The sun finally shone during a glittering July week at racing’s HQ. Sirecam graduates ALICE SPRINGS and VERY SPECIAL provided a 1-2 (respectively) in the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes on the Friday. MV Magnier purchased the three-year-old Galileo filly Alice Springs for the Coolmore team from Glenvale Stud in 2013 at Tattersalls Book 1 for 550,000gns.
Very Special ran in the infamous blue silks for Godolphin trainer Saeed Bin Suroor. Another success for the sire of the moment Lope De Vega, this filly was bred and consigned by Ballylinch Stud in 2013 and subsequently purchased by John Ferguson for 280,000gns at Tattersalls Book 1.
It wasn’t just Newmarket that provided the winners of the week. Over the weekend, Ed Dunlop’s consistent colt MANJAAM ran away with the Johnny Brett Handicap at Ascot making it his fourth win of the season for owner Mohammed Jaber. The son of Tamayuz was consigned by Ballylinch Stud and proved to be a serious bargain, when shrewdly purchased by Charlie Gordon-Watson for only €50,000 from the Goffs Orby sale in 2014.
Earlier in the day MERHOOB missed out only by half a length in the Long Harbour Handicap for John Ryan. Jamie Lloyd purchased the lovely Cape Cross gelding in 2013 from Airlie Stud at the Goffs Orby sale for €210,000.
Trainer Roger Varian also had a great runner at the weekend with the yards very consistent gelding BARSANTI who ran a close 2nd in the Listed Silver Cup Stakes at York. The son of Champs Elysees has won 3 of his 5 starts this season and now boasts a rating of 105. Barsanti was bred and consigned by Glevale Stud and purchased in 2013 again by Charlie Gordon-Watson for 170,000gns.