19th September - SON OF SHOWCASING SMASHES SALES RECORD
A yearling colt by Showcasing has become the highest-priced lot ever to be sold at the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale. The son of the winning two-year-old Starfly comes from Ballyphilip Stud and attracted plenty of interest as soon as he entered the ring. Michael O'Callaghan, Matt Coleman and Joe Foley ensured a thrilling contest, before agent Michael O'Hagan eventually prevailed with a record bid of €230,000. The successful bidder commented: "He’s an athlete and a standout colt and he’s been bought on behalf of a client to go into training with Clive Cox".
The Showcasings were also in demand at the recent Doncaster sale which finished with the son of Oasis Dream having a higher median price than every other stallion with at least five lots sold, except for Dark Angel and Acclamation.
11th August - TEN UP FOR SUPER SWISS SPIRIT
The victory of Flo's Melody at Wolverhampton made it ten individual first crop winners for Swiss Spirit, The son of Invincible Spirit has already enjoyed a prolific start to August with five winners in ten days, four of them maiden race winners. With more youngsters waiting in the wings to make their debut this autumn, this total looks sure to be bettered by a considerable margin.
7th August - SWISS SPIRIT ON A ROLL
Three winners in six days have propelled Swiss Spirit towards the top of the first crop sires' list. Misty Spirit set the ball rolling last Wednesday with a comfortable 2 1/2 lengths success in a 6 furlongs novice race at Leicester. Two days later, it was the turn of the Whitsbury Manor bred Helvetian to recover from a slow start in a 5 1/2 furlongs maiden at Bath. Arden Pearl completed the hat-trick for her sire, when running away with a 6 furlongs maiden race at Windsor. Swiss Spirit is now the sire of nine individual winners, putting him in second place on the leading British first crop sires' list by number of winners.
5th August - MORE 2YO STAKES SUCCESS FOR SHOWCASING
De Bruyne Horse bagged his second Listed race when holding on by a neck in the Prix des Jouvenceaux et des Jouvencelles at Vichy. The step up to 7 furlongs proved no problem for the speedy youngster, who had previously captured the Woodcote Stakes at Epsom. In between, he has performed creditably in two Group 2 races in France and Ireland, narrowly missing out on a place in the Railway Stakes at the Curragh. A return to Group company over 7 furlongs looks likely for the Richard Hannon trained youngster.
21st June - WHITSBURY BRED WINS THE QUEEN MARY
There was Royal Ascot success for a Whitsbury Manor Stud bred horse on a sweltering June day, when Heartache ran out a decisive 2 1/2 lengths winner of the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes, the premier prize for juvenile fillies at the meeting. Now unbeaten in two starts, the daughter of Kyllachy is the first foal of the Listed winning Compton Place mare, Place In My Heart. She races for the Hot To Trot Syndicate and is trained by Clive Cox. Place In My Heart has a yearling filly by Showcasing.
2nd June - SON OF SHOWCASING WINS THE WOODCOTE
Oaks day at Epsom began with an impressive success in the Woodcote Stakes by Showcasing's fast son De Bruyne Horse. The historic race for two-year-olds no longer carries black type, but still attracted a field of Listed status, as seven winners contested the dash around Epsom's sharp six furlongs course. The Richard Hannon trained youngster was soon tracking the leader, before asserting his superiority approaching the final furlong to justify his favourites tag with an emphatic two lengths triumph. Two of the last three editions of this race have produced Royal Ascot winners, and it looks likely that this year's winner will be heading in the same direction.
De Bruyne Horse was bred by Frazer Hood and is the third foal of the winning Soviet Star mare Right Rave. He was sold for 10,000gns at the Tattersalls December Foal Sales and reoffered the following year at the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale, where Ross and Peter Doyle gave £50,000 to secure him for his owners, Middleham Park Racing LXV & K Sohi.
30th May - FOURTH AND FIFTH FIRST CROP WINNERS FOR SWISS SPIRIT
The debut winners keep coming for Swiss Spirit with a sparkling double from two youngsters who could have big futures. First up was the Richard Hannon trained Dotted Swiss who made an impressive debut in a six furlongs fillies' novice race at Lingfield. Breaking smartly, she tracked the leaders into the home straight and quickened smartly to run out a comfortable winner. In doing so she completed a very successful twenty four hours for her breeder Sean Gorman, following the victory of Joe's Spirit the previous day. Dotted Swiss is the fourth winner from five racing age foals out of the winning two-year-old Kheleyf mare Luxuria. She was sold for 35,000gns to Peter & Ross Doyle at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale and for £80,000 to the same agents at the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale. She races in the colours of Merribelle Irish Farm Limited.
A few hours later, it was the turn of the Hamdan Al Maktoum owned Awsaaf who flew from the stalls in the six furlongs novice race at Wolverhampton and never looked in the slightest danger of defeat. Despite showing some signs of greenness in the straight, the Simon Crisford trained colt had far too much pace for his toiling rivals. Awsaaf is the first foal of Atheera, a two-year-old winner by Shamardal from the family of Irish 1000 Guineas winner Mehthaaf. He was bred by Lordship Stud and sold to Shadwell for 38,000gns at the Tattersalls October Book 2 Sale.
29th May - THIRD FIRST CROP WINNER FOR SWISS SPIRIT
Following his promising debut effort when second to an odds-on favourite at Bath, Joe's Spirit broke his maiden with a game front running display in the six furlongs novice race at Chelmsford. Bred by Sean Gorman, he is the third foal of the unraced Dansili mare Dimensional. He was sold for 17,000gns at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale and for £42,000 at the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale. The colt is trained by Michael Bell for Middleham Park Racing XCI and Partner. Dimensional returned to Swiss Spirit last year.
17th May - ANOTHER SPRINTING STAR FOR SHOWCASING
Following the Group 1 exploits of Quiet Reflection last season, her sire could well have another star sprinter this year in the shape of the Whitsbury Manor Stud bred flying machine, Tasleet. The Group 2 Duke of York Stakes on the opening day of York's May meeting looked a strong renewal, yet the six furlong race was won in dominant style by the Hamdan Al-Maktoum owned four-year-old colt. Travelling easily behind the leaders, he had to be switched a furlong out to get a clear run, but once in the clear quickened impressively for a 2 1/2 lengths success.
Tasleet won a valuable sales race at York as a juvenile and returned last season to gain Group 3 honours in the Greenham Stakes. Trainer William Haggas confirmed afterwards that his exciting colt will be aimed at the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. Tasleet was purchased for £52,000 at the DBS Premier Yearling Sale in 2014. He is out of the Cadeaux Genereux mare, Bird Key, and has a yearling three-parts sister by Coach House who was sold to Richard Knight Bloodstock.
1st May - SECOND FIRST CROP WINNER FOR SWISS SPIRIT
Time Trail became the second winner for her sire when displaying a very professional attitude to win on her debut at Beverley. Breaking fast, she disputed the lead before quickening well entering the final furlong and repelling the late challengers. Bred by Kevin Daniel Crabb, she is the fourth winner out of the winning Spectrum mare, Starbeck. She was sold for £38,000 to her trainer Michael Dods at the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale.
7th April - FIRST RUNNER IS A WINNER FOR SWISS SPIRIT
Swiss Spirit made the perfect start to his stud career when his very first runner, Kick On Kick On, streaked home by four lengths on his debut at Leicester. In doing so he became the first winner this season by a first crop sire. Kick On Kick On was bred by Fifehead Farms M.C. Denning and is the fourth foal out of the winning Piccolo mare Catmint. He cost 16,500gns as a foal and was resold the following year for £52,000. Owned by Paul and Clare Rooney, the colt is in training with Clive Cox.
2nd March - FIRST MARES SCANNED IN FOAL TO ADAAY
Whitsbury Manor Stud are delighted to announce that our first season sire ADAAY (by Kodiac) has had his first 2 mares scanned in foal. The first mare of which is owned by Shadwell Stud, co-owners of Adaay. MUSHARAKAAT (by Iffraaj) Owned by Shadwell Stud. A 2yo winner and placed in the Gr.2 May Hill Stakes.
“It's great that Adaay’s first 2 mares have been scanned in foal. It’s particularly nice that the first mare scanned is a Group performing mare owned by our partners Shadwell Stud who are a big support to the stallion.” Ed Harper
1st February - SWISS SPIRIT - THE PROFESSIONAL'S CHOICE
Swiss Spirit will have his first runners this season, and has already caught the eye of many shrewd professionals, including bloodstock agent Oliver St Lawrence ("There were some nice first crop yearlings by Swiss Spirit") and David Myerscough of Baroda and Colbinstown Studs. Asked to select a stallion offering best value for money, he commented:"Swiss Spirit at £4,000 looks to be a bit of a bargain. He has a great pedigree and throws gorgeous-looking stock".
19th January - FIRST FOAL FOR DUE DILIGENCE
Whitsbury Manor Stud are pleased to announce the birth of the first foal by DUE DILIGENCE (by War Front).
A bay filly was born on Thursday morning ex FREE ENRTY (by Approve). She is the first foal of the mare, a 2yo winner and half sister to Gr 3 placed “Golden Destiny”, from the fast family of “Catch the Blues”.
Born at Whitsbury Manor Stud, Stud Director Ed Harper reported “We are delighted to welcome the first foal by DUE DILIGENCE. The filly is an attractive bay, nicely marked in a similar way to her sire, and a good size for a maiden mare. We have 16 mares to foal to him this season, so we look forward to seeing a lot more of the same.”
16th January - SHOWCASING STARTS THE YEAR WITH A FIRST PRIZE
Prize Exhibit became the first Graded stakes winner of 2017 for her sire when comfortably landing the Grade 3 Megahertz Stakes at Santa Anita. The five-year-old mare, bred in Britain by Mrs R F Johnson Houghton, was winning her fourth career graded stakes race, including a brace of Grade 2 races in 2015 and 2016. Tracking the leaders into the straight, she produced a smart turn of foot to run down three rivals for a decisive 1 1/4 lengths success in the one mile contest.
27th October - WHITSBURY MANOR STUD 2017 STALLION FEES - Please click here to download our brochure for 2017
Ed Harper, Director of Whitsbury Manor Stud, is pleased to announce the stud fees for its stallions in 2017.
Following on from another fantastic year for SHOWCASING which has included four individual Group winners including Champion 3yo sprinter Quiet Reflection, he will stand next year at £35,000 SLF. This reflects the enormous interest we have already had for 2017 as well as our continued plan to strictly limit his book.
New for 2017, ADAAY, standing at Whitsbury in partnership with Shadwell Stud, will stand next season at £7,000 SLF. As a dual Group 2 winning son of Kodiac we have already received an immense amount of interest in him and I recommend interested breeders get in touch in good time to avoid disappointment.
DUE DILIGENCE covered a quality full book of mares in his first season and his sire War Front continues to dominate both on the track and in the sales ring. However, we are very keen to offer our clients the best possible value so he’ll stand his second season at the slightly reduced fee of £5,500 SLF.
Having proved so popular at the yearlings sales, SWISS SPIRIT will again stand at £4,000 SLF. Members of his first crop achieved over six figures at each of the three major yearling sales and it would be difficult to find a more commercial sire in his price bracket.