Byword Impresses With First Foals

August, 2014


Byword colt out of Gr.1 winner Urabamba

The arrival of the first foals by Byword brought to an end months of anticipation for Ashley McNab and Middlefield Stud’s Rob Pickering, who purchased the Gr.1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes winner from Juddmonte Farms. And by all accounts, they are living up to their expectations.

“Byword already has five foals at Middlefield and we are more than delighted,” remarked Ashley. “According to Rob, the colt out of my Gr.1 winner Urabamba is one of the best he has ever bred.
“The horse seems to stamp them all, down to the white markings, and all the foals are showing the same quality that Byword has. Generally so far, they have all been of a good size and have good bone. An interesting fact that we have noticed with all of them is that they are extremely eager to stand very soon after birth and are quite persistent in their quest to do so on their own.”

A half-brother to the four-times Gr.1 winner Proviso (Dansili), Byword has been relocated to stand alongside Fort Wood and Ideal World at the famed Mauritzfontein Stud and, according to stud manager Guy Murdoch, will cover 100 plus mares: “Mauritzfontein will be supporting him with around two dozen, which include Gr.l winner Escoleta Fitz, Gr.l SA Oaks winner Monyela, Sfakesplaced Gay Fartuna and Hancock News, as well as daughters of Danehill and Sadler’s Wells.”

Wilgerbosdrift has 20 mares scheduled to visit the son of Peintre Celebre, headed by champion juvenile Rat Burana, Gr.1 winner Zirconium and Gr.1 SA Oaks victress Cyber Gento.

Major Sire Potential

August, 2014

bill oppenheimer“I think Byword has a huge shot to make a major sire in South Africa – It’s rare to see a Southern Hemisphere stud which can afford the ‘complete package’. Byword is by the scintillating Arc winner and very successful sire, Peintre Celebre, out of a woodman mare from one of Price Khalid’s best families. I really rate him” – Bill Oppenheim

Byword is one of 12 Gr1 winners sired by Prix de’l Arc de Triomphe winner Peintre Celebre (sire of over 60 stakes winners).
Out of English Broodmare Of The Year Binche (dam of multiple Gr1 winner Proviso by Dansili), Byword is from the “Peace” family (responsible for successful SA sire Peacetime) and Byword shares his broodmare sire, Woodman, with world leading sire More Than Ready.

New Home For Byword

June, 2014

Part-owner and Byword’s caretaker since his arrival in South Africa in 2013 said “We’re kind of sad, but very happy at the same time. He wasn’t for sale and this deal has been in discussion for the last 3-4 months. To be honest, had the offer come from anyone else, the answer would probably have been no, but we have reached a good mutual agreement and we are just thrilled. It is undoubtedly the right move for the stallion. I have always believed that this horse has all the credentials to make a champion sire and put my money where my mouth is with the purchase as well as supporting him at stud.”

“They say good horses do anything -and he’s just one of those horses. He’s been an absolute pleasure to work with, right from the get go. He has an amazing temperament – you can take a child in with him and I believe in him 100%. Probably now more than ever. I sent him all my mares last year and will be doing the same again this year. Everyone who supported him last year is coming back again and it’s wonderful to know that he’s got that kind of backing. He’s had very good support so far, but we all know how hard it is to make a stallion. We are committed to making him a success and we simply couldn’t turn down an opportunity like this.”

“We’ve discussed it with all the shareholders and the many Middlefield clients who have supported Byword so far and everyone is behind us 100%. It will mean spending a lot of time on the road during the breeding season, but we’ve bought a new 4-berth horsebox so that we can comfortably move 2 mares with foals at foot and a few hours in the road is really a minor consideration for the opportunities we are gaining for our stallion.”

“This partnership offers an unparalleled opportunity to get Byword the quality as well as the quantity of mares he needs to give him every chance to make it in the South African stallion ranks. We have sold the controlling share, but we get the best of both worlds as we still get to remain very involved. It goes without saying that it is an incredible honour and privilege to be part of the Wilgerbosdrift and Mauritzfontein teams and we are looking forward to working with Jessica, Mary, Guy and Jehan.”

High Fertility And Above Average First Book

April, 2014

For those who have not had the chance to visit Middlefield stud recently we attach a photograph of BYWORD.

Byword StallionBYWORD fulfilled his first season duties exceptionally well , continuing the type of performance
he displayed during his racing days. – he has good character and Rob reported that he is a true gentleman to work with.

The breeding season went really well ,on budget with 93 mares covered, 86 scanned in foal . Four were always going to present a problem so fertility at over 92% could even have been better.

79 mares or 85% were winners and of these 24 % were either black type or had produced black type runners – others hailed from immediate black type families , several of which were very well related imported mares from the following sires:
Danehill Dancer , Dansili,, Singspiel, Stravinsky, Royal Academy and Woodman .
Of the South African sires Fort Wood mares were dominant followed by Western Winter , Jetmaster ,Jallad , Kahal . In fact there was a broad spectrum of active sires throughout the book.

We believe we have all given BYWORD a chance and we eagerly await news of foals in due course.

We thankyou for your continued support.

BYWORD (GB) TF126  Height:16hh   April 2014

Byword’s Splendid First Season

January, 2014

Juddmonte-bred Gr1. winner Byword has completed his first season at Middlefield Stud and according to the latest returns, boast a splendid fertility rate of 91 percent.

The Peintre Celebre half brother to multiple Gr.1 winning mare Proviso (Dansili), covered a choice book of over 90 mares, headed by the Gr.1 winner Urabamba and Stakes winners Hurricane Queen, She’s A Star and Tuscan Lass and Gr.1-placed Kalami.

Also featured amongst his first mares were half sisters to previous Gr.1 Racing Post Trophy winners Dilshaan and Arminger, SA Derby hero Bouquet-Garni and the Gr.1 winners Stratos, Emerald Cove, Scarena, Tara’s Touch and Give Me Five.

In addition his harem also included well-related daughters of Dansili, Danehill Dancer, Stravinsky, Woodman, Ad Valorem and Observatory.

Byword Firing on All Cylinders

September, 2013

Middlefield Stud’s new acquisition Byword (Peintre Celebre) has had his first mares scanned in foal, amongst which Gr3 Acacia Handicap winner Hurricane Queen (Hurricane Sky).

The Gr1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes winner has taken to his new career with relish and amongst the 20 mares already covered are Gr1 SA Fillies Classic victress Urabamba (Fort Wood), whose first foal Copiapo (Captain Al) ran out an impressive debut winner recently for trainer Mike de Kock; Stakes producer Silver Splash (Model Man), a full-sister to Gr1 Cape Fillies Guineas winner Pacific Blue; Gr1 Allan Robertson Fillies third World of Stars (Sportsworld), a half-sister to Gr1 winner Stratos; and Countess Andora (Count Dubois), a Stakes producer from the immediate family of Singspiel, Rahy and Rakeen.

“Byword took to covering his mares immediately and has been an absolute gentleman to work with.”  Remarked stud master Rob Pickering, “He has a wonderful temperament and remains quiet and relaxed even when we are preparing him for a covering. It’s amazing how good horses do anything well!”

With a first book of around 100 mares, the Juddmonte bred Chestnut faces a busy next six weeks or so!

Article written by Ada van der Bent

Byword Limited Covers

August, 2013

Middlefield Stud is pleased to announce that Byword will cover a limited book of 100 mares during the forthcoming season. Demand has met the expectations of the partnership who are happy with the quality of the nominations.

Byword has a cross section of mares and by all accounts the “Share the Upside” investors are providing some classy mares. There are a few maiden mares who will be visiting Byword this season, these mares were really good race horses and this is very exciting. Byword is in excellent condition and is certainly “the manabout town” who is “strutting his stuff” and waiting for the 1st September.

We would like to thank all the breeders who have booked services for Byword, the support has been tremendous and is really appreciated. We would also like to wish all
Breeders the very best for the coming season.

Genetic Markers

August, 2013


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Safely Home

May, 2013

Byword, Horse

Byword has safely arrived at Middlefield Stud and is looking in good shape.

He has a great disposition, very laid back and has settled well into his new surroundings. It’s very exciting to have such a great stallion in South Africa and we looking forward to producing future champions.

Byword’s Dam To Frankel

February, 2013

Byword FrankelBinche, dam of the exciting new KZN sire Byword, and voted UK Broodmare of the Year (2010), is one of 130 mares booked to unbeaten superstar Frankel in his first season at stud.

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