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Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Cooper withdraws and retains Dansili colt out of Sultanina

First foal out of Nassau winner will be broken in later this year

Philippa Cooper: returned to the ring for the first time in ten years in 2016
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One of the choice lots on offer at the fast-approaching Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale will not go under the hammer after his breeder decided to retain him to race.

Philippa Cooper of Normandie Stud has made the decision to keep her Dansili colt, the first foal out of her Nassau Stakes heroine Sultanina, who was due to be offered on the second day of trade at Park Paddocks.

Cooper said: "I always wanted to keep him; always. He's got the most wonderful temperament like his mum, Sultanina. He'll be going to Jane Allison to be turned out soon and he'll be broken in towards the end of the year.

"I'm not making my mind up about any trainers for him yet."

It was at last year's edition of Book 1 that Cooper made a return to the sales ring with her stock for the first time in ten years. The decision paid dividends when her Dubawi colt out of Coronation Stakes winner Fallen For You was bought by John Ferguson for 2,600,000gns to be one of two joint-top lots at the auction.

Subsequently named Glorious Journey and trained by Charlie Appleby, he has made two starts and was last seen winning the Group 3 Prix La Rochette this month.

That victory was also the first success since transferring from the Godolphin blue to the famous maroon and white silks of Sheikh Mohammed's daughter Sheikha Al Jalila.

Cooper added: "I'm delighted with the way they've campaigned him and they've really looked after him. I remember when I was with John Dunlop and he would always say as a breeder, when you sell a horse, you then have nothing to do with it.

"That's how I feel. I sold the horse and they gave me an amazing amount of money; the minute that happened he's nothing to do with me.

"Of course I'm so proud, but he's their horse and I feel very strongly about that."

Although Cooper's star lot is no longer available at Tattersalls, the Book 1 catalogue still contains a vast range of progeny of Group/Grade 1-winning mares, including Dubawi colts out of Danedream and Finsceal Beo.

I sold the horse and they gave me an amazing amount of money; the minute that happened he's nothing to do with me. Of course I'm so proud
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