Overbury Stud

McGivern Grasps A Golden Opportunity

"I'm on a mission to make GB great in its own right." A statement from Britain's new prime minister, perhaps? No. Forget Westminster, and cast your mind instead to the rolling Cotswold hills that frame the area around Cheltenham. Those words are uttered not far up the road from the home of National Hunt racing, at Overbury Stud, by the new owner of the stud's newest stallion. Jayne McGivern is unashamedly proud of her recent purchase of Golden Horn (GB), the horse who lit up the 2015 Flat season, graduating...

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Dual-Purpose Stallion Prospect Golden Horn Sold To Stand At Overbury Stud 

Golden Horn (GB), the brilliant G1 Derby winner and European Horse of the Year in 2015, will take up stallion duties at Overbury Stud after being sold to new investors Dash Grange Stud from Darley and Anthony Oppenheimer. The move will see Golden Horn, who has already sired 13 individual winners over jumps in Britain and Ireland, marketed as a dual-purpose stallion. Golden Horn is best remembered for storming to Derby glory under Frankie Dettori in 2015. He won handsomely from subsequent Irish Derby hero Jack Hobbs (GB), who he...

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Ardad's Perfect Power Takes The Commonwealth Cup

Confirming his position as the chief three-year-old sprinting colt, Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum's Perfect Power (Ire) (Ardad {Ire}) produced his customary generous effort to emerge on top in a highly-competitive and tight G1 Commonwealth Cup on Friday. First establishing himself in the top tier when storming up the stand's side to win the G2 Norfolk S. here 12 months ago, the relentlessly-professional star of the Richard Fahey set-up had since garnered the G1 Prix Morny, G1 Middle Park S. and G3 Greenham S. before being stretched beyond his capabilities...

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The Heirs of Kodiac

Kodiac (GB) (Danehill) has long been a sought-after source of precocity, and as he has risen toward the upper echelon of proven stallions, the hunt is now on for his heir. Or heirs, as the case may be, because just as Kodiac's winners are legion, his sons' foals are starting to display that same vaunted quick-maturing zest for racing: a quartet of group-winning sons of Kodiac retired to stud in 2017-Kodi Bear (Ire), Adaay (Ire), Coulsty (Ire) and Prince of Lir (Ire)--and all have sired group winners with only two...

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Powerful Start A Boost For Ardad

It could be said that there's a stallion to suit all types of breeder at Overbury Stud, and the farm that was for so long synonymous with Britain's perennial leading National Hunt sire Kayf Tara (GB) now has a budding star of a very different type. Ardad (Ire) finished 2021 as the leading first-season sire in Britain and was second overall to Cotai Glory (GB), who stands at Tally-Ho Stud, where Ardad was himself bred and where his sire Kodiac (GB) has long been king of the hill.  Now eight,...

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Foals Keep Up Market Momentum at Tatts

by Chris McGrath NEWMARKET, UK -- The world certainly looks a different place from when these babies slithered into the straw. A less frightening one, thankfully, to many breeders, who have been relieved by a remarkable strength and depth in all levels of the market after the global economy absorbed the shock of Covid. So while the Tattersalls December Foal Sale opened in the customary low register, business on Wednesday unequivocally maintained the buoyant morale established in other sectors. Indeed, the clearance rate of 84% was a session record, and...

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Time Test Breeding Right Leads at Tattersalls Online

A breeding right in progressive young stallion Time Test (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) was purchased for 100,000gns by Blandford Bloodstock's Tom Goff to top the Tattersalls Online Sale on Friday. Blandford Bloodstock also teamed up with Wardley Bloodstock to acquire the remaining lot, a breeding right in Ardad (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) for 75,000gns. Lot 2 was offered on behalf of a gentleman. The National Stud resident has already sired four black-type winners in his first crop led by G3 Dick Poole S. heroine Romantic Time (GB) and German Group 3 winner...

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Ardad Boosted to £12,500 For 2022

Ardad (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}), who is one of the leading European-based first-season sires, will stand for an increased fee of £12,500 SLF at Overbury Stud in 2022. Already the sire of G1 Middle Park S., G1 Prix Morny, and G2 Norfolk S. winner Perfect Power (Ire), the bay's 2021 fee was £4,000. Other high class runners for Ardad are G3 Sirenia S. heroine Eve Lodge (GB), who is one of 21 winners by the 7-year-old, and G2 Coventry S. third Vintage Clarets (GB). Ardad also had 12 winners prior to...

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Ardad's Perfect Power Battles To Prix Morny Glory

Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum's 2-year-old colt Perfect Power (Ire) (Ardad {Ire}) became the first stakes winner for his freshman sire (by Kodiac {GB}) when plundering Royal Ascot's June 17 G2 Norfolk S. and, despite a blip when fifth in last month's July 29 G2 Richmond S. at Goodwood, notched another first for the Overbury Stud incumbent with a decisive victory in Sunday's G1 Darley Prix Morny at Deauville, a "Win And You're In" for the GII Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at Del Mar in November. The January-foaled bay...

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Ardad Breeding Right Tops Tattersalls

A breeding right in Overbury Stud's Ardad (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) (lot 83) brought 52,000gns from Ed Player of Whatton Manor Stud to top the Tattersalls Online June 29th Sale on Tuesday. The bay, who stood for £4,000 this term, already has 13 winners this season to lead the European first-crop sires by that metric. He also sired the G2 Norfolk S. hero Perfect Power (Ire) at Royal Ascot, and another colt, Vintage Clarets (GB), ran third at that meeting in the G2 Coventry S. "Ardad has made a remarkable start,"...

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Ardad Breeding Right Added To Tattersalls Online Sale

A breeding right to leading first-season sire Ardad (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) has been added to the Tattersalls Online June 29th Sale. The Overbury Stud-based Ardad leads all first-season sires with 12 winners, headed by the G2 Norfolk S. winner Perfect Power (Ire), who is set to tackle the G1 Prix Morny next. Ardad's Vintage Clarets (GB) was third in the G2 Coventry S. also at the Royal meeting. The breeding right agreement and deed of novation are available by contacting Tattersalls.

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First Black-Type Winner For Ardad As Perfect Power Wins the Norfolk

Impressive both visually and on the clock when off the mark over this five-furlong trip at Hamilton eight days previously, Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum's Perfect Power (Ire) (Ardad {Ire}) delivered the same acceleration to take Thursday's G2 Norfolk S. and provide his Overbury Stud-based first-season sire with a first black-type winner. Drawn in 10 and forced to come up the middle which had looked unfavourable over the first two days, the Richard Fahey-trained £110,000 Goffs UK Breeze Up graduate was outpaced and towards rear at halfway in this GII...

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