The yearling sales proved to be trickier than anticipated by most and, by the end , it was clear that a reasonable major downward revaluation had taken place, especially in Tattersalls Books 1 and 3 (perhaps by as much as 25%).

Whether stallion fees will be adjusted accordingly though will remain to be seen. Certainly, few breeders can have washed their faces if they were selling in Part 3 and there were some hefty buy backs at the top end in Part 1.

LC had an ok year and all will rest on the up coming foal sales to determine if we can afford a champagne breakfast or if it is tea and toast at the cafe in Knebworth High Street on the slate!

Laundry Cottage Stud played no small hand in the finish of the Group 1 Champion Stakes at Ascot on 21/10/23.

Not only did we breed the winner King of Steel’s sire, Wootton Bassett, but we also bred the second horse Via Sistina, beaten by a nose.

Happily grandchildren, Valentina (with dad Calum) and Cameron (with mum Gina) were there and enjoyed having their picture taken with Frankie Dettori and being lucky enough to have been invited by winning owner, Kia Joorbachian to have lunch in his private box with his charming wife, family and friends

What a privilege for the kids!

To cap the day, it was daughter Gina’s husband Alex Elliott who bought the winner for Kia- his second biggest success as a bloodstock agent after buying Cheltenham Golld Cup winner A Plus Tard for the Thompson family of Cheveley Park Stud.

Leaves to be collected, hedges to be trimmed and stallions to be chosen for 2024.

More to follow post Foal Sales.