It was an excellent week for Mehmas at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale, where a quartet of six-figure lots helped contribute to a sale average of 71,000gns.
At 240,000gns, Rossenarra Stud's colt out of Heavenly River led the way when knocked down to Peter and Ross Doyle. The colt is a brother to the highly talented North American filly Quattroelle; both were bred by John McEnery's Rossenarra Stud out of Heavenly River, a Stormy River half-sister to Listed scorer Katie's Diamond.
“As always it’s the physical and it’s a huge bonus that he’s by Mehmas,” Ross Doyle told EBN. “He’s from a very good nursery in Rossenarra and is closely related to a very good filly. I thought he was an absolute standout.
“He had a lot of strength for his age; he’s naturally very strong with a good deep girth and he was a real pro for every show. That’s his dad’s influence coming through. He might come back [for resale] but I’d say long-term they’ll race him.
“Mehmas has obviously been very lucky for lots of people including ourselves. We bought Persian Force last year for Amo Racing. We’ve had massive pleasure out of Mehmas and so have so many people, going right back to John Cullinan and Roger Marley in his breeze-up days, then at Richard Hannon’s yard, and all the staff there were mad about him. They used to say to me that he’d go the races, come home, go for a pick of grass and put on weight. Then he ended up at Tally-Ho, which is one of the best studs in the world, and they’ve done a wonderful job with him.”
Tina Rau and Gestut Fahrhof, meanwhile, went to 160,000gns for a Mehmas filly out of Sleek Gold. Sold by Tweenhills Farm and Stud, the filly is a half-sister to three stakes horses including Californian Grade 3 winner Ouraika.
There was also a classy Mehmas representative within the Southcourt Stud dispersal in a colt out of the stakes--placed Dubka; he sold for 125,000gns to RSL.
A 145,000gns colt for Kodiac was another highlight of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale.
The colt in question was purchased by The Rogues Gallery with JS Bloodstock out of the draft of The Cottage Stud. He is the first foal out of the Siyouni mare Rose Tinted Sand, the only living foal out of the Group 3-winning Afternoon Sunlight.
The Rogues Gallery have already enjoyed success with Kodiac as the owners of Newmarket maiden winner Rogue Lightning.
A good week at Tattersalls for Kodiac also featured the sale of a colt out of Adoring from Norelands Stud for 82,000gns to DM Bloodstock and a filly out of Dream Child for 80,000gns to Elwick Stud.
We were also delighted to purchase two colts by him as well. Similarly, we came away with three foals by our leading second-season sire Cotai Glory.