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Colt Top Spin heads buoyant day at Tatts July

ON an opening session of the Tattersalls July Sale dominated by breeding prospects, it was one of the day's few colts who proved the standout when selling for 175,000gns as a jumping prospect.

Indeed the John Murphy-trained Top Spin, who finished runner-up in a premier handicap at the Curragh on Irish Derby day, was the only lot to realise six figures at a sale where the mares and fillies on offer lacked the class of some past years.
Anthony Bromley made an early play for Top Spin but it was J P McManus's racing manager Frank Berry, standing on a back staircase with Jonjo O'Neill, who struck the decisive bid while agent Alastair Donald, acting for an Australian client, came off second best.

"He has been bought to go jumping but I can't say a lot more than that," said Berry before dashing off to geta plane. The Cape Cross colt is expected to go to McManus's Martinstown Stud in County Limerick before going into training.

The seven-year-old Eclaircie, a daughter of Gold Away's Group 3-winning half-sister Blushing Gleam, was offered with a May Paco Boy cover although it was a March-born Dubawi colt foal who came as part of the lot that may have been the biggest selling point of the three-in-one package.

The Thunder Gulch mare will be joining the foal's father atSheikh Mohammed's Newmarket breeding operation after Jono Mills, who runs the Darley offshoot Rabbah Bloodstock, came good with a 85,000gns bid.

"She'll be boarding at Dalham Hall Stud and was a gorgeous mare. She's been bought for Rabbah Bloodstock and obviously the Dubawi foal was a big attraction," said Mills.

Cliveden Stud home-bred Trishuli, a full-sister to Group winners High Pitched and Imperial Stride and a half-sibling to Derby fourth Hala Bek, may never have seen a racecourse but caught the eyes of many as a breeding prospect.

The daughter of Indian Ridge was among the second book of mares covered by the Cliveden-bred Mount Nelson at Newsells Park Stud this year.

Michael Donohoe of BBA Ireland saw off first Richard Frisby and then David Redvers at 80,000gns for her.

"Indian Ridge is such a good broodmare sire and they don't make mares by him any more," said Donohoe. "She's for an existing client in Ireland and will be going to Coolmore for her next cover."

Anthony Penfold paid 60,000gns for another of Mount Nelson's 2011 book, the 14-year-old mare Franglais, dam of 2008 Windsor Castle Stakes winner Flashmans Papers and Tom Tate's unbeaten two-year-old Parc De Launay.

"She's going to Ireland but I can't say any more than that," said Penfold. "I thought she would make 50,000-60,000gns and perhaps a bit more. It's hard to buy a proper pedigree like that now.

"She's a pretty mare and Alex Cole, who is racing manager to Parc De Launay's owner Jim, tells me he was underbidder so they obviously like that horse. I'm a big fan of Mount Nelson and we've got a lovely yearling at home by him."

Moments after his gelded equine namesake scored at Kempton yesterday, David Redvers spent 70,000gns on the dearest members of a sizeable Darley offering, the unraced Green Desert three-year-old Amallna, a half-sister to Nassau Stakes winner Zahrat Dubai.

"She has been bought as an investment and we'll decide whether we resell her in December or cover her and offer her next year. Sadly she can't got to Makfi as he is out of a Green Desert mare," said Redvers.

"I thought this was a pretty disappointing catalogue quality-wise but there has been a great buzz to the day and it is starting to feel like thingsare picking up. There were a lot of new, fresh faces around, which is good to see."
Despite the absence of stars, the day produced figures that all showed advances on 2010.




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