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.


Newsells Park’s Julian Dollar reflects on landmark Arc result

Newsells Park Stud enjoyed a landmark result in the Group 1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at ParisLongchamp on Sunday as co-breeders of not only race victor WALDGEIST (GB), but fourth placed JAPAN (GB), too.

As if that were not enough, the Hertfordshire-based operation was also represented by the winner of the last two renewals of the race and runner-up on this occasion, ENABLE (GB), as they stand her sire, NATHANIEL.

Waldgeist’s triumph was a bittersweet result for Newsells Park General Manager, Julian Dollar, who explained after the race:

“It was an amazing result and am still a bit dumbstruck as to what to think about it. On the one hand I had my mother tell me that it didn’t matter if we owned all of them, she was going to be cheering on Enable, and I said, “don’t worry, so are the rest of us”.

“That filly has meant so much to us because of Nathaniel and everything she’s done for him and everything she’s done for racing. She’s just a favourite for everyone, so to see her beaten was tough, but obviously for us it’s a wonderful thing to be able to breed an Arc winner. That doesn’t happen very often.”

Five-year-old Waldgeist, now a four-time Group 1 winner, was bred by Dollar’s team in association with Gestut Ammerland and Coolmore under the Waldlerche Partnership. Broodmare WALDLERCHE (GB), also bred at Newsells Park, is a Group 3-winning daughter of MONSUN and is a half-sister to 2011 St Leger hero MASKED MARVEL (GB) and 2011 German Derby victor WALDPARK.

“Waldgeist was her first foal,” Dollar went on to explain. “Then she had a very nice filly by NEW APPROACH called WALDLIED (GB) who won the Group 2 Prix de Mallaret. We thought the world of her. In fact, we thought she would be coming to the Arc this year, but she did a tendon and that was that.

“There’s a SEA THE STARS who’s a winner [WALDSTERN (GB)] – he won first time out and looked quite impressive, but he’s not quite fulfilled his promise – and a KINGMAN (GB) two-year-old with John Gosden that we think a lot of.

“The mare has also got a full sister to Waldgeist that’s going to go Andre Fabre to repeat the partnership. She’s got no foal this year but is in foal to DUBAWI.”

The result was a poignant one for the stud’s founders, the Jacobs family, who were on hand to welcome Waldgeist back to the ParisLongchamp winner’s enclosure. Dollar explained:

“It’s a great tribute to Klaus Jacobs who started the stud nearly twenty years ago. He will be looking down on us and he would be so proud because the granddam of Waldgeist [WALDMARK] was his favourite mare. He bought her as a foal because he wanted to get into that family. He bred Waldlerche and now he’s bred an Arc winner. That’s everything he would have dreamt of doing, so for him it was very special and was nice that his son Andreas was there.

“It’s special for the whole Jacobs family, as well as the whole team at home. It’s a great result and am very proud to be able to do it.”


Weinfeld and Ellingsen ponder Champions Day swansong for Royallieu heroine Anapurna

ANAPURNA (GB) became the second British Classic winning homebred filly to return with a bang on Saturday afternoon when landing the Group 1 Prix de Royallieu at ParisLongchamp just moments after BILLESDON BROOK (GB) took the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket.

This year’s Group 1 Oaks champion, who was bred by owners Mark Weinfeld and Helena Ellingsen at their Meon Valley Stud in Hampshire, had returned from a mid-season break with a sub-par performance in the Group 1 Prix Vermeille in mid-September, but with that run under her belt was imperious on this latest outing to make all under Frankie Dettori in the first Group 1 contest of the two day Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe meeting.

Anapurna is the latest foal to race out of 2005 Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks runner-up DASH TO THE TOP (GB), who was trained by Luca Cumani. Her other offspring include DYNASTY (GB), who was sold for 300,000gns at Book 1 in 2008 and went on to place 2nd in the Group 3 Tetrarch Stakes.

Meon Valley Stud have over the years produced such stars as MILLIGRAM (GB), IZZI TOP (GB), SHIROCCO STAR (GB) and SPEEDY BOARDING (GB), all of whom, like Anapurna, raced in the distinctive black and white silks of Helena Springfield Ltd.

Weinfeld explained in the aftermath of Anapurna’s win, “Dash To The Top has been very tricky to breed, so we don’t have a foal at foot. She’s not in foal and she doesn’t have a yearling or a two-year-old, but we live in hope of getting another one.

“We absolutely plan to keep Anapurna and will retire her at the end of this year. We have an entry for [the Group 1 British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes on] Champions Day and will see how she comes out of this race before we decide whether or not to go there.”

The win represented yet another Stakes success for FRANKEL (GB), who continues to excel as a world-class stallion. This year, the Banstead Manor resident is operating at an impressive 52% winners to runners.


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