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Total Gallery - Newmarket - 08.07.09

Total Gallery: his foal half-sister by High Chaparral sold for 300,000

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

Lady Darshaan sister lights up Tattersalls ring

A FULL-SISTER to Fillies' Mile runner-up Lady Darshaan changed hands for 300,000gns at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale today.

Offered by breeders Seamus Kennedy and Michael Woodlock from Shanaville Stables, she is also a half-sister to the Hong Kong-bound Prix de l’Abbaye winner Total Gallery.

She is set to race for Anthony Oppenheimer and eventually join his broodmare band at Hascombe and Valiant Studs after his advisor Hugo Lascelles won a duel with Eddie O’Leary for the High Chaparral filly.

"She was an absolute queen and I thought she was the best filly in the sale. There’s a lot to look forward to with Lady Darshaan, so you’ve got a lot of chances with something like her," said Lascelles.

"She's for Mr Oppenheimer to keep and race and is one for the long haul that will come to the stud eventually. We try and upgrade the stock when we can and the stud has had a good year with five stakes winners, headed by Tuscan Evening and Bronze Cannon."

Co Kilkenny-based Kennedy, a farmer who began thoroughbred breeding six years ago, and Woodlock - who owns a stud in Co Tipperary - bought the foal’s dam, a three-time winner in Greece, for just 11,000gns at the 2005 Tattersalls February Sale.

"I came into the game with very little money and started buying mares for £500 that I tried to resell for £5,000 but have always been into pedigrees and it was both Diary’s family and the individual that appealed to me. I just got that crazy feeling when I saw her," recalled Kennedy, who still owns Total Gallery and Lady Darshaan with Woodlock.

"With the help of Stan and Sara Moore we’ve been extremely lucky in the last few months and my young lads asked me last week if we’d be having Christmas this year and I think we will be now!

"We’d had phenomenal interest on the whole family and I’m delighted to have sold the filly so well."

Diary has a High Chaparral yearling colt in training with Moore and is in foal to Tamayuz.

 

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