British-bred runners were making their mark across Europe on Sunday with notable Group 1 victories for WALDGEIST (GB) and URBAN FOX (GB).
The former was part of a memorable day for Newsells Park Stud as the colt led home a British-bred one-two in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.
URBAN FOX, meanwhile, came three and a quarter lengths clear of Investec Oaks winner FOREVER TOGETHER in the Juddmonte Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh. The William Haggas-trained filly was bred by Mascalls Stud, the breeding enterprise of sports promoter Barry Hearn and his wife Susan.
To add to Newsells Park’s delight, the winner’s three-year-old half-sister WALDLIED (GB) continued on her own upward curve in landing the Group 2 Prix de Malleret in impressive fashion later on the card in France.
WALDGEIST, trained by Andre Fabre, had also claimed the Criterium de Saint-Cloud at the same Parisian track nearly two years ago and has risen steadily back up the ranks this season in Group races at Longchamp and Chantilly. He was made to work very hard by Denford Stud’s homebred CORONET (GB) but prevailed by a nose. He has an entry in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored By Qipco) at Ascot later this month.
WALDGEIST, a son of GALILEO, was born at Andreas Jacobs’ stud near Royston in Hertfordshire and was bred in partnership with Gestut Ammerland and Coolmore as the Waldlerche Partnership. He carries the red and green silks of Gestut Ammerland’s Dietrich von Boetticher
His dam, WALDLERCHE (GB) was also bred by Newsells Park and is a half-sister to St Leger winner MASKED MARVEL (GB).
Julian Dollar, the general manager of Newsells Park, said: “It’s a special day and it’s all about Klaus Jacobs, who bought the stud in 2000 and sadly passed away before he saw all of this come to fruition.
“The grand-dam Waldmark was his favourite mare, she produced Masked Marvel, and Waldlerche was a very good filly who won the Prix Penelope and was ante-post favourite for the French Oaks. I’m sure he’d be thrilled about this.
“Waldgeist didn’t do too badly last year, he was second in the French Derby, but he has really come on this year, going Group 3, Group 2 and now Group 1. Waldlied is a big filly, she just had the one run last year, but she’s got better and better.
“We don’t usually keep the colts so Dietrich von Boetticher bought the Sea The Stars two-year-old, and he hasn’t run yet. There’s a very nice Kingman yearling, who’ll go to the sales, and she’s had a Galileo filly foal.”
URBAN FOX, meanwhile, had made marked progress from winning an Ascot handicap in May on her debut for Haggas. A daughter of Nottingham maiden winner LOMAPAMAR (GB) by Whitsbury Manor Stud’s stallion FOXWEDGE, she was originally consigned by Mascalls Stud through New England Stud and sold for 10,000gns at Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 2 in 2015.
After two good seasons for James Tate, she was sold again at Tattersalls last December for 425,000gns. A three-year-old half-brother, BOING (GB), is with Richard Hannon and a two-year-old by Cheveley Park’s GARSWOOD (GB) named GARRYOWEN (GB) is with Charlie Fellowes.
Royal Ascot 2018 was awash with success for Britain’s studs, which were represented by exactly half of the thirty winners. Tattersalls’ October Yearling Sale also enjoyed a particularly impressive success rate, while Goffs UK celebrated a Classic winner in France, writes Minty Farquhar.
Emotional homebred victories light up Ascot
The elation that comes with the achievement of breeding a Royal Ascot winner was there for all to see right from the word ‘go’ this year, with Accidental Agent landing the Queen Anne Stakes for an emotional owner-breeder Gaie Johnson Houghton and daughter/trainer, Eve.
The win was the first of several during the week for owner-breeders, with John and Tanya Gunther following up not long after with Without Parole, their winner of the St James’s Palace Stakes. The Canadian father-daughter act, who board their mares at Newsells Park where Without Parole was born and raised, were overwhelmed by the victory, with John stating: “I don’t think I could ever top the emotion of this day ever.”
Other homebred winners across the five days included Dash Of Spice (Littleton Stud), Arthur Kitt (Chasemore Farm), Crystal Ocean (Southcourt Stud) and Bacchus (D J Erwin Bloodstock), among others.
Juddmonte a class apart
Juddmonte Farms profited from a particularly fruitful week.
Of the horses in training, Calyx looked a particularly exciting juvenile when pulling away from the field – and staying well clear of the pack on the stands rail – in the Coventry Stakes to secure an early Group 2 win for first season sire Kingman. Elsewhere, older horses Expert Eye and Monarch’s Glen joined the aforementioned Without Parole on the roll of honour.
Also in evidence was the remarkable influence of stallions produced by the operation. One in five winners was sired by a Juddmonte-bred stallion – namely Frankel, Kingman, Camacho and Whitsbury Manor Stud resident Showcasing – while Oasis Dream and recently pensioned Dansili appeared in the pedigrees of other winners throughout the week.
Frankel leads the way for British stallions
Cracksman may have been overturned by the Woodcote Stud-bred Poet’s Word in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, but that did not prevent Frankel from enjoying a phenomenally successful meeting: ten of his runners won or placed, six of those at Group 1 or Group 2 level, and he finished the week as leading sire.
Indeed, the month as a whole was a memorable one for Britain’s most promising stallion. Not only did he register his 100th winner on Wednesday, but he also made headlines in the Far East when Mozu Ascot became the third of his offspring to win a Group 1, taking the Yasuda Kinen at Tokyo on the 3rd June in record equalling time.
Meanwhile in Hong Kong, Simply Brilliant returned to winning ways at Sha Tin. This win represented the first half of an Alastair Donald-purchased double, the latter half of which came courtesy of the ultra-impressive Glorious Forever, the Lanwades-bred own brother to Time Warp, who put in a breath-taking display in a handicap – notoriously difficult in Hong Kong – winning by a cosy 4l.
Other British stallions to have enjoyed a successful month include Pivotal and the late Poet’s Voice. The former’s proficiency as a broodmare sire was yet again proven when Mikki Rocket landed the Group 1 Takarazuka Kinen at Tokyo, while the latter’s CV now boasts Group 1 success courtesy of the aforementioned Poet’s Word: a bittersweet turn of events for Darley.
British sales houses celebrate top level honours
June was a month to remember for both British sales houses, with top level honours awarded on both sides of the English Channel.
Goffs UK went into Royal Ascot in high spirits after Premier Yearling Sale graduate Laurens landed the Prix de Diane in characteristically gutsy fashion. The filly, who has now won over £1.2m, was purchased for £220,000 by Daniel Creighton and Josh Schwartz (Salcey Forest Stud) on behalf of owner John Dance.
Meanwhile, it was the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale that dominated at Royal Ascot, with no less than a third of all winners having been offered at the prestigious sale. What is more impressive is that five of these victories came at Group 1 level, courtesy of Accidental Agent, Blue Point, Without Parole, Poet’s Word and Stradivarius.
ROYAL ASCOT – SATURDAY 23RD JUNE
DIAMOND JUBILEE STAKES (GROUP 1)
Won last year by THE TIN MAN (GB), bred by Elizabeth Grundy, and in 2016 by TWILIGHT SON (GB), bred by owner-breeder Godfrey Wilson.
1. LIBRISA BREEZE (GB)
Bred by Newsells Park Stud, by former Newsells stallion MOUNT NELSON (GB) ex BRUXCALINA.
Latest of mare’s offspring to go through sales ring was a LAWMAN colt named TUSCON (GB), sold to James Bethell and Sackville Donald for 25,000gns at Tattersalls Book 2 2017. He is yet to race.
Sold at Tattersalls Book 2 2013 to Sackville Donald for 60,000gns, and subsequently to Stephen Hillen Bloodstock for 90,000gns at the Tattersalls Autumn HIT Sale 2015.
2. PROJECTION (GB)
ACCLAMATION (GB) ex SPOTLIGHT (GB) (DR FONG), bred by Highclere Stud. Dam was bred by Hesmonds Stud and won a Listed contest at Newmarket in 2003.
Sold to John & Jake Warren at the Doncaster Premier Yearling Sale 2014 for £90,000.
3. REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB)
NOTNOWCATO (GB) ex FLAG (GB) (SELKIRK), bred by the late Lenore Peacock of Manor House Stud in Middleham, Yorkshire.
Sold at Tattersalls Book 2 2012 to Jill Lamb Bloodstock for 32,000gns.
Tattersalls offered the dam – also bred by Manor House Stud – at the Tattersalls Houghton Sale 1999 but she went unsold and ended up racing under Mrs Peacock’s ownership.
4. THE TIN MAN (GB)
EQUIANO (Newsells Park) ex PERSARIO (BISHOP OF CASHEL), bred by Elizabeth Grundy.
Sold for 80,000gns at Book 1 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale 2013.
Half-brother to DEACON BLUES (GB), winner of the 2011 British Champions Sprint Stakes.
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