Sir Henry Cecil’s G2 winner Wild Coco was the top lot on Day 3of the Tattersalls December Sale making 985,000 guineas to Tomoyuki Nakamura of KI Farm.
Wild Coco (Shirocco) was a G2 Park Hill Stakes winner and was offered on behalf of her breeders Gestut Roettgen. She is set to remain in training at Cecil’s Warren Place stables despite plenty of competition from Niarchos family agent Alan Cooper and Newsells Park studmaster Julian Dollar.
“I was just hoping the auctioneer would drop the hammer,” Nakamura said. “She is a good-walking filly, with a good body and a good temperament.”
Selkirk mare Rainbow Springs was next best on Wednesday’s leader-board selling to Blandford Bloodstock’s Richard Brown for 440,000 guineas. Brown saw off USA-based agent David Ingordo for the mare who was consigned in foal to Oasis Dream.
“She was a stand-out today,” said Brown of the G1 Prix Marcel Boussac placegetter. “She was a class performer and has been bought for Langton Stud. I love the Selkirk, Nureyev, Alleged in her pedigree, they are all great broodmare sires.”
The draft from Juddmonte Farms is always one of the highlights at Tattersalls December Mare Sale and this year’s consignment from Khalid Abdullah’s operation was headed by the Giant’s Causeway – Harpia filly named Unreachable.
She was knocked down to Blandford Bloodstock’s Richard Brown for 165,000 guineas. “What a page!” was all Brown could say after buying the daughter of the G3 winner Harpia who is a sister to the legendary Danehill. “She has been bought for USA commercial breeders so you will see her progeny back at the sales.”
On Wednesday, a total of 211 lots sold for 7.38 million guineas at an average of 34,993 guineas. The median panned out at 17,000 guineas and the clearance rate was 80%.
The Tattersalls December Mare Sale concludes on Thursday.
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