RACING BLOODSTOCK Quality over quantity for Valentines Lady Irish Gold Cup victor Edwulf is one of two by Valentines Lady proving classy over fences WHATEVER Irish Gold Cup hero Edwulf does in the future, he already has his place in racing folklore. At last year’s Cheltenham Festival he collapsed and lay for dead on the run-in after suffering severe oxygen deprivation at the end of the four-mile chase, when poised to take second. That JP McManus’ gelding survived was a testament to the horse’s own constitution and to the dedication of vets and the team around him. And that he not only raced again, but also By SUE RUSSELL fulfilled his trainer Joseph O’Brien’s faith in his talent at the highest level, is verging on miraculous. Edwulf was bred by farrier Ivor Valentine, for many years responsible for the feet of the residents at the Reveley family’s successful yard near Saltburn, North Yorks. Among those under the Irishman’s care was his own Valentines Lady, dam of Edwulf. The Zaffaran mare was out of Jessica One, trained by the late Mary Reveley to win a bumper and five hurdle races round the northern circuit and run in the money on seven other occasions. After her racing career, the daughter of Supreme Leader was acquired as a broodmare by Valentine, and produced 10 foals, all by Irish-based sires. Her first was Valentines Lady, who won a bumper and two minor hurdles for now-retired Keith Reveley and gained valuable black type when third in a Listed bumper at Aintree. Jessica One’s only other success was bumper winner Priests Road, by Presenting. LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON VALENTINES LADY remained in Britain for her second career and though not as prolific as her dam — she has had two foals to date — she has made up for it with quality. Nine-year-old Edwulf, by Kayf Tara, was her first produce and his six-year-old Midnight Legend half-brother Grand Morning won over hurdles at Ayr last month for Lucinda Russell. This branch of the distaff family is now firmly jumps-orientated, but another developed in a contrasting direction, as Jessica One shares her third dam Peggy West with two top-class sprinters in Royal Applause and Lyric Fantasy. Edwulf was a ninth individual Grade One winner for Kayf Tara, the best jump sire ever to have stood in Britain, after Planet Of Sound, Special Tiara, Lieutenant Colonel, Edwulf, by Kayf Tara out of Valentines Lady (by Zaffaran) Thistlecrack, Identity Thief, Tea For Two, Blaklion and Ballyandy. The son of Sadler’s Wells, now 24, has been at Overbury Stud, Glos, since he signed off from racing with a head victory to win his second Ascot Gold Cup — having returned to the track after a severe suspensory injury. Like father, like son when courage is needed. H&H Picture by Healy Racing/Racingfotos.com ' ( & & )#(# * ' # ) * '# && ! %/ ,0 ))%,,0$ &)%-* *% #$0 $,. /$$)* $* ),$ $ " %%(* "0 *-**-" 0) %/ ,% &)&) ")$ %) )$ $ , )$ , , -* ) "%%!$ %) $%/ # + * '# &&"$ $& # / *,)* *$ )# ",) %$ /, , )"0 .$,* , ,!* ,% /$ %""%/)* -#&$ $ ,) 1*
EVENTINGLife Edited by Pippa Roome firstname.lastname@example.org @pipparoome There were doubles by members of the same family at the first JAS events of 2018, while a new baby and scholarships are in the mix for the eventing world Keeping the wins in the family daughter Lucy took the BE90. “Lucy’s win was more impressive as she had a lot more competitors,” said Nicola, who had a wide-margin victory in an exclusive field of three. Lucy, 11, and Charlie Go Go finished on their style mark of six to beat 29 other pairs. “He’s awesome, an adorable little cob,” said Lucy of the 14.2hh pony she teamed up with last spring. Nicola added that Simon Grieve, who was judging, was obviously smitten. “He wrote on the sheets, ‘Charlie’s awesome’ and ‘I’m a Charlie fan’,” she said. Nicola’s mount was also a pony, the 14.2hh Connemara stallion Glencarrig Dolphin, by Coosheen Stormboy. The rider is best known for standing the late Mill Law and she still has two Mill Law broodmares whom she is now putting on this Connemara, who had 47 mares last year. “We get a lot of grassroots people who have a nearly thoroughbred mare and want a 15.2hh pocket rocket,” she said. “He seems to be throwing really nice stock.” H&H Pictures by Peter Nixon and Ultimate Images Alice Tregoning, 13, and Uncle Patsy triumph in the BE90 at Hartpury FAMILY doubles were a theme at the early Baileys Jumping & Style (JAS) events, the indoor arena eventing series run by British Eventing. At Hartpury on 6 January, the Tregoning sisters scored a win apiece, with Jessica taking the BE90open and Alice the BE90. Jessica, 18, has been riding the 14.2hh I Dunno (Mully) since May last year and he is seven this time. “I have always done JAS with my ponies and was second in the BE100 final in 2016 on Benjamin Bunny V,” said Jessica. “Mully hasn’t done much so it’s really good for him to get the experience and the judges’ feedback is useful.” Alice, 13, has had Uncle Patsy — another 14.2hh — for four months. “JAS has really helped our partnership as I trust him now to skinnies and corners,” she said. “He’s fun to ride and quick, with a neat jump, which helps our style mark.” The sisters juggle riding with studying at Godolphin School in Wiltshire. At Arena UK a week later (13 January), Nicola Baguley won the BE100open, while her Amy and Austin O’Connor welcomed son Alfie Frank Alexander on 20 January at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxon. He weighed in at 8lb 10oz. “He was born 54 hours after my waters broke — I think he was a little too cosy,” said Amy. IN BRIEF BRAGG AND COLLETT WIN SCHOLARSHIPS THE Horse Trials Support Group (HTSG) has awarded its 2018 training scholarships to Alex Bragg and Laura Collett (above). The successful candidates were selected from a shortlist of 12 announced at the start of the 2017 season and the HTSG worked with data analytics firm EquiRatings to ensure a thorough analysis of 2017 results supported the selection process. OLYMPIC FORMAT TRIAL THIS SEASON TWO fixtures on this year’s eventing Nations Cup circuit will be running the new Olympic format of three combinations per team with all scores to count. The venues are Strzegom (29 June-1 July) and Millstreet (24-26 August). POL ROGER WINNER ZOE ETHERINGTON is the winner of the inaugural Champagne Pol Roger novice event rider bursary. Zoe juggles studying for an MA in economics at Edinburgh with eventing and was chosen from over 300 applicants. She receives £2,000 towards entries, training and travel, as well as a series of masterclasses. CHADWICK’S NEW SQUAD ROLE PETER BUIST has stood down as chef de mission and chairman of selectors for the British CIC2* European Championship squad. Peter has helped the team secure a medal at every championship since he became involved in 2007. Andrew Chadwick is the new chairman of selectors. EI JUDGES’ QUALIFICATIONS EVENTING IRELAND (EI) is tightening its rules so that dressage judges must be on the current year’s judges’ list of Dressage Ireland, British Dressage or the FEI (dressage and eventing). Until now, unlisted or de-listed judges have been able to judge EI90 or EI100 classes. For 2018, non-listed judges can adjudicate E90 classes only, but from next year they cannot preside over any class. 8 February 2018 Horse & Hound 71
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