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Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up Sale - Day Two - Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The second session of the Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up Sale is brought to you live with Nancy Sexton's blog from the Newmarket auction house

  • An absolutely remarkable trade here last night - agents are commenting that they have never seen anything like it.
    And by all accounts, tonight's group are a better bunch.



    79) b c Oasis Dream - Vezina: bred by Bjorn Nielsen, this colt is a half-brother to Criterium de Saint-Cloud winner Morandi. Malcolm Bastard


    87) b c Dawn Approach - Zibilene: half-brother to a pair of stakes horses in Mathematician and Oracle as well as the dam of Saamidd and Talmada, this colt is a grandson of Brocade. Malcolm Bastard


    127) b c More Than Ready - Dundalk Dust: first foal out of a Grade 2 winner, this colt was pinhooked for $120,000. Mocklershill


    135) ch c Declaration Of War - Flamingo Sea: half-brother to Irish Derby winner Frozen Fore and a €140,000 pinhook. Fforest Farm


    141) b c Scat Daddy - Gender Dance: the talk of the sale, this colt is a half-brother to three horses who have sold well at this sale in the past led by Group 3 winner Great White Eagle, who briefly set a sale record of 760,000gns in 2013. His close relation, by Liaison, sells as lot 106. Gaybrook Lodge


    145) b c Dark Angel - Goldthroat: 125,000gns pinhook is a half-brother to Group 1 winner Zafisio. Mocklershill


    147) b c Dansili - Havant: bought for 240,000gns as a foal, this colt is the second foal out of Oh So Sharp Stakes winner Havant. The Bloodstock Connection


    The Declaration Of War half-brother to Frozen Fire
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  • The talk of the sale is lot 141, a Scat Daddy colt out of Gender Dance from Jim McCartan's Gaybrook Lodge Stud.
    Two of Gender Dance's progeny have made it from Kentucky to this sale in the past and all have made a sizeable sum; the first was a filly by the truly dreadful Consolidator, who made 160,000gns, while the second, subsequent Group 3 winner Great White Eagle (by Elusive Quality), briefly set a sales record when sold for 760,000gns. Another colt out of Gender Dance, the Group 2-placed Quarrel (by Maria's Mon), made £80,000 at Doncaster.
    So no wonder pinhookers target this family when they raid Kentucky. And another member of the clan, a Liaison colt out of Gender Dance's daughter Belen, is catalogued as lot 106.
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  • Lot 77: b c Lemon Drop Kid - Tustarta (Trempolino)
    Tonight's sale picks up where it left off last night, with this colt - yet another successful Keeneland pinhook - selling for 235,000gns to agent Matt Coleman.
    Pinhooked by Willie Browne of Mocklershill for $70,000 last September, he is a brother to Canadian Listed winner Lickety Lemon and half-brother to Cry Of Freedom, winner of the 2008 Washington Singer Stakes for Mark Johnston. Their dam is the Listed-placed Tustarta.
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  • Lot 88: ch c Siyouni - Acentela (Shirocco)
    There had been a bit of chat about this colt before tonight's sale and he lives up to his billing when selling to Stephen Hillen and Kevin Ryan for 400,000gns. Angus Gold, Stuart Boman and Alastair Donald were among the underbidders on the colt, who was picked up by Powerstown Stud for €62,000 out of the V2 section of the Arqana August Sale.
    He was sold today by Church Farm & Horse Park Stud.
    "Alban Chevalier du Fau [of The Channel Consignment] sold him as a yearling and highly recommended him," says John Cullinane of Horse Park Stud. "He's always been a powerful horse with a great mind and he did a lovely breeze - he wasn't among the quickest times but he finished off extremely well. And of course he's a good physical.
    "He's been bought by a good customer and we wish them all the best with him."
    The colt is a half-brother to a winner and is the second foal out of a placed granddaughter of Group 3 winner Joyeuse Entree.
    “I didn’t think I’d have to pay that but the market seems up a savage amount and if you want the horses you’ve just got to get involved," said Hillen. "I liked his action and I saw him at Roger Marley’s about a month ago and he impressed me there. We’ve been lucky buying from there, that’s where we got Brando who runs at Newmarket on Thursday. He’s by a good sire and is a good physical, he’s big but he’s not backward." 


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  • Lot 95: b f Swiss Spirit - Aqua Vitae (Camacho)
    Bought by the BBA Ireland for only £20,000 last year at the GoffsUK Premier Sale, this filly turns a nice profit for connections when reselling for 105,000gns to Blandford Bloodstock.
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  • Lot 102: b c Youmzain - Atarfe (Anabaa)
    Kerri Radcliffe's busy spring continues with the purchase of this colt - an excellent advert for his underrated sire - for 350,000gns. Radcliffe recently signed for $2.95 million worth of horses at the OBS March Sale and spent another $1.55 million on two horses at Fasig-Tipton.
    Another good result for vendor Tally-Ho Stud, he is the first foal out of his unraced dam, a half-sister to top Hong Kong performer Helene Spirit. 
    "He's just such a well balanced horse, a lovely mover who did a lovely breeze," said Radcliffe, who confirmed that the colt would be trained by her husband Jeremy Noseda. 
    The colt was bought on behalf of Phoenix Thoroughbreds, as were Radcliffe's earlier purchases this year. They include the $1.7 million OBS sale-topping Congrats filly and a $625,000 Super Saver colt, both of whom are with Bob Baffert at Santa Anita.
    Noseda's draft for the owners, meanwhile, includes a More Than Ready filly who cost $600,000 at OBS as well as a Scat Daddy filly who was snapped up for $800,000 at Fasig-Tipton. Both are due to arrive in Newmarket tomorrow.
    Radcliffe is heading back to Ocala, Florida, shortly to work the OBS April Sale.
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  • Lot 112: ch c Sepoy - Caledonia Princess (Kyllachy)
    Not often you see a pinhook out of Book 4 of the Tattersalls October Sale returning in a boutique sale but that's exactly what played out with this colt, who develops from a 35,000gns yearling into a 270,000gns breezer for Thomond O'Mara.
    Angus Gold signs for the colt, who is out of a multiple-winning half-sister to classy sprinter Caledonia Lady.
    "He was in Book 4 and we were lucky enough to be able to buy him," said O'Mara, who bought the colt with Howson and Houldsworth Bloodstock. "He looked quick at the time - he's powerful. He's a good horse and breezed accordingly."
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  • Lot 116: b c Acclamation - Clever Millie (Cape Canaveral)
    Ross Doyle is hoping that lightning will strike twice after signing at 300,000gns for an Acclamation colt from Church Farm and Horse Park Stud on behalf of Al Shaqab Racing. It was at this sale last year that Doyle signed for another Acclamation from the same vendor - Mehmas.
    "It would be nice to think that lightning might strike twice," said Doyle. "He's by a stallion we've had a lot of luck with over the years and he did a very professional breeze. He came highly recommended from a good hotel."
    Like Mehmas, this colt will be trained by Richard Hannon.
    Bred by Gerry Burke, he is a half-brotherto four winners including the Group 3-placed Majeed. His dam, the winning Clever Millie, is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Points of Grace and Listed winner Fatefully, dam of Nassau Stakes heroine Favourable Terms.
    He was an €80,000 pinhook out of the Tattersalls Ireland September Sale by Roger Marley's Church Farm.
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  • What they're saying:
    "All the rumours were that it was going to be strong as there’s lots of new people getting involved. The guys that are consigning these horses would make excellent trainers, the filly that won today came from the breeze-ups and the statistics are fantastic. It’s easier for me as I was an assistant trainer for a long time. I’d much rather buy a breeze-up horse than a yearling as it’s less of a crap shoot.” Stephen Hillen
    "I've never seen such diversity in the buyers. Not all of them are looking for that Norfolk horse either. There are a lot of new people, but then the results from the breeze-ups have brought them here." John Cullinane
    "I think it's the strongest Craven Sale I've been at, but then I'm entitled to say that. I thought there was a very good standard of breezing and as a result, there's been good, solid trade throughout. There are a load of people for the right horse." Thomond O'Mara
    "Easily the strongest Craven Sale I've seen in my time. There's a deep collection of buyers, which is great to see." Ross Doyle
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  • Lot 122: b c Choisir - Councilodconstance (Footstepsinthesand)
    When asked how he was doing by a fellow vendor, Con Marnane simply responded: "I'm on fire!"
    And little wonder. This French-bred colt, bought for €34,000 by Marnane at Osarus last September, is the latest to turn a tremendous profit for Bansha House when reselling for 210,000gns to Rob Speers. He is a half-brother to two winners and from the further family of Grade 1 winner Luas Line.
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  • Lot 135: ch c Declaration Of War - Flamingo Sea (Woodman)
    A single bid of 250,000gns is enough for Alastair Donald to secure this colt from Forest Farm Stables. The half-brother to Frozen Fire was a €140,000 Goffs Orby pinhook by Gearoid Costelloe.
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  • Lot 138: b c Lonhro - Four Sugars (Lookin A Lucky)
    Lonhro has developed into something of a pinhook darling in recent years and that trend continues this evening when Kerri Radcliffe goes to 300,000gns for Lynn Lodge's colt by the former shuttler, who cost 50,000gns through Peter and Ross Doyle as a yearling. The colt is the first foal out of his unraced dam, who was three-years-old when she foaled him. She is a half-sister to American Grade 1 winner Flashy Bull.
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  • Lot 141: b c Scat Daddy - Gender Dance (Miesque's Son)
    Described by auctioneer Edmond Mahony as 'something a bit special...a lovely colt, very hard to fault', this Scat Daddy lives up to his billing by selling for 675,000gns to David Redvers on behalf of Qatar Racing.
    Bidding opened at 50,000gns for the colt, offered by Jim McCartan's Gaybrook Lodge Stud. Chris Richardson of Cheveley Park Stud came in at 100,000gns and in due course was joined by Ibrahim Araci, Stephen Hillen, Justin Casse and Richard Knight. David Redvers came in at 600,000gns and had enough in reserve to outbid Richard Knight.
    "He was the nicest horse in the sale and I'm pleasantly surprised that I was able to buy him," said Redvers. "He'll probably be trained in Newmarket.
    "He clearly had some issues at the sales last year to be unsold at $65,000 [at Keeneland], but he's proven he can gallop.
    "This is a sale we've had tremendous success out of and this is exactly the type of horse we want."
    The colt is yet another expensive breezer out of the Miesque's Song mare Gender Dance, a minor dual winner in the US who is a half-sister to Japanese Listed winner Fusaichi Auster.
    Two of Gender Dance's earlier progeny have made it from Kentucky to this sale in the past and both made a sizeable sum; the first was a filly by the truly dreadful Consolidator, who made 160,000gns, while the second, subsequent Group 3 winner Great White Eagle (by Elusive Quality), briefly set a sales record when sold for 760,000gns. Another colt out of Gender Dance, the Group 2-placed Quarrel (by Maria's Mon), made £80,000 at Doncaster.
    "He was being sold by a good friend of mine, Tom Evans of Trackside Farm," said Jim McCartan. "I had another nice horse off Tom a couple of years ago by Exchange Rate. Anyway, this colt RNA'd at $65,000 and I did a private deal to buy him. He was in an early book at Keeneland and I think he just fell through the cracks.
    "He's been a very easy horse to prep, lovely to have anything to do with.
    "I've never seen so much action on a horse. There were bids coming from everywhere. Aliz, my head girl, and I had a bet on what he could make. We both came up with numbers and I won, so she owes me a drink!"
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    141) b c Scat Daddy - Gender Dance (Miesque's Son), sold by Gaybrook Lodge Stud for 675,000gns to David Redvers
    26) ch c Intello - Marika (Marju), sold by Grove Stud for 575,000gns to John Ferguson
    88) ch c Siyouni - Acatela (Shirocco), sold by Church Farm and Horse Park Stud for 400,000gns to Hillen & Ryan
    53) b c Point Of Entry - Sacred Feather (Carson City), sold by Malcolm Bastard for 390,000gns to Shadwell Estate Company
    40) b c Exceed And Excel - Please Sing (Royal Applause), sold by Knockanglass Stables for 370,000gns to Blandford Bloodstock
    Lot 141
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    MOCKLERSHILL: 13 sold for a total of 2,193,000gns, average of 168,692gns
    GAYBROOK LODGE STUD: 5 sold for a total of 1,150,000gns, average of 230,000gns
    TALLY-HO STUD: 6 sold for a total of 1,100,000gns, average of 183,333gns
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    CHARLIE GORDON-WATSON: 8 bought for a total of 1,115,000gns, average of 139,375gns
    SHADWELL ESTATE COMPANY: 4 bought for a total of 1,040,000gns, average of 260,000gns
    JOHN FERGUSON: 3 bought for a total of 965,000gns, average of 321,667gns
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    Records Tumble At Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale
    At the conclusion of the 2017 Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented;
    “This has been a very good Craven Breeze Up Sale and as well as sincere thanks to all the buyers who have made the sale such a success, we really must pay tribute to the consignors. Yet again they have brought an outstanding collection of two year olds to Europe’s premier breeze up sale, the breeze on Monday was supremely professional and the buyers have consistently commented on the quality of the individuals throughout the two days.
    "Those comments have been reflected in record figures across the board and to see the average and median increase by such wide margins is a clear indication of the extraordinary strength of demand at the top of the market and the equally extraordinary growth in this sector of the European bloodstock market. At the turn of the century the average price at the Craven Breeze Up Sale was less than 25,000 guineas and the median was 20,000 guineas. In 2017 the average has exceeded 140,000 guineas and the median has broken the 100,000 guineas mark for the first time.

    “In addition to new records for average and median, there have been an unprecedented number of six figure transactions and some spectacular pinhooking triumphs which demonstrate not only the professionalism of the consignors, but also the diversity of international buyers. Owners, trainers and agents from all over the world target the Craven Breeze Up Sale because it consistently produces top class racehorses and the combination of regular buyers competing with new faces has produced a sale of sustained strength from start to finish. The global demand this week is not only a source of encouragement for the forthcoming Tattersalls Guineas Breeze Up and Horses in Training Sale, but also for the rest of the year."
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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: 5 offered, 4 sold for an average of 120,500gns
    EPAULETTE: 4 offered, 4 sold for an average of 116,250gns
    FARHH: 1 offered, sold for 35,000gns
    HAVANA GOLD: 1 offered, sold for 65,000gns
    INTELLO: 3 offered, 2 sold for an average of 355,000gns
    LETHAL FORCE: 3 offered, 3 sold for an average of 81,667gns
    LIAISON: 1 offered, not sold
    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: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of 82,500gns
    SWISS SPIRIT: 1 offered, sold for 105,000gns
    VIOLENCE: 1 offered, sold for 210,000gns
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    A record renewal of the Tattersalls Craven Sale
    Catalogued: 152
    Offered: 124 
    Sold: 98 (79%)
    Aggregate: 14,120,000gns (+63%)
    Average: 144,082gns (+30%)
    Median: 110,000gns (+42%)
    No. successful pinhooks (listed as officially sold on last auction appearance, plus approximate expenses): 66 of 95 - 18 of those were sourced at Keeneland. Given the success of American-breds at this sale, it will be interesting to see how many pinhookers fly out this September
    No. 250,000gns+ lots: 15 (2016: 7)
    No. 100,000gns + lots: 57 (2016: 34)
    Leading sire (by average; more than one sold): Intello, 2 sold for an average of 355,000gns
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