"He was a May foal," says Marnane of the colt, who bears a striking resemblance to Cape Blanco. "And he's turned inside out since I got him. He goes really well."
"He's exciting," says Marnane. "Great temperament, nothing fazes him. He floats on the walk. He's done really well since we got him over, he's grown a lot and lengthened."
“Yes, it’s the big discussion,” he admits. “But it’s not as simple as that. I think all vendors are anxious about times, and perceptions of times, and the effect on the sales. But when you get stuck into it, the stats don’t actually back up the perception we vendors have of the marketplace. The buyers are much more discerning than vendors give them credit for.
“Before we ever clocked horses, the horses that breezed well sold the best. But stats show that not all the horses that breeze quick make money - and some of the horses we think are good, that don’t breeze as good as we think they are, make just as much money. It really hasn’t changed to the extent people think. A nice horse is still a nice horse.
“We all want to breeze quick - but the bottom line is that the ten top times in any sale may not be the ten top bred horses, on paper, and may not physically match up, either. You still need to get a lot of different things right together before you get well paid. While time is significant, it’s still only in the context of pedigree, conformation and how he vets.”
"He was a world class turf performer in the US," says Cormac Breathnach of Adena Springs. "He is a magnificent and physically imposing horse, and has a rich pedigree. We feel that that he can become a globally important stallion along the lines of his sire, Dynaformer."
"She was the pick of the sale for us among the fillies," said Donald, who bought Stormy Antarctic here two years ago. "She looks to have a great attitude. We loved her breeze, she's by a top stallion and looks a fast two-year-old."
"She's for a client in the Middle East," said Egan. "I've ridden her a few times in Ireland and thought she did a lovely breeze. I was determined to get her although I didn't think she'd be that hard to buy."
"He was an extremely athletic horse," said Ferguson. "When you get a horse with that much scope that breezes well, it's a huge plus."The two-year-old sales are proven producers of top-class horses and these horses are sold by some of the best consignors in the world."
“I’ve known him since he was a foal as I bought the mare for the Wates family so I’ve seen all the way along from foal to yearling," said Brown. "We’ve missed out on the big touch, Thomond got that! I think the mare could turn out to be a very good producer, Four Seasons was talented, and Exceed And Excel’s record speaks for itself."He’s a mature horse and the fact I’ve known him his whole life and know he’s not had any issues is important. And at the end of the day it’s a breeze-up sale and he went out there and did a phenomenal breeze.”
"We have the half-brother and he's a decent horse," said Gold. "This is our first Point Of Entry - the sire was a genuine top-class horse on turf."Sheikh Hamdan saw him breeze and liked him very much. He'll decide when he sees him who he'll go to."