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Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale - Day One - Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Nancy Sexton brings you all the news and action as it happens at Doncaster from the first day of the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale

  • Lot 129: b c Most Improved - Daliyana (Cadeaux Genereux)
    A result for the next round of Most Improved adverts as Peter and Ross Doyle pay £90,000 for this colt, sold by Flash Conroy's Glendale Stud. Out of a half-sister to Daliapour, he was bought by Glenvale Stud for €32,000 as a foal.
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  • First-season sire chat
    "I've seen a few nice Epaulettes. They've all got a bit of scope and quality." Will Douglass, Charlie Gordon-Watson Bloodstock.
    "The Red Jazz yearlings look racy. He's a son of Johannesburg, also the sire of Scat Daddy, and I think they'll run." Matt Houldsworth, Howson & Houldsworth Bloodstock
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    Lot 144: b c Dark Angel - Divert (Oasis Dream)
    Dark Angel continues to dominate as Angus Gold sees off the Hong Kong Jockey Club at £250,000 for the new top lot, a colt from Manister House Stud.
    He was one of the day's pricier pinhooks, having cost 105,000gns at last year's Tattersalls December Sale. Bred by Stephanie von Schilcher, he is the first foal out of his dam, a half-sister to the German Oaks runner-up Dominante from the good German family of Denaro and Davidoff.
    “I thought he was a very nice horse,” said Gold. “Interestingly he wasn't the most fluent walker but he trotted beautifully. A lot of trainers liked him very much and Sheikh Hamdan wants me to buy for the trainers.

    “We've had a bit of luck with Dark Angel before with the likes of Heeraat, Estidhkaar and Markaz. I wasn't going to go that high but when you see people like Hong Kong [Jockey Club] are in there strong you've got to step up to the plate a bit.


    “He's bred to be decent, in terms of sire and damsire, although it's not a pedigree we know terrible well. But if he runs like he trots we'll be ok,” concluded Gold. 

    Luke Barry of vendor Manister House Stud added: "A partnership that took a punt on a nice foal brought him to Doncaster because it's been a very lucky sale for us [Manister House sold the Group 1 winners La Collina and Law Enforcement here]. The sire speaks for himself and let's hope he's a racehorse."
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  • Lot 147: b c Kodiac - Dominatrix (Whipper)
    John Ferguson maybe absent from the sheets (as he was at Saratoga and Arqana) but Shadwell continues to flex its muscles. Their eighth purchase of the day is this colt, a Kodiac relation to Golan and North Light who sells for £130,000 to bring their expenditure to just over £800,000.
    He represents a fine pinhooking coup for vendor Ballyphilip Stud, who paid 65,000gns under Mc Bloodstock for the colt as a foal. Shadwell will be hoping that he's just as lucky as other Kodiacs sold by Ballyphilip in recent years, namely Tiggy Wiggy and Kodi Bear.
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  • Lot 165: gr c Swiss Spirit - Enchanting Way (Linamix)
    'The first six-figure yearling for Swiss Spirit on the first day of the yearling sales' - Trevor Harris is understandably delighted with the sale of lot 165, a son of Lordship homebred Swiss Spirit who sells for £110,000 out of the Baroda and Colbinstown Studs draft.
    He is yet another purchase for Shadwell Estates, who continue to underpin today's trade.
    This particular colt was picked up by Mick Flanagan for €72,000 at last year's Goffs November Sale, since when his half-sister Silver Rainbow has become a Listed winner. She is one of three winners out of Enchanting Way, a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Askhal Way.
    "He was a gorgeous foal," said David Myerscough, "and we probably paid a bit more for him because of that - we threw in a few more bids. But he's always been gorgeous and he's showed himself very well since he's been here. He's got a great mind."
    The sale brought Swiss Spirit's average for the day to £56,000 for three sold - bred off a £4,500 fee.
    "He's a good advert for the sire," added Myerscough. "And there's one across the way from us in the yard that's a nice horse too."
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  • Adding an international element to today's sale was the sale of a Wootton Bassett colt for £38,000 to Will Douglass on behalf of Charlie Fellowes, who is currently operating at a 24 per cent strike rate. By a stallion who sired French Derby winner Almanzor out of a first crop of 17 foals, the colt is the first foal out of Celsius Degre, the winner of over £40,000 who descends from the excellent Lagardere mare Fragrant Hill.
    Maxios, meanwhile, was represented by a colt that sold for £42,000 to Ger Lyons in a private transaction this morning while the first yearling to sell by Le Havre realised £16,000 to Empire International.
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  • Lot 201: b c Champs Elysees - Good Morning Star (Shirocco)
    Another new trainer stocking up for next year is Amy Murphy, who will be based at Hamilton Stables in Newmarket. Murphy worked for Tom Dascombe and Gai Waterhouse before joining Luca Cumani, to whom she has been assistant trainer since January 2015.
    This colt, the first foal out of Cheshire Oaks heroine Good Morning Star, is Murphy's first purchase of the sale and cost £26,000. He was a 17,000gns pinhook by today's vendor Weir View Stud.



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  • Some vendors are thinking today's trade is a bit sticky - actually the average is running at £43,158, ahead of last year's overall figure - but they're probably lucky that they're not at the OBS August Sale in Ocala, Florida's flagship yearling sale. 
    Joe Nevills of the Daily Racing Form has just calculated that the early buyback rate for the opening session - the select session - is 61 per cent. 16 sold. 25 RNAs. Ugh.
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  • Lot 208: b c Elzaam - Guana (Dark Angel)
    Returns a good profit on his €48,000 foal price tag when sold for £95,000 to Highflyer Bloodstock. He also provides a fine result for his sire, a €3,500 resident of Ballyhane Stud who is batting at a 44 per cent strike-rate with his first crop.
    This colt is the second foal out of Guana, who is bred along similar Dark Angel lines to her close relation to Birchwood.
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  • Lot 225: br f Dark Angel - Jadanna (Mujadil)
    Yet another high-profile yearling for Dark Angel, this filly is set to carry the same colours as her dam after selling to Matt Coleman for £205,000. Coleman outbid Michael O'Callaghan for the filly, who was offered by her breeder Mountarmstrong Stud.
    Her dam Jadanna was a smart filly for Peter Swann and The Cool Silk Partnership, winning two races and running third in the 2012 Cherry Hinton Stakes. At the end of her racing career, the daughter of Mujadil was sold privately to Noel O'Callaghan to join Mountarmstrong Stud and this filly is her first foal.
    "I bought Jadanna for Peter and she was a very good filly," said Coleman. "She's thrown a very good first foal by Dark Angel who looks sharp. We didn't really want to pay that much but we were very keen to get her."
    Jadanna is the only foal out of the Statue Of Liberty mare Savannah Poppy but she is a half-sister to the high-class sprinter Galeota and Listed winner Loulwa, herself dam of another high-class speedster in Justineo.
    "Savannah Poppy only had one foal, Jadanna, but it's a good precocious pedigree," said Coleman. 
    A trainer will be confirmed at a later date.
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  • Lot 233: b f Zoffany - Just Joey (Averti)
    Amanda Skiffington will be hoping that lightning strikes twice, two years after buying the Zoffany filly Architecture at this sale. Skiffington went to £160,000 to secure this filly, the second foal out of the Listed-placed Just Joey sold by Worsall Grange.
    Her sale obviously boosts Zoffany's average for the day considerably - prior to lot 233, it was running at £36,667 for six sold. Zoffany, the sire of Foundation, Architecture, Illuminate and Washington DC among others out of his first crop, stood the past season for €45,000.
    So far, his second crop has yielded four 2yo winners in Britain and Ireland. 
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    DABIRSIM: 1 offered, not sold
    EPAULETTE: 12 offered, 11 sold for an average of £35,818
    FARHH: 1 offered, sold for £170,000
    HAVANA GOLD: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of £33,000
    LETHAL FORCE: 10 offered, 10 sold for an average of £29,500
    MAXIOS: 1 offered, 1 sold for £42,000 (private sale)
    MOST IMPROVED: 6 offered, 6 sold for an average of £29,333
    RED JAZZ: 4 offered, 4 sold for an average of £30,625
    SOCIETY ROCK: 8 offered, 8 sold for an average of £27,375
    SWISS SPIRIT: 5 offered, 5 sold for an average of £50,400
    WORTHADD: 1 offered, 1 sold for £27,000
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  • LEADING SIRES BY AVERAGE (more than one sold)
    DARK ANGEL: 6 sold for an average of £156,333
    BAHAMIAN BOUNTY: 2 sold for an average of £84,000
    KODIAC: 13 sold for an average of £61,385
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    Offered: 226
    Sold: 199 (88%)
    Aggregate: £8,677,000
    Average: £43,603
    Colts average: £46,852
    Fillies average: £36,750
    Median: £35,000
    No. six-figure lots: 15 (2015: 19)
    No. £50,000+ lots: 60
    No. successful pinhooks (listed as sold on last auction appearance + approx. expenses): 64 of 114
    Leading buyer: Shadwell Estate Company, 12 bought for £1,151,000
    Leading vendor: Yeomanstown Stud, 7 sold for £635,000
    144) b c Dark Angel - Diva (Oasis Dream), sold by Manister House Stud for £250,000 to Shadwell Estate Company
    121) gr f Dark Angel - Cover Girl (Common Grounds), sold by Yeomanstown Stud for £210,000 to BBA Ireland
    255) b f Dark Angel - Jadanna (Mujadil), sold by Mountarmstrong Stud for £205,000 to Stroud/Coleman
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