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Tattersalls December Mares Sale - Day One - Monday, November 28, 2016

Keep up to date with all the action from the first day of the Tattersalls December Mares Sale at Park Paddocks with Nancy Sexton's live blog

  • I got the impression several weeks ago that there was unprecedented demand for accommodation in Newmarket during the Tattersalls December Sale. We'll know shortly how that might translate in the sale ring but if the sale paddocks yesterday were anything to go by, it looks set to be highly competitive in there this week.
     
    Tattersalls annually attract a range of American buyers and given the current state of the exchange rate, expect them to be busy. It also can't hurt that Drefong, the current leading sprinter in America, is out of Eltimaas, a 20,000gns graduate of 2010. Anyhow, Justin Casse, Price Bell, Patrick Lawley-Wakelin and Thomas Clark were among those working the grounds yesterday.
     
    As ever, a number of Japanese buyers have made the trip.
     
    Although Japanese buyers are generally associated with some of the more high-profile lots, it was for just 10,000gns that the JS Company secured Siyabona, dam of this year's Group 1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen winner Big Arthur, in 2008.
     
    Sessions start at 9.30am daily.
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  • This sale has been lit up by a number of high-flying lots in recent years such as Immortal Verse, who sold for 4.7 million guineas to the BBA Ireland on behalf of Coolmore in 2013, Just The Judge, who was knocked down for 4.5 million guineas to Qatar Racing the China Horse Club in 2014, and Hanky Panky, who topped last year's sale at 2.7 million guineas.
     
    But as the cover illustrates, you don't need deep pockets to secure the next Group 1 producer. Take Galicuix as an example; the dam of Galileo Gold cost Pantile Stud just 8,000gns in 2013. Another of this season's top milers, Ribchester, is out of Mujarah, an 18,000gns purchase by Andrew Thompson in 2011.
     
    Other recently celebrated graduates include Angel Falls, the dam of National Defense, Patineuse, dam of Protectionist, and Apamea, who provided a timely advert for the sale as the dam of Takedown, successful in Saturday's Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot in Australia.
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  • Today's session isn't traditionally as strong as tomorrow's although the odd star, such as Dancing Rain, has been offered during this day in the past.
     
    Today will probably be all about Godolphin. They have 76 lots catalogued, ranging from older talented mares such as Karen's Caper and Folk Opera to young mares with highly attractive coverings. 
     
    Draft standouts include:
     
    1460) FOLK OPERA: winner of the Grade 1 E P Taylor Stakes, the daughter of Singspiel is the first of seven mares catalogued in foal to Golden Horn
     
    Folk Opera
     
     
    1464) SCATINA: high-class German mare, who was a Group 2 winner in her pomp, is barren but does have young stock by Cape Cross and Dubawi to come
     
    1478) FORTY GREETA: a Group 1 winner in her native Argentina, she is the dam of American Listed winner Fort Hughes. In foal to Dawn Approach
     
    1541) THE MINIVER ROSE: Park Hill Stakes winner is the only mare catalogued in foal to Dubawi
     
    1543) KAREN'S CAPER: went down by only a head in the 2005 Coronation Stakes, having landed that year's Nell Gwyn Stakes. In foal to New Approach
     
    1545) FLASHY WINGS: an excellent two-year-old, she won the 2005 Lowther and Queen Mary Stakes
     
    1547) PHYLLIS MAID: Halling half-sister to current Australian star Hartnell. In foal to Shamardal
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  • Other highlights include:
     
    1394) UNQUENCHABLE; dam of Australia Group 3 winner Havana Cooler, also Group 1-placed. In foal to Mukhadram
     
    1413) BRISTOL FASHION: half-sister to Oaks favourite Coronet as well as Group 2 winner Midas Touch from the famous Alruccaba family. In foal to Dawn Approach
     
    1457) LET IT BE ME: dam of exciting two-year-old South Seas, second in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud since the publication of the catalogue
     
    1506) SIBAYA: half-sister to Harbour Law and Moheet. In foal to Nathaniel
     
    1579) MAGIC AMERICA: Group 3 winner and Group 1-placed, this stakes producer is in foal to Zoffany
     
    1598) TINDER: winning two-year-old has been placed in the Birdcatcher Nursery since the publication of the catalogue
     
    1599) SPY RING: second in the Bosra Sham Stakes since the publication of the catalogue
     
    1601) WAYSIDE FLOWER: now a winner, this well-bred Shamardal filly showed good form when fourth in a Listed race at Naas
     
    1602) LADY MACAPA: Listed-placed Equiano filly now has a rating of 97
     
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  • Lot 1341: MARGARET'S MISSION
     
    Triple winner Margaret's Mission, who ran a recent fourth in good company at Newmarket, sells for 60,000gns to Blandford Bloodstock. By emerging broodmare sire Shamardal, she is a sister to Fred Darling Stakes winner Sharnberry.
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  • Lot 1369: GHIZLAAN
     
    Ghizlaan had her own ideas about entering the ring but she proved worth the wait. A number of bidders showed their hand from an opening bid of 3,000gns but it was Tim Hyde, standing with Timmy senior, Paul Shanahan and MV Magnier, who eventually secured her for 92,000gns. Cormac McCormack signed the ticket on behalf of the team, who have traditionally done well with their various ex-Shadwell mares.
     
    An attractive mare who was a $600,000 yearling in her time, she has bred two Listed winners in Arabda and Ghaaly, one of the better three-year-olds in France this year. She was offered in foal to Mukhadram but as a Seeking The Gold daughter of top American racemare Golden Ballet who is a half-sister to Belmont Stakes winner Drosselmeyer, it would be no surprise see her fare well in America.
     
    "She's a good looking mare by Seeking The Gold," said Hyde, "and she's already bred two good horses. She's out of a very mare - it's a good page."
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  • Lot 1364: ABEND
     
    Nice to see John Fagan's Deerpark Stud buy back this filly. The farm bred Abend out of their recently star producer Frond and sold her for 220,000gns at the Tattersalls December Sale. Unfortunately, things don't look to have gone to plan for the filly since - she was sold today as an unraced three-year-old in foal to Dream Ahead - but she should make a lovely addition to the Deerpark band, especially at 18,000gns!
     
    Later on, the Shamardal mare Dufoof fell to familiar connections; Round Hill Stud paid just 14,000gns for the well-connected four-year-old, having sold her for 90,000gns to Shadwell as a yearling.
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  • Lot 1397: MYOPIC
     
    A half-sister to this year's classy filly Twitch, Myopic is snapped up by David Myerscough for 125,000gns to join the band at Baroda Stud.
     
    Brought along steadily by Luca Cumani, the daughter of Teofilo won a maiden at Newbury in August and has yet to finish out of the first two in four starts.
     
    "It's not out of the question that she could run again," said Myerscough as Matt Houldsworth of Howson & Houldsworth signed the ticket. "We'll get her back home and decide. She could be one to cover and bring back next year. Lope De Vega would be a possibility if we can get in.
     
    "She's a beautiful filly - a great physique and walk."
     
     
    Myopic is the product of an excellent Floors Stud family as a granddam of Comic, who struck fame as the dam of Hong Kong legend Viva Pataca and American Grade 1 winner Laughing. Twitch and Myopic are two of four winners out of Viva Pataca's well named sister Blinking, who was born almost totally blind and was unraced as a result.

     

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  • Lot 1405: ALMEDA
     
    Plantation Stud turn a good profit on this mare, who sells for 92,000gns to Marc-Antoine Berghracht of MAB Agency; the farm paid 37,000gns for the three-year-old only in February and sent her to Iffraaj.
     
    Almeda is a Juddmonte-bred half-sister to the Group 1-placed Phoenix Tower from the good Juddmonte family of Day Flight and Nebraska Tornado.
     
    Plantation haven't been the only farm to enjoy a good turn today. Earlier, David Powell's Catridge Farm Stud sold Coin A Phrase for 36,000gns to Highclere Stud having paid 16,000gns for the Dubawi mare last summer.
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  • Lot 1436: GADLY
     
    Various members of the Tweenhills draft catch the imagination, starting with Gadfly who sold for 105,000gns to Richard Frisby in foal to Harbour Watch.
     
    Several of the draft were extremely expensive yearlings; Gadfly was no exception having cost 375,000gns as a yearling. By Galileo, she is a half-sister to 1,000 Guineas heroine Speciosa as well as Listed winners Major Rhythm and Special Meaning from the further family of Pride.
     
    She was followed closely by Rate, another unraced Galileo who cost 135,000gns as a yearling. Today she made 100,000gns to BBA Ireland in foal to Hot Streak.
     
    Rounding out the Galileos was 420,000gns yearling Madame Chow, a sister to Cameron Highland who was bought for 75,000gns to Badgers Bloodstock. 
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  • Lot 1457: LET IT BE ME
     
    Let It Be Me was bought for €14,500 by Michael O'Dwyer while in foal to Lope De Vega. The resulting foal turned out to be South Seas, this year's Solario Stakes winner, and she duly finds great favour this time around, selling for 325,000gns to David Redvers acting on behalf of Sheikh Fahad. Andreas Putsch and Stephen Hillen were among the underbidders on the mare, a half-sister to Chesham Stakes winner sold by Knockainey Stud.
     
    Redvers and Sheikh Fahad are of course very familiar with South Seas, who has been a fine flag bearer for Qatar Racing this year.
     
    "She's the type of physical that only a mother can love," said Redvers of the daughter of Mizzen Mast. "But South Seas is as good looking a horse as you can find and could win a Group 1 next year. For a Lope De Vega he's all quality - very athletic and light on his feet.
     
    "Peter Molony was at the farm looking at a Charm Spirit foal and happened to see this mare's Lawman filly, which is nice. So we went in there with the knowledge that she'd had two beautiful foals.
     
    "She could go to a number of horses. Charm Spirit is an idea. Or there's Invincible Spirit. She could go back to Lope De Vega. That's a project for Sheikh Fahad."
     
     
    Meanwhile, there's plenty of exciting building for South Seas, who signed off his campaign by running second in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud.
     
    "We might go the French Derby route," said Redvers. "He's all about next year. I'm not convinced that he'll stay 12f myself so the French Derby might be the right option."
     
     
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  • Lot 1460: FOLK OPERA
     
    Godolphin draft opens with a bang with the sale of E P Taylor Stakes heroine Folk Opera for 240,000gns to Tom Goff of Blandford Bloodstock on behalf of Andrew Black's Chasemore Farm. American agent Justin Casse, standing with Paul Shanahan and MV Magnier, was among the underbidders.
     
    Folk Opera was a top filly for Godolphin in her day, winning five races including the E P Taylor and Prix Jean Romanet. The daughter of Singspiel is out of a half-sister to Listed winners Innocent Air - who sells tomorrow - and Skipping.
     
    "She's a lovely mare with lots of good stuff coming," said Tom Goff. "There are two Dubawis and a Shamardal in the pipeline. She was a top-class racehorse and in foal to Golden Horn, which we think is a great cover. So it's very exciting:"
     
    Folk Opera has bred two minors winners to date.
     
     
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  • Lot 1464: SCATINA
     
    A Group 2 winner in her pomp, Scatina sells for 31,000gns to Dermot Cantillon, who signs under Emerald Bloodstock. The daughter of Samum realised 330,000gns here in 2007.
     
    Barren to Golden Horn, she is the dam of three winners and has a well regarded Dubawi foal on the ground.
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  • Lot 1477: MIRROR CITY
     
    Not often you see Miesque really close up in a pedigree nowadays, something which made the winning Mirror City an intriguing proposition. Dwayne Woods secures the filly for 170,000gns to join his Brook Stud.
     
    "Tremendous family and the dam is in foal to Dubawi," said Woods.
     
    Mirror City was the five-length winner of her maiden at Kempton last year for Charlie Appleby. By emerging broodmare sire Street Cry, she is a half-sister to three winners and out of Ama, a Storm Cat daughter of Miesque. Ama was a 1,800,000gns purchase by John Ferguson at this sale in 2007.
     
     
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  • Lot 1486: DREAM JOB
     
    Ten days after Mrs King took centre stage at Goffs, it is the turn of her sister Dream Job to light up the ring when selling out of the Godolphin draft for 190,000gns to Koji Maeda's North Hills Management in Japan. The mare is in foal to Hallowed Crown, who stood last season for just €7,000.
     
    “Dubawi is a very good sire," said farm manager Hiroshi Fukuda. "I like the family in the first, second and third dam, and that she’s by Dubawi. She’s a good physical too."
     
    The pair are winning Dubawi daughters of Long Island Handicap heroine Coretta, whose eight winners include Saratoga stakes winner Shared Dreams. This is the well respected Gerald Leigh family of Brocade and her celebrated offspring Barathea and Gossamer. 
     
    Badgers Bloodstock paid €350,000 for Mrs King at the recent Goffs November Sale.
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  • Lot 1488: MIDWIFERY
     
    The first purchase for the China Horse Club, whose principal Teo Ah Khing is here, is this sister to Trading Leather, who costs 120,000gns. The unraced Teofilo mare is in foal to Night Of Thunder.
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  • A tremendous first draft for Godolphin. 
     
    Led by Folk Opera, their first set of horses comprised 27 lots that realised an average of 61,815gns. Four made six figures.
     
    The draft was played out in front of a packed ring and it's very unlikely that anything slipped through the net. Unsurprisingly they drew a strong international crowd, with horses selling to the likes of North Hills Management (Japan), Gordian Troeller (acting on behalf of Californian trainer James Cassidy) and Ric Wylie (Australasia).
     
    On another note, auctioneer Alastair Pim enjoyed himself, at one point inserting into his sales patter: "Dam is in foal to Helmet and will be going to Golden Horn - she'll have a big smile after that lot."
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  • Lot 1504: MOONLIGHT SONATA
     
    Justin Casse, Reiley McDonald and John Warren helped push the bidding along on this Galileo mare, who ran in the colours of Doreen Tabor, but they had no answer to Hugo Lascelles at 280,000gns.
     
    A winner last year at Lingfield, Moonlight Sonata is a half-sister to Western Hymn and out of Blue Rhapsody, a half-sister to Fantasia and Pink Symphony. She was sold The Castlebridge Consignment in foal to Mastercraftsman.
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  • Lot 1528: WHITE BULLET
     
    Will form part of New Bay's first book next year after falling to the China Horse Club for 270,000gns. The daughter of Exceed And Excel was a smart two-year-old who ran second in the Empress Stakes and Margate Stakes and was sold by Mount Coote Stud with an attractive covering to Lope De Vega.
     
    "Very pleased to have got her," said agent Mick Flanagan. "She'll board at Norelands Stud - she'll be our first mare there. The China Horse Club have 20 per cent of New Bay and we'll strongly support him. We'll be busy buying good moving, highly rated mares for him and if they have a covering like Lope De Vega all the better.
     
    "There are some really good people in the New Bay syndicate and he'll have very good support."
     
     
    While Bullet is out of Chili Dip, a half-sister to Listed winners Faru, Birdie and Fickle.
     
     
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  • Lot 1538: MARIGOLD HOTEL
     
    Maurice Regan of Newtown Anner Stud was busy stocking up on mares at Goffs for his Fascinating Rock, who will start his stud career at Ballylinch Stud next season, and continues to do so today, going to 330,000gns for Marigold Hotel.
     
    Luca and Sara Cumani of Fittocks Stud were underbidders on the mare, sold by Norelands Stud in foal to Mastercraftsman.
     
     
     
    A 350,000gns yearling, the attractive grey is a half-sister to Fillies' Mile winner Simply Perfect, in turn dam of Group 3 winner Mekong River. Simply Perfect is also granddam of Bondi Beach. They're out of the Group 1-placed Hotelgenie Dot Com from the immediate family of Bianca Nera.
     
    "She's a great cross for Fascinating Rock, being by Galileo," said Eamonn Reilly of the BBA Ireland, who did the bidding. "Maurice is doing everything he can to support Fascinating Rock and this was a very attractive mare with a great walk.
     
    "She reminds me a lot of those Galileos I used to buy years ago for Jim Bolger - those big walking Galileos."
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  • Lot 1541: THE MINIVER ROSE
     
    As the only mare catalogued in foal to Dubawi, The Miniver Rose was always likely to cause a stir. Following an opening bid of 100,000gns, matters rocketed towards the half million mark as David Redvers, bidding on the back stairs with Sheikh Fahad, and Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock took each other on. It was Brown who emerged successful at 550,000gns.
     
    Winner of the 2009 Park Hill Stakes for Julie Wood and Richard Hannon, the daughter of High Chaparral was snapped up by Rabbah Bloodstock for 270,000gns at this sale last tear. She's had an interesting stud career to date, having started out in Australia where she foaled a pair of More Than Ready fillies to southern hemisphere time.
     
    "She's a gorgeous mare in her own right but it's the cover," said Brown. "My client has been trying to get into Dubawi for a while and with limited success. In my opinion Dubawi is one of the top two stallions in the world and it's now very hard to get into him. So she represents a rare opportunity."
     
    The Miniver Rose, by Coolmore stallion High Chaparral, is a half-sister to Group 3 winner Belle De Crecy and a granddaughter of American Grade 1 winner Carotene.
     
     
     
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  • Lot 1547: PHYLLIS MAUD
     
    Australian buyers have been active all day, in particular Starspangledbanner's former home Rosemont Stud, already the buyer of four mares.
     
    Now Arrowfield Stud, home of Redoute's Choice, join the fray, going to 360,000gns for Phyllis Maud out of the Godolphin draft. The Halling mare has huge international appeal, not only as the only mare catalogued in foal to Shamardal (who covered exclusively for Darley this year) but as a half-sister to current Australian star Hartnell.
     
    Hartnell was smart when trained here by Mark Johnston but he has reached far greater heights in Australia for John O'Shea as the winner of the Group 1 Turnbull and Tancred Stakes. He was also a recent second behind Winx in the Cox Plate and a brave third in the Melbourne Cup.
     
    Phyllis Maud is also a half-sister to Fillies' Mile third Roz, who was sold to Australian interests in 2015. She has a filly foal by Frankel on the ground.
     
     
     
    Plans call for Phyllis Maud, a four-time winner herself, to foal here before shipping to Arrowfield.
     
    "We'll foal her here," said Paul Messara of Arrowfield, "and then we'll decide whether to cover her here to southern hemisphere time or to send her back to Australia. She was an obvious pick - Hartnell is a very good horse and it's a really active family."
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  • Lot 1570: SNOW PINE
     
    A sentimental return to familiar territory for David and Diane Nagle's Barronstown Stud as they come away with this mare, a Dalakhani granddaughter of their wonderful producer Doff The Derby who costs 260,000gns. A dual winner in France, she was sold in foal to Golden Horn and is out of Shinko Hermes, a Sadler's Wells sister to Imagine and Strawberry Roan who has foaled the Listed winners Lake Toya and Sixth Sense.
     
    "It's lovely because it's our family," said Diane Nagle. "We had Doff The Derby and bred everything out of her. We still have Imagine.
     
    "We sold Shinko Hermes to Japan a long time ago. We actually tried to buy her back but couldn't, so it's lovely to have one of her daughters."
     

     

    Doff The Derby was bred by Nelson Bunker Hunt out of the 1966 Margate Handicap winner Margarethen. By the time she was foaled, Margarethen had already struck notoriety as the dam of Hunt’s European champion Trillion, later herself dam of the nine-time Group 1 winner Triptych.

     

    It was during the era of Triptych that Doff The Derby came into the possession of David and Diane Nagle. The daughter of Master Derby was unraced but that was by accident, with the mare having suffered a broken tail in an accident as a yearling. 

     

    Instead, Doff The Derby was covered in California as a two-year-old by the Californian Derby winner Jaklin Klugman, the result of which was the June-foaled Windy Triple K, a Listed winner at Santa Anita.

     

    Doff The Derby didn’t produce a foal after that until 1987. By then based in Ireland, she became a regular partner to various Coolmore stallions and with great success as the dam of Classic winners Generous and Imagine as well as the Group 1-placed Strawberry Roan and Wedding Bouquet. 

     

    Imagine has been an outstanding producer for Barronstown as the dam of Horatio Nelson, the ill-fated Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere winner, Rockfel Stakes winner Kitty Matcham, Group 2 winner Viscount Nelson and Grade 3 winner Point Piper to a variety of stallions from different sire lines.

     

    Viscount Nelson embarked on his own stallion career in Chile in 2013 while another out of Imagine, the Group 1-placed Red Rock Canyon, is the sire of the Group 1-placed Invader out of his early crops in Brazil.

     

     
     
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  • Lot 1599: SPY RING
     
    Recent Bosra Sham Stakes runner-up will continue her career in California with James Cassidy after falling to Gordian Troeller for 280,000gns. The same combination purchased their current Grade 1 filly Frenzified out of the sale last year.
     
    "She is fast filly," said Troeller, "but she should get a mile in the US."
     
    Bought for £88,000 at the breeze-ups by David Redvers, she is a half-sister to the Listed-placed Slap Shots and closely related to Mount Nelson.
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  • DAY ONE STATS
     
    Offered: 245
     
    Sold: 205 (84%)
     
    Aggregate: 11,521,000gns (0%)
     
    Average: 56,200gns (-3%)
     
    Median: 40,000gns (+5%)
     
    No. six-figure lots: 26
     
    Leading vendor: GODOLPHIN, 59 sold for a total of 4,408,000gns
     
    Leading buyer: BLINDFOLD BLOODSTOCK, 8 bought for a total of 1,150,000gns
     
     
    TOP THREE LOTS
     
    1541) THE MINIVER ROSE, 2006 m High Chaparral - Bloemfontein, sold by Godolphin in foal to Dubawi for 550,000gns to Blandford Bloodstock
     
    1547) PHYLLIS MAUD, 2012 m Halling - Debonnaire, sold by Godolphin in foal to Shamardal for 360,000gns to Arrowfield Stud
     
    1538) MARIGOLD HOTEL, 2012 m Galileo - Hotelgenie Dot Com, sold by Norelands Stud for 330,000gns to BBA Ireland
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