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First Denford Stud consignment for Salman

AN OWNER-BREEDER from a Saudi family synonymous with classic success is to consign for the first time at next week's Tattersalls Book 1 Sale from his new Denford Stud in Berkshire.

Prince Faisal Salman, whose brothers Fahd and Ahmed respectively owned an Epsom and Kentucky Derby winner, has always had a lower profile than his late siblings, but he racedthe 1996 Nassau Stakes heroine Last Second and bred her classic-winning son Aussie Rules.

His mares, who have been long-term boarders at Chris Budgett's Kirtlington Stud, will shortly move to the 135-acre Denford Stud near Hungerford,formerly a nursery of a different kind.

Trainer Paul Webber

Paul Webber: racing manager

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"It had been deserted since it was a Norlands Nannies' Training College and before that it was a convent, where my sister went to school," said trainer Paul Webber, who acts as Salman's racing manager.

"Prince Faisal bought the place about three years ago and we were hoping to move the maresthere in June but it made more sense to wait do it until after the sales. The link with Kirtlington Stud first came about because Prince Faisal was at Oxford and had a house at Kirtlington and Chris and his team have done a fantastic job for him.

"But Prince Faisal was always hoping at some point to find the right place to have as his own and the land seems good, it's in the same valley as Lady Howard de Walden's stud and Caroline Green's Templeton Stud."

Budgett – who is a director of Denford Stud – has been overseeing its development and will continue to be in charge of its overall management. Richard Evans, a long-time staff member at Kirtlington Stud who was previously at Kingwood Stud, will assist in the management of the new venture.

Salman has 15 mares, including a couple in the States, but there are no plans to increase numbers after moving to Denford Stud.

"Prince Faisal's an extremely sensible person so I wouldn't imagine the broodmare band will expand much more, he's a good culler and they have to earn their salt to be there," added Webber.

"It's always been the plan to keep the fillies and sell the colts and try and make the stud as viable as is possible in these times. Prince Faisal's love has always been breeding even more than racing so he's very excited to be selling some colts under his own stud name."

Next week's five-strong draft includes an Elusive Quality colt out of Last Second and a first-crop son of Aussie Rules who "is out of an unproven mare called Annalina but he's a very, very striking colt".

Last Second, who was bought for Ir£120,000 as a yearling at Goffs in 1994 by Webber and Sir Mark Prescott, has proved an inspired purchase. Her half-sister is Alleluia and her Group 1-winning nieces include Yesterday, Quarter Moon, Alborada, Albanova and Allegretto.

"Most of Prince Faisal's mares are mainly fillies he has bred and Last Second was the first good yearling we bought for him," continued Webber. "She has been a fantastic mare and everyone knows what the family has done since then and the prince has a couple of her daughters by Darshaan and one by Dalakhani so it just keeps going."




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