The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Flat Breeders’ Awards Evening – Thursday 17th September

The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (TBA), has announced the winners of ten awards in a virtual edition of the annual Flat Breeders’ Awards Evening, hosted online on Thursday, 17 September, sponsored by Weatherbys.

The event celebrated the success of the British thoroughbred breeding industry from the 2019 flat racing season and included awards for stallions, mares, breeders and stud employees.

Pre-recorded interviews with award winners were premiered on YouTube from 7pm (BST), with highlights shown on TBA social media channels.

Godolphin won a total of four awards, including the three previously announced statistical based prizes; the Queen’s Silver Cup for leading British-based breeding by prize money, the BBA Silver Cigar Box for leading British-based stallion by prize money (Dubawi), and the Barleythrope Stud Silver Cup for leading British-based stallion by individual winners (Dubawi).

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed’s thoroughbred breeding operation also collected the inaugural British European Breeders’ Fund Stallion Special Merit Award for Night Of Thunder’s impressive results from his first crop of two-year-olds in 2019.

The British EBF introduced the award to recognise significant success by a stallion standing in Britain during the 2019 flat racing season. The Stallion of the Month features in the European Bloodstock News formed the long list of nominees, whilst the short list and winner were decided by an independent panel of judges.

European Breeders’ Fund Marketing Communications Manager Rachael Gowland said: “Night Of Thunder stood in Great Britain for two seasons and a significant portion of his winners and stakes horses have been in Great Britain. As a mid-price-range stallion, he caught breeders’ attention with a significant winners to runners percentage driven by talented offspring rather than sheer weight of numbers in 2019.   The award is in its infancy and still developing but ultimately, its purpose is to help showcase high-achieving stallions, irrespective of book size and nomination fee.”

Highclere Stud’s stallion Cable Bay took the honours as first crop sire by prize money in Great Britain and Ireland in 2019, awarding the Tattersalls Silver Salver to the Warren family.

Jacques Prinsloo was recognised for his dedication and achievement in his role at Whitsbury Manor Stud when awarded with the annual Stud Employee Award sponsored by New England Stud. South African born Prinsloo who moved to the UK over fourteen years ago, was presented with a perpetual Charlie Langton bronze, keepsake memento and a £2,000 cash prize.

The short-listed candidates for the Stud Employee of the Year included; Di Best (Cobhall Court Stud), Tom Hughes (Hazelwood Bloodstock), Robert McKellar (Cheveley Park Stud), Keith Warburton (Shade Oak Stud) and Sophie Watmuff (Chasemore Farm). They each received £250 in recognition of their work.

Dar Re Mi recorded back-to-back wins in the Flat Broodmare of the Year category, having previously won in 2018. The Watership Down Stud resident retained the H.J. Joel Silver Salver, becoming the only mare since the award’s launch in 1982 to record multiple wins.

Flat Breeder of the Year (TBA Silver Rose Bowl) was won by Newsells Park Stud who had notable year on the racecourse in 2019 culminating in the victory of Waldgeist in the Group 1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Husband and wife team Mick and Fiona Denniff (Denniff Farms), were awarded the TBA Silver Salver for Special Merit, recognising their significant achievements as breeders of Beat The Bank and Kachy.

The accolade of Small Flat Breeder of the Year (Langham Cup), was awarded to Bearstone Stud, whose flag-bearing filly Glass Slippers capped her 2019 season with a win in the Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp.

TBA Chairman Julian Richmond-Watson said: “Although we have been unable to host our usual event, we are delighted to be able to recognise the achievements of British breeders from the 2019 flat racing season. My congratulations go to all of the nominees, winners and their supporting teams, who have demonstrated such dedication to our industry. I would also like to thank all of our event supporters and sponsors this year for continuing their contribution to the British breeding industry.”

Weatherbys Chairmain Johnny Weatherby said: “We are absolutely delighted to support the TBA’s Flat Breeders’ Awards, and as a small breeder myself I am fully aware of the challenges that we all face, particularly in the current climate, and I whole heartedly congratulate this evening’s winners.”

The award winner video interviews are available to view now on the TBA’s YouTube channel.











International targets on horizon for dual Group 1 winner Glass Slippers

Terry and Margaret Holdcroft’s homebred GLASS SLIPPERS (GB) proved that her Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye success last Autumn was no fluke when swooping to land a second top-flight victory in the Group 1 Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday afternoon.

The four-year-old filly hails from a family that has been nurtured over several generations at the Holdcrofts’ Bearstone Stud in Shropshire. The filly has paid credit to some excellent foresight on the part of the Holdcrofts, for while the commercial nature of the Bearstone business has meant selling several offspring out of their late homebred broodmare NIGHT GYPSY (GB) (MIND GAMES {GB}), the Holdcrofts opted to retain Glass Slippers.

Speaking to GBRI after the filly’s second top-level win on Sunday, Bearstone Stud manager Mark Pennell said:

 “She’s certainly put us on the map. We’ve been breeding lots of winners, we’ve had 28 homebred winners this season, but to get a double Group 1 winner like Glass Slippers is just amazing and it’s all down to Terry and Margaret Holdcroft who have worked so hard and bred all these horses for so many years. To actually keep one and get a Group 1 winner to breed from is just amazing for them.”

Of her dominant display on Sunday, Pennell reflected:

“When you think that she ran at Goodwood, she still broke the track record finishing second to Battaash, so we knew she’d trained on and kept her form. We didn’t run her at York, because that quite often becomes a tough race, so we decided to save her for this Flying Five and it’s paid off.”

 Pointing out that Glass Slippers remains a lightly-raced filly, with just three runs under her belt this season, Pennell pointed to possible international targets:

“We received an entry straight away for the Breeders’ Cup [Turf Sprint], so yes that’s certainly a consideration. It’s not a definite yet, we’ve got to speak to Kevin [Ryan], but obviously we’ll be considering that strongly.

 “Her next target will be the Abbaye, she seems to be a back-end filly so hopefully it’ll work out for her.”

 Looking beyond 2020, Pennell also made some promising noises regarding the filly’s career on the track:

 “We haven’t ruled out keeping her in training as a five-year-old, this year being such a sticky season with Covid and everything else. We’ve been at it 40 years and we’ve got a filly like this now and we’ve had a year with Covid where we’ve not been able to go and watch her run, so for everybody’s enjoyment and the boss, it would be lovely to be able to go and watch her race and win races like that next season. It’s not decided yet, but it’s a consideration.”

 The Bearstone team have been prepping 56 yearlings to go to Britain’s yearling sales this year, as well as a large number of foals for the sales in December. Speaking of the family’s offspring still due to go under the hammer in 2020, Pennell commented:

“Aunt Nicola who we bought back last year, she’s a half-sister to Glass Slippers, she’s got a Twilight Son filly going to Book 3 in the [Tattersalls] October Sales [Lot 1691].

 “We’ve got a foal by Washington DC out of She Mystifies, she’s a half-sister to Glass Slippers, and that’s in the [Tattersalls] December Foal Sales. Right down to the third dam, we’ve bred everything on that page. It’s a family that we’ve bred right through.”

 Pennell also confirmed that SHE MYSTIFIES (GB) is carrying to DREAM AHEAD, meaning the resulting foal will be very closely related to Glass Slippers.

Mogul matches strides with Group 1 winning siblings less than four weeks before sale of half-sister

MOGUL (GB) successfully matched strides with his various Group 1 winning siblings on Sunday afternoon when powering clear to win the Grand Prix de Paris at ParisLongchamp by a commanding 2 ½ lengths.

The three-year-old colt, who is the latest offspring of racing age to represent Newsells Park Stud’s superstar broodmare SHASTYE, asserted his credentials as a top-level performer in the making exactly 12 months ago when winning the Group 2 KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes at Leopardstown.

Between then and today, however, plans have not come together quite as well as connections would have wanted, with a lacklustre first outing in the Group 2 King Edward II Stakes preceding a sixth place finish behind SERPENTINE in the Group 1 Derby.

But the colt well and truly turned the tables with that stablemate today, with the Classic winner only managing a fourth place finish in the Parisian showpiece.

GBRI spoke with Newsells Park Stud’s Julian Dollar after the race. Dollar commented:

“It’s good to see Mogul win a Group 1 because over the winter I believe the Ballydoyle team thought he was their number one pick for the Derby, and then everything went crazy with coronavirus and threw everything off track. It’s no secret that this family are good doers, they’re pretty chilled out and they put on weight quite easily, so both Japan and Mogul found it hard to shift the weight.

“It’s always important to win a Group 1 and for us it’s about breeding top class racehorses, so today’s result was important. For the value of the mare, I don’t think it makes a lot of difference. I think she was already pretty special.”

Speaking of that exceptional broodmare, Shastye, Dollar continued:

“She has been vital to Newsells Park, I suppose. She’s been absolutely exceptional, producing Group 1 winners throughout and obviously she’s been incredibly commercial for us. We’re a commercial outfit that needs to make money, so she has been incredibly important and we’re lucky that we’ve got three daughters of hers here at the stud. That’s one of the reasons we decided we had to put the sister into the sale.”

Indeed, Mogul’s victory today is a timely reminder of the standout star within Newsells Park’s Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1 draft this year, the half-sister catalogued as Lot 436.

“I have mixed emotions about selling the filly, obviously. I’m sad to do it really, I’d have loved to have just kept her, but she’s owned with Coolmore and we were thinking of racing her together but we feel we have to put her up for sale and see what happens.”

When asked about the filly as an individual, Dollar continued:

“All of them have been pretty similar. Japan was a little bit more leggy and elegant than Mogul, who was a real bull of a horse. Sir Isaac Newton was a really beautiful horse, he was pretty much perfection, and of the fillies I think this is the nicest she’s ever produced. She’s bigger and stronger than Secret Gesture, I think she’s nicer than Secret Gaze, who’s the full-sister we have here at the stud. I think she’s the nicest of the fillies.

 “We’ve got a lot of lovely horses in the draft. It’s obviously going to be a tricky market, but they’re very nice horses and hopefully they’ll go well.”

Shastye is currently carrying to Darley linchpin DUBAWI. Dollar concluded by explaining the reasoning behind the switch:

“She was barren to Galileo last year, having had the filly in January. She got in foal towards the end, then lost the pregnancy soon after coming back to the UK, so we gave it one more throw of the dice this year but she was empty on the first two covers and we just couldn’t afford a mare like this to go empty again, so we switched to Dubawi and we’ll have a good think about who she’s going to go to next year.

“She’s 19 but she looks fantastic. You’d think she was 15 or 16 at most, so hopefully we’ll get a good few years out of her yet.”

Earlier in 2020, GBRI paid a virtual visit to Newsells Park Stud. In the first part of the video feature, we meet Shastye, dam of Mogul (GB), Japan (GB), Secret Gesture (GB), Sir Isaac Newton (GB) and others.



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