British breeders enjoy another Group 1 sprint 1-2

For a second time in as many weeks, British-bred horses staged a 1-2 in a Group 1 sprint, courtesy of THE TIN MAN (GB) and runner-up BRANDO (GB) in the 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock Park Racecourse.

The Tin Man, now a 6-year-old, was bred by Mrs Elizabeth Grundy out of her mare PERSARIO (BISHOP OF CASHEL).

Mrs Grundy also bred the half-brother, DEACON BLUES (GB), winner of the inaugural QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes in 2011. The Tin Man won the race himself in 2016 for trainer James Fanshawe and owners Fred Archer Racing – Ormonde.

Newsells Park Stud, who stand The Tin Man’s sire, EQUIANO, raised the now three-time Group 1 winner at the Hertfordshire operation. Julian Dollar, General Manager of Newsells Park, explains:

“The breeder, Mrs Elizabeth Grundy, has only got two or three mares, and they are fantastic small breeders locally, and obviously with her sending Persario to Equiano in his first year I got to know them. The Tin Man just had a few little problems as a foal, and they needed a bit of assistance, and it was in our interest obviously for a well-bred Eqiuano to do its best, so we bought into him as a foal and we kept him and reared him at Newsells and then sold him on their behalf as a yearling. Ever since then we have consigned their foals and yearlings on their behalf, which is unusual as we usually only consign horses bred on the farm.”

The Tin Man sold for 80,000gns to Anthony Stroud Bloodstock at Tattersalls Book 1 in 2013. Newsells Park are consigning the half-brother by MUHAARAR (GB) at this year’s Book 1 (Lot 32). Dollar says of the yearling:

“He is very typical of the family. He is probably a bit more good-looking than the mare; this mare is not the dam of sales horses, she is the dam of racehorses. Ultimately that is what counts.”

British breeders are enjoying an exceptional year on the track. The Tin Man becomes the 19th individual Group 1 winner worldwide in 2018. This is only one Group 1 winner less than over the whole of 2017, and already six more than in 2016.

The Tin Man holds an entry in this year’s QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes (20th October), and will likely be seen there next.

Today’s runner-up Brando, a Car Colston Hall Stud-bred son of Cheveley Park Stud stalwart PIVOTAL (GB), also holds an entry in the end-of-season sprint.

British-bred sprinters dominate a thrilling Nunthorpe Stakes

Two British homebreds combined to produce one of the finishes of the season as ALPHA DELPHINI (GB) held MABS CROSS (GB) by a nose in the Group 1 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York on Friday.

Success, by the narrowest of margins, helped Alpha Delphini’s breeder and part-owner Marie Matthews continue the marvellous record of broodmare EASY TO IMAGINE.

She also produced TANGERINE TREES (GB), who scored 15 times including the 2011 Gr.1 Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp.

That race is now likely to be on the agenda for the Bryan Smart-trained seven-year-old. He represents the biggest success so far for his sire CAPTAIN GERRARD, who stands for £2,750 at Mickley Stud in Shropshire.

Alpha Delphini is a half-brother to the Henry Candy-trained two-year-old KURIOS (GB), a winner on debut at Sandown in June and not beaten far in the Gr.2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot behind SIGNORA CABELLO, who has boosted the form since.

It was sad for there to be a loser after the judge took an extended look at the photo finish but due credit was given to Mabs Cross, who is homebred by owner David Armstrong’s Highfield Farm in Chorley, Lancashire.

Marie Matthews, who is based near Beverley in East Yorkshire, said: “It was so exciting. It was a great ride from Graham (Lee) and I’d like to thank all the partners who own him. We’ve had such lovely times with the horses.”

British breeders race to Group 1 milestone


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.


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