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    14 October 2022

    Lot 1724: Al Wukair x Maqam

    Lot 1724: Al Wukair x Maqam

    SOLARIO RACING struck on Day 2 of Tattersalls Yearling Sale Book 3 this morning with a stunning dark bay colt by Group One winner, Al Wukair for 15,000 guineas.

    I looked at over 80 yearlings during the two days and it was always going to be difficult to get the right horse for the right money with a record 8 horses going for £100,000 guineas or more on the first day. (The previous record had been four).  This strong trade continued the trend set at both Books 1 and 2 when records tumbled.

    Having narrowed the long list down to a shorter list, as always I had vetted those yearlings I was interested in buying.  They didn’t all pass!  Any that didn’t I let go but as ever, some of them still went for good money.

    On the first day, I didn’t get a bid in until very late on when involved in a protracted duel for a gorgeous Territories colt.  At 46,000 guineas, I bowed out knowing there’s always another day.

    Al Wukair colt getting to know Racing Manager & Trainer

    Al Wukair colt getting to know Racing Manager & Trainer

    So, this morning, breakfast forgone, it was straight to the sales to crack on with some more first looks.  Lot 1724 was a gorgeous bay/brown colt by Al Wukair, who won four races from 7f to a mile including the Group One Jacques Le Marois at  Deauville.  The son of five-times Group One winner, Dream Ahead, Al Wukair was also third in the English 2000 Guineas won by Churchill in 2017.

    An imposing colt with plenty of presence, he is out of a Dansili mare, Maqam and is a half-brother to one winner from two runners and is from the family of French Derby winner, Hernando.  A good walker, he vetted really well.

    Coincidentally, the colt was being consigned by Kildaragh Stud from whom I bought Taritino last year for 25,000 guineas.  Also like last year, when only one Buratino yearling was offered, this year, there was only one Al Wukair going through the ring and I was thrilled to get him for 15,000 guineas.

    Why didn’t he cost more?

    The sire is not considered “sexy” or fashionable such as Havana Grey, whose progeny were going through the ring for vastly inflated sums.  Also, he went through the ring relatively early when perhaps some potential bidders were still in bed!

    The colt has arrived at Childwickbury Stud for a post-sales short break before going into training with Amy Murphy in December.  He is being syndicated in 1/12th shares.  Details to follow soon!

    If you wish to have a private viewing of the colt, please contact me on 01442 877 597 or email