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Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Book 1 - Day One - Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Yearling sales season makes its way to Park Paddocks for Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale. Nancy Sexton brings you all the news and reflections on the top lots with her live blog

    Saturday's Sun Chariot Stakes winner Alice Springs, Juddmonte International hero Postponed and top sprinter Profitable adorn this year’s catalogue. However, they only tell half the story for what is Europe's premier yearling sale. 
    Highland Reel, who ran such a game second in the Arc, passed through the sale for 460,000gns in 2013, while in Dubai, the likes of Muarrab and Tryster have struck at Group 1 level. In Hong Kong, meanwhile, the evergreen Blazing Speed continues to hold his own at the top level. Such performers complement the likes of Golden Horn, Legatissimo, Night Of Thunder and Shalaa, each of whom represented the sale to great effect in 2015.
    Expectations are always high at this sale but it's safe to say that last year's renewal exceeded industry hopes. Led by a 2,100,000gns daughter of Dubawi, a record turnover of 82,744,500gns was established, making it the highest grossing sale in European auction history. The average was 222,431gns while the median was 150,000gns.
    A total of 551 yearlings have been catalogued this time around. 50 are the own or half-siblings to Classic and/or Group 1 winners, among them these first day highlights:
    2) ch c Declaration Of War - Danetime Out (Danetime): an early highlight is this colt, a half-brother to Toormore and Estidhkaar bred and offered by Jimmy Murphy's Redpender Stud
    5) ch c Frankel - Dash To The Front (Diktat); the first of 17 Frankel yearlings catalogued, this Meon Valley homebred is a half-brother to Speedy Boarding, winner of the Prix Jean Romanet and Sunday's Prix de l'Opera since the publication of the catalogue
    12) b f Frankel - Diary (Green Desert); out of a mare that cost Qatar Bloodstock 1,300,000gns in 2010, this Frankel filly is a half-sister to champion sprinter Total Gallery, Listed winner Tempest Fugit and the Group 1-placed Lady Darshaan
    22) ch c Dalakhani - Echelon (Danehill); a member of Cheveley Park Stud's excellent Exclusive Order family, this colt is a brother to Integral
    39) b c Dubawi - Fallen For You (Dansili); offered by Norris Bloodstock on behalf of Philippa Cooper, who has returned to the auction place with several of her homebreds after a number of years, he is the second foal out of Cooper's Coronation Stakes winner Fallen For You
    47) ch f Galileo - Faraday Light (Rainbow Quest); one of 21 by her sire catalogued, she is a half-sister to Just The Judge
    54) b c Dream Ahead - Flanders (Common Grounds); half-brother to four stakes horses including champion sprinter G Force and Grade 3 winner Louvain, dam of Poule d'Essai des Pouliches heroine Flotilla. His sister, the winning Fleeting Dream, made 400,000gns here two years ago
    58) gr f Dark Angel - Folga (Atraf); the sister to Mecca's Angel and Markaz. The mare's 2014  filly, Dirayah, realised 825,000gns here to Oliver St Lawrence last year
    71) ch c Champs Elysees - Galicuix (Galileo); the half-brother to Galileo Gold. The mare's two-year-old, Choumicha, made a highly promising start to her career last month when placed on her debut at Kempton
    74) b f High Chaparral - Ghurra (War Chant); the half-sister to Shalaa, recent winner of the Bengough Stakes on his comeback
    89) b c Declaration Of War - Guantanamera (Sadler's Wells); the half-brother to Simple Verse and Even Song
    104) b c Sea The Stars - Hoity Toity (Darshaan); the half-brother to Coronation and Matron Stakes winner Lillie Langtry, herself dam of Minding
    109) b f Galileo - Hveger (Danehill); another Galileo filly on offer at this sale out of the Group 1-placed Hveger, a half-sister to Australian stars Elvstroem and Haradasun. Past graduates out of this mare include King George hero Highland Reel, second in the Juddmonte International and Arc since the publication of the catalogue, and the Anglo-Irish Derby placed Idaho, also winner of the Great Voltigeur Stakes
    110) b c Dubawi - I'm A Dreamer (Noverre); the first foal out of Beverly D Stakes winner I'm A Dreamer
    113) b f Dubawi - Icon Project (Empire Maker); out of runaway Personal Ensign Stakes winner Icon Project
    116) b c Dubawi - Independence (Selkirk); half-brother to Mount Nelson and Monitor Closely out of the 2001 Sun Chariot Stakes winner
    125) b c Dansili - Izzi Top (Pivotal); the second foal out of the Pretty Polly Stakes and Prix Jean Romanet heroine, herself a member of the royal Reprocolor dynasty, this colt is a half-brother to an Oasis Dream colt that realised 1,100,000gns here last year
    141) ch f Exceed And Excel - Lady Of The Desert (Rahy); if any filly catalogued is bred to be a two-year-old, then this is it. Out of the 2009 Lowther Stakes winner, herself a daughter of champion two-year-old Queen's Logic, she is a half-sister to Queen Kindly, winner of the Lowther Stakes since the publication of the catalogue
    166) b c Dansili - Loveisallyouneed (Sadler's Wells); the half-brother to last year's sale-topper, he is out of an unraced sister to Yesterday and Quarter Moon
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    Lot 39: b c Dubawi - Fallen For You (Dansili)
    Philippa Cooper's decision to return to Tattersalls as a vendor reaps tremendous rewards as her Dubawi colt out of Fallen For You becomes the most expensive yearling sold in the world this year at 2,600,000gns. John Ferguson, flanked by Charlie Appleby and Dick O'Gorman, signed the ticket.
    The price eclipses last year's ceiling of 2,100,000gns that was realised by a yearling by the same sire.
    Lot 39: c Dubawi - Fallen For You
    John O'Kelly asked for an opening bid of 750,000gns as the colt was offered in front of a packed ring. He had to drop to 300,000gns to open proceedings but from there the bidding took off. David Redvers, Sun Stud and Markus Jooste each made a powerful play for the colt but in the end it boiled down to a bidding match between Postponed's trainer Roger Varian and John Ferguson, both of whom were at times bidding in increments of 200,000gns.
    "Dubawi now has stock on the ground out of mares who are truly exceptional," said Ferguson. "And the situation with this colt is that he's the second foal out of a Coronation Stakes winner.
    "He's a wonderfully balanced, athletic horse. One of the best Dubawis here - top of the range. So he was a horse that was always going to make a lot of money.'
    The colt is the second foal out of Cooper's 2012 Coronation Stakes winner Fallen For You. In turn, she is out of another distinguished filly of Cooper's in Fallen Star; bought for 140,000gns here as a yearling in 1999, the daughter of Brief Truce won the Listed Silver Trophy Stakes at Ascot and has since bred five winners, among them Listed winner Fallen Idol and the Group 2-placed Fallen In Love (dam of Listed winner Loving Things) in addition to Fallen For You.

    “They were here to be sold and had extremely realistic reverses," said his breeder Philippa Cooper. "I don’t think people quite believed the reserves when they were on the market. No running-up, totally out there and above board.


    “I’m so proud for all the others, I know how much it means to the Norrises and how much it means to my team at home, most of which are back home grafting.”


    “Fallen For You has a Frankel colt foal and is back in foal to Dubawi. I’ll keep the Frankel colt because I’ve had two mares abort to him. I’ve got a live foal now and I think I deserve to race him.

    Asked how she would feel watching him race in someone else’s colours, she said: “I’m so pleased someone else can risk it! I couldn’t afford to keep him. I’ve got 1.1million in nominations to pay this week."

    Lot 39 was followed into the ring by Fallen Star's colt by New Approach. Ferguson was less successful on this occasion, falling second best to John Warren at 420,000gns.
    Lot 40: c New Approach - Fallen Star
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    Lot 180: b c Dubawi - Marine Bleue (Desert Prince)
    Another Dubawi lights up the ring but this time, the colt in question doesn't fall to John Ferguson. Instead it is Ross Doyle who signs the ticket at 900,000gns after fending off Laurent Benoit of Broadhurst Agency.
    It later transpires that the colt was bought back.
    He was bred by Qatar Bloodstock and offered through The Castlebridge Consignment.
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