Yearling acquisition is a speciality of the company. A host of stars and champions of the turf are headed by the likes of DUTCH ART, winner of the G1 Prix Morny and G1 Middle Park Stakes and Classic & G1 winner ARCTIC COSMOS. Other star yearling purchases include champion and four-time G1 winning filly ELUSIVE KATE, winner of the G1 Prix Marcel Boussac as well as 150th G1 Irish Derby and Classic hero JACK HOBBS. American success has come courtesy of I’M A DREAMER in the G1 Beverly D Stakes, ARIEGE in the G1 Santa Anita Oaks and NEREID in the G1 American Oaks.
Happy connections with Jack Hobbs after the Group 1 Irish Derby
Ardad breezes on the turf before sale at Goffs UK in 2016
Blandford has excelled in the acquisition of two-year-olds in training at what are known as Breeze-Up Sales, where horses gallop in public over two furlongs on the turf before sale. The company’s record is truly remarkable and Blandford invests in the latest state of the art electronic timing systems to clock the two-year-olds accurately as they gallop.
Classic winner TEPPAL is the most recent Group 1 graduate – she was purchased at Arqana in Deauville, France for €105,000 and galloped to Classic glory in Paris in the G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (French 1,000 Guineas). Other Breeze-Up stars include five-time G1 hero DREAM AHEAD – he cost just 36,000gns. ARDAD landed the G2 Flying Childers Stakes; DABAN won the G3 Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket and, most recently, PRETTY BABY scored in the G3 Oak Tree Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
The company has an enviable track record when it comes to pinhooking – the practice of purchasing foals for re-sale as yearlings for profit. This comes after years of participation and experience in the market place. Recent highlights include:
Invincible Spirit ex Brusca colt who was sold for 680,000gns
Stradivarius wins the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot
Blandford Bloodstock purchases broodmares for a wide variety of clients and offers a comprehensive service in this regard as the company is represented at all the major breeding stock sales in Europe and the USA. Recent successful purchases include:
PRIVATE LIFE – dam of STRADIVARIUS, champion stayer; winner of the Gr.1 Ascot Gold Cup, the Gr.1 Goodwood Cup (twice), the Gr.2 York Lonsdale Cup and the Gr.2 Yorkshire Cup
EVER RIGG – dam of POSTPONED, G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, also winner of G1 Dubai Sheema Classic and G1 Coronation Cup
MIARIXA – dam of BLUE BUNTING, G1 1,000 Guineas Stakes
NORTH EAST BAY – dam of PRINCE BISHOP, G1 Dubai World Cup
COYOTE – dam of HAVANA GOLD, G1 Prix Jean Prat
TARIYSHA – dam of ARCANO, G1 Prix Morny, and four other progeny who realised 1,100,000gns, 700,000gns,
700,000gns & 450,000gns respectively
MY BRANCH – dam of TANTE ROSE, G1 Haydock Sprint Cup
Blandford Bloodstock specialises in the management of broodmares and the booking of stallion nominations and advises a number of owner / breeders and commercial breeders as to the suitability of specific stallions for their mares. This advice is based on years of experience of different stallions’ progeny both at home and abroad as well as first hand experience of the relevant broodmare’s produce.
Champion Duke Of Marmalade at Drakenstein Stud, South Africa
Blandford Bloodstock provides an unrivalled stallion acquisition and management service to owners and breeders. The company has purchased an array of leading sires over the last 20 years. If you are looking to acquire a stallion to stand in Europe, the USA or overseas then we are perfectly placed to help with their purchase and management having bought the likes of SEA THE MOON, DREAM AHEAD, EXCELEBRATION, ARDAD, DURCH ART, RECKLESS ABANDON, DUKE OF MARMALADE and JACK HOBBS.
Blandford Bloodstock also specialises in the acquisition, management and sale of stallion shares and breeding rights. As investors in this market ourselves, we can help you start or manage your portfolio, providing you with the best possible objective advice about stallion markets in Europe and the USA.
Blandford Bloodstock acts as racing manager to a wide variety of owners and syndicates. The wealth of experience and the knowledge of the national and international racing programme that we bring to the equation can prove invaluable for owners and trainers. This applies to managing a horse’s career as well as dealing with the day to day overseeing of horses in training including advice about sales and export abroad.
Arctic Cosmos at Doncaster
Danehill is hosed off at Coolmore Stud, photographed by Edward Whitaker
Blandford Bloodstock produces valuations for a number of clients. Whether the portfolio is a few individual horses or large groups of broodmares, yearlings and foals, Blandford’s personnel are totally familiar with the correct criteria required whether valuations are for accountancy or insurance purposes.
Insurance of bloodstock is an extremely competitive market. Because Blandford Bloodstock knows the brokers and underwriters in this market well, we can steer you in the right direction and obtain the most favourable rates for you.