Rhythm Queen tops low-key February Sale
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A FILLY who made 700,000gns on her previous appearance at Tattersalls changed hands for a more modest 55,000gns in Newmarket today but it was still a transaction notable enough to top the one-day February Sale.
The now four-year-old Rhythm Queen, a Danehill Dancer half-sister to French Derby second Best Name, failed to sparkle when trained by David Wachman for Ask's owner Pat Fahey but will now join the fledgling broodmare band of Eddie Stobart chief executive Andrew Tinkler.
Dwayne Woods, bidding for Tinkler, saw off first Jean-Pierre Deroubaix and then local agentCormac McCormack for the filly, who was consigned through John Troy.
"Andrew's getting together a few decent broodmares and keeping them with me at Brook Stud," said Woods. "I can see why she cost what she did as a yearling, her conformation is as good as it can get and although she wasn't much of a racehorse and looks poor at the moment having travelled from France, in a couple of months she'll look great.
"She's out of an Old Vic mare and the obvious stallion would be Monsun, but that might be a bit rich for her just at the moment and also it's probably best not to travel her in her condition now."
Agent John O'Byrne bid 50,000gns for Chrisalice, a six-year-old half-sister to both Total Gallery and Lady Darshaan who won twice in Greece.
"She's for myself and with her pedigree she could go to any of the stallions at Coolmore," said O'Byrne, whose main opponent was Total Gallery and Lady Darshaan's joint owner-breeder Seamus Kennedy.
"She's well-related and I have five or six mares at home but am never married to them. If I can sell them on I do, as you have to try and keep your head above water in this business."
Dr Marwan Koukash bought the expected sale-topper Pipedreamer privately before the sale and he has acquired another potentially useful prospect for this season in Prince Apollo, a five-year-old who has won three times in France for his owner-breeder Khalid Abdulla.
Trainer Ian Williams bid 46,000gns for the Dansili entire and said: "I've got eight for the doctor and this is a good one to add to his string. The horse has needed some time off but he's good looking and has decent form in France.
"I'm sure in eight weeks' time we'll have more idea about where he might start off."
Aunt Nicola, a Listed-placed half-sister to last season's Radley Stakes winner Electric Feel, will join the broodmare band at John Fagan's Deerpark Stud after making 40,000gns while Sircozy was bought out of Stuart Williams' stable for the same amount to join Gary Moore as a dual-purpose prospect.
The day turned over 991,500gns, an increase of 40 per cent on last year, with an average price of 6,745gns, a figure that rose by three per cent. The 3,500gns median was on a par with last year.
At the end of the sale Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony said: "This was not a vintage February Sale catalogue. The market remains selective which serves as a reminder that we still face testing times."