Dark Angel Colt Tops Goffs UK Premier Sale Day One
John Dance was busy stocking up ahead of the opening of his Manor House Stud training operation with James Horton, who will hold the license on the Middleham property, and Blood Agent Ed Sackville walking away on day one of the Goffs UK Premier sale in Doncaster having signed for the first lot of Â£ 120,000 (US $ 164,212).
Recorded by Yeomanstown Stud, the leading colt (Lot 109) is a son of Black Angel and the winner of the list Elusive chickweed Mare Elusive beauty . Horton and Sackville were kept busy throughout the session and also got Â£ 95,000 ($ 130,001) Presentation fill with Girls talk (Lot 146) and later added a Havana Gold Epatha foal (Lot 113) at a private sale for Â£ 40,000 ($ 54,737), both shipped by Lynn Lodge Stud.
The three acquisitions meant that Manor House Stud’s first day expenditure reached Â£ 255,000 ($ 348,951).
âWe are looking for horses from proven sires and they are well done and racy horses and we loved them all as a team,â said Horton. “We are looking for horses that we think are ahead and hopefully this is what we bought and can start with them early next year. All of these horses fit this specification and we look forward to continuing with them. “
Dancing is no stranger to success when buying on the Premier sale, having landed your flagship horse Laurens , who won no less than six Group 1s by bidding on Â£ 220,000 ($ 290,378) for the daughter of Siyouni alongside Daniel Creighton in 2016.
James Horton (right) at the Goffs UK Premier Yearling sale
While Horton cut his teeth as Sir Michael Stoute’s assistant, he has already found time away from his duties at Freemason Lodge Stables to get involved in the sales scene and has said he enjoys s ‘supply raw materials for the next stage of his career.
âI’ve been selling for a few years now and it’s always interesting, and it’s fascinating to see the stock of all the new bulls,â said Horton. “It’s an exciting time of the year and Ed Sackville and Dan Creighton have helped me immensely.”
The session saw strong, if unspectacular, trading with 178 lots changing hands at an 87% liquidation rate. In turn, these transactions generated revenue of Â£ 7,007,500 ($ 9,589,300), an average of Â£ 39,368 ($ 53,842), up 8% year-on-year, and a median of Â£ 32,000 ($ 43,789), up 10%.
One of the great talking horses of the day was the Mehmas foal out of Intertwine, consigned as lot 175 with Shinglis Stud, and the chestnut tree lived up to his bill when he made a final offer of Â£ 115,000 ($ 157,370) from Billy Jackson-Stops, who was seated in the front row from the auditorium while surrounded by the new owners foal.
âIt was bought for Sheikh Abdullah Almalek Alsabah,â Jackson-Stops said. âThey are great guys and have bought a few horses lately and wanted to start a relationship with Andrew Balding.
Mehmas foal presented as Lot 175 in the ring at the Goffs UK Premier Yearling sale
âI helped Andrew in sales for a few years and he’s one of the really little horses we had on our shortlist for these guys so they couldn’t wait to have him.
âAlthough he doesn’t have the deepest pedigree he’s an absolutely crisp physique and he’s from a sire who really improves his mares so hopefully he gets lucky for them. that he should be soon enough and he’s definitely going to the right coach. “
Although the colt’s pedigree is quite light under the first two dams, his page contains some great talents further down, notably the 2004 Jaguar Lowther Stakes scorer. Rise , who is now the mother of the 2-seater group KÃ¶nchek .
Elliott in action
Another batch of Mehmas broke the six-figure barrier when Alex Elliott rose to Â£ 100,000 ($ 136,843) for the filly from Fainleog (Lot 121) offered by Tally-Ho Stud.
Elliott said: “This is the only horse I wanted to buy today, although I don’t have a very long list tomorrow’s is longer. We all know Mehmas and she looks like a type filly. Ascot. She checked out really well and went to Archie Watson; he’s a very good operator and my client wanted to support him. “
The filly is from the Fainleog classification, whose siblings include the classified marker The reaper . Elliott said he had ambitions for Royal Ascot for its purchase, but noted that Mehmas’ recent success across the Atlantic with Go global winning the Del Mar Oaks (G1T) meant she possessed significant resale value if it didn’t meet her aspirations.
âEven if she narrowly misses, she will have good resale value in the US because after earning a grade 1 they all go crazy for Mehmas. Even though she is placed in a maiden here, she is worth it. double what we paid for her today. But I came here to try and buy Ascot horses and I hope she is one of them. “
Saint-Laurent wins gold
Tweenhills’ Havana Gold has had a resurgent season on the track with 21 2-year-old winners across Europe, and the son of Teofilo also had a notable result in the ring when Oliver St Lawrence rose to Â£ 105,000 ($ 143,686) for the colt (lot 151) on Gold spell shipped by Baroda Stud.
âIt’s the age-old thing in that we loved it from the minute we saw it,â St Lawrence said after gaining the upper hand over Mick Murphy. “He is a lovely person and a great first foal, we think he has established himself as one of the prettiest horses here today.
The colt came out Golden Spell, a three-time winner and ranked artist of the first crop of Al Kazeem .
St Lawrence continued, âHe’s a real stocky guy and there’s a little bit of Dubai about him from Al Kazeem.
“It was very visible that a lot of coaches were taking him out of the ring to stand him up. The coach is yet to be determined but he was bought for Fawzi Nass.”
Longways Stables in the hope of repeat success
Mick Murphy and Sarah O’Connell of Longways Stables once enjoyed a hard-hitting touch with a girl from King man , having transformed the rated winner Queen of love from â¬ 125,000 ($ 144,363) for one year to â¬ 650,000 ($ 730,275) for 2 years.
And the couple hope to repeat the round with their latest acquisition paying Â£ 100,000 ($ 136,843) for the Kingman filly (lot 74) presented by Whatton Manor Stud. The girl born in January boasted of having one of the most eye-catching pages in the catalog, as she is the second foal of Daban , winner of the Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes (G3), and third in Winter in the QIPCO Thousand Guineas 2017 (G1).
Daban was bought for her race owner Abdullah Saeed Al Naboodah by Blandford Bloodstock for 260,000 guineas ($ 398,826) from Tattersalls Guineas’ Breeze-Up sale, and Murphy has confirmed that his filly Kingman will also be headed for sales of 2 years.
Mick Murphy at the Goffs UK Premier Yearling sale
âShe was bought to go breezing,â Murphy said. “She’s a manoeuvrable filly, a bit short, but she seems to be quick and I remember her mother well when she got gusty, Katie McGivern took her running.
“We have already had a lot of success with a Kingman filly in Queen of Love and we have been very lucky with fillies generally with Queen of Love and Al raya also. And with her pedigree, there is a bit of advantage for her beyond racing. “
When asked if he plans to maintain his usual levels of investment in yearlings for the Longways start-up program, Murphy said, âMy wife says no, but yes! I have already bought a few today. We’re probably going to be aiming for 20 breakers for next year, which is a little less than this year when we had 25. “
McKeever and Hills Combine
Johnny McKeever and Charlie and Barry Hills combined to get five prizes during the session for a combined spend of Â£ 280,000 ($ 383,161), with the partnership loot led by the Â£ 100,000 ($ 136,843) Acclamation foal out of Dukinta (Lot 95), another outcome of the highly sought-after Lynn Lodge Stud draft.
Shortly before this six-figure game, the McKeever-Hills axis also struck for the Kodiac next door stepsister Lexington grace at Â£ 90,000 ($ 123,159) when the filly (Lot 36) was donated by Tally-Ho Stud.
âWe worked together and Charlie very kindly asked me to make a selection for him, so I’m just here to help him,â McKeever said of the couple’s exploits together. “The colt is a good old fashioned yearling Donny, exactly what you come here to buy – a 2 year old winner hopefully!”
He added about the Kodiac filly: “I absolutely adored her, I thought she was a Queen Mary (G2) type filly. Page.”
The Goffs UK Premier sale continues on August 25 at 10 a.m. local time.