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Cliffs and Frozen Power pay tribute to 'brilliant stockman' Liam Cashman; AN ENDURING LEGACY: Classic-winning pair evoke memories of late stud master.

Classic-winning pair evoke memories of late stud master LIAM CASHMAN'S sudden death in March sent shockwaves through racing and bloodstock circles, with the industry losing a brilliant stockman who was as well-liked as he was respected.

Whether it was as stallion manager, pinhooker or breeder, Cashman enjoyed success at the highest level throughout his time at the helm of Rathbarry Stud.

So it is only fitting that the centrepiece of one of Ireland's most important weekends of racing should fall to a son of Rathbarry resident Tagula, himself a son of former stud stalwart Taufan, and that the German 2,000 Guineas should go to the Rathbarry-bred and sold Frozen Power.

Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Canford Cliffs is from Tagula's tenth crop. The stallion himself ran a distant fifth to Spinning World in the 1996 renewal of the race.

As a Group 1-winning two-year-old over 6f, Tagula would have appealed to most operations but he was a natural fit for Rathbarry, as the best son of Group 2 winner Taufan, who had been an early Flat recruit to the stud in 1982.

Cashman secured a 75 per cent interest in Taufan from Sheikh Mohammed, through Colonel Dick Warden, and the son of Stop The Music went on to justify his faith by becoming the second of seven leading first-season sires based at Rathbarry.

When Tagula's first crop hit the track 15 years later, it was his turn to uphold the Rathbarry tradition as a champion first-season sire, in part thanks to the Group 2 winners Atlantis Prince and Tagshira.

Though that strong initial crop came to include four stakes winners, Tagula has not been consistent in producing high-profile horses, and today, the 17-year-old - one of the last remaining descendants of Stop The Music at stud - stands for a private fee, which was last season advertised at EUR4,000.

Atlantis Prince stayed 1m well enough to win the Royal Lodge Stakes, but after sprinters such as Tax Free, Red Millennium and Drawnfromthepast emerged in later seasons, Tagula is best known as a sire of fast horses.

In fact, 11 per cent of his runners are successful over 5f and 6f, a fact which prompted doubts over Canford Cliffs' ability to stay 1m.

Frozen Power was bred out of Musical Treat, a mare purchased at Keeneland in 2003 by Rathbarry through John Tyrell of BBA Ireland for $100,000.

At the time, the daughter of Royal Academy was carrying to Mr Greeley, the result being Finsceal Beo, who pulled off an Anglo-Irish Guineas double for Jim Bolger in 2007.

A visit to resident stallion Barathea produced Listed-placed Music Bar, while Frozen Power, who topped day one of the 2008 Tattersalls October Sale at 500,000gns, is her third consecutive runner to win black type.

Hopes are no doubt high for her two-year-old daughter of Medicean, Zabeel Place, whom the stud sold for 500,000gns last year to John Ferguson.


Liam Cashman: universally respected in bloodstock circles
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 27, 2010
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