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Tattersalls December Mares Sale - Day Three - Wednesday

Nancy Sexton is blogging live from the third session of the Tattersalls December Mares Sale at Park Paddocks

    The third day of the Tattersalls December Mares Sale is generally usually all about the Juddmonte draft of fillies.
    As usual, the draft has been catalogued to sell in the evening and contains several highly desirable lots, notably 2133) Replete, who is out of none other than champion Banks Hill. The Makfi filly offers a rare opportunity to tap into one of the most powerful families in the Stud Book as a granddaughter of Hasili, dam of Dansili, Cacique, Champs Elysees, Intercontinental and Heat haze in addition to Banks Hill.
    Other particularly attractive Juddmonte lots include:
    2105) ADJECTIVE: sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Proviso and half-sister to Prince Of Wales's Stakes winner Byword
    2113) DECEMBER DAWN: sister to Nassau Stakes heroine Winsili
    2115) EXONERATE: sister to Prix Jean Prat winner Mutual Trust
    2118) FLAGSTAFF: Dansili daughter of Prix de la Foret heroine Etoile Montante and half-sister to Grade 2 winner Starformer
    2125) MARLINGFORD: Oasis Dream half-sister to Grand Prix de Paris winner Zambezi Sun and Group 2 winner Kalabar
    2136) SCAMPER: Oasis Dream half-sister to Yorkshire Oaks winner Quiff and daughter of 1,000 Guineas heroine Wince
    2140) TIMESLOT: half-sister to Grade 1 winner Emollient from the Coup De Genie family
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    Lot 1927: RAHYAH
    The highlights of a desperate opening hour of trading are Rahyah and Mothers Finest, who sell for 32,000gns and 19,000gns.
    Having said that, Mothers Finest was bought here by Kilbride Equine and Adrian Keatley for 60,000gns just months ago in July.
    The winning Rahyah was snapped up by Whitsbury Manor Stud and should suit their speedy roster as a winning daughter of Acclamation. She is a half-sister to Listed winner and a member of the noted Alexandrie family.
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    Lot 1945: KURLAND
    The ring filled up brief for this Listed-placed mare, who sells for 70,000gns to Rabbah Bloodstock. 
    The daughter of Kheleyf ran third in last year's Roses Stakes and fourth in the Queen Mary. She was offered by Ladyswood and Snailwell Stud barren to Helmet.
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    Lot 1962: ROSIE'S PREMIERE
    Dean Ivory sent three commercial looking fillies here today and although the first, multiple winner Golden Amber, didn't sell at 48,000gns, the second, Listed-placed Rosie's Premiere, realised 100,000gns to Haras du Mezeray.
    The daughter of Showcasing was a triple winner over 5 - 6 furlongs and comes from a popular, fast family associated with Yeomanstown Stud of Sovereign Debt, who still going strong, and his Group 3-winning half-sister Puff.
    "It's a young family with plenty going on it," said Philippe Brosset, manager of Mezeray. "Her half-brother, Golden Goal, was bought by John Ferguson and then there's a two-year-old out of [granddam] Kelsey Rose that was placed first time out for Moyglare - I'm a fan of their operation. 
    "We're trying to get some faster, more precocious mares. She was a good, fast filly and she ran 25 times - that toughness is typical of the family. She might be one for Dark Angel."
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    Lot 1963: TESORO
    Dean Ivory's draft concluded with the sale of the regally-bred Tesoro for 145,000gns to James Wigan.
    The daughter of Galileo was a winner over 5f for Ivory but more importantly she is a half-sister to Photo Call, who recently claimed the scalp of Tepin in the First Lady Stakes at Keeneland. Photo Call herself realised $3 million at last year's Keeneland November Sale.
    Not only that, Tesoro is out of Theann, who won the Summer Stakes in the colours of John Magnier's mother Evie Stockwell. Stockwell named Theann after her granddaughter Anthea as she explained when I recently met her for an interview. 
    “Theann I named after my granddaughter Anthea and she actually used to ride her at Ballydoyle,” sais Stockwell. “She was out of a good mare, Cassandra Go. Aidan loved this filly at Goffs and said he couldn’t go home without her!

    “When he dropped her back in trip as a three-year-old, that was it. She was good.”

    Top sprinter Cassandra Go also bred Irish 1,000 Guineas and Nassau Stakes heroine Halfway To Heaven (herself dam of Rhododendron) and Group 3-winning sprinter Tickled Pink.
    "It's just a beautiful pedigree, one of the best ones in the book," said Wigan, acting on behalf of an undisclosed client. "She was an acceptable model, if a bit on the small side."
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    Lot 1966: QATAR PRINCESS
    Half-sister to Hawksmoor sells in foal to Hot Streak for 100,000gns to BBA Ireland. 
    The mare was bought here for 14,000gns by Easton Park Stud in 2013 and bought back for just 4,500gns the following July. Since then, the family has filled out considerably, not just through Hawksmoor, who won the German 1,000 Guineas, but also Magical Fire, who ran second in this year's Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes.
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    With two days in the books, it's quite informative to look back on some of the first-crop covering sire averages, especially with those in foal to Golden Horn, Muhaarar and Gleneagles etc now done and dusted.
    MUHAARAR: 4 sold for an average of 376,250gns
    GOLDEN HORN: 5 sold for an average of 309,000gns
    HALLOWED CROWN: 1 sold for 190,000gns
    GLENEAGLES: 5 sold for an average of 169,000gns
    MAKE BELIEVE: 1 sold for 160,000gns
    FREE EAGLE: 1 sold for 90,000gns
    GUTAIFAN: 2 sold for an average of 60,000gns
    HOT STREAK: 6 sold for an average of 48,833gns
    SHOOTING TO WIN: 1 sold for 34,000gns
    CABLE BAY: 10 sold for an average of 17,200gns
    BRAZEN BEAU: 11 sold for an average of 14,045gns
    FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH: 1 sold for 13,000gns
    FRENCH NAVY: 1 sold for 10,000gns
    DUE DILIGENCE: 2 sold for an average of 9,500gns
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    Going back to Monday and one man who evidently wasn't so thrilled at the sale of The Miniver Rose for 550,000gns was Peter Carrick.
    "I feel sick," was the response that received when they asked him about the sale.
    Carrick purchased the High Chaparral mare with the late Phil Sly and Peter Jones following a career with Richard Hannon that was highlighted by a win in the Park Hill Stakes and imported her to Australia at great cost. Unfortunately the transaction proved a complete disaster. The Miniver Rose faced the starter five times and finished last on all but one of them - and that was when she ran 14th of 15.
    Carrick and his team cut their losses and sold the mare. She foaled two fillies by More Than Ready in Australia and returned to Europe.
    Carrick told “I reckon we paid about 360,000 guineas or about $600,000 for her but we sold her for peanuts.

    "The Miniver Rose had five starts in Australia across the Mick Price and Freedman stables and beat just one runner home in total. She was an Aussie dud.


    “We just had to get rid of her, Phil’s health wasn’t good, I wanted to take her back to England to sell, now I wish I did, 500,000 guineas, really!” 


    “In this game you get used to things like this happening."

    The Miniver Rose sells for 550,000gns on Monday. "I feel sick," her former owner Peter Carrick said when asked about the sale


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    Lot 1996: LULLA
    Lulla was bought here for 37,000gns in February 2014 by One Agency of Lordship Stud to support their Swiss Spirit but she came with the added bonus of carrying to Sir Percy. The resulting foal - her first - turned out to be this season's high-class two-year-old Mr Scaramanga and she duly turns a great profit today, selling in foal to Lethal Force for 135,000gns to Patrick Cooper of the BBA Ireland.
    A winner herself, Lulla is an Oasis Dream daughter of King's Stand Stakes winner Dominica and hails from the fast Cadeaux Genereux family associated with Bob McCreey and Major Kennard.
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    Lot 2050: TU ERES MI AMORE
    'She's going home,' said Edmond Mahony as he dropped the hammer at 11,000gns for Tu Eres Mi Amore. The buyer was David Magnier, whose brother Peter bred the daughter out of his fantastic producer Brigid.
    The daughter of Sadler's Wells was purchased by Gestut Faehrhof for 330,000gns in 2009. As her price tag suggests, she's been disappointing so far but she's in foal to Maxios and beautifully bred so there's time yet.
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    Lot 2066: SPINOLA
    This daughter of Spinning World, who won the 2002 Cherry Hinton Stakes for Peter Harris, sells in foal to Charm Spirit for 55,000gns.
    She is also a proven producer as the dam of three stakes horses led by the Listed scorer Kirkinola and Group 3-placed Eldandy.
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    Lot 2085: LIGHT UP OUR WORLD
    This season's Coral Distaff winner Light Up Our World sells for 420,000gns to Kern/Lillingston Association on behalf of Charles Noell's and John Moore's Merriebelle Farm.
    The daughter of Zoffany has been a tough and consistent performer for her breeder Derek Boocock and Richard Hannon, winning two races and running placed seven times, notably when second in the Fred Darling Stakes.
    "Plans are open," said Lillingston. "She could be retired to be bred from or she might be one to race on in the US. She goes on a variety of ground, vets well and stays a mile and eighth so she could be one for the US.
    "I was underbidder to Philippa Cooper on [granddam] Fallen Star and have been cursing my luck ever since! It's a good family and I like Zoffany - I bought his first stakes winner Argentero, so we've done well with him." 
    Boocock, a retired engineer, keeps a small band of mares at Overbuy Stud, through whom Light Up Our World was sold today.
    "The dam has a Rip Van Winkle foal and is in foal to No Nay Never," explained Simon Sweeting of Overbuy Stud. "It's a good, improving family. She's been with me for about a month just to let down because if she hadn't sold today, she would have gone back into training and she needed a break."
    Boocock paid just 25,000gns for her dam Shine Like A Star at the 2009 December Sale. She has bred four winners to date including the Listed-placed Light Up My Life.
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    Lot 2102: FINE BLEND
    David Redvers signs at 180,000gns for Fine Blend, winner of the Listed Criterium de Vitesse for Richard Fahey. Bought for just €10,000 as a 2yo, the daughter of Sakhee's Secret was offered today by Willie Muir's Linkslade Stables.
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    Lot 2105: ADJECTIVE
    Sister to Proviso sells to Badgers Bloodstock as they come out on top at 110,000gns against Paul Moroney. The daughter of Dansili is also a half-sister to Prince Of Wales Stakes winner Byword.
    She was preceded into the ring by the smart Aberlady, an Arch daughter of Princess Margaret Stakes winner Visit who realised 75,000gns to Ted Voute following a battle with Amanda Skiffington.
    There was a nasty incident when lot 2107 not only came in backwards but via the shoot in the gate, scattering the crowd in the process. By the time she did make it into the ring, the filly was on her back but she eventually made it on to the feet and was led out unsold at 2,800gns.
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    Lot 2110: BIRDWOOD
    A half-sister to Monday's impressive Newcastle winner Enable, this filly has been bought by Newsells Park Stud to support their stallion Nathaniel. Enable is one of ten winners for Nathaniel, who is due to stand for £17,500 next year.
    "John Gosden feels Enable might be quite useful and so do the team at Juddmonte," said Newsells' general manager Julian Dollar. "So that's the appeal and this filly will probably go to him.
    "Nathaniel has a number of promising horses in the pipeline and we're very keen to keep supporting him."
    The unraced Birdwood is Juddmonte-bred top to bottom as an Oasis Dream daughter of Listed winner Concentric, a half-sister to Group 3 winner Dance Route (dam of Flintshire). It's also the Bourbon Girl family of Spanish Moon.
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    Lot 2125: MARLINGFORD
    Persistence pays off for Tim Lane of John Deer's Oakgrove Stud as he outbids Marc-Antonine Berghgracht of MAB Agency at 155,000gns during a protracted duel for this Oasis Dream half-sister to Grand Prix de Paris winner Zambezi Sun.
    "She'll go to Al Kazeem," said Lane. "We're big fans of Oasis Dream mares and she's a nice physical, very athletic. It's just a great family and there's a bit of speed there at the bottom."
    Marlingford, who was unraced for Pascal Bary, is one of 13 foals out of Imbabala, a Zafonic daughter of Juddmonte's excellent producer Interval. Imbabala has followed her dam's example as the dam of seven winners led by Zambezi Sun, Prix Guillaume d'Ornano winner Kalabar and Listed winner Zero Gravity.
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    Lot 2126: MEGARON
    Rabbah Bloodstock have been busy stocking up over the past two weeks and continue here with the purchase of Megaron for 200,000gns.
    The unraced daughter of Dansili is a sister to Supreme Stakes winner Stronghold and Listed scorer Convey. Their dam, Listed winner Insinuate, is also the dam of Pretty Polly Stakes winner Take The Hint and granddam of Listed winner Stipulate. Her granddam is All At Sea, won the Prix du Moulin and ancestress of Prix Jean Prat winner Mutual Trust.
    "She's a lovely filly," said Jonno Mills of Rabbah Bloodstock. "It's a beautiful page. We haven't looked at matings yet and this will be one that's decided by Sheikh Juma."
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    2133) REPLETE
    'Something a bit special,' said Edmond Mahony as Replete walked into the ring.
    Rarely does the opportunity to buy into the Hasili family via a champion daughter emerge and in Replete, a daughter of champion Banks Hill, buyers had the chance to do exactly that. She duly becomes the highest priced lot of the day, selling for 775,000gns to Amanda Skiffington standing with Timmy Hyde. 
    Greg Goodman of the Kentucky-based Mt. Brilliant Farm was the underbidder while Justin Casse, who threw in an opening bid of 100,000gns, was also among those to show interest.
    "She was absolutely the best horse of the day," said Skiffington. "It's a fantastic family and I thought she was a beauty."
    Skiffington was unable to disclose her client although she did concede that the daughter of Makfi would 'suit Galileo very well'.
    The unraced Replete is one of seven foals out of the brilliant Banks Hill, whose victories included the Coronation Stakes, Prix Jacques les Marois and Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf. She has since hit the heights at stud as the dam of Romantica, winner of the Prix Jean Romanet, and Listed winner Ideal World, who has gained further fame in South Africa as the sire of Smart Call.
    Second dam Hasili is one of the greatest blue hens of all time; Banks Hill is one of six stakes winners out of the mare alongside Cacique, Champs Elysees, Intercontinental, Heat Haze, Dansili and Deluxe.
    Replete becomes the most expensive Juddmonte horse to sell at Tattersalls.
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    Lot 2135: SANDSTONE
    Dansili daughter of the Group 1-placed Helleborine commands 155,000gns from Anthony Penfold's Bugley Stud. Placed twice in four starts for Criquette Head-Maarek, she is the first foal out of her dam, who won the 2010 Prix d'Aumale and is a sister to Group 1-winning sprinter African Rose, in turn the dam of Fair eva.
    Penfold acted through a bidder who wished to remain anonymous but who did say: "She's the first foal of a lovely mare and there's lots going on in the family with various sisters and relatives who are being well mated by Juddmonte. She'll be well mated too."
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    Lot 2149: FLYING FAIRIES
    A return to training definitely beckons for recent Listed winner Flying Fairies, who will join John Oxx after selling to the trainer for 280,000gns on behalf of an undisclosed Irish owner.

    The daughter of Holy Roman Emperor has been particularly progressive this season for Joseph Murphy and recently ended her season on a high when lowering the colours of Zawraq in the Trigo Stakes at Leopardstown.


    “She’s for an Irish client and hopefully she’ll provide a bit of fun next season,” said Oxx. “She’s a steady improver - her last run was her best one. She's had a long season so she will have a break and we will look for something in the spring.”

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    With one day of the December Sale left to go, Tattersalls are assured to end the year with a record annual turnover - a fitting achievement in the 250th year.
    Offered: 238
    Sold: 184 (77%)
    Aggregate: 7,159,200gns (+8%)
    Average: 38,909gns (+16%)
    Median: 18,000gns (-11%)
    Leading vendor (overall): Godolphin, 59 sold for a total of 4,408,000gns
    Leading buyer (overall): BBA Ireland, 28 bought for a total of 2,110,000gns.
    2133) REPLETE: 2013 f Makfi - Banks Hill (Danehill), sold by Juddmonte Farms for 775,000gns to Amanda Skiffington
    2085) LIGHT UP OUR WOLRD: 2013 f Zoffany - Shine Like A Star (Fantastic Light), sold by Overbuy Stud for 420,000gns to Merriebelle Irish Farm
    2149) FLYING FAIRIES: 2013 f Holy Roman Emperor - Bright Birdie (Sadler's Wells), sold by Crampscastle Stables for 280,000gns to John Oxx
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