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Tattersalls July Sale - Friday, July 8, 2016

Nancy Sexton brings you all the action from the Tattersalls July Sale as it happens

  • Today’s final day of trading, which starts at 9.30am, features the annually anticipated Juddmonte draft of fillies. Scheduled to go through late afternoon, they feature daughters of Dansili, Oasis Dream and Lonhro as well as the half-sisters to Group 1 winner Redwood (695; Full Sun), Group 2 winner and promising young New Zealand sire Zacinto (699; Saint Germain) and the Group 2-placed Harlem (692; Shearling).

    Other highlights include:

    615) MOONDYNE JOE: a winner again at Windsor since the publication of the catalogue, meaning this progressive three-year-old boasts a record of two wins from three starts

    633) NEW CLASSICISM: another progressive three-year-old, this well-bred New Approach colt was a winner at Navan on his most recent start

    656) COMPLICIT: smart gelding who was Group 3-placed at his peak and comes into the sale with an official rating of 90

    772) FELIX LEITER: smart sprint handicapper is now a five-time winner having scored off 92 at York on his penultimate start. Now boasts an official rating of 100 as a result

    779) MOTHERS FINEST; tough filly has won again at Newcastle since the publication of the catalogue. Now rated 102.

    802) BEAR FACED: dual winner was Listed-placed earlier this year

    858) SCUDDING; 2yo won her second start at Chelmsford in good fashion last month


    Winners since the publication of the catalogue: Carbutt’s Ridge (612), Moondyne Joe (615), Togetherwecan (653), Opera Lad (663), French Legend (670), Muaither (706), Shadow Game (712), Salieris Mass (713), Sporty Yankee (719), Packing (733), SpecialV (754), Nutbourne Lad (762), Lady Rocka (764), Felix Leiter (772), Mothers Finest (779), Aristocles (807), Sixties Groove (838), Stars N Angels (846), Scudding (858), Carolinae (860), Illusive Force (873)

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  • Moderate fare here so far, with most horses destined for a career abroad.
    However, with the drafts belonging to Juddmonte and David O'Meara still to come through, it should start to pick up appreciably.
    In the meantime, it is recent Navan winner New Classicism who heads proceedings at 50,000gns. He is set to continue his career with Louis Ho in Macau.
    The lightly-raced son of New Approach, who has made three starts for Willie McCreery, is a half-brother to Brazilian Group 1 winner Ivoire and out of top Brazilian mare Chan Tong.
    New Classicism: sold to continue his career in Macau. Photo: Tattersalls
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  • Jassim Al Ghazali didn't waste any time in jumping back in today. His purchase of the placed Protocol - a Kodiac gelding - from Michael Halford for 32,000gns brings his expenditure to 343,000gns for the sale.
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  • Lot 661: Dance Of Fire
    This three-time winner is set to join Nick Alexander in Scotland after selling to Amanda Skiffington for 52,000gns.
    A tough four-year-old who has raced as a homebred for Jeff Smith, Dance Of Fire has been saddled to win three races by Andrew Balding, most recently in February when successful in a 1m2f handicap at Chelmsford. He was last seen on July 1 when running second over a mile at Haydock.
    "He's been bought to go hurdling for Harry Turcan," said Alexander. "It looks like he handles soft ground, which is important, and looks like he stays well - although he ran over a mile last time, which perhaps put some of the jumps boys off, he has won over 10 furlongs. And he's by Norse Dancer, now a jumps stallion at Yorton Farm.
    "He'll go home and have a break with a view to getting him ready to go hurdling in November."
    Alexander added: "The Irish point-to-pointers have become so expensive. Harry has had a bit of luck buying off the Flat so we thought we'd go down this route. We're pleased to have bought one off Kingsclere."
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  • Lot 695: Full Sun
    The Queensland-based Aquis Farm was virtually unknown in the racing and bloodstock industry until a few months ago when it was announced that they would stand Coolmore stallion Holy Roman Emperor alongside Domesday, Benfica and recent Group 2 QTC Cup winner Spill The Beans for the upcoming southern hemisphere season.
    On Wednesday, they spent a total of 380,000gns on three mares through McKeever Bloodstock to take back to Australia and return to the fray today to purchase this half-sister to Northern Dancer Turf Stakes winner Redwood for 50,000gns. The unraced Full Sun is out of the winning Arum Lily, a daughter of Dancing Brave's Group 1-winning sister Jolypha.
    Plans call for the first three bought to be covered by Frankel to southern hemisphere time. However, this filly will probably ship straight to Australia with a racing career in mind. 
    "This is the fourth filly we've bought this week with Aquis Farm and all the half-sisters to a Group 1 winner," said Johnny McKeever, who signed alongside representative of Aquis Farm who were making their first trip to England. "She's a two-year-old and Teddy Grimthorpe said she's ok to go on with, so she'll head back to Australia and we'll see how she gets on. 
    "It's a great family and she's a half-sister to Redwood, who stands in New Zealand. He's doing well down there - he's a very good looking horse and he's getting very good looking stock."
    The former Charlie Hills-trained Redwood stands at Westbury Stud for NZ$10,000. His first crop are two-year-olds.
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  • Lot 698: Pointer
    Will join John Deer's Oakgrove Stud after selling to Tim Lane for 65,000gns. Tattersalls' Ollie Fowlston was the underbidder.
    The highlight of the Juddmonte draft, Pointer is a Bated Breath half-sister to Listed winner Destruct and out of Prix de Chantilly heroine Daring Miss. Her second dam, the Epsom and Irish Oaks-placed Bourbon Girl is also the ancestress of Flintshire, recent winner of the Grade 1 Manhattan Stakes for Chad Brown, and Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud hero Spanish Moon.
    "We'll take her home and give her a break," said Lane. "I should think she'll be covered next year. 
    "The sire is going well and it's a great family."
    The purchase brings the broodmare band at Oakgrove up to 40, several of whom were sent this season to the stud's Al Kazeem.
    "He's going well," said Lane, before cheekily adding that the horse has had plenty of sex this year. "He got 33 of 57 mares in foal. We've got two yearlings at home - a colt and a filly - that we'll race. They're both good, scopey sorts. And we might buy one at the sales."
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  • Lot 709: Generalship
    Another strike for Jassim Al Ghazali as he goes to 120,000gns for the first six-figure lot of the day, Generalship.
    Sold by John Gosden's Clarehaven Stables, the son of New Approach was second over 7f at Newbury to yesterday's high-profile lot Blackout en route to running away with a class 4 handicap at Kempton last month.
    "He's got a good profile and won well on the all-weather last time," said Al Ghazali of the colt who cost 600,000gns as a yearling. "I'm also a fan of New Approach. He'll start off in handicaps in Qatar and hopefully will progress from there."
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  • Lot 772: Felix Leiter
    This smart handicapper is an early highlight, selling for 80,000gns to Jassim Al Ghazali. 
    A mere €16,000 breeze-up purchase by trainer Karl burke, Felix Leiter has won five races and banked nearly £80,000 in earnings. Only last month, the son of Monsieur Bond scored over 7 furlongs at York and most recently ran third at Haydock.
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  • Lot 780: Wholesome
    Proves to be one of the highlights of Karl Burke's draft, selling for 60,000gns to Eamon Reilly of the BBA Ireland on behalf of an undisclosed client.
    There was plenty of foreign interest in this winning filly, who could feasibly run on dirt down the line being by Lemon Drop Kid out of a Harlan's Holiday mare, but it was Reilly who had the final say for an owner who will keep her to race in the UK.
    "She's will race in the UK but has been bought as a long term Classic prospect," said Reilly. "She's got good form and the client really likes Lemon Drop Kid."
    A scopey filly with plenty of improvement likely left in her, Wholesome had Seventh Heaven in arrears when only a neck behind First Victory in a Newmarket maiden last autumn. She returned this year to break her maiden at Carlisle.
    Wholesome had been preceded into the ring by the smart Tamayuz filly Mothers Finest, a winner at Newcastle for Karl Burke since the publication of the catalogue.
    The Classic-winning connections of John Kilbride and Adrian Keatley struck the winning bid after fighting off the BBA Ireland among others.
    Burke's draft also featured the dual winning three-year-old Wayward Hoof (778), who was picked up by Jamie Lloyd for 60,000gns.
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  • Lot 781A: Fanciful Angel
    Adam Driver of Global Equine Group picks up this smart Listed winner for 135,000gns. The son of Dark Angel is set to remain with Marco Botti, who has saddled him to win three races and run second in the 2015 German 2,000 Guineas.
    “He's going to be owned by Touch Gold Racing which is run by Mike Kaye," said Driver. "Fanciful Angel will stay here in training with Marco Botti and race here. Hopefully he'll go to Dubai and run this winter.

    “He's got a lot of form, he looks a picture and to me he's the best-looking horse today with the best form.”

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  • For all that this is a three-day sale, this year’s trade was underpinned by the Godolphin draft, which accounted for the top ten lots on day one and 35 per cent of the aggregate overall.

    While demand was patchy for the lesser horses at times, Tattersalls featured its usual bench of international buyers. 

    Jassim Al Ghazali, who has become a welcome regular at this sale, spent a total of 696,000gns for 11 lots to join his stable in Qatar led by the 120,000gns paid today for Generalship.

    There was also relatively strong American investment, with Taylor Made Sales, Justin Casse and Chad Schumer among those to make purchases.

    Australian investment was led by the new Queensland operation Aquis Farm. Assisted by McKeever Bloodstock, they came away with four mares worth 430,000gns on their first trip to Tattersalls. Three of their purchases - Gwenella, Main Chance and Lieoftheland - are set to be covered by Frankel to southern hemisphere time.

    Of course, arguably the most welcome development of the week was the investment made by Chinese businessman Zhang Yuesheng of Yulong Investments. Acting through agent Sheamus Mills, he paid 840,000gns for 12 lots.

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    At the conclusion of the 2016 Tattersalls July Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented;

    “It is a special year for Tattersalls as we celebrate our 250th anniversary and we have enjoyed another successful July Sale. Turnover for the July Sale has reached unprecedented levels with more than 12 million guineas changing hands, surpassing the previous record set back in 2006. The Tattersalls July Sale consistently attracts an extraordinarily diverse cast of buyers and yet again we have welcomed buyers from every continent in the world. Of particular note has been the impact made by first time visitor Mr Zhang Yuesheng whose China based Yulong Investments has made a major contribution to the success of this week’s sale.

    “We should also pay tribute to our vendors whose support for this fixture has been rewarded with a clearance rate of around 90% and sustained demand at all levels of the market, especially for quality breeding stock. While the catalogue lacked a few stars amongst the horses in training, the quality of the broodmares and fillies more than compensated and the outstanding Godolphin draft was particularly well received. The global appetite for quality bloodstock remains as strong as ever and there can be no doubt that buyers have also been encouraged by the current weakness of sterling."
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    263) CARTE DE VISITE: 13 f Street Cry - Ascutney, sold by Godolphin to BBA Ireland for 270,000gns
    159) DESERT SNOW: 11 m Teofilo - Requesting, sold by Godolphin in foal to Night Of Thunder to BBA Ireland for 250,000gns
    162) ZUHOOR BAYNOONA: 12 m Elnadim - Spasha, sold by Godolphin in foal to Muhaarar to Cormac McCormack for 250,000gns
    169) ZOELLA: 12 m Invincible Spirit - Zaeema (Zafonic), sold by Godolphin in foal to Night Of Thunder to Oliver St Lawrence for 220,000gns
    276) LAKE HAMANA: 13 f Shamardal - Lake Toya (Darshaan), sold by Godolphin to Sheamus Mills Bloodstock/Yulong Investments for 210,000gns
    Top lot Carte De Visite. Photo: Tattersalls
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    Offered: 190
    Sold: 175 (92%)
    Aggregate: 2,660700gns (+10%)
    Average: 15,204gns (-10%)
    Median: 8,500gns (-15%)
    Top lot: 135,000gns paid by Global Equine Group for lot 781A) Fanciful Angel, sold by Prestige Place Stables
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    Catalogued: 877
    Offered: 648
    Sold: 572 (88%)
    Aggregate: 12,311,329gns (+38%)
    Average: 21,523gns (+17%)
    Median: 10,000gns (-9%)
    No. six-figure lots: 24 (2015: 7)
    Leading vendor: Godolphin, 72 sold for a total of 4,393,500gns
    Leading buyer: BBA Ireland, 30 bought for a total of 1,346,500gns
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