I have been involved in the buying of over 70 horses. These have included the buying of 3 Classic winners, 5 individual Group 1 winners of 10 Group 1 races.In conjunction with Michel Zerolo of Oceanic Bloodstock I have been involved in the purchase of 3 classic winners, STACELITA, ELUSIVE WAVE and SAMITAR, which was directly sourced by myself, as well as ZAGORA, multiple Group 1 winner including the Breeders Cup Mares Turf and champion grass racemare in America. For Luca Cumani, i was directly responsible for buying ALKAASED for 42,000 guineas at the Tattersalls Horses in Training sale, who won the Japan Cup and the Grand Prix de St.Cloud.
I have also been involved in the buying of 4 individual Group 2 winners, 8 individual Group 3 winners of 13 Group 3 races and 4 individual Listed winners of 5 Listed races. This list came from a band of 15 individual horses totalling 21% of the horses bought.
For my clientele, I have targeted horses for the big festivals especially Royal Ascot and the York Ebor Festival, with the latter, part of the search for Luca Cumani to buy a horse capable of winning the Melbourne Cup as well as horses for the Dubai Carnival. Sometimes, we have failed to buy them as in the case of PURPLE MOON, who was the only selection out of a catalogue of 1700 horses. We were outbid by the eventual buyer, but, ironically, ended up with Luca and was beaten in a photo for the Melbourne Cup and was the winner internationally of £ 1,144,529.28 in the care of Luca, statistics supplied by racingpost.com. He went to the sale having disappointed in several handicaps with form figures of 120034.
I am very selective in my approach to buying, with quality rather than quantity normally being the guideline. At a lower level, i have bought horses such as AXIOM for 34,000 guineas, who was a multiple winner and beaten in a photo for a a prize to the winner of £94k at Ascot.
I have helped Charlie Egerton to buy SHAMAYOUN to win the Fred Winter at the Cheltenham Festival. I buy horses for Australia and the States. DRUNKEN SAILOR was bought to race in Dubai for sensible money, and won 2 races at the Dubai Carnival in his first two runs for Luca before becoming a Group and Listed winner as well as being Group 1 placed.
Recently in the Autumn of 2015, I have helped William Douglas, a friend of mine, to buy NANCY FROM NAIROBI, who has won three races including a Group 2 in the States as well as buying for Matty Cumani, in his new training career as a trainer, his first two winners in Australia. WEKEELA, who was bought at the Arc sale with Michel Zerolo has been placed in her first two starts in the States in two Grade 1 races.
I specialise in the top end of the market because of my contacts and where their clientele operate. That is an area that has become very difficult to execute orders sensibly for, but i do buy across the range according to the clientele and am happy to operate across the whole spectrum.