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Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale - Day Two, Tuesday October 25, 2016

Follow all the trade as it happens from Park Paddocks with Nancy Sexton's live blog

  • Another strong day of trading in prospect. Potential highlights include:
    469) ATLANTIC SUN: Heron Stakes runner-up was bought back for £170,000 in September, since when he has won again at Chantilly
    471) KING OF ROOKS: changed hands privately to Al Shaqab Racing following his win in last year's National Stakes, after which he was placed in the Molecomb, Norfolk and Gimcrack Stakes
    474) TONY CURTIS; last year's Stonehenge Stakes winner
    523) SHANGHAI GLORY; now the winner of four races, having landed the Listed Testimonial Stakes last time out
    572) FIELDS OF SONG: a consistent filly for Kevin Ryan, she won her second race at the weekend when successful in a competitive nursery at Newbury
    580) TREASURY NOTES: has improved markedly for David O'Meara this season, winning four times. Now rated 100, he wasn't disgraced when midfield on his most recent start in the Cambridgeshire
    604) KOCOLLADA; smart two-year-old was fourth behind Lady Aurelia in this year's Queen Mary Stakes
    616) MR SINGH; last year's Bahrain Trophy winner 
    639) CLOUDBERRY; well-bred Pivotal gelding brought up the four-timer at Newbury on Friday when successful in the mile handicap. Roger Charlton was quoted after the race as saying: "He goes to the sales next week and if he goes to Australia I would keep a leg in him. I am sure there is more to come from him."
    662) SWIFT APPROVAL; classy sprinter scored in a Listed race at Cologne last time out
    668) WHIRL ME AROUND; two-year-old ran second in the Redcar 2yo Trophy on his penultimate start
    691) SYMPOSIUM; has done nothing but improve for William Haggas this autumn. The recent winner of a hot sprint handicap at Ascot, she wasn't disgraced last time out when fifth in a Listed race at Newmarket
    692) BATTALION: Listed winner was recently second in the Diamond Stakes at Dundalk
    693) OUR CHANNEL: winner of this year's Magnolia Stakes and Group 2-placed
    746) SIXTH SENSE; last year's Winkfield Stakes winner, he is a grandson of blue hen Doff The Derby
    751) SOLDIER IN ACTION; the impressive six-length winner of his most recent start, a competitive handicap at Goodwood. Now rated 106
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    Lord George will be offered as lot 763A by James Fanshawe's Pegasus Stables. The son of Sir Percy has won three races and been placed another three times from just seven starts, and is rated 93.
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    Willie Mullins will take charge of this recent Salisbury winner after paying 42,000gns through Harold Kirk. A scopey son of Pour Moi trained by Ed Walker, he has come into his own since going up in trip and got off the mark on his penultimate start when successful over 1m6f at Salisbury.
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  • Lot 469: ATLANTIC SUN
    Atlantic Sun makes another fruitless trip to the ring, a month after failing to sell for £170,000 at Doncaster. Today, 95,000gns isn't enough to see the son of Roderic O'Connor change hands.
    A recent winner at Chantilly for Richard Hannon, he was second to Zonderland in this season's Heron Stakes.
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  • Lot 471: KING OF ROOKS
    Last year's National Stakes winner will join Henry Spiller after falling to Matt Houldsworth for 42,000gns.
    Bidding opened at just 800gns for the son of Acclamation, a sad sight for a horse who went off favourite for last year's Norfolk Stakes following his high-profile sale to Al Shaqab Racing. He ran third on that occasion and was later placed in the Molecomb and Gimcrack Stakes. However, he has failed to recapture that form in five starts this year.
    He was followed into the ring by another smart Richard Hannon-trained colt in Tony Curtis. Last year's Stonehenge Stakes winner was unsold at 95,000gns.
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    Leading Qatari trainer Jassim Al Ghazali was conspicuous by his absence yesterday but he makes an early strike today with the purchase of this progressive two-year-old Clodovil colt.
    Ghazali went to 75,000gns for Geneva Convention, the recent winner of a Windsor nursery for Richard Hannon.
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  • Lot 495: FINAL VENTURE
    A trip to Dubai could be on the agenda for this smart sprinter. Ian Mayson, bidding on behalf owner Andrew Taylor, went to 260,000gns to secure the 104-rated gelding. Anthony Stroud, who often signs on behalf of Godolphin, was among the underbidders.
    Immediate plans call for Dubai Venture to join Paul Midgley, with whom Taylor has a string of 12, among them 'Saturday horses' such as Desert Law, Lines Of Reason and Monsieur Joe.
    "We've been tracking the horse for a while," said Mason. "He fits our profile as we like fast horses. He could be one to take to Dubai. Mr Taylor has taken a few out there before and he seems the right type."
    Final Venture indeed has the looking of an improving sprinter. The Equiano gelding has been a model of consistency for Alan Swinbank this season, finishing in the first three in all bar one of his ten starts. He began 2016 on a mark of 69 and now boasts a rating of 104 off the back of his most recent run, a fine fourth to Alpha Delphini in the Beverley Bullet.
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    Jim Hay continues to add to his string with the 150,000gns purchase of this improving sprinter out of Charlie Hills' yard through Stephen Hillen.
    The Exceed And Excel gelding claimed the scalp of some older sprinters in the Listed Testimonial Stakes last time out, which in turn pushed his rating to 103, and Hillen is looking forward to further improvement from their new recruit.
    "He's a tough horse but the best thing about him is that he's a three-year-old, so hopefully there's more to come," said Hillen. "It's hard for a three-year-old to beat older sprinters but he did it last time out. He could be one to take to Dubai and there'll be plenty of Listed and Group 3 options for him next year."
    No trainer has been decided but the Hays do have horses with Charlie Hills, among them Jallota, who was recently Group 1-placed for the team in Italy.
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  • Lot 557: READY TO ROC
    Red Baron's Farm and Rancho Tellescal have had a busy week so far as the purchaser of 385,000gns worth of stock to join their string in California. Assisted by Alastair Donald, their latest purchase is two-year-old Ready To Roc, a debut winner for Johnny Murtagh back in the spring.
    Since then, the son of Roderic O'Connor has finished fifth in each of his subsequent starts, including the Railway, Anglesey and Tyros Stakes.
    He was sold today by Jamie Railton on behalf of Qatar Racing.
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    12 months after changing hands at this sale for 30,000gns to Northern Racing, Treasury Notes turns a great profit for his connections, selling for 200,000gns to Anthony Stroud. It's quite possible that this 100-rated five-time winner could be next seen at the Dubai Carnival.
    The son of Lope De Vega has made great strides through the handicap this year for David O'Meara from a mark of 77. He's won four races on a variety of grounds over a mile and wasn't disgraced last time out when 13th in the Cambridgeshire.
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  • Lot 639: CLOUDBERRY
    It was in this ring only in July that Cloudberry, then a Bath maiden winner, was bought by Roger Charlton's Beckhampton Stables for 15,000gns.
    Charlton had actually trained the gelding on behalf of Lady Rothschild and sensing that more was probably in the tank, brought him back to race under his Beckhampton Stables banner.
    It proved to be an inspired move as Cloudberry went on to rack up a winning sequence of four that included an impressive win at Newbury on Friday.
    Such a campaign unsurprisingly reaped major financial rewards just now when he sold for 310,000gns to Gassim Al Ghazali. Johnny McKeever, standing with Adrian Bott, and Alastair Donald both tried hard to secure the gelding but in the end Ghazali faced most competition from John Egan.
    Like most of Ghazali's purchases, Cloudberry will continue his career in Qatar.
    "I saw him this morning and I had to have him," said Ghazali. "He was expensive but I thought 'I need him'. He's held his level well, they're not big races, but he's won four in a row and been winning them well. He's improving. He also has good conformation. I hope he will become a Qatar Derby horse."
    Cloudberry is Ghazali's fifth purchase of the week and the champion trainer hopes to land another five more.
    "It was a good sale," said Roger Charlton in understated fashion. "The horse has really blossomed since the July Sale. He's improved enormously and I thought his last win at Newbury was impressive.
    "He's a really nice horse, very sound and very tough. I wish his new connections the best of luck."
    Cloudberry is one of three winners out of Clouded Leopard, a Danehill half-sister to Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner Pounced. His third dam is champion stayer Eurobird.
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  • Lot 654: XEBEC
    Thwarted in his attempt to secure Cloudberry, Alastair Donald is more successful in his pursuit of Xebec, who costs 100,000gns out of John Oxx's draft.
    The four-year-old Mizzen Mast gelding has won four races and was most recently fifth in the Listed Brown Panther Stakes.
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    Smart sprinter Swift Approval, the winner of a Listed race at Cologne since the publication of the catalogue, will join Stuart Williams after selling to owner Thomas Morley for 110,000gns.
    The son of Approve was sold by Kevin Ryan, who has saddled him to win five races.
    "This chap has got a progressive profile and has improved all year," said Morley. "We'll get three or four owners into a syndicate and send him to Stuart's."
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  • Lot 691: SYMPOSIUM
    The Californian-based Red Baron's Barn and Rancho Tellescal continue to fill pallets - their sixth purchase of the sale is this filly, a really progressive sprinter this autumn for William Haggas who costs 90,000gns.
    The daughter of Exceed And Excel has won three races since the beginning of September, including two competitive handicaps at Goodwood and Ascot. She wasn't disgraced on her most recent start when fifth in the Listed Boadicea Stakes at Newmarket.
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  • Lot 713: YANGTZE
    Melbourne trainer Sam Pritchard-Gordon has the Melbourne Cup in his sights after parting with 185,000gns for Yangtze, a progressive three-year-old for Sir Michael Stoute this season.
    Pritchard-Gordon had to fight off Harold Kirk for the Dansili gelding, who came into the sale with an improved rating of 93 after winning a 1m3f handicap at Haydock.
    "This horse is for a syndicate back home," he said, "with a view of perhaps one day getting to the Melbourne Cup. He's a progressive horse - his last three races sealed the deal for me.
    "He's a horse with size and substance. It's also a family that improves with age and you have the Dansili factor - he's done very well in Australia and sired Saturday's Moonee Valley Gold Cup winner Grand Marshal. Add in that his half-brother Evangelist won the Sale Cup and he ticks all the right boxes for Australia."
    Pritchard-Gordon has 20 horses in work and previously enjoyed success buying out of this sale through Buxted, a subsequent Listed winner who ran in the Metropolitan Handicap.
    Pritchard-Gordon added: "It's such a vibrant racing environment in Australia and the prize-money is excellent. I've probably paid A$280,000 for this horse today and if he goes on to win a Group 3, he's won quite a chunk of it back."
    Yangtze was yet another successful result at this sale for breeder Philip Newton, who sold Jedi here for 215,000gns in 2010. Both hail from Newton's Threefold family; Jedi was one of three black-type performers out of the mare while Yangtze is out of her Group 2-winning daughter Hi Calypso.
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  • Lot 717: AMOUR DE NUIT
    Five-time winner, who recently ran tenth in the Prix du Cadran, is the highlight of Sir Mark Prescott's draft, selling for 80,000gns to Tom Malone.
    He was one of two purchases made by Malone out of the draft alongside dual winner Megara, who cost 17,000gns.
    Prescott himself signed at 78,000gns for Flymetothestars, the easy winner of a 12.5 furlong handicap at Newcastle recently, while Fahad Alataibi went to 70,000gns for four-time winner Palisade.
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    Recent six-length Goodwood winner fails to change hands at 135,000gns. He's been a progressive stayer for Mark Johnston this year and heads into the winter as a winner of four races with a rating of 106.
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  • Lot 758: MENGLI KHAN
    Eddie O'Leary outbids Eamonn Reilly of the BBA Ireland among others at 155,000gns for one-time Classic hope Mengli Khan.
    Gordon Elliott is set to take charge of the gelding after signing alongside Mags O'Toole.
    The Lope De Vega half-brother to Chriselliam looked an exciting prospect for Hugo Palmer when defeating Across The Stars in a Nottingham maiden last year but failed to beat a single horse in his next three outings. Given a break and gelded, he bounced back to form when winning a Kempton handicap in September and recently ran with credit when fourth behind Soldier In Action in a handicap at Goodwood. 
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  • Lot 798: TWIN SAILS
    Anthony Stroud, who has been sourcing horses for the Dubai Carnival, signs at 148,000gns for the smart Twin Sails.
    The son of Sir Percy has been a grand campaigner for Dean Ivory over the past two seasons, winning two races and nearly £85,000 in prize-money. He was also fourth behind Galileo Gold in last season's Vintage Stakes.
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    639) CLOUDBERRY 3 g Dansili - Clouded Leopard, sold by Beckhampton House Stables for 310,000gns to Gassim Al Ghazali
    495) FINAL VENTURE 4 g Equiano - Sharplaw Venture, sold by Western House Stables for 260,000gns to Taylor's Bloodstock
    580) TREASURY NOTES 4 g Lope De Vega - Elegant As Well, sold by David O'Meara Racing Ltd for 200,000gns to Anthony Stroud
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    Offered: 261
    Sold: 233 (89%)
    Aggregate: 7,390,900gns (+33%)
    Average: 31,721gns (+41%)
    Median: 19,000gns (+41%)
    Leading buyer (overall): Stroud Coleman Bloodstock, seven bought for a total of 755,000gns
    Leading vendor (overall): Jamie Railton, 14 sold for a total of 876,000gns
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