A diverse selection of British breeders, both large and small, are among the winners of the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association (TBA) Awards for 2005, details of which are revealed today, Thursday, December 8.
The Queen's Silver Cup, awarded to the breeder who accrues the most prize money on the Flat in Britain and Ireland throughout the season with UK-resident mares, goes to Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum's Shadwell Stud, thus breaking the three-year-domination of this category by Juddmonte Farms. Leading the way for the Norfolk-based stud was Eswarah, heroine of the Vodafone Oaks.
A close run battle for the BBA Silver Cigar Box, awarded to the leading British-based Flat stallion (earnings), saw Halling just edge out Pivotal. The Darley stallion's earnings of £1.3m were some £83,000 ahead of his Cheveley Park Stud rival with Vodafone Oaks runner-up Something Exciting and the Ladbrokes St Leger second The Geezer among his leading earners. Halling now stands at the Emirates Stud in Dubai.
It was a similarly close-run affair for the Barleythorpe Stud Cup, given to the British-based stallion responsible for the most individual Flat winners, with two of Maktoum Al Maktoum's Gainsborough stallions fighting it out. Royal Applause, based at the Royal Studs, Sandringham, just got the better of Cadeaux Genereux, recording 44 winners to compared to 41.
An outstanding season, with 19 winners of 29 races and £460,672 in prize money, sees Bertolini collect the Tattersalls Silver Salver for leading British-based first season sire. His main flagbearer was Donna Blini, successful in the Group Two Cherry Hinton Stakes and the Group One Cheveley Park Stakes. His exploits saw him finish fourth on the overall list for two-year-olds in Britain and Ireland as well as being the leading overall British-based juvenile sire. He has now left Overbury Stud in Gloucestershire to stand at Kildangan Stud in Ireland.
One of the most memorable achievements of the 2005 Flat season was that of the broodmare Star, who produced the Group One-winning sprinters Pastoral Pursuits (Darley July Cup, Newmarket) and Goodricke (William Sprint Cup, Haydock) to enable her to secure the H J Joel Silver Salver for broodmare of the year. The full-brothers were both bred by Tom Warner of Red House Stud in Exning, with the family stretching back some 30 years. This is sadly a posthumous award following Star's death earlier this year. Pastoral Pursuits will now stand alongside his sire, Bahamian Bounty, at the National Stud in Newmarket.
Alma Taylor, manager at Red House Stud, said: "We are extremely pleased to receive this award, it is a great honour for the stud.
"To produce two fantastic performers from the one mare is just wonderful, particularly as we are only a small stud with nine mares at present. Mr Warner keeps a few of the foals we produce each year and sends them to Michael Jarvis.
"The only downside is we lost Star earlier this year - she was in foal to Dubai Destination and sadly died in June. "
Cheveley Park Stud, having just missed out on some of the other awards, collects the TBA Silver Rose Bowl for Flat Breeder of the Year. The highlights of 2005 for David and Patricia Thompson's operation were the Group One wins for home-breds Peeress in the Sun Chariot Stakes and Nannina in the Fillies' Mile - sired by the stud's stallions Pivotal and Medicean respectively.
Deerfield Farm, based close to Newmarket in Dullingham, takes the TBA Silver Salver, the special merit award for Flat racing. This is in recognition of the fact that Motivator, rated the best winner of the Derby since Generous, was bred by the stud which is owned by Salah Fustok and managed by Bill Cowe.
Bill Cowe commented: "This was certainly a great year for the stud. We only have a dozen mares and there is no doubt that Motivator is certainly the best we have ever produced.
"We sold Motivator's half-sister for 260,000 guineas at the Tattersalls Mares' sale in November while his yearling full-brother was sold privately by the stud earlier this year."
The Langham Cup, the small breeder award for Flat racing, goes to Louise Parry of the Pantycoed Stud in Pembrokeshire. The stud, situated near to the Preseli Mountains and renowned for producing Welsh Mountain ponies, has just a handful of thoroughbred mares and bred this season's Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine, Saoire - the first classic winner to be bred in Wales.
Louise Parry declared: "This is just an amazing thing to happen at the end of a wonderful year.
"I am absolutely thrilled to win this award, it is a great honour. I hope our success inspires other people and gives them all hope.
"We have seven in foal at the moment and around a dozen ponies at the moment. I purchased my first thoroughbred mare in 1979 - it was really just a hobby to begin with and it was around eight years ago that we really started to set about it seriously.
"Antediluvian was a big step up for us when she won a Listed race at Sandown in 2004, but this year has just been the icing on the cake."
Shade Oak Stud has once again come out on top in the battle for two of the National Hunt awards. For the second year in succession, Alflora collects the Whitbread Silver Salver for leading British-based National Hunt sire, with 26 winners of 38 races in the 2004/05 season worth over £520,000. Among his leading performers were the late Farmer Jack, successful in the Grade Two AON Chase at Newbury and Grade Three Racing Post Chase at Kempton, and also the Irish Grade One scorer Central House.
There is a tie for the Horse & Hound Cup, the award for individual chase winners, between two of Shade Oak Stud's stallions, Alflora and Rakaposhi King who were remarkably both responsible for 11 individual winners of 18 chases. For good measure, Shade Oak's late stallion Gunner B was in third placed with nine individual winners of 14 races.
Worth Matravers, a mare named after a village on the Dorset coast, is the winner of the Dudgeon Cup for leading National Hunt broodmare. Owned by Michael Dare, who is based at Marston Magna in Somerset, Worth Matravers was responsible for both the Irish Grade One scorer Forget The Past and Mouseski.
The latter, a five-time chase winner in the 2004/05 season, is also owned by Michael Dare who said: "As I am a very small breeder, I am absolutely delighted to receive this award. Hopefully, it will encourage other people to keep a few broodmares.
"Having purchased Worth Matravers for one of my daughters to go point-to-pointing and then for her to go on to produce some good National Hunt horses is a great joy.
"Worth Matravers is now 25 and has been retired but I also have the only filly she bred, who is now four years old and in foal, so the next generation is coming on.
"I've always kept a broodmare, but success at this level was rather unexpected! I got into trouble for selling Forget The Past for not much money but fortunately Mouseski then also came good and another of her offspring, El Nombre, has won a couple of point-to-points.
"The TBA has been very generous with breeders' prizes, which I think is very important. I've appreciated it enormously and it has encouraged me to go on and breed from the next generation."
Lord Oaksey, 76, is the recipient of the Queen Mother's Silver Cup, the National Hunt Achievement Award. He was twice champion amateur rider, with his best horses including Taxidermist and Bullock's Horn, while he also finished a gallant second on Carrickbeg in the 1963 Grand National. John also enjoyed a long and successful career as a journalist, where his highly-respected views could be read in the Daily Telegraph and the Horse & Hound, while he was also a regular and popular member of the racing team on ITV/Channel 4 television. Alongside all of this, John has also been a long-standing member of the TBA's National Hunt Committee while his lasting legacy is the tireless work he has put in as a founder and trustee of the Injured Jockeys' Fund.
Philip Freedman, Chairman of the TBA, said: "The past 12 months have seen some great successes by British-bred horses, with three of the five English classic winners having been bred in Britain.
"These awards reflect those achievements and proves that British breeders, both large and small, can continue to thrive in the modern racing world."
The awards will be presented at the TBA Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency London Churchill Hotel on Tuesday, January 10, when the winners of two Special awards for contributions to the British Breeding Industry are announced.
For further information, please contact Louise Kemble, Chief Executive of the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association, on 01638 661321
2005 THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS' ASSOCIATION AWARDS
Queen's Silver Cup (leading British-based Breeder, Flat earnings) - Shadwell Stud
BBA Silver Cigar Box (leading British-based Stallion, Flat earnings) - Halling (Darley)
Barleythorpe Stud Cup (leading British-based Stallion, individual Flat winners) - Royal Applause (Gainsborough Stud)
Tattersalls' Silver Salver (leading British-based First Season Sire) - Bertolini (Overbury Stud)
H J Joel Silver Salver (Broodmare of the Year, Flat) - Star (Red House Stud)
TBA Silver Rose Bowl (TBA Flat Breeder) - Cheveley Park Stud
TBA Silver Salver (Special Merit Award, Flat) - Deerfield Farm
Langham Cup (Small Breeder Award, Flat) - Louise Parry (Pantycoed Stud)
Whitbread Silver Salver (leading active British-based NH Stallion) - Alflora (Shade Oak Stud)
Horse & Hound Cup (leading British-based NH Stallion, individual chase winners) - Alflora & Rakaposhi King (Shade Oak Stud)
Dudgeon Cup (leading NH Broodmare) - Worth Matravers (Michael Dare)
Queen Mother's Silver Cup (NH Achievement Award) - Lord Oaksey
Duke of Devonshire Award - Announced on January 10
Dominion Award - Announced on January 10
WAAJEB TURNS THE TABLES
Waajeb turned the tables on Almaram when claiming the Al Dhiyafa Handicap at the BBC World-sponsored racemeeting at Nad al Sheba on Thursday evening.
Almaram, trained by Dhruba Selvaratnam and ridden by Rory Cleary, beat Waajeb by two lengths when they met a fortnight ago; but it was Waajeb who battled hard to get up by half a length, giving trainer Ali Rashid al Raihe and jockey Royston Ffrench a winning double for the evening.
Almaram, a five-year-old son of A P Indy, led the field into the straight but Waajeb showed a turn of foot at the 200 metres post and made smooth progress to get up in the final strides. Instant Recall, the mount of Gaven Birrer, was third with Bounty Quest in fourth.
It was an easy victory in the opening race, the 1,400 metres Al Barsha-sponsored by BBC World, for the Satish Seemar-trained National Day Cup (Gr.I) winner Big Easy.
Ted Durcan was always racing in the first two on the eightyear-old Purebred Arabian son of Burning Sand who made smooth progress to lead in the final stages of the backstretch, running on to a two and three quarter length win.
Raggass, the mount of Ryan Moore, and the Willie Supple-partnered Charh battled it out for the minor places with Raggass getting up for second.
Lovely Dubai, trained by Rashed Bouresly and ridden by Peter Dillon, made all to win the Al Safa Maiden-sponsored by BBC World over the straight 1,200 metres by two and a quarter lengths. Tabreed, the mount of Cleary, held on by a head for second with Global Leader in third.
Al Raihe's Outpoker landed his second win on the bounce when claiming the 1,200 metre Al Quoz Handicap-sponsored by BBC World. It was a hard fought battle with Quicknap and Indian Dreamer, but Ffrench got up aboard Outpoker to win by a head from Quicknap.
Muhareb, trained by Doug Watson, made all under Supple to win the Al Karama Handicap, sponsored by BBC World, over 2,400 metres by two and three quarter lengths from Desert Sands and Dolbear.
Morafij followed up on his win at Nad al Sheba two weeks ago when landing the Al Mankhool Handicap over 1,800 metres for Selvaratnam and Cleary by three and three quarters.
RACING IN DUBAI, UAE
DUBAI RACING CLUB
NAD AL SHEBA RACECOURSE
Thursday, 8th December, 2005
Dirt. Track: Fast.
Key: The figures beside the race conditions (i.e. 00-80) are for horses rated in that division and these figures are in pounds. The UAE Dirham (AED) is fixed at US$3.68. All races on dirt.
Race One. Al Barsha sponsored by BBC World.
Purebred Arabians 1,400m. NH & SH 4yo+. Conditions
1999 gr h Chndaka Juans Karita Ku (Juan de Shawn)
Owner: HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Trainer: E Charpy. Jockey: W Supple
Then came (in order): Jilko (FR), Shija (AE), Al Awal (GB), Kerouan Lotois
(FR), Oceanara (GB), Sous Les Ordres (FR), Move Over (US), Sousoff (FR), Al
Tareek (GB). All 12 ran. Margins: 2 ¾, 2 ¼, 1 ¼. Time: 1m 34.13s
2000 b g Lion Cavern Maid of Kashmir (Dancing Brave)
Owner: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Darley Stud Management Co Ltd
Trainer: D Selvaratnam. Jockey: R Cleary (1.5kgs)
2. LUNCH TIME (GB) 55kgs
1999 ch g Zamindar Megdale (Waajib)
Owner: The Lamprell Partnership
Breeder: Bishop Wilton Stud
Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: R Moore
3. LITERATOR (FR) 52.5kgs
2000 b g Danehill Karamzin (Nureyev)
Owner: Mohammed Nayamat
Breeder: Darley Stud Management
Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: C Arnold
Then came (in order): Rich Pickins (USA), Private Possession (USA), Jasmim
da Noite (BRZ), Tri Another Cat (USA), Saleel (USA), Manrique (USA), Zahoom
(USA), Inbetwixt (USA). 11 ran NR: Forest of Dreams (GB).