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1st August 2000

May 2001


MR. COMBUSTIBLE, a 3yo colt by Hernando out of Warg, won the Gr3 Chester Vase in May to put himself in the Epsom Derby picture. Bred at Monksgrange, and sold at Goff's Orby Sale 1999, MR COMBUSTIBLE is one of four Derby candidates in training with Barry Hills. Barry has been quoted as saying 'he really liked the way Mr C. won the Vase.' The horse is a half brother to MILETRIAN who won a Gr2 and Gr3 race last year and continues in training with Mick Channon. He is targeting the major Cups races for her, and she should be seen in the Ascot Gold Cup Gr1 in June.

Further early season success was the maiden win by Pearly Gates. She is by Night Shift out of Pearl Shell. Unraced at 2 due to niggling injury, she won well at Newbury and 3 of those behind that day her have since won. Pearly Gates ran in a Listed race on Saturday at Lingfield and was just touched off close to the line. It was a good run and we hope to see her name in lights this season. Pearly Gates made 110,000 at the Goff's Orby Sale 1999. We have yet to see Esyoueffcee, by Alzao out of Familiar, out this season. Her final run last year as a 2yo was a 2nd in a Listed race in soft ground which she didn't like. She should win a black type race this year.

Foaling has finished on the farm, and we have foals by Soviet Star, Mark of Esteem, Kahyasi, and City Honours among our crop. Among the yearlings, we like the look of our Octagonal filly out of Familiar, and a Bluebird colt out of the Shernazar mare Majakerta. She is closely related to the dam of listed winner LETHAL'S LADY who was 3rd in the French 1000 Guineas Gr1 this year.

The recent Ra Ora Stud Dispersal Sale in Auckland, New Zealand, featured some connections with Monksgrange Stud. Anemone Garden, by Dancing Dissident out of Abergwrle, was bred here and was a Listed placed winner in Ireland before a trip to the USA where she won an allowance race. She then went to Australia and finally to New Zealand. Scotch Pebble, a mare from the great family of Octagonal etc., was also sold at the sale; she is the dam of our mare in New Zealand - Kimberlite, an unraced Pip's Pride mare. She has a Kaapstad yearling filly and returns to Kaapstad this coming season. We are inbreeding to Klairessa, dam of Eight Carat who is a multiple Gr1 producing mare. We keep our New Zealand horses at The Oaks Farm, owned by Terry Jarvis and managed by Rick Williams. Terry's mare Hill of Grace ran 4th in the recent big Gr1 race in Singapore won by Luca Cumani's horse.

25 July 2000

Our big news is MILETRIAN's success at Royal Ascot in June when she won the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes. Trained by Mick Channon, she was ridden by Michael Roberts. She now has the Yorkshire Oaks in sight, and will have a birhgt future as a broodmare.

30 April 2000
Foaling has finished for the season and we have a lovely Octogonal filly out of Fimiliar, and a Night Shift filly out of Pearl Shell. Our National Hunt mares have produced colts by Topanoora and Eirn's Isle.

15 October 1999
The farm has had a very good result at the 1999 Goff's Orby Sale. Results are posted on our Sales Page. We were also thrilled with Miletrian's performance in the Gr1 Prix Marcel Bousac where she finished 4th, cruelly caught for third on the line. She has a bright 3yo future.

During August PARKSIDE, by Common Grounds out of Warg, and half brother to the Hernando colt offered at this years Orby Sale, won his maiden ridden by John Reid and trained by Willie Muir.
OUR AMBITION, raised and grazed at Monksgrange, and bred by Larry Stratton, continued his promising 2yo career. He has now won his maiden and been Listed placed.
halfsister by Marju to Parkside (a winner at 3), is now a winner herself at 2 and looks a promising 3yo.

We are very pleased to be associated with the return from Japan of
SOVIET STAR who was joint 4th top rated 3yr old colt in France and England 1987, and Champion Older Sprinter in Europe 1988.
He was winner of the Sussex Stakes Gr.1, Poule d'Essai de Poulains Gr.1, Prix de la Foret Gr.1, July Cup Gr.1, Prix du Moulon Gr.1, for a career total of 14 starts, 8 wins and 4 seconds, over distances of 6f-8f.
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In March 1999 CLIFDON FOG (by Darshaan, out of Lake Mist ) won his first start as a chaser at Wexford. This was followed by a good win at at the PUNCHESTOWN FESTIVAL at the end of April.

Sadly he broke a shoulder in his next start and was put down.

"Cliff" was bred by Don Brown of Bloodstock Breeding P/L (Australia) and he was foaled and raised at Monksgrange.

A winner at 2, and 4th in the Group 1 National Stakes, he turned to hurdling at 3 and was 2nd in the Group 2 Denny's Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown. He won 3 starts over hurdles and was 3rd in the Irish Champion Hurdle.

CLIFDON FOG Winner at Punchestown, ridden by Tommy Treacy
Winner at Punchestown.
Ridden by Tommy Treacy

At the 1999 Goffs Landrover Sale we sold a 4yo gelding by Erin's Isle out of Copper Breeze; the dam is an unraced daughter of Boro Penny, and a half sister to three winners. An athletic individual with a good temprament, he showed himself well and achieved a price of 21,000 guineas.

Our early foals have been weaned and all of them are doing well. There are colts by DESERT KING, ROBELLINO, TOPANOORA and KAYASHI, and fillies by ZAFONIC, MARJU and OCTAGONAL.

Our mares have been covered by OCTAGONAL, NIGHT SHIFT, MUJADIL, TOPANOORA and ERIN'S ISLE.

Do call back soon to keep up to date with the latest news from Monksgrange.