BBAG prepares for strong international demand

BADEN-BADEN, Germany — In a special year for German racing as the country celebrates the sport’s 200th anniversary, what better way to lift the curtain on Baden-Baden’s Grosse Woche than by having the German double horse of the year Torquator Tasso (Ger) back to defend his crown in Sunday’s G1 Grosser Preis von Baden? Before that, however, there is the not insignificant matter of around 200 of the country’s best yearlings who fell under the hammer on Friday in a catalog that several potential buyers around the BBAG sales ground Thursday called the strongest of them all. the temperature.

They would certainly not be disappointed with the idea by BBAG managing director Klaus Eulenberger, who could barely walk 20 meters on Thursday without greeting someone or being greeted. Between frequent phone calls, he had a few moments in his busy day to assess the scene ahead of his company’s biggest day of the year.

“All the usual local faces are here, but there are also a lot of new faces and international faces, and we’re really happy with that and the catalog,” he said. “And it’s great for the racetrack that we have Torquator Tasso here for what will probably be the last time. [in Germany] on Sunday.”

Although this catalog is generously dotted with some of Germany’s best female families, there is a wide international range of stallions represented. Over the past three years, the sale has twice been crowned with a Sea the stars (Ire) yearling at the record price of €820,000, while last year the best lot was by the champion stallion of Great Britain and Ireland frankel (Go).

Eulenberger continued: “Over the past few years we have been happy to see two or three yearlings per Sea the starsbut now we have seven in the sale and two beautiful frankels, Wootton-Bassets, a king mana beautiful filly from Dubawi, four penultimate colts from Adlerflug, plenty of beautiful Soldier Hollows and a very beautiful filly from Le Havre.

This racing list of some of Europe’s elite sires has undoubtedly been a source of encouragement for some of the new visitors to Baden-Baden this week, including Jason Litt, Ahmad Al Shaikh, Paul Nolan, Tom Clover and Billy Jackson . -Stopped.

BBA Ireland’s Mick Donohoe is no newcomer to sales but is in Baden-Baden for the first time in eight years. He said: “The catalog is really good and now I’ve had a chance to look at the horses, there are some really nice yearlings here. Klaus and his team have done an amazing job and it’s a very easy sale to make.

International shipper Philipp Stauffenberg has brought a selected draft of four yearlings to BBAG which includes a trio that represents a departure for established breeders Gestut Honyhof, owners of the 2002 German oak winner Salve Regina (Ger) (Monsun {Ger}) , a full-sister to German Derby winners Samum (Ger) and Schiaparelli (Ger). The purchase of the late mare as a yearling not only led to classic success on the track, but helped the farm establish an important dynasty. Two of Salve Regina’s daughters, Salve Aurora (Ger) (King’s Best) and Salve Haya (Ire) (Peintre Celebre), appear as the dams of two yearlings on offer on Friday. Salve Aurora’s step-son Lope De Vega (Ire) features in lot 158 ​​and is a half-brother to two Listed winners as well as a Group 3 placed 2-year-old winner, while Salve’s daughter Haya (lot 61) is the only yearling of the late Le Havre (Ire) in the catalog and is a half-sister to the winner of the G3 Derby Trial Sea Of Sands (Ger) (Sea the stars {Anger}).

The manager of Gestut Honyhof, Simon Minch, explained: “This is the first time that we have sent horses to the sales. It’s part of the process, the owners are not getting any younger and it should give us a solid foundation for the future. We are known as breeders but not known as sellers so it takes time to establish itself in the market and we are very happy to offer three very good yearlings to start with.

Embracing the potential broodmare appeal of the filly from Le Havre, he added: “I think today we may be having a bit of an inbreeding problem and it’s important to offer something that could be a bit of a crossbreed for breeders. She is a half-sister to a Group 3 winner and the dam has a lovely filly by Sottsas This year. It is a family of producers and it is a female line that rarely arrives on the market.

“Salve Haya and Salve Aurora are both daughters of Group 1 winner Salve Regina. She only had eight foals and they were all fillies. We have the full sister of the filly from Le Havre [Salve Le Meer] and she was selected and won this year at age three.

The trio is completed by a foal from the first generation of Ten Sovereigns (lot 209) and still the only representative of his father in the sale.

Minch said of the dark brown colt of double Listed winner and placed Westfalica (Ger) (Areion {Ger}), “Family is kind of my favorite project. It’s Jet Ski Lady’s family but it was a bit quiet. I put in things like One Cool Cat and Areion, going back to the fast Vaguely Noble side of things, and it paid off. The second dam only had three foals and two of them were black type so it’s a fun family to play with.

About Gestut Honyhof’s association with Stauffenberg Bloodstock, he added: “I have known Philipp for many years and if you want to get the best, you have to work with the best. This is why we work with Philipp and we are very lucky to have involved him in our operation in the future.

Undoubtedly, the focus will be on Gestut Brummerhof’s first foal, the German Oaks winner Diamanta (Ger) (Maxios {GB}), who also happens to be the only Dubawi (Ire) yearling cataloged this year in Germany. (lot 178). The dark brown filly certainly didn’t bulk up her lines as she paraded serenely for many interested parties on Friday and her breeders Gregor and Julia Baum, who proudly display the slogan ‘The Home of Danedream’ on their sales mark, do are no strangers. to success at BBAG. Brummerhof broke the record price for a yearling by winning the sale in 2019 with a daughter of Sea the stars sold to Godolphin. Can they start again on Friday? Time will tell, but it looks like they might have some stiff competition.