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Return to source for dam of Railway Stakes scorer Beckford

Whirly Dancer to visit Banstead Manor's Bated Breath again

Beckford lands the Group 2 Railway Stakes at the Curragh
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Newmarket racecourse employee Joyce Wallsgrove fulfilled every small breeder's dream of producing a top-class horse without breaking the bank through last year's Railway Stakes scorer Beckford.

So it is no surprise that she is to repeat the mating that produced the Group 2 winner and dual Group 1 runner-up - sending her Danehill Dancer mare Whirly Dancer to Bated Breath - in a bid to replicate the success.

Having purchased Whirly Dancer for just 9,500gns at the Tattersalls February Sale in 2012, Wallsgrove had previously sent her mare to Bated Breath on two occasions. The first time was during his first season at Banstead Manor Stud, although the mare unfortunately lost the foal, but the second visit a year later resulted in Beckford.

Wallsgrove said: "The mating has worked well with her and I just thought, why not go back to Bated Breath and see if we can do it again? The stallion had a fantastic year in 2017 and he's very much coming into fashion at the moment.

"You have to go back to what suits her best rather than what you can go to. The mare has thrown four foals so far who have all been lovely, and her New Approach foal is due within the next couple of days."

Bated Breath, who stands at Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket for £10,000, has a number of exciting three-year-olds to look forward to in 2017. Besides Beckford, there are the likes of Breath Caught, Escamillo and Landshark.

Wallsgrove also had an update on the Poet's Voice filly out of Whirly Dancer who was withdrawn from her intended date at last year's Tattersalls December Foal Sale and added: "I didn't sell her in the end and it was a last minute decision. She suddenly just shot up a little bit and she'll probably be going to the yearling sales now."

With Beckford set to continue his career in America and his Mukhadram half-sister - sold for £200,000 at Doncaster last August - possibly set to make her racecourse debut, there is plenty for Wallsgrove to look forward to in the year ahead.

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I just thought, why not go back to Bated Breath and see if we can do it again?
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