Year in, year out SHOWCASING churns out both winners and top class winners at that. Take the last 3 years; he's produced Advertise, De Bruyne Horse and Quiet Reflection. The most expensive of those horses cost £60,000. He's a fabulous sire who is becoming more and more popular so we were delighted to secure this colt's services for Mark Johnston to train on our behalf in 2019. Read about his sire here: https://www.whitsburymanorstud.co.uk/showcasemain.html
Mark has done really well for us since we sent him our first 2yo in 2017; Ventura Knight has won 7 races for us and is rated over 100 and Marie's Diamond is rated 108 having won 3 races in 2018, including at Group level. Mark became British racing's most successful ever trainer after a 4,194th career win on August 23rd, so we are delighted to have placed another yearling with Mark.
Our colt has the perfect blend of pedigree (his sire and dam are already proven in producing Listed and Group performers) and physique; he's a lovely strong, yet athletic individual who moves beautifully when he walks. There's usually a correlation between how a horse moves in its slower paces and its faster paces; or at least we find that the case. Out of a Cadeaux Genereux mare, the cross is 4 winners from 4 runners and includes TASLEET (highest OR 116-a Group 2 winner and 2nd in a Group 1 three times.)
From a sale that has afforded us both Clem Fandango and Raymond Tusk from a small cohort of purchases, the Arqana August Yearling Sale offers fabulous individuals with very strong pedigrees and it's no surprise that both French Guineas winners in 2018 were purchased at the Deauville Sales complex. The complex has been a very happy hunting ground for many, not just ourselves.
We were pleasantly surprised to secure this colt's services for €80,000, he was our favourite horse of the Sunday cohort available for sale; we'd feared he would fall outside our price range, but the Arqana market this year was not quite as strong as it has been in previous years; prices were down around 18% statistically. Suffice to say we were thrilled when the hammer dropped in our favour.
Pedigree update: Whitsbury Manor Stud has upped the fee for Showcasing to £55,000 for the 2019 breeding season. The Racing Post reported: "The son of Oasis Dream, who stood for £35,000 during the latest covering season, has enjoyed another fine year on the track, particularly with his juveniles. He added a new Group 1 winner to his CV when Advertise landed the Phoenix Stakes, while Soldier's Call took out the Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes and Mohaather claimed the Group 3 Horris Hill Stakes." Read the story here: https://www.racingpost.com/bloodstock/bloodstock-latest/fee-hike-for-high-flying-showcasing-as-whitsbury-manor-unveils-2019-prices/352932