Fallen Idol and Well Sharp shared the top-priced honor during the second session of the Tattersalls autumn horses in training sale. Each brought 250,000 guineas ($418,880 in U.S. funds) Oct. 25 in England.
Bloodstock agent Anthony Stroud purchased Fallen Idol, who captured the 2010 Britain’s Got Talent Bingo at Meccabingo.com Heron Stakes and finished second in this year’s Tanqueray Foundation Stakes in England.
“He’s for the (Dubai) Carnival,” Stroud said, “but his trainer has yet to be decided.”
A 4-year-old son of Pivotal out of the Brief Truce mare Fallen Star, Fallen Idol has won four of his 10 career races and has earned $126,114. Before being sold, he raced for his breeder, Normandie Stud. Trainer John Gosden’s Clarehaven Stables consigned Fallen Idol.
National Hunt trainer Jonjo O’Neill bought Well Sharp, who has won two of his 10 career races while being campaigned by Andrew Tinkler. Trainer Michael Dods’ Denton Hall Stables consigned the 3-year-old son of Selkirk and the Sadler's Wells mare Saphila. Well Sharp has earned $22,169.
“He’s a lovely stamp of a horse, a nice athletic type,” O’Neill said.
Tell Dad, who captured this year’s Worthington’s Highfield Social Club Horris Hill Stakes (Eng-III), brought 240,000 guineas ($402,124). Sarah Lakin of Lakin Bloodstock acquired him from trainer Richard Hannon’s East Everleigh Stables.
Produced from the Danehill mare Don’t Tell Mum, Tell Dad is a 3-year-old gelded son of Intikhab. He has won three of his 10 career races for Tinkler while earning $389,555.
“He is bought for a client’s syndicate that previously owned the leading stayer Choy Ichiban in Hong Kong,” Lakin said. “Unfortunately, that horse went wrong so she has been given a replacement permit by the Hong Kong Jockey Club to get a new horse. That horse has to be of comparable caliber; the Hong Kong handicapper Nigel Gray told me that Tell Dad was the only horse here that I could buy! I came here just to buy him. I hope to give him a month break before he goes into quarantine, but I need to discuss that with my client. The horse that we are replacing was also, just by coincidence, by Intikhab.”
The results for the Tattersalls autumn sale’s second session included a gross 6,260,200 guineas ($10,489,070) for the 249 horses that were sold. The average price was 25,141 guineas ($42,124) and the median price was 12,000 guineas ($20,097).
The clearance rate was 87.4%, the same as in 2010. Last year, 235 horses were sold.