The Krypton Factor

The start of the New Year is always a quieter time for a Flat agent than of recent months.  There is lots of clearing-up of unfinished business left over from the busy sales season; I do quite a few end of year valuations of clients bloodstock; there are still stallion nominations to be advised on and booked at the best possible deal.

Having done a fair bit of pheasant shooting during January, I did attend the Tattersalls February sale where I bought 3 mares for Newsells Park Stud to go to their exciting young sire Mount Nelson.  I think it is commendable that the stud are supporting the stallion so much especially as he’s already got over 80 mares booked to him – a good number for a 4th season sire – and they’re still getting contacted by breeders.  I also bought recent winner Sujet Bellagio for new connections that are sending him back to trainer Brian Meehan.

At the Goffs February sale I bought two mares.  I thought that 4yo Refuse To Bend filly Be Amazing was good value at €18,000 and she’s already been covered by Holy Roman Emperor since the sale.  She’s a half-sister to Gr.1 placed Asset from the great Icing family.  I was equally delighted with the purchase of Blue Beacon – this daughter of Blue Duster was carrying to the great Acclamation and could be a good commercial buy.

KRYPTON FACTOR is really starting to get his act together in Dubai for owner/trainer Fawzi Nass.  In 2011 there were few races for a 3yo like him there, but now in 2012 he has good opportunities over 6 furlongs on either Tapeta or grass.  Having been second on his seasonal debut, he won a handicap on his next start and then was narrowly denied a win when a fast finishing second by a diminishing short-head in the Group 3 Al Shindagha Sprint.  He will take-on the winner again in the Group 3 Mahab Al Shimaal to try and book his place in the field for the Group 1 Golden Shaheen on World Cup night.  He is fast improving and is one to note.

STRAWBERRYDAIQUIRI had her first start for Californian trainer Ben Cecil and was a commendable fourth in the Grade 2 Buena Vista Handicap at Santa Anita.  A program of a Grade 2 followed by another tilt at a Grade 1 is planned before she visits Street Cry later this Spring – she will then be brought back to join the Aislabie Stud broodmare band, which is increasing and rising dramatically in quality.

Aislabie Stud, at which I am Manager, is in full flow with foals being born, mares arriving in from English, French and Irish breeders to visit Newmarket stallions, and mares being taken to be covered.  We’ve already had a few mares scanned in-foal, so the breeding season is going well so far.  The lack of real rain will soon be an issue for all stud owners, but luckily our land bares-up better than most being on clay – so we have grass when others are struggling.  Even so, we could do with doing a few rain-dances for all of our wellbeing!

Future Sales –

Goffs – Breeze-Up Sale at Kempton – Breeze & Sale Tuesday 3rd April – 100 lots catalogued.  In 2011 – 65 2yos sold for a median of £20,000.

Tattersalls – Craven Breeze-Up Sale – Breeze Tues 17th April; Sale Wed 18th & Thurs 19th April – 183 lots catalogued.  In 2011 – 112 2yos sold for a median of 60,000 Guineas.

DBS – Breeze-Up Sale – Breeze Sun 22nd April; Sale Monday 23rd April – 192 lots catalogued.  In 2011 – 109 2yos sold for a median of £20,000.

DBS April Horses-in-Training Sale – Tuesday 24th April –  In 2011 – 108 HIT sold for a median of £4,500.

Tattersalls Guineas Breeze-Up & Horses-in-Training Sale – Thursday 3rd & Friday 4th May – New sale for 2012.

Arqana Breeze-Up Sale at Saint-Cloud – Friday 11th & Saturday 12th May – 165 lots catalogued.  In 2011 – 111 2yos sold for a median of €50,000.

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