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Tattersalls July Sale - Day three

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

  • The final day of the Tattersalls July Sale, which starts at 9.30pm and breaks for racing, features the anticipated draft of fillies from Juddmonte Farms as well as Arab Spring, the John Porter and September Stakes winner who is sold as part of the Ballymacoll Stud dispersal as lot 826.
    Among the 11 fillies catalogued from Juddmonte are:
    703) PREFERENTIAL: the half-sister to Wicklow Brave
    705) IMPALA: half-sister to five stakes horses including Group 1 winner Zambezi Sun
    707) DODDINEL: by Dansili, this unraced filly is a granddaughter of Razyana and therefore inbred 3x2 to the great mare
    Other potential highlights include:
    654) WAPPING: now a three-time winner, this well-bred gelding appeals as the type who could be effective under both codes
    668) PARASAIL: one of the better bred fillies of the day as a New Approach daughter of Prix de Diane heroine West Wind, herself the dam of Thunder Snow
    696) POW WOW: now a three-time winner
    725) WICK POWELL: last year's Redcar 2yo Trophy winner
    833) ASANTA SANA: placed Galileo sister to Munster Oaks winner Pretty Perfect
    843) DYLAN MOUTH: the winner of no fewer than 13 races in Italy, including three Group 1s - namely the Gran Premio del Jockey Club, Gran Premio di Milano and the Premio Roma. He also won the 2014 Italian Derby and was last seen on Saturday when defying top weight to win the Old Newton Cup at Haydock
    847) POETA DILETTO: last year's Italian 2,000 Guineas winner
    849) QATAR MAN: smart 3yo who ran fourth in this year's UAE 2,000 Guineas
    860) BEQUIA: sure to create a stir as a Helmet half-sister to Rajasinghe, winner of the Coventry Stakes since the publication of the catalogue
    Winners since the publication of the catalogue: 671) HAJJAM; 692) CAT SILVER; 742) MARATHA; 744) SHOWDAISY; 758) CHUPALLA; 795) RUSSIAN REWARD; 811) QEYAADAH; 843) DYLAN MOUTH; 872) ALLOGRAPHY
  • Arab Spring pictured this morning with Evalina, who has looked after him at Sir Michael Stoute's since a two-year-old
  • Lot 668: PARASAIL
    The unsurprising highlight of the first draft of horses from Mark Johnston's Kingsley House Stables was Parasail, a daughter of Prix de Diane heroine West Wind from the immediate family of Prix Jean Prat winner Thunder Snow.
    As with all horses under the ownership of Godolphin, Edmond Mahony had to drop to the minimum bid to open proceedings. Federico Barberini got the ball rolling before Richard Brown, Jill Lamb and Cathy Grassick entered the fray but they had no answer to Tally-Ho Stud, who had the final say at 57,000gns.
    The unplaced daughter of New Approach is a half-sister to a winner and one of five foals of racing age out of West Wind. Her granddam is Sun Chariot Stakes winner Red Slippers, also granddam of Thunder Snow.
  • Lot 696: POW WOW
    Few horses catalogued this week are in such current fine fettle as Pow Wow, the winner of each of his three starts so far this year for Roger Charlton. Philip Newton's homebred was particularly impressive last time out at Kempton when bolting in by nine lengths, a performance which resulted in a new rating of 83, up from 73.
    He is now set to continue his career with Martyn Meade after the trainer outbid Badgers Bloodstock among others at 85,000gns.
  • Lot 703: DREAMTIDE
    Harold Kirk, signing for Willie Mullins, goes to 37,000gns for Wicklow Brave's half-sister Dreamtide. The daughter of Champs Elysees - himself now marketed as a dual-purpose stallion - was recently placed at Bath for Amanda Perrett and has an official rating of 61 for her new connections, who have done so well with Wicklow Brave, to work with.
  • Lot 705: IMPALA
    The undoubted highlight on paper of the Juddmonte draft was this filly, an unraced Oasis Dream half-sister to Grand Prix de Paris winner Zambezi Sun and Prix Guillaume d'Ornano winner Kalabar. Cathy Grassick and Johnny McKeever went head to head on the filly and for a moment it looked as though Grassick had won the battle, only for Saeed Manana to enter the fray with a winning bid of 150,000gns.
    "She's been bought by Saeed Manana to join the Rabbah Bloodstock broodmare band," said James Tate of the three-year-old who was sold as a broodmare prospect. "It's a beautiful page and we look forward to finding a cover for her next year."
    Impala is one of 13 foals out of Imbabala, a Zafonic daughter of 1,000 Guineas third Interval.
  • Lot 707: DODDINEL
    Johnny McKeever had better luck on one of the more interestingly bred fillies of the morning, Doddinel. McKeever paid 55,000gns for the filly, who is a Dansili granddaughter of Dunhill's dam Razyana - and therefore inbred 3x2 to the great mare.
    The unraced filly is out of the placed Far Shores, a Distant View half-sister to Danehill, Eagle Eyed, Shibboleth and Harpia. Delve further back and this filly descends directly from Natalma.
    "She's for Les Ward," said McKeever. "It's an excellent page - she's obviously inbred to Razyana - and for me, she was the pick of the physicals at the Juddmonte draft."
  • Lot 725: WICK POWELL
    Last year's Redcar Two-year-old Trophy winner Wick Powell sells out of David Barron's yard to continue his career in Singapore. Elite Bloodstock Singapore paid 70,000gns for the Sakhee's Secret three-year-old, a consistent type who has also won on the all-weather at Newcastle and Southwell and run second to Orewa in the Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Stakes.
    Plans call for the colt to be shipped immediately to Singapore where he will be gelded. However, a trainer has yet to be confirmed.
  • Lot 742: MARATHA
    Norris/Huntingdon, which purchased Via Serendipity for 100,000gns last night, strike again on behalf of Happy Valley Racing, this time when going to 62,000gns for recent winner Maratha.
    The son of Cape Cross was the winner of his handicap debut at Nottingham last week.
  • Lot 748: DON VALENTINO
    Don Valentino, a winner at Ripon and Pontefract for David O'Meara since the publication of the catalogue, became the eighth lot destined for Jassim Al Ghazali’s stable in Qatar. Al Ghazali, such an influence at the top end of the market here in recent years, went to 100,000gns for the Dandy Man gelding, an improving type who has yet to be out of the frame in five starts.
    "He is a progressive horse,"said Ghazali. "We like stock by Dandy Man and he was one we waited for."
    So far, Al Ghazali has spent 480,000gns on eight purchases. Listed winner Vona, at 140,000gns, has been the most expensive but he was also underbidder on Jewel House.
  • Lot 826: ARAB SPRING
    The first horse through Tattersalls from the Ballymacoll dispersal, Arab Spring sells for 100,000gns to continue his career in Dubai for Rashid Bouresly. Matt Houldsworth was among the underbidders.
    The son of Monsun - evidently quite a character judging by his behaviour on the sale grounds - has been a real stalwart of Sir Michael Stoute's yard in recent years, winning six races including the John Porter and September Stakes. He also descends from one of Ballymacoll's best families as a half-brother to Australian Group 1 winner Glass Harmonium and relation to Conduit.
    "He'll race for the Bouresly Racing Syndicate and the Dubai Carnival is the big aim," said Bouresly, who has a stable of 60 horses. "He'll have a rest and then we'll build him back up. And then he can become a stallion down the road."
  • Lot 833: ASANTA SANA
    This regally-bred daughter of Galileo becomes the new top lot of the entire sale so far, selling to Saeed Manana, signing as Rabbah Bloodstock, for 330,000gns.
    Manana and Grassick clashed earlier today on Impala and it was the same story with this filly, with Grassick giving way only late on. Sydney-based Andrew Williams was also among the underbidders. 
    The filly is a sister to Munster Oaks winner Pretty Perfect and out of Australian Group 3 winner Milanova, herself a sister to Holy Roman Emperor. Her third dam is none other than Fanfreluche.
    Asanta Ana was bred in Ireland by the 'Milanova Syndicate' but raced for 'Andy Smith and friends'. She has been placed fourth on both her starts.
    "We will try and win a race with her," said James Tate, "and then she will join Saeed's broodmare band. She will come straight back to us and we will ready her for a race in the autumn."


    Plans call for this John Gosden-trained gelding, who ran sixth behind Ribchester in last year's Jersey Stakes, to race in Hong Kong after selling to Greg Chung of Linden Lodge Bloodstock for  105,000gns.
    The Kyllachy four-year-old won his first two races last season, including a 20-runner handicap at York, and came into the sale with an official rating of 100.
    "He's highly rated and for a four-year-old he hasn't got much mileage," said Chung. "He vetted good. He'll ship directly to Hong Kong with the others we bought."
  • Lot 849: QATAR MAN
    UAE 2,000 Guineas fourth Qatar Man will join Wick Powell on the trip to Singapore after selling for 150,000gns to Elite Bloodstock Singapore.
    A rare European representative from the first crop of former Kentucky stallion Archarcharch, who was recently sold to Korea, Qatar Man won his third start at Kempton last season before heading to Meydan, where he ran fourth to Thunder Snow in the UAE 2,000 Guineas and third in the Listed Al Bastakiya.
    His sale provided the highlight of Marco Botti's draft, in which Wolverhampton winner Makaarim made 72,000gns to Stroud/Coleman. Another member of the draft, Italian 2,000 Guineas winner Poeta Diletto, failed to sell for just 27,000gns.
  • Lot 872: ALLOGRAPHY
    Jassim Al Ghazali continues a busy week with the purchase of recent Bellewstown winner Allography for 185,000gns.
    A tough colt, he hasn't finished out of the first three for Michael Halford this season and only last week landed his third race, a mile handicap at Bellewstown, at the expense of Old Time Waltz.
    At the conclusion of the 2017 Tattersalls July Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented;

    “The Tattersalls July Sale continues to go from strength to strength. The 2016 renewal produced record turnover and average as well as an 88% clearance rate, and this year’s sale has made gains across the board with turnover approaching 15 million guineas, an average well over 25,000 guineas and a remarkable clearance rate of almost 90%. The figures look even more impressive when considering that as recently as 2012 the July Sale turnover was below 5 million guineas and the average price was less than 12,000 guineas.

    “Tribute should be paid to the consignors whose consistent support of the July Sale has made it an important international fixture which regularly attracts buyers from more than 30 different countries. The significant consignments from Godolphin, Juddmonte Farms and Shadwell have yet again been particularly eagerly sought after with Godolphin fillies fetching three of the top five highest prices including the 300,000 guineas TIME CHECK. Strong international demand for quality breeding stock is always an encouraging sign, but arguably the feature of this week’s sale has been the apparently insatiable demand for horses in training at all levels of the market. The combined clearance rate for the horses and fillies in training sold on days two and three was an extraordinary 95%, further enhancing the July Sale’s reputation as Europe’s premier midsummer sale."
    Offered: 183
    Sold: 174 (95%)
    Aggregate: 4,103,300gns
    Average: 23,582gns (+55%)
    Median: 13,000gns (+53%)
    A remarkable trade - as someone remarked yesterday, if it had three legs, they'd still buy it.
    Offered: 643
    Sold: 570 (89%)
    Aggregate: 14,633,700gns
    Average: 25,673gns (+19%)
    Median: 12,000gns (+20%)
    Leading vendor: GODOLPHIN, 66 sold for a total of 4,015,000gns
    Leading purchaser: RABBAH BLOODSTOCK, 9 bought for a total of 1,070,000gns
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