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DBS Premier Yearlings Sale - (day two) - Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Nancy Sexton reports live from the second day of the DBS Premier Yearlings Sale

    It was a very strong trade here yesterday for the right product - one agent labelled it 'insane'. Interest in first-crop horses, which are not yet proven bad (perceptions on a few of them will have changed by this time next year) and therefore probably easier to resell, was particularly strong. 

    One of the only grumbles was the lack of interest in some of the lesser horses and in that respect, it was very obvious which stallions are dead in the water, in commercial eyes at least. 

    But still, there was an 89 per cent clearance rate and increases were recorded across-the-board. And when you consider that Angus Gold believes today's group are a better bunch, today's trade might be even stronger.
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    There's a big update for this Paco Boy filly - she is a sister to Galileo Gold, winner of the Vintage Stakes since the publication of the catalogue.

    Bred by Pantile Stud, she is the second foal out of Galicuix, an unplaced half-sister to another star of this season, King's Stand Stakes winner Goldream. Further back, it is the family of Montjeu. 

    She will sell this morning as lot 286 from Houghton Bloodstock.

    Lot 286 

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    Another of today's likely stars is this colt, the full brother to Superlative Stakes winner Birchwood. He is only the second foal out of his dam, a winning Exceed And Excel mare from the fast family of Prince Sabo and Abou Zouz. 

    Bred by Marathon Bloodstock, he is sold by Guy O'Callaghan's Grangemore Stud, whose first horse to ever sell at DBS (lot 183) made £180,000 yesterday.

    Lot 372: Birchwood's brother 

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    This colt, lot 500, is likely to be a late highlight.

    He is the latest yearling out of Warwickshire Oaks winner Ronaldsay to go through the ring and therefore a half-brother to Gale Force Ten, who topped the 2011 renewal of this sale when selling for £280,000 to Eddie Fitzpatrick on behalf of Coolmore.

    The story of Ronaldsay is well known but worth repeating. Bred by Bob McCreery's Stowell Hill Stud out a family that has long been associated with the stud, Ronaldsay was sold for 34,000gns as a yearling only to be returned for box-walking. Syndicated to race for a partnership that included McCreery, Simon Tindall and Stowell Hill stud groom David Ludlow, the grey daughter of Kirkwall went on to win four races for Richard Hannon senior. In addition to winning the Warwickshire Oaks, she was also Listed-placed five times.

    Jersey Stakes winner Gale Force Ten is her first foal and was followed by a Dubawi colt who made £180,000 here in 2012. In all, yearlings out of Ronaldsay have made close to £600,000 at auction since 2011.

    Today's offering, one of only four Nathaniels in the sale, was again bred by Stowell Hill and David Ludlow.

    Lot 500 with his part-breeder, Stowell Hill stud groom David Ludlow 

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    Another new recruit from @GoffsDBS is a lovely Poet's Voice filly. Yesterday's Dark Angel filly off to @RHughesracing
    Lot 275: b c Bated Breath - Fifty (Fasliyev)

    Bated Breath fever continues as Angus Gold outbids Michael Donohoe among others at £100,000 for this colt, a grandson of the Irish 1,000 Guineas runner-up Amethyst.

    He provides a good result for vendor Powerstown Stud, which paid 46,000gns for the colt last December.

    "He was a lovely horse as a foal and still is a lovely horse," said Tom Whitehead of Powerstown Stud. "He has a beautiful temperament and has been straightforward all the way through. I wish Shadwell all the best with him."

    Whitehead, who sold a Harbour Watch filly for £12,000 yesterday and has one left to sell today, added: "It's a selective market unless you hit the bar with one, and I suspect it will be the same right the way through the year."

    Lot 275 was bred by Neville Poole and Alan Franklin out of the winning mare Fifty. He is the fourth foal out of his dam and in addition to Amethyst, is related to King Of Kings and General Monash.
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    Lot 281: b c Born To Sea - Frances Stuart (King's Best)

    New top lot - Angus Gold goes to £230,000 for a first-crop son of Born To Sea from Rathbarry Stud to bring the sire's average for the sale to £106,750 for four sold.

    He is the first foal out of the winning Frances Stuart, a half-sister to Listed winner Alive Alive Oh from the family of Virginia Waters. Frances Stuart is a King's Best mare, meaning that this colt is inbred 3x3 to Allegretta.

    He also proves a very successful pinhook for his connections, having been picked up for 65,000gns at last year's Tattersalls December Sale.

    "We bid on a few Born To Seas, we liked them," said Frannie Woods of Rathbarry. "You're doing the lists at the end of the day and this was always just a lovely individual. We rolled the dice, followed him in and got lucky. Matt Houldsworth was the underbidder and wasn't very happy with me when we bought him!

    "He was a gorgeous horse the whole time. He has a big, swinging walk on him and there's been no messing about - he's a very sound horse.

    "I thought he was made for this place and I knew from the traffic that he was travelling well. But we never thought he'd make that much."

    Lot 281 b c Born To Sea - Frances Stuart. Photo: DBS/Sarah Farnsworth 

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    Lot 286: b f Paco Boy - Galicuix (Galileo)

    Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar make two quick strikes, going to £85,000 for lot 285, a filly by Dandy Man, and £280,000 for Galileo Gold's sister.

    The latter is only the second foal out of Galicuix, a half-sister to another of this season's stars in King's Stand Stakes winner Goldream. The Hugo Palmer-trainer Galileo Gold is listed as a dual winner on the page - of course, since the publication of the catalogue, he has won the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood and is reportedly on course for the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere.

    For Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar, this purchase is as much about building up a powerful broodmare band as it is racing high-class horses. The pair have established Blue Diamond Stud in Newmarket and despite it's short history, can already boast a high-class roll of honour; only on Saturday they enjoyed a great result as the breeders of the first and third home - Ajaya and Raucous - in the Gimcrack Stakes.

    Blue Diamond is also home to Pearling, a sister to Giant's Causeway and the dam of Gleneagles whose first foal, Decorated Knight, is progressing rapidly through the handicap ranks. The pair also stand Sayif at Llety Farms.

    "She's a filly with a lot of quality and scope," said Saleh Al Homaizi as his advisor Tony Nerses signed the ticket. "For us as breeders, we're looking towards the future with our broodmare band and she will make a lovely mare for us. 

    "The stud is relatively new but doing well. We've had Ajaya and Raucous, and then Special Season (a Lope De Vega colt bred by Blue Diamond) won by seven lengths on his debut last week - you could say it's been a special season!"

    Al Homaizi added that a trainer would be decided at a later date.

    Lot 286 was offered by Houghton Bloodstock on behalf of Pantile Stud - incidentally the same combination that sold the useful three-time winner Buredyma to Nerses for £110,000 here in 2011.

    Pantile Stud, based in Cambridgeshire and owned by Colin Murfitt, paid just 8,000gns for Galileo Gold at the 2013 Tattersalls December Sale.

    Speaking to the Racing Post following Galileo Gold's Goodwood victory last month, stud manager Bo Hicks-Little said: “We picked Galicuix up very cheaply. We laughed at the time because when we got her home and looked round her we thought we’d find something wrong as she was so cheap, but there was nothing wrong and we jokingly said she would end up being our best mare.

    Galicuix has a foal by Champs Elysees and is back in foal to that stallion.

    As for lot 285, she was a €47,000 pinhook by Sam Hoskins and Selwood Bloodstock. She is a sister to the Group 2-placed Parbold.

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    Lot 291: b c Dark Angel - Gimme Some Lovin (Desert Style)

    Shadwell bring their expenditure to £1,126,000 with the purchase of this colt for £170,000.

    The Stratford Place Stud-homebred is the first foal out of 14-time winner Gimme Some Lovin, a half-sister to the good Stratford Place graduates Bungle Inthejungles, Group Therapy and current smart three-year-old Moonraker.

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    Lot 297: gr c Dark Angel - Golden Rosie (Exceed And Excel)

    Dark Angel is in the midst of a brilliant year and understandably his progeny are hot property in the ring.

    The latest to light up Donny is this colt, a half-brother to the Listed-placed Rosie's Premiere from Yeomanstown Stud who sells for £240,000 to John Ferguson.

    Darley seem to have taken a special interest in the Dark Angel this year - Birchwood and Steady Pace are two juveniles by the stallion running in the Godolphin colours - and Ferguson was quick to place praise on the stallion.

    "Every year there are horses that come through to the top table and Dark Angel is one of those horses who keeps getting it done," he said. "You've got to take him very seriously - he's a stallion who is doing extremely well."

    This colt was bred by Yeomanstown Stud out of the winning Golden Rosie, another Yeomanstown-bred who was bought back by the stud for 46,000gns in 2011. His second dam, Kelsey Rose, has been a grand Yeomanstown servant as the dam of Puff and Sovereign Debt.

    Lot 297: gr c Dark Angel - Golden Rosie. Photo: DBS/Sarah Farnsworth 

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    Lot 307: b c Kodiac - Hannah Greeley (Mr Greeley)

    John Ferguson is making his trip to Doncaster worthwhile - this time he goes to £220,000 for Tally-Ho's homebred son of Kodiac. He is the second foal out of the unplaced Hannah Greeley and a descendant of Grade 3 winner Stylish Star.

    He brings Kodiac's sale average to £69,636.
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    Lot 313: gr c Dark Angel - Heeby Geeby (Lawman)

    Another Yeomanstown-bred Dark Angel sells to John Ferguson, on this occasion for £110,000. The colt in question is the first foal out of the unplaced Heeby Geeby, a bargain 6,500gns purchase by Yeomanstown at the 2012 Tattersalls December Sale. She is a half-sister to the Grade 2 winner Devious Boy and from the further Peter Harris family of Leporello and Supreme Sound.
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    Castledillon Stud's Compton Place colt Lot 305 goes the way of Amanda Skiffington & @RHughesracing for £75K PREMIER SALES
    Lot 321: ch c Poet's Voice - Hunter's Fortune (Charismatic)

    John Ferguson's busy day continues as the agent goes to £140,000 for a second-crop son of Darley resident Poet's Voice.

    The chestnut colt is the fifth foal out of the Listed-placed Hunter's Fortune, sired during Charismatic's brief stint at Lane's End Farm. She is a half-sister to the dam of Albany Stakes heroine Habaayib.

    This colt was sold on behalf of breeder Greenland Park Stud by Houghton Bloodstock, also the vendor of the £280,000 top lot.
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    Lot 335: b c Clodovil - Jaywick (Jade Robbery)

    Ross Doyle and Richard Hannon outbid Howson & Houldsworth among others at £185,000 for this son of Clodovil, a homebred of Ger Morrin's Pier House Stud,

    He is a half-brother to triple winner Blue Deer and out of a daughter of the E P Taylor Stakes heroine Braiswick. It is the further family of Sir Percy.
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    Here is today's £280,000 Paco Boy filly pictured at a few days old. Pics courtesy of breeder Pantile Stud and were sent by buyer Tony Nerses.

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    Lot 347: gr f Dark Angel - Key Rose (Key Of Luck)

    Grangemore Stud's excellent sale continues as Shadwell buy their Dark Angel filly for £125,000. Bred by Kilshannig Stud, she is a half-sister to a winner out of the Listed-placed Key Rose, a close relation to Slade Power.
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    Lot 355: gr c Dark Angel - Kisses For Me (Sadler's Wells)

    If it's not the Maktoum family buying the Dark Angels, then it seems to be Ross Doyle and Richard Hannon. This time, the pair go to £150,000 for a colt from Rathasker Stud out of the Listed-placed Kisses For Me, a half-sister to the Group 1-placed Poseidon Adventure.

    He was a mere 24,000gns pinhook through Emerald Bloodstock.
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    Lot 372: b c Dark Angel - Layla Jamil (Exceed And Excel)

    The Dark Angel bandwagon continues....and once again it's John Ferguson who buys. As a good-looking brother to Birchwood, this colt was always going to be popular and so it proves, with Ferguson outbidding Ross Doyle among others at £270,000.

    Ferguson has made five purchases so far today and three are by Dark Angel.

    It's also yet another good result for Guy O'Callaghan's Grangemore Stud. This is the first draft that Grangemore has sent to the Premier Sale and his results so far read: £180,000 (183), £125,000 (347) and £270,000 (372).

    As for this colt, he is out of a mare that O'Callaghan claimed for just £10,000. Birchwood, the Superlative Stakes winner who was a 77,000gns yearling, was her first foal while this colt is her second.

    "She's a very strong mare and she passes that strength on to her progeny," said O'Callaghan. "I hope this colt is very lucky for his new owners. 

    "It's been a superb day. I thought coming here that we had a good bunch of horses - they a good, strong group that I thought would be ideal for Donny - and it's wonderful when it comes together. 

    "There is pressure in that I want to offer good horses every year. The pressure is there to get them here but it's a good pressure."

    Layla Jamil, a winning granddaughter of Jubilee Song, the dam of Prince Sabo, has a Dark Angel colt foal at foot and is in foal to Slade Power.

    "She had such a good Dark Angel the first year [Birchwood] that it made sense to go back," said O'Callaghan. "But I'm a big fan of Slade Power. He was such a good, fast horse."

    Lot 372: b c Dark Angel - Layla Jamil 

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    Another colt by COMPTON PLACE sells for £75,000! this time to Tim Easterby @GoffsDBS #LoveCompton
    Lot 378: b c Pivotal - Loreto (Holy Roman Emperor)

    David Redvers snaps up this colt for £250,000 from Croom House Stud, who sold Illuminate at this sale last year.

    The homebred is out of the winning Loreto, another Epona-bred who is a half-sister to the Group 3 winners Drumfire and Cabaret. They are out of the Listed-placed Witch Of Fife.
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    With the sale's dearest pinhook (393) just minutes away, there have been six £200,000+ lots compared to just one in 2014.

    22 yearlings have made £100,000 or more compared to 21 in 2014.
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    Lot 393: ch c Dutch Art - Mamma Morton (Elnadim)

    Grove Stud's bold pinhook - 150,000gns out of last year's Tattersalls December - pays off as Angus Gold outbids the Hong Kong Jockey Club and Mick Flanagan at £205,000 for this colt. 

    It's actually a return to familiar territory for Shadwell since Sheikh Hamdan owned the granddam, the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches third Gharam, out of whom they bred the Group 3-placed pair Shaya and Elshamms (dam of Flaming Spear).

    "He's by a very good stallion and from a family we know well," said Gold. "We thought he was a very nice foal and very brave of Grove Stud to bring him here. I'm not sure who will train him yet but suspect it could be Roger Varian."

    Bred by Robert Cornelius, the colt is a half-brother to five winners from as foals of racing age. Listed winner Master Of War is the best of the quintet although her two-year-old, Aca Awesome, looked potentially smart when winning well on her debut at Leopardstown earlier in the year only to suffer a fatal injury after the winning line.
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    Lot 428: b f Rock Of Gibraltar - Muravka (High Chaparral)

    Mark Johnston picks up the half-sister to The Wow Signal for £80,000. The third foal out of her dam, she is also a half-sister to a Zoffany filly, Wowcha, who sold for £150,000 in this ring last year to Chasemore Farm and is in training with John Quinn.
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    Lot 449: ch c Casamento - Ohiyesa (Noverre)

    Turns a good profit when selling for £140,000 to Blandford Bloodstock - he was a €32,000 pinhook last November by OMR Bloodstock. 

    Sold by Monksland Stables, he is the second foal out of the Listed-placed Ohiyesa. His sale brings Casamento's average to £45,111 for 18 sold.
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    Lot 460: b c Sepoy - Persario (Bishop Of Cashel)

    Another major purchase for Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar - they go to £160,000 for this colt, a half-brother to champion sprinter Deacon Blues sold by Newsells Park Stud. Oliver St Lawrence and Willie Muir were among the underbidders.

    "He is a colt with a lot of quality," said Saleh Al Homaizi. "He looks like he will be a two-year-old. We have a lovely Sepoy at home and we think he's exciting."

    The colt was bred by Elizabeth Grundy out of the winning Persario, also the dam of the Listed-placed Holley Shiftwell and The Tin Man, a winner again for James Fanshawe since the publication of the catalogue. 

    His sale brings Sepoy's average to £78,333 for three sold. As for Newsells Park, they end the sale having sold five for a total of £320,000.

    Saleh Al Homaizi and his new Sepoy colt, shown by Gerry Meehan 

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    Lot 469: b c Mayson - Pious (Bishop Of Cashel)

    The decision by Cheveley Park Stud to showcase Mayson at this sale with this colt pays off in style as he falls to David Armstrong, who raced the stallion, for £150,000. Richard Fahey will train.

    Trickledown Stud were the vendors.

    It's an hour when Bishop Of Cashel mares seem to be all the rage - he is the 11th foal out of Cheveley Park's excellent mare Pious, the dam of Group 2 winners Penitent and Supplicant. 

    As a result, Mayson ends the sale with an average of £42,250.
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    Lot 488: b c Showcasing - Red Mischief (Red Clubs)

    Oaks Farm Stables more than double their money on this 82,000gns pinhook to continue a good day's trading. Angus Gold, who has good reason to target Showcasing's progeny after the exploits of Tasleet, outbids Stephen Hillen at £170,000.

    This isn't the first time this colt has rewarded connections. He was bred by the Red Mischief Partnership, who campaigned Red Mischief - a mere 1,500gns yearling purchase by Harry Dunlop - to win once at two. At the end of her racing career, the daughter of Red Clubs was retained by the partnership, whose faith was well rewarded last December when this colt, her first foal, made 82,000gns.
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    DBS: with 14 lots still to go the Premier Sale has eclipsed last year's aggregate of £15,545,500 and currently stands at £17,051,000
    Lot 500: b c Nathaniel - Ronaldsay (Kirkwall)

    Half-brother to Gale Force Ten is knocked down to Geoffrey Howson and Matt Houldsworth for £160,000. Howson was unable to comment on the colt's ultimate destination.
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    BATED BREATH: 11 offered, 8 sold for an average of £48,750

    BORN TO SEA: 7 offered, 5 sold for an average of £89,400

    CASAMENTO: 19 offered, 18 sold for an average of £45,111

    CASPAR NETSCHER: 1 sold for £50,000

    DELEGATOR: 5 offered, 4 sold for an average of £15,250

    DRAGON PULSE: 13 offered, 12 sold for an average of £33,769

    ELZAAM: 10 offered, 6 sold for an average of £22,083

    EXCELEBRATION: 6 offered, 5 sold for an average of £34,100

    FAMOUS NAME: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of £34,000

    FOXWEDGE: 9 offered, 8 sold for an average of £28,250

    HARBOUR WATCH: 22 offered, 19 sold for an average of £27,868

    HELMET: 8 offered, 8 sold for an average of £29,000

    MAYSON: 15 offered, 13 sold for an average of £39,923

    NATHANIEL: 4 offered, 2 sold for an average of £175,000

    POWER: 5 offered, 5 sold for an average of £31,600

    REQUINTO: 5 offered, 5 sold for an average of £39,600

    SAYIF: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of £15,000

    SEPOY: 3 offered, 3 sold for an average of £78,333

    SIR PRANCEALOT: 17 offered, 11 sold for an average of £25,545
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    LEADING SIRES (more than one sold)

    NATHANIEL: 2 sold for an average of £175,000

    DUTCH ART: 7 sold for an average of £104,000

    PIVOTAL: 3 sold for an average of £96,667
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    LEADING VENDORS BY AGGREGATE - some sale for the O'Callaghan family!

    TALLY-HO STUD: 18 sold for a total of £887,000

    YEOMANSTOWN STUD: 9 sold for a total of £848,000

    OAKS FARM STABLES: 10 sold for a total of £636,000

    GRANGEMORE STUD: 4 sold for a total of £596,000
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    SHADWELL ESTATE CO. LTD: 20 bought for a total of £2,204,000, average of £110,200

    PETER AND ROSS DOYLE: 18 bought for a total of £1,256,000, average of £69,778

    JOHN FERGUSON: 5 bought for a total of £980,000, average of £196,000
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    Lot 286 


    286) b f Paco Boy - Galicuix (Galileo), sold by Houghton Bloodstock for £280,000 to Tony Nerses

    372) b c Dark Angel - Layla Jamil (Exceed And Excel), sold by Grangemore Stud for £270,000 to John Ferguson

    378) b c Pivotal - Loreto (Holy Roman Emperor), sold by Croom House Stud for £250,000 to David Redvers

    297) gr c Dark Angel - Golden Rosie (Exceed And Excel), sold by Yeomanstown Stud for £240,000 to John Ferguson

    281) b c Born To Sea - Frances Stuart (King's Best), sold by Rathbarry Stud for £230,000 to Shadwell Estates
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    Offered: 235

    Sold: 204 (87%)

    Aggregate: £9,949,000

    Average: £46,520

    Median: £30,500
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    OVERALL STATISTICS - increases across-the-board

    Catalogued: 511

    Offered: 477

    Sold: 416 (87%)

    Aggregate: £17,776,000 (+14%)

    Average: £42,371 (+15%)

    Colts average: £47,014

    Fillies average: £36,879

    Median: £30,000 (+11%)

    No. £200,000+ lots: 8 (2014: 1)

    No. £100,000+ lots: 31 (2014: 21)

    No. successful pinhooks (listed as sold on previous sale appearance + approx. expenses): 99 of 216
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