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Mister Baileys: the pinnacle of Selina Gibson Fleming's breeding ventures

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Mister Baileys breeder Gibson Fleming dies

SELINA GIBSON FLEMING, breeder of Risk Me and Mister Baileys, has died.

A breeder for approximately 30 years, she compiled an impressive record of success despite never keeping more than two mares at any one time at the family home in Ranston, near Blandford in Dorset, and enjoyed her greatest success when Mister Baileys won the 2,000 Guineas in 1994.

The son of Robellino was bred by Gibson Fleming out of the Sharpen Up mare Thimblerigger, who was bought for her by James Wigan, who described her as a "fantastic person to have anything to do with and a really sad loss."

Gibson Fleming sold Mister Baileys as a foal and, owned by Baileys Horse Feeds and trained by Mark Johnston, he won the Vintage Stakes and the Royal Lodge Stakes as a juvenile. He also led until over a furlong out in the 1994 Derby before finishing fourth behind Erhaab.

Other top-class runners bred by Gibson Fleming were Risk Me, who won the Grand Prix de Paris and the Prix Jean Prat, and Sir Talbot, winner of the 1999 County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Gibson Fleming raced most of her homebreds, most of whom were trained by RichardHannon. They included Katdogawn, a daughter of Bahhare who was sold to race in the US after her two-year-old campaign and went on to win three Grade 2 races.

Hannon said: "It's very sad, we had a lot of good times together. She was a marvellous woman to train for, a real racing stalwart. I trained quite a few good horses for her."

Gibson Fleming is survived by her two children, Anthea and James. A thanksgiving service will be held at Shrowton on Thursday April 8 at 3pm.




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