Action returns to Tattersalls for the December Mare Sale

03 December 2018

THE busy sales season continues this week at Tattersalls where Kiltinan Castle Stud will be selling a commercial group of fillies and mares.

Among them is lot 1907 Classic Code, an unraced daughter of champion sire Galileo and Group 1 winner Saoire. She is in-foal to multiple Group 1 winning son of Dubawi, Postponed.

Postponed is also the covering sire of lot 1905 Original Song. This daughter of New Approach is a half-sister to Group 2 winner and Group 1-placed Aljamaaheer from the family of US Navy Flag and Cerulean Sky.

Lot 1904 is Agapantha, a winning two-year-old daughter of Dynaformer, in foal to leading sire Sea The Stars. Her family is steeped in ‘black type’ including the likes of Aurelia’s Belle and Aishah.

The draft can be viewed in Highflyer Paddock H.

1840 Angevine (GB) Ch.F. by Sir Percy (GB) x Aqaarid (USA)

1842 Solita (USA) B/Br.M. by Thunder Gulch (USA) x Sun Is Up (JPN)

1843 Satopanth (GB) B.M. by Medicean (GB) x Alakananda (GB)

1844 Proserpine (USA) B.M. by Hat Trick (JPN) x Shiva (JPN)

1904 Agapantha (USA) B.M. by Dynaformer (USA) x Aurelia (USA)

1905 Original Song (GB) B.M. by New Approach (IRE) x Kelly Nicole (IRE)

1907 Classic Code (IRE) B.M. by Galileo (IRE) x Saoire (GB)


Strong draft set for Goffs Breeding Stock Sale

20 November 2018

KILTINAN Castle Stud is set to send a draft of eight fillies and mares to the Goffs Breeding Stock Sale on Thursday (22 November).

Among them is lot 953, Gliding, a daughter of Maxios who is in-foal to freshman sire Time Test. Gliding herself is out of Group 1 winner Gilt Edged Girl and a half-sister to Stakes scorer Time’s Arrow.

Lot 954, Apura, is an Oasis Dream mare in foal to top-class son of Galileo Ulysses. She is a half sister to Listed winner and Group-placed Three Bodies from the family of Erin Bird.

Lot 948 Lustful boasts an exceptional pedigree being out of a full sister to recent Group 2 winner Yucatan. She traces back to champion Six Perfections among numerous top performers.

Daughters of Sea The Stars are always in high-demand and lot 949 Seize Your Star is a winning-daughter of the leading sire. She is a half-sister to three winners from the close family of multiple Group 1 winner Karakontie.

Listed lots:

947 Kanthaka (JPN) by Lord Kanaloa (JPN) x Taygete (USA)

948 Lustful (GB) by Maxios (GB) x Paramita (FR)

949 Seize Your Star (IRE) by Sea The Stars (IRE) x Solita (USA)

950 Telepathy (FR) by Bated Breath (GB) x Teepee (JPN)

951 Human (USA) by Blame (USA) x Angel In My Heart (FR)

952 Fascinated (IRE) by Champs Elysees (GB) x Flaming Cliffs (USA)

953 Gliding (IRE) by Maxios (GB) x Gilt Edge Girl (GB)

954 Apura (IRE) by Oasis Dream (GB) x Three Mysteries (IRE)


Emphatic Dewhurst success for Too Darn Hot

14 October 2018

TOO Darn Hot put up an awesome display to win the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday afternoon.

The son of Dubawi and Dar Re Mi is now four from four having taken the Solario Stakes and the Champagne Stakes en route to this Group 1 triumph.

Trained by John Gosden, Too Darn Hot raced keenly in the early stages of the contest but jockey Frankie Dettori took back and got him settled in the midfield.

He hit his customary flat spot with half a mile to run but when Frankie switched him to the outer, he produced a sintilating turn of foot to surge to the front in a matter of strides.

Once in the lead, he motored clear before being eased down to win by two and three quarter lengths from Group 1 winner Advertise.

Too Darn Hot, who is owned and bred by Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber, is a first Group 1 winner for his dam Dar Re Mi.

Gosden said: “They went a good gallop but he was on the mettle and Frankie had to get him some cover, which he did nicely.

“He didn't look particularly happy on the ridges and going into the dip but once he hit the rising ground he took off and we really saw what he can do.

“He's such a brave horse, he gives one hundred per cent.

“His mother was a star and his father was a legend, so he's bred to do this.

“He's done remarkably well to go from a maiden to a Group 3 to a Group 2 and now to a Group 1 in just four starts, and he's got to come back for the 2,000 Guineas now.”

Dettori added: "It's the first time he's been challenged, the first three races were non-events. He's learnt a lot. He's an amazing horse. Now we can dream for next year, he's done everything we've asked him to. He's bred in the purple, it's great for connections, and we're going to have a very sleepless winter. "


Dubawi x Dar Re Mi tops Tattersalls Book 1

12 October 2018

WATERSHIP Down Stud were delighted to consign the top-priced yearling sold at auction in 2018 when Dubawi out of Dar Re Mi sold for 3.5million guineas on Wednesday evening.

This blockbuster lot, a full brother to Too Darn Hot, So Mi Dar and Lah Ti Dar, was knocked down to Qatar Racing’s David Redvers after a sustained duel with Shadwell’s Angus Gold.

Redvers said: “This is the sort of horse that Sheikh Fahad and his brothers want to own - they want to participate at the highest level and have had a taste of it this year with Roaring Lion. He is out of an exceptional mare and by an exceptional stallion. It is very hard to put a value on a horse such as this – you can see lovely horses selling for good sums and they still are not the best.

“We are looking to make commercial stallions - let's hope that he goes out and lives up to all the potential that he has.”

Lady Lloyd Webber added: “We are very lucky to have Dar Re Mi, who is breeding horses who are out together with such perfection. This horse is very similar to Too Darn Hot, a little more mature if anything.”

Watership Down Stud enjoyed a hugely successful sale, ending the week as the second leading consigner with 16 lots sold for 8,050,000gns averaging 503,125gns.

Other horses among the top lots were lot 277, a filly by Galileo out of Bufera who sold for 900,000gns to Blandford Bloodstock and lot 421 a colt by Dubawi who was knocked down to Stroud Coleman for 850,000gns.

This colt, the first foal out of Group 3 winner J Wonder, is closely related to Group 1 winner Chachamaidee.

Lots purchased:

34 Siyouni (FR) / Phiz (GER) B.C. 200,000: Shadwell Estate Company

64 Sea The Stars (IRE) / Reflective (USA) B.F. 500,000: C Gordon-Watson Bloodstock

65 Oasis Dream (GB) / Rehn's Nest (IRE) B.C. 70,000: Troy Steve Bloodstock

138 Le Havre (IRE) / Stella Bellissima (IRE) B.C. 150,000gns: SackvilleDonald

140 Siyouni (FR) / Stirring Ballad (GB) Ch.C. 320,000gns: Stroud Coleman Bloodstock

148 Dark Angel (IRE) / Swiss Diva (GB) Gr.C. Shadwell Estates 260,000

190 Kingman (GB) / Wannabe Loved (GB) B.C. 425,000gns: Stroud Coleman Bloodstock

200 Lope de Vega (IRE) / Yakshini (IRE) Br.F. 45,000gns: SackvilleDonald / HMorrison (P.S.)

277 Galileo (IRE) / Bufera (IRE) Br.F. 900,000 Blandford Bloodstock

291 Dark Angel (IRE) / Catch The Sea (IRE) B.C. 200,000gns: Hillen / Ryan

325 Dubawi (IRE) / Dar Re Mi (GB) B.C. 3,500,000gns David Redvers Bloodstock

341 Shamardal (USA) / Dubian To (IRE) 50,000gns: Blandford Bloodstock

360 Muhaarar (GB) / Evita (GB) B.F. 370,000gns: Blandford Bloodstock

382 Frankel (GB) / Gale Force (GB) B.F. 130,000gns: Nick Bradley Racing / Mark Johnston

421 Dubawi (IRE) / J Wonder (USA) B.C. 850,000gns: Stroud Coleman Bloodstock

493 Dansili (GB) / Melodramatic (IRE) B.C 80,000: SackvilleDonald


Quality draft set for Tattersalls Book 1

08 October 2018

WATERSHIP Down Stud is looking forward to offering 18 regally-bred yearlings for sale at Tattersalls Book 1 this week.

Lot 325 boasts one of the best pedigrees in the sale being a son of Dubawi and star racemare Dar Re Mi. He is a full brother to Stakes winners So Mi Dar, Lah Ti Dar and the unbeaten Classic hope Too Dar Hot and his second dam, Group 1 scorer Darara, has bred no less than four top-flight winners.

He is one of two sons of Dubawi in the draft, the other being lot 421, the first foal out of Group 3 winner J Wonder. His dam is a full sister to Group 1 winner Chachamaidee and traces back to the likes of Classic winner Virginia Waters.

Lot 382 is a daughter of champion Frankel out of Listed winner Gale Force from the family of Seal of Approval while lot 277 is also bred in the purple being a daughter of the great Galileo and a half-sister to Stakes winner Chartreuse.

Progeny of first season sire Muharrar are being well received and lot 360 is a filly out of Evita. She is a three-parts sister to Listed winner Moohaarib from one of the stud’s best families – that of the aforementioned Dar Re Mi and Darara.

Lot 148 is sure to be popular being a colt by leading sire Dark Angel out of Group 3 winner Swiss Diva. Her half-sister, Poetry, by Kingman, won a Listed race in France just last week.

Another son of Dark Angel on offer is lot 291, a half-brother to five winners including Stakes performers My Catch, Vladmir, Pearl Sea and Natural.

Lot 79 is a full brother to Group 2 winner War Decree (by War Front) whist lot 64 is a daughter of Sea The Stars closely related to Stakes winner Biographer from the family of Hector Protector and Bosra Sham.

All horses are available for viewing at Tattersalls Highflyer Paddocks and the sale takes place from 9-11 October inclusive.

Lots for sale:

34 Siyouni (FR) / Phiz (GER) B.C.

64 Sea The Stars (IRE) / Reflective (USA) B.F.

65 Oasis Dream (GB) / Rehn's Nest (IRE) B.C.

79 War Front (USA) / Royal Decree (USA) B.F.

138 Le Havre (IRE) / Stella Bellissima (IRE) B.C.

140 Siyouni (FR) / Stirring Ballad (GB) Ch.C.

148 Dark Angel (IRE) / Swiss Diva (GB) Gr.C.

190 Kingman (GB) / Wannabe Loved (GB) B.C.

200 Lope de Vega (IRE) / Yakshini (IRE) Br.F.

277 Galileo (IRE) / Bufera (IRE) Br.F.

291 Dark Angel (IRE) / Catch The Sea (IRE) B.C.

315 Lope de Vega (IRE) / Crysdal (GB) B.F.


Too Darn Hot takes Champagne Stakes in style

17 September 2018

TOO DARN HOT was the toast of Doncaster when running out an impressive winner of the Group 2 Champagne Stakes on Saturday afternoon.

Trained by John Gosden, Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s homebred colt is now three from three, cementing his position at the head of the market for next year’s Classics.

Yesterday’s victory, again in the hands of Frankie Dettori, saw Too Darn Hot settled at the rear of the field in what was a fiercely run race early on.

As the pacesetters began to toil, Too Darn Hot was just getting in top gear and he motored to the lead at the furlong marker before powering clear to win by a length and three quarters.

Gosden said: “He was very impressive and it took Frankie a long time to pull him up.

“I'm happy with him and he did everything right. He quickened up from a long way back - he's a young, talented horse. He's in the three Group Ones in October and there'll be no decision for 10 days.”

Dettori added: “That was very special. What he did between the three and the one blew me away. I guess the next step is a Group One, but he is very talented. When you run him on a flat track you can really feel his gears. He's learning how to race and everything he did today was amazing.”

There were high hopes of a sibling double when Lah Di Dar set out for Classic glory half an hour later in the St Leger. She too had an unbeaten record at stake but it wasn’t meant to be and she was forced to settle for second behind Kew Gardens.

Gosden said: “She ran a great race and as Frankie said, that's the first real race of her life. She's only ever seen about one horse before today. She was beaten by a proper horse and a proper Leger horse. She's run an absolute blinder and we're thrilled with her.

“We’ll take her home and freshen her up for the fillies and mares race on Champions Day then put her away. That’s the plan.”

Too Darn Hot and Lah Ti Dar are both by Dubawi out of star mare Dar Re Mi. Their full brother will be offered for sale at Tattersalls Book 1 this October.


Too Darn Hot makes light work of Solario rivals

04 September 2018

TOO DARN HOT made it two from two when taking the Solario Stakes at Sandown on Saturday.

The son of Dubawi and top racemare Dar Re Mi looked all class when winning his novice at the same track early in August and he cemented that impression with an easy win stepped up to Group 3 company.

Despite racing a little keenly in the early stages, Frankie Dettori soon had Too Darn Hot settled on the heels of the pacesetter, Royal Ascot winner Arthur Kitt.

The pace was a decent one but when Dettori asked Too Darn Hot to go and win his race, he picked up in impressive fashion, surging clear to win by four lengths.

Simon Marsh said of Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s colt: “It’s very exciting. We normally sell all our colts but kept him because he missed the sales due to a minor veterinary issue. You would hope he would stay a mile and a half but there’s no reason to think he won’t be a Guineas horse too.”

Dettori added: “He’s pretty special. He shuffled for about 20 yards when I asked him a question then he changed lead, got into top gear and off he went. He’s put a good field to bed in impressive fashion.”

Trained by John Gosden, Too Darn Hot is now favourite for next season’s 2000 Guineas and Derby. His full brother is lot 325 at the Tattersalls Book 1 yearling sale.

It was a good weekend for the stud with Trethias winning a mile maiden at The Curragh. The daughter of Invincible Spirit and Evita won in good style for trainer Jessica Harrington and jockey Colm O’Donohue.

Her half-sister by leading sprinter Muhaarar is also being offered in Book 1 at Tattersalls and is lot 360.


Lah Ti Dar in a league of her own at York

24 August 2018

LAH TI DAR showed her rivals a clean pair of heels when taking the Listed Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes in impressive fashion at York yesterday afternoon.

Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s homebred filly has been off the track since winning the Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket in May having previously won on debut at Newbury’s Greenham meeting.

She could not have brought up the hat-trick in better fashion, winning by no less than ten lengths under Frankie Dettori.

Frankie always had Lah Di Dar to the fore where she travelled strongly and moved smoothly to the lead with over two furlongs to run.

When asked to quicken clear, Lah Di Dar showed instant acceleration to put the race to bed in a matter of strides.

Trainer John Gosden said: “She did everything right. She was very ill and very down with herself with a virus, but she's come back in great order.

“We'll consider the St Leger, there's other routes but it's an appealing race for her - a filly fresh in the autumn - and she certainly wasn't having any trouble with the distance there.

“She was very sick, but she now comes very fresh into the autumn. There's every reason to suggest she'll stay in training.”

Lah Di Dar is a daughter of Dubawi and multiple Group 1 winner Dar Re Mi. She is a full sister to Group 3 winner So Mi Dar and exciting juvenile Too Darn Hot.

Their full brother will be offered for sale at Tattersalls Book 1 in October. (Lot 325)


Too Darn Hot shines on debut

14 August 2018

TOO DARN HOT could not have made a more impressive racecourse debut when taking the mile maiden at Sandown on Thursday evening.

Running in the colours of Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber, Too Darn Hot had been showing the right signs at home and as a result was sent off the 8/11 favourite.

He was always to the fore under Frankie Dettori getting a lead off the more experienced Fraser Island.

When that rival folded with two furlongs to run, Frankie was left with no choice but to kick for home.

Too Darn Hot showed an instant turn of foot to streak clear and win by seven lengths.

To Darn Hot heralds from one of Watership Down’s top pedigrees being by Dubawi out of star multiple Group 1 winner Dar Re Mi. He is a full brother to Group winners So Mi Dar and Lah Ti Dar and half brother to De Treville.


Royal Intervention takes Listed prize

02 July 2018

ROYAL Intervention ran out an impressive winner of the Listed Empress Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday afternoon.

Trained by Ed Walker, the daughter of Exceed And Excel finished a pleasing second at Lingfield on debut but stepped up markedly on that effort to win in style.

She made almost every yard of the running under Gerard Mosse and quickened away smartly to win by four and a half lengths.

Simon Marsh, general manager of Watership Down Stud said: “She is a very nice filly. She hit the rising ground and off she went. She did it well in front and settled nicely in front.

“Gerald said to leave her at six for now. There are plenty of options. Ed will make those decisions and we will discuss it with him. She is from a lovely family and has got a lovely pedigree. She has now got black type and speed so she is exciting.”

Royal Intervention runs in the colours of Lord Lloyd-Webber but is owned in partnership with Bill Farish. She is a half-sister to eight winners including to Grade 1 Beverley D winner Gorella and a further three stakes horses.


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.