Operate ahead at Tattersalls August Sale
Buyers with overseas ambitions were out in force at Tattersalls August sale at Newmarket on August 31, where an international market was led by the 250,000 gns (US$306,826) Operating sold as Lot 299.
Offered by The Castlebridge Consignment on behalf of Coolmore Partners and Georg von Opel’s Westerberg, the well-related son of war front was knocked down by Jimmy George of Tattersalls, who was receiving instructions by telephone from the Saudi operation Najd Stud.
Operating won two out of five starts for John and Thady Gosden, with his wins in a Windsor maiden and Nottingham handicap from an official mark of 83. The Round Tower Stakes (G3) goalscorer’s own brother intelligence cross changed hands with a career-high rating of 91.
George said: “The Najd Stud team watched the sale from home. There were a few on their shortlist and he was definitely the name at the top of it. He’s a great prospect and fits perfectly into the mold that the team has bought here in the past.”
Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz’s Najd Stud has been a strong supporter of recent August sales, including with the top lots from previous years, namely 350,000 gns ($505,568) Fabiliswho was recruited by Peter and Ross Doyle in 2021, while Voute Sales signed for the 220,000 gns ($303,785) Walk in the sand in 2020.
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Busy sales session generated revenue totaling 5,267,300 gns ($6,464,573), down just 2% year-on-year despite 69 fewer lots changing hands than at two renewals days of 2021.
The average price increased by 29% to 24,273 gns ($25,486), while the median increased by 40% to 14,000 gns ($17,182). The clearance rate also improved by one point, with 236 Lots offered and 217 sold at a clip of 92%.
Mr. McCann to Bahrain
The second batch was the smart Mr McCann, which brought in 210,000 gns ($257,734) from Alastair Donald. The 3 year old son of Kodiac won three times as a 2-year-old while in the care of Tom Dascombe, and added a fourth success to his record when he won a Haydock handicap on his last outing for Hugo Palmer.
“He’s going to Bahrain,” Donald said after signing for the 101-rated colt. “It’s hard to find 3-year-olds with that kind of rating at that kind of price. , it might have been much more valuable for somewhere like Hong Kong, or if it’s been here in October, we might have had the Saudi buyers here.
“He’s pretty rock solid, he goes all terrain, although it’s going to be fast where he goes, and he’s a handsome guy who does really well.”
Mr Mcann consigned as lot 305 in Tattersalls August sale
Another offered by The Castlebridge Consignment, Mr McCann was making his third public market appearance, having first scooped 45,000 gns ($61,005) from Mags O’Toole as a colt before Lynn Lodge Stud sold the youngster at Sackville Donald for £65,000 ($90,537). ) at the Goffs UK Breeze-Up Sale in 2021.
Last year’s August sale lasted two days, and Donald said he hoped the event would attract a larger catalog again in the future. He said: “I think it’s a good sell, but I’m surprised it hasn’t been better supported, personally.
“It makes more sense to put your money ahead of yearling sales; for lesser horses you can save two months of training costs and if you have a fast field horse you will find that the field changes soon.
“I hope the sale will get bigger and stronger and that Tattersalls and the coaches will support the event in the future. I think this sale has a good future as long as people support it.”
The sale closed on Wednesday after selling 217 lots for gross receipts of 5,267,300 gns ($6,464,573), setting an average price of 24,273 gns ($29,789) and a median of 14,000 gns ($17 $182).