Starting from Saturday’s Betfair Chase at Haydock Park, the first Grade 1 of the British National Hunt season, owners of British-bred European Grade and Group 1 winners will receive a bottle of Chase ‘GB’ gin as a congratulatory gift in recognition of their achievements and to celebrate a British-bred success. The novel initiative is the result of a link-up between Chase Distillery and Great British Racing International.
James Oldring, Operations Director of GBRI, comments:
“Through this joint venture with Chase Distillery, we hope to throw the spotlight on British bloodstock in a way that makes top-level winning owners sit up, take notice and start conversation. The ‘GB’ gin bottles are eye-catching and proudly British, and we are extremely grateful to Chase for their support of British racing and breeding.”
James Chase, Head Ambassador of Chase Distillery, also comments:
“As a family, we have been passionately supporting racing calendar for numerous years and it is so incredibly exciting to partner with GBRI. We believe that British racing’s audience really ties in with our field to bottle ethos, a celebration of the countryside!”
British breeders are due to be represented in the Betfair Chase by five-time Grade 1 winner THISTLECRACK (GB). The son of Overbury Stud’s KAYF TARA (GB) was bred by Robin and Scarlett Knipe of Cobhall Court Stud, Herefordshire, and is owned by John and Heather Snook.
The 2019 stud fees for the Qatar Racing owned roster of stallions have been announced.
Tweenhills, home of Qatar Racing stallions, will stand three new and exciting stallions for the 2019 season; LIGHTNING SPEAR (GB), ROARING LION, and ZOUSTAR. The trio will join permanent residents HAVANA GOLD and HOT STREAK, with CHARM SPIRIT returning from Haras de Bonneval to stand in the UK.
Recently crowned Cartier Horse of the Year and Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt, Roaring Lion, joins the Qatar Racing stallion roster off the back of a sensational year on the racecourse; Roaring Lion is the highest rated son of KITTEN’S JOY, a winner of four consecutive Gr. 1 races and World Champion 3yo.
David Redvers, Manager of Qatar Racing, said: “It is a huge privilege and honour to stand Roaring Lion for Sheikh Fahad and his brothers. He is by some margin the best horse I have ever been involved with, and is the toughest horse I have seen on a racecourse. His class, durability and will to win made him look cut from a different cloth this season and his pedigree and looks make him one of the most attractive stallion prospects to retire to stud in recent years. He’s a superior horse and I believe he will prove an equally strong influence as a sire.”
Top class miler Lightning Spear, winner of the Gr. 1 Sussex Sakes, placed in a further seven Gr. 1 races and a dual Gr. 2 winner, who defeated 39 Gr. 1 winners in his career, including Classic winners AWTAAD and GALILEO GOLD (GB), also joins the stallion roster – a son of PIVOTAL (GB), a proven sire of sires and outstanding broodmare sire, Lightning Spear became Champion Older Miler in 2016.
Redvers said: “Lightning Spear was one of the best looking yearlings I’ve ever seen. With his stunning pedigree, soundness and unique turn of foot he will provide breeders with an outstanding opportunity at a commercial fee.”
Standing alongside them will be Australia’s Champion 3yo sprinter and Champion First Season Sire, Zoustar, part-owned by Qatar Racing, who will be reverse shuttled to stand at Tweenhills for 2019. Zoustar sired a 1-2-3 in the Gr. 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington last month with SUNLIGHT taking the prize, simultaneously landing her sixth Stakes success. His progeny have won over A$3 million in prize money establishing him as the highest earning Australasian First Season Sire in history.
Zoustar’s racecourse success continues to be matched in the sales ring in Australia with his 3rd yearling crop averaging A$190,000.
Redvers said: “The much anticipated arrival of Zoustar offers European breeders the chance to breed to a true record breaker. He is recognised as one of the most exciting young stallions in the world and with a limited book and a strong syndicate supporting the horse breeders will need to move very fast if they wish to secure a nomination.”
Triple Gr. 1 winner Charm Spirit sired his first Stakes winner, YOURTIMEISNOW (GB), in September and is current British based leading first season sire, by winners, with 25 individual progeny wins to date.
Redvers said: “Charm Spirit has followed in Havana Gold’s footsteps as leading British based first season sire on both prize money and winners and only one winner behind Ireland’s NO NAY NEVER. If his stock show even a fraction of the improvement he did from two to three, the hattrick Gr.1 winner looks certain to prove a very significant influence.”
Havana Gold, 2017’s leading first season sire, saw further success at Tattersalls October Yearling Sale (Book 1) with yearlings realising up to 250,000gns. His first and seconds crops performing admirably on the racecourse with HAVANA GREY (GB) recording his fifth stakes success in the Gr.1 Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh.
Redvers said: “Havana Grey’s victory Flying Five Gr.1 victory made up for his unlucky defeat in the Prix Morny Gr.1 at two and proved beyond all doubt that Havana Gold is a genuine Gr.1 sire. With six stakes winners in his first crop the demand for Havana Gold has never been so high. With over 150 in foal mares this year there will be plenty of support from shrewd breeders wishing to follow this superb young sire’s first big book at his higher fee.”
The offspring of Hot Streak, the fastest 2yo of his generation and highest ever rated 2yo by IFFRAAJ (GB), will be seen on the track in 2019. From a world class family featuring the mighty HEIGHT OF FASHION and sire sensation DEEP IMPACT, Hot Streak’s yearlings averaged 40,875gns with six selling for six-figure sums, including a yearling colt ex BOSSANOVA LADY, who sold for 220,000gns.
Redvers said: “Breeders are unsurprisingly delighted by the way his yearlings were received at this year as he was the real success story to take away from this autumn’s sales. We go into the 2019 season with huge excitement and hope to see them show some of his outstanding natural speed on the track.
“All of our stallions will continue to stand on special live foal terms and our team will do everything to assist breeders make the best decisions for their mares and businesses. To this end we will also be offering a free return to any breeder breeding a stakes winner by one of our stallions. This may be used either on the stallion responsible or any of the Qatar stallions at Tweenhills as a credit to the value of that nomination. Our success equals your success.”
2019 stud fees for Qatar Racing stallions:
Roaring Lion £40,000 Oct 1st SLF
Zoustar £25,000 Oct 1st SLF
Lightning Spear £8,500 Oct 1st SLF
Charm Spirit £17,500 Oct 1st SLF
Havana Gold £15,000 Oct 1st SLF
Hot Streak £7,000 Oct 1st SLF
Tweenhills Stud’s new resident stallion ROARING LION was last night revealed as the 2018 Cartier Horse Of The Year at the 28th annual Cartier Racing Awards, European horseracing’s equivalent of the Oscars.
The outstandingly talented and consistent three-year-old colt becomes the fourth Cartier Horse Of The Year in the last five years to be trained by John Gosden in Newmarket, following on from KINGMAN (GB) (2014), GOLDEN HORN (GB) (2015) and ENABLE (GB) (2017).
Roaring Lion enjoyed a phenomenal year with victories in three Gr.1 contests over 10 furlongs in the space of just over two months from July to September: the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park, the Juddmonte International at York and the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.
He followed up on those superb wins with a fourth straight Gr.1 success when dropped down in distance to a mile for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO) at Ascot on QIPCO British Champions Day.
Three of the other four nominations for Cartier Horse of the Year were also trained by Gosden: homebreds Enable, STRADIVARIUS and the 2017 Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt, CRACKSMAN (GB).
Enable, the Cartier Horse Of The Year and Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly in 2017, narrowly lost out on becoming the third horse to become Cartier Horse Of The Year twice. This has been achieved twice in the past, by FRANKEL (GB) (2011 & 2012) and OUIJA BOARD (GB) (2004 & 2006).
But the brilliant Juddmonte Farms-bred four-year-old filly took this year’s award for Cartier Older Horse. After a spell on the sidelines for much of the year, the daughter of Newsells Park Stud’s stallion NATHANIEL made a stunning winning reappearance in the Gr.3 September Stakes on the All-Weather track at Kempton Park.
A month later, she became the eighth horse to win the Gr.1 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe twice, before going on to create further history as the first horse ever to follow up success in the Longchamp feature with victory in the Gr.1 Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf at Churchill Downs, USA.
The other Cartier Older Horse nominees were the Hascombe & Valiant Studs-bred Cracksman, the Woodcote Stud-bred POET’S WORD and the Newsells Park-bred LIGHTNING SPEAR (GB).
There was further success for Gosden with Stradivarius, who took the Cartier Stayer Award. The four-year-old’s tremendous season saw him land the inaugural WH Stayers’ Million, handing a £1-million bonus to connections.
A record-equalling fifth equine win on the night for Gosden came courtesy of TOO DARN HOT (GB), who bagged the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt Award. Lord Lloyd-Webber’s homebred son of Dalham Hall flagbearer DUBAWI is unbeaten in four outings, ending his 2018 campaign with a decisive success in Britain’s premier juvenile contest, the Gr.1 Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket in October.
He was previously successful in the Gr.3 188Bet Solario Stakes at Sandown Park and the Gr.2 Howcroft Industrial Supplies Champagne Stakes at Doncaster, and is a hugely-exciting prospect for 2019.
It was a close battle in the Cartier Sprinter division, with the honours going to David and Emma Armstrong’s homebred MABS CROSS (GB). Trained by Michael Dods, the four-year-old daughter of Cheveley Park stallion DUTCH ART (GB) was a model of consistency throughout the year and capped her campaign with a tremendous performance to land the Gr.1 Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp in October.
Harry Herbert, Cartier’s Racing consultant commented: “What another outstanding year it has been for European horseracing.
“Congratulations to John Gosden and his team for securing a joint-record five equine Cartier Racing Awards at the 28th annual Cartier Racing Awards. Roaring Lion truly lived up to his name, with four courageous Group 1 successes over the course of the season.
“Enable more than made up for missing the summer with her second Arc success followed by the Breeders’ Cup Turf. What an outstanding filly she is. There was nothing to touch Stradivarius in the stayers’ division, while Too Darn Hot looks hugely exciting for the 2019 campaign.
“Congratulations to all our winners this year and thanks go to Cartier UK, headed by Laurent Feniou, for supporting the Cartier Racing Awards for the 28th consecutive year.”
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