Arctic rolls off to stud
Katherine Fidler with a bloodstock review of the racing week and news from the sales.
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The sales scene has been particularly busy this week across the globe, while stallion news, moves and fees continue to hit the headlines.
• Dual Cartier award-winner Frankel has a stellar book of outside mares already lined up for 2013, and while Juddmonte's own mating plans are yet to be finalised, matches with six-time Group 1 scorer Midday (Oasis Dream), her dam Midsummer (Kingmambo) and 2010 broodmare of the year Binche (Woodman) look on the cards. Interest in Sir Henry Cecil's champion charge has come in from across the globe, with recent Breeders' Cup heroine Zagora (Green Tune) and Oatsee (Unbridled), dam of four Graded stakes winners to date, two USA residents likely to make the trip overseas for a meeting with Galileo's unbeaten son.
• Shackleford, the 2008 produce out of Oatsee, ended his career on a high at the weekend after landing the Grade 1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs. The son of Forestry scored three top-flight wins during two campaigns, including the 2011 Preakness Stakes, and will now be let down ahead of his first season standing at Darby Dan Farm.
• Arctic Cosmos, who gave William Buick his first Classic win when landing the 2010 St Leger, will stand at The Old Road Stud, County Waterford, from 2013. The son of Derby-winner North Light had in his wake the globe-trotters Snow Fairy and Joshua Tree when scoring at Doncaster, both of whom are multiple Group/Grade 1 winners. Trained by John Gosden throughout his 14 race career, Arctic Cosmos will stand alongside Witness Box and Cloudings for a fee of £1,500.
• Another Group 1-winning stayer, 2011 Melbourne Cup hero Americain, will stand at Calumet Farm in Kentucky from next season. Bred in the USA and trained in France by Alain de Royer-Dupre, the son of Dynaformer retires with earnings in excess of £3.3m.
• Dubawi may be spending the winter at a chilly Dalham Hall Stud, but a colt from his last venture across the globe to more sunny climes proved a popular entry on day one of the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale in Auckland last week. A second foal out of Magic Tori (Ali-Royal), this southern hemisphere-bred colt was knocked down to Michael Stedman for NZ$250,000, a more than worthwhile return on the A$65,000 paid for him by Mark and Shelley Treweek's at last year's Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.
The top lot, fetching NZ$300,000, was bought by Hong Kong-based Dennis Yip, who also purchased the day's third most expensive lot on offer when going to NZ$240,00 for a son of Towkay. Yip's most pricey purchase is by Casino Prince, whose son All Too Hard, a half-brother to sprinting sensation Black Caviar, recently landed the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas.
Day two provided the overall session topper - and several others to beat Tuesday's top lot - headed by an NZ$480,000 son of Champion sire Fastnet Rock. Coolmore's High Chaparral and Darley's Exceed And Excel tied for third place as juvenile colts by the pair both hit the NZ$350,00 mark, just headed by an Encosta De Lago colt, selling for NZ$360,000.
• The Goffs November Foal Sale was, as last year, topped by Sea The Stars' progeny, though on this occasion Lot 735 was the only offering from Gillstown Stud's second crop sire. With five foals by the 2009 Derby winner making their way into the ring 12 months ago all hitting six-figure sums, it should come as no surprise that the results for last year's renewals were particularly impressive, and explains the drop in some figures seen last week, despite strong trade overall. An extra day of selling due to the larger catalogue was reflected by a 2% rise in aggregate to €14,747,350, while the €25,873 average and €15,000 median had dropped 11% and 6% respectively; this seemed to be of little concern overall however thanks to buoyant trade and strong clearance rates following a slow start.
Thursday's aforementioned top lot, out of the Shirley Heights mare Mood Swings, is a half-brother to Group 3 Gallinule Stakes winner Grand Ducal (Danehill Dancer) and a further seven siblings to have triumphed on the track. Tom Goff of Blandford Bloodstock held off John Clarke when making the winning bid of €310,000.
Earlier in the week there had been plenty of activity going on around offerings by a number of first season sires, notably those by Flying Childers winner Zebedee (Invincible Spirit), whose former owner Julie Wood was one of many to part with a five figure sum when securing three lots, two colts and a session-topping filly, by the Tally-Ho Stud resident. Dual French Classic winner Lope De Vega also proved popular, with two offspring breaking the €100,000 barrier, while all six to sell earned a total of €457,000.
• Like the earlier foal sessions, the two day breeding stock portion of Goffs' November Sale had to contend with exceptional results 12 months previously, courtesy of Jim Bolger's multiple Group winner Banimpire (Holy Roman Emperor), who fetched a record-breaking €2.3m. Strong trade was witnessed throughout both sessions however, resulting in an increased set of figures all round. The €8,154,000 aggregate represented a 17% rise from 2011, mirrored by increases in both average and median to €27,829 (+5%) and €11,000 (+10%) respectively. The cumulative statistics for the foal, yearling and breeding stock sales also showed a rise in aggregate to €23,158,350, while a slow start to the opening foal session may explain the slight drop in both average and median.
• The premature loss of Ballylinch Stud resident King's Theatre (Sadler's Wells) was felt all the more on Saturday when his son Captain Chris got back to winning ways in the Grade 2 Amlin 1965 Chase. After several disappointing outings, particularly at Cheltenham when jumping markedly out to the right, his regular jockey Richard Johnson kept the eight-year-old close to the rail and, despite heavy going, put three and three quarter lengths over runner-up For Non Stop (Alderbrook). Buyers looking for the next Captain Chris, Cue Card, Riverside Theatre or Menorah may have paid a visit to last week's Tattersall's Ireland November National Hunt Sale, which featured a number of foals from the final crop of King's Theatre - the most expensive of which was knocked down for €75,000 to Ben Case.