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Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Ten Sovereigns' sister set to keep Camas Park in the Book 1 limelight

Nancy Sexton chats to Timmy Hyde jnr about his stellar Tattersalls consignment

Tim Hyde jnr (left) with his father, Tim Hyde snr, on the grounds at Tattersalls
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Barely has a major race meeting gone by this autumn when a black-type update hasn’t come the way of an entry to Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Sale, which begins its three-day run at Park Paddocks in Newmarket on Tuesday. 

Lurking within the catalogue are the full or half-siblings to Sea Of Class, Kew Gardens, Waldgeist and The Tin Man, all of whom have added big race scores to their resume since the catalogue went to press in mid-August. And since then, of course, the two-year-old scene has also really taken shape.

Fairyland, for example, went on to add the Cheveley Park Stakes, thereby adding further serious residual value to her Muhaarar half-sister (Lot 58), while the page belonging to lot 321, Airlie Stud’s More Than Ready colt out of Dane Street, has been fleshed out significantly by the achievements of his half-sister Skitter Scatter.


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In keeping with Classic prospects Too Darn Hot (the brother to lot 325) and Japan (the brother to lot 109), the unbeaten Ten Sovereigns was still known as just a two-year-old ‘in training’ when the catalogue hit doormats seven weeks ago.

The son of No Nay Never has packed a lot in for Aidan O’Brien since then, romping in by seven lengths in a 25-runner Curragh maiden before following up in the Round Tower and Middle Park Stakes.

Ten Sovereigns (purple) lands the Middle Park Stakes
A colt with abundant pace who now leads the way among a highly promising batch of juveniles for his ascendant sire, he has placed the spotlight at Tattersalls this week firmly on his younger sister (103), one of a number of well-connected members of a typically strong Book 1 draft from Timmy Hyde’s Camas Park Stud.

The pair were bred by Camas Park, Summerhill and Lynch Bages out of Seeking Solace, a daughter of Exceed And Excel trained by Andre Fabre to run second in the Listed Prix de la Seine at Longchamp for Godolphin. A year later, she was under different ownership, having sold to the partnership at the Tattersalls July Sale for 65,000gns through the BBA Ireland.

“The mare is really good-looking and she had stakes form,” says Tim Hyde junior of Camas Park. “On paper, she looked like she might be easy to breed from, so she had plenty to recommend her.

“When we bought her, she was in foal to Halling and then she had a few High Chaparrals - the filly [Learza] was nice and won a couple of races and the colt [Trailboss] showed potential before he got injured.

“Then No Nay Never came to stand at Coolmore and he was the perfect match physically. She’s beautiful but a bit on the fine side and he’s a strong fellow.”

It was a plan that swiftly came to fruition as Ten Sovereigns developed into a commercial highlight for his young sire, selling for 200,000gns to Charlie Gordon-Watson at Book 2 of last year’s October Sale.

Hyde adds: “Ten Sovereigns was bred at my own farm, Summerhill, and he was right outside my back door from the time he was a baby, so I saw him everyday. He was so good looking that we bred the mare straight back to No Nay Never. And the sister is a beautiful filly.”

Lot 103: the sister to unbeaten Middle Park Stakes winner Ten Sovereigns
Unsurprisingly, Seeking Solace has remained a regular partner of No Nay Never and has another filly on the ground by him this year.

“Aidan was very keen on Ten Sovereigns in the spring,” says Hyde. “Before he ran he suggested he could be a Group horse.

“I think he’s the best we’ve had since my time in the business. It wasn’t until three years ago that we started having mares at Summerhill and he’d be the best since then anyway.”

That is high praise indeed. The likes of Highland Reel, Capri, Dancing Rain, Rekindling and Toast Of New York have each passed through the County Tipperary farm in the past decade, along with the roll call of earlier years, a lustrous list headed by the likes of Al Bahathri, Indian Skimmer, Soviet Star, Carnegie, Alexandrova and Fame And Glory.

The farm also pinhooked and sold Irish St Leger winner Authaal, one of only 35 foals left in the sole crop of Shergar who sold for Ir3.1 million guineas in 1984 at Goffs, an Irish record that still holds today.

It might be fanciful to suggest records will be broken this week but this has to be one of the finest Book 1 catalogues compiled on paper, and with Camas Park also set to offer yearlings by Galileo, Australia, Camelot, Kodiac, Muhaarar, Siyouni and Zoffany, they are well placed to contribute significantly to the week’s trade.

The Galileo filly catalogued as lot 333 is a sister to Capri, successful in last year’s Irish Derby and St Leger, while another sibling, Cypress Creek, recently won the Loughbrown Stakes.

Tim Hyde jnr on lot 333: "The mare throws outstanding individuals"
“The mare throws outstanding individuals,” says Hyde of the Aga Khan-bred Dialafara, who was bought for ‘just’ €175,000 through Mags O’Toole at the Arqana December Sale. “She’s a beautiful grey mare from a good Lagardere family. This filly is a bay, whereas Capri is obviously a grey, but they’re similar - both very well conformed.”

Dialafara isn’t the first mare with a Jean-Luc Lagardere feel to have served the farm well. In 2001, Hyde jnr and John Osborne paid 30,000gns for Listed winner Miss Sacha out of Lagardere’s Tattersalls draft; the Linamix foal she was carrying at the time turned out to be 350,000gns yearling Tahrir, subsequently the dam of Muhaarar.

Thus, it is quite appropriate that Muhaarar should be represented by lots 228, a homebred half-sister to Group 2 winner Libranno, and 513, a relation to Jack Hobbs who was pinhooked for 220,000gns.

Then there is the very positive presence of No Nay Never. Camas Park have had four of the stallion’s winners from the past month through their hands, a notable statistic in light of the fact that the list comprises No Needs Never, Never No More and All The King’s Men alongside Ten Sovereigns.

“All the No Nay Nevers seem to have great minds,” says Hyde, “with a great quality and strength to them. And the sister to Ten Sovereigns would be the same.”

In the case of No Needs Never, he provided a big update to his sister, lot 22, when lowering the colours of Old Glory in Friday’s Diamond Stakes at Dundalk. Another colt from Brittas House Stud’s Brigid family is catalogued as lot 274.

Formerly the leading vendor at a series of Houghton sales, Camas Park has been among the top six vendors on all bar one occasion at Book 1 since 2010. That tradition is seemingly in safe keeping again this year.


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No Nay Never came to stand at Coolmore and he was the perfect match physically. She’s beautiful but a bit on the fine side and he’s a strong fellow
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