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British Breeders Produce Top 3 earners of 2015-16 National Hunt Season

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British breeders produce top 3 earners of 2015-16 National Hunt season

The 2015-2016 National Hunt season in Britain provided clear-cut proof of the continued excellence of British-bred thoroughbreds, with Rule The World, Thistlecrack and Cue Card claiming the top 3 spots in the list of the season’s highest earners.

The 2016 Crabbie’s Grand National champion, Rule The World, scooped £561,300 for the win – a record sum of prize money for the Grade 3 contest – making him the biggest earner of British prize money this season. Bred by Mrs P G Wilkins and Mr R J McAlpine and bought by Gigginstown Stud, Rule The World is this season’s flag bearer for successful British bred National Hunt horses, but is by no means alone at the top of the table.

Thistlecrack, winner of the 2016 Ryanair World Hurdle, netted a total of £372,003 over the season, making him the second highest earning National Hunt horse in British racing. Bred by Robin and Scarlett Knipe of Cobhall Court Stud, Thistlecrack has no doubt got connections hoping that the full sister, sold at Cheltenham earlier this year, will be as much of a force to be reckoned with on a racecourse as Colin Tizzard’s star.

The lineup of the three highest earners over the 2015-16 National Hunt season is completed by the ever popular Cue Card. The King’s Theatre gelding out of Wicked Crack has proved to be the biggest and brightest feather in Welsh breeder Roland Crellin’s cap.

Crellin comments, “Cue Card is undoubtedly the best I’ve bred. He has opened a lot of doors, I no longer have to go looking around for buyers, he has been a tremendous help. Looking forward, we will be sending a half-brother to Cue Card by Beneficial to the sales this year and a half-brother by Gold Well next year. We also have a full sister to Cue Card at home.”

Louise Kemble, Chief Executive of the Thoroughbred Breeders Association, said:

“The 2015-2016 National Hunt season has been extremely successful for British bred horses. It is especially pleasing to see the top earning positions filled by Cue Card, Rule The World and Thistlecrack. This achievement is made all the more remarkable by the fact that British bred runners are vastly out-numbered by French and Irish bred National Hunt horses. Within the British National Hunt breeding industry there has been an emphasis on quality over quantity in recent years, which has been supported by the TBA’s initiatives including the Elite Mares Scheme, sponsorship of the NH mares’ race programme, NH Foal Show, NH Stallion Parade and NH Mare Owners’ Prize Scheme (NH MOPS).

This year gives cause to celebrate the great success on the racecourse. We look forward to the 2016-17 season encouraged by the results of the TBA’s schemes and the enduring support and commitment of British National Hunt breeders.”

James Oldring, Operations Director of Great British Racing International, comments:

“In what has been a vintage jumps season, it’s great to see British-bred horses, and British breeders, at the head of the prizemoney tables. Throughout the winter we have been privileged to see the likes of Thistlecrack and Cue Card perform at the highest level consistently, and they are a credit to the training skills of Colin Tizzard. Let’s hope that they can both finish the season on a high and add to their earnings at Punchestown.”

 

Notes to Editors

About Great British Racing International
Great British Racing International (GBRI) was launched in April 2013 by Racing Enterprises Ltd, The British Horseracing Authority and The Horserace Betting Levy Board.

GBRI has been set up to facilitate and grow international investment into the British racing and breeding industries. GBRI provides a bespoke service for those seeking to invest in the highest levels of thoroughbred racing in Britain, as well as marketing British racing to a wider international audience. As a world leader in the sport, British racing is a prime opportunity for investment at all levels.

Twitter: @GBRI_UK

For more information please contact:

James Oldring
Operations Director, Great British Racing International
0207 152 0185

Charlotte Lovatt
Communications & Marketing Manager, Thoroughbred Breeders Association
01638 661321

 

Great British Racing International and Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association to work in partnership to promote British success

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Great British Racing International and Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association to work in partnership to promote British success

Great British Racing International (GBRI) and the Thoroughbred Breeders Association (TBA) have today announced a joint partnership to promote the success of British bred horses, both internationally and domestically. The campaign will highlight successes via social media and email campaigns, digital advertising and feature placement in relevant publications.

James Oldring, Operations Director of GBRI said:

“GBRI’s primary remit is to generate inward investment for the British racing industry and so it follows that we should be a part of promoting British success to a global audience in order to showcase the quality of British bloodstock.

We will be ensuring that British bred successes at the highest level are well covered within international publications, both printed and online, and promoted to our ever-expanding database of global contacts. It’s important that we make the most of horses like the British-bred Golden Horn on the flat and Thistlecrack over timber, who demonstrate why Britain remains the centre of the thoroughbred racing and breeding world.

The whole team at GBRI look forward to working with the TBA, and its members, to celebrate British successes in 2016 and beyond.”

Louise Kemble, Chief Executive of the TBA added:

“A number of our members have asked us to support the promotion of British bred runners and we are delighted to announce our partnership with GBRI to promote British bloodstock on both a national and international level. British bred Thoroughbreds are amongst the highest quality in the world and this opportunity will allow us to celebrate British breeders’ successes with a much wider audience. In the short term the campaign will raise awareness of the UK’s most successful horses, with a view to generating further interest in buying British Thoroughbreds and enable us to co-host inward buyers’ visits with GBRI and sales houses.”

 

 

Notes to Editors

About Great British Racing International
Great British Racing International (GBRI) was launched in April 2013 by Racing Enterprises Ltd, The British Horseracing Authority and The Horserace Betting Levy Board.

GBRI has been set up to facilitate and grow international investment into the British racing and breeding industries. GBRI provides a bespoke service for those seeking to invest in the highest levels of thoroughbred racing in Britain, as well as marketing British racing to a wider international audience. As a world leader in the sport, British racing is a prime opportunity for investment at all levels.

Twitter: @GBRI_UK

For more information please contact:

James Oldring
Operations Director, Great British Racing International
0207 152 0185

Charlotte Lovatt
Communications & Marketing Manager, Thoroughbred Breeders Association
01638 661321

SHEIKH ABDULLAH AL-MALEK AL-SABAH EXPANDS BRITISH BASED OWNERSHIP AT FRUITFUL CRAVEN BREEZE UP SALES

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

SHEIKH ABDULLAH AL-MALEK AL-SABAH EXPANDS BRITISH BASED OWNERSHIP AT FRUITFUL CRAVEN BREEZE UP SALES

Kuwait’s former Champion Owner emerges as big spender at Craven Breeze Up Sales 2016

Last week saw Sheikh Abdullah Al-Malek Al-Sabah, former Champion Owner and a member of the Ruling family in Kuwait, expand his British-based thoroughbred team thanks to a handful of successful bids at Tattersalls’ Craven Stakes Breeze Up Sale in Newmarket. Three purchases were made, together totaling a sum of 292,000gns with an average of 97,333gns per purchase, making Sheikh Abdullah Al-Malek Al-Sabah the 11th highest spender at this year’s sale.

Sheikh Abdullah Al-Malek Al-Sabah, who currently has horses in training with David O’Meara, William Knight, John Quinn and Richard Fahey, has owned a few horses in the past, but British-based ownership has got altogether more serious in the past three years. Notable horses who have carried his colours since his first foray into British sales in 2013 have included Salateen, who placed third in the Royal Lodge Stakes (Group 2) in 2014, and Areen, who finished second in the Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed) at Royal Ascot in 2015.

Sheikh Abdullah Al-Malek Al-Sabah, his Racing Manager, Abdullah Al-Otaibi, and his UK Racing & Bloodstock Advisor, Richard Knight, will be hoping for further success from their growing team of racehorses. Big things will be expected of Tumbulgum, a French bred Siyouni colt, bought on Wednesday (Lot 108) who now flies the flag as Sheikh Abdullah Al-Malek Al-Sabah’s most expensive ever British purchase, bought for a total of 175,000gns.

When asked about the switch from owning horses in Kuwait to owning in Britain, Abdullah Al-Otaibi, speaking on behalf of Sheikh Abdullah Al-Malek Al-Sabah, commented, “Britain is the capital of racing in the world…there is a big difference [between Britain and Kuwait]”. The aim in the next few years, according to Al-Otaibi, will be to target the British Classics, including the “2,000 Guineas, 1,000 Guineas and Derby”. The focus will continue to be on sending Sheikh Abdullah Al-Malek Al-Sabah’s horses to the most high profile racecourses to race at the highest level.

Richard Knight added:

“Sheikh Abdullah thoroughly enjoys British racing and spending time in his London home over the summer months watching his horses run, especially at tracks like Ascot, Newmarket, York and Goodwood. Hopefully between Abdullah Al-Otaibi, myself and our selected trainers we can deliver both the fun and success that Sheikh Abdullah is striving for over the coming years.”

James Oldring, Operations Director at Great British Racing International (GBRI), said:

“Sheikh Abdullah’s passion for British racing is clear and it’s fantastic to see him and his team investing at the sales. It’s also great to have him nominated to the GBRI Members Club and we look forward to welcoming him to British racecourses throughout the coming months.”

 

Notes to Editors

About Great British Racing International
Great British Racing International (GBRI) was launched in April 2013 by Racing Enterprises Ltd, The British Horseracing Authority and The Horserace Betting Levy Board.

GBRI has been set up to facilitate and grow international investment into the British racing and breeding industries. GBRI provides a bespoke service for those seeking to invest in the highest levels of thoroughbred racing in Britain, as well as marketing British racing to a wider international audience. As a world leader in the sport, British racing is a prime opportunity for investment at all levels.

Twitter: @GBRI_UK

For more information contact;

Amanda Bossom

Phone – +44 7471 216075

Email – abossom@greatbritishracing.com

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