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Tattersalls December Foal Sale - Day Two - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Follow all the action from the second day of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale with Nancy Sexton's live blog

    Today's session, which will step up a gear from yesterday, begins at 9.30am.

    Four foals realised 50,000gns or more on this day last year led by a 65,000gns son of Bated Breath. Given the ongoing demand for stock by unproven sires, it would be no surprise to see more foals by first or second-crop stallions feature heavily today.
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    Lot 356: br f Intense Focus - Janey Muddles (Lawman)

    Jeremy Brummitt's purchase of this filly for 25,000gns sets the ball rolling for today. 

    The only filly catalogued by her sire this week, she is out of a winning daughter of Listed juvenile winner Slip Dance.
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    Lot 365: b c Finjaan - Medicea Sidera (Medicean)

    It was almost a bit of a Finjaan show here yesterday as first-crop representatives of the stallion sold for 25,000gns and 10,000gns to ensure an average that outstripped the day's overall average. The first one through today also does his bit to boost figures, selling for 16,500gns to Tally-Ho Stud.

    He is the first purchase of the week for Tally-Ho, who came away with no fewer than 23 foals at last week's Goffs November Sale.
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    Lot 376: b f Cityscape - Firebelly (Nicolotte)

    A good result for first-crop sire Cityscape as this foal, a really strong filly, sells for 30,000gns to Liam Norris. 

    Sold by Overbuy Stud, which stands Cityscape, she owns one of the better pedigrees of the day as a half-sister to the Group 3-placed sprinter Firebeam, who changed hands himself here for 280,000gns as a four-year-old.

    They are out of Listed winner Firebelly, a Nicolotte mare from the family of Grade 1 winner Prince Arch.

    "She's a really strong filly with a bit of quality," said Norris. "Plus she's a half-sister to a good black-type horse. 

    "I like the stallion. He was a really good, tough, hardy horse and I wanted to buy one by him.

    "She'll come back to my new place and we'll reoffer her next year."

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    Lot 388: gr c Swiss Spirit - Skiing (Sakhee's Secret)

    The ring suddenly went from empty to full in anticipation of this colt from the first-crop of Swiss Spirit.

    Without any prompting, Luke Lillingston threw in a bid of 50,000gns - 'that's upset a few of them,' remarked auctioneer Todd Watt - but such tactics weren't enough to prevent competition from David O'Callaghan and then Peter Morgan of Carmel Stud, who secured the colt with a bid of 68,000gns.

    "We just thought he was an outstanding individual," said Morgan. "He'll come back next autumn, perhaps for Book 2, where he should be a nice trainers horse. He's by a good speed sire - we're very happy to get him."

    The grey is the first foal out of Skiing, a half-brother to Michael Blanshard's former classy sprinter The Trader. He was bred and sold by Whitsbury Manor Stud.

    Lot 388: gr c Swiss Spirit - Skiing. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 405: b c Dragon Pulse - Riymaisa (Traditionally)

    David Powell of Catridge Farm Stud outbids Tony O'Callaghan among others at 30,000gns for this colt, a half-brother to this season's Listed-placed two-year-old Unilit. He was sold by Peter Nolan Bloodstock.
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    Lot 457: ch f Havana Gold - You Look So Good (Excellent Art)

    This first-crop daughter of Tweenhills Farm & Stud's Havana Gold from Stringston Farm falls to David Redvers at 32,000gns. She is the first foal out of You Look So Good, a winning Excellent Art half-sister to Group 2-winning sprinter Electric Beat.

    With five lots under the hammer so far, Havana Gold's average is running at 14,900gns.

    Lot 457: ch f Havana Gold - You Look So Good. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Tricky going so far today - only 59% are listed as changing hands and even then for a moderate average of 11,162gns. 

    Each of the top six lots are by unproven sires, namely Swiss Spirit, Dragon Pulse, Havana Gold, Cityscape and Lethal Force.
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    Lot 485: b c Maxios - Another Name (Giant's Causeway)

    A particularly striking French-bred first-crop son of Maxios will be re-offered next year under the Baroda & Colbinstown Studs banner next year after selling for 31,000gns to Mick Flanagan.

    "We saw our first Maxios last week at Goffs, liked him and bid on him - in fact we went pretty strong but were unable to get him," said Flanagan. "So we came here with an idea in our head to try and get one. This is a lovely colt."

    Maxios' first foals sold for up to €100,000 at Goffs last week. The colt in question was snapped up by Abbey Farm while the Niarchos family, who bred and raced Maxios, signed at €62,000 for a filly out of Summer Dream.

    The son of Monsun, who stands at Gestut Fahrhof for €10,000, has another four representatives on show here this week. The stallion himself will also be available to view in Deauville during the Arqana August Sale.

    Lot 484 was sold by Ballinaroone Stud and is the fourth foal out of Another Name, a granddaughter of the influential mare Jude. Despite her connections, the unplaced Another Name was a bargain buy herself, selling for 4,500gns to Tariq Alnisf at the 2013 Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale.

    Lot 485: another good advertisement for Maxios. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 489: b c Epaulette - Empress Ella (Holy Roman Emperor)

    A new top lot for the day as pinhooker Mark Dwyer of Oaks Farm Stud goes to 70,000gns for a colt from the first crop of Darley shuttler Epaulette.

    "He's a mature colt who looks straightfoward," said Dwyer.As we see it, the sire is getting some very nice stock. The good foals are expensive. That's the way it's gone - nice foals like this are hard to buy."

    Sold by Yeomanstown Lodge Stud, this colt is the third foal out of the unplaced Empress Ella and from the further family of Ribblesdale Stakes winner Fairy Queen.
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    Lot 507: bl/gr c Lethal Force - Ha'penny Beacon (Erhaab)

    The six-figure mark is breached for the first time at this sale by a first-crop son of Lethal Force, who sells out of the Battlefield Stud draft in front of a packed ring to Mick Flanagan for 110,000gns. JC Bloodstock are the underbidders.

    He becomes only the second foal to sell for six figures on this day (traditionally the opening session).

    "We really liked the colt, and when we sat down to go through the list he really jumped out," said Flanagan.

    "He's by a very good racehorse and from a good sire line in Acclamation, plus he's from a very good family with solid European black-type.

    "He's been bought for a partnership with British and Irish clients, and will come back to the sales as a yearling."

    He is a credit to Bishop Wilton Stud, who not only bred the colt but also his winning dam, Ha'penny Beacon. The stud also bred the mare's talented half-sister, Listed winner Maycocks Bay, subsequently the dam of Sariska for Lady Bamford. Eagle Top also appears under the second dam, Beacon.

    However, he's not the first foal by Lethal Force to reach six-figures this winter: the son of Dark Angel was also well received at Goffs thanks to colts that realised €135,000 and €120,000 to Yeomanstown Stud and Shadwell Estates.

    Lot 507: c Lethal Force - Ha'penny Beacon. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 525: b c Choisir - Afrodita (Montjeu)

    The sole Choisir on offer this week proves popular, selling for 36,000gns to Timmy Hyde of Camas Park Stud.

    Choisir's progeny also fared respectively at Goffs last week, where his progeny sold for up to €65,000.
    Only 32 foals have been registered so far from the stallion's final crop - he didn't return to Coolmore this year and is slated to remain in Australia for 2016.

    This particular colt was sold by Voute Sales on behalf of Parsonage Place Stud. He hails from a family that Camas Park know well since his dam is a half-sister to Dance To The Top, dam of the Group 1-placed Camas Park graduate Bankable.  
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    Lot 530: b c Camacho - Little Oz (Red Ransom)

    John Troy bucks today's trend by spending money on a foal by a proven sire - of the top ten lots through today, only two are by stallions with runners.

    Troy went to 48,000gns to secure this colt from Meadowlands Stud, who is a half-brother to a winner and out of a placed daughter of Prix de Flore winner Australie. Further back, it is the family of shock 1993 Breeders' Cup Classic winner Arcangues. 

    Lot 530: b c Camacho - Little Oz. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 534: b c Swiss Spirit - Littlemisssunshine (Oasis Dream)

    Tom and Ben Harris of Lordship Stud go to 42,000gns for this colt, a son of their homebred Swiss Spirit bred by Toby Coles. 

    His triple-winning dam has already bred two winners from as many foals led by this season's Dragon Stakes third Soapy Aitken.

    Swiss Spirit's sale average is running at 18,579gns for 14 sold.
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    Lot 582: b c Farhh - Stoneacre Sarah (Cadeaux Genereux)

    The first foal through the ring this week by Champion Stakes winner Farhh is snapped up by pinhooker Flash Conroy for 85,000gns.

    The colt, bred by Card Bloodstock and sold through Silfield Bloodstock, is the first purchase of the week for Flash, who sees this colt as a 'nice horse for Book 2'.

    "The sire was a very good racehorse and it's a nice family," said Flash, "He's a great mover who'll hopefully come back here next year. "

    He is the fourth foal out of his winning dam, a half-sister to Group 3-winning sprinter Tropical Star from the immediate family of Prix de l'Abbaye winner Move In Time. 

    Lot 582: b c Farrh - Stoneacre Sarah. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 585: b c Sir Percy - Rouge Dancer (Elusive City)

    Brendan Holland takes home this colt with a winning bid of 70,000gns. Bred by Jim Mitchell and sold by Bumble Mitchell, he is a half-brother to a winner and out of an unraced granddaughter of Italian champion Grease.

    "Just a very good foal," said Holland, who plans to resell his new acquisition next autumn. "I like the sire, I think he's a very good stallion. I sold a real good one, Sir Keating, by him to Hong Kong earlier this year."

    Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 603: b c Helmet - Musical Key (Key Of Lucky)

    Yeomanstown Stud land this colt, a member of the second crop by Helmet, for 67,000gns. The highlight of the Trickledown Stud draft, he is a half-brother to the Listed-placed Harmonic Note and out of a placed half-sister to Mensa, a champion in Hong Kong.
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    Lot 621: b c Shirocco - No Pushover (Scorpion)

    This jumps-bred colt attracts a crowd, eventually falling to Peter Molony for 36,000gns. He was bred and sold by Robin and Scarlet Knipe's Cobham Court Stud and is out of their homebred bumper winner No Pushover, a half-sister to the popular Wishfull Thinking.

    While at first glance it might have been a bold decision to offer him here, jumps-bred foals have fared respectably at the December Sale in the past: for instance back in 2011, a Presenting colt sold during the opening session for 21,000gns. He is also one of approximately 200 foals on the ground by Shirocco yet the only one catalogued here.

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

    EPAULETTE: 5 offered, 4 sold for an average of 27,500gns

    FARHH: 1 sold for 85,000gns

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

    HAVANA GOLD: 18 offered, 12 sold for an average of 15,058gns

    LETHAL FORCE: 10 offered, 8 sold for an average of 34,125gns

    MAXIOS: 1 sold for 31,000gns

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

    MOST IMPROVED: 1 offered, not sold

    PLANTEUR: 1 sold for 5,500gns

    RECKLESS ABANDON: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of 15,750gns

    RED JAZZ: 4 offered, 2 sold for an average of 9,750gns

    SOCIETY ROCK: 6 offered, 4 sold for an average of 11,375gns

    SWISS SPIRIT: 19 offered, 18 sold for an average of 17,089gns

    UNIVERSAL: 1 sold for 1,500gns

    WORTHADD: 1 offered, not sold
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    Lot 634: b c Bated Breath - Whirly Dancer (Danehill Dancer)

    Mags O'Toole signs at 58,000gns for this colt from Brook Stud. 

    He hails from a particularly active family as a half-brother to Lagenda, a winning two-year-old by Dick Turpin, who is out of a half-sister to this season's Thoroughbred Stakes winner Malabar.
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    507) gr c Lethal Force - Ha'penny Beacon (Erhaab), sold by Battlefield Stud to Mick Flanagan for 110,000gns

    582) b c Farhh - Stoneacre Sarah (Cadeaux Genereux), sold by Silfield Bloodstock to Glenvale Bloodstock for 85,000gns

    489) b c Epaulette - Empress Ella (Holy Roman Emperor), sold by Yeomanstown Lodge Stud to Oaks Farm Stables for 70,000gns

    585) b c Sir Percy - Rouge Dancer (Elusive City), sold by Bumble Mitchell to Grove Stud for 70,000gns

    This Lethal Force colt became only the second ever six-figure lot to sell on this day when knocked down for 110,000gns to Mick Flanagan. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Offered: 264

    Sold: 179 (68%)

    Aggregate: 2,592,600gns (+4%)

    Average: 14,484gns (+18%)

    Colts average (overall): 14,328gns

    Fillies average (overall): 7,374gns

    Median: 9,500gns (+3%)

    No. 50,000gns+ lots: 7 (2014: 4)

    Leading buyer (total): FIVE STAR BLOODSTOCK, 18 bought for 175,400gns

    Leading vendor (total): TRICKLEDOWN STUD, 13 sold for 192,500gns

    Leading sire (overall by average, more than one sold): LETHAL FORCE, 8 sold for an average of 34,125gns

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