Autumn Horses In Training Sale 2022
Australian agents and trainers were out in full force at the Tattersalls Horses In Training Sale last week, buying 10 of the top 25 lots.
The purchases included a mixture of two-year-olds with potential, to proven four-year-old stayers that should be able to enhance their winning tallies down under. The sale occurred over a four-day period and the total aggregate came to just over 36million gns. Below are some of the best buys that we can look forward to seeing on the Australian tracks later on in the season.
Annabel Neasham teamed up with the Newmarket Bloodstock agency, Blandford Bloodstock, in order to take home the second top-lot of the sale for 675,000gns. The son of Pride Of Dubai was a dual Listed winner for his former trainer Richard Hannon and was offered by his East Everleigh Stables. The four-year-old seems to be aging like a fine wine and is sold after recently placing in two Group 3’s and after having his best season to date. The colt’s page has plenty of blacktype with his dam, Fancy, being an own-sister to the Listed placed Seussical and his full-brother The Grey Wizard (Caravaggio) also being placed twice at Group 3 level.
Sydney’s Champion Trainer Chris Waller paired up with Australian bloodstock agent Guy Mulcaster and the duo struck early to purchase Waterville for 410,000gns. The colt’s price topped day one and was the sixth highest price over the four days. His dam Holy Moon enjoyed success at Listed level over in Italy and has an impressive progeny strike rate of 100% (12 winners from 12 runners). One of her most notable progenies is the 2018 European Champion three-year-old, Sea Of Class (Sea The Stars).
Despite being a lightly raced three-year-old, Waterville managed to get his head in front of 30 others in this year’s Irish Cesarewitch for the Aidan O’Brien and Coolmore team. This is a respected Irish Handicap taking place each year at the Curragh near the end of September. Waterville is by the 2012 English Debry winner Camelot and his new connections believe his pedigree could make him candidate for next year’s Melbourne Cup.
When speaking of the purchase Guy Mucalster said: “We saw him last June when we were at Aidan O’Brien’ s and his form has gone on since. I spoke to Chris Waller this morning and he was keen to get the horse, so fingers crossed he works out for us.”
Ciaron Maher represented Victoria well and purchased the seventh top lot of the sale for 400,000gns, a wild card lot called Chairman. The three-year-old colt was offered by The Castlebridge Consignment and was up for sale after placing in handicap company on his last two starts. He was in training with the father and son duo, Martyn and Freddie Meade, and only failed to finish out of the top two placings once in his seven starts. The mare Nimbin is an unraced daughter of Champs Elysees and is a half-sister to a listed son of Tamayuz.
- Chris Waller and Guy Mulcaster splashed out 310,000gns for Lot 1032, a three-year-old gelding by Jack Hobbs called The Gadget Man.
- Australian Bloodstock and Ronald Rauscher joined forces to acquire Lot 741 for 300,000gns, the Irish Listed winner Earl Of Tyrone.
- Johnny McKeever Bloodstock and the Waterhouse Bott Racing team purchased two of the Top 25 Lots. The first was Lot 685, a four-year-old gelding named Just Fine, and the second was Lot 1086, the two-year-old Special Envoy. They were purchased for 300,000 and 250,000 respectively.