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Tattersalls July Sale (day two) - Thursday, July 9, 2015

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

    Day two of the Tattersalls July Sale starts at 9.30am. With close to 60 withdrawals this morning alone, it promises to be a relatively swift first session.
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    Lot 335: Automated

    Clive Brittain's draft provides some of the early exchanges, with Brendan Holland going to 27,000gns for Automated and Thomas Morley going to 44,000gns for Bahamian Heights (336).

    Automated, a four-year-old Authorised gelding, has yet to win in 14 starts but he has finished in the frame on five occasions and is rated 74. 

    Bahamian Heights headed into the sale in good form having landed a 6f handicap at Doncaster late last month. The Bahamian Bounty gelding has won three races and ran fourth in the 2013 Sirenia Stakes at Kempton.
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    Lot 347: Manshaa

    Is the highlight of the first group of colts and geldings through today from Shadwell. The 73-rated son of Dubawi has shown fair form in seven starts for Mark Johnston, running placed on five occasions, and is set to continue his career with Jassim Al Ghazali after selling for 30,000gns. 
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    Lot 358: Go Sakhee

    "He's one of the few horses with a nice update that's still in the sale," said Will Douglass after assisting Jassim Al Ghazali with the purchase of Go Sakhee for 88,000gns,

    The son of Sakhee's Secret ran out of the seven-length winner of a Nottingham handicap on Saturday to bring his overall record to three wins from 13 starts for Roger Varian.

    "He won very well on Saturday and is obviously a nice horse," added Douglass.

    While he is a sixth purchase for Ghazali, this week hasn't been quite as productive for the leading Qatar trainer as it could have been....

    "We will buy more horses but it's very difficult when you come here and so many are withdrawn," he said.  "If they're withdrawn ten days in advance, fine, but a lot are coming out at the last minute, which is very frustrating when we've come here to buy. They win a nice race and out they come."

    Go Sakhee: will continue his career in Qatar. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 363: Falconize

    One of the better bred fillies of the day duly proves popular, selling for 60,000gns to Mags O'Toole.

    Campaigned by Paul Shanahan and Adrian Nicoll, the placed Falconize is a Henrythenavigator half-sister to St Leger hero Rule Of Law. Her dam, Crystal Crossing, was a Listed winner and is from the further family of Olympic Glory.

    Falconize: Mags O'Toole signed at 60,000gns for the half-sister to Rule Of Law. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    The Darley stallion parade is underway at Dalham Hall Stud - first up is Exceed And Excel
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    Tonight's session will now start at 6.30pm, not 6pm as previously published.
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    Lot 416: Tadqeeq

    Jassim Al Ghazali adds another to his string in Tadqeeq, a winning Makfi gelding from the Shadwell draft who costs 54,000gns.

    Tadqeeq won at Wolverhampton for William Haggas last year and off the back of that, went off favourite for the Royal Mile Cup at Musselburgh on his seasonal debut this year. Third on that occasion, he has been in the frame in four of five starts this season, most recently when fourth off 82 in a Kempton handicap last week.
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    With the morning session done and dusted, the average for today is running at 14,815gns - down 17 per cent from the comparative day in 2014.

    Tonight's big lot is likely to be the Listed-placed American Hope (552).
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    Below is a photo of Darley's flagship stallion Dubawi at today's stallion parade at Dalham Hall - as always, the stallions looked terrific. 

    However, it's always nice to pay a visit to the retirees. Dalham Hall is currently home to the pensioned Halling, who is in the news at the moment thanks to Jack Hobbs, and Fantastic Light. Here they are keeping watch on events.

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    Emerald Bloodstock get everywhere.....Peter Kelly might be doing business here in Newmarket but Emerald have also popped up on the buyers' sheet at today's Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July Sale in Lexington, Kentucky. The yearling in question is a first-crop daughter of Darby Dan's Dialed In who cost $87,000. Presumably, she is on her way to Europe.
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    Tattersalls have added an exciting wild card entry for tomorrow in HAIL THE HERO.

    He is catalogued as lot 747A and will stand in Wall Boxes Z, Box 569.

    The son of Galileo, who is out of Grade 1 winner Mauralakana and is a 525,000gns graduate of Book 1, ran a creditable fourth off a mark of 102 in today's Sir Henry Cecil Stakes at Newmarket. He was successful on his seasonal debut for Middleham Park Racing and David O'Meara at Doncaster in March before running tenth behind Gleneagles in the 2,000 Guineas.

    It will be the second auction date this year for Hail The Hero - Tom Malone signed at £290,000 for the colt at last month's Goffs London Sale.

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    Would anyone like to buy Kisumu who sells tonight? Apparently the name has a VERY interesting Arabic meaning!!
    Lot 476: Grand Argentier

    Is set for a career in Dubai after selling for 80,000gns to Justin Byrne. Sold by Bansha House Stables, Grand Argentier has shown smart form this year for owner Con Marnane and trainer Matthieu Palussiere, winning at Nantes and Cagnes-Sur-Mer before finishing third in the Listed Prix Omnium II at Saint-Cloud.

    "He's been bought to race in Dubai for the EERC [Emirates Entertainment Racing Club] Syndicate and will be trained by Doug Watson," said Byrne. "He's qualified for the Carnival and is a nice type who was recommended by Con."

    The colt is the best performer sired to date by Palace Episode, another celebrated former Bansha House inmate.

    Grand Argentier: Listed-placed colt sold for 80,000gns. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 479: Paene Magnus

    Smart performer for Jim Bolger sells for 40,000gns to Alessandro Marconi. The six-year-old Teofilo gelding has won five races for Bolger, including two renewals of the Carlingford Stakes at Dundalk. He was most recently fourth behind Postulation in the Listed Silver Stakes at the Curragh.
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    Lot 497: Orienteer

    Son of Dansili is the pick of the Juddmonte colts and geldings, selling for 65,000gns to agent Guy Mulcaster on behalf of Chris Waller.

    Waller has enjoyed serious success with Tattersalls graduates  - only last year he saddled Foreteller, another Juddmonte-bred son of Dansili, to win the Group 1 Underwood Stakes at Caulfield. 

    His yard also houses another top son of Dansili in Grand Marshal (formerly Magog), who pulled off a 40/1 upset in the Group 1 Sydney Cup in April, as well as Listed winner Index Linked, another Tattersalls July graduate bought out of Juddmonte. Despite having only a handful of representatives on the ground, Dansili has overall been highly successful in Australia; other winners include Permit (Gr2), Trick Of Light (Gr2), Renew (Listed), Soft Sand (Listed) and Stipulate (Listed).

    Four-year-old Orienteer has won three of five starts for Andre Fabre, including a conditions race over 1900 metres at Chantilly in March. He is the first foal out of the 2009 Pretty Polly Stakes winner Take The Hint, who is a half-sister to the dam of the aforementioned Stipulate. 

    Orienteer: set for a career in Australia after selling for 65,000gns. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 552: American Hope

    The best performer on offer today, American Hope duly tops the session when selling to Michael Donohoe of the BBA Ireland to 210,000gns. Donohoe was acting on behalf of an undisclosed client who plans to race the gelding at the Dubai Carnival.

    Auctioneer Harvey Bell, who only made his debut on the Tattersalls rostrum at the Guineas Sale in May, asked for an opening bid of 80,000gns and had to drop to only 50,000gns in order to open up proceedings. On the market from that moment, matters rested primarily throughout the exchanges between Donohoe and the eventual underbidder Matt Coleman.

    "He's for an existing client to race in Dubai," said Donohoe. "I've been following him for a while so I'm very pleased to have got him. I thought he ran a good race in the Royal Hunt Cup - Mike Murphy has done a very good job with him."

    Murphy paid just 34,000gns for American Hope at last year's Tattersalls February Sale. Bought to race in the colours of The Magnificent Seven, the son of Lemon Drop Kid proved his worth almost straight away when a head to Ertijaal in the Listed Spring Cup at Lingfield on only his second outing for Murphy.

    He subsequently ran sixth in the Britannia at Royal Ascot and returned to the meeting this year to finish a highly creditable sixth to GM Hopkins in the Royal Hunt Cup.

    American Hope: sold for 210,000gns to the BBA Ireland. Photo: Tattersalls 

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

    358) GO SAKHEE; 4yo g Sakhee's Secret - Bling Bling (Indian Ridge), sold Kremlin House Stables for 88,000gns to Gassim Mohammad Ghazali

    476) GRAND ARGENTIER; 3yo c Palace Episode - Ashkadima (Ashkalani), sold by Bansha House Stables for 80,000gns to Justin Adrian Byrne

    American Hope. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Offered: 150

    Sold: 137 (91%)

    Aggregate: 2,309,700gns (-19%)

    Average: 16,859gns (-5%)

    Median: 11,000gns (+10%)

    No. six-figure lots: 1 (2013: 3)

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

    Leading buyer overall by aggregate: BBA IRELAND, ten bought for a total of 500,500gns
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