The boss’ foray to the European sales, ostensibly for networking purposes, has already netted three fine young fillies in the U.K., and just when we thought the company reserves would remain in tact beyond that, it seems he needed a curtain call!
Egged on no doubt, by the festive atmosphere and the Gallic spirit that pervades the French coast at this time of the year, and notwithstanding the driving rain, there was a last hurrah on the second day. Sheikh Hamdan’s racing manager, Angus Gold, is a serial party-maker, but whatever he may be as a reveller, he is twice that when it comes to compulsive buying. Mick had already left for his connection in Munich, when the three year old Shadwell filly, Alkhansaa was presented under Shadwell’s banner, following two impressive recent performances at Deauville, one of France’s most competitive racecourses.
While Mr Gold’s infection for the Shadwell horses borders on the incestuous, we have to confess that this was a spectacularly attractive filly, a view obviously shared by several of France’s top trainers who were equally infatuated in the bidding. In the end, Tom Goff prevailed on behalf of a consortium of Mike de Kock, Dr Barry Clements (participation pending?), Summerhill and an anonymous European investor. She stays, this one, and her aim will be the decent South African fillies’ Features at 2000 metres plus.