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Ann Grubb of Big Acre Stud passes away

The popular figure bred 1973 champion sprinter Sandford Lad

The Doncaster yearling sales to which Ann Grubb was a regular visitor
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Ann Grubb, the breeder of 1973 champion sprinter Sandford Lad, passed away on Monday, December 18.

Grubb, of Big Acre Stud in County Tipperary, kept a small broodmare band but bred many winners headed by Sandford Lad.

She also bred Blue Queen, an unplaced two-year-old who produced Meon Valley Stud's foundation mare Reprocolor, who features in the pedigree of multiple Group 1 winners including the three-generation sequence Colorspin, Zee Zee Top and Izzi Top. 

Another graduate of Big Acre Stud was the useful Mujadil filly Mujado, who became the dam of Keeneland Grade 1 winner Joha after being sent to America.

Grubb made regular appearances at Doncaster yearling sales, and enjoyed a strong association with the late trainer Captain Ryan Price.

"Ann accepted the ups and downs of the bloodstock industry in equal measure and was as good a loser as a winner," said Harry Beeby, honorary president of Goffs UK.

"She never lost her enthusiasm for bloodstock sales and was a great supporter of DBS. She maintained that life should be fun and enjoyed with a glass or three of bubbles!

"I have a host of happy memories of times spent in Ann's company at Big Acre and the sales and I will be one of many who will mourn her departure from the bloodstock world."

She maintained that life should be fun and enjoyed with a glass or three of bubbles!
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