Ferguson Again Prominent at Tattersalls

Sheikh Mohammed’s bloodstock manager, John Ferguson, bought the most expensive horse at the Tattersalls December breeding stock sale for the second day in a row. He spent 1.7 million guineas for French listed winner Princesse Dansante (by King’s Best) Dec. 2 in England.

Ferguson, who paid 1.95 million guineas for Saoirse Abu Dec. 1, outbid Coolmore’s Paul Shanahan for the 5-year-old Princesse Dansante, who was offered in foal to Dansili.

As on Dec. 1, trade fell well short of last year’s record-breaking figures. The 13,811,800-guinea gross (for the 143 horses sold) dropped 62%, and the 96,586-guinea average price was down 52%. The 45,000-guinea median declined 47%. The clearance rate was 68%.

The unraced 4-year-old So Silk (by Rainbow Quest), out of Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-I) winner Gossamer, will join trainer Luca Cumani and his wife Sara’s Fittocks Stud after being sold for 480,000 guineas.

Andreas Jacobs -- buying for his family’s Gestut Fahrhof in Germany --spent 525,000 guineas on the only mare in the catalog covered by Unbridled’s Song, 9-year-old Tenderly (by Danehill). Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm was the underbidder.

 Reflective, offered by John Troy for Richard Santulli’s Colt’s Neck Stables, proved popular with her Montjeu covering. A half-sister to Bosra Sham and Hector Protector, she was bought for 550,000 guineas by agent Anthony Stroud.