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Goffs London Sale – Breeze Up Lots

Firstly, a big thank you to the guys at Ontheotherhoof for allowing me to post this bloodstock special after Saturday’s breeze ups at Kempton. For those of you who don’t know who I am or know me through Twitter, I am a Bloodstock Agent for @RMBloodstock and have recently been working closely with Gordian Troeller, assisting in the purchase of horses for America’s most successful syndicate Team Valor and many other American owners, most based near Santa Anita racecourse.

This morning I attended the breeze ups for the much anticipated Goffs London Sale and thought I’d write a little about a few interesting lots being offered for sale at Kensington Palace on Monday 16th June.

Lot 5 – War Front X Valarchos Destiny (Filly)

As we all know, War Fronts are all the rage and one of the most commercial in the sale ring at the moment. With the nice ones making over 1mil. This filly breezed well; she is a big striding horse and a typical ‘War Front’ type. She has a lot of presence and is a lovely large stamp of horse. She was given a tender ride today at Kempton but she looks to have plenty of scope. She’s very nice as an individual, a very correct, strong type. I can imagine this filly will make a strong 6 figure sum on Monday.

Lot 8 – Arcano X Deep Winter (Colt)

In my opinion, this horse produced the best breeze on the polytrack, or at least the most comfortable. A fluid mover who really strides out and took to the ground well. He struggled to settle onto one lead after changing legs a few times but in my opinion travelled better on the left leg which would definitely suit American racing with all tracks running left handed. As an individual this colt is striking to look at. A$ bright chestnut with a near white mane. He looks like he has a bit of growing into himself to do but again has plenty of scope and along with a page full of black type I think he will be one to watch.

Lot 18 – Giant’s Causeway X Ender’s Valentine (Colt)

All American bred, infact, if you look at the page there is not an awful lot that has ventured out of North America, so probability is this horse will be useful in that part of the world as well. He previously completed a workout at Dundalk (left handed) to show the U.S.A market what he is capable of. He is a nice fluid mover and I think he would take to the dirt tracks very nicely as he is a little upright in his pasterns and shoulder, although very typical of Giants Causeway’s. He breezed this morning on the polytrack and although it wasn’t a bad work out by any means, the polytrack is really not for him. I think he will make a solid price

Lot 32 – Exceed and Excel X Life Rely (Colt)

From the immediate family of Italian Oaks winner Menhoubah this colt is very well bred and he breezed very nicely this morning when handling the polytrack well. There is a possibility he could have benefitted from a noseband, however, a relatively high head carriage is to be expected from most young Exceed and Excels.  He has a slightly high knee action but I actually see this as a positive with this horse as he shows plenty of shoulder flexibility without being too ‘stampy.’  As an individual I found him to be quite an athletic type, along with being a nice size and well put together. Exceed and Excels are very commercial at the moment so I think a lot of purchasers will be attracted to this horse.

Lot 34 – Danehill Dancer X Mystery Ocean (Colt)

If there was an award for ‘most improved’ this colt would win hands down as it’s a bit of an ugly duckling story. I actually went to view him last November when buying for a client in Hong Kong but unfortunately, as a yearling I found him a little disappointing. I hadn’t actually clicked this was the same horse until I went to view him after his work out, I turned to Jamie Railton and said ‘this isn’t the same Danehill Dancer I saw last year is it!?’ To which he replied ‘he’s improved a lot hasn’t he!’ He’s now the kind of horse that when he is drawn out of his box, he hits you between the eyes with his enormous presence. He has muscle in all the right places and looks ready to go, as a result he breezed like an athlete and with his strong conformation and correctness, I think he will develop into a very useful horse. All in all I found this colt very impressive and a credit to Jamie Railton for transforming this horse over the last few months.

Lot 21 – Verglas X Fortuna Limit (Colt)

It would seem that for his breeze only, the polytrack was replaced by a trampoline-like substance. Everyone loves a horse with a spring in their step but this one takes that concept to a new level. I really think this horse could be a bit of a bargain for a small owner who wants to have a bit of fun. Being an owner of a Verglas myself they are very versatile horses and with the right trainer they can provide a small owner with many good days out. I couldn’t really fault him as he is a very athletic horse with an enthusiastic attitude towards his work and seemingly ability to go with it.


I hope you’ve enjoyed my run through of Saturday’s action, but don’t forget the all important sale is on Monday 16th June where all the above go under the hammer, and for the first time we will witness the world’s first ever Frankel foal to be sold at public auction along with the dam Crystal Gaze, also dam of Epsom Dash winner Caspian Prince and Spirit Quartz. She is sold believed to be in foal again to Frankel. Tweet me at @RMBloodstock with how much you think this spectacular duo will make on Monday night.


Rebecca Matthews