Riskit Fora Biskit: last year's sale-topper. Photo: Tattersalls
Favourable Terms: the Nassau Stakes winner is catalogued in foal to Slade Power
Amarillo Starlight: daughter of Dalakhani is in foal to Kingman
"We worked closely with Alan Porter," recalls Voute. "He does all the book work and gives me a short list, and I look round to see what is physically acceptable."We usually end up with a list of four or five. In African Jade's case, it was the Seeking The Gold that really got us going. And it's a good Argentinean family - Eamon had farms in Argentina as well so was keen to have a go."
"It's difficult to buy into these families," said Houldsworth, acting on behalf of an undisclosed British breeder. "It's a lovely family and being by Oasis Dream makes her a stand out."
Asked what the plan was for this mare, Gordon-Watson shot back: "Have a foal!"He added: "She's for Watership Down so going back to where she came from - it's nice to support the family. She was sold privately as a yearling. Crystal Maze is still at Watership, she has a Dansili two-year-old."
"She is lovely mare," said Reilly. "Maurice Regan Snr picked her out."It is a very difficult family to get into. She is a foundation mare and the foal will be retained."
"She's a nice mare from a good family who is for an old, established client," said McCormack. "She'll probably go abroad."
"She is a good-looking mare so has every chance of producing a good-looking yearling," said St Lawrence, acting on behalf of a British-based client. "It's a very good family with lots of positives - there are some young Dubawis coming through."
"She's for an existing client," said Grassick. "I absolutely loved her."She's ideal for breeding in a bit of Danzig speed, especially as the family has already worked with Cape Cross (Talmud) and Oracle (Danehill Dancer)."It's a fantastic family and it's lovely to have a mare with both Machiavellian and Galileo in her pedigree."
"She's for a new client," said Douglass. "I thought she was a really attractive Pivotal mare and it's nice to have Miswaki [damsire] close up."There's a lot of speed in the pedigree, a lot of good two-year-olds including Cheveley Park winners. There's also a lot happening in there - Danehurst is in foal to Galileo for example. And Nathaniel is exciting. I thought she stood out."
"She goes back to the stud with the Teofilo mare we bought earlier," said Reilly. "These are great pedigrees to get into and many of them are nice outcrosses for our stallions."Newtown Anner have had a great year - they own Sunday's Mother Goose Stakes winner Off The Tracks, had a Listed winner on Monday and of course there's Fascinating Rock. So they've had a great year and now are trying to upgrade the mares again."This is a very good draft from Godolphin, in my opinion one of the best drafts I've ever seen in a July Sale. It represents an excellent opportunity."