We didn’t have any joy at the Newmarket sales this week, I was at Tatts from 8am to 8:30pm Thursday & Friday and got blown out of the water on everything we bid on, 7 horses in total.
The prices were crazy and I think it's going to be a problem going forward for the UK Bidders.
Every horse I had a go at was sold abroad to the likes of Qatar & Saudi Arabia for £15,000 more than it was worth. Two middle 60 rated 3yo fillies we liked went for £30,000 plus, both were nice types had bit of size but should have fetched £20,000 each max.
A 72 rated 3yo that finished placed twice over mile four fetched 62,000gns, you couldn’t make it up.
The problem we have is the foreign multi millionaires are snapping up anything half promising or with proven form and will pay whatever it takes, these horses are then sent abroad. The ones they don't want go into bidding wars with the UK buyers because trainers have orders to fill and these horses too go for inflated money.
The prices are going up and up and it's a worry long term, the days of buying a mid 70 rated type jumps or flat for 15 grand look gone.
I’ve not had much of a look at today’s racing as I’m in need of some downtime, however Famous Kid “2:20 York” went into the notebook after Royal Ascot. The horse was going like the winner but was hampered and couldn’t find a clear path at the business end of the race. A step up in trip looks the right way to go and he should go well, priced at 9-2.
I’ve also had my normal few quid EW on Danzeno who runs in the Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket. Danzeno is much better than his form suggests and can win a big prize at some point. It’s likely he’s not quite Group 1 standard but I’ll eat my hat if he doesn’t win a Group 2 at some stage.
Unfortunately the horse is a bit quirky and can lose his chance at the start or run a little awkward and hang, however even when he does so Danzeno still runs mighty races so he's clearly got a massive engine.
Frankie Dettori takes over in the saddle today and I think this is a good move by connections, sometimes a different jockey can make a big difference as he’s not expecting something to happen before it does and just rides a normal race with confidence.
If the Mick Appleby trained runner jumps off level and Frankie get's him rolling early plus keeps Danzeno in a straight line he’ll finish close up and won’t be beaten far.
Priced at 20-1 i’m more than happy to have a few quid EW and hope everything finally comes together on the day.