December Foal Sale

Europe's Leading Foal Sale

November 26 -29, 2014

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2013 Day 4 Review

Records Tumble At Tattersalls December Foal Sale

The records continued to fall on the fourth and final day of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale with a further 8 lots selling for 100,000 guineas or more. A total of 149 lots were sold during the final session for 4,724,800 guineas, a rise of 28% on last year whilst the average and median rose 29% and 3% to 31,710 guineas and 20,000 guineas respectively. The four day sale saw a total of 740 lots sell for 31,420,400 guineas which was 30% up on the four day total last year and also a record turnover for the December Foal Sale. The average rose 25% to a record 42,460 guineas, whilst the median rose 15% to 23,000 guineas, also a new record.

Sheikh Mohammed’s bloodstock advisor John Ferguson has been very active at the December Foal Sale signing for 16 lots so far including the DUBAWI filly out of the Oaks placed Group winner HIGH HEELED at 450,000 guineas. Consigned from James Wigan’s West Blagdon Stud, the filly also caught the attention of Newsells Park Stud’s Julian Dollar who opened the bidding at 300,000 guineas as well as Hugo Lascelles and the underbidder Charlie Gordon-Watson.

December Foal Sale Day 4 Figures:
Catalogued Offered Sold Aggregate Average Median
2013 219 191 149 4,724,800 31,710 20,000
2012 210 178 150 3,688,900 24,593 19,500
December Foal Sale Full Sale Figures:
Catalogued Offered Sold Aggregate Average Median
2013 1,072 943 740 31,420,400 42,460 23,000
2012 1,015 854 708 24,132,700 34,086 20,000

"She is a filly full of quality," said Ferguson. "She comes from an outstanding breeder, is by a great sire and has a pedigree. At the end of the day there are not many foals sold in the world that can boast as much quality as her."

James Wigan, after the last of the West Blagdon Stud seven-strong draft sold, modestly said: "They were very nice horses, and nice horses make good prices."

The draft produced an aggregate of 1,177,000gns, the seven lots selling at an average price of 168,143gns.

The second highest price on the third day of the sale was the NEW APPROACH filly consigned from Juliet Minton’s Mill House Stud. The daughter of the Group-placed DANEHILL DANCER mare GEE KEL was knocked down to David Ryan for 400,000 guineas on behalf of Mubarak Al Naemi, recent purchaser of Kilfrush Stud.

"She's been bought to race and will come back to Kilfrush. We are looking to upgrade and improve the quality of our broodmare band and we are targeting well-bred fillies," said farm manager Ryan.

"We have 23 mares on the farm, and Mr Al Naemi is passionate about his breeding and racing," added Ryan.

Ryan has been based at Kilfrush Stud for more than 20 years prior to the sale of the Stud to the Qatari-based Al Naemi this summer.

"Let's hope we're going to be lucky!" laughed Ronald Rauscher after spending 350,000gns on the OASIS DREAM filly out of the champion juvenile Irish filly TERMAGANT, sold by Kenilworth House Stud.

"She was a stand out for me, and is by one of the best sires around. She is a beautiful filly and handled all the proceedings very well. She is for resale, let's hope the market stays like this!"

The Tattersalls December Foal Sale continues at 9.30am on Saturday, November 30.


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Sale highlights

  • Lot 761: Sea The Stars (IRE) / Our Queen of Kings (GB)

    Lot 761: Sea The Stars (IRE) / Our Queen of Kings (GB)
    Purchased by C Gordon-Watson Bloodstock for 320,000 gns

  • Lot 875: New Approach (IRE) / Gee Kel (IRE)

    Lot 875: New Approach (IRE) / Gee Kel (IRE)
    Purchased by Kilfrush Stud/Mubarak al Naemi for 400,000 gns

  • Lot 961: Oasis Dream (GB) / Termagant (IRE)

    Lot 961: Oasis Dream (GB) / Termagant (IRE)
    Purchased by RBS for 350,000 gns

  • Lot 1055: Dubawi (IRE) / High Heeled (IRE)

    Lot 1055: Dubawi (IRE) / High Heeled (IRE)
    Purchased by John Ferguson Bloodstock for 450,000 gns

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