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Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up Sale - Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Nancy Sexton brings you all the action as it happens at the Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up Sale

  • Following a satisfactory renewal of the Tattersalls Ireland Ascot Breeze-up Sale last Wednesday, it is Tattersalls' turn to host the next breeze-up on the calendar today with the first session of the company's Craven Sale.

    Not only is this Tattersalls' flagship breeze-up sale but in terms of turnover and average at least, it is also the leading sale of its kind in Britain and Ireland. During a particularly strong renewal in 2014, an European record was set courtesy of a War Front colt that was sold by Mocklershill for 1.15 million guineas to Jamie McCalmont on behalf of Coolmore. His sale eclipsed the previous record of 800,000gns set only 24 hours previously by the subsequently Group 3-placed Moheet, who was sold by Jim McCartan to Peter and Ross Doyle on behalf of Al Shaqab Racing.

    A War Front colt from Mocklershill once again took centre stage last year when topping the sale at 850,000gns. Knocked down to Alex Elliott and Jamie McCalmont, the colt has subsequently returned to the US.

    In all, five lots sold for 300,000gns or more - the highest-priced filly, 350,000gns purchase Aljuljalah, still holds an entry in the 1,000 Guineas for Roger Varian - while overall, 96 lots changed hands for 9,893,500gns. Although the average dropped minimally to 103,057gns, the median rose by six per cent to 71,000gns. 

    Tonight's sale begins at 6pm following racing.

    Last year's 850,000gns sale-topper. Photo: Tattersalls 

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  • As befits one of the leading sales of its kind, this year's renewal is not lacking for sire power; Cape Cross, Dark Angel, Elusive Quality, Invincible Spirit, Kodiac, Lope De Vega, More Than Ready, Oasis Dream, Pivotal, Shamardal and Zoffany are among the leading sires represented.

    However, many eyes will be on the sole juvenile by Frankel catalogued. Offered as the second lot in during tomorrow's session as lot 72, the colt was bred by Newsells Park Stud and London Thoroughbred Services out of the Grade 1-placed Noahs Ark and is a half-brother to Listed winner Temps Au Temps. He was a late withdrawal from Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Sale and is offered this time around by Malcolm Bastard.

    The Frankel colt breezing yesterday on the Rowley Mile. Photo: Tattersalls 

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  • Only Frankel at @Tattersalls1766 breeze ups lot 72 Colt out of Noah's Ark breezed well @newsellspark

  • Contributer, Lightning Thunder, Adaay, Hathal, Waady and Great White Eagle are among those to have done the sale proud in recent years. However, while each of those cost in excess of 100,000gns, plenty of other graduates have turned out to be value on the night.

    For instance, Jeremy Noseda's classy miler Sloane Avenue was bought back through Mocklershill for 50,000gns. Group 1-placed sprinter Strath Burn was sold by Oaks Farm Stables for 62,000gns to Stephen Hillen while last season's Group 2-winning two-year-old Donjuan Triumphant was knocked down for 30,000gns to Middleham Park Racing.

    Other stakes runners out of last year's sale include Kasseopia, Areen, Dhahmaan, Ray's The Bar, Nodiac, Glass House and White Bullet. In all, the 2015 has provided 38 winners so far in Britain and Ireland

    Thomond O'Mara's Knockanglass Stables comes out particularly well on that list as the vendor of Ray's The Bar, Kasseopia and Areen out of a 2015 draft of seven. He returns this week with six juveniles, including the only lot catalogued by Siyouni.

    Kodiac is also a prominent theme as the sire of Adaay (2014), Areen, Dhahmaan and Nodiac. Another filly by Kodiac, Sun'Aq, was a three-time winner last year for Sir Mark Prescott.

    Kodiac is unsurprisingly again well represented, this time with 15 lots.

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  • Approximately 120 two-year-olds breezed yesterday on the Rowley Mile in front of a good crowd made primarily up of agents and trainers. All breezed as singles, and the vast majority were highly professional and clearly knew their job.

    As usual, various pieces of timing equipment were on display while a number of people took advantage of the stop watches handed out by Tattersalls.

    The catalogue comprises pinhooks sourced from across Europe in addition to America. Particularly well represented is Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Sale, the source of 31 pinhooks, followed by the Tattersalls Ireland September Sale, the source of 15 pinhooks. Another 14 came from Keeneland.

    The most expensive pinhook is lot 17, a Zoffany colt knocked down to Grove Stud for 175,000gns at Book 2.

    Tattersalls expect a healthy international array of buyers to complement the usual domestic buying bench, including those from Hong Kong - Hong Kong buyers were particularly active last year, purchasing a number of six figure lots through agents such as Charlie Gordon-Watson and SackvilleDonald.

    There is also the possibility of some American participation. However, they are unlikely to be joined by any buyers from Japan. Shadai Farm made a welcome appearance last year to purchase two fillies, by Kodiac and Gio Ponti, for a total of 250,000gns. Both have since been placed in Japan.

    Lot 17 breezing on the Rowley Mile yesterday. Photo: Tattersalls 

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  • There is no War Front in Willie Browne's Mocklershill draft this time but the consignor, who has topped the vendor standings at this sale every year since 2005, is hopeful that another American-bred in his armoury is capable of lighting up the ring.

    The colt in question is lot 46, a son of More Than Ready out of French Listed winner Limonar, a Street Cry half-sister to Grade 1-winning miler Talco. By a sire who is very effective in both hemispheres, he was secured after failing to sell at $120,000 at the Keeneland September Sale.

    "We have a big opinion of him," says Browne, who will offer seven juveniles, "and he didn't disappoint out there. He breezed very well and did a quick time - one of the quickest of the day I believe."

    He added: "Ascot [last week] was alright for me. I wouldn't say it was special. But this is a very different sale. It can be a difficult sale - if you don't make the top 15 per cent, it can be tricky. Sometimes here, it's easier to get 200,000gns for a horse than it is 50,000gns. For some reason, the man in the street doesn't want to come here."

    While recent Mocklershill graduates out of this sale include Zarwaan, bought for 320,000gns by Shadwell in 2013, one of Browne's better graduates from last year is the Listed-placed White Bullet, who was unsold for a relatively inexpensive 30,000gns.

    Lot 46 on the Rowley Mile yesterday. Photo: Tattersalls 

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  • It seems that several pinhookers went to Keeneland last September with one priority: to secure a yearling by Lonhro.

    Darley's Australian champion sire shuttled for two seasons to Jonabell Farm in Kentucky. His first northern hemisphere two-year-olds represented their sire in a good light last season, notably the Group 3-placed Rah Rah and Listed-placed Aquamerica. 

    In the US, meanwhile, that first crop includes last week's Transylvania Stakes winner Shakhimat and Grade 3-winning two-year-old Isotherm.

    Lonhro, who was represented by a £170,000 colt at Ascot last Wednesday, has two colts catalogued this week; lot 43, out of the Giant's Causeway mare Laughingly, comes from Gaybrook Lodge Stud and cost $105,000 as a yearling while 120, a close relation to Saturday's Grade 3 Bay Shore Stakes runner-up King Kranz, comes from Tally-Ho Stud.

    "Lonhro was certainly on my radar when I went to Keeneland last year," says Jim McCartan, the vendor of Lightning Thunder and Moheet at this sale in recent years. "I was pleased with the way my colt breezed yesterday. He's still a bit babyish but I thought he was stylish."

    There are another two Lonhros catalogued at GoffsUK next week and another three in Arqana next month.

    Lonhro - Laughingly colt. Photo: Tattersalls 

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  • One consignor who has got people talking is Con Marnane of Bansha House Stables, whose marketing ahead of the breeze-ups this years takes the form of an apology.

    Last month, Con and Teresa Marnane sent out the flyer 'SORRY If you missed out on these stars'. The stars in question are Palace Episode, Fleeting Spirit, Amadeus Wolf, Rio De La Plata and Robin Of Navan, who flew the flag for the operation last year when successful in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud for Harry Dunlop.

    "I thought the breeze-ups were getting a bit of a bad press," says Marnane, "and people were starting to put too much emphasis on the clock. The proof is in the pudding - we've had 18 Group 1 horses and 79 stakes runners.

    "We have a very good team of people at home. Year in year out we've had good horses. Last year, it was Robin Of Navan and First Selection and neither were hugely expensive horses."

    This year's draft kicks off with the very first lot into the ring, a Cape Cross filly. "A beauty," says Marnane.

    He adds: "The Helmet colt (39) did a fast time. He's a big, strong, good moving colt. The Kodiac (38) is a really nice colt. The Exchange Rate colt (65) is the first foal out of a good mare [Listed winner Miss Liberty] and is going down well. And the Invincible Spirit filly (53) breezed well and is a nice filly. We've had a lot of his good fillies, including Fleeting Spirit.

    "We knew we had some nice horses coming in and we're happy with the way they breezed."

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  • A timely update for the Craven Sale came earlier this afternoon at Newmarket with the victory of Ventura Storm in the Feilden Stakes. The colt, by Zoffany, was sold by Willie Browne's Mocklershill for 110,000gns to Peter and Ross Doyle on behalf of Middleham Park Racing.

    One race earlier, it was the turn of another graduate, Teruntum Star, to advertise the sale when successful in the 6f handicap. The son of Dutch Art was offered by by Bansha House Stables and unsold at 40,000gns.
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  • After Breeze up graduate Teruntum Star's win we're off to @Tattersalls1766 to find the future winners now #winner

  • Lot 17: b c Zoffany - Flying Flag (Entrepreneur)

    After a lukewarm start, the sale bursts into life with the 320,000gns sale of this colt to Stephen Hillen and Kevin Ryan.

    At 175,000gns, the colt was the most expensive pinhook of the sale but bidding swiftly passed that mark as a number of bidders showed interest, among them early runner Luke Lillingston and Russell McNabb. By the same sire as today's Feilden Stakes winner Ventura Storm, also a Craven graduate, among others, he is a half-brother to Listed winner Laguna Salada.

    The colt is set to race for Malaysian owner Tengku Abdul Rahman, the son of Sultan Ahmad Shah whose colours were carried to victory today  in the 6f handicap at Newmarket by fellow Craven graduate Teruntum Star. Rahman also owned the 2011 Norfolk Stakes winner Bapak Chinta.

    "Delighted to get him," said Ryan, who bought The Grey Gatsby with Stephen Hillen off Grove Stud at Arqana in 2013. "He's a horse with a lovely action and a great mind - every time we went to see him, he was laid back. 

    "Mr Rahman has a number of horses with me and doesn't pressure you to anything quickly with the horses. Hopefully he'll have a couple of runs this year but he's been bought for a three-year-old career in mind."

    Lot 17: Zoffany - Kathy's Rocket. Photo: Tattersalls 

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  • Good start at @Tattersalls1766 bought lot 1 & lot 8 for @MarcoBotti by Cape Cross and Mayson respectively.

  • Cracking specimen and great breeze, hope he does well for them…

  • Lot 39: b c Helmet - Kathy's Rocket (Gold Legend)

    Provides a great pinhooking coup for Con Marnane's Bansha House Stables, selling for 210,000gns to John Ferguson. Alex Elliott was the underbidder.

    The colt was bought by his vendor for just 15,000gns at Book 3 of last year's Tattersalls October Sale.

    Since then, of course, Helmet has turned heads by firing in two early winners for Mark Johnston in Chupalla and Boater.

    Against that, he has yet to sire a winner from 13 runners in Australia.

    This colt, described earlier today by Marnane as 'a big, strong, good moving colt', is the seventh foal out of American Listed winner Kathy's Rocket. She is a daughter of the Seattle Slew stallion Gold Legend (a half-brother to Dayjur) and out of another minor American stakes winner in Franks Rocket Girl.

    "He's a very nice horse who breezed very well," said Ferguson. "He's by a stallion who's had two winners already and I'm delighted to have him. We'll decide at the end of the week where he'll go."

    Lot 39: b c Helmet - Kathy's Rocket. Photo: Tattersalls 

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  • Lot 36: a gt pinhook for Shanaville Stables - a 8,500gns #OctBk3 purchase by BBA Ire, @SirPercy_sire colt makes 40k

  • Lot 46: br c More Than Ready - Limner (Street Cry)

    Simon Crisford will train this colt after he sells out of the Mocklershill draft to the trainer for 220,000gns on behalf of Shadwell. Crisford enjoyed good fortune out of the breeze-ups last year, primarily through Ascot graduate First Selection who went on to win the Solario Stakes.

    His latest purchase is by a sire who is very effective in both hemispheres and out of Listed winner Limonar, a Street Cry half-sister to Grade 1-winning miler Talco. 

    He also turned in a particularly good breeze yesterday, making him something of a talking horse on the sales grounds.

    "He's been bought for Shadwell and hopefully he can take us to some fancy places," said Crisford. "He breezed very well and looked to have a very good mind.

    "The mare was very good and it's a young family. More Than Ready over Street Cry - it was all looking good."

    Bred by St Elias Stable, whose highly regarded two-year-old Create A Dream is currently based with Wesley Ward at Manton, he was unsold at $120,000 at last year's Keeneland September Sale.

    Lot 46: b c More Than Ready - Limonar. Photo: Tattersalls 

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  • Lot 47: b c Invincible Spirit - Loch Jipp (Belong To Me)

    Not for the first time, a two-year-old out of Loch Jipp lights up the ring, in this instance selling for 360,000gns to Jamie McCalmont on behalf of Coolmore.

    The colt is the third foal out of Hilary Needler Trophy winner Loch Jipp and a brother to the placed Hayba, who sold for 450,000gns to David Redvers at this sale two years ago. 

    The colt was sold by Mark Dwyer's Oaks Farm Stables on behalf of breeder Highbank Stud. He was listed as sold to Oaks Farm for 150,000gns at Book 1 of last year's Tattersalls October Sale.

    "He's been bought for Coolmore but I'm not sure who will train him yet," said McCalmont. "He's such a big powerful horse but he walked around there very calmly, nothing fazed him. He's a lovely colt."

    His Listed-winning dam is a great-granddaughter of stakes winner Willamae and related to two classy fillies by the name of Willa On The Move - one, by Assert, won the 1988 Ashland Stakes while the other, by Two Punch, was a Grade 3 winner.

    Lot 47: b c Invincible Spirit - Loch Jipp. Photo: Tattersalls 

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  • Lot 48: b c Acclamation - Lucina (Machiavellian)

    Another strong pinhook of the evening. Ross Doyle goes to 170,000gns for this colt from John Cullinan's Horse Park Stud, who was purchased for 62,000gns out of Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Sale by Church Farm Stables.

    He is a half-brother to three winners and out of an unraced half-sister to Group 3 winner Blue Monday. A great-grandson of Lucayan Princess, he is also related to Avenir Certain, Luso and Warrsan.
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  • Lot 55: b c Invincible Spirit - Mambo Light (Kingmambo)

    A good evening for Invincible Spirit continues as Rob Speers signs at 320,000gns on behalf of Ibrahim Araci for this colt from Oak Tree Farm.

    Bought for €140,000 out of the Arqana August Sale, he boasts one of the better pedigrees of the day as a son of Listed winner Mambo Light, a half-sister to Group 3 winner Dietrich (dam of Beauty Bright and Aloft) who is from the further family of Aldebaran and Pathfork. Mambo Light is the dam of two winners including Le Juge, a winner again since the publication of the catalogue.

    "This has been a lucky sale for Mr Araci," said Speers. "Native Khan, who ran third in the 2,000 Guineas, came out of this sale as did [Group 3 winner] Chigun - two proper Group horses.

    "This colt has size and strength and did a very professional breeze. We were underbidder on his winning three-year-old half-brother [Le Juge], so it's a family we know well.

    "He has been bought with the longer term in mind and it's a stallions page. We hope he will develop into a Classic prospect."

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  • Trade picked up after a slow start to the point that ten six-figure lots changed hands. 

    In addition, the top price of 300,000gns achieved at last year's corresponding session was surpassed on three occasions.


    Offered: 51

    Sold: 37 (73%)

    Aggregate: 3,547,500gns (+7%)

    Average: 95,878gns (+19%)

    Median: 60,000gns (-8%)

    No. six figure lots: 10

    No. profitable pinhooks (purchase price on last trip through the ring + approx expenses): 20 of 43

    Leading vendor: Bansha House Stables, 7 sold for a total of 580,000gns

    Leading buyer: Jamie McCalmont, one bought for 360,000gns, and Rob Speers, 2 bought for a total of 360,000gns

    Leading sire (by average, more than one sold): Invincible Spirit, three sold for an average of 256,667gns


    47) b c Invincible Spirit - Loch Jipp (Belong To Me), sold by Oaks Farm Stables for 360,000gns to Jamie McCalmont

    55) b c Invincible Spirit - Mambo Light (Kingmambo), sold by Oak Tree Farm for 320,000gns to Rob Speers

    17) b c Zoffany - Flying Flag (Entrepreneur), sold to Grove Stud for 320,000gns to Hillen & Ryan

    Tonight's top lot, the 360,000gns son of Invincible Spirit. Photo: Tattersalls 


    ALGORITHMS: 1 sold for 90,000gns

    CASAMENTO: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of 36,500gns

    EXCELEBRATION: 1 sold for 15,000gns

    HELMET: 3 offered, 2 sold for an average of 145,000gns

    MAYSON: 1 sold for 47,000gns

    SEPOY: 1 offered, not sold
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  • $110k @keenelandsales Sept'15 pinhook, Elusive Quality X Melody Dawn, makes 150k ($210k) GNS @Tattersalls1766 @BreezeUp to Mandore Agency
  • Gutted but good luck to Mr Araci as I was underbidder on lot 55. The nicest Colt in the sale.
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