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British-bred Group 1 treble at Royal Ascot

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British-bred Group 1 treble at Royal Ascot

British-bred contenders enjoyed plenty of success at Royal Ascot 2016, with three of the Group 1 races, as well as a handful of other valuable races including two Group 2s, going the way of British breeders.

The talking point of Tuesday was the clash of the Guineas winners, with Galileo Gold (QIPCO 2,000 Guineas), Awtaad (Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas) and The Gurkha (Poule d’Essai Poulains) all locking horns in the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes. It was the British-bred of the trio, Galileo Gold, who asserted his class over his rivals. The Hugo Palmer trained colt continues to improve the credentials of Highclere Stud stallion Paco Boy, who is firmly establishing himself as a valuable second season sire, currently standing at a fee of just £6,500.

The next Group 1 to go the way of British breeders was the second running of the Commonwealth Cup, which was claimed by Quiet Reflection. This daughter of Showcasing, who stands at Whitsbury Manor Stud for a fee of £25,000, was bred by Springcombe Park Stud. The filly, out of the Haafhd mare My Delerium, was purchased by trainer Karl Burke at the Goffs UK 2yo Breeze Up Sale in April 2015 for £44,000, having previously been bought as a yearling for £32,000 at the Goffs UK Silver Sale in August 2014.

Ed Harper, Director of Whitsbury Manor Stud, commented:

“We were delighted last year with the creation of the Commonwealth Cup as a new pinnacle for the three-year-old sprinting division and to think Showcasing has been able to sire the winner in just its second year is absolutely fantastic. I’m thrilled for all of those connected with Quiet Reflection as she looks very good.”

The week also brought success for British owner-breeders in the form of Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes winner, Twilight Son, trained by Henry Candy. The colt was bred at home by owner Godfrey Wilson’s wife, Caroline, out of their highly successful mare Twilight Mistress, who also threw Music Master, another Candy group-winning stable star. Wilson, who sold a majority share of Twilight Son to Cheveley Park in July 2015 but whose colours are still carried on the track, commented:

“This is our first Royal Ascot winner – we have come close before but this is absolutely brilliant and I am very emotional… This horse was bred by my wife and she won the small breeder of the year prize last year. She will be absolutely over the moon.”

Other notable British-bred Royal Ascot successes included Primitivo (Excellent Art x Dolcetto (Danehill Dancer), bred by Lesley Field) in the King George V Stakes on Thursday and Dartmouth (Dubawi x Galatee (Galileo), bred by Darley) in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes on Saturday. The latter, owned by Her Majesty The Queen and trained by Sir Michael Stoute, survived a Stewards Enquiry to give Her Majesty the 90th birthday Royal Ascot winner that the crowds were hoping for.

British breeders Newsells Park Stud and Hascombe and Valiant Stud also enjoyed victories with Sir Isaac Newton (Galileo x Shastye (Danehill)) in the Wolferton Handicap (Listed) and with Across The Stars (Sea The Stars x Victoria Cross (Mark Of Esteem)) in the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes, respectively.

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

“It was great to see British-bred horses succeeding at the highest level during the Royal Meeting including Galileo Gold, Quiet Reflection and Twilight Son. GBRI have been working to promote top level British success and we grateful for this support during the season.”

 

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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

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James Oldring
Operations Director, Great British Racing International
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Charlotte Lovatt
Communications & Marketing Manager, Thoroughbred Breeders Association
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GBRI “pivotal” in drawing international buyers to Goffs London Sale

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GBRI “pivotal” in drawing international buyers to Goffs London Sale

The third renewal of the Goffs London Sale in association with QIPCO at The Orangery at Kensington Palace on Monday night saw considerable purchases made by international owners. On the eve of Royal Ascot, the sale lends itself well to the participation of international purchasers, who arrive in the UK shortly beforehand ahead of the five day’s racing. Goffs’ supporting partner Great British Racing International (GBRI) has played a vital role in drawing Americans, Chinese, Russians and other nationalities to the sale.

The talk of the evening was Irish 1,000 Guineas winner and favourite for Friday’s Coronation Stakes, Jet Setting, who was snapped up for £1.3million – a sum that equalled the previous sale record set by Capello Sansavero in 2014 – by Michael Wallis on behalf of China Horse Club. The horse will stay in training with Adrian Keatley, who attended the sale himself.

It was another group of Chinese owners, led by Rupert Hoogewerf of Hurun Project, attending the Goffs London Sale for the first time as guests of GBRI, who made a winning bid of £200,000 for Albany Stakes entry, Dainty Dandy. Consigned by Hemsley Horse Racing, the colt will henceforth be trained by Paul Cole.

American owners were also active around the ring, with Robert Masterson, owner of Tepin, purchasing Ikerrin Road for £160,000. Meanwhile, America’s ‘New Owner of the Year’ for 2016, Sol Kumin, was successful in his bid of £200,000 for Big City Dreamin, who is set to line up in the Windsor Castle Stakes. The two-year-old will stay in training with Wesley Ward, who also attended the sale.

Henry Beeby, Goffs Group Chief Executive, commented of the supporting partnership with GBRI:

“One of the key objectives of the Goffs London Sale in association with QIPCO is to attract new participants to this wonderful sport. We have worked closely with the team at GBRI in this connection and are delighted to have welcomed a group of Chinese to The Orangery and then sell them their first horse, Dainty Dandy, who will be trained by Paul Cole. We wish them the best of luck in their new adventure, which kicks off at Royal Ascot on Friday in the Albany Stakes.

The London Sale has welcomed buyers from 40 countries in its first three years and the 2016 list of guests includes American owners Robert Masterson and Sol Kumin. GBRI have been pivotal in assisting us in our promotion of the concept whilst we are also grateful to the BHA for accommodating the instant change of ownership that allows new connections to see their colours carried at the Royal Meeting.”

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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

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British bred Rule The World retired

Rule The World, the 2016 Crabbie’s Grand National winner, has been retired. The son of Sulamani, bred by Mrs Patricia Wilkins and Bobby McAlpine, became the highest earning National Hunt racehorse of the 2015-16 season in Britain thanks to his win at Aintree, which netted £561,300 for owners Gigginstown Stud.

The Grand National champion, who was sold in 2010 for €90,000 to trainer Mouse Morris, defied the odds to become the first novice to win the world’s most famous race since 1958, having never once won over chase fences before taking on those at Aintree in April. What made this victory all the more impressive still was the fact that Rule The World had recovered from two pelvic fractures in his younger years.

Subsequent to his Grand National win, McAlpine, who bred the Gigginstown star, commented:

“To think that a nine-year-old who has had four major operations can come back and win the toughest, in terms of mileage, chase in Britain and going away from the other runners. It really shows the toughness of the breeding. Rule the World is a quite remarkable horse and of all the horses I have bred and co-bred he has probably given me the most pleasure.”

Indeed, the win was celebrated by those within the British breeding industry, the credentials of which were also significantly boosted this season by both Thistlecrack and Cue Card. The latter of these two in fact shared a paddock with Rule The World at Aiden Murphy’s Warren Chase Stud after Murphy acquired the son of Sulamani from Wilkins and McAlpine as a yearling. Thistlecrack and Cue Card sat in second and third respectively behind Rule The World in terms of earnings on British racecourses during the 2015-16 season.

 

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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

 

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