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Lot 300: the 650,000gns full-brother to Nightime by Galileo

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650,000gns pair top buoyant Tattersalls trade

Year Offered Sold % Sold Turnover Average Median
2009 205 169 82 19,271,000 114,030 75,000
2008 179 146 82 17,143,000 117,418 82,500

THOUGHTS of recession were far from the thoughts of those at Tattersalls in Newmarket today as buoyant trade at the October Yearling Sale resulted in figures that remained on a par with 2008.

Although George Washington's daughter drew by the far the day's biggest crowd into Park Paddocks, her 320,000gns price tag was by no means the highest, with last year's 650,000gns top price being matched twice.

A full-brother to 2006 Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Nightime, bred by Dermot Weld's mother Gita and consigned through The Castlebridge Consignment, was one of those to reach that sum. John Magnier saw off BBA Ireland's Eamonn Reilly for the Galileo colt but had to play second fiddle to Sir Robert Ogden, who offered the successful bid in person.

"We have a shortlist of 12 to 14 horses each day and then find that some and buyable and some not. We are not looking for any particular type of horse and have seen colts and fillies – we just want racehorses and this fellow looks like he could be the real deal," said Ogden's racing manager Barry Simpson.

"We've made no plans about where he'll go into training, we'll let the dustsettle once we've seen what we've finished up with after the sale and then Sir Robert will make his decisions."

Pilsudski's half-sister Briolette, who landed a Leopardstown Listed event in the colours of her breeder Diane Nagle, has proved a great asset to the broodmare band of David and Diane Nagle's Barronstown Stud.

Her first foal Point North made 500,000gns when bought by Ogden last year and her second - a Pivotal filly - was even more in demand at lunchtime.

Michael Goodbody, acting for a new client, was taken by the filly but his customer - relaying instructions by telephone - decided not to better the 650,000gns offer from Hamdan Al Maktoum's racing manager Angus Gold.

"She comes from a very good stud and is a lovely big scopey filly whose family keeps on producing. Sheikh Hamdan was very keen on her and we'll decide on a trainer once the sales are finished," said Gold.

It was a far from fruitless day for Goodbody, who had outbid Suzanne Roberts and JohnFerguson to acquire a Pivotal half-brother to Fantasia on Thomas Barr's behalf for 450,000gns.

"He just ticked the boxes on everything," said Goodbody. "He was a great mover, was an athletic horse with a great pedigree and is out of a young mare who has already produced some good horses. I'm not sure who will train him."

The colt was bred by Luca and Sara Cumani's Fittocks Stud and consigned through Highclere Stud and continued a successful association with his dam Blue Symphony.

The Cumanis bought the Darshaan mare and Fantasia from a client looking to sell privately and - as well as selling last season's Fillies' Mile runner-up privately to George Strawbridge - they also sold her two-year-old Pink Symphony for 400,000gns last year.

"She's been a lucky mare for us," said Sara Cumani. "Having sold Fantasia, we were originally thinking against having to sell anything out of the mare, we were going to retain everything we bred ourselves, but from a financial point of view you just can't hold on to everything when you look at the nomination costs.

"The mare is tiny and has been to big stallions like Pivotal and Nayef, who she has had a colt foal by, to try and produce something with a bit of size. She is in foal to Galileo this year."

John Magnier and the Coolmore team were much in evidence and their spending was headed by the final foal of Meon Valley Stud's 1986 Irish Oaks runner-up Colorspin, dam of Kayf Tara, Opera House and Zee Zee Top.

Her Montjeu colt will be her final racecourse representative after Magnier bid 550,000gns for the March-born youngster with Charlie Gordon-Watson the underbidder.

As ever, Sheikh Mohammed provided the backbone to the sale. His advisor John Ferguson struck early to see off Luke Lillingston, standing with his client Olivia Hoare, for a 460,000gns second-crop Dubawi filly from Meon Valley Stud's Reprocolor family.

"Dubawi's made a fantastic start with the likes of Poet's Voice and Sand Vixen and we're excited by him, but on top of that this was a beautiful athletic filly from one of the best families in the book. We thought she'd be one of the highlights of the week," said Ferguson, who felt the week's trade was on a par with last year.

"The figures speak for themselves, they are very similar to last year and it feels very like 12 months ago. There has been a major readjustment and breeders have been very realistic with their reserves because in order for the wheel to turn, they know they need to sell so that they can in turn pay for nominations and keep the whole thing going.

"With the Tattersalls Millions races everybody should be buying here this week, it is the best incentive that has ever been offered at a sale."

Bobby and Honora Donworth's Roundhill Stud paid 335,000gns for Listed winner Evensong at the 2007 December Sale and got their money back in one gowhen selling the Danehill Dancer filly she was carrying for 350,000gns.

Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock signed for the filly on behalf of an overseas owner with a number of horses in training in Britain. "She was a queen and the one we really wanted," said Brown. "I'm not sure where she'll be trained but the idea is that she'll become a broodmare one day."

Ballyhane Stud stallion Captain Rio whose yearling crop were conceived for a fee of just 6,000 euros returned a bumper payout for breeder Seamus Burns via a half-sister to this season's Phoenix Stakes winner Alfred Nobel.

The filly comes from New Approach's family and the Derby winner's trainer Jim Bolger, seated withowners John Corcoran and Ruari O'Coilleain, ended up as underbidder at 400,000gns for her with Cheveley Park Stud's Chris Richardson coming out best. The Aga Khan's representative Georges Rimaud and Angus Gold were among the other bidders.

"We are trying to look to the future with our broodmare band and were keen to get into a family such as that," said Richardson. Alfred Nobel is very useful and won his race on his side in the sales race at the weekend.

"We've also got the link with Pivotal through his son Captain Rio and Mr and Mrs Thompson will decided this evening on a trainer."

The October Book 1 sale concludes on Thursday with a session starting at 10.30am.





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