Vale Of York: the Breeders' Cup winner stands at Kildangan StudPICTURE: Getty
Quartet of stallions have first foals on ground
THE onset of the foaling season has brought plenty of new arrivals who are the first by their sires.
Vale Of York
Darley stallion Vale Of York was represented by his first foal when the Dubai Destination mare Ahla Wasahi delivered a filly foal on Tuesday.
AhlaWasahi, the winner of a Listed race as a three-year-old for her owner Sultan Ali, was a useful juvenile, having finished third in the Group 2 Cherry Hinton Stakes at Newmarket.
This is the mare’s first foal and she is due tovisit Dalham Hall resident New Approach in the coming weeks.
Vale Of York, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, covered 116 mares last year and this season will stand for a fee of €5,000.
WHITSBURY Manor Stud in Hampshire welcomed the birth of the first foal by its stallion Showcasing on Tuesday.
The new arrival is a chesnut colt out of the winning 16-year-old Ezzoud mare Miss Rimex, the dam of four winners including seven-time scorer Warden Complex, who landed the Listed National Day Cup at Sha Tin.
Whitsbury Manor manager Charlie Oakshott said: "Showcasing's first foal is deep, strong with lots of bone and substance, he is very attractive and well balanced; it's an excellent start and we're looking forward to seeing plenty more in the coming weeks."
Showcasing covered 117 mares last year and has 100 mares booked so far this year. He has just returned from Haunui Stud in New Zealand where he covered 118 mares, standing alongside Ifraaj.
He is being paraded at the TBA Stallion Parade at Tattersalls on Thursday, February 2.
Standing alongside Showcasing at Whitsbury Manor Stud are Compton Place, this year's first-season two-year-old sire Sakhee's Secret and Avonbridge.
TWEENHILLS Stud in Gloucestershire welcomed the birth of the first foal by the globe trotting sprinter Starspangledbanner on Friday.
The new arrival is a bay filly out of Eliza Doolittle, a winning half-sister to three Group-winning sprinters, including the 5f King GeorgeStakes winner Fire Up The Band.
Tweenhills Stud owner David Redvers said: "She's a nice, correct filly with plenty of presence about her; we're very pleased with what we have got."
Starspangledbanner, winner of four Group 1 races, including the Golden Jubilee Stakes and July Cup, covered 64 mares during his first season at Coolmore last year.
His fee for the coming season has been set at €10,000.
TALLY-HO Stud in County Westmeath has welcomed the first foals by its stallion Zebedee this week.
The new arrivals were led by a filly out of the Nashwan mare Blanche Dubois, wo is already the dam of eight-time winner Middlemarch and Group 2-placed Lady High Havens.
She was followed by a colt out of Tomintoul Singer, a winning half-sister to Listed Hilary Needler Trophy winner Geesala.
Two more Zebedee foals arrived soon after, with Alexander Family, a sister to Listed-placed Prince Of Denmark, producing a filly, and Dorn Hill, closely related to College Chapel, producing a colt.
Zebedee, a son of Invincible Spirit, was one of the fastest juveniles of the 2010 season winning six of his seven starts including the Molecomb and Flying Childers Stakes.
He covered 160 mares in 2011 and is set to stand at a fee of €5,000 this year.