Sat 13 Oct 2018
POET’S WORD arrives at the Nunnery Stud
Dual Group 1 winner POET’S WORD will join the Shadwell stallion roster at Nunnery Stud next year.
The five-year-old son of POET’S VOICE retires having established himself as one of Europe’s elite middle-distance performers following a pair of top-flight victories at Ascot in this year’s Prince of Wales’s Stakes and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
The grandson of DUBAWI began this year with a fine second to Hawkbill in the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan before readily accounting for classy performers LARAAIB, DESERT ENCOUNTER and FABRICATE in the Group 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown.
POET’S WORD was then saddled by Sir Michael Stoute to land his first Group 1 in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot. Having travelled smoothly, he was unleased by James Doyle a furlong out and displayed a fine turn of foot to deny triple Group 1 scorer CRACKSMAN by two and a quarter lengths.
He returned to the Berkshire venue five weeks later and, under another confident Doyle ride, wore down stablemate CRYSTAL OCEAN to land the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes by a neck.
POET’S WORD capped a hugely lucrative season at York when finishing a game second to top-class three-year-old Roaring Lion in the Juddmonte International Stakes, a race in which he finished ahead of Classic winners SAXON WARRIOR and LATROBE as well as St James’s Palace Stakes hero WITHOUT PAROLE.
Bought as a yearling by Charlie Gordon-Watson for 300,000gns at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sales, POET’S WORD carried the colours of his owner Saeed Suhail to win seven of his 17 starts – four of which came at Group level – amassing career earnings of £2,951,329.
Bred by Woodcote Stud, POET’S WORD is the highest rated runner by the late POET’S VOICE, who is responsible for 22 other stakes performers, including this year’s smart two-year-old and Group 3 Somerville Tattersall Stakes winner ARCTIC SOUND. POET’S VOICE was a high-class juvenile for Godolphin and Saeed bin Suroor, winning the Group 2 Champagne Stakes before developing into an even better miler, emphasised by his gutsy win in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
The biggest indicator POET’S VOICE is a great loss to the breeding industry was the impressive tally of juvenile winners he registered in 2017, with his total of 29 two-year-old scorers bettered only by his own sire, DUBAWI, among the British stallion ranks.
POET’S WORD is one of five winners out of the NASHWAN mare WHIRLY BIRD – a multiple winner and Listed-placed – making him a half-brother to four winners, headed by Group 3-winning juvenile MALABAR (RAVEN’S PASS), who was also a Group 3 scorer at three, and dual scorer WHIRLY DANCER, dam of high-class two-year-old BECKFORD.
His KINGMAN half-sister was snapped up by Stroud Coleman Bloodstock for 200,000gns at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale last year.
Shadwell Stud Director Richard Lancaster said: “POET’S WORD was a tremendous racehorse and is a great credit to Sir Michael, who gave him the time to develop into one of Europe’s elite middle-distance performers.
“He put up a huge performance when beating CRACKSMAN in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and then backed that up when he displayed all his tenacity and fighting spirit to beat CRYSTAL OCEAN in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
“Not only are there several precocious performers found in POET’S WORD’S pedigree, he is also a beautiful looking horse, a point emphasised by his 300,000gns yearling price. He uses himself particularly well and if he can pass that trait on to his offspring, it will stand him in good stead.” POET’S WORD was partnered to his Group 1 victories by James Doyle, who said: “He had a great temperament – he was solid mentally – nothing fazed him. “The one thing that blew me away was his cruising speed, making him an incredibly easy ride. He would quite happily go forward or you could take him back and he would relax. “He could also accelerate off that high cruising speed, emphasised when winning his two Group 1 races at Ascot. “I’ve ridden some exceptional horses and he’d easily be one of the best ten furlong horses I have ridden. A mile and a quarter was definitely his optimum trip. “Finally, he was also a great mover – he flowed across the ground – and although he won on slower ground, a quicker surface brought out the best in him.”
Trainer Sir Michael Stoute added: “POET’S WORD was a very athletic colt with a grand temperament. He was also a great competitor who just continued to progress.”
POET’S WORD will be available to view at Beech House Stud in Newmarket during the Tattersalls December Sales.
A fee for him and other Nunnery Stud stallions will be announced at a later date.
Fri 12 Oct 2018
Rajasinghe 2017 Coventry Stakes Success
Record-breaking Gr.2 Coventry Stakes hero Rajasinghe has been retired to stand at The National Stud in Newmarket.
Rajasinghe showed an exceptional turn of foot when breaking the track record and running the fastest ever recorded time for a two-year-old over six furlongs at Royal Ascot, beating subsequent Classic winner Romanised and Gr.1 winner US Navy Flag.
He followed up that run with another top performance when finishing third in the Gr.2 July Stakes at Newmarket.
Trainer Richard Spencer said:
“His win at Royal Ascot last year helped put us on the map. It was a very special day and a fantastic performance to beat the track record.
To have a two year-old that posted a quicker time than the likes of Canford Cliffs and Dawn Approach in the race is very special and I look forward to seeing his progeny in years to come.”
Rajasinghe is a son of Choisir, who has produced 11 Gr.1 winners to date including Starspangledbanner who has made an immediate impact at stud, most notably when siring Gr.1 winner The Wow Signal.
Tim Lane, Stud Director at The National Stud said:
“We’re hugely excited to stand Rajasinghe at the National Stud in Newmarket. His record speaks for itself, he’s a Gr.2-winning son of Choisir who broke the track record at Royal Ascot when winning the Coventry Stakes.
Rasjasinghe is a good looking horse with an excellent walk and he will be commercially attractive for breeders, which is proven by the recent the success of the sire line at the yearling sales. With the support of Phil Cunningham and Rebel Racing, we believe Rajasinghe will be very successful.”
Rajasinghe will be managed by the Avenue Bloodstock team of John Ferguson, Mark McStay and Amy Lanigan. He will stand at a fee of £5,000 Oct 1, SLF. Lifetime breeding rights will also be sold.
Thu 11 Oct 2018
Lancaster Bomber, the G1-winning son of War Front who was famous for his extravagant front-running style, has been retired to the National Stud in Newmarket. He will be managed by the Avenue Bloodstock team of John Ferguson, Mark McStay and Amy Lanigan. Lancaster Bomber will stand at a fee of £8,500 Oct 1, SLF. Lifetime breeding rights will also be sold.
The winner of his maiden in August at two, Lancaster Bomber went on to be runner-up in the Dewhurst, two Breeders’ Cups, and the fastest-ever running of the St James’s Palace Stakes, before his G1 victory at the Curragh in the Tattersalls Gold Cup took his earnings well over the million-pound mark.
His battling second-place finish behind Churchill at Newmarket at two – fending off Blue Point and Thunder Snow – came in a time faster than 39 of the Dewhurst’s runnings as a G1 contest – while his run in the G1 St James’s Palace Stakes came in a time fast enough to have won all the other 184 runnings of the Royal Ascot showpiece. He was also a close-up fourth in the 2,000 Guineas. Among the others he defeated were Churchill, Ribchester and Limato.
Lancaster Bomber’s race record stands comparison with that of his sire, War Front, a G2 winner at four who was runner-up in five more Graded Stakes, two of them G1s.
War Front, who retired to stud at $12,500, has gone on to become one of the world’s most prepotent stallions of the day, now commanding a fee of $250,000. He is America’s leading auction sire with a 2018 yearling average of $783,000 and his offspring have won the Middle Park and Cheveley Park Stakes, three of the past five Dewhursts, the July Cup, the Queen Anne and the Juddmonte International. War Front’s first European-raced stallion son, Declaration Of War, has sired the French 2,000 Guineas winner in his debut crop.
Lancaster Bomber, whose pedigree is free of Danehill and Sadler’s Wells, is out of the excellent Indian Ridge mare Sun Shower, also dam of Barney Roy’s sire Excelebration. This is the deep Ardenode family of Irish Classic winners Sarah Siddons, Princess Pati and Ragusa.
Coolmore’s MV Magnier said, ‘Lancaster Bomber has always been held in very high regard by Aidan and the team at Ballydoyle. We have placed a lot of faith in his sire War Front, and thankfully it is being rewarded. We have retained some breeding rights in Lancaster Bomber and feel that his retirement to the National Stud in Newmarket affords him an excellent opportunity to make an impact as a stallion.’
Tue 9 Oct 2018
Elusive Bloodstock have announced the acquisition of FALCO from Haras du Grand Chesnaie to join their stallion roster for 2019 and beyond in a deal brokered by Richard Venn Bloodstock.
A proven Group 1 sire of both flat and National Hunt horses, he counts Cheltenham Festival Grade 1 winner PEACE AND CO and ODELIZ a winner of the Group 1 Prix Jean Romanet amongst his best horses. With a lifetime winners to runners percentage of 56% his top performers in 2018 on the flat include the Group 3 winner XENOBIA and the improving French Listed winner MAIFALKI. His 2018 National Hunt horses include three-time Listed winner over hurdles at Autueil, the Grade 2 placed and 156 rated, BEAU GOSSE.
A top class race career saw him win the Group 1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains at Longchamp by 3 lengths beating Group 1 winners and subsequent sires Rio De La Plata, Thewayyouare, Tamayuz and Paco Boy.
By sire of sires PIVOTAL who had a memorable weekend with 3 Group winners and as broodmare sire of Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp winner Mab’s Cross and One Master winner of the Group 1 Prix de la Foret, he is a half-brother to Group 3 winner Iron Lips.
James Gray of Elusive Bloodstock said “We are very excited to be standing a Group 1 winner, who will be one of the only stallions standing in the UK to have sired a Grade 1 winner over jumps and a Group 1 winner on the flat. He is a gorgeous Bay by a wonderful sire and offers breeders the chance to breed a racehorse as well as a sales horse as shown by the recent sale of a three year old for €65,000 to Gordon Elliot.”
Richard Venn commented “I have been following FALCO for sometime now, he has produced several quality jumps performers from flat crops when he was standing at Haras de Etreham, he was moved to Haras du Grand Chesnaie in 2015 and covered his biggest books of NH and AQPS mares. Interestingly his biggest crop of proper NH stock will be 3-y-o’s in 2019 and I can see him having plenty more winners. He is a big horse, who gives size and gets good looking progeny, plus he is a good cross for Sadler’s Wells line mares. I can see this proven sire being popular with British NH Breeders.”
Falco will stand at £3,000, Oct 1st SLF and joins Elusive Bloodstock foundation stallion Sun Central whose 2019 fee has been announced as £2,000, Oct 1st SLF. For all enquiries please contact James Gray on +44 (0)7743 042742.