Kiltinan Castle Stud mares sell at Tattersalls

11 December 2015

THE Kiltinan Castle Stud team enjoyed another successful sale at Tattersalls last week where 12 mares changed hands for 1,109,000gns.

The top priced lot was Lady Hawkfield (1944) who was purchased by Charlie Gordon-Watson on behalf of Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber.

The daughter of Hawk Wing has already produced Group 3 winner Master Apprentice and is in foal to leading sire Shamardal. Lady Hawkfield is also a close relation of multiple Group 1 winner Lillie Langtry, dam of Classic contender Minding.

Charlie said: “Charlie said: “It's a happening family - Lillie Langtry has produced Minding, who could be a champion next year, she has produced a good one herself, is in-foal to Shamardal and her Exceed And Excel yearling has gone to John Gosden.”

Toast Of The Town (1943) was knocked down to David Redvers for 92,000gns. The winning daughter of Duke Of Marmalade is in foal to Showcasing and comes from the family of speedsters Mince and Strut.

Redvers also signed the ticket for Listed winner Sorella Bella for 82,000gns. The daughter of Clodovil is carrying to exciting young sire Lope De Vega.

Mare in foal to Dubawi amongst stellar December Sales draft

30 November 2015

THE team from Kiltinan Castle Stud are expecting a busy few days showing their hugely exciting draft of fillies and mares to be sold at Tattersalls next week.

Among them is a mare in foal to the mighty Dubawi, whose progeny continue to carry all before them on the racetrack and in the sales ring. On Tuesday evening, Grade 1 winner Icon Project (1977 )will be offered for sale. There are few lots with a stronger US pedigree than her in the catalogue.

Shamardal, another red-hot stallion, is the covering sire of Lady Hawkfield (1944). The Hawk Wing mare has already bred Group 3 winner Master Apprentice and is a close relation of multiple Group 1 winner Lillie Langtry.

Another exciting lot is Listed winner Sorella Bella (1942). She is in foal to smart young stallion Lope De Vega while Toast Of The Town (1943) is carrying to Showcasing.

There are also a number of well-bred fillies out of training for sale including the Listed placed Sweet Dream (1973) who is by Oasis Dream out of Group 1 Prix Vermeille winner Sweet Stream.

Lots for sale:

1941 Five of Diamonds (FR) B.F. by Peintre Celebre (USA) x Give Me Five (GER)

1942 Sorella Bella (IRE) Ro.M. by Clodovil (IRE) x Anazah (USA)

1943 Toast of The Town (IRE) B.M. by Duke of Marmalade (IRE) x Boast (GB)

1944 Lady Hawkfield (IRE) Br.M. by Hawk Wing (USA) x Hoity Toity (GB

1973 Sweet Dream (GB) B.F. by Oasis Dream (GB) x Sweet Stream (ITY)

1975 Hint of Pink (IRE) Ch.F. by Teofilo (IRE) x Fragrancy (IRE)

1976 Nur Jahan (IRE) B.M. by Selkirk (USA) x Have Faith (IRE)

1977 Icon Project (USA) B.M. by Empire Maker (USA) x La Gueriere (USA)

2112 Rahalla (GB) Br.F. by New Approach (IRE) x No Frills (IRE)

2113 Gracious Lady (GB) B.F. by Royal Applause (GB) x Succinct (GB)

2114 Bold Arial (GB) B.F. by Authorized (IRE) x No Frills (IRE)

2209 Kublahara (IRE) B.M. by Pulpit (USA) x Kisses For Me (IRE)

2210 Life Is Golden (USA) Ch.M. by Giant's Causeway (USA) x Lizzy Cool (USA)

2211 Luminous Gold (GB) B.M. by Fantastic Light (USA) x Nasaieb (IRE)

2212 Zibeling (IRE) B.M. by Cape Cross (IRE) x Zelding (IRE)

2213 Zifena (GB) B.F. by Zamindar (USA) x Luminous Gold (GB)

Galileo filly Mohini among Goffs top lots

25 November 2015

KILTINAN Castle Stud enjoyed a successful weekend at the Goffs Breeding Stock sale in Ireland selling seven fillies and mares in total.

Among them was lot 1469 Mohini, a daughter of Galileo who was among the top-lots of the sale selling to Hubie De Burgh for €270,000.

Mohini is a daughter of Champion race filly in France Denebola from the family of Coupe De Genie and Machiavellian.

Lot 1308 Quan Yin was knocked down to Raptakos Brett/ Gaurav Rampal for €80,000. The daughter of Sadler’s Wells is in foal to Mastercraftsman from a solid ‘black type’ family.

Kiltinan Castle Stud to offer exciting mares at Goffs

17 November 2015

KILTINAN Castle Stud will be offering a number of well-bred mares for sale at Goffs Breeding Stock Sale this weekend (21/22 November).

Among them are mares in foal to Mastercraftsman and Canford Cliffs. Lot 1307, I’m Sensational is a winning daughter of Green Desert in foal to Canford Cliffs. She is out of Ego from the family of Chef and Myself.

Two fillies out of training are being offered up; lot 1469 Mohini and lot 1470 Know. Mohini is a daughter of Galileo who is out of champion 2yo in France, Denebola. Know is a winning 2yo who is a daughter of South African Group 1 winner Gypsy’s Warning.

Lots listed:

1307 I'm Sensational (GB) 2005 Selkirk (USA) Ego (GB)

1308 Quan Yin (IRE) 2005 Sadler's Wells (USA) East of The Moon (USA)

1310 Kleio (GB) 2007 Sadler's Wells (USA) Colza (USA)

1469 Mohini (IRE) 2012 Galileo (IRE) Denebola (USA)

1470 Know (USA) 2013 Street Cry (IRE) Gypsy's Warning (SAF)

1633 Flaming Cliffs (USA) 2002 Kingmambo (USA) Insight (FR)

1634 Ekadzati (FR) 2005 Fasliyev (USA) Raisonnable (GB)

So Mi Dar makes a winning debut

21 October 2015

SO MI DAR got her career off to the best possible start with victory in the mile fillies’ maiden at Windsor on Tuesday afternoon.

The daughter of Dubawi, who is out of champion racemare Dar Re Mi, was retained by Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber and is trained by John Gosden.

She was professional on debut, travelling well in behind the leaders under Rab Havlin.

She came under pressure with three furlongs to run but responded well to Havlin’s urgings, learning with every stride.

She picked up stylishly inside the final furlong, collaring the favourite Golden Stunner in the shadow of the post, winning by a neck.

Lady Lloyd-Webber said: “You couldn´t ask for any more from a two-year-old filly first time. So Mi Dar was a little bit green, suddenly got the message and found the extra gear which is what you want to see.”

Dar Re Mi’s first foal De Treville has proved a useful Stakes performer whilst her 2014 Frankel yearling colt sold for 750,000gns at Tattersalls last week.

Photograph courtesy of GJMultimedia Ltd.

Wapping wins well at Bath

19 October 2015

WATERSHIP Down Stud homebred Wapping broke his maiden in good style at Bath on Sunday afternoon.

The son of Smart Strike, who runs in the colours of Lord Lloyd-Webber and is trained by David Lanigan, has been progressive in maidens this summer and deserved this break through success.

He was given a good ride by George Baker, who settled his mount towards the rear.

He travelled well before making his move in between runners as they entered the straight.

He soon put the race to bed with a good turn of foot before coasting home to win by nearly two lengths.

Lanigan said: “Wapping was a bit unlucky at Beverley on his last run. He´s a May foal and has a frame to fill. He does everything nicely at home and will want top of the ground when he returns next year.”

Wapping is a half-brother to six winners including Grade 1 scorer Gorella.

Watership Down Stud among leading consigners at Book 2

19 October 2015

WATERSHIP Down Stud were among the leading consigners at the Book 2 sale held at Tattersalls last week.

A total of 12 lots were sold for 977,000gns with the top lot, a filly by Lawman out of Bufera selling for 230,000gns to Stroud Coleman Bloodstock.

This filly is out of a Stakes-placed mare from the family of Most Improved, Ecot and Johnny Barnes.

John Ferguson went to 150,000gns for a Pivotal colt out of Listed winner Paris Winds whilst an Invincible Spirit filly out of Sweet Stream sold to A & K Bloodstock for 97,000gns.

MV Magnier paid 100,000gns for a colt by Fastnet Rock out of Arabian Mirage. This colt is a close relation of Group 1 winner Al Shemali and Group 2 winner Tungsten Strike.

Frankel colt out of Dar Re Mi sells for 750,000 gns

15 October 2015

THE Frankel colt out of Dar Re Mi was among the top lots of Tattersalls Book 1 yearling sale which took place in Newmarket last week.

The regally-bred colt was knocked down for 750,000gns to Dar Re Mi’s trainer John Gosden on behalf of Al Shaqab racing.

Dar Re Mi won three Group 1s in the colours of Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber and has already proven herself an exciting broodmare with her first foal De Treville gaining ‘black type’. He was the top-priced Frankel sold at Tattersalls.

All in all, Book 1 proved a successful sale for Watership Down Stud with 11 lots sold for 4,858,000gns making us the third top consigners of the week.

Juddmonte Farms made a rare purchase when going to 600,000gns for a Nathaniel filly out of Our Queen Of Kings. This filly is a half-sister to Group 1 winner Spinning Queen from the family of Trade Commissioner and Galipot.

An Invincible Spirit colt out of Listed winner Dark Promise sold to John Ferguson for 575,000gns while agent Dermot Farrington signed the ticket for a filly by Nathaniel out of Steel Princess for 500,000gns. This filly is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Sara Lynx.

Sulaalaat takes Doncaster prize

10 September 2015

SULAALAAT secured her first win of 2015 when taking a competitive seven furlong handicap at Doncaster’s St Leger Festival. The daughter of New Approach was bred by Watership Down Stud and sold to Angus Gold of Shadwell Estates for 180,000gns as a yearling.

Prior to this success, the pick of her efforts this season was a close up fifth in the Sandringham Stakes at Royal Ascot. Ridden by Paul Hanagan, she made every yard of the running, battling gamely to repel Caprior Bere by a short head. Hanagan said: “Sulaalaat was very tough. She was never going to let the second past.” The Brian Meehan-trained filly won at Nottingham as a juvenile and may well step back into Listed company following this success.

Watership Down Stud to consign three Frankel yearlings at Tattersalls Book 1

07 August 2015

THE Watership Down Stud-bred Frankel ex Dar Re Mi colt is one of 18 yearlings of the first crop by the star racehorse entered at Tattersalls Book 1 sale in October. Frankel now stands at Juddmonte's Banstead Manor Stud.

This colt is the third foal out of Singspiel mare Dar Re Mi, who won three Group 1s for Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber during her racing career.

She has already made her mark as a broodmare with her first foal De Treville winning twice and finishing placed at Group 3 level in France. A son of Oasis Dream, De Treville sold for 850,000gns as a yearling to Charlie Gordon-Watson.

Dar Re Mi’s second foal, a filly by Dubawi, has been retained and is in training with John Gosden.

Dar Re Mi is a daughter of the outstanding mare Darara, who a Group 1 winner before becoming a foundation mare for Watership Down Stud.

In addition to Dar Re Mi, she produced three other top-flight winners including Rewilding, winner of the Dubai Sheema Classic and Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Watership Down Stud is also set to consign two other yearlings by Frankel at Tattersalls; a colt out of Dorcas Lane and a colt out of Icon Project.

The former is the first foal out the Listed winning Norse Dancer mare Dorcas Lane. He is related to the champion filly Harayir and this year’s Winter Derby winner Tryster.

The latter is out of US Grade 1 winner Icon Project. The daughter of Empire Maker herself is the daughter of Grade 1 winner La Gueriere from the family of Munnings and Lasting Approval.

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Looking forward to Royal Ascot

15 June 2015

TWELVE months ago The Fugue gave us a wonderful day when winning the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes on the Wednesday of Royal Ascot.

She was simply sensational that day, coming from the rear to ease past the likes of Treve, Mukhadram and Magician to win in a course record time.

This year, on the same day, Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s colours will be carried by Jellicle Ball in the Listed Sandringham Handicap.

The daughter of Invincible Spirit, who is trained by John Gosden and will be ridden by Ryan Moore, goes into the race on the back of a solid third behind Oaks third Lady of Dubai in the Height Of Fashion Stakes at Goodwood.

She drops back in trip to a mile and looks to have a solid chance on paper.

In the same race, Watership Down Stud-bred Sulaalaat goes for Sheikh Hamdan, Brian Meehan and Paul Hanagan.

The daughter of New Approach was sold for 180,000gns as a yearling and had useful form as a two-year-old most notably when fifth in the Lowther Stakes at York.

Later in the week Watership Down Stud will be represented by Master Apprentice in the Group 3 Tercentenary Stakes.

The son of Mastercraftsman was last seen winning the Group 3 Sandown Classic Trial at Sandown in April.

Joyful Hope finishes second in Italian Oaks

01 June 2015

Joyful Hope, daughter of Watership Down Stud mare Claba Di San Jore, finished second in the Group 2 Italian Oaks in Milan yesterday.

A daughter of Shamardal, Joyful Hope is trained by Stefano Botti and was ridden by Dario Vargiu.

During the early stages of the contest, Joyful Hope tracked the pace set by Reset In Blue. She moved up to tackle for the lead with three furlongs to run before striking the front at the furlong marker.

She ran on gamely only to be collared late on by the eventual winner Lovelyn. She went down by just a short head and was joined for a share of second on the line by Full of Beauty.

Claba Di San Jore was purchased by Watership Down Stud at the Tattersalls December Sale for 575,000gns in 2012.

She has already produced Group 1 winners Jakkalberry ,Crackerjack King and Awlemarduk in addition to Stakes scorer Kidnapping.

Joyful Hope is her latest Stakes performer and based on yesterday’s performance it shouldn’t be long before she gets her head in front in Pattern Company.

Group 3 second for De Treville

12 May 2015

THE WATERSHIP Down Stud-bred De Treville secured more ‘black type’ yesterday when finishing second in the Group 3 Prix de Guiche at Chantilly.

The Andre Fabre-trained colt is a son of Oasis Dream and the stud’s star mare and three-time Group 1 winner Dar Re Mi. He was purchased as a yearling by Charlie Gordon-Watson for 850,000gns at Tattersalls Book 1.

An impressive winner in conditions company last time out, De Treville was out to stake his Classic claims. He raced keenly under Maxime Guyon and was allowed to stride on at half way.

The eventual winner, War Dispatch, quickened clear under a confident ride but De Treville stayed on gamely to keep second.

This looked a strong trial on paper with the winner now jumping to nearly the head of the market for the Prix du Jockey Club. De Treville has won or been second in all five of his starts and looks sure to improve as the season goes on.

Emphatic Listed win for Moohaarib

30 April 2015

THE WATERSHIP Down Stud-bred Moohaarib ran out an emphatic winner of the Listed Paradise Stakes at Ascot on Wednesday afternoon, 29th April 2015.

The four-year-old heralds from one of the stud’s most successful families. His dam, Evita, is out of foundation mare Darara, making her a half-sister to Group 1 winners Dar Re Mi, Rewilding, River Dancer and Dariyoun.

He was purchased on behalf of owner Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum for 230,000gns at the Craven Breeze-up Sale in 2013.

Trained by Marco Botti, Moohaarib had a progressive profile in 2014 winning three times and ending the year with a close fifth in Listed company in France.

He shaped with promise when third in the Lincoln on his seasonal debut and stepped up on that to record an easy victory in this mile event.

Jockey Martin Harley tracked the pace aboard Moohaarib and he travelled strongly in behind. He cruised up with two furlongs to run and quickened clear to win eased down by a length and a quarter.

Trainer Marco Botti said: “I was going to scratch Moohaarib with the ground being so fast, but he surprised me. He´s come on since the Lincoln and we might go for the - Lockinge now with the way he won there.”

Image courtesy of Matthew Webb Racing Photography

Classic Trial Victory for Master Apprentice

24 April 2015

MASTER Apprentice put up a gutsy performance to land the Group 3 Classic Trial at Sandown this afternoon.

The son of Mastercraftsman is out of Watership Down Stud mare Lady Hawkfield. Lady Hawkfield is a daughter of Hoity Toity, making her a half-sister to multiple Group 1 winner Lillie Langtry.

Master Apprentice, trained by Andrew Balding, won his maiden at Windsor last season before contesting the Group 1 Criterium International at Saint-Cloud.

Making his seasonal debut today he was sent into the lead early on by jockey David Probert.

Probert set the fractions to perfection and kicked as they entered the straight. His rivals were at full stretch and Master Apprentice galloped relentlessly on.

He had to dig deep to repel the late rattle of Cape Clear Island but the line came in time and he held on by three-quarters of a length.

Balding said: “We have always liked him and he contested a Group 1 at the end of last year.

“There are plenty of trials coming up and we thought that the track here would suit him. David has given him a great ride from the front – he is riding with plenty of confidence.

“He is a solid horse with a good attitude. I have never really thought of him as an Epsom horse. I’d say we’ll look at one of the Ascot races for him.”

Lady Hawkfield is due to foal any day. She is carrying to leading two-year-old sire Kodiac.

(Photograph by GJ Multimedia)

Close second for Jellicle Ball

21 April 2015

LORD and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s famous pink colours were carried by the exciting Jellicle Ball, who finished second in Saturday’s Group 3 Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.

The John Gosden-trained filly won her maiden in impressive fashion at Kempton last October and this was a very encouraging start to her three-year-old campaign.

She was settled towards the rear of the field under Ryan Moore, who gave his mount time to find her feet and relax.

She travelled smoothly throughout and picked up well inside the closing stages, passing a number of her rivals.

The eventual winner, Redstart, had got first run but Jellicle Ball ran strongly to the line and was beaten just three-quarters of a length.

Gosden said: “It was a great run. Jellicle Ball got left in the gate but finished very strongly. She was just a bit green. We´ll head towards the Guineas, but Royal Ascot is the big plan.”

Jellicle Ball was purchased for the Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber by Charlie Gordon-Watson as a yearling. She is by top stallion Invincible Spirit out of Dance Troupe, a daughter of Rainbow Quest.

She is a half-sister to Group 3 winner Puncher Clynch from the family of Sea Of Heartbreak and Self Defense.

Photograph courtesy of GJMultimedia Ltd., ©2015

De Treville strikes at Longchamp

13 April 2015

DE TREVILLE made a winning start to 2015 when taking a ten-furlong conditions event at Longchamp on Sunday afternoon.

The son of Oasis Dream is the first foal out of Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s star mare Dar Re Mi. Dar Re Mi won three Group 1s and over £2.5 million on the racetrack and her talent and durability is clearly being passed on to her offspring.

De Treville, who was purchased by Charlie Gordon-Watson for 850,000 gns as a yearling, won his maiden last season for Andre Fabre before finishing second in a Group 3.

Upped in trip, De Treville travelled strongly under Pierre-Charles Boudot before out battling Riven Light to win by a short head.

De Treville is now likely to head to a trial for the Prix Du Jockey Club; either the Prix Hocquart (Gr.2) or the Prix de Guiche (Gr.3).

De Treville is the latest exciting prospect to emerge from one of Watership Down Stud’s strongest families. He is a grandson of the great Darara, who was purchased as a foundation mare back in 1994.

Darara produced four individual Group 1 winners; the aforementioned Dar Re Mi, Rewilding- winner of the Dubai Sheema Classic and the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, Diaghilev and Darazari. The latter pair won at the top-level in Hong Kong and Australia respectively.

Dar Re Mi foals lovely Dubawi filly

25 March 2015

THERE is exciting news regarding Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s multiple Group 1-winning mares Dar Re Mi and The Fugue. Dar Re Mi gave birth to a filly foal on Sunday (March 22). It was a fourth foal for the daughter of Singspiel, who won three Group 1s including the Dubai Sheema Classic.

Dar Re Mi's first foal, by Oasis Dream named De Treville, sold to Charlie Gordon-Watson for 850,000gns as a yearling. Trained by Andre Fabre, he has Classic aspirations in 2015 having won a maiden at Chantilly and also finished second in a Group 3.

Her second foal is also a Dubawi filly and she has been named So Mi Dar. She is due to join Dar Re Mi’s trainer John Gosden.

Dar Re Mi has a yearling colt by World Champion Frankel and is due for a return visit to Dubawi.

Simon Marsh, general manager of Watership Down Stud said: “Dar Re Mi was an exceptional race filly and has already proven herself to be an exciting broodmare.

“We are very pleased with her Dubawi foal. She is a full sister to our two-year-old So Mi Dar, who looks a lovely prospect and is due to enter training shortly.”

The Fugue, who retired in 2014, has been scanned in foal Dubawi. The daughter of Dansili won four times at the top level including her magnificent victory in last season’s Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.

She had the likes of Treve, Mukhadram and Magician in her wake that day when smashing the course record, earning her the accolade of leading older turf performer over ten furlongs for the year.

As Darley’s flagship sire, Dubawi needs no introduction. His stock have hit the heights both in the sales ring and on the racetrack and he is an exciting covering for The Fugue.

Marsh added: “The Fugue has done terrifically well since returning to the stud and we are delighted that she has scanned in foal to Dubawi.

“He is a wonderful sire and we felt he would suit The Fugue.”

The Fugue rated amongst the world's best

26 January 2015

THE FUGUE was officially recognised as one of the best performers of 2014 at the prestigious Longines World Best Racehorse rankings.

Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s mare was given a mark of 124 following her sensational win in the Prince of Wale’s Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. Not only did she leave the likes of Treve, Magician and Mukhadram floundering in her wake, she also smashed the course record.

This figure of 124 meant that she was the leading older turf horse in the world over ten-furlongs with only three-year-olds Australia and The Grey Gatsby earning a higher rating over the distance.

Unfortunately, The Fugue suffered an injury in her next start at Sandown in the Eclipse Stakes which prevented her from running again. She returned to Watership Down Stud and is due to be covered by champion sire Dubawi this spring.

Trained by John Gosden The Fugue won four Group 1s earning a total of prize money haul just shy of £2million.