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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.
  • 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 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!"
  • 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 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 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 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.
    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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