FLOTUS, which stands for First Lady Of The US, was a listed winner and runner-up in this year’s Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes. The daughter of Starspangledbanner, trained by Simon and Ed Crisford, was bought by Northern Farm for 1,000,000gns, outbidding Roger Varian.
She was consigned by Gainsborough Thoroughbreds for a partnership, having been bought as a yearling last year by Arthur Hoyeau for 125,000gns from co-breeders, the Grassick’s Newtown Stud.
“She is a beautiful filly, top-class, and we wish her new connections the best of luck for the future,” said Crisford. “We are very sorry to see her go, but she has done a fantastic job for us. She is owned by a syndicate and it was decided that the time was right to sell. I am sure she will have a fantastic career not only on the racetrack but also as a broodmare. She has not stopped growing all year, and I am sure she will have a very successful three-year-old career.”
“She is an exciting filly,” said Shingo Hashimoto. “We have not decided yet whether she will race on. I need to talk to the boss – it could go either way. If she is going to race on, she will stay in Britain. She was brilliant at Newmarket, an outstanding performance and we are very excited to have her.”
A winner on her debut at Goodwood over in May, Flotus added the Listed Ripon Two-Year-Old Trophy on her fifth start before her excellent run at Newmarket. She was the most expensive of the five lots bought during the week by Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm for a total of 2,870,000gns. That list also included the three-year-old filly Dandalla (Dandy Man), whose four wins included the Group 2 Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes and the Group 3 Albany Stakes.
Dandalla bred by Robert Norton at Newtownbarry House Stud, was originally bought for €22,000 by Kelly Burke, daughter of trainer Karl, at the Tattersalls Ireland September Sale in 2019. She was subsequently owned in partnership by Nick Bradley Racing 28. “She is very good, she was very fast, and her race results are very good. We will take her back to Japan and see how she goes on; she will not race on,” said Hashimoto.