F.B.A. Review of 2006
Bloodstock markets worldwide continued their remarkable advances culminating in some extraordinary individual prices at Tattersalls December sales. Very few people can remember the last time that the world record price for a broodmare was set at Tattersalls rather than in the USA at Keeneland.
During the course of the year we welcomed two new members, namely Tom Pritchard-Gordon, who is now working alongside his father Grant, and Henrietta Michael who is well known throughout racing having worked for Charlie Gordon–Watson and Darley. Johnny McKeever resigned from the Council and from the position of Vice-Chairman. Richard Frisby was elected to the post of Vice-Chairman and Oliver St Lawrence joined the Council.
2006 will be remembered as the year when the new Ascot grandstand opened on time for the Royal meeting and provides racing with a stunning new visual statement.
There were a number of memorable performances by the likes of Ouija Board, George Washington, Sir Percy, Alexandrova and Rail Link. It was also good to see Henry Cecil return to Group 1-winning form with Passage of Time.
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Racecourse highlights for Will Edmeades Bloodstock were the Epsom Derby Winning SIR PERCY (20,000 Gns. Foal) and Listed winning two year old filly SELINKA. Sir Percy’s success was all the more satisfying since the agency also purchased his dam Percy’s Lass (28,000 Gns.) for his breeder in 1998. Selinka is the first foal of LADY LINKS, who was bought for W & R Barnett Ltd to whom the agency acts as management consultants. Lady Link’s second foal, by Cape Cross, realised 240,000 Gns at Tattersalls October Part One, some 48 hours before her paddock mate by Saddler’s Wells ex Time Away was sold for 1.2 million Gns. - the sale topping filly.
For James Delahooke, the design and construction of Dominic Burke's Whitley Stud in Gloucestershire has been an on-going and exciting project which is nearing completion. Stud design and management has always been a speciality. The purchase of LA CUCARACHA for 525,000 gns in the December Sales for American clients was the sale ring highlight.
McKeever St. Lawrence had a bumper year with 4 individual Gr.1 winners headed by Breeder’s Cup Turf winner, RED ROCKS (€130,000 yearling), and BULLISH LUCK. They won the £300,000 DBS St Leger Sales race for the second year in a row with DOCTOR BROWN (34,000 Gns. yearling) and missed out on a fourth consecutive winner of the Gr.1 Cheveley Park Stakes when DHANYATA was second, beaten a neck. Their previous purchases dominated the Tattersalls December Sales with MAGICAL ROMANCE (125,000 Gns. yearling) selling for a World Record broodmare price of 4.6 million Gns.; SPECIFICALLY, dam of 1,000 Guineas victress Speciosa, (€50,000 purchase in 2004) made 1.85 million Gns.; and the top priced weanling was the 420,000 Gns. colt by Sadler’s Wells out of SABRIA (a 25,000 Gns. potential broodmare purchase). Purchases at public auction included 79 yearlings, 59 weanlings and breeding stock plus 51 horses-in-training which were exported to USA, Hong Kong, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Pakistan etc.
The Highflyer Bloodstock team of David Minton and Anthony Bromley have probably had their best-ever year “over the sticks”, notching up 7 winners at the 2006 Cheltenham Festival including the likes of DETROIT CITY, MY WAY DE SOLZEN, VOY POR USTEDES, STAR DE MOHAISON AND FONDMORT. Also, more recently their purchase KAUTO STAR has carried all before him, winning 5 consecutive Graded races (at time of press) including the Tingle Creek and the King George VI Chase. On the flat, the likes of reasonably priced RISING CROSS, LEVERA, KINGSGATE PRINCE AND HURRICANE SPIRIT have all flown the flag and it has been another good year for the Highflyer-managed Million In Mind Partnership who have enjoyed high-profile winners with AFSOUN, LE VOLFONI and GOOD SPIRIT.
Badgers Bloodstock Consultants, the family team of Grant and Tom Pritchard-Gordon, have been making their mark on the Australian scene with flag-bearer MISS FINLAND, winner of the world's richest two year old race of 2006 The Golden Slipper, Champion Two Year Old of Australia and winner of two Classics at three to date.
David McGreavy purchases DIXIE BELLE and FRANK SONATA continued their successful ways in 2006, the former winning the Group 3 Dubai International Airport World Trophy at Newbury and Frank Sonata preventing an Aiden O'Brien clean sweep in the Rathbarry Studs Barathea Finale Stakes a Listed event at the Curragh - excellent results by two 10,000gns Tattersalls yearling purchases.
David Redvers Bloodstock enjoyed a memorable 2006 with numerous Stakes performers bought and sold. Epsom Oaks runner up and Park Hill (Grp.2) winner RISING CROSS was bought as a foal for only 10,500Gns, high class sprinter TAX FREE and Grp.2 winner DARK ISLANDER were also bought as foals for €16,000 and 20,000Gns respectively in partnership.
The dams of Group 1 winner RAJEEM and Champion two year old filly and Coronation Stakes Gr1 runner up FLASHY WINGS were bought for 35,000 Gns. and 16,000 Gns. each.
On the stallion front ISHIGURU bought to stand at Tweenhills was responsible for Coventry Stakes Gr2 winner HELLVELYN, whilst SLEEPING INDIAN went on to win the Dubai Duty Free (L) and Challenge Stakes (Grp.2) after being bought by David in partnership with Stephen Hillen. Other results include SENORITA RUMBALITA who cost just 1,600 Gns. winning the Dovecote Stakes Grp.2 and PRINCE TAMINO winning the William Hill Trophy before being sold to race in Dubai.
Blandford Bloodstock enjoyed another highly successful year in 2006. Leading the way was the unbeaten two-year-old and leading 2,000 Guineas fancy DUTCH ART (Medicean) who was selected as a yearling for just 16,000gns at the DBS St Leger Yearling Sale. He ended the season as the top rated juvenile performer of the year to have passed through a sale ring after landing the Gr.1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket, the Gr.1 Prix Morny at Deauville and the Gr.2 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Other top class Blandford B/S purchases included FORMAL DECREE (Diktat), who cost €43,000 at BBAG Yearling Sale and landed the Joss Collins Handicap and the Cambridgeshire Handicap, both at Newmarket, before being to sold privately to Dubai where he has since won two black-type events, including the Gr.3 Dubai Al Rashdiya at Nad Al Sheba.
BINARY FILE (Nureyev) had another fantastic season in Sweden and Denmark, winning three black-type races, the Listed Pramms Memorial and the Listed Hanover Square Dansk Pokallob before winning the Gr.3 Marit Sveeas Minnelop at Ovrevoll. HOPE ‘N’ CHARITY (Smart Strike), who cost $50,000 at the Fasig-Tipton July Sale, took the Listed Empress Stakes at Newmarket while Group-winning two-year-old TOURNEDOS (Rossini) won the Listed Chester City Wall Stakes for the second year running.
In South Africa, UK import ZOOMING ZELLIE (King Of Kings), who cost 52,000gns at Tattersalls as a yearling, landed the Gr.3 Riverwold Stud Prix Du Cap while under National Hunt rules SWAYTHE (Swain), who cost 8,500gns at Tattersalls July Sale, took the valuable Listed DBS Mares Only Bumper at Sandown Park.
Lillingston Bloodstock, in association with Kern Thoroughbreds, had a very successful year both on the racetrack and with breeding stock. Yearling purchase RED EVIE won the Matron S., Gr.1 and FLASHING NUMBERS won the Prix Eugene Adam, Grp.2. Purchases of horses in training resulted in 10 Stakes winners and of those, 8 Group winners included the Hong Kong Derby winner VIVA PATACA, Hong Kong Classic Mile winner SUNNY SING (also purchased as a yearling), FOXYSOX multiple Group winner in the USA, RISING CROSS, winner of the Park Hill Stakes, Grp.2, ART TRADER, a Grp.2 winner in Hong Kong, GENRE and ECCENTRIC both Gr.3 winners in North America.
Six stallions purchased by Kern Lillingston were responsible for Group 1 winners in 2006 including ALWAYS A RAINBOW in India, ELECTION DAY in Chile, FALTAAT in New Zealand, JALLAD, RAKEEN and SPORTSWORLD in South Africa and PRESENTING in the UK. Stallions secured for Stud in 2006 include MAJESTIC MISSILE in Ireland, REEFSCAPE in Ireland, GENTLEWAVE and EPALO in France and RELAXED GESTURE in the Czech Republic.
John Warren Bloodstock had a highly successful year on the track with the highlights including St Leger winner SIXTIES ICON, Gimcrack Stakes, Grp.2 winner CONQUEST as well as Listed winners ASSET, PARTY and PRIMARY.
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