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Soldier Hollow Colt Tops In Germany

Lydia Symonds | 03.09.2017

A son of Soldier Hollow (In The Wings) topped the BBAG September Yearling Sale on Friday after Horst Pudwill went to €500,000 to secure the colt from the Gestüt Park Wiedingen draft.

A son of Soldier Hollow (In The Wings) topped the BBAG September Yearling Sale on Friday after Horst Pudwill went to €500,000 to secure the colt from the Gestüt Park Wiedingen draft.

Catalogued as Lot 182,  the colt is out of the winning Platini (Surumu) mare Divya, making the colt a brother to dual Group One winner Dschingis Secret and Group Three-placed Diana Storm.

Divya herself is a half-sister to Listed winners Dragon Fly (Acatenango) and Duke d’Alba (Monsun) and Group Three winner Deva (Platini), who produced Devastar (Areion) and Listed-placed Dagostino (Tiger Hill).

“I want to win the [Deutsches] Derby with him,” Hong Kong-based Pudwill told BBAG managing director Carola Ortlieb, who handled the bidding for him while connected by telephone.

Ortlieb said Pudwill, who also races Dschingis Secret, plans to name the yearling Dschingis Revenge.

Dschingis Secret has emerged as Germany’s top older horse this season and is being aimed at the Prix Foy (Gr 2, 2400m) and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr 1, 2400m) by trainer Markus Klug.

A number of international buyers joined in the bidding at the top of the German market, with Tom Goff of Blandford Bloodstock buying a pair of colts by Sea The Moon (Sea The Stars) and Sea The Stars (Cape Cross) for €460,000 and €200,000 respectively on behalf of Godolphin.

The colt from the first crop of Sea The Moon ranked as the second highest priced yearling of the sale.

Consigned by Gestut Brummerhof and Catalogued as Lot 49,  the colt is out three-time winner Favorite (Montjeu) making him a half-brother to the Group One-placed Fun Mac (Shirocco) and two further winners. Further back he is from the same family as Group One winner Floriot (Monsun), Grade One winner Dancers Countess (Northern Dancer).

“My partner in Blandford, Richard Brown, was instrumental in bringing Sea The Moon to Lanwades Stud and we are big believers in the horse, so when I came across this lovely colt, I was very keen to buy him,” said Goff.

The colt by Sea The Stars was catalogued as Lot 191  and is out of a half-sister to the Group One winner Sortilege (Tiger Hill) and comes from the same family as Classic winner Schiaparelli (Monsun), Samum (Monsun) and Salve Regina (Monsun).

“We’re massive fans of Sea The Stars,” Goff said of the Gestut Brummerhof consigned colt. “He’s a relatively late foal, born the first of April, and he’s just going to mature all the time.”

Godolphin, with Blandford as agent, was the top buyer of the sale with the two purchases, but Godolphin was also listed as buyer of a colt by Darley shuttler Exceed And Excel (Danehill) out of Group Three winner Adriana, by Poliglote (Sadler’s Wells), for €80,000, catalogued as Lot 79

The fourth most expensive lot of the day was a filly by Mastercraftsman (Danehill Dancer), who is a half-sister to the Group One-placed Pakistan Star (Shamardal) and she was purchased for €235,000 by Bertrand Le Metayer, racing manager for Al Shahania Stud, from the draft of Gestüt Wittekindshof.

Out of Peintre Celebre (Nureyev) mare Nina Celebre and catalogued as Lot 186,  the filly’s second dam is Group One winner Next Gina (Perugio), while Deutsches Derby (Gr 1, 2400m) winner and champion Next Desert (Desert Style) was produced by the filly’s third dam, Preis der Diana (Gr 1, 2200m) winner Night Petticoat (Petoski).

“She is a fine filly, with plenty of scope, out of a Peintre Celebre mare who has already produced useful horses, from a Classic family we want to get into,” Le Mettayer said.

Mark Richards of the Hong Kong Jockey Club made his presence felt later on in the day after he went to €200,000 to secure Lot 195  a colt by Kodiac (Danehill) from the Stauffenberg Bloodstock draft.

The colt is out of the Mining (Mr. Prospector) mare Mine Inning, making the colt a half-brother to Grade Two winner Ramazutti (Honor Grades) and seven further winners.

The colt’s third dam produced Grade One winner Pocket Zipper (Full Pocket), Grade Two winner Jungle Blade and Grade Three-winning pair Prince Forli (Broadway Forli) and Pocketful In Vail (Full Pocket).

Darley shuttler Teofilo (Galileo) had two lots break the €100,000 barrier yesterday, with a filly from the Gestüt Wittekindshof draft realise €130,000 after being purchased by Stall Helena.

Catalogued as Lot 208, the filly is out of the Group Three-winning mare Swordhalf (Haafhd), whose only foal to race has been a winner.

Swordhalf herself is out of a half-sister to Group Three winner Sword Local (Local Suitor) and Listed winners Sweet Brew (Montjeu) and Seven Shares (Peintre Celebre).

The other lot by Teofilo was purchased by Holger Faust of the HFTB Racing Agency for €100,000 from the draft of Gestüt Karlshof.

Catalogued as Lot 46  and already named Detonation, the filly is out of Listed-placed mare Dyanamore (Mt Livermore) and has produced four winners, including Listed-placed colts Tiglath (Footstepsinthesand) and Danny Boy (Caradak).

The third dam is also the grandam of Champion Older Horse Earl Of Tinsdal (Black Sam Bellamy). “They will go into pre-training and then trainers will be decided.”

Overall, BBAG reported sales of 177 yearlings from 252 offered for total turnover of €7,783,000. During last year’s auction, which posted a huge increase in gross of 31 per cent from the previous year, 187 yearlings were sold from 236 offered for €8,448,500.

The average price this year reached €43,972, compared to €45,179 in 2016.

Klaus Eulenberger, BBAG assistant manager, described the middle market as strong after the unsteady start.

“Many vendors had high reserves at the beginning of the sale. After two hours, they got realistic, and afterwards, about 90 per cent of the horses [that went through the ring] were sold,” he said.

“I would like to have paid a little less, but Kodiac is a stallion we can sell quite easily in Hong Kong, though we have not had that many of them as yet. He has the right pedigree and looks all power, with a huge backend,” said Richards.

Sale Results

Catalogued: 296 269

Offered: 252 236

Sold: 179 (71%) 187   (79%)

Aggregate: €7,860,000 (-6.97%) €8,448,500

Average: €43,910 (-2.81%) €45,179

Median: €43,943 (-2.51%) €45,072

Top Lot: €500,000 €500,000

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