GRADE 2 CHELTENHAM SUCCESS FOR SHIROCCO

GRADE 2 CHELTENHAM SUCCESS FOR SHIROCCO

Rockpoint

ROCKPOINT (Shirocco) produced a career best performance to land the Grade 2 Albert Bartless Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham. It was just a second attempt over the three mile trip for Colin Tizzard’s charge, having found only one too good last month at Newbury over the same distance.

Tom Scudamore made the most of his mount’s stamina, tracking the early pace and disputing from four out, edging ahead from the second last flight, staying on well up the hill. The winning margin was two and three parts of a length, as Lisnagar stayed on for second.

Colin Tizzard afterwards commented, “We saw something when he ran in that handicap over three miles at Newbury last time. He looked more at ease with himself and today he won like a proper horse. You wouldn’t know where he’ll stop now but I’ve no doubt he’ll come back here for the Albert Bartlett in March with a couple of runs beforehand.”

Owned by John and Heather Snook, Rockpoint was bred by Mr and Mrs Kelvin-Hughes and sold to his owners for 82,000 at the Derby Sale.

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SIX FIGURE SALES FOR SHOLOKHOV AND SHIROCCO

SIX FIGURE SALES FOR SHOLOKHOV AND SHIROCCO

Sholokhov

Impressive maiden winner SHISKIN (Sholokhov) led trade for much of the Cheltenham December Sale when selling to Highflyer Bloodstock for £170,000. Offered by handler Virginia Considine, the bay won a four-year-old maiden at Lingstown by eight lengths last month, having finish third on debut in March.

Highflyer’s Anthony Bromley later explained the appeal of his purchase; “I’ve bought him to go into training with Nicky Henderson. We adored him. He’s got a nice pedigree and is by a proper stallion who has already sired a Gold Cup winner in Don Cossack.” Considine, meanwhile, described Shishkin as “a pure athlete.”

Shirocco sired two six-figure lots on the night, topped by Pat Doyle’s winning newcomer, Silver Hallmark. Bought by Fergal O’Brien for £115,000, the grey rewarded owner Michael Fitzpatrick, whose Kilminfoyle House Stud had retained him as a store at the Derby Sale.

John Nallen was also rewarded for winning with his Shirocco gelding, Minella Royale, who came home 15 lengths in front in a five-year-old maiden at Lingstown in November. Highflyer Bloodstock went to £100,000 for the half-brother to Grade 3 performer Ma Belle Amie.

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RATHBARRY BRED JUVENILE COMPLETES HAT TRICK

RATHBARRY BRED JUVENILE COMPLETES HAT TRICK

Beau Warrior completes a hat trick

The Rathbarry Stud-bred two-year-old BEAU WARRIOR defied an 11 pound rise to complete a hat-trick of wins for trainer Aido McGuinness at Dundalk. Twice a winner over six furlongs in November, the bay filly stepped up to seven furlongs on her latest start and was pushed all the way to the line by joint-favourite Colfer Me. Battling gamely, the pair finished five and a half lengths clear of the other market leader, Vhagar.

The winning trainer commented after the race, “It’s her first time over 7f but the headwind nearly stopped her. It’s a big factor there tonight but she’s very gutsy and all heart. We’re delighted to win three on the bounce and she’s going to go on holiday now for two or three months.”

The three-time winner was sold by Rathbarry Stud to owners the Total Recall Racing Club at the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale.

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ACCLAMATION IN DEMAND AT TATTERSALLS DECEMBER SALE

ACCLAMATION IN DEMAND AT TATTERSALLS DECEMBER SALE

Acclamation

Australia’s Aquis Farm went to 130,000gns to secure a son of Acclamation offered by Meadowlands Stud at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale. Shane McGrath, CEO of Aquis, afterwards commented, “He is the stand-out colt of the day, and is by an established sire. He is a quality sort with a big hip and a good walk.” The sale represented an impressive mark-up on the €30,000 covering fee breeder Brian Kennedy paid in 2017.

Castlefarm Stud also enjoyed a profitable sale of their Acclamation colt, who sold to Margaret O’Toole for 88,000gns, while Oliver O’Connor successfully sold her Acclamation colt for 85,000gns.

Buyers also took note of Acclamation’s early success as a broodmare sire, with his daughters averaging 96,636gns at the Tattersalls December Mares Sale. Top honours were given to the Rathbarry Stud bred The Wagon Wheel, who was knocked down to Hugo Lascelles at 650,000gns. Offered by Longview Stud, the black-type mare is a full-sister to multiple Listed winner Tabarrak. Lascelles afterwards commented on his pricey purchase, “She’s fast, and she’s very good looking. It’s a tough, hard-knocking family and an outcross for Northern Dancer-line horses. She’s a really good walking, lovely model who can put some speed into the clients’ stud.”

Just two mares were offered in foal to Acclamation and drew 190,000gns and 185,000gns apiece.

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TDN: RATHBARRY STUD STILL REWARDING THE CASHMANS

TDN: RATHBARRY STUD STILL REWARDING THE CASHMANS

Catherine and Paul Cashman Pic: Racing Post Photos

Click here to read a feature on Rathbarry Stud, including some interesting insights from Catherine Cashman, as featured in the Thoroughbred Daily News.

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KODI BEAR’S FIRST FOALS IN DEMAND

KODI BEAR’S FIRST FOALS IN DEMAND

Kodi Bear ex Arbeel colt after selling for €66,000 at Goffs

The first crop foals by Rathbarry Stud sire KODI BEAR made an excellent start in the sales ring, as they sold for up to 66,000 at the Goffs November Foal Sale.

The colt foal in question, Lot 130, was offered by Awbeg Stud and represented an excellent return on his stud fee of 10,000. Bought by Rathbarry Stud to be resold as a yearling, underbidders included shrewd pinhookers Tally-Ho Stud and Eddie O’Leary’s Lynn Lodge Stud.

Rathbarry’s Paul Cashman commented on the sale, “He’s just a lovely colt, very like his father, and he’s come from a very good farm. He’s got a lovely way of going, with a great temperament and presence. He’s a good advertisement for his sire and we were delighted to get him.”

Grange Hill Stud also had reason to celebrate when their Kodi Bear colt sold for 40,000 to Robert Levitt. Bred out of the Galileo mare Fancy Vivid, the bay colt is a half-brother to Group 3 Amethyst Stakes winner Zihba.

The popularity of Kodi Bear’s first crop continued at Tattersalls, where Howson and Houldsworth went to 40,000gns for a colt from McCracken Farms. A three-parts brother to promising juvenile Reconcile, the bay is a grandson of Park Hill Stakes third Songerie.

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PEDIGREE FOCUS ON ACCLAMATION by Michael Ross

PEDIGREE FOCUS ON ACCLAMATION by Michael Ross

Some really interesting reading on Acclamation as a Sire and Sire of Sires. To read the complete article which appeared in our 2019 Stallion brochure, click here.

 

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GRADE 3 GLORY FOR ROBIN DES CHAMPS

GRADE 3 GLORY FOR ROBIN DES CHAMPS

Robin Des Champs

SIZING TENNESSEE (Robin Des Champs) maintained a perfect record this season when running out a thoroughly impressive winners of the Grade 3 Ladbrokes Trophy Chase at Newbury.

An 11 length winner on his seasonal return in October, he stepped back up in trip for the valuable contest and was once again partnered by Tom Scudamore. Trackign the leaders on ground described as soft, the Colin Tizzard-trained ten-year-old jumped well throughout and led from the fourth last fence. Racing clear by the following obstacle, he continued to stay on well and extended his advantage to ten lengths on the line.

Tizzard was understandably delighted and said after the race, “Sizing Tennessee bolted up first time and we thought there was only one race for him before Christmas and he goes and does that. His jumping’s got good, really good. He is four years older (than Native River) and is in the Welsh National. If entries were tomorrow I’d put him (Sizing Tennessee) in the Gold Cup. This is fantastic.”

Owned by the late Ann and Alan Potts, Sizing Tennessee was bred by Philip Hore, whose Mount Eaton Stud sold him as a store for €76,000.

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SON OF SHIROCCO BREAKS CHELTENHAM TRACK RECORD

SON OF SHIROCCO BREAKS CHELTENHAM TRACK RECORD

Shirocco

ROCK THE KASBAH (SHIROCCO) bounced back to his best to land the Grade 3 BetVictor.com Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham November Festival, beating the track record by no less than 12 seconds.

Tracking the leader under Richard Johnson, the Philip Hobbs-trained eight-year-old asserted before the second last and stayed on well up the hill to beat Royal Vacation by a length and a quarter.

Philip Hobbs, who trains the gelding for Diana Whateley, afterwards commented, “Rock The Kasbah jumped fantastically and we’re delighted with him. We have the National in mind – good ground suits him and we’ll work back from there.”

Rock The Kasbah was bred by Joe Rogers, whose Ballintry Stud sold him as a foal to Mount Eaton Stud. They later sold him to Aiden Murphy at the Derby Sale for 140,000.

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SON OF SHOLOKHOV TOPS CHELTENHAM SALE

SON OF SHOLOKHOV TOPS CHELTENHAM SALE

Muckamore (Sholokhov) sells for £190,000 at the Cheltenham November Sale

MUCKAMORE, a son of Glenview Stud stallion SHOLOKHOV, shared top-price honours at the Cheltenham November Sale, after selling to Tom Malone and Paul Nicholls for £190,000.

Malone was excited by his new purchase, afterwards commenting, ““He’s a lovely animal. He’s by Sholokhov, has got a lovely pedigree, he’s 17.1 hands and it was the first run of his life, coming from a camp that wouldn’t bully them to be ready first time out.”

Described as “a fantastic looking individual” in the paddock ahead of his sole point-to-point start, Muckamore finished second on that occassion at Loughanmore for Colin Bowe.

It marked an excellent return on Muckamore’s foal price, having been bought for  €16,500 at the November NH Sale by Hill Head Stud.

Sholokhov was not the only Glenview Stud sire in demand, as Tom Malone went to £110,000 for PICANHA, a winning son of MALINAS consigned by Andrew Latta.

The four-year-old made a successful debut at Moig South, where he showed an excellent attitude to deny the well-named Defuture Is Bright, as the pair drew 30 lengths clear of the rest. Adding to the impressive debut was that Picanha recorded the fastest winning time of the day.

Picanha also provided an excellent profit on his store price of €24,000, given by Robbie Power at Part II of the Derby Sale. Power said after his successful sale, “He’s a very nice horse, we’ve always though plenty of him and best of luck for whoever bought him with Tom Malone.”

Warren Greatrex, meanwhile, found a new owner for his bumper winner, ENCORE CHAMPS (Robin Des Champs), as he paired up with Bryan Drew at £110,000. The bumper in question was a two mile contest at Ffos Las, previously won by Rock The Kasbah. Bred by Kevin McCarthy, he has since gone on to win his hurdle debut impressively for new connections.

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