07/08/2013 3:50PM

Tattersalls July sale boosted by Juddmonte reduction


The Tattersalls July sale, which runs July 10-12 in Newmarket, England, gets a boost this year from Group 2-placed Address Unknown as well as drafts from such famed operations as Juddmonte, Darley, and Shadwell, among others.

Juddmonte’s owner, Khalid Abdullah, announced last month that he will pare down his bloodstock empire, which currently numbers about 900 horses. The operation is offering 56 lots - the single largest consignment at the July sale - including a host of fillies and mares from the families of such Juddmonte notables as Toussaud, Oasis Dream, Empire Maker, and Zafonic. Among them are Tricked, a half-sister to Group 1 winner Twice Over, and her juvenile Zamindar filly Outwit; Widescreen, a three-quarters-sister to Zafonic, and her 3-year-old Rail Link filly, Rail Star; Mizzenway, a 3-year-old Mizzen Mast filly who is a granddaughter of Toussaud; and Ampersand, a 2-year-old Rail Link half-sister to Group 1 winner Prohibit.

Other Juddmonte horses include Refer, a 3-year-old Rail Link half-brother to Group 2 winner Bellamy Cay; Annunciate, an Arch half-brother to Group 2 winner Await the Dawn and Group 1-placed Putney Bridge; Instruct, a 4-year-old Empire Maker gelding who is a half-brother to recent Grade 2 winner Starformer; and Navarre, a full brother to Grade 1-winning millionaire Proviso.

Address Unknown was runner-up three years ago in Ireland’s Group 2 Derby Trial and most recently took the Chester Cup in May. The Juddmonte-bred Oasis Dream horse, now 6, is one of the more accomplished runners among the catalog’s 602 horses and fillies in training. He is out of the Sadler’s Wells winner Return and hails from the family of Epsom and Irish Derby winner Commander in Chief, champion Warning, and others. Also in the auction is Address Unknown’s unraced half-sister, No Such Zone, now 2; she sells as part of Juddmonte’s consignment.

The July sale’s horses in training also include Senafe, the Byron filly who was third in the German 1,000 Guineas this year, and High Octane, a Motivator colt who finished third in the Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial. Also available are Pembroke, a 3-year-old Excellent Art half-brother to five-time Group 1 winner Canford Cliffs; Darajah, Shadwell’s Hard Spun half-sister to stakes winner Paris Vegas; Revise, a 3-year-old half-brother to Grade 3 winner Indy Groove; Comadoir, a 7-year-old gelded half-brother to European champion Dawn Approach; Group 2 winner Red Duke, a 4-year-old Hard Spun gelding; Dress Down, a 3-year-old Raven’s Pass colt out of multiple graded stakes winner Bare Necessities; and Sunshine Kitten, a 3-year-old Kitten’s Joy full sister to Woodbine Oaks second Spooky Kitten.

American racing fans also will recognize several other pedigrees in the catalog. Touch a Million, a 3-year-old Green Tune gelding, is a grandson of American Grade 1 winner Exotic Wood. U.S. Grade 2 winner Humble Clerk is the dam of a 2-year-old Henrythenavigator colt selling in the opening session. A juvenile Champs Elysees filly is out of a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Megahertz. And Ebony Song, a 5-year-old Songandaprayer gelding in training, is a half-brother to American fan favorite Rapid Redux, who won 22 consecutive races.

Last year’s July sale posted declines in all categories, with gross receipts of about $7,450,200 (4,745,400 guineas) falling 20 percent (from a 9 percent smaller catalog), the $18,530 average dropping 9 percent, and the $10,200 median slipping 7 percent. Estentepe, a Group 3-winning Oratorio filly, topped the sale at about $345,400 (220,000 guineas). She was purchased by Blandford Bloodstock from the consignment of Middleham Park Racing but after two starts shipped to California for new owner William Deburgh in early 2013. She won an allowance for on May 19 at Hollywood Park and finished sixth in the Grade 1 Vanity on June 15 in her most recent start.

In total, the Tattersalls July catalog consists of 736 horses, up from 678 a year ago. These include 602 horses in training, 77 broodmares, and 57 horses out of training.

The auction begins July 10 at 9:30 a.m. local time. There are two sessions on July 11, starting at 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., and the two July 12 sessions start at 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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