Prince Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms, among the top breeders in North America this year, is the leading British-based breeder of 2000, according to the award winners announced Wednesday by the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association. Juddmonte received the award on the basis of success by such runners as the Vodafone Derby third Beat Hollow and Group-winning juveniles Endless Summer and Clearing.
In other award winners announced by the TBA, Shadwell Stud's Unfuwain, the sire of Irish Oaks heroine Petrushka and the Sagitta 1,000 winner Lahan, is the leading British-based Flat stallion (in prize money).
Richard Lancaster, the Shadwell stud director, said: "Unfuwain has enjoyed an unforgettable season thanks to his classic- winning fillies, Petrushka and Lahan, and to take this award is the icing on the cake. It is of special significance to all of us at Shadwell as Unfuwain now follows in the footsteps of Nashwan and Green Desert who have both won the award in the past."
Gunner B, who stands at Shade Oak Stud in Shropshire, wins the equivalent National Hunt category and the prize for siring most individual chase winners.
Peter Hockenhull, manager of Shade Oak Stud, said: "We are delighted that Gunner B has been honored with these awards. Winning them is something that we have strived towards since we set out in this business, and I am sure it is an aim of most British stallion owners. We hope to keep on winning them in the future and Gunner B is still going strong for next year, although he will be restricted in the number of mares he covers."
Mind Games, who had a Royal Ascot winner in Romantic Myth from his first crop, is the leading British-based first-season sire (Flat) while Highclere Stud's Efisio regains the prize for leading British-based Flat stallion (in numbers of winners) with 34 successes.
John Greetham of Guyler's Stud in Norfolk wins the TBA's Flat Breeder prize thanks to Arctic Owl (Group 1 Irish St Leger) and Little Rock (Princess Of Wales's Stakes and Gordon Richards Stakes) while Giles Pritchard-Gordon has won the Langham Cup for a small breeder deserving special merit. Pritchard-Gordon, based at Slaugham Park Stud in West Sussex, bred the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat victor Suances and Cork & Orrery Stakes scorer Superior Premium.
Bill Bromley takes the National Hunt Achievement Award. The proprietor of Wood Farm Stud in Shropshire is not only one of the driving forces behind the successful National Hunt Foal Show at Doncaster in November but stands two of the country's most-promising jumping stallions, Sir Harry Lewis and Classic Cliche.
Overbury Stud's Breadcrumb wins the Flat Broodmare Award, having been responsible for the Group winners Last Resort (Challenge Stakes) and Barrow Creek (Goldene Peitsche), while Cover Your Money, who was put down aged 26 in the summer, takes the National Hunt equivalent. She is the dam of Red Marauder, Red Striker and the ill-fated Anna Karnali.
The prizes will be presented at the TBA Awards' Dinner in London on Tuesday, Jan. 9, when the winners of two Special Awards for contributions to the British breeding industry will be announced. As has been previously announced, the Aga Khan will be the guest of honor at the Awards' Dinner.
Nigel Elwes, Chairman of the TBA, said: "Our annual awards' dinner gives the TBA the opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding achievements by some of the well-known and less familiar names, both human and equine, who have contributed to the success of the British breeding industry."