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22nd December - Stallions retiring to stud in GB & IRE in 2018 by Timeform Rating at 2 years

  • 123 Caravaggio €35,000
  • 120 Churchill €35,000
  • 118 National Defense €12,000
  • 115 Ribchester €30,000
  • 113 Mattmu £3,000
  • 113 Galileo Gold €15,000
  • 111 Highland Reel €17,500
  • 110 Decorated Knight €15,000
  • 109 Cotai Glory €6,000
  • 107 Ardad £6,500
  • 105 Postponed £20,000
  • 100 Profitable €12,000
  • 94  Barney Roy £10,000
  • 92  Jack Hobbs £4,000
  • 91  Time Test £8,500
  • 83  Aclaim £12,500
  • 81  Ulysses £30,000

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Bearstone Stud announces that Mattmu, the Group 2 winning sprinter who was born and raised at Bearstone, will return in 2018 to take up stud duties on behalf of his owner-breeder, James Bowers.

Mattmu was a high-class and consistent sprinter who won six times at six furlongs in a four-year career that earned his connections almost £400,000.  He was trained by Tim Easterby to win the Group 2 Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte at two.  The following season, he scored another overseas success when winning the Group 3 Phoenix Sprint at the Curragh.  That victory was enough to earn him the accolade of joint-champion three-year-old sprinter in Ireland in 2015.  On his next start, he finished third to the fillies Mecca’s Angel and Acapulco in the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York.  Briefly retired at the end of the 2016 season, Mattmu returned to training this spring and won the Great St Wilfrid Handicap at Ripon in August in what was to prove his final race.

Mattmu is by the former Bearstone stallion Indesatchel, a son of Danehill Dancer and the leading British first crop sire in 2010.  His family includes Godswalk, who won the 1977 King’s Stand Stakes for Robert Sangster and Vincent O’Brien and was a successful stallion in Ireland.

Terry Holdcroft, owner of Bearstone Stud, commented: “Everyone at Bearstone is thrilled to welcome home such a classy and consistent horse.  He was a real six furlongs specialist who acted on different types of ground and was incredibly sound.  He deserves his chance at stud and we will be supporting him with our own mares.”

Mattmu will join Fountain of Youth at Bearstone Stud.  His stud fee has been set at £3,000 October 1st Special Live Foal.

Elarqam, the two-year-old half-brother to Fountain of Youth, maintained the family tradition when running out the comfortable winner of the Group 3 Tattersalls Somerville Stakes at Newmarket. The son of Frankel is trained by Mark Johnston, trainer of their dam Attraction, and cost his owner Hamdan Al Maktoum 1,600,000gns as a yearling. Now unbeaten in two races, the colt is quoted at 20/1 for the 2018 2000 Guineas.

As temperatures soared across the country on the warmest day of the year, Bearstone bred horses continued their hot winning streak with a magnificent treble at three meetings

International Man was first off the mark, the two-year-old son of Epaulette and Right Answer making an impressive winning debut in the six furlongs maiden. The Richard Fahey trained youngster is a half-brother to stakes placed Galtymore Lad who was runner-up in the valuable DBS Premier Yearling Sales Stakes in 2010.

Next up was Machine Learner who was winning for the fourth time when taking the concluding handicap at Sandown for trainer Joseph Tuite. The gelding is by Sir Percy and is out of the prolific winner producing mare, My First Romance.

The hat-trick was brought up a few minutes later in a seven furlongs handicap at Musselburgh when Big Storm Coming won for the seventh time in his career. The seven-year-old is by former Bearstone stallion Indesatchel and is out of the Foxhound mare Amber Valley.

An early flurry of foals that are strong and correct confirm that FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH is really stamping his stock.  Among them are : -

Fountain of Youth x Seaperle - Bay Filly born 14th January 2017 (photo below)
Seaperle is by Firebreak out of Ocean Grove and has produced 7 winners, including 2 listed winners, Eastern Romance (by Oasis Dream) and On the Brink, dam of Aetna, herself a Listed winner, and Night Gypsy, dam of black type mares Electric  Feel and Aunt Nicola.

Fountain Of Youth x Seaperle

Fountain of Youth x Say a Prayer - Bay Colt born 22nd January 2017 (photo below)
Say a Prayer is by Indesatchel and is dam of Tomahawk Kid, winner of two races in 2016, and is out of Golden Nun, a multiple group 3 winner and dam of Confessional, the Listed and multiple winner of £229,000.  This is the family of Svelt, winner of the Gr1 Premio Parioli (Italian 2000 Guineas).

Fountain Of Youth x Say A Prayer

Bearstone Stud has announced that their blue-blooded Groupwinning sprinter Fountain Of Youth has six foals on the ground. Stud Manager, Mark Pennell said: “Fountain Of Youth has six foals on the ground, all bay and showing plenty of quality, good bone and substance with correct limbs. We could not be more happy with what we have seen so far, with plenty more to come.” The foals include the colt below, who is out of Penny Garcia (Indesatchel), who won four races from two to four and is a full-sister to the top-rated three-year-old sprinter in Ireland, Gr.2 Criterium Maisons-Laffitte winner and sire Mattmu.

Fountain Of Youth x Penny Garcia

Others include the filly below, who like the colt was born on Monday and is out of the juvenile winner and Listed Bosra Sham Stakes-placed Albertine Rose (Namid). She has already produced two winners and is from the family of the French Champion Two-Year-Old Filly Texanita, who won the Gr.1 Prix de l’Abbaye twice.

Fountain Of Youth x Albertine Rose

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