trading as BOYCE BLOODSTOCK Ltd
BOYCE BLOODSTOCK LTD - SPECIALIST BLOODSTOCK CONSULTANCY
MARTIN PERCIVAL: Profile
Martin Percival has had a lifelong passion for breeding animals. He is particularly interested in ancestry and pedigrees and regards the breeding of Thoroughbred Racehorses as the ultimate challenge.
He has been directly involved in the Bloodstock industry since 1972, when he spent two years gaining practical experience of all aspects of stud work at Bourchiers Hall Stud, which was located about 35 miles south east of Newmarket. Following that he spent some time working in the Pedigree Department of The British Bloodstock Agency. In 1980 he joined the Advertising team of Pacemaker Publications in London (these days their titles include Thoroughbred Owner and Breeder magazine). In1985 he returned to The British Bloodstock Agency, to join their Stallion Department, which at that time was directly responsible for the management of about forty stallions based in England, Ireland and France. In 2007 Martin left the BBA and established Martin Percival trading as Boyce Bloodstock Limited.
BOYCE BLOODSTOCK LTD: Services
Martin Percival offers a ‘niche’ individual and impartial service as a Stallion Nomination Consultant, offering the best professional advice on stallion selection. Benefit from his wealth of knowledge and expertise, acquired over more than thirty five years, to help you to make the right choices.
His excellent working relationship with stallion studs and the number of nominations booked ensures that he secures the best deals on your behalf.
Martin trades 'across the board' and the acquisition of nominations is usually free of charge to the mare owner.
Homebred 2016 filly, Yourtimeisnow, by Charm Spirit out of Maid For Winning, in training with Roger Varian
For those who require more depth of research than Martin can offer informally, he has developed a unique in-depth pedigree research analysis system, with access to Weatherbys’ database.
Matings recommended by Martin in this way have resulted in ten individual Group/Grade winners, including Simply Perfect, winner of the Gr1 UAE Hydra Properties Falmouth Stakes in 2007.
Martin is available to advise existing clients on purchases privately and at auction.
Retained purchases include the Gone West mare Maid For Winning (USA), bought at Tattersalls December Sales in 2011 when her first foal was a yearling. Maid For Winning, who is herself a half sister to Gr1 winner and sire Stroll, is now the dam of five winners with her first six foals, including Yourtimeisnow (see above as a yearling), winner of 2 races in 2018 including Gr3 Dick Poole Stakes. Maid For Winning was already dam of Group placed Hors De Combat and Stroll Patrol. Her fourth foal, a filly named Zumran by Rock of Gibraltar was sold as a yearling to Hugo Palmer, for whom she was placed. Bought back at the Autumn Sales in 2016, she won 2 races and was placed twice in only four starts at three. Maid For Winning has a yearling colt by Pivotal, who realised 160,000 gns at Tattersalls Octber Sales,
Book 1 and she will be due to foal to Muhaarar in March 2019.
The New Approach mare Thiqa (IRE) was bought as a filly out of training at Tattersalls July Sales in 2014 for 5,500 gns. Since then, one of her half sisters, Sun Bittern (USA), has produced the 2016 Gr1 winner Signs Of Blessing and another, the winning mare Arch Of Colours, has produced the French Group placed two year old Moisson Precoce in 2017. Sun Bittern has a yearling filly by Muhaarar. Thiqa has a yearling colt by Born To Sea and a colt foal by Sepoy.
Another recent purchase is Monasada (GB), who cost £10,000 at Tattersalls Ireland Ascot Sales in August 2016, in foal for the first time to Poet's Voice. Monasada won three consecutive races over 10 furlongs at 3 years (Timeform 92). She is out of the Stakes winning mare Asawer, who cost 700,000 gns as a yearling from the immediate family of Champion 3 year old filly in USA, Questing and French Champion 3 year old Mukaddamah. Monasada has a yearling filly by Poet's Voice and a filly foal by Territories.
Other bloodstock services include Insurance (underwritten at Lloyds),
Management and Valuations. For more infomation contact Martin by
email (email@example.com) or telephone 01284 735322.
“The harsh reality for breeders is that the costs necessitate good sales returns.”
“There are dangers in following fashion blindly. The most popular, and thereby often the more expensive, stallions also tend to cover the largest books of mares.”
“Good results can be achieved by careful selection and there are definitely various crosses and nicking patterns that can be beneficial, and thereby shorten the odds significantly for a successful outcome.”
Following the death of his wife, Sarah, Martin dispersed the ‘Hinderclay’ flock of Norfolk Horn Sheep in 2013.
However, he is still breeding Glansevin Welsh Ponies and Glansevin Hereford Cattle.
Martin enjoys painting in watercolour, but mainly focuses his artistic energies on sculpture