A single Australian-bred representative will line up in each of South Africa's Gr1 feature events tomorrow. The Cape Town meeting, at picturesque Kenilworth Racecourse, is headed by the Gr1 Queen's Plate (1600m) and Gr1 Paddock Stakes (1800m for fillies & mares). The high profile mile's previous winners includes South African Horse of the Year Wolf Power, who captured the event twice, and Pocket Power (no relation) who won it a remarkable four times – in 2006, 2007, 2009 & 2010. Australian-bred The Conglomerate (Lonhro-Republic Lass, by Canny Lad) is slowly working back to the form that saw him win the Gr1 Durban July Handicap last year, however he will probably find a few far too slick here. Meanwhile, consistent Australian-bred 4YO mare Chevauchee (High Chaparral-Chevalaresse, by Danehill) takes on some gun females in the country's premium fillies and mares feature, where Gr1 winner and Champion 3YO Bela-Bela is expected to go one better than her 3rd placing in 2016.
Master Sabina Wins Gr1 Summer Cup
Monday, 28th November 2016
At Turffontein in South Africa, 7YO entire Master Sabina (Jet Master-Sabina Park, by Sportsworld) successfully defended his title when making it back-to-back victories for trainer Geoff Woodruff in the Gr1 Summer Cup (2000m) for 3YO+ when scoring by 1.25 lengths over when 5YO Australian-bred entire The Conglomerate (Lonhro-Republic Lass, by Canny Lad) & 5YO entire Master Switch (Jet Master-Lady Windsor, by Al Mufti). Master Sabina improved his record to 9 wins (including the Gr1 Summer Cup & Gr3 Tabgold Handicap) and 4 placings (including the 2013 Gr1 Summer Cup) from 27 starts for approximately R3 million in earnings.
Czech Republic Hosts European Jockeys
Friday, 23rd September 2016
Following its successful inauguration last year, the Czech Republic’s Conseq Park Velka Chuchle in Prague will host 16 jockeys from around Europe for the Loko Transe European Jockey’s Cup. The venue is the host to all the important Czech flat races which includes four Czech Classics (1000 Guineas, 2000 Guineas, Derby and St Leger). The competing jockeys include Josef Bojko (Slovakia), Theo Bachelot (France), Per-Anders Graberg (Sweden), Darryll Holland (Great Britain), Vaclav Janacek (Czech Republic), Jaroslav Linek (Slovakia), Szczepan Mazur (Poland), Roberto-Carlos Montenegro (Spain), Gerald Mosse (France), Bayurzhan Murzabayev (Kazakistan), Jimmy Quinn (Ireland), Jan Raja (Czech Republic), Umberto Rispoli (Italy), Alberto Sanna (Italy), Dennis Schiergen (Germany) and Julien Auge (France) who will compete on a points basis.
Czech Horse Out Of Melbourne Cup
Friday, 2nd September 2016
Trip To Rhodos, the first horse from the Czech Republic to ever be entered in the Melbourne Cup, has been ruled ineligible for the race due to quarantine regulations, reports racing.com. "The Australian government has advised that as it does not have an agreement with the Czech Republic for the importation of horses into Australia, Trip To Rhodos must spend 60 days in a country approved for import before travelling to Melbourne," a Racing Victoria statement said. "A subsequent request for special exemption for the horse has been denied, thus ruling out the chance of him competing in this year's Melbourne Cup." Racing Victoria says it intends to address the issue so that horses from that part of the world are allowed to travel to Australia in the future.
The Conglomerate Wins Gr1 Durban July
Monday, 4th July 2016
At Greyville racecourse in South Africa on Saturday, Darley's former Australian Champion Sire & 11-time Gr1-winning World Champion Miler Lonhro (Octagonal-Shadea, by Straight Strike) celebrated an elite success when 4YO Australian-bred entire The Conglomerate (Lonhro-Republic Lass, by Canny Lad) scored by a neck for trainer Joey Ramsden in South Africa's most prestigious race - the R4.25 million Gr1 Durban July (2200m) for 3YO+ - over 4YO entire Marinaresco (Silvano-Gay Fortuna, by Fort Wood) & fellow Australian-bred 4YO entire Mac de Lago (Encosta de Lago-Macavelli Miss, by Vettori). Owned by South African businessman and leviathan owner Marcus Jooste, The Conglomerate was purchased by Jooste's Mayfair Speculators for $160,000 at the 2013 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Tyreel Stud. The beautifully bred galloper is the first stakes winner from dual Gr1-winning filly Republic Lass, winner of the 2002 Australian Oaks (2400m) and 2003 Ranvet Stakes (2000m). The Conglomerate's record now stands at 6 wins (including the Gr2 KRA Guineas & Gr3 Julius Baer Politician Stakes) and 1 placing (the Gr1 Daily News 2000 Stakes) from 17 starts for nearly R3.5 million earnings.
French Navy Wins Gr1 Daily News 2000 Stakes
Monday, 1st June 2015
At Greyville in South Africa, 3YO colt French Navy (Count Dubois-Redoubtable, by Elliodor) claimed the second Gr1 victory of his career when scoring by a neck for trainer Sean Tarry in the R2 million Gr1 Daily News 2000 Stakes (2000m) for 3YOs, over Australian-bred colts Ertijaal (Hard Spun-Alharir, by Jeune) & The Conglomerate (Lonhro-Republic Lass, by Canny Lad). French Navy took his record to 4 wins (including the Gr1 South African Classic) and 4 placings (including the Gr1 South African Derby) from 10 starts.
The Conglomerate Wins Gr2 KRA Guineas
Monday, 4th May 2015
At Greyville in South Africa, Darley's former Australian Champion Sire & 11-time Gr1-winning World Champion Miler Lonhro (Octagonal-Shadea, by Straight Strike) added a Group success when 3YO Australian-bred colt The Conglomerate (Lonhro-Republic Lass, by Canny Lad) scored by 1.5-lengths for trainer Joey Ramsden in the Gr2 KRA Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs, over fellow Australian-bred colt Mac de Lago (Encosta de Lago-Macavelli Miss, by Vettori) & 3YO colt Light The Lights (Western Winter-First Arrival, by Northern Guest). Owned by South African businessman and leviathan owner Marcus Jooste, The Conglomerate was purchased by Jooste's Mayfair Speculators for $160,000 at the 2013 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Tyreel Stud. The beautifully bred colt is the first stakes winner from dual Gr1-winning filly Republic Lass, winner of the 2002 Australian Oaks (2400m) and 2003 Ranvet Stakes (2000m). The Conglomerate's record now stands at 5 wins (including the Gr3 Julius Baer Politician Stakes) from 8 starts.
Strong Gr1 Relations At MM National Yearling Sale
Friday, 1st May 2015
Among the pedigree highlight lots of the 2015 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale are (at least half) relations to Gr1 winners including La Drakkar, Lone Rock, Mentality, Samaready, Shocking, Snitzel and Whobegotyou. There are also close relations to this season's stakes stars Alpine Eagle, Time for War, The Grey Flash, Averau, Haptic, Lady Jivago, Leisure Free, Pearl Star, Phrases, Red Excitement, Sir Singo and Stratum Star. Gr1-winning mares Bulla Borghese, Lotteria, Republic Lass, Serious Speed, Tartan Tights and Victory Vein have yearlings represented with no fewer than 105 stakes performed mares with progeny set to go under the hammer. To view the online catalogue for the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale click here.
Connections celebrate Lotteria's Gr1 win (image: Steve Hart)
Lonhro Adds SAf Gr3
Monday, 12th January 2015
At Kenilworth in South Africa, former Australian Champion Sire & 11-time Gr1-winning Darley World Champion Miler Lonhro (Octagonal-Shadea, by Straight Strike) added a Group success when 3YO colt The Conglomerate (Lonhro-Republic Lass, by Canny Lad) scored by 0.75-length for trainer Joey Ramsden in the Gr3 Julius Baer Politician Stakes (1800m), over fellow 3YO colt Mljet (Jet Master-Subyan Dreams, by Spectrum) & Arniston (Dynasty-Strategic Quest, by Rainbow Quest). Owned by South African businessman and leviathan owner Marcus Jooste, The Conglomerate was purchased by Jooste's Mayfair Speculators for $160,000 at the 2013 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Tyreel Stud. The beautifully bred colt is the first stakes winner from dual Gr1-winning filly Republic Lass, winner of the 2002 Australian Oaks (2400m) and 2003 Ranvet Stakes (2000m). The Conglomerate's record now stands at 4 wins from 7 starts for R287,825 earnings.
Latest South Africa Aust-Bred & NZ-Bred Non-Stakes Winners
Tuesday, 14th October 2014
Courtesy of Arion Pedigrees, below are the latest Australian and/or New Zealand-bred South Africa winners:
10/10/2014 Mr Royal (AUS) 2009 (G by Danzero - Halo Dehere)
1st Greyville Cindy Warburton H. R75,000, 2000m - Earning R46,875; Sold by Oakwood Farm at 2011 National Yearling Sale for $50,000. Passed in by Oakwood Farm at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale for $65,000.
11/10/2014 Gasoline (AUS) 2011 (C by Teofilo - Decibella); 1st Turffontein Oasys Maiden P. R85,000, 1200m - Earning R53,125. Sold by Rothwell Park at the 2012 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale for $36,000.
11/10/2014 Flame Cat (AUS) 2011 (F by Tale of the Cat - Frontier); 1st Turffontein Stone Stamcor P. R100,000, 1200m - Earning R62,500. Sold by Coolmore Stud at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale for $60,000.
11/10/2014 The Conglomerate (AUS) 2011 (C by Lonhro - Republic Lass); 1st Durbanville Thank You for Your Patronage H. R68,000, 1600m - Earning R42,500. Sold by Tyreel Stud at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale for $160,000.
12/10/2014 Royal Denise (AUS) 2009 (F by Rock of Gibraltar - Set and Match); 1st Greyville Buhr, Parry and Co H. R98,000, 1400m - Earning R61,250. Sold by Torryburn Stud at the 2011 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale for $35,000.
Inglis To Sell Tyreel Stud
Thursday, 16th January 2014
One of Australia’s most prized yearling vendors, Tyreel Stud, is set to be sold by Inglis Rural Property. Currently owned by Dean Fleming, whose father Jim established the property west of Sydney in 1986, Tyreel boasts an enviable reputation throughout the thoroughbred world for producing race track stars and an equally imposing record in the sales ring, topping the Inglis Easter Yearling sale on many occasions. The property is set on just over 41 hectares (104 acres approximately) and is renowned for its graduates, including track luminaries Bint Marscay, Rocket Man - Gr 1 Golden Shaheen, Our Giant Filante, Mr Vitality, Hidden Dragon, Stella Cadente, Republic Lass, Lim’s Fighter, Risky Business and Rose O’War.
$125,000 Filly Magnus-Stella Maree (B & M Griffiths)
Stallion Rainbows For Life Euthanased
Friday, 7th September 2012
Regally-bred one-off Australia shuttler Rainbows for Life (Lyphard-Rainbow Connection, by Halo) the Champion Canadian 2YO of 1990 & Champion 4YO+ Horse in Canada in 1992 has been euthanased "because of the infirmities of old age", reports bloodhorse.com. Bred and raced for "his first three seasons by Ernie Samuel's Sam-Son Farm", Rainbows for Life was a 5-time Gr3 winner with his resumé including the Summer Stakes & Dominion Day Handicap. Highly competitive at Gr1 level, finishing 4th to his brilliant Sam-Son filly stable-mate and 7-time Gr1 winner Dance Smartly in both the Queen's Plate and Prince of Wales Stakes, he also campaigned in the US, again successful 3-times at Gr3 level and twice "in course record time." With 15 wins from 36 starts and US$1,105,926 in earnings, Rainbows for Life commenced stud duties in Ireland before being relocated to the Czech Republic and Slovak Republic where he has produced 6 champions. Shuttling to Australia for one season, Rainbows For Life sired 26 foals including stakes-winner Lady Elsie.
Republic Lass Son Debut Today
Thursday, 30th August 2012
Valuable 3YO colt Design For Life (Flying Spur-Republic Lass, by Canny Lad) makes his debut today over 1000m in a Maiden at Mornington in Victoria. A $325,000 yearling consigned by Tyreel Stud at the 2011 Inglis Sydney Easter Sale, Design For Life's dam Republic Lass netted $1.5 million on the track during her career, with her major victories coming in the Gr1 Ranvet Rawson Stakes & Gr1 AJC Oaks.
German Derby Winner Next Desert Move To Czech Republic
Thursday, 16th February 2012
In Europe, 13-year-old stallion & 2002 Deutsches Derby-winner Next Desert (Desert Style-Night Petticoat, by Petoski) is moving from France's Haras du Taillis to "continue his stud career in the Czech Republic" reported racingpost.com. Next Desert (a Gestut Wittekindshof home-bred) also won Germany's Gr2 Oppenheim-Union-Rennen & Gr3 Preis des Gestuts Wiesenhof) before initially retiring to German studs Gestut Rheinberg & Alpen an Niederrhein, before moving to France & standing at Haras de Piencourt & Haras du Taillis. His best progeny are Gr3-winners Enzio & Gereon.
Mill Reef Stallion Mill Pond Euthanased Aged 25
Wednesday, 21st December 2011
In Europe, French-bred stallion Mill Pond (Mill Reef-Royal Way, by Sicambre) "one of the last surviving sons of the great Mill Reef at stud, was put down at age 25 at Tlumacov Stud in the Czech Republic after suffering from recurring health problems" reported racingpost.com. Mill Pond (who won 2 middle-distance non-black type races in France & finished 5th in the 1989 English Derby) began his breeding career in France, before joining top Czech breeding operation Napajedla Stud "where he was a leading light of the stallion roster, supplying 1997 Czech champion 2YO Vernius & domestic stakes-winners Chamill, Celnik & Niketa".
Llandaff Moves To Czech Stud Napajdla
Wednesday, 21st December 2011
Meanwhile the Czech Republic's Napajdla Stud "is set to gain another veteran stallion who is among the last representatives of a great stallion in the shape of 21-year-old Llandaff" reported racingpost.com. Gr2-winning US-bred Llandaff (Lyphard-Dahlia, by Vaguely Noble) is best known for producing French Gr1 Prix Jean Prat & Gr1 Grand Prix de Paris winner Vespone (a half-brother to Gr1 Melbourne Cup runner-up Purple Moon). Llandaff sired Vespone while at stud at Gestuet Sohrenhof in Switzerland "but moves to the Czech Republic for 2012 after plying his trade at stud in Poland in recent years".
Ireland Yearlings Final Average Up 7.2%
Thursday, 22nd September 2011
Overall at Fairyhouse, final gross receipts of €4,626,400 (A$6.153m) were up 6.7% from last year & the final average of €10,911 (A$14,500) was up 7.2%. In addition the median of €8,000 (A$10,600) was up 23.1% & the final clearance rate improved to 84% (last year 83%). Tattersalls Ireland general manager Roger Casey commented: “It is obviously very satisfying to attain growth in the aggregate, average & median for the 2nd consecutive year & the clearance rate has again been excellent. It was particularly pleasing to see the diverse range of UK & international buyers - we have had an abundance of purchasers from the UK, France, Spain, Slovakia, Poland, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Qatar & Italy.”
$200,000 Encosta de Lago-Aqua d'Amore colt (Ingham Racing)
1,000 Wins For US Jockey Joel Rosario
Monday, 21st February 2011
US-based jockey Joel Rosario (a 26-year-old Dominican Republic native who began riding in the US in 2007) recorded his 1,000th career victory when 4YO entire Coo Cachoo led all-the-way to score over 8 furlongs at Santa Anita Park, reported bloodhorse.com.
Arqana Breeding Sale: Final Average Up 10%
Wednesday, 8th December 2010
In the French auction ring overnight, the 4-day Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale at Deauville concluded with a cumulative aggregate of €17,060,500 (A$23,543m) which was up 24% on last year. The final average of €28,772 (A$39,700) was up 10%, but the clearance rate fell slightly to 71.7% (last year 75%). More than 25 countries were represented on the buyers' sheet - including Japan, Australia, USA, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya (between 80-100 mares), Turkey (around 40 mares), Saudi Arabia, Chile, Brazil, Qatar, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Denmark & India - and Arqana president Eric Hoyeau commented: "A turnover of €17 million (A$23.5m) is a positive surprise, as it is almost a return to the figures of 2006, which were achieved in a radically different environment - the market was euphoric. Let's not forget that before 2005, this sale did not gross more than €7 million (A$9.7m) per year. This shows that the Deauville breeding stock market has kept growing despite the uncertain environment."
Pop Rock Retired To Stud In Czech Republic
Thursday, 2nd December 2010
In Europe, Japanese-bred 9YO stallion & former Gr1 Melbourne Cup runner-up Pop Rock (Helissio-Pops, by Sunday Silence) "has been retired following an injury sustained in the Gr1 Irish St Leger in September" & sold to begin his stallion career at Napajedla Stud in the Czech Republic, reported racingpost.com. From 40 starts between 2003-2010, Pop Rock recorded 8 wins & 14 placings (including runners-up by a short-head behind Delta Blues in the 2006 Gr1 Melbourne Cup & by a head behind Admire Moon in the 2007 Gr1 Japan Cup) from 40 starts for £2,759,924 (A$4.416m) earnings.
German Derby Winner Laroche Euthanased Aged 19
Wednesday, 17th March 2010
In Germany, former Gr1 Deutsches Derby winner Laroche (Nebos-Laurea, by Sharpman) was euthanased "due to an inoperable brain tumour", reported racingpost.com. Laroche won the 1994 German Derby (as well as the Gr2 Premio Ellington & Gr2 Gerling Preis) before standing at Gestut Auenquelle from 1998-2003 & subsequently at Mimon Stud in the Czech Republic.
Indy King Joins NZ Dalacine Farm
Monday, 11th January 2010
Also in NZ, Grant Irvine’s Dalacine Farm announced the acquisition of 10-year-old stallion Indy King (A.P.Indy-Queena, by Mr Prospector) for the 2010 breeding season. From just 3 small crops of racing age, Indy King (a full-brother to US graded stakes-winner La Reina & half-brother to former Vinery Stud shuttler & US Gr1 Hollywood Derby winner Brahms) has sired 55 starters for 35 individual winners (including stakes-winners Indy Joe & Mindy Queen, Gr1-placed Panhandler & Dominican Republic champion 2YO filly Su Majestad). Indy King (a US$2.2 million yearling) was unraced due to injury; his dam Queena was a multiple Gr1-winner. Dalacine spokesman Henri Jooste commented: “In keeping with the stud’s philosophy to stand proven sires, Indy King is the perfect replacement for Gone For Real who died unexpectedly in 2009. With every major stud farm in the US wanting to stand at least 1 son or grandson of A.P.Indy, Dalacine Farm had to stave off a determined bid by other interested parties to secure Indy King.”
Goffs Ireland HIT: Average Down 39.4%
Tuesday, 17th November 2009
Overall at the Goffs Horses-In-Training Sale, 114 lots sold for €886,300 (A$1.418m) which was down 10.3% on last year’s 77 sold for €988,600 (A$1.582m). The average of €7,775 (A$12,400) was down 39.4%, but the median of €4,500 (A$) was up 12.5%. The clearance rate also improved, rising from 69% in 2008 to 75% last night. Goffs chief executive Henry Beeby commented: “Our decision to hold the horses-in-training sale in tandem with our November Sale was certainly justified today, with a broad buyer base active from Greece, Italy, Scandinavia, Czech Republic & Belgium, as well as the UK & Ireland, and has received universal praise from our clients. Horses-in-training sales are totally dependent on the entries available each year, which are less consistent than other categories. Today's trade certainly matched last years overall as the median demonstrates & the average has purely fallen due to the lack of 6-figure lots this year.”
Monashee Mountain Adds 45 Winners In 2 Months
Thursday, 25th June 2009
The progeny of Queensland's Racetree-based former shuttle stallion Monashee Mountain (Danzig-Prospectors Delite, by Mr Prospector) "are on a roll & the stallion's owner Kevin Dixon just about needs an atlas to see where they are winning" declared The Courier-Mail. Last month Monashee Mountain had 24 winners in 5 countries (Australia, US, Canada, Italy & Great Britain) & so far this month he has added 21 winners in Australia, US, Italy & Great Britain. US-bred 12-year-old Monashee Mountain (who entered stud in 2001) stood initially in Ireland & then in Kentucky & California when owned by Coolmore, while shuttling to Australia to stand at Beaudesert-based Willowbend Stud. Last year Dixon purchased him for his Innisplain-based Racetree stud (also in the Beaudesert district) & Monashee Mountain's extensive travelling "has meant he has had runners on both sides of the Atlantic & Pacific, while from his time in Ireland his progeny have worked their way into Europe" with Dixon noting recent reports that "he had runners in Turkey & the Czech Republic". Among his latest successes was his 9th black-type winner Slater's Peanuts at Prairie Meadows in Iowa in the US. Monashee Mountain is standing the 2009 Australian breeding season at Racetree for $8,800.
1st Winner For European Freshman Sire Dandoun
Friday, 12th June 2009
Also in the UK overnight, Gr2-winning 11-year-old freshman stallion Dandoun (Halling-Moneefa, by Darshaan) recorded his 1st winner with his 1st runner when 2YO filly Mary Helen (Dandoun-Hotel California, by Last Tycoon) scored over 7 furlongs at Yarmouth for trainer Mark Brisbourne. Dandoun (who won France's Gr2 Prix du Muguet) "was initially retired to Raven's Barn near Newmarket in the UK, but was relocated to stand at the Agro Byskovice Stud in the Czech Republic in 2007," reported racingpost.com.
Earl Of Surrey Wins South Africa Gr1 Golden Horse
Monday, 1st June 2009
In South Africa, Zimbabwean-bred & top-weighted 5YO gelding Earl Of Surrey (Century Stand-Bush Chic, by Gay Fandango) scored a 2.5-lengths victory in the R600,000 (A$91,000) Gr1 Golden Horse Casino Sprint (1200m) at Scottsville. Earl Of Surrey (ridden by Johnny Geroudis for trainer Geoff Woodruff) defeated fellow 5YO gelding Thunder Key (Muhtafal-Special Key, by Brother Philips) & 4YO gelding Gaultier (Jallad-Elegantly, by Danzig). Earl Of Surrey took his record to 11 wins (also including last start's Gr2 Drill Hall Stakes over 1400m at Greyville on May 8, plus 2007's Gr3 Zimbabwe Derby over 2400m at Borrowdale Park) & 4 placings (including February's Gr2 Hawaii Stakes over 1600m at Turffontein & April's Gr2 Senor Santa Handicap over 1160m at Turffontein, plus 2007's Zimbabwe Gr3 Republic Cup over 1900m at Borrowdale Park) from 18 starts for R751,500 (A$114,000) earnings.
Inglis Easter Broodmares Day-1: Top Lots
Wednesday, 15th April 2009
$775,000 5YO mare Devil Moon (King Cugat-Classy Babe) Patinack Farm (not been to stud)
$525,000 5YO mare Belong To Many (Belong To Me-Foil) V.Cox (not been to stud)
$375,000 14YO mare Happy Heart (Exit To Nowhere-Light Of Hope) C.Santry (in-foal Encosta de Lago)
$300,000 4YO mare I Have No Fear (Rock Of Gibraltar-Countess Christie) M.Byrne (not been to stud)
$260,000 5YO mare Enchanteress (Danehill-Encens) M.Wallace (in-foal More Than Ready)
$260,000 3YO filly Okaylah (Flying Spur-Cool Chick) Northern Lodge (not been to stud)
$220,000 5YO mare Cinque (Red Ransom-Lucky Lucaya) Milburn Creek (in-foal Fastnet Rock)
$220,000 5YO mare Feisty Rose (Fusaichi Pegasus-Rose o War) Letmar Investments (in-foal Testa Rossa)
$220,000 5YO mare Throne Inn (King Of Kings-Amberlene) Bowden Global (not been to stud)
$210,000 10YO mare Happens (Barathea-Eichtercua) Patinack Farm (in-foal Holy Roman Emperor)
$200,000 11YO mare Cathie's Lane (Tertian-Zippast) Inglis as agent (in-foal Wonderful World)
$180,000 6YO mare Come Fly With Me (More Than Ready-Positive Flyer) Bowden Global (not been to stud)
$175,000 5YO mare Permission To Land (Fantastic Light-Miss Allicance) J.Abrahams (not been to stud)
$160,000 8YO mare Fatal Attraction (Zabeel-Humour) J.Foote (in-foal Excellent Art)
$140,000 6YO mare Chestnut Star (Eternity Range-Star Merchant) Darley (in-foal Commands)
$140,000 4YO mare Princess Gisella (King Charlemagne-Donvamore) Laurel Oak (not been to stud)
$120,000 4YO mare Dance Of Danes (Danehill Dancer-Republic Lass) S.Brem (in-foal Haradasun)
$120,000 4YO mare Gravitron (Spinning World-Catecombe) Blandford Bloodstock (in-foal Show A Heart)
$110,000 4YO mare Glamorous Life (Red Ransom-Nobellotto) T.Stewart (in-foal Commands)
$100,000 4YO mare Danedina (Danehill Dancer-Aradina) Premium Bloodstock (not been to stud)
$100,000 7YO mare Diamond Circle (Halling-Canadian Mill) D.Farrington (in-foal Bernardini)
Grand Lodge Son Wins Czech Horse-Of-Year
Friday, 20th February 2009
Elsewhere in Europe, ill-fated former Woodlands Stud shuttler Grand Lodge (Chief's Crown-La Papagena, by Habitat) added a national champion when now 5YO entire Blue Coral (Grand Lodge-Pharmacist, by Machiavellian) was named 2008 Horse-Of-The-Year in the Czech Republic. Blue Coral (a half-brother to multiple US Gr1-winner Red Rocks) "is unbeaten at home, as a winner of 4 races including the International Bratislavska Mile in Slovakia by 13 lengths, and only beaten twice abroad" (including placed in 2007's German Listed Grosser Freiberger Premium Preis over 2200m at Dresden) noted thoroughbredinternet.com. Blue Coral was also named Best Miler & Best Older Horse. At the same awards, former Czech Horse-Of-The-Year Scyris (by In Camera) was named Best Sprinter for a 5th successive year; Scyris has now been retired to leading Czech farm Napajedla Stud.
US Sire Indy King Moves To Indiana Stallion Station
Friday, 20th February 2009
US 10-year-old stallion Indy King (A.P.Indy-Queena, by Mr Prospector) is moving from Adena Springs South in Florida to Indiana Stallion Station for the 2009 season, reported bloodhorse.com. Indy King (a full-brother to graded stakes-winner La Reina & half-brother to former Vinery Stud shuttler & US Gr1 Hollywood Derby winner Brahms) was represented in 2008 by Monmouth Park stakes-winner Indy Joe, Su Majestad (champion imported 2YO filly in the Dominican Republic) & the colt Panhandler (placed in a Gr1 stakes in Mexico).
US Sire Vicarage To Stand In Republic Of Georgia
Wednesday, 7th January 2009
US Gr3-winning 7YO stallion Vicarage (Vicar-For Dixie, by Dixieland Band) "will stand the 2009 breeding season at Kulari Farm in the Republic Of Georgia,." reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Out of stakes winner For Dixie, by Dixieland Band, Vicarage (whose dam For Dixie is a stakes-winner) is a half-brother to Gr1-winner Cotton Blossom. On the track, Vicarage recorded 4 wins (including both 2005's Gr3 Perryville Stakes at Keeneland & Smoke Glacken Stakes at Belmont Park) & 6 placings (including the Gr2 Louisiana Derby, Gr2 Hutcheson Stakes & Gr3 Ack Ack Handicap) from 25 starts for US$446,002 earnings.
Sicotico Makes It 17-From-18 In Caribbean Derby
Tuesday, 9th December 2008
In the Caribbean, Dominican Republic-based colt Sicotico (Blueformer-Lump Of Joy, by Lombardi) took his record to 17 wins from 18 starts with a 1.5-lengths victory in the Clasico del Caribe (Caribbean Derby, for 3YOs bred in countries belonging to the Caribbean Horse Racing Confederation) over 9 furlongs at Camarero in Puerto Rico. Sicotico (ridden by Joel Rosario) became the 1st horse from the Dominican Republic to win this race by defeating Puerto Rican-based pair Cristal de Oro & multiple Gr1-winning favoured filly Defensora (Myfavorite Place-La Abogada, by Sneaky Solicitor).
Keeneland Nov Day-12: US$77k Sky Mesa Colt
Monday, 17th November 2008
Goldmine Investments paid the Day-12 top price of US$77,000 for a weanling colt by Sky Mesa (out of Mr Greeley mare Princess Falina) consigned by Margaux Farm as agent. The colt is from the family of champion mare Cascapedia & Australian dual Gr1-winner (plus triple Gr1-placed) & $1.553 million earner Republic Lass.
The 1-day Breeders Sales Company Of Louisiana Yearling Sale (sponsored by the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association) at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe saw 2 fillies top the bidding at US$65,000:
Agent Tony Richey (acting for Oak Leak) bought a Lemon Drop Kid filly (out of Majestic Light mare Royal Flex) consigned by Red River Farm. The filly is a half-sister to both Gr1-winner Chief Honcho & the dam of stakes-placed Flexible Princess & Our Colors.
Lee Young Farm bought a Leestown filly (out of With Approval mare Bussalma) also consigned from Red River Farm (as agent for Jay Adcock & Neal McFadden. The filly's dam Bussalma has also produced Caribean Sea (a dual champion in the Dominican Republic) & multiple stakes-winner We'll Sea Ya.
$2m Elusive Quality Colt 4th On Debut
Monday, 2nd June 2008
Also at Rosehill, Sheikh Mohammed's regally bred 2YO colt Libertarian (Elusive Quality-Republic Lass, by Canny Lad) finished 4th on debut over 1300m for trainer Peter Snowden. Libertarian (a $2 million yearling at last year's Inglis Easter Sale in Sydney) is the 2nd foal from Gr1-winner Republic Lass.
Rosehill Debut For $2m Colt
Friday, 30th May 2008
Meanwhile 2YO colt Libertarian (Elusive Quality-Republic Lass, by Canny Lad) makes his racetrack debut over 1300m at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney tomorrow for trainer Peter Snowden. Libertarian (raced by Sheikh Mohammed) was a $2 million yearling at last year's Inglis Easter Sale in Sydney; he is the 2nd foal from Gr1-winner Republic Lass.
Inglis Easter Yearlings Day-3: $1.2 million Encosta de Lago Colt
Wednesday, 23rd April 2008
Lot 330 (Encosta de Lago-Republic Lass, by Canny Lad), consigned by Tyreel Stud, sold for $1.2 million to Ingham Bloodstock off one bold bid. The colt is the 3rd foal of dual Gr1 winner Republic Lass whose grandam is US Gr1 winner Cascapedia.
Inglis Easter Yearlings Day-3: Top Lots
Wednesday, 23rd April 2008
There were 118 yearlings sell on Day-3 for $100,000 or more:
$2.7 million Lot 351 Colt Redoute's Choice - Salameh EMIRATES PARK, Murrurundi (Buyer: Darley NSW)
$2.5 million Lot 377 Colt Redoute's Choice - Snowdrift (FR) TYREEL STUD, Agnes Banks (Buyer: Darley NSW)
$1.8 million Lot 427 Filly Redoute's Choice - Tugela (USA) MAKYBE, Gnarwarre (Buyer: J Morrisey QLD)
$1.7 million Lot 373 Colt Encosta de Lago - Skates COOLMORE STUD, Jerry's Plains (Buyer: Ingham Bloodstock NSW)
$1.6 million Lot 328 Filly More Than Ready (USA) - Regrowth SEGENHOE STUD, Scone (Buyer: Darley NSW)
$1.5 million Lot 327 Filly Redoute's Choice - Regimental Gal CRESSFIELD, Scone (Buyer: Darley NSW)
$1.5 million Lot 384 Filly Encosta de Lago - Special Harmony COOLMORE STUD, Jerry's Plains (Buyer: Ingham Bloodstock NSW)
$1.3 million Lot 395 Colt Redoute's Choice - Stella Artois ARROWFIELD STUD, Scone (Buyer: Shadwell Stud Australasia NSW)
$1.2 million Lot 412 Filly More Than Ready (USA) - Tambour SEGENHOE STUD, Scone (Buyer: Shadwell Stud Australasia NSW)
$1.2 million Lot 330 Colt Encosta de Lago - Republic Lass TYREEL STUD, Agnes Banks (Buyer: Ingham Bloodstock NSW)
$1.2 million Lot 404 Colt Hussonet (USA) - Sunday Valentine ARROWFIELD STUD, Scone (Buyer: T Bott NSW)
$1.2 million Lot 464 Colt Encosta de Lago - Ylang Ylang (IRE) AMARINA FARM, Denman (Buyer: S Ho MACAU)
$1.1 million Lot 359 Colt Redoute's Choice - Sequin HIGHGROVE STUD, Darling Downs (Buyer: Ingham Bloodstock NSW)
$1.1 million Lot 489 Colt Redoute's Choice - Angelic Smile HIGHGROVE STUD, Darling Downs (Buyer: Darley NSW)
$1 million Lot 409 Filly Redoute's Choice - Sydney's Dream TYREEL STUD, Agnes Banks (Buyer: Freyer Bloodstock NSW)
$1 million Lot 322 Colt Redoute's Choice - Red Hot Mama BELLERIVE STUD, Scone (Buyer: BlueSky Thoroughbreds QLD)
$1 million Lot 420 Colt Redoute's Choice - Toast of the Coast ARROWFIELD STUD, Scone (Buyer: Darley NSW)
$900,000 Lot 344 Colt Anabaa (USA) - Rose Archway WIDDEN STUD, Widden Valley (Buyer: Scone Bloodstock Services NSW)
$800,000 Lot 479 Colt Encosta de Lago - Actress WIDDEN STUD, Widden Valley (Buyer: Ingham Bloodstock NSW)
$750,000 Lot 362 Filly Encosta de Lago - Shalang COOLMORE STUD, Jerry's Plains (Buyer: Ingham Bloodstock NSW)
$750,000 Lot 417 Filly Redoute's Choice - They Say (USA) KITCHWIN HILLS, Scone (Buyer: Darley NSW)
$280,000 Lot 393 Filly Stravinsky (USA) - Starry Strike (NZ) WINDSOR PARK STUD LTD, Cambridge (Buyer: Anthony Cummings Thoroughbreds NSW)
$280,000 Lot 435 Filly Flying Spur - Uneasy (NZ) TURANGGA FARM, Scone (Buyer: Mark Pikington Bloodstock VIC)
$280,000 Lot 430 Colt Fastnet Rock - Twisted Heart YARRAMAN PARK STUD, Scone (Buyer: C Beh MALAYSIA)
$280,000 Lot 440 Colt More Than Ready (USA) - Valda Merceda EVERGREEN STUD FARM, Heatherbrae (Buyer: S Knight WA)
$275,000 Lot 343 Colt Fastnet Rock - Rosarino MAKYBE, Gnarwarre (Buyer: P Payne VIC)
$260,000 Lot 368 Filly Red Ransom (USA) - Shizu (NZ) VINERY STUD, Scone (Buyer: Mark Pilkington Bloodstock VIC)
$250,000 Lot 360 Filly Lonhro - Serene Look (NZ) SEGENHOE STUD, Scone (Buyer: James Bester Bloodstock NSW)
$250,000 Lot 405 Filly Encosta de Lago - Sunnah (NZ) WIDDEN STUD, Widden Valley (Buyer: J Chalmers Bloodstock WA)
$250,000 Lot 349 Colt Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) - Russian Caravan SEGENHOE STUD, Scone (Buyer: Hong Kong Jockey Club HONG KONG)
$250,000 Lot 369 Colt Encosta de Lago - Showella (NZ) COOLMORE STUD, Jerry's Plains (Buyer: Form Bloodstock VIC)
$240,000 Lot 340 Colt Tale of the Cat (USA) - River Express AMARINA FARM, Denman (Buyer: Tim Martin Bloodstock NSW)
$240,000 Lot 482 Colt Savabeel - Alexandra Star (NZ) WAIKATO STUD LTD, Matamata (Buyer: S Englebrecht NSW)
$230,000 Lot 353 Filly Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) - Sanctus MILL PARK, Meningie (Buyer: G Waterhouse NSW)
$230,000 Lot 498 Filly Fastnet Rock - Aspen Falls (USA) LUSTRE LODGE, Alison (Buyer: D O'Byrne IRELAND)
$220,000 Lot 339 Filly Flying Spur - Ritual TORRYBURN STUD, East Gresford (Buyer: Arch of Gold Pty Ltd NSW)
$220,000 Lot 408 Filly Redoute's Choice - Sybarite BELLERIVE STUD, Scone (Buyer: P Perry NSW)
$220,000 Lot 501 Filly Exceed and Excel - Ateates ALMAVALE BLOODSTOCK, Darling Downs (Buyer: Ingham Bloodstock NSW)
$220,000 Lot 406 Colt Fastnet Rock - Surrealist COOLMORE STUD, Jerry's Plains (Buyer: N Williams VIC)
$200,000 Lot 355 Colt Cape Cross (IRE) - Scarlet Bird RUBITON BLOODSTOCK, Oakbank (Buyer: Danny O'Brien Racing VIC)
$200,000 Lot 358 Colt Zabeel (NZ) - Sequi BROOKLYN LODGE, Aberdeen (Buyer: Tim Martin Bloodstock NSW)
$200,000 Lot 415 Colt Charge Forward - The Flying Nun ARROWFIELD STUD, Scone (Buyer: William Inglis As Agent NSW)
$200,000 Lot 496 Colt Lonhro - As Simple as That RUANE, Menangle (Buyer: Dean Hawthorne Bloodstock VIC)
$200,000 Lot 500 Colt Zabeel (NZ) - Assertiveness STRATHEDEN STUD, Tamworth (Buyer: N Williams VIC)
$180,000 Lot 325 Colt Anabaa (USA) - Regal Fun ORANGE GROVE THOROUGHBREDS, Tamworth (Buyer: S Brem NSW)
$170,000 Lot 480 Colt Lonhro - Agile YARRAMAN PARK STUD, Scone (Buyer: C Beh MALAYSIA)
$160,000 Lot 324 Filly Not a Single Doubt - Regal County ROBYN WISE, Westbrook (Buyer: Vin Cox Bloodstock Pty Ltd NSW)
$160,000 Lot 455 Filly Dehere (USA) - What a Joy ARROWFIELD STUD, Scone (Buyer: Belmont Bloodstock Agency Pty Ltd VIC)
$160,000 Lot 416 Colt Fastnet Rock - These Days KIA ORA STUD, Scone (Buyer: Harry Lawton Pty Ltd VIC)
$160,000 Lot 433 Colt Anabaa (USA) - Unbeleevable (NZ) WIDDEN STUD, Widden Valley (Buyer: T Pike NEW ZEALAND)
$160,000 Lot 485 Colt Dehere (USA) - Am Wild (USA) WIDDEN STUD, Widden Valley (Buyer: Bruce Perry Bloodstock NEW ZEALAND)
$150,000 Lot 460 Filly Savabeel - With My RUANE, Menangle (Buyer: Star Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd NSW)
$150,000 Lot 436 Colt Elusive Quality (USA) - Unrocel Saint LUSKIN PARK STUD, Luskintyre (Buyer: L Samba SA)
$150,000 Lot 443 Colt Cape Cross (IRE) - Verneau (USA) YARRAMAN PARK STUD, Scone (Buyer: George Moore Bloodstock HONG KONG)
$140,000 Lot 414 Filly Fastnet Rock - The Collaborator EDINGLASSIE STUD, Muswellbrook (Buyer: Arch of Gold Pty Ltd NSW)
$140,000 Lot 329 Colt Flying Spur - Repenting SWETTENHAM STUD, Hunter Valley (Buyer: Hong Kong Jockey Club HONG KONG)
$140,000 Lot 486 Colt Cape Cross (IRE) - Amaretta CORUMBENE STUD, Dunedoo (Buyer: G Waterhouse NSW)
$130,000 Lot 323 Filly Elvstroem - Red Labelle KIA ORA STUD, Scone (Buyer: Harry Lawton Pty Ltd VIC)
$130,000 Lot 466 Filly Zabeel (NZ) - Young Vic (GB) AMARINA FARM, Denman (Buyer: K Dryden ACT)
$130,000 Lot 361 Colt Flying Spur - Serpent WILLOW PARK STUD, Scone (Buyer: M Thexton QLD)
$125,000 Lot 470 Filly Exceed and Excel - Zatella (NZ) BROOKLYN LODGE, Aberdeen (Buyer: D Lamond NSW)
$125,000 Lot 438 Colt Red Ransom (USA) - Vain Hill AMARINA FARM, Denman (Buyer: M G Price Racing & Breeding Pty Ltd VIC)
$120,000 Lot 446 Filly Red Ransom (USA) - Villa Valencia MANX PARK, Moss Vale (Buyer: P Payne VIC)
$120,000 Lot 448 Colt More Than Ready (USA) - Vocabulary HUNTWORTH STUD, Coolac (Buyer: Badger's Bloodstock UNITED KINGDOM)
$120,000 Lot 473 Colt Dehere (USA) - Zeroza ARROWFIELD STUD, Scone (Buyer: Paul Moroney Bloodstock NEW ZEALAND)
$110,000 Lot 347 Filly Choisir - Royal Snip BELLERIVE STUD, Scone (Buyer: Arch of Gold Pty Ltd NSW)
$100,000 Lot 326 Filly Exceed and Excel - Regal Prospect KITCHWIN HILLS, Scone (Buyer: Harry Lawton Pty Ltd VIC)
$100,000 Lot 352 Filly Flying Spur - San Century (NZ) GLASTONBURY FARMS, Scone (Buyer: ATB Pty Ltd VIC)
$100,000 Lot 463 Filly Redoute's Choice - Yellow Ribbon WIDDEN STUD, Widden Valley (Buyer: Freyer Bloodstock NSW)
$100,000 Lot 478 Filly Hussonet (USA) - Acquisito SOUTHERN CROSS BREEDERS, Hunter Valley (Buyer: P Sexton QLD)
$100,000 Lot 332 Colt Hussonet (USA) - Rezidencia (NZ) ARROWFIELD STUD, Scone (Buyer: M G Price Racing & Breeding Pty Ltd VIC)
$100,000 Lot 424 Colt Elusive Quality (USA) - Trouble Woman (USA) WIDDEN STUD, Widden Valley (Buyer: William Inglis As Agent NSW)
$100,000 Lot 477 Colt Encosta de Lago - Abonnement SWETTENHAM STUD, Hunter Valley (Buyer: Hancock Quality Bloodstock VIC)
$100,000 Lot 494 Colt Al Maher - Arkadina AMARINA FARM, Denman (Buyer: Tony Noonan Racing VIC)
Inglis Easter Select Catalogue On-Line
Thursday, 14th February 2008
In Australia, the catalogue for the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale (in 2 parts this year, both Select Sessions) is now on-line: Part 1 will be held from April 20-22 & Part 2 will be an evening session on April 24. The catalogue for the Easter Classic Session (from April 27-29) will be published on-line tomorrow (Friday).
The 502-lot Easter Part 1 catalogue includes siblings to Gr1-winners Makybe Diva, Silent Witness, Fashions Afield, God's Own, Alinghi, Stratum, Mnemosyne, Fastnet Rock, Sacred Kingdom, Grand Armee, Aqua D'Amore, Racing To Win, Apercu, Desert Eagle (Grand Delight HK), Eremien, Hollow Bullet, La Bella Dama, Divine Madonna, Red Dazzler, Shogun Lodge, Hit The Roof, Shinzig & Fairy King Prawn.
Young Gr1-winning dams include Polar Success, Republic Lass, Regimental Gal, Rose Archway, Pernod, Critic, Elevenses, Dowry, Macedon Lady & Hasna.
Among the 65 stallions represented in the Select Sessions are Redoute's Choice (75 yearlings), Encosta de Lago (62), Flying Spur (30), Zabeel (23), Red Ransom (11), Anabaa (15), Danehill Dancer (12), Pins (8), Hussonet (9), More Than Ready (24), Stravinsky (3), Royal Academy (11), Cape Cross (9), Elusive Quality (22), Tale Of The Cat & current 1st-season sensation Exceed And Excel (33 lots, headed by a 3/4-sister to last Saturday's Gr1 Orr Stakes winner Shinzig & a 3/4-brother to champion Hong Kong sprinter-miler Fairy King Prawn).
Among the 1st southern hemisphere yearlings are those by Gr1-winners Al Maher (21), Charge Forward (12), Fastnet Rock (51), Footstepsinthesand (1), High Chaparral (2), Lion Heart (3), Niello (2), One Cool Cat (4), Refuse To Bend (1), Savabeel (12), Shamardal (14) & Tiger Hill (4).
Tatts Ireland Day-1: 55% Clearance Rate
Tuesday, 18th December 2007
Overall on Day-1 at Tattersalls Ireland, 93 lots sold for €597,300 (A$956,000) at an average €6,423 (A$10,300) & a 55% clearance rate. Managing director George Mernagh commented: "As well as our UK & home-based buyers, we have clients from Greece, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Sweden, Denmark, South Africa & a couple of yearlings were also bought for Korean interests. Considering the market in general is very concentrated in the upper echelons at the moment, most vendors are very pleased with the day's activity."
1st Winner For German Sire Sholokhov
Thursday, 7th June 2007
In Europe, German-based stallion Sholokhov (Sadler's Wells-La Meilleure, by Lord Gayle) recorded his 1st winner when 2YO filly Mantilla (Sholokhov-Mistic Pearl, by Dashing Blade) scored by 6-lengths on debut at Velka Chuchle in the Czech Republic, reported racingpost.co.uk. Mantilla was a €30,000 (A$48,000) at last year's BBAG September Sale. On the track Sholokhov won the Gr1 Gran Criterium & was placed in the Gr1 Irish Derby & Gr1 Eclipse Stakes; he now stands at Gestut Etzean for €4,500 (A$7,200).
Arqana Sale 1: Records Fall For Fourth Straight Year
Tuesday, 24th April 2007
The global bloodstock boom shows little sign of abating, with France's only breeze-up sale (Arqana at Saint Cloud racecourse) setting new marks for the 4th consecutive year. According to racingpost.co.uk, "From 142 lots offered at the one-day auction, 92 juveniles were sold for an aggregate of €3,285,000 (A$5,256,000)" which saw the aggregate soar by 57% over last year's, which was itself a new record. The average rose 19% to €31,893 ($52,304), while "the median climbed by 30 per cent to €26,000 (A$42,640). There were 16 individual horses sold for €50,000 (A$82,000) and above, with the buying bench also including active participants from Spain, Italy, Germany, Greece, and the Czech Republic.
Inglis Easter Day 3: $2 million Elusive Quality-Republic Lass Colt
Friday, 13th April 2007
Dean Fleming of Tyreel Stud raced Canny Lad dual Gr1-winning mare Republic Lass, and Lot 431, her 2nd foal, by Darley's shuttler Elusive Quality, was in massive demand. The final bid fell to Woodlands Stud whose purchases had mainly been fillies.
Inglis Easter Summary: 81 Lots Sold At $500,000 Or More
Friday, 13th April 2007
At the close of the 3 days trade an incredible 81 individual lots had sold for the once magical figure of $500,000 or more, of which a record 23 had price tags between $1 million to $3 million. These were the top 81 sellers, which had a colt/filly ratio of 44/37:
$3,000,000 270 Colt (Rock Of Gibraltar (Ire)-L'On Vite (USA)) Coolmore Stud, Jerry's Plains (G Waterhouse NSW)
In Europe, 6YO Moyglare Stud home-bred Relaxed Gesture (Indian Ridge-Token Gesture, by Alzao) "has been sold to Antonin Sieklik & will enter stud this season at Hrebcin Napajedla in the Czech Republic, alongside leading Czech sire Rainbows For Life & 1st crop stallion Look Honey," reported thoroughbredinternet.com. Relaxed Gesture recorded 4 wins (including the Gr1 Canadian International) & 9 placings (several US Gr1s, plus runner-up in both the UK 2003 Gr2 Beresford Stakes & 2004 Gr3 Derby Trial Stakes) from 18 starts for US$1,594,977 earnings.
Capri & Jagmin Join Napajedla Roster
Thursday, 21st December 2006
Also in Europe, 2 new stallions "will stand at Napajedla Stud, the most important stud farm in the Czech Republic," reported thoroughbredinternet.com.
11-year-old sire Capri (Generous-Island Jamboree, by Explodent) won France's Gr2 Grand Prix de Chantilly & the UK Gr3 Cumberland Lodge Stakes.
Polish-bred Jagmin (sire of this year's Slovak 1000 Guineas 1st-past-the-post Lady Jagmin).
UK Tatts Yearlings Part 3 Gross Up 35%
Monday, 30th October 2006
Overall during the UK Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Part 3, turnover rose 35% to 1,131,200 guineas (A$1.8m) at an average 6,320 guineas (A$10,100) & a median 3,500 guineas (A$5,600). Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony summed up: "Despite the huge rise in the number of yearlings catalogued here this year, there has still been demand for a good solid commercial yearling. Buyers from the established European markets of Italy, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Spain & Sweden, as well as the newer emerging markets such as the Czech Republic, Iran, Kazakhstan & Russia have all been active."
Canadian Sire Linkage Dies Aged 27
Tuesday, 26th September 2006
In Canada, former US Gr1-winning sire Linkage (Hoist the Flag-Unity Hall, by Cyane) "died of natural causes at Horizon Farms in Alberta" aged 27, reported bloodhorse.com. Bred in Kentucky, Linkage retired with 11 wins (including the US 1982 Gr1 Blue Grass Stakes, plus runner-up in the Gr1 Preakness Stakes) from 18 starts for US$410,013 earnings. He entered stud at the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm in Kentucky & later moved to Meadowville Farm & Liberty Hall Farm in Virginia, before relocating to Canada (standing at Esquirol Farms in Saskatchewan & finally Horizon Farms in 2005-2006). Linkage has sired 10 stakes-winners (including Gr2 winner Bio, Gr3 winner Orange Sunshine & Dominican Republic champion I Can Do It All) & has US$9.3 million progeny earnings.