The end of a long year with grass racing over and the December sales bringing the curtain down on the auction season.
Tattersalls December Mare sale was busy with 9 purchases – none were high profile but hopefully there were some sneaky bargains that will become higher profile with time. Sadler’s Wells mare CHEERFULLY is out of a stakes performer and has some good potential updates that will hopefully come to fruition. She will board at Aislabie Stud until after foaling and until she’s safely back in-foal and then she’ll move to a stud closer to the owner in the Midlands. Group 3 winner SHOT BLESS will be going to visit exciting 2012 first season sire, Mount Nelson, who she should suit both physically and on pedigree. Two of my other purchases will be covered by Dubai Destination before being exported to Saudi Arabia. One other will go straight to Saudi Arabia, one to Kuwait and one to Ireland.
The highlight of the Tattersalls December Sale for me was Aislabie Stud selling MY SWEET BABY – this Group 3 winning filly is a half-sister to Dubai World Cup winner Gladiatorus with the mighty Al Bahathri for her second dam. I bought her privately for the stud in the summer of 2010 from Italy to initially race in Dubai for Fawzi Nass. Sadly though she didn’t like the ground in Dubai and returned to the stud early this summer and had been allowed to let-down. By the time she came to the sale she was the most lovely looking filly and was a credit to the staff at Aislabie. There was plenty of interest and I was absolutely thrilled when she made a whopping 390,000 Guineas when bought by top breeder Katsumi Yoshida – she will be exported to Japan. The sale was a big feather in the cap for Aislabie and was also a decent profit for it.
It is the time of year that I am advising breeders on suitable stallion coverings for their mares. I do enjoy this greatly, especially if I know what the mare looks like and what type of foal she produces. Having seen the stallions and having learned what the established stallions progeny tend to look like, gives me the complete picture. So putting all of this together to match with the pedigree and budget is very satisfying, especially if in years to come the resultant progeny prove their worth. I do not charge to offer this advice as all stallion masters pay the agent 5% commission which should be declared on the contract.