2018 has thus far proved an exceptional year for Britain’s breeders, with victory for ADVERTISE (GB) in the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes representing a 20th at the top-level for British-bred horses.
The impressive tally has not been down to one or two star performers, either; on the contrary, the quality has been widely spread, with 16 individual winners contributing to it.
To put these numbers into context, by this point in 2017 Britain’s breeders had been responsible for 11 Group 1 winning horses, who between them had landed 14 Group 1 contests. It took until QIPCO British Champions Day – 69 days later – for the 20th Group 1 win to materialise, courtesy of the Newsells Park-bred LIBRISA BREEZE (GB) in the QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes.
It is also worth remembering that a quarter of these 20 victories had gone to one exceptional horse in the Juddmonte Farms-bred ENABLE (GB).
We see an even more dramatic turn for the better if we look back one year further. By this point in 2016, 5 British-bred horses had contributed to an overall tally of 6 Group 1 wins. The year finished with a total of 16 wins for British breeders, courtesy of 13 individual horses.
2018 has thus far also demonstrated real strength in depth amongst Britain’s breeders, with 16 breeding operations enjoying Group 1 success. This is compared to 9 by this point in 2017, and 5 in 2016.
Julian Richmond-Watson, Chairman of the TBA, comments: “This shows how successful British breeders can be and how sought after our horses are to race around the world. With support from the racing industry we can build on this and secure a vibrant breeding industry in Great Britain.”
Congratulations to all the British breeders.
WILD ILLUSION (GB) continued the fine recent form of British-bred horses when running out an authoritative winner of the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood on Thursday.
Godolphin’s homebred has done her team proud throughout her career, landing the Gr.1 Prix Marcel Boussac as a juvenile in 2017 before finishing fourth in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas and second in the Investec Oaks and the Ribblesdale Stakes.
Dropped back to 10 furlongs and given a fine front-running ride by William Buick, she brought home a British-bred clean sweep when finishing two lengths ahead of Mascalls Stud’s URBAN FOX (GB) and Cheveley Park Stud homebred VERACIOUS (GB). BILLESDON BROOK (GB), who won the Guineas for Stowell Hill Stud, followed them home in fourth. British-bred LIGHTNING SPEAR (GB) took Wednesday’s Qatar Sussex Stakes whilst there have been notable Gr.1 victories for BENBATL (GB), WITH YOU (GB) and POET’S WORD in recent days.
Wild Illusion is by Dalham Hall’s star stallion DUBAWI out of RUMH, a Listed winner for Godolphin.
All three of Rumh’s progeny to appear so far have been smart. Wild Illusion is a half-sister to Newmarket Listed race winner REALLY SPECIAL (GB). Her two-year-old half-sister CERATONIA (GB), by Banstead Manor Stud’s OASIS DREAM (GB) made an impressive winning debut for the same connections at Ascot late last month.
Trainer Charlie Appleby said: “She’s been running well all season. We brought her back in trip and I think that’s the best she’s been. She’s a very tough filly and I told William to be positive as we knew there was no problem about her staying. We’ll let the dust settle now. She’s had a busy time but she seems to be thriving.”
LIGHTNING SPEAR (GB) finally claimed Group 1 glory as he led home fellow British-bred EXPERT EYE (GB) in the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.
Now seven, the David Simcock-trained entire has been knocking on the door at the highest level for four seasons, having finished placed in the likes of the Lockinge at Newbury and the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot. He is also a dual winner of the Gr.2 Celebration Mile and was third in this race 12 months ago.
In the hands of Oisin Murphy, he quickened a length and a half away from Juddmonte homebred EXPERT EYE.
The winner was bred by Newsells Park Stud near Royston in Hertfordshire, by Cheveley Park Stud’s stallion PIVOTAL (GB) out of Listed-winning mare ATLANTIC DESTINY. He is the most recent of the five of the broodmare’s progeny to reach the track. They also include OCEAN WAR (GB), who won the Listed Newmarket Stakes for Godolphin in 2011.
He was bought by David Redvers for 260,000gns at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in 2012 on behalf of Sheikh Fahad’s Qatar Racing Limited.
Trainer David Simcock said: “He’s done very little wrong apart from win a Group 1. A lot of work goes into him, he’s been placed in six Group 1s and has never really let us down. You need that little bit of luck and that was fantastic. I’m more pleased for the horse than anyone. He’s Sheikh Fahad’s favourite horse and he’ll be so made up about it.”
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