As expected, the first conference of the Tattersalls July Sale was dominated by an extensive draft from Godolphin, which furnished more than half of the day’s turnover of 7, 029,500 gns and was responsible for six of the day’s top 10 lots.
Time Check ( lot 291 ), a Shamardal half-sister to the dam of Godolphin’s Australian Group 1 win Astern( Aus)( Medaglia d’Oro) underlined the broad international appeal of the mixed sale when selling for a session-topping 300,000 gns to an undisclosed Australian partnership.
Badgers Bloodstock agents Grant and Tom Pritchard-Gordon, in company with Arrowfield’s Paul Messara, held off a determined effort from Hubie de Burgh for the 5-year-old, a daughter of the G2 Magic Night S. winner Alizes( NZ)( Rory’s Jester Aus ), who won a six-furlong damsel for Saeed bin Suroor last season.
” Shamardal is proving to be a terrific broodmare sire and this was a good race filly herself ,” told Tom Pritchard-Gordon.” The family speaks for itself and she’ll be very easy to mate wherever she goes. She will head to Australia eventually .”
The same team had earlier gone to 130,000 gns for another mare with strong Australian credentials. The 9-year-old La Pelegrina ( Redoute’s Choice Aus )( lot 179 ), the sister to the outstanding Australian racemare Miss Finland( Aus ), has produced three wins from her first three foals, but was not covered this season.
After a high number of withdrawals, 281 ponies were offered throughout the first day, with the aggregate falling only slightly, by 2 %. The clearance rate dropped by four points to 80%, while the median dropped by 29% to 10, 000 gns and the average was up just 1% to 31,242 gns.
An unraced 3-year-old sister to American Grade I winner and Hill’ N Dale stallion Violence( Medaglia d’Oro) from the family of Dayjur( Danzig)( lot 173) challenged Time Check for the top honours throughout the majority of members of the day. Bought for 290,000 gns, she too is likely to be heading abroad but to destination unknown, with agent Ed Sackville not at liberty to confirm the identity of his client.
” She’s an attractive, scopey filly and of course she’s a sister to a very good horse ,” Sackville said.” Her pedigree traces back to a very good American filly in Sky Beauty and she’s a lovely breeding prospect. The great thing about the Godolphin draft is that there’s full disclosure and it devotes other breeders the opportunity to get into some severely good pedigrees .”
Named Wild Mint , the filly was in developing with Andre Fabre and was originally bought as a foal for $850,000 from the draft of co-breeder Hill’ N Dale at Keeneland’s November Sale. Her grandam, the champion racemare Sky Beauty( Blushing Groom Fr ), won nine periods at the highest level and is also responsible for the French-based stallion Hurricane Cat( Storm Cat ), winner of the G3 Horris Hill S. for the Coolmore partners in his racing days.
La Patria( GB )( lot 256 ), a daughter of Dubawi( Ire) encompassed for the first time by dual Group 1 win Belardo( Ire ), will join the pristine paddocks at Andreas Putsch’s Haras de Saint Pair after the breeder went to 270,000 gns to secure the 4-year-old from a strong German family.
” She was a talented filly from Andre Fabre’s stable and I think it’s fair to say that with the virus that affected Chantilly last year that some of the 3-year-olds perhaps didn’t fulfil their potential ,” said Crispin de Moubray, who assists Putsch with his Normandy breed operation.
The mare’s full-brother Ottonian( GB) has won his only two starts for Charlie Appleby this season and is currently rated 87 with an entry for the G2 Great Voltigeur S. at York on Aug. 23.
” It’s a really deep family and the brother could have won the St Leger by the end of the season ,” added de Moubray.
Other highlightings from Godolphin included lot 177, the five-time win and listed-placed Light And Shade( GB )( Aqlaam GB ), the selection of the Howson& Houldsworth duo on behalf of a British-based client for 155,000 gns.
” She was a good musician on the way, and it is very difficult to buy a black-type mare in foal to a stallion of the calibre of Exceed And Excel ,” commented Matthew Houldsworth.” She is a scopey filly and her conformation should suit the stallion .”
Of course there was plenty of interest outside the fillies and mares in the royal blue livery and one of the pickings of the working day was lot 253, What Say You( Ire ), a winning daughter of Galileo( Ire) in foal to Lope De Vega( Ire ). Sydney-based New Zealander Andrew Williams outbid Saeed Manana to have the final say on behalf of the members of an undisclosed client.
” Galileo is flying as a broodmare sire and Lope De Vega is definitely a stallion on the up ,” told Williams.” There’s a fair bit happening under the first dam and that could take the pony anywhere .”
The former Arrowfield Stud nominations team member added,” It’s great to be back here and this is my first purchase under my own flag so it’s really exciting to be buying good stock like this .”
Craic Agus Spraoi( Ire )( lot 227) was resulted out of the ring unsold but the Intense Focus half-sister to G1 Dewhurst S. winner Parish Hall( Ire ), with a colt foal at foot by that talented colt’s sire Teofilo( Ire) and in foal to Lope De Vega( Ire ), ended up being bought privately by Geoff Turnbull of Elwick Stud for 175,000 gns. Turnbull, who splashed out a! 270,000 on Lord Glitters( Fr)( Whipper) at Arqana’s Summer Sale last week, has enjoyed top-level success on the way with his dual Grade 1 win Mondialiste( Ire)( Galileo Ire ), who will eventually stand at his Hartlepool stud.
The only mare in the catalogue carrying to Ballylinch Stud’s recent recruit New Bay( GB) was lot 112, Elltaaf( Ire )( Invincible Spirit Ire ), in foal for the first time and sold through the Castlebridge Consignment for 160,000 gns. Eamonn Reilly had to see off his BBA Ireland colleague Richard Ftizsimons to procure the mare on behalf of Irish-based Gerardstown House Stud.
The eight-time winner Volunteer Point( Ire )( Footstepsinthesand GB ) caused an early splashing when selling for 125,000 gns to BBA Ireland. Covered for the first time this season all there is in developing with Mick Channon, the 5-year-old( lot 44) is carrying to Kodiac( GB ).
The bulk of the ponies in training catalogued will sell today and tomorrow, but among the small selection offered in the commencement of the conference, it was a late wild-card entry which led the route. The Next Pension Fund Syndicate, owneds of the Fastnet Rock( Aus) 3-year-old Gino Severini( Ire )( lot 239 A) has 200,000 gns to add to the retirement trust following the sale of the 87 -rated gelding to Hong Kong. Federico Barberini conducted the bidding on behalf of the members of Marie Yoshida’s Asian Bloodstock Services and confirmed that the Fozzy Stack trainee will be heading east.
” He’s by a really good sire and has exactly the right profile and rating for Hong Kong ,” said the agent.
Gino Severini is one of eight wins for his dam Green Castle( Ire)( Indian Ridge GB ), who has also made the Listed Braveheart S. winner Ithoughtitwasover( Ire)( Hurricane Run Ire ).
The second conference of the Tattersalls July Sale get underway Thursday at 10:00 a.m. local hour. For full results, going to see www.tattersalls.com.