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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. This filly turned out to be Gift List who won two races at 2yo to become the fifth progeny of Birthstone to win a race, was never out of the first two in five outings and won black type when 2nd over 7f in the Listed Radley Stakes and received a rating of 97. She also won two Great British Bonus prizes of £20k. She was then sold to race in the USA with trainer Brian Lynch and, after a 2nd in a Grade 2, won the Grade 2 Edgewood Stakes at Churchill Downs at the end of April 2021. She was sold for $750k to Haruya Yoshida at Keeneland in November 2022 and was put into foal to the unbeaten sire Flightline who won 4 Group 1s. The result of that mating has been a 2024 colt foal. Birthstone visited Havana Gold in 2018 and produced a filly (who is now one of our dams Rocadora) before being rested in 2019. She was also not covered in 2020 whilst in 2021 she visit Bated Breath but did not get in foal. In 2023 she produced a colt foal by A'Ali.

            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 became 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. She had a 2014 Teofilo filly called Lovemenot and a 2015 Invincible Spirit colt called Star Of Valour. Lovemenot won at Limerick in June 2017 and later at Deauville reaching a rating of 84 before becoming a broodmare in France. Her first foal was in 2021 when she had a Goken filly who has been name Soul And Romance. The filly won over 1600m on her 4th outing reaching a rating of 39 (86lbs). 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 where he won four races before retiring in 2022.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 and is now a broodmare with 2022 and 2023 fillies by Justify and was covered by Wootton Bassett in 2023.

            The Bayberry (by Bering 2002) branch of the family contains Bayja (by Giants Causeway 2007) who has had six winners from seven 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 sire's first offspring with a colt in early 2017 who subsequently won nine races in Italy as Ferro E Foco. In 2017 she visited Dark Angel resulting in a filly called Rhode Island Girl, who was placed on the track before becoming a broodmare and after producing fillies by El Kabeir and Bungle Inthejungle she visted Calyx in 2023. New Providence was sold to Japanese owners Shadai Stud at the 2019 December Mares Sale for 200,000 guineas, had a filly (Rosmarin Blue, a winner in Japan) by exciting shuttle sire Zoustar before being shipped to Japan in foal to Postponed. She produced a colt (Danon Timely) a filly by Duramente in 2022 and a colt by Isla Bonita in 2023 before being covered by Rey De Oro. After New Providence, 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. He was still running as a 10yo in 2024 in Bahrain and has reached a rating high of 112. She then had a 2016 filly by Dark Angel called New Revenue who made a decent debut at two years old coming 3rd but was unfortunately injured and did not race again. She is now a broodmare and visited Waldgeist in 2020 producing a colt subsequently named Espirit Des Bois who so far has a best rating of 35 (77lbs) running in France. She returned to that sire in 2021 and 2022 which resulted in fillies on both occasions and then she visited Ghaiyyath. In 2017 Bayja had a colt by Make Believe called Dick Datchery, who won three times in his career, and in 2018 a filly by New Bay called Jacinth who won at 2yo and was rated 85 but has not been seen since 2020. In 2019 the next Bayja offspring was a colt by Lawman (Codify) who was in training with Clive Cox before being sold to race in Scandanavia where he has won. Unfortunately Bayja then had a couple of barren years before producing a filly by Bated Breath followed by a colt by Space Blues and was covered by Bayside Boy in 2023. 

            All in all we think that this is a family with a great future. Rocadora, who is half sister to Group 2 winner Gift List did not run but is now a broodmare with us foaling a filly by Dream Ahead in 2023 before being covered by Bated Breath.