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Tattersalls February Sale - Thursday, February 4, 2016

Nancy Sexton brings you all the news as it happens live from Park Paddocks

    A record 387 lots have been catalogued for the Tattersalls February Sale, the curtain raiser to Tattersalls' year.

    Led by a pair of 80,000gns mares - Sutton Veny and Postale - last year's sale saw 211 of the 240 horses offered change hands for a total of 2,586,100gns and average of 12,256gns. The median was 7,000gns.

    This is a sale that always caters for a wide range of tastes as borne out by the fact that recent editions contained Kheleyf's Silver (bought for 15,000gns by Anthony Stroud Bloodstock), subsequently the dam of Tiggy Wiggy, and Sovereign Debt (bought for 145,000gns by Dandy Nicholls), subsequently successful in the Concorde Stakes. And in this year's renewal, Tattersalls have put together a catalogue that offers a range of mares in foal, horses in and out of training, yearlings and two-year-olds. 

    The sale starts at 10am following the TBA Stallion Parade.

    Last year's joint top lot, Sutton Veny. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Listed-winning sprinter Aetna and a Kodiac half-sister to Grade 2 winner Valbenny are notable absentees but there is still plenty to whet the appetite of buyers, including:

    77) MARY ANN BUGG: was bought back for 9,500gns at last year’s Tattersalls July Sale but that was before her half-brother Gifted Master had shown his true colours - he subsequently won the Group 3 Autumn Stakes and £500,000 Tattersalls Millions 2yo Trophy, thereby likely enhancing the value of this Bushranger filly second time around

    83) FANDITHA: Listed-placed mare, who is in foal to Bungle Inthejungle, is the dam of a two-year-old winner and a 2015 filly by Camelot that realised 120,000gns as a foal from just two foals on the ground

    86) ABUNAI: bought for 15,500gns by Black Type Bloodstock in this ring in 2013, Abunai later sprang to prominence as the dam of last season’s smart three-year-old Moheet. In foal to Toronado 

    105) REDRESSTHEBALANCE: smart filly who won the Californian Oaks following a productive juvenile campaign with Ralph Beckett. Returns to the UK to take up her sales engagement through The Castlebridge Consignment

    135) DON’T FORGET FAITH: a Group 3-placed juvenile who commanded 210,000gns in this ring in 2011, she is the only mare catalogued in foal to Kingman.

    She is followed into the ring by HIGH LUMINOSITY, a daughter of champion two-year-old Denebola whose first foal, Aussie Rocks, is now a winner in the US. She is in foal to Acclamation

    145) SWEET LILLY: Listed winner, who also ran second in the 2006 Musidora stakes, is the dam of three winners from as many runners and is in foal to Iffraaj

    155) SOOFIAH: lightly-raced winning sister to Group 1 winner Sajjhaa

    222) BATTLE PRIDE: an useful two-year-old last year who hit a rating of 93 at his peak and ran fifth in the Solario Stakes

    248) LOVELY STORY: Listed-placed herself, she is out of Chilean Group 1 winner Hush Money

    Winners since the publication of the catalogue:


    Godolphin send through the largest draft, with 45 lots set to sell under their banner.
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    As usual, the sale will be preceded by the popular TBA stallion parade at 9.30am.

    This year's line up is weighted towards the new intake for 2016 with Cable Bay, Due Diligence, Fountain Of Youth, Intrinsic, Music Master, Mustajeeb and Supplicant each confirmed to parade. Coach House, Dunaden, Garswood and Heeraat, all of whom have their first foals on the ground, complete the roster.

    Gregorian, who stands at the National Stud, which is currently closed to the public after a case of the herpes virus was diagnosed in a maiden filly, will not be taking his place.
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    The ring filled up for the annual TBA stallion parade - it probably won't be as full again today - which preceded the sale at 9.30am.

    A group of 11 stallions were on show, including new horses such as Cable Bay, Due Diligence, Fountain Of Youth, Intrinsic, Music Master, Mustajeeb and Supplicant.

    One of the busiest stallions currently on show in the Left Yard, where the group are stabled, is Overbury Stud's new horse Mustajeeb. A Group 2-winning sprinter who was Classic-placed, he is from the stallion making family of Galileo and Sea The Stars, and has been well received as a result. Sheikh Hamdan is set to support him with nine mares this season.

    Mustajeeb. Photo: Zoe Vicarage 

    Cable Bay. Photo: Tattersalls 

    Garswood. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Heeraat was well received in his first season at Richard Kent's Mickley Stud with a book of 97 mares. He already has ten foals on the ground, all of whom are 'bays and browns' says Kent.

    "They're all the same colour," he said. "I've got a couple at home. We had a very good foal on Sunday - he's a really strong sort, very attractive. So we're very happy with him."

    Heeraat, a son of Dark Angel whose five victories included the Hackwood Stakes, stands at Mickley Stud for £4,000. 
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    Another Hackwood Stakes winner, Music Master, is new to Throckmorton Court Stud. A tough runner for Henry Candy who was also third in the Betfred Sprint Cup, he is a half-brother to Twilight Son and is standing his first season for £4,000 alongside his sire, the ever reliable Piccolo.

    "We hope to get 50 mares to him," said Peter Balding of Throckmorton Court. "That will give him a good chance. We're sending six mares of our own to him. He was a very good horse - tough - and deserves a chance.

    "He's a chip off the old block [alluding to Piccolo]. It's really nice to keep the line going, it gives a bit of continuity."

    Piccolo turned 25 this year but remains in fine fettle. "He'll cover again this year," said Balding. "We have mares coming in for him now - Kirsten Rausing is using him. He's in great form, very happy."
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    Not easy for vendors so far today. An hour into trading and the top price is 12,000gns, paid by Dominick Mahony for the Listed-placed Shivering, sold by Jamie Railton on behalf of Yeguada de Milagro in foal to Pyrus.  The average for 2,906gns for 17 sold - 50% of those offered.
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    Minor excitement as Patrick Fleming of Awbeg Stud goes to 23,000gns for Signs And Signals, a Kodiac half-sister to the Group 1-placed Razkalla. She boasts one of the better pages of the day since she is also out of Listed winner Larrocha, a half-sister to Arduous from the family of Scorpion and Cerulean Sky.
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    Lot 86: Abunai

    Jake Warren secures the dam of Moheet with a bid of 40,000gns. The 12-year-old daughter of Pivotal was sold by Overbuy Stud in foal to Toronado, who shares his sire High Chaparral with Moheet.

    Moheet is the fourth foal out of the mare, who is a half-sister to Canadian Group 1 winner Miss Keller. 

    After selling at the Tattersalls Craven Sale for 800,000gns - a short-lived sale record - to Peter and Ross Doyle on behalf of Al Shaqab Racing, Moheet went on to break his maiden by seven lengths as a juvenile before returning at three to run third in the Craven Stakes. He hasn't been seen since running down the field in the Thoroughbred Stakes at Glorious Goodwood but remains in training for 2016.

    "She'll probably be covered by Cable Bay," said Warren, who was acting on behalf of a new client. "She's a lovely looking mare and Moheet is very exciting. He stays in training with Richard [Hannon] and could be a horse for something like the Winter Derby. 

    "We're delighted with the Toronado foals that we've seen - they're very exciting - so it's great that we've been able to get a mare in foal to him."

    Abunai. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Dunaden strutting his stuff in the Tattersalls sales ring. #stunning #multiplegrouponewinner #TRIC2016

    Not a vintage February Sale so far. Trade has been punctuated by several high-profile buybacks; Art Story (92), a Galileo sister to the Listed-placed Jasmine Blue, initially failed to find a new home at 44,000gns while Californian Oaks heroine Redressthebalance (105) was unsold at 29,000gns.

    The BBA Ireland later bought Art Story in a private deal for 40,000gns.

    The stats currently read:

    Sold: 62 (67%)

    Average: 5,475gns (-55%)

    Median: 2,500gns (-64%)

    However, the first of the Godolphin horses have yet to come through while there is also the Juddmonte draft to look forward to.
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    Lot 135: Don't Forget Faith

    Only mare catalogued in foal to Kingman sells for 70,000gns to Robin Sharp of Houghton Bloodstock.

    The mare was the first of two lots offered today by Highclere Stud to dissolve a partnership between the stud and Yvonne Jacques. The daughter of Victory Gallop, who is out of Grade 1 winner Contredance, was a smart two-year-old who ran second in the 2007 Sweet Solera Stakes.

    Her only runner, Tadarrok, is a winner while she also has a two-year-old colt by Dubawi to run for her too - although he was knocked down for only £4,500 to Abdalbast Gzema at last year's DBS November Sale.

    “She’s been bought for a new client," said Sharp of the mare who sold for 2 She is a good raceme and I love Kingman as we’ve got a cracking Kingman filly out of The Miniver Rose at home.

    “We’ll get her home to Fox Farm and see what happens. I thought she was good value at the price and she would’ve made a lot more. I think you can get a bit of value at this sale anyway.

    Lot 135: Don't Forget Faith. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 136: High Luminosity

    The second of the Highclere mares also lights up the ring, this time when knocked down for 95,000gns to Linda Sadler. Tina Rau was the underbidder. 

    Sadler was acting on behalf of Highclere, who offered mare to dissolve a partnership, and plans call for her to visit the stud's new stallion Cable Bay.

    By Elusive Quality, she is out of champion two-year-old Denebola and therefore a member of the famous Niarchos family of Coup De Genie and Machiavellian. Not only that, her only foal, three-year-old Aussie Rules, has won at Turf Paradise in the US since the publication of the catalogue.

    High Luminosity was offered today in foal to Acclamation.

    Lot 136: High Luminosity. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Unsurprisingly, trade picks up with the first of the mares through from Godolphin.

    Desert Sunrise (137), a half-sister to Primo Valentino in foal to Iffraaj, kicks things off when selling for 62,000gns to MAB Agency.

    She was followed into the ring by the placed Emirates Joy, a Street Cry half-sister to the Group 1-placed Zip Top who sells in foal to Exceed And Excel to Paul Shanahan for 92,000gns. Mags O'Toole signs the ticket.

    Lot 138: Emirates Joy. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 154: Doldrums

    This mare in foal to Exceed And Excel hadn't even walked into the ring before she attracted an opening bid of 100,000gns. Matt Coleman was among those to show his hand but in the end it was agent Marco Bozzi, acting on behalf of a pair of Italian owners, who proved successful at 145,000gns.

    Plans call for the daughter of Bernardini to head to Brendan and Olive Gallagher's Frankfort Park Farm in Kentucky - as a half-sister to Queen Elizabeth II Cup winner Vacare from the family of Serena's Song, she possesses plenty of appeal to the American market. 

    Brendan Gallagher later confirmed that she will visit Gainesway's Empire Maker, who has returned to Kentucky from Japan.

    Doldrums was trained by Mark Johnston to win two of her 13 starts. A $300,000 yearling purchase by the trainer, she is also a half-sister to French Group 3 winner Abtaal as well as Grade 3 scorer Single Solution, dam of the Grade 2-placed No Fault Of Mine.

    "We'll send her to Kentucky, she's on a May 4 cover so there's time to export her," said Bozzi. "She's in foal to Exceed And Excel and that could come back here to sell - we'll decide at a later date.

    "It's rare that you get this kind of page at a sale. Plus she's a winner and a $300,000 yearling."

    Lot 154: Doldrums, set to visit Empire Maker after selling for 145,000gn. Photo: Tattersalls 

    Empire Maker's return to the US has understandably been well received by American breeders. The sire of Grade 1 winners such as Royal Delta, Bodemeister and Pioneerof The Nile, the former Juddmonte stallion hit the headlines in a big way last year as the grandsire of Triple Crown hero American Pharoah.

    In September it was announced he would return to Kentucky following five seasons in Japan to stand at Gainesway for $100,000.

    “With 2015 being the year of American Pharoah, a lot of spice and interest was added to the Empire Maker situation,” Michael Hernon, director of sales at Gainesway, told me recently in an interview for the Racing Post. “We had sold yearlings for Don Alberto Corporation, which had gone well, and they initially approached us with a view to bringing Empire Maker back.

    “I think at $100,000 he’s good value. He looks great for his age but we’ll cap his book at 135 mares, as we will with Tapit. A fair number of those using him are breeding to race, and looking further down the line, it seems as though his daughters will become significant producers.”

    Empire Maker at Gainesway last month 

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    Lot 155: Soofiah

    No sooner had the dust settled on Doldrums, then it was Soofiah's turn to shine when sold for 95,000gns to Gary Hadden, acting on behalf of Craig Bennett's Merry Fox Stud.

    The three-year-old looked potentially useful when scoring by an eased down two lengths at Kempton in December for Saeed bin Suroor. However, regardless of how she progresses, the daughter of King's Best will always own good residual value as a sister to dual Group 1 winner Sajjhaa. Her granddam, Noushkey, ran second in the 1999 Oaks for Michael Jarvis while further back this is the good Meon Valley family of San Sebastian.

    "She's a little project mare for Merry Fox," said Hadden. "We like King's Best mares and Kingmambo blood, and she's a very easy mare to mate on paper, which in this day and age isn't always the case.

    "She's an athletic filly with a lot of quality. She won't be covered this year - she might go back into training and we'll see how she goes."

    Lot 155: Soofiah. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 232: The Steward

    Bobby O'Ryan's decision to wait all day for this horse pays off as he secures him with a bid of 45,000gns. 

    The five-year-old son of Street Cry is a three-time winner for Sir Mark Prescott and arrived at the sale in good form, having scored off 92 over 16.5 furlongs at Wolverhampton on January 29. Purchased on behalf of an Irish client, plans for The Steward remain fluid as connections decide whether to send him over jumps or continue his career on the Flat.

    He was followed into the ring by another progressive Prescott-trained gelding in Aleator, who was knocked down to Ted Voute - underbidder on The Steward - for 50,000gns. The Blame four-year-old, who has won three races and boasts a rating of 90, is set to continue his career in Saudi Arabia.
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    Lot 254: Shkhara

    Blandford Bloodstock go to 50,000gns for this filly, who is the highlight of the second draft of Godolphin horses. The unplaced Dubawi filly is a half-sister to Listed winner Lava Flow as well as the Group 1-placed Strobilus and from the further family of Invincible Spirit.

    Lot 254: Shkhara. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 316: Bromyard

    A quiet ring momentarily drifts into life as Ted Voute goes to 40,000gns for both Bromyard and Nokhada (319) from David Simcock. 

    Bromyard, a four-year-old Dark Angel gelding, is a dual winner, his most recent success coming only last month when successful over a mile at Lingfield. Nokhada, a three-year-old Lilbourne Lad colt, is also a dual winner.

    Bromyard was followed into the ring by Sonnythenavigator, now a three-time winner who looks set to continue his career in the US after selling to Stroud Coleman Bloodstock and Sean Clancy for 12,000gns.

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    Lot 364: Dream Role

    Nearly 12 hours on from the sale of Lot 1 and the sale remains in full swing, with Matt Coleman going to 40,000gns for one of the last well connected fillies of the sale in Dream Role.

    The Acclamation filly, who almost recoups her yearling tag of 42,000gns despite never having seen a racecourse, is a granddaughter of Listed winner Maid For The Hills and from the further family of useful Kentucky sire Stroll. She is also a half-sister to the Group 3-placed The Happy Prince, one of the better performers sired by former Coolmore stallion Rip Van Winkle.
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    Two fillies picked up @Tattersalls1766 Feb Sale. @godolphin filly Forest Lakes (Iffraaj) goes to @georgeoscott Starlike (Eskendreya) to KY.


    At the conclusion of the 2016 Tattersalls February Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented;

    “Our 250th year will undoubtedly have sales which attract more headlines than today’s fixture, but the 2016 February Sale has given a solid start to this special year in the long history of Tattersalls.

    “While the February Sale is one of the newer fixtures in the Tattersalls sales calendar it epitomises so many of the elements that have formed the basis of the company’s illustrious history. Quality, integrity, value for money and a truly global outlook, have all been essential to the development of the company since its beginning in 1766 and in its small way, today’s February Sale has encapsulated all these features. Buyers from nearly 20 different countries have been active today, with participants from twelve European countries as well as Hong Kong, Japan, Kuwait, Libya, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the USA all making a valuable contribution.

    “The largest ever February catalogue has achieved record turnover in excess of 2.5 million guineas, a 145,000 guineas sale topping mare, which is the second highest price for a broodmare at this sale, and a record number of lots selling for 60,000 guineas or more. As ever, quality consignments from Godolphin, Juddmonte Farms and Shadwell Estates, have proved particularly popular with buyers in all sectors of the market, and the enviable clearance rate in excess of 80% has yet again demonstrated the ability of sales at Tattersalls to attract a uniquely global audience."
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    154) DOLDRUMS 6 b m Bernardini - Appealing Storm (Valid Appeal), sold by Godolphin in foal to Exceed And Excel for 145,000gns to Marco Bozzi Bloodstock

    155) SOOFIAH 3 br f King's Best - Anaamil (Darshaan), sold by Godolphin for 95,000gns to Hadden Bloodstock

    136) HIGH LUMINOSITY 8 b m Elusive Quality - Denebola (Storm Cat), sold by Highclere Stud in foal to Acclamation for 95,000gns to Highclere Stud

    Doldrums: bought for 145,000gns by Marco Bozzi to visit Empire Maker. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Catalogued: 387 (+26%)

    Offered: 306

    Sold: 251 (82%)

    Aggregate: 2,718,800gns (record)

    Average: 10,832gns (-12%)

    Median: 5,000gns (-29%)

    No. six-figure lots: 1 (2015: 0)

    Leading vendor: Godolphin, 38 sold for a total of 871,700gns, average of 22,939gns

    Leading buyer: Voute Sales, 4 bought for a total of 176,000gns, average of 44,000gns
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