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).


Typique sells for €450,000 at Goffs

21 November 2016

KILTINAN Castle Stud was responsible for selling one of the leading lots at the two-day Breeding Stock Sale at Goffs last week.

Lot 1360, Typique was knocked down to Broadhurst Agency for €450,000, the sixth top lot of the sale. The daughter of Galileo is out of French Champion two-year-old Denbola from the family of Machiavellian.

Paul Nataf paid €78,000 for Nacre, an unraced Deep Impact mare in foal to Fastnet Rock. This mare is related to Polybius and Freedonia and traces back to Breeders’ Cup hero Domedriver.

Lot 1356 Mare Imbrium was bought by Barry Walters for €45,000 while 1351 Affirmative was knocked down to J Perrotta Agent/ Moran Stables for €40,000. The former is a daughter if Stakes winner Sea Of Showers in foal to Camelot. Affirmative was carrying to Acclamation.

Lots sold:

1351 Affirmative (GB) by Pivotal (GB) x Favourable Terms (GB) 2007 Mare | Covering: Acclamation (GB) - Purchaser: J Perrotta Agent/Moran Stables €40,000

1352 Nacre (JPN) by Deep Impact (JPN) x Forest Rain (FR) 2011 Mare | Covering: Fastnet Rock (AUS) - Purchaser: Paul Nataf €78,000

1353 Ares Flight (IRE) by Hernando (FR) x Visions On Space (IRE) 2008 Mare | Covering: Maxios (GB) Purchaser: Luke Comer - €9,000

1354 Summer Dream (IRE) by Oasis Dream (GB) x Star On Stage (GB) 2010 Mare | Covering: Raven's Pass (USA) - Purchaser: Alfonso Litta €18,500

1355 Tantivy (USA) by Giant's Causeway (USA) x Witching Hour (FR) 2012 Mare | Covering: Big Bad Bob (IRE) Purchaser: Berghgracht - €27,000

1356 Mare Imbrium (USA) by Mr Greeley (USA) x Sea of Showers (USA) 2009 Mare | Covering: Camelot (GB) Barry Walters €45,000

1357 Hamley (FR) by Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Mary Arnold (IRE) 2013 Filly

Purchaser: Stables Friends Synd €4,500

1360 Typique (IRE) by Galileo (IRE) x Denebola (USA)2013 Filly Purchaser: Broadhurst Agency €450,000


Kiltinan Castle Stud represented at Goffs Breeding Stock Sale

18 November 2016

KILTINAN Castle Stud are offering eight fillies and mares for sale at the Goffs Breeding Stock Sale in Ireland on Friday, 18 November.

Among them is lot 1351 Affirmative, a daughter of Group 1 winner Favourable Terms in foal to leading stallion Acclamation. Affirmative has bred two winners to date.

Lot 1352 Nacre offers buyers a rare opportunity to purchase a daughter of champion Japanese sire Deep Impact. This unraced filly is related to the likes of Domedriver, Freedonia and Polybius and is in foal to Fastnet Rock.

Lot 1354 Summer Dream is an Oasis Dream mare in foal to Raven’s Pass whilst lot 1355 Tantivy is by Giant’s Causeway in foal to Big Bad Bob. The latter is traces back to Party Doll and Titus Livius.

Mare Imbrium (lot 1356) is carrying to dual-Classic winner Camelot, whose yearlings have been well received this autumn. She is a daughter of Group 3 winner Sea Of Showers and a grand-daughter of multiple Group 1 winner Chimes of Freedom.

Lot 1360 Typique is a three-year-old filly by champion Galileo out of a Storm Cat mare in Denebola. Denebola was the champion 2yo filly in France and has bred Stakes winner Bolting. It is the family of Machiavellian and Coup De Genie.

The action gets underway at Goffs today at 10am.


Watership Down yearlings popular at Book 2

17 October 2016

THE Watership Down Stud yearling draft at Tattersalls Book 2 went down well with purchases with 11 lots selling for 876,000gns.

The top-priced sale among them was lot 1322, a daughter of Sea The Stars who sold to David Menuisier on behalf of owner Clive Washbourn for 165,000gns. This filly was the first foal out of Listed winner Crying Lightening.

Blandford Bloodstock signed the ticket for lot 633, a son of freshman-sire Intello out of Evita for 140,000gns. This colt traces back to Watership Down’s Group 1-winning foundation mare Darara. The daughter of Top Ville bred four individual Group 1 winners including Rewilding and Dar Re Mi, the latter is the dam of this Stakes-winner So Mi Dar.

A price of 130,000gns was paid by Oakgrove Stud for lot 957, a filly by Al Kazeem out of Quan Yin. This filly comes from the family of French Classic winner East Of The Moon and traces back to the great mare Miesque. She will carry the colours of John Deer, who bred and raced her sire Al Kazeem.

Progeny of dual-Classic winner Camelot proved popular with buyers and lot 782 was bought by Blandford Bloodstock for 110,000gns. This filly is out of Stakes-placed Rock of Gibraltar mare L’Ile Aux Loups and is related to the likes of Loup Breton and Louve Royale.

Lots sold:

560 Iffraaj (GB) / Danehill Dreamer (USA) B.F. 85,000 - Jeremy Brummitt

633 Intello (GER) / Evita (GB) B.C. 140,000- Blandford Bloodstock

707 High Chaparral (IRE) / Green Castle (IRE) B.C. 27,000 - Blandford Bloodstock / Ed Dunlop

742 Camelot (GB) / Illandrane (IRE) B.F. 32,000 - Howson & Houldsworth Bloodstock

782 Camelot (GB) / L'Ile Aux Loups (IRE) B.F. 110,000 - Blandford Bloodstock

815 Mastercraftsman (IRE) / Lottie Dod (IRE) B/Gr.C. 25,000 - Jeremy Brummitt

957 Al Kazeem (GB) / Quan Yin (IRE) B.F. 130,000 - Oakgrove Stud

1234 Declaration of War (USA) / Autumn Leaves (FR) Ch.C. 70,000 -SackvilleDonald

1281 Invincible Spirit (IRE) / Cable (USA) Gr.C. 42,000 -Sunrise Bloodstock

1311 Henrythenavigator (USA) / Cosmic Fire (FR) B.C.-50,000- Axom

1322 Sea The Stars (IRE) / Crying Lightening (IRE) B.F. - 165,000 David Menuisier for Clive Washbourn


Strong draft set for Tattersalls Book 2

10 October 2016

FOLLOWING the great success of the Watership Down Stud draft at Tattersalls Book 1, the team are looking forward to offering 14 yearlings for sale at Book 2.

Among them are yearlings by the likes of proven top sires Sea The Stars, High Chaparral, Mastercraftsman and Iffraaj in addition to exciting first season stallions Declaration of War, Intello and Camelot.

Lot 1322 is a filly by Sea The Stars out of Listed winner Crying Lightening who traces back to the family of Cityscape and Bated Breath.

Another with a taking pedigree is lot 1281, a colt by leading sire Invincible Spirit out of US Stakes performer Cable. This colt is a close relation of Grade 2-winning sire Exchange Rate and Group 3 winner Sabre d’Argent.

One that takes the eye on paper is lot 707 a son of Derby winner High Chaparral out of Green Castle. This colt is a half brother to three Stakes performers in Ithoughtitwasover, Greenisland and Glenmayne and traces back to Old Vic.

Intello’s stock have been well received so far this season and Watership Down Stud are selling colt by the French Derby winner, lot 633. This colt is out of Evita, dam of Listed winner Moohaarib, and traces back to Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber foundation mare Darara, mother of four Group 1 winners including Dar Re Mi and Rewilding.

Full details of all the lots headed to Tattersalls can be found on the Our Services page under Future Sales.


Exciting draft all set for Tattersalls Book 1

30 September 2016

THE team at Watership Down Stud are looking forward to offering a strong draft of yearlings for sale at Tattersalls Book 1 next week.

There are a number of tremendous pedigrees on offer by some of the world’s finest stallions. In fact, the draft includes five by sire-of-the-moment Dubawi and one apiece by champion Galileo and the mighty Frankel.

Frankel has made a sensational start to his stallion career and Watership Down is delighted to be selling a colt out of Oaks winner Casual Look. He is a half-brother to two Stakes performers in Casual Smile and Casual Trick and is lot 523.

Lot 535 is a daughter of Dubawi out of Claba di San Jore. She is a half-sister to no less than three Group 1 winners in Jakkalberry, Crackerjack King and Awelmarduk while lot 116, a is Dubawi half-brother to top-flight winner and stallion Mount Nelson.

Grade 1 winner Icon Project is the dam of lot 113, another filly by Dubawi, who offers buyers a chance to invest in a top-US pedigree which features the likes of La Gueriere and Munnings.

Lot 85 is a Galileo colt out of the Stakes-placed Danehill Dancer mare Gooseberry Fool. He comes from the immediate family of Last Second and Aussie Rules and traces back to the great Allegretto.

Another colt who is bred in the purple is lot 104. This son of Sea The Stars is a half-brother to Group 1 winner Lillie Langtry, dam of this year’s leading three-year-old Minding.

The draft also includes four yearlings by leading stallion Invincible Spirit. Lot 363 is out of Swiss Lake and is a half-brother to the promising Frankel colt Swiss Storm.

A list of all the horses due to be sold at Tattersalls can be found on the ‘Our Services’ page under Future Sales.


So Mi Dar remains unbeaten and returns with smooth Yarmouth win

15 September 2016

SO Mi Dar made a successful return to the track at Yarmouth on Wednesday afternoon, 14th September where she took the Listed John Musker Stakes in the colours of Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber.

The daughter of Dubawi, trained by John Gosden, is now unbeaten in four starts and looks set for a fruitful autumn campaign.

Having won the Derby Trial at Epsom and York’s Musidora Stakes, hopes had been high of Classic glory in the Oaks but unfortunately injury forced her to miss this early-season highlight along with Royal Ascot and the Irish Oaks.

Despite this absence, she looked better than ever this afternoon, travelling with ease under Frankie before quickening up smartly to win, eased down by half a length.

The progressive Nezwaah finished second with last year’s Juddmonte International winner Arabian Queen back in third.

Dettori said: “She was not fully wound up today, but she's done everything smoothly and there's plenty more to come.

“I haven't ridden her since the Musidora but Gary Foster, who is in charge of her, thought he had her ready to run but not fully wound up to win a Group One.”

Lady Lloyd Webber added: “I think we have to look at the Prix de l'Opera at Chantilly and Champions Day.

“Chantilly seems a long way off, but it will soon be here. It would be fairly bullish to go for the main event and we'll probably stick against her own sex. Maybe next year we'll try to win the Arc.”

So Mi Dar heralds from one of Watership Down Stud’s most prolific families. She is a daughter of three-time Group 1 winner Dar Re Mi and a half-sister to Stakes performer De Treville. Her granddam is Darara, a winner at the top-level herself and dam of no less than four Group 1 winners.

Photograph copyright Roger Harris


Firnas looks exciting prospect at Newmarket

13 May 2016

FIRNAS looked a colt with a bright future based on his emphatic victory in a ten-furlong maiden at Newmarket on Thursday evening.

The son of Dubawi was bred by Watership Down Stud. He is a son of Group 1 winner Crystal Music and sold for 1.6million gns to John Ferguson at Tattersalls as a yearling.

He is stunning-looking colt and he appears to have talent to boot based on this authoritative victory.

He cruised through the contest under jockey William Buick before showing a smart turn of foot to quicken clear, winning eased down by five lengths.

Trainer Charlie Appleby said: “As we have all seen he is a very good looking individual. He has a great pedigree and the price tag to go with it.

“We thought a lot of him as a two-year-old and we gave him that one run knowing that he would need that as education before we put him away.

“Throughout the winter he was a horse that was pleasing us at home. As regards going forward, we could look at something like the Tercentenary Stakes.”


So Mi Dar lands Musidora in style

11 May 2016

SO MI DAR ran out an impressive winner of the Musidora Stakes at York and is now unbeaten in three starts to date.

The form from her last win in the Derby Trial at Epsom was franked in no uncertain terms when Humphrey Bogart won a Group 3 at Lingfield on Saturday and as a result So Mi Dar was sent off a warm order for this Group 3 Oaks Trial.

Frankie Dettori rode the daughter of Dubawi with supreme confidence, settling her at the rear before biding his time up the straight. She cruised up to the leaders at the two furlong pole before Frankie said ‘go’ and she powered clear. It looked briefly as though the Godolphin filly Promising Run would pose a threat but So Mi Dar quickened again and went on to win easily by four lengths. So Mi Dar is trained by John Gosden, who also trained her mother Dar Re Mi to win three Group 1s for Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber.

Gosden said: “I’m delighted with her. She is a lovely filly. She has a great turn of foot and I couldn’t be more pleased with how she quickened up. This filly could do no more that win hands and heels by four. She’s learned a lot from racing and is progressive. She likes Epsom and a mile and a half will suit her.”

An impressed Dettori added: “She's got what you require- she's got tactical speed, she travels, quickens and stays the distance. Minding is very good - but I've got a good one, also.”

Lady Lloyd-Webber said: “We had hoped she would win but they have still got to come and do it on the track. It is lovely, this filly is very like her grand-mother Darara who we bought and it is wonderful to see the family continuing to do well.”

“She has been to Epsom so she has experience on the track and has proven herself on soft/heavy ground in the Derby Trial and on quicker ground today.”

So Mi Dar is the second-favourite for the Epsom Oaks behind 1000 Guineas winner Minding.


So Mi Dar Wins Investec Derby Trial

20 April 2016

SO MI DAR made it two wins from as many starts with a comfortable success in the Investec Derby Trial at Epsom this afternoon.

The daughter of Dubawi, who runs in the colours of Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber, won her maiden on debut at Windsor last October and staked her Oaks claims in no uncertain terms with victory over the boys. She was a little keen in the early stages but Frankie Dettori soon had her anchored at the rear of the field. She moved stylishly throughout and was switched to the outside to make her run. She picked up well under Frankie’s urgings, sweeping by her rivals before coasting home to win by a neck.

Trainer John Gosden said: “We are delighted with her. She was a little gassy early on but Frankie dropped her out and got her settled nicely, then he threw his whip away.

“She started idling in front, which is a good sign, and she just was pushed out hands and heels. “We came here to see if she would handle the track and with a bit of luck she will go to the Musidora then hopefully come back here for the Oaks.”

Dettori was also suitably impressed and felt there could be more improvement to come.

He said: “I rode her in some work the other day and she gave me a good feel. It was a big task, taking on the colts, but she is very neat and compact.”

So Mi Dar was bred at Watership Down Stud. She is a daughter of star racemare Dar Re Mi, a triple Group 1 winner for the Lloyd-Webbers. Dar Re Mi’s first foal, De Treville, is a Stakes performer in France for Andre Fabre.

Photo courtesy of Gavin James/GJMultimedia


A colt foal for Dar Re Mi

07 April 2016

ALL at Watership Down Stud were delighted when Dar Re Mi gave birth to a colt foal by Dubawi on Saturday.

The daughter of Singspiel, a three-time Group 1 winner, is in good health following the birth and she and her foal have been enjoying the spring sunshine.

Dar Re Mi has already proved herself to be a high-class producer with her first foal De Treville (Oasis Dream) emerging as a Stakes performer for Andre Fabre.

Her second foal, So Mi Dar won her only start in the colours of Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber at Windsor last October and is an exciting prospect for the 2016 season.

So Mi Dar is also by leading stallion Dubawi, making her a full sister to this week’s new arrival.


The Fugue foals Dubawi filly

18 January 2016

ALL at Watership Down Stud were delighted to welcome The Fugue’s first foal, a filly by Dubawi, in the early hours of Sunday, 17 January.

The brown filly was born at 3.10am and both she and her mother are doing well.

A daughter of Dansili, The Fugue joined the Watership Down Stud broodmare band last season following a tremendous career on the racetrack.

Trained by John Gosden, she won four Group 1s and just shy of £2,000,000 in prizemoney.

Her victory in the 2014 Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot will live long in the memory where she beat a stellar field including the likes of Treve, Magician and Mukhadram in a course record time.

This filly comes from one of Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s most successful families. Her great-grand-dam Sumoto was purchased back in 2000 and bred two Group 1 winners in Summoner and Compton Admiral.

Sumoto also bred Twyla Tharp who was second in the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes and is dam of The Fugue.

Images courtesy of Amy Lanigan.