Everything about our coloured thoroughbred horse breeding stud in Great Ayton, North Yorkshire: Angrove Stud.

About Angrove Stud in Great Ayton, North Yorkshire

Welcome to Angrove Stud the home of the first ever placed coloured racehorse Angrove Rumbaba



The TB Breeding Programme of Angrove Stud stallion Angrove Spottedick GB


The Angrove Stud

Angrove Stud was founded in 2005 with the purchase of Angrove Dance Girl & Ricco we brought together the best coloured horses we could find, we gave plenty of thought to how to breed a UK version of the french chaser, with the best proven racing lines within their pedigrees. Why Colour? Well why not ? After all the colour is nothing to do with the breed, the colour gene Tobiano can be bred into any breed of horse. The intention was to breed a future stallion that was Homozygous for the Tobiano gene, we reached this first goal with our very first foal in 2007 when Angrove Spottedick was born. We achieved our second goal when we bred and raced Angrove Rumbaba in 2012 he made history by being the first coloured racehorse to be placed in the UK.

The French Model 

At Angrove Stud we have based our breeding programme on the The AQPS racing breed, developed when French farmers began to cross cart horse mares with Thoroughbred stallions to produce a fast and hardy horse, that has proven to be best suited to steeplechase racing.This was done around 30 years ago. The average person most likely would not be able to see any difference between an AQPS and a Thoroughbred as evolution of the breed has resulted in AQPS horses today averaging 80 percent Thoroughbred and 20 percent French saddle-bred. This video link describes very well how & when AQPS were bred https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdjAgvneoOw

Some links to very famous racehorses below. These horses will be in the NTR stud book in the UK  

Quevega http://www.pedigreequery.com/quevega 

Sire de Grugy http://www.pedigreequery.com/sire+de+grugy

Sprinter Sacre http://www.pedigreequery.com/sprinter+sacre

AQPS are bred just the same as our stock,except they have blood on top, the old way of doing things,and they dont add colour genes, we prefer to use GSB TB mares from good proven familes as our starting point, our foundation stallion's pedigree is based on the TB sire line right back to the Darley Arabian so his male genes are GSB TB's.

 Our foundation stallion Ricco was 1/4 ID & 75% TB this added strength & power more substance with a bigger frame& bone. Our foundation mare was 90% TB x Arab the colour coming on the dam side who carried the Arab which gave our breeding programme good feet & hard bone and great stamina coming from the arab.

Ricco & Angrove Dance girl

Ricco who was our foundation sire a 75%TB 25% coloured sports horse type,16.3hh black tobiano show jumper with £200 winnings BSJA, Ricco was by Captain Maverick a TB impeccably bred horse, by the influencial sire Nureyev a Black type winner, sire of sires and 135 stakes winners. Captain Maverick was out of Little Tobago Group placed,with progeny that have won at at Group 1,include- Play On & Monfarid black type placed,own brother to Captain Maverick, Monfaird sired group 1 winner Jaque Mate.

Angrove Dance Girl V11  90 % TB x Arab bay tobiano mare, dams sire Sarahs Pride xx triple high jump champion by Captain Maverick. The damsire of Sarahs Pride was Gunner B the Group 1 winning Coral Eclipse winner, and sire of the 2001 Grand National winner Red Marauder, sire of so many great National Hunt horses  Royal Gait winner of the Champion Hurdle in 92,Bobby Grant grade 2 winner & Red Striker grade 2 winner & Gunner Welbourn winner of the Martel Fox Hunters Chase. Sire of 14 stakes winners including 1987-1988 European highweighted older horse Royal Gait, talented novice hurdler Iris`s Gift.  As Angrove Dance Girl was out of a quality part bred coloured TBx arab mare, with the arab the bone will be hard & dense also a shorter cannon which will be stronger in high impact sports and provide the bloodline with the qualities lost in todays flat bred TBs.  

Gunner B & Nureyev in Angrove Spottedick pedigree, please see Angrove Spottedick page for the video of his  sire & dam line- pedigree 

Our Future breeding 

At Angrove Stud

We have now achived 91.25 % of TB blood by choosing our foundation mare & stallion very carefully both being a high % of TB blood, but from proven flat racing and national hunt jumping bloodlines, we have been able to speed up our programme. We wanted to breed coloured racehorses using bloodlines from group 1 producers as close up as possible within the pedigree being no futher back than the third generation, the colour introduction coming from known proven 4* event lines with plenty of TB in the mix. 

Ref Stallion Homebred Angrove Spottedick GB  Angrove Stud, Black- & Homozygous  for Tobiano gene

 2007 stallion by  Ricco x Angrove Dance Girl - dams sire Sarahs Pride

 The Broodmares & Progeny of Angrove Stud

Angrove Fatracal 2012 gelding by Angrove Spottedick out of Marshal Plat Club ( Ref mare) - damsire Monsieur Bond 

Bond Angel Eyes GB

2003 mare by Dr Fong  Speedybird - Danehill

Bond Angel Eyes & her foal Angrove Rumbaba in 2008 The only dam of a placed coloured racehorse in the UK.

Angrove Choceclair GB out of Bond Angel Eyes by Angrove Spottedick ( retained)


Dibley  2017 filly yet to be named out of Bond Angel Eyes by Angrove Spottedick ( retained)

 Dr Fong Damsire                                                                    

Dr Fong won the St James Palace Stakes Gr 1 the Prix Eugene Adam Gr 2 The Newmarket Stakes L 2nd in the Oak Tree Derby at Santa Anita Gr 2 2nd in the Queen Elizabeth 11 stakes  Gr 2 Trained b Sir Henry Cecil now standing at stud in Turkey after a very sucessful stud career in france.

So Far we have been incredibly lucky to have Bond Angel eyes who carries the Milan Mill bloodlines, Bond Angel Eyes is by Dr Fong a proven broodmare sire.This breeding has helped us breed our first coloured/painted racehorse Angrove Rumbaba  who was the first coloured racehorse to be placed in any horse race in Europe or the UK something we are immensely proud of.

Angels family are horses that improve with time. The horses on her female side have inproved with maturity and Angel is from a strong dam line and her half sisters have bred black type winners. Bond Angel eyes is from a superb mare line that includes Milan Mill the dam of Mill Reef & her daughter Mille Fleurs, Mill Reef's half sister, Angel's Grandmother. On the racetrack Angel was owned by RC Bond and raced under his colours she was placed 5 times and she beat the Historyman a 8 times winner & Snake Skin a 3 times winner.

First Dam Speedybird IRE 1992 mare by Danehill USA, in GB  won 1 race and placed once £3607 at 3 years exported to the USA dam of 12 foals 9 runners 5 Known winners

A Bit Special GB (1998 f. by Rahy (USA)), placed 3 times at 2 and 3 years and £4,005; also won 1 race in U.S.A. at 4 years and £20,548; dam of 3 winners.

Dam of Miss Blakely  (CAN) (f. by Smart Strike (CAN)), 7 races in U.S.A. from 2 to 5 years and £191,750 including H.B.P.A. Stakes, Presque Isle Downs, L., South Beach Stakes, Gulfstream Park and Boynton Beach Stakes, Gulfstream Park, placed 5 times including third in Budweiser Woodbine Oaks, Woodbine, L.R. and Twin Lights Stakes, Monmouth Park.

Dam of Abaz (Rus) by Olmodavor (USA) 12races 4 wins Third in the Spring Stakes L Third in the Tartarstan Derby Group 1 RUB 136,450

The link below are Abaz winning in Russia


Letiza Relco IRE 2007 mare by Lucky Story USA, in Italy won 1 race & placed 3 times £16,935 at 2 years won 2 races and placed 3 times £21,648 at 3 years Third in the Criterium Labronico, L 7f 110y 2009 exported to Italy

Dandoona GB 1999 mare by Zarfonic, unplaced at 2&3 in the UK Exported to India dam of  DANDIFIED (IND) (c. by Rebuttal (USA)), won The Nanoli Stud Calcutta Gold Cup, Kolkata, L., Calcutta 2000 Guineas, Kolkata, L., Indian Champion Cup, Kolkata, L., Calcutta Million, Kolkata, L.and The Calcutta Monsoon DerbyKolkata, L., placed second in The Nanoli Stud Calcutta Gold Cup, Kolkata, L,The Eveready Calcutta Derby, Kolkata, L. and Indian Champion Cup, Kolkata, L.Group 1

The video of the Indian Champion cup is below



Above is the link to the Hazara Stud home of Dandified 

Star Promise GSB Ref Mare now with the Chicken Ranch Stud

 2007 mare by Mujahid - Diamond Promise - dams sire Fayruz


Star Promise and her new filly foal by Angrove Spottedick, Angrove Mumsbuns 

 Star Promise has joined us from David Barron's yard, she is well conformed, with a deep body and loads of heart room, nice clean legs and a lovey free walk, Star is a race winning mare and has won £5,646 on the flat she was also second twice, she has been homed with us as she was injured in training.

Star's sire is the top 10, 2011 Stallions Shadwell Stallion Mujahid (USA)

   Mujahid Damsire

Star's dam is the (Irish) bred Diamond Promise another race winning mare who is from a family of winners on the flat.

Star's sire Mujahid won the Saudi Arabians Airlines Dewhurst Stakes Gr 1 he also was 3rd in the Earl of Sefton Stakes Gr 3, 3rd in the 2000 Guineas Gr 1 Mujahid is a sire of top class 7fl 2 year olds that later mature to high class milers.

STAR PROMISE (GB), won 1 race (5f.) at 2 years and £5,647 and placed twice.

1st Dam

DIAMOND PROMISE (IRE), won 4 races at 2 and 3 years and £14,111 and placed 7 times; Own sister to Cupids Ray (IRE); dam of 1 winner:

STAR PROMISE (GB), see above.

Pedlars Oath (GB) (2009 c. by Trade Fair (GB)).

2nd Dam

CUPID MISS, won 2 races at 2 and 3 years and placed twice; dam of 8 winners:

Cupids Ray (IRE) (g. by Fayruz), won 4 races at 3 and 4 years and £65,209, placed second in Abergwaun Stakes, Cork, L.

DOUBLE CARPET (IRE), won 6 races to 8 years and placed 10 times.

ITALIAN FORCE (IRE), won 4 races in Italy at 2 and 4 years and £36,497 and placed 17 times; dam of winners.

ITALIAN FRIEND (ITY), 5 races in Italy from 2 to 4 years and placed 15 times.

DOWHATJEN (GB), won 4 races at 2 and 3 years and £44,226 and placed 14 times; dam of a winner.

CHILWORTH LAD (GB), 5 races at 2 and 3 years and £86,134 including Dubai Duty Free Cup, Newbury, L. and Guisborough Stakes, Redcar, L., placed second in bluesquare.com National Stakes, Sandown Park, L.

Angrove Mumsbuns GB (Retained)

2013 Filly by Angrove Spottedick x Star Promise -dams sire Mujahid

Angrove Queenpuds GB (retained)

2015 filly by Angrove Spottedick out of Star Promise -Damsire Mujahid