Oliver St Lawrence

Seven Days: Bahrain's Burgeoning Success

It has been another banner week for the breeze-up sector, not to mention the burgeoning Bahraini participation in European racing.  Following Classic victories for Cachet (Ire), Native Trail (GB) and Eldar Eldarov (GB), more graduates of the two-year-old sales scene lifted one of last weekend's major races in Britain, the G2 Mill Reef Stakes, and also the G3 Stockholm Cup.  Sakheer (Ire) (Zoffany {Ire}) was imperious in the Mill Reef, and was the standout in a magnificent seven winners on Saturday for Roger Varian, which also included landing a Group...

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'The Dream Is Alive' – Willie Browne on TDN Rising Star Sakheer

Breeze-up king Willie Browne, who sold G1 1000 Guineas heroine Speciosa (Ire), G1 Ascot Gold Cup winner Trip To Paris (Ire) and many more top-notchers, is allowing himself to believe that recent graduate Sakheer (Ire) (Zoffany {Ire}) could be the real deal after he coasted to an effortless victory at Haydock on Thursday. The 76-year-old bought Sakheer for $65,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sales in 2021 before producing the colt to top the Arqana Breeze-up Sale in May of this year. Sakheer was bought by Oliver St Lawrence for...

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Zoffany Colt New €550k Top Lot At Arqana

Already in action for a €520,000 Siyouni (Fr) colt (lot 124) earlier in the day, Oliver St Lawrence added a €550,000 Zoffany (Ire) colt (lot 148) near the end of the Arqana Breeze-Up Sale. A member of the Mocklershill draft, the February-foaled bay and new topper is a half-brother to dual group winner Lemista (Ire) (Raven's Pass), who was also third in the GI Beverly D. S. at Arlington Park.

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Arthur Dobell Joins Oliver St. Lawrence Bloodstock

Bloodstock agent Arthur Dobell has joined Oliver St. Lawrence Bloodstock and will assist Oliver in all aspects of the agency.  Dobell has previously worked at Highclere Stud in the UK, Northern Farm in Japan, Arrowfield Stud in Australia, and Haras Vacacion in Argentina. He most recently served as pupil assistant trainer to Ed Bethell in North Yorkshire. St. Lawrence said, "I'm delighted to welcome Arthur to OSL, who has impressed me with his knowledge, hard work and honest demeanour. Arthur will be concentrating on the sale of nominations over the...

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Dubawi's Eldar Eldarov A New Rising Star at Nottingham

KHK Racing's 2.7-million guineas October Book 1 purchase Akhu Najla (GB) (Kingman {GB}) ran second for Roger Varian in his Leicester unveiling Tuesday and the partnership was back in action with £480,000 [email protected] Breeze-Up graduate Eldar Eldarov (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}), who powered to 'TDN Rising Stardom' in the second division of Wednesday's British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden S. at Nottingham. The 13-8 favourite tanked forward from a slot in rear to track the leaders in fourth after the initial exchanges of this debut and crept closer once into the home...

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Dubawi on Top Again as Arqana Lights Up

DEAUVILLE, France--The second and final session of the select part of the Arqana August Sale lit up in ebullient fashion with two seven-figure yearlings, including the €2.4-million sale topper by Dubawi, a half-sister to Group 2 winner Babylone (Fr) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}). Charlie Gordon-Watson made a significant impact on the day's action when acting for an unnamed client and signed for the filly (lot 108) out of Typique (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) shortly after bidding €525,000 for lot 99, a filly by Frankel (GB). The sale leader was consigned by Haras...

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Haspel On Trail Of Success

DEAUVILLE, France--There were tears of delight from breeder Jose Delmotte and his friend and agent Marc-Antoine Berghgracht following the sale of Delmotte's Kingman (GB) filly (lot 62) for a session-leading €950,000 on Saturday evening at Arqana. From the Juddmonte family of young sire Calyx (GB), the filly's dam Needleleaf (GB) (Observatory {GB}) was bought as an unraced 2-year-old from the Juddmonte draft at Tattersalls December Sale by Berghgracht six years ago for 60,000gns. The sister to Group 1-winning sprinter African Rose (GB) has already hit the big time with her...

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Classical Wave Tops Tattersalls Online Sale

Classical Wave (GB) (Gleneagles {Ire}) (lot 33) brought 240,000 guineas to top the fourth Tattersalls Online Sale which was held on Tuesday. The price is a new record for a colt/gelding in training on the online platform. Purchased by Oliver St Lawrence Bloodstock from the Highfield Bloodstock draft, the 4-year-old gelding is a dual winner on the all-weather and is a half-brother to G1 Irish St Leger third Weekender (GB) (Frankel {GB}) and that gelding's full-brother Media Stream (GB) (Frankel {GB}), who was third at listed level at Saint-Cloud. The...

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A Fresh Look With Oliver St Lawrence

It's that time of year: with just weeks to go to the start of the turf season, thoughts are turning to which of this year's freshman sires will be making a splash with their first runners. With 26 European first-crop stallions to consider, we have asked the views of those who have seen a good range of young stock at the sales. Today we speak with Oliver St Lawrence. "I loved the Almanzors at the yearling sales last year," St Lawrence said. "I think he'll be the stallion of this...

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Kingman Brother To Galileo Gold Leads Book 1 Opener

By Emma Berry & Alayna Cullen NEWMARKET, UK—Any doubts as to the participation of some of the leading buyers at Tattersalls's flagship October Sale were largely dispelled as Book 1 got underway on Tuesday with four seven-figure lots and the most expensive yearling sold in Europe or North America this year. That honour went to the sole, emotional offering from Colin Murfitt's local Pantile Stud (lot 174) in the Kingman (GB) half-brother to 2000 Guineas and G1 St James's Palace winner Galileo Gold (GB) (Paco Boy {Ire}), who sold for...

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TDN Q&A With Oliver St Lawrence

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, Oliver St Lawrence answers our questions. TDN: What was your best yearling purchase over the last few years? And your favourite? OSL: Buying Daahyeh (GB) (Bated Breath {GB}) for £75,000 at the Goffs UK Premier Sale in 2018 has proven fortuitous. She has earned over £330,000 from her six runs to date, winning half of them, including the G2 Rockfel...

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