‘World Class’ Goffs Dubai Breeze-Up has mass attraction
A complete of 73 juveniles from a few of America’s preeminent stallions, complemented by a group of high European turf stallions are set to go beneath the hammer in the course of the second renewal of the Goffs Dubai Breeze-Up Sale on Tuesday night time on the enormous parade ring on the Meydan Racecourse.
“It is simply an enormous honor and privilege to be appointed auctioneer now for the second yr operating by the Dubai Racing Membership and the chairman, Sheikh Rashid bin Dalmook Al Maktoum, and it is nice to be Sheikh Mohammed’s appointed auctioneers, actually,” stated Henry Beeby, CEO of Goffs Group.
Nothing breeds future success like previous success and Beeby is quietly optimistic that this yr’s renewal surpasses the outcomes of 12 months in the past.
“It has been a fantastic success the primary yr, the distributors have carried out a mighty, highly effective job of studying an amazing quantity about what’s required,” he stated. “We have now an excellent assortment of horses, we have now international curiosity and we’re very excited concerning the final result of the sale.”
Beeby credit Goffs Worldwide Purchasers Relations Advisor Tom Taaffe, Nick Nugent and Gerry Hogan for his or her collective work in working with gross sales distributors to recruit the varieties of horses that may reach racing, whether or not within the Bay Space or past. from her, now and sooner or later. Taaffe steered that the liberty to journey overseas throughout 2022 has enormously facilitated the duty.
“Sellers, patrons, Goffs and Dubai Racing Membership have realized rather a lot from final yr,” stated Taaffe. “This yr, distributors – with no restrictions for COVID – have moved all over the world, notably the US, and brought what they see match to return to this sale. I’d say the outcomes will mirror that proof on Tuesday night time.”
The number of horses supplied will go well with all budgets, Taaffe stated.
“The Goffs and Dubai Racing Membership have created a world-class roster that can happen in a world-class nation,” he stated. “The horses within the catalog are designed to be at three ranges, there are a number of markets which might be high and center degree and a bit decrease degree. We’re delighted to introduce these horses to any viewers.”
“Three-quarter pace work within the bridle”
Beeby would know a factor or two about gross sales, as his late father Harry was the previous chairman of Doncaster Bloodstock Gross sales (now Goffs UK), which originated the concept of such an public sale within the Seventies. and the Dubai Racing Membership have agreed to an old-school mentality to provide gross sales horses the prospect to point out off their innate capacity underfoot with out essentially emptying the tank. This yr’s gallops occurred on Monday over the artificial coaching monitor.
“This can be a breeze with a distinction as a result of virtually each different breeze that is run all over the world may be very clock-based,” Beeby stated. “Once I first began out with my father, what folks have been on the lookout for in these days was three-quarter pace job within the bridle that confirmed potential. That is what we instructed the distributors final yr and I feel they have been fairly good.”
Taaffe added: “We have now to credit score His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and Her Highness Sheikh Rashid for agreeing with Goffs to hold out the sale with out watches. There is not any timing right here, it is not primarily based on pace, it is about producing the highest quality horse that can be developed with extra of a 3-year program in thoughts and an extended lifespan as a result of they race at 4, 5, six, seven right here. Not having a clock here’s a massive factor, we can provide a horse an opportunity to develop and never have his head blown off. The emphasis is extra on longevity and profession than pace.”
In final yr’s inaugural sale, 55 2-year-olds (out of 69 supplied) modified arms with a turnover of 8,467,630, good for a mean of 153,957 and a mean worth of 99,169. Topping the occasion was a colt by the extremely profitable Hill ‘n’ Dale, Kentucky-based Curlin, who collected simply 620,000 from Mohammed Al Subousi.
2022 Breeze-Up obtained early approval when two of its graduates-Go Soldier go (Tapiture, 123,962) and Mr. Raj (Bolt d’Oro, 86,773)–finished first and second, respectively, in the Listed Al Bastakiya S. on Super Saturday 4 March. The duo face a rematch in Saturday’s G2 UAE derby. Big Red Farm was purchased Labeling (GB) (Frankel GB) for just over 520,638 at last year’s event and watched as a half-brother to G3 Chartwell Fillies S. winner and G1 Matron S. runner-up Lily’s Angel (Ire) (Dark Angel Ire) and The Zuriga (Ire) stakes-winning and multiple Group 2 (Cape Cross Ire) won his maiden asking at the start before finishing third, beaten by half a length, in the G1 Asahi Hai Futurity last December.
“We’ve had 14 individual winners out of the sale now, six different countries,” Taaffe said. “People know that and I would expect it to bubble up and grow from there. This is a world class sale, no doubt about it. It can properly stand the test of time.”
Beeby believes there was a feel-out process between both buyers and sellers last year, which he expects will have been removed this time around.
“There was quite a bit of interest last year, but there’s definitely been more interest this year,” he said. “A lot of people watched last year and we were happy with the results, but there were people watching and watching and now they’ve seen the success.”
The team at Goffs and Dubai Racing Club are committed to growing and evolving as necessary, and Beeby believes this will be on full display at Tuesday’s sale.
“I think the best thing we all learned was what that particular market wants and what works there,” he said. “The horses that did well in the sale were dirt horses or the really top European horses – Frankels and Dubawis. You have to work on your market. We have another good bunch.”
One of Europe’s longest-running breeze-up consignors, Con Marnane of Bansha House Stables, was keen to back the new sale and on Monday reported increased interest from year one to year two.
He said: “There are a lot more people here this morning for the breeze than last year. I would say there is twice that amount. Goffs and Dubai Racing Club have done a great job bringing in new buyers. The Saudis and the Qataris have had some good success from the sale and all their people are here.”
Marnane has two juveniles in the sale. Lot 65 is a colt by former graduate Le Brivido (Fr) and the youngster’s pedigree will have particular resonance in the UAE as he is a half-brother to Dubai World Cup winner Prince Bishop (Ire) (Dubai). Anger). Also in the Bansha House draft is Lot 36, a May colt from WinStar Farm’s first crop Audible and a half-brother to GIII LA winner Woman S. Lady Ninja (Majesticperfection).
Marnane added: “The checks were very intense. To enter the sale you had to have a good range, and 10 days ago they were x-rayed. And it’s worth noting that 10 days ago Ireland had several centimeters of snow, so these horses were exercising in the snow and now they are in Dubai in 30 degree heat. So it is difficult for them to adjust from this cold, but we are very happy with the two horses we brought here and there was a lot of movement during the inspections. We have Sheikh Mohammed to thank for having us here and we are delighted to support the sale.”
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Laura King (@LauraKingDXB) March 19, 2023