TRAINER Paddy Twomey, accompanied by racehorse owner and breeder Andreas Putsch, secured the listed winning Night Of Thunder filly Stormy Girl for 310,000gns at Tattersalls in Newmarket on Wednesday.
The purchase was one of the highest price transactions on day three of the December Mare Sale, a session which saw 11 lots sell for 100,000gns or more and a clearance rate of 88%.
Stormy Girl, a three-year-old daughter of the Clodovil mare Refusetolisten, won the Listed Flying Fillies’ Stakes at Pontefract for trainer Rebecca Menzies, who consigned her from Howe Hills Farm on behalf of owners Stonegrave Thoroughbreds today.
"She has been absolutely amazing for us, she has improved as the year has gone on," said Menzies. "Even over the last four weeks since we have backed off her she has improved physically, she has strengthened up a lot.
"There is loads more to come from her as a racemare, and she is going to make a brilliant broodmare down the line. Somebody is going to have a lot of fun with her, and a lot of success at a higher level."
Twomey will be hoping that he can achieve the same result with this filly as he did with Sonaiyla, who his yard acquired for €110,000 and was Group 1 placed subsequent to her purchase and sold yesterday for 900,000gns to Moyglare Stud.
"She is a nice filly and looks to have progressive form, and obviously she is by Night Of Thunder. Hopefully we will have a campaign with her next year, she is for an existing owner. She has shown ability and she has been unlucky an odd time. She is a nice, big, strong filly, and a winter might help her improve," commented Twomey.
Looking ahead, he added: "Her dam's sister has had a Group 1 winning two-year-old this year, it is a deep pedigree and she has good residual value as a broodmare."
The Group 1 winning two-year-old he was referring to was Tiger Tanaka, winner of the Prix Marcel Boussac for trainer Charley Rossi at Paris Longchamp and a daughter of Miss Phillyjinks, a half-sister to Refusetolisten.
Fillies from the drafts of Juddmonte Farms, Godolphin and Shadwell Estates were the flavour of the day. Leading the way was the Juddmonte filly Cressida at 360,000gns.
By Dansili, the top lot was knocked down to Demi O’Byrne for 360,000gns on behalf of Peter Brant’s White Birch Farm. A winner on debut for John Gosden and offered with a ‘Timeform’ rating of 91, Cressida is a sister to the Grade 3 winner and Grade 1 Beverley D Stakes second Grand Jete.
Marc Antoine Berghgracht’s MAB Agency bought the beautifully bred Brinjal for 190,000gns on behalf of French breeder Jose Delmotte. The daughter of Kingman out of the Sadler's Wells mare Clepsydra is a half-sister to Time Saver who realised 850,000gns on Tuesday night.
Blandford Bloodstock’s Tom Goff secured Arabian Dream, a full-sister to the top class sire Showcasing, for 170,000gns on behalf of an unnamed Irish client. The three-year-old daughter of Oasis Dream is out of the Zafonic mare Arabesque and also counts Yeomanstown Stud’s resident stallion Camacho as a sibling.
The Juddmonte Farms consignment today realised a total of 1,526,000gns for the 20 fillies offered, taking their total for the sale when including the mares on Monday to 3,378,500gns for the 37 lots sold.
The sale concludes on Thursday.
COMPARATIVE FIGURES FOR DAY THREE
Current Year Previous Year Change %
Lots Catalogued 286 297 -4%
Lots Withdrawn 58 66 -12%
Lots Offered 228 231 -1%
Lots Unsold 28 35 -20%
Lots Sold 200 196 +2%
Total Value (gns) 5,312,500 5,991,300 -11%
Median Value (gns) 14,000 14,000 0%
Average Value (gns) 26,562 30,568 -13%
% Offered Lots Sold 88% 85% +4%
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