Almanzor

Stallion Share Tops Initial Fasig Digital Sale

A stallion share in Almanzor (Fr) topped Fasig-Tipton's inaugural March Digital Selected Sale when selling for $250,000 to Riviera Equine SARL/Haras d'Etreham when online bidding concluded Tuesday afternoon. The 9-year-old stallion, who stands in France at Haras d'Etreham, will be represented by his first crop of 3-year-olds this year. A Group 1 winner on the racetrack, he is the sire of Dynastic (NZ), who is Group 1-placed in New Zealand, as well as the group-placed Andalus (NZ) and Queen Trezy (Fr). Also bringing six figures at the auction was Bramble...

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Observations On The Stallion Scene

It is a question that has long fixated the bloodstock industry: which stallion can be caught as he rises to the top? As we know, those good stallions can be hard to find. Opportunity is naturally a key element to early success, but a stallion still needs to make the most of the chances afforded to him and for every one that lives up to expectations, there will be also be plenty who flop. As often said, horses are a great leveller and with that in mind, there is also...

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Mating Plans: Haras d'Etreham

In the summer of 2020, Haras d'Etreham sold its flagship stallion, Wootton Bassett (GB), to Coolmore Stud. The son of Iffraaj (GB) is the kind of fairytale stallion story that any breeder dreams of; having stood for as low as €4,000 at Etreham in his third and fourth seasons, he stands for a career high €150,000 this year. Since Wootton Bassett's sale, Etreham has reinvested in young sires Persian King (GB) and Hello Youmzain (Fr), both multiple Group 1 winners, and they stand on a young roster alongside Wootton Bassett's...

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Mating Plans: Haras de Castillon

Benoit Jeffroy's Haras de Castillon, a burgeoning force on the French racing and bloodstock scenes, burst into international prominence in December when it consigned the Group 1-winning Grand Glory (Ire) (Olympic Glory {Ire}) at the Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale, where she sold for €2.5-million. The quickly growing Castillon has only been in existence under its current guise since 2015, but the Jeffroy family has a history of breeding quality racehorses from their SCEA des Prairies, with just one recent example being Zelda (Fr) (Zelzal {Fr}), a listed winner last...

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Horses Added To Arqana February

One wildcard and 27 supplementary entries have been added to Arqana's February Mixed Sale on Feb. 15 and 16. La Motteraye Consignment will offer a broodmare dispersal from Haras d'Auquainville that will include Alexandrina (Ger) (Monsun {Ger}) (lot 446), the dam of the G2 Prix de Pomone and G3 Prix Cleopatre second Mango Tango (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) in foal to Siyouni's Classic and G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe-winning son Sottsass (Fr). Also among the draft is Alexandrina's 7-year-old winning daughter Fierte d'Amour (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) (lot 448) in foal...

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Almanzor Gets First Stakes Winner

Almanzor (Fr), Europe's champion 3-year-old of 2016, was represented by his first black-type winner on Sunday when Dynastic (NZ) won the Restricted Listed Karaka Million at Ellerslie. Dynastic was also the first winner Down Under for Almanzor, who shuttles to Cambridge Stud from his base at Haras d'Etreham in Normandy. Almanzor's first New Zealand-conceived crop numbers 101 foals, and he has thus far had five runners, which also include the G2 Wakefield Challenge S. third Andalus (NZ). Dynastic, who is owned by Te Akau Racing and trained by Jamie Richards,...

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Zarak Share Sold For €380,000

Three stallion shares and a breeding right were offered during Arqana's Online sale on Thursday, and it was a 1/50 share in France's soon-to-be-crowned champion first-season sire Zarak (Fr) that topped the sale on a bid of €380,000 from Martin Schwartz Racing. Schwartz is based in New York but has had plenty of success racing fillies purchased in France, including the likes of GI Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Zagora (Fr), the Classic-winning Stacelita (Fr), GI Garden City S. winner Alterite (Fr) and GI Spinster S. scorer Asi...

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Haras d'Etreham Announces 2022 Service Fees

Almanzor (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}), the sire of a pair of stakes horses from his eight winners to date, will stand the 2022 breeding season for a fee of €30,000, officials at Haras d'Etreham announced Saturday. The best son of the in-demand Wootton Bassett, Almanzor is already the sire of winners in Ireland, England, the USA and France, where his three first-crop winners include the filly Queen Trezy (Fr), a three-length maiden winner at Lyon-Parilly Sept. 8 and a latest runner-up in the G3 Prix des Reservoirs at Deauville who...

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Sea The Stars Colt Tops SGA Sale

The ownership group of Scuderia Cocktail and Carlo Borsani secured the two top-priced yearlings at the SGA Yearling Sale on Saturday: a Sea The Stars (Ire) colt (lot 93) for €120,000, and a Almanzor (Fr) filly (lot 65) for €90,000. Offered by Razza Del Velino, the May-foaled Sea The Stars colt is out of the multiple listed-placed March Madness (GB) (Noverre), and therefore a half-brother to G3 Premio Tudini victor The Conqueror (Ire) (Excelebration {Ire}) and G3 Premio Elena E. Sergio Cumani scorer Candy Store (Ire) (Lope De Vega {Ire})....

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Half-Sister To Almanzor Goes Again

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Today's Observations features a half-sister to a champion and young sire. 1.30 Kempton, Novice, £6,500, 2yo, f, 8f (AWT) NATASHA (GB) (Frankel {GB}) bids to go one better than her debut when runner-up to her owner-breeder George Strawbridge's Speak (GB) (Sea the Moon {Ger}) over this course and distance...

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A Fresh Look With Hubie De Burgh

With the 2-year-old season now officially underway, we continue to survey the judges and learn who the most anticipated first-season sires are. Today, Hubie de Burgh shares his thoughts. He says, "all the chat is about Churchill (Ire), who has the numbers. He had some very nice stock. The horse I like is Profitable (Ire), who also has plenty of stock to run for him. I bought two by him which both trainers like very much. The other horse I like is Almanzor (Fr). He threw a really good- looking,...

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A Fresh Look With Liam Norris

Continuing our assessment of the prospects of first-season sires with runners in 2021, bloodstock agent and breeder Liam Norris shares his view on this year's crop. He says, "Ardad (Ire) was such a good 2-year-old. We sent mares to him and from what I saw of his stock at the sales, they looked forward and racy types. I'd be disappointed if they don't pop out of the traps with huge precocity.  "I was always a huge fan of Highland Reel (Ire) as a racehorse. It's important not to forget that...

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