Dubawi Colt A 2-Million Tatts Topper

By Kelsey Riley Emma Berry

Newmarket, UK–Robust trade continued during the second session of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale on Wednesday, with big jumps recorded for both the average and median. At times during the day, the average for the session was above 300,000gns but once 80% of the 142 yearlings offered were marked as sold, it settled at 295,825gns, a jump of 47% on the equivalent day last year. Similarly, the median improved drastically, by 33% to 160,000gns. Turnover for the day was 33,724,000gns, which was up by 28% from 17 fewer horses sold.

The record number of nine seven-figure yearlings for this sale registered last year was broken midway through the afternoon on Wednesday, and the total was 12 by the close of trade, headed by a 2-million gns Dubawi colt bought by Coolmore and Mayfair Speculators. That team had secured a pair of colts with stallion potential to their arsenal early in the afternoon on Wednesday: a Dubawi (Ire) colt who is the first foal out of four-time Group 1 and Classic winner Sky Lantern (Ire) (Red Clubs {Ire}) (lot 222), and a Galileo (Ire) colt out of Newsells Park’s three-time stakes producer and perennial Tattersalls standout Shastye (Ire) (Danehill) (lot 208).

Sky Lantern was a standout filly of her generation, winning the G1 Moyglare Stud S. at two before adding the G1 1000 Guineas, G1 Coronation S. and G1 Sun Chariot S. at three. Sent to Dubawi for her first mating, she produced this colt, who was also the subject of interest from Roger Varian, David Redvers and Alastair Donald before MV Magnier made the successful bid of 2-million gns.

“Sky Lantern was a brilliant racehorse; she was a very good 2-year-old, she won the Moyglare and she won the Guineas,” said Magnier. “She was very quick and he was a very good-looking Dubawi; he’s a nice horse, and Dubawi is a great sire.”

Magnier, who signed for the sale-topping Dubawi filly for 2.1-million gns here two years ago on behalf of Richard Henry, confirmed the colt is bound for Ballydoyle.

Ed Sackville is the manager for the Keswick family of Rockcliffe Stud, which raced Sky Lantern and bred this colt, and he said, “we are obviously delighted. We have a policy of selling the colts and keeping the fillies, and while we’d liked to have raced this horse ourselves, it is wonderful that he has sold so well. Sky Lantern had a Dubawi colt this year and is in-foal to Frankel, so we’ve plenty to look forward to.”

Newsells Park Stud’s triple stakes producer Shastye (Ire) (Danehill) has become something of a sure thing to produce a high-priced when she has one catalogued at Tattersalls October Book 1, and history repeated itself once again on Wednesday when her latest yearling, a colt by Galileo (Ire), was bought by the partnership of MV Magnier, Mayfair Speculators and Peter and Ross Doyle for 1.3-million gns.

Shastye, a half-sister to Group 1 winners and sires Sagamix (Fr) (Linamix {Fr}) and Sagacity (Fr) (Highest Honor {Fr}) as well as the dam of Sageburg (Ire), was herself listed placed on the track but she has more than earned her keep in the paddocks at Newsells. Her third foal was the G2 Middleton S. and triple Oaks-placed Secret Gesture (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), who was raced in partnership by Newsells and Qatar Racing before selling to John Ferguson for 3.5-million at Keeneland November in 2016.

Next came the Australian listed winner Maurus (GB) (Medicean {GB}), who cost Waratah Thoroughbreds €320,000 at Arqana August in 2012. It was her fifth foal, the subsequent Group 3 winner Sir Isaac Newton (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), who solidified Shastye’s spot in Tattersalls history; for 24 hours he held the record high price for a yearling at the sale company when bought by MV Magnier for 3.6-million gns in 2013. A Shamardal filly named Secret Sense (GB) was retained the following year; a Street Cry (Ire) filly named Secret Soul (GB) fetched 800,000gns from Charlie Gordon-Watson in 2015 and last year her Galileo (Ire) colt was bought by David Redvers for 1.35-million gns. Redvers, standing alongside Secret Gesture’s trainer Ralph Beckett, was among the underbidders on this latest colt, as were Crispin de Moubray and Chad Brown.

“She’s a star mare,” said Newsells Park manager Julian Dollar. “She’s been very good to us but she’s done it on the track as well, and that’s the most important part.”

“I said to everybody he was really a cross between Secret Gesture and Sir Isaac Newton,” he added. “To me he was a bit more athletic than Sir Isaac Newton but he probably wasn’t quite as beautiful as Sir Isaac Newton was, but he’s so light on his feet and so athletic. We’ve loved him since day one, so we’re delighted.”

Dollar said the 16-year-old Shastye is likely to continue visiting Tipperary.

“She’s got a colt foal by Galileo and sadly she wasn’t in foal to him this year; she was barren,” he said. “She’s been a star mare and we’ll probably continue with that mating; it’s worked pretty well.”

Casse Back In Action At Tatts…

Justin Casse made his mark felt at last week’s Goffs Orby sale when buying the sale-topping Frankel (GB) colt on behalf of Coolmore and Zayat Stables, and the American agent made his first buy of the week at Tattersalls on Wednesday when signing for a Galileo (Ire) filly (lot 281) for 1.55-million gns late in the afternoon. Consigned by breeder Barronstown Stud, the filly is out of the G1 Prix Saint-Alary winner Vadawina (Ire) (Unfuwain), and is therefore a full-sister to the ‘TDN Rising Star’, G3 Tyros S. winner and early 2018 Derby favourite The Pentagon (Ire).

Vadawina was a €600,000 purchase by Horse France at Arqana December in 2013 while carrying Valcartier (Ire) (Redoute’s Choice {Aus}), who went on to sell to John Ferguson for €950,000 at Arqana August in 2015. The Pentagon was the mare’s next foal, and she was bred back to Galileo this year.

Casse declined to name his client, but said, “it’s an American and it’s his first foray into European racing. He’s been racing in America for a long time and he’s going to keep the filly in Europe. A trainer is to be determined.”

Casse added, “There’s been plenty of nice horses and it’s been very competitive here this week. I would say this is more of a collector’s item. She’s got amazing residual already, and of course her full-brother is one of the early favourites for the Derby, so to have a piece of that family and the prospect of not only her running but watching her full-brother run, it should make for a fun couple years.”

Frankel Filly Headed To Japan…

New Japanese racing club DMM.com burst onto the scene at the JRHA sale in July, where it’s four purchases included the ¥320-million foal full-sister to Gentildonna (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) and the ¥160-million yearling full-sister to Real Steel (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}). The club made its stamp internationally on Wednesday at Tattersalls when buying lot 247, Castlebridge Consignment’s Frankel (GB) filly out of Steel Princess (Ire) (Danehill) for 1.4-million gns. She is therefore a half-sister to the GI Canadian International and G2 Prix de Pomone winner Sarah Lynx (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}), and the Group 3 winner Sugarboy (Ire) (Authorized {Ire}). Frenchman Yohann Gainche, an international representative for DMM.com, had been underbidder on Tuesday’s 2.5-million gns Frankel filly, and he said, “Yesterday it was a bit of a battle and unfortunately it didn’t go well for us, but today we were focused on this beautiful filly; we were thinking about this one in particular for many days so we’re very happy. She’s a beautifully shaped filly and we’re very happy to get her.”

After seeing off challenges from the likes of Hugo Lascelles and Alastair Donald, Gainche confirmed the filly would race in Japan.

“There is still one day remaining so we’ll see what happens, but we’re really happy with what we have,” he said. “We’ll take our time with her and take care of this beautiful filly.”

DMM.com is an online business selling a variety of online and gaming products. The racing club is a large-scale club, with each horse divided into 1,000 shares.

“We have more than 45 different online services in Japan,”said Gainche. “We do a lot of application games and video games, but we do a lot of different things.”

The 1.3 Million Club…

A flurry of lunchtime activity largely revolved around two Dubawi (Ire) fillies, both unsurprisingly daughters of stakes winners, each of whom sold for 1.3-million gns.

Lot 217 was the strong first foal of G2 Park Hill S. winner Silk Sari, bred by Luca and Sara Cumani at their Fittocks Stud and sold through Highclere Stud to Godolphin. The filly’s first three dams have all been trained by Cumani, with grandam So Silk (GB) (Rainbow Quest) and great grandam, the dual Group 1 winner Gossamer (GB) (Sadler’s Wells), both having carried the colours of the late Gerald Leigh. The Cumanis bought So Silk from the Leigh family in 2008 for 480,000gns but sadly lost the mare last year.

“This is a first foal so we couldn’t be more thrilled,” said Sara Cumani after John Gosden placed the winning bid for Godolphin. “She had really good size for a first foal and has just never put a foot wrong. We all know about Dubawi, of course but this is still a very happening family.”

Indeed, there should be plenty to come from Silk Sari, who is owned in partnership with Andrew Bengough. She has an Invincible Spirit (Ire) colt foal on the ground and is now in foal to Frankel (GB) while two of her half-siblings, So Sleek (GB) (Lawman {Fr}) and Dreamlike (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) are in training at the Cumanis’ Bedford House Stables, the former being a treble winner this year for Trevor and Libby Harris of Lordship Stud.

Cumani added, “So Silk died last year but we have retained her Invincible Spirit filly. We’ve known this family so well for many years through Gerald Leigh so it’s lovely that there’s some continuity.”

Less than an hour later, lot 233 was a significant addition to an ever-growing list of purchases by Alastair Donald for an unnamed client who is building up a stable of well-bred fillies.

Bred on the same cross as G1 2,000 Guineas winner Night Of Thunder (Ire), the filly is out of Blue Diamond Stud’s Galileo mare Soon (Ire) and was consigned by New England Stud.

“She was the standout of the catalogue in my view and we’re delighted with the price,” said Tony Nerses, who manages Blue Diamond for Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar, who have enjoyed three Group 1 victories in their Classic-winning colours this season with homebred star Decorated Knight (GB) (Galileo {Ire}). “We want to be seen to sell good horses, too. Of course we like to race nice horses but we won’t be selling the leftovers. This filly was lovely and her dam has a Lope De Vega filly foal and is now in foal to Fastnet Rock.”

Alastair Donald and Ed Sackville’s agency SackvilleDonald is the leading buyer through the first two days of the sale, with 21 bought for 10,470,000gns.

Nerses also issued an update on the well-bred Decorated Knight, a son of Pearling (Storm Cat), whose full-siblings include Giant’s Causeway and You’resothrilling, the dam of Galileo’s Group 1 winners Gleneagles (Ire), Marvellous (Ire) and Happily (Ire). He said, “He’ll be going to the Breeders’ Cup and the Mile is an option. We haven’t completely ruled out running on British Champions’ Day. Then he will stand at stud next year and we’re in the middle of negotiating stud plans for him.”

The price of 1.3-million gns and the sire remained the same for the sale of lot 283, but just to ring the changes slightly, the Dubawi yearling in question this time was a colt from Anthony Oppenheimer’s family of G1 Coronation S. winner Rebecca Sharp (GB) (Machiavellian). The February-born colt is the first foal of Hascombe Valiant Studs’s listed-placed Vanity Rules (GB) (New Approach {Ire}), a daughter of stakes winner Miss Pinkerton (GB) (Danehill) and he will join a growing cast of Book 1 purchases for Godolphin.

First Foal Gets Seal Of Approval…

A new chapter in the fairytale of G1 QIPCO British Champions Fillies Mares S. winner Seal Of Approval (GB) (Authorized {Ire}) was written on Wednesday when her first foal, a sleek, dark brown daughter of Dubawi (Ire) (lot 195), sold for 1.1-million gns early in the second session of Book 1.

Bred, like her dam, by Tim and Tessa Vestey of Waltons Stud, the filly has spent most of her life at Watership Down Stud which is managed by Tessa Vestey’s brother Simon Marsh.

Seal Of Approval was herself offered at Book 1 of the October Sale back in 2010 but was retained by her breeder for just 10,000gns. Sent into training with James Fanshawe, she progressed to win four races, the highlight of which was her Group 1 strike on British Champions’ Day as a 4-year-old. Fanshawe also trained Sea Of Approval’s listed-winning half-sister Gale Force (GB) (Shirocco {Ger}).

“It’s wonderful. She is a very pretty filly and I am so pleased for Tim and the stud,” said Marsh, who noted that the mare has a filly foal by Gleneagles (Ire) and is back in foal to Dubawi. “It’s crazy that they couldn’t even sell the mare for 10,000gns as a yearling but she just improved and improved and ended up winning her Group 1 quite easily in the end.”

American trainer Chad Brown showed intent in the early bidding rounds, as did Charlie Gordon-Watson, standing alongside owner Saeed Suhail. But it was Anthony Stroud who prevailed once the filly’s price passed the million-mark and she will race for the man who stands both her sire and damsire.

Stroud said, “She’s a very nice filly–what can I say? She’s by Dubawi, out of a Group 1 winner, very good physically, from a very good farm. She’s one that is not only very good to look at, but eventually she’ll be good to go to the paddocks.”

He added, “Mrs [Philippa] Cooper owns Gale Force and she’s got a very nice Frankel foal. There’s a lot going on [on the page].”

Also on the page is last year’s dual Derby winner Harzand (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}), and providing an unprinted update is 2-year-old Betty F (GB) (Frankel {GB}), a daughter of Seal Of Approval’s half-sister Instance (GB) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}), who won on debut and earned ‘TDN Rising Star’ status for Jeremy Noseda in July.

Freshmen To The Fore…

Kingman (GB) enjoyed a good opening day but he is not the only first-season sire to have been making waves during Book 1.

Lanwades resident Sea The Moon (Ger) enjoyed a strong sale at Baden-Baden last month, at which his breeder Heike Bischoff sold a homebred colt for €460,000. In Germany the Gestut Gorlsdorf owner promised that she had saved some nice yearlings by her G1 Deutsches Derby winner for Newmarket and that seemingly was no empty claim. Lot 272, a son of her Groom Dancer mare Tickle Me Pink (GB) consigned through Stauffenberg Bloodstock, fetched 525,000gns to a bid from Roger Varian.

“We’re absolutely thrilled. It’s pleasing that so many people loved him and that there is so much interest in the stallion. This colt is very similar to his sire,” said Bischoff.

Tickle Me Pink also has a Sea The Moon filly foal, who is her final offspring, and her listed-winning daughter Tickle Me Blue (GB) (Iffraaj {GB}) is also in foal to him.

The breeder added, “What has been so nice for me is that we’ve found that often the mares have produced their best individuals by Sea The Moon. We’ll find out next year how good he is–the finish line will tell us.”

Sea The Moon’s fellow Derby winner in Britain and Ireland, the young Coolmore stallion Australia (GB), has received strong support in Book 1, with 10 yearlings sold so far for an average of 303,500gns.

The Mayfair Speculators and MV Magnier ensured that Rathbarry Stud enjoyed a decent pinhooking result when buying the half-brother to the High Chaparral-sired group winners Rekindling (GB) and Golden Sword for 525,000gns. Lot 221 had been bought last December from his breeders Robert and Nick Pocock of Stringston Farm for 165,000gns.

Another well-related son of Australia, the half-brother to champion stayer Order Of St George (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), was the final lot through the ring (lot 337) and though at 125,000gns he was far from being one of the day’s bestsellers, he will be worth following once he goes into training with Mark Johnston.

Meanwhile, New England Stud sold lot 200, a colt out of the G3 Prestige S. winner Sent From Heaven (Ire) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}), for breeder Christopher Hanbury of Triermore Stud. Charlie Gordon-Watson signed for the colt at 500,000gns while standing alongside Saeed Suhail.

The same sum was bid by Alastair Donald for lot 262, the Australia half-brother to G3 Curragh Cup winner Tactic (GB) and to Mujarah (Ire) (Marju {Ire}), the dam of top-class miler Ribchester (Ire) (Iffraaj {GB}). The SackvilleDonald agent’s consistent spending over the last two days also extended to Manister House Stud’s homebred Kingman half-brother to dual Group 1 winner La Collina (Ire) (Strategic Prince {GB}). The purchase of lot 246 at 450,000gns ensured that Juddmonte’s four-time Group 1 winner is still the leading first-season sire at the sale after two days, with 11 sold for 341,951gns.

Klaravich Adds to Collection…

Prominent American owner Seth Klarman of Klaravich Stables made his first European purchase at Tattersalls on Tuesday, securing a colt from the first crop of European Horse of the Year Kingman (GB) for 120,000gns through trainer Chad Brown. The stable that races this year’s GI Preakness S. winner Cloud Computing (Maclean’s Music) and dual Grade I-winning sprinter Practical Joke (Into Mischief) added three more yearlings on Wednesday: lot 252, a Lope de Vega (Ire) filly for 200,000gns; lot 207, a Noble Mission (GB) filly for 110,000gns; and lot 302, an Invincible Spirit (Ire) colt for 325,000gns.

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