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Goffs UK Breeze-Up Sale - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Nancy Sexton brings you all the news as it happens at the Goffs UK Breeze-Up Sale

  • The breeze-up circus moves to Doncaster this week for the one day GoffsUK Breeze-up Sale. Out of an original entry of 168, a total of 158 lots are due to go through from 10am on Wednesday, only marginally more than last year when 132 of 147 offered changed hands for a gross of £5,032,500 and average of £38,125.

    A Footstepsinthesand colt out of Notting Hill from Sherbourne Lodge Stables topped proceedings when sold for £185,000 to Stephen Hillen. Now named Alsvinder, he could possibly make his debut on Sunday for Frank Gillespie and Kevin Ryan in a maiden at Thirsk.

    Last year's top lot, the £185,000 son of Footstepsinthesand. Photo: GoffsUK 

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  • So far, last year's sale has yielded 35 winners in Britain and Ireland. Leading the way is Cornwallis Stakes winner Quiet Reflection, who returned earlier this month to take the Prix Sigy at Chantilly. She was purchased for £44,000 by trained Karl Burke from Powerstown Stud.

    Tally-Ho Stud sold the Group 2-placed Now Or Never for £42,000 to the BBA Ireland and Michael O'Callaghan while the Group 3-placed Whatdoiwantthatfor was a £50,000 purchase by Peter and Ross Doyle. Flying Empress, now with Jassim al Ghazali in Qatar, Dolphin Vista, who won again for Richard Fahey on Saturday, and David Elsworth's highly regarded Justice Law are others out of the 2015 sale that could come to complement a previous roll of honour that includes Dream Ahead, Paco Boy and Speciosa.
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  • Every breeze-up veteran can remember days watching two-year-olds go through their paces while sheltering from the wind and rain but nothing could be further from the truth for this year's breeze, which was staged under clear blue skies. As ever, the vast majority of youngsters were well behaved and breezed professionally. 

    Only one made a serious bid for freedom - undeterred by his subsequent capture, he continued to make life difficult for his rider throughout his gallop despite receiving maximum encouragement.

    There's a cluster of stallions whose progeny are targeted year after year by the breeze-up boys primarily due to their ability to come to hand early while demonstrating good speed. Kodiac falls into that category and is duly represented by 11 lots, several of whom went like rockets at the breeze. Showcasing is another, and particularly highly regarded is lot 53, who turned in a good breeze despite losing his footing at a crucial time. A number of Dark Angels also emerged out of the breeze with credit.
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  • The racing is put on hold today as we go in search of future stars @GoffsUK
    Looking forward to today's Breeze w/@StephenHillenBS #prospects
  • A handy update has come the way of lot 92, a Fast Company filly from Dunsany Stables whose sister, Jet Setting, won the Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial earlier this month. Previously Listed-placed, the Adrian Keatley-trained Jet Setting dented some tall reputations at Leopardstown, making all the running to score by three lengths from Now Or Never and Alice Springs.

    Jet Setting was a bargain 12,000gns purchase by Kilbride Equine at last year's Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale. At the time, she was still a maiden, making her emergence as one of the early season's highlights a particularly nice surprise for Carol Benson of Dunsany Stables, who paid just €10,000 for her filly at the Tattersalls Ireland September Sale.

    The pair are out of Mean Lea, a winning Johannesburg daughter of Listed scorer Plume Rouge.

    "We liked the filly but we also liked what we had seen of the sister," says Benson, who is based in County Meath and assisted by her sons Daniel and Jordan. "She was still a maiden but had run some quite good races, so we were hopeful - although we were hopeful of her winning a maiden rather than anything else!

    "This is a lovely filly with loads of boot. She's been very straightforward to do."

    Dunsany also sends through another by Fast Company in lot 107, a colt out of a winning half-sister to Listed winner Magic Eye. He was particularly busy in the yard yesterday after turning in an eye-catching breeze. A Camacho colt (96) completes the Dunsany draft.

    Lot 92, the sister to Jet Setting with Daniel Benson 

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  • Nancy Sexton has been called away due to unforeseen circumstances so I'll be posting updates throughout the day instead. 
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  • Early action in the ring as Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock goes to £68,000 for the only lot (3) on offer by Haras du Logis resident Rio De La Plata. 

    Consigned by Tally-Ho Stud, the colt is out of the placed Sendawar mare Zarkiyna and is from the family of Zarkava. 

    Brown said: "I thought he did a very good breeze and there's a very good female line going back. I remember Rio De La Plata well from his breeze-up days. He was obviously a very good two-year-old and I've had a lot of luck buying from Tally-Ho. 

    "He's been bought for David Simcock."

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  • Scunthorpe United chairman Peter Swann is no stranger to this sale, having bought Jazz Legend for £170,000 last year on behalf of The Cool Silk Partnership that he runs with Barbara Wilkinson. 

    Having returned from the Bahamas last night Swann was on hand to secure lot 24, a colt by Choisir out of the Montjeu mare Boundless Joy, for £55,000.

    Further back on his page are Group 1 winner and Lanwades Stud resident Archipenko, and three-time Grade 1 winner Blame. 

    “We're regular buyers here, this sale has always been quite successful for us and the catalogue this year looks a decent one. He breezed really well and ran a good time, hopefully we can get on with him pretty quickly.

    “We've started the season reasonably well with a few winners. Last year we had 33 winners on the Flat, hopefully we can go on and have a few more.
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  • David Redvers goes to £65,000 to secure one of two fillies on offer by Jonabell Farm resident Elusive Quality at today's sale. 

    Lot 26 is out of the Bronze Route mare Mud Route and Redvers said: "She did a very good breeze, is a big scopey filly who looks like she will improve for time and she's obviously got a good pedigree to boot. 

    "She's a very attractive filly with a big future ahead of her. She'll go back to Longholes in Newmarket for a little bit of a holiday, freshen up and then we'll find a trainer for her."
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  • Peter Swann and Stroud Coleman Bloodstock combine once again and this time purchase the first six-figure lot of the day when parting with £170,000 for lot 45, a Kodiac colt out of the Whipper mare Esuvia. 

    Consigned by Con Marnane's Bansha House Stables he is from the family of Group 3 winner Resplendent Glory. 

    Swann said: "We've had a lot of success out of this sale, I was away in the Bahamas yesterday so it was nice to be able to get here today. We've looked at maybe half a dozen that we liked, we've got two of them at the minute and that [lot 45] is a really nice horse. 

    We've got a couple of Kodiacs at the minute, including Sign Of The Kodiac who was unlucky not to win the All-Weather Championship race. Kodiacs are built to get on with and that's what we'll try and do with him as quickly as we can.

    We've 26 in training and about a dozen two-year-olds. This horse is going to Robert Cowell, it's just the logistics of where Robert and James [Given] are. This'll be the fourth we've got now with Robert.

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  • There's been plenty of activity in the ring with two six-figure lots selling in short succession. 

    Alex Elliott and George Scott, the former assistant trainer to Lady Cecil, part with £140,000 for lot 53, a colt by Showcasing out of the Averti mare Fuschia. 

    Elliott said: "We're actually delighted as when George was about to start training we looked at this horse at the yearling sales. They didn't sell him and when I saw him the other week in Ireland he was highly, highly recommended by Willie Browne. 

    Scott added: "We knocked our heads against a brick wall last week so they these things happen for a reason and we're delighted to get him. We just came up here for one horse and we're thrilled to get him."

    This was swiftly followed by Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock going to £170,000 for lot 55, a Kodiac colt out of the Red Clubs mare Good Clodora who is from the family of Group 1 hero Maarek. 

    Brown said: "He's been bought for a client of mine and he's going to go to John Gosden. He put in an extremely good breeze, is by a top sire of two-year-olds and he has a proper pedigree. I've had a lot of luck buying off Roger O'Callaghan as you can tell as I've bought three horses from Tally-Ho today. 

    "He's been telling me about this horse for quite a long time. I was told to buy a sharp colt with a bit of class and hopefully that's what we've done.
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  • Stephen Hillen is another agent to spend big today and he lands lot 100, a Kodiac filly out of the Maria's Mon mare Mimiteh, for £120,000. 

    Offered by Grove Stud she boasts a speedy pedigree being from the family of Rosdhu Queen, a winner of four race between 5f and 6f including the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes in 2012. 

    Hillen confirmed that Kevin Ryan will train the filly and said: "He's been bought on spec for a client. It was getting a bit expensive but we both loved the filly. 

    "It's a lovely pedigree and I like buying from Grove Stud because we've had a lot of success from them. I saw her a few times over the winter and she did a good breeze."
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  • David O'Meara signed the docket at £150,000 for the only lot by WinStar Farm's Sidney's Candy, a filly out of the With Approval mare Sealedwithapproval who is a half-sister to the Grade 2-placed Cuvee Uncorked. 

    She's a very athletic filly that has plenty of scope and looks like she'll progress. She breezed well and in a good time."

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  • Stephen Hillen and Kevin Ryan teamed up once again for another six-figure lot, this time going to £155,000 for a Mizzen Mast colt out of the Listed-winning Diesis mare Sharp Apple (lot 139). 

    Hillen confirmed that the colt had been bought for Angie Bailey and Pete Tingey, whose previous horses with Ryan include Group 1 hero Astaire, who they sadly lost last year, and four-time winner Bogart. 

    Hillen said: "He's a horse that I'd say would go a mile, he's not your typical breeze-up horse.

    “He showed good speed [in his breeze] and is a lovely individual. He was at the top end of what we wanted to pay and sometimes you've got to stretch out for the ones you want."

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  • Overall Statistics

    Catalogued: 168

    Offered: 149

    Sold: 108 (72%)

    Aggregate: £3,542,750 (-29%)

    Average: £32,803 (-14%)

    Median: £22,000 (-27%)

    No. of £100,000 + lots: 6 (2015: 9)


    TALLY-HO 14 sold for a total of £619,500

    LYNN LODGE STUD Three sold for a total of £240,000

    MOCKLERSHILL Four sold for a total of £220,000


    COOL SILK PARTNERSHIP/STROUD COLEMAN Three bought for a total of £285,000

    HILLEN & RYAN Two bought for a total of £275,000

    BLANDFORD BLOODSTOCK Three bought for a total of £270,000
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    Goffs UK chief executive Henry Beeby said: "Today has been a day of highs and lows. The highs have been some excellent results for a number of two-year-olds headed by a number of six-figure lots topped by a brace of Kodiac colts at £170,000. 

    “However, it would be churlish of us not to recognise that trade has been mixed in parts and really quite challenging in the lower echelons of this specialist market which has been quite graphically reflected in the sales statistics.

    “Of course the Doncaster Breeze-up has been a trailblazer for many years and our successes have forced others to play catch up but it will be important that we review the sale in the context of the complete market in a month or so, taking into account the feedback from every quarter as there are always things we can do better. 

    “What we're sure of is that today's sale will generate another huge amount of winners at a high level, so repaying the faith of those who bought into the concept.

    “For now we extend our thanks to our professional band of vendors who have, yet again, brought an excellent bunch of potential winners to Doncaster and to every purchaser for their support.”
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  • Here are today's joint top lots of the sale

    Lot 45: a colt by Kodiac bought by Cool Silk and Stroud Coleman. Picture: Sarah Farnsworth/Goffs UK

    Lot 55: this colt by Kodiac was bought by Blandford Bloodstock. Picture: Sarah Farnsworth/Goffs UK 
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