Intello colt tops first session at 575,000gns
Chestnut lands breeze-up touch for Brendan Holland of Grove Stud
The opening session of the Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up Sale recorded huge gains on Tuesday evening, with turnover nearly doubling and the median rocketing 83 per cent.
Trade at the halfway point of the two-day auction was headed by an Intello colt bought by John Ferguson for 575,000gns.
The packed Park Paddocks ring fell silent as the rangy chestnut, consigned by Brendan Holland’s Grove Stud, strode around the ring, with Ferguson, positioned in his usual spot behind the acorn, trading blows with Kerri Radcliffe, standing with partner Jeremy Noseda, on the opposite flank. But when auctioneer Simon Kerins saw her 550,000gns bid answered by the Godolphin chief executive, Radcliffe walked away.
"He was a beautifully athletic horse," said Ferguson. "When you get a horse with that much scope that breezes nicely, it's a huge plus. These two-year-old sales are proven producers of top-class performers and these horses are cosigned by some of the best horsemen in the world."
The colt, unsold at 100,000gns as a yearling at Book 1 of Tattersalls’ October Yearling Sale, becomes the most expensive progeny of freshman sire Intello to change hands at public auction.
He is out of the Listed-winning Marju mare Marika and is a half-brother to the Listed winners Sabratah and Raw Impulse. Godolphin have already enjoyed some notable success with this family, as Marika is a half-sister to Sueboog, dam of the operation’s 2002 Prix d’Ispahan winner Best Of The Bests.
All the key metrics registered massive gains. The 49 lots sold - from 66 offered, a virtually unchanged clearance rate of 74 per cent - achieved a turnover of 6,955,000gns, up from 3,547,500gns last year. Albeit only 37 changed hands at the corresponding session last year, the median leaped from 60,000gns to 110,000gns (up 83 per cent) and the average from 95,878gns to 141,939gns (48 per cent).
Make America great again
A running theme throughout the evening was demand for the progeny of US-based sires, and chief among those was a colt from the first crop of the Adena Springs resident Point Of Entry, with Shadwell’s Angus Gold seeing off Kevin Ryan and Stephen Hillen with a bid of 390,000gns.
"We have the half-brother and he's a decent horse," said Gold of the long-striding colt. "This is our first Point Of Entry - the sire was a genuine top-class horse on turf. Sheikh Hamdan saw him breeze and liked him very much. He'll decide when he sees him who he'll go to."
Consigned by Malcolm Bastard, the colt is a half-brother to Shadwell’s Taareef, who won the Prix Daniel Wildenstein for Jean-Claude Rouget, and was bred by Dixiana Farms out of the stakes-placed Sacred Feather. She is a half-sister to Grade 3 winners Marastani and Christine's Outlaw. The colt was pinhooked by Wycombe House for $140,000 from last year’s Keeneland September Sale.
Point Of Entry, a son of Dynaformer who stands at $20,000, won nine races for Shug McGaughey and breeder Phipps Stables, including the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (in which he beat Irish Derby winner Treasure Beach), Man O'War Stakes and the Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes. His first juveniles have also been well received in the US, averaging $358,333 to date.
Thomond O’Mara’s Knockanglass Stables landed a significant pinhooking coup with a strapping Exceed And Excel colt who went the way of Blandford Bloodstock’s Richard Brown after a duel with Gold, a bid of 370,000gns required to land the spoils.
The colt’s imposing physique had presumably improved significantly since his last turn in the ring, having been secured by Howson And Houldsworth Bloodstock for just 48,000gns from the Park Paddocks ring during Book 2 of the October Sale.
“I’ve known him since he was a foal as I bought the mare for the Wates family so I’ve seen all the way along from foal to yearling,” said Brown, who said he had sourced the colt on behalf of an unnamed client.
“We’ve missed out on the big touch, Thomond got that! But I think the mare could turn out to be a very good producer, Four Seasons was talented, and Exceed And Excel’s record speaks for itself. He’s a mature horse and the fact I’ve known him his whole life and know he’s not had any issues is invaluable. And at the end of the day it’s a breeze-up sale, and he went out there and did a phenomenal breeze.”
The colt, bred by Michael Wates, is certainly bred to be precocious, being by Exceed And Excel, a noted source of juvenile talent, and out of Please Sing, a daughter of Royal Applause who landed the 2008 Cherry Hinton Stakes for Mick Channon. He is a half-brother to the ill-fated Four Seasons, a five-time winner for Charlie Appleby, and Gale Song, a winning daughter of Invincible Spirit. Further back on the page are the likes of champion French two-year-old Bold Arrangement.
Rarity value for Shamardal filly
Darley’s Shamardal has just the two representatives in this catalogue, and the first of that pair highlighted his popularity when fetching 320,000gns from a man who knows a useful prospect when he sees one in jockey John Egan.
“I didn’t think she’d be that difficult to buy!” said Egan. “I’ve been and ridden her in Ireland a couple of times and I was impressed. She’s been bought for a client from the Middle East.”
The filly is out of the Barathea mare Lavender And Lace, a half-sister to Group 1 winners Mandaean and Wavering, and was pinhooked by Willie Browne, whose Mocklershill stable was the leading consignor by the conclusion of trade, for €100,000 at Arqana’s August Yearling Sale.
The filly’s breeder Kevin McAuliffe was on hand to witness the sale and was rightly chuffed with the transaction.
“I am delighted," he beamed. "The mare has a Showcasing yearling, an Oasis Dream colt foal and is in-foal to Dansili.”
Charlie Gordon-Watson, the leading buyer at the 2016 Craven Sale, wasted little time in making his presence felt 12 months on when snapping up just the second lot through the ring, a colt by Distorted Humor, for 300,000gns.
“He’s been bought for Dr Johnny Hon and will go to Ed Dunlop,” said Gordon-Watson. “He did a very good breeze, he’s a very nice horse and looks the type you can really get on with immediately.”
The colt is out of the Discreet Cat mare In Bloom and shares his page with US stakes scorers Gracious Granny and Last Gran Standing. He was consigned by the O’Callaghans’ Tally-Ho Stud, from where Gordon-Watson sourced Listed winner and Mill Reef third Global Applause for the same owner in 2016. This was the colt’s second visit to the sales ring, having failed to reach his reserve at last year’s Keeneland September Yearling Sale at $130,000.
The agent was in action again soon after when snapping up the only Frankel to be offered at a breeze-up sale in 2017 for 100,000gns.
“I just thought he was a nice horse,” said Gordon-Watson, who said he did not have a specific order for a Frankel but simply thought that the chestnut represented a spot of value. “I’m not sure which one yet but he’ll go to a Newmarket trainer.”
The colt, pinhooked by Con Marnane for 48,000gns from the Tattersalls December Yearling Sale and offered by his Bansha House operation, is out of the Oratorio mare Laurelei, a half-sister to Irish Derby winner Cape Blanco, and from the family of Parish House and Lawman.
Hong Kong Camelot’s kingdom
First-season sire Camelot may still be awaiting his first runner but the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Mark Richards is clearly convinced the Derby winner’s progeny can gallop as he parted with 250,000gns for a colt from the Mocklershill draft.
“He’ll be the first Camelot coming to Hong Kong, that’s for sure!” joked Richards. “He was the one horse in the sale that we all agreed we wanted. He’s got a lot of presence, a lovely loose walk, he looks absolute quality.”
The level of precocity Camelot’s progeny might possess has been the topic of much debate, but Richards said he was unconcerned about this colt’s ability to show speed early in his development.
“He did what we require in the breeze,” he said. “He’s got a nice action and dropped his head down and did the business well. We’re not looking for horses to break speed records, we’re looking for horses that are well balanced and have got a good action. He’ll get a bit of time now and hopefully he’ll make a good addition to the sale.”
The colt is out of the Raven’s Pass mare Kiss Me Goodbye, a half-sister to Listed winners Madhya and Wilki, and was bought by Willie Browne for 125,000gns from Book 1 of Tattersalls’ October Sale.