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Saffron Beach arrives in Saudi Cup after selling 3,600,000 Guineas

Two-time group 1 winner saffron beach will attend the Saudi Cup (G1) after being sold to Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz’s Najd Stud for 3,600,000 guineas on November 29 during Day Two of the Tattersalls December Horse Sale . The chubby girl will stay with coach Jane Chapple-Hyam ahead of her international goal.

Badgers Bloodstock’s Grant Pritchard-Gordon went up to 2,900,000 guineas, but Northern Farm’s Shunsuke Yoshida, who apparently signed the deal before raising the final 100,000 guineas after a long deliberation, acted as the lower bidder for Saad, representative of Najd Stud. bin Mishraf.

“It’s been a great thrill and a great honor and we’ve had a nice winter to look forward to,” said Chapple-Hyam. “I think she’s waiting for the saddle to resume as she’s doing a few jumps in the parade ring. She’s in good order and she’s very supple and I believe she’s going to hit nine shots. stretched out in Saudi Arabia. You never know about the surface (dirt), but we’ll give it a try.”

Lot 1878 Saffron Beach (IRE) 2018 Ch.F.  BY New Bay (GB) EX Falling Petals (IRE) Jane Chapple-Hyam RacingNajd Stud3,600.000 Tattersalls December Sale Breeds 11/29-2022

Saffron Beach in the ring at Tattersalls December Mare Sale

She has been offered the Hong Kong Mile (G1), a $4 million prize for the winner, but Chapple-Hyam thinks the Saudi Cup will now be the main target.

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“She will rest a little now and then we will prepare her,” she said. “I’m going to have to gallop on the track really well with her, like when I sent her to the meeting at the Dubai World Cup, although we ran well in fourth place, but all the people up front. We’ve all run, so I know it.”

The trainer added: “If Northern Farm had gotten her, she’d have taken piano lessons, but with these owners buying her, I’d have one more dance — and it’s a big dance. ! I’m so excited, it’s going to be great.”

Saffron Beach’s race record is limited by winning a series of top-level events, namely Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes (G1) with 3rd place and Prix Rothschild (G1) with 2nd place. 4. She’s won four other times besides those, and her 3-and-a-half-long walk in this year’s Duke of Cambridge Stakes (G2) at Royal Ascot was her best showing on the planet. Racing Post Ratings, with a performance rated 121.

She made a late second appearance at the public auction, as she was originally sold by Liam Norris of Norris/Huntingdon for 55,000 guineas ($73,851) during the December 2018 Sale.

The intent of the partnership behind her was to get her back on the market next year, but after suffering a minor injury, she was withdrawn from Book 2 and then the Annual Sale in December. She also missed the July 2020 Sale when entered as an unrated 2-year-old.

What seemed like a disaster at the time turned into a remarkable piece of luck when owner Ben Sangster, whose son Ollie later joined the partnership, and James Wigan sent her to dig her. created with Chapple-Hyam, and she wasted very little time revealing her talent. She won twice in 2, including Godolphin Lifetime Care Oh So Sharp Stakes (G3), and finished second later Mother Earth in QIPCO One Thousand Guineas (G1) in his second appearance in 3rd place.

Lot 1878 Saffron Beach (IRE) 2018 Ch.F.  BY New Bay (GB) EX Falling Petals (IRE) Jane Chapple-Hyam RacingNajd Stud3,600.000 Tattersalls December Sale Breeds 11/29-2022

Saffron Beach in the ring at Tattersalls December Mare Sale

Saffron Beach grabbed her third win in the Betway Atalanta Stakes (G3) before achieving her first top-tier success with a three-stage run in the Sun Chariot, as she comfortably reversed the game with Mother Earth and also twice entered the group then 1 winner dreamer about third.

Bred by the China Horse Club, Saffron Beach is from the first crop of Ballylinch Stud’s rising star. New Bay . She has been the real flag bearer for Dubawi’s son, who will stand in the 2023 breeding season with a career-high fee of €75,000, up from the €20,000 introductory price Saffron Beach was multiplied by. alike.

She is the second pony in the Falling Petals, the daughter of Raven’s Pass, who won a Lingfield maiden for John Gosden in the colors of Princess Haya. Falling Petals is outside of Infinite Spirit listed, which makes her the sibling of seven winners, including Middle Park Stakes Third Hunt. Another brother, the unranked Continua, is the dam of goalscorer Molecomb Stakes and stallion Tally-Ho Stud Cotai Glory.


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