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Recharge - Leopardstown - 29.03.2009

Recharge: the son of Cape Cross will stand at a fee of £2,000

  PICTURE: Caroline Norris  

Recharge retired to stand at Shade Oak Stud

SHADE OAK STUD in Shropshire has purchased this season's Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup runner-up Recharge to join its stallion roster, in a deal brokered by Will Edmeades Bloodstock.

The four-year-old son of Cape Cross retires with a record of three wins from ten starts for trainer Kevin Prendergast, including a one-length defeat of Intense Focus in the 2009 Group 3 Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial and this year's Listed Glencairn Stakes.

Recharge also put up some good performances in defeat, most notably a creditable fourth in the Irish 2,000 Guineas and splitting Group 1 winners Fame And Glory and Chinese White when runner-up in the Tattersalls Gold Cup in May.

Bred by Skmarc Farm and Castlemartin Stud, and raced by Lady O'Reilly, Recharge is out of his owner's Tattersalls Gold Cup heroine Rebelline. As a son of the Green Desert stallion Cape Cross, he provides an outcross for the large number of mares from the Sadler's Wells sire-line.

Lady O'Reilly's racing manager James Kelly said: "Recharge was always a pleasure to deal with. He has a great temperament and was always a very sound, athleticand genuine horse. Lady O'Reilly is thrilled to have secured his future at Shade Oak."

Edmeades added: "I have been buying stallions for [Shade Oak owners] the Hockenhull family for almost 25 years.

"Throughout this time, they have consistently refused to consider anything without good conformation and, in Recharge, they have bought an extremely good looking, good walking horse, with a great foreleg."

Recharge will stand at afee of £2,000.

Black Sam Bellamy stays in Britain
BRITISH jumps breeders will again have the opportunity to use Black Sam Bellamy after Peter Hockenhull confirmed that the stallion is to remain at his Shade Oak Stud in Shropshire for at least the next three seasons.

The Group 1-winning son of Sadler’s Wells, who is a brother to Galileo and half-brother to Sea The Stars, was originally leased to Shade Oak Stud by his former base, Gestüt Fährhof, on a two-year agreement, which was due to end this year.

However, Fährhof have agreed to extend the lease by another three years, to the relief of Hockenhull, who plansto give Black Sam Bellamy every opportunity to make his mark as a leading British jumps sire.

"We couldn’t have asked for a better partner to work with than Gestüt Fährhof,” said Hockenhill. “Black Sam Bellamy has the scope to do the job I want him to do and you can’t find a better pedigree – he gives the National Hunt breeder the opportunity to get into one of the best gene pools ever.”

Black Sam Bellamy spent his first five seasons in Germany at Gestüt Fährhof, during which time he sired the Group 3 winners Goathemala, Saphir and Valdino as well as last season’s Supreme Novice Hurdle fifth The Giant Bolster. The David Bridgwater-trained gelding recently made a winning debut over fences at Worcester.

“A lot of things are starting to kick off for him now,” said Hockenhull. “Some of his biggest crops are coming through and there’s The Giant Bolster to look forward to. He’s also had two chase winners in France this year.”

Black Sam Bellamy covered 84 mares this season at a fee of £4,500 including Amaretto Rose and a half-sister to Detroit City. However, in an effort to attract even more mares, Hockenhull has dropped his fee for 2011 to £3,500.

“He’s been well-supported with us up to now but the plan is to increase that popularity and attract over 100 mares because you need numbers nowadays to be competitive.

“The number of mares rated 130+ going to jumps stallions in this country is pitifullypoor – that’s what we’re up against.”

The fees for Alflora and Fair Mix, Shade Oak Stud’s other stallions for 2011, are unchanged from this season at £3,000 and £2,000.




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