Trade at Tattersalls in breeding stock has reached unprecedented highs, with the dispersal and reduction of two of the world’s greatest private breeding establishments, the late Robert Sangster’s Swettenham Stud and the Niarchos family’s Haras de la Fresnay-le-Buffard. It’s no longer a rarity for regally connected broodmares and highly performed race fillies, to make in excess of 3,000,000 guineas (about R50 million). As usual, Sheikh Mohammed has been the biggest buyer at the upper end, while Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Stud paid 2,000,000 guineas for the dual Group 1 winner INDIAN INK, which was knocked down to Angus Gold on Monday evening.
Summerhill has been mildly active, acquiring a HAWK WING filly from the Aga Khan’s family of Champion, AZAMOUR (which was the property of old friends, David and Diane Nagle), and an elegant daughter of the world’s greatest broodmare sire, SADLER’S WELLS.
Besides his attendance at the sale, Mick Goss has been locked in numerous meetings with people from a broad variety of nations. Networking is one of the reasons for the extensive international client base at Summerhill, which spans eight countries and seven time zones, and the December sale is something of a melting pot of people from across the globe.