The Queen has boosted her team ahead of the forthcoming flat campaign after it was revealed that she had made a rare foray into the sales arena for two purchases at the Tattersalls Yearling Sales at Newmarket last October, writes David Milnes.
The most expensive of the pair, a filly by Montjeu who has since been named Enticement, was knocked down for 310,000gns and is in training with Sir Michael Stoute. Even if she fails to cut ice on the track, Enticement will have plenty of stud potential as she is from the family of Pas de Response, Champion Two- Year-Old Filly of Europe in 1996, and French Classic winner and successful sire Green Tune.
Also with Stoute is Her Majesty’s second buy, a colt by Sadler’s Wells named Harvest Song, who was a little less expensive at 290,000gns. This colt is out of the Listed-placed Nashwan mare La Mouline, whose Arc-winning grandam Detroit produced Arc winner Carnegie to Sadler’s Wells.
Both were knocked down to John Warren, The Queen’s bloodstock advisor, for whom a spokeswoman confirmed, “Both horses were bought by John for Her Majesty to race and are currently in training with Sir Michael Stoute.”
Her Majesty, who won the Oaks and St Leger with Dunfermline in 1977, has had a lean time of it on the flat in recent times but is expected to have 36 (including National Hunt) horses in training in 2008.
Extract from European Bloodstock News