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Scat Daddy Colt Leads The Way At Book Two


Ron Mitchell of Blood-Horse | 14.09.2017

When Keeneland's radically reformatted September Yearling Sale moved into another phase with Book Two on Tuesday, there was a predictable downturn in prices from Monday's blockbuster Book One –but there was no drop-off in competition for the horses on offer.

Keeneland reported 194 horses sold during the session for US$48,221,000, an average price of US$248,562 and a median of US$200,000. From 345 catalogued for the session, there were 99 horses that did not attain their reserves, resulting in an RNA rate of 34 per cent.

There was no comparable session with 2016, since this year’s Book Two consists of three long sessions through until Thursday. Combined with the 167 offered in Book One, a total of 1,203 yearlings are catalogued before the sale takes a one-day break on Friday, compared with 607 during the three-day Book One that made up the first week of the 2016 auction.

Through two sessions, Keeneland has sold 289 yearlings for gross receipts of US$102,396,000, an average price of US$354,311, and a US$255,000 median.

“(There was) very lively trade today,” said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland’s director of sales operations. “The whole goal in the layout of the September sale this year was to get it off on a good mark, which we did last night, and I think the enthusiasm continued very favourably today.

“We wanted to build up excitement and enthusiasm and today (we had that) all the way to the very end. The cross-section of buyers at the top end was very good, both domestically and internationally.”

While there were no seven-figure transactions on Tuesday compared with the eight sold Monday, many of the same participants who helped boost Book One receipts to US$54,175,000 were in play for Book Two’s opener, including Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell, Kerri Radcliffe, Coolmore’s MV Magnier, Godolphin, and Peter Brant’s White Birch Farm, among others.

Radcliffe takes home Scat Daddy colt
The session-topper, a son from the last crop of deceased stallion Scat Daddy (Johannesburg), was purchased by Kerri Radcliffe for US$950,000. Consigned by Gainesway as Hip 506,  the colt is the first foal out of the stakes-placed Mr Greeley (Gone West) mare Miss Lamour, a daughter of the multiple Grade Three-winning mare Batique (Storm Cat). He was bred in Kentucky by the Helen K. Groves Revocable Trust.

“I was waiting all week to find a Scat Daddy colt that I loved; I saw him and had to have him,” Radcliffe said. “He’s a beautiful horse. He’s got gaskins upon gaskins. He actually reminded me a lot of (Scat Daddy’s Group Two-winning filly) Acapulco. I hope he’s as good as she was at Ascot.”

“He looks the part – fast, early,” said Gainesway’s Michael Hernon. “He is a beautiful horse. He was so composed – classy. He is a special horse. This is why you breed them. Scat Daddy has had a great year and this is the end of them, unfortunately. I thought that was a good price for him, but he might look inexpensive next year. I think he will be a really good two-year-old.”

Just minutes before buying the Scat Daddy colt, Radcliffe partnered with Three Chimneys Farm to take home a son of second-leading first crop sire Violence (Medaglia d’Oro) for US$850,000, the day’s third-highest priced yearling. Violence, a Grade One-winning son of Medaglia D’Oro (El Prado), stands at Hill ‘n’ Dale, where he has stood for a US$15,000 fee since 2014.

Produced from the stakes-winning Melody Lady (Unbridled’s Song), the colt is a brother to Buy Sell Hold, one of three stakes winners to represent Violence in his first crop to race. Consigned as Hip 489  by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, the colt was bred in Kentucky by Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings and Stretch Run Ventures.

“He looks fast and racy,” Radcliffe said. “He’s everything you want in a horse. He was such a beautiful individual we did expect to pay a lot for him. He is so athletic-looking. He looks like a racehorse.”

“He was a lovely horse, a beautiful mover, and the best horse on the farm,” said Hill ‘n’ Dale owner John Sikura. “He showed himself well and is full of class.”

The colt was the second big-ticket Violence yearling sold during the session. Earlier in the day, a Violence colt out of Holiday Bertie (Harlan’s Holiday) who had been acquired for US$70,000 as a weanling was bought by Oussama Aboughazale’s International Equities Holding for US$725,000 from the Warrendale Sales consignment.

Shadwell secure colt from Cairo Prince’s first crop
Tuesday’s second-highest price of US$900,000 was paid by Shadwell for a colt from the first crop of Airdrie Stud’s sire Cairo Prince (Pioneerof The Nile).

Consigned as Hip 391the colt who is a half-brother to Grade One winner Sam’s Sister (Brother Derek) was bred by Airdrie owner Brereton Jones and consigned by Jones and Airdrie.

He is out of Kittery Point, a winning daughter of Include (Broad Brush). The extended family includes Grade One winners Sweet Talker (Stormin Fever), Include Me Out (Include) and Check The Label (Stormin Fever).

 

“This is one that has been a star from the start and one of the ones that get you excited,” said Airdrie’s Bret Jones. “He is from a (female) family that is the best family we have. It was a very competitive bidding duel.”

A son of Pioneerof the Nile (Empire Maker), Cairo Prince won the Nashua Stakes (Gr 2, 8f) at two and the Holy Bull Stakes (Gr 2, 8.5f) at three. He stood for US$15,000 this year and was priced at US$10,000 in 2015 when the current yearling crop was conceived.

 

Godolphin buy four yearlings by Coolmore sires

By Michele MacDonald

After dipping a toe in the water the previous day with sons of the deceased Scat Daddy (Johannesburg), Sheikh Mohammed’s team at Keeneland went for full immersion on Tuesday by buying four yearlings by Coolmore sires. The prolonged freeze on such purchases, during John Ferguson’s tenure as the Sheikh’s principal bloodstock adviser, appears to be well and truly over.

Marshalled by trainer John Gosden, Godolphin representatives bought a total of seven yearlings on the second day of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. These included a pair of colts by Australia (Galileo), a filly by Uncle Mo (Indian Charlie) and a Lookin At Lucky (Smart Strike) half-brother to Grade One winner Collected (City Zip).

The aggregate investment made Godolphin the leading buyer of the day, and second only to Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell for the first two Keeneland sale sessions combined.

“We’re trying to buy nice racehorses, it’s as simple as that,” Gosden said. “It’s not easy, but that’s what we’re trying to do.”

Early in the session, Gosden and Anthony Stroud prevailed in a bidding duel with the Coolmore team for a colt by Australia out of a half-sister to French stakes winner Destruct (Rail Link) and from the family of Flintshire (Dansili).

“He’s a very athletic colt,” Gosden said simply of the US$490,000 purchase as he and Stroud – very much back in the picture following Ferguson’s resignation earlier this year, and here in a team that also included David Loder and Eoin Harty – headed off to inspect more yearlings. He indicated that the colt, bred by Dixiana Farms and offered through Four Star Sales, would be sent to Europe for racing.

The price thrilled his consignors. “That exceeded our expectations, but he was a great horse. When everything goes right and two organisations of that calibre are bidding, good things can happen,” said Kerry Cauthen of Four Stars.

Godolphin added another colt by Australia when going to US$300,000 for a son of the stakes-placed Giant’s Causeway (Storm Cat) mare Magical Steps. Bred under the Samac banner associated with the family of Timmy Hyde, the colt is from the family of European champion Gay Gallanta (Woodman) and French champion Gay Mecene (Vaguely Noble).

All in all, Godolphin collected a diverse group of pedigrees for its portfolio. While Stroud was signing for a US$650,000 Dubawi (Dubai Millennium) colt out of the Grade One-winning mare Icon Project Empire Maker), offered as Hip 333, Gosden successfully handled bidding on Hip 334,  a US$625,000 Super Saver (Maria’s Mon) colt out of a sister to graded winner Ocho Ocho Ocho (Street Sense).


Godolphin also paid US$475,000 for an Uncle Mo (Indian Charlie) filly, Hip 240,  out of a half-sister to multiple Graded stakes winner Mister Marti Gras (Belong To Me).

“She’s a lovely filly,” Gosden said. “She’ll be racing here in America.”

Another purchase staying on American soil will be the US$300,000 Lookin At Lucky colt out of the dam of Collected, conqueror of Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song) in the Pacific Classic (Gr 1, 10f).

Co-bred and sold by Runnymede Farm, the chestnut yearling looks a precocious type. “He’s a very athletic horse, a very nice horse,” Stroud said. “He comes from a very good farm and is very light on his feet.”

Godolphin’s other purchase was a US$340,000 More Than Ready (Southern Halo) filly bred by Stonestreet Farm from Grade Two-placed stakes winner Lady Samuri (First Samurai).

 

When all the tickets had been signed, Godolphin had spent US$3,180,000 on seven yearlings for an average of US$454,286. For the first two sessions combined, Godolphin bought 11 yearlings for US$5,580,000, second only to Shadwell’s dozen yearlings for US$9,375,000.

With Sheikh Hamdan on the scene, but preferring privacy, his team has been making its purchases (solely colts so far) from a private room at Keeneland. In addition to a $2,500,000 Tapit (Pulpit) colt and a $1,200,000 son of War Front (Danzig) acquired in Book One, Shadwell added a US$900,000 Cairo Prince half-brother to Grade One winner Sam’s Sister (Brother Derek) during the second session.

Last year Godolphin was relatively subdued at this sale, Ferguson buying only five yearlings. Shadwell led all buyers at the 2016 sale, with 15 purchases totalling $10,750,000.

Sale Results* format of the sale has changed so there are no comparable figures

Catalogued: 345

Offered: 313

Sold: 194

Aggregate: US$48,221,000

Average: US$248,562

Median: US$200,000

Top Price: US$950,000


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