October 23, 2006 at 20:29 #3211
A couple look expensive, notably Zurbaran for 210,000 gns. The best bit of business for the week has to be from Nigel Shields who purchased Bravo Maestro here last year for 10,000 gns and brought him back this year having won 3 races and sold him for 105,000 gns.October 23, 2006 at 21:19 #80942AlderbrookMember
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Thought David Barker’s purchase of Polish Emperor was worth noting DJ.
Potentially well handicapped and now in the care of a sprint master.
Helvetio might as well be retired now that Micky Hammond has got him.October 23, 2006 at 21:28 #80943
Yes I noticed that, I just have concerns that the horse might have a few ideas of his own nowadays. Personally I’m not Barker’s biggest fan, though it would be folly to knock his skills when you look at what he’s done with Mecca’s Mate, Sierra Vista and Mr Wolf.October 23, 2006 at 23:26 #80944AlderbrookMember
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Not a particularly shrewd sprint guy myself, but have Barker pegged as a good ‘un. Any (publishable) reason why you aren’t a fan DJ?
Thought Escayola might be an OK jumps purchase for Grant Tuer too btw.October 24, 2006 at 08:59 #80945
I just personally find him difficult to read. Nothing more sinister than that. I don’t think he’s particularly dishnest or anything, I just don’t think his horses are all that consistent.October 24, 2006 at 11:53 #80946alan1Member
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The one that has me puzzled is Scented Present, a very decent 2yo with an OR of 95, going for only 9K.October 24, 2006 at 13:19 #80947apracingParticipant
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<br>Against that, he hasn’t run anywhere close to that mark of 95 on his last two starts and has faded both times like a horse with a problem.
Sale prices often look ridiculous when compared with the form book – have a look at the 14F maiden handicap at Goodwood run in June this year and won by Cape Secret.
Several of the also rans from that race have gone through the sale ring and I’ve been keeping a watch on their fate as I bid for one of them, Jack Absolute, who made 18,000gns at the July sales – 8,000 more than my limit!
Congestion Charge finished 13th in that race and went for 62,000 gns in July, Brabazon made 35,000 gns and others have sold for a minimum of 12,000.
Yet the third in that race, Ritsi, who has run 3rd again in two of his three subsequent starts just changed hands for 5,000 gns, sold to Grant Tuer.
Makes no sense, but I bet the market will be proved right and Ritsi will remain a maiden.
APOctober 24, 2006 at 13:27 #80948LUKEMember
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My former boss bought a half brother to Queens Logic and Dylan Thomas a few years ago for 5K.The horse has won a couple of races and given them some good days out.October 25, 2006 at 13:13 #80949apracingParticipant
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<br>Has the distance of the Ayr Gold Cup been changed to two miles for next year ?
Dandy Nicholls has just paid 75,000 gns for Lost Soldier Three.
APOctober 25, 2006 at 13:30 #80950AdrianParticipant
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Everybody’s trying to buy horses rated 95+ to take to the Dubai International Racing Carnival (applications by November 11th).
David Nicholls already has a bunch of sprinters lined up and LST would have the rating. However he’d have to race at 12 furlongs if he went out there.October 25, 2006 at 14:05 #80951
210,000 gns for Gilded looks far too much as done a similar figure for her stablemate Golden Balls.October 25, 2006 at 14:22 #80952Grey DesireParticipant
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Just having a quick at yesterday sales and can’t believe that Storm on the Run,a consistent horse for Richard Hannon and winner of the maiden Taj made her debut in was sold for a measly 5000 guineas.October 25, 2006 at 18:57 #80953LingfieldMember
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Quote: from davidjohnson on 3:05 pm on Oct. 25, 2006[br]210,000 gns for Gilded looks far too much as done a similar figure for her stablemate Golden Balls.<br>
And so does 150,000 for stablemate Resignation.
Adrian is right about purchasing for Dubai. 280,000 for the gelding Fairmile out of the Swinburn yard?
It’s always interesting to look at the end of season culling out of the big yards. Also what they withdraw from the sale and what’s not in.<br> Some useful types go from Juddmonte because they don’t fit their breeding programme but I’d say All Ivory (180,000) and Great plains (155,000) are not bargains as exposed flat h’cappers.Did Berkeley Castle from the same operation really make 200,000 or is that an error?October 25, 2006 at 19:17 #80954roryParticipant
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Quote: from Alderbrook on 12:26 am on Oct. 24, 2006[br]Thought Escayola might be an OK jumps purchase for Grant Tuer too btw.<br>
Escayola looked cheap mainly because he has a breathing problem. It might well be a touch of genius that he looked to be given too much to do in his last run in the Findlay silks. I’d say that if the horse had any future over obstacles he’d still be running in the purple and grey.October 25, 2006 at 20:21 #80955
Would tend to agree with Rory on that one. Interesting that Nicholls sent it back to Haggas and now that the owners have got rid.
Interesting that in the Coolmore clearout the useful performers Frost Giant was sold for 40,000 yet Purple Moon went for near on 400,000. I know which cheque I’d have rather signed!
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