The inaugural Tattersalls Ireland yearling sale, held at Ascot Racecourse, ironically in England, took place in September 2017. On viewing the 126 lots on offer, we concluded that they were a solid enough bunch of horses with decent pedigrees. Generally, the individuals on offer were of the lower end of the market types, the average for the sale proved to be £9000 and the median was £7000 which sits in line with our opinion. Generally, the horses on offer were horses that has not been granted a place in one of the more senior/established sales such as Doncaster or Arqana.
However, we are of the opinion at MPR, that at virtually every sale where there are in excess of 100 horses, there really there ought to be present, a nice horse or two. To be frank, we only found two in this Sale, which ticked enough boxes for us. Unfortunately, however, our bloodstock team weren't happy enough with the conformation of one of these horses so we were down to one horse that fulfilled our "nice horse" criteria.
It was indeed this filly. In talking to the vendor prior to deciding to bid on this filly, he told us that she had been granted a place at The Goffs Uk Premier Sale last month but he has decided to bring her to this sale instead. His reasoning being that she would stand out from the crowd at this Sale and we agreed that his philosophy had been proven correct, or at least in our opinion.
The two main Bloodstock agents we use are Peter/Ross Doyle and Federico Barberini. Ross was very keen on this filly and we decided to bid. We were delighted to secure her for £24,000 (before sales house and agent's commissions) and she goes into training with Richard Hannon. We think the filly will be really suited by the way the Everleigh maestro trains his horses. She looks every inch a sharp and punchy 2yo. She looks very much like a colt which we think is a great advantage when competing against her contemporaries and she looks perfect for all the big fillies races in the first half of the 2018 2yo season, should she be good enough, including all the big sales races given her auction and median auction price tags. She will have plenty of options of where and when to run from March/April time 2018 onwards. Ironically, although we were not aware during the actual auction of the horse amongst the plethora of people around the small ring and just outside the ring at Ascot, but Federico Barberini was in fact the underbidder on this filly for a client of his. We see this a huge positive, in that of the two most respected Bloodstock agents that we like to use, both were really keen to secure this filly's services for their clients. It's further affirmation that this Dandy Man filly was the right horse to bring home from the sale.
You couldn't fail to be impressed by her physique, evidenced by the photos here, and she has a fantastic way of going about her business when asked to walk (please see the video on this page). She has strength, power and a super movement too, covering plenty of ground. She's out of a mare by that hugely successful and influential brood mare sire PIVOTAL, whose brood mare progeny includes Just The Judge, Harbour Law, Rhododendron, Zonderland, Hydrangea and Miss Work Of Art to name but a few.
The dam has already produced a dual winner rated 74 which was by Stimulation and having cost £2000 when sold as a yearling. Her 2nd foal to race is by Sayif and was led out unsold at £4000 as a yearling. We know this second horse, because it is trained by Ben Haslam for some friends of ours; the horse is called Time For Treacle. Time For Treadle, despite not raising a bid as a yearling has been really unlucky not to win so far as a 2yo. There's been a couple of occasions when the horse has deserved to get its head in front. The mare can clearly produce racehorses, (even when they are reasonably poor specimens £2000 and unsold £4000) and even when by un renowned sires such as Stimulation and Sayif. Insert the stallion DANDY MAN as with this filly, Dandy Man who is a serious provider of classy 2yo talent, combined with the fact that this filly stands head and shoulders above her siblings on looks and prowess (lest we forget she was given a place in the Goffs Premier Catalogue) and add a hint of the Hannon 2yo magic and we could be in real business here with this fantastic filly.
As we say, she was our pick of the day's 126 lots on offer. Federico and Ross both wanted her, Goffs UK wanted her; and fortunately, we got her!
Syndicate Manager Update: Rated 81, she is in for another great season, having won last year at the May Chester meeting and on the AW at Kempton. She heads back to Chester in May and just seems to love it around there. All ground comes alike to her. She's very fast and we think her trip is out and out 5f (she might sneak 5.5f around Bath or Brighton).