Former Tally-Ho breezer The Platinum Queen was one of the stars of the Tattersalls December Sale when sold for 1,200,000gns to Katsumi Yoshida.
Bidding on behalf of Yoshida's Northern Farm, Shingo Hashimoto came out on top for the two-year-old Cotai Glory filly, who was expertly handled by Richard Fahey on behalf of Middleham Park Racing to win the Group 1 Prix de l'Abbaye against her elders. The first two-year-old filly to win the all-aged sprint in 44 years, she was also saddled by Richard Fahey to run second against her elders in the Group1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York to add to a outstanding season that began for connections with her purchase for 57,000gns from our draft at this year’s Tattersalls Guineas Breeze-Up Sale.
“We haven’t decided what we will do with her yet,” said Shingo Hashimoto. “She could stay her and race on or she could go back to Japan. One of our stallions like Lord Kanaloa could suit her.
“She was such a fast horse. She’s one of the best two-year-olds in the world and that was attractive to us.”
The Platinum Queen was bred by us out of the Kodiac mare Thrilled.
It wasn't all about The Platinum Queen, however, as another juvenile daughter of Cotai Glory, the Group 3-placed Kerindia, sold for 145,000gns to Charlie Gordon-Watson Bloodstock. Like The Platinum Queen, she is a graduate of our breeze-up arm, having sold for 65,000gns to Peter Trainor at the Craven Sale.
Similarly, Kodiac was never far from the action. His Group 2-placed daughter Lady Hayes, offered by The Castlebridge Consignment in foal to Frankel, lit up the board when sold for 775,000gns to the BBA Ireland.
The Listed Prix des Lilas heroine Pennine Hill, a Kodiac sister to Grade 3 winner Grizzel, was also knocked down to Alex Elliott for 375,000gns while the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes runner-up Nazuna opened the inaugural Sceptre Session by selling for 280,000gns to PE Equine Management.
Mares in foal to champion sprinter Starman, who stood his first season with us this year (pictured below), were also in demand, notably Beloved, a Frankel half-sister to Japanese Derby hero Love And Bubbles who realised 125,000gns to Dean Hawthorne and Badgers Bloodstock.
Yeomanstown Stud also paid 70,000gns for the Listed-placed Dense Star, a daughter of Starspangledbanner. Both mares were sold by Whatton Manor Stud.
Mares in foal to Mehmas, meanwhile, returned an impressive average of 188,750gns. They included Cheshire Plain, a winning Invincible Spirit sister to Grade 1 winner Digital Age for whom Highbank Stud paid 300,000gns.
Timmy Hillman also signed at 200,000gns for Star Empress, a Tamayuz half-sister to Mehmas' star sprinting son Minzaal, while Plantatation Stud came away with the Listed-winning Sweet Gardenia at 165,000gns out of the Sceptre Session.