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Wienerab igb roodmares uccess for Nottinghamshireo peration; BREEDERP ROFILE Nancy Sexton talks to Keith Haggins, manager of Car Colston Hall Stud, which produced Prix Robert Papin winner Reckless Abandon.

Byline: Keith Haggins

RARELY does a season go by when the decision by Car Colston Hall Stud to add Wiener Wald to their broodmare band back in 1995 fails to reap its rewards. Bought for $210,000 through Alexandra Scrope at the 1995 Keeneland November Sale, the daughter of Woodman proved to be an inspired choice as a foundation mare, producing Racing Post Trophy winner Crowded House as well as the dam of leading American turf filly Ticker Tape for the Nottingham-based stud.

The latest star to descend from her is Reckless Abandon, who extended his unbeaten record on Sunday when making all to take the Prix Robert Papin for trainer Clive Cox.

The first European stakes winner for his sire, the Kentucky-based Exchange Rate, he was raised at Car Colston Hall Stud and sold by the operation to his trainer for pounds 24,000 at last year's DBS Premier Sale.

The Prix Morny is now under consideration for the colt, in which he will bid to become the fourth Group 1 winner sold at public auction by the stud - a notable feat considering they rarely have more than ten mares in service at any time.

"The emphasis is on quality," says stud manager Keith Haggins, who joined Car Colston Hall in 2010. "Our goal is to race most of the fillies and sell the colts at auction.

"We have mares from three other families but the majority descend from Wiener Wald.

"She is a mare full of quality with a great walk and the family is the same - not overly big but full of quality."

Wiener Wald has some illustrious connections as a Woodman daughter of Chapel Of Dreams, a Grade 2-winning half-sister to Storm Cat. However, she has created a dynasty of her own as the dam of eight winners topped by Crowded House and Listed winner On Reflection. Reckless Abandon, who is out of her Listedplaced granddaughter Sant Elena (an Efisio half-sister to Grade 1 winner Ticker Tape), is the seventh stakes performer to descend from the mare.

"Sant Elena had been sent to race in America [where she ran third in the Flaming Page Stakes) and when she retired, she was covered by El Prado," says Haggins. "It was [pedigree consultant] Gary Hadden's suggestion to send her to Exchange Rate. She came home later that year in foal to him and the result was Reckless Abandon.

"He was a sharp yearling, which was one of the reasons he went to Doncaster. He had a couple of small issues but credit to Clive [Cox] - he saw him as a racehorse and bought him. Jamie Osborne, who bought Ticker Tape from us as a yearling, was the underbidder."

Reckless Abandon may not race in the Forman Hardys' colours but his emergence has been important in the further development of a family which has played a vital role in putting Car Colston Hall Stud on the map.

"Everyone here is delighted for Reckless Abandon's connections and Donny, as they're our local sales," says Haggins. "We have a yearling half-sister to Reckless Abandon by Dansili, who will probably be retained, and she is in foal to Aqlaam.

"Wiener Wald is now 20 years old but still going strong - she's in foal to Teofilo and has a filly foal by Shamardal. There are a lot of other nice fillies from the family likely to come back into the stud as well. It's exciting."


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Date:Jul 26, 2012
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