Jumps-focused Goldford Stud could hit big time with Flat blueblood
Kingman colt is offered on behalf of expert small breeder Allan Belshaw
Richard and Sally Aston's Goldford Stud in Cheshire is renowned as a nursery of jump celebrities, having sold the likes of Cue Card, Inglis Drever and Rule The World.
But it does a fine line in Flat performers too and, thanks to its association with accomplished small breeder Allan Belshaw, who operates under the Times of Wigan banner, it can claim to have raised and sold a leading fancy at the Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs next month.
Goldford Stud sold Newspaperofrecord, a daughter of Lope De Vega and Cheveley Park Stakes second Sunday Times, on behalf of Belshaw to Klaravich Stables for 200,000gns at Book 1 of last year's Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.
The filly was sent out by Chad Brown to win the Grade 2 Miss Grillo Stakes at Belmont by an effortless six and a half lengths last month and looks a serious contender for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on Friday, November 2.
Goldford Stud is back at Book 1 this year with Belshaw's Kingman colt out of Forever Times, the dam of Sunday Times – and it is not just Newspaperofrecord who has embellished the page with more black type this year.
Sunday Times has also produced Listed Cecil Frail Stakes winner Classical Times, who carried Belshaw's silks but has since become an ultra-rare Juddmonte filly-in-training purchase, while her half-sister Question Times, owned by Sweetmans Bloodstock, is the dam of Irish Derby hero Latrobe and Sunday's Prix Marcel Boussac fifth Pink Dogwood.
“We used to sell more Flat stock but we've cut right down to concentrate on jumps and the only Flat-breds we really sell now are Allan Belshaw's,” said Goldford Stud owner Richard Aston.
“We're essentially a National Hunt stud but we like to keep a hand in to show the others how it's done,” he added with a laugh.
“The family has fairly exploded recently and all the plaudits must go to Allan, who has cultivated it wonderfully. It's a fine tribute that Khalid Abdullah would buy into the family, and with Newspaperofrecord looking like she will breed in America in future, it is a whole new chapter.”
Sunday Times has a yearling filly by Gleneagles who is being retained by Belshaw, has no foal but is due to Churchill, believed carrying a filly.
A winning daughter of So Factual, the 20-year-old Forever Times was retired after producing the Kingman colt selling at Book 1, which will perhaps enhance his value.
“We've been associated with this family for around 20 years now, and you mustn't forget that Forever Times was one of ten winners from ten runners for her dam Simply Times, the mare who started it for Allan," said Aston.
“It's also an incredibly durable family. Welsh Emperor, out of Forever Times, was the first horse we sold for Allan and he won the Hungerford Stakes aged seven and was still running at 11.”
Appraising the Kingman colt who goes through the ring as lot 374 on Thursday, Aston commented: “The sire has got off to a fantastic start. I'd say this colt is very representative of the female family, and there is a lot of his granddam [Simply Times] in him.
“It's an immensely durable family and you can bet he'll get better with age and just want to run and run and run.”
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