This farm is hoping the
rain stays away this weekend as to have three Golden Slipper runners that are
all legitimate winning hopes foaled and raised in your paddocks is something special,
but were they something special as babes?.
Horses foaled and raised at Coolmore have been enjoying spectacular success
this season, but Golden Slipper runners Catchy (Fastnet Rock), Formality (Fastnet Rock) and Tulip (Pierro) have put
the icing on the cake.
All three fillies were born at Coolmore and put through yearling preps before
heading to the sale ring, Catchy and Formality to Inglis Easter and Tulip across
the Tasman to New Zealand where she was offered by Curraghmore.
Below are the recollections of several key Coolmore staff as they look back on
just what made these little girls turn out so special.
Having spent years working in racing stables in my teens, twenties and early
thirties, fillies were always my specialty, the good, the bad and all of those
in between and for every Ha Ha, Coco Cobanna and Light Up the World, there were
a great many others not quite so committed to the cause.
Flighty, fickle and feisty, a close friend of mine always used to say "Some
want to be career women and others are just happy to be housewives."
Safe to say Catchy, Formality and Tulip are career women!
Stud Manager Jim Carey
The reality is that the three of them were pretty straightforward as foals into
their yearling year. They were all a good weight born and appealing in their
Catchy was quite a tall filly coming into her yearling year. I think it's quite
a surprise to most of us that she has proven as mature as she is, because as a
yearling she looked as though she had plenty of furnishing to do.
Even looking at her in the parade ring before the Blue Diamond, while she is
clearly and outstanding two year-old, she has a physique that suggests she is
capable of improving further as she gets older.
Her success is great for Joy and Sam Jenkins who have been very loyal
supporters of Coolmore for a long time.
Tulip was always the subject of particular scrutiny being from the first crop
She was amongst the more forward-looking of his weanlings and so it has played
out. Again, she is another that looks to have plenty of scope for natural
improvement next year and while she was more mature-looking than Catchy as a
young horse, I would be very surprised if we have seen the best of her already
based on what we know of her physically.
Formality has always been noted as outstanding from the start. Her dam, Jolie's
Shinju, is the apple of her owner, Dr Tan's eye and it's great that she has
bred such a high-class filly.
While she has always been attractive, she had plenty of masculine qualities to
go with it; just exceptionally strong and powerful.
Given they were three fillies that any breeder would have been proud to breed,
it is very rewarding for everyone here to now see them taking their place in
the Golden Slipper"
Coolmore Australia Foaling Manager Paddy Sheehan
The Fastnet Rock colt out of Cats Whisker last spring was the 6th
foal that we have delivered from the mare, so we have gotten to know her and
her progeny very well.
I remember Catchy quite well as she always showed a bit of attitude. The mare
gets big foals and Catchy was no different, but I remember well that she had a
bit of a mean streak to her.
Tulip I remember very well because she was one of the first Pierro's and
everyone who ever saw her just loved her. She was a beautiful filly right the
Coolmore Australia Yearling Manager William O'Connor
I'll never forget Formality as a weanling and through into her yearling year.
She just had something special about her. I've been lucky enough to have been
involved in a lot of good horses here over the years and some surprise you and
others don't, but I would have been very surprised if Formality had not been a
She was amazingly strong with an incredible girth and hip – she just looked
like what you come to expect a two year-old to look like. We had her sister in
the barn the previous year and while she was a beautiful filly in her own right
and clearly has good ability also, she was very different to Formality.
Formality had an incredibly calm demeanour all the time and just thrived in the
prep. Her coat came very quickly and she was always a very healthy filly – an
absolute pleasure to have anything to do with.
Every July and August we walk through the paddocks looking at the weanlings
hoping there are some good ones amongst them, so to have three of them from the
2014 crop in the Slipper is amazing.