2011 July Sale Day 2 Press Release

Lot 488: ABOVE ALL
Lot 488: ABOVE ALL

The Tattersalls July Sale continued in robust fashion on the second day with the vast cross-section of buyers demonstrating the continuing appeal of British and Irish racehorses and breeding stock. The July Sale can claim to offer something for everyone and the list of top lots for the day included Russian, Spanish and Australian buyers as well as agents buying for the National Hunt market. The second day saw a total of 143 lots sell for 1,780,600 guineas, at an average of 12,452 guineas and a median of 7,500 guineas. As was the case yesterday, there were rises across the board, with the turnover up 7% on the corresponding session last year and the average and median up 11% and 25% respectively. Importantly the clearance rate was a very impressive 91%.

The top lot on the second day was the three-year-old RED RANSOM filly ONE DAY IN SPAIN who was knocked down to Anani Antoniadis for 80,000 guineas. The daughter of the Listed winner CAPISTRANO DAY and grand-daughter of the Grade 1 winner ALCANDO was purchased by the Greece-based Antoniadis on behalf of Stud Farm 711 for whom he is the racing manager. It was the third purchase for the sale for a total of 151,000 guineas for Antoniadis for the Russian based nursery.

July Sale  Day 2 Figures:                            
2011 243 157 143 1,780,600 12,452 7,500
2010 232 178 149 1,665,400 11,177 6,000

Australian trainer Chris Waller has had unprecedented success with his Tattersalls horses in training purchases including a memorable day at Randwick in April when he scored a Group 1 double with My KINGDOM OF FIFE in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and STAND TO GAIN in the Sydney Cup. So it was no surprise to see Waller on the buyers list here, with agent Guy Mulcaster signing for the three-year-old gelding ABOVE ALL for 75,000 guineas on his behalf. The son of NAYEF came close to breaking his Maiden tag with a second at Yarmouth recently and was offered with a ‘Timeform’ rating of 85.

“He is an honest horse and fitted our bill," said Mulcaster. "We have had a bit of luck buying from Shadwell before - Wazn, a Whipper colt we bought at the October Horses in Training Sale last year won a handicap at Rosehill at the beginning of July.                            

"Above All will ship out to Australia as soon as possible."                            

The battle to secure the well bred filly SHEGOTLOOSE proved to be a battle between the French and the Australians, with Nicholas de Chambure and Laurent Benoit both prominent early before Australians Tim Stakemire and Glenn Burrows both joined proceedings. The daughter of DYNAFORMER out of the GENEROUS mare JIVING is a half-sister to the Listed winner EXCUSEZ MOI, with their dam a half-sister to HASILI, Juddmonte Farms’ legendary dam of five individual Group 1 winners. As the price rose to 50,000 guineas, Burrows refused to answer Stakemire’s bid with the latter proving successful.

Following his purchase Stakemire commented;                            

“It's a pedigree that does not come up very often in the southern hemisphere. We will cover her here on southern hemisphere time and then ship her home. She has been bought for Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa."

The morning session on the second day saw consecutive lots REDSKIN DANCER and HIS EXCELLENCY, both consigned from John Oxx’s Currabeg Stables sell for 70,000 guineas and 65,000 guineas respectively. REDSKIN DANCER was knocked down to Jim Atkinson on behalf of Anglo-Spanish operation James Ortega Bloodstock. Atkinson, who was standing with agent Martin Percival said;                            

"The operation was only started last year and we bought three mares at the Tattersalls December sale. They are at Manor House Farm Stud, near Tring with the Rawdings.

"We are looking to expand the operation further and have bought this filly as a long-term concern.

"She is a nice outcross, but we may send her back into training - we have not yet decided."

One lot later the Newmarket based agent Margaret O’Toole secured the KING’S BEST three-year-old HIS EXCELLENCY for 65,000 guineas.