Jockey Jamie Spencer has replaced Colin Keane on unbeaten Cappella Sansevero in today’s Group Two Coventry Stakes (3.05) after the colt was bought by Qatar Racing Ltd at an innovative new auction of racehorses yesterday evening.
Goffs’ London Sale in association with QIPCO, was staged at Kensington Palace on the eve of Royal Ascot and proved a phenomenal success. Of 53 horses who came under the hammer, 41 changed hands for a total of £7,915,000 at a barely-probable average price of £193,048. One highlight was a foal by unbeaten Frankel who became the first son of his sire to be offered at public auction. Paired with his mother, Crystal Gaze, the duo made £1,150,000.
A number of horses in the catalogue held Royal Ascot entries, including the Ger Lyons-trained Cappella Sansevero, who made the top price of £1,300,000. He was bought by Sheikhs Hamad, Fahad and Suhaim, Qatari brothers whose horses run under the Qatar Racing banner – Spencer is their retained rider, and therefore replaces Keane on the Ger Lyons-trained colt.
Racehorse owners, trainers and bloodstock agents from around the world were present, among them Australia’s leading trainer Gai Waterhouse, who said: “This is the sexiest sale I have attended.”
Waterhouse, who bought Café Society on behalf of Australian racehorse owners, said the four-year-old gelding would run at Royal Ascot this week from David Simcock’s yard before flying down under – he holds an engagment inFriday’s Wolferton Handicap but is thought likely to run in Saturday’s Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap.
Of other horses who are running today after changing hands yesterday, Case Statement, who tackles the Coventry Stakes, sold for £180,000, while Bwana, who was bought by Mubarak Al Naemi, the owner of Ireland’s Kilfrush Stud for £300,000, runs in the Windsor Castle Stakes.
Other horses who were sold yesterday and could run this week for new owners and in new colours are:
Regulation – sold for £80,000 – Royal Hunt Cup
Signposted – £200,000 – King Edward VII Stakes
Trinityelitedotcom – £120,000 – Wokingham Handicap
Loretta Martin – £70,000 – Chesham Stakes
Pearl Acclaim – £40,000 – Wokingham Handicap
Queen Of Power – £130,000 – Sandringham Handicap