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Tattersalls December Foal Sale - Day Three - Friday, November 25, 2016

Nancy Sexton brings you all the action from Newmarket during the third session of the December Foal Sale

    So far, yesterday's trade has been described to me as 'mad', 'stupid', 'crazy' and 'a feeding frenzy'.
    Well there's going to be more of the same today. The hunger for a good foal, particularly colts, is unreal and there are plenty of those to go round in the third session, traditionally by far the strongest of the four-day sale.
    For a start, today features the anticipated sale of the Dubawi - Finsceal Beo colt. He is the third foal out of the champion to come to auction following the famous Frankel filly that made €1.8 million in 2014 and a Sea The Stars filly that made €800,000 in 2011, but the first to sell at Newmarket. He is catalogued to sell this evening as lot 1017 from Al Eile Stud.
    His brilliant dam, who pulled off the Anglo-Irish 1,000 Guineas double in 2007, has already bred three winners led by Beresford Stakes hero Ol' Man River, himself a €2.85 million yearling.
    Dubawi has one other foal remaining in lot 965, a relation to Group 1 winner Preseli.
    As for Frankel, he has four to sell today including 993, a half-brother to Group 1 winner Penelopa, and 977, a colt out of Listed winner More Than Sotka.
    Today also features the first of the Kingman foals. Responsible for a €320,000 colt at Goffs, Juddmonte's outstanding miler has seven remaining in the catalogue including a half-sister to Pearl Secret (822), a colt out of Cherry Hinton Stakes winner Please Sing (919) and a half-sister to Silk Blossom and Mashoora (988).
    Australia had one foal sell yesterday for 33,000gns. He has a greater spread today as you would expect; however, it is very odd that he didn't have a single foal catalogued at Goffs. Anyway, today's batch of seven includes the half-brother to Golden Sword (911).
    West Blagdon Stud come here year after year with an excellent group and this year is no different; their sextet for 2016 includes two Dansili fillies in a half-sister to Bye Bye Birdie (979) and a daughter of High Heeled (985).
    Also interesting is:
    Lot 865: the sister to Euro Charline
    Lot 895: a Dark Angel half-brother to Poule d'Essai des Pouliches winner Tie Black
    Lot 907: a Dawn Approach half-brother to Trading Leather 
    Lot 929: a Sea The Stars colt out of the popular Missunited
    Lot 954: an Authorized half-brother to Lumiere
    Lot 976: an Invincible Spirit half-sister to Gale Force Ten
    Lot 997: a half-brother to Washington DC, 1007, a Sea The Stars daughter of Lily's Angel
    Lot 1020: a Shamardal colt out of Group 1-winning 2yo La Collina
    It's a stunning morning at Tattersalls
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    Lot 806: b f War Command - Areeda (Refuse To Bend)
    Becomes the breakout foal for War Command, selling to Timmy Hyde of Camas Park Stud for 100,000gns. So far, the young Coolmore stallion has ten of 16 sold for an average of 32,750gns.
    The Knockainey Stud homebred is a half-sister to Prix du Calvados winner Great Page and from the further family of this season's Californian Grade 3 winner Belvoir Bay.
    Earlier on, a No Nay Never relation to top American sprinter Drefong became the most expensive sold by his sire this week when knocked down to Willie Browne at 46,000gns. Browne signed for a Shanghai Bobby colt in October on behalf of a partnership with an Irish twist to resell in America and given this colt's connections, as well as the fact he is out of a Dynaformer mare, it would be no surprise to see him follow suit.
    He was sold by Brendan Boyle and is a half-brother to the Listed-placed Ensuring.
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    Lot 822: b f Kingman - Our Little Secret (Rossini)
    Our Little Secret has earned notoriety the hard way, rising from €1,500 foal and 2,200gns yearling to Listed winner and stakes producer.
    The tough daughter of Rossini won six races for Alan Berry and at the end of her career, changed hands for 30,000gns to Whitsbury Manor Stud. Her first foal turned out to be Temple Stakes winner Pearl Secret and she further rewards Whitsbury today as the dam of a Kingman filly that sells for Ger Morrin of Pier House Stud for 135,000gns. Peter Doyle signs the ticket.
    She is the first foal by her sire to pass through the ring today. Unsurprisingly, his sole foal at Goffs was also well received, in his case at €320,000.
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    Lot 842: ch f Lope De Vega - Tinaheely (Intikhab)
    There's a good spread of international buyers this week. Former Australian trainer Peter Moody has signed for five worth 115,000gns including a pair of colts from the first crop of Sea The Moon. Now the American-based Ben McElroy makes his first strike, going to 60,000gns for this colt from Carrigbeg & Felley Priory Stud.
    Bred by Carrigbeg's Steph von Schilcher, she is a half-sister to triple winner Count Calabash and out of a half-sister to the Grade 1-placed Tangle.
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    Lot 855: b c Dark Angel - Natty Bumppo (Kheleyf)
    Mouse O'Ryan and Eric Puerari were among those keen to secure the latest offering by Dark Angel but they had to give best at 140,000gns to Eugene Daly, bidding as it turns out on behalf of Gerry Dilger's Dromoland Farm in Kentucky.
    Dilger was also active at Goffs last week as the buyer of a €150,000 Shamardal colt.
    Bred by Brook Stud, she is the second foal out of his dam, who was retained for 170,000gns last year. She is a half-sister to high-class sprinter Astrophysical Jet and Group 3 winner Coral Wave and a member of the Highclere family.
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    Lot 873: b c Showcasing - Frigid (Indian Ridge)
    Timmy Hyde, standing with Flash Conroy, secures this youngster, the result of one of the first forays into breeding by Francesca Cumani and her husband Rob Archibald. He signed at 85,000gns, a fine return on Showcasing's 2015 fee of £15,000.
    The colt is a member of the Cumani's good Fern family via Frangy, whose seven winners include Grade 1 Northern Dancer Stakes winner Forte Dei Marmi and Listed winners Bavarian and Wallis. His dam Frigid has bred three winners including Don't, well named by the Cumanis who won on her debut at two.
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    Lot 879: b c Toronado - Lily Link (Rail Link)
    Another good result for Toronado as this colt from Tullamarine Castle Stud makes 120,000gns. Fittingly, it is Amanda Skiffington, who bought Toronado as a yearling, who is the winning bidder.
    He provides a good return on the 45,000gns that Tullamaine Castle paid for his dam, Lily Link, at the 2014 Tattersalls December Sale. The Juddmonte-bred mare is an unraced half-sister to one of High Chaparral's best horses in Redwood, making Toronado an understandable choice.
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    Lot 896: gr c Dark Angel - Hidden Girl (Tamayuz)
    Shadwell's fourth purchase of the sale is this relation to Dream Eater for 160,000gns. Sold by Knocktoran Stud, he is the second foal out of his unraced dam.
    So far Shadwell have spent 440,000gns on four lots.
    The preceding lot into the ring, the Dark Angel half-brother to Tie Black, was a last minute withdrawal.
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    Lot 911: ch c Australia - Sitara (Salse)
    Progeny of Stringston Stud's Sitara are a regular feature at this sale and the mare is once again well represented as the dam of this smart chestnut colt, who is likely return to the ring next year for Rathbarry Stud after selling for 165,000gns. 
    Flash Conroy was among the underbidders on the colt, who is a half-brother to five winners including Chester Vase winner and Irish Derby runner-up Golden Sword. Sitara's two-year-old, Gowran Park maiden winner Rekindling, also looks potentially smart for Joseph O'Brien while another foal, Skimmia, bred Listed winner Julie's Love.
    This is the powerful Souk family of Pongee, Alexandrova, Magical Romance and Chicquita.
    "The sire was a brilliant racehorse, a proper Group 1 horse, and this is a very good foal," said Franny Woods of Rathbarry. "I'd seen him earlier in the year and liked him then, so he was in my mind coming here.
    "With any luck he'll come back to Book 1. It's a fantastic pedigree and the two-year-old looks good - though to be honest, the pedigree doesn't have to do much more at this stage. Fingers crossed and let's hope he's lucky."
    The colt is only the second foal through the ring this year by his sire following a 33,000gns filly that sold yesterday.
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    Lot 912: b f Sea The Stars - Lynnwood Chase (Horse Chestnut)
    "An absolute queen, a gorgeous filly," said Tom Goff after signing at 240,000gns for this Sea The Stars half-sister to Cannock Chase and Pisco Sour from Hascombe and Valiant Stud.
    Goff was signing on behalf of the filly's part-breeder Anthony Oppenheimer.
    "It was a foal share with Mrs Tsui and I'm delighted to have secured the filly on behalf of Mr Oppenheimer for 240,000gns. She's a sister to two really good horses, both of whom won the Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot, always a good race."
    Cannock Chase enjoyed his finest moment when successful in the Canadian International. The son of Lemon Drop Kid was retired earlier this year and is one of a select group of stallion prospects catalogued to next week's sale.
    Her dam Lynnwood Chase is a rare British-based daughter of Horse Chestnut and a half-sister to the tough Lord Admiral, a Group 2 winner in the colours of Vincent O'Brien.
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    Lot 924: b c Sea The Stars - Coolree Marj (Marju)
    Timmy Hyde, who hasn't moved from the gate all day, continues his busy day, going to 230,000gns for this colt sold by Keith Harte on behalf of Flor and Mary Ryan.
    He is the second foal out of his dam, an unraced half-sister to talented stayer Far Cry as well as the dams of Grandeur, Dress Rehearsal and Fairy Of The Night.
    Sea The Stars' average is running at 147,000gns for four sold.
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    Lot 948: b c Slade Power - Silk Trail (Dubai Destination)
    Plenty was expected of this youngster as he walked into the ring. Alastair Pim opened the bidding at 50,000gns and in the end sold him for 150,000gns to Flash Conroy of Glenvale Stud, standing next to Timmy Hyde.
    By far the most expensive foal sold this year by Slade Power, he brings his sire's average for the sale to 57,000gns. His average for the year is 31,138gns for 21 sold.
    Darley-bred Silk Trail was purchased by vendor/breeder Norelands Stud for 160,000gns here in 2011. Now the dam of a winner from one runner, she is a half-sister to Sheikh Mohammed's Middle Park Stakes winner Lujain and out of Jersey Stakes winner Satin Flower.
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    Lot 954: gr c Authorized - Screen Star (Tobougg)
    John Ferguson buys the half-brother to Lumiere off Mark Johnston's Kingsley Park for 90,000gns.
    Authorized has enjoyed a strong auction run with his current crop of foals. He had two well-connected youngsters in the Wildenstein dispersal that sold for €90,000 and €85,000. Now following this sale, he boasts a 2016 foal average of 70,850gns.
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    Lot 957: b f Galileo - Lady Springbank (Choisir)
    Philipp Stauffenberg lands the sole Galileo catalogued for 300,000gns after outbidding Peter Doyle, who got the filly on the market at 200,000gns, among others.
    Stauffenberg is a high end pinhooker and this filly could come up for resale next year - 'the options are being left open' he said.
    She is a half-sister to minor winner Alizoom and out of Group 3 winner Lady Springbank.
    Her breeder Castlefarm Stud also sold a Sea The Stars half-brother to Group 2-winning stayer Mikhail Glinka for 220,000gns to John Ferguson.
    Ferguson was quiet by his standards at the yearling sales but he's had a flurry of action here, signing for seven foals worth 870,000gns. 
    Godolphin and its associates have also been busy stocking up on Sea The Stars' progeny in recent weeks. 
    Rabbah Bloodstock in particular seem keen supporters; they bought two foals by him for €240,000 and €180,000 at Goffs and another yearling by him on Monday for 98,000gns.
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    Lot 965: b c Dubawi - Snowgal (Galileo)
    John Ferguson is outbid by Jamie McCalmont, taking instructions by phone, at 500,000gns for this Dubawi colt, bred by American owner Jon Kelly.
    "He's for an old, established client," said McCalmont of Airlie Stud-sold youngster. "He could come back here next October or go into training."
    One of only two remaining Dubawi foals in the sale, he is out of an unraced half-sister to champion Preseli. You could have bought into this family for just $1,200 last week when Preseli's filly foal by Tale Of Ekati came under the hammer at Keeneland. 
    Snowball is also a half-sister to Group 3 winner Kong and out of a winning daughter of Grade 1 winner White Star Line. Dubawi previously clicked with descendants of White Star Line to sire Worthadd.
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    Lot 967: b c Sea The Stars - Something Mon (Maria's Mon)
    John Ferguson continues to stock up on Sea The Stars foals, this time going to 375,000gns for this half-brother to Oh So Sharp Stakes heroine Raymi Coya from Yellowford Farm.
    So far John Ferguson has spent 595,000gns on foals by Sea The Stars. Rabbah also bought foals by him for €240,000 and €180,000 at Goffs
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    lot 985: b f Dansili - High Heeled (High Chaparral)
    High Heeled is in with a chance to provide the sale-topper for the third time in the past four years as the dam of this filly, a 600,000gns purchase by Peter Doyle on behalf of the Mayfair Speculators - MV Magnier partnership. If she ends the day as sale-topper, it will also mark the fourth time in as many years that High Heeled has supplied the sale's dearest filly.
    Lordship Stud, sitting up in the gods, made a strong play for the filly but Doyle ultimately faced most competition from Hugo Merry, taking instructions via phone.
    "She's an absolute princess," said Doyle. "We'll decide exactly what path to take with her later on. You'd imagine that she's been bought to race but nothing is set in stone."
    High Heeled was an admirable campaigner for Barry Hills, for whom she won the St. Simon Stakes and ran third in the Oaks Stakes. The daughter of High Chaparral changed hands for 600,000gns following her impressive St. Simon win to James Wigan and George Strawbridge, and sent to John Gosden, went on to enhance her record by running third in the Coronation Cup.
    She has since become an extremely valuable producer at West Blagdon Stud.
    Her second foal, the Dubawi filly Pabouche, sold at this sale for 450,000gns and won a Listed race in Germany earlier this year. Her two-year-old Lawman filly, the 425,000gns foal purchase Neshmeya, has been placed on both her starts for Charlie Hills. And then there's her Dubawi yearling filly, who realised 800,000gns to John Ferguson here last year.
    So far, foals out of High Heeled have realised €2.275 million at this sale since 2012.
    High Heeled was the best of four winners out of Californian Grade 2 scorer Uncharted Haven, who also features as the granddam of Just The Judge. It is the further family of Grade 1 miler Ferneley and traces directly back to Mesopotamia.
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    Lot 1000: ch f Frankel - Household Name (Zamindar)
    Hanako Varian, bidding on behalf of JS Company, strikes at 350,000gns for this filly, bred by Countess de la Warr and sold by New England Stud.
    She is the second foal out of her placed dam, a half-sister to Reefscape, Martaline and Coastal Path from the immediate family of Oasis Dream and Kingman.
    No surprise that Japanese buyers are targeting Frankel's progeny; two of his four runners in Japan have won, namely Mi Suerte, winner of the Fantasy Stakes who goes for the Grade 1 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes next, and Ivy Stakes winner Soul Stirring.
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    Lot 1004: ch f Australia - Caserta (Dansili)
    The stand-out foal for Australia - she makes 300,000gns to the bid of Tom Goff of Blandford Bloodstock.
    She was bred by Philip and Carolyn Cort out of the winning Caserta, a three-parts sister to Listed winner Destruct from the Bourbon Girl family of Flintshire and Spanish Moon.
    Australia has had five foals sell so far this week for an average of 127,600gns. Three have been withdrawn and another two are set to sell tomorrow.
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    Lot 1017: b c Dubawi - Finsceal Beo (Mr Greeley)
    He was widely predicted to be the star of the day and although knocked down for the sizeable sum of 1,450,000gns to Peter Doyle, the colt is unsold.
    John Clarke, advisor to the Tsui family, was the underbidder. John Ferguson looked on but didn't bid.
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    Lot 1020: ch c Shamardal - La Collina (Strategic Prince)
    John Ferguson lands this imposing colt from Kenilworth House Stud, who is the second foal out of the 2011 Phoenix Stakes winner. 
    Billed as 'one of the last chances to secure a Shamardal', he is the 11th purchase made by Ferguson this week and brings his expenditure to 1,980,000gns.
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    Lot 1035: b c Invincible Spirit - Cabaret (Galileo)
    Another for the Doyle - Mayfair - Magnier partnership. Doyle outbids Philipp Stauffenberg at 340,000gns for this colt, sold by Norelands Stud and bred by Woodcock Farm.
    Coolmore would be very familiar with the colt's page since it was in the triumvirate's colours that Cabaret won the 2009 Silver Flash Stakes. They sold the mare in 2011 while carrying to Danehill Dancer for 600,000gns to the BBA Ireland.
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    ALHEBAYEB: 7 offered, 6 sold for an average of 36,333gns
    AUSTRALIA: 5 offered, 5sold for an average of 127,600gns
    ANODIN: 3 offered, 1 sold for 9,500gns
    BATTLE OF MARENGO: 5 offered, 5 sold for an average of 18,200gns
    BUNGLE INTHEJUNGLE: 2 offered, 1 sold for 16,000gns 
    CHARM SPIRIT: 22 offered, 19 sold for an average of 56,053gns
    COACH HOUSE: 18 offered, 11 sold for an average of 14,864gns
    DUNADEN: 6 offered, 4 sold for an average of 11,050gns
    ES QUE LOVE: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of 7,500gns
    GALE FORCE TEN: 7 offered, 5 sold for an average of 11,100gns
    GARSWOOD: 15 offered, 13 sold for an average of 23,769gns
    GREGORIAN: 9 offered, 6 sold for an average of 13,200gns
    HEERAAT: 8 offered, 5 sold for an average of 16,400gns
    KINGMAN: 7 offered, 5 sold for an average of 126,000gns
    MAGICIAN: 1 offered, sold for 42,000gns
    MOOHAAJIM: 1 offered, sold for 11,000gns
    MORPHEUS: 4 offered, 2 sold for an average of 14,500gns
    MUKHADRAM: 17 offered, 15 sold for an average of 32,933gns
    NO NAY NEVER: 4 offered, 2 sold for an average of 60,500gns
    OLYMPIC GLORY: 7 offered, 6 sold for an average of 47,500gns
    RULER OF THE WORLD: 3 offered, 3 sold for an average of 29,000gns
    SEA THE MOON: 11 offered, 9 sold for an average of 53,778gns
    SLADE POWER: 9 offered, 8 sold for an average of 52,875gns
    TORONADO: 25 offered, 23 sold for an average of 40,848gns
    WAR COMMAND: 19 offered, 11 sold for an average of 34,318gns
    This 300,000gns filly was the high point for Australia
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    If today's 600,000gns Dansili filly remains at the top of the table as expected, it will be the fourth consecutive year that High Heeled has provided the sale's dearest filly. It will also mark the third time in four years that the mare has accounted for the sale-topper.
    Offered: 219
    Sold: 185 (84%)
    Aggregate: 16,768,000gns (-9%)
    Average: 90,638gns (-6%)
    Colts average: 48,524gns
    Fillies average: 43,482gns
    Median: 65,000gns (+5%)
    No. six-figure lots (today only): 57 (2015: 58)
    Leading vendor (overall): The Castlebridge Consignment, 35 sold for a total of 1,709,300gns
    Leading buyer (overall): John Ferguson, 12 bought for a total of 2,150,000gns
    Leading sire (more than one sold, by average): Dansili, 2 sold for an average of 415,000gns
    985) b f Dansili - High Heeled (High Chaparral), sold by West Blagdon Stud for 600,000gns to MV Magnier/P Doyle/Mayfair Speculators
    965) b c Dubawi - Snowgal (Galileo), sold by Airlie Stud for 500,000gns to Jamie McCalmont
    967) b c Sea The Stars - Something Mon (Maria's Mon), sold by Yellowford Farm for 375,000gns to John Ferguson
    1020) ch c Shamardal - La Collina (Strategic Prince), sold by Kenilworth House Stud for 375,000gns to John Ferguson
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