Tattersalls July Sale Off to Strong Start

Tattersalls July Sale Off to Strong Start
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Miblish brought 250,000 guineas ($390,232 in U.S. funds) on opening day of the Tattersalls July sale.

Opening day of the Tattersalls July sale July 10 concluded with total receipts more than doubling from last year and average price soaring by 71.7% at Park Paddocks in Newmarket.

Headlined by the sale of English stakes winner Miblish for 250,000 guineas ($390,232 in U.S. funds) to Qatari trainer Gassim Mohammad Ghazali, the day ended with total sales of 2,819,600 guineas ($4,401,198) on 176 horses. It marked a 106% rise from last year's corresponding session when 147 horses were sold. 

Average price was 16,020 guineas ($25,006), and median climbed 10.9% to 6,100 guineas ($9,522). 

The clearance rate also was in positive territory, improving from 81.2% in 2012 to 84.2%. 

Offered by trainer Clive Brittain's Carlburg Stables, Miblish was one of three horses to break the six-figure mark. 

The 4-year-old Teofilo colt has performed creditably in middle-distance races at the top level this year, twice finishing fifth to Al Kazeem in the Prince of Wales's Stakes (Eng-I) in June at Royal Ascot and the Coral Eclipse Stakes (Eng-I) July 6 at Sandown.  

Miblish won the listed Magnolia Stakes on the all-weather track in March at Kempton and finished third in the Cantor Fitzgerald Brigadier Gerard Stakes (Eng-III) in May at Sandown. Overall, he has two wins, two seconds, and two thirds from 16 career starts.
 
Ghazali said plans call for Miblish to continue his racing career in Qatar.
 
"He is one that I came for particularly, but I have another five or six horses to buy," Ghazali said about Miblish, who is out of the winning Hector Protector mare Triton Dance. "He should do well in Qatar and will travel there directly from here. I will aim him at the Emir's Cup in March, and maybe I will see if there is a race for him in Dubai at the (Dubai World Cup) Carnival.
 
"I watched his run in the Coral Eclipse on Saturday on TV. I was with my family in London. I thought he ran well, but I thought he put in a very good performance when fifth behind Al Kazeem at Royal Ascot."
 
Also bringing six figures was recent French stakes-winning sprinter Lover Man. Irish bloodstock agent Bobby O'Ryan, standing alongside South Lanarkshire-based trainer Keith Dalgleish, outbid Ghazali to secure the 4-year-old Lawman colt for 135,000 guineas ($210,725).
 
Offered by the Castlebridge Consignment, Lover Man won his stakes debut last time out in the five-furlong Prix Hampton June 11 at Maisons-Laffitte. The victory was his third from eight career starts. 
 
Lover Man is out of the Fairy King mare Seltitude, a French group III winner from the family of Italian group I winner High Hawk.
 
The third horse to break the six-figure barrier was Duroble Man, a 3-year-old Manduro gelding, who was knocked down to Highflyer Bloodstock's Antony Bromley for 130,000 guineas ($202,920). 
 
Consigned by trainer Roger Varian's Kremlin House Stables, Duroble Man has a win, a second, and five thirds from eight career starts. Out of the stakes-winning Barathea mare Jalouise, who was group III placed in France, he will join the stable of National Hunt trainer Alan King to campaign for owner Max McNeil.

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