Champion filly in foal to Frankel among initial London Sale mare entries

Goffs is delighted to announce the first entries for the 2019 Goffs London Sale in association with QIPCO, taking place on the eve of Royal Ascot, Monday 17th June. Two mares with top class pedigrees and in foal to leading sires head up the breeding stock section of the sale, and they are:

Just Sensual was a Champion 3yo filly in South Africa, winning four times at Group level including the Group 1 Cape Filly Guineas. She is by Dynasty, a leading sire in South Africa and out of the Champion 2yo and Group 1 Durban Africa Golden Slipper winner Consensual. Just Sensual will be sold in foal to Frankel, who enjoyed his first Classic winner with Anapurna in the Oaks last Friday, and is consigned
by The National Stud.

Murasaki is a winning mare by leading sire Dubawi. She is out of Group 2 Ribblesdale winner and Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks placed Michita. She is sold in foal to Invincible Spirit, sire of the 2000 Guineas winner Magna Grecia, and is consigned by New England Stud.

Goffs has confirmed a number of exciting Horses In Training entries which will be announced tomorrow with the final catalogue to be confirmed early next week.

Goffs London Sale is a unique platform to sell elite bloodstock to the world’s leading buyers. In addition to Royal Ascot bound two‐year‐olds and international racing prospects offered in absentia, a select number of breeding stock will also be catalogued and will be present at the sale itself.

The full catalogue with lot numbers will be released early next week on

Great British Racing International are delighted to be partnering with Goffs London Sale again this year.

Anapurna claims Classic honours for Meon Valley Stud

ANAPURNA (GB) on Friday provided the British breeding industry with a huge result when she won the Investec Oaks at Epsom.

The daughter of mighty stallion FRANKEL (GB) showed true grit in the hands of Frankie Dettori with a neck defeat of Irish raider Pink Dogwood.

Anapurna is trained by John Gosden and owned and bred by influential Hampshire operation Meon Valley Stud, who also bred the Classic heroine’s dam, DASH TO THE TOP (GB).

Meon Valley Stud have over the years been responsible for such luminaries like MILLIGRAM (GB), IZZI TOP (GB), SHIROCCO STAR (GB) and SPEEDY BOARDING (GB) – all of whom, like Anapurna, raced in the distinctive black and white silks of Helena Springfield Ltd.

Indeed, Meon Valley will also have intense focus upon the Investec Derby at Epsom on Saturday as they bred TELECASTER (GB), winner of the Dante Stakes at York and supplemented for the premier Classic of the British Flat season.

Anapurna is a half-sister to the Group-placed DYNASTY (GB), who was trained by Aidan O’Brien, VERY DASHING (GB), SEAGULL STAR (GB) and DEEP SOUTH (GB).

Her Oaks triumph also provided Frankel with a first British Classic success as a sire.

Mark Weinfeld, managing partner for Meon Valley Stud, said:

“It was the toughest ever performance – it really was. 

“We’ve come close a few times but she’s really shown the way – it’s incredible.

“This is unbelievable. This is what we live for – this is what we dream of.

“When you think you start your matings four years before today, to see it actually reach fruition is just an unbelievable feeling.

“She won her trial (at Lingfield) very well but we didn’t know how good she was and how she would handle the course, but she did it nicely.  

“We sell a lot of what we produce, but this is a broodmare for the future. 

 “I think I’ll have a large glass of champagne later.”

British success celebrated at the TBA’s fifth annual NH Breeders’ Dinner


Owner-breeders Keith and Jayne Sivills collect the Mickley Stud Trophy for leading hurdler mare and the Overbury Stud Trophy for leading chase mare for their homebred LADY BUTTONS (GB).

Breeders Keith and Jayne Sivills, Overbury Stud and Distillery Stud collected the most silverware on a night that celebrated British bred success at the TBA’s fifth annual National Hunt Breeders’ Celebration Dinner – sponsored by Goffs UK.

Host Nick Luck presided over the presentation of 14 awards at the Mount Pleasant Hotel near Doncaster, which included four usually presented at the TBA’s Annual Awards that takes place in July.

Robert Robinson of Distillery Stud collected a hat-trick of prizes for the success of his mare WHISKY ROSE, who not only produced the winner of the Peel Bloodstock Trophy for leading NH mare MISTY WHISKY (GB) but also ONE FOR ROSIE (GB), who landed the Shade Oak Trophy for leading novice hurdler. Her progeny’s recent successes also earning her the Dudgeon Cup for NH broodmare of the year.

The popular LADY BUTTONS (GB) secured both the Mickley Stud Trophy for leading hurdler mare and the Overbury Stud Trophy for leading chase mare. The winner of the Grade 2 Yorkshire Rose Mares’ Hurdle in January, the nine-year-old daughter of BENEFICIAL (GB) also scored three other back to back race wins in the 2018-2019 season for her owner-breeders Keith and Jayne Sivills.

KAYF TARA (GB)’s dominance of the domestic stallion ranks continued with a fifth victory in the Horse & Hound Cup (Leading active NH British-Based stallion, 2018-2019 individual chase winners), and an eighth consecutive win of the British EBF sponsored Whitbread Silver Salver (Leading NH British-Based Stallion, 2018-2019 earnings). The Overbury Stud resident was also responsible for the winner of the leading NH flat horse award (Distillery Stud Trophy), THYME HILL (GB).

The Yorton Stud Trophy for leading novice hurdler mare went to Dr G W Guy, the breeder of the unbeaten HONEYSUCKLE (GB) whose tally of victories this season included the G1 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final at Fairyhouse.

Rory Bannerman collected the Midnight Legend trophy (Leading Hurdler), on behalf of the Potassium Partnership who bred the Grade 2 William Hill Rendlesham Hurdle winner SHADES OF MIDNIGHT (GB).

SANTINI (GB) won the Beech Tree Stud Trophy (Leading Novice Chaser), for owner-breeders Richard and Lizzie Kelvin-Hughes, whilst THISTLECRACK (GB) was awarded the Highflyer Trophy as leading chaser, for breeders Robin and Scarlett Knipe.

Two special recognition awards were also presented at the event. MIDNIGHT LEGEND (GB) was posthumously awarded the Eric Gillie Ltd Trophy in recognition of his enduring legacy. The late sire has continued to dominate the NH stallion rankings through such progeny as SIZING JOHN (GB), SEEYOUATMIDNIGHT (GB), MIDNIGHT SHADOW (GB) and SHADES OF MIDNIGHT (GB).

The final award, the Queen Mother’s Silver Salver, was presented to Dr Bryan Mayoh in acknowledgement of his significant contribution to the British NH industry. A successful national hunt breeder and stallion owner, Mayoh has also dedicated many hours to the development of TBA initiatives and policy for the long term health and improvement of British NH breeding.

TBA Chief Executive Claire Sheppard said: “Now in its fifth year, the National Hunt Breeders’ Celebration Dinner has firmly established itself as a key event within the jump breeding community. Held on the eve of the Goffs UK Spring Store Sale the awards present a great opportunity for breeders to gather and celebrate their successes.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the TBA’s NH Committee, Nick Luck, Goffs UK, Racing TV and all of our sponsors for their vital ongoing support.”



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