Rise in Godolphin mares at Goffs and Tattersalls
Sheikh Mohammed: Godolphin operating sold 53 yearlings at Keeneland
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By Martin Stevens 5:10PM 20 OCT 2016
GODOLPHIN'S effort to rationalise numbers appears to be continuing apace at this year's major breeding-stock sales, with a sharp rise in the the size of their drafts at Goffs and Tattersalls in the coming weeks.
Sheikh Mohammed's organisation moved on 72 fillies and mares at the Tattersalls July Sale and 53 homebred yearlings were sold at Keeneland in September.
Dan Pride, chief operating officer of Godolphin's US base in Kentucky, said at the time: "It's a matter of right-sizing our herd. For a number of years we've been breeding horses, buying mares.
"As you can imagine, they multiply. So it's really part of a global plan for Sheikh Mohammed to stay focused on quality."
Godolphin have entered 77 fillies and mares for Goffs next month, up from 43 offered under the Darley banner last year and a steep increase on the 21 in 2014.
At Tattersalls, meanwhile, Godolphin have 76 in the catalogue, up from 35 last year. As recently as 2013 only eight were offered by the operation.
Figures don't include other mares who may have been owned by Sheikh Mohammed and were consigned by trainers.
The downsizing allows breeders to buy some top-class racecourse performers and regally bred mares from Godolphin.
Up for grabs at Goffs are Coronation Stakes heroine Maids Causeway; Princess Elizabeth Stakes winner Gonfilia; New Morning, a Group 3-winning sister to Islington in foal to Golden Horn; and Prix de Diane runner-up Argentina in foal to Exceed And Excel.
Godolphin's Tattersalls draft includes Group/Grade 1 winners Baila Me (in foal to Dawn Approach), Folk Opera (in foal to Golden Horn) and Punctilious (in foal to New Approach), as well as high-class racemares Flashy Wings and Karen's Caper.
Intriguingly, Godolphin is also offering the only mare in foal to its standout sire Dubawi at this year's Tattersalls December Mares' Sale – Park Hill Stakes winner The Miniver Rose.
Although Godolphin have been pruning their stock, chief executive John Ferguson has not been shy of splashing out to add talent to the team this yearling sales season, and at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Sale he spent around 14 million guineas on 26 lots – including 8,950,000gns on eight yearlings by Dubawi.
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