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Tattersalls July Sale (day one) - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Nancy Sexton brings you all the action live from day one at Park Paddocks

    The largest Tattersalls July Sale since 2010 gets underway this morning at 9.30am. Tattersalls have catalogued 803 lots for the auction, up from 757 last year, among them over 650 horses and fillies in/out of training and 150 broodmares.

    The back cover of the catalogue is a fine illustration of the international recognition that this sale has gained in recent years; Flower Market, dam of this year's Group 1 Australian cup winner Spillway, was picked up by Luke Neale for 37,000gns in 2006, while Roman Legend, winner of the Qatar Thoroughbred Derby was bought by Al Ghazali Stud for 45,000gns.

    Sound Asleep, dam of Grade 1 winner Slumber, was picked up by Saudi Arabian agent Ibrahim Rachid for just 6,500gns in 2010 while Firemaid, dam of this year's Australian Group 1-winning sprinter Shamal Wind, was bought here in 2006 by Bruce Perry for 26,000gns.

    Other Australian-based graduates who are currently flying the flag include Listed winners Index Linked, bought by Townley Hall Bloodstock from Juddmonte in 2012, and Tales Of Grimm, who sold for 75,000gns to Sam Kavanagh last year.

    Italian Listed winner Mawaal, meanwhile, cost Riccardo Selicorni just 800gns out of the Shadwell draft in 2012.

    Last year's top lot New Street, who sold for 185,000gns to Bobby O'Ryan. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Qatar trainer Jassim Al Ghazali has become a major force at Tattersalls' horses in training sales in recent years - he signed for at least 40 horses here under a variety of names - and indications are that he will be just as strong this week. He is the dominant trainer in Qatar, where he sent out July graduate Roman Legend to win the Qatar Thoroughbred Derby, but has also laid the foundations for a British string in the form of Dubday and Bronze Maquette, who holds an entry at Newmarket later in the week. 

    Jassim Al Ghazali (on phone) and his team in action here last year. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    We're off and running here at Tattersalls. Catalogued early as lot 8 is Rag Top, a high-class Group 3-winning two-year-old for Richard Hannon back in 2002. 

    Today, offered in foal to Pyrus (now based in Spain), the 15-year-old sells for 7,500gns - a far cry from the sale-topping €280,000 she commanded from Yeguada de Milagro at the 2007 Goffs November Sale.
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    Lot 20: Regal Flame

    Bought for 10,000gns by Jim Beever here last December, Regal Flame turns a nice profit for connections when selling for 22,000gns to Naif Abdulrahman Alsaaid. The daughter of Pivotal, who is out of the unbeaten 2000 Cheveley Park Stakes heroine Regal Rose, is the first mare offered here today - and indeed this year - in foal to The National Stud's new stallion Gregorian.

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    It's been a slow morning - that should change when Riskit Fora Biskit sells as lot 101 - but two older mares from Shadwell momentarily lit up proceedings.

    First in the ring was Mohafazaat (79), a winning Sadler's Wells granddaughter of Height of Fashion. Lanwades Stud outbid Schumer Bloodstock at 27,000gns for the mare, who is in foal to Mawatheeq -  the resulting foal will be inbred 3x3 to Height Of Fashion through the full sisters Sarayir and Wijdan (both of whom are by Mr Prospector).

    Of course, Kirsten Rausing has already had success with Mawatheeq through his first-crop daughter Martiniquaise, a recent nine length winner of a 1m4f handicap at Newmarket.

    She was followed into the ring by stakes producer Merayaat, a winning Darshaan mare from the famous Doff The Derby family who sold for 55,000gns to Ed Sackville of SackvilleDonald.

    Merayaat's second foal was Cumberland Lodge Stakes winner Hawaafez while her two-year-old Midhmaar was placed last week at Haydock. She was sold back in foal to Hawaafez's sire Nayef.

    Merayaat: dam of Hawaafez sold for 55,000gns to Ed Sackville. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 97: Mrs Mogg

    They all walked in after this mare, who is not only in foal to Dawn Approach but offered with a filly foal at foot by Poet's Voice.

    Biddestone Stud and Dwayne Woods were among those to cut out the early running on the mare but they had no answer to a bid of 62,000gns from Keith Harte, standing alongside Matthew Houldsworth of Howson/Houldsworth Bloodstock.

    The mare has been bought to join a new broodmare syndicate recently launched by the Hartes and will head to Woburn Stud.

    "We thought it was a nice package," said Houldsworth. "She has a nice foal at foot by a promising sire and is on a good cover to Dawn Approach."

    Sold by Gazeley Stud, Mrs Mogg is a winning Green Desert daughter of French Group 3-winning sprinter Maybe Forever. In turn, she is a half-sister to Sussex Stakes winner Court Masterpiece.
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    Lot 113: Carisolo

    Stroud and Coleman continue a productive day by going to 65,000gns for Carisolo out of the Darley draft. One of 28 fillies left behind by Dubai Millennium, the winning Carisolo realised 1 million guineas on her last trip through the ring when sold out of the Britton House Stud dispersal at the 2006 Tattersalls December Sale.

    She is a half-sister to the top-class trio Cerulean Sky, Moonstone and L'Ancresse and herself has foaled four winners for Darley. She was sold today in foal to Teofilo.

    Carisolo: one of just 28 fillies left behind by Dubai Millennium 

    The partnership later strike at 68,000gns on behalf of Brightwalton Stud for Vesnina, a highly rated Sea The Stars granddaughter of Russian Rhythm.

    Vesnina: was bought by Brightwalton Stud for 68,000gns. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 137: Tautou Montjeu

    David Redvers' first purchase of the day is this filly, a well-connected daughter of Montjeu who was recently imported out of the Czech Republic.

    Redress goes to 100,000gns for the four-year-old, who is a half-sister to last week's Gala Stakes winner Tha'Ir and a great granddaughter of Reprocolor.

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    Lot 142: Scarlet Empire

    The last time Scarlet Empire walked into this ring in February 2014, the daughter of Red Ransom was unsold at 290,000gns. Today, however, she changes hands, with Robin Sharp of Houghton Bloodstock signing at 105,000gns.

    A half-sister to Sky Lantern and the classy stayer Shanty Star, Scarlet Empire's produce record received a timely update last month when her first foal, the former William Haggas inmate Danchai, took the Listed Ipswich Cup in Australia. She was sold in foal by Brook Stud to Showcasing.

    "She is for a new client and will back to the farm," said Sharp. "Her first foal Danchai was very good and it's a good cover."

    Scarlet Empire: dam of Danchai sold for 105,000gns. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 144: Lady Brigid

    Anthony Stroud and Matt Coleman bring their expenditure for the day to 390,000gns with the 95,000gns purchase of this mare, a close relation to Henrythenavigator and Magician who is in foal to Pivotal.

    A winning daughter of Holy Roman Emperor, she is out of an unraced sister to the Group 1-winning two-year-olds Sequoyah and Listen. 
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    Lot 147: Energia Fribby

    Brazilian Oaks winner is set to continue her career in California with Neil Drysdale after selling to Hugo Merry for 80,000gns.

    "I thought she was probably value," said Merry of the daughter of Agnes Gold, a Japanese-bred son of Sunday Silence. "She is a very good racemare and should be suited to racing in California.

    Energy Fribby was sold as part of the dispersal belonging to the late Stefan Friborg, the owner of Gloria De Campeao and Natagora who died earlier this year. Bred in Brazil, she won the Group 1 Grande Premio Diana (Oaks) and was Group 1-placed on two occasions in her native country before heading to Europe, where she won last year's Stand Cup at Chester. She was most recently seen competing at the Dubai Carnival.

    South American runners have long fared well in the US and Drysdale's barn currently houses a high-class Brazilian import in Going Somewhere, who ran second in the Grade 2 San Juan Capistrano Stakes at Santa Anita last month.

    Energia Fribby: will join Neil Drysdale in California. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 152: Precious Dream

    After selling several mares earlier today, Colin and Melba Bryce's Laundry Cottage Stud reinvest by going to 90,000gns through the BBA Ireland for Precious Dream, a winning Mr Greeley daughter of 1996 Oaks heroine Lady Carla in foal to Dawn Approach.

    With her sale in the books, Dawn Approach's covering average is running at 65,333gns.

    "We tried to buy a mare in foal to Dawn Approach last year and couldn't," explained Colin Bryce. "So we're very pleased to get this mare. She's a nice model and has a lovely page."

    Eamonn Reilly of the BBA Ireland, who handled the bidding, added: "The Dawn Approach foals I've seen have been nice - I saw some recently at Jim Bolger's. He's stamping them."

    Precious Dream won twice for David Wachman and the Coolmore triumvirate before selling for 115,000gns to Tullpark at the 2013 Tattersalls December Sale. She is a sister to the Group 3-placed High Ruler and a half-sister to the dam of Avenue Gabriel.

    Precious Dream: will join the broodmare band at Laundry Cottage Stud after selling for 90,000gns. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 187: Along Came Casey

    Dual Listed winner who ran Declaration Of War to half-a-length in the Diamond Stakes at Dundalk is knocked down to agent Alberto Panetta for 190,000gns. Panther was unable to confirm plans for his purchase.

    The daughter of Oratorio was trained by Dermot Weld to win four races including the Glencairn Stakes and Hurry Harriet Stakes. She is the only mare offered this week in foal to Lope De Vega.

    While Along Came Casey was the highlight of a quality draft of mares from The Castlebridge Consignment, the agency also sold Pernica (186) for 100,000gns to Epona Bloodstock. The winning Pernica is a Sir Percy half-sister to German Group 1 winner Neatico and is in foal to Dream Ahead.
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    Lot 258: Shingle

    Jassim Al Ghazali bought two mares earlier today under the banner Al Ghazali Stud and adds his first horse in training to the list when going to 50,000gns for the 88-rated Shingle. The dual winner was sold by The Castlebridge Consignment on behalf of Ed de Giles.

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    Lot 284: ch f Shamardal - Quad's Melody

    As usual, a small number of two-year-olds have been catalogued, many of whom either failed to sell or missed their date at an earlier breeze-up. The highlight of the section is this filly, a half-sister to Andrew Balding's classy miler Here Comes When who is sold by Grove Stud to Atlantic Bloodstock for 90,000gns.
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    Lot 306: Barbarous Relic

    Last week's Dragon Stakes fourth Barbarous Relic is set to continue his career in Qatar after selling for 170,000gns to Hamad Al-Attiya.

    Before then, however, the son of Scat Daddy is likely to contest the Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood.

    "I've bought here before but never at this level," said Al-Attiya, who serves as the President of the Qatar Equestrian Federation. "We were looking for a quality horse and he has good form. Hopefully, he will run at Goodwood."

    Barbarous Relic was still unraced when this catalogue went to press and has packed a lot in during the short space of time since. Successful over 6f at Ayr on his second start for Karl Burke, he was beaten only three lengths in last Friday's Dragon Stakes at Sandown. Consequently, a number of big players were happy to wait for him to take his turn in the ring; Jassim Al Ghazali set the ball rolling and was the immediate underbidder while Richard Fitzsimons of the BBA Ireland was in at around 110,000gns.

    Barbarous Relic was a $77,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase by the BBA Ireland. He is the second foal out of the stakes-placed Electric Gold, by Seeking The Gold, and from the further family of American champion two-year-old Gilded Time.

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    With Along Came Casey (190,000gns) now confirmed as a buyback, the top three lots read as follows:

    101) RISKIT FORA BISKIT; 5yo Kodiac - Miss Brief, sold by Stratford Place Stud in foal to DARK ANGEL for 230,000gns to Stroud Coleman

    306) BARBAROUS RELIC; 2yo c Scat Daddy - Electric Gold, sold by Spigot Lodge Stables for 170,000gns to Hamad Al-Attiya

    142) SCARLET EMPIRE; 9yo m Red Ransom - Shawanni, sold by Brook Stud in foal to SHOWCASING for 105,000gns to Houghton Bloodstock
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    DAY ONE STATISTICS - strong rises across-the-board

    Offered: 238

    Sold: 205 (86%)

    Aggregate: 4,213,700gns (+30%)

    Average: 20,555gns (+29%)

    Median: 12,000gns (+41%)

    No. six-figure lots: 5

    Leading vendor by aggregate: Darley, 30 sold for a total of 749,500gns

    Leading buyer by aggregate: Stroud Coleman Bloodstock, four bought for a total of 406,000gns
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