British breeders continue on Group 1 roll

British-bred horses continued to set an exceptional standard at the highest level on Sunday as HAVANA GREY (GB) and KITESURF (GB) added to an ever-growing Group 1 tally.

Their respective victories in the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes and Prix Vermeille took the record to 21 individual British-bred Group 1 winners worldwide during 2018, one higher than during the whole of 2017 and eight more than in 2016.

Havana Grey was to emerge a convincing scorer of the Flying Five at the Curragh as he led home fellow British-bred SON OF REST (GB).

Sired by Tweenhills’ stallion HAVANA GOLD, the winner was bred by a partnership between Lady Lonsdale and Mickley Stud in North Shropshire, out of six-times winning broodmare BLANC DE CHINE.

Havana Grey was to have a stellar two-year-old career, with three wins at Stakes level and a second to fellow Karl Burke-trained UNFORTUNATELY in the Gr.1 Prix Morny at Deauville.

He had already landed the Gr.2 Sapphire Stakes on a previous visit to the Curragh this season.

Havana Grey was first sold for 42,000gns at the Tattersalls December Foal sale in 2015 and his half-sister by FAST COMPANY was purchased by Godolphin for 85,000gns at last year’s sale.

Richard Kent, who runs Mickley with partner Clare Lloyd, said: “Everyone’s very happy – it has been a good year.

“Lady Lonsdale had the mare in a partnership with Peter Makin and when she was retired she kept her to breed and she came to us.


“The mare is in foal to Teofilo now and she has a colt foal by Havana Gold who is going to go to the December Sale this year.”

A few minutes earlier, Kitesurf had stayed on strongly under Mickael Barzalona to collar MAGIC WAND in the Gr.1 Prix Vermeille at ParisLongchamp.

A winner of last month’s Gr.2 Prix de Pomone at Deauville, she was bought privately as a yearling by Godolphin and sent to Andre Fabre.

Kitesurf, by Dalham Hall’s DUBAWI, was bred by former Surrey-based trainer and businessman Peter Winkworth, who is now an owner. Winkworth trained the mare SHIMMERING SURF himself before she moved to Roger Varian in 2012 and won the Gr.2 Pinnacle Stakes at Haydock. She is the first foal, with three-year-old FRANKEL (GB) filly SPARKLING SURF (GB) entered to run in Winkworth’s colours this week.


British breeders enjoy another Group 1 sprint 1-2

For a second time in as many weeks, British-bred horses staged a 1-2 in a Group 1 sprint, courtesy of THE TIN MAN (GB) and runner-up BRANDO (GB) in the 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock Park Racecourse.

The Tin Man, now a 6-year-old, was bred by Mrs Elizabeth Grundy out of her mare PERSARIO (BISHOP OF CASHEL).

Mrs Grundy also bred the half-brother, DEACON BLUES (GB), winner of the inaugural QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes in 2011. The Tin Man won the race himself in 2016 for trainer James Fanshawe and owners Fred Archer Racing – Ormonde.

Newsells Park Stud, who stand The Tin Man’s sire, EQUIANO, raised the now three-time Group 1 winner at the Hertfordshire operation. Julian Dollar, General Manager of Newsells Park, explains:

“The breeder, Mrs Elizabeth Grundy, has only got two or three mares, and they are fantastic small breeders locally, and obviously with her sending Persario to Equiano in his first year I got to know them. The Tin Man just had a few little problems as a foal, and they needed a bit of assistance, and it was in our interest obviously for a well-bred Eqiuano to do its best, so we bought into him as a foal and we kept him and reared him at Newsells and then sold him on their behalf as a yearling. Ever since then we have consigned their foals and yearlings on their behalf, which is unusual as we usually only consign horses bred on the farm.”

The Tin Man sold for 80,000gns to Anthony Stroud Bloodstock at Tattersalls Book 1 in 2013. Newsells Park are consigning the half-brother by MUHAARAR (GB) at this year’s Book 1 (Lot 32). Dollar says of the yearling:

“He is very typical of the family. He is probably a bit more good-looking than the mare; this mare is not the dam of sales horses, she is the dam of racehorses. Ultimately that is what counts.”

British breeders are enjoying an exceptional year on the track. The Tin Man becomes the 19th individual Group 1 winner worldwide in 2018. This is only one Group 1 winner less than over the whole of 2017, and already six more than in 2016.

The Tin Man holds an entry in this year’s QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes (20th October), and will likely be seen there next.

Today’s runner-up Brando, a Car Colston Hall Stud-bred son of Cheveley Park Stud stalwart PIVOTAL (GB), also holds an entry in the end-of-season sprint.

British-bred sprinters dominate a thrilling Nunthorpe Stakes

Two British homebreds combined to produce one of the finishes of the season as ALPHA DELPHINI (GB) held MABS CROSS (GB) by a nose in the Group 1 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York on Friday.

Success, by the narrowest of margins, helped Alpha Delphini’s breeder and part-owner Marie Matthews continue the marvellous record of broodmare EASY TO IMAGINE.

She also produced TANGERINE TREES (GB), who scored 15 times including the 2011 Gr.1 Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp.

That race is now likely to be on the agenda for the Bryan Smart-trained seven-year-old. He represents the biggest success so far for his sire CAPTAIN GERRARD, who stands for £2,750 at Mickley Stud in Shropshire.

Alpha Delphini is a half-brother to the Henry Candy-trained two-year-old KURIOS (GB), a winner on debut at Sandown in June and not beaten far in the Gr.2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot behind SIGNORA CABELLO, who has boosted the form since.

It was sad for there to be a loser after the judge took an extended look at the photo finish but due credit was given to Mabs Cross, who is homebred by owner David Armstrong’s Highfield Farm in Chorley, Lancashire.

Marie Matthews, who is based near Beverley in East Yorkshire, said: “It was so exciting. It was a great ride from Graham (Lee) and I’d like to thank all the partners who own him. We’ve had such lovely times with the horses.”


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