the Oak Tree Farm-consigned Invincible Spirit colt out of the Group 3 winner and Group 1 Prix Vermeille third Mare Nostrum (Caerleon) was bought by Godolphin for 575,0000gns. Justin Casse was underbidder.
The colt did a great breeze - all the more meritorious as his rein snapped through the piece of work meaning the gallop could not be completed successfully. A new rein was found and the colt breezed for a second time, putting in a strong time and a good performance.
"He showed a remarkable temperament to essentially breeze twice and did a good breeze the second time," said bloodstock agent Anthony Stroud. "He looks a lovely colt, is from a strong Niarchos pedigree and Norman does a great job producing these horses."
Williamson said: "He proved that he is a good sound colt, he did a fantastic breeze, he is a lovely horse. I have been lucky with the breeder before – I sold War Of Will last year."
A son of War Front, War Of Will was a Grade 1 runner-up last September, finished fifth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) and was successful at Grade 2 level in February. He is trained in the US by Mark Casse, having been purchased by his brother Justin - and today's underbidder – last spring.
the strong market for fillies continues, C. H. Thoroughbreds sells this attractive bay filly to Highland Yard LLC / Harvey Bloodstock for 280,000gns. She is a daughter of the young US sire Competitive Edge (Super Saver), who won the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes as a two-year-old.
"I was in the US and saw some by the sire and thought they were nice horses," explained consignor Cian Hughes. "Her page caught my eye in the yearling catalogue – her dam was Group 3 placed in France – so I took a look at her. She is a lovely filly and I did not think we'd buy her.
"She is a real two-year-old type, but I have not been hard on her, I like to mind them."
Hughes worked for long-time breeze-up consignor Jim McCartan and prepares both Flat and NH horses. He also got a great result at the Tattersalls Cheltenham Sale last December when selling point-to-point winner Chantry House for £295,000.
The filly was the sole lot brought to the Craven Sale by Hughes, who said: "I knew from working with Jim that I had to bring a nice one here."
He has one lot to come to the Guineas Breeze Up Sale - a colt by Wicked Strong (Lot 196).
Purchaser Harvey Bloodstock is run by Daithi Harvey. "She is a gorgeous beautiful filly," said Harvey. "She did a good sectionals, but is also out of a mare rated 107, who was a 10-furlong performer so we hope she'll train on as a three-year-old too.
"She goes to trainer Gavin Cromwell and is for Lindsay Laroche, who had Princess Yaiza with Gavin. Lindsay is building up a breeding programme, hopefully this filly will get some stakes form and be able to join the broodmare band."
Jake Warren outbids the competition from Jono Mills, standing in the alleyway, and David Redvers, who was at the top of the stairs, for this athletic filly by No Nay Never from Star Bloodstock. She cost purchasers John & Jake Warren 230,000gns, having been purchased as a yearling for £40,000.
"She is for Bermuda Thoroughbred Racing Limited," reported Warren. "We had some luck last year with Queen Of Bermuda and Simon Scupham of Bermuda is keen to make the next investment – let's hope the success can be replicated.
"She is lovely filly, she did a cracking breeze and looks a real Royal Ascot filly. She will stay to be trained in Newmarket and is likely to go to the same trainer as Queen Of Bermuda."
Star Bloodstock's Matt Eves said: "When we bought her No Nay Never had not really kicked off, and we managed to buy her at a good price - however her sire was not really a factor in her purchase, it was more her physical. We are lucky that it has all come into line since.
"She has always been a pro and she did the 13th fastest breeze and was the third-fastest filly. She had a lot of vets and a lot of traffic."
the only Medaglia D'Oro colt in the sale is bought by Godolphin, Anthony Stroud in the sale ring bidding alongside Sheikh Mohammed.
The Lynn Lodge-consigned colt, who is out of a Henrythenavigator half-sister to Grade 1 winner A P Valentine, fetched 280,00gns.
the Cool Silk Partnership adds to yesterday's purchase of Lot 47
(More Than Ready filly, 230,000gns) when going to 120,000gns for this chestnut colt by Orb.
He was sold by Star Bloodstock having been purchased for $45,000 last autumn.
Orb stands at Claiborne Farm and is Kentucky Derby-winning son of Malibu Moon.
Session 2 of the Craven Sale 2019 starts at 6pm tonight.
Day 1 Statistics:
+/- compared with figures from last year
Lots catalogued: 73 (86)
Lots offered: 57 (66)
Lots sold: 43 (38)
% sold: 75% (58%)
Aggregate: 5,261,000gns (+1%)
Median: 70,000gns (-7%)
Average: 122,349gns (-11%)
Top lot: Lot 6
, Kingman-Shyrl (Acclamation), sold by Tally-Ho Stud to Godolphin for 850,000gns*
Leading purchasers (by aggregate): 1. Godolphin, 2. Jane Chapple-Hyam, 3. Cool Silk Partnership / Stroud Coleman Bloodstock
Leading consignor (by aggregate): 1. Tally-Ho Stud, 2. Mocklershill, 3. Lynn Lodge Stud
Leading sire (by aggregate): 1. Kingman, 2. Night Of Thunder, 3. Kodiac
Leading sire (by average, 2+ sold): 1. Kingman, 2. Night Of Thunder, 3. Zoffany
*record price for a filly at the Craven Sale
the son of Wootton Bassett is bought by SackvilleDonald on behalf of P K Siu, owner of the Group 2 winner Stormy Antarctic.
The colt, who cost his new connections 210,000gns, was sold by Kilminfoyle House Stud and is from the family of Almanzor, the European champion three-year-old colt of 2017 and also by Wootton Bassett.
He is to go into training with Ed Walker, who also trains the six-year-old gelding Stormy Antarctic. He who won the Group 3 Kalkmann Fruhjahrs-Meile at Dusseldorf at the beginning of this month.
Matt Coleman bids successfully on this More Than Ready filly on behalf of the Cool Silk Partnership. Sold by Mayfield Stables, she cost 230,000gns.
"She put in a good time – when one really strikes you before and puts in a good time too....!" said Peter Swann of the Cool Silk Partnership.
"She is well-balanced, and did well on the ground - she looks quite mature and should be one who we can get on with - there are a few options for her.
"We need to decide on a trainer, but it will probably be Richard Fahey."
Fahey trains the Cool Silk Partnership's flagbearer Sands Of Mali. The Group 1-winning sprinter was a £75,000 Cool Silk Partnership / Stroud Coleman Bloodstock breeze-up purchase at 2017's Tattersalls Ascot Breeze Up Sale.
"He is a gorgeous horse," said Norman Williamson of Oak Tree Farm after selling this colt by Farhh for 300,000gns to Godolphin.
Williamson and Mags O'Toole purchased the colt here at last year's Book 3 Yearling Sale for 35,000gns.
"It is a bit of a funny story," continues Williamson. "It was towards the end of the yearling sale here and I couldn't get a flight home. I thought I would have a look around, Farhh had done well and I saw this colt and just thought, 'Wow!'"
Out of a winning daughter of Nayef, the colt is a grandson of Winona (Alzao), winner of the Irish Oaks (G1) and third in the Coronation Stakes (G1).
Starspangledbanner has been enjoying a good month on the racecourse with his juvenile debutante fillies: on April 3, his two-year-old daughter Lady Kermit won at Kempton on her racecourse for trainer Archie Watson, and today Chasing Dreams impressed at Newmarket winning the EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes for Charlie Appleby and Godolphin.
Jamie McCalmont Agent for MV Magnier goes to 220,000gns for his daughter out of Welcome Spring.
It is the further family of the champion three-year-old and dual Group 1 winner Alamshar.
the US bloodstock agent Justin Casse, a regular visitor to Tattersalls, spends 150,000gns on the Muhaarar colt out of Weekend Fling, sold by Mocklershill.
The April-born colt is a half-brother to two black-type horses: Craftsman, winner of the Killavullan Stakes (G3) and Royal Empress, third in the Round Tower Stakes (G3).
Muhaarar, a European champion two-year-old and three-year-old sprinter, has first-crop two-year-olds this year.
trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam goes to 250,000gns for the Kingman colt consigned by Mocklershill. He is out of the winning Dansili mare Upper Street, a daughter of the dual champion and four-time Group and Grade 1 winner Islington (Sadler's Wells).
"We liked him and everyone wants a Kingman," smiled Chapple-Hyam. "We'll get him home now - we've not far to go!"
another by Night Of Thunder catches the eye, the colt from the Powerstown Stud bought by Godolphin for 260,000gns.
The colt did a top ten breeze, and is out of a four-time-winning Street Cry half-sister to the US Grade 2 winner and Kentucky Derby (G1) runner-up, Eight Belles (Unbridled's Song).
Johnny Collins of Brown Island Stables gets a great result with his Night Of Thunder colt – pinhooked for 48,000gns at the Tattersalls October Book 2 Sale, the colt was sold today for 375,000gns. He was bought by Stroud Coleman for Godolphin, underbidder was Stephen Hillen.
"He is a very nice yearling, very uncomplicated, sound horse with a great temperament," said Collins after the sale. "He has been a pleasure to deal with throughout. There has been a good word for his sire."
Night Of Thunder, winner of the 2,000 Guineas (G1) and the Lockinge Stakes (G1) and a son of Dubawi, has his first two-year-olds this year.
Sunset Avenue (Street Cry), the dam of this colt, has produced three winners to date, including Excellent Sunset (Exceed And Excel), runner-up in the Robert J Frankel Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita.
gets the Craven Sale 2019 off to a flyer, the Kingman filly selling for 850,000gns, bought by Anthony Stroud of Stroud Coleman Bloodstock, signing for Godolphin. She was sold by Tally-Ho Stud and Kerri Radcliffe was underbidder.
The filly is the joint third-highest priced lot ever sold at the Craven Breeze Up Sale and the most expensive filly.
It is not the first time the filly has been bought by Stroud Coleman – Matt Coleman purchased her as a yearling last year for Roger O'Callaghan of Tally-Ho.
"She was sold as part of the Blue Diamond Stud dispersal," said Coleman, who spent 92,0000gns on her at the Tattersalls December Sale. "She is out of a mare who was a breeze-up horse and was herself placed in the Queen Mary.
"As a yearling we thought this filly looked as though she might be quick and as she was out of a filly who was a breeze up, it would bode well.
"She is by Kingman, who is making his mark – all the stars have aligned, I just wish I had a share in her!"
Stroud, who was standing with Sheikh Mohammed when bidding, said: "We hope she will be one to get to Ascot, that will be the idea. She did a very good breeze, vetted well and comes from a good hotel."
Dam Shyrl (Acclamation) is now the dam of three winners from three runners – Eufemia, her 2016 Dream Ahead filly, is a winner since the catalogue was published.
Eufemia is a full-sister to Raucous, placed third in the Gimcrack Stakes (G2) and the Mill Reef Stakes (G2).
to sale day live for all the breeze up recordings, withdrawals and results.
Day 1 of the Craven Breeze Up Sale starts at 6pm this evening.
sale: Craven Breeze Up Sale on April 15-17, 2019
At the conclusion of the 2019 Tattersalls February Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented:
“Last year’s outstanding February catalogue produced an extraordinary set of results which completely rewrote the record books for Europe’s premier midwinter sale.
"This year’s returns reflect a significantly less distinguished catalogue further undermined by the withdrawal of so many of the better quality lots.
“Nevertheless, the all-important clearance rate has has bettered last year’s record-breaking sale and the feature of the two days has been consistent demand from a large and diverse contingent of overseas buyers.
"Although the sale was short of highlights, the quality consignments from Godolphin, Juddmonte Farms and Shadwell were all as popular as ever and buyers from more than 20 different countries including Abu Dhabi, Australia, Cyprus, Dubai, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Qatar, the USA and Uzbekistan have all yet again demonstrated the uniquely international nature of sales at Tattersalls.”
"The next sale at Tattersalls will be the Craven Breeze Up Sale, featuring the all new £15,000 Craven Breeze Up Bonus, which takes place April 15-17."
End of Sale statstistics
+/- compared with figures from last year
Lots catalogued: 464 (446)
Lots offered: 346 (360)
Lots sold: 294 (299)
% sold: 85% (83%)
Aggregate: 3,139,100gns (-61%)
Median: 5,000gns (-29%)
Average: 10,677gns (-60%)
Top lot: Lot 316
, Magic Illusion, B.G. by Dubawi (IRE) x Pimpernel, 105,000gns
Leading consignor by aggregate: Godolphin
Leading purchaser by aggregate: BBA Ireland
Day 2 Statistics:
+/- compared with figures from last year
Lots catalogued: 240 (227)
Lots offered: 172 (168)
Lots sold: 164 (154)
% sold: 95% (92%)
Aggregate: 2,213,400gns (-45%)
Median: 7,500gns (-3%)
Average: 13,496gns (-49%)
Mike Murphy / Richard Ryan spend 28,000gns on the individually named Azzeccagarbugli.
A son of Kodiac, he is rated 94 and has finished second on his last two starts over a mile at Newcastle and Chelmsford for trainer Marco Botti.
"We bred Swiss Knight, sold him as a yearling in Book 1 and have bought him back in partnership with Thomas Morley," reported Ben Harris of One Agency, adding: "We owned Outback Traveller with Tom and he won the Wokingham.
"Swiss Knight should make up into a fun sprint handicapper for the year and he will go into training with Stuart Williams."
Swiss Knight, who cost his new partnership 55,000gns today, is a son of Oasis Dream and out of Swiss Diva from the family of Swiss Lake and Swiss Spirit.
The mare is in-foal to Kingman, and had a filly foal by Frankel last year who has been named Geneva Diva.
Poetry (Kingman), Swiss Diva's 2016 filly foal by Kingman and retained to race by Lordship Stud, is already a black-type winner of the Criterium de Vitesse (L).
Recordman joins the transfer list to Dubai - the Dubawi colt joining Magic Illusio, bought by Durcan Bloodstock and Satish Seemar for 65,000gns.
He last run came in September when third in a 0-90 handicap over 1m4f at Newcastle.
Originaire is leaving the snow and frost of Newmarket behind – the son of Zoffany is sunshine bound, heading to California having been bought by Meah Lloyd for 70,000gns.
Jamie Lloyd said: "David Meah and I have bought him in partnership, and he is for a new client. He is a lovely colt and gets all the conditions in California – a trainer is yet to be decided. The horse vetted well and he looks straightforward."
Originaire is the winner of one race and is out of Polly Perkins (Pivotal), a winner of the National Stakes (L), dam of Final Frontier, winner of the Anglesey Stakes (G3).
Runnymede, a recent winner in France where he has been trained throughout his career, has had a whistle-stop trip to Britain - the son of Dansili is now heading to Germany having been bought by RTC GmbH – Harald Schneider, racing manager for Stall Salzburg, at Tattersalls in charge of bidding.
"He will be trained by Sarah Steinberg, an up and coming trainer based in Munich," said Schneider. "He is a winner now and there will be good options for him back in France or Italy. We will get him home, give him a break and get to know him. We will look to get him into training in May."
From the Juddmonte draft, he is a full-brother to Stipulate, a Listed winner and Group 2-placed in the Celebration Mile. His third dam is the Prix du Moulin (G1) winner All At Sea.
dual purpose trainer Ian Williams, who is walking around Tattersalls with his leg in a plastic support boot, signs for War Eagle at 36,000gns.
A colt by Australia, War Eagle, a winner at two in November and now rated 77, is the first foal out of Dorothy B (Fastnet Rock), a runner-up in the Dick Poole Stakes (L).
a winner since the catalogue was published, St Peters Basilica is bought by Jesus Lopez Sanchez from the Clarehaven Stables draft for 37,000gns.
By Galileo, he is a half-brother to the 19-time winner Caspian Prince, also placed in the Sapphire Stakes (G2), and to Spirit Quartz, winner of the Prix du Gros-Chene (G2).
The colt's win came over 6f at Lingfield off a mark of 75.
ex-jockey Ted Durcan spends 105,000gns on Magic Illusion, a three-year-old gelding by Dubai, another lightly raced sort with some placed form under his belt as a juvenile.
"He is for Satish Seemar and is going to Dubawi, he is a lovely big sort who looks progressive," said Durcan, who is now concentrating on his bloodstock agent's work, but will be back riding out every morning for Sir Michael Stoute from next week.
"We are obviously too late now for this horse to race this spring, but hopefully he will be ready to rock and roll next October and the time will be no harm to him. Horses by Dubawi have done well in Dubai."
Glockenspiel (Teofilo), who has placed form over 1m7f in France, is heading for NH career, bought by amateur NH jockey Noel George for his father, the trainer Tom George.
"He is a big good-looking horse, who stays and has form on soft ground," reported George. "He'll get further than 1m7f and will have a hurdling career ahead of him."
Lot 308, Lot 310 and Lot 312:
Vanessa Johnson spends 33,000gns on True Belief (Lot 4308), a three-year-old gelding by Exceelebration. He was placed once last year as a two-year-old for Godolphin.
Richard Frisby Bloodstock goes to 35,000gns for Journey Of Life (Lot 310
), an Exceed And Excel gelding, also placed once last year. He is rated 80 and from the family of the king's Stand Stakes (G1) runner-up, Cotai Glory.
Golden Valour (Lot 312
), by Kingman, goes to Colm Sharkey as
Agent for 35,000gns. Also part of the Godolphin draft, he is another with placed form as a juvenile last year.
Lot 304 and Lot 305:
Sol De Mayo and Shellbrook, both from the Godolphin draft prove attractive to buyers, both fetching 18,000gns and bought by Sprayclad UK / Tristan Davidson and Charlie Gordon-Watson Bloodstock.
Sol De Mayo is an unraced Dubawi gelding out of the Prix de Diane (G1) runner-up Argentine, while Shellbrook is a gelding by Shamardal who was placed three times as a two-year-old last year.
Mick Spence goes to 60,000gns to buy War No More from Ed Walker Racing - a War Front filly who was placed once last year as a three-year-old for owner H H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani.
"She has a lovely page and she will go into training for a month with Roger Varian," said Spence. "We'll try and win a race and then she will go to be bred from - she'll probably go to Profitable, whom Dad owned as a racehorse."
War No More is the first foal out of Moth, a Galileo mare who finished third in the 1,000 Guineas (G1). She is a half-sister to six blavk-type winners and from the family of Groom Dancer.
Profitable's career highlight came when he won the King's Stand Stakes (G1) at Royal Ascot. The son of Invincible Spirit stands at Godolphin's Kildangan Stud at a fee of €12,000 and his first foals are appearing this spring.
Compas Equine / David Loughnane Racing goes to 37,000gns to buy Ballistic, a winning son of Kodiac sold by Robert Cowell Racing.
"He is for a new client of David's to go with the filly we bought yesterday," said Micheål Orlandi of Compas Equine. "He is a recent winner and will tip away on the All-Weather."
Ballistic won over 7f at Kempton on January 23rd off a BHA mark of 74. He is now rated 81.
on a snowy wintery day at Tattersalls, Matt Houldsworth goes to 22,000gns to buy Sun Hat from the Simon Crisford draft.
The Helmet filly is the winner of three races and has been placed once when third over a mile in a 0-85 handicap at Kempton Park in January.
There is some snow
here at Park Paddocks, but all is clear for the day's sale.
Day 1 Statistics:
+/- compared with figures from last year
Lots catalogued: 224 (219)
Lots offered: 1744 (192)
Lots sold: 130 (145)
% sold: 75% (76%)
Aggregate: 925,700gns (-77%)
Median: 2,750gns (-50%)
Average: 5,500gns (-74%)
William Jarvis spends 30,000gns on the four-year-old Lawman colt Cosmic Landscape, who was a winner at Wolverhampton since the catalogue was published.
Paul D' Arcy Racing goes to 20,000gns for the well-named colt Pass The Vino.
A colt by Power, he has been placed in two maidens at Dundalk. He has run three times now and is eligible for handicaps.
the Dandy Man colt Times Past is bought by Federico Barberini / Abu Dhabi Racing for 26,000gns.
He won a race at two and was placed four times last year, and has finished second this year off a BHA mark of 78.
The colt was purchased here as a Book 3 yearling for 47,000gns by Joe Foley and was raced by Clipper Logistics.
Compas Equine / David Loughnane Racing go to 30,000gns for Wanaasah, a Cape Cross filly. She was placed once last year as a two-year-old and was third at Wolverhampton over 7f for trainer Mark Johnston in January.
Sold by Shadwell, she is out of the Ribblesdale Stakes (G2) runner-up Eldalil, the dam of two winners from four runners, and from the family of young sire Cappella Sanservo, who is managed by Compas Equine.
Litex Commerce, which through Britton House Stud sold a Frankel filly foal out of the mare Penelopa for 450,000gns at the 2018 December Foal Sale, reinvests 31,000gns in Ellery Lane.
She is a Holy Roman Emperor mare and is a winner and Group 3 placed in the Grangecon Stakes.
She hails from the family of the 1995 German champion three-year-old and European champion older horse of 1996, Pentire.
Mick Flanagan might not be at Park Paddocks today, but he is still a successful purchaser, spending 52,000gns on the Kodiac Listed-placed filly Snazzy.
David Cox was responsible for bidding and said: "Mick gave me a call this morning and asked if I could take a look at her. She is handy and moves well. I don't know what plans he has."
Snazzy is out of the Acclamation mare Tilthe End Of Time, a half-sister to the German Listed winner Best Regards. Her third dam is the wonderful mare Group 2 winner Cassandra Go, dam of the three-time Group 1 winner Halfway To Heaven, the dam of the Group 1 winners Rhododendron and Magical.
Straight Aim, the half-sister to the top-class NH runner Nichols Canyon, also a Group 3 winner on the Flat, is heading to Ireland with a future as a NH mare.
She fetched 33,000gns. and is a daughter of New Approach and was sold by Godolphin.
Peter Harper spends 27,000gns on Beychella, a Scat Daddy three-year-old who has run twice for trainer Martyn Meade.
Beychella is a half-sister to two Group-placed runners and her grand-dam is the wonderful mare, the 1,000 Guineas winner Sleepytime. She was dam of three black-type winners and two black-type performers, and was a half-sister to the Sussex Stakes (G1) winner Ali-Royal and to Taipan, a champion in Germany in 1997.