Woodford General Scorches Rivals on Opening Day of Irish Flat Season

The Naas Nursery Of Champions Maiden was all over with over a furlong to run as the well-fancied  Woodford General  stormed clear under Ben Coen.

Seven lengths was the winning margin in the end, with Getawiggleon pipping Knight Of Malta for second spot.

The winner, by Dark Angel’s son Gutaifan, who was a winner of the 2015 Prix Robert Papin and Flying Childers Stakes, had run well in a course and distance maiden last back-end on his last of three starts at two.

Winning trainer Kieran Cotter said of his exciting youngster “We always thought this lad had a huge amount of potential but in a winter maiden you just can’t be sure, He’s definitely stakes material and he’s from a very good family. He loves this ground and he’s incredibly tough”

Gutaifan progeny enjoyed a fruitful juvenile campaign in 2019 with 32 individual winners in Ireland and Great Britain.



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7UP for Invincible Army

 Seven Mares Scanned In Foal to Invincible Army 

Yeomanstown Stud are delighted to announce that our new recruit, INVINCIBLE ARMY, has had seven mares scanned in foal. 

Among the mares in foal is the Dansili black-type mare Masaya, a dual winner as a two-year-old and placed twice in listed races, she is the dam of four winners and from the family of the Gr 1 Prix de l’Opera winner Satwa Queen. 

Also in foal is Angelic Light, a stakes winning daughter of Dark Angel who won the Bosra Sham Fillies’ Stakes (LR) in Newmarket as a two-year-old when trained by Michael O’Callaghan and Red Romance, a winner at three when trained by Clive Cox, the daughter of Dutch Art is a half sister to the smart black type performer Isabeau.

Commenting on the news, Gay O’Callaghan said “INVINCIBLE ARMY has been very well received and supported by breeders. He has shown great enthusiasm for his new role and I’m sure he’ll be a great success”

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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Power Packed Dettori Shines In Saudi Arabia

Dark Power Blitzes Rivals at Saudi Cup 

Dark Power by Dark Angel wins the $1-million stc 1351 Cup in Saudi Arabia. photo, Edward Whitaker – Racing Post Photos. 

In only the second race ever over the new King Abdulaziz Racetrack turf course, the Grangemore Stud homebred , Dark Power displayed his prowess for the unique 1351m distance in the well-labelled $1,000,000 stc 1351 Turf Sprint, running down Godolphin’s Charlie Appleby-trained Mubtasim under a perfectly-timed Frankie Dettori ride.

Owned by Al Adiyat Racing, the Allan Smith-conditioned son of Dark Angel rewarded his trainer’s faith and stepped up in class with finesse under a tremendous closing ride. The final time was 1:19.63, with the winner overpowering the runner-up by a length. It was another two lengths back to Appleby’s Glorious Journey in third.

Bred by Grangemore Stud the speedy grey was sold as a foal for €80,000, Dark Power was campaigned by Alan Craddock with trainer Clive Cox and plied his trade in Britain’s handicap ranks until being bought by Richard Frisby for at the 2018 Tattersalls Autumn Horses-in-Training Sale. He transferred to Bahrain-based trainer Allan Smith thereafter and has won or hit the board in all seven starts since for Al Adiyat Racing.

Frankie Dettori greets fans with a flying dismount after his victory on Dark Power in the $1-million stc 1351 Turf Sprint in Saudi Arabia.  Photo, Edward Whitaker – Racing Post Photos. 

Quotes: Frankie Dettori, jockey, Dark Power, 1st: “Sheikh Essa is a friend of mine. I’ve been going to Bahrain for the last five years and I took the ride a month ago. I didn’t know what to expect to be honest with you, but this is an amazing feeling. To win a race like this for your mates is a double-whammy. What they’ve done in the space of two months (with this turf course) is remarkable.”

Allan Smith, trainer, Dark Power: “Frankie gave him a super ride. The main thing was getting him settled early on and Frankie just got him slotted in and relaxed. I always thought he’d make a seven-furlong (1400m) horse even when I bought him. We bought a sprinter, but he’s always done his best at the end of a race. I’ll take it!” 



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Hareem Queen Celebrates Stakes Win at Lingfield

Hareem Queen Records Career Best at Lingfield 

Hareem Queen Celebrates Stakes win at Lingfield 22nd February 2020 – Steven Cargill Photos 

Hareem Queen, recorded a stakes debut success at Lingfield on Saturday, PJ McDonald travelled with his charge in fifth in the silks of Owner John Dance before laying down his challenge to close rounding the home turn and kept on relentlessly under a final-furlong drive to inhale Royal Birth in the dying strides for a career high success. The Corduff Stud bred daughter of Dark Angel is one of four winners from as many runners out of an unraced half-sister to five stakes performers headed by Listed Royal Windsor Stakes scorer Army of Angels. The grey is a full sister to a 2-year-old filly and a half  sister to Group 3 Renaissance Stakes third Chessman.


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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 yeomanstownstud@eircom.net

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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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