Resilience Tops Tattersalls Ascot July Sale
A day of solid industry trade boasting a 91 per cent sales rate provided the hallmark for the first Tattersalls Ascot July Sale held since 2019.
The online bidding platform was busy throughout the session and the day’s top price of £60,000, the highest price given at the sale since 2016, was given online by Nick Bradley Racing for the five-time sprint winner RESILIENCE (Lot 55).
The Aclaim three-year-old gelding is rated 85 and won last time out over 5f at Windsor in June, his previous trainer Tony Carroll having purchased the gelding at the Tattersalls February Sale 2022 for 20,000gns.
Bradley, who was at Beverley races with two runners, said: “He has been bought to go to new trainer Craig Lister, who is based near York.
“Craig was at the sale and looked at our short list. This horse is a real speed ball and is qualified for the Windsor £75,000 series. We might start him off at Goodwood over 5f in a race for three-year-olds rated 0-95. Further down the line he could be one for races like the Epsom Dash.
“Craig is in need of Saturday horses and this could be one.”
CRUSH AND RUN (Lot 46) was knocked down to an online bid from Qatar-based Al Jasra Stud at £38,000. Sold by Richard Hughes's Weathercock House Stables, the ZOFFANY three-year-old gelding won in February over 5f at Lingfield. He has finished in the first four on every start and is BHA rated 74.
The gelding goes into training with Hilal Kobeissi, who is based in Newmarket, and his father Ahmad was at Ascot checking over the horses.
"CRUSH AND RUN might run once or twice more in the UK and then will ship to Qatar," said Kobeissi Snr. "The boys liked him and he looks the sort to go on faster ground and cope with the sharp tracks."
VINTAGE VALLEY, by MASTERCRAFTSMAN, has a juvenile hurdling career ahead bought by owner and Dundee-based businessman Jimmy Fyffe.
Sold by Andrew Balding's Park House Stables, the three-year-old gelding is rated 65 and has run just three times.
"I have a number of jumpers for this upcoming season and I wanted a three-year-old to go juvenile hurdling," said Fyffe, who also placed his bids over the internet. "I watched this horse's races online and he looks as though a bit of softer ground will suit. Andrew Balding recommended him highly, and he goes now to Donald McCain. He looks a scopey type and hopefully he can jump!"
Regular Tattersalls Ascot consignor Godolphin, which sold six lots for a total of £80,000, was the session’s leading consignor, while the day’s busiest buyer was Elton Racing, which bought three lots for a spend of £37,000.