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Tattersalls sale and parade survive the snow

TODAY's February Sale at Tattersalls has gone ahead as planned despite snowfall across the country that prevented some lots and several would-be buyers getting to Newmarket.

A National Stud-sponsored pre-sale stallion parade began at 10am with depleted numbers - five of the 16 sires scheduled to appear did not make it to Park Paddocks.

Assertive, based at Throckmorton Court Stud in Worcestershire, Bertolini, Proclamation and Zafeen from Overbury Stud near Cheltenham as well as Multiplex, who stands in Shropshire at Mickley Stud, were all absentees.

But David Redvers of Gloucestershire-based Tweenhills Stud managed to get his two representatives, Ishiguru andLucky Story, to Newmarket.

"We decided to bring the stallions up last night and they had a perfect run and arrived by 5.30pm," said Redvers. "And I'm obviously very glad we brought them when we did.

"I was actually going to come up this morning but my personal assistant Hannah Wall saw the forecast and said we should travel last night - there wasn't much point in the stallions being there without us and we've had quite good interest.

"It sounds pretty bad at home, my wife couldn't get our son to school this morning, and Simon Sweeting from Overbury Stud, close to us, sent me a text at 4.45am telling me how bad the snow was and that I'd have trouble getting to Newmarket, I felt a bit smug telling him we were already here."

Newcomers to the British stallion rankson show were Black Sam Bellamy from Shade Oak Stud in Shropshire, Newsells Park Stud'sMount Nelson andthe Japanese-bred son Sunday Silence Vita Rosa, based at Kirsten Rausing's Lanwades Stud in Newmarket.

The line up was completed by Araafa, who stands at Plantation Stud, the National Stud's Cockney Rebel, Phoenix Reach and Pastoral Pursuits and Notnowcato from Stanley House Stud.




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