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Gift List Keeps Giving

Posted 25/10/2020

            Yesterday, James Ortega Bloodstock (JOB) registered another black type bred performer when 2yo filly Gift List battled home in a Newbury quagmire to come second in the Listed Radley Stakes over 7f to Love Is You. That makes 6 black type performers from 32 runners giving a ratio of 18.75% black type to runners for JOB. Interestingly, 5 are fillies from only 13 runners (38.5%) whereas we have not been so successful to date with the colts. Hopefully we keep that high filly ratio as we have a whole slew of them coming to the racecourse in the next few years.

Galerna at Manor House Farm Stud before pre-training and moving to Grant Tuer's stable in SeptGalerna at Manor House Farm Stud before pre-training and moving to Grant Tuer's stable in Sept

            We have sold three yearling fillies this year. One is by Bated Breath out of Chicita Banana who is a half sister to the dam of top 3yo Palace Pier, another by Equiano out of Zawiyah who is the dam of promising 2yo Twilight Calls and in France a beautiful Footstepsinthesand (FITS) filly out of Aureana who is a half sister to Chicadoro and Galerna. Amy Murphy trains the Bated Breath, David Simcock the Equiano and probably Frederic Rossi the FITS. Whilst we look forward to the French premiums for the FITS filly we can also have hopes of pay days as breeders for the UK based fillies as both are Great British Bonus (GBB) registered. This UK scheme is very welcome in these tough times. 

            Talking of the GBB scheme, back to the heroine of yesterday in Gift List who has already won two bonuses worth £40,000 in total and was just touched off for a third! That together with over £45,000 in prize money and her current market value means she was an exceptional purchase by John & Paul Fretwell at 23,000 guineas in Book 3 of 2019. She has probably finished her season now and deserves a rest after ploughing through a fair bit of mud in her last three races although she has gone well on good ground and I don't think she is dependent on soft to perform well. She is very honest and game and exactly the sort of racehorse we all wish to own.

            Gift List's achievement is also a big feather in the cap of dam Birthstone who herself won a Group 3 in France as a 2yo and, whilst she has had some very useful performers in Charm Bracelet and Classic Win, this is the first time one of her eight foals of racing age has won black type.Birthstone in October 2017 carrying future black type performer Gift ListBirthstone in October 2017 carrying future black type performer Gift List