Lah Ti Dar stakes Oaks claim with Pretty Polly success

08 May 2018

LAH TI Dar kept her unbeaten record intact with an authoritative win in the Listed Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket on Sunday.

Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s filly is now two from two, having won on debut at Newbury a little over a fortnight ago.

Trained by John Gosden, Lah Ti Dar was sent off the even money favourite and she won in convincing fashion in the hands of Frankie Dettori.

Frankie allowed his mount to find her stride before moving up to take second three furlongs out. The leader Expressiy kicked for home but Lah Ti Dar had plenty in the tank and went in pursuit.

Despite not looking totally at ease going down the Dip on fast ground, she powered clear once hitting the rising ground to win impressively by three and a quarter lengths.

Gosden said: “I'll be quite honest, this ground was quick enough for her and Frankie said they didn't go much of a pace, but he said he had plenty left going into the dip where she just needed organising.

“She wants a mile-and-a-half on good ground right now, and then you will see the very best of her, but she learnt a lot today.

“You haven't seen the best of her there, she's learning and it turned into a bit of dash.

“This gives us a bit more time than if we had gone to Chester. We'll go to Breakfast With The Stars now and get a feel for the place, Frankie thinks that will really help her, and then we'll go to the Oaks.

“I'm more than delighted because if this race was over a mile-and-three-furlongs, she would have won by six lengths.”

Lah Ti Dar is truly bred in the purple, being a daughter of Dubawi out of multiple Group 1 winner Dar Re Mi. She is a full sister to Group 3 winner So Mi Dar and half sister to Listed winner De Treville.

Sophie Gray gains Wolverhampton win

12 February 2018

SOPHIE Gray became the latest winner to carry the colours of Lord Lloyd-Webber when taking the 1m4f maiden at Wolverhampton on Saturday evening.

Trained by John Gosden, Sophie Gray is a daughter of Dansili and homebred mare Susan Stroman. She is a close relation to many of the stud’s leading lights including multiple Group 1 winner The Fugue in addition to Summoner and Compton Admiral.

Sophie Gray was having her third career start on Saturday and she has showed marked improvement up in trip to win convincingly in the hands of Kieran O’Neill.

She was always to the fore under O’Neill and was well positioned to strike on turning for home. She hit the front at the furlong marker and powered clear to win by four and a half lengths.

The Fugue foals Dubawi colt

29 January 2018

ALL at Watership Down Stud were delighted to welcome a Dubawi colt foal out of star racemare The Fugue on Friday morning (26 January).

This colt is the third foal out of the nine-year-old who carried the famous Lloyd-Webber silks to four Group 1 triumphs.

Both the colt and his mother are reported to be doing well and The Fugue is set to visit Siyouni in a few weeks’ time.

Simon Marsh, general manager of Watership Down Stud, said: “The Fugue has foaled an exceptional colt foal. It is early days but at this stage we couldn’t be happier.”

The Fugue, a daughter of Dansili, traces back to Sumoto, one of the stud’s foundation mares who bred eight winners, among them Group 1 winners Compton Admiral and Summoner.

The Fugue’s dam, Twyla Tharp, was also a daughter of Sumoto, who finished second in the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.