Introduced by auctioneer Alastair Pim as "the star of the show," the Dubawi half sister to Jack Hobbs offered by Willie Carson's Minster Stud claimed top billing at the Dec. 1 session of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale after John Gosden, acting on behalf of Godolphin, saw off Harriet Jellett with a bid of 750,000gns ($1,056,000).
For a moment it looked as though Jellett, seated to the left of the rostrum and taking instructions on the phone, had won out not long after the 500,000gns mark as a hush descended on the ring and Charlie Gordon-Watson shook his head. But Gosden had plenty in reserve and hit back hard until the gavel came down.
The filly was bred by former champion jockey Carson and his wife Elaine out of the Swain (IRE) mare Swain's Gold.
"I rang Tattersalls back in the autumn and asked how many Dubawis they had cataloged here and was told none, so I said: 'Well you've got one now,'" said an animated Carson. "She was a very cute filly. We've been selling more as foals for the last three years—we can cope with foaling down the mares but we're getting too old for yearlings.
"Swain's Gold has been very good to us and she is in-foal to Golden Horn. We are not sure who we will go to with her next spring."
The filly's dual group 1-winning half brother Jack Hobbs is due to begin his stallion career at Overbury Stud in 2018, and Carson confirmed he would be showing the son of Halling his support.
"We have not been down to Overbury to see him yet, but I'm likely to send him a Flat mare," he said. "We have 17 mares to foal down and we need to have a bit of sort out, though we might be tempted to look at a few mares next week now."
The third session of the December Foal Sale saw 167 lots gross 16,986,000gns ($23,916,288)—a marginal gain on 2016's figure. The average stood at 101,107gns ($142,359)—a 12% increase, and an identical median of 65,000gns ($91,520). The clearance rate was 80%.
The December Foal Sale concludes Dec. 2.
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