Annecdote (far side) winning the Group 3 Oak Tree Stakes at GoodwoodPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Annecdote sold to continue career in US
JONNY PORTMAN has waved goodbye to his stable star Annecdote after the filly was sold to continue her racing career in the US.
Annecdote provided Portman with two landmark successes last season as she gave the Lambourn trainer his first Royal Ascot win with victory in the Listed Sandringham Handicap and a maiden Group success when landing the Oak Tree Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
“What she did for us was fantastic and she’s a horse to die for,” said Portman, who operates a team of over 50 horses at Whitcoombe House Stables.
“She leaves a big gap as it’s so tough with our budget at the sales to find horses that can compete in the bigger races let alone win them.
“We had hope to keep her a little longer but there were a lot of agents keen on her as she looks like she has a good profile for racing in America, where the prize-money is so good for fillies.”
Annecdote will transfer to trainer Christophe Clement, who like Portman is a former assistant to Luca Cumani, for an undisclosed sum described as “not a fortune” by Portman.
Having been owned by Tom Edwards & Partners, the four-year-old, last seen finishing down the field behind Integral in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes, will now race for George Bolton & Peter Leidel.
Bolton sold last month’s Wolferton Handicap winner Contributer after Royal Ascot in a deal which was confirmed earlier this week.