Since the first runner in December 2011, James Tate Racing has already sent out more than 400 winners to win nearly £5 million of prize money. In addition, he has now become an established source of Group performers including the three current stallions Invincible Army, Far Above and Hey Gaman.
El Manati (Martin Dwyer) winning her maiden at Leicester by 9 lengths and in the process breaking the juvenile track record
In our first full season, the yard sent out more than 20 winners including a hat-trick from Cape Safari but perhaps the best two performances came from the two year-olds. Firstly, the fabulously fast El Manati not only lowered the 2yo track record at Leicester when breaking her maiden but also finished a highly creditable if somewhat unlucky 3rd when only being denied by a head and a neck in the Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes at Ascot. Secondly, Hajam supplemented his maiden success when earning more than £80,000 going down by a neck under top weight in the Weatherbys Insurance £300,000 2yo Stakes at Doncaster.
The yard’s second season was even better with a huge total of 62 winners. Mirsaale gave his owner Saif Ali a big thrill when winning the Epsom Derby Trial before being beaten 7 lengths in the Epsom Derby itself when a muddling pace ruined his chance. However, it was the two-year olds that impressed most notching up 30 wins between them with the highlight perhaps being the small Kheleyf filly, Blockade, who only cost £12,000 but notched up three wins and only found one too good in the Group 2 Rockfell Fillies’ Stakes at Newmarket.
Mirsaale (Neil Callan) winning the Epsom Derby Trial
Ruwaiyan (Luke Morris) in winning action at Goodwood
Season three was another solid year that saw more than 40 winners including the five-time winner Genius Boy. Ruwaiyan was another flag-bearer for the yard. Having, started his life running over middle distances for Mahmood Al Zarooni, he quickly developed into a high-class sprinter at Jamesfield Place winning twice over 7F before finishing 2nd in the Group Three Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle as well as a very close 4th in the Stewards’ Cup from an unfavourable draw. Another highlight was the four-time winning Singspiel filly Regal Hawk who finished 2nd in the Listed Hoppings Stakes at Newcastle and 3rd in the Group 3 Stockholm Cup at Taby.
The yard’s fourth season was the best season yet winning nearly half a million pounds of prize money including three black-type winning fillies. Blhadawa started the ball rolling back in May when landing the six furlong Listed Cecil Frail Stakes at Haydock. Then on the same day at Lingfield in October, Urban Castle won the 1 mile 5 furlong Listed River Eden Fillies’ Stakes and Lamar won the one mile Listed Fleur De Lys Fillies’ Stakes. Lamar has been a big earner for the stable winning the Listed Fleur De Lys Fillies’ Stakes and being placed in seven other Listed and Group 3 contests as well as finishing an unlucky neck 2nd in the £150,000 Fillies and Mares Final at Lingfield on Good Friday.
Blhadawa wins the Listed Cecil Frail Stakes at Haydock in May
Urban Fox wins at Newmarket
Season five saw the yard surpass the half million pound mark for the first time as well as sending out more than 50 winners and getting the yard’s first piece of Group 1 black-type. The season was headlined by two daughters of Foxwedge – Seafront and Urban Fox. Seafront was first off the mark – breaking her maiden at the second time of asking before two Irish raids saw her pick up valuable black-type, latterly when going down by just a neck in the Group 3 Grangecon Stud Stakes at The Curragh. Then Urban Fox took up the baton, winning three times, picking up a £10,000 bonus each time, as well as notching up black-type places at Listed, Group 3 and Group 2 level before getting Group 1 black-type in the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket. Other notable performers were Law and Order who finished third in the Group 3 Horris Hill at Newbury, Light and Shade who won twice as well as picking up Listed black-type, and Knight’s Table, Coronation Day & Pirate’s Treasure who all notched up hat tricks.
The season started well with Law and Order winning the Listed International Stakes at Lingfield in April and Urban Fox finishing an excellent second in the Group 3 Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury. However, the stars of the year were undoubtedly the two homebred 2yo colts, Invincible Army and Hey Gaman. Invincible Army was unsold at the Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up before winning the Group 3 Sirenia Stakes at Kempton as well as finishing second in the Group 2 Gimcrack and Mill Reef Stakes. Hey Gaman broke his maiden in July before winning the Listed Washington Singer at Newbury and then only going down by a neck in the Group 2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster.
INVINCIBLE ARMY WINS THE SIRENIA STAKES
INVINCIBLE ARMY WINS THE PAVILION STAKES
HEY GAMAN GOES DOWN BY A JUST NECK IN THE FRENCH 2,000 GUINEAS
2018 was another good season with nearly £700,000 won across Europe. The year started well with Saeed Manana’s Invincible Army winning the Group 3 Pavilion at Ascot easily from subsequent Commonwealth Cup winner Eqtidaar. Sultan Ali’s Hey Gaman then built on a promising third in the Greenham when finishing a gallant neck second in the French 2,ooo Guineas at Longchamp.
The form continued with Saif Ali’s Haddaf winning the Listed Scurry stakes at Sandown and Sheikh Rashid’s Second Generation winning the Listed Prix des Reves d’Or at Vichy. Then Invincible Army nearly continued the winning run when going down by just a nose to subsequent Champions’ Sprint winner Sands Of Mali in a head-bobbing finish to the Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock.
The season ended with a flurry of exciting Novice winners that wet the appetite for next year including Astonished, Name The Wind, Sameem, Intuitive, Attainment, Promote, Top Rank, Field Of Athenry and Noble Lineage.
2019 was the yard’s best year to date with the stable sending out 74 winners, including a Group 2, three Group 3 races and four Listed races earning more than £1 million of prize money worldwide.
The season got off to a great start with stable favourites Invincible Army and Hey Gaman winning both of their first two starts. Invincible Army bounced back to form in the Listed Cammidge Trophy at Doncaster before routing the field in the Group 2 Duke of York Stakes at York in May. Meanwhile, Hey Gaman made all in the Listed King Richard III Stakes at Leicester before an impressive win in the Group 3 Prix du Palais-Royale.
The big wins kept coming with exciting sprinter Far Above landing the Listed Prix Kistena at Deauville, Sameem making all in the Listed Glasgow Stakes at Hamilton and Invincible Army picking up yet another Group win in the Group 3 Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle.
However, perhaps the most surprising success story of the year was Under The Stars, a 6,000 guineas purchase from Tattersalls Book 3 and daughter of Saeed Manana’s 2,000 Guineas winner and exciting new stallion, Night of Thunder. After a facile success at Ripon, she sprung a 25-1 surprise in the Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot before also landing the £150,000 Tattersalls October Auction Stakes at Newmarket.
INVINCIBLE ARMY WINS THE DUKE OF YORK STAKES
UNDER THE STARS WINS THE PRINCESS MARGARET STAKES
FAR ABOVE WINS THE PALACE HOUSE STAKES AT NEWMARKET
TOP RANK WINS THE SUPREME MILE AT HAYDOCK
2020 will always be remembered as the year of COVID-19 but despite the most challenging of circumstances the stable still managed to send out two individual Group winners and a Listed winner.
The season had a delayed start of 1st June but the yard didn’t wait long to make its mark with Victory Heights make a winning debut for the 2yos at Newcastle on 2nd June.
Just four days later, Far Above ran out an impressive winner of the Group 3 Palace House Stakes over five furlongs at Newmarket. Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum’s son of Farhh showed electric speed to virtually make all against some established Group performers. Unfortunately, Far Above was injured in the race and had to be retired afterwards but in this performance he showed the racing world a glimpse of his talent and breeders are understandably keen to use him from his new base at Compas Stallions in County Meath, Ireland.
Next it was the turn of the Night Of Thunder filly Under The Stars to reappear. Having won the Group 3 Princess Margaret as a juvenile, she started the season as a proven talent. Indeed, it took her just two starts to get off the mark and after a creditable sixth in the 1,000 Guineas, she bounced back to form to win a fiercely competitive Listed Eternal Stakes over seven furlongs at Haydock Park.
The final Group winner of the short season came in the form of the hugely exciting Top Rank. Saeed Manana’s massive grey son of Dark Angel built on an easy comeback win at Thirsk when powering to victory in the Group 3 Superior Mile at Haydock. He is sure to be a force to be reckoned with this year particularly on rain-softened ground.
The season kicked off well with proven performer Top Rank carrying his Group 3 penalty to victory with ease in the Listed Doncaster Mile in March. He then went on to finish a creditable third in the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury behind World Champion Miler and Cartier Horse of the Year, Palace Pier. However, he was then sold to continue his career in Australia which meant that the yard had to look to others to take up the mantle.
The filly Wise Words managed two Listed second places, another filly Shimmering Dawn managed to grab a Listed third at the last attempt when three months in foal, Show Yourself rattled off four wins from her last five starts and there were several promising maiden winners such as Ocean Wave and High Velocity but perhaps the most exciting filly is the once raced Royal Aclaim.
Purchased from the Breeze Ups, Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum’s filly was very impressive when winning on debut at Newcastle, beating subsequent Group 1 winner Perfect Power and Group 3 winner Fearby. Unfortunately, she suffered a setback just before Royal Ascot but she remains a hugely exciting prospect.
Finally, the season ended on a good note when Saeed Manana’s homebred Night Of Thunder filly, Garden Paradise, routed her rivals when making all in the Listed Wild Flower Stakes at Kempton in November. Improving with age, she looks another great prospect for next year…
TOP RANK WINS THE LISTED DONCASTER MILE STAKES
GARDEN PARADISE WINS THE LISTED WILD FLOWER STAKES AT KEMPTON
- Hey Gaman: 2nd – Group 1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains at Longchamp, 2018
- Top Rank: 3rd – Group 1 Lockinge at Newbury, 2020
- Invincible Army: 3rd – Group 1 Flying Five at The Curragh, 2019
- Urban Fox: 3rd – Group 1 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket, 2016
- INVINCIBLE ARMY: 1st – Group 2 Duke Of York Stakes at York, 2019
- Dream Shot: 2nd – Group 2 Flying Childers at Doncaster, 2019
- Hey Gaman: 2nd – Group 2 Lennox Stakes at Goodwood, 2019
- Hey Gaman: 2nd – Group 2 Minstrel Stakes at The Curragh, 2019
- Invincible Army: 2nd – Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock, 2018
- Invincible Army: 2nd – Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes at York, 2017
- Invincible Army: 2nd – Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury, 2017
- Hey Gaman: 2nd – Group 2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster, 2017
- Blockade: 2nd – Group 2 Rockfell Fillies’ Stakes at Newmarket, 2013
- Urban Fox: 3rd – May Hill Stakes at Doncaster, 2016
- TOP RANK: 1st – Group 3 Supreme Mile Stakes at Haydock, 2020
- FAR ABOVE: 1st – Group 3 Palace House Stakes at Newmarket, 2020
- UNDER THE STARS: 1st – Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot, 2019
- INVINCIBLE ARMY: 1st – Group 3 Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle, 2019
- HEY GAMAN: 1st – Group 3 Prix Palais-Royal at ParisLongchamp, 2019
- INVINCIBLE ARMY: 1st – Group 3 Pavilion Stakes at Ascot, 2018
- INVINCIBLE ARMY: 1st – Group 3 Sirenia Stakes at Kempton, 2017
- Dream Shot: 2nd – Group 3 Mercury Stakes at Dundalk, 2019
- Invincible Army: 2nd – Group 3 Molecomb at Goodwood, 2017
- Urban Fox: 2nd – Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury, 2017
- Seafront: 2nd – Group 3 Grangecon Stud Stakes at the Curragh, 2016
- Ruwaiyan: 2nd – Group 3 Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle, 2014
- Dream Shot: 3rd – Group 3 Pavilion Stakes at Newcastle, 2020
- Namhroodah: 3rd – Group 3 Oak Tree Stakes at Goodwood, 2016
- Urban Fox: 3rd – Group 3 Prestige Stakes at Goodwood, 2016
- Law and Order: 3rd – Group 3 Horris Hill at Newbury, 2016
- Regal Hawk: 3rd – Group 3 Stockholm Cup at Taby, 2014
- El Manati: 3rd – Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes at Ascot, 2012
- ROYAL ACLAIM: 1st – Listed City Walls Stakes at York, 2022
- GARDEN PARADISE: 1st – Listed Wild Flower Stakes at Kempton, 2021
- TOP RANK: 1st – Listed Doncaster Mile Stakes at Doncaster, 2021
- UNDER THE STARS: 1st – Listed Eternal Stakes at Haydock, 2020
- SAMEEM: 1st – Listed Glasgow Stakes at Hamilton, 2019
- FAR ABOVE: 1st – Listed Prix Kistena at Deauville, 2019
- HEY GAMAN: 1st – Listed King Richard III at Leicester, 2019
- INVINCIBLE ARMY: 1st – Listed Cammidge Trophy at Doncaster, 2019
- SECOND GENERATION: 1st – Listed Prix Reves d’Or at Vichy, 2018
- HADDAF: 1st – Listed Scurry Stakes at Sandown, 2018
- HEY GAMAN: 1st – Listed Washington Singer at Newbury, 2017
- LAW AND ORDER: 1st – Listed International Trial Stakes at Lingfield, 2017
- LAMAR: 1st – Listed Fleur de Lys Stakes at Lingfield, 2015
- URBAN CASTLE: 1st – Listed River Eden Stakes at Lingfield, 2015
- BLHADAWA: 1st – Listed Cecil Frail Stakes at Haydock, 2015
- In addition, all-important Listed black-type places have been achieved for Wise Words, Shimmering Dawn, Magical Journey, Iconic Sunset, Kyllang Rock, Volatile, Light and Shade, Gold Sands, Al Fareej, Excel’s Beauty, Ceaseless, Taaqah, Groor, Iptisam, Mirsaale and Umneyati.