A trio of smaller owner-breeders: 2019

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  1. Bustino74

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    Of these 3 owner-breeders Cliveden Stud had very much the best of it in 2018. Horseplay (now at stud I hope) won the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks as well as a few other Group placings. She hopefully will turn out to be a lucky and useful mare for the stud. This year is going to be quieter as there were no yearling fillies in 2018 and all the colts were sold (more of them later).

    One sad part of 2018 for this stud was the loss of a young mare called Concise (by Lemon Drop Kid out of Cut Short) and their star mare Independence. This Selkirk mare had produced two Group winners and was the only relation of Derby winner Reference Point in the stud. Though she had daughters, two were sold as yearlings and another, Singersongwriter, died after producing just one filly. That filly, Melodies, remains in training this year so there’s hope the family will be retained in the stud. Melodies put in some reasonable performances last year but her season was limited by an injury. She looks as if a mile suits her and Dunlop will be looking to get some black-type. Dunlop trains Cliveden’s only other horse in training and that is the unraced 3yo, the purchased Instantaneous, who just happens to be from the same Reference Point family (she shares with Melodies the same ancestor Yukon Hope who was a daughter of Reference Point’s half-sister Sahara Desert (by Green Desert). By Lethal Force, this filly is unlikely to stay beyond 7-8f.

    Cliveden have plenty of sold horses running this year and the best of the 3yos is probably Rux Power (who’s a Kingman filly out of Cut Short) and so is a half-sister to Brevity. She looked very promising when 2nd at Glorious Goodwood and was then not seen again. She won a 7f (aw) maiden last week in good style and she’ll go forward from that. A mile should be ideal. This filly’s younger brother was sold and is trained by Hannon. He’s called Keep it Brief (by Muharrar) and hopefully will advertise the family. Independence’s sold 2yo is called Border Crossing (by Oasis Dream) and is with Fabre. Another sold 2yo is an unnamed Australia colt out of the slightly disappointing Super Sleuth (whose dam is a half sister to Cut Short).

    The stud/owner have 6 yearlings, 3 of whom are fillies (including Concise’s sole foal by Iffraj). So 2020 may be a more interesting year for the stud’s runners. However there may be some celebrations to be had this year.

    Gillian, Lady Howard de Walden’s stud may be hanging by the thread of one mare. Gravitation is well bred being by Galileo out of a ) and looked to be a useful mare early on. But last years 2yo and 3yos were extremely poor. This year she has a well-named 2yo colt by Mastercraftsman called Grinling. It would be good to see him do well.

    I say may be hanging because she may have a daughter of Gravitation called Gemina at the stud but I’m not sure. Difficult for me to discern before November.

    So with slim numbers for the above two owner-breeders it is to be hoped that Mark Dixon’s Felucca (more correctly Felsetta) mares keep this thread on the map. Last year was a bit of a washout (if you don’t count Thomas Hobson) with their being only one winner, and that being in a bumper. The biggest disappointment was Oaks winner Talent’s first foal Ambition (by Dubawi) who did not seem to grow and was sold at the December sales as an unraced 2yo. Part-owner Rowsell bought her and apparently she’s been sent to France for her 3yo season.

    But 2019 has already produced a winner for Dixon with his part-owned Little Rock taking his maiden. His now deceased dam, Lakatoi, was 1 of only 2 mares he owned who did not trace back to Oaks winner Bireme’s daughter Yawl. She does have a 2yo filly this year and that is a filly, Punting

    Other than Little Rock, there are two 3yo fillies of which much is hoped. The best one should be Lara, who is by Australia out of the Danehill Dancer mare La Spezia, and so a half-sister to Thomas Hobson. Beckett trains her and she may be a staying filly to keep an eye on. The other 3yo is by Mukadramah out of the other non-Yawl mare, Jump Ship, who traces back to a full-sister to Yawl. This final foal of Jump Ship is called Waterfall and is in training with Lucy Wadham. Probably no world-beater but Wadham does well with the horses she trains whether over the jumps or on the flat and I can see her getting a race out of Waterfall.

    The 2yos are distinctly interesting. Top of the class must be Deft, who is Prowess’s latest foal and being by Dubawi a well-bred one. She is of course a half-sister to Talent and is in training with Beckett. I’d expect to see her out September time, as her sisters have been. Talent’s 2nd foal, Dash to Fame, was sent to the Sales but bought-in by the joint-owners for 325,000gns. This Dansili colt is to be trained by Simon Crisford I hear and it is to be hoped that keeping this expensive colt pays off. Other than the filly Punting, there is another colt called Away to Sea (by Born to Sea) who’s a half-sister to Thomas Hobson and likely to be seen as a 3yo rather than a 2yo.

    Dixon needs a good 2019, and it’s started well. Some nice yearlings are in the wings, with there being amongst them a full-sister to Talent, and a Dubawi filly out of Talent herself. It remains to be seen whether these are retained or sold. An outfit like this needs to sell some big-ticket yearlings now and again to keep the ship afloat. Two years ago they sold, the now 3yo filly, King Power for 2,750,000gns and it will do Dixon and his part-owners the world of good to see this once-raced filly get some black-type this season. Apparently she is showing some ability on the gallops.
     
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    It’s slim pickings for these owners, with few horses running. Mark Dixon has not added to the sole victory of Little Rock. Thomas Hobson was placed in a German Group race and King Power has run twice and looks capable of winning a maiden. Frustratingly for Dixon the filly he sold out of, Ambition, won on her second start in France for usual part-owner Rowsell. She is definitely a small filly but she lacks nothing in heart and spreadeagled the field once she’d got herself to the front. She’ll be looking for black type now. So Talent’s first foal (by Dubawi) has won (which is good for Talent, Dixon and Ashbrittle) and Ashbrittle Stud may have a reasonable mare of their own. Talent was sent to, sire of the moment, Lope de Vega after producing a Sea the Stars filly. The 2yo colt has not been placed with a trainer yet.

    Lara, with Beckett, was entered for a race on the day the trainer’s strike happened back in February, but has not been entered since, which is disappointing. She must have had training problems. The other 3yo, Waterfall, has now been entered. Hopefully she’ll develop into a reasonable staying filly..

    Some nice foals were produced this year. There are three colts by the sires Australia, Ifraaj and New Approach, plus a New Bay filly to go with Talent’s foal. The colts are useful as they provide the opportunity to sell or race. I’m sure this quality of sire will repay the investment. Zarak and Time Test have been added to the matings’ roster this year, with Australia dropped.

    A lot must depend on Deft, Talent’s 2yo half-sister with Beckett: I'd expect her to be seen in the next 6 weeks. She and Waterfall will be the flag-bearers for Dixon, and their exploits will dictate whether 2019 is a good year or not.

    Gillian, Lady de Walden has not had a runner yet this turf season. The sold Gendarme showed improved form and has now won 2 handicaps. Not much to say otherwise.

    Cliveden have had some action with their sold horses. The impressive winner, Rux Power did not follow up on her next start but one couldn’t help feeling there was more to come. Valence, a son of Oasis Dream and the recently deceased Independence ( so a full-brother to Monitor Closely) is no World beater, but got off the mark in a Class 5 handicap. A big step forward he can go on from that victory. Saheq, Brevity’s 2nd foal, has won two races this year (bringing his total to 4 wins altogether). None of the sold 2yos have appeared yet.

    The 4yo filly Melodies is yet to be entered this season and the purchased Inspirational has been a big disappointment so far: a quiet year for Cliveden’s owned runners on the racecourse.
     
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    Not a very bright year for these 3 owner-breeders.

    Mark Dixon
    One winner is not much to show for the effort put in. The biggest disappointment of the season was that Lara did not make it to the track. Having suffered a fracture early in the season she returned to training and suffered a further injury. She will retire to stud and one hopes she can breed sound produce. A large disappointment is that Deft (Talent’s 2nd foal) did not get to the track. She was ready to be entered then ‘coughed’. It was felt better to draw stumps for the season and she will start a maiden in 2020. She will be the chief flagbearer next year. Punting could not have been unluckier as on her debut her horsebox was involved in an accident on the way to the course and she suffered a slight injury. She is being entered again so hopefully will run this year on the AW.
    For Dixon alone, but not his partner Rowsell, the exploits of Ambition must have hurt. Sent to the sales by the joint owners last December as an unraced 2yo filly, Rowsell bought back this first foal of their jointly-owned Oaks winner, Talent. He sent her to France and after her placed debut she won a 10f maiden. They then lifted their sights and she ran her only poor race in a listed race. She then won another 12f race before finishing the season with a Group 3 win. Rowsell must be delighted and has a valuable broodmare of his own, while Dixon only has the satisfaction that his part-owned mare can produce Black Type winners. Such is the cruelty of racing.
    Next season this partnership will run their produce (3 fillies) whereas usually you’d expect them to sell at least one of them.

    Cliveden Stud
    First the good news. Cliveden had a good result at the Autumn yearling sales. A Kingman colt out of Brevity went for 425,000gns, an Iffraaj colt out of Sparring Queen (jointly owned) went for 120,000gns, a Shalaa filly out Social Media made 110,000gns and two other yearlings (by Oasis Dream and Muhaarar) went for 42,000and 40,000gns. The bad news is that that leaves Cliveden with only one possible 2yo next year, that being an Iffraaj filly out of Concise (a half-sister to Brevity). So it will be a thin year to follow this year where Cliveden had only one runner (and one run) in their own colours, that being Melodies. Presumably she will now go to stud. They had a couple of small winners with horses already sold.
    They did have 6 foals this year and hopefully will have 7 foals next year. Brevity has been sent to new Australian sire Zoustar and Horseplay’s first mate was Kingsman.

    Gillian, Lady Howard de Walden
    First the good news. Rather than the stud owned by Lord Howard de Walden’s having only one mare it appears she has Gravitation and her daughter Gemina at stud. Gravitation is extremely well related but has been a bit disappointing as a broodmare. Gemina only ran as a 2yo and looked useful. She has a colt by Havana Gold and is hopefully in foal to Farhh. Gravitation has a filly foal by Bated Breath (named Gargle) and has been sent to Time Test.
    The bad news: Her only runner this year was Hannon’s Grinling, who looked a green youngster on his debut but did no better on his 2nd start. She did sell Gendarme who won a couple of races, while the similarly sold Tavus won 3 races for Charlton.


    Good luck to these 3 next year!
     
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