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Tattersalls December Foal Sale - Day Two - Thursday, November 24, 2016

All the action from the second day of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale is brought to you by Nancy Sexton live at Park Paddocks

    Day two of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale begins at 9.30am and offers a better grade of foal than yesterday. The first day's trade may have recorded declines across-the-board but it's worth remembering that due to a first Tuesday session in 2015, the comparable day last year incorporated several Thursday foals including a 110,000gns Lethal Force colt - his brother, who is a similar sort, sells today as lot 552.
    Overall, yesterday's trade featured no shortage of buyers for a colt by a young sire. Fillies and 'binned sires', however, were a different matter.
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    For the third time in five years, Amanda Skiffington has been named Bloodstock Agent of the Year by the Federation of Bloodstock Agents.
    Skiffington has had a tremendous year as the purchaser of Galileo Gold, Architecture, Hawksmoor and Wall Of Fire, all of whom have flown the flag with Hugo Palmer.
    "Amanda's success in 2016 included the 2,000 Guineas and St. James's Palace Stakes winner Galileo," said Geoffrey Howson, chairman of the FBA, "as well as two Classic performers in Hawksmoor and Architecture.
    "I've always admired the hard work that Team Skiffington put in at the sales, particularly the yearling sales, and their success is well deserved."
    This is the last year that Howson will preside over the FBA as chairman. He retires at the end of this year after 15 years in the post and a successor is close to being confirmed.
    Skiffington paid tribute to Howson. She said: "He is owed a huge thank you from all the federation for all his hard work. It's a thankless job for which you get little thanks and he's worked very hard at it.
    "I would also like to thank my team. They work very hard and it would be impossible to get round them all without them."
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    Lot 497: ch c Mastercraftsman - Tara Moon (Pivotal)
    Off and running on day two. Jeremy Brummitt outbids Ronan Burns and Larry Stratton among others at 75,000gns for this half-brother to Group 3 winner Lady Gloria from Jamie Railton. Turns out Brummitt was acting on behalf of Mags O'Toole.  
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    Lot 503: b f Iffraaj - Ighraa (Tamayuz)
    The ring suddenly filled up behind this filly, one of the better bred youngsters as the daughter of a respected sire and Listed winner Ighraa. Gay O'Callaghan took the plunge and put her on the market and after fighting off a host of bidders, including Phillip Stauffenberg, emerges successful at 125,000gns.
    Her sale continues the Frond success story. Frond was bought by Larry Stratton on behalf of Deerpark Stud for 42,000gns in 2002 and went on to breed five stakes horses including Listed winners Nashmiah, Streets Ahead and Ighraa.
    Ighraa was actually let go by Shadwell for 32,000gns as a two-year-old. Picked up by Simon Hope through Blandford Bloodstock, she proved to be an inspired purchase as within six months she had won a Listed race at Longchamp. This is her second foal following an Elusive Quality yearling that made €120,000 at Arqana in August.
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    Lot 511: b c Dark Angel - Secrets Away (Refuse To Bend)
    Dark Angel is quite literally catnip to pinhookers. They suddenly appeared everywhere as this colt walked into the ring - up the back stairs, in the gangway, behind doors  - and matters swiftly developed into a duel between two of them on each of the back stairs.
    Gay O'Callaghan, standing on the left, was keen to secure the colt but he met his match in James and David Egan of Corduff Stud, who were bidding on the right set of stairs through Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock.
    His sale caps a good foal sale for Nick Bradley's Glebe Farm Stables, which also sold a Dandy Man colt for 52,000gns.
    This particular colt is the second foal out of Secrets Away, a half-sister to Fillies' Mile heroine Hibaayeb who was picked up by Nick Bradley and Jason Kelly for 60,000gns last year. Since then, a big update has come the way of the family courtesy of Hibaayeb's daughter Wuheida, who became a first juvenile Group 1 winner for Dubawi in the Prix Marcel Boussac.
    "There's a big update," said Brown. "That'll give us something to cheer next year! You can't beat an active page. 
    "He's for Corduff and is down for resale. The sire is going from strength to strength, there's no doubt he's a very good stallion."
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    Lot 526: b c Cape Cross - Gower Song (Singspiel)
    Auctioneer Ollie Fowlston asked for an opening bid of 120,000gns for this youngster from Usk Valley Stud and although he had to drop significantly to get the bidding off the ground, it didn't take long to rocket past that figure on to 170,000gns. John Ferguson, who was in from an early stage, was the winning bidder.
    James McHale, standing with Larry Stratton, had a go against Ferguson as did Carmel Stud. However, Sheikh Mohammed's advisor ultimately had most to worry about from David Bowe, who came in late on the back wall.
    A brother to Park Hill Stakes runner-up Melodious, he is the fifth foal out of Gower Song, who carried Usk Valley's colours to victory in the 2008 City Of Gold Stakes. 
    "He's always been a nice foal, very light on his feet and a good mixture of his dam and sire," said Kevin Mercer of Usk Valley Stud. "He had 11 vets - I've been coming here 30 years and I've never had a foal with 11 vets.
    "We bought Gower Song as a yearling [for 17,000gns for David Elsworth] and she's been a fabulous mare for us. David said that Melodious was a Group 1 filly and in fairness, he tried his best to get this colt. 
    "We've always been big fans of Cape Cross. He's had his ups and downs but we've been with him all the way through, and now we have some nice young Cape Cross mares on the farm."
    Gower Song is one of 18 mares at Usk Valley and currently in foal to Sea The Stars.
    The daughter of Singspiel is a half-sister to the Group 2-placed Prince Of Denial as well as the Listed-placed Faraway Waters, in turn dam of another good Elsworth filly in Something Exciting. Further back, it is the good Juddmonte family of Tenby and Exosphere. 
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    Lot 540: b c Sea The Moon - Miss Chaussini (Rossini)
    A good result for Sea The Moon as Langton Stud's colt sells for 65,000gns to John Troy.
    A half-brother to six winners, including recent juvenile scorer Harlequin Rose, he is out of a winning half-sister to German champion sprinter Mister Slippers. 
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    Lot 558: b c Magician - Penny Sixpence (Kheleyf)
    Something with a bit of rarity value. This colt is the only foal on show this week by the Irish 2,000 Guineas and Breeders' Cup Turf hero Magician, who stands at Ashford Stud in Kentucky.
    A number of pinhookers came back from Kentucky raving about the Magician foals. Granted, the majority would have only seen those in the earlier books at Keeneland, two of whom sold for $125,000 and $95,000. But his overall average was a respectable $59,853, quite a good return for a $12,500 fee.
    This particular colt doesn't harm his profile, selling out of the Bugley Stud draft for 42,000gns to A T Bloodstock. He is the first foal out of the winning Penny Sixpence, a sister to the high-class two-year-old Penny's Picnic.
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    Lot 580: ch f Showcasing - Love And Cherish (Excellent Art)
    This flashy filly joins the growing army set for Yeomanstown Stud after David O'Callaghan sees off Philip Stauffenberg and Jamie Railton at 120,000gns.
    Bred by her vendor Plantation Stud, she is the second foal out of Gigginstown House homebred Love And Cherish, a smart filly who won two races and was Listed-placed. It is the further family of Mount Nelson.
    Showcasing returned an average of 10,333gns yesterday. Thanks to a relatively strong start today, it's now running at an improved 34,500gns. He will stand for £35,000 next season.
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    Lot 610: b c Exceed And Excel - Burlesque Star (Thousand Words)
    The Yeomanstown team were also keen to get this colt but were forced to give best to Jamie Railton at 100,000gns.
    Bred by Christopher Johnson Bloodstock and sold by Keith Harte, he is the second foal out of a half-sister to top Hong Kong performer Dominant and Lennox Stakes winner Es Que Love, now at Rathasker Stud. There could be another update in due course since their two-year-old half-sister Listen In was a smart winner in France recently.
    He was followed in by a smart colt from the first crop of Charm Spirit, who was sold by Harte on behalf of Shutford Stud for 80,000gns to Ger Morrin.
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    Lot 616: b c Charm Spirit - Thankful (Diesis)
    Sold for just 4,800gns as a yearling, La Martina today acts as the foundation to a successful family for Tim Cooper's Nuthurst Farm Stud that is well represented at auction year after year.
    La Martina, by Atraf out of Dance Steppe, went on to win four races led by the Hidden Light Stakes at Santa Anita. One of the best runners by her sire, she was bought back by Nuthurst following her racing days and got off to a quick start at stud as the dam of Jo'Burg, a 200,000gns graduate of this sale who went on to win nine races and run stakes-placed.
    La Martina left behind just two foals but her daughter Thankful has maintained the successful association with this sale as the dam of 352,500gns worth of stock since 2010. They include a Showcasing filly that made 85,000gns in 2014 and a Kyllachy colt that made 82,000gns last year. Her progeny have also fared well on the track; second foal Morning Post ran third in the Redcar Two-year-old Trophy while her third foal Munfarrid has won five races.
    Today, the mare reached a new auction high through the sale of her Charm Spirit colt for 110,000gns to Brendan Holland, who outbid a number of pinhookers including Jimmy Murphy of Redpender Stud.
    "He's always been a nice model," said Cooper after the sale. "He came out a nice shape and has done nothing but go the right way. The mare throws nice foals - it's been a great family for me. And the Kyllachy is with John Oxx, so hopefully he'll help things along.
    "I've always sold as foals. I hope people come to my draft knowing that I sell."
    First-crop sire chatter is always interesting. It's all about opinions and there's no doubt that several stallions have already got the thumbs down from pinhookers.
    However, there's a lot of positive chat on Charm Spirit. This is the stallion's second foal to sell for 80,000gns or more today and boosts his sale average to 50,000gns.
    Nuthurst's draft also included a fine first-crop son of Ruler Of The World, who was snapped up for 40,000gns by Jamie Railton.
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    Lot 617: b c Kodiac - Lilly Junior (Cape Cross)
    Rather predictably, there are two magic names today: Dark Angel and Kodiac.
    Kodiac has already had four 60,000gns+ foals pass through the ring today, led by this youngster who was snapped up by Timmy Hyde as a pinhook prospect for 130,000gns. 
    Offered as a homebred by Tibthorpe Stud, he is the first foal out of the winning Lilly Junior, a €48,000 Goff February purchase through the BBA Ireland at Goffs in February 2014. Lilly Junior is one of three winners out of Listed winner Sweet Lilly and from the further family of Pastoral Pursuits.
    "He's a free mover by a good sire," said Hyde.
    Kodiac's average for the sale is running at 67,000gns.
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    Lot 635: ch f Iffraaj - Zayn Zen (Singspiel)
    After just missing out on some of the more high-profile lots this morning, pinhooker Philipp Stauffenberg comes out on top at 130,000gns for this well-connected filly from Ringfort Stud.
    She is a half-sister to Ennaadd, who made it four of six last week in the Hyde Stakes at Kempton. He is the best of four winners out their dam, Listed winner Zayn Zen, who hails from the family of Oh So Sharp. 
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    Lot 655: b c Toronado - Raskutani (Dansili)
    A popular result as James Stewart's Wellsummers Stud sells this Toronado colt for 190,000gns to Jim McCartan. Amanda Skiffington, purchaser of Toronado as a yearling, was the underbidder.
    Stewart, who has cultivated this family to great effect, sold his Azamour half-brother for 230,000gns to Roger Varian at the October Sale. He bought into the family with the purchase of his second dam Oshiponga, a granddaughter of Inchmurrin, for 65,000gns through Geoffrey Howson at the 2004 December Sale. The foal she was carrying at the time turned out to be Superlative Stakes winner Hatta Fort while in recent seasons she has been represented by Sweet Solera Stakes heroine Blue Bayou.
    Raskutani never made the track herself but has more than made up for it at stud as the dam of three winners from as many runners led by Geoffrey Freer Stakes winner Agent Murphy.
    The daughter of Dansili is catalogued as lot 1747 in foal to Night Of Thunder at next week's Mares' Sale.
    "Obviously it's been a wonderful family for us starting with Oshiponga," said Stewart, who sold the colt through The Castlebridge Consignment. "We've kept Blue Bayou and a yearling Champs Elysees filly out of her so we have two daughters. And this particular daughter [Raskutani] has done us proud. 
    "I believe that breeding on good land is key. We're on the Wiltshire downs and our stock tend to have good bone.
    As a member of the TBA and a small breeder, I think that it's important to show that a result like this can be achieved. With patience, it is possible for small breeders to develop families with success."
    The colt is the dearest foal sold so far by Toronado, whose average for the sale is running at 29,900gns for 15 sold, and is likely to be seen again at auction next autumn.
    "We all thought he was an exceptional foal and we waited for him," said McCartan, signing on behalf of a partnership between himself, his brother Paul and Michael Carty of Kilmoney Cottage Stud. "We went to see him again in the back ring and it confirmed our impression.
    "It's a lot to spend on a foal by a first-crop sire but Toronado was a very good horse. I also liked this lad's half-brother by Azamour in October - hopefully Roger [Varian] will help us a bit! He's been bought for resale so fingers crossed!"
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    Lot 680: b c Charm Spirit - Postale (Zamindar)
    Charm Spirit has really caught the imagination today. This colt becomes his second six-figure lot of the day, selling for 140,000gns to Joe Hartigan of Croom House Stud. John McEnery and Blandford Bloodstock were among the underbidders.
    He hails from an active Juddmonte family as the third foal out of Postale, a half-sister to Prix Jean Prat hero Mutual Trust bought by Whitwell Bloodstock for 72,000gns in February 2015. The mare's first foal is the promising Star Archer, a six-length winner for Hugo Palmer at Haydock in the autumn, while her second, a filly by Cacique, made 180,000gns to Al Shaqab Racing this year.
    There is a further opportunity to buy into the family next week through Posteritas, the granddam of this colt.
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    Lot 686: ch c Dawn Approach - Manyara (Manduro)
    A head to head between John Ferguson and Mehmet Kurt, owner of Kingwood Stud, for this chap goes the way of the latter at 135,000gns.
    Sold by Silfield Bloodstock, he is the first foal out of Manyara - sold by none other than Darley for 45,000gns to Silfield at the 2014 Tattersalls July Sale.
    Manyara is a half-sister to champion globe-trotter Mamool and out of Prix de Royaumont heroine Genovefa.
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    Lot 708: b c Invincible Spirit - Kerry's Dream (Tobougg)
    A good result for Bumble Mitchell as her Invincible Spirit colt, bred in partnership with the Irish National Stud, sells for 180,000gns to John Ferguson.
    He is a half-brother to Redcar Two-year-old Trophy winner Ventura Mist and classy sprinter Maljaa. Both were bred by Bumble as was her winning dam Kerry's Dream, who was bought back privately following her career with Tim Easterby. She is half-sister to Group 3 winner Lady's Purse, who was also bred by Bumble.
    He brings Ferguson's expenditure for the day to 450,000gns for four bought.
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    Lot 744: b f Poet's Voice - Talampaya (Elusive Quality)
    Competition for this half-sister to La Rioja develops into a head to head between Robert O'Callaghan of Yeomanstown Stud and the Doyles. The latter land the youngster at 100,000gns, making her by far the most expensive foal sold by her sire this year.
    She was sold by Trickledown Stud on behalf of Andrew Wardall of Alvediston Stud.
    Breeder Andrew Wardall paid just £3,800 at Doncaster in 2008. Then a two-year-old, the unraced mare has developed into an excellent producer, a bit like another of Wardall's bargain purchases Magic Tree (dam of Mukhadram). Magic Tree was sold here for 750,000gns two years ago and Wardall looks set to now cash in on Talampaya, who is lot 1763 next week.
    To date, Talampaya has bred four winners from as many foals of racing age. La Rioja, by Hellvelyn, is the start act but Pastoral Girl and Libourne Lass, both of whom were by Pastoral Pursuits, were stakes-placed. All of which makes this filly, whose sire is responsible for a trio of Group 3 winners, an appealing prospect.
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    Lot 746: b c Kodiac - Inyordreams (Teofilo)
    A long and fruitful association for the Ellis family with Pizzicato and her descendants gains a further highlight today with the sale of their Kodiac colt for 190,000gns to Anthony Stroud on behalf of Ballydogen Stud.
    Back in 1999, the late John Ellis sent his Statoblast mare to Averti, then standing for a cheap fee at Fawley Stud. The result was a really quick filly in Wunders Dream, who won the Flying Childers Stakes for James Given. In turn, she went on to breed Boadicea Stakes winner Inyordreams, now a valued resident of Andrew and Jane Ellis' Bolton Grange Stud.
    Lot 746, offered by Trickledown Stud on behalf of Bolton Grange, is her first foal.
    "You have expectations when you set off," said Andrew Ellis, "and it's nice when they're fulfilled. We've had the family a long time - right down the page. He's the first foal out of the mare - we thought Kodiac was value at the time - and she's now in foal to Lethal Force."
    The colt will be seen again at auction next year.
    "He's been bought for resale," said Stroud. "He's an athletic colt, a good racy Kodiac with a good pedigree."
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    Lot 750: b c Mukhadram - My Inspiration (Invincible Spirit)
    This attractive colt becomes a valuable advert for his young sire Mukhadram, selling for 120,000gns to Shadwell, under whose banner the stallion stands at Nunnery Stud.
    It also proves to be an extremely profitable transaction for G. R. Bailey, who paid 32,000gns for My Inspiration at last year's December Sale. He is the first foal out of his winning dam, in turn a half-sister to four minor winners.
    Mukhadram's average is currently running at 31,571gns for 14 sold.
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    Lot 777: ch c Toronado - Crown (Royal Applause)
    A good end to a good day for Toronado, whose second six-figure lot of the sale comes courtesy of this half-brother to classy juvenile Global Applause, who sells to Ronald Rauscher for 145,000gns. Fellow German pinhooker Philipp Stuaffenberg was underbidder.
    The transaction provides a lovely conclusion to the sale for Robin and Scarlett Knipe of Cobham Court Stud, who bred the colt out of triple winner Crown - his dam was sourced by Howson and Houldsworth for a relatively modest sum, as was Oshiponga, granddam of the 190,000gns Toronado colt that sold earlier today.
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    ALHEBAYEB: 6 offered, 5 sold for an average of 38,600gns
    AUSTRALIA: 1 offered, sold for 33,000gns
    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: 13 offered, 11 sold for an average of 62,091gns
    COACH HOUSE: 18 offered, 11 sold for an average of 14,864gns
    DUNADEN: 5 offered, 3 sold for an average of 8,067gns
    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: 14 offered, 12 sold for an average of 19,500gns
    GREGORIAN: 9 offered, 6 sold for an average of 13,200gns
    HEERAAT: 8 offered, 5 sold for an average of 16,400gns
    MAGICIAN: 1 offered, sold for 42,000gns
    MOOHAAJIM: 1 offered, sold for 11,000gns
    MORPHEUS: 2 offered, 1 sold for 15,000gns
    MUKHADRAM: 15 offered, 14 sold for an average of 31,571gns
    OLYMPIC GLORY: 4 offered, 4 sold for an average of 58,750gns
    RULER OF THE WORLD: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of 30,500gns
    SEA THE MOON: 6 offered, 5 sold for an average of 34,200gns
    SLADE POWER: 5 offered, 5 sold for an average of 43,000gns
    TORONADO: 20 offered, 19 sold for an average of 35,816gns
    WAR COMMAND: 15 offered, 6 sold for an average of 25,278gns
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    A real frenzy for foals today - 17 six-figure lots almost unheard for a second session
    Offered: 257
    Sold: 211 (82%)
    Aggregate: 8,441,000gns (-2%)
    Average: 40,005gns (+9%)
    Colts average (overall): 28,843gns
    Fillies average (overall): 21,805gns 
    Median: 30,000gns (+15%)
    No. six-figure lots: 17
    Leading buyer: Peter and Ross Doyle, 15 bought for a total of 735,000gns
    Leading vendor: Trickledown Stud, 23 sold for a total of 774,500gns
    Leading sire (by average, more than one sold): Cape Cross, 2 sold for an average of 110,000gns
    655) b c Toronado - Raskutani (Dansili), sold by The Castlebridge Consignment for 190,000gns to MC Bloodstock
    746) b c Kodiac - Inyordreams (Teofilo), sold by Trickledown Stud for 190,000gns
    708) b c Invincible Spirit - Kerry's Dream (Tobougg), sold by Bumble Mitchell for 180,000gns to John Ferguson
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