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Bertolini's babes out in front

4/1/10 - In a record for any British-based stallion, Bertolini has sired 117 juvenile winners from five crops

On new year’s eve, Cuthbert scorched home at Lingfield to become the 117th juvenile winner for his sire Bertolini from just five crops of racing age.

Taking the first-season sires' championship in 2005 with 28 winners, which included G1 Cheveley Park Stakes heroine Donna Blini, Bertolini started his stud career as he meant to go on: consistently producing speedy, precocious racehorses.

His 2009 tally of two-year-old winners was 24, just a fraction less than a quarter of his 100 winners for the year overall. Already on the scoresheet in 2010 is Avenuesnalleyways, who won at Kempton on his three-year-old debut on 3 January and was described in the Racing Post as "a class above his rivals".

Interestingly, while Bertolini clearly remains a very reliable source of juvenile winners, it would be wrong to pigeon-hole him as merely a sire of two-year-olds: the best colt he has so far sired has been the consistent sprinter Moorhouse Lad, a member of his first crop who was at his peak at four and five, winning the King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood in 2007 and the World Trophy at Newbury in 2008. Similarly, only one of his four NZ-bred Group winners has scored in Group company as a two-year-old: the high-class sprinter Solvini, who was also a Group winner at three.

Bertolini had thus been proven to provide the best of both worlds: plenty of two-year-old winners but also horses who train on.