My quest to find serious pedigrees attached to serious individuals, with the goal of becoming foundation mares for Bobby Flay, continued in Newmarket at the October Sale Part One.

We had lost out in Keeneland, to Sheik Mohammed’s representative, on the best filly in that sale. But now the ammunition loader was topped up by the sale of two million dollar fillies, and the Sheik’s Coolmore boycott was a further blessing.

My best in show was lot 318 (see below photo and pedigree). By a Derby winner, half-sister to a Derby winner, and as an individual on a scale of 10, she was an 11!


Sadly Bobby had to leave before she came into the ring on the third day. I was convinced that we had a chance, but equally convinced that it would be close. My last bid of 1,250,000 gns, authorised over the phone by Bobby speaking to Barry Weisbord, brought no response from Ed Sackville, and to my great relief the hammer fell in our favour. Phew!!

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It is a huge investment for a young man who pays his taxes to Uncle Sam and doesn’t have an oil well, a bank or a trust fund. His determination to succeed is wholly admirable.

Happily he received further encouragement that we are somewhere near the right path when his 3 y.o. filly Dame Dorothy recorded her 4th consecutive win, and her first success in a graded stake, in Belmont’s Turn Back That Alarm Stakes, Gr III on Sunday. She remains undefeated.

Good luck to all at the Breeders Cup – I shall be at the coalface in Keeneland!