Godolphin dominate second day in Newmarket
Day Two of Tattersalls Book One Yearling sale saw a few less fireworks in comparison to the first day and at the top of the table it was once again Sheikh Mohammad’s Godolphin operation who propped proceedings up with the top three lots from the day going their way.
Highclere Stud came into Book 1 with their usual strong draft of youngsters on offer and Lot 225 was the first of their offerings to fetch six figures. By Dubawi, the colt is the first foal out of the Group 1 winner Intricately, and the 1,100,000gns price tag is a more than good start for the mare’s broodmare career.
Mike and Michelle Morris purchased the daughter of Fastnet Rock in 2017 from the December Mares sale with the help of John Warren of Highclere Stud and their bravery in going to 1,700,000gns three years ago is now already someway to being paid back.
"He really was as good a first foal as you would wish to see," said Warren, "She has got a colt foal who is equally as good who might be coming back here next year and the she is in-foal to Kingman. Down the line some of the progeny might be kept to race, but the mare owes a few quid so she needs to clear the balance sheet first! And she needs to produce a filly!"
Purchased by Anthony Stroud on behalf of Godolphin, the colt is one of seven Dubawi offspring that Sheikh Mohammad’s operation have so far purchased and is the fourth horse they have stretched to the million guineas mark for.
Earlier in the day Stroud went to 800,000gns for Lot 186 – another first foal by Dubawi – this time out off the mare Great And Small who’s page goes back to the likes of top notch Coolmore racehorses such as Fame And Glory and Legatissimo.
The colt was consigned by Nicolas Jones’s Coln Valley Stud who in the aftermath said "I am delighted, it is a nerve-wracking game this – in that three minutes is the only revenue for the stud in 365 days, that's the one time we only have cash in rather than cash out!".
Later in proceedings Anthony Stroud added to the haul for Godolphin by purchasing Lot 320, a Lope De Vega colt consigned by Hillwood Stud for 900,0000gns. The colt is out of the Listed winner Moi Meme and is a full brother to the Group 2 placed King Vega.
Charlie Vigors of Hillwood was more than happy with the result "It is beyond our wildest dreams to get a result like that!"
"We put what we thought was a sensible reserve on him as we knew we'd lots of interest in him, and you could see from the live bids around the ring that there were plenty of people on him. There were plenty in up to the 400,000gns-500,000gns and we were hoping to fetch in that range. That is the beauty of public auction, isn't it, when two people then lock on."
The colt’s dam is part of an investment syndicate run by Hillwood Stud and their strategy is clearly paying off as Vigors explained: “"The syndicate has been buying high dollar mares, and it is bunch of investors, mainly London based. They enjoy it very much and will certainly enjoy a day like today! There are three mares in the syndicate, with some more in another group – there are about seven or eight mares across two groups."
Elsewhere throughout the session the market didn’t look quite so rosy with many a pinhooker selling for a loss and plenty of smart stud fees not being returned. The figures on day 2 backed up the general feeling that if you had a high end individual for the high end buyers then you could be in clover but away from the top tier the struggle was a little more real with the average price in comparison to the same day last year being down 26% to 180,776 gns.