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shamardal 14 june 05

Shamardal: a colt out of Ridotto topped day one of Book 3 when selling to Blandford Bloodstock for 50,000gns

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham 

Clearance rate improves at Book 3 of Tattersalls

Day one Book 3 October Sale comparative figures (gns)

 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2009  283  252  194  77  1,842,300  9,496  7,000
 2008  294  257  175  68  2,012,500  11,500  8,000

TRADING at Book 3 of Tattersalls' October Yearling Sale, which began in Newmarket yesterday morning, was a far cry from its two higher-profile predecessors but as in Books 1 and 2 trade largely held up to its2008 levels.

The top price came 10 lots into the day via a Shamardal half-brother to 2004 Cherry Hinton and Lowther Stakes runner-up Salsa Brava. Bred by Mick Doyle's Crone Stud Farm and sold through John Cullinan's Horse Park Stud, he will remain in Newmarket after realising 50,000gns.

Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock, acting for trainer David Simcock, signalled the successful bid with another Newmarket handler, Marco Botti, the disappointed party.


"He was a lovely colt and obviously the stallion has made a fantastic start this season," said Brown. "I think David has a couple more to get and will finalise the ownership of everything after that. Trade has been fantastic and the competition was particularly ferocious in Book 2, it's been tough to buy throughout."

A Singspiel colt out of a half-sister to Italian Oaks heroine Zanzibar sold from Peter Stanley's locally-based New England Stud will race in Lord Shanakill's colours next season.
Michael Donohoe of BBA Ireland outbid Curragh trainer Ken Condon for the colt, who realised 39,000gns.

"He's been bought for Mark Gittins and I've been mad keen to get a Singspiel all year," said Donohoe. "He's an international sire who gets horses that go on any surface and most importantly the individual fitted the bill."

The only Kirkwall yearling in any of the October books, A half-brother to five winners offered from Bob McCreery's Stowell Hill Stud, will follow in the steps of one of the sire's best runners after selling for 35,000gns to Newmarket handler JamesEustace.

James Eustace - Trainer

James Eustace: will train a 35,000gns son of Kirkwall


"He's been bought for Jeff Smith, who stood Kirkwall at Littleton Stud, and the sire was responsible for one of the best horses Jeff has had with me in Orcadian, who was an extraordinary horse who sadly had to be put down this year," said Eustace.


"Bob (McCreery)had a Kirkwall who went through the equivalent sale four years and she turned out to be the Listed winner Ronaldsay. We bid on her then but weren't bold enough so didn't get her.

"I saw this colt and thought he was lovely so gaveJeff a ring, which is very unlike me, and he said that as he I only rang him every five years with that sort of call that I should keep bidding until he said stop.

"Jeff's late racing manager Ron Sheather, who sadly died earlier this year, would have approved of the it all. He believed things like this were meant to happen so we hope it all works out."




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