Issue 750

5 ISSUE 750 - THURSDAY 20 JANUARY 2022 APROPOSED winter comeback for Godolphin’s Mystic Guide, winner of the 2021 Dubai World Cup, has been delayed after the 5yo Ghostzapper entire encountered a physical setback while training this winter, trainer Mike Stidham has revealed. Off since a runner-up finish in the Grade 2 Suburban Stakes at Belmont in July, after which he had surgery to have a knee chip removed, Mystic Guide worked twice last month at Fair Grounds, the last of which was a 600m breeze on Boxing Day. “We weren’t completely happy the way he came out of it. So we decided to send him up to Kentucky to Rood & Riddle, where Dr Bramlage did the surgery and is overseeing his comeback,” said Stidham. “Nothing serious, but enough to where we are in a holding pattern, where we had to slow down again and give him a little more time before he resumes his training.” The trainer expressed doubt that Mystic Guide would be retired so close to the upcoming breeding season. He said Mystic Guide, currently stabled in Keeneland with trainer Johnny Burke, would be monitored in Kentucky for the next three weeks before being further evaluated. He could resume light training there before rejoining Stidham. Mystic & Bramlage to Guide connections regarding recovery ACLASSY draft of 26 broodmares and broodmare prospects taken by Godolphin to the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale all changed hands to make Sheikh Mohammed’s global operation the leading consignor of the sale’s third session with gross receipts of $1,434,500. Leading the way from Godolphin’s consignment was the $480,000 Into Mischief mare Crowning Jewel, a 5yo half-sister to Darley stallion Street Sense offered in foal to Street Boss on a March cover. Dan Hall signed the ticket for the unraced 5yo. Street Boss, who stands at Darley for an advertised fee of $15,000, ended the day as the session’s leading covering sire with eight mares in foal selling for a total of $780,000 at an average price of $97,500. Godolphin consigned all eight of the mares. “It was a surprise that the mare made as much as she did, being in foal to Street Boss,” said Michael Banahan, director of bloodstock for Godolphin USA. “That is a pretty big number for him. He has been very successful in Australia, and I think we would have seen a different level of value on a mare in foal to him in Australia. “He has been successful here; he has a Kentucky Oaks winner in Cathryn Sophia and he gets you a nice, solid horse.” Crowning Jewel proves just that among Godolphin draft