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Tattersalls December Yearling Sale - Monday, November 21, 2016

Nancy Sexton brings you all the action from the December Yearling Sale at Park Paddocks

    The final yearling sale of the British and Irish season starts at 11am.
    For many, this is a second chance through the ring this year. Several may have missed their original engagement due to illness or injury; for others, it's another trip to the sales after failing to sell.
    They are led by a Galileo colt out of Grade 1 winner Mauralakana, one of four catalogued today who was bought back at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Sale. Another well-connected lot, an Oasis Dream filly out of Amarillo Starlight, was retained for €200,000 at the Arqana August Sale.
    Six lots catalogued went through the Goffs Orby Sale, eight went through the Tattersalls Ireland September Sale and another four went through Tattersalls October Book 2.
    For several years, this sale was also hot spot for vendors to flip back their purchases out of the Keeneland September Sale. However, while American sires are well represented today, only one youngster this time aorund, the Frankel half-brother to Hartnell, seems to have been offered at this year's September Sale. Bred by Greg Goodman's Mt. Brilliant Broodmares LLC, he was actually foaled in Britain but sent to Kentucky to sell, where he was retained for $325,000. Today, this well-travelled colt is offered by Highclere Stud as lot 166.
    Highclere was also responsible for last year's sale-topper, a New Approach colt out of Night Frolic who sold for 200,000gns to Shadwell Estates.
    In all, 142 yearlings sold for a total of 4,091,400gns, an average of 28,813gns and median of 20,000gns.
    Last year's sale-topping son of New Approach
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    By it's nature, the December Yearling Sale contains a variety of horses to suit all budgets.
    The highlights on paper tend to be catalogued near the end of the sale and include:
    51) b c Lawman - Aoife Alainn: bought back for €48,000 at the Goffs Orby Sale, this colt is out of an Italian Group 1 winner
    55) ch c New Approach - Magic Mission: bred by Godolphin, he is a half-brother to this year's Prix du Jockey Club fourth Talismanic and out of Grade 3 winner Magic Mission
    63) b f So You Think - Refined: half-sister to high-class sprinter Galeota as well as Listed scorer Loulwa, dam of Justineo, and to the dam of Brown Sugar and Burnt Sugar
    69) b c Camelot - Madeira Mist: bought back for €72,000 at the Orby Sale, this colt is a three-parts brother to triple Canadian International hero Joshua Tree
    70) b c Sepoy - Enchanted: half-brother to Group 2-winning sprinter Take Cover
    101) b c Invincible Spirit - Three Days In May: the half-brother to Gregorian
    146) b c Frankel - Forever Bond: the first of three Frankels catalogued, this colt is a half-brother to classy sprinters Ladies Are Forever and Hoof It. Missed his engagement at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Sale
    165) b c Galileo - Better Not Cry (Street Cry): this colt, who missed his engagement at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Sale, is the first foal out of a placed half-sister to Belmont Stakes winners Rags To Riches and Jazil as well as Group 2 winner Casino Drive and Breeders' Cup Marathon winner Man Of Iron. His breeder, the American-based Elevage II LLC, paid $800,000 for his dam at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November Sale
    166) b c Frankel - Debonnaire: the half-brother to Australian Group 1 winner Hartnell, second in the Cox Plate and third in the Melbourne Cup since the publication of the catalogue. Retained for $325,000 in September 
    176) b c Galileo - Mauralakana: a brother to three winners, he is out of Beverly D Stakes heroine Mauralakana
    181) ch f Sea The Stars - Holy Moon: the half-sister to no less than five stakes horses including three Oaks d'Italia heroines in Charity Line, also winner of the Premio Lydia Tesio heroine, Final Score and Cherry Collect
    191) b f Champs Elysees - Beldarian: half-sister to Australian Group 1 winner Dariana and a granddaughter of influential mare Sorbus
    198) b f Data Link - Fifth Avenue Doll: half-sister to St Leger hero Arctic Cosmos
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    Lot 2: b c Azamour - Roseum (Lahib)
    The first lot into the ring this morning is also the last ever Azamour yearling to be offered at auction.
    Multiple Group 1 winner Azamour died at Gilltown Stud in April 2014. He posthumously hit the heights last summer as the sire of Covert Love, who complemented a list already headed by Valyra and Dolyniya among others.
    This particular colt, a half-brother to the Group 2-placed Dubai Builder, was sold today by Birkett Bloodstock for 10,000gns to Peter Doyle.
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    Lot 9: b f Big Bad Bob - Linda (Tamayuz)
    Bought back for 4,000gns as a foal, this filly provides Aston Mullins Stud with a good turn when selling for 42,000gns to David Simcock.
    She is the first foal out of the placed Linda, an interestingly bred filly as a daughter of Tamayuz out of an Unfuwain mare (therefore closely inbred to Height Of Fashion). She is also a half-sister to Prix Saint-Alary heroine Ask For The Moon, in turn dam of Derby third Astrology and classy stayer Sandro Botticelli.
    She becomes the second highest priced yearling filly of 2016 for Big Bad Bob, who died in April. He covered 19 mares this season and 66 last year.
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    Lor 49: ch c Intikhab - Top Row (Observatory)
    It's been moderate fare so far - the early hours of this sale are usually quiet - but the 50,000gns barrier is finally broken by this colt, a half-brother to Norfolk Stakes third Crown Dependency who sells to 52,000gns to Peter Doyle.
    He was sold by Rathbarry Stud and hails from the commercial Front Row family responsible for Colmore Row, Rag Top, Mind Games and Elhamri.
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    Lot 61: b f Fast Company - Titian Saga (Titus Livius)
    Will join Michael Bell after selling for 70,000gns to Alex Elliott. Elliott outbid Willie Browne and Jeremy Noseda among others for the filly, a half-sister to Land O'Burns Stakes winner Hay Chewed.
    She was sold today by Newlands House Stud after missing her engagement at the Goffs Orby Sale.
    "It's a really good fast, fillies family with quality all the way through," said Elliott. "The dam won a Newbury maiden as a two-year-old.
    "She's also by a stallion who I think is underrated. I loved her at the Orby Sale but unfortunately she had a stone bruise and had to miss the sale. For me, she was the stand-out of the day."
    Lot 61 is a half-sister to three winners and is out of a winning half-sister to the dam of Ridgewood Pearl Stakes winner Devonshire, also by Fast Company.
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    Lot 67: b c Camelot - Synergy (Victory Note)
    Several weeks after failing to sell for €72,000, this colt changes hands, this time for 62,000gns to BBA Ireland. Sold by Trickledown Stud, he is a half-brother to two winners and out of Prix Fille de l'Air heroine Synergy.
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    Lot 71: b c Acclamation - Framed (Elnadim)
    Will carry the colours of Middleham Park Racing after becoming the first six-figure lot of the day at 110,000gns.
    Syndicate manager Tom Palin signed the ticked on the colt, sold by Gaynestown Stud and a 44,000gns pinhook through Peter and Ross Doyle. 
    "He'll probably go to Richard Hannon's," said Palin. "He's the second most expensive yearling we've bought this year but we fell in love with him. He has walk to die for. He looks a ready made runner and he reminded us a lot of Mehmas. Of course, they're by the same sire.
    "He looks like one we can crack on with - you can see why the breeze-up boys were all over him. Hopefully he could be out by May time. And it's a fast family."
    Indeed it is a family particularly noted for two-year-old success. His dam is a half-sister to Richmond Stakes winner Prolific while Royal Lodge Stakes winner Atlantis Prince and Middle Park Stakes third Steady Pace - by Acclamation's son Dark Angel - appear under the third dam.
    Middleham Park look in line to have another busy year in 2017 with 35 two-year-olds with which to go to war.
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    Lot 99: b c Dutch Art - Dare To Dream (Exceed And Excel)
    A 'hiccup' meant this colt couldn't take up his slot in Book 1 but there is a happier outcome today as he sells for 110,000gns to Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock. He obviously ticked all the boxes as far as Blandford was concerned since the underbidder was Tom Goff, bidding on the rope.
    His sale caps a good run for his breeder Carmel Stud, also the breeder of yesterday's Jockey Club Cup winner Secret Weapon.
    "Simon Crisford will train him," said Brown. "Obviously he was in Book 1 but had a hiccup, which meant he couldn't go. He looked the sort of colt that would have stacked up well in Book 1. He looks a two-year-old."
    The colt is the second foal out of the winning Dare To Dream, a daughter of Musidora stakes heroine Secret History.
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    Lot 124: b c High Chaparral - Awjila (Oasis Dream)
    Jo Hughes signs at 85,000gns for the sole lot catalogued by Glenvale Stud.
    By High Chaparral, he is a half-brother to a winner and out of a winning half-sister to the Group-placed two-year-olds Marsh Hawk and Hairy Rocket.
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    Lot 138: ch c New Approach - Rhadegunda (Pivotal)
    John Ferguson's first purchase of the day is this half-brother to exciting two-year-old Cracksman for 80,000gns.
    Bred and sold by Hascombe and Valiant Stud, he is also a half-brother to Solario Stakes winner Fantastic Moon and out of French Listed winner Rhadegunda.
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    Lot 147: b f Camelot - Mohican Princess (Shirley Heights)
    A welcome face to Tattersalls today is former Australian trainer Peter Moody, who goes to 70,000gns for this half-sister to classy stayer Eye Of The Storm and Sirenia Stakes winner Satchem. Bred by Kevin Molloy and sold by Ballybin Stud, she is out of Mohican Princess, a relation to Oaks heroine Untold.
    "She's got a lovely pedigree and is a pretty filly," said Moody, who is here primarily for the foal sale. "Now I'm not training, I'm concentrating more on the bloodstock side - I have a few mares in Australia and New Zealand."
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    Lot 165: b c Galileo - Better Not Cry (Street Cry)
    This well-connected colt could be seen again in public next spring after Jamie Railton goes to 110,000gns on behalf of the Channel Consignment, the non-de-plume of Railton and Alban Chevalier du Fau.
    "He's been bought to breeze with the Channel Consignment, probably at Arqana next May," said Railton. "We saw his younger sister make $500,000 at Fasig-Tipton recently. It's a wonderful family and he vets well."
    The colt, who missed his engagement in Book 1, is the first foal out of his dam, an $800,000 purchase by his breeder Elevage II at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November Sale. She is a half-sister to Belmont Stakes winners Rags To Riches and Jazil and out of Broodmare of the Year Better Than Honour.
    He was sold by Highclere Stud.
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    Lot 166: b c Frankel - Debonnaire (Anabaa)
    Widely anticipated to be the star of the day, this half-brother to Hartnell doesn't disappoint, selling to Charlie Gordon-Watson for 250,000gns after a duel with Oliver St Lawrence.
    Bred by Greg Goodman's Mt. Brilliant Broodmares, he was bought back for $325,000 at the Keeneland September Sale. 
    "He'll be trained by Ed Dunlop," said Gordon-Watson. "My client wanted two horses here but we discussed it and felt it would be better to target one. 
    "I particularly like Anabaa mares and he's out of a very smart one in Debonnaire."
    He's another good result today for Highclere Stud, who also actually foaled the colt - now a well travelled youngster. Debonnaire has a 'very nice full-sister' to this colt, according to Lady Carolyn Warren, and now resides in the US.
    Debonnaire's first foal was the smart Roz, a Listed winner who later ran second in the Fillies' Mile, while her second is Hartnell, a good stayer for Mark Johnston in Europe who has developed into an excellent performer for John O'Shea in Australia. The son of Authorized has won ten races, and counting, and run placed in the Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup since the publication of the catalogue.
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    Lot 167: b c Kodiac - Azia (Desert Story)
    Half-brother to Ripon Champion 2yo Trophy winner Hold Your Colour will be trained by George Baker after selling to Tom Goff of Blandford Bloodstock for 120,000gns.
    "He's a lovely horse who looks an out and out two-year-old," said Goff. "He didn't sell for €100,000 at the Orby Sale - I liked him then and couldn't believe he didn't sell.
    "The half-brother Hold Your Colour was a good horse, rated 100 plus who won the Ripon Champion 2yo Trophy, and another half-brother, Arcano Gold, was highly rated. This horse is a classic, classy Kodiac who looks like a two-year-old, so I'm delight get him."
    Rathbarry Stud sold the colt, who is the seventh foal out of his dam, a winning relation to Lockinge Stakes winner Safawan.
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    Lot 176: b c Galileo - Mauralakana (Muhtathir)
    Several weeks after failing to sell in this ring for 200,000gns, this particular colt is knocked down to agent Mick Flanagan for 100,000gns. Bred by Robert Scarborough, he is a brother to three winners and out of Beverly D Stakes heroine Mauralakana.
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    Lot 181: ch f Sea The Stars - Holy Moon (Hernando)
    Johnny McKeever strikes at 170,000gns for the dearest filly of the day, a Sea The Stars half-sister to the Italian Oaks winners Charity Line, Final Score and Cherry Collect bred by Razza del Velino out of their excellent producer Holy Moon.
    McKeever outbid Marco Botti for the filly.
    "She's been bought for Mrs Tsui, who was buying out her partner in the filly," he said. "It's all there on the page."
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    Today's sale completed a record year of yearling trade for Tattersalls, which turned over approximately 137,225,000gns during the course of the yearling sales season. 
    Catalogued: 200
    Offered: 168
    Sold: 142 (85%)
    Aggregate: 4,377,500gns (+7%)
    Average: 30,827gns (+7%)
    Median: 21,500gns (+8%)
    No. six-figure lots: 7 (2015: 7)
    Leading vendor: The Castlebridge Consignment, 22 sold for a total of 635,000gns
    Leading buyer: Peter and Ross Doyle, 9 bought for a total of 354,000gns
    Leading sire (by average, more than one sold): Frankel, 2 sold for an average of 149,000gns
    166) b c Frankel - Debonnaire (Anabaa), sold by Highclere Stud for 250,000gns to Charlie Gordon-Watson
    181) ch f Sea The Stars - Holy Moon (Hernando), sold by Old Buckenham Stud for 170,000gns to McKeever Bloodstock
    167) b c Kodiac - Azia (Desert Story), sold by Rathbarry Stud for 120,000gns to Blandford Bloodstock
    Lot 166: b c Frankel - Debonnaire
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