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.
27th September - SHOWCASING SIRES ANOTHER JUVENILE STAKES WINNER
Moonlit Show became the first stakes winner from the third crop of her sire when scoring an impressive all-the-way success in the Listed Blenheim Stakes at Fairyhouse. The Newmarket raider was quickly into her stride and was soon dominating the race, before quickening smartly on the turn for home to clear right away from her toiling rivals. She becomes the ninth stakes winner for her sire, and is one of nine winners from only twenty six juvenile runners in what is, and likely to remain, Showcasing's smallest crop.
13th September - ADAAY - NEW TO WHITSBURY MANOR STUD FOR 2017
Whitsbury Manor Stud are delighted to announce that a partnership has been agreed with Shadwell Stud to stand Kodiac’s dual Group 2 winning son ADAAY in 2017.
Bred in Ireland out of the Royal Applause mare Lady Lucia, ADAAY showed precocious talent when purchased at the Craven breeze-up sale by Shadwell Estates for 240,000gns. Less than a month later ADAAY was a ready debut winner of a competitive Newbury maiden where Kodi Bear followed him home, before a quick winning return at Yarmouth in which he defeated the subsequent Norfolk Stakes runner up Mind of Madness.
ADAAY got off the mark as a 3yo with an impressive victory in the 6f Listed Carnarvon Stakes at Newbury. Following this came arguably his most impressive display with a decisive win in the 6f Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock in which he ended the five race unbeaten sequence of the brilliant sprinter Limato. He then went on to show his versatility by stepping up to seven furlongs for the Gr 2 Hungerford Stakes in which he had talented horses including Breton Rock and Cable Bay in behind him.
Ed Harper, Director of Whitsbury Manor Stud, commented: “We are very grateful to be given the opportunity to stand ADAAY in partnership with Shadwell Stud. He was a classy and precocious individual who will ideally suit commercial breeders. His sire Kodiac has risen up through the ranks very quickly, so to be standing a top class son of his is extremely exciting.”
A stud fee will be announced at a later date.
3rd September - GROUP 2 WINNER FOR FOXWEDGE
The Australian bred Foxplay became the first Group winner for her sire when capturing the Group 2 Fast and Furious Stakes at Randwick. The 6 furlong contest for 3yo fillies attracted a strong field, but it was the Chris Waller trained daughter of the El Prado mare Butters who scored a decisive victory by one and three-quarters lengths. Foxwedge has also sired thirteen individual winners from his first northern hemisphere crop.
3rd September - SHOWCASING's QUIET REFLECTION WINS HER SECOND GROUP 1
Brilliant sprinter Quiet Reflection gave her many supporters not a moments worry with an utterly dominant display in the 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock, her second Group 1 victory. Adopting her usual tactics, the 3yo daughter of Showcasing travelled strongly just off the pace, before quickening to the front over a furlong out and going clear for an impressive success. A tilt at the Champions Sprint at Ascot on Champions Day is the likely next start for the sprinting superstar.
27th August - SWISS SPIRIT's FIRST YEARLINGS IN DEMAND
The Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale at Doncaster is traditionally the first major domestic test for new sires and Swiss Spirit passed that test with flying colours. Ten of the twelve Swiss Spirits offered for sale found a buyer and four of them sold for more than £50,000. Pride of place went to a half-brother to Listed-winning sprinter Silver Rainbow who was snapped up by Shadwell for £110,000, having previously made £72,000 as a foal.
By the end of the sale, Swiss Spirit had achieved an average selling price of £45,000 and a median of £40,000 which was bettered by only one other first crop stallion with more than one lot sold. With these yearlings conceived at a fee of only £4,500, the future looks very bright for the son of Invincible Spirit who has impressed some shrewd agents with the quality of his stock.
5th August - TENTH WINNER FOR FOXWEDGE
Elliptical became the tenth individual European bred winner for her first crop sire when making a winning debut at Newmarket. The Cheveley Park Stud homebred was held up in the early stages of the six furlong maiden, before taking the lead over a furlong out and running on strongly for a comfortable one and a half lengths success. The Robert Cowell trained filly is out of the dual winning Spinning World mare Gyroscope and looks to have a bright future.
Her sire's tally of ten individual winners is currently bettered by only one British based first crop sire. His other winners include the Group placed Seafront, Sandown debut winner Balgair, and the very promising Wesley Ward trained Belmont debut winner Star Empire, due to make his second start in North America next week.
17th June - GROUP 1 WINNER FOR SHOWCASING
Quiet Reflection justified favouritism in spectacular fashion to give her sire his first Group 1 winner in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot. As usual the flying filly was held up towards the back of the field and produced late and fast to hit the front inside the final furlong for a comfortable success.
4th June - FOXWEDGE SIRES HIS FIRST STAKES WINNER
Volpe Veloce became the first stakes winner for her sire when the Australian bred filly won the Listed Castletown Stakes at Wanganui in New Zealand. The Graham Richardson trained filly is now unbeaten in two races and connections believe she will improve further when racing on better ground. Her next start is likely to be as a three year old in the Group 3 Gold Trail Stakes in October.
28th May - ANOTHER SMART 2YO WINNER BY FOXWEDGE
It takes a smart two year old to beat more experienced rivals on his debut, and when that race is at a track as tricky as Chester, it all points to a horse with a bright future. That horse is called Scofflaw, a 60,000gns yearling by first season sire Foxwedge, and he showed plenty of dash to score by three parts of a length in a six furlongs novice race. The bay colt was bred by Mrs M E Slade and is out of the Dr Fong mare, Belle Des Airs, a winner of two races for her owner breeder.
28th May - QUIET REFLECTION GRABS GROUP 2 GLORY FOR SHOWCASING
Quiet Reflection continued her meteoric ascent to the top of the sprinting division, with a deeply impressive success in the Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock. The six furlongs contest for three year olds atttracted a high class field, but the daughter of Showcasing, one of only two fillies in the seven runner race, proved in a different league to her rivals. Held up towards the rear, she made smooth progress to challenge at the furlong pole, before unleashing a devastating turn of foot and sprinting clear for a facile victory by almost four lengths.
Her next start will be in Group 1 company at Royal Ascot in June, where connections will have the choice between the Commonwealth Cup over six furlongs and the King's Stand Stakes over five furlongs.
19th May - ROYAL ASCOT 2YO FOR FOXWEDGE
The Wesley Ward trained juvenile Star Empire lived up to his tall home reputation with an impressive 6 1/2 lengths debut success at Belmont Park, to give his sire Foxwedge his second winner. The bay colt is one of three Foxwedge colts sent to Wesley Ward's barn by the Bateman family, who raced the Group 1 winner, and will be recrossing the Atlantic next month for a tilt at one of Royal Ascot's big two year old prizes. Bred by James Worrall out of the unraced Empire Maker mare Celestial Empire, he was sold for 40,000gns at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale in 2014..
24th April - FIRST CLASSIC WINNER FOR SHOWCASING
Showcasing achieved yet another landmark in his glittering stud career when Conselice provided his first classic winner in the Premio Regina Elena - Italian 1000 Guineas. The daughter of the Diktat mare Dictatrix was bred by Miss Jackie Penny and was winning her fourth consecutive race when taking the Group 3 contest by a comfortable length for owner-trainer Stefano Botti. This was the third European Group winning 3yo sired by Showcasing in the last fortnight, as well as his fourth northern hemisphere Group winner and fifth worldwide this year. And it's still only April!
21st April - FOXWEDGE OFF THE MARK IN THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE
The Group 1 winning sprinter Foxwedge sired his first winner in Europe when Seafront won the fillies' novice auction race at Beverley. The daughter of the Wolfhound mare Locharia made a promising debut at the Newmarket Craven meeting and showed the benefit of that experience when running on well for a comfortable success. She races for owner Saeed Manana and was bred by Jeremy Green & Sons.
17th April - ANOTHER WEEKEND, ANOTHER SHOWCASING 3YO STAR
The Whitsbury Manor Stud bred Tasleet became the third stakes winning three year old in successive weekends for his sire, when winning the Group 3 Greenham Stakes, transferred from Newbury to Chelmsford. The Hamdan Al Maktoum owned colt is out of the Cadeaux Genereux mare, Bird Key, and was winning for the fourth time and his first in Group company. His trainer, William Haggas, mentioned the Jersey Stakes and Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot as possible targets. Tasleet also has an entry in the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh.
10th April - QUIET REFLECTION RETURNS IN GLORY FOR SHOWCASING
Showcasing's brilliantly fast daughter, Quiet Reflection, made a winning reappearance, when crossing the channel to capture the Group 3 Prix Sigy for three year olds at Chantilly. Despite having to take on her male rivals at level weights, the Karl Burke trained speedster was more than equal to the task, tracking a fast early pace before hitting the front in the final furlong and holding the late challenge of the Andre Fabre trained colt Jimmy Two Times. This was her second Group 3 success and first at six furlongs.
Quiet Reflection is the third northern hemisphere black type winner for her sire in 2016. Last weekend, Conselice won the Listed Premio Seregno in Milan, a long established trial for the Italian 1000 Guineas. Prize Exhibit had got the year off to a great start when winning the Grade 2 Monrovia Stakes at Santa Anita on the 3rd January.
2nd March - DUE DILIGENCE OFF THE MARK WITH HIS FIRST 5 MARES SCANNED IN FOAL
Whitsbury Manor Stud is pleased to report that DUE DILIGENCE has had 5 of his first mares scanned in foal. The first mare to be reported in foal was RANDOM, a winning Shamardal out of a daughter of Cape Verdi. Other mares to be scanned in foal include two maidens; FREE ENTRY, a 2yo winner by Approve, and FROZEN PRINCESS, a 2yo winner by Showcasing.
“It’s great to get off to such a good start with Due Diligence. The season has really got going now as the covering board is nice and busy for all the stallions. Its heads down now until June!” Ed Harper
20th February - MORE GROUP RACE GLORY FOR SHOWCASING
Showcasing recorded another Group winner when Caorunn took the Gr.3 Taranaki 2YO Classic at Pukekura in New Zealand. The two-year-old was settled behind the leaders, before coming with a strong run in the straight to win by three parts of a length, with another daughter of Showcasing, La Mouline, in third. This was his third victory and first at Group level.
Showcasing was also the sire of the three-year-old Raghu, a NZ$180,000 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale graduate, who dead-heated for third in the Gr.2 Avondale Guineas at Ellerslie.
8th February - FOXWEDGE HAS A YEAR OFF SHUTTLE DUTIES
The Gr.1-winning sprinter Foxwedge, who has his first Northern Hemisphere two-year-olds this year, will not be shuttling to Whitsbury Manor Stud from Newgate Farm in Australia for 2016. The son of Fastnet Rock has shuttled for the last three years and the stud has decided to give him a break, having done six seasons during that time. There is still a few years left on the lease and he is expected to return for the 2017 breeding season. Whitsbury Manor Stud director Ed Harper said: "We've decided to give him a break, as he's done six seasons in three years. We're hoping his first two-year-olds go well this year and then we can bring him back a fresh horse for next year. We have a couple of years left on the lease and we certainly intend on having him for the next couple of seasons." Foxwedge's first crop of European-bred yearlings averaged 24,826gns last year and were headed by a 90,000gns filly bought by Ed Sackville.
3rd January - HAPPY NEW YEAR FOR SUPER SHOWCASING
2016 has begun much as 2015 ended, with Showcasing siring the winner of another Graded race. Prize Exhibit added a third Graded stakes to her record when coming out on top in a blanket finish to the Grade 2 Monrovia Stakes at Santa Anita. The 6 1/2 furlongs contest attracted a high class field, including defending champion Shrinking Violet, but it was DP Racing's 4 year old filly who surged to the front after half a mile and held the late challenge of Shrinking Violet and Ageless to score by a nose and half a length.