Debt is sales topper
Last year's Group One Lockinge Stakes runner-up Sovereign Debt topped the first day of the Tattersalls February Sale.
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The five-year-old geldied son of Dark Angel was knocked down to trainer Dandy Nicholls for 1450,000 guineas after he saw off fellow handler Brian Ellison as well as Lillingston Bloodstock's Barry Lynch.
"He's a tough horse, like his new trainer!" joked Nicholls after signing for the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes runner-up.
"I'd rather spend this sort of money on a horse such as this than a yearling," he continued. "He has ability and you don't lose that and we will be hoping that one of my clients will buy him! We'll look to run him in all the top races in England, Ireland, Europe, anywhere.... Michael Bell recommended him."
The top-priced filly at the sale was Enharmonic, the three-year-old daughter of E Dubai was consigned from Juddmonte Farms and knocked down for 90,000 guineas. The half-sister to the Group One Dewhurst Stakes winner Distant Music was signed for by Blandford Bloodstock's Tom Goff after a protracted bidding duel with Charlie Gordon-Watson Bloodstock's Will Douglass.
When asked what he particularly liked about the filly, Goff joked: "As Joss Collins would say, look at the friggin' page!
"She has a lovely pedigree, you don't beat being a half to a Dewhurst winner. I saw her a lot when she was in training with John Gosden and she definitely had ability. She goes to stud now."
The five-year-old Duke Of Clarence was another to attract the attention of buyers when knocked down to Robin O'Ryan for 70,000 guineas.
"With that sort of rating he can run for good money," said O'Ryan. "He is for an existing owner and will go to Richard Fahey's in time."
At the conclusion of the 2014 Tattersalls February Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented;
"2013 was a record breaking year for Tattersalls with every sale showing growth and our first sale of 2014 has continued the sequence. The Tattersalls February Sale may not be the most high profile sale at Park Paddocks, but it never fails to attract a diverse cross section of buyers from throughout the world and this year has been no exception.
"The 145,000 guineas paid for the high class performer Sovereign Debt is the highest price ever for a colt or gelding in training at the February Sale and the key indicators of turnover, average and median have all surpassed last year's levels. As ever, significant consignments from many of the world's leading owner/breeders have been particularly sought after, and the sustained demand at today's sale has yet again demonstrated the consistent appeal of sales of this nature at Tattersalls."