Perfect Stride: his dam, First, is one of 16 mares scheduled to be dispersed by Bloomsbury Stud at the Tattersalls December SalePICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER
Bloomsbury Stud to disperse after 45 years
A DISPERSAL of Bloomsbury Stud's bloodstock interests will take place at Tattersalls later this year following the decision by Lady Tavistock and her son Andrew Bedford to cease running their Bedfordshire-based stud after 45 years of operation.
The family took the decision as Lady Tavistock is now a New Zealand resident and consequently spends much of her time there, and Andrew Bedford does not have the time to give the stud his full commitment.
"We've thought about it for quite a while," said Lady Tavistock on Wednesday. "When you run a stud so hands on like we do, you don't want to let the horses or the staff down. I spend a lot of time in New Zealand and Andrew is very busy and has a young family, so does not have the time."
The dispersal comprises of 34 horses; ten yearlings who will sell at the Tattersalls yearling sales, and 16 mares and 12 foals scheduled to sell at the Tattersalls December Sale. Among the yearlings are those by the likes of Cape Cross, Medicean, Oasis Dream and Rock of Gibraltar while the batch of foals includes those by Dalakhani, King's Best and Pivotal.
Group 2 winner Danceabout, Listed-placed Ego and First - the dam of Listed winner Perfect Stride - are among the mares descending from the brilliant foundation mare Mrs Moss who are also set to come under the hammer.
Jimmy George, marketing director of Tattersalls, said on Wednesday: "All dispersals are tinged with a bit of sadness but Tattersalls are honoured to conduct the dispersal of Bloomsbury Stud. I'm sure it will provide a fitting tribute to five decades of achievement at the highest level."
The 290-acre stud, which comprises eight yards and 32 boxes, at Woburn will be offered for lease. The ‘Bloomsbury' name will be retained and the stud will in future be known as the Woburn Stud unless the future lessee changes it.
Bloomsbury Stud leapt to prominence during the early '80's through their brilliant foundation mare Mrs Moss, who produced 11 winners including globe-trotterJupiter Island, high-class two-year-old Precocious and the National Stakes winner Krayyan. The latter became the stud's first major commercial success when selling for 120,000gns as a yearling in 1981.
A lifesize statue of Mrs Moss byPhilip Blacker now stands at the end of the private drive at Woburn Abbey.
"It's been a wonderful ride" said Lady Tavistock. "When I bought my first foal in 1965, my husband, Robin, asked me ‘why did you do that?' I replied because he had some of the most famous racing silks in the country and they hadn't been seen on a track in 100 years. We went on to win some very big races around the world including the Japan Cup with Jupiter Island.
"I still love foaling mares and driving the box. To think that we were lucky enough to buy Mrs Moss for 2,100gns is amazing. I feel very privileged to have been involved. "
Lady Tavistock also bredhorses for over ten years at her New Zealand division of Bloomsbury Stud in Matamata until the stud's sale to Michael Tololi in 2007. Her New Zealand equine assets dispersed at Karaka in May of that year, inlcuidng the Australian Group 1 winner (Lord) Tavistock, a rare top-class 7f runner by Montjeu.
LADY Tavistock had been breeding racehorses at Bloomsbury Stud, based at Woburn Abbey, for ten years before she purchased Mrs Moss, a six-year-old mare by Reform who would significantly boost the stud's fortunes writes Martin Stevens.
The price paid was 2,100gns but it was noticed afterwards, on closer inspection, that the mare had a club foot; the buyers tried to return her to the vendor, but they would not take her. As it turned out, it was just as well they didn't, as the disfigurement proved to be no hindrance to a stellar career at paddocks.
Mrs Moss founded a dynasty at Bloomsbury Stud: from 15 foals, she produced 11 winners, five of them black-type including Japan Cup hero Jupiter Island and speedy juvenile filly Pushy, and is ancestress of numerous stakes winners, including Bluebook, Myself, Perfect Stride and Presto Vento - as well as Australian Group 1 winner Tavistock, who was bred by Bloomsbury Stud in New Zealand and begins his stallion career in his country of birth later this year.