Craven Breeze Up Sale
Craven Sale Statistics (+/- compared with figures from previous year)
Lots catalogued: 172 (+13%)
Lots offered: 142 (+15%)
Lots sold: 94 (-4%)
% sold: 66%
Aggregate: 13,313,500gns (-6%)
Median: 75,000gns (-32%)
Average: 141,633gns (-2%)
Top Lot: Scat Daddy ex Madera Dancer (Rahy), Lot 163
, sold by Mayfield Stables to Stephen Hillen for 900,000gns
Leading consignors: 1. Mocklershill, 2. Church Farm & Horse Park Stud, 3. Tally-Ho Stud
Leading purchasers: 1. SackvilleDonald, 2, Godolphin, 3. Stephen Hillen Bloodstock
Leading sires: 1. Scat Daddy, 2. Kodiac, 3. Street Sense (22:03)
Day 2 statistics (+/- compared with figures from previous year)
Lots catalogued: 86 (+13%)
Lots offered: 76 (+31%)
Lots sold: 56 (+14%)
% sold: 74%
Aggregate: 8,091,000gns (+13%)
Median: 77,500gns (-23%)
Average: 144,482gns (-1%)
Top Lot: Scat Daddy ex Madera Dancer (Rahy), Lot 163
, sold by Mayfield Stables to Stephen Hillen for 900,000gns (21:59)
Craven Sale 2018 Chairman's Statement
“The huge rises across the board at the 2017 Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale were always likely to be hard to match and although falling short of last year’s wide margin record levels, the turnover is the second-highest in the sale’s 30 year history, the average is also second only to last year and the sale finished strongly.
"The top of the market continues to be robust with more lots fetching in excess of 400,000 guineas than ever before and new buyers from America, Hong Kong and the Gulf region all active at the upper level of the market.
"It would, however, be wrong to pretend that everything has been plain sailing. To date, this year’s breeze up market has been selective and while we have witnessed a number of spectacular pinhooking successes, this has again been evident over the past two days.
"The consignors have as ever brought an outstanding collection of two-year-olds to the Craven Breeze Up Sale, and the very best have fetched premium prices, most notably the three outstanding Scat Daddy colts who made 900,000 guineas, 800,000 guineas and 775,000 guineas respectively, but we would have liked to have seen a better clearance rate." (21:53)
the top three spots at the Craven Sale 2018 are filled by sons of Scat Daddy – this colt becoming the sale's top lot when selling to Stephen Hillen for 900,000gns, the Irishman successfully outbidding Godolphin. It is the second-highest price ever given for a Craven Sale graduate.
"He is for an client who wishes to stay anonymous," said Hillen, "but the colt will be staying in the UK. I saw this horse at Mayfield Stables twice this winter - the first time I thought he was a bit small, but he developed and developed and when I saw him the second time, I loved him.
"He will be a two-year-old type and should not be too long to get to a racecourse. Scat Daddy is a great sire and Mayfield does a top job producing its horses."
Mayfield Stables is run by Ronaldo de Souza and Tanya Browne, daughter of Mocklershill's Willie Browne. It is easily the best result so far at Tattersalls for the farm.
The colt was bought as a yearling for $200,000 by Hunter Valley Farm. (21:35)
the only lot by Sea The Stars on offer at the Craven Sale is bought by Godolphin for 425,000gns.
Sold by Powerstown Stud, the March-born colt is out of the Group 3 winner and the Group 1 placed Lily's Angel. It is the further family of the one-time leading Hong Kong horse Dominant and the Group 2 winner Es Que Love, now a stallion at Rathasker Stud. (21:30)
Alastair Donald buys the Street Sense colt out of Light And Variable (Tiznow) for 575,000gns. Underbidder was Dermot Farrington standing with Phoenix Thoroughbreds.
"This colt is for Hong Kong," said Donald. "He is a scopey horse, he breezed well and has a great temperament. He will suit Hong Kong and I thought he was the nicest colt here."
By Street Sense, Gaybrook Lodge Stud consigned the February-born bay colt, not sold in the US for $70,000 last autumn. (21:19)
Mocklershill found a rich vein of form when it bought yearling colts by Scat Daddy last autumn – the purchasing plan produced yesterday's top lot, and today the farm sold the colt out of the Medaglia D'Oro mare Lauded for 775,000gns.
"As a yearling he did not sell in the ring and we bought him for $220,000 privately," recalls Willie Browne. "He is a lovely horse and they are not making them by Scat Daddy any more."
Jamie McCalmont, who was responsible for the bidding process, buying for MV Magnier, said: "The late Scat Daddy was a stallion that was just getting better and better. He can produce anything and he has two of the world's best three-year-olds this year."
Ross Doyle, standing on the back stairs, was the underbidder. (21:13)
lightning strikes twice - Alastair Donald buys another by Kodiac from Church Farm & Horse Park Stud, this time a filly for 360,000gns. Underbidder was Jake Warren.
"She has always been straightforward, right from breaking in," said John Cullinane of Horse Park Stud. "She has been a very sound filly and is fast - she is a typical Kodiac and she knew her job from the start.
"She wouldn't have wanted the ground on Monday, but she did a good breeze anyway."
It was a great pinhooking result for the consignors - the filly having cost €80,000 at the Tattersalls Ireland September Sale.
She, and Lot 122
, are going into training with Richard Hannon. (20:11)
the Swiss Spirit colt, a half-brother to the Group 3-placed Lincoln and from the family of Pastoral Player, Chill The Kite, Averti and Indian Lake, makes 200,000gns. He was bought by Angus Gold with underbidder Ross Doyle.
He was sold by Oak Tree Farm, Mags O'Toole having purchased him for £72,000. (19:52)
Alastair Donald sees off Angus Gold and then John Gosden paying 420,000gns for this bay son of the record-breaking sire Kodiac.
"He is a beautiful horse, a very well balanced horse and is exactly what you want to see in an early two-year-old," said Donald, adding: "He did a good breeze and has a lovely temperament.
"He is a for a new client and I am not sure where he will be trained. He was returned after selling as a yearling for making a noise, but he was perfectly clear on the gallop yesterday and has scoped more than acceptably, which is all far more relevant now that he is a two-year-old and has been in training."
He was sold today by Church Farm and Horse Park Stud and John Cullinane said: "We bought him as a foal - and we always loved him. It didn't work out when we took him through the ring as a yearling, but we took that on the chin as we always had faith in him, we were more than happy to bring him back here today.
"He is a lovely horse with a great mind." (19:40)
"She didn't do a top breeze and won't be an early sort - most in the pedigree have not been early sorts - but it is a fast family, she should be fast and she is lovely filly," said Matt Coleman after spending 180,000gns on this daughter of Dark Angel for the Cool Silk Partnership. She goes into training with James Given. (19:35)
William Haggas buys the son of the Fillies' Mile (G1) winner and 1,000 Guineas (G1) and Coronation Stakes runner-up (G1) Crystal Music for 150,000gns. The colt is by Dansili and was sold by Malcolm Bastard.
"He is well bred," said Haggas, adding: "He is a nice horse, did a good breeze and I know Malcolm well and he loved him. He won't be an early sort."
The March-born colt is a half-brother to three black-type horses and to the dam of the Group 2, Group 1-placed Ocovango.
He was withdrawn from last autumn's Tattersall October Yearling Sale by breeder Watership Down Stud. (19:06)
two-year-olds by the first-crop sire Moohaajim are really catching the eye.
This April-born colt is bought by Stephen Hillen and Kevin Ryan for 65,000gns, giving consignor Kilbrew Stables a strong pin-hooking profit over the £27,000 paid for him as a yearling. (18:26)
Hong Kong Jockey Club strikes early and goes to 180,000gns for a colt by Farhh sold by Tally-Ho Stud. He is a half-brother to two winners from two runners for the Bertolini mare, Catchline.
The colt was a Tattersalls October Book 3 yearling purchase by Stroud Coleman. (18:22)
Selling starts today at 6.15pm after the last race at Newmarket (16:36)
Day 1 statistics (+/- compared with figures from previous year)
Lots catalogued: 86 (+13%)
Lots offered: 66 (-13%)
Lots sold: 38 (-15%)
% sold: 58%
Aggregate: 5,222,500gns (-25%)
Median: 75,000gns (-32%)
Average: 137,434gns (-3%)
Top-price: Scat Daddy colt (Lot 71
) sold by Mocklershill Stables to Charlie Gordon-Watson buying on behalf of Dr Johnny Hon for 800,000gns. (21:26)
becomes the evening's top price - the Scat Daddy colt fetching 800,000gns, equalling the third-best price ever given at the Craven Sale.
The bidding developed into a match battle between Charlie Gordon-Watson, standing at the top of the stairs, and Jeremy Noseda in the bidders and with Phoenix Thoroughbreds.
Gordon-Watson stepped in at 400,000gns and Noseda at 425,000gns, and the pair traded blows with 25,000gns bids until Gordon-Watson outbattled his opponent at double his bidding entry price.
"The horse has been bought for Dr Johnny Hon and his global brand," said Gordon-Waton, who laughed: "I didn't think he would cost that much!
"But this is a beautiful horse and a very fast horse. The mare has done well and the pedigree stretches back strongly - second dam Midnight Line was a very good racemare and the family traces to the Coolmore line of Together and Jan Vermeer.
"He is also by a fabulous stallion and he really does tick all the boxes - let's hope he is a headline horse."
Willie Browne's Mocklershill Stables sold the colt - Robert Moss and John Egan having paid $270,000 for him in the US last September. (21:00)
US pedigrees continue to appeal... this daughter of Scat Daddy, already named Daddy's Sweetheart, makes 240,000gns. She was bought by trainer Chris Dwyer acting for Dubai-based owner Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, owner of Rayya winner of this year's UAE Oaks (G3) and runner-up in the UAE Derby (G2) to Mendelssohn.
She is joining Bob Baffert's team in the US. (20:19)
Lot 38 and Lot 44:
Grove Stud achieves a double header of 200,000gns lots - the farm first selling a Dark Angel filly out of Speedy Sonata (Stravinsky) for 200,000gns, and then a colt by Stormy Atlantic for 240,000gns.
The filly was a vendor buy-back as a yearling, while the colt was a $72,000 yearling purchase. He is a full-brother to Conquest Typhoon, a Canadian champion two-year-old colt in 2014.
The colt was bought by Alastair Donald for owner P K Siu, owner of this month's Group 3 winner and the Group 1-placed Stormy Antarctic, also a son of Stormy Atlantic. The five-year-old is trained by Ed Walker and the new acquisition is also heading to Walker's Lambourn yard. (19:50)
becomes Katie Walsh's biggest sale ring success - the filly by More Than Ready offered by her Greenhills Farm fetching 500,000gns.
"She is a gorgeous filly," said Walsh. "She is strong with a lovely pedigree and has always been straightforward to do - she just has it, just is a natural."
The filly was bought privately by David Egan (Corduff Stud) in the US.
"She did not sell," explained Egan, "and I was just there by the ring - I guess it was just some dumb arse luck! She was broken in and went to Katie in January - everyone involved in producing her have done a fabulous job."
She was bought by Anthony Stroud for Godolphin. (19:33)
the US-bred colt by Animal Kingdom is to return to the US, bought by agent Alex Elliott on behalf of owner Kaleem Shah. He will be trained by Simon Callaghan, who was standing with Elliott.
The colt cost the new connections 420,000gns - today's consignor Tally Ho Stud having pinhooked the half-brother to the black-type filly Paved for 200,000gns last September.
"He is a beautiful horse, he breezed well, vetted great and came highly recommended - he was a big turn as a yearling but he deserves his money today," said Elliott.
"There has also been a pedigree update as Paved, owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and who also have horses with Simon, became the first filly to win the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate and has added to that since with some Grade 3 form."
The British-born Callaghan trains in California and this is his first trip to the Tattersalls Craven Sale on a buying mission
"Some of my owners wanted to come over, so we made a plan to come," he explained, adding: "The horse should suit Del Mar later in the season." (19:28)
after doing a good breeze yesterday, the good-walking filly by Gregorian returns a handsome profit for her consignors. She was bought as a yearling for £11,000, and sold today by Hyde Park Stud for 68,000gns, bought by Federico Barberini.
She is out of the black-type mare River Song (Siphon), who is a half-sister to Allied Forces, winner of the Queen Anne Stakes (G2) and third in the Sussex Stakes (G1). (18:54)
the US-bred colt by Scat Daddy is heading overseas having been bought by the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
"He is a big strong horse and should be ideally suited to Hong Kong. He is exactly the type of horse we are looking for and we are delighted to have bought him," said representatives from the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
"He is still a baby - he was an April foal - and has some maturing to do, but he still did a top breeze.
"We have not had any by Scat Daddy in Hong Kong so far, but as someone said Scat Daddy is the Snitzel of the northern hemisphere."
The colt will head now to Malcolm Bastard before shipping to Hong Kong and will sell at the Hong Kong International Sale next March.
Kilminfoyle House Stud was the successful consignor. (18:41)
our first in the ring for the Craven Sale 2018 makes 145,000gns - the colt is a son of the first-season sire Moohaajim and is just the second horse by the son of Cape Cross to sell at a breeze up sale.
He was bought by Dwayne Woods who said: "I just could not fault him, he is a lovely athletic individual and I thought the best physical here. He did a good breeze and his movement is very low to the ground. We have no plans yet, we'll just see where we go from here."
Underbidder was Alastair Donald and the colt was sold by The Bloodstock Connection having been bought by Jeremy Brummitt for €16,000. (18:29)
Selling gets underway for the first session of the Craven Sale 2018 in 15 minutes.
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Today and tomorrow's later finish at Newmarket racecourse both means that selling for both sessions of the Craven Breeze Up Sale will begin at 6.15pm as opposed to the advertised time of 5.30pm. (14:27)
February Sale Whole Statistics (+/- % compared with 2017)
Lots catalogued: 446 (-9%)
Lots offered: 360 (-5%)
Lots sold: 299 (-12%)
% sold: 83%
Aggregate: 8,037,150gns (+40%)
Median: 7,000gns (-13%)
Average: 26,880 (+58%)
Four record-breaking lots, sold for 500,000gns+
Leading consignors (by agg): The Castlebridge Consignment, Somerville Lodge, Juddmonte Farms
Leading purchasers (by agg): Roger Varian, John McCormack, Lordship Stud
Leading sires (by agg): Dansili, Invincible Spirit, Galileo (17:17)
Chairman's Statement: At the conclusion of the 2018 Tattersalls February Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented:
“Last year’s Tattersalls February Sale reached unprecedented levels for this fixture with turnover of more than double the record 2016 sale and an average price up 56 per cent, so to surpass those figures is another phenomenal achievement, especially with a smaller catalogue.
“The obvious highlight was the 1.9 million guineas sale of the outstanding Classic prospect Willie John and it is a wonderful endorsement of the February Sale that, although one of our newer and smaller sales, it now holds the distinction of producing the highest priced colt in training ever sold at public auction in Europe.
"Willie John is a colt of enormous potential, from an outstanding Meon Valley family, and the number of bidders above the million guineas mark shows the sustained demand for the very best European bloodstock that is very much the hallmark of sales at Tattersalls.
“The 500,000 guineas previous record price for the February Sale has been surpassed four times in the past two days, demonstrating beyond any doubt that the February Sale is a sale which consistently produces optimum prices for quality thoroughbreds, while at the same time serving as a perfect seasonal outlet for stock at all levels of the market.
"As ever, the international demand has been a feature of the sale and in addition to strong European participation, buyers from throughout the Gulf region, America, Hong Kong, Japan and South Africa have all made a significant contribution to a record-breaking start to 2018 at Tattersalls." (16:53)
February Sale Day 2 Statistics (+/- % compared with 2017)
Lots catalogued: 227 (-13%)
Lots offered: 168 (-13%)
Lots sold: 154 (-15%)
% sold: 92%
Aggregate: 4,044,500gns (+64%)
Median: 7,750gns (-9%)
Average: 26,5263 (+93%)
Record top-price: 1.9 million guineas given for Lot 379
Willie John (Dansili – Izzi Top (Pivotal)) (16:32)
Towerlands Park, by Danehill Dancer and out of Strategy (Machiavellian), goes to Paul Harley Bloodstock for 65,000gns.
He is the winner of two and placed in a Class 2 at Newbury for trainer Michael Bell. (16:29)
the 96-rated Zenon (Galileo) is bought by Harold Kirk / Willie Mullins for 120,000gns. He is the winner of two races - his maiden at Chepstow and a 1m6f handicap at Haydock.
"He is a strong stayer," said Kirk. "He will be gelded, have a short break and will then go hurdling. He will return to the Flat in the summer for staying campaign.
"We have been lucky buying from John Gosden before - both Nicholls Canyon and Thomas Hobson came from Clarehaven." (15:36)
creates a substantial new record price for the February Sale - the three-year-old colt Willie John selling for 1.9 million guineas.
Bidding opened up at 200,000gns, and bids flew in from right around the sale ring, moving swiftly into seven-figures. Bidders included Oliver St Lawrence, Ed Dunlop, Mick Flanagan, Ed Sackville, David Loder and Chris Richardson.
Eventually though it was trainer Roger Varian, standing on the back stairs, who had too much firepower and claimed the once-raced son of Dansili at the record-breaking price.
"He is for Sheikh Mohammed Obaid," said Varian. "He already has a Dubawi from the family and he identified this colt as one that he would like - we were very happy to do the steering.
"Willie John was an impressive winner of his maiden at Yarmouth and those autumn maidens at the track can be very strong races.
"It is not often you get the chance to buy a horse such as this, it is unusual circumstances, but we look forward to getting him home and getting to know him - he is a very promising horse with a great pedigree."
The colt has a potential stallion's pedigree being out of the dual Group 1 winner Izzi Top and from the Meon Valley family of Zee Zee Top, Kayf Tara, Opera House and Necklace.
The colt from the family already Sheikh Mohammed Obaid's ownership is the 2016 Dubawi half-brother to Willie John, bought by Varian here last October for 2.6 million guineas.
Willie John was purchased here as a yearling in October 2016 by China Horse Club / Mayfair Speculators and P&R Doyle for 325,000gns, and until today he was in training with William Haggas. (15:08)
Relent is bought by Brian Grassick Bloodstock - agent Cathy Grassick with owner Yvonne Jacques purchasing the Dansili filly for 220,000gns from the Juddmonte draft. Underbidder was Julian Dollar.
The filly is closely related to the four-time Group and Grade 1 winner Flintshire, and is a half-sister to the Grade 2 winner Projected and to the Group 3-placed Delivery. It is also the family of last year's champion Enable.
"We were underbidders on yesterday's Galileo filly," said Grassick, "but are delighted to have bought this Dansili filly - she has the pedigree and the looks.
"She is for Yvonne's new farm and venture Carisbrooke Stud, the former Raffin Stud," added Grassick. "Yvonne is looking to have a band of around 15-20 top class broodmares, and the farm is being managed by Joe Grimwade." (15:00)
Lot 369 and Lot 370:
two from the Juddmonte draft are bought by Cheveley Park Stud.
The first Guelta, a daughter of Oasis Dream, is a half-sister to the Prix La Rochette Stakes (G3) winner Lawmaking, and from the fabulous family of Rail Link, Crossharbour, and Mainsail. She cost 75,000gns.
The following lot, Fellbeck (Cacique), is a half-sister to July Cup (G1) runner-up Main Aim, the Group 2 winner Weightless and to the Australian Group-placed Home Affairs. She fetched 100,000gns.
Both were bought as future mares for the farm's new stallion, Ulysses.
Underbidder on both horses was Mattie Smith, today's purchaser of Lot 323 (14:32)
Nick Taylor, on behalf of Tom Malone Bloodstock, buys Abjar, a son of Nathaniel and out of the Group 1 winner Kinnard.
He placed twice and won one race last year from four starts (over 1m2f and 1m4f) for trainer Sir Michael Stoute and has a rating of 86. Last time out he was a 3l second to Gold Star, who won at Meydan this week and is now rated 103.
"He has been bought on spec and has a very good rating - he looks great value at that price," said Taylor, who was taking instructions over the telephone. "Nathaniel needs no introduction." (14:16)
Falabelle, a winner over 5f as a two-year-old for Kevin Ryan, sells for 23,000gns to Hamish Macauley.
She is by the good broodmare sire Choisir, sire of last year's Classic queen Winter, and out of the Mujahid mare Mooching Along.
She is a half-sister to two black-type runners - Safari Sunseeker and the Marble Hill Stakes (G3) third, Primo Uomo. (13:45)
Abdullah Salman Hamoud Alsabah buys General Hazard, a Cacique gelding consigned by The Castlebridge Consignment on behalf of Archie Watson's Saxon Gate Stables.
The five-year-old is the winner of six races, his last win coming in mid-December at Kempton. He is rated 88 and his victories have been over distances from 1m1f to 1m3f. (13:32)
Rely On Me, a dual winner at two and three years over 6f for Andrew Balding, is bought by farrier Mattie Smith through Five Star Bloodstock.
"She will be covered this spring, but we may also race her on until her date is up," said Smith, who is based in Athboy in County Meath, Ireland.
Explaining what he liked about the filly, Smith said: "She is fast, by a good broodmare sire in Kyllachy and is a good walker.
"I have around eight mares at home and she has been bought for myself and my son Eoin. We have some ideas as regards stallions, but nothing fixed yet."
Smith may well turn to Tally-Ho Stud for his stallion choice - not only is he the farrier at the farm, but the best Smith has bred to date is the Richmond Stakes (G2) winner Barraquero, a son of Zebedee, who was formerly based at the farm. (13:10)
Giant's Treasure, the impressive winner of his sole start to date for Richard Hannon, is purchased by Federico Barberini for 60,000gns.
"He is for Clipper Logistics, though no further plans have been made yet," said Barberini. "He was a very good winner, looks a quality sort and looked in good order today. He could be a serious horse."
From the Marcus Jooste dispersal, owned in partnership with China Horse Club, Giant's Treasure, rated 87, is by Shamardal and is out of the Derrinstown Guineas Trial (G3) winner Ballybacka Lady (Hurricane Run). (12:41)
City Gent, a Holy Roman Emperor gelding from the Kimpton Downs Stables draft, makes 26,000gns, bought by the Spanish-based bloodstock agency, Stamina Turf.
He is the winner of a December 6f LIngfield handicap off a mark of 76. An improving three-year-old he has been placed five times, including last time out at Lingfield in January off a rating of 86. (12:03)
Lot 270 and Lot 274:
from the Clarehaven Stables draft Shakour (Lot 270
) sells for 19,000gns, bought by Peter Ward, while End Of An Era (Lot 274
) is purchased by Cheveley Park Stud.
Shakour is a three-year-old son of Declaration Of War and is rated 74. He has been placed since the catalogue was published when fourth at Kempton.
End Of An Era is an unraced daughter of Azamour and a half-sister to Maid For Music, a Listed winner in the US.
Her grand-dam is the good mare Maid For The Hills, the ancestress of a host of black-type runners, and great grand-dam is Stinging Nettle, grand-dam of a number of Grade 1 horses.
They include Patrol, third in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic Stakes (G1), Lady In Waiting, winner of the Sun Chariot Stakes (G2) and second in the Nassau Stakes (G1), Grassy, twice third in the HIrsch Turf Classic Inv. Stakes (G1), as well as Lea, a winner and placed in the Donn Handicap (G1), and third in the Dubai World Cup (G1). (11:45)
Jedd O'Keeffe buys Remember The Days (Kyllachy ex Pointed Arch (Rock Of Gibraltar)) for 21,000gns.
He is the winner of two races over a mile and a 1m1f from nine starts in Ireland for Joseph O'Brien and was sold today by Whitwell Bloodstock. (11:24)
Al Zaman, by Cacique and out of the Group 3 winner Flowers Of Spring (Celtic Swing), makes 18,000gns.
He is the winner of one race for trainer Simon Crisford and rated 82.
Previously the property of Rabbah Bloodstock, he was bought today by Crisford Racing. (10:59)
Mr Pocket, a four-year-old Acclamation colt, the winner of two races and placed seven times over 5f to 6f for Paul Cole (including once since the catalogue was published), sells to Thomas Morley for 26,000gns.
He achieved a career-high mark of 81 last summer and is currently rated 70. (10:56)