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Sinndar filly tops Tattersalls December yearling sale

Filly maintains Sinndar's fine sale results over the recent weeks

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker 


Filly by Sinndar tops December Yearling Sale

A SMATTERING of high-budget buyers seized the final opportunity of 2008 to pick up yearlings at Tattersalls on the opening day of the December Sale with Sussex trainer William Knight and agent Liam Norris collecting the dearest lot to change hands when spending €170,000.

Their sale-topper was a Barronstown Stud-bred Sinndar half-sister to the 2002 1,000 Guineas third Alasha, who had made €280,000 at the Goffs Million Sale last month and had plenty of fanciers second time around.

Agents Peter Doyle and underbidder Charlie Gordon-Watson provided Knight andNorris with their main opposition for a filly who was bought as both a racing and long-term breeding prospect.


Lucky: William Knight

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham 

"She is for an owner who has a two-year-old with me at the moment and was looking for a filly who could become a foundation mare," said Knight. "We tried for a few at part one of the October Sale but it was very tough there and this was the only one on our list today.

"She will always have residual value and she was a really nice, athletic filly. There's always a good one that comes out of this sale, such as Nahoodh and Moonstone.

"I've got about 20 yearlings this year, including some very nice ones from Keeneland, and although I'll have about 40 in training next year, the same number as this season, the quality has been improving all the time.

"I'm lucky that I've got some good existing clients who have supported me well so haven't been too affected too much by the economy. Personally I think it could be the yearling sales next year when we really feel the effect."

Knight's purchase continued a remarkable run for Sinndar - his daughters Four Sins and Rayina respectively topped the Goffs breeding stock sale on Saturday and Sunday.

Yesterday's trade mirrored many previous sales this autumn with the 1,997,000gns aggregate and 19,388gns average the lowest for this sale since 2001. The median of 8,500gns dropped by 43 per cent on last year while the 55 per cent clearance rate compared with 66 per cent 12 months ago.

Mizzen Mast colt makes 140,000gns
Auctioneer Philip Myerscough introduced a US-bred Mizzen Mast half-brother to the Group 1-placed Millie's Quest as "one of the nicest colts this year, never mind this sale."

Breeze-up consignor Willie Browne, underbidder John Ferguson and successful buyer Gill Richardson all empathised with Myerscough's sentiments as the grey changed hands for 140,000gns.

Richardson was buying for owner Jaber Abdullah, for whom she had purchased a notably successful grey - Nahoodh - for just 19,000gns at this sale two years ago.

"He was a lovely athletic horse but I am not sure where he will be trained at the moment," said Richardson. The coltwas offered by the day's leading vendor John Troy and had been withdrawn from part one of the October Sale like several other of the locally-based consignor's offerings.

Ferguson buys filly by King's Best
John Ferguson continued a busy autumn of buying for Darley with his shopping headed by a 100,000gns King's Best filly out of a half-sister to Rafha, who cost marginally less than the 140,000 euros she made at the Goffs Million Sale when offeredby Kennycourt Stud.

Ferguson's acquisitions also included an 85,000gns Shamardal colt consigned by John Troy and a 75,000gns Whatton Manor Stud-bred son of Oasis Dream who had been withdrawn from the Doncaster St Leger Sale.

Rakti colt joins Richard Hannon
Agent Peter Doyle saw off Gill Richardson for a member of Rakti's first crop, a 75,000gns half-brother to French Listed winner Hopes And Fears bred by Kevin Foley and consigned from Paul McCartan's Ballyphilip Stud. The colt will join Richard Hannon.

Several lots were more highly prized by their vendors than the market, most notably a Kilfrush Stud-bred Cape Cross filly out of a half-sister to LastTycoon who became the dearest not sold at a European sale this year when bought in for 410,000gns through Michael Bell.

The start of selling at today's pipe-opener to the December Foal Sale has been put back half an hour until 11am.




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