Blue Point

Speed Sires In Bolger's Plans For 2022

As he prepares his runners for the upcoming flat season, Jim Bolger is also keeping a watchful eye on his breeding stock. The master trainer may be juggling the education of his runners with the oversight of his broodmares and youngstock, but Bolger has proven mighty adept at this kind of multi-tasking in the past: as has been well-documented, Bolger breeds many of his own runners, often going back two or three generations on both the top and bottom of the pedigree. His 2021 G1 2000 Guineas and G1 St...

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Value Sires Part III: First Yearlings

In the latest edition of our Value Sires Series, we arrive at stallions with their first yearlings in 2022. The Darley duo of Too Darn Hot (GB) and Blue Point (Ire) retired as the two breakout horses of this group on fees, and that is how they wound up their first sales season. Too Darn Hot, the beautifully bred son of Dubawi who was a champion at two and three, retired at £50,000 at Dalham Hall Stud, and his 11 foals sold last year averaged €131,148/£111,964-the best foal sale average...

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The Next Generation Of Darley Sires

For any breeder of Thoroughbreds, the opportunity to watch one's carefully cultivated lines thrive across generations must be one of the greatest rewards that can be derived. The team at Darley can take pride, then, in fact that it has three Group 1-winning stallions by its own sires with their first crops to sell at the upcoming foals sales. Masar (Ire) will be remembered as a true game-changer for Godolphin on the racecourse. By emulating his sire New Approach (Ire) in winning the G1 Derby, Masar became the first blue...

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Value Sires Part II: First Foals

We kicked off our annual Value Sires series earlier this week with a look at the new class of sires entering stud in 2021, and today we move on to the group with their first foals set to hit the ground in the coming months. While it is not always a straightforward task to pinpoint value in unproven sires, the ripple effects of the global pandemic make the exercise a little more interesting this year. While it has become the norm for some young sires to get fee cuts in...

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Palace Pier's Dam Commands 2.2-Million Gns At Tattersalls

Beach Frolic (GB) (Nayef) (lot 1731), the 9-year-old dam of this year's champion 3-year-old Palace Pier (GB) (Kingman {GB}), is headed to join the Coolmore broodmare ranks after MV Magnier went to 2.2-million gns to secure her at the Tattersalls December Mares Sale on Tuesday. Beach Frolic was offered by Highclere Stud in foal to Blue Point (Ire).

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Highclere's Beach Beauty

The first chapter of the story of Palace Pier (GB) (Kingman {GB}) was written 20 years ago when John Warren bought the listed winner Miss d'Ouilly (Fr) (Bikala {GB}) from Jean-Luc Lagardere at the Tattersalls December Sale for 50,000gns. The Night Shift foal she was carrying at the time became known as Night Frolic (GB), and she has established her own important branch of an accomplished family at Highclere Stud.  For Palace Pier, the tale is far from complete. This season's champion miler will remain in training for 2021, but...

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Shamardal's Legacy Will Long Endure

If there is one adjective that embodies everything about Shamardal, it would have to be 'class.' That magic yet highly elusive ingredient that separates a great Thoroughbred from the field has permeated every aspect of his being from the time his blue chip mating was planned, through to his own quartet of Group 1 successes on the racecourse and on to his sons and daughters, who made an immediate impact on the track with Classic winners in Europe and Australia in his first crop and whose dominance was emphasized last...

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Too Darn Hot, Blue Point To Shuttle To Australia

Champion sprinter Blue Point (Ire) (Shamardal-Scarlett Rose {GB}, by Royal Applause {GB}) and champion 2-year-old Too Darn Hot (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}-Dar Re Mi {GB}, by Singspiel {Ire}) will shuttle to Darley Australia for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season later this year. Alastair Pulford, Darley's Head of Sales in Australia, said, "To be able to offer Australian breeders these two prospects is a huge privilege. We've seen what the Darley shuttle stallions have done for Australian racing with horses like Street Cry (Ire), Teofilo (Ire), Medaglia d'Oro and recently Night Of...

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