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Bloodstock Desk: My Emma among stock being sold by Matthews family.

Byline: Bessie Gregory, Rachel Pagones & Amy Bennett

MY EMMA and her stakes-winning daughter Moments Of Joy will be the highlights of a dispersal of bloodstock owned by Matthews Breeding and Racing when offered at the Tattersalls December Sales next month, writes Rachel Pagones. The pair, from a family first cultivated by the late Lord Matthews four decades ago, will be offered along with eight other fillies and mares by Kirsten Rausing's Lanwades Stud consignment.

Matthews Breeding and Racing comprises the bloodstock holdings of Lord Matthews' son Ian, who has relocated to Florida. The dispersal also includes three horses being sold at the Tattersalls Autumn Horses In T raining Sale tomorrow - Trafalgar Square, Diamond Katie and Grand Course, all three-year-old winners this year who are consigned by Rae Guest's Chestnut Tree Stables - and a number of foals to be sold next February.

"At the moment the intention is they all go," said Rausing yesterday. "I think there are some very valuable mares here."

The December draft features several descendants of Pato, an exceptional broodmare for the Matthews family before her death last year at the age of 22. She produced St Leger and Ascot Gold Cup winner Classic Clich and Yorkshire Oaks and P rix Vermeille heroine My Emma, as well as stakes producers Threatening and Lust.

Threatening, who died in 2003, was the dam of Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes winner Mutinyonthebounty, bred by Matthews Breeding and Racing; Lust produced Listed Woodcote Stakes scorer Screwdriver for the National Stud Owner Breeders' Club.

Among the other Pato descendants being sold in December are First Exhibit, an unraced Machiavellian daughter of My Emma in foal to Falbrav; Just Dreams, a sister to Classic Clich, with a covering to Haafhd; and Pat Or Else, an Alzao daughter of My Emma on a late cover to Domedriver.

My Emma is carrying a Pivotal foal, while Moments Of Joy is in foal to Refuse To Bend. There are also two fillies: Light Of Morn, a four-year-old by Daylami out of My Emma who was unplaced in the Listed Lady Godiva Fillies' Stakes at Yarmouth yesterday, and Pretty As Can Be, Pato's unraced three-year-old by Giant's Causeway.

Completing the December draft are P ortelet, carrying a full-sibling to last year's Group 2 Champagne Stakes winner Etlaala, and her daughter Bird Key and half-sister Rozel.

Lanwades has been home to the Matthews mares for around eight years. Etlaala was conceived, born and raised on the Newmarket stud, and Mutinyonthebounty and Moments Of Joy were born and raised there as well. Pato is buried on the property next to the matriarchs Maria Waleska and Alruccaba.

"It will be sad to see them go, because there are some top mares among them," said Rausing. "It's sad for Ian himself, because his father started this 40 years ago."

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Moments Of Joy (nearest), pictured beating Discreet Brief at Goodwood in 2003, forms part of a dispersal by Matthews Breeding and Racing
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 26, 2005
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