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Acclamation colt stars at Tatts December opener

YESTERDAY'S Tattersalls December Yearling Sale finished with figures that fell short of those posted in 2011 - even though there were five six-figure lots sold yesterday compared with two in 2011.

Turnover for the day was 3,595,300gns, down five per cent on last year. The average dipped by 14 per cent to 21,529gns, while the biggest fall came in the median, which dropped by 37 per cent to 13,000gns.

John Ferguson signed for the day's dearest lot in the curtain-raiser to the nine session-strong December sales, parting with 140,000gns for a Rathbarry Stud-bred and consigned son of Acclamation.

Charlie Gordon-Watson was underbidder on the colt, who is the first foal out of the Barathea mare Musical Bar, a Listed-placed performer who was sold by Rathbarry Stud to BBA Ireland for €150,000 as a yearling, before being bought back.

Musical Bar is out of Rathbarry's blue hen Musical Treat, the producer of five winners including Finsceal Beo and Frozen Power.

"This is a family that has been lucky for us, as it has been for others," said Ferguson, referring to the success Godolphin enjoyed with Frozen Power and his Listed-placed half-sister Zabeel Park.

"He's an athletic colt who could easily be a two-year-old and comes from a farm that consistently breeds good horses. We're delighted to have him."

A Lofts Hall Stud-consigned son of Oasis Dream who had been bought back for 135,000gns at Tattersalls' Book 1 Sale also proved popular.

Hughie Morrison and Michael Bell set the pace for the half-brother to American Grade 3 winner More Than Love, but both were blown out of the water by Demi O'Byrne, who landed the colt with one bid of 135,000gns.

There were two lots by Galileo on offer and they were highly sought after. The only colt on offer was bought back for €110,000 at Arqana in August but was snapped up yesterday by Andy Geraghty for 130,000gns.

Consigned by Glenvale Stud, the March-born colt is the second foal out of a half-sister to dual US Grade 1 winner Angara and Prix Corrida scorer Actrice.

"He's been bought for Andrew Tinkler," said Geraghty. "He will be trained Tommy Carmody. Mr Tinkler picked him out - he is a big fan of the sire."

The one Galileo filly in the sale also hit the six-figure mark, with Jill Lamb seeing off BBA Ireland's Michael Donohoe and lastly Stephen Hillen at 100,000gns.

The Bumble Mitchell-offered filly is out of the Group 3-winning Danehill mare Beauty Bright.

"I thought she was well bought and will go into training with William Haggas," said Lamb. "She vetted well and has a page - the dam is going back to Galileo. She should have some paddock value after she's won a few races!"

Brendan Holland of Grove Stud landed a coup after a Speightstown colt he had bought for $75,000 at Keeneland in September was resold to Oliver St Lawrence for 120,000gns.




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