Summer Front colt second highest at Ascot for Collins
Johnny Collins of Brown Island Stables enjoyed an excellent start to the European breeze-up sales season on Wednesday at the Tattersalls Ireland Ascot Breeze-Up Sale when selling a Summer Front colt for £85,000 ($115,000) to Blandford Bloodstock.
The colt was purchased privately with Schumer Bloodstock for a fraction of Wednesday’s price after failing to sell at last year’s Keeneland September Sale.
Wednesday’s sale saw him become the joint second highest priced lot of the auction.
“He’s been a very uncomplicated horse and hasn’t put a foot wrong since he came to us,” Collins told The Racing Post. “All the good judges seemed to like him and liked his breeze, he’s a horse with a great big action.
“I saw a lot of Summer Fronts at the yearling sales and loved them. I have another very good one going to Doncaster.”
The colt, who is from the first crop of the Airdrie Stud-based Summer Front, is the third foal out of Iboughtheranyway, a Dixie Union daughter of G2 Alcibiades Stakes winner Westerly Breeze.
He is set to join trainer Richard Hughes.
“In my mind he was as nice a colt as there is here,” said Blandford Bloodstock’s Richard Brown. “He did a very good breeze on ground he would’ve hated being American bred. He’s got a lot of quality and moves very well.”
Other recent highlights of the Collins – Schumer axis include Syphax, a $25,000 yearling into €100,000 2yo who was sold to Godolphin following his win in the G3 Acomb Stakes, his half-brother Es’Hail, a high-class colt in Qatar, and Spring Mile winner High Aclaim.