The Grey Panel


Two lots sold for �1,625,000 and �1,500,000 on day 2 of the August Yearling Sale

The second day of the August Yearling Sale, that closed Part 1 of the catalogue, proved to be an extremely busy session that was echoed by the 86 per cent clearance rate. The average of nearly �300,000 and the median of �215,000 was up 25 per cent in comparison to the same day in 2018. The overall figures from the two days follow in the same theme as Sunday's excellent results, leading to a 20 per cent increase in the final turnover.

Two lots pass the million-euro barrier

Anthony Stroud signs for �1,625,000 Dubawi filly A daughter of Dubawi out of PRUDENZIA, the dam of Irish Oaks (Gr.1) heroine CHICQUITA, Group winner and dual runner-up at the highest-level MAGIC WAND, went the way of Anthony Stroud (Godolphin) for �1,625,000 after a fraught battle with Michel Zerolo (Oceanic Bloodstock). She was bred by Ecurie des Monceaux (lot 148).

Stroud said, "She's a very nice filly with a wonderful pedigree from an exceptional stud. She's by a fantastic sire in Dubawi and she'll hopefully be a good racehorse and a future addition to Godolphin's broodmare band. Sheikh Mohammed came over to the sale this year - he hasn't been for a long time and it's fantastic to see him here. His enthusiasm is as strong as ever, this is him buying the horse - I'm just following instructions!"

�1.5 million for a son of Galileo

Also consigned by Ecurie des Monceaux (lot 147), this colt by top sire Galileo is the first foal out of a sister to PRUDENZIA. It was the Japanese trainer Mitsu Nakauchida that had the final say at �1,500,000 for the yearling from the family of top calibre performers CHICQUITA and MAGIC WAND.

Nakauchida explained, "Obviously he comes from a very good family and he's a very athletic colt. We lost Deep Impact and King Kamehamaha recently in Japan and we're looking for the next future sires. We want to buy in Europe because of the different bloodlines and we wanted a Galileo. I want to prove that they can run in Japan. I have great owners and have been very lucky. Good horses make my job much easier!"

Anthony Stroud leading buyer over the weekend

Very active over the two days, Anthony Stroud also bought a second lot by Dubawi for �600,000 from Haras de la Perelle (lot 88), as well as a daughter of Dark Angel, the second foal out of Prix Allez France (Gr.3) winner MAYHEM for �800,000 from Ballylinch Stud (lot 124).

He said, "We like this filly very much and she comes from a very good stud. She looks very racy. We bought her half-sister last year by Invincible Spirit."

"The Dubawi colt is also very nice and is very athletic. I really liked him," commented Stroud.

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