29 Mar March Tattersalls Ascot
Billy secured the top lot of the day purchasing Isle Of Jura, Lot 64 – a three-year-old bay gelding by New Approach out of Falls Of Lora for £150,000. A Record price for a horse in training at the one day Tattersalls Ascot Sale.
“He is a big raw horse with loads of promise. He was green on his first run and he needs some time but he will get that. The mare has been amazing, all her runners have been rated 95+ and she has produced two Group 1 winners. If this horse is anything like his brothers, we will be ok. He has been bought for an owner who already has horses with George. George will give him all of the time he needs. He’s a beautiful big horse. Let’s hope he’s as good as we want him to be. If he is anything like the brother (Cascadian) we should have a bit of fun with him”
Isle Of Jura from the family of Cascadian, Albahr and Imperial Empire, was previously Godolphin owned and trained by Charlie Appleby. He has ran once on the all-weather finishing respectably and looking like he has a lot to improve from. Connections are delighted with the recently acquired gelding and are looking forward to getting him started for the season ahead.
Following on from the Ascot Sale Billy was in Ireland to inspect stock that will be appearing throughout the year at various sales, first and foremost kicking off with the Breeze Up Sales. Along with sale stock inspections, visiting client farms to see broodmare bands is of the utmost importance to provide the best managerial services and breeding plans throughout the covering season.