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No Changes At UK Gainsborough

Friday, 30th June 2006

All of the stallions "currently standing under the Gainsborough banner in Britain & Ireland will remain at their present locations," reported racingpost.co.uk. However ownership of Green Desert, Cadeaux Genereux, Royal Applause & 16 other sires standing world-wide was transferred to Sheikh Mohammed upon the death of his brother (Gainsborough Stud owner & then-ruler of Dubai) Maktoum Al Maktoum in January; as a result, Gainsborough manager Michael Goodbody "will step down from his post next year as Sheikh Mohammed takes over the operation's holdings". But John Ferguson (chief bloodstock adviser to Sheikh Mohammed's Darley breeding empire confirmed "no major shake-up is in the works" & summed up: "As far as everything in England & Ireland is concerned, basically everything will remain the same. The people who have looked after the Gainsborough stallions so well in the past will continue to do so. There won't be any great change." Gainsborough's British stallions are headed by Green Desert, who stands for £50,000 (A$120,000) at Shadwell Stud in Norfolk, which is also home to the operation's Storming Home; Royal Applause at the Royal Studs, Cadeaux Genereux at Whitsbury Manor Stud, Lucky Story at Tweenhills Farm & Stud plus Fantastic Light (already under Darley's banner at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket) "complete the British roster". In Ireland, Gainsborough has Dilshaan & Key Of Luck at Tara Stud, Kris Kin at Derrinstown Stud, Shamardal (another Darley sire) at Kildangan Stud & Touch Of The Blues at the Irish National Stud. It also has Country Reel in France; Ascot Knight in Canada; Deep Sleep, Russian Revival & Slew The Red in South Africa; & Elusive Quality, Quiet American & Rahy in the US. Ferguson's Kentucky counterpart Jimmy Bell revealed last month that Elusive Quality & Quiet American (Gainsborough's star US stallions) were being moved to Darley at Jonabell (Sheikh Mohammed's American stallion station).

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