Tattersalls February Sale 2023
Chairman's statement: At the conclusion of the 2023 Tattersalls February sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented:
“The individual highlight of the 2023 Tattersalls February Sale was without doubt the 250,000 guineas BBA Ireland purchase of the very well-bred broodmare NOW OR NEVER, who is the third highest priced broodmare ever sold at the Tattersalls February Sale and the highest price at the sale since 2018, but the real feature of the past two days has been the international participation.
“Diverse overseas demand has always been the hallmark of the Tattersalls February Sale and other Tattersalls sales of this nature and the consignors have confidence that Newmarket’s unique appeal consistently produces an unrivalled marketplace. Even the relatively small February Sale consistently attracts an abundance of buyers from all over the world and we have sold horses to more than 20 different countries over the past two days.
"Widespread participation from throughout Europe has been matched by the customary strong contingent from throughout the Gulf region and buyers from India and North Africa have also made significant contributions to a solid renewal of the annual curtain - raiser at Park Paddocks.
"While the figures have not matched last year’s impressive returns, the turnover was the fourth-highest in the sale’s history, the clearance rate has again exceeded 80 per cent and the sustained demand for British and Irish bloodstock at all levels of the market has yet again very much been in evidence at the Tattersalls February Sale." (11:30)
February Sale statistics: +/- compared with last year
Lots catalogued: 477 (490)
Lots offered: 355 (384)
Lots sold: 297 (328)
Aggregate: 4,141,800gns (-29%)
Median: 7,000gns (-30%)
Average: 13,899gns (-22%)
% sold: 84% (85%)
Leading consignors (by agg, cumulative): 1. Barton Sales, 2. The Castlebridge Consignment, 3. Jamie Railton
Leading purchasers (by agg, cumulative): 1. BBA Ireland, 2. Bronsan Racing, 3. Hugo Merry for Blue Diamond Stud
Leading sires (by agg): 1. Bushranger, 2. Kendargent, 3. Galileo
Leading sires (by av, 2+ sold): 1. Kendargent, 2. Lope De Vega, Dansili, 3. Galileo
Top five
1. Lot 130: Now Or Never (IRE) 2013 B.M. >> Tweenhills Farm & Stud >> BBA Ireland >> 250,000gns
2. Lot 93: Galileo (IRE) / Messias da Silva (USA) 2021 B.C. (IRE) >> Barton Sales >> Bronsan Racing >> 140,000gns
3. Lot 128: Queenhope (FR) 2017 B.M. >> Barton Sales >> Hugo Merry for Blue Diamond Stud >> 140,000gns
4. Lot 176: Moon de Vega (GB) 2019 B.F. >> Jamie Railton (Agent) >> Stroud Coleman Bloodstock >> 98,000gns
5. Lot 427: Brentford Hope (GB) 2017 B.G. >> Weathercock House Stables (R. Hughes) >>> Ed Bailey Bloodstock / Harry Derham >> 90,000gns (11:00)
Day 2
Day 2 statistics: +/- compared with last year
Lots catalogued: 239 (245)
Lots offered: 175 (176)
Lots sold: 156 (158)
Aggregate: 1,876,300gns (-31%)
Median: 7,000gns (-36%)
Average: 11,951gns (-31%)
% sold: 89% (90%)
Top five
1. Lot 427: Brentford Hope (GB) 2017 B.G. >> Weathercock House Stables (R. Hughes) >> Ed Bailey Bloodstock / Harry Derham >> 90,000gns
2. Lot 410: Mohatu (GB) 2020 Gr.C. >> Jamie Railton (Agent) >> Abdullah Salman Hamoud Alsabah >> 80,000gns
3. Lot 409: Tenjin (GB) 2020 Ch.G. >> Prestige Place (M. Botti) >> John Ryan / Jamie Piggott Bloodstock >> 75,000gns
4. Lot 366: Uncle (GB) 2020 B.G. >> East Everleigh Stables (R. Hannon) >> Sheikh Abdullah Almalek Alsabah >> 58,000gns
5. Lot 354: Rosa Del Rio (IRE) 2019 B.F. >> Barton Sales Biddestone Stud 52,000 (16:41)
Lot 427: Brentford Hope, who has won three times on the Flat, finished placed three times in Group race company and has a BHA Flat mark of 102, has been bought with a jumping career in mind, Ed Bailey purchasing on behalf of rookie trainer Harry Derham, who is based in Lambourn.
The gelding, previously trained by Richard Hughes, also in Lambourn, has had three runs over hurdles and finished second all three starts. He has been allotted a BHA hurdles mark of 114.
Bailey said: "This is a nice, scopey horse and Harry saw him yesterday. Brentford Hope has been a high-class performer on the Flat and has run well over hurdles so far, bumping into some decent performers and the form is looking good. He should progress over hurdles and he is for sale."
He is the best runner to date out of Miss Raven (Raven's Pass), a half-sister to the Middleton Stakes (G2) and Sandown Classic (G2) winner Beautiful Romance (New Approach). (16:09)
Lot 424: "I underbid her as a yearling," said Nick Bradley after buying Pink Haze, a daughter of Lope De Vega and out of the Xaar mare Xaarienne, for 50,000gns today. "She is by Lope De Vega and I have had a bit of luck with the sire, it is a happening family and there are two more by the sire to come."
Of covering plans, he outlined: "She might be going to Bayside Boy."
Pink Haze made 67,000gns as a yearling when bought by SackvilleDonald, and was sold today by trainer David Simcock's Trillium Place Stables.
The 2019-born filly is a half-sister to See The Rose (Kendargent), winner of the Prix Six Perfections (G3) and third placed in the Prix de Sandringham (G2), as well as to the Listed winner Xaarino and the Group-placed Mont Kiara.
The 2021 Lope De Vega daughter of Xaarienne made €320,000 last autumn sold as a yearling and bought by China Horse Club, while See The Rose was purchased as a wildcard entry at last year's Tattersalls July Sale (Lot 271A) by London Thoroughbred Services for 500,000gns. (15:55)
Lot 410: Abdullah Salman Hamoud Alsaba buys Mohatu (Roaring Lion) for 80,000gns from Jamie Railton.
Formerly owned by Qatar Racing and trained by William Haggas, the three-year-old colt has won twice in January – at Lingfield at the beginning of the month and at Southwell on January 21. Both wins came over a mile. In between those two victories he took a second place at Lingfield over 1m2f.
"He has been bought to race in Saudi Arabia. I now have seven horses and I will own and train him. He’s an improving horse with good form. The programme is expanding in Saudi Arabia and it is thriving. The [racing] surface is very good, which is so important for the horses," said Abdullah Salman Al Sabah.
Mohatu's dam Tiger Eye (Frankel) is a half-sister to the Group 2 Prix du Gros-Chene winner Spirit Quartz, the Sapphire Stakes (G2) winner Caspian Prince and the Derby Italiano (G2) winner Tuscan Glaze.
She is also a half-sister to Contrary, the dam of Irishcorrespondent / Exultant, twice a champion stayer in Hong Kong and winner of the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup, the Hong Kong Vase (G1), twice the Champions & Cater Cup (G1) and the Hong Kong Gold Cup (G1). He was also placed 19 times, twice in Hong Kong Group 1 races. (15:39)
Lot 409: a very happy syndicate were delighted with its 75,000gns purchase of Tenjin (Night Of Thunder), a winning chestnut gelding from Marco Botti
Owner Jon Thompson of the buying group said: "He wants bit of time, and he is going to be run in association with the new wine bar in the town, Gee Gee's Wine Bar. I think there is about 17 of us involved in this horse now, and he goes to John Ryan."
Bloodstock agent Jamie Piggott assisted with the purchase.
Tenjin, who is BHA rated 85 and won at Kempton in October off 72, has run four times since and has finished in the first four on all four starts.
The three-year-old gelding, who is BHA rated 82, is out of the two-year-old winner Notary and is from the family of the Lockinge Stakes (G1) winner Virtual, the Coventry Stakes (G1) winner Iceman and the Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte (G2) winner Fighting Irish. (15:28)
Lot 401A: Today's only wildcard Bluff offered by Robert Cowell Racing makes 35,000gns and is bought by Eoin Sullivan.
"He is to transfer to Saudi Arabia," said Sullivan. "He will suit racing in the country, and looks as though stretch to a mile and there is a bit of improvement to come. he is a nice physical, very unexposed and has done little wrong in his two starts to date."
Bluff was bred by Nick Wood and is by The Gurkha. He won on his last start when successful at Chelmsford in January over 5f.
He is first foal out of Blodwyn (Medicean), whose dam Rotunda (Pivotal) is a half-sister to Spacious, winner of the Windsor Forest Stakes (G2) and a Group 1 runner-up in the 1,000 Guineas, the Falmouth Stakes and the Matron Stakes. (15:03)
Lot 366: Sheikh Abdullah Almalek Alsabah buys Uncle from East Everleigh for 58,000gns.
The son of Harry Angel has run five times and finished placed twice and he is unlucky not to have a "1" by his name – he was beaten just a head in maiden at Doncaster at the end of the Flat season.
He is BHA rated 78 and is out of Heliograph (Ishiguru), a half-sister to Prolific (Compton Place), winner of the Richmond Stakes (G2), third in the July Stakes (G2) and the Norfolk Stakes (G2). (14:29)
Lot 369: the East Everleigh Stables / Richard Hannon draft sells Bailey Gate (Shamardal) for 40,000gns to Hamad Ahmad al Jehani.
The 80-rated chestnut three-year-old colt has finished in the places three times in eight starts, but has yet to win.
He is a first foal out of the 6f two-year-old winner Castleacre (Exceed And Excel). She is a half-sister to the 1m2f Group 3 Winter Hill Stakes winner Queen's Best, who is the dam of Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Queen's Trust, and to the Listed winner Urban Castle. She is the dam of the three-time Grade 1 winner Domestic Spending. (14:21)
Lot 354: patience has been rewarded for Tim and Gill Bostwick of Biddestone Stud, the couple successfully buying Rosa Del Rio for 52,000gns.
When asked of plans for the Fastnet Rock filly, Tim Bostwick laughed: "We don't really have a plan as yet, we'd got used to not being able to buy anything! We have been trying to buy a mare since the autumn.
"This is a lovely filly, she will let down into a beautiful broodmare, she has a fantastic back page and, if anything, we are possibly thinking of sending her to Palace Pier.
"It looks like an active page, and hopefully in 12 months' time we will have a lovely foal."
"She is a roomy mare, she is nice and wide, and is good walker," added Gill Bostwick. "She will come back to us in Wiltshire, we have the empty mares at home with us and the pregnant mares foal down at Barton Stud."
The purchase takes the Biddestone broodmare band to 15 and the stud's first foal of 2023 is due any minute – a Starspangledbanner filly who is a three-quarters sister to Millisle.
Rosa Del Rio is out of the black-type mare Hibiscus (Galileo), whose 2021 foal, a colt by Siyouni, was sold to Hong Kong Jockey Club for €300,000. Hibiscus is an own-sister to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) winner Line Of Duty, and a half-sister to the Group 3-placed Onassis and the Group 2-placed Secret State. They are all out of Jacqueline Quest (Rock Of Gibraltar), winner of the 1,000 Guineas before being demoted to second spot in the stewards' room. (13:53)
Lot 306: Najd Stud buys a fifth horse this week at the February Sale, going to 22,000gns for the Clive Cox-trained Acai, a son of Kodi Bear and a winner since the catalogue was published.
His dam Dazzling Valentine, who won six races and was placed an amazing 28 times when trained by Alan Bailey, is a half-sister to Hallelujah, winner of the Garrowby Stakes (L) and third in the Summer Stakes (G3) and Cleves Stakes (L). (13:08)
Lot 303 : Garner, a three-year-old by Recorder and out of Dawn Glory (Oasis Dream), is sold by Malcolm Bastard to Blandford Bloodstock for 30,000gns.
The gelding is a grandson of the Listed winner Fairy Godmother (Fairy King), the dam of the Australian Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1) winner Kingdom Of Fife (Kingmambo), and from the family of the Group 2 and Grade 2 winner Blueprint, the dual Group 1 winner Ask, and the Group 1-placed Know It All.
Owned and bred by The Queen, Garner is winner of one race from just two starts for trainer Harry and Roger Charlton. (12:52)
Lot 260: Brookhouse Racing, which bought a number of yearlings at Tattersalls last year to go into trainer rookie trainer Ben Brookhouse, buys the unraced Frankel three-year-old Chaloner for 25,000gns.
The colt is a half-brother to Biographer, winner of the Listed Noel Murless Stakes and runner-up in the Long Distance Cup (G2), while his dam Reflective (Seeking The Gold) is a close-relation to the champion European juvenile Hector Protector and the champion European three-year-old filly Bosra Sham.
Chaloner was sold by Brian O'Rourke Bloodstock Ltd. (11:47)
Lot 252: Matt Sharpe spends 22,000gns on Soames Forsyte, a 2019 gelding by Siyouni and out of Fleur Forsyte (Teofilo) and sold by Jamie Railton for owner Normandie Stud.
From the family of the St Leger winner Duncan, he has been placed twice at three and four, and was second last time out at Southwell. (11:27)
Selling for Day 2 of the February Sale starts at 10am. (08:42)
Today's withdrawals: 228,  229,  230,  235,  236,  237,  241,  249,  254,  255,  256,  264,  265,  266,  285,  287,  289,  292,  297,  298,  305,  308,  309,  311,  315,  319,  320,  325,  327,  329,  351,  358,  364,  365,  367,  371,  377,  378,  379,  382,  386,  390,  391,  393,  394,  399,  406,  415,  428,  431,  438,  439,  443,  446,  447,  454,  458,  462,  465 (08:35)
Day 1
Day 1 statistics: +/- compared with last year
Lots catalogued: 238 (245)
Lots offered: 180 (208)
Lots sold: 141 (170)
Aggregate: 2,265,500gns (-27%)
Median: 6,500gns (-28%)
Average: 16,067gns (-12%)
% sold: 78% (82%)
Leading consignors (by agg, cumulative): 1. Barton Sales, 2. Tweenhills Farm & Stud, 3. The Castlebridge Consignment
Leading purchasers (by agg, cumulative): 1. BBA Ireland, 2. Bronsan Racing, 3. Hugo Merry for Blue Diamond Stud
Leading sires (by agg): 1. Bushranger, 2. Kendargent, 3. Galileo
Leading sires (by av, 2+ sold): 1. Kendargent, 2. Dansili, 3. Havana Gold
Top five
1. Lot 130: Now Or Never (IRE) 2013 B.M. >> Tweenhills Farm & Stud >> BBA Ireland >> 250,000gns
2. Lot 93: Galileo (IRE) / Messias da Silva (USA) 2021 B.C. (IRE) >> Barton Sales >> Bronsan Racing >> 140,000gns
3. Lot 128: Queenhope (FR) 2017 B.M. >> Barton Sales >> Hugo Merry for Blue Diamond Stud >> 140,000gns
4. Lot 176: Moon de Vega (GB) 2019 B.F. >> Jamie Railton (Agent) >> Stroud Coleman Bloodstock >> 98,000gns
5. Lot 190E:Pure Nature (GB) 2017 B.M.Wildcard >> Baroda Stud, Ireland >> BBA Ireland >> 85,000gns (18:33)
Lot 176: Matt Coleman of Stroud Coleman Bloodstock buys Moon De Vega for 98,000gns. She is by Lope De Vega and out of the winning Azamour mare Lunesque.
Moon De Vega won once as a two-year-old and went on to finish fourth in the Hoppings Stakes (G3) and the Chester Oaks (L).
Coleman said: "She has been bought as a broodmare for a British breeder, she will be bred commercially. She was a very smart racehorse and has a great back pedigree. Lope De Vega and Azamour are two broodmare sires I really like, I think she has a lot of quality, is a good walker."
She was sold by Jamie Railton Bloodstock. (17:33)
Lot 169: First Snowfall by Dubawi and out of Flying Cloud (Storming Home) is sold by The Castlebridge Consignment for 68,000gns.
She is bought by Michael Donohoe, who said: "It is a great family and she will go back to Ireland and a stallion decision will be made. She won't stay in training, she has won has race now.
"It is a nice proper deep family, there is a stallion on the page and with some international runners on the pedigree. She might end up in Australia in time. She is by Dubawi, who should make up into a proper broodmare sire." (17:15)
Lot 156: "Mystery Play has been bought for an old client and goes to the Group 1-winning trainer, William Jarvis," said Cormac McCormack. "She is a very nice filly, she came highly recommended by Godolphin.
A daughter of Golden Horn, she is a half-sister to the Group 2 winner Usherette, and the Listed winners Magnetic Charm and Show Day. It is the further family of the dual Group 1 winner Vespone and the Group 1-placed Purple Moon.
McCormack spent 72,000gns on the bay filly. (16:44)
Lot 140: Apache Spark, a winner since the catalogue was published, is bought by Najd Stud for 46,000gns.
She is a three-year-old filly by Sioux Nation and was sold by Jamie Railton for owner Marc Chan and trainer Ralph Beckett.
"She is just a really nice individual, was 160,000gns yearling, Ralph has done a great job with her and getting a good foundation into her," said Railton. "She has been bought by a really good organisation, I hope she is successful for them. She looks on an upward curve, and maybe upper her in distance is probably what she needs, very athletic horse and very likeable, the future looks in front of her." (16:16)
Lot 130: Michael Donohoe of BBA Ireland and David Cox of Baroda Stud went head to head for Now Or Never, the Classic and Group 1-placed daughter of Bushranger and winner of the Kingston Stakes (G2) at Flemington, as well as the Derrinstown Stud 1000 Guineas Trial (G3). She is a half-sister to the two-time Group 1 winner Fairyland and from the family of the July Cup (G1) winner Dream Ahead. Her second dam Land Of Dreams (Cadeaux Genereux) won the Flying Childers (G2).
Donohoe was the successful bidder at 250,000gns.
"She is for an existing client, she will be foaled down in Ireland and then we can decided what to do with her," reported Donohoe. "She might be covered southern hemisphere time, or could head to Australia. My client has mares in Europe and Australia, so can look at options."
Of the attractions of the bay mare, Donohoe outlined: "She was obviously a high-class race filly herself and she is from a proper fast family. Her late cover [June 2] and the fact that she missed year might be the reason why she has not made quite what she might have, hopefully she might be a bit of value.
Of stallion options, he said: "With her pedigree she could go to any stallion, she is an outcross, she is a good type and a strong mare. Physically, she will suit most stallions, she is a neat mare. We will probably bred her back to speed, she had plenty of speed herself, even though she stayed a mile." (15:56)
Lot 128: Hugo Merry for Blue Diamond Stud spends 140,000gns on Queenhope (Kendargent), sold in-foal to New Bay on an April cover.
A dual winner as a three-year-old, Queenhope is a half-sister to Kenhope, winner of the Group 3 Prix de la Grotte, runner-up in the Coronation Stakes (G1), third in the Prix Rothschild (G1), and twice fourth in the Matron Stakes (G1).
She is out of the Chato mare Bedford Hope and was sold by Barton Sales on behalf of a partnership.
Merry said: "This mare is a complete outcross, and will be a very easy mare to mate. We have seen her Galiway yearling at Barton Stud, and she is a very very good first foal. Queenhope is a very commercial mare, and I know the family well through my client Dr Poonawalla."
He added: "Blue Diamond was keen to buy into this Grey Sovereign line, it is so hard to buy interesting pedigrees now and ones that are a complete outcross. This family also goes back to Pat O'Kelly's wonderful Flame Of Tara line.
"Physically, Queenhope is correct and she has plenty of room to carry a good foal – but really it is the quality of her first foal that really sold her to us. She is carrying to New Bay now, he is a €75,000 cover." (15:50)
Lot 93: the Barton Sales-offered two-year-old colt by Galileo, offered on behalf of Lady Ogden, is bought for 140,000gns by the father and son team of Con and Neil Sands under their Bronsan Racing banner. The colt was purchased via telephone with Jason Singh bidding on their behalf, the Sands family team out battling the O'Callaghans of Tally-Ho Stud.
The April-born colt is out of Messias Da Silva (Tale Of The Cat) and is a half-brother to Amazing Maria (Mastercraftsman), winner of the Falmouth Stakes (G1) and Prix Rothschild (G1) for the late Sir Robert Ogden.
After the purchase, Sands Jnr, again via telephone, said: "They are becoming a rare breed these Galileos, and obviously he has been one of the greatest stallions of the modern era and my father, who is the principal of our team, has had this type of horse as a target for a long time. We are really delighted to have been able to close out at the price we did, he could have made double that in Book 1!
"We have a fantastic network of helpers and Hubie de Burgh of De Burgh Equine assisted us with this purchase."
The colt will now be making his way to Ireland, and Sands said: "The plan is to get him home, and we have great trust in Irish trainers. We have a good body of our stable with Joseph O'Brien and we will make a plan over the next few weeks. We are very excited to add him to our stable, which is growing exponentially."
Of the Bronsan Racing equine string, Sands outlined: "We have horses in training in Australia and Britain, though the majority are in training in Ireland. We also have a couple of NH prospects, and we are excited about them for the coming season and are looking ahead to Cheltenham, but the primary focus for us is Flat racing. We have about 40 horses in training, horses both owned in partnerships and fully by ourselves."
Sands concluded: "The dream for this horse is for him to become a top racehorse and then a stallion prospect – you have got have that dream, but sometimes we can all be afraid to dream!" (15:01)
Lot 62: Ahmad Alabdullatif goes to 42,000gns for Colombidea, sold by Bedford House Stables and trainer Charlie Fellowes.
The 2019-born daughter of Churchill is out of Ivory Choice (Choisir), runner-up in the Prix de la Auge (L).
Colombidea won last year over 7f on the All-Weather and is BHA rated 81. She has been placed again since the catalogue was published. (13:31)
Lot 30: Keen Melody, an unraced three-year-old filly by Le Havre, is bought by Meah Lloyd Bloodstock for Hunscote Stud for 35,000gns.
She was sold by the Royal Studs and is out of the Danehill Dancer mare Set To Music, winner of the Listed Galtres Stakes and the Warwickshire Oaks, and a half-sister to Eightsome Reel, who finished second in the Fairway Stakes (L).
Set To Music had a Galileo filly in 2021 and is due to Almanzour this spring. (12:25)
Lot 7: Lope Y Fernandez paraded earlier today as one of the stallions on show in the TBA Stallion Parade, and Retrouvailles, sold by Saint Wendred's Stables (Mrs I. Gansera-Leveque), has been bought in his name – Lope Y Fernandez and Whitsbury Manor Stud written down as the Iffraaj mare's purchaser.
The winner of one race over a mile at Brighton, she is a half-sister to Nisreen (Raven's Pass), winner of the Prix Dahlia (L) and runner-up in the Balanchine Stakes (G2) at Meydan.
Second dam is Alshadiyah, winner of the Firth Of Clyde Stakes (L) and daughter of the champion two-year-old and 1,000 Guineas winner Shadayid
Retrouvailles (12:10)
Today's sale is starting now (11:31)
Today's withdrawals: 1,  2,  9,  13,  14,  19,  20,  24,  25,  26,  31,  35,  41,  47,  56,  61,  70,  79,  79D,  95,  96,  107,  110,  119,  122,  124,  127,  135,  144,  158,  159,  167,  170,  174,  182,  183,  184,  190B,  192,  194,  197,  201,  203,  207,  210,  213,  214,  217,  218,  220,  223,  224,  226,  227 (09:36)
Welcome to 2023 at Tattersalls.
The two-day February Sale starts today after the TBA Stallion Parade at 11am. (09:36)
Tattersalls December Sale
Well that's a wrap for Tattersalls sales day live for 2022, it's been a good one.
Just a Tattersalls Cheltenham Sale left for the year, scheduled after racing on Friday, December 9
Wishing everyone a very Happy Christmas and all the very best for 2023.
Looking forward to seeing you all at Park Paddocks for next year's February Sale. (23:30)
December Sale Statistics: +/- % compared with 2021
Lots catalogued: 2,420 (2,442)
Lots offered: 1,976 (2,034)
Lots sold: 1,564 (1,667)
Aggregate: 120,584,750gns (+22%)
Median: 28,000gns (+12%)
Average: 77,105gns (+30%)
% sold: 79% (82%) (22:00)
Chairman's statement: At the conclusion of the 2022 Tattersalls December Sale, Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony commented:
“Every so often we experience sales at Tattersalls which defy all expectations, but in 2022 it is probably fair to say that each successive sale here at Park Paddocks has achieved levels of trade which even the most optimistic observers would have deemed unlikely, culminating in a Tattersalls December Mares Sale which at times has been truly astonishing.
“There can be no doubt that the eagerly anticipated inaugural Sceptre Sessions have added a new dimension to what was already Europe’s premier sale of breeding stock. When we launched the Sceptre Sessions back in the summer our goal was to create a format which would allow us to showcase elite fillies and mares to the global audience which defines the Tattersalls December Sale. The response from breeders and consignors to the new initiative was overwhelmingly positive, and this was widely recognised as an exceptional catalogue, but we could not have predicted the extraordinary atmosphere which enveloped Park Paddocks throughout a sale which has seen the record books completely rewritten.
“Turnover, average and median have all soared past the previous record levels and to see the packed sale ring as the succession of outstanding fillies and mares took to the stage will live long in the memories of all those present. The huge number of overseas buyers here at Park Paddocks for the duration of the December Sale reflects the incredible support we have received from the vendors who entrusted us with such an illustrious cast of race fillies and broodmares.
"Every one of the 11 fillies and mares who sold for one million guineas or more was special and the 5.4 million guineas sale of the gorgeous ALCOHOL FREE was not only the highest auction price in the world this year for a filly in training, but also a wonderful reward for her owner Jeff Smith, her trainer Andrew Balding and all associated with one of the great race fillies of recent years. We all look forward to seeing ALCOHOL FREE race on in Australia and to dual Group 1 winner SAFFRON BEACH, who sold for 3.6 million guineas, who looks set to target the $20 million Saudi Cup in February.
“While the individual highlights will leave lasting memories, we must express our deep gratitude to all who have made 2022 such an extraordinary year at Tattersalls. Sale after sale has attracted buyers from all over the world in overwhelming numbers, and we are enormously grateful for the support we receive from purchasers and vendors alike, all of whom have contributed to a year which has seen our annual turnover exceed 400 million guineas, comfortably exceeding the previous high of 331 million guineas set in 2017.
"These remarkable figures are a massive tribute to the professionalism and commitment of all involved in the bloodstock industry in Britain, Ireland, France and further afield. It is their consistent support which makes Newmarket such a focal point of the global bloodstock industry and makes the uniquely international Tattersalls December Sale the pre-eminent sale of its type in Europe.” (22:00)
Tattersalls December Mares Sale
December Mares Sale Statistics: + / - % compared with 2021
Lots catalogued: 1,061 (1,170)
Lots offered: 842 (964)
Lots sold: 690 (788)
Aggregate: 80,831,200gns (+30%)
Median: 32,000gns (+23%)
Average: 117,147gns (+48%)
Nos of fillies and mares sold for 1,000,000gns+: 11
Nos of fillies and mares sold for 500,000gns+: 33
Nos of fillies and mares sold for 200,000gns+: 100
% sold: 82% (85%)
Leading consignors (by agg, cumulative): 1. The Castlebridge Consignment, 2. Park House Stables (A. Balding), 3. Newsells Park Stud Ltd.
Leading purchasers (by agg, cumulative): 1. BBA Ireland, 2. Godolphin, 3. Najd Stud
Leading sires (by agg): 1. No Nay Never, 2. Kingman, 3. Frankel
Leading sires (by av, 2+ sold): 1. New Bay, 2. Green Desert, 3. No Nay Never
Top five
1. Lot 1904: Alcohol Free (IRE) 2018 B.F. >> Park House Stables (A. Balding) >> BBA Ireland >> 5,400,000gns
2. Lot 1878: Saffron Beach (IRE) 2018 Ch.F. >> Jane Chapple-Hyam Racing >> Najd Stud 3,600,000gns
3. Lot 1909: Tranquil Lady (IRE) 2019 Ch.F. >> The Castlebridge Consignment >> Godolphin 2,700,000gns
4. Lot 1893: Ville de Grace (GB) 2018 B.F. >> Norris Bloodstock >> One Agency >> 2,000,000gns
5.Lot 1891: Desert Berry (GB) 2009 B.M. >> Strawberry Fields Stud >> M V Magnier >> 1,900,000gns (20:00)
Well that's a wrap for sales day live Newmarket for 2022, it's been fun!
Just a Tattersalls Cheltenham Sale scheduled for after racing next Friday, December 9
Wishing everyone a very Happy Christmas and all the very best for 2023.
Looking forward to seeing you all next at Park Paddocks for the February Sale. (14:35)
Day 4
December Mares Sale D4 statistics: +/- % compared with 2021
Lots catalogued: 162 (215)
Lots offered: 114 (163)
Lots sold: 78 (105)
Aggregate: 509,700gns (-40%)
Median: 4,250gns (-15%)
Average: 6,535gns (-19%)
% sold: 68% (64%) (13:50)
Lot 2364: Baileys Liberty (Iffraaj) from Petches Farm and out of Baileys Jubilee joins the list to visit Caturra, bought by Tom Biggs for 30,000gns.
"Her dam Baileys Jubilee was very fast, I think she broke her maiden in April as a two-year-old and continued through the year to win a Listed race, finished second in the Lowther run third in the Cheveley Park Stakes," said Biggs, adding: "It is exactly the sort of family we are looking for." (12:51)
Lot 2351: agent Gaurav Rampal has waited all week to fill the order, the mare Pulitzer (Kodiac) bought on behalf of Indian owner and breeder and stallion owner Tegbir Brar, bought with brother Harsimran.
"She is a lovely mare," said Rampal, who was about to jump in a car and get to the airport. "She goes to France – her Night Of Thunder two-year-old Night Of Lightning, her first foal, has finished second on his only start to date and looks very exciting."
Sold by Stetchworth Park Stud, Pulitzer, who is a half-sister to the Horris Hill Stakes (G3) winner Smaih, has subsequently had two fillies by Ulysses and Masar.
The Ulysses filly was sold at the December Foal Sale 2021 for 42,000gns, and then again at the October Book 2 Yearling Sale where she upgraded her valuation to 75,000gns. (12:17)
Lot 2321: Ajay Anne's New Approach Bloodstock buys Quick Recovery, a 2015 mare by Lethal Force from Trickledown Stud for 15,000gns.
The mare, who was a winner of three races over 6f, is in-foal to Havana Grey on an April 28th cover. She has had two previous colt foals – by Soldier's Call and Havana Gold. (11:25)
Lot 2314: Puzzled Look, offered by Whitsbury Manor Stud, has been bought with a date in mind with the new Overbury Stud stallion Caturra, purchased by Tom Biggs of Blandford Bloodstock for 28,000gns.
"She has been bought to for stallion's owner Saeed Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi," said Biggs, who is planning to buy five or six for the owner to cover with the son of Ardad. "He wants to support the stallion with a few mares.
"Puzzled Look has produced a good two-year-old, a decent winner last time, and is from a good two-year-old family. We will try and buy from some good juvenile families. She has a good cover and a couple of Havana Greys to come."
The mare's recent winner juvenile winner is called Tough Enough (2020, Showcasing), a winner at Wolverhampton earlier this month on his third career start for trainer James Tate.
Her 2021 colt by Havana Grey, the leading first-season sire, was bought by MRC International at the October Yearling Sale for 35,000gns, while her 2022 colt was purchased by Torard House last week for 28,000gns.
Puzzled Look won one race, successful as a two-year-old, and is a half-sister to Laugh A Minute (Mayson), winner of the Listed Cork Stakes and placed 16 times, including in the Chipchase Stakes (G3) and the Prix de Meautry (G3), and to Endless Joy, third in the Firth of Clyde Stakes (G3) and by Showcasing. (11:08)
Lot 2283: mares by Motivator have proved popular this week, and Compas Equine / S Middleton step up to buy this daughter of the Epsom Derby winner and spend 16,000gns on Tyrana.
She was placed in France and is an own-sister to the Hampton Court Stakes (G3) third-placed King Ottokar and a half-sister to the French Listed winner Tresorerie (Intello), while her Dunkerque half-brother Tresorier was a winner and placed 10 times, including in the Criterium International (G1).
Tyrana has had four foals, two runners and one winner – Calisco, who has been placed four times and is the winner of one.
Her 2020 foal by Cracksman is unraced to date, her 2021 colt foal by Cracksman has been called Soldier Of Rome and was bought by Townley Hall Bloodstock in August for £43,000. Her 2022 colt is by Bated Breath – he was sold here last week, bought by Manister House Stud for 30,000gns. (10:32)
Lot 2272: Nathaniel is making such a good start to his career as a broodmare sire and buyers John Benfield / Ian Evans will be hoping that this six-year-old daughter Miss Morocco will continue the trend.
The purchasers paid 16,000gns for the mare in-foal to the popular young Whitsbury sire Sergei Prokofiev, she had a filly by Land Force this spring, her first foal.
Miss Morocco was a winner at four and is a half-sister to two winners and from the family of Rag Top, winner of the Queen Mary Stakes when it was a Group 3. (10:00)
Today's withdrawals: 2265,  2266,  2267,  2268,  2269,  2270,  2275,  2277,  2288,  2289,  2292,  2295,  2296,  2297,  2301,  2306,  2307,  2308,  2311,  2330,  2333,  2338,  2340,  2343,  2344,  2345,  2349,  2352,  2353,  2365,  2371,  2375,  2382,  2390,  2393,  2396,  2397,  2399,  2402,  2406,  2411,  2412,  2413,  2414,  2418,  2419,  2424 (09:24)

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