Book 1

'Honeysuckle More Likely To Be Retired Than Run In Mares' Hurdle At Cheltenham'

   Peter Molony is best known for being the man who bought the reigning Champion Hurdler Honeysuckle (GB) (Sulamani {Ire}) on behalf of his client Kenny Alexander. He also works for Sheikh Fahad's Qatar Racing operation, is an agent for Goffs and has had a multitude of top horses through his hands at Rathmore Stud. That may be why the Limerick native signs off on his Twitter bio with the word 'busy'!    Son of the legendary Martin Molony, widely regarded as the best dual-purpose jockey of all time, Peter...

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Stauffenberg Q&A: 'If You Didn't Get Paid This Year You Did Something Wrong'

   As entertaining as he is brave, Philipp Stauffenberg has dominated the top bracket of the pinhooking table despite buying only a select number of foals each year.    Stauffenberg was once again in the spotlight in October when five of his yearlings took Tattersalls by storm when selling for a combined figure of 2,345,000gns at a memorable Book 1 sale.     Back at Tattersalls, where he was searching for his next Book 1 star at the December Foal Sales, the never-boring and cigarillo-smoking Stauffenberg spoke with TDN Europe's Brian...

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Three Horses Supplemented to KEENOV Book 1

Three horses, including a Grade III-winning juvenile filly, have been supplemented to Book 1 of the Keeneland November Sale. American Apple (American Pharoah), a 2-year-old filly who won the Oct. 8 GIII Matron S. at Belmont at the Big A and is a contender for the Nov. 4 GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at Keeneland. KatieRich Farms consigns American Apple, who is cataloged as a racing or broodmare prospect. Princess Julia (Distorted Humor), a daughter of champion Folklore, who is in foal to Medaglia d'Oro. She is consigned by...

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Record-Breaking October Yearling Sale Draws To A Close At Tattersalls

After a frenetic two weeks of selling, the curtain lowered on the final day of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, with the single-session Book 4 adding another 319,000gns to the previous three books' 199,006,100gns aggregate. A total of 53 yearlings found new homes of 73 offered, for a clearance rate of 73%. The average of 6,019gns and the media of 5,000gns were both well up on 2021's figures, leading to gains of 50.3% for the former and 66.7% for the latter. Topping Saturday's sale was a daughter of G2 Richmond...

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Record Books Rewritten as Book 1 Bonanza Concludes

By Emma Berry and Brian Sheerin NEWMARKET, UK--And breathe. Book 1 is over, galloping out the door after a three-day bonanza of record returns, the highest-grossing single day of horse trade in Europe, and the world's most expensive yearling of 2022. What this all means for next week and Books 2, 3 and 4 of the October Yearling Sale is anyone's guess, but a safe bet would be that all those potential buyers so frustrated at playing bridesmaid during Book 1 still have rolls of grubby fifty-pound notes burning holes...

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Dubawi Colt Out Of Full-Sister To Minding Goes To Godolphin For 1.6m At Tattersalls

Longview Stud's Dubawi (Ire) colt (lot 530) caught the eye of Godolphin and was duly knocked down for 1.6m gns at Park Paddocks on the third and final day of Book 1. The bay is out of a full-sister to the exemplary multiple Group 1 winner Minding (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), Group 1 winners Tuesday (Ire) and Empress Josephine (Ire) and the Group 3 winner Kissed By Angels (Ire). Bred by Highview Bloodstock, his half-sister by Lope De Vega (Ire) was picked up by the same connections for 475,000gns at this...

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Brace of Frankel Millionaires as Final Book 1 Session Gets Underway

Within two lots and just 40 minutes into the final Book 1 session of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale two colts by Frankel (GB) sold for 1.9 millions gns and 2 million gns, respectively. The first, lot 379 from Luca and Sara Cumani's Fittocks Stud, is out of the winning Pivotal (GB) mare Blue Waltz (GB) from the family of champion 2-year-old filly Blue Duster (Danzig) and was bought by MV Magnier of Coolmore.   . # This colt by Frankel @JuddmonteFarms was consigned by @saracumani and the winning bidder was M...

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Tattersalls Makes History With Europe's Highest-Grossing Day 

NEWMARKET, UK--A marker in bloodstock history was plunged firmly into the ground at Tattersalls on Wednesday, when those present at Park Paddocks bore witness to the highest-grossing day of horse trade that has ever taken place in Europe. An eye-watering sum of 49,545,000gns was spent on 144 yearlings throughout the eight-hour session, including the most expensive yearling in the world this year--a colt by Frankel (GB) sold for 2.8 million gns. He was one of eight bought for seven-figure sums, bringing the number of million-plus youngsters from the first two...

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Yoshito Yahagi Strikes For 1.6m Dubawi Colt At Tattersalls

Lot 301 became the sixth seven-figure lot during Wednesday's Book 1 session at Tattersalls when selling for 1.6 million to Japanese trainer Yoshito Yahagi. Yet another son of Dubawi (Ire), the colt is a half-brother to GI Turf Classic S. hero Digital Age (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}), and the duo are out of the unraced Lemon Drop Kid mare Willow View. Also, a half-brother to G3 Prix La Rochette heroine Acer Alley (GB) (Siyouni {Fr}), he was bred by Merry Fox Stud and consigned by Fittocks Stud. Under the second...

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Lively Start at Tattersalls as Frankel Filly Brings 1.5m Gns

A robust start to the second day's trade at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale soon featured a yearling to match the previous day's top price of 1.5 million gns when lot 201, Newsells Park Stud's filly by Frankel (GB) out of Shambolic (Ire), was sold to Coolmore. Interested parties included Juddmonte's Simon Mockridge and agent Richard Knight, but it was MV Magnier who made the final bid from outside the auditorium. A first foal, the filly was bred by Newsells Park Stud in partnership with Craig Bennett's...

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Dubawi Rings The Bell With Three Book 1 Millionaires

By Emma Berry and Brian Sheerin NEWMARKET, UK--Sales can often start with more of a whimper than a bang, but with only the second horse in the ring at Tattersalls the October Yearling Sale roared into life as the first Dubawi (Ire) yearling to be offered ensured that seven figures were lit across the bid board. That was repeated twice during the day, both times by offspring of Darley's elite sire, with top honours eventually falling to Hazelwood Bloodstock's colt out of Ring The Bell (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), who was...

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Godolphin Snaps Up Dubawi Colt Out Of Group 1 Winner Persuasive For 1m Gns At Tattersalls

Dubawi (Ire)'s son of Persuasive (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) (lot 127) became the second seven-figure lot at Tattersalls on Tuesday when selling for 1 million gns to Anthony Stroud acting on behalf of Godolphin. Consigned by breeder Cheveley Park Stud, the March-foaled bay is from the extended family of Group 1 winner Creative Force (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), while his dam landed the G1 Queen Elizabeth II S. and was placed several more times at the highest level.   ,, # This colt is by Dubawi @DarleyEurope and is out of...

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