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A sister to Mikhail Glinka from the immediate family of Sir Percy (far right) topped the Tattersalls December Yearling Sale at 275,000gns

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham 


Tatts December opens with vibrant yearling sale

Tattersalls December Yearling  Sale figures (gns)

 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2009  249  195  153  78  3,486,700  22,789  11,000
 2008  237  187  103  55  1,997,000  19,388  8,500

SEVERAL big-budgeted purchasersseized the final opportunity pick up a yearling at Tattersalls in 2009 yesterday, headed by the Duke of Bedford, a director of the Newmarket-based auction company.

The Duke, who is a partner in Bloomsbury Stud with his mother Henrietta, saw off first agent James Wigan and finally, at 275,000gns, Blandford Bloodstock's Tom Goff for a full-sister to Aidan O'Brien's recent Criterium de Saint-Cloud runner-up Mikhail Glinka.

"She's going to John Hammond. You can't buy a more exciting page and let's hope she's as good as her brother, who looks a very exciting prospect," said the Duke. "My partner in the stud is not best pleased and I suspect in time I'll be looking for another partner!"

The filly, who was offered for her Australian breeder Paul Makin through the Castlebridge Consignment, is out of Lady Karr, a full-sister to Sir Percy.


Eddie Stobart CEO AndrewTinkler, who topped last month's Tattersalls Horses In Training Sale when paying 400,000gns for Royal Diamond, picked up another regally-bred filly through agent Dwayne Woods.

She was a High Chaparral sibling to three black-type scorers, including Diamond Green, from a top Lagardere family. Consigned from breeder Maurice Burns' Rathasker Stud, she had been bought ‘in utero' inside her mother Diamonaka at Deauville for 110,000 euros in December 2007.

Adrian Nicoll of BBA Ireland, standing with Paul Shanahan, was also taken by the filly but he came off second best to Woods and Tinkler at 210,000gns.

"She was a really nice filly," said Tinkler. "It's a good page and she will be not just for racing but hopefully we can breed from her in the future. We picked out a few and Dwayne has helped us narrow down the list and this filly was top of the tree.

"She's going to Tom Dascombe, whose Cheshire yard we sponsor, and I also have a Kyllachy yearling colt there. We had a couple of horses at the stable when Nicky Vaughan trained there."

Trainer Amanda Perrett. Mark Cranham.

Amanda Perrett: will train the 190,000gns son of Pivotal

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham 

Amanda Perrett ensured the day's biggest pinhooking success when seeing off Goff to get a Pivotal colt from Red Bloom and Ibn Bey's family for 190,000gns. The April-born youngster had been bought by Brendan Morrin of Pier House Stud for just 16,000gns in the same ring a year ago.

"He was always a great mover as a foal and he just did very well over the summer," said Morrin, who runs the stud with his brother Ger.

"He was meant to come here for book 2 of the October Sale but had a bit of a temperature and he ended up as a bit of a standout today. We knew he was a lovely horse but would have been delighted if he'd made even 70,000gns or 80,000gns."

Perrett was buying for owner John Connolly, whose flagbearer Tungsten Strike was retired after running at Ascot in September.

"John's been a great supporter and gets a couple of nice young horses each year," said Perrett. "This was a lovely big, rangy horse and I'm delighted to get him.

"We'd been looking at the earlier yearling sales for something by a good stallion from a decent family but unfortunately we kept meeting Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Hamdan and I think we'd have had trouble buying this colt at those sales."

The great Sadler's Wells has been responsible for many momentous events at Park Paddocks over the past couple of decades and his final three yearlings to be offered at public auction appeared yesterday.

They were headed by a colt out of Michael Tabor's 2003 Irish Oaks runner-up L'Ancresse, who will remain in Newmarket after selling for 160,000gns to Tom Goff.

"He's for an owner who keeps horses with John Gosden and was as nice a middle-distance colt as I've seen here today," said Goff.

"He was the best model out of the mare and he's out of a Darshaan mare so it's a stallion's pedigree."

The sale bounced back from a disappointing renewal in 2008 to produce a 3,486,700gns turnover, up 75 per cent on last year.

The 11,000gns median was up 29 per cent while the 22,789gns average rose by 18 per cent. There was a solid 78 per cent clearance rate.




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