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Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 2 - Day Two - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Keep up to date with all the action with Nancy Sexton's live blog from the second day of Book 2 at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale

    Several particularly well-connected lots are scheduled to go through day, notably the half-sister to Kodi Bear, winner of the Celebration Mile since the publication of the catalogue.

    She is set to go through this morning as lot 894.

    Also catalogued is a sister to Arod (1117) from Rathbarry Stud and a Kyllachy half-brother to Clive Cox's highly promising two-year-old Priceless (1096), a winner and Listed-placed since catalogue publication. As you can see in the picture below, he's a really strong colt.

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    Today's session also features the only Dubawi catalogued, a colt out to German Group 3 winner Goathemala. He is a half-brother to Listed winner Goiania and offered by Newsells Park Stud on behalf of Gestut Faehrhof.

    Another yearling who should be interesting to watch is lot 970, a daughter of Mastercraftsman purchased for just 5,500gns as a foal. Since then, her half-brother Trip To Paris has won the Ascot Gold Cup.
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    Lot 824: b c Dark Angel - Fanciful Angel (Groom Dancer)

    This brother to classy three-year-old Fanciful Angel sold by breeder Yeomanstown Stud becomes the first six-figure lot of the day when knocked down to agent Andrew Sime. 

    There were 47 100,000gns lots yesterday - as someone remarked, there is plenty of action around that mark but it drops off quite significantly after that. 

    Recording declines across-the-board, however minor, obviously wasn't the best way to start the sale. However, it's worth remembering that the opening day of last year's sale was incredibly strong - there were seven 300,000gns + lots. Measure yesterday against the 2014 sale as a whole and the average of 63,086gns is only two per cent behind.
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    Lot 834: b c Holy Roman Emperor - Flambeau (Oasis Dream)

    Given how well Holy Roman Emperor has done in Hong Kong - think Designs On Rome, Beauty Only and Charles The Greats - it's no surprise to see a nice colt by the stallion attract the interest of Hong Kong investors.

    Charlie Gordon-Watson, acting on behalf of an undisclosed Hong Kong-based client, sees off all competition at 200,000gns for this individual, who provides fine return on the 85,000gns he cost Brian Grassick Bloodstock here last winter. He was offered today by Oaklawn Stud.

    "He's got size and scope," said Gordon-Watson. "He's a nice colt out of a good mare who vetted very well. He also comes from a very good farm.

    "He's for a Hong Kong-based client, who bought here for the first time at the breeze-ups, and I suspect he'll join John Size."

    He is the first foal out of Listed Leicestershire Stakes winner Flambeau, a granddaughter of Group 3 winner Fatah Flare.

    Lot 834: off to Hong Kong. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 842: b c Zoffany - Flying Flag (Entrepreneur)

    "He's the most expensive pinhook I've ever bought," said Brendan Holland after going to 175,000gns for this colt. "But Zoffany is the best young sire at the moment and I thought this yearling was one of the best - if not the best- I'd seen."

    Bought as a foal through Amanda Skiffington and offered by Glenvale Stud, this colt is a half-brother to Italian Listed winner Laguna Salada and the Listed-placed Ladiesandgentlemen. 

    "The mare is proven, and the Danehill/Entrepreneur cross is proven - it produced The Grey Gatsby, and he was very lucky for me," added Blarney. "Fingers crossed!"

    Lot 842: most expensive pinhook for Brendan Holland. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 869: b f Dark Angel - Glamorous Air (Air Express)

    Adrian Nicoll of the BBA Ireland, standing with David Wachman, gets the better of Charlie Gordon-Watson at 260,000gns for this filly, who is yet another high-profile sale for Dark Angel. Sold by breeder Yeomanstown Stud, she is a half-sister to Group 3 Sapphire Stakes winner Glamorous Spirit and out of a six-time winning descendant of champion Glaneuse.

    "She's for a client of David Wachman's," said Nicoll. "She's a lovely filly by a sire who is doing incredibly well, as we all know - by a proven stallion and out of a proven mare. 

    "I bought Dark Angel as a yearling with Barry Hills. We bought him at Doncaster and he was just a very good model. He never ran at three - in his day, there was very little programme for three-year-old sprinters so he was retired - so perhaps we never got to see the best of him."

    On the market, Nicoll added: "The nice ones are selling well and the not so nice ones aren't, which is often the case." 

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    Lot 875: b c Dubawi - Goathemala (Black Sam Bellamy)

    A new sale record is set by this colt, the sole Dubawi catalogued. John Ferguson outbids Roger Varian, who has been acting for Dubawi's owner Sheikh Obaid throughout the sale season, at 725,000gns, a price which eclipses the previous record set last year by a 525,000gns Poet's Voice colt.

    Hong Kong-based Willie Leung was in until about 550,000gns.

    The colt is yet another feather in the cap for last week's leading vendor Newsells Park Stud, who offered him on behalf of Gestut Faehrhof. He is a half-brother to two winners in Germany, including Listed scorer Goiania, and out of Goathemala, winner of the Group 3 Stutenpreis at Dusseldorf. 

    Second dam Global World was Listed-placed and is also the dam of Listed winners Galana, a sister to Goathemala, and Guajara. This is the famous Grimpola family of Fame And Glory that has been in the news throughout the year through Legatissimo, Racing History and Greatwood.

    "He's a beautiful mover and from top breeders," said Ferguson. "When Dick O'Gorman saw him in the summer, he looked a Book 2 horse but what is interesting about this colt is the way he has progressed throughout the summer - he has really thrived and done very well physically.

    "I think his sale also proves that in this day and age it doesn't matter what book you are, the people are here for them to make their worth."

    Lot 875: b c Dubawi - Goathemala; broke the sale record at 725,000gns. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 885: ch c Rio De La Plata - Gutter Press (Raise A Grand)

    There is just one yearling catalogued to this sale by Rio De La Plata and he creates a fine impression for his sire by selling out of the Trickledown Stud draft for 105,000gns to Bill Gredley. Angus Gold was the underbidder.

    His sale follows that of another first-crop representative of the stallion who sold for €250,000 to John Ferguson at Arqana in August - not bad for a stallion who stands for €5,500. The multiple Group 1-winning son of Rahy has another 16 yearlings catalogued in next week's Arqana October Sale.

    This particular colt was bred by Con Marnane, who pinhooked Rio De La Plata himself as a yearling and sold him here as a two-year-old in 2007. 

    Unsold at €37,000 at last year's Goffs November Sale, he is a half-brother to a winner and out of the unplaced Gutter Press, a half-sister to the ultra tough sprinters Tax Free and Inxile.

    Rio De La Plata strikes a pose during the French stallion trail 

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    Lot 894: ch f Zebedee - Hawattef (Mujtahid)

    Michael Bell will train this half-sister to Kodi Bear after Charlie Gordon-Watson outbids Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock at 285,000gns. 

    Bred by Mrs. M. Fox, she was offered by Paul McCartan's Ballyphilip Stud, just as Kodi Bear - recent winner of the Celebration Mile - was when sold for 62,000gns to Clive Cox at this sale two years ago.

    “She’ll be a high class filly in the yard, she was particularly athletic and ticks a lot of boxes," said Bell. "Charlie and I go a long way back as he bought Pass The Peace [who ran second in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches for Bell in his first year of training] for my father years ago.

    Gordon Watson added: “She is for a new client with Michael Bell and I.”

    This filly is the 11th foal out of Hawattef, who was bought for just 2,000gns in this ring by Tom Wallace back in 1998. The unraced Mujtahid mare shares her granddam High And Dry with Esoterique. 

    Zebedee half-sister to Queen Elizabeth II Stakes hopeful Kodi Bear. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Willie Carson with his Nathaniel filly who sold for 150,000gns to John and Jake Warren. They are pictured outside the box where Jack Hobbs was stabled two years ago. Photo: Tattersalls

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    Lot 918: b c Rock Of Gibraltar - Inchina (Montjeu)

    A day after selling the most expensive Elusive City of the year, Anthony Oppenheimer's Hascombe and Valiant Stud repeats the trick with this Rock Of Gibraltar colt, who falls to Amanda Skiffington, standing alongside Paul Shanahan for 250,000gns. 

    In fact, this is the most expensive Rock Of Gibraltar colt sold in Europe since 2006.

    “I’ve bought him for MV Magnier," said Skiffington. "He is a really lovely colt and is from a farm that I’ve had a lot of luck with.

    He is the first foal out of the winning Inching, a half-sister to the dam of the Group 1-placed Johann Strauss and daughter of Listed winner Incheni. His third dam is Oppenheimer's wonderful mare Inchmurrin, a champion of Italy who later bred Inchinor.

    He was preceded into the ring by another member of the family, a Lope De Vega colt out of Inchberry who sold for 110,000gns to Magus Equine.

    Lot 918: most expensive Rock Of Gibraltar colt sold in Europe since 2006. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    The leading first-crop sire by average continues to be Sepoy, who is returning an average of 82,750gns for 12 sold. Led by a 200,000gns colt out of Burke's Rock, his group includes five six-figure lots.

    Buyers also seem to be taken with the progeny of Bated Breath. So far, the Juddmonte stallion has had eight sell for an average of 55,875gns, among them colts that made 115,000gns (x Iwunder, sold to John and Jake Warren) and 110,000gns (x Bayja, sold to Shadwell Estates).
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    Lot 947: br c Lonhro - Journalist (Night Shift)

    Colt from Lodge Park stud becomes the latest six-figure lot when selling to Shadwell for 100,000gns.

    Only earlier this afternoon, champion Australian sire Lonhro was represented by his fifth European winner from just nine runners when Raymonda took the opening maiden at the Curragh in impressive style. Her emergence as another potentially high-class performer for the sire will be music to the ears of the pinhookers who bought Lonhro's progeny at the recent Keeneland September Sale. Just listening to the chatter, it would seem that every Lonhro at that sale was snapped up for resale in Europe - one pinhooker left nothing to chance and came home with three.

    This particular colt is a brother to current smart two-year-old Plagiarism and a half-brother to the Group 3-placed La Presse and Listed-placed Emirates Girl. He was bred by Diomed Bloodstock out of the 1999 Princess Margaret Stakes runner-up Journalist. She was sold by Darley carrying this colt for just $35,000 to Kern/Lillingston at the 2013 Keeneland November Sale.
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    Lot 957: b f Cacique - Katy Nowaitee (Komaite)

    Charlie Gordon-Watson brings his expenditure for the week to 1,866,000gns with the purchase of this filly for 180,000gns. Another good result for Bumble Mitchell and breeder The Kathryn Stud, she is a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Tottie, whose two-year-old Column broke her maiden last week at Leicester by eight lengths. Her dam, Katy Nowaitee, was a popular performer for Peter Harris who won five races including the Severals Stakes - she joined the Kathryn Stud when purchased for just 14,000gns through Jeremy Brummitt in 2009.

    The filly is one of just 35 yearlings on the ground by Cacique, who has battled fertility issues throughout his stud career.

    Lot 957: Cacique filly is one of just 35 yearlings on the ground by her sire. Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 970: b f Mastercraftsman - La Grande Zoa (Fantastic Light)

    Half-sister to Trip To Paris is bought back for 21,000gns. She was bought in this ring last year by The Cottage Stud for 5,500gns.
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    Lot 984: br c Dark Angel - Lan Force (Blu Air Force)

    Another Dark Angel for John Ferguson - he outbids Richard Brown at 200,000gns for this colt from Paddy Twomey's Athassel House Stud. A half-brother to Italian champion Priore Philip, he cost €87,000 as a foal.

    Photo: Tattersalls 

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    Lot 1003: b c Lonhro - Lightning Lydia (Broad Brush)

    Lonhro, sire of today's promising maiden winner Ramonda, continues to light up the ring, in this case as the sire of a colt who sells for 160,000gns to Peter and Ross Doyle.

    A half-brother to American Listed winners Walkwithapurpose and Charged Cotton, he was bought as a foal by today's vendor Tally-Ho Stud for $47,000 at last year's Keeneland November Sale.

    He brings Lonhro's European yearling average for the year to 184,570gns for five sold.
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    While all eyes here are on Newmarket, it's interesting to see Irish Derby winner Treasure Beach being so well received at today's OBS October Sale in Ocala, Florida.

    Fillies from his first crop have just realised $75,000 - enough to lead the first session - and $25,000.

    Treasure Beach, a son of Galileo who was also trained by Aidan O'Brien to run second to Pour Moi in the Derby, stands for $10,000 at Pleasant Acres in Florida.
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    This won't be a day fondly remembered by pinhookers. While several touches have been landed, only 36 of 74 through the ring have made a profit on paper. 

    Yesterday it was Kodiac who did most to help pinhookers. Today, it is Dark Angel, the sire of lot 984 (€87,000 to 220,000gns) and lot 994 (€50,000 to 180,000gns).
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    Elzaam's figures continue to hold up well. The Ballyhane Stud stallion has had four sell for an average of 51,250gns including lot 1072, a colt who sells for 120,000gns to Ross Doyle. A half-brother to smart sprinters George Bowen and Mr Win, he was bought by vendor Church View Stables for €82,000 as a foal.

    Shadwell, in whose colours Elzaam ran, also got in on the act yesterday when going to 90,000gns for a colt from Baroda & Colbinstown Studs.
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    Lot 1089: b c Dutch Art - Miss Quality (Elusive Quality)

    This colt, a 140,000gns pinhook by Norris/Huntingdon, was billed as a potential highlight and so it proves, as Tony Nerses is pushed all the way to 280,000gns to secure him. Mark Richards of the Hong Kong Jockey Club was the underbidder.

    Sold by Clairemont Stud, from whom Nerses bought Newmarket maiden winner Musaaid here two years ago, he is a half-brother to minor winner Thuit and out of a placed half-sister to Listed winner Desert Gold, dam of top two-year-old White Moonstone. It is the further family of Breeders' Cup Sprint heroine Desert Stormer and her Grade 1-winning granddaughter Better Lucky.

    "He's beautifully put together," said Nerses, acting as usual on behalf of Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar. "He's by a good sire but it was his build that attracted us - he looks the real deal. We're very happy to bring him home. Like all our yearlings, he will be broken at Blue Diamond Stud North and a trainer will be decided at a later date."

    His sale marked another good result for Liam and Jenny Norris, who hit the heights last week when selling an Oasis Dream colt - a 160,000gns pinhook - for 750,000gns to Roger Varian.

    "I buy a small number of horses at all different types of sale but I particularly enjoy buying at foal sales," said Liam Norris following the sale. "For me, it's all about the foal's physical attributes. Of course you have to take pedigree into consideration but I'm very strict in my selection process and try to pick an individual that I know Jenny and I can work with and help to develop into an athletic yearling. That's what makes results like this and last week's Oasis Dream colt really pleasing."

    Lot 1089: b c Dutch Art - Miss Quality. Photo: Tattersalls 

    The string belonging to Kuwaiti businessmen Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar are split between eight trainers at the moment. However, Nerses revealed that they have added 'a couple of new faces' to the squad next season.

    The Blue Diamond operation has grown considerably in recent years. The stud consists of two bases outside Newmarket and is home to 48 mares. Following the purchase of this colt, they have 41 yearlings with which to go to war with next year. The group includes four Frankels, among them the colt out of Piping bought for €750,000 at Arqana in August. 

    Here is that Frankel colt (left) embarking on the next stage of his education with a Sayif friend recently at Blue Diamond Stud North near Tuddenham.

    Breaking in is in full swing at Blue Diamond Stud. Photo: Blue Diamond Stud

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    Marhill House Stud brought just two yearlings to this sale and were well rewarded when both realised six figures.

    First up was the Mastercraftsman filly out of In My Life who sold for 110,000gns to Alex Elliott. Then just now their High Chaparral colt out of Missionary Hymn sold for 125,000gns to MPH Racing.

    "We wanted to bring individuals who would stand out, and we knew coming here we had two nice, solid individuals - but I was still surprised by the amount of people who looked at them," said manager Brian McConnon.

    "That's us finished for the yearling sales. Now it's back home to start prepping the foals - we have three selling at Goffs on the Friday."

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    Lot 1109: b c Arcano - Mujarah (Marju)

    This colt will join his half-brother Ribchester, winner of the Mill Reef Stakes and second in the Gimcrack Stakes since the publication of the catalogue, in Richard Fahey's yard after selling to the trainer through Mouse O'Ryan for 85,000gns. Peter Doyle was the underbidder.
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    Lot 1117: ch f Teofilo - My Personal Space (Rahy)

    The sister to Arod, who runs in the Cox Plate, is knocked down for 80,000gns to Oliver St Lawrence.
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    BATED BREATH: 12 offered, 11 sold for an average of 51,545gns

    BORN TO SEA: 12 offered, 12 sold for an average of 42,417gns

    BULLET TRAIN: 1 offered, not sold

    CAMPANOLOGIST: 1 offered, sold for 65,000gns

    CASAMENTO: 11 offered, 7 sold for an average of 46,000gns

    DELEGATOR: 1 sold for 55,000gns

    DRAGON PULSE: 5 offered, 5 sold for an average of 62,800gns

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

    EXCELEBRATION: 10 offered, 7 sold for an average of 28,714gns

    FAMOUS NAME: 1 sold for 65,000gns

    FOXWEDGE: 5 offered, 5 sold for an average of 41,000gns

    HARBOUR WATCH: 18 offered, 15 sold for an average of 35,333gns

    HELMET: 9 offered, 4 sold for an average of 24,500gns

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

    NATHANIEL: 15 offered, 14 sold for an average of 66,273gns

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

    REQUINTO: 1 sold for 17,000gns

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

    SEPOY: 17 offered, 15 sold for an average of 70,733gns

    SIR PRANCEALOT: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of 22,000gns

    SO YOU THINK: 5 offered, 4 sold for an average of 27,250gns
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    LEADING SIRES (more than one sold)

    RAVEN'S PASS: 7 sold for an average of 143,286gns

    LONHRO: 2 sold for an average of 130,000gns

    ZOFFANY: 6 sold for an average of 130,000gns
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    LEADING VENDORS (overall)

    THE CASTLEBRIDGE CONSIGNMENT: 25 sold for a total of 1,214,000gns

    NEWSELLS PARK STUD: 7 sold for a total of 1,075,000gns

    TALLY-HO STUD: 16 sold for a total of 846,000gns
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    SHADWELL ESTATE COMPANY: 24 bought for a total of 2,925,000gns, average of 121,875gns

    JOHN FERGUSON: 15 bought for a total of 2,860,000gns, average of 178,667gns

    PETER AND ROSS DOYLE: 26 bought for a total of 1,945,000gns, average of 74,808gns
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    725,000gns Dubawi colt out of Goathemala. Photo: Tattersalls 


    875) b c Dubawi - Goathemala (Black Sam Bellamy), sold by Newsells Park Stud to John Ferguson for 725,000gns - SALE RECORD

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

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

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    Offered: 277

    Sold: 227 (82%)

    Aggregate: 15,340,500gns (+15%)

    Average: 67,579gns (+10%)

    Colts average (day two): 67,956gns

    Fillies average (day two): 58,671gns

    Median: 50,000gns (+2%)

    No. 200,000gns+ lots (overall): 18

    No. successful pinhooks: 44 of 99
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