Autumn Sale Begins At Park Paddocks


Grocer Jack | Tattersalls

With the major yearling sales now in the rear-view mirror, the focus turns briefly to horses in training before the breeding stock sales, and Park Paddocks this week hosts the four-day Tattersalls Autumn Horses-in-Training Sale. One of the strongest indicators of the global nature of the racing industry, the Autumn Horses-in-Training Sale routinely sees participation from purchasers around the world, and its graduates keep them coming back by winning key races internationally. Salute The Soldier (Ger) (Sepoy {Aus}) was bought for 380,000gns in 2019 and he picked up Meydan's G3 Burj Nahaar five months later, and has hit even greater heights in 2021 with wins in the G1 Al Maktoum Challenge R3 and the G2 Al Maktoum Challenge R2.

Zaaki (GB) (Leroidesanimaux {Brz}) likewise provided a quick return on the 150,000gns that Blandford Bloodstock and trainer Annabel Neasham paid for him at last year's sale. He has won five group races in Australia this year, headed by the G1 Doomben Cup and G1 Underwood S.

The four-day sale includes drafts from leading trainers like Mark Johnston, Richard Hannon, Andrew Balding, Roger Varian, Jim Bolger, Joseph O'Brien, Dermot Weld and Henri-Francois Devin. In the continuation of its cutbacks, Shadwell brings 121 to the sale, including a handful of lightly raced 3-year-old rated 105 and above, and some promising 2-year-olds. Juddmonte has some unexposed 3-year-olds among its nine-strong draft, while Coolmore offers black-type performers such as the G1 St Leger third The Mediterranean (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) (lot 238) and the G1 Melbourne Cup second Tiger Moth (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) (lot 548).

Among the highlights of the catalogue are this year's dual German and Italian Group 3 winner Grocer Jack (Ger) (Oasis Dream {GB}) (lot 738), who was second in the G1 Grosser Dallmayr-Preis – Bayerisches Zuchtrennen in July. Like the listed-winning 4-year-old Praetorius (Ger) (Novellist {Ire}) (lot 739), he is offered by Ronald Rauscher.

Chipotle (GB) (Havana Gold {Ire}) has picked up four wins from nine starts for trainer Eve Johnson Houghton in 2021, including the Listed Windsor Castle S. at Royal Ascot, and the admirable 2-year-old is catalogued as (lot 1055). Another black-type juvenile on offer is Papa Don't Preach (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) (lot 600), second in the Listed Prix Yacowlef and fourth in the G2 Flying Childers S., while the dual winning and Timeform 95-rated 2-year-old Nero Tulip (GB) (Night Of Thunder {Ire}) (lot 364D) and the winning Timeform 87-rated Josies Kid (Ire) (Ardad {Ire}) (lot 1186B) also look to have upside.

Also catalogued is Ahmad Al Shaikh's 2021 G3 Chester Vase scorer Youth Spirit (Ire) (Camelot {GB}) (lot 1186A); last out G3 March S. victor Dancing King (Ire) (Free Eagle {Ire}) (lot 778); Lloyd Williams's Listed Her Majesty's Plate winner Master Of Reality (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) (lot 1186C); Cheveley Park Stud's listed-placed 3-year-old Fundamental (GB) (Dark Angel {Ire}) (lot 1142); and Lady Bamford's Balmoral H. third Magical Morning (GB) (Muhaarar {GB}) (lot 1143).

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