Sea The Stars' Progeny Shines at Tatts Sale
Edited press release
Foals from the highly anticipated first crop of the 2009 European Horse of the Year Sea The Stars did not disappoint during day three of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale.
Sea The Stars weanlings Nov. 25 filled five of the top eight prices for the sale so far, including the top price of 450,000 guineas ($733,600 U.S. funds). The third day of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale saw the strong demand from a day earlier continue with rises in turnover, average, and median as well as a robust clearance rate of 81%. A total of 176 lots were sold for 12,071,500 guineas ($19,679,300) , up 51% on this day in 2010, at an average of 68,588 guineas ($111,815) and a median of 47,500 guineas ($77,440), up 15% and 19%, respectively.
Comparison of Tattersalls December Foal sale Day Three, 2011-2010
The star of the third day was the Sea The Stars filly out of the Rahy mare Ecoutila that Shadwell Estates’ Angus Gold bought for 450,000 guineas. Gold successfully outlasted a a plethora of other suitors including Ibrahim Araci, Hugo Lascelles, John Clarke, Cathy Grassick, Chris Wood and Charlie Gordon-Watson.
The filly, consigned by Harry McCalmont’s Norelands Stud, is a half sister to this year’s group III winner and group I Prix de la Foret third Surfrider, as well as the listed stakes winner Enticement.
"Hopefully, she'll be very nice!" smiled Gold. "I thought she was a lovely filly, and I have been very impressed by the foals I have seen by the stallion. We have some lovely homebreds by him, they are outstanding and, having seen his foals, I think he is a fantastically exciting stallion. It is the best bunch of first-crop foals I have seen in terms of quality.
"This filly has the most amazing temperament, all of them by the sire appear to be the same," Gold said. "It was a no-brainer, really, for a racing operation such as Shadwell to buy this filly"
Ling Tsui, owner of Sea The Stars has been very active in support of her stallion via racing manager John Clarke, who signed for the colt out of the Dansili mare Ripples Maid. Consigned from David Redvers’ Tweenhills Farm & Stud, the son of the two-time listed stakes winner was purchased 340,000 guineas ($554,280).
In total, the eight foals by Sea The Stars generated 1,865,000 guineas ($3,040,380) in gross sales and an average of 233,125 guineas ($380,050).
Sea The Stars’ half brother Galileo is widely regarded as the best stallion in the world and he provided the second-highest price for the day when his son out of the Acatenango mare Guaranda was bought by Coolmore's agent Demi O’Byrne for 375,000 guineas ($611,340). The Plantation Stud consigned colt is a brother to the group III winner Gravitation and out of the stakes-placed Guaranda, herself a half sister to the multiple group I winner Fame And Glory.
James Wigan had plenty to celebrate after the seven lots sold as part of the consignment from his West Blagdon Stud realized 928,000 guineas ($1,440,810) including four that sold for 100,000 guineas ($163,020) or more. Heading that group was the Oasis Dream filly out of the Selkirk mare Slink who was knocked down to Blandford Bloodstock’s Tom Goff for 300,000 guineas ($489,070).
"It's a quality page and she's by a proper, proven stallion," said Goff. "It is a lovely cross, Oasis Dream over Selkirk and she is a lengthy, quality filly. I am delighted to have bought her."
Goff's overall assessment of the sale to-date was positive.
"I think the market has been very competitive, and for the pinhooker very fierce. I am sure they have had to compromise in order to buy," he said. "The writing was on the wall after the October Book 1 Sale that it would be a strong trade—that quality foals would make money—it's good to have such a healthy market."
Late in the evening a New Approach filly out of the Nureyev mare Pine Chip was knocked down to Meridian International’s Ghislain Bozo for 300,000 guineas after he saw off a determined effort from Ferguson. The sale represented a great result for Irish breeder and consignor Max Ervine who bought Pine Chip at the 2008 Tattersalls December Mare Sale for 90,000 guineas in foal to Dylan Thomas. He sold that resulting foal for 140,000 guineas last year at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale before his great result today.
The Tattersalls December Foal Sale continues at Newmarket at 10 a.m. on Nov. 26.
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