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Royal Applause colt tops a selective day's trade

Comparative figures: tattersalls Foal Sale Day Two
2008 259 199 110 55 746,100 6,783 4,000
2007 285 240 155 65 2,431,000 15,684 10,000

TRADE was still selective at yesterday's secondsession of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale in Newmarket with a son of Royal Applause very much the day's standout.

Offered by Ted Voute for a client of Hugo Merry's Kilshannig Stud, the bay - out of Sciunfona and from the familyof Bosra Sham and Lammtarra - drew many potential purchasers into the ring although only two of them, Tim Hyde junior and Yeomanstown Stud's David O'Callaghan, had a serious chance of getting the colt, who turned nine months old yesterday.

He is set to be reoffered from Camas Park Stud after Hyde had the upper hand at 52,000gns and the Cashel-based buyer hopes his purchase turns into as good a horse as another Royal Applause he had been involved with.

"Iactually bought (last month's Breeders' Cup Mile third) Whatsthescript as a foal although didn't make any money on him (he made 70,000gns as a foal and yearling) but you could say the sire has been lucky for me," said Hyde. "This colt has been bought for resale and he's from a  good family - I liked the fact he's out of a Danehill mare."

Yesterday's figures were again heavily down on 2007 - the 746,100gns turnover fell by 69 per cent, the 6,783gns average dropped by 57 per cent and the 4,000gns median dipped by 60 per cent while the clearance rate was a modest 55 per cent.

It was a day when pinhookers chose their targets carefully - all of the top 20 lots were colts - and noticeably focused on certain stallions.

First crop by Indesatchel hits the mark
A popular freshman sire was Indesatchel, who was responsible for a 30,000gns colt out of a sister to Desert Style for whom FurnaceMill Stud's David Brown saw off agent Jill Lamb.

Out of Razzle, the colt's Haafhd yearling half-brother, already named Infiraad, was bought for 160,000gns by Hamdan Al Maktoum at the October Yearling Sale.

"He's been bought for resale and I hope the two-year-old, who is with Barry Hills, goes on next year. I quite fancy the sire, he's by Danehill Dancer and I've seen one or two of his foals who look nice athletic sorts," saidBrown.

Pegum reinvests in Ishiguru
London-based hedge fund manager Richard Pegum, who owned last month's Breeders' Cup Marathon winner Muhannak, paid 27,000gns through Luke Lillingston for a sonof Lady Georgia and a half-brother to 2006 Queen Mary Stakes fourth Sparkling Eyes by Tweenhills Stud stallion Ishiguru, in whom he has a significant stake.

Pegum also bought a 30,000gns Ishiguru yearling at Book 3 of the October Yearling Sale who has joined Muhannak's trainer Ralph Beckett.

"Richard asked me to buy him the nicest yearling and nicest foal by Ishiguru," said Lillingston. "Hopefully this colt will give Richard a lot of fun, his pedigree suggests he will make a real sprinter."

Elsworth-bred Bahamian Bounty colt makes 26,000gns
A 26,000gns Bahamian Bounty colt bred by David Elsworth out of the smart Rainbow End will be reoffered next year from Brendan Holland's Grove Stud.

"He's out of a good fast mare who was rated 98 and Compton Place is a good stallion, these are his first crop covered for a fee of £10,000," said Elsworth.

Aussie Rules colt fetches 25,000gns for Woods
A first-season Aussie Rules colt bought ‘in utero' inside Halicarnassus's half-sister Miss Lacey by Dwayne Woods for 52,000gns at last year's December Sale returned 25,000gns of that outlay when selling to Bernard Cloney of Headfield Stud.

"We've been pinhooking for about 10 years and usually get 10-15 foals," said Cloney, who runs the Co Carlow farm with his brother Owen. "This was a smashing individual with the scope to turn into something next year.

"We got out well on the yearlings this year and we doubled the price of an Invincible Spirit, who had cost €50,000 as a foal and was resold for 75,000gns."

The sale continues today with a session starting at 10.30am when trade is expected to step up a gear as the better foals appear.




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