THE second day of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale in Newmarket saw 11 lots sell for 100,000gns or more.
A colt by Sea The Stars topped the session at 170,000gns, with the progeny of first season stallions Saxon Warrior and Havana Grey also featuring amongst the top lots.
Gerard Lowry’s Oneliner Stables in North Tipperary secured the top priced lot of the day when landing the Sea The Stars colt out of the Dubawi mare La Mortola for 170,000gns.
"He is a Sea The Stars colt out of a Dubawi mare, he has it on both sides and he comes from an out-standing family - two champion horses in the second dam. He has great movement, he is a lovely individual. He was our pick of the day so we are delighted to get him," explained Lowry.
"All going well, and with a bit of luck, he will come back to Book 1 next year and he will do us proud. We have had luck before with Sea The Stars, so it is going back to the well! It is a big plus too that he has come out of Newsells – the farm is such a noted breeder and consignor. He has come off a great farm, and they have done a fantastic job with him."
Sea The Stars has been lucky for Oneliner before. In 2019 the family pinhooking business sold a colt by the sire to Godolphin for 725,000gns.
A colt from the first crop of 2000 Guineas winner Saxon Warrior provided another highlight on the second day of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale, selling for 160,000gns to Timmy Hyde’s Camas Park Stud.
The colt is out of the stakes winning Canford Cliffs mare Aktoria, winner of the Listed Prix Six Perfections and from the extended family of champion two-year-olds Tromos and Tolmi and the Irish Derby winner Tyrnavos.
Oneliner Stables struck again to secure the Camelot colt out of the Oasis Dream mare Delta Dreamer for 140,000gns. The colt, who hails from the family of Dancing Brave, was consigned by Belmont Stud.
Gerard Lowry said: "Sir Dragonet won the Cox Plate and he is out of an Oasis Dream mare. Oasis Dream is a champion broodmare sire and the cross works. This foal comes from an outstanding Juddmonte family, that of Dancing Brave, he ticked a lot of boxes and was pretty obvious really. He is a good individual as well, so it makes a lot of sense. Also there is the Australian factor coming into Book 1 now, and Camelot is a worldwide stallion."
Harry Sweeney's Paca Paca Farm in Japan secured the Havana Grey half-brother to Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes winner Good Vibes for 130,000gns. The son of the Compton Place mare Satsuma was consigned by Ed Harper’s Whitsbury Manor Stud, who stand the Group 1 winning son of Havana Gold who is represented by his first crop of foals this year.
"It is amazing, somebody from Japan wants to buy stock from the new stallion we stand! It is amazing," said an emotional Harper following the sale. "I loved the foal, I have just stared at him ever since he was born. It is fantastic, there is a slight tinge of sadness that I am not going to watch him race here but I can't complain at the price."
Harper added: "I knew a lot of the really good judges were on him, regular clients of mine whose support I really appreciate. I try and build up a good relationship with the pinhookers – I just did not think they wouldn't be getting him. I am thrilled, thank you to Harry Sweeney."
The sale continues at 10am on Friday.
COMPARATIVE FIGURES FOR DAY 2
Current Year Previous Year Change %
Lots Catalogued 286 317 -10%
Lots Withdrawn 39 51 -24%
Lots Offered 247 266 -7%
Lots Unsold 40 57 -30%
Lots Sold 207 209 -1%
Total Value (gns) 7,014,800 8,532,700 -18%
Median Value (gns) 25,000 33,000 -24%
Average Value (gns) 33,888 40,826 -17%
% Offered Lots Sold 84% 79% +6%
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