Strong Start to Tattersalls Guineas Horses in Training Sale

Lot 89: Kingman (GB) / Life of Pi (GB)
Lot 89: Kingman (GB) / Life of Pi (GB)

The first day of the Tattersalls Guineas Horses in Training Sale saw strong trade headed by a two-year-old daughter of KINGMAN who sold for 130,000 guineas to bloodstock agents Alex Elliott and Billy Jackson-Stops and a clearance rate of 92%.

Kingman Filly to Elliott and Jackson-Stops for 130,000 Guineas  

The highest priced lot of the opening session of the Guineas Horses in Training Sale was the KINGMAN three-parts sister to the Listed Champion Two Year Old Trophy winner BAHRAIN PRIDE, who was offered by the Castlebridge Consignment on behalf of Coverdale Stud. Bloodstock agents Alex Elliott and Billy Jackson-Stops worked in tandem to secure the two-year-old for 130,000 guineas, with Nancy Sexton and Daniel Creighton among the frustrated underbidders.  

Elliott said: "She has been bought for Valmont and Michael Blencowe. We bought six yearlings last autumn, unfortunately one got hurt so we were keen to replace. I did not know what to expect when I went to look at her, but her quality was stand out quality. She was hard to value but we are happy to get her for what we paid.  

"She is a three-parts sister to a Listed winner by Kodiac and it is a deep pedigree – I would have loved to her bought her eight months ago and we could have been dreaming of June! But she will get all the time in the world, her trainer is undecided at the moment."  

He added: "She has got good residual, all she can do is improve and she vetted perfectly. She has not had a great preparation, but her quality still shone through. She is going to need a lot of time, but she has done herself well which I think is down to her quality. She won't be rushed at all. We will think about her first and foremost, and we are delighted to have her. I have bought her with Billy Jackson-Stops - Michael Blencowe is his client."  

The daughter of KINGMAN is out of the SEA THE STARS mare LIFE OF PI, a half-sister to the Listed winner TEMPS AU TEMPS and to the dam of the Group 2 winner and multiple Group 1 placed ARMORY, the joint Champion European Three-Year-Old of 2020. 

Lot 91: Lope de Vega (IRE) / Mighty Spirit (IRE)

BBA Ireland Strike for Lope de Vega Colt at 52,000 Guineas    

The second highest priced lot of the day was the two-year-old LOPE DE VEGA colt out of Listed runner up MIGHTY SPIRIT who was also offered by the Castlebridge Consignment as part of the draft from Coverdale Stud. Jason Singh, taking instructions on the phone, secured the colt for 52,000 guineas on behalf of BBA Ireland with Hamish Macauley, standing with Tally-Ho Stud’s Roger O’Callaghan, the underbidder.    

"He has been bought by Patrick Cooper of BBA Ireland - Patrick was here earlier today but had to leave and was at the airport and on the phone," revealed Singh. "The colt will be trained by Jessica Harrington."    

The March-born two-year-old is a grandson of the Listed placed MAJESTIC ALEXANDER who is a half-sister to MAJESTIC MISSILE, winner of the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes, the Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes and the Group 3 Prix du Petit Couvert, and placed in the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes.    

The Horses in Training section of the Guineas sale continues at 9.30am on Thursday, 2nd May followed immediately by the Tattersalls Guineas Breeze Up Sale.