Firebeam Tops Record Opening Day Of Autumn Hit Sale

Lot 335: Firebeam (GB)
Lot 335: Firebeam (GB)

The Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale got off to a spectacular start with nine lots selling for 100,000 guineas or more, headed by the four-year-old FIREBEAM who topped proceeding’s for the day at 280,000 guineas. Turnover for the day of 5,873,600 guineas was a new record for the opening session at the sale and the 249 lots sold resulted in an record average of 23,589 guineas and a record median of 12,500 guineas, figures that represented rises of 37% and 35% when compared to the opening session in 2011. The turnover was up 52% on last year and the clearance rate a remarkable 89%.

The top price on the opening day was 280,000 guineas for the four-year-old CADEAUX GENEREUX four-year-old FIREBEAM. Consigned from William Haggas’ Somerville Lodge on behalf of Highclere Racing, the Group placed colt is rated 115 by ‘Timeform’ and was knocked down to agent Anthony Stroud. 

"He's been bought for the Dubai Carnival," said Stroud. "He has the right profile to go there and is rated high enough. You need a seriously good horse now, with a rating of around 100, just to even get in the races. Those horses are difficult to source - why is someone going to sell when they can go and race themselves?"

Autumn Horses in Training Sale Day 1 Figures:
2012 404 281 249 5,873,600 23,589 12,500
2011 411 282 224 3,855,700 17,213 9,250

Stroud saw off some persistent bidding from underbidder Craig Rounsefell of Boomer Bloodstock, whilst agents Armando Duarte and Stephen Hillen were amongst the vanquished.

Agent Johnny McKeever silenced the sale ring when he opened the bidding for the Ballydoyle Stables consigned colt OFFER at 200,000 guineas. The tactic certainly worked with no one willing to up the ante on the three-year-old son of MONTJEU who was purchased on behalf of Gai Waterhouse Racing.

"It's a tactic Gai uses quite a bit in Australia," said McKeever, "and shocking the sales ring often stops anyone else from bidding!

"He looks the part this horse, he is scopey, by Montjeu and has good form. He'll have a break now, probably two months here in the UK and then he'll ship. He'll be castrated and I think that'll be the making of him."

"This was the one horse that we did not want to leave behind," added Bruce Slade, Waterhouse's assistant who was standing with McKeever. "He'll go from here to New Zealand first.

"Trainer Chris Waller, who has bought a lot at Tattersalls, advised us last year when we purchased here for the first time to do this. There is good grass in New Zealand then and it is less of a shock temperature-wise than going straight to Australia."

It certainly proved to be a worthwhile initial foray last year for Waterhouse whose five purchases including the Group 1 Metropolitan winner GLENCADAM GOLD at 135,000 guineas and the Listed winner JULIENAS at 75,000 guineas.

The Autumn Horses in Training Sale attracts plenty of interest from National Hunt trainers and one horse who looks a likely type is MASHAARI who was knocked down to Brian Ellison for 160,000 guineas. The three-year-old gelding was consigned from the draft of Shadwell Stud and was knocked down to Ellison after he saw off the efforts of Candida Baker whilst Tom Malone and Anthony Bromley and Alan King all made bold bids.

"He's going jumping," said Ellison of the son of Monsun, "but he'll be a dual purpose type. He could be a Plate horse for next year.

"He is lovely, he stays well, likes it soft and looks strong for a three-year-old. Let's hope I can train him properly now!"

Earlier in the day Oliver St Lawrence bought the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes third and Royal Ascot winner HOTOTO for 120,000 guineas. The son of SLEEPING INDIAN was consigned from Kevin Ryan’s Hambleton Lodge Stables and was bought by St Lawrence on behalf of long-term client Fawzi Nass.

"He's for Dubai," said St Lawrence. "He's a good, tough two-year-old type and has taken his racing well this summer - his time figures in his last run are as good as those he posted when winning at York.

"He may well come back next spring, and we'll try and do a ‘Krypton Factor’ with him" added the buyer.

St Lawrence was referring to the smart sprinter KRYPTON FACTOR who he bought for Nass at the 2010 renewal of this sale for 100,000 guineas and whose victories since then have included the $2,000,000 Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen.

The Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale continues on Tuesday, October 30 at 9.30am.