A number of the major vendors are represented including Godolphin, Shadwell and Juddmonte Farms, all of whom have been long time supporters of this sale.
Juddmonte sells tomorrow while Godolphin and Shadwell sell today.
It was at this sale back in 2012 that Shadwell sold Shaqira, a Redoute’s Choice filly who had been placed for Marcus Tregoning, for 5,000gns to Herr Peter Brauer. She later won a Listed race in Germany and was resold at the end of that year for €160,000.
Today’s draft comprises 15 fillies, among them Murhibaany (61), an Elusive Quality granddaughter of Shadayid, and Tureyth (64), a Street Cry granddaughter of Eswarah.
Another busy week is in store for the team at Godolphin, led by Marie Sullivan. The operation has offered 584 horses at auction in Europe during the past year alone and returns today with another hefty draft of 57. Another 31 mares and fillies out of training are slated to sell at Goffs next week.
Today’s offerings includes mares in foal to Dark Angel, Golden Horn, Iffraaj, New Approach and Night Of Thunder. Potential highlights are:
68) MASAYA: this Listed-placed daughter of Dansili kicks off the draft in foal to Dark Angel
71) GHANAIAN: smart Listed-placed daughter of Shamardal is in foal to New Approach
73) SEMAYYEL: Listed John Musker Stakes winner sells in foal to Night Of Thunder
74) BLOCKADE: 2013 Rockfel Stakes runner-up is in foal to Dark Angel
88) CATWALK QUEEN: unraced 130,000gns yearling purchase is a Cape Cross half-sister to Irish Oaks runner-up Jack Naylor
95) MODERAH: Makfi granddaughter of Group 1 winner Infamy was third in the 2015 St Simon Stakes
167) DANCEALOT: Listed-placed Lawman mare in foal to Dark Angel
171) LABISE: the only mare catalogued in foal to Golden Horn, she is a winning Azamour half-sister to Listed winner Partner Shift
172) ROSBY WAVES: winning Distorted Humor mare is half-sister to Grade 1 winners Johar and Dessert and out of a champion, Windsharp, who joined Godolphin when purchased for $6.1 million at Keeneland in 2003
174) LOVE OF DUBAI: 2008 Italian 1,000 Guineas winner. In foal to Dawn Approach
193) BEAUITFUL ESCAPE: Elusive Quality half-sister to last week’s Group 2 Al Rashidiya winner Promising Run
Adding further interest to the Godolphin draft and the sale as a whole is the presence of two Frankel fillies, the first three-year-olds by the stallion worldwide to be offered at auction as racing and/or broodmare prospects. Both are unraced.
Lot 92, Dream In Colour, boasts international appeal - on paper at least - as the daughter of Australian Group 3 winner Colour, by More Than Ready. It is the further family of Golden Slipper Stakes heroine Forensics and champion Snippets.
Lot 184, Carry A Flame, is a half-sister to five winners and out of Carisolo, a Dubai Millennium daughter of blue hen Solo De Lune. Carisolo herself was sold by Godolphin for 65,000gns in 2015.
Other highlights include:
100) EASTON ANGEL: high-class sprinter, owned in partnership by Ritchie Fiddes and Al Shaqab Racing, is the likely top lot. The daughter of Dark Angel was a good juvenile who ran second in the Queen Mary Stakes and third in the Lowther Stakes yet also trained on to win last year’s Scurry Stakes and run fourth against older horses in the King George Stakes. Her dam Stacey Mac was a 10,000gns graduate of the 2007 February Sale.
166) DRESSED IN FUR: bought for 11,500gns here in July 2015 by Christian von der Recke, this filly went on to run second in the Group 2 Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte and be Group 3-placed. Represents a first foray into the Newmarket February market for Anna Drion’s Colounces Consignment.
Winners since the publication of the catalogue: 52) AURORA GRAY (x2); 215) DREAMING OF PARIS; 219) IMPLAUSIBLE; 220) MAGIC MIRROR
5) MAWJOODAH: now the dam of two winners
"That was my final bid," said Makin. "I wrote down the price that I would go to and that was right on the button. It's a nice page, she's got no convictions and she's from a nice family."
"We’ve got a month to go and I’d like a few more mares," continued Makin, "but we’re not just going to take any old mare. I don’t know exactly how many he has booked in at the moment, the paperwork is diabolic, I’ve got to tell you! It’s really quite surprising when you’ve never done it before.”
"She was a good, fast two-year-old," said Reilly of Blockade, who ran second in the 2013 Rockfel Stakes. "She'll go to Fascinating Rock - he's being well supported and is going down really well."
"It's not every day that you get to buy a Frankel," said Houldsworth. "She's out of a highly rated mare who sold for a lot in her day in Australia [Darley paid A$1.6 million for Colour as a yearling] and is big, strong filly."
"Hopefully she is a good one to start with for the client," said Flanagan. "She's a quick filly who moves like a panther - a gorgeous physical."She's been bought to breed from but I have been told that she can race on as well. We'll let the dust settle and take a view."