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Donativum - Frankie Dettori - Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf - Santa Anita - Oct 2008

Donativum: the son of Cadeaux Genereux won the BC Juvenile Turf

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

Low-key retirement for Cadeaux Genereux

IT HAS almost been a case of  'out with the old and in with the new' at Hampshire's Whitsbury Manor Stud following the low-key retirement of its stalwart stallion Cadeaux Genereux.

Now 25, Cadeaux Genereux has sired seven Group 1 winners including Bahamian Bounty, Bijou D'Inde and Toylsome, as well as Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner Donativum.

The son of Young Generation is also damsire of Group 1 winners Notnowcato and Rajeem. So his final exit from the breeding shed, however inevitable, is a significant landmark.

Such horses are near irreplaceable for independent operations like Whitsbury, making the result of Saturday's Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury particularly notable.

Not only did Whitsbury breed the winner Temple Meads, and sold him to owner John Fretwell for 16,000 at last year's Doncaster St Leger Sales, but he is also by the stud's sire Avonbridge, whose first crop are now three-year-olds.

Temple Meads picked up £98,480 for his Newbury victory, prompting Whitsbury Stud manager Charlie Oakshott to say: "All that prize-money is a fantastic boost and it puts him right up the table and pretty much makes him leading sire of two-year-olds. There is an argument that these kind of (sales incentive) races do distortthe prize-money tables so let's hope that Temple Meads can go on do it again  in the Gimcrack.

"Avonbridge has made a fantastic start with his second crop - almost better than his first. He is now starting to look like areally good commercial stallion."

Even before Temple Mead's success, 2010 had been an encouraging year for Whitsbury, which co-bred the Group 3 Ballyogan Stakes winner Gilt Edged, and saw another of its sires, Refuse To Bend, strike with the dual French Group 1 winner Sarafina.

Even so, Oakshott recognises that an anxious autumn awaits commercial operations such as Whitsbury. For all the successes on the racecourse, it is the results in the sales ring that paythe bills.

"What happened in America last week (at the Fasig-Tipton select sale)  was encouraging," he said. "But if you have a disappointing yearling sale breeders then haven't got the cash to re-invest. This is still an expensively produced crop of yearlings and the last of the very big crops as well (before the market dropped and breeders cut back).

"What we noticed this year was that breeders made their decisions a lot later and it was a question not of what they were going to breed to but whether they were going to breed at all."






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