Ready to Run has been a key element in the Normandy Stud sales programme for many years. The more they’ve done it, the more they’ve refined their selection of the two-year-olds consigned to Ready To Run auctions.
Preparing them for the sale – not to mention the extra months of feeding them – is too expensive to invest in horses that they don’t think warrant being there.
This shows in the racing performance of horses Normandy has consigned over the years, led by the likes of Sergeant Hardy, Bishop’s Bounty, Wonderwall, Nordic Breeze, Crowd Pleaser, Quick Wit and Knife Edge. Graduates like Barrack Street and Delia’s Delight are still in peak form as five-year-olds, which speaks volumes for the kind of preparation they get.
Aside from the selection Normandy makes, the major factor that swings the odds in buyers’ favour is the representation of the country’s leading stallions.
This year they have the last unraced Captain Al filly to be offered at auction. They also have a cracking colt by Silvano and a racy filly by Trippi, not to mention a couple of Dynastys, plus an almost embarrassing number of Gimmethegreenlights and Queraris.
It seems wrong that proven stallions of the ilk of Master Of My Fate, Twice Over, Flower Alley and Maxios are almost an afterthought in this line-up, such is the depth.
The other thing Normandy has done to make the probabilities even more favourable, is that they’ve paid the owners’ premiums for horses they bought at BSA sales, as well as the Klawervlei Farm Sale. Therefore, 13 of the Normandy horses are not only eligible for the restricted race and stakes incentives linked to this sale, but they also qualify for the BSA and Farm Sale incentives (check stable doors for details).
In lot order, here’s the Normandy line-up, with notes given by Oscar Foulkes.
#3 (Querari filly): a typically strong, sprinter type from a family that bred Joshua’s Princess and Grande Jete.
#16 (Querari colt): a well-made, scopey colt bred on a successful cross, out of a mare that has three winners from four runners. As a late October foal out of a Silvano mare, he’s just going to keep getting better.
#19 (Trippi filly): she’s a half-sister to a black type filly, out of a sister to Kildonan. Further back, it’s the family of Carry On Alice. This filly stands over plenty of ground, with a cat-like way of moving. She could be anything.
#32 (Querari colt): half-brother to Crowd Pleaser (also a RTR horse). His dam has six winners from seven foals. This colt is very attractive, but as a November foal still has plenty of improvement to come.
#34 (Gimmethegreenlight filly): her stakes-winning dam (by Danehill Dancer) has four winners from five runners. This is a tall, high quality filly with plenty of scope. She could be one for the classics.
#37 (Gimmethegreenlight filly): her dam’s only runner is a winner, and she’s from a solid black type family. This is a muscular, speedy looking filly – she’s a Gimme with plenty to give!
#41 (Querari colt): dam’s only other foal is a winner, and it’s the close-up family of Winter Solstice, Bravura and Depardieu. He’s a speedball of a colt.
#49 (Querari filly): her dam’s only foal to race is the promising Querari filly, Fleeced. Grandam produced Fabiani and Star Empire. You’d have to go a long way to find a Querari filly that puts size, scope and workmanlike constitution into a better package.
#58 (Gimmethegreenlight colt): dam was stakes-placed winner of four, and is the dam of two winners from three runners. This athletic colt is close-coupled, with a lot of his sire about him.
#65 (Flower Alley colt): his top-class race filly dam has produced three winners from four, and is a sister to the dam of Barahin. This is a big, striking looking colt, and he’s no slouch on the track!
#68 (Captain Al filly): from the family of Argonaut, this is the last unraced Captain Al filly to be sold at auction. She’s as racy as you’d expect from the sire, with strong hindquarters.
#72 (Judpot filly): first foal of a stakes-placed mare from a dominant family. Bred on the same cross as Juxtapose. She’s a scopey filly that gets better by the week.
#73 (Maxios colt): rare opportunity to buy a foreign-bred colt. He’s by a Grade I winner who’s sired a Grade I winner, from a solid running family. Don’t be put off by his size – he’s a scopey, athletic colt who punches way above his weight.
#79 (Querari filly): dam’s first runner has been placed. It’s that successful Querari x Silvano cross (with Fort Wood, Golden Thatch and Royal Prerogative riding shotgun). This is a good-sized filly with wonderful depth of girth. She’s a great opportunity to get involved in the Querari story.
#82 (Twice Over filly): first foal of a winning mare from the family of Consensual, Just Sensual and Attenborough. She’s an elegant, athletic filly, with a bright future over 2000m.
#94 (Dynasty filly): her dam’s first foal was 2nd last time out. Her Gold Cup-winning grandam is a prolific producer of winners. This filly has “the head of a princess, the butt of a washer woman and the walk of a hooker”. Possibly the best Dynasty filly we’ve had anything to do with.
#96 (Querari filly): first foal of a half-sister to the dam of top-class sprinting filly, Sarah. It’s the Winter Solstice, Bravura, Mother Russia family, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see this smashing filly join them in collecting major trophies. She is tall, athletic and scopey, with a big, generous eye.
#106 (Master of My Fate colt): his Ladies Mile-winning dam has produced six winners from seven runners, including two black type horses. He’s a scopey colt, typical of his emerging sire, and more than looks the part.
#128 (Twice Over colt): half-brother to a nine-time winning stakes-winner. He’s a strong, solid chap with a no-nonsense, workmanlike look about him.
#139 (Global View colt): out of a winning Captain Al mare, who is a half-sister to a Grade I-placed stakes-winner. This colt is typical of his sire, and has the quintessential daisy-cutting action.
#143 (Dynasty colt): from the family of Al Nitak and The Sheikh. He’s a big, scopey colt with plenty of substance.
#145 (Querari colt): half-brother to two winners, from the family of Al Nitak and The Sheikh. He’s a big, scopey colt with a lot of his grandam’s sire, Del Sarto, about him. This is a Querari that will definitely be looking for 2000m.
#154 (Gimmethegreenlight colt): dam has produced three winners from four runners. Family is a solid stakes-winning producer. This is a really smart colt; it’s hard to imagine a more typical Gimme.