Record Begin Falling at Tatts

John Ferguson purchased a quartet of 3-year-olds for a total of 10.1 million gns ($19,840,540) on a lively opening breeding stock session of the Tattersalls December Sale in Newmarket on Dec. 3. 

Ferguson set a new European record for a filly when buying group I Prix de l’Opera winner Satwa Queen (GB) (by Muhtathir) for 3.4 million gns ($6,679,000). Niarchos family racing manager Alan Cooper was among the early players for the five-time group winners but the final exchanges were fought out between Charlie Gordon-Watson, standing with Coolmore’s Paul Shanahan, and Ferguson. 

The record for a filly, set at 3 million gns ($5,893,230) by Spinning Queen (GB) (by Spinning World) 12 months ago, had already been broken by group II Cherry Hinton and group III Albany Stakes winner Sander Camillo (by More Than Ready). Ferguson bid against Shanahan himself for this filly, consigned from Jeremy Noseda’s stable, eventually getting her for 3.2 million gns ($6,286,110). 

Ferguson had earlier spent a total of 3.5 million gns ($6,875,433) on two lots sold from the Niarchos family’s Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard. He paid 1.8 million gns ($3,535,938) to outbid BBA Ireland’s Adrian Nicoll for Ama (by Storm Cat), a daughter of Miesque and half-sister to Kingmambo, and 1.7 million gns ($3,339,500) on Bago (Fr)’s listed-winning half-sister Beta (GB) (by Selkirk), for whom John Warren, standing with Newsells Park Stud manager Julian Dollar, came off second best.  

Indian Ink (Ire) (by Indian Ridge), the 25,000gns yearling who won this year’s group I Coronation Stakes and last season’s group I Cheveley Park Stakes for owner Raymond Tooth, is another now in Maktoum ownership. Hamdan Al Maktoum’s racing manager Angus Gold fought off Anthony Stroud for the 3-year-old, for which he paid 2,000,000 gns ($3,928,820). 

Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock bought the dearest member of a dispersal from Haras de Bouquetot, the Normandy stud of Nicholas Springer, group I Preis der Diana second White Rose (Ger) (Platini {Ger}). He paid 620,000gns ($1,217,934) to outbid Gordon-Watson, standing with Shanahan and Tom Magnier.


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