Steady but pleasing activity for Allan Bloodlines
With the valuable Maktoum support for the market resulting in strong figures and difficulty in buying nice horses, Tattersalls Books 1 and 2 fared generally well. Sheikh Mohammed with his family and associates including Rabbah Bloodstock, and Sheikh Hamdan (Shadwell) accounted for a huge number of purchases for Godolphin and several other trainers.
In Book 2, Allan Bloodlines’ first task was to buy a nice colt for an excellent client for up to about 50,000 guineas. After exhaustive inspections, the Allan team had a list of only five for Monday and decided to go strongly for the first in, which was also their absolute first choice. A nice Kyllachy colt out of a Mark of Esteem mare with quality and scope was secured for 52,000. with Rabbah the underbidder. The next three on the list were all bought by Sheikh Mohammed or Rabbah for 60 – 100,000 guineas vindicating the decision to try hard early. With only three on the Tuesday and perhaps four on the Wednesday, all made considerably more than budget except for a very athletic but more workmanlike colt for 25,000 guineas, bought by……Rabbah!
Having avoided the temptation to speculate further in this particular sale, Allan Bloodlines also sold or helped to sell two fillies in partnerships. One, by new Darley sire Librettist, a first foal from a mare bought in foal, was purchased to be trained by Richard Hannon for a prolific and successful owner. This was “a result”, and the other filly, by a three parts sister to a Stakes Winner by Diktat out of a black type Sadler’s Wells mare, also fared well in that sense by being bought by Rabbah for Clive Brittain to train.