Derby hero Golden Horn to cover dam of runner-up Jack Hobbs
Swain's Gold will make the return journey to Dalham Hall Stud
Swain's Gold, a 16-year-old daughter of Swain, is among a number of high-class mares owned by legendary jockey Willie Carson and his wife Elaine at their Minster Stud in Gloucestershire.
Swain's Gold is the dam of four winners, headed by Jack Hobbs - who signed off an injury-hit season last year with a creditable third to Almanzor in the Champion Stakes - and former smart handicapper Niceofyoutotellme.
She is in foal to Dubawi and this year she will make the return journey to Dalham Hall Stud to be covered by Golden Horn in his second season there.
Elaine Carson explained the decision to send the mare to Jack Hobbs’ rival.
“It was a bit of sentiment more than anything," she said. "Golden Horn kept beating Jack Hobbs and he's a nice, good-looking horse. Jack Hobbs was no slouch either and kept with him all the time.
“The Champion Stakes was a great performance by Jack Hobbs after such a long layoff.”
Swain’s Gold also has a two-year-old filly by Sepoy which was bought for 200,000gns by Blandford Bloodstock at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.
Mrs Greeley, a daughter of Swain’s Gold, is in foal to Muhaarar and will go to Charm Spirit. She also has a three-year-old by Kyllachy, a two-year-old Mayson filly in training with Richard Hughes, and a Toronado yearling filly. The latter will go to the sales.
The Carsons have retired their high-achieving mare Bathilde, the dam of Dubai Duty Free hero Al Shemali and high-class stayer Tungsten Strike. The 24-year-old daughter of Generous has a Charm Spirit yearling filly, Compassionate, who the Carsons will retain to race, while her two-year-old Nathaniel colt Beer With The Boys is in training with Mick Channon, having sold for 120,000gns at Book 1 last October.
The Carsons also have Desert Morning, a five-year-old by Pivotal out of Bathilde's Listed-placed daughter Arabian Mirage who they bought for £16,000 at the Ascot sales in April 2015. She won two races for Willie's trainer son Tony.
Desert Morning is in foal to Roderic O’Connor, and will go to Bated Breath.
“We probably based that decision on how well Pivotal mares do with sons of Danehill, as Bated Breath is by Dansili," said Elaine Carson.
Shadow Dancing, a high-class daughter of Unfuwain co-bred by Carson, aborted her Sepoy foal last year, but will return to Sir Percy as the combination produced Dance The Dream, a four-length winner at Leicester for Marcus Tregoning on her last start in October.
"We would be hoping Dance The Dream can get some black type," said Carson. "Shadow Dancing was a Listed winner at Chester and was third in the Oaks and second in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.”
Hazy Dancer, a winning daughter of Oasis Dream and Shadow Dancing, has produced two winners in Bollihope and Burguillos. She has a three-year-old filly called Stylish Dancer in training with Luca Cumani, and has just given birth to a Nathaniel sister to that horse. She visits Mukhadram this year.
“The Mukhadrams were very well received at the foal sales, and we have a nice Mukhadram yearling filly out of her mother Shadow Dancing, who will also be going to the sales," said Carson. “Hazy Dancer also has a nice yearling colt by Intello. He is throwing some nice animals and the colt will go the sales.”
Carson harbours ambitions to win the Oaks with one of the homebred fillies from Minster Stud.
“That's one thing I really want to do," she said. "We came close enough to winning the Derby at Epsom and that was so exciting.
“We’ve always wanted to win the Oaks. Compassionate could be the one to do it. Her dam Bathilde, was such a special mare, and to win it with one of her daughters would be fantastic. That would be the pinnacle.”