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Tattersalls July Sale (day three) - Friday, July 10, 2015

Nancy Sexton brings you all the news from day three at Park Paddocks

    Today's final morning session starts at 9.30am and following a break for racing, will resume at 6pm.

    The highlight will undoubtedly be Hail The Hero, who was added to the sale last night by Middleham Park Racing as Lot 747A. Fourth in yesterday's Sir Henry Cecil Stakes, the son of Galileo made his last auction appearance at the Goffs London Sale, where he was knocked down for £290,000 to Tom Malone.
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    Lot 573: Divine Flavor

    A filly with potentially tremendous upside sells for 37,000gns to Michael Donohoe of the BBA Ireland, standing alongside Dermot Cantillon.

    Although unraced for Brian Meehan, she is a half-sister to Churchill D, a two-year-old Tiznow colt in training with Johnny Murtagh who was listed as selling out of the Tinnakill House draft for €380,000 at last year's Goffs Orby Sale. Regardless of whether he is any good, Divine Flavour boasts a very good pedigree; by Pulpit, she is the first foal out of French Listed winner Mousse Au Chocolat, a Hennessy half-sister to the Grade 3-placed Bala, herself dam of the Grade 1-placed Bay To Bay.

    Mousse Au Chocolat was an expensive purchase herself, selling for $325,000 to Forenaghts Stud at the 2013 Keeneland January Sale.

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    Lot 576: Pincode

    Pincode, a winner over 1m4f at Bellewstown for Patrick Pendergast last week, fails to sells at 60,000gns. The Galileo colt has run eight times for Prendergast, who told the Racing Post following his win: "He´s an out-and-out 2-miler. He´s in the July sales, but I don´t see any reason why he won´t make a really nice stayer or jumper. We´re fond of him because he´s very gutsy."
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    Lot 607: Desert Command

    Robert Cowell snaps up this gelding, who has made his name as a tough sprinter for Andrew Balding. Cowell went to 38,000gns and it will be interesting to see how he progresses under his care. Rated 86, the son of Oasis Dream has won three races, including a 5f handicap at Salisbury since the publication of the catalogue.

    He formerly raced for his breeder Jeff Smith, who has campaigned most of his immediate family including his dam Listed winner Blue Siren and granddam Blue Siren, who lost the 1994 Nunthorpe Stakes in the stewards room.
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    Lot 620: Skate

    Marco Botti outbids Jassim Al Ghazali at 85,000gns for Skate, the easy winner of a 5.5f handicap at Bath last time out for Roger Charlton. Botti was bidding on behalf of agent Jamie Lloyd, who was acting for an undisclosed client to send to Qatar.

    Skate has a particularly progressive profile - the Verglas three-year-old has won or been placed in each of his five starts and is rated 85. 

    "He's been bought to race in Qatar and I don't know whether he'll have another run here first before he goes," said Botti. "He's a sprinter in good form and is still unexposed. And he handles fast ground well."

    Bred by Lady Rothschild, he is a half-brother to Mince, the champion three-year-old sprinter in Europe in 2012.

    Skate. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 636: Shortfin

    Shorftin, the early highlight of the Juddmonte fillies, is heading to Germany after selling to Tom Malone for 45,000gns.

    The unraced daughter of Exceed And Excel is a half-sister to dual winner Rocket Ship and out of Bimini, a Sadler's Wells sister to Bimini. Of course, this is the family of this year's Prix du Jockey Club winner New Bay.

    Meanwhile, Rae Guest outbid a host of bidders, including American interests, at 33,000gns for the Blame filly Helvetia. Placed over 6f on her second start at Chantilly for Criquette Head-Maarek, she is a half-sister to French Listed winners Dr Arbatach and Stern Opinion. Her second dam Hail Atlantic won the Santa Anita Oaks and is the dam of prominent sire Stormy Atlantic while her fourth dam is 1965 American Horse of the Year Moccasin.

    It's an excellent American family but what also makes her appealing down the road is the fact she is inbred 3x2 to Bound (dam of Lanwades' Archipenko among others) and 4x3 to Special via Blame and her damsire Nureyev. 
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    Lot 644: Isostatic

    Dwayne Woods adds this well-connected Champs Elysees to the band at his Brook Stud by seeing off Stephen Hillen at 77,000gns.

    The two-year-old Juddmonte-bred is a half-sister to high-class sprinter Deportivo and out of Valencia, a Kenmare half-sister to Grade 1 winner Wandesta. A descendant of Peace, this filly is also related to current high-class performer Jack Naylor.

    "We'll get her back home and see what we've got before we decide whether to send her into training," said Woods. "She's the first one we've bought from the family - it's an excellent page, full of black-type, and she's a very nice filly herself."

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    Lot 649: Markstein

    Debbie Mountain picks up this three-year-old out of John Gosden's yard for 62,000gns. Last seen running a well beaten third behind Perfect Glance (who sold earlier today for 28,000gns) at Brighton, the son of Raven's Pass has been placed in four of his five starts to date.
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    Lot 673: Go Dan Go

    Jassim Al Ghazali is about to head to the July course to saddle Bronze Maquette in the first but he has enough time to add Go Dan Go to his squad for 180,000gns.

    Sold by Keith Dalgleish, the three-year-old son of Dandy Man has won his last two starts and is rated 97 as a result. Overall, he is the winner of four of 12 starts.

    "He has very good current form which is working out well," said Will Douglass, who is assisting Al Ghazali. "He's very sound and consistent."

    Al Ghazali's purchases have been bought to race in Qatar but he also maintains a small string in Newmarket and according to the trainer, it is possible we could see these horses race over here before they depart abroad.

    Go Dan Go: off to Qatar after selling for 180,000gns. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    The final session of the Tattersalls July Sale resumes today at 6pm as advertised.
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    Lot 716: Rahmah

    'You can write about that,' remarks Todd Watt after Tattersalls correspondent Sally Duckett secures this winning colt for 30,000gns. Set to join Geoffrey Deacon, the 80-rated colt was sold by Robert Cowell on behalf of Darley.
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    Lot 726: Savoy Showgirl

    Savoy Showgirl, a winning sister to 2011 Free Handicap winner Pausanias, is knocked down for 37,000gns to Stuart Boman of Blandford Bloodstock. Bought for €110,000 as a yearling, the daughter of Kyllachy won twice early last season for Michael Bell and is rated 77.
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    Lot 733: Lunasea

    Lightly-raced but talented, the regally-bred Lunasea sells for 32,000gns out of Luca Cumani's yard to Badan Al-Saubaie. Back in 2012, when the first crop yearlings by Sea The Stars were dominating the headlines, he realised 500,000gns in this ring to McCalmont Bloodstock on behalf of American owner Jon Kelly. Two years later, he made his debut and looked potentially useful when scoring at Lingfield on his second start.

    He has run twice this year, including when sixth to Mahsoob in a hot handicap at Newbury, and is rated 84.

    Lunasea is one of six winners out of Rathbarry Stud's wonderful mare Musical Treat and therefore a half-brother to Finsceal Beo and Frozen Power.

    Cumani's draft also included the unraced Cape Cross colt Cross Country. A half-brother to Group 2 winner Terrubi, he is a grandson of Allegretta and thus a relation to Galileo and Sea The Stars et al. Blandford Bloodstock signed the ticket at 20,000gns.
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    Lot 747A: Hail The Hero

    Less than a month after being knocked down for £290,000 at public auction, Hail The Hero returns to the sale ring, only to be unsold at 100,000gns. On this occasion, it is Matt Coleman of Stroud Coleman who signs the ticket on behalf of vendors Middleham Park Racing, who have raced him throughout his three-year-old campaign to date. The smart performer was fourth in yesterday's Sir Henry Cecil Stakes at Newmarket. 
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    Lot 749: Vilman

    A small but select draft of three from the Aga Khan Stud are unsurprisingly popular. Leading the way is recent Navan winner Vilman, who will join the Middleham yard of Simon West after selling to the trainer for 95,000gns.

    West was acting on behalf of owner J D Gordon, in whose colours the yard's Maximiser won three on the bounce last year.

    "He'll go hurdling," said West. "The owners have been brilliant - they own Maximiser who we think a lot of - and hopefully this horse will give them some fun as well. We'll take him home, turn him out for a couple of weeks and get him jumping. Then we'll see where we go with him."

    Vilman showed progressive form in his five-start career for Mick Halford. Successful on his final start at two, he returned to run second over 11.5f at Limerick before landing a 13f handicap at Navan in June. Following that win, Halford told the Racing Post: "He stays well, has plenty of size and scope and can only improve."

    Meanwhile, the Medicean colt Sikandar (748) will join Brian Ellison after selling for 40,000gns. The three-year-old was placed on his most recent start for Halford at Bellewstown.

    Vilman: bought by trainer Simon West for 95,000gns. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 760: Norab

    Triple winner Norab, who ran fourth as favourite to Trip To Paris in a Ripon handicap back in April, falls to Graham Bradley, signing as Berkshire Bloodstock and acting for Bernard Llewellyn, for 82,000gns.

    The four-year-old Galileo gelding has won three races for Marco Botti at up to 1m6f and is rated to 92.

    Norab: bought by Graham Bradley for 82,000gns. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    At the conclusion of the 2015 Tattersalls July Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented;

    “Widely regarded as Europe’s premier midsummer sale, this year’s Tattersalls July Sale has attracted buyers from every continent in the world, all of whom have contributed to improved figures across the board for the fourth consecutive year. Turnover a fraction short of 9 million guineas is the third highest ever for this fixture, while the median equalled the record and the average was second only to the record breaking year of 2006.

    “Year after year we reflect on the extraordinary level of international participation at the July Sale and other similar sales here at Tattersalls, and this week’s renewal has been no exception. We felt that the catalogue had all the necessary ingredients to attract a diverse crowd of buyers and this has been reflected not only in the improved figures, but also, crucially for a sale of this nature, in the spectacular clearance rate of around 90%. The global appetite for British and Irish horses in training is as strong as ever, and equally encouraging has been the demand for well bred fillies and broodmares."
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    JUDDMONTE FARMS: 40 sold for a total of 789,500gns

    DARLEY: 30 sold for a total of 749,500gns

    THE CASTLEBRIDGE CONSIGNMENT: 21 sold for a total of 522,300gns
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    BBA IRELAND: 18 bought for a total of 700,000gns

    GASSIM MOHAMMAD GHAZALI: 12 bought for a total of 501,000gns

    STROUD COLEMAN BLOODSTOCK: 8 bought for a total of 446,500gns
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    101) RISKIT FORA BISKIT; 5yo m Kodiac - Miss Brief (Brief Truce), sold in foal to Dark Angel by Stratford Place Stud for 230,000gns to Stroud Coleman Bloodstock

    552) AMERICAN HOPE; 4yo g Lemon Drop Kid - Cedrat (Enrique), sold by Mike Murphy Racing for 210,000gns to BBA Ireland

    673) GO DAN GO; 3yo Dandy Man - Without Words (Lion Cavern), sold by Belstane Racing Stables for 180,000gns to Gassim Mohammad Ghazali

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

    142) SCARLET EMPIRE; 9yo m Red Ransom - Shawanni (Shareef Dancer), sold in foal to Showcasing by Brook Stud for 105,000gns to Houghton Bloodstock

    Sale-topper Riskit Fora Biskit. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Offered: 155

    Sold: 144 (93%)

    Aggregate: 2,426,400gns (+7%)

    Average: 16,850gns (+2%)

    Median: 10,000gns (-9%)

    Top price: 180,000gns paid by Gassim Mohammad Ghazali for Go Dan Go (673), 3yo g Dandy Man - Without Words (Lion Cavern) sold by Belstane Racing Stables

    Al Ghazali in action. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Catalogued: 804

    Offered: 543

    Sold: 486 (90%)

    Aggregate: 8,949,800gns (+7%)

    Average: 18,415gns (+10%)

    Median: 11,000gns (+10%)

    No. six-figure lots: 7 (2014: 5)
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