The sales season is upon us following a successful Glorious Goodwood, the highlight of which was the victory of Moviesta (pictured) in the Group 2 King George Stakes. Bought at last year’s Tattersalls Craven Sale for 44,000gns, he has been really consistent for Bryan Smart this season – his King George win was his third of the season and followed placed efforts in competitive handicaps at York and Newmarket. It’s not easy for three-year-old sprinters to make an impact against their elders but Moviesta has already proven he can take on the older generation and it will fascinating to see how he fares if he runs in the Nunthorpe Stakes.
It was also good to see Guy Brook’s Snow Trouble, a 100,000gns two-year-old buy in April with Marcus Tregoning, get off the mark in a traditionally strong maiden on the final day at Goodwood. A good-looking son of Tapit, he holds several big race entries.
Another two-year-old, Miracle Of Medinah, cost only £3,000 last autumn but has become an excellent flag-bearer for Mark Usher this year. He has already banked over £25,000 for the High Jinks Partnership and recently followed up wins at Lingfield and Salisbury with victory in the Listed Rose Bowl Stakes at Newbury. He’s a tough colt who should continue to pay his way.
Meanwhile, Aislabie mare Play Bouzouki is enjoying a productive season as the dam of Zanetto, winner of the Listed Carnavon Stakes for Andrew Balding, and Dream Tune, who ran second in the Buckingham Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot for Clive Cox. And it was nice to see last season’s Group 2-placed two-year-old Taayel make a seasonal winning debut at Doncaster earlier this month for John Gosden – his dam Sakhee’s Song was bought for 55,000gns in 2010 and has a Mount Nelson filly catalogued to the DBS Premier Sale by her breeder Newsells Park Stud.