Horse Racing

Who’s hot ahead of the Tattersalls December sale?

The insatiable demand for ponies is evident in the figures recorded at Goffs last week with sales increasing 16% to €29,561,000 and the average increasing 16% to €40,110.

At the top end of the market, King (GB) dominated with three ponies by the Juddmonte-based stallion which sold for a total of €1,540,000 and one of Europe’s top horse racers Philipp Stauffenberg signed the mare. price 550,000 euros.

Tally-Ho Stud may be best known for being a salesman but they overtook Stauffenberg for the title of top spender by signing a deal to buy 19 ponies for €1,429,000. Juddmonte, Yeomanstown, BBA Ireland and Camas Park Stud were also present at the Goffs.

Aside from the last one, there were interesting trends that popped up last week that could well impact how this week’s Big December Sale at Tattersalls plays out.

What first season does the buyer want? Who are the emerging forces in the stallion ranks and where might the value lie at Tattersalls? We’ve tested all of that and more.

Stocks in Mehmas and New Bay are booming

It’s been a breakout year for Mehmas (Ire) and New Bay (GB), who raised their fees for 2023 after memorable campaigns for their respective progeny and, based on success, of the ponies at Goffs, they can once again be expected to play a leadership role at the Tattersalls.

Let’s start with Mehmas, a stallion who started his stallion career at Tally-Ho in 2017 for a fee of €12,500 and rose to €60,000 after another memorable campaign, featuring the athlete. sprint win in Group 1 Minzaal (Ire).

New Bay did the same thing at Ballylinch in that he climbed the ranks the hard way. He also joined the stallion ranks in 2017, for €20,000, but his fee for 2023 has increased to €75,000 from €37,500 with Bay Bridge (GB), Bayside Boy (Ire) and Saffron Beach (Ire) are trying their best to advertise their steed strength at the highest level this season.

Nine New Bays sold at Goffs for an average of €80,750, topped by ponies selling for €145,000 and €140,000, while Mehmas also had a similarly productive sale of 26 ponies. sold for an average price of €62,455. Mehmas’ four ponies broke the €100,000 mark with BBA Ireland going up to €160,000 to win a pony alongside the stallion.

What was clear about last week’s results was that Mehmas and New Bay were the emerging forces in the European stallion ranks. There are 30 Mehmas ponies and 16 New Bays at Tattersalls this week and it will be interesting to see how they perform.

Sergei To Splash?

The Whitsbury Manor Stud team must dip their toes into the market with some of Sergei Prokofiev’s (Can) first ponies to be knocked out by Goffs. It’s hard to know how that will prepare for a stellar campaign with the first stallion Havana Gray leading the way with the number of ponies about to be sold by Sergei Profkofiev at Tattersalls this week.

The Goffs offering went well; One foal earns €52,000 while the WH Bloodstock team pays €45,000 for another. Of the six ponies sold at Goffs, they cost an average of €34,167. Not bad for a stallion costing £6,500 in his first season at the school.

Indeed, Sergei Prokofiev from the Scat Daddy line is proving to be very popular. He’s also obviously pretty good looking, as he raked in $1,100,000 as an aspiration before forging a decent career without snagging the top of Group 1 for Aidan O’Brien.

There are 60 ponies by Sergei Prokofiev at the Tattersalls this week. They should provide a better sample size of his position to the buyers.

Najd Stud Snap Up Foals

We’re used to seeing Najd Stud play a major role in the sale of training horses but it was interesting to see Saudi-based apparel contracting for four ponies at Goffs. Is that a sign of things to come at the Tattersalls this week?

Najd Stud didn’t turn off the lights in Goffs either. One foal Ghaiyyath (Ire) topped the total spending of €134,500 for five ponies. Interestingly, Shadwell’s Commonwealth Cup winner Eqtidaar (Ire) who takes second place next year for the first time, is among the purchases for €36,000 as well as a valuable Belardo (Ire) pony. price 3,500 € on the last day of the sale.

Sires based on Kildangan Come to Trumps

Speaking of Ghaiyyath, the Kildangan-based freshman got off to a solid start at Goffs with his first 11 ponies selling for €824,000, averaging €74,909.

Top Go players Pier House Stud bought the stallion’s top two ponies for €185,000 and €145,000 respectively, and few would be surprised if the four-time winner’s offers Winning in Group 1 also offers good discounts at Tattersalls.

Of the 11 ponies cataloged by Ghaiyyath at Tattersalls, one pony resembles a sister to the New York Girl (Ire) (New Approach {Ire}) and a half-brother to the Giant Global giant (GB) (Shamardal) is at least prominent on paper.

The stallions based on Kildangan Blue Point (Ire) and Earthlight (Ire) also work well. Earthlight has 17 ponies that sold for €942,500 at an average of €55,441 with Tally-Ho, Lynn Lodge Stud, Peter and Ross Doyle among the significant buyers of his descendants.

Even more impressive is the figure posted by Blue Point, who sold 20 lots for €1,011,500 at an average of €56,194. The most prominent were the ponies knocked down for €200,000 each for Camas Park Stud and Katsumi Yoshida.

Blue Point’s hatchlings were similarly warmly received. Famous for winning the King’s Stand and Diamond Jubilee S. in the same week at Royal Ascot in 2019, Blue Point will have its first two-year-olds appear on the track in 2023, with males. non aspires to average over €100,000 this year.

His stats represent favorably against proven sires Dark Angel (Ire), Showcasing (GB), Kodiac (GB), Sparkling banner (Aus) and Acclamation (GB) on averages for a number of similar batches that passed at the Goffs last week. It will be interesting to see if he can maintain that momentum at Tattersalls.

Sires first season

The race for next year’s first season championship is being billed as one of the most exciting renewals in a long time with Too Darn Hot (GB), Blue Point, Waldgeist (GB), Greek Magna (Ire), Ten Sovereigns (Ire), Bell (GB), Advertise (GB), Invincible Army (Ire), Land Force (Ire) and Soldier’s Call (GB) have first runners in 2023.

As mentioned above, Blue Point performed well at the Goffs while some of the top riders were behind the descendants of some of the first season’s stallions.

Ad is the one who has come up with excellent numbers from a relatively small sample size at Goffs and one would imagine that Tattersalls would provide a more accurate barometer when he has 19 ponies in there.

But the Goffs results read well. Six ponies sold for an average of 32,167€, more than The Invincibles [14 for €29,773], Ten Sovereigns [15 for €26,833] and Soldier’s Call [14 for €26,417]. Those numbers can be averaged this week. Time will answer.

First crop of note

Along with Ghaiyyath, Earthlight and Sergei Prokofiev, whom we have already mentioned, several stallions had their first crop under the hammer at Goffs.

Some more interesting results have been posted by Arizona (Ire), perhaps unsurprisingly he is the son of the king of the moment, No Now Neverwhile King Of Change (GB), Mohaather (GB), sottsass (Fr) and Without Parole (GB) capture the imagination.

Peter Nolan paid 60,000 euros for a half-brother in Arizona with Eldrickjones (Ire) (Cotai Glory {GB}) while the freshman male at Coolmore, only 5,000 euros, averaged 20,192 euro for 13 ponies.

sottsass was a class horse more than most of the competition in his debut and that was shown by the figures at the Goffs with the previous Arc winner having the same average score as Mehmas, Invincible Spirit (Ire) and Dark Angel. There are 11 ponies by sottsass at Goffs and they sell for an average price of €61,100 and a top price of €180,000.

G1 Sussex winner S. Mohaather made a good impression with 5 ponies selling for an average price of €49,250 including the top consignment of €95,000 while No Parole had 4 ponies sold with The average price is 27,000 € and the highest is 70,000 €.

King Of Change recently had to transfer after being acquired from Derrinstown by Starfield Stud and it looks like it could be the right move given the record of his first ponies.

Peter and Ross Doyle paid €50,000 for a stallion foal, who averaged €24,714 for the seven ponies sold. That’s a good return for a Group 1 winning steed, who will only cost €5,000 next year.

Coolmore can be trusted Wootton Bassett And No Now Never

Wootton Bassett (GB) and No Now Never Flag for Coolmore at Goffs while the need for descendants of Saxon Warrior (Jpn) has obviously had a great fall for the first season males.

Wootton Bassett was better just by King and Galileo, who between them only accounted for four ponies at Goffs, for the highest average posted.

Son of G1 National Outstanding Winner S. Al Riffa, Wootton Bassett clearly attracted attention last week, with seven ponies selling for €1,345,000 at an average of €224,167, putting him in third place in that particular table.

No Now Never finished in eighth place with an average posted above €134,800 and, while Saxon Warrior not on that list for €52,263, he posted a large compilation with 21 ponies selling for €993,000. That is the seventh highest total recorded by any stallion.


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