Buying a Racehorse
Most racehorses are bought through public auction at bloodstock sales. They can be bought as foals, as yearlings, as young two year olds which have not yet gone into training (known as ‘breeze-up’ horses as they gallop or ‘breeze’ in public before the sale), or as older horses which are already in training and in many cases have a race record.
Most of the horses Andrew trains (aside from those bred by their owners) are bought as yearlings, and Andrew and his team attend all of the major yearling sales, which happen from August to October each year. They will buy horses specifically for owners but also usually buy a few horses they like ‘on spec’ which will then be available for purchase from the yard. Previous purchases by the team include Grade 1 winner Blond Me (bought for 65,000gns), Group 2 winner Dashing Willoughby (bought for 70,000gns), Derby second Khalifa Sat (bought for 40,000gns), St Leger second Berkshire Rocco (bought for 50,000gns) and the Stakes performers Goldoni, Zanetto, Signposted, Ormito, Perfect Angel, Master Of Wine, Le Don De Vie, Symbolize and Recovery Run (all purchased for 70,000gns or less).
If you buy a yearling in the autumn it will not race until the late Spring the following year at the earliest, and many take longer to develop sufficiently to be ready to run. It can be both interesting and fun to watch young horses progress and to dream of future glory(!), but Andrew also buys older horses from the major horses-in-training sales in July and October, and/or from the breeze-up sales in the Spring. There are also other horse sales throughout the year, and horses may often be purchased privately.
If you are interested in getting involved in racehorse ownership at Kingsclere, please contact Andrew via the office on 01635 298210 (or firstname.lastname@example.org).
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