Monsieur Bond filly heads sticky Silver trade
The Monsieur Bond filly who headed trade at Doncaster at £46,000
PICTURE: Sarah Farnsworth/Goffs UK Bond filly heads selective Goffs UK Silver trade By James Thomas in Doncaster 4:42PM 25 AUG 2016
THEY say what goes up must come down, and after the fireworks of the Goffs UK Premier Sale it was back down to earth with a rather low-key day of trade during the third renewal of the Silver Sale in Doncaster on Thursday.
Opinions seemed divided between buyers and vendors as to the strength of trade, but declines across all the key indicators of market health point to the selective nature of the market at present.
Federico Barberini signed for the day's top lot, a daughter of Monsieur Bond who fetched £46,000.
"She was bought for Steve Parkin," said Barberini. "She looks a fast sort. She'll head to Ballyhane Stud to be broken in and then a trainer will be decided on."
Parkin runs his horses under the Clipper Logistics banner, the company of which he's executive chairman, and has seen his familiar grey colours carried to success by the likes of Cheveley Park Stakes heroine Rosdhu Queen and Group 3 winner Beyond Desire.
The March-born filly was consigned by Catridge Farm Stud and is out of the Listed-placed College Chapel mare Saphire, which makes her a half-sister to Group 3-placed Waffle and Listed-placed Byrony.
Bobby on the beat
Bobby O'Ryan was busy throughout the session, signing for a total of eight lots. The priciest of those was a son of first-crop sire Lethal Force from Jeanette Matthews-Griffiths' Wadacre Stud who realised £41,000.
"He'll be trained by Keith Dalgleish and he's been bought for Paul and Claire Rooney," revealed O'Ryan. "He's a very nice horse – the Lethal Force's look nice and racey. Trade's been good today, there's some nice horses here."
The colt is out of the Primo Valentino mare Madam Valentine, the dam of seven-time winner Pipers Note. Further back it is the family of Prix de l'Abbaye winner Sigy.
Earlier in the session O'Ryan parted with £25,000 to secure a daughter of Dandy Man from Furnace Mill Stud who will also join the Dalgleish yard.
"I just love the sire, I'm a great believer in Dandy Man," said O'Ryan. "She's a nice filly, a very sharp type."
The filly is the fourth foal produced by Diksie Dancer, a placed daughter of Diktat who has produced three winners from three runners and share her page with Barry Hills' 2005 Nunthorpe winner La Cucaracha.
No time for reflection for Powerstown
Powerstown Stud's Tom Whitehead clearly believes that if it is not broken, don't fix it, as he returned to the Doncaster ring from which he acquired subsequent Group 1 winner Quiet Reflection to secure a son of Royal Applause from Suzie Sands at £37,000.
"I'll see you in the spring," said Whitehead. "He'll probably come back here for the breeze-ups where we sold Quiet Reflection. I bought her from this sale – it's been lucky for me. Hopefully this one can be as good as her.
"He has plenty of strength and the sire is well proven, it's a very fast pedigree and he's a very strong colt who's very correct," he continued.
"He'll go home now and have a break – we'll start breaking him in around Christmas time and get him going."
The colt is out of the the Red Clubs mare Sonko, a half-sister to the Listed-winning Terror.
Rooneys continue to restock
Clive Cox, who has recorded a brace of top-level successes in 2016, was on the hunt for next year's star and signed for a daughter of first-season sire Foxwedge at £36,000. The filly was acquired for the Rooneys, for whom Cox delivered a first Group 1 with My Dream Boat landing the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot.
"She's a lovely individual with a great step to her," said Cox. "I've been impressed by the Foxwedge progeny. She'll be running in the same colours as My Dream Boat – we had a nice winner for them at Kempton last night too [Don't Blame Me]. I'm delighted they're having a good season."
The chestnut, offered by The Castlebridge Consignment, is out of the Green Desert mare Lavinia's Grace, who has produced two winners from three runners.
Cox also had an update on where the Prince of Wales's Stakes hero may head next, saying: "At the moment we're looking at the Irish Champion Stakes with My Dream Boat, ground permitting."
Con Marnane, the master of Bansha House Stables, was stocking up on next year's breeze-up prospects and went to £36,000 for a colt from the first crop of Whitsbury Manor Stud's Swiss Spirit.
"He's a lovely, quality colt, very strong," said Marnane. "His pedigree is all speed. He's out of a Kodiac mare – the Kodiacs are getting too dear for us to buy so we've had to start buying the progeny of the mares. He'll more than likely come back here next April."
The first foal a three-time two-year-old winner Marmot Bay, the colt's further family includes champion racemare Lochsong.
The colt could prove one worth noting should he make it back for the Doncaster breeze-up, as this year's Bansha House draft contained Prince Of Lir, a son of Kodiac who fetched £170,000 before going on to record a half-length success in the Norfolk Stakes at the Royal meeting.
More celebrations for West Moor
Consignor West Moor Stud brought just the sole lot to the Silver Sale but went away satisfied as the Royal Applause colt brought £32,000 when knocked down to Ahmad Aldowaisan.
"He actually got into the Premier Sale but we decided to bring him today instead," revealed the stud's Kate Sigsworth. "Royal Applause has been an excellent sire but the fashion at the moment is for younger sires. I hope he goes on and does well for the owners."
The colt was bought for an undisclosed client who has horses in training with John Butler and Jeremy Noseda and is due to join David Evans.
Sigsworth was still on a high from the previous week's Ebor meeting, where West Moor graduate Blue Point – whom she pinhooked for 110,000gns under the Ebor Bloodstock banner – demolished his nine rivals in the Group 2 Gimcrack by three lengths.
"It's been an exciting week, what with Blue Point winning so well at York," continued Sigsworth. "He was always brilliant to work with and I've always had a soft spot for the horse, he's a real gentlemen.
"I just loved the way he moved as a foal, he's such a beautiful mover. Even as a yearling they're not the full picture but he is what I thought he'd be."
Sigsworth, who divides her time between duties at the stud and appearing as a pundit on Racing UK, added: "This is very much my day job and what I love doing. My parents have been at the stud since 1980 and from small numbers they've done very well, they bred Vintage Only, who finished second in the 1990 Gimcrack. I want to keep it a bit more boutique and keep the quality high."
Final figures take a hit
At the conclusion of trade 114 lots had sold, a clearance-rate of 72 per cent, for an aggregate of £1,256,500 – a drop of seven per cent from last year's total, an average of £11,022 – a decline of 19 per cent, and a median of £7,000 – down £3,000 on 2015's figure.
Goffs UK group chief executive Henry Beeby commented: "Following a stunning renewal of the Premier Sale over the last two days the Silver Sale was always going to be in the shade.
"This is a day that has performed in the sales ring and on the track over the last two years so it is a little disappointing that it has been unable to at least match last year's figures.
"However, we would suggest that today's trade is perhaps symptomatic of the market in general over the last few months as the best are selling very well but there is increasing selectivity as the foal crops grow again which is clearly indicated by the fall in the clearance rate."