Three intriguing horses who could be of interest to Australian buyers
Chris Humpleby identifies prospects who could thrive with a change of scenery
Australians will be hoping to have an impact not only on the racecourse in Newmarket this week, where Redkirk Warrior will line up in the Darley July Cup, but in the sales ring at Tattersalls too, with the July Sale likely attract plenty of interest from down under once again.
The sale is a firm favourite among Australian buyers hoping to source top quality European racing and breeding talent and Chris Humpleby, who pens Eye Of Europe in ANZ Bloodstock News every Tuesday, has identified six horses set to be offered this week that could catch the eye of those who have made the long trip to Park Paddocks.
Name Department Of War
Breeding 3 c Declaration Of War - Danetime Out by Danetime
Owned by the Coolmore triumvirate in partnership with Markus Jooste, whose bloodstock interests have been gradually dispersed across the course of the year, Department Of War faced a tough task for one so inexperienced when pitched into the Listed Fairway Stakes at Newmarket and looked unsuited by the ridges of Ripon when disappointing in a novice stakes on his most recent outing. However, the manner of his impressive debut success remains firmly in the mind and this half-brother to National Stakes winner Toormore is surely a more talented individual than an official rating of 87 implies.
Name Francis Xavier
Breeding 4 g High Chaparral - Missionary Hymn by Giant’s Causeway
Although he did not debut until the October of his three-year-old season, Francis Xavier has quickly made up for lost time and showed a dramatically improved level of form when making a successful handicap debut at Doncaster last month, winning with far greater authority than the two and a half length margin implies. His sister High And Flighty, although moderate, stayed a mile and a half and this gelding looks a real middle-distance improver for the southern hemisphere, particularly as his sire has been a fruitful source of high-quality performers in Australia, including last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling.
Name New Show
Breeding 3 c New Approach - Music Show by Noverre
A dual winner from three starts, New Show produced a good performance to win an above-average Thirsk novice stakes under a penalty last week, with the first four home having already achieved a level of form that would usually be good enough to triumph in such a contest. He made a mid-race move that forced him wide into the bend and did well to repel the late challenge of previous winner Borodin, running on like a step up in trip will suit further down the line. He could be stakes class in time.
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