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May 30, 2012

Highclere Classic contenders

An exciting weekend is likely for Highclere as the stud will be represented by several fancied contenders in the forthcoming Classics.

These are led by the long term hot favourite for the Group 1 Investec Derby, Camelot, the 2,000 Guineas (Gr.1) winner who was raised and consigned as a yearling by the stud, selling to Demi O’Byrne for 525,000gns.

The second favourite for this Epsom Classic is Bonfire, whom the stud bred in partnership with Floors Stud as well as consigned. Recent winner of the Dante Stakes (Gr.2), this colt was purchased by John Warren Bloodstock for Highclere Thoroughbred Racing at Tattersalls. Bonfire is trained by Andrew Balding who has another entry for the Derby in Minimise Risk, also bred and consigned by Highclere Stud.

In addition, Highclere is represented in the Epsom Oaks (Gr.1) with the well respected Vow, winner of the Oaks Trial Stakes (L) at Lingfield for Highclere Thoroughbred Racing. This Motivator filly was consigned by Highclere Stud and purchased by John Warren Bloodstock from Tattersalls for 60,000gns.

Good luck to all the connections!

May 26, 2012

Highclere Stud yearling Powers to victory in Irish 2,000 Guineas (Gr.1)

Power quickened from well off the pace to land the Abu Dhabi Irish 2,000 Guineas (Gr.1) at the Curragh today.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien said: “He’s a big, powerful colt – that’s why he got his name.  His two-year-old form was very solid and he is a colt with lots of class.  He’ll probably go for the St James’s Palace Stakes now.”

Power won the Goffs National Stakes (Gr.1) last year, having also finished a close second in the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes (Gr.1) and winning both the Coventry Stakes (Gr.2) at Royal Ascot and Marble Stakes (L) earlier in the year.

This three-year-old colt by Oasis Dream, was consigned as a yearling by Highclere Stud at Tattersalls October Yearling Sales.  Bred by Norelands and Hugo Lascelles, Power is a half-sister to the Unfuwain filly Thakafaat, who won the Ribblesdale Stakes.  Both are out of the winning two-year-old filly Frappe, a half-sister to 2,000 Guineas winner Footstepsinthesand.

May 17, 2012

Highclere Stud horses on fire

Bonfire’s victory in the Dante Stakes (Gr.2) at York today added to the impressive tally of high-class winners this season who were bred, raised or consigned by Highclere Stud.

Bonfire was bred and raised by Highclere Stud in partnership with Floors Stud.  By Manduro he was purchased by John Warren Bloodstock for Highclere Thoroughbred Racing at Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1.

Trained by Andrew Balding, he is now second favourite for the Epsom Derby (Gr.1) with the favourite being Camelot, the 2,000 Guineas (Gr.1) winner who was also raised and consigned by Highclere Stud.

A half-brother to Musidora Stakes (Gr.3) winner Joviality, Bonfire was winning first time out this season, having finished an unlucky second in the Criterium International (Gr.1) last year as a two-year-old.

Highclere is also likely to be represented in the Epsom Oaks (Gr.1) with Vow, winner of the Oaks Trial Stakes (L) at Lingfield for Highclere Thoroughbred Racing.  This Motivator filly was consigned by Highclere Stud and purchased by John Warren Bloodstock from Tattersalls for 60,000gns.

May 12, 2012

Vow lands Oaks Trial for Motivator

Motivator has sired another top class filly in Vow, who won the Betfred “The Bonus King” Oaks Trial Stakes (L) over 1m4f at Lingfield today.

Despite running green this three-year-old filly powered through in the final furlong to comfortably win by over 3l for Highclere Thoroughbred Racing and trainer William Haggas.  She was following up her maiden victory in April at Newbury.

The Epsom Oaks is now a possibility for this half-sister to Gr.3 winners Harris Tweed and Beaten Up, out of the mare Frog.  Bred by William Haggas’ father, Vow was consigned by Highclere Stud and purchased by John Warren Bloodstock from Tattersalls for 60,000gns.

May 6, 2012

Two Motivator fillies gain valuable Black-Type

Two fillies by Motivator gained black-type at the weekend.  Captivator finished second in the Dahlia Stakes (Gr.3) over 1m1f at Newmarket yesterday, and looks sure to win a Group race this season.

In April she got the Flat season off to a great start for Motivator in winning the 1m Snowdrop Fillies’ Stakes (L) at Kempton.  Owned and bred by Lord Vestey, Captivator is out of Cashew and is the half-sister to several Stakes horses.  She is also from Motivator’s outstanding first-crop that has produced 12 Stakes horses from just 63 foals.

On Saturday at Goodwood, the four-year-old Motivator filly Creme Anglaise finished third in the Daisy Warwick Stakes (L) for trainer Michael Bell and owner Mrs Rowland-Clark.  Bred by Newsells Park Stud she is a half-sister to multiple Stakes winner Grafitti.

Also at Newmarket this Guineas weekend, the three-year-old Motivator colt Rewarded produced a strong finish to gain his third win.

May 5, 2012

Camelot wins the 2,000 Guineas (Gr.1)

The Highclere Stud reared and consigned, Camelot, stormed to victory in the Qipco 2,000 Guineas (Gr.1) at Newmarket today, on his three-year-old debut.

It was another British Classic success for trainer Aidan O’Brien and the team at Ballydoyle, and a first for jockey Joseph O’Brien.

This unbeaten colt had previously cruised to victory in the Racing Post Trophy (Gr.1) at Doncaster last year, and is now the runaway favourite for the Epsom Derby.

Camelot was the most expensive yearling by Montjeu in 2010 having made 525,000gns at Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1 when knocked down to Demi O’Byrne. Bred by Sheikh Abdulla Bin Isa Al-Khalifa, he is out of the Kingmambo mare Tarfah, who won the Group 3 Dahlia Stakes.

“We always thought he was a bit special,” said Aidan O’Brien.  “The lads will speak about his next target but looking at him you would think the Derby would suit him.”

May 3, 2012

Gusto wins fourth successive Stakes race

The John Warren purchased, Gusto, won the Pavilion Stakes (L) over 6f at Kempton yesterday, his fourth Listed race success on the trot for owner Highclere Thoroughbred Racing and trainer Richard Hannon.

This three-year-old son of Oasis Dream was following up victories at Maisons Laffitte and Lingfield earlier this year having won the Doncaster Stakes (L) in 2011. A trip to Royal Ascot to compete in the Jersey Stakes (Gr.3) is now on the cards.

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

On the same day Highclere Thoroughbred Racing also enjoyed success with Commitment, who comfortably won his maiden at Pontefract.  A three-year-old by Motivator, he was also purchased by John Warren Bloodstock.