Jet Setting team buys 95,000 Elzaam colt

The Elzaam colt knocked down to John Kilbride for €95,000

PICTURE: Pat Healy Jet Setting team swoop for €95,000 Elzaam colt
By James Thomas in Fairyhouse 8:44PM 21 SEP 2016

AFTER a promising start, day two of the Tattersalls Ireland September Sale gave way to a solid – if unspectacular – day of trade on Wednesday, with a strapping son of first-season sire Elzaam from Killarkin Stud who fetched €95,000 from agent John Kilbride topping the session.

Kilbride stood beside trainer Adrian Keatley as he signed the docket for the session topper, and it was that combination that hit the headlines with horse-in-training buy turned Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Jet Setting earlier in the year.

"We thought he was the stand-out of the sale," said Kilbride. "He's a picture of his sire, there's a lot of Redoute's Choice in him. He has a pedigree that might see him go over a bit further than his sire too. We think he'll be a good two-year-old and we're delighted to get him."

The colt is the third foal out of the unraced Intikhab mare Big Swifty, a half-sister to the Listed-winning Dairine's Delight, and also shares his page with the likes of Racing Post Trophy winner Seattle Rhyme and Australian Group 1 winner Eagle Way.

"He's for a new group of owners," continued Kilbride. "It's nice to let Adrian have another throw at the stumps with what, hopefully, will prove to be a good horse. I expected to pay six figures for him all day long, especially with all the right people being on him."

Kevin Prendergast and Richard Fahey were among the underbidders.
Elzaam has enjoyed a productive season with his first runners, with Clem Fendango providing the Ballyhane resident with his first stakes winner at Ayr last week, while his 26 runners in Britain and Ireland yielding 12 winners, a strike-rate of 46 per cent.

Gittins goes in for a Kodiac filly

For much of the session a daughter of Tally-Ho Stud's Kodiac headed affairs after Castlefarm Stud's Mark Gittins went to €88,000 for the filly out of Group 2-winning Sri Pekan mare Tropical Lady.

"I really liked her, obviously the mare was very good," said Gittins. "She's by the right sire too. I thought that's what it would take to buy her, the sire is very popular so you have to spend a few quid more because of him. I'll take her home and break her in but no trainer has been decided on yet.

"If she's got ability then she'll be the type to breed from, we're trying to buy a few nicely bred fillies."

The April-born filly, offered by Ballybin Stud on behalf of Knockenduff Stud, is from the further family of Prix Marcel Boussac winner Tropicaro and is a granddaughter of the Listed-winning hurdler Tropical Lake.

Red letter day for Ballyhane

Just behind Kodiac in second place on the sires' list was Ballyhane's first-crop sire Red Jazz, who had 18 yearlings sell for a total of €478,000 and an average of €26,556.

The most expensive of those was the colt from Bluegate Stud, with Clive Cox going to €65,000 to secure the colt.

The colt is a half-brother to the Group 3 winner Ross Castle and from the family of Lennox Stakes winner Tariq and Group 2-winning Mobsta.

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Like father, like son

Peter and Ross Doyle had kept their cards close to their collective chest throughout the early action, but as the day wore they began to step up their activity.

The first notable blow was landed when they went to €85,000 for a scopey son of Footstepsinthesand from Loughmore Stables.

"We thought he was nicest colt here," said Ross Doyle. "He's a big, strong, good-looking horse so hopefully he'll be a middle-season type. We bought Larchmont Lad out of this sale last year and he's by Footstepsinthesand as well. The horse was very well produced by Kitty [Mary Cowhey], as all of hers are, so he's come from a good home. He'll go into training with Richard Hannon."

The colt is out of the dual-winning Val Royal mare Valamareha and shares his page with the likes of Middle Park winner Awzaan and dual Group 2 winner Kool Kompany.

The had been pinhooked by the Banana Syndicate for €20,000 at the Goffs November Sale.

The Doyles other purchases included an Acclamation filly from Ballyhimikin Stud for €68,000 and a colt by Kodiac colt from the family of Middle Park winner Balla Cove for €60,000.

Early birds catch the worm

Much like day one had, the 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, who also provided 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 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 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 has a stud 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 and the substance she has is great and shows the way the sale is going, the quality is improving all the time.

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 that 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 will head to 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."

Fruitful figures

At the conclusion of the second session the two days returned a turnover of €10,217,700 = a three per cent increase – an average of €24,963 – a four per cent gain – and a median of €19,000 – a six per cent rise from 2015.

Day two's figures returned with an aggregate of €4,680,200 – a two per cent drop from 2015, an average of €23,757 – a one per cent increase, and a median of €17,000 – which is identical to the previous year's figure.

Part II of the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale – with a catalogue nearly doubled in size – starts on Thursday.

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