JUST eight of the 194 lots offered during the opening session of the Tattersalls July Sale on Thursday failed to sell, generating a remarkable clearance rate of 96%.
Kalagia provided one of the highlights of the session when the half-sister to exciting first-season sire Prince Of Lir was knocked down to Tim Lane for 130,000gns.
"I was rung up by a top-class British breeder and asked to bid on his behalf," reported Lane. "I am not sure of plans, but she has an exciting pedigree and obviously Prince Of Lir is flying."
The daughter of Kodiac was sold by Highclere Stud and is also a half-sister to the listed winner Nitro Boost from the family of the Group 3 Sprint Stakes winner Resplendent Glory.
New Jazz was the first lot in the ring from the Godolphin draft and made 130,000gns when knocked down to Tony Nerses on behalf of Imad Al Sagar’s Blue Diamond Stud.
"We always wanted a Scat Daddy!" smiled Nerses. "She is a lovely individual, we saw her as a yearling but she was beyond our pocket then. Glad to get her back now. She is a winner and has a decent page, we are very happy! We hope to cover her with our own stallion Decorated Knight, she should suit him."
HARRY ANGEL COVER
New Jazz was sold in-foal to champion three-year-old sprinter Harry Angel on a February cover. The four-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy is out of a half-sister to Traffic Guard, runner-up in the Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes.
There was also spirited competition for the well-bred Gentlewoman from the Godolphin draft. Taking instructions on the phone, Roger Varian made the winning bid at 125,000gns for the daughter of Shamardal to see off underbidder Kevin Buckley.
"She is for someone who could not travel due to the current restrictions, and I have just helped out," said Varian. "It is likely she will be going abroad. She is from a good family."
Gentlewoman was also sold in foal to Harry Angel, and is a half-sister to the blacktype performers Interlocuter and Spellwork, out of Satin Kiss, an own-sister to Godolphin's Group 1 Middle Park Stakes winner Lujain.
Kevin Buckley had previously struck at 100,000gns on behalf of Barronstown Stud for the well-bred Dark Angel filly Monya, a half-sister to the Group 2 winners Hawksmoor and Royal Dornoch.
"I have bought her for David and Diana Nagle of Barronstown Stud,” reported Buckley. “They bred her, so know her well."
Monya is also a half-sister to the Group 2 runner-up Magical Fire and to the dam of the listed winner Flaming Princess. The daughter of Dark Angel was part of the popular Shadwell draft, whose 23 lots sold for a total of 497,000gns.
The sale continues at 10am on Friday.
THURSDAY SALE STATISTICS
Clearance rate 96%
FULL SALES COVERAGE IN THE IRISH FIELD THIS WEEKEND