Sunday 24 May 2020

Two-Year-Olds (2yos) With the Biggest Price Tags for 2020 Flat Season

Each year horse racing fans wait with anticipation for the most esteemed yearling sale:

Tattersalls’ Premier Yearling Sales Book 1

The best of the best stallions are represented with the likes of Dubawi who stands at Darley Stud for a fee of £250,000. 

Kingsman's stallion fee has been increased from £75,000 to £150,000 for Juddmonte Farms. 

The mighty Frankel a stallion fee of £175,000. 

Let’s not forget the daddy of them all Galileo - the father of Frankel - who stands at Coolmore Stud in Ireland and is reportedly one of the most expensive stallions in the world. 

Although the stud fee is given as private, a figure of £400,000 isn't too wide of the mark for this super stallion. 

No wonder their offspring are costly acquisitions. 

The hope of owning the next superstar - it's a billionaire's dream. These high profile owners think nothing of writing a cheque with ten zeros for a prized yearling. In general, they don't make much of a betting proposition because their reputation proceeds them. The buzz of seeing these big-ticket purchases set hoof on the racecourse it a joy to behold. 

Take a look at this post in a year's time and see if any make the grade. 

I will update names when I can. 

BLUE PLANET Kingman (GB) / One Last Dance (AUS) B.C. (GB) Hazelwood Bloodstock MV Magnier 1,800,000 Guineas 

Trained by Aidan O’Brien and bought at the Tattersalls Yearling Sales. Second foal of dam One Last Dance who won the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude Stakes in Australia back in 2011. Blue Planet was bred by John Camilleri's Fairway Thoroughbreds who introduced us to Australian superstars Winx and Vancouver. Blue Planet has the potential to be an exciting prospect for the O’Brien yard and one I'm looking forward to seeing in the future.

ESPANIA Filly by Galileo (IRE) x Green Room (USA) Ballylinch Stud M V Magnier/Westerberg €3,000,000 

Bought at the October Orby Sale by M V Magnier/Westerberg and trained by Aidan O’Brien. Dam Green Room was unraced but that hasn’t stopped her producing some top-class offsprings and Aidan already has two talents from this family in the names of Together Forever(rated 112) and Forever Together(rated 117) interesting that both needed a couple of runs to release their full potential but Espania could potentially a smart horse from the O’Brien yard.  

MAGIC HOUR Filly by Galileo (IRE) x Aleagueoftheirown (IRE) Glenvale Stud Westerberg €2,200,000 

Bought at the October Orby Sale by Westerberg and will be possibly trained by Aidan O’Brien. A full-sister to the 122 rated Alice Springs who was also trained by Aidan O’Brien and was a multiple group winner in an outstanding career. The Falmouth Group 1 Stakes was just one of many highlights for the 550,000. 

ST MARK’S BASILICA Siyouni (FR) / Cabaret (IRE) B.C. (FR) Norelands Stud, Ireland MV Magnier 1,300,000 Guineas 

Trained by Aidan O’Brien and bought at the Tattersalls Yearling Sales. Half-brother to the 340,000 Guineas Magna Grecia who of course won the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket last year for the O’Brien team and is rated 124. Dam Cabaret was a fairly useful performer herself with a rating of 93 after a decent 2-year-old career winning the Silver Flash Group 3 Stakes at Leopardstown. Acted on soft ground. 

MANASSAS Dubawi (IRE) / Without You Babe (USA) B.C. (GB) Newsells Park Stud Ltd. Kevin Ryan 1,000,000 Guineas 

Bought by Kevin Ryan on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed Obaid at the Tattersalls Yearling Sales. Dam Without You Babe was unraced but has produced some quality horses including the 125 rated Tamarkuz, the 107 rated John Gosden filly She’s Got You and the 119 rated Without Parole who won the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes at Ascot in 2018 to name just one success. The colt has a lot to live up to but one of interest. 

MAHOMES Dubawi (IRE) / The Fugue (GB) B.C. (GB) Watership Down Stud David Redvers Bloodstock 1,000,000 Guineas 

Bought at the Tattersalls Yearling Sales by David Redvers on behalf of Sheikh Fahad and will be trained by John Gosden. Dam The Fugue was an exceptional performer for John Gosden and owner Lord Lloyd-Webber. The 128 rated filly contested top-quality races and one of the highlights was winning the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes in 2014 to make it her fourth Group 1 win in a remarkable career. Outstanding pedigree on paper and another to look forward to this season. 

UNNAMED filly by Galileo (IRE) x Devoted To You (IRE) Barronstown Stud Phoenix T'breds/Aquis Farm €1,100,000 

Bought at the October Orby Sale by Phoenix T'breds/Aquis Farm Comes from a nice family who has produced some nice types that are usually trained by Aidan O’Brien including the winner of the Irish Derby Sovereign who last year sprung a surprise when given an outstanding ride by Jockey Padraig Beggy when getting first run and not stopping. Also, a full-sister to Dawn Rising who was too green to do justice on his only run last year and one to keep an eye out for next time. 

DRUMMER GIRL Galileo (IRE) / Quiet Oasis (IRE) Ch.F. (IRE) Barronstown Stud, Ireland MV Magnier / Westerberg 2,100,000 Guineas 

Trained by Aidan O’Brien and bought at the Tattersalls Yearling Sales. A full-sister to the exciting Lancaster House who was the first foal for dam Quiet Oasis. Lancaster House won his first three races including a Listed event at Listowel before quickly turning out again in the Boomerang Stakes at Leopardstown five days later and disappointing but still remains with potential. 

Thanks for reading and stay safe.

Photo: Galileo


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