The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association’s annual NH Stallion Showcase returns to Goffs UK for the fourth year at the Doncaster sales complex on Tuesday.

One of two events the organisation holds each year to promote British-based stallions, a cast of 16 sires from a number of studs across the country will be in residence to be viewed by breeders ahead of the covering season.

We take a look at the stallions who will be on show between 9am and 3pm during the first day of the Goffs UK January Sale on January 21.


Dubawi – Galatee (Galileo)

Stands: Shade Oak Stud

Fee: £3,000

Having been a tough and talented performer for The Queen, winning both the Hardwicke Stakes and Yorkshire Cup, Dartmouth retired to Shade Oak Stud in Shropshire back in 2018 at a fee of £3,000.

Dartmouth covered 61 mares in his initial season and that first crop are now yearlings in 2020.

At the Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale last year, Dartmouth had two colts go through the ring, with Kevin Ross Bloodstock and Ben Case signing at €35,000 for the most expensive of the pair.


Sadler’s Wells – Alakananda (Hernando)

Stands: Nunstainton Stud

Fee: Private

Dragon Dancer, who was beaten only a whisker in the 2006 Derby by Sir Percy, joined Nunstainton Stud in County Durham in 2018 having previously spent his stallion career in France.

A son of Sadler’s Wells from the family of champions Albanova and Alborada, Dragon Dancer is the sire of the Fergal O’Brien-trained Goodbye Dancer, who carried the Noel Fehily Racing Syndicate silks to victory in a three-mile handicap hurdle at Cheltenham last month.

He continues to supply plenty of jumps winners in France, who were conceived during his time at Haras de la Roseraie and Haras du Saz.


Pivotal – Icelips (Unbridled)

Stands: Elusive Bloodstock

Fee: £3,000

Best known as the sire of Triumph Hurdle hero Peace And Co and dual Group 1 heroine Odeliz, Falco stood his first season under the Elusive Bloodstock banner in 2019 when he covered a book of 39 mares.

By Cheveley Park Stud’s influential Pivotal, Falco distinguished himself on the racetrack when he claimed the French 2,000 Guineas in 2008 for owner-breeders the Wertheimer brothers.

Keep an eye out for Falco Blitz, trained by Nicky Henderson for the Axom racing syndicate, who is still relatively lightly raced and scored his first victory under rules at Fakenham in October before finishing in the frame on his next two starts.


Galileo – Hawala (Warning)

Stands: National Stud

Fee: £4,500

Trevor Hemmings’ purchase of Flag Of Honour has provided the National Stud with an interesting dual-purpose option for 2020.

Flag Of Honour enjoyed his finest moment when defeating Latrobe to win the Irish St Leger, but lest we forget that he was also a high-class two-year-old, whose two wins included the Eyrefield Stakes at Leopardstown.

As you would expect from a son of Galileo, five-time winner Flag Of Honour is well connected, being a half-brother to the Group 1-placed pair Air Chief Marshal and Foxtrot Romeo.


Galileo – All’s Forgotten (Darshaan)

Stands: Norton Grove Stud

Fee: £1,000

Forever Now, winner of the Listed March Stakes, joined Norton Grove Stud in 2018 standing in a dual-purpose capacity.

Bred by Lady Bamford, Forever Now is bred on the Galileo-Darshaan cross that has produced a number of winners including his brother Shantaram, who stands at Coolagown Stud as a jumps sire.

Forever Now’s oldest crop have just turned yearlings.


Fraam – Iberian Dancer (El Gran Senor)

Stands: Peel Hall Stud

Fee: £2,000

Frammassone stands his debut season at Peel Hall Stud in Cheshire having spent seven seasons at Park House Stud in Ireland, from where he has supplied the likes of Cedar Hill and Do Wanna Know.

A classy jumps performer in Italy who won 14 races including three Grade 1 hurdles, Frammassone was provided a boost last year when Roger Brookhouse went to €170,000 for Gabbys Cross during the Goffs Punchestown National Hunt Sale.

The five-year-old is now with Henry de Bromhead and is one to keep an eye on this season along with the Charlie Longsdon-trained Do Wanna Know.


Dubawi – Ouija Board (Cape Cross)

Stands: Overbury Stud

Fee: £1,000

Overbury Stud welcomed Frontiersman, the Listed-winning son of Dubawi and Oaks heroine Ouija Board, in 2019 and the well-bred individual duly covered a book of 63 mares at the Gloucestershire operation.

Frontiersman is of course a half-brother to Derby hero Australia, whose own stud career has so far yielded nine stakes winners since his first crop hit the track in 2018.

He is an exciting prospect for the Overbury team and his first foals will arrive this year.


Monsun – Saumareine (Saumarez)

Stands: Yorton Farm Stud

Fee: £3,500

The German-bred Gentlewave has returned to Yorton Farm Stud having been switched to Haras du Lion for the 2018 and 2019 breeding seasons.

A son of Monsun, the 16-year-old is the sire of Yorton Racing’s very own Easysland, trained by David Cottin, who was an eye-catching seven-length winner of the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham last month.

He has also produced the dual winner Erick Le Rouge, Kerry National scorer Poker Party and the exciting Pearl Swan. Expect Gentlewave to be popular with National Hunt breeders upon his return to Yorton this year.


Lawman – Abunai (Pivotal)

Stands: Batsford Stud

Fee: £2,500

The Varey family welcomed three new stallions to their roster in 2019 including St Leger hero Harbour Law, who convinced his owners Nick and Jackie Cornwell that Batsford Stud was the place to send their star for stud duties.

Offered as a dual-purpose sire, the son of Lawman covered a book of 37 mares in his debut season and was well supported by a number of mares owned by the Cornwells.

Harbour Law’s first foals are due this year and Batsford Stud’s fine reputation among jumps breeders for developing leading jumps stallions will no doubt continue to help produce support for the Group 1 winner.


Halling – Swain’s Gold (Swain)

Stands: Overbury Stud

Fee: £4,000

Irish Derby winner and Derby runner-up Jack Hobbs is also on Overbury Stud’s roster and his first crop of foals were well received when they went through the ring at the Tattersalls Ireland National Hunt November Sale.

A top price of €42,000 was paid for a half-sister to Grade 1 winner L’Ami Serge offered by Stephen Kemble Bloodstock through Coolmara Stables.

With that encouraging result behind him, it would be no surprise to see Jack Hobbs’ first yearlings similarly well received this year when they go through the ring.

Jack Hobbs: is on Overbury Stud’s roster


Sadler’s Wells – Colza (Alleged)

Stands: Vauterhill Stud

Fee: £2,000

Thanks to the exploits of Graded winners Draconien and Tout Est Permis, Vauterhill Stud resident Linda’s Lad had a huge increase in his book for 2019, covering 122 mares compared to 44 in 2018.

Only last week he was back in the headlines when the Willie Mullins-trained Cash Back was an impressive 12-length winner of a novice chase at Naas to remain unbeaten this season. The eight-year-old holds an entry in the Grade 1 Arkle Novice Chase at Leopardstown next month highlighting the regard in which he is held by his trainer.

With plenty of other exciting performers in the pipeline, it would be no surprise to see the son of Sadler’s Wells cover another big book in 2020.


Monsun – Melikah (Lammtarra)

Stands: Yorton Farm Stud

Fee: £3,750

Another new addition to Yorton’s roster for the 2020 breeding season is Masterstroke, the Group 2-winning son of Monsun, also placed in the 2012 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, who hails from the brilliant family of the all-conquering Galileo.

Having stood under Darley’s banner at Haras du Logis since 2014, Masterstroke has supplied the likes of Hungarian 1,000 Guineas winner Medyna on the Flat and a number of jumps performers including Floridee, a Group 3 and Listed scorer at Auteuil.

An exciting recruit to the British National Hunt stallion scene, Masterstroke was well supported by French jumps breeders last year, covering 93 mares, which underlines the promise he shows as a National Hunt sire.


Dylan Thomas – Softly Tread (Tirol)

Stands: Yorton Farm Stud

Fee: £2,250

Yorton Farm Stud will also be showcasing the merits of Pether’s Moon at this year’s TBA NH Stallion Showcase. The son of Dylan Thomas, who won the Coronation Cup in 2015, is set to be represented by his first three-year-olds this year.

Respected judges Donnchadh Doyle and Peter and Ross Doyle are among those to have already purchased stock by the ten-year-old, providing a boost to his nascent stallion career.

There’s a lot to suggest that Pether’s Moon is a sire to watch in the next few years.


Lando – Sky Dancing (Exit To Nowhere)

Stands: Yorton Farm Stud

Fee: £2,500

His stallion career received a boost when Laccario struck in last year’s Deutsches Derby and now Yorton Farm Stud will showcase Scalo to British breeders.

The son of Lando, a homebred for Gestut Ittlingen who won the Group 1 Preis von Europa, has supplied a number of winners over jumps including the likes of Air Force One, Caracciola and Fox Norton.

Scalo is sure to prove popular having made the transfer to Britain from Germany.


Galileo – Bordighera (Alysheba)

Stands: Elusive Bloodstock

Fee: £2,000

Sun Central’s oldest crop are now four-year-olds and those who had utilised his services under the Elusive Bloodstock banner were able to see his stock in action when they hit the track at three last year.

Among those to run for him were the Dan Skelton-trained It Can Be Done, who made her hurdling debut at Doncaster last month, and Detonation and Scarlett Sun, both of whom were seen on the Flat.

A Galileo half-brother to the late George Washington, Sun Central is due to stand his sixth covering season for James and Amelia Gray’s organisation.


Galileo – Velouette (Darshaan)

Stands: Shade Oak Stud

Fee: £3,500

Shade Oak Stud also have the high-class middle-distance performer Telescope on their roster for this year and the son of Galileo’s oldest crop have now turned three.

There was a glimpse of his stock on the racetrack last year when the Hughie Morrison-trained Royal Astronomer and the Ivan Furtado-trained Flash To Bang made their debuts as two-year-olds.

Telescope’s popularity continues to rise each year. Having covered a book of 121 mares in 2018, he covered 190 last year, which made him the second busiest sire in Britain behind rising star Kingman.

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