Richard Knight enjoyed a successful Tattersalls December Foal & Mare sales coming away with having purchased 4 foals and 2 mares on behalf of clients for ‘pinhooking’ (otherwise known as ‘selling on for profit’).
The foal purchases started with a Cacique colt out of the Dashing Blade mare Montaria for 52,000gns. Cacique has proven to be an excellent sire but has struggled with his fertility so this colt is something of a rarity and as a 3-parts brother to Listed Winner Piracicaba he should have plenty of appeal when returning to Tattersalls Book 2 Sale in 2015.
The second foal purchased was a very athletic colt by World Champion racehorse Nathaniel who Richard purchased for 85,000gns. This colt was tall and scopey and being by 1st season sire Nathaniel he is likely to prove very popular in 2015 – he really does look to be an exciting racing prospect for the future and will head back to either the Book 1 or 2 sale.
The third foal was an Exceed And Excel filly who is half-sister to 2 black-type winners including the Gr.2 Richmond Stakes winner Prolific. Exceed And Excel has done very well with his fillies including having sired the Gr.1 winning speedster Margot Did. This filly was purchased for 62,000gns and will return to the Book 2 Sale.
The fourth and final foal was a big, strong colt by 1st season sire Mayson. The colt oozed presence and had the athleticism and walk to match and is out of a mare who has produced no less than 5 winners from 5 runners including 2 black-type horses. He cost 90,000gns and is likely to return to the Tattersalls Book 1 sale in October next year.
As the foal sale ended the mare sale began and Richard came away having purchased two mares who are likely to be raced on for the time being and then put in foal and sold on.
The first mare purchased was the recently placed Makfi filly named Granola who will return to trainer David Brown in order to win her maiden. As a half-sister to Group winners Astrophysical Jet and Coral Wave she has a lovely pedigree and coming back as a winner and in-foal to an exciting stallion should have plenty of appeal in the ring. Granola cost 28,000gns.
The second mare purchased was the recent winner Heho who will also continue to race on and will head to William Knight in Sussex. Heho was a winner since the catalogue was purchased and is by the excellent sire and exciting broodmare sire Dansili. Heho had originally cost 180,000gns as a foal and Richard managed to purchase her as a Winner for just 28,000gns.