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The BBAG Yearling Sale takes place next Friday, August 31st at the BBAG sales complex just down the road from the Baden-Baden racecourse. www.galoppfoto.de - Sarah Bauer


David Conolly-Smith


Ausgabe 532 vom Freitag, 24.08.2018

This year's BBAG Yearling Sale, by far the most important thoroughbred sale in Germany, takes place next Friday, August 31st at the BBAG sales complex just down the road from the Baden-Baden racecourse at Iffezheim. With 279 lots catalogued (a small number in the meantime withdrawn) the sale starts at 9.30 a.m. and will go on all day. The sale has an outstanding record of producing classic and group race winners, often at very reasonable prices. The catalogue lists 14 winners of the Group One Deutsches Derby that have gone through the BBAG ring, not all of them sold, as for example this year's Weltstar (see below), and 43 more Group One winners.

It has been another good year for German-breds and buyers are expected from all over Europe and also from the USA, Japan, China, Hong Kong and Australia. The majority of the yearlings on offer are German-bred, there are also a number from France, as well as from Ireland, the U.K. and Switzerland. Almost all of them are qualified for the BBAG-sponsored series of sales races (17 in number, for 2yo and 3yo), and are also EBF qualified; quite a few are also eligible for French premiums. Many of them are already named, but we shall here only identify them by their lot number, as the new owners are able to choose their own name, and many do so.

BBAG manager Carola Ortlieb reports that a large number of trainers from abroad are also expected, for example Andrew BaldingMark Johnston and Ralph Beckett from the U.K., but also a large number from France. “I was in Deauville at the weekend and many trainers told me they were coming. As for the Brits, we have again chartered a plane from Doncaster (after the sales there) for the Wednesday evening, which is already almost fully booked.”

Last year's top lot was the colt Dschingis First by Soldier Hollow, sold for 500,000 euros to Hong Kong-based businessman Horst Pudwill, who already owned the Group One winning full brother Dschingis Secret. In the meantime Destino, another full brother, has finished runner-up in this year's German Derby. Lot no. 140, a filly by Wootton Bassett, who is having a good season, is a close relation. Consigned by Haras du Petit Tellier, her second dam, a dual group race winner, is an own sister to the dam of that classy trio.

Obviously one of the most interesting lots, and the one that has grabbed most of the headlines, is no. 202, Gestüt Röttgen's colt Worrick by Kamsin who is a half-brother to the two most recent winners of the Deutsches Derby Windstoß and Weltstar. They were the first two foals of their dam Wellenspiel, a daughter of Sternkönig who was only a modest handicapper but is from one of Röttgen's best families. Röttgen manager Frank Dorff, in an interview published in last week's Racing Post, explains the background. “We were not expecting great things, although her dam is my favourite, Well Known; she is however very compact, very correc t- which runs in the family – and has noticeably short cannonbones, perfect in a broodmare. You might fail her because she is quite small, and she produces them quite small.” Her first foal Windstoß was thus sent to BBAG´s lesser sale in October and was bought in by Röttgen for only 16,000 euros. Weltstar was in the main sale and was bought in for 40,000 euros, while the third foal, a colt named Walerian and so far unraced, cost rather more at 110,000 euros, but was another buy-in. Kamsin, himself a German Derby winner by another German Derby winner in Samum, stood earlier at Röttgen but has since moved to France, where he covers mainly N.H. mares for 3,000 euros at Haras d'Etreham. He is sire of On The Go, winner of this year´s “Grand Steeple”. What this colt, who like his Derby winning brothers is quite small, will fetch is anybody´s guess.

33 yearlings are half-siblings to group race winners; more than half of the whole catalogue is made up for yearlings out of black type dams. All the top German-based stallion are of course represented, notably Soldier Hollow (with 25 yearlings), clearly the best current German stallion and certain to be champion sire again this year. Sea The Moon, who is still German-owned but stands at Lanwades Stud in Newmarket, has made a very promising start with his first crop two-year-olds this year, and has 17 yearlings in the sale. While there are no products of super stallions GalileoFrankel or Dubawi, there are three yearlings by Sea The Stars in the catalogue and other top international stallions represented are the well-established Lope De Vega (4 lots catalogued), Holy Roman Emperor (3), Dabirsim, who started his career in Germany (9), Makfi (6), Pivotal (2), Poet's Voice (2) Siyouni (2), Wootton Bassett (2), Oasis Dream and Kodiac. Young and up-and-coming stallions include Australia (2), Camelot (4), Showcasing (2) and Intello (2), while first season sires – bound to attract a lot of attention- include Gleneagles and Golden Horn.

This is just a selection based on a quick perusal of the catalogue, as is the following list of some of the more interesting lots. Many lots are from traditional German families, and a good guide to the best of them can be found in the current issue of Horse Power, the BBAG magazine. All the leading German stud farms are well represented. Röttgen, for example, who were leading owners and breeders in Germany last year and certain to double up in 2018, have ten more yearlings in the catalogue, of which possibly lot 66, a Pivotal colt who is a half-brother to six winners, two of them Group One-placed, and lot 206, a Siyouni colt, the first foal of a listed winner who is a half-sister to six winners and from an excellent family, could be the most interesting.

BrümmerhofFährhof and Wittekindshof have always been big supporters of this sale and they all have the usual strong consignment. I have picked out just two from each draft. From Brümmerhof, lot 83, a colt by Gleneagles out of listed winner Norwegian Pride, the youngster is a half-brother to three black type winners; and lot  200, a Siyouni colt out of listed winnerWaldtraut, who is a daughter of Oasis Dream from the powerful “W” family. From Fährhof, lot 69, a Fastnet Rock colt who is a full brother to a group race winner and whose dam is a half-sister to the outstanding racehorse and sireLomitas; and lot 35, a Showcasing colt who is the first foal of a winning Dubawi mare from a top family. And from Wittekindshof, lot 79, a colt by Dawn Approach, whose listed-placed dam was a daughter of German Oaks winner Night Petticoat, herself the dam of two German classic winners and also the third dam of this year's Hong Kong sensation Pakistan Star; and lot 176, a colt by Soldier Hollow, who is having a fantastic season, who is a half-brother to a recent 2yo winner and is from the extended family of German champion Monsun and French champion Brametot.

Etzean has been with the BBAG from the very beginning and they have 16 yearlings in the sale, as well as another 13 as agent. The pair I have chosen are lot 76, a Sea The Stars filly out of a Group Two winning mare from the immediate family of Group One winner Meridiana (also a highly successful broodmare); and (as agent) lot 193, a Holy Roman Emperor colt out of a group-placed mare from the family of multiple group winner and now promising young sire Sommerabend. Near neighbours Karlshof also send a strong group, including lot 87. a Samum colt out of Italian St. Leger winner Parivash, who is also a half-sister to champion and sire Pomellato, and also lot 192, a Soldier Hollow filly out of a Group One winner from the immediate family of German Derby winners Samum and Schiaparelli.

Some breeders with smaller drafts include Graditz whose lot 70 (as agent), is a Gleneagles filly who is a half-sister to Group One winner Lucky Lion out of a multiple listed winner; and Stall Ullmann with lot 197, an Adlerflug filly who is an own sister to last year´s Group Two winner Tusked Wings and whose second dam is a half-sister to the great Urban Sea.

Two agents who always target this sale are Ronald Rauscher and Jamie Railton. The former´s offerings include lot 80, a Golden Horn colt out of a listed-placed mare who is a half-sister to champion Novellist, now a promising sire in Japan; and lot 186, a colt by Makfi out of Group One-placed Saldentigerin, already dam of German Oaks winner Salomina from a top family. The latter offers lot 165, a colt by Neatico out of a dam who has not only produced eight winners but is a full sister to top class racehorse and sire Lando; and the exotic lot 146, a filly by Poet's Voice whose dam was a multiple Group One winner and champion in Brazil.

Obviously it is impossible in the scope of this short article to list every yearling of interest, so apologies to any breeder or consignor whose star offerings and possible sales toppers have not been mentioned, but this is an extremely strong catalogue with something of interest to everybody and at all price levels.

David Conolly-Smith



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