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Vanessa Ryle: Breeze-up Sales providing plenty of winners

We are reaching the end of the breeze-up sales season with the top end Arqana sale taking place this week followed by Ireland’s Goresbridge sale later this month and the sector has already provided some great success stories from the sales ring to the racecourse.

Bullet has already hit the target

This year has already provided some fine examples of swift results on the track and none more so than the Alice Haynes trained Lady Bullet who made a winning debut at Doncaster just 18 days after she was sold at the Craven breeze-up sale.

This sort of result speaks volumes for how professionally she was prepared for the sale; essentially she has been in full training, but also it tells a huge amount in regards to the fillies constitution and state of mind.

To be able to be prepared for the sale, travel to Tattersalls for her practice breeze followed by real breeze, then to be shown for a day in hand before then selling and travelling to a new location, to then settle into a new home and then go to Doncaster and win on your debut – that is no mean feat for a two-year-old filly but Lady Bullet took it all in her stride.

Royal Ascot on the cards for Queen

Omniqueen won impressively at Ascot last week for David Loughnane having also been sold at the Craven breeze-up sale for 200,000 Guineas. The filly continues to be a great success for all involved from birth through to the present.

Bred by D R Tucker, she is out of the mare Royal Blush and is by first season sire Tasleet who at the time of covering stood for just GBP6,000. Omniqueen was then sold at the Tattersalls Somerville Yearling sale for 75,000 guineas, meaning a successful pay out for her breeder.

She was purchased by breeze up master Robson Aguiar who then sent her the Craven sale six months after purchasing her. There, she was bought by Kerri Radcliff on behalf of Amo Racing for 200,000 guineas – another tasty return on investment.

Having proved successful at every juncture in her short life, she then continued on her perfect path by going to Ascot and winning first time out in what looked like a very hot Maiden Fillies’ Stakes over 5f, in the process beating another Craven breeze-up buy in Annie Maher for Michael Bell.

Omniqueen will now be entered for both the Queen Mary and the Albany at Royal Ascot and looks as though she has the temperament to match her ability which should mean she will be versatile over both and 6f. Her success story may only have just begun.

Aguiar enjoying early-season success

Both these examples showcase many of the pros of buying from a breeze up sale and it is no coincidence that both of them have come from the schooling grounds of Robson Aguiar.

Brazilian born and based in Ireland, Aguiar has made a reputation for selling breeze up horses that are fast, precocious and professional in equal measures.

The list of good horses in recent times to have been through his hands include the likes of Go Bears Go, Oscula, Summer Sands and Star of Emaraaty.

Aguiar is closely connected to the Amo Racing ownership team who have enjoyed a brilliant start to the year with their juveniles. Winners include Omniqueen, Brocklesby victor Persian Force, Newmarket winner Miami Girl and Thirsk scorer Fix You among others.

Yet, ironically, one of their smarter two-year-olds could prove to be the one beaten on debut: Walbank. The Kodiac colt ran an eye-catching second behind Godolphin hot pot Noble Style on debut at Ascot in a Novice race that was won by Go Bears Go in the same silks for the same trainer 12 months ago.

There will be plenty more Aguiar/Amo Racing graduates to make their debut over the coming weeks and one that will be closely watched on Saturday is Distinguished Lady for Richard Hannon. The Zoustar filly cost 400,000 guineas at the Craven sale and has an entry in the 6f Novice on the Rowley Mile this weekend.

Loughnane set for best tally

The aforementioned David Loughnane continues on his upward training trajectory as he hits the 20 winner mark for the year so far. In 2021 Loughnane had his best 12-months to date with 42 winners and if he continues in this sort of form then he should easily top that again this year.

Of his tally so far in 2022, four of them have been with his juveniles. They feature Chester’s Lily Agnes winner Absolutelyflawless who is now two from two and was sent off at 6/1 despite the bullish comments from Jockey Laura Pearson beforehand: “She works with the colts and works all over them”.

Loughnane has a few two-year-olds to run at York this week including Carmela, who won at Yarmouth on debut and beat next time out scorer Jungle Time in the process.

She won in decisive fashion despite still looking green and although her next assignment is a serious step up in class to the Listed Marygate Fillies’ Stakes, she looks as though she could well improve from an already impressive starting point.

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