Lockheed Sells For £900,000 At Goffs London Sale
Group One-placed colt Lockheed (Exceed And Excel) topped the Goffs London Sale at Kensington Palace on Monday night after Chris McAnulty, who was working on behalf of Hong Kong based owner Henry Cheng Kar Shun, went to £900,000 to secure the three-year-old.
Catalogued as Lot 7 and consigned by his former trainer William Haggas’ Somerville Lodge Stables, the colt has won once in his six-race career, but his placings include a third place finish to Churchill (Galileo) in the National Stakes (Gr 1, 7f) at the Curragh as a two-year-old.
Lockheed was most recently beaten a short head in the German 2,000 Guineas (Gr 2, 1600m) on 21 May when raced by the China Horse Club, who purchased the top lot at last year’s sale when they paid £1,300,000 for Group One winner Jet Setting (Fast Company).
The grey colt was offered with an entry in Thursday’s Hampton Court Stakes (Gr 3, 1m2f) at Royal Ascot, but McAnulty said he would not line up in the Group Three and instead be gelded and continue his career in Hong Kong with trainer John Size.
“He will be gelded and given a couple of months here in the UK before being shipped to John Sizer’s yard in Hong Kong. He’s for a long-time owner, Henry Cheng Kar Shun and this is the first time he has purchased at a European sale,” said McAnulty.
“I must pay particular thanks to his personal assistant Eric Wong who was instrumental in facilitating the purchase.”
McAnulty, who purchased Todman Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) winner Gunnison (Not A Single Doubt) for $1,200,000 at the inaugural Chairman’s Sale for Elite Racehorses, told the Racing Post he was a big supporter of boutique sales.
“I think these kind of sales are important because they give owners confidence to buy as there’s transparency,” he said. “And obviously horses as good as Lockheed very rarely come on the market.”
China Horse Club’s Mick Flanagan said the club took the decision to sell the horse after he believed he would not make the grade to stand as a stallion.
“He’s a very good horse and we’ve had plenty of fun with him but he’s probably just short on the stallion-making profile,” Flanagan told the Racing Post.
“Maybe if he’d won the German Guineas we could have arranged a stallion deal with a German farm but it didn’t happen. We decided to move him on and now we’ll focus on the next one. We’ll be reinvesting the money in another yearling or two and rolling the dice again.”
Later on in the evening, Gallinule Stakes (Gr 3, 1m2f) runner-up Born To Play (Born To Sea) was purchased by Hong Kong-based Bahen Bloodstock for £500,000 from the draft of Joseph Murphy’s Crampcastle Stables.
Catalogued as Lot 20 the colt has raced three times for two seconds and a fourth, including finishing second in the Gallinule Stakes on his most recent start on 28 May.
By the Aga Khan-stud’s Born To Sea (Sea The Stars), the colt is out of the Danehill (Danzig) mare Centreofattention, making him a three-quarters brother to the winner Lifting Me Higher.
Centreofattention herself is a sister to the dual Group One winner and now Aquis Farm shuttler Holy Roman Emperor (Danehill) and Tokyo City Cup (Gr 3, 1250m) winner Milanova (Danehill), who produced Group Three winner Pretty Perfect (Galileo). She is also a half-sister to stakes winners Heart Of Oak (Woodman) and Big Viking (Theatrical).
SackvilleDonald, who were working on behalf of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the owner of Leicester City Football Club, were active throughout the evening purchasing six lots for a total spend of £2,050,000.
The most expensive of their purchases was stakes winner and Group Three-placed colt Straight Right (Siyouni), who fetched £450,000 from the consignment of trainer Christophe Ferland.
Catalogued as Lot 13,he colt, who was offered with an entry in Friday’s Commonwealth Cup (Gr 1, 6f), won three consecutive races starting last November and culminating in a victory in the Prix de la Californie (Listed, 1600m) at Cagnes-Sur-Mer on 12 February.
Straight Right is out of the winning-mare Sailor Moon (Tiger Hill), whose three foals to race have all been winners, including Listed winner Stone Roses (Rip Van Winkle).
Sailor Moon is out of the stakes-winning mare Seralia (Royal Academy), making her half-sister to the Group Three winner Serisa (Exit To Nowhere), who produced dual Australian Group One winner Contributer (High Chaparral).
Meanwhile, Sailor Moon is also a half-sister to Listed winners Mayyadah (Invincible Spirit) and Glory Power (Medicean) and the dam of stakes winner Sotteville (Le Havre).
Alastair Donald on behalf Mr Srivaddhanaprabha said: “He has been looking to expand his interest in racing for a while and was keen to have greater presence at the Royal Meeting.”
At the close of trade Goffs reported that 12 lots sold for a total aggregate of £4,425,050 which is just over five per cent down on last year’s corresponding session, at a clearance rate of 63 per cent.
Meanwhile the average sat £377,083, a rise of 26 per cent on last year and the £340,000 median rose by a massive 79 per cent on last year’s figure of £190,000.
Henry Beeby, CEO of Goffs said he was very happy with overall results of the evening:“We’re delighted with the fourth renewal of the London Sale,” said Beeby.
“We welcomed a huge international audience once again to the Orangery at Kensington Palace which got Royal Ascot week kicked off in some style.
“Spirited bidding saw the key statistics advance with average rising by 26 per cent to over £375,000 and median was up almost 80 per cent to £340,000. These figures speak for themselves and demonstrate the enormous hunger for the quality and class that is offered at the sale.”
Offered: 19 24
Sold: 12 (63%) 16 (71%)
Aggregate £4,525,000 (-5.33%) £4,780,000
Average: £377,083 (+26%) £298,750
Median: £340,000 (+79%) £190,000
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