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Milanova Daughter Tops Tattersalls July Sale

Lydia Symonds | 16.07.2017

Asanta Sana (Galileo), who is out Australian Group Three winner Milanova (Danehill), topped the third and final day of the Tattersalls July Sale on Friday after Saeed Manana of Rabbah Bloodstock went to 330,000 guineas to secure the filly from John Gosden’s Clarehaven Stables draft.

Milanova, who won the Tokyo City Cup (Gr 3, 1600m) at Morphettville in 2004 and was also placed at Group One level, has produced three winners of her five foals to race, making Asanta Sana a sister to Group Three winner Pretty Perfect.

Milanova herself is a sister to Aquis Farm shuttler Holy Roman Emperor and a half-sister to Listed winners Heart Of Oak (Woodman) and Big Viking (Theatrical).

Asanta Sana, who was catalogued as Lot 833, has raced twice for Gosden finishing fourth on both occasions and looks to continue her career with James Tate.

“We will try and win a race with her, and then she will join Saeed’s broodmare band. She will come straight back to us and we will ready her for a race in the autumn,” said Tate.

Manana had also purchased the top lot during the morning session when he went to 150,000 guineas to secure the Juddmonte Farms consigned Impala, who will also go into training with Tate.

Catalogued as Lot 705,  Impala, an unraced filly by Oasis Dream (Green Desert) is out of the winning Zafonic (Gone West) mare Imbabala, making her a half-sister to Group One winner Zambezi Sun (Dansili), Group Two winner Kalabar (Kahyasi) and Listed winner Zero Gravity (Dansili).

“She’s been bought by Saeed Manana to join the Rabbah Bloodstock broodmare band,” James Tate told the Racing Post. “It’s a beautiful page and we look forward to finding a cover for her next year.”

The Juddmonte Farms consignment is always in-demand and it proved no different this July with their 27 lots realising a total of 958,000 guineas.

Qatar-based trainer Gassim Ghazali, who had been active throughout the first two days of the July Sale, made his presence felt again on Friday, purchasing four lots for a total spend of 336,000 guineas.

The most expensive of his purchases was Allography (Iffraaj), who he took home for 185,000 guineas. By Haunui Farm shuttler Iffraaj (Zafonic), the chestnut colt has won three of his ten career starts for Godolphin and trainer Mick Halford.

Earlier in the session, the leading Qatari trainer went to 100,000gns for the Dandy Man (Mozart) gelding Don Valentino, an improving type who has yet to finish out of the frame in five starts.

Don Valentino, who was consigned by his former trainer, David O’Meara, was catalogued as Lot 748 and is out of the multiple Listed-winning mare My Funny Valentine (Mukaddamah).

“He is a progressive horse and we wanted to stay for him,” Ghazali told the Racing Post. “We like stock by the sire.”

The Marco Botti-trained Qatar Man (Archarcharch) was purchased for 150,000 guineas by the Singapore-based pair of Sennett Ho and Aloysius Chew under the Elite Bloodstock Singapore banner. The son of Archarcharch (Arch) has raced only six times for Qatari owner Mubarak Al Naemi and was most recently sixth in the UAE Derby (Gr 2, 1900m) behind recent Prix Jean Prat (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Thunder Snow (Helmet).

Dual Group Three winner Arab Spring (Monsun) looks set to continue his career in Dubai after Rashid Bouresly went to 100,000gns to secure the gelding from the  Sir Michael Stoute draft, which was offered as part of the Ballymacoll dispersal.

The seven-year-old gelding is out of Spring Symphony (Darshaan), making him a half-brother to the LKS Mackinnon Stakes (Gr 1, 2000m) winner Glass Harmonium (Verglas) and the dam of Group Two winner Blond Me (Tamayuz).

“He’ll race for the Bouresly Racing Syndicate and the Dubai Carnival is the big aim,” Bouresly told the Racing Post. “He’ll have a rest and then we’ll build him back up. And then he can become a stallion down the road.”

Johnny and Sue McKeever, who joined forces with young Australian bloodstock agent James Ferguson earlier this year, purchased Doddinel, an unraced filly by Dansili (Danehill), for 55,000 guineas from the Juddmonte Farms draft.

Catalogued as Lot 707,  the filly is out of the placed Far Shores, a Distant View (Mr. Prospector) half-sister to late Coolmore sire Danehill (Danzig), Grade Two winner Eagle Eyed (Danzig), Group / Grade Three winners Shibboleth (Danzig) and Harpia (Danzig).

“She’s for Les Ward,” Johnny McKeever told the Racing Post. “It’s an excellent page – she’s obviously inbred to Razyana – and for me, she was the pick of the physicals at the Juddmonte draft.”

At the close of trade on Friday 178 lots had sold for a total aggregate of 4,161,300 guineas, at an average of 23,380 guineas, a 54 per cent rise from last years corresponding session, and a median of 13,000 guineas, up from 8,500 guineas 12 months earlier.

Those figures took the wholesale turnover to 14,691,700 guineas – a new record for the July Sale and a 19 per cent year on year increase. The average was up by 19 per cent to 25,595  guineas while the median was up 20 per cent to 12,000 guineas. The clearance rate stood at 89 per cent.

At the conclusion of the 2017 Tattersalls July Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony said:

“The Tattersalls July Sale continues to go from strength to strength. The 2016 renewal produced record turnover and average as well as an 88 per cent clearance rate, and this year’s sale has made gains across the board with turnover approaching 15,000,000 guineas, an average well over 25,000 guineas and a remarkable clearance rate of almost 90 per cent. The figures look even more impressive when considering that as recently as 2012 the July Sale turnover was below 5,000,000 guineas and the average price was less than 12,000 guineas.”

Sale Results – Day Three

Catalogued: 278 268

Offered: 188 190

Sold: 178 175

Aggregate: 4,161,300gns (+56%) 2,660,700gns

Average: 23,378gns (+53.7%) 15,204gns

Median: 13,000gns (+53%) 8,500gns

Top Lot: 330,000gns 135,000gns


Sale Results – Overall Sale

Catalogued: 914 877

Offered: 648 648

Sold: 574 (89%) 572 (88%)

Aggregate: 14,691,700gns   (+19%) 12,311,329gns

Average: 25,595gns    (+19%) 21,523gns

Median: 12,000gns (+20%) 10,000gns

Top Lot: 330,000gns 270,000gns

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