2012 opened with two cracking performances by Bravura, neither of which, unfortunately, saw him in the winner’s box. First, he ran fourth in the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, beaten less than two lengths, after losing at least that by running very wide throughout. Then, he made the running (carrying top weight) in the J&B Met, and was only caught by Igugu in the shadow of the post. This was the fifth time that a Normandy Stud horse has finished second in the J&B Met, which may be some kind of record!

Depardieu provided some consolation, in April, by taking the Grade III Byerley Turk.

Cap Alright becomes the fifth graded stakes-winner from the Terpsichore family, with this gutsy win in the Betting World Merchants (Gr II)

When Cap Alright won the Betting World Merchants (Gr II) in November, he became the fifth graded stakes winner from the Terpsichore family. The others are Winter Solstice, Mother Russia, Bravura and Depardieu. He may not be the best sprinter we’ve bred, but he has a special place in our hearts. For a horse who took 11 starts to break his maiden, the 12 months leading up to his Merchants win were exceptional. He won 6 of 13 starts, showing dramatic improvement throughout the year.

On the day of Cap Alright’s Merchants victory, Penthouse won the Grade III HRIB Gold Cup Sprint, to become the sixth graded stakes-winner from the Terpsichore family. She is out of a half-sister to Cap Alright.