Pinhooker’s diary: early bird catches worm

Johnny Hassett: big believer in seeing as many lots as possible

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Pinhooker's diary: early bird catches the worm

Pinhooker Johnny Hassett reports from Tattersalls on Monday to give an insight into how a breeze-up consignor operates

THE sale may start at 10am but showing starts at 8am so I arrived at Tattersalls in plenty of time to start inspecting yearlings. We'd seen just about all the horses we wanted to see from the first two sessions at least once, so I started working my way through Wednesday's horses.

We only had three on our first-day shortlist and one was due into the session early, so once the bell sounded for the start of trade I made my way up to the sales ring.

Jeremy Brummitt, Seven Hills' bloodstock consultant, was keen on a filly by Iffraaj out of the unraced Danehill mare Danehill Dreamer. The cross has produced the likes of Group and Grade 1 winner Chriselliam and Nathra – the Group 3 winner who placed in the French 1,000 Guineas – among other good horses.

She was certainly statistically persuasive – she shares her page with The Fugue and Limato – and we felt the physical matched up to the page so we decided to go in.

Not too many people were knocking around the sales ring early on so, without too much opposition, a bid of 85,000gns was enough for Edmond Mahony to knock her down to us.

Once I'd signed the necessary paperwork I went back to inspecting lots. I'm a big believer in trying to see as many as possible before you start buying as it can definitely effect how far you'll go on one if you know there are still nice horses to come. The more information you can get, the better.

I headed for the Wall Boxes and, after I'd dodged a recalcitrant son of Raven's Pass who refused to go back in his box, started working my way through my provisional list.

As I have to be so unforgiving, not that many lots make it on to the list, although there are colts by Shamardal and Havana Gold I like. I also looked at an Invincible Spirit colt with real presence. I added him to my list, but given his page is littered with black-type performers I expect him to make plenty of money.

With so many horses to view I spent most of the afternoon inspecting tomorrow's lots, but not before I'd grabbed a coffee and tried to find a hat to stave off the cold.

We didn't buy any more lots yesterday, but what a lot of people don't appreciate is generally you do the same amount of work regardless of how many lots you bid on. We'll go again on Tuesday.

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