A filly by Kodiac was the star turn on the one-day Tattersalls Guineas Breeze-Up and Horses in Training Sale as the combined clearance rate improved significantly to 86 percent.
Daniel Creighton, from Creighton Schwartz Bloodstock secured the top lot for the day when securing the Kodiac filly out of Peace Palace for 150,000 guineas (US$207,378) on behalf of owner John Dance.
“We thought she was the nicest filly in the sale today,” said Creighton. “She is by Kodiac, has a good pedigree and did a very professional breeze. She shouldn't be too long and should be ready to run soon.”
The daughter of the Archipenko mare Peace Palace was a 60,000-euro ($79,001) foal purchase by Highbank Stud, but she failed to sell on as a yearling.
“It sometimes happens, you have to be patient,” said Martin Wainwright of Highbank Stud. “We really liked her and believed in her and it has paid off today.
“She breezed well and did a good time – we'd have been upset if we had not got a price like this today and we might have been tempted to keep and race her.”
Consignor Mark Dwyer said: “She came to me from the yearling sales to be broken then went back to the Highbank, returning in January.
“She has been a pleasure to deal with throughout, a natural – she is one who could be on target for June.”
Late in the evening a Sepoy filly out of the Exceed and Excel mare Rhythm Excel became the second highest price for the sale when being knocked down for 95,000 guineas ($131,348) to Blandford Bloodstock's Richard Brown.
“She is a very strong filly and did an exceptional breeze,” said Brown. “She is going into training with Richard Hughes.”
The filly, who is out of a sister to Rewarding Hero, second in the Group 1 Champions Mile in Hong Kong, was consigned to the sale by Mark and Paula Flannery's Egmont Stud.
“She has been straightforward throughout, and has been very busy here,” reported the Flannerys.
The Horses in Training section of the Guineas Sale was topped by the 5-year-old gelding Executive Force who was knocked down to former jockey Ted Durcan for 65,000 guineas ($89,871). Consigned by Michael Wigham's Hamilton Stables, Executive Force is officially rated 97 having won six races already this year.
“He is going to Saudi Arabia,” explained Durcan. “He is probably exposed now here, but there will be lots of options for him in the Middle East. It is the off-season now, so he will have a break ahead of the autumn campaign. He is a sound, capable horse and should be fun.”
At the conclusion of the 2019 Tattersalls Guineas Breeze Up and Horses in Training Sale, Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony commented;
“An abundance of overseas buyers from throughout Europe and the Gulf region, a significantly improved clearance rate of 86 percent and a record turnover for the Horses in Training section of the fixture are all positives to take from the year's renewal of the Tattersalls Guineas Breeze Up and Horses in Training Sale. Buyers from Italy, Greece, Poland, Scandinavia and Spain, as well as a strong contingent of buyers from Dubai, Kuwait and Qatar, have all contributed to a clearance rate that has only been bettered once since 2012, but the sector of the market that has not matched recent renewals is the top end and the decline in average and turnover reflects this aspect of the sale. As ever there have been some very pleasing pinhooking successes, but overall there has been a shortage of highlights and domestic buyers have been a little restrained in comparison with the sustained overseas demand.
“The horses in training section of the sale continues to be popular and turnover just shy of a million is a new high, as is the median and the 90 percent clearance rate which again demonstrates the enduring appeal of sales of this nature at Tattersalls. We will continue to work on attracting quality lots to this fixture, both Breeze Up 2-year-olds and horses in training, and look forward to seeing plenty of racecourse success from the sale throughout 2019.”
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