Pencarrow locks in high-profile matings

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Written by Paul Vettise

Leon Casey’s tour of duty in Australia has served to determine the end game for a number of high-profile broodmares. The Pencarrow Stud manager recently made his annual trip to confirm the matings of an elite band under his guidance at Sir Peter Vela’s Cambridge farm.

“We do all the planning together and then I go over every year to check out the stallions,” Casey said. “We have a core group of mares and keep it to around 65."

"Last year we had 80 pregnant mares and moved on about 30 in foal mares. We sell quite a few and of the 20 or so that may retire out of the racing team we tend to keep five or six to add to the broodmares so it’s all an ongoing process.”

"We do all the planning together and then I go over every year to check out the stallions."

A handful of mares have now been locked in to cross the Tasman, among them the former champion 2-year-old and G1 Diamond S., winner Banchee (NZ) (Oratorio {IRE}), who is a half-sister to the dual Group 1 winner Katie Lee (NZ) (Pins).

“She’ll be going to I Am Invincible and Dolmabache will be off to Pierro and we’re sending Miranda Miss to Merchant Navy,” Casey said.

Dolambache with Leon Casey

Also in the travelling party is Pencarrow’s former New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year and G1 1000 Guineas winner Insouciant (NZ) (Keeper).

“She’ll be going to Russian Revolution and Sopra Tutto, the dam of Eleonora, will be visiting Snitzel, while Scintilulla will go to Zoustar,” Casey said.

Listed Jakkalberry Classic winner and Group 1 performer Wildflower (NZ) (Pentire {GB}) is booked to Vancouver (Medaglia D’Oro).

On the domestic scene, Cambridge Stud will be the location for a number of Pencarrow mares, including the G1 Telegraph winner Giuseppina (NZ) (Johar {USA}). “She’ll be going to Tavistock and so will Indomitable, the dam of Turn Me Loose, and Miss Scarlatti is another off to Tavistock.

“We’ve got a share-holding in Almanzor and Uberalles will be going to him and one other,” Casey said. “We’ve also got holdings in Shamexpress and Star Jasmine will go to him.”

Cambridge Stud's Tavistock will be covering Giuseppina, Indomitable and Miss Scarlatti

Group 2 winner and Group 1 performer Rasa Lila (NZ) (Darci Brahma {NZ}) and Silver Eclipse (NZ) (Darci Brahma {NZ}) will be served by Iffraaj.

"We’ll be sending mares to Vadamos and Charm Spirit as well, but again we haven’t decided yet which ones," Casey said. "Obviously, we’ll also be using (home-breds) Darci Brahma and Burgundy.”

Contingency plans are also in place for a pair of black performers currently in Sir Peter’s racing string with private trainers Steven Ramsay and Julia Ritchie. “Cote D’Or and Seraphim, a stakes-winning daughter of Ethereal, will be bred if they don’t come up,” Casey said.