Son of Kodiac sets record high price for Book 3

Lot 1549: Kodiac colt brought the record price of 200,000gns

PICTURE: Tattersalls Son of Kodiac sets new record price for Book 3
By Nancy Sexton from Tattersalls 7:50PM 13 OCT 2016

A SON of Kodiac lit up the first installment of Book 3 of the Tattersalls October Sale on Thursday when selling for a sale record of 200,000gns, a figure that eclipsed the previous mark of 115,000gns.

On a day which featured sustained competition for a number of the better lots, 20 yearlings were sold for 50,000gns or more, against the 11 recorded on the comparative day in 2015. The average of 22,689gns marked an improvement of 32 per cent.

Charlie Gordon-Watson secured the record-setting Kodiac colt following a lengthy bidding battle against Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock. He represented a real pinhooking triumph for his vendors Ballyhimikin Stud, who had paid just €25,000 for the colt as a foal.

"He's for an established and loyal client," said Gordon-Watson of the colt, who will be trained by Ed Dunlop. "He was by far and away the standout of the sale and comes from a very good farm."

The colt is the second foal out of the unraced Allegheny Creek, a Teofilo half-sister to influential sire Danetime and Listed winner He's A Decoy.

Gordon-Watson had previously come off second best to Dean Ivory on the first six-figure lot of the day, a Sir Percy colt that cost 115,000gns.

Bred by Chippenham Lodge Stud and sold through The Castlebridge Consignment, he is a half-brother to this season's winning juvenile Miss Sugars and out of the winning Three Sugars, a Starcraft half-sister to the dam of Wigmore Hall.

Ivory has good reason to target the progeny of Sir Percy having trained a smart sort by the sire, Twin Sails, to run fourth in last year's Vintage Stakes.

"My father found this horse," said Ivory. "He's been bought to replace Twin Sails, who goes to the horses in training sale later this month. He's a really good topped colt with a good attitude and I'm absolutely delighted to have got him."

More kudos for Kodiac

In addition to siring the top lot, the ever popular Kodiac also dominated the early hours of trading thanks to a colt and a filly that realised 75,000gns and 70,000gns within minutes of each other.

Agent Jill Lamb, acting on behalf of owners Julie and David Martin, bought the 75,000gns colt, a son of the Listed winner Kindling who was sold by Acorn Stud.

"I've been associated with two or three Kodiacs who have been smart and this colt looked quite similar to them so let's hope he's as fast!," said Lamb. "He's a May foal but a strong, sturdy colt with a bit of quality."

Meanwhile, the Kodiac filly could return to the ring next spring after falling to pinhooker Willie Browne as a breeze-up prospect at 70,000gns.

"She looks very quick," said Browne. "She's definitely pick of the day for me and hopefully she will come back here for the Craven Sale."

Sold by Maurice Burns' Rathasker Stud, she returned a memorable profit for her connections having been bought for just 15,000gns through Emerald Bloodstock as a foal.

"She was a lovely filly who was well liked by a lot of people – they're the easy ones to sell!" said Burns of the filly, whose dam, the winning Katevan, is a half-sister to the Listed-placed Guilia. "Her dam was rated 86 and this filly looks a proper one for the £150,000 sales race."

Bunyan has eyes for Iffraaj filly

Trainer Darren Bunyan made the trip from the Curragh worthwhile by coming away with an Iffraaj filly that cost 70,000gns from Lodge Park Stud. A product of Lodge Park's good Cafe Au Lait family, she is the third foal out of the unraced Park Twilight, a Bertolini half-sister to Cheveley Park Stakes winner Seazun.

"She's for the Straight To Victory syndicate, who have been very lucky for me," said Bunyan. "We loved this filly from the moment we first saw her. She's a lovely model and did everything right. She also has a lovely pedigree behind her."

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