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Khalid Abdullah: his Juddmonte breeding operation was recognised twice

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Juddmonte scoops two top gongs at TBA awards

A VINTAGE year for British breeding in 2009 was last night celebrated at the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association's annual awards dinner – held this year for the first time at Tattersalls in summer, instead of in London in January as in previous years – hosted by broadcaster Alice Plunkett.

Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte breeding operation – which sponsors the evening – has been in formidable form in recent seasons and it scooped two accolades: the Queen's Silver Cup for leading British-based breeder, helped by the success last year of six-figure earners Main Aim, Midday and Twice Over, and the BBA Silver Cigar Box for leading British-based sire by prize-money, for its exciting young sire Oasis Dream.

Banstead Manor Stud, where Oasis Dream stands alongside the likes of Dansili and Zamindar, hosted the pre-dinner reception for the awards.

Cheveley Park Stud resident Pivotal was the recipient of the Barleythorpe Cup as leading British-based sire by individual winners. His flagbearer in 2009, Epsom and Irish Oaks heroine Sariska, earned her owner-breeder Lady Bamford the TBA Silver Rose Bowl for Flat breeder of the year.

Dubawi, who stands at Sheikh Mohammed's Dalham Hall Stud, collected the Tattersalls Silver Salver as leading first-season sire. The fact that that first crop has also yielded this year's star performers Makfi and Monterosso underlines how breeders are spoilt for choice of top-class proven British-based stallions.

The sheikh also collected the HJ Joel Silver Salver for Flat broodmare of the year, for Moyesii, dam of his St Leger hero Mastery.

One of Dubawi's Group 2-winning juveniles last year, Sand Vixen, along with globe-trotting Group 1 winner Presvis, ensured their breeder Mette Campbell-Andenaes gained the Langham Cup as small breeder of the year.

Campbell-Andenaes was born in Norway and is based at Andbell Stud in East Sussex. She owns six horses in training and a clutch of broodmares based in East Sussex and France. She said: "I think it is absolutely wonderful to receive this honour. It is probably the most illustrious award I have received in my whole life. I am very proud and incredibly happy.

"Good old Forest Fire, the dam of Presvis, and Fur Will Fly, the dam of Sand Vixen - we bred both of those so they will be here until we are all carried out of here feet first. It makes a difference achieving this with two home-bred mares instead of buying a mare in foal and then suddenly you're the breeder. This way you go through all the pain and the strain of having to mate them and everything else."

Hamdan Al Maktoum's Shadwell operation, whose star graduates in 2009 included Awzaan and Ghanaati, was recognised with the TBA Silver Salver Special Merit Award.

The TBA Annual Stud Staff Award was presented to Patrick Lennon, who worked for 37 years for Lord Howard de Walden at Plantation Stud in Newmarket and Thornton stud in North Yorkshire. He is now an invaluable member of the team at Hamdan Al Maktoum's Beech House Stud in Newmarket.

Nigel Wright, former operations manager at the National Stud, received the Dominion Bronze, in recognition of his contribution to the TBA as an ex-officio council member, and the Racing Post's own Tony Morris was awarded the Devonshire Bronze.

Among the winners for jumps breeding - awarded for the 2008-09 season - were Overbury Stud-based Kayf Tara, who was awarded the Whitbread Silver Salver asleading active British-based jumps sire by earnings.

Mickley Stud scooped the Horse & Hound Cup for its stallion Overbury, who sired the most individual chase winners.

William Wilkinson's Lac Marmot, dam ofMy Petra, won the Dudgeon Cup for National Hunt broodmare of the year, and Toby Balding, who trained winners of the Chentenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle and Grand National, received the Queen Mother's Silver Salver for achievements in National Hunt racing, reflecting his work as chairman of the TBA's National Hunt committee.

The TBA awards roll of honour

The Queen's Silver Cup
For the leading British-based Flat breeder
Juddmonte Farms

BBA Silver Cigar Box
For the leading British-based stallion on Flat earnings
Oasis Dream (Juddmonte Farms)

Barleythorpe Cup
For the leading British-based stallion on winners
Pivotal (Cheveley Park Stud)

Tattersalls Silver Salver
For the leading British first-season sire
Dubawi (Dalham Hall Stud)

HJ Joel Silver Salver
Flat broodmare of the year
Moyesii (owned by Sheikh Mohammed)

TBA Silver RoseBowl
Flat breeder of the year
Lady Bamford

TBA Silver Salver
Special merit flat award
Hamdan Al Maktoum (Shadwell Stud)

Langham Cup
Small flat breeder of the year
Mette Campbell-Andanaes

TBA annual stud staff award
Sponsored by New England Stud
Patrick Lennon (Beech House Stud)

Whitbread Silver Salver
Leading British NH sire by earnings
Kayf Tara (Overbury Stud)

Horse & Hound Cup
Leading British NH sire by chase winners
Overbury (Mickley Stud)

Dudgeon Cup
NH Broodmare of the Year
Lac Marmot (owned by William Wilkiinson)

The Queen Mother's Silver Salver
NH achievement award
Toby Balding

The Dominion Bronze
Special Award
Nigel  Wright

The Devonshire Bronze
Special Award
Tony Morris

 

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