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GBRI “pivotal” in drawing international buyers to Goffs London Sale

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GBRI “pivotal” in drawing international buyers to Goffs London Sale

The third renewal of the Goffs London Sale in association with QIPCO at The Orangery at Kensington Palace on Monday night saw considerable purchases made by international owners. On the eve of Royal Ascot, the sale lends itself well to the participation of international purchasers, who arrive in the UK shortly beforehand ahead of the five day’s racing. Goffs’ supporting partner Great British Racing International (GBRI) has played a vital role in drawing Americans, Chinese, Russians and other nationalities to the sale.

The talk of the evening was Irish 1,000 Guineas winner and favourite for Friday’s Coronation Stakes, Jet Setting, who was snapped up for £1.3million – a sum that equalled the previous sale record set by Capello Sansavero in 2014 – by Michael Wallis on behalf of China Horse Club. The horse will stay in training with Adrian Keatley, who attended the sale himself.

It was another group of Chinese owners, led by Rupert Hoogewerf of Hurun Project, attending the Goffs London Sale for the first time as guests of GBRI, who made a winning bid of £200,000 for Albany Stakes entry, Dainty Dandy. Consigned by Hemsley Horse Racing, the colt will henceforth be trained by Paul Cole.

American owners were also active around the ring, with Robert Masterson, owner of Tepin, purchasing Ikerrin Road for £160,000. Meanwhile, America’s ‘New Owner of the Year’ for 2016, Sol Kumin, was successful in his bid of £200,000 for Big City Dreamin, who is set to line up in the Windsor Castle Stakes. The two-year-old will stay in training with Wesley Ward, who also attended the sale.

Henry Beeby, Goffs Group Chief Executive, commented of the supporting partnership with GBRI:

“One of the key objectives of the Goffs London Sale in association with QIPCO is to attract new participants to this wonderful sport. We have worked closely with the team at GBRI in this connection and are delighted to have welcomed a group of Chinese to The Orangery and then sell them their first horse, Dainty Dandy, who will be trained by Paul Cole. We wish them the best of luck in their new adventure, which kicks off at Royal Ascot on Friday in the Albany Stakes.

The London Sale has welcomed buyers from 40 countries in its first three years and the 2016 list of guests includes American owners Robert Masterson and Sol Kumin. GBRI have been pivotal in assisting us in our promotion of the concept whilst we are also grateful to the BHA for accommodating the instant change of ownership that allows new connections to see their colours carried at the Royal Meeting.”

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Notes to editors

About Great British Racing International 

Great British Racing International (GBRI) was launched in April 2013 by Racing Enterprises Ltd, The British Horseracing Authority and The Horserace Betting Levy Board.

GBRI has been set up to facilitate and grow international investment into the British racing and breeding industries. GBRI provides a bespoke service for those seeking to invest in the highest levels of thoroughbred racing in Britain, as well as marketing British racing to a wider international audience. As a world leader in the sport, British racing is a prime opportunity for investment at all levels.

Twitter: @GBRI_UK

For more information please contact:

James Oldring

Operations Director, Great British Racing International

0207 152 0185

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British bred Rule The World retired

Rule The World, the 2016 Crabbie’s Grand National winner, has been retired. The son of Sulamani, bred by Mrs Patricia Wilkins and Bobby McAlpine, became the highest earning National Hunt racehorse of the 2015-16 season in Britain thanks to his win at Aintree, which netted £561,300 for owners Gigginstown Stud.

The Grand National champion, who was sold in 2010 for €90,000 to trainer Mouse Morris, defied the odds to become the first novice to win the world’s most famous race since 1958, having never once won over chase fences before taking on those at Aintree in April. What made this victory all the more impressive still was the fact that Rule The World had recovered from two pelvic fractures in his younger years.

Subsequent to his Grand National win, McAlpine, who bred the Gigginstown star, commented:

“To think that a nine-year-old who has had four major operations can come back and win the toughest, in terms of mileage, chase in Britain and going away from the other runners. It really shows the toughness of the breeding. Rule the World is a quite remarkable horse and of all the horses I have bred and co-bred he has probably given me the most pleasure.”

Indeed, the win was celebrated by those within the British breeding industry, the credentials of which were also significantly boosted this season by both Thistlecrack and Cue Card. The latter of these two in fact shared a paddock with Rule The World at Aiden Murphy’s Warren Chase Stud after Murphy acquired the son of Sulamani from Wilkins and McAlpine as a yearling. Thistlecrack and Cue Card sat in second and third respectively behind Rule The World in terms of earnings on British racecourses during the 2015-16 season.

 

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Notes to Editors

About Great British Racing International
Great British Racing International (GBRI) was launched in April 2013 by Racing Enterprises Ltd, The British Horseracing Authority and The Horserace Betting Levy Board.

GBRI has been set up to facilitate and grow international investment into the British racing and breeding industries. GBRI provides a bespoke service for those seeking to invest in the highest levels of thoroughbred racing in Britain, as well as marketing British racing to a wider international audience. As a world leader in the sport, British racing is a prime opportunity for investment at all levels.

Twitter: @GBRI_UK

For more information please contact:

James Oldring
Operations Director, Great British Racing International
0207 152 0185

Charlotte Lovatt
Communications & Marketing Manager, Thoroughbred Breeders Association
01638 661321

 

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Guineas winner Galileo Gold a notable success for British breeding

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Guineas winner Galileo Gold a notable success for British breeding

Wednesday 4th May

Galileo Gold’s emphatic victory in the 208th running of the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas was not only a significant win for his connections, but also for the British breeding industry, which can now celebrate Paco Boy as a young British sire who has already produced a Classic winner.

Paco Boy, who currently stands at Highclere Stud in Berkshire for a fee of just £6,500, represents tremendous value as a second season sire. Jake Warren of Highclere Stud comments:

“When any stallion commanding a fee of under £10,000 can produce you a Classic winner, it’s fantastic. It shows that anything is possible if you have the right mating. Paco Boy has been heavily supported by British breeders since he retired to stud and he’s proven to be an incredibly successful stallion with the mares that he’s covered. He’s a very versatile stallion who can really improve your mare. That’s what we’re really excited about being a part of.”

Frankie Dettori points to the sky as Galileo Gold crosses the line a length and a half clear of his rivals. (Photos: Racingfotos.com)

Frankie Dettori points to the sky as Galileo Gold crosses the line a length and a half clear of his rivals. (Photos: Racingfotos.com)

Indeed, Galileo Gold’s 2,000 Guineas win will act as a considerable boost to Paco Boy’s credentials as a sire of top class performers, although he is already able to boast 23 2yo winners and 7 stakes winners. Brian O’Rourke, who bred the Classic winning colt, explains that the stallion’s potential was arguably unfairly dismissed before Galileo Gold recorded the win last Saturday:

“I think people are particularly quick to dismiss stallions early on in their careers, for one reason or another. People were quick to dismiss Paco Boy. We always had faith in the horse. It goes to show that you can take a chance on a young sire to try and get your mare wins on the board. I would not be afraid to use a young, unproven sire.”

The story behind how O’Rourke, who now runs Brian O’Rourke Bloodstock in Lambourn, ended up breeding the Paco Boy colt is a tale worth telling. O’Rourke explains:

“The mare [Galicuix] had been through the sales ring and failed to reach her reserve, so I bought her privately. At the time I was managing Highclere Stud for John and Carolyn Warren, where I had worked for nine years. As a result of my time at Highclere I was given a nomination each year to Paco Boy and I thought that he could add some of his brilliant speed and toughness to a stamina-laden pedigree on the mare’s side, and so I sent the mare to be covered by him. I knew how tough and durable Paco Boy was and obviously had seen his first few foals and was very happy from what I had seen. It was very kind of John and Carolyn to give me the free nomination. As far as Galileo Gold is concerned, I am so thrilled for the Al Shaqab team that they have him now. They put a lot into the game and it’s a fantastic result for Harry and the whole team.”

It is also a fantastic result for the British breeding industry, which now has another very exciting young sire to promote in Paco Boy. Warren, commenting on the strength of the British breeding industry today, said:

“British breeders are at the top of the tree when it comes to international breeding. Everyone wants to buy British bloodstock, whether it’s from Australia, America, China, wherever. To have another stallion like Paco Boy who is only in the fledgling part of his stallion career proving that Classic winners can be bred in this country is a massive boost for the British breeding industry.”

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