Shamardal stars at Tattersalls 2YO Sale

Darley sire Shamardal highlighted Day 2 of the Tattersalls Craven 2YO Sale on Thursday evening with a colt and filly topping the leader-board.

A total of 63 lots sold on Day 2 for 5.14 million guineas at an average of 81,714gns and a median of 60,000gns.

The top lot for the sale was the Shamardal colt out of the Swain mare Balloura which smashed this year’s sale top price when selling for 500,000gns.  Trainer David Marnane pulled out all the stops to buy the sale-topping Shamardal but, in the end, Darley agent John Ferguson claimed the prize.

“He is easily our biggest sale,” Tally-Ho Stud vendor Roger O’Callaghan said.  “We were hoping for 150,000gns, but this far exceeded our expectations.”

Amazingly, when O’Callaghan offered the colt as a yearling last year, he struggled to get a bid for the youngster, and ended up buying him back.  The Irishman was certainly rewarded for his judgement having paid 53,000gns for the chestnut as a foal at the Tattersalls 2010 December Sale.

A few lots later the Shamardal filly out of the Sri Pekan mare Bella Bella was knocked down to Richard Frisby for 360,000 guineas.  Next best was a Street Boss colt out of the Chimes Band mare Believe that Blandford Bloodstock’s Richard Brown bought for 280,000 guineas.  It provided a massive pin-hooking result for Brown Island Stables who had purchased him as a yearling for just $22,000.

The two day sale saw a total of 117 lots sold for 8.57 million guineas at an average of 73,316 guineas which was up 2,003gns on the 2011 figure

“There has been plenty of competition at the top of the market this week and the 500,000 guineas sale topper was the third highest price ever at the Craven Sale,” Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented.  “Buyers from the Gulf region and Hong Kong had a major impact and we are naturally delighted that the key indicators have held up so well.

“The figures should also be placed in the context of conditions for the breeze which were far from ideal. The two year olds coped admirably in wind and driving rain and, as ever paid tribute to the professionalism of the consignors who brought some outstanding individuals to the marketplace.

“Nevertheless it would be wrong to pretend that all has been plain sailing over the last two days.  The market has been selective at times and served as a reminder that the continuing economic uncertainty, particularly in Europe, continues to pose challenges.”

Lot 138: colt, Shamardal – Balloura, by Swain, brought 500,000 guineas
to top the Tattersalls Craven breeze up sale