Newsells Stud Sending Yearlings to Keeneland, Saratoga Sales

Klaus Jacobs' English-based Newsells Park Stud, which has assembled an 85-strong broodmare band in just three years, has unveiled its draft of yearlings to be offered this year at the major northern hemisphere auctions, including four at Saratoga and eight at Keeneland September.

The Saratoga quartet comprises a Giant's Causeway colt out of Grade 2 winner Diamond White; a filly by the same sire out of Group 3 winner Tamise; a Coronado's Quest filly out of Group 2 winner Fairy Queen; and a Saint Ballado filly out of Grade 1 heroine She's Classy

Those going to Keeneland are headed by a Danzig colt out of Grade 1 Beverly D Stakes winner Snow Polina. "He will be in book one at Keeneland," said the stud's general manager Robert Acton. "He's a real toughy and the leader of the pack in the paddock."

A Fusaichi Pegasus filly out of stakes winner Reading Habit will appear on day one of Keeneland. "The mare has incredible muscle and it looks like this filly has the same," added Acton.

The remaining colts in the Keeneland draft are by Red Ransom-Chine, Forestry- Euro Empire, Saint Ballado-Sheer Bliss and High Yield-Let The Music Play. The fillies will include War Chant-Hula Queen, Fusaichi Pegasus-Nurse Goodbody and Silver Deputy-Strawberry Morn.

The stud will also be selling at Deauville in August and at the Tattersalls Houghton, October and December yearling sales.

Newsells Park Stud, bought by Jacobs in July, 2000, covers 1,200 acres in Hertfordshire between London and Newmarket and only houses mares who have acquired a Timeform rating of at least 90 on the track.

"We have our 85 mares but we will have a strong culling policy and if they are not producing commercial horses, they'll be replaced," said Acton, who added that the yearlings will be offered with reserves. "But our policy is to be very open with X-rays and the like, hiding nothing."

Klaus Jacobs, whose son Andreas runs the family's Gestut Fahrhof in Germany, is one of the world's richest men having built up three firms to world-renowned standing, Jacobs-Suchard, chocolate producer Barry Callebaut and the world's largest employment agency, Adecco. In 2001, he transferred business activities to his son, Johann Christian Jacobs.

"We see it as our challenge to breed exceptional thoroughbreds that are capable of performing at the highest level for owners to be able to fulfil their passion," said Jacobs. "Whilst all investment in bloodstock is a risk, we are committed to reducing that risk and succeeding in our challenge."