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Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 2 - Day One - Monday, October 12, 2015

Nancy Sexton brings you all the news live from the first day of Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale

    Welcome to day one of Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Sale.

    With 915 yearlings catalogued over three sessions, we are in for some long days. But as per usual, it should be competitive trading - for all the glamour of Book 1, this is the sale that vendors really fight to get into, primarily due to its perception as 'a trainers sale' and attraction to pinhookers. Nearly 70 per cent of the catalogue are colts.

    And its record on the track speaks for itself. During the past year alone, Book 2 has been represented by stand-outs such as Jack Hobbs (60,000gns by Rabbah Bloodstock), top Australian performer Hartnell (45,000gns by Mark Johnston) and Birchwood (77,000gns by Highfield Farm).

    Last year's sale was a particular highlight for Tattersalls, with a new record mark of 525,000gns set by a Poet's Voice colt who sold to Shadwell Estates. Record figures were also set in each key areas; gross sales checked in at 42,555,500gns, a rise of 17 per cent, the average rose 36 per cent to 64,478gns while the median rose 35 per cent to a record 50,000gns. 

    An impressive 87 per cent of lots through the ring were listed as changing hands. A total of 11 lots sold for 300,000gns or more, compared with just one in 2014.

    Last year's 525,000gns sale-topping Poet's Voice colt from Whatton Manor Stud. Now named Khamry, he is in training with Jean-Claude Rouget. Photo: Tattersalls

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    Early bird catches the worm at this sale.

    Last year, the first lot through was Friday's Fillies' Mile runner-up Nathra, who set the tone when selling for 270,000gns to John Warren.

    In 2013, the Group 2-placed Rapid Applause set the ball rolling when sold for 26,000gns to BBA Ireland. He was followed into the ring by the high-class Cappella Sansevero, also bought by BBA Ireland, in his case for 25,000gns.

    Nathra takes her turn in the ring as the first lot in last year's sale. Photo: Tattersalls

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    The most expensive pinhooked filly in the sale sells today as lot 684. Offered by Oaklawn Stud, she is a daughter of Lane's End Farm's Quality Road, best known over here as the sire of Hootenanny, and out of Celestic, also the dam of Empress Stakes winner Hope 'N' Charity and American Listed winner Celestic Night. It is the further family of Agnes World and Dubai Destination.
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    Lot 514: b c Dalakhani - Wahylah (Shamardal)

    Following a very busy Book 1, Roger Varian jumps straight back in with the purchase of this colt for 105,000gns. Bred by Rabbah Bloodstock and sold through Genesis Green Stud, he is the first foal out of Tattersalls Millions Fillies' Median Auction Stakes Wahylah and from the further family of Sueboog and Best Of The Bests.

    Varian had a particularly busy week here last week, where he signed for nine lots on behalf of Sheikh Obaid including an Oasis Dream sister to Friday's impressive Newmarket maiden scorer Materialistic. He also signed for two colts for Obaid at Goffs and a Redoute's Choice filly at Arqana.
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    Lot 520: b c Kyllachy - Welsh Angel (Dubai Destination)

    John Ferguson's first purchase is this colt from Athassel House Stud, bought for 150,000gns. He is one of the most expensive pinhooks in the catalogue, having cost Abbey Farm 130,000gns here last winter.

    A half-brother to two-year-old winner Scarlet Dragon, he is out of an unraced half-sister to Listed winner Nantyglo. He is also bred on the productive Kyllachy - Dubai Destination cross (not sure how many breeders saw that coming) that is responsible for Molecomb Stakes winner Kachy and dual Italian Listed winner Zapel from just two foals of racing age. Now it's up to this colt to maintain that 100% record.
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    Lot 527: b f Teofilo - White Cay (Dalakhani)

    This filly owned one of the best updates in the book as a half-sister to Cay Dancer, who was awarded the Grade 3 The Bewitch Stakes only three days ago by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission upon the disqualification of Kitten's Point due to a medication violation.

    However, even without that update, this filly still boasts one of the best pedigrees in Book 2; she is out of the winning White Cay, a half-sister to Coronation Stakes winner Balisada and from the further family of Inchinor and Venus De Milo.

    John Warren duly goes to 160,000gns for the filly - he would know Cay Dancer well since she runs in the colours of Highclere America and Robert Barnett.

    Lot 527: b f Teofilo - White Cay. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Struck nice and early @Tattersalls1766 £40k for a very nice Power colt (Lot 519) for @brianmeehanltd.
    Kildaragh Stud's Sir Percy colt, lot 547, knocked down to Karl Burke for 50,000gns @Tattersalls1766
    Well done to Gortskagh House Stud, whose ZEBEDEE colt blossoms from an €11,000 foal to 80,000gns yearling, bought today by Richard Hannon
    Lot 551: gr c Dark Angel - Admire The View (Dubawi)

    Prior to today, John Ferguson had purchased six yearlings this year by Dark Angel, in whom Darley recently bought a share. All were six-figure purchases and today, he adds another to the list in this colt, who costs 150,000gns.

    He provides a good return on the €67,000 he cost Guy O'Callaghan's Grangemore Stud last year. Of course it was at this sale last year that Grangemore sold a Dark Angel colt for 77,000gns to Highfield Farm - he turned out to be Birchwood.
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    Lot 569: b c Dream Ahead - Alexander Queen (King's Best)

    A busy start to Book 2 for Shadwell continues with the 200,000gns of this half-brother to Alkasser, a Listed winner for Sheikh Hamdan last year.

    This is a particularly current family as his dam is also a half-sister to Anthem Alexander and Dandy Man as well as to the dam of smart sprinter Hamza.

    "He is from a good family - he is a half-brother to our Listed winner Alkasser and most of the siblings have been rated over 90," said Angus Gold. "Roger Varian was very keen on him."

    He was sold by Mountarmstrong Stud, who have cultivated this family to great effect.

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    Lot 577: b c Invincible Spirit - Alta Moda (Sadler's Wells)

    A potentially good few minutes for Kirsten Rausing opens with the sale of this colt, a half-brother to the Listed-placed Groor for 190,000gns to MV Magnier. Angus Gold is the underbidder.

    The colt is also a half-brother to the classy Ghurair, winner of a Tattersalls Millions race in 2012, and out of a daughter of champion Alborada. It is the famous Alruccaba family also responsible for last week's 2,100,000gns sale-topper.

    The Rausing - Alborada/Alouette combination is also represented by 580, 581 and 582.

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    Lot 587: ch c Nathaniel - Amazon Beauty (Wolfhound)

    Demand for Nathaniel's progeny picks up where it left off at Book 1 as Bill Gredley signs at 130,000gns for this colt from Farranamanagh House Stud. He is a half-brother to a winner and out of the Group 3-placed Amazon Beauty, a half-sister to the Grade 1-placed Asti from the fine Wildenstein family of Allez France.
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    Lot 590: b c Elusive City - Ammo (Sadler's Wells) 

    Charlie Gordon-Watson outbids Angus Gold at 250,000gns for the sole representative of Haras d'Etreham's Elusive City catalogued. 

    "He's from a very good breeder," said Gordon-Watson alluding to the fact he was bred and sold by Anthony Oppenheimer's Hascombe & Valiant Stud. "I bought Cannock Chase off them here - he's running in a Group 1 in Canada and should have a good chance.

    "He's going to Sir Michael Stoute on behalf of an existing client."

    Cannock Chase is set to run in the Pattison Canadian International at Woodbi

    This colt is a half-brother to three winners and out of a winning sister to Group 3 winner Sadler's Flag. Second dam Animatrice won the Prix de Malleret and is a half-sister to Poliglote.

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    Lot 593: b f Raven's Pass - Aneedah (Invincible Spirit)

    This filly from Rathbarry Stud with a particularly desirable female family attracts the attention of Tony Nerses, who outbids Ross Doyle and Richard Hannon at 370,000gns on behalf of Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar.

    The price surpassed last year's top mark for a filly of 350,000gns.

    Nerses was buying with one eye on the future broodmare band at Blue Diamond Stud - she is out of the Listed-placed Aneedah, a sister to current high-class sprinter Muthmir. Aneedah is also a half-sister to C L Weld Park Stakes winner My Titania from the further family of Grandeur.

    "She's the most beautiful filly I've seen in a long time - very special, athletic and with a great page," said Nerses. "I was pleased to find a horse of this calibre in Book 2 - she's a Book 1 filly."

    He also joked: "I only came today for a meeting, I didn't come to buy!"

    Lot 593: b f Raven's Pass - Aneedah. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 600: b c Dark Angel - Anna Law (Lawman)

    This is a family that Shadwell know particularly well, so no surprise to see the operation delve back into it with the purchase of this colt for 200,000gns. He is the first foal out of his dam, a half-sister to Sheikh Hamdan's Champagne Stakes winner and July Cup third Etlaala.
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    Lot 626: b c Dutch Art - Bahia Emerald (Bahamian Bounty)

    A busy morning for John Ferguson continues as he fends off Mark Richards of the Hong Kong Jockey Club at 280,000gns for this homebred of Cheveley Park Stud's.

    A half-brother to recent two-year-old winner Emerald Bay, he is the second foal out of two-time winner Bahia Emerald from the fast and precocious family of Embassy, Pass The Peace and Vital Statistics.

    Lot 626: b c Dutch Art - Bahia Emerald. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    The only lot by @SeaTheStars today @Tattersalls1766 has been sold €150k to @cgwbloodstock. He belongs to the family of G1 winner Prudenzia.
    Barely halfway through the first session and Shadwell have already spent 1,015,000gns on eight lots. John Ferguson has spent 725,000gns on seven while Charlie Gordon-Watson has already struck for six worth 673,000gns.
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    Lot 662: b f Lawman - Bufera (King's Best)

    This filly from Watership Down Stud will carry the colours of Nicholas Cooper after Anthony Stroud outbids Lordship Stud and Paul Webber at 230,000gns.

    From a respected Gerry Oldham family, she is a sister to the highly regarded Chantilly maiden winner Chartreuse, who holds an entry for Freddy Head in the upcoming Prix des Reservoirs.

    "I saw the sister win her maiden and she did it very well," said Stroud. "Nicholas came up here yesterday, saw some fillies and picked out this one. It's a good family of Gerry Oldham's and she's a very nice filly."

    The filly was bred by Bjorn Nielsen out of the classy Bufera, who incidentally gained her Group 3 placing when third in the 2008 Prix des Reservoirs. She is a half-sister to Group 3 winner Albisola as well as Johnny Barnes, who added his own good update to the page when the recent winner of the Prix Quincey. Bufera is also a half-sister to Tonnara, who clicked with Lawman to produce Most Improved.

    Lot 662: b f Lawman - Bufera. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 665: b f Sepoy - Burke's Rock (Cape Cross)

    Two quick strikes for Shadwell as the operation goes to 200,000gns apiece for a filly by Sepoy and colt by Pivotal.

    The Sepoy filly is the first foal out of Listed winner Burke's Rock. Sold by Castledillon Stud, she was an 82,000gns pinhook through Peter and Ross Doyle.

    The Pivotal colt was bred by Rabbah Bloodstock out of the winning Kingmambo mare Bush Cat and is a half-brother to the Grade 3-placed Meer Kat. He was sold by Genesis Green Stud.
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    Another great result as we sell our #Acclamation colt ex Carioca (lot 677) for 200,000gns to @FergusonJP @Tattersalls1766 Book 2 #goodluck
    Lot 700: b f Equiano - Christmas Tart (Danetime)

    Some excellent touches have been landed today and the trend continues with this filly, who blossoms from a 25,000gns foal - bought through Mick Flanager - into an 130,000gns yearling. Margaret O'Toole signs the ticket on the filly, who is a half-sister to Listed-winning two-year-old Hoyam.

    She was sold today by Cooneen Stud.
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    Lot 712: b c Zoffany - Close To The Edge (Iffraaj)

    Breeders who took a chance on Zoffany - the dominant leading first-crop sire - at €7,500 during his second season continue to be rewarded. Prior to this sale, he was returning a 2015 yearling average of 55,741gns, a figure which gets boosted with the sale of this colt for 240,000gns to the Hong Kong Jockey Club.  

    “I’m more than happy he is exactly the type of horse we’re looking for," said Mark Richards of the Hong Kong Jockey Club. "He is just a lovely athletic horse and every time I saw him again he walked as if he wanted it.

    “We’re always looking for horses that have speed in them. Zoffany has done very well as a sire this year and he is certainly looks like he is putting speed into his horses.” 

    Sold by Redgate Bloodstock, he is the first foal out of four-time winner Close To The Edge, a half-sister to the Listed-placed trio Qadar, Ikan and Valjarv. 

    Lot 712: b c Zoffany - Close To The Edge. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    lot 744: gr f Kendargent - Dalawysa (Dalakhani)

    This is the first time that the Normandy-based Haras de Colleville has offered at Tattersalls and their decision to dip into the market reaps dividends with the sale of this filly to Richard Brown, standing with David Simcock.

    Brown had to go to 68,000gns to secure the filly, whose two-year-old sister Kendala has won twice since the publication of the catalogue. She hails from an excellent former Lagardere family as well; her dam is a half-sister to Valima, the dam of Prix de Diane winner Valyra and related to the likes of Val Royal, Vadawina and Valixir.

    Colleville will also offer a colt by their resident stallion Kendargent tomorrow as lot 1011.
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    They seemingly can't get enough of Raven's Pass, the sire of four Group winners out of his first four crops. Steeler's sire currently leads all sires by average with a figure of 157,600gns for five sold. 

    Leading the way is the 370,000gns filly sold this morning to Tony Nerses. Simon Crisford signed at 200,000gns for a colt out of the Group 3-placed Blue Angel while just now Shadwell went to 100,000gns for a colt out of Listed winner Darrfonah.
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    We have just struck @Tattersalls1766 for a half-bro to the Qatar champion #Dubday, by Sir Percy. To go to #MagicalMemory trainer @cbhills
    Lot 793: b c Siyouni - Duty And Destiny (Montjeu)

    The last of two Siyounis through today sells for 130,000gns to Tom Goff of Blandford Bloodstock - a far cry from his last trip through the ring at Baden-Baden last October when he failed to sell for €43,000.

    Another good result for Guy O'Callaghan's Grangemore Stud, he is the first foal out triple German winner Duty And Destiny, a half-sister to two winners.

    Earlier today, a Siyouni filly from Jamie Railton sold for 45,000gns to Seventh Lap. She had been a €35,000 Arqana December pinhook through American agent Justin Casse.
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    Lot 794: b c Bullet Train - Dyrce (Sandpit)

    The sole colt catalogued by Frankel's three-parts brother Bullet Train is bought back for 20,000gns.

    Bullet Train has 41 yearlings on the ground from his first - and only - crop bred at Wintergreen Farm in Kentucky. When that operation closed its stallion division, the son of Sadler's Wells moved across state to Crestwood Farm and according to official records, is represented by 40 foals of 2015. He stood the past season for $7,500.

    His progeny sold for up to $75,000 as foals last year - that $75,000 foal returned to the recent Keeneland September Sale, where he was knocked down for $62,000. Bullet Train's average for that week was $27,250 for four sold.

    Other European representatives for the stallion include a colt offered by Tinnakill House Stud at Goffs, who was sold out of the ring for €25,000 to Kilronan.
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    BATED BREATH: 4 offered, 2 sold for an average of 55,000gns

    BORN TO SEA: 7 offered, 7 sold for an average of 36,286gns

    BULLET TRAIN: 1 offered, not sold

    CASAMENTO: 4 offered, 2 sold for an average of 37,500gns

    DRAGON PULSE: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of 86,000gns

    ELZAAM: 1 sold for 70,000gns

    EXCELEBRATION: 6 offered, 4 sold for an average of 29,000gns

    FAMOUS NAME: 1 sold for 65,000gns

    FOXWEDGE: 3 offered, 3 sold for an average of 37,667gns

    HARBOUR WATCH: 11 offered, 10 sold for an average of 36,400gns

    HELMET: 5 offered, 2 sold for an average of 37,500gns

    MAYSON: 4 offered, 3 sold for an average of 36,667gns

    NATHANIEL: 6 offered, 4 sold for an average of 58,250gns

    POWER: 2 offered, 1 sold for 40,000gns

    SEPOY: 12 offered, 10 sold for an average of 85,300gns

    SIR PRANCEALOT: 1 sold for 14,000gns

    SO YOU THINK: 1 sold for 25,000gns

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    An all or nothing day for pinhookers - according to calculations (purchase price + approx. expenses), 51 of 99 offered changed hands for a profit.

    Unsurprisingly it was Kodiac, who is such a favourite with trainers, who provided three of the day's most memorable results: lot 542 (€34,000 to 120,000gns for Tallly-Ho Stud), 557 (32,000gns to 90,000gns for Monksland Stables) and 761 (62,000gns to 115,000gns for Herbertstown Stud).

    Also worthy of mention is lot 643, a Sea The Stars colt who went from 50,000gns to 150,000gns, and 745, a Choisir colt whose value rose from €34,000 to 115,000gns.

    However, it will have been a day to forget for some vendors - earlier this afternoon, one yearling sourced for six figures failed to change hands for 25,000gns.
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    TOP THREE SIRES (by average)

    RAVEN'S PASS: 3 sold for an average of 157,600gns

    ZOFFANY: 2 sold for an average of 149,000gns

    BAHAMIAN BOUNTY: 2 sold for an average of 115,000gns
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    593) b f Raven's Pass - Aneedah, sold by Rathbarry Stud for 370,000gns to Tony Nerses

    626) b c Dutch Art - Bahia Emerald, sold by Cheveley Park Stud for 280,000gns to John Ferguson

    590) b c Elusive City - Ammo, sold by Hascombe & Valiant Stud for 250,000gns to Charlie Gordon-Watson
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    Offered: 227

    Sold: 231 (81%)

    Aggregate: 14,585,500gns (-6%)

    Average: 63,141gns (-8%)

    Colts average: 65,583gns

    Fillies average: 56,063gns

    Median: 48,000gns (-8%)

    No. 200,000gns lots: 11 (2014: 11)

    Leading vendor: The Castlebridge Consignment, ten sold for 613,000gns

    Leading buyer: Shadwell Estate Company, 13 bought for 1,755,000gns

    370,000gns session-topping Raven's Pass filly. Photo: Tattersalls 

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