Newsells Park Stud
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Nathaniel: The Newsells Park Stud sire of six Group 1 winners including Desert Crown and Enable
Newsells Park Stud
UPDATED AT 9:49 AM, JUNE 6, 2022
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Simon Davies had a lofty goal in sponsoring Friday’s Coronation Cup under the name of his new business DahlBury, which invests in and produces middle-distance performers and stayers for flat and national hunt racing.
“We want to help break the myth that middle-distance racehorses can’t retire to stud, stand under both codes and be commercial,” he said in a mission statement when his support for the race was revealed.
“We are investing in British Thoroughbreds and hope our deal will help challenge some of the currently held notions about ‘dual purpose’ bulls. We believe middle distance bulls have a lot more to offer in this country. »
Davies will likely have been delighted his point was proven in the Derby on Saturday, although it was a rival British stud who took advantage this time, as Desert Crown, a son of stalwart Nathaniel of Newsells Park, displayed an unflappable attitude , a killer turn of the foot and smart stamina to win the classic being relaxed.
Note that Nathaniel has instead had his “dual purpose” status imposed on him by the market, as he has bred an increasing number of jumping mares in recent years despite siring Enable, one of the best fillies of all time, in his first generation. He also supplied fellow Group 1 Channel winners God Given, Lady Bowthorpe, Mutamakina and now Desert Crown from his first six harvests aged three and over, so his credentials as a class conduit for the Flat should really be blameless now. .
It’s not hard to see why National Hunt breeders are so eager to send their mares to Nathaniel, as his performers of Flat Burning Victory, Concertista and Zanahiyr have thrived for a change of codes, but the scale of the Negligence of Flat breeders towards it is more difficult to breaststroke.
The allure of breeding early horses makes sense to many, as owners and trainers can take care of their loads earlier and save money; but it is disconcerting how little industry players see that there is a thriving resale market for horses that mature later or need more travel.
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Nathaniel is the sire of superstar filly Enable
It seems to be a symptom of a sport that is often downright irrational in its attitude towards stayers – sneers that accompany a young middle-distance stallion getting early three-year-old hurdle or bumper winners, even if this is unavoidable in Britain and Ireland and could be interpreted as adding residual value to their stock, to the often trotted line that there are no value middle distance bulls to use on these coasts, when the source of Enable, no less, is available at a reasonable price.
Then there is the reluctance of sales companies to give pride of place to colts and yearlings of middle-market endurance stallions when they later fight for those who prove to be successes for their horses in the training and sale of breeding stock; and what about those breeder-owners with no business imperative who fall victim to the fad by looking beyond a proven sire like Nathaniel in favor of more expensive horses that don’t even have a runner yet? Make sense!
There’s no point in waiting for logic or consistency from the hive mind that makes the market I suppose, otherwise Westlife wouldn’t have had 14 UK number one singles and the old cheese and boring onion wouldn’t be the nation’s favorite crispy flavor.
Instead, let’s take a look at what Nathaniel has been covering since 2018, when his book featured the winning Strawberry Fields Stud Green Desert mare, Desert Berry, who would produce the exciting Desert Crown from mating.
For starters, he has 88 two-year-olds, conceived for £25,000 on the immediate heels of Enable winning his second Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and gutsy defeat of Magical in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.
They are the result of a book of 112 mares, of which only two (1.7%) appear to have been bred with the intention of producing a jumping foal – Hyde, the dam of Elimay and Goshen, the result being a foal called Pompano; and Over Sixty, a clever jumper and dam of the helpful hurdler Cheddleton, the result of which is an unnamed filly.
He bred outstanding flat mares that year, and the crop includes half-sibs to Delegator, Lucida and Side Glance, half-sisters to Lyric Of Light and Set Piece, a colt from Fantasia and a filly from Magical Romance .
Surprisingly, among Nathaniel’s two-year-olds are also the siblings of two Epsom stars this weekend – a half-brother to Coronation Cup hero Hukum and a half-sister to Princess Elizabeth winner Bashkirova Stakes.
In 2020, when this season’s yearlings were bred, the number of mares with obvious National Hunt profiles covered by Nathaniel rose to eight out of a pound 102 (7.8%). They included Cheltenham Festival winner Limini and Over Sixty again.
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Limini: one of the 77 jumping mares in Nathaniel’s book out of 136 in 2021
The net of jumping mares entering Nathaniel’s book turned into a torrent in 2021. They made up 77 of his 136 mares (57%) judging by pedigrees, racing performance and previous coverage, and the group included Banjaxed Girl, Happy Diva, Intense Tango, Limini, Ms Sometimes, My Petra, Polly Peachum and the mothers of Black Tears and Santini.
At least some high-class flat broodmare owners who appreciate classic breeding and don’t mind the vagaries of fashion kept the faith with Galileo’s beautifully bred son last year. New England Stud and Stanley House Stud sent Mutamakina’s dam to him again, DJ Erwin Bloodstock sent him the dam of high class couple Grand Promenade and Santa Monica, and Juddmonte returned with none other than the dam of great Enable.
Gary Robinson, who bred Desert Crown at his Strawberry Fields stud near Cambridge, is another refreshing and unconventional thinker who has swum against the tide by continuing to support Nathaniel with his top mares over the past two years, and he was generously rewarded for this. .
He is now the proud owner of a mare who has a full brother of a Derby winner on foot and another full brother in his womb, as well as a winning half-sister Archipenko of a Derby winner in Rose Berry, who is also full of Nathaniel.
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Star Fortress enjoys considerable pedigree appeal as it makes its debut for trainer Ralph Beckett and owners John and Tanya Gunther in the ten-stadium Novice Stakes at Windsor tonight (7.45).
The three-year-old filly was bred by the Gunthers with the Tsui family’s Sunderland Holdings. She is out of the wonderful world champion Sea The Stars of the Tsuis and third Lady Aquitaine of the Sirenia Stakes, a half-sister of El Prado to the Listed winner Secret Garden, herself the mother of the Irish hero of the 2000 Guineas Roderic O’Connor.
Lady Aquitaine has already produced Derby du Languedoc winner and Prix de Royallieu third Lady Of Kyushu and Aqueduct stakes scorer Clint Maroon. The mother could clinch a quick double as her helpful son Group One Power chases glory in the previous handicap of 11½ furlongs at Windsor.
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