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Enticement - Musidora Stakes

Listed winner Enticement was a 310,000gns purchase as a yearling by the Royal Studs. The daughter of Montjeu has been covered by Street Cry

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham 

Drive to broaden Royal Studs coming to fruition

THE determined drive to diversify the bloodlines at the Royal Studs appears to be already coming to fruition.

During the past eight years, the Queen, assisted by John Warren, has sought to inject new blood into the operation by acquiring mares from successful families; eight new mares and fillies have been added within that time while five two-year-old fillies bred by Darley and the Aga Khan joined the fold in a private arrangement earlier this year.

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Daralbayda, granddam of Darjina (above), was a recent purchase

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham 

One of those mares, Anasazi, produced her second stakes winner on Sunday when Kilo Alpha won the Listed Prix de Bagatelle. In addition, one of the juvenile fillies, Star Value, is closely related to Shimraan, who was successful in the Group 2 Prix Eugene Adam on the same card at Maisons-Laffitte.

"We're trying to buy into a new family each year to develop and extend the bloodlines," explained Warren. "All families get to a point where they start to thin and thisis part of a big plan to diversify and buy into families that will suit the new sires which are emerging all the time."

With the benefit of hindsight, Anasazi, who is a half-sister to Dancing Brave and also the dam of the Group 1-placed Runaway, was good value at the 48,000gns she cost when sold by Juddmonte Farms at the Tattersalls December Sale in 2008.

Aurore, a Fasliyev half-sister to Aquarelliste from the excellent Wildenstein family of Arcangues, was more expensive at 330,000gns in 2009 as was Bonnie Doon, a Grand Lodge granddaughter of Konafa who cost 410,000gns in 2008.

Other recent acquisitions include Daralbayda, the granddam of Darjina, and Listed winner Enticement, who was secured as a yearling. They complement a broodmare band that already contained Ribblesdale Stakes winner Phantom Gold, her Grade 3-winning sister Fictitious, who is the dam of this season's smart colt Quadrille, and Listed winner Film Script, who is the dam ofFree Agent.

"We discussed the development of the operation and Her Majesty wanted to broaden the stud's base, which we've been able to do over an eight year period," said Warren. "On first glance, it looks as there's been a huge surge of new blood but its taken time to do it. It's something that most operations do, some just in a different way.

"We're now up to 22 mares, which is a nice number to have. I wouldn't have thought it would go much higher than that."
Among the five newly incorporated juvenile fillies is Abergeldie, a Street Cry granddaughter of Brocade in training with Sir Michael Stoute; Key Point, a Galileo half-sister to Kalanisi; and Star Value, a Danehill Dancer daughter of Prix de Diane heroine Shemaka who is also with Stoute.

"Again, this arrangement is all part of the plan, and it's possible we will do it again in the future.

"Everything is very much driven by the Queen. She has bred 58 crops of foals and still has a real enthusiasm to develop the farm. And I'm sure she'll keep an eye out for any new lines that could be incorporated into the stud in the future."

 

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