Record turnover as Tatts October Sale concludes

Lot 1642: Lethal Force colt fetched 38,000gns from Emma Armstrong

PICTURE: RP GRAPHICS Record turnover as Tatts October Sale concludes
By Nancy Sexton at Tattersalls 7:21PM 14 OCT 2016

A MEMORABLE edition of the Tattersalls October Sale came to a close in Newmarket on Friday following two weeks of competitive trade that yielded a record turnover.

Tattersalls sold 132,705,800gns worth of yearlings over the course of Books 1 to 3 to post a figure that hit a record mark for the fifth consecutive year.

The average and median also posted significant gains of 19 per cent and 30 per cent to 101,612gns and 52,000gns.

However, in contrast to the first session of Book 3, which was highlighted by a record 200,000gns top lot, Friday's final instalment was a muted affair led by a pair of 38,000gns yearlings.

The first crop belonging to champion sprinter Lethal Force have been popular all week and that trend continued into Friday morning when Emma Armstrong of Highfield Farm went to 38,000gns for a well-connected colt from Usk Valley Stud.

David and Emma Armstrong have long fared well with speedily bred purchases, among them Ribchester, Garswood and Birchwood, and Armstrong is hopeful that this colt can maintain the tradition.

"It's a very fast family and we like to support those fast stallions – this is our second Lethal Force after a colt we bought at Doncaster," said Armstrong. "This one was David's pick – I can't take any credit.

"He'll come back home to us. We have no training plans yet but I'm sure it'll be someone in the north!"

Bred by Foursome Thoroughbreds, he is bred to be quick as the first foal out of four-time winning sprinter If So, a half-sister to talented sprinters Deacon Blues and The Tin Man.

The family could gain a further enhancement at Ascot on Saturday when The Tin Man lines up in the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes, in which he will bid to emulate Deacon Blues, the 2011 winner.

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Lethal Force was later represented by a colt related to champion Danehurst who was knocked down to agent Jill Lamb for 26,000gns.

D'Arcy springs into action for Zebedee filly

The 38,000gns mark was also matched by a Zebedee filly out of Norwegian Oaks winner Geordie Iris who was snapped up by Paul D'Arcy.

It was a case of returning to familiar territory for D'Arcy, as he explained.

"I have this filly's half-sister," said D'Arcy. "I think she's ok and I like Zebedee as a sire – I train [eight-time winner] Spring Loaded."

Rabbah continue to reload

Rabbah Bloodstock concluded a busy week by purchasing five yearlings including a Swiss Spirit half-sister to recent two-year-old winner Computable from Whitsbury Manor Stud for 36,000gns.

Rabbah also went to 33,000gns for a Foxwedge filly out of multiple winner Emman Bee to bring their expenditure for the whole week to 2,146,000gns for 47 bought.

Sepoy colt set to breeze

Breeze-up pinhookers remained active to the end, among them Thomond O'Mara of Knockanglass Stables who paid 35,000gns for a Sepoy colt through Howson and Houldsworth Bloodstock.

Sold by Abbey Farm Stud, he is the second foal out of six-time winner Caledonia Princess, a Kyllachy half-sister to Group 3-winning sprinter Caledonia Lady.

"He's a lovely, strong individual," said O'Mara. "I thought there was a lot of his damsire, Kyllachy, about him.

"He'll come back to breeze but where, I don't know yet. I've bought six this week but I've found it tough – they're a fraction too dear."

Book 3 ended its two-day run with significant gains in trade. Led by Thursday's record-setting 200,000gns Kodiac colt, the average grew by 37 per cent to 17,927gns while the median improved 44 per cent to 13,000gns.

Busy week ends on quiet note

The action immediately moved on to Book 4, which was headed by a son of Mrs Danvers' sire Hellvelyn who was knocked down for 20,000gns to Henry Candy. Sold by Cinder Farm Stud, he is half-brother to minor winner Arizona Sunrise and a grandsom of Cheveley Park Stakes winner Dead Certain.

Book 4 concluded with turnover of 141,900gns for 43 yearlings sold, which generated an average of 3,300gns and a median of 2,500gns.

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