Lennox Stakes winner Garswood may not bear the colours of Cheveley Park Stud but the three-year-old colt took his first steps at the Newmarket farm and, having been sold by his breeders as a foal, is now once again part-owned by them.
Richard Knight snapped up the son of Dutch Art at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale for 19,000gns and after failing to make his reserve as a yearling, Garswood ended up racing in the red and white silks of David Armstrong from Richard Fahey’s stable. Having achieved top-level success last season with homebred Mayson, Armstrong and his wife Emma, who were named as TBA Small Breeder of the Year for 2012, had already struck up a relationship with Cheveley Park Stud, which now stands their July Cup winner, and the two sets of breeders now race Garswood in partnership.
Garswood’s sire Dutch Art – who was also responsible for the Lennox Stakes runner-up, Caspar Netscher – stands alongside Mayson at Cheveley Park Stud, as does his broodmare sire Kyllachy, whose daughter Penchant, a three-parts-sister to Nell Gwyn Stakes winner Infallible, produced Garswood in her first season at stud having failed to make the racecourse.
A top juvenile himself, Dutch Art made a roaring start to his stud career when his first two-year-olds appeared on the scene and was leading first-season sire in Britain in 2011. Among his leading lights this season are the Cheveley Park homebred Producer, winner of the Criterion Stakes at Newmarket last month, and July Cup third Slade Power, who took the Group 3 Sapphire Stakes in the Curragh en route to Newmarket, while the Richard Hannon-trained Van Der Neer was third in the 1,000 Guineas.