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No surprises on first day of Tattersalls foal sale

Comparative figures: tattersalls foal sale day one
2008 246 189 76 40 274,700 3,614 2,000
2007 278 243 131 54 1,086,600 8,295 4,000


FEW vendors had any great expectations going into the opening session of the five-day Tattersalls December Foal Sale in Newmarket and their pessimism proved well founded as some of the less commercially attractive youngsters born this year were offered.

Most pinhookers this week have narrowed their sights to foals who could shine at the major 2009 select yearling sales and few of those on offer yesterday fitted the bill, resulting in just 40 per cent of those offered being reported as sold.

The day's 274,700gns turnover was down 75 per cent on last year, the 3.614gns average fell by 56 per while the 2,000gns median was half its 2007 equivalent.

Filly by Phoenix Reach rises to the fore
Nothing matched the 20,000gns price given early into proceedings for a first-crop Phoenix Reach filly bred by Andrew Christou's Winterbeck Manor Stud - who raced the globe-trotting three-time Group 1 winner.

The filly was knocked down to Di Turner of Leicestershire-based Lodge Farm Stud. "She's been bought to race and was a nice good-looking filly with a bit of scope. She was a bit backward and it's not been decided where she'll eventually end up but she's gone to the National Stud at the moment," said Turner.

Gazeley Stud give 16,500gns for pinhook prospect
The dearest lot bought with resale in mind was an Intikhab three-parts brother to Mudawin consigned from Gazeley Stud, whose new owners Dave and Deborah Curran raced the 2006 Ebor winner. Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock, acting for an existing Irish pinhooking client, bought the February-born colt for 16,500gns.

"He was a very mature, early foal with a good size and a good step," said Brown. "The stallion does well and this colt will be reoffered next year. I thinkthere will be a good trade later in the week for the better foals but he was the only one I followed in today.

"You've got to be trying to appeal to the imagination of yearling buyers next year and most of these on offer todayare limited on page."

Piccolo colt fetches 16,000gns
Brendan Holland, who resells from Grove Stud in County Cork, paid 16,000gns for a Piccolo colt consigned from Fiona Marner's Lambourn-based Kingwood Stud for his breeder Ken Green.

The colt's three-year-old half-brother Joss Stick was a dual winner for Peter Makin before joining Ron Harris at the Horses In Training Sale at Tattersalls last month.

"He was a great shape, a real two-year-old type and will probably be reoffered at Doncaster next year. It's a speedy family, he's out of College Chapel mare and the granddam is by Fairy King," said Holland.

"Todayis just a reflection of this end of the market, but I'm looking to get the same number of foals as before. I just hope not too many of the nicest foals are not withdrawn and that there will be plenty for the pinhookers to choose from.

"While today might be tough, the market for good foals is certainly not down 50 per cent and we'll keep buying this week, after all you can't have a sweet shop without any sweets."

Trickledown Stud's Bertolini filly bound for Ireland
A sister to the 2006 Queen Mary Stakes third Nina Blini is another who will be resold after Dermot Dunne of County Tipperary-based Rockview Stables outbid Susie McKeever at 13,000gns for the Bertolini filly, offered from Trickledown Stud.

"The cross with Bertolini has worked before and the stallion will have a good crop of two-year-olds to race for him next year," said Dunne. "We buy a few to resell every year and liked her."

The start of selling for day two has delayed by half an hour and will start at 11am.





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