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Our Hope For Years to Come

By John Berry

The magnificent duel fought between Enable (GB) (Nathaniel Ire) and Crystal Ocean (GB) (Sea The Stars Ire) in Saturday’s G1 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth QIPCO S. was every part one might hope for, not least because the first four horses across the road in Britain’s premier weight-for-age race are all aged 5. In racing, the most important stars are the horses; and it is a drawback for the sport if and when one of the best horses have careers so brief that they do not have time to turn out to be family names. It is rather encouraging that such a fantastic race might be dominated by 4 horses every in his/her fourth season of racing.

What was also encouraging was the sight of so many members of Prince Khalid Abdullah’s household within the winner’s enclosure, most notably together with his son Prince Saud accumulating the trophy. The Prince ranks as one of the nice proprietor/breeders of this or some other age, having from the late 1970s onwards constructed up Juddmonte into a racing and breeding operation which arguably has given more pleasure to more race-goers than another in the trendy period. As with all nice bloodstock enterprise, the difficulty of succession looms giant after a while. Prince Khalid Abdullah is now in his early 80s and it has by no means been clear to the surface world whether or not his heirs will share the eagerness for the sport which has been Juddmonte’s driving drive. On the evidence of Saturday, the will to keep Juddmonte in subsequent generations might properly exist.

Juddmonte, in fact, is just not racing’s only empire whose future is unsure. The Royal Studs have been flourishing uninterruptedly beneath successive generations of the Royal Family because the future King Edward VII reinvigorated the royal connection with the Sport of Kings while still Prince of Wales through the 64-year reign (1837 to 1901) of his mother Queen Victoria, who confirmed little interest in the sport. Subsequently King Edward VII’s grandson King George VI was a true racing fanatic; and the latter’s daughter Queen Elizabeth II has proved herself to be one of the crucial passionate house owners in racing history. Worryingly, although, it has been onerous to decide whether any of Her Majesty’s youngsters or grandchildren could have the commitment to the sport required to keep the Royal Studs at their current degree.

This month has been an encouraging one from this perspective. One of many debutants in a current juvenile novices’ race at Newbury was the Ralph Beckett-trained Golden Cygnet (GB) (Cable Bay Ire), owned and bred by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. Equally encouraging was the presence of Prince Andrew within the unsaddling enclosure after Allow’s great victory at Ascot, the Queen’s second son wanting solely at residence in the midst of a terrific racing celebration.

The Identify’s Bond
Without wishing to downplay the eminence of Concentric (GB) (Sadler’s Wells) or Crystal Star (GB) (Mark Of Esteem Ire), the dams of Allow and Crystal Ocean, Broodmare of the Day on Saturday was certainly Reg Bond’s 19-year-old mare Perpetually Bond (GB) (Danetime Ire). She got here up with two good winners on Saturday afternoon, her Four-year-old son Rise Corridor (GB) (Frankel GB) profitable the Heath Courtroom Lodge ‘Be Our Guest’ H. at Newmarket two hours before her 5-year-old daughter Women First (GB) (Monsieur Bond Ire) took the Skybet Supporting New Beginnings British EBF Fillies’ H. at York.

Usually, breeders tend to stick inside the similar price-bracket when booking the nominations for his or her mares. Rise Hall and Women First, nevertheless, provide an ideal reminder that this is not all the time the case. Monsieur Bond’s stud payment when Women First was conceived in 2013 was £5,000; the fee the next yr of the Frankel nomination which yielded Rise Hall was £125,000. Nevertheless, while one would not often see such a difference in standing of a mare’s mates in consecutive seasons, every stallion was the apparent mate for the mare.

Reg Bond, the supply vans of whose tyre enterprise are a frequent sight on British roads, has enjoyed nice success through the current century with horses educated primarily by Bryan Sensible and Geoff Oldroyd. Perpetually Bond was educated for him by Sensible however she was not one among his stars. She never raced however Monsieur Bond (Ire) (Danehill Dancer Ire), her Bond-owned modern in Sensible’s secure, did rather well, profitable six of his 23 begins including the Fortune S. at Epsom in 2003 and each the G3 Gladness S. at the Curragh and the G2 Duke Of York S. at York in 2004.

Eternally Bond got here from a household full of quick horses so clearly was value retaining for stud despite her failure as a racehorse. Monsieur Bond was the apparent mate for her when Reg Bond retired him (initially to Whitsbury Manor Stud for five seasons after which to Norton Grove Stud) in 2005. The results of Ceaselessly Bond’s go to to Monsieur Bond during his first season was Endlessly’s Woman (GB), winner of six of her 41 races.  (Endlessly Bond had been at stud for one yr by this time, producing the seven-time winner Chosen Ceaselessly (GB) (Choisir Aus)).

Subsequent visits to Monsieur Bond in 2006 and ’07 yielded two excellent sprinters: Hoof It (GB) and Women Are Perpetually (GB). The former turned a people hero when proving himself one of many fastest in addition to one of the largest horses within the land, profitable 11 races headlined by a memorable wide-margin triumph underneath 10 stone in the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood in 2011 for the redoubtable (part-)proprietor/trainer/jockey workforce of Lee Westwood, Mick Easterby and Kieren Fallon. The latter, educated by Oldroyd, scored eight occasions together with, memorably, taking the G3 Summer time S. over six furlongs at York in 2011, ’13 and ’14.  Further visits to Monsieur Bond for Endlessly Bond have been subsequently a no brainer, ensuing not solely in Women First (GB) (whose tally of victories presently stands at three) but in addition her current 3-year-old Airwaves (GB), who’s educated like Rise Corridor by Martyn Meade and who has gained two of her 4 races to date.

Eternally Bond has, although, visited other stallions sometimes.  She went to Misu Bond (Ire) (Danehill Dancer Ire), a twin listed winner who had been educated for Reg Bond by Bryan Sensible, in his first season at Hedgeholme Stud in 2008. This mating resulted in seven-time winner Bop It (GB). And when the temptation to send this excellent broodmare to an ‘outside’ stallion grew too robust to resist, which one higher to choose than the mighty Frankel, whom she visited in his second season at Banstead Manor in 2014? The outcome was Rise Hall, who was entered in two yearling gross sales in 2016 (Tattersalls’ October and December Sales) however was withdrawn from each and who’s now educated for Reg Bond by Martyn Meade. By profitable a handicap on Saturday off a BHA score of 96, Rise Corridor seems positive shortly to turn into the third of Ceaselessly Bond’s offspring to attain a three-figure score.

Discount ‘Buys’
Rise Corridor is merely one in every of a number of current good winners who have been entered in yearling gross sales but were not bought. Two notably promising examples have been Brunelle (Ire) (Kodiac GB), a winner on debut at Leopardstown, and Beneath The Stars (Ire) (Night time Of Thunder Ire) who took her report to two-from-two by touchdown the G3 Princess Margaret Keeneland S. at Ascot on Saturday. These two 2-year-old fillies, in contrast to Rise Hall, did fulfil their engagements at the yearling sales, however neither seemingly changed palms, even when formally they have been bought.

Bred by Cristina Patino’s Windflower Abroad Holdings, Brunelle was provided in arguably the least appropriate yearling sale that would have been chosen for her: Tattersalls Eire’s November Combined National Hunt Sale at Fairyhouse last autumn, where she was knocked down to the BBA Ireland for €800. Educated by Ger Lyons, she remains in Mrs. Patino’s ownership and made a really taking profitable debut within the pink and yellow Anamoine Limited silks made well-known by another Windflower-bred, Anamoine-raced filly, the mighty six-time Group/Grade 1 winner Snow Fairy (Ire) (Intikhab).

Following in Snow Fairy’s well-known footsteps may be asking a bit a lot but one could not rule it out, notably remembering that Snow Fairy herself was an analogous BBA Ireland yearling ‘purchase’ for €1,800 at Fairyhouse in December 2008.

Underneath The Stars has a equally convoluted background.  Bred by Rabbah Bloodstock, she was provided by Houghton Bloodstock in Ebook 3 of the Tattersalls October Sale last autumn, when she was knocked down to her breeder for 6,000gns. That determine seems to be to have ludicrously under-valued her now that, educated by James Tate for Saeed Manana, she is an unbeaten Group 3 winner who is at present rated a 33-1 shot for subsequent yr’s G1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas.

Horan’s Heroes
Beneath The Stars was one among two notable winners on Saturday to highlight shrewd purchases made by Paragon Bloodstock principal Jerry Horan. Beneath The Stars’s dam Jumeirah Palm Star (GB) (Invincible Spirit Ire) was bought by Rabbah Bloodstock as a yearling at Tattersalls in 2010 for 72,000gns. She gained two races when educated by Richard Hannon however last autumn her breeding report was standing at no winners from three foals of racing age and she or he was provided by Godolphin at Goffs November Sale, where Horan snapped her up for merely €1,000, in foal to Slade Energy (Ire). That is wanting an amazing buy now together with her 2-year-old Underneath The Stars a Group 3 winner, her 3-year-old Creek Island (Ire) (Iffraaj GB) additionally a winner and Slade Energy answerable for Europe’s leading 2-year-old filly Raffle Prize (Ire).

Saturday afternoon’s card at Newcastle opened with the Kevin Ryan-trained Dandy’s Beano (Ire) (Dandy Man Ire) recording her fourth victory by taking the Collingwood Taxi Insurance Fillies’ H. She is another good commercial for Horan’s capacity to spot a discount: he bought her for €1,000 in Half II of the Tattersalls Eire’s September Yearling Sale in 2016. She was subsequently bought once more the next spring, fetching €20,000 at the Goresbridge Breeze-Up Sale.

A Heaven-sent Triumph
There were a couple of tears of excitement shed at Ascot on Saturday when Allow and Crystal Ocean treated the gang to their epic battle, but the feelings engendered by the H., the concluding race at Chepstow on Friday evening, took emotion to a better degree still.

The week had begun tragically with the dying of well-liked English bloodstock id Nicky Murray, co-proprietor alongside together with her husband Chris of Whitwell Bloodstock and Hilborough Stud. Nicky Murray passed away after a gruelling nine-month battle towards terminal illness, with one ray of sunshine in her ultimate days coming with the victory at Chepstow earlier this month of her home-bred Mick Channon-trained Four-year-old filly No Close to So Farhh (GB) (Farhh GB). Channon sent So Near So Farhh again to Chepstow on Friday and the filly did the best thing, taking her tally to four by carrying Nicky Murray’s colors to a poignant victory.

If one believes that there are occasions when just a little little bit of help from above is forthcoming, then it’s straightforward to feel that the wings of angels may need been offering So Close to So Farhh with some additional impetus in the Welsh twilight on Friday night.

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