Mares sold at Tattersalls and Goffs

05 December 2014

KILTINAN Castle Stud have sold a number of mares at Tattersalls and Goffs over the last couple of weeks.

At Tattersalls, Empress Cixi (lot 1794) was sold to John Foote Bloodstock for 150,000gns.

The unraced daughter of Shamardal is a half-sister to Group 2 Ocovango from the family of champion two-year-old Crystal Music. She is in foal to dual-Group 1 winner Maxios.

Dutch Romance (1798), a daughter of Dutch Art, was knocked down to Belmont Bloodstock Agency for 85,000gns.

The Listed-placed filly is a half-sister to 2000 Guineas hope Dutch Romance.

Dual winner Bright Glow (1862) was sold to agent Oliver St Lawrence and Matthew Camacho for 62,000gns. The daughter of Exceed And Excel is in foal to Acclamation.

At Goffs Kiltinan Castle Stud sold five mares including Mysteriousness (1187). A dual winner in France by Beat Hollow, Mysteriousness is in foal to Declaration Of War. She was purchased by BBA Ireland for €60,000.

New Approach filly Passionable (1191) was sold to Glebe Stables for €52,000. Her dam Raisonnable was a Listed winner and she is related to numerous Stakes performers.


THE FUGUE TO BE COVERED BY DUBAWI IN 2015

14 November 2014

THE Fugue is due to be covered by leading sire Dubawi in 2015. The daughter of Dansili carried Lord Lloyd- Webbers colours to four Group 1 triumphs including her emphatic success in this year’s Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Not only did she have the likes of dual Arc heroine Treve, Magician and Eclipse winner Mukhadram in her wake that day, she also smashed the ten-furlong track record in the process. That effort earned her an official rating of 124, making her the top-rated filly/mare in Britain and Ireland.

Trained by John Gosden, The Fugue also won the 2012 Nassau Stakes and the 2013 Yorkshire Oaks and Irish Champion Stakes, where she showed her trademark turn of foot to beat multiple Group 1 winner Al Kazeem.

Unfortunately injury cut short her 2014 campaign and she returned to Watership Down Stud to join the Lloyd-Webber’s broodmare band in July. All in all she won six races; four at Group 1 level, earning prize money just shy of £2million.

Simon Marsh, general manager of Watership Down Stud said: “We are very pleased to be sending The Fugue to Dubawi. He is a tremendous stallion, who has an outstanding record both on the racetrack and in the sales ring, and we feel he will suit The Fugue.”

“We have been delighted with how she has ‘let down’ since returning to the stud. On the racecourse she had a terrific turn of foot, a high cruising speed and a wonderful temperament. If these attributes are transferred to her offspring she is sure to make a great broodmare.”

Lady Madeleine Lloyd-Webber added: “The Fugue gave us an enormous amount of pleasure during her racing career and we are excited that she is now joining our broodmare band at Watership Down Stud.”

The Fugue heralds from one of Watership Down Stud’s most successful families. Her dam, the Group 2-placed Twyla Tharp is a daughter of foundation mare Sumoto. A daughter of Mtoto, Sumoto also produced Queen Elizabeth II Stakes winner Summoner and Eclipse winner Compton Admiral.

The Fugue joins the Lloyd-Webber’s fellow multiple Group 1 winner Dar Re Mi, whose first foal De Treville was placed at Group 3 level in France this season.


300,000gns Pivotal colt lights up Book 2

17 October 2014

THE strong trade for yearlings continued at Tattersalls Book 2 and Watership Down Stud was responsible for consigning one of the top-priced colts of the week.

Lot 520, a mature looking son of Pivotal was bought by John Warren for 300,000gns. This colt was a full-brother to Royal Ascot scorer Moneycantbuymelove from the family of French Guineas winner Landseer and Stakes performer Ikhtyar.

Warren, who purchased the colt on behalf of owner Sheikh Mohammed Obaid, said: “He was my pick of the day.”

Rabbah Bloodstock went to 100,000gns for lot 1289, an Oasis Dream filly out of Sadler’s Wells mare Quan Yin. She was a grand-daughter of French 1000 Guineas winner East Of The Moon and a great grand-daughter of champion racemare Miesque.

Lot 941, a colt by Smart Strike out of Exciting Times was knocked down to Charlie Gordon-Watson for 90,000gns. This colt is a half-brother to seven winners including Grade 2 winner Gorella and Stakes peformers Porto Santo and Thanks Again.

In total, Watership Down Stud sold 11 lots for an average of 89,000gns.


WDS amongst leading consigners at Tattersalls Book 1

10 October 2014

WATERSHIP Down Stud was the third leading consigner at this year’s Tattersalls Book 1 yearling sale, selling 13 lots for 4,502,000gns.

The leading sale was a colt by Dubawi out of Group 1 winner Crystal Music (245), who was purchased by John Ferguson for 1,600,000gns. This colt is a descendant of foundation mare Crystal Spray, who was purchased for the stud back in 1995.

This colt was the third top-priced lot of the week and the top by his stallion, Dubawi, who’s stock averaged a remarkable 654,500gns.

Watership Down Stud offered the only progeny of top stallion War Front at the sale and she (lot 331) was in high demand. John Ferguson again came out on top, spending 950,000gns on this daughter of Grade 1 winner Icon Project.

She was the second top-priced filly of the sale.

Watership Down Stud were also responsible for another of the sale’s top-priced fillies in lot 435, a daughter of Sea The Stars out of Our Queen Of Kings, who was purchased for 600,000gns by Bertrand Le Matyer Bloodstock.

This filly is bred to be a champion as she is a half-sister to Group 1 winner Spinning Queen from the family of Labeeb, Alrassam and Gallipot.

Stock by first-season sire Poet’s Voice were popular and Watership Down were pleased to sell lot 351, a colt by the Darley-based sire for 200,000gns to John Ferguson.

Watership Down Stud is looking forward to offering up 13 yearlings for sale at Tattersalls Book 2 next week. These include progeny by Sea The Stars, Acclamation, Pivotal and Dutch Art.


Exciting draft of yearlings heading to Tattersalls

02 October 2014

THE Watership Down and Kiltinan Castle Stud team is looking forward to offering a selection of choicely bred yearlings for sale at Tattersalls over the next couple of weeks.

Fifteen yearlings will be sold at ‘Book 1’, which takes place from October 7- 9. Among them are yearlings by proven champions such as Galileo, Dubawi, New Approach, War Front, Oasis Dream and Invincible Spirit in addition to exciting stock by first season sires Poet’s Voice and Pour Moi.

We are selling two lots by super-sire Galileo. Lot 83, is a colt out of the Listed winning Swiss Lake. The daughter of Indian Ridge has produced six winners from six runners to date including Stakes winners Swiss Diva, Swiss Spirit and Swiss Dream. Lot 417 is also regally bred. He is a colt out of Stakes winner My Branch and is a half-sister to Group 1 winner Tante Rose.

Watership Down Stud are selling the only offspring by top stallion War Front in the sale, lot 331. This filly is out of Grade 1 winner Icon Project who, in turn, is out of Grade 1 winner La Gueriere.

One with a Classic-winning pedigree is lot 245, a colt by Dubawi out of Group 1-winning two-year-old Crystal Music. A daughter of Nureyev, Crystal Music heralds from one of our most successful families at Watership Down Stud and she has already proven herself to be a top-class broodmare.

Lot 335, a son of Oasis Dream out of Sun Chariot Stakes heroine Independence, also takes the eye on paper. This colt, from the family of Derby winner Reference Point, is a half-brother to Eclipse winner and exciting sire Mount Nelson and a full sibling to Group 2 winner and St Leger third Monitor Closely.

We have 13 lots heading to ‘Book 2’ (October 13- 15). These include yearlings by Dutch Art, Pivotal, Sea The Stars and Acclamation with eight of the 13 out of or half-siblings to Stakes performers.

Lot 520 takes the eye as this colt is a full brother to Royal Ascot winner Moneycantbuymelove. The son of Pivotal is closely related to French Guineas hero Landseer and Group 2-placed Ikhtyar.

Sea The Stars, sire of Taghrooda, Sea The Moon and Vazira, will be represented by lot 713. This colt is out Adventure making him a half brother to Group 2 winner Laughing Lashes.

There is strength and depth throughout the entire draft. Our five lots in ‘Book 3’ (October 16) include three that are out of or half-siblings to Stakes winners.

Lot 1312, a colt by Champs Elysees out of Rubies From Burma, is a close relation of promising sire Approve whilst lot 1515 is a Shamardal filly who comes from the family of champion juvenile Damson.

Past graduates from Watership Down’s Tattersalls draft include Sixties Icon, Rewilding, Monitor Closely, Sublimity and Diaghilev amongst other top performers.


De Treville second in Group 3

22 September 2014

DAR Re Mi’s first foal De Treville finished second in the Group 3 Prix des Chenes at Longchamp on Saturday.

A son of Oasis Dream out of triple Group 1 scorer Dar Re Mi, De Treville was bred to be a champion and he has proved himself to be well above average in his three starts this summer.

Trained by Andre Fabre, he was second on debut at Chantilly before winning his maiden at the same track in July.

This was his first try at Stakes company and he acquitted himself well, going down to Evasive’s First by a length and a half under Maxime Guyon.

The highly regarded Cherek was back in third, giving the form some substance.

De Treville was sold as a yearling by Watership Down Stud. He was purchased by Charlie Gordon-Watson for owner Rashit Shaykhutdinov for 850,000gns at Tattersalls Book 1.


Back to back wins for Mukhayyam

08 September 2014

MUKHAYYAM made it two wins from three starts to date when taking a mile nursery handicap at Thirsk on Saturday afternoon.

The son of Dark Angel won his maiden at Newcastle last time out and took the step up in grade in his stride.

Owned by Sheikh Hamdan and ridden by Phillip Makin, Mukhayyam tracked the leaders during the early stages.

He hit the front with two furlongs to run and stayed on strongly to win by nearly three lengths.

Makin said of the Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt: “He´s grand. He was still looking about when he was in front, but it´s only his third race and he´s still learning.

“He handled the ground and you wouldn´t know how much more improvement there is in him.”

Mukhayyam was sold by Watership Down and Kiltinan Castle Stud for 120,000gns at Tattersalls Book 2.

At Ascot, Bold Lass showed a gutsy attitude to land the mile fillies’ handicap. The daughter of Sea The Stars, trained by David Lanigan, has now won three times and looks capable of making her mark in better company.

Bold Lass was bred at Watership Down and Kiltinan Castle Stud for owner Bjorn Nielsen. She is out of My Branch, making her a half-sister to Group 1 winner Tante Rose.

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Mukhayyam strikes at Newcastle

15 August 2014

MUKHAYYAM got off the mark at the second time of asking when winning a seven-furlong maiden at Newcastle this afternoon.

The son of Dark Angel was sold by Watership Down Stud for 120,000gns to Shadwell Estates at Tattersalls Book 2 last October.

Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, he stepped up considerably on his recent Newmarket debut to win gamely under Graham Lee.

He was settled in the midfield by Lee, travelling strongly and showing a professional attitude.

He struck the front at the furlong pole and stuck his neck out gallantly to beat Jolievitesse by a neck.

Lee said: “He is lovely and he will only get better as he gets older and has more racing. He is very likeable.”


Sulaalaat impresses in Nottingham victory

31 July 2014

SULAALAAT made light work of her rivals when winning a six-furlong maiden at Nottingham this afternoon.

Owned by Sheikh Hamdan, the daughter of New Approach stepped up on her recent debut second to win as she liked under Paul Mulrennan.

She jumped well from the stalls and dictated matters from the front. Mulrennan quickened the pace with two furlongs to run and she stretched clear to win impressively by four lengths.

Sulaalaat was sold for 180,000gns at Tattersalls Book 1 last October. She is a half-sister to winners Madeed and Khudoua.

Her dam, Danehill Dreamer, is a half-sister to Eclipse winner Compton Admiral, QEII winner Summoner and Twyla Tharp, dam of champion The Fugue.


The Fugue returns home

29 July 2014

THE FUGUE arrived home to Watership Down Stud this morning following her retirement from racing earlier this month.

Owned by Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber and trained by John Gosden, The Fugue enjoyed a fantastic career on the racetrack, which included four victories at Group 1 level.

Fittingly, her first Group 1 triumph came almost exactly two years ago to the day when she landed the Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood under a perfectly-timed Richard Hughes ride.

The following season she took the Yorkshire Oaks in August before beating the boys in emphatic fashion in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.

But she saved the best until this June when few will forget the ease at which she swept past the likes of Treve, Magician and Mukhadram to win the Prince of Wales’s Stakes in a course record time.

Sadly her career was cut short due to an injury picked up in the Coral Eclipse Stakes earlier this month.

Gosden and his team at Clarehaven Stables in Newmarket have overseen her ‘letting’ down over the past few weeks and she is now ready to return home.

She will be covered next spring and is an exciting addition to the broodmare band at Watership Down Stud.


De Treville lands Chantilly maiden

17 July 2014

DE Treville, the first foal out of star race mare Dar Re Mi, opened his account at the second time of asking over seven furlongs at Chantilly this afternoon.

The colt by Oasis Dream was purchased for 850,000gns at Tattersalls Book 1 last year by Charlie Gordon-Watson on behalf of owner Rashit Shaykhutdinov.

Trained by Andre Fabre, he was second on his debut over today’s course and distance last month and had little trouble getting off the mark under Maxime Guyon.

He showed greenness in the early stages but picked up the pacesetter Mangouni well inside the closing stages, going on to win by three-quarters of a length.

Dar Re Mi won six times for Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber. Three of those victories came at Group 1 level including her memorable triumph over Buena Vista in the 2010 Dubai Sheema Classic.


The Fugue is retired

11 July 2014

LORD and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s flagship performer The Fugue has been retired to stud.

The homebred daughter of Dansili picked up an injury when running in the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown last Saturday and it has been decided to retire her.

She has been a terrific racemare and is an exciting mare to bring back to Watership Down Stud.

By Dansili out of the Group 2-placed Twyla Tharp, The Fugue descends from Watership Down foundation mare Sumoto.

She made a winning debut at two when taking a maiden at Newmarket in November.

She began her three-year-old campaign in the 1000 Guineas where she came with a strong late rattle to finish fourth.

Upped to a mile and a quarter she easily landed the Musidora Stakes before a luckless third in the Oaks at Epsom. Her first Group 1 victory came at Glorious Goodwood where she showed her trademark turn of foot to win comfortably by a length from Timepiece.

She ran twice more at three; a close second in the Yorkshire Oaks and also an unlucky third in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

At four she picked up a brace of Group 1s; barely coming off the bridle to win the Yorkshire Oaks before beating the boys in the Irish Champion Stakes. She also finished second in both the Breeders’ Cup Turf and the Hong Kong Vase.

However, she saved the best until Royal Ascot this year when she stormed to victory in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, smashing the course record in the process.

Paying tribute her trainer John Gosden said: “Unfortunately The Fugue sustained an injury to her near-fore in the Eclipse Stakes. Having discussed the matter with Andrew and Madeleine Lloyd-Webber, we have taken the decision, in the best interests of the filly, to retire her from racing.”

“The Fugue has been a pleasure to train and to be around for all of us here and she never ceased to amaze us with her courage and athletic ability.”

Lady Lloyd-Webber added: “It is impossible to describe how much fun The Fugue has given us over the last two and a half years.”

“She has taken us to 14 Group 1s all around the world culminating in the highlight of her career last month when she beat the track record in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot.

“We feel incredibly privileged and lucky to have bred and owned such a magnificent filly and we look forward to her coming home to the stud for her second career.

“We would also like to put on record our thanks to John Gosden and his team at Clarehaven for their work and dedication throughout her career.”

Jockey William Buick said: “She should be remembered for those good wins she had, especially in the Prince of Wales's this year. She broke the track record and beat world champion horses.

“She's a filly that will always be close to my heart. She was all about pace - turn of foot, travel and pace.”


Moohaarib impresses at Doncaster

28 June 2014

MOOHAARIB looked an exciting prospect when winning a mile handicap at Doncaster on Friday afternoon.

The Marco Botti-trained colt was bred by Watership Down and Kiltinan Castle Stud. He is by Oasis Dream out of Evita, who is a half-sister to star middle distance performers Rewilding, Dar Re Mi, Darazari and Diaghilev.

He was purchased as a two-year-old at the Tattersalls breeze-up sales for 230,000gns.

A winner of a Ripon maiden last time out, Moohaarib was stepping up in grade in a handicap full of progressive three-year-olds.

He travelled supremely well throughout under Martin Harley before making his challenge with two furlongs to run.

The runner-up Championship didn’t go down without a fight but Moohaarib was well on top at the finish, winning by three-quarters of a length.

An impressed Harley said: “It wasn't a strong maiden he won at Ripon but we'd always liked him at home.”

“The drop back in trip has obviously helped him and he travelled really well all the way.”

“He showed a nice turn of foot at Ripon and again today.”


The Fugue is brilliant in Prince of Wales triumph

18 June 2014

LORD and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s star mare The Fugue put up the best performance of her illustrious career to win the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot this afternoon.

The daughter of Dansili beat a field that included champion Treve, Breeders’ Cup turf and Irish 2000 Guineas Magician, Dubai World Cup second Mukhadram and Dank, a dual Group 1 winner.

Mukhadram’s pacemaker Elkaayed ensured that there was a strong gallop and jockey William Buick settled The Fugue in a good rhythm in behind.

Joseph O’Brien aboard Magician was the first one to make his move but one glance to the right saw William motionless on The Fugue, who was full of running.

When William said ‘go’ The Fugue showed a devastating turn of foot to hit the front before surging clear to win comfortably by a length and three quarters.

Trainer John Gosden said: “This is great and the interesting thing about this race was that it was all about girl power, with Treve and this filly.”

“It didn't work, the trip to Dubai (for the Dubai Duty Free). We trained her in the winter and she was like a little bud that went tight, but now she's flowered and she looks great.”

“She got knocked over in the Oaks (two years ago), she got absolutely creamed and should have won, but she remains a very brave, lovely filly.”

“You look at races like the Eclipse and the Juddmonte International and hope we have summer weather. She has little feet like a ballerina and doesn't like soft ground, so if it's soft we don't run.”

William added: “She's been an absolute star for me and everybody back at the yard. She proved today what she can do against top-class horses.”

“When she gets an uncomplicated run like she did today and they come back to her, she's lethal, like she was there. It means everything to everyone involved.”

Lady Lloyd-Webber said: “We're so excited and she so deserves this. It hasn't gone her way sometimes and this is a very big stage to do it on. She's got her recognition as one of the best horses in Europe.”


The Fugue given Royal Ascot go-ahead

16 June 2014

THE FUGUE has been given the green light to contest the Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Ascot on Wednesday.

Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s mare was last seen running below-par in the Dubai Duty Free on World Cup Night at Meydan but connections are optimistic that she can bounce back.

The John Gosden-trained filly is a three-time Group 1 winner, including when beating the colts in last September’s Irish Champion Stakes.

Following that Leopardstown success she finished second in both the Breeders’ Cup Turf and the Hong Kong Vase.

Gosden confirmed: “The plan is to go to Royal Ascot with The Fugue. She appears in good form and we are happy to run her again in the Prince of Wales's Stakes in which she was third last year.”


Encouraging debut by Sulaalaat

11 June 2014

SULAALAAT made a very encouraging debut when second at Lingfield on Monday.

The daughter of New Approach was bred by Watership Down and Kiltinan Castle Stud and sold for 180,000gns at Tattersalls Book 1 to Shadwell Estates.

Carrying Sheikh Hamdan’s famous colours for trainer Brian Meehan, she raced down the center of the track showing greenness under Paul Hanagan.

The penny dropped and Sulaalaat ran on strongly only to be denied by Pack Together by half a length.

Sulaalaat’s dam, Danehill Dreamer, is an unraced half-sister to Group 1 winners Summoner and Compton Admiral and also Twyla Tharp, dam of The Fugue.

The Racing Post analysis read: "Sulaalaat ran a blinder and must surely be capable of going one better before too long. Forced to race wide on the course throughout, she stayed on powerfully close home and appeared to beat the remainder convincingly."


Moohaarib lands Ripon prize

05 June 2014

MOOHAARIB confirmed the promise of his two previous starts to run out a ready winner of a mile maiden at Ripon on Tuesday evening (June 3).

The son of Oasis Dream was bred by Watership Down and Kiltinan Castle Stud. He comes from one of the stud’s most successful families.

His dam, Evita by Selkirk, is out of foundation mare Darara. Darara is renown as one of the best mares of recent times, having produced four individual Group 1 winners including Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s champion Dar Re Mi and the dual-Group 1 hero Rewilding.

Trained by Marco Botti for owner Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Moohaarib was third on debut at Nottingham in April before running to a similar level when sixth in a competitive maiden at Newbury in May.

He was short-priced favourite yesterday’s mile contest and he travelled throughout the race like the best horse in the race.

Jockey Luke Morris kicked for home with two furlongs to run and he was soon in command, winning by nearly three lengths.


Jupiter causes a ‘Storm’ at Windsor

03 June 2014

THE admirable Jupiter Storm ran out an impressive winner of the mile and a half handicap at Windsor Monday evening.

The five-year-old by champion sire Galileo was bred in partnership by Breeding Capital, Bill Farish, Watership Down and Kiltinan Castle Studs. He was sold to trainer Gary Moore for 55,000gns at Tattersalls December Yearling sale in 2010.

He has proved a shrewd purchase for Moore, with last night’s victory being the fourth of his career.

He made every yard of the running under George Baker, galloping his rivals into the ground to win by eight lengths.

Jupiter Storm won the same race by the exact same winning margin twelve months ago.

Moore said: “I will have to get him in again quickly after that. He likes this track, the turns keep him interested, and I´d love to take him to Chester as he goes round bends so well.”

George Baker added: “On his day, when he can dictate, he is useful in this 0-80 bracket. He has galloped them into the ground today.”


Placidia wins in style

27 May 2014

Placidia wins in style

PLACIDIA opened her account in style when taking the second division of the 1m2f fillies’ maiden at Lingfield this afternoon.

The daughter of Sea The Stars runs in the colours of her owner/breeder Bjorn Nielsen, who boards his mares at both Watership Down Stud and Kiltinan Castel Stud.

Placidia is the ninth winner out of her dam Palmeraie. Her siblings include Group 2 winners Policy Maker and Pushkin and Plante Rare, the dam of Group 1 winner Planteur.

Trained by David Lanigan, Placidia deserved to get her head in front having been placed three times from five previous starts.

She ran out a ready winner under Ted Durcan, beating the well-bred Juddmonte newcomer Scallop by two and a half lengths.

Earlier in the afternoon, Toast Of The Town went down by just a head in the first division of the all-weather event.

The John Gosden-trained filly carries the colours of Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber and John’s wife, Rachel Hood. She was narrowly beaten by a subsequent Listed winner last time out and should be winning soon.


Impressive York win for Shamshon

15 May 2014

WATERSHIP Down Stud sales graduate Shamshon made an impressive start to 2014 with victory in a five-furlong conditions race at York’s Ebor Meeting.

The son of Invincible Spirit was sold for 420,000gns to Mandore International Agency at Tattersalls Book 1 in 2012.

Running in the colours of Al Shaqab Racing and trained by Richard Hannon, he was a Listed winner at two and also finished a close fifth in the Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury. He signed off last year with a below-par effort in the Breeders’s Cup Juvenile Turf over a mile.

Dropping back in trip, Shamshon travelled strongly under Frankie Dettori before powering clear to win by a length.

Dettori said: “I was impressed. He didn’t stay a mile in America but I honestly thought he wouldn’t have the legs for five (furlongs).

“He had a five pound penalty today but he showed a lot of speed and stuck his neck out gamely.

“Six furlongs may prove to be his best trip and hopefully he can build on this.”


So Many Shot In Line For Italian Oaks Bid

06 May 2014

SO Many Shots staked her claim for Italian Oaks glory with an easy victory in the Listed Premio Baggio in Milan on Sunday.

The Duke Of Marmalade filly is a close relation to Watership Down Stud broodmare, Claba Di San Jore. She is out of Claba Di San Jore’s half-sister Cand Di San Jore.

So Many Shots won the 2000m contest by four lengths under a confident Cristian Demuro.

Her trainer, Stefano Botti, is looking forward to running her in the Italian Oaks, he said: “She is a strong filly and I don’t think the extra furlong will be a concern. She deserves to take her chance in the Oaks.”

Claba Di San Jore (Barathea) was bought by Watership Down Stud for 575,000gns at Tattersalls in 2012. She has produced three Group 1 winners to date in Jakkalberry, Crackerjack King and Awelmarduk.


The Fugue drawn well in Dubai

27 March 2014

THE Fugue will break from stall four when she contests the Group 1 Dubai Duty Free at Meydan on Saturday evening.

The daughter of Dansili will bid to carry Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s colours to another big victory on World Cup Night, following in the footsteps of fellow Watership Down Stud homebred Dar Re Me who landed the Dubai Sheema Classic in 2010.

She is the top-rated in the field with three Group 1s already to her name as well as a string of top-level placings.

This nine-furlong contest will be the shortest trip she has run over since she finished fourth in the 2012 1000 Guineas but trainer John Gosden is optimistic that they have made the right choice.

He said: "She has had two easy days since leaving England and I'm very happy with her.

“It was always the plan to keep her in training as a five-year-old, and the biggest question here was which race to go for.

“My concern for the Dubai World Cup was that if the weather is hot, the all-weather surface can ride a little slow, so we decided to go for this race on turf, although if it continues raining, we may have made the wrong choice.”

The Fugue, ridden by William Buick, faces 12 rivals including top Japanese raider Just A Way and Dank, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf last November.

The race takes place at 4.39pm UK time.


Dubai Duty Free chosen for The Fugue

21 March 2014

THE Fugue is set to contest the Group 1 Dubai Duty Free on Cup Night next Saturday (March 29).

Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s homebred mare had also held entries in both the Dubai World Cup and the Dubai Sheema Classic but this race; nine furlongs on the turf, is the selected option.

Trainer John Gosden said: “She's going for the Duty Free. There's a preference to run her on turf for ground reasons.”

The Fugue, a daughter of Dansili, has already proven herself to be amongst the best middle-distance horses in the world.

She has struck three times at the top level and has also been placed in a further five Group 1 races.

When last seen in action she was a luckless second in the Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin in December.

Declarations for World Cup Night take place on Monday morning.


Gold and Ducab land Meydan prizes

14 March 2014

THERE was further success for Watership Down Stud graduates at Meydan on Thursday with Touch Gold and Ducab hitting the target.

Touch Gold has been a revelation this winter, with this triumph being his fourth of the campaign.

He has been victorious over a mile twice and seven furlongs but Thursday’s success came in handicap company over six furlongs.

He was given a confident ride by Daniel Muscutt ,who kicked Touch Gold into the lead shortly after leaving the stalls. He travelled strongly through the race before striding clear up the straight, winning by a length and a quarter.

Later in the day Ducab returned to winning ways with a comfortable victory in a nine-furlong handicap.

The son of Dansili is a full-brother to Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s star mare The Fugue.

Owned by Sultan Ali, Ducab won a Chester maiden last summer and has improved since switching to Dubai.

Ducab was sold at Tattersalls Book 2 for 33,000gns whist Touch Gold was purchased privately at Arqana in 2010 for owner H E Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan.


Another Classic prospect for 'Claba' line

11 March 2014

WATERSHIP Down Stud mare Claba Di San Jore heralds from one of Italy’s most prolific winning bloodlines and there looks to be another decent performer in the family in the form of So Many Shots.

So Many Shots is out of Cland Di San Jore, a half-sister to Claba Di San Jore. A three-year-old daughter of Duke Of Marmalade, So Many Shots ran out an impressive winner of the Premio Nanoccia in Rome on Saturday and is now being aimed at the Italian Oaks.

Trainer Stefano Botti said: “I am very pleased because So Many Shots really needed a run and will improve a lot. She is a strong filly, she will stay further and is a Oaks prospect, but it is a long way from this win to the Classic.”

Claba Di San Jore (Barathea) was bought by Watership Down Stud for 575,000gns at Tattersalls in 2012. She has produced three Group 1 winners to date in Jakkalberry, Crackerjack King and Awelmarduk.


More Dubai success for Touch Gold

24 February 2014

TOUCH Gold recorded another success in Dubai when taking a mile handicap at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon.

The son of Oasis Dream was sold by Watership Down Stud privately at the Arqana Sale in 2010.

Running in the colours of H E Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Touch Gold won twice for Sir Henry Cecil in the UK before continuing his career in the UAE.

He was victorious over the same distance at Meydan in January and has since finished placed twice.

He made every yard of the running on Friday and stuck on gamely up the hill to beat Kahruman by three quarters of a length.

Horses bred or sold by Watership Down Stud have enjoyed a good winter in Dubai with Godolphin’s Wedding Ring flying the flag. This Oasis Dream filly, sold for 310,000gns in 2012, won the 1000 Guineas trial in January before finishing a close fourth in the Guineas itself.


Dubai aim for The Fugue

18 February 2014

THE FUGUE is on target to make her 2014 seasonal reappearance on World Cup night in Dubai on March 29.

It has yet to be decided which race she will contest as she holds entries in the Dubai Duty Free over nine furlongs, the Dubai World Cup over a mile and a quarter, and the Dubai Sheema Classic over two furlongs further.

Simon Marsh, general manager of Watership Down Stud, said: “At the moment the intention is to run in Dubai, but at this stage I am not sure which race she will be aimed at.”

“Where she goes will be largely down to John (Gosden). She is a fantastic filly to have as she is remarkably consistent and you would have to say that she is right up there with the best.”

The daughter of Dansili, now five, has struck three times at the top level; the Nassau Stakes as a three-year-old and both the Irish Champion Stakes and the Yorkshire Oaks last year.

If she heads to Dubai, she will aim to emulate Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s fellow star racemare Dar Re Mi, who landed the Dubai Sheema Classic in 2010.


Wedding Ring impresses in Dubai victory

17 January 2014

The daughter of Oasis Dream was consigned by Watership Down Stud for 310,000gns at Tattersalls Book 1 in 2012. Her dam, Cast In Gold, is a half-brother to St Leger hero Rule Of Law.

Trained by Charlie Appleby for Godolphin, Wedding Ring won two valuable Tattersalls Sales races last autumn in addition to beating subsequent Group 2 winner Inhtimal in her maiden at Newmarket.

She was sent off the 5/4 favourite for the contest and duly obliged in eye-catching fashion.

She was settled towards the rear of the field by jockey Mickael Barzalona before making smooth progress just past half-way.

She showed a smart turn of foot to sweep into the lead inside the final furlong, passing the post a comfortable winner.

The UAE 1000 Guineas on February 6 is her next target although this victory earned her quotes of just 20/1 for the English 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 4.

Appleby said: “Wedding Ring has a turn of foot and we were confident that she would get to the leader. The natural progression is to step up to a mile for the UAE 1000 Guineas.”

“She switches off very well and I think that she will get a mile around Meydan. For a filly who has natural speed, she relaxes very well, which is a great attribute.”