This week had a truly international flavour, as top-flight racing worldwide was matched in excitement by high-price bidding at Tattersalls courtesy of owners and agents from around the globe.
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- Future Champions Day suggested Dawn Approach would prove just that, as the son of freshman sire New Approach earned a second Group 1 when landing the Dewhurst at Newmarket on Saturday. The win comes less than a fortnight after a full-sister to the Jim Bolger-bred and trained colt sold to Peter and Ross Doyle for €775,000 at the Goffs Orby Yearling Sale. Bolger also trained Group 3 Autumn Stakes winner Trading Leather, whose sire Teofilo, like New Approach, won the Dewhurst.
- The meeting also provided young sire Lawman with half of a juvenile black-type double which came within the space of five minutes. A trip to San Siro proved more than worthwhile for Law Enforcement, as the Richard Hannon-trained colt turned over ten rivals in the Group 1 Gran Criterium to win by a length from Sorella Bella (Clodovil). Five minutes after post time in Italy, Just The Judge lined up for the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes, keeping her unbeaten record intact seven furlongs later. Lawman, a French Derby and Prix Jean Prat winner, has already enjoyed top-flight success with his first crop, which included St James's Palace Stakes winner Most Improved.
"A trip to San Siro proved more than worthwhile for Law Enforcement, as the Richard Hannon-trained colt turned over ten rivals in the Group 1 Gran Criterium"
- Tattersalls Book 1 Yearling Sale has long been recognised as a source of potential top-class performers on the turf, and this year's renewal proved no different as record after record was smashed during the three day extravaganza. The first day aggregate of 23,016,000gns topped that of any session since the sale's inception back in 2003, but this record was to last only 24 hours after the 140 lots sold on day 2 amassed 25,022,000gns, helped by two Galileo fillies commanding 1.3m and 1.5m gns apiece. The pair were usurped at the top of the leader board on day three however when another paternal sibling, this time a three-parts brother to Derby winner Authorized, went on to hit the highest fee paid worldwide for a yearling in 2012. Already named Hydrogen, the 2.5m gns paid by David Redvers for the colt boosted the sale's final aggregate of 68,102,500gns, setting a new record for any European yearling sale, boasting an average and median of 162,925gns and 100,000gns respectively.
"Sunday proved it's still possible to pick up a bargain when ¿2,200 Tattersalls Ireland purchase Seolan landed the Listed Staffordstown Stud Stakes at the Curragh"
Selling for Book 2 of the sale commenced at 10am on Monday.
- The big bucks may have been on display earlier in the week, but Sunday proved it's still possible to pick up a bargain when €2,200 Tattersalls Ireland purchase Seolan landed the Listed Staffordstown Stud Stakes at the Curragh. The daughter of Alhaarth was making just her second appearance, having won at Listowel last month when notching up a first victory for her dam, Kawaha (Danehill Dancer). The victory helped boost Alhaarth's tally to 23 black-type winners, with Group 1 scorers Haafhd, Phoenix Reach and Awzaan leading the way.
- Sprinting sensation Black Caviar may not have yet made her seasonal debut, but her half-brother All Too Hard handed favourite Pierro (Lonhro) a shock defeat when claiming the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas by half a length. A Group 2 winner as a juvenile, the first crop son of Casino Prince was sent off at 11/1 following two recent three length defeats, one at the hooves of Saturday's odds-on favourite. Sold for A$1,025,000 at last year's Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, the colt is a third foal for his dam Helsinge (Desert Sun), whose fourth foal, a filly by Redoute's Choice, equalled the highest price paid in Australia for a yearling filly when selling for A$2.6m at this year's renewal of the Sydney event.
- Champion Australian sire Flying Spur has been retired from stud duties due to declining fertility. The son of Danehill, a three-time Group 1 winner, made an immediate impact upon his arrival at Arrowfield Stud, landing the 1999-2000 freshman sire title Down Under, before being crowned overall Champion Sire and Juvenile Sire in 2007. Of his 86 black-type winners to date, 12 have secured victories at top-flight, while his son Casino Prince looks set to take up the family trade after claiming last season's first season sire title before adding Saturday's Caulfield Guineas win to his tally.
"The legacy of Sunday Silence continues to grow as a year after Orfevre landed the Japanese Triple Crown, Gentildonna achieved the same feat in the fillies' Classics"
- The legacy of Sunday Silence continues to grow as a year after Orfevre (Stay Gold) landed the Japanese Triple Crown, Gentildonna (Deep Impact) achieved the same feat in the fillies' Classics. Both are by sons of Sunday Silence, with the latter, also a Triple Crown hero, living up to his name after making an impact indeed from his first three crops. Gentildonna held on by just a nose from paternal sibling Verzina in the Shuka Sho (Japanese St Leger) at Kyoto to secure the title, having got the better of her sister in all three of the Classics. The season has been replete with Classic titles for the sire, having also claimed the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) with his son Deep Brillante, while the former Ellie Lellouche-trained Beauty Parlour landed the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (French 1,000 Guineas), beating a field which included subsequent dual Group/Grade 1 winner Samitar (Rock Of Gibraltar).
- The late Montjeu continued his domination of the Grade 1 Canadian International at Woodbine late on Sunday night courtesy of his son Joshua Tree, winner of the event in 2010. The Marco Botti-trained colt filled second place last year behind paternal sibling Sarah Lynx, whilst fellow globe-trotter Jukebox Jury finished just half a length second to Champs Elysees (Danehill) in 2009. The continued top-flight success of Montjeu offspring and popularity of his yearlings further underline what a loss to the bloodstock sector his premature death earlier this year will be.
- The Ballydoyle team suffered tense times last week after the triple Classic-winning son of Montjeu, Camelot, underwent exploratory colic surgery at Fethard Veterinary Hospital. Thankfully the three-year-old is reported to be doing well following the operation, and has returned home to Ballydoyle.