High Chaparral popular after Wigmore Hall's Northern Dancer Stakes success
Tue, 25 September 2012
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As autumn approaches, thoughts of the sales ring are on everyone’s mind, both on and off the track.
Support for first crop yearlings by 2009 Champion racehorse Sea The Stars is continuing to flood in worldwide as, following high price sales in Japan, the USA and France, Italy joined the growing list of countries to have seen a six-figure sum exchange hands for a potential new superstar. Friday’s SGA Sale in Milan saw its most expensive lot sell within an hour of trade opening up as Marco Botti topped the bids, offering €250,000 for the freshman sire’s only offering that day. One of four lots to exceed €100,000, lot 8, named Nabateo, is the first foal out of Group 3-winner Rosa Del Dubai (Dubai Destination).
High Chaparral was responsible for another of the six-figure lots after Italian trainer Bruno Grizzetti went to €100,000 for a colt by the Coolmore resident. Out of a Danehill Dancer mare, the colt is also from the family of Falbrav. The following day sent even more success the way of High Chaparral, after a Group double Down Under added to his International tally following last week’s Northern Dancer Stakes win by Wigmore Hall. It’s A Dundeel took the afternoon’s opening Group 3 Gloaming Stakes by a length and a quarter from Honorius, by his sire’s stablemate Holy Roman Emperor. A little over two hours later the double was secured by Shoot Out, who landed the card’s Group 1 George Main Stakes when beating Rangirangdoo (Pentire) by just a neck.
Last year’s Grade 1 Kentucky Oak’s winner Plum Pretty has a date with the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. The daughter of Medaglia D’Oro earned a second top-flight win earlier in the year when landing the Apple Blossom Handicap by two and a quarter lengths from Absinthe Minded (Quiet American), who filled third in the race twelve months earlier.
Connections of Girolamo are now facing the question ‘to sell, or not to sell’, after the son of Dai Jin stayed on well to win Germany’s last Group 1 of the season, the Preis Von Europa. The Peter Schiergen-trained colt is currently entered for the Arqana Arc Sale at their Saint-Cloud complex, where he could pass under the hammer on Tuesday 6th October. The win not only gives his owner/breeder Gestut Ebbesloh something to mull over, but also provided Dai Jin with a first Group 1 victory since his own days on the track.
Harbour Watch, the outstanding unbeaten juvenile of 2011, has been retired to Tweenhills Stud. Winner of the Group 2 RIchmond Stakes by two and a quarter lengths, his shortest winning margin, the son of Acclamation suffered a fracture whilst preparing for the Dewhurst last season. Despite the best efforts of trainer Richard Hannon and his team to rehabilitate the classy colt, a return to racing has now been ruled out; Harbour Watch will stand at his new Gloucestershire home from 2013 for an as yet undisclosed fee.
Smart sprinters The Factor and Amico Fritz are also both to stand at stud in 2013, though on opposite sides of the Atlantic. The Factor (War Front), though victorious over a mile, posted his two Grade 1 wins at seven furlongs, and will stand at Lane’s End Farm in Kentucky for $15,000. The well-travelled Amico Fritz (Fasliyev) won nine of this 31 starts for Henri-Alex Pantall, including the Group 2 Goldene Peitsche over six furlongs. Of five top-flight outings, his best performance perhaps came when finishing within three and a half lengths of Starspangledbanner in the 2010 Golden Jubilee. The six-year-old will stand at Gestut Harzburg for €3,000.