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Sophie Buckley bought the foal for 75,000 gns last year
Only five lots in Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale and shipper Sophie Buckley sported a smile that will likely last the next two weeks of action.
Buckley’s Culworth Grounds Farm near Banbury in Oxfordshire was developed from arable land into a rising star among sellers, having marketed itself as a brand six years ago.
There were only two lots in the flagship section of Book 1, with the first a chestnut colt by Night Of Thunder from the family of top stayers Pale Mimosa and Nearly Caught, sold to Peter and Ross Doyle, on behalf of Richard Hannon, for 300,000 gns.
While it’s not an amount to raise eyebrows considering the strength of the early trading, it is notable given that Buckley bought it for 75,000 gns at that same venue on November 27th.
“He’s my most expensive horse at a sale,” said Buckley, whose single most impressive profit to date had been with a Cable Bay yearling now named Ertikaaz, who was bought for € 4,000. and sold to Shadwell for 160,000 gns at book 2 here two years ago.
“I didn’t expect it to go so well but I’m obviously absolutely delighted, it’s a great hook.”
Elaborating on her reflection during the foal sale in December of last year, she said: “I especially wanted a Night Of Thunder, he is obviously a very good stallion and he was a beautiful colt.
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“75,000 gns is a lot to me, I just thought Night Of Thunder was $ 75,000 this year and his horses should be able to do that and more. This one just got better and better, it got better. ‘is a very decent yearling and looks like a two year old; maybe that made him stand out a bit here.
“He looked quick, has a fabulous temper and he didn’t go wrong throughout. A lot of people liked him, he was popular all the way through. I think a few people did. followed and in the end two people wanted him – it’s the dream result. It goes to Richard Hannon, they obviously got Night Of Thunder, so I hope he does well for them. “
There was also to be a respectable result for Buckley’s other offer in Book 1, a Starspangledbanner half-sister of recent Group 3 winner Dawn Intelli, whose price rose to 90,000 gns from € 30,000 in as a colt when he was knocked down by Conrad Allen.
However, next week the work begins again.
“I still have five in Book 2 and four in Book 3, so we’re just getting started,” she said. “We have some very nice horses, it looks like a particularly good year and I hope there will be some more good results.
“At the end of the day, we try to improve the quality, but obviously it costs, and very good people are supporting me.”
More from volume 1:
Sheikh Mohammed and John Magnier among those eagerly awaiting a party
Palace Pier and Snow Lantern siblings once again set the Highclere standard
“He looks a lot like Galileo” – a top notch colt, the star of the Cumanis Book 1 draft
Aughamore Stud’s Michael and Laurence Gleeson turn to Tattersalls
FIRST PUBLISHED AT 2:21 PM, OCTOBER 5, 2021