Saxon Warrior Filly x Archangel Gabriel

Saxon Warrior Leading First Crop Sire at Tattersalls December Foal Sale

Demand for the first crop foals of Deep Impact’s dual Group I winning son Saxon Warrior remained strong at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale on Friday, when astute pinhooker Philipp Stauffenberg went to 280,000gns (A$529,000) for a filly offered by Norris Bloodstock.

The bay filly was bred by Chris Humber and Hunscote Stud out of Archangel Gabriel, a full-sister to Group I winner Prince Arch, who has already produced two winners. The star filly was the third highest priced filly of the sale so far and the most expensive foal by a first crop stallion.

Andy Lloyd, manager of Hunscote Stud, later explained what attracted them to Saxon Warrior, “He won a strong Guineas and I think he’s a really good stamp of a stallion. You can see some of the results he’s been getting, apart from this one, and I think he has a real chance of making it.”

Saxon Warrior had nine foals sell at this sale for an average 98,689 guineas making him the most successful first season sire by average and only just outside the Top 10 sires by average for the sale with only one session to go.

The first Australian foals for Saxon Warrior are being born this spring.