Welsh Cake Leads Way at Tattersalls

Mare in foal to Sakhee sells for 200,000 guineas

Five-year-old Welsh Cake (by Fantastic Light), a half-sister to Prix du Rond-Point (Fr-II) winner Trans Island (by Selkirk), topped breeding stock-orientated first session of the Tattersalls July sale in Newmarket, England July 8.

Mike Caddy, who has owned Heatherwold Stud in Berkshire for five years, bought the Sakhee-covered mare for 200,000 guineas from the consignment of Kevin and Sue Mercer’s Usk Valley Stud in Wales.

Lancashire-based Mike Smith paid 180,000 guineas to get his first broodmare Boast (by Most Welcome), the dam of black-type performers Strut (by Danehill Dancer) and Vaunt (by Averti).

Three-time French winner Lunathea (by Barathea), out of a half-sister to sire and group I winner Linamix (by Mendez), was sold for 150,000 guineas to Irish agent Brian Grassick, acting for a County Wexford-based client. The 5-year-old, offered through Charlie and Alice Mason’s Silfield Bloodstock as agent, is in foal to Oasis Dream.

The 157 horses sold grossed 3,352,200 guineas and averaged 21,352 guineas. The median price was 10,000 guineas. Last year, 200 horses were sold for a gross of 4,608,200 guineas, an average of 23,041 guineas, and a median of 15,500 guineas. This year, 220 horses were offered.