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Breeding Dreams with Richard Haynes

The breeding barn and the sales ring bring an aura of hope and uncertainty that attracts so many to the sport of racing. SKY Racing expert commentator RICHARD HAYNES is across all the movements within the industry that is the backbone of thoroughbred racing.


WHILE the Royal Ascot meeting was the focus of the racing world last week, UK auction house Goffs held their London Sale, a boutique thoroughbred sale to attract international buyers on the eve of the big race meeting. 
And, at a sale where Australian buyers can come to the fore, it was Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, with the assistance of honorary Aussie Johnny McKeever, who stole the show. 

Recent Epsom Derby runner-up HOO YA MAL was always going to be the highlight lot, and he’ll be doing his future racing out of Tulloch Lodge after the hammer fell at 1.2 million guineas (opening bid of 1 million guineas), which ultimately saw him top the sale. 

He will be raced by a syndicate headed by Sir Owen Glenn’s Go Bloodstock. 

Gai and Adrian have tasted success from the London Sale before with PORNICHET going on to win the G1 Doomben Cup in 2015. 


SALES action in recent times headed across the Tasman where New Zealand Bloodstock held their National Weanling Sale. 

If there’s a good style of Savabeel colt for sale anywhere in New Zealand, rest assured Te Akau’s David Ellis will want to know about it. And, it was a Savabeel baby out of Bohemian Lily (three wins including the G2 The Roses) that caught his eye, with Ellis going to $360,000 to secure the half-brother to G2-placed filly Lily’s Lady. 

Bohemian Lady is a sister to outstanding filly SHAMROCKER. 

It’s a lovely commercial family and you would doubt we will see him at a yearling sale like we will with plenty of the weanlings sold last week. All told, 105 weanlings sold for an aggregate of $3,486,000. The average climbed to $33,200, while the median settled at $16,000 and the clearance rate closed at 88%.


WE ARE getting down to the business end of the season now, and it’s hard to focus on any one horse. So many stallions have had good seasons for different reasons. 

But with 37 individual winners, two stakes winners and $7,173,965 in the bank, MAURICE (JPN) is on track to take out the Second Season Sires title. 

It’s not often a young sire can get a top class middle distance horse and sprinter in the one crop, but in HITOTSU (G1 Australian Derby, G1 Victoria Derby and G1 Australian Guineas) and MAZU (G1 Doomben 10,000), Maurice has done just that. 

Maurice will stand for $82,500 at Arrowfield Stud this coming season, and with the likes of emerging types KIBOU and MATCHA LATTE for go with the afore mentioned stars, Maurice is in a good place to go on with the job.


WHERE he gets to in life, who knows? But as a $1.8 million Inglis Easter yearling, NAVAL SEAL is starting to put things together, and over a middle distance. 

He won a BM72 over 1800m in good style at Rosehill last Saturday and was recently offered on Inglis Digital where he realised $245,000 in the June (Early) Sale. 

In new colours and still with Chris Waller, the connections had an immediate result, and if he can keep improving will be a fun horse for his owners. 

By SNITZEL out of the outstanding FIRST SEAL (six wins 1100m to 1600m, $1,259,060, G1 ATC Flight Stakes), he’s now won two races from six starts and looks to be heading in the right direction.


IT HAS taken her a few runs, and she’s bumped into a few handy ones, but $16,000 Inglis Classic filly WEALTHOFKNOWLEDGE finally broke through for a Maiden win at Kembla Grange last Saturday. 

And, she might have been one that slipped through the cracks at that sale. Being a daughter of CAPITALIST, she was bought for way under her sire’s sale average. 

She hails from a terrific old Emirates Park family. Her dam PROFOUND WISDOM (a city winner in Adelaide) is a half-sister to G2 ATC Skyline Stakes winner SANTOS. 

Her third dam is ELATED LADY, the dam of four stakes winners herself, G1 winner FAT AL close up in the pedigree too. She won at 1400m on Saturday and pedigree says she mightn’t run much further, but that’s up to her trainer Nathan Doyle to worry about.


WEEK after week we see top prospects debuting at the midweeks in Sydney, and this Canterbury meeting tomorrow is no different. 

One two-year-old I look forward to seeing step out for the first time is the well named MUTAFIQ. 

By I AM INVINCIBLE out of FINAL AGREEMENT (herself a sister to G1 winner SECRET AGENDA), he was offered at last year’s Inglis Easter Yearling Sale but failed to reach reserve. 

He is a half-brother to last season’s sharp two-year-old ENTHAAR, and his third Dam EUPHORIA (G1 Champagne Stakes) was a classy youngster of her generation and comes from one of biggest families in the studbook. 
Mutafiq looked good in a recent 740m Warwick Farm synthetic trial, and I’m looking forward to seeing what he looks like when he arrives in the yard. 

Oh, and Mutafiq translated to English means ‘To see eye to eye’.

Richard Haynes is the host of Racing HQ on Sky Sports Radio, Saturdays 6.30-11am and is an integral part of Sky Thoroughbred Central’s on-course and studio hosting duties. Richard also features weekly on News Central (Wednesday’s - Ch528).