Tattersalls December Foal Sale - Day Four - Saturday, November 26, 2017
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3rd & 7 37yd
3rd & 7 37yd
Today's final session of the foal sale starts in several minutes at 9.30am. There might be the odd firework - a handful of Australia foals are catalogued - but this day is generally quiet enough, in fact one agent remarked that the stock on offer would be on a par with the opening day.
The O'Callaghan family aside, Paul McCartan has been the man to go to for a Kodiac in recent year. The Ballyphillip Stud man has had a number of good ones through his hands, including Tiggy Wiggy, Coulsty and Kodi Bear.
So it's no surprise to see the McCartan team - brothers Paul and Jim alongside Michael Carty of Kilmoney Cottage Stud - target this filly, one of the last Kodiacs through this week.
They emerge successful at 100,000gns after fighting off David Redvers and then Yeomanstown Stud.
"Obviously the sire has been very lucky for us," said Paul McCartan of the Jamie Railton-sold filly, "with Tiggy Wiggy, Coulsty, Kodi Bear etc. She's a lovely filly from a good family and it's nice you have Green Desert in there too [as the sire of granddam Emerald Peace; Green Desert also features in the background of Tiggy Wiggy]."
She is the fourth foal out of Carved Emerald, whose two-year-old In First Place recently lived up to his name at Catterick. Second dam Emerald Peace was a Listed winner and bred smart two-year-old Vital Statistics while it is the further family of champion juvenile Embassy.
She was followed into the ring by a flashy Showcasing colt who sold out of Railton's draft for 65,000gns to Trickledown Stud. He is out of the Listed-placed Pulpit mare Makaaseb.
Lot 1115: b c Showcasing - Sunrise Star (Shamardal)
An excellent few minutes for Charlie Wyatt's Dukes Stud, who sell each of their first four foals including a Showcasing colt for 110,000gns to Richard Knight and an Iffraaj filly to Marc-Antoine Berghracht of MAB Agency.
"I thought he was the best foal here today," said Richard Knight, acting on behalf of a British client. "He's been bought to resell, probably at Book 2 next year.
"He's a good size for a first foal and he's by a sire who's had a good year and is independent. His dam won over 6f so there's speed there. So there's lot to like and hopefully people will think there's lot to like about him next year - we'll know in ten months time!"
The colt is the first foal out of Sunrise Star, a daughter of the Listed-placed Tudor Court who is closely related to Fly To The Stars and Fallen For You.
Dukes Stud sold the colt on behalf of breeder Lady Bamford and Wyatt paid tribute to the efforts of his staff at home.
"Clive Larkin and Jim Robertson and all the team at home have done a wonderful job in preparing the foals," he said. "The Showcasing was a cracking first foal. We raised him and prepped him from the word go and he came here and showed very well."
The Iffraaj filly was bred by Wyatt in partnership with Simon Sweeting over Overbury Stud out of Pink Flames. A young half-sister to Grade 1 winner Lahaleeb, she's already hit the mark as the dam of Listed winner Flanders Flame.
Young Freddie Player, flanked by Richard Brown, is the winning bidder on this filly at 21,000gns. Freddie is the eldest son of Whatton Manor Stud's Ed Player and already seems well immersed in the bloodstock way of life.
Lot 1155: gr f Showcasing - Pinch Of Posh (Pivotal)
This smart filly is snapped up by Rathasker Stud for 87,000gns. Another good result for Showcasing, whose average is running at 60,294gns, she is the second foal out of the winning Pinch Of Posh, a half-sister to top sprinter Pipalong.
Always interesting to hear first-crop chatter but against that, it can be informative to see how the pinhookers regard those young sires with runners. Opinions change quickly, sometimes wrongly, and it has to be said that many of those young sires that were flying in the ring two years ago have been well and truly binned by the commercial market place, regardless of whether they are in line to have a strong season in 2017 with their first three-year-olds.
Below is a snapshot of how some of those sires have been received this week (as of lot 1270):
Bated Breath: 23 catalogued, 19 offered, 16 sold for an average of 19,125gns
Born To Sea: 11 catalogued, 9 offered, 6 sold for an average of 14,583gns
Casamento: 8 catalogued, 5 offered, 5 sold for an average of 9,000gns
Foxwedge: 12 catalogued, 7 offfered, 5 sold for an average of 22,000gns
Harbour Watch: 18 catalogued, 15 offered, 9 sold for an average of 4,533gns
Helmet: 11 offered, 11 offered, 9 sold for an average of 29,611gns
Mayson: 24 catalogued, 19 offered, 17 sold for an average of 16,588gns
Nathaniel: 25 catalogued, 13 offered, 9 sold for an average of 13,778gns
Sepoy: 26 catalogued, 19 offered, 15 sold for an average of 11,667gns
Sir Prancealot: 3 catalogued, 3 offered, 1 sold for 11,000gns
For me, one of the sires of the sale has been Kyllachy. Rare is that older stallion who remains commercially accepted. Kyllachy is exactly that. He accounted for Wednesday's 48,000gns session-topper and ends the sale with an average of 38,118gns for 17 sold. 11 of those have sold for 20,000gns or above.
Kyllachy will be 19 next year and here's hoping he will be with us for a bit while longer.
At the conclusion of the 2016 Tattersalls December Foal Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented;
“The strength and depth to the market at Books 1 to 4 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale has been reflected in the sustained demand we have witnessed from start to finish of the 2016 December Foal Sale. Another major contributory factor has been the decision to return the sale to its traditional four day format after the five day December Foal Sale last year. This was not a decision taken lightly, but it has without doubt played a major part in the success of this week’s sale.
“On each of the four days we have achieved improved clearance rates over the equivalent days last year, we have had an impressive 76 foals selling for 100,000 guineas or more, only one short of the record, an improved median and turnover in excess of 30 million guineas for the fourth consecutive year. Another noteworthy achievement involves the 600,000 guineas sale topping Dansili filly out of High Heeled who was consigned from the Wigan family’s West Blagdon Stud. Not only has West Blagdon been one of the most loyal and prominent consignors at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale for very many years, but they have also been responsible for the sale topping foal in three of the last four years, and each time it has been a filly out of the outstanding producer High Heeled. In 2014 West Blagdon had the second highest priced foal at the sale, but the highest priced filly, and again she was out of High Heeled - truly an achievement of real merit.
“In addition to the extraordinary West Blagdon success story we have seen so many British and Irish foal consignors richly rewarded this week. They have brought the cream of the British and Irish foal crop to the December Sale and the buyers, both pinhookers and many of the world’s leading owners, have responded. International buyers from as far afield as Australia, Japan and the USA have all made an impact, but as ever we must pay tribute to the huge number of pinhookers who form the backbone of this unique market and who will be bringing so many of this week’s purchases back to our October Yearling Sale in 2017.
“In the meantime we now turn our attention to next week’s December Breeding Stock Sale which starts on Monday. As ever, we have a catalogue of real quality and we look forward to ending our 250th anniversary year on a positive note."