Scat Daddy colt tops record Craven Sale

Filed on 20 Apr 2017 @ 15:14

The Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale saw records set across the board and a top price of 675,000 guineas for a colt by Scat Daddy and 98 lots sold over the two days for an aggregate of 14,120,000 guineas, a new record, bettering the previous record set in 2008 by more than 2 million guineas. The average and median both rose 30% and 42% to 144,082 guineas and 110,000 guineas, both new records as well. The sale saw a total of 57 lots sell for 100,000 guineas or more, eclipsing the previous record of 40 et in 2008.

The top lot on the final day and the top price for the sale was the Scat Daddy colt from Jim McCarten’s Gaybrook Lodge Stud who was knocked down to David Redvers for 675,000 guineas. Bidding for the colt was frenzied from the start with Cheveley Park Stud’s Chris Richardson, agents Nicolas de Watrigant, Stephen Hillen, Justin Casse and Kerri Radcliffe all trying to secure the prized lot alongside Ibrahim Araci and underbidder Richard Knight, but none could match the efforts of Redvers, who was stood alongside Sheikh Fahad. Remarkably it is the second son of the mare Gender Dance to top a Craven Breeze Up Sale, after her Elusive Quality colt, subsequently named Great White Eagle and a Group 3 winner, sold for 760,000 guineas in 2013.

Following the purchase, Redvers commented;

"When people buy the sale topper, they always come out with the cliches that they thought it was the best horse in the sale, and that it ticked all the boxes.

"This horse had some minor issues as a yearling [he was not sold for $65,000] but he has proved that he can gallop. He has a great mind and this sale has been tremendously successful for us.

"We are delighted to have bought him, and in fact are quite surprised to have managed to get him. He is exactly the sort of horse we are looking for. He will be trained in Newmarket."

The top lot on Day 1 was the Intello colt out of Listed winning mare Marika that made 575,000 guineas when selling to John Ferguson.

Consigned by Brendan Holland's Grove Stud, the well-bred colt is a half-brother to Listed winners Sabratah and Raw Impulse.

Ferguson, who fended off interest from eventual underbidder Kerri Radcliffe as well as Alastair Donald of SackvilleDonald, commented:

"He is a beautiful individual, and he moves very well. He is from a top consignor who does a great job and this sale can produce quality horses."

At the conclusion of the 2017 Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented;

“This has been a very good Craven Breeze Up Sale and as well as sincere thanks to all the buyers who have made the sale such a success, we really must pay tribute to the consignors. Yet again they have brought an outstanding collection of two year olds to Europe’s premier breeze up sale, the breeze on Monday was supremely professional and the buyers have consistently commented on the quality of the individuals throughout the two days. Those comments have been reflected in record figures across the board and to see the average and median increase by such wide margins is a clear indication of the extraordinary strength of demand at the top of the market and the equally extraordinary growth in this sector of the European bloodstock market. At the turn of the century the average price at the Craven Breeze Up Sale was less than 25,000 guineas and the median was 20,000 guineas. In 2017 the average has exceeded 140,000 guineas and the median has broken the 100,000 guineas mark for the first time.

“In addition to new records for average and median, there have been an unprecedented number of six figure transactions and some spectacular pinhooking triumphs which demonstrate not only the professionalism of the consignors, but also the diversity of international buyers. Owners, trainers and agents from all over the world target the Craven Breeze Up Sale because it consistently produces top class racehorses and the combination of regular buyers competing with new faces has produced a sale of sustained strength from start to finish. The global demand this week is not only a source of encouragement for the forthcoming Tattersalls Guineas Breeze Up and Horses in Training Sale, but also for the rest of the year."

Filed on 20 Apr 2017 @ 15:14