The Tattersalls July Sale got off to a strong start on the opening day with a record price for a filly of 420,000 guineas (US$551,581) for At Last and the third highest priced colt/gelding to be sold at the sale with Admiral Rous realising 325,000 guineas ($426,819) early in the evening.
The Wildcard lot At Last became the highest priced filly ever sold at the Tattersalls July Sale when knocked down to Mick Flanagan for 420,000 guineas ($551,581). The three-year-old Galileo filly is out of the Redoute's Choice mare Zouzou and is a half-sister to the dual Australian Group 1 winner and exciting young sire Zoustar.
Flanagan, who secured the filly after seeing off Badgers Bloodstock's Grant Pritchard-Gordon, commented: “She is a lovely, athletic filly and, of course, is a half to a promising young sire in Zoustar, however what is really important is that she is a daughter of Galileo.
“It does not matter on what side of the pedigree he is – as a sire or a broodmare sire, whether it is an unraced filly, a moderate performer or a top-class filly, he has such an influence, even just last week he got another Group 1 winner as a broodmare sire in Australia.
“I think I have been guilty in the past of not buying enough Galileo fillies – if you have a farm you have Galileo blood.”
Of future plans for the filly, Flanagan said: “The first thing we wanted to do was secure her, then we will think of plans, but she will probably go to the Southern Hemisphere. We have not yet decided whether she will be covered in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere – wherever we will not have a problem sorting a stallion for her.”
A regular fixture at the Tattersalls July Sale is Qatari trainer Jassim Ghazali, and he secured the Group-placed colt Admiral Rous for 325,000 guineas ($426,819) after seeing off agent Oliver St. Lawrence, stood alongside Fawzi Nass.
The son of Henrythenavigator has already had experience in Qatar when running fourth in the Al Biddah Cup in February for trainer Eoghan O'Neill.
“I have, of course, seen him before and I think he suits racing in Qatar,” said Ghazali. “He finished fourth and was too far back – I think I can help him improve. He might be one for the ITM Cup at the international meeting next February.”
Ghazali added: “I bought Tawahid from the same consignor and he has done well for me.”
Tawahid was bought at the 2018 Tattersalls July Sale for 75,000 guineas ($98,498) and has since won five races in Qatar.
BBA Ireland's Eamonn Reilly secured the three-year-old Speightstown filly Wamathaat, offered from Shadwell Estate's draft, for 220,000 guineas ($288,928). The daughter of the Unbridled's Song mare Special Me is a half-sister to the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap winner Gift Box and the Grade 2-winning and Grade 1-placed Stonetastic as well as to Special Forces, second in the Grade 3 Dominion Day Stakes at Woodbine since the catalog was published.
“She is for Newtown Anner Stud,” said Reilly. “I saw her on Monday and I loved her and I love her pedigree – for me, she is the pick of the breeding stock on offer here.
“She has a strong U.S. pedigree that has also had an update. She will be going to Kentucky.”
The Tattersalls July Sale continues on Thursday, July 11.
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