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Proclamation fillies are sisters in more ways than one 12/03/08

Two Proclamation fillies born within hours of each other at Ashbrittle Stud are both nursing from the same mare after one lost her dam within minutes of her birth on 18 February.

Following a trouble-free foaling for maiden mare Nina Fontenail, tragedy struck at the Somerset farm when Inchalong, owned by Ashbrittle’s stud groom Brendan Boyle, died from a heart attack leaving her young foal orphaned. “Nina Fontenail foaled at 10pm and Inchalong started an hour later but her contractions weren’t strong and I knew we were in trouble,” recalls Brendan. “I worked under a superb stud groom, Bill Cornish at Shadwell, and he taught me everything. I managed to get the foal out and we then rubbed the afterbirth of the other foal, on her which I’d seen Bill do before. Thankfully Nina took to her, which is amazing when you think she’s only just had her first foal but she’s wonderful and she’s been so straightforward.” Despite the sadness of losing Inchalong, Brendan has something to look forward to as his other mare Fine Frenzy is also in foal to Proclamation and is due to deliver next week. He says: “I was a big fan of Proclamation as a racehorse and he has let down so well.” His opinion is clearly shared by David Little, owner of the grey Nina Fontenail, who was a dual winner when trained by Rod Millman, as she will be making a return visit to Proclamation this year. 7 March 2008