thoroughbred breeding

Soulcombe on The Market

Soulcombe, a 388-acre farm where Chris Budgett's Kirtlington Stud is based, has arrived on the market and will be offered through Windsor Clive International. Budgett has built up Kirtlington since the mid 1980s and has decided to offer Soulcombe for sale. On the acreage are Soulcombe House-which features seven bedrooms and two wings, as well as three different stable yard complexes and five cottages. The gently rolling limestone land has produced quality bloodstock including Harbinger (GB) (Dansili {GB}), champion and G1 Derby hero Sir Percy (GB) (Mark of Esteem {Ire})...

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2021 Jockey Club Fact Book Available Online

The 2021 edition of the Fact Book is now available in the resources section of The Jockey Club website at www.jockeyclub.com. The online Fact Book is a statistical and informational guide to Thoroughbred breeding, racing and auction sales in North America and is updated quarterly. It also features a directory of Canadian, international, national, and state organizations. Links to the Breeding Statistics report that is released by The Jockey Club each September and the Report of Mares Bred information that is published by The Jockey Club each October can be...

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Stars Align For Stallion Master Orlandi

It is fair to say that Micheal Orlandi-at 32 years of age--is one of the youngest self-made stallion masters in the business. He could, perhaps, also lay claim to being one of the most enthusiastic people working in the bloodstock industry. Operating under the Compas Stallions banner, Orlandi has stood stallions at various farms, but from January 2020 they have a new home in Starfield Stud. Measuring 95 acres in total, the farm is a stone's throw from Orlandi's family home and a short walk from the banks of Lough...

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Filly Foal is the First for Cracksman

English/French highweight and two-time G1 Champion S. hero Cracksman (GB) (Frankel {GB}) sired his first reported foal at Newsells Park Stud on Jan. 22, Darley announced on Thursday. Bred by W & R Barnett Ltd., the filly is out of Amber Silk (Ire) (Lawman {Fr}), a winning full-sister to G1 Irish 1000 Guineas heroine and GI E.P. Taylor S. victress Just The Judge (Ire) (Lawman {Fr}) from the family of MGSW and G1 Epsom Oaks/G1 Coronation Cup third High Heeled (Ire) (High Chaparral {Ire}). Julian Dollar, General Manager of Newsells...

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Global Views: Spelling Culture Should Be Considered Worldwide

In the coming months, Godolphin Flying Start trainees will provide insight into practices experienced and observations taken on their worldwide travels. First up is current second-year trainee and Australia native Anna Power, who discusses her country's practice of spelling. The Godolphin Flying Start programme is an unrivaled opportunity to learn about Thoroughbred racing and breeding across the world. The cultural differences of the industry in each country have been eye-opening and surprising. For example, prior to my time in America I had never foaled a mare indoors. "It's really all...

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The Bigger Picture Of Inbreeding

Inbreeding to successful sires can become unavoidable at times when there is a strong run on a very successful stallion and his sons. Just look at what has happened in Australia with Danehill. And Sadler's Wells presents a similar challenge in Europe. There is no evidence that commercial buyers pay much attention to whether a prospective purchase is closely inbred. As long as they tick all the other boxes, it hard to imagine them walking away on account of a foal or yearling carrying duplicate lines of a preeminent sire...

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