Camacho Continues Stellar Season

 

CAMACHO CONTINUES STELLAR SEASON

 

Alayna Cullen, Marketing Manager at The TDN visited Yeomanstown Stud recently to speak with David O’Callaghan

 

Yeomanstown Stud has long been hailed as the home of Dark Angel (Ire), but it is his stablemate Camacho (GB) who has stolen the limelight this year, siring Classic winners and a Royal Ascot winning 2-year-old in Signora Cabello (Ire). With Signora Cabello now aiming for the G1 Prix Morny, David O’Callaghan talks all things Camacho with Alayna Cullen.

TDN: David, Camacho has been having a great year on the track. Tell us how you came to stand him.

DOC:Camacho is a son of Danehill, who we managed to buy off Prince Khalid Abdullah many years ago. He was trained by Henry Cecil. He was a very good 2-year-old and went on to be a very good 3-year-old. He was second in the Jersey and he was then favorite for the July Cup, but he got injured that day. After that, we managed to buy him to stand here at Yeomanstown. He is a very well-bred horse, his first three dams were all stakes winners. And he was a son of Danehill, which was just something we really wanted.

TDN: What were your expectations for this year’s progeny?

DOC: Our expectations for this year were high, because he had put together two crops of 2- and 3-year-olds of good numbers. He had 30 2-year-old winners in 2017, and they were going to go on to 2018 and do well, and thankfully, they did, including a French Guineas winner. He had a triple Classic winner in Scandinavia, a Spanish Guineas winner, so the 3-year-old crop stepped up.

Then on top of that, this year’s 2-year-old crop backed that up with a good filly, Signora Cabello, who won the G2 Queen Mary and then won the G2 Prix Robert Papin, and hopefully she will go on and win the Prix Morny. On top of that, he has a lot of other smart fillies and colts from the 2-year-olds this year. So we were hopeful and thankfully he has come through.

TDN: He has achieved something rather special this year, can you tell us a little about that achievement?

DOC: Camacho has had the rare feat of having three individual Classic winners. So far he has had Teppal (Fr) win the French 1000 Guineas for David Simcock, and that was his first Classic winner. Then we had a Spanish Guineas winner, a horse called Another Day of Sun (Ire), who we actually had as a breezer here ourselves. Then he had a filly in Scandinavia, who won three Classics: the Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian Classic. So it was quite a unique feat to put that all together. Well done to all the breeders involved and to everybody who’s had the rub of the green.

TDN: You mentioned some of his 2-year-olds that were impressing this year, but Signora Cabello has to be a standout. What do you make of her?

DOC: This year his 2-year-olds are flying. Some smart colts, some smart fillies but most notably, as you said, is Signora Cabello. She won the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot then she won the Prix Robert Papin and hopefully she’ll go on and win a Group 1 before the end of the year. She is very smart.

What has impressed me about her most is she always looks like she is doing it easy. She has won all of her races with her ears pricked. She looked under pressure in the Prix Robert Papin and then she won in a half-length with her ears pricked, so I’d say we haven’t seen the best of her yet. She looks like she has more in the tank every time she runs.

TDN: Why was her win in the Robert Papin so significant?

DOC: Her win in the Prix Robert Papin was significant because it wasn’t that she just won the Queen Mary and disappeared. She backed it up, so she is a genuine, proper good 2-year-old. Often horses can win a race but they don’t back it up. This proves that she is the real deal, and hopefully will go on and back that up even further when she goes into Group 1 company.

It is significant for the stallion also. It shows that, given the chances, he’ll upgrade your mares, and he is capable of getting a good horse, which is what everybody wants to breed. They don’t want to just breed 2-year-old winners, they want to breed good horses. Camacho has done it with 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, at five, six, seven and eight furlongs. It shows that he is versatile and he will upgrade the mares.

TDN: What is a typical Camacho?

DOC: He is a tremendously strong horse with a huge action, he puts that big walk into everything. When we pull him out in the stallion yard, he is very impressive to look at, from his action to his strength and quality. His stock all have big hips and a big walk but they look like sprinters, which is what they’re bred to be. He is a pretty easy horse to breed to. Big, strong, and fast.

TDN: What are his yearling crop like?

DOC: The 2018 crop is his biggest yearling crop and probably his best bred, too. Physically, they look like a very good bunch, so we’ll be hopeful that next year will be better again. He has the numbers, he has the quality, so we’ll be hopeful that it will come to fruition next year that he’ll have a better year again, and a higher class of horse year on year.

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El Kabeir – New for 2018

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El Kabeir retires to Yeomanstown Stud

EL KABEIR (USA) TO YEOMANSTOWN

El Kabeir (Scat Daddy) and jockey Irad Ortiz Jr win a MSW at Saratoga Racecourse 8/30/14. Trainer: John Terranova. Owner: Zayat Stables LLC

El Kabeir (Scat Daddy) and jockey Irad Ortiz Jr win a MSW at Saratoga Racecourse 8/30/14. Trainer: John Terranova. Owner: Zayat Stables LLC

Yeomanstown Stud are delighted to announce the addition of EL KABEIR (USA) to their stallion roster for 2018. In a deal brokered by Brad Weisbord and BSW Bloodstock, the son of Scat Daddy will join DARK ANGEL, CAMACHO and GUTAIFAN at the Kildare based Farm.

A high class performer, El KABEIR is Scat Daddy’s best and highest rated 2 year old son to race in America. A Multiple Graded Stakes winner at two and three, El Kabeir raced at the highest level, breaking his maiden by 10 lengths in Saratoga, before landing the Grade 2 Jockey Club Stakes. He then followed up in the Grade 3 Jerome Stakes before finishing 3rd in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial Stakes. Further stakes wins in the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes and City of Laurel Stakes as well as finishing 2nd in the Grade 2 Nashua Stakes, are among the highlights in an illustrious career.

The striking grey was a sales topping yearling having realised $250,000 at OBS August Yearling Sale before embarking on a successful 2 year old career and offers the breeder a chance to breed to a precocious and high-class racehorse.

El Kabeir raced in the famous turquoise and yellow colours of Zayat Stables and Ahmed Zayat described the colt as follows “El Kabeir is a magnificent looking animal. We bought him as a yearling at OBS. His talent was clear to see early on – hence we gave him such a good name El Kabeir, meaning “The Boss”. A TDN rising star – tough, versatile and extremely talented he was on the Derby Trail having won the Jockey Club and the Jerome. We had Americal Pharaoh for the Derby and ElKabeir had such natural speed, we decided to keep him to a mile. He ran in the money 13 times from 5 furlongs to a mile and sixteenth – a proper racehorse. We look forward to seeing his future progeny in the sales ring and racetrack and will be actively supporting his stallion career with mares and in the sales ring”.

Commenting on the recent acquisition Gay O’Callaghan said ‘we are delighted to have purchased El Kabeir, he is an exceptional individual with a race record to match and will offer the European breeder a further chance to avail of the precocious and exciting Scat Daddy bloodlines.’

Stud fee to be announced in the coming weeks.

For any further information, please contact David O’Callaghan (+353 (0)86 8366554) or Gay O’Callaghan (+353 (0)87 2565561) or yeomanstownstud@eircom.net

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Statement from Yeomanstown Stud

JONATHAN FITZPATRICK 

The O’Callaghan family and all the staff at Yeomanstown Stud express their heartfelt condolences to Sharon, Joe, Susan, James and Killian Fitzpatrick on the untimely passing of Jonathan. ‬
‪Enthusiastic, hard working and always good humoured, he was a friend to us all and will be sadly missed.

Johnathan will be reposing at Keatingstown House on Tuesday (15th of August) from 3p.m. until 8p.m. Funeral Mass on Wednesday (16th of August) in St. Canice’s Church, Kilkenny at 11a.m. with burial afterwards.

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GUTAIFAN FOALS

GUTAIFAN FOALS

We’ve been delighted with Gutaifan’s first foals. Like his sire, Dark Angel, Gutaifan seems to have a predominant bay/grey gene and is also stamping his stock well with his foals showing great bone and action.

Here is a selection of a few:

12 March 2017;   Gutaifan ex Aja foal.      © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland.    Tel:  00 353 (0)86 2589298

12 March 2017; Gutaifan ex Aja foal. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

10 March 2017;   Gutaifan ex Wonderful Town foal.      © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland.    Tel:  00 353 (0)86 2589298

10 March 2017; Gutaifan ex Wonderful Town foal. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

8 March 2017;   Gutaifan ex Tamarisk foal at Morristown Lattin Stud.      © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland.    Tel:  00 353 (0)86 2589298

8 March 2017; Gutaifan ex Tamarisk foal at Morristown Lattin Stud. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

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FIRST FOAL FOR GUTAIFAN

FIRST FOAL FOR GUTAIFAN

We are delighted to announce that Gutaifan’s first foal was born on the 3rd January. The beautiful grey filly is out of the Desert Style mare Dixiedoodledandy, who is a half sister to Group 2 Flying Childers winner Green Door (by Yeomanstown Stud resident stallion Camacho.)

Gutaifan is by Dark Angel and is a record breaking dual Gr2 winning 2yo and is standing at Yeomanstown Stud for a fee of €10,000.

5 January 2017; Gutaifan ex Dixiedoodledandy foal at Grangemore Stud.      © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland.    Tel:  00 353 (0)86 2589298

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A Summer of Success

A Summer of Success

We’ve all enjoyed some wonderful racing this Flat season, with so many highlights for Yeomanstown graduates and the stallion’s progeny, especially our resident super-star Dark Angel.

A definite highlight so far this year has been watching the great Mecca’s Angel power up the Knavesmire to win the Gr1 Nunthorpe Stakes for a second year in a row, earning her a Timeform rating of 132 and earning her the title of ‘Top Rated Sprinter in the World’ . She really is a filly of a lifetime for her owner David Metcalfe and trainer Michael Dods and we are so proud to have bred her. An accolade that earned us the Red Mills and Irish Field Breeder of the Year, at a wonderful evening in the Hangedmans Restaurant. Her smashing yearling sister is heading to Book 1.

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We’ve enjoyed watching our last year yearling graduates running (and winning!), including the Gr 2 Prix Robert Papin winner Tis Marvellous, a Yeomanstown graduate from Goffs UK Premier Yearling sale when selling to his trainer Clive Cox for £52,000. South Seas is another Group winning Yeomanstown graduate, winning the Gr 3 Solario Stakes and maintaining an unbeaten record. South Seas was sold at Tattersalls Book 1 to David Redvers for 145,000gns.

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The Malih Al Basti owned Arborist by Dark Angel and sold by Yeomanstown at Tattersalls last year, has proved himself in the winners enclosure and look to be an exciting future prospect. Perfect Angel is another graduate with a bright future, having won a competitive Goodwood maiden for Andrew Balding and owners Midmay Racing. Other exciting graduates include Lady Gio, Barrington, Queen Cleste and Parys Mountain.

The Cheveley Park Stud owned filly Persuasive by Dark Angel, has given us great viewing this year. Bred by John Tuthill, she is now unbeaten in all of her 5 starts including the LR Sandringham Handicap and the Group 3 Atalanta Fillies Stakes at Sandown. She is entered in the Group 1 Matron Stakes at Leopardstown this weekend, so fingers crossed she makes it 6 in a row!

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A Busy Start To The Year

A  Busy Start To The New Year

We’ve had a busy start to 2016, with mares foaling, a busy weekend with the ITM stallion trail, Gay being honoured at the ITBA awards with a Lifetime Achievement Award, Mecca’s Angel being awarded the Longines Leading Sprint Filly of 2015 and some winners in Dubai! Here are some pictures of all that’s being going on!

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We were so proud when the superstar filly  Mecca’s Angel (Dark Angel x Folga) was awarded the Longines Award for the Fastest Filly in Europe with a rating of 120. She is credit to her trainer Michael Dods and owner David Metcalfe, who have done a superb job with her.  Her dam Folga will visit Dark Angel again this year and we are eagerly following her two year old sister’s progress with upcoming trainer George Peckham.

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Gay was honoured to be presented with a Life Time Achievement Award at the ITBA awards in The Heritage Hotel. It was a brilliant night, expertly hosted by Leo Powell and organised by the excellent team in the ITBA (Derek Iceton, Joe Foley, Shane O’Dwyer, Kerry and Regina).

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Dark Angel, Gutaifan and Camacho strutted their stuff during the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Stallion trail. It was a highly successful weekend and we had a great crowd of interested breeders and students through the doors.

 

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Dark Angel has had successful start to the year with some exciting winners in Meydan. Steady Pace thrilled a home crowd when beating Rouleau for a Godolphin 1-2 in the UAE 2,000 Guineas Trial and Fanciful Angel brought home a Dark Angel 1-2 when beating Dark Emerald in Meydan Hotel Handicap last Thursday.

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2016 Stallion fees announced

2016 Stallion Fees Announced 

The Stallion Fees for 2016 have been announced by Yeomanstown Stud.

Our new stallion, the record breaking son of Dark Angel GUTAIFAN will stand for €12,500/GB£9,500.

GUTAIFAN (left, Frankie Dettori) beats LOG OUT ISLAND (centre) in The Fly Aer Lingus From Doncaster Sheffield Flying Childers Stakes Doncaster 11 Sep 2015 - Pic Steven Cargill / Racingfotos.com

GUTAIFAN (left, Frankie Dettori) beats LOG OUT ISLAND (centre) in The Fly Aer Lingus From Doncaster Sheffield Flying Childers Stakes Doncaster 11 Sep 2015 – Pic Steven Cargill / Racingfotos.com

Following on from a phenomenal year both on the track and in the sales ring for his progeny, DARK ANGEL’s fee has risen to €60,000/GB£45,000.

28 May 2014;  at Morristown Lattin Stud.    © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland.    Tel:  00 353 (0)86 2589298

28 May 2014; at Morristown Lattin Stud. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

While CAMACHO, a proven source of stakes winning sprinters see’s his fee remain at €7,500/GB£5,500, offering superb value for the breeder.

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The Breeders Cup…. Keeneland and Krasnodar

The Breeders Cup…. Keeneland and Krasnodar

Yeomanstown Stallions shared the limelight of two Breeders Cup’s over the weekend.

BIRCHWOOD by Dark Angel ran a superb race to finish a close third in the mile US$1-million G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Keeneland, USA on Friday. The Godolphin owned two year old was a first runner at the Breeders Cup for trainer Richard Fahey and for breeder Guy O’Callaghan.

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Another Yeomanstown stallion, Camacho also had a Breeders Cup runner and this time a winner when Kamancho secured his place as Russia’s top sprinter after winning the Group 1 Grand Criterium Sprint over 1,000 metres at the Autumn Russian Breeders Cup meeting in Krasnodar. He is owned by Zaur Sekrekov and was purchased at the 2013 Goresbridge Breeze Up Sales by Watkins Bloodstock. He is now a 4 time winner and 5 times placed from just 10 starts with previous group winning form. The owner can now have the choice of racing him on or retiring him to his Sekrekov Stud.

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