Sioux Nation foal reimburses 1,500g purchase by breeder Rebecca Matthews | Bloodstock News


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Sioux Nation son provided tremendous feedback to his breeders
Laura Green

UPDATE 5:06 PM, NOV 28, 2020

A budding breeding union received the kind of result any little player would hardly dream of when his foal Sioux Nation sat at the top of the leaderboard in the last session of the Tattersalls Foal Sale in December.
Rebecca Matthews bought Autumn Snow, a young girl who once raced for Godolphin, but more significantly a closely related Invincible Spirit girl whose full sister is the twice-placed juvenile speech figure in the Group, for just 1500 gns during from the February 2018 sale.

Bred under The Brigadier Partnership, the mare’s second foal was sent to be groomed and consigned by Barton Stud, whose manager Tom Blain was thrilled when agent Alex Elliott’s successful 88,000 gns offer brought together the whole plan.

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He was the most expensive of the eight members of the first Sioux Nation crop to change hands, with the Phoenix and Norfolk Stakes winner entering Coolmore Stud for € 12,500.

“It was an investment on the part of the breeders to get started, they invested a lot in breeding and took some risks to get here, so it’s going to help them a lot,” said Blain. “He was an outstanding colt today, we deliberately came on Saturday to try to stand out. ”

Matthews wasn’t at Park Paddocks but Blain continued, “They are lovely people and that got them going. Autumn Snow has a Highland Reel yearling and she is bred with Le Brivido. ”

Considering the sale as a whole, Blain said, “I think we’ve sold all of the ones we’ve brought in, and I’m delighted. You have to bring stocks that people want to buy, we still do, and the usual people are here, buying foals, that’s what these guys do.

“The demining rate has been excellent and given the current economic climate, it’s incredible. I just hope that next year the horses will come back and gain some pounds. ”

Laura Green

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Matt Houldsworth bought the Australian foal at Stringston Farm
Laura Green

Another move to come out of the auction with measured optimism was the Pocock family from Stringston Farm, whose Australian colt passed his draft when bought by Howson & Houldsworth Bloodstock for 62,000gns with Aughamore Stud.

Stringston’s brilliant mare, Sitara, bred Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling and classy pair Golden Sword and Sydney Opera House. Another of his daughters whom they were inspired to bring back into the fold of Devon is Bitooh from Diktat.

“We raised it, sold it and bought it back after Rekindling won the Melbourne Cup,” said Nick Pocock. “She will probably go back to Ireland and come back to Australia, because the family did so very well. ”

Asked about his verdict on the sale as a whole, Pocock added, “Tough but reasonable I would say. We brought eight of them here and sold seven.

“For next year, I think we’re going to have to have a lot of conversations with the stallion breeders. We haven’t made any nominations yet, and we’ll probably be doing a few less of them but there is a trade and you must still be positive. ”

Matt Houldsworth of Buyers said, “We bought it for resale, hopefully for Book 1 or 2. It’s a smashing family, a family that has been with the Pococks for a long time. ”

Mickley Stud concluded the event with 24 lots sold for a turnover of 638,000gns and an average of 26,583gns. Saturday’s draft was capped by the sale of 50,000g of a Rajasinghe colt to Phil Cunningham.

Richard Kent of Mickley, who was also encouraged by the enthusiasm for his stallion Massaat’s first harvest, said: “I bought his dam Bakoura for just € 3,500 – I had a boy in sales in Ireland who needed to get back to Shropshire, the only way was on a truck with a horse – so I had to buy a mare to bring it home! ”

Chairman’s statement

Hosts were entitled to be happy with the overall trade and Tattersalls President Edmond Mahony said: “We felt the relative strength of Tattersalls October yearling sales would provide a solid platform for foals. December and this was confirmed by another 2020 sale at Park Paddocks which has held up remarkably well under the current circumstances, and especially given the widespread travel restrictions.

“Despite the smallest catalog since 2001, with 191 fewer foals than last year, the sale achieved a turnover of just under 10% below last year’s high yields and single-digit declines on average and median.

“This is not the first time this year that we can reflect on a market that has demonstrated extraordinary and commendable resilience, illustrated most graphically by a liquidation rate that compares favorably not only to 2019, but also to the majority of recent renewals of the first foal sale in Europe. .

Laura Green

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The overall foal trade was encouraging under the circumstances

The overall foal trade was encouraging under the circumstances
Laura Green

“The business has been competitive throughout the week, starting with strong demand for yearlings and continuing for four days of cream of the crop from British and Irish foals. As always, the sale was dominated by the pinhookers and we congratulate them on their huge contribution. , but even more so in these strange years.

“The sale was conducted under the strictest health protocols and the adherence to and knowledge of all rules and regulations has been admirable, as has the acceptance that we have not been able to provide the experience of full sale of Tattersalls in today’s environment.

“Nonetheless, we have sold 64 foals for 100,000g or more this week, including the incredible Dubawi foal from Airlie Stud whose price of 700,000g is the second highest for a foal at this match.

“In addition to the individual highlights, we had a large turnout, part of it online, from buyers from across Europe, Japan, North America and the Gulf region, which encourages us then as we turn our attention to the annual showcase of Europe’s best breeding stock for the Tattersalls Mares Sale in December. ”


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