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Shadwell Recognized as Britain's Leading Breeder of '23

Juddmonte lands pair of awards from England's Thoroughbred Breeders' Association.

Mostahdaf was one of the leading runners for Shadwell last year, helping the operation land the Queen's Silver Cup from the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association

Mostahdaf was one of the leading runners for Shadwell last year, helping the operation land the Queen's Silver Cup from the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association

Chad B. Harmon

Shadwell has won the Queen's Silver Cup as leading British-based flat racing breeder after the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association announced details of its annual flat racing statistical-based awards for 2023.

The awards, presented at the annual ceremony at Chippenham Park July 10, are calculated from racecourse results throughout the calendar year and include both British and Irish statistics for British-based stallions and breeders.

This is the third time that the operation, now headed by Sheikha Hissa after the death of her father Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum in 2021, has collected the award—the previous back in 2005 and firstly in 1999. Its contributors last year included the likes of Al Husn, Hukum, and Mostahdaf.

Stephen Collins, European bloodstock manager for Shadwell, said: "We are delighted to be the recipient of the Queen's Silver Cup for leading British-based breeder in 2023.

"It's a testament to Sheikh Hamdan's vision and legacy which is being carried on by Sheikha Hissa with great success and we are very much looking forward to this prestigious event later in the year. Last year is going to be hard to follow but hopefully Shadwell will have a successful 2024 with some promising horses coming through."

Sheikha Hissa greets Hukum (Jim Crowley) after their win in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes<br>
Ascot 29.7.23 Pic: Edward Whitaker
Photo: Edward Whitaker/Racing Post
Sheikha Hissa greets Hukum after their win in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot

Claire Sheppard, chief executive of the TBA added: "The statistical awards are important in highlighting track success of British based breeders and stallions and we look forward to presenting the winners in person."

Juddmonte won two of the five awards. Last year was another superb season for Frankel  and he regained the BBA Silver Cigar Box, awarded to the leading British-based stallion by earnings, having first won the prize two years previously. His fellow Juddmonte resident Kingman  was leading British-based stallion by flat winners and claimed the Barleythorpe Stud Silver Cup. Darley's Too Darn Hot was crowned the leading British-based first season sire by earnings to land the Tattersalls Silver Salver.

The final award announced was that of the British European Breeders' Fund's Stallion Special Merit Award for results from the 2023 flat racing season. Whitsbury Manor Stud's sensation Havana Grey was given the verdict by an industry panel over other shortlisted nominees Cracksman, Golden Horn, and Sea The Moon.

Rachel Linsell of the British EBF said: "The British EBF are delighted to be sponsoring the Stallion Merit Award again this year which recognizes the achievements of GB based stallions that reward breeders through value for money, accessibility and performance.

"Havana Grey, the recipient of the award for the 2023 flat season produced his winners off a stud fee of between £6,000 (US$7,576, £1=US$1.26) and £8,000, providing great rewards for owners and breeders. As one of the panel put it: everything he has done has impressed so far."