Fidux: promising hurdler is a son of Fine Grain
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker Fine Grain new to Longford House Stud
By Martin Stevens 3:39PM 14 MAR 2017 FINE GRAIN, the sire of the promising four-year-old hurdler Fidux, is a new addition to the Irish stallion ranks.
The 14-year-old son of Fuji Kiseki has been purchased by Longford House Stud in County Tipperary in a deal struck by agents Toby Jones and Mick Kelly. He formerly stood at Haras de Lonray in France.
Fine Grain was bred in Japan by Shadai Farm out of Mill Grain, a Polish Precedent sister to Irish Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks heroine Pure Grain.
He was trained by Hiroyuki Nagahama to win the Grade 1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen over 6f at Chukyo and finish third in the Mile Championship.
Fine Grain was retired to Haras de Lonray and his best performer is Fidux, a winner on the Flat in France who has scored twice over hurdles since joining Alan King and finished third in the Grade 2 Adonis Juvenile Hurdle last month.
A fee of €1,500 has ..
Fidux: promising hurdler is a son of Fine Grain
Snitzel: was the second leading first-crop sire of 2010
Snitzel turns up the heat in bumper weekend By Nancy Sexton 2:25PM 9 MAR 2017 IT was a weekend in which several young stallions, primarily Frankel, So You Think, Dialed In and Stay Thirsty, clamoured for attention through the exploits of various stakes winners worldwide. But Snitzel, it seems, is never far away from the furnace and despite not striking at Group 1 level, the Arrowfield Stud stallion came out of the weekend with his reputation enhanced thanks to no fewer than 12 individual stakes performers.
As the accompanying table shows, the headline acts were Elle Lou, winner of the Aspiration Quality Stakes at Randwick on Saturday, and Trapeze Artist, winner of the Black Opal Stakes at Canberra on Sunday.
Much of Snitzel's success stems from his ability to sire forward two-year-olds and in Trapeze Artist, his fourth juvenile stakes winner of the season, he has a representative who is maintaining that theme. In addition,..
Soul Stirring: three-year-old remains unbeaten in four starts
Frankel filly has Classic target in her sights By James Thomas 3:09PM 4 MAR 2017 HAVING supplied her sire with his first top-level winner, Soul Stirring looks to hold leading claims of providing Frankel with his first Classic winner after she demolished her 11 rivals in the Grade 3 Tulip Sho over a mile at Hanshin on Saturday.
The Tulip Sho is a trial for the Grade 1 Oka Sho, or Japanese 1,000 Guineas, which takes place over the same course and distance as Saturday's race in mid-April.
Under regular pilot Christophe Lemaire, Soul Stirring quickened to the front approaching the final furlong and with the minimum of fuss readily put two lengths between herself and the pursuers, who were headed by Miss Panthere.
The Shadai Farm homebred, whose record now stands at four wins from as many starts having also won the Grade 1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies back in December, is out of the six-time Group/Grade 1 winner Stacelita, o..
Kings of the turf set for royal engagement By Martin Stevens 11:32AM 25 FEB 2017 SOME of the world's leading turf sires – including Deep Impact in Japan – feature among the mating plans for the Queen's broodmare band this year.
Estimate, who memorably carried the royal silks to victory in the Gold Cup in 2013, will visit Dubawi for the third year running.
The daughter of Monsun, also successful in the Queen's Vase, Sagaro Stakes and Doncaster Cup, has a yearling colt by the Dalham Hall Stud stalwart and delivered a filly foal by him this month.
“Her Majesty was able to see Estimate's new foal before leaving Sandringham and is thrilled that the mare looks to be making an excellent start to her breeding career, having now produced two high-quality foals,” said the Queen's bloodstock and racing adviser John Warren.
The Queen's Cable Bay filly out of Medley pictured at eight hours old
PICTURE: ROYAL STUDS Sweet Idea, an Australian Group 1 winner by Snitze..
Gold Dream becomes the fourth top-level winner for sire Gold Allure PICTURE: Masakazu Takahashi Gold Allure fades as progeny start to shine By Nancy Sexton 11:52AM 23 FEB 2017 AS FATE would have it, an excellent weekend for Gold Allure coincided with the news of the stallion's death from heart disease at the age of 18.
Gold Allure won't be remembered as the best son of Sunday Silence to head to stud – that's an accolade long wrapped up by Deep Impact – but for anyone looking to breed a dirt runner in Japan, there were surely few more reliable sources.
The Shadai Farm stallion, who was due to stand this season for 3 million yen (£21,000/€25,000), was Japan's champion dirt sire in 2014 and 2016 and has not finished out of the top two on the leading dirt sires' list since 2009. Following the weekend and all that is promised for the future, he is now in pole position to land a third title.
The crowning point of the weekend came courtesy of Gold Dream's vict..
High-class Physiocrate bought by Shadai Farm
By Martin Stevens 8:55AM 25 JAN 2017 PHYSIOCRATE, runner-up to Star Of Seville in the Prix de Diane in 20..
Maurice: six-time Group 1-winning son of Screen Star
PICTURE: Hong Kong Jockey Club Maurice stars again on big stage for Screen Hero
By Nancy Sexton ..
American Pharoah: Triple Crown hero stands at Ashford Stud
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Frankel: sired 18 winners from his first crop of two-year-olds
PICTURE: Asuncion Pineyrua First top-level winner for wonder horse Frankel
By Zoe Vica..