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
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