First Crop El Kabeir Foals in Demand

Session Topping El Kabeir Colt on Day One at Tattersalls December Foal Sale

The progeny of first-crop El Kabeir rewarded Breeder’s handsomely throughout the December Foal Sale,  none more so than the El Kabeir colt offered by Ballyreddin and Kellsgrange Studs who was knocked down to prominent pinhooker Philipp Stauffenberg at the session-topping sum of 65,000gns.

The colt became the priciest member of the debut crop of El Kabeir, the son of Scat Daddy who covered a book of 151 mares at a fee of €8,000 at Yeomanstown Stud in 2018.

“I thought he was very well made, athletic, when you watched him going around the parade ring he really stood out, and for me he was the standout individual of the day,” said Stauffenberg, whose purchase will be aimed at the 2020 yearling sales.

“He was the one I wanted most so I’m very happy to have got him. We’ve done well with horses we’ve bought on the first day before so hopefully we’ll be lucky again.”

The transaction also provided a fillip for Ballyreddin Stud’s John Dwan, who said: “He’s a homebred and from day one he’s been a nice, good-walking foal. Ever since he got to the sales he’s been showing very well, every show has been solid and consistent, and we hoped he’d be one of the nicer lots on day one.”

The colt is the second foal of the winning Invincible Spirit mare School Run, who shares her page with the Group 1 winners Dream Ahead and Fairyland.

Dwan added: “He’s the second progeny of the mare. Her first is a filly by Lope De Vega, she was a good walker too but probably an early type – this foal always had a bit of scope about him. The mare is in foal to Sioux Nation so we’ve stuck with the Scat Daddy line.”


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Dark Angel Fillies Fetch Six Figures At Goffs November Foal Sale

Dark Angel Fillies’ Shine at Goffs November Foal Sale 2019


The Dark Angel half-sister to Classic winner Just The Judge was the star filly of the day on Wednesday at Goffs November Foal Sale, drawing several big owner-breeders into a bidding battle. But eventually ended up in the ownership of Sheikh Hamdan, a  confirmed fan of her sire, with Derrinstown Stud’s Stephen Collins lasting longest in the pursuit securing the winning bid of €575,000. “We’re delighted to get her,” he said. “Sheikh Hamdan was very keen on her pedigree. She’s a very well-bred filly and he has had a lot of luck with Dark Angel. She has plenty of residual value as a broodmare.”

In an excellent couple of minuites for Dark Angel, Ross Moorhead’s Glacken View offered a very smart filly by the sire who was secured for a winning bid of €260,000 from BBA Ireland. She is a daughter of Listed Pretty Polly Stakes Heroine Fashionable.

Overall seven lots by Dark Angel changes hands during Goffs November Foal Sale (Part 1) with four lots fetching six figures selliing for an average of €222,143.


Group 1 producing sire Dark Angel at Morristown Lattin Stud. © Peter Mooney.



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Yeomanstown Stud Announces 2020 Nomination Fees



Yeomanstown Stud are delighted to announce the 2020 nomination fees for its four stallions standing at Morristown Lattin Stud.

Dark Angel – €85,000

Invincible Army – €10,000

Camacho – €10,000

El Kabeir – €8,000

Gutaifan – €6,000


Dark Angel, whose standouts on the racecourse in 2019 included the record-breaking G1 Nunthorpe S. victor Battaash, will stand for €85,000 at Yeomanstown Stud in 2020 the same fee he has commanded the past two seasons. The 14-year old’s nine stakes winners in 2019 also included G3 Dick Poole S. winner Dark Lady, and Listed Carnarvon S. winner Khaadem. Standing alongside his sire is Gutaifan, who has sired the G3 Firth of Clyde S. second Graceful Magic from his first crop of runners this year. He is trimmed to €6,000.

Yeomanstown introduces Invincible Army (Invincible Spirit) at €10,000. The 4-year-old won the G3 Sirenia S. at two, the G3 Pavilion S. at three and this year’s G2 Duke of York S. and G3 Chipchase S. Invincible Army is out of the G1 Falmouth S. winner Rajeem (Diktat), from the family of this year’s G3 Fred Darling S. winner Dandhu.

Completing the roster is Camacho at €10,000, and El Kabeir, whose first foals sell in the coming weeks, at €8,000. We’re pleased to announce the 2020 Yeomanstown Stud fees and are very excited to be adding Invincible Army to the roster, said the farm’s David O’Callaghan. Dark Angel has had another stellar year on the track led by Battaash, the fastest horse in the world. We’re looking forward to seeing the first crop foals of El Kabeir hit the market at the upcoming European breeding stock sales.


New for 2020 Invincible Army will stand for €10,000.


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Invincible Army retired to Yeomanstown Stud


                Invincible Army blitzed his rivals in the Gr.2 Duke of York Stakes, at York.


Invincible Army retired to Yeomanstown Stud

Yeomanstown Stud are delighted to announce the addition of INVINCIBLE ARMY(IRE)to their stallion roster for 2020. In a deal agreed with Saeed Manana, the son of Invincible Spirit will join DARK ANGEL, EL KABEIR, CAMACHO and GUTAIFAN at the Kildare based Farm. A high class performer throughout his career, Invincible Army (IRE) retires off the back his best season having blitzed his rivals in the Gr.2 Duke of York Stakes,at York, as well as victories in the Chipchase Stakes Gr.3 and Cammidge Stakes LR. In addition, he had placed efforts in the both The Flying Five Stakes Gr.1 andPrix De L’Abbaye Gr.1 to round off a stellar career.

Among the best of his generation at two, Invincible Army won the Sirenia Stakes Gr.3, while finishing second in The Gimcrack Stakes Gr.2, The Mill Reef Stakes Gr.2, and The Molecomb Stakes Gr.3. Invincible Army then kicked off his three-year old season with a stylish win the Gr.3 Pavilion Stakes before he finished a nose behind Sands of Mali (FR) in the Gr.2 Sandy Lane Stakes.

Being by a Champion Sire and Group 1 winning sprinter in Invincible Spirit and out of a Group 1 winning miler in Rajeem, Invincible Army certainly has the pedigree to be a great stallion.

The imposing dark bay has shown his class to win on all surfaces and ground from good to firm to soft and polytrack and offers the breeder a chance to breed to a precocious and high-class racehorse who is bred on the same Invincible
Spirit/Diktat cross as leading first season sire Cable Bay.

Invincible Army raced in the famous red and white colours of Saeed Manana andwas trained by James Tate who described the colt as follows ‘Invincible Army was a horse of a lifetime to train, with his remarkable consistency and
soundness, he gave us many memorable days on the track and in the winners enclosure and I look forward to training his progeny in the years to come”. Commenting on the recent acquisition Gay O’Callaghan said ‘we are delighted to have the opportunity to stand Invincible Army, he is an exceptional looking colt who has shown his tough, honest and consistent attitude throughout his career. He is a welcome addition to our roster and think breeders will be keen to support him’

Stud fee to be announced in the coming weeks.
For any further information, please contact David O’Callaghan (+353 (0)868366554) or Gay O’Callaghan (+353 (0)87 2565561) or

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Glorious Double for Dark Angel at Goodwood

Glorious double For Dark Angel at Goodwood

Flagship resident sire Dark Angel has assembled a fine progeny roll of honour, bursting with top-class two-year-olds, sprinters and milers, and the latest addition to the list is in the form of Yeomanstown Stud homebred Khaadem.

The lightly raced three-year-old colt blitzed his rivals to a two-and-three-quarter-length success in the Unibet Stewards’ Cup at Glorious Goodwood on Saturday in the manner of a future superstar.

Khaadem storms home in the Unibet Stewards Cup at Glorious Goodwood , Racing Post (c)

Representing owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, trainer Charlie Hills and jockey Jim Crowley, successful 24 hours earlier with Battaash, Dark Angel’s highest rated runner and the decisive winner of the Group Two King George Stakes on Friday, he demonstrated they have another sprint star on their hands. Khaadem ran out an impressive winner  from Open Wide, with Raucous third and Summerghand fourth.

Battaash is one of seven Group 1 winners for Dark Angel, who was trained by Hills’ father Barry to win the Mill Reef and Middle Park Stakes at two before his retirement to stud. The other six are Harry Angel, Hunt, Lethal Force, Mecca’s Angel, Persuasive and Raging Bull.

The sire has 56 stakes winners to his name in total, a number that includes Khaadem as he scored in the Listed Carnarvon Stakes on his seasonal bow.

Khaadem hails out of the winning Footstepsinthesand mare White Daffodil, a half-sister to an earlier Carnarvon Stakes winner in Lady Links, who in turn produced Selinka, successful in the Oh So Sharp Stakes. Selinka is in turn the dam of Group 3-winning sprinter Hit The Bid.

White Daffodil is also a half-sister to the stakes-placed pair King Malachi and Umniya, and is out of Sparky’s Song, a winning half-sister to the classy sprinters Bold Edge and Brave Edge.

The mare has also produced the Redcar Two-Year-Old Trophy winner Log Out Island to Dark Angel.

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Brilliant Battaash Makes Hatrick History at Glorious Goodwood

Brilliant Battaash records hatrick history at Glorious Goodwood

Battaash produced his blistering speed to land his third successive victory in the King George Qatar Stakes Gr.2 at Glorious Goodwood in the hands of Jim Crowley. 

For the second year in row, the Charlie Hills-trained speedball was favourite to claim a ninth career win in the five-furlong Group Two he dominated in 2017 and 2018.  

The five-year-old jumped out  smartly and after taking an early lead from outsider Ornate, he took over passing the two-furlong marker putting his rivals to work.

In the end, Battaash was well on top as he passed the post three-quarters of a length to the good, with the Martyn Meade trained Houtzen settling for second and Ornate boxing on admirably for third.


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Leading first season sire had a red-letter day at Newbury recording his first double with an exciting pair of juveniles.

Leading first season sire Gutaifan had a red-letter day at Newbury recording his first double with an exciting pair of juveniles


Hard Nut by leading Freshman sire Gutaifan winning at Newbury, photo credit: Newbury Racecourse

The Richard Hannon trained Hard Nut, who graduated over this trip at Chelmsford last time when breaking his maiden tag broke well to shadow the pace, under firm grip in a prominent second from flag fall.  Shaken up to lead approaching the final furlong the son of Gutaifan was comfortably on top and ridden out to assert by 1 1/2 lengths under penalty from Commit No Nuisance in the Mirage Signs EBF Novice Auction Stakes contest. The progressive juvenile is the second foal out of a half-sister to Listed Hambleton S. victor Mia’s Boy.


Odyssey Girl at Newbury, photo credit: Newbury Racecourse

Later on, the card, debutante Odyssey Girl was bringing up a double for leading freshman sire Gutaifan. Trained by Newmarket based Richard Spencer and bred by Guy O’Callaghan’s Grangemore Stud, she was ridden under cover in sixth through halfway by Jason Eatson,  but then angled into the clear to lay down her challenge approaching the quarter-mile marker before keeping on strongly under mild encouragement in the closing stages to score by a half-length, becoming the 14th winner for her sire. She is the second foal and first winner out of a half-sister to G3 Prix de Cabourgwinning sire Mazameer and to the dam of GSW G1 Prix Saint-Alary third Vue Fantastique.

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Brilliant Battaash Lands Top Sprinting Honours at Haydock


Battaash records back to back to Group two Temple Stakes victory at Haydock 

BATTAASH by Dark Angel and Jim Crowley win the Group 2 Temple Stakes at Haydock 
Photograph credit:  Grossick Racing via Racing Post Photos.


The Charlie Hills trained Battaash again staked a big claim for top sprinting honours as he scorched home in what looked a vintage renewal of the Armstrong Aggregates Temple Stakes at Haydock.

The  son of Dark Angel and 2017 Prix de l’Abbaye winner has speed to burn and was up against a handful of other fast horses, with no prisoners taken.

Caspian Prince and Kachy flew out of the stalls and made the running towards the far side, with Alpha Delphini in third place towards the near side.

Battaash showed his rivals a clean pair of heels and galloped past the line two and a half lengths clear of Alpha Delphini, with Mabs Cross third, as he became the first horse to land back-to-back victories since Mind Games in 1995 and 1996.


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Gutaifan Off The Mark At Pontefract


Gutaifan Off The Mark At Pontefract

First season sire Gutaifan recorded a first success in the form of KIDDA when landing the 5f novice stakes contest at Ponterfract on Wednesday 1st May. The Richard Fahy  trained juvenile was reversing the form with rival Xcelente when previously finishing fifth on debut at Thirsk. Kidda is a Tattersalls October Book Two graduate, purchased by Nick Bradly for 43,000gns, and now runs in the colours of Nick Bradly and Partners.

Kidda bred by Jane Allison out of the precocious American Post mare Lily Again, who won the Listed Star Stakes at Sandown at two. The dam has produced two previous winners in Ertiyad, a Dark Angel filly who was a 6f maiden winner at two, and Li Kui, a son of Poet’s Voice who was a 5f maiden winner as a juvenile last year.

Gutaifan, winner of the Prix Robert Papin and Flying Childers Stakes, stands alongside his high-achieving sire Dark Angel as well as El Kabeir and Camacho at Yeomanstown Stud in County Kildare at a stud fee of €10,000 Oct 1st.



Gutaifan, winner of the Prix Robert Papin and Flying Childers Stakes,at Yeomanstown Stud in County Kildare at a stud fee of €10,000 Oct 1st






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Camacho: a breakout year for the sire in 2018 as he was represented by a Classic winner in Teppal and a Royal Ascot scorer in Signora Cabello

Breakthrough Year for Camacho  

It can be a lonely, frustrating business knowing what could be possible yet being forced to wait for the right circumstances for everyone else to appreciate it.

Since they retired him to stud in 2006, the O’Callaghan family knew they had a stallion in Camacho capable of delivering the people what they wanted. But hamstrung by small crops, it was not until last year that the beautifully-bred son of Danehill truly broke through and was finally able to increase his influence outside those who had believed in him from the beginning.

“We always felt, and he showed even at the start, that he was capable of siring a good horse as well as plenty of fast, speedy two-year-olds,” David O’Callaghan, farm manager at his parents’ Yeomanstown Stud says.

“His biggest problem right from the beginning was a lack of numbers on the ground. He had a reasonable first crop but then crops two, three and four were quite small.

“People saw what his first two-year-olds did, so crop five was bigger and then it dropped off again for him after that. Finally, he has numbers and people can see that he’s a quality stallion producing quality horses across the board.”

And in terms of quality it doesn’t come much higher than Classic success and victory at Royal Ascot, triumphs which were delivered by Camacho’s daughters Teppal (Poule d’Essai des Pouliches) and Signora Cabello (Queen Mary).

Teppal and Signora Cabello were sired in the immediate years after Camacho returned to Ireland from a year out on loan at Mickley Stud in Shropshire, where breeders could avail themselves of his services for a mere £2,750 in 2013. In 2019, he will stand at his highest-ever fee of €12,000 – and he has never been more popular.

Vindication, then, for those who had faith.

“There was never any doubt in our minds that he could do it, but you can’t show it until you have the numbers to back it up,”

O’Callaghan, 38, says. “We breed our own horses and we’d always be more critical of our own stallions than anybody else because we send them more mares than anyone else.

“So, if a stallion is not doing it for us then realistically they’re not going to do it for anyone else either. If they do do it for us then we stay true to them and other people will come along and appreciate them for what they are capable of. If Camacho hadn’t worked with our own mares we wouldn’t have persisted with him.”

He adds: “In Camacho, we were always able to keep the faith. He’d be near enough full this year and have more mares coming to him than any other year. It’s an exciting time for him and for us.”

Sharing a mother with one of the hottest stallions in Europe has not done Camacho any harm either. His little brother (half-brother to be precise) Showcasing has continued to sweep all before him with Group 1-winner Advertise and Royal Ascot scorer Soldier’s Call helping to bump his fee up to £55,000 for this year, putting him out of reach of those with smaller budgets.

“One horse backs the other and galvanise each other,” O’Callaghan points out. “It’s clear to everyone that it’s a very good female line so if Showcasing has gone out of reach for you then here’s Camacho as his half-brother who’s capable of getting you a very talented horse at a lower price. Showcasing has done phenomenally well and they complement each other.”

Camacho’s achievements have also allowed him to step out of the shadow of Yeomanstown colossus Dark Angel a star name on the ITM Stallion Trail and whose expanding influence on the breed can be seen from many angles.

Brilliant sprinter Harry Angel became his latest son to go to stud, while the likes of Battaash, Tip Two Win and Yafta flourished on the course. His offspring proved as popular as ever with a yearling sale average of 140,090gns and a new aspect of his potency came into force as the dam sire of the rapid pair Rumble Inthejungle, winner of the Molecomb, and Flying Five winner Havana Grey, who stands alongside Showcasing at Whitsbury Manor Stud.

“Every day Dark Angel is around is a good day,” says O’Callaghan, his admiration and appreciation of the 14-year-old clear and crisp in his delivery. “He’s a super horse and very special to everyone here, and everyone that’s been involved with him – shareholders, breeders, owners. He’s been good to everybody and continues to produce good horses.

“The biggest thing with Dark Angel and what makes him so special is that he’s not a one-trick pony. He gets two-year-olds, three-year-olds, four-year-olds, colts, fillies, mares, sprinters, stayers, jumpers – anything you could want in a horse. It’s been remarkable what he’s done.”

David O’Callaghan: “There was never any doubt in our minds that Camacho could do it, but you can’t show it until you have the numbers to back it up”

What Dark Angel has also done is offer stud owners a view of what is possible when a two-year-old retires to stud. It has perhaps led to some dubious imitators being taken from the course before their time and without due testing, a vital aspect to O’Callaghan.

“I feel once a horse has proven he is tough, sound and versatile on what ground he can race on then that’s okay [to retire them],” he says. “Dark Angel ran nine times at two on everything from soft to good to firm and he retired sound. It made a lot of sense for him and it’s the same for Gutaifan as he had a chance to show people what he was capable of. These horses aren’t retiring to stud unexposed and having not showcased what they are capable of.

“Thoroughbred breeding is a tough market and [breeders] aren’t going to just let you retire anything and send their mares to you.”


O’Callaghan says: “On a numbers front he was well represented and generally they sold well as they are good-looking horses. They’ve ended up in good homes and he’s got every chance.

“He was a fast two-year-old and I’m sure that’s what people will be wanting from him. They’re good, big scopey horses and they have a lot of the Dark Angel attributes

With No Nay Never rocketing to €100,000 and studs scrambling to secure sons of the late stallion, Yeomanstown beat the rush by plucking the striking El Kabeir from America in 2017.

“We were lucky to get him as he was a very talented horse in America,” says O’Callaghan, deflecting any semblance of credit for the stud’s foresight. “He has real credentials to do well as a stallion.

He was a proper racehorse and a sale-topper too before Scat Daddy was Scat Daddy, if you get what I mean, so he’s a good-looking, desirable horse as well.

“He was popular last year and made a lot of sense to a lot of fellas with No Nay Never standing at €25,000 and Caravaggio at €35,000, while this lad was €8,000 with all those credentials behind him.

With four strong stallions on paper as well as a robust consigning and breeding operation, Yeomanstown may be better placed than others to weather some of the storms lingering over the bloodstock world.

Nevertheless, O’Callaghan is ensuring the stud remains focused and says: “A lot of the things going on are out of our control so we have to focus on what is under our control and keep producing good-looking horses with good pedigrees. If you’re producing nice stock with a bit of pedigree then you will sell them.

“You have to have horses that are desirable to buy and the market is tougher than ever on those lesser horses that in other years you might have sold them at a loss whereas last year you couldn’t sell them at all.”

He adds: “They talk about overproduction but that generally sorts itself out pretty quickly because of market factors. People need to be incentivised to buy horses. A helluva lot of time and effort goes into creating schemes and what have you but the one scheme that will change British racing for the good is improved prize-money.

“If all the energy that went into everything else went into improving prize-money then every other market works. There’s money to be made and there’s people to enjoy the sport if they feel they can be rewarded for what they do.”

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