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Tattersalls December Foal Sale - Day One - Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Nancy Sexton brings you all the action from the first day of the December Foal Sale at Newmarket

    Welcome to day one of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale. Unlike last year, when 1,277 foals were catalogued, there are just the four sessions. To achieve that, Tattersalls actually turned away entries, for which they have to be applauded, especially in light of the farce that was the first afternoon session last year. As a result, 1,135 foals have been catalogued over the four days.
    Today's session is traditionally the weakest but no doubt pinhookers will still find that gem. They were certainly busy yesterday, queuing up to see 'the good' foals in a manner that would be hard to believe at the yearling sales; one foal was estimated to have done over 120 shows!
    Today starts at 9.30am and follows on from a foal trade at Goffs that - like the majority of sales this year - featured strong competition for the top end and little for anything else. As someone remarked yesterday, those small syndicates of foal pinhookers aren't in abundance anymore. So further polarisation is likely to be in store.
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    They all walk in for a good colt but other than that, it's predictably hard going so far here this morning.
    An early highlight was lot 220, a fine first representative for Ballyhane Stud's Battle Of Marengo from Shoreham Stud who was knocked down for 16,000gns to Blandford Bloodstock. Battle Of Marengo was quite well received at Goffs last week, where his foals sold for up to €38,000, and has some smart youngsters on show this week.
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    Lot 237: b c Gregorian - Miskin Diamond (Diamond Green)
    Rarely does Kelly Thomas' Maywood Stud come here without a nice foal - the stud topped this day in 2014 with a 65,000gns Bated Breath colt - and the chat before this morning was that her homebred Gregorian was 'a belter of a colt', in the words of an Irish pinhooker.
    The ring certainly filled up behind him and after an opening bid of 20,000gns, it boiled down to a duel between J C Bloodstock and Maurice Burns of Rathasker Stud, who stands Gregorian at the National Stud in Newmarket. Despite the best efforts of Michael Fitzpatrick, sitting with Barry Mahon, it was Burns's daughter Madeleine who came away the winner at 47,000gns.
    The colt is the third foal out of the winning Miskin Diamond, whose first foal Mind The Slope was a dual winner. Her yearling Epaulette colt was bought for 45,000gns here by Peter and Ross Doyle and goes to Richard Hannon.
    Miskin Diamond herself is a half-sister to Phoenix Stakes third Catch A Glimpse, dam of Grade 3 winner Successful Outlook and granddam of Grade 1 heroine Sweet Lulu.
    "Jill Lamb helps us and she bought Miskin Diamond as a yearling," said Carmarthenshire-based Thomas, who has five mares. "We raced her and then she came back to the stud.
    "We thought Gregorian was value - he's a good looking horse and a great mover."
    It was a good result for Gregorian, who stands for £4,500 at the National Stud.
    Not only does Burns own Gregorian but Rathasker also bred the horse out of their excellent mare Three Days In May. In addition, he is one of the best sons of Rathasker stalwart Clodovil.
    "We thought he was very like his sire," said Madeleine Burns. "He's a good strong colt, a good walker with a good mind. And he came from good breeders.
    "Gregorian is definitely stamping his stock. They're very like him - strong, active with good minds. Gregorian himself was the subject of a conformation talk at Tattersalls during an open day. They had him standing here in the ring and I'm told he was a saint."
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    Lot 248: b f Bungle Inthejungle - Riymaisa (Traditionally)
    In what has the potential to be a busy morning for Maurice Burns of Rathasker Stud, he goes to €16,000 for a filly by his young sire Bungle Inthejungle. Sold by Peter Nolan, she is a half-sister to the Group 3-placed Unlit and from a good Aga Khan family.
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    Lot 267: b f Toronado - Manbaa (Jazil)
    Nathan House Thoroughbreds' inspired purchase of Manbaa for 2,000gns in 2012 reaped an immediate reward when her first foal, a colt by Showcasing, made 37,000gns here in 2014. Today, the trend continues as her Toronado filly realises 20,000gns for Amanda Skiffington.
    She is the first foal through this morning by her sire, who was purchased by Skiffington as a yearling. His first crop averaged €15,900 at Goffs last week.
    Despite her lowly price-tag, Manbaa is a well-connected mare. She is a half-sister to Listed winner Alazeyab and out of Itnab, a Group 3-winning daughter of Ben Hanbury's 1,000 Guineas and Oaks heroine Midway Lady.
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    Lot 284: ch f Kyllachy - Skirrid (Halling)
    Kyllachy remains one of those increasingly rare older stallions who remains commercially solid. His first lot through the ring today sells for 30,000gns to pinhooker Timmy Hillman, who is looking forward to reselling her next autumn.
    Sold by Usk Valley Stud, she is a half-sister to winning two-year-old and a granddaughter of Italian Oaks winner Zanzibar. 
    She is by far the most expensive filly of the day. Watching various vendors yesterday, it was evident how hard it is to get pinhookers to even look at fillies at the lower end of the market. And it's tough going so far for those sending them through; fillies have sold so far today for an average of 6,550gns with a 59 per cent clearance rate.
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    Lot 308: b c Delegator - Peace Concluded (Bertolini)
    Pinhooker Brendan Holland of Grove Stud goes to 35,000gns for this colt, a half-brother to dual winner Noble Peace from Stringston Farm.
    Delegator has caught the imagination of several buyers this season after a promising start with his two-year-olds.
    "The sire is going well," said Holland. "He's a good sort, - good physical and walker."
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    Lot 314: b c Coach House - Funny Enough (Dansili)
    Timmy Hillman's second purchase of the day is also a high point for young sire Coach House. The pinhooker goes to 30,000gns for this colt, who was sold by Whitsbury Manor Stud and hails from their successful Good Enough family.
    Coach House stands at Bucklands Farm & Stud on behalf of a partnership that comprises his home base, Whitsbury and Trickledown Stud.
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    Lot 328: b c Delegator - Irrational (Kyllachy)
    A head to head between Maurice Burns and Tony O'Callaghan, who took each other on while standing within striking distance of each other ringside, goes the way of the Tally-Ho team at 43,000gns.
    He's another good result for Delegator, who's become something of a commercial hit in recent weeks, and the highlight of the first draft through from Bearstone Stud. His young winning dam has bred one winner from one runner and is a half-sister to the Listed-placed pair Sgiaff and Little Scotland.
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    Lot 340: b f Slade Power - Bedouin Dancer (Pivotal)
    This first-crop daughter of Slade Power will likely be seen again at auction next autumn after selling to pinhooker Tom Whelan for 40,000gns. Larry Stratton signed the ticket.
    The filly represents a fine return for her breeder Plantation Stud, who paid 24,000gns through Mags O'Toole for her dam Bedouin Dancer at the 2015 Tattersalls July Sale. The Darley-bred Pivotal mare is a sister to Oak Tree Stakes winner Summer Fete.
    Her sale represents a good start in Newmarket for Slade Power, whose first foals averaged €26,000 at Goffs last week off a first year fee of €20,000.
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    Lot 385: b c Heeraat - Virtuality (Elusive Quality)
    A good result for Mickley Stud's Heeraat as this colt from Bearstone Stud sells for 30,000gns to Peter Doyle.
    He completes a good few minutes for Bearstone, who had previously sold a homebred Garswood colt for 20,000gns to Forge Stables.
    Heeraat's foals sold for up to €20,000 at Goffs last week, a respectable figure considering they took their turns during the early part of the sale. And Richard Kent has made sure there's a good spread of them on show today; the ones from Mickley bear a resemblance to their sire.
    This particular colt was bred by Crossfields Bloodstock out of Virtuality, whose first foal Extortion is a winner. She is a half-sister to Australian Group 3 winner Retrieve and out of Listed winner Hold To Ransom.
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    Lot 407: b f Bated Breath - Pink Tequila (Teofilo)
    One of the better bred lots of the day falls to a partnership of end users as well as pinhookers acting through the BBA Ireland at 32,000gns. Plans are fluid for the filly, with a trip back to the sale ring first on the agenda.
    However, she owns strong residual value as the second foal out of a half-sister to Lancashire Oaks heroine Pongee, herself dam of the classy Pinzolo, Poplin and Materialistic. It's an excellent filly family associated with Fittocks Stud and Ecurie des Monceaux that includes Pacifique, Chiquita, Alexandrova and Somehow.
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    Lot 441: b f Pivotal - Expect (Invincible Spirit)
    Tom Malone, hiding on the back stairs, signs at 40,000gns for Cheveley Park Stud's Pivotal filly.
    As could be expected from a daughter of Pivotal, she boasts a smart family; she is the second foal out of a winning two-year-old who is a half-sister to Don't Touch from the stud's famous Exclusive Order family.
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    Lot 472: ch c Kyllachy - Amicable Terms (Royal Applause)
    A late highlight as this colt falls to Kate Barclay for 48,000gns. Barclay was unable to comment fully on the purchase but did imply that he would return to a sale next year.
    He continues the good day enjoyed by the ever reliable Kyllachy, also responsible for a 30,000gns filly earlier today.
    Bred and sold by Brook Stud, he is a half-brother to two winners and out of a four-time winning half-sister to high-class Japanese performer Kei Woman.
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    ALHEBAYEB: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of 18,000gns
    ANODIN: 1 offered, not sold
    BATTLE OF MARENGO: 3 offered, 3 sold for an average of 8,667gns
    BUNGLE INTHEJUNGLE: 2 offered, 1 sold for 16,000gns 
    CHARM SPIRIT: 1 offered, sold for 15,000gns
    COACH HOUSE: 12 offered, 6 sold for an average of 9,917gns
    DUNADEN: 4 offered, 3 sold for an average of 8,067gns
    ES QUE LOVE: 1 offered, sold for 4,000gns
    GALE FORCE TEN: 5 offered, 4 sold for an average of 9,375gns
    GARSWOOD: 10 offered, 8 sold for an average of 12,125gns
    GREGORIAN: 9 offered, 6 sold for an average of 13,200gns
    HEERAAT: 6 offered, 4 sold for an average of 11,000gns
    MORPHEUS: 2 offered, 1 sold for 15,000gns
    MUKHADRAM: 7 offered, 6 sold for an average of 15,833gns
    SEA THE MOON: 3 offered, 2 sold for an average of 25,000gns
    SLADE POWER: 1 offered, sold for 40,000gns
    TORONADO: 8 offered, 7 sold for an average of 13,286gns
    WAR COMMAND: 2 offered, 1 sold for 1,800gns
    Sea The Moon: returned an average of 25,000gns during the first session
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    Few foals in this catalogue would be more inbred than lot 490. 
    Bred by the Multi Fours Partnership, she is by Garswood and out of Multi Fours, who is by Medicean out of a Pivotal mare.
    As Garswood is a grandson of Medicean out of a mare by Kyllachy, this filly inbred 3x2 to Medicean and 4x3 to Pivotal. 
    She wasn't the only intriguingly bred foal on offer today. An increasing number of breeders have been utilising Tamayuz as a way to breed back to Height Of Fashion - that was evident in lot 319, a Nathaniel colt whose dam, Linda, is by Tamayuz out of an Unfuwain mare.
    And one brave soul once sent a Royal Applause mare to Dark Angel. The resulting foal, Raajis, won at two and is now part of the Brook Stud broodmare band. Her Gregorian colt was bought back for 8,000gns today.
    As for lot 490, the experiment wasn't a profitable one with the filly selling for 1,000gns.
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    472) ch c Kyllachy - Amicable Terms, sold by Brook Stud to Kate Barclay for 48,000gns
    237) b c Gregorian - Miskin Diamond, sold by Maywood Stud to Rathasker Stud for 47,000gns
    328) b c Delegator - Irrational, sold by Bearstone Stud to Tally-Ho Stud for 43,000gns
    Lot 472
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    All about the unproven sire today....
    Offered: 260
    Sold: 187 (72%)
    Aggregate: 2,102,350gns (-19%)
    Average: 11,243gns (-22%)
    Colts average: 12,305gns
    Fillies average: 9,605gns
    Median: 8,000gns (-16%)
    Leading vendor: Whitsbury Manor Stud, nine sold for a total of 141,000gns
    Leading buyer: Emerald Bloodstock, seven bought for a total of 89,000gns
    Leading sire (by average, more than one sold): Iffraaj, 2 sold for an average of 32,500gns
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