Having a good eye for a horse is more important than ever at the yearling sales. There are always plenty of individuals to choose from with decent pedigrees, but judging these unproven and immature animals in the flesh is an art in itself.
Lillingston Bloodstock has an exceptional record of buying yearlings, including two Classic winners and a Gr.1 winning dual Royal Ascot winner. In fact, the company has bought six Gr.1 winners in recent years for an average of just £72,622 (US$113,726). The majority of these yearlings were bought at Tattersalls in Newmarket, where Lillingston Bloodstock has achieved a remarkable ratio of 13% Stakes winners to purchases.
That’s a remarkable statistic when one considers that the sales average at Tattersalls is just over 7% and that even the best stallions in the world can only manage around 10% Stakes winners to foals during their careers. Quality not quantity is the key to Lillingston Bloodstock’s success.
6 Gr.1 winners purchased as yearlings for an average of
(Winner of the Gr.1 Golden Jubilee Stakes and the Gr.2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot)