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Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 2 - Day Three - Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Follow all the action on the final day of Book 2 with Nancy Sexton's live blog from the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale

    BOOK 2 of the Tattersalls October Sale heads into its third day marginally ahead of last year. The average of 65,341gns sits 1% ahead of the 2014 sale and the median of 50,000gns is so far unchanged. The only weak point is the clearance rate of 83% - an impressive statistic by itself but still behind last year's strong figure of 83%.
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    Smash Williams was still an unraced two-year-old when this catalogue went to press. Now as an unbeaten winner of the Round Tower Stakes, he could provide a significant enhancement to the fortunes of lot 1365.

    Offered by Baroda & Colbinstown Studs, the filly in question is a daughter of High Chaparral and the second foal out of Take Flight, a winning sister to Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Saoire.
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    Lot 1131: b c Siyouni - Notre Dame (Acatenango)

    A wonderful result for Philip and Marion Stauffenberg as their Siyouni colt - bred off a fee of €7,000 - makes 280,000gns to Simon Crisford. David Redvers was among those who showed their hand for the colt but in the end it was Jonno Mills, who often signs for Rabbah Bloodstock, who provided Crisford with most competition.

    "I loved him, I thought he looked a very race colt - one of the nicest today," said Crisford. "He's been bought for a new client, let's hope he can fulfill their dreams."

    While Crisford isn't sure how many he'll have in training for next season, he said he would return to the breeze-up sales - where this year he bought Solario Stakes winner First Selection.

    The colt is a half-brother to seven winners, including Listed scorer Now We Can and the Listed-placed pair Now Again and Now Forever. Dam Notre Dame was a triple winner and is a half-sister to Group 2 winner Noroit, now at stud in France. It is a noted Gestut Zoppenbroich family - indeed Notre Dame was among the Zoppenbroich mares before changing hands privately to Stauffenberg.

    "It's a fantastic result, just sensational," said Marion Stauffenberg following the sale.

    Philip added: "He's been a lovely horse all the way through. I saw Siyouni win his first race and thought then this is a horse I needed to follow. Then we saw his first foals and decided to use him off the back of those. We currently have two mares in foal to him."

    Siyouni was a precocious colt by Aga Khan standards, winning his first race at Chantilly on May 4 as a two-year-old. He subsequently went on to win the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere before entering stud at Haras de Bonneval. The son of Pivotal got off to an excellent start last year as the sire of four stakes winners, which prompted a fee rise to €20,000. He has since consolidated his position as one of Europe's leading young sires thanks to the top-class filly Ervedya, who is one of 13 stakes performers from his first two crops. 

    Although based in Westfalen, Germany, the Stauffenbergs send the majority of their 14-strong broodmare band to be covered in Britain and France. Notre Dame is no exception since this yearling is followed by a Cacique colt foal. She is also believed to be carrying a filly by Nayef that probably won't be sold.

    Stauffenberg sold yearlings here for the first time last year. The pair hit the heights through a 370,000gns son of Shamardal but last year's draft also included Rockaway Valley, who has been Group 2-placed for Jessica Harrington this year.

    Lot 1131: b c Siyouni - Notre Dame. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 1156: ch c Choisir - Pashmina (Barathea)

    Nicola Kent's homebred Choisir colt provides one of the more popular results of the week when selling for 150,000gns to David Redvers.

    The colt is out of a half-sister to high-class sprinter Monsieur Joe, another Choisir bred by Nicola and Eleanor Kent, and from their Pass The Peace family, which has been cultivated for six generations by the Kents.

    "I am delighted," said Kent, "It's not often that a Kent is stuck for words!

    "He is a lovely colt and closely related to Monsieur Joe, who has been a flag bearer. He has never put a foot wrong."

    The colt was bred the year Choisir returned to Coolmore's Irish arm following a year's hiatus. He stood for €10,000 that year; despite that relatively inexpensive fee, he has returned an average of 108,333gns this week.
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    Lot 1167: b c Shamardal - Perfect Touch (Miswaki)

    Acting through Tattersalls' marketing manager Jason Singh, Qualify's owner Mrs Chantal Regalado-Gonzalez snaps up this colt for 200,000gns. 

    Sold by The Castlebridge Consignment, he is a half-brother to Listed winner Rock Jock and out of Brownstown Stakes winner Perfect Touch.
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    Lot 1181: b c Tin Horse - Plebeya (Dubawi)

    The only yearling catalogued from the first crop of Poule d'Essai des Poulains winner Tin Horse, a smart colt out of Plebeya, is well received, selling for 48,000gns to New Zealander Paul Moroney.

    Like yesterday's Rio De La Plata colt, he was sent through under the Trickledown Stud banner by Con Marnane. While yesterday's colt was bred by Marnane, lot 1181 was a €24,000 pinhook through Emerald Bloodstock out of last year's Arqana December Sale. He was bred by Liam Norris and William Huntingdon out of the winning Plebeya.

    He becomes the most expensive Tin Horse yearling sold so far this year. The son of Sakhee, who stands at Haras de Grandcamp for €4,000, has seven yearlings at next week's Arqana October Sale. 
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    Lot 1189: b c Dark Angel - Poppet's Passion (Clodovil)

    A good few minutes for Whatton Manor Stud's Our Poppet family is capped by the sale of this colt for 150,000gns to Shadwell Estates.

    He becomes a remarkable 27th purchase of the week for Shadwell and brings their expenditure to 3,267,000gns. Progeny of Dark Angel account for 530,000gns of that figure; they have bought four while John Ferguson has bought another four (worth 620,000gns).

    This colt is the first foal out of the placed Poppet's Passion, a daughter of Our Poppet and therefore a half-sister to the Budapest Bullet, Overdose. 

    He was preceded into the ring by another member of the family in a Makfi colt out of Poppet's Lovein, also a daughter of Our Poppet. He sold to Richard Frisby for 60,000gns, making him the most expensive Makfi sold here so far this week.

    Our Poppet was also the granddam of lot 1190, an Acclamation half-sister to the smart Patentar who sold for 52,000gns to Rabbah Bloodstock. Her dam, Poppets Sweetlove, also supplied last year's 525,000gns sale-topper.
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    Lot 1205: gr c Dark Angel - Queen Myrine (Oratorio)

    And another Dark Angel for Shadwell as Angus Gold outbids Fiona Shaw, who often acts on behalf of American owner Marc Keller, at 180,000gns for this colt from Baroda & Colbinstown Studs.

    Bred by Rosetown Bloodstock, he is a half-brother to a winner and out of a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Boboman, now a Group 1 sire in South America.
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    Lot 1219: b c Dark Angel - Rayon Rouge (Manduro)

    Simon Crisford and Jonno Mills clash again, this time on a colt by sire-of-the-moment Dark Angel. As with the earlier Siyouni colt, it is Crisford who wins, in this case at 250,000gns.

    A fourth 200,000gns+ lot for Dark Angel, he was sold by Athassel House Stud and was a €75,000 pinhook. He is the first foal out of the unplaced Rayon Rouge, a granddaughter of champion Rebelline.

    “He was a smashing colt and showed himself well," said Crisford. He’s by the sire of the moment, Dark Angel, who has proved himself as an exceptional sire and his progeny are hot commodities at the moment. 

    “He is for the same new client as today’s earlier purchase and I’m looking forward to seeing him next year.”

    Lot 1219: b c Dark Angel - Rayon Rouge. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 1246: b f Fastnet Rock - Rose Blossom (Pastoral Pursuits)

    Adrian Nicoll of the BBA Ireland goes to 220,000gns for this filly, one of the best bred lots of the day.

    By Fastnet Rock, whose European fillies including Qualify, Diamondsandrubies and Turret Rocks, she is the second foal out of smart sprinter Rose Blossom, whose five wins included the Group 3 Summer Stakes at York. Her first foal is Muatadel, who has been placed four times this season.

    “She is a beautiful filly and had a good walk to her," said Nicoll. "She’s been bought for an existing client and will stay in training in Britain. A trainer will be decided in the future.

    She was sold by Lofts Hall Stud.

    Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Good luck to @ShadwellStud with their new Sir Prancealot colt, bought @Tattersalls1766 for 90,000gns
    Pinhooker Con Marnane reflected just now on a successful sale as vendor. Marnane sent two colts by inexpensive first-crop French sires - Rio De La Plata (stands for €5,500) and Tin Horse (€4,000) - to this sale and was rewarded when they turned over 153,000gns between them.

    Bill Gredley bought the Rio De La Plata for 105,000gns while New Zealand Paul Moroney bought the Tin Horse. Both were sold by Trickledown Stud.

    "I bred the Rio De La Plata out of a family that has been very good to me," says Marnane. "The dam [Gutter Press] is a half-sister to Tax Free, who I bought and actually couldn't sell - he was very crooked but he's a grand horse who has won over £600,000. It's a very good fast family - Inxile is also in there.

    "I also sold Rio De La Plata here as a two-year-old. He was a christian of a horse, very tough with a great temperament. A super horse."

    Asked if he has plans to use the Darley stallion again at Haras du Logis, he said: "I will be now! He's very well priced. I also bought a couple of yearlings by him at Osarus."

    On the Tin Horse, a colt out of Plebeya pinhooked for €24,000 as a foal, Marnane said:
    "He was a beautiful horse. Very athletic with a great swing to him. And it helps that nobody has had a bad one by the sire yet!

    "I just thought Newmarket would be the place for them, and it turns out they were very well liked."

    Marnane has also added five yearlings to his breeze-up squad for next year - two Kodiacs, two Dark Angels and a Street Cry colt, snapped up for the minimum bid of 3,000gns.

    "It's been very difficult to buy breeze-up horses," says Marnane. "But we've been lucky. We've able to buy Kodiacs and Dark Angels, and then there was the three grand Street Cry - it was lucky I was there standing by the rope!"

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    Lot 1305: b c Kodiac - Singitta (Singspiel)

    Will be heading to Hong Kong after Mark Richards of the Hong Kong Jockey Club signs the ticket at 260,000gns. A 48,000gns pinhook by Good Will Bloodstock, he was sold today by Mountain View Stud.

    He is the eighth foal out of the unplaced Singitta, also the dam of the Listed-placed Singeur, and from the the fast Glebe Stud family of Nevisian Lad and Pyman's Theory.

    "This is the second Kodiac we've bought," said Richards. "We bought one at Goffs last year and he's just about to go out to Hong Kong - he'll be sold in March next year. We're very pleased with that one.

    "There aren't many Kodiacs in Hong Kong but he is a very good sire and there's no reason why he won't be successful there. They're fast, they're tough, they go on most grounds and they're durable.

    "This colt had a touch of quality but he wasn't totally typical of the sire. The dam is by Singspiel and that's not a bad thing."

    He was the fifth purchase of the past two weeks for the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
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    Lot 1315: b f Lawman - Smart Step (Montjeu)

    A good day for Lofts Hall Stud continues with the sale of this granddaughter of Listed winner Miss Pinkerton for 190,000gns to Bertrand Le Meatier.

    She is the first foal out of her multiple winning dam, who hails from the further family of none other than Golden Horn.
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    Lot 1348: b c Dark Angel - Sudden Blaze (Soviet Star)

    Dark Angel's stellar day continues as Charlie Gordon-Watson goes to 125,000gns for this colt from Yeomanstown Stud.

    Dark Angel has been an absolute goldmine for vendors this week. 38 of his yearlings have changed hands at an average of 94,316gns. Five have been bought by Shadwell, who have already enjoyed great success with the sire thanks to the likes of Estidkhaar and Alhebayeb. John Ferguson has signed for four yearlings worth 620,000gns - Darley of course purchased a number of shares in the horse back in the summer - and Rabbah have walked away with two.

    This colt was an 80,000gns pinhook by Yeomanstown Stud, the sister stud of Dark Angel's base Morristown Lattin. They have had six Dark Angels through their hands this week, five of whom have sold for an average of 118,000gns.
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    Lot 1365: b f High Chaparral - Take Flight (Pivotal)

    Half-sister to unbeaten Round Tower Stakes winner Smash Williams will 'race for a syndicate in Ireland' says buyer Eamonn Reilly of the BBA Ireland after signing the ticket at 190,000gns.

    Smash Williams and this filly are only the first two foal out of their dam, a winning sister to Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Saoire.

    Half-sister to Smash Williams will be trained in Ireland. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 1373: gr c Dark Angel - Tellelle (Trans Island)

    A fourth 150,000gns + lot of the day (out of 13 overall) for Dark Angel as Ross Doyle signs at 190,000gns for this colt, pinhooked for €65,000 by Mc Bloodstock as a foal. Sold by Kilmoney Cottage Stud, he is the second foal out of his triple-winning dam, who is a half-sister to five minor winners.
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    Lot 1385: gr c Shamardal - Tiffany Diamond (Sadler's Wells)

    Mark Johnston signs at 40,000gns for this colt, one he bred and sold for 58,000gns to Yeomanstown Stud as a foal. He is the third foal out of the Group 3-placed Tiffany Diamond.

    The trainer did the same thing last week with the Exceed And Excel half-brother to Lumiere, a colt he sold as a foal and bought back as a yearling.
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    BATED BREATH: 20 offered, 18 sold for an average of 50,444gns

    BORN TO SEA: 17 offered, 15 sold for an average of 39,600gns

    BULLET TRAIN: 1 offered, not sold

    CAMPANOLOGIST: 1 sold for 65,000gns

    DELEGATOR: 3 offered, 3 sold for an average of 40,000gns

    DRAGON PULSE: 8 offered, 6 sold for an average of 57,833gns

    ELZAAM: 4 offered, 4 sold for an average of 76,250gns

    EXCELEBRATION: 14 offered, 9 sold for an average of 32,333gns

    FAMOUS NAME: 1 sold for 65,000gns

    FOXWEDGE: 7 offered, 7 sold for an average of 40,286gns

    HARBOUR WATCH: 28 offered, 22 sold for an average of 36,636gns

    HELMET: 18 offered, 12 sold for an average of 41,917gns

    JUKEBOX JURY: 1 offered, not sold

    MAYSON: 7 offered, 6 sold for an average of 35,667gns

    NATHANIEL: 22 offered, 16 sold for an average of 55,000gns

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

    REQUINTO: 4 offered, 4 sold for an average of 30,750gns

    RIO DE LA PLATA: 1 sold for 105,000gns

    SEPOY: 25 offered, 22 sold for an average of 66,909gns

    SIR PRANCEALOT: 4 offered, 4 sold for an average of 44,500gns

    SO YOU THINK: 5 offered, 4 sold for an average of 27,250gns

    TIN HORSE: 1 sold for 48,000gns

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    At the conclusion of Book 2 of the 2015 October Yearling Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented;

    “Book 2 of last year’s Tattersalls October Yearling Sale shattered records across the board, with the average and median soaring 36 per cent and 35 per cent respectively and turnover breaking 40 million guineas for the first time. Records of that magnitude are always hard to match and while all the key indicators have held up well, they have fallen marginally short of last year’s spectacular levels.

    “All week buyers have commented that the best yearlings have been very hard to buy, which reflects the quality of the yearlings the vendors have brought to the sale. We have seen a cosmopolitan cast of buyers active throughout the week and competition at the upper end of the market has been the real feature over the past three days. 

    "Last year’s wide margin record number of six figure lots has been exceeded, with more than 120 yearlings making 100,000 guineas or more and the obvious highlight was the new record top price of 725,000 guineas for Gestut Fahrhof’s outstanding Dubawi colt out of Goathemala.

    ‘It would be wrong, however, to pretend that it has been plain sailing at all levels of the market. After last year’s outstanding sale, demand for places in Book 2 was overwhelming and the extra numbers have not only posed logistical challenges, but also contributed to a market which has at times been selective. Numerically, Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale has long been the largest yearling sale in Europe, but the 915 yearlings we have catalogued this year significantly exceeded the optimum numbers which made last year’s Book 2 such an extraordinary renewal.

    “Looking ahead to Book 3 of the October Yearling Sale, we still have plenty of good solid commercial yearlings to sell over the next two days. All Book 3 yearlings are eligible for the £150,000 Tattersalls October Auction Stakes and buyers still have plenty of opportunities to find both quality and value for money."
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    It certainly hasn't been plain sailing for vendors this week, both logistically (some Wednesday horses had to come in late) and in the ring. What is clear is how some pinhookers overpaid for the progeny of several first-crop sires last year. However, several major homeruns were also landed during the week - no doubt they will all be back for more in November.

    Overall, 136 of the 281 pinhooks on offer (those actually listed as sold as foals) looked to make a profit.

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    Progeny of market darling Dark Angel realised a total of 4,115,000gns, more than double his closest pursuer Kodiac.


    DARK ANGEL: 44 sold for a total of 4,115,000gns, average of 93,523gns

    KODIAC: 30 sold for a total of 2,013,500gns, average of 67,117gns

    DUTCH ART: 17 sold for a total of 1,748,000gns, average of 102,824gns

    SEPOY: 22 sold for a total of 1,472,000gns, average of 66,909gns

    ACCLAMATION: 19 sold for a total of 1,240,000gns, average of 65,263gns
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    THE CASTLEBRIDGE CONSIGNMENT: 36 sold for a total of 1,879,000gns

    BARODA & COLBINSTOWN STUDS: 15 sold for a total of 1,250,000gns

    TALLY-HO STUD: 24 sold for a total of 1,234,000gns

    NEWSELLS PARK STUD: 8 sold for a total of 1,122,000gns

    WHATTON MANOR STUD: 16 sold for a total of 1,069,000gns
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    SHADWELL ESTATE COMPANY: 39 bought for a total of 4,609,000gns, average of 118,179gns

    JOHN FERGUSON: 19 bought for a total of 3,120,000gns, average of 164,211gns

    PETER & ROSS DOYLE: 37 bought for a total of 2,590,000gns, average of 70,000gns

    CHARLIE GORDON-WATSON: 22 bought for a total of 2,210,000gns, average of 100,455gns

    BBA IRELAND: 18 bought for a total of 1,494,000gns, average of 83,000gns
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    875) b c Dubawi - Goathemala, sold by Newsells Park Stud to John Ferguson for 725,000gns - SALE RECORD

    593) b f Raven's Pass - Aneedah, sold by Rathbarry Stud to Tony Nerses for 370,000gns

    1089) b c Dutch Art - Miss Quality, sold by Clairemont Stud to Tony Nerses for 280,000gns

    1131) b c Siyouni - Notre Dame, sold by Stauffenberg Bloodstock to Crisford Racing for 280,000gns

    894) ch f Zebedee - Hawattef, sold by Ballyphilip Stud to Charlie Gordon-Watson for 280,000gns

    626) b c Dutch Art - Bahia Emerald, sold by Cheveley Park Stud to John Ferguson for 280,000gns
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    Offered: 272

    Sold: 223 (82%)

    Aggregate: 12,488,000gns (-9%)

    Average: 56,000gns (-11%)

    Median: 44,000gns (-8%)

    Top lot: 1131) b c Siyouni - Notre Dame, sold by Stauffenberg Bloodstock to Crisford Racing for 280,000gns
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    Catalogued: 915

    Offered: 826

    Sold: 681 (82%)

    Aggregate: 42,414,000gns (0%)

    Average: 62,282gns (-3%)

    Colts average: 64,151gns

    Fillies average: 57,380gns

    Median: 47,000gns (-3%)

    No. 500,000gns+ lots: 1 (2014: 1)

    No. 250,000gns + lots: 11 (2014: 18)
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