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Birthstone at the Tatts July Sale in 2016Birthstone at the Tatts July Sale in 2016We were thrilled to get back into the Baya (1990 Nureyev x Barger - sister to Triptych) family that gave us Bayja and her offspring New Providence, Ahdaf and Ekhtiyaar when we purchased Birthstone (Machiavellian x Baya 2002) in 2016. She is not the normal type of mare purchase by James Ortega Bloodstock being 14 years old at the time as well as a Group 3 winner herself on the track. Birthstone has also had an up and down broodmare career to date with a couple of good winners but also four barren years in the last eight. On a positive note she is by a very good broodmare sire (Machiavellian) and all in all we felt it was worthwhile to take a chance on her and she visited Bated Breath in 2017 and has produced a very good looking sizeable filly in March 2018. Then she visited rising stallion star Havana Gold and she has produced a filly in 2019. She has been rested in 2019.

            As a juvenile in France, Birthstone only ran twice but won on both occasions including the Group 3 Prix d'Aumale but she did not race again due to injury and began her second career in 2006 when she paid a visit to Pivotal. That union brought a colt who never made it to the track and the following year she had a filly by Tiger Hill called Charm Bracelet who won a race in France and was rated 97. James Ortega Bloodstock was underbidder on her when she went to the December Sales in 2012 selling for 41,000 guineas in foal to Poet's Voice and we were very impressed with her physique. She was sent to India but unfortunately died on foaling a filly. The next two years brought fillies Jewel Box (by Pivotal 2009) and Mirth (by Teofilo 2010) and these two are now broodmares in Japan and New Zealand respectively. In 2012 Birthstone produced another smart racehorse in Classic Win (by Invincible Spirit 2012) who won and was rated 91 before bad luck hit again and he died at three years old. Currently she has a 2014 Teofilo filly called Lovemenot and a 2015 Invincible Spirit colt called Star Of Valour to run for her. Lovemenot won at Limerick in June 2017 and reached a rating of 84 to become the third progeny of Birthstone to win a race. Star of Valour made his debut in June 2018 finishing a decent third in a maiden in France but was later sold to race in the UK.Birthstone at Manor House Farm Stud in June 2017Birthstone at Manor House Farm Stud in June 2017

            The family is well and truly global as there are six or so broodmares in Japan as well as sire Furioso who is out of Fursa the 1995 Mr Prospector half sister to Birthstone, a branch in NZ/Australia where a sister to Furioso called Fujisawa (by Green Desert 2002) is a broodmare, a full sister broodmare Finchley (2004) in Turkey as well as a few relatives in USA and South Africa as well as closer to home in France and Ireland!! Finchley did not run and has been disappointing at stud until Sladina (by Nathaniel) came third in the 2018 Italian Oaks after winning a listed race in that country.

            The Bayberry (by Bering 2002) branch of the family is currently the one that promises the most containing Bayja (by Giants Causeway 2007) who has had three winners from three runners including double Group 3 winner and Group 2 placed New Providence who reached 107 and was the best horse bred by James Ortega Bloodstock until brother Ekhtiyaar ran to 110 when second in a G3 in the UAE in 2019. New Providence was covered by Muharaar in 2016 and produced that sires first offspring with a colt in early 2017. In 2017 she visited Dark Angel resulting in a filly and was then put in foal by Dabirsim. Bayja followed up with another winner in Ahdaf then Ekhtiyaar (colt by Bated Breath 2014) who won on his second outing as a two year old and then two further wins in 2017 before stepping up in 2019 to stakes level. She then had a 2016 filly by Dark Angel called New Revenue who made a decent debut at two years old coming 3rd before visiting Make Believe and producing a colt. In 2017 she visited home stud stallion New Bay resulting in a filly and was then covered by Lawman. Bayberry herself has a 2014 colt by Holy Roman Emperor called Maximus Daia who won at the third time of asking, a 2016 colt called Harliston Tower by Mastercraftsman and a 2018 colt by the same sire who she revisited again after foaling. Furthermore Bayja's half sister Myrica (by Dansili 2009) has a 2014 mare called Camiyra (by Henrythenavigator ) who was placed a few times and reached a rating of 67, a 2015 mare called Pistachio by the same sire who is now a broodmare being covered by Outstrip in 2018 as well as a 2016 filly by Camelot called Guinevere, a 2017 colt by Lope De Vega, a 2018 colt by Camelot and was covered by Acclamation in 2018. Last but not least is Bayberry's son Eddystone Rock (by Rock of Gibraltar 2012) who has won four races and was rated as high as 102.

            All in all we think that this is a family with a great future and that Birthstone, despite her "barren" issues, is very capable of producing some talented offspring.