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Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up Sale - Day One - Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Nancy Sexton is live from Park Paddocks to bring you all the action as it happens from the Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up Sale

  • Breeze-up graduates have enjoyed an excellent run on the track in recent months, among them a number from the Tattersalls Craven Sale.
    Branded as Europe's premier breeze-up sale, last year's renewal provided one of the leading lights within the juvenile division in Group 2 winner Mehmas, bought for 170,000gns by Peter and Ross Doyle from Horse Park Stud; who would have thought that one year on from walking through the ring as an unraced two-year-old, Mehmas would be in the middle of covering his first book of mares at Tally-Ho Stud.
    Roger O'Callaghan and Fact Finding prior to selling for 350,000gns here last year
    Another graduate of last year's sale, Nomorerichblondes, won the UAE Oaks in March while Fact Finding, who sold for 350,000gns to Stonestreet Stables and Coolmore, is now a smart three-year-old for Todd Pletcher in the US, for whom he won the Smooth Air Stakes in December.
    The 2015 sale, meanwhile, provided last year's Gran Premio del Jockey Club winner Ventura Storm and Craven Stakes winner Stormy Antarctic.
    The breeze-up market can be tricky for those involved and last year's sale was a selective affair. Having said that, the figures painted a rosy enough picture; 78 of 107 offered changed hands for a total of 8,641,500gns and average of 110,788gns, a figure second to only the record of 112,785gns set in 2014.
    Tattersalls have catalogued 157 juveniles this time around. As usual, the sale is split over two evenings after racing, with each session set to start at 6pm.
    Last year's top lot: b c Invincible Spirit - Loch Jipp, sold by Oaks Farm Stables for 360,000gns to Jamie McCalmont. Photo: Tattersalls
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    15) gr f Exchange Rate - Lady Ilsley (Trempolino); a $130,000 pinhook, this filly is a half-sister to Group 2 winner Lord Admiral and the dam of Cannock Chase and Pisco Sour. Grove Stud
    27) b c Raven's Pass - Mathuna (Tagula); a €62,000 pinhook, this colt is a half-brother to sale graduate Donjuan Triumphant, winner of the 2015 Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte. Kilminfoyle House Stud
    40) b c Exceed And Excel - Please Sing (Royal Applause); a 48,000gns pinhook, this colt is out of Cherry Hinton Stakes winner Please Sing and a half-brother to two winners. Knockanglass Stables
    51) b c Lawman - Royal Fizz (Royal Academy); a €25,000 pinhook, this colt is a half-brother to classy sprinter Hitchens, another breezer of his time, and to the dam of live Classic candidate Cristal Fizz. Derryconnor Stud
    53) b c Point Of Entry - Sacred Feather (Carson City); bred on a variation of the successful Dynaformer - Carson City cross, this $140,000 pinhook is a half-brother to last year's Prix Daniel Wildenstein winner Taareef. From the first crop of Grade 1-winning sire, who stands at Adena Springs in Kentucky. Malcolm Bastard
    58) ch c Animal Kingdom - Shadow Cast (Smart Strike); the only 2yo by his Kentucky Derby-winning sire catalogued, this colt is out of Grade 1 winner Shadow Cast. A $50,000 pinhook by his vendor Tally-Ho Stud
    60) b f Kitten's Joy - Silent Emotion (Ghazi); a sister to Grade 2 winner Emotional Kitten, also Grade 1-placed, and a half-sister to the Grade 1-placed Unspoken Word. Brown Island Stables
    Lot 58) Tally-Ho Stud's Animal Kingdom colt bred by Godolphin out of Grade 1 winner Shadow Cast. Photo: Tattersalls
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  • Adding some spice on paper to this evening's session is lot 17, a Frankel colt out of Laurelei. The sole two-year-old by his sire catalogued, he is out of a winning half-sister to Cape Blanco and is consigned by Bansha House Stables.
    Con Marnane paid 48,000gns for the colt, bred by the Laurelei partnership, at last year's Tattersalls December Yearling Sale.
    "He was a May foal," says Marnane of the colt, who bears a striking resemblance to Cape Blanco. "And he's turned inside out since I got him. He goes really well."
    Lady Bamford's homebred Deep Impact filly out of Soinlovewithyou was catalogued as lot 63 from Malcolm Bastard but she was among the first raft of withdrawals.
    Lot 17: Frankel colt out of Laurelei. Photo: Tattersalls
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  • Marnane is also looking forward to seeing how his Uncle Mo colt will be received. The colt, the only 2yo catalogued by his sensational young sire, was pinhooked by his daughter Amy for $40,000 at the Keeneland September Sale.
    He is the first foal out of Lovely Syn, a stakes-winning mare by Giant's Causeway's brother Freud.
    "He's exciting," says Marnane. "Great temperament, nothing fazes him. He floats on the walk. He's done really well since we got him over, he's grown a lot and lengthened."
    Coolmore Kentucky stallion Uncle Mo is currently standing for a career high of $150,000. He's made a sensational start to his stud career as the sire of 14 Graded stakes winners in the US, including Breeders' Cup Juvenile and Kentucky Derby hero Nyquist, Wood Memorial winner Outwork and Alcibiades Stakes winner Gomo. The son of Indian Charlie already has five sons at stud - Nyquist, Outwork, Uncle Vinny, Laoban and Uncle Lino.
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  • America has long been a popular destination for pinhookers - ten years ago, the likes of Con Marnane were even visiting Ocala in Florida to source material. But last year, pinhookers really made the effort to target American horses to the extent that this year's catalogue is made up of 38 yearlings by 21 different American-based sires. Compare that to last year when there were 20 yearlings catalogued by 15 American sires.
    The list includes the usual favourites such as Exchange Rate, Elusive Quality, More Than Ready and Scat Daddy. But there are several newer names such as Liaison, a Grade 1-winning son of Indian Charlie who stands for $5,000 at Spendthrift Farm, Coolmore's Shanghai Bobby and Violence, a Grade 1-winning son of Medaglia d'Or who stands for $15,000 at Hill 'n' Dale Farm.
    Keeneland's European representative Ed Prosser will also be pleased. No fewer than 25 lots were sourced out of last year's Keeneland September Sale, more than any other yearling sale.
    Lot 24: Star Bloodstock's colt by Shanghai Bobby. Photo: Tattersalls
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  • There were a few mumbles about the number of horses jinking away from a true line once the rail ran out - one colt showed a bright hurdling technique when taking on the rail while several others made a run for the crowd beyond it - but overall, yesterday's breeze ran smooth enough.
    As always several timing devices were on display, once again begging the question as to whether official times should be released by the sales company. Consignors are worried that a number of the quicker lots were among the high prices last week at Doncaster. But while it makes some sense to target the quicker horses at these sales, these youngsters will never be asked to work as fast over a furlong again. And who can forget the achievements of Margot Did, Libertarian, Trip To Paris, Harbour Law etc, all of whom were among the slowest breezers of their day. 
    Chris McGrath spoke to several consignors about the issue yesterday. They included Brendan Holland, who had this to say.

    “Yes, it’s the big discussion,” he admits. “But it’s not as simple as that. I think all vendors are anxious about times, and perceptions of times, and the effect on the sales. But when you get stuck into it, the stats don’t actually back up the perception we vendors have of the marketplace. The buyers are much more discerning than vendors give them credit for.

    “Before we ever clocked horses, the horses that breezed well sold the best. But stats show that not all the horses that breeze quick make money - and some of the horses we think are good, that don’t breeze as good as we think they are, make just as much money. It really hasn’t changed to the extent people think. A nice horse is still a nice horse.

    “We all want to breeze quick - but the bottom line is that the ten top times in any sale may not be the ten top bred horses, on paper, and may not physically match up, either. You still need to get a lot of different things right together before you get well paid. While time is significant, it’s still only in the context of pedigree, conformation and how he vets.”

    Read the full article here.

    Hold on of yesterday's breezers takes issue with the rail.
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  • John Cullinane of Horse Park Stud says he has never before 'seen such a diversity of buyers at this sale'. He adds: "There might be a dearth of buyers for the 40,000gns - 50,000gns horse but I think the top quarter will be massive. There's a good feel about the place and we've been very busy."
    Johnny Collins of Brown Island Stables also remarked that he had been extremely busy, perhaps more so than in other years.
    Tattersalls are indeed expecting a variety of international buyers, particularly those from across Europe, the Gulf, Asia and the US - Stonestreet Stables partnered with Coolmore here last year to buy Fact Finding and it will be interesting to see if they return.
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  • Point Of Entry's first crop have been well received at the American juvenile sales so far this year, averaging $358,333, and the Adena Springs stallion is represented by one smart colt tonight in lot 53, a half-brother to Prix Daniel Wildenstein winner Taareef.
    Bred by Dixiana Farms, he is bred on a variation of the Dynaformer - Carson City cross that was behind Barbaro and is out of the stakes-placed Sacred Feather, a half-sister to Grade 3 winners Marastani and Christine's Outlaw.
    He was pinhooked for $140,000 out of last year's Keeneland September Sale and is offered today by Malcolm Bastard.
    Point Of Entry retired to Adena Springs as the winner of nine starts for Shug McGaughey and breeder Phipps Stables. An admirable turf performer, he won the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational, in which he beat Irish Derby winner Treasure Beach, Man O'War Stakes and the Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes.
    The Dynaformer line has sadly struggled for legitimate heirs, although Spendthrift's Temple City has gone some way in recent months to rectifying that issue. Hopefully Point Of Entry will follow suit.
    "He was a world class turf performer in the US," says Cormac Breathnach of Adena Springs. "He is a magnificent and physically imposing horse, and has a rich pedigree. We feel that that he can become a globally important stallion along the lines of his sire, Dynaformer."
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  • Lot 1: b c Declaration Of War - I'm In Love (Zafonic)
    First lot through the ring gets the sale off to a good start, selling for 180,000gns to Jamie McCalmont on behalf of Michael Tabor. He is a good result for his young sire, who stood for a single season for Coolmore in Ireland before switching to their Kentucky arm.
    This particular colt was unsold at $90,000 as a yearling and was offered today by Eddie O'Leary's Lynn Lodge Stud. He was bred by Lofts Hall Stud out of the Grade 3-placed I'm In Love and is a half-brother to the Grade 3 winner More Than Love.
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  • Lot 3: b c Distorted Humor - In Bloom (Discreet Cat)
    Fresh from topping last week's GoffsUK Sale, Tally-Ho Stud start this sale on a strong footing with the sale of this colt for 300,000gns to Charlie Gordon-Watson, acting on behalf of Global Applause's owner Dr Johnny Hon. He is set to join Ed Dunlop.
    One of a number of Keeneland September graduates catalogued, he was purchased through agent Marco Bozzi for $120,000 as a yearling. He is the first foal out of the winning In Bloom, a daughter of the stakes-placed Granny's Pride.
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  • Lot 12: b c Camelot - Kiss Me Goodbye (Raven's Pass)
    Sole Camelot two-year-old catalogued becomes the subject of a duel between Jeremy Noseda and the Hong Kong Jockey Club. It is the latter who wins out with a bid of 250,000gns.
    Although not regular players in the European breeze-up market, the Hong Kong Jockey Club signalled their intent to stock up on breeze-up horses at GoffsUK last week when paying £350,000 for four lots.
    This colt was a 125,000gns pinhook out of Book 1 of the October Sale by today's vendor Willie Browne and Mocklershill. He is the first foal out of his winning dam, who is a half-sister to Listed winners Madhya and Wilki.
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  • Lot 14: b f Dark Angel - Lady Duxyana (Most Welcome)
    Is set to join Andrew Balding after falling to Alastair Donald of SackvilleDonald for 230,000gns. A €120,000 purchase by Willie Browne out of last year's Tattersalls Ireland September Sale, she is a half-sister to two winners and out of a sister to the dam of the admirable Sovereign Debt and recent promising maiden winner Sorelle Dell Rose - both of whom are also by Dark Angel.
    "She was the pick of the sale for us among the fillies," said Donald, who bought Stormy Antarctic here two years ago. "She looks to have a great attitude. We loved her breeze, she's by a top stallion and looks a fast two-year-old."
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  • Lot 17: ch c Frankel - Laurelei (Oratorio)
    Charlie Gordon-Watson snaps up the only Frankel on offer for 100,000gns. The agent was acting on behalf of an undisclosed client, who is likely to send him to a Newmarket trainer.
    Bought her 48,000gns in this ring last December by Con Marnane, he is out of a winning half-sister to Cape Blanco.
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  • Lot 18: b f Shamardal - Lavender And Lace (Barathea)
    John Egan comes out on top at 320,000gns for this filly from Mocklershill who was bought by Willie Browne for €100,000 at last year's Arqana August Sale.
    "She's for a client in the Middle East," said Egan. "I've ridden her a few times in Ireland and thought she did a lovely breeze. I was determined to get her although I didn't think she'd be that hard to buy."
    She is a half-sister to a winner and the second foal out of Lavender And Lace; remarkably, she was picked up for just £800 by Josey Grant at the 2008 Ascot December Sale prior to the emergence of her Group 1-winning siblings Mandaean and Wavering. It is the further family of Golden Fleece.
    Lot 18 is from the penultimate 'open' crop of Shamardal. The Darley stallion became a private stallion last year, when he covered 109 mares.
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  • Lot 24: b c Shanghai Bobby - Magic Charm (Horse Greeley)
    A strong result for Star Bloodstock as their Shanghai Bobby colt - bought for just $28,000 as a yearling - sells for 135,000gns to Stroud/Coleman. The agency had to outbid Jake Warren, sitting with Harry Herbert, for the colt, who is from the first crop of his Coolmore sire and out of a winning half-sister to Listed winner Call Her Magic, dam of Grade 1 winner J P's Gusto.
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  • Lot 26: ch c Intello - Marika (Marju)
    The high regard in which vendor Brendan Holland held this colt was no secret and he duly lights up the ring when selling for 575,000gns to John Ferguson. Alastair Donald and Jeremy Noseda were among the underbidders.
    Bred by Shutford Stud and bought in for 100,000gns at last year's Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Sale, he is a half-brother to six winners including Listed scorers Sabratah and Raw Impulse. He is out of Listed winner Marika, a half-sister to Fred Darling Stakes Sueboog (dam of Best Of The Bests).
    "He was an extremely athletic horse," said Ferguson. "When you get a horse with that much scope that breezes well, it's a huge plus. 
    "The two-year-old sales are proven producers of top-class horses and these horses are sold by some of the best consignors in the world."
    The colt is an excellent advertisement for his young sire Intello. The son of Galileo was represented by 52 yearlings at auction last year that sold for an average of 92,657gns.
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  • Lot 36: b f Kyllachy - Path Of Peace (Rock Of Gibraltar)
    Ferguson's next strike is this filly off Mocklershill, who costs 230,000gns.
    She was one of the more expensive yearlings by her sire last year when sold for 120,000gns to Willie Browne.
    She is a half-sister to American Grade 3 winner Belvoir Bay and out of a winning half-sister to Cherry Hinton Stakes winner Please Sing.
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  • Lot 37: b f Epaulette - Pearls Of Wisdom (Kyllachy)
    Tally-Ho turn a good profit on their Epaulette filly, who sells for 220,000gns to Ross Doyle. The filly was secured through Highflyer Bloodstock for just €32,000 at last year's Goffs Sportsman Sale.
    She is a half-sister to two winners and out of an unplaced half-sister to Listed winner Presto Vento.
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  • Lot 40: b c Exceed And Excel - Please Sing (Royal Applause)
    The pinhook coups keep coming. The colt, bought through Howson and Houldsworth for 48,000gns at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Sale and offered today by Thomond O'Mara's Knockanglass Stables, realises 370,000gns to Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock.
    He is a half-brother to two winners and was bred by Michael Wates out of the 2008 Cherry Hinton Stakes winner Please Sing.
    “I’ve known him since he was a foal as I bought the mare for the Wates family so I’ve seen all the way along from foal to yearling," said Brown. "We’ve missed out on the big touch, Thomond got that! I think the mare could turn out to be a very good producer, Four Seasons was talented, and Exceed And Excel’s record speaks for itself.
    "He’s a mature horse and the fact I’ve known him his whole life and know he’s not had any issues is important. And at the end of the day it’s a breeze-up sale and he went out there and did a phenomenal breeze.”
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  • Lot 41: b c Scat Daddy - Poupee Flash (Elusive Quality)
    This colt might not make the top ten tonight but he still represents a great result for Mayfield Stables given he was knocked down to Ahmad Aldowsin for a paltry $8,000 at Keeneland last September. He sells today for 110,000gns to Robert Moss and Christopher Brennan.
    Bred by the Niarchos family's Flaxman Holdings Ltd, he is the first foal out of French Listed winner Poupee Flash. In turn, she is a granddaughter of their excellent mare Chimes Of Freedom, dam of Aldebaran, Good Journey and Sea Of Showers, herself dam of a current smart Scat Daddy colt in Soglio.
    From $8,000 yearling to 110,000gns 2yo
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  • Lot 46: b c Violence - Raised Right (Giant's Causeway)
    All the pinhookers will be descending on Keeneland this September at this rate. This time it is the turn of a cheap Violence yearling to light up the ring when selling for 210,000gns to Stephen Hillen and Kevin Ryan - he was knocked down to Kilbride Equine on behalf of today's vendor Star Bloodstock for just $7,000 at Keeneland last September.
    Bred by TNIP LLC, he is a grandson of Touch Of Greatness, dam of Elusive Quality and Elusive Quality. He is from the first crop of his sire, a Grade 1-winning son of Medaglia d'Oro who stands at Hill 'n' Dale Farm in Kentucky.
    Cost $7,000 as a yearling
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  • Lot 53: b c Point Of Entry - Sacred Feather (Carson City)
    A protracted battle between Angus Gold and Kevin Ryan for this colt goes the way of Shadwell at 390,000gns. He is yet another successful Keeneland pinhook, having cost Wycombe House $140,000 as a yearling. He was sold today by Malcolm Bastard.
    Jake Warren was among the underbidders on the colt, a fine representation for his first-crop sire. He is also from a family that Shadwell know well as the half-brother to their Prix Daniel Wildenstein winner Taareef.
    "We have the half-brother and he's a decent horse," said Gold. "This is our first Point Of Entry - the sire was a genuine top-class horse on turf.
    "Sheikh Hamdan saw him breeze and liked him very much. He'll decide when he sees him who he'll go to."
    The colt was bred by Dixiana Farms out of the stakes-placed Sacred Feather. She is a half-sister to Grade 3 winners Marastani and Christine's Outlaw.
    Point Of Entry, one of the last really good sons of Dynaformer to stud, stands at Adena Springs Farm in Kentucky for $20,000. He won nine starts for Shug McGaughey and breeder Phipps Stables, including the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational, in which he beat Irish Derby winner Treasure Beach, Man O'War Stakes and the Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes. His first 2yos have also been well received in the US, averaging $358,333 to date.
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  • Lot 60: b f Kitten's Joy - Silent Emotion (Ghazi)
    The American horses are absolutely flying. The latest to light up the ring is this sister to Mrs Revere Stakes winner Emotional Kitten, who sells for 220,000gns to Nicolas de Watrigant and Al Shaqab Racing.
    She was sold by Johnny Collins of Brown Island Stables, who bought her privately with agent Chad Schumer after she failed to sell for $45,000 at last year's Keeneland September Sale.
    In addition to Emotional Kitten, she is a half-sister to the Grade 1-placed Unspoken Word and out of Listed winner Silent Emotion. She was bred by Mike Abraham.
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  • One interesting aspect of tonight's sale has been the participation of Cheveley Park Stud. David and Patricia Thompson's stud has bought five two-year-olds this evening for a total of 355,000gns - quite a change in direction for an outfit that doesn't normally participate in the breeze-up market.
    Their purchases so far are:
    6) Dawn Approach filly bought for 50,000gns
    48) Acclamation colt bought for 105,000gns
    56) Zoffany colt bought for 60,000gns
    58) Animal Kingdom colt bought for 60,000gns
    71) Dragon Pulse colt bought for 85,000gns
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    ANIMAL KINGDOM: 1 offered, sold for 60,000gns
    CAMELOT: 1 offered, sold for 250,000gns
    DAWN APPROACH: 1 offered, sold for 50,000gns
    DECLARATION OF WAR: 3 offered, 2 sold for an average of 111,000gns
    EPAULETTE: 3 offered, 3 sold for an average of 128,333gns
    FARHH: 1 offered, sold for 35,000gns
    HAVANA GOLD: 1 offered, sold for 65,000gns
    INTELLO: 2 offered, 1 sold for 575,000gns
    PLANTEUR: 1 offered, sold for 20,000gns
    POINT OF ENTRY: 1 offered, sold for 390,000gns
    RECKLESS ABANDON: 1 offered, not sold
    SHANGHAI BOBBY: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of 97,500gns
    SOCIETY ROCK: 1 offered, sold for 35,000gns
    VIOLENCE: 1 offered, sold for 210,000gns
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  • An outstanding first session of the Tattersalls Craven Sale.
    Of the 53 pinhooks that went through the ring, 37 made a profit (from those listed as sold on their last auction appearance, plus a rough estimate of additional expenses). 
    Of those 37 successful pinhooks, 11 were sourced out of America, including two real cheapies in lot 41, an $8,000 Scat Daddy colt who realised 110,000gns tonight, and lot 46, a $7,000 Violence colt who made 210,000gns. Only three Keeneland pinhooks failed to make a profit.
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    Offered: 66
    Sold: 49
    Aggregate: 6,995,000gns (+96%)
    Average: 141,939gns (+48%)
    Median: 110,000gns (+83%)
    No. 250,000gns+ lots: 6
    No. 100,000gns+ lots: 31
    Leading vendor: Mocklershill, 5 sold for 1,073,000gns
    Leading purchaser: Charlie Gordon-Watson, 6 bought for 825,000gns
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