Strong Start to Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale

Lot 377: Black Granite (IRE)
Lot 377: Black Granite (IRE)

The Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale got off to a strong start on the opening day with eight lots topping six-figures and the median and average both well up. A total of 230 lots were sold for 5,451,000 guineas, at an average of 23,700 guineas and a median of 14,000 guineas. The average and median rose of 11% and 40% respectively compared with last year’s opening session.

The two top lots on the opening day both came from Jeremy Noseda’s Shalfleet Stables.

Leading the way was the DARK ANGEL two-year-old BLACK GRANITE who was knocked down to Qatari trainer Gassim Ghazali for 155,000 guineas.

Ghazali bought Black Granite with the Emir Sword, staged in January, in mind. The trainer won the race for the first time last year, but he also achieved the distinction of getting the first four home. All were Tattersalls graduates.

"I like this horse because he will get a mile - I have bought sprinters before and they have not been successful. I like this horse's sire Dark Angel and his dam sire Oasis Dream."

DANCE OF HEROES had a brief spell as leading lot after selling for 150,000 guineas to SackvilleDonald’s Alastair Donald on behalf of an Australian owner just three lots before BLACK GRANITE’s sale.

"He has pulled too hard on his starts," said Donald, "and although he has a superb stallion's pedigree, as a racehorse he will benefit from being gelded.

"He is a gorgeous horse and I think he is quite talented."

The three-year-old son of DANEHILL DANCER was sold with a rating of 91p by ‘Timeform’ and hails from the family of HIGH CHAPARRAL.

The Listed-winning juvenile BRONZE MAQUETTE was another to break the six-figure barrier when purchased by Adbullatif Saad A Al-Muslamani for 120,000 guineas to go to Qatar.

"She is for my uncle," said Al-Muslamani. "We were looking for a colt or filly rated over 100 to go back to Qatar, and she is a good filly.

"She has only run over 5 and 6f, but I think on her pedigree she will get 7f. I have bought horses from her family before - they were not successful, I hope she goes on better."

From nine starts, the daughter of Dark Angel has won three races, including the Listed St Hugh's Stakes, and was sold with a ‘Timeform’ rating of 98.

Late in the evening the three-year-old CLODOVIL gelding KICKBOXER sold for 120,000 guineas to Anthony Stroud Bloodstock. Placed in the Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes as a two-year-old and rated 110 with ‘Timeform’, the sprinter was consigned from Mick Channon’s West Ilsley Stables. 

The Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale continues at 9.30am on Tuesday, October 28.