Lot 778 Nathaniel - Our Queen Of Queens / www.tattersalls.com

Today is likely to be all about Frankel as four of his first-crop weanlings go under the hammer at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale, but Thursday belonged to his old racecourse rival and fellow freshman sire Nathaniel.
— Emma Berry / Thoroughbred Daily News

Nathaniel's regally bred daughter from the Arazi mare Our Queen Of Kings led the session Thursday at 300,000gns. A solid clearance rate of 85% up from 80% helped to boost the day's aggregate to 8,226,200gns, an improvement of 21% on last year, albeit for 34 more foals sold this time around. The average rose by 3% to 34,857gns, while the median was the one sector to take a dip, down 4% to 26,000gns.

The robust chestnut star of the day was offered as Lot 778 by Newsells Park Stud, home to both her sire and dam, which knows a thing or two about making a splash at the December Foal Sale, having topped the corresponding session last year with this foals half-sister by Sea The Stars, who sold for 320,000gns. That filly was bought by Tom Wilson, who resold her in October for 600,000gns and felt emboldened to spin the wheel again, instructing Charlie Gordon-Watson to see off under-bidder Angus Gold.

"We had luck with the Sea The Stars filly last year and she's now in France in training for Al Shahania Stud", said Gordon-Watson. "This filly is a great advertisement for her sire, who I have great faith in. She'll be going to Watership Down Stud and we'll decide whether to re-offer her next year."

Newsells Park Stud's General Manager Julian Dollar said: "It was a bittersweet sale really as she was a lovely filly and in many ways we'd love to have raced her. But we retained her 2-year-old Montjeu half-sister, Queen Margherita, who is in training with Sir Michael Stoute and hopefully there will be one or two more fillies to come" Dollar added of the 17-year-old, whose seven winners include G1 Sun Chariot Stakes heroine Spinning Queen (GB) (Spinning World): "The mare is still in great shape she doesn't look a day over 14. After we bought her for 500,000gns we discovered she had some foot issues, but we've kept on top of that and she's done us proud, she's made us an awful lot of money. Our Queen Of Kings is currently in foal to New Approach but is set to return to Nathaniel next season; while her daughter Spinning Queen, who has already bred the listed winners Trade Commissioner (Montjeu), and is also responsible for exciting 2-year-old Peterhof (Dansili)".

Six lots earlier, Richard Knight went to 85,000gns to secure another Nathaniel weanling, a half-brother to listed Hambleton Stakes winner Navajo Chief (King's Best) from the New England Stud draft (Lot 772).

The continued lure of Frankel - who is the sire of lots 1059, 1087, 1103 and 1113 selling today is illustrated by the fact that the BBC Breakfast Show included live television broadcasts from Tattersalls this morning.

Tattersalls December Foal Sale
27 November 2014

Top Lots

Lot Sex Sire Dam Price (gns)
778 Filly Nathaniel Our Queen of Kings 300,000
754 Colt Lope de Vega Purple Tigress 150,000
763 Colt Invincible Spirit Light Shine 150,000
830 Filly Cape Cross Sherifa 150,000
679 Colt Showcasing Gilt Linked 120,000

Session Totals

  2014 2013
Catalogued 310 290
No. Offered 279 252
No. Sold 236 202
RNA's 43 50
% RNA's 15.4% 19.8%
High Price 300,000gns 320,000gns
Gross 8,226,200gns 6,825,700gns
Average (% change) 34,857gns (+3%) 33,791gns
Median (% change) 26,000gns (-4%) 27,000gns


  2014 2013
Catalogued 599 573
No. Offered 537 511
No. Sold 440 396
RNA's 97 115
% RNA's 18% 22.5%
High Price 300,000 320,000gns
Gross 10,730,000gns 8,964,100gns
Average (% change) 24,387gns (+7.7%) 22,637gns
Median (% change) 16,000gns (18.5%) 13,500gns