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February 25, 2012

Star Highclere mare to visit Dubawi

Star Highclere Stud mare Model Queen, dam of the recent Meydan (L) runner-up Entifaadha, will be covered by Dubawi this season.

Entifaadha is one of four stakes runners produced by the daughter of Kingmambo alongside the Group 1-winning sprinter Regal Parade, Group 3-placed Hot Prospect and Listed-placed Mount Helicon.

“Model Queen tends to throw to the sire and it would be great if she produced a Dubawi filly that we could keep,” said John Warren. “She has a yearling colt by Sea The Stars who is heading to the sales. He’s a big, powerful colt who’s quite together at this stage – quite like Entifaadha and the mare’s two-year-old filly by Cape Cross (who sold for 500,000gns at Tattersalls last October).”

Sea The Stars is the selected mate for Dancing Mirage, dam of the Jersey Stakes winner Ouqba.  In addition, Ladeena, a daughter of Dubai Millennium whose New Approach colt sold for 450,000gns to John Ferguson at the Tattersalls OctoberSale, will be covered by Oasis Dream.

New Approach is once again being supported, with the dams of Darasim and Harris Tweed, Darasita and boarder Frog, are booked to him.

“Sometimes you have to decide whether to take a chance on an unproven stallion. For me New Approach ticks all the boxes,” said Warren. “He was a champion, is by a champion and out of a champion in Park Express, who I bought on behalf of Paddy and Seamus Burns as a yearling. So I have a bit of a soft spot for the family.”

Highclere are also sending 12 mares to resident stallion Paco Boy, among them Lingfield Oaks Trial heroine Birdie, Ravine, the dam of July Stakes winner Captain Hurricane, and Carafe, a daughter of Falmouth Stakes winner Caramba.

“We’re thrilled with the feedback we’ve had about Paco Boy’s first foals,” said Warren. “Obviously we were always going to support him this year but it becomes that bit better when there’s some chat about the foals.”

Tarfah, the dam of Racing Post Trophy winner Camelot whom Highclere boards on behalf of Sheikh Abdulla Bin Isa Al-Khalifa, is heading to Oasis Dream as is maiden Pink Symphony, winner of the Give Thanks Stakes for Fitri Hay last season.

February 21, 2012

More great foals for Paco Boy

Multiple Group 1 winning stallion Paco Boy has now had 17 first foals, 12 colts and 5 fillies.

One of the more recent foals includes a colt out of the Group placed mare Gee Kel.

Seamus Burns said:  “As good a foal as you could ask for, an absolute cracker!”

February 2, 2012

First foals for Paco Boy

First foals for the multiple Group 1 winning stallion Paco Boy!

The first was a cracking colt out of the Acclamation mare Key Light, herself a daughter of the Group 1 winner Eva Luna.

Stud owner Richard Tucker said: “He was up and moving round the box faster than any foal I’ve seen before, he certainly looks like a proper two-year-old!”

The second is a very well bred filly out of a Saddlers’ Wells mare Genuine Charm, who is a full sister to multiple Group 1 winner Refuse to Bend bred by Moyglare Stud . The third is another well marked bay colt out of the young Stakes winning Dansili mare, Don’t Dili Dali, who John Warren reports is: “A really strong correct well marked sort looking like a very good start for Paco Boy”.

Paco Boy has 10 mares overdue to which John Warren commented: “Everyone at Highclere is very excited about the Paco Boy’s arriving, especially as he had such a good first book of mares.  He has been very popular again this year with 100 mares booked and it’s such fun having a young stallion with his first crop hitting the ground.”

Paco Boy returned to Highclere Stud last week looking well from a successful first season in the Southern Hemisphere at Waikato Stud in New Zealand.

This 3-time Gr.1 winner from the Green Desert sire line also continues to be well received by breeders in the UK, with 100 mares booked to date for the 2012 season.  To arrange a viewing of Paco Boy please call Jake Warren, + 44 (0) 1635 253212.