17/04/2019. Japan star Almond Eye ruled out of Arc // RECORD KINGMAN FILLY KICK-STARTS CRAVEN SALE // Goffs London Sale graduate shines for King Power Racing at Newmarket



Japan star Almond Eye ruled out of Arc challenge as connections rethink plans

Almond Eye: will not travel to France for the Arc in October
Almond Eye: will not travel to France for the Arc in October,   Edward Whitaker
By Richard Birch, 

Almond Eye, the Japan-trained super-filly who won her country’s fillies’ triple crown and last year’s Japan Cup, has been ruled out of a tilt at the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in October.

An impressive winner of the Group 1 Dubai Turf at Meydan last month over 1m1f, trainer Sakae Kunieda and jockey Christopher Lemaire had expressed excitement afterwards about the four-year-old tackling Europe’s most prestigious race.

However, Silk Racing, owners of Almond Eye, on Wednesday released a statement on their website addressed to “Everyone who supports Almond Eye”.

The statement says the decision to bypass the Arc was made after considering multiple factors, including her most recent trip to Dubai and the changes in her physical condition during long-distance transportation.

Connections also have concerns over the suitability of possible underfoot conditions – four of her six Group wins have been on ground officially described as firm – for Almond Eye at Longchamp in the autumn.

“We are very sorry that we are not able to meet your expectations,” wrote Silk Racing representative director Masafumi Yonemoto in the statement.

“We have to judge it is not the best race selection for her in view of the conditions such as environmental adaptation, the race itself, the care environment after race, and long-distance transportation.”

Almond Eye was second favourite for the Arc, along with last year’s runner-up Sea Of Class, behind dual winner Enable. (fonte : RacingPost)




by Chris McGrath

NEWMARKET, UKC – Four purchases, and the top four prices of the sessionCadding up to a third of total turnover on the night. That was the game-changing commitment made by Godolphin to the opening session of the Tattersalls Breeze-Up Sale, with the presence of its founder in person a welcome boost to the morale of a sector that had, overall, suffered such a rocky time last year.

In fact any jitters were redressed within minutes of the bell, the fifth lot into the ring achieving a spectacular 850,000gns payday for Tally-Ho Stud, having been acquired for just 92,000gnsin the same ring last December. Lot 6 is the most expensive filly bought at this sale, and its third highest lot ever.

She contributed to a marginal increase in turnover, up to 5,261,000gnsfrom 5,222,500gns at the opening session last year, from a smaller offering of 57 down from 66 (after withdrawals). But a considerable improvement in the clearance rate, 43 (75%) finding a new home compared with 38 (just 58%) last year, meant that the median took a small slide to 70,000gns from 75,000gns; while the average dwindled 11% to 122,349gns from 137,434gns…



Goffs London Sale graduate shines for King Power Racing at Newmarket
The Andrew Balding trained Shine So Bright became the latest Stakes winning graduate of the Goffs London Sale when carrying the King Power Racing colours to an impressive victory in the Listed Bet365 European Free Handicap this afternoon at Newmarket.  Making all under Silvestre de Sousa, the son of Oasis Dream was subsequently shortened to 33/1 for the 2000 Guineas.

Following a maiden win at Nottingham last season, Shine So Bright was sold from Karl Burke’s Spigot Lodge Stables to SackvilleDonald for £375,000 at the 2018 Goffs London Sale in association with QIPCO.  He was subsequently placed three times last season at Group 2 level in the Richmond Stakes, Gimcrack Stakes and the Mill Reef Stakes.

Entries Now Open for 2019 London Sale:
Entries are now open for the 2019 London Sale which will be held in association with QIPCO on Monday 17th June in Kensington Palace Gardens.   Now in its sixth year, this sale is a unique platform to sell elite bloodstock to the world’s leading buyers who are in London for Royal Ascot.

To discuss nominations for any of the following categories please contact Nick Nugent at Goffs on +353 86 243 8899 or email nicknugent@goffs.ie:

Horses In Training: 

  • Royal Ascot entries
  • Fillies with racing and breeding potential
  • Cup horses
  • Shares in Horses In Training

Breeding Stock:

  • Mares with or without a foal at foot
  • International mares sold in absentia
  • Breeding rights and stallion shares
View the full vendor brochure below:
fonte : Goffs