The Tattersalls December Foal Sale came to a close on the fourth and final day with the sale continuing in robust fashion and a colt by SIOUX NATION topping proceedings at 88,000 guineas. A strong final day clearance of 78% saw turnover for the sale of 26,255,100 guineas, at an average of 41,807 guineas, the fifth highest at the fixture, and a median of 20,000 guineas.
Sioux Nation Colt to Elliott for 88,000 Guineas
The top priced lot on the final day of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale was the SIOUX NATION colt out of the INVINCIBLE SPIRIT mare AUTUMN SNOW who sold for 88,000 guineas to agent Alex Elliott. The colt is from the first crop of the son of SCAT DADDY who won the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes and Group 2 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot as a two-year-old.
“He is probably for resale, but is a colt we’d be happy to keep too,” said Elliott. “I love the Scat Daddy line, he is becoming a real sire of sires and Sioux Nation was a fast horse.”
The colt was sold by Barton Stud on behalf of breeder The Brigadier Partnership, which is headed by Rebecca Matthews.
“He was the stand-out foal today, we deliberately came today to sell on the Saturday to stand out and it is a fantastic result. This was an investment by the breeders to get a bloodstock business going so this is really a great start,” said Barton’s Tom Blain. “I am delighted for them.”
AUTUMN SNOW was purchased for just 1,500 guineas at the 2018 Tattersalls February Sale by Matthews. She is out of the Listed placed LOMITAS mare EPIC SMILE, herself a half-sister to the Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere winner ULTRA.
Lot 1097: Australia (GB) x Bitooh (GB)
Australia Colt to Houldsworth for 62,000 Guineas
Bloodstock agent Matt Houldsworth secured the AUSTRALIA colt out of the DIKTAT mare BITOOH for 62,000 guineas on behalf of Aughamore Stud.
“We have bought him for resale and will aim to bring him back to Book 1 or Book 2. It is a smashing family, a quality family, and has been in the Pocock family for a long time. I am quite a big fan of the stallion, he has had a good year,” said Houldsworth.
BITOOH is a half-sister to the Group 1 Melbourne Cup winner REKINDLING and was bred by consignors Stringston Farm. The Somerset-based stud sold her as a foal here in 2005. She was subsequently bought by Sheikh Mohammed and Godolphin for whom she raced before being resold to Sunderland Holdings as a breeding prospect in 2009. Stringston Farm’s Robert and son Nick Pocock then bought BITOOH back two weeks after REKINDLING’s Melbourne Cup victory.
“The plan will be to send Bitooh back to Australia, the family does very well with him and he is a lovely horse to deal with,” said Nick Pocock, who added that he was satisfied with trade this week. “That was our last lot, it has been tough but reasonable.”
Stringston Farm sold seven foals for 326,000 guineas.