Tattersalls December Foal Sale

Young Sires: Who's Backing Who To Be A Success In 2024?

With the foal sales at Goffs and Tattersalls confined to the rear view mirror, perhaps now is the time to get a good gauge on the young sires coming through.  Bragging rights belong to St Mark's Basilica (Fr), who topped the December Foal Sale at Tattersalls when a filly by the multiple Group 1-winning stallion out of Oaks winner Talent (GB) sold for 575,000gns.  The St Mark's Basilica sale-topper was consigned by Ashbrittle Stud and bought by agent Jill Lamb on behalf of Newsells Park Stud, with the former labelling...

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Almost 30 Million Guineas Spent On Foals At Tatts But Figures Take A Dip 

Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony acknowledged the weakness of the lower end of the market as the Tattersalls December Foal Sale concluded on Saturday with a 125,000gns Showcasing (GB) filly leading the way.  Almost 30 million gns was spent on foals this week at Tattersalls while Friday saw the most expensive foal sold so far this year--a St Mark's Basilica (Fr) filly--in Europe and North America at 575,000gns. However, the aggregate of 29,842,902gns was down 15% on last year while the average dropped 6% to 44,608gns. The clearance rate was more...

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Landmark Result For St Mark's Basilica With 575k Sale-Topper At Tattersalls 

Friday marked a breakout result for five-time Group 1-winner St Mark's Basilica (Fr) as a filly by Coolmore's freshman sire out of the Oaks winner Talent (GB) (New Approach {Ire}) topped the December Foal Sale at Tattersalls on 575,000gns. The aggregate fell 11% compared to this day 12 months ago to 17,943,000gns while the clearance rate climbed 7% to 87%. The average fell 13% to 95,952gns and the median dipped 9% to 62,000gns. It was bloodstock agent Jill Lamb, bidding on behalf of Newsells Park Stud, who came out on...

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No Racing Background To Top Breeder And Pinhooker – Q&A With Hanshen Tham 

Hanshen Tham has become one of the most recognisable faces on the bloodstock circuit in Britain and Ireland but that's not to say that many people know a lot about the owner-breeder and pinhooker. Instead, Tham prefers to go about his business quietly.  This year was a big one for the 34-year-old. His family enjoyed its greatest success on a racecourse when homebred Thornbrook landed a listed contest in France for Joseph O'Brien. Not long afterwards, the Tham family enjoyed its biggest day in the ring when a Night Of...

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Temperatures Rise At Tattersalls As Havana Grey Colt Fetches 250k

There was a familiar theme to develop at Park Paddocks on Wednesday as, for the second time in the space of 24 hours, the progeny of Havana Grey (GB) dominated at the December Foal Sale with a colt by the Whitsbury Manor Stud-based stallion fetching 250,000gns to unknown entity Rumstar Bloodstock.  A brother to G3 Cornwallis S. winner Rumstar (GB), lot 638 was one of two foals by the sire to clear six figures on the day, with five more foals by Havana Grey selling for at least 80,000gns. Whitsbury's...

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December in November as Tattersalls Begins Two-Week Run

NEWMARKET, UK--After a brief pause between sales to fill up the lungs before the next push, Tattersalls is now braced for some frenetic action throughout the coming fortnight at Park Paddocks. And in in time-honoured fashion, the December Sales begin with a session of yearlings which numbered 162 at the last count.  Just to guarantee strong interest in Monday's proceedings right through to the end, we have a Dubawi (Ire) colt in the ring last of all. Lot 188 is the second foal of the G2 German 1,000 Guineas winner...

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Stage Set for the Bloodstock World's Theatre of Dreams

As the darkness draws in on the Monday and Tuesday afternoons of the Tattersalls December Mares Sale, it is a signal for the those around Park Paddocks to head ring-wards for the bloodstock world's version of captivating theatre. Who present, shoulder to shoulder in the packed auditorium over recent years, can forget moments such as the sale of Marsha (Ire) (Acclamation {GB}) for 6 million gns? Even her trainer Sir Mark Prescott, always ready with a witticism, was for once lost for words in the drama of it all.  A...

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Tattersalls December Yearling Sale Catalogue Now Online

The catalogue for the 2023 Tattersalls December Yearling Sale, set to be held Monday, Nov. 27, is out and can be viewed online. A total of 188 lots are set to sell over the one-day sale that immediately precedes the December Foal Sale, which will take place from Tuesday, Nov. 28 through Saturday, Dec. 2. Last year's sale produced a number of standouts, including dual Group 1 winning 2-year-old Vandeek (GB) (Havana Grey {GB}) and G1 Pretty Polly S. winner Via Sistina (Ire) (Fastnet Rock {Ire}), purchased for 42,000gns and...

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Siblings to Chaldean and Vandeek Head Tattersalls December Foal Sale

A Showcasing (GB) half-brother to this year's 2,000 Guineas winner Chaldean (GB) (Frankel {GB}) is among 1,084 weanlings to be consigned to the Tattersalls December Foal Sale. The sale begins on Tuesday, November 28 and runs until Saturday, December 2 with a 'dark day' for viewing of the later foals on Thursday. Bred by Whitsbury Manor Stud, Chaldean is himself a graduate of the foal sale, having been bought for 550,000gns by Juddmonte. His dam Suelita (GB) (Dutch Art {GB}) has produced five black-type performers, including the G2 Mill Reef...

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Foal Trade Reaches New High at Tattersalls

NEWMARKET, UK--A pair of colts by the young Darley and Shadwell stallions Masar (Ire) and Mohaather (GB) shared the top spot on the final day of foal trade at Park Paddocks which brought the curtain down, not just on a record week for weanlings but also a record year for Tattersalls--and that's before the Mares Sale even begins. The average and median for the fourth session were both up on last year, with a total of 2,267,750gns added to the overall tally from the sale of 150 foals. For the...

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Whitsbury's 'Year Never to Forget' as Chaldean's Sister Makes a Million

By Emma Berry and Brian Sheerin NEWMARKET, UK--It wasn't too hard to imagine that a Kingman (GB) half-sister to this season's leading juvenile Chaldean (GB) (Frankel {GB}) would steal the show at Tattersalls, and with shades of two years ago it was Juddmonte that swooped for the weanling from Whitsbury Manor Stud's increasingly influential broodmare Suelita (GB) (Dutch Art {GB}) at an even million gns. This time though Juddmonte's general manager Simon Mockridge was forced to stake almost double the amount it took to buy Chaldean, and that is largely...

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Moyglare Buys 550k Frankel Filly At December Foal Sale

Lot 1063, a bay daughter of Frankel (GB)--Sunny Again (GB) (Shirocco {Ger}), caught the eye of Fiona Craig, who shelled out 550,000 gns on behalf of Moyglare Stud Farm at Tattersalls on Friday. The second-highest lot of the day so far, the Apr. 4 foal from the Mount Coote Stud draft, is a half-sister to Group 3 winner Elisa Again (GB) (Champs Elysees {GB}), stakes winner and G1 St Leger runner-up Berkshire Rocco (Fr) (Sir Percy {GB}), and the G1 Moyglare Stud S. third Sunset Shiraz (Ire) (Time Test {GB})....

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