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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

    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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    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 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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