‘An ex­cep­tional achieve­ment’

High­light­ing the im­por­tance of owner-breed­ers in rac­ing

Horse & Hound - - Racing - By DEB­BIE BURT have pro­duced a

IN the af­ter­math of En­able’s emo­tional vic­tory in the Prix de l’Arc de Tri­om­phe, trainer John Gos­den ap­pealed to rac­ing fans to recog­nise the value of owner-breed­ers.

“It’s not about me, it’s about the owner-breeder and the filly. With­out owner-breed­ers like Prince Khalid Ab­dul­lah, this game is dead,” he urged at the time.

At Churchill Downs on Satur­day, within two hours, the im­por­tance of Ab­dul­lah’s Jud­dmonte breed­ing op­er­a­tion was un­der­lined. Ex­pert Eye was his first colt, and fifth home-bred, to score at the Breed­ers’ Cup, with the ever more re­mark­able En­able adding to that to­tal.

The day be­fore, on what is now billed as Fu­ture Stars Fri­day, a prod­uct of a smaller Euro­pean breed­ing dy­nasty lit up the meet­ing with her third con­sec­u­tive wide-mar­gin win, when the Lope De Vega filly News­pa­p­er­ofrecord (pic­tured, right) im­pressed in the Ju­ve­nile Fil­lies Turf.

Born in Ire­land, although raised in Cheshire at Richard and Sally As­ton’s Gold­ford Stud, News­pa­p­er­ofrecord is the third foal of Sun­day Times (Holy Ro­man Em­peror).

Con­signed by Gold­ford, on be­half of her Lan­cashire-based owner-breeder Al­lan Belshaw, she was a Book One pur­chase by Klar­avich Sta­bles and trainer Chad Brown for 200,000gns (£120,000) at Tat­ter­salls Oc­to­ber Year­ling Sale in 2017 and was US bound.

A HUGE COMPLIMENT

BELSHAW’S Times Of Wi­gan op­er­a­tion has boarded mares at Gold­ford for over 20 years, start­ing with Sim­ply Times, who was one of his first pur­chases. By the Mr Prospec­tor stal­lion, Dodge, she pro­duced 10 win­ners, in­clud­ing Welsh Em­peror, win­ner of the Group Two Hunger­ford Stakes. Bred to So Fac­tual, she pro­duced For­ever Times, dam of Sun­day Times and also Ques­tion Times. A win­ning daugh­ter of Shamardal (sire of Lope De Vega), Ques­tion Times was sold to Ire­land, later be­com­ing dam of the 2018 Ir­ish Derby win­ner La­trobe.

De­scrib­ing Belshaw as “an in­spi­ra­tion for all small owner­breed­ers”, Richard As­ton added: “He never has more than three mares in foal per year, and to Breed­ers’ Cup win­ner and an

Ir­ish Derby win­ner is quite an ex­cep­tional achieve­ment from such small num­bers.”

A Group Three-win­ning three­year-old for Belshaw, Sun­day Times’ first foal, Clas­si­cal Times, raced for three sea­sons in his colours. Win­ning the Listed Ce­cil Frail Stakes in May and placed in a Group Three in June, she re­cently be­came an un­com­mon in-train­ing pur­chase for none other than Ab­dul­lah’s Jud­dmonte Farms, pay­ing a huge compliment to Belshaw in the process.

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