We were expecting foals quite late this year, going on well into June, but Lecon Benefique (Beneficial x Lessons Lass) had other ideas and on 21st May she produced a beautiful filly foal by Kayf Tara, her first filly and a definite keeper!!
Newborn photo below, taken by Stud groom Jessica Joubert

Newborn HermioneThis one at 12 hours old, out in the paddock for the first time.
12 hours old - 2.jpegCentoria, our boarding mare, foaled next on 23rd May, and produced a lovely bay filly by Jack Hobbs.

Jack Hobbs Filly - 2019

2 down and one to go and on Bank Holiday Monday, 27th May, Kassis (Kalanisi x Gastina) decided she would foal down out in the field, mid morning, as it was such a nice day! She gave us a beautiful, almost black, filly by Jack Hobbs. One year to the day of the birth of her first foal by Mount Nelson!
Photo by Jessica Joubert

Newborn HeidiHere she is up and about, just a few hours old.
Image-1 (3)The fillies are all doing well and growing on nicely and developing their own personalities.  Here they are now at approximately one month old.

Lecon Benefique and her Kayf Tara Filly (named Hermione by the grandchildren)
Hermione - June 2019
and Kassis and her Jack Hobbs Filly (named Heidi by the grandchidren)
Heidi - June 2019

All the girls-June 2019

Later in June, it was the time for the Store Sales in Ireland and Lecon Benefique's first foal by Sholokhov was entered in the Tattersalls Derby Sale Catalogue on the second day.  I flew out on Wednesday 26th in the afternoon to watch him go through on the Thursday.  He was finally knocked down to Oliver Sherwood, who bought him for a new owner to his yard in Lambourn.  We will be eagerly following his progress on the track.

Photo below showing that the mare certainly produces 'mini me' babies!
Courtesy of Tatts Ireland Catalogue.
Bertie at Derby Sale 2019And finally,  our lovely filly Sazerak (Sinndar x Toile D'Auteuil) left us after her summer break to go into pre-training with Richard Bandey at Plantation Farm in Hampshire. She will stay with him for a month or so and then move on to Jamie Snowden's Folly House in Lambourn to start her racing career.
First day in pre-training - July 4th 2019First day in pre-training, shoes on and starting work!
Photo courtesy of Richard Bandey

With thanks once again to Jessica Joubert for the fabulous photos

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

Well, the heatwave went on for much longer than anyone expected this summer, making a little more work for everyone than in previous, cooler summers; with the mares and foals coming in every day out of the heat and having hay and hard feed as the grass was almost non-existent!  They continue to grow on really well.
Here is Lecon Benefique with her Kayf Tara colt (b. 27th April) enjoying a spin around the paddock.

3-L and L - 25 August 2018

And having a little chat in the early evening.

L and L - August 2018-a

The following photos are of Kassis and her Mount Nelson colt (b. May 27th), this colt has made the same height as the Kayf Tara colt already, even though he is a full month younger!

2-George - Aug 25th 2018Kassis and George-25 Aug 2018

The two-year-old fillies are coming on well too, turning into nice young ladies and living out 24/7 with the boarding gelding by Midnight Legend.

The gang of 3 - Aug 2018

Looking expectantly, for a feed maybe ??!!
The Shirroco filly is on the left with the Califet filly on the right.

Annie and Ebony - Aug 2018

At the end of August we took a short break in Ireland and visited Ballincurrig House Stud to see Sazerak (Sinndar x Toile D'Auteuil)  before she goes to Denis Leahy's for a little education.  I am pleased to say she looks very well indeed and has grown somewhat since I last saw her!

Tilly at Ballincurrig- August 2018-3

At the same time we became reaquainted with the lovely Miss Mahmite (Mahler x David's Delight) who was at Ballincurrig for her summer break before returning to Denis Leahy's and then going into training later in the year.  She looks really well too, thanks to the hard work and dedication of all the staff at Ballincurrig House Stud.

Miss Mahmite-August 2018-3a

Jamie Snowden had his open day at Folly House in Lambourn on Sunday 2nd September and we went along to support him, with many more of his owners.  It was a really great day, as always, with Jamie giving a running commentary as the horses were paraded for all to see.  Naranja was led out looking very well and very relaxed.Jamies Open Day-2nd Sept 2018

Here is a quote from Jamie at the end of Naranja's last season:
“We took a couple up to Ayr last weekend where Naranja was most courageous to stick her neck out to win the valuable Class 2 Mares Staying Hurdle under a great ride by Sean Bowen.  In turn she became our highest earning horse this season having won twice earlier this season as well.”
So, it’s fingers crossed for some black type for Naranja this season.

Naranja was joined at Folly House in the middle of last week by our 4 year old filly Early Morning Rain (Martaline x Rosewater).  She came straight from pre-training at Denis Leahy's yard to Jamie. We are hoping that he can find a syndicate for this lovely filly to start off her racing career.

Rosie at Denis Leahy's - Aug 25th 2018-a

Weaning time has arrived again, too quickly as always.  All three foals were weaned this week and are now living together with their adopted granddad, Jack.  They settled down and stuck close together on the first day, managing synchronised grazing!

Weaned foals - Sept 4th 2018

A couple of days on and they are all chilled and enjoying catching some early morning sun, overlooked by the lovely Jack.

Foals at rest with Jack - Sept 6th

And finally, I would like to introduce the latest addition to the farm - Maggie the Labrador puppy, who is settling in very well with the other dogs and is already in love with Zeus !!

Maggie

* * With thanks to Jessica Joubert for most of these photos * *

 

Our third (and final) foal for 2018 entered the world on Sunday 27th May.  A huge bay colt by MOUNT NELSON (Rock of Gibraltar x Independence) out of our beautiful winning mare KASSIS (Kalanisi x Gastina).

Newborn colt - George 2018

He is a big, rangey colt with a great walk already and his mother's bold, inquisitive nature,  the Grandchildren have named him 'George'.
Here he is, just 4 days old, investigating a daisy in the paddock. 
George - 2His legs proved to be just too long to be able to reach the grass so, calling on his Irish heritage, he improvised !
Legs far too long - George 4Now, Just over 3 weeks old and he is flying around the paddock, stretching those long legs.

George - 19th June - 2

Louis (Kayf Tara x Lecon Benefique) is growing on well and turning into a really nice, friendly young man.
He enjoys a quick spin around the paddock with or without his mum.  He is just over 7 weeks in these photos.

Louis - 19 June 2018-1Louis - 19th June -3

With Summer finally here, all the foals are now turned out together and are enjoying each other's company.  The mares and foals are turned out at night and brought back in during the heat of the day, so Jess has been able to get some nice sunset shots.
Here is Lecon Benefique and her colt foal by Kayf Tara doing some synchronised grazing.

Louise and Louis-Sunset June 2018This pic is the 2 colt foals playing as the sun goes down. George (Mount Nelson x Kassis) on the left and Louis (Kayf Tara x Lecon Benefique) looking like a unicorn !!Foals playin at Sunet - June 2018

And finally, we say cheerio for now to Naranja as she heads back to Jamie Snowden's Folly House yard in Lambourn with her field buddy Marlow Moss after a good couple of months R & R.

Naranja goes back - July 2018

With thanks to Jessica Joubert for these lovely photographs.

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.

 

Following a couple of months of wet and windy weather NARANJA (Black Sam Bellamy x Full of Fruit) set off for Chepstow racecourse on 19th January to run in the 'In Play Betting At 188Bet Mares' Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier For The Challenger Mares' Hurdle Series)'
(Class 3) (0-130, 4yo+), 2m 3½f, Going: Heavy, 9 hurdles - 2 omitted.
Naranja won this, her first handicap race, by a cracking 9 lengths !!!  A brilliant ride by Gavin Sheehan once again.

Naranja at Chepstow-19 Jan 2018

‘Racing Post’ analysis:
Race run over an additional 14yds. Fair mares' form.

NARANJA was well backed and made all on this handicap debut, her mark having been untouched after her Lingfield maiden win which also came against mares. She stayed on much too strongly for the runner-up, who looked a threat at the second-last. Jamie Snowden and Gavin Sheehan both continue in fine form.

QUOTES: "Naranja won nicely. She enjoyed the ground and I thought we'd keep it simple. She was probably off a nice mark and ability-wise she wouldn't be the most natural, but she toughs it out and Jamie's horses are flying. She wouldn't be the most scopey sort, but she'd probably jump a fence and she's game - the more you ask the more she gives you" - Gavin Sheehan, rider.

Naranja wins at Chepstow-19 Jan 2018-1

Chepstow blog
"Jamie Snowden and Gavin Sheehan completed a double in the 2m 4f mares hurdle with NARANJA (13/8 fav, backed from 3/1 in the morning).  She made all the running until Lerichi Belle drew alongside two out, looking like a big threat.  They duelled for a furlong but Naranja proved the stronger and galloped on to a nine length victory."

Naranja at Chepstow-19 Jan 2018-a

Our broodmares are looking well awaiting the arrival of their foals in the Spring. Centoria (Generous x Cent Prime), our boarding mare, will be the first to foal - she is due to Sholokhov in March.
Here she is saying hello to her first foal (by Midnight Legend), now a strapping 2 year old gelding, on their first meeting since weaning.

Centoria and Bugsy-Jan 2018-1

Lecon Benefique (Beneficial x Lessons Lass) is due to Kayf Tara in April

Louise - Jan 2018-2

and Kassis (Kalanisi x Gastina) is due to Mount Nelson in May.
Everything crossed for successful deliveries of healthy foals for these 3 mares.

Kassis - Jan 2018

Taking advantage of a less busy period for our feed delivery guys, they have been putting their various skills to good use renovating one of the barns.  So we now have a covered turn-out area on one side for use during inclement weather and 10 large stables on the other side of a dividing wall to house the 2 year olds and the horses when they come home from training for their summer holidays.

Barn renovation-2018

And finally, our Rotweiller puppy Zeus is all grown up and on guard !!

Zeus - Jan 2018