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ladymarianLady Marian: has been bought as a racing prospect for Godolphin  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker

Lady Marian another seven-figure Ferguson purchase at Tattersalls

Comparative figures: tattersalls mare sale day three
2008 323 231 160 69 7,417,200 46,358 13,000
2007 337 260 186 72 7,337,500 39,449 28,000

PRIX de l'Opera winner Lady Marian is set to race for Godolphin next season after selling for 1.8 million gns at Tattersalls on Wednesday at the penultimate session of the December Sale.

The three-year-old, a daughter of Nayef and out of La Felicita who was also trained by Werner Baltromei to finish second in the German Oaks, continued a busy shopping week for Sheikh Mohammed, who had spent 1.95m guineas on Saoirse Abu on Monday and 1.7m on Princesse Dansante the followingday as breeding prospect.

John Ferguson, representing Sheikh Mohammed, secured the Nayef filly after seeing off first Blandford Blodstock's Tom Goff, Californian trainer Paddy Gallagher who was taking instructions by telephone, and ultimately Seamus Burns of Lodge Park Stud.

"She improved throughout the year before her outstanding win in the Prix de l'Opera and I think Sheikh Mohammed would enjoy racing her for another season before she has her foals,"said Ferguson.

"She'll head out to the warmth of Dubai now and will then be aimed at all the top Group 1 races next year. She was a really attractive prospect because she is already a great racemare and can hopefully graduate into a top broodmare."

Figures show an increase compared with 2007
The filly's sale helped the turnover show a rise on last year’s figures - something which had become a rarity at a 2008 autumn bloodstock sale.  The aggregate was 7,417,200gns, up one per cent on last year, the 46,358gns average increased by 18 per cent although the 13,000gns median, less than half last year’s figure,was the lowest for the day since 1992. The clearance rate was 69 per cent.

Ferguson doesn't get it all his own way
Ferguson came out second best later on for another star racecourse performer when this year's Lancashire Oaks heroine Anna Pavlova sold for 650,000gns from Richard Fahey's stable.

Andreas Putsch, who recently bought Haras de Saint Pair du Mont in Normandy, made virtually of all the running for the five-year-old, seeing off Trickledown Stud's Paul Thorman, representatives of both Katsumi and Teruya Yoshida and finally Ferguson.

"I've bought her to be a foundation mare for my farm in France, where I expect to have 15-16 mares after selling some at Deauville next week," said Putsch.

"She's from an old classic family and she was a tough race winner. She was versatile as she showed form from six to 12 furlongs and had beautiful conformation. I am thinking about sending her to either Dalakhani or Manduro."

Shortly afterwards, Putsch saw off Tom Goff to get Michael Jarvis's three-time winner Armure, who is out of a half-sister to Barathea and Gossamer, for 220,000gns.

Breeding Capital invest again
Charlie Gordon-Watson struck early on behalf of the second Breeding Capital partnership when outbidding first French agent Jean-Pierre Deroubaix and secondly Dirk Eisele of BBA Germany to get the unraced, but well-connected, four-year-old Sanwa for 400,000gns.

The Monsun filly, who was covered by Dansili in April, is a sister to the German Classic winners Schiaparelli, Samum and Salve Regina. Their 16-year-old dam Sacarina was bought in for 800,000gns on Tuesday.

"She was a neat little mare and almost a double for her mother," said Gordon-Watson. "The Dansili will put a bit of size into her. She's for the new BreedingCapital partnership and it's been hard to get the right mares this week. We are a bit behind schedule but we've tried to tread carefully and that's a policy that has paid off in the past."

Breeding Capital later acquired two mares from the Juddmonte draft, Reefscape's half-sister Crystal Reef, who cost 160,000gns, and Kempton maiden winner Critical Acclaim, who was bought by Gordon-Watson for 130,000gns.

Irish 1,000 Guineas second Dimenticata heads east
Four-year-old Dimenticata, who cost Lady O'Reilly just €50,000  as a yearling and went on to finish runner-up in last year's Irish 1,000 Guineas, always looked destined to head to Japan after a duel between representatives of the brothers Teruya and Katsumi Yoshida.

Shunsuke Yoshida, representing his father Katsumi's Northern Farm, was the successful bidder at 280,000gns with Dr Atsushi Kato, senior vet at Teruya Yoshida's Shadai Farm, the underbidder.

As earlier in the week, several high-class lots failed to changed hands. Star South African sprinter National Colour was bought in for 250,000gns while Madame Trop Vite, who landed the Flying Childers Stakesin September, failed to reach her reserve when unsold at 290,000gns. Meanwhile, Peter Makin's dual Listed winner Harvest Queen returned home after making 170,000gns.

The 10-day Tattersalls December Sale finishes on Thursday with a concluding breeding stock session starting at 9.30am.




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