Value Sires Part II: Under 10,000

Having started with the new stallions for 2024, we are continuing the series with those in the lower price tier beneath the fee of 10,000, whether in euros or sterling. For the benefit of this piece we are treating them as one and the same, despite the current exchange rate of £1 = €1.16. This is the territory inhabited by many small breeders, and in plenty of cases the margins between operating at a profit and a loss are very tight indeed.  I am reminded here of a particularly interesting...

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December in November as Tattersalls Begins Two-Week Run

NEWMARKET, UK--After a brief pause between sales to fill up the lungs before the next push, Tattersalls is now braced for some frenetic action throughout the coming fortnight at Park Paddocks. And in in time-honoured fashion, the December Sales begin with a session of yearlings which numbered 162 at the last count.  Just to guarantee strong interest in Monday's proceedings right through to the end, we have a Dubawi (Ire) colt in the ring last of all. Lot 188 is the second foal of the G2 German 1,000 Guineas winner...

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A New Look Ringfort Stud? Derek Veitch Announces Mating Plans 

Derek Veitch, famous for producing Group 1-winning sprinter Minzaal (Ire) and high-class runners Threat (Ire), Miss Amulet (Ire), Ubettabelieveit (Ire) and Indigo Lady (Ire), has outlined his intention to dramatically scale back his broodmare band to 15 or less at his Ringfort Stud base in County Offaly this year.  The move will come as a surprise to many, given the Rhode-based Veitch has just enjoyed his greatest year as a breeder after Minzaal scorched the Haydock turf when landing the G1 Sprint Cup, not least his wife Gay, who is...

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Ubettabelieveit To Mickley Stud

Richard Kent's Mickley Stud will welcome the G2 Flying Childers S. winner Ubettabelieveit (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}--Ladylishandra {Ire}, by Mujadil) to its stallion ranks for the 2022 season. Trained by Nigel Tinkler for owner Martin Webb, Ubettabelieveit won on his second start at two and followed that up with victory in the Listed National S. at Sandown. Dropping back to five furlongs after failing to see out the six in the G2 Gimcrack S., he then won the Flying Childers in a tight finish with subsequent Group 2 winner Sacred (Blame)....

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Big Sprint Targets For Acklam Express

The Nigel Tinkler-trained 3-year-old Acklam Express (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}) will stay in Dubai and target the key five-furlong sprints at the end of the carnival after finishing second to the elder Equilateral (GB) (Equiano {Fr}) in the G2 Meydan Sprint last week. Acklam Express could resurface in the G3 Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint on Super Saturday Mar. 6, or wait for the G1 Al Quoz Sprint on Dubai World Cup night on Mar. 27. "He ran a marvellous race," Tinkler said. "He's very well, came out of the race...

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Cup Contender Justifies Tinkler's Belief

LEXINGTON, KY-With the breeze-up sales having been thrown into turmoil in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic this spring, Yorkshire trainer Nigel Tinkler found himself with an important decision in his hands. Breeze-up consignors Roger Marley and John Cullinan, like others in the sector, had begun offering some of their pinhooks privately in an effort to soften the financial blows of the global economic crisis, and Tinkler was offered his choice of colts by Kodiac (GB) and Dandy Man (Ire) for his clients Martin and Lisa Webb. "We had the...

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Yorkshire Loaded For Breeders' Cup

With trainers John Quinn, Kevin Ryan and Nigel Tinkler each fielding a runner in this weekend's Breeders' Cup at Keeneland, there is as good a chance as ever that one of the festival's coveted trophies will make its way back to Yorkshire, where all three are based. Quinn sends out his first Breeders' Cup starter in the form of Ross Harmon's Safe Voyage (Ire) (Fast Company {Ire}), and the gelding has hit his best stride this year at seven, taking Epsom's Listed Surrey S., York's G2 City of York S....

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