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Total Gallery: son of Namid has been bought by Qatar's Pearl Bloodstock

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Total Gallery bought by Makfi connections

PEARL BLOODSTOCK, the new owner of Makfi, has expanded its bloodstock interests with the purchase of Group 1-winning sprinter Total Gallery and Common Knowledge, the dam of exciting sprint filly Astrophysical Jet.

Total Gallery is an appropriate purchase for the group of Qatari investors, headed by Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, as he won last year’s Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp, sponsored by that country.

Common Knowledge, a Rainbow Quest mare whose own dam is a half-sister to blue hen Height Of Fashion, has been bought to be mated with Makfi next year.

Total Gallery, by another Abbaye winner in Namid, has been bought as a “long-term investment,” according to the Al Thani’s bloodstock adviser David Redvers. “We have taken soundings as to where the best place to stand
him is: either in the UK or France [where Namid currently stands], although the best thing may be to try to get him back to his winning ways of last season.”

Redvers added: “There are two different sides to the Al Thani family’s investment in British racing. Firstly, the bloodstock investment side – that is what Makfi and Total Gallery are all about, and we’ll be buying more high-class bloodstock over the next 18 months, both mares to support Makfi with, but also other new stallions.”

The Al Thanis’ “very considerable investment going into the British industry” will be enhanced by a series of broodmare purchases globally over the coming months.

The other aspect of the Qatari group’s involvement – the racing side – has also been boosted by the purchase of 25 yearlings at this autumn’ s yearling sales, both in America and Europe.

“Sheikh Fahad is passionate about racing,” Redvers said. “We have had five winners from six runners, including Vulcanite, who runs in the Prix Royal Oak at Longchamp on Sunday.

“We have a definite plan of what we’re trying to achieve. We have 14 different trainers and are always on the lookout for horses with smart form, to stay in their trainers’ yards if that is the best way to get a horse bought.”

However, Pearl Bloodstock will keep a maximum of 35 horses in training and has recently sold Irish winner Wade Giles to Hong Kong, while others will be sold at Tattersalls next week.

Redvers said: “We want to get a reputation for selling on nice horses and taking a commercial view about them, and we’re not just getting rid of the rubbish. Sheikh Fahad is a great believerin leaving a little bit for the next man.

“Sheikh Fahadis a trader. He’s keen that people know he is
always open to selling his horses if the price is right.”




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