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.


Bible Belt tops Kiltinan Castle Stud draft at Tattersalls

01 December 2016

TRADE was up and down at the Tattersalls Breeding Stock Sale, but Kiltinan Castle Stud were responsible for selling one of the top lots of the day in Bible Belt.

A Group 3 winner, Bible Belt is in foal to top stallion Invincible Spirit and was knocked down to Blandford Bloodstock for 425,000gns.

Sagaciously, a filly by Lawman who has achieved ‘black type’ on the racecourse, was purchased by Knockenduff Stud for 185,000gns, whilst Rabbah Bloodstock went to 140,000gns for Palmarola, a regally-bred daughter of Sea The Stars.

WAOC paid 120,000gns for Prequel, a Dark Angel full-sister to July Stakes hero Alhabayeb and the useful sprinter Humidor, and Jeremy Brummitt secured Stakes producer Artisti for 130,000gns. The latter is carrying a full-sibling to Group 3 winner Magic Artist by Iffraaj.

Susan Stroman, a daughter of top Watership Down mare Twyla Tharp and a half-sister to The Fugue sold to Salcey Forest Stud for 90,000gns. She is in foal to Zoffany.

Lots sold:

1780 Snow Crystal (IRE) Ch.M. by Kingmambo (USA) x Crystal Spray 6,000 - Wadacre

1781 Cable (USA) Gr/Ro.M. by Dynaformer (USA) x Sterling Pound (USA) - 40,000 - J R McDonald

1782 Arabian Mirage (GB) B.M. by Oasis Dream (GB) x Bathilde (IRE) 52,000 - Blandford Bloodstock

1784 Petit Trianon (GB) B.M. by Dansili (GB) x Jolie Etoile (USA) - 48,000 - Select Bloodstock

1785 Susan Stroman (GB) B.M. by Monsun (GER) x Twyla Tharp (IRE) - 90,000 Salcey Forest Stud

1832 Hint of Pink (IRE) Ch.M. by Teofilo (IRE) x Fragrancy (IRE) 70,000 - BBA Ireland

1833 Artisti (GB) B.M. by Cape Cross (IRE) x Moyesii (USA) - 130,000 - Jeremy Brummitt

1835 African Plains (GB) B.M. by Oasis Dream (GB) x African Rose (GB) - 65,000- Amanda Skiffington

1836 Bible Belt (IRE) Br.M. by Big Bad Bob (IRE) x Shine Silently (IRE) - 425,000- Blandford Bloodstock

1869 Island Retreat (GB) B.F. by Medaglia d'Oro (USA) x State Treasure (USA) - 75,000 - Gordian Troeller Bloodstock

1870 Alaskan Breeze (IRE) B.F. by Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Arabian Mirage (GB) - 10,000 - Aston Park Stud

1871 Tenerezza (IRE) B.F. by Shamardal (USA) x Geminiani (IRE) - 14,000 - O Donnell / Hamish Macauley

1872 Prequel (IRE) B.F. by Dark Angel (IRE) x Miss Indigo (GB) - 120,000 - WAOC Bloodstock

1873 Palmarola (IRE) B.F. by Sea The Stars (IRE) x Palmeraie (USA) - 140,000 - Rabbah Bloodstock

1874 Sagaciously (IRE) B.F. by Lawman (FR) x Saga Celebre (FR) - 185,000 - Knockenduff Stud


High class draft sell at Tattersalls

29 November 2016

KILTINAN Castle Stud are set to offer a select group of choicely bred fillies and mares for sale at the Tattersalls Breeding Stock sale on Tuesday this week.

Among them is lot 1836, top-class racemare Bible Belt, a Group 3 winner herself in foal to none other than Invincible Spirit, while lot 1835 African Plains is an Oasis Dream half-sister to Classic hope Fair Eva out of Group 1 winner African Rose. She is in foal to Camelot.

There are opportunities to buy into some of the stud’s most successful families with one of these being lot 1785, Susan Stroman. A winning daughter of Monsun, Susan Stroman is out of Group 2-placed Twyla Tharp and a half-sister to champion racemare The Fugue.

Cape Cross continues to make his mark as a broodmare sire and lot 1833 Artisti has already proven herself as a Group producer. A close relation of Mastery, Kirklees and Mukhadram, Artisti is carrying a full sibling to Group 3 winner Magic Artist by Iffraaj.

First up from the draft is Snow Crystal, a daughter of Kingmambo who has already bred a Stakes-performer in Pellucid and who heralds from the wonderful Watership Down family of Crystal Music, Dubai Success and Ocovango. Lot 1834 provides buyers with another route into this remarkable page via Crysdal, a daughter of Group 1 winner Crystal Music in foal to top sire Lope De Vega.

Lot 1781 is the Stakes-placed Dynaformer mare Cable, she herself a half-sister to the top-racehorse and sire Exchange Rate and carrying to the commercial Zoffany. Lot 1782, Arabian Mirage is also in foal to a commercial stallion in Iffraaj, whose stock continue to achieve success both on the racetrack and in the sales ring. Lot 1832 Hint Of Pink is another carrying to the Darley-based sire and she is an unraced half-sister to Stakes performers Pelerin and Masarah.

Lot 1784 is a Dansili mare called Petit Trianon in foal to Australia. This mare is an own-sister to the Listed winner Preferential from the family of Prix de la Foret winner Etoile Montante.

In addition to mares in foal the draft also includes some well-bred fillies, none more so than lot 1873 Palmarola. This filly is a daughter of Sea The Stars and a half-sister to four Stakes performers, the best of them Group 2 winner Policy Maker. Her second dam features Arc hero Peintre Celebre amongst other top horses.

Lot 1873 Prequel is a daughter of Dark Angel and a full sister to Group 2-winning juvenile Alhebayeb and useful sprinter Humidor, whilst our final lot through the ring is Stakes-placed Lawman filly Sagaciously (lot 1874).