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News: 11 April 2011


The victory of Tempest River in the LISTED Mares Bumper at Aintree on the Friday of the 2011 Grand National meeting was greeted with much joy by all at Boardsmill and it was most appropriate for the winning breeder Eileen, Countess of Mount Charles to breed a big race winner at Aintree as she also bred 1985 Aintree Grand National winner Last Suspect, who was out of Lost Link who herself won the Irish Grand National in the colours of Mount Charles.

Foaled and sold by Boardsmill, Tempest River was bred by Eileen, Countess Of Mount Charles who has bred many good horses throughout the years and is a long standing patron of Boardsmill. Most recent winners bred by Eileen include Well Mounted, Whatsonyourmind, Russinrudi, and brother and sister Rudivale and Compelled who hail from the family most associated with Countess Mount Charles- that of Last Suspect.

The daughter of Old Vic and good racemare Dee One O One, Tempest River is from a family packed full of good racemares and she is related to Group 1 performers Roseate Tern, Red Camellia, Red Bloom and the mighty Ouija Board. This was just her 4th start having been placed on all 3 initial starts including finishing a close fourth in the LISTED mares bumper at Sandown in March.

Tempest River was a very athletic and attractive filly foal and like most of the Countess’ stock, was sent to Tattersalls November Sale as a foal in 2006. Whilst always keen to sell her stock, Countess wasn’t going to sell this filly cheaply and bought her back in at €13,500. Re-offered 3 months later in the same sales ring and her better judgement was rewarded. Her filly stood out as the nicest filly in the sale and realised €42,000 when knocked down to Anna Moore of BBA Ireland who was acting on behalf of trainer Ben Case.

Boardsmill Stud bought Dee-One-O-One carrying her first foal (a colt by Definite Article), at Goffs February Sale in 2004 for €33,000. Her resulting foal gave her owner a nice repayment when selling for 17,500 later that year. The following year, a colt by Pilsudski sold for €26,000. Named ‘Bourne Ultimatum’, he made his debut in a Point to Point at Tattersalls last Autumn and finished an eye catching third. Tempest River was her dam’s 3rd foal and her 4th foal in 2007 was a Rudimentary filly, who was sold for €5,000 in February 2008. Sadly, Dee-One-O-One died after foaling her 4th foal and her loss is much the greater now that she has bred a black type winning daughter.

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