IT doesn’t seem that long ago since the December Sale finished at Tattersalls and now the new sales year in Newmarket is about to start with the February Sale on Thursday and Friday.
A total of 463 lots have been catalogued for the two-day sale which will feature the popular TBA Stallion Parade before the start of the sale on Thursday.
The catalogue consists of 203 fillies and mares in/out of training, 37 broodmares and one stallion, 200 colts and geldings in/out of training, 11 yearlings and 11 two-year-olds.
Recent graduates of this sale include the dams of last year’s Group 2 winning two-year-olds The Ridler and Isaac Shelby, bought for just 2,500gns and 4,500gns respectively. Last year’s sale produced a Royal Ascot winner – Missed The Cut selling for 40,000gns before joining George Boughey and winning four races, including the Golden Gates Handicap at Royal Ascot and a listed race on the all-weather in November.
Among the consignors this year are Godolphin and trainers Andrew Balding, Karl Burke, John and Thady Gosden, William Haggas and Richard Hannon.
The Godolphin draft includes the well-bred broodmares Dubian To, a blacktype producing daughter of Sea The Stars, and Impala, an Oasis Dream half-sister to Group 1 winner Zambezi Sun.
There’s also Palmarola, a Sea The Stars half-sister to three group winners from the excellent Wildenstein family of Group 1 winners Planteur and Persian King.
Godolphin also sells Morning Blush, a daughter of Justify out of Grade 2 winner and dual Grade 1-placed Dothraki Queen, and Mystery Play, a Golden Horn half-sister to dual Group 2 winner and Group 1-placed Usherette.
Bill Dwan’s Castlebridge Consignment will offer the largest draft in the catalogue with a team of 68 including the blacktype producer All Time High, in foal to No Nay Never, and Barton Sales will offer a consignment of 20 featuring well-bred broodmares Lunearia, a daughter of Galileo and the Grade 1 winner Luas Line, and Queenhope, a Kendargent own-sister to Group 1 Coronation Stakes runner up Kenhope, who will both be offered in foal to New Bay.
Other eye-catchers among the draft include Albanderi, a Kingman half-sister to Group 1 winner The Revenant, and an exceptionally well-bred two-year-old colt by Galileo, a half-brother to dual Group 1 winner Amazing Maria, bred by the late Sir Robert Ogden.
Other highlights among the broodmares catalogued include a quality duo consigned by Tweenhills Farm & Stud led by the Group 2 winner and Group 1 Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas-placed Now Or Never, a half-sister to dual Group 1 winner Fairyland from the family of five-time Group 1 winner Dream Ahead, who will be offered in foal to Kameko.
They are joined by the National Stud consigned Anna Maria, by Invincible Spirit out of dual Group 1 winner Nannina, and Hazelwood Bloodstock’s Atlaal, by Dansili out of champion mare Igugu.
Far Westfield Farm consigns Nigh, a Galileo half-sister to Group 1 winner Kingsgate Native and already the dam of 2022 Group 3 winner Via Sistina, and another to note is the Harry Dutfield consigned Dubawi mare Khor Sheed, a Group 3 winner and the dam of 2022 Group 3 winner Without A Fight.
The catalogue contains mares in foal to proven Group 1 sires Aclaim, Ardad, Dream Ahead, Havana Gold, Make Believe, New Bay, No Nay Never, Territories and Zoustar, as well as exciting young Group 1 winners Advertise, Kameko, Masar and Waldgeist.
Mickley Stud will also consign the stallion Almanaara, a Shamardal half-brother to leading sire Dark Angel who retired to stud in 2021.
Horses in training
Buyers looking for colts and geldings in training with smart form also have plenty to choose from. Amongst the potential highlights are the three-year-old Galileo colt Sir Laurence Graff, a full-brother to the listed winner and St Leger fourth Interpretation and the winner of his most recent start who will be offered with an official rating of 85 by the Castlebridge Consignment on behalf of John and Thady Gosden’s Clarehaven Stables.
The Jamie Railton consigned three-year-old Roaring Lion colt Mohatu is Timeform rated 78p after an impressive maiden win for William Haggas earlier this month.
Juddmonte Farms will offer the unexposed three-year-old Clifton Down, placed on three of his four starts in France, and they will be joined by Gainsborough Thoroughbreds’ highly promising three-year-old filly The Ivy, the winner of her most recent start earning a Timeform rating of 78p.
Other eyecatchers include the Marco Botti trained four-year-old Aguaplano, a dual winner and Timeform-rated 94 following his most recent start, and the consistent 89-rated Diamond Ranger, a dual winner and placed on his three most recent starts for George Boughey who will be offered by Baroda Stud.
Group 2 winner Sky Full Of Stars heads 10 late additions made this week. The daughter of Kendargent and listed runner-up Sworn Mum will be offered in foal to triple Group 1 winner Advertise.
She will be joined by the Grade 1 placed stakes winner Frenzifed, who is by Yeats out of a half-sister to the Group 1 Australian Oaks winner Colette.
Another of interest is the three-year-old colt Bluff, who broke his maiden on his second start for trainer Robert Cowell earning a Timeform rating of 79p.
Lot 1: Almanaara, 10yo horse by Shamardal out of unraced half-sister to Dark Angel. Won four races and retired to stud 2021.
Lot 78: Albanderi, 7yo m by Kingman out of Group 3 winner Hazel Lavery. Half-sister to Group 1 winner The Revenant.
Lot 79: Lunearia, unraced 8yo m by Galileo out of Grade 1 winner Luas Line. In foal to New Bay.
Lot 93: 2yo c by Galileo out of Messias Da Silva. Half-brother to dual Group 1 winner Amazing Maria.
Lot 124: Nigh, unraced 13yo m by Galileo, dam of 2022 Group 3 winner Via Sistina. Half-sister to Group 1 winner Kingsgate Native.
Lot 128: Queenhope, 6yo m by Kendargent. Dual winner, in foal to New Bay. Sister to Group 3 winner and Group 1-placed Kenhope.
Lot 130: Now Or Never, 10yo m by Bushranger. Group 2 and Group 3 winner. In foal to Kameko.
Lot 131: The Ivy, 3yo f by Showcasing. Winner on all-weather January 2023.
Lot 147: Dubian To, unraced 11yo m by Sea The Stars. Dame of four-time winner and listed placed Dubious Affair.
Lot 148: Impala, unraced 9yo m by Oasis Dream. Half-sister to eight winners including Group 1 winner Zambezi Sun.
Lot 149: Palmarola, unraced 10yo m by Sea The Stars. Half-sister to 10 winners including dual Group 2 winner Policy Maker.
Lot 170: All Time High, unraced 8yo m by High Chaparral, in foal to No Nay Never. Dam of listed placed Lakota Seven.
Lot 399: Sir Laurence Graff, 3yo by Galileo. Won as 2yo. Placed four times. Rated 85. Own-brother to listed winner Interpretation.
Lot 405: Aguaplano, 4yo g by Outstrip, rated 82 after all-weather win January 2023.
Lot 410: Mohatu, 3yo c by Roaring Lion. Winner on all-weather January 2023.
Sale: Thursday (after 11am stallion parade) and Friday (10am), February 2nd and 3rd
Info: The TBA Stallion Parade will be staged before the start of the sale on Thursday.
Tel: 0044 1638 665931