The 2019 Breeze Up sale returned a set of figures very much on a par with the remarkable 2018 renewal.
Out of the 145 horses on offer, 114 sold setting the clearance rate at 78%.The average price remained also identical, only a fraction below €130,000 while the overall turnover reached €14,797,000. An eloquent sign of the growing international stature of this sale was the 8 juveniles who sold over €500,000, from a total of 11 at all European breeze up sales so far this year.
American Pharoah colt for €1,100,000
ARQANA ring went quiet when Laurent Benoit from Broadhurst Agency offered €1.1 Million for a son of Triple Crown Winner consigned by Grove Stud, lot 21.
The pedigree of this bay colt on his maternal line features the top class stallions: Leroidesanimaux, Cacique, Champs Elysees, and Dansili.
Two Lots by No Nay Never sold over €500.000
A protracted bidding battle took place for Lot 134, a daughter of No Nay Never from the draft of Willie Browne’s Mocklershill, and Kerri Radcliffe had to shell out €575,000 to see off the opposition. The bay, who hails from the family of Prix Marcel Boussac winner WUHEIDA, turned many heads in her breeze.
Having been outbid on Mocklershill’s Sea The Stars filly, Jamie McCalmont and Ralph Beckett were back at it for a daughter of No Nay Never, Lot 18, from the family of dual Group 1 winner RECOLETOS, which they ultimately secured for €500,000.
Lot 151, Lope De Vega colt to new client of David Simcock’s
Newmarket trainer David Simcock, bidding alongside Jamie Spencer, had to wait until the final half hour of trade to take a horse home, but it came in the shape of a €700,000 Lope De Vega colt from Grove Stud (lot 151). He is out of the Group-winning juvenile QUAD’S MELODY, who has already produced the Sussex Stakes scorer HERES COME WHEN.