Sales season is in full swing and after Newmarket's marathon Horses In Training Sale last week, attentions move to Ascot and Doncaster's auctions in the coming days.
Trade at Tattersalls in Newmarket was extremely strong with foreign buyers making the most of the weak pound. Looking for that 'Saturday' horse (one rated 95+) wasn't an easy thing to do with many selling for at least 100,000gns. However, we persevered and got the one we wanted in the 100-rated Majestic Moon.
With £130,000 prize money already earned, he has established himself as a useful seven furlong horse and I hope we can squeeze a bit more improvement out of him over a mile, a distance he has rarely tried. He looks the ideal type to take us to the big meetings with the All-Weather Championships on Good Friday the immediate aim as well as Royal Ascot and similar further down the line. He was bought for a new syndicate but there is a chunk left available if you would be interested in this exciting opportunity - fill in a CONTACT FORM.
I shall be heading up to Doncaster on Tuesday for their auction where we will be selling a couple too.
Star Of The Stage has done very well for us with two wins on the board this year and it will be a shame to sell him but as the majority shareholder wanted to sell, that's what we've got to do. I will be trying to buy him back for the right price but if someone else is willing to pay more than that, then it makes good business to sell.
Also there is Serendib's Glory. She comes from a great family but we have never been able to find the key to her. She will make someone a lovely broodmare but could equally continue racing as she is very sound and genuine.
Tuesday will be a busy one with the sales and a trio of runners at Kempton.
Kicking off the action will be Dakota City. He had a break over the summer to save him for the all-weather season and this is his first run back. He has done plenty of work at home and is fit but I think his handicap mark might be a bit high. He will be trying his best but might find one too good.
Second up will be Candesta. He has come back from his summer holiday in fine form with two wins already, including one at the track last time. He is up in the weights and up in class but he seems in rude health so can hopefully be thereabouts at the finish.
Rounding off the evening will be Veeraya. He too ran well at the course last time and seems to go well fresh so the gap since his last run is no concern. He is handicapped to win and hopefully that'll be sometime soon.
Our last action of the week comes the following day on Wednesday.
Silver Alliance had no luck at Doncaster last time and should run much better if having more luck for his hold-up style.
Attain is entered in the same race but I doubt he will get a run as there are lots of entries.
That same day, Little Orchid goes to Kempton for a winnable race. She has improved with every run and just lost out at Brighton last time. She has to prove she can do the same on the all-weather but I don't see why she shouldn't. She is a tough and game filly who should be winning soon.
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