Allan Bloodlines secured broodmares and fillies for its clients and for itself at the Goffs and Tattersalls Mare/Filly sales. There was no question of competing with the phenomenal hike in prices, but the hunt for value, whilst hard going, proved fruitful.

From Goffs, two mares with special appeal for Australian clients will foal down in Ireland then fly Down Under and others were purchased speculatively. The very attractive Akarad mare Bright Future, a producer of full black type and with entirely black type ancestors, cost only €25,000 yet her filly foal – admittedly by super-popular Medicean – fetched 100,000 guineas the following week. Youm Jadeed, a black type Sadler’s Wells direct daughter of Miss Toshiba whose family is strong and seemingly endless, cost a very small sum because she was empty and looked nervous and underweight, and was declared a boxwalker. She is no longer nervous, does not walk her box and is putting on weight rapidly.

At Tattersalls, where Allan Bloodlines has been able to purchase three dozen mares and fillies during recent years for South Africa, life was difficult in that department with sterling around 25% up against the Rand. Nevertheless, the January flight to Cape Town will include eight Allan Bloodlines passengers, some being in foal mares (a mix of Northern and Southern Hemisphere coverings), one barren, one filly for breeding and two fillies to go into training. These include a Danehill half sister to Marling, a Marju mare close into the great Balidaress family and a winning filly by impressive young sire War Chant out of an Argentinian Gr.1 winner with similar antecedents. Amongst others, a Nureyev half sister to Zafonic and Zamindar was secured speculatively and very reasonably to produce her foal in Ireland.