No Risk At All gelding tops initial edition of Arqana’s Show Lumet auction

The inaugural edition of the Show Lumet auction, which included 54 two and three-year-old unraced National Hunt horses, took place under a bright sunshine and tropical temperatures at Bécon-Les-Granits near Angers.

From 9:30am, the charges of pre-trainer David Lumet were put through their paces over educational hurdles, as has been the case at the Show Lumet over the past ten years.

And for the first time this year, they all went under the hammer from 3:00pm, with 23 of them changing hands for an average price of €12,978.

Trade was topped by FERRY ALL (lot 2), an athletic three-year-old son of Haras de Montaigu’s No Risk At All out of a winning daughter of Lute Antique. The chesnut AQPS commanded a closing bid of €45,000 from Joffret Huet and will cross the Channel to start his racing career.

A variety of buyers from France and the UK proved active with French professionals Gabriel Leenders, Hervé Bunel, Patricia Butel, Jerry Planque and Jérôme Delaunay notably signing dockets alongside Brittons Nigel Hawke, Toby Jones etc.

At the end of proceedings, ARQANA CEO Eric Hoyeau commented: “This has been a positive first experience courtesy of the professionalism of David Lumet and his team, who put on a well-oiled schooling session and perfect inspection conditions whether for the horses or the buyers. I was very impressed with the logistics of the event and everyone’s dedication. In terms of trade, the good horses sold in accordance with our valuations, yet the clearance rate remains insufficient at this stage. This event was well-established as a private market and behaviours don’t change overnight. There will surely be more transactions in the coming hours, in line with the event’s initial identity, so more vendors will have achieved their aim to sell their horses.”

Irish Derby success for Goffs November Sale graduate Latrobe

Latrobe winning the Irish Derby
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Latrobe secured Joseph O’Brien his first Classic success as a trainer with victory in the Group 1 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh.  Owned by Lloyd Williams and ridden by Donnacha O’Brien, the son of Camelot was sold at the Goffs November Foal Sale 2015 by Castletown Stud to Margaret O’Toole for €88,000.

This was the second Classic win for a Goffs graduate this season, following Forever Together’s victory in the Investec Oaks at Epsom last month.  Forever Together was sold by Ballylinch Stud for €900,000 to MV Magnier at the Orby Sale in 2016.

Tattersalls December yearling graduate Sea Of Class lands Darley Irish Oaks 

Sea Of Class wins the Darley Irish Oaks
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The William Haggas-trained SEA OF CLASS, bought at the Tattersalls December Yearling Sale, won the Group 1 Irish Oaks at just her fourth start under a confident ride from jockey James Doyle. The daughter of SEA THE STARS is owned by the Tsui family’s Sunderland Holdings who bred and raced her Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Derby and 2,000 Guineas winning sire, as well as his dam URBAN SEA who also won the ‘Arc’.

SEA OF CLASS is out of the Italian Listed winning HERNANDO mare HOLY MOON whose seven black type performing progeny include the Group 1 Prix Lydia Tesio and Group 2 Italia Oaks winners CHARITY LINE and FINAL SCORE. She was bred by Razza Del Velino Srl who offered her for sale at the Tattersalls December Yearling Sale, where she was consigned by Old Buckenham Stud. SEA OF CLASS was purchased on behalf of her owners for 170,000 guineas by McKeever Bloodstock.

SEA OF CLASS is the second Classic winning Tattersalls yearling this year following the Group 1 Irish Derby victory of LATROBE who was purchased at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale for 65,000 guineas.

The next sale at Tattersalls is Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale which will feature a significant number of yearlings by SEA THE STARS as well as the OASIS DREAM half-brother to SEA OF CLASS. It takes place from October 9th – 11th.

Qatar-bound Esteve tops Arqana’s 2018 Summer Sale

Lot 395
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The second day of the Summer Sale comprising breeding stock and horses in training returned an aggregate of €4,078,000 and average price of €25,573, both on a par with the same session a year ago, while the clearance rate was a healthy 85%.
Cumulated figures for the two-day sale also held steady against their 2017 counterparts with total turnover reaching €7,467,700 (+4%) and average price of €26,566 (-4%) for a 73% clearance.

Agent Gérard Larrieu made a significant contribution to the sale’s turnover in a small amount of time, offering €345,000 for MASTERPIECE (lot 389) and €445,000 for ESTEVE (lot 395) minutes later.

The former came from the yard of André Fabre with a pair of Listed placings from four starts this term and a rating of 98 to his name. This son of Matercraftsman will swap the colours of Ballymore Thoroughbreds for those of Shael bin Khalifa Al Kuwari, one of Qatar’s most prominent owners who notably won the HH The Emir’s Trophy in 2016 and 2018 courtesy of fellow Arqana purchase THE BLUE EYE.

Fireworks on Opening Day of Tattersalls July Sale

The opening session of the Tattersalls July Sale saw great demand for well-bred fillies with 11 lots selling for 100,000 guineas or more. A total of 208 lots were sold for 5,407,000 guineas at an average of 25,995 guineas and a median of 9,000 guineas.

Lot 221 Award Winning

The top lot of the opening session was the DUBAWI filly AWARD WINNING who was consigned by The Castlebridge Consignment. The thrice-raced daughter of the COZZENE mare HIT THE SKY is officially rated 80 and is a half-sister to the Group winning trio of ROYAL BENCH, MAYHEM and MEMPHIS TENNESSEE.
AWARD WINNING was knocked down to Blandford Bloodstock’s Tom Goff for 350,000 guineas after he saw off the his colleague Richard Brown who was stood alongside Bertrand Le Metayer.

“She is for an Irish client, who has been talking about buying a Dubawi filly for a long time” said Goff.

“She has a fantastic page and a great outcross pedigree.

“We have followed this filly for a while, she is a winner, rated 80 and we are delighted to get her.”

Just two lots earlier Goff had also secured the GALILEO filly C’EST CA for 320,000 guineas. Also consigned by The Castlebridge Consignment, the three-year-old filly is out of the Grade 1 Frizette Stakes winner A Z WARRIOR and a sister to the Listed winning filly KEY TO MY HEART.

Goff secured her at the expense of BBA Ireland’s Eamonn Reilly and commented;

“She is for an established US client. You just have to look at her page to see what she is – her dam won the Grade 1 Frizette Stakes.

“She is a very nice filly and she will be heading back to the US.

“It has been a great opportunity to buy into these families – as we saw at the December Sale, there is a great appetite for potential broodmares.”

There were three GALILEO yearling fillies on offer and all there sold for six-figure values headed by the daughter of the Group 3 winning DANEHILL mare MILANOVA. The filly, who is also a sister to the Group 3 Munster Oaks winner PRETTY PERFECT, was knocked down to German agent and consignor Ronald Rauscher for 300,000 guineas and afterwards he commented;

“She is for a European-based owner. She is a lovely filly – she handled well this morning and vetted well, and she is just a May foal.

“It is a great family, and one I know well from my time spent at Windfields – there are lots of top performers in the family who have not made it onto the page such as Night Shift and Encosta Del Lago.”

The other two GALILEO yearling fillies were both knocked down to Federico Barberini on behalf of Apple Tree Stud. The filly out of TIMBUKTU realised 220,000 guineas whilst a lot later the filly out of LUAS LINE was knocked down for 150,000 guineas. All three were consigned by The Castlebridge Consignment.

Another mare to prove in great demand was the Group 3 Park Express Stakes winner CZABO who was knocked down to agent Ross Doyle for 220,000 guineas. The daughter of SIXTIES ICON out of the DANEHILL DANCER mare FIUMICINO was offered in foal to Ballylinch Stud’s LOPE DE VEGA. She won four of her ten race starts when trained by Mick Channon.

Two Lots Top 100,000 Guineas on Second Day of July Sale

Lot 579A Degas

The German-trained DEGAS, victorious in a Group 3 on his most recent start and a late ‘wildcard’ entry to the sale, was the joint sale topper at 100,000 guineas on the second day of the Tattersalls July Sale. This figure was matched later in the evening by the son of CAMELOT, OLYMPIC ODYSSEY. The second day of trade saw a total of 3,483,000 guineas realised for the 171 lots sold at an average of 20,368 guineas and a median of 12,000 guineas. The clearance rate for the day was a remarkable 96%.

The German-trained five-year-old DEGAS topped proceedings on the second day of the Tattersalls July Sale when knocked down to agent Jamie Railton for 100,000 guineas. The son of EXCEED AND EXCEL recorded a career best effort on his most recent start when he won the Group 3 Grosser Preis der Wirtschaft at Dortmund for trainer Markus Klug and owners Gestut Rottgen. Sold with a ‘Timeform’ rating of 118, DEGAS was purchased by Railton on behalf of owner Eckhard Sauren and indicated plans were imminent.

“He will be going back to Germany, I don’t know training plans,” said Railton. “He might take up his entry this weekend in the Group 2 Meilen Trophy at Cologne.”

Late in the evening, the top price of 100,000 guineas was matched by OLYMPIC ODYSSEY who was purchased by Stephen Hillen Bloodstock. The George Scott-trained three year old gelding broke his maiden impressively at Nottingham last month, placing second three days later at Ripon.

The well-related son of CAMELOT is out of Group 1 Prix de la Foret winning mare FIELD OF HOPE and carries a ‘Timeform’ rating of 78.

Hillen commented after the sale;

“He is for a new client, and will be going jumping. He is a gorgeous horse, and by Camelot who has such a good stint of things of late.

“He’ll have an easy month now, and then go to his new base and he stays in England.”

The top-priced lot during the morning session on the second day was the three-year-old gelding DE MEDICI who was knocked down to BBA Ireland’s Michael Donohoe for 95,000 guineas on behalf of Yulong Invesments’ Zhang Yuesheng.

The son of MAKFI was sold with a ‘Timeform’ rating of 95 following his victory in a competitive handicap at Sandown just five days ago for owners Al Asayl Bloodstock. He was consigned by The Castlebridge
Consignment on behalf of trainer Archie Watson’s Saxon Gate.

“This horse might head to Singapore or Australia,” said Donohoe.

“Yulong is building up quite a big string in Singapore now.

“This horse is a good-looking type, vetted well and came recommend ed by Archie Watson.

“It is the beauty of buying internationally – a horse might find his or her niche in a different jurisdiction.”

Qatari buyers always play a major role at the Tattersalls July Sale and none more so than leading Qatari trainer Jassim Ghazali who signed the purchase slip for VOLATILE. The four-year-old son of POET’S VOICE was consigned by The Old Malthouse Stables of trainer Jamie Osborne and was knocked down to Ghazali for 85,000 guineas.

The sale represented a successful result for owners Melbourne Ten Racing who purchased the gelding for 32,000 guineas via John Ferguson Bloodstock at last year’s Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale.

Another lot to sell for 85,000 guineas was the Shadwell Estates’ owned and Dermot Weld trained MANZIL who was consigned with a ‘Timeform’ rating of 87p following victory in a Down Royal Maiden on his most recent start. The three-year-old son of BATED BREATH was knocked down to agent Bobby O’Ryan who commented;
“He came highly recommended. He is a nice horse and is for Mick Easterby. He’d be one for the John Smith’s Cup at York next year.”


Active trade at the Tattersalls Ascot July Sale

Tattersalls Ireland Ascot July Sale enjoyed active trade throughout concluding with a notably strong clearance rate of 88%, up 10% on 2017, along with an aggregate of £501,700, an average of £4,216 and a median of £2,200.

Headlining the sale was the two-year-old daughter of Showcasing, Tralong Bay (Lot 68). The regally bred filly consigned by Baroda & Colbinstown Stud, is out of the black-type performer Alexander Youth and is from the family of MOSS VALE. Tralong Bay, unraced to date, was knocked down to Howson & Houldsworth Bloodstock for £37,000.

The Bonny Boy (Lot 119), placed 2nd when only beaten one length in the five-year-old Geldings Maiden at Ballingarry, caught the attention of Tom Malone and Thomas Costello. Consigned by Graiglore Stables, the Craigsteel gelding was knocked down to the duo for £24,000.

At the conclusion of the sale, Tattersalls Ireland Director of Horses in Training Sales Richard Pugh commented;

“We were very pleased with todays clearance rate of 88% which saw a wide buyer base active from start to finish. Flat and National Hunt trainers along with overseas and domestic purchasers all contributed to one of the highest clearance rates ever recorded at Ascot in recent times.

“Ascot Summer Sales have carved a strong summer presence with former Champion Point to Point horse Ourmanmassini and Royal Ascot runner up Dubai Fifty among the graduates in recent years. Furthermore these summer sales have produced some of the top prices achieved for Horses in Training anywhere in the UK over the last number of years and we now look forward to the Ascot August Sale on Tuesday 21 August where we hope to continue the trend.”