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Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale - Day Four, Thursday, October 27, 2016

Nancy Sexton brings you all the action as it happens from the final day of the Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale

  • Entries for today's final session were made through a cheaper entry system, meaning that trade is unlikely to reach the heights of the first three days. However, several arrive in good form, notably:
     
    1250) IFTITAH: juvenile dropped to a moderate mark of 50 but has won his last two starts by wide margins for George Peckham
     
    1328) HIGH COMMANDER: well-bred Teofilo two-year-old has been third on both his starts to date for Andrew Balding and Qatar Racing
     
    1347) DARIGA: a half-sister to the Group 3-placed Fergus McIver and out of Group 3 winner Danelissima, she showed promise for Roger Varian last week when fourth in a Newmarket maiden
     
    1348) SANTORINI: the winner of his recent debut, a Windsor maiden
     
    1465) QUINTEO: two-year-old landed quite the gamble when successful on his second and most recent start at Wolverhampton
     
    1502) ALFREDO; already the winner of a bumper, his rating has shot up from 55 to 72 off the back of a 12-length win over 2 mile 1/2 furlong at Wolverhampton recently
     
    Winners since the publication of the catalogue: 1224) HARDY BLACK; 1250) IFTITAH; 1271) MININGGOLD; 1307) AT THE BEACH; 1348) SANTORINI; 1355) WORK; 1359) JOHN T CHANCE; 1372) EQUAL POINT; 1393) MERCIFULLY; 1398) SILHOUETTE; 1447) BEATBYBEATBYBEAT; 1464) ROUND THE ISLAND; 1465) QUINTEO; 1495) ZIPPY; 1498) STOKED; 1502) ALFREDO; 1503) TEVERSHAM
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  • Lot 1264: ARGYLE
     
    Will join Gary Moore after selling for 25,000gns. From the good staying family of Allegretto, the son of Lawman has been placed five times for Willie Muir and appeals as an interesting dual-purpose prospect.
     
    The same figure was earlier matched by Porto Ferro, who was picked up by Dr Jon Scargill on behalf of Dan Tunmore with an eye on all-weather maidens. The daughter of Arcano has been placed three times for Johnny Murtagh, including at Dundalk since the publication of the catalogue.
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  • Lot 1314: CURRY
     
    25,000gns seems to be the ceiling so far this morning. The latest to reach that level is one of the better-bred lots of the day, Curry, who falls to Oliver St Lawrence.
     
    By Acclamation, the £58,000 yearling is the first foal out of Brownstown Stakes winner Marvada and closely related to Sunday's Premio Lydia Tesio winner Sound Of Freedom.
     
    She has been unplaced in two runs for Richard Hannon.
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  • Here's an interesting breakdown of the international involvement at Tattersalls so far this week. Note: figures do not include horses purchased through agents, which will come to light in the next few days.
     
    So far, visitors from 30 individual countries have participated, including:
     
    Australia: 18
     
    Bahrain: 24
     
    Greece: 39
     
    Israel: 17
     
    Italy: 35
     
    Kuwait: 95
     
    Qatar: 19
     
    Saudi Arabia: 31
     
    Spain: 19
     
    USA: 21
     
    Horses have also been purchased to continue their careers in Barbados, Cyprus, Morocco and Poland.
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  • Lot 1328: HIGH COMMANDER
     
    High Commander, who has shown a good level of form in both his starts to date for Andrew Balding and Qatar Racing, becomes the latest addition to Gassim Al Ghazali's stable in Qatar when selling for 57,000gns.
     
    Al Ghazali had to fight off the likes of Emma O'Gorman and Peter Harper for the Teofilo two-year-old, who has run third on both his starts at Haydock and Windsor.
     
    "He's a lightly raced colt with a good profile," said Will Douglass of Charlie Gordon-Watson Bloodstock who has been assisting Al Ghazali this week. "He's shown good form already.
     
    "It's always nice to buy off Andrew Balding and he was also bred by a phenomenal breeder [Hascombe and Valiant Studs] - he's closely related to Footstepsinthesand, who is about the most popular stallion in Qatar, he gets winner after winner out there. It's also nice he's out of a Giant's Causeway mare."
     
     
    High Commander is a half-brother to minor winner Rock Kristal and out of a placed half-sister to Footstepsinthesand and to the dam of Power.
     
    The Al Ghazali-Douglass partnership have enjoyed success this year with another former Qatar Racing runner in Flying Empress, who was bought out of this sale last year.
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  • Lot 1347: DARIGA
     
    Another off to Qatar. This time it is Abdulaziz Al Boenain who signs the ticket at 52,000gns.
     
    Nurlan Bizakov's Dariga is one of the better-bred fillies in the whole catalogue as a Medicean half-sister to Fergus McIver, runner-up in the 2009 Ballysax Stakes. Her dam, Danelissima, won the Noblesse Stakes and is a sister to the dam of Intense Focus and from the further family of Sholokhov and Soldier Of Fortune.
     
    She also showed fair ability on her second start for Roger Varian last week when fourth in a fillies' maiden at Newmarket.
     
    "She's shown ability and I think in time that she will be a very good filly in Qatar," said Al Boenain. "She's very good looking and has the pedigree as well - it's a very good page and she'll be good to breed from at the end of her racing career." 
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  • Lot 1355; WORK
     
    Work, the easy winner of a two mile handicap on her most recent start for David Simcock at Chelmsford, is set for a change of codes after selling for 34,000gns to David Pipe. The daughter of Mastercraftsman has won and been placed once from seven runs and is rated 51.
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  • Lot 1402: NATAJACK
     
    Nick Bradley, standing with Jamie Osborne, adds to his string with the purchase of this promising two-year-old for 40,000gns. The son of Showcasing was beaten only a head by Musawaat on his first and only start to date at Newbury for Tom Dascombe.
     
    It has already been a productive day for Nick Bradley Racing, with his Vona having run third in the Listed Prix Zeddaan at Maisons-Laffitte.
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  • Lot 1465: QUINTO
     
    Last time out maiden winner is bought back for 20,000gns. The son of Requinto was backed into 12/1 from 100/1 when successful on his second start, a 7f maiden, for Jo Hughes at Wolverhampton in late September. 
     
    Meanwhile, one of the more interesting names of the week has appeared on the buyers' sheets. 'Fidel Castro' was the winning bidder on lot 1430, Maer Rocks.
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  • TOP FIVE LOTS
     
    1097) HARLEM 4 c Champs Elysees - Casual, sold by Juddmonte Farms for 520,000gns to SackvilleDonald and Astute Bloodstock
     
    1028) PLEASELETEMEWIN 2 g Power - Jacaranda Ridge, sold by Kimpton Down Stables for 450,000gns to Gassim Mohammad Ghazali
     
    1149) REAL DOMINION 3 c Cape Blanco - Real Doll, sold by Park House Stables for 350,000gns to Voute Sales
     
    639) CLOUDBERRY 3 g Dansili - Clouded Leopard, sold by Beckhampton House Stables for 310,000gns to Gassim Mohammad Ghazali
     
    391) IMPERIAL AVIATOR 3 c Paco Boy - Telescopic, sold by Jamie Railton for 270,000gns to McKeever Bloodstock and Gai Waterhouse
     
    315) SINCIL BANK 2 c Hat Trick - Ascuncion, sold by Trillium Place Stables for 270,000gns to SackvilleDonald
     
    Harlem: sold for 520,000gns to continue his career in Australia
     
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  • DAY FOUR STATS
     
    Offered: 199
     
    Sold: 183 (92%)
     
    Aggregate: 1,668,100gns 
     
    Average: 9,115 (+67%)
     
    Median: 7,000gns (+75%)
     
    Top price: 52,000gns paid by Gassim Mohammad Ghazali for lot 1328) High Commander, sold by Jamie Railton
     
     
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  • CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT
     
    At the conclusion of the 2016 Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented; “In a year when the Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale has produced a Classic winner purchased for 12,000 guineas, it is perhaps not surprising to see such frenetic demand at this unique sale.
     
    "Jet Setting winning this year's Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas only seven months after being bought here is yet another in a long list of outstanding success stories to come from the Autumn Horses in Training Sale, and I have no doubt that there will be plenty more to come from this year’s sale.

    “The turnover and median at this week’s sale have both risen to record levels and the average has leapt by around 35%. Even more impressive has been the clearance rate of more than 90%, yet again demonstrating the enduring international appeal of the Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale. Every year we reflect on the extraordinary diversity of buyers, both domestic and overseas, who attend the Autumn Horses in Training, but the sheer number of people here this week has been almost overwhelming. The beauty of this sale is that it caters for every possible requirement, both Flat and National Hunt, and the sales paddocks have been a hive of international activity throughout the four days.

    “Competition at the top of the market has been particularly fierce with the number of lots making 200,000 guineas or more rising from five last year to twelve this week, but it has been the sustained demand at every level of the market which has been the real feature. Buyers from more than 30 different countries have all contributed to the success of the sale, with those from the Gulf region making a massive contribution, American, Australian and Hong Kong interests all playing their part, and prolific activity from throughout Europe with Greek and Spanish buyers very much to the fore. A huge proportion of the horses sold this week will go abroad, but the renewed vigour from the British and Irish National Hunt fraternity has also been particularly welcome and another major factor in making the 2016 renewal of the Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale so vibrant."
     
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  • LEADING VENDORS
     
    JUDDMONTE FARMS: 32 sold for a total of 2,257,500gns
     
    JAMIE RAILTON: 29 sold for a total of 1,165,300gns
     
    EAST EVERLEIGH STABLES: 50 sold for a total of 1,138,000gns
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  • LEADING BUYERS
     
    STROUD COLEMAN BLOODSTOCK: 10 bought for a total of 1,145,000gns, average of 114,500gns
     
    GASSIM MOHAMMAD GHAZALI: 9 bought for a total of 1,055,000gns, average of 117,222gns
     
    VOUTE SALES: 5 bought for a total of 842,000gns, average of 168,400gns
     
    Tattersalls welcomed buyers from over 30 different countries. Particularly active were buyers from Kuwait, who signed for 118 horses.
     
    Australian buyers signed for at least 20 horses as did those from the US. Qatari interests, led by Gassim Mohammad Ghazali, came away with 21 horses.
     
    Another 20 are destined to go to Israel while 33 are on the books to go to Saudi Arabia.
     
    Tattersalls went into the sale expecting increased involvement from Greek and Spanish buyers, and so it proved: Greek buyers accounted for 50 lots while those from Spain came away with 23.
     
    Gassim Mohammad Ghazali spent over a million guineas this week
     
     
     
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  • RECORD TURNOVER AND MEDIAN
     
    IMPRESSIVE CLEARANCE RATE OF 92%
     
    OVERALL STATISTICS
     
    Catalogued: 1,516
     
    Offered: 1,032
     
    Sold: 949 (92%)
     
    Aggregate: 25,137,100gns (+24%)
     
    Average: 24,488gns (+35%)
     
    Median: 13,500gns (+35%)
     
    No. 200,000gns+ lots: 12 (2015: 5)
     
    No. 100,000gns+ lots: 42 (2015: 24)
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