Scat Daddy colt tops Arqana Breeze-Up at €825,000

Filed on 15 May 2018 @ 13:15

The final opportunity to acquire a son of Scat Daddy’s last crop in a sales ring materialised in a relentless duel between Nicolas de Watrigant and Jamie McCalmont, who was standing alongside Coolmore’s Mathieu Legars, at the Arqana Breeze-Up Sale on Saturday. The former owners of the late stallion had the final say with a bid of €825,000 for a colt (lot 165) offered by Willie Browne’s Mocklershill. He is from the family of US Graded winners ALLAMERICAN BERTIE, HURRICANE BERTIE as well as BEACH PATROL who ran 2nd in the Gr.1 Turf Classic after the catalogue was printed.

A delighted McCalmont commented: “This was the very last opportunity to buy a colt by such a great sire, wasn’t it? Scat Daddy was an outstanding racehorse who turned into an outstanding sire and is even turning into a sire of sires - No Nay Never had another winner this afternoon and seems to be really taking off. It is very sad that he is no longer around. This horse didn’t look like he would go as fast as he did, which I think is a good thing. He’s been bought for the Coolmore partners.”

Mocklershill ended the day as leading vendor, selling 20 juveniles for a cumulated €4 million. Sea

McCalmont was active from the word go, although on behalf of a different client, offering €400,000 for a handsome filly by Sea The Stars (lot 5) brought to the ring by Brendan Holland’s Grove Stud. The chesnut is out of a half-sister to Hong Kong superstar PAKISTAN STAR, who won the Gr.1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes after the catalogue was printed, from the family of Deutches Derby scorer NEXT DESERT and Oaks d’Italia heroine NIGHT OF MAGIC.

“She is for [prominent New York owner and fashion magnate] Andrew Rosen, and will go into training with Roger Charlton. Andrew has a similar filly called September Stars who won in the UK and was three from three last season in the States. This filly won’t be running in the next couple of months but she is a very nice individual with a strong page. My client also liked the fact that she is inbred to Urban Sea.”

The sole progeny of Frankel in the catalogue (lot 144) returned a whopping €770,000 for first-time vendor Ecurie La Frênée, run by former equestrian rider Jennifer Pardanaud, who worked for pre-trainer Philip Prevost-Baratte and at Haras du Mézeray before setting up her own operation. The imposing colt is a half-brother to Gr.1 Garden City S. scorer BACKSEAT RHYTHM. Phoenix Thoroughbred and Mark McStay of Avenue Bloodstock locked horns and it was the latter who emerged as the buyer.

“Well, he is a Frankel half-brother to a Group 1 winner,” offered McStay. “He is a great-looking horse who seems to have had a very decent prep. I have bought him for a new client who wanted a special horse and he definitely fit the bill. He didn’t necessarily do a clock but he looks like a horse for the future and hopefully will make a lovely threeyear-old.”

A dark brown son of Scat Daddy (lot 140) from Brendan Holland’s Grove Stud had been the subject of a lot of talking on the sales grounds, and he lived up to expectations when selling to Phoenix Thoroughbred for €700,000. The striking colt is out of the dual Listed winner KALOURA, from the family of KALANISI and recent Gr.3 Prix Prix Penelope victrix LUMINATE. He had left the ring unsold at Saratoga for $195,000. Will Johnson and Nicolas de Watrigant were quick to fire successive bids but they ultimately had to give way to Tom Ludt and Dermot Farrington who were acting on behalf of Phoenix Thoroughbred.

The pair had earlier spent €320,000 on a colt by the same sire (lot 10) from Jim McCartan’s Gaybrook Lodge Stud. The colt’s dam was a Stakes winner States side and is a half-sister to the Prix Morny winner ELUSIVE CITY.

“He is a big nice horse, and obviously this is the last chance to buy the progeny of Scat Daddy”, explained Farrington. “We will take both colts home before deciding on a trainer.”

One of only two colts by the outstanding More Than Ready in the catalogue, lot 122 commanded a final bid of €525,000 from Matt Coleman with Godolphin as the underbidder. The Grove Stud offering is out of the American Stakes winner GENEROSITY, who has already foaled two black type performers. “I have bought him for a client in Hong Kong,” said Coleman. “The sire has had great success there so he is a horse who makes a lot of sense for them. He is a very straightforward, sound, fast horse. We’ve been lucky with this sale, buying the likes of Robin Of Navan, Pallodio, Maximum Aurelius, so we will keep our fingers crossed for more of the same.”

Filed on 15 May 2018 @ 13:15