The regally bred BEACH FROLIC, dam of outstanding Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes and Prix Jacques Le Marois winner PALACE PIER, and LADY GORGEOUS, the dam of recent Group 1 Fillies’ Mile winner PRETTY GORGEOUS, head a quality catalogue for the forthcoming Tattersalls December Mares Sale which takes place November 30th – December 3rd. The catalogue for Europe’s premier breeding stock sale numbers 1,104 lots and can be viewed online at www.tattersalls.com.
Widely regarded as the world’s most international bloodstock sale, the 2020 renewal of the Tattersalls December Mares Sale as ever combines the best of British and Irish breeding stock, including the final part of the Waddesdon Stud Dispersal and the Partial Dispersal from Floors Stud, with significant consignments from throughout Europe.
The Group 1 producer BEACH FROLIC is one of nine mares catalogued in foal to the Kildangan Stud based first season sire BLUE POINT, with others including the Grade 3 winner and Grade 1 placed STRATHNAVER and DAILY TIMES, the winning half-sister to multiple North American Grade 1 winner NEWSPAPEROFRECORD. LADY GORGEOUS, the dam of Europe’s highest rated two-year-old filly PRETTY GORGEOUS, is one of nine mares in foal to top young Coolmore based sire NO NAY NEVER, as are Grade 1 winner SOPHIE P and multiple Grade 3 winner ELYSEA’S WORLD.
The seven-year-old mare MISS PHILLYJINKS, dam of recent Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac winner TIGER TANAKA, carrying to record-breaking sire MEHMAS, and the PIVOTAL mare DULKASHE, whose first foal was DEFOE, the ill-fated winner of last year’s Group 1 Coronation Cup, are amongst other eye-catching mares in foal. Other potential highlights include the five-year-old Group 1 Queensland Oaks winner WINNING WAYS, who is one of five mares catalogued in foal to the great KINGMAN, and the Listed placed four-year-old mare GOLCONDA, carrying to the unbeaten 2018 Triple Crown winner JUSTIFY.
In total the catalogue features well over 100 Group and Listed winners/producers as well as mares in foal to 22 of the current top 25 active British and Irish based sires including CAMELOT, DARK ANGEL, DUBAWI, FRANKEL, INVINCIBLE SPIRIT, KINGMAN, KODIAC, LOPE DE VEGA and NO NAY NEVER. Freshman and first crop sires are equally well represented with plenty of mares in foal to exciting young Classic and Group 1 winners ADVERTISE, CRACKSMAN, CRYSTAL OCEAN, EQTIDAAR, EXPERT EYE, HARRY ANGEL, HAVANA GREY, LIGHTNING SPEAR, MAGNA GRECIA, MASAR, PHOENIX OF SPAIN, SAXON WARRIOR, SIOUX NATION, STUDY OF MAN, TEN SOVEREIGNS, TOO DARN HOT, U S NAVY FLAG, UNFORTUNATELY and 2019 Champion and Arc winner WALDGEIST. Highly regarded freshman sires CALYX and LAND FORCE are both well represented and also catalogued as stallion prospects are 2017 Group 1 Melbourne Cup winner REKINDLING and Group 2 winner and Group 1 Racing Post Trophy second YUCATAN, both of whom have outstanding pedigrees.
Well-bred Group and Listed winning fillies are always much sought after at the December Sale and the 2020 December catalogue features an abundance of high class performers including Group 3 winners BREATHTAKING LOOK, DEVANT, KURIOUS, QUEEN JO JO and TAMNIAH, as well as the 2020 Listed winners ARCHER’S DREAM, HELIAC, PUNITA ARORA, RUN WILD, SARDINIA SUNSET, STORMY GIRL, the Aga Khan bred DARK ANGEL filly SONAIYLA who was also third in the recent Group 1 Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh, and this year’s Group 2 Rockfel Stakes runner up NAZUNA.
The largest consignment is the annual hugely popular draft from Godolphin which numbers 87 lots comprising 33 broodmares and a further 54 fillies in/out of training. The consignment from Juddmonte Farms is also amongst the regular highlights of the Tattersalls December Sale and this year’s 55 strong team includes mares in foal to top Juddmonte sires FRANKEL and KINGMAN as well as half-sisters to numerous great Juddmonte Group 1 winners including CITYSCAPE, EMULOUS, FIRST DEFENCE, KINGMAN, NEW BAY, PASSAGE OF TIME, PROVISO and TIMEPIECE.
Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s Shadwell Estates and Shadwell Stud, which have enjoyed a spectacular 2020, have a combined 57 lots between them while consignments from leading British and Irish consignors Baroda Stud, Cheveley Park Stud, Highclere Stud, Jamie Railton, Kiltinan Castle Stud, Newsells Park Stud, Norelands Stud, The National Stud, The Castlebridge Consignment, Tweenhills Farm & Stud and Voute Sales, also feature strongly. French and German interests include Gestut Gorlsdorf, Haras de Colleville, Haras des Authieux and a high class team of 11 from European Sales Management who sold recent Grade 1 E P Taylor Stakes winner ETOILE at last year’s December Sale.
Commenting on the catalogue for the 2020 Tattersalls December Mares Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony said;
“The Tattersalls December Sale is Europe’s premier breeding stock sale, and this year’s catalogue, which features the final part of the Waddesdon Stud Dispersal and the partial dispersal from Floors Stud, has quality in abundance. The December Sale is the annual showcase for the very best breeding stock that Europe has to offer and is a sale which exerts an extraordinary influence on the global thoroughbred industry. The 2020 catalogue has outstanding consignments from many of the world’s leading owner/breeders and those buyers unable to make their annual pilgrimage to the sale will again be able to use the Tattersalls live internet bidding platform and telephone bidding facilities which have been a huge asset since we have been conducting sales under strict COVID – related rules and regulations.”
The Tattersalls December Mares Sale catalogue is online now at www.tattersalls.com and will be available from Tattersalls and Tattersalls Representatives from Friday, October 30th.
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