We’re pleased to have got our first sale of the season under our belts with some decent results.
The Goffs UK Premier Sale is one that has grown in popularity over the last few years and we went with what we felt was a strong draft of suitable horses for the type usually sold there and were rewarded with a top-ten slot for the Kodiac colt out of Spring Surprise (pictured). We’re delighted to hear that he will be trained by the excellent Ger Lyons after he became the sixth-most expensive horse of the sale at £210,000. In the end, we sold all five of the yearlings we took to Doncaster for an average price of £78,200 – highly satisfying results from only our second year consigning there.
Of course there’s no let up now until the end of the December Sales and all of our focus at the moment is on getting our Tattersalls October horses ready for the ring. We’re really honoured to have been asked by James Wigan to sell his extremely nice Galileo filly named Gloam, who is the first foal of his dual Grade 1 winner Dank. Once again, we have also been sent a lovely bunch of horses from Philippa Cooper as well as a number of other clients. Now it’s just a case of getting them all there in one piece and looking their best!
Conor and I had a great day at Mickley Stud a few weeks ago to see the stallions and a parade of Heeraat yearlings. We were very pleased for Richard Kent that the first batch of Heeraat yearlings sell so well at Doncaster, with two bringing six-figure sums in the Premier Sale and another Mickley homebred topping the Silver Sale. He gets a good, strong type and they look like they could be reasonably early runners.
The days are long at the moment so Jenny and I seem to spend a lot of time falling asleep in front of the TV but when we have stayed awake long enough to see the racing, we’ve been thrilled to see some decent success for a number of our former pinhooks, including Karar (another bred by James Wigan), who made all to win the G3 Prix du Pin on Sunday, and Justice Lady, who looked very impressive when winning for the fifth time for David Elsworth at Sandown.
It’s also been nice to see some of our winter boarders doing well. Second Step won the Listed August Stakes for Roger Charlton after finishing second in the G3 Glorious Stakes at Goodwood, while Hope Is High recently won her third race of the season for John Berry.