Lot 119, a 2-year-old War Front colt sold for 1,150,000 guineas on April 17.

Lot 119, a 2-year-old War Front colt sold for 1,150,000 guineas on April 17.


European Mark Smashed Again at Tattersalls

Just a day after setting record for breeze-up sale, War Front colt sets new standard.

Just 24 hours after a High Chaparral colt set a European record for a breeze-up sale, the high water mark was moved again when a 2-year-old War Front  colt from Willie Browne's Mocklershill was sold for 1,150,000 guineas on day two of the Tattersalls Craven breeze-up sale.

The price topped the $800,000 guineas mark set a day earlier by Ross Doyle, who purchased the son of High Chaparral on behalf of Al Shaqab Racing.

Trade on the second day saw a total of 47 lots sold for 5,086,000 guineas, at an average of 108,213 guineas and a median of 62,000 guineas. This took the two-day sale total to 93 lots sold for 10,489,000 guineas, at an average of 112,785 guineas and a median of 70,000 guineas. The turnover was up 14% on 2013, with the average and median rising 26% and 27%, respectively.

Catalogued as Lot 119, the colt by War Front out of the Dixie Union mare Julie From Dixie attracted a plethora of bidders including Seamus Burns and Charlie Gordon-Watson, before David Redvers took up the running along with Jamie McCalmont. Darley's John Ferguson then joined the fray and looked to have secured the colt before McCalmont made the successful bid, standing alongside Michael Tabor, M.V. Magnier, and Paul Shanahan.

"It is brilliant, I can't believe it," said consignor Browne. "I knew he was popular, he did a great breeze, he ticked all the right boxes and all the ingredients were there for a big price. And, of course, he is by the right stallion. It just shows you if you have two people on a horse, what you can get.

"He was led out in the U.S., unsold at $240,000 as a yearling, and I'd thought I go and get him privately for $200,000; in the end I had to pay $250,000. But he was worth it."

Redvers went to 450,000 guineas to secure lot 134, an Invicible Spirit filly out of Loch Jipp from Brendan Holland's Grove Stud. The sale was the highest for a filly at the Craven Breeze Up since 2008.

"She was a rocket," said Redvers, sitting at the top of the stairs resting a post-marathon injured foot. "She'll go back to Longholes Stud to get the sale out of her system, and then will go into training and is ready to get on with.

"She was bought for a Dubai and Qatari partnership between Qatar Racing and Essafinaat, for whom we bought four at last year's breezeall four are now winners, with three stakes horses.

"It's been a very different breeze-up sale this year, the quality is much higher and it has been far more difficult to buy. We bought the group I winner Rosdhu Queen at the Craven Sale in 2012she is by Invincible Spirit and was from Grove Stud, let's hope lightning can strike twice!"

William Haggas went to 240,000 guineas to secure lot 128, a Kodiac colt out of the Royal Applause mare Lady Lucia consigned from Roger O'Callaghan's Tally-Ho Stud.

"I am delighted to have got him, he did a lovely breeze, and I didn't think we would be able to buy him," said trainer William Haggas. "He's ready to go; we need an early 2-year-old, we've got plenty of backward ones!"