F.B.A. Review of 2015
The Anthony Oppenheimer owned and John Gosden trained Golden Horn was the standout horse of 2015 and became the icing on the cake for an amazing resurgence by former champion jockey Frankie Dettori. Rated the best in the world on turf last year, Golden Horn thrilled the crowds winning the Epsom Derby and the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe.
Gleneagles was the top 3yo miler, winning both the 2000 Guineas in Newmarket and the Irish 2000 Guineas along with the St James Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and this time it was world number one jockey Ryan Moore who was associated with these triumphs.
The European Champion first season sire of 2015 went to Zoffany, a Coolmore based son of Dansili. Zoffany's best progeny so far include Foundation, Illuminate and Waterloo Bridge. Kingman, the Cartier Horse of the Year and 3yo colt of the previous year covered a high class first book of mares of which 80% were black type earners / producers. Frankel's first yearlings got plenty of attention with his top price being 1.7 million Euros for the produce of Champion Alexander Goldrun.
Over jumps Coneygree impressed all in the Cheltenham Gold Cup making it a very special day for small trainer Mark Bradstock. It was very pleasing to see Sprinter Sacre back to his winning ways after having a long period of time off with a heart defect; he took the Grade 2 Schloer Chase by 14 lengths from his old rival Somersby in November. Twenty times champion jockey Tony McCoy announced his retirement live on Channel 4 racing minutes after winning on Mr Mole at Newbury. A full house at Sandown in April saw an emotional day where McCoy rode his final race on a JP McManus owned horse trained by Jonjo O'Neill.
Tattersalls had another satisfactory year, selling the highest priced yearling and top priced broodmare in the world. The star yearling was a Dubawi filly out of Loveisallyouneed sold for 2.1 million Guineas to MV Magnier, and the mare Hanky Panky in foal to Dubawi sold for 2.7 million Guineas purchased by John Ferguson Bloodstock. Tattersalls purchased the bloodstock auctioneering business of Brightwells Ltd. (known for their Ascot Sales) during the year.
Doncaster Bloodstock Sales had a good year with a rise in high priced yearlings at the Premier Sale, 31 individuals making over £100,000, up on 21 in 2014. The clearance rate at this sale was best of any major 2015 UK yearling sales at 87% and it has since been announced that the sale is being re-branded as Goffs UK.
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