Boutique Book 1 Drafts Prove Small Can Be Beautiful

By John Berry

It has been a modern trend in many different walks of life that the big operations have been getting bigger while many of their smaller counterparts, if not exactly dying, have been fading away. This trend can apply in the bloodstock world as much as anywhere else. The major bloodstock sales conform to this generalisation with the drafts of the major consignors continuing to expand and to corner an ever-growing share of the market. Happily, though, there will always be room for the smaller operator. Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Sale contains several boutique offerings where top-quality operations provide one or two mouth-watering lots.

Purchasers from all around the world converge on Park Paddocks for major sales. The range of purchasers during the October Sale will be truly cosmopolitan. The range of vendors is obviously not quite as extensive, but the list of boutique vendors in Book 1 has a real ‘Five Nations’ feel to it, with studs from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and France all amongst the elite nurseries to offer a small but select consignment. From north of the border comes what one might call a true Act of Union: Floors Stud offers lot 347, a son of arguably the pre-eminent stallion in England and definitely the most distinguished broodmare in Scotland. This colt’s sire Dubawi (Ire) needs no introduction, while his Classic-winning dam Attraction (GB) (Efisio {GB}) received the perfect endorsement of her merit as a broodmare on Thursday when her 2-year-old son Elarqam (GB) (Frankel {GB}) became her second Pattern winner by taking the G3 Tattersalls S. at Newmarket.

Another G1 1000 Guineas heroine with a Dubawi colt in Book 1 is the 2007 winner Finsceal Beo (Ire) (Mr. Greeley), whose son (lot 461) is the sole member of the Al Eile Stud draft. Finsceal Beo, who came close to completing the British/French/Irish 1000 Guineas treble in 2007, is already well established as a good broodmare, her offspring including 2014 G2 Beresford S. winner Ol’ Man River (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}). Furthermore, Ol’ Man River’s unraced three-parts brother Finsceal Fior (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) is compiling excellent winners-to-runners statistics at this early stage of his stud career.

Another Irish nursery with a Book 1 draft consisting of one proper Classic prospect is Rathbarry Stud, whose Australia colt (lot 221) is a half-brother to 2009 G1 Irish Derby runner-up Golden Sword (GB) (High Chaparral {Ire}) and 2017 G2 Curragh Cup winner Rekindling (Ire) (High Chaparral {Ire}). Coming from the immediate family of G1 Irish Oaks winners Alexandrova (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells) and Chicquita (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}), he has delighted the team at Rathbarry, on whose behalf Niamh Woods describes him as “a lovely athletic colt with a fantastic walk and wonderful attitude.”

Staffordstown is in a similar position. Its sole offering in Book 1 comes from the very top drawer. Lot 319 is a colt from the first crop of wide-margin 2014 G1 Deutsches Derby winner Sea The Moon (Ger) out of the three-time Group 1 winner Albanova (GB) (Alzao) who has already bred three stakes winners and who is a full-sister to dual G1 Champion S. heroine Alborada.

John Troy, whose sole entry in Book 1 has only to make the short journey from Willingham to reach her stable at Park Paddocks, is another vendor in the same boat. He consigns lot 155, a daughter of Frankel (GB) from a family awash with Oaks fillies, including her half-sister Talent (GB) (New Approach {Ire}) who won the G1 Oaks at Epsom four years ago, thus emulating the triumph in the same race of her third dam Bireme (GB) (Grundy {GB}) 33 years previously. This filly is obviously on paper every inch a potential Classic contender, and one could say the same about Deerpark Stud’s only yearling in the sale. Lot 443 is a Sea The Stars (Ire) colt whose stakes-winning granddam Elle Gala (Ire) is by Galileo (Ire) from the former outstanding German filly Elle Danzig (Ger) (Roi Danzig), whose 10 Pattern race triumphs included not only Group 1 strikes at weight-for-age in both Germany and Italy, but also victories in the German equivalents of both the 1000 Guineas and Oaks.

French-based consignor European Sales Management also offers a draft consisting entirely of genuine Classic prospects. Its two-strong contingent in Book 1 begins with lot 138, a Sea The Stars filly from the stakes-placed winner Peintre Rose (Storm Cat) whose three group-winning siblings are headed by G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Peintre Celebre (Nureyev). The following day the team offer lot 328: Amahitee (Fr), a Galileo filly from the immediate family of G1 1000 Guineas winner Cape Verdi (Ire) (Storm Bird), GI Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Arcangues (Sagace {Fr}) and G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe runner-up Aquarelliste (Fr) (Danehill).

Another French consignor with a mouth-watering boutique draft in Book 1 is Haras de Colleville, home of the top-class grey stallion Kendargent (Fr) (Kendor {Fr}). Kendargent is now respected worldwide, and Colleville is bringing two of his most appealing yearlings to England to be sold. Lot 176 is a full-sister to G2 Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte winner Restiadargent (Fr) and Prix de Surennes winner Restiana (Fr); while lot 364 Kenzohope (Fr) is a full-brother to G3 Prix de la Grotte winner Kenhope (Fr).

Tattersalls S. winner Elarqam was not, incidentally, the only 2-year-old running at Newmarket who has given a one-horse draft in Book 1 a notable post-publication update. Woodcote Stud’s sole entrant, lot 299, is a filly by Kingman (GB) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) out of the stakes-placed Nashwan mare Whirly Bird (GB). This filly’s half-sister Whirly Dancer (GB) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}) is the dam of this season’s G2 Railway S. winner Beckford (GB) (Bated Breath {GB}) who became a Group 1 performer after the catalogue came out by finishing second in both the G1 Phoenix S. and the G1 National S. He followed these excellent performances by contesting the G1 Middle Park S. at Newmarket on Saturday, when he reported home an even fifth, beaten only 3 1/2 lengths by U S Navy Flag (War Front). Another notable update for this filly is that her half-brother Poet’s Word (Ire) (Poet’s Voice {GB}) finished second last month in the G1 Irish Champion S.

During recent weeks the late, great Bob McCreery must have been looking down and beaming at the string of stakes victories amassed by graduates of his Stowell Hill Stud. He would be very proud of the two-horse draft which his wife Jeanette and stud groom David Ludlow are bringing to Book 1. Each hailing from the family of the champion German filly Anna Paola (Ger) (Prince Ippi {Ger}), lot 97 is a colt by Medaglia d’Oro (El Prado {Ire}) from G3 Prix d’Aumale victrix Middle Club (GB) (Fantastic Light); while lot 325 is a filly by Olympic Glory (Ire) (Choisir {Aus}) from the winning Halling mare Alpen Glen (GB) whose first three foals are all stakes performers.

Another two-horse draft rich in racing history is the offering from Stanley House Stud, home of the mighty Ouija Board (GB) (Cape Cross {Ire}). Stanley House Stud was in the spotlight at this sale in 2012 when Ouija Board’s chestnut Galileo colt was snapped up by Demi O’Byrne for 525,000gns. Subsequently named Australia (GB), he went on to win the G1 Derby S., the G1 Irish Derby S. and the G1 Juddmonte International S. in 2014. Pleasingly, Stanley House Stud now offers two members of Australia’s first crop. Lot 85 is a grandson of the former champion filly and excellent broodmare Superstar Leo (Ire) (College Chapel {GB}); while lot 159 is a son of the top-class international racemare Que Puntual (Arg) (Contested Bid) who has already produced G3 Hotham H. winner Oceanographer (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}). The enthusiasm which stud manager Peter Stanley shows for the pair bodes very well for Australia’s future.

“We are thrilled to be offering these two stunning yearlings by Australia from his home stud,” he said. “They are both like their father in that they are very athletic and wonderful movers. Australia himself always had a great step. It is therefore no surprise that he is producing good-looking, easy-moving stock.”

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