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Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Book 2 - Day Two - Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Nancy Sexton brings you all the action as it happens from Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale

  • A handy update came just in time for the first lot into the ring, a Bated Breath colt out of Lomapamar. On Friday, his half-sister Urban Fox ran third in the Fillies' Mile. Prior to that, she had filled the same position in the May Hill and Prestige Stakes and won a Newmarket conditions race at the expense of Unforgettable Filly.
    Bred by Mascalls Stud, he is sold today through New England Stud.
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  • He is followed immediately into the ring by an Equiano colt out of London Welsh. He is only the second foal out of the mare, who has got off to a bright start at stud as the dam of Wick Powell, winner of the Redcar 2yo Trophy since the publication of the catalogue.
    He was a 20,000gns pinhook by today's vendor Cooneen Stud.
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  • On a day that is highlighted by a number of yearlings with good updates, Rabbah Bloodstock offer a pair of interesting yearlings in lot 854, a filly by Universal out of Mazuna from Hillwood Stud, and lot 1017, a colt by Iffraaj out of Samdaniya from The Castlebridge Consignment.
    Lot 854 is from the first crop of Universal, the 2013 Princess Of Wales's Stakes winner who stands as a dual-purpose sire at Yorton Farm. She is one of 32 registered foals from his first crop and the first to come up at auction this autumn.
    Her dam Mazuna won the Princess Royal Stakes and has been represented to good effect in recent seasons by Godolphin's Beautiful Romance, successful in this year's Middleton Stakes. Her two-year-old Executive Force is also smart; since the publication of the catalogue, he has won at Newbury and run second in the Listed Star Appeal Stakes. 
    Lot 1017, meanwhile, is a half-brother to Dabyah. She has won a Newbury conditions race and run third in the Prix Marcel Boussac in the days since the catalogue went to press.
    Lot 854: Universal - Mazuna
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  • Other highlights on paper include:
    812) b f Kyllachy - Look Busy: second foal out of the popular Temple Stakes winner
    839) b c Pour Moi - Malaspina: from a fine Gerry Oldham family, this colt is a half-brother to Thoroughbred Stakes winner Thikriyaat and related to recent Grade 1 winner Ectot
    878) gr f Champs Elysees - Miss University: a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Three Degrees as well as Mehronissa, a Listed winner and Group 3-placed since the publication of the catalogue
    920) b f Kyllachy - Path Of Peace: another with a good update as the half-sister to Belvoir Bay, recent winner of the Grade 3 Torrey Pines and Unzip Me Stakes
    931) b c Kyllachy - Pious: the brother to Penitent and Supplicant
    968) b c Azamour - Raskutani: half-brother to Agent Murphy
    977) b c Kodiac - Red Vale: half-brother to Vale Of York
    985) b c Al Kazeem - Request: a direct descendant of Highclere, he is a half-brother to Ask 
    994) ch c Champs Elysees - Roodeye: a half-brother to Californian Grade 2 winner Prize Exhibit as well as progressive juvenile Harbour Master, who tackles stakes company himself in the US this weekend
    997) b c Iffraaj - Roscoff: the half-brother to champion Italian two-year-old Hero Look
    1043) b c Big Bad Bob - Shine Silently: the brother to Bible Belt and Bob Le Beau
    b c Kodiac - Red Vale
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  • Lot 810: b c Equiano - London Welsh (Cape Cross)
    The half-brother to Wick Powell turns a good profit for Cooneen Stud, selling for 80,000gns to Charlie Gordon-Watson. He cost 20,000gns as a foal.
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  • Lot 819: b c Iffraaj - Luckbealadytonight (Mr Greeley)
    The first six-figure lot of the day is also John Ferguson's first purchase of Book 2. He goes to 100,000gns for this colt, a son of Darley stallion Iffraaj who is out of a half-sister to champion two-year-old Maybe and Prix Marcel Boussac runner-up Promise To Be True.
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  • Lot 830: b f Fastnet Rock - Madonna Dell'Orto (Montjeu)
    The Sabria family have done Genesis Green Stud many good turns in the past and that continues today as Amanda Skiffington sees off Richard Brown at 240,000gns for this filly, a granddaughter of Sabria herself. Skiffington was acting on behalf of MV Magnier and Paul Shanahan.
    Brown was standing with David Brownlow, who campaigns the filly's half-brother Viscount Barfield. The son of Raven's Pass has won three times this season for Andrew Balding and with his trainer hopeful that black-type can come his way next season, it was no surprise to see his owner make a strong play for his half-sister. 
    "Andrew has done a brilliant job with Viscount Barfield," said Michael Swinburn of Genesis Green Stud. "He stays in training and Andrew told me this week that he thinks he has a chance of gaining black-type."
    Lot 830 is the third foal out of the placed Madonna Dell'Orto, a Genesis Green homebred who is one of 15 foals out of Sabria. Sabria's best foal was the ill-fated Landseer, who won the Poule d'Essai des Poulains for Coolmore, but she also foaled the Group 1-placed Ikhtyar and Listed-placed Maurice Utrillo.
    "We have one other daughter of Sabria at home," said Swinburn. "She's got a good colt foal by Mastercraftsman and is in foal to Siyouni. I saw Fastnet Rock at Coolmore - he's a big, strong horse and I thought then that I had the perfect mare for him in that she's from a very good looking family that works with Danehill."
    This filly is one of only 45 registered yearlings from the 2015 European crop of Fastnet Rock.
    Genesis Green has six more yearlings to sell this week before they hit Book 3 with 'several good colts'.
    "It's been the same all season, if you have something they want, you can get the world for it," he said. "It's a slope - you're either on top of it or at the bottom."
    Skiffington was very happy to have secured what many felt was the standout of the day.
    "I thought she was a queen," she said. "I've found it really tough this week, especially for colts that look like two-year-old types."
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  • Lot 851: b c Reckless Abandon - May Day Queen (Danetime)
    Sub-fertility robbed Reckless Abandon of a stud career and the early signs are that he could be a loss. The Prix Morny and Middle Park Stakes winner entered stud at Kildangan in 2014 as the only son of Exchange Rate at stud in Europe but when it became clear that he was struggling in his new role, he was returned to training and gelded. He left behind 17 registered foals, including this colt, who provides a real highlight for his sire by selling for 200,000gns to Rabbah Bloodstock.
    Tom Goff of Blandford Bloodstock was the underbidder.
    Bred by Martinstown in partnership with vendor Pier House Stud, he is bred to be quick as a half-brother to Dragon Stakes runner-up Mukhmal and son of Naas Sprint Stakes third May Day Queen. It is also the immediate family of this season's classy sprint two-year-old Assiduous Alexander.
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  • Lot 868: b f Shamardal - Million Spirits (Invincible Spirit)
    John Ferguson secures the only Shamardal filly catalogued, outbidding Ross Doyle at 170,000gns. Sold by The Castlebridge Consignment, she is a half-sister to two winners and out of a winning half-sister to Poule d'Essai des Pouliches winner Elusive Wave.
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  • Approaching the midway point of the sale and the median is running 6 per cent ahead of last year at 50,000gns. The average is marginally ahead at 62,618gns and 84 per cent of horses are listed as changing hands.
    Shadwell have already spent 2,254,000gns on 20 yearlings. Several will undoubtedly head to Roger Varian, himself the buyer of eight yearlings worth 960,000gns.
    Shamardal heads the sires table with an average of 210,000gns for two sold. The eye catcher continues to be Society Rock on 98,547gns for seven sold but Reckless Abandon is also faring well having had two sold for an average of 131,000gns.
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  • A mixed bag today for pinhookers with half the lots through so far today seemingly turning a profit.
    One of the better results of the morning was recorded by Sherborne Lodge Stud, whose Dandy Man (882) colt sold for 100,000gns to Seamus Durack. He was bought as a foal by M S K Bloodstock for €20,000.
    Another popular yearling, lot 887, was knocked down to Norris/Huntingdon for 100,000gns, having cost her vendor Hursley Bloodstock 62,000gns as a foal. The daughter of Declaration Of War hails from the same family as Zelzal.
    Tim Donworth, son of Bobby and Honora, also enjoyed a good result when his pinhook, a Havana Gold colt, sold for 55,000gns to Amanda Skiffington, also purchaser of Havana Gold himself as a yearling. Donworth paid 26,000gns for the colt as a foal.
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  • Lot 912: b c Kyllachy - On The Brink (Mind Games)
    A tremendous week for Kilminfoyle House Stud continues with the sale of this colt for 270,000gns to Shadwell.
    He was bought by J C Bloodstock for just 35,000gns as a foal and is the second memorable pinhook of the week for his vendor following yesterday's 210,000gns Iffraaj colt, a €55,000 foal.
    “Everybody sees these horses differently,” said Shadwell’s Angus Gold. ��But for me he was the single most athletic horse I’ve seen this week. He’s a serious athlete and the mare’s done well with not necessarily the most fashionable stallions in the world. We’re just trying to buy horses that can win races and you have to go with what you believe. 
    “Kyllachy is a very solid stallion, although we’ve had no luck with him so far. Hopefully this horse can change that. I believe he’s going to be trained by Owen Burrows.”
    On paper, he should be should be quick as a son of Hilary Needler Trophy heroine On The Brink. She has foaled five winners led by Wentworth Stakes scorer Aetna. 
    He brings Kilminfoyle's average to 151,250gns for five sold.
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  • Lot 931: b c Kyllachy - Pious (Bishop Of Cashel)
    The popularity of Kyllachy has rarely dimmed over the years. A reliable source of fast horses whose progeny often excel in this book, he enjoys another excellent result as the sire of a brother to Penitent and Supplicant that realises 260,000gns.
    As with the On The Brink colt, he carry the colours of Sheikh Hamdan after Angus Gold sees off a challenge from Roger Varian. He brings Shadwell's expenditure for the week to 2,784,000gns for 22 bought.
    He also becomes the second six-figure sale of the week for his breeder and vendor Cheveley Park Stud from just four through the ring so far.
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  • Lot 957: b f Al Kazeem - Quan Yin (Sadler's Wells)
    Oakgrove Stud adds another Al Kazeem to their string with the purchase of this filly for 130,000gns. Tim Lane, manager of John Deer's stud, outbid Jonno Mills for the filly, who boasts champion East Of The Moon as her granddam and the legendary Miesque as her third.
    Deer naturally supported his multiple Group 1 winner during his sole season at the Royal Studs but was one of the unlucky breeders who came away without a mare in foal. Now, he obviously has ample opportunity to support the horse given he holds court at Oakgrove but he has also been busy acquiring quality fillies from his first crop; for instance last week, Deer paid 115,000gns for Kildaragh Stud's filly out of Petit Calva.
    This filly represented another good sale for the Niarchos family, who sold her through Watership Down Stud.
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  • Lot 968: b c Azamour - Raskutani (Dansili)
    Represented the final chance to secure an Azamour yearling colt in Book 2 and ensures his late sire goes on a high when selling for 230,000gns.
    He represents a real triumph for his breeder Wellsummers Stud, who have nurtured the immediate generations of this family; he is a half-brother to Geoffrey Freer Stakes winner and out of their homebred Raskutani, a half-sister to the fellow talented Wellsummer-breds Hatta Fort and Blue Bayou.
    Ross Doyle, Tim Gredley, David Minton and Charlie Gordon-Watson were among those keen to secure the colt, sold through The Castlebridge Consignment, but in the end, matters rested between Tom Goff and the eventual buyer Roger Varian, for whom this was a tenth purchase of the week.
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  • Lot 969: b c Holy Roman Emperor - Raving Monsun (Monsun)
    Holy Roman Emperor has become a particularly international sire in recent years - only on Saturday he accounted for the first two home in the Group 1 Grande Premio del Jockey Club in Brazil - but his progeny have proven to be extremely effective in Hong Kong, where he has been represented by the likes of Rich Tapestry and Designs On Rome. So it's little surprise to see Hong Kong interests target this colt from Newsells Park Stud - Alastair Donald signs on behalf of a Hong Kong-based owner at 250,000gns.
    "He'll be trained by Charlie Hills for a Hong Kong-based client," said Donald, "and he might race there at some point. 
    "We've had  luck with Holy Roman Emperor and this is the nicest I've seen."
    He is the second foal out of his winning dam, a daughter of Listed winner and Group 1-placed Rave Reviews. It is the further family of Groom Dancer and Plumania.
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  • Lot 977: b c Kodiac - Red Vale (Halling)
    New top lot. John Ferguson outbids Roger Varian and then a persistent John Murphy at 380,000gns for this colt, a half-brother to Godolphin's Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner and former Darley stallion Vale of York (by Kodiac's half-brother Invincible Spirit).
    He was bred by Stock Vale Ltd, who own only four mares, and is the only lot catalogued in the book by Bellewstown Stud. He is the eighth foal out of his unraced dam, a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Uraib from the further family of Batshoof and King Of Kings.
    John Ferguson's expenditure stands at 1,400,000gns for seven bought, placing him in second behind Shadwell on the leading buyers list.
    Kodiac's average is running at 117,812gns for 16 sold.
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  • Lot 985: b c Al Kazeem - Request (Rainbow Quest)
    Shock tactics almost work first time round for Angus Gold on this colt, a half-brother to Coronation Cup winner Ask. Taking a leaf out of Paul Makin's book, Gold threw in an opening bid of 100,000gns and almost sealed the deal until an undisclosed bidder on the back stairs briefly took him on at the last minute. In the end, the hammer came down at 120,000gns to take his sire's sale average to 125,000gns for two sold.
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  • Lot 1017: b c Iffraaj - Samdaniya (Machiavellian)
    The half-brother to Dabyah becomes the latest to join Roger Varian, currently the sale's third leading buyer, after selling for 120,000gns. He was bred by Rabbah Bloodstock and sold through The Castlebridge Consignment.
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  • Lot 1024: b c Sea The Stars - Scarlet And Gold (Peintre Celebre)
    Blandford Bloodstock, another active force with 9 bought for over a million, land this colt from Mount Coote Stud at 260,000gns. The Tsui family's Sunderland Holding Inc bred the colt out of Scarlet And Gold, a winning half-brother to Prix du Jockey Club winner Le Havre, now a leading sire, and Group 3 winner Astronerous, who shares his sire Sea The Stars with this colt.
    It is the further family of Polar Falcon.
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    AL KAZEEM: 3 offered, 2 sold for an average of 125,000gns
    ANIMAL KINGDOM: 1 offered, not sold
    CAMELOT: 13 offered, 13 sold for an average of 76,293gns
    CITYSCAPE: 1 offered, sold for 68,000gns
    DAWN APPROACH: 7 offered, 6 sold for an average of 48,000gns
    DECLARATION OF WAR: 10 offered, 8 sold for an average of 55,750gns
    EPAULETTE: 9 offered, 8 sold for an average of 55,625gns
    FARHH: 6 offered, 5 sold for an average of 39,200gns
    FINJAAN: 1 offered, sold for 35,000gns
    HAVANA GOLD: 6 offered, 4 sold for an average of 44,250gns
    INTELLO: 10 offered, 7 sold for an average of 45,857gns
    LETHAL FORCE: 14 offered, 12 sold for an average of 65,250gns
    MAXIOS: 5 offered, 5 sold for an average of 47,400gns
    RECKLESS ABANDON: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of 131,000gns
    RED JAZZ: 3 offered, 2 sold for an average of 64,000gns
    SOCIETY ROCK: 13 offered, 12 sold for an average of 90,833gns
    SWISS SPIRIT: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of 82,500gns
    UNIVERSAL: 1 offered, not sold
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    Sold: 198 (83%)
    Aggregate: 13,241,000gns (-14%)
    Average: 66,874gns (-1%)
    Colts average: 62,240gns
    Fillies average: 61,396gns
    Median: 50,000gns (0%)
    No. six-figure lots: 75
    No. 200,000gns+ lots: 13
    No. successful pinhooks (whole sale): 76 of 156 
    Leading buyer: SHADWELL ESTATE COMPANY, 27 bought for a total of 3,359,000gns
    Leading consignor: THE CASTLEBRIDGE CONSIGNMENT, 14 sold for a total of 1,086,000gns
    Leading sire (by average): SEA THE STARS, 3 sold for an average of 148,333gns
    977) b c Kodiac - Red Vale (Halling), sold by Bellewstown Stud for 380,000gns to John Ferguson
    912) b c Kyllachy - On The Brink (Mind Games), sold by Kilminfoyle House Stud for 270,000gns to Shadwell Estate Company
    1024) b c Sea The Stars - Scarlet And Gold (Peintre Celebre), sold by Mount Coote Stud for 260,000gns to Blandford Bloodstock
    931) b c Kyllachy - Pious (Bishop Of Cashel), sold by Cheveley Park Stud for 260,000gns to Shadwell Estate Company
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