Send in the clones

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TA­MAR­ILLO, the strik­ing bright-bay geld­ing that won Bad­minton in 2004 and Burgh­ley (2008) plus an Olympic medal, was a su­pe­rior stamp of even­ter, de­scribed by his rider Wil­liam Fox-pitt (below) as a horse of a life­time: grace­ful in dres­sage, fast and brave across coun­try and an ag­ile if cheeky showjumper. We won’t see his like again—or will we? His breeder, Finn Guin­ness, a ge­net­ics ex­pert, ex­pressed frus­tra­tion that the line ended there—un­til he had the idea of cloning Ta­mar­illo at Replica Farm, an equine cloning ser­vice in the USA. The re­sul­tant colt, To­matillo, is now four years old and his first mares are due to foal this year. Mr Gui­ness is of­fer­ing a nom­i­na­tion to breed from To­matillo as a lot in the silent auc­tion at the Dubarry Horn and Hound Ball in aid of the Hunt Staff Ben­e­fit So­ci­ety at Chel­tenham Race­course on April 22. The mare can be cov­ered nat­u­rally at the Guin­ness fam­ily’s Bid­des­don Stud in Wilt­shire or through frozen se­men. Other lots in­clude a day at Win­can­ton races as an owner with cham­pion trainer Paul Ni­cholls. Tick­ets cost £100 (01285 653001; www.hs-bs.org.uk). KG

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