‘An exceptional achievement’
Highlighting the importance of owner-breeders in racing
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.