Garswood will be offered on the Tattersalls July Sale
It’s relatively rare for a real potential stallion to appear at public auction, and it’s an even rarer event when said stallion has just sired a Royal Ascot winner, but that’s precisely what will happen when Houghton Bloodstock offers Garswood as Lot 340 at the next Tattersalls July sale.
The son of Dutch art was an elegant performer under the care of Richard Fahey and owner David Armstrong, with his four wins including the Shadwell Stud Harry Rosebery Stakes at 2, the Bet365 Lennox Stakes (G2) at 3 and, most importantly, the LARC Prix Maurice de Gheest (G1) to 4.
After being bred and sold as a foal by Cheveley Park Stud, the operation bought the horse back ahead of its 3 year campaign and duly removed the foal to stand at Newmarket Farm for the 2015 breeding season.
Garswood spent five years at Cheveley Park Stud, from where he bred his first-crop Group 3 winners Cala tarida and Little Kim .
His third harvest gave Significantly , who helped put his father’s name back in the limelight when landing from the Palace of Holyroodhouse at Royal Ascot, and his recent good form has also included the juvenile winner’s take Foden and the elegant handicap scorer from Newcastle Hartswood (GB).
“I’ve already had a lot of calls about him from all over the world, and there are a lot of places where he could do a really good job,” said Robin Sharp of Houghton Bloodstock. “He’s a beautiful horse and a Group 1 winner who has bred group winners himself.
“He had a very impressive 2 year old winner the other day, Richard Hannon’s Foden, and obviously he had a Royal Ascot winner with Significantly. We thought he was going to get a brace when Pendleton ran into Wokingham, but his day will come soon. “
Garswood, who has spent the last two years at Haras de la Huderie just outside Deauville, represents such a rare commodity that he will be the first stallion that Houghton Bloodstock has taken to public auction.
“There aren’t a lot of these bulls that go to Tattersalls and I’ve never taken a stallion there before, but I can’t wait to sell him,” said Sharp.
“He has a great temperament, he arrived with us from France last week, and he’s settled down well. He’s a hell of a horse, he has nice short barrel bones but he’s also very strong.
“There is still a lot to look forward to with him, and he might even become a good broodmare in time in the line of Mr. Prospector.”