F.B.A. Review of 2014
The 2014 flat season provided some thrilling racing with a classy collection of three year olds including Kingman, Australia, Taghrooda, The Grey Gatsby, Charm Spirit and Night Of Thunder.
Sea The Stars is looking to be as good at stud as he was on the racetrack with three Group 1 winners amongst his first crop of three year olds amongst a total of ten Stakes winners in 2014. Taghrooda was his first Classic winner romping home in the Oaks before comprehensively beating her elders and colts in the King George VI and Oueen Elizabeth Stakes. The German Derby saw a hugely impressive victory for another offspring of Sea the Stars when the colt Sea the Moon strolled home by many lengths. He is now retired to stand at Kirsten Rausings’s Lanwades Stud, a farm that had plenty of success with its stallions Archipenko, Sir Percy and Aussie Rules.
Plaudits go to the Stanley Estates for producing Derby winner Australia (out of Oaks winner Ouija Board) and to Juddmonte Farm, principally for the mighty Kingman (out of French Guineas winner Zenda), both horses being a successful result for the policy of sending the best to the best. Australia by Galileo and Kingman by Invincible Spirit both look to be exciting stallions for the future.
It was a remarkable season for first crop sires. No fewer than 11 stallions kicked off with a Group winner amongst their first runners including Showcasing, Zebedee, Starspangledbanner, Paco Boy, Lope De Vega, Siyouni, Rip Van Winkle, Equiano, Fast Company, Arcano and Evasive. By the end of the season it was Ballylinch’s first season sire Lope De Vega who had most people talking after his son Belardo, was crowned as Europe’s top two year old having shown a powerful burst of speed to win the Dewhurst Stakes in style.
It has been a breakthrough year for Kodiac as a stallion with many talented performers. He had 43 individual two year old winners in the year, breaking the European record. Kodiac seems to be creating high class talent in his stock, proven by Cartier two year old of the year, Tiggy Wiggy. This young filly showed the crowds what speed is all about with outstanding performances in the Super Sprint, Lowther Stakes and Cheveley Park Stakes.
Most sales companies had a good year and in particular Tattersalls who had a record annual turnover for the second consecutive year, and the highest price for a thoroughbred at public auction anywhere in the world when Just The Judge made 4.5million guineas at the Tattersalls December Mare Sale to dissolve a partnership. Another record was broken at Tattersalls when the first ever seven figure breeze-up horse in Europe sold, the smart War Front colt sold by Mocklershill to McCalmont Bloodstock making 1,150,000 guineas. The final day of October Book 1 yearlings included the highest price for a yearling in the world in 2014, when a Galileo colt half brother to Champion Harbinger sold for 2.6 million Guineas. However, it should be noted that there was something of a reality check at the Tattersalls December Sales when trading in mares and fillies suddenly became far more patchy than had been seen for a number of years.
The DBS Premier Sale was healthy and saw a rise in all areas, highest price at £230,000, number of six figure horses (21 compared to 16), 14% rise in average, 8% rise in median and a clearance rate of 88%.
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