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Dubawi fillies popular at BBAG yearling sale

A DAUGHTER of Dubawi offered by Ronald Rauscher stole the show at a buzzing renewal of the BBAG yearling sale in Baden-Baden, Germany, on Friday.

Fierce competition for the April-born daughter of Fred Darling Stakes third Elusive Flash saw bidding quickly rattle past €100,000 and then €200,000, and it was leading German trainer Andreas Woehler who saw off Hamdan Al Maktoum’s racing manager Angus Gold with a winning bid of €320,000.

Woehler, trainer of Dubawi’s Deutsches Derby winner last year, Waldpark, was tight-lipped on the identity of the buyer, naming them only as “an existing client”.

“I knew she was going to be expensive but I didn’t expect to pay that much,” Woehler said. “She is a very good individual with a nice pedigree and I love the Dubawis.”

Another Dubawi filly, one of the pedigree picks of the catalogue as a half-sister to Deutsches Derby winner Kamsin, made €180,000 and was among three purchases by a big new purchasing power at BBAG: Markus Jooste, who has around 150 horses in training in his native South Africa.

Jooste’s purchases were made by his racing manager Derek Brugman, who signed the ticket with adviser Peter Doyle. Brugman said of the half-sister to Kamsin: “She had the full package, a lovely page and nicely put together.

“Peter tells me that Dubawis are not always the most correct but this one was fairly correct. She will race in France and we hope to put her in training with Andre Fabre. Markus will eventually breed from her in South Africa, and she may be put in foal in the northern hemisphere before going down there.”

Doyle and Brugman also signed for colts by Le Havre and Teofilo who cost €110,000 and €100,000 who will be trained by Andreas Woehler.

Brugman added: “Markus spends six months of the year in Europe and he will be nice for him to see his horses run when he’s here. It’s our first trip to Baden-Baden and we’ve seen some good individuals.”

Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley operation often swoops for some of the top lots at Baden-Baden and this year was no different, with Darley’s German representative Franziska Schaertlin Coffey making the winning bid of €210,000 for a Dansili filly out of the Singspiel mare La Salina, from the family of Lomitas.

“She was one of the most athletic fillies of the sale and hails from the best German family,” Schaertlin Coffey said. “She will go to England now but a trainer hasn’t been decided.”

Fresh from buying 29 horses at the DBS Premier yearling sale, Doyle also parted with €125,000 for a Soldier Of Fortune half-sister to high-class stayer Askar Tau, who will go into training with his longstanding client, Norwegian trainer Wido Neuroth.

Werder Bremen manager Klaus Allofs went to €180,000 to secure a New Approach half-brother to Listed winner Paraisa, nominated by Fahrhof chief Andreas Jacobs as his stud’s “standout lot”.

Klaus Allofs, a former footballer, has owned horses in partnership with Jacobs and other footballers in the past.

Agent Manfred Hofer did the bidding and said: “I like New Approach, he will be a leading sire and the colt is from a family I love. His dam [the Big Shuffle mare Praia] is a half-sister to Paita, who I bought at Tattersalls in 2004 and my brother Mario trained to win the Criterium de Saint-Cloud before she was sold to Teruya Yoshida.”

Training arrangements for the New Approach colt are not concrete, but Hofer said: “It is likely that he will go to one of Fahrhof’s trainers, maybe Peter Schiergen or Andreas Woehler.”

German bloodstock is best known for stamina but the Hong Kong Jockey Club wasn’t deterred from scouring the catalogue for a speedier horse to meet the requirements of the jurisdiction’s programme.

Its executive director Mark Richards, with the help of Crispin de Moubray, settled on Gestut Rottgen’s brother to Listed winner Dessau, by Pastorius’s sire Soldier Hollow and from the family of Kentucky Derby hero Animal Kingdom. He had to go to €140,000 to secure him, leaving Andrew Balding among the underbidders.

“Our chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges has a soft spot for this sale and we hadn’t been before, so we wanted to explore the market,” Richards said. “We want speed, which means you have to look harder in a sale like this, and we like that he’s by a proven sire and that Dessau won over 7f.”




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