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GoffsUK Premier Yearling Sale - day one

Nancy Sexton blogs live from day one of the GoffsUK Premier Yearling Sale in Doncaster

  • Barney Roy. Harry Angel. Different League. Barraquero. Rajasinghe. Just some of the names out of the past two editions of the GoffsUK Premier Yearling Sale, which kicks off its two day run today at 10am.
    Last year's sale returned a record average of £44,078 (+3%) and median of £34,000 (+13%). The figures represented a fifth consecutive year of improvements while a total of 32 six-figure lots also represented a new high.
    Proceedings were led by a Dark Angel colt who was knocked down for £280,000 to Peter and Ross Doyle on behalf of Shadwell; subsequently named Yafta, he recently broke his maiden at Bath. The dearest filly, meanwhile, was a daughter of Siyouni that realised £220,000 to Salcey Forest Stud on behalf of John Dance; named Laurens, she was a recent second in the Prix du Calvados. That pair, alongside Different League, Barraquero and Rajasinghe are just some of the 81 2yo winners to have come out of last year's sale so far.
    Can we expect another hot sale this time around? Some consignors reported that the sales grounds have never been busier. A number were showing as early as Saturday while the yards were packed throughout Sunday and yesterday. All the usual players are here as well as various international faces, among them several parties from Hong Kong. As always, the market is likely to be unforgiving on those yearlings that fall short of the desired level but expect fireworks for those that, as they say, 'tick all the boxes'.
  • The dearest foal pinhook is a Charm Spirit filly that was bought by Salcey Forest Stud for 85,000gns. She sells tomorrow as lot 406.
    Today, that particular accolade falls to lot 33, a Kodiac colt bought for 75,000gns by J R Bloodstock. Offered today as lot 33, he is one of the talking horses of the sale and could go close to being the sale's overall topper.
  • Today's session features the sole filly by Frankel (lot 120), a filly out of triple Group 3 winner Ladies Are Forever, in turn a half-sister to the popular Hoof It.
    Bred by Charles Bond, she hails from a family with strong ties to Doncaster as a granddaughter of Forever Bond, a 15,500gns purchase by Bryan Smart here in 2001. 
    The filly is the first yearling by her illustrious sire to come under the hammer at GoffsUK.
    “She's a very laid-back filly, which is good as Frankel's stock often seem to have a bit of temperament,” Bond told the Racing Post when the news of her sale entry was announced. “She's a nice model, neat and compact, with a big backend and a good shoulder. She looks as though she should get anywhere from six furlongs to a mile in time.”
    Goffs UK managing director Tony Williams added: "The Bond family have been longstanding supporters of sales at Doncaster and we're delightedthey have chosen this sale to offer a filly whose sire needs no introduction.

    "Frankel is a stallion who is doing extraordinary things in the breeding shed and this filly comes from a wonderfully fast family, so we are extremely excited to be offering her."

    Other stand out lots on paper include:
    27) b c Iffraaj - Fig Roll; first foal out of a Listed-winning two-year-old. Sold by Longview Stud
    58) ch c Bungle Inthejungle - Guana: bought back for €52,000 as a foal, this colt has enjoyed a significant update since then thanks to his half-brother, Superlative Stakes third Great Prospector - only last week, he ran second in the GoffsUK sales race. Acorn Stud
    85) b c Zoffany - Igreja; €11,000 foal purchase is out of a South African Group 1 winner. Battlefield Stud
    95) b f Kodiac - Jadanna: out of a Group 2-placed 2yo, this filly is a half-sister to recent Prix du Cabourg runner-up Darkanna, a £205,000 purchase out of last year's sale. Mountarmstrong Stud
    101) b c Dark Angel - Jewel In The Sand: a half-brother to five winners, this colt is out of the 2004 Cherry Hinton Stakes winner. Croom House Stud
    125) b c Dark Angel - Last Bid; a homebred of Guy O'Callaghan's Grangemore Stud, this colt is a brother to Empress Stakes runner-up Maggies Angel and out of a Listed-placed 2yo
    126) b f Showcasing - Lavender And Lace; half-sister to Sunday's impressive debut winner Zain Hara and out of a half-sister to Group 1 winners Mandaean and Wavering. Fernham Farm
    160) b c Kodiac - Melodique; another of the sale's talking horses, this colt is the second foal out of a French Listed winner. Newsells Park Stud
    162) b c Harbour Watch - Midnight M; the half-brother to Fly On The Night, the Italian champion 2yo filly of 2015. Natton House Thoroughbreds
    208) b c War Command - Parsley; the first foal out of the 2014 Firth Of Clyde Stakes runner-up. Lynn Lodge Stud
    209) b f Dark Angel - Patience Alexander; the first foal out of the 2014 Marygate Stakes winner from Noel O'Callaghan's fine Sandhurst Goddess family. Mountarmstrong Stud
    223) ch f Exceed And Excel - Princess Iris; daughter of a Group 3 winner. Herbertstown House Stud
    234) b c Oasis Dream - Rebecca Rolfe; Oasis Dream colt out of a Listed winner. Whatton Manor Stud
  • The sale opens on an international note with a Starspangledbanner colt bred by Stratford Place Stud in Australia. The colt is one of two Australian-bred yearlings by the Coolmore sire in the sale alongside a filly out of Alpine Belle, who will be sold tomorrow by Stockwell Thoroughbreds as lot 385.
    The yearlings are the result of the season when their sire was grounded in Australia following an attack of colic. With the exploits of his first European juveniles - among them The Wow Signal and Anthem Alexander - still fresh in the memory, several breeders unsurprisingly took the opportunity to breed to him northern hemisphere time at Rosemont Stud with an eye on selling and/or racing in Europe.
    You can read the story behind tomorrow's filly by the stallion here.
    The colt, meanwhile, is the third foal out of 7-time winning sprinter Easy Silence, a Fasliyev granddaughter of Stratford Place's foundation mare Crime Of Passion. Easy Silence was also bred in Australia and lives at Rosemont Stud, the former base of Starspangledbanner. Hence the decision to press on to covering during the northern hemisphere season when several others might have cried enough. The result is lot 1, a strong colt foaled on March 3.
    The pair aren't the only yearlings by their sire on offer this year since Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Sale contains a filly out of Noisy Feet bred in Ireland by the Kentucky operation Calumet Farm.
    Lot 1: b c Starspangledbanner - Easy Silence
  • Lot 10: b c Oasis Dream - Eminently (Exceed And Excel)
    It doesn't take John Warren long to find a gem for Highclere Thoroughbred Racing. Lot 10, the first lot through from Highclere Stud, falls to the agent for £190,000. Angus Gold and Amanda Skiffington were among the underbidders.
    Highclere sold the colt on behalf of his breeders Gary and Lesley Middlebrook, for whom this has been an excellent family. The Middlebrooks raced his granddam, Flying Childers Stakes winner Imperial Bailiwick, and went on to breed ten winners out of the mare, including Nunthorpe Stakes hero Reverence. This particular colt is the second foal out of her winning daughter Eminently.
    "He's got a cracking pedigree, he's by a top sire and out of a mare by a top broodmare sire," said Warren. "With the syndicates we're looking for these important horses that can make it as stallion prospects down the line, potentially. With a horse like this, precocious, fast, he ticks a lot of boxes so we're happy to have a real good rattle at buying him for the syndicates. He'll go to one of our existing trainers."
  • Lot 27: b c Iffraaj - Fig Roll (Bahamian Bounty)
    Mick Flanagan's first ever purchase here on account of the China Horse Club is a notable one, as the agent outbids Anthony Stroud among others at £190,000 for this well bred colt, a son of Iffraaj bred by Ed's Stud and sold by Longview Stud.
    The colt is bred to be a real two-year-old as the first foal out of Empress Stakes winner Fig Roll, in turn a daughter of St Hugh's Stakes winner Cake, who had the distinction of being Acclamation's first ever winner.
    "This is the first time that the China Horse Club has bought here," said Mick Flanagan. "We're delighted to be here. We're probably won't buy a lot in Europe this year but we thought that if we targeted all the premier sales and picked up one or two from each, we'd be in good shape this time next year.
    "This colt is the first foal out of a good mare. And he's by a good sire who seems to have a good season every year."
  • Lot 33: b c Kodiac - Folegandros Island (Red Rocks)
    One of the most expensive pinhooks of the sale at 75,000gns, this colt lives up to his billing by selling for £260,000 to the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
    The colt was pinhooked out of Tattersalls last year by JR Bloodstock and sold today through Grove Stud. He is the first foal out of his placed dam, a half-sister to the Group 3-placed Dandy Boy from the further family of Quiet American.
    "I thought he was the best horse at the sale," said Mark Richards of the Hong Kong Jockey Club. "He's a very athletic and nicely put together individual. We've had success with Kodiacs previously so he's one of the the easier horses for us to go with for Hong Kong. He hasn't had many runners over there but the ones we've bought previously have won and they went down pretty well with the trainers. 
    "There aren't too many European trainers there at the moment so I've got to appease the Australians as well.
    "I liked him from the moment I saw, he's done everything right, it was a bit of a no brainer really. He was the one we really wanted so we were prepared to push the boat out a little."
    His sale followed hot on the heels of another major purchase by the Hong Kong Jockey Club in an Equiano colt sold by Taroka Stud for £120,000. He was another bold pinhook, having been bought by Meridian International for 68,000gns as a foal.
  • Lot 37: b f War Command - Foreplay (Lujain)
    Lot 41: b c Slade Power - French Fern (Royal Applause)
    Blandford Bloodstock went to £92,000 for West Moor Stud's War Command filly, a mere €18,500 pinhook out of last year's Goffs November Sale by Ebor Bloodstock. She is out of dual winner Foreplay whose five winners include Molecomb Stakes runner-up Anticipated. 
    The Slade Power colt, a half-brother to Acomb Stakes runner-up Fort Bastion who looked a real two-year-old, was bought for £75,000 by Al Donald, standing with Charlie Hills. He was pinhooked by FAH Bloodstock for 30,000gns as a foal and paid a further compliment to the skill of vendor Whatton Manor Stud.
    Also worthy of mention is a Heeraat filly (38) who was well bought by Pamela O'Rourke of Glenville Bloodstock for €5,000 at Goffs last November. Sold today by Belmont Stud, she made €28,000 today to Daniel Creighton and Schwartz Bloodstock.
  • Lot 51: b c Elusive City - Golbahar (Holy Roman Emperor)
    This lad was bought back for just 7,000gns as a foal but it's a very different story today as he sells out of the Trickledown Stud draft for £70,000 to Peter and Ross Doyle. Yet another good pinhook this morning off small money, he is the first foal out of the Listed-placed Golbahar.
  • Lot 72: b c Acclamation - High Luminosity (Elusive Quality)
    Ed Dunlop is set to train this colt, a grandson of the Niarchos' champion 2yo Denebola, after outbidding Angus Gold at £120,000.
    A homebred for Highclere Stud, who paid 95,000gns for the mare carrying this colt at Tattersalls in February 2016, the colt is a half-brother to four-time winner Aussie Rocks and out of the unraced High Luminosity. In turn, she is a half-super to the dam of Senga and out of Denebola, a daughter of another champion 2yo in Coup De Genie, a half-sister to Machiavellian.
    "He's by a very good stallion," said Dunlop, "and from a very good farm. He's been bought for an existing client."
  • 'Unbelievably strong' is how one agent has just described this morning's trade. For instance, one colt by an average stallion that was bought privately for less than 3,000gns as a foal has just made in excess of £40,000...
  • Lot 78: b c Swiss Spirit - Hot Secret (Sakhee's Secret)
    From 28,000gns to £120,000 - a major profit is recorded on Cooneen Stud's Swiss Spirit colt, who was bought through Richard Knight as a foal and sells today to Shadwell Estates.
    Of course, Swiss Spirit has made a good start to his stud career in the months since he last went to auction and this colt hails from a quick Whitsbury Manor Stud family that throws winners year in year out. He is the second foal out of the winning two-year-old Hot Secret, a half-sister to Mill Reef Stakes winner Temple Meads.
  • Lot 86: b c Dark Angel - Inca Trail (Royal Academy)
    The ever popular Dark Angel accounted for six of the top ten lots at this sale last year and with another strong season under his belt, it's no surprise to see him take centre stage again.
    This time, it comes courtesy of a colt from Glenvale Stud that makes £240,000 to the bid of Angus Gold. Shadwell have had stacks of success with Dark Angel over the years - think Estidkhaar, Heeraat and Alhebayeb - and Gold is hoping that this colt might follow suit.
    "He's a powerful horse - quality speed - who looks to have a good mind," said Gold. "We've had a bit of luck with the sire and needless to say, a number of the training fraternity were on him. It'll be Sheikh Hamdan's decision as to where he is trained."
    A withdrawal from last year's Tattersalls December Sale, he is a half-brother to triple winner Al Rayyan and out of an unraced daughter of Listed winner Cheyenne Dream, in turn the dam of Listed winner Indian Choice. Further back, it is the good Juddmonte family of Interval.
  • Lot 89: b c Dandy Man - Interlacing (Oasis Dream)
    Another major pinhook - this time it is Ballyhane Stud that lands the money as their Dandy Man colt, bought for €13,000 last November, sells for £110,000. He is the first foal out of an Oasis Dream daughter of Radley Stakes winner Short Dance.
    He becomes the eighth six-figure lot sold today.
    Lot 89 was followed by a Delegator colt that sold for £70,000 (43,000gns foal) and an Excelebration colt that made £95,000 to Anthony Stroud (€12,000 foal).
  • Lot 95: b f Kodiac - Jadanna (Mujadil)
    It's a case of returning to familiar territory for Peter Swann of the Cool Silk Partnership. Fresh from celebrating Sands Of Mali's win in the Gimcrack Stakes, the Scunthorpe United FC Chairman strikes at £180,000 for this filly from Noel O'Callaghan's Mountarmstrong Stud, who is a half-sister to Cool Silk's talented 2yo Darkanna.
    Swann and Matt Coleman went to £205,000 for Darkanna at this sale last year and have been rewarded with a Group 3-placed filly who has progressed markedly for Richard Fahey in recent weeks..
    Cool Silk also campaigned her dam, the Group 2-placed Jadanna, before her private sale to Mountarmstrong, making this filly a natural lot to target.
    "It's in the family," said Swann. "We had Jadanna and obviously we own Darkanna. She wasn't beaten far in the Queen Mary but has improved again on wet ground. We took her to France for the Prix de Cabourg and she ran very well to be second to Tantheem.
    "She has two options - there's another Group 3 in France or we could go for the sales race back here at Doncaster although she's high in the weights there. It depends on the ground because she picks up really well when there's a bit of cut.
    "This filly is a little bigger than the family at this stage. She's a little stronger. She'll go to Richard Fahey."
    Swann also had news of his Gimcrack Stakes winner Sands Of Mali.
    "He'll go for the Middle Park," he said. "That is shaping up to be a cracking race. It was amazing on Saturday, just wonderful to win the Gimcrack. We could have pushed him to Royal Ascot but we've been patient with him and we're now seeing the rewards."
    Sands Of Mali is one of three Group winners by the Miswaki stallion Panis. Contrary to popular opinion around the sales grounds, Panis is not dead. Nor has he been gelded. He stands for €2,000 at Haras des Faunes in the south west of France and covered 20 mares this season.
  • Lot 101: b c Dark Angel - Jewel In The Sand (Bluebird)
    The Dark Angel show rolls on with this colt, who sells to Peter and Ross Doyle for £140,000. Sold by Croom House Stud, he is a half-brother to four winners and out of Jewel In The Sand, who was trained by Richard Hannon to win the 2004 Cherry Hinton Stakes.
  • Lot 120: ch f Frankel - Ladies Are Forever (Monsieur Bond)
    Sole Frankel on offer fails to sell at £160,000.
    The filly was bred by Charles Bond and is the first foal out of three-time Summer Stakes winner Ladies Are Forever, a half-sister to popular sprinter Hoof It.
  • Lot 125: b c Dark Angel - Last Bid (Vital Equine)
    Guy O'Callaghan's Grangemore Stud is still a relatively young operation but it has been quick to make waves at this sale and that trend continues with the sale of this homebred for £250,000 to Ed Sackville, signing on behalf of MV Magnier.
    His sale brings Dark Angel's average for the day to £154,166 for six sold.
    The colt is a brother this season's smart two-year-old Maggies Angel and the second foal out of Last Bid, a three-time winning two-year-old who ran second in the Roses Stakes. 
    "I bought the mare here in the November Sale for £26,000 through Bobby O'Ryan when she was a two-year-old," said O'Callaghan. "She was a very quick two-year-old and it's such a fast family. I'm very lucky that Maggies Angel is with Richard Fahey - he's done a great job with her.
    "With the sire and the family, this colt was made for this sale."
    Last Bid has a Dark Angel colt foal to come and is in foal to Gutaifan.
    Sackville was thrilled to have signed for the colt. He said: "He's a lovely horse by a very good stallion and is already a brother to a stakes performer. It's a good fast family and he's come from a farm that have already had plenty of success with Dark Angel with horses such as Birchwood."
  • Lot 126: b f Showcasing - Lavender And Lace (Barathea)
    It's been a good week for Lavender And Lace - first her two-year-old Zain Hara wins impressively on debut at Yarmouth, then today her Showcasing yearling filly makes £75,000 to Tom Whitehead's Powerstown Stud (also pinhooker of Showcasing's best filly Quiet Reflection).
    Both were bred by Al-Baha Bloodstock.
    Remarkably, the mare changed hands for just £800 at the 2008 Ascot December Sale to Josey Grant. Her pedigree has changed appreciably for the better since then with two of her younger siblings, Mandaean and Wavering, both striking at Group 1 level.
  • Lot 133: b c Battle Of Marengo - Lost Highway (Danehill Dancer)
    A good result for young sire Battle Of Marengo as this colt, a €26,000 pinhook by J C Bloodstock, sells for £85,000 to Shadwell Estates.
    Battle Of Marengo stands at Ballyhane Stud for €4,000.
  • Lot 161: ch c Teofilo - Midget (Invincible Spirit)
    Yet another big pinhooking score as this son of Teofilo sells out of Luke Barry's Manister House Stud for £200,000 to Anthony Stroud, signing on behalf of Godolphin.
    The colt, who is out of a winning half-sister to Group 2 winner Amralah (also by Teofilo), was bought for €64,000 by Cannons Wood at last year's Goffs November Sale.
    "He was very popular here from the start," said Barry after the sale. "He vetted well and Teofilo is having a very good season, so we went in there hopeful."
    It was a busy few minutes for Stroud and Godolphin, who also went to £125,000 for a Kodiac colt from Newsells Park Stud.
  • Lot 189: b c Lope De Vega - Native Picture (Kodiac)
    Shadwell's 11th purchase of the day is this colt, a relation to Kingsgate Native that sells for £140,000. Bred by Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar of Authorized fame, the colt is out of dual winner Native Picture and was sold by Houghton Bloodstock.
  • Lot 195: Bated Breath - Night Sphere (Night Shift)
    New top lot - the chat was that James Hanly of Ballyhimikin Stud had brought a good draft of horses and one of the talking horses of that group lives up to his billing, selling for £270,000 to Joe Foley on behalf of Steve Parkin. Angus Gold was the underbidder.
    The colt was bred by Hanly out of the winning Night Shift mare Night Sphere, already the dam of four winners and a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Missit.
    "Most of the foals out of the mare have been rated between 95 and 100," said Hanly. "She's a beautiful mare and this colt has always been exceptional.
    "Nick Nugent saw him in the field earlier in the year and liked him very much - he said 'please bring him to this sale', so we gave it a shot."
    The colt is set to carry the colours of Steve Parkin's Clipper Logistics.
    "Steve and I saw him on Sunday morning and thought he was a special colt," said Joe Foley. "He's from a good farm and is by an emerging sire."
    Those that canned Bated Breath last winter are now having to eat their words; the son of Dansili is in the midst of a strong year with 41 winners across Europe to his credit, among them the high-class two-year-olds Beckford and Landshark.
    "I love Bated Breath," said Hanly. "I've always liked him and have always believed."
  • Lot 205: b c Xtension - Park Glen (Tirol)
    This really smart colt, bred by Rathbarry Stud and sold by Whatton Manor Stud, is an excellent representation for his young sire and duly does his bit for Xtension in the ring, selling for £115,000 to Al Donald as the stallion's former trainer Clive Cox looked on.
    The colt is one of just 24 yearlings on the ground by Xtension, who won the Vintage Stakes at two and two renewals of the BMW Champions' Mile in Hong Kong. The son of Xaar covered just ten mares last year and stood the past season for €4,000.
  • Lot 214: b c Heeraat - Piranha (Exceed And Excel)
    This colt walked into the ring regarded as a bit of a star for his first-crop sire and duly sells for £100,000. Armando Duarte signed the ticket on the youngster, who was bought for 38,000gns as a foal by today's vendor Yeomanstown Stud.
    He is a half-brother to two winners and out of two-time winner Piranha, a quick filly from the further family of Grade 1 winner Subtle Power.
    "They're good types," said Richard Kent, who part bred the colt with Robert Percival and stands Heeraat himself. "They're genuine, workmanlike horses - good movers. They have good temperaments as well. There are few coming up tomorrow, it will be interesting to see how they go."
    ALHEBAYEB: 5 offered, 5 sold for an average of £39,000
    BATTLE OF MARENGO: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of £75,000
    BUNGLE INTHEJUNGLE: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of £63,000
    CHARM SPIRIT: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of £25,000
    COACH HOUSE: 3 offered, 3 sold for an average of £19,333
    DUNADEN: 1 offered, not sold
    ES QUE LOVE: 1 offered, 1 sold for £37,000
    GALE FORCE TEN: 3 offered, 3 sold for an average of £41,000
    GARSWOOD: 6 offered, 6 sold for an average of £25,333
    HEERAAT: 5 offered, 5 sold for an average of £40,800
    KUROSHIO: 1 offered, 1 sold for £15,000
    MORPHEUS: 3 offered, 3 sold for an average of £11,667
    MUKHADRAM: 3 offered, 3 sold for an average of £38,667
    NO NAY NEVER: 4 offered, 4 sold for an average of £44,250
    OLYMPIC GLORY: 3 offered, 3 sold for an average of £49,000
    SLADE POWER: 3 offered, 3 sold for an average of £47,000
    TORONADO: 6 offered, 6 sold for an average of £26,583
    WAR COMMAND: 9 offered, 9 sold for an average of £48,889
    XTENSION: 1 offered, sold for £115,000
    Offered: 219
    Sold: 199 (91%)
    Aggregate: £10,644,500 (+22%)
    Average: £53,490 (+23%)
    Median: £37,000 (+6%)
    No. 200,000gns + lots: 5
    No. successful pinhooks: 55 of 80
    Leading vendor: Grove Stud, 5 sold for a total of £457,000
    Leading buyer: SackvilleDonald, 10 bought for a total of £847,000
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