A daughter of Kingman lit up the sale ring on the opening day of the Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale, becoming the highest-priced filly ever sold at the fixture when knocked down for 850,000 guineas (US$1,163,614). A total of 43 lots sold for 5,261,000 guineas ($7,202,088), with an average of 122,349 guineas ($167,559) and a median of 70,000 guineas ($95,838).
Tally-Ho Stud's Roger O'Callaghan was celebrating after his Kingman filly out of the Acclamation mare Shyrl was knocked down to Anthony Stroud on behalf of Godolphin for 850,000 guineas ($1,163,614) after he saw off the efforts of underbidder Kerri Radcliffe. She became the highest priced filly ever sold at the Craven Breeze Up Sale and the equal third highest-priced lot. It was a great pinhooking result for Tally-Ho having purchased the filly via Matt Coleman at the Tattersalls December Yearling Sale for 92,000 guineas ($125,966).
“She was sold as part of the Blue Diamond Stud dispersal,” said Coleman. “She is out of a mare who was a breeze-up horse and was herself placed in the Queen Mary.
“As a yearling we thought this filly looked as though she might be quick and as she was out of a filly who was a breeze up, it would bode well.
“She is by Kingman, who is making his mark – all the stars have aligned, I just wish I had a share in her.”
Stroud, who was standing with Sheikh Mohammed when bidding, said;
“We hope she will be one to get to Ascot, that will be the idea. She did a very good breeze, vetted well and comes from a good hotel.”
The Godolphin team will be hoping history repeats itself having purchased the subsequent Grade 1 winner La Pelosa from Tally-Ho Stud at this sale last year.
Johnny Collins of Brown Island Stables enjoyed a pinhooking triumph when his Night of Thunder colt, purchased for 48,000 guineas ($65,727) at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, sold for 375,000 guineas ($513,497). He was bought by Stroud Coleman on behalf of Godolphin, with Stephen Hillen the underbidder.
“He was a very nice yearling, very uncomplicated sound horse with a great temperament,” said Collins after the sale. “He has been a pleasure to deal with throughout. There has been a good word for his sire.”
The colt is out of the Street Cry mare Sunset Avenue and is a half-brother to the Grade 3 Robert J. Frankel Stakes placed Excellent Sunset. The 2,000 Guineas winner Night of Thunder, a son of Dubawi, has his first 2-year-olds this year.
The Godolphin team struck again when securing Oak Tree Farm's Farhh colt out of the Nayef mare Anything Goes for 300,000 guineas ($410,815). The sale was another pinhooking triumph for Oak Tree Farm's Norman Williamson who purchased the colt at Book 3 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale for just 35,000 guineas ($47,928) via agent Margaret O'Toole.
“He is a gorgeous horse,” said Williamson. “It is a bit of a funny story. It was towards the end of the yearling sale here and I couldn't get a flight home. I thought I would have a look around, Farhh had done well and I saw this colt and just thought, 'Wow!'”
The colt's dam Anything Goes is a daughter of the Alzao mare Winona, winner of the G1 Irish Oaks and third in the G1 Coronation Stakes.
The Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale continues Wednesday, April 17.
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