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One Master makes history with unprecedented third Foret

ONE MASTER (GB) landed an historic third Group 1 Prix de la Forêt on Sunday afternoon at ParisLongchamp for owner-breeders Roy and Gretchen Jackson of Lael Stables, who board their mares at New England Stud in Newmarket.

The hat-trick of consecutive wins in the race was secured after a prolonged final furlong battle with dual Group 1 winner EARTHLIGHT, who finished second by a neck.

Trained at William Haggas’ Somerville Lodge in Newmarket, the six-year-old mare has now recorded five Group successes over her career, including most recently in the Group 3 Oak Tree Stakes at Goodwood Racecourse earlier this season.

Haggas indicated after Sunday’s race that One Master is likely to run once more in 2020, either at the Breeders’ Cup or in the Group 1 British Champions Sprint Stakes or Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on British Champions Day.

One Master is the third generation of a family that was bought into when Haggas’ wife, Maureen, signed for the granddam of the three-time Forêt winner, SUPERSTAR LEO, for 3,400gns at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in 1999. Ever since, the family has been nurtured on behalf of the Jacksons by New England Stud.

One Master will join the broodmare band at New England Stud the end of this year to begin a fourth generation of the Jacksons’ treasured family.

New England Stud manager Peter Stanley commented after the race:

“It wasn’t the triple Group 1 winning mare the rest of the country wanted, but it was the one we were praying for! She did it very nicely and we’re very proud of her. Roy and Gretchen are over the moon.

 “Her performance today was very typical of the family: they’re tough, they’re genuine, and luckily One Master likes a bit of give in the ground. She sailed through that no problem at all.

 “This was always the target and why she was kept in training. William Haggas has trained her brilliantly and called it right at every turn. She is going to retire at the end of the year, so anything else is a bonus.”

 Speaking of his long-standing association with the Jacksons, Stanley said:

“We’ve been very lucky to have them breeding horses with us for so many years. They’re a pleasure to deal with, charming people, and they’re very supportive. There is nobody more deserving than them.

“It’s such a wonderful story for them. They’re really incredible breeders – to have bred a Kentucky Derby winner and 2,000 Guineas winner on the same day and then follow up with a triple Group 1 Forêt winner is pretty magnificent.”

Reflecting on what the future holds for the Jacksons and this very successful family, Stanley commented:

“One Master’s dam, Enticing, is carrying to Fastnet Rock, so there could be another One Master on the way.

“There’s also a very good full-brother foal. He looks very similar. He has tremendous bone, very mature and a great back end – a very powerful horse.

“They’ve also got a nice bunch of yearlings to go into training.”