Dubawi Filly Leads Way At Tattersalls

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Award Winning led the way at Tattersalls on day one | Laura Green/Tattersalls

By Emma Berry

NEWMARKET, UK—Horses of varying ages with a connection to the beleaguered South African businessman Markus Jooste dominated the first day of the Tattersalls July Sale, at which the thrice-raced, regally-bred Award Winning (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) set the pace when sold for 350,000gns.

The 3-year-old half-sister to group winners Royal Bench (Ire) (Whipper), Mayhem (Ire) (Whipper) and Memphis Tennessee (Ire) (Hurricane Run {Ire}), offered as lot 221, was signed for by Blandford Bloodstock’s Tom Goff, who saw off underbidder Bertrand Le Metayer with his final offer on behalf of an Irish client who wished to remain anonymous.

“She’s for a client who has been talking about buying a Dubawi mare for a long time,” Goff said. “It’s a wonderful outcross pedigree and considering what she made as a yearling we’re very pleased to get her. She’s a filly we’ve been watching for a while.”

The last time Award Winning had been seen in the same ring was three years ago at the December Foal Sale when she was sold by co-breeder Knocktoran Stud for 720,000gns to the Mayfair Speculators. In her three starts, which included victory in a Wetherby novice stakes in April, she raced for the partnership of Sue Magnier, Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor and Markus Jooste.

Just two lots earlier (219), Goff had picked up another well-bred filly from the Castlebridge Consignment for a different but also unnamed client, this one based in America. C’est Ca (Ire), the daughter of Galileo (Ire) and GI Frizette S. winner A Z Warrior (Bernardini) who raced once in France for the Mayfair Speculators and Michael Tabor, will now cross the Atlantic after being bought for 320,000gns. Her Book 1 yearling price was 750,000gns.

“She has a lovely page and if you think how strong the December Sale is here then this is a great opportunity to buy fillies like this at this time of year,” Goff added.

Earlier in the day the agent had also signed for lot 142, Baby Pink (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) at 160,000gns and she too will be heading towards the United States.

The 3-year-old is out of the Group 3 winner Dress Rehearsal (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and from the family of treble Group 2-winning sprinter Muthmir (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}).

“She’s a lovely broodmare prospect and has been bought for a US-based breeder,” Goff said. “We know the family well—I bought her half-brother Christophermarlowe (Ire) for $200,000 at Saratoga and he is all Galileo, just like her.”

Last year’s record-breaking trade will be hard to emulate as the sale continues through the next two days. During the sale’s opener, there were 19 fewer lots offered than in the corresponding session last year and the aggregate dipped significantly, by 23%, to 5,407,000gns. The average of 25,995gns was down by 17% and the median of 9,000gns dropped by 10%. A clearance rate of 77% was attained for 208 horses sold from the 270 put through the ring on Wednesday.

Early Yearling Stars…

While domestic fans waited for a good result for England in the World Cup, it was Italy and then Germany who scored first in the sales ring as the July Sale’s curio—three yearling fillies by champion sire Galileo (Ire)—sold to Federico Barberini and Ronald Rauscher.

The German agent waited until the last of the trio was in the ring and went to 300,000gns in pursuit of lot 191, the late May foal out of Milanova (Ire) ((Danehill), a Group 3-winning half-sister to Holy Roman Emperor (Ire).

Rauscher could not name his client but said, “We haven’t quite decided where she will go into training eventually but there’s plenty of time to think about that. I thought she was lovely for her birth date, she handled herself well and vetted well. She’s very typical of the family and there’s plenty that’s not even on the page, such as Night Shift and Encosta De Lago (Aus).”

The filly is a great granddaughter of Jean-Louis Lévesque’s champion racemare and producer Fanfreluche (Northern Dancer), whose offspring include the Canadian champions Medaille d’Or, L’Enjoleur and La Voyageuse.

Rauscher added, “I have to admit I’m a bit biased towards the pedigree because it’s an old Jean-Louis Lévesque family and I worked at Windfields, but she has plenty of future paddock value.”

Barberini, acting on behalf of Paul Dunkley’s Apple Tree Stud and standing in the gangway with Robert Thornton, struck first to buy lot 189, the filly from Meon Valley Stud’s great foundation family of Reprocolor (GB), for 220,000gns. Having secured the good-moving daughter of Timbuktu (Ire) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) for under their budget, the duo acted quickly to ensure that the following lot (190) will also eventually make her home in the paddocks of the Gloucestershire-based Apple Tree Stud. The daughter of GI Garden City Breeders’ Cup S. winner Luas Line (Ire) (Danehill) brought the hammer down at 150,000gns.

“It’s all about our broodmare band and we’re building it up slowly,” said Thornton, a former leading jump jockey who now manages Apple Tree Stud for Dunkley. “We’re taking our time doing things and these fillies will be raced and then come back to the farm for life. We had intended only to buy one but we’d had them all vetted and we decided you don’t get that many chances to buy fillies like this.”

He added, “We have seven broodmares at the farm at present and some fillies in training, and we have another two yearlings to go into training with these two.”

Teofilo Chips In…

When Galileo wasn’t dominating the day’s more expensive purchases, his son Teofilo (Ire) was also playing a leading role and featured as the sire of Crystal Diamond (GB) (lot 163), the 7-year-old French listed winner who was offered in foal to Pivotal (GB) from the Godolphin draft.

Matt Houldsworth placed the final bid of 150,000gns on behalf of Coolmore Australia’s Michael Kirwan and said, “She is in-foal to Pivotal, who is a great stallion. She is a stakes winner and I thought she was a stand-out today.”

Teofilo’s well-travelled son Arod (Ire) (lot 245) brought a bid of 145,000gns from Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock who confirmed that the 7-year-old will continue to be trained by David Simcock for a new syndicate.

Raced initially by Qatar Bloodstock, Arod won the G3 Diomed S. and G2 Summer Mile at four for Peter Chapple-Hyam and later joined Simcock after a stint in Australia with Chris Waller. His most recent success came in the Listed Foundation S. at Windsor on May 14.

“This was almost a no-brainer,” said Brown. “We know him well, he retains his form, he can run in a lot of valuable races, he can travel and he is entered on Saturday in the G2 Summer Mile at Ascot, a race he has won before. If he goes home from the sales here and is healthy and David is happy with him, we will run.”

Lot 220, the G3 Lodge Park S winner Czabo (GB) (Sixties Icon {GB}), was a 340,000gns vendor buy-back in December and this time around the 5-year-old mare, offered in foal to Lope De Vega (Ire), was knocked down to Ross Doyle for 220,000gns.

Trade continues at 9:30 a.m. today, with a post-racing session resuming at 5:30 p.m.

 

 

 

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