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Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Book 1 - Day Three - Thursday, October 6, 2016

Follow all the action from the final day of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in Newmarket with Nancy Sexton

    Lot 383: b f Dark Angel - Two Sets To Love (Cadeaux Genereux)
    It was at this sale three years ago that Michael Carty of Kilmoney Cottage Stud sold a son of Zebedee for 220,000gns - he turned out to be none other than Ivawood. Carty has only offered five yearlings at this sale since then and today records a personal best of 700,000gns for this filly, a €145,000 pinhook.
    Charlie Gordon-Watson, sitting with Saeed Suhail, signed the ticket after outbidding Shawn Dugan.
    "This filly is stronger than any yearling I've ever had, including the colts," said Carty before the sale. "She has everything I'd look for in a racehorse. She took all the work I gave her, she's great on the lunge and has a lovely way about her."
    She is a sister to the ill-fated Group 3-placed juvenile Midnite Angel and the seventh foal out of the unraced Two Sets To Love, a half-sister to tough miler Swallow Flight.
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    Lot 431:  b f Galileo - A Z Warrior (Bernardini)
    Becomes another high-profile auction yearling out of the 2010 Spinster Stakes winner A Z Warrior when selling for 750,000gns to MV Magnier, Mayfair Speculators and Peter and Ross Doyle. Grant Pritchard-Gordon of Badgers Bloodstock was underbidder.
    She is the third foal out of A Z Warrior, one of the leading lights of Bernardini's first crop, following Cole Porter, a winner for Aidan O'Brien earlier this season, and Key To My Heart, a 1,300,000gns purchase at this sale last year who has been placed three times. All are by Galileo.
    In turn, A Z Warrior is out of the Listed-placed Carson Jen, an excellent producer for Ahmed Zayat who has also bred Grade 2 winner Jojo Warrior and Grade 3 winner E Z Warrior.
    Lot 431 was sold by New England Stud on behalf of breeder Triermore Stud, who paid $1,250,000 through Blandford Bloodstock for A Z Warrior at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton November Sale.
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    Lot 522: b f Frankel - Cassydora (Darshaan)
    This filly, a charming sister to Prix d'Aumale heroine Toulifaut from Barronstown Stud, will carry the colours of Moyglare Stud Farm after Fiona Craig fends off Peter Doyle, standing with the Mayfair Speculators and Coolmore teams, and Roger Varian at 900,000gns.
    In addition to Toulifaut, who sold for €1.9 million on Saturday at the Arc Sale, she is a half-sister to Ballyroan Stakes winner Ernest Hemingway, now at stud in Chile. Their dam Cassydora won the Grade 3 Hillsborough Stakes and was second in the Nassau Stakes. She joined Barronstown when bought for $1,350,000 by the BBA Ireland at Keeneland in November 2007.
    Although Ernest Hemingway and Zoffany have promoted the family to good effect in recent seasons, this is a particularly good filly family that was cultivated by Hesmonds Stud; granddam Claxon was a Group 2 winner for John Dunlop and bred Listed winner Classic Remark while third dam Bulaxie won the Fred Darling and Lupe Stakes.
    "A lovely filly, very Darshaan," said Craig. "I knew the mother and I thought she was very like her - you could see Darshaan in both of them. 
    "I thought the Alice Springs sister was an absolute queen but she got away from us. This filly is going to take a bit more time. But we'll take her back to Ireland and take our time with her.
    "It's a good, old Goulandris family. We don't have many English families  - they're hard to buy into."
    Moyglare already has one Frankel in its possession in Solo Saxophone, who is with Dermot Weld.
    "He's out of a fast Seeking The Gold mare," said Craig. "Everyone likes him, he's nice but just a big colt. Hopefully he'll run this year."
    Craig also said that Moyglare is home to 38 mares but that eight will probably be sold this year.
    "We're looking to reduce the numbers while increasing the quality, as everyone is," she said. "It's not easy competing with Ballydoyle!"
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