Sales Successes

WATERSHIP Down Stud and Kiltinan Castle Stud are renowned throughout Europe as one of the finest sources of top-class racehorses.

The statistics show that the studs not only have an impressive strike rate in consigning high quality performers, they also achieve the best possible results for their clients.

For nearly twenty years, Watership Down Stud has featured among the top ten leading consigners of yearlings at Tattersalls Book 1. Quality not quantity has led to the stud earning a reputation for regularly producing top-class racehorses and ensuring buyers return year in year out.

Group 1 winners sold by Watership Down Stud and Kiltinan Castle Stud include St Leger hero Sixties Icon, Rewilding, winner of the Dubai Sheema Classic and the Prince of Wales’ Stakes at Royal Ascot and top Group 1-winning sprinter Tante Rose.

Star stayer Stradivarius, winner of the Ascot Gold Cup and Goodwood Cup (Gr1), was part of the 2015 Tattersalls Book 1 draft but was retained by owner Bjorn Nielsen. 

Since 2015, Stakes winners Nature Spirits (37,000gns) Natavia (600,000) and Joyful Hope (210,000gns) were all consigned by Watership Down Stud as yearlings.

Every year the Lloyd-Webber’s offer a select group of their own yearlings for sale and these provide buyers with an opportunity to purchase into their increasingly successful and influential bloodlines.

Yearlings tracing back to foundation mare Darara continue to hit the high notes on the track and in the sales ring none more so than in 2018 when the Dubawi colt out of her multiple Group 1 winning daughter Dar Re Mi, sold for 3.5million gns – a European record for that year.

That colt is a full brother to Too Darn Hot, champion two-year-old and classic hope for 2019.

Each year, Kiltinan Castle Stud consign a strong draft of fillies and mares at both Tattersalls and Goffs Breeding Stock Sales. Twyla Tharp – dam of champion The Fugue – sold for 1.7million guineas in 2012 whilst in 2017 five of the nine lots offered at Tattersalls sold for over 100,000gns.