He's going to Ed Dunlop and he's been bought for Dr Johnny Hon from Hong Kong, who bought the Galileo here at the breeze-up sale. I think Nathaniel is definitely going to come good, by the time of Book 1 the Nathaniels might cost a bit more.He's a mid-April foal so he's going to improve a lot, these Deauville August yearlings just transform. And he's a half-brother to Belardo!
He's a very solid little horse that looks like more of a two-year-old than some of the Frankels we've seen. Obviously it's very exciting what the stallion is doing, particularly as they didn't look precocious individuals last year. It seems to me they're not doing it because they're fast, they're doing it because they've got class, which is the exciting thing.I got it completely wrong and thought they'd all make three-year-olds, which shows what I know.It's nice that Sheikh Hamdan is back here, he hasn't been for a few years. He'll make all the final decisions but they'll head back to England first.
It's good to get a nice horse early in the sale. He's bred to be a fast horse, he looks like a fast horse and he's got a great temperament. What I particularly liked about Slade Power was that he did it for so many years. We don't want to buy fast, sharp two-year-olds, we're trying to buy horses that'll last a while.If there was one horse here that I really wanted to go home with it was him so it's nice to have him.
“She's from a fantastic family and at that price we would rather keep her as a broodmare prospect.”
I bought the horse on behalf of Macau Jockey Club chief executive Thomas Li. We loved the horse a lot, a lot of the Dubawi line horses look like he does. He's by a freshman sire but most of Dubawi's sire sons are proven so we have confidence in Al Kazeem. The horse will stay in France for a short break and then we'll think about his future
He said: "He's been bought to go to George Scott for a new client – George is absolutely flying so he's an easy sell at the moment. This horse has a fantastic pedigree and comes from a very good farm."
Scott, who recently celebrated a winner at Glorious Goodwood with Illusive, added: “He was my pick of the sale so I'm delighted to get him.”
He looks a very good horse, he's a good mover and Invincible Spirit is capable of getting a good horse. All the guys liked him so let's hope he's a good one
He'll go back to America. I thought he was debatably the best Frankel in the sale. There's some strong American influence in the pedigree with Unbridled Song, that was the main draw. Obviously with Frankel being as hot as he is, everyone around the world knows the sire and knows how well he's doing, he's a pretty hot commodity right now.I may not be the authority on Frankels but from what I've seen they seem to be mare-dominant, so far as their looks. Unbridled Song himself is a beautiful specimen and I see a lot of Unbridled Song in this horse.
I think it's a possibility, there's enough in the pedigree to suggest it's a definite probability. He'll definitely start training on dirt as that's all we have to train on in Florida. It'll all depend on which trainer the owners decided on and how he's training. The nice thing about a horse like this is that the pedigree lets you have lot of options as to the surface.
He's a very nice horse, he's the nicest Camelot in the sale. We like Camelot, we've seen a lot of nice foals by him. Aidan O'Brien will train him and he'll be owned by the Coolmore team and the Mayfair Speculators.
He has real presence and is very well-balanced. We've been lucky with our first-crop sires. I reckon if we wait for them to be proven we can't afford them if they're that nice!"
“This Frankel is a very athletic individual,” said Gold of the May-born chestnut from Ecurie des Monceaux. “We've had a bit of luck buying from Monceaux before - they do a great job - and the mare has bred a good filly already.
“He's not an early sort but he's very elegant, very light on his feet when we trotted him up, and he seems to have a lovely attitude on him. Hopefully this time next year we'll see him out on the track.”
Gold accepted that the frenzy surrounding Frankel's first crop had placed a premium on his offspring.
“Three months ago we'd have probably bought him for €400,000 but that's the fashion when the stallion is on a roll,” he said. “We were underbidder on two others so Sheikh Hamdan thought he'd save his powder for this fellow.”
Turnover came in at €14,116,000, an increase of 26 per cent from last year, although the average price dropped by four per cent to €185,737.