05/31/2013 12:14PM

Juddmonte, Darley among recipients of British breeders’ awards


Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms was honored as the leading British-based flat racing breeder by earnings this week as Britain’s Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association announced several of its annual awards.

Juddmonte received the Queen’s Silver Cup in recognition of its standing at the top of the earnings list for 2012. The operation, which is based at Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket, England, and also has a division in Lexington, Ky., also received the Barleythorpe Stud Silver Cup for its stallion Oasis Dream, who was honored as the leading British-based sire by individual winners in Britain and Ireland with 86 in 2012

Another top international outfit, Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum’s Darley, also received two awards for its stallions Exceed and Excel and New Approach. Exceed and Excel was recognized as the leading British-based stallion by flat earnings, and New Approach, sire of undefeated English 2,000 Guineas winner Dawn Approach, was honored as the leading freshman sire of 2012.

Lady Rothschild’s mare Magnificient Style was awarded Broodmare of the Year for 2012. The 20-year-old Silver Hawk mare was represented by Group 1 winners Nathaniel and Great Heavens in 2012. She is the dam of six graded or group stakes winners overall, including Playful Act, a Group 1 winner who sold for $10.5 million as a broodmare at the 2007 Keeneland November mixed sale.

The Silver Rose Bowl was awarded to Sheikh Abdulla al-Khalifa, the breeder of last year’s 2,000 Guineas, Epsom Derby, and Irish Derby winner Camelot. Meon Valley Stud, breeder of Izzi Top and Caspar Netscher, received the Special Merit Award.

The Thoroughbred Breeders Association’s Langham Cup, recognizing small breeding operations, was awarded to David Armstrong’s Highfield Farm, which bred 2012 July Cup winner Mayson.

Several National Hunt breeding awards were also announced this week. The Thoroughbred Breeders Association will hold its annual awards dinner at the Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket on July 10.