It was a strong opening to Book 3 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale with three lots topping 100,000 guineas (US$135,352) and increases in clearance and median.
The top lot on the opening day was the Territories half-sister to the recent Group 3 Sceptre Stakes winner Breathtaking Look. Consigned by Richard Kent's Mickley Stud, the daughter of the listed-placed Iffraaj mare Love Your Looks was knocked down to Anthony Stroud for 145,000 guineas ($196,261) with Joe Foley the underbidder. The sale was a record price for a filly at this fixture.
“She is for an existing client,” said Stroud. “We particularly wanted to buy one by the sire, and she looks a very good model by him. She is racey, athletic and looks fast; she will probably be trained in the U.K. but might go to France.”
Mickley Stud consigned the filly on behalf of Ellis Stud's Fred Ellis and Bellow Hill Stud's Thorsten Feddern, the pair having bred her.
“We have been breeding horses in partnership for over 20 years,” said Feddern. “This is the third generation of this family we have had – we bought her second dam Play Around in Germany through an agent. Breathtaking Look is the first group race winner we have had together.
“This has always been a lovely filly, and, for once, everything worked in well,” he added referencing the Group race update by Breathtaking Look a month ago.
“It is the most we have made in the ring,” continued Feddern, who is a vet based near Milton Keynes. “We would have considered keeping her and race ourselves, but not at that price!
“We thought we had all the right people on her and we have to thank Richard Kent – we have done the prep at home, but it is him and his team who do the talking to people up here.”
Kent added: “She is very racey, walked beautifully and is very athletic. Her stallion seems popular and is getting good stock.”
Book 3 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale continues Friday, Oct. 18.
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