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Lush Lashes: the daughter of Galileo will visit Sea The Stars net year

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Lush Lashes heads lively Tattersalls mares trade

TATTS DECEMBER BREEDING STOCK DAY 1 FIGURES
Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2009  262  217  173  80  10,908,000  63,052  19,000
 2008  312  241  168  70  11,469,500  68,271  16,750


THREE-time Group 1 winner Lush Lashes headed a lively first breeding stock session of Tattersalls' December Sale in Newmarket today when making 1.8 million gns after trainer Jim Bolger bought out his partner in the four-year-old.

Seamus Burns kicked off bidding at 500,000gns for the daughter of Galileo - winner of last season's Nassau Stakes, Yorkshire Oaks and Matron Stakes - but there looked to be few other interested parties by the time the auctioneer's hammer came down in favour of Bolger's representative, agent Luke Lillingston.

Trainer Jim Bolger

Lush Lashes's trainer Jim Bolger

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Although the transaction went down as a vendor buy-back, Bolger stated that he was purchasing the share in Lush Lashes previously owned by Paddy Power co-founder John Corcoran, and the trainer plans to send his mare to Sea The Stars next year.

"I've bought out my partner and he's happy and I'm happy," saidthe Coolcullen trainer. "He's not keen to have too many broodmares and we agreed we'd put her up for sale.

"I think it was a fair price, I deemed it value at that. She would have made more in the past but we have to deal with realities.

"She was a super racemare and hopefully she'll be a super broodmare. She's still the only animal to win a million first time out (having landed the Goffs Fillies' Million on her debut) and is likely to be for some time."

Bolger also revealed that this season's 1,000 Guineas runner-up Cuis Ghaire had been retired and will also be heading to Sea The Stars.

"I've applied for seven mares to go to Sea The Stars and hopefully Cuis Ghaire and her dam Scribonia will also be going to him," he added. "The other one of mine coming back from the sale is Maoineach and she should be easy to breed from with her pedigree - she can go to any stallion in Europe.

"The broodmares don't take up too much of my time except for a week at Christmas when we plan the matings. It works well because we have one farm in Wexford and one in Carlow and I don't have much to do with the progeny until they come to me as yearlings."


Irish 1,000 Guineas runner-up Lahaleeb, winner of last month's E P Taylor Stakes in Canada, realised 1 million gns after jockey John Egan outbid first US agent Tom Ryan and then Richard Frisby for the three-year-old.

Egan, who expects to be back riding in Britain more frequently next season, would reveal little about his client.

"She's been bought for a man I've known for a long time and she'll certainly go out to Dubai for the Carnival," said Egan. "She's a lovely filly and I've watched her through the season. She's competed at the highest level and the distance she won over last time (10 furlongs) is more her trip.

"There are a lot of races open to her worldwide and we'll have to sit down and cherry pick her targets. She'll definitely be bred from eventually."

Investec Oaks third High Heeled, a six-length winner of the St Simon Stakes on her latest start, is also staying in training after agent James Wigan paid 600,000gns for the filly with Michel Zerolo of Oceanic Bloodstock coming off second best.

"She's been bought for a longstanding client and will bestaying in training in Newmarket," said Wigan, who acts as racing manager to George Strawbridge. "She's a very athletic filly with a proven record. There are better opportunities now for older fillies and you could pay that amount for a couple of nice yearlings and not get a Group winner."

Jim Bolger's draft had plenty of admirers and among the other standouts were Athasi Stakes winner Prima Luce, who was offered in foal to Shamardal and sold for 560,000gns to Charlie Gordon-Watson, acting for the Breeding Capital investment partnership.

"We thought we'd got the best model in the sale, she was the best here by a long way," said Gordon-Watson.

Several choice lots will be heading to Australia including Bolger's Irish 1,000 Guineas third Oh Goodness Me, who was bought for 400,000gns by Adrian Nicoll of BBA Ireland.

"She's been bought for a Victorian breeder whose been in the game a long time with a new partner and she'll go down there and be sent to the best there is.

"I thought we might have to pay a bit more and I'm delighted because she was one of our naps of the sale," said Nicoll, who is attending his 40th DecemberSale.

Park Hill Stakes heroine The Miniver Rose could become a 2010 Melbourne Cup contender after being bought by Australian agent Gary Mudgeway for 340,000gns on behalf of Peter Carrick's Lakeview Resources, also now part-owner of Dr Fremantle.

"We are going to aim at the biggest one and then work our way back. We came up to buy a nice race filly to have a crack at the big races and wanted a filly with substance who would get a bit of ground (get a trip)," said Mudgeway.

"We also wanted something that could go on firmer tracks and for us this was the nicest filly in the value range we could bid, obviously we'd have loved Lush Lashes.

"High Chaparral was the big plus for us, everyone is very excited by him and to have a Cox Plate and Derby winner in his first crop is pretty amazing. I think he is going to be a very, very influential sire and he is doing it in both hemispheres."

Tom Goff of Blandford Bloodstock, standing with Coolmore's Paul Shanahan, paid 460,000gns for Harry Dunlop's Cheveley Park Stakes third Festoso while San Sicharia, bought by Paddy Twomey for 165,000gns at this sale 12 months ago, was resold for 370,000gns to Andreas Putsch of Haras de Saint Pair having won a Group 3 in the interim.

"I like to buy mares where Northern Dancer is not too close up in the pedigree, it's very important these days," said Putsch, who has about 20 mares. "She was correct, very athletic and we already have Celebre Vadala from the same family."

A choice duo offered from Dermot and Perle O'Rourke's locally-based Plantation Stud both ended up in theownership of Andreas Jacobs and family.

Yummy Mummy, a full-sister to Fame And Glory offered in foal to Dalakhani, was bought for 460,000gns to head to the family's Newsells Park Stud while Jacobs himself bid 330,000gns for Tu Eres MiAmore, a sister to Listen and Sequoyah who will head to his Gestut Fahrhof in Germany.

John Clarke, manager to Sea The Stars' owners the Tsui family, tried for many of the better lots and secured Group 3 Phoenix Sprint Stakes heroine Girouette for 380,000gns as a possible mate for the six-time Group 1 winner.

 

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TOP TEN

STALLION £ TOTAL PRIZE
Galileo £10,647,143
Dark Angel £3,008,962
Dubawi £2,934,398
Kodiac £2,222,880
Acclamation £2,085,631
Frankel £1,958,689
Nathaniel £1,879,961
Sea The Stars £1,873,321
Iffraaj £1,752,685
Invincible Spirit £1,692,997