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Tattersalls February Sale - Day Two, Friday February 3, 2017

Nancy Sexton is live from Park Paddocks to bring you all the action as it happens in the ring at the second day of the Tattersalls February Sale

  • Today's second session of the Tattersalls February Sale begins at 10.00am and consists primarily of horses in and out of training, most of whom have been plying their trade on the all-weather this winter.
    Potential highlights include:
    255) TRANSCENDENCE: half-sister to Listed winners Mister Manannan and Shermeen, dam of Group 1-winning two-year-old Sudirman
    322) MARQUEE CLUB: a progressive three-year-old in recent weeks for Jamie Osborne, he is now the winner of four races
    367) RIVELLINO: classy sprinter is the winner of six races and over £150,000
    382) VON BLUCHER: smart handicapper with a rating of 99 for John Gosden, this four-year-old appeals as the type to continue progressing
    386) VANTAGE POINT: Galileo colt looks on the upgrade judging by his recent maiden success for John Gosden - although quite whether John Magnier had a Southwell maiden in mind when paying $3.1 million for his dam, Adoration, in 2007 is another matter
    387) DREAM WALTZ: Oasis Dream daughter of Poule d'Essai des Pouliches heroine Valentine Waltz
    388) LENOIRE: Galileo half-sister to Listed winner Fencing out of Lawman's Group 1-winning half-sister Latice


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    A quiet morning is briefly livened up by the sale of the unraced Transcendence out of Jamie Osborne's yard for 40,000gns to Cormac McCormack.
    By Arcano, the filly is one of the better connected lots of the day as a half-sister to Listed winners Mister Manannan and Shermeen, in turn dam of Phoenix Stakes winner Sudirman. She was originally purchased by MV Magnier for €90,000 as a yearling.
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  • Lot 277: FLOWER OF LOVE
    A good-looking dual winner with a bit of pedigree, Flower Of Love attracted plenty of admirers, eventually selling for 48,000gns to Czech-based owner Jiri Drag.
    The daughter of Poet's Voice won twice at Chelmsford and Wolverhampton for Simon Crisford last year and came into the sale with a rating of 81. She's also well connected as a half-sister to Listed winner Pelerin and daughter of the Listed-placed Fragrancy. It's the further family of Wuheida.
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  • The unraced Naab was the highlight of the first draft of horses through from John Gosden's Clarehaven Stables, selling for 27,000gns. Freddy Powell signed the ticket on the Siyouni colt, who was purchased less than a year ago for €100,000.
    The draft also included the regally-bred Make Memories, a Street Cry colt out of Grade 1 winner Winter Memories who sold for 9,000gns having cost $400,000 as a foal.
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  • Lot 333: TEGARA
    After an opening bid of 800gns, this filly falls to Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock at 48,000gns following a drawn out duel with Hugo Merry. 
    Tegara broke her maiden at Kempton last August and has yet to finish out of the first four in five starts for James Fanshawe. She's set to continue her career with David Simcock.
    Tegara is also one of the better bred lots of the day as a Hard Spun daughter of Listed winner Damaniyat Girl. Her second dam is 1,000 Guineas runner-up Dabaweyaa, whose 14 winners for Mohammed Obaida included Grade 2 scorer Magellan and the Group 1-placed Bin Nashwan.
    "Damaniyat Girl was very talented and it's still a very young family," said Brown. "I've seen quite a lot of the family and it's very good-looking. She'll go back into training with David Simcock but may well be covered. We'll let Cocky have a little look at her and then make a decision."
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  • Lot 359: DANDYMAN PORT
    This smart French performer is set to join Des Donovan in Tipperary after selling for 75,000gns to owner Andy Cosias.
    The three-year-old daughter of Dandy Man won on her debut at Dieppe last summer for Eoghan O'Neill before running third in a pair of conditions races at Chantilly and Maisons-Laffitte.
    "It's nice to get a filly," said Donovan. "Hopefully we can find a bit of soft ground for her - she's proven on soft - and hopefully she'll be lucky."
    Dandyman Port is one of two winners from as many foals of racing age out of Fillthegobletagain, an unraced Byron half-sister to Listed winner Romancero.
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  • Lot 377: GEORGE BOOLE
    Armando Duarte goes to 58,000gns for George Boole, a winner over 7f at Dundalk for John Joseph Murphy in December. The son of Art Connoisseur has run second twice at Dundalk since then and appeals as the type to keep progressing.
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  • Lot 382: VON BLUCHER
    Von Blucher, described by auctioneer Matt Prior as 'a serious Saturday horse', is bought by Daniel Creighton for 95,000gns. Creighton was acting on behalf of owner John Dance, who plans to campaign Von Blucher with Rebecca Menzies as a dual-purpose prospect.
    A talented 7-8f performer, the Zoffany colt has won two of his ten starts for John Gosden, including a competitive handicap last year's Newmarket July meeting. Indeed, he has filled the frame on eight occasions.
    "Rebecca Menzies is a good young trainer and she deserves a good horse," said Creighton. "He has been bought as a dual-purpose prospect."
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  • Lot 386: VANTAGE POINT
    The Gosden draft continued with recent Southwell maiden winner Vantage Point, who sold for 60,000gns to Richard Frisby.
    The Galileo colt is out of Breeders' Cup Distaff heroine Adoration, purchased for $3.1 million by Demi O'Byrne at Keeneland in 2007.
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  • Lot 387: DREAM WALTZ
    The six-figure barrier is broken for the first time today by Dream Waltz. Tattersalls' marketing director Jimmy George signed the ticket at 105,000gns for the Oasis Dream filly, who is out of 1999 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches heroine Valentine Waltz. 
    George was taking instructions from Laurent Benoit's Broadhurst Agency, who was buying on behalf of Australian breeder Peter Maher. Plans call for the filly to be shipped to Australia.
    Dream Waltz is a half-sister to two winners including Lingfield Oaks Trial heroine Dyna Waltz and a direct descendant of Mill Princess, dam of Last Tycoon and granddam of Immortal Verse and Tie Black among others.
    Dream Waltz ran twice for John Gosden and owner-breeder George Strawbridge but failed to trouble the judge.
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  • The highlight of the Juddmonte draft was Draw Swords (396), who made 52,000gns to Hamad Aljehani. The son of Dansili has shown fair form for John Gosden without winning, running placed in each of his five starts.
    In all, 14 horses sold out of the Juddmonte draft for an average of 13,571gns.
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  • Lot 444: MARWA
    Members of the Rabbah Bloodstock team outbid Federico Barberini at 80,000gns for Marwa, an Exceed And Excel half-sister to Grade 2 winner Sir Cherokee.
    Saeed Mañana seems to be the filly's new owner, although the transaction has gone down as a vendor buyback (Marwa was sold as the property of Rabbah Bloodstock but raced for Abdullah Saeed Al Naboodah).
    "She's a beautifully bred filly by Exceed And Excel," said Jonno Mills, standing alongside James Tate and Saeed Manana. "It hasn't been officially decided but she could potentially race on."
    Unplaced in four starts for Ed Dunlop, Marwa is a half-sister to 11 winners. Four gained black-type: Sir Cherokee won the Arkansas Derby before embarking on a stallion career in the US, Miss Isella was a Grade 2 winner who subsequently sold for $1.085 million, Guam Typhoon was a Listed winner and Lady Linda was a Grade 3-placed performer who later bred Preis des Diana heroine Penelope.
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    At the conclusion of the 2017 Tattersalls February Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented;

    “The Tattersalls February Sale has achieved phenomenal growth in recent years and the 2017 renewal has taken it to a new level. As recently as 2010, the turnover at the February Sale was less than a million guineas and the average price below 7,000 guineas. This year we extended the sale to two days for the first time and the turnover has soared to nearly 6 million guineas, more than double last year’s record level, the average has reached a new record of 16,944 guineas and even last year’s impressive clearance rate of 82% has jumped to 89%.

    “The obvious highlight of the sale was the 500,000 guineas paid for the outstanding race filly Easton Angel, another new record for this fixture, but the real feature of the sale has been the extraordinary depth to the trade in all sectors of the market and, as ever, the contribution made by overseas buyers from throughout Europe, the Gulf region, America and as far afield as Australia. More six figure lots than ever before demonstrates the enduring global appeal of quality bloodstock, but it is equally important that sales of this nature attract buyers at all levels of the market and the sustained demand from start to finish has been just as gratifying as the individual highlights and the record returns.

    “There is no doubt that the regular significant consignments from Godolphin, Juddmonte Farms and Shadwell play a major part in attracting such a diverse crowd of buyers and it is wonderful to see their confidence in Tattersalls so consistently rewarded. Equally pleasing has been the success of the Irish and French vendors who have supported the sale and we are delighted that our 251st year has made such a positive start."
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    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
    387) DREAM WALTZ 14 f Oasis Dream - Valentine Waltz (Be My Guest), sold by Clarehaven Stables for 105,000gns to Broadhurst Agency
    Easton Angel: set a sale record of 500,000gns when selling to Mick Flanagan
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    Offered: 192
    Sold: 180 (94%)
    Aggregate: 2,436,900gns
    Average: 13,538gns
    Median: 8,500gns
    Top price: 105,000gns paid by Broadhurst Agency for lot 387) Dream Waltz from Clarehaven Stables
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  • A record top price of 500,000gns, an excellent 90 per cent clearance rate and participation from a broad range of international buyers were the highlights of a strong two days of selling. Tattersalls presented a catalogue that was 26 per cent larger than last year and were rewarded with a turnover of approximately 5.7 million guineas, more than double that achieved in 2016.
    Catalogued: 488 (+26%)
    Offered: 377 
    Sold: 338 (90%)
    Aggregate: 5,735,200gns (+111%)
    Average: 16,938gns (+57%)
    Median: 8,000gns (+60%)
    No. six-figure lots: 6
    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, average of 255,000gns. Special mention must also go to the BBA Ireland, who had a particularly productive two days as the buyers of 12 lots worth 421,500gns.
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