The November Goff’s Mares Sales had a big Indian
representation, with as many as 130 mares in foal to
fashionably bred stallions being bought
enthusiastically by Indian breeders. Kunigal Stud Farm
which has a host of Derby winning mares among the list
of its broodmares has been steadily building up the
stock by buying regularly at the Goff’s Mares Sales.
The Goff’s Mares Sales has been a favourite of Indian
breeders; with a number of horses bought there in
recent times producing classic winners in India. In
keeping with the policy of broad-basing its stock, the
Kunigal Stud Farm bought four more mares in last
year’s sales and the mares have since arrived at the
stud farm. Zeyn Mriza and Dr John Weld, who was
primarily responsible for setting up the URBB’s
breeding operations after the Kunigal Stud Farm came
under its wing, selected the purchases. The mares have
been bought keeping in mind the fact that the son of
Danehil, Admiralofthefleet is likely to join the stud
farm as a stallion at the end of his racing career.
The four-year old is currently racing in Dubai. The
focus has also been to ensure that speed rules the
pedigree influences in keeping with the needs of
Indian racing which is mostly oriented towards
The following were the mares bought at Goff’s:
Alnasreya is a young winning daughter of Machiavellian – out of a Green Desert. The mare is beautifully
confirmed and is a half-sister to Gr 1 winner.
Machiavellian is a leading broodmare sire and is also
a full brother to the dam of Admiralofthefleet which
is a stallion prospect of Kunigal Stud Farm. The son
of Danehill who is owned by Dr Vijay Mallya is a
four-year old and he is currently racing at Dubai.
According to Dhun Kothavala, a noted pedigree expert,
Alnasreya is the best mare purchased among the host of
purchases by Indian breeders.
The second mare, Samra Middle East, is the young
winning daughter of Marju out of a Machiavellian
mare. Winner at two and placed, she was rated 100 and
performed at Gr.1 level in France though unplaced
[6th]. She comes from a good tail line. Her third dam
is Ribbon, the dam of Risen Star.
Hindalguia is a Gr 3 winner and Gr 1 placed. She had a
Time Form rating of 114 and earned almost $100,000 in
stakes. Hindalguia is an attractive mare by Barathea
and she is in bred to Somethingroyal through two
brothers Secretariat and Sir Gaylord. The dam of
Hindalguia is a Gr 2 winner and 2nd dam, Gr.1 winner.
The fourth mare purchased was My Hansel. She is a
winner at 2 & 3, Gr.1 Placed from only 6 starts. She
is an attractive and well conformed mare by Hansel
[Mr. Prospector line] out of a Rousillon mare [top
broodmare sire]. She is a half-sister to multiple Gr.