Godolphin land son of Invincible Spirit at Tatts

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Courtesy of TDN Europe/Emma Berry

A son of Invincible Spirit (Ire) was the star turn on the second day of the Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale when selling for 575,000 guineas, as the two day sale saw 85 lots sell for 10,343,000 guineas, at an average of 121,682 guineas and a median of 85,000 guineas.

A broken rein that could have signalled disaster for lot 122 and cool-headed jockey Gary Halpin during the breeze shows on Monday instead led to a repeat gallop at the end of the session during which Oak Tree Farm’s Invincible Spirit colt showed professionalism and talent to post one of the fastest gallops of the day.

That impressive take two meant that the half-brother to dual Group/Grade 1 winner Erupt (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) topped the second session of the Craven Sale on Wednesday evening, selling for 575,000gns to Sheikh Mohammed after agent Anthony Stroud outbid Justin Casse.

“The colt showed a remarkable temperament to essentially breeze twice and did a good breeze the second time. He is from a strong Niarchos pedigree and Norman [Williamson] does a great job producing these horses," said Stroud.

Godolphin added another three juveniles to Tuesday’s haul of four, accounting for almost 3 million gns of the sale’s turnover of 10,343,000gns, a drop overall of 22% on last year. The average was also down, by 14%, at 121,682gns, but the median was up by 13% to 85,000gns and the clearance rate also improved to 78%, with 85 of the 109 juveniles offered being marked as sold.

Shamardal colt for Hong Kong

The pick of Grove Stud’s draft is likely to end up racing in Hong Kong, where his sire Shamardal (USA) advertised his merits via Group 1-winning son Pakistan Star (Ger).

Lot 134, by that same world-class stallion and out of a half-sister to the G1 Coronation S. winner Lillie Langtry (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}), will remain initially in Newmarket to be trained by Jane Chapple-Hyam after being bought by American-based agent Sam Wright on behalf of an undisclosed Hong Kong client for 340,000gns.

Harvey has the Competitive Edge

An Irish-bred first-crop daughter of Ashford Stud’s Competitive Edge (USA) (lot 93) was one of the earlier highlights of the session when knocked down at 280,000gns to Daithi Harvey. The filly was bought as a yearling at the Goffs Sportsman’s Sale by Cian Hughes of CH Thoroughbreds for €32,000 and made plenty of appeal to her new buyer on both pedigree and her performance on the Rowley Mile on Monday.

“She’s a gorgeous filly who vetted cleanly and posted pretty sharp sectionals in her breeze,” said Harvey. “Her dam was 107-rated and got ten furlongs which gives us hope that she will make up into a nice 3-year-old. She doesn’t look like she has been too hard trained.”

The daughter of the dual winner and twice Group 3-placed Hug And A Kiss (USA) (Thewayyouare {USA}) will be trained by Gavin Cromwell on behalf of Lindsay Laroche of Highland Yard.

Another Star For Bermuda?

The Bermuda Thoroughbred Racing syndicate has already been rewarded for buying at the Craven Sale with Queen Of Bermuda (Ire) (Exceed And Excel {Aus}), a 230,000gns purchase last year through John and Jake Warren who went on to win the G3 Firth of Clyde S. and listed Prix de la Vallee d’Auge among her four victories.

This time around Jake Warren went to the same price for lot 79, a daughter of No Nay Never (USA) out of the winning Woodman (USA) mare First Breeze (USA). The half-sister to listed-placed sprinter Master Speaker (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}) was consigned by the Star Bloodstock team who bought her for for £40,000 at Goffs UK last August.

“We had some luck last year with Queen Of Bermuda and Simon Scupham is keen to make the next investment for the syndicate—let’s hope the success can be replicated,” said Warren.

“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.” The trainer is William Haggas, who earlier in the day had saddled Skardu (Ire) (Shamardal) to win the G3 Craven S.

Star Bloodstock, which is comprised of Micky Cleere, Matt Eves, Byron Rogers and Noel McDonnell, enjoyed a good sale, finding homes for all five 2-year-olds offered at an average price of 124,000gns. These included the fast-breezing son of Orb (USA) (lot 76), who was one of two purchases on the night for the Cool Silk Partnership at 120,000gns.

Rounding up the facts and figures from the first of Tattersalls’ two breeze-up auctions this spring, Chairman Edmond Mahony said, “An improved clearance rate and a good cross-section of buyers, both domestic and overseas, are positives to take from the 2019 renewal of the Tattersalls Craven Breeze-up Sale. We deliberately catalogued fewer 2-year-olds than last year and understandably the turnover has reflected this decision, but it was definitely prudent to keep a tighter rein on the numbers.”