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Celestial Legend impressive in Group 2 win for Legend Racing

Legend Racing’s Celestial Legend served notice that he is ready for a step up to Group 1 company on Saturday with an impressive win in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes at Rosehill Gardens. The son of Dundeel, who was a yearling purchase with owner Bon Ho, took up a midfield position under jockey Kerrin McEvoy […]

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Private purchase Anisette dominates G1 American Oaks

Private purchase Anisette turned in another performance out of the top drawer on Tuesday for owner Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners when easily accounting for her rivals in the Grade 1 American Oaks at Santa Anita. It was the second Grade 1 success for Anisette following her spectacular display in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks in […]

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G1 successes headline memorable 2023

The win of Porta Fortuna in the G1 Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket in September provided a real exclamation point on a memorable year for Avenue Bloodstock. The Caravaggio filly was a private purchase on behalf of a partnership comprising Barry Fowler, Medallion Racing, Steve Weston and Reeves Thoroughbred Racing following her debut victory […]

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Land Legend impressive in ATC St Leger

Yearling purchase Land Legend made the perfect start to his Australian campaign for owner Bon Ho and trainer James Ferguson when capturing the A$500,000 ATC St Leger Stakes at Randwick on Saturday. The classy three-year-old, who kept good company this season in Britain, was set alight by jockey Tyler Schiller as the field passed the […]

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Private purchase Porta Fortuna gains Group 1 breakthrough in Cheveley Park Stakes

Porta Fortuna, a private purchase by Avenue Bloodstock in conjunction with Philip Shelton of Medallion Racing back in the spring, broke through at Group 1 level with an authoritative display to win the Group 1 Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday. Carrying the colours of owners Barry Fowler/Medallion Racing/Steve Weston/Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Porta […]

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Breeze-up purchase Letsbefrankaboutit lands G3 Round Tower

Breeze-up purchase Letsbefrankaboutit took the jump into Group company in his stride at the Curragh on Saturday to land the G3 The Heider Family Stables Round Tower Stakes on only his second start. Owned by Eamon Water’s Alymer Stud, the Sioux Nation colt made a bright start to his career for Paddy Twomey two weeks […]

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Yearling purchase Sea Theme wins Galtres Stakes

Sheikh Juma al Maktoum’s Sea Theme, a yearling purchase by Avenue Bloodstock, continued her upward curve in fine style on Thursday when successful in the Listed Galtres Stakes at York. Making only her third start for William Haggas following a wide-margin novice win at Doncaster last time out, the daughter of Sea The Stars was […]

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Anisette brilliant in G1 Del Mar Oaks

Anisette, a private purchase out of Britain late last year in conjunction with Aron Wellman, made it three out of three in spectacular style for owners Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners on Saturday when the brilliant winner of the G1 Del Mar Oaks. Returning after an impressive win in the G2 San Clemente Stakes for trainer Leonard Powell, […]

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Private purchase Anisette impressive in G2 breakthrough

Private purchase Anisette made a spectacular breakthrough into Graded stakes company for owners Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners at Del Mar on Saturday with an impressive victory in the G2 San Clemente Stakes. The Awtaad filly was returning following an easy win in allowance company at Santa Anita on her first start Stateside for trainer Leonard Powell. Sent […]

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Private purchase Porta Fortuna hands Dettori 80th Royal Ascot win with brilliant Albany victory

Porta Fortuna, a private purchase by Avenue Bloodstock in conjunction with Philip Shelton of Medallion Racing, confirmed she was a filly out of the top drawer on Friday with a brilliant winning performance in the Group 3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot for owners Barry Fowler/Medallion Racing ’20/Steve Weston/Dean Reeves Thoroughbred Racing. The Donnacha O’Brien-trained […]

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Scene set for a memorable Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot 2023 promises to be a memorable week for everyone involved with Avenue Bloodstock. We head there with several live chances, particularly for owner Bon Ho whose colours are likely to be carried by Canberra Legend, Deauville Legend, Land Legend, Novel Legend and Wonder Legend. Yearling purchase Canberra Legend looked an exciting prospect earlier […]

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Bright future for private purchase Anisette

Private purchase Anisette made an immediate impression Stateside for her new owners Eclipse Thoroughbreds on Monday when successful in allowance company on the G1 Hollywood Gold Cup card at Santa Anita. The three-year-old daughter of Awtaad was purchased privately after breaking her maiden for Kevin Philippart de Foy at Wolverhampton in late December. Monday’s run […]

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Private purchase Porta Fortuna books ticket to Royal Ascot with G3 win

Porta Fortuna provided a swift return on investment on Sunday with a breakthrough Group race score in the Coolmore Stud Irish EBF Fillies Sprint Stakes (G3) at Naas to book her place at Royal Ascot. The daughter of Caravaggio was purchased privately by Avenue Bloodstock in conjunction with Philip Shelton of Medallion Racing following her […]

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Classic aspirations for impressive Canberra Legend

Canberra Legend jumped into the Classic picture on Wednesday with an impressive success for K K Ho and James Ferguson in the Listed Feilden Stakes at Newmarket. Also impressive when winning his debut by a wide margin at Newcastle in February, Canberra Legend overcame inexperience in the Feilden to hold his position under Daniel Muscutt […]

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‘She has an amazing turn of foot’ – Papilio impressive in Appalachian

Private purchase Papilio looked a filly of the highest order when successful in the Grade Two Appalachian Stakes Presented by Japan Racing Association at Keeneland. Despite showing signs of greenness, the filly came with a storming run from the back of the field under Javier Castellano to take command and win by a cosy neck […]

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Deserved Group 1 for Arapaho

Arapaho scored a deserved Group One breakthrough during the Sydney Autumn Carnival at Rosehill when coming out on top in a competitive renewal of the Kia Tancred Stakes (G1). The son of Lope De Vega was a €140,000 purchase by Avenue Bloodstock at the 2020 Arqana Autumn Sale in conjunction with his trainer Bjorn Baker […]

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La Petite Coco est Manifique

La Pettie Coco showed a huge amount of class and ability landing her first Group One in the Alwasmiyah Pretty Polly Stakes (G1) at the Curragh last Sunday.  Coming back off a 287-day layoff for trainer Paddy Twomey, she was kept close to the pace before making her move two furlongs out.  She kept on […]

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Bipartisanship Obliges at Gulfstream Park

Bipartisanship rallied late to land her first Stakes win in the Tropical Park Oaks at Gulfstream Park on Sunday.  Settled towards the rear of the field early on, she showed an impressive turn of foot to come through a tight gap and land the $100,000 Listed race by a comfortable half length. A private purchase […]

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Finding Talent in Tatts’ Book One

There was certainly no shortage of quality yearlings on offer at the latest edition of the Tattersalls’ October Book One Yearling Sale.  We were delighted to purchase eight yearlings for clients. Lot 33 – a good-looking colt by AUSTRALIA, from the family of Champions MAGICAL and RHODODENDRON and G1 winners HALFWAY TO HEAVEN, PHOTO CALL, […]

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Going for Gold at Goffs

Great to be back at Goffs and delighted to purchase six top-class yearlings during the Orby Sale. Lot 72, a handsome colt by Australia, from the family of Classic-winning millionaire, SEVENTH HEAVEN and multiple G1 winner SOUTHJET.  He is the third foal out of winning Discreetly Mine mare Imalwayshotforyou.  He was purchased for €40,000. Lot […]

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Neptune Legend Is Out Of This World

NEPTUNE LEGEND showed a plethora of ability making all to land a competitive 7f Nursery in Newmarket on Saturday.  Sent to the front from the outset, he responded well to pressure heading up the hill to hold off 11/8 favourite Fall of Rome at the wire. An Avenue Bloodstock purchase from The 2020 Goff’s Orby […]

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La Petite Coco Makes Big Impression

LA PETITE COCO, owned by Team Valor, made another big step forward when winning the Group 3 Give Thanks Stakes at Cork on Saturday.  Sent off the 2/1 favourite, she travelled strongly throughout the race before taking the lead a furlong from home and pulling clear of her rivals by nearly six lengths as she crossed […]

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Mise Le Meas dominates at Gowran Park

After finishing an impressive third on her debut last month at the Curragh  (behind sisters to Alpha Centauri and Minding), MISE LE MEAS did not disappoint landing the 7f Fillies’ Maiden at Gowran Park by a comfortable one-and-three-quarter lengths. Sent off the 9/4 favourite, she tracked the leaders before making headway two furlongs out to […]

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Recent Winners

It has been a busy couple of weeks for Avenue Bloodstock purchases. ALMADRINA (2018 f by Australia out of Queens Park) went wire-to-wire in the one mile handicap at Brighton for trainer George Boughey and owner Ed Tynan.  Purchased for 33,000 guineas from Tattersalls October Book Three. STRAWBERRY ROCK (2017 g by Rock of Gibraltar […]

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Royal Ascot Preview

The primary aim of a bloodstock agent is to find a racehorse that has the potential to win on those big race days.  Looking forward to Royal Ascot, we are delighted for the connections of the Avenue Bloodstock purchases that are entered there, all four are conditioned by Classic-winning trainer Hugo Palmer. The Rosstifarian (2018 […]

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Finding Gold at the Breeze-Up Sales

As the breeze-up sales are drawing to a close, we were lucky to find two more exceptional individuals for clients. Lot 44 from the Tatts Ireland Goresbridge Sale.  A standout colt by the super-hot, first-season sire, GALILEO GOLD.  Bought for £82,ooo from Tally-Ho Stud, who have a propensity to produce top-class runners.  Galileo Gold is […]

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La Petite Coco

LA PETITE COCO confirmed the potential she showed on her last outing at Naas for her previous trainer, Andrew Kinirons, when winning the one mile Fillies’ Median Auction at Killarney for her new connections.  Sent off the 11/8 favourite, she took the lead at the midway point and never looked back pulling clear from a […]

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Breeze-Up Beauties

The breeze-up sales are in full swing and Avenue Bloodstock have been fortunate to find some exceptional individuals at them including two standouts from the Tattersalls’ Craven Sale earlier this month. Lot 40, a colt from the first crop of Coolmore stallion Caravaggio. This handsome colt is out of a full sister to BATTLE OF […]

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Lightning Lou Heads to US

LIGHTNING LOU has been purchased privately on behalf of Medallion Racing and Partners to head to Mike Maker the States.  Trained by Rod Millman, LIGHTNING LOU won impressively in a one mile Fillies’ Maiden at Lingfield in February.  Showing promise in her first two starts she was second to John Gosden-trained KESTENNA (rated 99 and […]

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Future Hint of Stars

Progressive, multiple-winning stayer HINT OF STARS will be heading to Australian-based trainer Matt Cumani later this year.  Avenue Bloodstock have brokered a deal for the four-year-old son of Sea The Stars from the yard of Kevin Philippart de Foy to new owners, the very successful Highclere Racing.  Winner of his last three starts for Midlands […]

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Getting To Know You – James Ferguson

James had a sensational start to his training career with 18 winners in 2020 and another four already in 2021, giving him an enviable strike rate of 22%! He graduated from Reading University with a degree in Real Estate, but he always knew his true calling was racing. James has been around horses all his […]

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Getting To Know You – Hugo Palmer

Hugo Palmer is one of the top young trainers in the UK.  Having taken out his license in 2011, he has had phenomenal success including Classic winners COVERT LOVE and GALILEO GOLD.  His 2021 season is off to a great start operating at a 32% strike rate so far this year. What is your first […]

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Getting To Know You – Joseph Parr

Joseph Parr took out his training license in 2020 and is based at Franklin Lodge Stables in Newmarket.  Gaining valuable experience working for both his grandfather, Alan Bailey, and Classic-winning trainer Ed Dunlop, he had a great grounding for his career.  Last year Joe had a 19% strike rate and is looking forward to growing […]

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Getting To Know You – Nat Lacy

Nat Lacy is a senior partner of Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Solicitors in Ireland.  He is married to Clodagh and has three children, Nat Jnr., Billy and Alice.  Nat is a part owner of Set Point and London Palladium, both in training with Hugo Palmer. What is your first racing memory?  Phoenix Park-Pat Eddery riding […]

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Virtual Illusion

With the Tattersalls’ February Sale forced to go totally online this year it provided some great opportunities for investors.  While we are all looking forward to getting back onto the sales’ grounds and the traditional, in-person auctions, Covid has created an opportunity to present professional videos and photos to international buyers and give them more […]

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Talking Stallions with Mark and Nico

As we approach the beginning of the 2021 breeding season, Mark and Nico take a look at some exciting stallions in the industry.  There are the up-and-coming sires, those that have already made it and ones that represent great value for their price. First Season Standout Stallion – GHAIYYATH Mark – “I like GHAIYYATH, he is […]

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Getting To Know You – Nico Archdale

One of the exciting highlights of 2020 was the addition of Nico Archdale to the Avenue Bloodstock team.  In the wake of Covid-19, we thought a socially-distanced-get-to-know-you piece might be of benefit. Nico, graduated from the Godolphin Flying Start course in July of 2020.  He also has a Master of Arts in Russian Studies from […]

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Two-Year-Olds Continue to Fly

SET POINT and NOMAN continued the string of impressive two-year-old winners for in-form Newmarket trainer Hugo Palmer. SET POINT confirmed the promise he showed on his debut with a commanding victory at Nottingham on October 14th.  Purchased by Avenue Bloodstock, this striking son of Sea The Stars bolted upon a hotly-contested 1m1/2f Maiden Stakes by […]

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A Strong Tattersalls’ Book Two

The resilience of the market was remarkable during the Book Two October Yearling Sale at Tattersalls.  With the gross down a minuscule 0.3% and the average down just 3% during a year that has proven challenging for many, it was great to see.  There was still plenty of quality about and we were able to […]

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Two-Year-Olds Taking Flight

The last week has produced three exciting prospects that were purchases of Avenue Bloodstock.  All two-year-olds and trained by Hugo Palmer, the three colts capped off a fantastic week for Hugo. IRISH LEGEND, a private purchase, showed a lot of ability on his debut wining by a neck over Godolphin’s Royal Touch in a 1m […]

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Top Quality On Offer At Tatts

The quality of yearlings on offer at this year’s Tattersalls’ Book One has been a highlight in a rather tumultuous year.  With the average and median both down 13% there was a rare opportunity to pick up some incredibly special yearlings, that in other years might have been unattainable. Lot 178, an outstanding colt by […]

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Finding Future Winners at Goffs Orby and Sportsman’s Sales

One thing that hasn’t been affected by Covid in 2020 is the quality of yearlings available at public auction.  This has never been more true than at the Goffs’ Orby Sale and the Goffs’ Sportsman’s Sale. Among the purchases, Lot 221, a very special Invincible Spirit colt out of the consistent, Black-type producing mare, KATE […]

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Finding Value at Tattersalls Ireland

Avenue Bloodstock continued with a busy sales’ schedule at the recent Tattersalls Ireland Sale picking up an additional six yearlings.  While Covid has posed a lot of problems for the industry this year, it is a great time to find value at the sales. Lot 9, a racey son of Camacho, this colt is out […]

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Avenue Bloodstock Strike at Arqana

It was fantastic to back in Deauville for the Select Yearling Sale.  There was a lot of quality on offer for value.  At the end of the sale we walked away with six outstanding purchases. Lot 4, a tremendous son of Galileo, sire of more than 85 G1 winners worldwide.  He is bred on the […]

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Frankel’s Kiss blows by the competition

On just his second start, Frankel’s Kiss destroyed the competition at Klampenborg on Saturday.  In the closing stages he pulled away from the field in commanding fashion to win by nearly ten lengths.  He may be aimed at the G3 Stockholm Cup for his next start. A €770,000 purchase by Avenue Bloodstock from the Arqana […]

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Three Exciting, Top-Class Prospects

The last Breeze-Up Sale of the year is now complete and with it we purchased a cracking son of Night of Thunder for £160,000, the second-highest price of the sale.  A gorgeous physical, he was very professional in his breeze and is from a stellar family to boot.  He is the first foal out of […]

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Breeze-Up Beauties

After an interrupted start to the 2020 Breeze-Up Sales due to Covid-19, we were delighted to secure two very nice individuals for our clients. Lot 137 from the Craven Breeze-Up catalogue, a beautifully-bred colt by Derby winner, Australia.  A full brother to the incredibly exciting PATRICK SARSFIELD, recent five-length winner of a hot handicap at […]

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Jack Regan Rules at Sandown

Jack Regan, a five-year-old son of Rock of Gibraltar, made it back-to-back wins after his dominating performance at Sandown on Monday.  Settled in the rear of the field in the early stages, he was pulled out wide coming down the hill and hit the front early in the straight to score an impressive three-and-a-quarter length […]

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Avenue Bloodstock Busy at Tatts February

Avenue Bloodstock continued to make its presence known finishing off as the second leading purchaser at the Tattersalls’ February Sale.  Purchasing seven lots in total, it is an excellent sale to find good value for the coming year. Among the lots purchased, Lot 153, Planetary, a lovely four-year-old filly by Sea The Stars out of […]

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Avenue Success in Australia

HIGH BRIDGE capped off a phenomenal weekend for Avenue Bloodstock in Australia after winning the valuable Victorian Owner Gold Card Handicap at Flemington.  Settled in the rear of the field HIGH BRIDGE showed an impressive turn of foot in the closing stages to cruise to victory by two lengths.  Avenue Bloodstock brokered the deal OTI […]

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Magic(al) Millions for Avenue

Big thank you to Bren O’Brien of TDN Australia/New Zealand for the wonderful article on our trip to 2020 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale in the Friday (10/01/2020) edition of the TDN. “McStay, a successful Group 1 owner and breeder in his own right and formerly Godolphin’s bloodstock manager for 15 years, formed Avenue […]

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Magnificent by name, Magnificent by nature

Magnifient, a four-year-old son of Zebedee, wins again at Happy Valley for trainer Peter Ho.  In an impressive performance, Magnificent sat off the leaders in the early stages of this valuable one mile handicap.  He took control just over a furlong out and drew clear, stamping his dominance on his rivals as he went on […]

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Pedro Cara wins decisively in Qatar

Pedro Cara, a private purchase by Michael Levy and Avenue Bloodstock, showed an impressive turn of foot to land the G2 Qatar Derby today at Al Rayyan Park in Doha. Held up towards the rear of the field, he started to make headway on the outside at the halfway mark, he was pushed on from […]

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Breeding Stock Beauties

As Arqana comes to a close and marks another successful year for Avenue Bloodstock we would like to thank all of our clients for their continued support.  We purchased some very exciting mares at Tattersalls December Sale and at the Arqana Breeding Stock Sale. At Arqana we purchased a gorgeous daughter of Frankel that is […]

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Acquitted at Newbury

Acquitted showed his impressive constitution to make it two-from-three at Newbury today on testing ground.  Sent off the 5/1 third choice, he carried a penalty for his previous victory, he travelled best throughout and held on to win by a head over Waleydd. Jockey, Kieran Shoemark said, “Acquitted is a useful colt and I think […]

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Desert Path wins at Warwick Farm

Desert Path, a private purchase by Avenue Bloodstock, scored at Warwick Farm on Wednesday over 2400m.  Settled towards the rear of the field in the early stages, he benefited from the strong, early pace and from 600m out started picking off his rivals to win by a 1/2 length. The good-looking son of Champs Elysees […]

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Top-class Tattersalls’ Book One

We were delighted to find a few gems in Tattersall’s Book One last week. Lot 90, a smashing son of super-sire Frankel, out of the G2-placed Trophee, herself a half-sister to Champion racemare TREVE.  From the family of Champion G1 winner and sire, TAMARISK and produced from Ballylinch Stud, one of the leading farms in […]

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Finche on song at Randwick

Finche, a 2018 private purchase by Avenue Bloodstock, showed an impressive turn of foot to land G3 Kingston Town Stakes at Royal Randwick on Saturday.  Settled in behind the pacesetting Stampede, Finche devoured the ground the last furlong to win by a neck, installing him as the new favourite for the 2019 Melbourne Cup. Winning […]

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Deauville Double

Avenue Bloodstock are off the mark at the 2019 yearling sales purchasing two top-class yearlings from the recent Arqana August Yearling Sale in Deauville. Lot 204, an athletic, flashy individual by Starspangledbanner was purchased for €57,000 and will go into training with Classic-winning trainer, Hugo Palmer.  This cracking individual is out of a winning half-sister […]

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2019 Yearlings Sales Preview

As the 2019 Yearling Sales are upon us, the team at Avenue Bloodstock are looking forward to attending all of the major sales, we will be present at Arqana, Tatts Ireland, Keeneland, Goffs and Tattersalls.  We have already been out assessing many of the yearlings at the studs in advance of the sales.  If we […]

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I’m So Fancy makes all in the G3 Matchmaker

I’m So Fancy secured another victory going wire-to-wire in the WinStar Matchmaker Stakes (G3) at Monmouth on Saturday.  Sent off the 9/5 second favourite, I’m So Fancy was sent to the front from the outset, settling well and dictating the pace throughout to win by a neck over 1/5 short favourite Competitionofideas.  The daughter of […]

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Fully Assembled at Windsor

ASSEMBLED got off the mark in fine fashion at Windsor on Monday night showing a good attitude and plenty of ability.  Slowly into stride, Assembled tracked the leaders throughout the first half of the race before taking command three furlongs out to cruise to a three-quarter-length victory over the Ed Walker trained, Jack D’Or. Purchased […]

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Leaving Them Breathless

SIMPLY BREATHLESS made it two-from-two for her new connections in America, rallying late to land the Grade 3 Wilshire Stakes at Santa Anita by one-and-a-quarter lengths.  Jockey, Flavien Prat, said following the race, “She’s a very talented filly, she was the right horse to beat today.  She traveled well the whole race. We had to […]

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Circuit Mission completes hat-trick

Circuit Mission completed a hat-trick for his new trainer Lee Freedman in the Class 2, 1800m race last Sunday in a speedy 1:46.73.  In an impressive wire-to-wire procession, he has stamped himself as one of the leading horses in training in Singapore. Purchased at the Goffs’ UK Goodwood Horses in Training Sale last year by […]

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Breathless in California

SIMPLY BREATHLESS makes her US debut a winning one landing the Golden Poppy Stakes at Golden Gate Fields for new trainer Neil Drysdale.  After breaking well, she settled mid-division before going three wide turning into the stretch and quickened to take the lead in the closing stages to cruise to victory over odds-on favourite Zaffinah. […]

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Craven Breeze-Up Purchases

Avenue Bloodstock purchased two exciting prospects at the recent Craven Breeze-Up Sale at Tattersalls. Lot 58 – a gorgeous son of Oasis Dream out of the two-year-old Stakes-winning mare, CLENOR.  This exciting colt is from the family of 2018 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner LINE OF DUTY and G1 winner CAMBINA and will go into […]

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MAGNIFICENT LIVES UP TO HIS NAME AT HAPPY VALLEY

Magnifient a four-year-old son of Zebedee, gets off the mark at Happy Valley for trainer Peter Ho.  In an impressive performance, Magnificent led from the outset of the race before being challenged in the closing stages. He kept on well and showed a great constitution staying on well to dead-heat with John Moore charge Encouraging. Magnificent […]

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Great Acclaim for first-season sire Aclaim’s first foals

First foals have been arriving for G1 winner Aclaim and have been wowing those in the industry.  What have they been saying? “We were thrilled with our Aclaim foal.  She has loads of quality, presence and great limbs.  We will definitely be using him in 2019.”  – Ed Player, Whatton Manor Stud “Aclaim has stamped […]

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Dream Today Gives Good Cause To Dream Ahead

Dream Today landed the six-furlong, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi World Class Healthcare Cup at Meydan on Thursday.  A shrewd purchase by Avenue Bloodstock for 90,000 guineas on behalf of Jamie Osborne at the 2018 Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale, he was having his first start for his new connections, Melbourne 10 Racing.  Sent off […]

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Top-Class Yearlings from Goffs and Fairyhouse

We had a successful couple of sales in Ireland, purchasing a total of seven yearlings for clients at Goffs and Fairyhouse.  They are a great group, with pedigrees to match their outstanding physicals. Among the purchases, include a gorgeous-looking half-sister to G3 winner MULAQAT by Teofilo, an Animal Kingdom colt that is out of an […]

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Powerful Performance from Ours Puissant

Avenue Bloodstock breeze-up purchase, OURS PUISSANT, gets off the mark in impressive fashion for trainer Hugo Palmer at Kempton in a hotly-contested 2yo Novice at Kempton last night.  Jockey James Doyle sent OURS PUISSANT to the lead from the get go, he travelled well throughout and drew clear in the final furlong to record an […]

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Getting to know you….. with Avenue Bloodstock Agent Mark McStay

Find out more about Avenue Bloodstock Agent Mark McStay as he gives us the low down on a few of his favourite things as well as a horse, trainer and jockey to follow and some sage words from Mark Twain. . . Who is your favourite racehorse? Covert Love, I bred her and she won […]

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Avenue get off the mark at Arqana as the yearling sales season gets underway

As the yearling sales season got into full swing in Deauville last week Avenue Bloodstock made their mark at the Arqana sale. John Ferguson, Mark McStay and Dick O’Gorman were all in attendance at the sale and the Avenue team came away with three pleasing purchases and found good value from a very competitive sale. […]

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Delving into Harry Angel

John Ferguson of Avenue Bloodstock is well known for his skills as a Bloodstock Agent and he has made many outstanding purchases during his career, one of his most notable acquisitions must be that of Champion Sprinter Harry Angel. By Dark Angel and out of a Cadeaux Genereux mare, Harry Angel has proven himself to […]

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Summer News from Avenue Bloodstock

It has been a busy and productive summer so far for the Avenue Bloodstock team as they have continued to expand their global client base, making some significant bloodstock purchases. Most recently Avenue were successful at the inaugural Goffs UK Goodwood Sale when purchasing Lot 8, Curiosity, to go to Singapore. Curisoity, a dual winner […]

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A look at Covert Love

Superstar Filly, Covert Love, was a huge success story for Avenue Bloodstock’s Mark McStay as both an owner and breeder. McStay was one of the partners in Sommerville Bloodtsock who bred Covert Love in Ireland. One of the last crop of foals to be sired by Azamour and out of Hawk Wing mare, Wing Stealth. Covert […]

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Racehorse Purchasing Advice

Buying your first racehorse can be an exhilarating experience. But there are numerous things to think about before the hammer falls in the auction ring, and you part with any cash. It is always a good idea to use a professional to help you make your selection. A good Bloodstock Agent will provide you with […]

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Dick O’Gorman’s Career in Bloodstock

With nearly 50 years of experience in the bloodstock industry Dick O’Gorman is one of the most recognisable and respected figures at the sales ring.  Dick O’Gorman’s bloodstock career began in the 1970’s when he started working for Newmarket Bloodstock Agency.  During his time there O’Gorman was responsible for the purchase of many top class […]

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Mark McStay’s Career in Bloodstock

Mark McStay has been described by his Avenue Bloodstock colleague, John Ferguson , as “a walking encyclopaedia on pedigrees” and it is no wonder as McStay’s bloodstock education in the thoroughbred industry started at the earliest opportunity when growing up on his family’s Oaklawn Stud.  Privately run by Mark’s parents, John and Clodagh McStay, Oaklawn […]

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John Ferguson’s Career in Bloodstock

John Ferguson’s bloodstock journey was one with many twists and turns. He was set on a course to becoming one of the most respected leaders in the bloodstock world from a young age having spent his childhood and teenage years immersed in the Pony Club and the hunting field.

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Avenue Bloodstock Strike in Deauville

As the 2018 Breeze Up Sales begin to wind down, Avenue Bloodstock struck again with the purchase of Lot 144 at the Arqana Deauville Breeze Up Sale for €770,000 on behalf of a new client. A sensational son of leading sire Frankel, the colt is a half-brother to G1 winner BACKSEAT RHYTHM. With regards to […]

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Breeze Up Sales

The newly established Avenue Bloodstock, comprised of industry professionals John Ferguson, Mark McStay and Sam Haggas is off the mark at the 2018 Breeze-Ups purchasing two top-class individuals at the Tattersalls Ireland Ascot Breeze-Up Sale and the Goffs UK Doncaster Breeze-Up Sale. The athletic Dark Angel filly purchased at Ascot is from the family of […]

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Aclaim To Stand At The National Stud for 2018

Well-bred four-year-old Aclaim, whose form reached a new peak with victory in the G1 Prix de la Forêt was retired to the National Stud in Newmarket for the 2018 season.

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