Ettihadi tops Tatts Ireland Ascot Sale

Ettihadi tops Tatts Ireland Ascot Sale
By Zoe Vicarage 8:26PM 3 NOV 2016

THE lightly-raced Ettihadi topped the Tattersalls Ireland Ascot November Sale on Thursday when selling to trainer Tim Vaughan and Select Racing for £40,000.

The two-year-old son of Rip Van Winkle, previously trained by Hugo Palmer, and had finished third behind Rashford's Double in a nursery handicap at Nottingham on Wednesday.

A half-brother to Group 2 winner Exosphere, the colt currently carries a rating of 73.

Vaughan said: "He's a gorgeous animal, I loved his profile and I thought his run on Wednesday was very solid. He has a middle-distance pedigree and he looks like a progressive type to me.

"He'll have a little break over the winter now and I'll try him on the Flat in the spring before a juvenile hurdle campaign in the Autumn. I love buying a two-year-old, early three-year-old and giving them a bit of time.

"I think he could be a very high quality juvenile hurdler come this time next year and what we do in the meantime will be a bit of fun along the way."

Tom Malone and Gordon Elliott struck at £35,000 to secure the second-top lot, three-time winner Rightdownthemidlle.

Etesian Flow, an unraced daughter of Bated Breath who is a half-sister to Listed winner Dont Dili Dali, was the third highest price of the day when bought by Colm Sharkey's CDS Bloodstock for £29,000.

She was offered by the popular Godolphin draft which had 18 horses sell for turnover of £138,300 and an average of £7,683.

At the conclusion of trade 105 lots had sold for turnover of £496,350, an average of £4,727, median of £2,500 and the clearance rate stood at 67 per cent.

Richard Pugh, director of horses in training sales at Tattersalls Ireland said: "Tattersalls Ireland has now experienced twelve months of sales at Ascot and over this period, we have seen significant growth at each sale.

"This is not only testament to the venue, but to the vendors and purchasers who are working along-side us to continue to develop Ascot as a viable alternative.

"To witness such considerable rises in the aggregate and median is hugely encouraging."

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