The Breeze up season has swung round quickly this year. I travelled down to Ascot, in hope rather than expectation. As is often the case, the sale was stronger than in previous years and Tattersalls had done a great job in sourcing some quality stock. The top end of the market was particularly strong with two horses breaking previous records for the sale. Alongside John Kilbride, I managed to purchase a precocious two year old filly by Paco Boy for a new client. She looks a ready made two year old that I would expect on the track imminently.
Newmarket will be alive over the next few days with the Craven meeting and sales getting under way. Traditionally the best horses are offered at Newmarket, resulting in the sale being highly competitive throughout the market. Alex Elliott and I will be teaming up as usual to help bolster my two year old string. Alex has spent the last fortnight travelling around Ireland looking at horses, so we already have some familiarity. Despite this the “Breeze” is by far the most important part of the process.
I will be looking for horses that are not only fast but show a good attitude and have scope for improvement. Interestingly many of the better horses to come from the Craven sale have not been the most expensive or turned out to be early two year olds.