he end of October always marks the end of busy sales period, and none more so than this year. We were delighted to wrap up Tattersalls October Book 1 sale as second leading consigner, with nine fewer horses than the top consigner, as well as the highest priced colt to sell at the sale and an average selling price of 352,308 guineas.
Tuesday, three quality colts headed to the ring. Lot 35, a precocious-looking son of Dark Angel, the first foal out of Black type mare Frankel Light, sold to Suzanne Roberts for 180,000gns. The Dam joined the Lloyd-Webber’s broodmare band when purchased by Charlie Gordon-Watson, with a Too Darn Hot mating in mind at the Arqana breeding stock sale in 2019. Frankel Light now has a Too Darn Hot colt foal and has revisited for 2022.
Lot 62, also selling Tuesday and another first foal, was a very popular son of Kingman, out of G2 Pretty Polly Stakes heroine, Horseplay. We were delighted for his breeders, Cliveden Stud when the hammer fell to Godolphin for 350,000gns. Horseplay has an exciting Dubawi colt foal and is in foal to Too Darn Hot.
The sales success continued later into the day with lot 81, a beautiful colt by Dubawi bred by Andrew Rosen. He is out of the very useful race-mare, J Wonder; a dual G3 winner making this colt a full brother to Listed performer, Boccaccio. He went on to fetch 450,000gns, selling to successful American syndicate owners, MyRacehorse.com. This colt marks the beginning of the syndicates new European racing venture.
The sole filly representative of our Book 1 sales draft was the beautifully bred daughter of Dubawi, owned by Alan Spence, out of his G2 Temple Stakes heroine Priceless. The American presence at the sale proved to be of great significance and racy, well-bred fillies seemed to be in high-demand and this was no exception as she was snapped up by Mike Ryan for 400,000gns.
We were all eagerly anticipating the sale of the homebred colt out of So Mi Dar, after he filled the eye of many judges during the days leading up to the sale. He was knocked down to Charlie Gordon-Watson, on behalf of American-based Woodford Racing at a sale-day topping price of 1.2m guineas. He also became the highest priced son of the stallion, Sea The Stars to ever be sold at public auction. It was a great success story and an added bonus to have both Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber present at the sale to watch their colt.
Since the sad passing of the Duke of Roxburghe (Floors Stud), we were delighted to offer a son, by Dubawi, out of the Floors stalwart mare, Attraction as part of the Watership Down draft. The mare needs little introduction, a champion at 2, a champion at 3, winner of five G1 races including the English and Irish 1,000 Guineas. She has produced a G2 winning stallion; Elarqam, a Group 3 winner; Fountain of Youth and a G3 performing mare; Cushion, who has already produced a 2.1m Guineas yearling. This colt oozed quality and had a great walk and went on to sell to BBA Ireland/ Yulong investments for 425,000gns.
Another lovely Dubawi colt, from a sensational family, bred by Trevor Harris of Lordship Stud stole the show on the final day of Book 1. He is out of the Galileo mare Bound, herself a winning full sister to outstanding group performers, Serpentine, Wedding Vow, Beacon Rock and Bye Bye Baby. The entire catalogue page was littered with the highest-level performers from top to bottom. The hammer fell at 550,000gns to Godolphin.
Towards the end of the Book 1 sale, we consigned a strapping colt by Sea The Stars, one of three yearlings to be offered by breeders Al Wasmiyah Stud. This colt is out of the winning mare Cup Cake, making him a half-brother to G1 performer Suedois. He sold to Charlie Gordon-Watson for 200,000gns. The mare has been confirmed in foal to Night Thunder for next year.
The last but one lot to go through the ring (lot 500) late on the Thursday evening was a stunning colt by Showcasing, bred by Stonethorn Stud Farm. The January born colt was the second produce from the Cairn Rouge Listed stakes winner Drumfad Bay and hails from a family steeped in Group performers including Pelder, Oath and Big Bad Bob. We were excited to see him sell to Robson Aguiar on behalf of Amo Racing for 160,000gns.
Whilst Book 1 drew to an end, our Book 2 yearlings were shipping to Park Paddocks. A total of 11 lots were sold including a sensational filly by Starspangledbanner out of Greenisland, the Dam of Boerhan and Shamson. This filly hails from a champions pedigree, Greenisland herself was a useful black-type performer and is a half-sister to Champion European 2yo filly, Millisle. This attractive filly sold to Hugo Merry for 220,000gns.
A further stand out in consignment included a grey filly out of G3 performer Real Smart, who sold to Robert Roulston for 140,000gns. This family goes back to G1 runner up My Branch, whose owner, Bjorn Nielsen has carefully bred from, resulting in Rosie’s Posy, the dam of G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains winner and sire, Make Believe. This is a progressive family to follow, with this Sea The Stars filly only the second produce from the mare, she also has a Lope De Vega filly foal at foot.
Thank you again to our dedicated staff both at the sales and those keeping the wheels turning at home. We wish the very best of luck to all our horses and their new connections. We’re very much looking forward to seeing them on track.
We have a quality draft of 14 fillies and broodmares being prepared ahead of the upcoming Tattersalls Breeding Stock sale at the end of November. Highlights in the consignment include Frinkle lot 1664, an unraced daughter of Frankel out of G3 Musidora stakes placed mare, Woodland Aria. She is a granddaughter of Magic Tree, Dam of Shadwell’s sire Mukhadram. This three-year-old filly is believed to be in foal to Time Test on an early cover – February 27th.
Within the draft is a wonderful opportunity for breeders to buy into the well-renowned family of Attraction. Her half-sister Titivation (Montjeu) will be offered in foal to Time Test on a March covering. Titivation, a winner herself, has produced G2 placed Titi Makfi and is the dam of three winners and her yearlings have made up to 775,000gns at auction. She is catalogued as lot 1716.
Our final lot for the sale, is an unraced four-year-old filly, Bubbling Up, she is an own sister to Gloria Mundi, who already has some decent black type on her page. Bubbling Up is out of the King’s Best mare, Bufera who has produced four winners, from five runners including multiple G3 placed and Listed winning, Chartreuse. Bubbling Up is offered in foal to Too Darn Hot on a February cover and catalogued as lot 1719.
Videos and photographs of our fillies and mares heading to the Tattersalls Breeding Stock sale will be online and available to view next week.
Photo of Lot 277 Bay colt by Sea The Stars ex So Mi Dar, that sold for1.2m guineas at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.