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Tattersalls July Sale - Thursday July 7, 2016

Follow all the news as it happens from Park Paddocks with Nancy Sexton's live blog

  • No Godolphin draft to get people excited today but still plenty to for buyers to look at, not least the draft of Juddmonte colts and geldings set to go through after racing this afternoon. 
     
    This morning's session starts at 9.30am and following a break for racing, selling resumes at 6pm.
     
    Withdrawals: 344, 346, 359, 362, 363, 364, 367, 373, 374, 375, 379, 380, 381, 382, 391, 392, 393, 397, 400, 412, 414, 417, 418, 420, 425, 427, 429, 432, 433, 441, 442, 447, 448, 450, 460, 462, 465, 467, 473, 485, 486, 488, 489, 495, 496, 497, 501, 503, 504, 507, 510, 511, 512, 513, 514, 515, 516, 518, 524, 525, 527, 528, 529, 530, 531, 546, 548, 549, 553, 554, 559, 561, 562, 563, 565, 567, 568, 569, 571, 577, 582, 583, 585, 586, 587, 589, 599
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  • Today's highlights include:
     
    390: Summer Collection: placed again since the catalogue went to press but more importantly is a sister to exciting juvenile Monticello, unbeaten in two starts for Mark Johnston.
     
    408) Burnt Sugar: Sirenia Stakes winner cost the China Horse Club no less than €350,000 on his last trip through the ring at Arqana in 2014. Hasn't quite lived up to expectations since but still interesting.
     
    410) Blackout: now the winner of three races including last time when scoring comfortably off a career high mark of 81 at Newmarket.
     
    526) Open 'n Shut: Racing Post described this three-year-old gelding as having the potential to be a 'smart handicapper' following his debut success at Salisbury last month.
     
    535) Perigee: the easy winner of a Nottingham maiden late last month, this well connected son of Cacique has the scope and potential to do a wide range of jobs.
     
    536) Commemorative: the 2014 Autumn Stakes winner
     
    555) Mujassam: smart handicapper who has won three of 13 starts for Roger Varian and was most recently third in the 7f handicap at Yarmouth.
     
    594) Dream Destination: last year's Sirenia Stakes runner-up comes into the sale with an official rating of 93
     
    Winners since the publication of the catalogue: Rose Marmara (368); Blackout (410); Najd (416); Altarsheed (426); Shahaama (451); Corroyer (461); Senza Una Donna (472); Vale Of Iron (478); Raising Sand (523); Open 'n Shut (526); Perigee (535); Curtain Call (573); Nuno Tristan (574)
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  • There are also two wildcard entries for today:
     
    375A: Sonnet: is a sister to Dragon Pulse
     
    595A: Sea Of Flames: this year's Listed International Trial Stakes winner
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  • Lot 368: Rose Marmara
     
    A slow start to the morning is briefly highlighted by the sale of two-time winner Rose Marmara to Brian Rothwell for 35,000gns.
     
    A hardy sprinter for Richard Fahey, Rose Marmara came into the sale in good form having run out the five-length winner of a 6f handicap at Ayr and then third over 5f at Haydock.
     
    By Exceed And Excel, she is out of Listed winner Show Rainbow.
     
    She is followed into the ring by two-year-old Screen Angel, who becomes the first - of likely many - purchases for leading Qatar-based trained Jassim Al Ghazali. Screen Angel, by Dark Angel, recently ran third on her debut at Thirsk and sells for 20,000gns.
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  • Lot 375A: Sonnet
     
    Sister to Dragon Pulse is knocked down to Johnny Peter-Hoblyn of Hypen Bloodstock for 45,000gns. The placed daughter of Kyllachy was sold by Faringdon Place Stables.
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  • Tonight's session will now start at 6.30am.
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  • Lot 390: Summer Collection
     
    Alex Elliott signs at 72,000gns for Summer Collection, whose two-year-old brother Monticello has won twice since the publication of the catalogue - at the time of publication, he was still an unnamed two-year-old!
     
    The placed daughter of Teofilo is also a half-sister to the Queen Mary Stakes third One Chance and out of a Fusaichi Pegasus half-sister to Spinning World.
     
    Summer Collection: an early highlight of Thursday at 72,000gns. Photo: Tattersalls
     
     
    "She has some good form of her own and is an own sister to two-year-old Monticello, who is two from two so far for Mark Johnston," said Elliot. "Hopefully, she'll have good residual value."
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  • Lot 408: Burnt Sugar
     
    The 2014 Sirenia Stakes winner is off to Saudi Arabia after selling for 72,000gns to Abdullah Meshrif Al Kahthani.
     
    The son of Lope De Vega was sold for €350,000 to the China Horse Club at the 2014 Arqana Arc Sale. Although he has failed to win since then, did turn in a good effort at Royal Ascot for Richard Hannon when sixth in the Wokingham.
     
    "We've bought two horses already but came for him really," said Al Kahthani. "He's a good horse with good form and he should suit racing there."
     
    On this month, Saudi Arabia introduced new criteria for importing horses into the country, and Burnt Sugar fits the bill well. As of July 1, imports from Europe must have a current Timeform rating of 85 or greater. Should they have only run at two, they must have also won or been placed.
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  • Lot 410: Blackout

    Now a three-time winner for Richard Hannon, having won comfortably at Newmarket last time out, Blackout naturally proved popular when he stepped into the ring, eventually selling for 90,000gns to American agent Justin Casse.

    Plans remain fluid for the three-year-old Dream Ahead colt, with Casse suggesting that he could either continue his racing career in France - he is a French-bred - or America.

    Blackout: knocked down to American agent Justin Casse. Photo: Tattersalls
     
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  • Lot 422: Drillmaster
     
    Debbie Mountain, who regularly buys for Qatari interests, fends off some strong competition at 78,000gns for this progressive three-time winner from Charles O'Brien.
     
    The son of Mizzen Mast has risen from a rating of 61 to 75 this year thanks to a series of victories at Dundalk.
     
    Drillmaster: sells for 78,000gns as Charles O'Brien looks on. Photo: Tattersalls
     
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  • Lot 426: Altarsheed
     
    This son of Lilbourne Lad, a winner at Goodwood since the publication of the catalogue, becomes the first six-figure lot of the day when knocked down for 110,000gns to Jassim Al Ghazali out of the Shadwell draft.
     
    Trained by Richard Hannon, the three-year-old boasts a record of two wins from eight starts and an official rating of 88.
     
    Altarsheed: another strike for Jassim Al Ghazali. Photo: Tattersalls
     
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  • Lot 508: China Girl
     
    A rarity in any European catalogue in that she is a daughter of the Indian-based Dancing Forever. The son of Rahy won the 2008 Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap before retiring to stand at Nirmal Ruia's Hazara Stud. China Girl - a half-sister to Indian Classic winner Be Safe - is from his first crop.

    Although yet to win, she has shown fair form for Chasemore Farm and William Knight, only finishing out of the first four once in seven starts. Today, she sells for 8,000gns to the BBA Ireland.

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  • Lot 526: Open 'n Shut
     
    Open 'n Shut looked potentially smart when making a successful debut for Roger Varian at Salisbury last month and duly creates a stir in the ring, selling for 100,000gns to Faisal Al-Thani. Like many of today's high-profile lots, he is set to continue his career in Qatar.
     
    Open 'N Shut: sold to continue his career in Qatar. Photo: Tattersalls
     
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  • Lot 535: Perigee
     
    Recent wide-margin maiden winner Perigee, the second horse through from the Juddmonte draft, becomes the subject of a battle between Qatar interests, with Jassim Al Ghazali fending off Debbie Mountain at 115,000gns.
     
    The John Gosden-trained son of Cacique was impressive when breaking his maiden at Nottingham by four lengths last month and was described by his vendor as a colt open to progression.
     
    "He's got a nice profile and is a very good looking horse," said Al Ghazali, who added that he would head straight to Qatar.
     
    He was followed into the ring by Autumn Stakes winner Commemorative, who was sold for 6,000gns to Chad Schumer on behalf of a South American stud farm.
     
    Perigee: bought by Jassim Al Ghazali for 115,000gns. Photo: Tattersalls
     
     
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  • Lot 572: Zaina Rizeena
     
    Tattersalls' visit to Zhang Yuesheng in China earlier in the year continues to reap rewards as the Chinese businessman buys his tenth lot of the sale, Zaina Rizeena, for 55,000gns with agent Sheamus Mills.
     
    The winning daughter of Shamardal is out of Listed winner Sweet Lilly and was sold by Musley Bank Stables.
     
    So far, Zhang's Yulong Investments have spent 784,000gns.
     
    She was followed into the ring by Cheveley Park's smart sprinter Curtain Call, who was bought by Peter Harper for 52,000gns. The daughter of Acclamation has won again for Richard Fahey since the publication of the catalogue.
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  • Lot 595A: Sea Of Flames
     
    This year's Listed International Stakes winner, who ran eighth behind Lumiere in today's Sir Henry Cecil Stakes, fails to sell at 39,000gns.
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  • DAY TWO STATISTICS
     
    Offered: 178
     
    Sold: 163 (92%)
     
    Aggregate: 2,442,000gns
     
    Overall turnover of 9,650,629gns has already surpassed last year's figure
     
    Average: 14,982gns (-11%)
     
    Median: 7,000gns (-36%)
     
    No. six-figure lots: 3 (2015: 1)
     
    Leading vendor (overall): Godolphin, 72 sold for a total of 746,600gns
     
    Leading purchaser (overall): BBA Ireland, 22 bought for a total of 1,209,500gns
     
     
    TOP THREE LOTS
     
    535) PERIGEE: 13 c Cacique - Purissima, sold by Juddmonte Farms for 115,000gns to Gassim Mohammad Ghazali
     
    426) ALTARSHEED: 13 g Lilbourne Lad - Lilakiya, sold by Shadwell Stud for 110,000gns to Gassim Mohammad Ghazali
     
    526) OPEN 'N SHUT: 13 g Kyllachy - Our Faye, sold by Kremlin House Stables for 100,000gns to Faisal Al-Thani
     
    Today's top lot Perigee. Photo: Tattersalls
     
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