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.