Amanda Prior has taken over at the helm of Great British Racing International (GBRI) as General Manager, following the departure of James Oldring last Friday 28th June.
Prior, who hails from Overbury Stud in Gloucestershire and is married to head of Tattersalls Ascot and Cheltenham, Matt Prior, has led GBRI’s client and service development since 2015, when she graduated from the Darley Flying Start.
The 30-year-old will remain in charge of the client-facing side of the business, all the while overseeing its overall development as service provider for the British racing and breeding industry.
Rod Street, CEO of Great British Racing, comments: “We are delighted to appoint Amanda as General Manager of GBRI. Her industry knowledge and network are second to none and GBRI will be in capable hands.”
Prior adds: “It is a great privilege and responsibility to step up to General Manager of GBRI in the wake of my fifth Royal Ascot with the team. The organisation has gone to strength to strength under James’ direction, and I look forward to growing our reach, presence and influence further in years to come.”
Owned and bred by Denford Stud, in Berkshire, the John Gosden-trained grey daughter of DUBAWI benefited from an astute ride from Frankie Dettori, who zipped along the far rail to go one better than last year.
British-bred horses were responsible for five of the seven runners in the big race at Saint-Cloud, with ZIYAD (GB) a close second, and LAH TI DAR (GB) – a stablemate of the winner – not far away in third.
Five-year-old Coronet is a half-sister to four winners, most significantly the 2015 St Leger runner-up, MIDAS TOUCH (GB), and Group-race performer STREETCAR TO STARS (GB). She is out of laudable mare APPROACH (GB), who was by the mighty DARSHAAN (GB).
Jockey Frankie Dettori said:
“This was always the objective for this filly. I had a good draw, I had a great race and a great run on the inside – and that’s what won me the race.”
Connections of Coronet revealed that the Group 1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York (August 22) is likely to be the next port of call for the Denford home-bred.
Denford Stud have enjoyed a fabulous weekend as AUSTRALIA colt, BUCKHURST, secured Group 3 glory in the Dubai Duty Free Full Of Surprises International Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday.
Denford farm manager Richard Evans said:
“Coronet tries so hard and if ever a horse deserved to win a Group 1 it would be her.
“She’s got such a lovely temperament. This was probably her best chance of winning a Group 1 after she went so close last year.
“She was given a fantastic ride and this was the whole reason we kept her in training – to win a Group 1.
“We are not a commercial operation, but it always looks good to have a Group 1 on a horse’s CV.
“You’d imagine she’d now go to the Yorkshire Oaks, but the pressure is off now.
“What with Buckhurst winning at the Curragh, it’s been a great weekend for Denford– we are well chuffed.”
The upcoming Goffs London Sale, in association with QIPCO is set to offer an interesting selection of two-year-olds, several of which hold live chances in feature races at the Royal meeting. In addition, the sale will include two colts that won their Barrier Trials yesterday at Naas.
The leading Royal Ascot entries include the Fozzy Stack-trained Mohican Heights. This well related son of Australia really caught the eye when winning a competitive maiden at Leopardstown and is an attractive proposition for the Chesham Stakes.
Queen Mary-bound Daughter In Law, by Requinto out of a Stakes winning mare dominated her Curragh Maiden on Irish 2000 Guineas day making all and extending her lead as she went.
Con Marnane’s Bansha Stables draft is headed by Real Appeal, a son of Sidestep, the exciting young sire of the Golden Slipper winner Kiamichi. His two wins from two starts include Listed Prix la Fleche at Maisons-Laffitte, which makes him a contender for the Norfolk Stakes.
Among other Ascot bound two-year-olds on offer will be David Evans’ winner Ivatheengine (Windsor Castle), Jamie Osborne’s Seraphanite (Albany) and the maiden American Lady, who caught the eye in a Group 3 last time out (Windsor Castle or Queen Mary).
For the first time, Goffs will offer a pair of two-year-old colts that won their barrier trials on Wednesday. They are Tinnahalla, a colt by Starspangledbanner from Shamrock Bloodstock, and Kindslayer, by Footstepsinthesand, from Leamore Horses. Both will be present at the Sale.
The three-year-old and older horse entries will be announced in the coming day and the full catalogue will be available online at www.goffslondonsale.com from early next week. As in previous years, a select number of wild card entries will also be considered until closer to the sale.
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