Strong International Trade At Tattersalls July Sale

Lot 673: Go Dan Go (IRE)
Lot 673: Go Dan Go (IRE)

Trade remained strong through to the end of the final day of the July Sale with the final Friday sessions realising 2,426,400 guineas for the 144 lots sold at an average of 16,850 guineas and a median of 10,000 guineas. The three day sale saw a total of 486 lots sold for 8,949,800 guineas which was a 7% rise on the previous year’s turnover. The average and median both rose 10% to 18,415 guineas and 11,000 guineas. 

Leading Qatari trainer Gassim Ghazali has been active throughout the sale and struck early on the final day to secure the three-year-old GO DAN GO for 180,000 guineas. The son of DANDY MAN was consigned by Keith Dalgleish’s Belstane Racing Stables and following two consecutive wins at Carlisle he was offered with an official rating of 97.  

"He is a lovely in-form gelding, with some great current form that is working out well," said Will Douglass, who is working with Ghazali.

The evening session saw the Middleham-based trainer Simon West goes to 95,000 guineas to secure VILMAN from the draft of the Aga Khan Studs. The colt is a son of MASTERCRAFTSMAN and is out of a half-sister to Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris winner VALANOUR and Group 1 Prix de Diane winner VEREVA.

"He is a nice sort and I had some good advice about him," said West.

"He has been bought to go jumping and is for the owners of Maximiser. He won two for me last year.

"We will probably turn this horse out for a few weeks now, and then get him back in and getting him popping."

VILMAN has won two of his five starts including his most recent at Naven and was offered with an official rating of 88.

Locally based trainer Marco Botti secured the VERGLAS three-year-old SKATE for 85,000 guineas on behalf of agent Jamie Lloyd and an undisclosed Qatari client.

"He is a progressive horse, who is still unexposed," said Botti. "He is a sprinter and goes on the fast ground. I am not sure whether he will run here before travelling."

Owned and bred by Lady Rothschild, Skate is the winner of his last two races and is officially rated 85.

Brook Stud’s Dwayne Woods outbid Stephen Hillen to secure ISOSTATIC, a CHAMPS ELYSEES filly and a half-sister to the Group 2 sprinter DEPORTIVO. The Juddmonte-bred two-year-old was knocked down to Woods for 77,000 guineas.

"She is a sweet filly," said Woods. "We don't have any of this family, but there is black-type all down the page. We will take her home to Brook Stud and assess her - she might go back into training."

At the conclusion of the 2015 Tattersalls July Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented;

“Widely regarded as Europe’s premier midsummer sale, this year’s Tattersalls July Sale has attracted buyers from every continent in the world, all of whom have contributed to improved figures across the board for the fourth consecutive year. Turnover in excess of 9 million guineas is the third highest ever for this fixture, while the average and median are second only to the record breaking year of 2006. 

“Year after year we reflect on the extraordinary level of international participation at the July Sale and other similar sales here at Tattersalls, and this week’s renewal has been no exception. We felt that the catalogue had all the necessary ingredients to attract a diverse crowd of buyers and this has been reflected not only in the improved figures, but also, crucially for a sale of this nature, in the spectacular clearance rate of around 90%. The global appetite for British and Irish horses in training is as strong as ever, and equally encouraging has been the demand for well bred fillies and broodmares."

The next sale at Tattersalls is Book 1 of the October Yearling Sale, Europe’s premier yearling sale, that takes place October 6 – 8.