Dschingis Secret owner Pudwill digs deep for his star colt's brother
Michele MacDonald reports from Germany's major yearling sale
As vendors were pushed to reconsider reserve prices after a sluggish beginning, Germany’s premier BBAG yearling sale in Baden-Baden gained momentum to nearly reach last year’s robust levels after about 12 hours of selling on Friday.
A classically-made brother to Dschingis Secret, who repelled Godolphin invaders Hawkbill and Racing History in the Group 1 Grosser Preis von Berlin on August 13, reigned over the auction when bought by Horst Pudwill for €500,000 to equal the high price recorded in 2016.
“I want to win the [Deutsches] Derby with him,” Hong Kong-based billionaire Pudwill told BBAG managing director Carola Ortlieb, who handled the bidding for him while connected by telephone.
Ortlieb said Pudwill, who also races Dschingis Secret, plans to name the yearling Dschingis Revenge, an unveiled reference to the flap over last year’s Deutsches Derby.
After Dschingis Secret finished third by a head and a neck behind Isfahan and Savoir Vivre and the riders of the first pair were fined for overuse of the whip, Pudwill filed a legal challenge. He claimed that his horse should be awarded the victory since the first two across the line succeeded only after racing rules were broken.
Dschingis Secret has emerged as Germany’s top older horse this season and is being aimed at the Prix Foy and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe by trainer Markus Klug, who will also train the yearling full-brother, according to Pudwill.
Offered by Helmut von Finck’s Gestut Park Wiedingen, the yearling colt is also a brother to Group-placed three-year-old filly Diana Storm and to juvenile colt Destino, which has been retained by Wiedingen. The colt’s family also includes 2015 German champion juvenile filly Dhaba.
Goff goes in for Godolphin
A number of international buyers joined in the bidding at the top of the German market, with Tom Goff of Blandford Bloodstock buying a pair of colts by Sea The Moon and Sea The Stars for €460,000 and €200,000, respectively, on behalf of Godolphin. The colt from the first crop of Sea The Moon ranked as the second highest priced yearling of the sale.
Overall, BBAG reported sales of 177 yearlings from 252 offered for total turnover of €7,783,000. During last year’s auction, which posted a huge increase in gross of 31 per cent from the previous year, 187 yearlings were sold from 236 offered for €8,448,500.
The average price this year reached €43,972, compared to €45,179 in 2016.
Busy during much of the session while acquiring a total of six yearlings, Goff drew his finger across his lips and smiled when asked if he was the sole buyer for Godolphin at the sale, offering no comment.
Godolphin, with Blandford as agent, was the top buyer of the sale with the two purchases, but Godolphin was also listed as buyer of an Exceed And Excel colt out of Group 3 winner Adriana, by Poliglote, for €80,000.
“Lovely, lovely horse. Great mover. I’m absolutely delighted,” Goff said of the Sea The Moon colt he bought for Godolphin from the family of champion Floriot who was offered by breeder Gestut Gorlsdorf as lot 49.
“We’re massive fans of Sea The Stars,” he added after signing the ticket on lot 191, a bay bred in Britain by consignor Gestut Brummerhof who is out of a half-sister to Premio Lydia Tesio winner Sortilege and whose deep female family mirrors that of Sea The Moon, containing Classic winners Schiaparelli, Samum and Salve Regina.
“He’s a relatively late foal, born the first of April, and he’s just going to mature all the time,” Goff said.
The third and fourth highest priced yearlings of the German sale are slated to be sent elsewhere for racing.
French agent Bertrand Le Metayer, racing manager for Al Shahania Stud, said the Mastercraftsman filly he acquired for €235,000 will be based in either Britain or France.
“She’s a big, strong filly from a premier family,” Le Metayer said of the half-sister to Hong Kong Group 1-placed Pakistan Star. Produced by stakes winner Nina Celebre, by Peintre Celebre, the filly’s second dam is German joint-champion Next Gina, while Deutsches Derby winner and champion Next Desert was produced by the filly’s third dam, Preis der Diana winner Night Petticoat.
Acting for the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Mark Richards bought a Kodiac colt consigned by Stauffenberg Bloodstock who is a half-brother to American Grade 2 winner Ramazutti for €200,000.
“He’s the right type of horse for Hong Kong,” Richards said, referring to Kodiac’s ability as a sire. “He’s a speed influence and they go on any type of ground.”
Of the colt, who was listed as sold to Justin Casse at the 2016 Tattersalls foal sale for 50,000gns, Richards said: “He’s got a huge back end and he looks cut out for speed.”
While some consignors indicated the market was difficult to sell in, with buyers being highly selective, Richards said the flip side of that viewpoint was that buying a good horse was not easy.
“It’s been pretty strong. The right horses are making good money,” Richards said.
Klaus Eulenberger, BBAG assistant manager, described the middle market as strong after the unsteady start.
“Many vendors had high reserves at the beginning of the sale. After two hours, they got realistic, and afterwards, about 90 per cent of the horses [that went through the ring] were sold,” he said.