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Tattersalls February Sale - Day One, Thursday February 2, 2017

Nancy Sexton brings you all the action as it happens from the first day of the Tattersalls February Sale

  • For the first time in it's 16-year history, the Tattersalls February Sale spreads to two days. The number of entries has swelled to 488, up from 387 in 2016, meaning that two full days of selling are in store.
    Today's session, which consists primarily of mares, fillies in and out of training, two-year-olds and yearlings, starts at 11am following the TBA Stallion Parade.
    Last year's one day affair was topped by Doldrums, who sold for 145,000gns out of the Godolphin draft to Marco Bozzi on behalf of the Kentucky-based Frankfort Park Farm. The foal she was carrying at the time, an Exceed And Excel colt, was unsold for $120,000 at the recent Keeneland January Sale.
    Buyers from 20 different countries participated and the aggregate rose 5 per cent to a record 2,718,800gns. But against that, the average fell 11.6 per cent to 10,832gns and the median dropped 28.5 per cent to 5,000gns.
    The Godolphin draft stole many of the headlines, grossing 871,700gns for 38 sold. But it was a mare who sold relatively inexpensively who ended the year as the sale's star act; Abunai, then better known as the dam of the smart Moheet, was snapped up by John and Jake Warren for 40,000gns, which went on to look particularly good business when her three-year-old Harbour Law landed the St Leger seven months later.
    Nor was she the only celebrated sale graduate of 2017. Dual Group 2 winner Beautiful Romance continued to enhance the record of her dam Mazuna, who switched from Darley to Rabbah Bloodstock for 32,000gns here in 2014, while Autumn Stakes winner Best Solution is out of Al Andalyya, a 10,500gns purchase by Cecil McCracken in 2012.
    The evergreen Sovereign Debt also continued to advertise the sale: he was bought for 145,000gns here in 2014 by Dandy Nicholls.
    Doldrums: topped last year's sale at 145,000gns. Photo: Tattersalls
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  • A number of the major vendors are represented including Godolphin, Shadwell and Juddmonte Farms, all of whom have been long time supporters of this sale. 


    Juddmonte sells tomorrow while Godolphin and Shadwell sell today.


    It was at this sale back in 2012 that Shadwell sold Shaqira, a Redoute’s Choice filly who had been placed for Marcus Tregoning, for 5,000gns to Herr Peter Brauer. She later won a Listed race in Germany and was resold at the end of that year for €160,000. 


    Today’s draft comprises 15 fillies, among them Murhibaany (61), an Elusive Quality granddaughter of Shadayid, and Tureyth (64), a Street Cry granddaughter of Eswarah. 

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  • Another busy week is in store for the team at Godolphin, led by Marie Sullivan. The operation has offered 584 horses at auction in Europe during the past year alone and returns today with another hefty draft of 57. Another 31 mares and fillies out of training are slated to sell at Goffs next week.


    Today’s offerings includes mares in foal to Dark Angel, Golden Horn, Iffraaj, New Approach and Night Of Thunder. Potential highlights are: 


    68) MASAYA: this Listed-placed daughter of Dansili kicks off the draft in foal to Dark Angel


    71) GHANAIAN: smart Listed-placed daughter of Shamardal is in foal to New Approach


    73) SEMAYYEL: Listed John Musker Stakes winner sells in foal to Night Of Thunder


    74) BLOCKADE: 2013 Rockfel Stakes runner-up is in foal to Dark Angel


    88) CATWALK QUEEN: unraced 130,000gns yearling purchase is a Cape Cross half-sister to Irish Oaks runner-up Jack Naylor


    95) MODERAH: Makfi granddaughter of Group 1 winner Infamy was third in the 2015 St Simon Stakes


    167) DANCEALOT: Listed-placed Lawman mare in foal to Dark Angel


    171) LABISE: the only mare catalogued in foal to Golden Horn, she is a winning Azamour half-sister to Listed winner Partner Shift


    172) ROSBY WAVES: winning Distorted Humor mare is half-sister to Grade 1 winners Johar and Dessert and out of a champion, Windsharp, who joined Godolphin when purchased for $6.1 million at Keeneland in 2003


    174) LOVE OF DUBAI: 2008 Italian 1,000 Guineas winner. In foal to Dawn Approach


    193) BEAUITFUL ESCAPE: Elusive Quality half-sister to last week’s Group 2 Al Rashidiya winner Promising Run



    Adding further interest to the Godolphin draft and the sale as a whole is the presence of two Frankel fillies, the first three-year-olds by the stallion worldwide to be offered at auction as racing and/or broodmare prospects. Both are unraced.


    Lot 92, Dream In Colour, boasts international appeal - on paper at least - as the daughter of Australian Group 3 winner Colour, by More Than Ready. It is the further family of Golden Slipper Stakes heroine Forensics and champion Snippets. 


    Lot 92: Dream In Colour, the first of two Frankel fillies on offer


    Lot 184, Carry A Flame, is a half-sister to five winners and out of Carisolo, a Dubai Millennium daughter of blue hen Solo De Lune. Carisolo herself was sold by Godolphin for 65,000gns in 2015.

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  • Other highlights include:


    100) EASTON ANGEL: high-class sprinter, owned in partnership by Ritchie Fiddes and Al Shaqab Racing, is the likely top lot. The daughter of Dark Angel was a good juvenile who ran second in the Queen Mary Stakes and third in the Lowther Stakes yet also trained on to win last year’s Scurry Stakes and run fourth against older horses in the King George Stakes. Her dam Stacey Mac was a 10,000gns graduate of the 2007 February Sale.


    166) DRESSED IN FUR: bought for 11,500gns here in July 2015 by Christian von der Recke, this filly went on to run second in the Group 2 Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte and be Group 3-placed. Represents a first foray into the Newmarket February market for Anna Drion’s Colounces Consignment.


    Winners since the publication of the catalogue: 52) AURORA GRAY (x2); 215) DREAMING OF PARIS; 219) IMPLAUSIBLE; 220) MAGIC MIRROR



    5) MAWJOODAH: now the dam of two winners

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  • Today's session is preceded by the ever popular TBA Stallion Parade at 10.45am. Restricted to stallions standing their first or second season, the parade comprises:
    ADAAY: Whitsbury Manor Stud
    CANNOCK CHASE: Nunstainton Stud
    EAGLE TOP: Hedgeholme Stud
    MATTMU: Norton Grove Stud
    PEARL SECRET: Bucklands Farm & Stud
    THA'IR: Lilling Hall Farm
    CABLE BAY: Highclere Stud
    DUE DILIGENCE: Whitsbury Manor Stud
    FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH: Bearstone Stud
    MUSTAJEEB: Overbury Stud
    TELESCOPE: Shade Oak Stud
    Also available to view in the Left Yard are:
    COACH HOUSE: Bucklands Farm & Stud
    GREGORIAN: The National Stud
    HEERAAT: Mickley Stud
    HELLVELYN: Bucklands Farm & Stud
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  • As is often the case during the early hours of this sale, it's moderate fare. The top price for the first ten through the ring is 4,700gns given by B & B Equine for lot 3, Thiel, an unraced daughter of Teofilo and the Classic-placed Vista Bella. Other lots sold so far include Mawjoodah, who was snapped up by Giammi Oddo for 2,500gns despite being in foal to Helmet - auctioneer Ollie Fowlston described the winning bidder as a bargain hunter.
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  • Peter Kelly of Emerald Bloodstock may have secured the deal of the sale in lot 27, Fairy Moss, at 3,500gns. In foal to Helmet, the mare is a half-sister to five stakes horses, including Listed winner and stakes producer Nashmiah, and cost 52,000gns in this ring only three years ago.
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  • Lot 32: PERCOLATOR
    Federico Barberini lands this Group 3-winning mare, one of the better performers catalogued. Plenty of the stallion masters came in for her - Gay O'Callaghan opened the bidding at 1,000gns and then Daniel Creighton came in - but it was Barberini, taking instructions via phone, who came out on top at 26,000gns.
    The daughter of Kheleyf won the Group 3 Prix du Bois and Listed Prix La Flèche during her time with Paul Cole and is the dam of dual winner Cajmere. 
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  • Lot 61: MURHIBAANY
    Sale finally jumps into life with the sale of Murhibaany for 80,000gns to Paul Makin, standing with Dermot Farrington. The filly will form part of the first book of Makin's Marcel, who is standing at the National Stud for £5,000.
    The unraced daughter of Elusive Quality is decidedly the best bred horse through so far today; bred by Shadwell, she is a half-sister to Listed winners Haatheq and Farhaan and out of Firth Of Clyde Stakes winner Alshadiyah, a daughter of Shadayid no less.
    "That was my final bid," said Makin. "I wrote down the price that I would go to and that was right on the button. It's a nice page, she's got no convictions and she's from a nice family."
    Makin is on the record as vowing to support Marcel when his first progeny hit the ring. The son of Lawman is restricted to 80 mares.

    "We’ve got a month to go and I’d like a few more mares," continued Makin, "but we’re not just going to take any old mare. I don’t know exactly how many he has booked in at the moment, the paperwork is diabolic, I’ve got to tell you! It’s really quite surprising when you’ve never done it before.” 

    The first draft of Shadwell horses also included Sitaarah, an unplaced daughter of Sea The Stars who rejoins her breeder Aiden Murphy after selling for 6,500gns. Shadwell sold her dam, Edaraat, for 28,000gns to Murphy, who then sold Sitaarah back to Shadwell for 170,000gns as a yearling.
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  • Lot 68: MASAYA
    The ring fills up for the first Godolphin lot through the ring, Masaya, who breaks the six-figure barrier when sold for 115,000gns to Gay O'Callaghan. Her appeal is obvious; a two-time winner at two who was third in the King Charles II Stakes, she is in foal to O'Callaghan's flagship stallion Dark Angel, in whom Godolphin own a sizeable share.
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  • Lot 74: BLOCKADE
    The next Godolphin mare in foal to Dark Angel, the Group 2-placed Blockade, falls to Eamonn Reilly of the BBA Ireland for 85,000gns. Cormac McCormack, standing with MV Magnier and Paul Shanahan, was the underbidder.
    The daughter of Kheleyf has been bought to join the Newtown Anner Stud broodmare band and will support Fascinating Rock, who is about to stand his first season at Ballylinch Stud.
    "She was a good, fast two-year-old," said Reilly of Blockade, who ran second in the 2013 Rockfel Stakes. "She'll go to Fascinating Rock - he's being well supported and is going down really well."
    Blockade is the best of three winners out of the placed Barricade, a half-sister to Listed winner Spider Power.
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  • Lot 92: DREAM IN COLOUR 
    First Frankel to be offered today falls to Matt Houldsworth of Howson and Houldsworth Bloodstock for 75,000gns. Houldsworth outbid Joe Burke and then Anna Drion for the unraced three-year-old, who is a half-sister to the Group 3-placed Chamarel and out of Australian Group 3 winner Colour.
    Unsurprisingly given her Australian connections, the filly is destined for Australia.
    "It's not every day that you get to buy a Frankel," said Houldsworth. "She's out of a highly rated mare who sold for a lot in her day in Australia [Darley paid A$1.6 million for Colour as a yearling] and is big, strong filly."
    Second dam Regrowth was a Listed winner in Australia while it's the further family of Snippets and Forensics.
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  • Lot 100: EASTON ANGEL
    Described by auctioneer John O'Kelly as 'a rather special filly', this high-class sprinter lives up to expectations when selling out of the Castlebridge Consignment for 500,000gns - a new sales record that surpasses the previous high of 450,000gns set by House In Wood in 2008.
    O'Kelly asked 300,000gns - 'who is going to be big, bold and brave?' he said - and was rewarded with an opening bid of 100,000gns. Bids then came in quickly from all over the ring - Chris Richardson, John Warren, Paul Messara of Arrowfield Stud, Daniel Creighton of Salcey Forest Stud and Ritchie Fiddes, who part owned Easton Angel with Al Shaqab Racing, each had a go but none could match Mick Flanagan, who was acting on behalf of an undisclosed 'new, European-based client'.
    "Hopefully she is a good one to start with for the client," said Flanagan. "She's a quick filly who moves like a panther - a gorgeous physical.
    "She's been bought to breed from but I have been told that she can race on as well. We'll let the dust settle and take a view." 
    The daughter of Dark Angel was a good juvenile who ran second in the Queen Mary Stakes and third in the Lowther Stakes for Michael Dods. The tough filly also trained  on to win last year’s Scurry Stakes and run fourth against older horses in the King George Stakes.
    Bred by James Waldron, Easton Angel is out of the Elnadim mare, Stacey Mac, a 10,000gns graduate of the 2007 February Sale. She was purchased by Fiddes & Smart for £30,000 at the 2014 GoffsUK Premier Sale. 
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  • A filly from the first crop of Camelot was the top lot during the two-year-old segment, selling for 45,000gns to Gestut Winterhauch. Sold by GG Bloodstock & Racing, she is the third foal out of the unplaced Apticanti, a half-sister to champion Distant Music, and was unsold at €38,000 at last year's Goffs Orby Sale.
    In all, 14 two-year-olds were sold for an average of 6,764gns.
    Camelot: 1 sold for 45,000gns
    Cityscape: 1 sold for 3,200gns
    Epaulette: 1 sold for 11,000gns
    Havana Gold: 1 sold for 6,500gns
    Intello: 1 sold for 2,700gns
    Lethal Force: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average 2,150gns
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  • A Helmet colt out of Tahfeez topped the yearling sections at 25,000gns. Sold by Kypehall Stables, he is a half-brother to minor winner Sammy's Warrior and from the further family of Elusive Quality and Rossini.
    A total of 19 yearlings sold for an average of 6,528gns. They also included a Sea The Stars filly out of the Group 3-placed Silver Grey, who sold for 18,000gns to Ballinroe. The price was an improvement on the 8,000gns she realised here in December.
    Alhebayeb: 1 offered, sold for 800gns
    Coach House: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of 7,000gns
    Dunaden: 1 offered, not sold
    Gregorian: 1 offered, sold for 1,000gns
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  • Lot 166: DRESSED IN FUR
    Group 2-placed filly sells for 155,000gns to Cormac McCormack, standing with members of the Coolmore team. She is set to visit The Gurkha.
    The daughter of Excellent Art realised just 11,500gns to Christian von der Recke here in July 2015 and sent to Pia Brandt, went on to run second in the Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte and Group 3 Prix Miesque.
    Her sale marks a successful first foray into the February market for her consignor, the Coulonces Consignment.
    She is the sole winner out of Little Empress, an unraced Holy Roman Emperor half-sister to Araafa.
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  • Lot 171: LABISE
    Only mare catalogued in foal to Golden Horn is knocked down to Tim Gredley for 110,000gns. A 170,000gns purchase by Rabbah Bloodstock at the 2015 Tattersalls December Sale, the winning daughter of Azamour is a half-sister to Listed winner Partner Shift and from the further family of Grey Swallow.
    Meanwhile, Dancealot becomes the latest mare to join Fascinating Rock's first book when sold for 100,000gns to Eamonn Reilly of the BBA Ireland on behalf of Newtown Anner Stud. The Listed-placed daughter of Lawman was another sold by Godolphin in foal to Dark Angel.
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  • Lot 184: CARRY A FLAME
    Second Frankel filly through the ring, a granddaughter of blue hen Solo De Lune from Godolphin, opens at 1,000gns and eventually sells for 23,000gns to John Walsh.
    She is the sixth foal out of the Dubai Millennium mare Carisolo and a half-sister to five winners. Her dam is a winning half-sister to Prix Saint-Alary winner Cerulean Sky, Irish Oaks heroine Moonstone, dam of US Army Ranger, and Irish Oaks runner-up L'Ancresse.
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  • Lot 200: RIBBING
    American buyers have been active today - for instance, earlier on Ben McElroy paid 32,000gns with Alex Elliott for Ireland's Call, a Medaglia d'Oro daughter of Grade 1 winner Magnificent Song - and a particularly welcome name is WinStar Farm, which pays 50,000gns for a daughter of their resident sire Distorted Humor.
    The filly in question, Ribbing, has been placed five times for David Simcock and is out of the Group 3-placed Contentious, a half-sister to Grade 2 winner and Florida-based sire Gone Astray.
    WinStar also paid 45,000gns for Fancy Day, a winning Shamardal filly out of Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes winner Tizdubai. In turn, she is a sister to another WinStar stalwart in Tiznow.
    Three Chimneys Farm, meanwhile, went to 58,000gns for Promising Run's half-sister Beautiful Escape. The daughter of Elusive Quality is out of Brazilian Group 1 winner Aviacion.
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  • A successful first day of the Tattersalls December Sale that featured a record 500,000gns top lot and was underpinned by the 53-strong Godolphin draft.
    Offered: 185
    Sold: 157 (85%)
    Aggregate: 3,273,300gns
    Average: 20,849gns
    Median: 7,000gns
    No. six-figure lots: 5
    Leading vendor: Godolphin, 53 sold for a total of 1,689,300gns, average of 31,874gns
    Leading buyer: Mick Flanagan, 2 bought for a total of 510,000gns
    100) EASTON ANGEL 13 f Dark Angel - Staceymac (Elnadim), sold by The Castlebridge Consignment for 500,000gns to Mick Flanagan
    166) DRESSED IN FUR 13 f Excellent Art - Little Empress (Holy Roman Emperor), sold by Coulonces Consignment for 155,000gns to Cormac McCormack
    68) MASAYA 08 m Dansili - Anbella (Common Grounds), sold by Godolphin for 115,000gns to Yeomanstown Stud. In foal to Dark Angel
    171) LABISE 11 m Azamour - What A Picture (Peintre Celebre), sold by Godolphin for 110,000gns to Tim Gredley. In foal to Golden Horn
    167) DANCEALOT 11 m Lawman - Dance Of Light (Sadler's Wells), sold by Godolphin for 100,000gns to BBA Ireland
    Easton Angel: set a new sales record of 500,000gns
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