It has been some time since my last post and looking back, there have been some highs and some lows in this period.

Early Morning Rain (FR) (Martaline x Rosewater) did everything that was asked of her during her training preparation at Jamie Snowden's yard at Folly House and we were looking forward to seeing how she would perform on the track.
She was entered for the bumper at Ludlow on 5th December 2018 in the 'British Stallion Studs EBF Mares' Standard Open NH Flat Race (EBF Mares' Series Qualifier)'  (Class 4)  (4-6yo)  (1m7f169yds)  2m   Going:  Soft.
This was her first race and she did not disgrace herself at all and was placed 7th of 16 with Gavin Sheehan in the plate, wearing the colours of The Heart Racing Syndicate.Rosie LudlowPhoto of a mud splattered girl after the race, with thanks to Becky Bailey.
Comment from Racing Post:  "Early Morning Rain,  who has a middle-distance Flat pedigree, came under pressure before the home turn and kept staying on."

Toodlepip (Robin Des Champs x Shannon Theatre) finally hit the track on 9th December 2018 for her first race at Huntingdon in the 'Tattersalls Ireland Henrietta Knight Mares' Standard Open NH Flat Race (Listed Race)'
(Class 1)  (4-6yo)  (1m7f171yds)  2m   Going:  Good To Soft.
Noel Fehily was riding her in her debut race for Trainer Harry Fry.  She took a keen hold, pressed leader until she lost place over 2f out, dropped behind and eased 2f out, tailed off to finish a disappointing second last.
Polly at Huntingdon - 7th Dec 2018-2Racing Post after-race comment:  "Toodlepip, whose yard is mustard in the mares' bumper division, fell in a hole after showing up early and was miles below market expectations."
Toodlepip is a stunning looking mare with so much potential and promise but after 3 more starts with disappointing runs we felt that she has decided that racing wasn't her career choice.  So, with thanks to Rosie Fry for all her help and hard work, Toodlepip has now been sold on and has a new life in the Eventing World, where I hope she will settle and be happy.

Polly with Rosie Fry - RoR

Early Morning Rain's second start was at Taunton on 19th January 2019 in the 'Free Ticket Offer Ends Midnight 27th January Mares' Open NH Flat Race'  (Class 5)(4-6yo)  (2m104yds)  2m½f  Going: Good To Soft;  with Sam Twiston-Davies on board this time, wearing the colours of Julie Thomas.
Early Morning Rain was placed 2nd of 14 runners this time, only beaten 1 length by Miss Honey Rider.

Rosie in parade ring atRacing Post comment after the race:  "Early Morning Rain wasn't beaten far on debut at Ludlow the previous month and improved here in reversing form with the third that day. She has plenty of substance about her and should enjoy going jumping."

Early Morning Rain's third outing was to Plumpton on 25th February 2019 in the 'Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Mares' Standard Open NH Flat Race'     (Class 5)
4-6yo)  (2m1f164yds)  2m1½f  Going: Good.
With Sam Twiston-Davies in the saddle for a second time and this time she WON - 1st past the post of 9 runners! 

Rosie in Winners enclosure - Plumpton

Racing Post after-race comment:
"Distance increased by 126yds. The three market leaders dominated this mares' bumper, with little getting into it. The pace was predictably steady."
"EARLY MORNING RAIN, runner-up at Taunton on her second outing, led throughout and showed a really likeable attitude late on. She ought to make a nice hurdler and will stay further in time."

Rosie wins at Plumpton 25 Feb 2019-2Happy owners and syndicate members with Early Morning Rain and Sam Twiston-Davies in the Winners enclosure after the race.  Well done to all involved in this fabulous result, especially to Early Morning Rain herself who gives her all in every single race, she is a genuinely lovely, honest mare.

On 19th March Nick Luck visited the Stud with a camera team as he was making a documentary for ROA about 'The thrill of Racehorse Ownership' and our interview was about breeding, including choosing a suitable Stallion for our mares in the hope of breeding a future successful racehorse.  Nick then invited us to the presentation and reception at the amazing venue of Liverpool Cathedral, on April 3rd, prior to the Aintree Grand National Meeting. The reception was attended by approximately 100 invited guests.  With grateful thanks to Nick Luck for making me feel at ease in front of a camera!

Our 3 yr old filly, Tamango (IRE) (Shirocco x Liss Na Siog [Old Vic]) made the journey to Charlie Poste's yard to begin her preparation for her racing career, with a view of going into training with Olly Murphy.

Annie - August 2018-2 (2)

Her time spent with Charlie saw her broken and ridden away, including some time on the gallops with other youngsters and a pop over some small obstacles in his 'jumping lane' - a great start for her.  Charlie sent regular video 'snips' of her working, in which she looked very relaxed and happy. She is now back home and turned away, giving her time to process her first taste of what it is like to be a racehorse!  We are eagerly looking forward to her debut on the track in 2020.

In mid-April we welcomed Naranja (Black Sam Bellamy x Full of Fruit) back from her stay at The Glanvilles Stud in Dorset, both before and after visiting Balko  [FR] (Pistolet Bleu x Ella Royale) at Haras du Lion in France.

Naranja arrives home at Broadwell Stud, with the resident Broodmares, Lecon Benefique  (Beneficial x Lessons Lass) and Kassis  (Kalanisi x Gastina), looking on.Naranja comes home-April 2019

Back home-1-April 17th

A happy Naranja, finally back home - photos taken by Jessica Joubert

Early Morning Rain's last Race of the season was at Cheltenham on 18th April 2019 in the 'Spreadex Sports Betting Mares' Standard Open NH Flat Race'  (Class 2)
(4-6yo) (2m179yds) 2m1f   Going: Good
This was a step up in a class for her and a real test.  She did not disgrace herself and gave her all to finish 5th out of 15 runners in a hard run race.  She finished just under 6 lengths behind the winner, the rest of the field being 18 lengths behind her!

Rosie at Cheltenham April 2019

Racing Post after-race comments:     "Add 31yds.  A good race of its type, in which there was a big gap after the first six."  Early Morning Rainunder a penalty for her Plumpton win, ran a bold race and had her chance. She was treated for heat stress after the race, needing to be doused with water."

After this race, she spent a few weeks 'letting down' with Jamie Snowden before she came home to Broadwell Stud for her Summer holiday.
Rosie home for her summer break - May 201925th April saw the Ballinroe lorry pull into the yard with a precious cargo of 3 arriving back from Ireland after being in the care of Ballincurrig House Stud.
Ballyhoo (Supreme Leader x Ballyhouraprincess) returns home after visiting Boardsmill Stud's Court Cave (Sadlers Wells x Wemyss Bight).

The other 2 travelling home with Ballyhoo were Miss Mahmite (Mahler x David's Delight) below, on her first day out back home. 
Maisie 1st time home at Tally Ho - April 2019

 and Sazerak (Sinndar x Toile D'Auteuil (FR) below, enjoying her first taste of English weather.  They are both 3 yr-olds and we are excited to be planning their future racing careers.

Tilly - 1st time home to Tally Ho - April 2019

Both Ballyhoo and Naranja (below) were scanned for heartbeats at 30 days, on 8th April, this means that they are due to deliver on the same day.  However, Ballyhoo usually 'cooks' her foals so I would be very surprised if that actually happens!
Bally and Naranja back home from Stud - April 2019

Our 2 Ladies-in-Waiting, Lecon Benefique (IRE) (Beneficial x Lessons Lass) and
Kassis (IRE) (Kalanisi x Gastina) looking fit to burst, both mares due to foal around the end of May.  Lecon Benefique in foal to Kayf Tara (Sadlers Wells x Colorspin) and Kassis in foal to Jack Hobbs (Halling x Swain's Gold).  
Ladies in Waiting - Louise and Kassis - April 2019
And finally, Dottie the Rottie sits in the lovely Spring sunshine, surrounded by daffodils, surveying the comings and goings in the yard.
Dottie the Rottie-Spring 2019Photos by the talented Jessica Joubert

At the end of September our two weaned boys left us and embarked on the journey to Ballincurrig House Stud to begin their preparation for the Sales in Ireland.   Louis (Kayf Tara x Lecon Benefique) was entered in the Tattersalls November N.H. Sale and George (Mount Nelson x Kassis) has been entered for the Goffs Ireland Sale in December.

Time for the Tattersalls November N.H. Sales came and we flew out to Dublin on Tuesday 13th, Louis was in the catalogue for Wednesday 14th, Lot 911.
Sarah Rohan was his handler for the day of the sale and she said it had been very busy with people wanting to see him before he went into the sales ring, which was encouraging. He was due to go into the sales ring early afternoon.

Louis at Tatts-1 (2)

Bidding was quite brisk, as Kayf Tara's colts were proving popular at this sale and Louis was finally knocked down to Richard Frisby for the sum of 80,000 Euros!  To say we were delighted with this is an understatement!  This was a great result for us. Louis was joint 5th place (with 4 other Lots) in the Top Ten highest priced lots of the whole sale, shown on the chart below! A fantastic achievement for our small stud.

Capture-Top Ten Sales-Tatts Ire Nov 2018

Tattersalls posted the following report on their website's 'live feed' after the sale:

"Lot 911:   A third lot this week sells for €80,000 – the Kayf Tara colt consigned by Ballincurrig House Stud and bred by Julie Thomas's British-based Broadwell Stud is bought for that amount by Richard Frisby.
The colt is the third foal out of the French Listed-placed mare Lecon Benefique, half-sister to Fairmead Princess, the dam of the Kayf Tara gelding Mozoltov, the Grade 1 Champion NH Flat race winner and Grade 2 winner over hurdles and fences.
Richard Frisby's son J. J. Frisby said: "We've been lucky with the sire before and this colt has a great walk. He is closely related to Mozoltov and he was our pick of today."

Successful consignor Thomas, who has two mares with another due to join the broodmare band this winter, said: "I bought her as a foal here, she went on to win over £60,000 in prize-money and her three foals have all sold well – the 2016 Sholokhov made €42,000 and last year's Telescope fetched €28,000. They are all the spit of their mother.
"Lecon Benefique is very special and she is back in-foal to Kayf Tara," added Thomas, whose Broadwell Stud is near Windsor in Britain. "

Louis at Tatts-4

Louis at Tatts-3 (2)

Louis at Tatts-5 (2)

With thanks to Pat Healy for these lovely photos of Louis.

Riding high on the euphoria of this exciting sale for the stud we managed to secure the purchase of Lot 909, a very lovely filly by Yeats x En Vedette as a potential racing and future broodmare for us.
Photo below, taken by Nuala Murphy
Mary Mary - Nov 2018 - 1a (2)

Earlier in September Early Morning Rain (Martaline x Rosewater) left Denis Leahy's  yard in Ireland, where she had been in pre-training, to go into training with Jamie Snowden at Folly House, Lambourn with a 50% lease to Heart Racing.  We are looking forward to her first appearance on the track very soon.  Photo below shows her early days at Folly House.

Rosie at Jamie's - 13 Sept 2018-4

Here she is on her very first grass gallop.            (Both photos taken by Becky Bailey)
Rosie - 1st gallop on grass-Nov 2018And finally, at the end of October, we welcomed Naranja (Black Sam Bellamy x Full of Fruit) back home as she is now retired from racing and will join the broodmare band next year, with a visit already booked to the wonderful Balko  [FR] (Pistoet Bleu x Ella Royale), standing at Haras du Lion (FR).  Fingers crossed for a successful outcome from this mating.

Naranja-retired October 2018

Thanks to Jess Joubert for these beautiful photos of Naranja taken on her return home
Naranja-home Oct 2018-2

The sun is out, the sky is blue and a host of golden daffodils - Spring has arrived!

Spring has sprung -20th April 2018

In the middle of April we said goodbye to our home-bred filly BALLYMILAN (Milan x Ballyhoo) as she left us for pastures new.

April 2018

She joins Heart Racing and has gone to Neil Mulholland's Conkwell Grange Stables, 4 miles east of Bath, to begin her pre-training education.  What a difference 3 weeks makes!

Snip at Neil Mulholland's - May 2018

We wish Becky Bailey and Heart Racing all the best with Snip (Ballymilan) and look forward to seeing her out on the racecourse, strutting her stuff, sometime next season.

One out - One in ! 
On April 27th our lovely black-type mare LECON BENEFIQUE (Beneficial x Lessons Lass) gave birth to a beautiful dark brown colt by KAYF TARA, his stable name is 'Louis'.  He is a very strong, long-legged foal with his mother's attitude and good looks.
In this photo he is just 12 hours old and getting his first taste of sun on his back.
Just 12 hours oldHe is already enjoying his time out in the paddock, having a leg-stretch with Mum, may we have many more days like this!
Photos taken at 4 days old by Jessica Joubert.
DSC_0981_previewL and L - 1st May 2018
Our boarding Mare, Centoria and her 6 week old filly by Sholokhov continue to thrive in the ever improving weather.

Bunny - 1st May 2018-1

As do our 2-year old fillies, now turned out in the summer paddocks to fill up on the summer grass and grow on. They are already competitive - racing around the field, when they are not eating!

Annie and Ebony battle it out - April 2018

In this photo Tamango (Shirocco x Liss Na Siog ) leads Cojito (Califet x Ebony Palm)

On 3rd May we drove to Jamie Snowden's Folly House Stables, in Lambourn to collect Naranja (Black Sam Bellamy x Full of Fruit) and bring her home for a well deserved Summer break.  She was accompanied on her journey by Lucy Snowden's 4 year old mare Marlow Moss (Fame and Glory x Moss Artiste) who is having some 'down time' too.

Home - May 2018

Naranja, happy to be home and free!

Naranja and Moss - May 2018

Naranja and Moss in their Summer paddock, enjoying a much deserved holiday with plenty of grass to keep them occupied!

With thanks to Jessica Joubert for her lovely photographs.