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KINGMAN FILLY BREAKS RECORD ON OPENING DAY OF CRAVEN BREEZE UP

A daughter of KINGMAN became the highest priced filly ever sold at Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up when knocked down for 850,000 guineas on the opening day of the fixture yesterday (16th April).

Taken from the Racing Post, 17th April 2019, by James Thomas

Sheikh Mohammed was in Newmarket for the first day of the Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up Sale on Tuesday, and he made an almighty entrance when his representatives went to 850,000gns for a Kingman filly consigned by Tally-Ho Stud early in the evening session.

A wave of major players followed the well-touted filly into the Park Paddocks ring, with Kerri Radcliffe, standing in the bidders' area directly to the left of Edmond Mahony's rostrum, pushing the Godolphin team furthest. However, each raise from Radcliffe was batted back by Anthony Stroud, who stood beside the Sheikh behind the partition.

"The idea is that she'll be a Royal Ascot filly," said Stroud. "She looks quick and did a very good breeze, did a fast time and comes from a very good hotel. "Kingman is doing well too and she vetted well. Everything's good. Sheikh Mohammed will decide who will train her in due course."

The filly was making her second appearance in the Tattersalls ring within six months, and supplied a huge profit having been pinhooked from the Tattersalls December Sale for 92,000gns. The filly was signed for by Stroud's business partner Matt Coleman on that occasion, when she was offered by Baroda and Colbinstown Studs. She is out of Shyrl, a winning daughter of Acclamation who was bought by Tony Nerses for Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar for 70,000gns at the 2008 Craven Sale. Shyrl went on to finish second behind Langs Lash in the Queen Mary Stakes.

"She was one of the fillies from the Imad Al Sagar and Saleh Al Homaizi dispersal, and Roger [O'Callaghan, Tally-Ho Stud] and I thought she looked quick," said Coleman when asked how he came to select the March-born foal.

"Her mother was a breeze-up filly, she breezed very quick before running second in a Queen Mary, and we thought if the mother could breeze then she probably could too.

"She was a small, light-framed yearling, but she always looked very fast and she breezed quick, she looks a very racy filly. Everyone is looking for the Royal Ascot types and she looks like she could go one better than her mother did. Kingman is the sire of the moment too. The stars have aligned and it's great for Roger."

The filly's pedigree had also been subject to a noteworthy enhancement since her turn at the yearling sales, with her half-sister Eufemia becoming the third winner from three runners produced by Shyrl, along with the Group 2-place Raucous.

Godolphin have enjoyed some notable recent success with the progeny of Kingman, with the hugely promising Persian King, who is owned in partnership with the Wildensteins' Ballymore Thoroughbred Ltd, having recorded a wide-margin reappearance win in the Group 3 Prix de Fontainebleau on Sunday.

Another KINGMAN two-year-old (Lot 25) made the top five of yesterday's sale. The colt out of Upper Street, from the family of Islington, made 250,000gns when trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam brought the hammer down. Chapple-Hyam said:  “I should think he will want a little bit of time. Everyone wants Kingmans – now we have to get him home; he hasn’t got far to travel.”

Date: 17 April 2019