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Canford Cliffs - Royal Ascot15.06.10

Canford Cliffs surges past Dick Turpin to win the St. James's Palace Stakes


Group 1 double for Rathbarry stallions

St. James's Palace Stakes (Group 1), Ascot, 1m, 3yo

CANFORD CLIFFS (c Tagula - Mrs Marsh by Marju)
Breeder: S and S Hubbard Rodwell in Ireland

LIAM Cashman's talent as a breeder and stallion master ensured that the rise of Rathbarry Stud and its sister operation Glenview was a swift one. His death inMarch was met with sadness throughout the industry but results from Royal Ascot yesterday happily indicate that Rathbarry will continue to thrive under the direction of Cashman's widow Catharine and children Niamh and Paul.

Liam Cashman

Liam Cashman: developed Rathbarry into a leading operation

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham 

Rathbarry stallions were responsible for two of the day's Group 1 winners in Equiano, by Acclamation, and Canford Cliffs, byTagula - no mean feat given that the stud is home to only three Flat stallions.

"We are over the moon," said Niamh, who oversees the stud's nominations and sales. "We had all the lads in and we were all shouting at the TV for both of them."

The Rathbarry double was kickstarted by Equiano's pillar-to-post victory in the King's Stand Stakes. Ecurie Skymarc Farm bred the five-year-old, who is from the first crop of Acclamation, the leading first season sire of 2007.
Acclamation covered approximately 130 mares this year at a private fee.

St. James's Palace Stakes winner Canford Cliffs, meanwhile, is from the tenth crop of Prix Morny winner Tagula, himself a son of former Rathbarry resident Taufan, whom Cashman secured for stud duty in 1982.

"Canford Cliffs was electric and Richard (Hughes) gave him an excellent ride," said Niamh. "Tagula throws tough horses that come out year after year. He's 17 years old now but his fertility is still good and he covered roughly 80 mares this year.
"Both Acclamation and Tagula are shareholder horses so it's great for them."

A roster of three stallions fillsRathbarry's needs for now but a good run by Field Of Dream in the Jersey Stakes could see that number grow. Cashman secured an interest in the ex-Italian son of Oasis Dream through Alberto Pannetta last year and the colt went on to justify that decision by taking the Listed King Charles II Stakes at Newmarket last month.

"Dad's wish was to carry on as normal," said Niamh, "and it would be great if Field Of Dream were to run well.

"Dad was at the forefront of the stud but it was always very much a family affair and everything was done in consultation. Now Mum is at the forefront and we're there backing her up."

Canford Cliffs is by far the best runner produced by the Prix Morny winner Tagula, who in turn was the best runner by his sire, former Rathbarry resident Taufan.

A half-brother to a minor 1m winner in Sweden, Canford Cliffs is out of the unraced Mrs Marsh, a half-sister to the Grade 2-placed Pina Colada.

Mrs Marsh has a yearling colt by Holy Roman Emperor.





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