Saffron Beach heads to Saudi Cup after selling for 3,600,000gns at Tattersalls | Bloodstock News

Edward Whitaker

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Saffron Beach will stick with Jane Chapple-Hyam after her seven-figure transfer

Saffron Beach will stick with Jane Chapple-Hyam after her seven-figure transfer

Edward Whitaker

Two-time Group 1 winner Saffron Beach is destined for the Saudi Cup after being sold to Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz’s Najd stud for 3,600,000gns during day two of the Tattersalls December sale on Tuesday. There is little to be done with Jane Chapple-Hyam ahead of her international target.

Badgers Bloodstock’s Grant Pritchard-Gordon reached 2,900,000gns but it was Northern Farm’s Shunsuke Yoshida who looked to have sealed the deal before a final 100,000gns increase, after much deliberation, took the role of sub-bidder of Najd Stud representative Saad bin Mishraf. .

“It’s a great thrill and a great honor and we have a good winter to look forward to,” Jane Chapple-Hyam said. “I think he waited for the saddle to move on while he did a few bops in the parade ring. She’s in good shape and she’s tough and I think she’ll get the nine furlongs in Saudi Arabia. You never know about the surface, but we’ll give it a shot.”

He has been offered an entry into the Hong Kong Mile, which is worth $4 million to the winner, but Chapple-Hyam suggested the Saudi Cup will now be the main target.

“She’ll rest a bit now and then we’ll get her ready,” she said. “I’ll have to do a really good gallop on the racecourse, like when I sent her to the World Cup meeting in Dubai, although I ran well in fourth, everyone in front of us ran, so I’m aware of to stay.”

The trainer added: “If Northern Farm had taken her she would have gone to stud, but with these owners who have bought her, they get another dance – and it’s a big dance! I’m excited, it’s going to be great.”

Saffron Beach’s race record was capped by victory in two Group 1 stakes, namely the Sun Chariot Stakes at three and the Prix Rothschild at four. She won four other times in addition to those top-flight triumphs, and her three-and-a-half-length stakes in the Group 2 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot produced Racing Post Ratings’ best performance, with the performance awarded a . of 121.

She was making a late second appearance at public auction as she was originally snapped up by Liam Norris of Norris/Huntingdon at 55,000gns during the December 2018 Foal Sale.

The intention of the partnership behind her was to bring her back to the market the following year, but after encountering a minor injury she was withdrawn from Book 2 and then from the December yearling sale. She also missed the July 2020 Sale when she was entered as an unraced two-year-old.

What may have seemed like a calamity at the time turned into a significant slice of good fortune as owner Ben Sangster, whose son Ollie later joined the partnership, and James Wigan sent her to train with Chapple-Hyam and she wasted little time revealing it. talents. She won twice at two, including the Group 3 Oh So Sharp Stakes, and finished second to Mother Earth in the 1,000 Guineas at her second outing at three.

She claimed a third win in the Group 3 Atalanta Stakes before securing her first top-level success by three lengths in the Sun Chariot Stakes when she comfortably reversed form with Mother Earth and also had two-time winner Group 1. Dreamloper back in third place.

Edward Whitaker

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A Saudi Arabian party from Najd Stud (top row) managed to purchase Saffron Beach at Scepter Sessions

A Saudi Arabian party from Najd Stud (top row) managed to purchase Saffron Beach at Scepter Sessions

Edward Whitaker

Bred by China Horse Club, Saffron Beach is from the debut crop of Ballylinch Stud’s rising star sire New Bay. She has been a true flag-bearer for the son of Dubawi, who will carry the 2023 breeding season at a career-high €75,000 from the €20,000 launch price Saffron Beach was raised to.

She is the second foal out of Falling Petals, a daughter of Raven’s Pass who won a Lingfield maiden for John Gosden in the colors of Princess Haya. In turn, Falling Petals is out of the Listed Infinite Spirit, making her a half-sister to seven winners, including Middle Park Stakes third Huntdown. Another sibling, the unraced Continua, is the dam of Molecomb Stakes scorer and Tally-Ho Stud stallion Cotai Glory.

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