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.

Action returns to Tattersalls with December Breeding Stock Sale

04 December 2017

THE action returns to Tattersalls this week where the Kiltinan Castle Stud team are looking forward to consigning an exciting draft of fillies and mares.

The team head there fresh following a successful trip to Goffs where three of their 11 lots sold for over 100,000eu and lot 1025, Awareness, broke into the week’s top ten when selling to Lorraine Bloodstock for 190,000eu.

Kiltinan Castle Stud are offering nine lots for sale including lot 1856, Anzhelika, who is one of just two mares in foal to top stallion Dubawi in the whole sale. A daughter of Galileo, Anzhelika was Stakes-placed herself and is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Angara and Group 2 winner Actrice.

There are also two mares in the draft carrying to the mighty Frankel, lot 1855 My Rosie and 1839 La Mortola. Frankel has made an incredible start to his stallion career and these mares offer buyers an opportunity to buy into two incredibly successful families. My Rosie is a daughter of Listed winner My Branch and a half-sister to eight winners notably Haydock Sprint Cup (G1) winner Tante Rose and Sweet Solera winner Bay Tree. She is also a half-sister to Rosie’s Posy, dam of Classic winner Make Believe and Grade 1 US scorer Dubawi Heights.

La Mortola is a daughter of Dubawi and Barathea mare Claba Di San Jore. She is a half-sister to no less than three Group 1 winners (Jakkalberry, Crackerjack King and Awelmarduk) and two further Stakes winners.

Lot 1784 Dorcas Lane is sure to be popular as she is a proven producer as the dam of this year’s Royal Ascot winner Atty Persse. A Listed winner herself, she comes from the family of Harayir and Tryster and is in foal to first season sire Kingman.

Horses can be viewed at Highflyer Paddocks Barn G.