Frankel Filly For 1.4 Million At Tattersalls

New Japanese racing club DMM.com was the underbidder on Tuesday’s 2.5-million gns Frankel (GB) filly, and the company would not be outdone for another daughter of Frankel on Wednesday, going to 1.4-million for lot 247, Castlebridge Consignment’s half-sister to Grade I winner Sarah Lynx (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}).

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Galileo Colt for 1.3 Million at Tattersalls

Newsells Park Stud’s Galileo (Ire) colt out of the stakes producer Shastye (Ire) (Danehill {Ire}) (lot 208) became the second millionaire during the second session of Book 1 at Tattersalls October on Wednesday when selling to MV Magnier, Mayfair Speculators and Peter and Ross Doyle for 1.3-million gns. Magnier spent 3.6-million gns on this colt’s stakes-winning full-brother Sir Isaac Newton (Ire) at this sale four years ago, and they are also siblings to the G2 Middleton S. winner Secret Gesture (Ire) and the Australian listed winner Maurus (GB) (Medicean {GB}).

Increased Supply to be Met With Increased Demand at Timonium

Bolstered by noteworthy graduates on the track like champion Stellar Wind (Curlin) and last year’s GI Kentucky Oaks heroine Cathryn Sophia (Street Boss) and at the 2-year-old sales with some successful pinhooks, an expanded two-day renewal of Fasig-Tipton’s Midlantic Fall Yearlings Sale begins Monday in Timonium, MD at 4:00 p.m. Fasig added a day to the sale to accommodate a catalogue of 513 after supplemental entries, compared to 368 some 12 months ago. That added supply appears likely to be met with significant demand, as the auction comes right on the heels of a Keeneland September sale that saw extremely strong trade but many buyers lamenting that they still had orders to fill once the dust had settled.

We are cautiously optimistic in that we get a lot of repeat buyers at this sale who have had a lot of good luck in the past finding nice horses who have gone on to be success stories whether it be [pinhooking] at a 2-year-old sale or being an end user and racing them themselves, said Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sales Director Paget Bennett. We’re confident that they’ll be back, and I think we have a nice catalogue of horses on hand to show them again this year. We feel good about what we have to offer, as do the consignorsthey’re very excited.

Last year’s sale was topped by a $450,000 Curlin colt consigned by Becky Davis Inc., agent and scooped up by Chuck Zacney, who had acquired the aforementioned Cathryn Sophia here in 2014 for just $30,000. Zacney also purchased 2016’s second-priciest lot, a $290,000 Uncle Mo filly consigned by Darby Dan Farm, agent.

The 2016 average was up 25.9% year-over-year to $24,017, while the median was unchanged at $10,000. Eleven youngsters broke the six-figure threshold, compared to just five the year before from a larger book.

Bennett noted that, with so many buyers still looking for yearlings, she expected more people to take the trip to Maryland than have in years past.

I have to say that I’ve made some hotel reservations for people that I don’t normally have to for this sale, so it’s nice to have them on campus for our sale, she said. A lot of times they come for the 2-year-old sale, but they’re not usually here as shoppers for this sale. This year, it’s different, so we’re excited to have them and hopefully they’ll find horses who fit their programs.

The buyers list at this sale tends to feature a good mix of end users and pinhookers, and resellers have done well shopping the auction in the past. Among those success stories was a $35,000 Friesan Fire colt picked up by Ocala horseman David Scanlon in 2015. Re-offered at the Fasig Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale the following May, the colt brought $850,000 from Crupi’s New Castle Farm on behalf of St. Elias Stable. Handed over to Todd Pletcher and named Army Mule, the Pennsylvania-bred garnered the TDN Rising Stardistinction for a head-turning debut romp at Belmont in April.

The resurgence of racing in Maryland has also contributed to the influx of new buyers and sellers.

I think in the past, this market has always been a good spot to find useful horses, but with the Maryland [racing] program taking off, I think people started to realize that they needed to take horses and bring consignments to Maryland, Bennett said. We have a lot of people who are coming with consignments for the first year, and that’s nice to see They’re seeing the results, and knowing that it’s a good sale, so why not be a part of it?

Among those with drafts for the first time at this sale will be John and Susan Sykes’s Woodford Thoroughbreds, which has eight consigned to the auction after selling two at Fasig July, four at Fasig Saratoga, four at the Fasig Turf Showcase and 32 at KEESEP.

We’ve sold at the 2-year-old sale up there the past couple of years, and those horses have done well, and we see some buyers up there who we don’t see in other markets, said Woodford Vice President and General Manager Matt Lyons when asked what went into the decision to bring a consignment to the Midlantic yearling sale. Our team was up there last year trying to buy yearlings to go to the 2-year-old sale and we thought it was a pretty good market and the nice individuals sold well, so when we sat down this year to decide where we were going to bring horses, we decided to bring a little draft up there and see how we do. I think we’ve got a couple nice ones, and we’re going up there with the idea of selling some and possibly buying some as well.

Of the Woodford offerings he is particularly excited about, Lyons said, We’ve got a nice Bodemeister filly (hip 239) who’s just a good, solid, nice filly; a Mineshaft colt (hip 374) who I think will be well receivedhe’s strong, fast-looking; and we’ve got a Discreet Cat filly (hip 172) too who’s a half to a couple of stakes winners. They’re just all nice individuals who could work both for pinhookers and end-users. That’s how we looked at itwill this horse work for either/or? We’re not trying to pigeonhole them.

Lyons too said he expects those who got shut out at September and other prior sales to resurface in the Old Line State.

We’ve seen a real hunger for horses [at previous yearling sales], and we’ve talked to a lot of people who have said they’re not even close to filling their orders, so we’re hoping it carries on to the Midlantic sale, he said. We’re looking forward to being there and hopefully it’ll be a good sale on both the buying and selling side.

He added, What surprised me at the end of Book 6 [of the September sale] was how many people were still working the barns. That’s not normal, really. The pinhookers were still working, there were still end users working in the morning on the last day before the sale started. That’s encouraging, and people said, ‘I’ve come here to buy six and have gotten two.’ I would certainly hope with my sellers hat on that more people will come to Maryland than normally doI’d almost expect it. Of course, there are still lots of horses to sell at OBS in their new slot in October, and then following that at Fasig-Tipton October, but I would expect to see some people coming to Maryland who normally wouldn’t, especially seeing some of the successful pinhooks we’ve seen come out of there the last few years.

After a shorter Monday afternoon session featuring the first 150 lots, the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Yearlings Sale will continue Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. with the remaining offerings. For the complete catalogue, live video and more, visit www.fasigtipton.com. @BDiDonatoTDN

Decades Of Planning Puts Meon Valley On Top

Forty years ago, a Jimmy Reppin (GB) filly who would later become known as Reprocolor (GB) was one of three yearlings purchased by Richard Galpin for Egon Weinfeld as he set about establishing his Meon Valley Stud in Hampshire. A year later, Home And Away (GB) was added to the nucleus of fillies, which included Odeon (Ire) and One In A Million (GB), who would go on to serve their owner and his family so well that only two outside purchases have been made to supplement the Meon Valley bloodlines in the intervening decades.

By the time Reprocolor’s great grandson topped the board at Book 1 of Tattersalls’ October Sale last year, this particular family’s achievements were so notable that his sale price of 2.6 million gns seemed only right. Reprocolor herself may have managed ‘only’ a third-place finish at Group 1 level, not to mention two Group 3 victories, but however talented she was herself on the track, it will be her exploits as a broodmare for which she will be long remembered.

In the case of last year’s co-top lot, Emaraaty (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}), he not only had a rock star sire to help him on his way but a Group 1-winning dam and grandam to boot, via Colorspin (GB) (High Top {GB}) and her daughter Zee ZeeTop (GB) (Zafonic). As Reprocolor’s most celebrated daughter, the G1 Irish Oaks winner Colorspin hit the bullseye with her first foal, Opera House (GB), who would claim champion older horse honours in 1992 and 1993 before being retired to stud in Japan.

And while he did plenty to hearten those who stick to the maxim that a mare’s first few foals are the best, Colorspin proved that at her elite level rules don’t apply. Her sixth foal was Opera House’s full-brother Kayf Tara (GB), the dual winner of the G1 Ascot Gold Cup among other top-class staying contests and now one of the most sought-after National Hunt sire in the British Isles. Then 11 years after Opera House came Zee Zee Top, who was retained to race under the Meon Valley nom de course of Helena Springfield Ltd and claimed the G1 Prix de l’Opera on Arc day in 2003.

Just like her forebears, Zee Zee Top has herself already given her owner-breeder a Group 1 winner in Izzi Top (GB) (Pivotal {GB}), while another daughter Jazzi Top (GB) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}) won the G2 Prix de la Nonette in Deauville.

This particular family has been kind not only to the Weinfelds who have nurtured it so carefully, but also to Sheikh Mohammed, who raced Kayf Tara and Opera House. And it looks as though another member of the Maktoum dynasty, Sheikh Hamdan, may well be about to strike further gold with Emaraaty, who posted one of the most eye-catching maiden victories of the season to date when shooting from the gates at Newbury to make all in a manner so bursting with exuberance that it was hard not to compare his style to the early days of Frankel (GB). Already quoted at 25/1 for next year’s Derby, Emaraaty has some fancy engagements in his diary for later this month.

Fate seems to decide for us which horses we keep, says Mark Weinfeld, who succeeded his father at the helm of Meon Valley. We usually keep three fillies for ourselvesa daughter of Zee Zee Top, or something like that, and the rest go to the sales. But invariably something doesn’t sell and we will end up putting that horse in training.

Fate, then, has smiled on the family. Among the recent ‘not-solds’ is Speedy Boarding (GB) (Shamardal), who failed to reach her reserve when offered at Book 1 in 2013 and went on to post two Group 1 wins in her breeder’s colours.

Generally now if a horse comes home we think it might be a lucky omen, Weinfeld adds.

But this week the focus will be firmly on the commercial side of the businessa necessity to ensure that a relatively small, private farm can continue to thrive.

Potential buyers will be both unwise and unlikely to overlook Speedy Boarding’s half-brother by Dansili (GB), who will be offered on Thursday as lot 422. The mood in the camp may well have already been set fair by then, however, as within the first hour of the sale on Tuesday, comes another Dubawi colt, this one out of Zee Zee Top’s daughter Izzi Top (lot 13). Her first foal Dreamfield (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) was unbeaten in two starts for Godolphin at two, while China Horse Club and the Mayfair Speculators teamed up last year to buy her colt by Dansili for 325,000gns.

Asked for his own selection among his draft, Weinfeld replies with the reluctance of a father asked to pick his favourite child.

I don’t really like to single any out, he says. But we do have some very nice colts this year. The Dubawi colt out of Izzi Top of course, and a smashing New Approach colt out of Shirocco Star, whose first foal ran well recently.

That first foal, Starcaster (GB) (Dansili {GB}), appears as unraced on the page of his half-brother (lot 212) but he made a pleasing debut to be third at Leicester for Hughie Morrison, who trained Shirocco Star (GB) (Shirocco {Ger})yet another descendant of Reprocolorto finish runner-up in both the Oaks and the Irish Oaks.

It’s still mostly the original families from the four foundation mares at the farm. We did buy a relation to Postponed but otherwise we’ve been lucky to have been able to keep building on those good families, says Weinfeld.

That relative newcomer is Italian Connection (GB), a Cadeaux Genereux (GB) half-sister to Postponed’s dam Ever Rigg (GB) (Dubai Destination) and the dam of three winners to date.

In the Book 1 draft from Meon Valley, another of Zee Zee Top’s daughters, the unraced Zee Zee Gee (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) is represented via her filly by Farhh (GB) (lot 308), while Speedy Boarding’s half-sister Miss Dashwood (GB) (Dylan Thomas {Ire}) is the dam of lot 103, a colt by Nathaniel (Ire). The sires of both yearlings have enjoyed decent seasonsFarhh with his limited first crop which contains the exciting G3 Acomb S. winner Wells Farhh Go (GB), and Nathaniel with his first 3-year-olds, headlined by the dazzling multiple Group 1 winner Enable (GB).

For most breeders, keeping a keen eye on the commercial side of the market is a must, but its fickle nature can make planning matings a more difficult job than it should be.

Weinfeld says, Some stallions will be totally unviable to use but I make a list of all the stallions I’d like to use well ahead of the season and then work out which mares will suit which stallions. I try to breed a racehorse rather than a sales horse and would always look at the mating from the point of view of performance.

Such a sensible strategy generally pays off in the long term and at Meon Valley the ethos has always been one of pleasing continuity.

We like to keep things as natural as possible and the horses live out as much as they can, Weinfeld adds. We start yearling prep round 1 August and they have to come in at that point but the horses are turned out every day for fresh air and a chance to stretch their legs. We walk them in hand for about an hour and a half every day and obviously we’ll lunge them as well but we keep things simple.

Keeping things simple is undoubtedly in the best interests of the yearlings as they approach their first big public appearance in the sales-ring, but how does their owner’s temperament bear up as Book 1 approaches?

Oh I do a bit of box-walking occasionally and of course I worry about something being injured or cast the day before but you can’t change anything, he admits.

Of course the sales are important but when you sell a horse the main thing is that you really want him to go on. Now matter how much they sell for it’s important that they perform and it’s so exciting when they turn out to be good. Kayf Tara’s is a fantastic legacy and his brother Opera House did pretty well in Japan. Now of course we hope that Emaraaty is going to be an exciting horse for next year.

With Group 1 entries within the coming weeks, many breeders would be hoping that Emaraaty is going to be an exciting horse this month, but for Weinfeld and his team at Meon Valley, it’s all about the long term. And that surely is the key to their success.

Dubawi Half To Zhukova Scores At Newmarket

1st-NEW, 8,000, Mdn, 9-28, 2yo, c/g, 8fT, 1:39.41, g/s.

GHAIYYATH (IRE) (c, 2, Dubawi {Ire}Nightime {Ire} {G1SW-Ire, $299,507}, by Galileo {Ire}), a 1.1million GOFNOV foal, was hooded after finishing a well-beaten third when favoured for his debut over this trip at Doncaster Sept. 15 and soon had the lead. Sent about his business inside the final quarter mile, the 11-8 favourite stayed on powerfully to secure a five-length success from Proschema (Ire) (Declaration of War). There were no fireworks from Khalid Abdullah’s newomer Midi (GB) (Frankel {GB}), with the son of Midday (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) languishing in rear throughout and finishing a disappointing 13th. Winning trainer Charlie Appleby said, He was a bit keen and that is why we put the hood on him. We wanted him to do what he does in the morning and go out there and lead them a merry gallop. We knew he had come forward from Doncaster and we will potentially put him away for the year. Out of the 2006 G1 1000 Guineas heroine Nightime, the winner who was at the time of his purchase the highest-priced colt foal sold at public auction in Ireland is therefore a half-brother to this year’s GI Man o’War S. heroine Zhukova (Ire) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}). That Dermot Weld-trained luminary is also the winner of the G3 Kilternan S. and G3 Blue Wind S., Hwt. Older Mare-Ire at 9 1/2-11f, GISW-US & MGSW-Ire, $489,594. Nightime also produced the listed-placed Sleeping Beauty (Ire) (Oasis Dream {GB}) who was responsible for the recent GIII With Anticipation S. runner-up Irish Territory (Ire) (Declaration of War), and the 3-year-old TDN Rising Star Midnight Fair (Ire) (Raven’s Pass). With a yearling filly by Zoffany (Ire) to follow, she had a love for testing ground and is passing that on to all her progeny. Lifetime Record: 2-1-0-1, $8,860. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

O-Godolphin; B-Springbank Way Stud (IRE); Charlie Appleby.

Happy Clapper Gets His Epsom Chance

Second in the past two running’s of the G1 Doncaster H. (1600m), the Pat Webster-trained Happy Clapper (Aus) (Teofilo {Ire}) will finally get his chance to claim a ‘major’ over the famed Randwick mile when he lines up as favourite in Saturday’s G1 Epsom Hcp (1600m). A winner of the G2 Tramway S. first-up before a second to Winx (Aus) in the G1 George Main S., both at Randwick, Blake Shinn should be able to give the $2.4million earner the run of the race from barrier 4.

Having finished behind Winx (Aus) on five occasions, Happy Clapper doesn’t need to worry about the mare on Saturday, but trainer Chris Waller will saddle up five of the 14, and his two mares Egg Tart (Aus) (Sebring {Aus}) and Foxplay (Aus) (Foxwedge {Aus}) could prove the stumbling blocks for the favourite. Jockey Kerrin McEvoy has formed a great relationship with Waller’s relatively lightly raced mare Egg Tart, riding her to dual Group 1 success, and with only 51 kilos on her back, the mare should relish the 1600m second up mirroring Winx’s first two starts of her 4-year-old campaign.

Second and third behind Winx (Aus) at her two runs this campaign, 4-year-old mare Foxplay is a winner of the G1 Queen Of The Turf over the Randwick mile, defeating Zanbagh (Aus) (Bernardini {USA}), who she will again meet here. The major stumbling block for jockey Hugh Bowman and Foxplay in the Epsom could be the outside barrier for the five-time-winning mare.

Waller’s three other runners, all with chances, have had their calls answered by the internationals with the Hong Kong-based Tommy Berry and Joao Moreira riding McCreery (GB) (Big Bad Bob {Ire}) and Comin’ Through (Aus) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) respectively, while triple Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Glen Boss is heading back from Singapore to partner Tom Melbourne (Ire) (Dylan Thomas {Ire}). Of the trio Tom Melbourne could be the one, dropping five kilos on his narrow last start second to Comin’ Through, who only drops two kilos from his G3 Bill Ritchie H. victory.

One at odds who will also appreciate a drop in weight is last season’s G1 Myer Classic winner I Am A Star (NZ) (I Am Invincible {Aus}). Carrying 59 kilos when beaten just over three lengths in the G2 Let’s Elope S. (1400m) at Flemington last start, the Dean Yendall-ridden mare drops to 52.5 kilos and with two wins over the mile, she could be one for the exotics.