2011 Craven Breeze Up Sale Day 1 Press Release
Sir Robert Ogden bought the top lot on the opening day of the Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale. A total of 82 lots were sold for 4,394,000 guineas, a rise of 22%, at an average of 74,475 guineas and a median of 60,000 guineas.
The top lot on the opening day was the AZAMOUR colt out of the POLAR FALCON mare KHAYRAT who was knocked down to Sir Robert Ogden for 315,000 guineas. Consigned from Willie Browne’s Mocklershill, the colt represented a massive pinhooking triumph for his owners who bought him as a yearling through agent Margaret O’Toole for Euro 58,000. Ogden secured the colt at the expense of Newmarket based agent Dwayne Woods who was taking instruction from his brother, the Hong Kong based trainer Sean Woods.
"We liked this horse an awful lot," said Barry Simpson, Robert Ogden's racing manager, "and it seemed another man were as keen as we were!
"We saw the horse in Ireland and liked him then and his breeze yesterday confirmed our belief. We have not yet decided upon a trainer.
"Sir Robert takes a very active role when buying his horses and it is always his decision. He likes looking at the horses and we started with a short list of 30, which we whittled down to seven or eight."
Shortly afterwards Ogden was to finish second-best when underbidder to jockey John Egan on the DANEHILL DANCER colt of of the SADLER’S WELLS mare SHOWBIZ. Egan, who was buying on behalf of Hong Kong based trainer Peter Ho commented;
"Peter liked the way this horse went, and the colt was his number one pick," said Egan. "I had not sat on this one, but we just really liked him."
The colt, who was consigned from Norman Williamson's Oak Tree Farm, was another great pinhooking result for his owners, having been bought as a yearling, once again by Margaret O’Toole, for Euro 65,000.
The DUBAWI brother to the leading 2,000 Guineas candidate DUBAI PRINCE was another to return a significant profit on his purchase price when knocked down to agent Richard O’Gorman for 200,000 guineas. Consigned by Kilminfoyle House Stud, the colt had been purchased as a foal by his consignor Michael Fitzpatrick at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale for 39,000 guineas.
The top filly on the opening day of the Craven Breeze Up Sale was the IFFRAAJ filly out of the DR FONG mare TAMORA who was knocked down to Angie Loder for 200,000 guineas. The colt was consigned by Gay O’Callaghan’s Yeomanstown Stud and was another to provide a great return on their purchase price, having been bought as a yearling for £34,000.