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Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1 - Day One - Tuesday,October 6, 2015

Nancy Sexton brings you all the news live from Park Paddocks on the first day of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale

  • Welcome to day one of the Tattersalls October Sale in Newmarket.

    It was at this sale two years ago that an European sale record for a yearling was set when a Galileo sister to Was sold for 5,000,000gns. Thanks to that record ceiling, and buoyed by significant investment from Al Shaqab Racing, the 2013 renewal posted excellent returns. Yet 2014 was even greater still with three days of electric trading resulting in a record turnover of 79, 274,000gns (also a record for a sale in European auction history) and record average and median

    Trade was headed by a Galileo half-brother to Harbinger that sold to MV Magnier for 2,600,000gns (the colt's brother sells this week as lot 377), the highest figure realised anywhere in the world by a yearling at auction in 2014. The average also rose by 14 per cent to  235,935gns while the median increased by 15 per cent to 150,000gns.

    A total of 38 lots sold for 500,000gns or more, compared to 22 in 2013.

    Galileo - Penang Pearl sells for sale-topping 2,600,000gns at last year's sale. Photo: Tattersalls 

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  • Book 1 graduates have won no fewer than 13 Group/Grade 1 races between them already this year. Pride of place belongs to Arc and Derby Golden Horn, who went through the ring in 2013 but failed to change hands for 190,000gns. The Cape Cross colt is one of three Epsom Derby winners since 2012 to pass through Book 1 following Camelot and Australia.

    At the same sale, Legatissimo sold out of the Newsells Park Stud consignment for 350,000gns to MV Magnier - her Redoute's Choice half-sister is lot 24 - while last year's renewal contained the brilliant two-year-old Shalaa (170,000gns by Charlie Gordon-Watson). The 2012 renewal, meanwhile, contained Postponed (360,000gns by Charlie Gordon-Watson and John Warren) and Night Of Thunder (32,000gns by Rabbah Bloodstock); although regarded as an elite sale, the likes of Night Of Thunder proves that it can also throw up the odd bargain.

    "The sales grounds have been very busy over the past few days," says Tattersalls marketing director Jimmy George. "It's very good to see such a cross section of buyers here. 

    "This is a sale that year after year produces some the world's best racehorses with amazing consistency and in return, it attracts the world's leading buyers."

    An even greater attraction to this year’s sale is the launch of the Tattersalls Book 1 £25,000 bonus scheme. Run in place of the Tattersalls Millions race series, the scheme will award a £25,000 bonus to Book 1 graduates (or those that are withdrawn and sell instead at the December Sale) that win any Class 2, 3 or 4 two-year-old maiden in the UK or an ‘open’ two-year-old maiden in Ireland in 2016. It takes just a single payment of £1,000 by the owner to Tattersalls by March 1, 2016, for the horse to remain eligible.


    "It's been very well received," says George. "We canvassed the opinions of a lot of trainers, owners and agents and they were very positive, as they have been since it was announced in May. There will be maidens run that offer in excess of £45,000 - once you factor in the effect of Plus 10 as well - which is huge. So we're keen to see the beneficial effect it might have on trade this week."

    The Convivial maiden in August at York's Ebor meeting has been widely used as an example but it's one that is worth highlighting again. In winning this year's renewal, Book 1 graduate Beautiful Morning landed her owner Jon Kelly prize-money of £31,125. If the bonus had kicked into play alongside Plus 10 (£7,500), the winner’s share would have risen to close to £64,000.

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  • With 16 yearlings by Frankel catalogued, Book 1 provides the sternest sales test for the unbeaten champion yet.

    Frankel had a good representation at Arqana, where a filly out of Platonic sold for €1,150,000 to Charlie Gordon-Watson, to contribute to an average of €566,667 for six sold. At Goffs last week, there was another high when a filly out of Alexander Goldrun sold for €1,700,000 to the China Horse Club. However, only two of the six catalogued went on to change hands (three were withdrawn on the sale grounds).

    This week's 16 are kicked off by lot 23, a colt out of the Group 1-placed You'll Be Mine (by Kingmambo) bred by Richard Henry's Premier Bloodstock and sold by Glenvale Stud. He is a grandson of Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Quarter Moon, herself dam of Diamondsandrubies.

    The likely star of tomorrow's septet is Watership Down Stud's colt out of Dar Re Mi, whose six victories included the Pretty Polly Stakes, Yorkshire Oaks and Sheema Classic. The daughter of Singspiel has already made a good start at stud as the dam of the Group 3-placed De Treville, himself an 850,000gns graduate of this sale. Granddam Darara also won the Prix Vermeille and later became an outstanding foundation mare for Watership Down as the dam of Group 1 winners Rewilding and Diaghilev (himself the 3,400,000gns sale-topper at the 2000 Tattersalls Houghton Sale).

    To gain more of an insight to the Frankel yearlings on offer today and throughout the week, watch RPTV's Frankel yearling feature on the Racing Post Bloodstock site

    Frankel. Photo: Juddmonte Farms 



    Frankel - Dar Re Mi colt showing on Saturday with Watershed Down's stud manager Terry Doherty. Photo: Tattersalls 

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  • The fireworks will likely start early today with lot 24, a Redoute's Choice half-sister to Legatissimo bred and offered by Newsells Park Stud. They are out of the Montjeu mare Yummy Mummy, bought by the stud through John Warren for 460,000gns in 2009, and from the noted Plantation Stud family of Grimpola that is also responsible for other 2015 stakes winners Racing History and Greatwood.

    Lot 24: b f Redoute's Choice - Yummy Mummy. Photo: Tattersalls 

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  • Yearlings out of Lodge Park's Alluring Park, a Listed-placed Green Desert half-sister to New Approach, have sold for a total of 7,700,000gns at Book 1 since 2010. From a sales standpoint, the most memorable is Al Naamah, who sold for an European record of 5,000,000gns to Al Shaqab Racing in 2013, and is now Group 3-placed. However, the group also includes the 2012 Epsom Oaks heroine Was, who topped the 2010 sale when selling for 1,200,000gns to Demi O'Byrne.

    This year's offering is lot 43, a Galileo brother to Was and Al Naamah. Another excellent individual, he has generated plenty of chat around the sales ground - enough to suggest he could be yet another sale-topper out of the mare.


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  • Year on year, Highclere Stud head to Tattersalls with a powerful draft, which is borne out by the fact that they have led the vendor standings in seven of the past ten years. They topped the list last year courtesy of 24 yearlings that sold 8,035,000gns, and judging by their 34-strong draft in this year's catalogue, it wouldn't be surprising to see this week provide more of the same.

    Firstly, the draft contains six yearlings by Dubawi. Then there is the Frankel colt out of the stud's star mare Model Queen while Galileo is represented by a three-parts brother to Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner Wrote.

    "We have a very strong group of horses," says Lady Carolyn Warren. "We're very lucky that we sell for some wonderful breeders that entrust us with their horses.

    "The team have worked very hard. There's Diego, our head man, and then Shami, who has built up a very good relationship with the Frankel colt. But it's a whole team effort, from the people in the office to those on the stud. They do a fantastic job and take a great pride in their work."

    An early highlight could be lot 17, an American-bred Dubawi filly sold by the stud on behalf of Kentucky operation Three Chimneys Farm. She is the second foal out of Listed winner Wild Wind, a great-granddaughter of Miesque who sold for to Three Chimneys for €1.75 million in 2012.

    "This is the first time we've sold for Three Chimneys and we're delighted to sell for them," says Warren. "She came over in the summer - she's a really strong, close coupled filly from a lovely family."

    Highclere also sells two Dubawi colts on behalf of Saeed Mañana - lot 46 is the first foal out of Oh So Sharp Stakes winner Alsindi while lot 91 is out of a Listed-placed half-sister to Goldikova.

    "Saeed Mañana has been a tremendous supporter and I should think he'll be a very proud breeder come the end of the week," says Warren. "The Born Something is a lovely mover and the Alsindi is a very powerful colt out of a good two-year-old."

    Dubawi is also the sire of a sister to this year's Oaks third Lady Of Dubai (284), bred by Luca and Sara Cumani's Fittocks Stud, and a filly related to Group 1 winners Commander Collins and Lit De Justice (97).

    "The Lady Of Everest similar to her sister," says Warren. "Perhaps a little bit bigger with more scope. She's typical of Dubawi with a lovely head and eye. The Brigitta filly is all quality with some stretch to her."



    Dubawi - Lady Of Everest filly. Photo: Tattersalls 


    Completing the Dubawi sextet is a homebred colt out of the Listed-placed Don't Forget Faith (166).

    A definite star of the show will be the stud's Frankel colt out of Model Queen. Progeny out of the mare, who cost 92,000gns in 2001, have realised a total of 3,420,0000gns at Tattersalls since 2005 and include Group 1-winning sprinter Regal Parade and smart two-year-old Entifaadha. 

    "He's pretty special," says Warren, "and hard to fault. He's a great walker who looks like he'll be a two-year-old but with the scope to go on. He has his father's head. The mare has done it with all levels of stallion."


    The Frankel - Model Queen colt and Shami. Photo: Tattersalls 


    Of various others, Warren adds: "The two New Approach colts (lots 332 and 352) are both out of strong, close coupled mares, and they are strong, powerful horses who are great movers. The Invincible Spirit - Love Everlasting colt (301) was born at Highclere and been with us right the way through. He's a great walker. The Lawman - So Silk filly (452) is another great walker and from a lovely family, and the Oasis Dream - Gemstone filly (214) looks a real two-year-old."

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  • Gr.1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner GOLDEN HORN stabled in Highflyer Paddock F, Box 73 at Book 1… instagram.com/p/8a3gu1MqW0/

  • While eyes will continue to be on the first crop of Frankel, we've seen through the season to date how well received the first yearlings by the likes of Nathaniel, Sepoy, Excelebration and Helmet have been.

    King George and Eclipse Stakes hero Nathaniel has 18 catalogued including a half-sister to Group 1 winner Spinning Queen (367), who changed hands for 300,000gns through Charlie Gordon-Watson last winter. 

    His base, Newsells Park Stud, also sends through a half-brother to Berkshire out of the Prix de l'Opera heroine Kinnaird (267). So far, Nathaniel's progeny have sold for up to £190,000 as yearlings, and the stud's general manager, Julian Dollar, is pleased with what he's seen.

    "The Nathaniels I have seen have size, strength and scope," he says. "They all seem to have a great swing to their walk. As commercial breeders, we're always trying to produce the perfect physical, but we're far too obsessed with selling 'oil paintings' and not racehorses. Obviously the conformation of a potential racehorse is pretty important, but it's a horse's temperament and attitude that really interests me. A racehorse's determination, guts and desire to win is almost more important than anything else.

    "Working with the stallions in the breeding shed, I get to know them all pretty well and I love Nathaniel's attitude. He's one of the most honest and generous horses I've ever come across. Look after him properly, show him what you want him to do and I think he'd do anything for you. He was a ball of nervous energy as a racehorse, but also seriously gutsy.  He never ran a bad race and ran to an official rating of 127 on five out of his last 6 starts, over 10 or 12f and on soft or good to firm."


    Lot 466: Nathaniel half-brother to Aktabantay. Photo: Tattersalls 

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  • As per usual, expect plenty of international participation this week.

    American owner Jon Kelly, who bought the exciting Beautiful Morning here last year, is back in town - this time he also assumes the role of vendor having pinhooked lot 357, a Street Cry colt. Agent Shawn Dugan, who bought three at Goffs last week, has made the trip as has Patrick Lawley-Wakelin, who often acts on behalf of Robert 'Shel' Evans, the owner of Tonalist, and agents Jason Litt and Alex Solis.

    Fernando Diaz Valdez of the Chilean-based Don Alberto Corporation, who have been in the news recently as the part purchaser of Empire Maker, is also at Park Paddocks - the operation is selling lot 125, a Frankel colt out of Chrysanthemum.

    Among the Japanese buyers on the grounds are trainers Noriyuki Hori, the trainer of this season's high-class Japanese colt Satono Crown (one of the last Marjus), Yoshito Yakagi and Mitsu Nakauchida. 

    China Horse Club are expected to be in action while also present is Jehan Malherbe of the South African-based Form Bloodstock.

    Yoshito Yakagi viewing horses yesterday. Photo: Tattersalls 

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  • These Frankel yearlings are set to be the star attraction as Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Sale starts today
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  • Lot 6: b c Invincible Spirit - Wallis (King's Best)

    John Warren is in action early, going to 310,000gns for this Invincible Spirit colt from Highclere Stud and 320,000gns for the next lot in the ring, a Galileo colt out of Wanna.

    Lot 6 provides a good start for his breeders Luca and Sara Cumani's Fittocks Stud. A member of the noted Fittocks Free Guest family, he is the second foal out of their Lisred winner Wallis, a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Forte Dei Marmi.
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  • Great morning @Tattersalls1766 inspecting yearlings - love this stunning Frankel ex Kirinda filly #athlete http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CQoJd3LUAAA8-cB.jpg

  • Lot 15: b c New Approach - Wild Mimosa (Dynaformer)

    Watershed Down Stud's draft opens with the sale of this homebred for 300,000gns to Charlie Gordon-Watson. He is the first foal out of his unplaced dam, who is a half-sister to Ribblesdale Stakes runner-up Twyla Tharp, the dam of The Fugue.
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  • The incredibly handsome colt by New Approach ex Wild Mimosa from The @WatershipStud consignment @Tattersalls1766. #15 http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CQf9cQEWEAEF6fP.jpg

  • We (the dingles) are at the sales. Hoping to buy from book 1, lots of nice horses let's hope we can get near a couple http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CQoM-HIWEAAildg.jpg

  • Lot 24: b f Redoute's Choice - Yummy Mummy (Montjeu)

    In front of a packed ring, the half-sister to Legatissimo sells for 725,000gns to John Magnier.

    Auctioneer Alastair Pim opened the bidding at 200,000gns for the filly, bred and sold by Newsells Park Stud. Matters eventually rested between the China Horse Club and Magnier, with the latter - who obviously knows the family particularly well - getting the final say.

    "We were lucky enough to buy Legatissimo at this sale two years ago and if this filly is half as good as her, we'll be happy," said MV Magnier. "This family has been very lucky for us - you have Fame And Glory under the second dam - and this is a lovely filly.

    "Legatissimo goes to the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf. She's been a wonderful filly for us this year and stays in training as a four-year-old."

    Lot 24 is the latest auction success story out of Yummy Mummy, for whom Newsells Park paid 460,000gns through John Warren at the 2009 Tattersalls December Sale. 

    While Legatissimo was the second most expensive Danehill Dancer yearling of her generation when selling to MV Magnier for 350,000gns, Yummy Mummy's 2011 colt by Sea The Stars realised 575,000gns here in 2012.

    "You've got to be happy that [the price]," said Julian Dollar, general manager of Newsells Park Stud. "She made her value. She's going to a great home - they know how to train daughters out of that mare! It's bittersweet as we'd have loved to have kept her but selling is our modus operandi and everyone knows that."

    Yummy Mummy has a filly foal by Shamardal and is in foal to Kingman. By Montjeu, she is a sister to Fame And Glory and a granddaughter of German 1,000 Guineas winner Grimpola, who was imported out of Germany by Plantation Stud during the mid-eighties. Grimpola wasn't a raging success for the stud herself, foaling five winners including the Listed-placed Golan Heights, but her daughters have become excellent producers for various outfits - today she features as the ancestress of Farhh and Racing History in addition to Legatissimo and Fame And Glory.


    Lot 24: b f Redoute's Choice - Yummy Mummy. Photo: Tattersalls 


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  • Lot 17: ch f Dubawi - Wild Wind (Danehill Dancer)


    Three Chimneys foray into this market as vendor is successful as John Ferguson signs at 580,000gns for their homebred filly out of Wild Wind.


    Foaled in Kentucky, the filly joined Highclere Stud in the summer on the advice of Ed Sackville.


    "Ed saw her as a foal and said to us, 'if you sell her, it must be in Europe," says Case Clay of Three Chimneys. "We checked in with Ed again earlier in the year and reiterated that advice, so we shipped her over. 




    "We're pleased with how she sold and we wish Sheikh Mohammed the best of luck with her."





    Three Chimneys paid a sale-topping €1,175,000 for Wild Wind at the 2012 Arqana December Sale. The daughter of Danehill Dancer was a smart filly for Aidan O'Brien, winning the Listed Vincent O'Brien Ruby Stakes and running placed at Group 3 level. However, she also boasts an excellent pedigree as a great-granddaughter of Miesque via Monevassia, the dam of Rumplestiltskin.


    Lot 17: ch f Dubawi - Wild Wind. Photo: Tattersalls 


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  • Lot 23: b c Frankel - You'll Be Mine (Kingmambo)


    First Frankel through the ring is knocked down for 190,000gns to Mouse O'Ryan, acting on behalf of the vendor.


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  • Lot 30: b f Galileo - A Z Warrior (Bernardini)

    This stunning daughter of Galileo, bred by Triermore Stud and sold by New England Stud, will join her brother Cole Porter within the Coolmore outfit after selling for 1,300,000gns to John Magnier. 

    Magnier had to outbid the likes of David Redvers, Hugo Lascelles and the China Horse Club for the filly, who is the second foal out of Grade 1 Frizette Stakes heroine A Z Warrior. A star of Bernardini's first crop, AZ Warrior joined Triermore Stud when sold for $1.25 million through Blandford Bloodstock at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton November Sale.

    Her sale is the second big result within a week for Triermore Stud, who also sold a Galileo colt out of Sent From Heaven for €1.2 million at the Goffs Orby Sale. 

    "She was bred by Christopher Hanbury of Triermore Stud," said Peter Stanley of New England Stud. "He's keen to expand more in the Flat and has assembled a very nice broodmare band. 

    "She's a very straightforward filly - a queen - with a lovely outlook."


    A Z Warrior's first foal, Cole Porter, has been placed on all his starts to date for Aidan O'Brien. It's an excellent family of Ahmed Zayat's further back - A Z Warrior is out of Carson Jen whose seven winners also include Grade 2 winner Jojo Warrior and Grade 3 winner E Z Warrior.


    Lot 30: b f Galileo - AZ Warrior. Photo: Tattersalls 


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  • Lot 43: b c Galileo - Alluring Park (Green Desert)

    "The stars were aligned when this colt was born.....he combines two of the best mares in memory, Urban Sea and Park Express...a colt with the wow factor..." - auctioneer John O'Kelly gave this homebred colt from Lodge Park Stud a powerful introduction as he strode into a packed ring. He didn't disappoint, selling for 1,250,000gns to John Magnier. Ibrahim Araci is the underbidder.

    He becomes the fourth million guinea yearling out of Lodge Park homebred Alluring Park following the Group 3-placed Al Naamah, who sold for a record 5,000,000gns to Al Shaqab Racing in 2013, Was (1,200,000gns), who justified her price tag for Coolmore by landing the 2012 Oaks, and the unraced Al Jassasiyah (1,500,000gns).

    "He's probably closer to Was [in looks] than any of the others," said Damian Burns of Lodge Park Stud following the sale. "He's always had strength but with the quality of Was. 

    "The mare clicks really well with the stallion. We have a full sister at home who I would say is unlikely to be seen here next year."

    Alluring Park was not covered this year.

    In addition to Was, Alluring Park is also the dam of 2010 Washington Singer Stakes winner Janood. This is a wonderful family of Lodge Park Stud's - they have bred nearly every black-type horse on the page including Alluring Park's half-siblings New Approach and Dazzling Park.


    Lot 43: b c Galileo - Alluring Park. Photo: Tattersalls 


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  • #Casamento colt (lot 56) finds lots of friends @Tattersalls1766, bought by @Doyle_Racing for 150k -30x his stud fee! http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CQol8rtWwAAcv1z.jpg

  • Lot 30: the groom of Galileo ex A Z Warrior is pretty happy with the sale too!
    #OctBk1 http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CQocTWgVEAEWWUy.jpg

  • Book 1: Coolmore has spent 3,715,000gns today already - more than half their total 2014 spend at this sale of 6,885,000gns
  • Lot 46: b c Dubawi - Alsindi (Acclamation)

    A really strong run of trading continues as Tom Goff of Blandford Bloodstock goes to 750,000gns for this colt, sold by Highclere Stud on behalf of Rabbah Bloodstock.

    He is the first foal out of Saeed Manana's Oh So Sharp Stakes heroine Alsindi and from the further family of Dick Turpin.

    "He's for a long-standing existing client - no trainer decided yet but he'll stay in Britain," said Goff. "He's a well-made, very attractive son of Dubawi with a lovely back pedigree."


    Lot 46: b c Dubawi - Alsindi. Photo: Tattersalls 

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  • Thrilled to get this @DarleyStallions Sepoy filly @Tattersalls1766 related to Invincible Spirit (pic: Tattersalls) http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CQot-nbUcAA7o91.jpg

  • Struck early and picked up lot 5 (Nathaniel ex Walk on Bye) @Tattersalls1766 for 100k. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CQouBySUcAEIU4J.jpg

  • Lot 71: b f Dubawi - Badee'a (Marju)

    Dubawi's average hits 743,333gns following the sale of this filly for 900,000gns to Michael Wallace, acting on behalf of the China Horse Club. A host of potential buyers followed this filly in, with Richard Brown and Chris Richardson those to eventually offer Wallace most competition.

    Bred and sold by Corduff Stud, she is a half-sister to Listed winners Dunelight and Sperry as well as this season's Wokingham Handicap winner Interception. Her second dam is Italian champion Miss Gris, dam of Group 3 winner Mahboob.

    "The filly was a queen to be around - she's lovely to look at," said David Egan of Corduff Stud. "And of course Dubawi is magic. Michael buys a nice horse and I'm thrilled he bought her. There were a lot of good underbidders as well."

    Badee'a joined Corduff back in 2001 when purchased for just 20,000gns through the late Joss Collins.

    "Joss bought her for us and she's been very kind to us," said Egan. "It's a lovely Charles Wilson family. I'd worked for Jonabell Farm in Kentucky so I knew the family well - [third dam] Beau Gris was there."

    Plans call for the filly to remain in Europe, said China Horse Club founder and chairman Mr Teo.

    "We like Dubawi and it looks to us a nice cross," he said. "We're putting our priorities into fillies - like the Frankel filly we bought last week [out of Alexander Goldrun]. This filly will stay in Europe, but we won't decide exactly where any of the yearlings are going until after the sales, when we'll get everyone together and sit down.

    "We missed out on a couple this morning - it's tough if you want to join the big boys - and the team had to be very disciplined. We hoped we'd get one, and we did."

    On breeding in China he added: "For now we're concentrating all our energy on Europe, the US and Australia, but in the future we'll think about moving some of the band to China."




    Lot 71: b f Dubawi - Badee'a. Photo: Tattersalls 

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  • Lot 66: b c Shamardal - Assabiyya (Cape Cross)

    John Ferguson snaps up this Shamardal colt, a grandson of Grade 2 winner Coretta, for 550,000gns. He was bred by Rabbah Bloodstock out of the winning Assabiyya and is a half-brother to two winners.
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  • Lot 75: b c Shamardal - Ballybacka Lady (Hurricane Run)

    The China Horse Club and South African-based Mayfair Speculators partner on this colt, signing in conjunction with Peter and Ross Doyle at 525,000gns.

    His sale provides a very nice markup on the 105,000gns he cost Crone Stud Farm last winter. He was sold today by Oaks Farm Stables.

    By a stallion enjoying a wonderful 2015 - and who sadly won't be available to outside breeders next year - he is the second foal out of the 2011 Derrinstown Stud 1000 Guineas Trial winner Ballybacka Lady.
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  • Lot 76: b c Exceed And Excel - Ballymore Celebre (Peintre Celebre)

    Becomes the joint most expensive Exceed And Excel ever sold in the northern hemisphere when knocked down to Shadwell Estates for 600,000gns.

    Sheikh Hamdan, who is here in person, knows his family well, having campaigned his half-brother, the 2013 July Stakes winner Anjaal. Bred and sold by Carmel Stud, he is one of four winners out of Ballymore Celebre, a half-sister to Group 3 winner Nysaean.
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  • Lot 107: b c Oasis Dream - Caphene (Sakhee)

    Liam and Jenny Norris, who sold Shalaa here last year, turn a large profit on their Oasis Dream colt - pinhooked for 160,000gns last winter, he today sells for 750,000gns to Roger Varian, acting on behalf of his new owner Sheikh . John Ferguson is the underbidder.

    "I wasn't expecting that," said Liam Norris following the sale. "He was just a really lovely foal. He's by a tremendous stallion. I love foals that walk well and he did. He's totally uncomplicated, has never taken a lame step in his life and we were excited to bring him here."

    He is the first foal out of the unplaced Caphene, a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Cassydora, dam of Ernest Hemingway. It is the famous Hesmonds Stud family of Bulaxie and Claxon.

    It could be an excellent few minutes for this family since Cassydora's Frankel filly is moments from her date in the ring.


    Lot 107: will join Roger Varian after selling for 750,000gns. Photo: Tattersalls 


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  • Lovely DREAM AHEAD Colt bought well today for 82,000. Up for grabs @lucacumani #properhorse http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CQpBSvpUsAAnDac.jpg

  • Lot 113; b f Frankel - Cassydora (Darshaan) 

    Second Frankel of the day is unsold at 285,000gns.

    The filly was bred and offered by Barronstown Stud. She is out of Grade 3 winner Cassydora and a three-parts sister to the former Aidan O'Brien-trained Ballyroan Stakes winner Ernest Hemingway. He is now with Ron McAnally in California and likely to stand in Chile at the end of his racing career.
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  • With 87 lots sold (84%), the average is running at an incredible 250,506gns, up 33% from the corresponding day in 2014.

    A total of 11 lots have made 500,000gns or more. MV Magnier is currently the leading buyer, having signed for 3.935 million guineas worth of yearlings.
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  • Lot 125; b c Frankel - Chrysanthemum (Danehill Dancer)

    This colt, offered by Camas Park Stud, is bought back for 280,000gns.

    He made headlines last year as Frankel's first foal born (on January 11). He is also the first foal out of his dam, Chrysanthemum, who won five races for Coolmore and David Wachman, including a pair of Group 3 races. She was knocked down for 800,000gns to Eaton Sales at the 2013 Tattersalls December Sale and it later transpired that she had changed hands to the Chilean operation Don Alberto Corporation, an emerging force at the top end of the market in the US.

    This colt is particularly inbred - 3x3 to both Sadler's Wells and Danehill.
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  • This boy will be wearing the famous blue&white colours of @ShadwellStud after selling for 380,000gns #DarkAngel http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CQpWK4VU8AAkM2X.jpg

  • Lot 142: b c Galileo - Crystal Valkyrie (Danehill)

    Another big result for the Christopher Hanbury's Triermore Stud as his Galileo half-brother to Group 3 winners Above Average and Sent From Heaven sells for 600,000gns to Peter Doyle, acting on behalf of the Mayfair Speculators and Coolmore.

    Only last week, another member of this family - a Galileo colt out of Sent From Heaven - sold for €1.25 million. 

    As with this morning's 1,300,000gns filly, lot 142 was sold by New England Stud.

    "We'll decide who will train him later on but he's for a partnership between Coolmore and Mayfair Speculators," said Doyle. "We bought one here last year and one this morning with the China Horse Club - that's the first time we've partnered with them. We've bought more at Arqana in the last two years. Andre Fabre and Nicolas Clement train for them in France.

    "We're looking for nice colts and fillies with good pedigrees. They have some lovely farms in South Africa and if they're good enough, they could always go back there later on.'


    Lot 142: b c Galileo - Crystal Valkyrie. Photo: Tattersalls 


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  • Lot 145: b c Nathaniel - Danehill Dreamer (Danehill)

    A major vote of confidence for Nathaniel as a first-crop colt by the Newsells Park stallion from Camas Park Stud sells for 675,000gns to John Magnier. Angus Gold, John Warren and Anthony Stroud were among the underbidders.

    Bought for 125,000gns by Camas Park Stud in this ring as a foal, he is a half-brother to three winners and out of an unraced half-sister to Group 1 winners Summoner and Compton Admiral.
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  • Lot 148: b c Frankel - Dar Re Mi (Singspiel)

    There was barely standing room as one of the most eagerly anticipated lots of the day, the Frankel colt out of multiple Group 1 winner Dar Re Mi, walked into the ring. Edmond Mahony asked for an opening bid of 500,000gns for the colt and kicked off proceedings at 100,000gns. 

    Grant Pritchard-Gordon of Badgers Bloodstock tried hard to secure the colt but it was John Gosden, who trained Dar Re Mi and currently handles her two-year-old So Mi Dar, who signed the ticket at 750,000gns. Gosden was acting on behalf of Al Shaqab Racing.

    "Obviously it is a family I know well," said Gosden. "This is a fine, good-looking colt. It is plenty of money for a colt by an unproven sire - but the money a few lots earlier for the Nathaniel was the same situation."

    Gosden trained Dar Re Mi to win six races including the Pretty Polly Stakes, Yorkshire Oaks and Sheema Classic. The daughter of Singspiel has already made a good start at stud since her first foal is the Group 3-placed De Treville, himself an 850,000gns graduate of this sale. Granddam Darara also won the Prix Vermeille and later became an outstanding foundation mare for Watership Down as the dam of Group 1 winners Rewilding and Diaghilev (himself the 3,400,000gns sale-topper at the 2000 Tattersalls Houghton Sale).
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  • Lot 156: ch f Sepoy - Demerger (Distant View)

    This half-sister to Sole Power is bought back for 550,000gns.
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  • FIRST-CROP SIRE WATCH

    BATED BREATH: 1 sold for 230,000gns

    BORN TO SEA: 2 offered, 1 sold for 80,000gns

    CASAMENTO: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of 175,000gns

    FAME AND GLORY: 1 sold for 65,000gns

    FOXWEDGE: 1 offered, not sold

    FRANKEL: 5 offered, 2 sold for an average of 450,000gns (including private sale of lot 23 for 150,000gns to Dermot Farrington)

    HARBOUR WATCH: 1 sold for 45,000gns

    HELMET: 1 sold for 100,000gns

    MAYSON: 1 sold for 78,000gns

    NATHANIEL: 6 offered, 4 sold for an average of 225,000gns

    POWER: 1 sold for 160,000gns

    SEPOY: 2 offered, 1 sold for 250,000gns

    SIR PRANCEALOT: 1 sold for 32,000gns

    Nathaniel's good day included this 675,000gns colt out of Danehill Dreamer. Photo: Tattersalls 

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  • Today featured participation from a broad spectrum of buyers, both domestic and international. While MV Magnier was the leading buyer, Al Shaqab Racing actually paid a total of 4,695,000gns for 17 lots bought through a variety of agents.

    TOP THREE BUYERS:

    MV MAGNIER: 4 bought for a total of 4,610,000gns

    JOHN FERGUSON: 9 bought for a total of 3,405,000gns

    SHADWELL ESTATE COMPANY: 6 bought for a total of 2,490,000gns

    International buying interests included Frank Lyons, acting on behalf of American owner Richard Santulli, South African operation Mayfair Speculators, Hong Kong Jockey Club and Kenji Ryotokuji.
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  • TOP THREE VENDORS:

    HIGHCLERE STUD: 11 sold for a total of 3,820,000gns

    NEW ENGLAND STUD: 5 sold for a total of 2,960,000gns

    CAMAS PARK STUD: 7 sold for a total of 1,775,000gns
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  • TOP THREE SIRES (by average, more than one sold)

    GALILEO: 7 sold for an average of 611,429gns

    DUBAWI: 7 sold for an average of 477,143gns

    FRANKEL: 2 sold for an average of 450,000gns
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  • TOP THREE LOTS

    30) b f Galileo - A Z Warrior (Bernardini), sold by New England Stud for 1,300,000gns to MV Magnier

    43) b c Galileo - Alluring Park (Green Desert), sold by Lodge Park Stud for 1,250,000gns to MV Magnier

    71) b f Dubawi - Badee'a (Marju), sold by Corduff Stud for 900,000gns to the China Horse Club


    Ollie Fowlston sells the 1,300,000gns Galileo filly. Photo: Tattersalls 


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  • DAY ONE STATISTICS

    Offered: 152

    Sold: 23 (81%)

    Aggregate: 29,679,000gns (+47%)

    Average: 241,293gns (+28%)

    Colts average: 246,257gns

    Fillies average: 233,796gns

    Median: 160,000gns (+14%)

    No. successful pinhooks: 26 of 40
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