The Tattersalls December Foal Sale got off to a solid start on the opening day with a colt by EL KABEIR and a filly by NIGHT OF THUNDER leading the way during a session that saw seven lots top 50,000 guineas.
Night of Thunder filly to Railton for 65,000 Guineas
NIGHT OF THUNDER was responsible for the joint highest priced lot on the opening day of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale when the daughter of Darley’s leading first season sire was knocked down to Jamie Railton for 65,000 guineas.
Consigned by Genesis Green Stud, the March born filly is out of HARLEQUIN GIRL, a half-sister to the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes winner BLAINE as well as the Listed Redcar Two Year Old Trophy winner BOGART.
“She is a pinhook prospect,” said Railton. “I am a big fan of the family with Blaine and Bogart, while the two-year-old half-brother called Byline is well rated too.
“She is a fine horse and is a good advert for her sire.”
DUBAWI’S 2,000 Guineas winner NIGHT OF THUNDER has enjoyed an exciting start to his stud career with his first runners represented by seven Group/Listed winning two-year-olds headlined by the Group 2 Premio Dormello Stakes winner NIGHT COLOURS and the Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes winner UNDER THE STARS.
El Kabeir colt shares top billing at 65,000 Guineas
Sharing the top billing at 65,000 guineas on the opening session of the December Foal Sale was Ballyreddin and Kellsgrange Studs’ EL KABEIR colt who was purchased by Philipp Stauffenberg’s Stauffenberg Bloodstock Services.
Out of the INVINCIBLE SPIRIT mare SCHOOL RUN, the chesnut colt is from the family of multiple Group 1 winners DREAM AHEAD and FAIRYLAND and is by Yeomanstown Stud’s freshman son of SCAT DADDY.
“He is a lovely foal, he had a good walk and is very athletic,” said Stauffenberg.
“In the ring here he really looked good and he was a standout for me today.
“I tried on one by the sire last week and did not get him so very pleased to have bought this foal. I have had luck buying on the first day here before,” added the buyer.
62,000 guineas Kodiac filly for Hugo Merry
The joint third highest priced lot of the day was the filly by Tally Ho Stud’s KODIAC from the family of DANEHILL who made 62,000 guineas when knocked down to Hugo Merry on behalf of Old Road Stud.
Bred and consigned by Timmy and Michael Hillman’s Castledillon Stud, the daughter of the ANABAA mare PAYPHONE is a half-sister to NEWSLETTER, winner of the Listed Kilvington Stakes and third in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes.
Merry commented after the sale;
“She is a half-sister to a very good horse in Newsletter, and thought she was a nice model when I saw her yesterday”.
Cobhall Court Stud enjoyed a memorable sale when selling Ciaran Paterson’s TERRITORIES colt out of the NEW APPROACH mare NEVER CHANGE for 62,000 guineas to Good Will Bloodstock.
“Ciaran is our vet and he was too busy to get here today – he knows the price though!” said Scarlett Knipe of Cobhall Court. “We bought the mare in-foal with this colt and she was value for money – she only cost 11,000 guineas at the July Sale last year!
“This is a lovely colt with a big walk,” added Knipe.
Purchaser Michael Fitzpatrick, who signed for Good Will Bloodstock, said: “He is a lovely foal from a very good farm. I like what I have seen of the progeny by Territories.”
NEVER CHANGE is a granddaughter of BLESSED EVENT, winner of the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks.