Lot: 34 (c) Invincible Army – Little Audio
Vendor: Yeomanstown Stud
Purchaser: Manor House Farm
Among the sires being represented by their first crop yearlings this week is the high-class sprinter Invincible Army. Already this autumn his first crop have made an impression and it was more of the same this week as his offerings averaged an impressive €46,333.
They included this smart colt who was snapped up on behalf of prominent owners John and Jess Dance. This half-brother to three winners is out of a mare who numbers two Royal Ascot winners amongst her siblings, namely the Chesham scorer Big Audio and the Queen’s Vase victor Sword Fighter.
Lot: 46 (c) Havana Grey – Madame Paco
Vendor: Mount Eaton Stud
Purchaser: Sackville Donald
The exploits of Havana Grey’s first crop of runners have ensured the pinhookers who took the plunge on members of his second crop are going to be very well rewarded over the coming weeks.
Two group winners and a pair of listed scorers amongst a dozen stakes performers in all are testimony to the sire’s prowess and with this in mind it wasn’t at all surprising to see this colt’s value rise from 5,500gns as a foal to €50,000 this time around.
On the other side of his family this colt is out of a winning daughter of Spotlight who was a classy runner on both sides of the Atlantic.
Lot: 125 (c) Tasleet – Permaisuri
Vendor: Boherguy Stud
Purchaser: Highflyer Bloodstock
Tasleet is another sire to have made an impact this season with his first runners headed by the Coventry Stakes winner Bradsell and that in turn played its part in a great story which saw this colt’s value rise from just 2,000gns as a foal to €43,000.
He was sold by Clare Manning’s Boherguy Stud on behalf of Laura Joy who acquired him for that relatively modest sum after he initially failed to sell for 5,000gns at Newmarket last November.
This is just the sort of story that represents the very essence of pinhooking.
Lot: 303 (c) Crystal Ocean – Ambria
Vendor: Wood Hall Stables
Purchaser: John McConnell Racing
A feature of last year’s round of National Hunt foal sales was the insatiable demand for the first crop of Crystal Ocean. However, the Sea The Stars horse was a top-class middle-distance runner on the flat and there is no reason why his representatives who start off on the level won’t make an impression in the coming seasons.
This colt was the only horse in the sale by Crystal Ocean and hails from a pedigree which suggests he has dual-purpose potential as he is out of a stakes-placed German runner who has already bred a Grade 2-placed jumper.
Lot: 468 (f) Blue Point – Huma Bird
Vendor: Baroda Stud
Purchaser: Brown Island Stables
Another sire being represented by his first yearlings this autumn is Godolphin’s crack sprinter Blue Point.
There was just one lot by the Shamardal horse to come under the hammer this week and the filly, who was offered by the sale’s leading consignor Baroda Stud, was snapped up by noted breeze-up consignor Johnny Collins.
She is a half-sister to a couple of winners out of the useful Huma Bird and comes from a family that has produced good quality runners with notable regularity over the last couple of decades.