Saudi-Bound Wuqood Leads Strong Final Day At Tattersalls

NEWMARKET, UK--There is a sustained drive by the British racing authorities towards greater inclusivity, and within the relatively small world of people who are keen to buy a racehorse or broodmare, there was certainly an inclusive feel to the proceedings at Tattersalls over the last two days.  Admittedly we tend to focus on the more expensive lots in sales reports. After all, in theory these should be the horses, or indeed their offspring, who are making the headlines in the future. But we all know that theories don't always become...

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Shadwell, Godolphin Drafts Dominate Tattersalls Opener

NEWMARKET, UK--There was a true blue feel to the first day of the Tattersalls February Sale, with the partial dispersal of Shadwell stock and a sizeable draft from Godolphin dominating the leader board and accounting for all five of the six-figure lots to have changed hands during a strong opening session. Barring 2018, when several members of the Ballymacoll Stud dispersal set new record prices for February, the average of 18,311gns was the highest seen at this sale, and was not far from double the figure set 12 months ago....

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King of Change Welcomes His First Foals

G1 Queen Elizabeth II S. victor King of Change (GB) (Farhh {GB}) celebrated the arrival of his first two reported foals recently Bred by John Quigley, the colt is out of the seven-time winner Table Forty Six (Ire) (Refuse To Bend {Ire}), who is from the extended family of the dual Group 1-placed Mezzogiorno (GB) (Unfuwain). He is "the best offspring that the mare has produced," according to Quigley. Joining the colt, is a filly out of Miss Frangipani (GB) (Frankel {GB}), who was bred by Stuart McPhee. King of...

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Curtain Up At Tattersalls For Popular February Fixture

NEWMARKET, UK--Here we go again. Dry January has been consigned to the books and the sales world will be back in full flow from Thursday at Park Paddocks. The Tattersalls February Sale jumped up from one day to two five years ago and it shows no sign of reverting to its more compact format. Once withdrawals are taken into account, around 400 horses will pass through the ring, ranging from just-turned yearlings to horses in training and broodmares. They will be preceded by the TBA's annual stallion parade, featuring a...

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Raabihah Joins Shadwell Broodmare Band

Raabihah (Sea The Stars {Ire}), a group winner at three and four for trainer Jean-Claude Rouget in the Shadwell blue, is among the fillies to join the Shadwell broodmare band this year; the 5-year-old will be bred to Dubawi (Ire). The winner of three of her first four starts in 2020, including the G3 Prix de Psyche and the Listed Prix de la Seine, Raabihah was second to Tarnawa (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}) in the G1 Prix Vermeille before finishing fifth behind Sottsass (Fr) in the G1 Prix de l'Arc de...

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Almighwar To Stand At Garryrichard Stud

Almighwar (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}), a twice-winning son of Sheikh Hamdan's G1 Oaks and G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. winner Taghrooda (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}), enters stud this year at Garryrichard Stud in a deal brokered by Luke Lillingston. Almighwar won twice going a mile and a half at Kempton as a 3-year-old and was placed in a Newbury conditions race going a shade over two miles last April. He traces back to the excellent Aga Khan family of Group 1 and Classic-winners Estimate (Ire), Enzeli (Ire),...

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Mohaather Sires First Reported Foal

G1 Sussex S. hero Mohaather (GB) (Showcasing {GB}) welcomed his first reported foal at Brook Stud in Newmarket this past weekend. The bay filly is out of the Shadwell-bred Radhaadh (Ire) (Nayef), who won a Chelmsford maiden by nine lengths for Sir Michael Stoute and is a half-sister to G1 Lockinge S. hero Mustashry (GB) (Tamayuz {GB}). "I've very happy with her," said Brook Stud's Dwayne Woods. "She's exactly what we were hoping for. She has great depth, is a good size and has a fantastic wide hip. She's very...

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Curtain Rises on Dubai World Cup Carnival

The 2022 Dubai World Cup Carnival lasts from Jan. 14-Mar. 5, Super Saturday and begins on Friday. The 19th edition of the DWCC features enhanced purses and a new group of turf races, the Jumeirah Series. Anchoring the first seven-race card-six Thoroughbred and one Arabian race--is the $250,000 G2 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1 Presented by Nakheel, which attracted a field of 14. Meydan veterans abound in the 1600-metre dirt contest, with 2021 G2 Godolphin Mile hero Secret Ambition (GB) (Exceed And Excel {Aus}) signed on, one of five for...

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Shadwell Draft Propels Final Session as Tattersalls December Ends

Demand for bloodstock continued in Newmarket on Thursday, albeit at a lower price bracket, as Adaalah (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}), a member of the Shadwell draft, brought 82,000gns to top the fourth and final session of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale as the curtain fell on the sales season at Park Paddocks for 2021. Thanks in part to larger drafts from the aforementioned Shadwell, Juddmonte and Godolphin, the former pair having lost their patrons earlier this year, turnover at the December Mare Sale was in excess of 60 million gns,...

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Bespangled A Star Signing For Elwick Stud

NEWMARKET, UK--Phew. There was a little bit more time to compose one's thoughts during the third session of the December mares' sale following a blockbuster Tuesday when every other lot sold for the price of a modest family home. A slight rejigging of the catalogue to include the second batch of the Juddmonte draft on Tuesday rather than in its traditional Wednesday afternoon slot, meant that the prices took a bigger dip than usual, but the demand remained just as strong and the list of buyers every bit as international....

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Derby Hero Erhaab Dies at 30

Shadwell's Erhaab (Chief's Crown--Histoire {Fr}, by Riverman), who won the G1 Derby at Epsom in 1994, died peacefully this week at Batsford Stud. The 30-year-old, the oldest surviving winner of the Blue Riband, had spent the past decade at the Gloucestershire stud. Bred by Sheikh Hamdan's operation in Kentucky, the half-brother to Group 2 winner Oumaldaaya (Nureyev) and stakes winner Hispanolia (Fr) (Kris {GB}) was trained by John Dunlop. In five starts as a juvenile, the dark bay won twice and was also third in the G3 Horris Hill S....

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Shadwell Yearlings Popular as Goffs Autumn Yearling Sale Ends

Demand remained strong on the second day of the Goffs Autumn Yearling Sale and Shadwell Estate's Derrinstown Stud continued to sit firmly atop the leading consignor standings. Three of the top four lots on Wednesday and eight of the top 10 lots over the two days were ultimately offered by Derrinstown. Overall, all 26 yearlings offered by the stud sold for a gross of €1,491,000. Leading the way on the second day of the sale was lot 534, a son of Invincible Spirit (Ire) out of the Arcano (Ire) mare...

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