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Willie Browne

THIS year marks the 30th anniversary of Willie Browne's Mocklershill Stables consigning horses to European breeze-up sales. The son of jump jockey and trainer Mickey Browne, Browne travels throughout the world, particularly in the US, to find suitable yearlings to breeze the following season.

Mocklershill Stables achieved a notable first when Speciosa, whom Browne sold in 2005 at Doncaster, became the first European breeze-up purchase to win a Classic when successful in the 1,000 Guineas.

Browne also pinhooked Derby runner-up Walk In The Park and Prix de l'Opera heroine Kinnaird. Langs Lash, last year's Queen Mary Stakes winner, and Redding Colliery, who finished third in last week's UAE 2,000 Guineas, were sold by Mocklershill Stables in 2008.

Con Marnane

HAVING spent time working in training yards in Australia and the US, and three years with David O'Brien in Ireland, Con Marnane first consigned horses at breeze-up sales in 1995. His draft that year numbered only four, but three of them went on to win and Marnane's Bansha House Stables has since become one of the dominant names in breeze-up sales.

In 2000, Bansha House Stables made history by consigning the first six-figure breeze-up horse, a filly by Sadler's Wells later named Sadima, who has since found fame as the dam of Youmzain and Creachadoir.

Bansha House has consigned three breeze-up Group 1 winners - Amadeus Wolf, Rio De La Plata and Palace Episode, who failed to sell and was raced by Marnane himself at two, when he won the Racing Post Trophy.

Palace Episode was then sold to Godolphin. Other notable winners pinhooked by Marnane include Fleeting Spirit, Medici Code and Stoneside.

Jim McCartan

JIM McCARTAN owns Gaybrook Lodge Stud in County Westmeath, Ireland. He has consigned juveniles to breeze-ups since 1987, and in 1989 a Gaybrook Lodge Stud horse topped the first breeze-up sale held at Tattersalls in Newmarket when selling a son of The Noble Player for 35,000gns.

The stud has sold a steady flow of Group and black-type performers, and last year achieved pounds 80,000 with a Mr Greeley colt who sold to Brian Meehan and Hugo Merry at the Goffs Kempton breeze-up, while a Bachelor Duke filly sold to Rabbah Bloodstock at the Tattersalls Craven Sale for 85,000gns.

McCartan is also managing director of corporate communications company Adsell Productions.

Gay O'Callaghan

GAY O'CALLAGHAN and his wife Annette have owned Yeomanstown and Morristown Lattin Studs in Ireland since 1981. The farm stands four stallions - Camacho, Dark Angel, the Yeomanstown-raised Definite Article, and Derby winner Kris Kin. Group 1 winners Bad As I Wanna Be, Pipalong and Vinnie Roe were all bred at the stud too. The stud sells mostly yearlings, but each year it also consigns around ten or 12 to the breeze-up sales.

Last year at the Tattersalls Craven breeze-up sale, three of the four Yeomanstown-consigned lots made six figures. One of those, a Medaglia D'Oro colt subsequently named Al Marmoom, is owned by Godolphin and was an easy winner of a backend maiden at Yarmouth last season.

Emma O'Gorman

THE daughter of former trainer Bill, Emma O'Gorman rode around 150 winners on the Flat.

She began pinhooking horses with her partner, Armando Duarte, after she retired from the saddle, and their operation at Seven Springs Stables in Newmarket got off to a good start with subsequent Criterium de Saint-Cloud winner Paita among the third group of yearlings who they bought to pinhook.

Paita was the first graduate from a European breeze-up to win a Group 1.

She was purchased by O'Gorman for 10,000gns and sold on to Manfred Hofer for 32,000gns.

Other high-class runners to have emerged from Seven Springs Stables are Champions Gallery, Stubbs Art and Group winner and US Graded performer Wake Up Maggie.


Willie Browne; Con Marnane; Jim McCartan; Gay O'Callaghan; Emma O'Gorman
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Feb 20, 2009
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