Juniper Tree (IRE) b. 2011
and is bred by the hotel mogul Noel O’Callaghan. He was sold as a yearling at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale for 950,000 guineas (9,5 millioner DKK) to Coolmore’s Demi O’Byrne and went into training with A.P. O’Brien at Ballydoyle.
He is the son of no other than the worlds leading stallion and 3-year old champion in Europe, Galileo (IRE) (Sadler’s Wells – Urban Sea v. Miswaki) and is out of the 5-double Group 1 winner & Champion Older Mare in Europe i 2005, Alexander Goldrun (Goldaway – Renashaan v. Darshaan).
He had two starts and was very promising indeed. But after the secound start he came back with an injury.
For those who do the Danish, there’s more here at York’s site.
Binary File (USA) b. 1998 (Nureyev-Binary)
bred by af Khalid Abdullahs Juddmonte Farm, who himself owned him before he came to Scandinavia. He is after the European 3-year olds Champion miler, Nureyev (Northern Dancer – Special v. Forli) and out of the listed winning- and the runner in Group races, BINARY (Rainbow Quest – Balabina v. Nijinsky).
He was traned by John Gosden i England, and after winning both his starts as a 3-year old, he won Persimmon Homes Strensall Stakes (L) and was just beaten in Prix Dollar (Gr.2) in his 4-year old season.
As 5-9 year old he won Swedish Open Mile (L), Pramm’s Memorial (L), Pokalløb (L), Marit Sveaas Minneslöpning(Gr.3) and also won money in Jaxx Pokal (Gr.3) in Hamburg and Lahan Burj Nahaar Stakes (Gr.3), Nad al-Sheba in Dubai.
He is already the father of two clasical winners from a very small volume:
THE KICKER – Dansk Breeders’ Cup, Dansk 2000 Guineas, Jockeyklubbens Jubileumslöpning, Breeders’ Trophy Juvenile, Breeders’ Prize Classic
SUMMERTIME -Svenskt Oaks, 2nd i Dansk Derby & Skandinavisk Grand Prix
The ones who can read the Danish can read about Binary here.
As I’ve told some of you some time ago over here, I went to York Stud for a visit. It had been way, way too long and to be honest, it was as far as the foals goes, a tiny bit late as they’ve already become rather big. But there you go. I can’t be everywhere all the time. And better late than never.
I love coming up there. The soroundings are so beautiful and a beautiful place with lovely people and bucketloads of horses – what’s not to love??
Actually I’m turning this visit upside down here as I need to finish the rest of the photos of the mares and foals and I need help in identifying them first, so I’ll give you what I do know – the stallions. There are three of them at York: Juniper Tree (IRE), Binary File (USA) and Wilshire Boulevard (IRE). At this visit I “only” photographed the two. Binary and Juniper. Wilshire wasn’t out while I was there, but I’ll come back to photograph him.
I had already been to several paddocks with mares, and mares and foals and headed back to have a look what to venture into next. I had already said hi to the stallions when I arrived. At that time they’re inside. I’ve met Binary before, and he is just a favorite. Not least because him and his son The Kicker are SO much alike, and he is such a nice horse. I’m sure you can all see the resemblance in the photos.
I went to photograph the stallions and after that we had a nice breakfast in the staff room. I got to bond with the vet who came to check the mares (photos later) and in general I just had a marvelous time. As always informative, fun, interesting and lovely to be at York, and I’ll most certainly be back. I’ll return with photos of the mares and foals but for now enjoy these two lovely gentlemen.
Again a huge thank you to Alexander Elsass and his wife Karina for having me!