IT was no doubt all smiles in the Lloyd Webber household at the weekend. At the 2019 Tattersalls December Sale they purchased, through Charlie Gordon-Watson, the Shirocco (Monsun) stakes winner Gale Force for 300,000gns.

At the time she was carrying a filly, now a yearling, by Australia (Galileo), and her first offspring, Frankel’s Storm (Frankel) had been placed in a listed race in Germany, her trainer Mark Johnston cleverly placing her to get blacktype. Frankel’s Storm sold last December, to Chasemore Farm, for 160,000gns, not much more than she cost as a yearling. Now she, like her dam Gale Force, looks very well bought.