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One Master makes history with unprecedented third Foret

ONE MASTER (GB) landed an historic third Group 1 Prix de la Forêt on Sunday afternoon at ParisLongchamp for owner-breeders Roy and Gretchen Jackson of Lael Stables, who board their mares at New England Stud in Newmarket.

The hat-trick of consecutive wins in the race was secured after a prolonged final furlong battle with dual Group 1 winner EARTHLIGHT, who finished second by a neck.

Trained at William Haggas’ Somerville Lodge in Newmarket, the six-year-old mare has now recorded five Group successes over her career, including most recently in the Group 3 Oak Tree Stakes at Goodwood Racecourse earlier this season.

Haggas indicated after Sunday’s race that One Master is likely to run once more in 2020, either at the Breeders’ Cup or in the Group 1 British Champions Sprint Stakes or Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on British Champions Day.

One Master is the third generation of a family that was bought into when Haggas’ wife, Maureen, signed for the granddam of the three-time Forêt winner, SUPERSTAR LEO, for 3,400gns at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in 1999. Ever since, the family has been nurtured on behalf of the Jacksons by New England Stud.

One Master will join the broodmare band at New England Stud the end of this year to begin a fourth generation of the Jacksons’ treasured family.

New England Stud manager Peter Stanley commented after the race:

“It wasn’t the triple Group 1 winning mare the rest of the country wanted, but it was the one we were praying for! She did it very nicely and we’re very proud of her. Roy and Gretchen are over the moon.

 “Her performance today was very typical of the family: they’re tough, they’re genuine, and luckily One Master likes a bit of give in the ground. She sailed through that no problem at all.

 “This was always the target and why she was kept in training. William Haggas has trained her brilliantly and called it right at every turn. She is going to retire at the end of the year, so anything else is a bonus.”

 Speaking of his long-standing association with the Jacksons, Stanley said:

“We’ve been very lucky to have them breeding horses with us for so many years. They’re a pleasure to deal with, charming people, and they’re very supportive. There is nobody more deserving than them.

“It’s such a wonderful story for them. They’re really incredible breeders – to have bred a Kentucky Derby winner and 2,000 Guineas winner on the same day and then follow up with a triple Group 1 Forêt winner is pretty magnificent.”

Reflecting on what the future holds for the Jacksons and this very successful family, Stanley commented:

“One Master’s dam, Enticing, is carrying to Fastnet Rock, so there could be another One Master on the way.

“There’s also a very good full-brother foal. He looks very similar. He has tremendous bone, very mature and a great back end – a very powerful horse.

“They’ve also got a nice bunch of yearlings to go into training.”

Mirage Dancer spearheads southern hemisphere success for Frankel

Mirage Dancer as a foal (Photo credit: Juddmonte Farms)

MIRAGE DANCER (GB) landed the Group 1 Metropolitan Handicap at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Saturday on a significant day in Australia for his breeders, Juddmonte Farms, and sire, FRANKEL (GB).

This victory represents the six-year-old’s breakthrough at Group 1 level, as well as a first success since showing early promise for his Australian connections when finishing a close 3rd in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup on his Southern Hemisphere debut last October.

Formerly trained in Britain by Sir Michael Stoute, Juddmonte Farms’ homebred was a familiar sight at the summer festivals. His crowning moment for Stoute was when he won the Group 3 Glorious Stakes at the Goodwood Festival by 3 ½ lengths from Group 2 winner and Group 1 placed Red Verdon.

Mirage Dancer’s performance on Saturday marks an 11th Group 1 winner for Frankel who, last month, reached 40 Group winners quicker than any other European sire in the history of the Pattern.

Frankel also secured Group 1 placings on Saturday with fellow Juddmonte-bred FINCHE (GB), who finished third in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington Racecourse, and HUNGRY HEART (GB), who placed second by a head in the Group 1 Flight Stakes at Randwick.

Mirage Dancer is the fifth foal to race out of HEAT HAZE (GB), herself out of influential broodmare HASILI and thus a half-sister to former Banstead Manor Stud stallions DANSILI (GB), CHAMPS ELYSEES (GB) and CACIQUE. Heat Haze is still fulfilling broodmare duties at 21-years-old and has a full-sister to Mirage Dancer currently at foot.

Reflecting on the sale of Mirage Dancer to Australia, Juddmonte Farms’ Simon Mockridge told GBRI:

“We kept him in training as a five-year-old, so it’s not that we had lost faith in the horse – we always knew he was capable of winning at this level – but there comes a time where you have to move on.”

 Mockridge was quick to highlight the significance of this day for his sire, too:

“It’s been an extraordinary morning. It’s fantastic.

 “Frankel only has a very small representative down in Australia, so it is a significant day for him.”

 Mockridge further commented:

 “It is down to the toughness and durability of the sire. That’s what he puts into the stock.

 “We are incredibly lucky and blessed to have a horse like Frankel retire to stud. He is a stallion for the future.”

When asked about the full-sister and family, Mockridge stated:

“Mirage Dancer was a big, scopey horse. She is finer but has a lot of quality. We like her a lot.

“This is a wonderful family. She [Heat Haze] is a multiple Group 1 winner herself and comes from that great Hasili family. It’s nice that she has now produced a Group 1 winner herself.

 “She [Hasili] was an extraordinary mare. It’s not just her influence on Juddmonte, it’s her influence on the general stud book.”

Less than twelve hours later on the other side of the globe, the Juddmonte Farms owned and bred JULIET FOXTROT (GB) secured a second graded race of her US career in the Gr.3 Gallorette Stakes at Pimlico Racecourse.

Now a five-year-old, Juliet Foxtrot was previously in training with Charlie Hills at Faringdon Place in Lambourn.

Despite an impressive seven length victory on her second appearance for Hills at Goodwood in September 2017, she was unable to build on her early promise in her native Britain, prompting Prince Khalid Abdullah’s operation to initiate her transfer to America in the first half of 2019.

Juliet Foxtrot’s career over the other side of the pond got off to the perfect start in July 2019, as she scored in the Grade 3 Modesty Handicap at Arlington Park. Since then, she has placed in the Gr.1 First Lady Stakes and Gr.1 Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland, as well as the Gr.1 Matriarch Stakes at Del Mar.

Saturday’s Gallorette result also represents yet another feather in the cap of Hasili, whose first foal DANSILI (GB), a half-brother to the aforementioned HEAT HAZE (GB), is Juliet Foxtrot’s sire.

GBRI launch e-magazine ‘The British Briefing’

Great British Racing International (GBRI) has launched a quarterly e-magazine titled ‘The British Briefing’. Click here to read the Autumn 2020 issue.

The online publication is a roundup of the headline stories from the past three months for Britain’s breeders, stallions, trainers, sales houses and bloodstock agents, to showcase the breadth and depth of success enjoyed in all corners of the British racing and bloodstock industry.

It is produced in association with the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association, National Trainers Federation, Tattersalls, Tattersalls Ascot, Goffs UK and the Federation of Bloodstock Agents.

Minty Farquhar, Acting General Manager of GBRI, says: “Despite the unprecedented challenges we are all facing, the British racing and bloodstock industry continues to demonstrate its resilience and live up to its world-leading reputation.

 “In publishing The British Bulletin, we do not wish to naively imply that the British racing and bloodstock industry has an easy road ahead; we all know that with the UK government’s announcement regarding continued crowd absence for up to six months, possibly more, we face a dauntingly steep uphill climb. Rather, in collating and highlighting our chosen success stories, we offer readers in all corners of the world the chance to take a moment to reflect on the recent achievements of British racing’s professionals and the world-class thoroughbreds to whom they dedicate their lives, no matter how fierce the pandemic.

 “Back on home soil, we hope that showcasing these stories side by side will inspire a will to continue building upon the collaborative efforts that have been so loudly applauded since the pandemic hit back in March.”

The Winter 2020 edition will be published at the end of December.

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