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Tattersalls December Mares Sale - Day Three - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

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    Today features the highly anticipated Juddmonte draft. Last year's group provided each of the day's top four lots and turned over close to 3 million guineas for 36 sold - they included subsequent Grade 3 winner Button Down, bought by Charlie Gordon-Watson on behalf of Greenwood Lodge Farm for 65,000gns.

    Today's draft contains the usual cluster of well-bred fillies, including a half-sister to Button Down in Destalink (2296) as well as the full sisters to Group 1 winners Emulous (2297) and African Rose (2320).
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    Another highlight promises to be two-year-old Farandine, one of two horses selling today who belonged to the late Sarah Leigh.

    Seta, another from the draft, lit up the ring yesterday at 1,100,000gns. Farandine might not reach quite those heights but she's likely to attract plenty of attention as the recent wide-margin winner of a maiden at Newmarket for Luca Cumani.

    Following her win, Cumani commented: "It´s a sad day because this is our last runner in these colours but it´s great to go out with a winner and this filly is good. Farandine goes to the Horses In Training Sale now and it´s a shame she´ll be trained by someone else next season because I think she is a very nice filly."

    By Rock Of Gibraltar, Farandine is out of the unraced Rivara, a Red Ransom granddaughter of the great mare Brocade. She will sell out of the Fittocks Stud draft alongside her half-sister Delaine.

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    Lot 2098: MOON OVER WATER

    Moderate fare so far - only 64% are listed as sold. But the ring does briefly fill up for this mare, a Galileo half-sister to Moon Ballad who sells for 80,000gns to Rabbah Bloodstock. Sold by Moyns Park Stud, she is in foal to Poet's Voice.

    She becomes the 15th purchase of the week for Rabbah, who have spent 1,940,000gns in total.

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    With two full days in the books, it's interesting to see how various first-crop covering sires have been received so far.

    As you can see, Australia and Kingman are unsurprisingly out on their own - several people have remarked this week how they have come just to buy mares in foal to them. 


    AUSTRALIA: 243,000gns for 6 sold

    CHARM SPIRIT: 92,571gns for 7 sold

    GALE FORCE TEN: 7,000gns for 1 sold

    GARSWOOD: 14,500gns for 2 sold

    GREGORIAN: 20,000gns for 1 sold

    KINGMAN: 226,667gns for 6 sold

    MUKHADRAM: 37,587gns for 7 sold

    NO NAY NEVER: 30,000gns for 1 sold

    OLYMPIC GLORY: 83,333gns for 3 sold

    RULER OF THE WORLD: 15,000gns for 1 sold

    SEA THE MOON: 26,000gns for 4 sold

    SLADE POWER: 55,000gns for 5 sold

    TORONADO: 34,125gns for 8 sold

    WAR COMMAND: 49,250gns for 4 sold
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    Lot 2107: TWILIGHT SKY

    Another pricey acquisition for Rabbah Bloodstock as they go to 85,000gns for this four-year-old half-sister to Oaks heroine Love Divine, dam of Sixties Icon. 

    Sold by her breeder Lordship Stud, she is in foal to Champs Elysees.
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    Lot 2132: COMEBACK QUEEN

    The final mare offered this week in foal to Kingman, the Listed-placed Comeback Queen, realises 185,000gns to Mehmet Kurt's Kingwood Stud. The daughter of Nayef is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Worldly as well as the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf scorer Donativum, and is the dam of two winners from three runners.
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    Lot 2134: TOUJOURS L'AMOUR

    A good few minutes for Chris Wright's Stratford Place Stud concludes with the sale of this year's Lingfield Oaks Trial winner Toujours L'Amour for 190,000gns to Dick O'Gorman.

    O'Gorman was signing on behalf of Deerfield Farm, best known as the breeders of Motivator.

    "She's a nice filly with decent form," said O'Gorman. "She'll be retired and covered next year."

    The daughter of Authorized is out of Listed winner High Heel Sneakers. She boasts an interesting pedigree being inbred 4x4 to both Lyphard and Green Dancer's dam Green Valley.
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    Lot 2148: EASY WIN

    Japanese buyers haven't been quite as prominent here this year as at previous renewals but that's not to say they haven't been active. This morning it is the turn of Kenji Ryotokuji to strike when going to 42,000gns for Easy Win, an unraced daughter of Invincible Spirit from the fast family of Embassy and Pass The Peace.

    Today's average is currently running at 27,117gns, down 10 per cent from the overall figure recorded during the corresponding session in 2014. However, we still have the Juddmonte draft to come.
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    Lot 2213: ZIFENA

    Kentucky operation Brookdale Farm makes its third purchase of the week when going to 55,000gns for the Group 3-placed Zifena. 

    The Seitzs have long been players at this sale; for instance, back in 2003 they purchased Kalpita through Alex Scrope, subsequently the dam of top Hong Kong runner California Memory.

    Brookdale will be selling under their own name later on when Saltanat sells as lot 2288. The daughter of Duke Of Marmalade is a half-sister to Qualify but not stated on the page is that she is also a Classic winner herself - she won the 2013 Czech Oaks. Saltanat sells in foal to WinStar Farm's Sidney's Candy, a Grade 1-winning son of Candy Ride whose first crop are two-year-olds.
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    Lot 2246: FRENZIFED

    American trainer Jim Cassidy, standing with Gordian Troeller, goes to 110,000gns for this daughter of Yeats, who has been a four-time winner for Luca Cumani this season.

    "Frenzified is going to California and will stay in training," said Cassidy. "She sis a very racey filly and I like her a lot."

    Lot 2246: Frenzified. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 2247: FARANDINE

    It quickly became clear that Justin Casse meant business on this filly when he opened the bidding at 50,000gns, However, he came up against an even more determined rival in Luca Cumani, who won the battle and will continue to train Farandine after signing at 190,000gns.

    A member of the powerful Gerald Leigh family of Brocade, Farandine went into many notebooks last month when the impressive winner of a Newmarket maiden in the colours of the late Sarah Leigh, who died in August - it was evident then that Cumani, the trainer of so many of Leigh's stars, held the daughter of Rock Of Gibraltar in high regard.

    Casse standing by the rope made the first move, throwing in his bold opening bid . Todd Watt initially took the bid as 15,000gns and looked slightly surprised when Casse made his intentions clear - "We wish you came here more often," he remarked. And as the bidding approached 65,000gns, Casse counteracted with a straight bid of 100,000gns, prompting Watt to ask whether the agent wanted to take it to 150,000gns off 105,000gns. 

    In the end, such tactics were unable to fend off a determined Cumani, who is looking forward to adding the filly to Fittocks Stud in due course.

    "It's a great family, and it's nice to have a memento out of it," said Cumani. "She's showed promise and in my opinion she's a black-type filly. Hopefully, she'll fulfil that promise before becoming a nice mare for the stud."

    Although this is primarily a Leigh family - her dam Rivara is a half-sister to Group 2 winner Armure and Listed winner Seta (who sold here yesterday for 1,100,000gns) and out of a half-sister to Barathea and Gossamer - the Cumanis have also bred successfully out of it through So Silk. A daughter of Gossamer, So Silk has provided Fittocks with the Park Hill Stakes winner Silk Sari, also a now member of the Fittocks broodmare band.

    Lot 2247: Farandine. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Award, in foal to Battle of Marengo, makes 45,000 (67,000 Euro) at Tatts.
    Lot 2283: RUE POMEREU

    A second purchase of the week for Shadai Farm as they go to 100,000gns for Rue Pomereu, a daughter of Dubawi carrying a foal from the first crop of Group 2 winner Penny's Picnic - he stands for just €3,000 at Haras du Hoguenet.

    A triple winner who changed hands for €18,000 at the 2013 Arqana Summer Sale, she is out of Group 3 winner and Prix de Diane runner-up Star Of Akkar.
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    Lot 2295: CORAL GARDEN

    Two big purchases for Rabbah Bloodstock as they go to 170,000gns for Qualify's half-sister Saltanat before spending 160,000gns on Coral Garden, a Juddmonte-bred sister to Group 2 winner Coastal Path.

    Both appear likely to visit Night Of Thunder next season, said Saeed Mañana.

    Saltanat provided a good profit on the €20,000 she cost today's vendor, Brookdale Farm, at last year's Arqana December Sale. Qualify's Oaks win obviously enhanced her appeal greatly but not shown on the page is that Saltanat is also a Classic winner herself - albeit in the Czech Oaks.

    The daughter of Duke Of Marmalade was sold today in foal to WinStar Farm's Sidney's Candy, a Grade 1-winning son of Candy Ride whose first crop of two-year-olds includes eight winners from 47 runners.

    Rabbah later went to 160,000gns to secure the unplaced Coral Garden. By Halling, she is out of Coraline and therefore a sister to champion stayer Coastal Path and half-sister to Reefscape and Martaline. Further back, it is the family of Oasis Dream and New Bay.

    Saltanat. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 2298: FRONT IN LINE

    Front In Line, a Juddmonte-bred placed daughter of War Front from the immediate family of last season's Criterium de Saint-Cloud winner Epicuris, is likely to be part of Gleneagles' first book next year after selling to Cormac McCormack for 165,000gns.

    "She's for an established client and will probably stay in Europe to be covered by Gleneagles," said McCormack. "A very nice filly."

    Front In Line is a half-sister to seven winners including Group 3 scorer Dance Dress, dam of Grade 2 winner Costume, and out of Private Line, winner of the 1995 Atalanta Stakes. The daughter of Private Account is a half-sister to the Prix de la Salamandre runner-up Most Precious, later the dam of the French 1,000 Guineas heroine Matiara.

    Front In Line. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Odeliz, who was bought back last night for 950,000gns, has changed hands in a private transaction for 1,000,000gns to Michael and Reiko Baum of the Kentucky-based Man O'War Farm. The deal was brokered by Lincoln Collins of Kern Thoroughbreds.

    Man O'War are regular participants at this sale - they purchased a Zamindar filly, Time Being, last year for 375,000gns - and assumed the role of vendor here in October by offering a Frankel colt out of Reaching. The farm also sold a Frankel colt out of Compelling, another Tattersalls December graduate, for $500,000 at Keeneland in September.

    A tough daughter of Falco, Odeliz gained a deserved first Group 1 success in August for Karl Burke and Barbara Keller when successful in the Prix Jean Romanet. She later added the Premio Lydia Tesio to her record and retires as the winner of six races and approximately £620,000 in earnings.
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    Lot 2307: REINETTE

    Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock, bidding on behalf of Corduff Stud, lands this daughter of Prix de la Foret heroine Etoile Montante for 155,000gns.

    Placed in two starts for Criquette Head-Maarek, the daughter of Dansili is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Starformer. Etoile Montante is also the dam of a 2015 colt by Frankel.
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    Lot 2324: DUSKY QUEEN

    Becomes a late highlight when selling to Anthony Stroud for 180,000gns. A particularly tough daughter of Shamardal, she won five of 32 starts for Richard Fahey, notable this year's Listed City Plate at Chester.

    "She'll be retired to stud," said new part-owner Trevor Stewart. "She's a particularly attractive daughter of Shamardal, which makers her easier to cross. She's a quality filly but also very tough and let's hope she passes that on to her progeny."

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    Offered: 244

    Sold: 198 (81%)

    Aggregate: 6,632,000gns (-2%)

    Average: 33,495gns (-10%)

    Median: 20,250gns (+1%)

    Top price: 190,000gns paid by Richard O'Gorman for lot 2134) TOUJOURS L'AMOUR; b f Authorized - High Heel Sneakers, sold by Stratford Place Stud, and by Fittocks Stud for lot 2247) FARANDINE; ch f Rock Of Gibraltar - Bombazine, sold by Fittocks Stud.

    No. six-figure lots: 12 (2014: 12)

    Leading vendor (overall): THE CASTLEBRIDGE CONSIGNMENT, 43 sold for a total of 6,234,000gns

    Leading buyer (overall): JOHN FERGUSON, four bought for a total of 5,300,000gns
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