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Stotsfold - Sandown 02.07.10

Peter Harris's Stotsfold wins the Gala Stakes at Sandown


Tatts December to host Peter Harris Dispersal

PROMINENT owner and breeder Peter Harris is to disperse his breeding stock, foals and yearlings at the Tattersalls December Sale, held on November 22 to December 2.

The dispersal comprises 18 broodmares, 13 foals, 11 yearlings, and a filly in training, and the 43 lots will be consigned by the Swinburn family's Genesis Green Stud.

Harris, whose breeding stock is kept at Pendley Farm in Hertfordshire, also enjoyed success as a trainer, most notably with his homebred Primo Valentino, winner of the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes.

He also bred and trained Cherry Hinton winner Dora Carrington, Group 3 Select Stakes winner Leporello and Stotsfold, who died this year and was third in the Arlington Million to Gio Ponti.

All four of those horses trace to the foundation mares Connaught Bridge, the Yorkshire Oaks and Nassau Stakes winner of 1979, and Sing Softly, who took the Lancashire Oaks in 1982 and was bred by Jim Joel.

A likely highlight of the Pendley Farm offerings is Marzelline, a granddaughter of Sing Soflty and runner-up in the Grade 1 Santa Maria Handicap at Santa Anita this year. She is in foal to Cape Cross, and her filly foal by Mr Greeley will also pass through the ring.

They also offer the Listed-winning eight-year-old Arbella, a Primo Dominie granddaughter of Connaught Bridge, and closely related to Primo Valentino.

Other notable lots are the Sadler's Wells mare Anna Pallida, a winning half-sister to Prix Marcel Boussac winner Sulk and Hong Kong Cup victor Eagle Mountain.

She is in foal to Cape Cross, with an Invincible Spirit yearling filly and a Danehill Dancer colt foal also catalogued. Biryani is a half-sister to Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Tarascon, and is in foal to Royal Applause.

Harris said: "My love affair with racing began in 1972 when I bought afilly named Starboard Belle. She ignited a passion in me for horseracing that I was to indulge for almost forty years.

"It has been a marvellous period but I feel the time has come to bring this chapter to a close. I wish whoeverbuys into the pedigrees the greatest luck and hope that they get as much fun out of it as I have."

Harris's Pendley Farm in Hampshire will be absorbed into the training centre of Harris's son-in-law Walter Swinburn. It is already where Swinburn-trained yearlings are broken in and trained during their two-year-old season.

Harris's famous yellow, green and red silks will still be seen on the racecourse in seasons to come, as he is keeping all his two-year-olds and several older horses in training.





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