Olly Stevens and his wife Hetta are looking ahead to the 2014 Flat season following an outstanding first season of training from Robins Farm Racing Stables, near Chiddingfold. In the 2013 season, they had a Royal Ascot winner and saddled the first and third in a Group race at Doncaster. Not only that but they sent out 17 winners and 36 placed horses, with prize money passing the £200,000 mark.
From these superb facilities they train horses for Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, Pearl Bloodstock, and also have horses available for other owners. On Saturday they held a 2013 yearling parade at the stables, with seven young horses going on view, two of which have been sold, with the remaining five currently available for ownership.
“We are very excited about next year. We have 40 horses in, with some still to come, so we are pretty full and have some of the best facilities for our horses, having installed a galloping treadmill which has been highly successful in producing very fragile horses, as well as a vibrating solarium. We have excellent vets and an outstanding staff team, while Nick Pearce, known for riding and training point-to-pointers at Tunbridge Wells, has done an outstanding job of breaking in some of our yearlings,” said Olly.
He reminded guests that among the horses still for sale at the 2012 yearling parade 12 months previously, were a colt by Comacho and another by Dandy Man that were paraded before performing impressively on the round gallop.
“A year on, that Camacho colt, Green Door, is a Group 2 winner, and the Dandy Man colt, Extortionist, won impressively when taking the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot. These two and many other winners have given us a most fantastic first season and we look forward to building on these successes in 2014 with another crop of exciting yearlings, as well as several top class contenders for the major three-year-old races next year.
“Extortionist and Green Door were both available for sale this time last year- so don’t miss out again!” he warned guests at the parade.
He added: “The yearlings on show have been bought for Robins Farm Stables by Alastair Donald of Sackville Donald, which is responsible for Chrisselium ( 40,000 gns yearling, winner of the Group 1 Fillies mile and Group 1 Breeders Cup juvenile fillies turf and is now 2014 Guineas Favourite), as well as Sky Lantern, and some 36 other Group 1 winners- all of this in only a few years of starting the business.”
Olly and Hetta have been scouring sales across Europe and North America looking for horses that show athleticism, toughness and temperament. They both feel these ingredients, together with the training programme and facilities that they are continually developing at Robins Farm, will contribute to ongoing success on the track.
Olly mentioned there would be syndicated horses under the banners of Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds, the pioneer of the professional racehorse syndication market, now headed by Sam Hoskins and Piers Winkworth, and with which former owner of Robins Farm Racing Stables, Peter Winkworth is now involved. Additionally, he welcomed Dan Abraham of Foxtrot Racing, responsible for a range of ‘Foxtrot’ horses over the years at the stables, starting with Foxtrot Alpha.
Robins Farm Racing Stables is also home to horses trained for Pearl Bloodstock and Sheikh Fahed Al Thani- but there were some impressive top class yearlings at the parade, still available for other owners.The first of these was a bay colt foaled in March 2012 by Group 1 winning sire Kyllachy and out of mare Rustam. Olly described him as ‘an exciting early type- a tough compact colt with a big walk and ideal for a syndicate’.He added: “He is a cracking colt, who gets on with his work and eats everything up.”
This colt was followed by a French-bred filly by Group 1 winning stallion Linngari who looked athletic and progressive and, he suggested, could be the ticket for weekends away racing in France. A filly by Royal Applause out of Fatal Attraction was a stunner and Olly warned she will not be an early season runner, but with a patient approach should come into her own in the second half of her juvenile season and be an exciting prospect as a three-year-old.
Another Royal Applause offspring to be paraded was a classy colt out of Irish-bred Thara’a, while a bay filly by 2000 Guineas winner Makfi, out of Elegant Pride was another promising prospect.
A Paco Boy colt bought at the DBS Premier Sale and out of mare Linea, was particularly impressive but has now been sold and is one to watch out for next season.He has been named The Paco Kid.
A bay filly by Kyllachy and out of Cherokee Stream, has also been snapped up. She is a very well-balanced filly, bought at Doncaster for 30,000 guineas, who seems set to make an impact as a two-year-old.
For more information about ownership, or joining a syndicate at Robins Farm Racing Stables contact the office on 01428 682059.