This filly was a 35,000 Euros purchase bought privately. She had failed the vets on x-rays and so I asked Rob Dallas to look at the x-rays and the sesamoids, which is a tiny bone behind the fetlock and can be an area where you can have problems, weren’t good and showed fractures as a foal. The fractures had since healed, and the suspensory branch weren’t damaged at all and were away from where the fractures had occurred. (The suspensory branch is where you can have issues as it’s the nerve that runs over the back of the bone, just by the ankle). He had initially thought it was medium risk and then after he had scanned it, he thought it was low to medium risk. Therefore, at price I thought it was a chance worth taking.
She is a different model to what we have bought so far this sales season, in that she is a bit more scopey and one for the second part of the season. She is out of a listed winner who was second in the German 1,000 Guineas, who herself was out of a Champion two-year-old in Germany and so it’s a monster pedigree. She would have considerable residual value and is probably worth half of what we have paid for her even if she never runs, but would be worth considerably more than that if we were to do well with her on the track.
She is the second foal out of the mare. The first foal made 180,000 Euros and is in training in France. A Soldier Hollow mare would be an influence for stamina rather than speed. She is by Ribchester, who Richard Fahey trained to great success. He is a stallion that we think is going to do great things this year. She walks well and was in the top 25% physically of all the horses that Nick inspected at the sales. She is a nice model, although not a powerhouse like some of the other yearlings we have bought. She is a good moving filly who will take a bit of time.
I sent Richard Fahey the videos of the filly and he liked the horse. I also discussed the veterinary issue with Richard, and he was happy to take the chance and has taken a share himself.
This filly is a filly Nick bred at Glebe Farm Stables that was bought at Tattersalls Book 3 sales by Marco Botti and Nick Bradley.
She was bred by Nick Bradley and Kulbir Sohi at Glebe Farm and is the first foal out of the winning Oasis Dream mare Alexandrite. Nick was keen to retain ownership of this filly. She is a nice model and looks one for the first half of the 2021 season. She moves well and is a strong first foal.
She qualifies for the GB Bonus scheme as she was bred in Great Britain and as she is by an Irish based stallion, she qualifies for a £10,000 bonus every time she wins one of the nominated races.
Belardo has had a good first season with three Stakes winning fillies within his first crop. Isabella Giles won the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes, Elysium won the Group 3 Weld Park Stakes and Lullaby Moon put in a great performance to win the Listed Redcar 2yo Trophy. With these three Stakes winning fillies already on the board you would have expected Belardo fillies to have made more money through the ring at the yearling sales. This filly is probably the nicest Belardo filly Nick has seen at the sales.
Marco Botti and George Boughey were both keen to buy this filly and both wanted to invest their own funds into buying a share, Marco Botti winning the battle at 20,000 Guineas.
Expect to see her on the track in May time over 6 furlongs, and to date the Belardo progeny have shown a preference for softer ground. issue with Richard, and he was happy to take the chance and has taken a share himself.
This filly was purchased by Karl and Kelly Burke at Doncaster Premier Yearling Sales for £22,000.
This was a filly that Nick liked at the sales but didn't purchase at the sales and did so on 16th October following the Tattersalls Book 2 October Sales. The Tattersalls Book 2 and 3 sales were anticipated to be a disaster for vendors but the opposite played out and Book 2 certainly was the strongest sale of the year, and by some way. As a result, it felt like a good move to speak to Karl and purchase this Bated Breath filly who Nick nearly purchased with Karl at the Doncaster Premier Yearling Sales.
She is a strong, scopy filly who was one of the nicest fillies in the Premier Yearling Sales. She has an excellent action with a big stride.
The Doncaster Premier Yearling Sales aim to select the best 500 physicals who they consider to be sharp, early precocious horses who will be running in the first half of their 2yo season. This filly fits right into that bracket and was one of the nicest fillies at the sale.
She joins Karl Burke and we hope that she can be the Dandalla, Little Kim of the 2021 season.
This filly was purchased by Nick Bradley from Tattersalls Book 3 yearling sales for 28,000 Guineas.
She is an attractive, good moving daughter of first season sire Decorated Knight. She was born in late April which means she is one of the more immature yearlings compared to those who were born in January and February. This shouldn't be relevant as she is bred to be one for the second half of the 2021 season rather than the sprinting trips in the first half of the season.
She is by Decorated Knight who debuted as a 2yo over 8 furlongs and won at trips between 8 and 11 furlongs. The dam has already produced Stakes performer Bourenmouth Belle who was Listed placed at 2.
She seems a very straightforward filly and one of the nicest fillies Nick has seen by her sire at the sales.
She is bred on the same cross as US Army Ranger who was the second placed horse in the 2016 Epsom Derby being a son of Galileo out of a Dalakhani mare. We expect stamina to very much be this filly's forte and think she will be debuting over 7 furlongs and then progressing from run to run and running over 8 furlongs plus to be seen at her best.
Nick felt this filly was perfect for the training methods of Roger Fell as Roger brings his 2yos along gradually and they progress hugely from run to run and are still progressing after they have been seen on the track half a dozen times.
Roger has had three 2yos in training in 2020, each of them have won and include York winner The Flying Ginge and our own Pockley who is now rated 75 and will win more races on the all weather this winter.
Further details to follow.......
This filly was purchased by Nick Bradley at the Arqana October Yearling Sales for 26,000 Euros.
Nick headed to one of the final yearling sales of the year with the aim of buying a couple more fillies with an exceptional physical amongst the 800 strong catalogue put together by Arqana and Osarus.
This filly is a strong filly with a good hip and a good action. She is very attractive and is hard to find fault with. She had a great temperament walking round the ring and seems very straightforward.
She is pretty much the standout physical of the first two days of the sale in terms of the physicals Nick saw at the Deauville sale.
She is out of a 92 rated 8 furlong winning mare who has produced several very good racehorses to date but without producing a blacktype performer.
This filly looks like being the type of filly who will be at her best over 7 and 8 furlongs and very much one for the second half of the 2021 season and to retain in training all being well in 2022.
She carries French premiums which have increased to 70% in 2021 meaning that she will receive 70% bonus on top of any prize money she earns in France.
She joins the Richard Fahey team for 2021, Richard's son Peter was over at the sale and was also a big fan of the filly and we hope we have found the 2021 version of Fev Rover who won the Group 2 Calvados in 2020.
Further details to follow......