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Salisbury double strengthens the foundations of Lanwades Stud

Kirsten Rausing owned and bred both Wiltshire winners Sidereal and Alpinista

Alpinista stretches clear in the Kirsten Rausing silks at Salisbury last week
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Winners in the white and green hoops of Kirsten Rausing so often prompt a trip down memory lane as the proprietor of Lanwades Stud in Newmarket has sustained a breeding line which is peppered with familiarity.

There were two such examples within the space of just three races at Salisbury last Thursday when Galileo colt Sidereal easily broke his duck in a novice event for Andrew Balding and Oisin Murphy before Alpinista fairly ran away with the Listed British Stallion Studs EBF Upavon Fillies' Stakes for Ryan Tate and Rausing's old ally Sir Mark Prescott.

The latter is a particularly obvious example of the Lanwades legacy. The Frankel filly is a daughter of Hernando mare Alwilda, trained by Prescott to land a Listed race in Cologne five years ago.

Her dam is a certain Albanova, successful in back-to-back German Group 1s 11 years earlier as well as being an Alzao full-sister to Prescott's dual Champion Stakes heroine Alborada, the pair both stemming from Irish Listed winner Alouette.

Sidereal, whose dam Starlit Sands won Rausing the Group 3 Prix d'Arenberg, is another of clear resonance.

"Obviously it is very satisfying to produce winners that stem from my two foundation mares," said Rausing. "Sidereal is a third-generation descendant of Sushila, whom I purchased as a yearling in 1976, and Alpinista a fourth-generation descendant of Alruccaba, who was bought as a three-year-old in the 1986 December Sales.

"So Alpinista was completing a chain of four generations of Lanwades-bred black-type winning fillies when scoring at Salisbury.”   

Lanwades successes are not, of course, restricted to those in Rausing's distinctive silks. As well as standing a quartet of stallions in Sir Percy, Bobby's Kitten, Study Of Man and Sea The Moon, it is approaching half a century of winners born or raised in its paddocks

"We are currently on winner number 49 which is somewhat behind where we usually stand in mid-August in a 'normal' year," she explained.

Kirsten Rausing's Lanwades Stud had another Group 1 winner this year

"Obviously the pandemic’s impact on racing worldwide – in fact the very lack of racing for months, worldwide, would be the explanation for this.

"Our record in terms of numbers of winners worldwide per annum is 116, achieved in 2015 and 2018.

"With at least three months of racing missing in most countries this year, I don’t think we’ll achieve this in 2020, but we may well get to around the 100 mark.

"At least we have so far this year bred a Group 1 winner (Hong Kong's Time Warp), stakes winners (Alpinista, Pondus), Group-placed (Albaflora, Alignak, Le Don De Vie, Oriental Mystique, Shine So Bright and Zaaki) and stakes-placed (Tritonic). I would hope and expect there’s more to come!"

This article and series is in association with Great British Racing International

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Alpinista was completing a chain of four generations Lanwades-bred black-type winning fillies when scoring at Salisbury
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