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Tattersalls December Mares Sale - Day Two - Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Nancy Sexton's brings you all the news as it happens from the second session of the Tattersalls December Mares Sale

    Traditionally the strongest day. Come late afternoon, we can expect some real fireworks.
    How much for Hazariya? She sold for a sale-topping €480,000 at the 2014 Goffs November Sale to Oliver St Lawrence on behalf of Newsells Park Stud. She had been a highly talented filly for John Oxx herself, winning the Athasi Stakes, and at the time of her sale, was already off the mark as the dam of Listed Finale Stakes winner Hazarafa, the Group 3-placed Haziyna and Silver Flash Stakes winner Harasiya.
    Much better was the come, however. Her 2013 colt by Sea The Stars was then a yearling and turned out to be Anglo-Irish Derby winner Harzand. Thus she heads into the sale as the dam of four stakes horses from six foals of racing age - and it could get even better through her two-year-old Haripour, an encouraging second on his debut at Gowran Park for Dermot Weld.
    Hazariya sells today as lot 1826 in foal to Invincible Spirit.
    Hazariya pictured on Sunday
    Another major highlight promises to be Team Valor's Euro Charline. A popular globe-trotter, she won four races including the Beverly D Stakes and sells today as lot 1848.
    Other highlights include:
    1675) HAZIUM: an older lady, she is dam of Coulsty and back in foal to his sire Kodiac
    1700) MINALISA: winner of the Sweet Mimosa Stakes, she is in foal to Dark Angel
    1725) SHERMEEN: dam of Group 1-winning juvenile Sudirman in foal to Dark Angel
    1734) QUIFF: the 2004 Yorkshire Oaks winner and St. Leger runner-up. In foal to Holy Roman Emperor
    1743) NEAMOUR: half-sister to Postponed in foal to Siyouni
    1750) LOUVE DES REVES: in foal to American sire sensation Uncle Mo, this Listed-placed member of the noted Lupe family is dam of the Group 3-placed Omar Bradley
    1759) EBLOUISSANTE: such was the intense interest that there was barely standing room at Keeneland when she passed through that ring in 2013. Why the excitement? She is a half-sister to the legendary American runner Zenyatta as well as Grade 1 winner Balance and duly sold for $2.1 million to St George Farm as a result. Now she's back at public auction, this time in foal to Dansili and with an Oasis Dream colt on the ground
    1790) DUSKY QUEEN: Listed winner commanded 180,000gns here last year and returns in foal to Muhaarar
    1792) AVENUE GABRIEL: highly talented filly was a Listed winner and fourth in the Irish 1,000 Guineas. In foal to Muhaarar
    1797) DIAMOND BANGLE: sister to Rip Van Winkle. In foal to Mastercraftsman
    1799) FOLLOW A STAR: three-parts sister to Alexandrova and Magical Romance. In foal to Zoffany
    1803) HOW'S SHE CUTTIN': dam of Washington DC as well as promising two-year-old Cuttin' Edge, a winner since the publication of the catalogue. In foal to Muhaarar
    1810: POSTERITAS: a Listed winner herself, she is the dam of four stakes horses including Prix Jean Prat winner Mutual Trust. In foal to Kingman
    Posteritas posing as Quiff looks on
    1815) AMERICA NOVA: an older mare but a proven producer as the dam of Group 1 performer Sir Patrick Moore and Group 3 winner Stellar Path. In foal to Lope De Vega
    1819) ONE CHANCE: Queen Mary Stakes third is in foal to Gleneagles
    1820) ANIPA: bought for 400,000gns here in 2014, the Cheshire Oaks winner returns in foal to Zoffany
    1823) JACK NAYLOR: dual Group 3 winner and Irish Oaks runner-up
    1836) BIBLE BELT: winner of the Dance Design Stakes and Grade 1-placed, this mare made 530,000gns here three years ago. She returns in foal to Invincible Spirit
    1837) SCREEN STAR: dam of Lumiere. In foal to Golden Horn
    1840) IRISH ROOKIE: Listed winner and the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches runner-up of 2015
    1865 & 1866) PAMONA & CHARTREUSE: two classy Listed winners from Highclere Racing
    1867) FURIA CRUZADA: a champion in Chile for Fernando Fantini, she has run third in the Prix de Flore since the publication of the catalogue
    1875) DIVINE: the Ballyogan Stakes winner
    1877) QUEEN CATRINE: Group 3 winner and Group 1-placed
    1878) OPAL TIARA: this year's Supreme Stakes winner
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    A bit of racing history will pass through the ring later today. Galileo is one of the best stallions we'll ever see and lot 1808 is where it all started.
    Innocent Air became the stallion's first stakes winner back in 2005 when successful in the Washington Singer Stakes at Newbury for Prince Khalid Abdullah and John Gosden. In fact, by the end of that season, she remained Galileo's sole stakes winner from his first crop of two-year-olds.
    11 years on and the Coolmore colossus boasts 233 stakes winners, 62 at the top level.
    Innocent Air, who bears a striking resemblance to her damsire The Minstrel, has foaled three winners for Juddmonte. She is offered today in foal to Showcasing.
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    Lot 1651: BYZANTIUM
    First highlight of a quiet morning is this Listed-placed daughter of Dutch Art who sells for 105,000gns to Emerald Bloodstock. Sold by Horse Park Stud, she is out of a winning granddaughter of Listed winner Star Tulip.
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    One of the more intriguing lots set to sell today is Furia Cruzada, lot 1867.
    The Chilean-bred daughter of Newfoundland - a Storm Cat horse formerly trained by Aidan O'Brien - won six races in Chile and Argentina before transferring to John Gosden, for whom she ran second in this year's Lancashire Oaks and Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes. She comes here in good form, having recently run a close third in the Prix de Flore.

    What makes this year's achievements all the more creditable is the fact she became seriously ill en route to Europe last year.


    "When she arrived in Amsterdam she got pneumonia," her part-owner Fernando Fantini of Haras Cachagua told me earlier in the year. "She nearly died."


    Fantini, a former international polo player who stands several stallions including the Grade 1-placed Grassy in Chile, bred Furia Cruzada in partnership with Haras Dadinco out of his winning Hussonet mare Nuestra Machi. Furia Cruzada was actually sent to the sales as a yearling but was retained when the partnership's other yearlings sold particularly well.


    Sent to trainer Antonio Abarca, she won her second race and went on to fill the frame in eight of her nine subsequent starts in Chile, notably when the wide-margin winner of the 2014 Group 1 Alberto Solario Magnasco and Group 2 Haras de Chile.


    Such success prompted her connections to try their luck in Argentina, a decision which paid off when she won the Group 1 Gran Premio Gilberto Lerena on turf and Group 1 Gran Premio Criadores on dirt for trainer Alfredo Gaitan Dassie. 


    An international campaign beckoned and the mare was sent to Gosden, well known to the Fantini family from his days with Charlie Whittingham. She arrived in Newmarket last June and was given plenty of time to acclimatise. She has made seven starts for Gosden this season and has made the frame in four of them.


    Furia Cruzada and Fernando Fantini. Photo courtesy of Fernando Fantini


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    Lot 1725: SHERMEEN
    Barronstown add another Group 1 producer to their band in Shermeen, dam of the 2013 Phoenix Stakes winner Sudirman. Covered by Dark Angel, she commands 450,000gns from the stud, owned by David and Diane Nagle.
    "David just loved her," said Diane Nagle of the daughter of Desert Style, sold by Barouche Stud. "She's very strong. The cover to Dark Angel really appealed, she's carrying a colt I believe and will hopefully be back here in a few years. She's the dam of Group 1 winner already too."
    Shermeen was a classy filly herself, winning four races including a Listed stakes at Santa Rosa in the US. She hails from the commercial sprint family of Anthem Alexander and Hamza.
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    Lot 1743: NEAMOUR
    Half-sister to Postponed fails to sell at 290,000gns. The daughter of Oasis Dream was purchased in this ring for 72,000gns by Dwayne Woods when sold as part of a dispersal belonging to the late Stefan Friborg in May 2015. At the time she was in foal on a southern hemisphere cover to Archipenko. She was offered today in foal to Siyouni.
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    Lot 1748; BLUE CHIP
    Martin and Lee Taylor, who struck notoriety as the owners over Dancing Rain, strike at 260,000gns for this winning sister to St Leger third Michelangelo sold by The Castlebridge Consignment in foal to Siyouni. A descendant of blue hen Alruccaba, she is out of the Group 1-placed Intrigued, half-sister to Aussie Rules.
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    Lot 1759: EBLOUISSANTE
    Jane Lyon of Summer Wind Farm of Kentucky makes her first trip to Tattersalls a very worthwhile one, going to 1,100,000gns for Zenyatta's half-sister Eblouissante. The daughter of Bernardini was sold for $2.1 million to St George Farm at Keeneland in 2013 while her own career was also in the ascendancy - she had won her first two starts in California but didn't build on that good start.
    The strapping mare was sent over here upon her retirement and has a colt foal by Oasis Dream on the ground. She was sold today in foal to Dansili by The National Stud.
    "She's a tremendous mare," said Lyon, flanked by Simon Marsh and Bill Farish. "For her sake, I think she'll probably stay here and foal and then we'll put our heads together and decide whether to send her back to an European stallion.
    "Ultimately, she's a mare to take back to America. There's a lot going on in the pedigree. So we're very excited."
    Lyon is a regular player at the top end of the market in the US - at the recent Keeneland November Sale, she paid a total of $5,625,000 for four mares. In Europe, Summer Wind are probably best known as the breeder of William Haggas' Classic performer Storm The Stars. But in America, Lyon is in the celebrated position of owning Littleprincessemma, dam of last year's Triple Crown hero American Pharoah. Lyon paid $2.1 million for the mare in 2014, the year before her son's Classic sweep.
    "I planned to buy four mares this year to restock," she said. "But now I have six! I've sold a few yearlings here in the past but this is my time buying. This was the mare we targeted and it was very exciting."
    Of Littleprincessemma, Lyon added: "I have a Tapit filly out of her and she's carrying a brother to American Pharoah - I can hardly wait to see what he can do. She's the kindest mare to do anything with. I believe American Pharoah has the most wonderful disposition and knowing the mare, I believe it comes from her."
    Getting back to Eblouissante, her regal connections don't end with Zenyatta, who won 19 races during her remarkable career. Another half-sister, Balance, was also a Grade 1 winner while her dam Vertigineux even managed to produce a stakes winner by Aljabr. The filly in question, Where's Bailey, is the dam of this year's Grade 2 Yellow Ribbon Handicap winner She's Not Here. 
    Vertigineux is also the granddam of the classy Aidan O'Brien-trained Long Island Sound.
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    Lot 1790: DUSKY QUEEN
    Turns a good profit for her connections, selling for 370,000gns to Mick Flanagan on behalf of the China Horse Club. A tough performer for Richard Fahey who capped her career with a win in the City Plate at Chester, she was bought through Stroud/Coleman for 180,000gns at this sale last year and reoccurred through Ballyhimikin Stud in foal to Muhaarar.
    The daughter of Shamardal has been bought to support Ballylinch Stud's new stallion New Bay, in whom the China Horse Club own 20 per cent.
    "It was a smidgen more than I wanted to pay," said Flanagan, "but she's a young Shamardal mare who won five races including a Listed. And she's in foal to a very promising young horse. I tried to get into him last year on behalf of other clients with limited success - he was packed full. This is the club's first mare in foal to him and a nice one to have."
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    Lot 1792: AVENUE GABRIEL
    Pierre Talvard of Haras du Cadran, the breeder of Qemah, strikes at 375,000gns for Garnet Stakes winner Avenue Gabriel.
    Remarkably, the daughter of Champs Elysees was bought for just €5,000 as a yearling by the BBA Ireland. She went on to win three races - she was her sire's first winner - and run multiple  Group-placed. Among her best performances was a fourth in the Irish 1,000 Guineas.
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    Lot 1799: FOLLOW A STAR
    Galileo mare will join the broodmare band at Martin and Iris Wainwright's Highbank Stud in Yorkshire after falling to Stephen Hillen for 575,000gns.
    Geoffrey Howson was underbidder on the mare, who hails from the Cumani's wonderful Souk family.
    "It was a real stretch to get her, that was our last bid," said Hillen. "Galileo was a real attraction and obviously it's an excellent family."
    The unraced three-year-old, who was sold by John Troy in foal to Zoffany, is out of Souk and thus a half-sister to Oaks heroine Alexandrova and Cheveley Park Stakes winner Magical Romance, who sold for 4,600,000gns at this sale ten years ago. While Alexandrova has foaled Prix Kergolay winner Alex My Boy and this year's Dance Design Stakes winner Somehow, Magical Romance is the dam of Listed winner Tall Ship and promising two-year-old Yellowhammer.
    Granddam Souk foaled 16 foals for Fittocks led by Listed winner Puce, in turn the dam of Lancashire Oaks heroine Pongee.
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    Lot 1803: HOW'S SHE CUTTIN'
    Barronstown add another proven producer, this time going to 260,000gns for Washington D C's dam How's She Cuttin'.
    The mare's two-year-old Cuttin' Edge was the recent winner of a maiden at Leicester and looks a smart prospect.
    The Listed-placed daughter of Muhaarar was sold in foal to Muhaarar.
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    Lot 1808: INNOCENT AIR
    Fitting that Galileo's first ever stakes winner should be heading to Peter Magnier's Brittas House Stud. Tim Hyde signed the ticket at 65,000gns for the mare, the Washington Singer Stakes of 2005 who was sold out of the Juddmonte draft in foal to Showcasing.
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    Lot 1811: ONSHORE
    Diamond Creek Farm, bidding through Jimmy George, outbid Dermot Weld at 320,000gns for the only mare catalogued in foal to Frankel. 
    This is the first Tattersalls purchase for Diamond Creek Farm, a prominent force in the Standardbred industry who are based in Kentucky and Pennsylvania. The farm is now turning its attention to building a Thoroughbred broodmare band.
    By Sea The Stars - and therefore carrying a foal inbred to Urban Sea - the unraced three-year-old is a half-sister to Easter Cup winner Jet Away and a granddaughter of none other than Kerali, ancestress of Dansili, Cacique, Champs Elysees and Three Valleys etc.
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    Last year's St Hugh's Stakes winner becomes the latest high-profile mare to sell in foal to Muhaarar, falling to Akita Katayama for 500,000gns. The daughter of Kodiac won three races and was Group 3-placed on three occasions. She was retired following her two-year-olds season.
    It is Katayama's first ever purchase at Tattersalls. He plans to foal the mare here before shipping her to Japan.
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    Lot 1819: ONE CHANCE
    China Horse Club continue to stock up on mares for their new stallions, which include New Bay, in this instance going to 380,000gns through Mick Flanagan for this mare, who ran third in the 2013 Queen Mary Stakes.
    From the excellent Niarchos family of Spinning World and Chimes Of Freedom, she is in foal to Gleneagles.
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    Lot 1823: JACK NAYLOR
    This classy filly, a mere €10,500 yearling, sells for 800,000gns to James Wigan. Andreas Putsch was the underbidder.
    "She's from a lovely Juddmonte family, " said Wigan, acting on behalf of an undisclosed client. "She's a Classic-placed filly, a very good tough racemare and a good individual."
    Jack Naylor defied her lowly price tag to become one of the best fillies of her generation. Trained by Jessica Harrington, she won the Silver Flash Stakes at two and trained on to take the Lanwades Stakes and run placed in the Irish Oaks at three. 
    “[Owner] Gerry Byrne had given me a budget of €12,000 for a colt but instead I found her," remembered Harrington. "She was small but very well made and a great walker, very well balanced.”
    It was a bittersweet sale for her owner Gerry Byrne, although he was already looking forward to reinvesting in something 'cheap and cheerful'.

    “I wanted a colt to name him in honour of my grandson who died in 2013," he said. "Jessie found a filly but we still named her in honour of my grandson and as a nod to Jac Naylor, a bitchy character in Holby City. Luckily the filly wasn't bitchy at all!

    “She gave us some unforgettable times on the racecourse that I'll probably never see again. I've had around 11 horses with Jessie but she was by far the best.

    “I'll probably reinvest but it will be in something cheap and cheerful. The trainer is already twisting my arm!”

    The daughter of Champs Elysees is out of Pretty Polly Stakes winner Fashionable and a member of Juddmonte's powerful Peace family.
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    Lot 1826: HAZARIYA
    Sells for 2,000,000gns to MV Magnier. Magnier looked to have secured her at 1,600,000gns when early runner Grant Pritchard-Gordon of Badgers Bloodstock dropped out. But Sheikh Fahad, who had been watching from the back stairs with David Redvers, came in at the last minute to push his rival to 2,000,000gns.
    The daughter of Xaar, sold by Newsells Park Stud in foal to Invincible Spirit, was announced as the 'star of the show' by Edmond Mahony as she strode into the ring. A highly talented filly herself who won the Athasi Stakes for her breeder the Aga Khan and John Oxx, she is the dam of four stakes horses from six foals of racing age led by Harzand, who made rapid improvement this season for Dermot Weld to sweep the Epsom and Irish Derby. He is the latest stakes performer out of the mare, having been preceded by the Listed Finale Stakes winner Hazarafa, Group 3-placed Haziyna and Silver Flash Stakes winner Harasiya.
    And it could get even better through her two-year-old Haripour, who was an encouraging second on his debut at Gowran Park for Dermot Weld.
    Bidding opened at 200,000gns and swiftly moved towards the seven-figure barrier as Pritchard-Gordon and Seamus Burns traded early blows. Magnier came in north of 500,000gns, by which time Burns had dropped out.
    "She's a lovely mare, any mare that breeds a Derby winner is special," said Magnier. "Dermot Weld was praising the two-year-old [Haripour] to me. We'll bring her home and she'll go to Galileo. She's for my parents, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mayfair Speculators."
    It was naturally a fine result for Newsells Park, who paid a sale-topping €480,000 for the mare through Oliver St Lawrence at the 2014 Goffs November Sale.
    "She was good commercial business as they say," said the stud's Julian Dollar. "She's a lovely mare who has been a pleasure and a privilege to look after the past couple of years. The guys at the farm have done a lovely job with her, she looked a picture. We've got two lovely fillies to race out of her and we wish the team at Coolmore all the best, she's going to good hands. 
    "The Derby victory changed the whole thing and we felt she was a 14-year-old mare. It was now or never - it was this year or we keep her. We're a self-sufficent operation, we don't get any injection of funds and we have to make it work, as sad as it was it makes a lot of sense to put her through the ring."
    Hazariya foaled a Fastnet Rock filly in 2015 and a Dansili filly this year.
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    Lot 1865: BIBLE BELT
    Daughter of Big Bad Bob, a tough and popular performer in her day who won the Dance Design Stakes for Jessie Harrington, is another high-profile addition to Andrew Black's Chasemore Farm, selling to Tom Goff of Blandford Bloodstock for 425,000gns.
    Goff is very familiar with the mare having paid 530,000gns on behalf of her previous connections here three years ago. She was sold today by Kiltinan Castle Stud in foal to Invincible Spirit.
    "I bought her a couple of years ago so I know her progeny well - her Street Cry yearling colt is a very nice horse," said Goff. "She's a lovely mare who could be mated to nearly everything. Perhaps we'll look at a miler."
    The four-time winner is a sister to Listed winner Bob Le Beau and out of the Bering mare Shine Silently, a close relation to top stayer Assessor.
    "My mentor Joss Collins bought Assessor," said Goff. "Despite all the things they say about Richard Hannon, he could train stayers! He was a very good horse - he won the Cadran and Royal Oak."
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    Tom Goff also revealed that yesterday's purchase of Karen's Caper was made on behalf her former trainer John Gosden. 
    Gosden saddled her to win the 2005 Nell Gwyn Stakes and run an agonisingly close second in the Coronation Stakes.
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    Lot 1837: SCREEN STAR
    The Screen Star success story continues for Mark Johnston as the Tobougg mare sells in foal to Golden Horn to Ballylinch Stud for 675,000gns. 
    Johnston saddled Screen Star to win her sole start, a Redcar maiden, by a wide margin. She was later transferred to Godolphin, for whom she never ran, and when she came up for sale in 2013, it wasn't surprising to see Johnston sign the ticket at 52,000gns.
    Her foal on the ground at the time turned out to be none other than Lumiere, who was trained by Johnston to win last year's Cheveley Park Stakes. Her two-year-old, X Rated, is also a winner for Johnston this year.
    "We have sires who would suit her," said John O'Connor. "She has already bred a top-class filly by Shamardal and we have a good son in Lope De Vega. 
    "But we'll get to know her before deciding who to send her to. We have some nice young stallions, a bunch of Classic winners.
    "A dam of a Group 1 winner is rare, and she has a great physique, strength and movement. Lumiere was a really good filly. "
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    Lot 1840: IRISH ROOKIE
    After coming off second best on several mares today, Andreas Putsch emerges successful on Irish Rookie, Martyn Meade's Montrose Stakes winner of 2014.
    However, it wasn't until the bidding hit 935,000gns that Putsch had successfully fended off the likes of Julian Dollar, James Kelly and Japanese interests. Crispin de Moubray signed the ticket.
    The daughter of Azamour was bought by Dermot Farrington for just €16,000 as a yearling and went on to pay that outlay many times over. She had her moment in the sun in the Montrose Stakes but also ran second in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches and third in the Sun Chariot Stakes.
    She is the best of three winners out of the unraced Bold Assumption, a Juddmonte-bred Observatory mare from the family of Zafonic.
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    Lot 1848: EURO CHARLINE
    Last year's Beverly D Stakes winner becomes the latest jewel to join the broodmare band at Northern Farm in Japan. Already home to a vast number of Group/Grade 1 winners and/or producers, the farm stretched to 750,000gns to secure the daughter of Myboycharlie after going head to head with Michel Zerolo of Oceanic Bloodstock.
    Euro Charline was one of the best stories of recent times. From the first crop of Myboycharlie, she was bought by Old Buckingham Stud for just 800gns as a foal. She resold for 13,000gns to Sc Blueberry as a yearling and sent to Marco Botti, caught the attention when taking both her first two starts at Wolverhampton in highly impressive fashion. 
    Euro Charline changed hands to Team Valor following that second win and justified their investment by winning a further three races headlined by the Beverly D Stakes. She was also second in the Falmouth Stakes, Lockinge Stakes and Dubai Turf and third in the Coronation Stakes. Overall, she banked £1,539,553 - not bad for an 800gns foal!
    As auctioneer John O'Kelly remarked as she walked in: "Here is a real queen. She loved to compete and did it on every stage."
    Plans call for her to visit Deep Impact as Shunpike Yoshida, brother of Katsumi Yoshida outlined.
    "She will be brought back to Japan," he said. "One of our own racehorses raced against her, so we have known her for a long time. There are almost too many Deep Impacts in Japan, so it is nice to buy into a new bloodline.
    "She will likely to be bred first with Deep Impact if he is not too busy!, 
    "We have been busy at other sales - Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton, and we were represented at Goffs."
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    Lot 1853: CASCADING
    As a Listed-placed Teofilo mare in foal to Siyouni, Cascading would have always drawn her share of admirers. But there's nothing like striking while the iron is hot and the recent emergence of her half-brother National Defense enhanced her appeal considerably.
    She duly lights up the ring, selling out of the Jockey Hall Stud draft for 525,000gns to Ghislain Bozo of Meridian International. Her sale represented a fine profit for Tullpark Stud, who paid 130,000gns for the mare here in 2014.
    "We will probably put her back in foal to Invincible Spirit [sire of National Defense]," said Bozo. "She was a stand-out in the sale."
    In addition to being a winning and Listed-placed half-sister to National Defense, Cascading is out of a half-sister to Group 3 winner Anna Salai, who came close to winning the Irish 1,000 Guineas.
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    Lot 1866: CHARTREUSE
    It's been a rollercoaster of an evening for Ballylinch's John O'Connor. He buys Listed winner Chartreuse for 825,000gns and receives a kiss from John Warren in return.
    Bidders came from all corners of the ring for this filly, sold by Highclere Stud as the property of Highclere Thoroughbred Racing. The daughter of Lawman has been a smart performer for Freddy Head this season, winning the Listed Prix La Sorellina at La Teste de Buch and running placed twice at Group 3 level. In addition, she hails from the respected Gerry Oldham 'Maresca' family also responsible for this year's high-class performers Ectot and Thikriyaat.
    In that respect, it was no surprise to see Henri Bozo of Ecurie des Monceaux, which owns Ectot's dam Tonnara (also dam of Most Improved) bidding aggressively for the filly alongside Lordship Stud. Bozo had outbid Japanese interests and then Amanda Skiffington before succumbing to the late run from Joc O'Connor, standing at the rope.
    "We'll take her home to Ballylinch and decide at a later date which stallion to send her to," he said shortly after receiving his kiss. "Obviously she's by a stallion we know well. Lawman had a good horse this year out of a Giant's Causeway mare - Lope De Vega is obviously that line so that might be the route we take.
    "I saw her run at Deauville and was impressed with her then. It's a family we didn't have any of but it's a very good, old line of Gerry Oldham's that we've been watching. There are plenty of young nice mares producing in the family, lots going on."
    Chartreuse is the best of two winners out of the Group 3-placed Bufera, a King's Best half-sister to Group 3 winners Albisola and Johnny Barnes as well as Tonnara. 
    Her sale provided a mighty turn for Highclere Racing given that she was bought by John Warren for 'just' €100,000 as a yearling.
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    Lot 1873: PALMAROLA
    Another Sea The Stars for Godolphin and its associates. Rabbah Bloodstock signs at 140,000gns for Palmarola, a half-sister to Group 2 winners Policy Maker and Pushkin.
    Rabbah bought two foals by the stallion for €240,000 and €180,000 at Goffs and another yearling by him last week for 98,000gns. John Ferguson, meanwhile, paid 375,000gns and 220,000gns for a pair of foals last week - quite a lot of investment for an outside stallion...
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    1826) HAZARIYA: 2002 m Xaar - Hazaradjat (Darshaan), sold by Newsells Park Stud for 2,000,000gns to MV Magnier/Mayfair
    1759) EBLOUISSANTE: 2009 m Bernardini - Vertigineux (Kris S), sold by The National Stud for 1,100,000gns to Summer Wind Farm
    1840) IRISH ROOKIE: 2012 f Azamour - Bold Assumption (Observatory), sold by Sefton Lodge Stables for 935,000gns to Crispin de Moubray
    1866) CHARTREUSE: 2013 f Lawman - Bufera (King's Best), sold by Highclere Racing for 825,000gns to Ballylinch Stud
    1823) JACK NAYLOR: 2012 f Champs Elysees - Fashionable (Nashwan), sold by The Castlebridge Consignment for 800,000gns to London Thoroughbred Services
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    Offered: 237
    Sold: 186 (78%)
    Aggregate: 25,512,500gns (-8%) 
    Average: 137,614gns (-20%)
    Median: 60,000gns (-24%)
    No. 1 million gns + lots: 2 (2015: 4)
    No. 500,000gns+ lots: 12 (2015: 9)
    No. 250,000gns+ lots: 35 (2015: 35)
    Leading vendor (overall): GODOLPHIN, 59 sold for a total of 4,408,000gns
    Leading buyer (overall): MV MAGNIER/MAYFAIR, 1 bought for 2,000,000gns 
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