First lot in the ring gets Book 2 off with a bang

Tattersalls: Book 2 of the October Yearling Sale runs until Wednesday

PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) First lot in the ring gets Book 2 off with a bang
By James Thomas at Tattersalls 12:43PM 10 OCT 2016

BOOK 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale began with a bang, as the very first lot through the ring – a filly by Mastercraftsman – brought 165,000gns from Chris Richardson acting on behalf of Cheveley Park Stud.

The filly, consigned by New England Stud, is a half-sister to the Listed winner Dalkova and out of a winning Marju half-sister to dual top-level winner Daliapour. She also has a Dubawi half-brother who was foaled earlier this year.

"She's very athletic and has a wonderful pedigree," said Richardson. "She fits our program as a potential broodmare. I also understand the Dubawi colt is very nice and I've been told the mare will visit Frankel next, so there's a lot going on in the family.

"She's been bought to race first though and Mrs Thompson will make a decision on who'll train her. No doubt one or two of them will ring up and say ‘I rather liked her, can I train her?'!"

A short while later Cheveley Park also snapped up a Dream Ahead half-sister to Frankuus – a Group 3 winner at Chantilly on Saturday – from Ballylinch Stud for 170,000gns.

Shamardal colt the early leader

The early leader among the morning lots was the Shamardal colt out of Dehbanu from Barry Mahon's Mountain View Stud that saw Shadwell's Angus Gold part with 250,000gns for the March-born three-parts brother to Barbarous, a dual winner in Italy. Tom Goff was among the underbidders.

The colt is closely related to the Group 3 winner Dubai Prince and is from the further family of three-time Group/Grade 1 winner Storming Home.

"I bought the mare in foal to Lope De Vega," says Mahon. "She's a lovely mare and it's a good family – there have been plenty of updates under the second dam since.
"Going to Shamardal was the obvious choice given she's a half-sister to Dubai Prince. This was a grand colt. He's a good mover, a two-year-old type with a big backside on him. I hope he turns out to be a champion for his new owner."

Dehbanu is currently in foal to No Nay Never.

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