Aussie buyers help fire record start to Tattersalls Book 2

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Australian buyers Mick Price, Michael Kent Jnr and Spicer Thoroughbreds were in action on a record-breaking start to Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, while trainer Annabel Neasham is set to gain a promising Lope De Vega (Ire) colt.

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At A Glance

The first day of Book 2 saw records for turnover, average and median for a session at Book 2

The day featured 212 sales at a clearance rate of 86 per cent

The aggregate of 18,935,500 gns (AU$36.8 million) is up 24 per cent on last year's corresponding session

The average jumped 27 per cent year on year to 89,318 gns (AU$174,000), while the median climbed 35 per cent to 70,000 gns (AU$136,000)

Noel Wilson paid 250,000 gns (AU$486,000) for a Lope De Vega (Ire) colt which is headed to Australia to be trained by Neasham

AC Elliott secured a colt by Almanzor (Fr) for 160,000 gns (AU$311,000) on behalf of Spicer Thoroughbreds

Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr continued their international buying spree, paying 75,000 gns (AU$146,000) for filly by Teofilo (Ire)

Wilson broadening his racing horizons

Part-owner in ruling G1 Cox Plate favourite Zaaki (GB) (Leroidesanimaux {Brz}), Noel Wilson, signed the docket on Lot 657, a colt Lope De Vega (Ire) from Ballyhimikin Stud, at 250,000 gns (AU$486,000), is headed to Annabel Neasham's Warwick Farm stables.

Wilson, who is based in Kent and is a former Sun racing editor who is also involved in property and other investments, has horses in training with Eoghan O'Neill as well as Francis Graffard and Christophe Ferland under his Just Wow Ltd. banner and has taken shares of horses in Australia.

Noel Wilson | Image courtesy of Tattersalls

Wilson also bought an Australia (GB) colt out of G3 Sweet Solera S. winner Nations Alexander (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) from Book 1 last week for 200,000 gns (AU$388,000), and said he hopes to send his new purchases to British-born, Australian-based trainer Neasham.

Of the Lope De Vega colt, Wilson said, “He's very classy. He vetted superbly, he was a standout at the Sale. I'm just looking for a good horse. There is quite a bit of stamina in the two I've bought-this one has a bit more speed, maybe a mile and a quarter. You never know.”

“He's (Lot 657) very classy. He vetted superbly, he was a standout at the Sale." - Noel Wilson

“I live in Kent but I've never had a horse in England,” Wilson said. “I've had horses in Australia come 10th and pick up 1500-quid. That's not the deciding factor, but it's indicative of what's going on. If you look at Australia, I've seen 90-rated horses place in Group 1s, and the money–if you have a horse that does have ability, you only have to look at some of the examples recently. I'm not really rich enough to support British racing.”

The Lope De Vega colt is out of the Listed-winning and Group 3-placed Kambura (Fr) (Literato {Fr}), who was bought by Stroud Coleman Bloodstock for €220,000 (AU$346,000) at Arqana December in 2016. She is a half-sister to four stakes horses and the Lope De Vega colt is her third foal. She produced a colt by Night Of Thunder (Ire) this year and was covered by Pinatubo (Ire).

Lot 657 - Lope De Vega (Ire) x Kambura (Fr) (colt) | Image courtesy of Tattersalls

Wilson also purchased Lot 515, a colt by Camelot (GB) out of Elltaaf (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) for 40,000 gns (AU$78,000).

Spicer steps in for Almanzor colt

Spicer Thoroughbreds and agent Alex Elliott had secured a Camelot (GB) colt in Book 1 and were active again as Book 2 began, going to 160,000 gns (AU$311,000) for a colt (Lot 703) by Cambridge stud resident Almanzor (Fr) from Kilminfoyle House Stud, and he too is headed to the stables of Lindsey Smith.

"He's an unbelievable sire, and I loved his yearlings here and I actually bid on a few of them. They were quite expensive and it seems to be cheaper to go overseas to buy them," Brad Spicer told TDN AusNZ.

Lot 703 - Almanzor (Fr) x Loredana (Fr) (colt) | Image courtesy of Tattersalls

"You just get that nice pedigree and I was looking for stayers. His mum was a French stakes-Graded mare and we are hoping to look for those nice cups horse's in the future and that is the plan."

"He's (Almanzor) an unbelievable sire, and I loved his yearlings here and I actually bid on a few of them. They were quite expensive and it seems to be cheaper to go overseas to buy them." - Brad Spicer

The colt is out of stakes-placed mare Loredana (Fr) (Azamour {Ire}), who has produced two winners, including Laladann (Fr) (Medicean {GB}) a six-time jumps winner. Loredana is a half-sister to a trio of French stakes winners from the family of Group 1 winner and Champion Sire Linamix (Fr).

Spicer, who has travelled to Newmarket and purchased himself in the past, has been working with Elliott to source yearlings and 2-year-olds out of the English and European sales.

"I'm very fortunate to have met Alex in Germany quite a few years ago and we hit it off. We’ve stayed friends ever since and obviously when COVID hit, I have had to lean on Alex and I'm happy to do so," he said.

Brad Spicer | Image courtesy of Bronwen Healy

"We bought some very nice horses last year at Tattersalls and Goffs and when they got off the plane they were very much like Alex described to me, so I have full trust in him to get the job done again."

Spicer and Elliott combined to buy another Almanzor (Fr) colt, the half-brother to Group 1-performed import Dice Roll (Fr) (Showcasing {GB}), at the Arqana Breeze Up Sale in May.

Their connection with that sireline was also enhanced with the purchase of Lot 494, the Camelot colt in Book 1 last week for 135,000 gns (AU$262,000). He is out of a Listed-winning mare by Almanzor's sire Wootton Bassett (GB), Do Re Mi Fa Sol (Fr).

Price, Kent Jnr in action again

Caulfield-based training partnership Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr have been busy buying in sales across the Northern Hemisphere so far in 2021 and were active again on Monday.

Coming together with agent Dermot Farrington, they paid 75,000 gns (AU$146,000) for Lot 569, a filly by Teofilo (Ire) from the draft of Loughtown Stud.

Lot 569 - Teofilo (Ire) x Fraloga (Ire) (filly) | Image courtesy of Tattersalls

She is out of Group 2-placed Grand Lodge (USA) mare Fraloga (Ire), who has produced four winners including stakes-placed pair Feyzabad (Fr) (Pivotal {GB}) and Fariman (GB) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}). Fraloga is a half-sister to Group 1 winners Alpine Rose (Fr) (Linamix {Fr}) and Fragrant Mix (Ire) (Linamix {Fr}).

Woods make their mark

Sean Woods made his return to the Newmarket training ranks this season after nearly 20 years in Hong Kong. He has notched 10 wins this season and will have a serious bullet to fire sometime next year in the form of a Night Of Thunder (Ire) colt (Lot 604) picked up by his brother Dwayne Woods for 375,000 gns (AU$728,000).

Lot 604 - Night Of Thunder (Ire) x Harlequin Girl (GB) (colt) | Image courtesy of Tattersalls

“He was stunning; to me he was the best colt in the Sale,” Dwayne Woods said after signing the ticket. “He's very strong, probably the cleanest Night Of Thunder I've ever seen–conformationally, strength, everything. Night Of Thunder is a wonderful sire, but they are a little bit incorrect in front as he is. This was the most beautiful model. I see him as being a six-furlong horse to a miler, or more like seven furlongs to a mile-a Guineas horse if I ever saw one, and hence we went that strongly on him.”

"This was the most beautiful model. I see him (Lot 604) as being a six-furlong horse to a miler, or more like seven furlongs to a mile." - Dwayne Woods

Sean Woods added: “he'll have a bit of time now and come to us in January. He's for one of my existing owners.”

Bred by Cranford Bloodstock, the colt was offered by Rathbarry Stud. He is out of Harlequin Girl (GB) (Where Or When {Ire}) and his 2-year-old full brother Hanaady (Ire), who was bought by Shadwell for 110,000 gns (AU$214,000) at this Sale last year, won on September 29 for trainer Ed Dunlop. Harlequin Girl is a half-sister to three stakes horses, including G2 Gimcrack S. scorer Blaine (GB) (Avonbridge {GB}), and also to the dam of this year's G3 Chester Vase winner Youth Spirit (Ire) (Camelot {GB}).

Patience pays for Yulong

There is perhaps nothing to keep buyers around until late into the evening quite like a Galileo (Ire) filly out of a young stakes-winning mare, and that is exactly what materialised when Manister House Stud's filly out G3 Cornwallis S. winner Mrs Danvers (GB) (Hellvelyn {GB}) (Lot 768) strolled into the ring four lots from the end of the session.

Bids flew from throughout the ring, but the final blow was at last landed online by BBA Ireland/Yulong Investments at 320,000 gns (AU$621,000).

Lot 768 - Galileo (Ire) x Mrs Danvers (GB) (filly) | Image courtesy of Tattersalls

“She was an exceptional filly, especially for her age,” said Manister House Stud's Luke Barry in reference to the fact that the filly is a May 4 foal. “She had all the qualities of her sire but most importantly she very much looked like Mrs Danvers. Even for a May foal she looks sharp. We brought her here to stand out and we're thrilled that she sold very well. She has great quality, as will come with a Galileo, but Mrs Danvers has put a lot of strength and sharpness into her.”

New frontier For Kingman

Kingman (GB) has enjoyed another fruitful season domestically and in the meantime he has begun to build up an admirable record in Hong Kong, with six winners from seven runners in that nation. Another son of the Juddmonte supremo is bound for Hong Kong, with the Hong Kong Jockey Club's representative Mick Kinane going to 300,000 gns (AU$583,000) for Lot 617 from Ballyhimikin Stud.

Lot 617 - Kingman (GB) x Hunaina (Ire) (colt) | Image courtesy of Tattersalls

“He's by a great stallion and he's a lovely, correct model, which is what I want,” Kinane said. “I liked him from the first day I saw him and when he settled in up here he was a lovely colt.”

Commenting on the market, Kinane added, “It's like anything, good horses are hard to buy. This is the first one I've tried on today. We bought five last week, so we were happy.”

Merry lands Starspangledbanner filly

Hugo Merry went to 220,000 gns (AU$427,000) for Lot 600, a filly by Coolmore/Rosemont Stud's Starspangledbanner out of the stakes-placed Fasliyev (USA) mare Greenisland (Ire).

The agent was acting on behalf of Andrew Rosen, who will partner with Andrew and Madeleine Lloyd Webber's Watership Down Stud, who consigned the filly.

Rosen and the Lloyd Webbers currently race the winning 3-year-old filly Theory Of Music (Ire) (Fastnet Rock) half-sister together with trainer Jessica Harrington.

Lot 600 - Starspangledbanner x Fasliyev (USA) (filly) | Image courtesy of Tattersalls

“She's been bought for my very good client Andrew Rosen to partner with the Lloyd Webbers,” said Merry. “We bought a filly last year that's won and (Rosen) is a longstanding friend and client of the farm, so we've seen this filly around. She's bred by the Jennings' who have bred a lot of good horses. We were just trying to find a really nice filly who might work out, then have some residual value to go back to the farm to breed together.

“The flaxen mane,” Merry quipped when asked what about the filly appealed to him. “Our sight is deteriorating, so the instruction was to get one we could see out in the field.”

“Our sight is deteriorating, so the instruction was to get one we could see out in the field.” - Hugo Merry

“She was just a lovely shape,” he added. “The sire has had a great year. We would have liked to have had her for a bit less but it wasn't to be. The good ones are making the money.”

Starspangledbanner also had Lot 634, a filly out of Cacique (Ire) mare Intermittent (GB), sell for 180,000 gns (AU$350,000) to Avenue Bloodstock on behalf of M.V. Magnier, and Lot 660, a colt from Keep Dancing (Ire) (Distant Music {USA}), sell to Avenue Bloodstock and Fozzy Stack for 110,000 gns (AU$214,000). Both were consigned by Baroda Stud.

Jason Kelly Bloodstock paid 175,000 gns (AU$340,000) for Lot 761, a filly by Zoustar out of Moons Of Jupiter (USA) (War Front {USA}) offered by Jamie Railton. There were three Zoustar fillies sold on the day.

Lot 625, a filly by Exceed And Excel out of Immediate (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) is headed to Mount Armstrong, while Elliott picked up a colt by another Darley stallion in Harry Angel (Ire), Lot 656 for 130,000 gns (AU$253,000).

Lot 547, a Fastnet Rock filly out of Listed winner Fashionable (GB) (Nashwan {USA}), was bought by Koji Maeda for 120,000 gns (AU$233,000).

Gallery: All images courtesy of Tattersalls

Tattersalls October Sale
Brad Spicer
Alex Elliott
Annabel Neasham
Noel Wilson
Lope De Vega
Mick Price
Michael Kent Jnr
Night Of Thunder
Sean Woods