‘I think it’s going to be a big sell’

NEWMARKET, UK – There may be some very important races going on on both sides of the Channel, but the race at Paddock Park was lively on Sunday morning as buyers from all over the world came together to evaluate the Tattersalls October yearlings Potential star of the auction’s first volume.

As stressful as the last few days of exams can be, one person who can make himself smile with satisfaction is Adrian O’Brien of Hazelwood Bloodstock.

The back cover of the Tattersalls catalog traditionally features photographs of some of the auction’s leading recent graduates, and of the four graduates featured this year, two are Hazelwood alumni: GI Belmont Oaks Champion McKulick (GB) (Frankel (GB)} ) and GI Diana S. victrix Italian (GB). The pair, who sold their first volumes in 2019 and 2020 respectively, won back-to-back Premier League titles on weekends back in July, underscoring the strong American theme that has underpinned sales over the years and will only intensify.

“It’s awesome,” said O’Brien, wearing a custom McKulick baseball cap as the son of freshman father Magna Grecia (Ire) walks loosely in front of him.pony [lot 200] Half-brother of G2 Royal Lodge S. Champion Royal Patronage (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) by Emma Capon from Aga Khan mare Shaloushka (Ire) (Dalakhani {Ire}).

“We had McKulick and In Italian in our previous draft, and winning two Grade Is in one week is incredible,” he continued. “Our ten this year, which is our biggest first draft to date, we have four Dubavi, three ponies and one pony, all lovely quality animals. And then there’s Kingman’s A pony and a pony, full brother of Frankel and Hans Anderson, Irish very good two year old pony, beautiful West Union pony, and first crop from Too Darn Hot and Magna Grecia , so we’re loaded.”

The 26 sons and daughters of Dali’s strong team Dubawi grace the first volume, as O’Brien recounts, who had the privilege of entrusting the quartet of half-brothers to the first group winner Barney Roy (GB) (wow {Ire }); son of Ring The Bell (Ireland) (Galileo {Ireland}), sister of the Group 1 Champion trio of Hydrangea (Ireland), Hermosa (Ireland) and USA (Ireland); another pony , whose mother is the sister of Galileo’s brothers Highland Reel (Ireland) and Idaho (Ireland), a pony also from the family of Barney Roy, the first calf of his half-sister Wisdom Of Mind (Ireland) Colt) (Angel of Darkness {Ire}).

The market seems very strong and I think the quality here this week will underscore the strength of the market

Dubawi’s newborn son Too Darn Hot (GB) was represented in the draft by a pony from the Niarhcos family of Alpha Centauri (Ire), Alpine Star (Ire) and Discoveries (Ire), the three first group The champion is a half-sibling of her mother Sellsabeel (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). Sold as lot 194 on Wednesday, she will sell 5 lots to Sun Thoroughbred Mahans Anderson (GB) ahead of the full brother. The Frankel (GB) pony was bought by Coolmore last year for 450,000gns and beat Al Riffa (Fr) when he broke his debut in July before finishing second in the G2 Futurity S.

“Especially in the Newmarket area and elsewhere in the UK, it’s becoming more common to hear conversations about stallion strength. We are fortunate to have the high quality that attracts breeders from all over the world,” said O’Brien, who Red House Stud on the outskirts of Newmarket runs Hazelwood Bloodstock and Generous Philippa.

“The market seems to be very strong and I think the quality here this week will underscore the strength of the market. I think it will be a blockbuster sale.”

Even though one of the most prestigious race days in Europe takes place on a Sunday, the Park Paddocks field is buzzing with activity from the early morning.

“It’s been a big week and we’ve been busy,” O’Brien added. “It’s always been a fun weekend, with Longchamp in attendance, a lot of commitment there, but all the right people seem to be here and there’s a lot of overseas interest, so it’s all going to look like a great week.”

Just across from Hazelwood Bloodstock at K Yard in Highflyer, a funky new development can be found in Solario Yard. The old American barn has been demolished and replaced with regular stables and rubber walkways, with a smart flint wall bridge for access.

Newcomers to Clearwater Stud, Oaks Farm Stables, Shadwell and Book 1 Haras du Castillon from France and Gestut Haus Ittlingen from Germany are among the shippers housed in the new facility that appears to be going well. On an autumn morning, the sun is shining and the footsteps can easily feel the breath of spring, and Luke Lillingston rarely smiles, but when he strides with purpose during his morning inspection, He presents his thoughts on the blue blood pigeons assembled for the European flagship yearling auction at Tattersalls.

“You know what, I really think this is the best herd of horses I’ve ever seen here,” said the owner of Coote Hill Racecourse. By Tuesday, we’ll start to see if he’s right, but all signs seem to be pointing in the right direction.

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