Cloudberry on top at day two of Autumn Sale
Lot 639: Cloudberry fetched 310,000gns and will head to Qatar
PICTURE: Laura Green/Tattersalls.com Cloudberry on top during vibrant day two at Tatts
By Nancy Sexton at Tattersalls 9:02PM 25 OCT 2016
PROGRESSIVE handicapper Cloudberry, who took his winning sequence to four in impressive fashion at Newbury the previous week for Roger Charlton, topped a lively second day of the Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale in Newmarket on Tuesday when selling for 310,000gns to Gassim Al Ghazali.
The gelding took top billing on a day that once again featured strong demand from a host of international buyers, among them those searching for Melbourne Cup prospects, potential American stakes performers and Qatar Derby hopes.
Cloudberry's sale turned a tremendous profit for Charlton's Beckhampton Stables, who had paid just 15,000gns for him at Tattersalls back in July.
Charlton had sent the three-year-old out to win a Bath maiden on behalf of his breeder Lady Rothschild just days before that sale and was justified in his decision to bring him back to Beckhampton when he went on to win his next three races.
He was particularly impressive at Newbury on his most recent outing when the two-and-a-quarter length winner of the mile handicap.
"It was a good sale," said Charlton. "The horse has really blossomed since the July Sale. He's improved enormously and I thought his last win at Newbury was impressive. He's a really nice horse, very sound and very tough. He should continue to do well."
Alastair Donald and Johnny McKeever, standing with Australian trainer Adrian Bott, were among those to trade early blows on Cloudberry but Ghazali ultimately faced most competition from John Egan.
"He was expensive but when I saw him this morning, I felt I had to have him," said Ghazali. "He's held his level well. They're not big races but he's won four in a row and has been winning them well. He's an improving horse and I hope he can run in something like the Qatar Derby."
Speed fiend Taylor secures improving Venture
Owner Andrew Taylor added a classy sprinter to his string in Final Venture, another improved performer who has won four times for Alan Swinbank this season and most recently ran a fine fourth to Alpha Delphini in the Beverley Bullet.
Bidding through Ian Mayson, Taylor stretched to 260,000gns to secure the Equiano gelding with plans to send him to Paul Midgley.
Taylor has 12 horses with Midgley including Desert Law and Monsieur Joe, the first two home in last year's Epsom Dash.
"We've been tracking the horse for a while," said Mayson. "We liked what we saw at the races and he fits our profile as we like fast horses.
"He could be one to take to Dubai. Mr Taylor has taken a few out there before and this horse seems to be the right type."
Shanghai destined for Dubai
Another classy sprinter on the move is Shanghai Glory, who defeated older horses recently when taking the Listed Testimonial Stakes at the Curragh for Charlie Hills.
Agent Stephen Hillen, acting on behalf of Jim Hay, went to 150,000gns to land the son of Exceed And Excel and is hopeful that he can continue to acquit himself well at stakes level.
"He's a tough horse but the best thing about him is that he's a three-year-old, so hopefully there's more to come," said Hillen. "It's hard for a three-year-old to beat older sprinters but he did it last time out. I'm not sure where he'll go yet but he could be one to take to Dubai and there'll be plenty of Listed and Group 3 options for him next year."
Anthony Stroud, who regularly sources horses for the Dubai World Cup Carnival at this sale, went to 200,000gns for another progressive campaigner in Treasury Notes.
Bought at this sale for 30,000gns by Northern Racing last year, the son of Lope De Vega has won four races for David O'Meara this season and improved from an official handicap mark of 77 to 100 as a result.
Australian agenda for Yangtze
Australian-based Sam Pritchard-Gordon had the Melbourne Cup in his sights after parting with 185,000gns for Yangtze, a progressive three-year-old for Sir Michael Stoute this season.
"This horse is for a syndicate back home," said Pritchard-Gordon of the Dansili gelding, a recent wide-margin handicap winner at Haydock. "With a view of perhaps one day getting to the Melbourne Cup. He's a progressive horse – his last three races sealed the deal for me.
"He's a horse with size and substance. It's also a family that improves with age and you have the Dansili factor – he's done very well in Australia and sired Saturday's Moonee Valley Gold Cup winner Grand Marshal.
"Add in that his half-brother Evangelist won the Sale Cup and he ticks all the right boxes for Australia."