Kirsten Rausing

ITBF Webinar Features Rausing Documentary 

 The International Thoroughbred Breeders' Federation (ITBF) will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, January 18, which features a film documenting the career of successful owner-breeder Kirsten Rausing of Lanwades Stud. A former British TBA Chairman and EFTBA Chairman, Rausing is currently chair of the ITBF. She is also the founder of the Alborada Trust. Following the film, webinar attendees can participate in a live Q&A session with the breeder of the 2022 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Alpinista (GB). The webinar also features a veterinary focus on Equine Grass...

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Remembering Maya Morriss and her Grand Passion

There is something about the seasons in racing, the cyclical nature of the business and the sport. From the covering season, to foaling, yearling and breeding stock sales, and the races themselves, we set both our business and social clocks by these certainties, while perhaps measuring our own mortality by their annual passing. The last 20 years of my life have been spent in Newmarket, where this is felt particularly so. We count the days from the final November meeting on the Rowley Mile, blasted by the winds of the...

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Lanwades Stud's Sea The Moon Gets Fee Increase After Pair Of Classic Winners

Sea The Moon (Ger) will stand for an increased fee of £32,500 in 2024, Lanwades Stud announced on Wednesday. Previously priced at £25,000, the sire of 31 stakes winners overall enjoyed a great year on the racecourse with his progeny, with seven stakes winners--all at group level--since New Year's Day. Leading the way are German Classic winners Fantastic Moon (Ger) and Muskoka (Ger), who took the G1 Deutsches Derby and G1 Preis der Diana, respectively. The 2014 German Derby winner covered 108 mares this season. Joining him is Study Of...

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Sons And Lovers Provides Tonic For The Morrisses

Study Of Man (Ire) is making a growing impression with his first crop of runners, not least through his son Deepone (Ire), winner of the G2 Beresford S. for Vimal Khosla and Paddy Twomey. His latest winner, however, is perhaps the most special to Kirsten Rausing, the owner of Lanwades Stud where the son of Deep Impact (Jpn) stands. On Saturday at Newmarket, the newcomer Sons And Lovers (GB) got up on the line to win the seven-furlong juvenile maiden. Rausing, who bred the colt from the Smart Strike mare...

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Sir Percy, Derby Winner and 'Absolute Obsession' For His Owners, Retires at 20

Cast your mind back to the spring and summer of 2006. In many ways not much was different then to now. Aidan O'Brien had won the 2,000 Guineas with George Washington (Ire) (Danehill) and the Oaks with Alexandrova (Ire) (Sadler's Wells). It was the year in which Galileo (Ire) first came to prominence as a sire when his first-crop daughter Nightime (Ire) won the Irish 1,000 Guineas and his sons, led by Sixties Icon (GB), filled the first three places in the St Leger, though remarkably none of this quartet...

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'I've Never Given Myself a Chance to Fail': Luke Morris on High Days and Hard Work

There can have been no finer example of reward for effort than the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe victory of Alpinista (GB) (Frankel {GB}). Not only for the mare herself, slogging through the Longchamp mud with five Group 1 wins already to her name, but for her trainer Sir Mark Prescott and owner-breeder Kirsten Rausing, who have collectively a century of experience in this great sport between them. Then there was her jockey, Luke Morris. Not the most fashionable member of the British weighing-room, but certainly the most worthy, for...

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Twelve Questions: Kirsten Rausing

First job in the Thoroughbred industry? Mucking out boxes, raking gravel at Simontorp Stud in Sweden. Biggest influence on your career? Captain A.D.D. 'Tim' Rogers of Airlie Stud, Lucan, Co Dublin; he single-handedly invented the European bloodstock industry. Favourite racehorse of all time, and why? Nijinsky - superb athlete; strong and correct with a most beautiful head; probably the last-ever Triple Crown winner...and sire of Niniski (without whom, no Lanwades Stud today). Who will be champion first-season sire in 2023? I would of course hope for Study Of Man, but...

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Rausing Hails 'Exceptional' Alpinista as Arc Winner Retires

The six-time Group 1 winner and G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine Alpinista (GB) (Frankel {GB}--Alwilda {GB}, by Hernando {Fr}) has been retired from racing after a "slight setback" and will not contest the G1 Japan Cup at the end of the month. The 5-year-old, bred and owned by Kirsten Rausing and trained by Sir Mark Prescott, recorded her six top-level wins in consecutive starts in Germany, England and France in the last two seasons, taking her unbeaten stretch to eight races in 16 months. In total, she ran...

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Shadwell's Baaeed Crowned Cartier Horse Of The Year

Shadwell homebred Baaeed (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) was named the Cartier Horse of the Year and Cartier Older Horse at the 32nd Cartier Racing Awards at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Wednesday evening. The first Shadwell colourbearer to earn the Horse of the Year accolade, the William Haggas trainee added another four Group 1 victories to his pair earned in 2021, posting wins in the Lockinge S., Queen Anne S., Sussex S., and International S. in succession. His only loss in an 11-start career was a fourth-place finish...

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Alpinista to Dubawi? Rausing Drops Hint at Star Mare's Stud Plans

Kirsten Rausing has dropped a firm hint that her Arc heroine Alpinista (GB) (Frankel {GB}) could visit Dubawi (Ire) in her first season at stud next year. Though not confirming or naming Darley's 20-year-old stallion, who looks on course to be champion sire for the first time this year, the breeder told the Nick Luck Daily podcast on Tuesday, "Obviously there are a few horses she could visit, and one in particular who is not getting any younger, but nothing is written in stone yet so therefore I can't really...

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Letter to the Editor: Kirsten Rausing

Winning the best race in the world, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, represents the pinnacle of most Thoroughbred breeders' ambitions. Achieving that unrealistic objective was beyond my wildest dreams when I set out on the path of breeding racehorses, now more than 50 years ago. Now that my wonderful Alpinista (homebred at Lanwades for four generations) has triumphed on the world stage, scoring her tenth win, ninth stakes win and sixth Group 1 win on Sunday, I find myself overwhelmed by innumerable kind messages of congratulations from friends and colleagues all over...

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Kirsten Rausing on Alpinista: 'There Were a Lot of Tears Shed'

On Sunday, Kirsten Rausing and Sir Mark Prescott achieved the impossible in uniting racing's participants in joy at the victory of Alpinista (GB) (Frankel {GB}) in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. For Prescott, Newmarket's longest-serving trainer now in his 53rd season with a licence, it was a moment that brought a tear to his eye as the witty one-liners for which he is famous gave way to pure emotion. For Rausing, too, who has painstakingly developed a broodmare band of significant international note over more than four decades at...

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