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Goffs UK Breeze-Up Sale - Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Nancy Sexton brings you all the action as it happens in the ring from the Goffs UK Breeze-Up Sale at Doncaster.

  • Even the most optimistic members of the GoffsUK team probably didn't envisage the success that their breeze-up sale would enjoy on the track in 2016.
    Kodiac colts Prince Of Lir, sold by Con Marnane's Bansha House Stables for £170,000 to Cool Silk/Stroud Coleman, and Ardad, sold by Tally-Ho Stud for £170,000 to Blandford Bloodstock, each scored at Royal Ascot, winning the Norfolk and Windsor Castle Stakes just two months on from their sale.
    In addition, My Dream Boat, sold by Meadowview Stables for £40,000 to Tom Malone and Donald McCain in 2014, took the Prince Of Wales's Stakes before Quiet Reflection capped a tremendous meeting for the sale by winning the Commonwealth Cup. She was a £44,000 purchase by trainer Karl Burke from Powerstown Stud in 2015. Quiet Reflection, of course, went on to win the Betfred Sprint Cup and remains in training for this season.
    Other stakes winners such as Easy Road, Hoku, Now Or Never and Swift Approval also did the sale proud in 2016, as did 37 individual winning juveniles.
    This year's sale reverts back to its former slot within the first two weeks of April, having been staged following the Craven meeting since 2010. A total of 152 two-year-olds have been catalogued, down minimally from last year.
    The breeze-up community, a sector of the industry who are never short of opinions, have taken heart at their recent run of success. There were also several good pinhooking home runs at last week's Tattersalls Ireland Ascot Sale, the first breeze-up of the season which featured vibrant trade for the perceived better lots. But like so many sales in recent months, trade was selective and shifting some of the lesser horses was hard work. I suspect we might see a similar market today.
    2016 statistics
    Offered: 149
    Sold: 110
    Aggregate: £3,605,750
    Average: £32,780 (-14%)
    Median: £22,000 (-27%)
    Top lot: £170,000 (Ardad and Prince Of Lir)
    Subsequent Norfolk Stakes winner and Ballyhane Stud stallion Prince Of Lir selling for £170,000 last year. Photo: GoffsUK/Sarah Farnsworth
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  • One of the most productive graduates from last year was Sweden's champion two-year-old Victor Kalejs, who won the Norwegian Criterium for Roy Kvisla. With Hoku and Easy Road also performing with great credit in Scandinavia, GoffsUK announced last month that they planned to partner with the Swedish Racing Authority to make this year's catalogue eligible for the Swedish Derby and Oaks Series.

    The ten-race series has been created by the Swedish Racing Authority for three year olds to be run in 2018 and is worth SEK9.4 million (£864,000 /€992,000). Alongside the Derby, eligibility for this series includes entry in to the SEK1.2 million Voter and the SEK1 million Hurricane, whilst the Sofiero and the Derby Day Sprint are worth SEK500,000 each. In addition, the Derby Consolation and the Derby Trial are worth SEK300,000 each whilst the SEK1.4million Swedish Oaks and the SEK400,000 Altamira are restricted to fillies only.

    When the initiative was announced last month, GoffsUK Scandinavian agent Filip Zwicky commented: "It has been an ever-growing wish from Scandinavian owners and trainers to be able to enter their Breeze Up purchases in the valuable Swedish Derby and Oaks Series but an early closing date has made it impossible – until now. This is the first time in history that a sales company has entered their entire catalogue for the series and by doing so, we are offering our clients a chance to win these valuable races that is not available at any other Breeze Up sale. I’m extremely excited about the new initiative and am looking forward to assisting the growing number of Scandinavian purchasers in Doncaster on 11 and 12 April."

    GoffsUK are reportedly expecting a sizeable contingent of Scandinavian buyers today, with over 30 hotel rooms booked on their behalf across Doncaster.

    Viktor Kalejs was sold for £10,000 to Roy Kvisla by Johnny Collins' Brown Island Stables, who had paid $10,000 for the Spring At Last colt through Chad Schumer at the Fasig-Tipton October Sale. Collins also sold the Bullet Train colt Ninety Bullets for £12,500 to Kvisla. 

    Victor Kalejs prior to selling here last year for Johnny Collins
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  • Kodiac has long been a pinhook darling and unsurprisingly he's well represented today with nine lots catalogued.
    Overall, stand-out lots on paper include:
    17) b f Intello - Gertude Versed: the only 2yo by her first-crop sire catalogued, she is the first foal out of the Listed-placed Gertrude Versed, a half-sister to Gertrude Bell. Mocklershill
    20) b f Society Rock - Good Clodora: the half-sister to Ardad. Tally-Ho
    54) b c Society Rock - No Way: half-brother to Grade 2 winner Ryehill Dreamer and the Grade 3-placed Nodiac. Tally-Ho
    72) b c Havana Gold - Remarkable Story: half-brother to Winter Derby winner Grendisar. Bloodstock Connection
    101) b c Uncle Mo - Tell Me Twice: this $72,000 pinhook is the first 2yo to be offered in Europe this year by his leading young sire. Tally-Ho
    127) b c Elnadim - Betty Burke: the half-brother to My Dream Boat. Meadowview Stables
    141) b c Foxwedge - Chushka: the half-brother to last year's Firth Of Clyde Stakes winner Delectation. Oak Tree Farm
    147) b f Power - Dayrose: an 80,000gns pinhook, this filly is a half-sister to Group 3 winner Dubday, also a leading performer in Qatar. Mocklershill
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  • The lengthy autumn schedule that some of the breeze-up boys put themselves through to find the 'right' pinhook prospects is pretty brutal. Several focus on Europe while others, such as Willie Browne, Johnny Collins and Eddie O'Leary, make America a priority.
    Once again, this year's catalogue features a varied bunch of horses that have been sourced out of sales in Britain, Ireland, France and America.
    Unsurprisingly, a number are previous graduates of GoffsUK and their sister company in Ireland, with 28 hailing out of the Premier Sale, eight apiece out of the GoffsUK Silver and Goffs Orby Sales, 15 out of the Goffs Sportsmans Sale and seven out of the Goffs Open Sale.
    Tattersalls Ireland's September Sale also features prominently as the source of 27 pinhooks while Tattersalls' October Sale in Newmarket accounts for 16 pinhooks in total (Book 1: 2 lots; Book 2: 8 lots; Book 3: 3 lots; and Book 4: 3 lots).
    Further afield, juveniles have also been sourced out of Arqana's V2 August, October and Autumn Sales. Osarus, meanwhile, is responsible for two.
    The Keeneland September Sale is also represented by ten individuals, namely youngsters by Blame, Jimmy Creed, Kitten's Joy, Lonhro More Than Ready, Street Boss and Uncle Mo.
    Officially, the most expensive remaining pinhook is lot 147, the Power half-sister to Dubday from Mocklershill who was bought through Peter and Ross Doyle Bloodstock for 80,000gns at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Sale.
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  • Lot 8: Kodiac - Florida City (Pennekamp)
    The Hong Kong Jockey Club aren't normally strong players within the European breeze-up market but that looks set to change over the next couple of weeks, with the organisation planning to add further to their reserves.
    They strike early today with the purchase of this colt, a son of the ever popular Kodiac for whom they had to stretch to £100,000. A brother to multiple winner Outback, he was bred by Lynn Lodge Stud out of an unraced Pennekamp half-sister to Group 2 winner Helen Of Spain and is from the further family of Bushranger.
    He also represents the first major pinhooking score of the day, having sold for £50,000 to Andy Smith in this ring last August. He was offered today by Fforest Farm Stables as the property of Nigel Morris.
    "He was the one we most wanted after the breeze," said Mark Richards of the Hong Kong Jockey Club. "He has a lovely professional way about him, a lovely walk, and it's nice he's a brother to a multiple winner.
    "I liked him here as a yearling and was tempted then, and he's obviously gone the right way."
    Richards added that the Club also plans to be active at next week's Tattersalls Craven Sale as well as the Arqana May Sale later in the season.
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  • There was a suspicion after viewing the first yearlings by Society Rock at last year's Tattersalls October Sale that the son of Rock Of Gibraltar might be a big loss. Now, less than two weeks into the turf season, enthusiasm for the late Tally-Ho stallion has only strengthened further thanks a brace of impressive early winners in Rock Of Estonia, who won for Charlie Hills at Windsor on Monday, and Corinthia Knight, who won well yesterday at Lingfield for Archie Watson.
    Such a start has naturally got people here talking, so it's no surprise to see the first two lots through by the stallion command their share of attention.
    Matt Coleman of Stroud Coleman had the winning say at £75,000 on lot 18, a colt out of the unraced Gift Of Time. A €15,000 pinhook by H & H Bloodstock (I assume Howson & Houldsworth), he provides a good start for vendor Thomond O'Mara of Knockanglass Stables.
    Jamie Osborne was the underbidder on that colt but he had better luck with the next lot through the ring, the Society Rock half-sister to Flying Childers Stakes winner Ardad from Tally-Ho Stud for whom he outbid Sean Quinn at £70,000.
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  • Lot 40: br f Society Rock - Lilac Mist (Spectrum)
    A few agents remarked that they thought they would be able to steal this filly - after all she cost vendor Eddie Linehan just €5,000 as a yearling.
    But they were in for a shock as she becomes another high profile lot of the day for her sire, selling for £62,000 to Blandford Bloodstock and Archie Watson.
    That Watson should target one by the sire isn't surprising in light of the fact he trains one of his two winners, yesterday's impressive scorer Corinthia Knight.
    So that brings Society Rock's average for the day to £62,250. Obviously a fast start works wonders for a young stallion, as so it should. But it's interesting to see the alacrity with which people latch on to these young horses. A similar scenario happened several years ago when Arcano's first winner arrived at Newbury's Greenham meeting. His 2yos were hot property at the subsequent breeze-up sales; perception of the now Italian-based stallion is bit different today.
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  • Lot 46: b c Swiss Spirit - Marmot Bay (Kodiac)
    Swiss Spirit is another young stallion to have created a fine impression in recent days and that trend continues this morning with the sale of this representative, a colt out of triple winner Marmot Bay, for £78,000.
    Like last year's Norfolk Stakes winner Prince Of Lir, he will carry the colours of Peter Swann's Cool Silk Racing, a staunch supporter of this sale over the years. 
    "He's been bought for Peter Swann, who heads up the Cool Silk partnership," said Matt Coleman, who signed the ticket. "We bought Prince Of Lir here last year from Con Marnane, and Con said to me that this horse is this year's Norfolk horse.
    "He didn't breeze as well as Con wanted him to but he's a very good-looking horse and Swiss Spirit has obviously had a good start.
    "Prince Of Lir breezed like an aeroplane whereas this horse just did a nice breeze, but Con said he's not really got hold of him at home and he ran a bit green, that's why he didn't really light the clock up. 
    "We've had luck buying off Con before, I bought Robin Of Navan from him, and he's adamant this is a very special horse so we've taken his word for it!"
    The colt, who hails from the further family of Lochsong, was purchased in this ring last August by Marnane for £34,000.
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  • Lot 52: b c Epaulette - Mon Bijou (Green Desert)
    Two Epaulettes, both of whom are out of Green Desert mares, pass through the ring with contrasting fortunes. Dick O'Gorman, who regularly signs on behalf of Darley, goes to £90,000 for a first-crop son of the Darley stallion from Yeomanstown Stud. By contrast, lot 53 fails to attract the minimum bid.
    Lot 52 is the second foal out of his unraced dam, a half-sister to Godolphin's E P Taylor Stakes heroine Folk Opera. He was a £25,000 buyback at last year's GoffsUK Premier Sale.
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  • Lot 60: b c Makfi - Orapids (Oratorio)
    A busy day for Stroud/Coleman continues with the purchase of the sole Makfi through the ring, a colt from CAJ Stables that costs £90,000 - quite a mark up on the €18,000 for which he was bought back at the Tattersalls Ireland September Sale.
    He is a half-brother to a winner and out of an unraced half-sister to top Hong Kong performer Blazing Speed.
    His purchase followed hot on the heels of yet another sought after Society Rock, who was snapped up by the agency for £68,000 with Robert Cowell. Sold by Willie Browne's Mocklershill, who paid £16,000 for the filly as a yearling, she is out of a half-sister to Tax Free and Inxile.
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  • Lot 62: br c Lonhro - Our Drama Queen (Danehill Dancer)
    A tremendous result for pinhooker Justin Rea of Fairgreen Stables as his Lonhro colt, bought for $17,000 at Keeneland last September, sells for £210,000 to Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock.
    It was quickly evident that the colt would surpass his yearling tag by quite a margin when auctioneer Tim Kent received an opening bid. Robert Cowell and Stephen Hillen were among the interested parties but they had no answer to Brown's bid of £210,000.
    Rea learnt his trade under Johnny Collins and like his mentor, has enjoyed productive returns off his trips to America. Last year, for instance, he sold a Sidney's Candy filly here for £150,000.
    "It's hard to believe," said Rea, "although I did think he would sell well. He was very professional here.
    "Last year was the second year I went to Keeneland. I enjoy buying out there and came back with six."
    The colt is from the final American crop of Lonhro, who shuttled briefly for Darley. He is a half-brother to a winner and out of a winning daughter of Queen Mary Stakes heroine Dance Parade.
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  • Lot 66: ch f Showcasing - Primo Lady (Lucky Story)
    David Redvers is hoping that lightning will strike twice after going to £190,000 for this filly from Tom Whitehead's Powerstown Stud. It was at this sale two years ago that Whitehead sold a Showcasing filly - she turned out to be Quiet Reflection.
    Bought for 37,000gns through the BBA Ireland at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Sale, she is the first foal out of 2010 Marygate Stakes winner Primo Lady.
    "I'm hoping that lightning strikes twice," remarked Redvers. "She did a sensational breeze and is by the right sire. She looks precocious and strong and like everyone who's buying here, I hope she's a Royal Ascot two-year-old."
    He added: "I haven't told him yet but hopefully she'll be going to Richard Hannon." 
    Redvers later went to £135,000 for a first-crop son of Tweenhills stallion Havana Gold. Sold by The Bloodstock Connection, the half-brother to Winter Derby winner Grendisar provided a fine return on the 22,000gns he cost through Jeremy Brummitt as a yearling. 
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  • Lot 89: b c Kodiac - Sodashy (Noverre)
    The sales record is smashed by this son of Kodiac, who sells to Dick O'Gorman on behalf of John Ferguson for £360,000. Kerri Radcliffe was the underbidder on the colt, who was bought back as a yearling by his vendor Tally-Ho Stud for €58,000.
    "We bought him as a foal but couldn't sell him as a yearling," said Roger O'Callaghan of Tally-Ho. "He was a lovely horse, very easy, and we wish them all the best with him."
    He added: "In fairness to Donny, they've done a very good job, the buyers are here. But after last year [success on the track], people had to pay attention."
    The colt was bred by Tom Darcy and Vincent McCarthy out of the unplaced Noverre mare Sodashy, already the dam of dual winner Ponty Royale. She is a half-sister to Cornwallis stakes winner Ponty Acclaim from the fast family of Bishops Court and Astonished.
    "He's for Godolphin," said O'Gorman. "He did a very good breeze and is by a successful sire."
    The previous record was held by another graduate of Tally-Ho Stud in the Listed-placed Fire Eyes, a son of Exceed And Excel who sold for £300,000 to David Redvers in 2012.
    Tally-Ho later sold a homebred Zebedee colt (99) for £100,000 to Stephen Hillen and Kevin Ryan. 
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  • Lot 92: b c More Than Ready - Soot Z (Empire Maker)
    This kind of result is exactly what keeps pinhookers going - bought for $5,000 as a yearling by Jim McCartan at last year's Keeneland September Sale, this colt resells today for £200,000.
    What made the result even sweeter for connections is the fact that he was owned by McCartan's children Anna and Philip, who are decked out today in their own 'More Than Ready' blazers.
    Kerri Radcliffe, fresh from a productive trip to the American breeze-ups where she signed for $4.5 million worth of stock including the $1.7 million OBS sale-topper, was the winning bidder and confirmed that the filly is set for the same undisclosed client as her American purchases. Those particular lots have been split between Bob Baffert and her husband Jeremy Noseda.
    Radcliffe has good reason to target the progeny of More Than Ready as the purchaser of his high-class daughter oNemoralia among others.
    This particular colt is the first foal out of his placed dam, a sister to the Listed-placed Zimmer out of Listed winner Bella Chiarra.
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