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Tattersalls December Foal Sale - Day Four - Friday, November 27, 2015

Nancy Sexton brings you all the news as it happens from the Tattersalls December Foal Sale with her live blog from Park Paddocks

    The strongest of the five sessions, one which will no doubt provide the sale-topper. 

    It was on this day last year that the bloodstock world descended on Tattersalls to view the first Frankel foals. Only one Frankel colt was catalogued this time around and he was among the first raft of withdrawals. The sole Galileo catalogued, a wild card entry, has also been withdrawn.

    However, today's session does include three very well-bred Dubawi foals, including a filly out of Group 3 winner High Heeled (1225) - her sister topped the 2013 sale when sold to John Ferguson for 450,000gns - who forms part of a strong draft from West Blagdon Stud.
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    Stand-outs on paper include:

    1005) b c Exceed And Excel - Alexander Ballet: half-brother to Gran Criterium winner Hearts Of Fire

    1055) b c Iffraaj - Balladonia: brother to Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere winner Wootton Bassett

    1062) ch f Equiano - Irish Light: sister to Betfred Sprint Cup runner-up Strath Burn

    1114) b c Cape Cross - Silversword: half-brother to Cavalryman

    1150) b f High Chaparral - Ghurra: half-sister to top two-year-old Shalaa

    1152) b c Shamardal - Daneleta: half-brother to Intense Focus

    1162) ch f Dubawi - Hit The Sky: half-sister to three stakes winners including Prix Daniel Wildenstein winner Royal Bench

    1171) b f Oasis Dream - Termagant: second foal out of the champion Irish two-year-old filly of 2009

    1172) b f Dubawi - La Collina: first foal out of the 2011 Phoenix Stakes winner

    1199) gr c Iffraaj - Roystonea: half-brother to exciting two-year-old Foundation

    1203) b f Iffraaj - Sadima: half-sister to champion Youmzain and Group 1-winning miler Creachadoir

    1216) ch f Sepoy - Swain's Gold: a half-sister to Jack Hobbs as well as recent two-year-old winner Manson

    1220) gr c Intello - Ronaldsay: half-brother to Gale Force Ten and out of a Listed winner

    1226) b c Nathaniel - Factice: half-brother to 2,000 Guineas winner Cockney Rebel

    1234) b c Camelot - Brigid: half-brother to Group 1-winning two-year-olds Sequoyah, dam of Henrythenavigator, and Listen as well as two fillies who topped the Tattersalls October Sale at 2.5 million guineas (record) in 2007 and 1.7 million guineas in 2011
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    Declaration Of War provided one of the highlights of the Keeneland November Sale earlier this month as the sire of a filly out of Hanky Panky (who sells next week) that was knocked down for $800,000. The son of War Front returned an average of 42,125gns for four lots sold yesterday and with several well regarded lots coming up, looks set to feature even more prominently today.

    Catalogued as lot 1081 is a filly out of Group 3 winner Danehill Music from the family of Eagle Mountain who will be offered by The Castlebridge Consignment. Also well regarded is lot 1018 from Fittocks Stud, a half-sister to recent Newmarket maiden winner Colour Me Happy out of the Listed-placed Za Za Zoom.

    Lot 1081: a member of Declaration Of War's first crop. Photo: Tattersalls 
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    Lot 1002: br c Showcasing - Turning Leaf (Last Tycoon)

    Amazing to think these Showcasing foals were bred when his sire stood for an advertised £4,500 - this colt becomes his fourth 50,000gns+ lot of the week when selling for 105,000gns to Blandford Bloodstock.

    Sold by Windmill Farm, he is a half-brother to Group 3 winner Turning Light, dam of Californian Listed winner Surrey Star, and out of the 2000 German 1,000 Guineas third Turning Leaf.
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    Lot 1042: b c Kodiac - Lilium (Nashwan)

    Anthony Stroud, sitting with Eugene Daly, who signed for several high-priced foals at Goffs last week under the names Ballyshiel Stud and Hunday, lands this colt at 130,000gns.

    He continues a fine week for Tally-Ho's Kodiac, who was also responsible for two of yesterday's six-figure lots. 

    This particular colt was bred by vendor Ringfort Stud in partnership with Tally-Ho. He is a half-brother to four winners and out of Listed winner Lilum, a half-sister to Lujain purchased for $72,000 through Blandford Bloodstock at the 2009 Keeneland November Sale. 
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    Lot 1051: gr c Dark Angel - Margarita (Marju)

    This son of the ever popular Dark Angel will carry the colours of Sheikh Hamdan after selling for 250,000gns to Angus Gold. 

    "He's a bonny little horse by a sire who's exciting everybody," said Gold. "I didn't think he'd make that much but we all loved him. He has a great attitude and we've had a bit of luck with Dark Angel this year.

    "He's not the biggest horse, but fine for the stallion."

    The colt was bred and sold by Deer Forest Farm out of the placed Margarita, a sister to Soviet Song who is also closely related to Ribbons. Margarita was sold here in 2011 for 75,000gns to Brian Grassick Bloodstock.

    Lot 1051: gr c Dark Angel - Margarita. Photo: Tattersalls 

    He had been preceded into the ring by another by the sire, a colt out of Lucky Clio who sold for 185,000gns to Anthony Stroud. Sold by Newtown House Stud on behalf of Tourgar House Stud, he is a half-brother to the Group 3-placed Kingsdesire.

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    Lot 1069: b f Dark Angel - Lethal Lena (Thousand Words)

    Dark Angel again - this time it's a three-parts sister to Lethal Force from Knockatrina House who commands attention when selling for 125,000gns to Grove Stud. 

    She is the first foal out of her unraced dam, herself a mere €4,000 yearling purchase before Lethal Force developed into a sprint sensation.
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    Lot 1076: b c Sea The Stars - Sudden Blaze (Soviet Star)

    The Tsui family regularly support the progeny of Sea The Stars and his half-brother Born To Sea, and they dip into the market with this 230,000gns purchase of a colt by the former.

    "He ticked all the boxes for us - we loved him," said advisor John Clarke. "We'll let him get over the sale before we decide whether to race or reoffer him next year."

    The Tsui family look likely to have around 25 horses in training next year, many of whom are by Sea The Stars and Born To Sea.

    This particular colt is out of a half-sister to Grade 1 winner King's Drama and the Grade 1-placed Rosinka. He was sold by his breeder Knocktoran Stud.

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    Lot 1071: b c Intello - Dream Vision (Distant View)

    It's not often that you see Wertheimer et Frere participate in the foal market but they enter the fray with the purchase of this colt, a son of their Prix du Jockey Club winner Intello.

    Their support of the stallion brings his average for the sale to 80,000gns for three sold.

    Sold by Carrigbeg and Felley Priory Studs, he is a half-brother to Radley Stakes winner Aqlaam Vision and out of a half-sister to Hardwick Stakes winner Await The Dawn.
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    Lot 1101: b c Camelot - Elusive Girl (Elusive City)

    Becomes the most expensive Camelot sold this week when knocked down for 150,000gns to Blandford Bloodstock. Sold by Castletown Stud, he is the first foal out of a half-sister to classy miler Aljamaaheer, a new recruit to Tara Stud next season.

    Camelot's average is currently running at 89,500gns for four sold.
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    Lot 1114: b c Cape Cross - Silversword (Highest Honor)

    They all followed in this colt, a half-brother to Cavalryman bred by Mark Johnston. Eddie O'Leary was among those to cut out the early running while David Redvers threw in several bids. However, matters eventually boiled down to Franny Woods of Rathbarry Stud and John Ferguson, with the latter proving successful at 220,000gns.

    This is a family that Darley know well since not only did they campaign the popular Cavalryman in the Godolphin colours but also his dam, the Group 3-placed Silversword. She was sold by the operation for €35,000 to Ballyhane in 2007 and returned to auction in 2009, the year Cavalryman won the Grand Prix de Paris for Andre Fabre. She consequently sold for €100,000 to Mark Johnston.

    Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 1115: b f Sea The Stars - Palitana (Giant's Causeway)

    This filly walked into the ring as the object of desire of both her breeders, Hascombe and Valiant Studs and Sunderland Holding Inc, and following a protracted bidding duel between their respective advisors, Hugo Lascelles and John Clarke, it is the former who lands the winning bid at 380,000gns.

    The filly, who was sold by Hascombe and Valiant Studs, is the second foal out of Palitana, a placed sister to Footstepsinthesand and half-sister to Pedro The Great. This is Anthony Oppenheimer's famous Dancing Rocks family that has received several notable enhancements this year via the likes of Curvy, Lady Lara and Mirage.

    "Hascombe and Valiant bought out the foal share," said Lascelles. "Mr Oppenheimer wanted to retain her and he's thrilled that she's coming back to the stud. She's lovely, strong filly out of a young mare from a wonderful family."

    Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 1132: b c Kodiac - Dabtiyra (Dr Devious)

    Will carry the same colours as his Listed-winning brother Washaar after selling out of the Ringfort Stud draft to Angus Gold of Shadwell Estates for 200,000gns.

    In the process, he becomes the most expensive Kodiac foal to sell at auction.

    He was bred by Gerard Corry and Christian Healy out of the placed Dabtiyra, a daughter of Listed winner Dabtiya from the excellent Aga Khan family of Darshaan.

    He brings Shadwell's expenditure for the week to 930,000gns. Among their seven purchases is a Leroidesanimaux colt that cost 15,000gns earlier on today.

    Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Camelot's first crop foals proving popular @Tattersalls1766 Lot 1130 sells for 160,000gns to Amanda Skiffington #CoolmoreSires
    Lot 1152: b c Shamardal - Daneleta (Danehill)

    This half-brother to Intense Focus was billed as one of the stars of the day and he doesn't disappoint, as Peter Doyle outbids John Ferguson at 550,000gns.

    His price eclipses last year's high of 450,000gns and is the highest achieved by a colt at this sale since Padua's Pride (Caerleon - Doff The Derby) sold for a record 2,500,000gns to the BBA in 1997

    "I've been looking forward to him all day," said Doyle, acting on behalf of an established client who could 'possibly send him to Ireland'. "He's by a very good stallion and was a lovely colt."

    His sale was the highlight of a powerful draft from Airlie Stud, which also included a Dark Angel half-brother to Group 1-winning two-year-old Zafisio that sold for 175,000gns.

    "We're very pleased with that," said Anthony Rogers of Airlie Stud. "It was great to see two very good judges on him. 

    "We bought the mare in France as a four-year-old and she's been very good to us. She's in foal to Galileo and we also have her daughter Dane Street - she has a More Than Ready foal and is in foal to Scat Daddy.

    "And there's another good update on the page as Daneleta has a Bernardini daughter, Hairpin, whose first foal Coif was an impressive winner of her debut for Andre Fabre recently. She's also by Shamardal so we know the cross works."

    This filly is the ninth foal out of the Group 3-placed Daneleta, a sister to Group 3 winner Danelissima. Further back it is the famous Jim Bolger family of Sholokhov and Soldier Of Fortune.

    Lot 1152: b c Shamardal - Daneleta. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 1162: ch f Dubawi - Hit The Sky (Cozzene)

    Becomes the most expensive foal sold at this sale since 2003 when knocked down to the Mayfair Speculators alongside Peter and Ross Doyle for 720,000gns. Owner Ibrahim Araci was among the underbidders.

    The record for a filly is held by Galileo's half-sister My Typhoon, a subsequent Grade 1 winner who realised 1,800,000gns in 2002. Another filly out of Urban Sea, Oaks runner-up All Too Beautiful, sold for 1,100,000gns in 2001.

    Bred by vendor Knocktoran Stud and the Hit The Sky Partnership, she is a half-sister to Prix Daniel Wildenstein winner Royal Bench as well as the Group 3 winners Mayem and Memphis Tennessee.

    With Markus Jooste of the Mayfair Speculators unable to attend the sale, it was down to his son Michael to carry out the bidding.

    "I am glad that the figure in rand wasn't up on the board!" said Jooste, making his second trip to Newmarket. "It might not  have fitted on, but if it had, I might have run away!

    "She is a lovely horse and a very good walker. We will discuss future plans for her with our racing manager Derek Brugman."

    The filly is also a sister to Propel, who topped the 2013 Arqana August Sale when sold to James Harron for €1,500,000. 

    "With only three Dubawis in the catalogue she was always going to sell well, and we're all thrilled," said Brendan Hayes of Knocktoran Stud.

    "Hit The Sky is in foal to Invincible Spirit - she topped the Arqana Yearling sale a couple of years ago with another Dubawi, who was a much bigger filly.

    "She's also been a good dam of runners - she's the fifth mare we've had in the line.

    "I really liked this filly, she did everything right, she showed very well and has a great mind.

    "We have her Whipper half-sister Mayhem - who was third to Treve in the Prix Corrida - on the farm, she'll be covered next year, possibly by Lope De Vega."

    Lot 1162: ch f Dubawi - Hit The Sky. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 1172: b f Dubawi - La Collina (Strategic Prince)

    More Dubawi magic as his daughter of the 2011 Phoenix Stakes winner - described by John O'Kelly as a 'collectors item' - sells for 625,000gns to John Ferguson. 

    David Redvers was the underbidder.

    She was bred and sold by Joerg and Diana Vasicek's Kenilworth House Stud, who raced La Collina to Group 1 success.

    "She's a lovely filly, a very good mover and by a sensational stallion," said Ferguson, "and what I really liked about her is that she looks like a real Dubawi. 

    "Breeders who produce horses that look like this deserve to be rewarded."

    La Collina was the stand-out performer of the first crop of former Coolmore stallion Strategic Prince and remains his best runner to date. This is the mare's first foal.

    Ferguson later struck at 360,000gns for the sole Shamardal filly catalogued (1176), a half-sister to Listed winners Pretend and Fiulin from the Irish National Stud.

    Lot 1172: b f Dubawi - La Collina. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 1181: br c Shamardal - Hikari (Galileo)

    More American investment as the Kentucky-based McMahon & Hill go to 220,000gns for this Shamardal colt from Yellowford Farm, He is the first foal out of his winning dam, whose Group 3-winning half-sister is the dam of this season's useful juvenile Make Fast.

    Although Justin Casse is another American-based agent to have struck this week, American investment has yet to reach the level of last year, which was boosted by the participation of Darby Dan Farm - their European experiment met with mixed success at the American yearling sales and they have yet to be sighted back in Newmarket this winter.

    Lot 1181: bought by McMahon & Hill. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 1222: b c Dansili - Havant (Halling)

    West Blagdon Stud always send a lovely draft to this sale and this year's offering opens in style with the sale of this colt, the second foal out of the 2010 Oh So Sharp Stakes heroine Havant, for 240,000gns to Abbeylands Farm and Rathbarry Stud.

    "He's been bought to pinhook," said Franny Woods of Rathbarry. "Hopefully, he'll come back to Book 1. He's a great athlete - he has a real swing to his walk. A beautiful horse.

    "I also bought an Oasis Dream colt earlier, a grand horse. He'll come back too. It's been a good day."

    Havant is a half-sister to Group 1 winner Leadership and to the dam of Geoffrey Freer Stakes winner Census, by Dansili's brother Cacique.

    Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 1225: b f Dubawi - High Heeled (High Chaparral)

    Becomes the fourth most expensive foal to sell at this sale when sold to John Ferguson for 800,000gns. Ibrahim Araci was the underbidder.

    As a result, Dubawi's average for the day stands at an incredible 715,000gns. 

    Her sale maintains the grand record of her dam, the St Simon Stakes winner and Oaks third High Heeled, at this sale. In 2013, a sister to this filly now named Pabouche topped the sale when knocked down to Ferguson for 450,000gns. And last year, she featured prominently again when her Lawman filly realised 425,000gns to Shadwell.

    "It was a fantastic sale," said James Wigan of West Blagdon Stud. "She's a lovely filly, one of the best we've sold here, and we knew the right people were on her. They'd [Darley] seen her at least twice on the farm beforehand and she'd improved throughout the year."

    Four-time winner High Heeled, a close relation to Just The Judge, was purchased in this ring by Wigan's London Thoroughbred Services following her three-year-old campaign for 600,000gns. This filly, bred by Wigan in partnership with George Strawbridge, is her fourth foal. The daughter of High Chaparral is in foal to Dansili.

    Lot 1225: b f Dubawi - High Heeled: at 800,000gns, she is the fourth most expensive lot to sell at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale. Photo: Tattersalls 

    West Blagdon, based in Dorset, also sold a Dansili colt out of Slink for 230,000gns to Rob Speers, signing on behalf of Ibrahim Araci. He was also maintaining a fine sale record for his dam, whose progeny have turned over 1,395,000gns at this sale since 2009. The list includes Bye Bye Birdie, a 300,000gns purchase in 2011 by Blandford Bloodstock who went on to win the Group 3 Balanchine Stakes.

    "We have a very good team at home and we're lucky to have some very good mares," said Wigan. "Selling foals means that we have fewer horses on the place - and less risk!"

    Lot 1229: br c Dansili - Slink. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 1246: ch c Sea The Stars - Fresnay (Rainbow Quest)

    After opening the bidding at 200,000gns, Angus Gold eventually lands this half-brother to Listed winner Freetown after fending off John Clarke at 400,000gns.

    He was sold by Fittocks Stud on behalf of his breeder, Franca Vittadini's Grundy Bloodstock - this is a family that the Vittadini family has cultivated to great effect since his second dam, Prix de la Foret heroine Field Of Hope, is the dam of five stakes horses led by Group 3 scorer Dormello.
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    AL KAZEEM: 2 offered, 1 sold for 70,000gns

    CAMELOT: 11 offered, 6 sold for an average of 114,667gns

    CITYSCAPE: 14 offered, 10 sold for an average of 6,480gns

    DAWN APPROACH: 10 offered, 6 sold for an average of 60,167gns

    DECLARATION OF WAR: 10 offered, 7 sold for an average of 59,786gns

    EPAULETTE: 16 offered, 12 sold for an average of 30,833gns

    FARHH: 1 sold for 85,000gns

    FINJAAN: 6 offered, 4 sold for an average of 12,750gns

    HAVANA GOLD: 38 offered, 26 sold for an average of 26,450gns

    INTELLO: 5 offered, 5 sold for an average of 80,000gns

    LETHAL FORCE: 33 offered, 28 sold for an average of 38,964gns

    MAZAMEER: 5 offered, 4 sold for an average of 6,850gns

    MAXIOS: 3 offered, 3 sold for an average of 85,333gns

    MOST IMPROVED: 7 offered, 4 sold for an average of 18,250gns

    PLANTEUR: 1 sold for 5,500gns

    POINT OF ENTRY: 1 sold for 85,000gns

    RECKLESS ABANDON: 5 offered, 5 sold for an average of 34,700gns

    RED JAZZ: 7 offered, 5 sold for an average of 22,900gns

    SOCIETY ROCK: 12 offered, 9 sold for an average of 28,111gns

    SWISS SPIRIT: 24 offered, 23 sold for an average of 19,243gns

    UNIVERSAL: 1 sold for 1,500gns

    WORTHADD: 1 offered, not sold

    Camelot: only first-crop sire to boast an average greater than 100,000gns 

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    TOP THREE SIRES BY AVERAGE (more than one sold)

    DUBAWI: 3 sold for an average of 715,000gns

    DANSILI: 2 sold for an average of 235,000gns

    SHAMARDAL: 12 sold for an average of 193,750gns
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    Offered: 245

    Sold: 191 (78%)

    Aggregate: 18,423,000gns (+10%)

    Average: 96,455gns (+13%)

    Colts average (overall): 44,425gns

    Fillies average (overall): 44,671gns

    Median: 62,000gns (-5%)

    Top price: 800,000gns, paid by John Ferguson for lot 1225, b f Dubawi - High Heeled (High Chaparral), sold by West Blagdon Stud

    No. 400,000gns+ lots: 5 (2014: 3)

    No. 200,000gns+ lots (overall): 23 (2014: 18)

    Leading vendor (overall): THE CASTLEBRIDGE CONSIGNMENT, 41 sold for a total of 1,863,500gns

    Leading buyer (overall): JOHN FERGUSON, 20 bought for a total of 4,209,000gns

    Lot 1225: 800,000gns daughter of Dubawi. Photo: Tattersalls 

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