Records Fall at Tattersalls – Group 1s for Commissioning and Chaldean and Showjumping at St Tropez and Birmingham

The Future champion’s weekend at Newmarket saw two further Group 1 races for two year olds only. At Tattersalls, the October Yearling Book One took place during the week with records falling in just about every facet. In St Tropez hosted the top world show jumping classes of the week and in Birmingham, the annual Horse of the Year was staged.

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2.8 million guinea world record price in 2022 for a yearling

At Tattersalls in Newmarket, the auctioneers held their annual flag ship sale, The October Yearling Sales Book One. This was a spectacular renewal of the sale by any standards. The top price, for a Frankel colt went for 2.8 million guineas – a world top price for a yearling in 2022. The aggregate for the sale broke all records and was 49% ahead of 2021, settling at just under 127 million guineas for the three day sale of the 489 yearling to go through the ring.  The average for any sale ever was the highest at just over 297,000 guineas with the median – also a record of 200,000 guineas. There were sixteen lots making over 1 million guineas and 49 lots going on or above 500,000 guineas. It was an incredible sale in terms of returns for vendors and also in terms of the quality of horses on offer both to look at and also pedigree. Horseview UK are to publish its “European Equine Review” in early December, when a lot more on the top European yearling sales will be looked at in detail including this Tattersalls bonanza.

John Gosden part trainer of Commissioning

In Newmarket, the second week of juvenile Group 1 races were staged. Like last week, one Group 1 for the fillies and the second for the colts. The Bet 365 Fillies Mile, the first of the Group 1 races, eight fillies took to the course over the straight mile. Commissioning, a filly trained by John and Thady Gosden was sent off favourite with Robert Havlin on board. Frankie Dettori was to have ridden the filly, but due to a ban, the stalwart second jockey deputised. Robert or Rab Havlin has been a riding jockey and part of the John Gosden team for thirty years. He has ridden in many races, winning 427 races in the last five years including at Group level except Group 1. This was his first victory Group 1 level at the grand age of 49. The race was rather messy in that the wind was so strong, it tended to carry the horses across the course. Havlin held his mount fairly prominently throughout the race and went into second place 3 furlongs from home. Havlin and William Buick were left out in front on their own 1 ½ furlongs from home with both pushing hard for the line. Buick was on Novakai for Karl Burke. In the last 150 yards, Rab Havlin pushed his mount out to take the win by a length. Karl Burke also trained the third horse home – Bright Diamond ridden by Clifford Lee who was 5 ½ lengths further back.

Andrew Balding trains the winner Chaldean to take Dewhurst

In the second Group 1, The Darley Dewhurst Stakes over 7 furlongs for colts only, there were seven runners. This was headed by two unbeaten horses. The first was Naval Power, a colt by Teflio and trained by Charlie Appleby – ridden by William Buick. He had had four runs before this and was a listed winner in his last run. The other unbeaten colt was from Brian Meehan’s stable – Isaac Shelby. He was ridden by Sean Levey. The colt is by Night of Thunder a sire who has done so well this season. Others of note were Chaldean from Andrew Balding and Aesop’s Fables from Aidan O’Brien. At the off, Chaldean was slowly away but jockey Frankie Dettori, now back from his suspension, pushed the colt forward and was soon prominent just off the lead. Royal Scotsman, ridden by Jim Crowley and trained by Paul and Oliver Cole was well up along with another very fancied runner from Sir Michael Stoute, Nostrum. Naval Power and Aesop’s Fables were also on the mix, but none were going better that Chaldean. In this strong renewal of the race, the last two furlongs saw Aesop’s Fables and Naval Power both subside leaving the original three in the lead. In the last 100 yards, it was still a race for any of the top three. At the line, Chaldean took the honours by a head from Royal Scotsman with Nostrum 2 lengths behind the front two. Chaldean is by another by Frankel, giving the stallion his sixteenth individual Group 1 race winner this season. The colt is out of Sueleta by Dutch Art. Nostrum and Chaldean were sent off as joint favourites.

Show Jumping

The course design team for this 5 star FEI CSI were from Italy. Stefano Morriale set a 13 jump course with 16 jumping efforts required from the 42 starters in a time allowed of 81 seconds. The time was not a problem except for eight riders and in the lead after the first round, eight went clear and through to the jump off. Seven of the eight went round in the jump off with 39 seconds on the clock which made for an exciting final round for this Grand Prix sponsored by Indexia. Olivier Philippearts from Belgium, Max Kuhner from Austria and Mark Mcauley from Ireland had one down each which left five with clears. The slowest of the five was Abdel Said, now riding for Belgium, on Bonne Amie completing the nine jumping effort jump off in 40.36 seconds. The first of those with 39 seconds and leaving all the fences intact was Christian Ahlmann riding Mandato van de Neerheide for Germany in 39.53 seconds. The third was from Belgium, Dominique Hendrickx riding Floris TN in 39.46 seconds just behind Marc Delasser from France riding Arioto du Grevres in 39.39 seconds. The winner, on 39.34 seconds was another Frenchman – Laurent Goffinet riding Atome des Etisses; a Selle Francais 12 year old stallion.

The Horse of the Year Show

Puissance Wall

In Birmingham in the UK, the annual Horse of the Year Show took place. The show, well known for its Puissance class had 12 starters to take on the huge wall. Sponsored by Ripon Select Foods, eleven went clear in the first round out of a possible five rounds.  The second round saw just one further horse drop out with ten going for the third round. Another four left the fray at this point with Nathan Bull retiring – leaving three to take on the final two rounds. William Whitaker riding Flamboyant III took the wall down in this round and finally finished in third place leaving just two to go for the fifth and final round. The first of these was Mark Edwards riding Montreuxs Tales who took the wall out leaving with 4 faults allowing Geoff Curran from Ireland riding Bishops’ Quarter to win if he left the wall intact. This he achieved so took the class with clears from all five rounds.

The leading show jumper of the year class saw 29 come forward. Seven of those went clear in the first round with four taking a double clear. Robert Smith ended the class in fourth place with two Whitakers taking third and second. The Showjumper of the year was Shane Breen riding Cuick Star Kerviec and other Selle Francais stallion. The Supreme Horse of the Year in the showing rings was Robert Walker on View Point. The Supreme Pony of the Year was Elsie Lynch riding Noble Peppermint. The very popular Shire Horse of the Year class was attended by nine shires – Henry Pattison took this with Acle Carousel.

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