A catalogue filled with plenty of star power could rival last year’s seven millionaire transactions as the 2007 Tattersalls December Mares sale gets underway today at 9:30 a.m. Today and, in particular tomorrow, promise to be the two show stopping days with highlights set to include the Sangster family dispersal that last month saw G1 Fillies’ Mile winner Playful Act (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells) make a record-breaking $10.5 million at Keeneland. With Playful Act’s dam Magnificient Style (Silver Hawk) withdrawing from the sale after suffering a stone bruise at home, her winning half-sister Distinctive Look (Ire) (Danehill)— in foal to Galileo (Ire)—picks up the baton and is offered as lot 2232. GI Diana S. and GI Beverly D. S. winner Angara (GB) (Alzao), who was bought privately after she was led out unsold at $2.2 million at Fasig-Tipton in November 2005, is catalogued as lot 2242 with a February Montjeu (Ire) cover. Meanwhile lot 2235, the 15 year-old Francfurter (GB) (Legend of France), is the dam of GI E.P. Taylor S. winner Fraulein (GB) (Acatenango {Ger}), although she is believed not in foal to a Holy Roman Emperor (Ire) (Danehill) cover.

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Away from the Sangster’s Swettenham draft, there will be big interest in a late addition to the sale— lot 2289, Mandellicht (Ire) (Be My Guest). Consigned by Ronald Rauscher, the 13-year-old is the dam of this season’s triple Group 1 winner Manduro (Ger) (Monsun {Ger}), as well as the Group 1 placed Mandela (Ger) (Acatenango {Ger}). She is again covered by Monsun. The Niarchos family is selling some outstandingly bred fillies today, including lot 1893, Ama (Storm Cat), a daughter of Miesque (Nureyev) and half-sister to Kingmambo (Mr. Prospector). Lot 1895, Beta (GB) (Selkirk), is a listed-winning half sister to the Niarchos’ G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Bago (Fr) (Nashwan). Lot 2247, Tante Rose (Ire) (Barathea {Ire}), won the G1 Haydock Sprint Cup and is offered in foal to Pivotal (GB). She is by no means the only Group 1 winner for sale, with lot 1962, Indian Ink (Ire) (Indian Ridge), sure to show a huge advance on her 25,000gns yearling price as the winner of last season’s G1 Cheveley Park S. and this year’s G1 Coronation S. at Royal Ascot. Lot 2225, Red Evie (Ire) (Intikhab), is offered from Michael Bell’s stable as the winner of the G1 Lockinge S. and G1 Matron S., while French trainer Jean de Roualle sends over this year’s G1 Prix de l’Opera winner Satwa Queen (Fr) (Muhtathtir) as lot 1972.

The sale runs today through Thursday with sessions starting each day at 9:30 a.m.

Extract from TDN 3.12.07