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Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up Sale - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

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  • Session two of the Tattersalls Craven Sale starts this evening at 6pm.

    Last year's renewal was a sale of two halves in that the second session was stronger than the first, and I should think various people will be hoping that history repeats itself. Granted, several high prices contributed to a fair evening of trading last night but it was tough going for some others. One consignor has just remarked this morning: "It was tricky in there. We knew our fate going in and some did well but even those weren't easy. We had to work to get them there."
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  • Con Marnane, who had such a good evening last night when turning over 580,000gns worth of stock, returns tonight with two lots: a filly by Power (103) and colt by Spanish stallion Caradak (124).

    The Power filly is a half-sister to two winners and out of Starchy, a winning sister to Flying Childers Stakes winner Land Of Dreams (dam of Dream Ahead), while the Caradak colt shares his sire with Noozhoh Canarias and is a half-brother to Listed winner Wag'n Tail.

    "The Power filly is gorgeous and has a good back pedigree," says Marnane. "She's quick and very straightforward. She'll be at her best on top of the ground.

    "The Caradak colt was bought out of Spain at the same sale as [Bansha House grad] First Selection. He was the best colt in that sale and looks a real racehorse."


    Lot 124, by Caradak, breezing on the Rowley Mile on Monday. Photo: Tattersalls

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  • Lot 119, one of two colts catalogued tonight by Nathaniel, has packed a lot of air miles into his life so far.

    The flashy chestnut was purchased by Kentucky outfit Darby Dan Farm for 100,000gns at the Tattersalls December Sale with the idea of resell in the US. He duly reappeared at last year's Keeneland September Sale, where he sold for a loss at $110,000. Willie Browne's Grangebarry signed for the colt on that occasion and here he is, back in Newmarket with the Mocklershill draft.

    The colt is a half-brother two winners and the fourth foal out of the Swain mare Wait It Out, a Listed winner at Belmont.

    "The Nathaniel is a nice colt," says Browne. "He didn't do the quickest breeze on Monday but he'd been showing up well at home, enough to say he will be a nice back end two-year-old over 7f to a mile - he's by Nathaniel out of a Swain mare so that's probably to be expected."

    Browne also offers a highly regarded Exceed And Excel filly as lot 75 - 'we like the filly, she's fast' - and 'nice' Lope De Vega colt (137).


    The Nathaniel colt (119) stretches out on Monday. Photo: Tattersalls 

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  • Many eyes tonight will be on the sole juvenile by Frankel (72) catalogued. 

    Offered as the second lot in, 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.

    Lot 72: the Frankel colt. Photo: Tattersalls 

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  • Frustrating yesterday underbidding two very nice colts here at @Tattersalls1766. Today's a new day.
  • Best of luck to new owners of #Acclamation ex Lucina colt bought @Doyle_Racing @Tattersalls1766 #Craven from Horse Park Stud for 170,000gns
  • Absolutely delighted as lot 47 sells to Jamie McCalmont for 360,000 Gns @Tattersalls1766. Here he is as a foal! http://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cf6Djm8WEAApbRs.jpg

  • Lot 72: ch c Frankel - Noahs Ark (Charnwood Forest)

    The sole Frankel catalogued is knocked down to Federico Barberini for 95,000gns. Auctioneer Edmond Mahony initially asked for 100,000gns for the colt but had to drop to 20,000gns to open proceedings.

    Barberini was unable to disclose ownership details of the purchase or details of his immediate future.

    The colt was offered by Malcolm Bastard on behalf of breeders Newsells Park Stud and London Thoroughbred Services. He is the sixth foal out of the Listed winner and Group 1-placed Noah's Ark, also the dam of Listed winner Temps Au Temps and Group 3-placed After.
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  • Lot 78: br c Requinto - Positive Step (Footstepsinthesand)

    A noteworthy result for first-crop stallion Requinto, one of Coolmore's cheaper stallions at €5,000, as Stephen Hillen sees off Alex Elliott at 200,000gns for this colt from Star Bloodstock. Like the Zoffany colt purchased yesterday by Hillen, lot 78 is set to join Kevin Ryan.

    It is also an excellent result for Star Bloodstock, not just because this is their first Craven consignment but in that he returned a fine profit on the 50,000gns he cost through Kilbride Equine as a yearling.

    "We are delighted and it's great that he is going to such a good trainer," said John Kilbride of the colt who was prepped in Newmarket by Micky Cleere. "It is important that our draft go on to win - keeping that upward trajectory is vital."

    He is the second foal out of Positive Step, a half-sister to the Listed-placed Derivative and Harrington.


    Lot 78: a highlight of Star Bloodstock's inaugural draft at 200,000gns. Photo: Tattersalls 


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  • Lot 82: br c More Than Ready - Rainbow Luck (Honour And Glory)

    Some good theatre as Charlie Gordon-Watson, standing with Ed Dunlop, outbids Clive Washbourn at 300,000gns for this colt from Johnny Collins' Brown Island Stables - a mere $17,000 pinhook by his vendor out of last year's Keeneland September Sale.

    Washbourn was seriously determined to land the colt, vocally pushing the bidding in increments of up to 40,000gns before crying enough at 300,000gns.

    Collins, who also enjoyed a significant return from small money with subsequent Grade 1 winner Mshawish at Arqana in 2012 ($10,000 to €170,000), was understandably thrilled with the result.

    "He was always a big, good-moving colt," he said. "But he was a bit backward when I bought him and he toed out. That really improved over the winter.

    "He's always had a good mind."

    Bred by Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky, he is the second foal out of four-time winner Rainbow Luck. She is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner City To city and from the further family of champion Rainbow Connection.

    He brings More Than Ready's sale average to 260,000gns for two sold.


    Lot 82: turned a great profit for Johnny Collins. Photo: Tattersalls 


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  • Lot 86: b f Kyllachy - Represent (Exceed And Excel)

    A good result comes the way of Greenhills Farm, as their Kyllachy filly sells for 210,000gns to Simon Crisford. She was purchased by the operation for just 23,000gns out of Book 3 of the Tattersalls October Sale.

    She is the first foal out of dual winner Represent, a half-sister to Listed winners Connecticut and Fleurie Domaine.
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  • Lot 90: b c Scat Daddy - Rosangela (El Prado)

    One of the talking horses of the session lives up to the billing, selling for 270,000gns to Al Donald of SackvilleDonald. Stephen Hillen was among the underbidders.

    A son of the much missed Scat Daddy, sire of No Nay Never, Acapulco and Nickname among others, he is a half-brother to two winners and out a winning daughter of Grade 1 winner Vivid Angel.

    He is set to join Ed Walker on behalf of a Hong Kong owner - it was out of last year's sale that Donald secured Stormy Antarctic for the same connections.

    "He'll stay here for now," said Donald. "He could race here or wait until Hong Kong. I'm a big fan of the sire and I thought this colt had great balance and temperament. He was the only real one on our list today."


    Sold by Oak Tree Farm, the colt was bought as a yearling for $150,000 by Norman Williamson.


    Lot 90: b c Scat Daddy - Rosangela. Photo: Tattersalls 


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  • Lot 96: b c Quality Road - Shady Reflection (Sultry Song)

    Eddie O'Leary has reason to think fondly of Shady Reflection after a two-year-old out of the Listed-winning mare provides him with a good profit for the second time in as many years.

    Last year, it was an Elusive Quality colt - a $90,000 yearling - who did O'Leary a good turn when selling for 300,000gns to Gerard Hourigan. Now named Elusive Dane, he is in training in Denmark.

    This year's offering, by Elusive Quality's son Quality Road, didn't turn quite such a hefty profit. But it was still good business, with his value rising from $35,000 to 100,000gns. Alex Elliott signed the ticket.

    The pair are a half-brother to 2014 Breeders' Cup Marathon winner Cary Street. Coincidentally, the son of Smarty Jones has also been financially kind to his current connections, having been claimed by trainer and co-owner Brendan Walsh for just $10,000 in February 2013 - his earnings now stand at close to $400,000.
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  • Lot 106: gr c The Factor - Sweet Belle (Deputy Commander)

    An ongoing theme of the past sales season in America was the buzz behind first-crop sire The Factor, which led to Lane's End Farm increasing his fee from $15,000 to $25,000 for the current season.

    Today, that buzz reaches Newmarket as Tally-Ho Stud's colt, who did a particularly good breeze on Monday, sells for 350,000gns to Jamie McCalmont on behalf of a partnership between Coolmore and Barbara Banke's Stonestreet Stables. Plans call for the colt to return to America to be trained.

    "He's very typical of The Factors I've seen," said McCalmont. "An attractive colt recently made a similar figure at Barretts [Two-year-olds in Training Sale in California]. 

    "He did an exceptional breeze despite racing on sticky ground that probably wouldn't be to his liking - he has a great stride. [Stonestreet manager] John Moynihan saw a video of the breeze and liked him too."

    The Factor was a brilliant sprinter in California for Bob Baffert, winning the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes and Grade 1 Pat O'Brien Stakes. As such, he was influential in the rise of War Front, not just because he was a first-crop standout but in that he was a true dirt performer who offered a taste of his sire's versatility.

    Coolmore, of course, have invested heavily in War Front so it's no surprise to see them strike for a colt by his first major son to stud. They have partnered with Stonestreet at two-year-old sales in the US on several occasions, notably last year when going to $900,000 at Fasig-Tipton for the subsequently Grade 2-placed Zulu.

    This particular colt was bought by Tally-Ho Stud for $100,000 at last year's Keeneland September Sale. He is the fourth foal out of Listed winner Sweet Belle, a Deputy Commander half-sister to minor stakes winner Sole Of The City.


    Lot 106: gr c The Factor - Sweet Belle. Photo: Tattersalls 



    The Factor 


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  • Lot 108: ch c Siyouni - Tassara (Sendawar)

    The only Siyouni two-year-old catalogued proves popular, selling for 175,000gns to Sheikh Abdullah Almalek Alsabah. He provides an excellent result for vendor Thomond O'Mara of Knockanglass Stables, who paid just €30,000 for the colt at last year's Osarus September Sale.

    It was at this sale last year that Sheikh Abdullah bought a Kodiac colt from Knockanglass Stables - named Areen, he went on to be Group 2-placed for Kevin Ryan.

    This particular colt is already named Tumbulgum and is the third foal out of the Group 3-placed Tassara.
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  • Lot 110: b f Showcasing - Thankful (Diesis)

    Will join Ismail Mohammed after assistant trainer Mike Marshall signs at 220,000gns. Alex Elliott was the underbidder.

    A half-sister to the Listed-placed Morning Post, she is also a sister to Munfarrid, a three-time winner in Italy since the publication of the catalogue.

    "She's been bought for Sayed Al Altayeh, chairman of the Dubai Racing Club," said Marshall. "We were looking for a filly. We've tried on a few but the market has been strong tonight and we've missed out, so we're very pleased to get this filly. Hopefully we'll have some fun with her."

    Sold today by Yeomanstown Stud, she was a 105,000gns buyback by the operation out of last year's Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Sale.
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  • Lot 119: ch c Nathaniel - Wait It Out (Swain)

    Keeneland pinhooks continue to fare particularly well. The latest to turn a profit is this British-bred colt, who made his way to Kentucky as part of an European pinhooking experiment by Darby Dan Farm. Bought for 100,000gns by the farm in this ring as a foal, he sold at a loss for $110,000 at Keeneland to Willie Browne's Grangebarry, who reaped the rewards today reselling him for 220,000gns to Jamie McCalmont.

    He is the fourth foal out of American Listed winner Wait It Out and a half-brother to two winners.

    He was preceded into the ring by a son of sire-of-the-moment Helmet from Powerstown Stud, who was knocked down to Roger Varian for 200,000gns. Varian was signing on behalf of Shadwell.


    Lot 119: Nathaniel - Wait It Out. Photo: Tattersalls


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  • Lot 131: ch c Exchange Rate - Blessings Count (Pulpit)

    Two quick strikes for Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock as he goes to 340,000gns for lot 131, a colt by Exchange Rate, and 200,000gns for lot 133, a colt by Invincible Spirit.

    Lot 131 continued the good run of Keeneland pinhooks, having been picked up by Eddie O'Leary's Lynn Lodge Stud for $140,000 through Mags O'Toole. He is a half-brother to the Listed-placed Minds Eyes and out of an unplaced daughter of Grade 2 winner Topicount.

    Simon Crisford is set to train on behalf of an 'existing client' with Blandford Bloodstock.

    "He's a colt you can crack on with," said Brown. "He looks a straightforward colt by a stallion who in my opinion is underrated, and he did a fabulous breeze. 

    "For me, this colt and the Invincible Spirit colt last night were the picks of the sale - we missed out last night so we're delighted to get this horse."

    The Invincible Spirit colt was sold by Paddy Twomey's Athassel House Stud and is out of a placed granddaughter of Slightly Dangerous.

    "He's going to take a bit more time," said Brown. "He's a May 21 foal with a lot of [damsire] Galileo about him. He's still a real baby.

    "He's been bought for a patient owner but I don't know yet who will train him."


    Lot 131: ch c Exchange Rate - Blessings Count. Photo: Tattersalls 


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  • Harry Redknapp has purchased a 1/3 share in Lot 113. Delighted to welcome him to Thirty Acre Barn and hoping he can have some fun with us.
  • FIRST CROP SIRE WATCH

    ALGORITHMS: 1 sold for 95,000gns

    BATED BREATH: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of 83,500gns

    BORN TO SEA: 1 offered, not sold

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

    DRAGON PULSE:  2 offeed, 1 sold for 150,000gns

    EXCELEBRATION: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of 25,000gns

    FOXWEDGE: 1 sold for 24,000gns

    FRANKEL: 1 offered, not sold

    HARBOUR WATCH: 1 offered, not sold

    HELMET: 6 offered, 4 sold for an average of 134,250gns

    JUKEBOX JURY: 1 sold for 100,000gns

    MAYSON: 2 offered, 1 sold for 47,000gns

    NATHANIEL: 1 sold for 220,000gns

    POWER: 1 sold for 100,000gns

    REQUINTO: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of 132,500gns

    SEPOY: 1 offered, not sold

    THE FACTOR: 1 sold for 350,000gns

    Roger O'Callaghan and tonight's session-topping son of The Factor 

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  • TOP FIVE LOTS

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

    106) gr c The Factor - Sweet Belle (Deputy Commander), sold by Tally-Ho Stud for 350,000gns to Coolmore & Stonestreet Stables

    131) ch c Exchange Rate - Blessings Count (Pulpit), sold by Lynn Lodge Stud for 340,000gns to Blandford Bloodstock

    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 by Grove Stud for 320,000gns to Hillen & Ryan
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  • CHAIRMANS STATEMENT

    At the conclusion of the 2016 Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented;


    “The feature of the 2016 Craven Breeze Up Sale has been the strength of demand at the top of the market. The sale is a proven consistent source of top class performers on the global stage and leading international buyers, most notably from the Gulf region and Hong Kong, have made a significant impact. This year’s Craven catalogue is numerically the smallest this century and understandably the turnover has not matched last year’s level, but there have been some outstanding pinhooking successes, more lots sold for 200,000 guineas and above than last year, a new record median and a sale average second only to the 2013 sale.

    “Every year we reflect upon the professionalism of our Breeze Up consignors and this year is no exception. Yet again they have brought a magnificent collection of two year olds to the Craven Breeze Up and we confidently expect to see graduates of the sale performing at the highest level throughout 2016 and beyond. In the meantime we look forward to the forthcoming Tattersalls Guineas Breeze Up and Horses in Training Sale and to sustaining the momentum established over the last two days."
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  • DAY TWO STATISTICS

    Offered: 56

    Sold: 41 (73%)

    Aggregate: 5,094,000gns (-23%)

    Average: 124,244gns (+4%)

    Median: 100,000gns (+25%)
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  • Good day for @keenelandsales pin hooks @Tattersalls1766 sale. Top 5 sales all #KeeSept grads. Congrats to all.
  • OVERALL STATISTICS

    Catalogued: 140

    Offered: 107

    Sold: 78 (73%)

    Aggregate: 8,641,500gns (-13%)

    Average: 110,788gns (+8%)

    Median: 77,500gns (+9%)

    No. 200,000gns + lots: 17 (2015: 13)

    No. successful pinhooks: 49 of 76
        By my reckoning, all bar two pinhooks out of last year's Keeneland September Sale made a profit, including all nine offered tonight


    TOP THREE VENDORS

    MOCKLERSHILL: 7 sold for a total of 925,000gns - for the 12th consecutive year

    OAK TREE FARM: 4 sold for a total of 770,000gns

    BANSHA HOUSE STABLES: 8 sold for a total of 680,000gns


    TOP THREE BUYERS

    CHARLIE GORDON-WATSON: 7 bought for a total of 802,000gns

    ROB SPEERS: 4 bought for a total of 775,000gns

    BLANDFORD BLOODSTOCK: 4 bought for a total of 630,000gns


    TOP THREE SIRES (by average, more than one sold)

    MORE THAN READY: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of 260,000gns

    INVINCIBLE SPIRIT: 6 offered, 4 sold for an average of 242,500gns

    EXCHANGE RATE: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of 197,500gns
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