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Tattersalls Breeze-Up: Auction gaining in importance sets itself some stern targets.

Byline: Janet Hickman

LAST year's Tattersalls Breeze-Up Sale produced records for aggregate, average and median. The 100,000gns mark was broken for the first time by a 125,000gns Sadler's Wells filly. And 20 of the 154 lots reported as sold made at least 50,000gns.

There is no guarantee that such figures will be toppled, especially in the current climate. But trade at Doncaster's breeze-up auctions showed that buyers from most corners of Europe are keen to invest, and at this point virtually all countries in Europe are accessible to horses from Britain in some way.

In addition, the 2001 catalogue on paper is the best assembled for a breeze-up sale in Europe. Certainly there are quite a number of lots well capable of getting near-or beyond-six figures if they have the conformation and action to match their pedigrees. Of the 220 lots in the catalogue, 21 are siblings to stakes winners, 11 are out of stakes winners and an additional four can claim both distinctions. They make up 16.4 per cent of the catalogue. Many of the most fashionable sires in Europe and North America are represented.

The sale does not quite have the strength in depth-or the material for exalted prices-of Fasig-Tipton Florida in February (average $215,962, around pounds 155,000), Barretts California in March (average $195,218, around pounds 140,000) or Keeneland in April. But it is moving upwards, as the statistics on page 20 illustrate.

What it needs now is an outstanding graduate. There have been some very good ones, headed last year by German two-year-old Group 2 winner Tagshira, and a host of very smart performers including the last two winners of the Lincoln. But a real top-notcher would take this sale to a higher plane.

In common with most breeze-up auctions, this sale is heavily biased towards colts. Of the 220 lots, 163 (74.1%) are male and just 57 (25.9%) are female.

Naturally, the focus is to a large extent on horses who are expected to race in the next few months. But Tattersalls does not have the same emphasis on precocious sorts as Doncaster. Even so, siblings to, or offspring of, smart two-year-olds are likely to be popular, and there are quite a few chances to pick up such an individual.

For example, lot 66 is an Irish River brother to last year's dual Listed winner Atmospheric, and the dam was also a US stakes winner. Lot 152 is a Fraam brother to Pattern-placed Dayglow Dancer, who made a successful reappearance at Doncaster last month. Lot 80 is a Desert King half-brother to last year's Listed-placed Esyoueffcee out of a half-sister to top-class miler All At Sea. Lot 205 is a Revoque half-brother to Group 3-placed Lucayan Chief. And lot 44 is a Charnwood Forest brother to a Japanese two-year-old winner from a tough and successful family.

Stepping back a few years, there are several other siblings to good two-year-olds. The Groom Is Red (by Runaway Groom), winner of the 1998 Grade 1 Champagne Stakes, shares his dam with a colt by champion Canadian

three-year-old Peaks And Valleys. This is the family of Blushing Groom, from whose male line The Groom Is Red and lot 197 also spring.

OTHERS with the pedigree to make two-year-olds are lot 151, a Revoque half-brother to high-class 1992 juvenile Canaska Star; lot 212, an Indian Ridge half-sister to Tarwiya, who was a Group 3 winner and second in the Moyglare Stud Stakes; lot 213, a Primo Dominie half-sister to Pattern-placed pair Power Lake and Lake Pleasant; and lot 160, a Vettori half-sister to 1999 Flying Childers Stakes third Magic Of Love.

Some dams who were very smart at two are represented, notably Group 1-placed Inishdalla and Run To Jenny. Inishdalla, whose dam and grand-dam were also high class, has a filly by Royal Academy (184), while Run To Jenny-who was also third in the Irish 1,000 Guineas-has a Hamas colt (130). Nervous Baba, who won the Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes and was third in the Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes at two, has a filly by Deerhound, best known as the sire of US champion two-year-old filly Countess Diana (70). Nervous Baba has bred two smart colts to Deerhound's sire Danzig.

The fast Snipe Hall, who was a Listed winner at two and is a half-sister to the dam of Son Pardo and Atraf, has a Royal Applause colt bred to be both speedy and precocious (203). The same can be said of lot 17, a

Red Ransom filly who is the first foal of Molecomb Stakes third Baize.

Red Ransom, and several of the other sires mentioned above, are among many US stallions with offspring in this sale. In fact, 52 lots-or 23.6 per cent of the sale-were conceived in the US, and most of them were purchased at American yearling sales.

One of the major vendors here over the past few years has been US outfit Kirkwood Stables, which has eight lots in the catalogue, all by sires of European interest and most from families with European links. For example, Kirkwood's colt by Spinning World (145) is out of Spenderella, a winner in France and a sister or half-sister to three very smart performers, and its colt by Silver Hawk (167) is closely related to smart Bahamian Sunshine out of a half-sister to Caracolero and to the dam of Secreto and Istabraq. A Benny The Dip filly (183) is out of a sister to Mujadil and half-sister to Fruits Of Love, and she is joined by a Miswaki filly (144). And there are colts by Rumpold's sire Mister Baileys (123) and Royal Academy (196); the latter is a half-brother to Grade 2 scorer Southern Rhythm.

Irish-based Bansha House, Knockanglass, Maddenstown Lodge, Mocklershill and Suirview Stables, plus Milltown Stud, are among others with more than one US-conceived lot in their consignments. In Britain, Malcolm Bastard, the Oaks Farm Stables of Mark Dwyer, and Trickledown Stud have a significant US presence in their teams.

AMERICAN-BASED sires with at least three lots in the sale are Diesis, Distant View, Royal Academy and Sandpit. The last-named was bred in Brazil and was third in the Dubai World Cup on dirt on his only foray from the American continent, but, as a top-class turf performer by St Leger runner-up Baynoun out of a French-bred mare, it is no surprise some of his progeny have made it across the Atlantic. Among them are lot 170, a half-brother to good performers in Italy and Brazil, and lot 149, a filly whose dam won five times in Britain and is out of smart Rocket Alert.

Also with Brazilian connections is lot 34, a Gulch colt whose US-bred dam won a Group 2 race in Brazil even though she is a sister to Italian Group 2 winner Lonely Bird.

Diesis, besides the filly mentioned above, has a son of Listed winner Cask from a fast family (16). And Distant View's team features a half-brother to eight winners, including an US stakes scorer (101), and a filly who shares her grand-dam with Pouliches heroine Ta Rib (42).

Kingmambo (31) and Thunder Gulch (27), both at the height of their popularity, have colts from decent US families. French Deputy, making a name for himself with stakes winners in Japan and Britain (Freefourracing) besides his native US, has a colt out of a half-sister to the dam of top-class two-year-old Pharaoh's Delight (58). Rahy has a colt out of a half-sister to promising US sire Belong To Me (32).

Known Fact's two colts, lots 154 and 172, are half-brothers to US stakes winners, and the latter is also a half-brother to Derby Italiano runner-up Pier Damiani out of a daughter of influential Sparkalark. Irish River contributes a colt (155) out of a half-sister to Arkadian Hero from the exceptional US family of Hennessy, himself represented in the sale. And Cryptoclearance is sire of a half-brother to Tarator (Prix Hubert de Chaudenay-Gr2), lot 14.

Mt Livermore's filly is a grand-daughter of highly influential Fabuleux Jane and is thus bred along similar lines to Arazi and Noverre (69). She has broodmare potential, as does lot 148, a Red Ransom filly out of a Listed-placed half-sister to Shady Heights.

Closer to home, other fillies with high-class pedigrees include lot 156, a Grand Lodge sister to a winner out of a daughter of Plencia, dam of Pawneese and third dam of Peintre Celebre, and lot 157, a Danehill filly out of a half-sister to Arcangues and to the dam of Cape Verdi. Spectrum's team of five includes a filly whose third dam is fine mare Le Melody (159), while Entrepreneur is sire of a filly out of a half-sister to Prix de l'Abbaye winner Kistena from the aforementioned family of Fruits Of Love (186). Among Mark Of Esteem's second crop is a daughter of high-class Blessed Event, whose good son Sacrament is from the same Shirley Heights sire line.

Perhaps most eye- catching, however, is the sole lot in the sale by Sadler's Wells, sire of the filly who set the Tattersalls Breeze-Up record of 125,000gns last spring. This year's lot 189 is out of an unraced half-sister to three Pattern winners by Sadler's Wells, led by In The Wings, and this is also the family of Infamy and High-Rise. This one went through the Tattersalls ring for `just' 33,000gns last October.

Several other lots are particularly closely related to good winners. Lot 199 is a Selkirk brother to dual Listed winner and Nassau Stakes runner-up Entice. Lot 37 is a half-brother by Desert Style to Group 2 King's Stand Stakes winner Mitcham, who is from the same sire line. Lot 200, from the first crop of Danehill's son Desert King, shares his dam with Danehill's smart son Risk Material. The same sire is responsible for a June-foaled colt (137) out of Tea House, whose Danehill daughter Danish won the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup. Tea House has produced two other smart performers by Danzig stallions, and she is also dam of high-class hurdler and chaser Sybillin.

SEVERAL other lots are siblings to smart jumpers. Wolfhound has a grand-daughter of dual Oaks winner Fair Salinia, but this filly's several smart siblings include the hurdler Nomadic (5). There are half-brothers to Triumph Hurdle winner Duke Of Monmouth (the aforementioned 27, by Thunder Gulch) and Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner Indefence (56, by Woodborough), and a Danehill half-brother to Group 3 winner Ready To Dance and to the dam of good chaser Torduff Express (168).

These are from decent Flat families, as is lot 57, a Singspiel half-brother to a Listed-placed winner out of a half-sister to Scenic and to the dam of Endless Summer, with Where You Lead as third dam. Lot 136, a Be My Guest colt, is from the same family.

Alhaarth has a half-brother to German Group 2 winner Princess Nana (74) and a colt bred on similar lines to Brief Truce (121). And fellow first-season sires Danehill Dancer and Entrepreneur have respectively a son of dual Grade 1 scorer Ack's Secret (102), and the first (filly) foal of a very close relative of recent Grade 3 winner Make No Mistake (68).

Lot 8, conceived when his sire Opening Verse was in the US, is a half-brother to a smart filly out of a French Listed winner from a strong European family. Top French sire Linamix has a grandson of six-time Grade 1 winner Bold 'N Determined (185). A half-brother to Oaks d'Italia second Attitre represents Hector Protector (188). And lot 39, a colt by Polish Precedent, is the first foal of Listed-placed Charlotte Corday and shares his grand-dam-Nassau winner Dancing Rocks-with Superstar Leo.

Zafonic's pair comprises a half-brother to the dam of Miletrian out of a sister to Shirley Heights (131) and a son of smart Dangerous Diva (164). Finally, Spectrum's sons include the first foal of a winning sister to Group 1 winner Grape Tree Road from a prolific stakes-producing family (45) and a grandson of Sally Brown (52).

FACTFILE

Location: Park Paddocks, Newmarket, April 18-19

Schedule: For both days, breezing starts at 9.30am on Rowley Mile and selling starts at 5.45pm

Instigated: 1989

Record price: 125,000gns in 2000 for a Sadler's Wells-Anima filly

High-class graduates: 2000 sale: Tagshira (Maurice Lacroix Trophy-Gr2: 40,000gns from Bansha House Stables to Pro-Am), Field Spurt (Momiji S-Listed: 30,000gns from Jamie Railton to Koichiro Hayata), Inzar's Best (Kronimus-Rennen-Listed: 22,000gns from Knockgraffon Stables to Pro-Am). Also Shamrock City (Fairway Stakes-Listed), Nimello, John Ferneley (both Lincoln Handicap), Zanay (Winter Derby-Listed), Cauchemer de Chat (Copa d'Oro Di Milano-Listed)

Useful websites: tattersalls.com jamierailton.com banshahousestables.com colinhuggan.com

UPDATES

1, 2, 103, 104 sold non-VAT. 197 sold with 25% VAT. 102 qualified for owners' premiums in France

7 Half-brother Caboto winner twice, pounds 10,625, placed x4.

10 Half-brother Focused Attraction winner of 2 races,

pounds 9,099, and placed x3.

19 Under 2nd dam, Septette winner, pounds 4,554.

48 Grand-dam Indian Queen dam of 3 winners inc. Pride

Of India (4g Ezzoud), winner twice.

68 Under 2nd dam, Make No Mistake won Grade 3 Bougainvillea Handicap, Hialeah.

109 Half-brother Diamond Max winner of 3 races, pounds 10,460,

and placed x4.

116 Grand-dam Arminda dam of 6 winners inc. Marshall

Bond.

152 Brother Dayglow Dancer winner of 2 races, pounds 30,667.

157 Half-brother Ambitious winner and placed, both starts.

158 Half-brother Spinetail Rufous placed x3.

190 Half-brother Ivan Douglas winner of 6 races, pounds 33,277,

placed 11 times.

218 Eligible for Goffs pounds 100,000 Challenge Stakes.

CAPTION(S):

Atmospheric, shown winning last year's Listed Woodcote Stakes, is a full-brother to lot 66
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