Blue Point

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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