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Tattersalls July Sale - Day One

Nancy Sexton blogs live from day one of the Tattersalls July Sale

  • Europe's premier midsummer sale attracted a range of domestic and international buyers in 2016 and this year's renewal, with a bumper catalogue of 910 horses, promises to do the same.
    Recent graduates includes the dams of Chopin, Steel Of Madrid, top American sprinter Lord Nelson (whose dam African Jade was bought by Ted Voute on behalf of Clearsky Farms for just 37,000gns), Japanese Group 2 winner Glanzend, Argentinean Group 2 winner Marcus Aurelius and American Grade 3 winner Rymska, a list that just goes to highlight the international allure of this sale. It's mixed nature also means it will always appeal to a variety of investors looking to race - in short, there is something for everyone over the next three days.
    Topped by the sale of Carte De Visite for 270,000gns to the BBA Ireland, last year's sale featured a record turnover of 12,311,329gns for 571 lots. The average was 21,523gns and the median 10,000gns.
    More than ever, international investment was a welcome and noteworthy feature. Firstly, the sale marked the European auction debut of Zhang Yuesheng's Yulong Investments, which spent 840,000gns through Sheamus Mills on 12 lots, many of whom were covered in Europe to southern hemisphere time and run back through various Australian breeding stock sales earlier this year. Chinese billionaire Yuesheng has expanded his racing and bloodstock interests significantly since then in both hemispheres - he owns Yulong racecourse in the Shanxi province, China, - and is expected to be a strong player again this week.
    The interest of other southern hemisphere outfits might well be piqued by the inclusion of several lots with strong Australian ties, notably La Peregrine (179), the sister to champion Miss Finland, Lakshmibai, a Sepoy half-sister to champion Australian two-year-old Earthquake (285), and Intiba (260), a half-sister to Hong Kong/Australian Group 1 winners Subscribe and Dizelle who is out of Australian Group 1 winner Danelagh. 

    Broken down, this year's sale comprises 747 horses and fillies in/out of training and 163 broodmares, ten of whom have foals at foot.

    Cheveley Park Stud, Godolphin, Juddmonte Farms and Shadwell Estates have almost 200 lots catalogued between them while the 163 broodmares catalogued include those in foal to Belardo, Dabirsim, Intello, Kodiac, Lope De Vega, New Bay, Shalaa and Teofilo.

    “Last year’s Tattersalls July Sale achieved record turnover which will be a hard act to follow," said Tattersalls' chairman Edmond Mahony, "but we have catalogued more than 900 lots for this year’s Tattersalls July Sale and as well as being the largest July Sale since 2008, it is a catalogue of real quality and diversity. The July Sale is a consistent source of Group 1 performers and producers and the uniquely popular July Sale formula of quality breeding stock combined with high class horses in training looks set to attract the usual mix of domestic and international buyers."

    Carte De Visite topped last year's sale when sold for 270,000gns to the BBA Ireland. Photo: Tattersalls
  • Godolphin sold nearly 4.4 million guineas worth of stock last year and they look in prime position to be leading vendor again with a draft of 73 horses. Large drafts have become the norm for Godolphin over the past 12 months, with the operation having parted with 53 horses here in February and another 59 in December. They also sold 29 at Goffs in February and another 72 at Goffs last November. 
    Last year's draft has already reaped rewards for several buyers, notably Bradley/Kelly Bloodstock which paid just 21,000gns for Learned Friend, the dam of current dual Group 3 winner Inns Of Court.
    Potential highlights this time around include:
    173) WILD MINT; an unraced sister to Grade 1-winning two-year-old Violence, she cost $850,000 as a weanling
    176) RAW SILK: winner of the Grade 2 Sands Point Stakes, this daughter of Malibu Moon is in foal to Dawn Approach
    177) LIGHT AND SHADE: Listed-placed herself, she is in foal to Exceed And Excel
    178) LADY'S PURSE: winner of the Group 3 Prix de Royaumont, she is in foal to Belardo
    179) LA PELEGRINA: daughter of Redoute's Choice is a sister to dual Australian champion Miss Finland, a five-time Group 1 winner who struck in the 2006 Golden Slipper Stakes
    256) LA PATRIA: Listed-placed daughter of Dubawi hails from a strong German family and is in foal to Belardo
    260) INTIBA: winning daughter of Street Cry is a half-sister to champion Subscribe, the winner of three Group 1 races including the Dubai Sheema Classic, and AJC Oaks heroine Dizelle. They are out of Blue Diamond Stakes winner Danelagh
    263) BOATER: precocious daughter of Helmet was Listed-placed last year for Mark Johnston and hails from a good American family
    275) LA PIETA: another daughter of Redoute's Choice, this Group 3-placed mare is out of multiple Australian Group 1 winner Divine Madonna. In foal to Slade Power
    282) ASTRAY: Bernardini filly is a half-sister to the ill-fated Kentucky Derby runner-up Eight Belles
    285) LAKSHMIBAI: Sepoy half-sister to champion Australian two-year-old Earthquake
    The draft also includes the full or half-sisters to Group 1 winners Lyric Of Light (160: Sleeptalker), Manduro (274: Mondalay), Naaqoos (277: Isobel Archer) and Capponi (278: You're Back) and the daughters of Group 1 winners Folk Opera (264: Flower Festival), Questing (266: Lady Hester), Panty Raid (284: Pannonia), Zahrat Dubai (287: Shnnaas) and Nahoodh (289: Natural Blues).
  • Other highlights include:
    44) VOLUNTEER POINT; a smart filly who won the All Weather Fillies' and Mares' Champions Conditions Stakes for Mick Channon, she is the only mare catalogued in foal to Kodiac
    67) QUEEN GWENDOLEN: a half-sister to the Newmarket - Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Cockney Rebel, she is in foal to Lethal Force
    95) VINTAGE MOLLY: a half-sister to this season's Temple Stakes winner Priceless, she is in foal to Territories
    154) ALKHANA: a young Group 3-placed daughter of Dalakhani, she is another in foal to Territories
    200) OVERTONES: a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Criticism, this New Approach filly is out of Grade 2 winner Innuendo and a granddaughter of Gerald Leigh's Rothman's International winner Infamy
    204) ALL MINE: a sister to recent Dash Stakes winner Only Mine. In foal to Bobby's Kitten
    207) MUST BE ME: a six-time winner herself, she is a half-sister to current American Grade 2 winner Prize Exhibit and in foal to Muhaarar
    209) RIBBLE: half-sister to this year's Al Quoz Sprint winner The Right Man as well as the Listed-placed Three Moons, dam of Listed winner Tashaar
    242) NOVEL CONCEPT: Fastnet Rock half-sister to Prix de l'Abbaye winner Gilt Edge Girl
    Winners since the publication of the catalogue: Voi (25), Fountain (301), Level Of Intensity (306), Chicago Star (331)
  • As is often the case at these mixed sales, it's been a low key start. Only three of the first 14 mares through the ring have been sold. Of those 14, five failed to raise the minimum bid of 800gns - a bit of a reality check for those breeders who decided it was good idea to cover these mares.
    A black-type filly with a Kodiac covering - music to the ears of commercial breeders.
    James Wigan, standing in the gate, tried hard to get this filly, whose eight victories for Mick Channon included the All Weather Fillies' and Mares' Champions Conditions Stakes, but he had to give best at 125,000gns to Timmy Hyde of Camas Park Stud, bidding at the opposite end of the ring with Paul Shanahan.
    Not only is Volunteer Point a talented filly but she also descends from the very active family of Krakow; she is out of the Pivotal mare Piffling, a daughter of Nell Gwyn Stakes winner Ghariba and half-sister to Listed winner Promptly. It is also the family of Saturday's Coral Charge winner Battaash and goes back to the good Wigan family of Pelting.
    The BBA Ireland's Eamonn Reilly signed the ticket, and said: "She's a good, tough racemare who was eight races and the Kodiac cover is obviously very appealing."
  • Lot 66: NIMBLE FUMBLE 
    A tough start for vendors, as illustrated by a running average of 8,837gns, so it's good to see some spark of international investment. Australasian agent Ric Wylie goes to 45,000gns for this mare, an Equiano daughter of Saratoga Grade 1 winner Fabulously Fast sold by Baroda & Colbinstown Studs as barren to Elzaam. 
    Wylie has been a regular buyer at Tattersalls since 2002 and was active in December last year as the purchaser of two mares and a Fast Company foal.
  • Lot 96: CASILA
    Sydney-based bloodstock agent Andrew Williams makes his first strike, going to 62,000gns for Casila, one of a handful of mares catalogued with a very current pedigree. 
    The daughter of High Chaparral, himself a tremendous influence in Australia, is a half-sister to the dam of Group 1 winner Johannes Vermeer, winner of the International Stakes since the publication of the catalogue, and the Listed-placed Elizabeth Browning. 
    She is also one of only two mares catalogued in foal to Showcasing, who also remains popular in New Zealand.
    Andrew Williams Bloodstock was launched in March 2017. Prior to that, Williams worked in bloodstock sales and nominations at Arrowfield Stud.
  • Lot 99: LINET
    This sister to Jersey Stakes winner Rainfall is set to join the broodmare band of an undisclosed breeder in Britain after falling to Matt Houldsworth and Geoffrey Howson for 85,000gns. Sold by her breeder Barouche Stud, the daughter of Oasis Dream is also a half-sister to the Group 3-placed Complicit and out of the Group 2-placed Molomo.
    She was sold carrying a foal from the second crop of Night Of Thunder.
    "I thought she was a particularly nice, commercial type of mare," said Houldsworth. "She's a really good type, by a good broodmare sire and out of a mare by Barathea, another good broodmare sire. She's in foal to Night Of Thunder and I'm told that his first foals are nice."
  • Lot 112: ELLTAAF
    Eamonn Reilly of the BBA Ireland joked that he would have to lock up his colleague, Ritchie Fitzsimmons, after fending him off at 160,000gns for this mare from The Castlebridge Consignment, the sole offering here in foal to Ballylinch Stud's new stallion New Bay.
    Elltaaf's sale provides a fine return on the 45,000gns paid for her, again by the BBA Ireland, at the 2016 Tattersalls February Sale. By Invincible Spirit, she is a winning sister to Listed winner Tantshi and a half-sister to Listed winner Toolain, and out of the Listed-placed Qasirah.
    "She's for Gerrardstown House Stud in County Meath and is the first mare I've bought for them," he said. "She's a beautiful mare with a good covering. Ritchie was the underbidder - he's become dangerous!"
  • The Godolphin draft opens in front of a packed ring with the sale of Dubai Empress, a young Dubawi mare in foal to Territories, for 20,000gns. It takes off moments later when the second lot into the ring, Rah Rah, realises 84,000gns to Seamus Burns.
    From the first North American crop of Lonhro, Rah Rah was a precocious two-year-old for Mark Johnston who won the Lily Agnes Stakes on her second start and was deemed good enough to run in the Queen Mary Stakes.  
    She is also out of the Classic-placed Rahiyah, carrying a foal from the first crop of Charming Thought and easy to mate as a daughter of Lonhro and a Rahy mare.
  • Lot 158: FALCON'S SONG
    The third mare through from Godolphin, this winning daughter of US Ranger, also lights up the ring, selling for 95,000gns to the BBA Ireland.
    By the former Aidan O'Brien-trained Danzig horse US Ranger who now resides in California after a low key start to his stud career in Kentucky, she is a half-sister to Superlative Stakes winner Red duke and sold with a commercial covering to Exceed And Excel.
  • Lot 160: SLEEPTALKER
    The lure of the Reprocolor family understandably remains as strong as ever. This particular mare, although a homebred for Godolphin, boasts Reprocolor as her third dam and as a sister to Fillies' Mile heroine Lyric Of Light duly attracts plenty of followers, eventually selling for 100,000gns to John Clarke.
    "She'll head back to Ireland," said Clarke of the daughter of Street Cry sold in foal to Belardo. "I liked the model, she's very attractive and there's a lot happening in the family."
    Her dam, Cheveley Park Stakes runner-up Suez, has two Dubawis on the ground and is in foal to Shamardal. Her sister Lyric Of Light also has a pair of Dubawi foals to come and is already dam of a winner in Light Spirit.
  • Lot 168: CAMARGUE
    Adrian O'Brien landed this filly, a quick daughter of Invincible Spirit from the family of Dubai Millennium who cost 105,000gns.
    "She will come back to Hazelwood Stud and has been bought on behalf of Emirates Park Racing," said O'Brien. "She is a fast filly with some ability."
    Camargue was a winner at Ascot for Mark Johnston and is one of three winners out of Chaquiras, an unraced sister to Dubai Millennium. Her third dam is none other than Fall Aspen.
  • Lot 173: WILD MINT
    The ring filled up behind this filly and following a protracted duel between Ed Sackville of SackvilleDonald and Patrick Cooper, she is knocked down to the former on behalf of a 'new client' for 290,000gns. Marco Bozzi, who invariably acts for the Kentucky-based Frankfort Park Farm, was also among the underbidders.
    The unraced daughter of Medaglia d'Oro originally cost $850,000 as a weanling.
    Wild Mint is a sister to Grade 1 CashCall Futurity winner Violence, now a resident of Hill 'n' Dale Farm who has got off to a quick start at stud with his first two-year-olds. They are out of Violent Beauty, a winning Gone West granddaughter of American champion Sky Beauty.
    "She's been bought for a new, undisclosed client," said Sackville. "She'll most likely go overseas and has been bought as a breeding prospect.
    Obviously she's a full-sister to a very good horse in Violence and her pedigree goes back to a great American filly in Sky Beauty. She's an attractive, scopey filly. 
    "With the Darley drafts you get full disclosure and very nicely bred fillies - it's a great opportunity."
  • Lot 177: LIGHT AND SHADE
    A busy day for Howson and Houldsworth Bloodstock continues with the purchase of the Listed-placed Light And Shade for 155,000gns.
    The daughter of Aqlaam is a half-sister to Group 3 winner Lady Gloria and in foal to Exceed And Excel. 
    "It's hard to buy black-type mares, especially in foal to Exceed And Excel," said Houldsworth. "She was good on the track and a lovely type."
  • Lot 179: LA PELEGRINA
    The sister to dual Australian champion Miss Finland becomes the next mare to break the six-figure barrier, selling for 130,000gns to Badgers Bloodstock.
    The nine-year-old has obvious Australian appeal; not only is she a sister to Miss Finland, whose five Group 1 wins included the Golden Slipper Stakes, but also a daughter of Redoute's Choice. She was also offered open and so ready for covering southern hemisphere time if her new owners desire.
    Second dam is the Oaks heroine Moonshell while the third is Group 3 winner Moon Cactus, also dam of Doyen.
    The placed La Peregrine is the dam of three winners from as many foals of racing age including Way Of Wisdom, a recent juvenile winner for Charlie Appleby.
    "She obviously has a lot of international appeal - we know her very well because of what her sister achieved," said Tom Pritchard-Gordon. "She's a lovely individual - the two-year-old with Charlie Appleby looks he could be ok and could nick a bit of black type, which would help."
    He added: "Australia would be her likeliest destination. She's been bought for a partnership. We'll get all our ducks in a row before we decide which stallion we send her to, she could be going somewhere on the way down to Australia or visiting an Australian sire. It's all up in the air at the moment." 
  • Lot 221: EVANGELICAL
    The highlight of Cheveley Park Stud's draft, she continues a productive day for the BBA Ireland, who pay 65,000gns. Offered in foal to Twilight Son, she is a young winning Dutch Art half-sister to Group 2 winners Penitent and Supplicant - both of whom are by Twilight Son's sire Kyllachy - and from the further family of Cadeaux Genereux.
    This consistent three-year-old, who hasn't been out of the frame for Fozzy Stack since striking over 7f at Naas in March, is set to continue his career in Hong Kong after selling as a wildcard entry for 200,000gns to Federico Barberini.
    Barberini was acting on behalf of Marie Yoshida of Asian Bloodstock Services.
    Gino Severini came into the sale with an official rating of 87, having shown steady improvement throughout his eight-race career to date - he has finished out of the top four only once. In addition, he is a son of Fastnet Rock, a stallion who remains extremely desirable to Hong Kong interests.
    "Obviously he's by Fastnet Rock and he has the right profile to fit well into the Hong Kong programme," said Barberini. "They've had their eyes on him for a while. He won't run again over here."
    The gelding is a half-brother to Listed winner Ithoughtitwasover and the Listed-placed Greenland and Glenmayne, and one of eight winners out of Green Castle.
  • Lot 253: WHAT SAY YOU
    Sydney-based agent Andrew Williams and Saeed Manana go head to head on this Galileo mare in foal to Lope De Vega, with Williams coming out on top at 270,000gns.
    Minor winner What Say You - a 90,000gns yearling in her day - is a sister to the winning Martin Chuzzlewit and out of an unraced half-sister to French Group 3 winner Abbatiale, in turn the dam of Group 3-winning sprinter Bewitched.
    "She will foal down in Europe," said Williams. "She has a great international profile so all options are open. Galileo is a fantastic broodmare sire and there is a lot of Anabaa blood here too. I am also a huge fan of Lope De Vega."
  • Lot 256: LA PATRIA
    The second instalment from Godolphin opens with a bang as Andreas Putsch of Haras de Saint-Pair outbids Matt Houldsworth among others for this Listed-placed daughter of Dubawi in foal to Belardo.
    Putsch has been at the helm of Saint-Pair in Normandy for ten years now but is in the midst of arguably his best year as the breeder of Trais Flours, second in Sunday's Prix Jean Prat, Group 3 winner Via Ravenna and the exciting Volfango. 
    His latest addition, La Patria, ran third in last year's Prix Coronation for Andre Fabre. She is a sister to the promising Ottoman, the winner of both his starts to date for Godolphin, and a half-sister to the Group 1-placed Empire Day. Their dam, Evil Empire, was a Group 3 winner in Germany and an Acatenango sister to Deutsches St Leger winner El Tango. 
    "She's a lovely Dubawi mare who showed good form," said Jocelyn de Moubray, whose brother Crispin signed on behalf of Putsch. "She was in Andre Fabre's yard and I think it's fair to say that not all of the yard was well last year, so we may not have seen the best of her on the track. The brother looks useful and it's a thoroughly good German family."
    Andreas Putsch pictured with Trois Lunes, dam of Trais Fluors, and her Kendargent colt foal last week
  • Lot 260: INTIBA
    Another mare with strong Australian connections to be snapped up by Badgers Bloodstock, in this instance for 105,000gns. Sold barren to Teofilo, the winning Intiba is a Street Cry half-sister to champion Subscribe, winner of the Dubai Sheema Classic and Queen Elizabeth II Cup, and AJC Oaks heroine Dizelle, in turn dam of Listed winner Dizlago.
    She is the dam of one foal of racing age in Alternatively, a New Approach filly who is one of a group of juveniles recently sent to John Oxx.
  • Lot 275: LA PIETA
    No rest for the wicked - the fourth purchase of the day for Geoffrey Howson and Matt Houldsworth is this mare, yet another from Godolphin with a strong Australian background for whom they pay 150,000gns. Plans call for the mare to return to her homeland in time.
    The daughter of Redoute's Choice won three races in Australia and was third in the Group 3 Belle of the Turf Stakes at Gosford. Shipped up to Europe by Darley, she slipped to Dubawi last year and was offered here in foal to Slade Power.
    She also comes with an update as a half-sister to recent Listed winner Maternal. They are out of Divine Madonna, a multiple Australian Group 1 winner by Hurricane Sky.
  • Lot 278: YOU'RE BACK
    Daughter of Street Cry is set to switch to the Rabbah Bloodstock band after falling to Saeed Manana for 240,000gns.
    Rabbah later struck at 110,000gns for Astray (282), the Bernardini half-sister to Kentucky Derby runner-up Eight Belles.
    You're Back is another high-profile mare sold in foal to Belardo - her sale brings his covering average for the day to to 144,250gns. 
    Listed-placed in Germany herself, she is a half-sister to Capponi, a Group 1 winner in Dubai, as well as Queen Anne Stakes winner No Excuse Needed.
  • Lot 291: TIME CHECK
    A new top lot as Badgers Bloodstock outbid Hubie de Burgh at 300,000gns for this filly, another from Godolphin with a strong Australian family.
    Her sale follows hot on the heels of Lakshmibai, a Sepoy half-sister to Australian champion Earthquake who realised 140,000gns to Magic Millions and Baystone.
    Time Check won a Doncaster maiden for Saeed bin Suroor last year. However, more importantly, the daughter of Shamardal boasts some regal Australian connections as a half-sister to the dam of Golden Rose Stakes winner Astern, who is new to Darley's Australian roster this season. She is out of Listed winner Alizes, in turn a daughter of Australian Group 1 winner La Baraka. Her third dam is champion and 15-time winner Triscay.
    "The family speaks for itself," said Tom Pritchard-Gordon, who confirmed that the mare would be sent back to Australia. "She's easy to mate and she's by Shamardal, who looks like he'll be a good broodmare sire. She was quite a good race filly herself as well." 
  • Just like last year, the Godolphin draft was something of a frenzy. All told, 66 lots sold for a total of 4,015,000gns and an average of 60,833gns.
    They ranged from the 300,000gns paid by Badgers Bloodstock for Time Check to the 1,000gns paid by Omar Shaban for Duality. Four made 200,000gns or more.
    It was nice to see Fergus Anstock buy back the Dubawi filly Pure Shores. Anstock, who owns The Kathryn Stud, bred Pure Shores out of Listed winner Polly's Mark and sold her as a yearling for 700,000gns. Today, he bought her back for 30,000gns.
    291) TIME CHECK m Shamardal - Alizes (Rory's Jester), sold by Godolphin for 300,000gns to Badgers Bloodstock
    173) WILD MINT f Medaglia d'Oro - Violent Beauty (Gone West), sold by Godolphin for 290,000gns to SackvilleDonald
    253) WHAT SAY YOU m Galileo - Alta Anna (Anabaa), sold by Voute Sales for 270,000gns to Andrew Williams Bloodstock. In foal to Lope De Vega
    256) LA PATRIA m Dubawi - Evil Empire (Acatenango), sold by Godolphin for 270,000gns to Crispin de Moubray. In foal to Belardo
    278) YOU'RE BACK m Street Cry - Nawaiet (Zilzal), sold by Godolphin for 240,000gns to Rabbah Bloodstock. In foal to Belardo
    Time Check, who topped today's sale at 300,000gns
    Offered: 281
    Sold: 225 (80%)
    Aggregate: 7,029,500gns
    Average: 31,242gns (+1%)
    Median: 10,000gns (-29%)
    No. 200,000gns+ lots: 6
    No. six-figure lots: 19
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