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10th May - FIRST WINNER FOR FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

The Bearstone Stud-homebred Three Coins became the first winner for her exciting first crop sire when defying inexperience and some previously raced oppenents to run out the winner of a 5 furlongs novice race at Ripon.

The daughter of the Firebreak mare Bereka, a half-sister to Group 1 winner and champion juvenile Hearts Of Fire, broke smartly and was always up with the pace, keeping on well in the final furlong to get the better of two previously placed runners.

This was a very encouraging debut by the Richard Fahey-trained filly who looks certain to go on to better things.

8th February - TOP 2YO TRAINERS COMMENTS ON FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH'S 2YO'S

"The 2017 Fountain of Youth ex Mortitia is a filly with a lot of class and scope. I trained her mother to win at Goodwood as a two year old and I think this filly is better. I’m very much looking forward to running her this summer." Brian Meehan

"I have two Fountain of Youth colts and I could not be more happy with them at this stage. They are very forward going and precocious and I am looking forward to running them." Karl Burke

"I'm very happy with my colt. He is sharp and forward going, everyone who’s ridden him loves him and he’ll be out nice and early." Johnny Murtagh

"I have a few 2 year olds by him that are very sharp and willing to do everything asked of them. They will be on the track early on." Bryan Smart

"I have a colt and a filly. They have good minds, are great movers and they look precocious." Kevin Ryan

"I have several by him. I liked them at the sales as they looked sharp. They are cantering nicely upsides. I like the look of what I’ve got and they will be early sorts." Tim Easterby

"I have a very nice colt who I like a lot. He should be an early type. He’s very professional with a great outlook and I’ll certainly be looking out for more of the sire’s progeny at the sales." Clive Cox

"I particularly liked his progeny I saw at the sales. They looked strong and athletic types and are proving just that in training. They will be on the track early in the season as they seem to have speed and scope. I’m very happy with them." Richard Fahey

"Both of ours are strong and precocious and showing the right signs at this early stage. I could not be happier with them." Tom Clover

"I have two of them and am very happy with both. They are very forward going and mentally sound."
Richard Hannon

"The filly I train has a good temperament, moves well and is very willing. She has a good attitude and is going well." Michael Dods

"Unfortunately, I only have two of his two-year-olds. I wish I had more. We haven’t started any real fast work yet but the first impressions from these two colts couldn’t be better." Mark Johnston

23rd January - View Washington DC at the TBA Stallion Parade at Tattersalls on Thursday 31st January
The parade, which is free to attend, will commence at 11am in the Sale Ring, which precedes the start of the Tattersalls February Sale. Following the parade, stallions will be available to view in the Right and Left Yards, where stud representatives will be on hand throughout the day to discuss mating enquiries for the forthcoming season. Breeders and TBA members are also invited to join the TBA for light refreshments in the hospitality boxes of both yards.

23rd November - In a star-studded career, Washington DC defeated 20 individual Group/Grade 1 winners of 35 Group/Grade 1 races:
ACLAIM, AIR FORCE BLUE, ALPHA DELPHINI, CELESTINE, GOLDREAM, GORDON LORD BYRON,
HAVANA GREY, JUNGLE CAT, LADY AURELIA, LIBRISA BREEZE, LIMATO, MAAREK, MABS CROSS, MARSHA, MECCA'S ANGEL, MONGOLIAN SATURDAY, PROFITABLE, QUIET REFLECTION, SOLE POWER, and TWILIGHT SON.

9th November - PRESS RELEASE - Bearstone Stud Announce Their Stallion Fees For 2019

Washington DC will stand his first season at £6,000 October 1st Special Live Foal. The son of Zoffany won five stakes races and finished a close second in two Group 1 races and three Group 2s.

Terry Holdcroft, owner of Bearstone Stud, said: “He is a tough and very classy horse with a devastating turn-of-foot and was always competitive at the highest level in three countries. There is a tremendous amount of speed on both sides of his pedigree and the feedback we’ve already received from breeders strengthens our belief that he is just the kind of stallion the market wants.”

“We’ve pitched his opening fee at a very competitive price and will be making available a small number of breeding rights.”

Fountain of Youth, the Group winning son of Oasis Dream and Attraction who has his first runners next year, remains at £4,500 October 1st Special Live Foal.

“We’ve been very encouraged by the reception given to his first yearlings which fetched up to £50,000 at the sales,” remarked Holdcroft.  “Many of them will be joining some of the best trainers of sprinters in the country and he’s got every chance of being among the early winners next season.”

20th October - FIRST CROP FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH YEARLINGS IN STRONG DEMAND
Among the highlights are the following yearlings which will go into training with some of the country's leading sprint trainers:-

colt ex Catmint £50,000 - Clive Cox
colt x Margrets Gift 40,000gns
colt x Choisette £35,000 - Kevin Ryan
filly x Wether Girl £32,000 - Martyn Meade
colt x Fantacise 28,000gns
colt x Dayville £26,000 - Tom Clover
filly x Bereka £ 25,000 - Richard Hannon

Other yearlings have been allocated to Mark Johnston, Kevin Ryan, Tim Easterby, Bryan Smart & Richard Fahey.

15th October - PRESS RELEASE - WASHINGTON DC TO RETIRE TO BEARSTONE STUD IN 2019

Bearstone Stud announces that Washington DC, the Group-winning sprinter by Zoffany, will retire to Bearstone Stud in 2019.

Washington DC

Trained by Aidan O’Brien, Washington DC won the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2015 before finishing runner-up to European Champion 2yo Air Force Blue in the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes at The Curragh.

The following season, he recorded two further victories at stakes-level and went close in two Group 1 races. At Royal Ascot, he finished third to Quiet Reflection in the Commonwealth Cup and in October second to Marsha in the Prix de l’Abbaye at Chantilly, beating Mecca’s Angel, Profitable and Ardad. Earlier that season, he had finished a neck second to Take Cover in the Group 2 King George Stakes at Goodwood with Marsha, Easton Angel and Pearl Secret further back.

As a four-year-old, he won the Group 3 Phoenix Sprint Stakes at The Curragh, beating Cougar Mountain, Gordon Lord Byron, Moviesta and Kimberella and was beaten a head by Marsha in the Group 3 Palace House Stakes at Newmarket, ahead of Goldream, Kachy and Alpha Delphini.

This season, he finished a head behind Battaash in the Group 2 Temple Stakes at Haydock, ahead of Mabs Cross and Havana Grey. He retires with career earnings of £513,622.

Washington DC is from the first crop of Zoffany, the Champion First Crop Sire in 2015. His dam, the Shinko Forest mare How’s She Cuttin’, was a seven-time winner over five furlongs and he comes from the family of champion racehorse and successful sire Grand Lodge.

Terry Holdcroft, owner of Bearstone Stud, commented: “I’ve followed his career since he won at Royal Ascot as a two-year-old and everyone at Bearstone is thrilled to have the opportunity to stand him in Britain. He is a very fast horse, comes from a very speedy family and is by a stallion that had a Royal Ascot two-year-old treble in his first season.”

Washington DC will join Fountain of Youth at Bearstone Stud.  A stud fee will be announced later.

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