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
|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|
|Average (% change)||34,857gns (+3%)||33,791gns|
|Median (% change)||26,000gns (-4%)||27,000gns|
|Average (% change)||24,387gns (+7.7%)||22,637gns|
|Median (% change)||16,000gns (18.5%)||13,500gns|