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 year in year out.
Since 2004, Watership Down Stud has never been out of the top-10 consigners of yearlings at Tattersalls October Book 1, a remarkable statistic for an operation that only sells an average of 14 yearlings per sale.
Group 1 winners sold by Watership Down Stud and Kiltinan Castle Stud include 2007 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.
Another subsequent Group 1 winner sold as a yearling by Watership Down Stud was Diaghilev (Sadler’s Wells/Darara). This colt made 3.4million guineas at the Tattersalls Houghton Yearling Sale.
In 2008, Watership Down Stud was the leading vendor at Tattersalls October Book 1 (by average in guineas, 8 or more yearlings sold).
Watership Down Stud bred one of the highest priced yearling colt sold worldwide in 2008. The bay colt by Distorted Humor out of Crystal Music fetched $1,200,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
In 2012, Kiltinan Castle Stud sold the top-lot at the Tattersalls December Breeding Stock Sale, Twyla Tharp – dam of champion The Fugue – for 1.7million guineas.