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Owner-breeders keen to race on with Group 1 winning duo Glass Slippers & One Master

Indications from connections in the aftermath of Sunday’s Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp and Group 1 Prix de la Foret are that the homebred winners of those races, GLASS SLIPPERS (GB) and ONE MASTER (GB), respectively, are likely to remain in training in 2020.

Terry Holdcroft, who bred the impressive Abbaye winner Glass Slippers at his Bearstone Stud in Shropshire, told GBRI on Monday: “We’ll keep Glass Slippers after she finishes racing. I’m pretty sure we’re going to keep her in training at four though, that’s the plan.”

In winning her first Group 1, Glass Slippers paid credit to some excellent foresight on the part of the Holdcrofts, for while the commercial nature of the Bearstone business has meant selling several offspring out of their late homebred broodmare NIGHT GYPSY (GB) (MIND GAMES {GB}), the Holdcrofts decided to retain Glass Slippers.

“We knew she was on her last legs when we kept this one, her last foal,” Holdcroft explained.

The result is even more satisfying for the Holdcrofts in light of the fact they have since regained more of the family and are looking forward to sending a yearling through the ring with a newly improved page in the coming weeks.

Holdcroft elaborates: “We thought this filly was pretty good, so last year I purchased back the dam’s half-sister AUNT NICOLA (GB) that I’d previously sold as a yearling. She was in foal to MARKAZ, and that yearling filly is going to go to this year’s December Sale.”

Glass Slippers’ victory marked the second time that Mind Games, who stood at Bearstone for a fee of just £1,500 in 2010 before he was pensioned, has featured in the pedigree of the Abbaye winner. As well as being the damsire of this latest winner, he sired the winner of the 2011 renewal, TANGERINE TREES (GB).

Racing fans may have the pleasure of enjoying two-time Foret winner One Master for yet another season, too.

Peter Stanley of New England Stud, where Roy and Gretchen Jackson of Lael Stable keep their stock, reported on Monday:

“She could just stay in training, which is a great problem for us to have. We were planning her mating a month or two ago, and suddenly it’s all on the back burner – what a lovely reason to put it on the back burner.”

One Master is the third generation of a family that was bought into when Maureen Haggas picked up SUPERSTAR LEO for 3,400gns at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in 1999. The family has been nurtured by New England and trained by William Haggas ever since.

Stanley continued: “We have pretty much all of the family here at New England, the Jacksons have set up a wonderful dynasty.

“SUPERSTAR LEO was the first mare they had, and she did hugely well, and then ENTICING came along and very unusually was a Stakes winner at two, three and four, so that was wonderful. Her first couple of foals were a bit disappointing – she’s a very good-looking mare, but we got a small one and then a very big one, and then finally we got the recipe right and One Master has come good.

Stanley is excited about the relatives that will be offered by New England in the coming weeks, as well as those that will be raced in the Lael Stable silks in the coming years.

He reports: “We’ve got some pretty exciting things coming through. We’ve got two by KODIAC (GB) to follow and Enticing is back in foal to FASTNET ROCK as we thought we should have a full sister to One Master.

“Interestingly, it’s a family I like so much I bought a full-sister to Enticing for another client and next week I’m selling a yearling filly by Fastnet Rock out of MAP OF HEAVEN (GB), a full-sister to Enticing, so she’s a complete blood relation. She’s very racy.”

Glass Slippers and One Master added to a commendable list of Arc weekend honours for Britain’s studs, which also included victories for the Newsells Park-bred WALDGEIST (GB) in the Group 1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and for Meon Valley-bred ANAPURNA (GB) in the Group 1 Prix de Royallieu on Saturday.