Canford Cliffs: Simon Hubbard Rodwell bred the crack milerPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Canford Cliffs breeder decides against quitting
SIMON HUBBARD RODWELL, producer of last season’s crack miler Canford Cliffs, has put plans to disband his breeding operation on ice.
Hubbard Rodwell, a grandson of late jumps trainer and owner Geoff Hubbard, put his 26-acre Saxtead Hall in Suffolk on the market in August and intended to disperse his bloodstock at the autumn breeding-stock sales. However, he now says that he is going to “battle on to the bitter end” and will keep the farm.
“We have a temporary stay of execution,” he said yesterday. “We have cut right back on numbers and I’m determinedto give it a good go to keep our heads above water. I’ve worked hard for 17 years to be a breeder and I would like to keep alive the tradition of my grandfather.”
Hubbard Rodwell dispersed his Flat mares in 2008, including Canford Cliffs’ dam Mrs Marsh – and so has not been able to capitalise at the sales. He retained his jumps mares in training and broodmare band, including last month’s novice chase winner Topsham Belle, who is in training with Nicky Henderson.
“The plan is that, in the next few years, we will have some fashionably bred young jumps stock to go into battle with at the sales.
“Lady Rhinestone, a bumper winner for us and out of a half-sister to Rhinestone Cowboy and Wichita Lineman, is going to Milan, Our Ben’s half-sister Pairtree is going to Westerner and Full Of Spirit, another bumper winner and out of Spirit Leader, could go to Kayf Tara.”
He conceded that it will be an uphill struggle, with the market having turned against jumps stores towards form horses.
“The problem is it takes so long when you buy an unbroken store, to get it from racehorse to broodmare with progeny. It’s an expensive process.”