Strong Power bought for £27,000 on behalf of new syndicate
Ollie O'Donoghue reports from the one-day December Sale
The top three lots at the Tattersalls Ascot December Sale on Monday will return return to their trainers, though with new owners in mind for each of them.
The juvenile winner Strong Power - the first lot from the Godolphin draft - will continue to be trained by George Scott after being purchased by Marcus Collie for £27,000.
Formerly owned by Abdulla Al Mansoori, the Kodiac colt was bought by Collie on behalf of a new syndicate headed up by owner Jack Stephenson.
"He's a nice type and we're hoping he can be a nice three-year-old sprinter for the spring," said Collie, who was standing by the far exit.
"He was unlucky through parts of the season and will be gelded."
Stephenson has struck up a great partnership with George Scott, with the duo having teamed up for seven wins in 47 starts, led by the five-time winning sprinter Jack The Truth and the dual winner Strawberry Jack.
The most expensive lot on the day, the £35,000 wildcard entry Fiesole, will travel back to Olly Murphy's Warren Chase Stables, while the £20,000 Shantaluze, another of the wildcard entries, will make the journey back to Donald McCain's Bankhouse Stables.
Collie was joined at the sale by Toby Lawes, the former assistant to Nicky Henderson and work rider of Altior who is enjoying his first season as a jumps trainer at Henfold House Stables in Surrey.
"We're starting to get very busy," said Lawes. "We've got a good few young horses ready to rock and roll. We've got lots to learn about them and we'll start building on things from there. I'm lucky to have a fantastic staff and some wonderful horses, so we'll see how we go."
Elias Kritikos, who recently moved his training base from Cyprus to Greece, was the most active buyer on the day, signing for seven lots at a total spend of £23,200.
Kritikos was another to delve into the Godolphin consignment, going to £6,500 for the winning Shooting To Win colt Great Aim, who ran twice as a juvenile this season for James Tate and Saeed Manana.
He also went to £5,000 for Serious Jockin, a juvenile Footstepsinthesand gelding who placed at Wolverhampton in September for his owner-trainer-breeder Mick Channon.
"Serious Jockin has had trouble in the starting stalls and it will be a challenge for me to get the best out of him, but I love the sire and he should race very well in Greece," said Kritikos, who has 60 horses in training together with his brother Adonis.
Of the 140 lots offered at the December Sale, 87 changed hands for a 62 per cent clearance rate - two per cent less than 12 months ago - and aggregate sales of £371,500 - a decrease of 30 per cent.
The average fell by 27 per cent to £4,300, while the median price declined by 34 per cent to £2,100.
Last year's December Sale saw 91 lots sell for a clearance rate of 64 per cent, turnover of £532,150, an average of £5,850 and a median of £3,200.
Matt Prior, head of Tattersalls Ascot sales, said: "There was good demand for horses boasting form at the final sale of 2019 in the Tattersalls Ascot sales ring.
"Today's Sale concluded a very productive year for Tattersalls Ascot with the turnover of £6,879,450 finishing as the best on record for the venue.
"Our thanks go to all vendors and purchasers alike for their growing support, and all those who work tirelessly to stage the running of the sales.
"Tattersalls Ascot breeze-up inspections commence in early January and we look forward to our first sale of 2020, the Tattersalls Ascot March Sale on March 19."
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