At the conclusion of the 2018 Tattersalls July Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented:
“July week in Newmarket is a great showcase for the British and European thoroughbred industry and the combination of quality bloodstock and top class racing is a compelling mix.
"As ever, the Tattersalls July Sale has attracted overseas buyers in huge numbers and we have seen sustained international demand from start to finish of the 2018 renewal. Quality consignments from some of the world’s leading owner/breeders including Godolphin, Juddmonte Farms and Shadwell, have been as sought after as ever and although a handful of late withdrawals took some of the shine off the catalogue, there has been no shortage of competition at all levels of the market.
“The clearance rate of almost 90 per cent is the key statistic to take from this week’s sale and the abundance of buyers, both domestic and overseas, reflects the global reputation of the Tattersalls July Sale as a consistent source of both high class horses in training and quality breeding stock.
"While the individual highlight was the 350,000gns sale-topping filly AWARD WINNING who set a new record price for a filly at the July Sale, the extraordinary international appetite for horses in training was yet again the most notable feature of Europe’s premier midsummer sale." (21:08)
July Sale 2018 statistics (+/- compared with figures from previous year)
Lots catalogued: 922 (914)
Lots offered: 645 (648)
Lots sold: 562 (574)
Aggregate: 12,074,300gns (-18%)
Median: 10,000gns (-17%)
Average: 21,485gns (-16%)
Sale top lot: Award Winning (Lot 221
), sold for 350,000gns
Day 3 top lot: Lethal Steps (Lot 823
), sold for 300,000gns to Margaret O'Toole and Gordon Elliott Racing
Leading purchasers (by aggregate): Gassim Mohammad Ghazali, Blandford Bloodstock, BBA Ireland
Leading consignors (by aggregate): The Castlebridge Consignment (aggregate sales of 2,951,700gns), Jamie Railton, Shadwell
Leading sires: Galileo, Exceed And Excel, Dubawi (18:00)
Gassim Mohammad Ghazali takes his week's purchases to 25, buying Captain Vancouver, a three-year-old gelding by George Vancouver, placed five times in six starts and rated 83.
He was sold by Michael O'Callaghan. (20:32)
Comrade In Arms is Qatari-bound, bought by trainer Debbie Mountain for 72,000gns from the Sir Michael Stoute draft.
A recent winner, the three-year-old is a War Front half-brother to the Group 1-placed sire Thewayyouare and to Peeping Fawn, a champion three-year-old filly of 2007 and the dam of September, runner-up in the Fillies' Mile (G1) and third in the Moyglare Stkaes (G1). (19:22)
Nearest Green is heading to Hong Kong, bought by Raymond Tai for 210,000gns from Kevin Ryan's Hambleton Lodge Stables.
The son of Exceed And Excel has won or placed on all of his five career starts to date, including winning a novice stakes at Beverley over 5f at the beginning of the month. (19:05)
Lethal Steps, sells for 300,000gns, bought by Mags O'Toole on behalf of Gordon Elliot. The son of Lethal Force finished fourth yesterday at Newmarket in the mile Listed Sir Henry Cecil Stakes.
"He is for a new client with Gordon to run on the Flat - after all, Gordon is a dual Royal Ascot-winning trainer!" said O'Toole. "Gordon was too busy with runners to be here today, but he saw the horse yesterday and loved him - even after running and vetting, the horse trotted out to his ears."
Jamie Railton, consignor for owner Qatar Racing, said: "The horse has been been beautifully produced by Andrew Balding and his team. He ran well yesterday, looking as though he wanted a little further. He has few miles on the clock and is a lovely horse."
Lethal Steps is rated 99 and has had a mark over 95 throughout his nine-race career - reaching a high of 102 earlier this spring. He finished fifth in the Group 3 Derrinstown Derby Trial in May, afterwards transferring from trainer Ger Lyons to Andrew Balding. (18:56)
Zain Star, from John Butler's Charnwood Stables, makes 40,000gns.
He has not yet won, but has been placed five times and is rated 81. Last time out, he finished second by a nose in a 0-80 London Mile Series qualifier on the All-Weather at Kempton. (18:21)
Lot 783 and Lot 785:
Joe Foley of Ballyhane Stud gets off to a flyer, the Irishman buying the second horse offered this evening fro 26,000gns - Flawlessly, a winning, Listed-placed daughter of Exceed And Excel.
She is out of the Listed-placed Privalova (Alhaarth), a half-sister to the Group 2 winner Special Kaldoun. (17:41)
Selling for the final session of the July Sale 2018 starts in about three-quarters of an hour.
Get all your sale details and watch the sale live here. (16:40)
trainer Tom Tate spends 36,000gns on River Glades, a son of Cape Cross and out of the Teofilo mare Everglades.
The colt, the winner of one race, was sold by Mark Johnston's stable for owner Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum.
He is from the family of this year's Epsom Derby winner, Masar. (13:24)
Montague by Poet's Voice and out of Silicon Star, a dual winner since the middle of June for David O'Meara Racing, and now the winner of five races, sells for 42,000gns.
Trainer Debbie Mountain was the successful purchaser and the colt will race on in Qatar. (12:50)
yesterday's Newmarket winner Midsummer Knight is bought by Gassim Mohammad Ghazali for 90,000gns.
"I have followed this horse for a time, and yesterday's victory made it certain that I would like to buy him. We came particularly for this horse - he will suit Qatar and I like his sire Dream Ahead," said Ghazali.
The fast Midsummer Knight won yesterday's 0-100 5f Saeed Suhail Saeed Handicap by a length off a mark of 80, a career-best performance for the three-year-old who is now a winner of two races.
Ghazali also bought the following lot, Myboyhenry, also from the Spigot Lodge draft, his 21st purchase this week.
"It is slightly more than the last few years," admitted Ghazali. (12:15)
Bansuri, the Mizzen Mast daughter of the Alabama Stakes and Kentucky Oaks winner Flute, is bought by Joe Burke for 68,000gns.
She is a full-sister to the Grade 2 winner and Grade 1-placed Filimbi.
"It is a real live family," said Burke. "Flute is in-foal to Arrogate, while Filimbi has a War Front colt foal and Tapit yearling filly.
"She is a really well bred filly, a complete Northern Dancer outcross and I like her physically too. I have been lucky with buying from Juddmonte before - I bought Timeslot here at the December Sale in 2016, and she is now a half-sister to Hofburg, who was third in this year's Belmont Stakes (G1) behind Justify.
"Bansuri will go to board at Oghill House Stud." (11:41)
Tony O'Callaghan of Tally-Ho Stud outbid Joe Foley of Ballyhane Stud for Arbitrary, a three-year-old bay daughter of Frankel.
She cost the Irish-based stud farm 52,000gns, and is a half-sister to Emulous, the Group 1 winner of the Matron Stakes, and to the Group 3 winner First Sitting. (11:40)
Indicia, the first filly in this morning from the Juddmonte draft, is bought by John Kilbride of Kilbride Equine for 45,000gns.
"She has been bought for an owner-breeder and will remain in training with the hope of winning a race before going to stud," said Kilbride.
By Bated Breath (Dansili), the three-year-old filly, placed as a juvenile, is a close relation to the UK and Australian Listed winner and Group 3-placed Stipulate (Dansili).
Indicia's dam Indication also has a two-year-old by Dansili called Runnymede, who is yet to run, and a yearling filly by the same sire.
Third dam is the Group 1 winner All At Sea.
Revalue (Lot 694
), who hails from the same family, makes 35,000gns. (11:10)
the Dutch Art gelding Intimate Art, the winner of three races over 7f to a mile, and sold by Andrew Balding fetches 23,000gns and bought by New Approach Racing.
He was formerly owned by Thurloe Thoroughbreds, bred by Mrs Clodagh McStay. (10:58)
Gassim Mohammad Ghazali and Will Douglass strike early.... and go to 50,000gns for Hard Forest, a juvenile filly by Hard Spun and from Kingsley House Stables.
She has been placed five times in seven starts and is rated 71. (10:30)
Broken Force, a winner since the catalogue was printed, is bought by Stephen Thorne for 40,000gns from Karl Burke's Spigot Lodge.
A son of the Group 2 Prix Robert Papin winner New Girlfriend (Diesis) and by Broken Vow, the chestnut gelding is BHA rated 64. (09:49)
Make Friday 13th a lucky day... (08:54)
Day 2 stats: (+/- compared with figures from previous year)
Lots catalogued: 284 (280)
Lots offered: 178 (179)
Lots sold: 171 (171)
% sold: 96%
Aggregate: 3,483,000gns (no change)
Median: 12,000gns (-4%)
Average: 20,368gns (-1%)
Joint top lots: Degas (Lot 579A
), sold by trainer M. Klug, Germany, purchased by Eckhard Sauren; Olympic Odyssey, sold by George Scott Racing, purchased by Stephen Hillen Bloodstock. Both fetched 100,000gns.
Leading purchasers (by aggregate): Blandford Bloodstock, Gassim Mohammad Ghazali, BBA Ireland
Leading consignors (by aggregate): The Castlebridge Consignment (aggregate sales now over 2.8 million guineas), Shadwell, Godolphin
Leading sires: Galileo, Dubawi, Teofilo (21:32)
Olympic Odyssey (Camelot) becomes joint top lot for the day when selling to agent Stephen Hillen for 100,000gns.
"He is for a new client, and will be going jumping," said Hillen. "He is a gorgeous horse, and by Camelot who has such a good stint of things of late.
"He'll have an easy month now, and then go to his new base and he stays in England."
A winner and placed since the catalogue was published, Olympic Odyssey is out of the Group 1 Prix de la Foret winner Field Of Hope (Selkirk). She is dam of eight winners, six of which can boast black-type. (21:15)
Balestra was bought by Alex Elliott and trainer Tim Easterby for 48,000gns at the Autumn Horses In Training Sale 2017 from the Juddmonte draft.
The son of Bated Breath proved to be a great buy – he has run four times for Easterby, winning his first two starts in May and then finishing second twice, including at the beginning of this month when a 2l runner-up behind the now 99-rated Ventura Knight.
He was sold by the Easterby yard today for 70,000gns, realising a decent sale ring profit on top of his racecourse success.
Purchaser today was Oliver St Lawrence: "He is for a new client and will be going to race in Bahrain. He is a good-looking horse and looked very well here today." (20:56)
Lot 583 and Lot 584:
are both purchased by Gassim Mohammad Ghazali - the first is Alrahaal a son of Raven's Pass, while Jurz is by Exceed And Excel. Both are lightly raced three-year-olds from the Shadwell draft.
The Marcus Tregoning-trained Alrahaal broke his maiden at the beginning of June and is on a mark of 78. Jurz is yet to win a race, but has finished second twice in five starts and is rated 76. (20:15)
wild card entry Degas, a Group 3 winner of the Preis der Wirtschaft in Germany last time out in June, is bought by Jamie Railton acting for owner Eckhard Sauren.
The five-year-old son of Exceed And Excel, bred and owned by Gestut Rottgen, can also boast of ten career placings in Listed and Group races in France and Germany.
"He will be going back to Germany, I don't know training plans," said Railton. "He might take up his entry this weekend in the Group 2 Meilen Trophy at Cologne." (19:47)
Gassim Mohammad Ghazali adds Braemar, sold by Juddmonte Farms, to his purchasing list, spending 52,000gns on the son of Oasis Dream.
A maiden in eight starts, he has been finished second on his last five starts and gone up in the handicap from 63 to 74.
Braemar is out of a Dalakhani half-sister to the Epsom Derby (G1) winner Workforce. (18:47)
Volatile, who was bought by John Ferguson Bloodstock for 32,000gns at last autumn's Tattersalls Horses In Training Sale, is sold today by owner Melbourne Ten and The Old Malthouse Stables (J. Osborne) for 85,000gns.
A consistent type, the son of Poet's Voice racked up a three-timer on the All-Weather from January through to March and has finished in the first four in four of his subsequent six runs.
He was purchased by Gassim Mohammad Ghazali, who also bought Lot 522
– Shakour by Declaration Of War for 40,000gns. (17:56)
Tonight's sale session starts at 5.30pm.
For all your updates, withdrawals, sales stories and news, follow here on sales day live. (15:50)
Lot 486 and Lot 498:
Gassim Mohammad Ghazali buys his ninth and tenth horses at this year's July Sale - both two-year-olds.
The trainer went to 68,000gns for High Horse, sold by Clive Cox's Beechdown Farm Stables. Yet to win, the son of Dark Angel finished fifth last time in a Haydock nursery behnd Luchador, who also bought by Ghazali this morning.
Indian Horseman, from Tuite Racing, cost the Qatari trainer, sat in the seats with Will Douglass, 72,000gns. The son of Sepoy finished second on his debut at Windsor earlier this week. (13:12)
Hinde Street, the son of Giant's Causeway, is heading to Saudi Arabia after fetching 82,000gns in the ring, bought by Faisal Misreef.
"He is one for the King's Cup," said Misreef. "He should go on the Dirt being by Giant's Causeway."
From John Gosden's Clarehaven Stable, owned by Michael Tabor and sold by The Castlebridge Consignment, Hinde Street has run three times and has a rating of 84.
He is out of the Matron Stakes (G1) winner Marylebone, the dam of six winners, including Bow Bells and Sloane Square, both black-type runners. (12:48)
Manzil, trained by Dermot Weld beat Needs To Be Seen (Lot 425
) at Down Royal in June, is bought by Bobby O'Ryan for 85,000gns.
"He came highly recommended," said O'Ryan. "He is a nice horse and is for Mick Easterby. He'd be one for the John Smith's Cup at York next year."
By Bated Breath and with a rating of 85, Manzil looks a progressive type and was sold by Shadwell. (12:42)
Liam Norris and William Huntingdon, working with Geoff Prices's Happy Valley Racing Ltd, buy Department Of War for 65,000gns from East Everleigh Stables.
"We thought he was good value, but we'll soon see!" said Norris of the three-time raced, winner and Listed-placed son of Declaration Of War. "He is lightly raced and has a good-rating, but I think the rating was a little under what the Hong Kong buyers are looking for.
"This horse will probably be cut, and then goes into training with Jeremy Noseda - he has a two-year-old for the syndicate by No Nay Never whom we bought here last autumn.
"We bought Via Serendipity and Maratha at this sale last year for Happy Valley and they have both gone on well." (12:13)
Mantovani, a gelding by High Chaparral and out of the Platini mare Ripley, is bought by Stephen Hillen for 50,000gns.
The three-year-old has run twice for Qatar Racing, showing promise with two fourth placings in novice races at Nottingham and Leicester.
He is a half-brother to two black-type horses and five winners and is qualified for French premiums. (11:54)
De Medici, a winner of a 0-85 handicap over 1m1f at the beginning of the month at Sandown, is bought by Michael Donohoe of BBA Ireland on behalf of Yulong Investments. He is rated 85 and is a son of Makfi.
"This horse might head to Singapore or Australia," said Donohoe. "Yulong is building up quite a big string in Singapore now.
"This horse is a good-looking type, vetted well and came recommend ed by Archie Watson.
"It is the beauty of buying internationally - a horse might find his or her niche in a different jurisdiction." (11:39)
John Ryan Racing buys Needs To Be Seen, a twice-raced son of Motivator and formerly trained by Joseph O'Brien.
The three-year-old colt's last run came subsequent to printing of the catalogue, when second at Down Royal in June over 1m2f. Manzil, the winner of that race, has since achieved an official rating of 85. (11:18)
Red Roman, a winner of two races as a juvenile last year for trainer Charles Hills and on a BHA mark of 92, is bought by BBA Ireland's Michael Donohoe for 30,000gns.
He was successful at Goodwood last August over 6f and has run down the field in two competitive events this year at Newmarket. (10:55)
Colm Sharkey with trainer Roger Fell go to 27,000gns for Hawaam (Swiss Spirit), a colt by Helmet and a half-brother to Waady, the Group 3 winner of the Sprint Stakes.
Hawaam is still a maiden in seven starts, but he has finished in the first four in six of those runs for former trainer Kevin Prendergast and is rated 78. (10:50)
Lot 391 and Lot 392:
the 70-rated sprinter Riverside Walk (Showcasing), placed since the publication of the catalogue and sold by The Castlebridge Consignment for Clipper Logistics, and Percy (Kodiac), a dual-purpose horse, formerly trained by Gordon Elliot for the same owner, fetch 20,000gns and 25,000gns apiece.
The US-based James Bredin Bloodstock and Berkshire Bloodstock were the successful purchasers. (10:39)
Selling is getting underway for the first session on Day 2 of the July Sale 2018.
Don't forget we have split sales sessions today - before and after racing (09:31)
Day 1 stats: (+/- compared with figures from previous year)
Lots catalogued: 353 (356)
Lots offered: 270 (-4%)
Lots sold: 208 (-8%)
% sold: 77%
Aggregate: 5,407,000gns (-23%)
Median: 9,00gns (-10%)
Average: 25,995gns (-17%)
Top lot: Award Winning (Dubawi), Lot 221
, sold by The Castlebridge Consignment to Blandford Bloodstock for 350,000gns.
Leading purchasers (by aggregate): Blandford Bloodstock, Apple Tree Stud / Barberini Bloodstock, Ronald Rauscher
Leading consignors (by aggregate): The Castlebridge Consignment (sold seven of the top ten), Godolphin, Jamie Railton
Leading sires: Galileo, Dubawi, Teofilo (22:41)
from Martyne Meade Racing and by the good broodmare sire Pivotal, the unnamed filly out of Adonesque (Sadler's Wells), who was third in the Meld Stakes (G3), makes 77,000gns. She was bought by Tally-Ho Stud.
Adoneque is the dam of seven winners, including Busker, a Listed performer in Dubai, and Bergamask, Listed placed in Deauville. Bergamask is dam of Buratino, winner of the Coventry Stakes (G2) and second in the Middle Park Stakes (G1). (20:06)
Fanciful Miss, a daughter of New Approach, is making her way to Tally-Ho Stud, bought from Manor House Stables for 25,000gns.
She is a close relation to Black Arrow, a Listed winner in Germany and Group 3 placed. (19:52)
Youmzain Star, a son as the name suggests of Youmzain, sells for 65,000gns.
The property of Rabbah Bloodstock, the three-year-old colt, who was also sold by Eoghan O'Neill, was the winner of two races as a two-year-old in France.
Qualified for French Owners' Premiums, Youmzain Star was purchased by Stroud-Coleman. (18:50)
Tawahid, from the Eoghan O'Neil draft and the winner of three races over 6f to a mile as a juvenile, is bought by regular Tattersalls buyer, Gassim Mohammad Ghazali, the Qatari champion trainer.
Since the catalogue was published, the three-year-old colt has added another success to his CV.
By Delegator, he is out of the Shamardal mare Show Flower, also the winner of four races. (18:49)
Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock buys Arod on spec, with plans to syndicate the 110-rated, Group 2-winning son of Teofilo.
"He is going back to David [Simcock] and at the moment I own him!" smiled Brown. "This was almost a no-brainer - we know him well, he retains his form, he can run in a lot of valuable races, he can travel and he is entered on Saturday in the Group 2 Summer Mile at Ascot, a race he has won before.
"If he goes home from the sales here and is healthy and David is happy with him, we will run."
The six-year-old has already won £606,703 in prize-money earnings and was second in the Sussex Stakes (G1) in 2015. (18:00)
Lot 219 and Lot 221:
a busy stint for Tom Goff of Blandford Bloodstock, the agent buying Award Winning (Lot 221
) for 350,000gns, the day's likely top lot, and C'Est Ca (Lot 219
) for 320,000gns, the second-best price so far.
"She is for an Irish client, who has been talking about buying a Dubawi filly for a long time" said Goff of Award Winning. "She has a fantastic page and a great outcross pedigree.
"We have followed this filly for a while, she is a winner, rated 80 and we are delighted to get her."
It was a battle of the Blandford boys, underbidder being Richard Brown, who was standing with Bertrand Le Metayer.
Award Winning is a half-sister to the Group 1 performers Royal Bench and Memphis Tennessee. She is from the wonderful family of Cerulean Sky, Honolulu, Moonstone, US Army Ranger and Nelson.
Her sale means she becomes the third top-priced horse ever sold at the July Sale.
Of C'Est Ca (the fifth best-ever July Sale-sold horse), Goff said: "She is for an established US client. You just have to look at her page to see what she is - her dam won the Grade 1 Frizette Stakes.
"She is a very nice filly and she will be heading back to the US.
"It has been a great opportunity to buy into these families - as we saw at the December Sale, there is a great appetite for potential broodmares."
Underbidder and in a head to head battle for three-quarters of the bidding process for C'Est Ca was Eamonn Reilly of BBA Ireland, standing by the back wall and on the telephone.
Both fillies were sold by The Castlebridge Consignment, which has sold the top seven lots today and eight of the top ten. The other two lot in the top ten were from the Godolphin draft (Crystal Diamond, Lot 163
, and Shepherdia, Lot 161