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Redskin Dancer Stays & Bye Bye Banana

Posted 13/12/2019

            A mixed result last week at the Tattersalls December Mares sale with nobody wanting to pay more than 75,000 guineas for Redskin Dancer whilst Chicita Banana and Irisijana moved on at 11,000 and 5,000 guineas respectively. Banana, who we bought at the same sale in 2010, has moved on to the Irish National Stud which was a very happy result for us as we know she will be extremely well looked after whilst Pegasus bought Irisijana which also meant a return to Ireland for the German bred mare which was also a good result. As for Redskin, I believe she is worth a six figure number minimum and perhaps the fact she was the second lot out on day two did not help our cause in finding a new home for her. I am sure that if she had been led into the ring a few hours later, Redskin would have made 100,000 guineas plus but that is pure conjecture. It seems to me that if we had consigned her with one of the bigger players in consigning terms she would have been allotted a more favourable slot with a better chance of reaching a better valuation. That is not a negative comment on Manor House Farm Stud, who did their usual excellent job in presenting her to the buyers, but rather a comment on the internal workings of this rather closed industry where you are either a face able to influence things to some extent or you are not and I think James Ortega Bloodstock clearly sits in the not category!

            Whatever, no use in making excuses or crying over spilt milk, the positive is that we still own a very good mare who has produced two winners from three runners including a seven time winner who won a Listed race and was Group 3 placed. She is also in foal to top sire Oasis Dream and we look forward hopefully to a healthy foal in February. We have arranged her cover for 2020 and she will visit our favourite Bated Breath from Juddmonte who will suit her physically and mentally very well.

            The other cover we arranged is with Lanwades for Sea The Moon to be visited by Group 3 2yo winner Birthstone who had a year off last year. Sea The Moon is exceeding expectations by producing more precocious and sprint distance winners than one might have expected and looks a very good prospect from the first season sires of 2018. 

            So, it's On On for 2020 and another year in this crazy, rollercoaster world of thoroughbred breeding!!