Cheveley Park Stud

Exceed and Excel's Sacred Takes the Nell Gwyn

One of the most exposed of the fillies gathered for Wednesday's G3 Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn S. at Newmarket, Cheveley Park Stud's Sacred (GB) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}) was nevertheless totally unexposed at this seven-furlong trip and showed more than adequate stamina combined with decisive speed to prevail. Switched off towards the rear by Ryan Moore, the 6-1 shot was delivered up the far rail passing halfway by Ryan Moore but needed a gap heading down into the "dip". Slicing between rivals as soon as the chance appeared, the homebred...

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King Henry Rules With Gold Cup One-Two

The crowning moment in an extraordinary week for Henry de Bromhead was provided by not one but two horses when Minella Indo (Ire) (Beat Hollow {GB}) beat his stable-mate A Plus Tard (Fr) (Kapgarde {Fr}) in steeplechasing's greatest prize, the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The victory of Barry Maloney's 8-year-old also wrote de Bromhead's name in the history books as the first person to train the winners of the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase and Gold Cup in the same year.  "This is crazy stuff, it's not reality," said the trainer as...

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Rachael Reigns Over Cheltenham

"Out of this world," was how Rachael Blackmore described her week at Cheltenham so far, but it is becoming increasingly clear that the top echelon of National Hunt racing is very much her world. The 31-year-old now leads the jockeys' table with five Festival winners in the last three days, with Jack Kennedy her closest pursuer on three. Two of her triumphs have come on horses owned by Cheveley Park Stud, which has now celebrated two winners at each of the last three Cheltenham Festivals. Wednesday's victory of Sir Gerhard...

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Cheveley Park Stud Move Horses From Gordon Elliott

Richard Thompson of Cheveley Park Stud has confirmed that the operation will be removing eight horses from the stable of Gordon Elliott, who is currently under investigation by the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) following the publication of a disturbing photograph of the trainer sitting astride a dead horse. Envoi Allen (Fr) (Muhtathir {GB}), unbeaten in 11 races and widely regarded as the best novice chaser in training, will switch to the stable of Henry de Bromhead, who already trains the Grade 1-winning chaser A Plus Tard (Fr) (Kapgrade {Fr})...

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BHA Moves To Stop Elliott Having Runners In Britain

As the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) investigates the case of the photograph of Gordon Elliott sitting astride a dead horse on his gallops, racing authorities in Ireland and Britain expressed their dismay at the distressing image.  A statement released by Horseracing Ireland on Monday afternoon read, "Horse Racing Ireland unreservedly condemns the disturbing photograph that appeared on social media at the weekend. "This image does not reflect the care, attention and respect that racehorses receive, and does a disservice to the thousands of people who look after their horses...

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Pivotal Pensioned From Stud Duties

Pivotal (GB) (Polar Falcon-Fearless Revival {GB}, by Cozzene), the Group 1-winning sprinter who has excelled as both a sire and broodmare sire, has been pensioned from stud duty at Cheveley Park Stud at the age of 28. The chestnut had remained in service at his birthplace up until last year, covering reduced numbers of mares in recent years, and will live out his remaining life at the Newmarket nursery. Bred by David and Patricia Thompson's Cheveley Park Stud, Pivotal was a member of the first crop of the G1 Sprint...

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Son of Rest, Flash Gordon to Meelin Stud

A pair of new Flat stallions--Son Of Rest (GB) (Pivotal {GB}-Hightime Heroine {Ire}, by Danetime {Ire}) and Flash Gordon (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}-Oasis Sunset {Ire}), by Oasis Dream {GB})--will stand at Paddy McCathy's Meelin Stud in West Cork. Son of Rest will stand for €3,000 and Flash Gordon will be offered at €1,500 for the 2021 season. "They are two great stamps of horses and I am delighted to have them for my first enterprise into Flat stallions," said McCathy. "I have been working to offer speed horses that could produce...

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Cheveley Park Stud's David Thompson Dies at 84

David Thompson CBE, the owner with his wife Patricia of Cheveley Park Stud in Newmarket, died on Dec. 29 from renal failure at the age of 84. A proudly patriotic man whose numerous successful racehorses sported the stud's red, white and blue colours, Thompson's significant involvement in British racing and breeding began in 1975 with his purchase of Newmarket's oldest stud farm, which was then in receivership. That same year Music Boy (GB), trained initially in Yorkshire by 'Snowy' Wainwright, became the Thompsons' first Group winner, in partnership with Ken...

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Half-Sister To Integral Set For Lingfield Debut

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Today's Observations features half-siblings to two Group 1 winners. 1.35 Lingfield, Nov, £5,300, 2yo, f, 7f 1y (AWT) Cheveley Park Stud's hitherto unraced DEGREE (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) is a homebred half-sister to G1 Falmouth S. and G1 Sun Chariot S. heroine Integral (GB) (Dalakhani {Ire}) out of G1 Matron...

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Cheveley Park Stud Adds To Select NH Team

With restrictions surrounding race meetings continuing in Britain, the Tattersalls Cheltenham December Sale was relocated to Tattersalls HQ at Park Paddocks and it was a famous Newmarket name at the top of the buyers' list. Cheveley Park Stud, traditionally one of Britain's foremost owner-breeder operations on the Flat, has enjoyed increasing success with a clutch of well-selected jumpers in recent seasons, with the hugely exciting novice chaser Envoi Allen (Fr) (Muhtathir {GB}) at the head of the group. Two new recruits were added to the team on Thursday in the...

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War Front Sister To Harmonize Debuts

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Today's Observations features a half-sister to an American Grade I winner. 4.00 Chelmsford, Novice, £7,900, 2yo, 8f (AWT) TOP TABLE (GB) (War Front) is a notable debutante for Cheveley Park Stud, who bought her dam Mesa Fresca (Sky Mesa) for $2-million at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky 2017 November Mixed Sale....

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What's In A Name? Potapova

There are two different and converging strands in the name of promising 2-year-old filly Potapova (GB) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}-- Safina {GB}, by Pivotal {GB}): tennis memories and Russian themes. The convincing Chelmsford winner is out of Safina, also the family name of the brilliant Dinara Safina, former world number one tennis player, three-times losing finalist in Grand Slam events and sister of U.S. Open champion Marat Safin. Safina the mare is out of champion Russian Rhythm, and there are other glorious Russian names scattered in her female line, like Nijinsky...

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