Nov 10, 2017

Gutaifan filly tops Tattersalls Ireland Flat Foal and Breeding Stock Sale

Flat Foal & Breeding Stock Sale
The daughter of first-crop, Group 2-winning sire Gutaifan (Lot 194) was today's stand-out lot of the one-day Flat Foal and Broodmare Sale.

Offered by leading consignor Castledillion Stud, she was bought by Gay O'Callaghan, whose Yeomanstown Stud stands the son of Dark Angel, for €58,000.
From the extended family of Danehill, she is out of the Anabaa mare Payphone and is a half-sister to four winners, including Newsletter (Sir Percy), winner of the Listed Kilvington Stakes, runner-up in the Ballyogan Stakes (G3) and third in the Queen Mary Stakes (G2).
"She is a lovely, racey type of a filly and looks a real runner. I am looking forward to seeing more of Gutaifan's first foals over the coming weeks," said O'Callaghan of the highest-priced foal sold so far in the sale's two-year history.

A colt by the same sire and offered by Ringfort Stud was also well received by buyers, and Pat Donworth was the successful purchaser at €27,000. The March-born colt is the fourth foal out of the four-time winner and Group 3 Albany Stakes fourth She's A Character (Lot 16).

The session closed with a draft of Flat broodmares and it was Star Catch (Lot 242), a daughter of Cacique, who topped the section. She fetched €36,000 and was bought by Noel McDonnell from Mr Andrew Davis.

She has been twice placed and achieved a rating of 76. She is from the Juddmonte family of Sightseek and is a half-sister to Preferential, winner of Listed races in France and in the US.  

La Arcadia (Lot 236) was bought by Peter Nolan on behalf of Geoff Turnbull's Elnwick Stud for €20,000. Next spring the daughter of Lope De Vega will visit the farm's new stallion, the dual international Grade 1 winner Mondaliste. 
She was placed in France and is a half-sister to the Brigadier Gerard Stakes (G3) winner and multiple stakes race performer Stotsfold.

Commenting at the conclusion of the Flat Foal and Breeding Stock Sale, Tattersalls Ireland Managing Director Roger Casey said; 
"The first edition of the Flat Foal and Breeding Stock Sale in 2016 reaped rewards at the 2017 yearling sales with some very eye-catching pinhooks and, on the back of this, today's sale attracted a notable number of purchasers looking to acquire commercial foals. We have witnessed reasonably solid trade throughout the day with predictably strong competition for the better stock and an improved clearance rate. It is satisfying to have surpassed last years' top price of €25,000, twice and to sell a foal for €58,000 proves that the sale can produce good prices when supported with better stock and we will endeavour to improve this sale even further in 2018."

Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale starts on Sunday, 12 November with a session of stores, horses in training and yearlings. From Monday 13 to Thursday 16 sees four-days of NH foals sales and the week will conclude with a session of NH broodmares on Friday.