With the first Breeze-Up in its history, Spain is modernizing its horse racing industry and moving forward.

The La Zarzuela Hippodrome in Madrid organized on Saturday, April 2, in collaboration with broker Rafael Rojano, the very first Breeze Up sale in its history. In the first release, 11 2-year-old foals and fillies were put up for sale. Nine of them found buyers, and the average price exceeded 11,500 euros. Encouraging figures are symbols of dynamism and demand from local owners.

First Madrid breeze!

On Saturday, April 2, the very first ever Breeze Up sale took place in Spain at the La Zarzuela Racecourse in Madrid. Together with a broker Rafael Rojano from the agency Stamina Turf, this auction collected 11 lots, which seems quite low for France, where this type of auction is very common on the calendar, but which is quite correct for a first and local observation. market. Thus, Spanish and French shippers, in the presence of well-known Jan Kref, made their cubs “breather” on a perfectly manicured lawn before parading the foals in the ring located in the presentation ring. In total, out of 11 products, 9 found buyers at an average price above 11,500 euros.

The circle of the hippodrome served as a ring

Contacted France Sire, Rafael Rojano explained to us the idea behind this ambitious sales project: ” Despite the uncertainty that is still being felt in Europe after the pandemic and the growing economic crisis that we are starting to face, there have been some changes in the management team of La Zarzuela Racecourse, Spain’s main racecourse, which is making changes, improvements and redesigning all of its assets in order to update them and make them more profitable, with a focus on owners and breeders, and everything related to marketing, to be more visible to the general public. The Hippodrome de La Zarzuela team and I are very pleased with the commitment of the sellers and the attention of the buyers.. »

Rafael Rojano

The maximum selling price was sold for 21,000 euros in Celso Mendes. This filly is the daughter lightning moon, a stallion who only spent 3 seasons before dying in 2020 at the age of 9. This son Shamardal is the winner of Group 3 John Guest Bengough Stakes at Ascot in the 1200m straight. Offering €2,500 to mate, Lightning Moon has also seen two of his offspring sold for €12,000 and €8,000 respectively. Stripper in front of trainer Jan Criff presented two males for Haras d’Haspel, one from Sommeraband and the other from Seabhac, i.e. two stallions from Haras de Saint-Arnoult (who was originally supposed to present the foals in this sale). First, from a good stock Wertheimer in which we find the winner Gr.1 Indonesianwas purchased for 16,000 euros by the company Anthony Ford. The second, the son of Sibhak, is presented along with the former coach. Jan Dureperwas bought for 14,000 euros by a company Rafael Rojano.

Maximum selling price

In France, Ireland and England we are used to seeing very full sales calendars throughout the year, which is not the case on the other side of the Pyrenees. Rafael Rojano explain to us: In the past there were up to 3 different auction agencies, but today there is only one auction organized by the Association of Spanish Breeders. There is a new project to professionalize this sector which will be presented in the coming weeks for the yearling/clockwork/training horse market.. This quick sale will be repeated next year in hopes of attracting more horses and potential buyers.

Dos Hermanas Hippodrome in Seville

Regarding the general situation of the Spanish races Rohano looks to the future with enthusiasm the calendar has been reformed for 2 year old horses and should certainly remain so in the future to better accommodate the opportunities offered to horses of this age, but this is still not a priority for some breeders and buyers. who seek the highest level through the traditional classical calendar. In Spain, there is still a classic type of owner who is patient with horses and expects the best from them in the future. “He haunts:” The total amount of donations has increased slightly, the Dos Hermanas Racecourse (Seville) is resuming its activities after several months of closure. The number of two-year-olds in training has also increased slightly, and as a result of the surge in sales, it is not so much the sales figures as the number of horses sold, which is an important sign that the demand for horses is holding and growing. things are going well. This is very encouraging for our Spanish friends!


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