Lady Aurelia to be Offered at Fasig-Tipton November Sale

Lady Aurelia storms home in the King’s Stand Stakes with another stellar performance
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Multiple Group 1 winner and Champion LADY AURELIA will be offered at this year’s Fasig-Tipton November Sale, to be held on November 4 in Lexington, Kentucky.  Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency will consign the four-year-old daughter of SCAT DADDY on behalf of Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet and co-owner Peter Leidel.

“Lady Aurelia is the embodiment of Stonestreet’s breeding program,” said Banke.  “A brilliant filly out of a Champion, she took on all comers across the globe at the pinnacle of our sport.  The first American-trained Cartier winner when she was named two-year-old filly of the year, her talent and raw speed were breathtaking.”

Trained throughout her career by Wesley Ward, LADY AURELIA showed brilliance from the start.  Following her 7 1/2 length debut win at Keeneland in April of her two-year-old year, her chart read: “… was unchallenged while shattering the track record.”

Making the trip to Royal Ascot for her second start, LADY AURELIA blistered the field by 7 widening lengths in the Queen Mary Stakes, a performance that led jockey Frankie Dettori to exclaim: “To win a sprint by seven lengths at Royal Ascot, I’ve never seen anything like that, especially from a two-year-old.”  She followed her Queen Mary win with a commanding gate-to-wire victory in the Darley Prix Morny at Deauville that August.  Her masterful two-year-old campaign resulted in a Cartier Award as Europe’s Champion Two-Year-Old Filly.

Returning in the spring of her three-year-old year, LADY AURELIA claimed the Giant’s Causeway Stakes at Keeneland, and then bested males in Royal Ascot’s King’s Stand Stakes before being beaten a nose in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York.  On the board in eight of ten career starts, LADY AURELIA is a stakes winner in three countries.

“Lady Aurelia is the embodiment of equine royalty,” said consignor John Sikura of Hill ‘n’ Dale.  “Her performances were historic and her wins emphatic at the highest levels of racing.  She is a grand physical specimen and Scat Daddy is arguably the most successful international sire we have seen in more than a decade. She is the rarest of champions and we are honored to represent her this November.”

Added Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning: “Lady Aurelia is a truly special offering based upon her accomplishments around the world, highlighted by two wins at Royal Ascot.  She has the potential to become a broodmare of historic proportions.”

“The racetrack successes of the horses we breed and raise are both our reputation and legacy,” continued Banke.  “We are a commercial breeder and were lucky enough to stay in after her sale as a yearling and enjoy her success with our partners.  We remain involved in the family through her dam and a half-sister, and I look forward to watching Lady Aurelia take her many talents to her broodmare career.”

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Champion Lady Eli to Sell at Keeneland November Sale

Lady Eli winning the 2014 Juvenile Fillies’ Turf
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Champion and five-time Grade 1 winner Lady Eli, the horse that leading trainer Chad Brown described as “the best turf horse I’ve ever trained,” will highlight Hill ’n’ Dale Sales Agency’s consignment to the 2018 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, where she will sell in foal to top sire War Front.

Trained by Chad Brown, Lady Eli distinguished herself as one of the all-time leading turf distaffers in North America, having compiled a record of 10 wins and three seconds from 14 starts with career earnings of $2,959,800.

Undefeated at 2, Lady Eli culminated her multiple graded stakes-winning juvenile campaign with a win in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, where she defeated Grade 1 winner Sunset Glow. In the Juvenile Fillies Turf, she stopped the clock for the mile in a scintillating 1:33.41, the fastest time ever for the race and a full second faster than the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner on the same day. She was named an Eclipse Award finalist based on her perfect record.

Lady Eli compiled a perfect record once again in her 3-year-old campaign, capturing the $1 million Belmont Oaks contested at the American classic distance of a mile and a quarter.

Returning to the barn after the race, Lady Eli stepped on a nail, which sidelined her for more than 13 months. Her recovery was nothing short of miraculous and a true testament to the courage and tenacity she has displayed throughout her entire life.

Her 4-year-old season saw another Grade 1 victory added to her incredible resume with an impressive performance in the Flower Bowl. Traveling like the winner throughout, she unleashed a devastating move turning for home, readily quickened clear and ran on strongly with a dazzling final furlong in :22 and change, and a final time for the mile and a quarter in 1:59.85.

Lady Eli’s final race of the season came in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf, where she was nosed out at the wire in the final jump. The time of 1:57.75 is the fastest mile-and-a- quarter time for the race. Her stellar campaign earned her a second Eclipse Award finalist title.

Lady Eli confirmed her singular talent, soundness and durability in her 5-year-old campaign, where her courage was once again on display in capturing two more Grade 1 events. Shipping west for the first time, she put in a determined effort to win the Gamely at Santa Anita, followed by a win in the historic Diana at Saratoga. She notched a second win of the season at Saratoga in the Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa with an eye-popping final sixteenth in :05.75.

In the final race of her career, the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf, she was banged around, lost a shoe and sustained lacerations to her hind legs that eliminated any chance of showcasing her signature talent.

“I can’t say enough about this horse,” Chad Brown said. “She is the best turf horse I have ever trained. She has the heart of a champion. She is equine perfection. She is the personification of world-class talent, courage, precocity, soundness and, above all, the will to win. Lady Eli always brought her best game. She didn’t need a race track, a condition, a position in the race or a distance, and she certainly never needed an excuse,” Brown continued. “It’s unlikely I will ever have another one like her.”

Partner Sol Kumin of Sheep Pond Partners said, “She is an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime animal. She gave me, my family, my partners and, just as importantly, racing fans around the world the most memorable performances, which will live within me forever.”

“Lady Eli was the ultimate champion,” said John Sikura, President of Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms. “She was an elite performer every year and won Grade 1 races on both coasts, including the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Ultra-consistent in delivering elite performances, she is the rarest of champions with a will to win and tenacity to match her matchless talent.”

“Lady Eli was an extraordinary race mare who will be a highly sought-after jewel for breeders, especially offered in foal to leading sire War Front,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said. “Keeneland is honored to have the opportunity to offer such a brilliant champion who will undoubtedly attract interest from buyers around the world.”

Keeneland September Yearling Sales come to a close

Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale concluded Sunday with commerce described as “electric” at every level of the market during the 13-day auction, held September 10th-23rd. The bellwether sale produced gross receipts of $377,130,400, which was the fourth highest in September Sale history and approached the record heights of the mid-2000s. Average price bested last year’s record. Twenty-seven horses sold for $1 million or more, including three for $2 million-plus, to be the most since 2007. The $2.4 million given by Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier for a colt by leading sire War Front is the highest price paid for a yearling in the world so far this year.

Desire among buyers at the top level of the market for quality racehorses fueled momentum from start to finish of the sale, heightened by several factors: a “vintage” crop of yearlings that possessed quality pedigrees and exceptional conformation; the highly anticipated yearlings from the first crop of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah; and the presence of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who in the name of Godolphin/Godolphin Japan, acquired 27 yearlings for $19,960,000, the highest amount for a single buying entity since 2006.

The vibrant pace resulted in 2018 gross sales exceeding last year’s 12-day auction total of $307,845,400 on the seventh day of selling. Final receipts of $377,130,400 rose 22.51 percent over last year and represent the highest gross since the 14-day September Sale in 2005 when 3,545 yearlings sold for $384,349,900. This year 2,916 horses sold compared to 2,555 in 2017.

Cumulative average established a record, increasing 7.34 percent from $120,487 to $129,331. The median of $50,000 was 12.28 percent below $57,000 in 2017.

The number of yearlings sold for seven figures more than doubled from last year, increasing from 13 in 2017 to 27 this year. Three of those yearlings brought more than $2 million each, led by the sale-topping War Front colt sold to M. V. Magnier for $2.4 million and consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent.

“The September Sale saw an all-out competition for horses that drove the volume of trade to robust levels,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said. “Credit goes to the breeders and consignors who brought one of the best crops of yearlings to market in years. Buyers responded with an enthusiasm that exceeded all our expectations.”

Keeneland Director of Sales Operations Geoffrey Russell agreed. “In the end, it has to be the horse,” he said. “Yes, there are external factors like a strong economy and stock market and new tax laws that obviously help raise the bar. But if the horses aren’t top quality, buyers aren’t going to pay extra money for them just because they have it in their pocket.”

“We’ve had an excellent sale,” said Michael Hernon of Gainesway, the auction’s second-leading consignor with gross sales of $33,692,700 and leading consignor in sessions 2, 9 and 11. “We were met by a deep, strong market, which started with the presence of Sheikh Mohammed and (his brother) Sheikh Hamdan, and there was a lot of strong domestic money here. There was good depth and strength, which frankly continued right through the (sale) process.

“The market is strong for the really good individual, the higher-end quality horse who has the all-important clean vet report,” he said. “Once you combine those, there’s real money here and the reserves become relatively inconsequential. We’ve had a very high clearance rate. We set very fair and realistic reserves. In a strong market, the market picks it up.”

Sheikh Mohammed’s acquisitions were highlighted by seven million-dollar-plus purchases, led by a colt by American Pharoah for $2.2 million and at $1.75 million, the sale’s top-priced filly, a daughter of War Front and a half-sister to champion and 2016 Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist, who stands at Godolphin’s Darley in Lexington.

“It was so exciting, and (Sheikh Mohammed) is so down to earth,” said Anne Archer Hinkle, co-owner and Director of Bloodstock Services for her family’s Hinkle Farms, which consigned the filly.  “To have the top buyers come and look at your horses and be willing to spend all that money on them is a great feeling. We’re so grateful to have the opportunity to bring them here and show them to everybody and just hope they go off and are all Grade 1 winners.”

Joining Sheikh Mohammed at the top of the September Sale buyers list was Sheikh Hamdan, whose Shadwell Estate Company Ltd. spent $12,345,000 for 19 horses to rank second by total purchases. Leading Shadwell’s acquisitions were three yearlings purchased for $1.2 million each: a War Front colt and filly and a colt by Medaglia d’Oro.

“We were pleased to welcome Sheikh Mohammed and his wife, Princess Haya, to Keeneland for the first time in a number of years,” Elliston said. “His presence and the participation of his brother, Sheikh Hamdan, and the Coolmore contingent change the atmosphere of the sale. It creates an excitement that reverberates around the sales grounds.”

The depth and breadth of Keeneland’s buying bench, assembled by the sales team as part of a global, year-round marketing and recruitment effort, set the auction house apart from its competitors. Buyers from across North America and more than 20 foreign countries representing Europe, the Middle East, Asia, South America and Latin America converged at Keeneland for the September Sale.

“Week 1 sets the table and then the second week follows,” Russell said. “We are able to recruit buyers from South America, Korea and Russia to buy in Books 3 through 6. They like the American-bred speed dirt horse and know they are going to get good quality when they come here regardless of the price.”

Purchasers of the sale’s 27 seven-figure yearlings were nearly equally divided between 13 U.S. and 14 international interests.

M.V. Magnier, representing Irish-based Coolmore, paid $5,275,000 for four yearlings, led by the aforementioned sale-topping $2.4 million War Front colt, an American Phaorah filly for $1.2 million and a Tapit colt for $1.1 million.

Other prominent foreign interests were Liliana Solari’s Don Alberto Corporation, which bought a Tapit filly for $1.4 million, and Sheikh Fahad Al-Thani’s Qatar Racing.

Domestic buyers also flexed their spending muscle to number among the sale’s top buyers by gross: SF Bloodstock/Starlight West; Amer Abdulaziz’s Phoenix Thoroughbreds, whose purchases included a Medaglia d’Oro colt for $2.1 million and an Empire Maker colt for $1.35 million; Ben Glass, on behalf of Gary and Mary West; Mike Ryan, who signed the ticket for Secret Agent, an Uncle Mo colt for $1.4 million; Don Adam’s Courtlandt Farm; China Horse Club/Maverick Racing, which purchased undefeated 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify for $500,000 in 2016 and bought two million-dollar yearlings this year; Larry Best’s OXO Equine, which bought three horses for more than $1 million each; Peter Brant’s White Birch Farm, who partnered with Three Chimneys on a Quality Road colt for $1.1 million; and Gatewood Bell’s Cromwell Bloodstock.

“Like everyone (will say), the obvious ones you had to pay for,” Bell said. “We got outbid on a lot more than we bought, but we were very pleased with what we got. It was a really good group to be able to select from. That was the beauty of it: You had so many people with a lot of money and all these (horses) are finding new homes. There was something for everybody. If (a horse) didn’t catch your eye, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not catching somebody else’s eye. There was just a lot to choose from.”

Cromwell bought yearlings ranging in price from $10,000 (in partnership with trainer Wesley Ward) to $625,000 in Books 1 through 6.

“You obviously have different clients that you’re looking (at yearlings) for and different orders and different goals with each horse you’re buying,” Bell said. “There are good horses in every range for every level throughout the whole sale. I bought the one colt for $625,000. For me, he was a must-have out of that session. I was thrilled to get him for that.”

The September Sale also attracted a number of leading trainers from across North America and internationally. More than 70 trainers attended the sale, including Chad Brown, the 2016-2017 Eclipse Award winner; seven-time Eclipse winner Todd Pletcher; and Racing Hall of Famers Steve Asmussen, Roger Attfield, Bob Baffert, Mark Casse, Neil Drysdale, Jerry Hollendorfer, D. Wayne Lukas, Ron McAnally, Richard Mandella and Bill Mott. Other notables included Tom Amoss, Bret Calhoun, Christophe Clement, Brad Cox, Keith Desormeaux, Kiaran McLaughlin, Kenny McPeek, Peter Miller, Dale Romans, John Sadler, Dallas Stewart and Wesley Ward.

Representing Europe were such conditioners as Godolphin’s trainer, Saaed bin Suroor; John Gosden, trainer of three-time 2018 Group 1 winner and September Sale graduate Roaring Lion; and Aidan O’Brien of Coolmore and his son, Joseph O’Brien.

Contributing to the buoyant market was the continued success of September Sale graduates on the world stage, led by Justify, four-time Grade 1 winner Monomoy Girl and Roaring Lion. Through September 22nd, September Sale alumni had won 164 graded and group stakes around the world this year, including North America as well as England, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Norway and the United Arab Emirates.

Exemplifying the sire power of the September Sale was the fact that 11 sires were represented by million-dollar yearlings: American Pharoah, Curlin, Empire Maker (with his first yearlings since returning to the U.S.), Ghostzapper, Into Mischief, Medaglia d’Oro, Pioneerof the Nile, Quality Road, Tapit, Uncle Mo and War Front.

Uncle Mo was the sale’s leading sire by gross with 65 yearlings sold for $22,392,000. They included three million-dollar horses: Secret Agent, a $1.4 million colt sold to Mike Ryan, agent; a $1.1 million filly purchased by Godolphin; and Wall Street Lion, a colt bought by China Horse Club/Maverick Racing for $1 million.

Medgalia d’Oro ranked second, represented by 34 yearlings sold for $20,075,000. Five of his yearlings sold for seven figures, led by a colt purchased by Phoenix Thoroughbreds for $2.1 million.

The excitement generated by the first crop by American Pharoah lived up to the hype as 47 of his yearlings sold for $19,585,000, for an average of $416,702. Among them were three million-dollar horses: a $2.2 colt million sold to Godolphin, a $1.4 million colt that went to OXO Equine and a $1.2 million filly purchased by Magnier.

One seller who was pleased was Arthur B. Hancock III, whose Stone Farm consigned a $1.05 million Curlin filly during the fourth session and a $420,000 Quality Road filly, who topped the eighth session during Book 3.

“We had good horses, and it seems like for a good horse there are a lot of people here,” Hancock said. “We say, ‘Sometimes it’s chicken, sometimes it’s feathers, and this time we got chicken.’ The economy is good, stock market is up, everybody is here, and you just have to have a good horse with a good pedigree.”

For the fourth consecutive year and 20th time since 1988, Taylor Made Sales Agency was the September Sale’s leading consignor. Taylor Made sold 300 horses for $47,317,400, among them three seven-figure sales topped by the Medaglia d’Oro colt sold to Phoenix Thoroughbreds for $2.1 million.

During Sunday’s final session, Keeneland sold 183 yearlings for $1,334,200, for an average of $7,291 and a median of $4,000. There was no comparable session in 2017.

Ken and Sarah Ramsey paid the day’s highest price of $70,000 for a colt by Court Vision. Consigned by Vinery Sales, agent for Haymarket Farm, the colt is out of the Forestry mare Baytree.

Every horse sold during the 2018 September Sale is eligible to earn cash rewards through Keeneland’s September Sale Seller Bonus Program introduced in 2017. The program offers cash rewards to sellers (owners at the time of sale) of horses that win Grade/Group 1, 2 or 3 stakes as a 2- or 3-year-old. Sellers receive cash rewards for yearlings that were sold at the September Sale based on the following criteria: $10,000 Seller Bonus value for your first Grade/Group 1 stakes win; $7,500 for your first Grade/Group 2 win; and $5,000 for your first Grade/Group 3 victory.

To date, six horses – So Perfect, Aster Pegasus, Sombeyay, Opry, Game Winner and Serengeti Empress – sold at the 2017 September Sale have earned the Seller Bonus. Undefeated Fog of War recently became the first graduate to enter the 2017 September Sale Book 1 Bonus pool with his victory in the Summer at Woodbine.

Arqana October Sale offers a treasure trove of possibility

From year to year, the list of Group winners sold at the October Yearling Sale just keeps growing. Just last weekend, the two-year-old ROCQUES won the Prix d’Aumale at ParisLongchamp. Bought for €60,000 by Mandore International and Fabrice Chappet from Haras de Montaigu last year, this daughter of Lawman is unbeaten in three outings and will now be targeted at the Prix Marcel Boussac – Criterium des Pouliches on Arc day.

On the other side of the Atlantic, SISTERCHARLIE added to her winnings this year when taking the Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland before following up in the Diana Stakes at Saratoga and the Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park.

In Europe, LORD GLITTERS was placed both at Royal Ascot and the Qatar Goodwood Festival, before taking the Strensall Stakes at York. DICE ROLL and LOUIS D’OR both came down by less than a length in the Abu Dhabi Poule d’Essai des Poulains and QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club respectively. Fellow October Yearling Sale graduates CITY LIGHT, THEWAYIAM, OUR LAST SUMMER, ELYSEA’S WORLD, GRAPHITE, JIMMY TWO TIMES, JACKFINBAR, SQUARE DE LUYNES, TORNIBUSH and CHEIKELJACK have all won or been placed at Listed or Group level this season.

The 2018 edition brings together 625 yearlings ready to follow in their footsteps. Organised in three parts, the sale will start on Tuesday, October 23rd at 10:30am with Part 1 made up of 228 lots. The 297 horses in Part 2 will go through the ring over the following couple of days from 3:00pm on Wednesday and 11:00am on Thursday. The last day of the sale on Friday 26 October, will begin at 11:00am and brings together 100 colts and fillies for Part 3.

A total of 596 Yearlings Qualified for the 2019 October Yearling Sale Criterium

Won last year by future Prix Djebel winner DICE ROLL, the October Sale Criterium will take place this year on October 6th at ParisLongchamp.

Reserved for two-year-olds that were offered at the sale in 2017 and subsequently made eligible by their owners, the second edition of the race, worth €275,000 in prize money, will see €137,000 go to the winner. The breeders of the first three placed horses will be presented by the race’s sponsor Haras de Bouquetot with a covering by Shalaa for the winner, Olympic Glory for finishing second, and Toronado for the third.

Of the 625 yearlings catalogued this year, 596 colts and fillies are qualified and could be entered in the 2019 edition of the race that will also take place at ParisLongchamp during the prestigious Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend.

No Less Than 130 Stallions Represented

The catalogue brings together a wide range of stallions, of which many are French based including the Aga Khan Studs’ leading light SIYOUNI, represented by 25 lots, while the promising ANODIN has 19 yearlings catalogued and is notably the sire of ANODOR, unbeaten in two starts including the Prix des Chenes last weekend. Other French-based sires with progeny in the catalogue include CHARM SPIRIT, DABIRSIM, INTELLO, KENDARGENT, LE HAVRE, OLYMPIC GLORY, PEDRO THE GREAT, TORONADO, WOOTTON BASSETT etc.


Rich Black-Type Pedigrees

A total of 77 consignors will be present at Deauville for the sale, including Haras des Capucines which will offer the joint-biggest consignment with 33 yearlings. Highlights include a son of Kingman out of Group 2 winner TAMAZIRTE (lot 57), a half-brother by Lope de Vega to Listed scorer and Prix Niel contender NATURALLY HIGH (lot 180) , as well as a half-sister by No Nay Never to French Champion Two-Year-Old THE WOW SIGNAL (lot 228).

Haras de Grandcamp will also send 33 yearlings through the ring, including a half-brother by Dabirsim to Group winner WOOTTON (lot 91), and the first foal by Dawn Approach out of a half-sister to the very talented ROYAL HIGHNESS and FREE PORT LUX (lot 141).

A total of 31 lots will be presented by Coulonces Sales, of which a half-sister by Kendargent to Group 1 winner MORANDI (lot 68) and a brother to Listed scorer AUBEVOYE (lot 185).

Ecurie des Monceaux sends 29 colts and fillies to the sale, including a half-brother by Camelot to the talented PRUDENZIA and PACIFIQUE (lot 18), a half-brother by Galileo to Group 1 winner SEISMOS (lot 39), a half-sister by Makfi to the very consistent JIMMY TWO TIMES (lot 51), as well as the first foal out of multiple Group 2 placed CHALNETTA (lot 116).

La Motteraye Consignment is represented by 28 horses at Deauville including a half-sister by Muhaarar to Group 1 placed LOUIS D’OR (lot 49) as well as a half-brother by Oasis Dream to black-type performers SAHRAWI and SARRASIN (lot 38).

Haras d’Etreham has a consignement of 26 yearlings, notably a daughter of Invincible Spirit out of Group winner SEDICIOSA (lot 40) and a half-sister by Wootton Bassett to Listed winner SHADAN (lot 85).

Haras de Saint-Pair has six lots due to go through the ring, of which:

• Lot 64, a daughter of Kendargent and Group 3 winner TROIS LUNES that has already produced Group 3 winner and Group 1 placed TRAIS FLUORS.
• Lot 70, a half-brother by Lope de Vega to Group winners VIA MEDICI and VIA RAVENNA.
• Lot 127, the first foal by Wootton Bassett out a half-sister to DARKOVA, the dam of Champion ALMANZOR, also a son of the Haras d’Etreham sire.

Other notable lots from the catalogue include:

• Lot 13, a half-sister by Intello to Group 1 winners LILY OF VALLEY and MUBTAAHIJ, offered from Haras de l’Hotellerie.
• Lot 14, a daughter of Siyouni, a sister to the ill-fated VOLTA and a half-sister to Group scorer CALVADOS BLUES, from Haras d’Ellon.
• Lot 83, a half-brother by Le Havre to Group 1 winner MEKHTAAL and Group victor AIGUE MARINE, from Haras du Mezeray.
• Lot 101, a sister to Gr.1 Prix Royal-Oak winner BE FABULOUS, also from Haras du Mezeray.
• Lot 104, a daughter of Siyouni, a sister to German Champion Two-Year-Old BOURREE, from Haras d’Ombreville.
• Lot 109, a half-sister by Lawman to Group 2 winner ADDEYBB, consigned by Haras de Montaigu.
• Lot 115, a half-sister by Dabirsim to Group winner PHARRELL, offered from Haras de Castillon.
• Lot 121, a half-sister by Reliable Man to Grade 1 placed CHIPOLATA, from Hubert Honore.
• Lot 126, a sister to Group 3 winner and Group 1 placed KENDAM, consigned by Haras de Colleville.
• Lot 153, the first foal out of Group 2 winner FRINE by Zoffany, offered from Haras de Saint Isidro.
• Lot 179, a half-brother by Showcasing to Poule d’Essai des Pouliches winner TEPPAL, from Haras d’Ellon.
• Lot 189, a half-sister by Siyouni to Group winner LITTLE NIGHTINGALE that also finished third in the Gr.1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches, from Jedburgh Stud.
• Lot 197, a half-brother by Gleneagles to Group winner LOI, from Elevage de Tourgeville.
• Lot 217, a half-brother by Anodin to Group 2 scorer MING DYNASTY, consigned by Jedburgh Stud.

Catalogue available at

Triple Crown winner Justify to stand at Coolmore

WinStar Farm has announced that Triply Crown hero Justify, is set to stand at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud.

“After much deliberation with all the partners, we’ve decided to accept Coolmore’s offer to stand Justify,” said Elliott Walden, president, CEO and racing manager of WinStar Farm.

“As you can imagine, this is a bittersweet moment for all of us connected to this special horse who gave us the ultimate thrill of a lifetime. We believe strongly in Justify as a stallion and the ownership group has retained breeding rights.

“We look forward to supporting him at Ashford Stud.”

Justify, a son of the late Scat Daddy, was trained by Bob Baffert, in a short career, which saw him win all six races.

He ran between February and June, with his victory in the Kentucky Derby, making him the first horse since Apollo in 1882 to win the race without having raced at two.

He made all in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico and then added the Belmont Stakes with a terrific performance which confirmed him the first undefeated Triple Crown winner since Seattle Slew.

Having moved down to Del Mar, injury sadly prevented Justify from racing again.

He will head to Ashford Stud in Kentucky, where his late sire stood and where 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is also based.

“We look forward to standing our second Triple Crown winner at Ashford Stud,” said MV Magnier.

“Let’s hope he proves as good as his sire Scat Daddy.”

Cimeara fetches €500,000 at Goffs Champions Sale 

Lot Cimeara
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Irish Champions Weekend opened in some style as a new record price of €500,000 was set at the Goffs Champions Sale, in association with Brown Thomas, held in the Leopardstown winners’ enclosure before racing today.

Group winning filly Cimeara (Lot 4) from Jim Bolger’s Glebe House Stables, winner of both the Group 3 Stanerra Stakes and Listed Vinnie Roe Stakes at Leopardstown in July, topped proceedings when selling to Sun Bloodstock from Australia for €500,000.

Another highlight from the boutique auction was the sale of two year old colt Carbon Fibre (Lot 5) to Hong Kong. The Michael O’Callaghan-trained son of Helmet, a high class colt placed twice at the Curragh this season, was knocked down to George Moore Bloodstock for €250,000.

The sale opened with four time winner Dawn Hoofer (Lot 1) from Glebe House selling to Gerry Hogan Bloodstock for €52,000, while Michael Donohoe of BBA Ireland will look to enhance his excellent strike rate with Champions Sale purchases with the final lot, Stragrane House Stables’ Shatharaat (Lot 9), who was a maiden winner at Listowel on Monday and sold today for €120,000.

At the conclusion of the Champions Sale, Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby said:

“A new record price of €500,000 and sales to both Australia and Hong Kong as well as the National Hunt fraternity demonstrate the international and diverse appeal of the Goffs Champions Sale. We are delighted with the results and grateful for the support from both vendors and purchasers”.

Gigginstown Annual Dispersal headlines strong September HIT Sale 

Lot 151 All Hell Let Loose
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The Goffs UK Horses-in-Training market at Doncaster produced another pleasing set of figures for today’s September HIT Sale as a big buying bench featuring purchasers from throughout Europe and the Middle East pushed the clearance rate to an outstanding 88%.

A major attraction every year, the Gigginstown House Stud Annual Dispersal produced many of today’s highlights with it featuring a number of renowned performers which led to a packed Doncaster sale ring. Of the 35 horses offered, six sold for £35,000 or more and the draft was topped by the three-time winner and Grade 1 placed Hurdler All Hell Let Loose (Lot 151) who sold to Brendan Bashford Bloodstock for £62,000.

Topping the sale was Jim Bolger’s Glebe House Stables whose sole entry, the race winner Meagher’s Flag (Lot 179), sold to Tom Malone for £65,000. Other horses to feature in today’s sale included Camas Park Stud’s dual Bumper winning mare Stacey Sue (Lot 155) who sold to J.D. Moore and Alex Hales for £52,000 and Willie Mullins’ six-time winner Townshend (Lot 118) who was knocked down to the Million In Mind Partnership for £50,000.
Goffs UK Managing Director Tony Williams commented:

“We are delighted with today’s sale. The 88% clearance rate was very good and it was particularly pleasing to see another big crowd of domestic and international buyers descend on the complex for a quality day of Horses-in-Training.

“The Gigginstown House Stud Annual Dispersal was undoubtably a major attraction for the sale with house hold names such as Road To Riches and Thunder And Roses offered and we would like to extend our thanks to the Gigginstown team, along with all our vendors and buyers, who made today a success.

“A new date in our 2018 sale calendar will see us back in Doncaster in just over a months time for the Goffs UK Autumn Sale and we look forward to offering another draft of Horses-in-Training as well as yearlings on 24th – 26th October.”

Offered: 217
Sold: 192 (88%)
Aggregate: £2,094,800 (+30%)
Average: £10,910 (-3%)
Median: £7,500 (-6%)

Night Of Thunder colt tops Day 1 of the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale

A colt from The Castlebridge Consignment and by first-crop yearling sire Night Of Thunder (Lot 11), Godolphin’s 2,000 Guineas and Lockinge Stakes winner by Dubawi, topped the first day of the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale 2018.

The colt, a three parts brother to Dubawi’s Group 1 victor Prince Bishop, winner of the Dubai World Cup for Godolphin, sold for €180,000 and was purchased by bloodstock agent Anthony Stroud on behalf of Godolphin.

“This is a lovely, easy moving, athletic son of Night Of Thunder, he is a very nice colt and with the connections it made sense to buy,” said Stroud.

Eamonn Reilly of BBA Ireland went to €100,000 for Lot 193, a Lynn Lodge Stud consigned son of Kodiac.

“He is for the US-based E5 Racing,” said Reilly. “He looks a good sharp racy sort and, of course, he is by Kodiac which is attractive.”

Dermot Farrington went to €85,000 for a daughter of Showcasing (Lot 188), a half-sister to two black-type runners and sold by Castledillon Stud, while Matt Coleman purchased a War Command colt from Castlehyde Stud on behalf of trainer Jonjo O’Neill (Lot 216).

The day produced aggregate sales of €5,171,000 with a clearance rate of 77 per cent. The average price was €25,224 and the median €20,000.

Record smashed at Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale 

September Yearling Sale.
Lot 491 Requinto x Altogether from Aughamore Stud sold to Tally-Ho Stud for €42.000.

The record for the highest price ever given at the Tattersalls Ireland September Sale was smashed on Day 2 with the sale of a colt by Kodiac (Lot 491) for €275,000.

Shadwell Estate Company bought the full-brother to Adaay, a dual Group 2 winner who raced for Sheikh Hamdan and is now standing in partnership at Whitsbury Stud. Stephen Collins of Derrinstown Stud was responsible for the bidding.

“He is a racy, strong and sizeable individual,” said Collins, who outbid Eamonn Reilly of BBA Ireland. “He has a great step and some quality to him. He has a stallion’s page and is similar to Adaay as a yearling. If things go well, we would be hoping, of course, that this horse could join the stallion roster.”

Sold by Grove Stud, the colt was a €60,000 pinhook last autumn from the Fox family’s Commane Stud in County Cork.

It was a day of successful pinhooks – the Excelebration half-brother to Lady Kaya, this year’s Moyglare Stakes runner-up, was sold by Kitty Cowhey’s Loughmore Stables for €120,000 having been purchased by Matt Coleman of Stroud Coleman Bloodstock for €26,000.

Coleman, speaking on behalf of the group who consigned the colt, which included Cowhey and Luke Barry of Manister Stud, said: “We selected him because the mare had already had three foals rated over 90, and her son Midterm Break had won the Tattersalls Ireland sales race, the plan was always to come here to resell. It is for luck that Lady Kaya has come through as well.”

Joe Foley, who was buying on behalf of Clipper Logistics, said: “This is a lovely colt, he stands up on his own merits. I saw him two mornings ago and decided then that we really wanted to try and buy him. He has been very well presented by the consignors.”

Killourney Mór Farm’s No Nay Never colt also fetched €120,000 and was purchased by agent Alex Elliott (Lot 340).

“He is for a new client and the colt will go to be trained in Newmarket,” said Elliott of the second foal out of the Starspangledbanner mare Dara’s Girl, a half-sister to the Flying Childers Stakes winner Tournedos. He was my pick of the sale, he is a gorgeous physical and the sire is carrying it all before him. I didn’t think I’d get him, so I am delighted.”

Matt Mitchell, CEO of Tattersalls Ireland said: “There were many positive aspects over the last two days including a total of 411 horses sold, achieving a turnover of €10,488,000. A record breaking ten horses selling for €100,000 or more, and the highest price in the history of the sale for Lot 491, the full-brother to Adaay selling to Shadwell for €275,000.”

“It has to be recognised that the market remains select. An extra 78 (17%) horses offered over the last two days was not matched by buyer demand. The current market conditions will dictate that the numbers offered need to be both selective and limited in terms of quality and pedigree.”

“We thank our loyal vendors for their support, and we wish all purchasers success on the track.”


Camacho filly tops Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale Part II 

Lot 576 Camacho filly

A Camacho filly (Lot 576) sold by Nicola Kent from the Kent family’s long nurtured pedigree of the 1,000 Guineas winner Pass The Peace topped the Tattersalls Ireland September Sale Part II when selling to Luke Lillingston for €32,000.

“She has been bought for Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds,” said Lillingston. “She is a lovely filly with size, substance and a good walk. I have always been a fan of Camacho and he has really come of age this year. The Kent family has had this pedigree since the 1980s with Pass The Peace and Nicola is a great producer of a horse.”

The popularity of this year’s leading first-season sire No Nay Never continues apace and his filly out of the Kyllachy mare Surrey Pink (Lot 641) was bought by Joe Foley for €30,000.

“She is a great example of the sire, who is doing very well. We know the family and she is for Clipper,” said Foley of the Glenard Stables-consigned filly.

The March-born filly is from the family of the Group 1 sprinter Dream Ahead, the Cheveley Park Stakes runner-up Princess Noor and the Listed-winning juvenile Fairyland.

The most expensive colt of the day was the son of Epaulette (Lot 624) sold by Mocklershill Stables to Watree Stud for €25,000. He is out of Social Set, a Key Of Luck full-sister to the dam of the multiple Group 1-winning sprinter Society Rock.

Through the one-day sale 172 horses sold for a gross of €1,241,300, a median of €5,000 and an average price of €7,217.

“Today’s trade was not forgiving. Reflecting the polarised nature of the market the trend remains that there is demand for individuals that satisfy strict criteria. Unfortunately, for breeders in particular, limited demand exists at the lower levels,” said Matt Mitchell, CEO of Tattersalls Ireland.