Dubai Super Saturday Win

Dubai Super Saturday Win

SALUTE THE SOLDIER continue the fine run of form being enjoyed by trainer Fawzi Nass when winning the Group 3 Burj Nahaar over a mile on Super Saturday at Meydan in Dubai by 5.5 lengths.  Like Port Lions, who won $1m in Saudi Arabia the previous Sunday, Salute The Soldier is owned by HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa’s Victorious Racing.  He was bought by Oliver at the 2019 Tattersalls Autumn Horses-in-Training Sale where the Sepoy gelding made 380,000 Guineas when bought out of Clive Cox’s stable.  He has already earned £228,000 of that back since October and now heads to the Group 2 Godolphin Mile, on 28th March at Dubai World Cup night, as one of the leading contenders – Inshallah.  This latest win was his first start on dirt and generated his best ever Racing Post rating of 117, 8lbs higher than he’d achieved previously.

Video of – Gr.3 Burj Nahaar


16th Pakistan Derby Win

ROYAL RANSOM became Oliver’s 11th consecutive Pakistan Derby winner (his 16th in total since 2001) when taking the 2,400m Championship race by 7 lengths from another of Oliver’s runners, War It Is (by Nathaniel).  Royal Ransom was bred by Abdul Mamdot’s Qadirabad Stud and is their 10th Derby winner.  His sire, Dunhill Star (by Danehill), was exported by Oliver to Pakistan – he is now 20 years old and has sired 4 Derby winners.  The winner’s dam is Quality Road (PAK) who won the Derby herself in 2011 and also produced last year’s Derby winner, CaliforniaQuality Road is the product of two other Oliver exports in sire Replay and dam Spring Music.

Video of – 2020 Pakistan Derby

March 9, 2020




I am very proud to have bought the very first winner at the inaugural Saudi Cup day at King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riyadh.  PORT LIONS had won all 3 races in Bahrain for trainer Fawzi Nass, including the Crown Prince Cup, since his purchase privately last summer.  The bookmakers failed to assess the Bahraini form and sent the gelding off at 40-1 in the $1 million Neom Turf Cup over 2,100m on turf.  Having been asleep when the stalls opened, the HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa owned 5 year old, came with a storming run down the outside to mow down dual Gr.1 winner Deirdre.


Port Lions, who cost less than £100,000, was bought privately after he won his second race in Ireland with an official rating of 87.  He has improved under trainer Fawzi Nass’s care and won in Saudi off a rating of 111.

Race Video – $1 million Neom Turf Cup

Abdulla Saudi

March 1, 2020

Breeders’ Cup Success

Breeders’ Cup Success



Highly consistent, tough and honest are what best describes Bated Breath 2 year old filly DAAHYEH. Skilfully trained by Roger Varian this £75,00 yearling purchase won the Group 2 Rockfell Stakes at Newmarket, having previously annexed the Group 3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, as well as being second in the Group 1 Moyglare Stakes at the Curragh and Group 2 Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket July meeting.



She headed out to Santa Anita for the Championship races at the Breeders’ Cup to take on the best of America on their home soil.  She ran in the Grade 1 Juvenile Fillies Turf over a mile – a distance which she had not encountered before.  In a rough race she ran a blinder to finish a solid gallant second.  She has danced every dance and never run a bad race earning over £330,000 and giving her owner, Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad al Khalifa, immense pleasure. She will be aimed at the English Classic 1,000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket in the Spring and will hopefully break her Group 1 duck.

Eventually she will be retired to Fawzi Nass’s Aislabie Stud as a very attractive broodmare prospect.

November 8, 2019

Leading Buyer

Leading Buyer



Oliver had a very active season at the European yearling sales buying 30 yearlings for various clients including the 425,000 Guineas Kingman colt out of Brevity at Tattersalls and the third top priced yearling at the Goffs UK Premier sale a Mehmas colt out of Entreat (dam of exciting Group 2 winning 2 year old Golden Horde).




At the Tattersalls Autumn Horses-In-Training Sale Oliver was the leading buyer by numbers, buying 27 horses, and by cumulative spend of over 1,000,000 Guineas.  Oliver bought horses to continue racing in Dubai, Bahrain, Greece, Hungary & Pakistan as well as a filly to go to stud in England.

380,000 Guineas purchase, Salute The Soldier has won 4 races in England over 7 and 8 furlongs for Clive Cox but now heads to Dubai to be trained by Fawzi Nass.

                                                              TATTERSALLS INTERVIEW – Salute The Soldier

October 31, 2019

DAAHYEH wins at Royal Ascot

DAAHYEH wins at Royal Ascot


DAAHYEH (by Bated Breath) won the Group 3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot in very taking fashion, pulling away from her rivals at the finish, in the colours of HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

A £75,000 yearling purchase for Fawzi Nass from Doncaster Premier Yearling Sale, she comes from a Juddmonte family that has always nicked well with the Dansili sire line.  Hopefully she can go on again from this fabulous win to be a real force to be reckoned with.  Trained by Roger Varian and ridden by rising star David Egan.

June 24, 2019

Group 1 Nunthorpe Glory

Group 1 Nunthorpe Glory


20,000 Guineas Tattersalls October yearling purchase ALPHA DELPHINI wins a fabulous renewal of the GROUP 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York’s Ebor meeting.

Trainer Bryan Smart was adamant the horse should run at York as he thought he had him in the form of his life.  Bryan had also trainer his half-brother Tangerine Trees to win the Group 1 Prix de l’Abbeye at Longchamp on Arc day.  Bryan will now look at winning the Prix de l’Abbeye again if the ground is suitable.



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August 31, 2018

Italian Derby Win; Epsom Derby Dreams

Italian Derby Win; Epsom Derby Dreams


SUMMER FESTIVAL won the Group 2 Italian Derby with a strong front running role and looks set to take to the International stage.  Out of Diktat mare KAMMAAN who Oliver has bought twice as a broodmare, the latest time for Pinnacle Bloodstock.  Oliver also advises on the stallion and booked the mating to sire Poet’s VoiceKammaan was rested in 2017, has a colt foal by Nathaniel, and is in-foal to Poet’s Voice (Poet’s Voice has sadly died since).


HAZAPOUR (2015 Ch.C. Shamardal x. Hazarafa (Daylami) entered the Epsom Derby equation when scoring emphatically on his seasonal debut in the Group 3 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown.  He is now 3rd favourite for the Epsom Derby on June 2nd.  Hazapour is out of a Listed winning half sister to Epsom Derby and Irish Derby winner HARZAND; and is therefore out of a daughter of HAZARIYA (who Oliver bought for Newsells Park Stud for €480,000).  Newsells Park resold Hazariya for 2 million Guineas in 2016, and they still retain 2 daughters from the mare.


4 year old Holy Roman Emperor filly INSHIRAAR, who won 3 races in 2017, enhanced her record and paddock value by taking 3rd in the Group 3 Prix Maurice Zilber at the recently renovated Paris-Longchamp for owner Fawzi Nass.  This was her 2nd race of the year and it is hoped to add further Black Type to this French bred fillies record over the summer.

May 25, 2018

Jordan Sport Breaks Records to head to Golden Shaheen

Jordan Sport Breaks Records to head to Golden Shaheen



JORDAN SPORT smashed the track record at Meydan in the 1,200m Mahab Al Shimaa, Group 3, on Super Saturday in Dubai.  He led from the front and drew clear to pulverize the opposition by 7.5 lengths.  This was the Dubawi gelding’s first run on dirt and established him as the leading contender trained in Dubai for the Group 1 Golden Shaheen on Dubai Word Cup evening.  He will face sterner opposition on 31st March from USA & Hong Kong, but they will hopefully have to pull out all the stops to beat the track record holder.


Purchased by Oliver for only 90,000 Guineas at the Tattersalls Horses-in-Training Sale last October, he has been revitalized by Bahraini owner/trainer Fawzi Nass since arriving in Dubai.  This is the second time Oliver & Fawzi have had the winner of the Mahab Al Shimaa – Krypton Factor took it on the way to him winning the Group 1 Golden Shaheen.


SULTAN ONE becomes Oliver’s 14th Pakistan Derby Winner

SULTAN ONE, by Danzig stallion, Asaasi, took the 2018 Pakistan Derby at Lahore over 2,400m.  This was Oliver’s 9th consecutive Pakistan Derby victory since 2010 and his 14th Derby winner in total since 2001.

March 21, 2018

2018 European Stallion Nomination Fees

2018 European Stallion Nomination Fees

Here is a list of all 2018 Flat European Stallion Nomination Fees above a fairly low limit –

2018 Nominations Fees

I obviously follow the market very closely and have a very good idea of what deals are available on stallions.

I also keep a comprehensive list of stallion share and breeding rights holders which enables me to potentially get access to a stallion that the stallion farm are saying is already full or potentially get a better deal than the stallion farm is currently offering.

Get in contact with me to see what I can do.

November 10, 2017

Third Bahrain King’s Cup / 13th Pakistan Derby

Third Bahrain King’s Cup / 13th Pakistan Derby



Oliver won the Bahrain King’s Cup for the third time when WAKAME won for Owner/Trainer Fawzi Nass beating another of his purchases, Vale Do Sole, also for Fawzi Nass.  Wakame had been bought by Oliver at the 2016 Tattersalls Autumn Horses-in-Training Sale for only 50,000 Guineas, whilst Vale Do Sole was purchased at the same sale in 2015.


The King’s Cup is the most prestigious and important race for imported horses in Bahrain.  Oliver had previously won the race in 2015 when having the first 3 horses home – Rainbow Rock, Semeen and Tonabroky.  In 2011 he won the race again for Owner/Trainer Fawzi Nass with Book Of Numbers.

BIG BRAVE won the Pakistan Derby for breeder Abdul ‘Bunny’ Mamdot of Qadirabad Stud.  This was Bunny Mamdot’s 9th Derby (all from purchases made by Oliver) with this colt being by Danehill stallion Dunhill Star (purchased privately by Oliver) out of Perfect Pirouette, a 5,000 Gns. purchase by Oliver at Tattersalls.

Oliver has now won the Derby on 12 occasions that he is aware of since 2001.  This was his 8th consecutive victory in Pakistan’s most prestigious race, having won every running from 2010 on.

March 20, 2017

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