Action returns to Tattersalls with December Breeding Stock Sale

04 December 2017

THE action returns to Tattersalls this week where the Kiltinan Castle Stud team are looking forward to consigning an exciting draft of fillies and mares.

The team head there fresh following a successful trip to Goffs where three of their 11 lots sold for over 100,000eu and lot 1025, Awareness, broke into the week’s top ten when selling to Lorraine Bloodstock for 190,000eu.

Kiltinan Castle Stud are offering nine lots for sale including lot 1856, Anzhelika, who is one of just two mares in foal to top stallion Dubawi in the whole sale. A daughter of Galileo, Anzhelika was Stakes-placed herself and is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Angara and Group 2 winner Actrice.

There are also two mares in the draft carrying to the mighty Frankel, lot 1855 My Rosie and 1839 La Mortola. Frankel has made an incredible start to his stallion career and these mares offer buyers an opportunity to buy into two incredibly successful families. My Rosie is a daughter of Listed winner My Branch and a half-sister to eight winners notably Haydock Sprint Cup (G1) winner Tante Rose and Sweet Solera winner Bay Tree. She is also a half-sister to Rosie’s Posy, dam of Classic winner Make Believe and Grade 1 US scorer Dubawi Heights.

La Mortola is a daughter of Dubawi and Barathea mare Claba Di San Jore. She is a half-sister to no less than three Group 1 winners (Jakkalberry, Crackerjack King and Awelmarduk) and two further Stakes winners.

Lot 1784 Dorcas Lane is sure to be popular as she is a proven producer as the dam of this year’s Royal Ascot winner Atty Persse. A Listed winner herself, she comes from the family of Harayir and Tryster and is in foal to first season sire Kingman.

Horses can be viewed at Highflyer Paddocks Barn G.


Strong draft of Fillies and Mares set for Goffs

22 November 2017

THE team at Kiltinan Castle Stud are looking forward to consigning a strong draft of fillies and mares at the Goffs November Sale which takes place this week (23/24 November).

There are a number of smart pedigrees on offer, none more so than lot 934, Paramita, a mare by Galileo out of champion racemare Six Perfections. Paramita is an own sister to Stakes winners Yucatan and Faulfiler and is carrying to leading sire Zoffany.

There is also a rare opportunity to buy a daughter of Harbinger in Bibliotheca (lot 1023). This filly is a daughter of a Stakes placed mare from the family of Miesque and Kingmambo.

Living Being (lot 1024) also hails from a family steeped in ‘black type’. She is by Medicean out of a Group 1-placed mare who has already produced Group 1 winner Erupt.

Lot 933 also takes the eye on pedigree. Kithonia was Listed-placed herself and is carrying to exciting sire Le Havre. She comes from the family of Hernando.

The Kiltinan Stud draft:

928 Shine A Star (GB) by Oasis Dream (GB) x Maid To Believe (GB)

929 Aspasi (GB) by Dalakhani (IRE) x Insight (FR)

930 Mysteriousness (FR) by Beat Hollow (GB) x Three Mysteries (IRE)

931 Solar Midnight (USA) by Lemon Drop Kid (USA) x Witching Hour (FR)

932 Dolphina (USA) by Kingmambo (USA) x Sea of Showers (USA)

933 Kithonia (FR) by Sadler's Wells (USA) x Ratukidul (FR)

934 Paramita (FR) by Galileo (IRE) x Six Perfections (FR)

1022 Green Dress (FR) by Way of Light (USA) x Happy (JPN)

1023 Bibliotheca (JPN) by Harbinger (GB) x Taygete (USA)

1024 Living Being (GB) by Medicean (GB) x Mare Nostrum (GB)

1025 Awareness (USA) by Distorted Humor (USA) x Visions of Clarity (IRE)


Fille De Reve impresses at Kempton

20 October 2017

Under the care of trainer Ed Walker, she had been placed on both her starts prior to Wednesday’s success and she made light work of her rivals in the hands of jockey Pat Cosgrave.

Having tracked the leaders during the early stages, Fille De Reve travelled strongly before making her challenge once they turned or home.

The pacesetter, Light Relief, kicked from the front but Fille De Reve was soon on terms and had the measure of that rival at the furlong pole.

Once in front, Pat kept her up to her work and she went on to score cosily by a length and a quarter.

Fille De Reve is a half-sister to three winners whilst her unraced dam is a daughter of Sumoto making her a half-sister to Group 1 winners Summoner and Compton Admiral.


Exciting yearlings set to light up Tattersalls Book 1

29 September 2017

THE Watership Down Stud team are looking forward to offering an exciting draft of yearlings for sale at Tattersalls Book 1 next week (3-5 October).

A total of 16 yearlings will enter the famous sales ring including three by the top-British based stallion Dubawi. Based at Darley, Dubawi has sired 31 Group 1 winners to date and was the fastest stallion ever to sire 50 Group winners.

Watership Down will offer up two fillies by him and one colt. The first, lot 23, is a filly out of Rainbow Quest mare Kelly Nicole and is a full sister to Group 2 winner and Group 1-placed Aljamaaheer. Next up is lot 195, the first foal out of Group 1 Fillies’ and Mares’ champion Seal Of Approval while lot 383 is out of Oaks winner Casual Look and a half-brother to two Stakes performers.

Lots 404, 405 and 406 offer buyers an opportunity to purchase into the wonderful ‘Crystal Music’ family.

Lot 406, a colt by Dansili is out of the Fillies’ Mile winner herself making him a half-brother to five winners including Stakes performers Treasury Devil, Crystanny and Crystal Moment.

Lot 405, is a filly by Sea The Stars out of a daughter of Crystal Music in Crystal Maze (Gone West). This filly is a half-sister to Group 2 winner Ocovango and two other winners in Vermulen and Crystal Dome.

Lot 406 is also out of a mare who is a daughter of Crystal Music in Crysdal, an unraced daughter of Dalakhani. This colt is by leading sire of two-year-olds Exceed and Excel.

Few fillies in the sale have a pedigree to match lot 497 a daughter of New Approach and Hoity Toity. This filly is a half-sister to multiple Group 1 winner Lillie Langtry making her a close relation to champion Minding.

The draft also includes lot 439, a colt by Oasis Dream out of a half-sister to US champion Zenyatta, lot 419, a daughter of leading stallion Dark Angel and Listed scorer Dark Promise and an intriguing son of Frankel’s brother Noble Mission, lot 277, who is a half-brother to Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Filly winner She Be Wild.

The yearlings will be available for viewing from Saturday morning.


Back to back victories for Wapping

12 June 2017

WAPPING made it two wins on the bounce when taking the feature 1m4f handicap at Brighton on Monday afternoon.

The son of Smart Strike, who carries the colours of Lord Lloyd-Webber, won at Bath last month and stepped up on that success to win again under jockey Tom Queally.

Queally made every yard of the running on the David Lanigan-trained four-year-old and he held on gamely in the closing stages to win by a neck.

Queally said: “David and I had discussed tactics and it all went to plan. He acts well on these tracks and on the quick ground and is a horse going the right way.”

Wapping, now a three-time winner, was bred in partnership by Bill Farish and Watership Down Stud.


Celebrations at Watership Down as Terry Doherty is crowned Stable Employee of the year

22 February 2017

WE are immensely proud to report that Stud Manager Terry Doherty was crowned Stable Employee of the year at the prestigious Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff awards in London on Monday evening.

Terry has headed up the team at Watership Down Stud for 24 years. In fact, when General Manager Simon Marsh approached him for the role, there were no horses, no post and rails and the stud hadn’t even been named.

Terry jumped at the opportunity to be part of such a challenge and has never looked back. He has been an integral part of making Watership Down Stud what it is today and we are all enormously grateful for his huge contribution.

To write Terry’s involvement in just a few words is nigh-on impossible but the way he is respected by so many within the bloodstock industry and by those who work under him says a lot about Terry as a person. He has never missed a foaling, personally feeds each horse every day and leads his small but dedicated team from the front.

Each year he prepares the yearlings for the sales with his customary dedication and attention to detail. Last year Watership Down Stud was the leading consignor at Tattersalls October Sales Book 1, selling 13 horses at an average of 518,231 gns. Among them was the Niarchos family bred Dubawi ex Nature Spirits colt that sold to John Ferguson for 2.1 million gns. Terry also oversaw the sale of subsequent Group 1 winner Diagilhev for 3.4 million guineas – this stood as a European record for many years.

In addition to the tremendous results in the sales ring, Terry has also had a huge influence on ensuring each individual be it mare, foal or yearling receives the best possible care. This has no doubt helped Watership Down Stud become one of the best sources of top-class racehorses. So far there have been seven Group 1 winners bred by the stud; Crystal Music, Black Hawk, Diaghilev, Pink Cameo, Dar Re Mi, Rewilding and The Fugue as well as exciting 4 year old So Mi Dar.

Terry said: “I am honoured to pick up this award and would like to thank Godolphin for their generous sponsorship. It has been a privilege to work for the Lloyd Webbers at Watership Down Stud and see the stud become what it is today. I am lucky to work with a great team of staff with exceptionally-bred horses which makes the job a pleasure.”

Madeleine and Andrew Lloyd Webber added: “We are very proud that Terry has been given this prestigious award. His contribution to the success of Watership Down Stud cannot be underestimated.”

Simon, who originally put Terry forward for this prize, said: “We thought with Watership Down having topped Tattersalls Book 1 last year that this was the ideal time to nominate Terry. To win the Stud prize was fantastic but for him to take the overall prize was something else. It is much deserved and we are incredible grateful to Terry for his contribution over the years.”

Brough Scott, chairman of the judging panel, said: “The finalists were of a quite exceptional standard and it was really inspiring for the judges to hear their stories. However, in the end, Terry emerged as a clear and very fine winner and I am sure he will be a great ambassador for the sport.”

Terry picked up a cheque for £30,000 for winning the overall prize, £15,000 of which is spread amongst all the staff at Watership Down Stud. He also won £5,000 for taking the Stud Staff Award and a further £5,000 goes to the stud staff.