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The Factor follows his sire’s example at Craven Sale
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For the last two years, War Front has reigned supreme at Tattersalls’ Craven Sale but it was time for the next generation to shine on Wednesday as the Claiborne star’s dual Grade 1-winning son The Factor took his turn in the spotlight.

Hammered down for a sum of 350,000gns was a colt (lot 106) from the first crop of the Lane’s End resident, and though his price wasn’t enough to top the sale, he led all juveniles in the final session. Jamie McCalmont placed the winning bid, seeing off stiff competition from Angus Gold, David Redvers, Ross Doyle and Richard Brown, and confirmed that the grey son of the Grade II-placed Sweet Belle (Deputy Commander) will return to America to race for a partnership of Coolmore and Stonestreet Stables. Roger O’Callaghan of Tally-Ho Stud selected the colt for $100,000 at Keeneland last September.

“He did a fabulous breeze, I don’t think there is another here with a stride like him, and it was especially impressive as ground conditions weren’t in his favour,” noted McCalmont.

“This horse is very much like those by his sire that I have seen and he has a great constitution. He was still bucking in the pre-parade ring tonight.”

The agent later signed for a colt by another first-season sire, Nathaniel (Ire) (lot 119), from the Mocklershill draft on behalf of Coolmore. The son of the Saratoga Grade III-placed Wait It Out (Swain) fetched 220,000gns, having cost $110,000 last September.

Twelve lots brought 200,000gns or more through a strong session at Park Paddocks. The second-day total of 5,094,000gns was down by 23% on last year’s aggregate but from a smaller catalogue, with 14 fewer horses sold than in the corresponding session for 2015. The median rose by 25% to 100,000gns, and the average improved by 4% to 124,244gns, with the only significant decline being in the clearance rate of 73%, down from 86% on the same day last year.

For the sale as a whole, the reduction of lots offered to 107 from 121 meant that the 78 sold brought an overall tally of 8,641,500gns–down 13% on 2015. The median was a new record figure of 77,500gns (+9%) and the average also rose to 110,788gns (+8%). Again the decline came in the clearance rate, which at 73% fell by 8%.

U.S.-sired offspring have long been popular with buyers at British breeze-up sales and thus it proved again, with the four most expensive colts of the session being sons of The Factor, More Than Ready and the late Exchange Rate and Scat Daddy.

As darkness fell, Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock outgunned Charlie Gordon-Watson for lot 131, Lynn Lodge Stud’s Exchange Rate grandson of GII Rare Perfume S. winner Topicount (Private Account). Proving every bit as adept as a seller of juveniles as he is a buyer of Grand National and Cheltenham Gold Cup winners, Eddie O’Leary received 340,000gns for the colt he bought for $140,000 at Keeneland.

Brown commented, “He is to go into training with Simon Crisford and is for an existing client. I love his physical, he is a straightforward colt and I think the sire is seriously under-rated.”

Charlie Gordon-Watson was unsuccessful on the Exchange rate colt but he did make his presence felt in the Tattersalls ring on Wednesday evening, signing for five horses to add to the two bought on Tuesday to make him leading buyer at the sale. His signings included lot 82, the More Than Ready colt, at 300,000gns. The son of WinStar Farm’s popular shuttler was another to be bought at Keeneland September and was a tremendous pinhooking result for Johnny Collins of Brown Island Stables, who bought him for just $17,000.

“He was backward looking and a bit pot-bellied as a yearling but he was always a great mover. The more he did, the more he improved,” said Collins, who sold three juveniles at the sale for a total of 407,000gns.

Gordon-Watson was acting on behalf of a new unnamed client but confirmed that the son of four-time winner Rainbow Luck (Honour And Glory), a half-sister to GII Palomar H. winner City To City (City Zip), would be placed in training in Newmarket with Ed Dunlop. The agent also went to 150,000gns for a colt by Irish National Stud freshman Dragon Pulse (lot 97) from Yeomanstown Stud.

Completing the American-bred leading quartet was lot 90, Oak Tree Farm’s colt by Scat Daddy, who is likely to end up in Hong Kong after being bought by Alastair Donald for 270,000gns.

The SackvilleDonald agent said, “He will go to Ed Walker from here–he might run in England or might go on to Hong Kong. We’ll see how things work out. I am a big fan of the sire and this horse is a very balanced type and looks to have a temperament suitable for Hong Kong. I don’t really go on times, it is more about action for me.”

Bought for $150,000 as a yearling at Keeneland, the colt is out of the dual-winning El Prado mare Rosangela, who has produced two winners to date and is a daughter of GI Oaks Leaf S. winner Vivid Angel (Septieme Ciel).

Top of the fillies for the whole sale was lot 110, a daughter of Showcasing (GB) who was bought by Dubai Racing Club Chairman Saeed H Altayer for 220,000gns. Mike Marshall, assistant trainer in Newmarket to Ismael Mohammed, conducted the bidding and said, “We’re very pleased to have her. She’s a lovely filly and we had to fight hard for her. There were a couple we liked but the market has been very strong.”

The filly, a sister to Shadwell’s juvenile winner Mufarrid (GB), was another good result during the evening for Gay and David O’Callaghan of Yeomanstown Stud, who bought her as a foal from her breeder Nuthurst Farm for 85,000gns and retained her last year when bought in at 105,000gns.

Katie Walsh, who combines a breeze-up consigning career with her amateur jump jockey commitments, sold the second-most expensive filly of the sale in lot 86. The daughter of Kyllachy (GB) was another striking pinhooking success, having been bought for 23,000gns at October Book 3 by Walsh’s Greenhills Farm and returned to Tattersalls as a 210,000gns breezer. The first foal of the dual winner Represent (Ire) (Exceed And Excel {Aus})–a half-sister to G2 Bosphorous Cup winner Connecticut (GB) (New Approach {Ire})–was purchased by Simon Crisford.

As the sale concluded, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented, “The feature of the 2016 Craven Breeze-up Sale has been the strength of demand at the top of the market. The sale is a proven consistent source of top-class performers on the global stage and leading international buyers, most notably from the Gulf region and Hong Kong, have made a significant impact. This year’s Craven catalogue is numerically the smallest this century and understandably the turnover has not matched last year’s level, but there have been some outstanding pinhooking successes, more lots sold for 200,000gns and above than last year, a new record median and a sale average second only to the 2013 sale.”

Action returns to Tattersalls for the Guineas Breeze-up and Horses-in-Training Sale, which takes place prior to the QIPCO Guineas meeting on April 28 and 29.

Courtesy of the TDN

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