One of the best things about being an Elite racing club member,(i’ll explain more about the club in another post). The club breeds it’s own horses as well as buying at some of the major bloodstock sales around the world, the criteria to join “the girls”as I affectionately call them is strict,they must have won some big races and be related to some of the best racehorses in the world.
One of the best at the moment is a lovely 17yo mare called Ffestiniog
You may all be wondering how she was named, well she’s named after a very famous Welsh railway
So far she has bred colts (boys) and 2 fillies (girls) the first filly was good and went on to join the broodmare band (no success yet for her at stud but there’s time) they have all won some big races. so when members get asked to choose a name for her baby Welsh names are always very popular!
I’m delighted to say she has now given members another beautiful 2yo filly(girl) who’s now in training and has plenty of natural speed and ability, Her brothers before her can be a little temperamental lol! But it didn’t stop them being winners!
Members were delighted she bred a filly again as she will one day have to retire from the breeding shed, but not before she foals again next year, management monitor all club broodmares very closely.
so what of the future for this priceless mare and her offspring, well they will continue to race for Elite Racing club and her daughters will carry on the good work for this fabulous family!
The Club’s highly-successful broodmare FFESTINIOG has been retired after a 15-year career in the paddocks, which produced no fewer than 10 winners from her 11 foals to race, including three Group winners.
Ffestiniog first wrote herself into Club history when becoming our first Black Type winner on the Flat in 1997. Purchased at the breeze-ups that April, the two-year-old Ffestiniog won three races that season, climaxing with the Listed Radley Stakes at Newbury. She added another win to her tally the following season, retiring at the end of the year to Kirtlington Stud, Oxfordshire, where she embarked on her new career as a broodmare.
Over the years that followed, Ffestiniog produced winner after winner, most being of above average ability, with the standout horses being Eisteddfod, whose 12 wins set a new Club record, and the high-class Border Patrol. Both were Group 3 winners and hopes are high that Ffestiniog’s current offspring in training, NEW FFOREST and MAN OF HARLECH, will maintain her excellent record. Both are in training with Andrew Balding and the Classic-winning trainer is hoping that New Fforest, a four-year-old filly by Oasis Dream, can build on her solid campaign in handicaps last year, with the Dash Stakes at Epsom Downs on Derby Day as her early-season target. Man Of Harlech won his maiden nicely at the end of April, on only his second career start, and he looks a nice horse that will hopefully progress in handicaps this season.
Ffestiniog’s retirement marks the closing of a chapter in the history of the Club’s breeding programme, which has produced over 100 winners to date, including top-flight successes on the Flat and over Jumps. However, with a wealth of quality coverings for our mares this year, to stallions such as Cape Cross, Elusive Quality, Sepoy, Excelebration and Dark Angel, the foundations are in place for the Club’s current string of broodmares to carry on Ffestiniog’s good work.
New Fforest’s first baby
Tragedy at Kirtlington
We received the absolutely devastating
news on Friday afternoon, 24 March, that
New Fforest had died whilst foaling. Sadly,
we also lost the foal she was carrying. This
really is a hammer blow to us all and to lose
such a young and promising mare is very
hard to take. New Fforest ran nineteen times
for the Club and won on three occasions.
She was rated 93 at her best and was
trained by Andrew Balding. Being a daughter
of our star mare Ffestiniog, who is now
retired, we were obviously hoping that New
Fforest would take over her mantle and
continue to breed winners for the Club for
years to come.
New Fforest has just one surviving offspring
– a yearling filly by Raven’s Pass. A lot now
rests on this lovely filly’s shoulders and we
can only hope that she can keep the
Ffestiniog line going in time.