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Tattersalls December Mares Sale - Day Four - Thursday, December 1, 2016

Follow all the action from the fourth and final day of the Tattersalls December Mares Sale with Nancy Sexton's live blog

    The final day of the Tattersalls December Sale - thank God.
    The minimum bid drops to 800gns and it's generally pretty quiet, especially in the afternoon, by which time a number of people are on the way to Deauville for the next round of the circus. 
    Still, there's a variety of mares on offer, including those in foal to Cable Bay, Due Diligence, Fast Company, Hot Streak, Garswood, Outstrip and Toronado.
    There's also the opportunity to snap up a relation to one of the Oaks favourites in Arabescatta (2304), a half-sister to Coronet, and stakes producers such as Midnight Ransom (2248), Dhuyoof (2252) and Comeraincomeshine (2296).
    Anyway, regardless of what happens today, Tattersalls are already ensured to end 2016 with a record annual turnover. That is some achievement and especially fitting in their 250th year.
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    A desperate start to the day is highlighted briefly by the sale of multiple winner Rural Celebration to continue her career in Saudi Arabia. Fahad Al Jabur signed the ticket on the daughter of Pastoral Pursuits, sold by Mill House Stud.
    The average is running at 3,431gns and the clearance rate is 58 per cent.
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    Lot 2255: EXCELLO
    Former Royal Ascot two-year-old sells for 32,000gns to Richard Spencer.
    Sold by The Castlebridge Consignment barren to Iffraaj, the daughter of Exceed And Excel ran third in the 2010 Windsor Castle Stakes. She is the dam of a winner from three foals of racing age. However, Spencer purchased her with an eye towards her two-year-old daughter La Isla Bonita.
    "We have La Isla Bonita," said Spencer. "We think quite a bit of her. I came here to buy this mare. We can get an early cover on her but have no stallion plans yet."
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    Lot 2284: TOAST OF THE TOWN
    Relation to Mince is heading back to her birthplace after selling to Nick Cable for 32,000gns.
    Cable bred the daughter of Duke Of Marmalade in partnership out of the winning Boast and sold her for 160,000gns as a yearling. She went on to win once for John Gosden and returned to the ring last year to make 92,000gns to David Redvers while in foal to Showcasing.
    That foal sadly died and Toast Of The Town was re-offered here today by Tweenhills in foal to Havana Gold.
    "I've waited all week for her," said Lancashire-based Cable. "She was a stunning foal and she's still very good looking. The family's been very lucky for me. No plans yet, I'll get her home and have a look."
    Toast Of The Town is a half-sister to Listed winner Strut, in turn dam of champion 3yo sprinter Mince.
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    Lot 2304: ARABESCATTA
    This mare stood out like a sore thumb today and for once today the ring filled up, mainly with people who thought they were going to nick her.
    In the end, it takes a bid of 38,000gns to secure the mare. The winning bidder was Federico Barberini, acting on behalf of Peter Kavanagh's Kildaragh Stud.
    A multiple winner, the daughter of Monsun is a half-sister to Group 2 winner Midas Touch, also Classic-placed, and the unbeaten Zetland Stakes winner Coronet, one of the favourites for next year's Oaks. Second dam Last Second won the Nassau Stakes and bred Aussie Rules while her third dam is Alruccaba.
    Arabescatta is the dam of a winner from two foals of racing age but is barren to Helmet.
    "She's a nice type by Monsun with a huge page," said Barberini. "She'll go to Kildaragh Stud."
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    1826) HAZARIYA: 2002 m Xaar - Hazaradjat (Darshaan), sold by Newsells Park Stud for 2,000,000gns to MV Magnier/Mayfair
    1759) EBLOUISSANTE: 2009 m Bernardini - Vertigineux (Kris S), sold by The National Stud for 1,100,000gns to Summer Wind Farm
    1840) IRISH ROOKIE: 2012 f Azamour - Bold Assumption (Observatory), sold by Sefton Lodge Stables for 935,000gns to Crispin de Moubray
    1866) CHARTREUSE: 2013 f Lawman - Bufera (King's Best), sold by Highclere Racing for 825,000gns to Ballylinch Stud
    1823) JACK NAYLOR: 2012 f Champs Elysees - Fashionable (Nashwan), sold by The Castlebridge Consignment for 800,000gns to London Thoroughbred Services
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    At the conclusion of the 2016 Tattersalls December Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented;

    “2016 has been an historic year for Tattersalls. It is 250 years since Richard Tattersall founded the world’s first company of bloodstock auctioneers and we are proud custodians of that legacy. We are equally proud that the company has marked this special year with record annual turnover in excess of 265 million guineas and that the Tattersalls December Sale has reinforced its reputation as probably the most international bloodstock sale in the world. It has been a privilege to have welcomed buyers this week from every continent in the world and they have all contributed to a uniquely diverse sale which has brought our anniversary year to a successful conclusion.

    “The unprecedented annual turnover demonstrates the sustained appetite for quality European bloodstock in all sectors of the market and this has been clearly reemphasised throughout the December Sale. Record demand at the October Yearling Sale and the Autumn Horses in Training Sale has been followed by truly global participation this week. While the catalogue may not have been regarded as a vintage one, it has still inspired vibrant international competition, particularly at the top end of the market, with the outstanding mare HAZARIYA deservedly topping the sale at 2 million guineas, high class race fillies consistently commanding premium prices, and the annual major consignments from both Godolphin and Juddmonte Farms proving as ever to be hugely popular.

    “Eight of the top ten highest priced foals in Britain and Ireland, 76 foals selling for 100,000 guineas or more and a further 110 breaking the six figure mark this week, are all clear indicators of a market in which quality has been well rewarded. The ten highest priced mares and fillies this week were sold to buyers from Britain, France, Ireland, Japan, South Africa and the USA, while buyers from Australia, China, and the Gulf region also made significant contributions at every level of the market. As ever, we must thank our vendors, British, Irish and from further afield, who make the Tattersalls December Sale the premier sale of its type in Europe. Every year we visit as many overseas markets as possible, but the consistent support from our vendors is equally crucial in annually attracting the major global players to the December Sale.

    “Although we can reflect on a successful and historic year, we are also mindful that there are sectors of the market which are facing major challenges. This time last year we reflected on the significant rise in the number of horses catalogued and offered at Tattersalls and the inevitable impact at the lower end of the market. This year we have endeavoured to manage the numbers in both the October Yearling Sale and the December Foal Sale more carefully, and clearance rates held up remarkably well, but this only masks the reality that demand in the lower tiers of the market is well below the level of supply. This is an issue we must all face together, but in the meantime we would like to extend our sincere gratitude to each and every purchaser and vendor, all of whom have played a part in a memorable 250th year of selling thoroughbreds at Tattersalls."
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    THE CASTLEBRIDGE CONSIGNMENT: 53 sold for a total of 4,449,100gns
    GODOLPHIN: 59 sold for a total of 4,408,000gns
    JUDDMONTE FARMS: 49 sold for a total of 3,895,500gns
    NEWSELLS PARK STUD: 17 sold for a total of 2,590,000gns
    HIGHCLERE STUD: 13 sold for a total of 1,756,000gns
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    BBA IRELAND: 30 bought for a total of 2,218,000gns
    MV MAGNIER/MAYFAIR: 1 bought for a total of 2,000,000gns
    BLANDFORD BLOODSTOCK: 13 bought for a total of 1,772,000gns
    BALLYLINCH STUD: 3 bought for a total of 1,685,000gns
    CRISPIN DE MOUBRAY: 6 bought for a total of 1,377,000gns
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    Offered: 171
    Sold: 106 (62%)
    Aggregate: 616,500gns (-5%)
    Average: 5,816gns (+8%)
    Median: 3,000gns (-18%)
    Top lot: 2304) ARABESCATTA, bought for 38,000gns by Federico Barberini from the Castlebridge Consignment
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    Catalogued: 1,060
    Offered: 891
    Sold: 681 (76%)
    Aggregate: 44,709,200gns (-4%)
    Average: 65,652gns (-4%)
    Median:  27,000gns (-4%)
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    Catalogued: 2,396
    Offered: 2,016
    Sold: 1,566 (78%)
    Aggregate: 79,655,050gns (-5%)
    Average: 50,865gns (-2%)
    Median: 22,000gns (-8%)
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    Catalogued: 7,457
    Offered: 6,000
    Sold: 4,929
    Aggregate: 265,519,379gns (record)
    Average: 53,869gns (record)
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