‘We’re thrilled’ – The Gredleys reveal their mating plans as Pretty Pollyanna tops the charts | Bloodstock News
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Bill and Tim Gredley at Royal Ascot
By Kitty Trice
The Gredley family’s Stetchworth and Middle Park stallions are defined by quality, and that’s reflected in the bulls their mares will visit over the next few months, including the likes of the two-year-old champion Pretty Pollyanna.
Winner of the Prix Morny and Duchess of Cambridge Stakes in a successful career, during which she also placed in the Irish 1,000 Guineas and Fillies’ Mile, the daughter of Oasis Dream is expected to lead the Gredleys’ charge in visiting the newly crowned Frankel, British, Irish and European champion stallion.
Tim Gredley said: “She is in great shape and is carrying a foal to Frankel and will come back to him.
“We are very excited about the offspring. At the end of the day, we all need a bit of luck, but if you send the best to the best, you hope to have an exciting animal at the end.
“She was the highest rated two-year-old broodmare in her career and she’s by Oasis Dream, who seems to be a popular broodmare sire, and we think that’s the best way to give her every chance.”
Unex Mona Lisawho has a “very pretty” two-year-old Frankel filly named Climate Friendly who trains with Roger Varian, will return to Oasis Dream to produce a full brother to Pretty Pollyanna.
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Pretty Pollyanna: back at Frankel for 2022
Gredley said: “She is in great condition and has a ground foal by Oasis Dream.”
The other retained daughter of Unex Mona Lisa, Poet’s Voice winning mare Rouletteshould cross Newmarket to Dalham Hall Stud.
“She is very good and will go to Masar this year,” Gredley said. “She’s well related, she didn’t have a long career but she was a winner at two so we thought the sire would be a good choice.”
Another top class broodmare with an exciting breeding scheduled for this year is Miss Brown over to youa Fasliyev winning half-sister of Hong Kong Military Attack Group 1 winner and dam of Ascot Gold Cup family hero Big Orange.
“Miss Brown To You visited Sea The Moon last year and will be going to Ulysses this time,” Gredley said. “We took a bit of a step back from Ulysse and Masar, so we sent a number of our well-bred mares to these two stallions.”
While the Gredleys are best known for their high-profile flat performers, including Big Orange and Pretty Pollyanna, and before them double heroine Oaks and St Leger User Friendly, they’ve also owned a number of chic sweaters in recent years.
These include Allmankind, winner of last season’s Henry VIII Novices’ Chase, a son of Sea The Moon and team Wemyss Bay. The daughter of Sadler’s Wells, who did not race, will return to the resident Lanwades Stud.
Allmankind could be one of three homebreds to represent Stetchworth and Middle Park Studs at the Cheltenham Festival next month.
The Great British Bonus is also backed by the Gredleys, who alongside ongoing Brexit and Covid-19 travel complications have led the stud to select UK-based sires.
Gredley was keen to highlight the diversity of sires chosen for 2022, adding: “We have a very good group of stallions to hang out with this year. Apart from the more expensive stallions, I think there is a lot of value there. , especially in the United Kingdom.
“Obviously we use Ulysses and Masar a lot, while we have reproduction rights at Palace Pier. To barkwho is the mother of [Oaks fourth and Listed winner] Save A Forest, will visit him.
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Save A Forest stays in training as mum heads to Palace Pier
“Save The Forest remains in training, she returned to Roger recently and has done very well this winter. She is a big girl. Her full brother Father Of Jazz has done well. They are both from Kingman , so the idea of going to Palace Pier is to continue on this line.”
the excellent Whazzat is now 20, but the dam of Mill Reef Stakes winner and Prix Maurice de Gheest runner-up James Garfield – who has her first two-year-olds this year from Rathbarry Stud – is ready for another high-class brood.
Gredley said: “She went to Pinatubo last year and she’ll go to Oasis Dream this time. She’s getting a bit older now, but she’s a Chesham winner and we know she breeds speed based on James Garfield, so we wanted to try again.”
Whazzat is also the dam of winning mare Dansili and placed in The Shrew, among seven winners, and Gredley is hoping for another result from the Banstead Manor Stud stalwart.
“As a breeding we try to get a lot of middle distance pedigrees, but we also want to try to maintain fast bloodlines,” he explained. “We had a bit of luck with Oasis Dream so we decided to go for it.”
When asked if the team had added to the brood mare roster, Gredley replied: “We bought a Kodiac mare in France which will go to Ulysse, while we bought another one privately.
“We have a few fillies that we could have retired this year, for example She Do, who were Listed winners at Newmarket at the end of the year, and obviously Save A Forest, so we have some really nice fillies. to be added to the brood mare group in the future.
“We just felt they are fit and healthy and they are here to be raced, but once we don’t think they can improve they will go to stud.”
The Gredleys are also eagerly awaiting James Garfield’s first generation of two-year-old racers, having watched their land-bred son Exceed And Excel win the Mill Reef and Greenham Stakes in their famous silks.
Tim Gredley said: “We have a couple who went to see Jane Chapple-Hyam, who also has James Garfield’s own brother, which is exciting.
“It’s still very early days but a few people have told me that they bought a few last year and they are fine.
“It will be interesting and I can’t believe he won’t get some good ones because he was a well-bred and very fast horse himself. He has a good chance.”
James Garfield is now a resident of Rathbarry Stud in County Cork, where he is €4,000 this year.