Few bloodstock topics come under as much discussion as the progeny of unproven sires. The market is invariably quick to take a view and naturally, a strong commercial performance for such horses is vitally important, given that it can set the tone for his popularity over the upcoming seasons.
The 2020 intake of new stallions was a strong one, ranging from top sprinters Advertise, Blue Point and Ten Sovereigns to the Group 1-winning milers Too Darn Hot and Magna Grecia and Derby winners Masar and Study Of Man.
As the accompanying table shows, the progeny of Too Darn Hot lit up the ring, selling for an average of 114,200gns. Anthony Stroud, signing as Stroud Coleman and then Godolphin, purchased his top two lots, going to 270,000gns for a filly out of Astonishing and 250,000gns for a colt out of Dazzling.
It was Blue Point, however, who boasted the most expensive first-crop foal. The filly in question, a daughter of stakes producer Indigo Lady, sold for 300,000gns to Tom Goff of Blandford Bloodstock.
Advertise, Magna Grecia, Masar, Soldier’s Call and Ten Sovereigns were the other young sires to fire in a six-figure lot. Personally, I was particularly encouraged by the reaction to Derby winner Masar; the son of New Approach was represented by his share of scopey, big-walking foals at this sale and ultimately turned in an average of 32,824gns for 17 sold.
What they said
“I’ve seen some very good Magna Grecias and some very good Too Darn Hots. I thought the Blue Point filly out of Indigo Lady is a belter. She’s a lovely, beautiful, athletic filly who looks like she should be a two-year-old. We’re very lucky that there are a lot of exciting young stallions coming through.” Tom Goff, Blandford Bloodstock
“Looking at my homebred foals I’m very pleased that I bred to Magna Grecia and Invincible Army. From what we saw at the sale grounds, I’d say that the first-crop foals are a good bunch. I’m sorry I haven’t bred to Ten Sovereigns, Advertise and Inns Of Court. The Advertise foals are very consistent, the Inns Of Courts kept hitting our lists and the Ten Sovereigns just got better and better – they have scope and a bit of leg.” Luke Barry, Manister House Stud
“We’ve found the Ten Sovereigns to be consistently nice. They’re strong, deep coloured, attractive horses. The Masars have been nice too. They’ve got a frame to them and they move well – the colt that made 110,000gns [out of Muscovado, sold by Selwood Bloodstock to Pier House Stud] on Friday was a beautiful mover. We’ve liked the Soldier’s Call foals too.” Laurence Gleeson, Aughamore Stud
ADVERTISE: 15 offered, 13 sold for an average of 51,077gns. Top price: 135,000gns
BLUE POINT: 13 offered, 11 sold for an average of 92,455gns. Top price: 300,000gns
CALYX: 13 offered, 10 sold for an average of 36,200gns. Top price: 65,000gns
CITY LIGHT: 1 offered, not sold
CRYSTAL OCEAN: 3 offered, 3 sold for an average of 32,333gns. Top price: 46,000gns
EQTIDAAR: 19 offered, 14 sold for an average of 11,357gns. Top price: 55,000gns
FLAG OF HONOUR: 1 offered, sold for 1,000gns
INNS OF COURT: 10 offered, 7 sold for an average of 28,357gns. Top price: 50,000gns
INVINCIBLE ARMY: 4 offered, 4 sold for an average of 28,500gns. Top price: 55,000gns
LAND FORCE: 34 offered, 26 sold for an average of 21,519gns. Top price: 65,000gns
LE BRIVIDO: 11 offered, 8 sold for an average of 7,938gns. Top price: 15,000gns
MAGNA GRECIA: 19 offered, 14 sold for an average of 61,857gns. Top price: 210,000gns
MASAR: 23 offered, 17 sold for an average of 32,824gns. Top price: 110,000gns
PHOENIX OF SPAIN: 9 offered, 5 sold for an average of 17,800gns. Top price: 27,000gns
PORTAMENTO: 3 offered, none sold
SOGANN: 1 offered, not sold
SOLDIER’S CALL: 13 offered, 12 sold for an average of 30,667gns. Top price: 100,000gns
STUDY OF MAN: 3 offered, 2 sold for an average of 30,500gns. Top price: 31,000gns
TEN SOVEREIGNS: 13 offered, 12 sold for an average of 52,500gns. Top price: 130,000gns
TOO DARN HOT: 13 offered, 10 sold for an average of 114,200gns. Top price: 270,000gns
WALDGEIST: 4 offered, 4 sold for an average of 44,750gns. Top price: 52,000gns