Book 1 Opens With Special Ballymacoll Side Dish

By Emma Berry

With European racing’s biggest weekend behind us, many of those who played leading roles at Chantilly on Sunday were already in Newmarket and in action early on Monday morning at Tattersalls in pursuit of the next crop of stars.

The Juddmonte operation is rarely without a superstar representative in recent years but while still happily receiving congratulations for the extraordinary Arc victory of Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}), the team’s thoughts will be turning to the more commercial aspects of the stallion business and the members of the first crop of Kingman (GB) about to take to the ring for Book 1 of the October Sale. They include a half-sister to the Group 2-placed Listed winner Abingdon (Street Cry {Ire}) and recent maiden winner Aim of Artemis (Ire) (Leroidesanimaux {BRZ}), who, as lot 168, will be the second yearling from a major dispersal of the Ballymacoll Stud stock, which adds an extra element of pathos to Europe’s biggest yearling sale. The five Book 1 yearlings from Ballymacoll–starting with a Sea The Stars (Ire) yearling out of the champion racemare Islington (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells)–will all be offered at the end of today’s session through Corduff Stud and will be followed next week by another three in Book 2.

Ballymacoll’s long-term manager Peter Reynolds has been in Newmarket over the weekend to oversee the first batch of yearlings to be offered. He said, “There’s been tremendous interest in the fillies and good interest in the colt as well. The difficulty I’ve had is trying to explain to people that there literally is no reserve on any of the horses. They’re here to sell, whether people think they are worth 25,000gns or 200,000gns, and by the end of Tuesday we’ll have five fewer horses. Corduff have done a brilliant job and it’s been a great team effort as I have two of my Ballymacoll staff working with them as well. We move on after this and the next lot of yearlings will be coming in tomorrow evening.”

He continued, “We’ve had to withdraw a Sea The Moon yearling from Book 2 and he will be offered in December instead, when we’ll also have the mares and nine foals being sold by Norelands Stud. Laura Weinstock, Simon’s widow, will be coming to Tattersalls for the mares’ sale to see them go through. It’s the end of an era.”

Though the dispersal brings to a close a significant chapter in bloodstock history, the Reynolds family’s association with the Ballymacoll bloodlines will not end entirely as, with his son, Peter Reynolds now owns Roshanak (Ire), a Spinning World half-sister to Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente (Ire) (Monsun {Ger}) who has produced the Listed winners Araaja (Ire) (Iffraaj {GB}) and Tom Melbourne (Ire) (Dylan Thomas {Ire}) among her offspring. The latter was beaten just half a length in the G1 Epsom H. at Randwick on Saturday, thus providing another update to his dam’s yearling half-sister by Cacique (Ire), who sells as lot 772 in Book 2.

Ballymacoll Stud is far from the only major breeder to have used Kingman in his first year at stud. Twenty-five of his yearlings have been slated for Book 1 and he is in good company among the freshman sires. Deutsches Derby winner Sea The Moon (Ger) has already been well received in his native country, where his first yearlings were the talk of the BBAG Sale last month. Similarly, the first crops of No Nay Never and Australia (GB) were met with approval last week at Goffs, and all three have significant representation throughout the three sessions of Book 1, along with fellow Group 1 winners Charm Spirit (Ire), Noble Mission (GB), Olympic Glory (Ire), Slade Power (Ire), Toronado (Ire) and War Command.

Elarqam (GB), a son of the Classic winners Frankel (GB) and Attraction (GB), was one of the leading lights of last year’s Book 1 when selling for 1.6 million gns to Shadwell and he gave the sale a further boost when notching his first stakes victory at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile last Thursday, appropriately in the G3 Somerville Tattersalls S. Only a mile away as the crow flies, his half-brother by Dubawi (Ire) was settling into his temporary new digs at Park Paddocks and will be the ninth lot into the ring on Thursday morning (lot 347).

In the last nine years since the global recession figures have climbed consistently for Book 1, with just shy of 50 million gns changing hands back in 2008 through to last year’s record turnover of 88 million gns. It will be no surprise to see that tally bettered again this year.

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