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)
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
“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.”
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.