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Song: the sister to Quarter Moon and Yesterday topped this year's renewal of the Tattersalls December Sale at 1.7 million gns

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Wannabe Grand tops final day of buoyant Tatts

Day 4 Tattersalls December Sale comparative figures

 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2009  214  166  134  81  850,400  6,346  4,500
 2008  318  213  139  65  656,650  4,724  2,800

Tattersalls December Mares etc Sale figures (gns)

 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2009  984  792  628  79  33,197,700  52,863  14,500
 2008  1230  894  610  68  33,355,150  54,681  12,500

A SPARSE crowd remained in Newmarket for yesterday's final session of the Tattersalls December Sale with the 1998 Cheveley Park Stakes heroine Wannabe Grand the most highly-prized offering when offered in a dispersal from Chippenham Lodge Stud.

The Danehill mare has produced six winners from as many runners including Zetto Kirk, who has earned more than £400,000 in Japan, but wasnot covered this year after having an Authorized foal in May.

Wannabe Grand

Wannabe Grand: Cheveley Park Stakes winner sold for 62,000gns

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Sydney-based Scott Springett, part of a launch Australian party in Newmarket this week, paid 62,000gns to outbid Coolmore's Kevin Buckley for the now 13-year-old mare.

"They don't make Danehill mares any more and she's a Group 1 winner as well," said Springett, who also paid 70,000gns for Group 3 winner Theoretically and 42,000gns for New Zealand Group 1 winner Zola this week.

"She's empty so we can take her straight home and she'll probably go to More Than Ready, it's been a successful cross and we hope to get a good two-year-old," said Springett.

"She's going to Duncan Grimley's Glastonbury Farms, where I now have 22 mares and this is the first time I have been here. The mares are different to those back home and the market has been very strong."

Springett, who sold a business printing wine bottle labels, was one of the partners who recently bought Dr Fremantle and the Barry Hills-trained Above Average privately and the pair have both joined Lee Freedman.

"We don't make stayers in Australia so come here to get the finished product and you'd love to get something that can go for the Cups in Caulfield and Melbourne," he added.

Four-year-old Glittering Prize, one of Ishiguru's final book this year, had been bought for 15,000gns by David Redvers at last year's Tattersalls February Sale but resold for 56,000gns yesterday.

Clive Jenkins, representing Mary O'Sullivan's Howard Barton Stud, saw off James Delahooke and then Bill Gredley to get the sister to Rockfel Stakes winner Cairns. O'Sullivan and her daughter Penny have eight mares at the stud, based between Okehampton and Exeter in Devon.

Clifton Dancer, a Listed winner for Tom Dascombe last season, is set for a date with Mount Nelson at Newsells Park Stud next year after selling for 30,000gns to the farm's manager Julian Dollar.

"She's a young stakes winner and I thought she was one of the nicest fillies here," said Dollar. "She's been bought to go to Mount Nelson and he actually seems to be more popular next season than he was this year. People have realised that he got a great book this season and that we are going to keep supporting him.

"Yummy Mummy (bought for 460,000gns on Monday) was the only other mare we managed to get but we were underbidders on the likes of Song (who sold for 1.7 million gns) and Sugar Free. It was very strong for the top lots, everyone seemed to be after them but that's just the way the market is."

The final lot through was the stallion Raise A Grand, who was sold for £30,000 to stand at Al Shaab Stud in Libya.


Top five lots (gns)

 Name  Covering sire  Buyer  Price
 Song 3 m  Danehill Dancer  Badgers B/S  1,700,000
 Lahaleeb 3 f  n/a  John Egan  1,000,000
 High Heeled 3 f  n/a  London T'bred Serv.  600,000
 Massarra 10 m  Galileo  MV Magnier  600,000
 Prima Luce 4 m  Shamardal  C. Gordon-Watson  560,000

Chairman's statement

After the 2008 December Sale turnover plummeted by more than half, this year's 56,903,100gns aggregate increased by 14 per cent, the 40,674gns average was up three per cent while the 15,000gns median rose by 36 per cent. The 79 per cent clearance rate improved from 63 per cent last year.

"The economic upheavals of 2008 had a dramatic effect on the bloodstock industry throughout the world and we approached the 2009 sales season with an air of trepidation, but the resilience of the market has been extraordinary," commented Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony.

Edmond Mahony

Edmond Mahony: " there has been a genuinely vibrant feel "

  PICTURE: Caroline Norris 

"From the beginning of Book One of the October Yearling Sale to the conclusion of the December Sale today, all of the sales at Tattersalls have outperformed expectation and, while we are a fair way off the dizzy heights of 2006 and 2007, it has been particularly gratifying to see a real sense of confidence return to the industry.

"The Tattersalls December Sale is a key indicator of the health of the bloodstock industry and we can all derive a measure of optimism from the 2009 renewal.

"In total we catalogued 2,183 lots for this year's December Sale which was 545 less than last year and the smallest December Sale since 1993. Remarkably, turnover for the sale has risen by 13 per cent and all the key indicators of average, median and the percentage of lots sold have shown significant improvement on 2008.

"Not only have the figures provided encouragement for the industry going forward, but equally importantly there has been a genuinely vibrant feel to the proceedings of the last two weeks at Park Paddocks."

He continued: "The Tattersalls December Sale has long set the benchmark in terms of international appeal and the overseas buyers have been crucial to the sustained competition at all levels of the market. It has also been evident that the successful foal and yearling sales which preceded the December Mares' Sale have instilled renewed confidence in British and Irish breeders.

"Our 2009 sales have demonstrated that we have a product which continues tobe coveted by buyers from all corners of the world with our annual turnover bouncing back from the substantial declines of last year. There is little doubt that there remain many challenges ahead, but it is also clear that throughout the year vendors have reacted quickly and positively to the new economic realities and they have been rewarded for such pragmatism.

"Most importantly 2009 has shown that there is an enduring and widespread demand for quality bloodstock which has always been synonymous with the Tattersalls name."


Total Tattersalls annual turnover

 Year  Off  Sold  Aggregate  Average
 2009  5,578  4,432  169,407,800  38,224
 2008  6,122  4,304  167,575,450  38,935
 

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TOP TEN

STALLION £ TOTAL PRIZE
Galileo £10,249,746
Dubawi £2,709,333
Dark Angel £2,626,940
Kodiac £1,958,520
Acclamation £1,949,140
Nathaniel £1,804,891
Sea The Stars £1,792,597
Frankel £1,757,529
Iffraaj £1,591,586
Invincible Spirit £1,546,975