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Tattersalls opens year with February Sale

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Group 2 winner Anna Pavlova: her half-sister is catalogued as lot 35

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker 

THIS week's adverse weather conditions momentarily put the Tattersalls February in jeopardy, but with the worst of the weather subsiding, the tenth annual renewal of the sale will go ahead on Thursday, with the action starting at 10.30am.

Like many other winter mixed sales already held this year, the February Sale has been reduced, in this case by approximately 70 horses to 222 lots. With that in mind, it is unlikely that last year's record aggregate of 2,312,400gns and average of 15,314gns will be upheld, especially as last year's renewal was boosted by the 450,000gns sale of Alexander Tango's dam House In Wood.

While there are no lots of the calibre of House In Wood catalogued this time around, the sale still offers a buyers a wide choice.

Catalogued as lot 35 is Marie Camargo, a Kyllachy half-sister to dual Group 2 winner Anna Pavlova. Her vendor, Trickledown Stud, also consigns the half-sisters Group winners Yalaietanee (Lochmaddy: 33) and Blatant (Omission: 34).

Offered before that draft is the Listed-placed Basbousate Nadia (30), in foal to Compton Place, while later in the session, Darley sends through a draft of five well-bred fillies including Lake Ladoga (121), a half-sister to Oaks third Relish The Thought.

Also interesting on paper is Damselfly (133), a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Sapphire Ring, and Clinging Vine (138), a half-sister to Group 2 winner Lovers Knot. Scheduled to sell during the final hours is Anasy (176), a daughter of the Grade 1-placed Blue Moon.

Topping New England Stud's draft is the Listed winner Sister Bluebird (40), in foal to Cadeaux Genereux.

New England is also responsible for a three-parts yearling sister to dual Group 2-winning juvenile Strategic Prince (41). She is one of the more eye-catching of 42 yearlings which also includes a Sleeping Indian half-sister to the Group 3-placed Burnwynd Boy (49) and a close relation to Group 1 winner Chorist (76), by Singspiel.

As always, the sale also contains several useful racing prospects headed by the 105-rated Gulf Express (142), the winner of a £31,000 handicap for Sir Michael Stoute at Glorious Goodwood last season.

Sylvester Kirk's Talking Hands (179), winner of last season's Listed Winkfield Stakes, is set to make his second appearance at this sale after selling here for 19,000gns in 2007, while entered as lot 123 is the smart handicapper Capable Guest.

Several entries have won since the publication of the catalogue including Bromhead (157), Sicilian Warrior (125) and Avoir Choisi (114).

As usual, the sale will be preceded by a parade of 16 stallions at 10am.




Galileo £11,596,660
Dark Angel £3,699,044
Dubawi £3,194,697
Frankel £2,707,058
Kodiac £2,229,292
Acclamation £2,089,105
Iffraaj £2,067,853
Sea The Stars £1,923,734
Nathaniel £1,880,694
Invincible Spirit £1,699,882