DUBLIN, IRELAND - I worked hard yesterday at the sale, coming up with a shortlist. We ended up vetting fifteen horses for today’s session and already picked one up this morning.
Hip 92 is a really strapping hussy with a rough, tough attitude. She’s by the Giant’s Causeway stallion Footstepsinthesand, with a deep pedigree. We paid 130,000 euros for her, about $170,000. Prices were very soft this morning as the sale got underway, so that amount indicates significant interest in a quality individual. We were lucky to walk away with her.
Footstepsinthesand before his victory in the Grade 1 2000 Guineas:
I went to a function last night at The K Club, a phenomenal five-star luxury resort that hosted the 2006 Ryder Cup. On the way there I had a chance to stop by a Ladbrooke betting shop to put 60 euros on Quiet All American at Parx. Nice frontrunning score from our Forest Camp gelding. Below is a photo of me in front of a bookmakers desk after purchasing a winning ticket:
Many of the buyers and sellers here are set to move on to Paris for the Arc de Triomphe this weekend. It's France's version of the Kentucky Derby. Have to put the Arc on the bucket list.
Will send updates as the auction continues. You can follow the progress of the sale here.