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Sons of Invincible Spirit dominate Tatts Guineas

Tattersalls Guineas Breeze-up comparative figures (gns)
 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2010  147  131  83  63  2,149,500  25,898  20,000
 2009  167  138  74  54  2,819,200  38,097  25,000

TATTERSALLS' Guineas Breeze-Up Sale in Newmarket on Thursday produced its lowest median and average in the event's four-year history although the day's 63 per cent clearance rate was at least an advance on last year's figure of 54 per cent.

Turnover fell by 24 per cent to 2,149,500gns while the 25,898gns average and 20,000gns median declined respectively by 32 per cent and 20 percent.

The sale-topper was an Invincible Spirit colt who had come to Newmarket for the Craven Sale two weeks earlier but had to be withdrawn after cutting himself after taking part in a practice breeze.

A full-brother to the two-year-old Listed winner Stevie Gee, he had cost his vendor Willie Slattery €48,000 as a yearling at Goffs and looks set to race for one of Sheikh Mohammed's entities after making 220,000gns yesterday.

Dick O'Gorman, a key member of Darley's buying team, hid on a back staircase as he fought off a string of would-be buyers. Ed Sackville of Kern Lillingston was one of those, as was owner Andrew Tinkler, who dropped out at 180,000gns, while it was agent David Redvers who came closest to the selling price.

"He was only here because he couldn't sell at the premier sale and was definitely the nicest horse today," said O'Gorman. "He was on our shortlist after he did his first breeze at the last sale and he looks a typical Invincible Spirit, a real two-year-old with a sharp pedigree. We'll be alright if he's as good as Vale Of York!"

O'Gorman was responsible for the only other six-figure transaction when bidding 100,000gns to see off County Kildare-based owner Norman Steel to get another son of Invincible Spirit.

This March-born youngster had been bought for €46,000 as a yearling at Goffs and was reoffered from Tom Whitehead's Powerstown Stud.

Cousins Bobby and Robin O'Ryan each signed for a couple of the dearer lots. Robin bid 75,000gns to see off Harry Dunlop, Adam Driver and Ross Doyle for Mr Greeley's only offering, a colt who had cost Eddie O'Leary $170,000 as a foal at Keeneland but failed to sell as a yearling.

"He's been bought for an existing client with Richard Fahey," said O'Ryan. "He breezed very well and looked a mid-season type of two-year-old with a bit of scope."

Bobby O'Ryan paid 76,000gns for a Street Cry colt from Affirmed family's who will return to Ken Condon's Curragh stable in new ownership. "I saw him breeze well last week and he's been bought for Iona Equine," said O'Ryan.

Tinkler, who made a big splash at the Craven Sale, did not leave yesterday's event empty-handed - outbidding Charlie Gordon-Watson to get a 65,000gns Ballygallon Stud-bred Selkirk colt consigned from Mocklershill and spending 60,000gns on a daughter of Intikhab sold by John Hassett's Bloodstock Connection.

A US-bred El Prado colt continued a good day for Powerstown Stud when making 52,000gns. Larry Stratton signed the buyer's ticket onbehalf of a syndicate including owners Kevin O'Sullivan and Alan McNamara. "He'll be going to Oghill House Stud for a month before we finalise where he goes into training," said O'Sullivan.

What they are saying:
Dick O'Gorman: "The standard was considerably lower than at the Craven Sale but I think the top lot made his full price, I don't think he suffered from being here. But there was not the depth of market for moderate horses which isn't surprising giving the prize money situation, even with the bonuses at this sale."

Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony: "As well as a top price which exceeded the 170,000gns sale-topper at last year's Guineas Breeze-Up, we were pleased that the clearance rate also significantly improved on last year. Having said that, we would still like to have seen a higher percentage of lots sold andthe sale has graphically demonstrated the old adage of ‘breeze well, sell well'. Nevertheless, while there is little doubt that the market remains selective, numerous buyers have remarked that there has been plenty of competition for quality horses."




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