Bloodstock Bites: Centre stage
Chris Hill brings us the latest news from the bloodstock world as progeny of King's Theatre stole the limelight.
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At Cheltenham's two-day International meeting, former Ballylinch Stud resident King's Theatre was responsible for a Grade Two double courtesy of the victories of Nigel Twiston-Davies' The New One (King's Theatre) in the International Hurdle and David Pipe's Kings Palace (King's Theatre), who put in an electric round of jumping to land the Bristol Novices' Hurdle.
Three times a graduate of Tattersalls Ireland, on the final occasion making €25,000 when purchased by Highflyer Bloodstock at the 2011 Derby Sale, Champion Hurdle favourite The New One is the only winner to date out of the French Listed Hurdle third Thuringe (Turgeon) and therefore hails from the family of French Listed hurdle winner Droit Divin (Diamond Prospect) and multiple French Listed flat winner Sigmaringen (Jefferson).
The sole winner to date out of the Uttoxeter Listed Mares' Novices' Chase winner Sarahs Quay, Kings Palace is also a graduate of Tattersalls Ireland having been bought for €5,000 at their November National Hunt Sale before entering the Goffs sales ring in 2011 where Ash Stables paid €18,000 to acquire the then three year-old at the June National Hunt Sale.
A full sister to Kings Palace from the final crop of King's Theatre was born in 2012 and sold to Stow Stud at last year's Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt sale for just €4,500, an investment that could look all the better should Kings Palace claim the Grade One Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.
J P McManus' five year-old gelding More Of That (Beneficial) maintained his unbeaten record in impressive fashion when leading home paternal sibling Salubrious (Beneficial) in the Grade Two Relkeel Hurdle under A P McCoy for Jonjo O'Neill, in the process completing a double on the afternoon for his dam Guigone following the victory of his two year-older full brother Eastlake in the Jenny Mould Memorial Handicap Chase for the same connections.
"More Of That (Beneficial) maintained his unbeaten record in impressive fashion when leading home paternal sibling Salubrious (Beneficial), in the process completing a double on the afternoon for his dam Guigone."
A two-time winner over jumps in France, Guigone has produced seven winners to date, a number that as well as the aforementioned More Of That and Eastlake includes the Grade Two Elite Hurdle winner Santenay (Mister Mat), the French Grade Three hurdle runner-up Chamirey (Cadoudal) and French Listed hurdle runner-up Icone (Nikos).
Fox Norton (Lando), a €20,000 purchase by trainer Nick Williams at the 2011 Arqana Deauville Autumn Mixed Sale, was a game winner under Noel Fehily of Doncaster's Grade Two Summit Juvenile Hurdle. Out of the French placed mare Natt Musik (Kendor), the winner is a half-brother to the French four-time winner Notturno (Panis), from the further family of Grade Two River Don Novices' Hurdle third Bluedonix (Linamix) and the 1979 Irish 1000 Guineas and Oaks heroine Godetia (Sir Ivor).
Last week's sole Grade One, the Navan Novice Hurdle, ended up being a match race between Willie Mullins' Briar Hill (Flemensfirth) and Eoin Griffin's Azorian (Westerner) with Andrea and Graham Wylie's Weatherbys Champion Bumper winner running out an unextended winner.
Out of Backaway (Bob Back), an unraced full sister to the same connections' Grade One Dr P J Moriarty Novice Chase and 2011 Navan Novice Hurdle winner Boston Bob (Bob Back), Briar Hill has twice been through the sales ring, first when bought at the 2008 Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale by Highfield Farm for €7,200 and then when Harold Kirk paid €100,000 for the full brother to the hurdle winner Futuramic (Shantou) at the 2012 DBS Spring Horses in Training Sale.
Royal Caviar (Vinnie Roe) withstood a lengthy stewards' enquiry after bumping the Stuart Crawford-trained runner-up Fine Rightly (Alflora) in the final furlong of the Grade Two 'Future Champions' INH Flat Race at Navan, only to have the result overturned on appeal and the Patricia Duffin homebred promoted to the race winner.
One of two winners out of the bumper winner Bealtaine (Zaffaran), a full-sister to the Grade Two hurdle runner-up Another Rum (Zaffaran), Fine Rightly is a half-brother to the three-time hurdle winner Aibrean (Winged Love) from the family of the Listed jumps winners Barton (Prominer) and Get Out Of Me Way (Raise You Ten) and the Champion Chase and Melling Chase winner Katabatic (Strong Gale).
In breeding News, four-time champion New Zealand sire and two-time champion Australian sire Zabeel has been retired from covering duties at Cambridge Stud having been responsible for forty-three Group One winners including Melbourne Cup victors Efficient, Jezabeel and Might And Power.
"Brightwells' sale held at Cheltenham last Friday saw familiar purchaser Harold Kirk spend £290,000 to secure the Irish point-to-point winner Tell Us More (Scorpion) on behalf of Willie Mullins, a significant increase on the 27,000 euros previously paid."
The two-time Group Three winner and 2009 Racing Post Trophy runner-up Elusive Pimpernel is set to move from Islanmore Stud in County Limerick to the Irish National Stud for the 2014 covering season where the stallion, who covered champion mare Snow Fairy this season, will stand alongside Group One winners Amadeus Wolf, Art Connoisseur and Lord Shanakill as well as Champion Two year-old sire Invincible Spirit among others.
Brightwells' final thoroughbred sale of 2014 held at Cheltenham last Friday saw familiar purchaser Harold Kirk spend £290,000 to secure the Irish point-to-point winner Tell Us More (Scorpion) on behalf of Champion Irish trainer Willie Mullins, a significant increase on the €27,000 paid for the gelding by previous owner William Drew at the 2012 Goffs Land Rover National Hunt Sale.
Out of the unraced mare Zara's Victory (Old Vic), Tell Us More is from the family of the 1999 Irish Grand National winner Glebe Lad (Le Bavard) and black-type winning chasers Stashed Away (Treasure Hunter) and Bennie's Pride (Welsh Term) as well as the Grade One winner Foildubh (Woods of Windsor) and dual Grade Two winner In Contrast (Be My Native).
Another Irish trainer, Gordon Elliott, was involved in the purchase of the sale's second priciest lot when Mystical Dreamer (Flemensfirth), a Sedgefield bumper winner in November for owner and vendor Ronnie O'Leary, was bought by Mags O'Toole and Elliott for £160,000.
Mystical Dreamer was bought by O'Leary at the Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale for just €27,000 and is out of a half-sister to the Italian Grade One winning hurdler Valgano (Acatenango) and Listed German hurdle winner Viper (Banyumanik) and therefore hails from the family of Cherry Hinton Stakes winner Memory (Danehill Dancer).
By the close of the sale that also saw Noel Meade's four-time Grade One winner Pandorama (Flemensfirth) change hands for just £20,000, the aggregate had reached £1,569,000, a reduction of 22% on the 2012 sale, though this is partly explained by a 20% smaller catalogue, with the clearance rate a healthy 78% and the average price of £50,613 a 10% increase on 2012.
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