Browne on Mission for quality in 'mixed' turf catalogue
Breeze-up master pinhooks $100,000 colt with Deauville in mind
While Fasig-Tipton officials bemoaned a lack of European buyers at their inaugural Turf Showcase sale on Sunday, one who did step
up to the plate was Willie Browne of Mocklershill.
After buying a bay colt from the first crop of Frankel's multiple Group 1-winning brother Noble Mission, Browne said he intends to resell the youngster at Arqana's breeze-up sale in Deauville.
"He is a very good looking horse and has a bit of size and scope, very athletic, so I think he has a chance," Browne said after acquiring the colt, the first foal of an unraced Medaglia d'Oro mare, for $100,000. "He has a lot of French in his pedigree so I'll sell him in France."
The colt's third dam, Colour Chart, won the Prix de l'Opera and two other Group races in France before earning three Grade 1 placings in the United States. She produced American champion juvenile filly Tempera for Godolphin, in addition to French Group winner Equerry and stakes winner Ecole d'Art.
Browne said that he found the competition "very strong" for good horses at the Fasig-Tipton sale, which nonetheless produced a 48.9 per cent buyback rate – with just 74 sold of 145 offered.
"I wanted to buy a Scat Daddy but everybody wants one," Browne said. Two colts from the late sire's last crop topped the sale at $250,000 each. Browne expects heated bidding for attractive horses to continue through the marathon sale opening across town at Keeneland on Monday.
"There's precedent set now for the week: looking at what went on here, I think it will be difficult to buy right through [at Keeneland],” Browne said. "With the good ones, there's no problem selling them. I think at this sale, the quality is a bit mixed, but I think it's a good start. It will work, and I think the vendors now will have more confidence to [present] a better horse in the future."
Noble Mission proved popular with the few international buyers that took home horses from the auction, J S Co buying two colts by the sire to send back to Japan to race for Masamichi Hayashi, who campaigns multiple Group winner Albert.
The first was a $150,000 colt produced by French winner Mayoress, a Machiavellian full sister to Grade 3 winner Marietta from the
family of Japanese champion and accomplished sire Gold Allure. The second, produced by a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Golden
Missile, cost $90,000.
Three other yearlings from the sale will also head to Japan. Masashi Kitagawa's Capital System Co Ltd purchased colts by Declaration Of War and Temple City for $130,000 and $75,000 respectively, while Big Red Farm bought a Magician filly for $35,000.
Godolphin was both a buyer and seller at the sale, obtaining a Divine Park colt out of a half sister to British stakes winner Noble Storm from breeder Brereton Jones for $150,000; and breeding an Animal Kingdom filly, a half-sister to Prix d'Ispahan winner Laverock and the dam of Australian champion Pierro, sold through Brookdale Sales for just $32,000 to McCauley Farm.