Tattersalls December Foal Sale
Chairman's statement: At the conclusion of the 2022 Tattersalls December Foal Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented:
“Strong yearling sales will always drive demand for foals and the extraordinary strength of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sales has been followed by a Tattersalls December Foal Sale, which has achieved significant increases in average and median as well as a record turnover in excess of 35 million guineas.
"The cream of the British and Irish foal crop has been assembled here at Park Paddocks and buyers at every level of the market and from throughout the world have all contributed to yet another record breaking sale in a year of extraordinary sales at Tattersalls.
“To see so many British and Irish breeders rewarded so handsomely this week reflects the quality of the stock which they have brought to the market and we should thank the consignors for their confidence in the Tattersalls December Foal Sale which consistently showcases the finest foals to be found in Europe.
"The buyers, whether looking to race or to pinhook, know that the Tattersalls December Foal Sale will satisfy every possible requirement and the competition for quality foals has been unrelenting. In addition to Whitsbury Manor Stud’s outstanding one million guineas sale-topping KINGMAN filly, the sale has produced the four highest-priced foals in Europe and a record-equalling 27 foals sold for 200,000 guineas or more, all of which has demonstrated the sustained appetite for the best European bloodstock which has been so evident at every Tattersalls sale in 2022.
“While the December Foal Sale is always dominated by the tireless and loyal British and Irish pinhookers, their European counterparts have also made their presence felt, as have a significant number of the world’s leading owners who recognise the December Foal Sale as a consistent source of Classic and Group 1 performers.
"It is no coincidence that the connections of the Group 1-winning two-year-olds BLACKBEARD and CHALDEAN, both bought at the 2020 December Foal Sale, have again targeted this sale and international buyers from America, China, France, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Spain, Switzerland and from throughout the Gulf region have also made significant contributions, particularly at the top of the market.
“The international influence will without doubt be even stronger as we move on to the Tattersalls December Mares Sale, which starts on Monday and features the inaugural Sceptre Sessions for elite fillies and broodmares. We have an exceptional catalogue which includes some of the best race fillies and mares to be offered at public auction for many a year and we look forward to ending the Tattersalls year on a high note." (18:00)
December Foal Sale statistics: + / - % compared with 2021
Lots catalogued: 1,173 (1,072)
Lots offered: 983 (906)
Lots sold: 744 (734)
Aggregate: 35,255,050gns (+13%)**
Median: 26,000gns (+4%)**
Average: 47,386gns (+12%) **
% sold: 76% (83%)
Nos 300,000gns+: 14
Nos 200,000gn+: 27
Leading consignors (by agg, cumulative): 1. Whitsbury Manor Stud, 2. Tweenhills Farm & Stud, 3. New England Stud
Leading purchasers (by agg, cumulative): 1. Juddmonte Farms, 2. Yeomanstown Stud, 3. Shadwell Estate Company
Leading sires (by agg): 1. Frankel, 2. Lope De Vega, 3. Kingman
Leading sires (by av, 2+ sold): 1. Kingman, 2. Frankel, 3. Lope De Vega
The top five
1. Lot 1025: Kingman (GB) / Suelita (GB) B.F. (GB) >> Whitsbury Manor Stud >> Juddmonte Farms >> 1,000,000gns
2. Lot 1063: Frankel (GB) / Sunny Again (GB) B.F. (IRE) >> Mount Coote Stud, Ireland >> Moyglare Stud >> 550,000gns
3. Lot 1041: Frankel (GB) / Awesometank (GB) B.F. (GB) >> Heatherwold Stud >> Juddmonte Farms >> 500,000gns
4. Lot 928: Lope de Vega (IRE) / Poet's Vanity (GB) B.F. (GB) >> Langton Stud >> Juddmonte Farms >> 500,000gns
5. Lot 1056: Frankel (GB) / Mrs Gallagher (GB) B.F. (GB) >> New England Stud >> Sumbe >> 425,000gns
** record (17:39)
Day 4
December Foal Sale D4 statistics: +/- % compared to 2021
Lots catalogued: 254 (223)
Lots offered: 213 (198)
Lots sold: 150 (145)
Aggregate: 2,567,750gns (+7%)
Median: 12,000gns (+20%)
Average: 17,118gns (+3%)
% sold: 70% (73%)
The top five
1. Lot 1222: Mohaather (GB) / Time of Change (IRE) B.C. (GB) >> Barton Stud >> Shadwell Estate Company >> 110,000gns
2. Lot 1250: Masar (IRE) / Hawaafez (GB) B.C. (GB)UPDATE Overbury Stud >> Yeomanstown Stud >> 110,000gns
3. Lot 1182: Sergei Prokofiev (CAN) / Hadeeya (GB) B.C. (GB) >> Kirtlington Stud >> Camas Park Stud >> 70,000gns
4. Lot 1231: Havana Grey (GB) / Highly Dancer (IRE) Ch.F. (GB) >> Houghton Bloodstock >> Drummond Bloodstock >> 70,000gns
5. Lot 1148: Mohaather (GB) / Muaamara (GB) B.F. (GB) UPDATE >> Barton Stud >> Tally-Ho Stud >> 68,000gns (17:56)
We have a record-breaking aggregate for the December Foal Sale, the week's turnover of 35,255,050gns bettering the previous best of 34,924,757gns set in 2018. The figure is a 12 per cent improvement on turnover of 2021.
The week has also set a record median of 26,000gns and record average 47,386gns. (17:43)
Lot 1316: Hinting ran twice in France and failed to secure even a placing. Her mother Innuendo (Caerleon) was a better racemare – she won a Grade 2 and Grade 3 in the US, finished third in the EP Taylor Stakes (G1) and was placed in Group races in France. She has produced six winners, including Criticism, who is a Grade 2 winner and a multiple graded race performer with a second placing in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational amongst her achievements. She is dam of Magical Touch
Third dam Infamy won the Grade 1 Rothman's Invitational Stakes at Woodbine, the Group 2 Sun Chariot Stakes and the Gordon Richard Stakes (G3). She is quite the successful broodmare producer of the multiple Group and graded winner Moon Queen, the Group 3 winner Barafamy and Rostropovich, winner of the Saval Beg Stakes (L).
Hinting was bred by Godolphin and was bought by Jill Lamb Bloodstock for 28,000gns at the July Horses in Training Sale 2020. Her first foal is by Harry Angel, was sold by Stringston Farm to Redgate Bloodstock for 46,000gns. (17:00)
Lot 1263 and Lot 1264: both sold by Josh Cameron's Daymark Stud and both make 60,000gns – Lot 1263 is an Havana Grey first foal out of Enough's Enough (Adaay), bred by Whitsbury Manor Stud, while Lot 1264 is a Showcasing colt, the second foal out of Speculating (Xtension) and bred Josh Cameron.
Speculating already has been a bit of a broodmare star – her first foal by Havana Grey made 21,000gns here last year bought by the new pinhooking syndicate The Gals Gals. The girls resold the colt in Book 2 to Oceanic Bloodstock for 150,000gns.
Both mares are half-sisters to black-type winners – Enough's Enough is a half to Laugh A Minute, winner of the Cork Stakes (L) and placed in the Chipchase Stakes (G3) and the Prix de Meautry (G3), while Speculating's half-brother is Danehill Kodiac, winner of the Cumberland Lodge Stakes (G3). (16:12)
The Coral Gold Cup Handicap Chase goes to the Tattersalls Ireland November NH Sale graduate, the Little Lodge Farm and Rahinston Farm-bred Shirocco gelding Le Milos, trained by Dan Skelton and ridden by Harry Skelton.
"He was magic, I was on the limit the whole way but I knew he'd keep finding," said Skelton
Le Milos is out of the star Listed-winning mare Banjaxed Girl (King's Theatre) and was sold by Little Lodge Farm to Agencie FIPS for €27,000 as a foal in November 2015.
The mare's three-year-old by Blue Bresil was sold by Oak Tree Farm at this year's Derby Sale to Milestone Bloodstock for €75,000.
With the late John Fowler, Banjaxed Girl was part-bred by Robert Chugg, who sadly died in February. The victory is a great testament to both his and the Fowler family's NH bloodstock legacy. (15:34)
Lot 1250: "It has taken me by surprise!" said Simon Sweeting after selling this Masar colt out of Hawaafez for 110,000gns to Yeomanstown.
As Sweeting explains, it is quick return on an investment made in February this year.
"Richard Brown bought the mare for me here in February, I was not around and he did it himself," explains Sweeting. "It looked like a chancy buy to start with but the mare was an exceptional racehorse and Rogue Millennium has come along, and everything else has landed into place, too – the two-year-old is now one for one and her Kingman yearling has gone to trainer George Boughey.
"It is definitely a progressive family, but that sale did take me by surprise, but it is a lovely surprise to have! He was a late foal, but he has been very straightforward and everything has worked out well."
Hawaafez by Nayef and winner of the Cumberland Lodge Stakes (L) was bought by Blandford Bloodstock for 14,000gns at the February Sale.
In May, her 2019 daughter Rogue Millennium (Dubawi) won the Listed Lingfield Oaks Trial and in June finished second in the Hoppings Fillies Stakes (G3), while Naomi Lapaglia, her two-year-old by Awtaad, won on her career debut at Kempton earlier this month.
Sweeting also has some exciting sale plans next week.
"We are offering a mare in-foal to Dubawi, the only one to be offered this year at public auction. I have no idea what will happen, but she is there and we want to sell her. However, she is a super mare and if I have to take her home, I wouldn't be that sad to breeding a Dubawi next year!
"We don't know what sex the foal is, but she is an exciting prospect to be bringing to sale."
The mare is Mohjatty (Awtaad), a three-parts sister to the champion Taghrooda. She sells as Lot 1872 in Tuesday's Sceptre Session. (14:48)
Lot 1231 : by one of the sires of the moment Havana Grey and out of the winning Helmet mare Highly Dancer, a half-sister to the Hong Kong Listed winner and Champions Mile (G1) runner-up Rewarding Hero (Exceed And Excel), makes 70,000gns.
The filly, a first foal for the mare and bred by Whitsbury Manor Stud, was sold by Houghton Bloodstock to Drummond Bloodstock.
Highly Dancer was covered by Showcasing this spring. (14:25)
Woosh.... the Tattersalls Ireland November NH Sale graduate Constitution Hill, winner of Supreme Novices Hurdle (G1) at the Festival in March, imperious on his seasonal comeback in the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle. The son of Blue Bresil was never headed and won by an eased down 12l.
"He was very slick today.... he was breathtaking," said jockey Nico De Boinville to ITV Racing. (14:25)
Lot 1222: Saturday is turning into Mohaather's day... three of the top ten highest price foals today are by the son of Showcasing with this colt bought for 110,000gns by Shadwell from Barton Stud. He is a first foal out of the Exceed And Excel mare Time For Change, and was sold by Barton Stud.
Angus Gold said: "Obviously, we are a bit biased, Mohaather was a very special horse for us. We thought he was slightly underrated if anything, for me what he did at Goodwood that day in the Sussex Stakes was out of the ordinary, I have not seen a horse quicken like that since Kingman in the same race.
"So we are big fans and I have liked the stock I have seen. What I particularly liked is that, leading into this week, lots of people have told me that they have a really nice Mohaather foal, which is great to hear. We bought one two days ago, and the vendor told me they had an even better one at home. There are some really good vibes about him."
Of this foal. Gold outlined: "I thought this was a really smart horse, and a lot of people thought the same, I heard he had ten vets on him so he was always going to cost a bit. He is out of a half-sister to a horse who ran second in the Gimcrack and was a handy horse, and this horse looks a sprinter. If he is any good he will be fast and hopefully will be one to get the stallion off to a good start.
Of the buying at this sale through the week, Gold added: "We have bought seven foals. Obviously we sold over the last couple of years we sold many mares that we ended up with around 50. With some barren or slipped or were maidens, it means that the stud's foal crop is only have around 35 and by the time we they go into training we will be down on numbers in training.
"I spoke with Sheikha Hissa and she was keen to get some foals to supplement the racing team, if we could buy at relatively sensible money."
Explaining a little more of the Shadwell plans, he said: "Over the last two years it was about getting it all to a manageable size. The family has got a bit more structure to the whole organisation now and I think Sheikha Hissa is just trying to see what sot of size she would like it to be. We will have around 100 horses in training next year, we had about 75-80 this year."
Buying plans for next week are currently fluid.
"I will be looking at mares next week," smiled Gold, and referencing to a certain new stallion on the Shadwell roster, added: "If there is anything that Stephen Collins and I think we should be buying to add to the broodmare band, we will chat – we have got a real reason to get some nice mares!
"I don't know whether the family will want to be at that end of the market straight away, but next week's sale looks a lovely catalogue on paper. We will see what happens."
The colt was bred by consignor Tom Blain under his own Ickworth Stud banner.
Blain said: "We are really pleased, the mare Time For Change is owned in partnership, it is a great thrill and I am delighted for all involved. It was a bit weird to watch one sell of our own! We bought her for 9,000gns, she is a lovely mare by Exceed And Excel and I know the family, we used to board her dam Purple Tiger and there is a lot happening under the second dam.
"She is a good-looking mare and she has thrown an an absolute beauty of a first foal, it is really exciting. I think he should make up into a serious racehorse and just want to thank Angus for his support. It is great Shadwell and Sheikha Hissa are backing their own stallion, we used him a number of times in the first year so really happy." (14:03)
Lot 1198: Michael Fitzpatrick and JC Bloodstock spends 50,000gns on Stringston Farm's Masar colt out of Silver Clouds (Oasis Dream), the dam of one winner from one runner El Camino, who is now the winner of six races.
Silver Clouds was purchased for 40,000gns by Stringston Farm here in 2017. She is unraced and out of the once-raced Sadler's Wells mare Jane Eyre, a daughter of the German champion older mare Albanova, the dam of Alwilda, who is, of course, dam of the star Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Alpinista. (13:30)
Lot 1182: "We bred four mares to Sergei in his first year and have had three very nice foals, we sold one earlier this week for 82,000gns [Lot 513]," said Chris Budgett of Kirtlington Stud after selling this colt for 70,000gns, a half-brother to the multiple Group race performer Ropey Guest, to Camas Park Stud.
"He is stamping them and they look active, which is great. He looks like he is another stallion that Ed Harper has hit the jackpot with. This foal is a baby, an April 30th foal, a real youngster and we were thought he might be a little too immature to take this. He has been out 35 times this morning, he is a little person, ears pricked walking along, getting on with it and has been the same all the way through.
"We have had the family for a while – Good Old Boy [Group 2 Superlative Stakes winner under the second dam] was raised at Kirtlington. The pedigree is owned in partnership with Sarah Hamilton and Sarah is great, we've owned horse together for many years, sometimes it goes well and sometimes it doesn't! But we breed them to sell them, and today is a good day."
Budgett also sold Lot 1184, a chestnut colt by Ulysses, for the Exors of the late owner-breeder Dr Catherine Wills, who died in July.
Budgett said: "That is the last one for her. When she told me earlier this year that she was terminal, she said I very much doubt that I will get to the sales, and do you actually I am pleased that she didn't as she bred to race not for the sales. She had such fun racing them, and they were from her Dad's families and she kept them going. It is a sad day and we have couple of mares entered next week." (12:23)
Lot 1148: a second by the young Shadwell sire Mohaather catches the eye and Tally-Ho Stud had to go to 68,000gns to buy the colt bred by Lofts Hall Stud and sold by Barton Stud. It is a 14th purchase by the O'Callaghan's farm this week, the busiest buyer at this year's foal sale.
The March foal is out of Muaamara (Bahamian Bounty), who is a half-sister to Master Of War (Compton Place), winner of the Rose Bowl Stakes (L), and runner-up in the Richmond Stakes (G2), the Mill Reef Stakes (G2) and third placed in the Solario Stakes (G3).
Third dam Gharam finished third in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (G1) and second in the Sweet Solera Stakes (L). (11:21)
Lot 1144: Whatcote Farm Stud's colt by Mohaather makes 50,000gns and is bought by Brian Grassick Bloodstock, Cathy Grassick bidding from the stairs.
It is a third-best price at the foal sales for Paul Coe and Simon Nicholson's farm in Warwickshire and the team was delighted with the result, it is a fine return on the mare's purchase in at the February Sale in 2015.
"We bought her for just 3,500gns," said Coe. "American Sonja has been an exciting runner for her this year, she has a Guineas entry. The mare has always given a lot of strength and size to her foals. We decided on Mohaather, we thought he'd suit her physically, she has always done a good job and we thoughts she deserved a step up the ladder. She is not in-foal as she was a bit late, we don't have any covering plans as yet – we have to see how we get on here first!"
American Sonja (Tasleet) is in training with Joseph O'Brien, was sold by the farm as a foal for 22,000gns to Timmy Hillman. Castledillon Stud sold her for £30,000 at the Tattersalls Ireland September Sale to Con Marnane, who breezed her at the Craven Sale selling her to Peter Trainor for 95,000gns.
She is the second winner for the mare Gumhrear (Kodiac)and picked up her maiden at The Curragh on her fourth career start after finishing runner-up twice. She has a BHA rating of 87. (11:14)
Withdrawals: 1120,  1129,  1141,  1157,  1159,  1163,  1166,  1168,  1179,  1186,  1201,  1202,  1203,  1216,  1235,  1243,  1249,  1271,  1286,  1296,  1299,  1302,  1307,  1317,  1321,  1323,  1327,  1328,  1332,  1333,  1352,  1358,  1366,  1367,  1369,  1370 (09:32)
Happy Saturday! Welcome to the final foal session of this year's Tattersalls December Sale.
Selling starts at 10am, and you can follow all the results, stories and updates here at sales day live. (09:32)
Day 3
December Foal Sale D3 statistics: + / - % compared with 2021
Lots catalogued: 282 (283)
Lots offered: 226 (221)
Lots sold: 182 (183)
Aggregate: 20,110,000gns (+17%)
Median: 68,000gns (+13%)
Average: 110,495gns (+19%)
% sold: 81% (83%)
Leading consignors (by agg, cumulative): 1. Whitsbury Manor Stud, 2. Tweenhills Farm & Stud, 3. New England Stud
Leading purchasers (by agg, cumulative): 1. Juddmonte Farms, 2. Yeomanstown Stud, 3. Camas Park Stud
Leading sires (by agg): 1. Frankel, 2. Lope De Vega, 3. Kingman
Leading sires (by av, 2+ sold): 1. Kingman, 2. Frankel, 3. Lope De Vega
The top five
1. Lot 1025: Kingman (GB) / Suelita (GB) B.F. (GB) >> Whitsbury Manor Stud >> Juddmonte Farms >> 1,000,000gns
2. Lot 1063: Frankel (GB) / Sunny Again (GB) B.F. (IRE) >> Mount Coote Stud, Ireland >> Moyglare Stud >> 550,000gns
3. Lot 1041: Frankel (GB) / Awesometank (GB) B.F. (GB) >> Heatherwold Stud >> Juddmonte Farms >> 500,000gns
4. Lot 928: Lope de Vega (IRE) / Poet's Vanity (GB) B.F. (GB) >> Langton Stud >> Juddmonte Farms >> 500,000gns
5. Lot 1056: Frankel (GB) / Mrs Gallagher (GB) B.F. (GB) >> New England Stud >> Sumbe >> 425,000gns (19:44)
Lot 1067 and Lot 1074: Shadwell buys two lots in quick succession – Lot 1067, a colt by Frankel and out of Wonderful Filly, the dam of Wonderful Moon, joint champion two-year-old in Germany. The colt was sold by Marwell Park for 370,000gns
Lot 1074 is a Ghaiyyath filly from Norelands Stud. She is out of the Dalakhani mare Tanoura, dam of two the Group 3 winners Tanaza and Taniyar, and cost 375,000gns.
Shadwell, this week's third leading buyer, has bought six foals this week for an aggregate spend of 1,202,000gns at an average price of 200,333gns.
A further three purchasers have spent seven-figure sums this week – leading buyer Juddmonte has bought four foals for an aggregate spend of 2,425,000gns, Camas Park has spent 1,205,000gns on seven lots and Yeomanstown has bought 11 foals for an outlay of 1,190,000gns.
BBA Ireland and Tally-Ho Stud have been busiest buyers – both picking up 13 foals each.
Unsurprisingly, Whitsbury Manor Stud is the week's leading consignor by aggregate at 2,201,5000gns and the only farm to edge over the two million bracket.
Tweenhills Farm & Stud, New England Stud, Norelands Stud and The Castlebridge Consignment are the other consignors to achieve seven-figure turnovers.
The week's leading farm by average is Langton – three lots sold for an average price of 248,333gns. (19:13)
Lot 1063: Mount Coote bought the mare Sunny Again for just €15,000 in 2017 – since then her progeny have been collecting Group race form – Elisa Again won the Premio Verziere (G3), Berkshire Rocco finished second in the St Leger (G1) and won the Noel Murless Stakes (L), Sunset Shiraz finished second in the Debutante Stakes (G2) and third in the Moyglare Stakes (G1).
Her yearling of this year by Sea The Stars was bought by Godolphin for 550,000gns, and her foal is sold today for the same amount, bought by Moyglare Sud Farm, Fiona Craig in charge of bidding.
"She is a Frankel! And we all know how much he is going to be next year," laughed Craig. "If you breed, you don't know if you are going to get a colt or something upsides down. This is a filly, she is nice, she is not a great big striding filly, but I know what Homeless Songs looks like.
"I wasn't going to buy an Oaks winner, I want to buy something fast – we have plenty of slow ones. Speed is so hard to find, she looks fast, the pedigree is great. Mount Coote is great and they raise loads of good horses. And... she is a Frankel!"
Tabitha Lillingston of Mount Coote said outside the sales ring: "It is so exciting, we have been so lucky with that mare. She fantastic, she does it every time, and now she has some really exciting horses to run for her. When Fiona saw the filly, she said she is just the same as Homeless Songs.
"The mare has rewarded us, sometimes you get lucky. Luke loves his pedigrees and he did a lot of looking at the covering, he was really excited about it. Fingers crossed!" (18:21)
Lot 1056: the young French stud Sumbe has bought three horses today, the most expensive being this Frankel filly bred by Emma Banks out of Mrs Gallagher (Oasis Dream) and sold by New England Stud for 425,000gns.
The mare was a Listed winner and has had one runner so far – Miss Gallagher who was retained and has been placed once as a two-year-old this year.
The mare's Starspangledbanner yearling of 2022 sold at October Book 1 for 350,000gns bought by Richard Knight.
It is the fast family of Xtension, Harry Angel, Supremacy and this year's Listed filly White Lavender.
Sumbe has also bought Lot 923 (Showcasing ex Killermont Street) for 100,000gns and Lot 924 (Night of Thunder ex Roman Venture) for 200,000gns.
Tony Fry said: "She’s a lovely filly and we were underbidder on the Starspangledbanner colt as a yearling. She’ll go back to Hesmonds now. We have a plethora of stallions now and she will, hopefully, join our broodmare band when she finishes racing. The sire can’t do any wrong."
Of the farm's new stallion Mishriff, who joined the roster after his fourth place in the Breeders' Cup Turf, Fry said: “Mishriff is getting on super. We haven’t started showing him yet but already the bookings are coming in. You can’t but be impressed by him. People know his race record but when they see his physical they'll be even more impressed. We’re looking forward to showing him off.” (18:15)
Lot 1041 the last lot through the ring from the soon-to-end Heatherwold Stud in its current ownership makes 500,000gns, the filly by Frankel and out of the Intense Focus mare Awesometank is bought by Juddmonte Farms.
Bloodstock advisor Jeremy Brummitt said: "It is bitter-sweet sale really, she is the final youngster to be sold from Heatherwold Stud under Mick Caddy's ownership – he is ceasing operations and has gone out with a bang!
"I bought the grand-dam Janey Muddles – I remember seeing her win first time out at The Curragh, I think she was Lawman's first winner as a two-year-old, she passed the whole field and was on the slowest of the ground.
"I never forgot her and the owner came around to sell her, she was carrying her second foal which was an in-house covering to Intense Focus. I bought her here for 115,000gns in 2014. That foal became an absolutely lovely yearling, was named Awesometank – we bought her back at the sales and raced her.
"She took us to Canada and Chicago and was second in the Beverley D, and now she is breeding. She lives in a field with her dam and they are two of the happiest mares I have ever seen, and they both raise happy and contented foals."
Of the Frankel covering, he added: "I am not terribly excited about in-breeding to Danehill but I risked it with this mare because she is such a fantastic mover. What I was really looking for was the power that Frankel could prove." (18:07)
Lot 1025: the Kingman half-sister to Chaldean, this year's winner of the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes, sells for 1,000,000gns. She was bought by Juddmonte Farms, and is the farm's most expensive Tattersalls sale ring purchase.
Chaldean, a son of Frankel, was bought as a foal by Juddmonte at this sale in 2020 for 550,000gns.
She is also the sixth most expensive foal ever sold at a Tattersalls December Foal Sale and the most expensive filly since 2018.
The March-born filly was sold by breeder Whitsbury Manor Stud, her four-time dam winning dam Suelita bought at the mares' sale by Chris Harper in 2013 for 21,500gns. She has had six winners from six runners – one a Group 1 winner, two black-type winners, and two who have collected placed form in Listed races.
Bidding started at 200,000gns, and Philipp von Stauffenberg in the left gangway, Michael Donohoe, who was sat to the left of the rostrum with Mr Zhang, Simon Mockridge in the right gangway and an online bidder took the early bidding along.
David Redvers, standing in the bidders', stepped in at 850,000gns and pushed out a couple of bids, Mockridge eventually pressing the button at 1,000,000gns.
Mockridge said: "We are delighted. It is always going to be expensive buying a filly like that when you've got a new Group 1 winner on the page. Chaldean is very exciting, we were delighted to buy him from Whitsbury a couple of years back and the Harpers do a great job, I am very happy for Ed Harper and his team.
"The family want to reinvest in pedigrees, this is a very strong page and with Chaldean, who knows what is going to happen next year? This filly could be a very valuable prospect going forwards."
When asked if there are comparisons between the two, Mockridge said: "Chaldean was a slightly smaller horse, she is bigger, she has a big backside on her. She looks faster, if you can say that, but she is an exciting filly. Kingman has had such a good season two Group 1 winners and 14 individual Group winners, he is going from strength to strength."
Consignor Harper said: "What has it been, two months' since the Dewhurst? It feels like a long long two months! Thank goodness we had her entered here, I could not have hung ion another year waiting to sell her. Every time someone dropped a spanner at home, you fear.
"It is lovely to get a big round figure like that, it is fantastic and we really appreciate Juddmonte's support. The farm supported us by buying Chaldean and has done it again. Hopefully ,she can repay that faith and be a bit of sport on the racetrack before going to Frankel in a couple of years' time. She is nailed on to be a broodmare for Frankel.
"With luck, she is the perfect sort of mare for him, not just pedigree and physic, too - hopefully she wins a couple of Group 1s on the way!"
When asked if there were ever any thoughts about retaining her, Harper laughed and said: "I'd like to keep my hair line if possible! I am very happy, there are no regrets. Alastair Pim did a great job in the ring and gave her every chance. There have been a lot of people involved in getting here – and don't forget, this was the last mare that Dad bought so not a bad way to finish off his buying."
The preceding lot from Whitsbury, Lot 1024 by Frankel and out of the Listed-placed Showcasing mare Heartwarming, was bought by Tina Rau Bloodstock / Gestüt Fährhof for 320,000gns.
Andreas Jacobs said: "She’s been bought to race. We liked the pedigree. There’s a lot of quality coming up in the next three or four years, there’s lots of potential for it to grow. We love the mating, Frankel over Showcasing. She’s a handy version of Frankel which we like." (17:03)
Lot 999, Lot 1000, Lot 1001 and Lot 1002: foals sold from the Southcourt Stud partial dispersal make 125,000gns, 160,000gns, 210,000gns and 400,000gns, bought by Rathmore Stud, McCalmont Bloodstock, Bitzen Bloodstock and McKeever Bloodstock /Ballyhimikin. They were consigned by New England Stud.
Lot 999 is by Mehmas and out of the Lillie Langtry Stakes (G3) runner-up Dubka (Dubawi) from the family of Notnowcato. The further three foals are all out of black-type mares from the late Sir Evelyn de Rothschild's Crystal Ocean family.
Johnny McKeever reported on the purchase of the top-priced of the quartet, the Sea The Stars filly out of the Notnowcato mare Waila, a half-sister to the dam of Crystal Ocean (Lot 1002).
"James [Hanly of Ballyhimikin] will probably put her back through Book 1, but she is also a foundation broodmare," said McKeever. "It is a pinhook purchase, but also the purchase of a foundation mare if needs be. It is so hard to get into these families and it is a once-in-lifetime opportunity, sadly with the passing of Sir Evelyn de Rothschild there is a chance to get into families that would never be available."
McKeever added: "We understand that the full-sister is an extremely useful filly and she is to be offered next week [Infinite Cosmos, Lot 1954], so it will be interesting to see which trainer gets hold of her, but I believe Sir Michael thinks she is very very good. That was an added incentive to buy this foal.
"We have worked very hard at this sale and come away with nothing so far. James likes to buy the one that he gets a really strong feeling about, the really important ones. We have stopped on others but he was not stopping on her."
The four from Southcourt were sold by Peter Stanley's New England Stud and he had mixed emotions about the sale.
"It is incredibly sad when it comes to the end of an era and Evelyn was the most charming man," said Stanley. "I would much rather be talking to him than selling his horse for a lot of money. It is a great credit to him that he had four foals on the ground and they all sold as well that.
"It is to Sir Evelyn's credit that he created a couple of fantastic families. We should not forget that his sister Renee Robson was really the power behind the scene, she was the one who created these families with Evelyn – he gave her the firepower to do it, but he was always prepared to back her judgement.
"I have been lucky enough to be involved for the last 15 years and help with the matings. He was a great man to deal with and it is sad to be saying goodbye to him."
Looking ahead to the partial dispersal sale of mares next week, Sir Peter said: "There are some lovely mares there, it is sad to be letting go of horses like that. It is a legacy and I think what is wonderful is that Evelyn has left behind something to be very proud of, and for the family to be very proud of." (16:09)
Lot 973: the Kingman filly from Selwood Bloodstock out of Burning Rules (Aussie Rules), a half-sister to Angel Power (Lope De Vega), winner of the Premio Lydia Tesio (G2), makes 425,000gns. It was a second purchase this week by Juddmonte Farms.
"I am delighted with that price, it is fantastic and am really pleased for Anita Wigan who bred her," said James Read of Selwood Bloodstock, walking and talking back to Highflyer Paddock. "She is a beautiful filly, and I am delighted to get Anita such a great price.
"It is the best price we have for around 10 years. The mare is not in-foal, but is going to Baaeed next spring. Her Lope De Vega yearling made 150,000gns in October and is with William Haggas."
West Blagdon Bloodstock purchased Burning Rules for 95,000gns in 2016 as a four-year-old. She is a half-sister to the Group 3 winner Blue De Vega and has three winners from three runners, headed by her Group-winning daughter. (15:01)
Lot 965: the No Nay Never colt out of Southern Belle is bought by Lynn Lodge Stud for 280,000gns.
He was sold by the Fleming family's Awbeg Stud, James and wife Deidre, and brother Paddy in attendance.
"We bought the mare carrying to Night of Thunder, we liked the idea of Night Of Thunder," said James Fleming when explaining the decision to spend 37,000gns on Southern Belle here at the mares' sale in 2018, adding: "It is a lovely fast page and she was highly rated. She is a lovely looking mare, which is coming through the stock, all her foals have been nice."
The Night Of Thunder went onto be called Janoobi – he has won once as a three-year-old this year and is rated 99. The mare's second foal Lumacho (Camacho) has won three times this year as a two-year-old.
"We try and get a couple of proven stallions into a young mare and No Nay Never was going well when we covered the mare, he has just gone to another level now," said Fleming.
The colt has been busy since getting to Tattersalls, Fleming reported: "He has not been in his box this morning, it is a super result for a small family outfit. It is unbelievable. She is in-foal to Starspangledbanner, and hopefully Janoobi can go on and get black-type next year." (14:51)
Lot 928: Langton Stud enjoys its best-ever result in the sale ring – this Lope De Vega filly out of Poet's Vanity (Poet's Voice) sold for 500,000gns, bought by Juddmonte Farms.
"I am just about getting my breath.... it has been great but it has been quite stressful too," smiled Giles Wates of Langton, who admitted his hands were still shaking after the sale. "She was vetted 13 times, phew, it is one of those days!
"It has been a few years getting here, but we have got there now, we are on our way and the team has done a great job."
Today has been a long-held plan by Langton – the farm purchased Poet's Vanity as a yearling for 150,000gns in 2015 and sent her into training with Andrew Balding. She won the Oh So Sharp Stakes (G3) and was placed in the Nell Gwyn Stakes (G3) and the Sandy Lane Stakes (G2).
"We bought her with Richard Brown, and she went on to be a very successful racehorse," said Wates. "The mare is sweet mare, a lovely mare, a gentle giant. She is in-foal to Wootton Bassett and she will probably then be rested as she will have a late foal.
"This filly's older brother by Kingman has been retained and has gone Andrew Balding. He and this filly are both similar, they are athletic, they have big walks and nothing phases them."
He added: "It is a real compliment that Juddmonte has bought her, and I hope now our farm is going the right way. We made a decision around 10 years ago to sell the stock as foals and it has been a good move."
Langton, near to Blandford Forum in Dorset, was bought 40 years ago by Wates' father Michael, who was at Park Paddocks today with wife Caroline and grand-daughter Tabitha. Back at the filly's stable in Somerville Paddock R, a collection of the "older" generation of breeders, a number of them from the Dorset and Hampshire area, all came to offer their congratulations.
The filly's underbidder Philipp von Stauffenberg threw a late, and long-contemplated, bid of 480,000gns only for Simon Mockridge, Juddmonte's general manager and who was standing on the stairs, to respond quickly with the winning price of 500,000gns, a figure that was too high Stauffenberg.
After the pair had shaken hands outside the ring, Mockridge said: "I knew she was very, very popular, everyone liked her. She is a great athlete, a great walker, and has been well-produced by Langton. We thought we'd have to be strong on her, but for us she is an outcross pedigree for the longer term. She is a beautiful filly, hopefully she can be a race filly now and then come back home.
"It is a beautiful pedigree, and it is easy to see why we liked her. She has depth and strength and is out of a Group winner. She has everything and showed well throughout. "
Poet's Vanity, bred by Panda Bloodstock & Trickledown Stud, is a half-sister to the Group 3 winner Lesson In Humility, the dam of the Norfolk Stakes (G2) runner-up Coach House, the Group 3 winner and Irish Derby (G1) and Melbourne Cup (G1) runner-up Tiger Moth, and the Group 3 second Butterscotch.
Langton also sold Lot 929, a filly by Night Of Thunder, for 185,000gns to JC Bloodstock. The pinhooking team has previous history with the family having bought the filly's 2017 half-brother by Kingman for 135,000gns here as a foal, selling him the following year in Book 1 to MV Magnier for 1,050,000gns.
Named Cormorant, the colt went on to win the Derrinstown Derby Trial (G2) and finish fourth in the Dante Stakes and the Kilternan Stakes (G3). (14:05)
Lot 911: dam Opal Tiara (Thousand Words) was bred by Mcb Ltd & Mrs G Hedley, owned in training by The Filly Folly & Sweet Partnership, and for a time by Qatar Racing. She was trained by Mick Channon to win six races, including two Group 2 races, and she also finished in Group race placings on multiple occasions.
Her second foal, who was bred by the Filly Folly & Sweet P’Ship/Ldv Syndicate, was sold today by Norman Court Stud for 150,000gns, bought by Yeomanstown Stud.
The mare's first foal named Flame Queen, a 2020 daughter of Oasis Dream, has been retained, is in training with Mick Channon and has yet to run.
Opal Tiara was covered by Study Of Man this spring. (12:38)
Lot 904: the New Bay colt from Cheveley Park Stud, the first foal out of two-time winner and Listed-placed Ice Sprite (Zoffany) makes 140,000gns.
She is a daughter of the Galtres Stakes (L) and Princess Royal Stakes (L) winner Queen Of Ice (Selkirk). The long-developed Cheveley Park Stud family also enjoyed a good day yesterday – Lot 736, a son of Twilight Sun and out of Ice Gala, a half-sister to Queen Of Ice, sold for 68,000gns.
Ice Sprite was covered this spring by Ulysses. (12:20)
Lot 894: Willie Browne and Mark Dwyer signing as Oaks Farm Stables go to 120,000gns for the Ringfort Stud-bred New Bay colt out of the winning Galileo mare My Wish.
She is dam of three winners from three runners and is a daughter of the Group 1 Pix de l'Opera and Coronation Stakes-placed Giant's Causeway mare Mona Lisa, who was bred by Meon Valley Stud from the farm's leading pedigree of Reprocolour, Opera House and Kayf Tara.
Mona Lisa was bought by John Magnier for 1,250,000gns as a Book 1 yearling in 2003. My Wish was sold as a yearling and was bought as a seven-year-old in 2018 by Howson & Houldsworth for €46,000. (12:04)
Lot 875: the half-brother to stallion Far Above, winner of the Group 3 Palace House Stakes, makes 115,000gns, the Dark Angel colt sold by Peter Nolan Bloodstock for Linden Bloodstock Ltd.
Far Above is the only runner so far for the mare Dorraar (Shamardal) and the full-brother to this foal made 115,000gns at this sale last year bought by Joe Foley.
Third dam is Bahr, winner of the Ribblesdale Stakes 9G2)m the Musidora Stakes (G3) and placed a runner-up in the Epsom Oaks (G1) and third placed in the Irish Oaks (G1) and the Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes (G1)
Her daughter Nahrain was a winner of the Prix de l'Opera (G1) and the Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes (G1) and the dam of Benbatl, a three-time Group 1 winner and the European champion older miler of 2019.
Bahr is also grand-dam of Go Bears Go, winner of the Railway Stakes (G2), the Phoenix Sprint Stakes (G3), and second in Norfolk Stakes (G2), the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G2), the Hackwood Stakes (G3) and third placed in Phoenix Stakes (G1).
Dorraar was bought by Mohamed Abdul Malik from Darley in 2015 for €15,000. (11:28)
Lot 858: the first today to six-figures is a daughter of the Lanwades stallion Sea The Moon, sold by Salcey Forest Stud. She is out of the Singspiel mare Incroyable, who was placed in the Listed Prix Solitude and is the dam of four winners, including two French Listed performers.
The chestnut filly was bought for 120,000gns by Abbeylands Farm. (10:46)
The award for the FBA Bloodstock Agent of the Year... was given this morning to Richard Brown in recognition of his purchase of this year's Epsom Derby winner Desert Crown at the Tattersalls October Book 2 Sale in 2020, the Nathaniel colt bought on behalf of client Saeed Suhail for 280,000gns, Brown signing under the Blandford Bloodstock banner.
The winning agent received a bottle of Krug this morning in an award ceremony in the Tattersalls sale ring with the prize handed over by Geoffrey Howson, the enthusiastic organiser of this award. Photos were taken from the top of the stairs from Brown's usual bidding spot.
Brown was winning the prize for an unprecedented two years in succession, but to some extent the victory had been set in the stars in 2021.
Howson said: "When he was given the award in 2021, Richard told me that he was determined to win the again in 2022. I replied that the only way he could receive the award two years running was if he has bought the winner of the Derby!
"Immediately after Desert Crown won the Classic, Richard sent me a text saying, 'I told you I wanted another bottle of Krug!'"
Howson continued: "The prize is hugely deserved and Richard has continued to impress me with his continued professionalism and enthusiastic work ethic. He is in the mould of his mentor Joss Collins. I have told Richard that the only way he can win again in 2023 is if has bought the winner of the Triple Crown!"
Brown was all smiles on a sunny morning at Park Paddocks, and was keen to ensure that the efforts of all members of the Blandford team were recognised.
"Everyone works really hard, it is a huge team effort and we have all had a great year at Blandford," said Brown.
Recalling the purchase of the colt in 2020, he said: "Nathaniel is a thoroughly proven stallion and sire of the brilliant Enable, though at the time was probably short of a top colt.
"Desert Crown was genuinely a gorgeous yearling, I think I spoke to sales day live after buying him and you will remember that I was extremely enthusiastic about the horse.
"He is just that rare physical that you have got to chase. Saeed Suhail is brave when I find one that I really want and I am really lucky that he will go with me if I do find one.
"I am very fortunate to now have clients who back my opinion – I have spent plenty of time in the sale ring being unable to buy what I want! Now I am in the fortunate position that, if I do find what I want, I have a live chance of buying. It gives you a much better chance of buying a good one when you can buy what you like."
Brown updated with the latest news on the Derby winner, who has not run again since his Epsom victory.
"He picked up a very minor injury, it put him out for long enough that it would have been a rush to get him back to the Arc and that was the only race that was left for him," reported Brown. "Being by Nathaniel he should only get better with age so the decision was made to put him away.
"He spent six weeks out in the paddocks at Darley and he went back to Sir Michael's two weeks ago. I have not seen him yet but the guys say he looks absolutely amazing. He was out in the day, but was kept exercising on the walker so he did not put on too much weight and apparently he looks terrific. He will have a long steady prep from now on and we will be looking at all those top middle-distance races next year.
"The prognosis is excellent, and hopefully he can come out and show us what he can do, I think he is still a very untapped talent."
Of the horse's ability, Brown recalled a conversation had with jockey Richard Kingscote at Stoute's Freemason Lodge Stables after the Derby weekend.
"We went to Michael's on the Monday after the Derby, I was still nursing a large hangover," he laughed. "I was chatting to Richard Kingscote and he said that he got to the front far too soon, but he just couldn't believe how easily he did it.
"He won his maiden by 5l, hosed up in the Dante, hosed up in the Derby, he has won every race very easily but he will be tested next year as an older horse."
We all look forward to seeing Desert Crown back on the racecourse in 2023.
Bred by Strawberry Fields Stud, his dam Desert Berry is to be offered next week – she is Lot 1891 and offered in Tuesday's Sceptre Session. (10:22)
Today's withdrawals: 844,  852,  853,  864,  869,  871,  881,  883,  889,  890,  892,  896,  897,  905,  906,  916,  927,  930,  937,  943,  963,  968,  978,  981,  982,  983,  985,  993,  994,  1008,  1011,  1012,  1022,  1029,  1032,  1033,  1036,  1048,  1053,  1062,  1068,  1072,  1082,  1088,  1092,  1099,  1100,  1103,  1106,  1109,  1111 (09:09)
Day 2
December Foal Sale D2 statistics: + / - % compared with 2021
Lots catalogued: 331 (328)
Lots offered: 274 (283)
Lots sold: 223 (235)
Aggregate: 9,449,000gns (+2%)
Median: 32,000gns (+7%)
Average: 42,372gns (+8%)
% sold: 81% (83%)
Leading consignors (by agg, cumulative): 1. Whitsbury Manor Stud, 2. Barton Stud, 3. Tweenhills Farm & Stud
Leading purchasers (by agg, cumulative): 1. Tally-Ho Stud, 2. Peter & Ross Doyle Bloodstock, 3. JC Bloodstock
Leading sires (by agg): 1. Havana Grey, 2. Sergei Prokofiev, 3. Mehmas
Leading sires (by av, 2+ sold): 1. Ghaiyyath, 2. New Bay, 3. Sottsass
The top five
1. Lot 793: Havana Grey (GB) / Arcamist (GB) Gr.C. (GB) >> Whitsbury Manor Stud >> Stauffenberg Bloodstock Services >> 250,000gns
2. Lot 667: Mehmas (IRE) / Heavenly River (FR) B.C. (IRE) >> Rossenarra Stud, Ireland >> Peter & Ross Doyle Bloodstock >> 240,000gns
3. Lot 789: Ghaiyyath (IRE) / School Run (IRE) Ch.C. (IRE) >> Kellsgrange Stud, Ireland >> J R Bloodstock >> 240,000gns
4. Lot 763: New Bay (GB) / Moorside (GB) B.C. (IRE) >> Norelands Stud, Ireland >> Joe Foley >> 150,000gns
5. Lot 779: Persian King (IRE) / Qabala (USA) Ch.C. (GB) >> Newsells Park Stud Ltd. >> Fairway Partners >> 130,000gns (20:50)
Lot 793: the Havana Grey half-brother to the Group 1 sprinter Dragon Symbol, who was demoted from first place in the Commonwealth Cup (G1) in 2021, makes 250,000gns. The February-born colt, bred and sold by Whitsbury Manor Stud, was bought by Stauffenberg Bloodstock Services, Philipp von Stauffenberg bidding from the doorway.
"He is a fine looking horse, he is a brother to a horse who should be a Group 1 winner, I just loved him, he was the one I wanted today, that is why I bought him!" smiled Stauffenberg. "I liked Havana Grey's first crop, I did not buy one from that crop, but the stallion has proved that he is capable of producing a good horse, hopefully he will go on now."
It is a seventh top-price achieved by Whitsbury at Tattersalls, and manager Ed Harper was pretty chuffed with the sale.
"It just sounds so boring with these nice ones, they don't just pop out of nowhere, he has been nice all the way along," he reported. "He is probably a bigger model to Dragon Symbol, but Arcamist just keeps throwing lovely stock. It is a family we have done really well with and we have had for a long time – Dad bought the second dam Good Enough in the US around 25 years ago. She was the most expensive mare he'd bought ever at that time – it was around $250,000 and was a lot of money for us."
Harper explained the reasoning behind the decision to send the mare to Havana Grey, who had not had runners when she was covered by the son of Havana Gold
"We took the gamble to send a nice mare to Havana Grey in his third crop, but if we don't believe in our stallions who else is going to? We got to lead the charge!"
Ad he admits to have enjoyed a certain amount of satisfaction on the farm this summer: "Seeing all these Havana Greys at home has made strolling around the fields a very pleasant experience – to see the mares in-foal to Havana Grey and foals by him it makes a Sunday afternoon walk pretty special."
Of this week's sale ring response to the latest recruit to the Whitsbury Manor stallion roster, Sergei Prokofiev, Harper smiled: "We have been blown away by the response to Sergei... it has been even quite amusing hearing the auctioneers trying to get their mouths around the name!
"People have seen what an even bunch they are, they are big strong horses with a walk, real sales horses. Hopefully, they will run as good as they look."
When asked if breeders have any chance of getting a late-booked nomination to either stallion, Harper smiled: "We could see what we could do!" (20:09)
Lot 789: John Cullinan was standing on the back stairs when bidding for the colt by Ghaiyyath ex School Run sold by Kellsgrange Stud, and he had to go 240,000gns to secure the "one that he wanted". He signed under the J R Bloodstock banner.
"I saw the horse yesterday and loved him,"said Cullinam. "We were keen to buy a Ghaiyyath, he is one of the stallions who has been on our mind as a first-crop sire. He looks to have very good stock, he was a brilliant racehorse and was the highest-rated racehorse in the world for a time and is by a sire of sires.
"This is a lovely individual. He vetted very well, and we were at full stretch at that price, but nice horses are always hard to come by, and have to pay a bit more for the ones you want.
"We will try and keep him safe and keep him out of trouble and come back to one of the premier sales back here, but we will worry about that in a few months' time."
Of the pressure of buying top quality foals, he said: "You are up against the smartest people in the world at this job. There are not many jobs that you can be doing that when you get out of bed in the morning you are taking on the best in the world.
"The first thing is to find the horses and the second is to buy them. That is a big throw for us, the biggest we have ever given for a foal. We have a small list today and a small list tomorrow and we thought we'd better get stuck into today!"
The colt was bred by Ballyreddin Stud & Dcl out of School Run (Invincible Spirit), the dam of Harrow, who finished third in the Somerville Tattersalls Stakes (G3). Third dam Sahara Star, winner of the Molecomb Stakes (G3), is dam of the Flying Childers Stakes (G2) winner Land Of Dreams and grand-dam of the champion two and three-year-old Dream Ahead and ancestress of the two-time Group 1 winner Fairyland and the Group 1-placed Princess Noor. (19:45)
Lot 779: the only lot offered this week by the Haras d'Etreham sire Persian King (Kingman) makes 130,000gns. He was sold by Newsells Park on behalf of breeder Al Shahania Stud and was bought by Fairway Partners.
"I have seen a few by Persian King and they are nice horses, he was a good racehorse and this mare was good too, so we hope for the best," said purchaser Benjamin Avenel. "He has been bought for a syndicate with Charles Briere of Fairway Consignment. We hope he is a Book 1 horse. "
The colt is out of Qabala (Scat Daddy), winner of the Nell Gwyn Stakes (G3), and who finished third in the 1,000 Guineas and fourth in the Falmouth Stakes (G1). She is a grand-daughter of Flute, winner of the Alabama Stakes (G1) and a runner-up in the Beldame Stakes (G1) and the Santa Anita Oaks (G1).
Her first foal by Kingman made 300,000gns at the October Book 1 Yearling Sale, purchased by Sumbe.
Persian King was an eight-time winner, six times at Group level with three of those victories at the highest level – the Prix du Moulin, the Prix d'Ispahan and the Poule d'Essai des Poulains. He was also placed three times in Group 1 races in France in the Prix du Jockey-Club, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and in the Prix Jacques Les Marois. (19:11)
Lot 763: gives a good result in the ring for Norelands Stud – this colt out of Moorside (Champs Elysees) is bought by Joe Foley as a racing prospect for Clipper Logistics for 150,000gns.
"Moreside was a very good racemare and we bought her off Juddmonte and I have always been a fan of New Bay and we got in at the right time!"said Harry McCalmont, adding: "He is going to be very expensive now. She may have to go back to him, but she is in-foal Australia now.
"Her first foal by Invincible Spirit is in Hong Kong and the second, also by Invincible Spirit, is with Andrew Balding and they think a lot of him – so it is onwards and upwards!"
Foley said: "We were very keen to buy him obviously, he is by an exciting and emerging sire, we've have a very nice two-year-old by him who won well for Karl Burke, named Overrule.
"He is a very interestingly bred colt, 4x3 to Zaizafon and 4x3 to Gone West so he has got a lot of speed. The mother is by Champs Elysees and she stayed, but he has a lot of speed in his make up and physically he looked a fast horse. He is beautifully active colt, a great attitude, one we focused on today and very pleased to get him.
Of the mare's previous foals, Foley said: "The first Invincible Spirit was bought by Mick Kinane for Hong Kong and they tell me he is really highly regarded, and David Bowe bought the foal last year for for Jeff Smith for 100,000gns and he was nice also . The mare's first two foals look very promising for their two owners so we were keen and she could be an interesting mare."
The mare's third dam Zaizafon was a Group 3 winner and Group 2 third and was the dam of the champion two and three-year-old Zafonic, the Grou p3 winner and Group 1 placed Zamindar, and is ancestress of the Group 1 winners and performers Announce, Mexican Gold, Irish Rookie and Cougar Mountain.
Mooreside was bought by Norelands from Juddmonte with BBA Ireland for 90,000gns at the Tattersalls December Mares Sale in 2017. (18:45)
Lot 749: this colt by new sire Kameko makes 90,000gns and becomes the most expensive sold by the young Tweenhills Stud sire so far. The colt was bought by Aughamore Stud and Howson & Houldsworth Bloodstock, sold by Tweenhills Stud on behalf of breeders Skymarc Farm & Qatar Bloodstock Limited.
The colt is out of the Invincible Spirit mare Beach Belle, the dam of Surf Dancer (Lope De Vega), a Group 2 winner in Australia, and a half-sister to this year's Group 1-winning two-year-old Dubai Mile (Roaring Lion), who won the Criterium de Saint-Cloud in October. The siblings are out of the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes runner-up Beach Bunny (High Chaparral).
Purchaser Michael Gleeson of Aughamore said: "We thought he was going to be a stand-out, and we thought he was going to be an upper end price.
"Kameko is a Guineas winner and that is always quite appealing, and with his mare's pedigree, too. We hope to get him back here next year for Book 1 and we look forward next re-offering him next year." (18:05)
Lot 736: achieves the best price given for a Twilight Son colt foal at Tattersalls since 2019, this Cheveley Park-bred and sold colt out of Invincible Spirit mare Ice Gala makes 68,000gns, and is bought by Tally-Ho Stud.
As a racehorse, Ice Gala won twice and was also placed third in the Listed Radley Stakes. She is a half-sister to five winners, including Queen Of Ice, winner of the Galtres Stakes (L). They are out of the Polar Falcon mare Ice Palace.
One of the best by the stallion, a son of Kyllachy, is Twilight Calls, who is also out of an Invincible Spirit mare (Zawiyah) and was runner-up in this year's Group 1 King's Stand Stakes and the Temple Stakes (G2). (17:28)
Lot 705: one of the expected stars of today did not disappoint – the filly by Ghaiyyath (Dubawi) sold by Ringfort Stud makes 130,000gns to Tally-Ho Stud. She is out of Shenoya (Zoffany), a winner at two and placed 12 times, including in the Prix des Sablonnets (L). She is a half-sister to the Prix de Sandringham (G2) third-placed Like A Charm.
"We bought the mare privately," reported breeder Derek Veitch. "This filly has always been a good walker and is a lovely sort. We thought Ghaiyyath would would suit the mare physically – he is a big scopey stallion and would suit a smallish mare. We are delighted with that price."
The mare is not in-foal – after producing this filly, Shenoya developed some issues necessitating surgery and the removal of an ovary.
Veitch updated: "She is obviously not in-foal, is fine now and will be ok to be covered next spring." (16:38)
Lot 685: Peter & Ross Doyle Bloodstock go again and spend another six-figure sum, this time 110,000gns on the Ghaiyyath colt from Yellowford Farm.
The bay colt is out of the Sea The Stars mare Stella d'Italia, who failed to win but boasts a fine pedigree – she is out of the Firth Of Clyde Stakes (G3) runner-up Ragsah (Shamardal), dam of Richmond Avenue, who finished second in the Listed Prix de la Cochere and third in the Goldikova Stakes (G2).
Stella D'Italia's grand-dam is the Group 2 winner and the Group 1-placed Colorado Dancer, the dam of Dubai Millennium. (16:01)
Lot 667: "I don't usually have anything to say!" laughed John McEnery of Rossenarra Stud after selling his Mehmas colt out of Heavenly River for 240,000gns.
He does today after such a good sale and from a cheaply bought mare – Heavenly River by Stormy River was purchased here at the December Mares Sale for just 5,000gns in 2015.
McEnery recalled: "I had to go home to Ireland and left my nephew Billy to look at a few pedigrees and he picked her up. She was a maiden mare and we bought her out of Karl Burke's yard.
"We have always liked the foals by Mehmas and we'd had a bit of luck with Dark Angel. I thought the first year he was too expensive at €12,500, and then I got caught for €25,000 last year!"
McEnery used the Tally-Ho Stud sire in 2017 on his mare to produce her now four-year-old daughter, the US-based Quattroelle, who is owned by regular Tattersalls customer Red Baron's Barn LLC and Rancho Temescal LLC.
She runs today in the Grade 3 Red Carpet Stakes at Del Mar, but McEnery was not tempted to wait to sell his colt in the hope of a pedigree update.
"I hope she wins," he said, adding with a smile: "It will give the next man a bit of luck, too."
Heavenly River is a half-sister to the Listed winner Katie's Diamond, the dam of Dramatised, this year's winner of the Queen Mary Stakes (G2) and recent runner-up in Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G1),
"I was really hoping in the last half-furlong that Dramatised was getting there at Keeneland," said McEnery, who covered Heavenly River with Supremacy this spring.
Purchaser Ross Doyle: “As always it’s the physical and it’s a huge bonus that he’s by Mehmas. He’s from a very good nursery in Rossenarra and is closely related to a very good filly. I thought he was an absolute standout.
“He had a lot of strength for his age; he’s naturally very strong with a good deep girth and he was a real pro for every show. That’s his dad’s influence coming through. He might come back [for resale] but I’d say long-term they’ll race him.
“Mehmas has obviously been very lucky for lots of people including ourselves. We bought Persian Force last year for Amo Racing. We’ve had massive pleasure out of Mehmas and so have so many people, going right back to John Cullinan and Roger Marley in his breeze-up days, then at Richard Hannon’s yard, and all the staff there were mad about him.
"They used to say to me that he’d go the races, come home, go for a pick of grass and put on weight. Then he ended up at Tally-Ho, which is one of the best studs in the world, and they’ve done a wonderful job with him.”
It has been a good day for McEnery – his following lot, a colt by Dark Angel out of the winner-producing Charlotte Rua (Redback), was bought by Yeomanstown Stud for 85,000gns.
The breeder said: "He is a fair colt, he got a little overshadowed by the Mehmas as there was so much interest in him. There is plenty more to come from his dam."
Charlotte Rua's winner is Nahaarr who has won six times and finished second in the Duke Of York Stakes (G2) and the Cathedral Stakes (L). (15:47)
Lot 648: "The stallion has worked out really well for us – we paid €20,000 for the nomination," said consignor David Redvers of Tweenhills Stud after the colt by New Bay and out of Strawberry Martini sold for 100,000gns to Yeomanstown Stud.
Redvers continued: "He has a good outlook and action and captured the attention of some big buyers, it is a nice result."
Of the decision to use the Ballylinch Stud-based stallion New Bay on the Listed-winning mare, Redvers added: "Strawberry Martini is quite a stout Mount Nelson mare and New Bay gives his progeny a bit of 'energy', which I like.
"She has now had some very good foals – we sold her Masar for 110,000gns at October Book 2 this year to Shadwell, and then this horse has made 100,000gns. She is in the sale next week [Lot 1480] – she is owned by a syndicate of friends, and we will need to have a chat and make a decision as to whether we keep her or sell her."
Strawberry Martini is in-foal to Kameko on a May 10th covering. She is a half-sister to the Listed winner Tony Curtis, and from the family of the Group 2 winner and Group 1-placed Strawberry Daiquiri. She has had three runners and her two-year-old of this year Orange Martini (Roaring Lion) finished second at Haydock in September on her third career start. (14:47)
Lot 607: Chasemore Farm's vet Pat Sells signs under the farm's banner for the Sergei Prokofiev colt out of Avengers Queen.
The colt, bred and sold by Whitsbury Manor Stud, cost his new owner 95,000gns. He is the first foal out of the Brazen Beau mare who won twice at two, her victories including the Premio Vittorio Crespi (L).
She is a half-sister the Karl Burke-trained El Caballo (Havana Gold), winner of this year's Sandy Lane Stakes (G2) and the Listed Spring Cup. Her dam Showstoppa (Showcasing), the winner of four races, was also bred by Whitsbury and is a half-sister to the Mill Reef Stakes (G2) winner Temple Meads (Avonbridge). (14:19)

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