Expert Eye’s Nuthatch Leads Tattersalls Online February Sale

A winner at Chelmsford earlier this month for Jamie Osborne, Nuthatch (GB) (Expert Eye {GB}) (lot 46) brought a sale-topping 34,000gns from Mike Watson’s Trebles Holford Farm during Thursday’s Tattersalls Online February Sale.

Consigned by Osborne’s The Old Malthouse Stables, the 3-year-old filly is a half-sister to the Listed Prix Coronation second Savaanah (Ire) (Olden Times {GB}). Their unraced dam, Tanouma (Mr. Greeley), is a half-sister to GIII Oceanport S. hero Silent Roar (Unbridled’s Song), while farther back in the family are Grade/Group 1 winners and sires Joyeux Danseur, Noverre, and standout juvenile Arazi.

“I had seen her first race where she ran fifth at Southwell and thought she ran with a great deal of promise,” said Watson. “I followed her next run when she won at Chelmsford and thought there was definitely more improvement to come. No plan has been “hatched” as of yet but we would like to race her on. We may give her a rest following on from her recent win, but we are yet to make a decision. Nothing is certain in this game–it’s early days for her but you always live in hope.”

Sergeant Tibbs (GB) (Bobby’s Kitten) (lot 24) made 22,000gns, the same price as lot 32, Zero Mostel (GB) (No Nay Never), when selling to John Flint. Part of Robyn Brisland’s Danebury Racing Stables’ draft, the winning 5-year-old gelding is rated 73 on the Flat.

Brisland said, “We’ve found utilising Tattersalls Online extremely useful, especially being a small yard, as it has allowed our horses to gain good traction from a wide range of buyers. Our owners enjoy selling on it as it’s very cost effective in terms of entry fees, no transport costs and minimal staffing costs.

“There is also great flexibility with Tattersalls Online, for example if a horse happens to not sell, we can run them again next week with minimal stress to all involved.”

Zero Mostel, consigned by Ger Lyons’s Glenburnie Stables, was purchased by Gordon Watson Bloodstock. The 3-year-old gelding is a half-brother to GI Breeders’ Cup Mile heroine Uni (GB) (More Than Ready) and has made two starts so far.

Overall, the sale grossed 210,700gns for 29 lots sold. The next sale on the Tattersalls Online platform is the Charity Online Auction of Stallion Nominations in aid of “Giving to Ukraine” and the Turkey-Syria Earthquake Appeal, which will take place on Feb. 20-21. The full catalogue for the charity auction, arranged in conjunction with Oliver St. Lawrence, will be published on Friday, Feb. 17.

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