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Colt foal by Galileo makes 180,000gns

comparative figures: tattersalls foal sale day three
2008 275 215 152 71 3,381,100 22,244 13,000
2007 286 240 170 70 5,936,500 34,921 22,00

BETTER individuals and pedigrees brought improved prices at yesterday's third session of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale in Newmarket.

But despite the better trade, yesterday's figures were again well shy of their 2007 equivalents. The 3,381,100gns aggregate was down by 43 per cent, the 22,244gns average by 36 per cent and 13,000gns median by 41 per cent. The clearance rate was 71 per cent.

Galileo lights up a winter's evening
The week's first offering by Galileo created excitement in the early evening. Offered by Trickledown Stud for breeder Brian Hammond's Axminster-based Ashley House Stud, the colt out of a half-sister to Hardwicke Stakes winner Indian Creek, had plenty of admirers.

An online bidder made much of the early running but the final exchanges were fought out by Paddy Twomey of Hawthorn Villa Stud and veteran pinhooker Timmy Hyde, who had the final say at 180,000gns.

"He was a grand horse and a good mover and with these times we live in there's a fair chance he'll be resold next year! It's likely that he'll come back here," said the Camas Park Stud owner. "His sire has been flying ever since he started, he gets every sorts of winner and really has taken over from the boss man - Sadler's Wells."

Consignor Paul Thorman of Trickledown Stud was delighted with the sale. "I'm thrilled but he was a real nice horse by the best stallion there is at the moment - he ticked all the boxes. I'd haveto be pleased because this is a tough market, some are making less than you expect and others are making more but it's very difficult to judge what they are going to realise beforehand," said Thorman.

Rathbarry's Dalakahani colt makes 115,000gns
Like champion sire Galileo, Dalakhani has enjoyed an excellent year via the likes of Conduit and Moonstone and his first offering, a Frank Dunne-bred colt consigned through Rathbarry Stud, was another to hit six figures.

Willie Browne outbid Ed Sackville of the Kern Lillingston Association to get the half-brother to Lingfield Listed winner Mayonga for 115,000gns.

"That was a little more than I intended to pay but as I've said I think there is more safety at the top level of the market," said Browne. "But the sire's flying and these Dalakhanis are very hard to buy. The pedigree was quite decent and I'd say he'll almost certainly be coming back here.

"I got 10 in Goffs last week and also seven or eight in America. They've stayed out there and I'll probably sell more yearlings in the States next year, I just wonder if their economy mightrecover more quickly than our's although I'm no economist."

Doyle is Invincible for a colt out of  Starlit Sky
Agent Peter Doyle was the first foal buyer of the week to hit six figures when, taking instructions by telephone, he outbid Browne at 110,000gns for an Invincible Spirit colt sold from Heather Raw's Shoreham Stud. The February-born youngster was the first foal of Starlit Sky, an unraced daughter of the Queen's German Group2 winner Starlet who had been bought by Raw for 50,000gns at the 2006 December Sale.

"I've bought him for a client to resell next year. The individual is what really counts although of course it's also important that he's by a proven stallion. He was stabled a long away from the sale ring in the Solario Yard and although he my have been hidden away in the trees I'm glad we found him!," said Doyle.

Oasis Dream's foals bury thoughts of recession
Sire power was important yesterday with Oasis Dream's foals high on many buyers lists, among them a filly sharing her grandam with Best Of The Bests consigned for Tim Rootes' Shutford Stud by Keith Harte. She eventually changed hands for 85,000gns when selling to agent Richard Frisby.

The first-foal of Miss Anabaa's winning half-sister Mina, offered by Trickledown Stud for breeder Chris Mills, was another Oasis Dream with a big following. Gay O'Callaghan outbid Willie Browne for the January-born filly who will have a 90,000gns price tag to recoup when reappearing from Yeomanstown Stud next year.

Cooper keeps in it in the family
There was only one lot by Claiborne Farm stallion Arch in the catalogue, a three-parts sister to last season's 1,000 Guineas second Arch Swing consigned from Patrick Cassidy's County Monaghan-based Naffert Stud.

Patrick Cooper of BBA Ireland saw off German agent Ronald Rauscher for the filly, who had been bought ‘in utero' for 38,000gns at last year's December Sale, buying her for 75,000gns.

"She's been bought for my uncle and aunt, David and Vimy Aykroyd, to go into training with Ralph Beckett," said Cooper. "David had shares in stallions such as Thatch and Boone's Cabin and he was part-owner of Althea, who was champion juvenile filly in America and is Arch's grandam, so it's a nice story in difficult times."

The sale continues today with a session starting at 10.30am.




Galileo £11,526,615
Dark Angel £3,698,431
Dubawi £3,194,696
Frankel £2,697,844
Kodiac £2,224,685
Acclamation £2,088,768
Iffraaj £2,067,853
Sea The Stars £1,923,301
Nathaniel £1,880,694
Invincible Spirit £1,699,882