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.”
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.
BILLESDON BROOK (GB) was back to her very best on Saturday at the scene of her 2018 Classic victory, Newmarket’s Rowley Mile, when landing the Group 1 Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes to add a second top-level victory to her CV and boost her credentials as a future star broodmare for owner-breeder Jeanette McCreery of Stowell Hill Stud and owning partnership Pall Mall Partners.
Covered up for the majority of the contest in the slipstream of eventual runner-up, Cheveley Park’s homebred Veracious, last year’s 1,000 Guineas heroine found daylight approaching the final furlong and kicked on up the hill under Sean Levey to reel in and then extend pass this year’s Group 1 Falmouth Stakes winner.
Having struggled to make much of impression as a three-year-old subsequent to her Guineas victory, Billesdon Brook has looked a different horse over the last three months subsequent to a confidence boosting win in a Listed contest at Chelmsford in June. Her Group 3 Oak Tree Stakes victory in August signalled that she might be back to somewhere near her best.
Trainer Richard Hannon said after that Group 3 victory: “Billesdon Brook deserves respect as she is a Classic winner, and breeders who keep horses like this in training deserve a pat on the back. She has been a star for us. People slightly forgot her after she won the Guineas, but there was no fluke about that.”
Billesdon Brook was bred and raised at Jeanette McCreery’s Stowell Hill Stud in Somerset. Her large ownership syndicate, Pall Mall Partners, was established by McCreery’s late husband Bob, a renowned figure in the bloodstock industry who bred the likes of OLD VIC (GB) and GALE FORCE TEN (GB).
McCreery has enjoyed plenty of success with Billesdon Brook’s family, which she and Bob bought into when picking up this Group 1 winner’s granddam, ANNA OLEANDA, for 45,000gns at Tattersalls in 2005. Herself a daughter of Old Vic, Anna Oleanda only raced once, but has since become a highly successful Stowell Hill broodmare.
As well as Billesdon Brook’s dam, COPLOW (GB), she is responsible for a trio of Group 3 winners in ANNA NERIUM (GB), the promising PIPING ROCK (GB) who landed the Horris Hill Stakes in 2003 before dying from an attack of colic, and MIDDLE CLUB (GB), who took the 2009 renewal of Chantilly’s Prix d’Aumale.
Speaking of her two-time Group 1 winning filly, McCreery commented: “She has learnt to relax, and now is able to show how good she is. Richard Hannon has been incredible patient with her and it has paid off.
“Coplow has a DUBAWI foal and is carrying a KINGMAN colt.”
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