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Tamarisk

Tamarisk, a son of the sprint sire Green Desert, was bred at the Mount Coote Stud in County Limerick. Bought by John Warren for 78,000gns at Tattersalls October yearling sales in 1996, he was then sent to the historic Beckhampton training stables of Roger Charlton in Wiltshire. When he won the Group One Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup in October 1998 he established himself as one of the fastest horses of his generation.

His owners had a dream start with Tamarisk winning his first two races before bolting home in the £250,000 Tattersalls Houghton Sales Stakes. Prize money was followed by prestige when the colt then ran second in the Dewhurst Stakes, the championship event for two year olds. His earnings were already three times his purchase price and his value was soaring into seven figures.

The three year old career that followed was a model of how to handle a valuable but volatile four legged asset. Tamarisk started by blazing a trail but completely failing to stay the mile of the 2,000 Guineas. A confidence booster at Lingfield preceded a tilt and an honourable second in the Group One July Cup. He had shown the speed to win in the highest class over six furlongs. He was saved for Haydock where he did just that in the Group One Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup. John Magnier’s Coolmore Stud then made a £3.5 million offer. Herbert and Warren took the decision to sell. Tamarisk went to America and later returned to England but never won again. A time to buy and a time to sell.

Pedigree

Tamarisk

Green Desert (USA)

Danzig

Foreign Courier

Sine Labe (USA)

Vaguely Noble

Trevilla

Race record

Date Racecourse Race name
  Distance Jockey Position Racing Post race result
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15/06/2002 Churchill Downs (USA) Allowance Race
5f Rodney A Prescott 3rd Link to race result
19/10/2001 Newmarket Rowley Mile The Travis Perkins Bentinck Stakes
6f Steve Drowne Unplaced Link to race result
04/08/2001 Doncaster The Stanley Racing Conditions Stakes
6f John Reid 2nd Link to race result
08/07/2001 Deauville (FR) The Prix de Ris-Orangis
6f John Reid Unplaced Link to race result
19/06/2001 Ascot The King's Stand Stakes (Gr 2)
5f John Reid Unplaced Link to race result
02/06/2001 Windsor The Tote Scoop6 Leisure Stakes (Listed)
6f John Reid 2nd Link to race result
22/05/2001 Goodwood The M-Real Conditions Stakes
6f John Reid 4th Link to race result
15/10/2000 Keeneland (USA) The Nureyev Stakes
5.5f L Melancon 4th Link to race result
05/09/1998 Haydock The Sprint Cup (Gr 1)
6f T Sprake 1st Link to race result
09/07/1998 Newmarket July Course The July Cup (Gr 1)
6f T Sprake 2nd Link to race result
30/05/1998 Lingfield Park The Nicholson Graham & Jones Leisure Stakes (Listed)
6f T Sprake 1st Link to race result
02/05/1998 Newmarket Rowley Mile The 2000 Guineas (Gr 1)
1m John Reid Unplaced Link to race result
18/10/1997 Newmarket Rowley Mile The Dewhurst Stakes (Gr 1)
7f T Sprake 2nd Link to race result
30/09/1997 Newmarket Rowley Mile The Tattersalls Houghton Sales Conditions Stakes
7f T Sprake 1st Link to race result
10/09/1997 Kempton Park The Chertsey Lock Conditions Stakes
7f T Sprake 1st Link to race result
02/08/1997 Goodwood The European Breeders Fund Richard Berlin Maiden Stakes
6f T Sprake 1st Link to race result

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