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'Value to be had' at Goffs Kempton Breeze-Up

 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2010  94  81  54  67  863,500  15,991  12,500
 2009  75  57  36  63  663,100  18,728  15,000

TODAY'S Goffs Kempton Breeze-Up Sale, Europe's first two-year-old auction of 2010 and the first opportunity to purchase a racehorse nominated to the Racing Post Breeze-Up Bonusscheme, showed slight advances on 12 months ago on a day when buyers felt there was good value to be had.

There was a clearance rate of 67 per cent (marginally up from 63 per cent 12 months ago) and the £863,500 turnover rose by 30 per cent. The £15,991 average dropped by 14.6 per cent and the £12,500 median fell by 16.7 per cent.

A US-bred son of Street Cry consigned from Norman Williamson's County Meath-based Oak Tree Farm was the star turn and will be aimed at the Swedish Derby after selling for £55,000 to trainer Lennart Reuterskiold.

"He's American bred and that's mainly why we bought him because the Derby at Malmo is run ondirt. He looked as if he handled this surface so hopefully he will go on the dirt as well," said Reuterskiold, after outbidding trainer John Gallagher.

"He's not the biggest of horses but we have quite narrow tracks so he should be suited to our racing. He is for Dr Omar Zawawi, who has had horses with me since I started training 10 years ago. He's from Oman but the head man who works for him is Swedish, which is how he has ended up having horses in Sweden."

This is the first sale of 2010 where horses are eligible for the Racing Post-sponsored Breeze-Up Bonus Scheme and, while welcoming the initiative, Reuterskiold said that it was not the overriding incentive in this case.

"This is my first time at this sale," added the trainer. "The owner wanted another horse and I found this one in the catalogue. I'm sure the bonus helps and it would be nice to win one but it's not really relevant in this case. It's not why we bought this horse."

Gay Kelleway - Martin Lynch

Gay Kelleway: bought lot one

  PICTURE: Martin Lynch  

The colt, out of Grade 1-placed Inspired Kiss, had been bought by Williamson for $17,000 as a yearling at Keeneland.

A daughter of Exceed And Excel offered from Willie Browne's Mocklershill Stables was another to show an advance on her yearling cost.

She was knocked down to Jim McCartan's Gaybrook Lodge Stud for 28,000 euros at Fairyhouse in September and changed hands for £50,000 yesterday.

Agent Bobby O'Ryan outbid Mags O'Toole for the filly, who is set to join Dermot Weld's Curragh stable.

"She looks early and hopefully she'll be running relatively quickly. I'd been to see her a couple of weeks ago at home, which is something I like to do, and liked her then and she breezed very well today," said O'Ryan, who also paid £30,000 for a Holy Roman Emperor filly who will join trainer Pat Morris.

A Kheleyf half-sister to 2007 Norfolk Stakes runner-up Art Advisor will head to Middleham after being bought for £36,000 by agent Stephen Hillen from the Tally-Ho Stud draft.

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"She's going to George Moore and we were looking for something sharp and ready to run, who might be able to win a bonus. I saw her as a yearling and liked her then and hopefully she should be out in the next month or six weeks," said Hillen.

Kelleway quick off the blocks

Trainer Gay Kelleway was one of the happiest buyers when getting the very first lot offered, a £25,000 Oasis Dream filly sold from Con Marnane's Bansha House Stables, who will race for a partnership headed by Pinner-based Bill Rogerson.

"I think her being lot 1 probably put a lot of people off but I thought she breezed just about the best of anything here," said Kelleway, who has been on her travels over winter.

"I've been to Dubai, where I found new owners, and went to Australia, where I spent time with David Hayes and Gai Waterhouse.

"I've got a racing manager now, Robert Greenwood, that lets me go travelling and we've got 32 horses of which 16 are two-year-olds. They are the way forward now, it's a no brainer with the Bonus there."

What they are saying
"Any sale that shows an improvement is always a pleasure but even more so in the current climate. We styled this sale the ready-to-run sale on the basis that winners flow from it very quickly and it was generally accepted that today's breeze-up performances will lead to some very quick returns on the racetrack.

"An increase of 30 per cent in turnover is of course a reflection of a slightly bigger catalogue but there was a great buzz from start to finish which allowed us to improve the clearance rate to a highly respectable 67 per cent. That said, we have some way to go to return this sale to 2007 heights and will be working hard with the Kempton Park executive and our vendors to produce an even better sale next year."
Henry Beeby, Goffs chief executive

"The horses were buyable and the market lacked strength in depth. There were some reasonable individuals that were buyable. In terms of the Bonus, it all helps but I thought it made more difference when it was £10,000. I think it would have been better to keep it at that."
Ralph Beckett, trainer

"Trade was much the same as last year. We sold them but it was tough. Vendors could also have done with more time between the breeze and selling, there was not enough time to show the horses. The sale was finished at 4.30pm so either they could have done the breeze earlier or started selling later."
Willie Browne, Mocklershill Stables

"Trade was not too soft but at the time nobody was getting rich, it was somewhere in the middle. If there's something you wanted, you had to pay for them and I thought I might get the £36,000 Kheleyf filly for less."
Stephen Hillen, agent

"It's a good trade. Buyers are showing a bit of common sense but it hasn't stopped a good, steady business."
PeterKelly, Emerald Bloodstock





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