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Five eyecatching offerings at the Premier Yearling Sale

James Thomas with his standout picks from this week's catalogue

Sparks could fly over lot 15, a Bated Breath colt, early in Tuesday's session
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Lot 15
Pedigree Bated Breath - Laber Ildut (Whipper)
Consignor Coulonces Sales

Buyers will want to be sure they have set their alarm clocks on Tuesday, as not long after the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale kicks off at 10am this colt will take his turn in the Doncaster ring. He boasts a pedigree that screams Donny, as he is by Bated Breath, the sire of last year's £270,000 sale-topper, and is out of a daughter of Whipper, the damsire of Prince Of Lir, who topped the 2016 Doncaster breeze-up sale at £170,000 before going on to win the Norfolk Stakes.

His pedigree suggests he will make a smart juvenile, as his dam is a half-sister to Group 2 two-year-old winner Hero Look and the Listed-winning Isabel De Urbina, while his further family includes Gimcrack Stakes scorer Josr Algarhoud.

He was pinhooked by LDA Bloodstock for €40,000 and will be offered by Anna Sundstrom's Coulonces Sale, who sold the mighty Laurens at the 2016 Premier Yearling Sale.

What they say

Anna Sundstrom, Coulonces Sales 
He looks a real two-year-old type and there is a lot of Bated Breath in him. He has his sire's colour and his looks, and he's very correct and a good mover. It's always a bit of a worry when you travel over from France as you don't quite know how they're going to react but he's been brilliant.

He's never put a foot wrong and every show has been the same. It's difficult being such an early lot but there's a lot of people here and there's a good buzz so fingers crossed.

Lot 20 
Gleneagles - Lady Eclair (Danehill Dancer)
Newsells Park Stud

One of the talking horses of the sale, this stunning colt is from the debut crop of four-time Group 1 winner Gleneagles and out of the Listed-winning Danehill Dancer mare Lady Eclair, whose two winners are headed by Listed scorer Al Malhouf.

He boasts stronger Classic credentials than the archetypal Doncaster yearling, and is bred on an extended version on the Galileo-Danehill Dancer cross that has been responsible for stars such as Alice Springs, Minding and The Gurkha.

What they say

Gerry Meehan, Newsells Park Stud yearling manager
He's taken to his work like a duck to water and has really developed for it. He's got a lot more professional since his sales preparation began, he's gone from a boy to a man and has just been a gem to be around.

He's my kind of horse. He's got so much athleticism and a bombproof temperament, he'll handle anything you throw at him. I've walked up and down showing him 50 times today already and you wouldn't even know he's beside you, you only have to tell him what to do and away he goes.

I've prepped a few good ones down the years and looks-wise he'd be right up there with them. He's identical to his dad and you can see Galileo in him as well.

Lot 85 
Dark Angel - Minalisa (Oasis Dream)
Trickledown Stud

This colt's pedigree is all speed and precocity, being by Dark Angel, sire of Harry Angel and Battaash among others, and out of the Listed-winning sprinter Minalisa.

He is also bred on the same Dark Angel-Oasis Dream cross as Group 3 Hackwood Stakes winner Yafta, who topped the 2016 Premier Yearling Sale when sold to Peter and Ross Doyle for £280,000.

From the third generation of this family to be bred by Chris Mills, this colt's page includes high-class talents such as Ripon Two-Year-Old Trophy winner Enjazaat, Italian champion two-year-old filly Fly On The Night, July Cup hero Owington and Phoenix Stakes winner Dick Whittington.

What they say

Sara Thorman, Trickledown Stud
He's an out and out two-year-old and tailor-made for this sale. He's been with us since he was weaned and he's a typical Dark Angel, absolutely straightforward and very easy to deal with. He looks like a little tank, he's very strong and moves well.

He's quite convinced he's important and seems to think the place revolves around him. There's been a steady footfall for the last few days and obviously everybody is looking at him and he's already starting to pick up some second looks.

Lot 85 is bred on the same Dark Angel-Oasis Dream cross as Group 3 Hackwood Stakes scorer Yafta

Lot 176
Holy Roman Emperor - Quiff (Sadler's Wells)
The Castlebridge Consignment

This colt's sire can do no wrong at present, having supplied Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Romanised and Saturday's Grade 1 Sword Dancer Stakes victor Glorious Empire, a result that took his tally of elite winners to 13.

He is the final northern hemisphere-bred foal out of Yorkshire Oaks winner Quiff, with the daughter of Sadler's Wells having been exported to Australia last year after she was bought by Rosemont Stud for just 40,000gns at the 2016 Tattersalls December Mares Sale.

Quiff is out 1,000 Guineas heroine Wince and is from the extended family of major talents Contredance and Marketing Mix.

What they say

Bill Dwan, The Castlebridge Consignment
Obviously he's out of a good mare and the sire is flying; his stock are proving popular all over the world.

This colt was born with us and has been at our place ever since. He's always been a strong, well-made horse, but that's Holy Roman Emperor for you. He's a very good sire; he gets well-built, early precocious types and this colt is both of those things so I'm very happy with him.

Lot 471
Siyouni - Gemstone (Galileo)
Highclere Stud

This colt's pedigree combines two of the most sought after bloodlines, being by Siyouni, sire of star Premier Sale graduate Laurens, and out of Gemstone, a Listed-winning mare by Galileo, whose daughters have also been responsible for Group 1 winners such as Barney Roy, Galileo Gold, Night Of Thunder, Saxon Warrior and US Navy Flag.

His third dam is Gossamer, meaning that Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Bachelor Duke and Grade 1 winner Talco appear on his page, as does the Listed-winning juvenile Mokarris. He will be offered by Highclere Stud, who sold Yafta, the top lot at the 2016 renewal of the Premier Sale.

What they say

Lady Carolyn Warren, Highclere Stud manager
He's a gorgeous colt. He's strong, close coupled and walks well. He's very mature and is from a lovely family and, of course, his sire is on fire.

He's very straightforward; he came out of the mare looking how he does now and we've had to do very little with him. He seems to have been very popular since he got here.

Every sales company wanted him but we decided to come here as he looks early and I think this is a very good sale. We've done well here having offered horses like Yafta, James Garfield and Projection, so as we're having success we thought we should keep up our support.


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I've prepped a few good ones down the years and looks-wise he'd be right up there with them. He's identical to his dad and you can see Galileo in him
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