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Rip Van Winkle - Goodwood - 29.07.09

An Ad Valorem half-sister to Wednesday's Sussex Stakes winner Rip Van Winkle is scheduled to sell at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Sale

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham 

Winkle half-sister to sell
at Tattersalls October

A HALF-sister to Wednesday's brilliant Sussex Stakes winner Rip Van Winkle is likely tobe one of the star attractions of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Sale, which is set for October 6-9.

Consigned by Jamie Railton on behalf of breeder Roberto Brogi, the filly is a first crop daughter of Middle Park and Queen Anne Stakes winner Ad Valorem, and the third foal out of the Listed-placed Stravinsky mare Looking Back.

The further reaches of the family also include the high-class dual-purpose performer Alderbrook and Grade 1 winner Danish.

"Rip Van Winkle looked outstanding in the Sussex Stakes and obviously we're delighted that Roberto Brogi chose to sell his filly at Book 1, in which the only George Washington yearling in the world has also been catalogued," said Jimmy George, marketing director of Tattersalls.

Unsurprisingly, Railton, who was the leading consigner at Book 1 in 2006, is looking forward to consigning the filly. Speaking from Goodwood on Wednesday, he said: "She is a very exciting yearling to have in our draft, especially given how well Rip Van Winkle won the Sussex Stakes. You'd have to think that there is still a bit more to come from him.

"She's a lovely filly and will arrive from Italy on Monday."

Although still confined to three days, George reported that this year's Book 1 will be up on numbers from last year when 610 yearlings were catalogued.

"Book 1 will be a little bigger than last year which I thinkreflects the success of the 2008 sale," said George. "We've also had a positive response to the new Tattersalls Millions race series."

Books 2 and 3 will be virtually on a par with last year's figures at 800 and 450 yearlings respectively. However, the sales company has opted not to stage a Book 4, which attracted just 158 yearlings last year.

"We set out to catalogue between 1,800 to 2,000 yearlings for the entire October Sale and we've got 1,900, so we're very pleased," said George.

 

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