Record trade in the December Tatts yearling sale
It’s been five years since the Tsui family acquired the cursed Class sea Tattersalls December Yearling Sale after Agent Johnny McKeever made an offer of 170,000 guineas ($ 220,377) on their behalf.
Christopher Tsui’s daughter Sea the stars proved to be one of the best fillies of her generation, with wins in the Darley Irish Oaks (G1) and Darley Yorkshire Oaks (G1) as well as a heartbreaking short neck loss to To allow in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1), all in 2018.
The Tsui hope to repeat this success after the family’s racing and breeding director John Clarke secured a full brother from Sea Of Class during the November 22 renewal of the December 240,000 Guineas Yearling Sale. ($ 338,707).
Offered by Oak Lodge & Springfield House Stud as lot 30, the June 8 colt was bred by Razza del Velino from the outstanding producer Holy moon , whose own production file takes up almost the entire catalog page.
“He’s a lovely horse and we loved him very much,” said Clarke, who cast Jane Chapple-Hyam as the frustrated underbidder. “He’s a very late colt, but Sea Of Class was also a late May colt so we hope we can do the same again.
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“He’ll eventually go to William Haggas, but it’s far too early to think about things like that, he’ll go back to Ireland now and have time to develop.”
Holy Moon sired 11 winners out of as many runners, seven of which got black type. While none of her siblings can match the raw talent of Sea Of Class, she is not the only Group 1 winner raised by the daughter of Hernando , because Holy Moon is also responsible for the winning half-sisters of Premio Longines Lydia Tesio (G1) Charity line in 2013 and Final score from 2014.
Another brother, Cherry Collect , won the Oaks d’Italia (G2) before being sold to Japan, where she produced the Wakea when raised to Cry of the heart .
Clarke continued, “Ling Tsui is absolutely thrilled because she has had so much success with Sea Of Class. This colt is also from the good sire; Sea The Stars has had a great year and there is a lot of stallion around. him.
“He’s such an athletic horse but he’s still just a baby. He was bred in Felino on Bottis’ farm in Italy and came here looking for the role. This sale has always been the plan because ‘he was so immature. “
Holy Moon was bought by Alessandro Botti for just £ 2,600 from Goffs in 2001. There could be a lot more to come from his offspring yet like his 2 year old. Camelot The colt’s name is Waterville and trains with Aidan O’Brien, having been bought by MV Magnier for € 280,000 ($ 310,194) at the foal sale in November 2019.
A lively sales session duly produced a set of buoyant numbers, including an 88% liquidation rate, as 145 of the 164 lots on offer found a new home.
In turn, these transactions generated revenue of 5,067,500 guineas ($ 7,151,520), an increase of 27% year-on-year, an average of 34,948 guineas ($ 49,319), up 7 %, and a record median of 27,000 guineas ($ 38,103). , which increased by 7,000 guineas ($ 9,878) 35% from the corresponding figure in 2020.
Shalaa Sibling brings six figures
The day’s first six-figure lot came when Bloodstock Avenue’s Mark McStay stood alongside Hugo Palmer and outbid BBA Ireland’s Michael Donohoe at 150,000 guineas ($ 211,688) to get the Invincible spirit fill with Ghurra offered by Castlefarm Stud, as lot 22.
Invincible Spirit filly presented as Lot 22 in the ring
The youngster is the brother of three winners, including his brother who scored Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes (G1). Shalaa , who sired his own Group 1 winner, Don’t speak Alexandre , of his stint at Haras de Bouquetot. The filly was making a quick reappearance in the Park Paddocks sales ring, having been bought by her seller for 200,000 gns ($ 285,770) in Book 1 of the October Yearling Sale.
“She is a beautiful filly and I probably should have bought her when she was in volume 1,” said McStay. “Hugo trains his brother Nova Legend, who is from Galileo, and we think about him a lot, so we wanted to follow his sister to the end.
“She comes from an excellent nursery at Castlefarm Stud and has a beautiful pedigree. She is by Invincible Spirit, who is still one of the best bulls in Europe, and she is the full sister of a very good horse in Shalaa. . It was bought to specification so the stock, or all of it, is for sale! “
Bred under the Mogeely Stud banner by Mark and Aisling Gittins, the Invincible Spirit filly is the tenth foal of Ghurra, a 3rd Song of war which was purchased for 320,000 guineas ($ 498,154) in 2008 while bringing to Mr. Greeley . His yearlings have now generated a total of 2,215,000 guineas ($ 3,125,920) in the Tattersalls ring.
“She stood out here today and the coach was salivating on her from the minute he saw her,” McStay added. “I had just not bought her in the previous sale, she made our list but for some reason we just didn’t pull the trigger. Just her residual value, she is a free kick for anyone who wants to buy it. “
The Tattersalls December sale continues on November 24, when the foals section of the catalog will be available from 10 a.m.