‘I’ve realized every thing I do know by watching and getting a really feel for the horses’ | Bloodstock Information


Laura Inexperienced

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Armando Duarte began from the underside when he first got here to the UK and has labored his approach up

Laura Inexperienced

By Andrew Scutts

Bloodstock agent Armando Duarte has greater than 20 years’ expertise in racing and his purchases have included Paita, the primary European breeze-up graduate to win on the high degree, and fellow Group 1 winner Alenquer, owned by MM Stables, for whom he acts as racing supervisor. He fills us in on his experiences previous and current.

You’re from Portugal, inform us about coming to Britain and your preliminary involvement in racing and bloodstock…

I got here to Newmarket 23 years in the past unable to talk English and went straight to the Racing Faculty for every week. I then labored for Jeff Pearce earlier than working for Rae Visitor. It was a tough time and really irritating as a result of I used to be determined to study and the instructor needed to show however as I couldn’t communicate the language we needed to talk by signal language. That is when my curiosity in bloodstock started.

And convey us updated together with your profession; what have been your newer roles and which led to what you’re doing now?

Beforehand I had solely ever been a secure lad or train rider; I don’t have any {qualifications} as a result of I wasn’t excellent in school. I’ve realized every thing I do know by watching and getting a really feel for the horses. Invoice O’Gorman was an ideal mentor when Emma O’Gorman and I began doing breeze-ups, which helped me to satisfy new shoppers and led me to doing what I’m now.

You have been concerned with Seven Spring Stables and now with MM Stables, how is that going?

My partnership with Seven Springs Stables completed in 2012. I’ve been shopping for the odd yearling and horse-in-training for a couple of shoppers and Paul Moroney has helped me quite a bit on that entrance. At the moment I’m racing supervisor for MM Stables, however I’m out there to do bloodstock work exterior of this position.

Commerce at gross sales in Europe and elsewhere appears wholesome; what did you make of the breeze-ups and what are your ideas going into the second half of 2022 and the yearling gross sales?

The gross sales have been very sturdy to date this 12 months. The breeze-ups have been very sturdy and laborious to purchase at. I was at many of the breeze-up gross sales and when you don’t have the suitable horse with pedigree and a quick breeze time, then no person needs to purchase them.

Concerning the upcoming yearling gross sales, I believe it will likely be tough to purchase the horse you need for the suitable price range. I’ve a barely completely different method to taking a look at yearlings than most different bloodstock brokers; I don’t have a look at pedigrees, I attempt to have a look at each single horse, then I make an inventory so I’ve an opportunity to purchase one other Alenquer. 

Which brings us properly on to namecheck time – fill us in on a few of the extra notable horses you may have purchased and bought…

Paita is the primary I might point out, a breeze-up buy for 10,000gns who was bought on for 32,000gns and who went on to win the Group 1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud. She was the primary graduate from a European breeze-up to win a Group 1. 

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Group 1 winner Alenquer was bought by Armando Duarte for 80,000gns

Group 1 winner Alenquer was purchased by Armando Duarte for 80,000gns

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Alenquer is after all a Group 1 winner now, a a number of stakes winner who I purchased for 80,000gns as a yearling. 

There’s additionally Wake Up Maggie, who was purchased for €24,000 as a yearling and have become a twin Group winner and was second within the Group 1 Cheveley Park, overwhelmed a neck, and Sand Vixen, purchased for 30,000gns and bought on the breeze-ups for 130,000gns earlier than changing into a Group 2 winner.

The twin Group 2 winner Fortunate Kristale was purchased for 22,000gns, Listed winner By no means Again Down for £100,000 as a yearling, and Maglev for £210,000 on the breeze-ups – he received this 12 months’s Baffle Stakes at Santa Anita.

Specializing in the William Haggas-trained Alenquer, you will need to have been delighted to see him develop into a Group 1 winner final month…

I believe it was a really sturdy Tattersalls Gold Cup that he received. He doesn’t get the credit score he deserves, he beat some good horses and the shape was franked twice at Royal Ascot. He’s courageous, powerful and really real. It was implausible for the house owners to get that win on the board and for all of the group at Somerville Lodge too. 

What’s the phrase from the camp on him?

He holds an entry within the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown however we’re not sure of the plan but; he’s entered in a variety of different high races within the subsequent few months.

He’s received the pedigree and kind to make a stallion; any ideas at this stage on his second profession and may it doubtlessly contain Germany?

In the meanwhile we aren’t occupied with his stallion profession; the house owners are having fun with the journey and we’ll see the place we’re on the finish of the 12 months. There have been a couple of telephone calls from Eire, the UK and France however none from Germany.

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