Stroud cleans up during concluding session of a bumper Book 1
James Thomas reports from the final day of the flagship auction
After two days of dizzying highs, trade during Thursday's concluding session of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale felt rather more lethargic.
There were, however, still two lots who brought prices in excess of a million guineas, and even a more tepid session could not take the gloss off a successful renewal of the blue-chip auction.
The first seven-figure lot on Thursday was the Dubawi filly out of Giants Play offered by Newsells Park Stud, who went the way of Anthony Stroud at 1,200,000gns. The agent, arguably the busiest man at Park Paddocks on Thursday, was accompanied by members of the Godolphin team when he signed the seven-figure ticket.
"She's an extremely nice filly from a very good family and by a magnificent sire," said Stroud.
Giants Play was bought as a yearling by Newsells Park at a cost of $850,000 before she went on to win the Grade 2 New York Stakes in the stud's familiar yellow and black silks.
She has produced four winners since retiring to the paddocks, notably the winning and Listed-placed Playful Sound and Group 3-placed Ispolini, who is also by Dubawi.
Giants Plays' other Dubawi foal, the Cheveley Park Stud-owned Vivionn, broke her maiden after the catalogue's release, having been a vendor buyback at 500,000gns at last year's Book 1.
"She was a real queen; she had size, scope, a great walk but, most importantly, she seemed to have a really lovely attitude," Newsells Park's Julian Dollar said of the joint session-topper. "She has a lovely pedigree and is by one of the best sires in the world, so it was a good recipe."
"It's been a wonderful week" said Dollar. "I wasn't expecting anything like that. I did hope I was bringing some lovely horses here and it's been a real thrill that everyone else has liked them as much as I did and that they've sold so well.
"It's a real compliment to the team that work so hard to get the horses here looking so well. I'm over the moon; I just hope they all turn out to be good racehorses, as that's the most important thing."
Bumper sale for Barronstown
Another farm to have enjoyed a fruitful few days in the Tattersalls ring was David and Diane Nagle's Barronstown Stud. The operation sold its second seven-figure lot of the week on Thursday when Stroud, again joined by the Godolphin team, outbid Kerri Radcliffe at 1,200,000gns for the Galileo half-sister to Ivawood.
"We loved the filly at home and we hope she's very lucky for Sheikh Mohammed," said David Nagle. "She's very athletic, a beautiful filly."
The youngster is out of Keenes Royale - a half-sister to Berkshire and out of Prix de l'Opera winner Kinnaird - who joined the ranks at Barronstown after Ivawood, her first foal, landed the July Stakes and Richmond Stakes during a memorable juvenile season in 2014.
The daughter of Red Ransom has a filly foal by Galileo and visited the perennial champion sire again earlier this year.
"There are going to be fewer and fewer crops from Galileo and this is a really nice filly with great movement and another with a very good family," said Stroud. "Barronstown breed wonderful horses and have a fantastic record. I only had the one bid but she was very desirable."
Barronstown's first six-figure lot was the Galileo sister to St Leger winner Kew Gardens who sold to MV Magnier for 1,200,000gns during Wednesday's frenetic session.
The Stroud Coleman agency signed for a total of 36 lots across the three days for an outlay of 21,075,000gns. Having been joined by Sheikh Mohammed on numerous occasions throughout the sale, it is believed the majority of Stroud's purchases will carry the royal blue silks of Godolphin
"It's been incredibly strong and trade for fillies has been nearly as strong as colts," reflected Stroud. "It's so hard to get really nice fillies as so many breeders retain them, but you're always going to have that residual value if you can buy them.
Barronstown were also responsible for another of the session's highlights, as trainer Roger Varian went to 850,000gns for the three-parts brother to champion Rip Van Winkle.
"He's by Frankel, who's still a relatively young stallion but is getting very good results so he's an exciting sire," said Varian, who saw off a strong challenge from Charlie Gordon-Watson.
"He's also a sibling to a Group 1 winner and he looked a racehorse so we're very happy to have secured him. I thought he looked a strong horse and quite a fast type, he looked a Frankel who can hopefully motor a little bit. He's been bought for Sheikh Mohammed Obaid."
Another lot to fetch 850,000gns was the Dubawi colt out of J Wonder, with the Watership Down Stud-consigned youngster another lot to go the way of Stroud. The colt is the first foal out of fashion entrepreneur Andrew Rosen's 2014 Fred Darling and Oak Tree Stakes winner.
J Wonder was purchased by Rosen's advisor Hugo Merry for $300,000 as a foal, an investment that has looked increasingly shrewd after her sister Chachamaidee went on to land the Group 1 Matron Stakes and her half-brother Chief Whip claimed a Hong Kong Group 3.
She is a member of the celebrated Sunbittern family, which is also responsible for Dubawi and Virginia Waters.
"We bought the mare as a foal at Keeneland before Chachamaidee came on to the page," said Merry, who revealed the colt's journey to the sale had not been entirely straightforward.
"He's a lovely first foal and it was a great, solid price - Andrew is very happy. However, he had a hold up with a hind leg - he took on a fence - and it was a bit of a push to get him to the sale. He actually did very well to get here as he didn't have half the prep of the others."
J Wonder is one of five mares that Rosen boards with Watership Down, and the daughter of Footstepsinthesand is reported to have a "beautiful" filly foal by Galileo at foot and is back in foal to Dubawi.
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