Dylan Thomas is Cartier Horse Of The Year for 2007
The very talented Dylan Thomas was named Cartier Horse Of The Year at
the 2007 Cartier Racing Awards, presented in the ballroom of the Four
Seasons Hotel in London’s Mayfair on the evening of Wednesday,
The four-year-old Danehill colt, trained by the champion of both Ireland and Britain, Aidan O’Brien, proved incredibly resilient this year, racing in Group One company every month from April to October and winning four of them, including Europe’s greatest middle distance race, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
His jockey that day, Kieren Fallon, called him the best horse he has
ever ridden and Dylan Thomas’ exploits may not have finished, with
the Japan Cup on November 25 a possibility.
In the Horse Of The Year category, Dylan Thomas came out ahead of an
outstanding quartet, comprising Manduro, Ramonti, Authorized and Peeping
Fawn, and he also takes the Cartier Older Horse Award by overcoming Manduro
and Ramonti again, plus Yeats and Notnowcato.
The Ballydoyle team of trainer Aidan O’Brien and owners Sue & John
Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith had another tremendous year
This is reflected by Peeping Fawn, the outstanding filly of her generation,
taking the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly Award from Darjina, Mrs Lindsay,
Finsceal Beo and Light Shift, and Sue Magnier and Diane Nagle’s
Yeats, successful in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot for the second year
running, becoming a winner at the Cartier Racing Awards in successive
years by gaining another Cartier Stayer title. The six-year-old came
out ahead of Allegretto, Le Miracle, Geordieland and Macleya.
Another Irish trainer, Jim Bolger, last year achieved the memorable
feat of capturing the Cartier Racing Awards for Two-Year-Old Colt and
Two-Year-Old Filly with Teofilo and Finsceal Beo respectively. This year
he again had the chance of winning both Cartier Awards.
His unbeaten dual Group One winner New Approach gained the accolade
of Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt from Rio De La Plata, Kingsgate Native,
Ibn Khaldun and Fast Company, while Saoirse Abu, along with Listen, Fleeting
Spirit and Zarkava, just failed to hold off Natagora, trained in France
by Pascal Bary and owned by Stefan Friborg, who is the 2007 Cartier Two-Year-Old
Vodafone Derby winner Authorized did his connections proud this year
and the colt is named the Carter Three-Year-Old Colt of 2007 ahead of
Cockney Rebel, Excellent Art, Literato and Soldier Of Fortune.
Red Clubs, winner of the Group One Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock Park,
collects the Cartier Sprinter Award in a category where the other nominations
were Marchand D’Or, Kingsgate Native, Benbaun, Soldier’s
Tale and Sakhee’s Secret.
The eight horse awards were decided by a tried and tested combination of points achieved in Pattern races, the views of racing journalists on Cartier's Racing Panel, and votes from readers of Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph.
The Pattern races counted towards 40 per cent of the total, with the
Cartier Racing Panel's deliberations also having a 40 per cent share
and the votes of the newspaper readers making up the final 20 per cent.
The invited audience of nearly 300 at the Cartier Racing Awards consisted
of leading owners, trainers, jockeys, breeders, media and racing personalities.
Seb Sanders and Jamie Spencer, joint winners of the thrilling British
jockeys’ championship which ended in dramatic fashion on Saturday,
The Cartier Racing Awards, European horseracing’s equivalent of the Oscars, are recognised as the most prestigious within European horseracing,
The Cartier Racing Awards were established in 1991 to honour excellence in the racehorse.
ORDER OF MERIT FOR THE NIARCHOS FAMILY
The Niarchos Family, leading owners and breeders, are the winners of the 2007 Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award Of Merit which is presented to the person or persons who, in the opinion of the special 20-strong Cartier Jury, has/have done most for European racing and/or breeding either over their lifetime or within the past 12 months.
Their involvement has spanned over 50 years and resulted in tremendous
success in races around the world, having bred or owned the winners of
121 Group or Grade One contests.
The 2007 Cartier Jury is made up of Michael Bell, Charlie Brooks, Alan
Byrne, the Earl of Derby, Mike Dillon, Ed Dunlop, Douglas Erskine-Crum,
Rod Fabricius, Philip Freedman, Tom Goff, Lord Grimthorpe, Simon Marsh,
Jim McGrath, Sir Peter O'Sullevan, Leo Powell, Ruth Quinn, Sam Sheppard,
Brough Scott, Sir David Sieff and Howard Wright
Cartier Champion Older Horse
4 b c Danehill (USA) - Lagrion (USA) (Diesis)
Six-time Group One winner Dylan Thomas gains the 2007 Cartier Racing Awards for Horse Of The Year and Champion Older Horse.
The son of Danehill triumphed in the Budweiser Irish Derby at the Curragh
as a three-year-old and defeated last year’s Cartier Horse Of The
Year Ouija Board in the Baileys Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.
Having won at Listed level in the Ascon Rohcon Alleged Stakes at the
Curragh on his reappearance in April, Dylan Thomas then raced exclusively
in Group One company. He travelled to France to contest the Prix Ganay
at Longchamp two weeks later when he was the convincing two-length victor
in race record time.
Dylan Thomas returned to the Curragh at the end of May to contest the
Tattersalls Gold Cup. Doing his best work late on, he narrowly went down
by a head to the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Notnowcato.
At Royal Ascot in June, Dylan Thomas lined up in the Group One Prince
Of Wales’s Stakes. This time he finished four lengths in front
of Notnowcato, with only French raider Manduro proving a length and a
quarter too strong. He started a warm favourite for the Group One King
George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in July. Running over
a mile and a half for the first time since the Irish Derby, he put his
rivals to the sword, coming home the impressive four-length victor.
Returning to 10 furlongs four weeks later, his next engagement was the
Juddmonte International at York, a race in which he had finished fourth
the previous year. Held up towards the rear of the field, Johnny Murtagh
produced his mount with a powerful run in the final two furlongs, only
to find Epsom Derby winner Authorized a length too strong, with Notnowcato
three lengths back in third.
Dylan Thomas aimed for back-to-back victories in the Group One Tattersalls Millions Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown in early September. Well-suited by the fast ground, he was the comprehensive one and a half length winner under Kieren Fallon, with Duke Of Marmalade and Red Rock Canyon giving trainer Aidan O’Brien an historic one-two-three in the 10-furlong race.
The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere at Longchamp in
October provided Dylan Thomas with the biggest success of his career.
Settled towards the rear by Fallon, the four-year-old made smooth progress
to take up the running with a furlong remaining.
He drifted right and appeared to briefly inconvenience stable companion
Soldier Of Fortune and the Pascal Bary-trained Zambezi Sun. Having beaten
Youmzain by a head, connections were forced to wait half an hour for
the result of a stewards’ enquiry, before finally being declared
the winner of Europe’s premier middle distance race.
Dylan Thomas contested the John Deere Breeders’ Cup Turf at Monmouth
Park at the end of October. Unsuited by the soft ground after 36 hours
of rain, he finished fifth behind the Todd Pletcher-trained English Channel.
He will stand for a fee of 50,000 euros at Coolmore Stud in Ireland
in 2008, having won six Group One races and earned more than £3.3million
in prize money during his glittering career and there could be one final
run in the Japan Cup at Tokyo on November 25.
Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt
3 b c Montjeu (IRE) - Funzie (FR) (Saumarez)
The first Vodafone Derby winner to win again since 2002, Authorized receives the accolade of Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt. An impressive winner of the Group One Racing Post Trophy as a two-year-old, Authorized began his Classic season with a decisive four-length victory in the Group Two totesport.com Dante Stakes at York on May 17. Frankie Dettori merely had to shake up his mount in the closing stages, with the son of Montjeu responding well and quickening clear with relative ease.
Having won a recognised Derby trial by a considerable margin, the pressure
was on Peter Chapple-Hyam to produce his first Epsom Classic winner since
Dr Devious in 1992. Sent off the 5/4 favourite, Authorized did not disappoint.
Confidently ridden in the Group One contest by Dettori, he was produced
to lead entering the final furlong and stormed clear under Frankie Dettori
in the closing stages to be the convincing five-length victor.
Authorized next appeared at Sandown on July 17, bidding to become the
first Epsom Derby winner since Nashwan to go on and score in the 10-furlong
Group One Coral-Eclipse. The three-year-old acquitted himself well against
the older generation, beating all bar Notnowcato, who raced on his own
on the stands’ rail.
Peter Chapple-Hyam persevered with Authorized at 10 furlongs and his confidence was rewarded with another superb display at York in mid-August, this time in the Group One Juddmonte International Stakes.
Held up towards the rear of the seven runners, Authorized made good
headway to lead inside the final furlong and ran on well to defeat the
year-older Dylan Thomas by a length, with his Sandown conqueror Notnowcato
three lengths further back.
With his reputation as a true middle-distance champion restored, Authorized made one final appearance in the Group One Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere at Longchamp in October. Again held up towards the back, Authorized was unable to progress and finished 10th behind Dylan Thomas.
Authorized, bought by Darley to stand at Dalham Hall Stud, Newmarket,
next year, has a fee of £25,000.
Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly
3 b f Danehill (USA) - Maryinsky (IRE) (Sadler’s Wells (USA))
The winner of four Group One contests this season, Peeping Fawn takes the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly Award.
Unraced as a juvenile, Peeping Fawn started her three-year-old campaign
with three placed efforts in maiden company in April. The daughter of
Danehill opened her account in a mile event at Navan on May 16.
Impressed by her three and a half length triumph, trainer Aidan O’Brien
ran Peeping Fawn in the Boylesports Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh
11 days later. Making the running in the Classic, she battled on gamely
when headed, finishing third, just over two lengths behind Finsceal Beo.
Stepping up to a mile and a half, Peeping Fawn continued to race in
Classic company, as she lined up in the Vodafone Oaks at Epsom Downs
on June 1. Despite stumbling early on in the race, she ran on strongly,
laying down a serious challenge to Light Shift in the closing stages
and going on to finish half a length second to the Henry Cecil-trained
Peeping Fawn returned to the Curragh at the end of June, taking on older fillies and mares for the first time in the 10-furlong Group One Audi Pretty Polly Stakes. Kieren Fallon sent her to the front inside the final furlong and she responded well, gaining an easy two-length victor from Speciosa.
She re-opposed Light Shift in the Group One Darley Irish Oaks at the
Curragh in the middle of July. Making her eighth start of the season,
Aidan O’Brien’s filly excelled in the soft ground, beating
her Epsom conqueror comprehensively by three and a half lengths.
Peeping Fawn returned to 10 furlongs in the Group One Blue Square Nassau
Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on August 4. Taking on older rivals for a
second time, she took the lead with three furlongs left and drew clear
to beat the 2006 Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly champion Mandesha by a
length and a half.
The Group One Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York on August 22 was to be Peeping
Fawn’s final start of the season and she duly recorded her biggest
margin of victory, beating Allegretto by four lengths.
Given a break following a busy campaign, trainer Aidan O’Brien
hopes that Peeping Fawn, whose half-brother Thewayyouare, won the Group
I Criterium International at Saint-Cloud earlier this month, will remain
in training next season.
Cartier Stayer Of The Year
6 b h Sadler’s Wells (USA) - Lyndonville (IRE) (Top Ville)
A dual Group One winner in 2007, Yeats wins the Cartier Stayer Of The Year Award for the second successive year.
A one-time Derby hope for trainer Aidan O’Brien, Yeats began his
2007 campaign over a mile and five furlongs with a facile five-length
victory in the Listed Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan at the end of April.
He continued a month later in Listed company with another comprehensive
win in the Seamus & Rosemary McGrath Memorial Saval Beg Stakes, run
over a mile and six furlongs at Leopardstown, beating Mutakarrim by six
A winner of the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot the previous year, his campaign was centred around another tilt at the Group One contest in June. Facing 13 rivals, he again proved a different class to the rest of the field, taking the lead with two furlongs left, to emerge the authoritative one and three quarter length victor.
The six-year-old became the first horse to record back-to-back victories
in the Gold Cup since Royal Rebel in 2002.
For his next race, Yeats dropped down in distance to contest the one
mile and six furlong Group One Irish Field St Leger at the Curragh on
September 15. Driven along in the home straight, he briefly looked in
trouble, but his class shone through and he battled gamely to overhaul
stablemate Scorpion by half a length.
On his final outing of 2007, he returned to two and a half miles in
the Group One Prix du Cadran-Theatre Barriere de Toulouse at Longchamp
on October 7. Unsuited by the slow pace throughout the contest, Yeats
never travelled as well as the winner Le Miracle, finishing three lengths
behind the German raider in third.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien hopes to keep Yeats in training for 2008
and the star stayer could bid to emulate Sagaro, who won the Gold Cup
three times in the 1970s.
Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt
ch c Galileo (IRE) - Park Express (Ahonoora)
Unbeaten in five starts, including twice in Group One company, New Approach, a 430 euros yearling out of campion Park Express, follows in the footsteps of stablemate Teofilo in becoming Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt of 2007.
New Approach made his racecourse debut in a seven-furlong maiden stakes
at the Curragh in the middle of July, a race which Teofilo had won 12
months earlier. Always towards the front of affairs, the son of Galileo
readily disposed of his 11 rivals, beating the Aidan O’Brien-trained
Lucifer Sam by two lengths.
Continuing down the “Teofilo route”, New Approach stepped
up to Pattern company in the Group Three Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown
two weeks later. Finding extra when challenged approaching the final
quarter-mile, he rallied under pressure, running on well to beat Brazilian
Star by two lengths.
Already installed as ante-post favourite for the 2008 Derby in some
quarters, New Approach continued his education in the seven-furlong Group
Two Galileo European Breeders Fund Futurity Stakes at the Curragh at
the end of August. Facing Henrythenavigator, winner of the Group Two
Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, Jim Bolger’s colt posted his most
impressive performance yet, making all to beat Curtain Call by three
lengths, with O’Brien’s juvenile a neck further back in third.
Stepping up to Group One level, New Approach faced another high-class
field in the Bank Of Scotland (Ireland) National Stakes at the Curragh
on September 16. Under a masterful ride from Kevin Manning, he made all
the running, staying on well to beat Group TwoVintage Stakes winner Rio
De La Plata by a length and three quarters, with the same distance back
to Myboycharlie, a winner of the Group One Prix Morny on his previous
By now a short-priced favourite for next year’s Classics, New Approach lined up in the Group One Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket in October. Slowly away, he was made to work hard, taking the lead in the final furlong, before gamely holding off the late challenge of Fast Company by half a length.
Very much his own horse, New Approach, in who Sheikh Mohammed bought
a half share during the summer, has stepped out of the shadow of Teofilo
to become a genuine prospect for next season’s Classics and trainer
Jim Bolger hopes to bring his champion two-year-old back to Newmarket
in May to contest the Stan James 2000 Guineas.
Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly
gr f Divine Light (JPN) - Reinamixa (FR) (Linamix (FR))
A multiple Group winner, culminating with victory in the Group One skybet.com Cheveley Park Stakes, Natagora receives the accolade of Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly.
Second on her racecourse debut at Saint-Cloud on May 1, she lost her
maiden tag on her next start, beating the Robert Collet-trained Fleurina
over an extended five furlongs at Chantilly later the same month.
The daughter of Divine Light made the step up to Listed level on her
next outing, facing nine rivals in the Prix La Fleche at Longchamp in
June. She showed fantastic speed in the five-furlong event, going on
readily to prevail by four lengths.
Natagora started a warm order in the Group Three Prix du Bois at Maisons-Laffitte
on July 1 and again showed her class, beating Wilki by three quarters
of a length. Her progression continued at the same Paris track three
weeks later, with another pillar-to-post victory against the colts in
the Group Two Prix Robert Papin, when she prevailed by three quarters
of a length.
Defeat on her next start in the Group One Darley Prix Morny at Deauville
in mid-August did little to damage her growing reputation. Stepping up
to six furlongs for the first time, she again made most of the running
and battled on well when headed by Myboycharlie, eventually finishing
two lengths behind the Tommy Stack-trained colt.
Victory at the highest level came at Newmarket on October 5, when she
faced 13 rivals in the Group One skybet.com Cheveley Park Stakes. Always
in front, jockey Christophe Lemaire asked his mount to quicken approaching
the final furlong and the filly responded, fending off the challenge
of Fleeting Spirit in the closing stages to win by a neck and become
the first French winner of the race since Pas De Reponse scored in 1996.
Having given trainer Pascal Bary his first Newmarket victory after 25
years of trying, Natagora could return to the Suffolk track to contest
the Stan James 1000 Guineas in May, 2008.
Cartier Sprinter Of The Year
4 br c Red Ransom (USA) - Two Clubs (First Trump)
Triumphant in the Group One Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock, Red Clubs receives the Cartier Award for Sprinter Of The Year.
As a three-year-old, Red Clubs enjoyed success in Group Two company,
winning the John Guest Diadem Stakes at Ascot. He also took the Group
Three Lane’s End Greenham Stakes over seven furlongs on his seasonal
reappearance that year.
For his seasonal debut this year, he contested the Group Two Duke Of
York Hearthstead Homes Stakes over six furlongs at York in the middle
of May. The four-year-old led entering the final furlong, before being
caught close home by Amadeus Wolf. Giving the winner 4lb, Red Clubs lost
little in defeat.
Red Clubs finished lame on his next start in the five-furlong Group Two Betfair Temple Stakes at Sandown at the end of May.
He returned to form on good to soft ground at Royal Ascot the following
month, finishing fourth, beaten just over a length behind Soldier’s
Tale in the Group One Golden Jubilee Stakes.
Another excellent effort followed in the Group One Darley July Cup at Newmarket. Running on a far faster surface than he encountered at Ascot, Red Clubs made headway to lead briefly in the final furlong, before Sakhee’s Secret and Dutch Art swept past him in the shadow of the post.
After two performances over six furlongs, he returned to the minimum
trip in the Group One Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York on August 23.
Poorly drawn, the Red Ransom colt put in his best work in the closing
stages to finish a creditable fourth behind Kingsgate Native, the first
two-year-old to win the race for 15 years.
He finally gained the Group One success he so richly deserved in the
six-furlong Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock on September 8. Despite fears
over the ground, he swooped in the final furlong, running on well to
beat Marchand d’Or by three quarters of a length.
On his final start of the year in Europe, Red Clubs ran over seven furlongs
in the Group One Prix de la Foret Casino Barriere de Biarritz at Longchamp
on October 6. Unsuited by the soft going, he was never in contention,
finishing down the field.
Red Clubs could make a final appearance in the Cathay Pacific Group
One Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin on December 9, before being retired to
stand at Tally-Ho Stud in County Westmeath, Ireland, for the 2008 breeding
Cartier / Daily Telegraph Award Of Merit
Victory for Light Shift in this year’s Vodafone Oaks at Epsom Downs continued an amazing run of top-level success spanning more than 50 years for the light and dark blue silks made famous by the late Stavros Niarchos and now continued with great enthusiasm by his daughter Maria Niarchos-Gouaze and her brothers Philip and Spyros.
Stavros Niarchos - who built up one of Greece’s largest shipping
businesses - first owned horses in the 1950s, most notably Pipe Of Peace,
who was trained by Sir Gordon Richards to win the 1956 Middle Park Stakes
and come third to Crepello in the following year’s Derby.
His interest waned until the 1970s when he returned at a high-level,
winning what is now the Racing Post Trophy in 1977 with Dactylographer.
Even greater excitement and heartache was to come via Nureyev, who at the time was the second most expensive yearling ever sold when making US$1.3 million at the 1978 Keeneland July Sale. He was trained by Francois Boutin to win the Prix Djebel in a canter before finishing first in the 1980 2000 Guineas at Newmarket only to lose the race in the stewards’ room.
Nureyev initially retired to stud at the Niarchos’ Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard where he was an instant success. In his Thoroughbred Stallions book, Tony Morris wrote: "A horse is not supposed to get seven Pattern winners among a first crop of only 23 foals. That is not just beyond the bounds of expectation; history says it does not happen. Nonetheless Nureyev achieved it."
Nureyev - who died in October, 2001 - subsequently moved to Walmac International
in Kentucky and became one of the greatest stallions of his era, siring
the likes of Theatrical, Sonic Lady, Zilzal, Soviet Star, Polar Falcon,
Peintre Celebre, Fasliyev, Stravinsky, Reams Of Verse and a pair that
carried the Niarchos silks at the highest level, Miesque and Spinning
Miesque was an amazing filly, winning 10 times in Group or Grade One
company. She won both the English and French 1,000 Guineas and twice
landed both the Breeders’ Cup Mile and Prix Jacques Le Marois.
Spinning World won the Irish 2,000 Guineas, the Breeders’ Cup Mile
and was also a dual winner of the Jacques Le Marois, which is sponsored
by Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard where the Niarchos’ European mares
Among Stavros Niarchos other top performers was Miesque’s son
Kingmambo, winner of the French 2,000 Guineas and St James’s Palace
Stakes and currently one of the most successful stallions in the world,
as well as the dual Group 1-winning juvenile Machiavellian, also a very
good sire, who passed way in 2004. Hector Protector landed the French
2,000 Guineas and Prix Jacques Le Marois in 1991, while Hernando captured
the 1993 Prix du Jockey-Club and Prix Lupin.
Stavros Niarchos was also involved in the Coolmore syndicates in the
1980s and his colours were carried to victory by the Vincent O’Brien-trained
Law Society in the 1985 Irish Derby and previous year’s National
Stakes, a race also won by Sadler’s Wells’ brother Tate Gallery
the following season. Meanwhile, Dark Lomond was trained by O’Brien
to win the 1988 Irish St Leger.
His other Group One winners include Melyno (1982 French 2,000 Guineas),
L’Emigrant (1983 French 2,000 Guineas, Prix Lupin). Persepolis
(1982 Prix Lupin), Seattle Song (1983 Prix de la Salamandre), Northern
Trick (1984 French Oaks, 1984 Prix Vermeille), Mendez (1984 Prix du Moulin),
Magic Of Life (1988 Coronation Stakes), Bassenthwaite (1984 Middle Park
Stakes), Baillamont (1985 Prix Jean Prat, 1986 Prix Ganay, 1986 Prix
d’Ipsahan), Common Grounds (1987 Prix de la Salamandre), Procida
(1984 Prix de la Foret), Chimes Of Freedom (1989 Moyglare Stud Stakes,
1990 Coronation Stakes), East Of The Moon (1994 French 1,000 Guineas
and French Oaks), Johann Quatz (1992 Prix Lupin), Shanghai (1992 French
2,000 Guineas), Exit To Nowhere (1992 Prix Jacques Le Marois), Coup De
Genie (1993 Prix Morny and Prix de la Salamandre), Dolphin Street (1993
Prix de la Foret).
Stavros Niarchos died in April, 1996 at the age of 87 and his daughter
Maria Niarchos-Gouaze inherited her father’s enthusiasm for racing.
With the horses racing under the ‘Niarchos Family’ banner,
the successes continued to flow thanks to the likes of Spinning World
- who landed the Irish 2,000 Guineas just a month after Stavros Niarchos’s
death and went on to win the 1997 Breeders’ Cup Mile, a race in
which Domedriver (2002) and Six Perfections (2003) were also successful.
Other flagbearers include Dream Well, who won the Irish and French Derbys
in 1998, Bago, winner of the 2004 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, and
2002 French Derby hero Sulamani.
Rumplestiltskin, owned in partnership with Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor,
won the 2005 Moyglare Stud Stakes and Prix Marcel Boussac. She became
the fourth consecutive Niarchos-owned winner of the Marcel Boussac, following
Six Perfections (2002), Denebola (2003) and Divine Proportions (2004),
who went on to win the French 1,000 Guineas and French Oaks.
In the US, Aldebaran, Denon and Good Journey have been among their Grade
Stavros Niarchos’ racing interests were originally managed by
Sir Philip Payne-Gallwey from 1979 until 1986, when they were taken over
by his assistant Alan Cooper, whose father Tom bought four Derby winners
Their 80-strong broodmare band is split between Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard
in Normandy and Oak Tree Farm in Kentucky. Fresnay-le-Buffard, which
was formerly owned by Marcel Boussac, has been managed by Englishman
Tim Richardson since 1979. Among the winners bred by the Niarchos’s
Flaxman Holdings to race for other owners are the 2003 Derby winner Kris
Kin and multiple Group 1 winner Whipper.
The Niarchos family have around 70 horses in training split between Britain, France and the United States and have so far owned or bred the winners of 121 Group or Grade One races.
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