By Lydia Simmonds for ANZ Bloodstock News
The Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale saw the first offerings by reverse Darley shuttler Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible) and Cable Bay (Invincible Spirit), who shuttles to Woodside Park Stud in Victoria, and both Sam Bullard, director of stallions at Darley and Jake Warren, manager of Highclere Stud, where Cable Bay resides in Britain, were encouraged with the way the first yearlings have been received.
Cable Bay garnered support from some of the most well-respected buyers within the industry at the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale, where he sold 14 yearlings for an aggregate of £631,000 at an average of £45,071 (AU$80,000…which was almost seven times his service fee in the UK for this crop).
Jake Warren told ANZ Bloodstock News that he was delighted how the progeny of the sire had been supported at the sale.
“We were delighted. They are very formed, powerful strong looking types, who look very precocious and I think when you are in the Doncaster market and you’ve got a stallion like Cable Bay, who is all about speed and precocity, they marry up really well,” said Warren.
“A lot of the good judges have bought them, like Angus obviously buying the top lot was great, but Blandford and Brian Meehan are all really good, top buyers, which is very encouraging.
“His foals were very well-received, and I think that is down to the way they are put together. They are very mature physicals so as foals they looked like proper strong, well made, powerful foals and they have developed that way as yearlings.”
Angus Gold for Shadwell Stud went to £150,000 for a son of Cable Bay on Day 2 of the sale.
“He showed himself in the walking ring, he had a lovely way of going and a really relaxed attitude,” said Gold.
“It was a lot to spend but he was a horse with very obvious appeal and plenty of people wanted him. He looked like a horse who’ll run and I’m sure he’ll make a two-year-old.
“Everyone has liked the Cable Bays as foals, including me. I saw one or two others that I really liked at the sale and I was delighted to be able to buy one.”
Highclere’s Warren said Highclere have always had high expectations for the stallion and have supported him with a lot of their mares.
“We have bred 15 of our own mares to him, each year, so we have been quietly getting excited about him at home about what he had been producing.
“But when we got to the sales, seeing what everyone else has bred come together I was just delighted. I actually underbid two of them – I was trying to buy one myself, which was really frustrating.”
Cable Bay’s first crop of foals have just hit the ground in Australia and Warren believes that Australia is the perfect market for a stallion that is producing such precocious and powerful yearlings.
“I know that Rick Jamieson and Woodside have already had plenty of them to hit the ground and we get really good reports,” said Warren.
“I’ve seen some pictures of the foals down there and they look great. The Australian mare and Cable Bay are going to marry up so well.
“When you breed big strong powerful mares to Cable Bay you seem to get an identical match to the stallion, which is exactly what you want to see. It will be exciting, with the fast horses in Australia and the sire line is on fire down there, so it should work.”
Dual Group 1 winner Brazen Beau had 12 yearlings sell for a total aggregate of £558,000 at an average of £46,500 at Goffs, with the top-priced offering a Nelson Farm consigned filly, who was purchased by Howson and Houldsworth Bloodstock for £100,000.
This comes after the stallion had a colt sell to Al Shaqab for €130,000 at last week’s Arqana August Yearling sale which sees his European average for yearlings sit at £47,937, off a service fee of £10,000.
Sam Bullard, director of stallions at Darley in Europe, told ANZ Bloodstock News he was pleased with the way Brazen Beau had been received by the European market.
“He was averaging four times the stud fee, so ultimately that makes for happy breeders,” said Bullard.
“We are delighted.”
“We were thrilled with the foals last year and we would have been disappointed if he had not gone on and produced good yearlings, so there was quite a lot of anticipation leading up to the sales as well.
Brazen Beau’s first crop of yearlings were equally well received in Australia with 63 selling for a total aggregate of $8,094,546 at an average of $152,727. The most expensive of these was a filly who was purchased by Tony McEvoy for $700,000 at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling sale from the Coolmore Stud draft.
“They sold really well in the southern hemisphere, will he do what Exceed And Excel has done for us? Why not? He might well be the next Exceed And Excel. They look like runners, the market seems to like them and breeders are continuing to use him.
“The key is he’s come in at really good value and hopefully we will take breeders with us and they can go on making a profit out of him.”
The stallion, whose first runners hit the track in a matter of weeks in Australia, was supported by some of the best judges in Australia, such as Guy Mulcaster, Chris Waller, Ciaron Maher and Darby Racing and it has been no different in Europe, with Angus Gold of Shadwell Stud, Rabbah Bloodstock and Oliver St. Lawrence all leaving Goffs UK having purchased progeny of the sire.
Brazen Beau is embarking on his fourth season at Darley’s Northwood Park base in Victoria, where he stands for a fee of $38,500 (inc GST).