Darley announces 2019 fees as Cracksman joins Dalham Hall Stud

Cracksman beats Salouen in the Coronation Cup

The Darley stallions have enjoyed another outstanding year, siring the winners of the Dubai World Cup, the Derby, the King’s Stand, the Prince Of Wales’s, the King George, the Arlington Million, the National Stakes and the Dewhurst, to name but a few.
Joining the roster at Dalham Hall Stud for 2019 is Europe’s highest-rated horse, Cracksman.

Winner of his sole start at two (where he finished four lengths ahead of Stradivarius), Cracksman was beaten less than a length in both the English and Irish Derbies, before storming to wide-margin victories in the Great Voltiguer and the Prix Niel.

This year he has added three further victories at the highest level to his outstanding record, landing the Prix Ganay, the Coronation Cup. He earned a Timeform rating of 136, 2lbs clear of Arc heroine Enable.
Cracksman is the highest-rated horse to retire to stud in Europe since his own sire, Frankel. In fact, the only other horses retired with a higher rating since 2000 are Sea The Stars and the great Dubai Millennium.

Cracksman will stand at a fee of £25,000, October 1st SLF.

One stallion who has carried all before him in 2018 is Dubawi, officially the best stallion in the world by TRC ranking, and the first UK-based sire ever to record 100 individual Group winners. Sire of 38 Group One winners to date, Dubawi has notched six winners at the highest level this year, headed by the unbeaten two-year-olds, and the best two juveniles in Europe, Too Darn Hot, winner of the Darley Dewhurst and National Stakes hero Quorto. Dubawi’s 2019 fee remains unchanged at £250,000.

There are four further new additions to the European roster, including star sprinter Harry Angel, who will stand at Dalham Hall Stud at a fee of £20,000.

Harry Angel, a record-breaking World Champion sprinter and the best so far by Dark Angel, won the Darley July Cup and the Haydock Sprint Cup, the latter by the widest margin ever recorded, last year and is the highest-rated sprinter to retire to stud in the UK since 1985.

Another record-breaking speedster to join the stallion ranks is Jungle Cat, who will stand at Kildangan Stud at €8,000. The son of Iffraaj was a high-class performer at two, who went on to land this year’s Al Quoz Sprint, before flying to victory in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes in Australia.

Hawkbill, also victorious at Meydan on Dubai World Cup night – this time with a dominant win in the Dubai Sheema Classic – will cover his first book at Dalham Hall Stud at a fee of £7,500.

Hawkbill won the Eclipse at three, putting up the same performance by Timeform as Roaring Lion’s win over Saxon Warrior this year.

New to the roster at Haras du Logis is Cloth Of Stars, the first colt home in the past two Prix de l’Arc de Triomphes and winner of the Prix Ganay. Timeform’s Champion older horse of 2017, he will stand at €7,500.

New Approach has enjoyed a banner year, thanks in no small part to outstanding Derby winner Masar. He is also sire of trio Ostilio, Loxley and Waldlied, who all hail from the same post-Dawn Approach crop as Masar. New Approach’s fee is unchanged at £30,000.

Standing alongside him is Golden Horn, whose first yearlings averaged £160,000 and whose much-anticipated first runners will appear on the racecourse in 2019. He will stand at £50,000.

Exceed And Excel recently reached a milestone 150 Black Type winners, becoming only the second Australian-bred sire ever to do so. He will once again stand at a fee of €50,000, alongside Teofilo who also remains unchanged at €40,000.

Sam Bullard, Director of stallions, said, “We are delighted to announce the fees for the Darley roster in Europe. Never before have we been able to offer breeders such great value across every sector of the market.
“To be entrusted with the future careers of two great speedsters in Harry Angel and Jungle Cat, Eclipse winner Hawkbill, by one of America’s best, as well as the highest-rated horse in the world in Cracksman is a huge privilege.

“We will continue our policy of selling a limited number of breeding rights, and to that end we look forward to working closely with breeders as we strive to uncover the next Dubawi.”

Australia colt tops Day 1 of Goffs Autumn Yearling Sale

Day 1 of the two day Goffs Autumn Yearling Sale was topped by Lot 163, a good looking son of Australia consigned by Shanaville Stables and knocked down to Margaret O’Toole for €52,000.

The next highest lot today was a Showcasing filly from Nafferty Stud (Lot 244) that sold to BBA Ireland for €45,000, while earlier a Dragon Pulse colt consigned by Cross Stables, Lot 238, was bought by Shawn Dugan for €35,000.

The Autumn Yearling Sale continues at 10am tomorrow, and will be followed on Wednesday with the Horses In Training that will begin at 12 noon.

Autumn Yearling Sale Day 1:
Offered: 255
Sold: 149 (58%)
Aggregate: €8,622,150 (-33%)
Average: €5,786 (-21%)
Median: €3,200 (-36%)

Champion Lady Eli sells for $4.2 Million on Opening Day of Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale

Champion and five-time Grade 1 winner Lady Eli and Grade 2 winner My Miss Sophia, both in foal to leading sire War Front, were among eight horses to bring $1 million or more during a robust day of trade to open Keeneland’s 2018 November Breeding Stock Sale.
Monday’s session featured an exclusive Book 1 with graded stakes-winning fillies and mares and exceptional weanlings catalogued. Keeneland sold 120 horses for $56,429,000 for an average of $470,242 and a median of $350,000. There are no comparable figures from Book 1 of the 2017 November Sale, which covered the auction’s first two sessions.

“It was a day of good, solid trade,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said. “We modified the format of Book 1 from last year and sold 25 more horses today than we did last year when we had a two-day Book 1. The weanling market was very strong, so we are pleased with how the sale is getting started. There is continued strength in the domestic market for high-quality offerings. The Yoshida family from Japan participated in a big way and we appreciate much how they support us.”

Katsumi Yoshida was the day’s leading buyer, purchasing four horses for $4,475,000. His brother Teruya, in the name of his Shadai Farm, was the session’s fifth-leading buyer, spending $2 million for two horses.
John Sikura’s Hill ‘n’ Dale both consigned and purchased Lady Eli, a 6-year-old daughter of Divine Park regarded as one of the all-time leading turf distaffers in North America. Lady Eli has resided at Hill ‘n’ Dale since her last start, the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Del Mar for owner Sheep Pond Partners.

“We’re thrilled to add her to our broodmare band,” Sikura said. “We keep trying to add elite-quality mares and keep up the competition and look to the future. She is a mare that is really everything one could ask for. It’s a lot of money for a horse, but she was an extremely good value.

“She’s indomitable,” Sikura added. “She knows she’s special and commands your respect. We want to keep accumulating elite mares so we can sell elite commercial yearlings. This is a good place to start when you buy champions.”

Hill ‘n’ Dale ranked as the day’s leading consignor, selling 10 horses for $8,980,000, including three of the day’s top-priced horses.

Among those watching Lady Eli sell was trainer Chad Brown, for whom she recovered from a bout of laminitis during her career to continue racing at the highest levels, compiling a record of 10 wins and three seconds in 14 starts for earnings of $2,959,800.

Steven W. Young, agent, paid $4 million for Grade 2 winner My Miss Sophia from the consignment of Lane’s End, agent. By Unbridled’s Song, the 7-year-old daughter of Unbridled’s Song is a half-sister to Florida Derby Materiality.

Katsumi Yoshida spent $2.2 million for Tiffany’s Honour, a 7-year-old mare out of 2007 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year Better Than Honour and a half-sister to champion and Belmont winner Rags to Riches and Belmont winner Jazil. Consigned by Lane’s End, agent, she was sold in foal to Medaglia d’Oro.
Key To My Heart (IRE), a 4-year-old daughter of Galileo (IRE) in foal to War Front, sold to Summer Wind Equine for $1.75 million. Eaton Sales, agent, consigned the mare, whose dam is the Grade 1-winning Bernardini mare A Z Warrior, a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Jojo Warrior, Grade 3 winner E Z Warrior and stakes winner J Z Warrior.

Claiborne Farm, agent, paid $1.5 million for Stays in Vegas, a Grade 3-winning daughter of City Zip in foal to War Front. Out of Double Jackpot, by Broken Vow, the 5-year-old mare is from the family of champion Heavenly Prize. She was consigned by James B. Keogh (Grovendale), agent.

Teruya Yoshida’s Shadai Farm of Japan paid $1.25 million for Grade 1 winner Zipessa, in foal to Medaglia d’Oro. St. George Sales, agent, consigned the 6-year-old City Zip mare who is out of Precious Princess, by Horse Chestnut (SAF).

Town & Country Horse Farms went to $1.125 million to acquire Group 3 winner Pretty Perfect (IRE), a 5-year-old daughter of Galileo in foal to War Front consigned by Eaton Sales, agent. Out of the winning Danehill mare Milanova, Pretty Perfect is from the family of French highweight and Group 1 winner Holy Roman Emperor.

Galileo’s Song (IRE), a 5-year-old graded stakes-placed daughter of Galileo in foal to Curlin, sold to Japan’s Shimokobe Farm/Polo Green Stable, agent, for $1 million.

Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, consigned Galileo’s Song, who is out of the Storm Cat mare Song to Remember and a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Magnificent Song.

Fillies by Tapit were the day’s top-priced weanlings.

Eaton Sales, agent, sold a Tapit weanling filly who is the first foal of champion La Verdad, by Yes It’s True, to Whisper Hill Farm and Three Chimneys Farm for $800,000. She was among the six horses supplemented to Book 1.

At $750,000, the session’s second high-selling weanling is a daughter of Tapit who is a half-sister to champion Arrogate, winner of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic and 2017 Pegasus World Cup Invitational and Dubai World Cup who earned a North American record $17,422,600. Clearsky Farms, who bred the filly with Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings, purchased her from Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, with Rac 04 Racing.

The filly is out of the stakes-winning Distorted Humor mare Bubbler.

Tamayuz colt tops final day of Goffs Autumn Yearling Sale 

Lot 496 Tamayuz
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A Tamayuz colt out of an own-sister to a Group winner and a Listed winner (Lot 496) topped the final day of the Autumn Yearling Sale at Goffs, when the Lumville Farm-consigned colt was bought by Kevin Ross Bloodstock for €50,000.

Lumville Farm also offered a daughter of Sea The Moon from the family of Banimpire (Lot 572) who sold to Goffs’ Scandinavian agent Filip Zwicky. The filly was among a trio of yearlings to sell for €24,000 today that also included a Sir Percy colt from Staffordstown that sold to Hyde Park Stud (Lot 551) and a colt by Requinto from Jossestown Farm (Lot 542) knocked down to MCR Bloodstock.

At the conclusion of the two day Autumn Yearling Sale, Goffs Chief Executive Henry Beeby commented:

“There is no disguising that the last two days have been hard work for everyone as the market has proved highly selective as evidenced by the clearance rate of 60%. Trade has mirrored that at other sales of a similar category across Europe this autumn although it remains the case that the stand out lots enjoyed plenty of competition. That said all of us involved in the bloodstock business must accept that the market is the ultimate arbiter of each offering and it is speaking with increasing volume that the sums do not add up at a certain level. How much the uncertainty or threat of Brexit is contributing is anyone’s guess as, like everyone, we are so sick of the lack of clarity in this connection but there is no doubt that it appears the supply – demand ratio is out of kilter again.

Working in tandem with Irish Thoroughbred Marketing, Goffs will continue to do our level best to attract the broadest group of buyers to our sales and it was pleasing to see significant groups from Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Italy competing with buyers from USA, China and the UK for the yearlings that appealed the most”.

Twilight Payment tops Goffs Autumn Horses In Training Sale 

Lot 690 Twilight Payment
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The dual Listed and Group 2 placed Twilight Payment topped a good day’s trade at Goffs Autumn Horses In Training Sale today when selling to Kerr & Co Ltd for €200,000. The 5yo gelding by Teofilo (Lot 690) is out of a half-sister to Ribblesdale winner Banimpire and was consigned by Glebe House Stables.

Another six figure sale was that of the two time winner and Listed placed Mazzuri, a three year old daughter of Raven’s Pass (Lot 671), who was sold by Rathbride Stables to Peter & Ross Doyle Bloodstock and Amanda Perrett for €120,000.

Other highlights included Admirality (Lot 703) from Johnny Murtagh’s Fox Covert Stables. Twice a winner, the four year old Mount Nelson gelding was bought by Colm Sharkey and Roger Fell for €80,000. Moyneard Stables’ winning Footstepsinthesand colt Krispen (Lot 666) headed BBA Ireland’s purchases today when selling for €70,000, while the Aga Khan Studs draft included the impressive 2yo Siyouni colt Vidiyni (Lot 604) who has been placed three times and was bought for €68,000 by Qatar-based trainer Debbie Mountain and Hassan Abdul Malik.

The clearance rate for the one day HIT sale was 85% while increases were recorded in turnover, average and median.

Following the sale Goffs Chief Executive Henry Beeby said:

“Today’s Horses-In-Training Sale has demonstrated yet again that we can and consistently do deliver the best prices for the category. Indeed this is a sector of the market in which we think we have so much more to offer but lack the numbers to attract a bigger group of buyers. That said we have sold horses to the Gulf Region and across Europe today which will only serve to inspire us to redouble our efforts to grow the catalogue in 2019, following a sale that has returned growth in every statistic.

For now we extend our thanks to each vendor and every purchaser, and wish them luck with their latest Goffs graduates”.

Miss Exclusive headlines at Keeneland November Sale

Miss Exclusive, an Unbridled’s Song mare from a powerhouse Juddmonte Farms family in foal to Noble Mission (GB), sold for $750,000 to Marette Farrell, agent for Greg Goodman’s Mt. Brilliant Farm & Ranch, to headline Wednesday’s third session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

During the second day of the two-session Book 2, Keeneland sold 231 horses for $33,856,000 for an average of $146,563 and a median of $130,000. There are no comparable figures from last year.

“Book 2 was a good solid book from start to finish,” Keeneland Director of Sales Operations Geoffrey Russell said. “The quality of mares was excellent, and the foals were unbelievable. Seeing local farms such as Mt. Brilliant, Stone Farm, WinStar and Dixiana buy horses to replenish their stock results from the success of the September Yearling Sale and means people are reinvesting in broodmares, which is good and healthy for our industry.

“Also the Australian market is very active at the moment,” Russell continued.

“Their participation has been a lot stronger than we anticipated. American mares have always been popular in Australia.  The Japanese market has continued to be strong even with a different clientele in Book 2. It’s nice to see these legacy markets we’ve worked with over the years continue to participate here.”

Through the first three days of the 12-day sale, a total of 574 horses have sold for $125,227,000 for an average of $218,166 and a median of $150,000.

Mill Ridge Sales, agent, consigned Miss Exclusive, a 6-year-old mare out of North American champion grass mare Intercontinental (GB), by Danehill. A two-time graded stakes winner at Keeneland, Intercontinental is a full sister to French and English highweight and leading sire Dansili (GB), North American champion Banks Hill (GB), Canadian Horse of the Year Champs Elysees (GB) and multiple Grade 1 winner Cacique (IRE). She is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Heat Haze (GB) and Grade 3 winner Deluxe. All are Juddmonte homebreds.

Purple H Bloodstock went to $600,000 to acquire Spindle, a 5-year-old Hard Spun mare in foal to Quality Road. Consigned by James M. Herbener Jr., agent, she is a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Long Haul Bay and a full sister to stakes winner Midnight Transfer. Her dam, the Grade 3 winning French Deputy mare French Satin, is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner and sire Lion Heart and Grade 3 winner Connemara.

Theogony, an 8-year-old stakes-winning daughter of Curlin in foal to Quality Road, sold for $500,000 to Mountmellick Farm. Consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, she is out of the graded stakes-placed Tale of the Cat mare Upcoming Story and from the family of Group 3 winner Old Star (ARG).

Moyglare Stud of Ireland paid $460,000 for Homeland Security, a 4-year-old daughter of Smart Strike who won the Zagora Stakes at Belmont Park on Oct. 28. Cataloged as a racing or broodmare prospect, she is from the family of champion Farda Amiga, European Horse of the Year St. Jovite, and Grade 2 winners Lac Ouimet and Salem Drive. Her dam is the Giant’s Causeway mare Forever Beautiful.

The session’s top-priced weanling was a Tapit colt sold to Solis/Litt for $380,000. Hidden Brook, agent, consigned the colt, who is out of the Candy Ride (ARG) mare Sweet Dreams, a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Strike Charmer (who sold Monday for $700,000 to Marette Farrell, agent for Mt. Brilliant). The colt is from the family of champion Gold Beauty, English Horse of the Year Dayjur, Grade 1 winner Maplejinsky and Grade 2 winner The Prime Minister.

A weanling filly by Into Mischief sold to Spendthrift Farm, where Into Mischief stands, for $360,000. Consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, agent, she is out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Spring Fling and from the family of Grade 3 winner Swept Away and stakes winners Cash Refund, Early Return and Gladyousawme.

Ben Glass, agent for Gary and Mary West, paid $350,000 for a weanling colt by Quality Road. Consigned by Hidden Brook, agent, he is out of the Tiznow mare Lazy Susan and from the family of Grade 1 winners Lazy Slusan and Last Full Measure.

Stone Farm was the session’s leading buyer with the purchase of two horses for $890,000. Stone paid $450,000 for Assertive, a 4-year-old daughter of Blame in foal to Into Mischief, and $440,000 for My Dear Venezuela, a 5-year-old daughter of Wildcat Heir in foal to Arrogate.

Denali Stud, agent, was the leading consignor with sales of $2,594,000 for 21 horses.

Saucy Dame leads Thursday at Keeneland November Sale

Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings paid $320,000 for Saucy Dame, a 3-year-old Distorted Humor filly cataloged as a broodmare prospect, during Thursday’s fourth session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, which recorded brisk trade throughout the day.

Keeneland sold 259 horses for a total $17,381,000, an average of $67,108 and a median of $52,000. There are no comparable figures from 2017.

Cumulatively, 832 horses have sold for $142,523,000 for an average of $171,302 and a median of $105,000.

Consigned by VanMeter-Gentry Sales, agent, the session-topping Saucy Dame is out of stakes winner Storm Beauty, by Storm Cat, and from the family of champion Gold Beauty, Grade 2 winner The Prime Minister, Grade 3 winner Buffum and stakes winner Stormy West.

At $285,000, the session’s top-priced weanling is a colt by Speightstown from the family of Grade 1 winners Dream Rush and Dreaming of Julia, Grade 3 winner Song of Spring and stakes winner Atreides purchased by Evergreen Stable. Consigned by St. George Sales, agent, he is out of the Malibu Moon mare Magical Dream.

Lyrics, a 4-year-old daughter of Speightstown in foal to Lea sold to Tenlane Farm for $270,000. Claiborne Farm, agent, consigned the mare, whose dam is Canadian champion Embur’s Song, by Unbridled’s Song. Lyrics is from the family of Preakness winner Exaggerator.

T.W. Bachman paid $230,000 for Harbor Mist, a 9-year-old stakes-winning Rockport Harbor mare in foal to Frosted. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, she is out of the Risen Star mare Jaramar Miss and is a half-sister to stakes winner Jaramar Rain.

Charles H. Boden, agent for Keene Ridge Racing, went to $225,000 to acquire Financial Recovery, a 4-year-old stakes-winning daughter of Street Cry (IRE) in foal to Hard Spun consigned by Stonereath Stud, agent. Out of the Saint Ballado mare Flawless Diamond, she is from the family of Grade 3 winner C. Zee and stakes winner Blue Heart.

“Her pedigree stood out more than anything, especially being by Street Cry,” Boden said. “I’m a big fan of Hard Spun, and David Anderson (of Anderson Farms) is a really great breeder. She’s likely to be a mare that we’ll foal out and sell (the foal) back next year. There’s a chance we’ll keep the mare, but we kinda bought her to bring her back here (to sell) next year.”

Two mares consigned by Lane’s End, agent, brought $220,000.

Larkin Armstrong, agent, paid that amount for Blind Pool, a 4-year-old daughter of Awesome Again whose dam, Taboo, by Forestry, is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Creative Cause and Grade 2 winner Destin. Blind Pool is in foal to Practical Joke.

Patrick Lawley-Wakelin, agent, paid $220,000 for the 6-year-old Tapit mare Callista in foal to Shackleford. Out of Sweet Talker, winner of Keeneland’s 2005 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, Callista is a full sister to stakes winner Sweet Tapper and from the family of Grade 3 winner Silver Medallion and stakes winner Pretty Perfection.

Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, was Thursday’s leading consignor, selling 31 horses for $2,555,500.

Phoenix Thoroughbreds III purchased three horses for $485,000 to lead all buyers.

St Leger hero Harbour Law joins Batsford Stud

Harbour Law and George Baker land the St Leger from Ventura Storm (right) and Housesofparliament
Image by Steven Cargill

The 2016 St Leger winner Harbour Law, has joined the stallion roster at Batsford Stud.

The five year old will be offered to breeders on a dual-purpose basis at a £4,000 fee, in a deal organised by Nicola Naylor on behalf of owner Nick Cornwell.

Harbour Law struck a blow for the big guns, as he gave Laura Mongan an unforgettable victory at Doncaster.

He is a son of Lawman out of the talented sprinter and Pivotal mare Abunai, while her dam Ingozi also produced the EP Taylor Stakes scorer Miss Keller.

“He will be offered on a dual-purpose basis and is looking particularly like a good National Hunt prospect,” said Naylor. “He’s absolutely beautiful, 16.1 hands, very correct and you couldn’t fault him.

“He’s been a hardy horse, coming from nowhere in the St Leger when he flew past everything. He has a wonderful temperament and you’d hope his progeny will be like that.”

Harbour Law joins two Classic winners at Batsford Stud: Haafh’d and Cockney Rebel, who both won the 2,000 Guineas.

Fame And Glory gelding tops Tattersalls Ireland November NH Sale

A yearling gelding by the late Fame And Glory (Lot 152) topped day one of the November NH Sale when selling to Johnny Collins of Brown Island Stables for €42,000.

“He is good sort and will be for resale as a three-year-old, hopefully at the Derby Sale,” said Collins of the Peter Nolan Bloodstock-consigned gelding. “His sire has done well and I think his sire Montjeu is becoming a significant sire of sires, while I like Oscar as a broodmare sire.”

At this year’s Derby Sale, Fame And Glory led the sires’ table by aggregate, while his progeny sold at an average price of €82,909 with a top price of €185,000.

First-time Tattersalls Ireland consignors William Tilley and daughter Tuffy Tilley were more than satisfied with the sale of their Bluegate Stud-consigned Kayf Tara gelding for €37,000 to regular Tattersalls Ireland buyer Richard Frisby (Lot 123).

Soldier Of Fortune colt tops Tattersalls Ireland November NH Sale

Colts by Soldier Of Fortune dominated the first day of the November NH Foal Sale achieving the top two prices of €63,000 and €52,000.

A busy ring greeted the Chancery Stables offered son of the Beeches Stud sire and the February-born foal (Lot 312) lived up to expectations selling for the session’s top price. Underbidder was Tim Hyde, but the successful purchaser was pinhooker Mark Dwyer of Oaks Farm.

Purchaser Adrian Costello of Park Farm was another full of compliments about the 14-year-old Galileo sire after spending €52,000 on the Limekiln Stud-offered colt out of Hear The Thunder (Lot 383).

Chancery Stables also sold two lots by the popular dual-purpose sire Mount Nelson, headed by the colt out of Garryduff Eile (Lot 311). JK Bloodstock spent €45,000 on the colt and John Dwan reported of the acquisition: “He is a good-walking colt and is a half-brother to a smart horse, he will be back here for resale.”

Pinhooker Timmy Hillman, who was described by the auctioneer as “resilient”, got reward for his perseverance when successfully buying the session’s top price filly for €32,000 (Lot 411).

Offered by Ballincurrig House Stud, the February-born foal is from a real fillies’ family – she is the second offspring out of the talented Listed-winning mare Golden Gael, a daughter of Generous and a half-sister to another talented mare, Bitofapuzzle. She won the Irish Stallion Farms Mares Novices Hurdle.

Hillman was the busiest purchaser of the session buying five lots for a total spend of €113,000.

The first session of foals concluded with an aggregate for the day’s sale of €1,677,050, an average price of €11,728 and a median of €8,500.

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall appointed Patron of The National Stud

The Jockey Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall as the first-ever Patron of The National Stud.

The Duchess of Cornwall has held a longstanding interest in equestrian sports and works with a wide number of organisations that help to promote racing education and welfare. She was appointed an Honorary Member of The Jockey Club in December 2015.

Based in Newmarket, The National Stud plays an important role in supporting Britain’s Thoroughbred breeding and racing industries. This includes training the next generation of stud staff and leaders through a series of qualifications and development courses that have led to a reputation as one of the leading industry education providers in the world.

The National Stud also provides a range of services to the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industries, including stallions, boarding, foaling, spelling and sales consignments. Six stallions will stand at The National Stud for the 2019 breeding season: Aclaim, Gregorian, Lancaster Bomber, Marcel, Rajasinghe and Time Test.

The stud originated in 1916 in County Kildare in Ireland as a result of a gift by William Hall Walker – later Lord Wavertree – to the British Government. The National Stud transferred to its present location in Newmarket in 1963. In 2016, Her Majesty The Queen planted a centenary tree at The National Stud in her capacity as Patron of The Jockey Club.

The National Stud has been part of The Jockey Club since 2008. The Jockey Club is governed by Royal Charter to act for the good of British horseracing, reinvesting all profits to support the sport’s long-term health. British Racing contributes an estimated £3.45 billion to the UK economy each year* and supports more than 85,000 jobs. It is the nation’s second-biggest spectator sport with attendances regularly exceeding six million people.

The Jockey Club appointed Chairman of The National Stud is The Duke of Roxburghe (Guy Innes-Ker) and the Stud Director is Tim Lane.

Roger Weatherby, Senior Steward of The Jockey Club, said:

“We are honoured Her Royal Highness has accepted our invitation to become the first Patron of The National Stud. We greatly appreciate her support for an organisation which plays such an important role in Britain’s Thoroughbred breeding industry and training the next generation of stud staff and leaders. The Duchess’s love of horses and horseracing is well known, and we would like to build relationships between The National Stud and Her Royal Highness’s other equestrian and education patronages, including Ebony Horse Club.”

No Nay Never colt tops Day 1 of Goffs November Foal Sale 

Lot 157 No Nay Never
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A son of No Nay Never (Lot 157) topped the opening day of Goffs November Foal Sale when selling to Pier House Stud for €125,000. Bred by Audrey Thompson and consigned by Kilmore Stud, the colt is out of a winning Oasis Dream daughter of Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes winner Lochangel.

A colt from the first crop of Kodi Bear took second billing on Day 1 when the Awbeg Stud consigned Lot 130 sold to Rathbarry Stud for €66,000. Another standout today was a Footstepsinthesand half-sister to dual Listed placed 2yo Inverleigh out of a sister to German Group 1 winner Ransom O’War. The filly (Lot 73) was bought by Tally Ho Stud for €62,000. Tally Ho were the day’s leading buyers and among their other purchases was a Kodiac filly (Lot 182) from Milltown House Stud bought for €58,000.

Showcasing colt tops trade on Day 2 Of Goffs November Foal Sale

A son of Showcasing from Grenane House Stud (Lot 405) topped the second day of trade at Goffs November Foal Sale Part 1 when selling to Brendan Holland of Grove Stud for €160,000. The colt is the first foal out of Casila who is a daughter of Ribblesdale and Park Hill Stakes winner Miletrian and is also a half-sister to Inca Princess, dam of Johannes Vermeer and Elizabeth Browning, who at €1.9 million topped the November Breeding Stock Sale this time last year.

Baroda & Colbinstown Studs’ Camelot filly (Lot 532) provided another six figure sale late in the evening when bought by Sunday Racing for €120,000, while earlier Morna McDowall went to €115,000 for a Zoffany colt from Churchtown House Stud who is out of a winning Galileo own sister to Group 1 placed Robin Hood (Lot 339).

Other highlights on Day 2 included a No Nay Never colt from Graigue Stables out of a four time winning mare from the family of multiple Group 1 winner Peeress that sold to Camas Park Stud for €100,000, as well as a colt from the first crop of Estidhkaar offered by The Castlebridge Consignment (Lot 282) that also made €100,000 selling to Ballyphilip Stud.

Valjani tops opening session of Arqana Autumn Sale

The opening session of the 2018 Autumn Sale, which catered for horses in training under both codes, witnessed solid trade illustrated by an 89% clearance rate and average price almost identical to last year at €23,520. There was an air of Babel around the Deauville sales grounds with buyers having flocked from every corner of western, central and eastern Europe as well as North Africa – and investors from Australia, America and China also getting their names on the scoresheet.

Jukebox Jury’s son VALAJANI (lot 160) showed plenty of stamina under the care of Markus Klug, placing twice in Listed company over 2200m and 2800m and running 2nd in the St Leger Italiano on his last outing before going through the ring as a Wild Card. His solid credentials whetted the appetite of several talent scouts for the National Hunt game and it took a protracted bidding duel between Harold Kirk and Hubert Barbe for the hammer to finally come down at €265,000 in favour of the latter.

Barbe, who was bidding alongside Jonjo O’Neill and Charlie Swan, had earlier gone to €190,000 for three-year-old gelding PAGERO (lot 152), a dual winner over 2000m for trainer Henri-Francois Devin and fifth in the Grand Prix du Nord on his latest attempt before going through the ring.
Horse Racing Advisory spent a cumulated €483,000 on three horses.

FRANCOIS the horse (lot 224) was bred by a partnership comprised of François Rohaut, Marc de Chambure and Maurice Lagasse. He went into training with his co-breeder and namesake, for whom he won at Saint-Cloud. Yet it is under the care of another Francois, Nicolle this time, that he showed his true potential when making an impressive winning debut over hurdles last month.

This performance didn’t go unnoticed and Hubie de Burgh had to repel numerous challenges to secure the son of Muhtathir courtesy of a €210,000 bid on behalf of American interests.

“What I liked about him is that he’s got a very good turn of foot,” commented De Burgh on his purchase. “He goes on the top of the ground and he is not an overly heavy horse but has a beautiful action, which will suit American racing. My client has been very successful on the flat and he also has a number of very good jumpers. He likes to buy out of France as he’s had a lot of luck buying of France before as well as racing in France. Let’s hope this is another one of those lucky ones!”

Guy Petit ended the day as leading buyer, signing for 9 horses for a cumulated €487,500 on behalf of a variety of clients. Top of his shopping list was Wild Card entry CAT TIGER (lot 190), a highly consistent chaser who won the Prix The Fellow and ran 3rd in both the Prix La Perichole and Prix Orcada before taking a commanding 4th in the Prix Maurice Gillois. The son of Diamond Boy holds an entry in this Sunday’s Prix Morgex, after what he will cross the Channel.

“I have bought him for amateur David Maxwell and he will join the stables of Paul Nicholls after Sunday’s race,” commented Guy Petit. “The plan for him is to go hunter chasing, although he doesn’t qualify for the current season so we will start him in novice races over hurdles before going for the hunter chases.”

The session featured a reduction sale of 32 young horses formerly trained by suspended trainer Guy Chérel, 29 of which sold for a cumulated €784,500 making Chérel the leading vendor.

Son of Authorized tops final day of Arqana Autumn Sale

The final day of the Autumn Sale, comprising 177 yearlings, reached its peak three lots from the end of proceedings when an athletic son of Authorized (lot 632) from the draft of Haras de la Pérelle walked through the ring. Out of a half-sister to leading sire MONSUN, hence closely related to dual Classic scorer BRAMETOT, the brown colt commanded a closing bid of €72,000 from Jean-Marie Callier who commented: “He is a very classy horse with all the right credentials to make a good horse over jumps, I have bought him on behalf of Bertrand Le Métayer and he will stay in France.”

Figures for the day proved very comparable to the same session a year ago with a 78% clearance rate and average price slightly up at €8,228, while a slightly reduced offering returned an aggregate of €1,136,500.

Con Marnane wasn’t going to let the sole lot by No Nay Never (lot 574) slip through the net and the pinhooker went to €52,000 for the son of Group 3 performer FOLLE ALLURE from the family of ANJAAL, DAME DU ROI and ALL THE ACES. The bay was offered by Haras des Capucines and will be aimed at a European breeze up sale next year.

The Autumn Sale has been a happy hunting ground for owner Steve Burggraf, who notably bought subsequent Prix Minerve runner-up HERMAPHRODITE for €27,000 at this session two years ago. He returned to the well through his advisor Laurent Benoit of Broadhurst Agency, paying €35,000 for a Dabirsim colt offered by Haras de Grandcamp (lot 502). The May foal hails from the family of CHORIST and BLESSED EVENT.

Eric Hoyeau commented on the 2018 renewal of the Autumn Sale “The yearling market has been undoubtedly selective, what has become a general feature of many an auction this season. Even at the very end of a session, as we have seen today, there is good money for the horses who fit the buyers’ criteria. However, these criteria tend to be as restrictive as ever and one can’t shy away from the fact that trade is more complicated in the lower tiers of the market. Monday saw a very international bench for the horses in training, from every corner of Europe to America, Australia, Northern Africa and China, which I think speaks positively of the appeal of the French racing industry. Breeders, trainers, agents – we must all get together to keep promoting our sport and upgrading our breeding industry as quality is more than ever the way forward.”

Kingman filly tops final day of Goffs November Foal Sale Part 1 

Lot 600 Kingman filly
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Goffs November Foal Sale Part 1 concluded today with a vibrant day’s trade topped by a Kingman filly from Jockey Hall Stud that sold to new purchasers Outsider Bloodstock for €350,000. The filly (Lot 600) is out of the Listed winning mare Splashdown who is dam of Group 3 Solario Stakes winner Aktabantay.

Jacqueline Norris of Jockey Hall Stud talks to Nick Luck about the sales topping Kingman filly
Airlie Stud’s Muhaarar colt (Lot 730) was the next highest priced foal of the sale when the half-brother to five winners including Group 3 winner Eastern Impact and Group placed Miss Katie Mae sold to Shadwell Estate Company for €320,000.

A day that saw 32 six figure foals and a clearance rate of 84% started on a strong note as the own sister to Group 3 winner and Group 1 Matron Stakes second Lily’s Angel (Lot 545) from Neilstown Stud selling to John McCormack for €300,000, a price matched later in the session as the Galileo sister to dual Derby winner Harzand from The Castlebridge Consignment (Lot 709) was knocked down to Hugo Merry Bloodstock.

At the conclusion of Part 1 of the November Foal Sale, Goffs Chief Executive Henry Beeby said:

“Following an outstanding renewal of the Orby Sale, which was responsible for the two highest priced yearling fillies in the world this year, but an otherwise rather harder yearling sales season, predications in advance of this week were for an altogether more selective trade. And so it has proved over the last three days when, to use two well-worn phrases, it has been as hard as ever to buy the good ones but there were more falling through the cracks than in recent years.

“Last year’s Part 1 Foal Sale was always going to be a hard act to follow as it recorded big rises in each area and was headed by the rarity of a millionaire foal sale topper. So we have seen a sale that is still ahead of 2016 but it must be accepted that one of the key messages to be taken away from the sale has been the lower clearance rates especially on Day 1. This mirrored the commercial yearling sales and, as we pointed out a few weeks ago, should be a clear indication that the market is increasingly polarised.

“So the good ones have sold very, very well with several extremely happy breeders, especially throughout today, and we are grateful to them all for their ongoing support as it is they who make the sale such a success each year along with the huge group of buyers that descended on Kildare Paddocks from Saturday morning. Indeed, we have rarely seen the place as packed and the barns were just so busy for the last five days to illustrate the ongoing hunger for the best bred foals on the market and following so many excellent pinhooking results from last year. The advance in the three day median also shows that there has been more consistency in the top half of the sale where there was the most activity.”

Oasis Dream colts star at Tattersalls December Yearling Sale 

Lot 89 Oasis Dream
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Two sons of OASIS DREAM were amongst the six lots to top the six-figure mark during the Tattersalls December Yearling Sale. The sale saw turnover of 4,200,500 guineas for the 118 lots sold with a new record average of 35,597 guineas and a median of 21,500 guineas.

Brother to Azano Sells For 260,000 Guineas

The session-topping lot during the one-day December Yearling Sale was the OASIS DREAM colt out of the HURRICANE RUN mare AZANARA who was knocked down to John Gosden for 260,000 guineas. The colt was consigned by The Castlebridge Consignment on behalf of his breeders Martin and Lee Taylor who also race his two-year-old brother AZANO who was placed in the Group 3 Horris Hill Stakes at Newbury last month.

“His full-brother was going well at home and he won his first race on October 15th, and then went on to finish second in the Group 3 Horris Hill. We wanted to wait until he had run before offering this colt,” reported the brothers who have AZANO in training with Gosden.

“The mare has produced five foals and they have all been beautiful. She had a filly foal by Frankel this year and is in-foal to Sea The Stars,” added Martin Taylor of the Hurricane Run mare Azanara, who boards with Bill Dwan in Ireland. AZANARA is a half-sister to the Group 1 Prix Ganay winner ASTARABAD as well as to the dam of the four-time Group 1 winner AZAMOUR.

Purchaser Anthony Stroud of Stroud Coleman said: “This is a very nice horse and has been produced well. John is very keen on the full-brother and this colt will go to him.”

Hawksmoor Brother Sells For 240,000 Guineas

The other lot to sell for 200,000 guineas or more at the December Yearling Sale was the GLENEAGLES half-brother to the multiple Group winner HAWKSMOOR. The son of the DANEHILL DANCER mare BRIDAL DANCE is from the first crop of the dual-Guineas winner GLENEAGLES and was consigned by David and Diane Nagle’s Barronstown Stud and knocked down to agent Amanda Skiffington for 240,000 guineas.

BRIDAL DANCE is also the dam of the Group 2 Duchess of Cambridge placed MAGICAL FIRE.

Rathasker’s Kodiac Sells for 150,000 Guineas

Rathasker Stud’s Madeline Burns enjoyed a fruitful return when selling the KODIAC filly out of LAKE NONA for 150,000 guineas to Stroud Coleman Bloodstock.

“I bought the mare in-foal here in 2016 carrying this filly,” said Burns, who has three mares at the stud in her own name. “She is a lovely filly – very typical of the sire.

Burns purchased LAKE NONA at the 2016 Tattersalls December Mare Sale for 160,000 guineas.
“The mare had a Zoffany colt and is in-foal to Sea The Stars, both crosses that work.

“We know this family very well as we bred all the black-type horses – Dominant, Es Que Love, Zhui Feng and Listen In – who are out of Bellona, the second dam on this page.

“Three new black-type performers have also come through this year – Teppal, Call The Wind and Listen In – it is just a family that keeps on producing.”

Burns added: “The team at home have just done a great job.”

Kuwaiti Owners Secure Oasis Dream Colt for 140,000 Guineas

The Castlebridge Consignment were also responsible for another son of OASIS DREAM who topped the six-figure barrier. The son of the Listed-placed DALAKHANI mare CLARENTINE was knocked down to Kuwaiti owner Rashed Aldaban for 140,000 guineas.

“We have horses in training in Kuwait and also in the UK – we have horses at present with Richard Hughes and Richard Fahey,” said Mohammed, who was translating for Aldaban.

“Rashed is keen to have good horses for the big days’ racing. We don’t know who will be training this horse as yet,” the pair added.

The colt was bred by Bluehills Racing and his dam CLARENTINE is a half-sister to the Listed winners LAW POWER and PERFECT CLARITY and from the Group class family of CLAXON, CASSYDORA and ERNEST HEMMINGWAY.

Champion Abel Tasman consigned to 2019 Keeneland January Sale

Abel Tasman wins the Kentucky Oaks
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Champion Abel Tasman, who won the 2017 Kentucky Oaks and five other Grade 1 races while earning nearly $2.8 million in her career, will be offered as a broodmare prospect by Taylor Made Sales Agency at Keeneland’s 2019 January Horses of All Ages Sale.

Catalogued as Hip 288, Abel Tasman will sell Monday, January 7th, opening day of the January Sale. The auction runs through Thursday, January 10th.

“What can I say? Abel Tasman is a rare collector’s item,” said Mark Taylor, Taylor Made’s Vice President of Marketing and Public Sales Operations. “She is a future first ballot Hall of Fame inductee. We are privileged to have the opportunity to present her to the best breeders from around the globe.”

Trained by Bob Baffert for China Horse Club and breeder Clearsky Farms, Abel Tasman ranks as one of the finest distaffers of her generation with Grade 1 victories at 2, 3 and 4 at Churchill Downs, Belmont Park, Saratoga and Los Alamitos. Six of her eight career wins came in Grade 1 stakes with runner-up finishes in three additional Grade 1 events. In a testament to her talent and versatility, Abel Tasman won at distances of 7 furlongs to 1 1/8 miles, scoring from off the pace and triumphing in gate-to-wire fashion.

“Abel Tasman provided China Horse Club with some of its greatest highlights and an introduction to U.S. racing,” said Michael Wallace, head of bloodstock for China Horse Club. “We were very privileged to race our champion mare with Clearsky Farms. I’ll remember her as extremely talented, brave and very sound. We look forward to someone else now taking on her breeding career.”

Abel Tasman flashed brilliance at two, winning three consecutive races capped by a 1-length victory in the Starlet at Los Alamitos in her stakes debut.

She excelled the following year when she defeated the sport’s most accomplished distaffers to earn the Eclipse Award as champion 3-year-old filly. Among the most celebrated achievements of her championship season was a decisive 1¼-length victory in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill. Her success continued in New York, where she pulled clear to win the Acorn at Belmont and next defeated future Grade 1 winner Elate in the Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga.

“(Abel Tasman) actually reminds me a lot of (Triple Crown winner) American Pharoah because she’s so smart,” Baffert told Alicia Wincze Hughes of BloodHorse earlier this year. “And she tries hard every time, that’s what we love about her. That’s the thing with the good ones, they try hard every time.”

Abel Tasman faced older rivals for the first time in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Del Mar. The filly’s narrow loss in the Distaff to eventual champion older mare Forever Unbridled secured for her the Eclipse as champion 3-year-old filly.

This summer, Abel Tasman’s talents were on full display as she returned to New York to take on the East Coast’s best fillies and mares. Sent off as the even-money favorite for the Ogden Phipps at Belmont, she led from the start and rolled to a 7½-length victory as the 123-pound top weight. In another front-running performance, this time at Saratoga, she refused to relinquish the lead, holding off Elate by a neck to win the Personal Ensign.

In her final two races, Abel Tasman contested the Zenyatta at Santa Anita and the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Churchill. She retired with eight wins and four seconds in 16 starts and earnings of $2,793,385.

“Abel Tasman had the same qualities a lot of great racehorses seem to have but what really stood out to me was her grit, courage and determination,” said breeder and co-owner Bernard Cleary of Clearsky Farms. “The Personal Ensign especially was a race where she really showed her heart and refused to be beaten. It’s bittersweet to see her move to another home but hopefully her new owner will enjoy her as much as we have.”

Abel Tasman is out of the Deputy Minister mare Vargas Girl, a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Bevo and Grade 3 winner Moonlight Sonata. She is a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Sky Girl and from the family of Grade 2 winners Wilburn and Beethoven. Additionally, Abel Tasman is the leading earner for her sire, Quality Road, and is behind only Grade 2 winner Gunnevera and champion West Coast – both males – on the list of leading earners foaled in 2014.

“Abel Tasman was the hallmark of consistency with outstanding performances from coast to coast throughout her three seasons of racing,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said. “Keeneland is pleased to offer this champion filly at the January Sale. She is certain to attract the attention of major buyers around the world.”