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Newspaperofrecord hits the headlines with return to best

The 2018 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf champion NEWSPAPEROFRECORD was back to her scintillating best on Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park in the Grade 1 Just A Game Stakes, putting her rivals to the sword with a facile three-length victory that was reminiscent of her two-year-old performances.

The Chad Brown-trained filly, who was raised at Richard and Sally Aston’s Goldford Stud near Malpas in Cheshire on behalf of her Lancashire-based owner-breeder Allan Belshaw, blew onlookers away with her juvenile hat-trick in 2018, winning each of her three contests by more than six lengths and hitting headlines with a powerhouse victory at America’s showpiece meeting at Churchill Downs in early November.

Burdened with great expectations heading into her three-year-old season, something looked amiss when she delivered a disappointing last-place performance in the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational Stakes after a brace of second places at Grade 3 level earlier on in the summer. A break of eleven months followed.

Her comeback performance earlier this month on 6th June in the Grade 3 Intercontinental Stakes over 7 furlongs at Belmont Park, which saw her put four lengths between herself and her rivals in typical pillar-to-post running style, suggested that the filly might nearing her brilliant best once again.

Yesterday’s win over a mile, which was delivered in similarly unfussy fashion, looks to have confirmed just that, with beaten rivals including Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile champion UNI (GB).

Newspaperofrecord’s breeder, Allan Belshaw, operates under the banner of his engineering company Times Of Wigan Ltd and boards his mares at Goldford Stud with the Astons. The dual Grade 1 winner is the most successful filly so far from a dynasty established by Belshaw’s foundation broodmare SIMPLY TIMES.

“It’s nice to have her back. It was great to see her win the race at the beginning of the month after the disaster that was her three-year-old year, but she’s just confirmed that it was not a flash in the pan,” Richard Aston told GBRI on Sunday morning.

 “Simply Times boarded here and a lot of her offspring were born and raised here. She was an amazing mare – she had 10 runners, 10 winners from I think 12 foals. It was an incredible record. Everything that ran out of her won and she’s responsible for all of these – she’s the mother of FOREVER TIMES (GB), whose the mother of SUNDAY TIMES (GB) and also the mother of QUESTION TIMES (GB), who’s the mother of LATROBE, PINK DOGWOOD and DIAMOND FIELDS. It’s a family that has exploded into brilliance.

“There’s nobody more deserving of all the success than Allan, because he’s ploughed a lone furrow in many respects. He loves to choose the stallions. For however long, 30 or 40 years, he’s been racing and breeding horses and to create such a dynasty is extraordinary.”

Newspaperofrecord was sold to Klaravich Stables and Chad Brown for 200,000 guineas at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in 2017. The filly’s subsequent success has played its part in the burgeoning American interest in the prestigious yearling sale. Eleven months on from her Breeders’ Cup victory, a number of American buyers joined Brown in making the journey across the pond to last year’s renewal of Book 1, where they together purchased 58 horses for a combined outlay of 13,450,000 guineas. This was double the previous year’s total of 29 yearlings bought for a total of 6,775,000 guineas.

“This year’s foal is a full-sister [to Newspaperofrecord, by LOPE DE VEGA] – I don’t think that there would be any chance that she will be sold,” Aston continues. “Allan will put her into training.

“Sunday Times is in foal to KINGMAN (GB) and the three-year-old filly, DAILY TIMES (GB), she’s in foal to BLUE POINT.

 “Allan’s got lots now of the immediate family and we’re in a very favourable position, I’d say.”