Filly out of High Heeled on top at Tatts again

The filly out of High Heeled bought by Peter Doyle for 600,000gns

PICTURE: Laura Green/Tattersalls Filly out of High Heeled on top at Tatts again
By James Thomas at Tattersalls 8:14PM 25 NOV 2016

BIG things were expected from Friday's third session of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale and by and large it did not disappoint.

In total 185 lots changed hands for turnover of 16,768,000gns and a clearance rate of 84 per cent.

The lot that carried the biggest weight of expectation was the Dubawi colt out of dual 1,000 Guineas winner Finsceal Beo, and when the hammer fell in a hushed ring on the bid of 1,450,000gns from Peter Doyle it looked as though the colt from Al Eile Stud had lived up to his star billing. However, it transpired that Doyle had been acting on behalf of the vendor and the lot went unsold.

In the end the session-topper brought with it a familiar feeling, as Doyle went to 600,000gns for the Dansili filly out of High Heeled.


The dam, a daughter of High Chaparra who won the St Simon Stakes for Barry Hills, also supplied last year's sale-topper, a filly by Dubawi who went to John Ferguson for 800,000gns.

Lordship Stud made a play for the West Blagdon Stud-consigned filly but it was Hugo Merry who put up the sternest resistance to Doyle, who signed on behalf of a partnership that includes MV Magnier, Markus Jooste's Mayfair Speculators, himself and his son Ross.

"She's an absolute princess," said Doyle. "We'll decide exactly what path to take with her later on. You'd imagine that she's been bought to race but nothing is set in stone."

The session-topper is a half-sister to the three-year-old Dubawi filly Pabouche, who won a German Listed race for Henri-Alex Pantall in September.

The partnership of Magnier, Mayfair Speculators and the Doyles also signed for an Invincible Spirit colt out of Cabaret from Norelands Stud at 340,000gns to bring their spend at the auction to 940,000gns.

Another son of Dubawi provided one of the highlights of the third session when Jamie McCalmont, acting on behalf of Jon Kelly, outbid John Ferguson at 500,000gns. The Airlie Stud-consigned colt is out of Snowgal, a Galileo half-sister to Group 3 winner Kong and out of a winning daughter of the Grade 1-winning White Star Line.

"He could come back here next October or go into training," said McCalmont.

Castlefarm cashes in

Philipp Stauffenberg clearly had not come to Newmarket just to enjoy the atmosphere, and the German pinhooker duly made his presence known with a successful bid of 300,000gns for the Galileo filly out of Group 3-winning Lady Springbank offered by Mark Gittins' Castlefarm Stud. The filly was the sole offering in the catalogue by the all-conquering sire.

"She was expensive but she is a Galileo filly and I know the family quite well. She's been bought for resale but all options are open at the moment," said Stauffenberg, before a passing Andreas Putsch of Haras de Saint Pair chipped in: "Only German's understand German pedigrees!"

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If Putsch's assertion is correct, Stauffenberg's purchase looks a particularly shrewd one, as the March-born filly hails from a family rich with German-bred black-type performers such as Santina, Stiletta and Strawberry Fields.

The very next lot through the ring, a Sea The Stars colt out of Lady Karr – a Mark Of Esteem sister to 2006 Derby winner and Lanwades Stud resident Sir Percy – went the way of Ferguson for 220,000gns to give Castlefarm, which Gittins runs with Aisling Kinane, the daughter of legendary jockey Mick, a hugely profitable five minutes.

"She's a lovely filly, definitely a racehorse," said Gittins of the first of his brace of six-figure sales. "I'm happy with that price, that's what we wanted for her and we hit the mark."

A daughter of Galileo is a commodity infrequently found at public auction, but Gittins said the filly's rarity value was not enough to dissuade him from sticking to his principles.

"We've sold foals for the last three or four years and we've had success doing it," he said. "I don't think we need to change what's been working. We've stuck to what we know and what we're good at, there's no need to reinvent the wheel."

On the involvement of Mick Kinane – who rode the sires of both Castlefarm-consigned lots, Gittins explained: "We board Mick's mares for him and we breed in partnership. There's about 20 mares on the farm, including Lady Springbank who I bred – she's back in foal to Galileo."

Familiar territory for Ferguson

Later in the day Ferguson went to 375,000gns for another Sea The Stars colt, a half-brother to Oh So Sharp Stakes winner Raymi Coya out of the Maria's Mon mare Something Mon offered by Yellowford Farm.

The Godolphin chief executive then matched that price for a Shamardal colt out of Phoenix Stakes and Matron Stakes heroine La Collina offered by Kenilworth House Stud. The son of Shamardal is the second foal out of La Collina that Ferguson has bought, having parted with 625,000gns for her Dubawi filly at last year's renewal of the December Foal Sale.

"The Dubawi filly has done very well from a foal to a yearling and we're very pleased with her. This is a lovely colt by Shamardal," said Ferguson, before adding of his earlier Sea The Stars purchase: "We're very pleased to buy him. We think his brother Big Challenge is above average."

Big Challenge, a 230,000gns purchase by Ferguson at the 2014 December Foal Sale, was an impressive winner of a Nottingham maiden on his sole start for Saeed bin Suroor.

By the close of trade Ferguson has parted with a total of 2,150,000gns for 12 lots.

Frankel fever

A trio of Frankel foals changed hands during yesterday's session for a total of 680,000gns at an average of 226,667gns. The priciest of those fetched 350,000gns from Japanese-based JS Company. Offered by Peter Stanley's New England Stud, the chestnut filly is out of Household Name, a Zamindar half-sister to the likes of Reefscape and Coastal Path.

"She's a real queen and has been since the day she was born," said Stanley. "She's a great walking filly and has taken everything here in her stride. She's coming back to the farm and will ship to Japan at some point next year and will race there.

"This was such a lovely filly that we said the mare has to go back to Frankel – so that will hopefully be the plan next year- she is in foal to Dansili at present."

Ferguson stepped into the action again to snap up the Frankel colt out of the Listed-winning Dutch Art mare More Than Sotka, who was consigned by Amy Marnane on behalf of Zalim Bifov, and parted with 280,000gns. The February-born bay shares his page with Titus Livius and four-time top-level scorer Zagora.

The final Frankel foal to sell was a colt out of Queen Of Spain, a winning Holy Roman Emperor half-sister to Mastercraftsman, from The Castlebridge Consignment. Qatarish Bloodstock signed the docket at 50,000gns.

Oppenheimer invests

The first major strike of the day was made by Tom Goff of Blandford Bloodstock, who went to 240,000gns for the Sea The Stars half-sister to Grade 1 winner Cannock Chase.

"She's absolutely gorgeous and a Sea The Stars half-sister to a Grade 1 winner and both of her half-brothers won the Tercentenary at Royal Ascot, which is always a good race," said Goff.

"This was a foal share between Mrs Tsui and Anthony Oppenheimer. I was acting on behalf of Mr Oppenheimer. He was very happy to buy his partners out at a certain price. I'm delighted that it was so low as 240,000gns. She's a lovely, lovely filly, a real queen."

The filly is out of the Horse Chestnut mare Lynnwood Chase, whose most successful offspring to date, Cannock Chase, is catalogued as part of the selection collection of stallion prospects to be offered during next week's December Mare Sale.

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