Goffs to handle Wildenstein Stables dispersal
Peintre Celebre: brilliant Arc hero was owned by Daniel Wildenstein
PICTURE: Phil Smith/Sporting Life Goffs to host Wildenstein Stables dispersal By Martin Stevens 5:11PM 8 AUG 2016
GOFFS has been appointed to handle a dispersal of Wildenstein Stables Ltd, as part of the world-famous racing and breeding operation founded by art dealer Daniel Wildenstein and continued by his son Alec is being wound down.
The dispersal does not mean the exit of the Wildenstein name from racing, though, as Anthony Stroud, who represents the wing of the family that races as Ballymore Thoroughbred Ltd, which campaigned 1,000 Guineas winner Miss France, said yesterday: “We are carrying on and can hopefully maintain the family tradition in racing.”
A draft of 110 horses from Wildenstein Stables Ltd will go through the ring during the Goffs Orby and November sales, comprising 27 mares, 20 foals, 19 yearlings and 44 horses in training, with the dispersal being conducted by The Castlebridge Consignment.
The yearlings and horses in training will be offered at the end of the second day of the Orby sale in a stand-alone section, while the mares and foals will be offered in November.
The dispersal will offer a rare opportunity to buy into some long-nurtured and successful families.
Poule d’Essai des Pouliches heroine and Prix de Diane runner-up Beauty Parlour is set to be the star attraction. The seven-year-old daughter of Deep Impact, in foal to Kingman, will be sold in November, as will her Dansili filly foal and Blue Kimono, her winning half-sister by Invincible Spirit who is in foal to Australia.
Beauty Parlour’s yearling colt by Dubawi could cause fireworks at the Orby sale.
Peinture Rare, a Group 2-winning half-sister to Daniel Wildenstein’s brilliant Arc winner Peintre Celebre, will be another highlight. She will be offered in foal to Dansili and her yearling colt by Oasis Dream is also up for grabs.
There are also plenty of lots who hail from the famous Wildenstein family of Breeders’ Cup Classic hero Arcangues and brilliant racemare Aquarelliste.
Among the horses in training on offer are the Listed-winning and Group 2-placed Smart Strike mare Lady Of Kyushu and the winning Dalakhani filly Asterina, fourth in the Prix Vanteaux last time out.
David Wildenstein, grandson of Daniel Wildenstein and nephew of Alec, said: “Our family has enjoyed tremendous successes at the highest level in horseracing and breeding, and this remarkable draft of horses is the legacy of my grandfather.
“He raced many of the greats, including four Arc winners, Allez France, All Along, Peintre Celebre and Sagace, and was the leading owner in France on nine occasions as well as leading owner and breeder in England in 1976.
“Our dispersal features these great families and we wish their new owners all the luck in the world.”
He went on to suggest the success of the Paulyn Dispersal at Goffs in 2013 had steered the family towards selling at the County Kildare venue.
“Now the time has come for us to move in a different direction,” he added. “We chose Goffs as our exclusive auction house as I have been impressed by their proactivity and helpfulness, as well as their excellent record in handling such dispersal sales.”
Goffs group chief executive Henry Beeby said: “The Wildenstein Stables Ltd dispersal represents the most exciting collection of horses to be offered anywhere in the world this year and it is a real privilege for Goffs to be appointed the auction house of choice to handle the sale that looks set to draw every major international bloodstock buyer to Goffs in 2016.
“In my 34 years in the business there are a handful of names that you associate with the very best – Robert Sangster, the Aga Khan, Khalid Abdullah, the Maktoums, Coolmore, the Niarchos family for example – and the Wildenstein name is certainly among their number.”
The Goffs Orby Yearling Sale takes place on September 27 and 28, with the rest of the catalogue to be unveiled this week.