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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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  • Once again, Tattersalls have attracted an array of international buyers to the sale.
     
    American money was very evident at Goffs and many of those same buyers are expected to be active this week, among them Zayat Stables, whose team of Justin Casse and David Ingordo have been working the grounds over the past two days. Justin Zayat is due to arrive today.
     
    Patrick Lawley-Wakelin, who often acts on behalf of Robert 'Shel' Evans, has also made the trip as has Andrew Rosen.
     
    It will be interesting to see which other American owners/agents make the most of today's advantageous exchange rate.
     
    Sun Stud were also active at Goffs last week and fresh from landing the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere with National Defense - one of only a handful of horses they have in training in Europe - they are expected to be active once again.
     
    One of the talking points of last year's sale was the presence of the South African-based Mayfair Speculators, who came away from Newmarket with 12 lots bought in conjunction with Peter and Ross Doyle worth a total of 4.89 million guineas. In the process, they struck up strategic partnerships with the China Horse Club and Qatar Racing. Headed by leading South African owner Markus Jooste, they also own an interest in Douglas Macarthur, a 1.25 million guineas here last year.
     
    Add in the spending power of Jessica Slack, who often buys through Jehan Malherbe's Form Bloodstock, and South African investment promises to be a driving force at this sale.
     
    Tattersalls have also welcomed several powerful buying parties from Japan, notably those belonging to the Shadai Farm group. Champion trainer Yoshito Yahagi, the up-and-coming Mitsu Nakauchida and Takashi Iiyama, who represents Kenji Ryotokuji (also active at Goffs) are other potential Japanese buyers on the grounds.
     
    "We've felt all along that it's a good catalogue," says Tattersalls' marketing director Jimmy George. "The quality of European stallions has been as strong as it's ever been and when you have so many of those horses catalogued to one sale, it is going to attract leading buyers from around the world."
     
    On the flip side, a number of international outfits are also selling yearlings, among them the China Horse Club, Andrew Rosen, Will Farish, Earle Mack, Greg Goodman's Mt. Brilliant Farm and John and Tanya Gunther.
     
     
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  • As in 2015, each lot is eligible for the Tattersalls October Book 1 bonus, in which sale graduates win an additional £25,000 should they win a class 2, 3, or 4 2yo maiden/novice race during the 2017 Flat Turf season. Eligibility is confirmed through a payment of £1,000 due by March 1, 2017.

     

    Tattersalls have paid out 31 bonuses so far this year, starting back on May 1 when the classy Global Applause won his debut at Newmarket for Dr Johnny Hon, a new owner to British racing.

    Bonuses have been won since then by a wide variety of horses. Seven cost 50,000gns or below, including 32,000gns yearling Kilmah, the Prestige Stakes winner who paid for herself in one swoop when successful on her debut at Newmarket.

    "There's no doubt that it was well received," says Jimmy George. "But the idea of winning an extra £25,000 was always going to go down well - at the very least that pays a chunk of the training fees and in some cases they paid for themselves. The great thing is that so many of them were bought for 100,000gns or less." 

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  • Sheikh Mohammed expected to attend
     
    As people cottoned on to the fact that Godolphin were selling more than they were buying at Keeneland - John Ferguson did buy $2.245 million worth of stock at the September Sale but against that, Godolphin were on record as selling 53 yearlings, a number that doesn't include the various foal shares they were associated with - questions were naturally raised as to how this sales season would pan out. More than one high-profile vendor has remarked 'who is going to buy my Dubawi?'
     
    This year, the great stallion has 21 catalogued, up from 11 in 2015 and 10 in 2014, when Darley were shopping more aggressively privately.
     
    After being absent from the sheets at Arqana and GoffsUK, Ferguson did make his presence felt at Goffs last week when paying €1.4 million for the Dubawi - Beauty Parlour colt. Overall, he signed for eight lots worth €2.68 million, enough to make him leading buyer. Other than the sale-topping Dubawi colt, they ranged from €220,000 to €80,000.
     
    Which has to be good news to vendors. Better news, however, is that Sheikh Mohammed is reportedly due to attend today's sale. He is expected to arrive around midday. 
     
    Ferguson's expenditure has obviously been vitally important to recent editions of Book 1, with the operation coming away with €8.4 million worth of stock last year and a whopping €17.465 million in 2014.
     
    Godolphin are selling a select group of three yearlings here and another small group of mares at the upcoming Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Fall Sale in New York. Rabbah Bloodstock have approximately 30 yearlings catalogued but they are always well represented here on the selling front.
     
     
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  • One of the stars of today's show promises to be lot 109, the latest offering out of Hveger.
     
    So successful has this family been in recent weeks that her page was out of date only a matter of days following publication of the catalogue.
     
    Matters came to a fore on Juddmonte International day when her brothers Idaho won the Great Voltigeur Stakes and Highland Reel ran second in the Juddmonte International. Since then, Highland Reel has run second in the Arc.
     
    Hveger, a Group 1-placed sister to Elvstroem and half-sister to Haradasun, is also dam of the Group 1-placed Valdemoro. Her two-year-old, Cercle de la Vie, sold for 460,000gns to Mayfair Speculators and Peter and Ross Doyle here last year and is in training with Andre Fabre.
     
    Progeny out of Hveger have realised 2.12 million guineas at this sale since 2012.
     
    A good result today would cap a memorable few days for her vendor Camas Park Stud, who are offering her on behalf of the Hveger Syndicate, since not only did they sell Highland Reel as a yearling but also pinhooked Red Evie, dam of the winner Found.
     
    Lot 109: b f Galileo - Hveger
     
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  • Year after year, buyers have headed down the hill to Paddock DD view descendants of Meon Valley Stud's wonderful foundation mare One In A Million.
     
    Bought for 18,500gns in this ring in 1977, the daughter of Rarity was the champion three-year-old filly of 1979 by virtue of wins in the 1,000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes (on the disqualification of Buz Kashi). However, she went on to foal one arguably even better in Milligram, a brilliant miler who won the 1987 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and emulated her dam in the Coronation Stakes. As a result, this family has been a regular, and popular, fixture at this sale since then.
     
    It has been on show again in recent days through the stud's Speedy Boarding, a great-granddaughter of Milligram who ran out the brave winner of Sunday's Prix de l'Opera. Prior to that, the James Fanshawe-trained daughter of Shamardal had won the Prix Jean Romanet. 
     
    Today, fresh off the back of that major update, the stud will offer her Frankel half-brother. Catalogued early as lot 5, he is a half-brother to two other winners including Next Stage, who sold here for 800,000gns in 2014, and out of Warwickshire Oaks winner Dash To The Front.
     
    Remarkably, the Weinfeld's Meon Valley have bred the vast majority of the 19 stakes winners that appear on his catalogue page. In addition to the branch belonging to Milligram, they include those that descend from her Group 2-placed half-sister Someone Special, another excellent producer for Meon Valley who bred champion One So Wonderful and Dante Stakes winner Alnasr Alwasheek.
     
    As successful as Someone Special was at stud, however, her record also served to highlight the disappointing stud career of Milligram.
     
    Foaled in 1984 and trained by Sir Michael Stoute, Milligram struck up a memorable rivalry with Miesque, who had the measure of her British rival when beating her into second in the 1986 Prix Marcel Boussac and 1987 1,000 Guineas.
     
    Milligram went on to enjoy a fruitful summer, capturing the Coronation Stakes by seven lengths, and the Waterford Crystal Mile, and thus came into the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in rude form. Under an aggressive ride from Pat Eddery, the Mill Reef filly turned the tables on her old rival, repelling Miesque to win by two and a half lengths with another top miling filly Sonic Lady well in arrears.
     
    "Milligram was a beautiful filly, light framed but very athletic," remembered Mark Weinfeld, owner of Meon Valley Stud, yesterday. "She didn't particularly like people - she was very much her own person. 
     
    "We'd had good fillies before, like One In A Million, but Milligram was our first really good homebred. She was one of those that Sir Michael Stoute liked from day one." 
     

    At stud, Milligram was sent to a variety of American and British stallions, to whom she foaled five minor winners from 11 foals. One daughter, Alligram, did come up with the Sun Chariot Stakes winner Kissogram in her first year at stud but today, the line is at its most healthiest through Millennium Dash. By Nashwan, and therefore bred along similar lines to One So Wonderful, she won over 1m2f for Luca Cumani before running down the field on her third and final start in the Princess Royal Stakes.

     
    "Milligram wasn't a great breeder and perhaps she wasn't best mated," says Weinfeld. "But Millennium Dash was actually useful. She won a race for us but then had one or two niggles and we decided to retire her. Had we pressed on, there was the feeling she could have got black-type. 
     

    "She went to Montjeu in his first season and bred Dash To The Top, who ran second in the Yorkshire Oaks and third in the Fillies Mile."

     

    Just days after Dash To The Top had run so well behind Playful Act at Ascot, Meon Valley offered her Diktat half-sister here in Book 1. Despite the update, however, they brought her home when bidding stalled at 75,000gns.

     

    Named Dash To The Front and sent to James Fanshawe, she went on to win the Warwickshire Oaks.

     

    Exactly the same auction fate befell her daughter Speedy Boarding when she came up for sale here three years ago; offered in Book 1, she was bought back for 95,000gns.

     

    "Speedy Boarding was a lovely yearling but wasn't a precocious, two-year-old type," says Weinfeld. "She had a page to start off with, a bonus, so we decided to retain her."

     

    A career in the paddocks now beckons for Speedy Boarding as it does for last year's Prix de la Nonette winner Jazzi Top, who was retired due to injury earlier this year.

     

    The stud is already home to ten members of the One In A Million clan, which also remains home to Dash To The Front, Dash To The Top and Millennium Dash. Milligram died last year at the great age of 31.

     

    "Milligram was a light-framed filly but this branch of the family are very good looking," says Weinfeld. "Dash To The Top is very good looking, Dash To The Front is a bit rangier. 
     
    "We still have Millennium Dash but she hasn't been a great breeder in recent years. She was barren four years in a row and we were going to stop with her but we looked at Champs Elysees and Simon [Mockridge] said why don't we give it a go, and she got in foal."
     
    Dash To The Front has a colt foal by Dansili and is in foal to Golden Horn. Dash To The Top has a filly foal by Frankel and is in foal to Dansili.
     
    For now, however, all eyes will be on Dash To The Front's colt by Frankel, the first of 21 by his sire to sell this week.
     
    "He's more the finished article than Speedy Boarding was at this stage," says Weinfeld of the flashy chestnut. "He's settled down really well since he's been here. Sometimes they can improve for being here but then for others, it becomes a bit much. But he's showing really well and is pretty chilled."
     
    Lot 5: ch c Frankel - Dash To The Front
     
     
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  • Lot 2: ch c Declaration Of War - Danetime Out (Danetime)
     
    Declaration Of War gets off to a strong start as MV Magnier, standing with Markus Jooste and his team, outbids Jeremy Bruit at 290,000gns for this half-brother to Toormore and Estidhkaar. Coolmore of course stand Declaration Of War but this is the first yearling by the stallion that the operation have officially signed for in Europe.
     
    Magnier also paid $400,000 for a colt at Keeneland.
     
    He becomes the fourth six figure yearling sold by Jimmy Murphy's Redpender Stud out of Danetime Out. By contrast, the mare herself didn't realise more than €7,000 on her five trips through the ring - it would be a very different story today. 
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  • Lot 5: ch c Frankel - Dash To The Front (Diktat)
     
    Early fireworks. Meon Valley Stud's Frankel colt was always going to be one of the early attractions given the exploits of his half-sister Speedy Boarding and so it proves as Angus Gold signs at 500,000gns.
     
    "It's wonderful for a vendor to receive a Group 1 update like that," said Gold. "He's immature but a lovely, athletic colt and Sheikh Hamdan liked him a lot. He's by a stallion that we all know about and let's hope we can do as well with the Frankels as everyone else."
     
     
    The colt is the third Frankel purchased by Shadwell this year. The operation also bought the 700,000gns half-brother to Arcano here last year and appear to have a promising homebred from his first crop in their possession in the Owen Burrows-trained Alfawaris, who went into many notebooks when staying on into third behind Swiss Storm on his debut at Newbury. 
     
    "Alfawaris ran very well at Newbury," said Gold. "It was a good performance considering it was his first run and the fact he'd only been in training since May."
     
    Sheikh Hamdan pictured with lot 5 on Monday
     
     
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  • Lot 8: ch c Shamardal - Deborah (New Approach)
     
    John Ferguson is quick to make his presence felt, going to 130,000gns for Philippa Cooper's Shamardal colt. He is the first foal out of his unraced dam, a daughter of Group 3 winner Danelissima.
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  • Lot 12: b f Frankel - Diary (Green Desert)
     
    Joe Foley and Barry Weisbord clash on this filly from Jamie Railton, another popular offering by Frankel and a half-sister to Prix de l'Abbaye winner Total Gallery. In the end it is Foley who comes out on top, signing at 675,000gns on behalf of Steve Parkin's Clipper Logistics.
     
    We have a nice Frankel filly with David O'Meara," said Foley. "She hasn't run yet but she's nice. We bought another nice Frankel filly at Goffs last week, she's out of Ramruma. I don't think you can have enough Frankels. He's putting an engine into them, and doing things we haven't seen before. 
     
    "She'll go back to Ballyhane to be broken and then we'll decide from there where she'll go."
     
    This filly was bred by Qatar Racing, who paid 1,300,000gns for Diary at the 2010 Tattersalls December Sale. The daughter of Green Desert had had a colourful life before that, winning in Greece and then changing hands for just 11,000gns in 2005 to Seamus Kennedy before Total Gallery and the Group 1-placed Lady Darshaan emerged to enhance the family.
     
     
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  • Lot 17: b f Invincible Spirit - Dress Rehearsal (Galileo)
     
    Mayfair Speculators, MV Magnier and Peter and Ross Doyle go to 450,000gns for this filly from Camas Park Stud, who becomes another high hitting yearling out of Ben Sangster's Dress Rehearsal. The daughter of Galileo, winner of the Grade 3 Orchid Stakes at Gulfstream Park, was responsible for last year's Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale-topper Glory Or Nothing, a Tapit colt who sold for $2,000,000 to El Capi Racing - only yesterday, that colt recorded his first work at Saratoga.
     
    This filly is the fifth foal out of Dress Rehearsal, whose sole runner to date, Christophermarlowe, ran third in last year's Lingfield Derby Trial before heading to Hong Kong. Further back it is the family of classy sprinter Muthmir.
     
     
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  • Lot 27: b f Frankel - Ellbeedee (Dalakhani)
     
    Third Frankel through the ring, a relation to Just The Judge, falls to Japanese owner Tomokazu Lizuka bidding through Mitsu Nakauchida and Hanako Varian for 250,000gns. Hugo Palmer was underbidder on the filly, offered by New England Stud on behalf of Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar.
     
    Good horses campaigned by Lizuka include Shadow Gate, winner of the 2010 Singapore Airlines International Cup and now at stud at Longford House Stud.
     
     
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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 47: ch f Galileo - Faraday Light (Rainbow Quest)
     
    The half-sister to Just The Judge will join John Gosden after selling for 525,000gns to Tom Goff of Blandford Bloodstock.
     
    Sold by Ballylinch Stud on behalf of Joan Keaney Dempsey, she is the seventh foal out of her dam, an unplaced half-sister to the Classic-placed High Heeled, herself dam of recent Listed winner Pabouche. 
     
    While Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Just The Judge is the headline act of Faraday Light's three winners, the mare has also bred the Listed-placed Obliterator.
     
     
     
    "Make no mistake, 525,000gns is a lot of money," said Goff. "But the reality is that she's a Galileo half-sister to a Classic winner and out of a Rainbow Quest mare. It's a great family.
     
    "She's not a giant but then she's a May foal. And I thought she was the most magnificent mover. She's come from a great farm and I'm delighted to have bought her."
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  • Lot 52: b c Dubawi - First City (Diktat)
     
    Another Dubawi for Ferguson as Sheikh Mohammed's advisor goes to 550,000gns for this colt, bred by Rabbah Bloodstock out of the high-class First City.
     
    "First City was a very talented mare who was rated 117," said Ferguson. "She's a young mare."
     
    Sold through Genesis Green Stud, he is the second foal out of First City following a two-year-old sister named She. First City ran third in the Falmouth Stakes but she particularly thrived in Dubai where she was the Group 2 Cape Verdi Stakes and ran second in the Balanchine Stakes. She is a half-sister to three winners including Sea Fox, a recent third in the Royal Lodge Stakes.
     
     
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  • Lot 58: gr f Dark Angel - Folga (Atraf)
     
    Mecca's Angel's sister is bought by Charlie Gordon-Watson for 400,000gns. While Mecca's Angel was bought for the bargain sum of 16,000gns by Michael Dods, her two-year-old sister made 825,000gns here last year - not bad for a mare who cost connections Yeomanstown Stud and Doc Bloodstock 38,000gns as a five-year-old.
     
    Lot 58: sister to Mecca's Angel
     
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  • Lot 71: ch c Champs Elysees - Galicuix (Galileo)
     
    Galileo Gold's half-brother sells for 220,000gns to Tom Goff of Blandford Bloodstock. Offered by Houghton Bloodstock on behalf of Pantile Stud, he sells just two minutes before his half-sister Choumicha obliges on her second start for Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar at Leicester.
     
    Lot 71: the half-brother to Galileo Gold
     
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  • Lot 72: b f Dubawi - Gemstone (Galileo)
     
    Another high-profile strike for Blandford Bloodstock as Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock lands this Dubawi filly at 525,000gns.
     
    Sold by her part-breeder Highclere Stud, she is a half-sister to minor winner Bedrock and out of Listed scorer Gemstone.
     
    Dubawi's average is currently running at 987.500gns for four sold.
     
    Lot 72: b f Dubawi - Gemstone
     
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  • Lot 75: b c Dubawi - Giants Play (Giant's Causeway)
     
    Becomes the second seven figure lot of the day when selling for 1,200,000gns to John Ferguson.
     
    The colt represents another triumph for his breeder Newsells Park Stud, who enjoyed another fine result with Dubawi last year as the vendor of last year's 2,100,000gns sale-topping filly.
     
    This particular colt is the third foal out of Giant's Play, an $850,000 yearling purchase by the stud through John Warren who went on to win the Grade 2 New York Stakes at Belmont Park. Her first foal is Playful Sound, unbeaten in three starts and a contender for Friday's Pride Stakes, while her second Azam recently shaped promisingly for John Gosden when fourth on his debut at Newmarket.
     
    Giants Play is out of Fillies' Mile heroine Playful Act, herself a half-brother to Newsells Park resident Nathaniel.
     
    "He's always been a nice colt," said stud manager Julian Dollar following the sale. "Giants Play was the last horse we bought before Mr Jacobs passed away. She was useful for Sir Michael Stoute and then for Christophe Clement in the US.
     
    "We took the decision not to offer her first foal Playful Sound. Hopefully, she'll run in the Pride Stakes and I suspect she'll stay in training. I know Sir Michael likes her. It's a very progressive family."
     
     
    Giants Play has a colt foal by Dubawi and is back in foal to the same stallion.
     
    Lot 75: b c Dubawi - Giants Play
     
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  • Lot 76: b f Dubawi - Gift Range (Spectrum)
     
    Another Dubawi for Ferguson - this filly becomes the fourth by the sire to join Godolphin after selling for 525,000gns.
     
    Out of the Listed-placed Gift Range, a sister to Golan and Tartan Bearer, she was sold by Corduff Stud on behalf of Ballymacoll Farm, a rare vendor in the yearling market.
     
    You can read more on the decision by Ballymacoll to sell the filly here.
     
    Lot 76: b f Dubawi - Gift Range
     
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  • Lot 85: b c Galileo - Gooseberry Fool (Danehill Dancer)
     
    Galileo yearlings bred by the Kentucky-based Mt. Brilliant Farm have been a regular feature of recent renewals of this sale and today, the farm, owned by Greg Goodman, achieves a fine result with the sale of this colt for 750,000gns to MV Magnier, Mayfair Speculators and Peter and Ross Doyle. He was sold by Watership Down Stud.
     
    The colt is the first foal out of the Group 3-placed Gooseberry Fool, for whom Mt. Brilliant paid 440,000gns when the mare was a two-year-old at the 2011 Tattersalls December Sale.
     
    This is one of the deepest families in the stud book: Gooseberry Fool is out of Nassau and Sun Chariot Stakes winner Last Second and therefore a half-brother to Aussie Rules while her second dam is none other than blue hen Alruccaba.
     
    He was the second Galileo sold today by Mt Brilliant following a colt out of Famous, who was sold by Highclere Stud for 140,000gns to Highflyer Bloodstock.
     
    Lot 85: b c Galileo - Gooseberry Fool
     
     
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  • Lot 87: b c Sea The Stars - Gotlandia (Anabaa)
     
    €200,000 is a hefty figure for a pinhook but in this case the colt in question turns a tremendous profit when reselling for 700,000gns to Charlie Gordon-Watson.
     
    Sunderland Holding Inc., the nom-de-plume of the Tsui family who bred and raced Sea The Stars, pinhooked the colt, who is the first foal out of Listed winner Gotlandia. He was sold today by Mount Coote Stud.
     
    Lot 87: b c Sea The Stars - Gotlandia
     
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  • Lot 102: br c Shamardal - Hikari (Galileo)
     
    Corduff Stud, which enjoyed such a strong Book 1 last year, have made a strong start this time around, firstly as the vendor of the 525,000gns Dubawi - Gift Range filly and now through this colt, who sells for 725,000gns to Shadwell Estates. Roger Varian was the underbidder.
     
    The colt was knocked down to the Kentucky-based McMahon & Hill Bloodstock for 220,000gns as a foal.
     
    He is the first foal out of Hikari, a winning half-sister to Oh So Sharp Stakes winner Raymi Coya.
     
    Lot 102: a fine result for Kentucky pinhookers Mike McMahon and Jamie Hill
     
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  • Lot 104: b c Sea The Stars - Hoity Toity (Darshaan)
     
    After coming off second best on several high-profile lots, Roger Varian is successful in his pursuit of this colt, a close relation to Minding.
     
    Varian, standing on the back stairs, signed at 450,000gns for the colt, bred by Bjorn Nielsen and sold by Watership Down Stud.
     
    He is the ninth foal out of the Darshaan mare Hoity Toity and therefore a half-brother to the Coronation and Matron Stakes winner Lillie Langtry, dam of Minding. Hoity Toity is also the dam of Listed winner Count Of Limonade and granddam of Group 3 winner Master Apprentice - quite a record for a mare who cost 15,000gns as a two-year-old.
     
    Lot 104: b c Sea The Stars - Hoity Toity
     
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  • Lot 109: b f Galileo - Hveger (Danehill); 625,000gns to De Burgh Equine
     
    'No relation to Found could be found for this sale but we have the next best thing - the sister to Highland Reel,' said John O'Kelly as the latest offering out of Hveger strode into the ring.
     
    Bred by the Hveger Syndicate, lot 109 is the seventh foal out of Hveger, not only the dam of Highland Reel, who ran such a game second behind Found in Sunday's Arc, but of Great Voltigeur Stakes winner Idaho. Hveger, a Group 1-placed sister to Elvstroem and half-sister to Haradasun, is also dam of the Group 1-placed Valdemoro. 
     
    Thus there wasn't much surprise when bidding opened at 200,000gns. She was eventually knocked down to Hubie de Burgh and James Harron Bloodstock for 625,000gns.
     
    While de Burgh and Harron were acting on behalf of a breeder in the southern hemisphere, plans call for the filly to remain in Europe.
     
     
     
     
    "She's for an international breeder based in the southern hemisphere," said de Burgh. "It's such an international family - you have top horses in the northern hemisphere and absolute champions in the southern hemisphere. The industry is so global nowadays that it makes sense to have a global family.
     
    "Galileo is also making the most incredible mark as a broodmare sire. You know, unless you have one, you're really not going anywhere. So she has incredible residual value and is a lovely filly herself."
     
     
    As with every previous yearling out of Hveger to come to auction in Europe, this filly was sold by Camas Park Stud.
     
    Progeny of Hveger have realised a total of 2,745,000gns at this sale since 2012.
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  • Lot 110: b c Dubawi - I'm A Dreamer (Noverre)
     
    A fifth Dubawi for John Ferguson. He goes to 575,000gns for this colt, the first foal out of Grade 1 Beverly D Stakes winner I'm A Dreamer.
     
    Lofts Hall Stud sold the colt on behalf of breeder St. Albans Bloodstock.
     
    A few minutes later, Ferguson added another 575,000gns Dubawi to his haul in lot 116, the half-brother to Mount Nelson and Monitor Closely. The colt, sold by Watership Down Stud, is out of Sun Chariot Stakes winner Independence. 
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  • Lot 134: b c Frankel - Kinnaird (Dr Devious)
     
    With four Frankels under the hammer so far this week, his average stands at 468,750gns. The latest to light up the board is this strapping colt, who will join John Gosden after selling to Blandford Bloodstock for 450,000gns.
     
    Sold by his breeder Newsells Park Stud, he is the eight foal out of Prix de l'Opera heroine Kinnaird. She is also dam of Royal Lodge Stakes winner Berkshire, who recently returned to form with a win in the August Stakes at Windsor, and the Listed-placed Abdon. Another half-sibling is the dam of top two-year-old Ivawood.
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  • Lot 141; ch f Exceed And Excel - Lady Of The Desert (Rahy)
     
    Half-sister to Queen Kindly is bought in at 110,000gns.
     
    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.
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  • Lot 156: b c Galileo - Like A Dame (Danehill)
     
    Another fine result for Paget Bloodstock and Clare Castle Stud as their Galileo half-brother to Ladys First sells for 600,000gns to Mayfair Speculators and MV Magnier along with Peter and Ross Doyle.
     
    He is the sixth purchase made today by the team and brings their expenditure to 2,840,000gns. Last year, they came away from Newmarket with 12 lots bought in conjunction with the Doyles  worth a total of 4.89 million guineas.
     
    He is the sixth foal out of his dam, bought for 'just' 75,000gns through Cormac McCormack at the 2011 Tattersalls December Sale. One of her three runners has won, namely the Atalanta Stakes winner Ladys First.
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  • Lot 164: b c Shamardal - Love Everlasting (Pursuit Of Love0
     
    John Ferguson buys this colt for 500,000gns to bring his expenditure to 7,625,000gns.
     
    He was sold by Highclere Stud on behalf of Gary and Leslie Middlebrook, and hails from one of their best families as a son of their homebred Princess Royal Stakes winner Love Everlasting. She is the dam of five winners led by the Middlebrook's Cheshire Oaks runner-up Acquainted.
     
     
     
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  • Lot 166: b c Dansili - Loveisallyouneed (Sadler's Wells)
     
    Sheikh Obaid has been bolstering his string all day through Roger Varian and the latest yearling to join the group is this colt, a half-brother to last year's 2,100,000gns sale-topper sold by Newsells Park Stud.
     
    Justin Casse and David Ingordo tried to hard to get the colt but had to give best at 650,000gns. Varian also struck two lots later for a Dark Angel colt from Ballyhimikin Stud that cost 300,000gns - he had been a 185,000gns pinhook.
     
    "They're both for Sheikh Obaid," said Varian. "He's a very enthusiastic owner and is enjoying his racing. If he's good enough, it's a good stallions pedigree."
     
     
    The colt is the second living foal out of the unraced Loveisallyouneed. This is an excellent family that descends from Alruccaba and this particular branch has been cultivated to great effect by Richard and Roisin Henry; Loveisallyouneed is a sister to the top-class fillies Yesterday and Quarter Moon, in turn the dam of Diamondsandrubies, as well as the Classic-placed All My Loving, who clicked with Dansili to produce Hardwicke Stakes winner Thomas Chippendale. Another sister, the Group 2-placed Hold Me Love Me, also worked with Dansili to produce Listed winner Renew.
     
    This is also the immediate family of recent impressive Newmarket maiden winner Renew.
     
    Incidentally, Justin Casse was also underbidder to Japanese interests on Quarter Moon's War Front colt at the recent Keeneland September Sale.
     
     
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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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  • FIRST-CROP SIRE WATCH
     
    CAMELOT: 7 offered, 5 sold for an average of 210,000gns
     
    DAWN APPROACH: 6 offered, 5 sold for an average of 129,400gns
     
    DECLARATION OF WAR: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of 190,000gns
     
    INTELLO: 4 offered, 3 sold for an average of 208,333gns
     
    SOCIETY ROCK: 3 offered, 3 sold for an average of 123,333gns
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  • LEADING CONSIGNORS
     
    NEWSELLS PARK STUD: 9 sold for a total of 3,150,000gns
     
    NORRIS BLOODSTOCK: 3 sold for a total of 3,150,000gns
     
    HIGHCLERE STUD: 10 sold for a total of 2,489,000gns
     
    A great result for Newsells Park Stud as their Dubawi colt out of Giants Play sells for 1,200,000gns
     
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  • LEADING PURCHASERS
     
    JOHN FERGUSON: 13 bought for a total of 7,625,000gns, average of 586,538gns
     
    MV MAGNIER/MAYFAIR/P&R DOYLE: 6 bought for a total of 2,840,000gns, average of 473,333gns
     
    BLANDFORD BLOODSTOCK: 9 bought for a total of 2,615,000gns, average of 290,556gns
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  • LEADING SIRES
     
    DUBAWI: 8 sold for an average of 853,125gns - 6 bought by John Ferguson
     
    FRANKEL: 4 sold for an average of 468,750gns
     
    GALILEO: 7 sold for an average of 442,143gns
     
     
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  • DAY ONE STATISTICS
     
    Offered: 183
     
    Sold: 136 (82%)
     
    Aggregate: 31,240,000gns (+5%)
     
    Average: 229,706gns (-5%)
     
    Colts average: 267,388gns
     
    Fillies average: 175,875gns
     
    Median: 145,000gns (-9%)
     
    No. 500,000gns+ lots: 17 (comparable day 2015: 15)
     
    No. 1,000,000gns+ lots: 2 (comparable day 2015: 2)
     
    No. successful pinhooks (listed as sold on last auction appearance + approx. expenses): 21 of 36
     
    The 2,600,000gns top lot
     
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