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Tattersalls December Mares Sale - Day One - Monday, November 30, 2015

Follow all the news as it happens with Nancy Sexton blogging live from the second day of the Tattersalls December Mares Sale

    Fleche d'Or, Ghurra and Rosie's was at recent editions of the Tattersalls December Sale that the chance to secure the dams of Golden Horn, Shalaa and Make Believe arose. 

    Fleche d'Or passed through the 2012 renewal of the sale, where was picked up by John Tyrrell of the BBA Ireland for 62,000gns. The BBA Ireland also signed at 320,000gns in 2008 for Ghurra while Rosie's Posy changed hands for 400,000gns to Blandford Bloodstock on behalf of Barronstown Stud in 2012.

    In what is a truly global list of graduates, other noted mares to have passed through the ring include Bacinella (22,000gns by Mindy Powell-Hodges), dam of Shadwell Turf Mile winner Grand Arch, Close Regards (22,000gns by Cormac McCormack), dam of Australian Group 1 winner Magic Hurricane, Dayrose (17,500gns by Brian Kennedy), dam of top Qatar runner Dubday, Demerger (4,000gns by Hedsor Stud), dam of Sole Power, Leukippids (78,000gns to BBA Germany), dam of Hong Kong Group 1 winner Blazing Speed, and Musical Way (300,000gns by Katsumi Yoshida), dam of top Japanese filly Mikki Queen.

    Yet this sale isn't just about successful producers. For instance, it was at last year's renewal that Greenwood Lodge Farm secured recent Grade 3 Cardinal Handicap winner Button Down for 65,000gns through Charlie Gordon-Waton.
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    This sale has increasingly acted as a magnet for international buyers, not only from across Europe, but also America, Australia and Japan. For instance, this year's Yushun Himba - the Japanese Oaks - was won by Mikki Queen, bred by Yoshida’s Northern Farm out of the 2007 Prix Dollar heroine Musical Way, bought for 300,000gns in 2008.

    Other high-profile mares recently sold at this sale to continue their careers in Japan include Reve d'Iman (dam of Bethrah), Wyola (dam of Approve), Prix de la Foret winner May Ball and Moon Lady (dam of Japanese Derby winner Eishin Flash).

    If Park Paddocks was anything to go by yesterday, Japanese investment once again promises to be strong. Potential buyers on the grounds include representatives from Northern Farm, North Hills and Ever Union Shokai alongside representatives of Chiyoda Farm, who are making their first trip to Tattersalls.

    There is also a strong contingent of American buyers, among them agents Justin Casse and Michael McMahon, both of whom signed for foals last week.

    John and Tanya Gunther of Glenwood Farm in Kentucky are back as are Joe and Freddy Seitz of Brookdale Farm, Greg Goodman of Mt Brilliant Farm and John Sikura of Hill 'n' Dale Farm - he is selling one of the catalogue standouts in Hanky Panky.

    There also promises to be investment from leading Australian farm Eliza Park as well as Chilean operation Don Alberto Corporation.

    "It's a good catalogue that has been received very well throughout the world since it's publication," said Jimmy George, marketing director of Tattersalls. "We're expecting a very international contingent of buyers."
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    The real stars of the show are slated to sell tomorrow afternoon. But today's session, which starts at 9.30am, also traditionally provides plenty of highlights.

    Stand-outs include:

    1508) DOORS TO MANUAL: second lot into the ring is a proven producer as the dam of Group 2 scorer Safety Check

    1577) THATSALLIMSAYING: classy two-year-old who ran second in this year's St. Hugh's Stakes

    1597) MIRACLE SEEKER: the 2008 Lingfield Oaks Trial winner who sells out of the dispersal of Flat mares belonging to Whitley Stud. In foal to Oasis Dream

    1603) NEW ORCHID: Listed-placed half-sister to Distant Music and the dam of Group 1-winning sprinter African Rose and Group 1-placed Helleborine. In foal to Bated Breath

    1611) ARUM LILY: dam of Group 1 winner Redwood. In foal to Nathaniel. She is followed in by the Group 3-placed Ithaca, the dam of the Group 1-placed Zacinto

    1694) NIGHT VISIT: 'sold' for €975,000 on her last appearance in the ring, this mare is the dam of Trading Leather. In foal to Dawn Approach

    1697) MONTJESS: half-sister to Covert Love

    1700) MISS HAWAI: dam of the Group 1-placed Beach Bunny, herself dam of classy sprinter Nadir. In foal to Lawman

    1731) ANICE STELLATO: dam of last season's May Hill Stakes winner Agnes Stewart. In foal to Lope De Vega

    1774) IN THE FAST LANE: South African champion and two-time Group 1 winner

    1793) TRADE STORM: the 2014 Woodbine Mile winner
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    Flat out is an understatement! One of the busiest days showing @Tattersalls1766 I've ever had. #maresales #bedplease
    Lot 1508: DOORS TO MANUAL

    A good start to the day as the second lot in, stakes producer Doors To Manual, is snapped up by Rabbah Bloodstock for 95,000gns.

    The half-sister to Marchand de Sable was sold by Grove Park Farm as barren to Poet's Voice. However, the ten-year-old has already made her presence felt at stud as the dam of Godolphin's Group 2 winner Safety Check.
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    Lot 1532: INCAHOOTS

    Will return to the track in the colours of Wertheimer et Frere after selling for 420,000gns. 

    The daughter of Oasis Dream has shown progressive form for George Strawbridge and Freddy Head this season, rising from a maiden win at Compeigne to narrowly missing out on black-type when fourth in the Listed Prix Isola Bella earlier this month. Added to that, she is a member of the thriving Bellarida family; out of Group 3 winner In Clover, she is a sister to Listed soccer Dream Clover and half-sister to Prix de l'Opera heroine We Are. Es Que Love, Dominant and Zurigha are other members of this powerful family.

    "She'll go back into training, probably with Freddy Head - he knows her well as well as the family," said Pierre-Yves Bureau. "Hopefully, she'll win some black-type.

    "We actually had Bellarida and sold her to James Wigan in 1997. It's a family that has since done very well. We don't have anything left from it and have been trying to buy back into it for a while."

    The filly was sold by West Blagdon Stud, whose draft opened with the 75,000gns sale of the Group 3-placed Sara Lucille for 75,000gns to Badgers Bloodstock.

    Lot 1532: Incahoots. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Early American investment as Justin Casse signs at 60,000gns for this Bernardini filly, a daughter of Grade 1 winner Harmony Lodge. She is a three-parts sister to Grade 3 winner Stratford Hill, now at stud in Saudi Arabia.

    The filly was a 50,000gns breeze-up purchase in May and has cut little ice in two starts for Simon Crisford.
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    Lot 1550: EALAAN

    This mare won't figure prominently in the great scheme of things but she deserves a mention as a good pinhook. 

    The daughter of Invasor, a half-sister to Listed winner Shabiba and out of the 2002 Nell Gwyn Stakes winner Misterah, was picked up for just $4,000 by Sherry McLean at the 2013 Keeneland November Sale. Today she sells in foal to Sea The Moon to Whitsbury Manor Stud for 26,000gns - approximately $40,000.
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    First of the mares offered in foal to @RathaskerStud's #Gregorian @Tattersalls1766 this week makes 20,000gns #moneymaker
    Lot 1565: DOZY

    A young Exceed And Excel mare who was a two-time winner at two and classy enough to go off at 9/1 for the Queen Mary Stakes, Dozy duly attracts her share of attention from breeders looking for a commercial mare. 

    In the end, it is Broughton Bloodstock who lands Dozy, in foal to Sepoy, for 95,000gns. 

    Dozy is also a member of a particularly fast and popular family: she is a half-sister to Listed-winning two-year-old Patience Alexander and out of a winning half-sister to Group 3 winner Lady Alexander, herself dam of Anthen Alexander and Dandy Man.
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    Stakes winning half sister to Dandino sells for A$65k

    Some value in the ring @Tattersalls1766 today
    #orders taken
    Lot 1587: POLYGON

    Another high-profile purchase for Rabbah Bloodstock as Jonno Mills signs at 105,000gns for Polygon, winner of the 2011 Fred Archer Stakes. Sold by The Castlebridge Consignment, the daughter of Dynaformer is out of Grade 2 winner Polaire and in foal to Lawman.
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    Lot 1581: EDALLORA

    Kentucky operation Hunter Valley Farm buys the second mare in foal to No Nay Never through the ring, going to 30,000gns for Edallora.

    Of course, an American audience is going to be receptive to No Nay Never given he was trained in the States by Wesley Ward and is a son of Scat Daddy, who is coming to the end of a breakout year over there.

    This particular mare is a Refuse To Bend daughter of the remarkable producer Ebaziya and therefore a half-sister to Enzeli, Estimate, Ebadiyla and Edabiya among others.
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    Lot 1596: PASTORAL GIRL

    Fast, Group 3-placed two-year-old will join the band at Yeomanstown Stud after selling for 180,000gns to David O'Callaghan. Although she only won once herself, the Pastoral Pursuits filly acquitted herself well on several occasions for James Given, notably when second in the 2014 Princess Margaret Stakes.

    However, her page has also been boosted in recent months by the exploits of her juvenile half-sister La Rioja, the easy winner of this year's Dick Poole Stakes.
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    A painting by renowned equestrian artist Jacqueline Stanhope called ‘Brothers In Arms’ sells for 10,000gns to an undisclosed bidder in front of a packed ring.

    The painting, depicting Frankel alongside his brothers Noble Mission and Bullet Train, was sold in aid of the ‘Friends of the Newmarket Day Centre’. The charity, whose President is Julie Cecil, has been established in Newmarket for 34 years and specialises in care for the elderly in Newmarket and the surrounding area.

    Todd Watt was handed the responsibility of selling the painting - 'I might get a call from Christies or Sotheby's after this,' he remarked - and was unable to suppress a look of slight shock when Jimmy George, marketing director of Tattersalls, opened the bidding at 2,000gns. George cried enough at 4,000gns after which various other bidders scattered around the ring took up the baton. There was a little confusion at 12,000gns when someone thought they were buying New Orchid, who was patiently walking in the ring at the time. However, the bidding was reopened, allowing 10,000gns to be raised for this great cause.

    'Brothers in arms' 

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    Lot 1603: NEW ORCHID

    Group 1 producer sells out of the Juddmonte draft in foal to Bated Breath for 110,000gns to Grant Pritchard-Gordon of Badgers Bloodstock on behalf of Barronstown Stud.

    New Orchid's first foal was the Betfred Sprint Cup winner African Rose while her third, Helleborine, came close to Group 1 glory when second in the 2010 Prix Marcel Boussac. Added to that, the daughter of Quest For Fame is a Listed-placed half-sister to top two-year-old Distant Music.
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    Pastoral Girl G3 placed filly by Ladyswood stallion #PastoralPursuits makes 180,000GNS @Tattersalls1766 #Value

    Lot 1612: ITHACA

    Two proven producers from Juddmonte light up the ring within minutes of each other.

    Arum Lily, whose first foal Redwood won the Northern Dancer Turf Stakes and now stands in New Zealand, was knocked down for 110,000gns to Eddie Irwin's Marlhill House Stud. The daughter of Woodman is in foal to Nathaniel.

    Meanwhile, Badgers Bloodstock add another Juddmonte mare to their haul when signing at 150,000gns for Ithaca, a daughter of Distant View. Ithaca was the second foal out of Oaks heroine Reams Of Verse and although not as talented as her dam, did show good form for Sir Henry Cecil, notably when second in the 2003 Prestige Stakes.

    Ithaca's first foal was the classy miler Zacinto, winner of the Celebration Mile. His first crop of 57 are currently two-year-olds in New Zealand.
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    Lot 1635: LOVE MAGIC

    This daughter of Cheveley Park Stud Stakes heroine Magical Romance is heading to Kilcarn Stud after selling to Pat O'Kelly for 170,000gns.

    Sold in foal to Nathaniel, the winning Love Magic is a half-sister to the progressive Listed winner Tall Ship, who has been Group 2-placed in Australia since the publication of the catalogue. 

    Her dam Magical Romance created fireworks here nine years ago when sold for 4,600,000gns to London Thoroughbred Services on behalf of the Rothschild family. It is the further family of champions Alexandroa and Chicquita.

    "I'm happy to have her, I needed a mare - I have around ten at home at the moment, and it's a new family to me," said O'Kelly.

    "The Nathaniel cover is new to me, and something that isn't available so easily [on the market]. The foal will be sold as a yearling - I don't know whether it's a colt or filly, I'll take whatever I get as long as they're healthy.

    "She seemed a very pleasant, kind mare and walked well."

    O'Kelly, one of the most respected breeders in Europe, enjoyed another high-profile sales season this year as the vendor of a Raven's Pass filly that realised €2 million to Moyglare Stud Farm at the Goffs Orby Sale.
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    Lot 1667: LAMAZONIA

    After coming off second best on Incahoots this morning, Charlie Vigors of Hillwood Stud is successful in his pursuit of this mare, a winning half-sister to Grade 1 winner Grand Couturier in foal to Sea The Stars who costs 210,000gns.

    "She's for a new client who is looking for a foundation mare," said Vigors. "She will board with us. I think the plan is to sell the progeny as yearlings. She has a good, commercial cover and the physical to match the page."

    The daughter of Elusive City is a half-sister to seven winners and out of Lady Elgar a Sadler's Wells descendant of blue hen Natashka. In addition to Grand Couturier, now at stud in France, Lady Elgar is also the dam of Listed winners Alainmaar and Yaqeen as well as the Listed-placed Ascription.

    She was sold by Mount Coote Stud.

    Asked for his thoughts on last week's foal market, Vigors added: "We were selective in what we bought - you have to be to take it to the next level. If you ticked all the boxes, it was a great trade - good for vendors but difficult to buy. But it was tricky beyond that."

    Lot 1667: Lamazona. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Sold for 95,000gns to the Tsui family's Sunderland Holding Inc., this filly is the highlight of the Darley draft. 

    A $300,000 yearling purchase, she went on to win once for Charlie Appleby earlier this year. However, she is also particularly well connected as a Street Cry daughter of Del Mar Oaks heroine Rutherienne.
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    Lot 1694: NIGHT VISIT

    Night Visit, who bred Irish Derby hero Trading Leather for Jim Bolger, is set to join Barronstown Stud after selling for 300,000gns.

    It's the mare's second appearance in a sale ring within the past two years - she was the 'star act' of the 2014 Goffs February Sale when knocked down for €975,000 to Dermot Farrington out of the Redmondstown Stud draft.

    She was offered again today by Redmondstown Stud, this time in foal to Dawn Approach.

    "She's our sort of mare," said Diane Nagle of Barronstown Stud. "She's already bred a very good horse and you have a chance of getting your money back with the yearling."

    By Sinndar, the unraced Night Visit is a half-sister to five winners and out of a winning half-sister to champion Hatoof. She was originally purchased by Bolger for €28,000 through the BBA Ireland as a two-year-old in 20016.

    Lot 1694: Night Visit. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 1717: LIBERATING

    Anthony Rogers of Airlie Stud lands this smart performer for 220,000gns. It's a family the stud knows well given that they own her half-sister Kate The Great, dam of Bengough Stakes winner Eastern Impact and the Group 3-placed juvenile Miss Katie Mae.

    Successful on her two-year-old debut at Cork, the daughter of Iffraaj went on to run Listed-placed twice as well as fill the frame in the Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial. 

    In addition to Kate The Great, she is also a half-sister to the 2,000 Guineas fourth Bossy Guest.
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    Lot 1719: CLENOR

    Clenor, a dual Listed winner in California, is heading to Highbank Stud after selling for 210,000gns.

    The daughter of Oratorio, a half-sister to the Listed-placed pair Another Express and Celerina, is the first mare offered this week in foal to Kingman.

    "We saw Kingman at the October sales and wanted a mare in foal to him," said Darrell Tampin of Highbank Stud.
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    Lot 1739: NEED YOU NOW

    John O'Connor of Ballylinch Stud snaps up this mare, successful in the 2012 Radley Stakes, for 275,000gns. The five-year-old is in foal to Ballylinch resident Lope De Vega.

    "She's very good-looking and a nice mover - and I'm quite partial to the sire!" said O'Connor. "We'll get her back to Ballylinch and have a think about next year."

    "She's done a lot of what I like them to do, a stakes-winning filly with a pedigree I know well - and the Radley Stakes is a good two-year-old race."

    The daughter of Kheleyf owns a varied sales history. Sold for €10,000 as a yearling to Joseph Quinn, she returned to the breeze-ups where she was bought for 10,000gns by Gazeley Stud. She subsequently won two races for Peter Chapple-Hyam, including Radley Stakes, after which she realised 160,000gns to Boomer Bloodstock. She was sent to Simon Callaghan in California, where she bagged another minor stake and ran Grade 3-placed.

    Need You Now is a half-sister to Listed winner Snippets and out of a half-sister to Prix Vermeille heroine Pearly Shells.

    Lot 1739: Need You Now. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 1740: WITTGENSTEIN

    Wittgenstein, the second mare offered in foal today to Kingman, lights up the ring, eventually selling out of the Whatton Manor Stud draft for 270,000gns to John and Jake Warren, acting on behalf of Newsells Park Stud.

    The daughter of Shamardal won two races in the US and gained valuable black-type when placed in a pair of Californian Listed races. In addition, she is a half-sister to the dam of this season's Jersey Stakes winner Dutch Connection and out of Listed scorer La Vita E Bella.

    "She's been bought for Newsells Park Stud and we're thrilled to have secured a mare in foal to Kingman, a horse who we all have high regard for," said John Warren. "She's a beautiful mare and what is particularly interesting about her is that as a daughter of Shamardal, there are greater options open when it comes to mating her.

    "You also have Dutch Connection on the page, who has every chance to be a Group 1 winner next year. So she ticked a number of boxes and we're excited to have her."

    Shamardal's first crop are still only nine-years-old but he already features as the broodmare sire of this season's stakes winners Gifted Master, Shadow Hunter and Zuhoor Baynoona.

    Lot 1740: Wittgenstein. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Another major result for Whatton Manor Stud as Stirring Ballad, who won four races and was Listed-placed for George Strawbridge, makes 230,000gns to Peter Stanley.

    "We always buy with the intention to sell, but it's still very depressing to sell such nice mares!" said Ed Player of Whatton Manor Stud.

    "It's our last sale of the year, and we're thrilled with how it's gone."

    Sold in foal to Lawman, she is a half-sister to Coronation Stakes winner Balisada, dam of Listed winner Galactic Star, and from the good Hascombe & Valiant family of Inchinor and Venus De Milo.
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    Lot 1759: ARTISTI

    Jeremy Brummitt was unable to match Tony Nerses' bid of 400,000gns for Artisti's Raven's Pass yearling in October but he makes no mistake with Artisti herself, signing at 230,000gns for the daughter of Cape Cross.

    "I thought the Raven's Pass was the nicest filly in Book 1 - I wasn't going to miss again!" said Brummitt. 

    Sold by Darley, Artisti is the dam of Group 3 winner Magic Artist, a recent fourth in the Mackinnon and Emirates Stakes in Australia. She is a half-sister to Group 1 winners Kirklees and Mastery, as well as the dam of Mukhadram, and is in foal to New Approach.
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    Lot 1771: GLASS HOUSE

    American agent Gatewood Bell buys smart two-year-old Glass House for 230,000gns. Sold by Tweenhills Farm and Stud, the daughter of Showcasing won the Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sale Stakes in September for Qatar Racing and Pearl Bloodstock before running third to Hit It A Bomb in the Star Appeal Stakes.

    A fast filly who goes on a sound surface as well as the all-weather, she should be an interesting addition to any American trainer's barn.
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    Lot 1793: TRADE STORM

    The last lot in tonight is Trade Storm, the earner of over £1 million whose six victories included the 2014 Group 1 Woodbine Mile and Group 2 Zabeel Mile. The son of Trade Fair sells for 65,000gns to Faisal Al-Thani.
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    Offered: 250

    Sold: 200 (80%)

    Aggregate: 11,577,000gns (+3%)

    Average: 57,885gns (-3%)

    Median: 38,000gns (-5%)

    Top lot: 1532) INCAHOOTS, b f Oasis Dream - In Clover (Inchinor), sold by West Blagdon Stud for 420,000gns to Wertheimer et Frere

    Leading vendor: DARLEY, 31 sold for a total of 1,727,000gns

    Leading buyer: BBA IRELAND, 13 bought for a total of 652,500gns

    Incahoots. Photo: Tattersalls 

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