Mixed Offering Set For Tattersalls February

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Ted Durcan made a splash at last year's February Sale | Laura Green/Tattersalls

NEWMARKET, UK–The Tattersalls February Sale has once again sneaked into the tail-end of January and, now expanded to two days to incorporate the 401 lots catalogued, it offers the usual mix of broodmares, horses in training and young stock.

It took a bid of 105,000gns from Ted Durcan to secure last year's top lot, Magic Illusion (GB) ((Dubawi {Ire}), who was bought from Godolphin to race in Dubai. Another of the jockey-turned-agent's purchases from the 2019 sale was Dramatic Device (GB) (Dansili {GB}), who was bought for 20,000gns and went on to win three races for The Clodhoppers syndicate from Chris Wall's stable before being sold on at the Horses-in-Training Sale in October for 220,000gns.

Durcan will surely not be the only one on the lookout over he next two days for similarly progressive prospects from a range of drafts, the largest of which comes from The Castlebridge Consignment, which will offer 28 horses. These include lot 367, Arbiter (GB), on behalf of John Gosden's Clarehaven Stables. The 3-year-old Kingman (GB) half-brother to one of Gosden's stable stars, Coronet (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}), finished second at Newcastle on Jan. 23 since the catalogue was published.

The listed-winning Sea The Stars (Ire) mare Sivoliere (Ire), in foal to Kingman, had been slated to be one of the headline acts but she is among more than 60 withdrawals. Breeders looking for a daughter of Sea The Stars will find the well-bred Paschalia (Ire), a daughter of German Group 1 winner Baila Me (Ger) (Samum {Ger}) among 20 fillies out of training and broodmares consigned by Godolphin (lot 141).

Old Buckenham Stud offers the only mare in foal to last season's champion first-season sire Night Of Thunder (Ire) (lot 116). The 11-year-old Rosa Eglanteria (GB) (Nayef) was a listed winner in Italy as well as finishing runner-up in the G1 Premio Gran Criterium and is the dam of juvenile winner Rosatello (GB) (Muhaarar {GB}).

Thirty-one short yearlings are catalogued, including fillies from the first crops of Postponed (Ire) and Churchill (Ire).

As usual, Thursday's session will be preceded by the TBA Flat Stallion Parade, with eight stallions set to take a turn of the ring, including new recruits to the British ranks, Flag Of Honour (Ire), Land Force (Ire) and Le Brivido (Fr).

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