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March 24, 2012

Gusto wins Spring Cup

The John Warren purchase, Gusto, comfortably won the www.bluesquare.com Spring Cup (L) over 7f at Lingfield today for Highclere Thoroughbred Racing and trainer Richard Hannon.

This three-year-old son of Oasis Dream was following up three wins last season including victory in the Doncaster Stakes (L). A trip to Royal Ascot to compete in the Jersey Stakes (Gr.3) may now be on the cards.

Gusto was purchased by John Warren Bloodstock for Highclere Thoroughbred Racing for €120,000 from the Goffs Orby Yearling Sale.

March 12, 2012

Richard Hannon Jnr impressed with Paco Boy foals

Richard Hannon Jnr came to Highclere Stud last week especially to look at the first Paco Boy foals.  These included a cracking colt foal out of the Listed Masaka Stakes winner, Don’t Dili Dali by Dansili (see picture below). The breeders Mr Peter Webb and Mr Peter Lay are so delighted with their foal that they have decided to send the mare back to Paco Boy this year.

Richard Hannon Jnr said: “I’ve been bowled over by how well formed and together Paco Boy’s foals looked. He’s definitely stamping his stock and I can’t wait until we get our hands on them to train!!”

Paco Boy has another full book of mares this year and many top breeders in England and Ireland have booked into the horse.

Jake Warren said: “The marvellous thing about Paco Boy is that he has attracted not only owner breeders such as The Queen, The Aga Khan, Cheveley Park, Ballymacol, and Lord and Lady Vestey etc, but also a wide spread of commercial breeders such as Rathbarry, Meon Valley, Whatton Manor, Furnace Mill and Willie Carson’s Minster Stud, to name but a few. What is clear from the feedback we constantly get from breeders booking nominations, is that they really admired his toughness, his high class performances and his ability to have stayed sound throughout his racing career.”

Photograph of the Paco Boy colt foal out of the Listed Masaka Stakes winner, Don’t Dili Dali (Dansili) with Richard Hannon Jnr.

March 10, 2012

Federation gains black-type on US debut for Motivator

The Motivator filly, Federation, gained valuable black-type on her US debut today when finishing second to Zagora in the Hillsborough Stakes (Gr.3) at Tampa Bay Downs for trainer C Clement.

A maiden winner in the UK, this four-year-old bred by Floors Farming is a half-sister to the multiple Group 1 winner Attraction out of Flirtation (Pursuit Of Love).