Lot 191 by Rip Van Winkle out of Aurelia.

Lot 191 by Rip Van Winkle out of Aurelia.


Rip Van Winkle Colt Tops Tattersalls Sale

Injury kept colt out of elite Book 1 yearling sale in October.

A colt from the first crop of Rip Van Winkle led trading Nov. 25 at the single-session Tattersalls December yearling sale, which saw a marginal decline in total sales, compared with 2012, but increases in average price and median.

The sale topper was knocked down to BBA Ireland's Patrick Cooper for 200,000 guineas ($340,746) after he saw off Japanese owner Ryoichi Ohtsuka. 

The bay colt was one of 185 horses sold during the single session, pushing the aggregate to 3,570,100 guineas ($6,082,486), off just 0.7% from last year's total sales in guineas when 235 horses sold. 

The average of 24,621 guineas ($41,947) and median of 15,000 guineas ($25,556) where up 14% and 16%, respectively. The clearance rate slid to 81.9% from 83.6% last year.

Furnace Mill Stud offered the top-priced Rip Van Winkle colt for small Carmarthenshire breeder Richard Moses, who bought his dam, the winning Rainbow Quest mare Aurelia as a 4-year-old at the 2005 Tattersalls December mare sale. Aurelia is the dam of two winners from four to race. She has a Canford Cliffs weanling and is in foal to Paco Boy. 

The Rip Van Winkle colt was bound for the elite Book 1 session of the Tattersalls October yearling sale, but an injury kept him out. 

"The colt has always been a lovely horse," said Trish Brown of Furnace Mill. "Unfortunately, he pricked his foot ahead of Book 1, maybe in the end it was for luck."

A multiple group I winner, Rip Van Winkle stands alongside his sire Galileo at Coolmore Stud in Ireland. 

Bloodstock agent David Redvers secured the only Galileo horse offered, going to 135,000 guineas ($230,003) for a filly out of the Green Desert mare Artful. Offered by Denford Stud, the bay filly is a half sister to stakes winner Duplicity and is from the family of 2012 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) winner Solemia.

"I thought she was a standout and from a very current family, you couldn't get more up to date," Redvers said. "The mare has already produced a stakes winner and she should be worth that money on residual value alone."

John Ferguson, bloodstock adviser to Sheikh Mohammed, went to the day's third-highest price of 120,000 guineas ($204,447) for a Teofilo colt offered by Ireland's Taroka Stud. 

"The sire has done well and I thought he was a lovely colt and is from a family that Sheikh Mohammed knows well and has had a lot of success with," Ferguson said.

The bay colt is out of the unraced Cape Cross mare Henties Bay, a half sister to Sheikh Mohammed's 1995 European champion two-year-old Blue Duster and 1992 Middle Park Stakes (Eng-I) winner Zieten.

The four-day Tattersalls December foal sale starts at 9.30 a.m., Nov. 27, at Park Paddocks in Newmarket.