For the third year in succession, Prince Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms has won the Queen's Silver Cup as leading British-based flat breeder for 2004. The British Thoroughbred Breeders Association Awards were announced Dec. 13.
Group I victories by Powerscourt and Quiff meant that Juddmonte beat Cheveley Park Stud in terms of the most prize money won in Britain and Ireland from horses normally resident in the United Kingdom up to the end of the turf season in November.
Cheveley Park Stud still won a couple of awards, thanks to the stallion Pivotal who was conceived at the Newmarket, England stud as well as standing there.
Pivotal gained the BBA Silver Cigar Box for being the leading British-based stallion in terms of earnings (£1.49 million), and the Barleythorpe Stud Cup for the leading British-based stallion in terms of individual winners (52 individual winners of 85 races). His main representatives in 2004 included group I Pretty Polly Stakes heroine Chorist, as well as Ringmoor Down, Pivotal Point and Windsor Knot.
Dubai Millennium, who died before completing his first season at stud, held off a strong challenge from another Dalham Hall stallion Diktat to take the Tattersalls' Silver Salver for leading British-based first season flat sire. Dubai Millennium had 10 individual winners of 12 races worth £255,378, with his best performer being the National Stakes (Eng-I) winner Dubawi.
Kirsten Rausing's Alouette won the H. J. Joel Silver Salver for broodmare of the year. The daughter of Darshaan was responsible for the 1999 and 2000 Emirates Airline Champion Stakes winner Alborada and enjoyed further success in 2004 with Alborada's full-sister Albanova, a three-time group I winner in Germany.
The TBA Silver Rose Bowl for Flat breeder of the year goes to Lord Derby's Stanley House Stud, in recognition of the brilliant achievements of Ouija Board. The 3-year-old Cape Cross
filly had four victories in 2004, including the Epsom Oaks (Eng-I), Irish Oaks (Ire-I), and the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) at Lone Star Park.
Another star this year was Attraction, who became the first filly to complete the Newmarket and Irish One Thousand Guineas double, both group I, as well as enjoying success in two further group I contests -- the Coronation Stakes at
Royal Ascot and the Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket. In recognition of these feats, her breeder the Duke of Roxburghe's Floors Stud will receive the Flat Special Merit Award.
A third filly to do well in 2004 was Soviet Song, who recorded group I victories in the Falmouth Stakes, Matron Stakes and the Sussex Stakes, beating the colts in the last-named. Her owner, the Elite Racing Club, takes the Langham Cup for small flat breeder and is the first owners' syndicate to do so.
The awards will be presented at the TBA Awards' Dinner at the Churchill Hotel in London Tuesday, Jan. 11, when the winners of two special awards for contributions to the British breeding industry will be announced.