-up success

59 Breeders’ DigestHelp needed for NH mares

60 Sales CircuitIncluding first-season sire focus

96 FlashbackCorbiere’s Grand National


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The recent budget statement that offshore onlinegambling will be taxed from December 2014 mustplace a question mark over whether Coral will now

be having a change of heart in its plan to join other majorbookmakers in setting up an internet operation in Gibraltar.While bet365 currently stands alone in resisting thetemptation of moving offshore to avoid paying tax and levy,it now seems likely the bookmaker traffic will soon beflowing the other way.

This is an important matter to racing as more than 80%of the levy comes from major bookmakers, while bettingonline continues to attract an increasing proportion of thebetting market. Neither could the government afford toallow this state of affairs tocontinue. Parliament has beencontinuously reminded of thismassive tax avoidance scam by anincreasingly vocal group of MPsled by Matt Hancock. Onlyrecently, he repeated his plea inthe Commons for a level playingfield for bookmakers and aregulated environment for UKpunters.

Estimates suggest the offshoreloophole is now costing racingbetween £10 million and £20m ayear in unpaid levy. The cost togovernment, which is currently losing tax receipts on mostonline sports bets, is many times that amount.

The subject is, of course, closely linked to thegovernment proposal to replace the levy with some formof commercial agreement between racing and the bettingindustry that is underpinned by statute.

Fundamental to this, as Matt Hancock and his colleagueshave successfully argued, is the introduction of legislationso that tax is paid at the point of consumption. It woulddefine the location of the bet as not where the bookmakeris, but where the punter is. A bookmaker who wants toadvertise to British punters and take bets from them wouldneed to be licensed by the Gambling Commission. Oncethis is implemented, many of the advantages forbookmakers of being based offshore would quicklydisappear.

It will surprise no-one that the tri-partite talks betweengovernment, bookmakers and the racing industry on levyreplacement are moving very slowly. The current levysystem gives bookmakers VAT exemption on theirpayments to racing and, whatever else might emerge fromthese discussions, the bookmakers are adamant that thismust be maintained.

An alternative scheme based on some form of Truststructure is therefore being pursued, but one is left with thefeeling that the betting industry is being very half-heartedabout the whole notion of levy replacement. After all, thelevy holds more advantages for bookmakers than it doesfor racing and they are aware that the legislative process to

achieve an alternative is going tobe both difficult and time-consuming. The bookmakers maypay lip service to supporting thegovernment’s plans but, I suspect,they hope the proposals areeventually kicked into the longgrass.

It is easy to see howbookmakers might think thatplaying the long game willeventually give them what theywant. We should consider the factthat revenue from racecoursemedia rights has already

overtaken the levy as a source of income for racing and thatthe gap between the two will continue to increase.

We should also consider that funding based almostentirely on media rights represents the sort of free marketcommercial system that the bookmakers have alwayshankered after.

They favour this because it would allow them to pickand choose between racecourses and fixtures whennegotiating picture rights. It would put them in controlwhereby they could eventually spurn large numbers offixtures unless the cost of those pictures came down toderisory levels.

We must be wary of the betting industry’s long game,but at least in Matt Hancock and his like-minded colleagueswe have politicians who are emphatically on racing’s side.We must back them to the hilt.

RACHEL HOOD PresidentRacehorse Owners Association

Budget may hastenbookmakers’ return Point of consumption tax will change dynamics of online betting

“Estimates suggest

the offshore loophole

could be costing

racing £20 million

per year”

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April is very much a month when the racing yearturns a corner and starts to focus on the Flat.However, foaling and covering duties currently

remain the priority for breeders. I was delighted to attendthe recent Godolphin Annual Stud and Stable Staff Awardsand would like to congratulate all the nominees, but inparticular the Stud Staff Award winners – Frances Eilbeck(Minster Stud), Gordon Lang (Fittocks Stud) and overallwinner Graham Nicklin (Glebe Stud). There is no moreappropriate time of the year for stud staff to be applaudedfor their commitment and professional skills

The TBA’s own Stud Staff Awards, run bi-monthly,recognises and celebrates the value of competent andprofessional staff. From thesedeserving candidates an annualwinner is selected to receive theNew England Stud-sponsoredAward and £1,000. Our judgeshave recently selected the 2011winner and this will beannounced at the TBA AnnualAwards Dinner.

Nomination papers for theTBA Board elections have beencirculated and the next six weekswill see voting for the twovacancies, caused by the end ofmy own term of office and that offellow board member Julian Wilson, whose wideknowledge of the day-to-day challenges faced by studfarmers has proved to be of enormous practical help tothe TBA. Amongst our co-opted members we arefortunate to enjoy some key professional skills. However,we need to recruit two individuals who are closely intouch with both the racing and breeding industry andwho are willing to support the Association and providetheir time and knowledge to safeguard our future.

There are many challenges ahead. The work of thegovernment and the EU, particularly with regard to ruralpolicies, requires continued vigilance and effort in supportof recruiting and retaining our members which is alwayschallenging. Veterinary concerns will always beuppermost in our minds, and emerging diseases whichmay have the potential to threaten our stock, not least the

potential concerns highlighted by the Schmallenberg virusand the seeming breakdown of the African Horse Sicknessvaccine involved in a deadly outbreak in South Africa’sneighbour, Swaziland, need to be carefully monitored.

The outcome of the legal case brought in Australia tochallenge the registration requirement that athoroughbred horse has to be the produce of a naturalservice and not conceived by any form of artificialbreeding will be announced in the coming months; theseissues serve to illustrate the calibre of the challenges thatyour Association could be facing down the track. Fromthe two new Board members could come a future TBAChairman and, in spite of the support of an excellent

team, this frontline job is not forthe faint-hearted.

It is inconceivable that it isnow two years since I firstpredicted that horsemen andracecourses would need to acceptthat they should work together tofind a solution to the industry’sstructure. It remains imperativethat the TBA is fully involved inthis debate and continues toinfluence decision-making underthe new structure.!

The breeding industry ispeople and horses. In the

structure of racing administration, the TBA represents oneof the groups which is closest to the horse. Throughoutmy term as Chairman I have endeavoured to ensure thatthe TBA embraces its responsibility to the thoroughbredand those that tend him, first and foremost.

The Next Generation Committee has brought thishome to me that the enthusiasm of young people, theirambition and desire for knowledge will ensure that thissport will endure. The attraction of the horse has notwaned. I believe it never will – it is just up to us to ensurewe pass on a healthy industry to the next generation.

Can I urge you, therefore, to support the Association,identify the good candidates we have within ourmembership, encourage them to do their bit, and ensurethat we have a robust and effective Association preparedto face up to these issues.

KIRSTEN RAUSING Chairman Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association

Board members soughtto safeguard our futureFigures at heart of the industry needed to help face ongoing challenges

“In the structure of

racing administration,

the TBA represents one

of the groups which is

closest to the horse”

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NEWSS t o r i e s f r o m t h e r a c i n g w o r l d

The government has decided to bring offshorebetting operators inside the tax framework in amove that could generate £270 million a yearfor the Treasury by 2016-17.

Chancellor George Osborne announced inhis March budget that online gambling wouldnow be taxed according to where the customer– not the company – is based.

Put simply, gross profits duty will now becharged on all internet bets placed by British-based punters regardless of whether theirchosen bookmaker’s online operation is basedin Gibraltar or Gillingham.

Osborne said: “The current duty regime forremote gambling introduced by the lastgovernment was levied on a ‘place of supply’basis.

“This allowed overseas operators to largelyavoid it – and much of the industry has, as aresult, moved offshore.

“Ninety per cent of online gamblingconsumed by our citizens is now supplied fromoutside the UK. And the remaining UKoperations are under pressure to leave.

“This is clearly not fair and not a sensible wayto support jobs in Britain. So we intend tointroduce a tax regime based on the place ofconsumption: where the customer is based, notthe company.”

While the rate of duty is not yet known, thegovernment will instigate a consultation periodin due course, with an announcement expected

later this year or early in 2013.Of the big bookmaking firms, only Coral and

bet365 have kept their online businesses in theUK, with the former announcing shortly beforethe budget that their move offshore “willhappen”.

West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock, who hassupported racing in trying to close the offshoreloophole due its detrimental effect on the levy,was delighted with the Chancellor’s decision.

“This will create a level playing field for the

gambling industry and crucially becauseonshore operators pay full levy, it is the first steptowards a sustainable financial future forracing,” he said.

“It still needs legislation and I will keeppushing in parliament until we see thiscommitment made law.”

The government also set the take-out ratefrom betting shop gaming machines at 20%, amove which some sources claimed would hitthe industry’s profits by £48m.

Government closes loopholefor offshore betting operatorsChancellor’s tax on gambling online to boost Treasury coffers and racing industry





April – as we all know – heralds the start ofthe Flat Season, and I’m delighted to say that2012 promises to deliver horsemen a radicaldeparture from past practice, across a rangeof different areas.

First up is the newly developedHorsemen’s Group Tariff scheme, which wasannounced shortly before Christmas.Racecourses have been ranked using three

different criteria: the percentage of their raceswhich meet the HG’s underlying tariff; thepercentage of a course’s total prize-moneywhich derives from non-levy funding (the‘executive contribution’ made by aracecourse from its own coffers); and, finally,the average amount of executive contributionper fixture.

The top rank of courses meet all threecriteria successfully and have beendesignated ‘Partner’ racecourses, meaningthat the HG is actively encouraging itsmembers to support them. The second rankhave met one or two of the criteria and aredescribed as ‘Associate Partners’, meritingsupport when individual races they stagemeet or exceed tariff. The third category is

defined as ‘Unclassified’. A full list of Partner racecourses is available

on the Horsemen’s Group website, but it is

encouraging that around two thirds of alltracks, of differing shapes and sizes, havepassed all the criteria.

By Chairman Paul Dixon “It is encouragingthat around two

thirds of all tracksare full partners”

Matthew Hancock MP wants a level playing field for the betting business

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This year’s Grand National will be the lastshown on the BBC after Channel 4 secured therights to show all terrestrial racing from nextyear.

The four-year deal, worth around £15million, will also see the Derby, Royal Ascot,King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakesand Champions’ Day leave the nationalbroadcaster, whose racing portfolio has shrunkconsiderably in recent years.

It is understood Channel 4 will now reviewits entire racing output, including whether tohand production duties to Sunset + Vine,responsible for the BBC’s racing output, or keepwith current supplier Highflyer.

The television rights negotiations were led by

Racecourse Media Group, whose ChiefExecutive Richard FitzGerald said: “Channel 4has shown a total commitment to our sport.

“This new deal will not only deliver increasedrevenues for British racing, but with all of ourcrown jewels in its portfolio, Channel 4 offers acompelling vision to innovate the way racing isbroadcast.”

Whether or not Clare Balding, regarded asone of the best racing broadcasters in thebusiness following 16 years with the BBC, willjoin the Channel 4 team is the subject of muchspeculation.

The presenter tweeted: “Desperately sad thatBBC TV has lost all rights to cover horseracing.

“I’m not rushing into any decisions about

what I will do in the future – 2012 is a busyenough year to keep me on my toes and thenwe’ll see.”

Sir Peter O’Sullevan, the BBC commentatorknown as the ‘Voice of Racing’, was alsodisappointed with the corporation’s withdrawalfrom the sport.

“My reaction is one of horror,” he said. “Ithink that racing will survive the loss of BBCcoverage, and Channel 4 will do the GrandNational and Royal Ascot just as well, if notbetter, than the BBC.

“But it will always be regretted that one of thecountry’s major and most traditional sports isnot to be adequately reflected by the nationalbroadcaster.”

Channel 4 wins right to show all terrestrial racing from 2013





This year’s Grand National will be the last on the BBC; will Clare Balding move too?

From major tracks such as Ascot andNewmarket to Salisbury and Ffos Las, whoboth rank in the top ten, most racecoursescontinue to improve their prize-moneyperformance, to the benefit of all horsemen.Ffos Las, admirably, is the clear leader interms of percentage executive contribution.Only one course – Redcar – fails all theassessment criteria, on the figures available todate. Horsemen will have to make their ownminds up as to whether to support a businesswhich is failing to support them.

‘Partner Racecourse’ is no longer just adesignation for the guidance of horsemen.April also sees the start of the Horsemen’sGroup Bonus Scheme, by which the HG willadd a £5,000 bonus to 96 races during the

course of the season. This bonus will beshared between the winning owner, trainer,jockey, breeder and stable staff, provided thatthe winning connection is a member of therelevant HG constituent body (ROA, NTF,PJA or TBA). These bonus races will only bestaged at Partner racecourses. Clearly, we verymuch hope that the bonus races will attract ahigh level of entries, so that racecourses thatsupport us are rewarded for doing so, andthose who are currently Associate Partnersare encouraged to step up to the mark!

The Bonus Scheme, combined with theQuality Support Fund discussed in thiscolumn previously, and tariff, are all intendedto lead to racecourses competing against eachother for the product that horsemen work so

hard to bring to the track. In the mediumterm, that is the only way we can ensuresustainable prize-money.

WHILE we’re on the subject, it’s worthnoting that the HG Tariff levels ofrecommended prize-money for individualFlat turf races currently remains unchangedfrom 2011. This is not because the HGbelieves that prize-money is nowsatisfactory – far from it.

Rather, it is partly because of the othermetrics we have introduced and partlybecause the HG felt that it was the right timeto see how positive innovations such as theBonus Scheme and the QSF affect prize-money performance and the quality of raceprogrammes in the first half of this season.

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Since the end of last October, officials withinthe Australian racing and breeding industryhave been awaiting a judge’s decisionfollowing the conclusion of the court caseregarding the use of artificial insemination(AI) in thoroughbred breeding.

Former Sydney Turf Club Chairman BruceMcHugh initiated legal proceedings againstthe Sydney-based Australian Jockey Club(AJC) challenging the prohibition of AI,which has been in place in the country since1949. As in other racing nations, onlythoroughbreds resulting from naturalconception can be registered with theAustralian Stud Book.

The AJC was joined by five otherrespondents when the case was heard in courtfrom August 2011, with the Australian RacingBoard, Victoria Racing Club (VRC),Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBAus),Australian Stud Book and the country’sequivalent of Weatherbys, Racing InformationServices Australia, teaming up to defendMcHugh’s claims of restraint of trade.

“We’re not taking anything for granted.We’re cautiously awaiting the decision butwe feel that we have mounted a strongdefence that an AI ban is not anti-competitiveand that the vagaries of the commercialbreeding model in Australia are incrediblycompetitive,” said TBAus Chief ExecutiveOfficer Chauncey Morris.

“We’re in the fight of our lives here andthat’s why all six respondents had their ownlegal teams.”

McHugh’s lawyer Ian Tonking claimed incourt that the voices of the many small

breeders are being ignored, and that theywould benefit from the introduction of AI bynot having to send their mares on long tripsto be covered naturally. This claim is refutedby TBAus.

Morris said: “The small breeders are verymuch aware of how precarious theirlivelihoods would be in a post-AI world.When AI was introduced to the standardbredindustry it pushed out a lot of smalleroperations.

“Our defence was to paint a picture of the

thoroughbred industry as it occurs all aroundthe world and of Australia’s place within it. It[AI] is an existential threat and we’re treating itlike one. We’ve mounted an extremely robustand costly defence but it’s something that allof us – the Australian Stud Book and theracecourses – felt strongly that we had to do.”

Trevor Lobb, Chairman of TBAus, added:“Our commitment to Australian breeders’livelihoods is resolute, and TBA appreciatessupport and interest from the fraternity ofbreeders around the world.”



Australian industry holds its breathover artificial insemination decision

Trevor Lobb says breeders from around the world have shown support for the AI ban





Amy Starkey has been named as the newManaging Director of NewmarketRacecourses, succeeding Stephen Walliswho recently moved to take up a role withJockey Club Racecourses.

Starkey, 30, moves from Kempton Park,where she has been Managing Directorsince 2008, having previously worked atHuntingdon, Newcastle and Sedgefield.

Julian Richmond-Watson, Chairman ofNewmarket Racecourses, said: “I amdelighted that Amy Starkey is joining us asManaging Director.

“Her track record, dynamism andcreativity will be of enormous benefit toNewmarket Racecourses as we continue toimprove and invest in the racecourses andprize-money.”

High profile role for Amy Starkey

Amy Starkey heads to Newmarket

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PEOPLE AND BUSINESSRichard Hills Calls time on riding career aged 49 having partnered almost 1,900 winners in Britain, including six ClassicsPaul Hanagan Reigning champion jockey becomes Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s retained rider and will relocate to Newmarket following the retirement of Richard HillsSir Mark Prescott Announces he will not employ a retained rider this year, but that Seb Sanders and Stephen Donohoe will both continue to ride for the yardSilvestre de Sousa Joins the Godolphin team along with Mickael Barzalona; the pair will become stable jockeys alongside Frankie DettoriNoel Fehily Becomes stable jockey for Emma Lavelle and will continue to ride for Charlie Mann when availableWhip rules Controversial amendments revised again by the BHA, which relaxes restriction on number of strikes and focuses on manner of whip usePhil Kinsella Jump jockey is forced to hang up his boots due to loss of hearing following a fall at Market Rasen but plans to stay working in the sportGeorge Prodromou Norfolk trainer warned off for eight years after being found guilty of instructing Charlotte Kerton to ensure two of his horses did not run on their meritsCharlotte Kerton Will not be allowed to apply for a jockey’s licence for six years after being found guilty of stopping two horses for trainer George ProdromouJimmy Quinn Refused permission by the BHA to work in racing stables for the duration of his six-month disqualification, which ends in JuneCoronation Cup Investec-sponsored race renamed Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup to mark start of the Queen’s celebrations and switched from Oaks Day to Derby DayNorthern Racing Signs seven-year deal with Betfred to provide pool betting services and on-course betting shops at the group’s ten British racecoursesCoral Leading bookmaker joins the vast majority of competitors by announcing intention to move online operation offshoreAmerican racing Graded Stakes Committee reverses its raceday medication decision which would have seen a ban on the use of Lasix in juvenile Graded stakes in 2012William Haggas Newmarket handler succeeds Stuart Williams as President of the National Trainers’ FederationLuck HBO horseracing series which had received critical acclaim is cancelled after one series following three equine deaths on setWillie Supple Flat jockey retires aged 43 citing lack of big-race rides; he won the Lockinge Stakes aboard Fly To The Stars and Golden Jubilee Stakes on Fayr Jag

RACEHORSE AND STALLION – MOVEMENTS AND RETIREMENTS Zacinto Juddmonte-bred Group 2-winning son of Dansili sold to stand at Inglewood Stud in New ZealandOllie Magern Stable stalwart of Nigel Twiston-Davies retires aged 14 with 13 wins to his credit, including the Feltham Novices’ Chase and two Charlie Hall ChasesRecession Proof Winner of last season’s Totesport Trophy out for the season after suffering an injury at John Quinn’s stableZaynar High-class novice chaser and winner of the 2009 Triumph Hurdle moves from the stable of Nick Williams to David PipeBlazing Bailey Alan King-trained son of Mister Baileys retires at ten; his 12 victories include Grade 1 World Series Hurdle at Punchestown and Grade 2 Cleeve HurdleDeacon Blues QIPCO British Champions Sprint winner for James Fanshawe out for the forthcoming Flat season after sustaining a tendon injuryZenyatta America’s wonder mare produces her first foal, a colt by Bernardini, on March 8 at Lane’s End Farm in KentuckySmart Missile Group-winning son of Fastnet Rock retires to Arrowfield Stud in Australia’s Hunter ValleyAdios Charlie Four-year-old Grade 2 winner is retired to Ocala Stud in Florida, where he will stand for $3,500


Davy Jones 66 Former amateur jockey and member of The Monkees pop groupChristian Marner 71 Owner/breeder of Polar Region and Cragganmore; husband of Fiona Marner of Kingwood Bloodstock and former manager of Kingwood StudHarriet Smulders Atkinson 44 Former secretary to Andy Turnell, Simon Sherwood and James Bethell; former assistant to the Chief Executive of the NTFJohn Akehurst 50 Royal Ascot-winning trainer who was based in EpsomBruce Deane 79 Former director of Tattersalls and breeder of 1978 champion juvenile filly Devon Ditty


Royal Academy 25 Son of Nijinsky who won the 1990 Breeders’ Cup Mile under Lester Piggott, sire of Val Royal, Oscar Schindler and a noted broodmare sire Environment Friend 24 Winner of the 1991 Coral-Eclipse and sire of Kerry National winner Alfa Beat dies at Mellon Stud in IrelandDyhim Diamond 17 Group-winning sprinter and sire of Turtle Bowl and Bannaby dies at Dehesa de Milagro in SpainEarthmover 21 Prolific winning chaser who won the Christie’s Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham twice, in 1998 and 2004Golden Minstrel 33 Provided the late Josh Gifford with his first Cheltenham Festival winner when landing the 1988 Kim Muir ChaseUncle Ernie 27 High-class two-mile chaser trained by Jimmy FitzGerald who rounded off his career with victory in the 1997 Grand Annual ChaseBygones In Brid 6 Harry Redknapp-owned hurdler suffers a fatal injury in a first-flight fall at TauntonSimonsberg 9 Ian Ferguson-trained gelding fatally injured in action at Musselburgh; the son of Sonus had won eight point-to-points and two hunter chasesNoverre 14 Godolphin’s Sussex Stakes winner and sire of Group 1 winners Le Havre and Music Show dies at Sohna Stud in IndiaGarde Champetre 13 Popular banks specialist who won 13 races, including the Cheltenham Festival cross-country contest twiceScotsirish 11 A favourite at Willie Mullins’s yard who won nine of his 40 races, two of them Grade 2 chasesPalawi 5 Five-time winner for the John Quinn stable who was being lined up to contest the Scottish Champion Hurdle

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Main image: Finian’s Rainbow dethronesSizing Europe in the Champion Chase;From top: Riverside Theatre thrills actorJames Nesbitt in the Ryanair Chase;Sprinter Sacre blows his rivals away witha brilliant success in the Arkle Trophy;Simonsig proves his class in the NeptuneInvestment Management Novices’ Hurdle;Bobs Worth gets the better of Irish raiderFirst Lieutenant in the RSA Chase

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Nicky Henderson fired in a record seven winners over the fourdays to take his tally to 46 and overtake Fulke Walwyn as themost successful trainer of all time at the Cheltenham Festival.Barry Geraghty partnered all five Grade 1 scorers for theSeven Barrows stable to end the week as leading rider

Photos George Selwyn

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Big Buck’s: a superstar’s factfile

Pedigree: 9 b g Cadoudal-Buck’s (Le Glorieux)Hurdles/chase wins: 18/3Wins in a row: 16Defeated rivals over hurdles (UK): 129Prize-money: £1.2 millionOwner: The Stewart FamilyTrainer: Paul NichollsBreeder: Henri PoulatRaised: Haras de Gouffern et de Rabodanges

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B R I L L I A N T B I G B U C K ’ S

Big Buck’s, with regular pilot Ruby Walsh, makeshistory by becoming the first four-time winnerof the World Hurdle; he also equalled Sir Ken’srecord of 16 consecutive victories over jumps

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AP McCoy galvanises Synchronised to record agutsy win in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, therider’s second success in chasing’s blue riband.It was a first Gold Cup for owner JP McManusand a first as trainer for Jonjo O’Neill (aboveleft, with McCoy and groom Gabriella Gajova).Dual winner Kauto Star (left) was pulled up butreturned to cheers from the huge crowd

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Quevega proves different class in theDavid Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle underRuby Walsh becoming the first mare towin the same Festival race four times

The Keiran Burke-trained Hunt Ball gives owner AnthonyKnott (right of horse) a day to remember with victory undertop weight in the novices’ handicap chase

Brindisi Breeze is the toast of Scotland after capturing theGrade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle for owner SandySeymour, trainer Lucinda Russell and jockey Campbell Gillies

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Rock On Ruby and Noel Fehily cause an upset in theChampion Hurdle to the delight of Harry Fry (inset), whosupervises the seven-year-old at Paul Nicholls’s satellite yard

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Some 30-odd years ago I walked into thebar of a hotel in Miami and orderedmyself a drink, evidently much to the

amusement of a couple of chaps standingalongside me. What sparked the suddenoutbreak of mirth wasn’t immediately clear; itwasn’t as though I’d asked for a pint of Bishop’sFinger, which might have supplied an excuse.

I gave them one of my looks which prettymuch demanded a verbal response and it wassoon forthcoming from the cheekier of thepair. It ran along the lines of: “Say, man, that’ssome kinda accent you got.”

Of course, I swiftly pointed out that, on thecontrary, he was the one with an accent; Ispoke the Queen’s English. That remark wasapparently funnier still, judging by theupgrade from giggles to guffaws.

Then I was asked where I came from andresponded by stating what was surely obvious:“England.” The laughter suddenly ceased andsilence reigned for perhaps half a minute,while they racked their brains for somethingto say. Eventually one of them came out witha tentative suggestion: “England? Is that whereThe Beatles came from?”

Yes, I found it hard to believe as well, but Iswear that’s what the fellow said. The pair ofthem knew of England only because of TheBeatles – and they weren’t even sure aboutthat. Anyway, we got along famously after that,buying each other drinks and chattingamicably. There was just one other thing that Iremember about our conversation. They askedme if I was returning home from Florida and Itold them that I was going to California first.Had they been to California, I asked. Headswere shaken and I tried to guess what theirvacant expressions meant. It struck me that Ihad asked a ridiculous question. California wasno more on their map than England was.

That apparently mundane episode in aMiami bar became permanently deposited inmy memory bank because I found umpteenreasons to relate to it when travelling inAmerica. It is a vast country, a federation of 50-odd states which all have significant degrees ofautonomy and are united only in name. Can it

truly be said to have a national identity?Thanks to that conversation I could

understand why TV news bulletins tended tobe so localised, why out-of-state events weredeemed not to matter much, and whyinternational news was often non-existent. Irealised why JFK could have delivered a speechin Germany and unwittingly described himselfas a kind of doughnut. How would anyAmerican have known what “Ich bin einBerliner” meant and how much funnier itsounded in a Boston accent?

Unity in racing is neededThere are certain things about which Americais united, notably her major sports. Americansdon’t need to look beyond their boundariesand can ignore the rest of the world, becausethe rest of the world cares little or nothingabout her versions of football, rounders andnetball. They are encouraged in their insularity,most being blissfully unaware that nobody inmost other countries could give a damn abouttheir obsessions.

Fear not, America. We are not going to try toconvert you to cricket, a game so esoteric thatit allows for up to five days of competition and

your anathema of a drawn outcome. But wewould like to be on the same wavelength asyou where racing is concerned. Unfortunately,that is not the case, despite the fact that therehas been a great deal of interchange of stock,largely westbound for well over 200 years,significantly in our direction for nearly 50.

It’s not just that America’s version of racingis so much duller, every track a clone of everyother one and dirt as the preponderant surface.In addition, many of America’s top races arerun under handicap conditions, somethingthat the European Pattern has never condoned.

But there is another much more importantdifference – at least, it rates as important onthis side of the Atlantic – and that is thediametrically opposed stances on racedaymedication. In Europe and everywhere else inthe world it is strictly verboten; in America itsuse is so prevalent as to seem almost obligatory.

Of course, in this context medication is toopolite, indeed, a quite erroneous, term.Medication is something administered to thesick to promote a return to health. Are wesupposed to believe that virtually everythoroughbred in the States is ill, requiringmedication to be able to compete? What a sick,


America’s use of drugs in racing is out of step with the rest of the world and the recentreversal of the planned raceday medication ban for juvenile Graded events must be rued


Tony Morris

A ban on the use of Lasix in juvenile races at this year’s Breeders’ Cup remains in place





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sorry lot America’s racing population must be.The plain fact is that almost every Stateside runner is drugged on

the day of its race, whether or not it is necessary. It will have a shot ofwhat we call Lasix (also called Salix in the US), and in some cases thatmay not be all. America is out of step with the rest of the world inallowing – one might almost say encouraging – abuse that in humansporting endeavours, such as athletics and cycling, would result inlengthy bans from competition. Americans have known for decadesthat their permissive regime is deplored elsewhere, but they weredisinclined to act. They foresaw problems over getting races to fill –and a consequent fall in revenue from wagering – if they were to applya ban on drugs. Or so they alleged.

Implementing change proves difficultBut finally one body, more conscious and respectful of internationalopinion, proposed to come into line. If there was one organisation thatwould have to recognise the need for change it was the Breeders’ Cup,especially after it added its claim to represent the WorldChampionships of racing. The claim was dubious anyway but it meantnothing if the competitors were not on level terms. Heavens be praised,the Breeders’ Cup announced a prohibition on Lasix and other racedaymedications for all its juvenile races at the two-day autumn bonanza.

There was, it seemed, even better news to follow. The Graded StakesCommittee of TOBA, which purports to represent owners and breedersnationwide, announced that it would follow suit in respect of two-year-old Graded events in 2012. America was at last making a start atestablishing clean racing.

But it was a different matter when it came to trying to implement thechanges. This was where federalism proved the bugbear. Of the 45scheduled Graded Stakes for two-year-olds, 40 came under thejurisdiction of just three states – New York, California and Kentucky –

and they all had theirreasons for rejecting thecall for a change in theirrules.

In Britain weroutinely rue the factthat it seems impossibleto get all the factionsinvolved in the sport toagree upon anything.But there is at least anoverall authority,however ineffective itmight appear to be, andthat is something

America lacks. The Jockey Club runs the Stud Book, but it controlsnothing else. Every state which conducts thoroughbred racing rules byits own lights; anything goes.

No doubt TOBA had the best of intentions but ultimately it becameclear that it did not have the clout to enforce the changes it hadpromised to deliver. Nor, it would seem, did it make an adequate casefor a move that was not just advisable, but absolutely necessary, if therewas a real will to earn the confidence of the rest of the world.

Have America’s owners and breeders not noticed that Europeans donot flock to Stateside sales in great numbers any more? Are theyunaware that the rest of the world is suspicious about the value of theform in Graded events conducted under a permissive drug regime?

I fear that the isolationist ethos holds sway. Most owners andbreeders are not concerned with the export market. It’s all the same tothem if their racing – like their football, baseball and basketball – failsto claim the attention of anyone outside America.


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(Top) John Nost Sartorius (1759-1828)The Finish at Newmarket

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This glorious Sartorius shows the Beacon Course at Newmarket with the King’s Stand on the left. Numbers one and two in the race sport the Duke of Westminster’s colours.

(Above) Clifton Thomson (1775-1828)Filho de Puta winning at the St. Leger 1815

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In defence of racing’s image

As we’ve seen with the whip row, an objective approach can help to resolveracing’s complex ethical issues, as the spotlight falls on equine fatalities

As the pleasing outcome of the whipcontroversy proves, plenty withinracing can bring objective method to

complex ethical problems. Thankfully, the sportdoes not lack for good thinkers and new BHAChairman Paul Bittar is happy to allow theirvoices to be heard.

In my opinion, the same process should nowbe applied to crystalise the principles withwhich equine fatalities are considered. This wasbrought into sharp focus at the CheltenhamFestival by the loss of five horses, including twoin the cross-country chase.

The whip debate brought to the surface someinteresting truths about racing's governance.On all topics in which it might be attacked fromthe outside, racing must learn to defend itselffrom first principles rather than PR – from thebottom up, not the top down.

So, when stopping to ask the troublingquestion “how much is too much?” whereequine deaths are concerned, it shouldimmediately exclude such specious argumentsas “these horses are kept in five-staraccommodation” or “nobody cares more about horses than we do” or similar. For these

are too easy to defeat.In the case of the cross-country chase, the

argument which followed the loss of life wasframed around the novelty of the course.Should it be banned? Has it really a part to playat the Festival?

Cheltenham supremo Edward Gillespiecountered robustly and effectively, though anintelligent man should hardly be troubled tofind a defence: it is easy to discern there is nostatistical basis to differentiate between thecross-country race and chasing in general. Therate of fallers is low and, in any case, thesample size is too small to make any rationaldecision.

This is a quick and dirty take on theproblem, of course. Changes to the watering,the signage and the particular layout of fencesshould always be reviewed and improved usingexperience and safety-first sensitivity. After all,this type of event is relatively new.

But to ban it? The idea is rather frighteningfor it would not be an evidence-based response.Instead, rather like the muddled rules initiallyimposed on use of the whip, it would bepredicated by a knee-jerk reaction to the

spectre of death; it would be fostered by theneed to do something to smooth the ripple-effect on our conscience, to prove to others thatits sensibility towards death within the sport isin step with contemporary values.

On the issue of the whip, the sporteventually realised that all superficial argumentcould be sublimated to one immutable truth:when the cushioned whip is employed by arider adhering to principles of soundhorsemanship, there is no scientific evidence itis an instrument of injury or pain, so anycriticism which implies as much is fatallyflawed.

These, then, are the sport's first principles onuse of the whip. And, while they have not beenformalised explicitly, they are implied directlyby the rules and penalties for offenders.

So, what of equine death and serious injury– a much bigger debate still? Which firstprinciples will the sport rely on to defend itselfin future, to answer the question of “how muchis too much?”

In my opinion, it will pay the sporthandsomely to come up with a sounderresponse than commonly advanced.

Statistics don’t allow for a distinction between cross-country races and chases but issues such as watering should be reviewed





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If there is such a thing as a magic numberfor buying a mare likely to leave a lastinginfluence, 2,100gns must be near the top of

the list. That was the sum paid for Mrs Moss,already dealt with in this series, and forGlamour, dam of this month’s subject Glaneuse.

This is no ordinary family and, although thebackground is essentially French, its influenceis felt worldwide thanks to such stars as Gold River, Goldikova, Alexander Goldrun andRoyal Rebel.

Glamour was sold as a foal in 1960 and withInfra Red as her third dam and top horsescoming from the family including high-classstayer Exar in the same season, it waspredictable that she would be in some demand.

She was bought on behalf of PierreWertheimer, the power behind Parfums Chanelsince 1924, and his wife Germaine, who camefrom the Lazard banking family. TheWertheimers had been involved in racing forhalf a century and to good effect, having studsfirst in Medoc, then in l’Orne at Haras de Saint-Leonard-des-Parcs.

Horses bred by the Wertheimers includedMesa (1,000 Guineas in 1935), Vimy (KingGeorge VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 1955),Midget (Cheveley Park Stakes in 1955,Coronation Stakes in 1956), Lavandin (Derbyin 1956) and best of all Epinard.

The last-named, foaled in 1922, won theGrand Criterium, Prix d’Ispahan and Stewards’Cup under a record weight for a three-year-oldof 8st 6lb, backed from 100-8 ante-post to 7-2.

He also finished second in the Cambridgeshireunder 9st 2lb, giving 19lb to the narrow winnerVerdict, winner of the Coronation Cup the year after, and 9lb to the third, Derby runner-up Pharos.

Midget, Vimy and Lavandin were all trainedby Alec Head, whom Wertheimer had boldlychosen to train for him in 1949 when Head wasjust 24. Head trained for the Wertheimers until

he retired, when the job was handed over to his daughter Criquette until 2006 and then tohis son Freddy. The sport has had few links ofsuch enduring triumph between two extendedfamilies.

Like Midget, Glamour was by theWertheimer sire Djebe and, apart fromRiverman, she was not mated with spectacularstallions. Glaneuse, foaled in 1966, was by Snoband Gleam, foaled the year after, was by SpyWell. Both were good fillies. Glaneuse landedthe Prix Chloe, Prix de Malleret and GranPremio del Jockey Club and finished third in thePrix de Diane, while Gleam came second in the1,000 Guineas.

Glaneuse and Gleam were bred by MadameWertheimer since Pierre had died in 1965.Other horses to carry her colours includedinspired purchases Lyphard (15,000gns) andRiverman ($41,000), and when she died in1974 her son Jacques Wertheimer took over theracing and breeding operation, with DancingMaid, Gay Mecene, Green Dancer, Ivanjica andReine de Saba among his top homebreds.

On Jacques’s death in 1996 the mantlepassed to his sons Alain and Gérard(Wertheimer et Frère), who keep their 80 or soEuropean-based mares at Haras de Saint-Leonard-La-Barberie, bought in the 1990s andadjacent to the Heads’ Haras du Quesnay.

Glaneuse was mated with top sires,principally Riverman, but was not terriblyproductive, getting only four foals. Two of those,Gold River (by Riverman) and Gracious (byHabitat), have left a mark, though ironically notone of the six Group 1 winners tracing to thelatter have raced for the Wertheimers.

That is because buying and selling has alwaysbeen part and parcel of the Wertheimer method– in 2009 and 2011 Wertheimer et Frere spentnearly $7 million on just three mares, HonestPursuit, Buster’s Ready and Zaftig.

Gracious’s daughter Gracious Lassie (byKalamoun), who was stakes-placed, was culledearly on and went on to foal two juvenile Group1 winners, Oczy Czarnie (by Lomond) andGlaieul (by Lear Fan).

Greenvera (by Riverman), out of Gracious’s







Glaneuse’s daughter Gold River, the third dam of Goldikova, winning the Arc in 1981

The Wertheimer family has celebrated success at the highest level across Europeand America, at a wide range of distances – Glaneuse is one of the reasons why

“The sport has had fewlinks of such enduringtriumphs between two

extended families”

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smart sprinting daughter Greenway (by Targowice), was sold for24,000gns as a three-year-old. She foaled eccentric dual Gold Cupwinner Royal Rebel (by Robellino), and her daughter Guernica (byUnfuwain) produced two fine siblings by Monsun, Classic winnerGuadalupe and top-notch middle-distance stayer Getaway.

Renashaan, a granddaughter of Greenway’s, fetched 30,000gns out ofthe Wertheimer stud carrying the redoubtable Alexander Goldrun (byGold Away), who went on to earn nearly £2 million in a glitteringinternational career.

They didn’t all get away though. Brilliant filly Gold River stayed wellenough to win Prix Royal-Oak and the Prix du Cadran. The latter wastruly-run on heavy going over two and a half miles but Gold River wasnot devoid of pace, confirming the point with a solid victory in the 1981Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Sadly, Gold River did not live long, being struck by lightning inKentucky when only nine, but she had already foaled two smart coltsled by Classic-placed Goldneyev and two fillies, one of whom has keptthe flag flying high through her descendants.

That filly, Riviere d’Or (by Lyphard), won the Prix Saint-Alary andcame second in the Prix de Diane before foaling good filly Gold Splash(by Blushing Groom), whose tally included the Prix Marcel Boussac andCoronation Stakes, and her sister Born Gold. Gold Splash has not donenotably well at stud, getting just one stakes winner, but minor winnerBorn Gold has proved exceptional.

Her 11 winners, four of them in Pattern company, are headed by theincomparable Goldikova (by Anabaa), whose 14 Group 1 victoriesspearheaded by three Breeders’ Cup Miles are still fresh in the memory.To gild the lily, in 2008 Born Gold foaled Galikova (by Galileo), winnerof the Prix Vermeille last autumn.

An interesting aspect of Glaneuse’s descendants is the variation instamina they have shown. She stayed a mile and a half well, as doesGalikova, while Gold River, Royal Rebel and Getaway were fully effectiveover further.

Yet Greenway was a sprinter, Gold Splash and Goldikova wereessentially milers and Alexander Goldrun was best at up to ten furlongs.The staying power, or lack of it, of the sires concerned is clearly a factorin this. Be that as it may, such versatility is tremendously useful in a familyand one that any stud owner would be at pains to try to obtain.

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Let’s start with a language lesson. Theword Taoiseach (pronounced ‘tee-shock’) is an ancient Irish word and

literally translates as chieftain or leader. In theIrish Constitution the role is described as being “the head of the Government orPrime Minister.”

Now you will understand how excited theIrish racing and breeding communities werewhen the Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrived atLeopardstown racecourse at the end ofFebruary to officially open the IrishThoroughbred Breeders’ Association’s Expo2012. This simple act was a ringingendorsement of the importance attached tothese two businesses by our government.

With high-level talks on an almost dailybasis in Europe to steer the country throughthe economic crisis, it would have beenunderstandable had Kenny opted out ofattending the event. The previous evening hehad met the German Chancellor in Berlin andthen flew to Rome for a breakfast meetingwith the Italian Prime Minister. Next stop wasLeopardstown.

Describing Ireland as a “leading player inthe global equine market”, Kenny elaboratedby adding: “The government recognises horsebreeding as an indigenous Irish industry thatis spread throughout the country andoperating in a premium global market. It isprecisely the kind of industry which Irelandneeds to sustain and develop as part of oureconomic recovery.

“You can take it that the entire governmentis very supportive of the horseracing industry.Its reputation is second to none and that iswhy I am here; to give it that sense ofimprimatur.”

He was supportive of the efforts to sell Irishhorses in markets where not a great deal ofbusiness had previously been done, singlingout the likes of China, South America andRussia. He went on to endorse the review ofthe industry commissioned by his Ministerfor Agriculture, Simon Coveney.

“This is being done with a view todetermining what, if any, changes arerequired to the infrastructure and fundingmechanism underpinning the industry, to

ensure it is well positioned to meet thechallenges that lie ahead,” he said.

On the eve of Expo 2012 Minister Coveneyhimself paid a visit to the event andemphasised once again his commitment andbelief in it. He said: “Ireland is the biggestproducer of foals in Europe. This is animportant area for exports and we want tokeep Ireland there.”

Soon after the two-day event ended, MinisterCoveney announced that a company calledIndecon had been awarded the contract tocarry out the review of certain aspects of thehorseracing industry, following the conclusionof a competitive tendering process.

Coveney said: “The review is intended toprovide the basis for a renewed impetus to thedevelopment of the horseracing industry. Itwill cover a number of crucial aspects of theindustry – legislation, governance structures,the size, structure and nomination process forappointments to the board of Horse RacingIreland, streamlining of functions and thefunding model for the industry.”

Referring to the stake-holder consultationprocess facilitated by his department as partof the review, Coveney said: “I am delightedwith the level of interest and enthusiasmdemonstrated by stakeholders in the review.My department received in excess of 40submissions which have been passed toIndecon for consideration.”

Coveney repeated his belief in thepotential of the thoroughbred sector tomake an even greater contribution to thecountry’s economic recovery in the futureand said he looked forward to receiving thereport of the review.

He stated: “The report will be importantin providing the basis for actions tounderpin development of the horseracingand breeding sector into the future.”

Government puts its full weight behind Irish racing and breedingThe Taoiseach seals his endorsement of the industry with a visit to Expo 2012






Taoiseach Enda Kenny (pink tie) spoke of the importance of horse breeding to Ireland

“The entiregovernment is verysupportive of the

horseracing industry”


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Small breedershonouredIn January Des Leadon, a leading light inthe veterinary world and a key member ofthe Irish Equine Centre team, and hispartner Dr Mariann Klay celebratedwinning the small breeder of the yearaward at the ITBA’s annual bash. Theybred the leading juvenile and now-Rathbarry Stud sire Lilbourne Lad.

The following month the couple went toGoffs with three weanlings. Their Mastercraftsman half-sister to LilbourneLad topped the first day’s trade whenTimmy Hyde gave !200,000 for her. Shecame under the banner of the couple’sSwordlestown Little Stud.

Just prior to her sale, Leadon and Klayreceived !75,000 for a Marju full-sister tothe Listed winner Massive. The finalmember of the trio made just !5,500. Thiswas a Verglas half-sister to the Azamourgelding Third Intention, who was runawaywinner of the Grade 2 National SpiritHurdle ten days later.

The name gameThe Irish National Stud saw their first foalof 2012 born on January 19. The Verglasfilly was the first produce of Dreamaway,an Oasis Dream half-sister to the Group 3winner Foss Way.

In an exercise to engage with localschoolchildren and to promote the othertourist attractions at the stud in Kildare,the INS ran a competition asking childrento suggest names for the newborn filly. Ashort list was assembled, the names put onbuckets of feed and Dreamaway herselfwas offered the buckets. The first shepicked food from was the name chosen.

In front of the children Dreamawaypicked the name Heritage Island. Thissimple but effective exercise made thenational newspapers throughout Irelandand was valuable publicity for the INS.

At the time of writing, Andrea and GrahamWylie had made an outstanding start to theirassociation with the Willie Mullins stable inIreland. The leading owners moved a numberof horses to Mullins this season following thedisqualification of Howard Johnson.

The Wylies are understood to have sentseven horses to Ireland and four of these haveso far made starts from their new base. Allfour have won and, even more remarkably, allhave won Graded races. Their record so farreads that they have won seven times fromten starts, netting their owners just short of !200,000.

The Wylie-Mullins partnership made adream start when Boston Bob landed amaiden hurdle at Navan in mid-November.He then went on to keep his unbeaten recordfor Mullins when winning a Grade 1 at Navanand a Grade 2 at Leopardstown, and washonourable in defeat when second in theAlbert Bartlett Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Also in action at Cheltenham was FelixYonger. He made up for a defeat on his Irishdebut when winning his next two starts,including a Grade 2 hurdle at Naas, and ranvery well to be runner-up at the Festival.

The other pair of winners are chasers, andinclude the current favourite for the JohnSmith’s Grand National at Aintree. Prince DeBeauchene ran fifth on his Irish bow beforemaking amends in the Grade 2 BobbyjoChase at Fairyhouse. Could even the racename be a positive omen for his chances at Liverpool?

On His Own was brought down whenfavourite on his first start for Mullins but thenran out an emphatic 13-length winner of theGrade A Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park.

Wylies and Mullins enjoy successful start

Tinkler extends Murtaghlink via Curragh venture


Another well-known face on the Englishracing scene to make an impact recently inIreland has been Andrew Tinkler, boss of theStobart transport company. He sent six horsesto be trained by former top jockey TommyCarmody and all are based at JohnnyMurtagh’s yard on the Curragh.

Murtagh rode Sweet Lightning for Tinklerto win the Lincoln at Doncaster last year andhe was on board the first three runners for thenew team at Dundalk in mid-February. Thebest possible start occurred when Miss

Mediator, their first runner, landed a maiden,and their other pair of runners were in the frame.

Carmody gave up training a number ofyears ago but remains a firm favourite withinthe sport. Speculation is that he will handover the reins to Murtagh when the jockeyfinally decides to quit the saddle. This is notthought to be imminent.

Tinkler’s company Stobart sponsors theGroup 1 Pretty Polly Stakes and other racesat the Curragh.

Graham Wylie’s Irish venture is thriving

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Times have changed at Cagnes-Sur-Mer.Only two years ago the six-weekwinter meeting at the seaside course

on the French Riviera provided rich pickingsfor foreign raiders, especially David Nicholls,who plundered more than £63,000 in prize-money from his 21 runners.

In 2011 the number of British raidersalmost doubled, yet their strike-rate wasmarkedly reduced, with only three visits to thewinner’s enclosure.

And this year’s meeting, which drew to aclose on February 25, hosted a single UK trainer– 88-year-old Reg Hollinshead – for its duration.

Gay Kelleway also sent Swing Alone for awhistle-stop two-week visit. He ran three times,finishing eighth, third and then narrowlymissing out on a share of the spoils when sixthin the Listed Prix Policeman.

Half a dozen Brits applied to be allotted boxesat the track but, other than Hollinshead, theirapplications were either denied or, having beenaccepted, they decided not to travel after all.

The previous year Hollinshead managed tomake the trip pay despite not having a winner.Each of his three representatives gainedgenerous place money on more than oneoccasion and his leading earner, Tominator,clearly benefited from a dose of winter sun as afew months later he was landing the hugelyvaluable Northumberland Plate at Newcastle.

The recent Hollinshead sortie was not solucrative. One of his 2012 trio, Dylans Verse,was claimed after finishing third on his initialstart and went on to win for his new Frenchtrainer Patrick Monfort.

Another, Hyson, developed sore shins, whilethe third, Path Finder, failed to earn a penny inhis first three appearances. So it was a blessingwhen Path Finder came good at the fourthattempt, landing a claimer worth £6,250 to thewinner on February 22.

Andrew Hollinshead, Reg’s youngest sonand long-standing assistant, is a self-confessedFrancophile and has masterminded hisCagnes raids.

“Path Finder’s win was a bit of a relief,” headmitted. “He was bought with Cagnesspecifically in mind, as he is French-bred soqualifies for breeders’ premiums, and he isstaying out there.

“We were hoping that Dylans Verse wouldbe claimed but would have obviouslypreferred that to happen at the end of themeeting, not the start.

“And although we saw the proper Hysononly on his first start, before the shin problem,I hope his owners still got something out of it as

one of them hired an apartment for five weekswhich meant that the others could pop over fora few days as they wished.

“It is an expensive trip and you need to gowith a winning chance. I reckon taking a horsedown there for the entire six weeks costs around£5,000 each, on top of the regular training fees.”

Hollinshead junior has quite some Cagnespedigree as he first oversaw a Mediterraneanmission way back in 1983, when he was freshout of a six-month stint in France with OlivierDouieb and shared a flat with John Hammondlong before Hammond took out a licence andwent on to train two Arc winners.

He is quick to put his finger on why Britishinvolvement was so much reduced comparedto the two previous years. “They have changedthe rules,” he said. “This year we took onlythree-year-olds as you didn’t qualify for stablingif you took an older horse with an equivalentofficial rating of below 80.

“We took a horse rated 60 the year beforeand he ended up running in a handicap andgetting beaten a nose despite stumbling badlyat the start.

“Also, any victory in Britain, even aWolverhampton claimer, counts as ‘Class D’ intheir penalty structure, so it means that if youhave won back home you can end up givingweight in a conditions race to a much higher-rated French horse. Since last year they havemade some changes to keep the foreigners out.

“The local trainers are happy to take you onin claimers but don’t like the competition inhandicaps. They have made it almostimpossible for us to run in a lot of races.”

The excellent prize-money and exoticlocation means that, provided his father’sowners support the plan, Hollinshead wouldstill be keen to try again in 2013.

“The settling-in period for horses can bedifficult as they need to get used to seeing thetrotters on the adjacent track in the mornings,”he continued. “But Adam Hawkins, a formerconditional jockey who works for us, has got onfamously down there despite not speakingmuch French, and the flights are cheap as longas you book early enough.”

And he has one final tale to tell illustratingthat, even in France, in the current economicclimate training racehorses is no bed of roses.

“I went to a trainers’ meeting while I wasthere and it soon became apparent that, despitethe prize-money, a lot of French trainers arestruggling just as much as we are,” he related.

“The cost of employment, and in particularthe level of national insurance contributions, ismaking life very difficult.”


Unfavourable rule changes atCagnes deter British runners

Hollinshead the sole UK trainer this season with representatives for the entire meeting

Reg Hollinshead’s team had one winner

“Path Finder’s win wasa relief; he was

bought with Cagnes specifically in mind”





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Mass exodus depletes Italian ranksThe Italian racing industry is continuing tostruggle, even after the six-week strikeagainst savage prize-money cuts came to anend on February 11.

Early indications are that bettingturnover for the second half of February isat least 25% down on the correspondingperiod in 2011.

Against this background, when ownersdo unearth some equine talent it is hardlysurprising that they struggle to turn downbig-money offers to purchase their stars.

Italy losing its top horses to foreign partsis not a new phenomenon – in the last tenyears Rakti, Electrocutionist, Ramonti andGladiatorus have all enjoyed Group 1 gloryhaving been exported.

But never have the best thoroughbredsbeen lost in such numbers. The exodusbegan last summer when the 2,000 Guineaswinner Al Rep, the Derby runner-up Cazalsand the emerging young sprinter Sir Eagles,all set sail for Hong Kong, while the juvenilefilly Visionaria was acquired by Team Valorand took up residence at the barn of itsKentucky Derby-winning trainer GrahamMotion.

Local racing fans suffered more heartachein the autumn. First both Worthadd, the2010 Derby winner and 2011 LockingeStakes runner-up, and the Group 1 winnerJakkalberry moved to Newmarket. Thenthe unbeaten champion juvenile Duck Feetdisappeared off to Hong Kong.

Worthadd has joined Sir Mark Prescottand although he is set to continue sportingthe colours of Diego Romeo’s Scuderia

Incolinx, rumours persist that he has beenpart-sold with a view to his stallion career.

Jakkalberry will not be staying long withBotti. Currently racing for him in Dubai, theson of Storming Home will soon bejourneying to Australia, with the MelbourneCup his ultimate aim.

So the top echelons will be severelydepleted when the season gets into fullswing this spring. At least the Derby winnerCrackerjack King and Salure, who wascaught only close home in the Prix Jean-LucLagardere in Paris on Arc day, remain andare reported in good form.

Crackerjack King missed out on his end-of-term targets owing to a minor leg injury

but, granted good health, the half-brotherto Jakkalberry and two other top classperformers has the top weight-for-agecontests at his mercy.

Salure was set to become trainer BrunoGrizzetti’s first Dubai runner in the UAEDerby. But deep snow in Milan in earlyFebruary put back his fitness sufficiently torule out a Middle Eastern raid.

The weather may have done this blazingfront-runner a favour, as he would surelyhave struggled to last the nine and a half furlongs of the UAE Derby. Even themile of his alternative targets may proveunattainable. Sprinting could well be his game.

Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere runner-up Salure (4) is one potential star staying in Italy



Sweden remains one of thefew European countries

where racing is on an upwardcurve. The granting of its third Pattern raceand the promise of two new courses in the near future means that this trend is set to continue.

As advertised in these pages last month, thePramms Memorial, run over one mile 30yards on Jagersro’s all-weather circuit on May15, has been upgraded from Listed to Group3 status.

“It is the first all-weather race outsideBritain to be elevated to Pattern status and we

are quite proud of it,” said Bo Gilborg,Jagersro’s Director of Racing. “We have beatenthe French!”

Tote betting on horseracing (includingtrotting) in Sweden broke the £1 billionbarrier for the first time in 2011 and thecountry’s two top Flat racing venues, Jagersro(in Malmo) and Taby (in Stockholm), are setto be closed down and replaced with spankingnew facilities.

“Taby is scheduled to stage its last racing in2014 and we hope to have both the newcourses fully operational by the end of thefollowing year,” Gilborg revealed.

Swedes beat the French



Bo Gilborg: “We’re very proud”









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Exchange betting may not have a home inCalifornia this year. Two years after thestate legislature legalised exchange

betting, the rule-making procedure wasessentially brought to a standstill in Februarywhen several groups within the sport expressedwidespread concern about the distribution ofrevenue and integrity issues.

Officials with Betfair, which operates the TVGbetting and television network in the UnitedStates, told California Horse Racing Boardofficials in a four-hour meeting that they hopedto implement exchange betting this spring atHollywood Park, or during the summer at theprestigious Del Mar meeting, near San Diego.

But officials with several rankingorganisations, including the Stronach Group,which operates Golden Gate Fields and SantaAnita racecourses, the Thoroughbred Owners ofCalifornia, the state’s official representative forowners, the Jockeys’ Guild and the CaliforniaThoroughbred Trainers Association, all statedopposition to exchange betting.

Aside from Betfair, the only vocal support wasexpressed by officials with Del Mar racetrack.

In particular, California-based jockeys andtrainers have watched from afar as theircounterparts in Britain have been scrutinised,and sometimes sanctioned with suspensions, aspart of investigations into exchange bettingactivities.

“We’re terrified of this and hope that it doesn’tget in,” said John Sadler, one of the leadingtrainers in Southern California and the Presidentof the CTT.

“This is going to be the first time that you’vebeen able to bet a horse to lose. We don’t thinkit’s a good idea.”

The California Horse Racing Board isoverseeing the implementation of rules forexchange wagering. Behind the scenes, officialswith the racecourses, the TOC and theexchanges, in this case Betfair, must agree to adistribution of revenue that satisfies all parties.

Even though the Del Mar meeting does notstart until July 18, time is running short to haveexchange betting implemented by then. Therule-making process in California must undergoseveral stages, including allowing for a period ofpublic comment of the rules and legal review by

the state attorney general. One informedparticipant said the likelihood of launchingexchange betting this summer was 25%.

Then there is the issue of money. In thecurrent market for racing in California, wheretelephone and internet betting in the last decadehas eroded on-course betting, there is a highlevel of concern among owners and trainers

about sustaining revenue sources from bettingturnover to fund purses. California purses areamong the highest in the nation on a year-roundbasis, but will lose ground this year to New York,which has been boosted by revenue from slotmachines at Aqueduct racecourse.

For every dollar bet to win on-course inCalifornia, 6.25 cents goes toward purses. Underscenarios presented to the racing board inFebruary, a single dollar bet on the exchanges

would provide less than one cent toward purses.“We all agree we need unique ways to

stimulate business,” Lou Raffetto, the Presidentof the TOC told the board. “Our positionregarding exchange wagering remains that wehave the same concern about integrity and thefinancial model.”

Raffetto said the TOC is sceptical thatsufficient additional revenue can be gainedthrough exchange betting to offset on-coursereductions.

“The amount wagered would have to be seventimes [higher] to equate to a $1,000 bet in thewin pool,” he said.

“The financial model doesn’t work for theindustry at this point.”

Understandably, Betfair officials took adifferent tack. Stephen Burn, TVG’s ChiefExecutive, said his organisation would reassurethat purses at tracks which conduct exchangebetting would be guaranteed to remain at least at2011 levels. He argued that Betfair’s investigationteam is well-qualified to monitor irregularities inbetting activity.

“No company is doing more to ensure thatracing is free of corruption than Betfair,” he said.“We have the most interest to ensure that thesport is clean. We believe that we are completelyaligned with the regulators to assist them toensure the integrity of the sport is being upheld.”

In addition, he spoke at length about howBetfair in Britain and Australia has attracted alower demographic than a typical race bettor.

Burn spoke at the start of the hearing and histhoughts did little to sway the opinions ofparticipants. Racing board Vice-Chairman DavidIsrael acknowledged the sensitivity of exchangebetting, saying: “Nothing we do this year will beas controversial, scrutinised or criticised.”

Four hours later, after hearing comments fromseveral groups, he called for further discussionswithin the sport.

“It seems to me this isn’t cooked yet,” he said.“There are too many objections from too manyimportant stakeholders. It has to be fully realisedand all the protocols and rules and regulationsmust be tied down.”

How long that will take, or whether exchangewagering will be implemented at all, is anyone’sguess.

Betfair’s California dreams arenightmare for West Coast fraternity

NORTH AMERICA by Steve Andersen

Trainer John Sadler opposes exchanges

“This is going to bethe first time you’vebeen able to bet a

horse to lose”






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Control Freak not only describes Zimbabwe’s leader, it’s also the country’s leading horse

ZIMBABWE by Nicola Hayward

Looking at the deteriorating situation inZimbabwe over the last decade, it ismiraculous that any horseracing or breedinghas survived. The country that was onceknown as the breadbasket of Africa hasbecome one of the poorest in the world as itspeople have suffered under the iron-fistedregime of their ageing leader.

Land grabs, rampant corruption, grossmismanagement and neglect of services andinfrastructure has led to a negative spiralfrom which there appears no end. It is atribute to the spirit of survival of the peoplewho decided to stay that racing continues atBorrowdale, near Harare, twice a month.

The national herd has been greatlydiminished. Today there are about 230horses in training; this includes two-year-olds, so only about 140 are racing. Many ofthe stud farms have disappeared or relocatedto South Africa and only about a dozenbreeders are left. Golden Acres Farm is thebiggest stud and stands the stallionsTamburlaine (Royal Academy), West Man(Go West) and Gharir (Machiavellian).

Rumbavu Park stands Soar With Eagles, afull-brother to Archipenko, and alsoAndronicus Of Rhodes, by Danehill, whileFly By Day, another son of Danehill, andCentury Stand are at Sarahdane Stud. TheZimbabwe yearling sale has only about 70lots on offer this year and owners andtrainers are forced to look to South Africa foradditional stock.

Nine registered trainers work fromBorrowdale and, while their lot hasimproved considerably since the US dollarbecame legal tender in 2009, it is still difficultto encourage new owners and to retainexisting patrons. Prior to 2009, barter wascommon as the local currency was devaluingso fast that stakes cheques were hardly worthcashing. Despite this, Zimbabwe managed toproduce the star filly Ipi Tombe, who won12 of 14 starts and was bred by Peter Moorof Golden Acres Farm.

Since the 2003/04 season, Lisa Harris hasbeen champion trainer every year bar one.In her own words, she “grew up on the backof a horse on a tobacco farm”.

Early in her career, Harris worked with

Neil Bruss, the late Murray Lindley and PaulMatchett, as well as having a stint as studmanager of Rumbavu Park.

Over the years she has trained some finehorses, with Earl Of Surrey, the 2007Zimbabwe Triple Crown winner, the bestcolt to date. Undoubtedly the best filly tohave graced Harris’s yard is Control Freak, adaughter of Tamburlaine out of theComplete Warrior mare Time Control. Shewas selected by Harris as a speculative buy atthe National 2YO Sale in 2010, with agentRobin Bruss signing for her for just R30,000(£2,500) from Cheveley Stud.

Harris says: “I loved her from the secondshe walked out of her stable.”

Although an owner was soon found, themoney was never forthcoming so Brussdecided to keep the filly in partnership withhis old friend Alastair Pulford, Darley’sNominations Manager in Australia.

The filly won all eight starts in Zimbabweat two and three, at first running green andalmost falling out of the stalls. Her turn offoot was such that the decision was made totravel to Johannesburg and contest the

Gauteng Fillies Guineas (a route followed in2001 by Ipi Tombe). Everything that couldgo against the filly that day did. The race wasdelayed because of lightning, she tossed herjockey in the parade ring, she missed thejump at the start and, unaccustomed to somany horses of her calibre in a race, she wenttoo soon and was unable to sustain her runto the line, finishing a credible fourth.

Bruss is, however, very exited by ControlFreak and what might be in store for her,especially as her race times are faster thanany posted by Ipi Tombe in her native land.

“She found me,” he says of Control Freak,who underlines that champions can comefrom unfashionable matings.

Her next start will be in the Grade 1Classic at Turffontein on the last day ofMarch, which means her trainer is currentlydividing her time between her string atBorrowdale and her star at Roy Magner’syard in Raandjiesfontein. One can’t but hopethat this rags-to-riches tale continues; suchtales are why, even when there seemed to beno future, Zimbabwean racing continuedand has survived.

Control Freak: the best thing to come out of Zimbabwe since Ipi Tombe

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Twice successful as a trainer in the Grand National, Toby Balding considers HighlandWedding’s victory his ultimate achievement and is now lining one up for 2018

By Tim Richards • Photos George Selwyn


Since last year’s Grand National,the safety review recommendedseveral modifications to the

course and raceday procedures. Willthey improve the great institutionthat is the Grand National?They have shaved one fence, filled in moreof Becher’s, and Richard Linley, the inspectorof courses, says the take-off sides have beengradually raised. So all they are doing istinkering, nothing major and the status quois the same. Quite simply, the nature of therace causes controversy and who are we to

change it? I don’t think it should be altered;we have done everything we can to make itmore like the Gold Cup and as a result horseswith no weight are unlikely to win. Time willtell if it has been improved. We shouldn’tforget the race is 172 years old!

Do you consider the race to be morecompetitive, attracting a higherquality field than when you won withHighland Wedding (1969) and LittlePolveir (1989)?There’s no doubt about it; neither of my

winners would have got in the race today.The system has changed to such a degree thatI would never have dreamt of buyingHighland Wedding, because he was a point-to-pointer. Nowadays you are looking for adamned good hurdler that will become astaying chaser and a lot are being trained thatway. The breed has got finer and trainingmethods have changed. The herd inHighland Wedding’s day were 14lb inferiorto the present herd of National entries.

What sets the Grand National apartfrom any other race in the world andhow does it feel to win the race?The pinnacle is the Gold Cup, though mostof us don’t have a Gold Cup horse. But wecan have one to aim at the National, wherestamina, jumping ability, courage and luckall play a part. We all have different ideas asto what makes a National horse; HighlandWedding was a dour type with a strongphysique. Little Polveir had National formwhen I bought him and I don’t claim creditfor producing him.

Of my others, Lucky Vane finished fourthand Romany King second. Lucky Vane was aNational type inasmuch as he was an out andout stayer, while Romany King, who hadclass but was not particularly strikingphysically, was light framed and anexceptionally good jumper. The 1979winner, Rubstic, passed through my handsbut unfortunately slipped through the net.Highland Wedding’s win gave me the mostsatisfaction as everything I’d done with himwas with the National in mind. That was theultimate achievement for me.Little Polveir (21) en route to National success in 1989; runner-up West Tip is on his tail

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When you were training you werealso heavily involved in racingpolitics, as a member of numerouscommittees and representativebodies. How involved are you nowafter your recent illness?I’m not a committee man any longer as I havebeen left partially sighted by a stroke, but myteam at home keep me extremely wellinformed. When I was training my bankmanager always said I had too many horsesof my own, but I’ve got even more now. I’vejust bought the National winner of 2018, afive-year-old called Henry Hurst!

Is Paul Bittar doing a good job in hisrole as Chief Executive of the BHA?He impressed me when he originally workedwith the BHB but it is too early to form anopinion of him in his current role. But he isobviously a strong character and one who

listens to the practitioners in the sport.

Racing must have changed plentysince your first involvement in thesport. What are the best/worstchanges in your view?It has altered to such a degree the question istoo big. In my day the greatest part was the

fun and the craic, which was enjoyed by themajority and we were all in the sport forthose things. Be it for better or for worse,racing has become much more mercenary.When Little Polveir won the National in1989 he collected around £75,000 – now therace is worth just short of £1 million.

My biggest long-term worry, which couldbe the undoing of racing, concerns stablestaff. You hear constantly of boys and girlslooking after seven or eight horses and in myview they can’t do it to the standard I wouldhave wanted; they are being unfairly askedto carry one of the most responsible burdensin racing. If the base material, the horse,doesn’t get treated as it should, it must be toits detriment.

What changes do you think wouldbenefit the sport?As far as I’m concerned National Hunt racing

“Nowadays you arelooking for a damned

good hurdler who will become a

staying chaser”

Toby Balding with Ian (left); training under different codes meant that the brothers were not competitive with each other


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T A L K I N G T O . . .

is very healthy at the moment, the qualityand numbers are there. The big trainers aremore numerous but, having said that, it’shard for the smaller yards. In my day as atrainer your financial exposure was so muchless. Ultimately, with regard to jumping, thatexpense is out of kilter with what is offered.I’ve been out of training too long to beopinionated on this, though I’m sure it issomething I would have had an opinion on.

Of course, we all know that the failure ofprize-money to keep pace with rising costs isa problem that needs to be addressed.Latterly I have been much more involved inthe betterment of the racing picture as awhole through my committees. Now I justpay exorbitant training fees which I couldn’thave afforded to charge!

You are an advocate of centralisedtraining. Why?Because I have always thought the overheadsof yards could have been shared, and to adegree that has taken place. I don’t see howthe owner participation is going to beaffordable in the future under presentfinancing.

Also, I believe that transporting horsesround the country should be more of a jointeffort between various stables. I was luckyenough to be involved in Weyhill HorseTransport, which was run by Owen McNallyand his wife Joyce, and we always tried toencourage different trainers to share thetravel to and from the races. There should bemore of it to help defray owners’ costs.

Do you believe the horse is given fairconsideration while betting andmarketing have become sodominant?In many cases, no, because inexperiencedstable staff are having to handle more horsesthan they can cope with. I accept methodshave changed but the requirements of thehorse have not. The old masters (and I wouldconsider myself one) would turn in theirgraves with stable management as it is today.

The bookmakers appear to have theindustry in an iron grip where the financesof the industry are concerned.

Have we passed the point of noreturn as far as putting the industryon a sound financial footing inconcerned?I am not involved any more, but my gutfeeling is that I have spent most of my adultlife working to serve the betting industry.

You started training at 20. What doyou particularly love about thesport? I love the racing scene, the challenge ofkeeping the show on the road and at the

same time keeping one step ahead of thetaxman and bank manager. Whatever else, ithas been fun. Owners now are much moredemanding, syndicates have expanded andthat is where I was one of the instigators,helping to form the British ThoroughbredRacing and Breeding plc, which broughtownership to well over 1,000 people. Manyof those have gone on to be owners in theirown right or stayed in syndicates such asElite and Million in Mind.

With the advent of the internet, trainerscan communicate with their owners throughtheir websites and blogs, but it does meanthere is much less personal contact betweentrainer and owner. In my day Sundayevening was sacrosanct and I would ringevery owner with whom I hadn’t spokenduring the week to update them.

Many top jockeys passed throughyour hands when you were training,notably Adrian Maguire and APMcCoy. Who had the most naturaltalent?There was AP and Adrian. But also RichardLinley, Brian Reilly, Richard Guest, BarryFenton, Barry Keniry, who is still riding, andnot forgetting Owen McNally and BillPalmer. Ironically, one of the most gifted wasprobably the little known Tony Charlton,who is still knocking around, mostly on the

golf course these days. Sadly, he didn’t puthis mind to it, failed to fulfil his promise andwas a wasted talent.

Have you been surprised by thecomplete domination of the sport byMcCoy?Not surprised at all. He went from me toMartin Pipe and it was very obvious he wasamazingly ambitious and industrious.However, his stable management left muchto be desired – he admits himself he couldonly muck-in, not muck-out!

What did you instil into him and therest of those young riders in yourcare?Good manners, honesty, respect for horsesand people, and horsemanship.

CLOSE UP AND...PERSONALFive words to describe myself…obsessed, driven, cunning, openmindedMy vices are… being untidy andobsessive

Can’t get through the daywithout… the Racing Post

I am annoyed by… lateness

Actor to play me in a film of mylife… David Niven

CLOSE UP AND...PROFESSIONALBest advice I’ve ever had… keepyourself in the best company andyour horses in the worst

My racing hero is … SeniorSteward Sir Randle Feilden, who hadseveral clashes with Lord Wigg, mybete noire. I’ve always been anenormous supporter of the JockeyClub and a firm believer in their role

Best bet I had… New World at 33-1 in the 1959 Portland Handicap.I got married on the proceeds

Most exceptional horse I’veseen… Mill Reef (to please brotherIan!). In fairness, he was the best Flathorse, but jumping it has to be Arkle

If I was restricted to only oneday’s racing a year it would be…the Grand National



“My gut feeling isthat I have spent most

of my adult lifeworking to serve the

betting industry”

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The controversial whip rules havenow been amended. Did they needchanging in the first place?In my opinion they did not need changingand the way forward is to let common senseprevail. We ask ourselves how has the whipcontroversy got to where it has and what canwe do to control it? This controversy was notcreated from within the sport. Having saidthat, young jockeys should be taught thecorrect use of the whip and their employersshould ensure they do not transgress.

Two Grand Nationals, two ChampionHurdles, a Gold Cup and twoBreeders’ Cup Chases, plus numerousFlat races… what did you enjoy mostabout your success?Training success is very egotistical and, ofcourse, I enjoyed it. Morley Street beingvoted champion chaser in America was ahuge delight and I suppose I would considermy ultimate achievement to be winning theGold Cup with Cool Ground.

Which of your many wins broughtyou the most pleasure, and why?There are so many memories. I loved tryingto beat horses with a bit of temperament andit was very rewarding if and when you wonraces with them, because basically you hadout-thought them. A good case in point wasthe handicapper Scaramander, who was alittle shit, but I adored him. There was alsoWill Rogers, a West Country hurdler, andanother hurdler The Wombat, both of whomwill always be fondly remembered.

How sad were you to sell KimptonStables after such a long association?It was sad, but life goes on.

Your brother, Ian, was a top trainer

on the Flat. Were you competitivewhen both training and how is yourrelationship now?Absolutely not, Ian was Flat and I wasjumping. And we have a great relationship.

What did it mean to you to beawarded an OBE?Obviously, it was an enormous honour and Ifelt it was as much an award for racing as forme. I owe it to the sport.

Barry Hills said you needed to keepsome “skulduggery” in racing. Wouldyou agree?Absolutely, racing must retain a sense ofmischief. I never wanted to be thought of asa rogue – though I loved being called one!

The state of prize-money in Britain isa constant talking point. Was italways this way?The difference was not that great when I wastraining, so it wasn’t so meaningful. Now thedifferential between the big prizes and thesmall races is enormous.

Do you have a fancy for this year’sGrand National?Ballabriggs again.


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Also sire in France of the Listed placedhurdler STORY MALINAS and juvenilehurdle winner MENELAS AR LEN.

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The sheet-metal gate is symbolic of whatlies beyond it. Cut into its frame is anopening large enough for people to

enter, yet small enough to prevent loose horsesfrom leaving the premises. The gate resemblesa buttress against the world outside. To stepthrough the opening is to step back in time toanother era.

In gaps between the cobblestones atBeckhampton House stables lie fragments ofhorseshoes worn by equine legends. More than30 Classic winners have passed through thatgate since 1820, when Billy Treen, the

coaching house publican concerned at the lackof passing horse trade, turned his hand totraining. They include Quest For Fame, the lastof ten Derby winners, trained in his first year atBeckhampton by Roger Charlton in 1990.

The roll-call also embraces Sun Chariot, thewinner of three Classics for King George VI in1942, and who so enchanted a 16-year-oldPrincess Elizabeth that she became a convertfor life on her inaugural visit to a racing stable.It is therefore appropriate that in DiamondJubilee year, the stable has its first Classic

candidate for some time.The hope is that the magic dust

embedded in every brick atBeckhampton rubs off on Top Offer.It is a tall order, since the colt hasmuch to prove. Although he didnot race again after his strikingdebut victory at Newbury inAugust, there are grounds foroptimism. Charlton playsdown aspirations for the herdof two-year-old winners hesaddled at premier tracks lastautumn. Yet when it comes to TopOffer, this naturally guarded man iswilling to entertain what may lieahead.

The Greenham Stakes on April 21is the clutch. There will be no 2,000Guineas bid if the son of Dansili is notready for the Greenham but, barringsetbacks, that looks unlikely. The darkbay colt resembles a tower of strength ashe ambles up the polytrack gallop thatruns through the picturesque Wiltshiredownland between Swindon and Devizes.

“He is a fine, good-moving coltwhose work was visually encouragingright from the start,” Charlton says of the2,000 Guineas 8-1 chance. “The wayhe worked with older horses meantthat we were expecting him towin when he went toNewbury. It would havebeen a bigdisappointment ifhe hadn’t.”

Nosooner has

Roger wants MORE

It is 22 years since Roger Charlton kicked off his training career with a famous Derby double;exciting colt Top Offer has the handler believing further Classic success is a distinct possibility

Words Julian Muscat • Photos George Selwyn

“We expected him towin on his debut.He’s a big, stronghorse with lots of

natural exuberance”

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Charlton spoken these words than he feelsobliged to mitigate them. “He then hurthimself,” he says of Top Offer. “It wasdisappointing we were unable to run himagain to find out more about him, so we findourselves in a situation where we have a horsewith a reputation.

“Still, the experts tell us that last year’s two-year-olds were not a vintage bunch. He has gota bit of catching up to do in terms ofexperience, but that’s not unusual these days.Natural ability counts for a lot.”

Further encouragement arrives whenCharlton reflects on the groundwork he isputting into Top Offer. “Inchinor was nevergoing to be a Group 1 horse so I got him veryfit to win the Greenham (in 1993),” he reflects.“This is a different type of horse. He is big andstrong, with lots of natural exuberance. AndI’m mindful of the fact that a lot of good horseshave been beaten in the Greenham.”

Top Offer is from the same Juddmontesource that gave Charlton a flying start to hiscareer 22 years ago. Withinthree months of saddling

his first runner he stood in the winner’s circleon Derby day with Quest For Fame. Fourdays later he annexed the Prix du Jockey-Club with Sanglamore. And Deploy wouldhave completed a unique treble but for

Salsabil’s supplemented presence

in the Irish Derby.Deploy’s defeat will have generated

disappointment among headline writers inFleet Street who were doubtless braced todeclare: “Charlton scores hat-trick forEngland.” In reality, however, the man is >>

Now and then: Roger Charlton (left)at the historic Beckhampton Housestable in Wiltshire, where he beganhis training career in 1990 (top)

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about as far removed from football culture as itgets.

Rational and methodical, he is thepresentable face of a sport that grates him inthe extreme by its propensity to constantlyundermine itself. He maintains he will nevermake money training from Beckhampton,which is owned in trust, but he cares less forthat than his fostering of a community spirit

within the dedicated staff of an estate of morethan 700 acres.

“My father was a farmer and I once took himto see an accountant who explained to himhow he could shelter his assets from the full taxburden,” Charlton says. “My father walked outhalfway through and said to me afterwards,‘Please don’t do that again.’ He took hisobligation to society more seriously than most.”

In many ways Charlton makes an idealtenant at the historic property. His moralcompass reflects that of previous Beckhamptonincumbents in Jeremy Tree, Sir Noel Murless,the aforementioned Darling and his father,Sam. Although there are woodchip andpolytrack gallops, much of the training is stilldone on some of the finest grass gallops in the

country. A summer not without its share ofrain last year came as a blessing.

“The gallops were in marvellous condition,”Charlton reflects. “All-weather gallops are greatup to a point, but you can work horses withconfidence on grass. You can press a littleharder, teach the horses a bit more, find out abit more for yourself. I think it helped us tohave a successful season last year.”

Although prize-money in excess of £1.4million was banked in 2011, there is goodreason to set the bar higher this year.Charlton’s two Pattern winners, Sea OfHeartbreak and Genki, remain in training – asdo Cityscape and Definightly, who postedGroup victories for the stable in 2010.

Then there’s Bated Breath, who earned justshy of £250,000 at home and abroad afternarrow failures in Group 1 races at Haydockand Woodbine, in Toronto. Among the olderhorses, other likely sources of bounty includeAl Kazeem, Cry Fury, Primevere, Proponent,Thistle Bird and Zero Money.

These horses make a sound platform fromwhich to launch a promising collection ofthree-year-olds. There are 16 individual two-year-old winners in their ranks. It is too earlyto assess their collective merit but they are anenticing proposition given that many comewith attractive pedigrees redolent of hisowner/breeder clientele.

There is also Camberley Two, who took histrainer on an eventful journey last season whenthe horse gained the first of six consecutivehandicap victories off a mark of 53 at Brighton.Charlton never found it easier to place a horsein his life. “Every time I wanted to run himunder a penalty there were lots of optionsbecause of his [low] rating,” he mused.“Conversely, if you win a 0-90 handicap you

have to wait three weeks for the next one.”Charlton is anxious to dispel the notion that

he spent ages plotting Camberley Two throughthe handicap minefield. In a tone betrayingmild embarrassment, he maintains that thehorse just kept on improving. However, talk oflow-grade racing sees him throw his hands up


Quest For Fame (above) and Sanglamore (inset) gave Charlton an English/French Derby double in his first season with a licence


“Racing has seenwave after wave ofpeople caught up in

corruption; the wholething is appalling”

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in frustration and no little anger at what heperceives is the sport’s soft underbelly.

“We are extremely fortunate in Britain,” hesays. “Racing in many other countries isrubbish when you compare it to the variety ofour tracks, our facilities, our big races. But inother ways we are lucky to have the Queenpatronising what can be, let’s face it, a prettydodgy sport.

“We love to shoot ourselves in the foot.Although we still have the best horses runninghere, there has been wave after wave of jockey,trainers, all sorts of people caught up incorruption. The whole thing is appalling. Youget to the stage where you wonder what isaround the corner. You wonder what couldpossibly drag us down ever more, but thensomething does.

“Sometimes I am considering a jockey for ahorse and I forget he’s been suspended orwhatever. There has been so much of it that Ican’t keep up. Okay, so we need the characters,a bit of spice, a bit of a plot somewhere. But ithas gone over the top and I believe is damagingus. What must outsiders think?”

This is Charlton’s fatalist side, in thisinstance arising from indignation that little haschanged in the perception of racing as amagnet for the unscrupulous. It was ever thusand will remain so long after Charlton is gone,yet he cannot help but ferment over theconstant tarring of racing’s image.

Top: the Beckhampton team at morning exercise on the Wiltshire downsAbove: 2,000 Guineas contender Top Offer under work rider Dinesh Singh>>


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There is no formal linkbetween Roger Charlton and

James Doyle but the youngjockey will ride for Beckhamptonon a regular basis in 2012. Asmuch was telegraphed by

Charlton’s deployment of Doyle inthe spate of two-year-old

autumnal maidens in which thenascent alliance fared so well.

Doyle has since enjoyedfurther success in Dubai, wherehe advanced underplayed gainsthat saw him ride 500 winners

over the last four years. Hisprowess is now acknowledged by

respected judges in addition toshowing up well on John Whitley’s

jockeys’ ratings, which have acquired acult following.

By Whitley’s gauge, Doyleoutperformed everyone in the saddlebut for Ryan Moore last year.Charlton does not ingest statisticswith breakfast but he has seenenough to give Doyle greateropportunity. “He came down lastyear to ride some work and he rodein some races for us,” Charltonsays. “The owners are very happy

with him, so we start with the plan that hewill ride quite a lot for me this season.”

Among those to advocate Doyle’s talentwas Johnny Murtagh, an occasional ally ofCharlton when Murtagh’s circumstancespermit. “Johnny rode the horse thatfinished second when James won on Estrelaat Newbury in October,” the trainerreflected. “He told me afterwards that hewas impressed.”

It is never easy for trainers to findunattached riding talent in the preamble toa big race. Most leading jockeys havecommitments and this prompted Charltonto seek out a young wannabe he can deployon a regular basis.

It is a big step up for Doyle, but thechance is fully warranted on hisachievements to date. In consequence, thependulum swings against Steve Drowne,who has been associated withBeckhampton’s horses for many seasons.

“I personally have no criticism to makeof Steve,” Charlton says. “We had a lot ofhorses placed in Group races last seasonand these are the races we need to win.James is young and has spent the winterriding against world-class jockeys. He haslearnt a lot, so the best way, I believe, is tobuild a relationship with someone new.”



It has worn him down, but not to the extenthe can ignore it completely. It still plays on hisconscience.

“It’s pretty pathetic of me, but when I firststarted I used to get very involved at theNational Trainers’ Federation,” he says. “Aftera while I felt that all the effort and strain of itmade no difference. It just makes you angryand aggressive, so I felt the best thing was toconcentrate on training and surviving.”

Charlton may have found the ideal outlet forhis frustrations in his website, a top-of-the-range affair with daily posts from him andregularly updated video footage. It has createdstrong demand among followers of a stable,which never runs horses for the beer. He hasalso embraced Twitter with a gusto surprisingin one of his inherent shyness.

This new-wave onslaught illustratesCharlton’s conviction that nothing is worthdoing unless it is done properly. “It seems tobe popular,” he says, “but I don’t knowwhether it does me much good. There is quitea lot of interaction via emails – although largely,I suspect, from people who could afford tosend me a horse only if they won the lottery.”

Nevertheless, Charlton wakes up each

morning to the sound of echoing hooves thatcan only make it feel good to be alive andensconced in such a fabled establishment. Thatalone is a blessing. He may not have instant

access to the raft of wealthy patrons boasted byhis predecessor, Jeremy Tree, but there is muchto anticipate in 2012. It might just have themakings of a season to remember.


The trainer plans the work schedule for his string, which numbers over 80 in 2012

Giving youth a chance at Beckhampton

James Doyle: on the up

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On the evening of April 13, 2005, lots23 and 24 at the Craven breeze-upsale were led out of the ring unsold at

Tattersalls. By the end of that year those coltsby Mozart and Machiavellian, by then namedAmadeus Wolf and Palace Episode, had eachwon a Group 1 race in Britain. Their successnot only marked a turning point for thepopularity of breeze-up sales in Europe but alsofor the operation which consigned them, ConMarnane’s Bansha House Stables.

Marnane, who raced Palace Episode with hiswife Theresa throughout his two-year-oldseason and sold him to Godolphin after hisvictory in the Racing Post Trophy, says: “Peoplerealised that they had to start having a look atthese sales.

“The reason Palace Episode didn’t do a goodbreeze was because we didn’t push him athome. He was a May foal and if we had done hewould not have made a racehorse. I wasprepared to look at the bigger picture and let

him come to himself as a young horse. “He was on the lorry to go to the German

sale and I rang [trainer] Kevin Ryan when hewas on the Irish Sea and I asked him if wecould try to win a maiden with him and gethim sold. I knew he wouldn’t get anywherenear the price we gave for him as a yearling if hewent to Baden-Baden. He was just one of thoseamazing stories.”

Six weeks after the Craven Sale AmadeusWolf, who had by then been sold to owners in

Con Marnane has become one of the most dominant forces at the two-year-old sales thanks to his judgement, horsemanship and unrelenting enthusiasm for trading

Words Emma Berry

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Ryan’s stable, made a winning debut at Ayrbefore running third in the Coventry Stakesand annexing the Gimcrack and the MiddlePark. It was a golden year for the team atBansha House Stables but the bloodstockmarket has been tough in recent years, even fora successful outfit such as this.

“I’m not prepared to take a chance on buyinga really expensive horse for breezing any more,though my gut feeling is that the breeze-upswill hold their own – there seems to be a lot offoreign investment at the moment,” saysMarnane, who last year bought yearlings from£2,000 up to £80,000 and has 55 two-year-olds to sell. “We’re up on numbers this year. Wehadn’t planned that but we bought a lot of nicehorses. I look at an awful lot of yearlings andwe’re at every sale.

“I try to have a mixture of first-season andproven sires, and they are all different sorts ofhorses. In the boom we were spending muchmore but we don’t need to any more and there’sno guarantee that they are going to be the tophorses. We buy a nice, good-moving, athletictype of horse, then we look at the pedigree. Ifyou go to the breeze-up sales and they don’t doa really nice gallop then people walk away.Disregarding how many Group horses we’vesold, if we don’t have what the buyers wantthen we’re in trouble.”

From August to early December, Marnane isan indefatigable and ever-smiling presence atyearling sales across Europe and America. Hisbonhomie is no façade.

He says: “It’s fantastic being in a business thatyou absolutely love. I love getting up every

morning. I wake up bouncing out of bed tofeed all the horses. I’m fortunate to really enjoymy work.

“Come the end of the yearling sales I do geta bit tired but at the beginning I just can’t waitfor them to start. Deauville is a great way ofstarting the season, it’s magical. I really have apassion for it.”

The sales scene may be a slog but for thebreeze-up pinhookers the proper work startswhen the yearlings arrive from the sales. At

Bansha House Stables, they are driven in longreins but won’t have a rider on their backs untilafter they’ve had a proper break at grass.

Marnane says: “I’ll often buy a weak-lookinghorse at the yearling sales, then I take themhome, put them out on really good grass, givethem a good worming. They need more timeto mature and we have an extra six months.

“They are then turned out in herds and get afull bucket of feed every day. From Novemberthey come back in, are driven for anotherweek, then ridden, and away they go. >>

“It’s fantastic being ina business that youabsolutely love; Ibounce out of bedevery morning”

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“It’s great for their heads to be out in thefields. They learn to become animals again.”

This approach clearly works, allowing tenderyoungsters to wind down after the stress of theyearling sales and have a chance to get over anybugs they may have picked up in the process.It’s an intensive period in the lives of theseyoung horses, who endure two bouts of salesusually within a six-month period and inbetween those dates are brought to the point ofbeing almost racetrack-ready.

Such a schedule means that the manner inwhich they are handled in preparation for thebreeze-ups is vitally important. There willundoubtedly be those who struggle more thanothers but Marnane gives careful considerationto each two-year-old in order for them to endup with a target best suited to his or her ability.

He says: “I’ve taken a couple out of theCraven sale and put them into the Guineas sale[in May] as they are bigger horses who need abit more time. For [the first sale] Kempton youwant a nice sharp two-year-old type that’s readyto run.

“Mind you, they can sometimes surprise you.I thought Rio De La Plata would be out at theend of the season because he was a big, tallhorse but then he won at the July meeting andalmost broke the track record, and he’s been soconsistent. Fleeting Spirit was a tiny yearlingwhen I bought her for 20-odd grand but shewas something very special.”

A visit to Marnane’s Tipperary stables in earlyMarch allows the opportunity to see his firstconsignment of breeze-up horses in action on

a circular canter just weeks ahead of theirappointment at Goffs’ Kempton Sale in the firstweek of April.

“The pressure definitely builds at this time ofyear,” he admits. “It’s like telling a trainer tohave 50 horses ready to run and win on acertain day. We have to build these horses up toa certain stage so that they know their job wellwithout getting any mix-ups along the way. It’seducating them without pushing them over thetop. We don’t over-exercise these horses, theydo lots of steady cantering.

“We try to get them out of the stable twice aday. We take them out in the morning andcanter them with riders, then in the afternoonthey either might have a swim or go on thewalker or treadmill.”

The most telling aspect of a young horse’swell-being is perhaps not the speed he showsbut how well he strides out and copes mentallyin the build-up to, and wind-down from, thatpiece of faster work.

The quiet of this corner of Tipperary isreflected in the demeanours of the Kempton


His rivalsThere’s a plenty of friendly rivalry and areal community among the breeze-upconsignors. I have huge admiration forWillie Browne. He’s an absolute geniusand the ultimate professional. To still bedoing so well at his age is amazing. He’shonourable and a nice man.

Bonus schemesThe breeze-up bonus worked because itwas simple. The consignors and thesponsors got it to half a million, and thepurchasers didn’t have to pay a pennyextra.

The yearling bonus scheme is costingthe breeze-up boys way too much moneyto qualify these horses. I’m doing it thisyear but I doubt I will next year.

It’s getting stale and needs a rethink. Iwould love it if they ran 20 races worth£100,000 or even 40 £50,000 races. Itshould be a joint venture with all the sales

companies, the breeders and theracecourses, and they need to get in a bigsponsor.

Buying filliesI bought fillies with pages and have athree-parts sister to Soviet Song and afull-sister to Kite Wood to sell this year. Ihave no problem with buying fillies aslong as they have a good pedigree. Theyhave to have that to get people interested,then if they do a good breeze and theylook right it’s not a problem.

The importance of groundworkI haven’t had a holiday in over two yearsbut I’ve been on a plane that many timesthat I don’t really want one. People thinkit’s a glamorous lifestyle yet it’s anythingbut. Sometimes horses can slip throughthe net and you have to put in the timeand be there to make sure you can buythem.




Con Marnane on…


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consignees, who go about their business in astraightforward and professional manner, noteven turning a hair with the sudden boundingappearance of the Marnanes’ eight-month-oldDalmatian, Mia, a black-and-white blur as sheweaves in and out of the trotting ring.

“I have a fantastic team of riders and most ofthem have been here from day one,” saysMarnane. “It runs like clockwork even if I’mnot here. They have a great interest in thehorses and the horse comes first for them. MikeO’Brien is my head man and has been with mefrom the start.”

The start came around 12 years ago. Havinggrown up with his parents and two brothers,David and Edmond, across the field fromwhere he now lives, Marnane, like many Irishchildren, developed a love for racing throughearly exposure to ponies. A year spent workingin racing in America, then a similar stint inAustralia, preceded three years at Ballydoyle.

Now he is aided by his wife Theresa, asolicitor, who helps to run their busy office withEmma Welsh, and it’s a fair bet that it won’t belong before the next Marnane generation makesits presence felt, as their daughter Amy, who hasjust turned 18, is studying equine science.

He says: “I started off doing the breeze-upsby accident. The first year we had the first twoin the ring – lots one and two at Doncaster –then we had the last two lots at Newmarket. Sowe started off the hard way. Any time we got afew quid for a horse we put down more stablesand improved the facilities.”

The facilities are impressive, but functionalrather than flashy. Having started off in the yardattached to his parents’ Bansha House, whereDavid now trains, Marnane has developed hisown facility on neighbouring land ofapproximately 200 acres, with gallops,horsewalkers, treadmills, a swimming pool andtwo large American barns for stabling.

Most appealing of the facilities, certainlyfrom an equine perspective, are the large barnswhich allow groups of around six horses to behoused together. Marnane says: “I find thathaving them loose keeps them so muchhappier – they’re not tying up, they’ve noulcers. It’s worked very well so far so I don’twant to change too much.”

Sitting in the kitchen to chat for a while,Marnane finds his phone ringing as often as hismind switches from subject to subject: favouritesires, the yearling bonus scheme, paddockmanagement and reeling off his youngerdaughter’s successes in the show ring on herWelsh Mountain pony.

The rosettes won by Olivia, 11, compete forwall space with photographs of the big winners– 46 stakes winners at the last count – to havespent their formative years at Bansha HouseStables, with Rio De La Plata, Fleeting Spiritand Cheltenham Festival winner Noble Princeamong them. It’s a big kitchen but the walls arealready full.

RIO DE LA PLATA Breeze-up price: 170,000gnsPrize-money won: £974,559Winner of Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (G1),Premio Vittorio di Capua (G1), PremioRoma (G1), Vintage Stakes (G2),Strensall Stakes (G3). Still racing at seven

FLEETING SPIRIT Breeze-up price: 90,000gnsPrize-money won: £695,549Winner of the July Cup (G1), TempleStakes (G2), Flying Childers Stakes (G2),Molecomb Stakes (G3)

AMADEUS WOLF Breeze-up price: not soldPrize-money won: £388,986Winner of the Middle Park Stakes (G1),Gimcrack Stakes (G2), Duke of YorkStakes (G2). Sire at the Irish NationalStud

PALACE EPISODE Breeze-up price: not soldPrize-money won: £178,471Winner of the Racing Post Trophy (G1),Acomb Stakes (L). Sire at Haras du LogisSaint Germain

TAX FREE Breeze-up price: not soldPrize-money won: £537,568

Winner of the Prix du Gros-Chene (G2),Sapphire Stakes (G3), Prix du Petit-Couvert (G3), Palace House Stakes (G3)

FERNELEY Breeze-up price: 50,000gnsPrize-money won: £384,513Winner of the Del Mar Mile Handicap(G2), Amethyst Stakes (G3)

MEDICI CODE Breeze-up price: 12,000gnsPrize-money won: £353,483Winner of the Del Mar Derby (G2), La Jolla Handicap (G2)

STONESIDE Breeze-up price: !32,000Prize-money won: £179,774 Winner of San Simeon Handicap (G3),Prix du Pont Neuf (L), Prix Herod (L)

OIL MAN Breeze-up price: 17,000gnsPrize-money won: £91,942Winner of the Cinema Handicap (G3)

NOBLE PRINCE Breeze-up price: 230,000gnsPrize-money won: £285,824Winner of the Jewson Novices’ Chase(G2), Poplar Square Chase (G3), PrixMichel Houyvet (L)

Bansha House Stables’ top ten performers

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Call for end of season deal to Richard Kent at:MICKLEY STUD, Tern Hill, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 3QWTel: 01630 638840 • Fax: 01630 639761Mobile: 07973 315722 • Email: [email protected] MICKLEY STUD


MULTIPLEXb. 2003 Danehill – Shirley Valentine (Shirley Heights)

Second crop of yearlings sold for upto 145,000 guineas and foals sold upto 130,000 guineas.Sire of 2 stakes performers, Radio Gaga, Timeform Rated 91Pand Luv U Forever.Sire of Richard Hannon's impressivestakes winner Intuition.Sired winners of 15 races from 21runners.Stud fee: £3,500 1st Oct

By sire of sires DANEHILLUnbeaten Group winning 2-y-o, stakes winner at 3&4

The speedy son of the brilliant OASIS DREAMFIRST YEARLINGS 2012

CAPTAIN GERRARDb. 2005 Oasis Dream – Delphinus (Soviet Star)

Won 5 times as a juvenile including Gr.3 Cornwallis Stakes and two Listedraces, also third in the Gr.3 MolecombStakes to Gr.1 winners FleetingSpirit and Kingsgate Native.At 3, winner of the Gr.3 PalaceHouse Stakes beating Gr.1 July Cupwinner Sakhee’s Secret.From the family of Soldier Of Fortune & Double FormStud fee: £3,000 1st Oct

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The InternationalRacing andBreed ing Forum

was the headline event ofthe ITBA’s two-day Expoat Leopardstown at theend of February but thedebate that drew the most

passionate crowd reaction was the seminaron National Hunt-bred fillies.

Despite the weight allowance in Ireland forjumps mares racing against geldings havingrisen from 5lb to 71b last year, and a dedicatedITBA-backed series of mares’ races, the generalconsensus from attendees was that more needsto be done to encourage owners to race maresand thus increase their appeal at the sales.

Managing Editor of the Irish Field andThoroughbred Owner & Breeder columnist LeoPowell took the chair and did an excellent job,both in stimulating discussion and keeping thesometimes heated debate on a civilised footing.

A usually reserved Michael Hickey ofSunnyhill Stud was moved to add his thoughtsfrom the floor, saying: “There is a template forFlat fillies – they don’t run against the colts. TheNational Hunt programme is an insult to peoplewho breed and race fillies. It’s rubbish. We needto develop a programme where mares can comeout on top of their own sex.”

Jockey Davy Russell, who is HorseracingIreland’s National Hunt Ambassador, was alsoamong the audience and agreed with Hickey.

“It makes sense for fillies not to take ongeldings – they can only rarely compete withthem,” he said.

Expanding the race programmeTheir comments were largely in response topanellist Noel Meade’s assertions that theintroduction of more races solely for mareswould downgrade the racing programme andbe a turn-off for racegoers.

Meade added: “I never buy fillies. I’ve foundthat they’re not as good or as strong as thegeldings. You have very limited opportunities ifyou buy a filly and a gelding has a betteropportunity of making money.

“The majority of good mares look like men –a bit like female tennis players. For fillies to winthey must have their own races but there areonly so many of those you can have.”

While Meade took a dim view of expandingthe mares’ programme, his fellow panellistRichard Pugh, a leading authority on the Irishpoint-to-point scene, echoed Hickey’s call forimprovement, saying: “Having an equivalent ofan Oaks or 1,000 Guineas would work for filliesover jumps. There are no mares entered in thechampionship races at Cheltenham.”

With Irish point-to-points being betterestablished as a nursery for young jumpers thanthe British pointing scene, Pugh would also like

to see a more level playing field for marescompeting in this division.

He added: “There is a big market for maidenpoint-to-point winners and the sport allows anaccessible and cheap starting point for owners,but the number of suitable opportunities formares are few and far between.”

Despite the greatest drop in foal numbers inrecent years having been in Ireland’s NationalHunt section, Coolamurry Stud owner JimMernagh felt the need to issue a note of caution

to jumps breeders, warning: “If your mare is notgood enough to have a filly foal then she’sprobably not worth breeding.”

Ability must be testedTherein lies the crux of the matter, particularlywithin National Hunt breeding. It’s not unusualfor well-bred fillies to retire to stud unraced and,while there are notable examples of untriedmares producing champions, it is still muchmore desirable – and not just from a commercialaspect – to have pedigree backed up byperformance. The cyclical problem of fewer fillyfoal registrations, lack of interest at the sales andowners and trainers being reluctant to givejumps mares a chance can be broken only if theopportunities to race against their own sex areincreased. Easier targets they may seem, buthow many owners and trainers will turn downthe chance of winning?

As with all competition, the best will rise tothe top and mares such as Voler La Vedette andGolden Gael have proved that they can holdtheir own against the geldings, albeit with thatvaluable weight allowance.

While there was wild applause from the floorat the suggestion of increasing the number ofraces for jumps mares, the subject of raising theallowance again – to ten or 12lb – was generallynot deemed to be a suitable solution. Ireland ismarginally ahead of Britain with regard to thepercentage of races restricted to mares staged,with 8.3% of the total programme last seasoncompared to 5.2% in Britain, where the TBA hasrecently announced financial incentives forracecourses to stage mares-only races.

Ironically, as the debate was raging and thiscolumn was being written, Blazing Tempo sat atthe top of the table, with more prize-moneythan any other National Hunt horse of either sexin training in Ireland this season. TheCheltenham Festival altered that but the eight-year-old daughter of Accordion isfortunate to hail from the stable of a trainer whois happy to give mares a chance.

There’s a clear desire from Irish breeders foran enhanced programme and it would be nosurprise to hear that British breeders feel thesame way. The biggest challenge they face,however, is not in convincing the race-planningdepartments but in changing the mindset ofagents and trainers.

Debate on NH mares provokes passionate response


Our bloodstock coverage this month includes:

• Under orders in the race to be leading first-season sire – pages 60-61

• Sales Circuit: round-ups from the ring and looking ahead to the breeze-ups – pages 62-65


National Hunt mares’ races

Race type Britain Ireland

Steeplechases 17 21

Hurdles 141 67

Bumpers 44 31

Total 202 119

Total number of NH races in Britain 3,877

Total number of NH races in Ireland 1,446

Figures are for the 2010/11 season

“The biggest challengebreeders face is in

changing the mindset ofagents and trainers”

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By theBOOK


They may have been champions on theracecourse, covered a book of blue-henmares and produced some stunning

foals who made small fortunes as yearlings butthe true test now awaits the band of stallionswho retired to stud in 2009.

Forget all the glossy adverts, in the comingmonths we will find out which of those high-class performers is going to make it as a stallionand which will not.

There may not be quite as much depth to the

freshmen of 2012 as with the vintage groupwith first runners last year, but there is still nota shortage of outstanding runners looking toexcel in their second careers.

None of the newcomers achieved more thanNew Approach, who was purchased by SheikhMohammed during his racing career. The sonof Galileo was champion two-year-old after anunbeaten juvenile season that culminated in aDewhurst Stakes victory. After being beaten anose in the 2,000 Guineas, he went on to win

the Derby and both the English and IrishChampion Stakes.

New Approach had a pair of colts make500,000gns and 450,000gns at Tattersalls lastyear, both bought by John Ferguson andentered in the 2013 Derby, and he has also beenwell supported at stud by his trainer Jim Bolger.

The master of Coolcullen has ten NewApproaches listed in the 2012 Horses In Trainingannual, including the homebred DawnApproach, who was entered to make his debuton the opening day of Ireland’s season as wewent to press.

A year ago, Bolger was crucial to Teofilo’ssuccess when sending out Parish Hall to give thechampion juvenile both a first success in Apriland a Dewhurst Stakes victory in October.

Joseph Burke of Stan James, who began first-season sires’ betting when working forCashmans, has priced up the 2012 market andmakes New Approach 11/8 favourite.

Many will hold out big hopes for anotherDarley sire, the Stonerside-bred Raven’s Pass.The son of Elusive Quality finished his careerwith a flourish, winning the Queen Elizabeth IIStakes at Ascot and Breeders’ Cup Classic atSanta Anita.

Raven’s Pass was well supported by breederson both sides of the Atlantic and it was againJohn Ferguson who bought his dearest yearling,a 260,000gns colt sold at Tattersalls.

Several of Henrythenavigator’s first crop havefound their way across the Atlantic, includingthe Aidan O’Brien-trained Infanta Blanca whowas entered at the Curragh’s opening meeting inMarch, but Coolmore’s European hopes willprincipally be centred upon Duke OfMarmalade.

The son of Danehill is a five-time Group 1winner over distances from ten furlongs to the

The race for the first-season sires’ title now attracts plenty of betting interest, and this year’s pre-season favourite is Derby winner New Approach

Words Edward Prosser





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mile and a half of Ascot’s King George VI andQueen Elizabeth Stakes and he will have over120 two-year-olds to represent him this year.

Last year’s leading first-season sire was DutchArt and the horse who beat him in the 2007 JulyCup is fancied by many to fare well this year.Sakhee’s Secret, based at Whitsbury ManorStud, progressed through the ranks underHughie Morrison’s guidance to win theNewmarket Group 1 as a three-year-old.

Homebred by the late Bridget Swire, hecomes from a family of durable speedyperformers and he has over 90 representativesthis year, including many who showed ahandsome return on his £6,500 original fee.

Sakhee’s Secret is 4/1 second favourite to takethe first-season sires’ title.

Newsells Park Stud put considerable effortinto buying mares to support the 2008 Coral-Eclipse winner Mount Nelson, a Group1-winning juvenile, in his first year and he hasa strong team of 82 two-year-olds to representhim on the racecourse.

With a decent yearling average, the 2008 Prix

Jacques Le Marois winner Tamayuz, a son ofNayef from the outstanding Allegretta femaleline, handed a big profit to several breeders whohad paid his first !15,000 stud fee, while fellowDerrinstown sire Haatef, a son of Danzig whosebest performance came when winning the 2007Diadem Stakes, also has his first runners.

You can have 100/1 about any other stallionbeing leading first-season sire and included inthat bracket are several high-class performers.

There is a superbly-bred Classic winneramong them in Sixties Icon, a St Leger-winningson of Galileo and Oaks heroine Love Divine,and an outstanding if less fashionably-bredmiler in Ramonti, winner of the Queen Anne,Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in 2007for Godolphin and a son of the recently-

deceased Italian sire Martino Alonso.Others looking to make their mark include

Juddmonte home-bred Thousand Words,winner of the Somerville Tattersall Stakes as atwo-year-old, King Edward VII Stakes andPrincess Of Wales’s Stakes winner Papal Bull,the speedy Duke Of York Stakes victor Assertive,precocious juvenile Captain Marvelous andSunday Silence’s son Vita Rosa, who has movedto Italy after a spell at Lanwades Stud.


“New Approach hasbeen well supported at

stud by his trainer Jim Bolger, who has

ten in training”

Sakhee’s Secret holds off last year’s leading freshman sire Dutch Art in the July Cup

First-season sire bettingfrom Stan James (number of individual winners in GB andIreland to end of 2012 Flat season)

11/8 New Approach4/1 Sakhee’s Secret9/2 Raven’s Pass9/2 Duke Of Marmalade

12/1 Mount Nelson14/1 Tamayuz40/1 Haatef

100/1 Thousand Words250/1 Assertive250/1 Captain Marvelous250/1 Papal Bull250/1 Ramonti250/1 Sixties Icon

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DBS Newbury Festival SaleThere was a familiar theme to DBS’s post-racingsale at Newbury, staged ten days before theCheltenham Festival in March.

A small catalogue for the second renewal ofthis sale, with 28 lots compared to 37 last year,and – as has become a traditional feature atthese events – no shortage of those on offerfailed to find new homes.

The clearance rate crept up from 45.2% lastyear to 54.5% this time and there were threesix-figure lots, compared to a half dozen in2011.

DBS director Michael Dale was used by apublicity-shy buyer to bid £220,000 for the toplot, Classical Twist, but could not say for whomhe had purchased the point-to-point winner.

Other six-figure buyers included BarryHurley, founder of Seasons Holiday, who paid£120,000 to send Giorgio Quercus back toNicky Henderson.

Graham Wylie bought Boston Bob for£150,000 at this sale the previous year and,bidding through his new trainer Paul Nicholls’sassistant Dan Skelton, he went to £100,000 forfour-year-old Sound Investment, who fell whentravelling well on his only point-to-pointouting.

Heading those who did not change handswas King Of The Wolds, a Newcastle bumperwinner for Malcolm Jefferson, who was led outunsold at £115,000.

With two more boutique sales to come atCheltenham in April and May, as well as thosestaged by Tattersalls Ireland and Goffs duringPunchestown Festival week, it remains to beseen if there is sufficient demand – or qualityhorses available – to fill such a full calendar.

Barretts SelectedTwo-Year-Olds In TrainingBoosted by a bloodstock agent from Hampshireand a contingent of deep-pocketed Japanesebuyers, the first American breeze-up sale of2012, the Barretts March sale of selected two-year-olds in-training, was held in Pomona,

California, on March 5 with some key businesscategories reaching a three-year high.

An Empire Maker filly topped the sale at$435,000 and was acquired by Danox Co Ltd.of Japan, where the three leading hips arebound. Danox also bought the leading colt, byMacho Uno, for $385,000.

Emmanuel de Seroux’s Narvick Internationalbloodstock agency, acting as an agent for anundisclosed Japanese client, paid $330,000 fora colt by Indygo Shiner.

Overall, 77 horses sold for $8,426,000, anaverage of $109,429 and a median of $85,000,according to figures published by the salecompany. The gross was up 52%, the averageincreased 8.6%, and the median rose by 21.4%over the corresponding sale in 2011. Theaverage was the highest for the sale since 2009.

The sale did have a higher number of buy-backs, with 44 horses listed as not sold, or 36%of the horses that went through the ring. Thecatalogue was larger than last year, 148 this yearcompared to 105 last year.

The leading buyer by horses acquired andgross receipts was Jamie McCalmont, who wasacting on behalf of prominent southern

California owner Paul Reddam, who attendedthe sale.

McCalmont, who once worked in southernCalifornia as an exercise rider for varioustrainers and now has a bloodstock businessbased in England, bought seven horses for$940,000. His most expensive purchase was acolt by War Front bought for $250,000.

Reddam raced Wilko, the winner of the

Plenty of top-end high pricesbut unsold rate still a concernThe clearance rate for jumpers at Newbury hints that demand currently falls short ofsupply and it is a similar story in America as the 2012 breeze-up sales get under way


DBS Newbury Festival SaleTop lotsName/Age/Sex/Breeding Vendor Price (£) Buyer

Classical Twist (4g Oscar) Ballyboy Stables 220,000 D B Bloodstock

Giorgio Quercus (7g Starborough) Sir Robert Ogden 120,000 Clarendon Farm

Sound Investment (4g Dr Massini) Bernice Stables 100,000 Dan Skelton

Masters Hill (6g Tikkanen) Newlands Farm 64,000 Highflyer Bloodstock

Westaway (5g Westerner) Suirview Stables 50,000 Simon Christian

Boyfromnowhere (5g Old Vic) Willow Farm Stables 40,000 Gearoid Costelloe

Shotgun Paddy (5g Brian Boru) R McCurtin 40,000 GH Bloodstock

Daring Deploy (6g Deploy) Suirview Stables 31,000 Simon Christian

The Friary (5g Kris Kin) Tinniscart House 28,000 Tom Malone

On Broadway (6g Broadway Flyer) Mount Browne Stables 20,000 Tom Malone

Safferano (6g Saffron Walden) Redbridge Stables 20,000 Tom Malone

Comparative figuresYear Catalogued Offered Sold Clearance (%) Agg (£) Average (£) Median (£)

2012 28 22 12 54.5 751,000 62,583 40,000

2011 37 31 14 45.2 900,000 64,285 40,5000

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2004 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, and has aKentucky Derby candidate in I’ll Have Another,a colt by Flower Alley who won the Grade 2Robert Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita in February.

Being the leading buyer was not a distinctionthat McCalmont and Reddam sought.

“We just want to win the races,” McCalmontsaid.

“We probably bought more than we wouldhave otherwise,” added Reddam. “We boughtthe horses we wanted to buy and others thatwe didn’t plan to buy. There was one horse wehad that we let go.”

Typical of an American breeze-up sale, thefaster the workout time in the training preview,the more interest the juvenile attained in pre-sale inspections and the sales ring. The MachoUno colt worked a furlong on March 2 in 9.80seconds, a time equalled by a colt bySongandaprayer who sold for $100,000. TheEmpire Maker filly worked a furlong in 10.40seconds, while the Indygo Shiner colt wastimed in 10.20 seconds.

As for the sale-topper, she was scheduled tobe flown to Japan in April. Bred by Dan Agnew,the filly had been withdrawn from the 2011Keeneland September yearling sale and wasconsigned at Barretts by Ciaran Dunne’sWavertree Stable.

Through a translator, advisor HisashiWakahara said he bought the filly for Danoxbecause she was “classy, beautiful, she looks likea runner.”

Barretts was the first major breeze-up sale ofthe year, the reflection of a change in thecalendar from past years when Fasig-Tiptonand the Ocala Breeders’ Sale in Florida held thefirst two sales of the year.

This year, those sales were held later inMarch, followed by another leading sale, atKeeneland in April.

For 2012, Barretts wants to lead the auctionseason again. “We’re happy with our positionon the calendar,” said Barretts General ManagerKim Lloyd.

He argued that it is easier for Florida-basedconsignors to start at Barretts and return toFlorida for two sales, rather than trying to setup for a mid-March sale at Barretts whilefocusing on early-March sales in Florida.

“I think the positioning helps us,” he said.“Logistically for the consignors to come hereand be first, it’s easier for them.”

Ocala Selected Two-Year-Olds In TrainingWith one Empire Maker filly topping theBarretts sale outright, another daughter of thesame sire was the most expensive filly sold atOcala’s select sale of two-year-olds, but the

overall market leader was a colt by War Front,consigned by Harris Training Center on behalfof Claiborne Farm, which stands the youngson of Danzig.

The colt, from the family of anotherpromising young sire Pomeroy, was knockeddown for $800,000 to Frank Fletcher RacingOperations, with the same buyer also takinghome the top-priced filly and spending a totalof $1.65m on four horses to make Fletchersecond only to Lane’s End Bloodstock in theleading buyers’ list.

Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Stable paid$525,000 for a first-crop son of TizWonderful, who raced in the Stonestreetcolours and retired to Spendthift Farm in2009. Out of the multiple winner and Grade2-placed Foolish Kiss, he was one of threetwo-year-olds consigned by pinhooker PaulSharp and had been bought for $82,000 fromthe same sales company last August.

With 100 of the original 362 catalogued lotswithdrawn from the sale, 179 two-year-oldswere sold for a total of $24,819,500, whichcompared favourably with the $24,711,000aggregate for 237 sold in 2011. The averageshowed an increase of 33%, rising to$138,656 from $104,266 last year, while themedian price was a record $105,000, up 50%on the previous figure of $70,000.

Hong Kong International SaleBloodstock auctions don’t come much moreselect than the 26-lot Hong Kong InternationalSale, which was held at Sha Tin on March 17.

This was the second year that the breeze-upsale had been held in March rather than itstraditional December slot, but the Decemberauction will be reintroduced later this year withtwo sales being staged annually in the future toallow for the opposing breeding seasons of thenorthern and southern hemispheres.

The ten European and North American-bredhorses offered in the sale were all three-year-olds, with up to a six-month headstart on thesouthern hemisphere-bred lots, but a pair ofAustralian two-year-olds by red hot sire FastnetRock both toppled the previous sale record ofHK$7.5m when selling for HK$9m andHK$8m respectively.

The top lot, a gelding out of the Covetousmare Undercover, had been bought by theHonk Kong Jockey Club team at New ZealandBloodstock’s Premier Yearling Sale at Karaka for NZ$300,000.

With few fillies and mares racing in HongKong, the catalogue was exclusively male, withonly one colt – a full-brother to Classic winnerFinsceal Beo – among the 25 geldings offered.

Barretts Selected Two-Year-Olds In Training (March)Top lotsSex/Breeding Vendor Buyer Price ($)

F Empire Maker-Fortunate Event Wavertree Stables Inc Danox Co Ltd 435,000

C Macho Uno-My Goodness Eddie Woods, agent Danox Co Ltd 385,000

C Indygo Shiner-Coatue Eddie Woods, agent Narvick International Inc. 330,000

F War Front-Kokena Excel Bloodstock Dennis R O’Neill 310,000

C Broken Vow-Gold Muff SGV Thoroughbreds Brett Lindenbaum, agent 280,000

C War Front-Fob Wavertree Stables Inc. Jamie McCalmont 250,000

C Songandaprayer-Queen Majesty Stephens Thoroughbreds Mersad Metanovic & J Bonde 250,000

C Candy Ride-Sweet And Clever Wavertree Stables Inc. Jamie McCalmont 220,000

Ocala Selected Two-Year-Olds In Training (March)Top lotsSex/Breeding Vendor Buyer Price ($)

C (War Front-Henna) Harris Training Center Llc, Agent II Frank Fletcher Racing Operations 800,000

C (Tiz Wonderful-Foolish Kiss) Paul Sharp, Agent IV Stonestreet Stables 525,000

C (Leroidesanimaux-Humoristic) Eddie Woods, Agent IX Deuce Greathouse, Agt. 490,000

Ado (F Empire Maker-Trip) Harris Training Center Llc, Agent II Frank Fletcher Racing Operations 485,000

F (Street Sense-Unlimited Pleasure) Ocala Stud Repole Stables, Todd Pletcher, Agt. 475,000

C (Read The Footnotes-Dixie Talent) Southern Chase Farm, Inc. Agent Toyomitsu Hirai 475,000

C (Montbrook-My Golden Quest) Ocala Stud, Agent Toyomitsu Hirai 470,000

C (A.P. Indy-Sharp Susan) Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds Llc, Agent Mark Casse, Agt. 425,000


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>> Newmarket trainer Nick Littmoden, who,along with bloodstock agent Larry Stratton,assists the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s MarkRichards in selecting yearlings for the sale,oversees the preparation of the European draft,which included geldings by Acclamation, HolyRoman Emperor, Oasis Dream and a Marjuthree-parts brother to Hong Kong championViva Pataca.

Littmoden also consigned Finsceal Beo’s

brother, who was the best-seller among theEuropeans when fetching HK$5.5m havingbeen a 320,000gns purchase at Tattersalls’2010 October Sale.

“The market in Hong Kong is so strong andthe demand for ready-made horses isseemingly unlimited,” said Littmoden, whostill holds a training licence but is branchingout further into the breeze-up market thisseason by offering two colts at the Craven Sale,

which starts on April 17. “Overall, we’redelighted with the way our draft was received.”

The sale achieved a record turnover ofHK$114.4m – up from HK$94.1m last year –while the average fell slightly to HK$4.4mfrom HK$4.7m.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club’s ExecutiveDirector William Nader, said: “It is truly aunique sale. Sixteen of the 26 lots sold forHK$4 million or higher, so it was a very strongsale from start to finish. The Fastnet Rocks soldparticularly well and Lot 11 probably held theshortest-lived record in Hong Kong history!

“It’s a rarity to see such an international sale– we have horses from Europe, Australia, USAand New Zealand all very well presented, andthere was great depth with an array of stallionsfrom different parts of the world. In manyways, it was a replica of what Hong Kongracing is – a collection of talent from all overthe world, whether people or horses, allcoming together to create a great product.”

He added: “Hopefully, we can see positiveresults from this sale in years to come. I alwayssay that the real test of the sale is puttingforward good prospects that develop into realracehorses that everyone will appreciate in thecoming years.”

Hong Kong’s International Sale, at which only Hong Kong Jockey Club members can bid



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For nearly two decades since the early1990s, there was no more progressive partof the bloodstock auction calendar than thebreeze-up sales.

A scene once dominated by juvenileswho had failed to sell as yearlings hadtransformed into a thriving, hugelyprofessional, industry populated byconsignors who invested increasingly largesums in the product to resell.

The 1992 breeze-up at Tattersalls averagedjust 5,739gns, with a median of 3,900gns,but by 2008 it had become a flagship eventin the Newmarket sales calendar. That year’s540,000gns top price was comfortably morethan the whole turnover 16 years earlier and,even accounting for a rising market in theintervening years, the 2008 average of102,448gns, 11.88 million gns turnover and70,000gns median showed huge growth.

The figures were not a million miles fromthat year’s October Book 1 Yearling Saleaverage of 120,383gns and 85,000gnsmedian as top-level buyers saw the breeze-ups as a creditable alternative market place.

The two-year-old consignors are a pluckybunch and a glance at what they had riskedon yearling purchases to sell in 2008 waseye-catching. Prices included $260,000,$250,000, 210,000gns, 160,000gns,$200,000, $170,000, $160,000 and120,000gns as the vendors gambled thatthey might be able to land a two-year-oldthat could trouble the sale record of625,000gns, set in 2006.

But, perhaps more than in the yearlingmarket, the breeze-up vendors were to findthat 2008 was the market’s peak. A singleyear later, Tattersalls’ sale had lost 3.5million gns of its turnover (29%) and theaverage price fell by 27%.

The economic downturn was obviouslya significant factor but so too was the factthat Sheikh Mohammed’s actions have ahuge bearing on this market. In 2008, theDarley team, via a string of different buyers,bought 15 of the 20 dearest breeze-up lotsin Britain but a year later did not play onanything like as significant a scale.

When Goffs’ sale at Kempton kicks off sixweeks of two-year-old trading in Europe onApril 3, few of those selling will believe theycan hit the giddy heights of yesteryear.Sheikh Mohammed is likely to be buying ata level way below 2008 and vendors havebeen more cautious investing in stock in aprogramme that moves on to Newmarket,

Doncaster, back to Tattersalls for theresurrected Guineas Sale and then to Saint-Cloud, Goresbridge and Baden-Baden.

Indeed a 100,000gns Hard Spun coltappearing from Paddy Twomey’s HawthornVilla Stud is the sole offering at any of thethree upcoming British sales to have madea sum equating to six figures in sterling asa yearling.

Last year’s sales may have beenrespectable on paper but many vendorswere playing the auction ring version ofRussian Roulette, relying on their two-year-olds to sell on a single live bid and therewas only a 68% clearance rate atNewmarket.

Interestingly, several British consignors

have reduced their involvement in thisriskiest of markets in recent years and theyaccount for just 75 of the 475 lots (15.8%)at the upcoming Irish-dominated Kempton,Doncaster and Newmarket April sales. Thatfigure was 28.4% in 2008.

American sires have long been favouredby the breeze-up buyers and nearly half the2008 Newmarket catalogue were bystallions based across the Atlantic. Althoughnearly a third of this year’s Craven book arestill the progeny of US sires, the dominationhas become less pronounced.

Tattersalls Ireland’s Flat breeze-up hasgone from the calendar this year, as hasBrightwells’ new sale at Ascot, although itis expected to be revived in 2013, and theother notable event in the breeze-up scenehas taken place across the Channel.

Just as Arqana’s yearling sale in Augusthas caught the imagination of Irish buyers,they have become equally entranced by thecompany’s breeze-up at Saint-Cloud onFrench Guineas weekend in May. TheFrench sale’s turnover has risen from !2.08million in 2006 to !7.096m last year andmany consignors are sending some of theirbest lots to Saint-Cloud in May.

The sale’s big advantage is that it hassome buyers unique to itself, most notablyPrime Equestrian, who bought 27 lots for!1.38m in 2011, 19% of the wholeturnover. Indeed, the level of participationof the major buyers on either side of theChannel looks set to have a major bearingon whether the breeze-ups can climb backup the ladder again in 2012.

Significant reduction in Britishconsignors at breeze-up sales

ANALYSISEdward Prosser

British-based consignors at the breeze-up sales2012 2011 2010 2009 2008

Tattersalls Craven 38/183 (20.7%) 48/196 (24.9%) 26/166 (15.7%) 34/183 (18.6%) 68/194 (35%)

DBS 29/192 (15.1%) 30/193 (15.5%) 30/186 (16.1%) 26/145 (17.9%) 45/170 (26.5%)

Goffs Kempton 8/100 (8%) 16/90 (17.8%) 16/94 (17%) 13/75 (17.3%) 19/101 (18.8%)

Total 75/475 (15.8%) 94/479 (19.6%) 72/446 (16.1%) 73/403 (18/1%) 132/465 (28.4%)

Two-year-olds by American sires at the breeze-up sales2012 2011 2010 2009 2008

Tattersalls Craven 57/183 (31.1%) 50/196 (25.5%) 48/166 (28.9%) 79/183 (43.2%) 96/194 (49.5%)

DBS 21/192 (10.9%) 9/193 (4.7%) 16/186 (8.6%) 19/145 (13.1%) 42/170(24.7%)

Goffs Kempton 12/100 (12%) 7/90 (7.8%) 8/94 (8.5%) 13/75 (17.3%) 33/101 (32.7%)

Total 90/475 (18.9%) 66/479 (13.8%) 72/446 (16.1%) 111/403 (27.5%) 171/465 (36.8%)

Whitwell Bloodstock’s Nicola Howarth,one of a reduced pool of British vendors

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Having a real say in how horseracing operates Richard Wayman says new bonus scheme can help horsemen increase their influence on sport

This month sees thelaunch of a newbonus scheme whichwe have put togetherwith our partners inthe Horsemen’sGroup and whichwill make paymentstotalling nearly

£500,000 between now and the end of theyear. It is based on a £5,000 bonus beingadded to around 100 races, commencing onApril 18, when bonus races are scheduled atNewmarket, Cheltenham and Beverley.

The scheme has been designed to achieve anumber of important objectives. First, it willprovide a boost, albeit a relatively modest one,to the financial returns to horsemen. Second,the bonus will be payable only to winningconnections who are members of theHorsemen’s Group constituent bodies and so itwill hopefully encourage more horsemen tojoin the ROA or one of our partners, therebyincreasing our ability to influence. Third, itsupports the creation of an environment inwhich horsemen will work ever more closelywith those racecourses that are committed toproviding a fair deal to horsemen. For thisreason, the bonus races will take place only at

venues where the Horsemen’s Group havegranted partner racecourse status. Finally, itshould encourage runners towards bonusraces, which will enhance betting activity and,therefore, returns to the levy.

The bonus of £5,000 will be payable towinning connections as follows: 70% to the

owner(s), 15% to the trainer, 10% to thejockey and 5% to the stable staff pool, all ofthis being after the distribution of a bonus of£500 to an eligible winning breeder. Successfuleligible owners will therefore win £3,150 or£3,500 if the breeder’s bonus is not won.

The full terms and conditions of the schemeare available on our website but to win theowner’s bonus, the successful owner must bea member of the ROA at the time of the race.

For horses owned in Joint Ownership, 51% ormore of the winning horse must be owned bymembers of the ROA, whilst for horses ownedby Racing Partnerships, 51% or more of thenominated partners must be members of theROA.

Elsewhere in this month’s ROA Forum,information is provided about another newinitiative that has just been launched, whichwill provide horsemen with greater ability toinfluence the race programme.

Whilst these are small steps, I believe theyprovide evidence that we are beginning tomove in the right direction, towards a worldin which horsemen have a far greater role inrunning the sport.

This can’t come soon enough as, for too longhorsemen have had to take whatever they canget; a situation that has inevitably resulted infalling horse numbers, owners and breedersleaving the sport, trainers losing theirbusinesses, jockeys packing up and stable staffout of work.

We must ensure that these initiatives are justthe beginning of something much bigger tocome.

If you have any views on the issues raised inthis column, please get in touch by [email protected]

ROA FORUM T h e s p e c i a l s e c t i o n f o r R O A m e m b e r s

Exclusive hospitality package offered for Glorious GoodwoodFollowing feedback from members requesting a dining option, theROA and Goodwood have put together a special hospitality packagefor each of the five days of Glorious Goodwood.

The exclusive ROA offer comprises a Richmond Enclosure badge,a reserved seat in the March Stand, a three-course lunch in theHorsewalk Restaurant located in the Charlton Stand, afternoon tea,a racecard and Racing Post, and valet parking. The package is pricedat £150 per person per day.

Places are limited to a maximum of six places per booking and areavailable on a first-come first-served basis, so early booking isadvised. Bookings for the package close on May 31.

For more details, or to book, visit orcall 020 7152 0200.

Members also have the usual option of booking admission badgesonly for the Richmond Enclosure during Glorious Goodwood.Daily badges are priced at £69 per person for orders up to June 1.After June 1 badges are £79 per day. Junior badges are £20 each day(age five to 25), apart from Thursday, when they are £30. Car ParkLabels are £10 each day.Fantastic deal includes lunch in the Horsewalk Restaurant

“We must ensure theseinitiatives are just the

beginning of somethingmuch bigger”

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A new race planning initiative is to belaunched in April which will give trainers theopportunity to influence the shape of the raceprogramme.

The new system will enable trainers toindicate online specific races that they wish

to see programmed in the very near future,providing races for horses that are ready torun but currently have no suitableopportunities.

The trial, which is being funded by theLevy Board, is intended to make sure that the

best possible use is made of the availablehorse population and is an important firststep towards creating a more dynamic andflexible approach to race planning. Key features of the trial include:• 23 races (16 Flat and 7 Jump) have beenleft “blank” in the race programme betweenApril and June.• Based on online feedback from trainers, theBHA will programme a required race aroundnine days in advance with normal entry anddeclaration deadlines.• During the first three months of the trial,these races will take place at racecourses runby Jockey Club Racecourses and ArenaLeisure. A similar number of races will beplanned for the third and fourth quarters of2012, when all other racecourses will havethe chance to take part.

The type of race programmed will dependon feedback from trainers and keyconsiderations will include: • The fact that other suitable races do not fallin the same period • The quality of the race • Geography • Type of race

The first race will take place at Lingfield onApril 4 and any owner that is frustrated by alack of opportunities for their particular horseshould encourage their trainer to make use ofthis new facility.

Interactive race planning

Kauto’s work rider is named Employee of the YearKauto Star’s work rider Clifford Baker was among the prize-winners at this year’s Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards,scooping the top accolade of Employee of the Year. It formed partof a notable double for Baker, as he also collected the High Achieveraward.

Thanks to the unstinting generosity of Godolphin, Baker receiveda cheque for £25,000 for Employee of the Year, £10,000 of whichwill be distributed among the Paul Nicholls team. The winners ofthe other six categories each received a cheque for £5,000, withthe other finalists collecting £2,000, plus the same for theirrespective yards. The total prize fund was £120,000.

The other category winners were Jerry Walsh from Paul Webber’syard for NASS Special Merit; Christopher Lynn from FerdyMurphy’s for the David Nicholson Newcomer Award; CharlotteCox from Henry Candy’s for the Rider/Groom; Graham Nicklin ofGlebe Stud for the Stable Staff Award; and Willie Cowe of JamesEwart’s team for the Dedication to Racing category.

The awards are now firmly established in the industry calendarand are widely lauded by all stakeholders in the sport for theopportunity to salute the endeavours of racing’s behind-the-scenesheroes. ROA members were among those encouraged to nominateany stable staff who had made a difference to their ownershipexperience. Godolphin announced that they will continue tosupport the awards for the next three years.





Lingfield Park will be the scene of the first ‘interactive’ race on April 4

Clifford Baker (right) receives his prize from Paul Hanagan






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In BriefTariff bands for Flat racesThere will be two Horsemen’s Grouptariff bandings from the start of the Flatturf season on March 31, mirroring thebandings for jump races introduced onFebruary 1.!

Band 1 will cover racing taking placeon Monday to Friday and Band 2 willcover racing on Saturdays, Sundays andFestival fixtures.!

The tariff values from the start of thenew Flat turf season mirror those fromthe 2011 Flat turf season.

Details of tariff values and the DailyUpdate showing races which meet tariffcan be found on the ROA website

Yearling Bonus Scheme This year’s Yearling Bonus Scheme willoffer no fewer than 130 bonuses of£10,000 to owners of eligible racehorseswhich win one of the selected maidenraces. Now in its third year, the schemehas awarded over 530 bonuses, withfunds entirely raised through theregistration fees.

The full list of bonus races and eligiblehorses can be seen at races carrying a bonus meet or exceedthe Horsemen’s Group tariff.

Prize-money in GermanyThe British Horseracing Authority hasrecently been notified by the Direktorium(German horse racing’s governing body)that the interpretation of local tax ruleshas recently been reviewed.

As a result, GB resident owners whowin prize-money when running inGermany will have a proportion –currently 15.83% – of the prize-moneythey earn withheld by the German taxauthorities.

The BHA is working with theDirektorium to understand the fullimplications of these changes anddetermine if there is any mechanismwhich is in place to allow the amountthat has been withheld to be releasedback to the owner.


Five charities collectively received more than£110,000 from fundraising at the 30th annualRacehorse Owners Association HorseracingAwards, sponsored by

The major beneficiary is the StarlightChildren’s Foundation, which brightens thelives of seriously and terminally ill children bygranting them once-in-a-lifetime wishes andproviding entertainment in hospitals andhospices. The charity received £62,852through silent and grand auctions held at theawards night in London, plus just over

£22,000 through pledges made by guests.The remaining money has been donated to

the National Horseracing Museum (£15,000),the International Spinal Research Trust andSpinal Injuries Association (£6,690 each), andHEROS (£1,150), which finds home for ex-racehorses.

ROA Vice-President Tony Hirschfeld, theROA council member who headed the awardscommittee, said: “We are delighted to haveraised such a significant sum for thebeneficiary charities. We are sincerely gratefulto our members and sponsors for theiroutstanding generosity in contributing to arecord total for ROA Awards fundraising.”

Neil Swan, Chief Executive of the StarlightChildren’s Foundation, said: “Starlight wasdeeply grateful to be nominated to benefit fromthe fundraising at the Racehorse OwnersAssociation Awards.

“We are absolutely thrilled that the eveningraised over £85,000 to help grant wishes forour seriously and terminally ill children. It wasan honour to be involved in such a prestigiousevent and we would like to say a huge thankyou to the team at the ROA, who were anabsolute delight and pleasure to work with andto everyone who contributed.”


Record £110,000 raised forcharities at the ROA Awards





Your chance to sit on the ROA CouncilMembers can expect to receive a letter in April inviting them to stand for a place in theROA Council elections. Those wishing to stand for election must be a registered owner andhave had at least one horse in training during the previous 12 months, or part-ownershipthat amounts to at least one horse. Horses owned under the names of spouses qualify forthis purpose.

A vote amongst all ROA members will decide the election result. Successful candidateswill be asked to take their places on the Council in July and are required to attend monthlymeetings, usually in central London. The outcome of the election will be announced at theROA AGM on July 10. A Council member’s tenure is four years, after which they arerequired to stand for re-election.

Details of the ROA AGM and members and guests lunch appear on the opposite page.

Clockwise from top left: ROA President Rachel Hood presents a cheque toChristopher Tregoning and Graham Snelling of the National Horseracing Museum;ROA Vice President Tony Hirschfeld and Council member Sheila Bailey awardcheques to Paul Smith (SIA), Neil Swan (SCF) and Jonathan Miall (Spinal Research)

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Diary dates and remindersAPRIL 24First day of Punchestown festivalROA members attending the first day of thePunchestown festival can take advantage offree admission in the racecourse, onproduction of their ROA HorseracingPrivilege Photocard.

MAY 26Abu Dhabi Irish 2,000 GuineasFree admission for ROA members to theCurragh on this day, featuring the Group 1Abu Dhabi Irish 2,000 Guineas.

JUNE 19-23Exclusive facility at Royal Ascot Take advantage of a bespoke hospitalitypackage at a discounted rate for the fivedays of Ascot’s showpiece of the Flatseason.

JULY 1Dubai Duty Free Irish DerbyFestivalROA members visiting the Curragh canobtain free admission on this day.

JULY 10ROA AGMThe AGM will be held on the morning ofTuesday, July 10 at the Jumeirah CarltonTower hotel in Knightsbridge, London. Theformal business of the AGM will befollowed by a lunch for members and theirguests.

OCTOBER 20QIPCO British Champions’ DayThe ROA has secured a fabulous box with apackage including catering and drinks forROA members in a stunning location onthe third floor of the Grandstand.

DECEMBER 6ROA/ HorseracingAwardsThe Awards evening celebrates the year’stop racehorses and their owners, as votedfor by ROA members, at the LondonHilton.


For Andrew Turton, Akarshan encapsulatesthe satisfaction of triumph over adversity,which for him is the best thing about beingan owner. If that satisfaction can be sharedand enjoyed with family and friends, that’s allthe better.

“The best thing about being an owner iswhen you win, especially after you’ve stucktogether following a setback and have alwaysbelieved in the horse,” says Turton.

“Akarshan got a touch of a leg at MarketRasen when he was second last spring, andhad to have the best part of nine months offthe track. We knew he’d come right; you haveto stick together as mates and stick with yourtrainer.”

That trainer is Evan Williams, for whomTurton has a lot of respect and whose ability,in particular with Flat-bred horses, asrecommended by a jockey to Turton, hasproven spot-on.

With Turton being Yorkshire-based – hisseafood importing business brings in around500 tonnes from the far east every year – andWilliams in south Wales, unsurprisinglyTurton doesn’t get to see Akarshan too oftenat his yard.

He nearly missed the seven-year-old’s sixthsuccess at Taunton last month too, as the carhe was driving broke down in Warwick andhe got to the races with 20 minutes to spare.

“We have had him since he was a big weakthree-year-old - he did well to win at that age– and always knew he’d make a nice chasereventually,” continues Turton. “He’s veryconsistent and always tries.”

Turton also has interests in horses withJohn Quinn, David Nicholls and Bryan Smart(Ascot Listed winner Move In Time), and wasinvolved in now-retired Im Spartacus. Inaddition, he owns Mr Wolf, a legend atTurton’s local track of Pontefract, with theformer trainer David Barker.

“He’s 11 now and there’s a bit of a debategoing on about whether he’ll run this year,”reveals Turton. “He’s a character and was thehorse who got me started.”

Geography is part of the reason Turton ismore into Flat racing, with Pontefract, Yorkand Doncaster all nearby, and Yorkshireserving that sector of the sport very well.

Akarshan’s latest two wins, at Ludlow andTaunton, will help keep him for a year butwhile Turton commends those two tracks,like many owners he feels too many do notoffer acceptable levels of prize-money.

He also reckons there is an unnecessaryamount of all-weather racing. “There shouldbe a limit to the lower-end all-weather, whichis boring,” he says. “What prize-money thereis would be better spent on grass racing, Flatand jumps.”

Turton used to play rugby, and was alsointo cricket, but admits racing has taken overhis time outside of his business (a seafoodimporting firm which brings in around 500tonnes from the far east every year) – even athome horses have a practical part in thefamily’s lives.

“One of my daughters rides, as does mywife; we have a couple of ponies at home andalso retrained an ex-racehorse,” says Turton.“Those who think ex-racehorses can’t doother jobs are wrong – they can do so veryeasily, be it show-jumping, dressage or justhacking. They’re used to being handled,make nice pets and can do different things.”

If Akarshan could read, hewould be sleeping soundlytonight!!!!!!



Andrew Turton (right) and fellow ownerPaul Langford with Akarshan at Ludlow

Details of official handicapratings can be accessed viathe Racing Admin website – Changes to ratings are madeon a Tuesday morning.

Details of changes areavailable online and ownerscan arrange to be sent textupdates of horses in theirownership via Weatherbys’text messaging service.





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“If you want a job done properly,consult a specialist”.

This maxim was, seemingly, never truer thanin the context of third party horse-relatedinsurance, writes Justin Wadham.

Recent cases landing on my desk haveincluded a trainer who sought to make aclaim under his third party liability insurancepolicy only to find it covered all of the horsesin his care – except racehorses! Another caseinvolved a trainer being told by his insurersthat the policy covered all of his racehorsesbut not if they happen to be at a racecourse.

Much has already been written about thefact that some insurers, ostensibly providingthird party cover to racehorse trainers, coverthe trainer’s liability only and do not insurethe trainer for the benefit and protection ofhis owners. Accordingly, when the trainermakes a claim on his policy, the insurers,having met the claim, immediately sue the

relevant owner under the Animals Act in thetrainer’s name – thereby defeating one of thefundamental purposes of the entire policy aswell as doing little to enhance the relationshipbetween owner and trainer!

Where trainers are concerned, glaringdeficiencies in their third party cover not onlymean that they are exposed to the very risksfor which they thought they had insurancecover but, additionally, these defects willplace them in technical breach of theirobligation, as a licensed trainer, to have thirdparty liability insurance.

As set out in paragraph 24 of the GuidanceNotes for Applications for a Licence to Train:“All licensed trainers are required to havepublic liability insurance providing minimumcover of £2 million. This policy must includecover for any award of damages given to amember of the public arising out of the death,bodily injury or damage to property sufferedby members of the general public at a

recognised race meeting. Owners are likelyalso to require employers’ liability insurancein accordance with the Employer’s Liability(Compulsory) Insurance Act 1969.”

The third party liability insurance whichthe ROA provides as an automatic benefit ofmembership is of inestimable value andshould alone be reason enough for anyperson owning the whole or any part of aracehorse to become a member immediately.A trainer’s third party liability policy may notcover his owners, so the value to ROAmembers of the ROA scheme is all the greater.

Do not allow yourself to insure your thirdparty bloodstock risks through non-specialistchannels. You run the risk of buyinginsurance which fails to cover you for some ofthe fundamental risks you bought the policyfor. Names of specialist bloodstock insurersknown to the ROA can be obtained by callingthe ROA office (020 7152 0200) or emailingSadie Evans at [email protected]


When it comes to third party liabilityinsurance, always speak to an expert

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Tel/Fax: 01643 702430 • [email protected]

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High Class Group 2 & 3 winnerBy a top class stallion From a group producing mare

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His progeny are correct, good movers and have wonderful temperaments. Retired sound. Excellent fertility.

Fee: £1,250 (1st October Terms)


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Flat Racecourse League TablePtn Racecourse Ownership Avg racecourse Avg HBLB Avg owner Avg prize- Total no. Total Avg racecourse Up/

spend per spend per spend per money per of fixtures prize-money spend per fixture downfixture (£) fixture (£) fixture (£) fixture (£) (£) 2010-2011 (£)

1 Ascot I 333,521 91,106 135,000 559,627 18 10,073,278 214,349 !2 York I 157,030 68,433 71,926 297,389 17 5,055,618 136,346 !3 Epsom Downs JCR 102,510 47,882 60,406 210,798 13 2,740,375 86,514 !4 Newmarket JCR 87,878 61,601 77,736 227,925 38 8,661,152 80,609 !5 Goodwood I 76,321 54,611 20,140 151,477 21 3,181,020 60,045 !6 Chester I 67,027 31,126 6,132 105,161 14 1,472,255 47,366 !7 Doncaster Arena 60,910 41,311 37,114 140,617 24 3,374,799 52,788 !8 Sandown Park JCR 48,175 39,527 16,384 104,085 18 1,821,495 37,738 !9 Newbury I 45,295 45,162 24,118 119,117 18 2,144,101 34,964 !

10 Haydock Park JCR 37,850 29,735 12,870 81,856 24 1,929,462 35,137 !11 Musselburgh I 33,220 12,596 4,280 50,497 15 757,448 19,628 !12 Ripon I 29,190 16,262 4,261 50,980 15 764,701 18,259 !13 Ayr I 27,070 22,223 7,336 57,098 16 913,560 22,737 !14 Ffos Las Northern 26,604 5,692 3,516 36,165 9 307,400 10,654 !15 Salisbury I 23,736 19,497 4,763 49,516 15 742,738 15,841 !16 Thirsk I 21,976 15,343 4,858 44,677 13 580,800 13,365 !17 Newcastle Northern 20,745 17,178 6,188 44,759 19 850,424 14,200 !18 Hamilton Park I 20,448 15,317 3,104 38,869 18 699,643 14,101 !19 Pontefract I 19,609 22,962 3,301 46,797 16 748,752 14,366 !20 Beverley I 16,417 13,064 2,740 33,020 20 660,401 13,496 !21 Carlisle JCR 16,381 11,507 3,393 32,236 11 354,600 8,659 !22 Leicester I 15,889 11,624 3,450 32,120 21 674,526 11,408 !23 Kempton Park JCR 15,688 10,625 2,798 30,143 87 2,622,420 7,661 !24 Bath Northern 15,507 9,127 2,252 27,254 19 517,833 7,949 !25 Warwick JCR 14,877 13,845 4,048 34,400 13 447,200 7,575 !26 Nottingham JCR 14,735 14,572 4,192 35,104 19 666,969 7,606 !27 Catterick Bridge I 13,370 10,662 2,030 26,974 17 458,550 3,359 !28 Windsor Arena 12,815 17,422 3,655 34,250 26 890,500 10,717 !29 Yarmouth Northern 12,471 12,384 2,880 28,643 24 687,427 6,495 !30 Lingfield Park Arena 12,090 16,775 2,517 32,413 74 2,398,574 8,013 !31 Redcar I 12,053 12,906 13,003 38,933 18 700,803 6,857 !32 Brighton Northern 10,586 11,484 2,119 24,269 20 485,380 4,351 !33 Chepstow Northern 10,423 9,950 2,318 22,891 15 343,363 7,853 !34 Wolverhampton Arena 10,373 10,595 2,014 24,054 100 2,405,409 3,155 !35 Southwell Arena 9,690 10,836 1,527 22,672 52 1,178,944 1,948 !36 Folkestone Arena 8,576 11,866 1,672 22,329 14 312,600 4,038 !

Total 33,935 22,038 13,529 70,399 890 62,624,520 23,780 !

Jumps Racecourse League Table


The tables set out theaverage prize-money ateach fixture staged by aracecourse over the last12 months. They showhow this is made up of thethree sources of prize-money:1. Racecourses’

contribution2. Levy Board (HBLB)3. Owners

The tables also confirmthe number of fixturesstaged and the totalamount of prize-moneypaid out by eachracecourse throughout thisperiod.

The racecourses areordered by the averageamount of their owncontribution to prize-money at each fixture. Thiscontribution originatesfrom various sourcesincluding media rights,admission revenues andracecourse sponsors.

If a racecourse hasincreased its averagecontribution at eachfixture compared with theprevious 12 months, itreceives a green ‘up’arrow. If its averagecontribution has fallen,however, it receives a red‘down’ arrow.

As these tables arebased on the prize-moneypaid out by eachracecourse, theabandonment of a majorfixture could distort aracecourse’s performance.


JCR Jockey Club Racecourses

North Northern Racing Ltd

Arena Arena Leisure Ltd

I Independently owned racecourse

Gold Standard Award

Ptn Racecourse Ownership Avg racecourse Avg HBLB Avg owner Avg prize- Total no. Total Avg racecourse Up/spend per spend per spend per money per of fixtures prize-money spend per fixture downfixture (£) fixture (£) fixture (£) fixture (£) (£) 2010-2011 (£)

1 Cheltenham JCR 206,875 77,277 49,116 333,268 16 5,332,289 181,515 !2 Aintree JCR 195,014 95,767 50,440 341,220 9 3,070,979 182,440 !3 Ascot I 119,573 62,440 17,715 199,728 8 1,597,823 91,285 !4 Haydock Park JCR 75,520 45,904 12,332 133,756 9 1,261,124 64,018 !5 Sandown Park JCR 48,761 52,527 11,954 113,712 9 966,555 39,493 !6 Kempton Park JCR 43,824 46,650 7,870 98,344 10 983,441 18,808 !7 Newbury I 40,088 53,447 10,109 103,644 11 1,140,085 33,372 !8 Doncaster Arena 28,187 31,909 9,826 69,922 9 629,298 12,888 !9 Ayr I 26,264 35,048 10,577 71,889 9 647,003 26,379 "

10 Chepstow Northern 25,160 19,228 6,644 52,210 13 678,727 11,861 !11 Wincanton JCR 23,878 20,885 4,260 49,492 16 791,865 19,484 !12 Newcastle Northern 22,570 19,697 3,753 46,260 10 462,598 -180 !13 Perth I 20,480 14,607 1,575 36,876 14 516,269 9,677 !14 Ffos Las Northern 20,200 12,738 3,145 36,340 20 708,625 14,604 !15 Kelso I 20,068 19,168 3,292 43,595 12 523,140 8,130 !16 Taunton I 19,834 17,772 3,768 41,681 13 541,851 12,443 !17 Wetherby I 19,411 19,737 3,587 43,051 15 645,769 11,034 !18 Newton Abbot I 19,198 15,197 0 34,395 19 653,505 10,025 !19 Market Rasen JCR 19,125 16,836 3,510 39,470 18 710,466 7,781 !20 Cartmel I 18,995 10,064 2,957 32,016 7 224,114 9,318 !21 Fakenham I 17,599 15,433 0 33,033 9 297,295 15,553 !22 Musselburgh I 17,348 23,298 3,327 44,194 9 397,750 11,620 !23 Hereford Northern 16,420 4,500 2,707 23,730 16 379,678 6,078 !24 Stratford-On-Avon I 15,501 19,318 3,382 38,200 16 611,207 11,284 !25 Bangor-On-Dee I 14,567 14,683 1,878 31,238 16 499,801 12,022 !26 Carlisle JCR 14,338 17,885 3,600 36,096 11 397,051 10,840 !27 Uttoxeter Northern 14,174 11,830 3,589 29,914 24 717,937 3,894 !28 Ludlow I 12,909 19,881 3,252 36,327 14 508,581 7,020 !29 Huntingdon JCR 12,787 16,304 3,190 32,280 16 516,485 4,135 !30 Exeter JCR 12,744 22,595 3,806 39,788 14 557,033 8,191 !31 Warwick JCR 12,069 26,444 4,582 43,096 9 387,860 11,383 !32 Sedgefield Northern 11,863 9,659 2,070 23,592 18 424,650 2,090 !33 Worcester Arena 11,341 8,088 2,322 22,610 17 384,366 2,732 !34 Fontwell Park Northern 11,200 13,823 2,489 27,594 22 607,073 2,970 !35 Southwell Arena 10,453 9,899 2,094 22,906 16 366,496 4,210 !36 Plumpton I 10,375 15,518 2,359 28,252 16 452,033 3,039 !37 Folkestone Arena 10,047 10,801 2,042 22,890 10 228,901 4,264 !38 Lingfield Park Arena 8,679 13,340 2,714 24,733 6 148,400 7,278 !39 Leicester I 7,736 17,335 3,077 28,149 11 309,636 4,773 !40 Hexham I 6,795 16,524 2,263 26,082 14 365,145 2,854 !41 Catterick Bridge I 6,510 19,595 2,207 28,563 8 228,500 5,363 !42 Towcester I 6,318 12,923 2,425 22,284 17 378,830 2,384 !

Total 27,855 22,208 5,964 56,263 555 31,250,232 19,712 !

Figures are for period Mar 1, 2011 to Feb 29, 2012

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There was plenty of cause for cheer forBritish breeders throughout theCheltenham Festival with eight British-

bred winners in total, and a Grade 1 winneron each of the four days.

The name Juddmonte Farms is moreregularly seen on racecards for the top Flatcontests but its dispersals at various horses-in-training sales have thrown up plenty ofexciting jumping prospects, the latest of whichbeing Cinders And Ashes.

The five-year-old son of Beat Hollow, fromthe family of another promising young jumpssire, Brian Boru, was bought by trainer DonaldMcCain from Juddmonte’s draft at the DBSMay Sale in 2009 for just £4,500. His victoryin the William Hill Supreme Novices’ Hurdlecaps a highly successful season during which

he has remained unbeaten in his last fourstarts, including the Grade 2 Supreme Trial atHaydock in January.

Having changed ownership again in July2011 when passing through Brightwells andonce more being bought by his trainer, thistime for £72,000, Cinders And Ashes nowruns for Dermot Hanafin and PhilCunningham. The latter has of course beensuccessful at the highest level on the Flat asowner of 2,000 Guineas winner CockneyRebel, and Cunningham recently enjoyed aGrade 2 win at Santa Anita in the San MarcosStakes courtesy of another Val Royal colt, thehomebred Slim Shadey.

The Wednesday of the Festival saw thesecond British-bred Grade 1 winner, this timein the Neptune Investment Management

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British-breds accounted for four of the Grade 1 winners at this year’s Cheltenham Festival, with another four races falling to homegrown talent

Simonsig, a first Grade 1 winner for young Shade Oak Stud sire Fair Mix, was bred by Simon Tindall

Countrywide Flame, right, leaps the last





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Novices’ Hurdle, which went to Simonsig. ByLinamix’s Group 1-winning son Fair Mix, thesix-year-old was bred by former Pacemakerowner Simon Tindall from the winninghurdler Dusty Too and was the first leg of arecord-breaking four-timer for NickyHenderson on Queen Mother ChampionChase day.

On Thursday, Riverside Theatre kept theBritish flag flying. His breeders, Richard andSally Aston of Goldford Stud, were awardedBreeder of the Month for February (see page 78)for his victory in the Betfair Ascot Chase. Theson of the late King’s Theatre now has threeconsecutive Grade 1 victories to his namefollowing his success in the Ryanair Chase.

The JCB Triumph Hurdle is the traditionalcurtain-raiser for the final day of the Festival

and despite the British-bred Grumeti beingsent off the 5/1 favourite, he eventually had tosettle for third place behind his compatriotCountrywide Flame. Both horses wereconceived at Shadwell’s Nunnery Stud inNorfolk, the winner being by the stud’s formerresident Haafhd, who has this season beenrelocated to Beechwood Grange Stud inYorkshire, and Grumeti a son of Sakhee. Therunner-up, Hisaabaat, was by another British-based stallion, Dubawi.

Bred by Michael Clarke and sold as a foal for5,500gns, Countrywide Flame won on the Flatfor Kevin Ryan before switching to fellowYorkshire-based trainer John Quinn. He is outof the Terimon mare Third Party, who is alsothe dam of dual Listed winner Party Boss.

Winners kept on comingWhile Britain’s reigning champion NationalHunt sire Midnight Legend was represented bya winner at last year’s Cheltenham Festival, itwas the turn of his young Pitchall Farm stable-mate Passing Glance to attract some attention

this time around via the last-gasp victory ofAttaglance in the Martin Pipe ConditionalJockeys’ Hurdle. The six-year-old hails fromthe first crop of Passing Glance and was bredby his co-owner Horace Young.

Kayf Tara is in a good position to wrest thesires’ championship back from MidnightLegend for the 2011/12 season and AlfieSherrin kept that hope alive with his win inthe Grade 3 JLT Specialty Chase for the GoldCup-winning owner/trainer combination of JPMcManus and Jonjo O’Neill. Formerlycampaigned in the colours of Harry Findlay,Alfie Sherrin, who was bred by Joan Egan, wasbought by McManus for £110,000 at the DBSAugust Sale in 2010 with point-to-point,bumper and hurdles victories to his name.

Son Of Flicka, bred by ChristopherSpence’s Chieveley Manor Stud, becameGroom Dancer’s top jumps earner with hisvictory in the Grade 3 Coral Cup, which alsonetted his owner Phil Williams around£900,000 in winning bets and gave DonaldMcCain his second winner of the Festival.

Another trainer celebrating a double atCheltenham was Malcolm Jefferson, who sentout the British-bred Cape Tribulation tocapture the Listed Pertemps Final. Bred byTaker Bloodstock, he is a half-brother to theprolific winner Potentate, who won twice onthe Flat before notching 15 victories overhurdles and fences for Martin Pipe, includinga hat-trick of wins in the Welsh ChampionHurdle. Cape Tribulation is by the Lanwadesveteran Hernando, whose good jumpersinclude State Of Play and No Refuge, while hisClassic-winning son Sulamani is an up-and-coming National Hunt stallion at Yorton Farm.

Special mention must also be made of DavidBridgwater’s stable star The Giant Bolster,who came close to springing a 50/1 upset inthe Gold Cup when taking the lead before thefinal fence and finishing runner-up toSynchronised. The Gestüt Fahrhof-bred seven-year-old is a son of Galileo’s full-brotherBlack Sam Bellamy, who stands alongside Fair Mix at Peter and Emma Hockenhull’sShade Oak Stud.

en route to his Triumph Hurdle victory Riverside Theatre, left, overturned last year’s winner Albertas Run in the Ryanair Chase

Cinders And Ashes is the second top-level British-bred jumps winner for Beat Hollow

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The TBA has received a number of enquiriesabout what the current Common AgriculturalPolicy (CAP) reforms might mean for breeders,despite the fact that these reforms are not yetagreed.!!TBA Chief Executive Louise Kembleand political adviser Cathy Wainwright havebeen monitoring the proposals and can nowprovide an update for members.

The current reform proposals have beensome time in the making and were finallypublished last October. The current timetableis tight but it is thought that they will beoperational in 2014. It! is therefore importantfor breeders to be aware that discussions areongoing and that nothing has yet been set instone.! The TBA currently chairs the EuropeanFederation of Thoroughbred Breeders’Associations (EFTBA), and is also a boardmember of the European Horse Network(EHN), and, as such, is continuing tocontribute to discussions and proposals at thehighest European levels, both within theEuropean Commission and the EuropeanParliament.!

On February 28 the TBA arranged adelegation, led by Louise Kemble, to seeDEFRA Minister Jim Paice, who is responsiblewithin the department for the CAP reformissue. As an MP local to Newmarket he is alsowell aware of the importance of thoroughbredbreeding in his region. The ministerconfirmed that the eligibility of stud farms toreceive the new version of the Single FarmPayment (the new Basic Payment Scheme)remains from a DEFRA point of view,although until the overall EU budget is agreedwe cannot even guess at how the level ofpayment may change.

With regard to horse breeding, theEuropean Commission’s stance has alwaysbeen clear – it regards the breeding and rearingof horses as “100% an agricultural activity”.! Inaddition, with the focus in these proposalsshifting ever more away from farmers as purelyproducers towards! the payment to farmers as‘land-managers’, the Commission and othersremain! positive of the significant role whichhorse breeding and rearing has to play in themaintenance of Europe’s permanentpastureland.

In terms of the specifics of the reformproposals, the TBA, in general, welcomesmany of the proposals in the Commission’spaper on CAP reform, in particular theincreased emphasis on permanent pasture.

The proposals for a green payment to “preservelong term productivity and ecosystems” mayalso not prove too onerous to studs. While weare aware that this is a very controversialproposal, the way stud farms alreadycontribute in a significant way to themaintenance of permanent pasture and thepreservation of environmental landscapesshould mean that any eligibility criteria areeasily attained . Studs, for example, often usehedging or coppice borders, as this also givesa valuable windbreak for young stock.

One of the Commission’s main aims in forpermanent pasture is to bring all productivepastureland under the new Basic PaymentScheme which will apply after 2013 and theysee it as regrettable that in Scotland, forexample, due to using the historical model ofpayments, all land used by horses was notincluded in the Single Farm Payment, and will

still not be included after 2013/2014. This isone issue the TBA has continued to highlightwith members of the European Parliamentand the European Commission.

The TBA will also be keeping an eye on thedefinition of “active farmer”. The currentproposal seeks to narrow the definition toensure that landowners who have acreagesuch as golf courses or airports are excludedfrom new payments and that future recipientsare only engaged in genuine grazing oragricultural activity. We have discussed this atlength with the Commission andParliamentarians in Brussels, as well as theDEFRA minister, and have received assurancesthat stud businesses will continue to beeligible, but we remain alert to any changes indefinition which could lead to usinadvertently being excluded.

In summary, while the framework ofreform is known, much of the detail of thisreform is still being discussed.! The TBA hasbeen given reassurances that the new versionof the Single Farm Payment will be receivedby studs which are already eligible andregistered. As to the future annual amounts,we do not have a crystal ball, but with thecurrent economic climate it seems reasonableto assume that payments will remain level orslightly decrease – but again until we know forsure the new EU budget this remains verymuch a ‘guestimate’.

Much of the political lobbying activityconducted by! the TBA on behalf of itsmembers this year and next will focus on theimportance of retaining eligibility for BPS, andvisits to Newmarket stud farms have beenarranged for several influential MEPs as partof this strategy.!

TBA acts to ensure thoroughbred breeding isnot ignored in Agricultural Policy reform

Jim Paice: responsible for CAP reform

Two seats will become available this year onthe TBA Board, owing to the completion ofterms of office for the Chairman, KirstenRausing, and Julian Wilson.

A nomination form was sent to everyTBA member in February. Those namesappearing on six or more nominationforms will go forward to the ballot for thetwo seats on the board. Nomination forms

must be returned to Stanstead House, nolater than 9.30am on Tuesday, April 10, inorder to count.

The representatives on the board areyour voice so it is important that youparticipate in these elections if you wantyour voice to be heard and we stronglyurge all members to exercise their right to vote.

TBA Board elections

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Sharon Cushley with Recharge’s first foal, a colt out of Ashnaya

TBA AwardsdinnerThis year’s Awards dinner sponsored byShadwell Estate Company Ltd, whichwill be preceded by a champagnereception, will be held on Wednesday,June 27 at Tattersalls, in Newmarket.

An invitation to apply for tickets willbe included in the send-out to allmembers during the first week of May.Please mark your diaries for this popularevent and, to avoid disappointment,please return your ticket applications assoon as possible. The event is strictlylimited to 200 places, which are issuedon a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

TBA annualseminarThis year’s TBA Seminar takes place onThursday, June 28 directly after the TBAAGM, starting with coffee andregistration at 10.30am. For 2012, thefocus returns to exotic and emergingequine diseases, with prominence givento two less well known diseases inDourine and Glanders, and other morefamiliar vector-spread diseases revisited,including Equine Infectious Anaemia,Piroplasmosis and African HorseSickness.

The theme of the day could bedescribed as ‘lessons learned’, as thespeakers engaged have first-handexperience of their topics, and willconcentrate on detection, spread,management and control to givebreeders in the UK some signposts onhow to best to protect themselves.

The recent emergence ofSchmallenberg virus transmitted viamidges from the continent, which ishaving such a devastating effect on UKsheep farmers, is a timely reminder ofthe dangers we could be facing fromother similarly transmitted diseases. Theseminar aims to provide the latestaccurate imformation and members areurged to attend the day.

Further details will be mailed to TBAmembers in early May, and will also beavailable on the TBA website shortly. Inthe meantime, save the date for whatpromises to be a fascinating andinvaluable event.

The March Stud Staff Award goes toSharon Cushley of Shade Oak Stud inShropshire, home to leading NHstallion Alflora.

Sharon joined the stud seven yearsago as a general stud hand employedin the day-to-day care of mares, foalsand youngsters, but she has nowprogressed to sales preparation andassisting in the covering yard, andlatterly the breaking-in of youngsterson the farm.

According to Shade Oak’s EmmaHockenhull, Sharon loves that job,and is not daunted by dealing withthe occasional recalcitrantadolescent.

Her patient and calm mannerresults in relaxed young horses withlovely mouths perfectly prepared togo on to the next phase of their lives.

Emma describes Sharon as aninfectiously happy person to bearound, well-liked by all her workcolleagues and for whom nothing istoo much trouble. More than just avalued member of staff, Emmacomments that “we could not bewithout her”, which makes Sharonanother well-deserving recipient ofthe Stud Staff Award.

March award to Shade OakStud’s Sharon Cushley

New rates of Statutory Sick Payand Statutory Maternity,Paternity and Adoption Pay The rates will change on April 9, 2012 as follows:

• The rate for Statutory Maternity, Paternity,Adoption Pay and Maternity Allowancewill increase to £135.45 from £128.73.

• Statutory Sick Pay will increase to £85.85 from £81.60

TBA Members can find this and otheremployment law information in ourQuarterly Employment Law Update No 1,available on the TBA website in theemployers’ pages under Employers’ News. Toaccess the pages you will need to register as aTBA member, after which you will have a

username and password allocated enablingyou to access all the TBA Member pages onthe site. Visit to register.

Grants available for employerstaking on apprentices in thebreeding industryApprenticeship grants for employers of 16 to24-year-olds are available to small businessesemploying an apprentice from February 1,2012 until March 2013. A grant of £1,500will be payable to up to 40,000 eligibleemployers who commit to employ one ormore 16 to 24-year-old apprentice for the firsttime. Breeding industry apprenticeships areavailable through the National Stud. Forfurther information you should contact TabbiSmith on 01638 675928.

Employers’ notes

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Many of the calls from members to the TBA’slegal advisor Rachel Flynn (pictured) of TaylorVinters relate to misunderstandings aboutwhat has been agreed, and between whom,when it comes to shared-horse ownership

The first mistake is to think that if there isnothing written down, no contract exists.Wrong. An oral contract is just as binding as a written contract – the only problem isestablishing later what you agreed in the first place.

Where the terms are unclear, courts will lookback at the situation and decide what the partiesintended to be the terms of the contract at thetime it was made.

Happily, you don’t need a solicitor at theready all the time. All you normally require is abit of foresight at the time you enter into thearrangement. From the commercial perspective,if a shared bloodstock arrangement (foal-shareor other joint-ownership) looks too good to betrue, it often is. Reluctance by the other side tocommit anything to writing or to talk about the

vulgar subject of money is never a good sign. Ifyou are concerned, ask.

The litmus test of any shared-horseownership scheme is to consider (at thebeginning) ‘how will this be if the horse is eithermuch better, or much worse, than werealistically expect?’ If it’s the former, you mayfind yourself arguing about who owns whatpercentage share, what the horse’s racing careershould be and when it should be sold. If it’s thelatter, the arguments can be about who pays thebills and how quickly can we get rid of it. Thereis no ‘norm’ or ‘standard’ agreement for such arrangements and people’s expectationsvary wildly.

A practical approach is to start by jottingdown each side’s obligations and how and wheneach is expected to do their bit. As a minimum,think about when and how the arrangement isgoing to come to an end, how costs are going tobe shared, insurance and how decisions are tobe made and what happens if you can’t agree.Then decide whether that’s enough, or whetheryou need to take more formal legal advice. In

most cases you will have dealt with the mainproblem areas in that first document.

TBA members are entitled to initial legal advice from Rachel Flynn at Taylor Vinters.Contact her on 01223 225168 [email protected]. Your membership will be verified and youwill need your TBA membership number tohand when you call.



The eighth running of the Godolphin Stud andStable Staff Awards produced a cast ofinspirational characters whose contribution tothe racing and breeding industry received fittingrecognition at the awards lunch in London.

Stud category finalists were Frances Eilbeck(Minster Stud), Gordon Laing (Fittocks Stud)and Graham Nicklin (Glebe Stud), and it was

the latter who received the award of £5,000 anda trophy to acknowledge his achievement.Graham, a former recipient of a TBA bi-monthly Stud Staff Award, has been at GlebeStud for 12 years, and is highly rated byemployer Julia Scott as playing a vital role in thesuccess of the stud.

The awards come at a busy time of year forstuds and the finalists did well to escape toLondon between foalings and coverings. It wasgood to hear that they enjoyed their experience,and appreciation must go to Godolphin for theirsponsorship of the event which has beenextended for a further three years.

Godolphin Stud Staff Award winners

What’s bothering you?

A new initiative launched by the TBA NHCommittee to recognise racecourses thatsupport mares-only races has been wellreceived by all seven racecourses whichmet the criteria set in 2010/2011. Inaddition to a certificate, the TBA alsooffered £750 in sponsorship towardsanother mares-only race. Dates foradditional mares’ races set for the comingyear are as follows:

Aintree – Friday, May 18

Cartmel – Saturday, July 21 (TBC)

Towcester – Wednesday, October 10, Mares’ Novice Hurdle

Ludlow – Thursday, October 25,Mares’ Novice Hurdle

Lingfield – Tuesday, November 13(TBC), Mares’NH Flat race

Doncaster – November or December 2012

Uttoxeter – November or December 2012

TBA mares-onlyaward races

Stud category winner Graham Nicklin,stud groom at Glebe Stud

Gordon Laing, left, and Frances Eilbeck








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APRIL 10Board nominations closing dateNominations for the TBA Board electionsmust be at Stanstead House by 9.30am.

APRIL 19TBA Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Listed RaceAt Cheltenham racecourse; this is aCheltenham Breeders’ Club day.

APRIL 24Scottish Regional DayJames Ewart’s Craig Farm, Dumfriesshire.

APRIL 302012-2013 TBA/RCA Breeders’ Badge SchemeIf you do not update your TBA/RCAHorseracing Privilege card it willautomatically de-activate on April 30.

MAY 10The North regional dayRichard Fahey’s Musley Bank Stables andRainbow Equine Clinic.

MAY 28South-east regional dayJohn Dunlop’s Castle Stables and a tour ofthe Rolls Royce factory or Goodwood House.

JUNE 12Wales & West Midlands regional dayJohn Spearing’s Kinnersley Racing Stablesand Simon Sweeting’s Overbury Stud.

JUNE 14South-west regional dayRoger Charlton’s Beckhampton House andoptional trip to Newbury Races.

JUNE 27TBA Awards DinnerSponsored by Shadwell Estate Company Ltdat Tattersalls, Newmarket.

JUNE 28TBA Annual General MeetingAt Tattersalls Park Paddocks, commencing at9.45am.

JUNE 28TBA Annual SeminarAt Tattersalls from 10.30am – Exotic andEmerging Equine Diseases.

JULY 3-4Open Regional DayTwo-day visit to Normandy, France, toinclude racing at Clairefontaine andDeauville, Arqana sales and the opportunityfor other trips to local studs/trainers.

JULY 23-26 International Breeders’ Meeting To be held in Newmarket.

TBA NEW MEMBERS T Anderson Esq, London; Ms E Earley, Clackmannanshire; A Haden Esq, West Midlands; Miss J du Plessis, Cornwall.18-35:Helen Cogan, Cambridgeshire; Louise Hudson, Oxfordshire; Darren Hudson-Wood, Suffolk.

Diary dates

National Hunt HBLB Breeders’ Prizes worth £1,000 or more Based on date money was paid

Breeder Prize (£) Horse Sire Dam Date Course

R. J. Francome 6,000 Restless Harry Sir Harry Lewis Restless Native 18/02/2012 Haydock Park

Mrs P. Sly 2,000 Helpston Sir Harry Lewis Chichell’s Hurst 25/02/2012 Newcastle

Simon Tindall 1,750 Simonsig Fair Mix Dusty Too 15/02/2012 Kelso

The Queen 1,000 Open Hearted Generous Romantic Dream 17/02/2012 Fakenham

Flat Based on date money was paid

Breeder Prize (£) Horse Sire Dam Date Course

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A repeat performance at the top level by Riverside Theatre hascoincided with Doncaster Bloodstock Sales’ Golden Jubilee year and,what is more, the eight-year-old can claim an unusually closeconnection with the Hawick-based auctioneers. The son of King’sTheatre was bred by Richard and Sally Aston of Goldford Stud andconsigned by them as a foal to the 2004 Doncaster November Sales.

“After he failed to make his reserve we sold him privately for£17,000 to Jeremy Mactaggart, a director of DBS. I rather bullied himinto it I seem to remember,” recalled Richard.

In 2007 Jeremy and Kate Mactaggart obtained 44,000gns forRiverside Theatre when consigned from Goldford to the DoncasterSpring Sales en route to Nicky Henderson’s Lambourn stable for whomhe won the Grade 1 Ascot Chase in February. He had not raced sincewinning the same race last year, owing to a pelvic fracture, and he hassubsequently won the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

In the interim there have been quite a few developments in andaround Goldford Stud, near Malpas in Cheshire. First of all Ballabriggs,who is trained by Donald McCain at Cholmondeley, triumphed in theGrand National, while Goldford Stud celebrated a winner of its ownover the big Aintree fences with Stewarts House in the Grand SeftonChase in December.

While Stewarts House is a great grandson of the Astons’ notedfoundation mare Carmarthen Honey, Riverside Theatre is out ofDisallowed, who was acquired for 16,000gns as an in-foal mare atTattersalls’ December Sales of 2001. At the time she was carrying to Xaarand the resulting filly realised 24,000gns at the St Leger Yearling Sales.

Although Disallowed has a Flat pedigree of American origin, she wasbought by the Astons specifically to breed jumpers. The mating withKing’s Theatre (who died last year) has been repeated several times,albeit her only retained daughter of racing age, Rock Me Gently, is bySulamani, and recently made her bumper debut.

Always a great admirer of King’s Theatre, Richard Aston is also verykeen on Shirocco and is sending him five mares under the terms ofthe TBA Elite National Hunt Mares Scheme. “We have around 20

National Hunt mares,” he explained. “I’m strongly supporting Shiroccoby sending him five of our best mares this time, Whiteoak, TheatreGirl, One Gulp, Knock Down and Polivalente.”

The Astons made their name with jumpers (last May their stores atDoncaster accounted for three of the five top prices), but at one stageit looked as though that aspect of the business would be overtaken bytheir increasing involvement on the Flat. “There was a time when I sawmyself as a leading sales consignor on the Flat but since then I haveretreated back into my comfort zone,” said Richard.

That is not to say that Goldford Stud does not feature prominentlyat the yearling sales, and last season they consigned a Danehill Dancercolt which realised 170,000gns at Book 1 of Tattersalls’ October Sale.Richard aded: “We do have two or three high-profile clients and last season one of them Allan Belshaw, who breeds as Times of Wigan,was represented by his homebred Cheveley Park Stakes runner-up,Sunday Times.”

However, Richard and Sally Aston keep their feet firmly on theground and they remain very much hands-on – indeed they share thefoaling between them. In late January Richard helped Disallowed (19)to produce an own-sister to Riverside Theatre, who arrived veryconveniently at 4pm, just in time for tea.Riverside Theatre and his happy connections

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The Cheltenham Festival is always amemorable week. For some it’s the thrillof backing the Gold Cup winner, for

others the buzz of wading through the GuinnessVillage or getting up close to your favouritehorse in the paddock. For me, this year’s willlive long in the memory as my name appearedon the same racecard as AP McCoy. Okay, so wemay not have been in the same race but as partof this year’s St Patrick’s Derby charity race,myself and 11 other wannabes were given thechance to follow in his hoofprints aroundPrestbury Park in aid of Cancer Research UK.

The race, the last on St Patrick’s DayThursday, was over a mile and five furlongs of

the New Course and since its inauguration in2010 has raised over £500,000 for the charity. Itwas won this year by Olympic event rider anddaughter of the late Josh Gifford, Tina Cook,whose victory on her brother Nick Gifford’sPascha Bere was a poignant one for the pair afterthe loss of their father earlier this year.

As an Olympic medal winner and honedequestrian athlete, Tina may have had a headstart in fitness, but a tough training regime issomething all 12 participants were well familiarwith come raceday. !Acutely aware of just howfit jockeys have to be, the risk of my legs givingway three out, resulting in an involuntarydismount on the famous run in, was enough tospur me on.

Over the last four months I braved many anearly-morning riding out with the temperaturedial hovering over freezing, watched a fewepisodes of Scrubs in the squat position andcycled my way through several hours ofspinning torture in an effort to prepare for thedreaded Cheltenham hill. As it turned out, thehill proved all conquering and I finished fifthaboard the David Pipe-trained On Khee, but theexperience of leading the field turning into thehome straight with the grandstand looming inthe distance is one I will never forget.

I should pre-empt this account with the newsI am no Hayley Turner, no Nina Carberry, noreven a Gina Andrews despite sharing the samename. Prior to being selected to take part, I had

my first taste of race-riding when competingin! the Newbury Charity Race last summer.Someone clearly knew something I didn’t andthe bookies swiftly chalked me up at 1-2 beforelaughing all the way to the bank as I missed thebreak by 25 lengths and finished near last. I mayhave had 20lb in hand of the field but had thebookmakers factored in the handicap on board,I should have been a more sensible 25-1.

This time I was determined to give punters arun for their money and being selected tocompete at Cheltenham was a dream come true.In an effort to hone my technique and gainexperience I enlisted the help of Newmarkettrainer-come-genius John Berry, whose adviceand coaching over the past four monthstransformed my riding. Being based in Londonand juggling a busy work schedule presentingfor At The Races and Timeform Radio led to ahectic bout of early starts and plenty of miles onthe clock, but the hard work was a small priceto pay for the opportunity of a lifetime. ! ! !

With the work done, the day of the racelived up to expectations. Opening up mypaper on the morning of the day on which wewould shortly be seeing Big Buck’s win ahistoric fourth World Hurdle, I had to pinchmyself to wake up to the reality that in just afew hours I would be completing a circuit ofthe same course in front of 50,000 people.!Ifthat didn’t work, scanning the page to read thewords:!“Gina Bryce may have an exciting time


Be there...APRIL 14John Smith’s Grand National,AintreeOur very own ‘race that stops a nation’witnessed by a crowd that would stop thetraffic. A feast for the eyes and an incredibledisplay for the world’s most excitingsteeplechase.

APRIL 17-19Tattersalls Craven Breeze-up Sales,NewmarketEven without the funds to hear the hammercome down, Tattersalls’ first breeze-up sale ofthe year is a fascinating chance to watch thetwo-year-olds given their biggest test to dateand, with half-siblings to 91 Group or Listedperformers catalogued, you may just get afirst glimpse at a future star.

MAY 5NGC 2,000 Guineas Day,NewmarketThe first Classic of the season and one of thebig social events of the Flat racing calendar.NGC members receive a two-for-one offer toattend the following day’s 1,000 Guineas andjoin fellow members in the NGC tent for freePimm’s before 1pm.

MAY 19NGC Lanwades Stud visit,NewmarketA unique opportunity for NGC members tovisit the stud of club founder and TBAChairman Kirsten Rausing. A tour of thehome of Sir Percy will be followed byexclusive access to a box at Newmarket’sRowley Mile Course. To secure a place,register for free at


Riding ‘crestival’ of a wave

A proud moment at the Cheltenham Festival for our NGC column collator Gina Bryce

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aboard the trailblazing On Khee, who oftenfails to settle under normal race conditions”,certainly brought me back down to earth.

Having been very kindly sponsored by theowners of On Khee and founders, my mount was decidedwell in advance and luckily, despite her slightlyoverzealous nature, she fitted the bill. I hadmanaged to make the long trip to herNicholashayne base only twice prior to the raceand on the second occasion, in David’s words,“broke the Pond House track record”. It’s fair tosay I knew I would be making the runningaboard On Khee whether I liked it or not.

With tactics clear in my head, I enjoyed everymoment of the pre-race build-up, which kickedoff with the meeting of my fellow jockeys. Witha line-up that included former jump jockey andRacing UK Presenter Niall Hannity, Jo McCain,daughter of the late Ginger McCain, and WelshTV star and opera singer Shan Cothi, it wasgreat to chat to them about their experiences

leading up to the race. The camaraderie gave usplenty to discuss, so much so I think course-walker Steve Smith Eccles was concerned weweren’t paying enough attention to the task. !

The buzz in the weighing-room was electric.Brushing shoulders with Geraghty and McCoyas I collected my saddle from the valets wassurreal. Trying to pick it up with almost threestone of lead was not! With the preliminariesover, it was time to head to the paddock amidsta throng of photographers to join my team andreceive my instructions. They were brief: jumpoff prominently and try to make all.

Well aware of the potential for disaster,particularly on a horse that likes to start quickerthan Usain Bolt, I managed to weave my way tothe front and jump off first. I’d like to think thatwas down to my riding prowess but somethingtells me On Khee would have made it thereregardless. Thundering round the home turnstill in front, I did my best to maintain our leadand despite being caught by a few strongerfinishers, I still felt like a winner heading backto the paddock amidst cheers from the crowd,and with more than £8,000 raised for CancerResearch UK.


Billed as the ‘Horse Capital of the World’,Lexington is undoubtedly a great centre forracing. However, it is college basketball thatreally gets the blood of locals pumping, whentwice a week the town turns blue in deferenceto its beloved University of Kentucky team.

Having attended a home game for the‘Kentucky Wildcats’, I can attest to theincredible atmosphere, though not the rules.In recent weeks, it is the question of howdevoted the state governance of Kentucky isto horseracing that has been far and away thenumber one talking point in Lexington.

The racing and breeding industry iscentred in Lexington and will continue to be,at least in the short- to mid-term. Beyondthat, predictions become foggy, as more andmore horses are moved away in pursuit ofhighly-lucrative purses in states with addedincome provided by slot machines. Given itsbig economic impact, American tracksseemingly were able to leverage themselves ashare of casino-led income with little trouble.Just this year the state of New York legislatedto allow casino wagering, and slot machinesat Aqueduct have led to enormous purses,especially compared to those in Britain.

A maiden at Belmont or Saratoga carried aprize fund of $60,000 and even claimers atAqueduct have been competing for a fund of$33,000. These purse structures wereconstructed upon conservative estimates and

now a daily card at Belmont will carry prize-money of $620,000 and Saratoga will offer amonstrous $930,000 every day of its summermeeting, the prize fund having increased 44%since the introduction of slots.

These changes have massive implications,both in Kentucky and worldwide, if otherjurisdictions are to compete with both theremuneration and quality racing on offer inNew York. The Kentucky government votedagainst allowing the people of Kentucky tovote on whether they would like to see theintroduction of casinos in the state.

A worrying effect recently is theannouncement that Turfway Park will bereducing its purses by 25% for its nextmeeting; the decision coming days after NewYork released its upwardly-revised purses.

The Kentucky government will have todecide whether it would like the state toremain as the centre of racing and breeding,and these latest developments are worrisomefor the future of racing in the Bluegrass.

However, compared to Britain, prize-money in America is still at much higherlevels. It might well be sooner rather thanlater that we see British horses carrying out trans-Atlantic raids on $20,000 claimingraces. And with up to $50,000 available insuch events, who could blame those trainerswho decide to join Gerard Butler in musclingin on the action?

Student diarySTEPHEN HEATHDarley Flying Start

Nervous excitement as the St Patrick’s Day charity race-riders head out to the paddock

“It’s fair to say Iknew I would be

making the runningwhether I liked

it or not”

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It is well publicised that studs can qualify for relief from inheritance tax (IHT). This article examines the conditions that must EH�PHW�WR�PDNH�VXUH�ÀUVWO\�WKH�UHOLHI�LV�available and secondly it is not lost.

Each case is unique and this article is designed to give a sense of the tax relief. It is not a substitute for professional advice. Broadly, breeding horses is an agricultural activity, as is rearing them to the point where they are broken. If the breeding business is run commercially with a view to profit, then additional relief may come into play as well.

Inheritance tax reliefsThere are two available reliefs, Agricultural Property Relief (APR) and Business Property Relief (BPR). On a working stud the two reliefs need to be considered together to make sure the position is optimised. APR is given in priority to BPR, but you will read below that BPR can be used to cover value where APR is not available. The IHT reliefs are generally most important on death, but can be important for lifetime transfers as well.

Agricultural Property ReliefRelief is available at 100% on the agricultural value of the land and buildings used in the stud. No relief is available on any of the stock of horses owned if you are relying on APR alone.

Relief is restricted to the agricultural value of the property, which means the value as though it could only be used for agriculture (including the stud) in perpetuity. The issue is, of course, that most studs can be sold and used for another purpose. In some cases they may be near to a village or in an area which may receive planning permission. In these situations, the relief is limited to the agricultural value only. There may be a big gap between agricultural value (say £6,000 an acre) and open market

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value (say £150,000 or more per acre, depending how distant planning permission is).

The relief is available at 100% except in very limited circumstances. In order to obtain the relief the property has to have been owned and occupied by the stud for two years or owned and let for agricultural purposes for seven years. Where the stud or any land with the stud is let, APR will not be available if the stables or the land is used for adult horses which are not used for breeding. Livery has an adverse effect on APR, unless the horses at livery are brood mares, youngstock or stallions.

The two major benefits to APR over BPR are that relief can still be obtained on land and buildings where the breeding business is not being run commercially, provided the land is genuinely being occupied by brood mares and youngstock. For example, we have come across situations where there are so many staff that the business will never make a profit if it continues to be run in that way.

The second major issue is that APR is allowable on the agricultural value of a farmhouse. For a house to be a farmhouse, it has to pass several tests:

Is the stud genuinely run from the farmhouse? Is the office in the house? Has the house been associated with the farm historically?Is the size and character of the house commensurate with the scale of the stud operation?Does the house look like a house with land or the farmhouse for a farm?Would the man in the Clapham omnibus think it is a farmhouse?

Problems arise where the house is too grand for the stud, or where a lot of the land, associated with the house, has been sold off, or where the occupier of the house does not have day-to-day involvement with the stud business. The last point can give rise to problems where the stud owner becomes too ill to run the business and no one else living in the house remains involved.

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HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is generally sceptical about claims for APR on farmhouses, so building evidence before it is needed is always useful. Photographs of the office in the house, and mares and foals in the paddocks around the house is always a great help in proving that the house is in fact the centre of the stud operations. Having rooms to entertain owners away from the main house is not an indicator of the house being the building from which the stud is directed.

Business Property ReliefThis relief is available where the stud is a commercial business being run with a view to profit. Issues arise where the stud has been loss-making for several years in that HMRC may seek to deny BPR on the grounds there is not a commercial business. There are several tests to consider in deciding whether there is a commercial business, but evidence of sales and genuine attempts to run a profitable business assist greatly.

BPR covers the entire value of the business assets, including the stock used in the business. BPR is not available on the farmhouse.

On a commercial stud you can be in the situation where the land, buildings and stock all qualify for BPR and the house qualifies for APR.

BPR is available at 100% where:The land and property are in a business run as a sole tradeWhere the land and property are on a partnership balance sheet

Where the property is owned by a company, and the assets to be relieved are shares in the company

BPR is available at 50% where:The land is owned by a partner and the business is carried on by a partnershipThe land is owned by a majority shareholder and used in the company

(Husband and wife are treated as one person in deciding whether there is a majority holding)

The land and property used by a working stud will qualify for APR. APR is given in priority to BPR. If there is not hope value or amenity value, APR will be available on the full value of the property, and BPR will not be available.

If there is a substantial amount of hope value then, provided the business conditions are met, structuring the ownership to achieve 100% BPR is the best plan. Where this is not possible for any reason, BPR may be available at 50% on the difference between the agricultural value and the full open market value.

ConclusionIt is always best to review the business structure for the stud at an early stage, and at regular intervals, to make sure that the generous IHT reliefs are available in your situation. It is all too easy to lose out and for your executors to end up with a large tax liability.


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The value of investments and the income derived from them may fall as well as rise. Investors may not get back their original investment. Past performance is not a guide to the future. Tax and financial planning for the equine sectors is highly complex and this article can only provide an overview. The article does not cover all eventualities, so it is important to seek advice from a specialist if in doubt.

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On March 6, 2012, the WorldOrganisation for Animal Health(OIE) reported an outbreak of

African Horse Sickness in Manzini,Swaziland. The affected premises consisted of42 horses vaccinated against African HorseSickness. Four horses showed clinical signsof disease, three of whom have died to date.

A positive diagnosis was made on post-mortem examination. Disease controlmeasures include movement restrictions.Quarantine is to be applied to the affectedpremises along with vaccination in responseto the outbreak. Investigations are beingcarried out to identify possible causes ofvaccination failure.

The current ban on the importation ofhorses from South Africa to Europe isharmonised under European Union (EU)legislation and therefore is not solely a UnitedKingdom (UK) issue. The principal reason forthis ban is that the EU prefers not to risk the

importation of African Horse Sickness (AHS),which occurs throughout South Africa,including three reported outbreaks in 2012.

Although we (and presumably the EU)consider the likelihood of introduction ofdisease from South Africa to be very low interms of the (OIE)/European Food Safety

Authority (EFSA) definition of likelihood(very rare but cannot be excluded, see table),the magnitude and duration of the impact onthe equine�sector if AHS was to be introducedinto�the EU would be very high. Therefore,the EU cannot consider anything that�wouldincrease the likelihood of�introduction.

The movement of live�animals is always abalance of risk, and�the risk is never zero. Thegovernment, taxpayers and the relevantindustries come to a mutually agreedacceptable level of protection that minimisesthe likelihood of disease introduction whileallowing business to continue, and thisbecomes the basis of regulation.

For horses, AHS is a highly unpleasant,invariably fatal acute respiratory disease,borne by arthropod (midge) vectors. Duringthe last few years, similar and previously‘exotic’ midge-borne virus infections (e.g.Bluetongue virus (BTV) and Schmallenbergvirus (SBV)), have been introduced intomainland Europe and then have crossed tothe east of England on wind-borne midgeclouds, causing major disease in and loss ofinfected animals. EU-legislated movementrestrictions for AHS mean that if introducedinto the UK (or even western France), muchof the UK’s valuable equine industries wouldbe brought to a halt, for an indefinite period,with potentially devastating consequences.

Whilst one must have sympathy for GrantPritchard-Gordon’s views in last month’sThoroughbred Owner & Breeder in support ofthe South African bloodstock industry, thesituation is not quite so straightforward as hesuggests. We will consider each point made:

1. There are increasing risks of AHS to theUK from subtle changes of climateThis is indisputable, as we have recently seenthe arrival and survival of previously absentspecific arthropod vectors, capable ofspreading specific ‘exotic’ diseases. However,in addition, the BTV and SBV outbreaks haveshown that the UK is also vulnerable to thewind-borne spread of infected midges acrossthe English Channel from infected areas in


African Horse Sickness: why import ban must remain in placeThe most recent outbreak, which occurred last month in Swaziland, affected horseswho had been vaccinated against the disease, three of whom have already died

EFSA definition of risk likelihoodNegligible: So rare that it doesnot merit to be consideredVery low: Very rare but cannot beexcludedLow: Rare but does occurMedium: Occurs regularly�High: Occurs very often�Very high: Events occur almostcertainly

This horse has a copious nasal discharge, which is one of the clinical signs of AHS




























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western mainland Europe. This emphasises that it is in the UK’s

interest that the EU remains free of AHS. It isconfirmed that the same species of midge thatbrought BTV virus to the UK can carry AHS.

2. Nothing can be done about thisThis is basically correct but the initialincursion of BTV into the EU in 2006 remainsunexplained and almost certainly did notoccur due to climate change alone. It appearsthat BTV-infected midges were probablyimported into Kerkrade, Netherlands in2006, by means that currently remainunproven. The equine industry and DEFRAare aware of this and it triggered their jointefforts on improved awareness andcontingency planning for controlling AHS.

3. DEFRA has already sourced 100,000emergency AHS vaccinesUnfortunately, the vaccines used routinely inSouth Africa to protect horses there againstAHS comprise two ‘polyvalent’ live vaccines,i.e. they both contain multiple serotypes ofAHS virus. These products are not reallyappropriate for protecting horses in the eventthat a single serotype occurs in a previouslyunaffected area, as there is the risk ofintroduction of additional strain types.

We understand, however, that there was aplan for the European Commission to ‘bank’100,000 doses of each of seven ‘monovalent’(single serotype only) live vaccine doses(hopefully providing coverage across all nineby cross-protection), totalling 700,000 dosesfor use against the specific outbreak serotypeonly. We also understand that this plan hasbeen aborted following a several-fold increasein the manufacturer’s quoted costs.

Also, these live vaccines are recognised tohave serious limitations. Whilst theyundoubtedly help give some local populationprotection under ‘endemic’ South Africanconditions, they are recognised to be

incompletely protective and, much moreseriously, have been reported to cause clinicaldisease in some horses, resulting in theirdeath and onward transmission of infection,leading to disease in other horses. Theprophylactic use of these vaccines for horsesin countries where the disease does not yetoccur is therefore not ideal.

DEFRA is funding the development andthe EU is encouraging internationalpharmaceutical companies to develop andlicence a new generation of safe, effective AHSvaccines. These will be much moreappropriate for use in areas such as the UK,where AHS does not occur but where rapidcontrol, eradication and declaration offreedom from infection would be sought.

A key feature of these vaccines is that theydo not contain live AHS virus and animalsthat have received them can be readilydifferentiated from those that are naturallyinfected (so called DIVA vaccines). However,none of these vaccines in development arecurrently licensed and available for use and,in reality, they are probably several years away.

4. An illogical bias because the UK importshorses from Australia in spite of the risksof Hendra virus infectionWe believe that in this context, Hendra virusinfection is an irrelevant example. Hendravirus is not believed to be insect vector-borneand is spread to horses through ‘spill-over’events following interaction with a reservoirfruit bat mammalian host (‘flying foxes’). Fruitbats are not present in the wild in the UK orEurope and they would not be borne on thewind, as are midges.

Humans acquire infection from closeinteraction with infected horses, oftenthrough pre- or post-mortem investigationsof clinical disease caused by the virus. Therehave still been relatively very few cases ofHendra infection in both humans (fourdeaths among seven cases since 1994) and

horses (67 deaths since 1994, with 20 ofthese among the index cluster in Hendra).Although 2011 did see an increase in casenumbers, the infection has not been seen atall in other years.

Hendra numbers are many fewer than areseen for AHS in endemic AHS areas (e.g.2,185 horse deaths listed by the OIE inEthiopia in 2008) and this is in spite of theabsence of a Hendra vaccine, although one isnow currently being developed. EquineHendra cases are geographically restricted toQueensland and northern New South Wales.Affected premises are carefully restricted,quarantined and tested before restrictions arelifted. Infected fruit bats are unlikely to beexported with, or independently of, horsesand even if they were there would be noUK/EU fruit bat population for them to infect.

5. An illogical bias because the UK importshorses from America in spite of the risks ofWest Nile Virus (WNV) and EasternEquine Encephalomyelitis (EEE)In both WNV and EEE infections, horses andhumans are incidental or ‘dead-end hosts’ andas such there is insufficient viraemia (viruscirculating in the bloodstream) generated forhorses to act as the source of virus formosquitoes (the insect vector) to transmit theinfection between horses and to act as anintroducer of the infection into a new area.

6. DEFRA must be satisfied with existingquarantine arrangementsThe European Commission will justifiablybelieve that ‘satisfaction’ does not rely onquarantine alone but also on healthcertification, disease occurrence, freedom inthe region and premises as appropriate for thedisease and the area, arrangements for thetransportation of horses to and at the point ofexport, with particular regard to midgecontrol. The history of AHS breakdown inand around the South African export area is a

In summary1. Importation of equidae is

harmonised under EU legislationand any changes must benegotiated at EU level.

2. The magnitude and duration ofthe impact of an outbreak of AHSwould be so great that any actionthat increases the likelihood ofAHS occurring in the UK/EU is notacceptable.

3. The effects of climate change andthe movement of othercommodities may be outside our

short-term control, but importsafeguard measures are not, andtherefore this does not providevalid reasons for relaxing importcontrols.

4. The EU vaccine bank is not likelyto be available in the near futureand, even if it was, the use of it tojustify importation from SouthAfrica is irrelevant as it would be‘shutting the stable door after thehorse had bolted’ – the emphasismust be on prevention of anoutbreak of AHS, not cure.

5. The epidemiologies of Hendravirus, WNV and EEE, are such thatthey are not relevant examples inthis context.

6. Risk reduction to an ‘acceptablelevel of protection’ sufficient topermit exports is achieved by thesum of a number of measures,which are based on the advice ofinternationally recognised expertsin AHS. All of these measuresneed to be in place for the systemto be effective.


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cause of concern and the reason why EUsafeguard measures have stopped exports.

7. DEFRA is not convinced by the provenprotocols in place in Cape TownWe cannot speak for the EuropeanCommission but must assume that it isbecause, rather than in spite of, theseprotocols that South Africa has not exported acase of AHS and that the quarantine station inCape Town is in an area that does notcurrently have outbreaks of AHS. However,significant outbreaks of AHS were reported inCape Town in 2011 and therefore it is difficultto confirm that the area near the quarantinestation has never had AHS. The EuropeanCommission must also be satisfied that oncereleased from quarantine to travel to and waitin the point of export from Africa, horses arenot exposed to AHS-infected midges.

8. Seasonality of AHS in South AfricaThe pattern of AHS across South Africa isindeed seasonal but it essentially behaves asan endemic disease in which all nineserotypes are maintained from year to year, inthe midge populations, probably mainly due

to the presence of wild maintenance hostssuch as zebras and donkeys. Other‘overwintering’ mechanisms may also beinvolved. In these circumstances it might bedisputed whether AHS ever ‘disappears’. Itmust be considered that the midgepopulation is infected with AHS throughoutSouth Africa and at the points of export.

9. Need for vigilance, knowledge, planningand proper quarantine protocolsThis is undisputed but we do not agree thatthere is an ‘illogical bias’ against South Africanbloodstock. Current EU policy must beunderstood and respected, given thesignificance of the potentially devastating

adverse impact of AHS in importing countrieson horse welfare and equine business, in theevent of an incursion.

A recent DEFRA exercise highlighted theseimpacts very clearly and the EU’s currentunwillingness to import horses from SouthAfrica should be viewed as judicious globalbiosecurity. Prevention has to be better thancure. Ideally, the European Commissionshould also carefully consider looking at waysto prevent the import of AHS-infected midgesfrom endemic areas in Africa, in aeroplanecargos not associated with horses, e.g.cellophane-wrapped fresh cut flowers andrecycled tyres. With a disease like AHS, whenthe first case arrives it will be too late, bothfor our horses and for our equine industries.

There is no doubt that the availability of anew generation of safe and effective DIVAvaccines will be a ‘game-changer’ in AHSdisease prevention, control and eradication.We believe that changes regarding SouthAfrican horse exports should not and areunlikely to change until such a vaccinebecomes available and the current AHSdisease incidence and disease control picturein southern Africa also change.





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With the first entry stage for theDerby closing when thecontestants are still yearlings, it is

hard to extract any meaningful informationfrom the entries, from a pedigree viewpoint. Asmost owners and breeders learn to their cost,high hopes usually prove misplaced, with thewished-for Classic contender proving to beordinary. Even so, it’s impossible not to befascinated when other countries’ Classic entriesare made at a more informative time, early inthe contenders’ three-year-old season. TheAmerican Triple Crown entries were publishedin early February, with the French equivalentsfollowing later that month.

FRANCEAny breeder who has paid considerable sums toaccess one of the top stallions will no doubthope to see these stallions dominating theClassic entries and generally they won’t bedisappointed.

France’s impressively detailed daily internetbulletin, Jour de Galop, compiled a list of thestallions with the most entries in this year’s fourFrench Classics confined to three-year-olds.Unlike in America, where the figures are forindividual horses, the Jour de Galop statisticsinclude each individual entry, giving muchhigher totals.

There are no prizes for guessing that Galileo– a stallion who is out on his own in terms ofEuropean stallion fees – tops the list. What

might be surprising is the scale of hisdominance. With 57 entries, he has more thandouble the total of his nearest pursuer, Dansili,who has a still-impressive 25 entries.

These 2012 three-year-olds were conceivedin 2008, when Galileo had already donned themantle of Europe’s highest-priced stallion by asubstantial margin. Dansili’s rise through theranks had seen him move into second placebehind Pivotal among the British-basedstallions. Pivotal himself has ten French Classicentries, his lower figure no doubt reflecting thefact that his progeny are less likely to shine ataround a mile and a quarter.

The Dansili contingent in the Prix du Jockey-Club includes several dark horses belonging toJuddmonte, notably the impressive maidenwinners Top Offer and Wrotham Heath, andProviso’s promising once-raced brother Navarre.They are among Dansili’s nine Jockey-Clubentries, which places him second in this Classicto Galileo, with 16. It is the Prix de Diane,though, which Galileo totally dominates, his 27entries being 12 ahead of his nearest pursuer(Dylan Thomas, of whom more later).

No doubt thanks largely to Godolphin, whomust have high hopes of Discourse and Lyric OfLight, Street Cry ranks third on the list, with atotal of 22, despite being based in the US. It isworth remembering that his fee in 2008 haddoubled from 2007’s $50,000 but had yet toreach $150,000, which he has maintained eversince. Could the best still be to come?

Those who rightly consider Rock Of Gibraltarto be one of the best-value stallions around athis 2012 fee of !17,500 will be reassured to seethat his progeny have 17 Classic entries. Amongthem are his 2011 Group winners Sofast,Rockinante and Samitar. This total of 17 putshim one ahead of his fellow Coolmore stallionMontjeu, who has those excellent prospectsCamelot and Wading among his squad.Montjeu’s 2009 crop numbers ‘only’ 77,compared to Galileo’s 183 and Rock OfGibraltar’s 164.

Inevitably, one of the most fascinating aspectsof the table concerns the stallions who havetheir first three-year-olds in 2012. I doubtwhether Dylan Thomas’s numerous admirerswere happy about the lack of a stakes winneramong his first two-year-old runners – a lapsewhich has helped his fee drop to !12,500, amere quarter of his original price tag. However,it mustn’t be forgotten that Dylan Thomas’sTimeform rating went from 102 as a two-year-old to 129 at three and then to 132 at four,when he was Europe’s champion older horse.

This type of progression could be expected ofa horse of his size (16.2hh) and the fact that hisprogeny have been given 18 French Classicentries (with 12 fillies in the Prix de Diane)suggests that there may be plenty ofimprovement to come.

The next first-crop sire with substantialentries is Manduro, whose total of 14 includeshis Group 1 winner Mandaean and thepromising Bonfire. Then comes Teofilo, whosetotal of 13 includes seven fillies in the Diane,and Lawman. Himself a winner of the Prix duJockey-Club, Lawman has four Jockey-Clubentries among his total of 12. His Poulains andJockey-Club entries feature his Group 3 winnerLoi and Dewhurst Stakes third Most Improved.

Lawman is a grandson of Green Desert, whoexerts a strong influence on the French Classics.Three of his sons account for 38 of the entries,with Oasis Dream’s team of 14 putting him justone ahead of Invincible Spirit and three aheadof Cape Cross. Nowadays it is easy to think ofOasis Dream as Britain’s highest-priced stallion,as he has owned or shared that distinction ineach of the last three years. However, his 2012Classic contenders were sired at £30,000,whereas Invincible Spirit’s were sired at !75,000and Cape Cross’s at !50,000. With a total of six,Oasis Dream has the most entries of any stallion

Classic picture emergingEntries for the Derby are made when potential runners are yearlings, but those for this season’sAmerican and French Classics have only recently been published and make for fascinating reading






A dual Classic winner himself, supersire Galileo heads the French entries

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in the Poule d’Essai des Poulains, but Galileoshares that honour with Street Cry in thePouliches. Oasis Dream’s ability to sire animalswho stay much better than he did is reflected inhis five entries in the Jockey-Club.

Other stallions on the list who deserve amention are Zamindar and Muhtathir. It is fairto say that Zamindar is held in much higherregard in France than in the UK, thanks to hisfeat of siring three winners of the Poule d’Essaides Pouliches in Zenda, Darjina and Zarkava.

Zarkava, of course, went on to win the Prixde Diane and the Arc, while Darjina took thePrix du Moulin. Zamindar has an interestingcolt this time, in the runaway Redcar maidenwinner Starboard, but he also has four fillies,headed by the smart Zantenda, bidding toprovide him with a fourth Pouliches.

It was in 2007 that Muhtathir enjoyedinternational success with the likes of DoctorDino, Satwa Queen and Mauralakana, so his2009 crop – his largest – represents his bestchance of capitalizing on those successes. Hehas a total of 12 entries, including five in theDiane, to make him the best represented of theFrench-based stallions.

USAIn addition to Street Cry, several otherAmerican-based stallions featured prominentlyamong those with French Classic entries, these being Hard Spun (9), Distorted Humor(8), Giant’s Causeway (8), Mr Greeley (8),Elusive Quality (7), Street Sense (7) andDynaformer (6).

Unsurprisingly, several of these also rankedamong the most prolific sires of American TripleCrown nominees. Darley must be pleased with

the progress being made by Street Sense, theimpressive 2007 Kentucky Derby hero who isthe highest-ranked of the first-crop sires, withtwo more than Hard Spun. Street Sense alreadyhas two Graded stakes winners to his credit inMotor City and Castaway, and he has severalother good prospects, including the impressiveAmerican maiden winner Street Life and theBritish-trained Prince Alzain, who is among hisTriple Crown nominees.

It is a measure of the progress made by Horseof the Year Tiznow that he shares top billing onthe Triple Crown list, with 12 representatives

from a crop sired at a comparatively modest feeof $30,000. His co-leader, Unbridled’s Song,stood the 2008 season at $150,000. Tiznow,who will always be remembered for defeatingEuropean challengers in consecutive Breeders’Cup Classics, is currently standing his fourthconsecutive season at $75,000, so he is ideallyplaced to enhance his reputation still further.

Another stallion making great strides is thetwice-raced Malibu Moon, who has 11nominees. Having started his career in Marylandat a fee of only $3,000, the very well-connectedson of AP Indy is standing the 2012 season at acareer-high of $70,000, but his Classiccontenders were sired at a fee of $40,000. Withthe advantage of a slightly bigger crop, MalibuMoon has four more nominees than Bernardini,the next-highest-ranked son of AP Indy on thelist. Sadly, Bernardini’s Algorithms, winner ofthe Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes, has been knockedoff the Kentucky Derby trail by a splint injury,but Bernardini has another live contender inAlpha, winner of the Grade 3 Withers Stakes.

Arguably the finest achievement of anyAmerican stallion comes from Claiborne Farm’sWar Front. The fast son of Danzig has onlyaround 60 named foals in his second crop.However, no fewer than ten of them have beenTriple Crown-nominated.

Add this to the widescale success enjoyed byWar Front, which features the likes of TheFactor, Soldat and Summer Soiree, and it isbeginning to look as though Claiborne mayfinally have found a worthy heir to Danzig. Theten-year-old stallion now commands a fee of$60,000, having stood his first five seasons at afraction of that amount.





Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense has 11 first-crop Triple Crown nominees

Stallions with ten or more entries in the French Classics

American Triple Crown nominees by sire

Galileo 57Dansili 25Street Cry 22Dylan Thomas 18Rock Of Gibraltar 17Montjeu 16Manduro 14Oasis Dream 14Invincible Spirit 13Teofilo 13Zamindar 13Lawman 12Muhtathir 12Cape Cross 11Anabaa 10Danehill Dancer 10Monsun 10Pivotal 10Shamardal 10

Tiznow 12Unbridled’s Song 12Malibu Moon 11Street Sense 11War Front 10Hard Spun 9Smart Strike 9Bluegrass Cat 8Empire Maker 8Scat Daddy 8Bernardini 7Giant’s Causeway 6Indian Charlie 6Kitten’s Joy 6Lawyer Ron 6Lemon Drop Kid 6Mr Greeley 6Rock Hard Ten 6

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National Hunt Grade Ones


LEOPARDSTOWN. Feb 12. 16f. Good to Soft.1. HISAABAAT (IRE) 4 b g

Dubawi - Phariseek (Rainbow Quest)O-Dr R Lambe, Dominick Glennane B-Ballylinch Stud TR-DK Weld

2. Shadow Catcher (GB) 4 ch gHaafhd - Unchain My Heart (Pursuit of Love)

3. Countrywide Flame (GB) 4 b gHaafhd - Third Party (Terimon)

Age Starts Wins Places Earned3-4 11 2 6 £55,372


Mr ProspectorCon GameShareef DancerFall AspenShirley HeightsSlightly DangerousDancing BraveHigh TernRed GodRunaway BrideHerbagerWhere You LeadNorthern DancerFairy BridgeRiva RidgeOath of Allegiance

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Rainbow Quest

Pharaoh’s Delight

Seeking The Gold

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Blushing Groom

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As a highly accomplished two-year-oldand miler who commands a fee of£75,000, Dubawi isn’t normallyassociated with the jumping sector.However, he is out of a mare byDeploy, sire of such Graded-winningjumpers as Shinrock Paddy, GagewellFlyer and Caim Hill, and Dubawi’s firstfew runners over jumps have quicklymade their mark. Dodging Bullets andHisaabaat, a pair who were separatedby half a length when first and secondin a mile-and-a-quarter handicap atSligo in the summer of 2011, haveboth done well. Dodging Bullets was agood second in the Grade 2 DovecoteNovices’ Hurdle, whereas Hisaabaatbecame a Grade1 winner in the Spring4YO Juvenile Hurdle. Hisaabaat isnow well on the way to repaying the55,000gns he cost at the 2011Autumn Sales.

Hisaabaat was bred by BallylinchStud, which has enjoyed a lot ofsuccess with the family descendingfrom Hisaabaat's second damPharaoh’s Delight. The daughter ofFairy King was a specialist sprinterwho reeled off victories in the WindsorCastle, Princess Margaret andPhoenix Stakes in 1989. AlthoughPharaoh’s Delight failed to win atthree, her speed earned her places inthe Nunthorpe, Vernons Sprint Cupand Prix de l’Abbaye.

As the next dam Ridge The Timeswas a two-year-old five-furlong winner,you could be forgiven for thinking thatthis family is all about speed. However,Pharaoh’s Delight is also the seconddam of Red Rocks, the Galileo coltwho finished third in the St Leger priorto winning the Breeders’ Cup Turf andMan o’War Stakes.

Hisaabaat’s dam Phariseek is byRainbow Quest, a stallion whonormally imparted quite a lot ofstamina, but she was placed in twoListed races over a mile at three andmade her final appearance over sevenfurlongs. The chances are, then, that Hisaabaat will be kept to aroundtwo miles.

Many owners would have lost theirnerve after seeing their promisingyoung chaser fail to complete thecourse in three of its first four startsover fences. Indeed, the horse mightalso have suffered a crisis ofconfidence. However, Quel Esprit’sconnections decided against any u-turns after their French-bred geldingwas brought down at Punchestown inMay 2011, after falls at Leopardstownand Cheltenham. Their determinationhas paid off handsomely, with QuelEsprit recording three consecutivesuccesses, including his first Grade 1victory in the Hennessy Gold Cup.

Quel Esprit, together with Quito DeLa Roque, winner of the JNwine.comChampion Chase, is highlighting thetalent of the French stallion Saint DesSaints, whose current representativesalso include St Devote, winner of aGrade 3 novice chase in Ireland, SaintPalois and Defi d’Anjou, two Listedwinners over fences in France, Vikingdu Berlais, a Listed winner overhurdles at Auteuil, and Lyreen Legend,a Grade 2 winner over hurdles.

His earlier representatives includethe Graded winners Saint Macaire,Santa Bamba, Monpilou and Me Voici,plus several Listed winners. Theseachievements are made all the moreimpressive by the fact that thesewinners come from a total of fewerthan 190 foals of racing age. SaintDes Saints has more than 80 three-year-olds in 2012, so we can expectto hear plenty more from him.

A son of the many-times championFrench jumping sire Cadoudal, SaintDes Saints won seven times overhurdles and fences, notably winningfour Graded races at up to nearly twoand a half miles as a four-year-old.

An interesting aspect of Saint DesSaints’s story is that he has done wellwith grand-daughters of Mill Reef. Theuseful English chaser Salut Flo andLyreen Legend are out of mares byGarde Royale, while Quel Esprit is outof a mare by Garde Royale’s brotherRoyal Charter.

LEOPARDSTOWN. Feb 12. 24f. Good to Soft.1. QUEL ESPRIT (FR) 8 gr g

Saint des Saints - Jeune d’Esprit (Royal Charter)O-Red Barn Syndicate B-Haras de Saint-Voir TR-WP Mullins

2. Roberto Goldback (IRE) 10 b gBob Back - Mandysway (Mandalus)

3. Treacle (IRE) 11 ch gZaffaran - Current Liability (Caribo)

Age Starts Wins Places Earned4-8 16 9 2 £168,498


NijinskyGreen ValleySea Hawk IICamarillaLyphardComelyTanerkoTorrefrancaNever BendMilan MillSicambreRight AwayShikaniPampocaTourangeauValse Brune





Royal Charter


Green Dancer

Come To Sea



Mill Reef

Royal Way



QUEL ESPRIT gr g 2004

Quel Esprit’s non-thoroughbred damJeune d’Esprit was placed on the Flatand over jumps. Her sister Image DeMarque II did better for Martin Pipe,winning four consecutive hurdle racesat up to 21 furlongs.

Quel Esprit’s fourth dam ValseBrune was a half-sister to Rivoli,winner of the French ChampionHurdle, and Valse Brune became thesecond dam of Melinoir, winner of the1983 French Champion Hurdle.

LEOPARDSTOWN. Feb 12. 21f. Good to Soft.1. LAST INSTALMENT (IRE) 7 ch g

Anshan - Final Instalment (Insan)O-Gigginstown House Stud B-J O’Mahony TR-Philip Fenton

2. Call The Police (IRE) 9 b gAccordion - Evangelica (Dahar)

3. Lambro (IRE) 7 b gMilan - Beautiful Tune (Green Tune)

Age Starts Wins Places Earned4-7 11 8 1 £160,722See race 73 in the February issue


Bold RulerBarn PrideRelkoRunning BlueCaptain’s GigSlipstreamExburyYour Grace IIExclusive NativeOur JackieRuritaniaArctic ActressLord GayleAzurineBlack TarquinMiss Busybody

ANSHAN ch 87


Persian Bold

Lady Zi



Bold Lad



Exbury Grace

Our Native



Miss Madam


LEOPARDSTOWN. Feb 12. 18f. Good to Soft.1. BENEFFICIENT (IRE) 6 ch g

Beneficial - Supreme Breda (Supreme Leader)O-A Shiels, Niall Reilly B-P Tomany TR-AJ Martin

2. Sous Les Cieux (FR) 6 ch gRobin des Champs - Joie de La Vie (Quart de Vin)

3. Il Fenomeno (ITY) 6 b gDenon - Fabulous Charm (Fabulous Dancer)

Age Starts Wins Places Earned4-6 8 3 2 £49,764


Derring-DoCamenaeCharlottesvilleLa SegaNijinskyGreen ValleyPrimeraFlower DanceBustedShip YardHabitatGuiding LightGallant ManIrish ExchangeWhistling WindSweet Heart V



Top Ville


Supreme Leader

Ask Breda

High Top

Sega Ville

Green Dancer

First Bloom


Princess Zena

Ya Zaman

Winter Serenade


Having been pulled up when favouritefor an ordinary novice hurdle atThurles in January, Benefficientstarted at 50-1 for the Grade 1Deloitte Novice Hurdle less than amonth later. However, he showed hisThurles performance was all wrong byleading throughout to beat thefavourite Sous Les Cieux.

Benefficient had won a point-to-point prior to being sold for !52,000at Tattersalls Ireland in May 2011. Heis a son of Beneficial, a stallion who

Alderbrook’s death in November 2007means that his last crop is already fouryears old, but we should be hearingfrom him for several more years.Alderbrook, of course, was unusual inthat he was a very talented performerboth on the Flat and over hurdles.Having won the Group 2 Prix Dollarand Group 3 Select Stakes, hedefeated Large Action and Danoli toland the 1995 Champion Hurdle. Hewas also runner-up in the Group 1 PrixGanay in the month following his

covered more thoroughbred mares(242) than any other British or Irishstallion in 2009. Beneficial went on tocover 171 thoroughbreds in 2010 and190 in 2011. His popularity reflectsthe Grade 1 chasing victories of hissons Cooldine and Realt Dubh, and hehas several other potentially smartjumpers to his credit, such as KidCassidy, Monksland, MountBenbulben, Benash, Peckhamechoand Fists Of Fury.

Beneficial won the Group 2 KingEdward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot aslong ago as 1993 and, at 22, theKnockhouse Stud resident is one ofthe last available sons of Top Ville, sirealso of Un Desperado, Toulon, PistoletBleu, Norwich and Shardari. Beneficialis being billed as “an outstanding salessire in difficult times,” his best price in2011 being the £250,000 paid forMount Benbulben.

Benefficient is out of SupremeBreda, an unraced daughter of thetwo-time champion sire SupremeLeader. Other good current performersout of daughters of Supreme Leaderare Blazing Tempo, Champion Court,Massini’s Maguire, Sonofvic, Psycho(all these five being by sons ofSadler’s Wells), Shakalakaboomboomand Tavern Times.

Benefficient’s dam is a half-sister toa couple of talented winners, notablythe Irish hurdler Asklynn. Ya Zaman,the sire of Benefficient’s second damAsk Breda, was a very smart miler inFrance in the early 1980s.

NEWBURY. February 17. 20f. Good to Soft.1. FOR NON STOP (IRE) 7 b g

Alderbrook - Lost Link (Shernazar)O-Mr Jared Sullivan B-R O’Rourke TR-Nick Williams

2. Micheal Flips (IRE) 8 b gKayf Tara - Pianissimo (Shernazar)

3. Our Mick (GB) 6 gr gKaringa Bay - Dawn’s Della (Scottish Reel)

Age Starts Wins Places Earned4-7 15 3 7 £55,192


Tom RolfeFirst FeatherLevmossArctic MelodyThatchAbellaBe FriendlyMesopotamiaCrepelloSans Le SouVal de LoirNasreenAllegedTop TwigFurry GlenKeep The Link







Run The Gantlet

Le Melody


House Tie



Brush Aside

Facts ‘n Fancies

FOR NON STOP b g 2005

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Caulfield on Benefficient: “The Deloitte winner is a son of Beneficial, a popular stallionwho covered more thoroughbred mares (242) than any other British or Irish stallion in 2009”

Champion Hurdle victory. It’s possibleto argue that Alderbrook initially didn’treceive the support he merited.

Fortunately that changed late in hiscareer, after he had been representedby the likes of Ollie Magern, Perouse,Sh Boom, Glenfinn Captain and BaronWindrush. Now Alderbrook hasanother Grade 1 winner to his credit inFor Non Stop, who won therescheduled Betfair Novices’ Chase.

Although For Non Stop won apoint-to-point over three miles, hisperformances as a mature horsesuggest he is ideally suited bysomewhat shorter distances. Hecomes from a first-rate jumping family.His second dam, Contrast, was a half-sister to Fiddling The Facts, a marewho won the Grade 1 FelthamNovices’ Chase. His fifth dam LastLink was a sister to Fortria, anexceptionally talented and versatileperformer who won both the NationalHunt Two Mile Champion Chase andthe Irish Grand National in 1961.

ASCOT. February 18. 21.5f. Good to Soft.1. RIVERSIDE THEATRE (GB) 8 b g

King’s Theatre - Disallowed (Distinctly North)O-Jimmy Nesbitt Partnership B-Goldford Stud TR-Nicky Henderson

2. Medermit (FR) 8 gr gMedaaly - Miss d’Hermite (Solicitor)

3. Gauvain (GER) 10 b gSternkoenig - Gamina (Dominion)

Age Starts Wins Places Earned4-8 16 9 5 £283,428


NearcticNatalmaBold ReasonSpecialRaise A NativeCharloCrafty AdmiralEvasionNorthern DancerTappahannockDistinctiveNew LoveHoist The FlagPrincess PoutSir IvorRoyal Warrant



Sadler’s Wells

Regal Beauty

Distinctly North

Miss Allowed

Northern Dancer

Fairy Bridge

Princely Native

Dennis Belle

Minshaanshu Amad



Miss Toshiba


After a year off the track, it wasexciting to see Riverside Theatrerepeat his 2011 victory in the Grade 1Ascot Chase. However, NickyHenderson’s post-race comment thatthe gelding’s Cheltenham target wasthe Ryanair Chase, not the Gold Cup,suggests that he has reservationseither about his stamina or his ability(or about pitching him in once moreagainst stablemate Long Run, whowas the last horse to beat RiversideTheatre).

That defeat by Long Run came inthe King George VI Chase over threemiles, the longest distance that theson of King’s Theatre has ever beenasked to tackle. There must be somedoubts about his ability to stay beyondthree miles, as his broodmare sire isDistinctly North. This very fast andprecocious performer won three timesover five furlongs as a two-year-old,including in the Flying Childers Stakes,and he was narrowly beaten in theMiddle Park Stakes. However,Riverside Theatre’s dam Disallowedscored four times as a young hurdler,after winning over nine furlongs on theFlat. Her wins included the TimeformFree Handicap Hurdle.

Riverside Theatre’s second dam,the unraced Miss Allowed, was bred tostay middle distances, with Alleged asher sire and the Pretty Polly Stakeswinner Miss Toshiba as her dam. MissToshiba’s Sadler’s Wells filly Ikebanaproduced the Derby second CityHonours.

Fortria also won the Champion Chaseon another occasion and was a finesecond to Mandarin in the 1962Cheltenham Gold Cup, before fillingthe same position in the same racebehind Mill House a year later.

Remarkably, Last Link followedFortria’s example by winning the IrishGrand National in 1963 and shepassed on her stamina to her son LastSuspect, who defied odds of 50-1 towin the Grand National at Aintree.

National Hunt Graded racesDate Grade Race (course) Dist Horse Age Sex Sire Dam Broodmare Sire Index05/02 G2 Tied Cottage Chase (Punchestown) 16f Sizing Europe (IRE) 10 G Pistolet Bleu Jennie Dun Mandalus 15105/02 GrC Grand National Trial H Chase (Punchestown) 28f Portrait King (IRE) 7 G Portrait Gallery Storm Queen Le Bavard 15205/02 G2 Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle (Punchestown) 16f Trifolium (FR) 5 G Goldneyev Opium des Mottes April Night 15317/02 G2 Denman Chase (Newbury) 24f Long Run (FR) 7 G Cadoudal Libertina Balsamo 15417/02 G3 Betfair H Hurdle (Newbury) 16.5f Zarkandar (IRE) 5 G Azamour Zarkasha Kahyasi 15517/02 G2 Game Spirit Chase (Newbury) 17f Sprinter Sacre (FR) 6 G Network Fatima III Bayolidaan 15618/02 G2 Reynoldstown Novices' Chase (Ascot) 24f Invictus (IRE) 6 G Flemensfirth Clashwilliam Girl Seymour Hicks 15718/02 G2 Red Mills Chase (Gowran Park) 20f Rubi Light (FR) 7 G Network Genny Lights Lights Out 15818/02 G2 Red Mills Trial Hurdle (Gowran Park) 16f Zaidpour (FR) 6 G Red Ransom Zainta Kahyasi 15918/02 G2 Prestige Novices' Hurdle (Haydock Park) 24f Brindisi Breeze (IRE) 6 G King's Theatre Miss Poutine Chamberlin 16018/02 G2 Rendlesham Hurdle (Haydock Park) 24f Restless Harry (GB) 8 G Sir Harry Lewis Restless Native Be My Native 16118/02 G3 Grand National Trial H Chase (Haydock Park) 28f Giles Cross (IRE) 10 G Saddlers' Hall Mystockings Idiot's Delight 16218/02 G2 Kingwell Hurdle (Wincanton) 16f Binocular (FR) 8 G Enrique Bleu Ciel Et Blanc Pistolet Bleu 16319/02 G2 Flyingbolt Novice Chase (Navan) 17f Donnas Palm (IRE) 8 G Great Palm Donna's Tarquin Husyan 16419/02 G2 Ten Up Novice Chase (Navan) 24f Lion Na Bearnai (IRE) 10 G New Frontier Polly Plum Pollerton 16519/02 G2 Boyne Hurdle (Navan) 21f Mourad (IRE) 7 G Sinndar Mouramara Kahyasi 16625/02 G2 Bobbyjo Chase (Fairyhouse) 25f Prince De Beauchene (FR) 9 G French Glory Chipie d'Angron Grand Tresor 16725/02 G2 Winning Fair Juvenile Hurdle (Fairyhouse) 16f Burrenbridge Lodge (IRE) 4 G Ivan Denisovich Hasainm Grand Lodge 16825/02 G3 Racing Plus H Chase (Kempton Park) 24f Nacarat (FR) 11 G Smadoun Gerbora Art Bleu 16925/02 G2 Pendil Novices' Chase (Kempton Park) 20.5f Cristal Bonus (FR) 6 G Della Francesca Cristal Springs Loup Solitaire 17025/02 G2 Adonis Juvenile Hurdle (Kempton Park) 16f Baby Mix (FR) 4 G Al Namix Douchka Fijar Tango 17125/02 G2 Dovecote Novices' Hurdle (Kempton Park) 16f Grumeti (GB) 4 G Sakhee Tetravella Groom Dancer 17226/02 G2 National Spirit Hurdle (Fontwell Park) 20f Third Intention (IRE) 5 G Azamour Third Dimension Suave Dancer 17326/02 G2 Johnstown Novice Hurdle (Naas) 16f Felix Yonger (IRE) 6 G Oscar Marble Sound Be My Native 17426/02 G2 Newlands Chase (Naas) 16f Seabass (IRE) 9 G Turtle Island Muscovy Duck Moscow Society 17526/02 G2 Nas Na Riogh Novice Chase (Naas) 20f Rathlin (GB) 7 G Kayf Tara Princess Timon Terimon 17601/03 G2 Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle (Thurles) 20f Lyreen Legend (IRE) 5 G Saint des Saints Bint Bladi Garde Royale 17703/03 G2 Kelso Novices' Hurdle (Kelso) 18f Tap Night (USA) 5 G Pleasant Tap Day Mate Dayjur 17803/03 G3 Greatwood Gold Cup H Chase (Newbury) 20f Aerial (FR) 6 G Turgeon Fille Formidable Trempolino 179

Leading National Hunt sires 2011/12 by earnings King’s tough to crack Flemensfirth lost his lead in the run-upto Cheltenham as King’s Theatre andBenefical made ground. King’s Theatre’stally was boosted by Riverside Theatre’svictory in the Ascot Chase and BrindisiBreeze’s in a Grade 2 at Haydock.

With his progeny doing superblyat the Festival – there were Grade 1wins for the pair just mentioned plusa victory for Balthazar King and fineruns by such as Voler La Vedette –King’s Theatre will once again be atough nut to crack.

The only other significant movementwas Old Vic going from ninth to sixth.

Name YOF Sire Rnrs Wnrs %WR Races AWD Earnings (£) Top horse Earned (£)King’s Theatre 1991 Sadler’s Wells 172 62 36.1 86 19.4 918,120 Voler La Vedette 94,588Beneficial 1990 Top Ville 258 78 30.2 108 19.4 898,214 Benefficient 49,282Flemensfirth 1992 Alleged 241 71 29.5 103 19.7 874,178 Flemenstar 66,974Oscar 1994 Sadler’s Wells 264 61 23.1 88 19.4 840,642 Big Zeb 83,381Presenting 1992 Mtoto 262 51 19.5 66 20.7 664,155 First Lieutenant 50,909Old Vic 1986 Sadler’s Wells 184 60 32.6 84 20.2 611,495 Royal Reveille 38,797Anshan 1987 Persian Bold 105 25 23.8 41 20.9 600,533 Last Instalment 115,177Milan 1998 Sadler’s Wells 204 54 26.5 77 19.7 590,011 Raya Star 107,086Accordion 1986 Sadler’s Wells 88 23 26.1 32 19.4 586,905 Blazing Tempo 162,106Kayf Tara 1994 Sadler’s Wells 124 42 33.9 59 20.5 503,202 Carruthers 89,705Bob Back 1981 Roberto 97 29 29.9 41 20.1 480,345 Boston Bob 68,948Definite Article 1992 Indian Ridge 126 29 23.0 39 20.4 379,313 The Real Article 83,319Alderbrook 1989 Ardross 92 25 27.2 32 20.2 350,834 Groody Hill 75,677Saddlers’ Hall 1988 Sadler’s Wells 90 22 24.4 31 22.3 329,539 Giles Cross 70,078Cadoudal 1979 Green Dancer 17 5 29.4 9 23.1 320,992 Long Run 98,965Sadler’s Wells 1981 Northern Dancer 70 23 32.9 29 18.9 310,863 Synchronised 88,197Montjeu 1996 Sadler’s Wells 77 21 27.3 24 18.1 289,557 Hurricane Fly 59,583Pistolet Bleu 1988 Top Ville 25 6 24.0 9 20.4 279,773 Sizing Europe 134,791Dr Massini 1993 Sadler’s Wells 88 23 26.1 28 19.3 267,344 Fosters Cross 43,103Saint des Saints 1998 Cadoudal 11 5 45.5 9 18.8 267,148 Quel Esprit 103,311Barathea 1990 Sadler’s Wells 34 8 23.5 11 17.1 261,248 Overturn 169,018Alflora 1989 Niniski 134 30 22.4 37 19.8 260,748 Alasi 33,589Karinga Bay 1987 Ardross 113 31 27.4 46 19.7 247,166 Our Mick 25,348Galileo 1998 Sadler’s Wells 54 14 25.9 20 19.2 246,175 Celestial Halo 112,421Overbury 1991 Caerleon 75 23 30.7 30 19.5 237,882 Stewarts House 57,246

Statistics to March 3

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Global Stakes ResultsDate Grade Race Dist Horse Age Sex Sire Dam Broodmare SireArgentina11/02 G1 G. P. Miguel Alfredo Martinez de Hoz 10.0f Bogeyman (ARG) 6 C Editor's Note (USA) Bambuena (ARG) Candy Stripes (USA)18/02 G2 C. Miguel Angel y Tomas Juarez Celman 8.0f Come Into (ARG) 4 F Honour And Glory (USA) Come Out (ARG) Romanov (IRE)10/02 G2 Clasico Guillermo Kemmis 5.0f Arte Pop (ARG) 3 C Mutakddim (USA) Arteba (ARG) Southern Halo (USA)10/02 G2 Clasico Carlos Casares 5.0f Espadilla Nistel (ARG) 3 F Van Nistelrooy (USA) Espadilla (ARG) Our Native (USA)04/02 G2 Clasico Juan Shaw 11.0f Jumbalaya (ARG) 5 M Pure Prize (USA) Just The Same (BRZ) Gem Master (USA)01/03 G3 Clasico Derli A Gomez 6.0f Muy Alegre (ARG) 3 F Equal Stripes (ARG) Muy Aplaudida (ARG) Acceptable (USA)24/02 G3 Clasico General Viamonte 5.0f Tristeza Cat (ARG) 6 F Easing Along (USA) Lagrimas De Oro (ARG) Contested Bid (USA)19/02 G3 Clasico Horacio Bustillo 8.0f Pick Out (ARG) 6 C Brancusi (USA) Petite Lune (ARG) Nasty And Bold (USA)09/02 G3 Clasico Luis Maria Doyhenard 5.0f El Bosco (ARG) 3 C Grand Reward (USA) Grammar (ARG) Southern Halo (USA)07/02 G3 Clasico Fortunato Damiani 5.0f Renacere (ARG) 3 F Pure Prize (USA) Jacky Halo (ARG) Southern Halo (USA)

Australia03/03 G1 Australian Guineas 8.0f Mosheen (AUS) 4 F Fastnet Rock (AUS) Sumehra (NZ) Stravinsky (USA)25/02 G1 Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Stakes 6.0f Samaready (AUS) 3 F More Than Ready (USA) Samar (AUS) Secret Savings (USA)25/02 G1 Sportingbet Oakleigh Plate 5.5f Woorim (AUS) 7 G Show A Heart (AUS) Wabble (AUS) Canadian Silver (CAN)25/02 G1 Cathay Pacific Futurity Stakes 7.0f Mufhasa (NZ) 8 G Pentire (GB) Sheila Cheval (NZ) Mi Preferido (USA)18/02 G1 Coolmore Lightning Stakes 5.0f Black Caviar (AUS) 6 F Bel Esprit (AUS) Helsinge (AUS) Desert Sun (GB)11/02 G1 Sportingbet C F Orr Stakes 7.0f Black Caviar (AUS) 6 F Bel Esprit (AUS) Helsinge (AUS) Desert Sun (GB)03/03 G2 Silver Slipper Stakes 5.5f Pierro (AUS) 3 C Lonhro (AUS) Right Note (IRE) Daylami (IRE)03/03 G2 Hobartville Stakes 7.0f Wild And Proud (AUS) 4 C Snowland (AUS) Blab (AUS) Flying Spur (AUS)26/02 G2 Carlton Draught P Young St George Stakes 9.0f Lucas Cranach (GER) 5 H Mamool (IRE) Lots of Love (GER) Java Gold (USA)25/02 G2 D'Urban Angus Armanasco Stakes 7.0f Shopaholic (NZ) 4 F Pins (AUS) Splashing Out (NZ) O'Reilly (NZ)25/02 G2 BMW Caulfield Autumn Classic 9.0f Upbeat (AUS) 4 G Strategic (AUS) Silverbeat (AUS) Distant Music (USA)25/02 G2 Hako Australia Apollo Stakes 7.0f Rain Affair (AUS) 5 G Commands (AUS) I Believe (AUS) Octagonal (NZ)18/02 G2 Patinack Farm Light Fingers Stakes 6.0f Sea Siren (AUS) 4 F Fastnet Rock (AUS) Express A Smile (AUS) Success Express (USA)18/02 G2 Royal Sovereign Stakes 6.0f Hot Snitzel (AUS) 4 G Snitzel (AUS) Flames of Paris (USA) Blushing Groom (FR)18/02 G2 New South Wales TB Breeders' Classic 6.0f Steps In Time (AUS) 5 M Danehill Dancer (IRE) Rare Insight (NZ) O'Reilly (NZ)11/02 G2 Hyland Colours Autumn Stakes 7.0f Pied A Terre (AUS) 4 G Ad Valorem (USA) Masonette (AUS) Grand Lodge (USA)11/02 G2 Expressway Stakes 6.0f Rain Affair (AUS) 5 G Commands (AUS) I Believe (AUS) Octagonal (NZ)03/03 G3 PFD Food Services F Tressady Stakes 7.0f Raspberries (AUS) 5 M Lonhro (AUS) La Melba (AUS) Grand Lodge (USA)03/03 G3 Millie Fox Stakes 6.5f Red Tracer (AUS) 5 M Dane Shadow (AUS) Kisma (AUS) Snippets (AUS)03/03 G3 Boag's Lord Reims Stakes 13.0f Enchanting Waters (AUS) 8 F Dolphin Street (FR) Enchanting Royal (AUS) Regal Classic (CAN)25/02 G3 TBV Mannerism Stakes 7.0f Hi Belle (AUS) 6 F Clangalang (AUS) Seldom Caught (AUS) Jugah (USA)25/02 G3 Mad Mex Southern Cross Stakes 6.0f No Evidence Needed (AUS) 6 F Shamardal (USA) Generosa (NZ) Generous (IRE)23/02 G3 AAMI Launceston Cup 12.0f Prevailing (AUS) 6 G Secret Savings (USA) Amulet (AUS) Entrepreneur (GB)18/02 G3 The Vanity 7.0f Shopaholic (NZ) 4 F Pins (AUS) Splashing Out (NZ) O'Reilly (NZ)18/02 G3 C S Hayes Debonair Stakes 7.0f That's The One (AUS) 4 G Snippetson (AUS) Chosen (AUS) Redoute's Choice (AUS)12/02 G3 AAMI Hobart Cup 11.0f Geegees Blackflash (AUS) 6 G Clangalang (AUS) La Quita (AUS) Grand Lodge (USA)11/02 G3 Patinack Blue Diamond Prelude (fillies) 5.5f Samaready (AUS) 3 F More Than Ready (USA) Samar (AUS) Secret Savings (USA)11/02 G3 Patinack Blue Diamond Prelude (c&g) 5.5f General Rippa (AUS) 3 G General Nediym (AUS) Nazzuca (AUS) Canny Lad (AUS)11/02 G3 PPS Geoffrey Belmaine Stakes 6.0f Psychologist (AUS) 5 M Choisir (AUS) Miss Conception (AUS) Danzero (AUS)11/02 G3 Catanach's T S Carlyon Cup 8.0f Manighar (FR) 6 G Linamix (FR) Mintly Fresh (USA) Rubiano (USA)11/02 G3 Schweppes Rubiton Stakes 5.5f Eagle Falls (AUS) 7 G Hussonet (USA) Desina (AUS) Desert King (IRE)05/02 G3 Bow Mistress Trophy 6.0f Rebel Bride (AUS) 5 M Telesto (USA) Striking Sort (AUS) Blazing Sword (AUS)

Brazil12/02 G1 G. P. Estado de Rio de Janeiro-Stud TNT 8.0f Plenty of Kicks (BRZ) 4 C Crimson Tide (IRE) Pleni Turbo (BRZ) Choctaw Ridge (USA)12/02 G1 GP Henrique Possollo Stud TNT (1000 Gns) 8.0f Old Tune (BRZ) 4 F Wild Event (USA) Chanson Pour Julia (BRZ) Irish Fighter (USA)03/03 G2 Grande Premio Piratininga 11.0f Grapette Repete (BRZ) 6 C Know Heights (IRE) Buy Me Love (BRZ) Jules (USA)04/03 G3 Grande Premio Presidente do Jockey Club 8.0f Quality Control (BRZ) 4 C Northern Afleet (USA) Guerrilheira (BRZ) Music Prospector (USA)04/03 G3 G. P. Presidente Arthur da Costa e Silva 10.0f Hunka Hunka (BRZ) 5 M Wild Event (USA) Uff-Uff (BRZ) De Quest (GB)05/02 G3 Grande Premio Linneo de Paula Machado 10.0f Piramide Solar (BRZ) 4 C First American (USA) Kasserolle (BRZ) Minstrel Glory (USA)

Chile05/02 G1 Premio El Derby 12.0f Quick Casablanca (CHI) 4 C Until Sundown (USA) Quick (ARG) Cipayo (ARG)03/02 G2 Premio Verano - Arturo Cousino Luisino 10.0f Galantuomo (CHI) 5 G Stuka (USA) Gala Day (CHI) Gold Tribute (USA)29/02 G3 Premio Thompson Matthews 8.0f Ready To Rock (CHI) 4 C Interprete (ARG) In Your Eyes (USA) Eagle Eyed (USA)

Japan19/02 G1 February Stakes 8.0f Testa Matta (USA) 6 C Tapit (USA) Difficult (USA) Concern (USA)04/03 G2 Hochi Hai Yayoi Sho 10.0f Cosmo Ozora (JPN) 3 C Roses In May (USA) Meine Sharona (JPN) Commander In Chief (GB)

Black Caviar continues to amaze and,following two Group 1 triumphs thattook her unbeaten sequence to 19, allroads lead to Royal Ascot for theDiamond Jubilee Stakes, with one preprun in late April/early May likely prior todeparture. The CF Orr Stakes (herseven-furlong debut) was a cakewalkbut she was made to work in theLightning Stakes, registering a sub tensecond 200m sectional mid-race priorto beating Hay List by a length and

three-quarters. Poor Hay List has nowbeen a top level runner-up to her fourtimes while narrowing the winningmargin with every attempt.

Two younger fillies also put the boysin their place. Samaready landed theinitial juvenile Group 1 of the season,the Blue Diamond Stakes, to ease badmemories for her trainer, Mick Price,who landed this contest in 2003 onlyfor Roedean to fail a dope test.

Samaready had three lengths in

hand at the line, just as Mosheen didwhen she beat 14 members of theopposite sex in the Australian Guineas.Recently part-sold to Japanese ownerKatsumi Yoshida, Mosheen also ranaway with the Crown Oaks lastNovember but still cannot be namedtop of her generation – Atlantic Jewel,who brushed her aside the only timethey met, is set to return from injury inearly April.

Sheikh Mohammed’s two Dubai-

bound three-year-old stars, Helmet andSepoy, both suffered defeats. But whileHelmet’s tendency to blow the startresurfaced prior to a dismal 12th placein the Guineas, Sepoy ran exceptionallywell under top weight to finish fifth in anOakleigh Plate which saw Woorimprevail in a blanket finish.

Kiwi invader Mufhasa tookadvantage of Black Caviar’s absence tomake it nine Group 1 triumphs in theFuturity Stakes.

Favourites proved decisive winners ofboth Guineas at Gavea, scoring in theidentical time of 1m 33.78s. Old Tune,who beat the 25-1 ex-provincial Huellasde Arena by three-quarters of a length,

had been a Group 1 winner at two atCidade Jardim. She contested all threeSao Paulo fillies' Classics in the secondhalf of last year but was unable to finishcloser than fourth.

Plenty Of Kicks, a son of the onceJohn Hills-trained Sadler's Wells horseCrimson Tide, completed a five-timerand gained his third Group 1 win whenbeating two long-priced sons of Public

Purse, Villeron and Super Pereira. Hewas ridden by Jorge Ricardo, who isagain challenging Russell Baze for thetitle of winningmost jockey, moving tosix behind at the end of February.

Quick Casablanca gained handsomereward for honest endeavour after a run

of six seconds and a third in Groupraces, five of them Group 1. He started

a shade of odds-on for the last big prizeconfined to three-year-olds and proved

himself the only real stayer among the14 runners after taking over two out.

Bogeyman gained a ridiculously easynine lengths victory. Success washanded to him by the insane pace

which Jorge Ruiz Diaz set on odds-onLa Laguna Azul, who was bidding for aGroup 1 hat-trick over San Isidro's ten

furlongs. She folded quickly whenjoined by Bogeyman at the distance.Jorge Ricardo’s mount was winning for

the fifth time in 16 outings and had runwithout distinction in his only twoprevious Group races.

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26/02 G2 Nakayama Kinen 9.0f Federalist (JPN) 5 H Empire Maker (USA) Dance Partner (JPN) Sunday Silence (USA)12/02 G2 Kyoto Kinen 11.0f Trailblazer (JPN) 5 H Zenno Rob Roy (JPN) Lirio (USA) Forty Niner (USA)04/03 G3 Chunichi Shimbun Hai 10.0f Smart Gear (JPN) 7 C Marvelous Sunday (JPN) Squarehead Line (JPN) Pas de Seul03/03 G3 Tulip Sho 8.0f Hana's Goal (JPN) 3 F Orewa Matteruze (JPN) Shanghai Jell (JPN) Shanghai (USA)03/03 G3 Yukan Fuji Sho Ocean Stakes 6.0f One Carat (JPN) 6 F Falbrav (IRE) Baldwina (FR) Pistolet Bleu (IRE)26/02 G3 Hankyu Hai 7.0f Majin Prosper (JPN) 5 H Admire Cozzene (JPN) Hollywood Dream (JPN) Bubble Gum Fellow (JPN)25/02 G3 Arlington Cup 8.0f Just A Way (JPN) 3 C Heart's Cry (JPN) Sibyl (JPN) Wild Again (USA)18/02 G3 Diamond Stakes 17.0f Keiai Dosojin (JPN) 6 C King Kamehameha (JPN) Breeder's Flight (USA) Cutlass (USA)12/02 G3 Kyodo News Service Hai Stakes 9.0f Gold Ship (JPN) 3 C Stay Gold (JPN) Point Flag (JPN) Mejiro McQueen (JPN)11/02 G3 Daily Hai Queen Cup 8.0f Verxina (JPN) 3 F Deep Impact (JPN) Halwa Sweet (JPN) Machiavellian (USA)05/02 G3 Kisaragi Sho 9.0f World Ace (JPN) 3 C Deep Impact (JPN) Mandela (GER) Acatenango (GER)05/02 G3 Tokyo Shimbun Hai 8.0f Garbo (JPN) 5 H Manhattan Cafe (JPN) Yamato Damashii (JPN) Generous (IRE)04/02 G3 Kokura Daishoten 9.0f A Shin G Line (USA) 7 C Giant's Causeway (USA) Lady Danz (USA) Danzig (USA)

New Zealand03/03 G1 Telecom New Zealand Derby 12.0f Silent Achiever (NZ) 4 F O'Reilly (NZ) Winning Spree (NZ) Zabeel (NZ)25/02 G1 Haunui Farm Otaki-Maori WFA Classic 8.0f Veyron (NZ) 7 G Thorn Park (AUS) Over The Limit (NZ) Centro (NZ)11/02 G1 Darci Brahma International Stakes 10.0f Shez Sinsational (NZ) 5 M Ekraar (USA) Original Sin (NZ) Shinko King (IRE)11/02 G1 Waikato Draught Sprint 7.0f Veyron (NZ) 7 G Thorn Park (AUS) Over The Limit (NZ) Centro (NZ)25/02 G2 J S Contractors Matamata Breeders Stakes 6.0f Rollout The Carpet (AUS) 3 F Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) Out of Egypt (USA) Red Ransom (USA)18/02 G2 The Falls & Mullins Avondale Guineas 10.5f Silent Achiever (NZ) 4 F O'Reilly (NZ) Winning Spree (NZ) Zabeel (NZ)18/02 G2 Cardinal Logistics Avondale Gold Cup 12.0f Single Minded (NZ) 5 G Bachelor Duke (USA) Capacity (NZ) Zabeel (NZ)11/02 G2 Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Classic (f) 10.0f Zurella (NZ) 4 F Zabeel (NZ) Doneze Girl (NZ) Volksraad (GB)03/03 G3 Lowland Stakes 10.5f Planet Rock (AUS) 4 F Fastnet Rock (AUS) Akris (NZ) Zabeel (NZ)03/03 G3 Darley King's Plate 6.0f Durham Town (NZ) 5 G Falkirk (NZ) Durham Walk (NZ) Marju (IRE)18/02 G3 Platinum Homes Taranaki Classic 6.0f Choice Bro (AUS) 3 C Choisir (AUS) Ladidi (AUS) Palace Music (USA)18/02 G3 Hooker Pacific Taranaki Cup 9.0f Jetset Lad (NZ) 5 G Elusive City (USA) Jetset Lass (NZ) Jetball (AUS)04/02 G3 H S Dyke Waikato Guineas 10.0f Silent Achiever (NZ) 4 F O'Reilly (NZ) Winning Spree (NZ) Zabeel (NZ)04/02 G3 White Robe Lodge Handicap 8.0f Jaggard (NZ) 5 H Falkirk (NZ) Centastage (NZ) Centaine (AUS)

Peru19/02 G3 Clasico Baldomero Aspillaga 10.0f Zeide Isaac (USA) 7 C Freud (USA) Winning Agenda (USA) Twilight Agenda (USA)

South Africa25/02 G2 Gauteng Guineas 8.0f Golden Chateau (AUS) 4 C Chateau Istana (GB) Accent On Gold (USA) Deputy Minister (CAN)25/02 G2 Beting World Gauteng Fillies Guineas 8.0f Go Indigo (SAF) 4 F Indigo Magic (GB) Egyptian Reign (SAF) Kabool (GB)25/02 G2 Hawaii Stakes 7.0f Kavanagh (SAF) 5 H Tiger Ridge (USA) Quaestio (USA) Seeking The Gold (USA)25/02 G3 Acacia Handicap 8.0f Europa Point (IRE) 5 M Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) Gorband (USA) Woodman (USA)25/02 G3 Chairman's Cup 16.0f In Writing (ARG) 7 G Editor's Note (USA) Inalay (ARG) Candy Stripes (USA)19/02 G3 Prix du Cap 7.0f Croc Valley (SAF) 6 F Western Winter (USA) Niyabah (IRE) Nashwan (USA)14/02 G3 Tommy Hotspur Handicap 5.0f Deliver The Power (SAF) 4 G Toreador (IRE) Tara's Destiny (SAF) Tara's Halls (SAF)04/02 G3 Tony Ruffel Stakes 7.0f Pomodoro (SAF) 4 C Jet Master (SAF) Golden Apple (SAF) Northern Guest (USA)04/02 G3 Three Troikas Stakes 7.0f Go Indigo (SAF) 4 F Indigo Magic (GB) Egyptian Reign (SAF) Kabool (GB)

United Arab Emirates01/03 G2 Commercial Bank of Dubai Zabeel Mile 8.0f Do It All (USA) 5 H Distorted Humor (USA) Stupendous Miss (USA) Dynaformer (USA)17/02 G2 SOG Operations Balanchine Stakes 9.0f Mahbooba (AUS) 5 M Galileo (IRE) Sogha (AUS) Red Ransom (USA)16/02 G2 Al Tayer Motors Al Fahidi Fort Stakes 8.0f Viscount Nelson (USA) 5 H Giant's Causeway (USA) Imagine (IRE) Sadler's Wells (USA)09/02 G2 Dubal Al Maktoum Challenge 2 9.5f Mendip (USA) 5 H Harlan's Holiday (USA) Well Spring (USA) Coronado's Quest (USA)01/03 G3 Attijari Al Islami Nad Al Sheba Trophy 14.0f Fox Hunt (IRE) 5 G Dubawi (IRE) Kiltubber (IRE) Sadler's Wells (USA)23/02 G3 S & M Al Naboodah Group UAE Oaks 9.5f Falls Of Lora (IRE) 3 F Street Cry (IRE) Firth of Lorne (IRE) Danehill (USA)09/02 G3 Dubal UAE 2000 Guineas 8.0f Kinglet (USA) 3 C Kingmambo (USA) Karen's Caper (USA) War Chant (USA)09/02 G3 Dubal Firebreak Stakes 8.0f Sandagiyr (FR) 4 C Dr Fong (USA) Sanariya (IRE) Darshaan03/02 G3 Gulf News Al Shindagha Sprint 6.0f Hitchens (IRE) 7 G Acclamation (GB) Royal Fizz (IRE) Royal Academy (USA)

United States03/03 G1 Las Virgenes Stakes 8.0f Eden's Moon (USA) 3 F Malibu Moon (USA) Eden's Causeway (USA) Giant's Causeway (USA)03/03 G1 Santa Anita Handicap 10.0f Ron The Greek (USA) 5 H Full Mandate (USA) Flambe' (USA) Fortunate Prospect (USA)03/03 G1 Frank E Kilroe Mile Stakes 8.0f Willyconker (IRE) 5 G Pyrus (USA) Arme Fatale (IRE) Trempolino (USA)11/02 G1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap 9.0f Get Stormy (USA) 6 C Stormy Atlantic (USA) Foolish Gal (USA) Kiri's Clown (USA)11/02 G1 Donn Handicap 9.0f Hymn Book (USA) 6 G Arch (USA) Vespers (USA) Known Fact (USA)03/03 G2 Top Flight Handicap 8.5f It's Tricky (USA) 4 F Mineshaft (USA) Catboat (USA) Tale of The Cat (USA)26/02 G2 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes 8.5f Union Rags (USA) 3 C Dixie Union (USA) Tempo (USA) Gone West (USA)26/02 G2 Mac Diarmida Stakes 11.0f Simmard (USA) 7 C Dixieland Band (USA) Dibs (USA) Spectacular Bid (USA)25/02 G2 Risen Star Stakes 8.5f El Padrino (USA) 3 C Pulpit (USA) Enchanted Rock (USA) Giant's Causeway (USA)25/02 G2 Davona Dale Stakes 8.5f Yara (USA) 3 F Put It Back (USA) Ashlee's Lady (USA) Gilded Time (USA)25/02 G2 San Carlos Stakes 7.0f The Factor (USA) 4 C War Front (USA) Greyciousness (USA) Miswaki (USA)20/02 G2 General George Handicap 7.0f Yawanna Twist (USA) 5 H Yonaguska (USA) Twist And Pop (USA) Oliver's Twist (USA)20/02 G2 Buena Vista Handicap 8.0f City To City (USA) 5 M City Zip (USA) Stormbow (USA) Storm Cat (USA)19/02 G2 San Vicente Stakes 7.0f Drill (USA) 3 C Lawyer Ron (USA) Cat Dancer (USA) Storm Cat (USA)18/02 G2 Santa Maria Stakes 8.5f Ellafitz (USA) 5 M Tiznow (USA) Skat Girl (USA) Dixieland Band (USA)18/02 G2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap 7.0f Magical Feeling (USA) 6 F Empire Maker (USA) Magical Mood (GB) Forestry (USA)18/02 G2 Gulfstream Park Sprint Ch'ship Stakes 7.0f Force Freeze (USA) 7 C Forest Camp (USA) Antifreeze (USA) It's Freezing (USA)11/02 G2 Hutcheson Stakes 7.0f Thunder Moccasin (USA) 3 C A P Warrior (USA) One Stormy Mama (USA) Storm Cat (USA)11/02 G2 San Marcos Stakes 10.0f Slim Shadey (GB) 4 G Val Royal (FR) Vino Veritas (USA) Chief's Crown (USA)05/02 G2 San Antonio Stakes 9.0f Game On Dude (USA) 5 G Awesome Again (CAN) Worldly Pleasure (USA) Devil His Due (USA)04/02 G2 Robert B Lewis Stakes 8.5f I'll Have Another (USA) 3 C Flower Alley (USA) Arch's Gal Edith (USA) Arch (USA)04/02 G2 Arcadia Stakes 8.0f Mr Commons (USA) 4 C Artie Schiller (USA) Joustabout (USA) Apalachee (USA)04/02 G2 Strub Stakes 9.0f Ultimate Eagle (USA) 4 C Mizzen Mast (USA) Letithappencaptain (USA) Captain Bodgit (USA)03/03 G3 Gotham Stakes 8.5f Hansen (USA) 3 C Tapit (USA) Stormy Sunday (USA) Sir Cat (USA)03/03 G3 Tom Fool Handicap 6.0f Calibrachoa (USA) 5 H Southern Image (USA) Fort Lauderdale (USA) Montbrook (USA)

Testa Matta, who has sufferednumerous physical problems sincewinning the Japan Dirt Derby in July

2009, pulled off a 23-1 surprise in theFebruary Stakes. The dual Japan CupDirt winner Transcend, who won this

race last year prior to a fine second inthe Dubai World Cup, was in trouble along way out and finished only seventh

yet is still being pointed towardsanother Meydan visit at the end ofMarch.

Silent Achiever landed her fourthPattern success of the year, but her firstat Group 1 level, when coming hometwo and a half lengths clear in the NewZealand Derby. She was the first filly in19 years to lift this prize and her trainer

Roger James, who has saddled fourother Derby heroes, rates the Australia-bound daughter of O’Reilly as possiblythe best he has handled.

The Derby runner-up, Rock ‘n’ Pop,had already come up short against

older horses, beaten four lengths intothird by easy winner Shez Sinsationalin the International Stakes.

February was a busy month forVeyron. He upset a supposed matchbetween Mufhasa (second) and

Guiseppina (fourth) in the WaikatoDraught Sprint. Mufhasa then frankedthe form with a big-race win in Australiaand Veyron confirmed his superiorityover Guiseppina (third) in the OtakiClassic.


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Global Stakes ResultsDate Grade Race Dist Horse Age Sex Sire Dam Broodmare SireUnited States (cont)03/03 G3 Canadian Turf Stakes 8.0f Doubles Partner (USA) 5 H Rock Hard Ten (USA) Serena's Sister (USA) Rahy (USA)25/02 G3 Rachel Alexandra Stakes 8.5f Summer Applause (USA) 3 F Harlan's Holiday (USA) Summer Exhibition (USA) Royal Academy (USA)25/02 G3 Mineshaft Handicap 8.5f Nates Mineshaft (USA) 5 H Mineshaft (USA) Angel's Tearlet (CAN) Silver Deputy (CAN)25/02 G3 Sabin Stakes 8.5f Awesome Maria (USA) 5 M Maria's Mon (USA) Discreetly Awesome (USA) Awesome Again (CAN)25/02 G3 Fair Grounds Handicap 9.0f Smart Bid (USA) 6 C Smart Strike (CAN) Recording (USA) Danzig (USA)25/02 G3 The Very One Stakes 11.0f Here To Win (BRZ) 6 F Roi Normand (USA) Ascot Belle (BRZ) Falcon Jet (BRZ)25/02 G3 Tampa Bay Stakes 8.5f Roman Tiger (USA) 7 G Tiger Ridge (USA) Sunny's Freckles (USA) Sam's Sunny Hour (USA)20/02 G3 Southwest Stakes 8.0f Castaway (USA) 3 C Street Sense (USA) Priceless Storm (USA) Storm Cat (USA)20/02 G3 Southwest Stakes 8.0f Secret Circle (USA) 3 C Eddington (USA) Ragtime Hope (USA) Dixieland Band (USA)19/02 G3 Hurricane Bertie Stakes 6.5f R Holiday Mood (USA) 4 F Trippi (USA) Polish Holiday (USA) Danzig (USA)18/02 G3 El Camino Real Derby 9.0f Daddy Nose Best (USA) 3 C Scat Daddy (USA) Follow Your Bliss (USA) Thunder Gulch (USA)11/02 G3 Suwannee River Stakes 9.0f Snow Top Mountain (USA) 5 M Najran (USA) Motokiks (USA) Storm Cat (USA)04/02 G3 Withers Stakes 8.5f Alpha (USA) 3 C Bernardini (USA) Munnaya (USA) Nijinsky (CAN)04/02 G3 Sam F Davis Stakes 8.5f Battle Hardened (USA) 3 C Giant's Causeway (USA) Jen's Fashion (USA) Northern Fashion (USA)04/02 G3 Toboggan Stakes 6.0f Calibrachoa (USA) 5 H Southern Image (USA) Fort Lauderdale (USA) Montbrook (USA)04/02 G3 Endeavour Stakes 8.5f Zagora (FR) 5 M Green Tune (USA) Zaneton (FR) Mtoto

The Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downson May 5 is the race on everyone’s lips,even this early in the season, andHansen and Union Rags, the one-twofrom the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile lastNovember, both look in good shape.Hansen atoned for his seasonal debutdefeat and at the same time proved heneeds neither blinkers nor to make therunning when landing the Grade 3Gotham Stakes, while Union Ragscould barely have been moreimpressive in the Fountain Of YouthStakes.

Bill Mott, who won both classicraces at the Breeders’ Cup, has charge

of another progressive older horse inthe shape of Ron The Greek, whotook advantage of the suicidal pace setby the Strub Stakes winner UltimateEagle to lift the Santa Anita Handicap inCalifornia. Ron The Greek had finishedwell beaten on his only previous start intop company, just over a year earlier, sohe has come a long way in 12 monthsand has returned a much stronger,better horse aged five.

Get Stormy, running for the firsttime since finishing unplaced in theBreeders’ Cup Mile, took a third Grade1 when making all in the GulfstreamPark Turf. Get Stormy, trained by

Thomas Bush, has landed eight of his17 outings, but the six-year-old waswinning for the first time since last Maywhen scoring in Florida by half a lengthfrom Hollinger.

Hymn Book (in the DonnHandicap) and Willyconker (Frank EKilroe Mile) both doubled their careerearnings with inaugural graded stakesvictories. Willyconker, who won twice atDundalk as a juvenile for AugustineLeahy, was reversing Arcadia Stakesform with the neck second, MrCommons, while the lightly-raced HymnBook prevailed by a nose from MissionImpazible to make up for finishing

runner-up the time before in the Grade1 Cigar Mile Handicap to Honor AndServe.

In the three-year-old fillies’department, the Las Virgenes Stakes atSanta Anita went to Bob Baffert’sregally-bred Eden’s Moon after therunner-up, Reneesgotzip, failed tohandle the final turn. Baffert will besending his two recent Grade 2winners Game On Dude (who took theSan Antonio Stakes) and The Factor(San Carlos Stakes) to Dubai tocontest the World Cup and GoldenShaheen at Meydan on the last day ofMarch.

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Breeder Winner Sire Age/sex Dam Ctry Date Racecourse Distance Prize-money (£)Airlie Stud Naxos Beach (IRE) Act One (GB) 3 f Alimony (IRE) Ity 11/03/12 Rome 7f110y 10,416Ballybrennan Stud Ltd Classic Blade (IRE) Daggers Drawn (USA) 6 h Queen Bodicea (IRE) Uae 10/02/12 Jebel Ali 7f 9,523Ballygallon Stud Limited Bearheart (IRE) Aragorn (IRE) 4 c Guana (FR) Fr 24/02/12 Lyon La Soie 1m1f 7,083Ballylinch Stud Fox Hunt (IRE) Dubawi (IRE) 5 g Kiltubber (IRE) Uae 01/03/12 Meydan 1m6f11y 77,883 (Gr3)Ballylinch Stud Mustaheel (IRE) Lawman (FR) 3 c Lidanski (IRE) Fr 02/03/12 Deauville 7f110y 10,000Banahan, P. E. Rave (IRE) Oratorio (IRE) 4 c Almaaseh (IRE) Hk 15/02/12 Happy Valley 1m55y 106,733Barouche Stud (Ire) Ltd Mr Majeika (IRE) Oasis Dream (GB) 3 c Before The Storm (GB) Fr 25/02/12 Cagnes-Sur-Mer 1m 8,333Barouche Stud Ireland Ltd Tropical Blue (GB) Fath (USA) 6 g Tropical Zone (GB) Uae 10/02/12 Jebel Ali 6f 6,349Barouche Stud Ireland Ltd Halendale (IRE) Elusive City (USA) 3 f Lightwood Lady (IRE) Fr 03/03/12 Bordeaux Le Bouscat 1m 6,667Barronstown Stud Around The Moon (IRE) Danehill Dancer (IRE) 3 c Moon Flower (IRE) Fr 12/03/12 Compiegne 1m2f 9,583Barronstown Stud & Mrs T. Stack Russian Rock (IRE) Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE) 5 h Mala Mala (IRE) Uae 24/02/12 Jebel Ali 5f 12,698Bean, D. Indigo River (IRE) Kodiac (GB) 3 f Sunny Slope (GB) Usa 12/02/12 Santa Anita 6f 28,626Biddestone Stud Flying Destination (GB) Dubai Destination (USA) 5 g Fly For Fame (GB) Qtr 29/02/12 Al Rayyan 1m 81,139Botterill, D. R. Dutchessa (GB) Dutch Art (GB) 3 f Nippy (FR) Fr 14/03/12 Marseille Pont De Vivaux 7f110y 8,333Brook Stud Bloodstock Ltd Five Cents (GB) Exceed And Excel (AUS) 5 h Native Nickel (IRE) Uae 10/02/12 Jebel Ali 7f 12,698Cheveley Park Stud Ltd Tryst (GB) Highest Honor (FR) 7 g Courting (GB) Fr 22/02/12 Cagnes-Sur-Mer 1m 19,583Cheveley Park Stud Ltd Judgement (GB) Medicean (GB) 4 f Virtuosity (GB) Qtr 29/02/12 Al Rayyan 7f 10,142Clee, Mr & Mrs D. D. Sharaayeen (GB) Singspiel (IRE) 5 g Corinium (IRE) Uae 10/02/12 Jebel Ali 1m1f 11,640Clee, Mr & Mrs D. D. Rainbow Knight (GB) Rainbow Quest (USA) 4 c Poli Knight (GB) Fr 24/02/12 Lyon La Soie 1m2f165y 6,667Cosgrove, Mrs B. Nova Valorem (IRE) Ad Valorem (USA) 4 c Utr (USA) Fr 12/02/12 Cagnes-Sur-Mer 6f110y 9,583Craig, F. & S.Couldridge Olynthos (IRE) Chineur (FR) 4 c Mistic Sun (GB) Fr 18/02/12 Cagnes-Sur-Mer 1m 7,500Crowley & Mr & Mrs A. P. O'Brien, J. Dylans Verse (IRE) Dylan Thomas (IRE) 3 g In My Dreams (IRE) Fr 20/02/12 Cagnes-Sur-Mer 1m2f165y 9,167Cullen, K. and Mrs Zain Shamardal (IRE) Shamardal (USA) 4 c Novelina (IRE) Uae 16/02/12 Meydan 1m1f110y 42,835D. G. Hardisty Bloodstock Hadba (IRE) Cape Cross (IRE) 4 f Higher Love (IRE) Uae 03/03/12 Meydan 1m1f110y 5,841Darley Songcraft (IRE) Singspiel (IRE) 4 g Baya (USA) Uae 09/02/12 Meydan 1m4f38y 68,148Darley Tesslam (GB) Singspiel (IRE) 5 g Rowaasi (GB) Uae 10/02/12 Jebel Ali 1m1f165y 9,523Darley Capponi (IRE) Medicean (GB) 5 h Nawaiet (USA) Uae 23/02/12 Meydan 1m1f110y 46,730Darley Falls Of Lora (IRE) Street Cry (IRE) 3 f Firth Of Lorne (IRE) Uae 23/02/12 Meydan 1m1f110y 97,354 (Gr3)Darley Moonlight Dash (GB) Monsun (GER) 4 c Kind Regards (IRE) Uae 24/02/12 Jebel Ali 1m 6,349Darley Jutland (GB) Halling (USA) 5 g Dramatique (GB) Uae 26/02/12 Abu Dhabi 1m3f 8,465Darley Tahaamah (GB) King's Best (USA) 4 c Russian Snows (IRE) Uae 03/03/12 Meydan 1m3f 7,788Darley Wealthy (IRE) Refuse To Bend (IRE) 5 g Enrich (USA) Uae 03/03/12 Meydan 1m1f110y 9,735Darley Simon de Montfort (IRE) King's Best (USA) 5 h Noble Rose (IRE) Uae 03/03/12 Meydan 1m2f 68,148Diomed Bloodstock Ltd Belle Blonde (IRE) Lawman (FR) 3 f Yxenery (IRE) Fr 20/02/12 Cagnes-Sur-Mer 1m 6,250Doyle Bloodstock Ltd, P. J. Escholido (IRE) Noverre (USA) 4 c Midnight Partner (IRE) Aus 08/02/12 Kembla Grange 1m2f 11,546du Feu, Mrs D. & Trickledown Stud Green Pride (GB) Piccolo (GB) 9 g Little Greenbird (GB) Fr 22/02/12 Cagnes-Sur-Mer 1m 7,500Easton Park Stud Capitan Futuro (GB) Dalakhani (IRE) 3 c Showstar (IRE) Ity 28/02/12 Rome 1m2f110y 6,250Eddis, Mrs J. P. Indigo Way (GB) Encosta de Lago (AUS) 4 g Artistic Blue (USA) Hk 08/02/12 Happy Valley 1m1f 42,643Elsdon Farms Facoltoso (GB) Refuse To Bend (IRE) 3 c Fabulous Speed (USA) Ity 11/03/12 Rome 7f110y 10,416Ennistown Stud Future Generation (IRE) Hurricane Run (IRE) 4 f Posterity (IRE) Usa 15/02/12 Gulfstream Park 1m 19,742Ennistown Stud Gothic Dance (IRE) Dalakhani (IRE) 3 f Future Flight (GB) Ity 16/03/12 Rome 7f110y 6,250Epona Bloodstock Ltd Mutahadee (IRE) Encosta de Lago (AUS) 4 c Mosaique Bleue (GB) Uae 09/02/12 Meydan 1m1f 68,148Ermyn Lodge Stud Limited Byrama (GB) Byron (GB) 3 f Aymara (GB) Usa 26/02/12 Santa Anita 6f 22,452Fielding, J. Cape d'Or (IRE) Cape Cross (IRE) 5 g Sombreffe (GB) Mal 04/02/12 Penang 6f 6,200Fitzgerald Harney, Mrs K. Porter House (IRE) Dark Angel (IRE) 3 c Rosalia (USA) Ity 25/02/12 Rome 7f 6,250Fleming, Miss D. Dajen (GB) Kyllachy (GB) 6 h Eau Rouge (GB) Qtr 01/03/12 Al Rayyan 1m1f55y 15,214G. B. Bloodstock Limited Soho Rose (IRE) Hernando (FR) 3 f Russian Rose (IRE) Fr 10/03/12 Saint-Cloud 1m2f 8,458Good, Mrs P. Delegator (GB) Dansili (GB) 6 h Indian Love Bird (GB) Uae 16/02/12 Meydan 7f 68,148Grenane House Stud, Steve Hillen & Sean Graham Tradeside (GB) Trade Fair (GB) 5 h Rich Dancer (GB) Fr 15/03/12 Amiens 1m3f 6,250Hannon, Mrs Kathleen Eragons Dream (IRE) Arakan (USA) 5 h Embraceable (IRE) Fr 17/03/12 Marseille Pont De Vivaux 7f110y 7,500Harms, Dr P. Doctor Sim (IRE) King's Best (USA) 3 c Mas A Fuera (IRE) Fr 14/02/12 Pornichet-La Baule 1m2f110y 5,833Hascombe & Valiant Studs Bronze Cannon (USA) Lemon Drop Kid (USA) 7 h Victoria Cross (IRE) Uae 01/03/12 Meydan 1m2f 58,412Hayes, P. Where's Romeo (IRE) Acclamation (GB) 4 c Our Juliette (IRE) Sin 12/02/12 Kranji 6f 17,317Highclere Stud Celtic King (GB) King's Best (USA) 9 g Elfin Laughter (GB) Uae 03/03/12 Meydan 6f 9,735Hodgins, R. and Mrs R. Giptar (IRE) Kheleyf (USA) 5 g Titania (GB) Mac 03/02/12 Taipa 5f55y 6,733Horse Breeding Company Betcherev (IRE) Barathea (IRE) 8 g Clare Bridge (USA) Fr 02/03/12 Deauville 1m4f 7,917Hoyer, J. & W. Magnolie (IRE) Shirocco (GER) 4 f Manda Hill (GER) Fr 15/03/12 Amiens 1m3f 5,833Igoe, N. Benwilt Barney (IRE) Trans Island (GB) 5 h Image Of Truce (IRE) Hk 15/02/12 Happy Valley 1m55y 24,875Islanmore Stud Willyconker (IRE) Pyrus (USA) 5 g Arme Fatale (IRE) Usa 03/03/12 Santa Anita 1m 116,129 (Gr1)Juddmonte Farms Ltd. Hunting Tartan (GB) Oasis Dream (GB) 5 h Delta (GB) Qtr 16/02/12 Al Rayyan 7f 8,114Juddmonte Farms Ltd. Upcountry (GB) Oasis Dream (GB) 4 g Five Fields (USA) Mac 18/02/12 Taipa 6f 13,242Keatly Overseas Ltd Trueblue Wizard (IRE) Bachelor Duke (USA) 6 g Truly Bewitched (USA) Mac 03/02/12 Taipa 6f110y 10,773Keles, H. Exclusive Son (IRE) Refuse To Bend (IRE) 5 h La Gradiva (FR) Tur 09/02/12 Izmir 1m2f 7,475Kenilworth House Stud & Haras D'Ecouves Top Trip (GB) Dubai Destination (USA) 3 c Topka (FR) Fr 10/03/12 Saint-Cloud 1m2f 12,083Kent & Mr R. Kent, E. Crown Prosecutor (IRE) Exceed And Excel (AUS) 4 c Miss Brief (IRE) Hk 11/02/12 Sha Tin 7f 85,287Kildaragh Stud & T. Schwizer Slipstick (IRE) Slickly (FR) 3 f Jillian (USA) Fr 23/02/12 Marseille Borely 6f 7,083Kilfrush Stud Rain of Melody (IRE) Night Shift (USA) 6 h Hit The Sky (IRE) Fr 15/03/12 Amiens 1m3f 5,833Killarkin Stud Brilliant Chariot (IRE) Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE) 5 g Moon Unit (IRE) Hk 08/02/12 Happy Valley 1m55y 31,983Knight. J. & E. Cantillon Jamr (GB) Singspiel (IRE) 4 g Never Enough (GER) Uae 23/02/12 Meydan 1m3f 46,730Loder, Sir E. J. Burano (IRE) Dalakhani (IRE) 3 c Kalimanta (IRE) Uae 23/02/12 Meydan 1m 58,412 (L)London Thoroughbred Services Ltd & West Blagdon Stud Sarasota Sunshine (GB) Oasis Dream (GB) 6 m Never Explain (IRE) Usa 01/03/12 Santa Anita 1m 10,839Mason, C. R. Sooraah (GB) Dubawi (IRE) 5 m Al Persian (IRE) Uae 16/02/12 Meydan 1m 42,835Mason, P. A. Zezao (GB) Fasliyev (USA) 6 g Graffiti Girl (IRE) Hk 05/02/12 Sha Tin 7f 31,983McCann, J. Clashnacree (IRE) Footstepsinthesand (GB) 5 g Miss Moore (IRE) Hk 01/02/12 Happy Valley 6f 42,643Mooney, P. Flamsteed (IRE) Clodovil (IRE) 6 h Nautical Gem (IRE) Fr 23/02/12 Marseille Borely 6f 7,500Moyglare Stud Farm Ltd Giopi (IRE) Medicean (GB) 5 h Elite Society (IRE) Usa 13/02/12 Parx Racing 7f 8,903N. P. Bloodstock Limited Da Capo (IRE) Peintre Celebre (USA) 6 g Specificity (USA) Fr 13/03/12 Saint-Cloud 1m7f 13,750New England Stud, Myriad & N. 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There were other occasions whenthe Pitman family were theheadline-makers in the Grand

National, before and after 1983, but itwas that year when history was made,as Jenny Pitman became the firstwoman to train the winner.

Eight-year-old Corbiere, whom shehad brought along steadily, wasowned by the Burrough brewing family,who named him after a lighthouselocated near their home in the ChannelIslands.

Corbiere, partnered by 23-year-oldBen de Haan, had already landed theWelsh National and so was a leadingfancy for Aintree, starting at 13-1.Corbiere was prominent from the offand made the best of his way homefrom Valentine’s on the second circuit,with other familiar National names likeHallo Dandy, Grittar and Greasepaint inpursuit.

Although three or four rivals weresnapping at his heels before two out,accurate jumps at the last two fencesenabled him to maintain a definiteadvantage and he was a few lengthsclear at the Elbow.

Greasepaint and Colin Magnier,however, found a second wind andthrew down a strong challenge on therun-in, which Corbiere repelled bythree-quarters of a length.

Corbiere ran in the next fourNationals, finishing third twice, whilePitman won the race again in 1995 withRoyal Athlete, having been denied avictory in 1993 with Esha Ness when theNational was declared void.

Pitman, awarded an OBE in 1998 forservices to racing, later said: “When youlook back through my life, starting offas a stable girl working weekends in asmall yard to training a Grand Nationalwinner, it’s been a fairytale really.”

April 9, 1983 Corbiere and Ben de Haan are foot perfect jumpingValentine’s Brook on the second circuit of the Grand National


1 Corbiere – Ben de Haan

2 Greasepaint – Colin Magnier

3 Political Pop – Graham Bradley

4 Yer Man – Val O’Connell

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Authorized had more Timeform 80+ rated juveniles in 2011 than even his sireMontjeu. His first crop includes 14 entered for the Derby and five for the Oaks (only Galileo has more), while second-crop yearlings sold for 180,000gns, !150,000,!140,000, 120,000gns. Besides Sheikh Mohammed, breeders sending him mares this year include Cheveley Park, Jim Bolger, Shadwell, Meon Valley,Lordship Stud and many more of the game’s most astute judges.

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