Michael Bell was surprised when the decision to send Bookmark, to the sales was made by her connections, given “her career is only just getting going now. Her pedigree is cherry ripe to come into its own,” according to Michael Bell.
On hearing the news of the impending July sale of Bookmark, a filly by New Approach and bred by HM The Queen; Michael, rightly, checked with connections whether he was okay to buy the filly back, should the fact that she was being sold ‘without reserve’ mean that she was making less than he felt she was worth, at the July Sale’s auction. At 12,000gns, this is precisely what occurred and Michael bought her back and offered her to us. He explained the potential scenarios afoot for us:
Scenario 1 - “A Summer of fun and a profit”
Having found the going too easy underfoot on handicap debut last time, and having been dropped to a, hopefully, lenient 62, there is a fair amount of wiggle room in her mark. She ought to be up to winning one, two or three handicaps as she steps up in trip. A 10lbs or 12 lbs rise with 3 wins would see her multiply some two or three times the value we’ve acquired her for. We would present her for sale at either the October or February Sales, a multiple winner, where breeders and/NH trainers would be most interested in her, to around a potential 30-40,000gns.
Scenario 2 - “Levels you devils”
She races around half a dozen times and wins a small race and goes close too, in a further contest or two. Rated in the mid-sixties, fit, well and healthy, she’d sell in October or February for in the region of 10-15,000gns having earned around £5000 ish, in prize money between now and then. A few nice days out and a shout or two of excitement, could bring about what you’d describe as “a par score”, or “levels you devils” outcome.
Scenario 3 - “A bit of a disappointment”
She doesn’t progress and merely places or fails to place much more, even up in trip, or down in grade. We would sell her at the October Sales for less than we paid, i.e., circa 5-6,000gns.
Obviously, scenario 1 would be our preferred, but given we do not possess a crystal ball, it’s impossible to say how accurate the Derby and Oaks winning, master of Fitzroy House Newmarket’s, predictions will be. However, it ought to prove thoroughly exciting, finding out.
Here she is walking at Michael's Fitzroy House Stables:
In conclusion, Bookmark, offers her new owners, a short term to medium involvement, with a potential upside and a low-risk downside too.
A Summer’s romance with BOOKMARK awaits!