Two races named for Jack
JACK de Bromhead will be remembered in the names of two big races this season. The Leopardstown Christmas Hurdle and the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival will be named in honour of the teenager who lost his life in a pony racing accident in September. The Leopardstown race is sponsored by the Acheson family’s Dornan Engineering company, while Michael O’Leary sponsors the Cheltenham race.
Tattersalls Online sale
TATTERSALLS will offer 57 lots in an online sale next Wednesday and Thursday. The catalogue includes a breeding right to Havana Grey, a stallion share in Almanzor, and breeding rights to Territories and Harry Angel. Jim Bolger sells the Group 3-placed Freedom Of Speech (filly by Australia) and Jessica Harrington has entered the listed-placed Willesee (filly by Gleneagles).
Nice treat for stable staff
STABLE staff on duty at the Punchestown Winter Festival next weekend will not only enjoy lunch compliments of Midland Travel but will also be in with a chance to win a trip to Paris next summer thanks to the leading provider of travel and sports package trips.
Midland Travel will be sponsoring the stable yard canteen on both days and also running a free draw with a first prize of a trip for two people to Paris next summer. The trip includes return flights, three nights’ bed and breakfast in a four-star accommodation.
Flightline fee is $200,000
FLIGHTLINE, who retired to Lane’s End Farm unbeaten after last Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic romp, will stand at a fee of $200,000.
Princess Zoe to be sold
GROUP 1 winner Princess Zoe has been added as a wildcard entry to the Tattersalls December Mare Sale and will sell as lot 1924A on Tuesday, November 29th.
Weatherbys work with ERA
WEATHERBYS has been appointed by the Emirates Racing Association to develop a digital programme which will assist the racing authority in engaging with customers and industry stakeholders.
Death of owner-breeder
ENGLISH owner-breeder Sir Evelyn de Rothschild has died at the age of 91. Widely recognised as one of the leading philanthropists and financiers of his generation, Rothschild was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1989 for services to banking and finance.
In racing circles he is perhaps best known as the owner and breeder of Crystal Ocean, who won eight times for Sir Michael Stoute before being retired at the end of 2019. He also owned Royal Ascot winner Hillstar.
Irish National Stud class
THE 27 students accepted for the 2023 Irish National Stud Thoroughbred Breeding Management Course have been named.
They are Robert Acheson (Ire), Brian Banahan (USA), Sean Berns (Ire), Aoife Boland (Ireland), Julia Coenen (France), Thomas Connolly (Ireland), Gerard Donworth (Ireland), Emma Hunter (Ireland), Scott Innes (Scotland), William Macdonald (Australia), Georgina Macintyre (Australia), Darcie Murray (Ireland), Hilda Ntlatleng (South Africa), Faustine Otero-Chinot (France), Ciaran Phelan (Ireland), Orla Queally (Ireland), Annelie Rodde (Germany), Charles Shanahan (Ireland), Ailish Sinnott (Ireland), Maël Thilbault (France), Dayna Walsh (UK), Rory Woods (Ireland), Lachlan Bruce (Australia) Jarrod Robinson (Australia), Ciara Russell (Ireland), Alice Jeffries (New Zealand) and Morgan Wilks (New Zealand).