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Moyglare Stud advisor Fiona Craig with stud manager Stan Cosgrove

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Moyglare yearlings head to Deauville after gap

A MONTH before his 100th birthday, breeder Walter Haefner will return after an absence of over 30 years as a yearling vendor at Deauville on Friday via his County Kildare-based Moyglare Stud.

A visit to Ireland prompted Haefner, a Swiss-based billionaire, to buy Moyglare in 1962 and it has since bred classic winners in Ireland, Britain and the US.

Initially a commercial breeder, including when selling Be My Guestfor a then record Ir127,000gns in 1975, Moyglare subsequently became an owner-breeder operation until a policy change in 2007 saw a select number of yearlings offered at Goffs, where Haefner has been a shareholder since 1974.

"I think we’ve sold 28 yearlings so far, of which 22 have been named and won 29 races including the likes of Love Lockdown," says Fiona Craig, an advisor to Moyglare.

There are seven yearlings catalogued at Goffs this year with colts by Elusive Quality and Mr Greeley heading to Arqana.
"Mr Haefner’s daughter Eva has taken over the running of the stud and she's interested in exploring things a little bit," adds Craig.

"We have a numbers limit now and the easiest way to do that is by selling horses. Initially people were resistant to the fact that we were selling but I think that has changed as they have seen them win. These horses are untried, they are yearlings and from our best families. If you are going to bring horses to Deauville then they have to be nice.

"The sale’s success would be part of the reason we are selling and another issue is with Moyglare being very involved with Goffs, who are connected with Arqana. It’s also good to take the horses out of Ireland and try selling somewhere else and this was the logical place to come.

"We don't sell fillies and these were about our two earliest colts and they were nice, big strong horses from good pedigrees who looked like they'd be straightforward to prep, which they have been."

The pair arrived in Deauville on Sunday night and will start showing on Tuesday, and Craig is going into the sale with a sense of realism.

"I think it would be naive at the moment to think that any horse sale could continue to advance. Everybody would love that to happen but personally I think they would be happy if the saleholds on with where it is.

"Despite the prize-money situation, racing seems to be in quite good shape because of the enthusiasm for it. Money is a factor but I think if we can keep the enthusiasm going, that people can buy horsesand get fun from them, then that will keep it going."

 

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