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Generous dam sale highlight.

TATTERSALLS' December Sales, host to a world-record price in 1997, has prospects of another with news that this year's auction will feature Doff The Derby, writes Tony Smurthwaite.

The broodmare extraordinaire will appear along with her Sadler's Wells' foal, whose year-older half-brother fetched a record 2.5 million gns a year ago to a bid from Satish Sanan.

Best known as dam of Generous, the dual Derby winner of 1991, Doff The Derby is also responsible for four of the seven most expensive foals sold in Tattersalls' history.

The 17-year-old mare, closely related to Triptych, is to be consigned from the Barronstown Stud of David and Diana Nagle. The Nagles own the mare in association with Orpendale, an entity said to be a vehicle for Coolmore Stud interests.

Doff The Derby, who never raced, has produced four other black-type performers and is offered in foal to Entrepreneur, last year's 2,000 Guineas winner.

"To offer the dam of a Derby winner, as well as three Classic and Group 1 winning fillies in training, is very much the icing on the cake to a very solid catalogue," said Edmond Mahony, Tattersalls' chairman.

In addition to Doff The Derby, Mahony was referring to the presence of Melodist, the Irish Oaks winner in foal to Rainbow Quest, Fillies' Mile winner Glorosia, Nicole Pharly and Igreja, a Classic winner in South Africa.

With 2,645 lots catalogued the December Sale is larger than it has ever been with 239 yearlings, 1,032 foals and 1,374 broodmares and fillies in training between November 30 and December 11.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Smurthwaite, Tony
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Nov 6, 1998
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