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Najd Stud Grabs Godolphin’s Tabaretta at Tattersalls


A name from Saudi Arabia helped safe the thirty fifth and final six-figure lot of the Tattersalls July Sale as Tabaretta topped the July 14 concluding session with a gross sales worth of 210,000gns (US$288,997, 1gn=US$1.3762).

Jimmy George was the recipient of the decision, with representatives of Saudi-based operation Najd Stud instructing the Tattersalls advertising director to strike the session-topping bid on their behalf.

The frivolously raced 3-year-old has gained two of his eight begins for Charlie Appleby and recorded a career-high Racing Put up Ranking of 95 when he claimed the second of these victories over a mile and a half at Wolverhampton in January.

“This was a little bit of a standout at the moment,” stated George. “The scene in Saudi Arabia goes from power to power and he seems like a horse who will go well with the nation’s racing completely. Najd is an everyday purchaser right here and an incredible shopper, and hopefully this gelding will go on to achieve success for the stud.”

Najd Stud, the racing car of Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz, has been an everyday presence at Tattersalls lately and has topped a number of gross sales alongside the way in which.

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These embrace the 2021 Autumn Horses in Coaching Sale with the 700,000gns Grocer Jack , who was secured with Peter and Ross Doyle, and final 12 months’s August Sale with the 250,000gns Working . However, the operation’s most notable purchase came at last year’s December Mares Sale when they spent 3,600,000gns on Saffron Beach .

George added: “Najd has been buying for many years but the racing in Saudi is expanding. The farm has been very successful with Tattersalls graduates and, like everything, it’s success-driven—the more winners they buy from Tattersalls, the more they come back.”

Tabaretta, a €650,000 Arqana August yearling, is the fourth foal out of the Galileo mare Davantage making him a half brother to the Prix Miesque (G3) scorer Devant . There is plenty of back class on the page too as Davantage is a half sister to the Prix du Jockey Club (G1) hero Blue Canari, while champion older horse Mtoto appears a couple of generations further back.

Godolphin Draft Takes Center Stage

Tabaretta hailed from the Godolphin draft that supplied the bulk of Friday’s interest, including the four priciest lots. The 14-strong offering yielded an aggregate of 578,000gns, which was 44% of session turnover.

The 89-rated Mount Tambora, a placed son of Dark Angel trained by Andre Fabre, fetched the second-highest price when Naser Askar signed at 72,000gns. The 3-year-old half brother to the listed-winning Hertford Dancer  is set to continue his career in Dubai.

Lot 890 Mount Tambora (GB) 2020 Gr.C.  BY Dark Angel (IRE) EX Tebee (GB)   GodolphinNaser Askar72,000 Tattersalls July Sale 14/07/2023

Mount Tambora in the sales ring the Tattersalls July Sale

Abdullah Muammer also dipped into the Godolphin draft when he went to 56,000gns for Changing Colours on behalf of Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Nuaimi.

“This horse has a good pedigree, he’s a good physical and he’s fast—we like sprinters,” said Muammer said of the son of Dubawi . “We have no training plans as yet.”

Godolphin was the second-highest grossing consignor across the four-day sale, with 44 lots sold for a combined 2,579,500gns. The priciest of the bunch was the 250,000gns Evening Hush, an unraced daughter of Galileo and Wuheida  bought by BBA Ireland during Tuesday’s session of fillies and mares.

The acquisition of Evening Hushcontributed to BBA Ireland topping the buyers’ chart with nine purchases totaling 1,711,000gns. The group was headed by the sale’s overall top lot Sweet And Lovely , an unraced sister to Seventh Heaven  in foal to Wootton Bassett  who fetched 350,000gns when presented by WH Bloodstock on Day 1.

The sale’s highest-grossing vendor was The Castlebridge Consignment, with 96 sold lots generating receipts totaling 3,742,000gns.

Jacques Secures Heavenly Wish

Onlookers could have been forgiven for thinking ITV Racing was among the buyers on Friday morning, when presenter Sally Ann Grassick struck a winning bid with mic in hand and flanked by a camera crew.

In transpired Grassick was not only filming a segment to be aired on ITV Racing this weekend but was also standing in for her sister Cathy, with the 23,000gns Heavenly Wish sourced on behalf of Yvonne Jacques of Carisbrooke Stud.

Heavenly Wish is a daughter of Pivotal who cut little ice in her two runs for Michael Bell and her owner/breeder Lady Bamford. The 3-year-old does boast a big pedigree, however, and one that new connections are already particularly close to as she is out of a half sister to Chachamaidee , whose seven wins include being awarded the Matron Stakes (G1).

Chachamaidee’s breeding record is led by dual Meydan grade 2 winner Valiant Prince  and Classic who won the Pinnacle Stakes (G3) in Jacques’ familiar pale blue and pink colors.

Although better known for her media work, Grassick is no stranger to bidding at public auction. When asked how she found the experience while the cameras were rolling, she said: “It’s definitely a bit more nerve-racking and (auctioneer) Alastair Pim played up to the cameras a bit as well, so everyone was watching. We had planned on being more discreet!”

Figures Hold Firm

Friday’s session concluded with a 96% clearance rate as 66 lots sold from 69 offered. Turnover reached 1,301,500gns, with an average price of 19,720gns and a median of 13,000gns.

An expanded catalog always seemed likely to impact turnover and clearance rate across the four days, and year-on-year comparisons for those two metrics duly headed in the anticipated directions, albeit to no great degree.

The number of offered lots rose by 71 (13%) this year as 635 horses came under the hammer. Of those, 574 found a buyer (54 more than in 2022) for a clearance rate of 90%, which was down 2% compared to 12 months ago.

Those 574 transactions yielded record turnover of 16,986,000gns ($23,375,747), which was up 1% year-on-year. The average price slipped by 8% to 29,592gns ($40,724), but the median, typically the most revealing market indicator, held firm at a sale-high of 15,000gns ($20,643).

Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony said: “To have bettered last year’s wide-margin record-breaking Tattersalls July Sale turnover is a clear indication of the robust and vibrant market which year after year makes this fixture so popular with vendors and purchasers alike.”


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