Australian buyers on their way to Tattersalls July sale
Unprecedented numbers of Australasian buyers will be in attendance at next month’s Tattersalls July Sale at Newmarket as breeders and owners from Down Under look further to improve their broodmare lines amid intense competition on the Tour national sales.
For the first time in over two years, bloodstock agents and breeders from the Southern Hemisphere are enjoying the opportunity to travel easily to the UK for the Tattersalls sale. Jenny McAlpine, the auction house’s Australian and New Zealand representative, has been inundated with inquiries in recent weeks from interested parties.
The July sale has a precedent of producing quality broodmares suitable for the Australian market. The 2016 edition was the source of a purchase of 60,000gns (82,045 USD) Harlechthe mother of the Yulong mare, double winner of group 1 hungry heartand two years later the bets placed Bumbasina sold for 75,000 gns ($104,541) to Louis Le Metayer of Astute Bloodstock.
Bumbasina is the dam of this season’s brilliant juvenile filly Perth 3 for 3 Amélie’s jewel, which was bred and raced by West Australian Peter Walsh, a client of Australia-based French agent Le Metayer. The couple will again attend the July sale, as will agents James Harron, Justin Bahen, Paul Moroney, Jim Clarke and Julian Blaxland.
Will Johnson, Harry McAlpine and Ciaron Maher Racing’s blood stock manager Will Bourne also plan to attend, as does Syndicator First Light Racing’s Ashleigh Dowley. Yarraman Park’s Arthur Mitchell and Kia Ora’s Michael Kirwan are also expected to be in the field.
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“With Australian interest, I don’t think we’ve had that much in the past with the intention of going to the actual sale, and they’re seriously looking to do business,” Tattersalls’ McAlpine told ANZ Bloodstock News.
The influx of shoppers follows the many attendees who recently attended Royal Ascot, where they witnessed Nature Band Devastating King’s Stand Stakes (G1) win, Ladbrokes Cox Plate (G1) winner State of rest success in Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (G1) and third place in the Platinum Jubilee Stakes (G1) of Artorius .
Nature Strip wins the Kings Stand Stakes at Ascot Racecourse
Artorius, owned by the Newgate Farm-China Horse Club syndicate, is set to return to the July Cup (G1) at Newmarket on July 9, the day after the sale of Tattersalls is completed.
Newgate Farm’s Henry Field also plans to be on sale ahead of Artorius’ shot to international glory. The Yulong team, led by founder Yuesheng Zhang, who partnered with agent Sheamus Mills to buy Harlech six years ago, said they would also be there.
It’s a strong sign of Yulong’s intention to be a global player of considerable strength, having spent last month at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale on 63 horses, and last week they added Baggy Green, the mother of the A$3.1 million ($2,670,522) group. 1 winner Tofanefor NZ$1.75 million ($1,104,128) via the Gavelhouse.com auction.
The lure of breeding for the likes of Juddmonte king man and frankel on Southern Hemisphere time attracts many Australasian breeders. McAlpine will host the big touring party during July sale week which includes a trip to the famous Newmarket stud farm.
“Traditionally there hasn’t been a lot of support for the July sale, but now, with winning fillies here (in Australia) so hard to buy and so expensive, breeders are definitely looking elsewhere for opportunities,” said McAlpine. . “Being able to buy at the July sale and have access to the nice European pedigrees and then being able to breed with a European stallion who doesn’t commute to Australia is definitely an attractive option for many breeders.”
At last month’s Magic Millions national broodmare sale, 10 mares in foal to Frankel sold at an average of AU$880,000 ($610,324) while three were sold at Inglis’ President’s Sale in early May. , the trio purchased by Yulong.
Yuesheng Zhang (bottom left) at Tattersalls
The three-day, 852-lot July sale, which begins July 6, includes significant drafts from Irish Baroda Stud, Godolphin, Coolmore, Juddmonte, The National Stud and trainers Ed Walker, William Haggas, Karl Burke and David Simcock.
“People have become so much more global with what’s going on,” McAlpine said. “All the online (sales) have really gone up a notch, and I have a lot of breeders looking to go to the December sales to buy brood mares because the market here in Australia is so hot, so the people are looking everywhere else.
“The mares that are crossed with Danehill (blood), they are looking for this type of mare.
“Promise of success— Winner of the 2022 Canadian Club Emancipation Stakes (G2) — came out of the December sale for Rosemont for 27,000 gns ($37,774). You look at some of these prices, you see 30,000, 40,000gns and 40,000gns translate to 80,000 Australian dollars. You put in an extra AU$35,000 to get them home and you’re still ahead.
“People do the math, look at the pedigrees and say, ‘Well, it’s definitely worth getting on a plane and taking a look at. In years and decades past people said it was too expensive, the pound is twice the Australian dollar, but now the exchange rate doesn’t matter so much.”