Saturday's Sun Chariot Stakes winner Alice Springs, Juddmonte International hero Postponed and top sprinter Profitable adorn this year’s catalogue. However, they only tell half the story for what is Europe's premier yearling sale.
Highland Reel, who ran such a game second in the Arc, passed through the sale for 460,000gns in 2013, while in Dubai, the likes of Muarrab and Tryster have struck at Group 1 level. In Hong Kong, meanwhile, the evergreen Blazing Speed continues to hold his own at the top level. Such performers complement the likes of Golden Horn, Legatissimo, Night Of Thunder and Shalaa, each of whom represented the sale to great effect in 2015.
Expectations are always high at this sale but it's safe to say that last year's renewal exceeded industry hopes. Led by a 2,100,000gns daughter of Dubawi, a record turnover of 82,744,500gns was established, making it the highest grossing sale in European auction history. The average was 222,431gns while the median was 150,000gns.
A total of 551 yearlings have been catalogued this time around. 50 are the own or half-siblings to Classic and/or Group 1 winners, among them these first day highlights:
2) ch c Declaration Of War - Danetime Out (Danetime): an early highlight is this colt, a half-brother to Toormore and Estidhkaar bred and offered by Jimmy Murphy's Redpender Stud
5) ch c Frankel - Dash To The Front (Diktat); the first of 17 Frankel yearlings catalogued, this Meon Valley homebred is a half-brother to Speedy Boarding, winner of the Prix Jean Romanet and Sunday's Prix de l'Opera since the publication of the catalogue
12) b f Frankel - Diary (Green Desert); out of a mare that cost Qatar Bloodstock 1,300,000gns in 2010, this Frankel filly is a half-sister to champion sprinter Total Gallery, Listed winner Tempest Fugit and the Group 1-placed Lady Darshaan
22) ch c Dalakhani - Echelon (Danehill); a member of Cheveley Park Stud's excellent Exclusive Order family, this colt is a brother to Integral
39) b c Dubawi - Fallen For You (Dansili); offered by Norris Bloodstock on behalf of Philippa Cooper, who has returned to the auction place with several of her homebreds after a number of years, he is the second foal out of Cooper's Coronation Stakes winner Fallen For You
47) ch f Galileo - Faraday Light (Rainbow Quest); one of 21 by her sire catalogued, she is a half-sister to Just The Judge
54) b c Dream Ahead - Flanders (Common Grounds); half-brother to four stakes horses including champion sprinter G Force and Grade 3 winner Louvain, dam of Poule d'Essai des Pouliches heroine Flotilla. His sister, the winning Fleeting Dream, made 400,000gns here two years ago
58) gr f Dark Angel - Folga (Atraf); the sister to Mecca's Angel and Markaz. The mare's 2014 filly, Dirayah, realised 825,000gns here to Oliver St Lawrence last year
71) ch c Champs Elysees - Galicuix (Galileo); the half-brother to Galileo Gold. The mare's two-year-old, Choumicha, made a highly promising start to her career last month when placed on her debut at Kempton
74) b f High Chaparral - Ghurra (War Chant); the half-sister to Shalaa, recent winner of the Bengough Stakes on his comeback
89) b c Declaration Of War - Guantanamera (Sadler's Wells); the half-brother to Simple Verse and Even Song
104) b c Sea The Stars - Hoity Toity (Darshaan); the half-brother to Coronation and Matron Stakes winner Lillie Langtry, herself dam of Minding
109) b f Galileo - Hveger (Danehill); another Galileo filly on offer at this sale out of the Group 1-placed Hveger, a half-sister to Australian stars Elvstroem and Haradasun. Past graduates out of this mare include King George hero Highland Reel, second in the Juddmonte International and Arc since the publication of the catalogue, and the Anglo-Irish Derby placed Idaho, also winner of the Great Voltigeur Stakes
110) b c Dubawi - I'm A Dreamer (Noverre); the first foal out of Beverly D Stakes winner I'm A Dreamer
113) b f Dubawi - Icon Project (Empire Maker); out of runaway Personal Ensign Stakes winner Icon Project
116) b c Dubawi - Independence (Selkirk); half-brother to Mount Nelson and Monitor Closely out of the 2001 Sun Chariot Stakes winner
125) b c Dansili - Izzi Top (Pivotal); the second foal out of the Pretty Polly Stakes and Prix Jean Romanet heroine, herself a member of the royal Reprocolor dynasty, this colt is a half-brother to an Oasis Dream colt that realised 1,100,000gns here last year
141) ch f Exceed And Excel - Lady Of The Desert (Rahy); if any filly catalogued is bred to be a two-year-old, then this is it. Out of the 2009 Lowther Stakes winner, herself a daughter of champion two-year-old Queen's Logic, she is a half-sister to Queen Kindly, winner of the Lowther Stakes since the publication of the catalogue
166) b c Dansili - Loveisallyouneed (Sadler's Wells); the half-brother to last year's sale-topper, he is out of an unraced sister to Yesterday and Quarter Moon