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 freshman sire was knocked down to Jamie Railton for 65,000gns.
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 and 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 classic-winning miler Night Of Thunder has enjoyed an exciting start to his stud career with seven stakes-winning two-year-olds, headlined by the Group 2 Premio Dormello winner Night Colours and the Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes winner Under The Stars.
A first-crop son of El Kabeir shared the top billing after Ballyreddin and Kellsgrange Studs’ colt was purchased by Philipp Stauffenberg’s Stauffenberg Bloodstock Services.
Out of the Invincible Spirit mare School Run, the chesnut is from the family of the Group 1 sprint stars Dream Ahead and Fairyland, and his Yeomanstown Stud-based sire is a 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."
The joint third highest-priced lot of the day was the Kodiac filly from the family of Danehill who made 62,000gns 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: "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 day when selling Ciaran Paterson's Territories colt out of the New Approach mare Never Change for 62,000gns 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 11,000gns at the July Sale last year! This is a lovely colt with a big walk."
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.
The Tattersalls December Foal Sale continues at 10am on Thursday.