Form Is Key To A Well-Credentialed Rauscher Draft

Ronald Rauscher | Emma Berry

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DEAUVILLE, France–As we have seen over the the last few weeks in Ireland and England, there remains a voracious appetite for breeding stock, and globally the Thoroughbred breeding industry continues to hold German bloodlines in the highest regard.

With this in mind, there will undoubtedly be plenty of visitors from all over the world turning up to peruse the Arqana Breeding Stock Sale draft of Ronald Rauscher, which contains a number of well-bred fillies and mares with proper racing form. German-born and now based in Ireland, Rauscher is a consignor, advisor and breeder of international repute himself with close ties to the Australian scene through his association with Australian Bloodstock's G1 Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist (Ger) (Monsun {Ger}), who was bred by his long-term client Dr. Christoph Berglar.

It is appropriate, then, that the draft includes Protectionist's best runner to date, the smart and statuesque Amazing Grace (Ger), who was also bred by Berglar and in his colours has won the G2 Diana Trial at three and this season's G2 T von Zastrow Stutenpreis at Baden-Baden before finishing third in the G1 Preis von Europa behind Godolphin's subsequent GI Breeders' Cup Turf winner Rebel's Romance (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}). The 4-year-old chestnut filly, who sells as lot 204 on Saturday evening, is from one of the most renowned German families, which stretches back to the influential Anna Paola (Ger) and includes last year's Derby and King George winner Adayar (Ire) (Frankel {GB}). Making a consignor's job that much easier, this is a filly that Rauscher can vouch for through every stage of her life.

“She was born at Schlenderhan and I saw her on day two and she was just beautiful then,” says Rauscher, who bought Amazing Grace's listed-winning dam Amabelle (Ger) (Danehill Dancer {Ire} as a yearling for Berglar. “She has just always had it. What she had, and what I thought was very interesting as a young foal, is that most foals at that age, they stay with very close to their mother. This was a small paddock close to the barn, and I went through the gate and she just left her mother.

“She was curious and confident, and you could touch her. That went right through her life really. She was raised then as a yearling in Bernried and she always had a great temperament and the physique to go with it.”

He adds, “She's a 4-year-old now turning five, and she's coming with a full set of X-rays and a scope. She's still a racing prospect.

“That she's coming to the sale, it's just because, as [Dr. Berglar] said, 'Look, I am the age I am. It just would take a good few years really to make sure that I'm going to see everything out of her'.”

A little earlier in the draft comes another 4-year-old, Noble Heidi (Fr) (Intello {Ger}), a former champion juvenile filly in Germany before running third in the G1 Preis der Diana. She also won this season's Listed Baden-Baden Cup.

“Noble Heidi is one of those names where you think about Japan a little bit,” Rauscher says. “I'm selling two Intello fillies this week and he's such an interesting horse, really. I remember when he ran his last race in the Arc and he finished third, and he was probably not the most commercial horse but he's such a well-bred horse, going back to that taproot mare, Fall Aspen.”

“Noble Heidi was early. We ran against her with Amazing Grace, and on several occasions, they met. As a 2-year-old, Noble Heidi had the upper hand. There was no doubt about that. She's very good physically as well, she's strong.”

Also among the 4-year-old fillies being sold by Rauscher is the well-bred Waldbiene (Fr) (lot 193), another daughter of Intello and a Group 2 winner from the black-type laden family of St Leger winner Masked Marvel (GB) (Montjeu {Ire}) and Arc winner Waldgeist (GB) (Galileo {Ire}).

Then there's Penja (Fr) (Camelot {GB}), a Group 3 winner in France and runner-up in the G2 Prix de la Nonette who was bought at last year's Arqana Arc Sale for €1.2 million. In the book as lot 186, she hails from a family which includes this year's G1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains runner-up Texas (Fr).

The 3-year-old Good Liza (Fr) is another with plenty on the page to recommend her. Offered as lot 249, she won as a juvenile in Germany and is a Kingman (GB) daughter of the Group 3 winner Good Donna (Ger) (Doyen {GB}), the producer of two black-type winners including the dual Group 3 winner and Group 1 runner-up Grocer Jack (Ger) (Oasis Dream {GB}), who fetched 700,000gns when sold at the Tattersalls Horses-in-Training Sale last year. Further back the family includes G1 1000 Guineas heroine Legatissimo (Ire) and the five-time Group 1 winner Fame And Glory (GB).

Elegie (Ire) should also attract plenty of attention as a 93-rated daughter of the late Adlerflug (Ger) with some back type to her own name and a half-sister to the G1 Deutsches Derby runner-up Enjoy Vijay (Ger) (Nathaniel {Ire}) as well as two listed winners.

The 10-strong draft is not solely fillies still in training, however. On Sunday Rauscher will offer the 8-year-old mare Izzy (Ger). Though unraced, she is by Soldier Hollow (GB), who features as broodmare sire of this year's  Deutsches Derby winner Sammarco (Ire) (Camelot {GB}), and she is a half-sister to another Deutsches Derby winner, Isfahan (Ger) (Lord Of England {Ger}). Bred by his trainer Andreas Wohler, as was Izzy, Isfahan is now standing at Gestut Ohlerweiherhof and was responsible for a Deutsches Derby winner in his first crop in the Guy Pariente-bed Sisfahan (Fr). Izzy (lot 552), who is being sold in foal to Gleneagles (Ire), has a 2-year-old colt by Protectionist who was bought by Brendan Holland of Grove Stud for €100,000 at the BBAG September Yearling Sale.

Gleneagles is an underrated sire,” Rauscher notes. “It's just the situation that Andreas, who's been terribly successful at breeding Isfahan and training him, says that he wants to cut down on his breeding stock and concentrate on a few horses and training. That's the only reason she's going.”

Two years ago Ronald Rauscher's draft was fourth on the consignors' table at the close of the December Sale behind the much larger drafts offered by the powerhouses of Monceaux, Etreham and the Wertheimers, while last year he pulled off another top-10 finish. With another strong consignment of young racing and/or breeding prospects, we can expect to see more of the same.

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