American Import London Bridge To Make An Impact In Victoria (The Sportsman)

Oct 23, 2015

7—SPORTSMAN, Friday, October 23, 2015— article by Shayne O'Cass

Breeders’ Guide  Breeding World Page 130

LONDON Bridge’s triumph in the Grade 2 Breeders’ Cup Marathon, run at Santa Anita in 2013, was a rare win at the ‘Equine Olympics’ for the green and gold.  In actual fact, the horse’s colours were red and white and a design very familiar down under being those of Paul Fudge’s Waratah Thoroughbreds.

Waratah purchased London Bridge for US$130,000 at the 2011 Keeneland September Yearling Sale from the Three Chimney’s draft.

Housed in the UK with trainer Jo Hughes, London Bridge finished unplaced at his first three starts before winning his next three at Brighton, Sandown and Ripon.

Two starts later, London Bridge finished fourth in the Prix Michel Houyvet, a Listed weight-for-age race run over 3000m at Deauville.

The US$500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon loomed as a logical target for London Bridge and so it was that 77-days later achieved his goal with a tough and dominant win in California.

London Bridge is a cleverly named horse; he’s by the Roberto grandson Arch, himself a Grade 1 Louisiana Derby winning son of Kris S.  Arch is a great grandson of the celebrated Courtly Dee via Alydar daughter Althea who won three Grade 1’s including the Arkansas Derby. Alydar is a name that appears twice in London Bridge’s make-up.

London Bridge is bred on a 4 X 4 double cross of Alydar, sex balanced via (a daughter) Althea and s son, Easy Goer (9 G1 wins).

Kindness, the dam of London Bridge, was a mile winner in the UK and a daughter of Indian Ridge (by Ahonoora).  Kindness is so far the dam of two winners, London Bridge being one and Letterfromamerica the other.

The latter is a Ghostzapper filly that was third in the UAE One Thousand Guineas Trial at Meyden in Dubai.

Kindness is a half-sister to Magic Fantasy whose six wins include four at Grade One level; Del Mar Oaks, Hollywood Gamely Stakes, John C Mabee Stakes and the Oak Tree Yellow Ribbon.

The 1991 Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp winner Keen Hunter is also on the page as is his Turf Grade 2 USA winning sibling Altibr.

London Bridge is one of six stallions on the roster at Ridgeview Park Stud operated by Phil and Fiona Sloane.  The Stud is situated 25kms north east of Bendigo, 2 hours from Melbourne, on 350 acres of land.

London Bridge’s co-stallions are Bianconi, Dr Doute’s, Golden Snake, Scintillo and Silent Witness’ half-brother Best Choice.