Perfect Angel Tops the Goffs UK Goodwood Sale

The inaugural Goffs UK Goodwood Sale, held after racing at the Qatar Goodwood Festival, saw the sale make a positive start to its promising future when selling Horses-in-Training up to £400,000.

Ed Sackville of SackvilleDonald goes to £400,000 to secure Lot 1, PERFECT ANGEL

Topping the sale was Mildmay Racing’s 4YO Dark Angel mare Perfect Angel (Lot 1), a Group placed own-sister to Saturday’s Group 3 Princess Margaret Keeneland Stakes winning 2YO Angel’s Hideaway, who sold to SackvilleDonald for £400,000. Hugo Palmer’s Royal Ascot placed 3YO Curiosity (Lot 8) achieved the second highest price when knocked down to Mark McStay of Avenue Bloodstock on behalf of Mr Ngo Tai Tak for £390,000.

The sale also offered a lifetime Breeding right in the exciting young sire Showcasing (Lot 5) who sold to the China Horse Club for £190,000 and a 50% share in the last start Northumberland Vase Handicap winner Cosmelli (Lot 2) who was sold to the Sydney based Import Racing who will campaign the horse in Australia.

The Bansha House consigned Lot 7 FLYING DRAGON sells to Peter and Ross Doyle for £175,000
Goffs UK Managing Director Tony William’s commented:

“We are delighted with the results achieved at the inaugural Goodwood Sale at the Qatar Goodwood Festival which saw us achieve a sale average of £237,500. The results in the ring this evening clearly demonstrate there is an appetite for these specialist, boutique sales and our top price of £400,000 certainly reinforces that.

“The Goodwood Sale adds to Goffs’ boutique offsite sales which already includes the London Sale on the eve of Royal Ascot, the Aintree Sale, Punchestown Sale, and the Champions Sale which is held on Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown on 15th September.

“We would like to thank Goodwood for partnering in this sale, as well as our vendors and buyers, and we look forward to seeing it develop in the years to come.”

Six-figure sales headline strong Goffs Doncaster August Sale

A pair of six-figure sales headlined a strong renewal of the Goffs UK August Sale at Doncaster with the 297 horses catalogued attracting buyers from throughout Europe and the Middle East.

High demand in the ring drove the sale average up 40% to £11,560, the median up 44% to £7,200 while the clearance rate finished at a strong 80%.

Trade was topped by Raheen Stud’s Amschel (Lot 91), a 4YO son of Nathaniel who has won three of his four Hurdle starts, who was knocked down to Harold Kirk on behalf of Paul Byrne for £155,000 with Roger Brookhouse the underbidder. John Gosden’s smart 3YO Hasanoanda (Lot 188), who won over 10 furlongs since the catalogue went to print, was also in demand with Tom Malone going to £115,000 to secure the gelding.

For the first time the sale also offered horses in a Select P2P/Form Horse Session which was topped by Colin Bowe’s debut winning Pointer The Con Man (Lot 89) who sold to Donald McCain and Derek O’Connor for £70,000.

Goffs UK Managing Director Tony Williams commented:

“We have enjoyed a very good day in the sale ring. We catalogued some high-class horses and to sell two for six-figure prices is very pleasing and shows yet again that Doncaster Horses-in-Training Sales deliver the results when we are entrusted with the horses.

“This is a sale that’s performing, having produced a Grand National winner and three Grade 1 winners in the last 15 months, and those results, along with a good catalogue, attracted a big crowd of buyers from around the world and from the Gulf region in particular. We would like to thank our vendors for their support and wish our buyers all the best.”

Offered: 229
Sold: 184 (80%)
Aggregate: £2,127,000 (+74%)
Average: £11,560 (+40%)
Median: £7,200 (+44%)


Tattersalls Ireland and Goresbridge Horse Sales partner for Flat Breeze Up Sale

Tattersalls Ireland and Goresbridge Horse Sales are to join forces in the operation of Ireland’s only Flat Breeze Up Sale beginning in 2019.

Both companies plan to build on the enormous ground made by Goresbridge Horse Sales in establishing the sale as a key date in the European Breeze Up calendar and the sale is expected to relocate to the Tattersalls Ireland Fairyhouse venue next year.

The collaboration between Breeze Up Sale industry leader Tattersalls and Goresbridge Horse Sales will allow Ireland’s only Breeze Up Sale to strengthen further with the combined promotional and operational expertise of both companies.

Tattersalls Ireland CEO Matt Mitchell said:

“We are delighted to announce this new partnership with Goresbridge. The enormous strides that Goresbridge has made in establishing their Breeze Up as a major player on the European Breeze Up circuit is a testament to Martin and Mary Francis Donohoe and their team. We look forward to working with the Goresbridge team and to building on their success in establishing the fixture as one of Ireland’s most international bloodstock sales. This will commence with inspections in January 2019 and it would be our intention to catalogue around 225 horses for the 2019 renewal.”

Goresbridge Horse Sales Managing Director Martin Donohoe commented on the announcement: “Joining forces with Tattersalls Ireland will give us an opportunity to build on the huge progress we’ve made with Ireland’s only Breeze Up Sale. The sale we believe has not yet achieved its maximum potential and with the

Galileo sets new European Pattern winners record

Galileo at Coolmore Stud
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Coolmore’s superstar stallion Galileo surpassed his own sire Sadler’s Wells, when recording the most progeny wins in European Pattern races.

Sizzling landed her first Pattern win in the Group 3 Give Thanks Stakes at Cork, making it 328 pattern wins for Galileo.

Strong trade on the first day of the August National Hunt Sale

Lot 207
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A strong opening day of the three-day Tattersalls Ireland August National Hunt Sale produced the highest price given at the sale since 2014 with bloodstock agent Matt Coleman going to €80,000 for a son of Fame And Glory, as well as the highest price given for a filly since 2010.

“He is for Clive Boultbee-Brooks,” said Coleman, who outbid Aiden Murphy for the Castledillon Stud-consigned top lot (Lot 207). “I bought Sebastopol for Clive last year and he won the bumper at the Scottish National meeting for trainer Tom Lacey. We think quite a lot of the horse and he is by Fame And Glory too.”

Agent Tom Malone went to €60,000 for Lot 223, a daughter of Saint Des Saints consigned by Johnny Collins’s Brown Island Stables. She is the most expensive filly sold at the August Sale since 2010.

“She is my pick of the sale from the geldings or fillies,” said Malone of the filly already named Diama. “She was entered in the Derby Sale but didn’t get there and she has a real Derby Sale physique. She is for Paul Nicholls.”

Collins explained the filly’s absence from the June sale. “She pulled a muscle just two weeks ahead of the Derby Sale, and had to stand in for three weeks,” said the pinhooker. “I had Quel Esprit and so have always been a big fan of the stallion, I am delighted.”

Trainer Gordon Elliott, standing with agent Mags O’Toole, spent €70,000 on a son of the late Presenting, sold by Abbey Stables ( Lot 231), while earlier in the session Elliott, with Mouse O’Ryan, went to €65,000 to buy Falco Lux (Lot 103). Sold by Peter Nolan Bloodstock, he is a Falco half-brother to the talented Grade 1 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner Labaik.

Elliott, who trains the older half-sibling, said: “This is a lovely athletic horse, and looks ready to go.”
Lot 123, a Lough Na Sollis Stud-consigned gelding by Oscar, boasts some highflying siblings; his 2008 full-brother is the dual Grade 1 winner The Tullow Tank, while his half-brother is the Grand National (Grade 3) hero Many Clouds.

“This horse has been bought for Richard Gilbert, whose horses run under Straightline Construction Ltd,” said purchaser Tom Malone, who spent €55,000 on the acquisition. “This horse will go to Brian Harding to be broken, and a trainer will then be decided. He is a lovely horse and you don’t often get to buy pedigrees such as this.”

The session’s average improved from last year by 22 per cent to €12,813, while the median increased by 7 per cent to €7,500. Although the session was reduced in size from last year’s catalogue of 366 lots to 270 lots, the aggregate stayed on a par at €2,011,600.

The strong demand throughout the day meant that five horses have already sold for €50,000 or more compared to just one for the entire sale in 2017.


Son of Pour Moi tops Day 2 of the Tattersalls Ireland August National Hunt Sale

Lot 387A
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A son of Pour Moi (Lot 387A) topped Day 2 of the Tattersalls Ireland August National Hunt Sale, selling for €65,000 to Gearoid Costello and consigned by Greenville House Stud.

The three-year-old son of the Epsom Derby winner, who missed his original date at June’s Derby Sale, is a half-brother to two Grade 1 winners SHATTERED LOVE and IRISH CAVALIER.

The Fame And Glory (Lot 298) gelding who led the session earlier in the day made €46,000 and was bought by Paurick O’Connor and Robert Tyner.

Consigned by Kildallan Farm the gelding had a significant pedigree update after the catalogue was published – his five-year-old half-brother Braid Blue (Gold Well) won two bumpers in August.

Day 2 produced an average of €8,890, a median of €5,400, an aggregate of €1,377,950 and with an improved clearance rate of 70 per cent.

Tattersalls Ireland August National Hunt Sale concludes tomorrow with a start time of 10am. All lots are eligible for the €100,000 Tattersalls Ireland George Mernagh Memorial Sales Bumper 2019 and the RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Hurdle Series. Fillies are also eligible for the €5,000 Weatherbys/ITBA Fillies Bonus Scheme.

Successful conclusion to the Tattersalls Ireland Store Sale season

Lot 737
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The last day of the Tattersalls Ireland August NH Sale produced a top price of €28,000 given by agent Gerry Griffin for a Rule Of Law gelding consigned by Knockamullen Farm on behalf of Joseph Lalor (Lot 737).

“He is going to Nicky Richards,” confirmed Griffin of his sixth purchase this week. “He is a nice horse, I am pleased with the price. Let’s hope he can run – faster than I can at least!”

The second-best price of the session went to a well-related Arcadio filly (Lot 760) bought by Highflyer Bloodstock in absentia, with Harry Fowler carrying out the bidding and with agent David Minton on the phone. Sold by Rita McLoughney, the filly is the first foal out of Lough Roe Lady (Stowaway).

The sale, with an extra third day compared with the two-day sale of 2017, produced an aggregate of €3,964,600 from 422 horses who sold at an average price of €9,395 and a median of €5,500.

At the conclusion of the August NH Sale, Tattersalls Ireland CEO Matt Mitchell commented:

“Today’s sale, was the conclusion of the Tattersalls Ireland Store Sales season, including the May Sale, Derby Sale and the August Sale. The three sales had a turnover of €24,101,700, with 1,479 catalogued and 917 sold. The statistics reflect a strong market, but also a selective market as today’s sale demonstrates.
The August sale despite the increase in numbers, has returned a clearance rate of 68% with an average of €9,395.

We wish are to thank our loyal vendors and in particular, wish our purchasers success on the track. We now turn our attention to the November National Hunt Sale where entries are already at an advanced stage and close on Tuesday 18th September.”


Galileo fillies headline first day of Arqana August Sale

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€810,000 Galileo half to Kenya bound for America

Galileo fillies are hot commodities anywhere in the world and the only two on offer tonight commanded €810,000 and €600,000. The dearest of the two (lot 51) was a half-sister to the high class juveniles KENYA, ZANTENDA and SINGLE consigned by Haras des Capucines, with Justin Casse as the winning bidder. The filly’s dam Tender Morn was bought by Horse France at the ARQANA 2012 Breeding Stock Sale from Wertheimer et Frère.

“What’s not to like about her? quipped the agent. She is from a very good family with a lot of quality about her and a lot of substance for a Galileo. She will go to the US and be trained by my brother [Mark].”

First American Pharoah yearling through a European ring commands €750,000 from M.V. Magnier
The first of only two yearlings by Triple Crown hero to go through a European sales ring this season (lot 34) fittingly went the way of Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier, who offered €750,000 to outbid Phoenix Bloodstock. The athletic bay is a half-sister to the Yorkshire Oaks and Prix Vermeille heroine Shareta and was consigned by Haras d’Etreham.

“She is a beautiful individual out of a Group 1 producer and Bob Baffert has always said that American Pharoah could have been just as good on the grass , expressed Magnier. My grandfather founded Ballydoyle on American dirt horses —that’s where Galileo comes from, that’s where Sadler’s Wells came from. It all goes back to the American Classic horse. And we strongly believe in American Pharoah. He really could be the next big thing. Be it him, or Justify, we think that a horse of that type can once again have a transforming impact on European bloodlines. So that’s what we want to do: to get the best American Pharoahs we can, put them in Ballydoyle, and try to make him a new Northern Dancer. Remember Scat Daddy was an all-American hero, too, and look what he has been able to do on turf in Europe.”

Galileo daughter of Naissance Royale fetches €600,000

The very first lot in the ring, a daughter of Galileo out of the Grade 2 winning mare Naissance Royale (lot 1), set proceedings off to a strong start when commanding €600,000 from Narvick International’s Emmanuel de Seroux. From the prominent draft of Ecurie des Monceaux, the slick bay is set to travel to Japan for an undisclosed client.

Frankel colt for St Lawrence and Fawzi Nass

The same price tag was matched later in the evening by a Frankel colt who was also raised and consigned by Ecurie des Monceaux. The relative to Best Of The Bests attracted a closing bid of €600,000 from Oliver St Lawrence, who was standing alongside Bahrain owner-trainer Fawzi Nass.

“He is a big scopey horse with a nice staying model, quite unfurnished at the moment but who could hopefully go on to win the St Leger , offered the agent. He will be trained by George Peckham.”

Camelot to the fore with €560,000 half-brother to Young Rascal

The Coolmore team showed a lot of support to second season sire Camelot, who had four yearlings sold for an average of €292,500. The most popular was a €560,000 half-brother to this year’s Chester Vase winner YOUNG RASCAL (lot 22) for which M.V. Magnier signed the docket. The grey was consigned by Anna Sundström’s Coulonces Sales on behalf of Elisabeth Fabre’s Ecurie Peregrine.

Godolphin sweet on Lope de Vega filly

Early in the session, Anthony Stroud bidding alongside David Loder scealed the deal at €475,000 for a Lope de Vega filly (lot 4) brought to the ring by Ecurie des Monceaux.

“She is very athletic and a great mover, commented the agent on the relative to sprint veteran Muthmir. She also comes from an excellent farm.”

Stephen Hillen signs for €450,000 Dark Angel colt

A grey son of Dark Angel (lot 55), again offered by Ecurie des Monceaux, caused a serious bidding battle which eventually saw Michel Zerolo give way to Stephen Hillen at €450,000. The colt is a
half-brother to two Stakes horses in BUTHELA and DEEMSTER who both went through the same ring.

“He has a good physical and is very much in the mould of the sire, said Hillen. He behaved beautifully in the ring, and obviously the record of Ecurie des Monceaux is second to none. He will be trained by Henri-François Devin for a new client.”

Muhaarar half to Chicquita a €420,000 buy from Qatar Racing

David Redvers wasn’t going to be denied on a halfbrother to Classic heroine CHICQUITA and Ribblesdale scorer MAGIC WAND (lot 16), from the first crop of Nunnery Stud’s Muhaarar. The agent kept upping his game until a €420,000 bid closed the deal for the Ecurie des Monceaux offering.

Peter Brant secures Sister’s brother for €400,000

Peter Brant has been on a phenomenal ride with Ecurie des Monceaux-bred SISTERCHARLIE, who has now annexed three Grade 1 races Stateside after running 2nd in the Prix de Diane. Not content with having produced such a talented athlete, her dam Starlet’s Sister has also been responsible for her year younger sister MY SISTER NAT, who took 2nd in the Prix Chloé after the catalogue was printed.

The White Birch principal already returned to the well a year ago when securing a Siyouni colt for €340,000 and was back for more this time around with Michel Zerolo having to stretch to €400,000 to secure the Charm Spirit yearling half-brother (lot 43).

Gatewood Bell scoops Gleneagles half-sister to Intellogent

€400,000 was also the price American agent Gatewood Bell had to shell out for a filly from the first crop of dual Classic scorer Gleneagles (lot 8) whose dam has already produced Prix Jean Prat scorer INTELLOGENT as well as Listed performer Lightupthenight. Once again raised and sold by Ecurie des Monceaux, she hails from the family of German Classic winners NIGHTFLOWER, NIGHT PETTICOAT and NEXT DESERT.

Late in the evening, Charles Gordon-Watson also matched that price tag for a Camelot colt from Coulones Sales (lot 62), the second foal out of the Classic placed VENUS DE MILO.

Dubawi colt at €1.55 million tops Arqana August Sale Day 2

A seven-figure son of top stallion Dubawi dominated the second day of trading at the August Yearling Sale, the final of the catalogue’s Part I before Part II unfolds on Monday. The vagaries of alphabetical order had resulted in the catalogue proving stronger on the opening session as opposed to a year ago, thus making for contrasted daily comparisons – the average price was up 38% on day 1 and down 11% on day 2. Referring to cumulated figures over the first two nights offer a more accurate analysis.

With a slightly more condensed catalogue, 122 yearlings sold out of the 160 offered through Part I, achieving a 76% clearance rate (80% in 2016). The average price reached a whopping €240,008, up 12% from last year, while the cumulated aggregate slipped 2.9% at €29,486,000, with 17 less horses sold.
Pérelle on top once again

Haras de la Pérelle is no stranger to sale-toppers, having previously led through the ring a Galileo filly who dominated the 2012 August Yearling Sale when selling for €1.7 million. Five years on, Jürgen Winter’s boutique nursery brought three colts to the auction, one of which became a focal point of attention as soon as he set foot on the sales complex. Selling as lot 160, the son of Dubawi exceeded all expectations when knocked down for €1.55 million to Kerri Radcliffe after a protracted bidding duel against Shadwell’s Angus Gold. The handsome bay was an extremely rare proposition in a sales ring as the second foal out of the Falmouth Stakes heroine GIOFRA, herself a half-sister to four black type winners. The family has been nurtured at Haras de la Pérelle out of the Prestige Stakes scorer GRACEFULLY, who has turned into a foundation mare for the elite farm.

A relieved Kerri Radcliffe sighed: “He is just a gorgeous individual, I wasn’t leaving Deauville without him. He will go to André Fabre and we are hoping for the best.”

Wings Of Eagles’ sister makes €750K to Redvers/Meridian partnership

Another eagerly expected lot was the Kingman half-sister to this year’s Derby hero WINGS OF EAGLES (lot 101), which caused the sales pavilion to fill up to the boards in a matter of minutes. Bidding duly took off at a frantic pace until David Redvers and Ghislan Bozo, who were acting from the restaurant in company with Laurent Dassault, offered a closing bid of €750,000 for the grey. Her dam Ysoldina was placed 5 times at Group level including in the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches and has produced two more black type performers. She is herself a half-sister to the Prix Saint-Alary victrix BELLE ET CELEBRE and three other Stakes winners.

“It is very hard to buy a sister to a recent Derby winner so we knew she would be expensive and feel terribly lucky to have her,” said Redvers. “She is for a syndicate including Qatar Racing and two clients of Ghislain’s. We will have a discussion regarding where she is to be trained.” Ghislain Bozo identified his clients as Laurent Dassault and a new Chinese investor for whom he has been active in the Deauville sales ring since the start of the season.

Invincible Spirit grandson of Surfside to Shadwell for €420K

The underbidder on the Dubawi colt out of Giofra, Angus Gold bounced back to secure a son of Invincible Spirit from the draft of Haras des Capucines (lot 171) for €420,000. The bay is a full brother to the Prix d’Arenberg scorer and Cheveley Park Stakes 3rd HIGH CELEBRITY. The second and third dam both acquired champion status in America, namely Champion three-year-old filly SURFSIDE and Champion two-year-old FLANDERS.

“Sheikh Hamdan loved the horse since he saw him and was very keen to have him,” commented Gold. “We have been lucky with Invincible Spirit and hopefully if this one can run he could be a stallion.”

Japan back to the fore with €400K Dubawi colt from Newsells

Newsells Park Stud was offering the only other colt by Dalham Hall Stud’s flagship sire Dubawi in the catalogue (lot 136), the first foal out of Prix Allez-France winer DAKSHA. He became the first Deauville purchase by Japanese up-and-coming owner Koichiro Yamaguchi on a closing bid of €400,000. The CEO of a successful hedge fund in Tokyo, Yamaguchi got a foretaste of racehorse ownership at a member of the U Carrot Farm syndicate that raced Yasuda Kinen and George Ryder Stakes hero REAL IMPACT, and was making his first trip to Deauville. “I wanted to buy either a Frankel, a Kingman or a Dubawi,” said a thrilled Yamaguchi. “I was underbidder on lot 66 yesterday and am delighted to be able to buy this one. It is my first purchase in Deauville.”

The contingent of Japanese buyers attending the sale is the largest ever seen at this auction and they surely left their mark on the leaderboard. Akira Katayama bought a pair of fillies by Kingman and Invincible Spirit for a total €500,000 while Shadai Farm spent €510,000 on daughters of Camelot and Siyouni.

Mayfair/Coolmore partnership support No Nay Never with €400K purchase

It was rather fitting than only hours after the Darley Prix Morny was run at Deauville racecourse, a colt from the first crop of 2013 winner No Nay Never (lot 126) caused a stir in the sales ring located just across the road when selling for €400,000 to the powerful partnership of Mayfair Speculators and Coolmore.

Peter Doyle signed the docket for the son of Prix de Psyché victrix CHAIBIA who was offered by Camas Park & Glenvale Studs.

“We always try to support a new stallion and were underbidder on the other No Nay Never yesterday [lot 4 who sold to Kerri Radcliffe Bloodstock for €480,000],” commented Doyle. “This colt is a two-year-type who looks racy. We haven’t made our minds up about who will train him.”

Dubawi daughter of Just The Judge hits the heights

A diversified, international buying bench ensured for a second night of strong trade at the August Yearling Sale and brought results for the two-day Part I very close to matching last year’s figures. With the average showing a 10% jump on day 2, the cumulated figure for Part I settled at €234,635, just 1.6% down from 2017, while turnover for the weekend reached €28,074,000. The clearance rate for the first two days of selling was 74%.

Dubawi colt from Just The Judge commands €1.4 million from Ballylinch

Lot 137
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John O’Connor showed some stamina to have the final say on the only Dubawi colt in the catalogue (lot 137), who was brought to the ring by La Motteraye Consignment. Bids were fired from all around the ring and David Redvers proved the toughest opponent, only admitting defeat when the Ballylinch principal offered €1,400,000.

The imposing dark bay is the first foal out of the Irish 1,000 Guineas and EP Taylor Stakes winner JUST THE JUDGE, for whom Qatar Racing and China Horse Club paid 4.5 million guineas three years ago.

“We were very keen to have him, a relieved O’Connor commented. He is a beautiful individual by an exceptional stallion and from a family we know extremely well. We actually bred and sold the dam of Just The Judge, Faraday Light, and the family goes back to the days of the McCalmonts. The colt will go into training for Ballylinch Stud and obviously we are hoping to make a stallion.”

Coolmore snaps up €900,000 Lope de Vega sibling to Dark Vision

Ecurie des Monceaux’s Lope de Vega colt (lot 94) benefitted from a major update after his two-year-old half-brother DARK VISION, still unraced when the catalogue went to press, bolted up on his first three starts for Mark Johnston culminating with a dominating display in the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood which prompted his purchase by Godolphin.

While Dark Vision had only achieved 15,000gns as a yearling, it took a bid of €900,000 from M.V. Magnier to secure his year younger sibling. « He is a lovely, good moving horse and his brother looked very talented at Goodwood », said the winning bidder.

Invincible Spirit daughter of Mayhem secured by Godolphin for €900,000

Another first foal, this time out of the Prix Allez France scorer MAYHEM (lot 161), commanded the same price and went the way of Anthony Stroud acting on behalf of Godolphin. Bred by Brendan Hayes, the relative to CERULEAN SKY, MOONSTONE, US ARMY RANGER et al. was consigned by Ballylinch Stud, who had a busy night both as a vendor and buyer.

“She is an extremely nice filly, said Stroud, bred by Brendan Hayes who does a sterling job. I don’t know who will train her yet but she will eventually join our broodmare band.”

American Pharoah filly set for return trip to America

The second and last American Pharoah to sell at a European yearling sale this season (lot 158) will race for an all American partnership after falling to Deuce Greathouse for €850,000.

The athletic filly is the first foal out of the Grade 3 winner MARBRE ROSE, which Ecurie des Monceaux raced with Christophe Clément in partnership with Haras de Saint-Pair.

Deuce Greathouse was bidding alongside Cindy Hutson who will partner with Robert Masterson in the Ecurie des Monceaux offering.

“She is, just like her father, an extremely well balanced filly, had a great presence about her and seemed like she had a great mind, said Greathouse. My family bred the third dam Mrs. Marcos and raced the offspring so we know the family very well. That was the one we wanted to buy.”

China Horse Club steps in for €600,000 brother to Belardo

Hot on the heels of the €900,000 sale of Dark Vision’s sibling, Lope de Vega’s star continued to shine bright with lot 105, from the stallion’s home Ballylinch Stud, also commanding six figures. The full brother to Dewhurst Stakes and Lockinge Stakes hero BELARDO was the pick of Mick Flanagan acting on behalf of the China Horse Club.

“He is a great mover and full brother to a champion juvenile, he said. I also like the fact that he is out of a Danehill mare. We haven’t yet decided on a trainer.”

€520,000 Dubawi filly bound for Denmark

The first Dubawi in the ring (lot 98), a racy filly offered by Jürgen Winter’s Haras de la Pérelle, found herself at the centre of a bidding battle involving the Coolmore team and Danish trainer Bent Olsen, who was taking bids over the phone alongside agent Morten Buskop. The score board read €520,000 when the latter emerged as the winning bidders for the first foal out of the Balanchine Stakes and Cape Verdi Stakes victrix CLADOCERA.

Buskop explained:

“She has been bought for Danish owner Lone Kaj Nielsen, who has had horses with Bent Olsen for many years and always wanted a Dubawi so she is over the moon to be taking this filly home. We will start her up in Scandinavia and hopefully in the future she will be able to take on the bigger international scene, which Bent Olsen has done before. She could also be a great broodmare prospect, although this is not the priority at the moment.”

Frankel filly to race for Phoenix

Fresh from watching his Signora Cabello run second in the Darley Prix Morny across the road from the ARQANA sales complex, Phoenix Thoroughbred’s Amer Abdulaziz reinvested some of the filly’s earnings in a daughter of Frankel (lot 140) offered by La Motteraye Consignment.

Tom Ludt signed the docket at €480,000 and commented for the daughter of the Darshaan mare L’Ancresse and expressed:

“We are always on the lookout for good fillies and this one has very interesting bloodlines. We think of the future so we are looking for potential broodmares. We bought Neverland Rock from La Motteraye last year and currently have a horse in training with André Fabre but we haven’t thought of a trainer for this one yet.”

Siyouni colt tops closing day of Arqana August Yearling Sale

Lot 293
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The third and final day of the August Yearling Sale, comprising Part II of the catalogue, returned figures very much on a par with their 2017 counterparts. The aggregate reached €9.4 million for the second year running while the average for the 114 horses sold was €82,693, a 3% slip from a year ago.

Honoré on top with €380,000 Siyouni colt

It proved a red-letter day for Hubert Honoré, who consigned both highest-priced yearlings. They were headed by a Siyouni colt (lot 293) who commanded a final bid of €380,000 from Anthony Stroud acting on behalf of Godolphin, with Phoenix Thoroughbreds as the underbidder. Bred by Chris Wright’s Stratford Stud Place, the bay is a full brother to the fast filly SOUVENIR DELONDRES, winner of the Prix Eclipse and Prix de la Vallée d’Auge.

“Physically I thought he compared very favourably with the horses I saw yesterday and Saturday, said Stroud. He is by a serious stallion, comes from a very good nursery and my valuation was in line with the price he made.”

Menuisier goes to €290,000 for Intello colt

French-born, British-based trainer David Menuisier has enjoyed his best season so far, notably courtesy of York Stakes scorer THUNDERING BLUE, who like many of Menuisier’s charges runs in the colours of Clive Washbourn. The successful tandem will hope for a repeat scenario with a son of Intello (lot 246) for which they paid €290,000 to outbid Fiona Carmichael and Amanda Skiffington.

Also offered by Hubert Honoré, the colt was bred by trainer Nicolas Clément out of the Listed-winning mare WINTER FASHION, who has already produced two black-type performers including FLOWER FASHION who won three races and was placed at Listed level for the Chantilly-based professional last year.

“This colt really caught my eye when I saw him yesterday, expressed Menuisier. I thought he was the best colt in the sale and feel very lucky to have an owner with the capacity to invest in top quality horses. I am a fan of the sire and there is a bit of speed on the dam side so I can’t see why we wouldn’t win the Prix du Jockey Club with him!”

Casse sweet on Siyouni filly

With Laurens having swept all before her this season, scooping three Group 1 contests on the trot while Aylmerton and City Light impressed from Royal Ascot to Randwick, the progeny of Siyouni has gained an increasingly international profile. Justin Casse has been a long-time admirer of the stallion and didn’t hesitate to offer €240,000 for a filly by the Haras de Bonneval resident, from the draft of Haras d’Etreham (lot 185). The bay is a granddaughter of the Gr.2 Prix de Pomone scorer, from the stellar family of PEINTRE CELEBRE.

“My client is not awake yet so I can’t disclose her name, confessed Casse, but I can confirm that the filly will be trained in America.”

Redvers scoops Australia relative to Danedream for €220,000

The day after a filly from the first crop of Australia won the Prix du Calvados in style, a female member of his second generation (lot 246) offered from Ecurie des Monceaux went the way of David Redvers for €220,000. She is the first foal out of a half-sister to Arc heroine DANEDREAM and Chester Vase winner VENICE BEACH, from a family that traces back to the prolific LADY BERRY.

“She was my pick of the day, said Redvers. She is made like a Classic filly, looks a painting and walks beautifully. She will be trained in Great Britain but I am not sure with whom.”

Ling Tsui maintains support to Sea The Stars

Ling Tsui’s success with Urban Sea and her descendants has been nothing short of extraordinary, as was most recently illustrated by the dazzling victory of Sea The Stars’ daughter SEA OF CLASS in the Darley Irish Oaks.

The chesnut will be joined in the yard of William Haggas by a paternal half-sister after Nicolas de Watrigant of Mandore International paid €200,000 for lot 188 offered by Haras d’Ellon. She is out of the speedy Listed-placed mare Ponte Vespucci, herself a daughter of the Prix Maurice de Gheest scorer Porlezza.

“She is a super filly and I felt the price was very reasonable considering the quality of her page, commented Watrigant who was stood next to Urban Sea’s former trainer Jean Lesbordes. She is very stamped by her sire and very relaxed, which is always a good sign. She will be trained by William Haggas.”

The same price was achieved earlier on by a Siyouni filly from the draft of Haras du Chevotel, who was knocked down to Jean-Claude Rouget. She is out of a half-sister to the Stakes winners ORION STAR and ORION GIRL.

“Timely” update for €180,000 Invincible Spirit filly

A daughter of Invincible Spirit from the fabulous TIME CHARTER family and offered by Haras d’Etreham (lot 301) fetched €180,000 from Prime Equestrian. Out of a half-sister to the Prix de Malleret scorer TIME ON, hence a close relative to the top class juvenile CURSORY GLANCE, the filly benefitted from the recent performances of her year-older half-sister Early Time, who opened her account as second asking and ran 4th in the Criterium du Bequet after the catalogue was printed.

“She is a second foal, commented Alexandre Puyfourcat, and the dam’s first looks like she will gain black time very soon, she was very unlucky last time out. We bought five yearlings this week and will sit down tonight to make decisions on their trainers.”

Phoenix adds to Siyouni’s list of supporters with €180,000 colt

Having signed for five yearlings over the weekend, Phoenix Thoroughbred completed their shopping list with a Siyouni colt from Charles Brière’s Fairway Consignment (lot 331) who requested a closing bid of €180,000 from Dermot Farrington. The bay is a half-brother to the dual Listed victrix MAMBOMISS.
Magnier dominates buyers’ rankings

11 buyers spent in excess of 1 million Euros, 2 more than a year ago. The leading investor was Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier who laid out €2,650,000 on 5 yearlings. Al Shaqab and Godolphin also invested a total amount of €2 million or more.

Magic seven for Monceaux

For the seventh year running, Ecurie des Monceaux ended the sale at the top of the vendors’ rankings by cumulative aggregate with 32 yearlings sold for a total €9,325,000. Gwenaël Monneraye and Lucie Lamotte’s La Motteraye Consignment achieved their best position so far in second while Eric Puerari and Michel Zerolo’s Haras des Capucines completed the podium.

The number 1 vendor by average was Ballylinch Stud, which saw its 6 horses average €355,000.

Siyouni reigns supreme

With 19 yearlings sold for a total €3,410,000, Siyouni registered the highest gross while the highest average at €960,000 was claimed by Dubawi, who was notably responsible for the sale topper.

ARQANA CEO Eric Hoyeau commented on the results from the past three days:

“It hasn’t been plain sailing but, in the end, the average and median prices have all but matched levels that, one must recall, represent all-time highs. It was good to see some first-time investors, notably from America and Japan, enter the fray, yet they didn’t quite fill the gap left by the reduced activity from some of the sale’s historical players. Despite these changes in the buying bench, the top of the market was still deep with the top 15 horses going to 12 individual buyers.

“As ever our wholehearted thanks and congratulations go to the breeders and consignors who produced such athletic animals and to all the buyers who bought or attempted to buy them. Let their ventures be rewarded with success on the racecourse.”

Pilgrim Soul tops Tattersalls Ascot August Sale

Pilgrim Soul
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The daughter of Yeats, Pilgrim Soul became the top lot at the Tattersalls Ascot Sale when knocked down to trainer Kerry Lee for £40,000. The turnover for the sale concluded at £423,200 while the average finished at £5,038, the median at £2,500 and an improved clearance rate of 87 per cent.

Consigned by Andrew Balding’s Park Stables, Pilgrim Soul (Lot 38), the three-year-old daughter of multiple Gold Cup winner Yeats has been placed on five of her seven starts for Balding and will now take up residence with Kerry Lee with an introduction to National Hunt racing. She is a half-sister to Roserrow, twice a winner over hurdles.

Consigning at Tattersalls Ascot Sales for the first time, the dispersal of The Jockey Club South West Syndicate provided the catalogue with some highly sought-after horses. All winners, their draft took third, fourth and fifth top prices with The Last But One (Lot 89), a four-time winner for Paul Nicholls being knocked down to Tom and Casey Malone for £32,000, Timeforwest (Lot 88), winner of three hurdle races and two chases for Jonjo O’Neill knocked down to Howson and Houldsworth Bloodstock for £18,500 and Final Choice (Lot 90), twice a winner on the flat for Warren Greatrex knocked down to John Morton for £17,000.

Godolphin were again leading consignor of the day with nine lots selling for a total of £93,600 and a top price of £37,000 for Parfait (Lot 66), a son of The Irish National Stud stalwart Invincible Spirit. The four-year-old holds three successes to his CV to date and was knocked down to the combination of Howson and Houldsworth Bloodstock and Federico Barberini.

At the conclusion of the sale, Tattersalls Ireland Director of Horses in Training Sales Richard Pugh commented;

“Tattersalls Ascot Sales again has witnessed high demand denoted by a clearance rate of 87 per cent and continues be recognised as a venue for the industry to both sell and purchase. It was a nice welcome for new clients here today such as The Jockey Club South West Syndicate who have enjoyed so much success with their horses, each a winner coming here, and trusted this venue to conduct their dispersal. It was also pleasing to gain support from trainers such as Andrew Balding and Kerry Lee, who facilitated the sale of our top lot, Pilgrim Soul for £40,000.

“Promotion of the second edition of our Ascot Yearling Sale is now at an advanced stage and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to this venue on Tuesday 11th September.”

Anodin and Siyouni star at Arqana’s V.2 Sale

Lot 408
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The one-day V.2 Yearling Sale was dominated by the progeny of French-based sires Siyouni, Anodin and Dabirsim while the aggregate, which had taken a 37% jump a year ago, readjusted to the level seen in 2016 (-16%). The clearance rate was a healthy 81% but the average price, in a market where pinhookers proved much more discrete than twelve months ago, also dipped 15% to €33,028.

Wertheimer maintains support to Anodin with €140,000 purchase

Pierre-Yves Bureau of Wertheimer & Frère had to fend off stiff opposition from Jean-Claude Rouget to secure an son of their homebred stallion Anodin (lot 406) for €140,000. Offered by Haras du Cadran and bred in partnership with Pascale Ménard, the colt is descended from the distant family of TREVE. A year ago at the same sale, Wertheimer et Frère had supported Anodin with the purchase of two colts, one of which, HARMLESS, is now unbeaten in three starts for Christophe Ferland including the Prix Roland de Chambure last time out.

“Supporting our stallions has always been part of our policy, explained Bureau. We did it with Green Tune, Gold Away, Poliglote, Intello and have always been rewarded. It is also a way of thanking the breeders who have placed their faith in our stallions. This colt really stood out for us and time will tell if we were right!”

€115,000 Siyouni filly sets ball rolling

The very first lot in the ring (lot 346) fetched €115,000 on a bid from François Doumen, providing a pleasing return for breeders Karine Morice and Dominique Ades Hazan, who paid €60,000 eighteen months ago in the same ring for OPTICA in foal to Siyouni.

Consigned by Haras des Capucines, the filly hails from the family of Champion two-year-old filly GAY GALLANTA.

“I have bought her for my loyal client Henri de Pracomtal, said Doumen. I have been to see her several times over the past few days. She is an energetic filly, a little bit on the small side but with the je ne sais quoi that make the good horses. She has a beautiful pedigree for a breeder.”

Siyouni and Capucines to the fore again with €125,000 filly

The same tandem of Haras des Capucines and Siyouni struck again with a filly out of the Bernardini mare Candinie (lot 407), who commanded a final bid of €125,000. Bred by Jean-Pierre Dubois, she hails from the family of Grand Slam. Nicolas de Chambure signed the docket under the name Magnolia Bloodstock, and declined to name his client.

Siyouni shines again with €105,000 colt to go breezing

Siyouni proved very much the leitmotiv of the day, providing three of the four six-figure transactions. The final colt in the ring by the Haras de Bonneval resident (lot 482), consigned by Haras d’Etreham, was knocked down to Tom Whitehead’s Powerstown Stud for €105,000. The pinhooker expressed his admiration for the sire and confirmed that the half-brother to dual Listed winner FOURIOSO would be prepared for next year’s breeze up sales.

The result provided a fairy tale ending for breeder Xavier Moyer, who keeps four mares at his property near Livarot and partnered with Philippe Jousset’s Haras Bonne Chance to secure the nomination to Siyouni.

As proceedings drew to a close, ARQANA CEO Eric Hoyeau stated:

“Last year’s renewal was nothing short of exceptional and this year we have seen a return to the figures of 2016, however still with a very healthy clearance rate. Uncertainty created by Brexit and other circumstances are clearly a worry for pinhookers but it was good to see so many French trainers and agents having a go, as well as young French-based sires maintaining their popularity in the ring.”

Record top price for Doncaster Premier Sale

Lot 20 by Gleneagles
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A new record top price of £380,000 continued the evolution of the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale at Doncaster. This followed another superb season on the track headed by the Classic victory of Laurens and the Group 1 exploits of top two-year-old Advertise.

The previous sale record of £280,000 had been achieved on three occasions, two of which became Group winners; the Royal Ascot Group 3 Jersey Stakes winner and now sire Gale Force Ten and current 3YO Yafta who won the Group 3 Hackwood Stakes in July.

Consigned by Newsells Park Stud, the sale topping colt (Lot 20) was from the first crop of Gleneagles and was billed as a highlight in the build-up with Julian Dollar stating before the sale that “he is in my top five of yearlings I’ve ever been involved with at Newsells.” The colt lived up to those high expectations when selling to SackvilleDonald who commented “he’s the standout horse in this sale and the nicest horse I’ve seen at Doncaster in many a year.”

Other highlights from the opening session included Abbeville Stud’s Exceed and Excel filly (Lot 256) which sold to Oliver St Lawrence for £200,000, while Trinity Park Stud’s Acclamation filly (Lot 265) was another to turn heads late in the evening when selling to Joe Foley for £185,000.

A total of 19 yearlings sold for six-figure sums with others including two colts selling for £150,000; Norris Bloodstock’s Oasis Dream colt (Lot 175) who was knocked down to the Hong Kong Jockey Club and Rathbarry Stud’s Acclamation colt (Lot 92) who was sold to BBA Ireland and Richard Knight.

Creighton Schwartz Bloodstock and John Dance, who purchased Laurens from this sale in 2016, purchased another high-class filly when going to £140,000 to secure Houghton Bloodstock’s Gleneagles filly (Lot 259) while Phoenix Thoroughbreds, who have also enjoyed Group 1 success this year with Advertise, purchased a Camacho colt (Lot 134) with Dermot Farrington for £125,000. Shadwell were also active purchasing six yearlings including a colt from the first crop of Muhaarar (Lot 21) for £120,000.

The second and final day of the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale at Doncaster will commence tomorrow at 10am.

Sold: 226 (89%)
Aggregate: £10,183,000 (-4%)
Average: £45,058 (-16%)
Median: £35,000 (-5%)


89% Clearance rate headlines strong Doncaster Premier Sale

Lot 267
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The classic winning Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale at Doncaster came to a successful completion with the two-days producing a new record top price of £380,000, a superb clearance rate of 89% and a buying bench featuring purchasers from around the world.

The previous day’s sale topper, Newsells Park Stud’s Gleneagles colt (Lot 20) who sold to SackvilleDonald for £380,000, remained unbeaten but the day got off to the best possible start with the first lot through the ring topping the final session – a filly by Acclamation (Lot 267) which sold for £240,000. Offered by Highclere Stud on behalf of Lordship Stud, the filly is from the famous Swiss Lake family and was purchased by Creighton Schwartz Bloodstock and John Dance who purchased the Classic winner Laurens from this sale for £220,000 in 2016.

In total, 37 yearlings sold for six-figure sums over the two days with other highlights today including Croom House Stud’s Showcasing colt (Lot 388) out of the Listed winning mare City Image selling to Shadwell Estate for £190,000, Highclere Stud’s Dark Angel colt (Lot 318) who was purchased by Peter & Ross Doyle Bloodstock for £170,000 and two colts that sold for £150,000; Yeomanstown Stud’s Dark Angel colt (Lot 301) who sold to Cheveley Park Stud and Tally Ho Stud’s Cable Bay colt (Lot 393) who sold to Shadwell Estate.

Goffs UK Managing Director Tony Williams commented:

“We came into this sale determined to break the £300,000 mark and to do so is a huge achievement as we smashed the previous record by £100,000, setting a new high of £380,000. That’s a real statement for this sale and the type of yearling it now attracts and, along with the Classic winner Laurens, encapsulates the evolution this sale has undergone.

“This sale has experienced six consecutive years of growth and to match last year’s record-breaking figures was always going to be tough. However, we have achieved the second highest figures in this sale’s history for which we are delighted and to finish with a clearance rate of 89% demonstrates the strength of the market here at Doncaster.

“We have received overwhelming praise from our vendors and buyers alike on what has been a very strong sale and it will be interesting to reflect on the figures as the sale season continues. I would like to thank our vendors and buyers who came from around the world and wish them all the very best.”

Offered: 473
Sold: 421 (89%)
Aggregate: £19,084,500 (-3%)
Average: £45,331 (-11%)
Median: £35,000 (-5%)

Clodovil colt tops Doncaster Silver Sale

Lot 616 Clodovil
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The completion of the Goffs UK Silver Yearling Sale drew to a close a successful three days of sales at Doncaster with a number of international buyers competing with a healthy domestic buying bench for the 166 yearlings offered.

Among the buyers were a number who remained from the Premier Sale such as Alex Elliott, Bobby O’Ryan, Creighton Schwartz Bloodstock, Howson & Houldsworth Bloodstock, Joe Foley, Karl Burke, Ontoawinner, Peter & Ross Doyle Bloodstock, Richard Fahey, Richard Spencer etc. and they were joined by groups in attendance from throughout Europe.

Topping today’s sale was Pier House Stud’s Clodovil colt (Lot 616), a half-brother the Listed winner Verglacial, who sold to Peter & Ross Doyle Bloodstock for £40,000. Battlefield Stud’s Dandy Man colt (Lot 654) was another to catch the eye, selling to John Fretwell for £39,000, while Oakgrove Stud’s Al Kazeem filly (Lot 623) out of a half-sister to the Group 1 winners Patavellian and Avonbridge was also popular and went to the bid of Henry Candy for £36,000.

Goffs UK Managing Director Tony William’s commented:

“This sale consistently produces good horses every season and with graduates such as the Weatherbys Super Sprint winner Ginger Nut and the Group 2 Lowther Stakes placed The Mackem Bullet, it maintained its popular following with a solid crowd of buyers from throughout Europe, many of which stayed on after yesterday’s Premier Sale.

“We have seen strong demand for yearlings today and although we saw a slight dip in the clearance rate, to finish at 82% is a good result with a number of purchases going to international buyers. We would like to thank our vendors and wish our buyers all the very best with their purchasers.”

Offered: 166
Sold: 136 (82%)
Aggregate: £1,385,400 (-2%)
Average: £10,187 (-13%)
Median: £8,500 (-15%)


Cheveley Park stalwart Medicean passes away

Medicean, top class on the racetrack and at stud, has passed away aged 21 years old.

The Chesnut was bred in the purple by Cheveley Park Stud, being a son of Machiavellian, out of the Listed winner Mystic Goddess.

Unraced at two, Medicean made a winning debut for Sir Michael Stoute, when landing the Wood Ditton Stakes at Newmarket’s Craven Meeting in 2000.

Having added two more victories, he stepped up in class for the Group One St James’s Palace Stakes, finishing a fine third to the ‘Iron Horse’ Giant’s Causeway.

He occupied the same position behind the same horse, in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood and returned to that track to land the Group Two Celebration Mile. He later ran fourth behind Observatory and Giant’s Causeway, in the QEII Stakes, but he was still very much a work in progress and with time, Stoute would mould him into a Group One winner.

2001 proved to be Medicean’s year, as he landed the Lockinge Stakes and Queen Anne Stakes over a mile, before successfully stepping up to ten-furlongs to win the Eclipse Stakes. Medicean’s final race came in the 2001 Juddmonte International Stakes at York, where he finished third to the scintillating Sakhee.

He was retired to Cheveley Park Stud and had a long and successful career, retiring from the breeding shed in August 2017.

Among his leading progeny were the smart juvenile Dutch Art, Al Shemali, Bankable, Mr Medici, Capponi and Nannina.

Cheveley Park Stud’s managing director Chris Richardson, commented: “From the day he was born, Medicean was the most wonderfully kind horse, with a spectacular walk.

“His win in the Eclipse was a highlight for owner breeders Mr and Mrs Thompson, being one of their favourite races. His progeny have excelled at the highest level and I’m sure his legacy will be influential for years to come.”

It is believed that he suffered a heart attack.