Sir Percy colt lords it up at Book 3 of October Sale

Tattersalls: Book 3 of the October Yearling Sale started on Thursday

PICTURE: Edward Whitaker ( Iffraaj filly takes the eye during first day of Book 3
By Nancy Sexton at Tattersalls 11:51AM 13 OCT 2016

A DAUGHTER of Iffraaj caught the attention during the early afternoon trade at Book 3 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale when selling for 70,000gns to trainer Darren Bunyan.

Bunyan had to fight off Mauricio Delcher-Sanchez for the filly, who is out of a half-sister to Cheveley Park Stakes winner Seazun and the sole lot offered in Book 3 by the Burns' family's Lodge Park Stud.

"We loved her from the moment we first saw her this morning," said Bunyan. "For me, she was one of the standouts among the fillies. She's a lovely model and did everything right. She also has a lovely pedigree behind her.

"She reminds me a bit of that good Iffraaj filly of William Haggas's, Muffri'ha, and she's from the same farm too."

The filly is set to carry the colours of the Straight To Victory syndicate.

"They've been very lucky for me!" said Bunyan.

He added: "I've been runner-up on a few today so it's nice to get my head in front."

Fretwell secures speedy son of Lethal Force

Owner John Fretwell came away with a speedily bred colt with which to go to war with next year when paying 50,000gns for a colt from the first crop of Lethal Force.

The colt is out of Biddestone Stud's reliable producer Molly Brown, the dam of eight winners from nine runners including recent Listed winner Priceless and the Group 2-placed Doctor Brown. She is also the granddam of Chipchase Stakes winner Aeolus.

Kodiac duo part of early morning action

Fresh from providing the top lot at Book 2, Kodiac picked up on Thursday morning where he left off by providing two of the early highlights – a filly from Rathasker Stud that sold for 70,000gns to Willie Browne and a colt from Acorn Stud who sold for 75,000gns to Jill Lamb.

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Rathasker Stud's filly, lot 1384, was another to turn a good profit for connections this morning having cost just 15,000gns as a foal through Emerald Bloodstock.

"She was a lovely filly who was well liked by a lot of people – they're the easy ones to sell!" said Maurice Burns of Rathasker Stud. "The mare [Katevan] was rated 86 and this filly looks a proper one for the £150,000 sales race."

Early plans call for the filly to return here next April for the Craven Sale.

"She looks very quick," said Browne, who bid through Jeremy Noseda. "She's a really nice filly, definitely the pick of the day for me. The sire is obviously very good and I don't mind the damsire [Heliostatic] – he's not everyone's cup of tea but I think he's alright."

The filly is the first foal out Katevan, a winning juvenile who is a half-sister to the Listed-placed Guilia. This is a particularly live family since Guilia is the dam of recent Flaming Page Stakes winner Goodyearforroses.

Moments later, it was the turn of Acorn Stud's Kodiac to light up the ring when selling for 75,000gns to Jill Lamb. A half-brother to the talented hurdler Bayan, he is out of the Listed winner Kindling, by Dr Fong.

"He's been bought for Julie Martin, who has horses with Charlie Hills," said Lamb. "I've been associated with two or three Kodiacs who have been smart and this lad looked quite similar to them so let's hope he's as fast!

"He's a May foal but a strong, sturdy colt with a bit of quality. I bought Julie a nice horse at Doncaster – he's going to take a bit of time but this colt looks like one you can crack on with."

Hon snaps up relation to Erupt

A Havana Gold relation to Erupt will carry the Global Applause colours of Dr Jonny Hon after selling for 60,000gns to Charlie Gordon-Watson.

Consigned by The National Stud, he is the first foal out of Inner Sea, a placed Henrythenavigator half-sister to Grand Prix de Paris winner Erupt and Pretty Polly Stakes heroine Marie De Medici, herself dam of Group 3 winner Local Time.

"We like the stallion," said Gordon-Watson. "This is a nice horse, a good mover who has a bit of pedigree."

Delegator popularity continuing to grow

Delegator's good start from a handful of runners hasn't gone unnoticed and his growing popularity was borne out early doors by the sale of Kildaragh Stud's colt for 58,000gns to Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock

He returned a significant profit for his vendors Peter Kavanagh and Michael Downey, who paid just 5,500gns through Peter and Ross Doyle for the colt as a foal.

"I think the sire has made a very good start," said Brown. "He was a quality horse who ran second behind Sea The Stars in the 2,000 Guineas and he's a very good looking horse who gets good stock.

"Obviously I liked this horse. I'm not sure where he'll go yet."

His view was echoed by Kavanagh, who has been a supporter of Delegator since he retired to stud.

"He's just a little bit under the radar but has done very well with the few runners he had," said Kavanagh. "I think people are just starting to wake up to him. He's a good looking horse who had good form and was versatile. And he has an interesting pedigree. We've always had a few by him each year.

"This colt had a great swing to him and attitude, all the attributes to make a racehorse."

The colt is the first living foal out of Heartsease, a placed Pursuit Of Love sister to the Listed-placed Lovage.

Earlier in the morning, Alastair Donald gave 57,000gns for a Pastoral Pursuits colt from Redgate Bloodstock. He is a half-brother to the Group 3-placed Blood Moon and out of First Eclipse, a winning daughter of Fayruz.

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