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Some thoughts from Japan

June 11, 2019

Chad and I were lucky enough recently to gain a real insight into Japanese racing with a visit to Japan alongside Kerry Murphy, chief executive of the European Breeders Fund. A sense of any industry can certainly be gleaned by watching international racing and sales from afar, as we have done for many years, but…

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Hancock family the foundation to War Front star

July 15, 2018

TWO Ballydoyle-trained War Fronts fighting out the finish to one of Britain’s premier 6 furlongs juvenile events. That could have depicted the outcome to the 2016 Cheveley Park Stakes, in which Brave Anna and Roly Poly ran down Lady Aurelia to provide a one-two for their sire and Aidan O’Brien. Or then again, it could…

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Aga Khan blend behind Laurens

June 18, 2018

THE story of the Karl Burke-trained Laurens, the brave winner of the Prix de Diane, is one that should give hope to smaller owners and breeders. Bred in France by the Bloodstock Agency Ltd, Laurens was produced when her sire Siyouni stood for just €7,000. However, like so many of this season’s good winners, she…

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Another cracker for America Nova

May 27, 2018

THERE was a feeling that America Nova could develop into a broodmare of note when she managed to produce a pair of stakes winners by Astronomer Royal. A Classic-winning miler by Danzig, Astronomer Royal had an appealing profile and was duly well supported at Haras de la Reboursiere et de Montaigu in Normandy. Yet his…

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Mendelssohn underlines dam’s elite status

May 1, 2018

ONE of the wonderful things about this sport are the wide range of opinions it inspires. For as long as the game has been around, breeders have taken varying approaches to the production of stock and indeed there today remains no set recipe for success. To some breeders, little is more important in a broodmare…

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Eljazzi clan goes from strength to strength

April 15, 2018

ELJAZZI’S status within Thoroughbred breeding grows stronger by the year as her grandsons Invincible Spirit and Kodiac continue on their upward trajectories. Invincible Spirit, the 21-year-old patriarch of the Irish National Stud with 56 Group winners and counting to his credit, has wasted little time in making inroads as a sire of sires, as the…

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Evans families burning bright

February 15, 2018

DISPERSALS are invariably treasure troves for breeders and the one offered by the estate of Edward Evans at Keeneland in 2011 was no different. Evans had bred numerous talented horses at his Spring Hill Farm in Virginia, among them American Horse of the Year Saint Liam, four-time Grade 1 winner Quality Road and Irish champion…

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