Lots to look forward to as Tattersalls Guineas Breeze-Up and HIT gets under way
Exciting first-season sire Almanzor has a colt by Italian Group 1 winner Waikika
The Tattersalls Guineas Breeze-Up and Horses in Training Sale has long been a source of proven talent, with former graduates such as Far Above, Trip To Paris and Trueshan plying their trade at Group level.
A sense of normality has also ensued after last year's sale was moved to July as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and confidence among vendors will have been boosted after the Craven Breeze-Up Sale registered a positive set of figures, while the Goffs UK variant produced the finest returns in the history of the sale.
The Breeze-Up Sale, which takes place at 11.30am following the horses in training section at 10am, has produced 30 individual Listed/Group winners since 2018 and includes lots by leading sires such as Camelot, Dark Angel, Kodiac, Sea The Moon, Siyouni and Oasis Dream, while the first-season sires feature Almanzor, Ardad, Cotai Glory and Profitable.
Almanzor's first crop have been eagerly anticipated and Haras d'Etreham's sire did not disappoint when his first runner, Faro De San Juan, struck at Chantilly on Monday. His sole lot here is the Kilminfoyle House Stud-consigned colt (Lot 208) out of Italian Group 1 winner Waikika.
Other eyecatching lots include Silver Hill Stables' Sea The Moon colt (55) out of a stakes-placed Lawman half-sister to Sussex Stakes hero and Tweenhills sire Lightning Spear; The Bloodstock Connection-consigned Time Test colt (63) out of an unraced daughter of Abbaye heroine Gilt Edge Girl; Feigh Stables' Highland Reel half-brother (126) to the popular dual-purpose Irish St Leger winner Wicklow Brave; and Longways Stables' Siyouni filly (151) out of an unraced Oasis Dream half-sister to Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Queen's Trust.
The preceding horses in training sale has also enjoyed plenty of success of late, with Mister Sea Wolf, a 32,000gns purchase from Cosy Seal Racing to BBA Ireland in 2016, winning two Group 2s at Randwick and placing third in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes last year for Chris Waller.
Other subsequent black-type performers from the HIT sale include Bodhicitta, a 60,000gns buy from Michael O'Callaghan to Meah Lloyd Bloodstock in 2019. The daughter of Showcasing landed the Grade 2 Yellow Ribbon Handicap at Del Mar and finished second in the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes beforehand.
Among this year's offerings are EAM Bloodstock's Crossed Baton (21), a gelded son of Dansili who won Epsom's Blue Riband Trial and was placed in the Prix Eugene Adam and Hampton Court Stakes for John Gosden; Fitzroy House's Heaven Forfend (23), a Frankel gelding who has notched up a brace of recent wins; Nortonthorpe Boy (27), a six-time winner for Phil McEntee; and Alpha King (28), Juddmonte's placed Kingman half-brother to Juliet Foxtrot.
Tattersalls Guineas Breeze-Up Sale factfile
Where Tattersalls, Newmarket
When Selling starts on Friday at 11.30am
Last year's stats* From 116 offered, 94 lots sold (81 per cent) for turnover of 2,680,000gns (down 23 per cent), an average of 28,510gns (down one per cent) and a median of 17,250gns (down 28 per cent)
Notable graduates Far Above (sold by Bushypark Stables, bought by Blandford Bloodstock for 105,000gns); Trip To Paris (sold by Mocklershill, bought by Federico Barberini for 20,000gns); Trueshan (sold by Knockanglass Stables, bought by Highflyer Bloodstock and Alan King for 31,000gns)
*sale held in July due to Covid-19 restrictions