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Princesse Dansante fetches 1.7 million

Comparative figures: tattersalls mares' sale day two
2008 277 209 143 68 13,811,800 96,586 45,000
2007 301 261 179 69 36,048,500 201,589 85,0

BLUE-BLOODED French Listed winner Princesse Dansante, whose racing career finished when second to Anna Pavlova in a Longchamp Group 2 on Arc weekend last year, made 1.7 million gns when selling to Sheikh Mohammed at Tattersalls on Tuesday.

As the five-year-old, offered in foal to Dansili, strolled into a packed sale ring, auctioneer Alastair Pim announced "you won't see a better mare with a better pedigree for sale this year" and "never mind Jose, this is the special one."

A myriad of different buyers were in agreement. Cathy Grassick, Charlie Gordon-Watson, Lodge Park Stud's Seamus Burns and David Nagle of Barronstown Stud were among those who put in substantial six-figure offers while it was John Warren, standing with Andreas Jacobs of Newsells Park Stud, who hit1 million gns.


Princesse Dansante: top lot at Tattersalls on Tuesday

  PICTURE: Tattersalls 

But that was Warren's final attempt as Sheikh Mohammed's advisor John Ferguson entered the fray with a 1.05 million gns bid, followed 50,000gns later by Coolmore's Paul Shanahan, who was taking instructions be telephone but relented when his final 1.6 million gns bid was passed.

"She's a very special mare, a real beauty from a great family, shewas really athletic and has a great cover. We're excited to have her," said Ferguson. "I expect we'll send her to Teofilo. He's a grandson of Sadler's Wells and the family have done well with that line and she's by a son of Kingmambo and that'sa cross that has worked well.

"We're standing young horses such as Manduro, Teofilo, Authorized and Raven's Pass and having made such a big investment it's important we give them every opportunityto succeed and buy the appropriate mares to go to them, such as Saoirse Abu and this one. It gives them a real chance.

"If other people are breeding to these stallions they have to know we are putting our money where our mouthis, especially with these young sires although obviously we can't send everything to them, you have to have a balance.

"It's something we've been doing over the last three or four years and we're excited by things here, in America and Japan, where we're also looking to get mares to breed from. As long as the boss is enjoying it and things are going in the right direction that's the main thing."

Ferguson, who later paid 460,000gns for the French Group 3-winning three-year-old Leo's Starlet, 425,000gns for Windsor Forest Stakes winner Sabina Perdida and 280,000gns for Treat, confirmed that Saoirse Abu and Princesse Dansante had been Sheikh Mohammed's only two other purchases up to that time.
Princesse Dansante had been trained by Francois Doumen for Tony Smurfit and was sold through Bill Dwan's Castlebridge Consignment.

So Silk heads to Fittocks Stud
The unraced four-year-old So Silk,another among Dansili's choice book this year, will join the elite broodmare team owned by her former trainer Luca Cumani and his wife Sara at their Fittocks Stud near Newmarket after making 480,000gns.

The Rainbow Quest mare - offered by the late Gerald Leigh's children Sarah and Robin - is a daughter of Cumani's Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Gossamer, a niece of his Breeders' Cup Mile hero Barathea and a half-sister to last season's Racing Post Trophy winner Ibn Khaldun.

"I'm just begin to learn about this family!" joked Cumani. "It's a great page, you can't get much better than that and although she was not cheap I think she would have made more in past years.

"She'sa fantastic mare for our stud - we only have 10 mares and try to cover them all well. She is in foal to a very good stallion and is carrying a filly so we will keep that"

Gestüt Fährhof gets Tenderly
Early on, Andreas Jacobs - buying for his family's Gestut Fahrhof in Germany - spent 525,000gns on the only mare in the catalogue covered by top US stallion Unbridled's Song, nine-year-old Tenderly.

The daughter of Danehill, for whom Katsumi Yoshida's Northern Farm were underbidders, is the dam of US Grade 3 winner Ten Meropa and a half-sister to both Pride and the dam of Speciosa, Drifting, a Fairyhouse maiden winner in Derrick Smith's colours. She was one of the 170 mares covered by Dylan Thomas in his first season at Coolmore last year and her pedigree has had a major update since she last appeared at Tattersalls when bought for 340,000gns by Demi O'Byrne as a yearling.

Since then her uncle New Approach has lit up the family and she left the sale ring with a 420,000gns valuation after selling to Blandford Bloodstock's Richard Brown.

"She's for an existing client and will be staying in Europe," said Brown. "We'll think carefully about who we cover her with next year. She was a gorgeous physical with a huge black page and she is by Sadler's Wells, who has really done it as a broodmare sire."

Reflective makes her money
Reflective, offered by John Troy for Richard Santulli's Colt's Neck Stables, was another to prove popular with her Montjeu covering. A half-sister to Bosra Sham and Hector Protector, she was bought for 550,000gns bya client of Anthony Stroud.

Vendors of a couple of the most highly-prized mares proved reluctant to sell on their choice mares including 16-year-old Sacarina, the dam of three German classic winners, who was bought in for 800,000gns and Rahayeb, mother of Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational winner Lahudood, who returns home after making 750,000gns.

As on Monday, yesterday’s trade fell well short of last year’s record-breaking figures. The 13,811,800gns turnover fell by 62 per cent, the 96,586gns average was down 52 per cent and the 45,000gns median dropped by 47 per cent. The clearance rate was 68 per cent.

The sale continues on Wednesday at 9.30am.




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