Queen Mary winner Signora Cabello is now 100% owned by Phoenix Thoroughbreds after the filly went through the sales ring at Tattersalls on Tuesday evening.
After some fast paced bidding the hammer eventually came down at 900,000 Guineas for the dual Group Two winner as the Dubai Based Investment Fund bought out partners Zen Racing. The daughter of Camacho will stay in training with John Quinn, who also guided her to an outstanding second in the Group One Prix Morny, and both the owners and trainer are targeting top level success next season.
“I’m delighted to keep the filly.” Said a smiling John Quinn immediately after the auction. “She’s a very good horse and we hope to have her back out for her first run in May before heading to Royal Ascot for either the Commonwealth Cup or Kings Stand.”
If she was to win at the either of those races it would be her second success at the Royal Meeting with the first providing a breakthrough victory for Phoenix Thoroughbreds. CEO of the Group Amer Abdulaziz described her Queen Mary success to be “as important to us as winning the Derby” in terms of international exposure and a demonstration of the Fund’s ambitions.
It turned into a busy day of purchases at Newmarket for Phoenix as they also added to their Broodmare roster. One million Guineas was paid for Invincible Spirit Mare Pocketfullofdreams, who is carrying a foal by Galileo. One sales insider was heard to comment later that the innovative fund may have made a shrewd buy given the prices paid for similar lots later in the sale, only time will tell on that.
550,000 was parted with to secure a mare by War Front, Ballet De La Reine and her yet to be born Frankel foal. Her family tree includes Arc winner Urban Sea as her second dam, which in turn means a bloodline to Gailieo and Sea The Stars.
Glade, consigned by US agents Taylor Made, was also picked up at the sale on Tuesday for 160,000. She was a three time winner in France and is carrying to Showcasing, one of the top emerging sires of last season. A daughter of Bertolini she is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Indian Blessing.
These four where added to the Monday purchase of US winner Frenzified. In foal to Kingman she is a Yeats mare and her family tree includes worldwide black-type winners of the likes of Metastasio, Truly Special, Wareed and Truly A Dream.
It been a great sale so far and there might just be one or two more added before it ends. Check on the Phoenix Thoroughbreds social media pages for updates.