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June 15, 2016

Galileo Gold Wins the St James’s Palace Gr.1 at Ascot!

Galileo Gold beat hot favourite, The Gurkha, to win the prestigious Gr.1 St James’s Palace Stakes at Ascot on Tuesday. Frankie Dettori rode him with absolute skill at every stage of the race allowing him to storm the finish line well ahead of the two other Guineas winners. Galileo Gold gave trainer Hugo Palmer his first Royal Ascot win. Sheikh Joaan al-Thani was there to collect the trophy from HRH Prince Harry with huge teams of jubilant supporters all around.


May 23, 2016

Another Terrific Weekend for Paco Boy!

Highclere resident sire Paco Boy notched up another superb weekend on the track with the Highclere bred, sold and raced Garcia winning the very valuable £60,000 Silver Bowl Stakes at Haydock and Maneen decisively winning a decent Handicap over 1m2f at The Curragh, now heads to the Gr.3 International Stakes in June.

garcia-chief-whip-haydock_3470689Garcia winning The Silver Bowl at Haydock 21/05/16

Paco Boy’s leading colt Galileo Gold also put in an incredibly brave performance to finish second in the Gr.1 Irish 2000 Guineas on Saturday on unfavourably heavy ground. Trainer Hugo Palmer reported Galileo Gold to be in good form this morning and is relishing the idea of a rematch with Awtaad in the Gr.1 St James Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot next month.

May 17, 2016

Imperial Aviator storms to victory at Newbury!

Imperial Aviator proved a different class on Saturday pulling clear of the field to win the Al Zubarah Gold Cup by an impressive four and a half lengths for trainer Roger Charlton. He joined past winners such as Al Kazeem (2011), Cannock Chase (2014) and Time Test (2015) more than proving this brilliant Paco Boy’s colts worth for co-owners Qatar Racing and Mrs Markham.


Two more impressive wins for Paco Boy’s progeny over the weekend with 4 y-o Azraff winning the 1m Planteur Handicap at Newbury for trainer Marco Botti and owners Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar and Mr Orange winning easily in the BDS Yorkshire Handicap at Thirsk.

September 18, 2015

Paco Boy’s September and October winners

3rd September – Robanne – won at Salford in a field of 10.

5th September – Maljaa (Kerry’s Dream) – beat a field of 15 at Haydock. He was ‘close up all the way and he held off some fast finishers from the back and is knocking on the door of listed company.’

7th September – Safira Mennina (Isla Azul) won in Brighton and is ‘clearly a progressive filly who is happy on grass, she looks capable of a good bit further progress and can win again.’

10th September – Fei Kuai was leader of the field at Chepstow.

21st September – Pacolita (Clara) beat a field of 10 at Leicester over 7f. ‘She always looked to be doing enough under a good ride.’

25th September – Mitchum Swagger (Don’t Dili Dali) won well at Haydock. ‘Coming fast and late from off the pace to win on his debut over 7f at Newbury, it was a near repeat as he weaved a winning passage through the traffic.

26th September – Chicodora won at Haydock, ‘she handles these conditions well and should make a fair handicapper.’

26th September – Maljaa (Kerry’s Dream) led the field again at Haydock. Trained by Roger Varian and beating a field of 15 he ‘confirmed himself an excellent sprinter for next season.’


10th October – Garcia (Birdie) won at York. ‘He possesses the scope to make a very useful handicapper at three.’

August 26, 2015

A very successful sale at DBS

A hardworking Highclere Team at Doncaster. Thank you to Terry, Shammi, Margaux, Dave and Violet for all their effort.

Highclere Stud had 6 yearlings at Doncaster Bloodstock Sales this year. The two top lots were:

Paco Boy x Tamara Moon, a bay colt who sold to Shadwell for 100k.

Dutch Art x Age of Chivalry, a bay colt who sold again to Shadwell for 190k.

August 20, 2015

Paco Boy’s August Winners

5th August – Burningfivers (All Embracing) came first in a 6f handicap at Epsom for the Hannon team, ‘a return to 7f will suit him’

10th August – Dubai’s Secret won at Windsor in a 1m nursery handicap for the Hannon team again, with an up in trip from his last run he looked better the further he went.

15th August – Maljaa (Kerry’s Dream) came first in a 5f handicap at Doncaster, the Varian trained gelding seemed to travel smoothly throughout the race.

20th August – This Is For You (Waypoint) trained by Andrew Balding won well at Chepstow.

24th August – Pacngo (Orange Pip) lead the field at Carlisle, he ‘travelled strongly on this soft ground.’

26th August – Pharoh (Royal Circles) won at Bath in a maiden.

July 21, 2015

Paco Boy’s July winners

2nd July – Galileo Gold won at Haydock over 7f. He was ‘strong in the market.. he was always well in command and coped well with the softer ground. There should be more to come with further experience.’

2nd July – Kuramathi came 1st in the Irish Stallion Farms Europeans Breeders Maiden in Ireland from a field of 7.

3rd July – Druid’s Ridge won well at Doncaster. Trained by John Gosden and ridden by Frankie Dettori.

7th July – Boyci came out on top of the field at Wolverhampton. He ‘was never going to be caught once sent to the front half way up the straight.’

11th July – Husbandry won at York. ‘The Paco Boy colt produced an RPR of 84 that day and was clearly the one to beat on that form.

18th July – Pacify came 1st at Newmarket in the Greenalls Gin Handicap over 1m 2f.

28th July – Galileo Gold won the Gr.2 Qatar Vintage Stakes at Goodwood. Trained by Hugo Palmer and ridden to victory by Franki Dettori for Al Shaqab racing. He ‘saw his race out well picking up smartly having been switched inside. He should have no trouble with 1m and a race such as The Royal Lodge may be a fitting target.’

30th July – Pacolita (Clara) had a great come back for Sylvester Kirk in a 7f handicap at Epsom after having an 11 week break.

June 25, 2015

Paco Boy’s June Runners

6th June – New Road Side won easily at Musselburgh. ‘She got away smartly and held the field . A filly with plenty of scope and attitude and considering she made the running into the teeth of a breeze can be accorded extra credit.’

9th June – Galileo Gold, a 2yo on his second time out won at Salford in a strong field of 12. One to watch.

12th June – Francisco won with Richard Hughes as jockey at Goodwood. After a slower start he turned it around, ‘his strong finish off a good gallop saw him edge ahead close to home.’

13th June – Caution won at Navan in a field of 14. ‘The long home straight played to his strengths as he galloped on relentlessly to get on top close to home. He looks the type that will prosper over further and this was a nice performance.’

28th June – Sourdeval won in Saint-Cloud, France beating a field of 9.


May 12, 2015

Paco Boy’s May Runners

– May has started well with Scalzo finishing first past the post on the 2nd at Doncaster and again on 22nd May at Haydock in a field of 13. ‘Scalzo absolutely bolted up and looked a colt miles ahead of his opening mark. The Jersey Stakes is a potential target.’

Ventura Castle won at Ripon on the 8th May. ‘Ventura Castle had the run of the race.’

Mitchum Swagger quickened up smartly on his first time out to beat a field of 20 strong at Newbury on 15th May in the Coolmore Maiden Stakes.

Another Boy won second time out on the 19th May at Chepstead ridden by Pat Dobbs.

Stella di Paco won a Listed Race in Wagnganui in Australia at the end of May.

Taffetta won a maiden stakes at Beverly on 23rd May which was a well deserved success.

Peacock won again on the 30th May in a Listed Race in Newmarket.



April 28, 2015

Paco Boy’s April Runners

April has seen a flurry of wins and placings for Paco Boy’s 3 yr olds, in particular:

– Ventura Castle ridden by Richard Hughes and trained by Richard Hannon finished well in the lead at Lingfield on 7th April.

– Making Trouble won in Dusseldorf, Germany in a Listed Race on 12th April

– Peacock was just beaten at the finish line in a Listed race at Kenpton on 15th April coming 2nd.

– Flicka’s Boy led the field in Nottingham on 18th April coming 1st with Barry McHugh as jockey.

– Franciso won well at Lingfield on the 29th April ridden by Ryan More and trained by Richard Hannon.