A DAUGHTER of Kingman lit up the sale ring on the opening day of the Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up Sale, becoming the highest-priced filly ever sold at the fixture when knocked down for 850,000 guineas.
A total of 43 lots sold for 5,261,000 guineas, with an average of 122,349 guineas and a median of 70,000 guineas.
Tally-Ho Stud’s Roger O’Callaghan was celebrating after his record-breaking filly out of the Acclamation mare Shyrl was knocked down to Anthony Stroud on behalf of Godolphin after he saw off the efforts of underbidder Kerri Radcliffe.
It was a great pinhooking result for Tally-Ho having purchased the filly via Matt Coleman at the Tattersalls December Yearling Sale for 92,000 guineas.
"She was sold as part of the Blue Diamond Stud dispersal," said Coleman. "She is out of a mare who was a breeze-up horse and was herself placed in the Queen Mary.
"As a yearling we thought this filly looked as though she might be quick and as she was out of a filly who was a breeze-up, it would bode well.
"She is by Kingman, who is making his mark – all the stars have aligned, I just wish I had a share in her!"
Stroud, who was standing with Sheikh Mohammed when bidding, said: "We hope she will be one to get to Ascot, that will be the idea. She did a very good breeze, vetted well and comes from a good hotel."
The Godolphin team will be hoping history repeats itself having purchased the subsequent Grade 1 winner La Pelosa from Tally-Ho Stud at this sale last year.
NIGHT OF THUNDER
Johnny Collins of Brown Island Stables also enjoyed a pinhooking triumph as his Night Of Thunder colt, purchased for 48,000 guineas at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, sold for 375,000 guineas. He was bought by Stroud Coleman on behalf of Godolphin, with Stephen Hillen the underbidder.
"He was a very nice yearling, very uncomplicated sound horse with a great temperament," said Collins after the sale. "He has been a pleasure to deal with throughout. There has been a good word for his sire."
The colt is out of the Street Cry mare Sunset Avenue and is a half-brother to the Grade 3-placed Exellent Sunset. The 2000 Guineas winner Night Of Thunder, a son of Dubawi, has his first two-year-olds this year.
The Godolphin team struck again when securing Oak Tree Farm’s Farhh colt out of the Nayef mare Anything Goes for 300,000 guineas.
The sale was another pinhooking triumph for Oak Tree Farm’s Norman Williamson who purchased the colt at Book 3 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale for just 35,000 guineas via agent Margaret O’Toole.
"He is a gorgeous horse," said Williamson. "It is a bit of a funny story. It was towards the end of the yearling sale here and I couldn't get a flight home. I thought I would have a look around, Farhh had done well and I saw this colt and just thought, 'Wow!'"
The colt’s dam is a daughter of the Alzao mare Winona, who won the Group 1 Irish Oaks and finished third in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes.
The Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale continues at 6pm on Wednesday, April 17th.
Craven Breeze Up Sale 2019
Day 1 Sale Statistics
Current Year Previous Year Change %
Lots Catalogued 73 86 -15%
Lots Withdrawn 16 20 -20%
Lots Offered 57 66 -14%
Lots Unsold 14 28 -50%
Lots Sold 43 38 +13%
Total Value (gns) 5,261,000 5,222,500 +1%
Median Value (gns) 70,000 75,000 -7%
Average Value (gns) 122,349 137,434 -11%
% Offered Lots Sold 75% 58% +29%