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Tuesday, June 22, 2004


Iceman, winner of the Group 2 Coventry Stakes on the opening day of Royal Ascot, became the first high-profile winner of Owners' Premiums for British-bred horses.

Owned and bred by David and Patricia Thompson, the owners of Cheveley Park Stud, and sired by their own, late stallion Polar Falcon, Iceman won over £40,000 in prize money for his victory, and over £10,000 as additional money thanks to the new, BHB-funded Owners' Premium Scheme.

Chris Richardson, Managing Director of Cheveley Park Stud said: "Mr and Mrs Thompson are wholeheartedly behind the BHB Owners' Premium Scheme, and as such are delighted that Iceman has won the first big payment since its inception. Mr and Mrs Thompson have been such strong supporters of British breeding over the years, and this Scheme is sure to give a significant boost to the industry."

Richardson went on to say: "It will benefit large and small breeders alike, and we are confident that buyers will be paying close attention to whether horses are eligible for the Scheme, particularly at this year's yearling sales, and especially given the excellent record of British-bred horses on the Flat this year."

BHB Industry Marketing Manager Paul Struthers said: "I am delighted with the initial success of the Owners' Premium Scheme, and that the first big payment came in the first Group race of the season for two-year-olds. BHB expects to pay out around £1m in Owners' Premiums in 2004, rising to over £7m per annum from 2007 onwards."

The Scheme, which commenced in January 2004, aims to put British breeding on a more level playing field with Ireland and France. It provides horses bred in Britain and sired by a British-based stallion with a 25% premium on prize money won in most domestic races. This premium rises to 50% for fillies and mares over Jumps, giving an additional boost to National Hunt racing and breeding.

It will assist British mare owners by providing an incentive for owners to bid for British-bred horses because of the premiums, and in turn help British stallion owners by encouraging mare owners to send their mares to British stallions to ensure their progeny are qualified for the Scheme.


With eleven individual winners at Royal Ascot - arguably the world's most prestigious race meeting – Tattersalls yet again emerged as the pre-eminent source of top class performers with a greater tally than all other sales companies combined.

Heading the Tattersalls roll of honour was the Godolphin four year old PAPINEAU, unbeaten this year, and an effortless 1 1/2 length winner of the meeting's showcase race, the Group 1 Gold Cup. One of six winners for Godolphin at the Meeting, PAPINEAU was purchased by John Ferguson for 85,000 guineas at the 2000 Tattersalls December Foal Sale, where he was consigned by Lavington Stud on behalf of the Executors of the late Peter Winfield who bred and raced his Classic winning half brother SILVER PATRIARCH. Long regarded by the Godolphin team as a potential star, the son of Darley stallion SINGSPIEL now looks set to drop back to 12 Furlongs for a tilt at the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot in July.

Another Tattersalls graduate playing a starring role for the all – conquering Godolphin team was the DANEHILL filly PUNCTILIOUS, who was consigned at the 2002 Tattersalls December Yearling Sale from James Egan's Corduff Stud on behalf of her breeder Bjorn Nielsen. The DANEHILL filly out of ROBERTET, who was purchased by the late Joss Collins carrying PUNCTILIOUS at the 2000 Tattersalls December Sale for 58,000 guineas, recorded an impressive 1 1/2 length win, following her third place behind OUIJA BOARD in the Vodafone Oaks, and her win in the Group 3 Tattersalls Musidora Stakes.

THE TATLING provided a timely illustration of the quality to be found at the Tattersalls July Sale – for which the 590 lot catalogue is now available - winning the Group 2 King's Stand Stakes on the opening day of the five day Royal Meeting. Purchased for only 11,000 guineas at the 2001 Tattersalls July Sale, the seven year old PERUGINO gelding took his earnings to £362,970 and gave his veteran trainer Milton Bradley his first Royal Ascot winner in the process.

Perhaps the most remarkable feature of the eleven Tattersalls winners is that nine of them realised less than 100,000 guineas and seven of them less than 50,000 guineas, including exciting two year old filly WHAZZAT, who gave the colts a beating as the impressive winner of the Listed Chesham Stakes. The daughter of DAYLAMI, shrewdly purchased by her owner Bill Gredley for 30,000 guineas, was sold at Part 1 of the 2003 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale by New England Stud, while Ascot Stakes winner DOUBLE OBSESSION was a 40,000 guineas Houghton purchase, Royal Hunt Cup winner MINE a 64,000 guineas October Yearling purchase, and CORRIB ECLIPSE a 5,000 guineas graduate of the Autumn Yearling Sale. The trio of LAFI (Wokingham Stakes), UNSCRUPULOUS (Buckingham Palace Stakes), and WUNDERWOOD (Duke of Edinburgh Stakes), were all purchased at the Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale for 38,000 guineas, 25,000 guineas and 12,000 guineas respectively.

While Royal Ascot always provides great moments to look back on, it also always plays a significant part in shaping the future, and the 2004 results have already had a significant impact on the forthcoming Tattersalls October Yearling Sales. The SINGSPIEL own sister to PAPINEAU, already the half sister to St Leger winner SILVER PATRIARCH, looks set to be one of the stars of Part 1 of the October Yearling Sale, while the FASLIYEV half sister to impressive Albany Stakes winner JEWEL IN THE SAND, the KING CHARLEMAGNE half brother to unbeaten Queen Mary Stakes winner DAMSON, and the half brother to Queen's Vase winner DUKE OF VENICE, also by KING CHARLEMAGNE are all also on course for the new look Tattersalls flagship yearling sale which takes place from October 5th – 8th.


Hollywood Actor/Director, Kenneth Branagh, will be attending the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association's first ever charity horseracing event at Newbury Racecourse on Thursday 1 July.

Branagh has supported the MND Association and its work since he starred in The Theory of Flight (1998) with Helena Bonham-Carter, who played a woman with Motor Neurone Disease.

Other VIP supporters attending the event include Lady Anne Hallifax, Peter Walwyn, Lady Trethowan, Henrietta Knight and her husband, Terry Biddlecombe2.

Around 7,000 racegoers are expected on the night, which commemorates the charity's 25th Anniversary.

The event will feature six sponsored races1, tombola and a silent auction of unique items such as a pair of racing boots worn by former champion jockey, Pat Eddery. Other prizes include a five star holiday to Mexico and a signed England football shirt.

Peter Walwyn, former leading racehorse trainer, said: "The Newbury Race Evening is a wonderful way to mark the MND Association's Silver Jubilee.

"The Association has achieved a remarkable amount in the past 25 years but there is always more that can be done.

"We are delighted that so many people have chosen to support this very special occasion."

Since the MND Association was established in 1979 it has developed and maintained a range of vital services for people affected by Motor Neurone Disease (MND.)

However, the MND Association's greatest challenges – of finding effective treatments and cures – still lie ahead.

And the stakes are high. MND kills three people in the UK every day.

The disease attacks the motor neurones (nerve cells) that send messages from the brain to the muscles. As the motor neurones die, the muscles stop working.

It destroys people's ability to walk, talk, dress and swallow, although their intellect and senses usually remain unaffected.

Average age of onset is 55 and half the number of people will die within 14 months of diagnosis.
A number of well-known racing personalities have been affected by MND, such as Mikey Heaton-Ellis, Jeremy Hindley and Macer Gifford.

Richard Dunwoody, the former champion jump jockey, said: "Motor Neurone Disease is a cause close to my heart. I have lost many good friends and colleagues to the disease, including Colin Nash, the trainer who supplied my first winner, Game Trust.

"It is a devastating condition that turns the lives of those with MND and their loved ones upside down.

"I know there is nothing I can do now in practical terms for my colleagues who have died, but I can still make a difference to those people and their families who are battling MND today.

"And so can you. By lending your support at the Newbury Race Evening, you will be making a valuable and positive contribution to the lives of others."

This year is the MND Association's 25th Anniversary and to mark the occasion tickets for the Newbury race evening are available to supporters for the special price of 25. Ticket-holders will:

Be admitted to the members' enclosure

Enjoy a glass of bucks fizz and a smoked salmon sandwich

Receive a racecard and a 2 Tote betting voucher

Help raise vital funds for the MND Association

Tickets must be booked seven days in advance. Gates open at 4:30pm. For further details contact 01604 611888.

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