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

2 Million Guineas

2 Million Guineas

Oliver purchased the mare HAZARIYA in 2014 for €480,000 for regular client Newsells Park Stud – She is now the dam of that rare racehorse – a dual Derby winner – with HARZAND having won the Epsom Derby and the Irish Derby.  Newsells Park decided to retain her two fillies born with them, 2015 by Fastnet Rock and her 2016 by Dansili as future broodmares for the stud.

The decision was made to offer 14 year old HAZARIYA in-foal to Invincible Spirit at Tattersalls December Sales where she realized a tidy profit when selling for 2 million Guineas to the bid of MV Magnier of Coolmore Stud & Markus Jooste of Mayfair Speculators.

December 15, 2016

Dual DERBY Winner

Dual DERBY Winner



HARZAND became that very rare racehorse, a dual Derby winner, when showing real guts and determination to win the Group 1 Irish Derby at the Curragh following on from his stylish win in the Group 1 Epsom Derby.

Harzand‘s dam, HAZARIYA, was purchased from the Aga Khan’s Stud by Oliver at the 2014 Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale for regular clients, Newsells Park Stud, for €480,000.





Hazariya was in-foal to Fastnet Rock at the time Oliver purchased her and she subsequently foaled a filly in 2015.  She has had a Dansili filly in 2016 and is currently in-foal to Invincible Spirit.

Harzand is now being aimed at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe to try and emulate his sire Sea The Stars.




This was Oliver’s third Derby success of the year, having also won the Pakistan Derby again, this time with local bred colt NO REGARD, whose victory was emphatic and he broke the track record in Lahore.  Oliver purchased his dam AUBURN PLACE privately in England as a filly in early 2012 for Mr Shahid Hussain and she was covered that spring in Pakistan with another of Oliver’s purchases, DUBAI EDITION.  So No Regard was  the first foal of this Compton Place mare who hails from the family of dual Derby winner, Old Vic.

July 29, 2016

Bahrain, Dubai, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan & Pakistan

Bahrain, Dubai, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan & Pakistan



First & Second & Third – TWICE

RAINBOW ROCK, owned by Shaikh Isa bin Duaij bin Salman Al Khalifa and trained by Sami Saloom, beat Semeen & Tonabrocky (both trained by Fawzi Nass) to win the King’s Cup, the top race for imported horses in Bahrain.  I bought all 3 horses at Tattersalls Autumn Horses-in-Training Sale 2014.




Celebration - Pakistan Derby


CELEBRATION by Halling won the Pakistan Derby at Lahore Race Club for owner Makhdoom Syed Ahmad Mahmud out of Stella Marine, who I bought for 11,000 Guineas at Tattersalls December Sale in 2010.  Second, by 3 lengths, was My Guest with Falling Rain a Distance back in third – all out of mares I bought for Pakistan.  This was the second year in a row that I won the Pakistan Derby and represents yet another win in a race that I have been lucky enough to win on many occasions.


KRYPTON FACTOR was a very honourable second in the Group 3 Al Shindagha Sprint at Meydan, beaten only a neck by another fellow Group 1 Golden Shaheen winner in ReynaldoTheWizard.

Hototo ran with great credit during the Dubai Carnival.  He won the $120,000 Longines Master Collection Handicap at Meydan for owner/trainer Fawzi Nass and was then a close second in the $175,000 Meydan Sobha Handicap.



£800 Purchases

Firstly:- Monsieur Bond 2yo filly SATIN CHIC just proves that you don’t need to spend big to have success.  She was a £800 yearling purchase for Bryan Smart at DBS Autumn Sale and was placed on her début before winning over 6 furlongs at Hamilton, both in May.  She should progress on from this as well.

Secondly:- I was also delighted to see FULL ROSE win the Group 2 German 1,000 Guineas on her second start for the year, having previously this year won the Listed Henkel-Stutenpreis. I bought her 2013 Arcano sister also at the DBS Autumn Sale, again for only £800.

Miss turpan




MISS TURPAN by Hernando came with a storming late run to win the Listed Hazafi Dij (Hungarian 1,000 Guineas) having won her only previous start in Budapest.  Purchased with trainer Szuna (Sabie) Szabolcs at Tattersalls Autumn Horses-in-Training Sale in 2014 for only 6,500 Guineas out of Sir Mark Prescott’s stables.  Fourth in the race was Dirty Dreamer a 4,000 Gns. yearling purchase for Gyorgy Deak in 2013.





Grade 1 winning 2yo CARPE DIEM (by Giant’s Causeway) started his 3yo campaign in style, taking the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby by 5 lengths.  His next start was in another Kentucky Derby trial, the Grade 1 Blue Grass stakes at Keeneland winning in comfortable fashion by 3 lengths.  Sadly he didn’t produce his best in the Kentucky Derby but the season is only just getting going. He is a half-brother to winning Tale Of The Cat mare, Dreamwriter, who had a MasterCraftsman filly in March and is safely in-foal to Distorted Humor.  I bought Dreamwriter for 36,000 Guineas as a filly to go to stud in 2011 for Palmerstone Bloodstock, which is an EIS scheme.


Darshaan mare IMCO IMAGINATION had her best result yet when her 3 year old son GOLDSTREAM, by Martino Alonsowon the Group 2 Derby Italiano by 3 lengths.  Imco Imagination was purchased as a filly in-training to go to stud.  She has also bred BIT OF HELL, a dual Listed winner in Italy & Group 3 placed in Australia, and Sweet Lollipop, a Listed placed filly.



REWARDING HERO out of Caldy Dancer had a most successful season in Hong Kong starting by winning the Group 3 Challenge Cup in January before being 3rd in the Group 1 Stewards’ Cup & Group 2 Chairmans’ Trophy and 2nd in the Group 1 Champions’ Mile, as well as being placed in a couple of other Group 3 races. Caldy Dancer was purchased when in-training as a broodmare prospect.

LUCKY KRISTALE got her career back on track when finishing 2nd in the Listed Leisure Stakes at Windsor.  This dual Group 2 winner is a half-sister to dual winner I See You who I bought to go to Saudi Arabia as a breeding prospect in February 2013.

Meiner Milano out of winning Polish Precedent mare, Pearl Barley, was 3rd in the Grade 3 Chunichi Shimun Hai in Japan. Pearl Barley is a half-sister to Group 2 winners Nayyir and Sky Hunter.  Pearl Barley was purchased for Alan Smith.

Kocna out of the Hawk Wing mare Star Approval was 3rd in the Group 3 Premio Regina Elena (Italian 1,000 Guineas).  Star Approval was purchased as a filly for Newsells Park Stud.

I bought 3yo filly Kalifi, by First Defence, off Juddmonte Farms for 4,000 Guineas at Tattersalls July Sale 2014 for veteran breeder, Richard Tucker of Nelson Farm Stud.  Her half-sister, Reaching Ahead, is now dam of Full Of Beauty who was only beaten a head in the Group 2 Oaks d’Italia on her seasonal début (and only her second ever start).

June 2, 2015

Review of 2014

Review of 2014



2014 was a year with plenty of winners and decent performances but without a headline big win though many achieved very high ratings and placings in important races. My purchases achieved over 90 wins from over 58 individual winners with others that I cannot verify in overseas racing jurisdictions.




On The Racecourse

Having won the Group 2 King George Stakes at Goodwood in 2013, MOVIESTA found 2014 a rather frustrating season being beaten a length or less in two Group 1 races and the same in a Group 2!!  Second, beaten 1/2 length, in the 5 furlong Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp on Arc de Triomphe day, having met trouble in running.  Third in Group 2 King George Stakes at Goodwood beaten 1/2 length. Fourth, beaten 1 length having been hampered, in the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York’s Ebor meeting.  Hopefully he can win the elusive Group 1 race he deserves in 2015, probably over his preferred distance of 5 furlongs.  Rated 112, he still won over £60,000 for trainer Bryan Smart and part owner Harry Redknapp in 2014, to add to the £115,000 earned previously – a 44,000 Gns. Breeze-Up purchase.


ASMAR made his racecourse début as a just turned 3 year old and soon won the Listed Al Bastakiya Stakes at Meydan in Dubai.  His next start was the Group 2 UAE Derby on World Cup night when he was second to subsequent Breeders’ Cup Classic runner-up Toast Of New York.  He attained an official rating of 113 for owner/trainer Fawzi Nass.



SECRET PURSUIT won twice on her way to the Chester May meeting where she showed her ability being beaten only 0.5 lengths in to second in the Listed Cheshire Oaks.  Given a break over the summer by trainer Marcus Tregoning, she won on her autumn return by an eased down 2.5 lengths in the Listed Prix Solitude at Saint-Cloud.  She’s a half sister to Group 3 winner & Group 2 placed Pearl Flute and will be a nice foundation broodmare for owner Guy Brook.  She remains in training for 2015.

LAMAR was second in the Listed Fleur de Lys Fillies Stakes at Lingfield over 7 furlongs having threatened all season in decent races for James Tate.  She was also 4th in the Group 3 Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket and in the Listed Prix Miss Satamixa at Deauville.

Adventure Seeker – having won at 2 years in 2013, he started the year rated 78 but having won a handicap at York’s May meeting, then been second by less than a length in the £80,000 Melrose Handicap back at York and again second by a head in the £100,000 Betfred TV Handicap at Newmarket, he finished the year rated 100.  He looks an exciting prospect for owner Hamid Rashed and trainer Ed Vaughan.

Former Group 1 Golden Shaheen winner KRYPTON FACTOR had lost his way a little until re-finding some form back on the grass in the UK for rookie trainer George Peckham, with a decent win in a Conditions race and 4 places (all his starts) to take his career earnings to £1.26 million – he was a 100,000 Guineas purchase.

Mehronissa could be anything in 2015 having won her only start in a decent looking 2 year old maiden at Newmarket over 7 furlongs.  A 65,000 Gns. yearling, this Lawman filly has been given entries in the Group 1 Irish 1,000 Guineas for owner Salem Rashid and trainer Ed Vaughan.

3,500 Gns Tattersalls Horses-in-Training purchase CLAUDIA OCTAVIA was a revelation in her 3 year old career in Hungary winning on 3 occasions in the Hungarian Listed races – Hazafi Dij, Maganyos Dij (Hungarian Oaks) & Magyar Kancadij.  She was also second in the Slovakian Oaks and third in the Austrian 1,000 Guineas.

Evo Campo only cost €5,000 as a yearling but won on her début as a 2 year old before being sold to race in America for a sizeable profit for trainer Mark Usher & owners.

Gabrial’s Star, a 8,000 Gns. yearling, had won twice in previous seasons but showed real consistency and soundness in 2014 with 2 wins and 8 places from 15 races and prize-money of almost £30,000 and a 10lb rise in the weights to 92.  There’s no reason that he couldn’t win a big handicap in 2015.

£3,000 yearling bargain buy MIRACLE OF MEDINAH, who won a Group 3 & Listed races in 2013, couldn’t repeat that form in 2014 but was placed in a couple of Listed races for trainer Mark Usher.  The owners syndicate had been offered big money for him at the end of 2013 but, for very understandable and sporting reasons, had turned the sizeable profit down.

Mujazif eventually bagged a decent £25,000 handicap at the end of the season for Dandy Nichols and finished, as he started, with a rating of 91.

Three year old Red Pike won 4 races in 2014 for part owner Sir Alex Ferguson having started the season rated 77 before continuing to be guided expertly by trainer Bryan Smart to a rating of 94.  He should be a real force in 6 furlong heritage handicaps as a 4 year old in 2015.

The old timers – St Moritz has been the soundest of horses even at 8 years old and he won his 9th & 10th races on his 40th & 41st career starts, yet he is still racing off an official BHA handicap rating of 92.  Also 7 year old Swiss Cross has now had 60 career starts and added another win in 2014 to bring his victories to 7 and had to suffer an official BHA handicap rating of 97 during the year.

With Breeding Stock

CARPE DIEM proved himself a top 2 year old by storming to a Grade 1 win in the Breeders’ Futurity Stakes at Keeneland by 6.5 lengths – a race his half-brother had also won.  The son of Giant’s Causeway was then a very honourable 2nd in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita in November.  He is a half-brother to 36,000 Gns purchase DREAMWRITER who is his only winning female sibling.  Her value has leapt forward and Carpe Diem looks a lively contender for the Kentucky Derby in May 2015.

GRAPHIC made the transformation from decent handicapper to black type performer at the first time of asking in 2014.  He started by winning the Listed Doncaster Miles Stakes and went one better when readily winning the Group 3 Prix Messidor at Maisons-Laffitte.  He was also placed in the Group 3 Diomed Stakes at Epsom, Group 3 Prix Perth at Saint-Cloud, Listed Paradise Stakes at Ascot and Listed Hyde Stakes at Lingfield.  He is out of the Night Shift mare FOLLOW THE LEAD who I purchased for 20,000 Gns. for Dermot Cantillon in 2005.

I bought 5 time winning Oasis Dream filly IMPRESSIBLE for Newsells Park Stud for 77,000 Gns. in 2010 to visit Newsells’s exciting young sire, Equiano.  The resulting foal is DARK RECKONING who won the Group 3 Firth of Clyde Stakes at Ayr.

Galileo colt Odeon briefly looked like an Epsom Derby candidate when 4th in the Group 2 Dante Stakes at York and later a St Leger possibility when 3rd in the Group 2 Great Volitigeur Stakes again at York.  He was also placed in the Listed Noel Murless Stakes at Ascot and the Listed Glasgow Stakes at Hamilton.  He is out of Mark Of Esteem mare KITE MARK who I bought as a filly for 55,000 Gns. for Northmore Stud.  She has previously produced Group 2 winner and Group 1 second Kite Wood for Northmore Stud.

In The Sales Ring

In 2012 I bought winning Dubai Destination mare HOMETIME for €200,000 for Newsells Park Stud carrying to Shamardal – she is a half-sister to Group 1 Prix de Diane winner West Wind from the family of Balanchine.  Hometime has benefited from her own-sister producing Ihtimal (by Shamardal), who is a Group 2 winning 2yo & also Group 1 3rd in the 1,000 Guineas.   Hometime‘s 2013 Shamardal colt was a real cracker and sold at Arqana August Sale to Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum’s team for €320,000 meaning that the mare is already in profit.  Hometime has a 2014 colt by Newsells young sire, Nathaniel, and is back in-foal to Shamardal.

Dansili Group 2 winner and Group 1 placed mare STRAWBERRYDAIQUIRI was sold in-foal to Dubawi at Keeneland November Sale for $1.45 million by Aislabie Stud.  She had been purchased privately in 2010.

Two very satisfying results were firstly Itchen Valley Stud, who I am retained to advise, getting 40,000 Gns for a yearling colt by Showcasing out of Queen of Havana.  Showcasing stood at an advertised fee of £4,500 in 2012 when this colt was conceived.  Secondly Whitwell Bloodstock bought Blue Beacon for €36,000 in 2012 with me and had received 31,000 Gns. & 35,000 Gns. for her first 2 foals for them.  Her 2014 colt foal made 78,000 Gns. at Tattersalls December Foal sale, making him the second top priced colt by his first season sire, Harbour Watch.

I was busy in the sales ring buying 37 yearlings that have gone in to training with a multitude of trainers – Andrew Balding, John Gosden, William Haggas, Ron Hodges, Jedd O’Keeffe, David O’Meara, Henri Pantall, George Peckham, Sir Mark Prescott, Bryan Smart, Mark Usher, Ed Vaughan and Venetia Williams.  These were headed by price by 200,000 Gns. for an Exceed And Excel colt who is a half-brother to Group 2 winner and Group 1 2,000 Guineas second, Delegator.



16 mares/fillies were bought to go to stud at various sales for Biddestone Stud, Newsells Park Stud and a number of EIS schemes set-up by the Camacho family.  These purchases were headed by price by Group 3 winner HAZARIYA for €480,000 for Newsells Park Stud. I also bought mares to export to Hungary, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

I bought stallions ART CONNOISSEUR and MISU BOND from Tattersalls December Breeding Stock Sale to go to Saudi Arabia.




21 horses-in-training were purchased at public auction, some for trainers George Peckham, Sir Mark Prescott, Bryan Smart & Marcus Tregoning and others were to go abroad to Bahrain, Dubai and Hungary.

January 21, 2015
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