Newsells Park Stud blue hen Shastye dies after foaling


By Brian Sheerin

Newsells Park Stud manager Julian Dollar led tributes to multiple Group 1 producer Shastye (Ire) (Danehill), who died aged 21 shortly after giving birth to a Dubawi (Ire) colt on Sunday.

Dam of five black-type individual performers, including Group 1 winning brothers by Galileo (Ire), Japan (GB) and Mogul (GB), who are now stallions, Shastye’s offspring caused a stir on the track and in the sales ring.

Described by Dollar as ‘one of the most inspirational and life-changing horses’ he has ever been associated with, Shastye’s offspring have fetched over £15million at public auction and they have also delivered where that mattered the most.

Japan, a yearling of 1.3 million guineas, celebrates Crystal Ocean (GB) (Sea the stars {ire}) in the epee in the G1 Juddmonte International 2019 in York a month after winning the G1 Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp.

Mogul, who won 3.4 million guineas as a year old, also won the Paris Grand Prix in 2020 and cemented Shastye’s reputation as a Group 1 production phenom by grabbing from Hong Kong Vase to Sha Tin in 2020.

Dollar said: “Several hours were spent with Shastye or his offspring. Often because they were special and you often knew you were in the presence of something special, but mostly because Shastye was such a beautiful mare and such a pleasure to be around. She was the best therapy a man could have and I already know I owe her more than I will ever realize.

Shastye, a half-sister to 1998 G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Sagamix (Fr) (Linamix {Fr}), was a two-time winner and ranked at Listed level while training with John Gosden. She was bought by Klaus J Jacobs and John Warren as a 4 year old at Tattersalls December sale in 2005 for 625,000 gns and almost single-handedly put Newsells Park stud back on the map after it was refurbished by the Jacobs family in 2000. .

Her formidable relationship with Galileo, highlighted by Japan and Mogul, has been the dominant theme of her brilliant broodmare career.

Sir Isaac Newton, the most expensive colt when sold for 3.6 million guineas at Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in 2013, was also by Galileo, as was Secret Gesture, who finished second in the Oaks at Epsom in 2013 and was controversial. demoted to third after finishing first within a lap of the post in the Beverly D S. in Arlington Park in 2015. She then sold for $3.5 million in Keeneland’s November sale to John Ferguson.

The ink may not have dried up on the story behind Galileo’s progeny of Shastye as Skylark (GB), who was knocked out for 3.4m guineas in 2020, trains with Aidan O ‘Brien and, although she has yet to grace the runway, holds the Group 1 entries.

Shastye reportedly passed away quickly and peacefully after hemorrhaged following the birth of her foal Dubawi. She leaves behind a legacy and a record that will be hard to match, and Dollar considers himself lucky to have been associated with such a renowned producer of top-notch talent.

He said: “She was wonderful to the stud and we wish she could live forever, but that just wasn’t the case. One of the things I was most proud of was how fantastic she looked. She was just the most special mare and many of us at Newsells feel we owe her a lot. I feel like I owe him a lot. Not only to get the stud started for the Jacobs family and keep us going when, but she was also one of our best advertisements when it came to selling the stud.

When asked if there had been any particular highlight during his long and successful association with the blue hen at Newsells Park, Dollar added: ‘There have been a lot of highlights and obviously going for the Oaks with Secret Gesture as co-owners with Qatar Racing Ltd was great but, in a fun way, the day John Warren, who at the time was an agent for the Jacobs family, came to see Sir Isaac Newton while a yearling stands out. It was about three weeks before the yearling sales and he looked at him for a moment. I remember he asked us if we had insured him. When we told him it wasn’t, he said we better do it and not for less than a million pounds.

“We went to sales with huge expectations and he really stood out as an excellent specimen. We expected him to win over a million, we never had a horse to win more than a million, but we expected him to do that. We had every indication that it was going to happen but, when he won 3.6 million guineas, we were blown away. I was standing next to Andreas Jacobs and we were quite amazed by the whole thing and we gave each other a big hug. He said ‘my dad would be so proud’. Even though it was a sale and not a race, this was a very special moment, and it was the first time I had the experience of putting a horse in the ring that brought in more than a million, let alone what he earned.

A statement released by Newsells Park Stud on Monday read: “The exploits of [Shastye’s] offspring, notably formed from its wonderful partnership with the extraordinary Galileo, has given us all the most unforgettable moments, whether they happened in the silence of a hushed sales ring or accompanied by the roar of the Epsom crowd. , York, Longchamp or Sha Tin.

“When Newsells Park Stud went on sale at the end of 2020, it was Shastye who stood out more than any other mare to prove what was achievable. Shastye put Newsells Park Stud back on the map, made the stud a commercial success and helped bring a considerate, enthusiastic and passionate new owner to Graham Smith-Bernal to take care of the stud for another generation. Rest in peace, wonderful, wonderful lady.


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