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Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale - Day Three, Wednesday October 26, 2016

All the action live from the third day of the Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale brought to you by Nancy Sexton

  • Updates don't come much better than that belonging to Pleaseletmewin. Already a desirable commodity as a hardy, quick two-year-old who goes on a variety of ground, he added significantly to his value on Saturday when the impressive winner of the Horris Hill Stakes at Newbury for Ralph Beckett.
    Connections have resisted the temptation to withdraw the Power gelding and today he will take his place as lot 1028. Adding further attraction is the fact he will sell with an entry in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita.
    Other standouts include:
    808) MASONBROOK LADY: a winning sister to current high-class two-year-old Salouen, placed in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere and Racing Post Trophy since the publication of the catalogue. Another half-sibling, Madernia, has also been Listed-placed
    919) PALAWAN: a smart sort on his dam who ran third in last year's Champagne and Vintage Stakes, he most recently ran third in a 7f handicap at Ascot
    923) MR SCARAMANGA: useful juvenile has been placed in the Superlative and Washington Singer Stakes this year
    984) DIAMOND GEYSER: part of a powerful draft from Luca Cumani's, he ran out the easy six-length winner of his last start, a 1m4f handicap at Kempton
    1013) ABOVE N BEYOND: Listed-placed colt was recently the winner of a Haydock handicap for Tom Dascombe and now has a rating of 103 as a result
    1042) PEARL SECRET: the Temple Stakes winner and Group 1-placed. He also holds an entry in the Tattersalls December Sale
    1050) HUNTLAW: progressive gelding has won three of his last five starts for John Gosden and comes into the sale with a rating of 95
    1061) INDY CASS: Listed-placed gelding was the winner of Chantilly handicap on Arc day 
    1064) MOVING: a beautifully-bred War Front half-brother to Pathfork, he got off the mark recently over a mile in France
    1070) LAURENCE: useful handicapper scored in the opening 1m2f handicap at Doncaster on Saturday. Third home that day was American Artist, lot 1117
    1071) SHAKOPEE: bought for 170,000gns here two years ago, the gelding recently landed his third race, a good handicap at Wolverhampton. Now rated 97
    1079) PREDILECTION: part of a strong draft from Juddmonte, he has been Listed-placed on the all-weather and provided Frankie Dettori with his 3000th winner earlier this year
    1084) CONVEY: has overcome a list of problems to develop into an useful performer. A Listed winner, he has also been placed at Group 3 level
    1097) HARLEM: smart dual winner won the Listed Prix Frederic de Lagrange and has been Group 2-placed
    1100) EPICURIS: the 2014 Criterium de Saint-Cloud winner
    11480 ORMITO: second in the Geoffrey Freer Stakes in August, he later wasn't disgraced when seventh in the St Leger
    1172) SPEED COMPANY: highly regarded by John Quinn, this three-year-old bounced back to form on Friday when successful at Doncaster
    1173) LORD BEN STACK: has the potential to appeal to wide range of buyers as a classy handicapper who is effective over 1m4f. The recent winner of a 1m4f handicap at Haydock, he now has a rating of 102
    Winners since the publication of the catalogue: 840) FREE PASSAGE; 878) WAKAME; 879) SWEDISH DREAM; 949) SOUTHERN GAILES; 967) SHYPEN; 984) DIAMOND GEYSER; 1013) ABOVE N BEYOND; 1051) RAINBOW REBEL; 1058) SIR RASTON; 1061) INDY CASS; 1064) MOVING; 1067) ARCHERY PEAK; 1070) LAWRENCE; 1071) SHAKOPEE; 1072) CRYPTIC; 1080) EXOTERIC; 1081) WITHHOLD; 1168) IRISH OPTIMISM; 1172) SPEED COMPANY; 1173) LORD BEN STACK; 1199) JAMEERAH; 1212) ROYAL REEF; 1215) RED PALADIN; 1220) EQUISTAR
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  • Lot 862: MASARZAIN
    Winning three-year-old is one of the highlights of a moderate opening hour, selling out of the Shadwell draft for 27,000gns to James Given and Stroud/Coleman. The Kodiac gelding won at Catterick on his penultimate start for Owen Burrows.
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  • Lot 878: WAKAME
    The ring briefly bursts into life with the sale of this tough gelding to Oliver St Lawrence for 50,000gns.
    Sold by The Castlebridge Consignment for trainer Ed de Giles, the three-year-old son of Kodiac has won three of his last four starts over a mile and now boasts a rating of 80.
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  • Lot 885: CLAIM THE ROSES
    65,000gns isn't enough for multiple winner Claim The Roses to change hands. The son of Speightstown has won four times for Ed Vaughan over 6-7f and is rated 90.
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  • Lot 923: MR SCARAMANGA
    Classy two-year-old will join Robert Moss' burgeoning string after selling to his trainer Simon Dow for 90,000gns.
    Moss bought several yearlings at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale during the same week that his promising two-year-old Chica De La Noche broke her maiden at Kempton.
    "Mr Moss has been an absolute inspiration to my Epsom yard," said Dow. "It all started when had a share in a horse with me. Then he decided to steer his own ship and have his own horses, and we've bought a whole range of horses this year - yearlings, two-year-olds etc. 
    "This horse could do all sorts of things - go to Dubai or run on the all-weather. But we'll get him back home first, let him settle in his new environment and see where we are before we make any plans. He's by a sire [Sir Percy] who gets plenty of good older horses and he's a good-looking, well balanced horse."
    Mr Scaramanga was trained by Richard Hannon to win his second start at Brighton, after which he acquitted himself well at a higher level, notably when second in the Washington Singer Stakes and third in the Superlative Stakes.
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    Recent wide-margin Kempton winner tops the first draft of horses through from Luca Cumani's when selling for 55,000gns to Paul Webber.
    Cumani is invariably well represented at this sale and this year is no different. However, the yard will be particularly well represented tonight, when a stronger draft of horses includes the likes of Al, Laurence and Shakopee.
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  • Lot 994: DUTCH LAW
    Anthony Stroud's productive week continues with the purchase of this classy miler for 150,000gns out of Hughie Morrison's yard.
    A four-time winner whose successes for breeder Raymond Tooth include the Albert Bartlett Handicap at Ascot in September, he is set to join Treasury Notes, Bravo Solo, Azraff and Twin Sails on the trip to Dubai. 
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  • Lot 1013: ABOVE N BEYOND
    In line to become another high-profile addition to the Dubai Carnival as Anthony Stroud, standing with Simon Crisford, outbids a number of international buyers at 230,000gns.
    Trained by Tom Dascombe, the attractive son of Exceed And Excel ran second in the Doncaster Stakes last year before showing fair form off a lofty rating during the spring. He subsequently passed through the Goffs London Sale, where he was 'sold' for £160,000, and most recently won a competitive handicap at Haydock.
    "Horses have to be rated at least 98 to run at the Carnival," said Stroud, making his fifth purchase. "So that limits the number of horses you can look at. Then they've got to pass the vet, which is crucial, so a lot fall by the wayside."
    Stroud admitted that purchases are down on previous years. He said: "I don't think there's the number of horses available here as in previous years - we've bought five so far this year, sometimes we've bought eight, in other years as many as 12. We always buys a few at the Arc Sale as well but only got one this year. I do think the numbers are down but of course, a number are sold privately as well."
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    Saturday's Horris Hill Stakes winner was introduced as the 'star of the show' by auctioneer John O'Kelly and doesn't disappoint, selling for 450,000gns to champion Qatar-based trained Gassim Al Ghazali for 450,000gns,
    Alex Elliott, who bought the gelding as a yearling for £36,000, bid hard on behalf of undisclosed American interests (he sold with an entry in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf) while Charlie Gordon-Watson was another to show interest. However, they were unable to match the spending power of Gassim Al Ghazali, who has now spent close to a million guineas on eight horses so far this week.
    “I’m very happy to buy this horse. When I came from Qatar I had it in my mind that if this horse wasn’t withdrawn he’d be coming back with me. The owner, Sheail Al Kuwari - the leading owner in Qatar, told me there was no limit on what I should spend to buy this horse and that I had to bring him back with me. We’ve had our eye on him for three or four weeks now and it was just a case of whether or not he’d be withdrawn.”
    Ghazali was unsure whether the Breeders’ Cup entry would be taken up, saying: “I’ll speak to the owner tonight.”
    He added: “A bigger problem for me is the number of withdrawn horses. When I come from my country to buy the best horses in the auction and tell my owners I’ll get them a horse, sometimes I can’t buy an owner any horse as they’re withdrawn at the last minute.”
    The son of Power has run seven times for Ralph Beckett this year. After finishing fourth on his debut at Goodwood, he narrowly broke his maiden at Wolverhampton and later added to his haul when successful in a hot nursery at Newmarket's July meeting. He was stepped up to Group company thereafter and wasn't disgraced when fourth behind War Decree in the Vintage Stakes. He was probably too fresh when down the field in the Autumn Stakes off a break and went on to prove that running wrong on Saturday when the authoritative winner of the Horris Hill Stakes at the expense of Kings Gift.
    A versatile sort, he has won on good to firm, good to soft and the all-weather.
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  • Lot 1036: STRATUM
    Is set to join Willie Mullins after selling for 160,000gns to Harold Kirk. 
    The three-year-old has made steady progress over a trip this year for John Gosden, winning his maiden by eight lengths when sent over 1m2f in August before running two close seconds over 1m4f at Windsor and Kempton. 
    “He was recommended by John Gosden, who we’ve been very lucky buying from in the past having got Nichols Canyon and Thomas Hobson from him," said Kirk. "He’ll go jumping for a season and then we’ll run him on the Flat again next year. He stays very well and we’re hoping he might make up into a Melbourne Cup type.”
    He was sold today by the Castlebridge Consignment on behalf of his breeder Al Asayl Bloodstock.
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  • Lot 1070: LAURENCE
    Laurence, who won a good 1m2f handicap at Doncaster on Saturday, is set to continue his career in Saudi Arabia after selling to representatives of Prince Sultan bin Mohammed for 200,000gns.
    Prince Sultan bin Mohammed paid 260,000gns for Listed winner Hawke on Monday and 65,000gns for multiple winner Huntlaw (1050) earlier today.
    Plans will most likely include a crack at the King's Cup.
    The Fittocks Stud-homebred, a four-year-old son of Dubawi, has won three races for Luca and Sara Cumani and over £55,000 in prize-money.
    Meanwhile, one of the best bred colts of the day, Phidian (1065), will take up stud duties in Pakistan after selling for 11,000gns to Oliver St Lawrence. The unraced Galileo colt is out of champion Divine Proportions and a half-brother to Group 3 winner Eightfold Path.
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  • Lot 1010: EXOTERIC
    This year's Juddmonte draft is generally regarded to be one of the best collections of horses in training that the operation have sent to auction, and it doesn't take long for the six-figure barrier to be broken, with the second lot through the ring, triple winner Paling, realising 110,000gns to Kam Sum Ho.
    Next in was the Listed-placed Predilection - Frankie Dettori's 3,000th winner - who sold for 80,000gns to SackvilleDonald.
    The current star of the draft, however, is three-time scorer Exoteric, the three-length winner of a 1m2f handicap at Windsor on his most recent start for Charlie Hills. Now rated 90, the gelding is unbeaten since stepping out of maiden company and boasts a rating of 90.
    Guy Mulcaster, acting on behalf of Australian trainer Chris Waller, struck the winning bid at 180,000gns. 
    "I enjoy buying Juddmonte horses," he said, alluding to the success he has enjoyed with former graduates, among them subsequent Group 1/2 winners Stand To Gain, Foreteller and Permit. "They're very transparent when it comes to selling so you know exactly what you're getting.
    "This horse stays well - we've got enough sprinters in Australia so it's good to get some stamina!"
    It also can't hurt that Exoteric is a son of Champs Elysees, whose brother Dansili has fared so well with a small pool of runners in Australia. Representatives include the aforementioned Foreteller and Permit.
    He is Waller's ninth purchase of the week. Last year, their purchases included McCreery, who bids for Group 1 glory at the weekend.
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  • Lot 1084: CONVEY
    The Juddmonte draft rolls on in front of a packed ring. Tony Bloom went to 170,000gns for Withhold, a recent winner of a two mile handicap for Charlie Hills after fending off the attentions of Tom Malone among others.
    Listed winner Convey, meanwhile, will race on in Europe for a Hong Kong-based owner after selling for 130,000gns to Rupert Pritchard-Gordon.
    Pritchard-Gordon had to fight off the likes of Jamie Osborne for the colt, who has overcome various ailments during his career to win the Pomfret Stakes and run second in the John Of Gaunt Stakes for Sir Michael Stoute.
    "He'll race on in Europe but I'm not sure of the exact training plans," said Pritchard-Gordon. "He looks like a horse who could be kept going for the beginning of next season - there are a number of valuable races in the spring that could suit and he could probably go on the all-weather too."
    The four-year-old Dansili colt is a three-parts brother to Group 3 winner Stronghold and half-brother to Listed winner Take The Hint.
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  • Lot 1097: HARLEM
    New top lot as Alastair Donald outbids Tom Malone, standing with Joe Tizzard, at 520,000gns for this high-class stayer. Donald was signing in conjunction with Louis le Metayer's Astute Bloodstock.
    A career in Australia with David Hayes now beckons.
    The four-year-old Champs Elysees colt won the Listed Prix Frederic de Lagrange last year and returned this season to run placed in the Prix d'Hedouville and Grand Prix de Chantilly for Andre Fabre. He was also beaten less than four lengths in the Grand Prix de Paris.
    "He is for a Hong Kong-based client, who is determined to win the Sydney Cup," said Donald. "I bought Spillway for the client and he won the Australia Cup for David Hayes."
    Le Metayer added: "He is a beautiful horse who is lightly raced. His form also ties in with Grey Lion, who was second in the Geelong Cup, so that's strong."


    He is the sole winner to date out of Casual, a winning Nayef relation to Trade Fair and Silver Touch.
    Meanwhile, Willie Mullins has gained another high-profile recruit in Epicuris, the winner of the 2014 Criterium de Saint-Cloud. 
    The son of Rail Link was widely fancied for the Derby following that performance and did indeed head to Epsom the following June - but only after French officials denied Criquette Head-Maarek's request for equine behaviourist Nicolas Blondeau to assist with loading the quirky gelding in the Prix du Jockey Club (he had previously refused to load for the Prix Greffulhe). In the event, Epicuris ran creditably in fifth behind Golden Horn.
    Epicuris has run three times since and was Listed-placed earlier this season.
    "He'll go jumping but could head back on the Flat after that," said Kirk. "Sometimes jumping can sweeten up those horses and he's got the talent to one day become a Melbourne Cup horse. He's a classy horse and if we can get him to click, he'll be grand. He's a gorgeous horse too."
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  • Lot 1107: JORVICK
    The next Juddmonte horse to light up the ring is Jorvik, a dual French winner for David Smaga who sold for 220,000gns to Ted Voute. The son of Mizzen Mast has shown the ability to act on Fibresand, which will stand him in good stead for a career abroad.
    Voute also later signed at 175,000gns for Absolute Zero (1118), a dual winner for Roger varian this term.
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  • With a day and bit of selling still to go, the turnover has surpassed the entire total for 2015.
    So far, 761 horses have been sold (for a 91% clearance rate) for a total of 20,876,000gns. The average of 29,866gns is up an impressive 52% from 2015.
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  • Juddmonte draft stats:
    Sold: 32
    Aggregate: 2,257,000gns
    Average: 70,547gns
    Median: 29,000gns
    Top price: 520,000gns.
    No. 100,000gns+ lots: 8
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  • Lot 1149: REAL DOMINION
    Following an opening bid of 100,000gns - if only more of the expensive lots were like that - this dual winner sells for 350,000gns to Ted Voute, signing on behalf of Prince Faisal bin Khalid.
    Prince Faisal bin Khalid has horses in Europe with Andre Fabre but this horse is set to join his string in Saudi Arabia, where the King's Cup will hopefully be a likely objective.
    Trained by Andrew Balding, Real Dominion has won on the Polytrack at Kempton and over 1m4f at Ascot this year. The son of Cape Blanco - for whom he must be one of the most accomplished performers - has provided a fine return on investment given he cost 60,000gns as a yearling.
    Voute bought subsequent Saudi Group 1 winners Teletext and Smoking Sun at public auction in Europe for the Prince and is hopeful that this colt can scale similar heights.
    "We've been tracking him all year," said Voute. "He'll ship out there in two weeks and hopefully he'll be a type for the Kings Cup."
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  • Lot 1178: PERCY STREET
    Listed-placed son of Sir Percy is snapped up out of Karl Burke's yard by Highflyer Bloodstock to join Nicky Henderson at 160,000gns. 
    Later on, it was the turn of recent Criterium de Vitesse third Rainbow Mist to take centre stage when selling out of Ann Duffield's yard for 100,000gns to Stuart Williams.
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    1097) HARLEM 4 c Champs Elysees - Casual, sold by Juddmonte Farms for 520,000gns to SackvilleDonald and Astute Bloodstock
    1028) PLEASELETMEWIN 2 g Power - Jacaranda Ridge, sold by Kimpton Down Stables for 450,000gns to Gassim Mohammed Ghazali
    1149) REAL DOMINION 3 c Cape Blanco - Real Doll, sold by Park House Stables for 350,000gns to Voute Sales 
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  • An incredible 95 per cent of horses were sold today - that means only 16 horses failed to change hands in the ring.
    Offered: 302
    Sold: 286 (95%)
    Aggregate: 9,653,300gns (+16%)
    Average: 33,753gns (+28%)
    Median: 17,000gns (+13%)
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