Group 1-winning sprinter Havana Grey has become the latest high-achieving colt to secure a berth at stud for the 2019 breeding season, with the lightning fast three-year-old to stand alongside Showcasing at Whitsbury Manor Stud.
Stud director Ed Harper said: "We've been following Havana Grey ever since he won the Molecomb as a two-year-old as he’s such a strong individual with a big sales walk. Then, after his Group 1 and Group 2 wins this summer, it was just a matter of whether we could afford him."
The Karl Burke-trained son of Havana Gold was all about speed, with his six victories all gained over the minimum distance. The highlight of his 15-race career was undoubtedly his top-flight breakthrough in the Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh, where he saw off rivals such as Phoenix and Norfolk Stakes winner Sioux Nation and subsequent Ayr Gold Cup dead-heater Son Of Rest.
He also landed this year's Group 2 Sapphire Stakes, a performance that saw him comfortably dismiss subsequent Prix de l'Abbaye winner Mabs Cross. Havana Grey was also highly precocious, having broken his maiden by five lengths before going on to win three stakes races as a juvenile, including the Molecomb Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
"He’s probably the fastest horse from the Galileo sire line and, combining that with his dam being by Dark Angel, it makes him a very exciting sire to send fast commercial mares," added Harper.
"It's possible he may run once more in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint but we'll aim to start showing him to breeders in mid-November. A select number of lifetime breeding rights will be sold in a similar way to how we've managed Showcasing."
Bred by Mickley Stud and Lady Lonsdale, Havana Grey is the highest-rated performer by Group 1-winning miler Havana Gold, and is out of Blanc De Chine, a daughter of Dark Angel who won six races over 5f and achieved a career-high Racing Post Rating of 95.
Having won the race himself, there is further Molecomb Stakes form within Havana Grey's profile, as his dam is a half-sister to Fast Act, who finished second in the 2014 running. Further back this is the family of Horris Hill Stakes winner Crazy Horse and his Hungerford Stakes-winning half-brother Richard Pankhurst.
Havana Grey was a €70,000 Arqana August Yearling purchase by BBA Ireland, having been offered by Coulonces Consignment.
A position at Whitsbury Manor Stud will see Havana Grey not only join Group 1-producing sire Showcasing, but also the up-and-comers Swiss Spirit, Due Diligence and Adaay.
A fee for the stud's new recruit will be announced at a later date.
3rd October - SHOWCASING PROGENY IN STRONG DEMAND AGAIN AT GOFFS
The second day of the Goffs Orby Sale saw continued strong demand for yearlings by Showcasing. His average for three yearlings sold on Wednesday was €196,667, compared with his stud fee of £25,000 when these yearlings were conceived. Among the highlights was Kilminfoyle House Stud’s €240,000 sale of their Showcasing filly out of the winning Mr Greeley mare Katalea to the US based owner Sheila Rosenblum who runs the Lady Sheila Stables.
2nd October - WHITSBURY BRED DAUGHTER OF SHOWCASING FETCHES €850,000 AT GOFFS
The joint-second highest priced yearling sold on the first day of the Goffs Orby Sale was a Whitsbury Manor Stud-bred daughter of Showcasing out of the Cadeaux Genereux mare Bird Key. The full-sister to Group 2 winner and multiple Group 1-placed Tasleet was sold to Mark Player for €850,000.
The filly, from the same family as Group 1 winning sprinter Battaash, was previously sold by Whitsbury for 220,000gns at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale.
"She has been bought for an international client. We know that Showcasing works well in both hemispheres and she is a full-sister to
a top-class, highly rated horse,” reflected Player. “She has a lovely page, she is a stunning individual and she looks like she could be
Lot 203 Showcasing x Bird Key, full-sister to Tasleet (above photo)
14th September - "THE BEST SPRINT 2YO IN THE COUNTRY"
Showcasing's son Soldier's Call was hailed the fastest 2yo in training after a blistering pillar-to-post success in the historic Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster.
Breaking fast in the Group 2 speed contest, the Clipper Logistics-owned flying machine never looked in danger of defeat and came home an easy 2 1/4 lengths winner, breaking the minute barrier despite the rain-softened ground. Possible autumn targets include the all-aged Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs.
SOLDIER'S CALL - "The fastest 2yo in training" (above photo)
1st September - ANOTHER 2YO GROUP WINNER FOR SHOWCASING
Royal Ascot scorer Soldier's Call became another Group winning juvenile for his sire when crossing the channel to capture the Prix d'Arenberg Gr.3 at Chantilly.
The Archie Watson-trained youngster broke well and showed blistering early pace to have the rest of the field off the bridle at the halfway point of the 5 furlong contest. Ridden clear approaching the final furlong, he kept on well for an unchallenged success in a fast time of 56.76s.
Soldier's Call was bred by Llety Farms out of their Listed winning Iceman mare Dijarvo. He was cut to 20/1 for next season's Group 1 Commonwealth Cup.
12th August - ANOTHER GROUP 1 WINNER FOR SHOWCASING
Advertise became the latest Group 1 winner for his sire when capturing the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh. The winner of the July Stakes on his previous outing was ridden prominently and kept on well in the closing stages to withstand the challenge of a pair of Ballydoyle-trained runners.
16th July - Ed Harper on SHOWCASING'S hot run
12th July - ADVERTISE WINS THE JULY STAKES FOR SHOWCASING
Coventry Stakes runner-up Advertise went one better when winning the Group 2 July Stakes on the first day of Newmarket's July meeting. Held up through the first half of the race, the son of the winning Pivotal mare Furbelow made smooth progress to challenge the leaders over a furlong out and stayed on well for a comfortable success.
Showcasing's latest two-year-old star races for Phoenix Thoroughbreds and his trainer Martyn Meade made no secret of the high regard in which he holds the colt, with next year's 2000 Guineas being the long term aim. He was bred by Cheveley Park Stud.
23rd June - ROYAL ASCOT 2YO WINNER FOR SHOWCASING
Soldier's Call gave his sire his first Royal Ascot two-year-old winner when producing a fine turn of foot to win the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes on the final day of the Royal meeting. The exciting youngster was bred by Llety Farms out of their Listed winning Iceman mare Dijarvo. The colt is trained by Archie Watson and runs in the colours of Clipper Logistics who paid 85,000gns for him as a yearling.
Showcasing enjoyed a fine Royal Ascot with his juveniles as his promising son Advertise finished a good second, only a length behind new 2,000 Guineas favourite Calyx, in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes on the first day of the meeting.
25th April - WHITSBURY DELIGHTED WITH ADAAY'S FIRST FOALS
We have been delighted with the first foals born by Adaay both here at Whitsbury and from the reports we have received from clients. The best foal we’ve had this year is a colt ex Dolly Coleman. Chairman C. Harper “He’s as good a foal as you could wish for”. View More Foals.
Colt by Adaay x Dolly Coleman, at one month old (above). The dam is a winning half-sister to dual Gr.2 winner Kool Kompany.
9th April - ROLL ON THE CLASSIC SEASON
SHOWCASING'S son Dice Roll (below) stamped himself a leading contender for the Poule d'Essai des Poulains - the French 2000 Guineas - with a runaway 5 lengths success in the Group 3 Prix Djebel at Deauville. The Fabrice Chappet-trained son of the winning Pulpit mare Schlague took up the running early on and never looked in danger of defeat, as he made it four wins from five starts on his seasonal bow. Dice Roll was bred by the Swiss stud Gestut Zur Kuste in the year when his sire stood at his lowest fee of £4,500. He was sold as a yearling for €130,000 at Arqana in October 2016.
30th January - VIEW ADAAY AT THE TBA STALLION PARADE AT TATTERSALLS
Tattersalls February Sale will once again commence with the TBA Flat Stallion Parade on Thursday February 1, showcasing a number of exciting British-based sires who retired to stud in 2017 and 2018. The parade of stallion will commence at 11am, prior to the start of the Tattersalls February Sale. Immediately after the parade, breeders will be invited to inspect the stallions in the Left and Right Yards at Park Paddocks, where the TBA will provide complimentary hospitality for its members. In addition, a number of stallions who retired to stud prior to 2017 will be available to view in the yards after the parade has ended.
13th January - FIRST FOAL A COLT FOR ADAAY
Whitsbury Manor Stud are pleased to announce the first foal by ADAAY (Kodiac).
Colt by ADAAY x ANNEANI (Bushranger)
"It's great to get Adaay off the mark with a nice colt. The colt is bred very closely to Gr3 winning stallion Coulsty (by Kodiac), being out of his winning half sister. The maiden mare is rather foal proud at the moment, but the colt looks to have lots of energy and is now bouncing round the box". Ed Harper
9th December - ANOTHER GROUP 2 WINNER FOR SHOWCASING
Two-year-old filly Xpression broke her maiden in style when winning the Group 2 Wakefield Challenge Stakes at Trentham. The New Zealand-bred daughter of Showcasing was a fast-finishing third on her debut and showed another smart turn of foot to come from behind in the six furlong juvenile contest. The daughter of Xpress, a winner at one mile, was bred by Haunui Bloodstock Ltd & Whanakino Ltd in Auckland.
25th October - WHITSBURY MANOR STUD 2018 STALLION FEES
Ed Harper, Director of Whitsbury Manor Stud, is pleased to announce the stud fees for its stallions in 2018.
Following another memorable year for SHOWCASING headlined by three individual Group 2 winners and top-class sprinters Tasleet and Quiet Reflection, he will stand next year at the same fee of £35,000 SLF. The first crop of yearlings from his improved mares sold up to €460,000 at recent sales. His book remains strictly limited.
ADAAY, who stands at Whitsbury in partnership with Shadwell Stud, covered a full book of 125 mares in his first season and will stand next season at £6,000 SLF. As a dual Group 2 winning son of Kodiac he fits a very commercial bracket and will again be available to view at Beech House stud over the December mare sales.
The first foals by DUE DILIGENCE head to sales next month on the back of another superb year for his sire War Front with multiple Group 1 winners Roly Poly and US Navy Flag. He will stand at the slightly reduced fee of £5,000 SLF as we are keen to offer our clients the best possible value.
SWISS SPIRIT will again stand at £4,000 SLF. He has achieved 14 individual 2yo winners at an impressive strike rate, and had yearlings sell up to £120,000 this year. He has a lot to look forward to with his larger crops of yearlings and foals coming through the pipeline.