Today’s yearling session at Doncaster offered buyers the final opportunity to secure a Goffs UK yearling for 2017. As had been the case at the Silver Sale in August, a son of Mickley Stud's first-crop sire Heeraat claimed top lot honours, with trainer Tim Easterby signing the docket at £20,000 to take the colt back to his North Yorkshire base, making it a terrific year for our stallion. The May born colt, described by his purchaser as "a bloody nice horse", is the second foal out of the Doyen mare Another Sunset, an unraced sister to the Listed-placed Wrekin Sunset. "He's a good sort with a great attitude, a great walk and he looks like a galloper," said Easterby, who gave Mickley Stud's son of Dark Angel a ringing endorsement.…
YOUNG TIGER, a gelding by the reliable Captain Gerrard, put in a comfortable performance in the sprint handicap at Newcastle last night and pulled clear without his rider having to move a muscle. He'd been raised up 4lb for a good success over C&D just six weeks ago and could be worth following. Well done to Tom Tate Racing and jockey James Sullivan.
We were delighted to see the 7yo Gingili winning gamely at Exeter for trainer Johnny Farrelly and owners Paul & Clare Rooney. That was his 8th win from 17 starts, and jockey Noel Fehily gave the gelding a top class ride when taking down the 3 mile Handicap Chase. Sired by our former stallion Beat All, and bred in partnership with Donald McCain, we are extremely proud of the gelding who can go on to better things. He won readily here, cruising through most of the race and producing the goods when asked to seal the issue. The 7yo is now 2-4 over fences and should hopefully find more opportunities in the near future as the ground eases. Well done to all connections.
Hard on the heels of his success last month, ALPHA DELPHINI, by Captain Gerrard, earned his 7th career win in a good-quality Class 3 conditions sprint at Musselburgh. He had beaten today's runner-up by nearly 3l at Beverley in his previous race and confirmed his superiority on 6lb worse terms than before. Great result for Bryan Smart, Graham Lee and The Alpha Delphini Partnership - well done!
European Bloodstock News have put the spotlight on yesterday's purchase of a Garswood filly from Mickley Stud, which went for 48,000gns. Trainer Mick Quinn was keen to secure the yearling for his owner Kenneth Bruce, due in part to her being a half-sister to dual 2yo winner Peggy's Angel, who is out of Dora's Sister, a mare part-owned by Richard Kent. We hope she does as well for her connections. You can read the article in our "In The Press" News section or click here.
It has been an amazing couple of days and we saw another hugely impressive sale result for Mickley Stud at Tattersalls today! Our Havana Gold colt - the FULL brother to HAVANA GREY, who was also bred at Mickley Stud - sold for 140,000gns to Karl Burke, and will join his big brother Havana Grey at Spigot Lodge. Let's hope he is another star!
Unwritten, a colt by Poet's Voice, became the third winning 2 year old to be sold from Mickley Stud to Karl Burke this year when winning at Pontefract by a massive 9 lengths! Sold at Tattersalls last year for 25,000gns he could not have been a more impressive winner on only his second start. He was still a bit green and so there was an awful lot of promise in this performance and connections must be looking forward to next year! Well done to Karl Burke too for achieving his stable's 22nd juvenile success of the campaign.
On only her fourth start, PASTAMAKESUFASTER earned her first win with John Egan steering her to victory in the 7f 2yo TBA Small Breeders' Fillies' Conditions Stakes race at Goodwood. Another win for the prolific Multiplex and a welcome win for a very "small" breeder, none other than our own Nell - also bred by Mickley Stud!!