Horse Racing

Higher stakes but not less stakes

Well, that’s one of those things that I even see coming. With the pound bleeding at the bottom of the stairs, the most expensive deal of 2022 was duly made at Tattersalls this week.

It’s always been a wild market: Keeneland has shown big spenders are immune to war and inflation, while the local currency has been on fire after new leaders sent babysitters home home and start playing with financial matches.

Sure enough, Book I took it to new heights, recording a 45% jump in sales; 30 percent average; and 25% on average. But once you combine the 20% increase in the value of the guinea since this time last year, those gains largely maintain the pattern of price appreciation that continues unabated in the US (where the total trade trade increased by 14.8%).

However, this auction already has two more drivers. One is Frankel (GB), who takes the top four and is reaching a second career position paralleling the position he achieved in his first. What remains is an extraordinary renewal of enthusiasm, especially for the seller’s other dominant steed, in the man who has long sustained the industry through good times and bad.

Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin team was once again noted for their absence from Lexington last month, having topped in September spending as recently as 2019 at $16 million. However, at Tattersalls this week, Godolphin bought 35 goji berries for 25,355,000gns, up from 15 at 9,375,000gns last year. Incredibly, that number represents 20% of the total sales!

In America’s lustful market, the defection of an investor with seemingly bottomless resources has actually stimulated domestic competition. It is difficult to know if similar sustainability could be detected in any such environment in Europe. Without Maktoums, breeders there could find themselves precariously dependent on an export market that would, logically, eventually destroy its own value. For now, the racing product has much of its competitive value to sheer heritage. But that can’t continue if a) a growing share of the talent pool is exported even before it hits the track, and b) legacy investors aren’t suited for Maktoums to suffer. have not been paid enough for a long time.

Indeed, the Sheikh seems to have been particularly buoyed by the limited opportunities left to Dubawi (Ire). The stallion he cherished to redeem the Dubai Millennium tragedy (GB) is now 20 ponies and its owner has bought up to 14 of the 21 stallions sold this week. But even those without such affection are so devoted to a small peak of the male pyramid that it is almost believable. Combine a book I designed with Frankel or Dubawi is considered a shortcut of no less than 21 out of 28 sales for 750,000 guineas or more. If only the game was so simple!

Dubai | Darley’s photo

Frankel, of course, posted a timely ad in Paris the night before the sale. Alpinista (GB) isn’t just a sloth — she’s been around — though Frankel has quickly established himself, like his king, as a profound influence to stay; while the other dam is in Hernando (Fr).

It just shows the elusive concept of class, vitally underpinned by the stamina that allows you to work at your speed. It’s a point I’ve always made about dirty blood, but sticking to the European cinema, consider another son of Galileo (Ire) currently at school. Australia (GB) is famous beyond the Ouija Board (GB) with a strength of more than a mile and a half that will be remembered in the United States However, he is said to be unlucky to be defeated only by Night Of Thunder (GB) and King (GB) per mile of G1 2,000 Guineas. The Ouija Board’s family has a variety of mixed flavors but it’s hardly the single-digit sprint recipe that many people end up trying to overcome Galileo’s (Ire) endurance. Sure enough, her third dam was from an Ascot Gold Cup winner (20 feathers). Perhaps Australia’s main academic achievement to date, however, is GI Breeders’ Cup Mile winner.

That horse, Order Of Australia, returns on Saturday with his best hourly setting for the GI Coolmore Turf Mile. There will certainly be plenty of commentary on sponsors inviting Christophe Soumillon to ride this horse for the first time, pending the two-month ban he received for a very dangerous misjudgment in France last week. . While I’ve heard some objections to this apparent indulgence, it feels like a noble gesture for a man who, in addition to being suspended from work, has lost a lucrative and esteemed job. This is not the first time these owners have offered a first step back up the ladder for someone who has humbly fallen.

It’s actions you punish, not consequences, and Sonny Leon’s exhibition of Rich Strike (Keen Ice) last weekend was at least provocative but for the fun detail that his enemies are still around. again. Instead, it’s interesting to watch Tyler Gafflione and Hot Rod Charlie’s (Oxbow) hilarity stop any slick muttering about his odds of winning.

Both horses showed all the bravery and commitment that Calumet enjoyed in its stallion list. Whether that helps their brood turn the tide remains to be seen, but this is an animated farm by edifying priorities even if executions sometimes show them marching. follow his own drum.

Rich Strike & Hot Rod Charlie fights it for a long time | Coady Photography

Rich Strike famously wore Calumet colors until it earned the 17-degree claim last year, and there’s hardly anything to regret more than War Like Goddess (English Channel). Both she and her dam were scrapped cheaply and her excellence now cannot support her late husband, who has done so much to vindicate the information. Calumet’s message.

Sold for $1,200 at weaning, War Like Goddess raised her value to $30,000 as a 2-year-old when her stunted growth was identified by Donato Lanni. The agent will take a lot of satisfaction from the way she has blossomed since then, recalling that early horseback riding brought him the kind of customer who could shop right at the other end of the market. . Then the War Like Goddess suit was purchased for the man who first started Lanni, 20 years ago, George Krikorian.

Her Damire, North Light (Ire), could well prove to be the last Epsom Derby winner standing in Kentucky. When you think about the race-defining legacy of so many of his predecessors, from first-time winner Diomed in Blenheim to Roberto, it’s a bleak prospect. But you never know, one day the wheel might turn around.

That’s the whole beauty of this game: you never know. Perhaps War Like Goddess, in its GI Joe Hirsch Turf Classic bid, might remind some of those who used to jump over Frankel-shaped hoops at Tattersalls why this game is known as a great leveler. Maybe one of the 16 players who made seven numbers this week will go on and win the Epsom Derby. But few, if any, will run anything like War Like Goddess, who was sold for $1,000 unsold when it was her turn in a much-anticipated sale. Okay, so we never know. But I think it’s a fact you know.


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