So Mi Dar makes a winning debut

21 October 2015

SO MI DAR got her career off to the best possible start with victory in the mile fillies’ maiden at Windsor on Tuesday afternoon.

The daughter of Dubawi, who is out of champion racemare Dar Re Mi, was retained by Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber and is trained by John Gosden.

She was professional on debut, travelling well in behind the leaders under Rab Havlin.

She came under pressure with three furlongs to run but responded well to Havlin’s urgings, learning with every stride.

She picked up stylishly inside the final furlong, collaring the favourite Golden Stunner in the shadow of the post, winning by a neck.

Lady Lloyd-Webber said: “You couldn´t ask for any more from a two-year-old filly first time. So Mi Dar was a little bit green, suddenly got the message and found the extra gear which is what you want to see.”

Dar Re Mi’s first foal De Treville has proved a useful Stakes performer whilst her 2014 Frankel yearling colt sold for 750,000gns at Tattersalls last week.

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Wapping wins well at Bath

19 October 2015

WATERSHIP Down Stud homebred Wapping broke his maiden in good style at Bath on Sunday afternoon.

The son of Smart Strike, who runs in the colours of Lord Lloyd-Webber and is trained by David Lanigan, has been progressive in maidens this summer and deserved this break through success.

He was given a good ride by George Baker, who settled his mount towards the rear.

He travelled well before making his move in between runners as they entered the straight.

He soon put the race to bed with a good turn of foot before coasting home to win by nearly two lengths.

Lanigan said: “Wapping was a bit unlucky at Beverley on his last run. He´s a May foal and has a frame to fill. He does everything nicely at home and will want top of the ground when he returns next year.”

Wapping is a half-brother to six winners including Grade 1 scorer Gorella.


Watership Down Stud among leading consigners at Book 2

19 October 2015

WATERSHIP Down Stud were among the leading consigners at the Book 2 sale held at Tattersalls last week.

A total of 12 lots were sold for 977,000gns with the top lot, a filly by Lawman out of Bufera selling for 230,000gns to Stroud Coleman Bloodstock.

This filly is out of a Stakes-placed mare from the family of Most Improved, Ecot and Johnny Barnes.

John Ferguson went to 150,000gns for a Pivotal colt out of Listed winner Paris Winds whilst an Invincible Spirit filly out of Sweet Stream sold to A & K Bloodstock for 97,000gns.

MV Magnier paid 100,000gns for a colt by Fastnet Rock out of Arabian Mirage. This colt is a close relation of Group 1 winner Al Shemali and Group 2 winner Tungsten Strike.


Frankel colt out of Dar Re Mi sells for 750,000 gns

15 October 2015

THE Frankel colt out of Dar Re Mi was among the top lots of Tattersalls Book 1 yearling sale which took place in Newmarket last week.

The regally-bred colt was knocked down for 750,000gns to Dar Re Mi’s trainer John Gosden on behalf of Al Shaqab racing.

Dar Re Mi won three Group 1s in the colours of Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber and has already proven herself an exciting broodmare with her first foal De Treville gaining ‘black type’. He was the top-priced Frankel sold at Tattersalls.

All in all, Book 1 proved a successful sale for Watership Down Stud with 11 lots sold for 4,858,000gns making us the third top consigners of the week.

Juddmonte Farms made a rare purchase when going to 600,000gns for a Nathaniel filly out of Our Queen Of Kings. This filly is a half-sister to Group 1 winner Spinning Queen from the family of Trade Commissioner and Galipot.

An Invincible Spirit colt out of Listed winner Dark Promise sold to John Ferguson for 575,000gns while agent Dermot Farrington signed the ticket for a filly by Nathaniel out of Steel Princess for 500,000gns. This filly is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Sara Lynx.