Godolphin to fore at Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up Sale

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by TDN Europe

Godolphin lit up the opening session of the Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up Sale, buying the top four lots, including a record price for a filly at the sale for a daughter of Kingman (GB).

Godolphin paid 850,000gns for the filly offered by Tally Ho Stud as Lot 6, and then went to 375,000gns and 260,000gns for two Night Of Thunder (Ire) colts and a further 300,000gns for a colt by Farhh (GB).

That contributed to a marginal increase in turnover, up to 5,261,000gns from 5,222,500gns at the opening session last year, from a smaller offering of 57 down from 66 (after withdrawals). But a considerable improvement in the clearance rate, with 43 (75%) finding a new home compared to 38 (just 58%) last year, meant that the median took a small slide to 70,000gns from 75,000gns; while the average softened 11% to 122,349gns from 137,434gns.

The Kingman filly very soon became the subject of a straight shootout between Anthony Stroud and Kerri Radcliffe. But while Radcliffe could not see who was standing beside her rival, with a partition wall in the way, the rapidity with which Stroud answered her own quickfire bids must have given her a sinking feeling. Sure enough, on finally yielding, she may have glimpsed the Sheikh’s back as he left Stroud to sign the docket.

Only a couple of hours previously the Sheikh had seen one potential Queen Mary filly make a winning debut for Charlie Appleby, up the road on the Rowley Mile, in Chasing Dreams (GB) (Starspangledbanner {Aus}). And you would like to think, at this kind of money, that she could yet be joined by this filly.

“That’s the idea anyway. She certainly looks quick, breezed very well in a good time, vetted well, and is from a good hotel.” - Anthony Stroud

“Who knows?” said Stroud with a smile. “That’s the idea anyway. She certainly looks quick, breezed very well in a good time, vetted well, and is from a good hotel.”

That hotel Roger O’Callaghan had acquired this filly through was Matt Coleman. “She was from the Blue Diamond dispersal and Roger and I thought she looked quick,” the agent said. “She was quite small and light-framed but looked very fast, very racy, and her dam had gone on to finish second in the Queen Mary after herself breezing well. She’s by the sire of the moment, did a very fast breeze, and the stars aligned really.”

The dam in question is Shyrl (GB) (Acclamation {GB}), who has already produced Raucous (GB), by Dream Ahead (USA), who has been twice placed in Group 2 sprints as a juvenile.

The first Night Of Thunder (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) colt, Lot 15, was out of a Street Cry (Ire) mare who won her only start, herself out of a half-sister to his patron’s G1 winner Balletto (UAE) (Timber Country {USA}). This colt’s half-sister had earned her first graded stakes placing at Santa Anita after Christmas.

Night Of Thunder got another boost from the operation when Stroud signed a 260,000gns docket for lot 23. A February colt presented by Powerstown Stud, he is out of a Street Cry (Ire) half-sister to the tragic Kentucky Derby runner-up Eight Belles (USA) (Unbridled’s Song {USA}). He previously went through this ring as a 200,000gns December foal.

Lot 41, a colt by Farhh (GB) (Pivotal {GB}) who sold to Godolphin for 300,000gns, appeared to be a typically professional job by Norman Williamson. But the Oak Tree Farm consignor admitted afterwards that there had been an element of luck in unearthing the colt, out of a Nayef daughter of Irish Oaks winner Winona (Ire) (Alzao), for just 35,000gns in Book III here last October.

“I couldn’t get a flight home,” Williamson explained. “So I had a look through and thought a Farhh could do a job, he’s going really well, and so I went to have a look. And he was gorgeous. I just thought: ‘Wow.’ He’s wintered really well and is a really beautiful horse, so let’s hope he’s lucky.”

The excellent returns for Night Of Thunder were not going to dislodge Kingman as sire of the session, with Jane Chapple-Hyam adding to his laurels by giving 250,000gns for lot 25, his son out of one of the many daughters—this one by Dansili (GB)—of the great Ballymacoll racemare Islington (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells {USA}).