Half-Brother to Classic Heroine Cachet Among Select Tattersalls Craven Catalogue

The catalogue for the first of this year's European two-year-old sales is now online, with 180 lots catalogued for the Tattersalls Craven Breeze-up Sale set to be sold on April 16 and 17. With the high-class dual Group 1 winner Vandeek (GB) (Havana Grey {GB}) as its poster boy for last year, the Craven sale has been represented by some notable graduates in recent seasons, including the Classic winners Native Trail (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) and Cachet (Ire) (Aclaim {Ire}). The latter's half-brother by Mehmas (Ire) is among those on...

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Potential Bonuses of £250,000 for Craven Breeze-up Graduates

Tattersalls has renewed its £250,000 Craven Breeze-up Sale Bonus for 2024.  The scheme pays £100,000 to the owner and £25,000 to the vendor of any Craven graduate to win one of the six two-year-old races at Royal Ascot. Should that horse go on to win any of the 15 Group 1 races for juveniles this season in Britain, Ireland or France, a further £100,000 and £25,000 will be paid out to the owner and vendor.  Godolphin's champion two-year-old Native Trail (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) and KHK Racing's Vandeek (GB) (Havana...

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Kelly Thomas Q&A: 'Some Breeders Have Told Me That I Am Their Inspiration'

Kelly Thomas enjoyed a banner year with Vandeek (GB) (Havana Grey {GB}), who she bred at her Maywood Stud, going unbeaten in a spellbinding two-year-old campaign that featured Group 1 wins in the Prix Morny and Middle Park S.  In this week's Q&A, Thomas revealed how some people in the industry have shared with her that she has become an inspiration for smaller breeders. She also lifted the lid on her own hopes and dreams for Vandeek this season and explained her philosophy to breeding.  You have had lots to...

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Landmark Result For St Mark's Basilica With 575k Sale-Topper At Tattersalls 

Friday marked a breakout result for five-time Group 1-winner St Mark's Basilica (Fr) as a filly by Coolmore's freshman sire out of the Oaks winner Talent (GB) (New Approach {Ire}) topped the December Foal Sale at Tattersalls on 575,000gns. The aggregate fell 11% compared to this day 12 months ago to 17,943,000gns while the clearance rate climbed 7% to 87%. The average fell 13% to 95,952gns and the median dipped 9% to 62,000gns. It was bloodstock agent Jill Lamb, bidding on behalf of Newsells Park Stud, who came out on...

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Stage Set for the Bloodstock World's Theatre of Dreams

As the darkness draws in on the Monday and Tuesday afternoons of the Tattersalls December Mares Sale, it is a signal for the those around Park Paddocks to head ring-wards for the bloodstock world's version of captivating theatre. Who present, shoulder to shoulder in the packed auditorium over recent years, can forget moments such as the sale of Marsha (Ire) (Acclamation {GB}) for 6 million gns? Even her trainer Sir Mark Prescott, always ready with a witticism, was for once lost for words in the drama of it all.  A...

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Havana Grey Lights Up Book 2 With 425k Colt Knocked Down To Anthony Stroud

It seems as though Michael Fitzpatrick and Havana Grey (GB) have something in common with the lord himself as turning water into wine comes natural.  Time and time again, the man behind Kilminfoyle House Stud produces pinhook after pinhook in a similar fashion to how Whitsbury Manor Stud's emerging force seems to transform whatever pedigree he touches.  The latest transformation played out on Tuesday evening of Book 2 at Tattersalls when a colt by Havana Grey (lot 1020), who Fitzpatrick purchased as a foal under the banner of JC Bloodstock...

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Siblings to Chaldean and Vandeek Head Tattersalls December Foal Sale

A Showcasing (GB) half-brother to this year's 2,000 Guineas winner Chaldean (GB) (Frankel {GB}) is among 1,084 weanlings to be consigned to the Tattersalls December Foal Sale. The sale begins on Tuesday, November 28 and runs until Saturday, December 2 with a 'dark day' for viewing of the later foals on Thursday. Bred by Whitsbury Manor Stud, Chaldean is himself a graduate of the foal sale, having been bought for 550,000gns by Juddmonte. His dam Suelita (GB) (Dutch Art {GB}) has produced five black-type performers, including the G2 Mill Reef...

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Kildaragh's Golden Hour Shines Brightly Ahead of Book 1

NEWMARKET, UK--For those of us of a certain age, for whom the years seem to flash by ever faster, that hill up to Tattersalls seems to get steeper every year. One family which has no trouble striding their way up to their draft just through the wrought iron gates is the Kavanaghs of Kildaragh Stud, and this week it's not just because, collectively, they have the longest legs in the business. On Saturday, the family enjoyed two terrific results, both as breeze-up consignors and breeders, when first the Tattersalls Craven...

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Vandeek Sparks 20th Anniversary Celebration For Breeder Kelly Thomas

DEAUVILLE, France--There were plenty of flags of different countries flying high on the grandstand at Deauville but in the winner's circle, the red dragon of Wales was planted firmly, if only metaphorically, with the G1 Sumbe Prix Morny victory of Vandeek (GB). Bred by Kelly Thomas, who is celebrating her 20th anniversary as a breeder at her Maywood Stud in Camarthenshire, the grey colt from the second crop of Havana Grey (GB) was originally sold as a foal for 52,000gns. It was when he returned to the Tattersalls sale ring...

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Kavanagh: 'To Be Associated With A Horse Like Vandeek Is Huge For Us'

Relief quickly turned to joy for Roderick Kavanagh on Thursday after Vandeek (GB) (Havana Grey {GB}), the highest profile horse to have graduated from his Glending Stables after fetching 625,000gns at the Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up Sale, confirmed himself a top-notch colt in the making when landing the G2 Richmond S. at Goodwood.  The joint top lot of that sale, Vandeek was knocked down to Anthony Stroud on behalf of KHK Racing Ltd and was making it two wins from as many starts for Simon and Ed Crisford at Goodwood.  After...

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