Badgers Bloodstock

Letter to the Editor: Heed Stark Sales Warnings

With the Arqana sales closing out our breeding stock sales season, there were some very stark warnings for the industry in Europe. Plenty have highlighted the dire situation at the lower end of the market with a frightening number of mares failing to sell for even the covering fee of the foal inside them. However, it is also far from rosy at the top end of the market for our domestic product. Analysing the 143 mares/fillies that sold for £200,000+ at the three main sales (Goffs November, Tatts December and...

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Churchill's War Rooms Powers To TDN Rising Stardom At Doncaster

Owen Burrows snagged the 2020 edition of Doncaster's Simon Piggott Memorial EBF Novice S. with subsequent G2 Champagne S. runner-up Albasheer (Ire) (Shamardal) and he has another contender for the upper levels after Brook Farm Bloodstock's War Rooms (Ire) (Churchill {Ire}--Apticanti, by Aptitude) powered to 'TDN Rising Stardom' with an impressive debut display in the seven-furlong test. The 11-2 chance raced in mid division after a stuttering start. Easing closer to the front rank once past halfway, he surged to the front in taking fashion approaching the final furlong and...

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Havana Grey Breeding Right Tops Tattersalls Online

A breeding right in leading first-season sire Havana Grey (GB) (lot 57) brought 115,000gns from Badgers Bloodstock to top the Tattersalls Online November Sale on Thursday. Offered on behalf of a partnership, the Whitsbury Manor Stud stallion's breeding right proved popular. The grey has already sired 13 group/listed performers, and his top-priced yearling went for 325,000gns this season. His stud fee has risen to £18,500 for 2023. Tom Pritchard-Gordon of Badgers Bloodstock said, "Havana Grey is a very exciting young stallion who continues to exceed expectations. He is the sire...

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TDN Q&A With Tom Pritchard-Gordon

With the yearling sales now in full swing, TDN quizzes industry figures on past purchases, life during lockdown and their perspective on the sales for the next few weeks. Today, Tom Pritchard-Gordon answers our questions. TDN: What was your best yearling purchase over the last few years? And your favourite? TPG: We only purchased six yearlings last year and, to date, the best appears to be Zoetic (GB) (Kodiac {GB}) who won the Listed St Hugh's S. at Newbury last time out. She has been trained impeccably by James Ferguson,...

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Inaugural Tattersalls Online Sale Topped by West End Girl

Badgers Bloodstock acquired Group 3 winner West End Girl (GB) (Golden Horn {GB}) (lot 5) for a sale-topping £420,000 when bidding closed during the inaugural Tattersalls Ascot Online Sale on Monday. Formerly owned by Alan and Mike Spence, the G3 Sweet Solera S. heroine has an entry in the G2 Ribblesdale S. at Royal Ascot on Tuesday. Consigned by Kingsley Park, the Car Colston Hall Stud-bred is out of the Dansili (GB) mare Free Rein (GB) and was last seen finishing third in the Listed Oaks Trial S. on June...

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