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