Audarya owner eager to keep Team British Racing starlet in training

Alison Swinburn, owner of Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner AUDARYA, is eager to keep her starlet in training in 2021, subject to discussions with trainer James Fanshawe.

Fanshawe and Kevin Ryan spearheaded a memorable Team British Racing raid on the Breeders’ Cup 2020 at Keeneland on Saturday, both recording their first Grade 1 wins at the meeting.

Audarya, the Fanshawe stable’s first ever Breeders’ Cup runner, showed grit and determination when coming out on top in a prolonged battle with RUSHING FALL in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf. Swinburn’s filly has already enjoyed success at top level this year in the Group 1 Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville in August.

Owner Alison Swinburn spoke to GBRI on Sunday morning and shared her delight following Audarya’s success:

“Last night was one of the most exciting, most thrilling, amazing nights of my life.

 “We were screaming her home. I’ve never been prouder.”

 Swinburn was quick to credit the team around Audarya and their efforts in preparing her for the contest:

 “James and Jacko have done a phenomenal job out in Keeneland, and not just them; Helen, the travelling head girl who took Audarya out there, Geoffrey, her work rider, they’ve all done an amazing job at delivering the filly to the start of the race in absolute peak condition. She looked superb.

 “His [James’] whole thing was keeping her relaxed and well within herself, which obviously she was because she ran the race of her life.”

 On future plans for four-year-old Audarya, Swinburn commented:

“Once she gets back, she’ll have a very well deserved rest and then I think I’ll sit down with James and discuss next year. Personally, I think I’d like to keep her in training for a year. Hopefully this damned pandemic will have gone and I’ll actually be able to go and enjoy watching her run and then maybe at the end of next season be looking at sending her to the paddocks.

 “But I think that’s a decision we’ll all make. We’ll look at the calendar, work out what’s best for her and then go from there.”

Victory for the Fanshawe team came shortly after North Yorkshire-based trainer Kevin Ryan saddled GLASS SLIPPERS (GB) to win the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. Ryan has come close to Breeders’ Cup glory in the past, with EAST (GB) finishing runner-up in the Gr.1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in 2018, but this represented a maiden win at the fixture.

Nigel Tinkler, meanwhile, is also returning to North Yorkshire with his head held high after Group 2 Flying Childers winner UBETTABELIEVEIT placed third in the Grade 2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint on Friday.



Glass Slippers lands historic Breeders’ Cup victory and could be back for more in 2021

British-bred and trained GLASS SLIPPERS (GB) became the first ever European born and based winner of the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on Saturday, and early indications are that the filly could be back to defend her title next year.

Trained by North Yorkshire-based Kevin Ryan, for whom this win represented a first Breeders’ Cup success, four-year-old Glass Slippers escaped congestion in the final furlongs to pull clear of Grade 1 winner WET YOUR WHISTLE and race favourite LEINSTER by half a length.

Asked whether Glass Slippers would be back to defend her title in 2021, Ryan told reporters:

 “Why not? Terry and Margaret [Holdcroft] are going to keep her in training. We don’t get a lot of time with these horses. If everything goes right, we’d love to come back.”

Bred by owners Terry and Margaret Holdcroft and retained to race under the banner of their Bearstone Stud in Shropshire as the last progeny of broodmare NIGHT GYPSY (GB), the feat concludes another memorable season for Glass Slippers. The filly landed the Group 1 Flying Five Stakes in September at the Curragh before being narrowly denied her second consecutive Group 1 Prix de l‘Abbaye title when finishing runner-up at Longchamp five weeks ago.

Reflecting on the success, Mark Pennell, Stud Manager at Bearstone Stud, told GBRI:

“She’s so cool. Wherever she travels, she just seems to thrive on it.

 “There was something different about her today. She got very excited, pawing the ground and wanted to get on with it.”

 Pennell further commented on what a first Breeders’ Cup win meant for the operation:

“It’s just massive for everybody because we’re not a massive breeding operation; we don’t keep many horses to race. We lost the mare and decided that we were always going to keep that filly from a foal. She always looked like an athlete.

 “I’ve worked with Terry and Margaret for 40 years and to get a horse like this at the end, it’s been worthwhile. If you’re persistent and keep trying, you’ll get one. We kept her, and raced her, and broke her in at home – we’ve done absolutely everything with her and it’s just been unbelievable.

 “I can’t tell you the number of messages I’ve had off people that have been in the racing industry for years; it’s just been amazing. It’s just phenomenal and she’s really put us on the map.”

 When asked about Glass Slippers’ plans for next year, Pennell said:

“That [staying in training next year] was the prediction but we weren’t predicting what was going to happen today. Another year in training wouldn’t do her any harm as a broodmare prospect. It’s nice to have a fabulous filly to go racing with really. At the moment, it’s totally possible that she’ll remain in training next year. She’d come back home to the stud for the winter, she’s done that every year, and then go back to Kevin next year.”

 On the trainer who has got Glass Slippers to where she is today, Pennell went on to say:

 Kevin Ryan is a very good trainer of fillies. He doesn’t rush them and his attention to detail is next to none.”


Great British Bonus scheme hits magic million milestone

The new Great British Bonus (GBB) incentive scheme has smashed through the £1 million bonus prize money barrier.

Since its launch just five months ago, the scheme has already had a major impact on every level of the racing and breeding industry.

Owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys and stable staff have all benefited from the GBB, which has so far recorded 63 successes, including six multiple winners.

Winners have come from all parts of the industry, including breeders with just one mare and owners who simply have a share in a pub syndicate racehorse.

“We are thrilled to have broken the magic million pound barrier of distributed bonuses and are delighted the scheme has achieved all its ambitions in reaching every corner of the racing and breeding industry,” said scheme manager, Grant Pritchard-Gordon.

“GBB is a valuable financial incentive, and has never been more needed than at this time. It is helping to reward and retain owners in the sport, as well as providing additional income and incentive for breeders, trainers, jockeys and stable staff. Many yards have won multiple bonuses, including several who have won four or more, reinforcing the value and importance of this scheme for British racing.”

As well as paying out more than £1 million in prize money, the scheme has proved its value in the sales ring.

At the yearling sales up to 2nd October 2020, 95 GBB fillies were offered with total gross sales of over £2 million, averaging £25,700 per filly and providing an 82% clearance rate.

At the Goffs UK August Yearling Sale, GBB-registered fillies sold for 40 per cent more than non-registered GBB-eligible fillies.

National Hunt sales have also been influenced, with Goffs UK’s NH Store sale offering 23 GBB-eligible mares, with an average price of £24,500. They also provided the two top lots at £130,000 and £70,000, with an overall clearance rate of 77%.

Nick Bradley, who has bought the highest number of GBB-eligible yearling fillies during the recent sales, said: “We targeted the GBB scheme because it raises prize money levels above the likes of Ireland and France.

“I can only speak for myself and my owners, but the GBB scheme gives me bigger budgets to spend on the GB-bred fillies when selecting my yearlings. The GB Bonus scheme is a big factor in my thoughts at the sales ring and within day-to-day race planning.”

With 2019 registration now closed, the final deadline to register eligible 2020 filly foals is Saturday 31st October 2020. Register your 2020 filly here.

Still have questions about the Great British Bonus? Find the answers here.


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