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Vivian and Heather Pratt dispersing British stock

VIVIAN and Heather Pratt, owner-breeders in the UK since the 1980s, have decided to concentrate on their SouthAfrican bloodstock interests and are having a complete dispersal of their two-year-olds on Wednesday, the first day of next week’s Tattersalls July Sale in Newmarket.

All of their eight juveniles – three colts and five fillies – are by their Group-winning stallion Resplendent Glory, who they have stood mainly for their own mares. All eight have been broken and prepared for the sale by Matthew Mackley at Castle View Stables in Leicestershire.

Resplendent Glory’s first crop is three and includes two winners – Spyder and Dreams Of Glory – from six foals and three runners. The sisters intend to sell their mares, foals and yearlings later in the year.

Vivian said: “We’ve been involved with horses for about 30 years, but with the low level of prize-money we’ve decidedto concentrate overseas.”

Vivian has long been associated with South African racing. “The very first horse I bought was Hobnob, who won the Dante Stakes,” she said. “I bought him at the Tattersalls December sale in 1976 and he became a great success as a stallion in South Africa. I also exported Mardi Gras, who was by Danehill and won five races there.

“The costs of breeding and racing in South Africa are far lower and more attractive compared to the UK. They also have prize-money down to fifth or six place.” She added: “The horses thrive in that climate.”

The best horse owned and bred by Vivian and Heather Pratt was Croft Valley, who won nine races including a Listed handicap at Lingfield and over £80,000 in prize-money. The son of Crofthall was trained by Reg Akehurst.

Vivian and Heather already have the mare Shaan Madary in South Africa and have two horses in training with Ormond Ferraris. She said: “You do get attached when you’ve bred them and had the family for generations. It’s very sad after all these years but you’ve got to have a bottomless well to have a breeding operation these days.”

 

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