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Newsells Park’s Julian Dollar reflects on landmark Arc result

Newsells Park Stud enjoyed a landmark result in the Group 1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at ParisLongchamp on Sunday as co-breeders of not only race victor WALDGEIST (GB), but fourth placed JAPAN (GB), too.

As if that were not enough, the Hertfordshire-based operation was also represented by the winner of the last two renewals of the race and runner-up on this occasion, ENABLE (GB), as they stand her sire, NATHANIEL.

Waldgeist’s triumph was a bittersweet result for Newsells Park General Manager, Julian Dollar, who explained after the race:

“It was an amazing result and am still a bit dumbstruck as to what to think about it. On the one hand I had my mother tell me that it didn’t matter if we owned all of them, she was going to be cheering on Enable, and I said, “don’t worry, so are the rest of us”.

“That filly has meant so much to us because of Nathaniel and everything she’s done for him and everything she’s done for racing. She’s just a favourite for everyone, so to see her beaten was tough, but obviously for us it’s a wonderful thing to be able to breed an Arc winner. That doesn’t happen very often.”

Five-year-old Waldgeist, now a four-time Group 1 winner, was bred by Dollar’s team in association with Gestut Ammerland and Coolmore under the Waldlerche Partnership. Broodmare WALDLERCHE (GB), also bred at Newsells Park, is a Group 3-winning daughter of MONSUN and is a half-sister to 2011 St Leger hero MASKED MARVEL (GB) and 2011 German Derby victor WALDPARK.

“Waldgeist was her first foal,” Dollar went on to explain. “Then she had a very nice filly by NEW APPROACH called WALDLIED (GB) who won the Group 2 Prix de Mallaret. We thought the world of her. In fact, we thought she would be coming to the Arc this year, but she did a tendon and that was that.

“There’s a SEA THE STARS who’s a winner [WALDSTERN (GB)] – he won first time out and looked quite impressive, but he’s not quite fulfilled his promise – and a KINGMAN (GB) two-year-old with John Gosden that we think a lot of.

“The mare has also got a full sister to Waldgeist that’s going to go Andre Fabre to repeat the partnership. She’s got no foal this year but is in foal to DUBAWI.”

The result was a poignant one for the stud’s founders, the Jacobs family, who were on hand to welcome Waldgeist back to the ParisLongchamp winner’s enclosure. Dollar explained:

“It’s a great tribute to Klaus Jacobs who started the stud nearly twenty years ago. He will be looking down on us and he would be so proud because the granddam of Waldgeist [WALDMARK] was his favourite mare. He bought her as a foal because he wanted to get into that family. He bred Waldlerche and now he’s bred an Arc winner. That’s everything he would have dreamt of doing, so for him it was very special and was nice that his son Andreas was there.

“It’s special for the whole Jacobs family, as well as the whole team at home. It’s a great result and am very proud to be able to do it.”