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Lot 1004: the Highclere-consigned son of Motivator sold for 120,000gns

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Shadwell dominate
trade at Tattersalls

Year Cat. Offered Sold Aggregate Average Median
2009 273 249 208 7,372,500 35,445 25,000
2008 282 241 178 6,218,500 34,935 28,000

A PAIR of striking colts with a 260,000gns price tag shared topped billing at Tattersalls today, when selling to different Dubai-based owners.

Although Hamdan Al Maktoum dominated trade, he was underbidder on the first of the duo, a Selkirk colt from a top-class family who was bought by trainer Paul Cole for Dr Jim and Fitri Hay, who are based in the UAE.

Amanda Perrett also lasted until nearly 200,000gns for the colt out of an unraced daughter of Yorkshire Oaks heroine My Emma, offered from her breeder Kirsten Rausing's Staffordstown.

"Usually when you outbid Sheikh Hamdan itmeans you have spent too much so we'll have to see but at least all the so called good judges were in for him," said Cole.

"He's by a Group 1 stallion and had the scope, pedigree and presence to be a good horse and that's what everybody is looking for. But he's definitely more of a three-year-old type."

But the other 260,000gns youngster, an Invincible Spirit half-brother to three winners sold from Peter Player's Whatton Manor Stud, will be racing inSheikh Hamdan's blue and white next season.

The grey had turned many heads before he came into the ring and Cole was one of those to make a serious attempt to acquire him. David O'Callaghan of Yeomanstown Stud, French agent Marc-Antoine Berghgracht and trainer Paddy Prendergast were among other bidders with Marcus Tregoning coming closest to the selling price.

"He was a bit of a standout and all the trainers seemed to love him - it was interesting to see how many judges thought he was a lovely horse," said Gold. "He would definitely have fitted in well in Book 1 and there are some cracking individuals this week who may not quite have the pedigrees.

"We are down on Book 2 numbers from last year but will hopefully get one or two more and it's good to see other money around as well as that of the Maktoums."

Gold's purchases also included a 150,000gns Azamour half-brother to US stakes winner Louvain sold from Peter and Antoinette Kavanagh's Kildaragh Stud and a 150,000gns Pivotal colt out of an unraced half-sister to Brazilian Bride sold from Denis Brosnan's County Limerick-based Croom House Stud.

Another 150,000gns Shadwell purchases was an Intikhab colt for whom Gold saw off US agent Lincoln Collins. The January-born youngster was raised at David Redvers' Tweenhills Stud and consigned through Hillwood Stud.

"We bought the dam Don't Tell Mum (for 85,000gns) in December, 2006, but disaster struck because she had a Marju filly that month," said Redvers. "But she's been to Intikhab ever since because I think he's great value as a stallion and she has a lovely colt foal thisyear."

Other six-figure Shadwell purchases included a 120,000gns Motivator colt bred by Gary and Lesley Middlebrook and sold through Highclere Stud, a 110,000gns Shamardal filly who continued a good day for Hillwood Stud and a 100,000gns daughter of Alhaarth sold by Seamus Burns' Lodge Park Stud.

Meanwhile, M V Magnier was buying for the Coolmore team and he paid 95,000gns for a colt from Footstepsinthesand's second crop sold by Kilcarn Park Stud.

A full-sister to Valbenny, the filly who went on to win a Hollywood Park Grade 2 after landing an Ayr maiden for Alan Swinbank, was even more in demand than when she appeared at Tattersalls as a foal last year.

She made 42,000gns on that occasion but 95,000gns when reoffered from Church View Stables yesterday and selling to the BBA Ireland's Eamonn Reilly.

"She's been bought for Jim Bolger and as an individual she was very nice and she's an own-sister to Valbenny," said Reilly.

The day’s 7,372,500gns turnover was up 19 per cent on last year, the 35,445gns average rose by one per cent while the 25,000gns median was down 11 per cent. The 84 per cent clearance rate compared with 74 per cent 12 months ago.




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