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October 29, 2012

Motivator relocates to France

DERBY winner Motivator, sire of recent Prix de l’Opera heroine Ridasiyna, will relocate from the Royal Studs to Haras du Quesnay in Normandy next season. A fee of €7,000 has been set for the ten-year-old son of Montjeu, who will continue to stand as the property of a syndicate.








“I am delighted to receive Motivator at Haras du Quesnay,” said Alec Head, owner of Haras du Quesnay. “He has done so incredibly well in France and I am sure he will be a great asset for French breeders and very popular.”

The Aga Khan’s Ridasiyna has progressed rapidly through the ranks this season for Mikel Delzangles, winning four races culminating in a three-and-a-half length victory over Izzi Top in the Prix de l’Opera at Longchamp last time out.

Motivator has also been represented in France by Skia, the winner of last year’s Prix Fille de l’Air, and Listed winner Lumineux. His best runners in Britain include the May Hill Stakes heroine Pollenator and this season’s Princess Elizabeth Stakes winner Clinical. In all, he is the sire of 30 stakes performers from four crops of racing age.

Motivator was trained by Michael Bell to win four races including the 2005 Derby, by five lengths, and Dante Stakes. The Highclere Racing colour-bearer was also successful in the Racing Post Trophy at two.

Words: Nancy Sexton, Racing Post

October 24, 2012

Unveiling of the new Highclere Stud Brand

2012 has also seen the unveiling of Highclere Stud’s new website, logo and hospitality barn at the Tattersalls October Yearling sales. We hope that the new brand reflects the historical success of the stud whilst embracing the modern international thoroughbred industry.

The hospitality barn proved extremely popular and great place to re-charge, rivalling Costa and Starbucks with a round the clock supply of coffee, tea and delicious toasted sandwiches, amongst other offerings! It also provided the perfect venue for viewing the Arc de Triomphe and many a sales meeting in great comfort. A long way from the hay barn that we looked at back in July!

Highclere Stud leading consignor for sixth consecutive year at Book 1 of Tattersalls October Yearling Sales

Highclere Stud maintained its position as leading consignor (including published private sales) at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sales Book 1 for an astonishing 6 years in a row last week. The draft reached a total aggregate of 6,134,000gns, a sum that represents not far from 10% of the entire sale’s revenue. This is an incredible feat given that the Tattersalls Book 1 sale included the highest priced yearling in the world this year and the third highest priced yearling colt ever sold in Europe for 2,500,000gns by Castlebridge. The Highclere draft featured the highest UK priced yearlings in 2012 for Shamardal, Monsun, Dubawi and New Approach.

It was two sons of leading sire Dubawi that got the ball rolling, the first Lot 77, a Dubawi ex. Lion Forest put the first score on the board for owner Mr Araci when purchased by John Ferguson for 260,000gns. This was quickly followed up by Andrew Stone’s Dubawi ex. Manoeuvre who realised the top price for a Dubawi yearling at public auction so far in 2012 at 470,000gns to the South African agency Form Bloodstock, who out bid John Ferguson standing with Sheikh Mohammed.

Dubawi ex. Manoeuvre

 The next thrill came when Bob Scarborough’s Galileo filly ex. the wonderful multiple Group winning mare, Maura Lakana (Lot 111) sold to Haruya Yoshida for 340,000gns. The days’ successes continued when John Ferguson took a shine to a Cape Cross colt ex. Mischief Making (Lot 119) and secured him for 190,000gns, leaving owner/breeder Philip Freedman delighted with his first foal from the mare. As the afternoons trade continued Brenda Carn-Smith purchased a Sea The Stars filly ex. Nashmiah Lot 152 owned by Saeed Manana for 200,000gns. At the close of play on day 1 the Highclere draft had realised a total sales revenue of 2,428,000gns which equated to an unbelievable average of over 200,000gns for the 12 yearlings sold. 

Lady Carolyn with Saeed Manana

 Day 2 got underway in magnificent style as Fittocks Studs’ Monsun colt out of the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks winning Pongee (Lot 194) sold for 400,000gns. This provided extra excitement as he was the highest priced Monsun yearling sold at public auction this year. He was bought by John Fergusson who said, “He is a striking looking colt with a good page. Highclere horses are always well prepared for the sales and stand out as individuals and performers”. 

Monsun ex. Pongee

The two New Approach yearlings that Highclere stud consigned in Book 1 were well received at the sales. Lot 241 out of Scarlet Empire, half-sister to the dam of the Group 1 winning Sky Lantern who was sold to John Ferguson for 320,000gns and lot 331, a lovely New Approach filly out of the Group performing mare Wadaat. She was owned by Saeed Manana aka Rabbah Bloodstock and bought for 400,000gns by agents Nicolas de Watrigant and Benoit Jeffroy who visited Highclere Stud earlier in the year and were acting on behalf of the Mandore International Agency; this was the highest price for a New Approach yearling in the UK this year. Saeed Manana’s score was boosted again late in the day when SackvilleDonald purchased the highest priced Shamardal in the UK for 310,000gns, the filly (Lot 352) was out of a stakes placed Kingmambo mare called Wimple. At the close of play on the second day of the sale, the Highclere draft had reached a total of 4,645,000gns.

New Approach ex. Scarlet Empire

New Approach ex. Wadaat

The final day of the sale got underway and was highlighted early by Grangecon Stud’s Pivotal filly ex. Brigatta (Lot 439) who realised 180,000gns bought by John Warren Bloodstock. This was followed up almost immediately by an exciting sale of an Invincible Spirit filly ex. Cabriole (Lot 445) property of Laundry Cottage Stud, she was secured by John Ferguson whose support of the draft through the week was significant. As the curtain fell on what can only be described as an astonishing sale, one final horse made industry folk turn an eye as competitive bloodstock agents John Warren and Charlie Gordon-Watson collaborated to simultaneously bid on a Dubawi colt ex. Ever Rigg securing him for a sum of 360,000gns which further delighted owner/breeder Andrew Stone.

In total Highclere Stud consigned 37 yearlings in Book 1 which sold for an average of 170,000gns, an increase of over 10,000gns from 2011. This would not have been possible without the hard work of our team of staff and helpers and the continuous support from our owners and purchasers, to all of whom we are extremely grateful. Now we hope that amongst these yearlings are more of the likes of Camelot, Bonfire, Power etc. and good luck to all with their racing future.

The Highclere Stud team at the sales