Ruby Rocket Tops First Breeding Stock Session at Tattersalls

Dual stakes-winning 4-year-old Ruby Rocket topped Monday's first breeding stock session of the Tattersalls December Sale when selling for 340,000 guineas to BBA Ireland agent Adrian Nicoll.

The Cottage Stud's Paul Monaghan, Charlie Gordon-Watson and underbidder Seamus Burns all tried for the filly, whose juvenile half-sister Alexander Alliance is a classic prospect for next season.

"She's been bought for a partnership and will be going to New England Stud in Newmarket," said Nicoll.

Coolmore's Kevin Buckley, acting for Canadian owner Charles Fipke, paid 320,000 guineas for 5-year-old Timber Ice, consigned from the Niarchos family's French stud.

"The mating plans haven't been decided for this mare and she could go to Sadler's Wells next year but the long-term view was to send her to the (United States) to be covered by Perfect Soul at Darby Dan Farm," said Buckley, for whom Fipke has been a client for the last 12 years.

California-based J Paul Reddam, who campaigned Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Wilko, paid 300,000 guineas for Vague through agent Jamie McCalmont. The 2-year-old will remain in Newmarket with her current handler Jeremy Noseda, who also oversaw Wilko.

"She's staying with Jeremy and we have been looking for a good horse to have with him ever since Wilko was taken away to race in America; we wanted to thank Jeremy for what he had done," said McCalmont. "Wilko is back in work and did a 58-second workout on Friday. Hopefully he's going to run in the Malibu Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita
on Boxing Day."

The sale continues Tuesday with a session starting at 9.30am.

COMPARATIVE FIGURES:

Year -- No. offered -- No. Sold -- Gross (Guineas) -- Average-Median
2005 -- -276 -- -222--11,542,800--51,995--32,000
2004 -- 227 -- 166--6,350,000--38,253--20,000

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