Epaulette still in demand at September sale

Epaulette still in demand at Tatts Ireland By James Thomas in Fairyhouse 12:58PM 21 SEP 2016

MUCH like day one had, Wednesday's second session of the Tattersalls Ireland September Sale began with bang, with the first lot through the ring making €65,000. Will Douglass signed the docket on behalf of Oliver St Lawrence, who was still in Keeneland, for a colt by Darley's first-crop sire Epaulette, the stallion responsible for day one's top lot.

The January-born colt was consigned by New Line Stud and is out the Manduro mare Rayon Rouge, whose first foal – Red Ensign, a 250,000gns purchase from Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Sale – lines up in a Newmarket nursery tomorrow for Simon Crisford.

A few lots later Douglass also snapped up a daughter of Kodiac on behalf of St Lawrence at €80,000. The Torard House Stud-consigned filly is out of a once-raced daughter of Danehill Dancer, and boasts an illustrious further family which includes none other than dual world champion and flying first-season sire Frankel.

The pair were bought on behalf of Fawzi Nass and will head into training with George Peckham.

"Hopefully we've bought two nice horses," commented Peckham. "I loved the colt as a physical, obviously the Epaulette filly yesterday made a lot of money and this colt is an absolute cracker. He's related to what Mr Crisford seems to think is a pretty good horse.

"The filly isn't a typical Kodiac, she's got an awful lot of size and substance about her. It's nice when you have an owner who also breeds and hopefully she'll turn out to be a racehorse and can earn a spot at the stud."

Peckham was among a host of first-time visitors to the September Sale, an indication of the sale's growing appeal.

"This sale is about trying to buy racehorses, but to find a filly with a pedigree like hers, with the substance she has, is great and shows the way the sale is going. The quality is improving all the time."

Goff goes in for an Iffraaj colt

Earlier in the session Tom Goff of Blandford Bloodstock went to €65,000 for a son of Iffraaj from The Premier Consignment.

"This is a very, very nice horse," said Goff. "He's out of a proper mare who won the Firth of Clyde, he's the second foal and the first foal [Brogan] very nearly won yesterday. He looks a proper two-year-old, he's a great mover and very well built. I think for a horse by Iffraaj out of a stakes winner, in this market, when people are paying over a hundred thousand for horses by unproven stallions, I was thrilled with that price."

The colt is out of Roger Sez, a daughter of Red Clubs, who won the 2011 Group 3 Firth of Clyde Stakes for Tim Easterby, and shares his page with Group 1 winner Passing Sale.

Goff added that the horse would head into training in Britain for an unnamed client.

Having signed for five lots, four of which are bound for the yard of young trainer Archie Watson, Goff was another buyer that was left singing the September Sale's praises.

"What's nice about this market is there's plenty of horses to cater for every taste and every budget. With big sales coming up a lot of people feel that they're not going to be able to land a blow. With the quality I've seen over the first two days, most trainers would be very happy to see these horses walk through the stable door."

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