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Tattersalls December Mares Sale - Day Two - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

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    The undoubted star of today's show is Qualify, the first winner of the Epsom Oaks to be offered at public auction for over 50 years.

    The Fastnet Rock filly will be offered as lot 1987 by The Castlebridge Consignment on behalf of Chantal Regalado-Gonzalez. 

    Regalado-Gonzalez bought into the filly following her success in the C. L. & M. F. Weld Park Stakes as a two-year-old.Subsequently highly-tried by Aidan O'Brien, Qualify's finest moment came in the Oaks in June where a strong late run under Colm O'Donoghue saw her collar Legatissimo to win by a head.

    Bred by Aidan and Anne-Marie's Whisperview Trading, Qualify is out of the Park Hill Stakes runner-up Perihelion and from the further family of Workforce and Brian Boru.

    Qualify. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    In what is a particularly powerful draft from The Castlebridge Consignment, Qualify is preceded into the ring by Time Control, dam of last year's Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Cursory Glance.

    The daughter of Sadler's Wells made headlines here back in October 2006 when selling for a sale-topping 1,200,000gns to Charlie Gordon-Watson on behalf of Craig Bennett at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Sale. 

    Not only is she a good-looking, relatively young Group 1 producer but Time Control is also a half-sister to Group 2 winner Time On and a descendant of the brilliant Time Charter. Added to that, she is in foal to Dubawi.

    The Castlebridge Consignment's draft also includes:

    1902) ALIOONAGH: a $1.25 million yearling, she is a daughter of Alidiva and therefore a half-sister to Sleepytime, Ali-Royal and Taipan et al. In foal to Kodiac

    1982) EUPHRASIA: bought here for 500,000gns in 2013, she is a Listed winner and Group 1-placed mare in foal to Sea The Stars

    1984) RIBBONS: last year's Prix Jean Romanet winner

    Ribbons. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    However, the mare with arguably the hottest profile on offer today is Hanky Panky, who sells as lot 2011 from Highclere Stud, acting on behalf of Hill 'n' Dale Farm's John Sikura.

    Hanky Panky was a smart filly for Aidan O'Brien who ran third in the 2013 Ballyogan Stakes. The daughter of Galileo is out of Grade 2 winner Mariah's Storm and therefore a half-sister to Giant's Causeway and You'resothrilling, whose first three foals are Gleneagles, Marvellous and Coolmore. Another half-sibling, Freud, is a leading stallion in New York. 

    There are daughters producing throughout the page. So far, You'resothrilling takes the plaudits but the unraced Love Me Only is the dam of this season's Great Voltigeur Stakes winner and Classic-placed Storm The Stars.  Another half-sister, Pearling, is the dam of the current Group 2-placed colt Decorated Knight: like Hanky Panky, she was sold by Sikura through Highclere Stud, in her case at the 2011 edition of this sale for 1,300,000gns to Tony Nerses.

    If that wasn't enough, Hanky Panky's first foal, a Declaration of War filly, made $800,000 at Keeneland earlier this month and the mare is back in foal to Dubawi. 
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    Other stand-outs on what promises to be an electric day of trading include:

    1856) THE MINIVER ROSE: the 2009 Park Hill Stakes winner who sold here for 340,000gns in 2009. Following a spell in Australia, the daughter of High Chaparral is back in Europe and offered in foal to Kingman

    1898) SINNAMARY: the €1.1 million 2012 Arqana August sale-topping filly, she is a winning Galileo half-sister to Chicquita

    1936) RAMONE: this season's Park Express Stakes winner

    1942) SORELLA BELLA: Group 1-placed herself, she is in foal to Lope De Vega

    1970) DAME MARIE: a Grade 2-placed Smart Strike half-sister to St Leger winner Rule Of Law, she is in foal to Invincible Spirit

    1977) ICON PROJECT: winner of the 2009 Grade 1 Personal Ensign Stakes by 13 1/2 lengths, the daughter of Empire Maker is the dam of a War Front filly that realised 950,000gns here as a yearling. Not only that, she is a half-sister to the Grade 1-placed Lasting Approval from the famous Allez France family and in foal to Dubawi

    1995) FORCES OF DARKNESS: Group 3-winning daughter of Lawman in foal to Lope De Vega

    1996) MAMBIA: Group 3-winning daughter of Aldebaran in foal to Kingman

    1997) ANA LUNA: dam of Grade 1 winner Alterite, in foal to Oasis Dream

    1999) XCELLENCE: Group 3 winner and last season's French 1,000 Guineas third is in foal to Frankel

    2008) LIGHTNING THUNDER: last year's 1,000 Guineas runner-up

    2009) BEAR CHEEK: an exciting two-year-old who has won two of her four starts, including the Curragh Stakes. The daughter of Kodiac was most recently fifth in the Cheveley Park Stakes

    2015) EVER RIGG: dam of this season's King George hero Postponed and back in foal to that colt's sire Dubawi

    2017) ODELIZ: now a two-time Group 1 winner, having added the Premio Lydia Tesio to her victory in the Prix Jean Romanet since the publication of the catalogue

    2019) TIGGY WIGGY: last season's champion two-year-old filly, the winner of six races including the Cheveley Park Stakes and Lowther Stakes

    2025) AMBIVALENT: winner of the Pretty Polly Stakes and in foal to Dubawi

    2031) LADY TIANA: this year's Lancashire Oaks winner

    2032) MISS MARJORIE: this year's Pinnacle Stakes winner
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    Tattersalls Hip 2011 - Hanky Panky

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    Lot 1826: TAYMA

    Buy a filly for €17,000, watch her brother win the Coventry Stakes and then sell her a year later for 170,000gns. That's the story of Tayma, who falls the way of John Clarke, acting on behalf of Sunderland Holding Inc. Round Hill Stud were the underbidders.

    Tayma won a Wolverhampton handicap for Saeed bin Suroor, after which she changed hands for €17,000 to Fortmill Farm. Waiting in the wings was Buratino, winner of this season's Coventry Stakes and Woodcote Stakes for Mark Johnston. They are out of the Listed-placed Bergamask and from the further family of Danehill Dancer.
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    SARAH LEIGH DISPERSAL: Lots 1893 and 1965

    Tattersalls will play host to several bittersweet sales later today when two horses belonging to the late Sarah Leigh go under the hammer.  

    Sarah Leigh passed away in late August, not long before her homebred Farandine confirmed herself a filly of immense promise for Luca Cumani when breaking her maiden at Newmarket by a wide margin. That was to be final time the famous Leigh chocolate and brown silks were carried on a racecourse, and fittingly they went out in victory. 

    Farandine sells tomorrow but today features the sale of her dam Rivara (1893), in foal to Mastercraftsman, and Listed winner Seta (1965), who was strongly fancied for the 2010 1,000 Guineas such was the regard she was held in by Luca Cumani. The flashy daughter of Pivotal is already the dam of a winner while her Oasis Dream yearling colt realised 420,000gns in October. 

    Both hail from the exceptional Brocade family cultivated by the late Gerald Leigh, who died in June 2002. The majority of his stock was purchased in a private transaction the following year by Sheikh Mohammed for a reported £35 million. 

    Brocade was a 1981-foaled daughter of Habitat bred by Leigh, then operating out of Cayton Park Stud in Berkshire (bought by Juddmonte in 1982), out of his Runnymede mare Canton Silk. She was a talented filly herself, winning the 1985 Prix de la Foret, but went on excel to even greater effect at stud.

    Three of her first four foals were Group or Graded winners. Her first, the Shirley Heights filly Free At Last, was a Grade 3 winner in California and went on to produce Grade 2 scorer Coretta, herself dam of Sarah and Robin Leigh’s Shared Dreams, a Listed winner at Saratoga. Her second foal, Zabar, from the first crop of Dancing Brave, was a multiple Group 3 winner while her fourth was none other than Barathea, who was saddled by Cumani to win the Breeders’ Cup Mile and Irish 2,000 Guineas.

    In later years, his sister Gossamer carried Leigh’s colours to victory in the Fillies’ Mile and Irish 1,000 Guineas, while a half-sister, the Listed-placed Bombazine, bred Group 2 winner Armure alongside Listed winners Berlin Berlin, Seta and Affirmative Action. 

    “Brocade was a horse we both adored,” says Terry Campbell, the Leigh family's racing and stud manager. “Gerald and I were both present when she was foaled. For her to win a Group 1 just as things were getting going was great for the stud and then to achieve what she did at stud was amazing.

    Other notable Leigh families include that descending from Ghislaine, dam of Markofdistinction, who was trained by Cumani to win the 1990 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, and Konafa, an Italian champion of 1984 for Stavros Niarchos who bred Canadian Group 2 winner Calista for Leigh and became the ancestress of Act One as well as the Group/Grade 1-placed fillies Summer Solstice and Summer Solo.

    Leigh also purchased her half-sister, Group 3 winner Korveya, in what turned out to be a particularly shrewd buy; dam of the French 2,000 Guineas winners Hector Protector and Shangai for Stavros Niarchos, she later foaled the brilliant Bosra Sham and Gioconda, dam of triple Group 1 winner Ciro, under Leigh’s ownership before selling for $7 million to Reynolds Bell at Keeneland in 1998. 

    Sara Cumani
    “Gerald was thoroughly likeable. He put his heart and soul into learning everything he could about breeding, and left no stone unturned. I remember the farm [Eydon Hall in Northamptonshire] was immaculate, a beautiful place.

    “Luca always said that he learnt a lot from him - he enjoyed his company because he was so interesting and thought provoking.” 

    Terry Campbell
    “Eydon Hall was started from scratch. It had primarily been an arable and dairy property, and he developed it in a way he saw fit - large paddocks with very good management of the land.

    “It was a farm that had also excellent drainage, which meant the youngsters could spend a large proportion of their day outside, even in winter.

    "I remember one of the early purchases was Cambretta, the dam of Ghislaine. She was carrying her first foal, by The Minstrel, and the resulting colt turned out to be Group 3 winner Pluralisme. He was brought back to Newmarket, where he sold for 150,000gns, quite a sizeable sum at the time. 

    "Ghislaine was the second foal and then [Group 3 winner] Only was the third, and that's when Gerald decided to sell her.  She was in foal to Nodouble, who didn't stand for very much, at the time, and I remember we invited several buyers to see her privately at Mill Ridge before the sale - one of them was Darley and they ended up buying her for $1 million. He really enjoyed that, it was good business."

    John Ferguson
    “Gerald was a remarkable man. He took the art of breeding to a new level and influenced the industry for the better. He was also a wonderful man to deal with, a great friend.

    A final group of six horses that belonged to Leigh are also slated to sell through Denali Stud at the Keeneland January Sale in Kentucky.

    Listed winner Seta. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 1856: THE MINIVER ROSE

    Rabbah Bloodstock were busy adding to their broodmare band yesterday and they continue this morning with the purchase of Park Hill Stakes winner The Miniver Rose for 270,000gns.

    The daughter of High Chaparral was sold in 2009 at this sale to Lakeview Resources for 340,000gns to continue her racing career in Australia. Her spell down under was not entirely successful since she beat just two horses in five starts for Lee Freedman. She was also catalogued to sell several times in recent years at Inglis in Australia but was withdrawn each time.

    She also left two foals on the ground over there, namely a two-year-old and yearling filly, both by More Than Ready. 
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    Lot 1864: VALAIS GIRL

    Bought here last year for 100,000gns by Jeremy Brummitt on behalf of The Kathryn Stud, this mare returns today to make 270,000gns to John Clarke on behalf of the Tsui family's Sunderland Holding Inc.

    The winning daughter of Holy Roman Emperor is the only mare catalogued in foal to Speightstown, one of those rare Kentucky horses who appeals to both American and European buyers, and out of Ellen, a daughter of 1,000 Guineas heroine Sleepytime. This is the famous Alidiva family of Taipan, Ali-Royal and Oonagh Maccool.

    "She was highly rated and just a very nice model," said Clarke. "Mrs Tsui is looking to enhance the broodmare band - she has the right stallion to do it."

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    Shadai Farm's first purchase of the week is the 2013 Italian 1,000 Guineas heroine Dancer Destination. By a leading broodmare sire in Dubai Destination, she was sold by Old Buckingham Stud for 260,000gns in foal to Oasis Dream.
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    Lot 1898: SINNAMARY

    This winning half-sister to Irish Oaks heroine Chicquita, offered by Tweenhills Farm & Stud, is set to be part of Golden Horn's first book next season after selling for 700,000gns to Hugo Lascelles, acting on behalf of Anthony Oppenheimer.

    This is not the first time that Sinnamary has lit up a sales ring: in 2012, the daughter of Galileo was the dearest filly sold at the Arqana August Sale when knocked down for €1.1 million to FIPS Agency. Sent to Mikael Delzangles, she went on to break her maiden as a two-year-old at Longchamp.

    Unsurprisingly, she attracted a host of admirers as she strode into the ring. Bidding opened at 100,000gns, after which Barry Weisbord, taking instructions on the phone alongside James Delahooke, came in. He was the eventual underbidder, although Laurent Benoit, standing on the back stairs, and Hugo Merry, standing in the gate, also showed strong interest.

    "She's been bought to go to Golden Horn," said Oppenheimer, who has 28 mares at his Hascombe and Valiant Studs in Newmarket. "We saw her and just fell in love her. She's most attractive - a great walker with a lot of quality."

    She is out of Listed winner Prudenzia, a half-sister to Group 3 winner Platonic. This family is currently thriving for Ecurie des Monceaux but prior to that, it also fared well in the hands of Luca and Sara Cumani, for whom it produced Lancashire Oaks heroine Pongee and her Listed-winning son Pinzolo. It is also the further family of Alexandrova and Magical Romance.

    Lot 1898: Sinnamary. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 1900: BAYJA

    John O'Connor of Ballylinch Stud makes another high-profile purchase, this time going to 340,000gns for Bayja.

    The daughter of Giant's Causeway was purchased here five years ago for just 3,000gns by James Ortega through Boyce Bloodstock. Her first foal was this season's classy three-year-old New Providence, winner of the Summer and Dick Poole Stakes, and the rest, as they say, is history.

    No doubt also adding to her allure is the fact that she is in foal to Dark Angel.

    She was preceded into the ring by last season's Bosra Sham Stakes winner Terror. The daughter of Kodiac sold for 300,000gns to Gatewood Bell.
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    Lot 1909: VALEUR

    Newsells Park Stud add this half-sister to Invincible Spirit and Kodiac to their powerful broodmare band.

    John Warren had to go to 370,000gns to secure the mare, who was sold by Voute Sales carrying one of the last Shamardal foals available on the open market (he will be a private stallion for Darley next year). 

    "She's for Newsells, we've got the Shamardal connection again," said Warren, alluding to the fact that the stud also purchased a daughter of Shamardal, Wittgenstein, last night. "We'll be delighted if it's a colt or a filly.

    "The objective of Newsells is to buy commercial mares with a pedigree, and she's a beautiful individual - a nice young mare."

    By Rock Of Gibraltar, the placed Valeur is out of the Prix de Diane winner Rafha, also the dam of Group 3 winners Sadian and Acts Of Grace.
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    @DarleyStallions #Derby & #Arc winner #GoldenHorn, the best in the world on turf in 2015, enjoying his new home...

    Lot 1912: AUCTION

    Reiley McDonald's Eaton Sales signs at 260,000gns for this mare, who is the only mare catalogued in foal to leading American two-year-old sire Scat Daddy.

    The daughter of Mr Greeley was a three-time winner for Highclere Thoroughbred Racing and gained valuable black-type when third in the Sandringham Handicap at Royal Ascot. She sold here last year for 105,000gns to Good Will Bloodstock but was retired following a spell with Brendan Walsh in Florida and covered by Coolmore's Scat Daddy.

    What a good move that turned out to be. Scat Daddy is coming to the end of a great year - already regarded as the 'Galileo of Chile', the son of Johannesburg has sired 18 stakes winners in North America so far this season, eight of whom are two-year-olds. As a result, his fee has jumped from $35,000 to $100,000 for next season.

    Ashford Stud manager Dermot Ryan recently shared his thoughts on the stallion.

    "When you look at the really top sires they generally do everything well and Scat Daddy shows that kind of versatility," he said. "He gets good horses at all ages, at all distances and on all surfaces. 

    "The two things that probably stand out the most are his success with two-year-olds - which could hardly have been any better this year - and his ability to upgrade his mares. You would have to say he has outperformed his mares so far and when you look at what’s in the pipeline it is particularly exciting.

    "He typically gets horses that stand over a lot of ground and he gets very good movers." 

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    Lot 1944: LADY HAWKFIELD

    Few mares here boast such an active page as Lady Hawkfield, who sells to Charlie Gordon-Watson on behalf of Lady Lloyd-Webber for 625,000gns following a bidding battle with Newsells Park Stud.

    The year started in good style for the mare when her first foal, Master Apprentice, won the bet365 Classic Trial at Sandown before selling to Hong Kong. Then, her second foal is Royal Reserve, who beat the highly regarded Mootaharer on his second start at Salisbury.

    Lady Hawkfield is also a half-sister to Matron and Coronation Stakes winner Lillie Langtry, dam of this season's champion two-year-old filly Minding as well as Group 3 winner Kissed By Angels.

    Not only that, another half-sister to the mare, two-year-old Danilovna, won her debut recently at Lingfield.

    "There's a lot going on," said Gordon-Watson. "Coolmore have Lillie Langtry and she's bred Minding. Then you have the two-year-old winner Danilovna.

    "She's already done it [as the dam of Master Apprentice] and the two-year-old is a good horse. They've retained the Exceed And Excel yearling and she's going to John Gosden. Plus she's in foal to Shamardal."

    Lady Hawkfield, by Hawk Wing, was purchased at this sale two years ago for 62,000gns by New England Stud Farm.
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    Lot 1965: SETA

    Tattersalls at its theatrical best as Seta, bred and raced by the late Sarah Leigh, sells for 1,100,000gns to Hugo Lascelles, acting on behalf of an undisclosed American client. John Warren, standing with the Newsells Park Stud team, was the underbidder.

    Plans call for the daughter of Pivotal, offered as barren to Oasis Dream, to head to Kentucky, where she will visit War Front.

    "It's a well established English family that my clients were very keen to get into," said Lascelles. "It's a current family and she was a good racemare. Her first two foals realised over 800,000gns between them.

    "I think she'll suit War Front. It's a good match on paper and physically. We're excited to have her."

    Seta was bred to be good as a Pivotal granddaughter of Gerald Leigh's Prix de la Foret winner Brocade, dam of Barathea and Gossamer et al. Her dam, the Listed-placed Bombazine, also added further to the family by producing Prix de Pomone winner Armure and Listed winners Gravitas, Affirmative Action and Berlin Berlin.

    Bombazine passed into Sheikh Mohammed's ownership following the death of Gerald Leigh but Seta was retained by his daughter Sarah. Highly regarded by Luca Cumani, the flashy filly became the subject of much hype after winning her first race, a Newmarket maiden by eight lengths. She later ran third in the May Hill Stakes, and over the next two seasons, won four further races including the Listed Conqueror Stakes and Listed Atalanta Stakes.

    Her first foal, the Oasis Dream colt Seastrom, was a winner for Godolphin this year while her second, a brother to Seastrom, realised 420,000gns to Blandford Bloodstock. Her third foal is an Exceed And Excel colt who sold for 72,000gns to Ebor Bloodstock last week.

    "We knew a lot of people were on her," said Sara Cumani of Fittocks Stud, who sold the mare. "She looked beautiful and she showed beautifully. But you never know. 

    "In a way we could enjoy it because it was a transparent sale. I was standing with Alex Scrope and she said that Gerald would have loved the theatre, which is so true. It's sad but great."

    Fittingly, Seta was led up by Sharon Dukes, who looked after the mare during her racing days. Described by Cumani as 'part of the furniture at Bedford Lodge', she has looked after a number of the Leigh horses, including Gossamer. More recently, she did Gossamer's granddaughter, the Fittocks-Bred Park Hill Stakes winner Silk Sari.

    Seta. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 1970: DAME MARIE

    More Kentucky investment as Greg Goodman of Mt. Brilliant Farm goes to 500,000gns for Dame Marie, a Grade 2-placed daughter of Smart Strike from Baroda & Colbinstown Studs.

    Sold in foal to Invincible Spirit, the mare is a half-sister to St Leger winner Rule Of Law and the Group 1-placed Totally Devoted.

    "We've looked at a lot of mares and liked who she was in foal to [Invincible Spirit] - and we loved the fact she's by Smart Strike," said Goodman.

    "We may board her here for a year, but she will come back to the farm, where we have about 30 mares.

    "If the foal is a filly we'll probably keep her, if it's a colt he'll probably go to the sales."

    Goodman is a regular buyer and vendor at Tattersalls - last year, he paid 600,000gns here for two lots including the Group 1-placed Gifted Girl. 

    Dame Marie is his second purchase of the day following Al Jasrah, who cost 90,000gns.

    Lot 1970: Dame Marie. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 1977: ICON PROJECT

    Icon Project, the 13 1/2 length winner of the 2009 Grade 1 Personal Ensign Stakes, is bought back for 1,450,000gns.

    The daughter of Empire Maker is owned by Andrew Rosen, head of the fashion label Theory, and has plenty going for her: not only is she a well-connected Grade 1-winning daughter of Empire Maker but her second foal, the War Front filly Battalia, realised 950,000gns as a yearling while she also has a yearling colt by Frankel that is set to join Brian Meehan.
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    Lot 1981: HOYAM

    Hugo Lascelles' busy day continues - this time he signs at 470,000gns for the Listed-winning two-year-old Hoyam.

    A fast, precocious two-year-old, the daughter of Royal Applause also ran second in the 2012 Queen Mary Stakes and third in the Princess Margaret Stakes. She was sold by the Castlebridge Consignment in foal to Australia.
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    Lot 1982: EUPHRASIA

    Listed winner and Group 1-placed filly is knocked down to Philip Stauffenberg for 550,000gns, two years after selling here for 500,000gns to Chantal Regalado-Gonzalez through Emerald Bloodstock.

    The Windsor Knot mare was offered today by The Castlebridge Consignment in foal to Sea The Stars.
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    Lot 1984: YELLOW ROSEBUD

    Dual Group 3 winner sells in foal to Dutch Art for 600,000gns to John Ferguson. John Warren, standing with Newsells Park Stud, was the underbidder.

    "We're delighted to have her," said Ferguson. "She was a tough, good mare and she's carrying her second foal, which is nice. Her first foal is a good foal."

    One of the best Flat performers sired by Jeremy, Yellow Rosebud is a half-sister to Seeharn, who commanded 950,000gns here in 2012 - she is now part of the Al Shaqab broodmare band.

    Her first foal is a colt by Teofilo.

    Lot 1984: Yellow Rosebud. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 1985: RIBBONS

    Last year's Prix Jean Romanet winner is bought back for 500,000gns.
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    Lot 1986: TIME CONTROL

    Dam of last season's top two-year-old Cursory Glance is bought back for 1,400,000gns. Offered by The Castlebridge Consignment, the daughter of Sadler's Wells, herself a 1,100,000gns yearling, is in foal to Dubawi.
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    Lot 1987: QUALIFY

    Described by Edmond Mahony as 'the star of the show', Oaks heroine Qualify duly lives up the billing, selling for 1,600,000gns to John Ferguson. 

    Barry Weisbord, standing with James Delahooke, was the underbidder.

    Qualify is the second Oaks winner bought here by Ferguson in recent years following Dancing Rain, who commanded 4,000,000gns in foal to Frankel in 2013.

    "At the end of the day, it's always lovely to have an Oaks winner," said Ferguson. "She's a fine, scopey mare and on that day at Epsom, she was extraordinary. 

    "I have one or two ideas in mind as to which stallion she'll go to but we'll have to sit down and go through it."

    Qualify was trained by Aidan O'Brien to win the C L & M F Weld Park Stakes as a two-year-old for Louis and Mrs Kate Ronan, after which she changed hands to Chantal Regalado-Gonzalez. 

    She returned this year to run down the field in the Newmarket and Irish 1,000 Guineas. However, it was a very different Qualify that appeared at Epsom on Oaks day: settled near the back of the field by Colm O'Donoghue, she came with a powerful, sweeping run to deny Legatissimo by a short head.

    She was last seen running sixth behind Jack Hobbs in the Irish Derby.

    The daughter of Fastnet Rock is a sister to promising two-year-old Shogun and was bred by Aidan and Anne-Marie O'Brien's Whisperview Trading out of the Group 2-placed Perihelion. Further back, it is the family of Workforce.

    Qualify. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 1999: XCELLENCE

    Last year's Poule d'Essai des Pouliches third, the only mare remaining in the catalogue in foal to Frankel, becomes the latest high-profile buyback when knocked down for 725,000gns. 

    Xcellence was one of the leading flag-bearers of Champs Elysees' first crop, winning the Prix Imprudence before placing in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches and Prix de Diane. 

    She later changed hands to Martin Schwartz and sent to Chad Brown in the US, for whom she ran fourth in the Grade 1 Oaks Invitational and was Grade 2-placed.

    It later transpired that Xcellence changed hands in a private transaction for 675,000gns to Katsumi Yoshida.
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    Lot 2001: WATERWAY RUN

    Becomes the latest high-profile acquisition for Greg Goodman's Mt. Brilliant Farm. 

    Goodman went to 450,000gns for the daughter of Arch, who won the Oh So Sharp Stakes and was offered by European Sales Management in foal to Australia.
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    Last year's 1,000 Guineas runner-up is bought by Adrian Nicoll of the BBA Ireland for 420,000gns on behalf of an undisclosed partnership.

    "She'll head back to Ireland but I don't know which stallion she'll go to," said Nicoll. "She was second in two Classics so could run, and she's very good-looking."

    The daughter of Dutch Art was sold by Tweenhills Farm and Stud. She is out of the winner Sweet Coincidence and from the further family of Grade 1 winner Tinners Way.
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    Lot 2011: HANKY PANKY - 2,700,000gns to John Ferguson

    A Group 3-placed half-sister to Giant's Causeway from one of the most desirable families in the world and in foal to Dubawi - Hanky Panky was described by auctioneer John O'Kelly as 'one of the most outstanding offerings of the year'.

    He added: "They say success breeds success, and here, ladies and gentleman, is success in abundance."

    Following an opening bid of 500,000gns, the bidding rocketed past 1,000,000gns and on beyond 2,000,000gns. Ibrahim Araci went particularly strong on the mare but he was unable to fend off John Ferguson at 2,700,000gns.

    "She's a beautiful mare with a beautiful pedigree, and obviously the Dubawi inside her is most attractive," said Ferguson. "She's a sister to Giant's Causeway and from a beautiful family."

    A smart filly for Aidan O'Brien who ran third in the 2013 Ballyogan Stakes, Hanky Panky is out of Grade 2 winner Mariah's Storm and therefore a half-sister to Giant's Causeway and You'resothrilling, whose first three foals are Gleneagles, Marvellous and Coolmore. Another half-sibling, Freud, is a leading stallion in New York. 

    In addition, half-sister Love Me Only is the dam of this season's Great Voltigeur Stakes winner and Classic-placed Storm The Stars while another half-sister, Pearling, is the dam of the current Group 2-placed colt Decorated Knight: like Hanky Panky, she was sold by John Sikura of Hill 'n' Dale Farm through Highclere Stud, in her case at the 2011 edition of this sale for 1,300,000gns to Tony Nerses.

    Her sale provided another highlight for Sikura, who again sold through Highclere Stud. Sikura enjoyed a phenomenal Keeneland November Sale, where his draft during the second day turned over $23,875,000 alone and included eight million dollar lots.

    "It was a difficult decision to sell," said Sikura, "but we like to buy and trade, and if you don't trade, you're not in the business.

    "I bought her last year in foal to Declaration Of War - we're a partnership that invests in high end bloodstock. She's a good type with a great walk, and in foal to a great stallion to whom there is not now easy access. We're happy with the price - we valued her at around 2,500,000gns to 3,000,000gns, so she was right in that ball park. 

    Hanky Panky. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 2015: EVER RIGG

    Dam of King George hero Postponed is yet another high-profile buyback - she fails to sell for 1,500,000gns.
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    Lot 2017: ODELIZ

    Another buyback - dual Group 1 winner fails to sell at 950,000gns.
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    Lot 2019: TIGGY WIGGY

    Flying filly, who was trained by Richard Hannon to win last year's Cheveley Park Stakes for Potensis Bloodstock and Merriebelle Stables, is set to visit Galileo next season after selling for 2,100,000gns to MV Magnier.

    "The thing about Galileo is that you can send him any type of mare," said Magnier. "They can be winners of the Cheveley Park or Oaks - and he still seems to throw Derby and Oaks winners.

    "She was obviously a very good filly, a very fast filly, and the Hannons did a great job with her."

    Tiggy Wiggy was a busy, tough two-year-old for the Hannons: after winning on the first day of the 2014 season, she rattled off wins in the National Stakes, Weatherbys Super Sprint, Lowther Stakes and Cheveley Park Stakes. The daughter of Kodiac also ran a brave third in this year's 1,000 Guineas.

    She was compared in some quarters to another flying Hannon filly of former times in Lyric Fantasy, affectionately remembered as the 'pocket rocket' - Coolmore also picked her up at this sale back in 1992 following her championship jufor 340,000gns.

    "She's a beautiful filly with all the speed in the world," said Peter Bance, representing Merriebelle Stable who bought into Tiggy Wiggy after her win in the National Stakes. "Galileo will suit her very well and we can't wait to see her progeny. We wish Coolmore all the best with her."

    Tiggy Wiggy. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 2015: AMBIVALENT

    Another buyback - the Pretty Polly Stakes winner fails to change hands at 1,600,000gns in foal to Dubawi.

    "She's owned by Ali Saeed," said Anthony Stroud of the daughter of Authorized, "and is a Group 1 winner in foal to Dubawi. He valued her at a greater value than that in the ring.
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    Lot 2029: KATAWI

    And another big buyback - this time it's Listed winner Katawi, a half-sister to Group 3 winner Purring, who fails to sell for 550,000gns.
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    Lot 2032: MISS MARJURIE

    Clearance rate continues to take a knock. This year's Pinnacle Stakes winner Miss Marjurie fails to sell at 300,000gns while Lancashire Oaks heroine Lady Tiana is led out unsold at 190,000gns.
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    Sad to say good bye to good friends in Lightning Thunder, Terror and Bear Cheek, thanks to @RobinsFarmRacin @gerlyonsracing @trilliumplace

    2011) HANKY PANKY: ch m Galileo - Mariah's Storm (Rahy), sold by Highclere Stud to John Ferguson for 2,700,000gns

    2019) TIGGY WIGGY: b f Kodiac - Kheleyf's Silver (Kheleyf), sold by East Everleigh Stables to MV Magnier for 2,100,000gns

    1987) QUALIFY: b f Fastnet Rock - Perihelion (Galileo), sold by The Castlebridge Consignment to John Ferguson for 1,600,000gns

    1965) SETA: ch m Pivotal - Bombazine (Generous), sold by Fittocks Stud to Hugo Lascelles for 1,100,000gns

    1898) SINNAMARY: b f Galileo - Prudenzia (Dansili), sold by Tweenhills Farm and Stud to Hugo Lascelles for 700,000gns

    Hanky Panky. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Offered: 228

    Sold: 162 (71%)

    Aggregate: 27,657,000gns (-5%)

    Average: 170,722gns (+1%)

    Median: 79,000gns (+13%)

    No. 500,000gns + lots: 9

    No. 1,000,000gns+ lots: 4

    Leading vendor (overall): THE CASTLEBRIDGE CONSIGNMENT, 32 sold for a total of 5,982,000gns

    Leading buyer (overall): JOHN FERGUSON, 4 bought for a total of 5,300,000gns

    There were eight buybacks at 500,000gns or above. They included four of the five mares offered in foal to Dubawi, namely Ambivalent (1,600,000gns), Ever Rigg (1,500,000gns), Icon Project (1,450,000gns) and Time Control (1,400,000gns). 

    Tiggy Wiggy. Photo: Tattersalls 

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