Bright New Dawn tops Goffs September Sale

Bright New Dawn: £56,000 buy to be trained by Venetia Williams

Bright New Dawn tops Goffs UK September Sale
By Zoe Vicarage in Doncaster 6:53PM 6 SEP 2016

THE ANNUAL dispersal of Gigginstown House Stud stock proved to be the big draw at Tuesday's Goffs UK September Sale as Matt Coleman, acting on behalf of Venetia Williams, snapped up the operation's Grade 2 winner Bright New Dawn for £56,000.

A nine-year-old son of Presenting, Bright New Dawn boasted two wins over hurdles and six victories over fences including wins in the Grade 2 Flyingbolt Novice Chase at Navan and the Grade 3 Naas Directors Plate Novice Chase in 2014.

With an official rating of 146 over fences, he was last seen finishing third over hurdles behind Simenon at Cork last month.

Of his purchase Coleman said: "He's obviously got plenty of strong form in Ireland and we thought he was a horse that we can campaign in the two-mile handicap chases here.

"He's nine now but he's proven at a good level. The two-mile handicap chase division isn't the strongest over here and there's quite good money in some of the races at the big tracks such as Newbury and Ascot.

"He's a proven Saturday horse, we'll see if a change to English racing suits him and the rest we'll find out this winter."

Another buyer to strike lucky with the Gigginstown draft was Adam Potts who went to £44,000 to secure the second top lot, Cogryhill.

The six-year-old son of Presenting boasts a rating of 125 over fences and won three races under rules for trainer Gordon Elliott. He was last seen finishing third behind Full Cry in a 2m6f chase at Tramore last month.

Potts said: "He has a touch of class this horse and he was one of the highlights of the dispersal. The form is in the book. We'll get him home and see what the plan is."

Before Bright New Dawn entered the ring it looked as if two-time winning hurdler Imperial Prince, consigned by Battlefield Stud on behalf of Matthew Wright, was set for top lot honours only to be led out of the ring unsold at £58,000. Charlie Longsdon later snapped up the son of Subtle Power for £42,000 in a private transaction.

Pipe and Malone combine for son of Pour Moi

Bloodstock agent Tom Malone was busy throughout the day's trade and the most expensive lot he signed for was Vincent's Forever, a three-year-old son of Pour Moi offered by John Gosden's Clarehaven Stables for £40,000.

The gelding notched his first success since making a winning debut at Leicester in 2015 when landing a 1m3f handicap on the all-weather at Kempton by three-quarters of a length last month.

Bought on behalf of David Pipe, Malone indicated that Vincent's Forever will now ply his trade over hurdles and said: "He's won over nearly a mile and a half, he's got nice form and has a good rating.

"He should jump a hurdle and as he won last time out you'd expect to have to pay £30,000 or £40,000 for him."

Luigi and Bachelorhood bound for Qatar

Qatari trainer Hamad Al-Jaheni made his first trip to the September Sale on Tuesday and he made sure he wasn't leaving empty-handed, securing two lots for a total of £72,000.

He first signed the docket at £38,000 for the Middleham Park Racing-consigned Papa Luigi, a three-year-old son of Zoffany who notched a hat-trick of wins between May and June of this year for Richard Hannon.

Al-Jaheni said: "The plan is to take Papa Luigi back and give him a rest. I'll run him in a handicap on December 1 to see his level and then decide what to do with him."

Later in the session he parted with £34,000 for Bachelorhood, a three-year-old son of New Approach who landed a 1m1f maiden at Hamilton on his debut for Charlie Appleby in June.

Drop in figures

With the sale taking place over the solitary session compared to two days of trade last year, figures at the conclusion showed that 127 lots sold for an aggregate of £1,104,150, down 60 per cent on 2015.
The average dropped 11 per cent from £9,776 to £8,694 while the median fell eight per cent to £5,500.

Goffs group chief executive Henry Beeby said: "Comparing today with last year's two-day September Sale is probably not reasonable as we reintroduced the August Sale this year following requests from vendors and purchasers.

"Trade has followed recent trends with plenty of competition for the good ones from a diverse crowd of buyers from the likes of Qatar, Sweden, Greece, France, the US and of course, the UK and Ireland."

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