Electric Tattersalls Cracks $70M

An electric day’s trade in Newmarket at the December Sale yesterday produced an aggregate of over 36 million gns ($70,718,740), the highest turnover ever seen in a day at a European bloodstock auction with no less than three lots making 3 million gns ($5.89 million) or more.

Two of the trio came in a 10-strong dispersal from the Sangster family’s Swettenham Stud that brought in a total of 8,555,000gns ($16,805,520).

Seven-year-old Ocean Silk (by Dynaformer), the 2003 group I Yorkshire Oaks second, topped the day when sold in foal to Pivotal for 3.2 million gns ($6,286,110). She was the subject of a duel between John Ferguson and Coolmore’s Paul Shanahan with the Sheikh Mohammed team prevailing once again. She had originally been bought for $190,000 as a yearling at Keeneland by BBA Ireland supremo Adrian Nicoll.

Lady Serena Rothschild’s Waddesdon Stud is the new owner of grade I Diana Stakes winner Angara (GB) (by Alzao) after she was sold for 3 million gns ($5,893,230) to James Wigan of London Thoroughbred Services. Anthony Stroud had bid up 2.7 million gns for the mare, in foal to Montjeu, with Charlie Gordon-Watson the underbidder courtesy of one 2.9 million gns bid.

Mandellicht (Ire) (by Be My Guest), carrying a full-sibling to champion Manduro (Ger) (by Monsun {Ger}), is another set to join the Darley broodmare band. Dick O’Gorman bid this time on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed’s team secured the 13-year-old for 3 million gns ($5,893,230).

John Warren, standing with Newsells Park Stud manager Julian Dollar, was underbidder on 2.9 million gns, 200,000gns more than Shanahan was able to offer.

Ferguson and O’Gorman spent a combined total of 8,995,000 gns ($17,669,860) on six lots with Ferguson striking early to buy the Irish group III winner Galatee (Fr) (by Galileo {Ire}) for 1.4 million gns ($2,750,170) when offered from Ennistown Stud.

Two different new English clients of Charlie Gordon-Watson were bought expensive broodmares. The London-based agent outbid Barronstown Stud’s Diane Nagle to get group I Prix Vermeille winner Sweet Stream (Ity) (by Shantou), covered by Monsun (Ger), for 1.1 million gns ($2,160,850).

Leto (Diesis), a half-sister to 2007 group I Oaks winner Light Shift (by Kingmambo), had been bought for 250,000 gns ($491,102) at last year’s December Sale for Breeding Capital Plc by Gordon-Watson and the agent once again signed the buyer’s slip, this time for 900,000 gns ($1,767,970) on behalf of an undisclosed new owner, who has also bought Silverskaya (by Silver Hawk) for 750,000 gns ($1,473,308).

The sale continues today with a session starting at 9:30 a.m.

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