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Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Book 2 - Day One - Monday, October 10, 2016

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  • Away from the heady heights of Book 1, this is a sale that draws in a vast range of domestic buyers. Book 2 has always had a reputation as a trainers sale and indeed many of those who chose to sit last week out were working the sale grounds yesterday. Alongside that, this is also the week where the breeze-up boys really get to work.
     
    As such, this is a very difficult sale for vendors to get into, and made even harder this year by Tattersalls decision - a rightful one in my opinion - to cut numbers. There was a feeling last year that numbers ran away in this book, which in turn presented several logistical challenges. While some buyers found it hard to keep up with viewing incoming horses, a number of the third day yearlings couldn't actually enter the sale grounds until their box was free. That has changed this year with every yearling on the sale ground by the weekend.
     
    So this year, Tattersalls have catalogued 773 yearlings, down from 915. The book runs for three days and is followed by Books 3 and 4. Sessions start at 10am.
     
    Last year, Book 2 turned over 42,414,000gns for 681 yearlings sold. The average dropped marginally by 3.4 per cent to 62,282gns while the median fell 6 per cent to 47,000gns.
     
    A record top price of 775,000gns was by set by a Dubawi - Goathemala colt from Tattersalls. Bought by John Ferguson and named Wolf Country, he has run once at Doncaster.
     
    There is one Dubawi catalogued this time around, a colt out of Brazilian Samba who is set to sell out of the Croom House Stud draft as lot 1267.
     
    Last year's top lot, the record 775,000gns Dubawi colt from Newsells Park Stud
     
     
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  • Stand-outs on paper include:
     
    561) b c Acclamation - Dani Ridge: out of Con Harirngton's wonderful mare, he is a half-brother to Profitable and Ridge Ranger
     
    567) b f Power - Dubday: a 42,000gns pinhook, she is a half-sister to top Qatari performer Dubday
     
    588) gr f Dream Ahead - Dookus: filly with a big update as the half-sister to Saturday's Prix de Conde winner Frankuus, also winner of the Ascendant Stakes since the publication of the catalogue. Another half-brother is the Group 1-placed US Law
     
    689) br c Farhh - Generous Diana: a half-brother to the multiple-winning globe-trotter Dandino, now covering his first mares in Australia
     
    699) b f Dark Angel - Glamorous Air: another filly with an update as a half-sister to Just Glamorous, winner of the Prix du Petit Couvert since the catalogue went to press
     
    715) b f Kodiac - Hazium: this 67,000gns pinhook is a sister to Group 3 winner Coulsty and from an apt vendor in Rathasker Stud, which will stand Coulsty in 2017
     
    722) ch f Oasis Dream - Hideaway Heroine: half-sister to Group 3 winners Maimara and Ombrage
     
    784) b c Lawman - La Felicita: the half-brother to champion Prix de l'Opera heroine Lady Marian
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  • Today's most expensive pinhook on offer is lot 712, a grey colt by Lethal Force out of Ha'penny Beacon.
     
    Mick Flanagan as agent went to 110,000gns for the colt at last year's Tattersalls December Sale. Baroda & Colbinstown Studs offer him this time around.
     
    He is a half-brother to the Group 3-placed Haafaguinea and out of the winning Ha'penny Beacon, an Erhaab half-sister to Maycocks Bay, in turn the dam of Sariska.
     
    Lethal Force accounts for two of the top three pinhook at this sale. The other, a colt out of Nutkin bought for €135,000 by Yeomanstown Stud, sells tomorrow as lot 908.
     
    Lethal Force - Ha'penny Beacon sold here for 110,000gns as a foal
     
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  • Lot 551: gr f Mastercraftsman - Dalasyla (Marju)
     
    Off and running in Book 2.
     
    This filly, one with significant residual value, will join Cheveley Park Stud after Chris Richardson outbids Richard Brown and Adrian Nicoll at 145,000gns following a lengthy bidding battle. "Hope the rest don't take as long to sell," remarked Edmond Mahony after dropping the hammer.
     
    Bred by Sir Peter Vela, Triermore Stud and vendor New England Stud, she is a half-sister to Listed winner Dalkova and out of a winning half-sister to Coronation Cup winner Daliapour. Her third dam is Delsy, dam of Darshaan and Darara.
     
    There is plenty going on in the immediate reaches of the family. Her two-year-old half-brother Zahiya is with Hugo Palmer and apparently well regarded. Dalasyla has a colt foal by Dubawi and is in foal to Australia.
     
    Cheveley Park will be hoping that this filly can follow the example set by the first lot under the hammer at recent renewals of Book 2; Nathra was the first yearling into the ring in 2014 while the Group 3-placed Rapid Applause was the first in the year before.
     
     
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  • Lot 571: ch c Shamardal - Dehbanu (King's Best)
     
    A fine result for Barry Mahon of Mountain View Stud as his Shamardal colt becomes the focus of a clash between Patrick Cooper of the BBA Ireland and Angus Gold. Gold gets the last say at 250,000gns to land his second colt of the day following a 115,000gns son of Bahamian Bounty.
     
    The colt is the third foal out of the winning Dehbanu, a half-sister to Killavullan Stakes winner Dubai Prince and to the dam of current American Grade 1 performer Tuttipaesi. This is also the family of Storming Home.
     
    Mountain View paid 67,000gns for Dehbanu at the 2011 Tattersalls December Sale.
     
    "I bought the mare in foal to Lope De Vega," says Mahon. "She's a lovely mare and it's a good family - there have been plenty of updates under the second dam since.
     
    "Going to Shamardal was the obvious choice given she's a half-sister to Dubai Prince. This was a grand colt. He's a good mover, a two-year-old type with a big backside on him. I hope he turns out to be a champion for his new owner."
     
     
    The foal that Dehbanu was carrying at the time of her purchase turned out to be Italian winner Barbarous. Her three-year-old, Queen's Code, has been placed for Charlie Hills. 
     
    Dehbanu is in foal to No Nay Never.
     
     
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  • Lot 588: gr f Dream Ahead - Dookus (Linamix)
     
    Another quality filly for Cheveley Park Stud as Chris Richardson outbids Tom Goff at 170,000gns for the Dream Ahead half-sister to Saturday's Prix de Conde winner Frankuus. The Ballylinch homebred is also a half-sister to the Group 1-placed US Law and out of a daughter of the flying filly Pharaoh's Delight, who is still going strong at Ballylinch at the age of 29.
     
     
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  • Lot 609: b f Nathaniel - Elas Diamond (Danehill Dancer)
     
    This filly was talked up as a likely queen of the early hours and doesn't disappoint, selling for 200,000gns to Roger Varian, bidding from a favoured spot on the back stairs. Sheikh Fahad was the underbidder, perhaps not surprising seeing as she is out of a half-sister to his mercurial stayer Pallasator.
     
    The Newsells Park homebred is the second foal out of Elas Diamond, who ran second in the 2010 Montrose Stakes. Her dam, Lancashire Oaks heroine Ela Athena, was one of the early additions to Newsells Park Stud when bought for $2 million at Keeneland in 2002.
     
     
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  • Lot 620: b c Camelot - Enchanted Evening (High Chaparral)
     
    Camelot's first yearlings were one of the talking points of last week and that popularity continues to be maintained as his first lot through the ring sells to Armando Duarte. A single, late bid of 155,000gns from Duarte was enough to fend off David O'Callaghan of Sun Stud for the colt, sold on behalf of The Castlebridge Consignment for Dermot Weld.
     
    He is a half-brother to the Group 3-placed Taexali and the third foal out of Knockaire Stakes winner Enchanted Evening. She is a half-sister to Group 2 winner King Jock and Group 3 winner Perfect Touch and out of Grade 3 winner Glen Kate.
     
     
     
     
    "He's for a new client and we'll decide shortly where he'll be trained," said Duarte. "We're looking for a potential Classic horse and he fitted the bill. The mare is doing the job too.
     
    "I like the Camelots as a group. He's a well-bred horse and should have a good chance of producing good horses like himself - hopefully starting with this colt!"
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  • Lot 670: b c Camelot - For Joy (Singspiel)
     
    Another good result for Camelot. This colt, a 78,000gns pinhook by Camas Park Stud, sells for 150,000gns to Stephen Hillen after the agent outbids Matt Houldsworth among others.
     
    He is a half-brother to Italian Group 3 winner Victoria Regina and out of a winning sister to Henry II Stakes winner Gloomy Sunday.
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  • Lot 676: b c Sinndar - Four Roses (Darshaan)
     
    Several seasons have passed since Sinndar's progeny were a regular feature in this ring - the Derby winner swapped Ireland for France in 2006. But Philip Stauffenberg's decision to offer their homebred colt here rather than closer to home reaps major rewards as Oliver St Lawrence outbids a host of interested parties in front of a full ring at 165,000gns.
     
    The colt represents a tried and tested formula as a brother to the Aga Khan's Blandford Stakes winner Four Sins, now a successful producer for the Yoshidas in Japan. Their dam, the unraced Four Roses, is a half-sister to Rockfel Stakes winner Germane and from the further tough family of Running Stag.
     
    "He was a lovely foal who was born on Valentines Day," recalls Stauffenberg. "We were hoping for a filly - it would be lovely to have a Sinndar filly from that family - but it wasn't to be. And the mare has had nothing but colts recently so we're lacking a filly out of her. She has another colt foal on the ground by Sinndar.
     
    "He's always looked like a racehorse. It's a fantastic price."
     
    Four Roses in back in foal to Maxios. Who knows, perhaps she is carrying a filly.
     
    Lot 676 is the most expensive Sinndar yearling to sell at auction in eight years.
     
     
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  • Meanwhile, last year's record 775,000gns top lot, Wolf Country, has just broken his maiden in impressive style for Godolphin at Yarmouth. 
     
    "Wolf Country has improved from his debut and will make a lovely horse next year over a mile and a quarter," William Buick told reporters following the race.
     
    Bred by Newsells Park Stud out of Goathemala, he was sold last year by his breeder to John Ferguson.
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  • Lot 696: br c Iffraaj - Gift Of Spring (Gilded Time)
     
    They all followed in this colt, a brother to May Hill Stakes third Musharakaat who was a €55,000 pinhook by J C Bloodstock. Angus Gold - Shadwell own the sister - had a shot at the colt as did the Hong Kong Jockey Club and Anthony Stroud. However, not for the first time today, bidders in the gate had to give best to a bid from the back stairs - Roger Varian at 210,000gns. 
     
    Sold by Kilminfoyle House Stud, he is out of the placed Gift Of Spring, a half-sister to the Listed-placed Witch Of Fife, dam of Drumfire, Cabaret and Ho Choi.
     
     
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  • Interesting to see Shadwell land lot 703, a Bated Breath colt bred by James Ortega for 30,000gns.
     
    Their purchase comes not long after the impressive win of another Bated Breath colt bred by Ortega, Ekhtiyaar, at Yarmouth.
     
    Another buyer who can't resist returning to familiar territory is Con Marnane, who paid 13,000gns for lot 692, a son of his former pinhook Rio De La Plata. Marnane has supported Rio De La Plata with great enthusiasm and was rewarded earlier in the year as the owner of his first winner Aiming For Rio, whom he subsequently sold to Godolphin. 
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  • Lot 712: gr c Lethal Force - Ha'penny Beacon (Erhaab)
     
    The day's most expensive pinhook realises 120,000gns to Angus Gold. He cost 110,000gns as a foal.
     
    A half-brother to the Group 3-placed Haafaguinea, he is out of a winning daughter of Sheikh Hamdan's Derby winner Erhaab and from the immediate family of Sariska.
     
    He is Shadwell's 13th purchase of the day and brings Lethal Force's sale average to 69,750gns for four sold.
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  • Lot 721: b c Kodiac - Heroine Chic (Big Bad Bob)
     
    John Gosden goes to 170,000gns for Mountarmstrong Stud's brother to Listed winner Dhahmaan. He becomes the 24th six-figure lot of the day.
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  • Lot 746: ch c Red Jazz - Indaba (Indian Ridge)
     
    A big result for Ballyhane's young sire Red Jazz as Angus Gold signs at 125,000gns for this colt from Pier House Stud.
     
    The colt was the most expensive foal from the first crop of his sire last winter when sold in this ring for 70,000gns to Peter and Ross Doyle. He is the ninth foal out of the Listed-placed Indaba, also the dam of Gimcrack and Norfolk Stakes third Ahlan Emarati.
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  • Lot 750: b f Camacho - Inourthoughts (Desert Style)
     
    Fresh from turning a 140,000gns pinhook into 700,000gns last week, Michael Carty of Kilmoney Cottage Stud lands another good result with the sale of this filly for 125,000gns to Bobby O'Ryan. Dermot Weld will train.
     
    Carty bought this filly, a close relation to the good Camacho sprinter Green Door, privately out of a field last year.
     
    She becomes the highest priced yearling of 2016 for her sire. He's also responsible for yearlings that realised €100,000 and €88,000 at Goffs - not bad for a €7,500 sire.
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  • Lot 757: b c Society Rock - Its In The Air (Whipper)
     
    Society Rock was well represented by four cracking yearlings at Book 1 last week that sold for an average of 145,000gns. It was a figure well ahead of some of his higher priced contemporaries and a fantastic return on his first year fee of €8,000.
     
    That popularity has certainly carried over today. For their part, Tally-Ho Stud have sent over some very good representatives, as you would expect. But others are also benefitting as illustrated by this colt, who sells out of the Torard House Stud draft for 200,000gns to Shadwell Estates. Anthony Stroud, sitting with Society Rock's trainer James Fanshawe, was among the underbidders.
     
    He was bought for just €26,000 by Pat and Breda Donworth at the Goffs February Sale.
     
    “He just looked a real tough, hardy trainers horse,” said Gold. “I saw him three times and every time I looked at him he seemed to have a good attitude, very down to earth, he just got on with the job. I was very surprised we had to pay so much but quite a few of the trainer liked him. I’ve been very impressed by the sire’s stock. He looks like he could be a loss.”
     
     
    He is the second foal out of the unraced Whipper mare Its In The Air. Incidentally, he hails from the same Try To Catch Me family as the current 250,000gns session-topping son of Shamardal.
     
    So Society Rock's average for the day is currently running at 102,400gns for five sold, again far ahead of his contemporaries (some of whom are arguably starting to look expensive).
     
    Others sold today include a 115,000gns half-brother to Gracious John from Tally-Ho out of a mare we bought for £3,000 in 2006 and an 87,000gns colt from Ballyhimikin Stud.
     
    Tally-Ho have an excellent record in making sires - think Kodiac, Danetime and most recently Sir Prancealot - and it would be no surprise to see Society Rock follow suit, judging on his stock anyway. Angus Gold is not alone in remarking today that he could be a loss.
     
     
     
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  • Lot 796: b c Acclamation - Ladyship (Oasis Dream) 
     
    A late highlight of a solid day of trading and yet another to fall to Angus Gold, in this instance for 200,000gns.
     
    Sold by his breeder Cheveley Park Stud, he is the first foal out of the City Plate winner Ladyship. In turn, she is the best foal so far out of Lockinge Stakes winner Peeress. Only last week, the Frankel colt out of Peeress realised 1,300,000gns to MV Magnier and Mayfair Speculators.
     
    His sale brings Shadwell's expenditure for the day to 2,074,000gns for 18 bought. 
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  • FIRST CROP SIRE WATCH
     
    CAMELOT: 10 offered, 10 sold for an average of 82,900gns
     
    CITYSCAPE: 1 offered, sold for 68,000gns
     
    DAWN APPROACH: 4 offered, 3 sold for an average of 44,333gns
     
    DECLARATION OF WAR: 5 offered, 3 sold for an average of 30,333gns
     
    EPAULETTE: 6 offered, 5 sold for an average of 67,000gns
     
    FARHH: 5 offered, 5 sold for an average of 39,200gns
     
    INTELLO: 4 offered, 3 sold for an average of 60,000gns
     
    LETHAL FORCE: 6 offered, 5 sold for an average of 62,000gns
     
    MAXIOS: 1 offered, sold for 45,000gns
     
    MOST IMPROVED: 3 offered, 2 sold for an average of 40,000gns
     
    RECKLESS ABANDON: 1 offered, sold for 62,000gns
     
    RED JAZZ: 2 offered, 1 sold for 125,000gns:
     
    SOCIETY ROCK: 8 offered, 7 sold for an average of 98,547gns
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  • DAY ONE STATISTICS
     
    Offered: 239
     
    Sold: 200 (84%)
     
    Aggregate: 12,565,500gns (-14%)
     
    Average: 62,828gns (0%)
     
    Colts average: 65,185gns
     
    Fillies average: 57,437gns
     
    Median: 50,000gns (+4%)
     
    No. 200,000gns+ lots: 5 (2015: 11)
     
    No. six-figure lots: 37 (2015: 46)
     
    No. successful pinhooks: 49 of 80
     
    Leading consignor: Newsells Park Stud, 7 sold for a total of 537,000gns
     
    Leading buyer: Shadwell Estate Company, 18 bought for a total of 2,074,000gns
     
    Leading sire (by average): Iffraaj, 4 sold for an average of 121,750gns
     
     
    TOP THREE LOTS
     
    571) c Shamardal - Dehbanu (King's Best), sold by Mountain View Stud for 250,000gns to Shadwell Estate Company
     
    696) c Iffraaj - Gift Of Spring (Gilded Time), sold by Kilminfoyle House Stud for 210,000gns to Roger Varian
     
    609) f Nathaniel - Elas Diamond (Danehill Dancer), sold by Newsells Park Stud for 200,000gns
     
    757) c Society Rock - Its In The Air (Whipper), sold by Torard House Stud for 200,000gns to Shadwell Estate Company
     
    796) c Acclamation - Ladyship (Oasis Dream), sold by Cheveley Park Stud for 200,000gns to Shadwell Estate Company
     
     
    Lot 571: ch c Shamardal - Dehbanu, sold by Kilminfoyle House Stud for 250,000gns
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