Twyla tops December sales
Twyla Tharp, dam of this year's Group 1 Nassau Stakes winner and Oaks placed The Fugue was the star turn on the opening day of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale, selling for 1,700,000 guineas.
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She was knocked down to French agent Nicholas de Watrigant for 1.7 million guineas after he saw off the Kentucky-based agent David Ingordo and Tomoyuki Nakamura to secure the ten-year-old mare. The daughter of Sadler's Wells, who was placed in the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes, is a half-sister to the Group 1 winning pair Summoner and Compton Admiral.
"She is a beautiful mare, the dam of a champion and with the best pedigree in this catalogue," said de Watrigant.
"Her Oasis Dream foal will be retained - my client likes his racing. We have not yet thought about the next stallion, you have to get them bought first!"
Twyla Tharp was sold by Madeline Lloyd-Webber's Kiltinan Castle Stud, the Irish branch of her Watership Down Stud.
The Group 3 Irish 1,000 Guineas Trial second Sapphire Pendant, offered with a covering by Sea The Stars was knocked down to Pierre-Yves Bureau for 480,000 guineas after he saw off Eaton Sales' Reilly McDonald for the Bugley Stud consigned mare.
"We've been trying for a long time to get into this family, but there have not been many opportunities to do so," said Bureau, stud director for the Wertheimer brothers, after buying her on their behalf.
"We have not decided which stallion she will visit, and we may not send her straight to France as she has a very early cover.
"Of course, she is In-foal to Sea The Stars, which is good."
Full details of the December Sales can be found here, on the Tattersalls website